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Unist’ot’en raid fears By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

The RCMP last week played down claims it was planning mass arrests at the Unist’ot’en camp, where protestors are blocking multiple pipeline proponents from accessing their traditional territory. Chevron, TransCanada and Enbridge all plan to build pipelines which would cross Unist’ot’en land, however members of the house group say they do not have consent to access the land. The house group, which is part of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, set up the camp to block road access to the territory, preventing pipeline workers from carrying out field work or construction.

Last Thursday camp members issued a joint statement with the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs claiming members were preparing for a “large-scale RCMP mass arrest operation”. Based on information from camp members, B.C. Civil Liberties Association wrote to the RCMP that day to warn against raiding the camp. A further letter with more than fifty signatories was sent by camp supporters to police and the federal and provincial governments. Camp spokesperson Freda Huson told The Interior News a police source had leaked information about a possible raid at the camp south of Houston. “Somebody inside leaked out that they are planning to take down the camp,” she said. See DEBATE on A5

By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

TransCanada’s Coastal GasLink pipeline project president Richard Gateman said the company has an alternate route that would avoid the main Unist’ot’en camp and stay out of the southern watershed of the Morice River. The plan would require more work on Unist’ot’en territory to finish environmental and

archeological work Gateman said is mostly done along the rest of the 670 km route from northeast B.C. Construction is still about a year away. “We won’t start until after final investment decision [from investors Shell, Kogas, Petro China and Mitsubishi] ... If that decision is made in the early spring, we likely won’t be on the right-of-way doing clearing until late summer or the fall — we have restrictions with nesting birds,” said Gateman. See PIPELINE on A5

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N EWS Roi TheaTRe Airport expansion funding denied By Chris Gareau

funds. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said after last Tuesday’s council meeting he is not sure if that affected the decision on funding the Smithers airport, but he would be following up with grant administrators on how the town could strengthen its application for the next round of money. “The issues that have been raised with respect to the condition of the airport terminal are going to be there into the future until we address them, so council will have to have a conversation obviously if we’re unsuccessful with both these grants about how we fund future improvements, whether we take on that scale of renovation or if there’s a phased approach we can pursue,” said Bachrach. “For now we write the best grant proposals and put them out there and hope for the best.” Town staff have not been told when news on the gas tax fund would come in. “We’re expecting to hear back soon,”

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The Smithers Regional Airport was denied funding by the Building Canada Fund for its planned $6 million expansion. The cost sharing fund would have seen the 6,000-square-foot expansion cost split evenly between the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The Town of Smithers’ share would have come from its airport budget, funded by airport revenue. The plan to expand the passenger hold room from 58 to 118, add accessible washrooms, more efficient check-in, baggage handling and security areas, and renovations to the existing structure to improve energy efficiency is not dead yet. The town also applied for $4 million under the Gas Tax Strategic Priorities Fund. Airports in northern B.C. including Terrace did receive Building Canada

said Bachrach. Chicken bylaw goes to committee A new bylaw that would allow Smithers residents to raise chickens in town was sent to the advisory planning committee by council. The proposed idea would see the town regulate the keeping of hens on properties that currently are not zoned for it. People would have to apply to the town, and would likely receive information on the work that goes into such an operation. A public hearing would need to be held before such a bylaw would be passed. “Right now in Smithers, there are a whole bunch of people who raise chickens in town and we have turned a blind eye for a long time,” Bachrach said during the meeting. “I think we either enforce the zoning bylaw and don’t allow anyone in town to have chickens on their property, or we regulate it and make it legal.”

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Smithers is experiencing a boom in the restaurant scene but the spread of new eateries is unlikely to survive the winter, according to Smithers Chamber of Commerce president Colin Bateman. At least four new restaurants and a food truck have launched in Smithers in 2015 and more are scheduled to open before the New Year. Two pizza restaurants, two curry houses, a food truck, a juicery and a cafe are among the new eateries. Bateman, who owns the Aspen Inn and Riverhouse Restaurant, said the town had not had this many restaurants since he arrived in 2009. He said new restaurateurs had capitalized on gaps in the local restaurant scene. “The last couple of years have been a little bit difficult because there’s been a lack of restaurants,” he said.

“I think people have filled that niche and stepped towards it, it just happens that there was a lot of people that stepped towards it.” Bateman said the competition was good

very much money in the long-run, it’s going to be quite a lot of work for a lot of the smaller ones during the winter.” He said he had already noticed other businesses offering

the pizzeria’s hours to evening only and increased its focus on a line of packaged pizzas it sells at supermarkets throughout the Northwest. “You kind of have to go on the quality of

“It’s sad but the strong will survive and the weak ones will not,” -Colin Bateman Smithers Chamber of Commerce president

for customers but businesses, including his own, were already feeling the impact of sharing their patronage. He predicts the market will be strong enough to sustain the influx of new eateries until winter, when patronage drops with the slower tourist market. Bateman said the colder months will make or break some local restaurants. “It’s sad but the strong will survive and the weak ones will not,” he said. “In a business where you don’t make

discounts and deals to attract more patrons. Bateman said business at his restaurant was still strong but he expects he will need to cut back on staff in winter, something he has not had to do in the past. Chatters Pizzeria & Bistro co-owner Chris Morsund said he had already adapted his business to the changing market. He said lunch traffic at his restaurant had been diminished by an increase in “grab-andgo” daytime dining options this year. As a result, Morsund dialled back

your product and you have to go with your name and you just kind of hope that people keep supporting you and kind of roll with it,” he said. “The main thing is that you adapt to what they are doing but you don’t sacrifice what quality you put into your product.” Morsund said Smithers had a big appetite for pizza but predicted a piece of the pie would be lost by everybody. “You’d be surprised how many pizza lovers there are in Smithers and around this area, it’s crazy,” said

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Competition keeps locals and tourists well-fed From BOOM on A3 “I’ve heard good things about Chatters, they will all be worthy competitors but it’s always good to have a bit more competition and let the market figure out who wins and who loses.” Trackside Cantina owner Fawn Engen said her restaurant had not been affected by the boom but she believes some restaurants will close. However, she said a change in dining culture was helping to support the local market. “I think a lot of people are eating out and the town is growing,” said Engen. “People, we find aren’t just coming to dine, they are coming to get a quick bite ... we’re getting both. “It used to be that people would come to a restaurant for a special occasion and now we’re finding that people are coming because they want us to cook them dinner.” Wendy Thornton, who opened the Northern Fusion Curry House this summer, agreed more people were eating out. “A lot of people like to go out, it’s a new world now, people are eating more because there’s twojob families so they are stopping by and picking up on the way home, people don’t have time anymore,” said Thornton. “And I think there’s a lot of young people who really enjoy dining out so I think that there’s enough [patronage] in this town.” Although a second restaurant

serving curries also opened this year, she said the Fijian menu made her restaurant unique. She believes tourism will help ensure there was enough business to go around. Tourism Smithers marketing director Gladys Atrill said she also believes increasing dining options will help build on the town’s reputation with visitors. “Everyone likes different stuff but if people are looking for ethnic food as well there are more varieties and it just gives a different flair to the community too, to have more taste options, more choices,” she said. “I think Smithers has a reputation for the variety of retail and now we can add to that the variety of food options so of course I think it makes a difference.” Atrill also predicts having more restaurants could prompt local people to eat out more often, helping to sustain the higher number of eateries in the long-term. Bulkley Valley Farmers’ Market Association president William Elliott believes an increase in food vendors has contributed to bigger crowds at the weekly market in 2015. He said market also extended its opening hours to include the lunch hour this summer. “It’s gone hand in hand because we’ve got people now coming specifically to have lunch whereas before they were just having breakfast or a snack,” said Elliott.








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N EWS Pipeline using unfair tactics: Namoks From COASTAL GASLINK on Front The Coastal GasLink president was in Smithers last Monday as part of a northern B.C. tour to reach out to Aboriginal groups in the hopes of signing agreements. “That consultation has been ongoing since 2012, and it will continue through varying degrees for the life of the project,” said Gateman. “There are financial benefits with these agreements, and that is what we’re working towards now. It’s a grouping of about 21 First Nations. We’ve signed agreements with 20 of those 21, and we’ve

to date concluded six agreements for the longer term ... We need to come to a conclusion with those First Nation groups who do want to do deals with us. We need to get it done.” The one group along the route who will not sign according to Gateman is the Unis’tot’en, who ask any pipeline crews entering the territory to leave. Wet’suwet’en Chief John Ridsdale (Namoks) visited the House group’s camp on the Morice on the weekend. He said the new route was not far enough away from the river. “[The Unis’tot’en are acting according to our laws. They have the right to decide what to do with their territory,” explained Ridsdale.

Debate over land access heats up From RAID on Front She said an increase in the police presence in Smithers and Houston was another reason members of the clan suspected the RCMP was planning a raid. However, North District RCMP spokesperson Corporal Janelle Shoihet played down the claims. “The BC RCMP respects the rights of individuals to peacefully protest,” said Shoihet. “To clarify, the BC RCMP has no intention of ‘taking down the camp’ set up by the Unist’ot’en. “We value the Wet’suwet’en culture, the connection to the land and traditions being taught and passed on at the camp, and the importance of the camp to healing”. Members of the camp responded to the statement in a post on social media. “They say their (sic) is no plan for take down,” the post reads. “What is in store if Chevron tries to come through. They are only 2km from our check point. They do not have consent to enter Unist’ot’en Territory. Trespass law should protect our rights. Yet they speak in keeping peace while industry does their job.” Earlier last week, TransCanada complained to police after a convoy of their workers were turned away at

an Unist’ot’en blockade on Chisholm Road. Four vehicles carrying Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project workers had to turn back after protestors blocked the way. Unist’ot’en member Freda Huson said her clan had a legal right to block access to its traditional territory, citing the 1997 Delgamuukw decision in which the Supreme Court of Canada determined that aboriginal title did exist. “We just keep telling the same thing, you do not have consent because according even to all laws they must gain consent and have meaning[ful] consultation with my clan and they haven’t done that,” she said. “We are not doing this because we want money we are doing this because we want our land. “We don’t want our lands impacted by these projects.” Two alternate routes for TransCanada’s proposed Coastal GasLink LNG pipeline would cross Unist’ot’en territory on their way from north-east B.C. to a processing facility in Kitimat. Coastal GasLink project planning and execution director Greg Cano said his workers were attempting to carry out environmental fieldwork for the proposed alternate route when they were

Here at the Bulkley Valley Museum we are doing a spot of summer cleaning: we’re reassessing, reorganizing and repacking our catalogue of artifacts. ‘From the Back Room’ is a weekly column where we show off our most interesting or mysterious rediscoveries. Here is what we found this week... This week’s artifact, is a Canadian National Railways (CNR) Employees’ Watch Rating Card. It is a plain card stained brown with age and it is housed in a worn leather billfold. The card itself is a small official form filled out in the cursive handwriting of the owner, Geo (perhaps short for Geordie) Johnson. Another set of handwriting belongs to the watch cleaner, J. S. Gray, who signed off on the card in July 1933. The point of this card was to help ensure the standardization of all watches in use by railroad employees. This standardization was essential

turned away. “This environmental fieldwork is necessary so that cultural and historical resources are identified, respected and protected, and so that the project can be designed, constructed and operated in a safe and environmentally responsible manner,” said Cano. He said his company had made more than 90 attempts to contact hereditary chief Knedebeas of the Dark House, an Unist’ot’en house which operates the checkpoint were the workers were stopped. “They have simply refused to discuss the project, even though they have a legal obligation to do so,” said Cano. “As a result, we have unfortunately to date been unable to arrive at a mutually agreeable solution to accessing the Dark House territory.” The encounter was one of several between Coastal GasLink workers and members of the Unist’ot’en clan. Huson said her chief would not negotiate with TransCanada after a bad experience with the company. However, chief Karen Ogen from the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, a community near Burns Lake, said Unist’ot’en members did not speak for all Wet’suwet’en people. Her Nation signed a benefits agreement with the province

for the proposed Coastal GasLink project in December last year. Under the agreement, the Wet’suwet’en First Nation would receive approximately $2.8 million from the province at three different stages in the CGL project: $464,000 upon signing the agreement, $1.16 million when pipeline construction begins, and $1.16 million when the pipeline is in service. Ogen, who is also the spokesperson for a pro-LNG group called the First Nations LNG Alliance, said the projects could bring prosperity struggling communities. “There is no doubt sustainability means protecting our environment, but sustainability also means ensuring our people have access to real opportunities and a decent standard of living,” she said. “Sustainability means standing on our own two feet, providing our young people with good paying jobs, and reducing the 40 to 60 per cent unemployment we now experience. “Already, many of our members have been working on this project, which brings tangible benefits to our communities.” She called on all Wet’suwet’en leaders to come together to discuss a way forward.

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for safety as all trains needed to be on the same schedule in order to prevent accidents. These watches were pinnacles of mechanical craftsmanship, inlaid with jewels and special metal alloys that helped prevent desynchronization due to changing temperatures or movement. Cleaning such watches was a highly specialized and important job that needed to be done regularly. This card notes that the next cleaning was to be performed in October of 1934. Railroad watches remained the chief form of schedule synchronization until the mid-1960s when automated signals made them obsolete. This card provides also provides a glimpse into the life of its owner. His occupation was that of a fireman – an employee who kept the steam engine running by shovelling coal into the furnace – and his place of residence was Smithers. There is also something to be said by looking at someone’s handwriting. The loops of a capital ‘j’, the slight smudging of the ink, the fields on the form that were neglected: all these details add up to an artifact that exudes the personality of the owner. If you would like to hear more about our interesting finds, tune in to CICK 93.9 FM every Thursday at noon for our radio program “Objectify”. Come back next week for another interesting find from the back room! a project of the Sponsored by The Interior News



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he start of a new school year is a great time for Northerners to reflect on how we can support healthy eating habits and healthy food environments for kids. This would include what drinks we make available to children and teens, where they live, learn and play. On that note, let’s talk about energy drinks. There are a variety of brands, flavours and sizes of energy drinks. Common brand names include Red Bull, Amp Energy, Rockstar Energy and Monster Energy. These beverages contain caffeine, which provides a stimulating or “energizing” effect, and many include large amounts of sugar, in part due to the large size of drink containers. They also contain a range of other possible ingredients, such as artificial sweeteners, herbs, amino acids and vitamins. What do we need to know about energy drinks?

• Energy drinks are not recommended for children or teens. • Health Canada requires manufacturers to include a number of cautionary statements on the label of energy drinks, including, “Not recommended for children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, and individuals sensitive to caffeine.” • A single serving of an energy drink can exceed the recommended daily maximum caffeine intake for children and teens. Children are especially at risk of experiencing behavioural effects from caffeine. • Energy drinks are not allowed for sale in B.C. schools or school-related events, as per The Guidelines for Food and Beverage Sales in B.C. Schools. • Health Canada does not allow marketing or promotion of energy drinks to children, including the provision of

samples. Official legislation aside, I am sure parents, school staff, health professionals and community members can agree that caffeine and kids don’t make a good mix. If we were talking about kids drinking coffee, many adults would probably be comfortable saying, “wait a minute — that’s an adult drink” (and one for which we recognize the need for moderation even among adults). Although energy drinks are creatively advertised and packaged in flashy containers that appeal to youth, they are not recommended for children or teens due to their high caffeine and sugar content. So where do we go from here? Water is the best choice to satisfy thirst. Milk or fortified soy beverages are also healthy choices. You can get kids involved in creating other fun drinks that are low in sugar and caffeine,

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L ETTERS We need a law Editor: If you were at the fall fair parade you saw the float. You may have already noticed signs with on town lawns. What kind of law? Hopefully some of you have checked out the website. But for those who haven’t, may I ask: are people aware that currently in Canada babies may be killed up to moments before birth? Do people know that we are one of only three countries in the world (along with China and North Korea) where there are no laws in place at all, to protect the lives of the unborn, at any stage in their development in the womb? Can we sit by silently and let a baby’s life be terminated simply because an ultrasound revealed that she is a girl? Planned Parenthood has been in the news lately because it’s been uncovered that they sell, no, not “blobs of tissue”, but baby body parts after abortions. Yes, this country needs a law. At the same time this country needs a heart: to come alongside those who find themselves overwhelmed and challenged by an unwanted pregnancy. There is help and hope for example, locally through the Smithers Crisis Pregnancy Care Centre. There is financial and emotional support. Or, there are families ready to adopt. As a country, let’s care, not kill. Let’s begin by opening our mouths and demanding from our governing officials that laws be put in place to protect our youngest citizens, who have no voice of their own. Miriam Slaa Smithers

We Stand with the Unist’ot’en Editor: We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, express our support for the Unist’ot’en Camp and denounce any attempt by the federal government, provincial government or RCMP to interfere in the rights of the Unist’ot’en to occupy, manage or maintain their lands. In accordance with Wet’suwet’en law, entry into Unist’ot’en territory is

controlled by checkpoints at two locations on Unist’ot’en territory. Free, prior and informed consent protocol is conducted at checkpoints on the Wedzinkwah (Morice River) at the 65 km mark on Moricewest Forest Service Road. Another checkpoint is at 29.5 km on the Chisolm Road. Successive Supreme Court of Canada decisions, such as Delgamuukw and Tsilhqot’in, also recognize that Aboriginal title includes the right to use, manage, possess land, and to decide how the land will be used. Furthermore, Aboriginal title means that governments and others must obtain consent to use the land. As the Unist’ot’en Declaration, signed unanimously by five Unist’ot’en chiefs on Aug. 6, 2015 states, “Exercising our unbroken, unextinguished and unceded right to govern and occupy these lands, the Unist’ot’en clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation have enacted the Unist’ot’en Declaration as official statement and law governing Unist’ot’en territory … Now enacted as law through the inherent jurisdiction of the Unist’ot’en Clan, all activities, development and actions undertaken by government or industry within Unist’ot’en territory must be consistent with the terms of this declaration.” We support the inherent and constitutional rights of the Unist’ot’en to govern and protect their traditional territories in accordance with their laws. We assert the necessity of the work that is being done through the building of the Unist’ot’en Healing Centre, and caution against any intrusions that disrupt or violate the healing of the people and the land. We expect any and all actions taken by the federal and provincial government, industry and policing agencies to be consistent with the Unist’ot’en Declaration and the jurisdiction of the Unist’ot’en Clan. The Unist’ot’en are a remote community in northwestern B.C that authorities may mistakenly assume has minimal support. We are local, national and international organizations monitoring these developments closely and we affirm that the Unist’ot’en are not alone. 350 - Portland Aboriginal Community


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Schools frontline for mental health solutions that “there is an urgent need for action to improve mental health services and supports for youth.” I’m sure those statements ring true for many northern residents. The SSCCY completed its next phase of public engagement this summer focusing on drafting re c o m m e n d at i o n s. I anticipate we will present those to the legislature this fall. IEW FROM THE And, as many families gear up for the LEGISLATURE new school year, phase one observations that MLA Doug Donaldson school-based services and support for youth he Select Standing are a critical part of C o m m i t t e e improved outcomes on Children comes to mind. We noted and Youth (SSCCY) “how signs of mental is one of nine select health disorders often standing committees manifest in schools, and of the legislature, each that a lot of pressure is composed of a majority put on teachers and of Government MLAs counsellors to deal with and members of the struggling youth.” Official Opposition. So it was a good signal It’s up to the BC Liberals just last week that the whether these committees University of British actual convene to do work Columbia has created a of the legislature and I’ve new course in its teacher been fortunate enough to education program on sit on two of them that do youth mental health — finance in the past, and literacy so new teachers children and youth now. will be well versed in the As deputy chair of the topic and able to identify SSCCY, I’m encouraged students needing mental that all committee health support and members decided to services. embark on a special To make a real investigation around difference it’s going to youth mental health take a coordinated effort services in the province. between ministries, a The first phase involved scaling up of the isolated presentations by youth, pockets of good integrated families, service providers service delivery in B.C., and experts. It focused and actually addressing on identifying needs lack of services, especially and gaps. Our phase in northern and rural one report came out last communities. November and found “the All of that depends on overall system is disjointed political leadership and and fragmented, and I hope the committee’s lacking in inter-ministerial recommendation will help coordination and spur that on this topic in leadership.” We concluded the Premier’s office.



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Smithers horse owners have been rattled by a bizarre incident involving a man who locked himself inside a trailer with a horse on private property, frightening the two teenagers who found him there. The female teens had been horseback riding on a nearby trail when they returned to find a third horse in the paddock was missing on Aug. 18. They found the horse inside a trailer parked on the property but the door had been tied shut with a rope from the inside. While one of the teenagers was looking for an adult, the other managed to open the door and set the horse free. When she went inside to clean up a mess she found a man hiding under some equipment in the corner. The girl screamed and the man stood up, walked to a bicycle parked near the paddock and rode away. The incident was reported to Smithers RCMP that night. The man was described as being Caucasian, tall and slim. Joanne Veenstra owns the horses the girls were riding. She said it had been a frightening ordeal for the teens, who have been riding at the property near Smithers for five years. “When he met her eyes she stood up and he looked at her and she started to scream,” said


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Veenstra. “She said ‘I’ve never screamed so hard in my life’.” Veenstra has been keeping horses at the rented property without incident for 17 years, however she said there had been some abnormal activity in recent weeks. About a week before the trailer incident she saw two young males in the paddock. They rode away on bikes after they saw her. Veenstra also heard from a neighbour that a man had tried to get on one of the horses. “Whether this is a younger teenager who really, really likes horses but is afraid to get caught interacting with the horses or whether it is a bizarre person I have no idea,” said Veenstra. She said she had added locks to her trailer and gates as a precaution. “I’ve totally locked my trailer so there’s no access to the tack or the back of the trailer anymore and I told the girls make sure you leave no halters, nothing around,” she said. Tammy Loughran owns the horse that the man had locked inside the trailer. She used social media to alert other horse owners about the incident, which she said had been unsettling. “Just to maybe keep an eye out, it’s a little strange,” he said. “It would be different if he showed up there and maybe he was in the field petting the horse ... but to go to the lengths that happened, it’s kind of weird.” Loughran’s Facebook post about the incident was shared more than 170 times.

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Smithers Lumberyard’s century of service

Fred Hofsink (left) with his sons Billy, Harry, who runs the store now, and Fred Jr. after they came on board to help at Smithers Lumberyard in the 80s. Hofsink took over the business in 1965, and got a lot of help from his brothers George and Bill (pictured right).

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Smithers Lumberyard has gone through years of forest industry up and downs, changes of ownership, and changed its name several times, but it has stayed in business for over 100 years. For the past 50 years, Fred Hofsink has been a familiar face for customers. He bought the business with his brothers Bill

and George in 1965, and though his son Harry is now in charge, Fred still regularly visits the coffee break room at the store off Highway 16. He reminisced with his brothers on how they unexpectedly came to own the store when he was 32 years old. “We were green as grass,” said Fred. “In ‘64, we started Triple H Construction. We started building houses, and then we asked to rent this empty warehouse. He [long-time owner A.C. Fowler] said no, you

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can buy the whole works.” “Then those two sweet brothers, they’re by far the best carpenters. They said well, your carpentering is so-so, so you’re on the lumberyard,” explained Fred as Bill and George nodded. “Couldn’t make a carpenter out of him no how,” agreed Bill. Brothers Bill, George and Ben came and went, and then came back again. But it was Fred who stayed on as owner until he passed the lumberyard on to his sons Billy, Harry, and Fred Jr. in 1998. Harry has been the sole owner since 2013, and has three son-in-laws helping him run the store. There are now 26 employees working for Harry, which is a lot more than what Fred started with when he was working out of the old location near the railroad on Alfred Avenue. “For the first year, one. The second year, two,” said Fred, listing his employee numbers. “Then all of a sudden we had four or five guys.” “Then we knew we had to move here,” said Bill. The brothers moved to the current location in 1972, a huge change according to Fred. The heated warehouse was built in

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1981. “I thought I wouldn’t quit, but I retired when I had my three sons here,” said Fred. Smithers Lumberyard is celebrating 50 years with the Hofsinks next weekend.

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S PORTS Junior golfers compete at Smithers Golf Club

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Rain and cool weather greeted junior golfers from around the region as they gathered at the Smithers Golf and Country Club. Nineteen players aged 10-18 signed up to challenge each other to 18 holes last weekend. Despite the inclement weather dampening spirits, the Junior Open’s organizer felt very happy to have brought back the tournament for young golfers. “I’ve never really had any tournament organization experience,” Mitch Turko said. “We just thought it’d be fun to have a tournament weekend to ourselves and we’ve never really had that opportunity before.” “We’ve had a little experience running it, because I work in the pro shop as well, but this is the first time I’m managing it myself.” Turko revealed that the golf club used to have a junior open but it took a hiatus because of poor attendance. “This year we really stressed

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that we wanted to get people from out of town,” Turko said. “We had a couple of players from Houston, a couple of players in Kitimat, just bumped our numbers up.” In order to account for the wide range of skill level that the players had, participants had to have an under-40 handicap. Further, Turko divided them into two flights to match players of similar skill level. “So we have an A flight and a B flight. The A flight is for handicap zero to nine, so it’s the more experienced players. Most of us play high school golf against each other and we know each other,” Turko said. “And then we had the B flight, so it’s most of the time younger kids that are kind of getting used to the game and want to figure tournament golf for themselves.” “That’s why we split up the tee times as well, so you have experienced players playing with the younger players so they can kind of learn the game and make sure they get all the rules right.” When Turko teed off at 1 p.m.


on Saturday, it drizzled a little but quickly developed into showers by mid-afternoon. “It was tough to play out there,” Turko said. “I think everyone still had a ton of fun but it definitely did make it a little harder having the weather.” Local golfing athlete Adam Veenstra also participated in this game. Veenstra was the only golfer with no handicap. “My score is better than I played. Front nine was not that great, but in the back nine I kind of battled back,” Veenstra said. “Kept it a good score; could have been worse.” Just like Turko, Veenstra was bugged by the bad weather but felt upbeat about the tournament, the turnout and the future. “It started out a bit rainy and all of us were a bit cold,” Veenstra said. “It was a fun tournament, it’s always nice to have guys from out of town come out. “We’re kind of hoping that this will kind of be a pattern for the up-and-coming years.” Event organizer Mitch Turko tees off last Saturday while it drizzled.

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South Hazelton’s Yee breaks records By Chris Gareau South Hazelton/Interior News

A switch from basketball to running track in junior high has led to representing Canada on the world stage for South Hazelton’s Regan Yee. “In Grade 8 I wanted to do basketball ... but then in Grade 9 I broke some zone records at our high school track meet,” explained Yee as she was getting ready last week to start her third year at Trinity Western University in Langley. That fateful decision set Yee on a path that has seen her break meet records at the Western Canada Games as she scored gold medals in the 1,500 metre and 2,000 metre steeplechase. She also placed seventh at the World University

Games in Gwangju, South Korea in July. “It was amazing. This was a totally different experience than anything I’ve had before. The village alone, it was built for 13,000 athletes, was such a cool atmosphere,” said Yee. The competitive spirit she felt at the University Games has left the 20-yearold wanting more. “I never really though that I would want to continue competing after university, but after getting a taste of that kind of competition I think I would like to continue to pursue that,” said Yee. Bulkley Valley Athletics Club founder Neil Currie had a chance to reunite with Yee at the Western Games in August. He helped Yee train throughout her high school years. “It’s really hard to tell at a young age

how they’re going to do when they’re older. She was very strong off very little training ... I knew the potential was there,” said Currie. “She’ll take it however far she wants to.” Yee said she has a great coach in Mark Bomba at university, but she was excited to see her first track coach at the Western Games, where she ran the fourth fastest time ever by a Canadian in the steeplechase. “Once a coach, always a coach. He was the one who got me involved in track and field, the one who started my whole track and field career, founded a club I was able to join and participate in. “I didn’t even know about any kind of club track during the summer ... I owe him so much,” said Yee.

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Disabilities no barrier to trails after upgrade By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

People with disabilities will soon have access to a naturalist experience in Smithers after a plan to improve the Willowvale Marsh perimeter trail received council approval. Town council last week endorsed the first phase of the Get Benched in a Restful Place project aimed at improving the Pacific Street trail for people with limited mobility. Wheelchair accessible picnic tables, park benches and a land bridge to improve ease of access are among the planned improvements, which are scheduled to be completed by June 2016. The project is being coordinated by Access Smithers, a local committee dedicated to improving access and inclusion for people with disabilities or mobility limitations. Glenys SnowDymond, who is a member of the committee, said the plan came about in part from her own experience using the trail on crutches three years ago. “One evening when I was walking attending a Bulkley Valley Naturalists venue at the marshlands, a bird-viewing venue, we realized that there wasn’t anywhere for people to sit to rest,” she said. “I brought that ... discussion

Upgrades to Willowvale Marsh will make the trails more accessible to people with limited mobility.

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back to the Access Smithers committee and suggested that perhaps we could consider how to develop partnerships and stimulate the opportunity to increase accessibility at that site.” She said the area was already used by people with special

needs, disabilities and health practitioners because it was relatively flat. The upgrades will allow people with limited mobility to complete the whole trail by providing them with places to sit and rest. They also include

measures to connect two sides of the trail so people can walk a full loop to and from the Ambleside Drive entrance, which is easier to use than the steeper Pacific Street exit. The marsh is next to the Ambleside Park real estate

sub-division. Developer Jim Dobinson has been providing inkind support to assist with the project. “It benefits the whole neighbourhood and our subdivision being a neighbouring property there’s a net benefit to everybody ... it just completes a lot of the work they’ve already done,” said Dobinson. Access Smithers hopes construction, which will be timed to avoid disturbing nesting birds, will be completed in time for B.C. Access Awareness Week in June 2016. SnowDymond said the project are part a wider plan to improve access to the marsh. An outhouse and a boardwalk with interpretative signs outlining the wetland’s natural attractions are among the additional upgrades Access Smithers plans to pitch to council in the future. SnowDymond hopes the marsh will help earn Smithers recognition as a supporter of a provincial government campaign to improve accessibility in B.C. by 2024. “We thought that it would be beneficial to encourage an exemplary accessible development of that area so that the town of Smithers could potentially be recognized as a great supporter of the [Accessibility Awareness 2024] provincial campaign,” she said.

Telkwa co-housing project gets seed money By Chris Gareau Telkwa/Interior News

A co-housing project four years in the making is now moving forward with proposal development to present to the Village of Telkwa after receiving $10,000 from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation. Birchwood Cohousing’s plan has evolved from its original seniors’ complex in Smithers into a multigenerational community near Tyhee Lake. The plan now calls for a bare land strata where lots and houses are owned privately, but the rest of the space and structures would be held commonly. Project head Mel Coulson said 20 homes would be built on the 10 acres with the goal of providing a sustainable and affordable place to live for its residents. He added that

he hopes to see at least 14 lots sold before he approaches the bank to start building amenities like a greenhouse and other common buildings. “The common house is a critical component because if you have a common house there’s going to be a lot of interaction with residents. The idea is to create this community ... So there will be a good lounge area, a dining room to house the whole community, a good kitchen, maybe a workout room, an office,” said Coulson. So far there are eight equity members with a financial stake, and six associate members who have yet to invest, with three more prospective members. Coulson said interest is building through biweekly meetings, visiting farmers’ markets in the North, and the website at “We’re about ready to send [the village permit application] in right now,” said Coulson. Planned layout for the Birchwood co-housing project.

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CHP selects anti-abortion crusader By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Christian Heritage Party candidate Don Spratt has made it clear what the number one issue for him is in this federal election campaign. “While there’s environmental issues, economic issues and I think in this area a lot of native issues that have to be addressed, I think because of the state and direction of the nation right now, if we don’t address the abortion issue — I call it the abortion holocaust because there’s been 4 million children that have died, innocent blood’s been shed in this country since 1969 and God’s not going to put up with it any longer. “He’s the author of life and liberty,” said Spratt after being chosen by party members at the Old Church Aug. 24 in Smithers to run as their candidate. Abortion does affect the finances of the country, according to Spratt. “We’re missing the equivalent of the population of Alberta that we could be using right now to pay for the medical bills, for example, that my generation is starting to come into in the health care system. There’s a demographic problem


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in this nation, and that’s just one of the consequences of losing 4 million people,” said Spratt. The Tumbler Ridge native, who spends time in the Lower Mainland and is originally from Saskatchewan, said he is running in Skeena-Bulkley Valley instead of his home riding of Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies because of the new CHP policy under leader Rod Taylor of Telkwa to avoid competing for votes in most ridings where there is a candidate who wants an abortion law. Conservative Bob Zimmer is the incumbent there. Taylor is running in Ottawa West-Nepean. Christian Heritage Party candidate Don Spratt said he would move to this Spratt. Chris Gareau photo riding if he won. “There will be a learning curve, humanism has failed wherever it has but people are pretty much the same been applied ... the Soviet Union, Nazi everywhere you go,” said Spratt. Germany, and around the world,” and that The CHP candidate has a history of God would punish Canadians if they did fighting for abortion laws. Spratt was not repent, Spratt said that non-Christians arrested in 2000 for breaking B.C.’s so- could support his party. called “bubble law”, which creates a no-go “From the beginning, there were lots of zone for abortion protestors near clinics people in Canada who were non-Christians, that perform the procedure. He was again but they at least had biblical moral values arrested for protesting the bubble zone law ... they thought stealing was wrong, they itself outside a clinic. though killing was wrong. Most people in Despite warning during the nomination Canada still believe abortion is wrong, that meeting in Smithers that “secular it’s murder.”

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A summer camp for the kids By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Putting a child’s summer to good use can give parents headaches, but a local teacher wants to change that. Rae-Lynn Varga hosts Nurture Nature camps every summer from the second week of July until early September with the goal of getting children off the couches and computers and back to nature doing crafts, biking and making art. “I wanna get kids out and connecting with nature, whether it’s playing with building materials, creating with art, they’re using nature in their projects,” Varga said. “I think the kids just need to be out and exploring and disconnecting from what they’re normally doing and reconnecting with nature.” The children aged five to 12 do beading, ride their bikes off a makeshift ramp in the bike park, play with dough made out of flour, baby oil, food colouring, and paint and do woodwork. Every day, the weekly camp starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 3 p.m. Varga says parents enrol their children in this camp to keep them occupied during the summer and also for daycare. Varga changes the

theme up every week and creates activities that follow that theme. Last week, the theme was “trekkers”. “Every camp has one to two field trips. This week we’re going to do more trekking, we’re going to be heading out to the fossil beds,” Varga said. “In a couple of days we’ll be actually off-site, we’ve done Tyhee Lake, we’ve gone to Lunan Road.” Varga organizes the children into groups and gives them points for completing challenges. The groups have a captain and a co-captain that helps other members. “We’re divided in three different groups, orange, green and purple,” orange team captain Nadia Fenwick, 8, said. “And then, they each have a captain and a co-captain, and the captain’s job is to keep things organized and make sure everything is going well and help the younger kids.” “You help the leader out with the little kids and it’s quite fun,” orange team co-captain Ronya Hug, 8, said. “And you help her or him if they don’t really know what that is or if they need help with something.” The camp accepts up to 25 children every week and Varga said most children have spent multiple weeks at camp.




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C OMMUNITY Fall Fair parade did not disappoint kids and visitors

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Lorraine Doiron

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The Round Lake coffeehouse is starting its new season of coffee houses Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Kathy Frank, Brad Reddekopp, Billiejean and Jeremy Beaubien and Cor van der Meulen will be filling the hall with music to delight you. $5 at the door and contributions to the snack table always welcome! Come and relax and enjoy music by the lake in this beautiful, historic community hall. I will admit that I love a parade and this year’s Fall Fair parade did not disappoint! The street was lined with people and I think everyone



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enjoyed all the floats. There was even a visit from Geronimo Stilton, a very popular character in a series of bestselling children’s books. They are a very well used set of books at the library. Another float was the CICK community radio float, everyone on that float looked like they were having great fun. Of course, for the children it was all about the candy. One child commented it was like Halloween. While waiting for the parade to start I met Barry and Bev Henry. They are on their way to the Yukon to check on their pack animals. They


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had Llamas and sold them to a people in the Yukon. Barry said they now live in Barrier but he had lived in Smithers starting in 1954. During his stay here he worked for forestry and every Sunday morning he went to the hotel which is now the Alpenhorn for breakfast. He had the same thing each time: an openfaced Denver sandwich. Before living in Smithers his family had moved from Takla to Babine where they lived until he moved into Smithers. The Elder College will be at Northwest Community College and one of the courses offered is Genealogy





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Sept. 30 to Nov. 4, Wednesdays 10:30– 12. Learn how to search your family history. I tried a little and two cousins have done both my mother and father’s family. It is hard to do without some knowledge of where to look. Cost is $15, to register, 250-847-4461. This course will be taught by several members from the Genealogical Society. Closing with: “I have always believed that whatever good or bad fortune may come our way we can always give it meaning and transform it into something of value.” —Hermann Hesse








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KSM Project: Steady Progress & Exciting New Discoveries For some companies, the summer months mean a slow down in activities, however for Seabridge Gold, it’s a busy time of year for carrying out exploration activities and environmental field work at its KSM Project. Seabridge Gold owns the KSM Project, a proposed gold, copper, silver and molybdenum mine located 65 kilometers northwest of Stewart, BC, which received its environmental approvals from BC and Canada in 2014. Seabridge has been working on the Project since 2007, and continues to conduct exploration, joint venture talks, environmental and community engagement activities all of which are required before construction can begin.

zones at depth provide encouraging news for investors holding Seabridge shares and makes KSM more attractive to a potential joint venture partner to develop the project. However, a company’s share price and the likelihood of obtaining a partner for a major project are influenced by the state of the commodities market, which is impacted by other factors including industrial demand for mineral resources and global economic conditions in other countries such as China, Greece and the United States. Seabridge continues to work on acquiring a joint venture agreement with a suitable major mining partner for KSM. A joint-venture partner would bring financial backing and technical expertise to ensure that the project is developed and operated responsibly over the long-term. What is a joint- venture partnership?: In a mining industry joint venture, called a JV for short, two or more different organizations agree to set up, fund, develop and operate a separate business opportunity by jointly supplying assets and management capabilities and sharing in the benefits as partners.

lot water treatment plant to remove selenium from KSM Project site water. Selenium occurs naturally at levels which exceed guidelines established to protect aquatic life in the waters at the site. The ability to remove selenium from waters will ensure that background levels of selenium do not increase as a result of the KSM operation. Seabridge met this condition last month when BioteQ Environmental Technologies, Inc., working under contract for Seabridge, used its proprietary technology in a pilot plant to successfully reduce selenium concentrations to very low levels (1 part per billon) using water taken from the KSM Project site. “The successful completion of the pilot plant test achieves a further milestone in KSM’s ongoing transition from exploration to development, and confirms the technical feasibility of the treatment technology proposed during KSM environmental assessment review process. The results provide further evidence that KSM has been designed to operate in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Fronk.

A senior geologist at work on the KSM site

Exploration: The objective for the 2015 KSM Project exploration program, which runs from May to September and employs geologists, drillers, core cutters and support staff, is to potentially discover and expand higher grade mineral zones and add additional gold and copper resources for the project. The first months of the core drilling program have delivered encouraging results, with findings that indicate a potential high-grade mineral extension of the Mitchell deposit – KSM’s largest copper-gold deposit, at depths deeper than previously explored.

Hydrology work near the KSM site Seabridge Gold sponsored Celebrity Autograph session in support of the Bulkley Valley Healthcare Society

“We’re excited about where this discovery could lead, so we’re going to focus our attention on analyzing the new data we have discovered on the Mitchell deposit. The balance of the 2015 drilling program will concentrate on expanding the existing Deep Kerr deposit,” says Rudi Fronk, Seabridge Gold chairman and chief executive officer.

Environmental: To meet some of the 41 conditions imposed by the KSM Environmental Assessment certificate granted in July 2014, Seabridge must continue baseline data gathering and tracking. The 2015 environmental field work underway includes conducting additional water quality, hydrology, and atmospherics work to ensure the responsible development of the KSM Project and that the environment is protected.

Joint Venture: Discoveries of higher grade mineralized

Another key condition of the certificate was for Seabridge to successfully complete a pi-

Learn more about the KSM Project Learn Learn more more about about the the KSM KSM Project Project

Want to learn more about the KSM Project? It is interesting to note that all of the KSM Project Environmental Assessment information that was compiled is public and can be reviewed at any time by visiting, including questions and answers that were asked by various government agencies (Provincial and Federal), Treaty and First Nations as well as Alaska state and US federal regulators who were involved in the KSM Project EA review. You can also learn more about the KSM Project by visiting, emailing; visiting our Smithers office located at 1235 Main Street; or calling 1.250.847.4707.

Seabridge Gold Seabridge Gold Inc.Inc., Seabridge Gold Inc., 1235 Main Street, P.O. Box 2536, 1235 Street, P.O.P.O. Box 2536, 1235Main Main Street, Box 2536, Smithers, 1.250.847.4704 1.250.847.4704 Smithers, BCBC V0JV0J 2N02N0 Smithers, BC V0J 2N0 1.250.847.4704

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Bulkley Valley Exhibition thrills all

The amusement park in full swing with people lining up at rides and games as vendors sold cotton candy, corn on the cob and deep-fried Oreo and Mars bars.

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Mayor Taylor Bachrach tosses candy out of the fire truck at the parade.

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Children enjoying the parade as they gleefully receive sprinklings of candy.

Fall fair filled with revelers By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

There is something in the air at the fairgrounds. The 96th annual Bulkley Valley Exhibition started off with Wednesday’s parade through downtown but the bulk of the events happened at the fairgrounds. Attendees got to experience traditional mainstays such as the mall, amusement park, rodeo, 4-H and light horse activities, as well as an expanded loggers’ sports area and a new

portable stage that was used for the opening ceremony and then used as a stage in the kids’ area. “The mall was absolutely full,” office manager Jan McClary said. “We had a full machinery row, we had new vendors by our loggers’ sports, we had our three new food vendors and we welcomed back all of our regular pavilions.” Performances ran simultaneously on the kids’ stage and the Claude Dohler Stage, with performances by Appaloosa, Boby Wills, The Racket, Theresa Pasaluko, Mark Perry and Paul Isaak.

Children got to enjoy performances by ventriloquist Kellie Haines and Penelope the Clown. The rain and cool weather over the weekend did not stop people from coming. McClary said that parking almost became an issue on Saturday. “Everything came together really well for us, actually,” she said. “Yesterday, the parking lot was about as full as we’ve seen it. We’ve had overflow full and we were probably 40 cars away from figuring that we’re a full house.”

Chris Gareau photo

At the AltaGas Ring, Hunter Class competitors were judged on their flair, and in the Jumper Class, for how they did on the jumps.

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An opportunity to register children and youth for local sports and recreation opportunities in Smithers put on by local community groups


Volunteers from the Smaha, Oliarney and Baker families help man the Elk’s food stall on the weekend.

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Volunteering spirit spans generations By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Keeping fair-goers well-fed was a family affair at the Elk’s charity food stall on the weekend. Three generations of volunteers from the Smaha and Oliarney families and two generations of the Baker family dished up poutine, coffee and burgers to hungry patrons at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition. Lorelei Smaha, her mother Frances Smaha and daughter

Jaymie Klaver all volunteered at the stall on the weekend. Lorelei said helping out at the food stall had always been a social event. “In the ‘70s it was an outlet for a mum to get out because mums these days are way more social,” she said. She said running the stall was still a fun experience for everyone involved. With volunteer numbers dwindling, Smaha urged more people to join in at next year’s fair.

NEW LOCATION Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club (1621 Main Street)

9am – noon

Contact the Town at 250-847-1600 to reserve your table (free) to promote your activity for children and youth

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Classes Resume Wednesday September 9th

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015



Community Resources Board Seeks New Members

Want to have input into Do you wantmeaningful to have meaningful land-use decisions? inputlocal into local land-use decisions?

Draft horses are challenged at the Rodeo Arena to complete tasks.

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The Bulkley Valley CommuTheResources Bulkley Valley Community nity Board (BVCRB) Resources Board land (BVCRB) monitors existing usemonitors plans existing land use plans and advises and advises government and government on public land-use industry onwithin public decidecisions theland-use Bulkley Timber sions within the Bulkley Timber Supply Area. Its 12-member Supply Area. Itsrepresents 12-member volunteer board the range of value perspectives within the volunteer board represents the community. range of value perspectives within the community. The Board is seeking nominations for two new members. Members are

appointed a three-year term and The Board for is seeking nominations meet times per year. Value for four10new members. Members perspectives needed are appointedcurrently for a three-year include agriculture, hunting, trapping, term and meet 10 times per year. fishing, mining and exploration, motorized recreation, historical and How to apply: cultural features, commercial uses of Nomination forms, Terms of the landbase, advanced technology to improve and resource management, Reference background inforand subsistence lifestyles andBoard mation are available at the spiritual valuues. website, Nomina-

A new segment of loggers’ sport this year challenged people‘s balance in the log rolling competition.

Chris Gareau photo

Competitors used a five-foot saw to cut through logs in the cross cut saw race that saw men and women go at it the old-fashioned way.

Chris Gareau photo

tion forms can also be obtained to apply: atHow the Bulkley Valley Research Centre, 3883 Third Ave,ofSmithNomination forms, Terms ers, BC (Phone: 250-847-2827, Reference and background e-mail: information are available at Nomination forms can also be obtained at the can Completed nomination forms Skeena-Stikine District Office of the be dropped off at the Bulkley Ministry of Forests, at (Tatlow Road) Valley Research Centre or through any current member of the OR BVCRB. mailed to: Bulkley Valley Mail completed nomination forms to: Community Resources Board: Bulkley Community PO BoxValley 4022, Smithers BC Resources V0J 2N0 Board PO Box 985, Smithers BC OR V0J 2N0 Completed on-line and emailed via Board website: Nomination deadline: Feb.27, 2012. Contact - Nomination deadline: September 9, 2015

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• Country home, 1080 sq ft, 2 bedroom • Pristine setting, 5 min to town • Vaulted ceilings, rock fireplace • Open design, detached sauna building

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

• 1300 acres, 7 titles • Fencing, gravity well • Equipment shop, river frontage •

• Stunning 5.8 acre lot, min from town • Cleared building site, driveway • Access to recreation trails • Privacy, variety of trees

• Affordable country living, 4.6 acres • 1995 2 bdrm mobile, mud room • Close to town, trail to river • Partially fenced, vaulted ceilings

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1314 Main Street

18634 Kerr Rd (Old Quick School)

#1-4223 Astlais Place

#10 - 3278 Park Place

Millar Road

• Enjoy the sunshine • Spacious 3 bedroom home • Mountain and valley views • Minutes from town, large shop

• Thriving Restaurant & Steakhouse • 86 seat capacity • Prime Main Street location • Well maintained. Lease available

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

• 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms • 1/2 duplex, close to schools • Double paved drive, garage • New roof, new sun deck

• 1134 s.f. 2 bedroom home • Addition for third bedroom • 8x24 covered sundeck, fenced yard • 8x13 front entry, freshly painted

• 6.12 acres, treed, paved road • Hydro & telephone, view • Overlooks Bulkley Valley •

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1139 Queen Street

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3243 Turner Way

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• 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom condo • Walk-in closet, ensuite, n/g fireplace • Low strata fee, close to mail/shops •

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4750 Manton Road

1361 Coalmine Road, Telkwa

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1435 Columbia Drive

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4946 Ninth Ave, New Hazelton

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1149 Hunter Avenue

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Buying Before Selling If price is important you should always sell your present home before buying another. It has the advantage in letting you know exactly how much money you will have available for your next purchase. Selling your home first allows you to place fewer conditions on your purchase which makes your offer more attractive to a seller. They often will demand more money to take a “subject to” offer which takes their home off the market. The other advantage is if you find a terrific house, chances are others will also find it attractive and you stand to lose it if you cant make an unconditional offer.


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CEAA considers new salmon research By Alicia Bridges

which harvest salmon from populations which are found in the Flora Bank area should also be consulted. The Canadian CEAA spokesperson Environmental Assessment Karen Fish said the agency Agency (CEAA) says it is would consider new relevant considering new research information released during which shows juvenile the assessment period. salmon from more than 40 She said the agency was populations converge at the aware of Moore’s findings. Flora Bank estuary near Lelu “Some of the studies’ Island, the site of a proposed findings were presented by LNG processing facility. Aboriginal groups to the Petronas has applied to Agency and the (Pacific the CEAA for environmental NorthWest LNG) technical approval to build its Pacific working group as part of the NorthWest LNG processing environmental assessment,” and export facility near she said. Prince Rupert. “The Agency is carefully Simon Fraser University assessing the potential effects scientist Jonathan Moore of the Project on fish and fish said the marine environment habitat, in collaboration with at Flora Bank had the highest experts from Fisheries and abundances of different Oceans Canada and Natural salmon species compared to Resources Canada. other regions of the estuary. “Included in this Moore said the research Simon Fraser University scientist Jonathan Moore says his findings show a proposed LNG terminal at assessment is an examination suggests the proposed LNG Flora Bank has more far-reaching risks than first thought. of potential effects on Flora terminal has more farTavish Campbell photo Bank and on marine species, reaching risks than previously including salmon that rear recognized. “The LNG terminal proposed He said the CEAA should public call. and migrate upstream from “Salmon came from over 40 for the Flora Bank region poses take the new research into “I think there’s a great Flora Bank on the Skeena populations from throughout risks to fish and First Nations account when preparing its opportunity for CEAA to use River, taking into consideration the Skeena watershed and fisheries throughout the Skeena assessment of the facility. this science to consider the true measures to prevent or mitigate beyond that are harvested in at Watershed.” “We’re calling for CEAA to scale of consequences when these potential effects.” least 10 different First Nations Moore’s findings are based on recognize the risks posed not they are considering balancing Fish said measures to protect territories,” said Moore. genetic testing conducted at the just to local fish and fisheries environment and jobs, and jobs fish and their habitats would “This is at least twice as many Flora Bank site in partnership but to the entire watershed,” he not just for LNG but jobs for a be part of legally binding First Nations as were consulted with the Lax Kw’alaams said. salmon-based economy.” conditions if the project was during the assessment process. Fisheries Stewardship program. “This letter is hopefully a He said First Nations allowed to proceed. Hazeltons/Interior News


Search for missing manA $5 DONATION GETS YOU By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Police are seeking information from the public to help find missing New Hazelton man Lester Sampson. Extensive land and water

searches have failed to locate the missing 57-year-old, who was last seen at the village of Glen Vowell (Sik-e-dakh) on Aug. 25. RCMP, Search and Rescue and members of the public are involved in the ongoing search effort. Sampson is described as being of First Nations descent and about


183cm tall. He weighs about 77kg, has dark brown and grey hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing grey sweatpants and a grey or blue shirt. Anyone with information is urged to contact New Hazelton RCMP on 250-842-5244 or Crimestoppers on Lester Sampson. 1-800-222-8477.


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Town CAO Deborah Sargent receives a going away painting at her last council meeting after nine years of service last Tuesday. Sargent is moving on to become city manager of Campbell River, B.C. “What really strikes me is the level of community commitment that there is in Smithers and the level of public engagement, which is really our banner here,” said Sargent as she accepted her gift.

Alana brings over 4 years experience in the spa industry to our team of professionals. Her passion is gel nails, and she is mighty good at them! Starting in September Alana will be working part time, offering services such as: waxing, tinting, manicures, pedicures, gel overlays and gel nail extensions.

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To ensure best results with your manicure or gel nails, wear gloves when doing the dishes, and apply hydrating oil to your cuticles.

3830 - 2nd Avenue • 250-847-4621

Open Tues. – Wed. 9–5, Thur. 9-6 & Fri. 9–8, Sat. 9–5

Chris Gareau photo

Get Ready for Your New School Schedule! Music is big in the Bulkley Valley. There are many great instructors and programs to guide your child.

There are many options for sports in the Valley. Curling, swimming, bowling, gymnastics, yoga, skiing, dance, skating.....the list goes on. Being active each day is a lot more fun as part of a team.

School options are not limited. Find the best fit for your child.

Clubs’ Day To book a table contact Smithers Dept of Recreation at 250-847-1600

RangeR PaRk natuRe PReschool Register Now Early Bird Savings 250-847-1600

A Program – Mon/Wed B Program – Tues/Thurs C Program – Fri Mornings Pre-K Program – afternoons Mon/Wed OR Tues/Thurs New Program Design Ages 2.5-5 yrs

Need a space for your event/ meeting/training session? We have available space between September and May for bookings.

We are located half way between Smithers and Houston on beautiful Irrigation Lake.

St. Joseph’s Catholic School 4054 Broadway Ave 250-847-9414

We offer: Pre-Kindergarten Program After School Program • Classes K-7 For information, please call or email the school at 250-847-9414 or email:

4-H offers projects for youth ages 6-25 in a lot of different disciplines. To be involved please contact Lois Taylor 250-847-3692 or Projects Horse, Poultry, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Rabbit, Dog, Small Engine, Leather Craft, Cloverbuds (ages 6-8).

Your one stop shop for all your back to school needs


Teen & Tween Friday evening programs Non-instructional Day programs Lego Thursdays


Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015 9 a.m. to noon Saltos Gymnastics Facility

Smithers Bowl Youth Bowling Leagues Ages 4-19

No experience or equipment needed 250-847-9840 •

Child Development Centre

Bulkley Valley Early Years Centre An access point for families and service providers to find information, services, and supports to enrich child development from 0-6 years. Serving Smithers, Moricetown, and Telkwa areas. Phone: 250-877-7779 Email: Location: 1471 Columbia Drive, Smithers, BC Open Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm (Closed 12-1 pm)

Curling is a great sport for all ages. Sign up for Junior teams (ages 8-18) this fall. Contact Laurence Turney at 250-877-6725.

Our brains ARE what we DO, also known as “neurons that fire together, wire together!” Call (250) 877 7723 or email to find out VITAL brain fitness principles that support developing brains in learning and life.

Hazelton District Public Library "Double Digit Drop-In" for Teens -- Wednesday evenings Pre-School Story Time dates TBA Starting Smart Program -- For Infants & Toddlers

Call for details 250-842-5961

Watch for excited children before and after school. Peter Martens, Operations Manager Phone: 250-847-8737


Bulkley Valley

250-847-9712 1156 Main St.

4-H programs have been operating across Canada for over 100 years now. There’s more to it than just caring for animals. There are projects to complete, speaches to give and opportunities to travel. Leadership is encouraged with every child.

Girl Guides, Scouts, GEMS, Awana are just some of the international organizations found throughout our valley. With opportunities to be included in learning and doing, children are exposed to different ideas and cultures from around the world.

Keep your whole Family Active this Fall at the BV Pool and Recreation Centre * Pool * Climb * Gym * Courts * Programs for all ages! 2015/2016 Dance Season! 250-847-3030 • Now accepting new and returning student registration for our 2015/16 dance season! Ballet, Jazz, Hip-hop, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre and more for children and adults. A fun and non-competitive environment. Contact Amanda to register today! Find us on Facebook -

We love kids in Museums! Drop in and visit us after school! Open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. or Like us on Facebook!

Aim High Driving School Welcome back to the

oved 2015-2016 School Year! appr Book your new driver today 250-877-9339

A club for boys in grades 4 - 7 Meet every other Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 starting in October and ending in early March Meet at our new facility on Walnut Drive Contact John Bakker at 250-846-9577

Back To School? • Are You Ready? Let Pharmasave help you with that.

BV Shopping Centre

Health Centre

250-847-4474 250-847-8750 Smithers Saltos Gymnastics 250-847-FLIP (3547) Registration is now on for ages 18 months to Adult in various disciplines. Just for fun or competitive. Find us on Facebook at Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club

Have a great Year!

The Interior News

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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The Interior News

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Smithers Interior News, September 02, 2015  

September 02, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News

Smithers Interior News, September 02, 2015  

September 02, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News