Page 1

InteriorNEWS THE

108th Year - Week 46 •

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

PM 40007014

$1.30 (gst included)

Wet’suwet’en elders Irene Brown (Dzeeh), Henry Alfred (Watahk’eght), Katherine Naziel (Ts’ilhnan), Frank Alec Jr. (Dunen) and Moricetown Health director Ron Mitchell (Hagwilneghl) cut the ribbon to the $2.7-million Moricetown Health Centre on Friday. Story, page A12. Alicia Bridges photo

Hudson Bay Mtn hosts ski cross Backyard hen bylaw

nationals in big event season coming home to roost

By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Smithers will be welcoming some of the best skiers and snowboarders in the world this season. The national ski cross championship was a surprise event for Smithers last winter, with Alpine Canada seeking snow for its skiers in a dry winter for Prince George. This year, Hudson Bay Mountain and the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club (SSSC) have more time to prepare before its arrival, along with two NorAm events March 15-19. They are also getting set to host other big events in an exciting year for the Smithers landmark. The Canadian Snowboard Federation and the BC Snowboard Association are bringing the BC Snowboard Provincial Series boarder cross to the mountain Jan. 22-

24, a first for northern B.C., according to SSSC head coach and program director Jan Wengelin. “For them to actually come up here, for us its surprising,” said Wengelin. “It’s a big deal,” said SSSC snowboard chair Warren Pali. Smithers was even in the running for the Ski Cross World Junior Championships. “We missed it with one vote. It went to Val Thorens, France,” said Wengelin. “Even to be there in that arena is huge. That was a win right there,” said Pali. Before the snowboarding provincial series, the provincial snowboard cross team is arriving early for a training camp. “That is huge because not only do we get more athletes coming up here, but our athletes get to have a chance to watch these kids that are going to move on to compete all over North America,” said Wengelin. See BOON on A19

Smithers/Interior News

A proposal to allow Smithereens to have backyard hens is ready to hatch after council passed third readings last Tuesday and indicated that it will be adopted at its next meeting. “I think access to food and food security is something that municipalities all over North America are starting to focus on,” said Mayor Taylor Bachrach. “Agriculture is a big part of our history in the Bulkley Valley, and backyard chickens allow people to have some small scale food production, even if they live right in town. My family has a really

big garden and the ability to raise our own food is a really special experience.” Town planner Liliana Dragowska presented a slideshow to the packed gallery at last Tuesday’s council meeting to help explain just what was going into the Animal Control and Licensing bylaw and amendment to the town’s zoning bylaw. Up to six laying hens would be allowed on R1, R2 and R6 properties with lot sizes bigger than 550 metres squared. No ducks, roosters or other poultry would be allowed. Renters must get permission from the property owner. A fully enclosed coop is required to protect against predators. See CHICKEN on A8

CULLEN’S NEW CRITIC ROLES Local MP takes on environment and democratic reform portfolios.

ABORIGINAL GRAD RATES Smithers and Hazelton school district leaders share strategies, results.

HEALTH SERVICE LOSES FUNDING Gitanmaax Band withdraws its funding for Gitxsan Health Society.




Friday Only!

Western Family Toilet Paper see last page in A

By Chris Gareau

2 Varieties Double Roll 24 roll





The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Cullen takes on climate change and democratic reform

By Chris Gareau

“Two very significant files to take one, particularly with the mandate that the Trudeau government received from Canadians for change,” said Cullen. With NDP leader Tom Mulcair attending the Paris conference, Cullen does not expect to make the trip. But he did say better carbon emission targets were needed. “We’ve been a big part of the problem, not much of a solution for the last number of years, and can’t go back and make the mistakes made by previous Liberal governments that set very ambitious goals but had no intention or idea on how to actually achieve them,” said Cullen.

Smithers/Interior News

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen has taken on new roles after his NDP party dropped from Official Opposition to third-party status in the Oct. 19 election. He has switched from finance critic to the portfolios of the newly named environment and climate change, and democratic reform. These ministries were promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to play a huge role in the new Liberal government, with the Canada headed to the Climate Summit in Paris and Trudeau promising to reform the Senate and how Canadians vote.

Roi TheaTRe I Hunger games Mocking Jay

Fri. & Sat: 7:30 & 9:30 • Sun. - Tues.: 8 • PG

II Love of Cooper

Fri & Sat: 7 & 9 • Sun. - Tues.: 7:30 • PG

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen speaks to See GATEWAYon A9 supporters after his re-election Oct. 19.

Chris Gareau photo

242 Poplar Place Road Hazelton

3254 15th Ave

Steelhead Paradise! Perfect remote off-thegrid 3bdrm 1 bth 1600 sqft fully-functional house on 88 acres with Kispiox River frontage. Live year -round or as summer retreat.

A large, well- kept family house intown near schools, parks and shops. 4bdrm, 3 baths.

MLS R2012712




1175 Main Street, Smithers

Visit our website at: N PR EW IC E




CALDERWOOD REALTY 250-847-9222 7115 Boundary Rd

Great affordable country living! 4 bd, 3 bth, well set up. Pad 250/mo.


MLS N233522

3991 Alfred Ave

1920 Aladdin heritage home with 4 bd, 2baths & all the character but modern windows & heating system.

MLS N246550



Spectre 007

Fri & Sat: 7:15 & 9:15 • Sun.: 9 Mon - Tues.: 7:45 • PG

9872 Adams Road

7523 Lake Kathlyn Road

Superbly hand-crafted log house with super mountain views & 158 acres backing onto crown land; 3 bay garage & very private!

3 bed, 3 bath custom log house on 5 acres with incredible lake view. Unique layout and finishing’s.

MLS N242472

MLS N247877


1401 Willow Street

Perfect family home! 1996 custom built, 5bed, 4 baths with 3 finished levels on ½ acre lot in Telkwa.

MLS R2012646



Enjoy fashion & running your own business?

First time offered. Very successful retail business located in leased premises in Old Town Hazelton. Specializes in top quality brand name clothing, sporting apparel, work wear and more!

MLS C8000340


18445 Grantham Rd

Cheaper than Renting! 1200sf on 5 ac between Houston & Telkwa. $750/m with 5% down payment.

MLS N231453


27 Starliter Way

Spacious, newer 3 bdrm rancher. Quality appl, beautiful hardwood floors, fenced bkyd & dbl garage.

MLS N243575


Dawson’s Lane

Beautiful building lots, close to Smithers. 4.94 – 7.19 Acres in size.  Drilled wells on each parcel.  Sewage approval.

MLS N234515, N234516, N234517

$112,500 - $117,500

Super Kathlyn Lakefront!

Solid log home that needs a little TLC but offers 3 bedroom and a lovely vaulted living space!

MLS R20008570


Smithers Film Society This Changes Everthing Sunday 7

John Butler - Managing Broker Cell 250-877-2141

Jeremy Penninga PREC Cell. 250-847-0830

David Webster - Sales Cell 250-877-3447

Niomi Mio - Sales Cell 250-877-9040

DJ Mio - Sales Cell 250-877-3677

Jesse Butler PREC - Sales Cell. 250-877-2471

Dan Hansma - Houston Cell 250-845-8234

Kelly Mattson - Hazelton Cell 250-842-8176

Laurel Borrett - Sales Cell 250-877-9444

TUESDAYS: ALL SEATS $7.00 250-847-2440

The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

N EWS New airport storage building opened By Alicia Bridges


Service Selection Satisfaction

Smithers/Interior News

A storage facility to keep new airport equipment out of the elements was launched on the first heavy snow day of this winter on Monday. The 7,200-square-foot building was built to house three pieces of heavy equipment valued at $810,000. The loader/plow, runway sweeper and dump/plow truck were acquired by the Town of Smithers through the Airports Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) last financial year. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said the storage building, which cost $706,000, would improve safety and reduce wait times for machinery to start operating. “Prior to the construction of this storage building, this equipment was parked outdoors and plugged in to keep the engines warm,” said Bachrach. “Having the priority equipment parked in a heated bay will not only alleviate the safety concerns related to the build up of ice on stationary parts, but also eliminate the need for wait time for critical systems to get up to operating temperatures before equipment can be used.” The storage building was constructed by Canadian Craftsman Builders, while the majority of roadwork, earthwork and landscaping was completed by


1314 Main St, Smithers

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-8 • Fri-Sat 11–9 • Sun 10-8

SM I L E F OR T H E WE E K The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose. – Ernie Banks

Tracey Turko, RD

Councillors, Town of Smithers staff and airport workers cut the ribbon to a new equipment storage shed at the Smithers Regional Airport on Monday.

investment. “It’s to maintain the longevity of the vehicles so they would be in better condition,” said Blackburn. “Second of all, it’s really important that these things drip out and get the ice and snow off them on a regular basis so that the crew can inspect them before they go out on the runway.”

First Impressions Count


Alicia Bridges photo

town staff. The building will be heated by an electric boiler slab, allowing it to be easily integrated into the geothermal district heating system the town plans to implement as part of the future airport terminal expansion. Airport manager Rob Blackburn said the new building was a good

1142 Main Street, Smithers • 847-5318

Breakfast made your


way for only & a FREE coffee!

December 1st to 5th The

supporting the


Join us at Glacier Toyota from December 1 st to 5 th. The showroom will be decorated and will showcase 6 themed Christmas trees. The trees are up for silent auction with the full proceeds going to The Bulkley Valley Child Development Centre and The Salvation Army.


The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Aboriginal grad rates up but miss target

By Chris Gareau and Alicia Bridges Smithers and New Hazelton/Interior News

Education Minister Mike Bernier said the government accepts each of the 11 recommendations in Carol Bellringer’s Auditor General report, which found B.C. fell well short of its 10-year goal of increasing aboriginal high school graduation rates to 85 per cent. Completion rates for First Nations students rose from 49 to 62 per cent over the last decade. Graduation rates for nonaboriginal students increased from 82 to 87 per cent during the same period. The recommendations include working with school districts and aboriginal communities to create a strategy on reaching better outcomes. But efforts have already seen positive results in the Bulkley Valley, with School Districts 54 and 82 saying they see improvements, while acknowledging there is a way to go yet.

BVSD grad rates plateau

Graduation rates for all students have plateaued in recent years for the Bulkley Valley. The aboriginal grad rate was at 53 per cent for the 2013-14 school year. The non-aboriginal rate was 83 per cent. That is a seven-point increase for aboriginals from 2009-10, and a two-point decrease for nonaboriginals whose numbers have hovered between 81-85 per cent. Superintendent Chris van der Mark said the district has been proactive in targeting all students’ success with new individualfocused learning methods and, for the past decade,weaving aboriginal education in with courses like the sciences, Social Studies and English. 3 5/16 x 5

“It makes a big difference in terms of the Per cent of students transitioning to a higher grade ability of kids to access things of interest, 100 and that’s huge,” said van der Mark. The Bulkley Valley Learning Centre 95 relocation into Northwest Community College was also important, according to van der Mark. 90 “Does that necessarily mean that it’s going to change everything and results are going to 85 go up overnight? No, but it’s certainly made a different connection for kids and a different 80 perception of that program, which is really All students Aboriginal important,” said van der Mark. Grade 8 75 “[The perception] has always been a Grade 9 bit misleading because I think you may Grade 10 have kids going there who were having 70 Grade 11 troubles being successful in the traditional bricks and mortar five-by-eight timetable 65 and grind you through the machine, but 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 that doesn’t make you a bad kid ... Now they can pick the thing that fits their need School District 54 is keeping track of grade transition rates to help them reach the rather than fit our need.” province’s target of 85 per cent graduation at Grade 12. Xuyun Zeng illustration He added it takes time to see the fruits of the district’s labour, but that not changing “Well, it’s different now. We’re obviously intervening when students need help. was a way to guarantee things did not really aware we have a lot of work to do.” “The fact that we’ve taken an in-depth, improve. renewed focus on figuring out where kids Being less punitive with the suspension CMSD grad rates jump are at with their learning and then designing policy, a greater focus on trades, engaging The Coast Mountain School District those interventions,” she said. families and even the new hockey academy (CMSD) is celebrating an 18.3 percentage “I believe because we are starting to take were listed as ways to keep kids in school, point jump in aboriginal graduation a really deep look at it and talk about it, without dropping basic literacy and math, rates in the 2014-15 school year, reversing right down at the classroom and school according to van der Mark. a downward trend in the number of level, not just at the district level, I think “That may sound like a lot, but there isn’t indigenous students finishing high school that has contributed significantly.” a silver bullet. I think it does take a multi- since 2009. The second change involves creating faceted approach to hit what makes the The graduation rate for aboriginal new literacy and numeracy strategies, difference in that one child — whether they’re students in the CMSD was 62.2 per cent for which are being prepared by teachers from aboriginal or not,” he said. the school year ending last June, up from within the school district. The third phase “At the time the system was created, they 43.7 in 2013-14. relates to engaging aboriginal students and were just pumping people out to go work in CMSD Superintendent Katherine ensuring their curriculum is relevant. To do factories, so you didn’t need a lot of creativity. McIntosh attributed the change to three that, CMSD is working with indigenous And the more people that could do that stuff, strategic changes, starting with an increased education expert Lorna Williams. the more productive society could be. focus on assessing students’ progress and See MORAL on A5

If your snowboard was powered by

Quantum Internet

Your family depends on you to drive safely. Plan ahead and drive for the conditions. Know before you go. Business card size 3.5 x 2

Call CityWest and get Quantified today 1.800.442.8664 • 3767 2nd Avenue, Smithers •

The Interior News


Wednesday, November 18, 2015


ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING You are cordially invited to Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation’s

Annual General Meeting; Friday, November 20th, 2015 Students pitching in at a School District 54 Grade 4 Learning Feast in Moricetown. Aboriginal education is integrated in all District classes.

The “Old Church Hall” – 3704 First Ave in Smithers from 12:00-2:00pm Lunch will be provided – Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 18th.

A “moral imperative”

For further information please contact the following: Jay Baker, RPF, General Manager Wetzin’kwa Community Forest Corporation Phone: 250-847-3680 / E-mail:

Contributed photo

From GRAD on A4 “[Williams] is working with us to understand who our aboriginal learners are and what we need to do to ensure that they are successful,” said McIntosh. She said other measures to improve aboriginal graduation rates included helping teachers incorporate indigenous learning principals and developing shared goals in agreements with individual First Nations communities. McIntosh said she agreed with the auditor general’s recommendations, saying there was a “moral imperative” to create systemic change. “We know that historically, the education system the way it is has not met the needs of all of our aboriginal learners, so my belief is if it’s not us now then who and when is going to take on that responsibility to start creating systemic change so that our system works for all learners,” she said. Based on those recommendations, the superintendent said the school district was moving in the right direction, however she said maintaining an upward trend in

aboriginal graduation would be hard work. CMSD district principal of aboriginal education Agnes Casgrain said the school was also improving the teaching of aboriginal issues to all students. She is working with teachers to implement the new Indian Residential Schools curriculum, which was a recommendation of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee report released in June. The curriculum developed by the First Nations Education Steering Committee is currently being trialled in Grade 5 classes. Next year it will be mandatory in Grade 5 classes and trialled in Grades 10, 11 and 12. Casgrain said the IRS content aligned with Ministry’s new curriculum for students in kindergarten to Grade 9, which includes First Nations education in every grade. “That’s been a real shift for us,” she said. “It has been taught before but it’s nice to have it in a very structured, strategic way.”

Building Insight Written by Terry Fulljames, AmeriSpec Smithers B.C.

Avalanche Guards GFCI and AFCI

Avalanching snow and ice can be a considerable safety hazard, causing Protected Circuits and damage to personal property and Receptacles increasing liability. Installing GFCI conditions receptacles outside With varied climate throughout your home or near water sources Canada, the implications of sliding snow and icesignificantly on roofs can improves be differentelectrical in each region from year where to year. itOther factors most such as roof safety is needed design, roofing material, colour and pitch are Ground-fault circuithow interrupter, or GFCI, is a fastfactors regarding the snow is retained acting circuit breaker (surge detector) designed to cut onoff a roof. electric power in the event of a ground-fault within Iceasaccumulations on roofsGFCIs can be destruclittle as 1/40 of a second. protects against Gas furnace can be hazard, rated the theand most commonefficiency formwhich of electrical shock tive dangerous, are most often ground-fault. (Where personHigh becomesand the path as Low, Medium and related to warm attica temperatures an to ground for electricity.) It also protects against fires, attic heat source. Wood burning chimneys or overheating, and destruction of wire insulation. A open chimney chases causeflowing roof snow Each furnace the type has can identifiable features GFCI monitors amount of current fromthat hot can determine theitand approximate to neutral. Ifuse theretoistemperatures any imbalance, trips the circuit. toyou melt in freezing ice to efficiency the unit.a mismatch as small as 4 or 5 It isatable toeaves sense form theof of the building. Excessive milliamps, which greatly improves safety over the winter attic heat can alsobreaker be Efficiency caused by Guide to Furnace standard 15 amp circuit found on most limited attic ventilation, or poorlyafter domestic wiring circuits. Allinsulation GFCIs manufactured mid-2006 are designed to tell Canadian you when they fail sealed vapour barrier.combustion Most Low Pilot/open 55%roof to 72% indicating failure by shutting off power permanently. manufacturers do not supply Medium Pilot/Closed Format or promote 78% avalanche guards due to the variables men(mobile homes) tioned, which can cause product failure. GFCIs Medium Electronic Ignition 80% to 83% manufactured Many roof manufacturers will recommend Exhaust fan before 2006 need anHigh engineer Condensing when inquiring about avalanche electronic to with 98%a to be90% tested guards. The ignition best avalanche guard designs PVC venting proper receptacle

How to Identify Gas Furnace Efficiency

tester as the aging components become Low efficiency furnaces have largecan metal exhaust faulty. pipes 5 or 6 inches in diameter and an opening to

Low Efficiency

allow in room air. Low efficiency gas furnaces often have a visible pilot light or small flame in the burner area. These types of furnaces were installed in the 70’s and early 80’s in this region.

Building Insight Written by Terry Fulljames AmeriSpec Smithers B.C.

Arc-Fault circuit interrupters or AFCIs provide additional safety for electrical circuits inside the home. AFCIs (receptacle or breaker) are primarily designed to protect against electrical fires caused by arcing. An electrical arc is a 2000 degree electrical spark that that is generated by loose or damaged wiring and is the primary cause of electrical house fires in North America. AFCI receptacles provide convenience by allowing the circuit to be reset at the source without going to the electrical panel. The AFCI breaker like the GFCI receptacle can protect all receptacles Mid gas furnaces Draft Induction fan & motor and efficient wiring downstream. AFCI circuits are oftenpart smaller size, Electrical became of the in Canadian often open onElectrical the front of the cabinet. Theventing Canadian Code have in 2003. Exhaust venting is the typically 4 inches in diameter. Code typically follows U.S. National Other features the AFCI draft induction fan (exhaust Electrical Code, are where circuit Crushed leaking roofing for due to fan) and/are electronic ignition. (Spark ignition)damage These breakers nowmetal required allavalanche types were installed in the protected 80’s and 90’s . So AFCI interior rooms are very strong and well anchored into the wiring is expanding and becoming a trusses orfuture rafters thetestbuilding. . Noteof that buttons part of ourEfficiency High aremany generally green or High blueclips but earlier In applications, and snow stops efficiency gas furnaces versions of AFCI breakers are yellow. get damaged or torn away. Avalanche guards have white PVC vent pipes

Mid Efficiency

and lower sometimes ABS. are needed to protect roofsblack from impact Drain lines are often present to damage. Entrance areas, parking areas and carry condensate areas where there is foot traffic are require Terry Fulljames (condensation) to aall nearby Certifiedfloor Home Inspector avalanche protection. For successful rain drain. Condensate pumps Journeyman Carpenter are also a common set up on as gutter installation, mount the gutters as low Home Builder / Energy Advisor the floor next to the furnace. 25 years Industry Experience possible on the fascia board, out of the sliding furnaces first Indoor These Air Quality / Mould /were Radon Specialist snow trajectory. Use double installed in the gutter supports and add metal guards if possible, to theleaf 90’s and (250) 847-3222 are still in strengthen the assembly. Review your attic for use today. heat loss, solar heat gain and adequate ventilation to prevent issues with ice.

Honesty ● Integrity ● Expert Advice Terry Fulljames

Certified Home Inspector Journeyman Carpenter Home Builder / Energy Advisor 25 years Industry Experience Indoor Air Quality/ Mould/ Radon Specialist

250 847-3222

(250) 635-3222 Call us today for Property Inspections

Honesty Integrity Expert Advice



The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Published by Black Press Ltd. 3764 Broadway Avenue, Smithers BC V0J 2N0


Publisher Grant Harris, Editor Chris Gareau CANADIAN COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER AWARD 2013


Web poll Should the Town of Smithers build a permanent washroom at Bovill Square?

No 28%

Yes 72%

Rainbow crosswalk is about ideology not diversity

GUEST VIEW Mark Penninga


n his column entitled “What’s in a rainbow?” Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach shared his reasons for supporting a rainbow crosswalk on Main Street to celebrate those who identify as LGBTQ. While the desire to treat everyone with dignity and respect is most commendable, Bachrach’s article is a great illustration of how secular efforts

to celebrate “diversity” are both an illusion and contradictory. Mayor Bachrach points to examples in the past century where some people were not treated equally under the law: people of colour, women, and aboriginals. He then links the rainbow crosswalk and the celebration of a diversity of sexual lifestyles to these past wrongs. But the comparison is faulty. Members of the LGBTQ community, like all other born Canadians, are treated equally under the law, also in small towns like Smithers. How somebody views their sexuality won’t affect whether they can vote, what taxes they pay, and what education they receive, among other things. Comparing this to incidents from the past where people were denied basic human rights and

freedoms diminishes what these other marginalized groups experienced. As the mayor admits, this is not about equality, it’s about celebration of a lifestyle. The reason why I, and many others in the Bulkley Valley, will not join Mayor Bachrach in celebrating “alternative” sexual lifestyles is because I love my neighbours and care when people are being encouraged to be something or do something that is destructive. A 2011 study found that the suicide rate for people undergoing sex “reassignment” surgery was a staggering 19 times greater than the general public. Not long ago, the American College of Pediatricians sent a letter to school officials that stated “children with Gender Identity Disorder (when a child desires to

be the opposite sex) will typically lose this desire by puberty, if the behaviour is not reinforced ... [but] when parents or others allow or encourage a child to behave and be treated as the opposite sex, the confusion is reinforced and the child is conditioned for a life of unnecessary pain and suffering.” Unnecessary pain and suffering. That is what happens when society celebrates something that hurts rather than heals, and confuses rather than helps. Mayor Bachrach’s argument is also contradictory. The mayor opposed a motion by the public for a pro-life crosswalk. Embryology, genetics and biology prove without a doubt that preborn human beings are unique, living human beings (they don’t

InteriorNEWS THE

Serving Smithers, the Bulkley Valley, the Hazeltons and District, Houston and District, and published on Wednesday of each week at 3764 Broadway Avenue, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0 Copyright number 321634. Stories, photographs, illustrations, designs and type styles in The Interior News are the property of the copyright holders, its illustrations repo services and advertising agencies. Reproduction in whole or in part, without written permission, is specifically prohibited. Authorized as second-class mail by the Post Office Department, Ottawa, and for payment of postage in cash. PM40007014

magically transition from some other species to human when they leave the birth canal). Yet they are granted zero legal protection in Smithers or anywhere else in Canada. Preborn children aren’t even given the most basic human right — life. The fact that Mayor Bachrach and council decided that a crosswalk devoted to the plight of preborn humans is not worthy of consideration is a colossal contradiction. It’s another reminder that this debate is really about promoting a particular ideology. Mayor Bachrach claims the motivation is all about diversity and tolerance, but then makes it clear that diversity and tolerance only apply to those who share his views. He writes that the rainbow crosswalk is “a statement that discrimination or

hate based on sexual orientation and gender identity will not be tolerated in our town and on our streets.” In other words, we must celebrate what he celebrates and this crosswalk is a visible reminder of that. This debate isn’t about tolerance or diversity. If it was, council would have supported both crosswalk proposals. Municipal governments exist to govern, not engage in advocacy efforts for causes of their choice. In this free country, the town should leave it to the citizens to promote their respective beliefs and ideologies. — Mark Penninga is the Executive Director of ARPA Canada (Association for Reformed Political Action) and lives with his family in Smithers.


MEMBER: B.C. and Yukon Community Newspaper Association Canadian Community Newspapers Association International Newspaper Promotion Association B.C. Press Council THE INTERIOR NEWS IS A POLITICALLY INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED EVERY WEDNESDAY BY BLACK PRESS GROUP LTD.

SUBSCRIPTION RATES including GST: Local – $40.50 per year Seniors – $30.00 per year Out of Area – $55.00 per year USA – $230.62 per year

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Periodical Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Interior News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to B.C. Press Council, PO Box 1356, Ladysmith,B.C. V9G 1A9. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

The Interior News

L ETTERS Smithers a welcome haven Editor: My brother, Brian Burrill, just sent me Mayor Taylor Bachrach’s column about the proposed rainbow crosswalk in Smithers. It was such a coincidence that I should read it first thing this morning when the last thought I had last night (Friday) before retiring  was the horror in Paris.  I am a mother of four and my husband and I live   in the Greater Vancouver area. Would that leaders and followers alike in war-torn countries could also read your article! Smithers will be a welcome haven for citizens seeking safety and community in this very uncertain world we live in today if the residents of your town embrace your philosophy and treat their fellow Smithereens with dignity and respect. I applaud you and your council for your courage and look forward to visiting your scenic village again and seeing the rainbow for myself. Frankie Dosen Ladner, B.C.

Wilderness values versus forestry development Editor: The Forest Practices Board recently did a Special Investigation of our Forest Stewardship Plans (FSP) and asked the question, “Are they meeting expectations?” In their August 2015 report they basically give FSP a failing grade. The public gobbles up nice words like stewardship or sustainability when it comes to commercial forestry development. The chief forester reviews the annual allowable cut and we are told that our logging of the forests is sustainable with a nice touch of stewardship, which implies we are looking after not just sawlog inventories, but also other values


like wild ecosystems, fish and wildlife, not to mention scenic values. Our five year development plans and open houses were replaced with these FSPs; so how is that working? Very poorly. Lately our northern communities have been concerned about pipelines as we should be, but have you taken a drive in the backcountry lately using logging roads for access?  And some may be fortunate to take a float plane or helicopter ride, say north towards Fort Babine and unto the Babine River and Sustut River,  or maybe up the Morice River watershed and beyond. And when you are passing Houston, take a look at the world’s largest sawmill with the dismantled Houston Forest Products mill along side.  You betcha, go after that pine beetle-infested wood as fast as possible because when it’s dead it’s no good to anyone, right?  Hey, and check out the Babine River Corridor Class A Provincial Park with all it’s plans, the park known in B.C. as the Winnie Sausage Park because it is so thin and now almost completely surrounded by roads and clearcuts.  But that is stewardship, right?  And we can sustain the cut out there, right?  Sawlogs forever, right? I think we are articulate and smart enough to know the truth about wilderness values versus development ... and the end result is less values, not sustainability of a large cross section of original values. Pierce Clegg Smithers

Billboard blues Editor:

The ongoing billboard battle at the Telkwa transfer station turnoff flies in the face of anything respectful, responsible, or humane. Regularly this message board is vandalized with black paint to be replaced by various takes on a theme ringing with judgement and accusing  anyone who dare ... animals and children are pictured above searing words that include


Letters to the editor policy

Letters are welcomed up to a maximum of 250 words. Letters are subject to editing for clarity, brevity and legality. All letters must include the writer’s name, daytime telephone number and hometown for verification purposes. Anonymous, or pen names will not be permitted. Not all submissions will be published. Letters may be e-mailed to: editor@


Grant Harris Publisher

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

abortion. When the black paint is thrown at the message I’m struck with the idea that someone is hurt. I am remembering two friends of mine from years ago who shared with me what it was like for their abortion. I’ve never forgotten their faces, contorted, tight with grief and tears and with a conviction they had done the right thing. “Ending the start of a new life,” always looming large in their story. Being responsible. Doing the right thing in their here and now. Both women went on in later years to have children. Another woman I worked with once told me in our discussions on this topic that she believed life starts with “the twinkle in your eyes.” Hmm, hard to argue with that, and we didn’t. I have never forgotten my painful experience of two miscarriages that left me feeling desperate as my biological time clock ticked by. I so much wanted to be a mother and give my husband another chance to be the father he wanted to be. But twice at three months, what passed through me was not “a child” and not “a Canadian citizen.” Physically, nothing remotely like that. But a spark, a beginning, a hope … a twinkle. It was devastating at the time but I was fortunate and did get to bear the child I so hoped for. I believe this topic, like euthanasia, is such a sensitive, delicate, emotional and important conversation that a billboard is not the place for it and does not do it justice. I wish that billboard would just be removed once and for all, and the conversation moved to a forum where all sides are respected, face to face, with compassion. Linda Brown Telkwa

GTO not the Gitxsan Nation Editor: Open letter to the Gitxsan Nation: Gitxsan Treaty Society does not represent the Gitxsan Nation. Here’s why: GTO excludes all Gitxsan membership. GTO holds their AGM at their own private offices. GTO investments are never audited. GTO investments were all failures. Deloitte assessment was never address to the Nation.


Chris Gareau Editor

Laura Botten Front Office

Gimlitwit chiefs are the boss. GTO does business for the Gimlitwit chiefs. GTO negotiators are directors. Gitxsan Ayook completely violated. What is needed is a new structure and new leaders who are accountable to the Gitxsan Nation and knows about investment and how business operates. Norm Johnson Concerned Gitxsan

Shedding light on share sheds closure Editor: Mark Twain quipped that “the truth is much too valuable a commodity to be wasted on the general public,” and I feel that there are implications of this quote relating to the very abrupt closure of the Regional District of BulkleyNechako’s share sheds last month without any advance public notice or consultation. Consultation meetings were scheduled and held but were dominated by an agenda totally concerned with changing the operation to prevent the deposition of unsuitable and dangerous items. Fears about litigation were also cited and the closure was justified as a “public safety” issue primarily all done, of course, for our own good. A chilling phrase indeed, and reminds me of trips to the woodshed with my father for “correction.” In over five years of being a volunteer in the Telkwa share shed, the most dangerous situation I ever encountered was broken glass on the floor; sure, there were many items that I moved to the transfer station because they were just junk. This shed and concept is beyond reproach, rather, it is an inspirational institution that should be copied and multiplied; so if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! The handout at the meeting in Telkwa Oct. 6 encouraged people to suggest ways to change the operation to prevent the deposition of dangerous items, etc. My feelings about what I consider bizarre and extremely rare occurrences can be summed up by Forrest Gump: “shit happens.” And of course people, it is a garbage or refuse dump. It also smacks, in my opinion, of the oft-employed reverse scientific method: you begin the process backwards, starting with a conclusion (like close down the sheds) and work backwards


frantically trying to justify your conclusions, often resorting to the bizarre, illogical and just plain desperate. This is all facilitated by today’s climate of fashionable paranoia. I’m sure someone wants these buildings shut down and there is a possibility these objects might have been deliberately placed there or even lied about, by persons unknown. In the last few years I noticed the shed at Telkwa being emptied almost daily, thus destroying the utility of it. I wrote the Regional District and asked if someone was unilaterally doing it or was it policy, and I never received a reply to my question. Let’s for a moment examine all possibilities by using a police investigation technique, namely the M.O.M. method to try and discover what’s happening, really happening, here. M stands for means, O is for opportunity and M is for motive (who profits?). Chris La Sha Smithers

Keep CBC free in BV Editor: Viewers of free CBC TV overthe-air (rather than via cable or satellite) may not know there are plans to discontinue CBC service through the CFTK-TV affiliate. It seems to have been kept very quiet, but Bell Media (owners of CFTK) with the agreement of the CBC have applied to the CRTC for disaffiliation effective Feb. 21, 2016. The current programming would be replaced by CTV-2. I have written the CBC asking if or how they plan to replace access, but have received no reply as yet. The applications documents suggest little impact on viewers as CBC can be obtained via cable, satellite or internet — not so simple for many of us in the hinterland. Those concerned with this loss of access to CBC TV, should consider filing an objection with the CRTC via their web site ( The deadline for comment is Nov. 27. It is cryptic to find, but is under ´Business and Licencing´,   then ´Participate in a Proceeding´ under the ´View Broadcast Proceedings´ menu, then scrolling the list for Bell Media disaffiliation from CBC. I suggest also expressing your desire to continue over-the-air service to the CBC via their web site ( Doug Steventon Kroeker Road

THE INTERIOR NEWS, P.O. Box 2560, Smithers, B.C. 3764 Broadway Ave. • Phone 847-3266 Fax 847-2995 NEWS: • ADVERTISING:

Jill Boland Production

Diane Nikolic Office Assistant

Nick Briere Sales Representative

Alicia Bridges Reporter

Xuyun Zeng Reporter


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

N EWS Chicken crossing road to bylaw adoption

The Interior News

From ROOST on Front

$100 for a third if the offences occur within a year of each other. Flocks must be registered with A court summons would be the town at a cost of $15. issued for a fourth offence. Community gardens zoned The bylaws passed third P1 would also reading with be allowed to only Coun. tend a flock of Frank Wray “Ultimately it really a dozen. An opposed. He a m e n d m e n t comes down to common said at earlier to remove P1 that sense and being good meetings zones as a he thought hen haven was f a r m i n g neighbours,” defeated, but should stay in -Mayor Taylor Bachrach a g r i c u l t u r a l the bylaw still only allows P1 zones. zones with a “Ultimately community garden to have hens. it really comes down to common The setback was lowered from sense and being good neighbours, three metres to 1.5 metres, similar and that’s something that to what Terrace has. Telkwa has Smithereens are quite good at,” no setback for its coops. The said Bachrach when asked about bylaw was based on Town staff ’s issues like smell and noise. investigation into how other Chicken keepers are allowed towns and cities have dealt with to keep up to three cubic feet of residential poultry. manure in an enclosed structure. “When concerns like that come For clarification, the Town forward, what I always ask myself defined a hen as “a domesticated is are they doing this anywhere female chicken that is at least else, and have they experienced four months old.” problems,” said Bachrach. The mayor does not expect to “What we’ve heard is that be housing hens himself. by and large, people are quite “I don’t know if we’ll actually responsible and they haven’t get backyard chickens. It actually experienced any serious sounds like a lot of work, and problems.” from what I hear from other Fees for failure to meet hen people it’s not necessarily less keeping regulations are $50 for a expensive than buying eggs at the first offence, $75 for a second and store,” said Bachrach.

Come Cheer your Champions Smithers Steelheads vs

Your transition to less pain and more mobility.

Terrace River Kings

Josina Rhebergen BHSc. MPT We are pleased to have Josina return to the Bulkley Valley and join our Transitions team. She will begin providing treatment on Dec. 1, 2015.

What’s New! • • • • •

We are now direct billing with Pacific Blue Cross. We now offer dry needling or IMS in addition to anatomical acupuncture. As of Dec. 1st, we will ensure that all requests for new assessments will be filled within one week of contact. Kate will be returning to treat clients on a part-time basis on Jan. 5, 2016. Gabe will be returning to treat clients in the first quarter of 2016. Commencing Jan. 5th, the clinic will extend its hours on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8:30am-8:30pm.

Everyone welcome. No referrals required. TEL: (250) 877-7575 1260 King Street, Smithers

CH Portman Physical Therapist Corp.

Sat. Nov. 21 Smithers Arena Puck Drop 7:30 pm

Bring your friends!

Admission: Adults $8.00 Seniors & Children $5.00 at the Door.

The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Northern Gateway should be dead: Nathan Cullen From CULLEN on A3 With Trudeau issuing a mandate letter to Minister of Transport Marc Garneau that included a directive to formalize a moratorium on crude oil tanker traffic on British Columbia’s North Coast, Cullen want to see a bulk oil export ban for B.C.’s north coast passed into law. “It should be dead. Trudeau campaigned on rejecting that pipeline. I can’t see a scenario in which he’s able to wiggle out of that,” said Cullen. “What we’re asking for right now is the commitment to a legislative tanker ban on bulk oil exports. That is the standard; that is what people in the North have been asking for, for many, many years. Now is our opportunity to do it.” The local MP also believed that reforming Canada’s voting system to replace its current firstpast-the-post method of choosing the country’s elected representatives could be done before the next election in four years. “Elections Canada has told us they need somewhere around 18 months, give or take ... so with the next election being four years away, that gives us enough time to consult with Canadians, experts, other countries,” said Cullen.

“As the NDP, we’ve been campaigning and learning about electoral reform for generations ... so we have a running start.” The system preferred by the NDP is mixed member proportional, where representatives would be chosen for each riding as they are now, but another number of seat in Parliament would be reserved for MPs elected from a list drawn up by the parties. The number of MPs from each party would depend on the percentage of the popular vote garnered the parties, likely with a minimum percent before making it in the House of Commons. Cullen said the candidate list would still be made democratically the way he sees it. “We’ve seen some innovation on that where that list that is drawn up to top up the Parliament also has a democratic element to it; that it’s not a list simply chosen by the party executive exclusively, that there would be some type of nomination process through the party system so that members of each party would be able to vote and cast ballots for whoever gets placed on that list,” explained Cullen. “That would make it a lot more accountable to Canadians and less accountable just to a party executive or a party leader.”

Teach online safety in school, experts say By Tom Fletcher Black Press

Instruction to protect children from “cyberbullying” should be included in B.C.’s new school curriculum, according to a new report from the province’s independent child welfare and privacy officers. The B.C. government’s school anti-bullying program was put in place in June 2012. Four months later, 15-year-old Amanda Todd posted a video of her online treatment before she killed herself at her Port Coquitlam home, putting an international face on the dangers faced by young people socializing online. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond and Information and Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham surveyed the laws and strategies in place inside and outside B.C. since then. Their report, presented Friday to the B.C. government, calls for more measures in schools in addition to the ERASE (Expect Respect And a Safe Education) strategy put in place in 2012. That strategy provides for anonymous reporting by students or parents of bullying, either online or in person.

The report calls for the education ministry to “ensure that developmentally appropriate learning objectives about cyberbullying and digital citizenship be included in the provincial school curriculum and delivered to all school-age children as soon as possible.” Education Minister Mike Bernier said Friday the new school curriculum, which began implementation this fall, already includes “a focus on bullying behaviour and discrimination starting in Grade 4.” Bernier said in a statement the ministry has developed resources for teachers, with course objectives for different grades “about cyberbullying, internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication.” Denham and Turpel-Lafond cite research showing that 99 per cent of young people have online access outside of school, and that by Grade 11, more than half sleep with their phones nearby so they can exchange messages at night. They caution against parental efforts to monitor young people’s communications around the clock, or to cut off their access. “For young people, halting use of social media, websites, cellphones or email accounts is an impractical solution,” the report states. “It would be equivalent to house arrest and social deprivation.”

Smithers Motocross Association 2015 Annual General Meeting Smithers Moto-X Associations Annual General Meeting will be held Thursday Nov 26. at the Smithers Legion in the front room at 7 pm. Please come and check it out if you like the sport of Moto-X. We will have positions available if you would like to become a director. Snacks will be provided. Contact Aaron at 250-877-2604



of the Valley

CHRISTMAS FAIR at the Old Church King & 2nd Avenue

Door Prizes

Taking place - Nov 27 & 28 Come & join us for warmth and happy feelings. Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows from Kimberly’s Kitchen and Concession by Telkwa Take out food services. Support local artisans with your Christmas shopping.

Nov. 27th – 5pm to 9pm • Nov 28th – 10 to 4pm

Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Land Act: FILE #6408870 Take notice that Tanya Dawn Belsham from Houston, B.C. has applied to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for a Crown Grant – Direct Sale situated on provincial Crown land, located at THAT PART OF SECTION 5 TOWNSHIP 9, RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT, off of Walcott Road, Houston, B.C. The Lands file number for this application is 6408870. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to the Skeena Stikine Land Officer of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (Bag 6000, 3333 Tatlow Road, Smithers, B.C. V0J 2N0). Comments will be accepted by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations up to December 6, 2015. The ministry may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit the website at for more information. Be advised that any response to this advertisement will be considered part of the public record. For more information, contact the Freedom of Information Advisor at the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations’ office in Smithers.

Quality Appliance & Fireplace Centre Fall Clearance Sale! SAVE $345



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Interior News

The Interior News

N EWS Telkwa hears crime concerns By Xuyun Zeng Telkwa/Interior News

Crime in Telkwa stirred up significant discussion at the last regular council meeting held last Monday. Wilfred Fuerst raised the issue of vandalism and theft during the second public comment opportunity, and this spiralled into discussions of crime on the airstrip, liability concerns and the police. “We just got broken into again, to a tune of about $10,000 worth of tools. It’s got to stop,” said Fuerst. “We fill up an excavator with fuel, we come back the next morning over there, its pump’s dry.” Fuerst complained that his report to the police yielded little result. Coun. Brad Layton also had diesel siphoned, and suggested that council look into organizing a Citizen on Patrol scheme in Telkwa. Coun. Leroy Dekens concurred. “Maybe it’s time to get a group together, or the town together, and say, ‘Look, we need to get together as a community and stop this,’ “said Dekens after encountering communal apathy about vandalism on public benches. Fuerst also raised concerns that crimes often happen when revellers party at the Telkwa airstrip. “I really pushed in the last council to get that stopped,” replied Layton. “But there seemed to be a lack of will by the community itself to do something.” “I think we need to [get] to the point where it becomes dangerous financially for the kids to do that.” Layton said that this opens the village to liability if mishaps happens at the airstrip, especially if council does not take action. “We phoned the cops ... when we knew plans of parties were coming up” said Layton. “Me and my brother sitting there, heard the cops talking on the scanner that, ‘Well, we better make a trip out there, but we’ll stay just out on the road, because the council in Telkwa wants us to.’ ” “But they weren’t going to do anything. They didn’t go in or anything like that.”

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Coun. Coralee Karrer suggested that the Village should keep records on how the police respond to complaints. “So that if it does come down to what Mr. Fuerst is saying that we aren’t getting response from the police and we’ve kept good records to say ‘why isn’t this happening,’ then we have something concrete,” said Karrer. Mayor Darcy Repen said council has regular meetings with the Smithers RCMP, and would bring up this concern to them if there is evidence to support the complaints heard at council. “It doesn’t mesh with what I hear when I’m meeting with the detachment commander, and I have every belief that he’s doing the best that he can, but if it’s not doing what we need, we follow up with them,” said Repen. Smithers RCMP commander Staff Sgt. Rob Mitchell said theft and vandalism cases require evidence or witnesses before they can act on it. “The RCMP often have strong suspicions regarding who is responsible; however, definite proof is required for charges,” read an email statement from Mitchell. In the same statement, he said Telkwa airstrip patrols will be increased in response to concerns. “Loud parties ... are an ongoing issue in all communities,” read the email. “Police will often attend, break up the party, and then need to return again as it has resumed.” “Police also have concerns about displacing the problem to another location when alcohol and vehicles are involved.” In other council news, councillors have voted to have a voice amplification system installed in council chambers should they have the funds. Council is looking to buy a $1,367 Redcat Access system after council heard feedback during the Oct. 13 council meeting that people in the public gallery could not hear them. They also want a 30-day trial so that they can test it out. A bylaw adjustment which proposed lower searching fees has also passed third reading. If adopted, the general search fee and archival search fee will change from $15 and $20 per hour respectively to $7.50 per 15 minutes after the first three hours. It also proposed that documents that are currently free for residents will only be free for residents who have no computer access.

Like Us

~ ~ Get up-to-date news, event info, classifieds & more!

oast Mountains Board of Education School District 82 Coast Mountains School 82applications is accepting applications for the following positions: Coast Mountains School District 82 District is accepting for the following positions: • ELECTRICIAN Hazelton Maintenance Department Terrace Maintenance Department (other(temporary qualified trades may be considered) 1 year) Detailed information on these postings can be found on our website at Hazelton Maintenance Department (other qualified trades may be considered) Application deadline: November 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm


Detailed information on these postings can be found on our website

For information, please contact: Kyla Magnusson, Human Resources Officer, at atfurther 250-638-4440 or email:

Application deadline: October 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

For further information, please contact: Kyla Magnusson, Human Resources Officer, at 250-638-4440 or email


It’s absolutely FREE! You qualify for FREE gifts and coupons if you’ve moved to the area or had a baby within the last year.

Bringing Local Community information & gifts

Laura 250-846-5742

*Covering Smithers & Area

Advertising space donated by The Interior News

St. Joseph’s Parish AnnuAl BAzAAr takes place

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 in the school auditorium

2-4 p.m.

Everyone welcome, bring a friend, enjoy the day.

norTHWesT GUiDe oUTfiTTers AssoCiATion


Conference, Annual Banquet, Auction & Dance

at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge AGM / Conference: Friday & Saturday November 27th & 28th Banquet : Saturday, November 28th

Brianna Corfe

October No Cavity Club Winner

Display Ad Deadline 3:00 Thursday

Brianna receives 2 movie passes for her perfect dental checkup.

Smithers Plaza

For appointments 250.847.2722


Cocktails - 6:00 pm Banquet - 7:00 pm followed by Awards & Auction Dance to follow $40 Per Person

TiCkeTs AvAiLABLe from: Hetherington & Hooper, outdoor essentials & smithers Lumber Yard Call 250-842-6011 for more information


The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Have a Story?

New health centre for Moricetown

By Alicia Bridges Moricetown/Interior News

There was a joyous celebration in Moricetown on Friday to mark the launch of a new $2.7 million health centre, which community leaders say will help reduce the need for travel to Smithers. Established by the Moricetown Band, with funding from the First Nations Health Authority, the new building will house 15 existing staff. A nurse practitioner and assistant will also be hired later this year so the centre can offer most of the services of a normal doctor’s office. The new building has 15 rooms, which will be used to deliver family counselling, mental health and addictions services, community health, dental care and patient travel assistance. It also has a consultation

room where the nurse practitioner will work, and a new laboratory to accommodate visiting pharmacists. Health care services for the Wet’suwet’en community, which has a population of about 800 on-reserve according to the Moricetown Band, were previously delivered from a series of separate trailers and offices. Staff at the opening offered tours of the new facility before elders dressed in their traditional regalia to officially launch the building. People crowded around the entrance with smartphones and cameras, ducking and kneeling to get a clear view of the elders as they cut the ribbon. Moricetown Health director Ron Mitchell, who is also a Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief, said the new building was the culmination of about 15 years of talks and about six years of planning.

Let us know

250-847-3266 Email Find us on Facebook at Smithers Interior News

TO ALL NOT-FOR- PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS Bulkley Valley Community Foundation Call for Grant Applications 2016 Grant Funding

Singers at the Moricetown Health Centre opening.

Alicia Bridges photo

He said employing the nurse practitioner in partnership with Northern Health would reduce the need for residents to travel to Smithers for treatment. “[Travel] is a concern, there’s some elders and some young people on limited income and they don’t have vehicles,” said Mitchell. Moricetown Band deputy chief Sheri Green said the new

location on Beaver Road would be more accessible for seniors. She also mentioned reducing travel to other communities as a major benefit of having the new centre. “Even Smithers can be a long trek for people so being able to have a facility that can accommodate having specialists come to the community also makes a difference,” said Green.


The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation serves local community needs for Topley, Granisle, Houston, Telkwa, Smithers, The Hazeltons and Kitwanga areas. Grant Applications are now being accepted from October 1 to November 30, 2015, from Not For Profit Organizations within the service area. Projects must be commenced & completed in 2016. Special Funding is also being granted to organizations providing Education Services in Houston & Area and Special Needs in Smithers & Telkwa. NOTE: Applications will only be accepted via email. For further information contact: BV Community Foundation P.O.Box 4584, Smithers, B.C. VOJ 2N0 Phone: 250- 847-3310 e.mail - Houston – Dee McRae 250-845-2550 The Hazeltons –Colleen Burns 250-842-6842 The application forms and Information/Policies packages are available in digital format from our web site

Third party advertising is any election advertising not sponsored by a candidate or elector organization. If you advertise as a third party from November 24, 2015 to January 9, 2016 in the 2016 Coast Mountains School District (SD82) By-election, you have rules to follow under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act:

You must register with Elections BC as a third party sponsor before conducting any advertising.

You must include your name and contact information on all advertising.

You must not sponsor advertising on behalf of, or together with, a candidate or elector organization.

You must file a disclosure statement with Elections BC by Friday, April 8, 2016.

To learn more about the rules and to download registration forms and the Third Party Sponsor Guide to Local Elections in B.C., visit Media outlets cannot publish or transmit election advertising on General Voting Day, Saturday, January 9, 2016.

Interested in getting the latest news and information? Want to share your thoughts on what’s happening in your community? Like us on Facebook and share the link with a friend! 1- 8 55 - 9 52- 0 2 8 0 SmithersInteriorNews

The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Fire burns newly bought car

Granisle school over budget By Flavio Nienow Black Press

Andrew Kaufman (left) observing the scene as firefighters prepare to put out an engine bay fire on his newly acquired Honda.

Xuyun Zeng photo

By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Andrew Kaufman has been down on his luck. His truck broke down a few days ago, and on Sunday, a Honda that he bought off a friend set itself on fire. “I was washing dishes in my front window and I see smoke coming, passing my window. So I thought the neighbour’s was on fire,” said Kaufman. “I walked outside, and the car was on fire. Smoking away.” The fire started in its engine bay. A fire truck

with five firefighters arrived at his home around 1:30 p.m. The ordeal ended just before 2 p.m. “It’s been sitting there for two weeks,” said Kaufman. “I’m assuming — looks like the battery — something started it there. I have no idea.” When Kaufman bought the car, he had to tow it home as it needed work. He had just ordered in a timing belt which he said would have arrived on Monday. The car would then be up and running. Instead, he is now thinking of sending the car to the junkyard or donating it. Asked if the community can help him, he said, “I think I’ll be OK.”

TPP, WTO, NAFTA, Economics. Trade Policies, What can a rabbit do?


The total cost of Granisle’s Babine Elementary-Secondary School revitalization was $7,727,912, $452,418 over the projected budget. School District 91 secretary treasurer Darlene Turner said the project went over budget due primarily to shortages of trades labour and acquisition of materials. “In particular, there was a delay in manufacturing the modular [classrooms],” said Turner. The Ministry of Education contributed $5.28 million toward the project and School District 91 contributed the remaining $2.45 million. The project started in September 2013 and included demolishing 60 per cent of the school, replacing education space with five modular

classrooms. They feature a bright, open design with high ceilings, and are meant to last 40 years. The project also included renovating the library, the multipurpose area and kitchen. The design and layout of the school is intended to support learning by including a variety of flexible learning environments from large open spaces to small one-on-one counselling rooms. The revitalization project was completed on Oct. 23 over a year after its expected completion date in September 2014. The Kindergarten to Grade 12 school opened its doors in 1967 to accommodate Granisle’s then rapidly growing population. At one point, the school had approximately 500 students. Currently there are 33 students enrolled. The revitalized school has a capacity of 95 students: 20 Kindergarten, 50 elementary and 25 secondary students.

Myths & realities:

Do you really know what your kids are up to? ▾ MYTH: Once kids join a gang there’s no hope for them: Reality: Gang members in B.C. come from every socio-economic background and all ethnicities. While racial, ethnic, and gender composition can vary by locality or type of gang, gangs are often as diverse as our communities and many do not restrict who joins as long as they can make money for the gang.

Be sure with us. Together, your local money multiplies. ?

? ?

? ? ?


? ?












? ?



? ?


? ?





? EU ▸ CFS


Gangs irls, and Youth, G gement blic Enga Report: mmunity 2015 Co


n and Pu Preventio


4646 10th Avenue New Hazelton, BC Ph: 250-842-2255 email:

Lakeview Mall 2365 Copeland Avenue Burns Lake, BC Houston, BC Ph: 250-692-7761 Ph: 250-845-7117 email: email:

3894 1st Avenue Smithers, BC Ph: 250-847-3255 email:

Read more by downloading your copy of the CFSEU-BC Community Report at and on your Black Press website at:


FT x Y




The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015














2015 SPARK

2015 SONIC

2015 CRUZE

$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 3,449 CREDIT

$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 3,899 CREDIT


$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 4,764




$17,245 MSRP


$19,495 MSRP





$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 5,751 CREDIT CASH

$23,820 MSRP



$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 7,410 CREDIT CASH


$28,755 MSRP

$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 9,580 CREDIT CASH


$37,050 MSRP



$47,900 MSRP


2015 TRAX




$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 5,242 CREDIT

$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 6,354 CREDIT


$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 8,193 CREDIT





$26,210 MSRP



$31,770 MSRP

$40,965 MSRP






$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 12,218

$ E.g. 20% = UP TO 11,073





$61,090 MSRP

$55,365 MSRP








ON NOW AT YOUR BC CHEVROLET DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. Chevrolet is a brand of General Motors of Canada. Offers apply to the cash purchase of a 2015 Impala, Equinox, Traverse, Silverado LD Crew, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax and Silverado Double Cab. License, insurance, registration, administration fees, dealer fees, PPSA and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC Chevrolet Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer trade may be required. * Applies to oldest 15% of dealer inventory on Impala, Equinox, Traverse, Silverado LD Crew and Silverado HD Gas models as of November 10th 2015 and all remaining 2015 Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax and Silverado Double Cab. Valid November 13 to 30, 2015 on cash purchases of select vehicles from dealer inventory. Not compatible with special lease and finance rates. Credit is tax exclusive and is calculated on vehicle MSRP, excluding any dealer-installed options. By selecting lease or finance offers, consumers are foregoing this cash credit which will result in higher effective interest rates. Dealer may sell for less. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. GM Canada may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. See dealer for details. ** The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who have purchased or leased a new eligible 2015 MY Chevrolet (excluding Spark EV), with an ACDelco® oil and filter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 40,000 km, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Limited reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ^^ Whichever comes first. See dealer for details.

Smithers Interior - August 19, 2010

Call Coast Mountain Chevrolet Buick GMC at 250-847-2214, or visit us at 4038 Yellowhead Highway 16 West, Smithers. [License #10041]

Smithers Interio

The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

























ON ALL 2015 SIERRA 1500 MODELS $57,215 MSRP


20% $11,642







20% $6,838








ON NOW AT YOUR BC GMC DEALERS. 1-800-GM-DRIVE. GMC is a brand of General Motors of Canada. Offers apply to the cash purchase of a 2015 Terrain, Acadia, Sierra LD Crew Cab, and Sierra LD Double Cabs. License, insurance, registration, administration fees, dealer fees, PPSA and taxes not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offers which may not be combined with other offers, and are subject to change without notice. Offers apply to qualified retail customers in BC GMC Dealer Marketing Association area only. Dealer trade may be required. * Applies to oldest 15% of dealer inventory on Terrain, Acadia, Sierra LD Crew Cab, Sierra HD gas models as of November 10, 2015, and all remaining 2015 Sierra LD Double Cabs. Valid November 13 to 30, 2015, on cash purchases of select vehicles from dealer inventory. Not compatible with special lease and finance rates. Credit is tax exclusive and is calculated on vehicle MSRP, excluding any dealer-installed options. By selecting lease or finance offers, consumers are foregoing this cash credit which will result in higher effective interest rates. Dealer may sell for less. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. GM Canada may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. See dealer for details.** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (

mithers Interior News - August 20, 2010

Call Coast Mountain Chevrolet Buick GMC at 250-847-2214, or visit us at 4038 Yellowhead Highway 16 West, Smithers. [License #10041]


O UR T OWN Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Interior News

Online bidding new in 2015 Rotary Auction By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

For the first time ever, people will be able to bid on the Rotary Auction online. Auction coordinator Frank Williams introduced online live bidding and pre-bidding on all items this year in order to reach out to a wider audience. “We’re kind of looking at it for the past few years and we thought, ‘Look, there’s got to be a way to reach out to some more people,” said Williams. “We figured that there would be a good way. We looked around for some systems that were already in existence and we found one that had actually been created by another Rotary Club in the States for exactly the same reasons that we had too.” In lieu of going to the auction on Nov. 25 and 26 at the Hudson Bay Lodge, or listening to the radio, bidders can go to to find a link to the online auction. “It’s still going to be on the radio,” said Williams, “We’re still doing everything basically the same way, we’re just adding a new component of it.” “We don’t want to change things too drastically, but hopefully by getting stuff out and having more information that you can view online, it will help people better choose the items that they want.” Since last Thursday, online bidders can place bids on

A division of

items such as flights, tours, gift certificates and services. All items were donated by the community. “Rotary Club of Smithers does lots of community projects. We have tons of things that we support yearly,” said Williams. Williams added that the funds from the Rotary Auction goes back into the community. He pointed out the funds have gone into building Heritage Park, the trail from Hudson Bay Mountain to town and funding bursaries. The recent Arts Fest was also funded by them, he said. Williams estimates that the Auction generates $25,000 to $30,000 on average. Every year, the Rotary Club selects a beneficiary where it donates a major portion of its proceeds. This year, the Smithers Mountain Bike Association will take half of the proceeds to develop its youth trails. “We were looking for projects that were coming up that we thought would benefit the community and of the ones that were brought to our attention, that was the one chosen by the committee,” said Williams. The Club’s committee saw this as a good choice because it was youth-oriented and believed that among the choices they had, this project would benefit the community the most. Last year, the Rotary Club funded the skate park expansion, donating $18,000 to them. In 2013, they donated $16,000 towards the construction of the

Smithers Steelheads players Ian Smith, Brendan DeVries and Randall Groot working the phone lines at last year’s Rotary Auction.

Chris Gareau photo

new arena. Williams believes that the Auction is a good time for people to kill two birds with one stone. “Christmas is coming, New Year’s coming up. There’s probably a lot of stuff that people are maybe planning on purchasing anyway,” said Williams. “So if it’s something that we got at the auction.” “There’s an opportunity to still get the things you wanted to and support the Rotary Club at the same time.”

Auction coordinator Frank Williams introduces online bidding as a new way people can bid on items.

Xuyun Zeng photo


The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Local ski cross Steelheads coach blames “hot athlete trains in goalie” for loss in Kitimat Swiss mountains By Xuyun Zeng

Smithers/Interior News

The Steelheads had their fortunes reversed last Saturday when they lost to the Kitimat Ice Demons 2-1. The Ice Demons broke the Steelheads’ three-win streak, which includes an Oct. 23 5-3 win against the Demons. Head coach Tom DeVries believes the loss lies in the Demons’ excellent goalkeeping by Brandon Highton. “We ran into one hot goaltender in Kitimat,” said DeVries. “Some guys figured we probably outshot them, probably a 40-30 kind of thing

— but just a rough guess. But he made some outstanding saves.” “Mind you, so did our goalie, hence the score 2-1. They scored late in the game.” DeVries thought the game went very well, but nothing seemed to get past Highton that night. “It was pretty back-andforth, they had some great chances and so had we,” said DeVries. “I think right off the get-go we were doing very well. Again, if we didn’t run into a hot goalie, we probably would have won 5-2, or 6-2” “I really did think we played well, we just didn’t score. “We had a lot of power

plays, “It’s hard to muster any specific person who had good scoring chances. “But I bet you we had about ten really good chances to just put the puck in there.” The Steelheads will play against the Terrace River Kings Nov. 21. They will have another match against Kitimat on Nov. 28. “Every game’s competitive,” said DeVries. “Again, we’ll just have a good practice on Wednesday.” “We haven’t played for a while, so maybe it was an issue not playing for a while and playing yesterday, but I still think we played well.”

SMITHEREENS WIN BIG AT KARATE AND KICKBOXING WORLDS Jason Oliemans competing for the Shamrock Cup this January.

Kendra Wong photo

By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Rather than waiting for winter to come to the Bulkley Valley, local ski cross athlete Jason Oliemans went to Switzerland where snow has already covered the ski hills. In the village of Saas-Fee, where its surrounding mountains are about 4,000 metres above sea level, Oliemans spent time with the best in ski cross. “It was a ski cross camp, and I was there with the Canadian

National Development Team as one of the invites,” said Oliemans. “It was just about a three-week camp where you’re training on snow and [I] had, I think, 11 days on the mountains skiing, and then also time in the village doing some dry land training ... between the ski days.” Oliemans believes he was chosen because he did very well last year at nationals. “The main goal was just improving our skills,” said Oliemans.

1492 Main Street, Smithers Ph. 250.847.3099 |



Smithereen Bronwyn Hobson wins a gold and bronze medal from the World Karate & Kickboxing Commission World Championships. Athletes from the Bulkley Valley earned 21 medals altogether, bringing back three gold, three silver and 15 bronze medals in a fiveday event held in Orlando, Fla. They have been practising under Marwan Abu Khadra at the Shogun Dojo in Smithers. Facebook photo

Book your holiday gathering! We would love to host your lunch or dinner gathering, or to entertain your group with an after work meeting or cocktail party, or cater your event! With over 100 craveable menu items, there is something for everyone!

Where in Smithers We’ll friends Make Yougather a Fan


The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

S PORTS Oliemans’ first time training overseas From SWISS on A17 “I think [in] most of Canada the ski hills don’t open until later on in the season and our hill opens the end of November and the first race for me is mid-December, so it’s a chance to get on snow and have some good training early on before the season kind of starts.” Oliemans met the best in ski cross from various countries at the camp. He found it a unique experience that everyone around him was speaking a different language, although there was not much of a language barrier as half of the people he met could speak English. “It was really good, I was actually really impressed with the snow ... there was a lot of snow there, especially this early, because the town is really high up in elevation,” said Oliemans. “Up there where we were, it was pretty much getting into full on winter by the time we were leaving which was end of October.” Ski cross is done on a downhill ski and four competitors go together at once. They navigate through a track with banks, turns and jumps and the first two who finish the course move on in the process of elimination. “It’s all about speed, first one down wins,” said Oliemans. Oliemans hopes to make it on the national development team this year. Entry onto the team is by invitation after achieving certain results and this is the gateway into the national team that goes to the World Cups. “This year, I’m planning on, for one, heading to quite a few more races than I went to last year and some higher level races,” said Oliemans. “The goal being hopefully by the end of this year ... making the national development team.” Oliemans has trained a lot in Canada, but this is the

first time Oliemans has trained overseas. “There was, I guess, a lot more to

think about, more than just skiing there. It was everything. On the hill, things

were different,” said Oliemans. “I’d say for me the most exciting part was probably just

being able to train and ski with phenomenal skiers from all over the world.”

New To You Thrift Store For sale An assortment of Skates (various sizes) and Hockey Equipment Proceeds will go to the Smithers Hospital for needed equipment.

3688 Broadway Street, Smithers 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Monday to Saturday Advertising space donated by The Interior News

A great deal just bubbled up. Save

$25/mo. for the first year.


$300 in savings.†

Save $25/mo. on TELUS Satellite TV for the first year when you bundle with Home Phone for 3 years.*

Call 1-800-661-2200 today, go to or visit your TELUS store. TELUS STORES Smithers 1215 Main St.

1276 Main St.

Burns Lake

Fraser Lake




100 Mile House

117 Hwy. 16

111 Chowsunket St.

3433 9th St.

657 Main St.

149A West Stewart St.

916 Alpine Ave.

*Offer is available until December 31, 2015, where access and line of sight permit, to residential customers who have not subscribed to TELUS TV in the past 90 days. TELUS Satellite TV is not available to residents of multi-dwelling units. Cannot be combined with other offers. TELUS reserves the right to modify channel lineups and packaging, and regular pricing without notice. HDTV-input-equipped television required to watch HD. Minimum system requirements apply. Final eligibility for the services will be determined by a TELUS representative. TELUS Home Phone and Long Distance service terms apply; visit for details. Taxes and 911 service charges are extra. †Regular prices will apply at the end of the promotional period. Rates include a $5/mo. discount for bundled services and a $3/mo. digital service fee. Bundle discount applicable for customers with more than one TELUS Home Service. The service agreement includes a free PVR rental and 2 free digital box rentals; current rental rates apply at the end of the term. A cancellation fee applies to the early termination of a service agreement and will be $10 for the digital boxes and PVR rental multiplied by the number of months remaining in the service agreement. Rental equipment must be returned in good condition upon cancellation of service, otherwise the replacement cost will be charged to the account. TELUS, the TELUS logo, TELUS Satellite TV, and the future is friendly are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. ©2015 TELUS. TELTP286_STV_SGL_SIN_8_83X12_vf.indd 1

11/9/15 3:49 PM

The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015



Athlete influx a boon for Smithers From SKI CROSS on Front “Our coaches also get to work and shadow the coaches that are here from the provincial team,” Did you hear? added Wengelin. The ski cross head coach also called the SSSC with a plan to hold a spring camp in Smithers in April for the national ski cross team and the development team. This camp was done at the Sunshine Village resort in Banff, Alta. last year. “Everybody sees something going on and all want to be part of it now,” said Pali. The construction of the ski and snowboard Wed., Nov. 25th cross track started in August by brushing of the 7 p.m. new track with an excavator and six club volunteers. Hudson Bay Lodge Wengelin said the next step is to track pack the course with the groomer as soon as there is enough Everyone welcome, come and find out what we snow. After that, he said the rough layout will start BVCU branch manager Gregory Wacholtz (right) with (left to right) have been up to this past year! by farming snow into required areas. Philippe Bernier, Jason Oliemans, Warren Pali, Gary Huxtable, and Jan Refreshments will be served. Volunteers and community support are what Wengelin donating $7,500 to the Ski and Snowboard Club. Chris Gareau photo make the events possible. With the bantam hockey provincial playing at the same time as the ski cross nationals, skis and skates will be filling hotel rooms throughout town, giving a big boost to restaurants and other businesses. That was part of the reason for the Bulkley Valley Credit Union’s donation of $7,500 to the RAV4 LE FWD model shown SSSC last Wednesday. The BVCU supported last 2015 RAV4 2015 RAV4 FWD LE Auto MSRP $26,220 incl. F+PDI year’s ski cross championship as well. LEASE FROM GET UP TO “Through our economic development $ committee, we took a look at it and felt that it OR $ definitely fit the mandate of the committee,” said semi-monthly/40 mos. CASHBACK BVCU branch manager Gregory Wacholtz. THAT’S LIKE PAYING $58 / WEEK “They proved themselves last year when they took on the championships that were held up there on very short notice, and that brought in a large number of people to the community ... That’s Corolla Sport model shown what drew our attention to it and made sense to 2016 COROLLA be involved.” 2016 COROLLA CE $17,580 MSRP incl. F+PDI The SSSC has seen a big jump in members LEASE FROM FINANCE FROM over the last five years, going from 38 members % $ OR to 132, with 25 new members this year. Wengelin semi-monthly/40 mos. APR / 48 MOS. said joining the club helps kids develop character THAT’S LIKE PAYING $36 / WEEK traits and life skills like many other sports, but the increase in membership came with a change in focus for the club. “We sort of took the race aspect out of the club and we put fun and skills in there,” said Wengelin. “It’s got to be fun, especially for kids. If we can motivate them to learn and have fun learning, well then that’d be great for them, right?”

In partnership with

SAVE ANYWHERE. In partnership with In partnership with


Introducing the New Mobile Cash-Back Feature. With exclusive offers for the brands you love & $5 cash-out minimums through PayPal, you’ll never go shopping without your smart phone again!

Introducing the New Mobile Cash-Back Feature. Introducing the New Mobile Feature. With exclusive offers for brands you loveCash-Back & $5 cash-out minimums With exclusive offersnever for thegobrands youwithout love & $5 cash-out minimums through PayPal, you’ll shopping your smart phone again! Introducing the New Mobile Cash-Back Feature. through PayPal, you’ll never go shopping without your smart phone Get Cash Back in 3 Easy Steps again! With exclusive offers for the brands you love & $5 cash-out minimums through PayPal, you’ll never go shopping without your smart phone again!

Cash Back inReceipt 3 Easy Steps 1. Browse &Get Shop 2. Upload 3. Get Cash Back!

Get Cash Back in 3 Easy Steps

Browse the mobile app Take a photo of your Once you reach just $5, 1. Browse & Shop 2. Upload Receipt Get Cashyou Back! for your favourite brand’s andin submit it 3.the money save will Get Cash receipt Back 3 Easy Steps mobile app 2.Take a photo ofapp your Once youCash reach just $5,your 1.Browse Browse & Shop Upload Receipt 3. Get Back! offers, andthe purchase through the be transferred into for your favourite brand’s receipt and submit it the money you save them at any store app PayPal Browse the mobile Take a photo of your Once you reachwallet justwill $5, offers, and 1. Browse &purchase Shop for your favourite brand’s them at any store offers, purchase Browse theand mobile app at anybrand’s store for yourthem favourite offers, and purchase them at any store

through the app 2. receipt Upload Receipt and submit it

through the of app Take a photo your receipt and submit it through the app

be into your 3.transferred Get Cash the money you saveBack! will PayPal wallet beOnce transferred into your you reach just $5, the PayPal moneywallet you save will be transferred into your PayPal wallet

Visit to Learn More Visit to Learn More Visit to Learn More

Visit to Learn More

Offers valid until November 30, 2015. See for complete details on all cash back offers. In the event of any discrepancy or inconsistency between Toyota prices, rates and/or other information contained on and that contained on, the latter shall prevail. Errors and omissions excepted. *Lease example: 2016 Tundra Double Cab SR 4.6L UM5F1T-A with a vehicle price of $38,705 includes $1,855 freight/PDI leased at 0.99% over 40 months with $3,125 down payment equals 80 semi-monthly payments of $198 with a total lease obligation of $18,991. Lease 40 mos. based on 60,000 km, excess km charge is $.15. Up to $2,000 Non-stackable Cash Back available on select 2016 Tundra models. Finance example: 0.49% finance for 36 months, upon credit approval, available on 2016 Tundra Double Cab SR 4.6L UM5F1T-A. Applicable taxes are extra. Down payment, first semi-monthly payment and security deposit plus GST and PST on first payment and full down payment are due at lease inception. A security deposit is not required on approval of credit. **Lease example: 2016 Corolla CE BURCEM-6A MSRP is $17,580 and includes $1,585 freight/PDI leased at 0.49% over 40 months with $1,275 down payment equals 80 semi-monthly payments of $78 with a total lease obligation of $7,545. Lease 40 mos. based on 60,000 km, excess km charge is $.07. †Finance example: 0.49% finance for 48 months, upon credit approval, available on 2016 Corolla CE BURCEM-6A. Applicable taxes are extra. ***Lease example: 2015 RAV4 FWD LE Automatic ZFREVT-A with a vehicle price of $26,220 includes $1,855 freight/PDI leased at 0.49% over 40 months with $2,350 down payment equals 80 semi-monthly payments of $125 with a total lease obligation of $12,366. Lease 40 mos. based on 60,000 km, excess km charge is $.10. Up to $2,000 Non-stackable Cash Back available on select 2015 RAV4 models. Finance example: 0.49% finance for 36 months, upon credit approval, available on 2015 RAV4 FWD LE Automatic ZFREVT-A. Applicable taxes are extra. ‡Non-stackable Cash back offers valid until November 30, 2015, and may not be combined with Toyota Financial Services (TFS) lease or finance rates. If you would like to lease or finance at standard TFS rates (not the above special rates), then you may by November 30, 2015. Cash incentives include taxes and are applied after taxes have been charged on the full amount of the negotiated price. See for complete details on all cash back offers. ‡‡Semi-monthly lease offer available through Toyota Financial Services on approved credit to qualified retail customers on most 24, 36, 48 and 60 month leases of new and demonstrator Toyota vehicles. First semi-monthly payment due at lease inception and next monthly payment due approximately 15 days later and semi-monthly thereafter throughout the term. Toyota Financial Services will waive the final payment. Semi-monthly lease offer can be combined with most other offers excluding the First Payment Free and Encore offers. First Payment Free offer is valid for eligible TFS Lease Renewal customers only. Toyota semi-monthly lease program based on 24 payments per year, on a 48-month lease, equals 96 payments, with the final 96th payment waived by Toyota Financial Services. Not open to employees of Toyota Canada, Toyota Financial Services or TMMC/TMMC Vehicle Purchase Plan. Lease payments can be made monthly or semi-monthly basis but cannot be made on a weekly basis. Weekly payments are for advertising purposes only. Visit your Toyota Dealer or for more details. Some conditions apply; offers are time limited and may change without notice. Dealer may lease/sell for less.




2,000 ***



0.49 **




Tundra D Cab Sport model shown


2016 TUNDRA 4X4 D-CAB SR 4.6L $38,705 MSRP incl. F+PDI




semi-monthly/40 mos.









6885_Nov_BCI_7.31x9.64_WK1.indd 1

2015-11-12 6885_Nov_BCI_7.31x9.64_WK1

1:44 PM

C ommunity


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Interior News

Congratulations to this years Chamber of Commerce Award Nominees & Winners!

• • •

Business of the Year

Business Person of the Year

Telkwa Business Leader

Home Based Business of the Year

Customer Service Individual

Customer Service Business

Major Contributor to Arts & Culture

Family Friendly Business

Home Based Business of the Year: Winner Horncraft Music - Michael Nelligan, Nominated: New Horizon Fitness - Lisa Ramos, Sweet & Savoury Culinary Creations - Joan Lecourt. Family Friendly Business of the Year: Winner Aspen Inn & Suites, Nominated: Sawyers Heavenly Cafe, Subway Environmental Business of the Year: Winner Hy-Tech Engineering, Nominated Dawn 2 Dusk, BV Energy Managers Youth Entrepreneur: Winner Jeremy Roth - Alpenhorn Bistro and Commodity Juicery, Nominated: Patricia Barnaby - Grand Truck & Aspen Inn & Suites, Alana Butler - Broadway Music Studio Citizen / Volunteer of the Year: Winner Aleila Miller, Nominated: Larry Lee, Harry Leffers

• • • •

Major Contributor to Art & Culture: Winner S.S.S. Theatre Team Mike Doogan Smith, Hans Saefkow & Heather Lytle Nominated: Creative Roots Performing Arts, Smithers Public Library Technology Innovation Award: Winner Hy-Tech Drilling Nominated: Alfred Schafer & Peter Green, Smithers Pubic Library Public Service Excellence: Winner ICOUNT High School Nominated: Northwest Animal Shelter, Smithers Fire Rescue Tourism Excellence Award: Winner Alex Bussman Oscars Source for Adventure Nominated: Aquabatics, Smithers Ski & Snowboard Club & Hudson Bay Mountain Resort Customer Service Excellence (Individual): Winner Duane De Vries, Bulkley Valley Credit Union & Safeway, Nominated: Dan Herrington - North Central

• • • •

Heating, Fred Wilson - Northwest Truck Rental Customer Service Excellence (Business): Winner Smithers Sausage Factory, Nominated: Heartstrings Home Décor, SpeeDee Interior Stationery Business Person of the Year: Winner Gary Huxtable BV Electric Nominated: Jessica & Ella Butz - Mainerz Streetwear, Laura Stanton - All West Glass Business of the Year: Winner Bulkley Valley Wholesale Nominated: BV Electric, Smithers Lumber Yard Town of Smithers Building Excellence Awards: Residential - 3955 Second Avenue (Smithers Community Services) Commercial - 3664 Highway 16 (Smithers Mall Holdings) Best Used Mixed Project Village of Telkwa Business Leadership Award: Kimberley’s Kitchen (Kimberley Mulla)

Telkwa firefighters save the day in Winnipeg By Xuyun Zeng Telkwa/Interior News

Telkwa fire chief Randy Cunningham and his firefighting partner John Sutherland were in Winnipeg inspecting a new fire truck when a situation arose. “Basically we were just in a restaurant having our breakfast and just saw a little bit of a commotion going on,” said Cunningham. “A waiter was running by, and grabbed another [waiter], and they went running around the corner.” “We kind of thought maybe we should go take a look.” They found out that a woman needed medical attention. He and Sutherland jumped to their assistance

while the ambulance and paramedics showed up. A Village of Telkwa Facebook post noted that the person had “collapsed with seizures”. “It was my partner that basically went hands-on and helped out,” said Cunningham. “I was basically in the background myself, and John was hands-on with the person.” “He did the first-aid that needed to be done to that person.” A Village of Telkwa Facebook post lauding their assistance has received 38 likes at the time of writing. “We witnessed your team in action. They did an amazing job. The patron is back in her hotel room and doing well. A job well done! Thank you!” read a reply from Bonnie Bryant on the Village’s Facebook post.

Cunningham has taken note of the attention he has received from this event. “I guess, it’s kind of funny the way it came about. We started hearing about it shortly afterwards. I guess somebody there wrote a letter back to the village and of course it spread from there,” said Cunningham. “Afterwards, we left. And they just saw we had our T-shirts on that said ‘Telkwa’ so they sent something to the village office.” “People say we’re heroes, I don’t look at it as it being heroes,” said Cunningham. “Because it’s the same thing. We get a call, we show up at your house and we do the same thing.” “It’s just that we happen to be there, so we could offer help, and we’re glad to help.”

Imagine your New Car ! See us today. • The Hazeltons • Smithers • Houston & District • Lakes District •

The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


BV Toastmasters toasts to 30 years Nov. 1 marks the date in 1985 when Toastmasters International chartered a club in Smithers. Bulkley Valley Toastmasters has for 30 years helped members gain skills ranging from speaking and critical listening to organization, leadership and running meetings. But what is Toastmasters? Toastmasters must be one of the few worldwide organizations whose name does not suggest its business. Members have said, “at Toastmasters, we learn public speaking,” or, “at Toastmasters, we learn to be better thinkers, speakers and listeners,” or even, “Toastmasters produces strong communicators and leaders.” Worried about that big presentation you’re scheduled to give at work? Passionate about a cause that needs a spokesperson? Dreading an interview or audition? Preparing to chair a debate? Toastmasters is the agency by which people can work on skills to make them more comfortable in these situations. Meetings provide a congenial, non-threatening venue, where the members are receptive and supportive and provide thoughtful feedback. The mission of a Toastmasters club is, “we provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.” Members can choose to be observers at the meeting, or they can advance at their own pace through either the communication track (a manual for 10 speech assignments) or leadership track (activities in running a meeting, a club or an event).


Please join us to celebrate Jo Anderson’s 80th birthday

Saturday, November 28, 2015 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Aspen Riverhouse Lounge Coffee & Tea will be served

Give your smile the TLC it deserves.

General & Cosmetic Executive members Terrie-Lynn Young and Rob Boyce. Regular meetings commonly feature prepared speeches of five to seven minutes, and impromptu speaking of one to two minutes. Speech topics range from serious to humorous to off-the-wall. Speeches are evaluated to offer positive feedback as well as points for improvement. Other duties in a meeting include timing speaking, recording how many times we say “um” or “you know,” and quizzing on how well we listened. Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. It counts more than 332,000 members in 135 countries. There are over 250 clubs in B.C. Outside their own club, members can broaden their experience at other clubs or at regional, provincial or

Dentistry Services Contributed photo

international conferences and speech contests. Some of our club members have been residents of Houston, Telkwa, Moricetown and Hazelton. Guests are always welcome to attend BV Toastmaster meetings, with no pressure to join. They have the option to participate or simply be spectators. Regular meetings are held on the second and fourth Monday of every month except July and August. Northwest Community College kindly provides our venue in Room 109. The club will host an open house meeting at the college at 7 p.m. Nov. 30, to which the public is welcome.

for a healthy mouth and beautiful, bright teeth.

Offering Braces for children and adults

Accepting new patients

Give us a call for your smile makeover needs We have 2 Registered Hygienists -

Marilyn Timmerman & Joyce Gies please call our office to book your next appointment.

LakeviewDr.Dental Centre J.R. Boss 744 Centre Street (beside the health clinic) Burns Lake

— Submitted by Bulkley Valley Toastmasters

(250) 692-7791 • 1 (888) 629-3996

Acknowledge sacrifice year-round

TAM HOT SHOTS N A B Smithers Bantam

As the Last Post was played, the camera spanned the faces of the veterans gathered. For many of the very senior vets you could see the memories etched in their faces as tears ran down their wrinkled skin. I was struck also by the many ethnic groups represented. That does make me SPICE feel proud. I was OF LIFE impressed with our Brenda Mallory new Minister of Defense as well as the Minister of Veterans Lest we Forget.” Affairs. Diversity is I have to tell what I saw. Young you I am and old, male and still  emotional  after female! having watched My family is no the Remembrance doubt like many of Day ceremony from yours. We can look Ottawa. Thousands back and remember gathered to remember those who fought and those who gave the returned. There are ultimate sacrifice. many who did not.

My uncle fought with the RAF in Europe during the Second World War. He did not come home but he is remembered. I have a picture on the wall of my fatherin-law who fought in the First World War. He did return but life for him was greatly altered. As I continue to talk to you on this Remembrance Day, children are singing In Flanders Fields. What poignant words written 100 years ago! This poem I am sure many of you memorized while in school. I am also thinking about those who came to Canada during and following the Second World War to escape persecution. All of

us know someone who came here to add such a great dimension to our communities. For some reason I am thinking about Oopie from Midway who would sing his heart out at our ceremony in Telkwa. I remember his stories of his journey to Canada to make this place his home. One of many such stories. I wish I knew them all. I can remember a little of the time when Port Alberni was under threat from the Japanese. Blackout curtains were in all homes. My father was involved in the Air Raid Police. Many soldiers came to our town. My father would pull down the dark green curtains

on his barber shop where he would offer free haircuts to the “boys” as he called the soldiers. So you see, on this emotional day we all have a memory of a relative or friend who made a difference to keep us free. We remember and we thank you for your service. I know this column is a bit late for Remembrance Day, but the goodness and sacrifice of others is something we must acknowledge year round. You can share your stories when I see you for a coffee or just plain out and about. You can call at 250846-5095 or email a note to mallory@

Player of the Week

Name: Ethan Tucker #22 Position: Center Height: 6ʼ Weight: 145lbs Age: 14 Years playing hockey: 10 5 fun facts about Ethan Tucker: Favourite player is Bo Horvat - Canucks. Before a game I always tape my stick. Best hockey memory, winning BC u15 tournament 2015. My greatest hockey influence is My Dad Dave Tucker. My #1 fan is My Mom Yvonne Tucker.

BC Bantam Hockey Championships Smithers March 13-18 2016

Proudly brought to you by...

Bulkley Valley CREDIT UNION



The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

New club pairs fine books with wine

By Chris Gareau

Smithers/Interior News

A new book club is pairing fine books with fine wine at Smithers pubs and restaurants. Book Lovers’ Night Out is organized by the Smithers Public Library one Tuesday each month. It had its first meeting at the Alpenhorn Bistro & Bar Nov. 10. The next drop-in meeting is set for 7 p.m., Dec. 8 at the Alpenhorn. “For the next couple months we’re going to be at the Alpenhorn, but then there’s an option to go to different venues around town,” said library program and events coordinator Melissa Sawatsky. She added that the club is meant to bring book lovers out into a public venue as a social gathering for all book lovers to meet and share their literary interests. “It’s just a feeling that you get together and discuss literature over wine and just being out and about, kind of bohemian — reviving that idea, I

guess,” said Sawatsky. Not every month will have a dedicated book. December’s theme is war and conflict, with everyone choosing their own book. “We’ll have a discussion about how different authors have approached or dealt with that. And then January we’re all going to read the same book, and that will be distributed at the December meeting,” said Sawatsky. The library will be handing out the books along with appetizers for any who drop in. “We’re always remaining open [to drop-ins] and will post each month at the various community event boards and the library website what we’re reading or what scene we’re reading on so that if people are interested in dropping in and seeing what it’s all about, they can do that,” explained Sawatsky, who enjoyed meeting new people at the first meeting. “People will end up in a book club with individuals they may not have ended up in a book club with ... That’s part of what we’re after, creating community in a way.”

LIBRARY BOOK SALE People shop for books at the Fall Book Sale. Held at the Legion last Saturday, the annual book sale organized by the Smithers Public Library and Friends of the Smithers Library sells used books and duplicates for donations. The proceeds goes back to funding the Library.

The Road To Damascus By Alex Nikolic Mud Hut Media “The natives showed us extraordinary kindness; for because of the rain that had set in and because of the cold, they kindled a fire and received us all.” - Acts 28:2 We arrived in Aleppo after dark, and stood in the middle of a parking lot, puzzling over a map in the only English guidebook we could find in Ankara. A French-speaking local stopped to see if he could help. He pointed out our location (which was a considerable distance from the bus station), pointed us in the direction of a decent hotel, and said goodbye. We expected to see him during check-in to ensure our rate included his commission, but he was nowhere to be seen.

However, where Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar offered every manner of kitsch and souvenir, Souq alMadina was for locals. It wasn’t necessary to imagine how it might have been a thousand years ago, we just had to look around – donkeys carrying robed men in headscarves bumping into veiled women ordering cuts of mutton hanging from stone archways over the cobbled alleys of an ageless market. Little, it seemed, had changed. “Welcome to Syria!” greeted us everywhere and, unlike elsewhere, was never followed by any sort of invitation to “come see my shop”. People just wanted to say “Hello”. In Aleppo, just stopping to admire something in a shop window would frequently result in a complimentary sample or gift. We joked about not having to buy food if we so chose - we just had to ask a food vendor “what is that?”, and we ate for free.

The next morning, being Christmas, we went to church. Many who know me are surprised to learn I was raised Christian. Maybe because it’s a different Christianity than they might expect. Back in the fifth century, an agreement regarding the nature of divinity and hierarchy of the trinity could not be reached, and people went their separate ways. The most practical variances were reflected in alphabets and calendars. We quickly found one of the surprisingly many Orthodox churches, and lit a candle.

The Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship Group Get to know Syria Night Saturday, November 21 5:30 - 8:00 pm BV Christian School Join us for an evening of fundraising with mouth-watering food, slide shows, belly-dancing demonstrations and dropin workshop, children’s games, “Children helping Children” garage sale (children’s items only), and a luscious dessert auction.

Free admission Food tickets sold at the door All donations gratefully accepted

Christmas in the Valley Saturday, November 27 Late night shopping until 11 pm Drop your gifts with us at Caldewood Realty. We’ll wrap while you shop. By donation.

Any town worth its salt in the Middle East hosts an imposing citadel. But, one of the world’s largest castles, destroyed and rebuilt for several millennia, watches over Aleppo. Views across the old city, slightly obscured by a mid-winter coal-heated haze, echoing with minarets calling across the rooftops, added to a palpable atmosphere we experienced throughout the entire region - often alone. In fact, for the next fortnight, we had every ancient castle and ruin in the country to ourselves. Syria and its sites are cultural and historical superlatives. Aleppo’s market was no different.

Xuyun Zeng photo

Our goal: To sponsor a Syrian refugee family to Smithers. To find out more about us or to join our group, please contact us.

Al-Koummeh Restaurant, Aleppo


The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Smithers Remembrance Day Address

Chris Gareau photo

Xuyun Zeng photo

Xuyun Zeng photo

Alicia Bridges photo

Alicia Bridges photo

The Bulkley Valley commemorates Remembrance Day with ceremonies. From top to bottom rows are photos of the proceedings in Smithers, Telkwa and Hazelton.

Order your blinds before the Holidays

up to






Graber® Vertical Blinds, Roller Shades Graber® EvenPleat Pleated™ Shades, FashionPleat™ and CrystalPleat Cellular™ Shades Graber® 2” Traditions Wood™ Blinds

Skeena Decor Bob Swift

Blinds Reduced!


In the spirit of remembrance, we gather once again on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to honour Canadian soldiers who gave their lives for the greater cause of our freedom. It is, of course, an occasion to pay tribute to present day veterans and all who serve in Pastor Douglas uniform. Campbell This year marks 100 years since Chris Gareau photo Colonel John McCrae penned those famous words in the poem In Flanders Fields. As a doctor, a poet, and a soldier, John McCrae joined the militia at the armoury in Guelph, Ont. and would later serve as brigade surgeon with the field artillery in Belgium. It is with immense pride that I call the Guelph armoury my regimental home where I served as their chaplain. During the second battle of Ypres a shell killed Alexis Hamer, Colonel McCrae’s friend and student. Moved and shaken, John McCrae wrote those iconic words more as an exercise to deal with a deep personal loss. In Flanders Fields continues to give the fallen a voice and those voices still present real challenges to Canadians. Take up your quarrel with the foe, To you from failing hands we throw a torch. Be yours to hold it high. In 1915, this may have been understood as a call to arms. One hundred years later the battlegrounds have changed so accepting the torch perhaps means that we do battle with the stuff that threatens the fabric of our nation and distorts the values and the spirit of what it means to be a Canadian. So, let’s take up a torch for the homeless, the poor, the disenfranchised and a host of other needs which impact our society. Let’s hold it high for efforts to accommodate Syrian refugees; for the respect due to all the nations of this country; for religious freedoms and cultural expression to name just a few. These are the things for which our soldiers fought and died – the fabric of our nation and our identity as a people. Accepting the torch is a debt we owe to those who made the supreme sacrifice. Or in John McCrae’s words: If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep Though poppies grow in Flanders Fields. - The Rev’d. C. Douglas Campbell, Chaplain Royal Canadian Legion, Smithers

Community Calendar

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. Smithers Rodeo Club AGM Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7:30 p.m., Bulkley Valley Insurance, upstairs. All are invited to attend. Diabetes Open House Thursday, Nov. 19, 3-5 p.m., Healthy Living Centre. Information, free blood sugar testing, refreshments, door prize, visit with Wendy Orienti Dietician/ Nutritionist and Shelley Irvine, Diabetes Nurse Educator. Healthy Choices Grocery Store Tour Friday, Nov. 20, 10:30 a.m., Safeway. A grocery store tour with Dietician/ Nutritionist Wendy Orienti to learn to make healthier choices for preparing meals. Preregister 250-847-4744. St. Joseph’s Annual Bazaar Saturday, Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m., in the school auditorium. Everyone welcome. Innovation Open House Saturday, Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m. Smithers Public Library. Discover new technology at your library. Touch it, try it. Demonstrations and refreshments. All ages. Smithers Film Society This Changes Everything Sunday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m., Roi Theatre. An epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Connecting the carbon in the air with the economic system that put it there. Regular admission. One of a Kind Gift Shop deadline for artisan submissions is Nov. 23. Download the application form or pick one up at

the Gallery. No tables fees. We sell on commission Dec. 1-19. 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. The Alumni Show featuring the work of over 20 Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art graduates. Exhibition dates: Oct. 20 to Nov. 25. Smithers Art Gallery hours Tue-Sat 12-4 p.m. 250-847-3898. NW Guide Outfitters Association Conference, Banquet, Auction & Dance Friday, Nov. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 28 at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. Banquet starts 6 p.m. Tickets at Hetherington & Hooper, Outdoor Essentials and Smithers Lumber Yard. 250-842-6011 for info. BV Toastmasters’ 30th Year Open House Monday, Nov. 30, NWCC room 109. Come help us celebrate. Email linden_ for more info. Ten Thousand Villages Sale Friday, Dec. 4, 6-9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Smithers Secondary Round Room. Fair trade crafts and gifts from developing nations around the world.

Edward George de Wit

Dec. 1, 1953 to Nov. 20, 2014 When someone you love becomes a memory, they become a wonderful treasure to always hold in your heart. We miss you. With much love, Virginia, Lisa, David & Erica, and grand kidlets, Hailey, Emma, Marika, Mackenzie, and Xavier

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Interior News



Looks like the Smithers Library is the place to go



he Treehouse Housing Association presents Float the Ark benefit at The Ark on National Child Day Friday at 7 p.m. There will be an auction, door prizes and entertainment. Tickets $20 at the Ark or Mountain Eagle Books or by an auction donation. Contact Norma at or 250-846-9661. At the library, Fridays are for teens and tweens, 6:30 – 8:30. Nov. 27 is Dungeons &

Real Estate

Real Estate

Dragons. Non-instructional day Minecraft Mania 10-11:30 a.m. Nov. 20 with videos, crafts, multi-player EDU. Nov. 21, 2-4 p.m. innovation open house: Touch it-try it-watch it. Demonstrations of cool new technologies (3-D printer, Finch Robot, 3-D scanner and more). All ages welcome. Nov. 23, 7 p.m., a reading and discussion by Jean Christian, The Golden Path. And remember Lego Time for all kids, Thursdays

Real Estate

3-4:30 p.m. Looks like the library is the place to go! The third annual Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1 to support research for a future without arthritis. Check out The Arthritis Society, From Dr. Seuss: “Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!” I love this! November is National Radon Cancer month. The presentation at council on

Real Estate

Real Estate

radon is at smithersradio. Every council meeting is recorded by CICK, Smithers Community Radio and items of interest are posted to Soundcloud. The discussion on Downtown Merchant signs and bike racks is also recorded. Remember that the BV Farmer’s Market continues on Saturdays at the Curling Rink up to Dec. 19. There will be a break after that until Jan. 16. Saint Joseph’s Christmas

Real Estate

Bulkley Valley Real Estate

Bazaar is Nov. 21, 2 –4 p.m. The Seniors’ Bazaar at the Seniors’ Centre is Dec. 5 starting at 10 a.m. More Bazaars happening Nov. 27-28, Wintergold at the art gallery and Artisans in the Valley at the Old Church. Closing with: “No one can really pull you up very high — you lose your grip on the rope. But on your own two feet you can climb mountains.” — Louis Brandeis

Real Estate

Real Estate

Email: Located in the Log Office at 3568 Hwy. 16 Each Office Independently Owned & Operated


Pick up your FREE copy of our Real Estate Flyer and our map of the Bulkley Valley. View more of our listings online at or on Facebook. NEW LISTING












7639 Tatlow Road

#25 – 2123 Riverside Drive

Chandler Park Estates

516 Kispiox Westside Road

1191 Coalmine Road, Telkwa

3744 Broadway Avenue

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

285 acres, borders crown land 50x140 shop with 50x40 heated 30x40 & 24x24 new building 2012

Leo Lubbers

mls r2014440

Nicely kept 14x70 mobile Back deck overlooks river Quick possession, appliances incl.

Leo Lubbers


mls r2014344

Phase 1, quick possession available Now preselling Phase 2 Luxury 2 bed, 2 bath adult complex 1260 sf, wheelchair accessible

Ron Lapadat


166 acres in the Kispiox Valley Partially cleared/fenced Date Creek on property, 528 sf cabin Close to world class fishing

Karen Benson


mls r2014896

Affordable 4 bdrm, 2 bath, osbe Large fenced yard, by park & river Hardwood floors, sundeck, views

Ron Lapadat


mls r2014298

Handy downtown area location Clean, cozy & comfy 3 bedroom Zoning allows residential/comm use Brand new roofing shingles

Ron Lapadat


mls r2013729


4368 Second Avenue

3684 Princess Crescent

800 Upper Viewmount Road

#11 Alpine Village Estates

#1 – 4223 Astlais Place

20887 Highway 16 W, Smithers

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

Great location, big fenced backyard Near highschool, park, pool, arenas 4 bdrm + den, 2 bath, suite potential

Ron Lapadat

mls r2003804

Brand new quality building One & two bedroom condos Wheelchair accessible, elevator 6 appliances, central location

Peter Lund


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

Peter Lund


mls n246414

2 bedroom, 1100 sf condo Garage, double paved parking Lots of upgrades, new flooring Natural gas fireplace, sundeck

Donna Grudgfield


mls r2013053

3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms ½ duplex, close to schools Double paved drive, garage New roof, new sundeck

Donna Grudgfield


mls r2012760

46.6 acres, 4 bedroom home 3 pastures, fenced for horses Toboggan Creek frontage Spruce forest, many trails

Donna Grudgfield



1550 Aldous Street, S Hazelton

Lot 1 Hubert Rd & Hwy 16

15058 Kitseguecla Lake Road

3763 First Avenue

19 Starliter Way

Whistler Road

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

4.24 acre trailer park 2 bedroom house, duplex, 14’ wide 13 pads, workshop, on paved road

Leo Lubbers

mls n4505409

46 acres, ideal for rural home site Undeveloped, mix of treed/cleared Excellent view, seasonal creek

Leo Lubbers


mls n243201

40 acre country estate Hay land, pasture, 20 min to town 5700 sq ft, 6 bedroom, 3½ bathroom Picturesque setting, great views

Ron Lapadat


mls r2007019

Great business opportunity Turn key Owner will train the new buyer C.O.B. Bike Shop

Sandra Hinchliffe


mls C8000703

Premier lot Lake front, spectacular view Fully serviced lot 10796 square feet

Sandra Hinchliffe


mls 227134

mls r2012828

Last 3 lots on Whistler Road Close to town and wilderness Great access to biking & skiing 5.06-8.92 acres in size

Sandra Hinchliffe



Highway 16, Smithers

1686 Telegraph Street

8652 Nouch Frontage Road

3348 Highway 16 W, Smithers

5166 Nielson Road

3520 Victoria Drive

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

28,800 sf with 240’ of Hwy frontage Great location Near high school and KFC C-3 commercial zone

Sandra Hinchliffe

mls n4507490

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

Charlie McClary

mls r2000621

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

Ron & Charlie



mls n246920

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

Ron & Charlie


mls n4507093

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

Charlie McClary


mls n248159

Mulder Concrete Site Sells 5 acres, M-2 zoning Clean environmental report Prime location, easy access

Charlie McClary


1149 Hunter Avenue

2712 Tatlow Road

3768 Twelfth Avenue

48680 Mill Bay, Granisle

7060 Cedar Road

Build in Granisle!

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

• • • •

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

Karen Benson

mls n246602

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

Karen Benson

Donna Grudgfield Cell. 847-1228

mls n247647

Leo Lubbers Cell. 847-1292

3 bdrm, 2 bathroom, family home Large lot in the hill section, views Numerous upgrades, energy efficient Pantry, workshop, sun room, deck

Karen Benson

Ron Lapadat Cell. 847-0335

mls r2004978

Beautiful home on Babine Lake Large sundeck, osbe, shop, carport Vaulted ceiling, bright, open layout Gardens, greenhouse, full basement

Jantina Meints

Sandra Hinchliffe Cell. 847-0725

mls n244386

Charlie McClary Cell. 877-1770

mls n4507400

Great family home on 5 acres 4 bdrm, 3 bath, office,large rec room Double garage, large sundeck, osbe Beautiful view of Hudson Bay Mtn

Jantina Meints

Karen Benson Cell. 847-0548

23 Hearne Ave, 6360 sf, - $11,500 50 Morrison St, 8400 sf - $12,000 95 Morrison St, 8593 sf - $12,000 97 Morrison St, 9470 sf - $12,000

mls n247477

Jantina Meints

Jantina Meints Cell. 847-3144

Kiesha Matthews Cell. 876-8420



Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Interior News

Funding loss for Gitxsan health By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Gitxsan Health Society president William Starr says his organization will lose almost half of its funding after the Gitanmaax Band announced it was withdrawing financial support for the health provider. The Gitanmaax Band confirmed last week it planned to stop giving the federal health funding it receives to the GHS, choosing instead to use the money to run its own health services. Two other bands, Gitanyow and Kitwanga, have already stopped allocating their funding to the GHS. If Gitanmaax leaves the GHS, the Kispiox and Glen Vowell bands will be the only remaining communities funding and using the service. Starr expects his organization will lose some staff, including nurses, but he is optimistic it can continue to sustain itself with contract work. “One of the main things is that we will lose roughly 45 – 48 per cent of our funding and that is sure to impact us,” said Starr. “But at the same time, on the same breath, I would say that what we’ve been doing lately, the last two or three years we have been contracting work around us. “If Gitanmaax do pull out and take roughly half ... of our funding, we can survive with two bands just by doing contract work with other communities.” The funding that Gitanmaax and the other bands have been giving to GHS comes from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA). Each of the bands receives an amount that reflects their population from FNHA, but they have the option of delegating it to a health service such as GHS. Gitanmaax Band chief councillor Marjorie McRae said the band is

ceasing its arrangement with GHS because it believes it can administer better services itself. She wanted to reassure Gitanmaax members that they would receive “topnotch” services from the band. “The Gitanmaax Band, we would never, ever compromise or jeopardize the well-being of our band members ever,” said McRae. “We just think we would be able to provide a better service to our people, if we are devoted to providing high quality services to our Gitanmaax members, who better to do that than us.” Services that the band will take over from GHS include nursing, home and community care. McRae said the decision aligned with the band council’s wider goal of providing more of the community’s programs and services. The band currently has its own education, housing, child welfare and social development services. “In my mind if Gitanmaax has the authority and the jurisdiction to provide services and programs, onestop-shopping,” she said. “They just come to the band office for whatever they need now.” Starr said in a press statement GHS is working with the FNHA to assess the impact on funding for its current programs and services for 2016/2017. “We want to assure our membership that we will do our best to minimize the impact on programs and services.” In a written response to questions, FNHA said it was too early to speculate on how the loss of funding would impact GHS or if the service could have to close. FNHA also would not say whether it would step in to help keep GHS programs running. An open meeting for members of the three GHS communities was scheduled to take place on Monday.

Volunteers help prepare the new outdoor arena so skating clubs can start their competitive seasons.

Contributed photo

Clubs sharpen skates as arena project approaches completion By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Hazelton skating clubs are reporting good registration numbers as volunteers rush to complete the outdoor arena so they can start their competitive seasons. The Skeena Ice Arena Association is this week adding ice to the outdoor rink and installing lights, helped along by local businesses who have donated


Pizzaria & Bistro

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

Chris & the staff at Chatters have home-built a reputation for having the best pizza in town. Their “you-bake” pizzas that we are proud to provide, ensure that our customers enjoy a Chatters Pizza anytime day or night.

goods and labour. A group of volunteers were last week building a shack to store an old tractor, which will be used as a makeshift Zamboni. Hazelton Skating Club coach Stacey Brown said painting the arena would be one of the biggest challenges. “As you put down the layers of ice you are painting the lines in between and so it can’t go and snow and rain on top of the lines as you are painting them,” she said. See SKATING on A29

The Interior News


Wednesday, November 18, 2015


Skating clubs optimistic

From CLUB on A28 “There has to be some break in the weather,” said Brown. The ice surface is a remnant of the Ken Trombley Memorial Arena, which was condemned in February due to a safety issue with its roof. The closure left local clubs with nowhere to skate so the association decided to tear down the roof and use the ice surface as an outdoor arena. The rink will serve as an interim solution while fundraising continues for a planned new recreation centre. When the arena is ready, the competitive season will be at least seven weeks behind, but Brown said interest from local skaters was still strong. “I’ve posted the registration form online and I’ve gotten a great response,” she said. “People are eager to be on the ice. They want to have their kids out there; they want themselves to get out and skate.” The club’s older skaters have been doing off-ice training on Tuesdays and Thursdays, then travelling to Smithers on Fridays to skate.

A division of

They have also attended seminars in Prince George and Kitimat to give them more time to train on the ice. Registrations for Canskate and Star skate programs take place at the arena at 4 p.m. on Nov. 24. Coaches will run a skating-related off-ice program when weather prevents the outdoor arena from being used. Brown said although the outdoor arena situation was not ideal, people can see a silver lining. “Skating under the stars is going to be a lot of fun, or skating on a beautiful Sunday morning and skating with the sun coming up over the mountain, this is going to be pretty fantastic,” she said. “It’s like the Canadian dream to be able to skate outside on lakes all the time and we have such a short season for skating on lakes that, this is it, we get to skate outside on a compressorcooled rink.” The Hazelton Minor Hockey Association is also eager to start its season. President Ryneld Starr said last week the club had about 75 registrations, compared to about

100 in a normal year. Registration is still open for all teams except the Atoms for nine and 10-year-olds, which filled up quickly, and there is no late fee to sign up now. The Association’s players will keep renting ice time in Smithers until the end of November so they can practice on rainy days. Despite the risk of weather interfering with an already short season, Starr agreed with Brown that there was some excitement over the idea of skating outside. “Some people, they’d much rather play in Hazelton than have to drive to Smithers, so in that way they are excited, but I think a lot of people think it’s going to be pretty neat to be able to play outdoors under the stars,” said Starr. “As long as it’s not raining, that’s the thing we’re worried about.” The Skeena Ice Association is a finalist in the Aviva Community Fund competition, which will be announced on Dec. 2. It is hoping to win a share in the $1 million prize so it can purchase a more reliable secondhand Zamboni to replace the tractor.

Late Night at Pharmasave Christmas Hamper Fundraiser Nov 20th, 6-9pm ~ Tickets $5 plus a food item

Join us for a night of great deals, door prizes, games and filling some Christmas Hampers! Special Guests include: Epicure, Alphay, Norwex, Steeped Tea, Soma Serenity Massage doing Massage by donation and Smithers Community Services Association Ticket holders get to take advantage of some amazing 1 night only deals! Also help to fill some Christmas Hampers! Bring Cash to play Deal or No Deal with 100% proceeds going to the Christmas Hamper program! This is going to be a great night we have some fabulous Door Prizes from our Vendors! For more info and to buy your ticket, stop by the cosmetic counter today!

Monday-Friday 9am-9pm Saturday 9am-6pm • Sunday & Holidays 10am-5pm

Seniors’ Day every day • 10% off (some exceptions may apply) 3752 4th Ave • Smithers, B.C.

Bulkley Village Shopping Center


For news items or advertising The Interior News • 250-847-3266



“A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN OUR REGION” 37, 3 Avenue, PH: 250-692-3195 PO Box 820, TF: 800-320-3339 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 FX: 250-692-3305 RD

MEETING SCHEDULE 2015/2016 November 19, 2015 .....RDBN Board Meeting/ .......................................SNRHD Meeting December 10, 2015 .....RDBN Board/Committee .......................................Meetings/SNRHD Meeting January 14, 2016.........RDBN Committee Meetings January 28, 2016.........RDBN Board Meeting/ .......................................SNRHD Meeting Meetings tentatively commence at 10:30 a.m. Please call (250) 692-3195/1-800-320-3339 for further information


RecReation education enviRonment aRts social seRvices

community makes you. you make youR community.

The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Over the summer of 2015, in order to meet the needs of continued school growth, a beautiful full-size gym was built at Ebenezer Canadian Reformed School and the old gym was converted to three classrooms. The Board of Trustees would like to publicly thank the members that volunteered 10,000+ hours to construct the gym and to Harry Leffers who voluntarily coordinated this massive effort. We are very thankful for the incredible parental support at Ebenezer. The construction was also made possible by the generous support of the following local businesses to whom we express our sincere appreciation: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Alpha NorthWest Andy Meints Contracting Aqua North Plumbing Auke Hamelink Bandstra Transportation Beetle Contracting Bulkley Valley Eavestroughing BV Farm Supply Caliber Sports System Inc. Cam Armstrong Electric Cascadia Sport Systems, Inc. Casey Stiksma (KC Installations) Chris Pyper Darryl Leffers Construction Devries Timberframe Doug Bassett Holdings Dryco Drywalling Eckard Mendel E C Siding

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

G + D Drywall and Painting Gerry VanderGaag Girling Crane Glacier Electric Harry Leffers and Sons Construction Heritage Technical Services Herman’s Fire Extinguishers Interior News Jay Jaarsma & John Vandenberg (Triantha Logging) John Brown Kidd Rd. Construction Len Dohler Marlina Holdings Mid Valley Concrete North Country Rentals Pacific Inland Resources Paul VanRaalte (Flooring Installations) Peterson Hardwood Flooring Company Ltd.

• • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Pine Creek Sawmills - Henry Groen PNG - Chad Taylor Ranch Trucking Ridgeview Construction Rodney Leffers Rosco Hauling Salem Contracting Siteway Timber Framing Smithers Lumber Steti Contracting Telkwa Engineering Total Floors Tower Communications Tricon Urs Sawmilling Vandergaag Construction WalKat Holdings West Fraser Concrete

We are thankful to our gracious God for all these blessings! OPEN HOUSE

The neighbourhood and general public are welcome to view the gym at an open house on November 27, 2015 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Sports is an important part of all our communities. Because of donations to our endowment funds, we are able to support sports organizations such as the Hazelton Skating Club, the Bulkley Valley Soccer Society and the Bulkley Valley Regional Pool.

The foundation of my community starts with you and me . . . Your local community foundation helps guide your financial support to where it will have the greatest impact. Connect with us to discover the best way to contribute to make your community a better place.

BV Community Foundation • 250.847.3310

Christmas in the Valley

• Gift Certificate Draw • Two baskets valued at approx. $1000 each. Enter in participating merchants 6 - 11pm.

November 27th Late Night Shopping until 11pm

Wise customers read the fine print: *, †, ≥, §, ≈ The All Out Clearout Sales Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after November 3, 2015. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,695) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealer may sell for less. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on select new 2015 vehicles and are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. †0% purchase financing available on select new 2015 models to qualified customers on approved credit through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Example: 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package with a Purchase Price of $19,998 with a $0 down payment, financed at 0% for 48 months equals 104 bi-weekly payments of $192 with a cost of borrowing of $0 and a total obligation of $19,998. ≥3.49% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the new 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/2015 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package/Chrysler 200 LX models through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Examples: 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/2015 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package/2015 Chrysler 200 LX with a Purchase Price of $19,998/$19,998/$19,998 (including applicable Consumer Cash Discounts) financed at 3.49% over 96 months with $0 down payment equals 416 weekly payments of $55/$55/$55 with a cost of borrowing of $2,928/$2,928/$2,928 and a total obligation of $22,926/$22,926/$22,926. §Starting from prices for vehicles shown include Consumer Cash Discounts and do not include upgrades (e.g. paint). Upgrades available for additional cost. ≈Sub-prime financing available on approved credit. Finance example: 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan CVP with a Purchase Price of $19,998 financed at 4.99% over 60 months, equals 260 weekly payments of $87 for a total obligation of $22,605. Some conditions apply. Down payment is required. See your dealer for complete details. ^Based on IHS Automotive: Polk Canadian Vehicles in Operation data as of July 1st, 2015 for Crossover Segments as defined by FCA Canada Inc. ±Based on 2014 Ward’s lower middle sedan segmentation. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC used under licence by FCA Canada Inc.


The Interior News Wednesday, November 18, 2015



� � O � � A __�_ %






55 3.49

















55 3.49





55 3.49



0 †

Starting from price for 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew Plus shown: $34,490.§





FOR 96 MONTHS WITH $0 DOWN Starting from price for 2015 Dodge Journey Crossroads shown: $31,785.§


2015 CHRYSLER 200 LX



Starting from price for 2015 Chrysler 200 C shown: $29,790.§








The Interior News

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Nov. 18-24, 2015


Your Pantry Fill Specialists


Coca-Cola Fridgemates

Fresh Lemons 3 for







2 for



Western Family Flour

3 pack









Stems & Pieces, 12x284 ml







Rudolph’s Coarse Garlic Sausage

Western Family Mushrooms



Pork Tenderloin

2 Varieties, 5 kg





Plus Deposit, Plus Eco-Fee

Western Family Romaine Hearts 2 for

Canadian AAA Eye Of Round Roasts


G R E AT BA R G A I N S Value Priced Jam

Western Family Peanut Butter

Western Family Tuna


4 for

or English Muffins, 6’s

3 Varieties, 250 g

2.25 kg

2 for

2 for

2 Varieties, 1 litre



2 Varieties, 2 kg


Western Family Bagels



Western Family Waffles

Western Family Cream Cheese



2 Varieties, 170 g



Western Family Quick Oats


Western Family Mayonnaise 2 Varieties, 890 ml


Western Family Greek Yogurt

Assorted Varieties, 500 g


Western Family Hot Chocolate

Value Priced Medium Coffee


920 g

Western Family Pancake Mix


or Syrup 750 ml, 905 g


Western Family Vegetables

Western Family Soft Margarine


Assorted Varieties, 796 ml

Western Family Mushrooms


1.81 kg

Western Family Tomatoes

2 for

2 Varieties, 16 kg

12.7 kg pail

Refills, 1 litre

2 Varieties, 48 count



Assorted Varieties, 2 kg


Western Family Dog Food



or Iced Tea, 1.8 kg




Assorted Varieties, 284 ml

4 for



Western Family Scoopable Litter

Western Family Liquid Hand Soap

Western Family Paper Towel




6 roll

Mon. to Thurs. 8 am - 7 pm • Fri. 8 am - 8 pm • Sat. 8 am - 7 pm • Sun. 9 am - 6 pm 3302 Highway 16 Smithers, BC • (250) 847-3313 • 1 (800) 579-3313 •

Smithers Interior News, November 18, 2015  
Smithers Interior News, November 18, 2015  

November 18, 2015 edition of the Smithers Interior News