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Angelika Langen from the Northern Lights Wildlife Society holds black bear cubs Nutmeg and Pepper, who are being nursed at the shelter after they were orphaned near 100 Mile House. The brothers are among four infant cubs being cared for at the shelter near Smithers. Story, A14. Alicia Bridges photo

Affordable housing SAGA ends Ranger Park opens house as council decides its fate

By Alicia Bridges

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Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach and SkeenaBulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen have promised to push for more investment in affordable housing after a local community group ran out of funding to campaign for a new complex. Volunteers from the Smithers Action Group Association (SAGA) had been working for ten years to develop a supportive living complex, which would provide staff assistance for people who need help to stay housed. Over the years, the non-profit society had commissioned a feasibility study, preliminary plans for the complex, and a report based on the findings of a 2014 survey of the homeless population. But on Feb. 10, SAGA’s board of directors voted to dissolve the society due to a lack of funding and

resources. “Our decision to dissolve the society has been a very difficult one,” said SAGA president Joanne Voss. “It comes at a time when issues of homelessness are as important as ever in this community and the need for supportive housing must remain a top priority.” Voss said any development would rely on provincial funding from BC Housing. “They haven’t come forward with any money so far and the last that I spoke to them they talked about it being a couple of years down the road,” said Voss. “SAGA was just a small group, five of us, and had no funding so we couldn’t hire anybody, so we just found that it was getting to be a bit much for those few of us that were on the board of directors.” See LEADERS on A4

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Ranger Park Nature Pre-School is holding two open houses as Smithers council mulls its fate. The open houses are on March 8 and 18 at the Ranger Park building on Sixteenth Avenue. In between, council is holding a public meeting to hear what residents have to say about the possible closure of the subsidized pre-school. The committee of the whole on March 14 will be less formal than

most, with plenty of opportunity for those who come to town hall to have their say, according to CAO Anne Yanciw. She added that the open houses are an effort to increase the continually declining enrolment at the pre-school, which last faced closure in 2014 but was saved after many residents bemoaned its loss. That public support did not translate to more kids joining. This fall saw 103 kids participate, down from 121 in 2014 and 205 in 2011. See PRE-SCHOOL on A5

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N EWS Roi TheaTRe Safety reminder after avalanche deaths I London Has Fallen

By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

Thirty minutes. That’s roughly the maximum amount of time a person usually has to be rescued from an avalanche. After a series of avalanche-related deaths in B.C. this year, Bulkley Valley Search and Rescue (BV SAR) is reminding the public not to venture into the backcountry without proper equipment and training. Five snowmobilers died when they were caught in a torrent of snow in the Renshaw area near McBride on Jan. 29. On Feb. 10, another snowmobiler, 30, died in an avalanche west of Golden. The string of avalanche tragedies has prompted public safety warnings from Avalanche Canada, the BC Coroners Service and Emergency Preparedness Minister Naomi Yamamoto. BV SAR president Fred Oliemans called on Bulkley Valley residents to ensure they heed the warning. He said Avalanche Canada was a good source of information about the risk in this area, but stressed that conditions could change quickly. “It depends on weather events, temperature, snow events, all that kind

of thing, so anyone who goes into the backcountry needs to have a transceiver, a shovel and a probe and the knowledge on how to use that stuff for self-rescue,” said Oliemans. BV SAR recently received a $7,500 grant from the Chris Markoff Memorial Fund to purchase winter survival avalanche equipment. The fund was established to support B.C. search and rescue teams in honour of the late Chris Markoff, who died in a hiking accident near Kitimat in 2002. Oliemans said the new equipment would help the team with its focus on strengthening the local avalanche response team. “We’re doing a lot of training and we’re doing a lot of practising this year,” said Oliemans. “We had two [avalanche] responses last year that went okay but we realized that there’s more and more people getting out in the backcountry, and we are going to unfortunately be called on again, so we just want to be ready.” BV SAR has been called to one rescue so far this winter season. A team of about 10 SAR members were in the process of launching a search for a missing skier when he was found by friends. Oliemans said in the case of an

avalanche, having the knowledge to selfrescue is crucial because it takes SAR at least two hours to prepare, fly and locate the party. “If there is an avalanche and somebody gets buried, if the party cannot self-rescue and get that person dug out within 15 minutes or maximum half an hour, the chances of that person surviving are very, very slim,” he said. The Hankin-Evelyn Backcountry Recreation area near Smithers attracts about 3,000 outdoor enthusiasts to snowshoe, cross-country and alpine ski in uncontrolled land. Bulkley Backcountry Ski Society co-president Erin Hall said her organization, which manages HankinEvelyn, promoted avalanche awareness by providing educational opportunities. “We do host two or three sessions throughout the winter where we bring in professionals to provide educational opportunities for folks,” said Hall. Those opportunities include avalanche awareness discussions and rescue practice sessions in the field. Hall said the area was used by a combination of locals and tourists who travel to ski there. She believes the majority of people who use the area are well-educated and equipped.

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No charges for pellet gun suspect By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A justice worker whose son was allegedly shot at with a pellet gun by one of his classmates has explained why she does not want the suspect to go through the court system. Her child was one of three Smithers Secondary School students shot at by a male suspect in a Dodge van as they walked through the Kentucky Fried Chicken parking lot on Highway 16. The incident occurred during the school lunch hour on Feb. 16. Not long after, the teens were targeted again outside the nearby A&W Restaurant, where the justice worker’s son was hit in the knee with a pellet, but not seriously injured. The targeted students reported the incidents to the school, whose principal contacted police later that day. The shooter was allegedly one of four people, including three high school students, in the van. Smithers RCMP arrested a teenager who allegedly used an Airsoft pistol in the attack, but the mother of the teen struck by the pellet asked police not to press charges. His mother, who will not be named in this story to protect the identity of her son, is employed in the justice field in Smithers. She works specifically in restorative justice, which victims can choose as an alternative to criminal charges. The process brings together victims and suspects in a meeting designed to encourage accountability, understanding, healing and closure. Although the mother said she was angry about what had happened to her son, but she does not believe pursuing criminal charges would be the best approach.

“I’ve seen so many kids go through the criminal justice system and learn nothing, and the victim is often unheard,” she said. “This way we have the opportunity to ask the questions we need to ask, the hard questions, and get the answers and hopefully bring some clarification ... there’s just so many questions around it.” The mother said she had seen comments posted on social media calling for harsher punishment, but she said the restorative justice process could still

“I’ve seen so many kids go through the criminal justice system and learn nothing,” -parent of SSS student shot at with pellet gun enforce consequences for a suspect. “I don’t think the public realizes that even though you go through a restorative justice process [it] doesn’t mean there’s no consequences,” she said. She believes community service and a public apology would be appropriate punishment for the person who shot at her son. A parent of another student shot at in the drive-by said she was angry when she heard what had happened. “What if it was a real gun that they shot around in the school areas?” she said. “And what really ticked me off is that they did it twice.” She said her child had not wanted to talk about the incident with her at home. The mother was pleased the restorative justice process would give the victims a chance to explain how they were affected. “They’d hear our side of what kind

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of trauma that they put our children through,” she said. Smithers RCMP Staff Sgt. Rob Mitchell said restorative justice was a quick and effective resolution that considered the suspect’s young age. “Ultimately it is hoped that the suspects would agree to never participate in this sort of incident again and there is usually a commitment, they are expected to commit to that,” he said. All three students who were allegedly in the car have been suspended indefinitely, with the date of their return to school to be determined by senior SSS and school board office staff. Bulkley Valley School District superintendent Chris van der Mark said the school had employed its harshest penalty against the three students who were allegedly in the vehicle. He said it was the first time the school has referred a suspension to the board in four years. “What that speaks of is that we don’t see incidents like this involving the safety of students,” said van der Mark. “At the end of the day, the school has determined, in their opinion, the incident jeopardized the safety of others, so that’s the measuring stick.” van der Mark said expulsion was not an option at SSS but the school could enforce conditions on the students’ return to school. He said it was too early to say if the students would be subject to any counselling or remediation measures. “We try really hard to keep students in school, it’s not in anybody’s interest to have kids expelled, that’s why it’s pretty hard to do,” he said. “At the end of the day we want students to be aware of how their actions impact themselves and, of course, those around them and that we have a responsibility as a community to interact appropriately and pro-socially.”

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Council brief: PIR industrial zone approved, rec fees up, gifts policy

By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Smithers council had another busy night last Tuesday, approving a heavy industrial zone, raising recreation fees and limiting its gifts policy to efforts that will become Town-owned property. Pacific Inland Resources’ (PIR) application to rezone some of its property to heavy industrial passed third reading, but with added limits. It also has one more vote at the next council meeting to go before the Town’s Official Community Plan and zoning bylaw are officially changed. The buffer of trees around the parcel to be used was set at the greater width of either 50 metres or the western

boundary of the BC Hydro right-of-way, and 75 metres on the southern boundary as a compromise between the 50 metres the company was asking for, and the 100 metres Regional District of Bulkley Nechako director Mark Fisher and some of the neighbours requested. An amendment to include the word “undisturbed” with the treed boundary was passed unanimously. The main concern from residents during the public hearing Feb. 9 was the possibility of a grinder being used, which they said would be much too loud for the idyllic rural setting. PIR management said they wanted to keep the option of using a grinder in the future open, but that its exclusion would not affect immediate

plans to use the area as a wood waste separation area. That wood waste is destined to be used as fuel to produce electricity at the plant. Some would also go into a new landfill area, but PIR hopes to cut landfill use to zero. PIR will also not be able to store logs on the parcel until fire hydrants are installed, according to fire chief Keith Stecko. The company’s concept plan says it does not have immediate log storage plans. The vote on the rezoning was passed unanimously, with Councillor Shelley Browne opposed to the amendment because the tree buffer was smaller than Fisher’s request. Rec fees up Recreation fees are

set to be raised after the first three readings passed unanimously at the meeting. During the budget process, council approved that field user fees increase by 10 per cent, youth arena fees go up 10 per cent, and adult arena fees rise 5 per cent. A new family ice user rate of $125 per hour for youth and adults was also included. Also added to Town fees was a new daily rental fee of $100 for the under-utilized Ranger Park building. Gifts policy Organizations have been using the Town as a conduit to give donations to noncharitable organizations, but still get tax receipts. Council decided to end the practice by only administering and

Housing still a priority: leaders From SAGA on Front BC Housing said it needed a business case to provide funding for the project. “BC Housing was in preliminary discussions with SAGA about an affordable housing development in Smithers,” said spokesperson Rajvir Rao in a written response to questions. “We received a preliminary ‘Need and Demand’ study from SAGA, and advised them to provide a business case for the project that defines its financial viability and identifies the individuals, and why they need shelter, to ensure the proposed project could adequately serve the target clients.” But without additional funding, Voss said SAGA could not afford to conduct new research or prepare new plans. Last year, the Town of Smithers purchased property on the corner of Queen Street and Railway Avenue for future affordable housing developments. Mayor Bachrach said at the time the two lots could be a potential location for the SAGA project. The Town also committed to work with SAGA to identify a location for the project in its Strategic Priorities report for 2015-2018. In a statement released last week, SAGA said it hoped Town council and community organizations would continue working to establish supportive housing in Smithers. Mayor Bachrach said the Town would keep pursuing funding from BC Housing, but the development concept could change. “The project we were working on with SAGA was a fairly broad concept, and essentially they had identified a population they felt needed a housing solution,” said Bachrach. “We had started looking at some other models that had worked in other communities. “In terms of having a detailed plan, we just weren’t at that stage yet.” Bachrach said the Town still hoped to prepare the “affordable housing plan and implementation strategy” included in the town’s Strategic Priorities

report for 2015-2018. “A plan could reflect our strategy, but council’s focus is really on identifying the gaps in the housing spectrum and then coming up with projects that fill those gaps,” he said. “Our sense is that one of the gaps right now exists between the emergency shelter and market rentals.” Bachrach said he hoped to raise the issue with Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, who recently held a town hall meeting asking for public input on how to spend future federal infrastructure funds. Cullen said he planned to hold the Trudeau government to its commitment to prioritize affordable housing as part of a promised ten-year investment in social infrastructure. “The new government has indicated their willingness, and so for communities like Smithers, if the community comes forward and says this is a top priority, I’ll work with the local groups, the local council, to make it a reality,” said Cullen. He said the type of development would depend on who was leading the project. Dik Tiy Housing Society, a partnership between High Road Services Society and Smithers and Area Recycling Society, is already working towards building a 17-unit housing project for seniors and people with disabilities. The complex would be located on the corner of Main Street and Sixteenth Avenue. Dana Gorbahn is the chief executive of High Road, which helps people with developmental disabilities live more independently. He said if the Main Street project was successful, his organization would consider working with the Town to operate a supportive living complex. “We’re going to continue to look for affordable housing and that could be for the homeless or those with mental health needs,” he said. “We’ll continue to advocate on behalf of that development, so if SAGA has stepped out of that, we may look at working with the Town on another project.”

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What had been one of the more promising planned liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in the Northwest has been shelved. In a brief statement as part of its 2015 fourth quarter financial results, AltaGas, a partner in the Douglas Channel LNG project at Kitimat, announced the halt. The decision “was due to adverse economic conditions and worsening global energy price levels,” said AltaGas in its financial results statement released today. Douglas Channel LNG would

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have been among the smallest of the various LNG projects planned, but also one of the more feasible because it would have been fed by the natural gas pipeline already serving the region through Pacific Northern Gas, an AltaGas subsidiary. That pipeline runs through Smithers. The project would have seen the LNG facility built on a floating platform. Meanwhile, AltaGas said it was advancing on one of its other energy export plans, that being to ship propane from northeastern B.C. on railcars to an export terminal at Ridley Island near Prince Rupert. It expects to make a final investment decision on that project later this year.

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at a regular council meeting, which Yanciw said would be either March 22 or April 5. Mayor Taylor Bachrach said the process is to avoid the uproar caused by the last closure threat happening in camera, behind closed doors. He added that the numbers “speak for themselves.” “And at a certain point, we have to ask ourselves whether we’re the bestpositioned organization to provide the service,” said Bachrach.

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Staking a claim and getting a permit completely different


’d like to add a few more details to Nikki Skuce’s Feb. 17 Guest View regarding the staking and exploration of claims in B.C. Staking a mineral claim and being granted a permit to mine are completely different processes. On average, it takes 28 years to move from initial claim staking to mine status. In addition, only one out of every 2,500 grassroots claim UEST IEW projects reach mine status. Anastasia Ledwon Most claims are abandoned early on when work indicates little of interest in terms of mineral resources. The following information does not include placer, coal or oil and gas claims. As stated in the guest editorial, to stake a claim in B.C. you must be 18, have $25/year ($500 for a company) to pay for a free miner’s certificate (FMC) and have access to the Internet (Mineral Titles Online). You also need a BCeID to gain access to this site, which tracks all of your usage. Once on the site, you may stake any available claim block: it will cost you $0.40/ hectare and grant you subsurface rights for one year.  After this initial year, to keep this claim, you must either a) perform exploration work on the claim block/property equivalent to $5/ha/year (up to 10 years) or b) pay cash-in-lieu at a rate of $10/ha/year. These rates double after years two and three. If your claim overlaps an area that contains a refuge, reservation, area of interest, or other Ministry project (that



you didn’t notice on the map), you will receive a letter in the mail making you aware of this and encouraging early contact with affected parties. If the work you do on the claim does not include any mechanized equipment or invasive geophysical work, and other noted boundary areas do not affect you, you may proceed without notice (but it is always in your best interest to notify other stakeholders early). However, if you wish to dig a trench or a hole with more than a hand trowel, drill and collect core, put in a road or cut down any trees (not including limbing), require a semi-permanent camp to house your workers, in addition to many other limits, you must file a notice of work (NOW) to the government. This triggers consultation with any and all stakeholders affected in and around your claim area, including First Nations, other ministries, guide outfitters, recreational leaseholders, private landowners, etc. I believe there is a minimum of 30 days allowed to respond. Any issues are relayed back to the claim holder and, hopefully, a solution is reached that is agreeable to all. Because of the length of time an NOW can take to work through the consultation system, in conjunction with our short field season, it is not unheard of for projects to be postponed at least a year, if not longer. Once the NOW has been approved (if it has), you must give the government a reclamation bond. This is calculated via a formula that includes how much area you expect to disturb and how much reclamation will be required when you finish. The government holds this bond in trust until you submit a report to them detailing, with photos, your completed reclamation and exiting of the area. If approved, you get your bond back. If not, the Ministry hires someone else to go in and complete the

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

L ETTERS What’s good for BC Liberals may not be good for Hydro

GUEST VIEW Dermod Travis


ne of the last things anyone would ever imagine the B.C. government doing is adopting an old NDP program, but that’s exactly what Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett did this month when he announced a five-year, $300-million hydro bill deferment plan for 13 mines owned by six companies. There’s a price to pay when B.C. Hydro becomes a political tool: the interests of ratepayers can take a backseat to political interests. Three of the six companies in Bennett’s deal were highlighted in a December Financial Post article, Debt risks mount as Canada’s base metal miners sink deep in the hole. One could argue that the headline alone justifies Bennett’s move, except there’s no guarantee that B.C. Hydro will ever be repaid. Last year, Deutsche Bank analyst Jorge Beristain said one of the six companies — Colorado-based Thompson Creek Metals — is “quickly approaching an end-game” with debts of US$832 million. According to the Financial Post, Teck Resources “has more than US$3.5 billion of debt coming due between 2017 and 2023 and lost its investment-grade credit rating last year.” Taseko Mines, “has more than $260 million of senior notes coming due in 2019, while a US$30-million secured loan matures this May.” Imperial Metals owns three of the 13 mines, including Mount Polley. Its controlling shareholder — Murray Edwards — has a net worth of $2.69 billion. The B.C. Liberal party has done well from them. From 2005 to 2014, the six companies donated $2.8 million to the party. B.C. Hydro’s contractual obligations with private power producers have ballooned to $56.2 billion. It’s the gift that keeps on giving for everyone involved, except ratepayers. In a 2008 call for independent power projects, 75 proponents registered with B.C.


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Hydro. They signed agreements with 18 of the proponents in 2010. From July 1, 2008 to September 30, 2010 — when B.C. Hydro was making its decisions — 14 proponents donated $268,461 to the Liberals. One donated $1,000 to the NDP. Ten of the 14 were successful. Their before and after donations are interesting. For the 10 successful proponents, their donations doubled from $112,801 (January 2005 to June 2008) to $229,471. After the deals were done, they settled back again. Seven donated $112,345 to the Liberals (2010 to 2014). In 2008, the B.C. Mining Association received a $295,188 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) to start making the business case for the Northwest Transmission Line. NDIT’s Highway 37 Power Line Coalition has 22 private sector partners. Excluding companies in Bennett’s deferral program, independent power producers and those identified by B.C. Hydro as “potential future mines,” 13 of the 22 donated $962,220 to the Liberals. There are the nine potential future mines that one day may connect to the line. Excluding donations from Imperial Metals and Teck, who have interests in three of them, the most generous companies were Goldcorp at $795,700, the Lundin Group ($112,145) and Copper Fox Metals ($93,130). One of the founding directors of Copper Fox Metals is Hector Mackay-Dunn, who co-chaired the B.C. Liberal’s 2009 election preparation efforts. MacKay-Dunn is affectionately known in some party circles as Hector the Collector for his prowess at political fundraising. In all, nine of the companies have donated $1 million to the Liberals and $18,050 to the NDP. And at the same time the government was imposing hydro rate increases on schools and hospitals in 2014, Bennett announced a $100 million B.C. Hydro initiative for pulp and paper producers to “support investments in


more energy efficient equipment.” The forest industry has donated more than $4.2 million to the Liberals. Add all the donations of the interested parties up and it totals more than $9.8 million for the Liberals ($417,185 for the NDP). Guess who gets saddled with the bill? B.C. Hydro’s contractual obligations stand at $59.7 billion, not including their debt which has grown from $6.8 billion in 2004 to $16.7 billion last year. They’ve had to borrow $3.2 billion just to turn around and give it to the B.C. government as dividends. In 2014, Hydro-Quebec cut a dividend cheque of $2.5 billion for the Quebec government. They didn’t have to borrow money to cover the cheque. Hydro-Quebec’s rates are the second lowest in Canada. From 2007 to 2015, its cumulative rate increase was 17.1. In B.C., it was 63.2 per cent. – Dermod Travis is the executive director of IntegrityBC.

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A Smithers RCMP officer directs traffic as a tow truck takes away a car that rolled over into the ditch off Highway 16 near Babine Lake Road last Tuesday. Paramedics were on scene to assess the male driver, who was not seriously hurt. RCMP said two kind samaritans stayed at the scene before emergency crews arrived to ensure the driver was OK.



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We have already two categories of Canadians Editor: Recently on the news, we were told that the Liberals are going to reverse the decision by the previous government to strip terrorists and the like of their Canadian citizenship because there is “only one category of Canadians.” Well, sounds nice but we already have two categories: those who are proud to be Canadians, love their country and do their part to make it a welcoming place for new arrivals, and those who would destroy it in order to force the rest of us to believe in whoever or whatever they believe in. Bad drivers get stripped of their driver’s licence, irresponsible professionals get stripped of their right to teach or practise medicine.  Why wouldn’t we be justified to strip terrorists of the very thing they plan to destroy?  Remember the guy on the news who gleefully burned his Canadian passport and said he was “coming to get us?”  When the government sends him a replacement passport (if he’s still alive) let’s include a pink shirt in the package and remind him that we just celebrated anti-bullying day. In fact let’s send a whole truck load. A good use of at least my tax dollars. Thea Ewald Smithers

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N EWS Telkwa discusses plan for water tower By Xuyun Zeng Telkwa/Interior News

Telkwa is shifting gears and looking into other ways the village could get a water tower. On Feb. 4, the Village received news that they have been denied a grant that would partially fund the Trobak water reservoir. Moving forward, the Village will apply for a Build Canada grant and they will also investigate alternatives. At last Monday’s council meeting, Mayor Darcy Repen said the Village has feedback on how they can strengthen the grant application. “Specifically, what they would like to see is that we are taking water conservation initiatives and that there’s

buy-in from the community,” said Repen. He added that the Village could incorporate water conservation education into the Telkwa Barbecue, and do a water leak test to show that the Village has plugged leaks that were highlighted from a report a few years ago. He also wants a Village water conservation pamphlet to be part of the application. Repen hopes to see enforcement of bylaws related to water usage. “One thing that didn’t exist before this council was there was no fine schedule for those who were breaking the bylaw,” he said. “This summer, my expectation is if someone’s out watering Cottonwood Street in the middle of a stage three water restriction,

we’re going to fine them, and we’re going to include that in our grant application.” However, council has decided that they need to try to look elsewhere instead of counting on the grants to come through. “We’ve learned now, this next one that we’re putting in, we can’t count on it, so we got to go ahead with plans on what we can do as a village to solve our water problems,” said Coun. Brad Layton. To that end, council also discussed Telkwa resident Daryl Hanson’s letter, which spells out a plan to use money accumulated in the Gas Tax Fund to pay for a water tower. Hanson’s plan proposes that Telkwa pays for the $2.3-million project by contributing $446,469 from

its gas tax reserve, and borrow the remaining $1.9 million. With a 30-year term at three per cent interest, this makes the annual payments to be around $97,000, which is lower than the $105,884 per year the Village currently receives in gas tax income. Under this plan, Hanson believes the project can be funded by 2017, and will not result in increased taxes. However, long-term borrowing would require a referendum under provincial law. Council responded cautiously, specifically because this would drain most of the gas tax funds. “The concern is that we will have a lot of other expenses coming up in the next 30 years,” said Repen.

DECREASING CRIME RATES IN 2015 Data released by detachment commander Staff Sgt. Rob Mitchell shows crime decreasing in Smithers and Telkwa. Mitchell notes that their priorities lie in four areas: substance abuse, improving police-community relations, violence and traffic concerns. Property Crimes

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Faith Matters Telkwa Christian Reformed Church Joe Ellis 250.846.5777 What comes to mind and left until dead. with the word “hospi- The victims were tality”? hung ten feet high, naked, for everyone When I think about to see their shame. hospitality, I think of Yet One anhome. At home, I can cient theologian indance around look- sists that hospitality ing like a complete and crucifixion beidiot and my wife is long together. Cyril not going to disown of Jerusalem said me, instead she might that God “stretched join in. At home I out His hands on can share the deep- the Cross, so that he est parts of who I am, might embrace the and trust that I will be ends of the world.” heard. A truly hospi- As Jesus is dying on table place is a place the cross, his arms are where you know that wide open to embrace you will be welcomed the world, to hug the and loved. world, to welcome us unconditionally into We are approach- His presence. ing Holy Week, the week when Christians On the cross, Jesus throughout the world arms are wide open, remember Jesus’ last a gesture of invitadays on earth. When tion. Mother Teresa I think of Holy Week, explains the hospitalI think of hospitality. ity of the cross like Perhaps it seems odd this; “When we look to talk about hospi- at Jesus during His tality during this time humiliating passion when Christians ev- & death we ask—why erywhere are remem- all this? To what purbering the violent pose? No one, not crucifixion of our even Jesus could have Saviour, Jesus. Cru- gone through all that cifixion was the cruel- humiliating suffering est form of execution if he was not in love.” practiced by Ancient The heart of the cross Rome. Victims were is an expression of Jehung from a beam of sus’ love for us—his wood with six inch hospitality. nails in their wrists, Submitted by the Smithers Ministerial Association


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Special Olympian goes to nationals in Nfld. By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Alpine skier Torben Schuffert, 14, from Smithers is competing at the 2016 Special Olympics Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, N.L. from this Tuesday to Saturday. Schuffert qualified after placing fourth in the Special Olympics provincials last year in Kamloops, competing in the intermediate giant slalom category. He went through a rigorous training regime in preparation for his first time at the nationals. “Go up the ski hills two times a week,” said Schuffert. “[In the summer] I trained for it, I do my sports.” Schuffert went to track and field and swimming twice

a week each, training under swim coach Gael Jones. He has also done dry land training. “He’s actually joining the ski club for that. They let our Special O guys join,” said Schuffert’s mother Sandra. Schuffert believes the biggest challenge at the Special Olympics are the gates. “You need to do the turns right at the right time,” he said. Despite the training regime and challenge at the Special Olympics, Schuffert said he feels “happy” about heading to Newfoundland. He feels excited to meet his friends there. “Most of them are just really into the friends thing. It’s not really like, ‘Oh, we’re so competitive,’ ” said Sandra. “There are some

competitive ones but Torben is looking forward to meeting his friends that he met last winter.” Schuffert thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie he developed with his fellow competitors at the Kamloops provincials. “I’ve got two friends,” he said. “I met them, I sat on the table, and I saw kids. I talked with them, so I got new friends. I slept with them in the same room,” said Schuffert. Sandra feels especially proud of Schuffert. “I think one of the challenges that Torben actually has is his muscle tone is very low, so for him it was really hard for him to ski and get around the gates,” said Sandra. “I think that’s why we are proud that he is skiing, because it’s so hard

for him as compared to some of the skiers up there.” Schuffert flew to Vancouver to meet his teammates before flying off together to Corner Brook. “It’s very long,” he said, referring to the distance. Schuffert’s dad, Marc, will head to Newfoundland, but they will not stay together because Torben will be travelling and staying with Team B.C., while Marc is attending as a spectator. “When we heard that he was allowed to go, it actually took us two weeks to make up our mind,” said Sandra. “It’s a cross-country trip, and we as parents are not there, and with special needs, it was a little scary at the beginning. “But Torben really wanted to go and people down in Vancouver were very supportive.”

Torben Schuffert is in Corner Brook, N.L. competing in the Special Olympics.

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Steelheads win game one in CIHL playoffs finals By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

The Steelheads might have won game one in the best-ofthree Central Interior Hockey League finals against the Williams Lake Stampeders, but head coach Tom DeVries knows he cannot rest on his laurels yet. “See, we don’t play Williams Lake a lot, so we don’t have that big rivalry like we would with Terrace,”

said DeVries. “But we do because we met in the finals a few times and stuff like that, and they beat us a few times, and we beat them a few times.” “You know, it’s still sweet to win.” The Steelheads beat the Stampeders 4-1 last Saturday in an away game. “We had some fantastic goaltending from David Little,” he said. “In the beginning of the game, they were kind of on us and the goalie made some

good saves.” Steelheads’ Mark Arnold scored the first goal early first period, but the Stampeders tied it up in the second. The Steelheads would then continue to widen the lead, ending up with a 4-1 victory. Even a third period two-man power play advantage did not provide the opportunity for the Stampeders to redeem themselves. The game ended with the Steelheads making twice the

I would like to express my appreciation and thanks to everyone who has supported me during the last 5 years while I owned Sears Smithers. I am so blessed to live in a community where people shop local and support hometown small business. I had such a great time and am very grateful for all the smiling faces I saw every day. Now I ask you to join me in welcoming the new owner/operator of Sears Smithers, Jeanette Barrie. I know Jeanette will experience the same blessing from this great community! All the best to you Jeanette.

number of shots on goal, with 28 as compared to the Stampeders’ 14. “But, we haven’t won yet,” emphasizes DeVries. The Steelheads will face their East Division rivals at the Civic Arena this weekend, and DeVries said viewers can expect a different kind of game than the phenomenal semifinals against Terrace. “Just a different atmosphere,” he said. “Terrace plays a bit

more physical, they like to hit more, and Williams Lake is more skilled, more puck movement, they’ve got some hockey players.” “In saying that, they’re still physical but not like Terrace is.” DeVries is expecting the Stampeders to come up to Smithers with the best they can offer. “They will come back this weekend with a good team and it’s not a gimme that’s for sure,” he said.


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For further information please check our Online Community Calendar at 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.,, 250-847-3898. Easy Online Contest. Deadline Friday, Oct. 7. You could win $500 for watching a 20 minute video on concussion. Email or visit Bulkley Valley Brain Injury Association’s Facebook page for details. Chronic Pain Self-Management Workshop. Wed, Mar 2 to Apr 5, 1-3:30 pm, Healthy Living Centre. CPSMP is a sixsession workshop that helps people living with chronic pain and their caregivers., 1-866-902-3767, Northern Saddle Club Bingo. Thu, Mar 3, 7 pm, The Old Church. Fundraiser for repairs and maintenance of facilities. Brown Bag Lunch. Thu, Mar 3, 12-1 om, Healthy Living Centre. Sheryl Yaremco, RN BHRT on Optimal Health – Protection & Prevention Using BioIdentical Hormones. 250877-4424. World Day of Prayer – Receive Children. Receive Me.

Fri, Mar. 4, 7 pm, Smithers United Church. Come join our neighbours in celebrating. Refreshments to follow. Edith Illes 250-846-9643. Round Lake Coffeehouse. Sat, Mar 5, 5:30 pm, Round Lake Hall. Dinner by Quick Eats. Music by C’est La Vie, Jon Bjorgan/Tiana Wisselink, Peter Dawson and Eric Anderson. Smithers Film Society Timbuktu. Sun, Mar 6, 6 pm, Roi Theatre. Witty, beautiful and sobering, with a powerful message, it is highly entertaining. Regular admission. Tween Writing Workshops. Fri, Mar 11 & Apr 8, 6:30-8:30 pm, Smithers Public Library. Join local writer Emily Bulmer for a playful exploration of the written word. Ages 10-14. 250-8473043. Boulder Fest. Sat, Mar 12, BV Regional Pool. Kids competition in the morning, adults in the afternoon. Prizes and snacks to share. Senior Income Tax Clinic. Sat, Mar. 12, 1-4 pm, Pioneer Activity Centre Senior Hall. Call Staffie 250-847-2380 for appointment. Some restrictions may apply.

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Teams Boardercross heats up gather Hudson Bay Mountain in town for curling event

– Contributed by Bob Shiach, Smithers Curling Club icemaker.

With the 2015 year-end behind us, the members of the Bulkley Valley District Hospital Auxiliary Society wish to share with the public that we have donated equipment to our local hospital to the tune of $120,174.00; and before our year end, pledged another $160,541.00 for a total of $280,715.00 for various equipment purchases. This could not be done without the many helping hands in our community, including those who work in our New to You Thrift store and at our hospital Gift Shop, and not to be forgotten, the many, many individuals who drop off their “gently used” items for us to sell. If you’re new to the community, or recently retired, and find you have some free time…we’re always looking for new members to join us. You must be willing to submit to a criminal check. For more information please call Edith, the Publicity Chair at 250-847-9272, or Winette, our President at 250-847-2049.

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The Smithers Men’s Steelhead and Ladies Edelweiss Bonspiels brought eight out-oftown teams to compete on Feb. 19-21. Local teams Wendy Pierce, Anne Griffith, and Carmen Rasmussen played in a round robin event with Carla Cook from Prince George. Pierce emerged victorious. Trevor Sandberg’s team skipped by John Pierce defeated Greg Johnstone for the Men’s Steelhead title. Dennis Rasmussen outlasted Ed Maskiewich for third in the A Event. Alan Parker beat John Kennedy from Terrace to win the B Event. Klaus Kraft defeated Arnold Amonson from Houston to take third in the B Event. The Junior team led by Sean Turney curled really well to edge Ken Herman for the C event. The youngsters will compete in the BC High School Provincials March 3-5 in Delta. Ken Lukens from Burns Lake came out ahead of Dave Peters from Burns Lake for third in the C event. In the D event, David Mio took top honours over Rick Jones from Kitimat. Eric Walker’s Kitwanga crew outperformed Gerald Eckland’s squad from Burns Lake for third in the D Event. However, Gerald still tells the best jokes. Support from the local business community for prizes and food and eager volunteers guaranteed another highly successful bonspiel.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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The second snowboard cross event in the Like Me Snowboard Series took place in “gorgeous” conditions last weekend, according to Smithers Snowboard and Ski Club (SSSC) head snowboard coach Warren Pali. Toan Krauskopf won in the male U-10 category on both days, as did Megan Fraser in the female U-11 category and Kaitlyn Peterson in the female U-15 category. Tosh Krauskopf won in the male U-12 and U-13 categories, while Colby Graham won in the male U-15 and U-16 categories. McKinley Groves and Max Levenson won in the U-8 female

and male category respectively. In the 19+ category, Sarah Belford took first. She was the only racer in her category. “There were a few other events going on,” said Pali. “[BC Snowboard Association] also had a slopestyle event down in the Lower Mainland as well as another boardercross event in Whistler ... so we didn’t draw a lot of people from the Lower Mainland.” “But we did draw people from Prince George, which was our farthest competitors.” Pali estimated that 26-27 competitors showed up to last weekend’s event. The SSSC will head down to Big White this weekend for the next competition in the Like Me Snowboard Series.

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Social / Educational Coordinator The Family Enhancement Society (FES) requires individuals or contractors for both full and part-time positions to assist with determining the needs and design for postsecondary and family services for the communities of the Lakes District. The resulting document will outline the education and service business plan to meet the needs identified by the communities as well as a strategy for implementation. Extensive expertise is needed in a variety of areas including: management of postsecondary programs and services; proposal and project design, development, implementation and management; strategic and organizational skills; comprehensive community engagement practices; ensuring Aboriginal direction, cultural, language and historical perspectives are key elements of education and service programs; knowledge of rural and northern program delivery; understanding of post-secondary enrollment and funding models; working knowledge of provincial ministries mandates and related politics; proficient computer and social media experience; proven research and analytical skills; verifiable experience in all aspects of report and technical writing; marketing and promotional knowledge; comprehensive understanding of strategic planning; in depth knowledge of the Lakes District First Nations, local government and the various communities. Additionally, it is anticipated that the project lead will have a master’s degree in a related discipline and display strong leadership skills within the context of collaboration and partnerships. A demonstrated desire and ability to deliver quality products with a focus on transparency and accountability are also required attributes for this position. Other applicants will need a combination of post-secondary and direct related experience with the expertise and skill sets noted. Applications are welcome from individuals or contractors who meet all or most of the experience and attributes above. Please indicate in your cover letter which skill sets or areas of expertise are of the most interest to you. Subsequently, your resume should detail your related experience and training in these areas. The length of employment terms will be for approximately one year. Several of the part time positions will be on an as needed basis; hence these positions will remain open until filled. The terms and conditions of employment or contracts are dependent on the specific position as well as the successful applicant’s qualifications. Please submit your resume to: Candice Littlle ( OR Lakes District Family Enhancement Society Box 777, Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 Attention: Candice Little

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S PORTS Saltos medal in Terrace The Smithers Saltos Gymnastics Club sent novice and junior-age competitors to the annual Terrace Peaks Invitational on the weekend of Feb. 2021. This was the first competition of 2016 for this young team. The Saltos travelled to Terrace with Saltos junior 2-3 team (L to R) Blaire Kerr, hopes of learning more Clara Pesch, coach Robyn Price, Emily Cyr, competition strategy for coach Nadia Maskiewich, Ava Morrison, dealing with travel and the Chloe Rolfus. Contributed photo challenges of the awayfrom-home contests. Emily Cyr                 Silver AA The nine athletes opened their Junior Olympic Level 3 season with smiles, style and energy. ( Nine and under ) Each Saltos gymnast stood on the Clara Pesch               Gold AA podium and brought back plenty ( 10 to 12 ) of hardware. All succeeded in Ava Morrison           Gold AA achieving a gold, silver or bronze Blaire Kerr                Silver AA all around performance. Junior Olympic Level 1 The Smithers Saltos had prepared Hanna Munroe         Gold AA very well for this contest and it paid Sienna Green             Silver AA off. Returning to Smithers were nine Kylie Green                Silver AA confident and smiling competitors. Elsa Castanon           Bronze AA Saltos’ next regional competition Junior Olympic Level 2 is in May in Prince George. Chloe Rolufs              Gold AA – Submitted by Smithers Saltos.

PUBLIC NOTICE Temporary Use Permit Application

A Temporary Use Permit application will be considered on Tuesday, March 8th, 2016, beginning at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers of the Town Hall, 1027 Aldous Street, Smithers, BC. Temporary Use Permit TU16-01: To temporarily permit the building to be used for retail sales up to 6 times a year for 1-2 days, during normal working hours and in conjunction with sale days, hold an evening fashion show.

Location: 4124 Railway Avenue, legally described as Lot 1, District Lot 865, Range 5, Coast District Plan PRP13169 Public Input: Anyone who believes they will be affected by the proposed permit is invited to submit written comments to Council for consideration prior to the meeting. Written submissions must be received by 3:00 pm on the day the permit is to be considered. Copies: The proposed permit and relevant background information can be viewed at the Town Office, Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, or online at Contact: For further information contact Alison Watson, Planner, at (250) 847-1600 or

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Smithereens Tosh Krauskopf and Kaitlyn Peterson took first at the Legendary Banked Slalom at Mt. Baker in Washington state Feb. 18-21. Krauskopf, 11, competed in the Next Generation Boys category and won with a time of 2:18.52, while Peterson, 12, competed in the Junior Girls category with a winning time of 2:34.15. “I’m beyond excited,” said Jason Krauskopf, Tosh’s dad. “In the

snowboard world, the Baker Banked Slalom is the event.” Krauskopf and Peterson qualified last year, but the race was cancelled because of a lack of snow. The two had to go back to race this year. The 43-corner course requires “a lot of stamina and technique,” according to Jason. The LBS is one of the most prestigious events. Racers can get in by invitation, through a lottery or by qualifying. “Just to make it there, and to be part of the festivities is a huge deal,” said Jason.

Tosh Krauskopf holds his duct tape award and prize snowboard after winning at the Legendary Banked Slalom event. Finestone Photography photo

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Sacred Grizzly premieres at the Roi Theatre this Friday at 7:30 p.m. Contributed photo

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Only three people have seen the film Sacred Grizzly as it is set to make its debut Friday night in Smithers. Local filmaker Monty Bassett is premiering the film at the Roi Theatre at 7:30 p.m. as part of a double documentary feature with Bassett’s Leo award-winning film Cliff Hangers, about Mt. Todagin and it’s Stone sheep. Bassett said he wanted the world premiere in Smithers because so much of the talent behind the film is local: Dan Mesec was the main cameraman, Taylor Fox was editor, Lynnda McDougall is the production manager, and Roy Henry Vickers contributed the story and art for Raven Brings Daylight to the Planet. Shannon McPhail from Kispiox and Wade Davis

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Smithers Secondary School put on seven performances of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from Thursday to Sunday, selling out the 280-seat Della Herman Theatre five times. Left to right: Mrs. Potts (Kye McInnis) calms the beast (Ethan deHoog) with Lumiere (Robyn Doll). Gaston (Sheldon Bell) tries to woo Belle (Chantal Parent). Music and drama students put on the ambitious show directed by Drama teacher Heather Lytle, which included a grand set and amazing lighting, costumes and choreography.

are interviewed in the documentary. Sacred Grizzly is the last film of an award-winning series called Exotics (Not the Dancers) that examines how exotic habitats create exotic inhabitants, focusing on the volcano Mt. Edziza, Mt. Todagin and it’s Stone sheep, the Grand Canyon of the Stikine, and finally the Sacred Headwaters Basin. Bassett describes Sacred Grizzly as the story of how the headwaters of three of Canada’s important west coast watersheds, all beginning within metres of each other, is dominion for North America’s biggest and likely most prolific grizzly bear. Two years in the making, the film follows the grizzly of the Sacred Headwaters region to the coastal fjords, from the mountains of Spatsizi to the Kurzamateen, an area the size of England.

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BULKLEY AIRTIME It’s a familiar image for Smithers skiers and snowboarders who flock to Hudson Bay Mountain on a bluebird day, but not one that’s easy to capture in a photo. Betty Bandstra says her image entitled Boarding Bliss on the Hudson Bay represents her family’s Valley winter. The Interior News will publish one of the entries to our My Valley Winter photo contest every week until the competition ends on April 6. For information about how to enter visit contests.

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Second chance for tiny cubs By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

With never-used paw pads and tiny eyes that have barely opened, black bear cubs Nutmeg and Pepper appear as fragile as they are cute. The seven-week-old brothers are currently being bottled-fed at the Northern Lights Wildlife Society after they were rescued near 100 Mile House on Feb. 17. They were orphaned after workers disturbed their den, causing their mother to flee. Several attempts were made to reunite the male cubs with their mother, but she never returned. A Quesnel-based shelter contacted Peter and Angelika Langen from the Northern Lights Wildlife Society, which has rehabilitated more than 300 bears at its property near Smithers. Angelika Langen said she and Peter called on their network of volunteers to help transport the bears immediately. “We started driving from here, people started driving from there and in the meantime you get permission from the government that we can take them,” she said. “We got the call here at eight o’clock in the morning, by 12 o’clock I had the bears in my hands.” The diminutive brothers, one black and one brown, were just five weeks old when they arrived at NLWS nine days ago.

They require around the clock care and a fourhourly feeding regime comprising specialized formula and electrolytes. Despite contracting diarrhea last week, the cubs have already doubled in size from less than one kilogram to almost 2 kg. “You’re always on edge, the first few months is so critical but then they go out there and they do their own thing and some succeed and some don’t,” she said. Another two male cubs about the same age were rushed to the NWLS property on Saturday after workers driving a backhoe disturbed their den near Smithers. Despite some criticism of the workers on social media, Langen praised them for digging the cubs out of the ground to save them from suffocation. “If there is a mistake for whatever reason, and there are some lives that could be saved, then people should feel safe to come to us and not being judged and pulled apart afterwards,” she said. All of the cubs were named by the public in a competition on social media, including newcomers Chili and Turmeric. Langen said they were healthy and some were starting to test their wobbly legs for the first time. “The really tiny one, that’s Turmeric, he’s just so determined,” she said. “You see him and he stands up on his little legs and he’s just shaking, the whole little body is shaking, but he’s standing.”

Seven-week-old black bear cub Nutmeg drinks electrolytes at the Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter near Smithers last week.

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SHOGUN SHOWS MEDALS Smithers’ Shogun Dojo’s athletes get a certificate from Smithers council last Tuesday for their roles as ambassadors at the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission in Orlando, Fla., where they earned 22 medals. The certificate read, “The mayor and council of the Town of Smithers hereby recognize Renshi Marwan Abu Khadra and the students of Shogun Dojo for their remarkable success in international martial arts competitions, and their ongoing role as positive ambassadors for our community.” Chris Gareau photo

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Thirty Grades 8-10 students from Smithers Secondary School stayed with families in Saint-Augustine-de-Desmaures, Que. Feb. 5-12 as part of a cultural exchange sponsored by Experience Canada. Twenty-nine Quebec students will stay with host families in Smithers April 22-29. Bulkley Valley Credit Union contributed $500 to the trip.

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his morning as I checked my email contacts, I was just tickled to see that someone wanted me to be their friend. Now, isn’t that special? Those in the know already are aware that I had a Facebook connection. What is that all about? I don’t do Facebook. I have no interest in that kind of contact nor do I, in truth, have time to send a cryptic note telling all my “friends” that I had a pork chop for dinner  or have bought myself a new pair of pants. I know that is not all that transpires on that site. People actually keep in touch with family and friends. Lost pets are hooked up with their people. I came to this topic on the heels of a great coffee session at our local café and bakery. Not a soul reached for a device to check on stuff. The dozen or so older

folks had a number of great stories and experiences to tell the rest of us. The variety of life experiences always amazes me: An old bush pilot, folks who moved here from other places to give the northern experience a try. One fellow from Switzerland tells us of his many interesting happenings in other places he has lived. He now lives up a mountain road in a beautiful log house that he and his wife built. An old rancher and meat cutter tells a tale or two. A farmer/bus driver combination. Another bus driver  who still

plays hockey in his 60s. A cancer survivor shines her happiness on all of us. A couple talented photographers come along just to give us a rounded perspective on life in this area. So, you see I have this theory if I am always looking at Facebook or whatever, I will not have time to listen to the stories of others. Young people will not be able to make life experience for themselves if they are always mucking about with some sort of device. It takes time to make memories. Before you role your eyes at me, I do admit to sending email

notes to friends and family. In fact, when I finally stop going on and on about the Facebook issue, I will send a note to three university friends from over 50 years ago. Our lives change and develop as the years roll by. We have too much to say to do it in a limited number of characters. Talking about friends, thanks to the person who gave me a gift certificate for things at the local café. What a nice thing to do. For all I know, this could be a new friend. Friend or foe you can send me a note to or call 250-846-5095.

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Volunteering a joy for VanBarneveld By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A Smithers woman is fundraising to volunteer with community development and conservation projects in Southeast Asia next month. Amy VanBarneveld needs $750 to travel to Cambodia with Operation Groundswell (OG), a non-profit organization which combines travel and community service. VanBarneveld previously volunteered with OG in East Africa, where she assisted at HIV clinics in Kenya and Uganda.

She said it was the first time she had travelled internationally. “It was crazy; I learned so much about not only my country but how other people suffered so much,” she said. “I was culture-shocked for weeks and weeks and went out of my comfort zone and experienced that.” This time around, VanBarneveld has signed up to volunteer at the Tuek Poh Permaculture Education Farm, which aims to educate Cambodians about alternative farming methods which help provide food, shelter, medicine and income. Her trip will also include a stint at the Elephant Valley Project,

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a conservation project in the Mondulkiri region. VanBarneveld said she was looking forward to volunteering again, and particularly working with animals. “I just think it’s a good way to invest your money and you’re helping these people and then you’re learning so much about yourself,” she said. At the time of print, VanBarneveld still needed $165 to embark on the six-week trip, which starts on May 21. To donate visit ogfundraisingcanada.causevox. com/amy-vanbarneveld.

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aturday, 7:30 p.m. at the Old Church, Cocktales with Maria: Green with Envy. Performance by Smithers’ own Belladonna, a fire-eating drag queen. Cocktails cash bar plus finger foods provided by Telkwa Real Food Diner and Baeckerei. Tickets $20 at Mountain Eagle Books. This show is Chris Gareau photo for 19 years and older, contains explicit Bulkley Valley Community Foundation’s Kate Danielslanguage and mature subject matter. VIEW FROM Howard hands a $350 cheque to Smithers Public Hosted by the BV Concert Association. Library board member Lorraine Doiron last Tuesday. THE PORCH Great stats from Statistics Canada The foundation is giving $34,000 in grants, bursaries post-federal election report: 77 per cent Lorraine Doiron and scholarships in 2016. of Canadians voted in the last election, compared to 70 per cent in Real Estate Real Estate Real Estate Real Estate Real Estate Real Estate Real Estate 2011. 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Quirky humour in student play By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

Hazelton Secondary School students will perform a “story in a story” in their upcoming production of This Is A Play: A Stranger Among Us. Actors Max Beertema, Sarah Theriault and Hailey Spooner have been rehearsing for about six weeks in preparation for the shows at HSS on March 3 and 4. Yet Klare, who is the co-director alongside Barb Janze, said the play by Daniel MacIvor presented an extra challenge for the young actors because it broke the fourth wall of theatre. “Normally actors don’t tell the public what goes on in their minds and that does happen in this play,” she said. “It’s full of really quirky humour and back and forth between the real play ... and the play that’s kind of out of the play.” Marissa Denny, Julian Stokes and Alexa Thibault make up the crew behind the production. HSS plans to take the play to the High School Drama Zones in Smithers from March 11-13, and then to a provincial competition in Vancouver. Admission to the 6:30 p.m. performances at HSS is by donation. A dessert is included in the show and there will be a loonie auction and silent auction to fundraise for their attendance at the upcoming festivals. HSS is also rehearsing for its upcoming production of Grease, which is being directed by This Is A Play actor Max Beertema.

Hazelton Secondary School students Hailey Spooner, Sarah Theriault and Max Beertema make up the cast of This Is A Play: A Stranger Among Us, which will be performed at HSS on March 3 and 4.

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Refugee sponsorship application approved By Alicia Bridges Hazeltons/Interior News

The Upper Skeena Sponsorship Group is one step closer to bringing a family of Syrian refugees to the Hazeltons after its application and

settlement plan was accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada. The group of about 45 supporters has applied through the United Church of Canada to bring a family of up to six people to the Northwest. Co-president Neil Erickson

said the sponsorship was nondenominational, but the United Church will help match the group with a family. “Once the refugee family has been identified, as I understand the process, then what will happen is our file and their files will be linked,” he said.

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The group collected the minimum amount to file an application through donations from the public. It plans to run community fundraisers to raise more money to help the family settle in. Having started the process in November, Erickson said the

group was excited its application had been approved so quickly. “It only took two months to get it all together and get our package done so it’s an amazingly supportive group of people here,” he said. “Hopefully we’ll be pulling this off.”

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