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Brett Kissel draws a huge crowd during his performance on Sunday night at the Telkwa BBQ. See more on the event on page B1.

Pipeline workers ousted By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

TransCanada workers abandoned their fieldwork on the weekend after Unist’ot’en Camp leader Freda Huson asked them to leave in the latest encounter between pipeline workers and their First Nations opponents in the backroads near Houston. Members of the Unist’ot’en house group have built a camp blocking road access to land south of Houston, which they say is their traditional territory.

Chevron, TransCanada and Enbridge all plan to build pipelines across the land but Unist’ot’en leaders say they do not have a legal right to access it without their consent. Members of the camp say companies need permission from hereditary chiefs to access the land, citing the 1997 Delgamuukw decision in which the Supreme Court of Canada determined Aboriginal title did exist. The settlement is selfdescribed as a “non-violent and peaceful land reclamation”. Its supporters oppose the pipeline

development because they believe it poses environmental risks to Wet’suwet’en land. On Sept. 5, the camp used its Facebook page to share video footage of Freda Huson asking TransCanada fieldworkers, who arrived in a helicopter, to leave the area. Huson said the workers, who she said were in two helicopters, left about five minutes after she asked them to. She said Unist’ot’en members were being forced to restrict access to pipeline crews because the government and industry were ignoring their concerns. See CHEVRON on A3

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competing in the bareback bronc riding competition about 5 p.m. on Aug. 29. The accident unfolded in front of hundreds of people who had gathered to watch the event, which is a popular attraction at the annual Smithers fall fair. Witnesses report seeing him fall backwards from the horse and land on his head moments after he broke from the gate. He was the second rider to enter the ring that night. See COWBOY on A8

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A young rodeo rider who was thrown violently from a horse in front of a packed crowd at the Bulkley Valley Exhibition underwent surgery for extensive injuries at Vancouver General Hospital last Sunday. Kevin Cunin of Prince George broke several ribs, punctured a lung and fractured his vertebrae when he hit the ground head-first

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NEW SCHOOL CURRICULUM Local school districts react to the new B.C. elementary curriculum.

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been made regarding members of the public urinating and defecating behind a re-use shed; A dirty diaper was found thrown in the corner of a re-use shed. “I don’t think it’s a good idea to close it down and that’s not my objective at all. The reason I voted to close it down is purely the liability issues,” said Repen. “There have been some fairly substantial safety items that have come up that are of pretty serious concern to staff and our administrator. My stance as it has been with other issues is we can’t put our regional taxpayers at risk legally in terms of liability if we’re not doing our due diligence and not protecting our workers and residents.” Repen and Bachrach both said they have used the reuse shed in the past. The board is looking at options to reopen the shed and organize safe salvaging. Both suggested a solution could be having

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The Regional District of Bulkley Nechako board has voted to immediately close the reuse shed and ban salvaging at solid waste management facilities, including the Donaldson Road transfer station between Smithers and Telkwa. Board directors for Smithers Taylor Bachrach and Smithers Rural Area A Mark Fisher voted against the motion. Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen voted for it. The district released a list of recent incidents that led to its decision: Over 100 used hypodermic needles were found in boxes mixed in with children’s toys; Live ammunition was found in a brown cassette tape brief case; Prescription drugs were left in a box; Reports have

workers in protective gear sift through items before they are made available to the public. “It seems like overall it works really well. I understand there’s liability issues and we need to take those seriously and address them, but my preference would have been to address the issues first and not have to close the reuse shed for any period of time,” said Bachrach. The reuse shed has been open for about 12 years said Bachrach, and the liability issue has come up in the past. “The issue came up almost exactly a year ago ... and to my knowledge nothing has been done in the intervening period,” said Bachrach. Public meeting dates in October and November on the reuse shed and salvaging at district facilities are being set soon. Meetings are expected to be held in Smithers and Telkwa.

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Chevron starts clearing near Unist’ot’en

From OUSTED on Front “We only have two territories left where we can hunt and fish,” she said. “Everything else has been impacted so that is why we are doing what we are doing.” TransCanada said its crews were conducting environmental fieldwork when they were asked to leave. “The fieldwork can only be done at certain times of the year,” said media spokesperson Shela Shapiro. “We need to complete this so we can satisfy conditions in our Environmental Assessment Certificate and we are doing this work with the support of many Wet’suwet’en who are participating in this important work.” The Sept. 5 encounter was the second time TransCanada workers have been asked to leave the area by Unist’ot’en supporters in recent weeks. On Aug. 28, the company complained

to the RCMP after a convoy of four vehicles carrying Coastal GasLink Pipeline Project workers were refused access at a roadblock on Chisholm Road. The company told The Interior News that members of the camp, including hereditary chief Knedebeas of the Unist’ot’en Dark House, had refused to discuss the project with TransCanada. Chevron has also started working in the area around Houston, where it set up a construction office in July. Its workers have started clearing along the proposed route for the company’s Pacific Trails Pipeline, which would carry natural gas 480 kilometres from Summit Lake to the Kitimat LNG facility, also owned by Chevron. The company has not yet started construction in the area being disputed by Unist’ot’en members,

however it plans to complete work there despite opposition from the camp. “We hope to carry out our work plan for 2015 without incident or disruption,” said Chevron media spokesperson Gillian Robinson. “We have the necessary permits to work in this area and we have the support of the 16 First Nations bands whose traditional territory is along the proposed PTP route. “Additionally, we have supporters of the PTP among hereditary chiefs.” Chevron would attempt to access the land under dispute unless it was physically prevented from doing so, she added. Robinson said the company wanted to work with Unist’ot’en leaders to build relationships and gain further support. A group of 16 First Nations bands along the route have signed their support for the

project by joining the First Nations Limited Partnership agreement with Chevron. Unist’ot’en leadership differs from that of the FNLP signatories because its chiefs are appointed under the hereditary system rather than elected under the Indian Act. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation, an elected band council governing reserve land near Burns Lake, is among the FNLP signatories who want pipeline development to take place with First Nations involvement. Chief Karen Ogen believes some of the projects will go ahead despite resistance from groups like the Unist’ot’en Camp. For this reason, she said it was important First Nations were involved in the process to ensure they received financial benefits and to implement environmental protocols. Ogen is also a

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Cullen promises ombudsman to investigate gas prices By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

NDP incumbent candidate Nathan Cullen promised last Wednesday in Smithers that if his party forms government, it would create an ombudsman position with the power to investigate gas prices and fine companies if they are found to be in collusion. “An ombudsman would work for the consumer, work for the public to make sure that gas prices aren’t being fixed at the pump,” said Cullen. The Skenna-Bulkley Valley candidate pointed to gas prices dropping by more than half since 2011 and gas prices staying high as he made the announcement in front of the Chevron and Petro-Canada gas stations along Frontage Road. “The oil companies will blame everything. They’ll blame the Middle East, they’ll blame refinery restrictions or a storm, or anything. A gas ombudsman would try to figure out what the problem is: why is it that gas is being able to stay so high while the price of the product has dropped by more than half? “We think this is clear evidence of some sort of collusion or problem at the pumps, and this is why for years the New Democrats have advocated for a gas ombudsman and actually

brought a bill into Parliament that the Conservatives refused to bring into law,” said Cullen, adding that he had spoken to a gas station owner who argued unsuccessfully with the gas company about raising prices at the pump. “We’ve seen case after case where gas prices suddenly jack up just before a long weekend. They suddenly jack up across a region but not across the board, and that’s obviously gas companies playing with it.” Building refineries in Canada to export oil rather than raw bitumen was also part of the solution according to Cullen. “We don’t think it’s up to the Canadian government to pick locations, to tell industry where they can and can’t build their factories and their industry. We think it’s important though that Canada encourage value added for all our natural resources, not just oil but trees and minerals and fish, because right now we’ve seen decades of a policy promoting raw export,” said Cullen. But the export of refined oil needs to get out another way said Cullen, who proposed a bill last year that would ban bulk oil shipping off B.C.’s north coast. “This is an area where moving bulk oil exports is fraught and opposed. It’s not going to happen for a bunch of legal and financial reasons, so let’s concentrate on

something else,” said Cullen. “And when I talk to industry, their focus is otherwise; the building up of refinery capacity in other places.” The Conservative government has said that Opposition party proposals to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions would raise prices. The NDP have proposed a cap and trade system “What it does is put a price on pollution. What we would do is obviously work with the provinces. It’s a patchwork quilt right now; various provinces have various ways to price carbon,” said Cullen. “We know we need to price carbon, B.C. already has a price. It would have to fold into a national strategy. I don’t think there would be a great deal of effect.” Conservative candidate Tyler Nesbitt suggested Cullen’s opposition to pipelines is dangerous because it would lead to oil transport by rail, and also called out Cullen for the increase in greenhouse gases new refineries would cause. He added 1.8 million people are employed directly and indirectly by the oil and gas sector. “It’s the largest employer of First Nations people. But at the same time, we understand we’re stewards of this rich natural heritage. A healthy environment and a strong economy, those go hand-in-hand,” said Nesbitt.

Telkwa mayor wants recall option By Chris Gareau Telkwa/Interior News

Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen is bringing his election promise of a recall option to the Union of B.C. Municipality (UBCM) convention in Vancouver later this month. The resolution proposes B.C.’s community charter be amended to allow a recall of local government elected officials if a petition is

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Schools react to new elementary curriculum

By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

With the web putting information at children’s fingertips, Bulkley Valley School District superintendent Chris van der Mark said the new B.C. elementary school curriculum is less about what you know and more about how you use your knowledge. The Ministry of Education last Tuesday announced its new curriculum for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 as part of a three year transition across all grades. The new framework is designed to be more flexible and provide students with more personalized learning experiences, allowing them to learn in the context of their own interests. In addition to teaching students the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy, it will ask them to apply their knowledge through collaboration, critical thinking and communication. Although the new curriculum will not be formally introduced until September 2016, teachers have the option of using it this fall in preparation for the change. van der Mark said the new curriculum would replace a content-based framework that was a “mile wide and an inch deep”. He said it would bring teaching up to speed with the modern world and give students skills and knowledge that can be applied in real-life situations.

“There are a lot of things in play that are gearing, almost as a society, far more towards big ideas, towards critical thinking, towards communication — really broadserving skills that aren’t about just simply what you know because you or I can know anything at the click of a button right now if we need to know it,” he said. “The real challenge is what can you do with what you know.” van der Mark believes more students will thrive under the new curriculum because it was more flexible and personalized to a student’s individual needs. Although it remains focused on literacy and numeracy, he said the new system will be more engaging for more students because it gives them freedom to learn in a way that interests them. “We have a system that really does look well upon compliance as it’s set up,” said van der Mark. “If you’re a child X who really is compliant and is able to sort of navigate and jump through hoops according to this, regardless of whether you are interested or not you are simply compliant. “That might not exactly prepare you for what’s coming ... more life in general.” He said it was too early to tell if the Ministry would need to employ more teachers to deliver the more personalized curriculum. van der Mark predicts the change will be felt more in Grade 10-12 classrooms because elementary level teaching was already more concept-based. Bulkley Valley Teachers Union

president Ilona Weiss welcomed the shift because it allowed teachers to provide a more individualized learning experience for students. “I think it will give students more of an opportunity to explore what they are interested in, more in-depth,” she said. “There is less learning outcomes so you can go into what you want to learn about more in-depth and then you can personalize that for students so I think that’s a really good thing.” Although the curriculum is optional in 2015, Weiss believes a lot of teachers will choose to introduce it. However, she noted the Ministry of Education would need to invest in training to ensure a smooth transition. “This will be the year where they will really have to provide some information and training for teachers so that teachers are ready to use the new curriculum next school year,” she said. Coast Mountain School District superintendent Katherine McIntosh said in a statement teachers would be supported during the transition. “The new curriculum provides engaging opportunities for students to go deeper with their learning based on their passions and interests,” she said. “Our schools and district will support our teachers with their implementation during the year. “We are excited about the changes coming to all levels of our system.” CMSD manages schools in the Hazelton area.

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Fixing the downtown By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Smithers has issues downtown. Businesspeople and patrons of downtown businesses said vagrants and homeless people have harassed, panhandled, obstructed their movements, stolen from them and scared customers away. The liquor store and the homeless shelter were targeted as sources of these problems, but spokespeople from these places beg to differ. “They’re still parading up and down Main Street asking for money, and there’s needles in our back parking lot, and people pooping behind our garbage can. It’s a bad mix,” said a businessperson, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Just move the shelter out of the neighbourhood. I would suggest to put it somewhere in an industrial area where they can’t cause much harm.” “You wouldn’t open up a store in downtown Hastings, so why would we want to bring Hastings here?” Pressure is building for the town to do something about it. At a meeting with the town two weeks ago, up to six businesses had signed up to refuse to pay taxes and five others have shown interest since then. The town has since put up a portable toilet at Bovill Square. Some of the allegations were taken to the shelter and the Liquor Warehouse. “We do not serve anybody that’s drunk,” a Liquor Warehouse employee who declined to be named said. “If people come in here and they’re sober, we don’t know who they’re buying for and what they drink down there. But, no, we do not serve drunks.” “It’s not us. If we cut them off, they go somewhere else. They go to the Twin, to the Hilltop, to

the Lodge, they go everywhere or anywhere they can get it.” The Smithers Community Services Association begs to differ, too. Executive director Cathryn Olmstead empathizes but does not believe the shelter should take the blame. “Just saying that all of this is happening because of the location of the shelter — probably not that accurate,” Olmstead said. “Is there stuff happening that is not that great in the downtown core? I think yeah, absolutely.” Olmstead believes that a group of people will convene, no matter what. In the past, they convened around Extra Foods but they have since moved to Bovill Square. “Yeah, we could put the shelter on the outside of the town,” she said. “But guess what? Maybe those people aren’t accessing the shelter, and if they were, there’s a good chance they’re going to be coming into town, maybe to go to the liquor store, maybe to hang out with friends.” Olmstead believes that some of the people who they serve are sometimes not even clients of the shelter, but the shelter gets unfair blame for it. “In order to access services at the shelter, you need to have a reasonable degree of sobriety and you also need to be prepared to work towards personal goals of obtaining housing or other support services,” Olmstead said. The shelter has only nine beds and has housed 78 people since October. Olmstead also points to how the concentration of social services in the downtown could attract the disadvantaged, and given how Smithers is the Bulkley Valley’s hub, many people convene here and are forced to hang around while waiting for transit.

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GUEST VIEW Chief Councillor Ellis Ross

or the past 30 years, the average First Nations member has had to listen to native and non-native politicians promising a better future. None have delivered. Opposition is the easiest job in the world; what is difficult is finding an answer when a First Nations mother has concerns about her child’s future. Politicians are quick to shout out soundbites and get into camera shots but where are the cameras when another First Nations member takes their own life or when they pass away from h i g h way / a l c o h o l - re l at e d deaths? Proportionately, our

provincial and federal prisons have excess populations of our native people. On top of this, Aboriginals have never been in a better place to improve our lot in life. Aboriginal rights and title case law has been in place under Section 35 of the Constitution since 1982. Provincial governments and economic development project proponents want and try to talk with First Nations with inclusion in mind but too often the conversation is short-lived or never takes place. For the Haisla people, Aboriginal rights and title is only a tool to get to a better

place. It is not the solution. For anything to happen, politics, economics and case law have to be working towards the same goal together; not in isolation. To be an elected aboriginal leader in today’s age is to be in a position of doing what’s right for your people and for the most part, that means making decisions that affect the land. It is not easy, but on my own behalf, I can’t put one above the other knowing that nobody has really made the average aboriginal individual a priority in the last decades. We as community-elected leaders are trying to bring

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something back to our people. It doesn’t help when higher level organizations do not recognize our work or even the problems we face. The Haisla Nation supports the elected Wet’suwe’ten leaders in their efforts to resolve the concerns of the Unist’ot’en and allow work on the Coastal GasLink and Pacific Trails pipelines to proceed, as the First Nations communities along both pipelines have agreed. Ellis Ross is Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation and Chair of the Aboriginal Investment Council

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erry Lake’s gut seems to be telling him one thing, yet the B.C. health minister is doing the opposite. Unfortunately, he’s wasting taxpayer money betting against his own common sense. The B.C. government announced this week that it will spend $2.5 million to buy Air Miles and other loyalty program points to distribute to B.C. residents who

B.C. NDP urging peaceful resolution at Unist’ot’en Camp Editor: B.C. New Democrats have been closely monitoring the developing situation at the Unist’ot’en camp and are calling for a peaceful resolution. Aboriginal rights and title must be recognized and respected as events at the camp unfold. To date, the B.C. Liberal government has been silent on this significant issue. The Unist’ot’en camp is located in Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad’s constituency, and British Columbians expect him to show leadership by engaging

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track “healthy” things they do through a private company’s iPhone app, Carrot Rewards. The federal government, in an election year spending spree, is kicking in another $5 million. “I have some degree of skepticism,” Lake told The Vancouver Sun when asked about the program. “But I think it’s worth a try.” You’re not the only skeptic, Minister. Unfortunately, we skeptics have to rely on you to say no to pricey, hare-brained schemes like Carrot Rewards. Despite media reports that the program will get people to exercise, Lake announced only three ways to get the loyalty points: taking two online questionnaires and using some obscure provincial “shopping sense tool” designed to teach us rubes “how to make quick, healthy and affordable choices at the grocery store.” But fear not, Lake and the company promise more Air Miles are coming for more “healthy” things — all on the taxpayer’s dime. At this point, the government and Social Change Rewards Inc. seem to only care about collecting your data. Through the app, they will soon have their hands on all sorts of new

in respectful dialogue with those involved and bring calm to the situation. The government must work collaboratively with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary leadership to find a peaceful resolution. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and maintain contact with First Nation title holders as the situation develops.

Editor: I am 11 years old and I enjoy shopping for clothes. I would like to see the old Mark’s building on Main Street turned into a children’s

for opting-in, and then carried on with their normal routine. Conveniently, no long-term statistics on the program seem to be available. Even if the promise of 25 Air Miles (enough to fly you from your house to the end of your driveway) did convince a few people to take out memberships, many of us with Fitbit step counters have a good idea what likely happened. Nearly half of all Fitbits are discarded within six months — there’s an initial rush when you get it and then things usually go back to normal. Lake offers no comparison to other uses for the money. What longterm health benefits would occur if government built $7.5 million in school playgrounds? Or spent it cutting waitlists for surgery? Or made sure people had timely access to family physicians? Or improved rural or aboriginal drinking water quality to reduce the dozens of boil water advisories in effect across B.C. right now? Or any of a hundred other ideas. The provincial government should take a stick and whack Carrot Rewards. Jordan Bateman is the B.C. Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.

clothing store. We need it. We kids have very few stores to go buy clothes our size. Most of the stores are for adults, not kids. Is there anyone out there who could give some thought

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information about you, including how you eat, where you buy food, what physical ailments you have, and where and when you exercise. Yet there is no privacy statement or security plan available for public discussion. The term “nanny state” gets thrown around a lot, especially online, but this program is a textbook example of it: an overprotective government unduly interfering with personal choice. We elect governments to provide vital shared services and to manage our tax money effectively — not to mother us. But even if you are philosophically fine with the idea of government parenting you (be sure to remember your MLA this Thanksgiving — they want to know why you never call anymore), why spend $7.5 million on a program that will likely yield no long-term results or benefits — except an infusion of taxpayer cash to bank accounts of the private partner and already-wealthy loyalty programs? A Direct Marketing case study on an Air Miles-for-exercise pilot project bragged that 46,000 YMCA members signed up for the program. Of course, most of these YMCA members — people who already pay $59 per month — were lured by the 25 free Air Miles

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N EWS Rodeo riders praying Liberal and Conservative for cowboy’s recovery candidates’ economic proposals From FALL on Front Local company Jade First Aid were first on the scene to treat the man, who was in a critical condition when B.C. Emergency Health Services arrived and transported him by ambulance to Bulkley Valley District Hospital. He was transferred to Vancouver General Hospital that day and underwent surgery on Sunday. B.C. Rodeo Association president Trish Kohorst, who was at the Smithers rodeo when the accident happened, said injuries as severe as Cunin’s were rare despite the dangers of the sport. “It is not uncommon in the sport to have some types of injuries but the severity of this one is not something we see very often,” she said. Kohorst said riders underwent training to help prevent severe injuries and rodeos adhered to a strict set of safety rules. There are also restrictions on the types of animals used in the rodeo, such as limitations on horn-length, she said. Despite the inherent risks,

Kohorst said a passion for the sport kept rodeo riders returning to the ring. “I’m a competitor as well,” she said. “If it’s your passion it’s your passion and whether you are mountain-biking, motocross racing, rodeoing, playing football, they all have different risks.” She said the rodeo community had been hit hard by Cunin’s accident and riders across B.C. were praying for his recovery. “The rodeo world is a family — it’s a sport where, seconded by none other where we stand behind each other,” said Kohorst. “Certainly, everyone is behind him and prayers and hopes for his recovery are everywhere.” She urged the community to express their support for Cunin’s recovery and thanked paramedics for their quick response. A GoFundMe campaign page created for Cunin by Natasha Friesen says he has “a very unlikely possibility of walking again, and a slim chance of feeling below his waist again”. To donate visit www. gofundme.com/kevincunin.

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The candidates for the Liberal and Conservative parties proposed two very different plans to help boost the economy in the Northwest. Liberal Brad Layton touted his party’s plan to invest in green infrastructure, a plan that would include three years of deficit spending. “Within Telkwa, with the water tower, we are applying for grant funding. We can’t afford it with the amount of tax we get in, which is 90 per cent residential,” said Layton, who is also a Telkwa councillor. “As well as our waste water, we’re coming up to some maintenance stuff which is all part of the infrastructure deficit.” The Liberal candidate said the newly formed Resource Benefit Alliance, a group of Northwest municipalities including those from the Skeena-Bulkley Valley riding, estimated the infrastructure deficit to be about $500 million. He added that the definition of “green” infrastructure was broad, and could include things like connecting more rural ares to highspeed internet. “We’ve got the economic development where we may become a key player in the economy of Canada with LNG going through. Our communities aren’t ready for this kind of influx of workers and people moving to the area ... without working on our infrastructure,” said Layton, who defended the deficit spending. “Personally, I feel if nothing is done at the federal level down to the provincial level and on to the municipal level, the only way to deal with these things

is going to be tax hikes at the municipal level. And as most people know, we’re maxed out at what people can afford to pay on taxes,” said Layton. Conservative candidate Tyler Nesbitt said despite a technical recession for the first half of the year, growth in June meant voters should stick with the Conservative plan. “We all know why we’re in this position when it comes to the global economy. “You just read any financial papers, speak to any level-headed economist, you’re going to see the Chinese market has a big impact here; and of course the price of oil, the Bank of Canada said that’s going to make some winners and losers in the economy, but unequivocally that’s going to have a net negative effect,” said Nesbitt. The Conservatives have proposed an enhanced mining tax credit to help the fledgling industry, particularly in remote areas like in the Northwest which would see a 25 per cent tax credit. The current 15 per cent Mineral Exploration Tax Credit would be extended another three years. “We have several projects on the docket here that could have a real good impact on jobs and our local economy ... so if they’re 50 kilometres off a service road, then they’ll be eligible for [the 25 per cent credit],” said Nesbitt.

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The candidates for the NDP, Conservative and Liberal parties have all confirmed with The Interior News that they will be taking part in an all candidates forum hosted by the chamber of commerce at the Della Herman Theatre in Smithers on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. The Green Party expects to select nominees week.


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Aug. 30 – At 1:49 p.m., Smithers RCMP received a domestic violence complaint. They arrested a 29-year-old man. The RCMP said the suspect was alleged to have assaulted his spouse and faces assault charges.

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Demo derby thrills crowd at Telkwa BBQ By Xuyun Zeng Telkwa/Interior News

For the participants of the Telkwa Barbecue demolition derby from the Bulkley Valley and beyond, there is a joy in taking a car from roadworthy to smash-worthy. Take your clunker, give it a new lease on life by giving it a new coat of (spray) paint, put in reinforcement bars and struts, and then end its life by smashing it up. Kinsman volunteer Dennis O’Coffey summarized its appeal best: “Just a good old redneck smash-em-up derby.” In the muddy pit, V8 motors roared, bodywork flaked off like dry skin and spinning tires kicked stones and mud all around. The crowd went wild with every bang. “It’s a thrill and it’s an adrenaline rush,” veteran derby racer and volunteer Mike Bridgewood said. “In a lot of respects, it brings a lot

of people together, a lot of friends together, a lot of family together.” Participants mostly entered with older American cars, procured from a number of sources. “A lot of them were roadworthy,” O’Coffey said. “Some of them were just their household vehicles and they’re moving up into a new one, so they sold it to one of these young guys and that’s where they find them.” That was exactly how Cole Roumieu got his 1971 Ford LTD, who bought it with the intention of entering in the derby. “I got this car in Houston. I bought it off an elderly lady,” Roumieu said. “It was my daily driver for a bit.” For Moricetown’s Harold Morris, his 1977 Lincoln Mark V became a derby car when paperwork issues precluded its roadworthiness. “I got it from a local guy,” Morris said. “It was actually an

Alberta-numbered car. This was actually a collector car when I got it, but somewhere along the line, they had paperwork issues, and they couldn’t find the right paperwork to put it back on the road.” “And we just welded it up, and in the derby it went.” O’Coffey revealed that participating cars must have reinforcements such as concrete in the doors, it must have rollover bars and driver-side reinforcements. Participants also had to remove their lights, windows and windshield. This year’s derby started out on a more sombre mood to commemorate veteran derby competitor Kirby McFadden, who died this year. “Just about every competitor came into the ring. We had a moment of silence for one that we lost this year,” Bridgewood said. “He’s got family, friends, people that he’s mentored and we just all came in, said a few words to recognize him, had a moment of silence.”

The demolition derby pit got steamy as Harold Morris’s 1971 Lincoln Mark V boils its coolant after numerous hits.

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Steelheads release schedule By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

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Dr. Marlowe Haskins, Carmen, Laurel Menzel, Sheryl McCrea, Dan Hamhuis, Ted Bobb, Ian Smith, Kent Delwisch, Valerie Pernel, JC Brown, Dave Turko, and Kelly Zacharias at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital where the Bulkley Valley Health Care & Hospital Foundation received $120,000 from the Smithers Celebrity Golf Tournament & Hockey Game Thursday.

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Celebrity Golf chips in $120,000 for maternity ward By Chris Gareau

“Now it’s transitioned to a big event in Smithers with out-of-town celebrities coming up. This is as good as it ever has been these last few years.” The huge effort from the Celebrity Golf Hamhuis explained why it was so Tournament & Hockey Game committee important to take part in the fundraiser. paid off Thursday when they delivered “It’s unfortunate when families have a $120,000 cheque to the Bulkley Valley health scares. To be able to provide the Health Care & Hospital Foundation for equipment and services that northerners a revamped maternity ward in Smithers. need, that people from Smithers need to “It’s nice to deliver the cheque and see “This is as good as it ever has been these last few years,” be able to stay local is huge. Instead of some of the eyes widen when you give -Dan Hamhuis travelling to Prince George or Vancouver them the amount, and to see the money for those services, if we could provide actually go to use and hopefully see the Bobb. of became a bit of a celebrity when I was more here it’s going to make things easier construction start pretty soon – that’s The business community and playing junior hockey in Prince George. for everybody,” said Hamhuis. what it’s all about,” said tournament co- foundation also brought in volunteers The tournament then kind of transitioned The money raised is going towards chair Kent Delwisch. to help with the events of Aug. 13-15, into a smaller kind of community a new four-suite maternity ward at the “That’s what we put all out time and including the live auction that brought in fundraiser that the Rotary group put on,” Bulkley Valley District Hospital estimated effort for.” much of the funds. said Hamhuis. to cost $270,000. Smithers/Interior News

It takes about nine months for volunteers to organize the event, said Delwisch. Volunteers are taking next year off to build up the energy needed to put on the next tournament in 2017. “You can’t say enough about the individuals,” said foundation chair Ted

Hometown hockey star Dan Hamhuis was on hand for the cheque presentation. He said he had been taking part in the event since he was a kid as it evolved through the years. “I was a 10-year-old kid, I was participating in this as a caddy … I kind

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Violet and her dad Sean Mitchell, who benefit from the rides offered by Hope Air, present Mikaela Pond, Jennifer Miller and Herb Pond a $3,000 cheque from the Bulkley Valley Community Foundation.

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Nurses riding for Hope Air By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Northern Health nurses Mikaela Pond and Jennifer Miller stopped in Smithers last Tuesday to take a break from the rain and pick up a $3,000 cheque from Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Tuesday during their long bicycle ride from Prince Rupert to Prince George to raise money for Hope Air. The pair had just arrived from Hazelton after riding through a torrential downpour between Prince Rupert and Terrace the first day, and slogging through to Hazelton on their second. They received a free dinner at the Aspen Inn and a discounted stay at the Sandman Hotel while in Smithers. Along the way, the duo were treated to smoked

salmon in Moricetown and shouts of encouragement from passersby. “It’s been great. People have been stopping us along the road to give us donations,” said Pond. Hope Air is a charity that provides free air travel to families in need of medical treatment outside their community. Nav Canada is holding a tournament in Vancouver this month that aims to raise another $50,000 for the nurses. Pond works in Fort St. John and Fort Nelson. Miller works in Burns Lake, where she had to drop out of the journey due to injury on advice from an emergency room doctor. She took over driving duties of the support vehicle from Mikaela’s dad Herb Pond. They are accepting donations through Riding the Bridge to Health Care, which can be found by searching fundrazr.com

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Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach has accepted a challenge from Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore to try and raise an average of $1 from each Smithereen. The Smithers Terry Fox Run goes Sept. 20. Registration is at noon in front of the Central Park Building at Main Street and Highway 16. There is no entry fee for the noncompetitive run, which starts at 1 p.m. Terry Fox ran to raise cancer research funds in 1981, much of the time on a prosthetic leg during his own battle with cancer. His run was cut short when the cancer returned. The Port Coquitlam native was able to raise $24 million — or $1 per Canadian at the time. Mayor Moore is now calling on all Canadians to match that average total, which would be over $35 million today. He specifically challenged mayors to rally their towns to the cause. “The key thing is going to be getting the word out

about the challenge. I plan to put it out on Facebook and challenge all my friends and family to take part and make donations,” said Bachrach, who will take part before flying out later that night to attend the Union of B.C. Municipalities Convention in Vancouver. “In the past Smithers has done really well with the Terry Fox Run and hopefully this year we can crank it up a notch and show the other communities in the Northwest that we can raise money alongside the best of them.” The Terry Fox Foundation is an independent charity that has funded 1,212 cancer research projects since being founded. It now holds over 9,000 runs each year. “Last year we had 100 participants and raised $2,500. It would be lovely to see that double,” said Smithers Terry Fox Run co-coordinator Sandra McAulay. B.C. raised $2.4 million last year. All of the runs are completely volunteerled said McAulay, who encouraged everyone to come run or walk next Sunday.


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VIEW FROM THE PORCH Lorraine Doiron Sixteen per cent of Canada’s working population is living with a disability. October is National Disability Awareness Month. Be aware, sometimes a disability is not visible, yet that person is suffering. Sept. 24, Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Della Herman Theatre, come out to hear Dr. Yong Zhao, one of

the world’s leading thinkers regarding globalization and the transformation of education systems. Presented by Bulkley Valley School Division 54, Dr. Zhao believes in the talents of every child. $5 for adults, students free, pre-register at 250877-6820 or bobbie. kingsmill@sd54.bc.ca The Glenwood Womens’ Institute (GWI) are planning their Fall Bazaar, Oct. 24, 12-3 p.m. at the Glenwood Hall. Come out and see the newly renovated hall, it is so lovely. If you are a small business owner or sell your crafts, canning, fresh vegetables from the garden, or plants, give us a call at 250-8474797. Table rental is $12, with lunch $15. Also the GWI is putting together a

letter regarding the potential closure of the reuse shed. We need to know how you feel about that, especially any positive remarks you may have. Remarks can be left on Mayor Bachrach’s Facebook page, or by calling 250-847-4797. The Smithers Community String Orchestra is putting out a call for string players, lovers of violin, viola, cello and bass for their 2015/2016 season. If you have a basic understanding of reading music and are interested in playing, ages 10-100, practices will be on the first and third Thursdays of the month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Cost is approximately $150 for the year, depending on the number of players joining. Let them know by Sept. 9 so

they have an idea how many are joining, but you can sign up after the 9th. First rehearsal is Thursday, Sept. 17. Contact Laura at laurahols78@gmail. com or 250-847-2677. Love to sing? The fall session of the Local Vocals begins Tuesday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Northwest Community College. All singers welcome, previous experience not necessary. They would like to expand the tenor section, so come on out! Contact Gail at 778-202-0414 or gailljenne@gmail. com. Here are some awesome websites: narrative-4.com, a gathering of writers and social justice advocates who dream about how the world could be transformed through story; storycorps.org, an

Variety gives CDC $96,000 “Variety is thrilled to be making a direct and positive impact on the lives of over 450 local children and youth through our contribution to this project,” said Dave McConachie, Variety’s interim executive director. “We believe children who have special needs are champions and, with the support of the resources available at the Bulkley Valley CDC, we know the kids will achieve remarkable little victories.” Variety has been directly involved in the community for many years. Since 2007, Variety has provided direct funding to 68 children ranging in age from birth to 19 in the Bulkley Valley and Upper Skeena region. And Variety wants to help more. Whether it’s accessing out-ofcommunity medical care, specialized equipment and therapies, medicine and bursaries, Variety provides funding for costs not covered by health plans. Families are encouraged to apply for a grant by calling 604-320-0505, or directly online at variety.bc.ca. Released by the Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre.

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Bulkley Valley Learning Centre School District #54 Bulkley Valley 250 877-3218 Stephen Lockwood Susie Hooper Northwest Community College, Room 121 Considering a change in your High School Program? We offer alternative courses for students aged 16 to 19, from single courses in Mathematics and Language Arts to complete adult diplomas. (Some restrictions apply.) Leave a message at (250) 877-3218 for more information or to make an appointment.

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humansofnewyork. com, a blog launched by a street photographer who takes daily portraits of the colourful characters populating New York City.

Closing with, “A bad habit never disappears miraculously; it’s an undo-it-yourself project.” — Abigail Van Buren

Through teamwork we strive to be the best we can be. - Hockey Canada

REGISTER Online: www.smithersminorhockey.com • Season starts: Sept. 12th Ages: 5-17 as of Dec.31, 2015 • New players welcome in all divisions see us at Club’s day Sept 12th • Any questions, please contact us: 250-847-3577 smha651@gmail.com Initiation (2009/10) Wed. 5:30pm, Sat morning Novice (2007/08) Tues.5:30, Thr. 5:45, weekend Atom (2006/05) Mon 5:30, Wed.5:45, weekend Peewee, Bantam, Midget-‐similar to last season Smithers Minor Hockey was built on the comitment and hard work of volunteers.

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The Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre values and appreciates all the personal and corporate donations, local fundraising activities and community grants in supporting our capital campaign to raise $995,000. Last Monday, we were thrilled to announce the support of Variety — The Children’s Charity! Variety — The Children’s Charity has approved our organization’s grant request for Project Pinwheel — Give Today to Build Tomorrow! Variety has provided our project with $95,954 towards phase one of the creation of our new location at 1471 Columbia Drive. This generous grant assisted with the development of our new family resource and play room on the main floor, as well as accessibility upgrades throughout the building! “The Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre is very grateful of Variety — The Children’s Charity for assisting in our vision of creating a Child Development Centre that is inclusive and accessible for our community,” stated Kerri Bassett, BVCDC executive director.

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We both always wanted to Patrol. It was scary at first with tons to learn, but Smithers CSP was welcoming & encouraging! When the snow came we felt supported enough to put on the jacket and get out there. We spend time together on skis, model volunteering for our teenagers, and ccontribute to the community.

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She’s getting the chance to be a master of the digital world, and for Smithers teen Brynn Mackenzie Brandon, her experience at a summer camp in Vancouver gives her room to grow personally and professionally. Brynn, 14, is a student at Smithers Secondary School whose interest in digital media led her to apply for a summer boot camp held at the Vancouver Centre for Digital Media. She was one of 11 students selected to take part in the program. The Tomorrow’s Masters of Digital Media camp lets teens use the same state-of-the-art equipment as Masters students to create games that target world issues. “I got to learn how to make a mini game,” Brynn explained while at the camp three weeks ago. “I’ve definitely learned a lot more about teamwork. I’ve also learned some brainstorming tools to think outside the box because that is really important in this industry.” The teen and her team chose to work on a game that provides stress relief over the threeweek camp. “I’m using GameMaker to make a landscape —

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Sept. 9 is International FASD Awareness Day. In the Bulkley Valley, we take the month of September to talk about the risks of alcohol during pregnancy and to raise awareness around the reality of living with FASD and other brain-based disabilities. Alcohol and Pregnancy In order to help prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), we must first straighten the facts. There is a lot of confusing information about pregnancy and alcohol and people aren’t sure what to do. Research shows that: • Alcohol is a powerful drug and is unsafe to developing babies. • Any type of alcohol (wine, beer, cooler, hard liquor) can affect the baby. • There is no known safe amount or safe time to drink during pregnancy. • Alcohol crosses the placenta and reaches the developing baby. • When the mother drinks, she and her unborn baby have the same blood alcohol content. • Because the unborn baby’s liver is still growing, it takes a long time to get rid of the alcohol, giving it more time to affect the baby’s developing cells. • The damage to the cells can cause a physical and brain-based disability that is lifelong and cannot be cured. In Canada, approximately 80 per cent of people drink alcohol, and about half

of pregnancies are not planned. This means many women are drinking alcohol before they know they are pregnant. Most women stop drinking as soon as they find out. If they have been drinking, they may worry that alcohol has caused damage. No one can say, for certain, if her baby has been affected. Every baby develops differently and can be affected differently. Stopping alcohol and talking with a health care provider can help. Each day without alcohol is good for the developing baby. Some women will need help to reduce and quit drinking alcohol while pregnant. By supporting instead of judging, we can make a lasting difference in their lives and the lives of their babies. Living with FASD Exposure to alcohol during pregnancy causes changes in the brain and most people with FASD don’t show physical signs but exhibit behavioural symptoms — that’s why we refer to FASD as an invisible physical disability. Because of this, most people do not receive the help they need to be successful. Early recognition and diagnosis help people living with FASD reach their potential. Changes in the brain will be expressed through changes in behaviours. Our society currently manages behaviours by providing consequences, both good and bad, so that individuals learn what is appropriate and acceptable. People with FASD have brains that work

differently. For example, they may process information more slowly, have difficulty with planning and organizing, memory, abstract thinking, understanding the full meaning of language, and trouble controlling their emotions. In addition, they often develop more slowly than their peers and function at a younger age. As a result, the use of consequences typically does not work and is inappropriate. People with other, more visible, physical challenges are provided with accommodations to allow them to function in their environment. The more obvious the disability, the clearer the nature of the support. That’s why it makes sense to provide ramps for someone who is in a wheelchair, or use braille for someone who is blind. To help people with FASD succeed, we need to change how we think and respond: from trying to change the person and the behaviours to understanding what causes the behaviours and providing accommodations based on their strengths. This approach allows us to prevent challenges before they happen. Realizing their disability means that they CAN’T do a certain task, instead of WON’T, changes how we feel about the individuals and affects how we respond and support. FASD — It’s about all of us Support, not judgment, makes all the difference. It’s not just a woman’s responsibility to prevent FASD. Partners, family, and friends can support a pregnant

woman’s decision not to drink by taking part in activities without alcohol, stopping or reducing their own drinking, making and offering alcohol-free drinks, and being supportive. Health care workers can ask about a woman’s drinking, and talk caringly about finding support to reduce and quit drinking alcohol. Everyone can learn about addictions services near them and supports for women and families. Everyone can learn more about FASD. On Sept. 9, stop by the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre on Main Street for their FASD Day event. During the month of September, consider that the person (child, employee, client, neighbour) who just “won’t” do as expected may actually have a brain that works differently than what we consider the norm, and may be trying really hard to fit in. As Diane Malbin from FASCETS says so well, “Try differently rather than Harder – get to know more about the person, what might be challenging for her, and focus on her strengths. FASD – It’s about all of us.” For more information, please contact Nathalie, FASD Services Coordinator at Smithers Community Services Association, fasd@scsa.ca or 250-8479515. Article submitted by Nathalie Brassard FASD Services Coordinator Smithers Community Services Association

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don’t like doing it, but it has to happen from time to time. Too mush stress for this old girl. But I did it anyway.

I went to the optometrist. Obviously to get my eyes checked. Mind you, with all that equipment they have in the office I am sure they could have done a mammogram or checked my colon. Well, maybe not. I make the appointment and I am on the edge thinking maybe I should cancel. Then of course I realize having only one eye and a cataract I had better bite the bullet and take care of things. Surely they will not ask me to pee in a bottle or bring in a stool sample. Maybe ask for that business next time. I always think we should sort of dress a little nicer when we go to the doctor. I did turn my T-shirt around, slapped on a bra with some gorilla tape over a hole worn through. You will be glad to know I put the bra on first followed by the old T-shirt. I had on my goofy slouch hat with a single

earring attached. A long scarf, a blue jean jacket, and a pair of baggy stretch pants. Do you think anyone noticed? Probably, but no comments. The process begins with a nice young woman asking questions about this and that. Put my chin here and my forehead there. Read this line or that. Which is better — green or red? Number one or number two? So it went until that was over and I was ushered into another room to meet the doctor. Such a nice man! More questions to find out which is better when my new lens is figured out. Drops to freeze my eyes. I was flipped backwards for something else. Then I had to wait again. The young woman came back, taking me to another machine that did some darn thing. Back to the doctor to discuss the results. I can tell you by

this time my backside was very sore. I mentioned this but the doctor said it was not his fault. The end result — I will get new lenses for two pairs of glasses. I will carry on for now seeing my small world a bit more clearly. A young lady figured out the best colour for the lenses I would need, told me how much everything would cost. After that I could have peed in the bottle. All in all I have to tell you I am so very glad I took the step knowing that I have some hope for sight in my one good eye. We are so lucky in this valley to have good health care and very kind providers. If you are like me and fear the results, go for it and get your eyes checked. That’s it for this week. I’ll be seeing you — for now anyway. Call me at 250-846-5095 or email a note to mallory@bulkley. net.

The 4-H Files Fiona O’Donoghue

In the months of July and August the Quick Community 4-H club had two exciting events, the 4-H horse camp and of course the Fall Fair. In the 4 days of horse camp many kids learned lots about horses and their riding skills. My favourite part was learning about reigning, which is fine tuning your horse on how stop and turn quickly. Then of course there is the Fall Fair. In the week of Fall Fair all of our different projects such as Beef, Horse, Swine, Sheep, leather craft and Cloverbuds have had fun taking part in all the fun 4-H events.

The horse members went to Horse Achievement day on Monday August the 24. The members involved in the beef, swine and sheep projects have had fun showing their animals and selling them in the 4-H auction. Leather craft and Cloverbuds have also put their projects in the fair. Thank you, to all the Fall Fair participants for showing your interest and attending 4 H events, and to buyers for supporting the Quick Community 4-H Club. Fiona O’Donoghue


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Pictured left: Doug Kerr holding his Bull of the Woods trophy from 1998, with Josie Kern, who participated in the Jack and Jill competition with his son and 2015 Bull of the Woods Wes, and first generation Bull of the Woods winner grandpa Bruce. Pictured right: Doug accepting that trophy in 1998 with his then three-year-old son Wes from Bulkley Valley Exhibition logging sports director Bruce Smith.

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Bulls of the Woods running in the family By Chris Gareau

“I got roped in. I took a power saw there, filed it up for another fella, and they kind of made a fool out of me,” said Bruce. “So next thing I entered and I won.” The bulls are running in the Kerr family. Bruce then started competing in logger sports across Wes Kerr won the Bull of the Woods award for his B.C. overall prowess in the logging sports at the Bulkley Valley “It was a really good group of people,” “We started going to Prince George. One year we went Exhibition Fall Fair. The win came 17 years after his dad to the PNE [in Vancouver] and competed there,” said Bruce. -Doug Kerr last took home the trophy in 1998. Wes’s grandpa Bruce Then the torch was passed to Doug. was the first in the family to win the prize in the 1980s. “My dad got into it, then I picked up the urge to give it “You betcha,” said Bruce when asked if Wes deserved “Not allowed over for Christmas dinner now, eh?” joked a try and found a passion for it,” said Doug. the top prize. Doug. Though winning through three generations is something Bruce also helped Wes prepare by giving a simple tip. Wes plans on taking his experience to next year’s to be proud of for the Kerrs, it is the spirit shared among “Put a chunk of wood in front of him and saw it,” competition. loggers that kept Doug coming back. laughed Bruce. Dad Doug passed on his passion to a young Wes in the “The one thing I really like about the logging sports The award is given to the logger who accumulates the 90s, when Wes would watch Doug compete. Little Wes did is it didn’t matter where you travelled, whether it’s Prince most points. Wes took part in six events against over a not just sit in the stands, though, taking part in the kids’ George or PNE in Vancouver, everyone is helpful,” said dozen other competitors. His favourite event was the cross- events. Doug. cut. “He trained hard for the nail drive,” laughed Doug. “It was all sort of a family bunch. It didn’t matter where “I just enjoy it. It came fairly easy,” said Wes. “I got first place,” said Wes. you went, everyone would give you a hand. It was the He also took part in the Jack and Jill competition with Grandpa Bruce got his start in the 80s after being neatest thing out of the different sports that I’ve done. It his girlfriend Josie Kern, placing second. challenged on his power saw abilities. was a really good group of people.” Smithers/Interior News

It took Wes only a month of training to be the top logger. “My uncle was going to do it, so I figured I might as well give it a try,” said Wes.

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Legal order for Cranberry By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

The Ministry’s draft land-use order covers this area north-west of Hazelton.

Companies would have to mirror the provincial government’s goals for biodiversity, watersheds and cultural heritage in a section of the Kispiox Timber Supply Area under a draft legal order released for public comment last week. The Land Use Objectives Regulation (LUOR) order outlines a set of enforceable legal objectives which foresters and other resource companies will have to comply with if the order is implemented. Proposed by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, it applies to a section of land northwest of Hazelton which is covered by the Cranberry Sustainable Resource Management Plan (SRMP). Another order is being drafted for the Nass South SRMP area. Goals for the long-term protection of biodiversity, water bodies and individual animal species are among the measures included in the order. Ministry media spokesperson Greig Bethel said it would result in some

restrictions on where and how forestry operators work in the area. “These measures do result in some reductions to the amount of timber currently available for harvest,” he said. “However, defining clear legal objectives provides greater certainty to help proponents, such as forest licensees, plan their operations.” Building buffers around sensitive areas and preserving old-growth forest are among the measures that would affect the timber harvest. Bethel said the provincial government’s chief forester Diane Nicholls would consider the new orders when determining annual forestry limits. If the order is approved, companies planning to use the Cranberry and Nass South SRMP areas will have their plans reviewed by the Ministry. Bethel said the LUOR orders were a tool to implement the government’s SRMP plans, which were approved in 2012. “The ministry has been working closely with First Nations, and has been engaging forest licensees and other stakeholders throughout the process,” he said.

Commercial catch upsets local fish authority By Josh Massey Terrace/Interior News

A Northwest fish conservation authority is upset federal officials opened a coastal commercial fishery for sockeye salmon, a move which it says goes against previous decisions. On Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, a fishery was opened for

gillnetters at the mouth of the Skeena in response to an influx in sockeye numbers that pushed the total return for this summer past the one million mark, approximately one-third of the expected number and minimum for a commercial opening. The Town of Smithers has also sent a letter to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans outlining its opposition to the move.

Because the influx or “bump” happened late in August when the sockeye typically slows, Gitanyow Fisheries Authority head biologist and Skeena Fisheries Commission advisor Mark Cleveland said the commercial fishery should not have opened at all according to a conservation strategy created earlier this year. He said the previous federal plan contained provisions

about holding off on the commercial harvest of late intake sockeye. “It’s basically a short term economic gain decision to benefit a few commercial fisherman and we think those actions are going to have long term impacts on salmon stocks,” said Cleveland. “A lot of taxpayers’ money went into insuring that all the players were at the table and

we talked about these things during integrated harvest planning sessions, and for them to just throw that away makes a mockery of the whole process.” One reason late run sockeye need to be conserved is because of the by-catch – the term meaning one species being caught by chance when another is the actual harvest target. See TIMING on A23

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Bands, both local and from across the country, converged at the Telkwa Barbecue last weekend. Prism, Honeymoon Suite, Aaron Pritchett and Brett Kissel performed to a crowd of hundreds as headliners of the BBQ. Their breaths became clearly visible as night sunk in, and the temperature dropped into the single digits. “It’s a little chillier,” Honeymoon Suite’s lead guitarist and songwriter Derry Grehan said. “I’m a Canadian but I live in central Illinois, and it’s like 90 degrees down there right now. Super hot and humid.” “We just came from Burlington, Ont. and it was really hot and muggy there.” The Southern Ontario band performed in Burlington on Thursday, and flew in on Friday. “We went to have some beers at the hotel bar, I mean everything was closed by the time we wanted to go out, you know.” Honeymoon Suite had a really busy summer performing all around Canada. After their first-ever concert in Telkwa on Saturday, they headed down to Vancouver Island for another. It was a completely different story for Prism, though. When asked what their summer was like, lead singer Al Harlow said: “Nothing, we’ve been up in the hills with the monks.” See BANDS on B4

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More than 16,000 people passed through the gates to the 2015 Bulkley Valley Exhibition, about the same number as last year. Bulkley Valley Agricultural and Industrial Association officer manager Jan McClary said the numbers were surprising given there was cold weather and rain throughout the four-day event. “Based on the weather we were kind of thinking that it could be down a little bit but we did have more exhibitors this year in the light horse and our mall was absolutely full,” she said. McClary said visitor numbers had increased in the past decade, a change she attributed to the efforts of organizers. “The fair has kind of put on a little bit of a push for some bigger named acts, increasing, offering more for the public to see in the day,” she said. Although the inclement weather did not keep fair-goers from attending the fair, McClary believes it did have an impact on how long they stayed. “Some of the food vendors indicated that they had a

drop and we would have to attribute that to the weather, I’m assuming, we can’t be sure about that,” said McClary. “People probably came in the gate and went directly to what they were doing and if it got too cold for the kids, whereas normally, in a normal year if it was nice out they’d stay all day and they’d eat maybe two or three times in a day.” Smithers RCMP Staff Sgt Rob Mitchell reported fair-goers were well-behaved besides six complaints throughout the weekend. “People were largely well-behaved, which is not surprising at all because it was a family-oriented event,” said Sgt Mitchell. “Things went well in general for us, I think it was a good event.” Three people were arrested for public intoxication at the fairgrounds, including two who were reported by concerned citizens. Police were also called to a complaint about a fight between two females on Aug. 28. Police determined alcohol was a factor and neither of the women wanted to pursue charges. On Aug. 29, police were contacted about a possible stolen vehicle from the fairground parking lot but it was later determined it had been misplaced. There was also a noise complaint from the camping area.

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The three mainstays of the Telkwa BBQ brings in a lot of funding for Telkwa, organizers said. “We’re trying to upgrade a number of the parks around town and we’ve isolated what we want to do, so we’ll raise money towards that,” concert chair Mike Henfrey said Sunday. “This is our biggest fundraiser, and typically it’s where we generate 80 per cent of our money.” “You look out there today, we have a ton of people out there enjoying the derby. We’re having a really great day, it’s a good turnout.” Henfrey also said there

was an increase in the number of food vendors present this year. “It’s about bringing something to the community as well. We see these concerts as something that adds to not only our event but it adds to the village of Telkwa,” Henfrey said. “All the campgrounds are packed this weekend. All the stores in Smithers are busier this weekend. The hotels are packed. The restaurants are busy. And that’s because of this event.” Baseball also drew competitors from Haida Gwaii to Prince George. “We have about 24 ball teams here that stay in Telkwa, eat in Telkwa, do not leave Telkwa,” baseball tournament co-organizer Debbie Brown

said. “There’s approximately 20 players in each team. Each one of them have a wife and kids. “So, with 24 teams you’re approximately bringing in 3,400 to 4,000 people in to Telkwa in four days to support the village of Telkwa.” However, Brown pointed out that half the teams had to play in Smithers because an underground sprinkler system was installed on the soccer field, thereby disallowing them from playing baseball on it. She says with the village’s support, more people can enter in the tournament, thus bringing more revenue to Telkwa. She hopes that grant money can go towards building a new baseball diamond on the grounds.

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From TELKWA on B1 He was kidding. Prism’s summer was busy. “I don’t think we were home for three or four days before we were back to the airport again,” Harlow said. For the mostly “B.C. born and bred” band, they felt a certain familiarity performing here. “When we were kids, we would tour around in an Econoline van, and play everywhere from Prince Rupert to Fernie. So it’s like home territory, so it’s really cool.” “The accommodations have improved significantly since those days. It’s amazing what a Juno award will do for you.” Aaron Pritchett also repeated the same story. He flew from Nanaimo and Toronto and went to North Bay, Ont. before ending up in Telkwa. “My agent has put a map up and a dart board, and just sort of aimed at the map with darts, and ta-da let’s put him there,” Pritchett said. Just like Prism, B.C. is home to the country singer. “I grew up in Kitimat as a kid and I’ve always held it really close to my heart,” Pritchett said. “So any time I get a chance to play up in Smithers, Kitimat or Terrace or this sort of area, it’s always awesome.” “It feels a bit of a cominghome.” Pritchett’s son joined him at the concert, performing as Sunday’s opening band. “It’s a pretty unique, special experience. We have fun. Sometimes it’s fun, sometimes it’s not,” Jordan Pritchett said. “Sometimes he screams at me. It’s harder being the son, I think, than just a regular musician.” “I’m not the terror! He’s the terror!” Aaron Pritchett said jokingly when asked about his son’s

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comment. “It’s been pretty awesome with him,” Aaron Pritchett said. “He’s my son, you know, you’re doing something you love doing, and your son is also doing that as well. So it’s pretty crazy.” “And yeah, he’s shown me a few ways to party on the road.” Touring together, Aaron Pritchett hopes to show his son the ropes on how to be an artist onand off-stage. “It’s more about being an artist in every way, not just on stage,” Aaron Pritchett said. “And then on-stage, it’s trying to show him what charisma he does have and be able to emit that on stage and get the crowd involved. And he’s really learning how to do that well.” And for the final headliner of the concert, Brett Kissel had something special for the audience. “We try to bring as much energy as we can, especially when we’re coming to areas where we’ve never performed before,” Kissel said. “We’re just excited to hit the stage so that we can deliver a show that an area like Smithers and Telkwa wouldn’t normally get.” Kissel has done “just shy of 50 concerts this summer” in the United States and Canada, but performing in B.C. is special to him. “It’s one of my favourite provinces, so to get a chance to come up here, come up north, where there’s some good country people, you can’t really put that into words, it’s pretty special,” Kissel said. Kissel has a new album entitled Pick Me Up coming out Sept. 11. Aaron Pritchett is aiming to release a single by mid-fall. Prism is talking about going back to the studio and are hoping to produce something in the next six months. Honeymoon Suite has four new songs and were thinking on how they want to release it.

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Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako will be considering the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit at a meeting to be held during business hours on Thursday September 17, 2015 in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Board Room, 37-3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C. Please contact the Regional District to find out the start time if you plan to attend.

Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako will be considering the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit at a meeting to be held during business hours on Thursday September 17, 2015 in the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako Board Room, 37-3rd Avenue, Burns Lake, B.C. Please contact the Regional District to find out the start time if you plan to attend.

Pursuant to Section 921 of the Local Government Act, a Regional District Board may allow temporary uses for a period of three years or less, extendable for up to another three years, through the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) by Board resolution. An application has been made for a TUP to allow gravel crushing on the subject property, which is not a permitted use under the current zoning. The subject property (The Fractional SW ¼ of Section 4, Township 4, Range 5, Coast District, except Plans 11348, PRP14394 and PRP41187) is located on Highway 16 approximately 2.5 kilometers northwest of the Village of Telkwa. The proposed crushing will occur in an existing gravel pit on the subject property in the area marked as “Use Area” on the map below. Crushing will operate from April to November, Monday to Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., for a maximum of 180 days per year.

Pursuant to Section 921 of the Local Government Act, a Regional District Board may allow temporary uses for a period of three years or less, extendable for up to another three years, through the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit (TUP) by Board resolution. An application has been made for a TUP to allow gravel crushing on the subject property, which is not a permitted use under the current zoning. The subject property (Lot 8, District Lot 413, Range 5, Coast District, Plan 9490) is located at the intersection of Skillhorn and Morris Rd adjacent to the Village of Telkwa and the Municipal Airport. The proposed crushing will occur in an existing gravel pit on the subject property in the area marked as “Use Area” on the map below. Crushing will operate from April to November, Monday to Friday from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M., for a maximum of 180 days per year. LOCATION MAP

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