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Huckleberry to suspend all Lake Kathlyn closure operations by end of August consultations begin By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Huckleberry Mines has told its employees that it plans on suspending all operations by Aug. 31. The announcement came after pit operations were suspended in early January and 100 workers were laid off. Twenty more were previously laid off in December as declining world demand saw copper prices plummet. The remaining 160 workers were kept on to mill stockpiled ore. Almost all will lose their jobs, according to Huckleberry spokesperson Steve Robertson. “The plan is we won’t be able to restart pit operations, but we will be able to continue to process stockpiles; and it looks like we will probably exhaust that available source of ore mill feed sometime at the end of summer — so

around Aug. 31 we’ll be suspending operations at the mine all together,” said Robertson. He told The Interior News Thursday he was unable to comment on whether jobs would be lost before Aug. 31. “The plan is people would continue working until the end of August, at which time we would be suspending all operations,” said Robertson. He added that management is trying to find a way to keep operations at the mine 130 kilometres south of Smithers going, but that is very dependent on an increase in the value of copper. The detailed plan for mine suspension and the work that requires will be worked out closer to closure, according to Robertson. B.C. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett was in Williams Lake Friday to announce details on a plan to help mining operations by allowing them to defer BC Hydro payments. See IMPERIAL on A10

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Lake Kathlyn parents and teachers repeated their message at Thursday night’s consultation meeting on whether the elementary school be closed: the school district would be losing a special and unique learning environment. A steady march of speakers came up to the microphone after Bulkley Valley School District 54 secretary treasurer Dave Margerm’s slideshow presentation showed the tight bind the district is in trying to find administration savings. The order to find $380,000 in savings in the next two years came

from the provincial government. The District is also facing the possibility of large funding cuts in funding protection for declining enrolment, ironically because it expects enrolment to plateau. Lake Kathlyn school was chosen as the one to close because it is only being used at 38 per cent of its capacity, and is close to other elementary schools — like Walnut Park Elementary — that have room for Lake Kathlyn’s 81 students. Parents with students at the school and Lake Kathlyn teachers told a number of stories on how this school was the only one that could get through to some students. See ONLY on A3

FAMILIES MEET TO HEAL, MAKE CHANGE Family members of missing and murdered meet in Prince George.

SALTOS COACH RETURNS Experienced gymnastics coach Marcel Dubroy returns to Smithers.

GITXSAN MLA MAKES HISTORY Melanie Mark becomes first ever First Nations MLA in B.C.

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From KATHLYN on Front Leanne Harrington first spoke for the school’s PAC, and then told her personal experience to the school board and a full gym of concerned residents. “This space has to remain open because you have children with autism, you have children with behavioural disorders who don’t fit. You can say [they would fit at other schools] until you’re blue in the face. We’ve tried it,” said Harrington. “This is the only place that works.” Others stressed Lake Kathlyn was not the same as other schools, too. Among them were teachers like Bulkley Valley Education Connection (BVEC) teacher Deb Turner. “At a very deep level [Lake Kathlyn] is a school that accepts and values individual differences. Nobody’s judged or labelled as being strange or different. “The small numbers create a familylike grouping of students. Indeed, the staff tends to treat students like members of their own extended family,” said Turner during the public speaking opportunity. She also listed “cutting edge” practices implemented by staff, and the focus on First Nations culture as successes. School superintendent Chris van der Mark said the BVEC home school program and Strong Start would be moved and continue running if Lake Kathlyn were to close.

Former Lake Kathlyn principal Warren Kluss took his turn at the microphone to accuse the District of “manufacturing stats.” He said he had success in boosting enrolment, but was eventually told to stop trying to bring kids in over the four-class limit. District administration previously said it did not make sense to bring in another teacher for a handful of extra students. School board chair Les Kearns assured those in attendance that the meetings were not just a way to pay “lip service.” “When it comes time, when we hold our board meeting, we will seriously discuss what’s been said and how you feel. Having

said that, we still have to make a decision of some sort,” said Kearns. “We’re still in the listening stage.” The next meeting is at the Moricetown Multiplex on March 8. Kearns said the time has changed to 7 p.m. Harrington said after the meeting that she and the PAC would bring possible solutions for the funding crunch to Moricetown. Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson said the problem lay at the Province’s feet, which he accused of treating children like “widgets.” “[Premier Clark]’s balancing the budget on the backs of children and families; and Lake Kathlyn’s a clear example of that,” said Donaldson.

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hocolates and flowers may be staples of Valentine’s Day, but many couples take it one step further and dine out on February 14. According to the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association’s Valentine’s Day Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey, 34.6 percent of respondents indicated that dining out would be part of their Valentine’s Day agenda. A romantic dinner is an ideal capper for a day geared around love and affection. But Valentine’s Day is a busy night for many restaurants, so it pays to heed the following advice to ensure this special night is memorable for all the right reasons. Make reservations well in advance. Dining out is especially popular on Valentine’s Day, so call several weeks in advance to secure your spot. Also, do not underestimate the draw of all types of restaurants on Valentine’s Day. People who were not able to get a table at their first choices may trickle into chain restaurants or smaller establishments in search of an easy meal. If you think your lesser-known haunt will not be packed, think again. Always play it safe by making a reservation early. Expect some crowding. Restaurants tend to add extra tables on Valentine’s Day, when they expect an influx of customers. Dining rooms may be more packed than usual, and you may not have a choice of where you will be seated. Even a reservation does not guarantee you won’t have to wait for a table. Be patient upon arriving at the restaurant, and consider wait time when factoring in childcare.

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Waiting times for Smithers residents who need to see an eye surgeon could soon be reduced by half since last April, when it took more than a year to get an appointment. Northern Health (NH) has hired a second ophthalmologist to join Dr. Tom Nagy in Terrace, where most patients between Smithers and Prince Rupert are referred for consultations. Dr. Beatrice Adante started working alongside Dr. Nagy at his clinic, Vision North, in November. The building is currently being renovated so there is enough room for both surgeons to work at the same time. Dr. Adante’s recruitment is intended to reduce long waiting times for consultations, which made headlines last year after Smithers optometrists raised their concerns in a letter to the B.C. Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. They were worried the system could not catch up with the backlog created when Dr. Nagy was on medical leave for several months last year. Speaking to The Interior News last week, Dr. Nagy would not say how long it currently takes to get an appointment at the clinic, however he predicted the waiting time would soon drop below six months. In addition to reducing wait times, he said having a second ophthalmologist would help reduce the pressure on him. “There were certainly some big issues last winter and it’s always been a challenge to meet the needs,” he said. “I have a very great office and a great staff here that help me to function optimally, but now I am feeling there is a little more room

to breathe and manoeuvre now so I’m really looking forward to that.” Dr. Nagy said a second ophthalmologist had not been hired earlier because “there’s always been a situation where there was a lot for one person but not really enough for two people.” Dr. Adante is originally from Alberta but recently returned to Canada after 11 years in California, where she worked at the Loma Linda University. Having completed a specialized fellowship at the university, she said her new role in Terrace would increase the variety in her work. “I wanted a little bit of everything, I didn’t want to get sort of boxed into the role the university is giving me,” she said. “I think a more rural practice like this is really good because there’s variety … it’s not the same thing every day.” She said she was aware of last year’s delays and happy to play a role in reducing them. NH Northwest medical director Dr. Geoff Appleton said the number of operating days for cataract surgery at Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace had also increased.

He said the surgeons had always made room for emergency cases but having a second surgeon would help improve the continuity of patient care. “You can always get them much sooner than that if the doctor phones them, they will squeeze them in that same day or the next day or that sort of thing,” said Dr. Appleton. “With there always being somebody there, that’s going to help an awful lot in terms of acute care for patients.” Dr. Barry Lester from FYidoctors Smithers was one of three optometrists who signed the letter urging NH to reduce the long waiting times last year. He said his patients in Smithers were already noticing the difference in waiting times since last April. Although he said the recruitment of a second eye surgeon was exciting, he believes the Province needs to develop a plan to cope with the increased demands of an ageing population. “A strategic plan would be the ideal way to go, where they look at what are our needs in the future and [ask] is one more going to be enough?” he said.

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will be holding the Annual General Meeting in the Old Church (corner of King and 1st Street) on February 22, 2016 at 7:00pm. Fiscal years November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 and November 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. New Directors are required, please support your local Museum. Phone 250-847-5322 - email info@bvmuseum.com

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Pursuant to Section 66 of the Transportation Act, and to provisions of the Commercial Transport Act, notice is hereby given that load restrictions may be placed on short notice in the near future on all highways within the Bulkley Stikine District, including areas from Burns Lake west to Kitwanga and north to the Yukon border, including Atlin. Restrictions will be imposed in each service area as conditions warrant.

The restrictions will limit vehicles to 100 per cent, 80 per cent, 70 per cent or 50 per cent legal axle loading. Overweight permits will not be granted and all term overweight permits are invalid for the duration of the restrictions. Trucking and transportation companies, as well as the general public, should govern themselves accordingly. If you normally receive bulk deliveries of water, fuel, livestock feed or other produce, please plan ahead so interruption to your deliveries will be minimized. Your cooperation in adhering to the above regulations is appreciated. Dated in Smithers, British Columbia, this 3rd day of February, 2016. Carl Lutz, District Manager Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Bulkley Stikine District For more information about load restrictions, please contact the District Operations Technician at 250 847-7403 or visit the Load Restrictions section of www.DriveBC.ca.

Terrace-based ophthalmologist Dr. Tom Nagy with new hire Dr. Beatrice Adante.

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Thanks to the Rotary Club for $15,000 to the Smithers Mountain Bike Association! SMBA was the recipient of 1/2 the proceeds of the 2015 Rotary Auction. The remainder of the proceeds go directly back into the community through various projects by the Rotary Club. From L to R: Derek Pelzer (SMBA), Jim Butler (Rotary), Leanne Helkenberg (SMBA), Kirk Normand (SMBA), Frank Williams (Rotary)


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Investing in our regional airport difference between life and death. Here are five current airport initiatives we have been working on as part of our long-term plan to make our airport increasingly competitive and efficient:

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ur regional airport is a critical amenity for Smithers. From mining to tourism, it supports economic development in all sectors and allows Bulkley Valley families easy access to larger centres. In the case of medevac, our airport can be the

1. Runway maintenance equipment Earlier this year, with a federal grant, we invested in a new plow truck, front-end loader and sweeper to maintain our runway. Working with Canadian Craftsmen Builders, we also built a new storage building to protect this equipment and maximize its useful life. Together, the equipment and storage building amounted to a $1.4 million investment. 2. Lower landing limits There is nothing more frustrating than the captain of the airplane announcing she is heading back to Vancouver. Town staff have conducted an obstacle limitation survey of the area around our airport and are currently working

on an application to NAV Canada to lower our landing limits. If successful, this strategy has the potential to match the effectiveness of an ILS (Instrument Landing System) at much lower cost. The result: more planes will be able to land in poor weather conditions. 3. Business development on airport lands The Town continues to work to facilitate business development on our airport lands. We have serviced a light-industrial subdivision with water and sewer and have made lots available for lease. Locating more businesses at the airport adds a revenue stream and strengthens our role as a regional hub. 4. Terminal building modernization While our 1960s-era terminal adequately serves our current needs, it has several deficiencies. The fire alarm system is obsolete, the heating and cooling system

has reached the end of its life, and it lacks washrooms past security. Also, it is not big enough to accommodate expanded air service. In 2013, our previous town council began planning a terminal modernization project. We now have a plan that enlarges the building’s departure lounge, security and baggage claim areas; and adds much-needed washrooms. A future geothermal district energy system will heat and cool not only the terminal, but also potentially surrounding buildings. When we built the new storage building, we included in-floor heating that can be easily plugged into a district energy system. The upside will be a dramatic reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions and potentially lower operating costs. We have applied for a large federal grant to fund the terminal expansion and are hopeful the

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project will fit the objectives of the new federal government’s infrastructure program. 5. Airline ticket pricing Some aspects of air travel are largely outside our control. One of them we frequently hear about from residents is the price airlines charge passengers. With a larger, more competitive market to the west of us, we risk losing passengers who are willing to drive the distance for lower prices. I have recently reached out to Air Canada to discuss their experience at our airport and better understand their pricing structure. An efficient, competitive airport continues to be a key part of our community development strategy. As always, we welcome your feedback on our plans and encourage you to support our local airport when you fly. – Taylor Bachrach is the mayor of Smithers.

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L ETTERS Teenage alcohol drinking issues Editor: Open letter to Honourable Suzanne Anton, B.C. Justice Minister: There can be little issue that Smithers has a teen alcohol drinking problem as I am sure many communities do, and perhaps more amazing is the age of those involved and extents they will go to do so. At one time, teen alcohol drinking issues appeared at 14 to 16 years of age in this community and not 11 as is the case today. The issue of teen drinking clearly compromises their education and safety. The teens seem to think it is alright to drink and, from what I can see given a lack of any RCMP enforcement, [you are] balancing the books on the backs of the children. While I am aware you can not comment on the RCMP, you clearly can comment on how many teens received tickets or charges for alcohol offences in Smithers in the last year? I am sure there will be a long wait for the answer and sure we all know why. We pay a lot of money for the RCMP yet end up with a failed provision of services, clearly becoming the Liberal legacy. How much is it again the Liberal Party takes in donations from the liquor industry in B.C.? Enough said; I look forward to your answer. In closing I thank you for your time in this matter and do hope all is well with you and your family as family is the fibre that weaves a community where you would want to raise your children. DC Bulley Youth Safety Advocate, The Street Kid’s Project, retired Street Team 2, retired Team Leader, Challenging Autism Organization

with people who are suffering these effects every day and I am highly aware of the personal and social costs of poverty. I am additionally concerned because we need not pay these costs in British Columbia. British Columbia can afford to bring every citizen up to the poverty line, the amount of income at which one can pay for the basic necessities of life. Adequate income will significantly reduce or eliminate many povertygenerated costs we as a society are now paying in terms of additional social services, additional educational and criminal justice costs and especially additional health costs. In a recent speech to the C.D. Howe Institute, Michael McCain, Maple Leaf Foods CEO, quoting a recent study by the Canadian Medical Association, noted that food insecurity increased the cost of health care by up to 121 per cent. Heath authorities report that the average monthly cost of nutritious food for a family of four in BC is $914. A family of four on basic social assistance would receive $401 exclusive of shelter allowance. Even the addition of the $358 family bonus only brings that amount to $759. This makes everyone on social assistance food insecure and prone to a long list of expensive health effects including low-weight babies, increases in asthma, diabetes, heart disease and other chronic health conditions. Adequate food is basic health prevention. Working British Columbians being paid the present minimum wage are also operating under similar financial and nutritional stresses. Because of poverty, our province pays $1.2 billion a year in higher health costs.  Similarly, we are paying $745 million in policing and criminal justice costs for poverty-related crime. Conservative estimates suggest that we are paying several billion dollars in poverty-related services and lost productivity. Ensuring that all citizens receive income at the poverty line would cost half of that. I am writing to ask your government to raise social assistance to the poverty

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Lake Babine Nation showing leadership with biomass heat Editor: With the world now concentrating on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Terrace chapter of the Council of Canadians points to a northwestern B.C. project as an example of what is possible. The Lake Babine Nation should have the full attention of all in its planning of a three-phase biomass clean energy project. It will burn wood chips to sell heat to government organizations, private homes in Woyenne and community buildings in Fort Babine. Along with providing training and jobs, this exciting project will mean

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line so that British Columbians requiring such assistance do not suffer the preventable effects of policycreated poverty. Similarly, increasing the provincial minimum wage so that full-time work produces an income at or above the poverty line will mitigate the negative effects of poverty for working British Columbians. B.C. public policy should not create and maintain poverty and stress that make it almost impossible for people to succeed. Public policy should create conditions for well-being that allows people to be more resilient and to improve their life situation. Raising social assistance rates and the minimum wage to the poverty line will provide a foundation upon which people can build successful lives. Thank you for your attention to these matters in the coming year.  I look forward to hearing from you as you remediate these pressing issues of public policy.

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cheaper and more sustainable energy to the community. This environmentally friendly biomass project will have all new facilities with net zero greenhouse gas emissions. Biomass as a carbon neutral renewable resource helps our planet remain within the goal of limiting our greenhouse gas emissions to global warming of no more than 1.5 degrees. The Council of Canadians commends Chief Wilf Adam and the Lake Babine Nation for their positive approach to moving on from fossil fuels. We hope the sustainability initiatives will see the project through to completion. Along with providing inspiration to others to plan a project based on clean energy, the Lake Babine Nation is showing leadership. Council of Canadians Terrace Chapter

Wording in Lake Kathlyn poll worrying Editor: I recently saw a poll in the paper about Lake Kathlyn Elementary and I felt that the poll was very inaccurate. It states that by closing Lake Kathlyn Elementary, more money would go elsewhere in education around the district. This is not true. The closure  of LKE is going to SAVE money. They won’t just start spending it in other places. I would like to say that if you are going to do a poll, make sure you word it correctly because now 71 per cent voted yes and have no idea what the truth is. Thankfully for us that poll is not the deciding factor in this process but my worry is that it will impact our community to not give it their all to help save this school. You had a reporter at the meeting last night and I hope that the article that comes out is completely accurate and shows not only the reasons for the closure but the reasons to save it. It is crucial that we have community support to save this great school. This is more than just a quick poll online. We need everyone to do the research, ask questions and get the right answers. Please watch the way you word stuff on those polls because people involved in them really don’t like to see people influenced with such little information. Thank you for your time. Jenny Beaton (LKE parent)  Smithers

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WEATHER WRECK A car slipped off a snow and ice-covered Highway 16 Saturday afternoon, a few kilometres west of the Smithers Regional Airport. One person was seen transported by ambulance. Chris Gareau photo

Less seniors home support By Tom Fletcher Black Press

Health ministers across Canada say expanding community and home care is the best way to serve a growing senior population, but total home care hours declined last year in three out of five B.C. health regions. That’s one of the findings in the first annual report on seniors’ services by B.C. Seniors’ Advocate Isobel Mackenzie. Despite growing senior populations across B.C., the report found the total hours of home support delivered to clients was down four per cent in Vancouver Island and Vancouver Coastal health regions, and down 11 per cent in the area served by Northern Health. Fraser Health, the largest region by population from Surrey through the Fraser Valley, had a seven per cent increase in hours in 2014-15, the fiscal year that ended last March. Interior Health, including the Okanagan and Kootenays, saw a five per cent increase. Mackenzie said there has been an increase in seniors served by home care workers in most regions, but the hours received by each has declined. She said the data on hours reflects what she has heard from seniors around the province, who report that their

home care services are being reduced. “That validates to a large extent what people are saying, which is ‘I can’t get meal prep, they cut my bathing, they cut out my housekeeping’,” Mackenzie said. Health Minister Terry Lake, who emphasized the need to move away from the acute-care hospital model to community and home care at a recent health ministers’ conference in Vancouver, said the report is “a snapshot,” but acknowledged there is more work to do. Lake said the 11 million hours of home care support provided last year is up 35 per cent since the B.C. Liberals took office in 2001, and the number of clients served is up 29 per cent. “Despite the fact that we’ve seen a significant increase in hours and budget, the demographics are such that we are falling behind here a little bit,” Lake said in an interview. “I think this is a good early warning system to tell us, we need to do a bit more in this area.” Lake added that the new federal government has made a commitment to invest more in home health care. He said he is encouraged by Mackenzie’s finding that 96 per cent of B.C. seniors have a regular family doctor. The B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union said Mackenzie’s report “paints a picture of a system that is headed in the wrong direction.”

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For further information please check our Online Community Calendar at www.interior-news.com You Are Here by Matt Simmons. Feb 2 to Mar 5, 12-4 pm, Smithers Art Gallery. This multi-media exhibit attempts to artistically translate the idea of being present in the here and now. info@smithersart.org, www.smithersart.org, 250847-3898. Artist in Residence with Matt Simmons. Tues, Fri, Sat, Feb 9, 12, 13, 1-4 pm, Smithers Art Gallery. Please stop by to say hi, talk to him about his work and watch the creative process. info@smithersart.org, www.smithersart.org, 250-847-3898. Childhood Anxiety. Wed, Feb 10, 7-8 pm, Healthy Living Centre. Dr. Claire Moisey, well known pediatrician, will talk about Childhood Anxiety and answer your questions. Moira 250-847-9273. BVFMS Coffeehouse & Open Mic. Friday, Feb. 12, 7 pm, Art Gallery. Featuring Theresa Michelle Mohr and Jim Senka Band. Who Owns the Past? Wed, Feb 17, 7 pm, The Old Church. Rich Budhwa of Cultural Resource Management (crossroadscrm.com) and Kira Westby of the BV Museum. Lunchtime Artist’s Talk with Matt Simmons. Fri, Feb 19,

12-1 pm, Smithers Art Gallery. Come along to hear Matt talk about his art. info@smithersart.org, www.smithersart. org, 250-847-3898. BV Historical & Museum Society AGM. Mon, Feb. 22, 7 p.m., The Old Church. New Directors are needed to serve on the Board. Please consider supporting your local Museum. Hike for Hunger. Wed, Feb 24, 6-8 pm. Girl Guides of Canada, Smithers District will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items. Please leave the outdoor light on and be generous for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Leader Training: Chronic Pain Self-Management. Tue, Feb 23-26, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Healthy Living Centre. Colead the CPSMP, a volunteer-led patient education program for people living with chronic pain. John Murphy, jamurphy@ uvic.ca, 1-866-902-3767, www.selfmanagementbc.ca. ElderCollege, Self-Hypnosis. Wed, Feb. 24 to Mar. 9, 9:3011 a.m., NWCC. Learn from Registered Hypnotherapist Barri Blix how to use self-hypnosis to make positive changes in your life. 250-847-4461, tfisher@nwcc.bc.ca.

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that they weren’t alone.” Teegee said the families also discussed their hopes for the national inquiry, particularly that it should it lead to tangible action. “I think the biggest message, and for sure it’s my biggest message, was that there would be concrete action items that comes out of the inquiry and that inquiry recommendations would not just be sitting on the shelf,” she said. Teegee believes the best way to ensure that happens would be to use the recommendation from the inquiry to develop a federal act on violence against women. “It would compel the government to ensure that there was funding for any of the activities items that are in legislation,” she said.

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About 500 family members of missing and murdered indigenous women met with B.C. cabinet ministers this week to prepare for a national inquiry promised by the Trudeau government. “It was very moving, I think, for the families, in terms of giving families an opportunities to provide their voice, to tell their stories about what happened,” B.C. Aboriginal Relations Minister John Rustad said after three days of meetings in Prince George. “It was a good exercise for us and it’s information that we will now take forward to the national roundtable coming up later in February in Winnipeg, as well as to B.C.’s input towards the national inquiry for missing and murdered indigenous women.” Also attending were Justice Minister Suzanne Anton and Public Safety Minister Mike Morris, who served as North District superintendent for the RCMP before being elected MLA for Prince GeorgeMackenzie in 2013. The meetings also included a series of healing workshops for the family members, some of whom shared heartbreaking stories. Carrier Sekani Family Services child and family services director Mary Teegee, whose cousin Ramona Wilson was found murdered near Smithers in 1995, said she believes the meeting was good for the families. “I think the biggest message is that they are not alone, that there are other people out there that have gone through difficult times,” she said. “I think it was good for them just to have that sense of camaraderie and to understand that the healing journey is a long journey and

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Relations with police and domestic violence were also discussed at the meeting. “There were a lot of challenges that were raised in working with the RCMP in terms of some of the followup and other components, and so we have a lot of follow-up work to do with the families as well as with police in general,” Rustad said. Ramona Wilson’s mother Matilda, along with other family members of missing and murdered women, were honoured in a ceremony to acknowledge their pain and suffering. Ramona’s sister Brenda, who is the coordinator for Carrier Sekani Family Services Highway of Tears project, was also honoured for her dedication as an advocate.

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Village of Hazelton NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Village of Hazelton will hold a Public Hearing to consider input regarding Zoning Bylaw No. 478, 2015. The Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday February 16, 2016 at the Riverboat Building, 4265 Government Street commencing at 7:30 pm. The purpose of the proposed Bylaw is to establish zoning and land use regulations for all lands within the Village of Hazelton. This bylaw will repeal Village of Hazelton Zoning Bylaw No. 347, 1996 (adopted March 18, 1997). All persons who deem their interests affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Written submissions will be received in the Village Office at 4310 Field Street up to 4:00 pm on February 16, 2016 and will be included in the public hearing package. Written submissions will also be accepted at the Public Hearing. Once the Public Hearing is closed, no further submissions will be accepted. A copy of the bylaw and relevant background documentation may be inspected at the Village Office during regular office hours (8:30 am to 4:30 pm) from Monday to Friday from Monday February 1, 2016. For further information regarding the Public Hearing please contact the Village Office. Village of Hazelton 4310 Field Street, Hazelton B.C. V0J 1Y0 info@hazelton.ca 250-842-5991

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Imperial keeps other mines open From HUCKLEBERRY on Front Under the five-year term of the program delivered by BC Hydro, companies operating metal and coal mines in B.C. will be able to defer a portion of their BC Hydro electricity payments. Deferral amounts will be capped at up to 75 per cent of electricity costs over two years of the program. As commodity prices recover, the mines will repay the amounts deferred, plus interest. There are currently eight metal mines and five coal mines operating in B.C., employing about 7,500 workers. Imperial Metals, which owns a 50 per cent stake in Huckleberry, plans on keeping its Mount Polley and newly-opened Red Chris mines running. Robertson said he could not yet speculate on what effect the announcement could have on Huckleberry. Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson said the Hydro offer “makes sense,” but believes now is the time to deal with other issues. He said the huge debt load carried by BC Hydro limits how much it can be used to help in instances like this. He also believes a jobs commissioner could help communities suffering from economic hits, which he believes would have helped when the mill in Houston closed. “A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES WITHIN OUR REGION” 37, 3RD Avenue, PH: 250-692-3195 PO Box 820, TF: 800-320-3339 Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 FX: 250-692-3305 www.rdbn.bc.ca E-MAIL:inquiries@rdbn.bc.ca

Another issue the mining industry has been looking for solutions for is land base certainty. “It’s a very opportune time to be engaging with First Nations especially on land use planning and land-based planning so that when there is a commodity upswing, we can be more nimble in reacting to it,” said Donaldson. Donaldson echoed what the mayors of Telkwa and Smithers believe: that a diversified economy is key in cushioning blows from a hard-hit industry. “The more our economy can diversify into other avenues, the more stable our opportunities are for our residents,” said Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen. He and Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach pointed to Telkwa and Smithers’ shared stakes in forestry, agriculture, small business and government operations as examples of diversification. “And with the low dollar, tourism has been doing really well in British Columbia. It can’t be ignored either, even though it’s a smaller contributor,” said Bachrach. The remaining 50 per cent stake of Huckleberry Mines Ltd., owner/operator of the mine, is held by Japan Group’s Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, Dowa Mining Co. Ltd. and Furukawa Co. Huckleberry is an open pit copper mine.

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Shell postpones LNG decision By Tom Fletcher Black Press

With a world-wide slump in oil and natural gas prices extending further than expected, the Shell-led liquefied natural gas project proposed for Kitimat has delayed its final investment decision until the end of the year. Backed by a consortium of Shell Canada, Korea Gas, Mitsubishi and PetroChina, the LNG Canada project is a key part of the B.C. government’s bid to enter the global LNG export market. Along with delays on the Petronas-led Pacific Northwest LNG proposed for Prince Rupert, the chances of a large LNG project being under construction by the 2017 provincial election have faded. Premier Christy Clark was attending an industrial development conference in

Ottawa when the delay was revealed in Shell’s quarterly update. As with other global energy companies, the glut of oil resulted in a 44 per cent drop in earnings for Shell compared to the same quarter last year. Clark, who rode the prospect of an LNG revenue bonanza to victory in the 2013 B.C. election, acknowledged that the delay is significant. “What I was pleased to see, though, is that Shell has reconfirmed its intention to make a final investment decision this year, even in these very uncertain times,” said Clark. LNG Canada CEO Andy Calitz was attending the same conference and he noted that the delay means all four international partners have agreed to stay with the project. “LNG Canada is in great shape as a project,” Calitz said. “We have all our federal and provincial environmental

approvals in place, and the National Energy Board recently decided that they support a 40-year export licence.” Another factor in the delay is the ongoing Shell takeover of British Gas Group, which had its own proposal to build a pipeline and LNG terminal in the Prince Rupert area. LNG Canada has an agreement with TransCanada Corp. to build a pipeline through the Rocky Mountains from northeastern B.C., where Shell and others have major gas drilling operations in the Montney shale near Dawson Creek and other gas-rich formations. Pacific Northwest LNG is still waiting for its federal environmental permit, after redesigning its LNG tanker port proposed for Lelu Island near the Prince Rupert port. Local protests have dogged the project over its potential impact on salmon in the Skeena River.

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Smithers RCMP responded to 58 calls for service between Jan. 30 and Feb. 3, including shot out Hydro insulators that will require power to be turned off from Telkwa and Kitwanga on Thursday, 6-7 a.m. for repairs. Noteworthy files: Jan. 30 At 12:15 a.m., Smithers RCMP conducted a traffic stop near Lawson Road in Telkwa. An impaired driving investigation revealed the driver had consumed too much liquor to operate a vehicle. A 24-hour prohibition was issued to the driver and the vehicle was towed. Jan. 30 Smithers RCMP received a report at 7:07 p.m. that a skier was stranded in a high risk avalanche area near Miller Creek on Hudson Bay Mountain in poor weather conditions. The skier was experienced and contacted search and rescue via satellite phone. SAR was activated and ensured the skier made his way back to safety. No injuries were reported. Jan. 31 Smithers RCMP received a report of an impaired snowmobile driver in Moricetown. The complainant said three individuals were trying to prevent the driver from getting on the snowmobile. RCMP attended and patrolled but did not locate the

driver. Smithers RCMP would like to remind the public that operating off-road vehicles while impaired is a Criminal Code offence and carries the same penalty as driving a conventional car or truck impaired. Feb. 2 At 9:46 a.m., Smithers RCMP received a report that a male driving a black Dodge pickup drove through a road closure at Highway 16 by Trout Creek after a flag person directed the driver to stop. The driver was located and given a Motor Vehicle Act ticket for failing to obey a flag person. Feb. 3 At 9:53 a.m., Smithers RCMP received reports that numerous Hydro insulators were shot on Lawson Forest Service Road near Telkwa. Damages were extensive and the repair will involve a short term power outage. RCMP would like to remind the public that damaging Hydro insulators is a Criminal Code offence (mischief/ vandalism) and inconveniences many citizens. Anyone with information regarding the above offences or other criminal activity is asked to please contact the Smithers RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (tips). – Release by Cst. Kayla Stephens Smithers RCMP

BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada stress need for safety In the wake of the deaths of five persons in an avalanche near McBride on Jan. 29, the BC Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada are joining to stress the need for preparedness for those heading into the backcountry this winter. A total of 17 snowmobilers were in the Mount Renshaw Alpine Recreation Site when the avalanche hit. First responders, the Coroners Service and Avalanche Canada all note that the majority of groups had proper rescue equipment with them, and that the impressive effort made by those on scene to rescue themselves and others undoubtedly prevented the loss of more lives. However, notes Gilles Valade, executive director of Avalanche Canada, even better than knowing to respond to an avalanche incident is knowing how to prevent one from occurring in the first place. “Avalanche safety education is essential for all winter backcountry recreationists,” said Valade. “Basic skills, such as recognizing avalanche

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terrain and not exposing multiple people to overhead hazard, make a big difference in reducing the consequences of an event.” Equipment alone is not enough, noted chief coroner Lisa Lapointe. Three of the five fatalities from the Renshaw avalanche had deployed avalanche airbags designed to “float” someone along the surface of a moving avalanche. But the airbags were ineffective in this case because the victims were in a gully at the bottom of a slope — an area where the debris flow of the avalanche is too constricted. The vast majority of fatal avalanches are triggered by the victim or someone in the victim’s party. Avalanche skills training courses teach proper trip planning, terrain selection and safe travel techniques, which can be effective in preventing accidents. Information about current safety conditions, as well as training courses and equipment needs can be found at Avalanche Canada’s website, avalanche.ca.

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Hayley Wilson is bringing back the Northern Adaptive Snow Sports Program. The program will allow people with any physical or cognitive disability to have a one-time only on-snow experience with instructors specializing in training people with a disability. “The one-time only on-snow experience is getting you up the ski hill, getting you through that with the right equipment, getting you the coaches and the instructors and having a go at the sport,” said Wilson. Last Wednesday, Wilson, representing Access in the Community for Equality, signed an agreement with Hudson Bay Mountain manager Chrissy Chapman and Rob Maurer, a certified instructor from the Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club. BC Adaptive Snow Sports (BCAS) will provide the equipment to cater to the needs of the person. She pointed to some examples of cognitive disabilities as a person with ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome and development disability. She adds that even a person with one leg can participate. “We have adaptive ski equipment, for example a sit ski; we have outriggers, we have a bi-ski,” said Wilson. Hudson Bay Mountain Resort will supply rental gear if the participant does not need special equipment. They will also provide a lift pass for the participant. They will, however, need to pay $10 for a one-day membership with the BCAS that will provide them with liability insurance. The program has taken a hiatus for several years, but Wilson decided to bring it back because she saw a “need in the community.” “I really believe in equality for everyone, and there are many times where someone doesn’t feel like they can go up onto the mountain due to accessibility problems, or maybe their school’s going and they don’t think they can go because of a certain disability,” she said. “We want everyone to know that it’s accessible to everyone.” Individuals interested in participating can contact Wilson at hwilson.smithers@gmail. com or on her cell at 250-877-3838. She would then get together with the participant to figure out a time where that person can receive training and what equipment to provide.

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S PORTS Best CIHL defences face off in West Division final From ADVANCE on A13 The Steelheads built a 4-0 lead less than a minute into the second period. But before the team could call it a night and start making Super Bowl plans, Kitimat made a game of it and threatened to force a deciding game three on Sunday. A pair of goals, including a power play goal with 27 seconds left in the second period and the Steelheads’ secondleading scorer Adam DeVries out with a game misconduct for checking from behind, put the Ice Demons within two heading into the third. Smithers had to kill a penalty early in the third before potting two more to give themselves some breathing room and letting the defence and goalie David Little do the rest. But they did have a couple breakaways shorthanded in the game. “We killed that off and got the next two goals, which was just a relief because they were kind of itching at us. Any lucky goal can get in there and anything can happen then,” said head coach Tom DeVries outside a relieved home team dressing room. Taking care of Kitimat in two games was important for a lot of the players, according to the coach. “All the players like that because everybody wants to watch the Superbowl,” laughed DeVries. The next opponent is the rival Terrace River Kings. The Steelheads will head to Terrace to open round two on Saturday. “We always have great battles with Terrace,” said DeVries. Terrace got to the second round by dispatching the Prince Rupert Rampage in two

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Smithers figure skaters glided ahead of the competition to win five gold medals at the Cariboo North Central Interior Regional (CNCR) Championships in Prince George from Jan. 23-24. Seven skaters from the Smithers Figure Skating Club travelled east for the annual test of skill and artistry on the ice. Freeskates, solos, interpretives, elements and quad threats were among the events in the competition. Chantal Gammie earned two gold medals with her performances in the junior silver freeskate/solo, which includes technical elements such as jumps and spins, and in the intermediate quad threat category. The latter event requires all competitors to execute four elements to the same piece of music in their respective levels, which are dependent on age and skill. Smithers skaters Adison Labonte and Becky Huxtable both won gold in the Star 2 Quad Threat category. Catherine DeGisi was judged the winner in the PreIntro Interpretive category, which develops’ skaters’ creativity, expression and interpretation of music.   Judges also awarded Mira Huxtable the overall Junior Artistic Award for the most artistic skater in the Championships. Head coach Tyler Dykens said the team had worked hard in the lead up to the competition. She also attributed their success to new on and off-ice training programs that were introduced this season. Long-time dance instructor Janet

Harris worked with the skaters on their artistic presentation and musicality. “From the choreography aspect, along with the music, she was able to connect elements that the girls just don’t really get on a skating level,” said Dykens. Luna’s Fitness owner Lara Collingwood also helped improve the skaters’ fitness with off-ice training for the first time. The Championship event followed closely on the heels of a successful test day in Houston, where nine skaters completed level tests on Jan. 9 . Taylor Foreman, Neve Foreman, Emily Holland, Ashley McGuinness, Lulu Dykens, Petra Martens, Mira Huxtable, Adison Labonte, and Catherine DeGisi all passed their tests. Foreman, a senior skater, successfully completed the Gold Skills test, which is the highest level. The Smithers club is now preparing to host the upcoming Valentine Classics Northwest Jamboree Competition on Saturday and Sunday at the Smithers Civic Center. The event will attract skaters from Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Terrace, Hazelton, Houston, Vanderhoof, Prince George and Stewart. Dykens said it gave the skaters an opportunity to test their skills in a fun environment. “There’s always an advantage of being in your home club, in your rink, but based on our area and our region most of us know each other fairly well so it’s quite a fun event,” she said. The club is urging to support the skaters by attending the jamboree, for which admission is free. The club will also hold a Star Wars-themed carnival for all 95 of its skaters, aged between three and 18, on March 11.

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S PORTS Saltos coach flips for lifestyle By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

It is the lifestyle that drew Marcel Dubroy back. The new Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club head coach has returned 30 years after agreeing to coach at the club part time. In the mean time, the former Smithers elementary school teacher with a Masters degree in physical education went to Russia in 1989 to hone his coaching skills before moving on to teach elite national-level athletes in Vancouver, Toronto and Regina. Dubroy was last in Smithers working with Saltos gymnasts in the early 90s. He said he even helped come up with the name. In Russia, he focused his efforts in raising the parallel bars for those under his tutelage at the time. “I made a deal with the families that we would not compete for one whole year. And we went from a low-level provincial club to national athletes in about two years’ time,” recollected Dubroy. He said he needed that time to recalibrate the focus from outcome based to process based. “My thinking changed. I suddenly realized that if you were going to be a pilot, you don’t start by flying,” explained Dubroy. By 1993 he was off to teach at the elite level. But Dubroy felt after years of working seven days a week to train those at the top, now was the time to get back to doing things in a way he could enjoy it most while giving young gymnasts the training to go as far as they want to. He took a brief sojourn on the east coast to do some

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kayaking and visit family before on a whim deciding to check out his old stomping grounds. It just so happened Saltos was looking for a head coach. His application was a bit late, but the club jumped at the chance to have a coach of Dubroy’s calibre. And the new/old coach is loving the balanced way of living in the Bulkley Valley, something he noticed when hearing a Canucks game playing at the volunteer-run

club. “I like the attitude. People here are also about ‘there is a life besides just your sport, or just being a musician, or just being a whatever.’ I buy into that philosophy because I realize there has to be a life as well,” said Dubroy. “They [asked] me on a Friday, ‘are you going skiing tomorrow?’ I never had that asked of me ... The pace is so nice for me. My life has changed.”

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YOU ARE HERE, AT THE GALLERY Matt Simmons (left) stands in front of his work Attention: For Fibonacci, Huxley, and Twombly, Three Persons of Great Interest and Each a Pleasure to Say Aloud during the opening reception for his Smithers Art Gallery show You Are Here on Friday night. Eloise (right), 2, took the chance get a close look at one of the pieces with her parents Chris and Lydia Howard. Chris Gareau photos

13th annual Big Band on the 13th Another Juno nomination for Alex Cuba

Grab your dancing shoes, fancy threads and treat yourself is provided with an opportunity to dance and socialize in to a night of Big Band Dance music on Feb. 13 at St. Joeseph’s an atmosphere reminiscent of a grand hotel ballroom. The Auditorium. This will be the 13th annual Big Band Dance proceeds raised support the music program at SSS for such featuring the music of all the Smithers Secondary Big Band projects as performance trips to locations in the Northwest, Jazz ensembles, the North of Dixie Jazz Band and special Whistler, Edmonton and Cuba, as well as instrument guest Smithers Secondary music alumni Phil Hamelin on purchases, bursaries and clinics with special guests.” trumpet. – Submitted by Smithers Secondary. The evening begins with the SS Jazz Combo performing easy listening music. This is followed by the North of Dixie Jazz Band playing a short set. Then the Junior Big Band of 36 students performs a large set. The Senior Big Band performs for the rest of the evening, sharing the stage with the North of Dixie Jazz Band. Mike Doogan-Smith, music director at Smithers Secondary, begins preparations in the fall with exposure and instruction in big band swing, shuffle, jive and ballad musical styles. Inherent in this style is improvisation: the essence of jazz. Songs from the 20s right up to the present will be performed, including In The Mood, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Chattanooga Choo Choo, The Twist, At The Hop, Hit the Road Jack, and Embraceable You. The Motown era will also be featured with such tunes as Superstition, What I’d Say, and I Heard It Through The Grapevine. This is an incredible win-win opportunity says Doogan-Smith. “The students learn to work hard The 13th annual Big Band Dance is this Saturday at St. Joseph’s to prepare their musical selections and experience auditorium. Proceeds support the Smithers Secondary music the role of a ‘working’ musician. The community program. Curtis Cunnignham photo

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Becky Stavast along with Gary & Debra Haywood are thrilled to announce the engagement of their children Ashley MacDermott to Kenton Haywood Wedding to take place in Smithers Summer 2016.

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Recognition for Alex Cuba’s latest album Healer keeps piling up. The Smithers musician received another Juno nomination for world music album of the year last Tuesday. He is looking to add to the two he has already won. In November, Cuba was awarded his fourth Latin Grammy, this time for best singer-songwriter album. He will also be attending the Grammys in Los Angeles on Monday. Cuba is up for Best Latin Pop Album for the second time. Healer is Cuba’s fifth album. The song Sarah was written for his wife, who drew him to the Northwest. The Juno Awards are April 3 in Calgary.

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The first family of Syrian refugees to arrive in the Bulkley Valley were greeted with tears and hugs when they stepped off their plane at the Smithers Regional Airport on Monday. Saied Assaf, his wife Eviet Danbar and their children Gessika, 15, Jolie, 12 and Yousef, 5, arrived in Smithers on Family Day after several days in transit. When they reached the arrival gate, the family were reunited with their local cousin Mona Awil, who had not seen them for 12 years since she emigrated from Syria to Canada. Yousef was the first to reach the gate, where Awil picked him up and hugged him tightly. Awil said she was overwhelmed and relieved after months of planning and uncertainty. “What’s better than this to celebrate Family Day?” she said. “My heart is going to stop.” Assaf, who speaks limited English, also expressed his joy at starting his new life in Canada on Family Day. “My friend told me this is Family Day ... so we arrive on Family Day and [we have] new family,” he said. “I’m very happy.” The Assaf family was sponsored to move to Smithers by a small group of Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship Group members. Members of the group gathered at the airport with flowers, gifts and signs with the slogan “Smithers welcomes you” written in Arabic. Volunteers from the group spent the weekend preparing two rental homes; one for the Assaf family and another for a second family who were scheduled to arrive on Tuesday. Group spokesperson Pauline Mahoney, who has been a driving force behind the campaign to bring the two families to Smithers, said the homes were now ready for the two families to move in. “It’s really just about them now,

they are here, they are safe, it’s a new beginning, it’s feels great,” she said. Although many people had wanted to greet the family at the airport, the group had to ask that only a small group of core members gathered to minimize stress for the family. She thanked the community for their part in raising more than $80,000 to sponsor the two families. “It’s like that saying, it takes a village to raise a child, it’s taken a community to bring these people here,” she said. “It was really hard for us to ask people to stay away from the airport but we just wanted to keep the needs of the family foremost and realize that they are probably in shock, really, and we wanted to give them that time and space.” Mahoney said the group hoped to host a community potluck with the two families after they had settled in. Separate from the BVRSG, Awil and her husband Akram Khalil have personally sponsored Awil’s sister Dalla, nephew Sami, as well as Akram’s brother Saied, his wife Nazha Karkor and their children Eyad, 21, and Rawad, 11. Dalla and Sami were also scheduled to fly in to Terrace on Monday after their Sunday flight to Smithers had to turn back due to weather conditions. When the Assaf family arrived Monday morning, Khalil was driving to Terrace to pick them up. On Tuesday, the families would start taking the necessary steps to start their new lives in Canada, starting by signing up for health care services. As Awil left the airport to take the Assaf family to their new home, she said their first day would be reserved for catching up on lost time. “We will just sit and talk and drink our mate and kiss a lot and hug a lot, do a few turns of those,” she said. “I have some good food for them ... when Akram comes with my sister we can bring them to my house to have dinner today.”

Above: Syrian refugee Saied Assaf meets Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship Group member Pauline Mahoney, whose group sponsored his family to move to Smithers, at the airport on Monday. Below: Smithers mayor Taylor Bachrach meets Saied Assaf, Eviet Danbar and their children (from left) Yousef, 5, Jolie, 12, and Gessika, 15. Alicia Bridges photos

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Entrepreneur students get set to face the grizzlies By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Students Jack LeReoy, Jerica Reay and Logan Lush, Tenley Dahlie of WorkBC, teacher Leslie Mccurrach and Heather Gallagher from the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce at the first Entrepreneur 12 course Thursday. Chris Gareau photo

Smithers secondary students got their first lesson in entrepreneurship from a local business speaker last Thursday. It is a step towards the Grizzly Den where they will pitch their plans to run a mobile ice cream parlour this summer to a group of business leaders. The Dragons Den-style pitch will see the chosen business plan operate the sweet venture out of a unit constructed by Northwest Community College Foundation Carpentry program students, with materials supplied by the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce. The Entrepreneur 12 class was started late last year as a collaboration between the Chamber, college, Nadina Community Futures, WorkBC, and School District 54.

PIR, Seabridge Gold and Smithers Lumber Yard are pitching in to assist with materials. The students schedule themselves while they take the online distance learning course. WorkBC’s Tenley Dahlie discussed how to form a business plan with the students last week. She and Kim Martinsen of Community Futures Nadina, who spoke to the students about business loans for youth entrepreneurs, were the first weekly speakers that will show the ins and outs of different facets of the business world. Next up is Kira Horning, environmental health inspector for Northern Health. She will be covering mobile food vendors rules. The winner will be chosen in April. The student entrepreneur will be provided a loan to get things started and peddle their treats as they see fit within their business plan.

Canadian pic to help Syrians start new life By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A quintessentially Canadian image featuring a Smithers Mountie was auctioned off to raise money for Syrian refugees at a bowling event held by the justice community last week. The photograph of a Mountie and a goalie playing hockey on a glacial lake in the mountains was donated by Smithers RCMP Sgt. Shaun Begg, who is wearing the red serge in the picture. Photographer Rick Wiltse took the picture when Begg was a corporal at the RCMP’s Kaslo detachment in the West Kootenays. Taken last March, the picture went viral online, where it was labelled the “most Canadian photo ever.” Crown counsel Nina Purewal bought the donated print in a silent auction at the

Justice Bowl Fundraiser. “It’s a really nice photo and the money was going to charity for the Syrian families that are coming here and I think that’s a good cause,” she said Purewal. “I think we have a responsibility to help those people in need and I think Syrian families right now, or refugees, need that.” The bowling event raised more than $2,150 for the Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship group, which has sponsored two Syrian families arriving in Smithers this week. Organized by the local branch of the Canadian Bar Association, it was attended by members of the RCMP, Smithers court registry staff, lawyers, probation officers, social workers and sheriffs. The fundraiser was sponsored by Buri, Overstall, Joe McCarthy and Perry & Co.

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ove at First Bite — a Bake Sale. Feb. 13, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Extra Foods mall. The Glenwood Women’s Institute and the Quick Women’s Institute will be hosting their annual bake sale, raising funds for the Children’s Hospital and other charities. Great goodies for Valentine’s VIEW FROM Day or just for a snack. THE PORCH I always thought that if an earthquake Lorraine Doiron hit, one was to stand in a doorway. Wrong. New information says this is a misconception. Instead, drop, cover and hold on. It is even said that if driving, do not keep on driving, pull over and wait it out. Proceed with caution, watching for downed power lines or tall buildings. There is more earthquake preparedness information at bcaa.com/earthquake. Be prepared. It is even said that you should not drink the water until authorities tell you it is safe. For those who would benefit from bereavement support, the BV Hospice Society is providing a compassionate bereavement support person where you can stop in for tea and share your concerns. Tuesdays, 3 – 5 p.m., BV Hospice Society 3862D Broadway Avenue. Need more information: Cornelia Huisman, 250-877-7451. Stolen Sisters March, Feb. 14, meet at 10 a.m., Main and Highway 16, near the Goat statue. Memorial march starts at 10:30 with an opening prayer and welcome. Brunch is at 11:30, guest speakers and open mic at 12 p.m. with a closing prayer at 1 p.m. You are encouraged to bring your drums and signs. The memorial march started in 1991 and this is the 26th anniversary of raising awareness of missing and murdered women. More information: First Nations access coordinator Katie Humphrey 250-847-4461 or khumphrey@nwcc.bc.ca; or Molly Wickham at 250-847-9000 or m.wickham@domesticpeace. ca. Food webinars and teleconference from Food Secure Canada, info@foodsecurecanada.org. I am impressed with the many upcoming events. I really think it is important for us in this area and at this time when fresh food costs are so high that we grow our own. Something for brides, grooms, grads and their families — an opportunity to find everything you need for that big day under one roof. A very first Bulkley Valley Wedding & Grad Expo will be hosted at the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge on Saturday, April 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. I can remember when my granddaughter was graduating, and then after that the grandson! The search was on for something spectacular. Any questions contact the people putting this on directly at 250-847-4581. Word of the day: Alpenglow: A reddish glow often seen on the summits of mountains just before sunrise or just after sunset. Alpenglow comes from the German word Alpenglühen in which the first element, alpen, refers to the Alps, and the second element, glühen, means “to glow.” It entered English in the mid-1800s. Closing with: “A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice.” – Edgar Watson Howe.

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Pest Management Plan: BC Hydro Facilities 2016-2021

The use of pesticides is intended within the area to which the Pest Management Plan (PMP) applies. The purpose of the proposed PMP is to control vegetation at BC Hydro facilities to maintain safe and reliable operations which support the delivery of electricity to our customers. This plan applies to all areas of British Columbia where BC Hydro has operational or planned facilities such as electrical substations, generation switchyards, generating sites, communication sites, storage sites, administrative buildings, or land owned or leased for future facilities. The proposed duration of the PMP is from April 2016 to April 2021. Vegetation incompatible with the operation of the power system will be controlled using: physical (manual brushing, girdling, hand-pulling, hedge trimming, mowing, pruning, weed trimming or tree removal), cultural (gravel/hard surfacing, planting ground cover), biological (release of parasitic insects to control noxious and invasive plants) or chemical (herbicide application) techniques, or any combination of these methods. The active ingredients and trade names of the herbicides proposed for use under this plan include: ○ ○ ○ ○

acetic acid – Ecoclear, Munger’s Hort Vinegar or equivalent, aminocyclopyrachlor and chlorsulfuron – Truvist or equivalent aminocyclopyrachlor and metsulfuron-methyl – Navius or equivalent aminopyralid – Milestone or equivalent

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aminopyralid, metsulfuron-methyl and triclopyr – Clearview Brush or equivalent Chlorsulfuron – Telar or equivalent Chondrostereum purpureum – Chontrol or equivalent clopyralid – Lontrel, Transline or equivalent or equivalent dicamba – Vanquish, Banvel or equivalent dichlorprop-P and 2,4-D – Estaprop XT or equivalent

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diflufenzopyr and dicamba – Distinct, Overdrive or equivalent diuron – Karmex, Diurex 80 WDG or equivalent flumioxazin – Payload or equivalent glyphosate – Vantage, Vision or equivalent imazapyr – Arsenal Powerline or equivalent indaziflam – Esplanade or equivalent metsulfuron-methyl – Escort or equivalent

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picloram – Tordon 22k, Tordon 101 or equivalent picloram and 2,4-D – Aspect or equivalent triclopyr – Garlon products or equivalent Trifluralin – BioBarriere, Treflan or equivalent 2,4-D – LV700 or equivalent

Adjuvant products may also be combined on occasion with a herbicide to improve its effectiveness, such as: nonylphenoxy polyethoxy ethanol – Agral 90, paraffinic oils – Gateway, octadec-9-enoic acid as methyl and ethyl esters – Hasten NT, or siloxylated polyether – Xiameter or equivalents. The proposed methods for applying herbicides include: soil applied techniques (backpack sprayer, powerhose or fixed boom sprayer), cut surface, basal bark, backpack foliar, mechanized foliar (fixed nozzle, boom directed nozzle, wick sprayer), and injection (hack and squirt, lance or syringe) techniques. A draft copy of the proposed PMP is available at bchydro.com/pestplanforfacilities. Alternatively, it is 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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March remembers missing, murdered By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Missing and murdered indigenous women will be remembered at the annual Stolen Sisters March in Smithers on Feb. 14. Every year in Smithers, a march is held to honour the lives of aboriginal women who have gone missing and been murdered, including local women and victims of the Highway of Tears. A group of Wet’suwet’en women led last year’s march by singing a womens’ warrior song before a public gathering where victims’ loved ones shared harrowing stories of loss and grief. Matilda Wilson, whose 16-yearold daughter Ramona’s body was found near Smithers in 1995, said at last year’s march that the event gave her hope.

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“It gives us more strength to carry on and to avoid for another person to be missing because these people, these murderers figure that we would have just forgotten about this,” she said. “This is going to keep on happening every year and we’ll be standing, if not me it will be my children, grandchildren and my supporters and this will never end.” This year’s march meets at the goat statue on the corner of Main Street and Highway 16 at 10 a.m. before starting at 10:30 a.m. A brunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. before guest speakers take the stage at 12 p.m. An open mic will also be held until the closing prayer at 1 p.m. Organizers are encouraging participants to bring their signs and drums to the march. For more information contact Katie Humphrey on 250-847-4461 or Molly Wickham on 250-847-9000.

Drummers lead last year’s Stolen Sisters March with a womens’ warrior song.

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Gitxsan MLA remembers Northwest roots By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The Hazelton relatives of newly-elected NDP MLA Melanie Mark were last week celebrating the news that the Vancouverbased politician had become the first ever First Nations woman elected to the B.C. legislature. Mark, who grew up in Vancouver, is Gitxsan, Nisga’a, Cree and Ojibway. Last Tuesday the New Democratic Party candidate won the Vancouver-Mount Pleasant by-election with 60 per cent of the vote, ahead of runner up Pete Fry from the B.C. Green Party, who received 26 per cent. She replaces Jenny Kwan, who left the role to run for Parliament and is now the MP for Vancouver East. Although Mark grew up in East Vancouver, her grandfather on her mother’s side was a Gitxsan man from Gitanmaax, near Hazelton, and he was adopted by the Mark family in Gitsegukla. Her grandmother on her mother’s side was a Nisga’a woman from the village of Greenville. Mark told The Interior News last week her election was justice for many First Nations people whose lives had been impacted by government policies. “When I think of my grandmother, for example, from Greenville, who went to residential school at St. Michael’s in Alert Bay, that was her childhood experience,” she said. “Her and my grandfather couldn’t vote until they were in their 30s and here their granddaughter, who is now 40, has become the member of the legislature. “Words can’t describe what that symbolizes.” Mark’s own story is one of overcoming adversity, having been born in the thenpoor East Vancouver neighbourhood, and raised in social housing. Her mother, who has now been sober for 10 years, was then struggling with addiction, and her father died of an overdose when Mark was 23. As an adult, Mark studied criminology at the Native Education College and considered a career as a police officer. During that time, she spent three months as a summer student with the RCMP in New Hazelton.

Melanie Mark, who is Gitxsan, Nisga’a, Cree and Ojibway, last week made her relatives in the Hazeltons proud when she became the first ever First Nations woman to be elected to the B.C. legislature.

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“When I was in Hazelton with the RCMP it gave me a very, very broad understanding of how many issues are at play when we talk about justice, when we talk about health care,” she said. “Police aren’t social workers but if you don’t have social workers responding to the frontline then police become social workers.” Ultimately, she got a job with Save the Children Canada, which helped steer her towards a career as an advocate for children and youth. For the past eight years, Mark worked in the office of the B.C. Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen TurpelLafond. She said one of her main goals in the legislature would be to enact change to improve the lives of children across the province. “My life, I was raised as a statistic, you’re this, you’re that, you’re poverty, you

come from a single mom,” said Mark. “And it’s not about my life, this is a life confronted by kids everywhere throughout B.C. today, so unless you have strong robust public policies that look at it from a rightsbased perspective, kids are still going to be in the same place ten years from now.” Mark’s by-election victory comes shortly after another Gitxsan woman, Cindy Blackstock, made headlines when she won a human rights case against the federal government. The ruling determined that the government’s programs had discriminated against First Nations children by denying equal services on reserves and in the Yukon. Blackstock, who grew up in northwest B.C., is also an advocate for child welfare through her role as the executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. Mark’s aunt, Liz Wilson, said there was a sense of pride in the community about

Mark’s and Blackstock’s achievements. “We know that our people are getting up there and we’re proud of [Mark] for being there,” she said. “I’m hoping she’ll do good with helping the people in her riding there, with the needy people, the housing and that.” Mark said although she had not signed up to become a role model, she understood she had assumed that position when she was elected. “To young people who can see me and where I’ve come from I certainly hope that inspires them to fight harder, to continue in their life with a sense of pride, to know that they have a place in our society and our communities,” she said. As the first First Nations woman elected to the B.C. legislature, Mark follows in the footsteps of Carole James, who became the first aboriginal woman when she won the seat of Victoria-Beacon Hill in 2005. James is Métis.

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A Hazelton teen plans to use a $10,000 scholarship for postsecondary education to study for a career helping people with diabetes, a disease he was diagnosed with last year. Hazelton Secondary School student Brandon Greenall is one of five Canadian high school students to win the $10,000 Horatio Alger National Entrepreneurial Scholarship. A further 80 teens were chosen from thousands of applications from across Canada to receive $5,000 from the association. Greenall, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes just over a year ago, said the scholarship means he can afford to go to university despite his substantial medical bills. “I was worrying about it for a long time and this is a really big step,” said Greenall. “The bills that would be involved with taking care of the diabetes would exceed probably $3,000 a year as well as probably my tuition, my housing, my food, my car. “It was absolutely huge, [without it] I would have to just hope that I could secure student loans and work quite a bit while in school on and off and just hope for the best.” To qualify for the Horatio Alger scholarship, students must have overcome adversity while displaying strength of character and strong academics. Scholarship winners must also be in financial need and have a commitment to pursuing higher education. Greenall was born with a number of medical problems, which he said were a significant financial burden to his parents. He plans to use the scholarship bursary to study health science and, in the long-term, help others through diabetes education. The Grade 12 student said he would be attending the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George after he graduates in June. “What I’m hoping to do is get into diabetes education because I think that having the problem and helping people with the problem is a really cool thing to be able to do,” said Greenall. “It’s really valuable to know what your clients are going through. “I had some very great diabetic education help here in Hazelton and Terrace. “They’re absolutely great, but [I hope] to go down and work in a big centre and be able to say, ‘Okay, I know how you feel and here’s how I got through that and maybe it’ll help you.’ ”

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Mystics confident of ANBT chances By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The Hazelton Mystics women’s basketball team had high hopes they could hoop a win ahead of the 2016 All Native Basketball Tournament (ANBT), which started on Monday in Prince Rupert. Teams from across the Northwest were set to face off in the invitational tournament, which runs from Feb 8-14. Mystics player Carlene Wright

said a recent win at the Gitmidiik Lights Out Basketball Tournament in New Aiyansh had boosted her team’s confidence. “It was some good competition and we came out on top,” said Wright. “We’re just really confident in our roster, it’s looking great.” The Prince Rupert competition will pitch the Mystics against some of the same players that competed in New Aiyansh, including teams from Kitimat and Prince Rupert. Her team is one of three from

the Hazeltons competing at the tournament. The men’s intermediate Elite and the senior men’s Gitxsan team will travel to Prince Rupert for the event. The Mystics have been holding daily training sessions to prepare. Wright, who has played at several ANBTs, said anticipation about the competition had become part of the culture of living in the Hazeltons. “It keeps us busy and keeps our kids busy and it’s something to look forward to every year which we work hard for,” she said.

The Mystics are one of three Hazeltons teams competing in the All Native Basketball Tournament. Karina Wilson photo

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