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Calvin Johnson rushes for the puck in last weekend’s back-to-back games. The Smithers Steelheads earned first place in the Central Interior Hockey League after beating the Prince Rupert Rampage in both games, which also led to Steelheads forward Brendan DeVries becoming the top scorer of the league. Story, A8. Xuyun Zeng photo

“Hungry Hill summit” Bike path proposed for discusses transportation Smithers to Telkwa By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Smithers and Houston mayors and councillors met Thursday to discuss a range of issues for what may have been the first meeting of its kind. Top of mind was expanding public transportation to connect the two communities. This came the same week Smithers council passed a recommendation by the Smithers and District Transit Committee to send a letter to BC Transit and the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure asking to be included on the expansion list for an afternoon commuter service between Smithers and Telkwa. “We talked about how a number of people have moved from Terrace or Smithers to Houston because of the lower housing prices, and also that a lot of the services they require are in Smithers,”

said Mayor Taylor Bachrach of the meeting he said some suggested calling “the Hungry Hill summit.” “Particularly for seniors and people on low incomes, having some sort of transportation link is an important thing to think about.” Houston Mayor Shane Brienen agreed. He is a local government representative on the new ten-person Highway 16 Transportation Advisory Group created by the province on Dec. 14. “We talked a bit about the provincial government and the money that’s there and the opportunity there is to move forward and maybe get something happening on that transportation issue, and how that ties into the missing women and some low income people,” said Brienen. A key part of the province’s plan to make Highway 16 safer involves municipalities taking the lead on connecting communities from Prince George to Prince Rupert. See TELKWA on A5

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A plan to connect Smithers and Telkwa with a bike path has been resurrected by a volunteer group who believe the revised route could become reality soon if supported. Jeremy Shriber was part of the delegation who presented the plan to Smithers council last Tuesday. “Last summer, we got together with the Ministry of Transportation, the mayor from Telkwa, representatives from the regional district, the Town of Smithers,” said Shriber.

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“We kind of had a discussion about how should we go about this, asking the government officials what’s the message to get this done.” The route proposed for a path in 2003 brought it through many private properties along the Bulkley River. Not all land owners liked the idea of using their land, and the idea was quashed. The new route would be closer to Highway 16 and use BC Hydro right-of-ways. Telkwa council was the first to unanimously pass a motion last Monday to write a letter of support in principle for the idea. See HAZELTON on A15

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An attempt to pass a turning vehicle ended in the ditch when a truck driver lost control on Highway 16 near Telkwa last Tuesday. Police believe the driver had to brake and withdraw from an attempt to pass after they saw an oncoming vehicle. According to Smithers RCMP, a brake lock was activated causing the cab to run into the ditch, where it came to rest with its trailers blocking one lane near Neal Road south of Telkwa. Drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash but road conditions may have contributed because there were slippery sections on the highway at the time. Highway 16 was reduced to alternating single lane traffic for several hours after the incident took place about 8:30 a.m. The driver was not injured and no criminal charges will be laid. Freezing rain warnings between Smithers and Terrace were also in place last Tuesday but police said it did not cause any major incidents.

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N EWS Towns respond to Huckleberry layoffs By Alicia Bridges and Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Smithers and Houston municipalities could partner on a joint strategy to support their communities if the Huckleberry Mine has to lay off more workers, according to Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach. The copper and molybdenum mine, located 130 kilometres south of Smithers, laid off 100 workers when it suspended its pit operations on Jan. 6. Those employees have been placed on a call-back list for rehiring if the pit reopens. The remaining workers are processing stockpiled ore. The Jan. 6 announcement followed another round of layoffs in December, when 20 workers lost their jobs. Imperial Metals, which owns a 50 per cent share in the business, has attributed its losses to the dismal global copper price, which has been at a steady decline since May 2015. Of the 100 workers who lost their jobs earlier this month, 21 were from Smithers and about

15 were from Houston. The impact the layoffs were having on both communities was among the topics discussed at a general meeting between the two municipalities last Thursday. Mayor Bachrach said he and Houston mayor Shane Brienen were working together to respond to the layoffs. “We’ll be comparing notes over the next couple months and if there is a need for a joint strategy we will certainly be taking that,” he said. “The difficult thing is that when it comes to economic development and the creation of jobs a lot of these are longer term strategies than what is needed in the very short-term. “One of the roles we can play is to make sure that everyone has accurate and upto-date information and to bring together and facilitate conversations among service providers.” He said the long-term goal was to avoid too much reliance on global commodity cycles. “They are always going to have an impact on us because natural resources are always going to be an important part of our economy, but to the

degree that we can diversify and create local economies that are less reliant on commodity prices, the better off we will be,” he said. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond said her Ministry had provided information to the Houston and Smithers municipalities about programs and services for workers who were laid off. “Our Community Transition Team provides support for resource-based communities experiencing significant job loss impacts,” she said. “Supports and services are quickly mobilized in worker transition, economic diversification planning and social services, and are coordinated with other

services provided by the local government and community agencies.” Houston mayor Shane Brienen said he hoped additional support services would not be needed. “We’re hoping they’re going back but getting ready — if the economy gets worse and we have some layoffs,” he said. The Interior News tried to contact representatives from Imperial Metals and Huckleberry Mines for an update on the mine situation, however they could not be reached before the time of print. Minister Bond urged workers who lost their jobs to contact the Houston office at 877-847-0182.

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N EWS Babine workers file class-action lawsuit By Flavio Nienow Black Press

A group of workers and family members of victims involved in the 2012 explosions at Babine Forest Products and Lakeland Mills have launched a class-action lawsuit against WorkSafeBC and the province. The 10 plaintiffs named in the suit are seeking general, special and punitive damages, as well as declarations from WorkSafeBC admitting inspections and investigations into the explosions were negligent. On Jan. 20, 2012, Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake exploded, killing two workers and injuring 20. Approximately three months later, Lakeland Mills in Prince George also exploded, killing two workers and injuring 22. The notice of civil claim filed in Vancouver on Jan. 7 alleges that prior to the mill explosions, WorkSafeBC “knew or ought to have known that in sufficient concentrations wood dust is combustible and poses a serious risk of explosion,” citing multiple reports from American agencies and WorkSafeBC outlining the risks of combustible dust. The claim also alleges that, in the three years prior to the Babine explosion, it was inspected by WorkSafeBC on at least 16 occasions. The claim also alleges that in 2011, WorkSafeBC received reports from Babine workers noting concerns about the presence of combustible wood dust, and that on several occasions in 2011 and 2012,

small wood dust fires occurred at the Burns Lake mill. “Despite the above-noted reports and WorkSafeBC’s own inspections, at no time prior to the 2012 Babine explosion did WorkSafeBC take any action, or in the alternative any sufficient action, to minimize or eliminate the combustible wood dust hazard at the Babine Mill,” alleges the claim. The claim alleges that at no time prior to the Babine explosion did WorkSafeBC issue any orders or administrative penalties to Babine Forest Products in respect of combustible wood dust. “In inspecting the Babine mill and enforcing the legislation prior to the Babine explosion, WorkSafeBC conduct was reckless and departed to a very marked degree from the standard of conduct expected of a responsible and competent inspector,” alleges the claim. “These failures would and in fact did cause the class members to suffer physical harm and/or acute and prolonged psychiatric harm including mental distress, anger, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.” Steve Zika, CEO of Hampton Affiliates, the company that owns Babine Forest Products, said he would not make a comment as Babine Forest Products is not involved in this lawsuit. The notice of civil claim says that, under the Workers Compensation Act, workers cannot sue an employer directly and must rely on WorkSafeBC to protect their health and safety. Scott McCloy, a spokesperson with

WorkSafeBC, said WorkSafeBC will also not make any comments at this point. Shirley Bond, B.C. Minister of Jobs, said she was not going to comment specifically on the class action filing as that “will be a matter dealt with by the civil courts.” The civil claim lists six classes of plaintiffs, including workers who were in the two mills during the explosions, workers who were off-shift, and family members of on and off-shift workers at both locations. The Babine Forest Products on-shift worker class includes Patrick Ken Michell from Lake Babine Nation, who was employed as a board edger operator at the mill. This class also includes Thomas Dirk Weissbach from Fraser Lake, who was employed as a trimmer saw operator. The Babine off-shift worker class includes Gerald Lester Whitford, a mill worker who resides in Burns Lake. He was employed as a swamper but was not physically present during the explosion. The Babine family class includes Theresa Mary Michell, a homemaker who resides in the Lake Babine Nation. At the time of the Babine explosion, her husband Patrick Ken Michell was employed at the mill. This class also includes Kathleen Ruby Weissbach, a health care assistant who resides in Fraser Lake. Her spouse Thomas Dirk Weissbach was employed at the mill. The other five plaintffs represent Lakeland Mills workers and family members of victims. The class action claim is yet to be certified and none of the allegations have been proven in court.

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Better timing to Telkwa From SUMMIT on Front Costs for any route expansion would be split 50-50 by the province and municipalities. The province put aside $1.6 million over two years to extend or enhance transportation services. Mayor Brienen said discussions have been going on for a while, and hopes to have news on the whole corridor shortly. The Smithers council motion last Tuesday to be put on a list for expansion of the Smithers-Telkwa route does not specify how it would be expanded. The goal according to Mayor Bachrach and Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen is to increase ridership by having buses run when people could use them — namely getting to and from work. The last run to Telkwa leaves before 5 p.m. Bachrach said ideas include having split shifts for the drivers, and speaking to employers to survey staff who live in Telkwa to find out if they know about the bus and how to adapt

the service so they would use it. Mayor Repen is walking door-todoor in Telkwa to see how residents there would consider using the service more. According to a district transit committee report, an average of 61 passengers per day use the bus. He said after visiting only 20 homes, four people had already committed to buying a pass. If ridership increases after a work route was added, Repen sees an even later route from Smithers. “If people want to come in and meet friends for an hour or two, or if your kids are doing recreation things or if they’re working, a six o’clock bus may not cut it. I think it’s the priority — don’t get me wrong, we have to match ridership with costs to some extent here — but if we have a really successful route at six o’clock and if generally we’re able to drive up readership, that is encouraging for developing say an eight o’clock bus.” Bachrach said he planned on meeting the Hazeltons councils in February to discuss transportation.

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fell to his death from an Abbotsford hotel room last September. He was housed there for 49 days without adequate supervision, and contrary to Ministry policy, after his group home was shut down. At the time, Minister Cadieux said there were maybe one or two children or youth-in-care that had been placed in hotels. Turns out the number was 117 during a one-year period previous to Alex’s death. Hotels are recognized as not being the appropriate facilities for housing vulnerable youth. That is why there is an MCFD policy on their use. But besides the shocking fact that the Minister had no idea of the prevalence of their use by her own Ministry, is the fact that the vision of her government supports the status quo. Faced with the same issue, the government of Manitoba committed to no kids-in-care being housed in

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L ETTERS Health service to the population is not a concern Editor: “Why no CT scanner?” (Dec. 13, The Interior News letters) a writer asks the “Bulkley Valley people.” The fact is we are bloody lucky to even have a hospital at all, and not just a  “nice little clinic” as in Houston. Just a few years back, the Smithers hospital was scheduled to close by our provincial (Liberal) government. It took several well-attended meetings in our area showing “public outrage” to persuade (more like prod) our reluctant Liberal MLA into action to have this stupid, impractical  idea “postponed.” The plan of closing Smithers hospital has not gone away. Since the first attempt at closing our hospital,  the following has transpired: The lab at the Smithers hospital was closed and moved to Terrace for a short time. This was   suspended, and the lab moved back to Smithers  due to the fact that serious emergency blood work would take a week to get results from Terrace. There was also an attempt made to have all maternity care (births) moved to Terrace, especially those that  would  possibly require a   caesarean procedure. This idea has been suspended ... for the time being. Why no CT scanner? Because adding very expensive equipment and personnel to a hospital that will eventually be closed by the provincial government is not a good “business action.” (Service to the population is not a concern.) This is an honest answer. Ms. Lauderdale. So you are now aware of what the situation really is. Glad  you are with us! Harry Carnie Telkwa

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in rut: May want to mate with people or livestock; Attracts large predators that may want to prey on pets, livestock or people; Aggressive if people get between the doe and fawns; Bucks are also very protective of the herd; Increase in dog problems; Eating peoples’ garden, flowers, trees; Carry ticks which spread to people, pets, livestock, wildlife; Forcing moose out of the area; Hazard on roads; Does not help the deer. They become accustomed to handouts and lose their fear of people. The handouts are not normally what deer eat; Annoys the neighbours; Deer feeding stations attract scavenger birds which carry pests and chase away song birds; Deer feeding stations attract rodents that could bite small children and pets. Rodents carry diseases (Hantavirus, salmonella) and parasites (intestinal worms) which can be passed to humans and animals; rodents invade barns, hen houses and homes. People should contact their Regional District representative or municipal representative to request a bylaw making feeding deer subject to a fine. Please share this information. Mary Hiemstra Smithers

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Big wins for cross-country skiers, biathletes By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Twelve biathletes and 13 cross-country skiers travelled to Vanderhoof and Vernon respectively to compete in the first BC Cup Jan. 9-10. Local biathletes Faith Fehr, James Baxter, Claire Lesawich, Haley Hanchard, Angus Tweedie, Callie Lancaster, Seton Kriese, Tana Hanchard, and Casey Lesawich placed within the top three in their category.

“It’s fantastic,” said biathlon coach Peter Tweedie. “Everybody left there feeling good about what they had achieved, and we had a great time socially.” Tweedie felt their training paid off. “We didn’t have any glitches,” he said. “All the athletes were confident about what they were doing.” Cross-country skier Kate Woods placed second in Junior Women, Hamish Woods placed third in Junior Boys category, and

Mia Recknell placed fifth in the Midget Girls at Jan. 9’s classic sprint race. The next day, Hamish Woods placed second in the Junior Boys interval start skate race. “All the athletes did extremely well with many finishing in the top five or top half of their year of birth,” said coach Lisa Perry in a statement. “It was a great learning experience to compete at this level of event. “The coaches and parents

also did extremely well in finding the fastest wax and ensuring that our athletes were well taken care of.” Perry added that Zone 7 has selected Aidan Murphy, Jacob de Groot, Jesse Smids, Zoe Hallman, Mia Recknell and Rachel Cuell to compete in the BC Winter Games in Penticton Feb. 25-28. Vanderhoof’s Linnea Moutray will also join Zone 7’s biathlon team in the BC Winter Games. An extra spot came up and Moutray was selected.

Hamish Woods competing at the first crosscountry skiing BC Cup in Vernon.

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Steelheads beat Rampage; earn CIHL first place

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The Steelheads have made it to the top of the Central Interior Hockey League. In the back-to-back matches between the Steelheads and the Prince Rupert Rampage, the Steelheads won 8-6 Saturday, then went on to win again Sunday 9-4. Saturday’s match started in the Rampage’s favour but ended with the Steelheads

winning. The Steelheads’ head coach Tom DeVries loved it, calling it “probably one of the best games all year.” “This is an exciting game,” said DeVries. “When we went to Rupert, it was like this too and we knew when they’d come here it would be an exciting game too.” Centreman Brendan DeVries also won the scoring title with 39 points, leading by 14 points compared to second place. The first period ended with

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the Steelheads down 4-2, but by the second it was close at 6-5. The Steelheads’ fortunes reversed in the third, when Jeff Groenheyde broke a 6-6 tie. “That was exciting, you know. When you go ahead with about six minutes left in the game, that’s an exciting thing to do,” he said. “Then you got to [hunker] down and try to win.” With this win, the Steelheads beat out the Terrace River Kings to clinch first in the CIHL. See PLAYOFFS on A9

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The proposed methods for applying herbicides include: cut surface, basal bark, backpack foliar (low pressure spray), mechanical foliar (boom, nozzle, powerhose, or wick), or injection (hack and squirt, lance or syringe) techniques. A draft copy of the proposed PMP is available at bchydro.com/pestplanforcorridors. Alternatively, it’s available in person at 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby; 1401 Kalamalka Lake Road, Vernon; 18475 128 Street, Surrey; 400 Madsen Road, Nanaimo; 3333 22 Avenue, Prince George. BC Hydro, the applicant for the proposed PMP, is located at 6911 Southpoint Drive, Burnaby, B.C., V3N 4X8. Please contact Tom Wells, Vegetation Program Manager, at 604 516 8943 or thomas.wells@bchydro.com for more information. A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the pest management plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant at the above address within 30 days of the publication notice.

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Local ski cross athlete Jason Oliemans hopes to raise $7,000 through crowdfunding and raffling off a season pass to cover a shortfall in funds. Oliemans said that he will attend many more races and camps this year and that will take a toll on his finances. He estimates that he will need $17,000 by the end of the season, and has only $10,000 saved up from working in the summer. “It’s the cost of going to the races. Almost every race that I end up going to is at least a 12-hour drive and a lot of them end up being flights,” said Oliemans. “Hotels, race fees and transportation getting back-andforth tends to be what the big costs are.” His biggest expense came from joining the Canadian National Development Team in Saas Fee, Switzerland last October. The GoFundMe campaign

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either this year or next year, is to make it to World Juniors.” “To make it to those kind of races and onto those kind of teams, you need to show certain results at, of course, the various higher-level races.” To sweeten the deal, Oliemans is offering to wax and tune your skis or give you a masterclass on ski cross — if you contribute enough. A bronze reward level, requiring a contribution of $40, will see Oliemans offering waxing and tuning services at Local Supply Co. A platinum level reward, requiring $400, will see you get a postcard from the Nor-Am event, the masterclass and a pair of tickets to the Canadian National Ski Cross Championships banquet. “I appreciate every donation that’s made, but for a certain amount, I’m giving back things that I can do,” said Oliemans. Oliemans is also raffling off a 2016/2017 Hudson Bay Mountain season pass. Each ticket costs $20 and he has 300 of

Jason Oliemans hopes to pay for his races and camps through crowdfunding. The ski cross athlete has a shortfall of $7,000.

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Syrians to get warm welcome to cold Smithers By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Mona Awil is standing outside in the snow where it is at least as cold as zero degrees, but the Smithers woman says she feels “very warm.” Her sister Dalla and nephew Sami have just undergone medical exams in Beirut after they were approved to come to Canada as Syrian refugees. “They texted me saying ‘they are very kind, they are very nice’ and I’m like ‘yeah that’s Canadians, you are going to love them’,” said Awil. “My nephew, he’s writing me and sending me all these smily faces and stuff saying ‘we finally saw some Canadians, they are very, very nice’.” Awil, her husband Akram Khalil and their two daughters have been living in Canada for 12 years since they emigrated from Syria to pursue career opportunities. Dalla and Sami were privately sponsored by a church in Ontario, where Awil and Khalil lived when they first moved to Canada, but the local family has also been helping a campaign to bring more Syrian refugees to Smithers. The Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship Group (BVRSG) originally set out to sponsor one family but the community response was so strong they raised $81,000 – enough to apply to bring two families to the valley. Awil’s cousin, his wife and three children make up one of the two families the group applied to sponsor. The second application was to bring a family of five, who would be nominated by Canada’s immigration services. Earlier this month, after months of fundraising and negotiating the application process, the group got the emails they had been waiting for. Both applications had been approved. BVRSG spokesperson Pauline Mahoney said she was both excited and overwhelmed

Smithers woman Mona Awil (left), whose Syrian relatives have been approved to come to Canada as refugees, with Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship Group spokesperson Pauline Mahoney.

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by the good news. “Suddenly the emails were coming and even a phone call from the immigration centre, so it was kind of like ‘wow, they are really paying attention now’,” said Mahoney. The group’s priority now is to prepare for when the refugees arrive, which could be as early as this week, although immigration services had not provided a date at the time of print. A rental home has been offered free of charge by a local donor but the group needs to rent a second home for one of the families. Although they have enough

funds to sponsor the families for their first year in Canada, much of that money will go towards paying rent and covering settlement costs. To reduce the refugees’ overall expenses, the group is looking for donations of children’s clothing, furniture and household items. Mahoney said the group was also taking measures to address any community concerns by educating people about the Syrian refugee crisis. “The more people know about the Syrian situation and the refugees, we feel that they will understand more and be more open and welcoming when

the families arrive,” she said. Mahoney has been delivering presentations at local schools to give students more insight into the refugee situation. Awil also plans to run basic Arabic language lessons with local students. She said it was possible the refugees had no information about what Smithers was like, and it was likely that had never lived in a cold climate before. Although her cousin’s family has had a chance to speak to Mahoney, the BVRSG has not had any contact with the second family. Awil said it was possible some of the refugees coming to

Canada had experienced trauma and it was important they were well-received by the community. “To feel warm and safe, I think that’s the most important part for them, to feel like nobody will judge them or hurt them,” she said. Mahoney agreed the first priority when the families arrived would be to give them a warm welcome, both physically and emotionally. “[Moving to Canada] must come with excitement but anxiety and fear so it’s up to us to help make them feel really safe and welcome,” she said. “I think we can do that really well in our town.”

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A Bulkley Valley group is holding an elk count this month in an effort to prove funding is needed to stop the animals ruining farmers’ crops and eating stored feed. The Skeena Regional Elk Committee (SREC), which includes farmers, ranchers and environmental groups, is asking the public to report any elk sightings on Jan. 23 for a survey of the number of animals in the Skeena region. The results of the count, which covers the region between Burns Lake and the Hazeltons, will be used to seek funding from the B.C. government for fencing to stop the elk entering farms. Pleasant Valley Cattlemen’s Association president Linda Dykens, who is also a member of the SREC, said elk were a pest that damaged crops and ate feed that was being stored for their livestock. “They will paw the ground for feed so when you get a newly seeded field, the little seedlings, they’re not really rooted all that

good yet so it gets destroyed,” she said. Dykens said farms in the areas near Round Lake and Francoise Lake were among the worst affected by the animals. She hopes the B.C. government will contribute to building fences to keep the elk out. The SREC plans to use the survey results to help the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) establish an elk management plan. It also plans to apply for funding to fence the worst affected farms. “[We are] asking anybody and everybody to write down information because without information we are going to get nowhere,” she said. “We’re trying to get a count and we need that for the Ministry [FLNRO] to get a management plan in place for the elk, as to how many the valley can handle and whether they should have some tags issued for hunters.” According to FLNRO, elk were first recorded in the Bulkley Valley in the 1980s near Deep Creek.

That population grew but remained in the same location until 2012, when wolves are believed to have moved into the Deep Creek area and forced the herd to disperse. Residents have since reported seeing elk in the Telkwa, Copper River, Babine Lake, Moricetown, Hazelton and Francois Lake areas. FLNRO regional wildlife biologist Bill Jex said favourable winter conditions could lead to growth in those herds as well. “It is likely that numbers have remained relatively stable with the inhabiting of new geography since 2013, but if conditions moving forward are favourable, it is reasonable to suspect that elk numbers will grow and increase across this broader area,” he said. Jex said the ministry was already working on a regional management plan, in partnership with local cattlemen’s associations and the Ministry of Agriculture. Measures could include changing the hunting policy, under which there is currently no open season for elk.

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Elk harvest to be considered From COUNT on A12 “If a harvest season is deemed an appropriate tool in future to help manage elk numbers and associated impacts, then the ministry will undertake and follow our established general harvest policies and procedures, but linked to the ongoing provincial plan and procedures process,” said Jex. He said FLNRO would also explore nonhunting related measures or linkages with existing programs. The Ministry of Agriculture runs the Agriculture Wildlife Program (AWP), which compensates farmers for damages caused by wildlife to unharvested forage crops, field corn grown for animal feed, and grains. Ministry staff will meet with Bulkley Valley producers on Jan. 30 to explain the program, offer enrolments and provide information on other risk management programs. But Dykens said some farmers considered existing government programs like the AWP to be cumbersome and untrustworthy.

“A lot of people don’t like government programs like that because they say ‘well they just come up with excuses that it’s not covered’ and a lot of people just hate the paperwork end of it,” she said. “You’ve got to keep track of everything, you’ve got to remember dates and somebody has to come and inspect your fields.” She said the programs did not provide for smaller producers who bought their hay instead of producing it. Although Dykens admitted that fencing would be costly for the B.C. government, she believed it was the most effective method of managing problems with elk. The Ministry of Agriculture told The Interior News it has a $1.5 million fund dedicated to reducing significant crop losses due to wildlife in situations where other measures are not practical. The funding is available for mitigation projects and activities, which could include fencing, covering crops or relay cropping. To participate in the Jan. 23 count contact Linda Dykens on 250-845-3013.

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C OMMUNITY Ptarmigan Meadows a community in a community By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Ray Collingwood was finally able to share his dream turned reality with the general public Saturday. He and his team held an open house for Ptarmigan Meadows, a 31-unit adult living complex aimed at providing more housing for seniors in Smithers. The response was surprising even for Collingwood, with an estimated 250 people walking through the doors over three hours at the corner of Princess Street and Princess Crescent by the Smithers Mall. “They’re here because they realize inevitably you need senior housing,” said Collingwood. The guide outfitter and owner of the now shuttered North Country Real Estate said he feels uncomfortable at the idea of being called a big developer, having

focused on lodge facilities since moving to property. Cats and small dogs are allowed. Saskatchewan to B.C. before taking on Smithers in 1965. But he said he was driven “More people have pets, and a lot the project that took 18 months for Harry to create a community in a community by of widows ... have a cat or small dogs, Leffers & Sons Construction to build. constructing the largest building aimed and that’s a big part of their life,” said His wife Beannie said he had been taking at seniors in town, which led to a few re- Collingwood, adding that his former office pictures of seniors housing for 30 years. drawings by the architect. assistant Jackie Hayes and her experience The strata will soon elect a board of “My thought behind this [was] more working with seniors in Calgary helped. residents to manage the facility. Future than just sitting there, they work together Collingwood said he had visited seniors plans include finishing an outdoor as a senior group and do activities,” said housing in over 60 communities from kitchen, greenhouse and gardens. Collingwood. “That’s why I have a reading room, exercise room, and a crafts room. And right here where they can go for a walk The Art of Dreaming – a creative workshop for non-artists Ground 2 Griddle Neighbourhood Kitchen Tue, on the town’s trail system.” & artists interested in dreams, facilitated by Darren & Beth 9:30 am - 1 pm, St. James Anglican Church Hall. Nine of the units were Jakubec. Jan 19 & 20, 6-8pm, Smithers Art Gallery. $25 SCSA 250.847.9515 to join this free life skills literacy already spoken for before (both evenings), materials incl. Proceeds support the program. Childcare provided. Register at the Gallery Mon-Thu, 12-3pm. www. BV Toastmasters Club meets every 2nd & 4th the open house. The building Gallery! smithersart.org. info@smithersart.org. 250.847.3898. Mon, 7-8:55 pm, Smithers NWCC campus, Room 109. houses 11 one-bedroom and TEENS & TWEENS @ Smithers Public Library. Fri, linden_buhr@hotmail.com. Sep - Jun. 20 two-bedroom units with Jan 22, 6-8:45 pm, Dungeons & Dragons. Fri, Jan 29, Smithers Tai Chi Players. Tue & Thu. Come learn Yangappliances included. 6:30-8:30 pm, Minecraft. style tie chi and qigong. smitherstaichi@gmail.com or Looking over the balconies, B.V. Naturalists Presentation by raptor expert Frank Doyle 250.847.5091. one can see the dog run on the about the precipitous decline of the Northern Goshawk. St. James Anglican Church Thrift Shop. Princess

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St. (behind Safeway). Tue-Sat, 1-3:30 pm. Grief Support Drop-In. Bulkley Valley Hospice Society, Tue 3-5 pm. For those who are missing a loved one & just need to talk. Come for tea & share with a compassionate support worker. 250.877.7451. 3862D Broadway Ave, Smithers. ElderCollege You & the Power of Community Radio Mondays, Feb 1-29, 11 am to 12:30 pm, NWCC. Learn basic radio programming with CICK 93.9 FM, Smithers Community Radio. 250.847.4461. tfisher@nwcc.bc.ca.

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2016 Family Literacy Week Free Events Saturday January 23rd

Monday January 25th

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1-3pm at the Smithers Public Library “Reading with Radar” Radar is a local guide dog who loves both stories and kids. Radar hopes that lots of kids come down to the library from 1 to 3 today to read to him. If you are just starting to read, you can show him the pictures. He likes that too! Story time Who’s Who Contest - Ask at the desk how to enter the contest where you guess who the stuffed characters are from your favourite stories. 2-4pm Extra Foods mall Free Books & Cupcake Stop by the Extrafoods mall for a Sawyers Cupcake and free books to celebrate Family Literacy Week. You can even join in the band with Jo Anne Nugent

12-1pm Northwest Community College, a Legendary Literacy Luncheon Free lunch! Learn some Wet’suwet’en language and hear legends written by learners in our community. 2-4pm Extrafoods mall Free Books & Cupcake. Stop by the Extrafoods mall for a Sawyers Cupcake and free books to celebrate Family Literacy Week. You can even join in the band with Jo Anne Nugent 8-8:45am Walnut Park Elementary Student & Parents Breakfast and Books Breakfast is provided for students and their family. Live music by Jo Anne Nugent . Praise a Reader Newspaper Sales. Look for local Highschool students out selling The Interior News in benefit to Literacy initiatives in Smithers.

8-8:45am Muhiem Elementary Student & Parents Breakfast and Books Breakfast is provided for students and their family. Live music by Jo Anne Nugent .

Friday, January 29th from 5:30-7:30pm. Skate for Books - Smithers Arena Spirit of the Mountain Free Skate and Skate for Books. Free books handed out during the skate.

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Stephen Fearing performing at the Della Herman Theatre in Smithers Thursday night. Chris Gareau photo

It has been a while since Juno Awardwinning musician Stephen Fearing learned to drive a bulldozer on a Bulkley Valley ranch at the formative age of 17. He showed Thursday night he can still clear a connective path for valley residents, now steering melodies and lyrics with just a guitar and strong voice. In between performances of his renowned songs at the Della Herman Theatre, Fearing took moments to reflect on his time spent working and playing in Smithers. After learning to work with heavy machinery, stone masonry and building a barn, Fearing came back to play the Midsummer Music Festival and the Della

Herman with Blackie and the Rodeo Kings. This time, Fearing was only accompanied by his guitar, playing hits by the Rodeo Kings and Fearing and White, as well as his solo repertoire. Anticipation was high, with a line of over 100 filing in before doors opened half an hour to show time. They were not disappointed as the audience was treated to not only the songs covering folk, rock and blues, but stories of how they came to be. To prove inspiration can come from anywhere, Fearing told of how These Golden Days was created after waking up at 4 a.m. for a flight. He explained inspiration came when he saw himself wearing a pair of reading glasses in the hotel bathroom mirror. Fearing also performed an intimate show at the Hazel Branch in Hazelton Friday.

Little free libraries open By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Book shelves may be popping up at a location near you thanks to an initiative by Smithers Public Library. Little free libraries were created in the southern United States to bring books to poorer urban centres and increase literacy, according to library board co-chair Wally Bergen. “It reaches people who may not be library users,” explained library director Wright. The first one in Smithers was put up by Mayor Taylor Bachrach and his daughters last summer. The library decided to follow suit and placed its first shelf at Safeway. The idea is people can come and swap a book they are done with for a new one. “It’s a great way to share a book they’re excited about for someone else to discover,”

said Wright. Safeway store manager Matt Hexter jumped at the idea when it was proposed to him. “It’s a great idea. It’s a life skill everybody needs,” said Hexter. Friends of the Library fundraised for this initiative, which the library hopes to spread to other areas in town. Friends’ Paul Parry sees the idea widening readership. “It’s great if their lifestyles are busy,” said Parry. Bergen built the little free library by the break area with tables and chairs in Safeway. He said placing more shelves around town could help the library identify what books it ordered by indicating the genres people preferred picking up the most. “It will become a snapshot of what that neighbourhood is reading,” said Bergen. Wright said efforts like this showed Friends of the Library’s Paul Parry, Safeway store manager Matt Hexter and libraries were more than buildings. Smithers Public Library board co-chair Wally Bergen show off a “little free library.” Chris Gareau photo “It’s a force for literacy,” said Wright.

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August 18, 1933 – January 10, 2016 Our mother, who was also a mother-in-law, a grandmother and a great grandmother passed away peacefully on January 10, 2016 at the Bulkley Valley Hospital with her family by her side. Even though she passed away peacefully, our mom “did not go gentle into that good night”; she battled leukemia for many years and other illnesses especially of late, and she recovered from multiple setbacks along the way that most certainly even surprised her doctors and others involved in her care. True to our mom’s spirit her last words, which was more of a declaration really, were, “I’m still alive!” As anyone that knew our mother would attest, she had a zest for life like no other, not only because she was an intensely independent and proud woman but also because of the love and devotion she had for her family, and because of the time she enjoyed spending with her many friends. She was especially proud of all of her grandchildren, taking every opportunity to boast of their latest accomplishments with school, sports and work. Our mom was also particularly wise and insightful and she loved to talk; recounting stories of her life and discussing current world events, but most of all her favorite thing to do was to share her sage advice and thoughts with most everyone she knew, especially if she had a concern or knew something could be done better. Surprisingly, it was our mom’s directness that seems to have endeared her to most everyone, perhaps it was because of such a strong voice coming from the little lady with the Danish accent, or that people respected our mom and how she could shoot from the hip with such accuracy given her strong values and beliefs. Our mom “raged against the dying of the light” because of her family, but also because of the love and support that was shown by her community and friends. We are so thankful. We love you mom. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sat., January 23rd at 12:00 noon in the Smithers Christian Reformed Church, 4035 Walnut Drive, Smithers, BC. Condolences may be offered at www.raschraderfuneralhome.com.

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

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• 3 bdrm, 1 bath rancher style home • Large .47 acre lot by golf course • Carport, paved drive, storage • www.realestatesmithers.com

• 7.5 acres, fenced & x-fenced, view • Drilled well, outbuildings • 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, large rooms • www.realestatesmithers.com

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

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• Super solid 2 bedroom rancher • Deck, patio, greenhouse, gardens • Crawl with spray foam insulation • www.smithershomes.com

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

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• Lovely 6 unit guest lodge • Updated, immaculate, like-new • Daily, weekly & monthly clientele • www.smithershomes.com

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• 317 acres • Mostly forested, some timber value • Views and southwest exposure • Not in ALR

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

• 3 bdrm, 2 bathroom, 3024 s.f. home • 3.27 acres, 5 min from town, view • Rec, hobby & music room. OSBE • 24x60 workshop, sundecks, gazebo

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Hospital handover

Details about Northern Health’s imminent takeover of the Wrinch Memorial Hospital will be provided at a public meeting in New Hazelton on Thursday, Jan. 21. The public health provider announced last year it would take over management of the hospital from the United Church Health Services Society (UCHSS) in March 2016. UCHSS, which founded the facility more than 100 years ago, said at the time it could not afford to keep running the hospital. A Northern Health spokesperson told The Interior News last September it was too soon to tell if there would be staff cutbacks when the hospital changed hands. This week’s meeting will provide an update on the transition process, according to a press release from the authority. “UCHSS leadership has been working closely with the Northern Health Board and staff on the transition to ensure that it is as seamless as possible so that patient care is at the forefront throughout the transition,” it said. The meeting starts at 10 a.m. at The Meeting Place at 3226 Bowser Street in New Hazelton.

South Hazelton author Nancy Huber woke up one morning and felt compelled to write after dreaming about ancient Rome. Three months later she had written Rome AD 85, her debut novel about a woman whose time travel experience helps her through a difficult situation. Story, A26.

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Author finds inspiration in new time travel novel By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Nancy Huber lives in South Hazelton but her dreams are in ancient Rome and Egypt, which is one of the reasons she has started writing time travel stories. One morning in January, 2014, she woke up with an idea on her mind and sat down to write. Three months later she had penned her first novel.

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publish it,” she said. “I still remember the lady just looking at me and saying ‘No I’m sorry we don’t do this kind of work here’.” During her 20s, Huber used her journals to write a biography, but she found writing about her experiences brought up too many bad memories and she stopped. Now that she has returned to writing, she said writing fiction was less painful than writing about her own experiences. “I was only 25 and looking

“Nobody has to know how much is true, and how much is me, which is kind of nice,” - Nancy Huber Rome AD 85 author

Rome AD 85, published by Westbow Press in October, is the story of a woman in an unhappy situation who cries out to God for help. Not long after, she wakes up in ancient Rome. “She’s laying on the middle of the street and this Roman centurian almost rides over her on his horse,” said Huber. “She’s wearing her jeans and T-shirt, which is very strange.” The character, Jade, has to learn to adapt and survive in an unfamiliar world. When Huber finished the story, she took a short break before getting to work on her second novel, which also follows a troubled women who travels back in time. Huber has been writing since she was a child and it has been a dream to have her work published. When she was 10 years old she took one of her stories to a publisher that she passed on her way to school. “I had this little story and, very naïve, I went to this publisher with my story and I asked them if they wanted to

back now I have more experience and know more how to deal with pain,” Huber said. “But it does help to put it into somebody else.” “Nobody has to know how much is true, and how much is me, which is kind of nice.” She said her goal was to write life-changing stories and hold talks to accompany them. “This one [Rome AD 85}, she has a bad marriage,” said Huber. “I hope that maybe I can go to different places and talk about that and talk about marriage and promote my book at the same time,” said Hubert. “The other one is about abuse so I can kind of touch on that topic.” Huber’s second novel is about two women who go back in time to ancient Egypt. She said she had never been to Italy or Egypt, but she was fascinated by ancient history. Rome AD 85 is available at Speedee Interior Stationery and Books in Smithers and online. For more information visit www. Romead85.com.

Notice of Community Survey for the Sign Bylaw Review

The Town of Smithers has launched a Sign Bylaw Review process starting with a Community Survey available on the Town’s website at www.smithers.ca or directly on Survey Monkey by following this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YXBHTD5 . Hard copies of the survey can be obtained from the Town Office, 1027 Aldous Street, Monday through Friday (except holidays), 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Surveys are to be completed on or before January 25th, 2016. PUBLIC INPUT: All Community Members are invited to participate in the Sign Bylaw Review Process; keeping in mind the following important Dates (please note dates may change in 2016): Community Survey December 10th, 2015 – January 25th, 2016 Downtown Signage Tours: • January 19th, 2016 12noon at Bovill Square; • January 21st, 2016 4pm at Bovill Square. CONTACT: For further information please contact Liliana Dragowska, Planner, at (250) 847-1600 or ldragowska@smithers.ca. (third of three notices)

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Strategic planning key for McCrory By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Coast Mountain School District 82 board trustee Shar McCrory says representing students to improve their success in the classroom will remain her biggest priority after she was elected board chair on Dec. 16. The Hazelton trustee took over from Art Erasmus, who has become vice-chair, at last month’s board meeting in Terrace. The new title comes a little over a year into McCrory’s fouryear term, after she was elected in November, 2014. Before she ran for the role of school board trustee, McCrory had been a member of the local, district and provincial parent advisory councils (PACs) for more than 10 years. Her oldest son graduated from Hazelton Secondary School last year and her two younger children are still enrolled in Hazelton schools. She said she decided to pursue the role of trustee when the incumbent chose not to run for reelection. “I had no desire to run for trustee and felt that Lyn Newbery, the trustee who was in office, was doing a wonderful job,” she said. “However, she did not want

to run again so my motivation was simply to have a voice for the Upper Skeena region.” McCrory said her role in decision-making on the board would not change now that she had become the board chair. “The only real difference for me is that I’m the voice of the trustees on a public basis and I chair the meetings,” she said. “Aside from that my role will be the same in that I am one of seven members on the board of trustees.” Changes to the provincial curriculum and budget cuts within the district are among the complexities the CMSD school district will face in coming months. Increasing graduation rates and embracing aboriginal education were just some of McCrory’s many goals for improving education at every level. “I think that strategic planning is important and as a district we are working on that,” she said. “I think that putting priorities in place with strategic plans will help us going forward and will help us with our decision-making processes.” Overall, she said her focus and her decision-making process had not changed since she was elected. “I feel that when I am at any table that is who I’m representing, or trying to represent, are the students.”

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