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This Smithers trailer was on fire when neighbour Kevin Dales (pictured) crawled through the black smoke to rescue a local teen, who is in a Vancouver hospital being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. Story below. Alicia Bridges photo

Airport expansion grant Daring rescue saves teen largest ever for Smithers By Alicia Bridges

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Smithers’ airport may soon get a lot more leg room thanks to the largest grant the Town has ever received. Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi announced Friday a $4-million grant from the Gas Tax Strategic Priorities program for expansion and modernization of the Smithers Regional Airport. The $6-million project also requires Smithers to chip in $2 million, expected to come from the airport improvement fee which charges flyers $25. Under provincial law, that long-term debt financing requires a referendum or alternative approval process before the project can move forward. Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach said there is no timeline on a referendum yet, but that he

hopes it will happen this year. “I’m hoping residents will see the value in making this investment,” said Bachrach. The plan is that none of Smithers’ share would come from property taxes. “In part, we brought in that airport improvement fee for exactly this purpose,” said Bachrach. The Smithers’ airport terminal was built in the 1960s. This project would expand the building by 547 sq. metres (6,000 sq. ft.), and include accessible washrooms in the secure hold room, upgrades to the fire alarm and sprinkler system, and reconfiguration of the check-in, baggage claim, baggage handling and security areas. The hold room would increase from 54 to 118 seats. This expansion comes as passenger and aircraft numbers have dropped. See LANDING on A2

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SOCCER SEASON AT RISK The BV Soccer Society needs a new president to guarantee a season.

RANGER PARK FACING CLOSURE Smithers preschool struggles to overcome declining enrolment.

RUSSIANS WEIGH IN ON LNG Scientists tour B.C. to share experiences with LNG and salmon in Russia.




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A Smithers man who pulled his neighbour from a burning trailer moments before it erupted in flames says there was no time to think twice about risking his life to save another. Two people were inside the trailer at Hudson Bay Trailer Court when it caught fire on Feb. 5. Kevin Dales, who lives opposite the affected unit, was watching a movie with his family when he noticed his power starting to flicker. “I took a peek outside of my side window and I saw flames and embers floating in the air and I just quickly jumped up, grabbed my phone and my shoes and basically knew that this place was on fire,” he said.

Dales ran to the fire and immediately heard a woman screaming for help. He found the woman sitting inside the front door and yelled at her to flee the home while he went to call the fire department. When he returned the woman had retreated inside the smokefilled trailer to try to rescue a male youth who was trapped inside. The woman had tried but was not able to drag the youth away from the approaching flames. Dales said there was only about a foot of breathable air on the floor where he could crawl underneath the black smoke. “She was basically yelling ‘Help! Get him out!,’ ” said Dales. “She was yelling that she needed help to get this guy out so I just crawled in there until I found him.”

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Lower landing limit sought for fewer cancelled and delayed flights

From AIRPORT on Front Hawkair stopped flying out of Smithers Aug. 1 due to declining passenger numbers. Scheduled passengers in 2015 dropped to 66,002 from 70,213 in 2014. Chartered passengers dropped to 10,044 from 12,555. Aircraft traffic was also down last year, with Hawkair not flying for five months and a drop in LNG pipeline preliminary work, according to airport manager Rob Blackburn. Aircraft movements dropped from 14,744 in 2014 to 12,308 last year. But new localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV) software, combined with a lower landing limit of 250 feet from 500 feet the airport is trying to get approved, should cut back on delayed and cancelled flights. Clearing about a hectare of Crown land north of the airport later this year is needed to get that approval. “That’s a common misconception out in the public, that aircraft can come in complete darkness and still land ... those are the things for the movies. “Even in places like Vancouver, when they get thick fog with a full instrument landing system ... the pilot still needs to be able to see the runway,” said Blackburn.

He said he was told the new global positioning system approach being designed would be similar to the mulitmillion dollar landing system used by larger airports. “Basically, what they’re saying is it cannot get better than what we’re about to get,” said Blackburn. A larger holding room means larger crowds of passengers can wait, which means larger planes can use Smithers airport. That would affect landing fees, as the larger Bombardier Q400 planes would weigh more and pay more, but not weigh as much as two planes. Air Canada has recently used the larger planes to fly stranded passengers from cancelled flights along with scheduled passengers. Landing fees are charged per 1,000 kilograms. “That should help the airline with efficiencies, so effectively by bringing in a bigger plane, we should be able to offer them a better rate, which in turn should lower their cost per passenger,” said Blackburn. “And that’s actually something the mayor and myself have both been working on with Air Canada, trying to come up with solutions and try to get them to be a little bit more competitive in Smithers. I

think we’re gaining some traction there.” The airport manager said a 2012 marketing study showed a large portion of fliers in Smithers are with businesses, government and First Nations. Another fairly large portion are people flying out recreationally to visit places like Vancouver. The rest are tourists like fishers and hunters. “It’s a critical link for our community. I don’t know of very many people who don’t rely on the airport to get in and out of town,” said Bachrach. “And when it comes to the economy, whether you’re talking about the tourism industry, or the mining industry, or pretty much any other sector, the airport is just crucial.” A geothermal district energy system will heat the terminal building, adjacent equipment storage building that was recently built to accommodate being plugged into a geothermal system, and potentially other airport facilities. “That was a component that was really important to council ... We need to ensure when we invest large amounts of money in our infrastructure that we’re building the infrastructure of tomorrow. And we have a responsibility to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,” said Bachrach.

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SM I L E F OR T H E WE E K There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. – J.K. Rowling

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Teen hospitalized with burns to hands From RESCUE on Front “Once I found him I heard him moaning and stuff so I just basically grabbed him, pulled him through the living room to the door and outside.” A passerby, who had pulled over after seeing the fire from the highway, helped Dales pull the man further away from the house. Within minutes the trailer was completely ablaze, with flames raging from windows and doors. The woman was able to escape safely by crawling under the smoke, but Dales said the teen appeared to be barely conscious. “He was struggling to breathe, it was good that I got him at that point in time otherwise he probably would not have made it,” he said. The youth suffered burns to his hands and smoke inhalation.

He was airlifted to Vancouver for further treatment. Dales and the female occupant of the house were both examined and released from the Bulkley Valley District Hospital. Family of the injured teen have used social media to thank Dales and the woman who escaped for their bravery in trying to pull the youth to safety. Dales, a father of two, said everything happened so fast he did not have time to weigh up the risks. “To be honest I didn’t even think twice about doing it,” he said. “I knew that they needed help and I just did it because, I don’t know, it’s just something you do. “I’m just glad that everybody’s doing okay, and everybody made it out of here, and everybody’s got a second chance at surviving.” The Smithers Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire.

Telkwa thirsts for infrastructure at talk By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Close to 50 people filled the Old Church in Smithers to pitch their ideas on how infrastructure money from the federal government should be spent. They were there as part of SkeenBulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen’s series of town halls in the Northwest. He told the crowd of residents and representatives from Smithers, Telkwa and the Rural District of Bulkley

Nechako that a common theme he heard in all communities was the need for core services to be upgraded. That played out in the Smithers meeting, where Telkwa Mayor Darcy Repen pushed for more water capacity for his village after its application for funding to construct the Trobak Water Reservoir project was denied in a letter from the Union of B.C. Municipalities received Feb. 4. “What we’re looking at right now is problems in our fire flow, regardless of what we can conserve in terms of our residential use,” Repen told The Interior

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N EWS Further Morrison Mine environmental assessment By Flavio Nienow Black Press

Environment Minister Mary Polak and Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett have ordered the proposed Morrison copper/ gold mine to undergo further environmental assessment. The scope of the supplemental assessment includes further engagement with Lake Babine Nation (LBN), which has opposed the project since it was first proposed in 2003. The proposed mine is adjacent to Morrison Lake in LBN territory, 65 km northeast of Smithers. “I want to make clear that LBN is not opposed to working with corporations and governments to sustainably develop our resources in a manner that strengthens our nation, but this proposal is neither sustainable nor in the best interests of the Lake Babine people,” said Chief Wilf Adam in a press release. Morrison Lake is home to a genetically distinct population of sockeye. “We can’t risk trading a renewable, sustainable fishery for a non-renewable mine that will leave a legacy of contaminants and toxins in our territory,” said Chief Adam. The supplemental assessment required Pacific Booker Minerals (PBM) — the company that owns the proposed Morrison Mine — to prepare a “Lake Babine Nation

engagement plan.” The engagement plan was submitted to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) on Dec. 23. Last week the EAO responded: “Given that your early attempts to meet with Lake Babine Nation have not been successful, how will you seek to ensure that the potential adverse effects of project impacts to Lake Babine Nation’s rights will be appropriately identified and addressed?” The EAO says it received numerous questions and concerns on the design of the Morrison Mine from Lake Babine Nation. The next step is for PBM to prepare a document called supplemental application information requirements (SAIR), which includes further engagement with First Nations. The document will be reviewed by the EAO to determine if it provided a reasonable response to the SAIR requirements. The EAO will then convene a working group

of provincial and federal agencies, local governments and First Nations to review the document. Chief Adam told Lakes District News there will be consequences if the project moves forward. “We will fight it vigorously as it’s not right to put a mine right in the middle of our last wild salmon area,” said Chief Adam. PBM questions decision PBM filed two separate requests under the freedom of information and protection of privacy act. The company says the requests are to obtain further information on the July 2015 decision that Morrison Mine undergo further environmental assessment. It also wants to obtain the qualifications of three reviewers involved in the environmental assessment certificate application. The requests were submitted in January 2016 and September 2015 to the ministries of

Environment, Energy and Mines, and Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, and the EAO. Morrison Mine’s environmental assessment  was suspended in June 2014 after the Mount Polley Mine disaster, when a dam holding toxic waste water collapsed. In June 2015, the suspension was lifted, and a decision on the

Morrison Mine’s environmental assessment was expected by July 9. But on July 8, the mine was ordered to undergo further assessment. The proposed $517-million conventional open-pit mine would have an extraction rate of 30,000 tonnes per day. The project would bring in close to $900 million in tax revenues over its 21-year life span.

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Managing Your Money Retiring with RRIFs It won’t be long before you have to convert your RRSP into a registered retirement income fund. What’s that you ask? We explain. Everyone should be familiar with the Registered Retirement Savings Plan, but as you get closer to your post-working life, there’s another registered account you need to get to know: the RegisAd 1142 teredMoTI Retirement Income Fund. At 72, you’re no longer allowed to invest in an RRSP. In fact, Bulkley Stikine Load regulation – withdraw money from it. Essentially, an RRSP converts you must – by government intoRestrictions a RRIF, which then becomes the account you remove your money from. For many retirees, the switch to a RRIF can be confusing. We turned to David Ablett, Director of Tax and Estate Smithers Interior News Planning at Investors Group, for his take on the benefits of a RRIF and what you need to know to make it work best for you. Houston Today Tip > 65 is the magical age While you have to convert your RRSP into a RRIF before January 1 of the yearDistrict you turn 72, you can make that transition at any age. However, many people wait until Lakes News they are 65 to convert an RRSP to a RRIF, says Ablett. At that point, you can take advantage of the pension 4.31” X income 6.42” tax credit and pension income splitting. That means that if you are required to take out, say, 270 Lines $10,000 from your RRIF in a given year, you could, if it were tax-advantageous, transfer half of it to your spouse’s income. (3 columns X 90 lines) Tip > Know the “ins” and “outs” As with a RRSP, the money in your RRIF still grows tax-free, but you are no longer allowed to put new money in. You now have to make regular withdrawals at an increasing rate. There is a minimum amount you have to remove – see the chart below – but there is no maximum. However, you will have to pay tax, based on your marginal tax rate, on whatever you take out. Something else to consider: “If you take a lot out of your RRIF, you could now be exposing yourself to a claw back of your Old Age Security payments,” says Ablett. Tip >Use your TFSA for extra cash If you are required to withdraw more money from your RRIF than you need, then take advantage of your tax-free savings account (TFSA). You’ll have to pay taxes on the amount that is withdrawn from your RRIF, but then the money can continue to grow tax-free in the TFSA.

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Spring release for Hwy 16 plan By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

The Ministry of Transportation has confirmed it will release the details of its plan for safer public transit along Highway 16 in the spring. Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced last December his department would spend $3-million on measures to improve public transit between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Those measures include a $1.6 million funding pool for communities to expand their own transit services, and $750,000 in grants for them to purchase and operate vehicles. A further $150,000 was allocated to a First Nations driver education program, and $500,000 was set aside to improve security and install webcams at hitchhiking hotspots. The plan was based in part on input from a symposium attended by First Nations and municipal leaders in Smithers last November. An advisory council set up to develop the plan has met twice since it was created last year. Its members include the mayors of Houston and Burns Lake, as well as Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) child services director Mary Teegee. In a written response to questions from The Interior News, the Ministry of Transportation said details about grant funding and eligibility would be released in the spring. The Ministry is also in the process of identifying hitchhiking hotspots where it plans to install security webcams.

“Highway webcams can help us better monitor transit bus stops, as well as locations that are being used as common hitchhiking spots, again, all in an effort to increase safety for those travelling along the corridor,” said the statement. Asked whether the plan would be subject to a public consultation period, the Ministry said it was ensuring community issues were represented through the advisory group. “Advisory committee members are active participants and have a vested interest in selecting the transportation services that best meet local needs,” it said. CSFS child services director Mary Teegee predicted the plan would be ready to be released publicly by the end of March. She said the funding criteria would be prioritized by need and existing services. “It’s also looking at how are we going to be innovative to ensure that those smaller communities that feed into the larger centre, how are we going to ensure that there’s transportation options for them as well?” said Teegee. Her employer runs the Highway of Tears initiative, an education and awareness campaign launched as a result of the 2006 Highway of Tears Symposium in Prince George. Teegee, whose cousin Ramona Wilson was murdered after disappearing along Highway 16 in 1994, felt that members of the committee had a shared vision for the final plan. “I think it’s going to be, as much as we can, looking at the funding ... we need to have sustainable funding for the North, it needs to meet the needs of the North, I think we all share those sentiments,” said Teegee.

Love the Town in Which You Live. Earlier this year,’s umbrella organization, Small Town Love was rebranded to become The rebranding is due to the new nature of the program and to better reflect the entire collection of communities now participating in the program. is now the largest shop local campaign in Canada. With 27 communities in northern BC participating, you are sure to find whatever you are looking for from an independent, locally owned business. LoveSmithers. com currently Allan Stroet, Economic has the 2nd Development Officer

most participating businesses at 81 (behind the founding community Quesnel) and is growing. We are always looking to add businesses and build relationships between owners and customers. Market research studies show that people are more likely to buy from, and support businesses owned by people they know or feel they know. The BVEDA encourages you to visit to see the businesses that make our town unique and to see what they have available.


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Greater limits to mineral exploration means less risk

GUEST VIEW Nikki Skuce


t’s true: British Columbia is endowed with rich natural resources. It is also true that the economic and political development of our province was closely intertwined with mining activity. In fact, B.C.’s mining laws were created over

150 years ago during the gold rush era of the 1850s. These laws were largely created by miners themselves to help guarantee unfettered access to new lands by creating the right of “free entry,” and were part of the strategy to help settle the colony. Today, mining activity is still given priority over virtually all other land uses in B.C. In fact, the process for staking a claim has only gotten easier. Are you 18 years old, have $25 and access to a computer? Click and you have a claim staked anywhere: on private property, First Nations hunting grounds, key tourism areas, important salmon habitat or wildlife management areas. Mining activities are off-limits only in parks, under buildings, and at certain archeological sites. In other words, mining exploration can take place in over 82 per cent of the province. This is the core of the problem.

The right of free entry has not evolved with environmental and societal norms. Mining gets a free pass from zoning bylaws and land use plans that apply to other sectors. Until we change the free entry system and stop giving privilege to the mining industry, we will see conflict. A farming family learned the hard way when their property just outside of Kamloops was staked and they could do nothing to stop their property from turning into a strip-mine for kitty litter. Despite the family’s ownership of the land, they are indefinitely excluded from entering, using, occupying, or enjoying their property while it is being mined and received a mere $60,000 in compensation. The municipal government, First Nations and several community groups in Kamloops have expressed concern about the proposed Ajax mine within the municipal boundaries.

Community members are predominantly concerned about health and water quality issues, but B.C.’s Mineral Tenure Act provides no power for local governments to prevent mineral claims from being staked, mining leases from being granted, or to stop a mine from being developed within city limits. Similarly, proponents are not required to engage with First Nations prior to staking a claim or entering the land. The B.C. government has taken the position that the staking of mineral claims does not trigger a constitutional duty to consult. Unlike other forms of tenure no opportunity is provided for public hearings or public comment before mining leases are granted. We need to establish common sense restrictions on where mineral claims and mining leases are allowed. Establishing certain areas, such as key salmon habitat,

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as no-go zones for mining will go a long way to avoid opposition from First Nations and local communities. While the Association of Mineral Exploration for BC wants more and easier access to public lands, increasing limits and an end to free entry will substantially reduce risks to the industry. Ensuring First Nations, private landowners and the public have a more meaningful role in decisions about mineral tenure has the potential to bring more balance to landuse decisions, and increase the likelihood that future mining projects are located in places, and carried out in a manner, that have the social licence to proceed. – Nikki Skuce is the director of Northern Confluence, a Smithersbased initiative to improve landuse decisions in B.C.’s salmon watersheds.


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L ETTERS Offer Lake Kathlyn school to a community group Editor: As a long time resident of the Lake Kathlyn area, I have a great concern: what will happen to Lake Kathlyn school when it’s shut down? Our boys attended the Lake Kathlyn school. I taught choir and was trustee for the Lake Kathlyn-Evelyn area for many years. Lake Kathlyn school is special. This is my concern: I see Chandler Park school and Quick school. Both are vacant buildings gone to ruin. An example of a school board not knowing how to deal with the community at large. If — or rather when — the closure of Lake Kathlyn school comes about, I hope that the school board will do the right thing and offer the facility to a responsible community group for a simple fee, not board it up and let it go to ruin the way of Chandler Park and sell it for scrap. Hopefully, the board will do something positive this time. Gerry Hamming Lake Kathlyn

The closure of Lake Kathlyn school seems extremely shortsighted Editor: We, the parents of Lake Kathlyn Elementary School (LK) would like to thank the people of Smithers, including Mr. Doug Donaldson, Mr. Taylor Bachrach, and parents and teachers from outside of our school community, for attending the first public consultation meeting on the possible closure of Lake Kathlyn school. As your article stated, we feel strongly that the district would be losing a special and unique learning environment if LK is closed. While we have many questions about the financial and long term implications of closure, the first meeting was an opportunity to tell our stories and highlight what we think is special and unique about our school. Lake Kathlyn is the school of choice for many families and the closure of the school will take away our choice in how and where our children are educated. Barring private school and


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homeschooling options, Walnut Park is the only school in Smithers that has space for our kids. According to the school district’s own facilities review, Walnut Park is listed as “end of life” and requires either extensive structural renovations or a complete rebuild. The dollar figure in the capital plan priorities for this renovation or rebuild is $16 million. What costs will be immediately incurred in order to create a safe space to absorb our 80-plus students, as well as the BV homeschool program and Strong Start program which currently operate in the “unused” classrooms at LK? How will these costs impact the projected “savings” from closing our school? Given that, according to the Fraser Institute, LK currently has 20.5 per cent special needs students (yes, one in five) compared to 7.6 per cent at Walnut Park, what costs will be incurred to ensure that our students continue to get the support and resources they require to succeed? The district projects a 75 per cent savings in learner support costs by moving our students. Do they assume our special needs students will just go away if LK is not an option? What plan does the district have for the building, post closure? Who would purchase the facility and at what cost? Will the building be allowed to deteriorate for years (as recently seen with Chandler Park) and then be eventually sold at a loss? Or will the building be maintained and secured until a suitable buyer is found? At what cost? How will these maintenance, security and insurance costs affect the total savings projected? The district has assured us that the closure of LK will provide our students with a wider degree of choice in terms of programming at a larger school. What programs specifically? If the financial position is as dire as the secretary/treasurer would have us believe, the closure of LK is a drop in the bucket compared to the loss of funding that is looming. What wonderful programs would be created


Jennifer Derbyshire On behalf of the parents of Lake Kathlyn Elementary School

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that would benefit our children to a greater degree than what they already have? At what cost? Looking forward, the closure of LK seems extremely shortsighted, especially given superintendent van der Mark’s admission that the school district is “not broke” and the need to save money is not particularly urgent. Smithers is built on a resource economy and has traditionally been a “boom or bust” town. Population numbers shift with economic cycles. While the economic news of late has not been rosy, it doesn’t take much effort to find clear signs that brighter days are ahead. With many new nurses being hired and at least two new mines in the area moving rapidly towards production (2500-plus jobs at one mine alone), the potential for a boom in our population is obvious. Closing LK will result in Smithers having less than 70 spots available in public elementary schools. It is difficult to attract families to our town if we do not have room for their kids. These are just a few of the many questions we will put to the board in the coming days and weeks. We encourage all members of the community to inform yourselves, attend the upcoming public meetings and write letters to the board to let them know how you feel about this plan.

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Cacao. “Theo” as in “theo-ology,” and the whole phrase literally means “food of the gods.” Chocolate is good for the heart: it is a good way of preventing heart attacks (and strokes), and is also an accepted treatment for heart failure.  And maybe even unrequited love. Heart failure first: a nine-year study on 30,000 Swedish women found that those who consumed chocolate one to three times a week had 32 per cent reduced risk. And chocolate is a good treatment for those already in heart failure, as well as being a remedy for high blood pressure. It also leads to fewer strokes and fewer deaths from strokes by up to almost fifty percent, depending upon the type of chocolate and the amount consumed. Flavinols in chocolate are antioxidants that lower cholesterol and improve diabetes.  Dark chocolate contains eight times as many oxidants as strawberries. So cover your berries with chocolate.  Plus it has an action similar to ASA to help prevent blood clumping within your arteries.  Hence the decrease in both heart attacks and strokes. Tryptophan in chocolate is metabolized into serotonin, so chocolate theoretically could act as a natural serotonin enhancer, similar to the Prozac class of drugs. It could be a natural treatment for anxiety and depression.  Phenylethylamine in chocolate elevates mood and may enhance falling in love.  Endorphins in chocolate are the body’s natural opiates, and reduce sensitivity to pain.  Another ingredient, anandamide, acts like a cannabinoid to promote relaxation.  Woman have improved immediate recall right after sniffing chocolate. Thankfully chocolate is not nearly as fattening as you might think. Pure chocolate contains nine calories per gram — the same as fats.  But it also tastes bitter, like unsweetened baking chocolate.  However, the more sugar you add to chocolate ( at four calories per gram) the less fattening the chocolate becomes! Plus substances in cacao are known to reduce appetite.   Chocolate makes women feel happier, and may also increase their interest in sex.  And chocolate.  And sex and chocolate.  Except perhaps in France, where a recent Harris Interactive Poll showed that many French women would prefer just to have the chocolate. Bon appetite! Dr. Patrick Nesbitt is a Family Physician in BC. and used to work in Smithers West Vancouver

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Soccer season in jeopardy BV Nordics impress in Kamloops By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The soccer season for close to 800 kids is in jeopardy if the Bulkley Valley Soccer Society (BVSS) cannot find a new president and vice president. Only three people showed up to the BVSS annual general meeting on Feb. 10, where nobody stepped forward to fill the top roles. “We need to get somebody in there,” said outgoing president Colin Bateman. “We don’t even know whether they’re going to be able to go forward without having somebody in that spot.” Bateman explained that the president coordinates all the other members, who each have specific roles on the board. “There’s somebody who looks after the fields, somebody who does the registrations, somebody who does the finance. But my role was to co-ordinate, like working with the Chandler Field (town advisory) committee, and finding new ways

to improve the program we have by adding equipment and stuff like that,” said Bateman. The Town of Smithers has put upgrades out to tender for Chandler Fields. The BVSS is reaching out to its mailing list and posting on social and traditional media for anyone to help out. Anyone interested in participating should email BVSS secretary Patricia Barnaby at Bateman said he could guide the person who stepped into his role, but stressed he could not continue as president after already staying a year longer than he planned. The Aspen Inn manager said he could not handle the responsibilities of the BVSS at the same time as holding the president position on the Smithers and District Chamber of Commerce. “I don’t feel I’ve been able to give both of them my all,” said Bateman. Bill Price and Tamara Gillis filled vacancies on the board, which also has two other members.


Senior members of the Bulkley Valley Nordics ski team showed everyone just how fit and fast they are at the second BC Cup race of the season held near Kamloops Feb. 6-7. A dedicated race team of four athletes and three parent/wax tech/coaches made the journey south. Three of the junior boys racers, Travis Pete, Ryan Williams and Hamish Woods, dealt with back-to-back 10-kilometre races, with an interval start skate race on Saturday and a mass start classic race on the same course Sunday. Jessie Smids in the juvenile boys category raced a 5 km skate on Saturday, followed by a 7.5 km classic race on Sunday. The snow conditions were perfect and not nearly as challenging to wax for as their coach/wax tech, Alex Woods, had worried. Hamish Woods, racing against 22 other boys, was second in both races, missing first place by less than six seconds both days. Travis Pete was second for his age and sixth overall in both races, and Ryan Williams was in the middle of the pack, a great accomplishment for his second year of ski racing. Jessie Smids was fourth for his age in the skate and third for his age in the classic race. Our next big race will be the Western Canadian Championships in Prince George Feb. 19-21, where a much larger Bulkley Valley team will Travis Pete racing in the Junior Boy category skate compete. race at BC Cup 2 near Kamloops. Contributed by the Bulkley Valley Nordics. Contributed photo

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It took five periods for the Terrace River Kings to win game one of the CIHL West Division final in Terrace. The Smithers Steelheads will look to even up the series starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with a deciding game three going at 1:30 if necessary. Both games are at the Smithers Civic Centre. Matches between the two Steelheads goalie Keano Wilson flashes the leather during the rivals are known for their team’s 6-5 double overtime loss to Terrace. rough play, and the refs Jackie Lieuwen photo made sure the game did not get too out of hand, calling a Smithers 1st 2nd 3rd OT2 Tot. high number of penalties in Steelheads the first two periods. 2 3 0 0 5 “When it ended up 5-5, the game got really good and Terrace River 1st 2nd 3rd OT2 Tot. there was none of the chippy Kings stuff any more. There was 3 2 0 1 6 a lot of deserved penalties,” said Steelheads coach Tom DeVries. River King Kenny Nordstrom got the puck in “That is one of the wildest games I have ever been front of the net. a part of,” said River Kings captain Steve Cullis.  He fired it at the net but it deflected off the “Ups and downs, the flow kept changing: goalie pads. Nordstrom managed to grab the they had momentum, we had momentum, it was rebound and slammed it into the net, earning the absolutely wild.” Kings a 6-5 win. The River Kings earned their first goal right off “That’s why they call it sudden death, I guess. the faceoff, with Cullis sliding one past Steelhead All of a sudden you’re very tired and sad,” said goalie Keano Wilson just 10 seconds in.  DeVries. Only three minutes later the Steelheads The week between games gives plenty of took a hooking penalty, and the River Kings recovery time, according to the coach. capitalized, taking a 2-0 lead. “Now we’re under the gun,” said DeVries. But the Steelheads stayed in it and even held The winner of this series goes on to face the lead before Terrace tied it at five in the second whoever wins in the East Division between period. The next two periods would go scoreless Quesnel and Williams Lake. That series is tied until 13 minutes into the second overtime, when at one.

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Mystics work magic at ANBT By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The All Native Basketball Tournament ended with a bittersweet finale for the Mystics women’s basketball team, who scored second place overall but lost the tournament by just six points. The Gitxsan team from the Hazeltons area won six of their eight games at last week’s tournament in Prince Rupert. They were on a winning streak when they entered the final against Bella Bella on Saturday, and their success continued into the first quarter, largely at the hands of new player Taylor Wale. But point guard Tamara Stoney said the team lost their advantage when Wale was sidelined for a foul. “She got in foul trouble so she pretty much sat down for the second and third quarters where

they caught up, and we just didn’t have enough options out there,” she said. Stoney believes the turning point in the game was when she was injured in a collision with another player. “I was hurt the rest of the game and I could just feel the energy drain from our team ... but [Bella Bella] did make some key three-pointers and we missed some key shots too,” she said. The game finished with Bella Bella ahead 56-50. Although the team narrowly missed out on a tournament victory, Stoney said it was the highest placing a women’s team from the Hazeltons had achieved since before she started playing in 1999. The team also finished with several awards and trophies for individual player performances. Stoney was named the most inspirational player, high scorer and most outstanding player of

the tournament. Brittany Simpson won the all star and best defenceman title, Taylor Wale was awarded an all star award, and Kylie Johnson won the sixth man award. The highest scorers were Stoney with 16 points, Simpson with 12 and Wale with 10. Stoney is confident the Mystics can return even stronger in 2017. She said travelling to other competitions before the ANBT had helped the team’s performance last week. Stoney hopes they can keep travelling to compete this year to boost their skills. “We really need to get more games as a team, lots more games as a team I think, before the All Native tournament,” she said. Two men’s teams also travelled to compete at the ANBT in the intermediate and seniors categories, but neither made it through to the finals.

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Stories in the snow By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Adults and children in elaborate button blankets and striking masks danced to the drumbeat of Wet’suwet’en songs at the Stories in the Snow fundraiser in Smithers on Friday. Traditional dances, songs and stories were shared at the showcase of Wet’suwet’en culture presented by the Ewk Hiyah Hozdli Dance Group. The event was held to raise money so the dancers can travel to New Aiyansh to perform at a Nisga’a event known as hobiyee (pronounced ho-bee-yay) from Feb. 26-27. The Nisga’a New Year celebration marks the return of the prized oolichan fish to the Nass Valley. For the local dancers, it is an opportunity to share traditional Wet’suwet’en dances and songs with the Nisga’a Nation. Ewk Hiyah Hozdli member

Molly Wickham said the group’s goal was to remember Wet’suwet’en culture, and to share it with the wider Bulkley Valley community. “Because a lot of our songs and dances aren’t sung anymore, and a lot of people don’t remember our mass dances at all either, we’ve been bringing those back,” she said. “Currently our membership, the children outnumber the adults, which is awesome, it’s really amazing.” Wickham and the other Ewk Hiyah Hozdli dancers have turned to their elders to piece together the songs and dances, and to learn to perform them properly. “We were really fortunate to have access to those elders before they passed away,” said Wickham. “A lot of stuff we pieced together through research and stories and talking to different elders. “We still are learning things about the songs that we didn’t know before.”

Ewk Hiyah Hozdli dancers perform a traditional Wet’suwet’en dance at the Stories in the Snow cultural event last Friday. Alicia Bridges photo

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Bulkley Valley a haven for refugees By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

The second of two Syrian refugee families sponsored by a local community group arrived at the Smithers airport last week to the sound of cheers from the supporters that helped bring them to Canada. Zakaria Ramadan, his wife Nojood Aziz and their three daughters Gharam, 8, Ghoroub, 2, and Nada, 1, received a warm welcome when they stepped off the plane in Smithers last Wednesday. The family was sponsored by the Bulkley Valley Refugee Sponsorship Group (BVRSG), which fundraised more than $80,000 to bring two families to Smithers. The other family, who have relatives in Smithers, arrived earlier last week on Family Day. Saied Assaf, Eviet Danbar and their daughter Gessika, 15, were also at the airport to make the new family feel welcome on Wednesday. A small group of BVRSG members greeted the Ramadan family with gifts, flowers and toys, which were presented to the family by local children. The families shared tears with their local supporters before members of the BVRSG helped them gather their bags to be driven to their new home in Smithers. BVRSG spokesperson Pauline Mahoney said last week the group

would give the families some time to settle in before introducing them to the community at a potluck event. “It’s really just about them now, they are here, they are safe, it’s a new beginning, it’s feels great,” she said. A total 16 Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive in Smithers this week. In addition to the two families sponsored by the BVRSG, another two families have been privately sponsored by Smithers woman Mona Awil and her husband Akram Khalil. The couple, who emigrated to Canada 12 years ago, have personally sponsored Awil’s sister Dalla and nephew Sami, as well as Akram’s brother Saied, his wife Nazha Karkor and their children Eyad, 21, and Rawad, 11. A family of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo were also welcomed to the Bulkley Valley this month. On Feb. 3, the Telkwa Faith Reformed Church celebrated the arrival of the Nsilulu family, eight long years after they first launched an application to bring them here. The church has sponsored the couple and their seven children to live in Smithers, where the children attended their first day of class at Bulkley Valley Christian School last week. They had been living near Kampala, Uganda, for eight years while they waited for the church’s application to be processed.


By sheer coincidence, the Nsilulu family are friends with another Congolese refugee family who were sponsored by the St. Joseph’s Parish in Smithers. The families had an emotional reunion at the Smithers Regional Airport when the Nsilulus arrived on Feb. 3. Church pastor James Folkerts said there was an atmosphere of “pure joy” when they landed in Smithers. “They were just thoroughly exhausted but just really relieved to finally be in Canada, and then just seeing (their Congolese friends) David and Winnie up here and the joy of that and meeting us ... it was just a really beautiful welcoming,” he said.

The Nsilulu family from the Democratic Republic of Congo arrives in Smithers (above) and Mona Awil meets Syrian refugee Nojood Aziz and child Nada (1) last Wednesday. Alicia Bridges and contributed photos

Ranger Park faces closure again By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

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Ron Austin tells Wet’suwet’en tales to Muheim students Friday as part of the school’s Carnival de Québec à Muheim. Kids rolled Quebec maple syrup on the snow at the cabane à sucre, took sleigh rides and raced ice breakers on the field.

Ranger Park Preschool is again facing the possibility of closure. A public meeting to discuss closing the preschool is tentatively scheduled for Mar. 14, with a time and place to be confirmed. The preschool was brought back from the brink after a closed-door motion to close it was passed in the fall of 2014. Public outcry led council to reverse its decision. Enrolment has continued to plummet since then. The fall session saw 103 kids participate, down from 121 in 2014 and 205 in 2011.

The Town had a net loss of $36,174 running the program. Coun. Phil Brienesse voted to keep the preschool in 2014. This time, he did not even want to have the public meeting before closing it, being the sole councillor last Tuesday to vote against it. “People came out [in 2014] and told us how much they valued it, and how important it was. It is an excellent program, but the problem is the numbers didn’t go up, they actually went down,” said Brienesse. “At some point as a town you have to ask yourself what you’re in the business of.” “I think that previous councils have learned a lesson about the need to have some discussion,” said Coun. Shelley Browne at council, before moving that there be a public meeting.

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Elenor passed away peacefully at the Bulkley Valley District Hospital on Feb. 8, 2016 at the age of 91. She was born on July 23, 1924 in Ocean Falls, BC, one of seven children to Herb and Lavenna Giddings. She moved to Telkwa, BC at an early age and remained until her passing. Elenor was an active member in the Quick Women’s Institute and enjoyed many hobbies. Knitting, crocheting and working in her greenhouse were among the ones she loved the most. Her grandchildren, nieces and nephews and other children in the community will remember her as loving, fun and as their favorite caregiver. Elenor is survived by her daughter Kathleen McDivitt; sons John (Janet) McDivitt, Larry (Shirley) McDivitt; grandchildren April (Hans) Rodinger, Carlynn (Pedro) Fernandes, Camron (Erica) McDivitt; great grandchildren Brandon, Reagan, Logan, Tristan, Owen, Lyndsay, Isabella, Jasmine, Ryder and great-great grandson Cohen. She is also survived by her brother Charlie Giddings; sisters May Olson, Margaret Kerr, Shirley Connelly and numerous nephews and nieces. A Funeral Service for Elenor was held on Feb.12, 2016 in St. Stephen’s Heritage Church in Telkwa, BC. She was laid to rest in the Telkwa Cemetery. Condolences may be offered at R.A. SCHRADER FUNERAL SERVICES 250-847-2441

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St. Joseph’s school kids, school council secretary Kelly Ehalt and principal Rosemary Mckenzie give thanks to CityWest’s outside plant director Bart Kuntz and Bulkley Valley system supervisor Richard Bellman for the company’s $2,500 donation, which goes towards new playground equipment. Donors can call the school or council co-chair Trevor Bruintjes at 250-877-7012.

Happiness is a pair of old dogs


SPICE OF LIFE Brenda Mallory

had a single topic in mind this week, then I listened to the news. A story about a puppy mill in Langley showed us pictures of some of the 66 dogs rescued. What is wrong with people? Thank goodness someone had the decency to report the situation. Now those dogs will cared for by the SPCA. Down the road they will be adopted by good families. After seeing that level of abuse, I went outside to give my two rescue dogs a cuddle. Shea and Tuffy both came from a bad situation. Northwest

Animal Shelter staff made things right. The two dogs I have are older and still carry remnants of their abuse. We are all happy together. Old dogs and an old lady whose life is better because of them. See FOUL on A18

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brings you your Horoscope for the 3 week of February rd

ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 Your sense of time management and practicality come to the forefront this week, Aries. You want to get down to business, and your no-nonsense attitude will shine through.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, everything seems like it will be rather ordinary this week. That’s a good thing, as you can use a few laidback days with not too much on your schedule.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, this is a great week to just kick back and be yourself without feeling the crunch of deadlines or responsibilities. You’ll get a few free moments to do whatever you like.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, shopping is on your mind but you may have to put that idea off for a little while longer. More pressing purchases for the home or business take priority.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Something you have always wanted to do may become possible this week. Maybe it’s something from your bucket list. Bring a friend to join in the fun.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, your finances are a bit difficult to decode at the time being, and that can lead to trouble. Better to bring in someone who knows what he or she is doing to help you work it out.

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 How far you come this week depends on your attitude, Cancer. If you keep an open mind, you will find success. Keep a positive attitude and reap the rewards.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, if you’re looking to fill the void in your calendar, sign up for a class that will challenge your creative or mental abilities. Try an arts or dance center as a start.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you will have the opportunity to work on a personal problem that has gotten the best of you before. Work through all of the angles before you put a plan in motion.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, if you find that you are craving some adventurous activities, get started. But work under the tutelage of an experienced guide to learn the ropes.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 You may find yourself in the position of middle man this week, Virgo. Others come to you with their concerns, and you put their minds at ease.

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 You may find yourself teaching a co-worker some of the intricacies of the job. Don’t feel threatened; it may help lighten your own workload.

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A winning figure with a foul mouth

From CANINES on A17

CBC Marketplace show discussing the concept of self-serve. I tell you right up front that I have never pumped my own gas. I go to the Midway gas station. If I have to wait, I can have a coffee or a meal at the new café at the Midway. Perfect. There are many places in our community that are great with help and kindness. Since I don’t shop around, it is up to all of you to extol the positives about this region. I should thank those who send notes about these words. A big thank you to those who have moved away and still send a comment. You can comment when you call 250-8465095 or just email

Another topic I had to relay is on my column about avoiding sugar. I don’t do sugar. I also avoid high glycemic foods like potatoes, corn, rice, and pasta. If you can, check the glycemic index of food. It just might work for your general health or weight loss. You all know I love listening to the political process. Today there is a primary election in New Hampshire. By the time you read these words, Donald Trump might be a winning figure with a foul mouth. It is too much I tell you. Next is a brief comment about a recent

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District of New Hazelton Volunteer Fire Department chief Cliff Coukell received an award from the Office of the Fire Commissioner for 25 years of service. Mayor Gail Lowry presented the pin to Coukell at the District’s last council meeting on Feb. 1. Contributed photo

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Great Silverking location 4 bedrooms, 3 baths Many updates inc roof & wood floor Double garage, fenced yard

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800 Upper Viewmount Road

Ptarmigan Meadows-Condos

4485 Hudson Bay Mtn Road

33176 Walcott Quick Road

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20887 Highway 16 W, Smithers

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1 & 2 Bedroom Deluxe Units Elevator, Games & Reading Room Covered Parking, Close to Town, Rentals & small Pets allowed,Views

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Riverfront rural 228 acres 2 titles, approx. 65 acres in hay Driveway, hydro, some outbuildings Great fishing, perfect for small farm

Ron Lapadat


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Rural home site close to town Year round creek 6 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Lots of room inside and out

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3 bdrm, 1 bath rancher style home Subdividable .47 acre, by golfcourse Carport, paved drive, sewer

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5380 sf building on 1.07 acres Zoned P-1, 6 km from Smithers 7 offices/bedrooms, kitchen, lounge Meeting room, washrooms

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1191 Coalmine Road, Telkwa

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8000 sq. ft. 3 level executive home 7 bedrooms, office, 5 bathrooms Home theater,game rm,huge kitchen Quality custom built

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

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

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Dental clinic to change hands By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Northern Health has confirmed it will take control of Hazelton’s dental clinic when it starts managing Wrinch Memorial Hospital on March 31. The health authority has reached an agreement with outgoing hospital administrator United Church Health Services (UCHS) to take over the clinic as part of the overall transfer. Northern Health (NH) Northwest chief operating officer Penny Anguish said she could not comment on whether there would be changes to staffing or fees until after the transfer has taken place.

“We do understand ... the importance of the dental services to the local communities and we’ve committed to transferring all the services as they are now, and then we will assess operations post transfer before making changes,” she said. “We can’t comment on anything we may or may not do until we’ve had that opportunity to do that.” UCHS chief executive Mary Jean Morrison said her organization had started the legal process of transferring the clinic to NH. She believes the clinic will benefit from being managed by a health provider of NH’s scale.

SMITHERS UNITED CHURCH Sunday 10:00 AM Worship & Children’s Program

At the corner of Queen St. & 8th


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250-847-2080 SMITHERS CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Sunday Worship Service at 10 a.m. 4035 Walnut Dr. Sunday School for ages 3-6 during the morning worship service. Pastor Ken Vander Horst Phone 250-847-2333 “Groundwork” on The Peak at 9:30 am Sundays

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Marijuana seized in Newtown drug bust By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

More than 200 marijuana plants, several pounds of dried buds, growing equipment and $2,000

cash have been seized from a growop near New Hazelton. Police used a search warrant under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to raid the residence near Highway 16 on Feb. 8. New Hazelton RCMP will

FAITH REFORMED CHURCH OF TELKWA Pastor James Folkerts (URC-NA) 1170 Hwy 16, Telkwa

Sunday mornings 10:30 a.m. Pastor Rick Apperson

Services at 10 am & 2:30 pm

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recommend charges against a man, 67, and a woman, 53, in relation to the seizure. They were released after their arrest to be summonsed at a later date if their charges are approved by a federal prosecutor.

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Some of the plants (left) and dried marijuana (right) seized from a property near New Hazelton on Feb. 8.

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according to our understanding of your specifications. It may contain CANADIAN Mount Zion errors, please check for proper spelling of names, prices and phone numbers. Fax changes to us at 847-2995 REFORMED CHURCH Lutheran Church Sunday Worship Services

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Russians talk salmon, LNG By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Three Russian scientists and a conservationist were touring the Northwest last week to share their experiences at Sakhalin Island, where a Shell LNG facility was built near wild salmon habitat ten years ago. Geomorphologist Viktor Afanasev, oceanologist Alexander Vedenev, salmon ecologist Aleksandr Shubin and conservationist Dmitry Lisitsyn were funded by Oregon’s Wild Salmon Center to deliver presentations in Terrace, Smithers, Hazelton and Prince Rupert. Hosted by the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, the group were speaking about their research into the impacts of the Sakhalin-2 liquefied natural gas facility on wild salmon at Sakhalin Island off the east coast of Russia. According to the Wild Salmon Center, the island is home to 11 salmon species, making it the world’s third most abundant salmon region after Alaska and Kamchatka, which is also in eastern Russia. Lisitsyn, who lives on the island, is the director of independent conservation organization Sakhalin Environment Watch, whose goal is “protecting and defending the environment and nature of the Sakhalin region.” He has been working on salmon conservation in the Sakhalin region since the 1990s. When salmon numbers there took a sharp dive after 2009, Lisitsyn said a direct cause was difficult to pinpoint, although he believes the plant and overfishing could both have contributed. He said the purpose of last week’s presentations was to share his experiences so residents of the Northwest could make informed decisions about LNG projects. “The real impact and real consequences and effects, negative effects of the LNG development is much wider and higher and larger than any estimations, any assessments, any promises of the project,” he said. “This is the major, general lesson we learned. “We learned also that the public participation with the involvement of proper science is extremely important, is crucial, for a project like this.” He said it was important that lessons learned from other regions were considered when making decisions about projects in B.C. “It’s very important to get as much experience from other projects and other regions as possible and it’s extremely important to implement the real, best standards,” he said. On Feb. 10, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) released its draft

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report into the possible environmental impacts of the Pacific Northwest LNG processing facility proposed by Petronas for Lelu Island. The assessment identifies greenhouse gas emissions and potential impacts on harbour porpoise as the CEAA’s main areas of concern. In regards to the much talked-about impact on juvenile salmon habitat at Flora Bank, and fish habitats in general, the agency determined the project would not have significant negative impacts as long as mitigation occurred. Lisitsyn said he had identified two potential risks he believes were not sufficiently explored in the report. He said LNG plants could create light and noise pollution that could affect salmon migration routes. “It’s very important to analyze the environmental impact assessment and the project design and the technical methods and decisions that Petronas is proposing and to provide the proper comprehensive feedback to the company and the government,” he said. SkeenaWild Conservation Trust executive director Greg Knox said Lisitsyn and the scientists had unique insights that could not be found in B.C. “It’s really important because right now we have 18 project proposals and we don’t have any LNG facilities that have been built, we don’t have any experience with actual LNG facilities,” said Knox. “Their experience is incredibly valuable for us to learn from so we can understand what the actual impacts are from these facilities, not just theoretical impacts.” He hopes the presentation will encourage people to engage in the environmental approval process for LNG proposals, including the 30day public comment period for the CEAA draft that ends on March 11.

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A Russian contingent last week toured the Northwest to talk about LNG and salmon.


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Warm spell cancels hockey tournament By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

A new Zamboni was not enough to save Hazelton’s outdoor arena surface from softening in last week’s warm weather, causing the cancellation of the first scheduled hockey tournament since the arena roof was torn down. Teams from Prince Rupert, Smithers, Terrace and Burns Lake had planned to travel to Hazelton for a bantam tournament being held by the Hazelton Minor Hockey Association on Saturday and Sunday. However, president Ryneld Starr said the games had to be cancelled because a spell of warm weather was softening the ice. He said the surface was not staying frozen in warmer temperatures because there was a problem with the pipes at the arena. “When the arena was demolished some kids, I guess, went in and they opened up a bunch of valves and they drained some of the brine from the pipes,” said Starr. “When they drained it that allowed air to get in there and so all winter long there’s been air in there but it was of course cold enough that it

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didn’t matter.” Starr said the problem could be fixed but it was time-consuming because the pipes had to be opened up repeatedly to expose the air pockets, then let them escape. The tournament will not be rescheduled because there are no available weekends but, because the ice is usually usable at night, the association might invite Smithers to visit for an evening game. Despite last week’s cancellation, Starr said the teams had been able to play regularly for most of the season. A new Zamboni purchased with prize money from the Aviva Community Fund was improving the quality of skating at the arena, he said. “The Zamboni does a proper scrape of the ice and then lays down a nice smooth sheen of water so the ice is so much smoother to skate on, it’s really nice,” he said. In December last year, the Skeena Ice Arena Association won $100,000 to upgrade their outdoor rink, which was created after the arena’s damaged roof had to be knocked down. The announcement came after an extensive community campaign to encourage online voting, which the competition used to select the finalists. Of the total prize money,

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$65,000 was for a new Zamboni to replace an ailing tractor that was being used to groom the arena. The refurbished ice surfacer, which was purchased from Crocker Equipment in Vernon, arrived in the Hazeltons about three weeks ago. Rink manager Clarence Martin said although he was fond of the old tractor with the tow-behind blade, he was relieved when the new Zamboni arrived. “The tractor was in dire straits,” said Martin. “A lot of people called it ‘Franken-tractor’ because it’s got tons of different parts keeping it going.” Martin said volunteers had been repairing the old tractor almost every week. It had also been making the ice surface rough for skaters by dropping water on it, he added. “The new machine is making life a whole lot easier,” said Martin. “It keeps the blade down, even with the little ripples on the ice from drops, from the overhanging wires and stuff, it’s able to keep the blade flat.” Despite having some air trapped under the ice, Martin said the surface was holding out well in its first winter without a roof.

Who Owns the Past? Wed, Feb 17, 7 pm, The Old Church. Rich Budhwa of Cultural Resource Management ( 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. Bark Park BBQ and Dog Walk. Sat, Feb. 20, 11 am, Heritage Park. Fundraiser. Please join us. Smithers Film Society Theeb. Sun, Feb 21, 6 pm, Roi Theatre. A captivating story shot on breathtaking locations in southern Jordan. Regular admission. 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. To list your nonprofit coming events please drop off your listing at The Interior News, 3764 Broadway Ave., fax us at 250-847-2995, or email laura@interior-news. com. More information is available through our Online Community Calendar at Deadline for submissions is Fridays at noon. Maximum 25 words. Limited space is available. We regret we cannot accept items over the phone.

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Faith Matters Main St. Christian Fellowship Rick Apperson 250.847.1059 What Can the Church Be? It is easy to see the negative. Ask some people how they view the church, and you will hear words like “hypocrites or unloving.” I choose to see the positive. When a church is operating at its best, it can be many things, such as: A School – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” At its best a church is a wonderful place to learn about God and to have the Word of God explained. We grow in our knowledge of the King of Kings and out of that teaching, training, discipleship, and correction, we can move forward in sharing His love with others.

ing with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” At its best a church is a place of healing, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. It is a place we can go for prayer when we are sick, for hope when we are emotionally overwhelmed, and to find the salvation that can only be found in Jesus Christ. A Family – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” At is best a church is a perfect family. A family that loves one another, encourages, supports and prays for one another.

I have experienced the school, the hosA Hospital – Mark pital and the family. 2:16-17 says, “And This is the church at the scribes of the its best. Pharisees, when they saw that he was eatSubmitted by the Smithers Ministerial Association

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Annual kilometre limit of 20,000 km, $0.16 per excess kilometre. $0 down payment and a $0 security deposit is required. Payment may vary depending on down payment or trade. Total obligation is $2,592 plus applicable taxes. Option to purchase at lease end is $10,132. Price and total obligation exclude license, insurance, registration, taxes and optional equipment. Other lease options are available. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited-time offer, which may not be combined with other offers. See your dealer for conditions and details. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. > Purchase price includes $750 Owner Cash (tax inclusive) and a cash credit of $3,000 and applies to new 2016 Equinox LS FWD models at participating dealers in Canada. Purchase price of $24,995 excludes license, insurance, registration, dealer fees and taxes. Dealer may sell for less. Offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. GM Canada may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. See dealer for details. ^ Offer available to qualified retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered between February 2 and February 29, 2016. 0% purchase financing offered on approved credit by TD Auto Finance Services, Scotiabank® or RBC Royal Bank for 84 months on all new or demonstrator 2015 Silverado 1500 Double Cab 2WD WT / Crew Cab 2WD WT and Silverado HD’s WT 2WD with gas engine. Participating lenders are subject to change. Rates from other lenders will vary. Down payment, trade and/or security deposit may be required. Monthly payment and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Example: $40,000 at 0% APR, the monthly payment is $476.19 for 84 months. Cost of borrowing is $0, total obligation is $40,000. Offer is unconditionally interest-free. Freight and air tax ($100, if applicable) included. License, insurance, registration, PPSA, applicable taxes and dealer fees not included. Dealers are free to set individual prices. Limited time offer which may not be combined with certain other offers. GM Canada may modify, extend or terminate offers in whole or in part at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ®Registered trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia. RBC and Royal Bank are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. † $10,380 is a combined total credit consisting of a $3,000 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit (tax exclusive) for 2015 Silverado Light Duty Double Cab, $1,000 Owner Cash (tax inclusive), a $1,200 manufacturer to dealer Option Package Discount Credit (tax exclusive) for 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Light Duty (1500) Double Cab LS equipped with a Custom Edition and a $5,180 manufacturer to dealer cash credit (tax exclusive) on Silverado Light Duty (1500) Double Cab WT 4WD, LS, LT or LTZ which is available for cash purchases only and cannot be combined with special lease and finance rates. By selecting lease or finance offers, consumers are foregoing this $5,180 credit which will result in higher effective interest rates. Discounts vary by model. †† Offer applies to eligible current owners or lessees of any model year 1999 or newer car that has been registered and insured in Canada in the customer’s name for the previous consecutive six (6) months. Credit valid towards the retail purchase or lease of one eligible 2015 Silverado or 2016 model year Chevrolet car, SUV, crossover and pickups models delivered in Canada between February 2 and February 29, 2016. Credit is a manufacturer to consumer incentive (tax inclusive) and credit value depends on model purchased: $500 credit available on 2016 Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze LTD, Malibu LTD, All-New Malibu (except L), All-New Volt, Camaro; $750 credit available on other 2016 Chevrolets (except Corvette, Colorado 2SA, Silverado Light Duty and Heavy Duty); $1,000 credit available on all 2015 and 2016 Chevrolet Silverado’s. Offer is transferable to a family member living within the same household (proof of address required). As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and contact General Motors of Canada Company to verify eligibility. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives. Certain limitations or conditions apply. Void where prohibited. See your GM Canada dealer for details. GM Canada reserves the right to amend or terminate offers for any reason in whole or in part at any time without prior notice. ‡ The Chevrolet Equinox received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles among compact SUVs in a tie in the proprietary J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM. Study based on responses from 84,367 U.S. new-vehicle owners, measuring 244 models and measures opinions after 90 days of ownership. Proprietary study results are based on experiences and perceptions of U.S. owners surveyed in February-May 2015. Your experiences may vary. Visit ¥¥ Based on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. ~ Visit for coverage maps, details and system limitations. Services and connectivity may vary by model and conditions. OnStar with 4G LTE connectivity is available on select vehicle models and in select markets. Customers will be able to access OnStar services only if they accept the OnStar User Terms and Privacy Statement (including software terms). OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. After the trial period (if applicable), an active OnStar service plan is required. ‡‡ Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.SaferCar. gov). ** The 2-Year Scheduled Lube-Oil-Filter Maintenance Program provides eligible customers in Canada, who have purchased or leased a new eligible 2015 MY Chevrolet (excluding Spark EV), with an ACDelco® oil and filter change, in accordance with the oil life monitoring system and the Owner’s Manual, for 2 years or 40,000 km, whichever occurs first, with a limit of four (4) Lube-Oil-Filter services in total, performed at participating GM dealers. Fluid top offs, inspections, tire rotations, wheel alignments and balancing, etc. are not covered. This offer may not be redeemed for cash and may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. General Motors of Canada Company reserves the right to amend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without prior notice. Additional conditions and limitations apply. See dealer for details. ^^ Whichever comes first. See dealer for details.

T HREE R IVERS R EPORT No change at clinic for a year

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“We’ve worked with them for 15 years, they are a very good organization and they have very talented people and they understand small towns,” said Morrison. The clinic’s dentist, Dr. Awdesh Chandra, said he had been told there would not be any changes for one year. “My main concern is that patient care is not affected or staffing is not affected and they have assured us that it’s going to be business as usual and I am going on that premise,” he said. Dr. Chandra said he did not think any future changes introduced by NH would have a negative impact on patient care. UCHS announced last September it would hand over management of the Wrinch Memorial Hospital to NH, which already comanages the facility. A pharmacy attached to the hospital will be sold after the transfer. Morrison told The Interior News last month the sale of the pharmacy would be a transparent process carried out through a third-party broker. She said the buyer would need to agree to terms that ensured the pharmacy remained part of an integrated service at the hospital grounds.


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2016 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT with a purchase price of $27,595 financed at 4.99% over 60 months, equals 130 bi-weekly payments of $240 for a total obligation of $31,207. Some conditions apply. Down payment is required. See your dealer for complete details. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC used under licence by FCA Canada Inc.

Dodge, Ram or FIAT vehicle (excludes 2015/2016 Dodge Viper and Alfa Romeo) at a special fixed rate on approved credit up to 96 months through Royal Bank of Canada and TD Auto Finance or up to 90 months through Scotiabank. Monthly/bi-weekly payments will be deferred for 60 days and contracts will be extended accordingly. Interest charges will not accrue during the first 60 days of the contract. After 60 days, interest starts to accrue and the purchaser will repay principal and interest over the term of the contract but not until 90 days after the contract date. Customers will be responsible for any required down payment, license, registration and insurance costs at time of contract. Some conditions apply. See your dealer for complete details. †0% purchase financing available on select new 2016 models to qualified customers on approved credit through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Example: 2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport with a Purchase Price of $27,198 with a $0 down payment, financed at 0% for 72 months equals 156 biweekly payments of $174 with a cost of borrowing of $0 and a total obligation of $27,198. ≥3.49% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the new 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/2016 Chrysler 200 LX (28A)/2016 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package/2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport through RBC, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Examples: 2016 Dodge Grand Caravan Canada Value Package/2016 Chrysler 200 LX (28A)/2016 Dodge Journey Canada Value Package/2016 Jeep Cherokee Sport with a Purchase Price of $22,998/$23,998/$20,998/$26,998 financed at 3.49% over 96 months with $0 down payment equals 416 weekly payments of $63/$66/$58/$74 with a cost of borrowing of $3,367/$3,514/$3,075/$3,953 and a total obligation of $26,365/$27,514/$24,073/$30,951. §Starting from prices for vehicles shown include Consumer Cash Discounts and do not include upgrades (e.g. paint). Upgrades available for additional cost. ≈Sub-prime financing available on approved credit. Finance example:

fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Dealer may sell for less. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on select new 2016 vehicles and are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. ★The Make No Financing Payments for 90 Days offer is available from February 1-29, 2016, and applies to retail customers who finance a new 2015/2016 Chrysler, Jeep,

Wise customers read the fine print: *, ★, †, ≥, §, ≈ The Cold Days Hot Deals Sales Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after February 2, 2016. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,745) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration


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