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Federal candidates debate By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Voters in Smithers got a good look last Wednesday at what Skeena-Bulkley Valley candidates had to offer ahead of the federal election Oct. 19. Candidates from the Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Christian Heritage parties took part in an all candidates forum hosted by the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce at the Della Herman Theatre. Green Party candidate Jeannie Parnell said she was not able to attend. Questions from the Chamber, media and audience ranged widely: from the economy and environment, to gas prices and terrorism. Each candidate was asked a direct question, and others could jump in on any topic they wished with a

limited number of rebuttals. Resource development and the environment How to develop resources in an environmentally responsible way came up several times. NDP incumbent Nathan Cullen was asked what two industrial projects he would like to see take place. “Out of the LNG [projects] right now, I think Shell has the best chance. It seems to have the most support, broadly speaking, for their LNG terminal in Kitimat. “Petronas runs more afoul of the communities because of Lelu Island where what they seek to put their plan is right on the extremely sensitive salmon habitat zone,” answered Cullen. He also saw a few mining projects as strong proposals. “I think through all of this though, you need the proper and

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consistent application of our values: that the public has input, that we use the best science available ... in evaluating the projects as they stand on their merit so the public can weigh the risk and benefit.” Conservative candidate Tyler Nesbitt was asked about LNG projects, and said every one is assessed on its merits. “I agree with Thomas Mulcair on what he said in the first Maclean’s debate. He was having an exchange with Elizabeth May, and he said opposing pipelines in advance is just as bad as supporting them in advance,” said Nesbitt. “The ones that can satisfy environmental safety and First Nations agreements and all those conditions, those are the ones that have the most merit and those are the ones that will go ahead. The ones that don’t, won’t.” See PIPELINES on A4

Cyclist crashes into candidate’s truck By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Conservative candidate for Skeena-Bulkley Valley Tyler Nesbitt had the shock of a lifetime when a cyclist crashed into the back of his stationary pickup truck on Tuesday. Nesbitt had pulled over to take a phone call on the shoulder of Highway 16 near Telkwa when a Smithers cyclist, aged 67, collided with the tailgate of his vehicle at about 3:45 p.m. The man suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and was flown to Vancouver General Hospital.

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The Terrace-based candidate said he had just hung up the phone when he heard a bang. “It was pretty rough right off the bat because instantly right after that big bang I opened my door, turned around and there was a significant amount of blood there,” he said. He called 911 and set about helping the cyclist, who had a nose bleed and was complaining about pain from his clavicle. Another motorist, who happened to be trained as a paramedic, pulled over to help and they covered the injured man with a blanket until emergency services arrived. See INJURIES on A2

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Nesbitt shocked by cyclist’s injuries From TRUCK on Front Nesbitt said the cyclist, who he later found out is a doctor, had visible bruising around his collarbone. “As soon as they cut the shirt from around him you could see that collarbone was purple underneath,” he said. “Not protruding from the skin but swollen underneath so you could tell right away there was a fracture under there.” Nesbitt cancelled a campaign meet-and-greet in Houston that evening and followed emergency services to the hospital. He also made a statement to Smithers RCMP, who are still investigating the incident but say there is no indication that a criminal offence occurred. Nesbitt said he was not sure how the accident happened but it was lucky the man was wearing a helmet. “I just think he had his head down and he was giving her,” he said. “He was trying to make good speed and he was trying to get a good workout out of it and ... [it was] like a hitting a wall. “I work for highways maintenance so I’ve been on to one too many accident scenes and whatnot. “There’s obvious times when you can tell what happened or whatever but I’ve never seen anything like this.” Nesbitt said he plans to contact the man and check in on his recovery at a later date. Anybody who witnessed the collision is encouraged to contact Constable Moleski at Smithers RCMP on 250-847-3233.

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N EWS Taylor murder trial testimony begins By Cam Fortems Kamloops This Week

Damien Taylor’s second-degree murder trial continues this week, with Taylor, 24, expected to take the stand in his own defence. He is accused of murdering his 16-year-old girlfriend CJ Fowler of Gitanmaax on Dec. 5, 2012 in Kamloops. The emergency room doctor who told Fowler and her boyfriend that she was pregnant testified on Friday he was amazed at the couple’s calm reaction. “She was not upset or distraught,” Dr. Lykke Williamson told the jury in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops. “I’ve given this news to a lot of girls. They’re usually upset and crying.” The doctor said Taylor was likewise calm at the news of CJ’s pregnancy. She attended Royal Inland Hospital on two occasions on Dec. 4 and early in the morning of Dec. 5, complaining of chest pains from crystal meth use. Williamson said he routinely orders a pregnancy test before performing chest x-rays. Fowler presented at the emergency room with a slightly elevated heart rate, which Williamson said is consistent with crystal meth use. The 16-year-old who was living in Terrace at the time was discharged about 1:30 a.m. Medical staff told her that a social worker in the hospital could find food and a safe room for the night.

But, Williamson said, Fowler told medical staff her grandmother lived in Kamloops and friends lived in Guerin Creek and the couple would walk there. Dog walkers discovered Fowler’s body about 12 hours later in a grassy area of Guerin Creek, a concrete block atop her chest. A pathologist testified earlier she died of asphyxiation after her tongue became pushed back and trapped in her throat. Her jaw and face were smashed. The 11-person jury also viewed the final portion of the videotaped statement Taylor made later on Dec. 5 to RCMP in Prince George, where he had travelled on one of two Greyhound bus tickets purchased by Fowler’s stepfather for the couple. Police later found the other ticket ripped up in the toilet of the hotel where Taylor stayed for the night. Police also later located Fowler’s cellphone atop a building beside the hotel where Taylor stayed that night. Taylor sobbed through portions of the lengthy interview in which he was treated as a witness. Sgt. Todd Wiebe asked Taylor how he became separated from his girlfriend. A nurse testified the couple — who were briefly arguing at that time — left the ward together. Taylor told RCMP that he was in the cafeteria and Fowler disappeared. “I was waiting. I asked,” he said. “All of a sudden, she left.” Taylor said he assumed his girlfriend was arrested by RCMP because she


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N EWS Politicians on pipelines From DEBATE on Front Liberal candidate Brad Layton rebutted Nesbitt’s answer. “It has become apparent that none of us trust or have confidence in the environmental assessments that are being done under the Conservative government. The scientists have been muzzled, they’ve been told not to put any information out unless it’s been cleared,” said Layton. “How are we to trust that these things are being done right?” Cullen said he was for adding value to Canadian oil by increasing refinery capacity. He proposed a bill in Parliament last fall to ban oil tanker traffic off B.C.’s north coast, and was asked about his stance on oil pipelines, which would have to go east or south if oil could not be shipped off the northwest coast. “Northern Gateway brought this question home to us, which is what are the risks versus what are the benefits. And raw bitumen export over an 1,100 kilometre pipeline, and then put in 11,000 supertankers going down the Douglas Straight for 150 jobs give or take didn’t seem much like a good equation for us,” said Cullen. “Adding value to that along the way is important. The bill doesn’t explicitly deny the passage of oil over the territory. When I talked about pipelines needing the approval and the ... prior informed consent of people who live along the route, that just makes basic common sense to me because it’s us who take the risk.” Nesbitt said Cullen’s support of resource projects did not add up. “The NDP wants to do mining and LNG? But they’ve acted ... in a hostile manner to these things from day one. When it comes to the gas, well how do you get the gas? Well we frack the gas, and lucky for us we do it better than anyone else. We’ve been doing it for 15 years, but if you listen to the leader of the [NDP] party, and the rank and file, and the core base of that party out of Quebec, they do not want these things to happen,” said

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Nesbitt. “We’re the ones that say projects are assessed on their merits. We want to get to yes, not get to no.” Cullen rebutted Nesbitt. “So the question needs to be begged: how’s that going for you? Because they haven’t been able to get any of the projects either through the local communities or the courts because they keep getting court challenges. Stephen Harper spent tens of millions of dollars suing First Nations to the Supreme Court,” said Cullen. On combating climate change, Christian Heritage Party’s Don Spratt was the outlier. “I’m a global warming change denier. Our party doesn’t believe CO2 is a pollutant. We wouldn’t have any carbon taxes, no cap and trade. I think that’s just an international taxation,” said Spratt. Nesbitt defended the government’s climate record, saying Canada has been the only country in the G7 to reduce emissions. He added the Conservatives plan is to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2030. “Our approach is reasonable and it’s going to deliver results,” said Nesbitt. “My challenge is there was a drop first because of the recession ... and second because of actions of the provinces, which the Conservative federal government opposed every step of the way,” rebutted Cullen. Terrorism and security Bills C-51 and C-24, which cover surveillance and give the government the power to revoke citizenship from dual citizens, were also brought up several times. Nesbitt said C-24 also speeds up the process for legal immigration applicants. Citizenship is only revoked under this law for terrorism and treason. “We have a zero tolerance for people who wage war and terrorism against this country, and I think that’s what most Canadians would expect,” said Nesbitt. See COALITION on A5

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Federal election candidates Tyler Nesbitt, Nathan Cullen, Brad Layton and Don Spratt let off some steam after the Smithers all candidates forum last Wednesday.

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Coalition possible: Layton From PIPELINES on A4 Layton, whose daughter is a dual citizen, said he would rather keep those convicted of terrorism behind bars. “Us sending a dangerous criminal outside of our country to where he can wage the same kind of things on other countries, other people, and on our country from afar is not something I would want,” said Layton. Coalition considerations With a three way race for top seat-getter in Parliament and the likelihood of a minority government, the proposition

of a coalition government was brought up. The NDP’s position is that they may take part in one that does not include Conservatives. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau recently said he would not take part in a formal coalition, but Liberal candidate Layton left that door open. “We may have a minority government, and we may have a coalition,” said Layton. “To discuss that to the point to confuse voters right now ... it’s not something politics right now needs. You need to vote who you want to represent you. At the end of the day, if there is

a minority government we will sit and talk.” Cullen said coalitions are a natural part of the Westminster model of governance Canada has, pointing to 2005 and 2008 when then Opposition leaders Stephen Harper and Stephane Dion signed letters with the NDP and Bloc stating they would form a coalition government if the minority government was defeated. “I think it’s actually important to talk about in advance of the election so people can understand what will happen after the election,” said Cullen.

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The 4-H Files The beginning of September brought the start of school and the end of summer for most kids in the valley, but not before that one last weekend of fun. The 2015 Fall Fair once again featured fun food, music, rides and entertainment. The theme this year was “Something in the Air at the Bulkley Valley Fair” which I think was very fitting because in addition to the sights and sounds it also captured the

Sara Torunski and parents enjoyed some decent weather to show their animals and take care of business, while making time to socialize and celebrate another successful project year. In addition to all the usual activities, here is the inside scoop on an event you may not be aware of... On the final morning of the fair, after all the kids have shown and auctioned their projects, it is becoming a bit of a tradition for 4H parents and lead-

yummy smells of cotton candy and midway mini donuts as well as the sweet smells of the 4H barns (if you know what I mean). From the parade to the auction, 4H kids

ers to show a steer. The steer is usually that of a 4H member, but this year (since it is a class just for fun) some parents and leaders got a little creative. Entries included a lamb in a cow print

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blanket and a 4Her dressed in a steer costume. Show clothes included t-shirts that read “My Cows is Pettier Than Yours”. There were parents who came dressed to show and ones that came looking like they had just rolled out of bed and still in their jammies. Judges had no choice but to split the show placing to recognize the group of “serious” participants and the ones that came to entertain. Regardless of their attire and choice of show animal, in the end everyone, all participants and spectators, seemed to have enjoyed themselves by all the laughs and big smiles on their faces. I can’t wait to see what the adults come up with next year. This is also my opportunity to thank everyone who came out to the 4H auction. Whether you bought an animal, came out to raise the bids or cheer us on, your support is greatly appreciated.



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Towards a better measurement of our community progress GUEST VIEW Taylor Bachrach and Cormac Hikisch


e all want our community to move forward. But what does moving forward mean? That is the question at the heart of a collaborative initiative the Town of Smithers, Northern Health and the Bulkley Valley Social Planning Society are undertaking. It’s called “Community Vitality: How Do We Measure Progress?” Historically, communities have based their understanding of success on relatively few factors. Population is one

measure to which many pay close attention. The amount of new construction and changes in tax base are also closely monitored. We all know, however, that these simple measures don’t tell the whole story; there are a host of other aspects that most people agree make Smithers a wonderful place to live: employment, social support, access to nature, inclusiveness, recreation opportunities, safety, clean air, volunteerism. What if we tracked these kinds of factors, too? The Community Vitality project seeks to do just that. With funding from Northern Health’s Partnering for Healthier Communities program, we are working to identify a comprehensive set of indicators

that can help us measure our community’s vitality over time. The goal is for the indicators to be measurable, objective, and broadly representative of our shared values. Much of this data is already collected by various agencies, but has never been put together in one place. Why take this on? As a famous management consultant once said, “What gets measured gets managed.” Measuring our community’s vitality in a more comprehensive way will not only give us a common language for discussing progress, but also inspire us to undertake practical actions and projects to improve our community. Is the number of small businesses declining? We might

need to invest more in economic development and business support. Is drinking water quality getting worse? Perhaps it’s time for new measures to protect our aquifer. To kick off the project, we are pleased to host a presentation by Dr. Trevor Hancock from the University of Victoria. A physician and world-renowned expert on healthy communities, Dr. Hancock is known to be a dynamic speaker. He will be presenting on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Della Herman Theatre (admission is free). The event will include an opportunity for residents to contribute their ideas. Then, on Oct. 8, we are holding a day-long workshop

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L ETTERS The blue dot ... our only home Editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you. We are happy to share the news that at the Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) convention on Sept. 23 a resolution was passed by the good people who want to reside in a healthy province; people who care about the state of the environment and the future of our planet. The resolution called on the provincial government to enact an environmental bill of rights. This is one step towards the main objective of the Blue Dot movement, that we amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right to live in a healthy environment for all Canadians. This means the right for all Canadians to clean air, clean water and clean soil. Canada has not, but 110 nations around the world recognize their citizens’ environmental rights. The City of Richmond, B.C. was the first city to jump on board with the Blue Dot project by adopting a municipal declaration for environmental rights. This municipality brought forward a resolution asking the UBCM to vote for environmental rights by calling on the province to enact an environmental bill of rights. The Blue Dot movement asks that municipalities keep the environment in mind when making decisions in matters that effect water, air and soil. In the past 10 months, 83 communities representing over seven million Canadians from all across this great country have signed municipal declarations, some large communities like the city of Montreal or as small as Vanderhoof. The city of Prince George just passed a resolution on Sept. 15. We made presentations to the Town of Smithers and the Village of Telkwa, and both local municipal governments were hesitant in supporting this movement. We truly hope our local civic leaders


will keep the conversations going and ultimately decide to sign a local declaration to help ensure our right to clean air, water and soil are considered when making local decisions. As everyone keeps saying “It’s really a no-brainer!” For more information go to BV Blue Dot Volunteers Linda Stringfellow, Alan Doll, Nancy Cody, Cindy Savage, Maya Buchanan, Emily Hobley-McCosker Telkwa BC

Inspiring but saddening Editor: Dear Mayor and members of council of the Town of Smithers, I am writing to you in response to your decision to place a rainbow crosswalk in the middle of our town of Smithers. Although it inspires me, it also saddens me that one person could make a request to Town council and then a motion is passed seemingly without any input from other members of the community. There are a few issues in this decision that I am concerned about. Why should our town elevate one group over another when we are a town of many beliefs, many cultures, many people from all walks of life? Why should affirmations about sexual orientation trump all else? Will the Town also fund all the other groups that want to make a statement to be inclusive of them? If one group would like to make a statement such as a rainbow crosswalk, why does the Town have to permit and fund it? I’m guessing you would not be so excited to support a request from a Christian group that wanted to paint Bible passages across a crosswalk or on the Town’s website. This decision is not tolerant or


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impartial. Please remember that you were called to office to serve a particular role — the governance of this municipality, not the furthering of your own ideologies about sexuality or secularism. Thank-you for your service of time and heart for this community. Respectfully, Karen Bandstra Smithers

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Editor: Although I do not agree with the opinions of those who have written letters against the painting of a rainbow crosswalk, the printing of these letters demonstrates the following: 1. We live in a town where citizens’ opinions are not edited or silenced, even though many of people in this community believe that they are wrong. 2. The writers of these letters are living ‘loud and proud’, able to present themselves fully as who they are and what they believe in without fear of violence or personal attack, even though many people do not agree with their opinions or behaviour.  3. These letters are proof that there is genuine lack of understanding regarding LGBTQ issues, which emphasizes the need for a symbol of support and acceptance for LGBTQ citizens. I have heard many times, “What if every group wants a crosswalk?” It is important to remember that the LGBTQ struggle is a quest for equality, both under the law and in society in general.  LGBTQ citizens have faced violence and discrimination in many forms.  Other issues in this vein that are particularly relevant for Smithers are discrimination based on race, and violence against women. If something symbolic downtown would help address these issues too, so be it. I have complete faith in the current Town council to be able to sort out real issues from sarcastic, hypothetical propositions. Hopefully one day, our community will not need daily, visual reminders that all people should be treated with dignity and respect. I have opened an account at the BV Credit Union under the name ‘Equality Smithers’.  Funds raised will go towards the painting/maintenance of the


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crosswalk. Any leftover money will be split and donated to the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Smithers Secondary School, the Bridging Committee, and the Northern Society for Domestic Peace to assist with their programming as they see fit. I will report on the balance in The Interior News in the spring.  Thanks to Ms. Ziegler for making the suggestion; we need more citizens like her. In solidarity,

Condemnation not appropriate Editor: I get it. Christianity is the dominant religion in this community. I am fine with that. I choose to live here. My children attend a private religious school. What I am not okay with is when religion is used as a tool of hate and exclusion, and when The Interior News chose to publish letters that espoused such views, my faith in them as an authentic unbiased news source was greatly diminished. The LGBTQ community adopted the rainbow as a symbol of diversity and inclusion. That is what the rainbow means. If a person’s beliefs do not allow for diversity and inclusion of all people regardless of race, beliefs, gender, or sexuality, that is their choice. I do not believe preaching condemnation and the destruction of humanity by fire is appropriate material for a newspaper to publish. And to date, I have never seen a person who identifies as LGBTQ holding a sign on a street corner in Smithers stating “There is no God” or “All straight people will burn”. Food for thought maybe? Bravo to the Smithers town council for supporting diversity and inclusion for all people. Vanessa Mueller Smithers


editorial page and I am seldom disappointed. There is usually a severely biased cartoon and caption which is an insult to our intelligence. This time, in your Sept. 23 edition, you have gone too far. Using a picture of that drowned child, that went viral on social media, and inferring that this was caused by the government of Canada and especially Stephen Harper is beneath contempt. When will people open their eyes and place the blame where it really lies. These millions of young men, running away, have allowed their own countries to fall into chaos instead of standing up to despots, dictators, and clerics. Does the West really want to welcome people of this mindset to flood into our democracies? Yes, there are many legitimate refugees,but the majority of those we see daily on the news are nothing more than opportunists. Lets quit thinking with our hearts and use our heads as to whom we want to allow into our country. Fred Doll Kitwanga

Siphoning off gas profits Editor: Could someone please give me a logical explanation as to why gasoline is currently priced at $1.11 in Prince George, $1.16 in Houston and $1.24 in Smithers (Petro-Canada)? I ask this because, assuming outlets in Prince George are not selling at a loss, oil companies through their Smithers’ dealerships are, even by a modest calculation, siphoning off $5,000 in excess profits every week from Smithers area residents. Mel Coulson Quick


In the Sept. 30 edition re: Forestry foraging for workers. According to the forester quoted in the story, no fibre recovery licence has yet been granted to Newpro. It has a license to operate, Editor: but a fibre recovery license will Every week when the paper allow the company to work with arrives my first stop is the the harvest licensee to use slashpile wood in its operations.

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Northwest B.C. may be out of the way geographically but the worlds of pop music and politics have come knocking. English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel has endorsed Nathan Cullen, who is running for a fifth term as NDP MP for Skeena–Bulkley Valley. On his Facebook page, Peter Gabriel said he met Cullen at a leadership training session run by an international social activist group. “I was lucky to be invited to a leadership training organized by Avaaz and met a diverse and wonderful group of people from all over the place, engaged in changing the world,” wrote Gabriel. “One of those is a remarkable Canadian politician by the name of Nathan Cullen — a man who is now working hard on the NDP campaign to change the government in Canada.” Cullen said the leadership course involved younger political activists from around the world and it took place near Washington, D.C. several years ago. “I never met a more humble and reserved person such as Peter,” said Cullen. Gabriel built a musical reputation

first with the group Genesis and then on his own while becoming well-known as a social activist. Avaaz pursues human rights, climate change and other causes through extensive use of social media. On the other side of the political spectrum, Canadian conservative commentator Ezra Levant is speaking at a Smithers event organized by Houston businessman Kyle Thomson. He is calling the Oct. 9 event “Building Northern B.C.” “I just felt we needed somebody here willing to speak their mind,” said Thomson of Levant’s appearance. “We’re hearing too much negativity about development through the media and it was just starting to irk me.” Levant has had several media jobs over the years and is now the main contributor to the website Rebel Media which he founded this year. Thomson and others are financing Levant’s appearance, and are selling tickets to cover other costs and to help finance scholarships and bursaries for Northwest Community College. Conservative candidate Tyler Nesbitt will also be speaking but Thomson said the event is not political. “I support him and his party. I think they are the only party that has a grasp on the opportunities for northwestern B.C.,” said Thomson.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATIONS 1. RIVERSIDE PARK CAMPGROUND COOKHOUSE CONTRACT: #2015-16 Request for Quotation (RFQ) bid forms for the "Riverside Park Campground Cookhouse Contract: # 2015-16” will be received at the Smithers Town Hall up to: 2:00 p.m. Tuesday October 20, 2015. The general scope of work for this contract is to renovate the Cookhouse building by making changes to the concrete floor slab, entry door, wood heater and chimney, sink counters, and window openings. 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. Pre-bid site visit: Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 10 am Meet at the Cookhouse All RFQ forms must be submitted on the provided form in a sealed envelope marked: “RIVERSIDE PARK CAMPGROUND COOKHOUSE CONTRACT: #2015-16 Care of Mark Allen, Director of Development Services”

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. Pre-bid site visit: Friday, October 9, 2015 @ 11:00 am Meet at the Library All RFQ forms must be submitted on the provided form in a sealed envelope marked: “LIBRARY CRAWLSPACE UPGRADE CONTRACT: #2015-18 Care of Mark Allen, Director of Development Services” The Town of Smithers reserves the right to waive informalities in or reject any or all completed RFQ forms, or to accept the completed RFQ form deemed most favourable in the interest of the Town. The Town’s purchasing policy shall apply. The lowest or any completed RFQ form may not necessarily be accepted. Questions with regard to the tender documents shall be directed to: Roye Lovgren Building Inspector Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Phone (250) 847-1600 Fax (250) 847-1601 E:

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Teachers welcome training

By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Northern B.C. teachers’ union leaders have welcomed a Ministry of Education plan to help teachers introduce the new elementary school curriculum in local classrooms. The provincial government announced last week it would provide teachers with targeted training and dedicated time to learn about the new curriculum, which was revealed earlier this month. The new framework for students in Kindergarten to Grade 9 is designed to be more flexible and provide students with

more personalized learning experiences. Teachers have the option to start transitioning the new elementary school curriculum into classrooms before it is formally introduced in 2016. A new framework for high school students will also be introduced over the next three years. The Ministry’s support plan was prepared in collaboration with the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). It includes $1 million for training teachers this school year and a further $100 million worth of dedicated time to prepare teachers over three years. That means additional paid non-instructional

training days for school staff, including an additional 10 hours of paid training time. Bulkley Valley Teachers Union president Ilona Weiss said she thought teachers would be thrilled that the Ministry had invested in training to implement the change. “There’s a lot of things to consider when you have a big curriculum change like this that comes down,” said Weiss. “Teachers will have to have some time to try things out and see what works and collaborate with people in the district. “I was pleasantly surprised that they were including some noninstructional days.”

Terrace District Teachers’ Union president Cathy Lambright, who also represents teachers at schools in the Hazeltons, agreed the additional time for training would help teachers bring the new curriculum to life. “For some people this is not a particularly new way to teach but being able to determine what are the core competencies, what is in the new curriculum and how we might bring it to fruition is huge, and to do that we need time,” she said. Integrating aboriginal education content into the new curriculum would be a major part of the planning, Lambright predicted.


The Town of Smithers has a vacancy to fill on the Smithers Public Library Board. The Library Board is made up of volunteers from the community who make operating and financial decisions regarding the Library. If you are interested in volunteering as a Library Board member please complete the application form that is on the Town’s website at http:// Application forms are also available at the Town Office and at the Smithers Public Library. You must live within the Town municipal boundaries or in the rural Electoral Area “A” Fire Protection/Recreation & Cultural Benefitting Service Area to qualify. General information about Smithers Public Library Board member responsibilities can be found on the Town of Smithers website at www. and on the Smithers Public Library website at Please submit your completed application by October 23, 2015 to the Town of Smithers, Box 879, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 or drop it off at the Town Office located at 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers B.C. Please feel free to contact the Town of Smithers at 847-1600 if you would like more information regarding this opportunity on the Board.

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She said the announcement allayed concerns she had about funding travel for training. “They are not taking any more funds away from the school district, they are actually coming up with travel funds to be able to do this which I was a bit worried about,” said Lambright. Lambright said the biggest downside of the transition would be for parents who needed to find childcare for students on the extra non-instructional days. BCTF president Jim Ikers said it was a welcome first-step in ensuring the new curriculum was rolled out successfully. “Teachers want to see the new curriculum

succeed,” he said. “Going forward, the BCTF will continue to advocate for the funding needed to ensure teachers have the resources and learning conditions to support our students’ learning.” Education Minister Mike Bernier said the collaboration with BCTF was encouraging and he hoped to build on it in the future. “The new curriculum was designed by teachers for teachers and these training supports will make sure they can bring the new curriculum to life in the classroom,” he said. “It’s really encouraging to work collaboratively. The BCTF and its members have been key partners in building the new curriculum and this support plan.”

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Owners refuse to let fire extinguish passion By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The owners of Mainerz and Sedaz Lingerie have refused to let their entrepreneurial flame be snuffed out after the July 27 Main Street fire. Both businesses opened in new locations Thursday. Sedaz held a grand opening to showcase its new permanent location on Main Street. The event was a celebration and included food, drink, a premiere of some new commercials, and, of course, a man modelling some of the goods as patrons walked in. Mainerz and Back Alley Boots had a more low key opening Thursday at its temporary location on Fourth Avenue. Sisters Jessica and Ella Butz are operating at the building across from CIBC near Main Street while their old building that was destroyed by the fire is rebuilt within the still-standing heritage walls. “They’re redoing our whole


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building, so it’s not going to be a simple build. It’ll be between nine months to a year [before the Main Street location reopens],” said Ella Butz. While she enjoys the extra parking around the temporary location, Butz said she looks forward to getting back on Main Street. “What we own is way more prime, but it’s okay. We’ve built the name over the years so when [customers] come to look for it,

they can find us,” said Butz. The advantage of a downtown location and its foot traffic is important for the sisters. “The whole bloc has a lot of great shops to go look at,” said Butz. They were not sure when the store was going to be open and relied on social media and word of mouth to get people out on opening day — and the browsers came. “It’s been a really good start,”

Sedaz owner Amy Brandstetter speaks at the grand opening of her new Main Street location Thursday.

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Steelheads start season with a win and loss By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

The past weekend saw the season opener with the Smithers Steelheads beating the Terrace River Kings 5-4 Friday, but losing to the them 2-1 Saturday. On Friday, Zach Davies scored an assisted goal at 14:11 of the third period with the help of Jaden Janzen and Brayden Taekema to secure the win for the Steelheads at the Central Interior Hockey League match held at the Smithers Civic Arena. “I thought it was a really good game. At first I thought maybe we’re outplaying them a bit, but then after a while they got some goals and made the game close,” head coach Tom DeVries said. “We’ve got a lot

of new guys and it’s pretty cool.” The Steelheads scored three goals in the first period, whereas the Kings only scored one. However, they rebounded with two goals in the second period and one in the third. The Steelheads only got one goal each in the last two periods. Davies is a new player with the Steelheads. He scored two goals on Friday night. “I’ve been playing a lot of hockey, played a lot of years, so it’s just fun playing with old guys I haven’t played with or seen in a long time, so it’s nice to come home and play in front of friends and family for a change’, said Davies. However, the Steelheads’ fortunes were reversed when the River Kings stole the show from them in

Terrace. Returning player Jaden Janzen scored the sole goal for the Steelheads that night. “They lost the night before and they came at us pretty hard. First 10 minutes, I think we didn’t get a whole lot of shots on them,” said DeVries. “Lots of power plays, lots of penalties, it’s a typical Terrace game, just penalty after penalty after penalty. I think we have about eight power plays.” “Just a real tough game, and tough loss, but that’s the way it is. We’re a good team.” New players on the Steelheads’ roster include Brad Crump, Justin Steenhof, Jeffery Groenheyde, Wyatt Vanderheyden, Wade Masch, Logan Gray, Zach Davies, Brayden Taekema and Gavin Currie.

New player Zach Davies scores the Steelheads’ second goal in the first period.

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Friday, Oct. 2. Smithers









1st Period SSH 16:55 - Adam DeVries SSH 09:09 - Zach Davies (NEW) TRK 05:57 - Chapin Leblond SSH 01:08 - Wade Masch (NEW)


2nd Period: TRK 19:30 - Ken Nordstom TRK 17:19 - Cory Dekelver SSH 13:10 - Randall Groot









3rd Period: SSH 14:11 - Zach Davies (NEW) TRK 04:22 - Cory DeKelver

Saturday, Oct. 3. Smithers









1st Period TRK 17:31 - Chapin Leblond SSH 03:52 - Jaden Janzen










2nd Period: TRK 09:00 - Cory Dekelver

Muheim hosts soccer Hudson Bay Mtn director resigns

By Xuyun Zeng

Smithers/Interior News

Muheim Elementary hosted soccer matches for Grade 4 to 7 students last Saturday. From Kispiox to Houston, 23 teams converged on the three soccer fields to play against one another in a friendly tournament where the score isn’t kept. The event is mostly volunteerrun. Parents acts as referees and supply lunches. “I can talk to the adults ... and they remember being kids playing in this tournament because it’s been so long,” said Muheim principal Jim Cameron. Moricetown Elementary School

returned to the tournament after a long hiatus. “Meeting other teams is the whole reason,” said coach Henry Mitchell. Mitchell said it’s a good way to prepare students for high school as they get to meet new friends. Smaller schools had to draw from various grades to form a team. Larger schools had multiple teams. It was also the first time for certain teams such as the Houston Christian School. “We got the invitation to come play and thought it would be a good idea to put a team in,” said coach Keith Jaarsma. Fortunately for them, they had a late game, so the players only had to leave Houston at 9:30 a.m.

By Chris Gareau

Smithers/Interior News

The President of Hudson Bay Mountain Resort (HBMR), Gary Mathiesen, announced last Wednesday the immediate resignation of Alfredo Hermano from his role as a director and officer of both HBMR and Hudson Bay Mountain Estates. Hermano made his decision in light of his other business activities in the region, according to an emailed statement from Hudson Bay Mountain. “Alfredo and I invested in Hudson Bay Mountain in 2010, with a shared belief in the resort’s potential as well as a commitment to the community of Smithers and the broader northwest region. That hasn’t changed,” wote Mathiesen. “Alfredo’s decision to step down at this time is done in the best interests of the resort and the

HBME development and I want to thank him and wish him all the best.” The mountain operations team has been focused on upgrading existing lifts and infrastructure to ensure smoother and safer operations, as well continuing brushing and glading activities. “We can’t wait for the lifts to start running on Nov. 27,” wrote Mathiesen. “We’ve got a great team in place with many years’ experience working and playing on this mountain.” The senior management team, composed of Chrissy Chapman, sales & resort services manager; Michael Huffman, controller & resort administration manager; and Frank McBride, mountain operations manager, will be collectively stepping up and managing the resort. There will not be a general manager this season. “As we have already been in these roles for a number of months, there will be no noticeable changes, other than this transition being made official,” said Chapman.

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A night of divas at annual health gala By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

A sold out banquet room of 246 people got to hear Liza Minnelli and Celine Dion belt it out Saturday night in Smithers. Or rather, they heard comedian Jessica Holmes’ hilarious versions. The former star of CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce was the guest performer at the fourth annual Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation Fundraising Gala. Holmes was impressed with the work the Foundation has done, most recently a $266,000 reconstruction of the hospital in Smithers. The project between the Foundation, Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary and Celebrity Golf Tournament hit a personal note for the mother of two. “When I heard that they’re making it that every woman could have her own room after the baby’s born — that is so huge,” Holmes told The Interior News before she strutted her stuff at Hudson Bay Lodge. “After my kids were born, I was in a quad room with three other moms. And what are you going to do when one of them is a giant partier and has like 40 relatives coming in all day? “For me, I would say it was the saddest moment for me since my kids were born were the first few days in the hospital. I wanted to celebrate privately. I wanted to be with my kid and not wishing Jane over here would shut it.” The ability to have nurses explain what Holmes described as “the underbelly of

Comedian Jessica Holmes hams it up with her Celine Dion impression at the fourth annual Bulkley Valley Health Care and Hospital Foundation Fundraising Gala Saturday night.

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things” was also something she is glad new mothers in Smithers would soon have. Her experience was not so great. “And you know there’s three other husbands sitting there and they could hear everything that’s going on, and you’re just going ‘shh, quit mentioning that part of me out loud,’” said Holmes. Saturday’s fundraiser included live and silent auctions. The live auction brought in over $26,000 alone. “I would say that it was very successful financially,” said Foundation chair Ted

Bobb. He thanked the volunteers and sponsors who made the night possible. “There was a new group of very generous folks who donated to it. All that auction stuff is basically donated value from the community,” said Bobb. He also said he had enjoyed Holmes’ brand of humour, despite being the target of some of the jokes — after Saturday he may have people calling him Todd Bobb. “She was good about it,” said Bobb. “I had to admire her talent and the

quickness of her mind.” He also liked when Holmes wandered into the crowd to get some local flavour in her repertoire. “The best line I thought she pulled was when she was talking to Gary Huxtable, who’s one of the bigger sponsors of the event through BV Electric. “She said to him ‘well where you from,’ and he said Smithers — of course he was raised in Smithers — and then he said, ‘well actually Telkwa,’” described Bobb between laughs. “And then she said, ‘What’s the matter with you people, you all in witness protection. You don’t know where you’re from!’” The Celine Dion impression was also a highlight to many people Bobb spoke with. “It just awes me how multi-talented [she is],” said Bobb. The money raised at the gala has yet to be designated, but Bobb said the Foundation expects to know more by the end of October. The Foundation’s intake of requests ends Nov. 15, and they have already been floated an idea. “It was assistance for funding with a special technician we have here in the hospital. It’s a specialty that’s in short supply. They had two of these people and now we’re down to one,” said Bobb. “I can’t tell you if we’ll approve it or not, but it gives you an idea of the variety of types of requests for funding we get. We’ve had as low as $280 for criminal record cheques for volunteers in the health hub, to the [maternity ward] which was $266,000, that without the partners we couldn’t have done.”

Spirit bear survives brush with car on Highway 37 By Alicia Bridges Kitwanga/Interior News

A rare white bear survived a brush with a car on Highway 37 near Kitwanga last week, much to the relief of the conservation officer who went to check on the mother of two cubs. Flint Knibbs feared the worst when he got behind the wheel to respond to a call that a female Kermode bear had been hit by a car last Tuesday at about 4 p.m. The Ministry of Environment conservation officer had received

reports that the black bear with white fur, a rare variation caused by a recessive gene, was laying at the side of the road. “I was actually heading up there anticipating the worst and thinking I was going to end up needing to put down a Kermode bear and that wasn’t something that was sitting well with me, I wouldn’t have wanted to do that” he said. But when he arrived at about 6 p.m. the mother bear was on her feet and actively feeding with her two cubs. “She’s walking along, she’s

actively feeding, there was no visible injuries, she seems to be walking a little bit slowly perhaps but I’m not sure if that was just feeding,” he said. “As far as I was concerned she was in good enough shape that she didn’t need any intervention from me and we watched her walk away into the woods.” Knibbs said it was a huge relief to see the mother and her two cubs did not need his help and he took a short video of the trio walking away into the bushes. The video has been widely

shared since Knibbs posted it on the Conservation Officer Service Facebook page. “I was pretty happy that when I got there everybody seemed fine and so I was able to watch them for almost half an hour and take some video that got shared with lots of people,” he said. Knibbs said collisions between bears and vehicles were common in northwest B.C. and not all bears were as lucky as the Kermode, or spirit bear, he saw last week. Without a veterinarian who can assist wild animals,

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VIEW FROM THE PORCH Lorraine Doiron I have always said if I do not have something to worry

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PEDESTRIAN KNOCKED DOWN A man is treated for injuries at the Canadian Tire parking lot on Monday morning after he was struck by a car. Smithers RCMP said it appeared the driver had reversed into the man. Alicia Bridges photo

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Telkwa’s water smells By Xuyun Zeng Telkwa/Interior News

Telkwa’s water stinks, some residents complain. It reeks of rotten eggs and sometimes smells worse than other times, but Northern Health said the water is safe for consumption. The Village of Telkwa has responded by taking samples and sending them to a Kelowna lab for testing, which takes five to six weeks.

“What it is, they believe, is a sulphur-reducing bacteria, so we’ve sent it away down to CARO Analytical Services,” said public works superintendent Jim Harding. The first batch of samples proved inconclusive. “So what we did last week is went to the houses that were having trouble, and took some more samples and sent them down to CARO again,” Harding told The Interior News. See TELKWA on A22

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DELICIOUS QUARTETTO GELATO CONCERT The deliciously eclectic group Quartetto Gelato brought their Celtic, classical and gypsy sounds to Della Herman Theatre in Smithers Thursday in the Bulkley Valley Concert Association’s first performance of the season. Tenor and violinist Peter De Sotto (left) also brought his sense of humour. Chris Gareau photos

Northwest Arts Festival closes with Main St. parade By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Northwest Arts Festival participants got treated to an interactive project last Saturday. Entitled Into the Current, the project saw people walking down Main Street stopping at four exhibits that the organizers wanted to keep open to interpretation. “We were really interested about what came to people’s imaginations with the words, water, fish, home and threat,” said organizer Miriam Colvin. Volunteers carried a corrugated-plastic fish, leading participants from Heritage Square to the Alpenhorn, Bugwood Bean, and finally ending at Bovill Square. Performers hissed “fish”, beat on drums and metallic pipes, played violins and created images of waves using a long cloth draped over their heads. Visiting Vancouver artist Susan Bertoia created the exhibit at the Bugwood Bean. “We looked at the architecture of the

building and we looked at the sounds,” said Bertoia. Bertoia’s challenge was creating a piece that blended the site with the theme of water. “For me, [water] means flow. It was the constant flow, those people going through and you never knew what was going to happen to them.” Her exhibit showed a lady being rained on, sounds of static and bad reception, white boxes representing mystery and an umbrella floating away. “It doesn’t have a completely cohesive narrative, but we’re going from image to image,” said Bertoia. Colvin revealed that the organizer, Heather Lytle, has bigger plans for the future. “Her vision is that there will be an annual arts festival,” said Colvin. “And she wants to involve people from this school system, from surrounding communities and she also is interested at some point expanding it for adults as well.” Into the Current was a collaboration Participants enjoy four different exhibits incorporating sound, images and an interactive exhibit around the theme of water, fish, home and threat. between artists and schoolgoing youth.

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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. BV Aquatic Centre Management Society AGM Wednesday, Oct. 7, 7 p.m., Smithers Town Hall. Everyone welcome to review BV Pool’s accomplishments and future goals. 250847-4244. Living with Stroke Wednesdays 1-3 p.m., Healthy Living Centre, Oct. 7 to Nov. 25. Course by the Heart & Stroke Foundation for those who have had a stroke and their caregiver. Register 1-888-473-4636 ext. 8002. Fall 2015 Smithers Film Series, The Look of Silence (Indonesia), Sunday, Oct. 11, 7:00 p.m. at the Roi Theatre. Movies show every second Sunday . Smithers Snowmobile Assoc., AGM, Wednesday, Oct. 14, Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge, 7:30 p.m. Want to see change, have a voice and improve the club? If you are interested in a position on the executive, Seniors Line Danicing starts Thursday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m., Pioneer Place Seniors Activity Centre. Newcomers welcome. Shirley 250-847-2528, Justina 250-847-2591. SKEENA Book Launch, Award-winning author Sarah de Leeuw launches her latest book of poetry, Skeena, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m. at Smithers Public Library. Dementia Dialogue: Warning Signs and Diagnosis Monday,

Oct. 19, 9 a.m. to noon, Bulkley Lodge. Each session is an opportunity to learn about a different caregiving topic followed by a guided discussion. BV Toastmasters Club meets every second and fourth Monday, 7-8:55 p.m., Smithers NWCC campus, Room 109. Ground 2 Griddle Neighbourhood Kitchen Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. James Anglican Church Hall. SCSA 250-847-9515 to join this free life skills literacy program. Childcare provided. Smithers Tai Chi Players. New season Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come learn Yang-style tai chi and qigong. or 250-847-5091. BV Genealogical Society meets the last Tuesday every month, Sunshine Inn meeting room, 7 p.m. Guest speakers and programs are presented to assist family root researchers. All welcome. Medieval re-creation including games, crafts, and swordplay every Wednesday night in the Davidson Hall on the Fairgrounds, 6:30-8 p.m. Join us on Facebook under the Shire of Tir Bannog or contact Steve at 250-847-5339. Evelyn Community Association meetings first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m., Evelyn Hall. New members welcome.

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C OMMUNITY Telkwa testing water for smell From TELKWA on A17 “It seems to be just happening on older homes, for the most part, there’s the odd one that’s a little bit newer that is noticing it,” said Harding. “It’s very sporadic, it’s one house here and then another house over there.” Harding added that the problem is most prominent along Highway 16. Harding believes that the bacteria is growing in a well or in the pipes. “It’s not dangerous at all, it’s not a health issue,” he said. Northern Health sent a statement corroborating Harding.

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“We have heard of a complaint about an odour in the water, and have followed up on the concerns as per our normal process,” said the statement. “The community water system in Telkwa is safe, and if there was a concern we would make sure to work with the community in a timely manner to follow up.” Right now, the Village needs to find out the source of the problem, before they can move forward. “And then, I’ll have to flash chlorinate some of those lines once I track down where it’s at,” said Harding.

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The Smithers Snowmobile Association’s annual general meeting is Wednesday October 14, 2015 @ the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge at 7:30pm. This is a very important meeting as a new President needs to be elected as well as a Board of Directors including Vice-President, Secretary, Membership Coordinator, Cabin Coordinator, Website Coordinator among others. If you’re interested in the presidency or another position or if you just have a question, please contact us at snowmobilesmithers@ If you want to see change, have a voice and improve the club come out and show your support. This should be a great snow year so let’s start it right by having a great turn out!

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Williams living the dream teaching yoga with a view By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Several years after a series of snowboarding injuries led her to yoga, a New Hazelton woman has fulfilled a dream by launching her own studio. Rosie Williams opened The Yoga Shack last week after several months offering classes from a temporary space. A room with a view of the Roche de Boule peak, the Shack will allow Williams to fulfil a long-held dream of having her own space to teach yoga. “To offer it and share it with others, it’s just such a passion,” she said. “Yoga to me is a lifestyle, it’s not just going to class, it’s not just on the mat. “You live yoga with the healthy style of living.” Williams turned to yoga to develop her core strength after a string of injuries started causing her lower back problems. To immerse herself in the practice she enrolled in a six-month teacher’s course, where it became a passion. Having experienced the benefits firsthand she decided she wanted to share it with others. “I just sort of fell in love with the ideal of teaching it and sharing it with

others,” she said. “It’s just so good for you and you feel so great when you do it. “Even just ten minutes helps, you don’t have to do a full hour or 90 minutes to get great benefits.” Hatha flow, gentle yoga, playful dance and lunchtime stretch classes will be among those on offer at Williams’ new studio, where some classes will be taught by other instructors. The schedule will also include kids’ yoga play and Williams plans to introduce classes for skiers and snowboarders. Williams said there was a lot of interest in yoga within the Hazelton area. “I think people have found how beneficial it is and it is non-competitive too,” she said. “And it is fairly low-cost to get into and certainly great for the fall and winter when you are not getting out as much.” “You can still get a good workout with yoga, you just choose the level of what to go to.” Williams is also offering the space for rent to other health providers, such as massage therapist Brandi Nash, in the Rosie Williams and her son Cedar Williams outside The Yoga Shack, where she will hope it will become a hub for health and be running yoga classes for adults and children in the Hazeltons. wellness. For more information or to book online visit Alicia Bridges photo

Settlement reached in Wrinch lawsuit By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

A long-running human rights lawsuit which accused Wrinch Memorial Hospital administration of discriminating against First Nations people in the Hazeltons has been settled out of court, leading to the creation of a new community health committee.

In January 2012, Pauline Cole and Vernon Joseph, who died while the case was still active in April, filed a class action suit with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal on behalf of First Nations groups in the hospital’s service area. They claimed the Northern Health Authority, United Church Health Services (UCHS) and the Ministry of Health were discriminating

against the area’s high First Nations population by providing a lesser service than areas with more Caucasian residents, such as Smithers. The Tribunal upheld the case despite an attempt by the health organizations to have it dismissed for being too broad and lacking evidence. After Joseph’s death, hospital employee Norm Smith assisted Cole on a volunteer basis until

the case was settled on Sept. 29. Although the details of the settlement had not been distributed publicly at the time of print, Cole was providing copies of the agreement to members of the class action group who requested it. According to documents provided to The Interior News by New Hazelton man Curtis Mowatt, the settlement includes a commitment from Northern

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Outcome good for equality: Cole From WRINCH on A23 “In particular, the CHIC will endeavour to ensure that all services provided at Wrinch Memorial Hospital are comparable to the results achieved in surrounding hospitals, taking into account relevant differences,” the document reads. One representative each from Hagwilget, Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell, Kispiox, Gitsegukla, Kitwanga, Gitanyow, Hazelton and New Hazelton would sit on the committee. A Northern Health employee will also be appointed to provide the committee with information such as statistics and report back about how their recommendations are being implemented. Cole said she was pleased

with the outcome. “I think now we will be getting a lot of things done for our hospitals, getting equality,” she said. “That’s all I can say, like other hospitals have, that’s all we want.” Smith, who started helping Cole with the case as an individual based on his own observations at the hospital, said he was optimistic about what the committee could achieve. “I personally am very optimistic that the First Nations and the Northern Health Authority will have a very fruitful relationship based on this agreement,” he said. “I think it’s a happy ending and a win-win ending for everybody.” Curtis Mowatt praised both

sides for coming together over the agreement. “The Nations will not just be spectators, but they will be part of the improvement process,” he wrote in a letter to The Interior News. “The Nations will have input on all key issues such as deployment of capital and equipment.” Northern Health, which will take over management of the hospital from UCHS on the same day the committee is launched, declined to comment on the settlement. It referred questions to the UCHS whose spokesperson also declined to comment until the agreement had been distributed publicly. The Tribunal does not comment on cases in which a settlement is reached.

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The Skeena Ice Arena Association is asking the public to vote in an online competition to help it win funding to transform its condemned arena into an outdoor rink. The Ken Trombley Memorial Arena closed suddenly in March because of safety issues with its roof, leaving Hazelton area skating clubs without a home. Plans to build a new recreation centre were already underway when the old arena was condemned, but an interim solution was needed to keep skaters on the ice until the new facility is built. The arena association decided to tear down the arena roof to create an outdoor rink, giving clubs a green light to start planning their upcoming seasons. But the association needs more money to run the arena this winter, having spent part of its operational budget on the demolition. In a bid to secure more funds before the skating season kicks off, the board has submitted a project to the Aviva Community

APPLICATION FOR TEMPORARY USE PERMIT A Temporary Use Permit application will be considered on Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, BC. Temporary Use Permit No. 15-02:


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Fund to help with costs. The Fund invites submissions from charity and community organizations for a share in $1 million in funding. To be shortlisted for a prize, the projects need to collect a certain amount of votes from friends, family and supporters. Winners will then be selected by a judging panel. The Skeena association is asking for $65,000 to purchase a used Zamboni, $20,000 towards the roof and $15,000 to cover operating costs for the three months from January to March. Hazelton Skating Club head coach Stacey Brown said

somebody had to win the Aviva contest and she encouraged the public to help make it the Hazeltons. “As kids across Canada are lacing up their skates this week for hockey, figure skating, or maybe their first steps on skates, kids in Hazelton have no ice and no Zamboni to clear an outdoor rink,” she said. “They are not registering for swimming lessons or gymnastics either as we don’t have those facilities.” Voting runs until Oct. 23. To vote search for Hard Up in the Hazeltons at or on Facebook. Votes are limited to one per day.


To temporarily permit the applicant, Apex Diamond Drilling Ltd., to use the building and lease area primarily for storage of drills, equipment, supplies and accounting and administration as they relate to the primary business.

6315 Mattern Street, legally described as Lease Lot 10, South East ¼ of the Northeast ¼ Section 14 Township 1A Range 5 Coast District, Posting Plan 19805 Anyone who believes they will be affected by the proposed permit is invited to submit written comments to Council prior to the meeting and to attend the meeting. Written submissions must be received by 2:30 pm on the day the permit is to be considered. The proposed permit and relevant background information can be viewed at the Town Office, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or online at For further information contact Liliana Dragowska, Planner, at (250) 847-1600 or ldragowska@


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Northwest residents can celebrate Thanksgiving with a walk or run through the orange-hued fall forest at the Kispiox Valley Turkey Trot this Sunday, Oct. 11. The 21st annual event consists of a five or 10 kilometre walk or run for adults and a three kilometre walk for kids. Organizer Shirley Stanley-Belisle said it gave local people a fun, healthy way to




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Turkey trot this Sunday New dock at Ross Lake Hooking a fish at Ross Lake will be more accessible to anglers of all ages and experience after a new dock was installed at the provincial park near New Hazelton. The Freshwater Fisheries Society stocks the lake with 3,000 rainbow trout fingerlings and 3,000 brook char annually. Vice-president president Dana Atagi said the society installed the small jetty to make it easier for people to fish there. “Adding dock access to Ross Lake is an exciting step for us in removing

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