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Muheim Elementary School students take turns boring into a tree for a core sample during National Forest Week last Tuesday. Industry and government job vacancies in forestry are high. Story, page A3. Chris Gareau

Recall proposal passed By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

A proposal to create a recall mechanism for elected municipal officials put forward by Telkwa council was passed by delegates at the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Vancouver last week. If the provincial government agrees to create such a law, voters could recant on their choice of councillors, directors and mayors after they held office for 18 months. A 50 per cent threshold of signatures would have to be met to trigger a new election, higher than the 40 per cent the province now has for MLAs. B.C. is the only province with a system in place to remove elected representatives from office between elections.

“I’m very excited and proud of the delegates and proud of our council for bringing it forward. I think it was time. Power to the people,” said Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen. “I think it was passed because our politicians are realizing that it’s time we actually give people an opportunity to have input, especially if their politicians are not leading them in the direction they want to go, more frequently than every four years.” The waiting period and 50 per cent threshold avoids abuse of a recall according to Repen, who pointed to the provincial recall legislation as a success. “It’s not something that’s used for single issues or things that are not really critical,” said Repen. Also at the convention, Smithers Coun. Phil Brienesse was elected as a director at large for the UBCM.

Lack of support turfs Smithers sportsplex By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

A lack of financial backers means there will be no indoor turf sportsplex in Smithers any time soon. Bulkley Valley School District 54 trustees voted to table the proposal last Tuesday, essentially killing the project. The school board had committed to spend $1.5 million,

with an option to spend up to $2 million. The total cost of the sportsplex was estimated at $3.54 million, meaning half of the money needed to come from other community partners. “We don’t have any partners financially. So if there were people or organizations or the Town of Smithers, whoever that would want to be partnered, we could work on this,” said trustee and community relations chair Frank Farrell. See FACILITY on A2

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From TURFED on Front The community relations committee recommended suspending all planning for the project after public meetings yielded no financial commitments from others. “As of right now we don’t have that, and we certainly can’t go it alone,” said Farrell. “We‘ve had interest in terms of people saying it’s a great idea, but [not] as a matter of getting partners together.” Bulkley Valley School District pays to use other facilities in town now, including the BV Pool owned by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. The school district also has a deal that sees it paying $100,000 over the next ten years for 200 hours of ice time per year for school programs and skating trips. Trustees had said during the planning stages that they hoped a facility with indoor turf and other athletic opportunities would cut down on the need to go elsewhere. Year-round use by rugby and soccer teams, as well as community use for events, were other reasons for building the facility listed by board

members. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said he liked the idea of a sportsplex, but that it would not be supported financially by the Town because it did not fall under the current council’s strategic priorities presented in April. “We did just make a very significant investment as a community in recreation infrastructure to the tune of $5 million [for the new arena]. And we’re working really hard to make sure that facility is successful,” said Bachrach. “And at the same time we have 14 other pretty key priorities that we’re trying to get off the ground, including a $6 million expansion of the airport terminal. I think it’s fair to say we’ve got our hands full at this point.” The school board said other capital funding will be prioritized. “Nothing specific, but we always have certain projects that will come up in the future ... we’re always looking at where we Architectural renderings of the shelved Bulkley Valley can and where we can’t go,” said School District Smithers indoor turf sport complex. KMBR Architects Planners Inc Farrell.

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Forestry foraging for workers

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Muheim Grade 4 students struggled to bore into a tree along a trail in Smithers last Tuesday, gritting their teeth as they took a turn at trying to extract a core sample. Industry and government are hoping the mini foresters may move on to a career in the bush. The kids were taking part in an outreach program by the province during National Forest week. “There are some issues, first with the image — that we’re really about destruction — but it’s not that. All of what we do is stewardship: trying to conserve values and do things well,” said provincial planning forester Marie-Lou Lefrançois, who took the Muheim French immersion students out to learn more about their backyard. “And the other issue is recruitment. There are tons of jobs and not a lot of enrolment.” Those workers are needed if the forest industry is to continue contributing, according to the Council of Forest Industries, $12 billion annually to the

provincial GDP. The Council also says one in 16 jobs is tied to the industry. “Right now we’re in a funny time because we had the mountain pine beetle that pretty much wiped out 60 per cent of our commercial pine in the last 10 years,” explained Lefrançois. That means the amount of trees allowed to be harvested is going down after a tripling of areas affected by the beetle. “This flooded the market. Prices are low, mills are running.” That is expected to change soon since the number of cut trees is expected to soon drop below pre-beetle levels. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations resource manager for the Skeena-Stikine forest district office Ryan Holmes said raw log exports may be affected, and the industry is making a transition to nontraditional, alternative uses. “We’ve typically had a saw log industry, and now we got to start thinking about alternative use of fibre not just as two-byfours but as bio-energy fibre,” said Holmes. “How do we keep people

employed? It’s probably not the usual; it’s probably something a little bit different and that involves making new markets long-term.” Holmes added the glut of wood from the beetle harvest is not a short-term issue. “It’s a generation of wood,” said Holmes. But the Bulkley Valley is in a unique position. The community forest in Smithers can cut 30,000 cubic metres per year according to Lefrançois. That is unaffected from beetle infestation harvest numbers, whereas the Burns Lake area saw a 75 per cent drop, and the Morice timber supply area dropped 25 per cent. A big advantage is the diversity of trees the students learned about last week. “We’re on the transition between the northern interior and coastal. Everything coming together creates incredible diversity [which] helps you weather a bit of the change that comes from reliance on just one or two species,” said Holmes. The effects of climate change on the local timber supply are being studied. “Part of adaptation to

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Living what they sell is important to Dave Walter and Jason Krauskopf. But hitting the powder on Hudson Bay Mountain or camping in Babine Mountains to become experts on the lifestyles takes time, which is why the Smithers entrepreneurs are teaming up to create Local Supply Co. “By partnering up, we’re able to now have someone in the store, a local owner, all the time while we’re

living the lifestyle and gaining this expertise,” said Krauskopf. “It’s who we are. It’s what makes people trust us with our product versus Sportchek for example ... I’m on the hill to back you up, and when I sell you something I know what I’m talking about because I’ve tried every product, I’ve been out there.” “You’ve got to live the life to know what you’re talking about,” agreed Walter. Krauskopf’s former Rayz Boardshop location will be where the new company is based when it opens Thursday. See SPORTS on A8

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t is the start of a new school year and that means parents are once again being pulled in multiple directions. With the additional responsibilities associated with children going back to school, learning about voluntary vaccinations, such as the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, can easily be pushed to the bottom of one’s to-do list. However, a high priority should be placed on learning about the HPV vaccine in particular as it can protect your children from certain types of cancer once they become adults. HPV is the main cause of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is estimated to be the second most frequent cancer in women aged 20-44

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L ETTERS No to LGBTQ crosswalk Editor: In her letter addressed to town council in the Sept. 16 paper, Anna Ziegler asks: What would you do if a loved one told you they were LGBTQ? This is what we should all do: love them. Love them, but inform them that the whole LGBTQ movement is not something to be endorsed and celebrated, but something to repent from. God made male and He made female, and heterosexual relations is what is normal. While I don’t deny that gay and lesbian tendencies may exist in a very, very small percentage of people, these people should be counselled to help them embrace a normal relationship. Do not try to redefine normal to accommodate these abnormal tendencies in the minority of society, nor celebrate the various practices of the LGBTQ movement, nor brainwash and confuse young school age kids (or earlier) that they have to discover their identity. It was known at birth and I’m sure we all know how to tell baby boys and girls apart, don’t you? Maybe if society had more stable homes and families, where there is a dad and mom present to raise kids together, there would be fewer questions asked about what one’s sexual identity is. And a whole lot let less LGBTQ nonsense! Ed Wierenga Smithers

Why so fast? Editor: I was amazed to see in the Sept. 16 issue the amount of space given to this issue and the sudden approval by Town council without allowing any time to gauge community opinion as they do on many other requests. Just because a few other communities have done this doesn’t mean we have to follow suit. It may not be what the majority of the community wants and may set a bad precedent precipitating requests from other groups ie ethnic, cultural, etc. for their own crosswalk. I agree we should love all people and not mistreat them for we are all created in the image of God and each person has a free will choice to live how they


choose, however I don’t think any level of government – local, provincial or national – should promote a lifestyle choice of a relatively small percentage of the population, that God calls sin... But lest we who don’t practice that lifestyle get too self-righteous we need to realize there are many other sins we commit. (Read Romans 1:18-32 for a list.) In fact, we are all sinners and the only remedy is the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ shed on the cross for the whole world (John 3:16). It is also good to know the origin of the rainbow as recorded in Genesis 6:9. After the great flood with which God destroyed life on Earth except for Noah and his family because of the great wickedness, he put a rainbow in the sky as a sign of his promise to never again destroy mankind with a flood. However, we are told in the New Testament by both the apostles Peter and John that when Christ returns, the Earth as we know it will be destroyed by fire, as well as all evil in it. If you are following the news and world affairs as I am, you can’t help but wonder how long our present world system can survive. Ed Schneider Smithers

The end of the “Telkwa mall”? Editor: Re: Re-use shed closure. You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all of the time, unless you scare them! A referendum is absolutely essential on this issue! Chris La Sha Share-shed volunteer Smithers

Mortifying political cartoon Editor: I am mortified. I cannot believe that you permitted the publication of this cartoon that displays remarkable indignity for human life, is completely disrespectful of the value of this threeyear old’s life and is in very, very poor taste. I am so angry and disturbed that this


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Your celebration, our trash Editor: So many people in this area are concerned with the environment and want to keep it as clean as possible. Children have been educated at school about the problems with littering and help to pick up litter along the highway in the spring. The difficulty is that nobody seems to learn. People continue to throw fast food containers, pop and beer bottles, and other trash along the highway. And now it gets worse. Recently there was a celebration at the Telkwa Community Hall and a large number of hot air balloons were released.  The sight was absolutely beautiful and amazing; however, what goes up must come down and those balloons are 32 inches long, 14 inches wide and have a circumference of 44 inches. Each one consists of a paper bag attached to a bamboo ring, and strings which are connected in the middle, so this is no small piece of trash. I don’t know how many were released, but I was told there were one hundred. I do know, from looking up, that there were many. I was told that the balloons were “certified biodegradable.” I am not sure what that means.  Many things are biodegradable, but we never know whether it will take a day, a week, a month, a year or longer. The balloons definitely did not biodegrade immediately and after almost a week, during which rain fell and the wind blew, the balloons seem to have not degraded significantly. Until they biodegrade they are trash for other people to pick up.  Because the release of these balloons was such a beautiful sight, I am deeply concerned that people will decide to release more of this litter into our environment.  I am sure that the people responsible for this just didn’t think, but I hope that others will learn and decide that it is not right or fair for their celebration to spread trash across the valley. Cindy Stoltenbergs Telkwa


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child’s death is being used as part of some political joke that I am unable to sleep.   Printing this cartoon indicates to me exceedingly poor judgement on the part of the paper.  It is completely wrong to show a sketch of a deceased toddler in a cartoon in a community newspaper.  I do not care what point the cartoon was trying to make: it is not relevant. I am disgusted with this and I have lost all respect for Smithers Interior News. I do not think I am the only customer you will be hearing from.   Shame on you for letting this be printed. Where’s your common sense and respect for fellow humans? 


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hile it may be true that the Ministry of Children and Family Development is a large and complex ministry, it is unacceptable that children and youth are dying and being abused while in care. Yet these types of tragedies are happening far too often as revelations in just the past six months alone demonstrate. March: A mother publicly reveals her 21-month-old died IEW FROM THE while in foster care. The coroner’s report LEGISLATURE categorized the death as “unexplained” although baby Isabella MLA Doug Donaldson had untreated healing fractures and body bruising. Inexplicably Representative for the Ministry decided not Children and Youth’s to conduct a case review office and instead into the unexplained appoints a director of the death of the child. The Ministry to investigate Minister has no answers itself. Minister Cadieux when questioned in the also disputes the findings legislature. of the court, deciding to May: Mary Ellen Turpel- appeal and putting the Lafond, the children’s mother and children representative, releases through a third trial. Paige’s story, revealing Last week: Alex Gervais, how a young aboriginal a struggling 18-year-old girl was repeatedly failed in care, dies after falling by the Ministry during from his hotel window. her life. When she His extensive stay in eventually ‘aged out’ of the hotel following the care, her foster parents closure of his group home were told to deliver her was contrary to Ministry belongings in a garbage policy. The Minister at bag to Paige’s school on first said no youth in the day she turned 19. care were assigned to Eleven months later hotels, but a couple of Paige was dead of a days later recanted. Now drug overdose in a public an investigation will be washroom in Vancouver’s launched. downtown east side. The evidence shows a July: A B.C. Supreme Minister that is unable to Court finds the Ministry demand accountability liable for defying a court from her senior staff or order and returning give the public confidence children to an abusive that the government can father where the youngest protect vulnerable youth child was then sexually in their care. abused. The Minister We have called for the refuses our suggestion Premier to designate a to launch a review new Minister as quickly using the independent as possible.


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To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone.

Dave Walter and Jason Krauskopf are teaming up to form a new sporting and outdoor supply company. Chris Gareau photo

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From LOCAL on A5 The grand opening for Local Supply Co is set for Oct. 17, over a year after the two owners started a casual conversation on joining forces. Walter’s former Valhalla location will be open as a discount outlet until February to avoid confusing out-oftown winter season visitors looking for his store. He said the businessmen were of the same mind when it came to what they needed to do to survive in a small town filled with sporting and outdoor

supply stores, both big and small. “We’re seeing amongst our suppliers and brands these incredible collaborations. It reinforced that we’re on the right track,” said Walter. And as for the name of the new store? It came from a mishearing of the word “loco” as the two were throwing name ideas around. They both liked it because, as they put it, they are local, buy local whenever they can, and support local events and causes. “It just rings true,” said Krauskopf.

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In one case, the B.C. Supreme Court dealt with a large claim for special damages by Lucinda, a social worker, who was rear-ended by another vehicle. She suffered soft tissue injuries (e.g., sore back and neck) and was still stiff and sore more than three years later. She was diagnosed with a chronic pain syndrome. By the time of the court hearing, Lucinda had received over $46,500 worth of massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, physiotherapy, kinesiology, reflexology and naturopathic treatments. She’d gone for more sessions than medically supported and taken some therapies she felt would help, but which weren’t based on medical recommendation.

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The court explained that, in general, your special damages must be “reasonable” for you to get compensation for them. One factor is whether they were medically justified. You may be entitled to a very high standard of care, i.e., reasonable care may equate with very high care. But you’re not allowed carte blanche to undertake any and all therapies which you believe will make you feel good. Lucinda therefore could recover compensation for only some of her massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture sessions. She also got reimbursed for her other treatments that were in line with medical advice. But she couldn’t recover for things like naturopathic treatments and reflexology, as they weren’t proven to be reasonable here. Now, if you’re hurt in a car crash in B.C. and are insured by ICBC, you can also get some “no-fault” (Part 7) benefits from ICBC. You don’t have to wait until your lawsuit is resolved to get these. Seek good legal assistance promptly if you’re hurt through someone else’s fault or negligence. Time may be short to take certain steps to protect your rights – special damages is just one piece of the overall puzzle. Written by Janice and George Mucalov, LL.B.s with contribution by GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP. This column provides information only and must not be relied on for legal advice. Please contact RICK GARNER of GILLESPIE & COMPANY LLP at 250.374.4463 or for legal advice concerning your particular case. Lawyer Janice Mucalov is an award-winning legal writer. “You and the Law” is a registered trade-mark. © Janice and George Mucalov

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Greens go with Jeannie Parnell By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The Green Party has entered the race for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, choosing Prince Rupert’s Jeannie Parnell as their candidate. Parnell is also a member of the Stellat’en First Nation. “I’ve also worked in health and wellness for 25 years. I’m a community developer who’s had my feet on the ground for the last 25 years talking to the people. I understand what they need for all determinants of health like education, housing, and social structure,” said Parnell. The candidate said she was opposed to oil transport across the Northwest. “That’s not safe for anyone, especially for people of Haida Gwaii who don’t have capacity of tugboats to push them,” said Parnell. She was less opposed

to the idea of LNG development, but stressed emergency measures and other impacts had to be studied by a group not connected to the industry. “We all know that it’s less detrimental to the environment. It basically evaporates when it hits air. But I would stick with the Green Party platform and say let’s proceed cautiously,” said Parnell, who added First Nation consultation needed to be improved. “I don’t want anybody coming into my house and consulting me about what’s coming into my house,” said Parnell. She added that protest camps run by Madii Lii near Hazelton and Unist’ot’en south of Houston do not mean all First Nations are opposed to LNG pipelines. “There are a lot of First Nations people who are for LNG, and their voices are not being heard. My goal is to get

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everyone out there, so everyone’s voice could be heard,” said Parnell. The main goal Parnell has this campaign is to get as many people out to the polls by Oct. 19, no matter who they vote for. “Nathan Cullen, I can’t say a bad thing about him, he’s awesome and I do agree with some of his platform. I’m not running against him. My goal is to just get more people out there voting,” said Parnell.


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Written comments must be submitted by December 4, 2015 to Laura Bolster, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Bag 5000, 3726 Alfred Avenue, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0, or by fax to 250-847-7728, or email to: For more information contact Laura Bolster at 250-847-7260 or at the email address above.

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Smithers non-profits receive grants from Seabridge Gold

Smithers has received the biggest share of $10,000 in grants from Seabridge Gold, the company behind the proposed KSM Project north of Stewart. Non-profit organizations in communities across northwest B.C. received grants of between $500 and $1,000 from the company, which is trying to build a copper gold mine in northwest B.C. Among the recipients were the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club, which was given $500 for course maintenance. The Bulkley Valley Research Centre received

$500 for education and outreach and the Bulkley Valley Childcare Society was awarded $1,000 for children’s educational program funding. Smithers Public Library was given $1,500 to buy 3D printing technology and Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue received the same amount to purchase supplies. The remaining grants were given to organizations in Stewart, Terrace and Greenville. The recipients were chosen based on feedback from the public, who were invited to make suggestions through the company’s July newsletter.

Seabridge invited the public to nominate groups that would benefit a broad range of people in education or healthy living. The KSM Project is a proposed copper and gold mine about 65 kilometres northwest of Stewart, B.C. Last year the company received federal and environmental approvals for the site. The company’s website says it is working to secure permits for construction to begin. The project would be a combined open pit and underground operation.

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Golf season ends with Closing Two-man Scramble By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

The final tournament for the Smithers Golf Club saw 44 teams participate last Saturday. DJ Mio and Jesse Butler won narrowly against Ian Michell and Jeremy Alfred, who were edged out of a win because of a lesser handicap. “DJ made five 30-foot putts, our short game really helped us out today,” said Butler. “So that was the big difference for us. We rolled in a few good putts.” “Chilly start to the day, but conditions are pretty good by the end, I thought,” said Mio. The scramble allowed two players to shoot and pick the best ball to continue from, although each player must make six drives. “It’s maybe a bit less stressful,

because you do have another person with you. So it’s just fun, you kind of feed off each other,” said organizer Gordon Munroe. “And when you’re winning, you seem to build a little bit of camaraderie.” While Mio and Butler are co-workers, Munroe and his partner Ed Maskiewich are long-time sports friends. “Eddie’s over 80 years old, and he’s an incredible guy, eh, to be out here in this kind of weather and playing competitive golf is pretty amazing.” However, the five-degree, overcast day and snow-capped mountains were indicative of a season’s end. “It was fun, that’s part of it, it’s our year-end event and it’s kind of about finishing off the season and having some fun and you can see the camaraderie,” said Munroe. Club president Bill

Maskiewich summarized the year as one of “ups and downs”. He said the unexpected departure of the general manager represented a hitch. “Administratively, it was a bit of a toss up, but for the members you could still go out and golf and get something to eat,” said Maskiewich. Nonetheless, he felt very proud of the successes of the Northern Open, Celebrity Golf and this tournament. Maskiewich said the club will continue to improve the course for the next season. He mentioned that the green superintendent has a new product that can help stop ice from destroying greens. “Looking forward to next year, next year is the 60th anniversary of the Northern Open,” he said. “[The club will] build on what we have from this year and move forward.”

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Northern B.C. goes to the World Transplant Games It’s not just anywhere you can watch 50 and 60-yearolds running an impressive 100-metre dash, and competing against others from about 50 countries around the world. But that’s what happens at the World Transplant Games. The World Transplant Games have been held somewhere around the globe since 1978, with a focus of raising awareness about the importance of organ donation. A few weeks ago they were held in Argentina, where about 1,000 athletes met in Mar del Plata. Canada sent a team of 19 athletes. The B.C. contingent consisted of five, and John Hols of Smithers was on that team. The one qualification that unites all athletes is that each has had a lifesaving transplant of some kind. Hols

had a double lung transplant almost ten years ago. Others have kidney, liver or heart transplants. The youngest member on the B.C. team was fouryear-old Addison, who has had a heart transplant. She was scheduled to run the last leg of the Canadian ladies’ 4x100 race and she was counting down the days. Addison has a northern B.C. connection: her father, Aaron, lived in Granisle when he was younger. Hols, whose lungs deteriorated because of a genetic condition known as Alpha-1 antitrypsin enzyme deficiency, was on oxygen around the clock for two years and could hardly bend to tie his shoes during the last two years before his surgery. His transplant gave him a whole new life. Instead of needing a wheelchair when long

distances were involved, he was hiking in the Rockies just three months after his surgery. While competition at the World Games can be fierce and while records were broken, the majority of competitors are not looking for Olympic recognition. They are happy just being able to compete, often after years of being incapacitated or bedridden. A speaker at the closing ceremonies, himself an organ recipient, put it this way: “These Games show the world the excellent quality of life that is possible after a transplant.” Sitting in the stands, athletes and supporters are surrounded by a babble of different languages. See GAMES on A12


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Smithers Secondary School will host two free workshops on volleyball pedagogy on Oct. 8 and 9. Next Thursday, the SSS will host a one-and-a-half hour session on how to teach Atomic, which is a smallerscale volleyball game, and next Friday, they will host a three-hour Skills and Drills clinic for coaches. “Atomic volleyball is the program geared towards Grade 6, 7 students, and it’s sort of a modified way to play volleyball,” said coordinator Donna Lee. “Generally, we try to keep it

at four-versus-four. At that age, the main point is to try and increase the number of times participants get to contact the ball.” Volleyball BC invites high school athletes who would like to coach younger students as well as teachers who would like to learn some volleyball skills that they might find useful in other ways. On the other hand, Skills and Drills is meant for “established volleyball coaches.” “You do have to have skills and experience coaching volleyball,” said Lee. “That one we’re aiming at more towards high school coaches and so it’s just some updated

drills to teach the six different volleyball skills.” Coaches can expect training on passing, serving, setting, attacking, blocking and team play. “It’s Volleyball BC’s 50th anniversary, so we’re bringing some coaching clinics to communities that normally don’t get to host a lot of coaching clinics, because we’re trying to help build the human resources and coaches available to lead volleyball programs,” said Lee. Volleyball BC wants to promote the sport to elementary school students and these events represent a push to enhance coaching calibre.

“Volleyball is often seen as a late-entry sport, and it’s often not introduced until Grade 6 or 7,” said Lee. “And so, we’re just trying to work with teachers and show them some fun games that can be taught in a volleyball setting.” “So they start developing the physical literacy skills that help build towards volleyball.” At this point, SSS staff Teresa Monkman said in an email that they have eight people confirmed for both workshops, and eight more can sign up. Interested parties can email Teresa Monkman at, who will send a registration form.

Games celebrate new lease on life From GAMES on A11 However, everyone is united by the language of gratitude that stems from a new lease on life as the result of the selfless gift of a donor, who took the time to sign a donor card or at least discuss the matter with family. At the Games’ opening ceremonies, the countries march in Olympic style, complete with flag and flagbearer. All the countries and their representatives are there in uniform and national

colours. But as the week progresses, and members of the global transplant family reconnect, the trading begins. It’s mostly pins, but also clothing. On the last day of competition it is impossible to tell where many of the athletes are from. A Canadian competitor in the 200 metre, for instance, could be wearing shorts from Holland, a shirt from Australia, and maybe a hat from Thailand. It is all the nations, united. Hols came home with a gold medal in ball throw and three respectable

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Speaking on the changing future of education By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

World renowned globalization and education speaker Dr. Yong Zhao was in the Bulkley Valley last week to give his insights into how students are taught and how he thinks methods need to adapt to a changing and world. “He spent a lot of time ... reviewing where we are, how we got here and where we’re going, and why that’s so important when we consider what skills our kids are going to be needing or even potentially needing,” said Bulkley Valley School District 54 superintendent Chris van der Mark. “We’re preparing kids for jobs that we don’t know what they are.” Most of Zhao’s focus was on finding each individual student’s strengths. “Every kid’s good at something. That’s a pretty powerful message not just for the people who are in charge of the system, but it’s a really important message for kids because they may not know that or not believe that,” said van der Mark. The superintendent said Zhao’s message of helping the students

utilize their passions was key for educators. “If you’re naturally inclined to be good at something but you don’t actually do anything, well then it doesn’t matter. I think there’s a pretty powerful message there for kids as well,” said van der Mark. Zhao brought that message to the public during a presentation at Della Herman Theatre in Smithers Thursday night. He also spoke with school district administration, teachers and people from Northwest Community College, as well as invited guests from Prince Rupert and Nechako Lakes school districts. Zhao took time while in the valley to also speak directly to students in Smithers and Houston, encouraging them to find their strengths. The focus on students’ talent need not be to the detriment of working on weaker areas, according to Bulkley Valley’s top school administrator. But he said things are changing at local schools. “We’ve had a system that 100 per cent of the kids had to do everything but, more importantly, what probably 20 per cent of the kids were really inclined to being

good at,” said van der Mark. “So how do we as a system and how do the kids get tapped into those areas where they have an inclination and a passion, where their contributions were more likely be more valuable.” He added that value could be measured different ways. “How is what we do valuable to others? And not strictly speaking in a remuneration form ... but if what you’re doing has [financial] value, it probably has value,” said van der Mark, paraphrasing Zhao. “We’re all talented in different areas, but we’re also all motivated by different things. Some people may be highly motivated by financial remuneration; some people may be highly motivated by just being helpful and kind and useful to others, and that is their remuneration.” So while basic math is not going away any time soon, pulling kids away from their talented areas to work on their poor math skill is. “He asked a really cool question: at what point is it okay for kids to give up? I don’t have the answer, but it’s an interesting bit,” said van der Mark. “I really want when they go home at the end of the day that somehow that day was valuable.”

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New housing prepares students for camp life By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

The Northwest Community College (NWCC) has built new camp-style accommodation to address a chronic shortage of student housing while preparing students for life at a remote work camp. On Sept. 8 the college opened a $400,000 housing facility with 49 single-occupancy rooms at its Terrace campus. The accommodation is designed to be like a remote work camp to give

students studying trades a taste of their future workplaces. NWCC facilities and ancillary services director Kerry Clarke said a lack of accommodation, both at the college and throughout Terrace, had stopped students from other communities from accessing courses in the past. He said some students had been forced to couchsurf at friends’ houses just to be able to go to school. “Our regular residences have been full for several years now,”

said Clarke. “I know students have been trying to get into the classroom but have been unable to do so because of our lack of resident space.” Each new room has a bed, desk, refrigerator, microwave, a flat screen television and Wi-Fi access. There is also a shared kitchen, cafe and outdoor barbecue for resident students. Clarke said the new accommodation would be provided in tandem with course programming, such as short courses on camp etiquette, to help

students transition from school to camp life. “I’ve had feedback from students who have said they have gone into camp and it was so alien for them, they are away from their support mechanisms, away from their families so it is a challenge for many young students that leave here,” he said. The new rooms are available to all students but the college is giving preference to those studying trades. Casey Muldoe, from Hazelton, was funded by his employer to study

heavy duty mechanics at the NWCC. He has already worked in a camp setting and said the NWCC campus was more difficult because students were not provided with food like they would be in their jobs. Muldoe said it was a good idea to prepare students for camp life at college but offered a suggestion for improving the experience. “Maybe like a sixweek stint where they pay for your food because at camp you don’t have to really cook for yourself,”

he said. “I think it’s better in camp than what it is in the college.” Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson, whose department provided $375,000 for the facility, said in a press statement that it was an innovative solution. “Giving students exposure to industry camp conditions prepares them for career opportunities in a range of sectors including oil and gas and LNG critical to our growing economy,” said Wilkinson.

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SINGING SUPPORT Positive Living North member services support worker Joan Richardson (right) looks on as musicians Sandy Morrison (left) and David Hocking play a tune at the AIDS Walk in Hazelton on Sept. 15. The Bulkley Valley Credit Union donated $500 to the event, which aims to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and pay tribute to those who lost their lives to the illness.

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Reuse shed closure regrettable Use it or lose it! Another way Just in case you missed it, the to look at it is to say “abuse then Northwest Animal Shelter is having lose it.” That is how it is at the a dandy big garage sale on Oct. moment for the Smithers transfer 3. The sale is at the Davidson Hall station. down at the fair grounds. Sale runs The shed was a good place to from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  If you just recycle stuff from your home or happen to have some special items leftovers from a garage sale. Good you could give to this sale take it books for all, clothing to wear or to the Davidson Hall Wednesday, to use to make quilts. For me it Sept. 30. Time, 5:30 to 8 p.m.  Your was the place to go for getting donation will be appreciated. So that special thing for my strange much good is done by this group garden. Oddball characters, with rescued animals. Just ask me, SPICE Christmas lights, a wreath for since I have two very special dogs OF LIFE some season — all used and from the shelter.  Brenda Mallory reused.  So you see there are other avenues Then we have those who left for our discarded goodies. New to items not appropriate or just plain You and the Salvation Army do such nasty garbage. We cannot ignore good work as well. You decide. You the folks who would almost attack just for some can make a difference.  kind of item. Who am I to complain?  I am one One more thing, there is a movie from the who has a lot of furniture in this house that came Banff Mountain Film Festival. Tickets for this from the dump. Be that as it may, we now have event to be held Thursday, Oct. 1 are available at to find a good place for items no longer needed.  Outdoor Essentials. Proceeds go to the Shelter.  Wood and metal can still go to the dump, Thanks for the topic ideas that have come some stuff can go to New to You or the Salvation to 250-846-5095 and email notes to mallory@ Army Store.

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VIEW FROM THE PORCH Lorraine Doiron The Northwest Animal Shelter is holding their annual garage sale Oct. 3, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Davidson Hall at the Fall Fair Grounds — follow the signs. At this event they will also accept donations of dry or canned food and wood pellets to be used for cat litter. Donations for the sale are welcome. Dates and times for drop off: this Wednesday and Friday from 5:30–8 p.m. They also need volunteers: one or two to oversee drop offs, lifting involved. Volunteers to help set up and price on Wednesday and Friday night, 6–9 p.m. and for clean up Saturday after 1 p.m., plus anyone with a truck for after the event to take leftovers to the dump. Want to volunteer, let them know at Thursday, the Banff Mountain Film Festival presents movies for your enjoyment. Tickets available at Outdoor Essentials. Proceeds will help out the animal shelter. At the library: Fall sessions of Baby Time (newborn to 18 months), Toddler Time (18 months to 36 months) and Story Time (preschool age) run until December. All programs are free, drop-in and open to all parents and caregivers. It is not too late to join in, call the library for times at 250-8473043. LEGO Time runs all year on Thursdays, 3–4:30 p.m., open to all ages. Global Cardboard Challenge 2015 “Inviting the World to Play”. Elementary age children are invited to participate in Imagination Foundation’s 4th Annual Global Cardboard Challenge Oct. 10 from 2–4 p.m. The children will design and build games and other creations from cardboard, recycled materials and their imaginations. Help the library build an enormous cardboard structure!

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The Fabulous French Book Festival thrilled toddlers and parents with its performances last Saturday. Hosted by the Association des francophones et francophiles du Nord-Ouest, the event is one way the Prince Rupert-based organization tries to reach out to francophones and people interested in French in the Northwest. “The event today is part of our cultural link,” said executive director Patrick Witwicki. “It can also be known as our mobile library where we bring French books, French movies for kids, adults, inbetweens, anywhere between Haida Gwaii and Smithers.”

International storyteller Anne Glover attracted a big crowd of toddlers and children as she told a story, alternating between French and English. “The library here in Smithers, as heard from various francophones within the community, their selection of French books isn’t overly strong,” said Witwicki. Witwicki said the Smithers library partnered with them to improve this situation. They try to visit Smithers regularly. “The goal is every six to eight weeks, in the winter it’s going to be less,” said Witwicki. With an AFFNO membership, Witwicki said people can borrow books from them and they can return books to the library. The library will keep the book until they come back for it.

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Cuba gets good news on Latin Grammys By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Life is good for Alex Cuba. On a sunny day in Banff, where he was teaching a series of workshops last week, the Smithers artist got the news he had been nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards. “It was a beautiful morning, here in Banff, I was like ‘wow, it’s pretty good,’” he said. Cuba’s album Healer, which was launched in Smithers in March, has been nominated for Best Singer/Songwriter Album and his song Ya Comenzó is a contender for Best Tropical Song. If he wins at the Awards in Las Vegas in November, it won’t be the first time. Cuba has already won three Latin Grammys and a Canadian Juno Award, among other accolades. Earlier this month his

album was also nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the World Group of the Year category. Speaking from Banff last week, Cuba said awards helped to promote musical integrity and expose new musicians. “It’s nice for people that are taking music seriously to have awards out there that recognize and empower and stimulate musicians to keep creating and developing,” he said. Cuba said the response to Healer had exceeded his expectations since its March release. “My fans are really happy all over the place and I’m personally satisfied, musically with that album and ... the feedback that I get from everywhere,” he said. The Latin Grammy Awards take place on Nov. 19 and the Canadian Folk Music Awards will be held in Edmonton from Nov. 6-8.

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Vancouver opera to tell story of missing women By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Vancouver City Opera (VCO) artistic director Charles Barber says opera has endured thousands of years because of its power to tell authentic, vivid and memorable stories. For the same reasons, he believes it is a compelling medium to tell the story of missing and murdered women in B.C. The Vancouver Foundation last week

announced it would provide a $127,000 grant to the VCO to develop its chamber opera entitled Missing Women. The production will be set between Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (DTE) and Highway 16, also known as the Highway of Tears, where at least 18 women have vanished or been murdered since 1969. Barber said the VCO was inspired to make the opera by its experiences working with residents of the DTE, where it spent

several years trying to save the historic Pantages Theatre building. The neighbourhood is notorious as a place ravaged by poverty and drug use, and where sex work is widespread. Among the most harrowing of the DTE’s tragedies is its long history of vanishing women. Dozens of women are believed to have disappeared from the neighbourhood, including some of the victims of jailed serial killer Robert

“Willie” Pickton. Although the building was demolished in 2008, Barber said members of the VCO were deeply affected by their experiences with residents of the DTE. “In the course of those years trying to save the Pantages as lead company and the years since, we have met the mothers and daughters and families and husbands and brothers and sisters of women who have been killed or who have disappeared and no trace has ever been heard,”

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he said. Barber said it became clear that residents of the DTE wanted the story of missing women in B.C. to be heard. Eight years later, the company has hired First Nations playwright Marie Clements to write a libretto based on a scenario prepared by the VCO. Although the story is still being developed, it is expected to follow two women, one in the DTE and another in a

cabin along Highway 16, whose stories become intertwined. Barber believes opera is an overwhelmingly powerful way to tell the story. “Opera is an artform that, presented properly, can appeal to people across many dimensions of experience,” he said. “It’s not necessary to read music to be moved by opera, it is not necessary to be an actor to understand opera.” See TOUR on A18


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From OPERA on A17 Missing Women is still in the early stages of production. When the VCO receives Clements’ libretto, which will be completed by January, 2016, it will start workshopping the show to get feedback from the public. The company is also working with consultants to research the story, which will be inspired by real events but not based on individual stories. Barber said the VCO did not have any political aspirations for the production, although he does hope it will be performed to an audience of politicians at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. “If we are able to move them to be open to what this story is about and the agony and the uncertainty that still exists in the lives of thousands and thousands of Canadians and millions of empathetic Canadians, then you don’t need to do any more than receive an invitation and then you will come and you will decide for yourself,” Barber also hopes the show can tour communities along the Highway of Tears after it premieres in Vancouver on Nov. 1, 2017. If that happens, the two sides of the story, in Vancouver and along Highway 16, will meet not only on stage but in real life. A new opera about missing and murdered women in B.C. will be set between Highway 16 and Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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A salmon will lead audiences from site to site during the festival Saturday. The Northern B.C. Arts Festival (NBCAF), titled ‘Artumn’, is delighted to partner with local project Into the Current. This partnership brings momentum to our shared goals of engaging youth, community and artists. We will work along a common theme: water. For the past two weeks, artists have been doing research and outreach with water themed workshops at the Smithers Art Gallery and Smithers Secondary School. This week, local youth will have two days of workshops with 12 professional artists. Then, we are inviting the public to an afternoon of site-specific public sharing to see what we have made together throughout downtown Smithers. On Saturday, Smithers residents are invited to join youth and artists for a traveling performance along the streets of Smithers. It begins at 3 p.m. in Husky Park. A huge salmon will lead the way from site to site. Audiences will be handed a map to find each event or art installation. Our collaboration allows us to share energy and build momentum to common goals: engaging youth with professional artists, bringing professional development to our community, and providing meaningful creative hands-on experiences for young people. The NBCAF is in its second year. Last year Heather

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Quartetto kicks off concert series The Bulkley Valley Concert Association (BVCA) is delighted to present the opening performance of their 54th concert season this Thursday at the Della Herman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Virtuosic showpieces, romantic tenor arias, pyrotechnical solos, blazing gypsy show pieces, multi-instrument mastery and a World Accordion Champion — this is Quartetto Gelato. For nearly two decades, this ensemble has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with their exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and humour. Classical in training, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato thrills its audiences with a performance repertoire that spans the globe; including classical masterworks, operatic arias, the sizzling energy of tangos, gypsy and folk songs. The group’s theatrical stage presence and relaxed humour establish an intimate rapport. For the Smithers performance, the musicians are Peter De Sotto, Alexander Sevastian, Colin Maier and Greg Gallagher. Peter De Sotto’s chameleon-like abilities allow him to perform on the violin as a seasoned classical violinist and a dazzling gypsy virtuoso. The real surprise is his fabulous tenor voice performing material which ranges from South American to authentic Irish folk to the great romantic Italian songs and arias. Peter has appeared in leading roles in numerous opera and theatre productions, was a member of The Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 11 years, and was voted Musician of the Year in 1999 by the Toronto Musicians Association. Alexander Sevastian joined Quartetto Gelato in 2002. Alex (accordion, piano, bandoneon) has won four International Accordion Competitions. He was born in Minsk and began his studies on the accordion at the age of seven. Beginning his professional career in Moscow in 1996, Alex performed as a soloist with the Russian RadOrchestra, touring throughout Russia, Ukraine, Germany, Italy, and Japan. Recent solo engagements include recitals in Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Serbia, and the U.S. Alex lives in Toronto with his wife Anna and son Vladimir. In the fall of 2005 he became a Canadian Citizen. Born and raised in Calgary (Go Flames Go!), Colin Maier graduated from the University of

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Legion’s Ladies Auxiliary 45th anniversary

Smithers had a Ladies Auxiliary until 1960 when a lack of numbers forced it to disband. It restarted in 1970 with 12 members and celebrates 45 years on Oct. 3.

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Nearly five decades ago, Betty Kennedy moved to Smithers and had a shock. “She moved here from Houston and she went, ‘What? You don’t have a Ladies Auxiliary?’” said Smithers Ladies Auxiliary president Drenna White. Kennedy enjoyed participating in Houston’s Ladies Auxiliary. However, upon moving here, she disappointingly found out Smithers did not have one. “So I set about getting enough people interested, so it meant getting 12 people interested,” said Kennedy. Contemporary rules mandated that Kennedy had to look for wives of veterans and it took her three years to prepare and request for a charter from the erstwhile Pacific Command. Kennedy’s husband served in the Korean War. She enjoys helping veterans and through the Auxiliary has helped them.

“Once I became involved, living in Houston, I just felt that that was what I really wanted to do,” said Kennedy. “To belong to an organization that was helping out veterans and their dependents.” For Daintre Riffel, the Auxiliary also allowed her to connect with others. “It’s kind of a social thing too. I mean, we didn’t have TV and all these things that they have now,” said Riffel. “I’ve got lots of friends in the LA, some of them have been involved a long time too.” Riffel’s husband served in the Second World War and her grandfather served in the first. Riffel first joined the Auxiliary in 1947. “Most of the older ladies, particularly, and me too, are widows ... of people in the armed forces,” said White. “The men belonged in the branch, the women joined the Auxiliary.” In the decades that these founding members have participated, they have seen many changes.

“For one thing we managed to move from an older building on Broadway to this existing building and that was a step up for us because we were able to open the bar,” said Kennedy. Kennedy added that membership has fluctuated from the original 12 to a peak of about 35 and to 21 members at present. Membership criteria has been relaxed too. In the past, only wives of veterans could join, but now even men can join. “We haven’t had any men in ours though,” said Riffel. “Because it’s called ‘Ladies’, that’s why. And they’re not ladies.” “We have men help us whenever we do catering,” said Sergeant-at-Arms Jean Groenink. “But they don’t want to join. They don’t want to have to wear skirts, they keep telling me.” However, men can rest easy should they want to join. The Auxiliary has relaxed the rule of wearing skirts. Today, members can wear slacks instead.

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Brand new ranch style home Wheel chair friendly 2 bdrm, 2 bathroom, open floor plan Opportunity exists to convert to office

Peter Lund


mls n244412


3245 Turner Way

#8 - 3278 Park Place

3718 Old Babine Lake Road

1971 Dominion Street

22011 Kitseguecla Loop Road

21471 Telkwa High Road

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4/5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Floors above ground, concrete dw 10 years young, Willowvale Sub. Fenced backyard, perimeter trail

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3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms Double paved drive, covered carport New roof 2012, stainless appliances Wheel chair ramp, fenced yard

Donna & Peter


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6.23 acres, fenced/cross fenced 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms Near new home, panoramic views 24x30 workshop, greenhouse

Donna Grudgfield


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

Donna Grudgfield


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

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

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2035 Aveling Coalmine Road

1139 Queen Street

#7 - 3664 Third Avenue

3243 Turner Way

#28 Watson’s Landing

3390 Simcoe Avenue

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4 bdrm home, quiet area 4.94 acres, nicely landscaped Lots of upgrades, recreational area

Leo Lubbers

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Prime corner lot, downtown C-1A zoning allows for multiple use Offices, entry foyer, bathroom

Leo Lubbers


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

Leo Lubbers


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Quality, style & spacious, 4150 sq ft High vaulted entry, 9 foot ceilings Chefs kitchen, huge master/ensuite Mortgage helper legal suite

Ron Lapadat


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

Ron Lapadat


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One acre view location near town 2 years new, 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher Beautiful yard, gardens, outbuildings

Ron Lapadat


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A – 3568 Third Avenue

3915 Fourth Avenue

4790 Tyhee Lake Road

11 Pavilion Place

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9257 Glacierview Road

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Ron Lapadat

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Super solid 2 bedroom rancher Deck, patio, greenhouse, gardens Crawl with spray foam insulation

Ron Lapadat


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2.31 acres just 13 min from town 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom log home Many outbuildings, landscaped/treed Unlimited hiking trails

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Premier home site Town sewer & water Lake front living Cul-de-sac location

Sandra Hinchliffe


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3520 Victoria Drive

5166 Nielson Road

1686 Telegraph Street

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8652 Nouch Frontage Road

3348 Highway 16 W, Smithers

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

Charlie McClary


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1936 sf family home in Telkwa 2 floors, 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Large fenced yard, carport Quiet low traffic neighborhood

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Kispiox valley house on 10 acres Home offers 1466 sf of living space Shop could convert into 2nd home Park like, walk to river and fishing

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5 acre view location, close to town Solid 4 bdrm log home, big sundeck Double garage, shop, Quonset, barn Great family home/hobby farm

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

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3843 Fourth Avenue

2712 Tatlow Road

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Peter Lund Res. 847-3435

4 bedroom + den, 2112 sq ft home 8.031 acres, trails and creek 40x20 heated shop w/concrete floors Recent updates, quick possession

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Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

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Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

10.68 acres, fenced/x-fenced Updated mobile with addition Drilled well, new appliances Gardens, greenhouse, shop

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4 bdrm, 3 bath custom built home Large lot, partially fenced 3,162 s.f. garage, sundeck Fam&rec room, great neighborhood

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Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

mls n246602

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

Solid 5 bedroom, 2 bathroom home New roof shingles & windows View of Babine Lake Garage, storage shed, greenhouse

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mls n248473

Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144

1 bdrm condo unit, overlooking lake Corner ground floor unit, fresh paint Beautifully up kept resort Low strata fee includes heating/elec

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Kiesha Matthews Cell. 876-8420

Renovate the HVAC system Aesthetic improvements aren’t the only ones that add value to a home. Many home buyers are eager to purchase a home that has a new heating and cooling system, as buyers understand that furnaces and air conditioning units are substantial investments that can last for years. Other improvements, such as adding attic insulation or replacing older windows and doors with more energy efficient options, also are smart bets.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2015


Students soar in Bold Eagle program By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Two Gitxsan teens who spent their school holidays doing a summer job with the military have returned to school a little older, a little wiser and much better at push-ups. Hazelton Secondary School students Izaiah Loring (Grade 12) and Darius Muldoe (Grade 11) spent six weeks at the Canadian Army base in Wainwright, Alta. as part of the Bold Eagle Military program for First Nations youth. The program offers paid summer jobs which combine Aboriginal culture with military training to young people in western Canada. Participants are immersed in a military lifestyle were they learn selfconfidence, teamwork, discipline, respect and physical fitness, among other skills and values. Loring and Muldoe went through a rigorous process involving tests, interviews and stacks of paperwork to secure a place in the program. Both students said they applied for the jobs seeking adventure and an opportunity to learn new skills.

Although it was daunting at first, they said it did not take long to adjust. “It was pretty nerve-wracking at first but after a while you get to know the people who are taking the course along with you, and once you make some friends it makes it just a bit easier,” said Muldoe. The students’ training was a mixture of lectures and drills, the latter of which they enjoyed the most. Both Loring and Muldoe said they had returned with a sense of pride in their achievements, a feeling that is shared by their families. Muldoe said his mom was so proud she started spreading the word on social media. He said she was part of the reason he decided to apply for the job. “My dad passed away two years ago at Christmas so I can only really speak for my mom,” he said. “Pretty much the main reason that I chose to go on the course was to give me the skills and the mindset to continue and do my best to take care of my mom and my sister.” See PARENTS on A28

Hazelton Secondary School students Izaiah Loring and Darius Muldoe say their six-week summer job with the military taught them a lot.

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Gitxsan elder shortlisted for provincial writing award By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

As a Gitxsan woman, stories have always been a big part of Yvonne Lattie’s life. For time immemorial, history and values within her First Nation were passed down orally, and her childhood was no different. Lattie learned about life and culture from the words of her grandmother and now, as a grandmother herself, she is continuing the tradition by speaking those stories to a younger generation in a very different world. She had never put her words down on paper until a friend suggested she write about her experiences. When she did, she found the words flowed easily. Lattie wrote a story about

her culture, how the world has changed since she was a child, and the spiritual experience she went through the Gitxsan fasting tradition. Past and Future Experiences of a Gitxsan Woman has been shortlisted for a Cedric Award for Literacy, which recognizes writers aged 50 or older. “This was just touching on my life and touching on the importance of taking care of what was passed down to us,” she said. “I was thinking about how things were when I grew up and how things are now.” Lattie grew up in a simpler time, without indoor plumbing or running water, let alone TV and iPhones. As a child she learned her traditional language at the behest of her grandmother, who refused to

tell her stories in English. “Once I learned the language I had the biggest ears ever,” she said. “The elderly ladies would come to visit my grandma and they would be sitting around talking. “I would be sitting a little waysaway and my ears would be just a-flapping, I’d be laughing under my breath because the stories they told were so funny. “I learned so much just from learning the language and being able to hear the stories.” Lattie remembered those lessons when she had her own children, however she said noticed a drastic change in her world when TV and, later, computers became a part of everyday life. She believes technology has disconnected people and stripped Gitxsan woman Yvonne Lattie’s story about life and culture in the them of their ability to socialize. Hazeltons has been shortlisted for a writing award. See STORIES on A30 Alicia Bridges photo

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Parents, teachers express pride


From SOAR on A27 Loring said his family had also expressed their pride in his achievements. “My dad doesn’t really use Facebook but he told me how proud he was and when I went and visited mom, she told me how proud she was,” he said. He said the experience had confirmed his interest in a military career, which he plans to pursue after he graduates from HSS. “I am planning to go to the Royal Military College in Ontario,” he said. “I can’t see myself doing anything else, I can’t find anything else to do, or anything else that I like.” Muldoe said he was considering joining the army as a career but he planned to graduate from high school before making a decision. HSS career counsellor Andy deBoer said he had noticed a change in the students since they returned from Alberta. “These guys were good guys before they left but I think that they are more experienced and older because in the army they make you up your game,” he said. “You have to be a bit more of a man than you are in high school


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HSS students Izaiah Loring and Darius Muldoe say the military program gave them a sense of accomplishment.

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... you’re asked to grow up and be more mature than maybe you’re feeling on Monday morning.” deBoer said in the past parents had expressed concerns, particularly when Canada was involved in international conflicts, about their children participating in army programs. However, he believes the program provides benefits and opportunities. “When Canada is involved in skirmishes or when there is

a possibility, say, that we might send soldiers to Iraq parents are quite a bit more suspicious or questioning about their kids being involved in it,” he said. “The program has gone out of its way to say ‘this is an exploratory adventure, it’s a summer job so definitely we are going to give kids our pitch but we think that we have opportunities that kids aren’t knowing all that much about and could benefit from’.” Come worship with us at

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T HREE R IVERS R EPORT Police Beat New Hazelton RCMP responded to 114 calls from Sept. 17-23. Sept. 18 — A fight was reported at a local pub in Hazelton. One male received injuries to the top of his head and was assisted by emergency medical personnel. The victim did not seek charges in this case. Sept. 18 — Police received a report of 10-12 people fighting in Glen Vowell. Police attended but the suspects had already dispersed. Sept. 23 — Three rifles have been reported missing

from a residence on the 4,200 block of Bulkley Crescent in Gitanmaax, which was reportedly entered by an unknown suspect while the owner was away. — Police are urging the public to take precautions when walking around Highway 16 and within New Hazelton after several bear sightings in the area. Sightings should be reported to the Conservation Officer at the Ministry of Environment. — The RCMP also issued a reminder that hitchhiking is dangerous and soliciting a ride is a contravention of Section 182 of the Motor Vehicle Act. It urged people to use community transit which provides low cost and safe local travel.

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Stories help connect with culture

From GITXSAN on A27 Now, more than ever, Lattie believes young people need to hear the stories like her own to connect them with their culture and history. She hopes to start running youth camps on Gitxsan territory to expose young people to their cultural identities. In the story she wrote for the awards, she also expresses her desire to protect the land. “Not for myself but for future

generations, because when you reach about 50 you are sliding down the other side of the hill, so it’s looking at the future,” she said. “What’s going to be left for the young people, because if you look at the salmon, with all this warm weather we’re not going to have salmon very long. “Climate change is doing a real number on everything.” Winners of the Cedric Awards will be announced in Vancouver on Nov.

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10. Lattie hopes her work will win so it can reach more people, but if it doesn’t, she says she doesn’t mind. The nomination, and the cathartic experience of penning her thoughts, has inspired her to write more. “I don’t know if I’ll win or if I don’t but for me writing it and writing my feelings was really good for me,” she said. “It did a lot for me spiritually so even if I don’t get published, that’s okay.”

SMALL BUSINESS TASK FORCE (Member Vacancy) The Town of Smithers is looking to fill five member vacancy positions on the newly created Small Business Task Force. The purpose of the Small Business Task Force is to review the Town of Smithers’ current processes and regulations affecting small business development and to recommend to Town Council changes that would improve the overall business environment and support the objectives of the Town’s Official Community Plan. Special emphasis will be placed on the following topic areas: • Processes • Standards • Evaluation The Small Business Task Force is to be made up of five members of the local business community selected from different sectors of the local economy (retail, financial services, property development, hospitality, etc.); as well as the Mayor and one Councillor, a representative from the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce, and Town of Smithers Staff. If you are interested in participating on the Small Business Task Force, please complete an application available at the Town Office (1027 Aldous Street) or online ( to Susan Bassett, Acting Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Smithers, Box 879, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0. A complete Terms of Reference is available from the Town Office or online. All applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, October 2, 2015.

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2. LIBRARY CRAWLSPACE UPGRADE CONTRACT: #2015-18 Request for Quotation (RFQ) bid forms for the “LIBRARY CRAWLSPACE UPGRADE CONTRACT: #2015-18 will be received at the Smithers Town Hall up to: 2:30 p.m. Tuesday October 20, 2015. The general scope of work for this contract is to make a new access hatch, remove all damaged wood and insulation panelling, reinforce beam posts, seal crawlspace floor with moisture barrier and concrete skim coat, and re-insulate foundation walls in the crawlspace of the Smithers Library (south addition). RFQ forms and more detailed Scope of Work documents are available at www. or upon request through the Municipal Office at no charge but with the requirement to register.




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