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BULKLEY RIVER RUNNETH OVER Low lying areas along the Bulkley River near Smithers bear the brunt as unseasonably warm weather quickly melts the snowpack, riaising the water and in some areas causing it to spill over the banks. A flood watch was issued by the B.C. River Forecast Centre. Story on page 3. Nick Briere photo

Walk-in closure By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

The owner of Smithers’ only walk-in medical clinic, which will stop taking drop-in patients on July 1, expects there will be an influx of patients at the local hospital emergency room after the change. The Bulkley Valley Outpatient Walk-In Clinic announced last week it would stop taking walkin clients when it transitions to a family practice on July 1. Owner and general practitioner Wouter Morkel said he has been seeing between 40-50 people a day

at his Main Street medical centre. He said he needed to reduce his workload because his family dynamic had changed. “I have a little baby,” said Morkel. “I’ve been running the clinic by myself for a year and I’m just seeing too many patients so I have to ... limit the amount of patients that I see on a daily basis so the only way to do that is to only see my patients.” Morkel said cutting back to between 30-35 appointments per day would also enable him to provide a better level of care for his clients. See DOCTORS on A8

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School District 54 plans for future belt tightening By Chris Gareau

like Lake Kathlyn yet, but a loss of funding protection from the province forecast to be in the near future when enrollment is expected to stop declining may force hard decisions to be made. “There may come a point down the road where people may have to think, well what would you rather have. But we’re not there,” said van der Mark. Where enrollment growth comes from would play a role in how the budget is affected, since salaries by far take the biggest chunk. See FUNDING on A2

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There is more money in the budget, but Bulkley Valley School District 54 is preparing for a future where more cost savings would have to be found. Those savings could come through attrition — not replacing retiring teachers — or closing schools. Superintendent Chris van der Mark said the district is not at the point of closing under-used schools





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From SCHOOL on Front The superintendent said the school district is keeping a close eye on Bulkley Valley birth rates. “Say they arrive in the Smithers area: we’ve got four different schools, you spread them around so there may not be any associated costs. “Say they arrive in Houston: if 20 kids show up there we’re going to have to hire multiple teachers right away because especially with elementary schools you’re governed by class size,” said van der Mark. People gathered at last Tuesday’s draft budget presentation heard most of the new funding is allocated to increased teacher salaries. Bulkley Valley Teachers Union president Ilona Weiss was at the meeting. She agreed the funding protection was helping, but said that funding per student was still the second-lowest in the country and the forced administrative saving made things difficult. “You get something with one hand and take it away with the other hand,” said Weiss. Programs are unaffected in the budget, with students Administrative savings are newly mandated by the province. Funding protection kicks in when enrollment declines to avoid a budget shock. bussing between towns to offer the most options.

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Bulkley River flood watch

By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Bulkley Valley residents are being warned to stay clear of rising waterways as the Town of Smithers is distributing sandbags for residents in low-lying areas. The B.C. River Forecast Centre issued a flood watch for the Bulkley River, which was rising by about 25 cm per day in the Smithers area over the weekend. A flood watch means that river levels are rising and will approach or may exceed bankfull. Flooding of areas adjacent to affected rivers may occur. The Forecast Centre said the flood conditions were caused by unseasonably warm weather melting snowpack. Homes in low-lying areas such as Ebenezer Flats and the area at the end of Main Street are at greater risk of flooding. Smithers Fire Rescue fire chief Keith Stecko said the Town of Smithers was distributing sandbag materials to residents at the end of Main Street as a precautionary measure. We have a low-lying area at the end of Main Street that is significantly ... at risk,” said Stecko. “Generally during flood-time we’re

in contact with those residents. “As a precaution the Town of Smithers will be laying out sand-bags and sand for the residents, if they so choose then they can begin to sandbag their residence.” He urged the public to stay away from local waterways and riverbanks, which could be unstable due to saturation and fast-flowing water. “The Town of Smithers wants to make it clear to our public to stay well away from the rivers, it’s very dangerous right now,” he said. “It may be going on for several days, we’re not sure based on what the provincial assessments are, so the best thing to do is stay away from the rivers to make sure that our public is safe.” The River Forecast Centre is also warning people in low-lying areas to move livestock and other possessions of value to higher terrain if possible. Stecko said the municipality was monitoring the water levels in close contact with the B.C. government. “This is a live, active moving event so as things change we will either upgrade or downgrade the situation based on what we’re seeing,” he said. Town of Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach, councillor Gladys Atrill, chief administrative officer Deborah Sargent and fire chief Stecko were at an emergency response workshop in

Burns Lake when the flood watch was announced. “Obviously it was on everyone’s mind because while we were in the meeting we received the flood watch bulletin from the River Forecast Centre,” said Bachrach. “There was a response as people in the room whose communities were close to the Bulkley River took the initial steps to respond to a potential emergency.” Telkwa Fire Rescue fire chief Randy Cunningham said the section of river near his community was being monitored. He said flood mitigation works completed after past floods were helping to keep Telkwa dry. “We’re just monitoring the situation and we will see if the river settles down a little bit and if the river keeps coming up, we will see how it goes,” he said. “We’re just basically at Mother Nature’s beck and call so we will just see what happens here.” He added the amount of snowpack today was only slightly above normal at 108 per cent, compared with 270 per cent when a major flood happened in 2007. For flood status and water level updates visit the B.C. River Forecast Centre at warnings/index.htm.


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N ews Coast Mountains School District pushes back against Bill 11 By Anna Killen Black Press

The Coast Mountains School District board is joining other districts across the province in calling on the government to rescind recently-passed education omnibus legislation. Bill 11, the Education Statutes Amendment Act, was introduced in the legislature in March by Education Minister Peter Fassbender. It details a wide-ranging overhaul to the provincial education system that includes changes to teacher professional development and an expanded ministry mandate. That expanded mandate gives the ministry more authority over district boards, allowing the province to override board decisions as well as designate specific service providers to boards for shared education services. The ministry says the legislation will “help school districts reduce overhead costs, establish a modern framework for teacher professional development, and put a stronger focus on accountability for student outcomes.” But teachers, parent advisory councils, and school boards have been crying foul — and the Coast Mountains board is the latest board to join in. “As all of you know, since the Bill 11 was introduced, it is not in favour of anybody — it is undermining the trustees, it is undermining the education system,” said Kitimat trustee Raymond Raj at last week’s regular school board meeting. “When you talk to anybody, nobody is happy with Bill 11 — so why are you proceeding with it?” Raj’s motion to tell the province

to “rescind the bill, have consultation on all of the issues there, and then have a proper bill” passed with unanimous support from all of the trustees present. Terrace trustee Roger Leclerc was not present, nor was Kitimat trustee Margaret Warcup. Board chair Art Erasmus said the board would word a letter to the ministry similar to those sent by other districts. And Raj encouraged parents and parent advisory councils to write letters as well, noting the Kildala school parent advisory council in Kitimat sent a letter in April. “Ask your parent advisory councils to write a letter to the minister. Right now the way it is going they don’t care about the trustees, they don’t care about the teachers, they don’t care about students,” said Raj. “But the parents hold the power. If all of the parents start writing letters and tell the government that this bill is no good, they might backtrack.” The introduction of this bill was one of a number of major education reforms the government introduced to the surprise of trustees and the BC School Trustee Association (BCSTA) — something that was highlighted at a recent trustee association meeting Erasmus attended. “Out of the whole trustee academy, the one thing that really stuck out for me was the three motions that dealt with the government going to the public with their issues without consulting the BCSTA,” said Erasmus. “The BCSTA had just signed a letter prior to that, that the government would consult with them, and they haven’t done it.”


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Lake Babine Nation signs LNG deal By Alicia Bridges Lake Babine Nation/Interior News

The Lake Babine Nation has signed an agreement with the B.C. Government to receive economic benefits from TransCanada’s proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline project. If the project goes ahead the First Nation will receive payments totalling about $3.56 million, including $324,000 when the agreement takes effect. The rest would be provided in stages, with $1.62 million when construction began and $1.62 million when the pipeline started operating. The Lake Babine Nation, which is about 228 kilometres west of Prince George, would also be entitled to a share of $10 million annually for First Nations along the pipeline route. Agreements have already been signed with First Nations leaders in Gitanyow, Kitselas and Nisga’a. Chief Wilf Adam said the project met the Lake Babine Nation’s conditions for consent. “It can be built in a way that is safe for our territory and resources; it has been developed and will be built with our meaningful involvement; and it

will bring significant economic benefits to our people,” said Adam. Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad said First Nations support for LNG was increasing because of the “transformational opportunity” it represented for communities. “In addition to financial benefits agreements, we’re working with nations throughout the North on related opportunities,” he said. “This includes working with nations on environmental stewardship projects and a new Aboriginal skills training fund.” Pacific Northwest LNG, the export terminal planned for the end of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission pipeline, last week suffered a blow when the Lax Kw’alaams Band rejected its $1-billion benefits deal for the third time. The band voted unanimously against the pipeline project, citing concerns over the location of the proposed export terminal at Lelu Island and its potential impacts on nearby salmon habitat. The Smithers Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation by Pacific NorthWest LNG at its monthly members’ luncheon at Pioneer Place this Thursday.

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Taking a closer look at Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act


ike most Canadians, I believe that jihadi terrorism is one of the most dangerous enemies our world has ever faced. The recently released annual report by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) reconfirmed what many of us already knew, that this type of terrorism is not just a threat somewhere else; it seeks to harm us on our own soil. In our cities. In our neighbourhoods. Canadians are targets by these terrorists for no other reason than that we are Canadians. They want to harm us because they hate our society, and the values it represents. The recent terrorist attacks here and around the world have shown us that terrorists refine and adapt their methods, our police and national security agencies need additional tools and greater coordination. That is why our Government introduced Bill C-51, the Anti-Terrorism Act, 2015, legislation that includes measures similar to those already in place in countries like the United Kingdom, Norway, Finland, France, and Australia. Unfortunately, I know there has been a lot of misinformation circulating about what the implementation of this important

Bill will mean to everyday, law-abiding Canadians, and I wanted to take this time to further explain some of these measures and dispel some of the prevailing myths surrounding this legislation. Under Canada’s current laws, it is a crime to counsel or actively encourage others to commit a specific terrorism offence. However, general threats against, for example, “Canada” or “all infidels” are not crimes under the current Criminal Code. ISIS and Al-Qaeda propaganda often generalizes against “the West” or the “infidels”. While clearly in conflict with Canadian values, the imprecise nature of these threats are a challenge to existing legislation. The new C-51 definition will better enable law enforcement to effectively pursue those distributing radicalized propaganda and advocating violence “in general”. Our Government is also working to disrupt acts of terrorism before they come to pass. This legislation will authorize our security agencies to intervene against those plotting terrorist attacks and to share security information across federal departments.

What this measure will not do is transform CSIS into a “secret police force” with no accountability. Bill C-51 gives no law-enforcement powers to CSIS. CSIS cannot arrest any individual. It cannot charge any individual. What is proposed in C-51 is efforts to stop terrorist attacks while they are still in the planning stages. And what’s more, those efforts are subject to robust judicial oversight, and review by the Security Intelligence Review Committee. At all times, rights under the Constitution are protected. With regards to increased information sharing between Canada’s national security agencies, these changes will adhere to the Privacy Act. This legislation will also give our courts the ability to order the removal of terrorist propaganda, including from the internet. Such materials will include any materials that promote or encourage acts of terrorism against Canadians in general, or the commission of a specific attack against Canadians. All seizures will require a judicial order and will be similar to existing provisions in the Criminal Code that allow for the seizure of materials that are deemed criminal in nature, like child pornography.

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None of these measures will allow the Communications Security Establishment of Canada (CSEC) to spy on Canadians as some have suggested. CSEC’s mandate does not change under Bill C-51. CSEC acts within the law to protect Canada’s national interest and keep Canada and Canadians safe from global threats. Also included in Bill C-51 are measures to enhance witness protection, allow, with the approval of a judge, our police officers to detain terror suspects more quickly and for longer periods of time, and strengthen the Passenger Protection Program to ensure the safety of aircrafts, and the people who travel with them. Rest assured, these new measures will remain under strong oversight, to help to ensure that they are used properly. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, “These new measures have been carefully chosen to be both strong and practical, to enhance our security in a way that strengthens our rights.” Bob Zimmer, MP Prince George-Peace River Chair, BC/Yukon Caucus


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Promise broken on rural dividend plan

View from the legislature MLA Doug Donaldson


FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT Firefighters in South Hazelton contain a fire that destroyed a home in South Hazelton Friday. Surrounding homes were damaged but saved by the effort. Contributed photo

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town. But more and more they are gunning their engines Editor: and puffing wads of black Letters to the editor policy We would like diesel smoke in Letters are welcomed up to a maximum of 250 words. Letters are subject to editing for to thank the realtown. clarity, brevity and legality. All letters must include the writer’s name, daytime telephone life superheroes I understand number and hometown for verification purposes. Anonymous, or pen names will not be permitted. Not all submissions will be published. Letters may be e-mailed to: editor@ for saving two a young man’s homes in South m e n t a l i t y Hazelton when a and his prehouse sandwiched they were safe through all deafening noise and a occupation with between them caught on this. plume of black smoke, linking truck noise and fire early Friday morning. The words “Thank it speeds away from the strength with virility. The fire lasted 24 you” do not even begin stop light at Main and Many teenagers hours before it was finally to express how we really Yellowhead. go through this and out and had a number of feel. This is getting to be probably always will. propane tank explosions a familiar occurrence But will these and other complications. Tara Haskill lately on Smithers emerging stallions If you had not been there South Hazelton streets. The vehicles of please have some so quickly, there would interest are large, later consideration for have been no hope for us model three-quarter others and limit their and with this dry weather Please take your and one-ton pickups, noise and smoke to it may have spread out of symbols of virility usually with lift-kits, more remote areas and control. big tires, usually diesel leave the rest of us in out of town Also, thanks to the engines and some kind peace. neighbour down the of modified tail pipes. Thanks guys! Editor: street who took in our It’s not so bad when dogs and four-year-old they rush by you on the Brian Burrill little boy and made sure With a blast of ear- highways outside of Smithers



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fter years of supplying billions of dollars of revenue to the province and industry, based on natural resources exported from our own backyard, communities in the Northwest are left with an infrastructure deficit — many examples of crumbling and rapidly deteriorating water systems, sewer systems, municipal roads and public buildings. Adding insult-to-injury is the continual claw back of government services in rural, northern areas, despite the fact that the resource economy that has contributed those billions needs thriving communities in order to fully succeed. One recent effort to address this imbalance is the Northwest Resource Benefits Alliance (NWRBA). The NWRBA represents the communities in the regional districts of Kitimat-Stikine, BulkleyNechako and SkeenaQueen Charlotte. These communities are seeking a percentage of future resource revenues for infrastructure and other upgrades under a single sharing agreement. The model is similar to the Fair Share agreement

in the Northeast where communities receive a share of industrial profits — mainly natural gasrelated revenues — from the province in a deal signed by the BC NDP in the 1990s. But in an about face, the BC Liberals, after signing a 15-year extension to the Fair Share deal in 2005, suddenly informed Northeast communities they were renegotiating the agreement with five years still to go and imposed an April 30 deadline. ‘Here’s the new terms, sign it, and then we will consult’ was the approach. The Official Opposition worked with the communities of Fort St. John and Taylor to get a last-minute reversal of the ham-fisted ‘sign now, negotiate later’ demand by the government, so Fair Share has a year breathing space for actual negotiations. But the writing was on the wall for the NWRBA as well.  And sure enough, despite a 2013 promise by the Premier that she would negotiate a rural dividend plan that would directly benefit Northwest communities, NWRBA members received a letter April 22 from her government stating no talks on a future agreement would currently be entertained. The best route for government would be to ensure services and infrastructure dollars are returned to the Northwest in a more balanced manner, recognizing strong communities are needed for sustainable resource development. It would also be reasonable to expect this government to live up to promises they made on a rural dividend plan.

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From WALK-IN on Front Morkel said the change would put pressure on the local hospital emergency room but he believes it will cope with the influx of additional patients. “I think it is going to put some strain on our emergency department but the hospital is aware of the changes so they are expecting a little bit of an influx,” he said. “I think the emergency department should be able to cope with that.” Morkel’s clinic is the only place in Smithers that takes patients without appointments. Central Square Medical Clinic, Coho Clinic and the Broadway Clinic will take sameday appointments for emergencies, however waiting lists for family doctors are long. Central Square has stopped keeping a waiting list and is encouraging clients to call back month-by-month to see if any places have opened up. Morkel said Smithers was more fortunate than other communities in the area because a lot of its residents already had family doctors. But he said Houston, which has no hospital, was facing a severe doctor shortage. “It’s our neighbour town and ... soon they will only have one

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doctor there really servicing 5,000 people but that also puts a strain on our emergency department [in Smithers],” he said. Northern Health spokesperson Jonathon Dyck said in a statement the authority would continue to monitor its emergency department usage as normal. “It wouldn’t be fair to speculate on the changes this may have on other health care services as there are other primary care supports available, and they are changing the model of service delivery going to an appointment based system,” he said. He said Northern Health worked in consultation with physicians to provide advice on services that may benefit the community but the decision was ultimately theirs. Dyck said people who were unsure about whether their situation required treatment at the emergency department could call HealthLink B.C. at 8-1-1 or visit “This does present a good opportunity to remind residents of Smithers that the emergency department is for urgent or sudden changes in health status, and people using the emergency department appropriately will help our staff and physicians focus on the patients with urgent needs and ensure there is appropriate space,” he said.

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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. The Grendel Group Open House to celebrate 15th Sue 250-846-5084 or Lorraine 250-846-5346. year. Friday, May 22, 1-5 p.m. Refreshments Indra Egan Concert Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m., served and tours of our gardens. 3768 2nd Ave. Evangelical Free Church. Solo Piano Recital. BV Genealogical Society Perennial Plant Sale Works by Chopin, Debussy, Louie, Mozart, & Raffle Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. at the Goat Schumann. Admission by donation. Statue Park, Main St & Hwy 16. Viewing 8-9 a.m. Poetry & Essay Reading, Saturday, May 23, 7 p.m., To arrange pick-up or help with digging in the Smithers Public. Sarah de Leeuw will be reading Smithers/Telkwa area call Karen Mitchell 250- primarily from her forthcoming book of poetry, 847-9052 or Dale Gilbert 250-847-2107 by May Skeena, as well as from her essays. 20. Hands On with Your Pet, Saturday, May 23-24, Non-Fiction Writing Workshop, Saturday, May 23, learn healing techniques for problems of the mind 9-10:30 a.m., Smithers Public Library. Stretch your AND body to jumpstart healing. Kim Hunter creative bones with author, human & historical- 1-778-930-1883, cultural geographer & NBC assist. professor, Eden Robinson, acclaimed Haisla/Heiltsuk author Sarah de Leeuw. Coffee & muffins served. Monday, May 25, 7 p.m. Smithers Public Library. March Against Monsanto Smithers Saturday, May Books written Traplines, Monkey Beach, The 23, 1 p.m. Nature’s Pantry. Bring homemade signs Sasquatch at Home, Blood Sports. stting your reasons for Marching and wear red. Celebrating Oceans Day with David Suzuki Raeanna Layfield 250-896-1601, raeraelay@gmail. Monday, June 8, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Della Herman com or on Facebook, #MAMS. Theatre. Free shuttle from Moricetown Band Telkwa Seniors Spring Tea Saturday, May 23, 2-4 Office 5:30 p.m. p.m. Telkwa Seniors Hall. Light lunch served. Call


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The Mental Health Family Resource Centre from the BC Schizophrenia Society and The Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Committee invites you to join us to experience Bill Macphee inspirational story on how he pulled himself from the depths of schizophrenia & depression. When: Thursday May 28 from 6 to 8 pm Where: Friendship Centre Hall: 3955 Third Avenue in Smithers Admission: FREE

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Glen Kerr with his Shire horses Jay and Duke, who will compete in the upcoming 10th Annual Heavy Horse Pull in Smithers on May 24.


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Smithers Heavy Horse Pull hauling history By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Shire horses Jay and Duke weigh more than a ton each and their hooves are the size of dinner plates. Their faces are longer than a tall man’s torso and their muscle mass makes a moose look scrawny. Suffice it to say, Glen Kerr’s draft horse team are not called heavy horses for nothing. Along with his wife Dolores and neighbour Anika Gattiker, Kerr is one of the organizers of the 10th Annual Heavy Horse Pull in Smithers on May 24. About 10 teams of heavy horses will converge this weekend for the annual test of horsepower. Draft horses in competitions can pull more than four tons at the command of their driver, who uses their voice to signal the horses to throw their weight into the harness and pull. In addition to size, Kerr said there were key attributes the horses needed to succeed.

“You want something that’s got some power in the back end,” he said. “Good feet, that’s really important in a draft horse, same as any other horse as that goes, even saddle horses, if you’ve got no feet you don’t have a horse. Good disposition, good overall conformation.” Draft horse teams were still used for logging in B.C. until the early 2000s, when Kerr says the last horse-logging contracts were handed over to contractors using faster, mechanized systems. Kerr worked for 16 years as a horse-logger. He said a working life was the best way to prepare a team for competition. His most successful team, a pair of Belgian draft horses named Sabre and Guy, worked seven hours a day, five days a week for eight to nine months every year. Although Kerr said it was difficult to develop the same level of strength in horses like Jay and Duke, whose training was simulated, they were still able to build an enormous amount of strength.

“A good, well-seasoned pulling team can pull over 11,000 pounds ... Here they’ll pull eight or nine thousand.” Horse pull teams consist of a driver and a hooker. The horses enter the arena to compete wearing only their harnesses until the hooker attaches a “boat” carrying shingles. Once attached they must pull the load 14 feet to complete that round. A formula is used to determine how much the horses pulled above their own weight. The moments before a pull can be suspenseful. A little too much weight on one rein or a little soon with his voice and Kerr can give the horses the wrong signal. “You’ve just got to block everything off when you go to the boat, the noise, it’s like any sport,” he said. He said the Smithers event was a spectacle to see the animals, which played such an important role in Canada’s heritage, show their strength. “It’s a thing of the past really, it’s part of history,” he said.

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“Horses built these countries, Australia and Canada, they built the railroads. It’s nice to preserve the history.” Gattiker said she had always loved heavy horses. She became involved with the annual horse pull through Glen and Dolores. “I’ve always loved heavy horses and I enjoy helping Glen and Dolores organize the horse pull,” she said. “I have been fortunate to learn a lot of the driving involved with the heavy horses through Glen.” Gattiker has her own draft horses and has also driven Kerr’s horses in a pull event. She said the appeal of the sport spanned generations, particularly in Smithers where it was part of the region’s history. “There are also young people who enjoy it but it seems that it’s definitely more the older generation because it probably brings memories of farming with horses,” she said. “And then of course there’s all the people who just love seeing the big horses because they are just so awesome.”


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Town seeks alternatives after deal to reopen section of Perimeter Trail fails By Chris Garaeu Smithers/Interior News

A section of the Perimeter Trail that slipped away will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The Town of Smithers and Alpine Village Estates, which owns the property near Smithers Secondary School, could not reach an agreement to rebuild the short stretch along Chicken Creek and re-establish the right-of-way discharged by the town last spring. The town offered to pay the legal costs to reestablish the right-of-way and rebuild the eroded trail at an estimated cost of $40,000 for fencing, legal fees, engineering and construction. Alpine Village’s Ron Lister said that does not come close to covering the cost of what residents have already put towards fixing the edge of their property. He said the strata was asking for $80,000 to cover engineering fees already paid. Residents of the 40 units have paid a total of $138,000 so far according to Lister. “If they’re going to take and relocate the trail somewhere else, we don’t have to tell you what that would mean. This was

our reasoning, but council saw their way of doing it, fair enough” said Lister, believing the town would end up spending much more to reroute the trail. Landscaping work for residents and the public to enjoy is still being done between the fences closing off the trail. “It’s really a shame that this trail is no longer in operation, for the simple reason that the general public is so used to it. It has been here since 1991. “We still see today guys running and jumping the fence, they’re so used to coming here,” said Alpine Village resident Ed Hagman. When the section fell towards the creek last spring, it was determined that the Alpine Village storm sewer caused the erosion and slippage. Mayor Taylor Bachrach agreed this part of the trail was well used. A large portion of the trail now Ron Lister and Ed Hagman say residents of Alpine Village Estates have already paid $138,000 on engineering leads to a dead end. “We’re going to have and other expenses on the eroded part of Perimeter Trail that runs through its property. Chris Gareau photo a conversation as council about alternatives. “The difficulty is to Dogwood Park,” said The mayor said he has “The detour would is not very wide and there getting from where the Bachrach. heard from a lot of people basically go up the side of isn’t any separation from Perimeter Trail pops out “So there’s a fairly about how disappointed the highway to Toronto traffic. Secondly, because onto the highway by the considerable stretch of they are that the section of Street, and then along it’s not a trail. The beauty goat statue, getting from trail that is no longer really trail is no longer open. He Toronto Street to Railway. of the Perimeter Trail is that there to essentially Railway useful. Unfortunately it’s a added that other options “It’s not an optimal with the exception of a few Avenue where the trail pretty nice stretch of trail looked at so far are not solution because the small sections, most of it is a picks up again, or at least through the forest.” ideal. shoulder of the highway trail,” said Bachrach.

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Locals March Against Monsanto By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

March Against Monsanto is an international movement by people concerned about the effects of eating genetically modified foods (GMOs). It is held across 38 countries and hundreds of cities, and on Saturday some Smithereens will be joining the march. Raeanna Layfield is a chef who decided Smithers needed to join the cause. She believes there are negative health consequences and wants to see GMO food labelled.

“It’s been a while that [GMOs] have been in there, and we haven’t known about it or been consulted,” said Layfield. Round-up Ready crops and pesticides — of which Monsanto is a major global producer — have been detrimental to bees and other species, said Layfield. “This is my town, it’s where I grew up, I would like to protect it.” Nature’s Pantry and The Sausage Factory are sponsoring the march. People are gathering at Nature’s Pantry at 1 p.m. The march will go down Main Street and pass by Raeanna Layfield and others are grocery stores. marching Saturday. Chris Gareau photo

Men opening up at Dudes Club By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Ask a member of the Dudes Club what the program is all about and the answer will likely include words like “solidarity” and “respect”. Anonymous, private and open to anyone, the support group gives men a safe and comfortable place to discuss their needs and experiences. “What happens in Dudes Club stays in Dudes Club,” facilitator Anthony Payne told a recent meeting of the club’s Smithers chapter. “But not like in Vegas, it really stays,” he told the group, which had two new members last week. Established in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, the program promotes health awareness through peer-support and presentations by guest speakers such as councillors and nurses. It also aims to instill a sense of pride and enrich the lives of individuals who attend. Last year the Dudes Club was introduced to communities in the North, including Prince George, Moricetown and Smithers. In Smithers, every other Dudes Club meeting is an outdoor activity such as ice fishing or canoeing. Payne said the program had filled a gap for a non-denominational meeting place for men. “It provides solidarity, a place to talk, to feel free to talk and share your issues that’s not an AA class or something of that nature,” he said. “It’s basically a support for men. “It also provides a place to deal with social problems so the community can become a healthier and better community, not just the men in it but the whole of the community.” Issues discussed at the Dudes Club include anger management, addictions, stress reduction, mental health, grief and loss, racism, family and relationships. One of the Dudes Club’s slogans is “drop your armour — you don’t need to be a tough guy here”. Northern Health Men’s Health regional lead Holly Christian said men in the North face more barriers to health than women and men in other parts of the province. She said camp working arrangements, isolation and marginalization are some of the factors preventing men from accessing the health care they need. “In particular if we look at the Northwest there are additional barriers where we have people living in rural and remote areas where

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they might be isolated or have limited access to travel to get into health care appointments,” she said. “They may be marginalized and unable to seek the services that they need due to mental health issues.” She said masculine stereotypes also played a role in preventing access to care. “Men don’t typically seek help or seek health care,” she said. “They are told to tough it out or to not whine and suck it up and those kinds of things and I think all of those really play into barriers.” Earlier this month Northern Health Authority counsellor Beth Richardson spoke at a recent meeting about the types of skills that can be used to regulate emotions. She said the Dudes Club was one of a number of services offered by Positive Living North (PLN) which were making a difference in the community. “I think it’s connecting with a lot of people that may not otherwise access mental health and addiction or just any other support services,” she said. She added that the camaraderie of the group was a way to enrich people’s lives and support people who have experienced trauma. Club member Kevin Moore said he wished a similar program had been available in the past because it allowed him to relate to others’ experiences. “If he says something, about say his past or something, I think geez, yeah I’ve gone through that,” said Moore. Payne said when the program started in Smithers there were concerns that the men might not open up, but that hadn’t been a problem. “Part of that is our armour that we wear, that society tells us that we’re supposed to be tough guys and wage-earners and the rock of the family and if you’re a rock and you’re getting chipped at all the time pretty soon you are just going to get worn down,” he said. He said the club was still looking for more members, including teens and young men. “We’re trying to reach out to a little bit younger of a crowd right now because there is a gap in care for youths as well sometimes in the North, or young men,” he said. Offered in partnership by Movember, PLN, the University of British Columbia and Vancouver Native Health Society, the Dudes Club meets every second Thursday from 1-3 p.m. The next meeting takes place on May 21. For more information contact PLN at 250-877-0042.


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Bulkley Valley Museum a place of history looking to the future

Kira Westby Bulkley Valley Museum curator When was the last time you visited a museum? Was it while you were on vacation in another country? Was it with your kids on a trip, or was it when you were a kid? If your answer is “I never go to a museum, they’re boring and stuffy,” I strongly encourage you to reconsider. I think you may be in for a surprise. Museums are

changing, there’s no doubt about it. The days of “look, but don’t touch,” and staring at tiny lines of text through glass are becoming a thing of the past. Museums have gone digital and are becoming increasingly interactive. They have dedicated apps and smart tours that work with your phone, and touch-screen kiosks and tablets that let you interact at your own pace. They answer your questions and chat with you on Twitter and Facebook, they host webinars (online seminars), and have entire displays dedicated to helping kids learn and engage with the past. Initiatives like the Google Cultural Institute ( culturalinstitute)


and Smithsonian X 3D (www.3d. are bringing museum collections online, allowing researchers and visitors to interact with museum collections digitally, and in new and exciting ways. The availability of open-source software, social media tools, and relatively inexpensive digital technologies means that even smaller museums are looking for ways to spread beyond their walls and appeal to new audiences. The exciting thing is that it’s working. A 2011 Department of Canadian Heritage survey showed 21.5 million visits to Canadian museums, and over 44 million online visits to museum websites. Total numbers for global museum

attendance aren’t available, but figures like 25 million visits to the top 5 museums just in London, England in 2014 indicates that the total would be staggering. M u s e u m s around the world are reinventing themselves, and proving that they are still relevant. As a curator, it’s my job to advocate that museums are important, provide a great service, and that we need museums. But, it’s also something that I truly believe. Our museums collect memories and stories, and the physical items that help us understand and remember the past. They interpret how a community, a people, a whole country has changed and developed over time. They are a forum for dialogue, places

to enjoy memories of how things used to be, or to share memories of past wrongs that should never be forgotten. Museums are centres of culture, where we can share, learn, and remember. I love museums, and I am so excited to see how museums will continue to change as we adapt to this new digital era. Every year on and around May 18th the global museum community marks International Museum Day. Established by the International Council of Museums in 1977 the day is intended to increase public awareness of the role of museums in the development of society. In 2014 there was record participation from 35,000 museums in over 145 countries.

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For graduating high school students, a number of $750.00 bursaries are being awarded. Applications must be received by May 31st. Information regarding these bursaries and application forms can be obtained from you high school councillor or teacher, or by contacting the club at the address below. For university students, a number of $1000.00 bursaries are to be awarded. The application deadline is September 30, 2015. Further information and an application form can be obtained from: Smithers Lions Club Box 925 Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Attn: Bursary Committee

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But one simple innovation paved the way for students to access learning that might align with their interests and future goals. One innovation allowed students to link with NWCC and access a variety of trades training opportunities (including the only Environmental Monitor Assistant Program in the province) that will translate into employable skills that the student may or may not choose to pursue. One simple innovation helped connect students who may have struggled in our traditional structures, to the potential of post secondary and skills for life at NWCC. While the above “innovations” may get headlines, at the same time our educators have been provincial innovation leaders in their practice. SD#54 educators are provincially recognized for their work in self-regulation, their collaborative practice and their inquiry work. Their commitment to improving practice only helps to magnify the engagement provided through additional choice, flexibility and personalization. The SD#54 Board of Education is proud have the opportunity to work with our communities to better engage all learners, giving all students the opportunity to leave our schools even more curious then when they arrived.

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Heather Lytle gets a group hug from students and the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council after receiving the news of her prestigious SMART award at a showing of Love’s Labour’s Lost at Della Herman Theatre April 25. Lytle also received a painting (right) from Mark Tworow.

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Drama teacher shares her passion By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

“I whole-heartedly believe that theatre is about making us better people, and that’s what’s so exciting about doing this.” Heather Lytle left no doubt about the passion she has for her art during an interview with The Interior News on the very stage where she has stoked the fire for theatre in so many students and audiences alike. That passion was recognized recently by the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council (BVCAC), which gave the Smithers Secondary School Drama teacher its most prestigious award. The SMART award recognizes a person who, in the eyes of the BVCAC directors, has shown long-term commitment to their art and to the Bulkley Valley. “We recognize and celebrate the many ways Heather’s work has impacted a wide range of community members, from her

students at SSS to the broader community of Smithers, her audience,” said Miriam Colvin, president of BVCAC. “Ms. Lytle exposes us as much as she possibly can. She gives us so much to round out our theatre experience,” said SSS drama student Nathan Taylor. Lytle was given the award after Love’s Labour’s Lost, one of the first-class productions she helps put on at the Della Herman Theatre on a regular basis. Principal Jacksun Grice said Lytle puts in countless hours perfecting the production and working with student performers to put on the best show they can, describing her as the equivalent of at least two teachers. “The wonderful thing about her is she’s able to draw in kids from every kind of facet of our student population, and when she draws them in she’s able to do it in a warm, caring way, but she’s also able to bring out the absolute best in every kid. “Anybody whose involved in the arts when they see our performances, they realize how quality they are and are amazed

at the fact it is high school students doing that work,” said Grice. “That diverse group of people always comes together and just exceeds expectations. I think that truly speaks to the quality that Heather brings and her skills as an educator too.” Lytle was quick to point out she could not do it on her own, but the passion with which she spoke of her chosen profession belied the attempted deflection. “Theatre isn’t always about being in the limelight, in fact it’s not really at all about that. It’s so much more about giving and being generous about yourself, and being present in a moment and being willing to actively engage with other people,” said Lytle. “The opportunity to explore all sorts of social issues or periods of history. The conversations we get to have about real life; all about why human beings do the things they do, and how are we affected by that. How do we make changes to the way we think and behave.”

Lytle has been teaching since 1993, starting at an elementary school and moving on to a middle school before becoming what Grice described as “the cornerstone of the Drama department” at SSS. She said she has been involved in extracurricular drama and theatre the entire time. Students from school years gone by have grown up, but many never forget their experience with Ms. Lytle. “In this role I’ve been able to develop really solid relationships with young people, and I know now, when they come back to visit years later, the impact that it’s had. “I guess what I get from that is it reassures me every day that the stuff we’re doing is important. It’s not a frill course, it’s an important part of their development,” said Lytle. Her Drama students had just returned from provincials in New Westminster, and were about to embark on a trip to New York to visit Broadway. They are now preparing for their last show before the end of another amazing year.

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C ommunity Celebrate bibliomania at the May book sale bring a rod for free fishing, no-license required that day, share a potluck dinner, bring good food to share. Finish off with

music around the campfire, bring your instruments and join in. The art gallery may hold a three-day figure-

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More information: 250847-3898. Closing with: The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing

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View from the Porch Lorraine Doiron Bibliomania — excessive fondness for acquiring and possessing books. Afraid I have a bad case as I am unable to just walk past any books without stopping, “just looking” is not in my vocabulary. Hard to even go into the library without taking out several books. Know that the Friends of the Library are hosting their spring book sale May 29 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. in the empty Mark’s store on Main Sreet. Clear off some space on your bookshelves, donate your books, movies, CD’s to the library or call the library 250-847-3043 and they will pickup. Dungeons and Dragons for Tweens and Teens at the Library May 22, June 5 and 19, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Don’t forget the plant sale this Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Special features: a children’s table with plants for the young gardener, plant seeds and garden magazines, a display table with examples of invasive plants, raffle tickets, draw at noon. Did you know the first countries to grant women’s suffrage in national elections were New Zealand (1893), Australia (1902), Finland (1906) and Norway (1913). In Canada it was Manitoba (1916) first. Quebec wasn’t until 1940. A license plate: WHEEZE. Always wonder how some names come about. Chuckle for the day: if you press the elevator button three times it goes into hurry mode, just like the crosswalk sign. Healthy Hugs Organics, weekly vegetable bo:. $30 large box, $20 medium. Content is picked fresh on pick-up day, everything we can grow in the North! More information 250-847-5530. Father’s Day, spend it at Round Lake. Hosted by the Round Lake Community Association, a full day of activities: paddle your canoe, kayak,

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Michelle Blackett knew from a young age that she was a spiritual soul. Following that call most of her life lead her to self realization as a medium. The needs of many of her local clients made opening New Age Insights as a home based business in 2013 a logical step. In the short but very active two years since, the business has outgrown first her home and then her First Avenue location. “The demand just kept getting bigger


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Jaron Freeman-Fox plays with his old ensemble Twisted String at the Old Church in Smithers Saturday night. It had been 10 years since Freeman-Fox was last in Smithers, and a dozen since he played in town. Chris Gareau photo

Fiddler’s trail leads full circle to Smithers

By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News






The most touching piece of fiddle master Jaron Freeman-Fox’s Saturday night performance at the Old Church came about half way through his set. He explained how he was walking back from a fun night out in Germany when he came across the Camino Trail, an ancient pilgrim route through Europe. He told the sold-out audience that he immediately took out his fiddle and wrote a song for his late mentor, Twisted String founder Oliver Schroer. It had been ten years since Freeman-Fox was in Smithers. He came back for a week to become a mentor himself to a new generation of young Twisted String musicians, and put on a show for Smithereens, some of whom had not seen him since he was living in town at six years old. “I guess I feel a real sense of responsibility and poignancy to do this sort of mentorship because I grew up with no one to study violin with. “In my professional life that has



been my greatest asset because of the creativity and knowing how to work for it, and knowing how to learn when there’s nobody to teach you are skills I developed from the very beginning of my musical life. “But also that feeling that whenever there are resources available, to use them to the fullest extent with people like Oliver coming to the North and getting to tap into that,” said Freeman-Fox. That creativity shone through, with songs inspired by everything from auctioneers and Indian languages, to Bach and Afro beats — sometimes in the same tune. The fiddler, who has found success as a solo artist and with his band The Opposite of Everything, spent a lot of time with current Twisted String members teaching techniques and some new songs. Member Jason Oliemans helped organize Freeman-Fox’s trip back to the Northwest after getting funding from the Bulkley Valley Community Arts Council and Bulkley Valley Credit Union, and fundraising with the group.

“It was a lot of fun. I’m giving a little bit of a sigh of relief. There were lots of new songs, almost half the songs we played were brand new that we learned in the last four days,” said Oliemans. Twisted String opened and took to the stage with Freeman-Fox to cap off the evening with several songs, including an encore after a grand ovation from the audience. “We definitely were able to expand our repertoire; get some of the stuff we already play and make it better,” said Oliemans. Most of what the group plays is by Shroer. “I’m definitely instigating respect for that, but not obsessing over one thing as the be all, end all,” said Freeman-Fox, pointing to the Swedish music he had the group playing. Twisted String has applied to play at this year’s Kispiox festival, and expect to play at the Farmers’ Market and other venues in Smithers. Twisted String music is available at Mountain Eagle Books and Interior Jaron Freeman-Fox at the Old Church Saturday. Stationery.

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Skeena Bakery breaks down barriers By Alicia Bridges New Hazelton/Interior News

Hazelton-based special education teacher Charlotte Linford helps young people with disabilities succeed at school. With support her students are often able to complete their studies and graduate Grade 12, but Linford found many of her students were still unemployed long after they graduated from school. “I would see kids graduating and then not going anywhere, not doing anything, going home and playing video games basically,” said Linford. “I had a lot of friends who were special needs in town and I saw that there was a need for them to have some kind of employment, even if it wasn’t paid employment. “Even if they were living and getting cheques to live on it’s still not as meaningful as working.” She put out a call to gauge community interest in creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Linford’s idea received an enthusiastic response and the not-for-profit Skeena Supported Employment Society was formed. The group settled on a plan to launch a not-forprofit bakery where people with barriers to employment could get an introduction to the workplace, but finding the money to do it was a challenge. “It was really difficult because for a lot of years we were just a bunch of people in a room with a really great idea,” she said. “Everyone would say ‘that’s a really great idea,’ but it was hard to get funding until someone finally funded us and once we got funding, we got that first grant, it was like okay, people started believing that we were real.” Finally, with funding from Service Canada, the Skeena

Skeena Bakery volunteer Eric Fowler, support worker Amber Grimm, volunteer Jonathon Fowler and assistant manager Harvey Turner.

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Bakery launched in New Hazelton in 2009. In addition to its baker Andreas Hubert, manager

She said it was giving them basic employment skills such as being well-groomed and arriving at work on time.

wishing that our bakery was in their community, like Smithers and Terrace and Prince Rupert.”

“I think that the bakery has become something that the community in general is just proud of having,” -Amber Grimm Hazelton support worker

Braunwyn Henwood and assistant manager Harvey Turner, the shop is currently training five young people from the Get Youth Working Program. Those trainees are volunteers who receive tips for their time on the job. Amber Grimm is one of three support workers from Hazelton Child and Youth Care Services who work with the young people in the program.

Grimm said there was a sense of pride in the Hazelton area about the bakery. “Our community is super accepting of seeing people with disabilities working at the bakery and accepting everything that comes along with that,” she said. “I think that the bakery has become something that the community in general is just proud of having. “We hear lots of people from other communities

Brothers Jonathon and Eric Fowler are both taking part in the volunteer program at the bakery. It was Eric’s first day there when he spoke to The Interior News last month. “[I’m learning] pretty much all the basics, all the dishes and all the bread and learning where everything goes.” “I haven’t been going to school so I had to keep myself busy.” Jonathon said it was a “nice

experience” training at the bakery. Manager Braunwyn Henshaw said the business had evolved to serve the community in other ways. “[Breaking down] barriers to employment was what the original intent of it was but I think it’s evolved a little bit in the fact that we’ve also given a fair amount of training, work experience to high school students,” she said. “We did a group with the Northwest Community College with ladies who had never worked outside of the home. “They were just updating their job skills and they just asked if they could come and hang out and learn customer service.” Another volunteer who is recovering from a stroke has been transitioning back to the workplace with shifts at the bakery. With the business making enough money to support itself, the society is working towards its next enterprise. Linford said the concept involved recycling large furniture and appliances. “That would create employment for a different demographic of people that don’t fit into the bakery necessarily ... more handson,” she said. Although she predicts it would take time, she is confident the project will go ahead. She said the success of the bakery was a testament to the community. “In Hazelton, you can think of any kind of idea you want and people are like ‘yeah let’s try it’ and they will throw their time and energy behind it,” she said. “It was a lot of work and it was really frustrating at times because it really looked like an impossible task at times. “Now I don’t worry about the bakery at all, I don’t think it’s ever going to collapse.”

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In 2014 she was elected as one of the band councillors for the Gitanmaax Band and remains Two Hazelton area women did their active in Social, Work Health and Housing. communities proud when they took home NWCC president Ken Burt praised both of the Northwest Community College’s McDougall for her powerful keynote address at inaugural awards at a convocation ceremony in the ceremony. Terrace last Wednesday. “Geri’s story of pursuing her education in Counsellor Geri McDougall and teacher the face of personal hardship and pursuing her Brigitta van Heek both received accolades at the dreams to become a role model for her children event, which was attended by students, staff and and her community is inspiring,” said Burt. faculty from throughout the region. van Heek received the Community Service The two new awards were introduced in 2015 Award in recognition of her tireless advocacy of to mark the college’s 40th anniversary. education and her dedication to helping students McDougall received the Distinguished overcome barriers to completing their studies. Alumni award, which recognizes a person who The Hazelton Secondary School employee attended NWCC as a student and has gone on to was praised for her dogged support of students play an important role in their community. and community service on the board of the She graduated from the college after Kitanmaax Art School and the Career-Education completing the Career and College Preparation Society. program and the then Human Service Worker A former recipient of the Golden Jubilee Program, which later became the Social Service Award, she was also recognized for her Work Program. contributions to student programs. McDougall went on to the University of She played an integral role in planning and Victoria where she earned her Bachelor of Social building the HSS smokehouse, which gave Work in 1992, however it was not an easy journey. NWCC students real-life work experience while Two years prior to graduation, her son was Jeneen S. Woods from Hazelton graduated with a Certificate in contributing to an important cultural and injured in a car accident and spent months Information & Communications Technology at the NWCC convocation community initiative. Contributed photo recovering at the GF Strong Rehabilitation ceremony in Terrace last week. She also donated her time to help develop the Centre in Vancouver. Kispiox Valley Outdoor Centre so it could be McDougall juggled her full course load in Victoria counselling to the Gitxsan people in Gitwangak and available for use by all schools in the school district. with her dedication to visiting her son every weekend in Hazelton through the Gitxsan-Wet’suwet’en Education Last summer she negotiated a partnership with the Vancouver while he recuperated. Society. Gitxsan Development Corporation to offer high school With support from her instructors she completed the She is actively involved in the traditional system as students week-long construction camps to increase program successfully. well as in Gitxsan political issues and in 2002 became awareness around trades and offer hands-on learning She is now a self-employed counsellor offering Hereditary Chief Spookw. experiences for the participants.


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Three Rivers Correspondent

Police seek car break-in witnesses Week of May 7 - 13

New Hazelton RCMP responded to 77 calls during this week. May 7 — At 9:50 p.m., three ATVs were reported to be driving in the vicinity of the high school and Wiggins Way. Police attended, however the vehicles had departed. The public should be aware that substantial fines may be levied if found operating an ATV in an illegal manner. May 11 — It was reported that a grey

Police Beat Mitsubishi Lancer was parked in the 1300 block of the Kispiox Valley Road. Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., its passenger side window was broken. Police are seeking witnesses. May 12 — At 10 a.m., police responded to

a semi truck parked in the lot at the tourist information centre on the corner of Highway 16 and Highway 62. The truck was determined to have been stolen out of Prince Rupert. It was subsequently towed for forensic examination. May 12 — At 8 p.m., a male was reported to be passed out near the rail tracks in New Hazelton. Police attended and found a male heavily intoxicated and breaching his probation conditions. He was arrested and charges are pending.

Learn how to tan some hide By Alicia Bridges Hazelton/Interior News

Sharing knowledge so past students can become teachers is the focus of a hide tanning workshop in the Hazeltons next week. The Hide Tanning Open House at ‘Ksan Village on May 26 will be a continuation of a series of workshops led by Tahltan elder Mary Dennis and New Hazelton resident Benjamin Laurie last August. Although it is designed as a refresher for the 45 students from those courses, the open house will also welcome other tanners, trappers and people with no experience. The workshop will comprise hands-on demonstrations, a review of brain tanning, an introduction to bark tanning and alum tanning furs.

Benjamin Laurie will share his hide tanning skills at a workshop in the Hazeltons May 26.

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Laurie said the event was an opportunity for people of all skill levels to accelerate the learning process and have better success

with natural tanning methods. “Learning how to respond to the hide with your senses, muscle memory and


knowledge leads to good quality hides,” he said. He added that the open house was different to a traditional workshop because of its focus on community information sharing. “Our goal is to cultivate knowledge sharing between people, so that past students take a step towards becoming teachers and we become better at disseminating knowledge about hide tanning in order for more people to advance their skills in this area,” said Laurie. The Hide Tanning Open House will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the ‘Ksan Village carving shed on May 26. A $5 donation is suggested. To register contact ‘Ksan at 250-8425544 or for more information phone Benjamin at 250-8423383.

The award-winning The Interior News has an opportunity for a Three Rivers Correspondent. This position is perfect for a communityminded Hazelton resident. In an effort to enhance coverage of the Hazeltons we are looking for an individual who lives in the area who can attend community events, write articles and take photographs. The Hazelton correspondent will liaise with our newsroom to decide on coverage and what local issues to report on. Black Press is Canada’s largest independent print media company with more than 170 community, daily and urban newspapers across Canada and the United States. Previous newspaper reporting experience is not required. Anyone interested in this paid position can send a resume and writing and photography samples to:

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Spice of Life Brenda Mallory

What day is this? I just watched a bit of the news out of Vancouver and I am sure it is the same stuff I heard a few days back. Even though I have always thought of myself as a bit of a news buff I realize that it is just a bit too repetitious for me. I see now that the spew given to us is on a 10-minute loop. Throw in an interview or cooking

segment and the news is read again. If I was really interested at this stage I could, I am told, get some sort of device that would allow me to look at the news all day long. I could access a great deal of music or watch all the TV shows I have tried to avoid all season. So, tell me what draws you to the latest news segment? I like to know the weather report. Mind you I could look at how the clouds are moving in or out, check the dew on the morning grass; or I could go with the red sky at night is a sailor’s delight and the red sky in the morning is a sailor’s warning. I don’t do sports, so that is out. Now we are to the real stories of the day. There is usually a fire in a place under construction or

abandoned. Surrey will have a murder or drive-by shooting. Car accidents, backed up traffic; something wrong with those high speed commuter trains. Terrorism makes for great suppertime entertainment and so it goes until the next broadcast when everything is repeated verbatim. Mind you, there could be a breaking news item. If you miss it will be repeated soon. My point is why am I drawn to this news stuff ? I am thinking it’s a habit I need to break. My curiosity about events beyond this land of mine will be realized on any given day. Better yet I could go out for coffee and hear the news from others. Often the local slant on events of the world is more entertaining, albeit maybe not quite

accurate. Did I say TV news is accurate? So you see tonight I turned the news off, sat down at this machine forgetting all about the events of the day. One event I must share with you is that I have telephone again! Two weeks without a phone was not a hardship for me. Never answer it very often anyway. I might be inclined if the readers had something to say when they call 250846-5095. Some found it much easier to email a note to me at mallory@bulkley. net. Before I go tonight, I would like to remind you to check your dogs for ticks. Tuffy, my new dog has had a couple on him. Mind you he looks like the kind of fellow who would attract ticks. I mean that in the nicest way.

Fire bug breaks into Walnut Park Elementary By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Walnut Park Elementary School was broken into early

last Monday morning, a day after a window was broken at the school. Smithers RCMP were told that a window was broken

Vandalism at Walnut Park Elementary has police asking people to keep an eye out.

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at the school on Mountainview Drive sometime between 1:30 and 9 a.m. on May 10. Then sometime during the early morning hours of May 11, a door was broken at the school. RCMP confirmed someone went inside, committed vandalism, and tried to start a fire. Smithers RCMP said they have had a number of other reports of vandalism to Walnut Park Elementary within the past couple weeks. The police are requesting those living in the neighbourhood to be vigilant and report any suspicious people or activity. Smithers RCMP can be reached at 250847-3233. Anonymous tips can be made

to Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


NOTICE OF ELECTION POLLING STATIONS Notice is hereby given that Lake Babine Nation has called an Election in accordance with its Election Code, for the purpose of electing: one (1) Chief; four (4) Woyenne Councillors; two (2) Fort Babine Councillors; two (2) Tachet Councillors; and one (1) Old Fort Councillor on July 3rd, 2015, for the next ensuing Term of Office.

NOTICE OF ELECTION FRIDAY, JULY 3RD, 2015 8:00 AM TO 8:00 PM WOYENNE (Margaret Patrick Hall, 819 Centre Street, Burns Lake)

TACHET - HEALTH CLINIC (18 Eaglenest Crescent, Tachet)

FORT BABINE - HEALTH CLINIC (70 Rainbow Drive, Fort Babine)


(Native Friendship Centre - 1600 3rd Avenue)


(Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre 1188 Main Street)

Please see the web site below for information on the election:


Official Voters List An official Voters List of all Eligible Electors shall be available for review during regular business hours at the Lake Babine Nation Administration Office, or directly from the Electoral Officer.


(Native Friendship Centre Given under my hand at Victoria, British 1607 East Hastings Street) Columbia, this 30th day of April 2015. Notice is hereby given that an Election will be held at all six locations listed above on July 3rd, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, for Lawrence Lewis, Electorial Officer the purpose of electing one (1) Chief and nine (9) Councillors for the next ensuing term.



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In her first ever 80 metre hurdles race, Smithers Secondary’s Olivia Davey (second from right) runs to a second place finish for the 14-15 girls competition at the annual Sub Zero track meet in Prince George earlier this month. Zones are in Smithers this Friday and Saturday.

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Sub Zero track meet results Soccer girls nail-biter Submitted by Neil Currie Prince George

In the 14-15 girls javelin, Smithers Secondary had first, second, third and fourth place. MacKinley Unruh won with a throw of 27.90 metres, a Grade 8 school record. Kendal Zemenchik also beat her old school record for second place. Wynona Creyke was in third, and Olivia Davey in fourth. In her first ever 80 metre hurdles race, Olivia Davey ran to a second place finish in the 14-15 girls competition. MacKinley Unruh also won the girls 14-15

high jump with a 1.38 metre leap. She also won in discus with a 20.00 metre throw exactly. Kendal Zemenchik came third in the discus, and Wynona Creyke came fifth out of 10 competitors. Nigel Mortimer easily won the boys 14-15 300 metre with a time of 43.72. He also placed third in the 100 metre with a time of 13.50, and was second in the long jump with a 4.76 metre jump. In the boys 16-17 800 metre, Ryan Williams was second with a time of 2:11.93, and was also second in the 1500 metre in a time of 4:28.16. Russel Borrett won the 14-15 boys high jump with a 1.53 metre best. He was also second in Javelin with a throw of 28.41 metres, and was third in discus with a distance of 21.89 metres.

Submitted by Bill Price Prince Rupert

On May 9-10, a Smithers Secondary School soccer team, made up of girls from Grades 8 to 12, enjoyed a very exciting weekend of play in Prince Rupert at the Northwest Zone Championship. The Smithers team, benefiting from their first week of outdoor practice on the school fields, played four games in two days.

Smithers won the first game, but a loss to Terrace in the second game meant Smithers had to play third-ranked Kitimat at the start of the second day to see who would meet top-ranked Terrace in the final. The game against Kitimat started well with Chantal Gammie and Morgan Monkman scoring to give Smithers a 2-0 lead. However, Kitimat did not give up and against the balance of play scored twice to tie the game. See PROVINCIALS on B6

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KICKING INTO HIGH GEAR Morgan Monkman battles for the ball while Robin Price and Danielle Olson look on. The Smithers Secondary girls found another gear on their way to winning the Northwest zone championship. Story on pages B1 and 6. Contributed photo


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Thank you to the following: A&W Smithers Aqua North Plumbing Aspen Motor Inn Bulkley Valley Credit Union Bulkley Valley Wholesale B.V. Castle Home Centre Canadian Tire Coast Mountain G.M. Dairy Queen Dan’s Source for Sports Driftwood Drillers Esso Bassani Fuels Frontier Chrysler Hoskins Ford Hytech Drilling L. B. Paving McDonalds Restaurant Pacific Inland Resources Pro-Tech Forest Resources Ltd. Roi Theatre Rugged Edge Holdings Scotiabank Smithers Steelheads Smokescreen Graphics Tim Hortons “Timbits” Western Financial Group Special thanks to Art Buchanan and the Roi Theatre for hosting of the year-end awards ceremony in such a great venue This space supported by The Interior News

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Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project

Committed to Environmental Protection and Safety Through April 2015, TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project team hosted public question-and-answer sessions in nine northern B.C. communities. We’d like to thank everyone who attended, and take this opportunity to respond again to some of the questions that were asked.

What will Coastal GasLink do to ensure safe pipeline operation? •

Pipelines are the safest method of transporting natural gas. TransCanada has been in the pipeline business for over 60 years and is a leader in pipeline design and integrity management with one of the best pipeline safety and operating records in the industry.

During operation, every pipeline is monitored 24 hours a day by highly trained TransCanada employees from a computerized control centre. From there, we are able to detect changes in pressure along our pipelines and ensure that facilities are operating properly. We conduct aerial inspections, on-the-ground inspections, and in-line inspections using mobile remote sensors. Our TransCanada operations specialists, who will live in northern B.C. communities, will maintain the pipeline system and conduct ongoing pipeline safety awareness programs.

What is Coastal GasLink doing to protect the environment? •

We have spent the past three years and over 300,000 person hours gathering information on terrain, vegetation, wildlife, fish and cultural features across the proposed route.

In many cases, Aboriginal community members have shared traditional ecological knowledge as part of our environmental field studies program.

Our project application to the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) presents detailed information on the environmental, social, heritage, health and economic values along the proposed route, along with our proposals for protecting those values. The application is posted on the EAO website at

In October 2014, after a public review of the application, the EAO issued an Environmental Assessment Certificate to Coastal GasLink, specifying ongoing detailed reporting and engagement with the public and Aboriginal communities. Our proposed pipeline route and construction plans already incorporate public input, and we continue to listen to communities. For example, we are currently exploring an alternate route in Wet’suwet’en territory southwest of Houston to see if it would further accommodate concerns about the Morice River.

What will Coastal GasLink do to protect fish and wildlife? •

Residents of northern B.C. recognize the value of salmon habitat. Each watercourse crossing along the Coastal GasLink route will be carefully studied and designed to minimize potential effects on fish, water and stream banks. We will reclaim the land we touch including important streams and riparian areas.

Coastal GasLink is developing comprehensive plans to protect caribou and grizzly bears and their habitat during construction and operation of the proposed pipeline. We have also committed $1.5 million toward provincial caribou management programs and $500,000 toward provincial grizzly bear management programs.

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Coastal GasLink Pipeline Ltd. is proposing to develop an approximately 670 kilometre pipeline to safely deliver natural gas from the Groundbirch area, near Dawson Creek, B.C., to the proposed LNG Canada gas liquefaction facility at Kitimat. Coastal GasLink is committed to meeting or exceeding regulatory requirements, and to working with regulators through construction to achieve the highest standards of environmental protection. Once in operation, the proposed pipeline would be subject to ongoing regulatory monitoring by the BC Oil and Gas Commission. Coastal GasLink will provide numerous benefits to B.C. including property taxes, local contracting and business stimulus, community investments and more. For more information • Visit • Contact us at or 1.855.633.2011 (toll-free) • Check us out on Twitter: @CoastalGasLink

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Committed to our area’s over all well being by offering LOCAL produce, meats, baked goods, seafood & more.

Kathy and Ed Hidlebrandt have a passion for coffee and our customers have passion for their locally roasted Chicken Creek Coffee. Offered in a wide variety of styles they always find one suited to their taste.

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Headed to provincials From SOCCER on B1 But then Smithers’ Anne-Marie Bradford scored late in the second half to clinch a 3-2 win for the Smithers girls. The championship game was also a real roller coaster. The well-rested, older Terrace team dominated the first half scoring early and again midway through the first half to jump out to a 2-0 lead. The tide turned in the second half, thanks to the determination of the Smithers girls and the motivation of coaches Sondra and Maria Contumelias. As the Terrace girls tired, Smithers pressure resulted in defensive mistakes creating the two goals which tied the game 2-2 and sent it into overtime.

Overtime was end to end action with both teams creating good chances. Tori Mager and Danielle Olson at the center of the Smithers defense were immense in keeping Terrace at bay. Tied at the end of overtime, the game went to a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. In the shootout, a fifth penalty was not required.  Two great saves by Smithers goalkeeper Amanda Oevering and goals by Morgan Monkman, Chantal Gammie and Robin Price resulted in an insurmountable 3-1 Smithers lead.   The victory qualifies Smithers girls for the AA Soccer Provincials in Burnaby May 28-30 and the fundraising bake sales needed to reduce travel costs.


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CORR Home Provider

The CORR Homes program is seeking a skilled individual and/or couple who can provide care in their home in the Smithers and Houston area. Family caregivers are paid contractors, receiving 24-hour on-call support, and ongoing training. Caregivers provide encouragement and support to youth placed in their homes. The emphasis is on building positive relationships and fostering a nurturing family environment. Youth attend school during their time in the program. Qualifications Excellent communication skills, enjoy spending time with young people, understand youth related issues, able to self-assess, have good self-care and coping skills, and available for meetings and training. Please apply with resume and cover letter to: Smithers Community Services Association, 3715 Railway Ave. Smithers Mail to: Box 3759, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 Fax: (250) 847-3712 Email:

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Job Description: you will be working within commercial and residential environments. You will be required for installations and servicing of Plumbing, Boilers, Furnaces, HWT and Wood (Pellet) stoves. Requirements: • Red Seal Plumbing Certificate • Provide own basic tools of the trade • Effective communication skills with individuals at all levels • Be familiar with all safety requirements in accordance with Provincial Workers Compensation • Valid driver’s License with a Clean Driver’s Abstract • Must clear drug screening • Must be Bondable Salary: Will be negotiated, dependent upon Qualifications and Experience. All resumes are held in the strictest of confidence. If you want to join a great and growing team, we want to hear from you. This is a Full Time position with a new company in Smithers, BC. If this exciting, fast paced job sounds like the one for you, and you want the opportunity to grow and develop a career in the PLUMBING & HEATING TRADE, send your resume to:


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Smithers athletes were at the Sub Zero track meet in Prince George earlier this month. Story on page B1.

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1625 Third Avenue

1541 Sunny Point Drive

4932 Fourth Avenue

1355 Morice Drive

13172 Dunlop Street

3874 Alfred Avenue

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Cozy and comfy 1300 sq. ft. rancher 2 bedrooms with room for a 3rd Recent renos, great location

Ron Lapadat

Silverking bench with awesome views Over 750 sf of deck space, large yard Spacious & bright, large 2 car garage

Ron Lapadat

Stunning view Spacious custom home Paved drive, room for RV & boat Steps from golf course

Sandra Hinchliffe



mls n244725

Affordable family home 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Open design, large deck, carport Large family room, hot tub room

Charlie McClary


mls n244825

2 bedroom + den, sundeck, updates Rural setting, greenhouse Garage/shop, storage Large living room, wood stove

Karen Benson


mls n244886

Brand new ranch style home Wheel chair friendly 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom, open floor plan 3 new appliances included

Peter Lund


mls n244412


3885 Seventh Avenue

330 Cherry Crescent, Telkwa

5855 Lake Kathlyn Road

22011 Kitseguecla Loop Road

1971 Dominion Street

3236 Third Avenue

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Great family home 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Newer windows, doors, flooring Central location

Peter Lund

mls n243714

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

Donna Grudgfield


mls n241969

4 bedroom main house, 4000 sf shop Detached office/studio Telus tower contract in place Seller may trade for a home intown

Donna Grudgfield


mls n241290

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms 39.5 acres, great views Huge pond, level land New sundeck

Donna Grudgfield


mls n231876

3326 sq ft, 5 level split 4 bdrms, 3 bathrooms, gas fireplace New carpets, slate tool table incl Double garage, RV parking

Donna Grudgfield


mls n243369

Executive quality, ½ duplex 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms 4 covered decks, mountain views Hardwood floors, Willowvale sub.

Donna Grudgfield

mls n244407



18634 Kerr Rd (Old Quick School)

21471 Telkwa High Road

1581 Walnut Street, Telkwa

#39 - 95 Laidlaw Road

4235 Eleventh Ave, New Hazelton

1431 Driftwood Crescent

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7123 square foot, on level building 5 acres, level and landscaped Would make a good residence 4 classrooms, 3 bathrooms, gym

Donna & Leo

mls n4507311

94 acres, treed, private 3 bedroom, full basement, vaulted Shop, outbuildings, gardens

Leo Lubbers

mls n240237

4 bedroom in Woodland Park Spacious kitchen, new flooring Fenced yard, garage, workshop

Leo Lubbers



mls n242882

14x70 mobile, 3 bedrooms Upgrades to floor, paint, windows Appliances incl, quick possession

Leo Lubbers

mls n242860

Light industrial zoned, hwy exposure 2 bays, office, residential suite Upgraded heat, wiring, appliances Auto use,light manufacturing + more

Leo Lubbers



mls n4507080

Immaculate Silverking, 4bdrm, 3bath Sunny south backyard, deck, hot tub Beautiful maple hardwood Quick possession is available

Ron Lapadat


mls n242423




4372 Birch Crescent

3567 Second Avenue

1474 Chestnut Street, Telkwa

1335 Driftwood Crescent

2943 Rosenthal Road

3684 Railway Avenue

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Spic&span, updated 4 bdrm, 2 bath Newer roof, furnace, hotwater tank Great views, next to Dogwood Park

Ron Lapadat

mls n244409

Solid, roomy 4 bedroom rancher Large 75x125 lot, by Muheim School Concrete foundation, vinyl windows

Ron Lapadat


mls n243723

Squeaky clean, 3 bdrm + den home Attractive hickory floor, cozy fp Big fenced backyard, nice sundeck

Ron Lapadat


mls n244299

Silverking backing onto forest Super clean 4 bedroom, 2½ bathroom Awesome layout for families

Ron Lapadat


mls n242610

5.5 acre horse/hobby farm Near town, across from river Roomy 5 bdrm/den family home

Ron Lapadat


mls n243710

Bright open kitchen 3 bedrooms Great yard, loads of charm Large garage/shop

Sandra Hinchliffe

mls n242318



#25 – 7691 Highway 16

1471 Driftwood Crescent

1435 Columbia Drive

1509 Chestnut Crescent, Telkwa

4383 Quail Road

2690 Bulkley Street

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Enjoy lakefront living 5 bdrm, 4 bathroom, vaulted ceilings Large sundeck, double garage Mountain and lake views

Sandra Hinchliffe

mls n238238

Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

Updated and well maintained 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms New roof and furnace Great view, fenced yard

Sandra Hinchliffe

Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

mls n244398

Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

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

Charlie McClary

Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

mls n241322

Handyman special! 2098 sf, 5 bdrm, 3 bathroom home Garage, paved drive, views Sundeck, garden shed

Karen Benson

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

mls n244144

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

2,370 sf, 3 bdrm, 3 bathroom home Private 5.387 acres, view, OSBE Vaulted ceilings, open plan, Fireplace, hardwood, built-in vac

Karen Benson

Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

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

mls n244092

Jantina Meints

Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144

Kiesha Matthews Cell. 876-8420

mls n234999


The Interior News

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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May 20, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News

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