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Draft sign bylaw approved Smithers financial plan By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

A draft of the new sign bylaw was approved and will be presented to the public at an open house on April 19 from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at town hall. Written comments are also being received until noon that day, and a complete copy of the proposed rule changes can be found at interior-news.com. Town planner Alison Watson presented the draft for approval at last Tuesday’s council meeting. She took into consideration surveys completed by 411 residents. “So there were a couple overarching themes ... from the public input phase,” Watson told council. “The first was a clear, continued support for an alpine theme that does regulate signs, but one that is evolved to provide

more room for a contemporary approach, or interpretation and creativity from the business community. “So this is a move away from fonts that are a certain size, or serifed or not, moving away from those very fine details.” Core elements were the focus, including sign material, lighting and size. But what most business owners and residents wanted to know, admitted council and staff, was what is permitted. The new rules, scheduled to be adopted by June at the latest, are not set to be immediately applied to current signs. “Your sign can stay, provided it does not cause unlawful obstruction or pose a hazard,” said Watson. “So there are signs that don’t conform to the design guidelines in terms of number, lighting type; that’s to be expected when your bylaw’s fairly new.” See ENFORCEMENT on A2

By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

The Town of Smithers has released its $20-million budget and five-year financial plan ahead of its April 12 public presentation. The public presentation will be followed by a question and answer period from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. before that night’s general meeting. Municipal general property taxation is up $190,000 this year. Tax requisition is up 4.87 per cent, with 3.47 of that coming from new construction that mostly went up in 2014-15, and 1.4 points as new tax. “We can have really low taxes, but we would have [fewer] municipal services,” said Mayor Taylor Bachrach. Expenses are budgeted to drop $1.4

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million from last year. Big ticket capital items have already been announced. They include the $6-million airport expansion and modernization, and the $450,000 fire department storage building to be built near the fire hall at Main Street and Highway 16. There is also $359,000 budgeted for Chandler Park field upgrades (see page A11). Recreation and culture services have gone up over $65,000 from last year’s budget, and $273,000 more than 2014 after the construction of the new arena. A $10-million arts and culture centre is slated for 2018. The $5 million for a 2017 library expansion in last year’s financial plan has been removed. The Smithers Gallery Association got the $32,000 grant-in-aid board members said they needed to keep operations at their current level. See EXEMPTION on A2

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their share, but still acknowledge there are a number of seniors in financial difficulty,” said finance committee chair Coun. Phil Brienesse. Seniors will still be able to apply for a 100 per cent exemption through a program for people in financial need. Another $10,000 was budgeted in anticipation of a regional transit plan funded partly by the provincial government. “Conversations with neighbouring communities are ongoing,” said Bachrach.

The finance committee voted to remove the senior utility fee exemption program by 2018. The 50 per cent automatic exemption goes down to 30 per cent this year and 20 per cent in 2017 before being eliminated. “The idea around council [was] that simply [because] you’re a senior doesn’t mean that you are without means. There’s a number of senoirs who have set themselves up and who are very well off, and they should pay

From SIGN on Front Enforcement of the new rules still relies a lot on business owners voluntarily complying. “What’s happening is people are going to the sign makers, getting their signs made and then coming to the Town to get a permit ... so we’ve lost our ability to influence that process,” said Mayor Taylor Bachrach, who suggested getting ahead of the problem by giving the information to sign makers. There will be a new tool in the bylaw officer’s toolkit: the ability to collect extra taxes owed for the cost of removing a noncomplying sign. There will be an appeal process.

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Town general operating expenses after transfers to other levels of government: $7.4 million (up $263,000). Municipal RCMP operating expense: $1.81 million (up $151,000). Elimination of the automatic senior utility fee exemption program by 2018. Capital budget of $9.25 million, including the $6-million airport expansion that needs to pass a referendum this year. Wages and benefits make up 42.7 per cent of the operating budget.

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Federal budget By Tom Fletcher and Chris Gareau Black Press

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau has handed down his first budget with a deficit of $29.4 billion — nearly three times what had been promised during the election campaign. The budget forecasts more than $100 billion in deficits for the next five years, contrary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s election promise to balance the budget in four years. “The red ink is quite a bit and it goes for a while,” said SkeenaBulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen. “[The Liberals] have given up the last of their three promises when talking about deficits: to keep them around $10 billion, to get out of deficit after four years and to even keep the amount of money we’re borrowing at a good ratio to how big our economy is. All of those are now gone.”

Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said the finance ministry reported on budget day Tuesday that the Liberals inherited a $4-billion surplus. Morneau billed the budget as a plan to “revitalize the Canadian economy” and deliver a tax break to nine million taxpayers, and a more generous, tax-free child benefit. “This is a plan to help more families since the introduction of universal health care,” Morneau told the House of Commons. Cullen said the child benefit does not solve the problem of too few daycare spaces.. He criticized the decision not to cut the small business tax. “That is just an outright lie that came through in the campaign,” said Cullen. The budget also includes $8.4 billion for aboriginal communities to, among other things, end boil water advisories on reserves and close the gap on education funding. “The government fell short of closing that gap by many 100s of millions of dollars,” said Cullen.

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In the March 23 edition, a story titled Telkwa talks pressing topics said that Telkwa has $90,000 to spend on the Village office accessibility upgrades. It was written that $50,000 comes from a Wetzin’kwa grant and the rest is Village money. Mayor Darcy Repen clarified that $50,000 came from a provincial accessibility grant while $30,000 came from a Wetzin’kwa grant. The Village contributed the remaining $10,000.

Couple escape fire near animal shelter By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A Telkwa area couple were lucky to escape a chimney fire in their trailer on the same property as the North West Animal Shelter on Monday. The Telkwa Volunteer Fire Department were called to the blaze by one of the trailer’s two residents, who awoke to the sound of the fire at about 2:30 a.m. Although they did not suffer any serious injuries, the occupants were transported to Bulkley Valley District Hospital to be checked over. The husband and wife are tenants of the North West Animal Shelter, which is also located on the 3.5 acre property on Grieder Road. The shelter does not own the trailer. NWAS president Sara Tomlinson said the animals were not threatened by the fire because it was too far

away. “Their trailer is not close to where the animals were,” she said. “It’s on the same property but that’s like a 3.5 acre piece of property, so we’re at one end of the road and they’re kind of at the other end.” Telkwa deputy fire chief Stuart McKinnon said the extent of the damage was still being assessed. “I don’t know yet if [the trailer] could be salvaged but it is not inhabitable right now because of the smoke damage,” he said. He said the trailer’s chimney was a “fire waiting to happen” and encouraged home-owners with chimneys aged 10 years or older to have them inspected thoroughly. “You could not see it from the living space,” said McKinnon. “It was in the ceiling and it was just so badly corroded and basically the chimney had disintegrated. They do have a lifespan and they need to be inspected.”

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N EWS Hwy of Tears funding By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A Highway of Tears initiative that was winding down due to a lack of funding has received $45,000 from the provincial government, allowing it to keep operating into its tenth year. Delivered by Carrier-Sekani Family Services (CSFS), the initiative raises awareness about safety and supports families of victims who went missing or were murdered along the notorious route. CSFS child services director Mary Teegee told The Interior News in February the program would have to end before April if it could not secure more funding.

Last Wednesday, the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General announced it would provide $45,000 to CSFS for the Highway of Tears initiative. Of the total amount, $20,000 will go towards continuing to employ the initiative’s full-time coordinator Brenda Wilson. The remaining $25,000 will fund the Highway of Tears Awareness Project. Wilson said the new funding was not enough to continue her role in the long-term but she was hopeful CSFS would receive additional funding from other sources in the near future. “It’s not a lot but we have applied for other funding and we are hoping that combined they will be able to carry through,” she said.

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N EWS Smithers council brief By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

Items at last Tuesday’s council meeting, in addition to awarding contracts for Chandler Park field upgrades (A11), scheduling the public presentation of the five-year financial plan and the draft sign bylaw (A1): Bovill food vendor A motion directing Town staff to make a report for April 12 investigating how best to allow food trucks to park on the 25-foot wide lot beside Bovill Square was passed, with Mayor Taylor Bachrach and Coun. Greg Brown opposed. They did not believe the report was necessary. Power usage, ground levelling and liability were issues brought up. All agreed it would be a good way to attract traffic to the end of Main Street. The idea was proposed in a letter from Caravan, a business that started serving Smithers last year. It wants itself and other vendors to be able to set up from May to September. The

letter said the sushi restaurant Masa Yama across the street was “amiable to the idea of bringing more interest to the far end of Main Street.” “We already have rules about how many consecutive days someone can park, and so once it’s recognized that a business is there, other businesses are going to know,” said Coun. Gladys Atrill at council. Ranger Park decision postponed A staff report on the cost of running Ranger Park Nature Preschool if it was at capacity was not completed in time for council to vote whether to keep it open. Council will revisit the question at the April 12 meeting. Airport water plan A $35,571 contract to create a “Smithers Regional Airport Master Plan” was awarded to Opus DaytonKnight Consultants Ltd. of Smithers. It was not the cheapest bid, but was given the contract due to its prior work on Town water systems in 2008, and it was the only firm to propose looking at Lake Kathlyn as a fire storage source.

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he first Justin Trudeau budget continues the new Liberal government’s epic string of broken promises. Expanding the Canada Pension Plan went by the wayside to start the year, as jacking up payroll taxes wasn’t seen as a good way to respond to rising unemployment. Then there was the national carbon price, which dissolved into a vague commitment to keep working at it UEST IEW with the disagreeing provinces. Tom Fletcher Now there is the torrent of red ink that washes away the solemn promise that deficits would be no more than $10 billion a year, for no more than three years. According to rookie Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s new guesses, deficits will be $29.4 billion this year, $29 billion next year, $22 billion in 2018 and a mere $17.7 billion in 2019 as the governing party campaigns for re-election. The budget even projects another deficit for the year after, apparently assuming that all this borrowing and spending will deliver another majority government. The campaign promise was built around the claim that infrastructure spending was needed because the country had

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citizen in our community. She has had various fundraising events and always gives back to our community. The two beams that run up the side of the old Valhalla building do not seem to be a problem, so why are the signs that have a bottom bracket removed so they can swing if hit? The beams sure cannot do that. I feel the town bylaw officer is personally attacking Sedaz. They should be ashamed of themselves and take a look at the big picture. Jody Enders Smithers The Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club thanks everyone for helping host the 2016 NorAm Cups and Canadian Championships at Hudson Bay Mountain. Contributed photo

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I choose to write this letter to express my feelings on the way Sedaz is being singled out and the shame I feel in the town’s bylaws. For many years, my work involves a daily walk to the Royal Bank all the way down Main Street. The sidewalks are dangerous. They are missing bricks, and there are raised and sunken bricks. There is little to no maintenance done that I can see. Two areas have a big puddle to navigate around. This past winter was like walking on a sandy beach (if you closed your eyes) because of so much snow. If you are extremely lucky, the sidewalk plow may make one pass, but I have never seen more than that. I’m glad I do not push a baby stroller or try to use a walker on the sidewalks. I have never seen the snow removed within at least two feet out from the buildings. Another huge issue we face walking our sidewalks are the number of sandwich board signs. I once thought there was a bylaw for them. Apparently not, as you constantly dodge signs and people. Sedaz is being unfairly attacked for having two signs that are in no way a danger. I feel she is an outstanding

The Smithers Ski and Snowboard Club successfully hosted the 2016 NorAm Cups and Canadian Championships for Ski Cross at Hudson Bay Mountain, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to accomplish hosting a major competition in a small community like Smithers, and an amazing group effort is what made this event happen. Our sincere thank-you goes out to our organizing committee, our volunteers, the athletes and coaches, and of course our sponsors and partners. Gold level sponsors: Pro-Tech Forest Resources, BV Electric, Hudson Bay Lodge Prestige, BV Credit Union, All West Glass, Royal Bank Smithers, Alpine Canada and SportChek, Sullivan Motor Products-RV, Hudson Bay Mountain Resort, Vihar Construction, BV Printers, Moose FM, and Matrix Communications. Silver level sponsors: Hy-Tech Drilling, BV Wholesale, Seabridge Gold, Smithers Chamber of Commerce, Local Supply Co, Nature’s Pantry, Devries Construction, Highland Helicopters, Boston Pizza Smithers, MLA Doug Donaldson, and the Town of Smithers. Funding Partners: The Bulkley Valley Community Foundation, ViaSport, Province of B.C., and Hosting BC. Alongside the Bantam provincials for hockey, we have left a lasting impression on many people. We look forward to continuing to do so in cooperation with our community.

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I see Ski Smithers is again offering early bird ski passes for sale. Last year my wife and I bought our passes early as we have for the past 30-plus years. Shortly after this, she hurt her knee and after about four months she had a scan done, and it was said she needed surgery to repair it. In early November, I went to the ski corp., which was well before the start of the ski season, and asked if I could transfer her pass to another family member. We did not want a refund for the pass, just a transfer. They said they would not do it as we did not buy insurance. I then asked why, as we were not asking for money back. At that point, they asked me to send an email, which I did in early December. In the New Year, they got back to me and said they would do something and someone would get in touch with me, which still has not happened. So anyone who is thinking of buying an early season pass this year, it might be a good idea to buy insurance as you will be out of luck no matter how long you have been skiing, or else you may be donating to the Ski Smithers Corp. Gerry Vandergaag Smithers

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here to start? I say that on a day when so many topics to discuss with you came to mind. So, if you don’t mind, let me take you back and hour or so ago. I was sitting with my two old dogs and an equally old cat in the woodshed. Of course, you can throw me in with the old things. I brushed the dogs and thought about this day SPICE of mine. This morning after doing some OF LIFE outside stuff, it was off for coffee at Brenda Mallory the café in Telkwa. Good friends gathered to discuss all manner of topics. I could choose one of those for you. Maybe not. When I got home I turned on the TV where I could find myself listening to the terrible terrorist attack in Brussels. What is wrong with the world? Later in the day I could, if I felt so inclined, listen to the Trudeau government budget. I went outside instead to do some work on my walking trails. So very peaceful. As I walked about, a tame crow followed from branch to branch hoping for a snack. A pileated woodpecker drummed a welcome. By the way, I was told that a hummingbird had been spotted on March 19. I came back inside to sit for a minute just in time to hear the words “for the love of bacon.” Later, I heard that everything is better with bacon. Is that true? Have we gone mad? I love bacon but I do know it can cause some health problems. My tea nearly finished and Donald Trump can be heard from the other room. He was going on and on about something or other, then there was a piece where he said in his own words how some women like to show him their panties. Really? I’m not all keen on that fellow, but if he comes around I can show him a pair of beat up old boxers. That is probably not what he meant. Watching the American political process does make me happy to be here, where for once our nation is well respected around the world. The parliamentary process, even with some disagreements, comes across with great civility.  Our own member of Parliament, Nathan Cullen, will from time to time speak on a political show. How well spoken he is! Makes me puff up with pride. Puffed up as I am, maybe Donald Trump would still like to see my panties. Next I hear that former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had died at age 46.  A colourful, tainted life one could say, but he did make his mark. He beat his addictions only to die from cancer. A reminder to all of us to live each day peacefully and I hope without hatred and malice. April is cancer month. I have my daffodils nearby. There are some like me who are cancer survivors. Others begin the difficult journey to recovery. I know I am one of many who is so grateful to everyone at our cancer clinic. During Al’s battle with cancer the process was made easier because of the kindness of others. You now know from these ramblings that I really didn’t have a specific topic in mind. Just the ramblings of an old widow on a beautiful sunny day. I have an idea some of you will want to call about one thing or another. Leave a message at 250-846-5095. I will probably still be sitting in the woodshed. An email might work when it comes to mallory@bulkley.net.

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Australian rugby team recruits Smithereen By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Smithereen rugby player Jason Gagnier is off to Australia to up his game. The 23-year-old will play for New South Wales’ Tamworth Pirates for about seven months starting next month until Oct. 29. This big break represents “the world” to him, he said. “Rugby has finally got me a little bit of something, somewhere. I’ve worked so hard,” he said. “It’s almost like a stepping stone to the national team, hopefully.” Gagnier’s big break came after he used an agent who marketed him to overseas teams. “I first got a hit from an Italian club but they’re looking for an almostprofessional-level player, which I’m

not quite there yet, so this is just kind of a stepping stone to hopefully a professional contract,” said Gagnier. Gagnier had to pay hundreds for his agent’s fees, travel insurance and visas, but what he received in return outstripped his expenses. His new club will pay for his flight and living expenses, for example. Gagnier has always participated in sports, but only got into rugby in Grade 9. In his career, he has played for the two-time Alberta provincial champions, the St. Albert Rugby Football Club, and currently plays for Victoria’s Westshore Velox RFC. “That’s who I’ve been playing for the last five years. Since I graduated, I went down there — started playing,” he said. “I came out of high school, I probably wasn’t even the best player on the high school team, but I had the potential. I had the athletic ability. “Went out there, put on 40 pounds,

by then I was probably 20 ... it was hard work since then upping every skill.” Gagnier will fly out April 11. He knows rugby in Australia will challenge him more than anything in Canada would, comparing the passion for rugby there to Canadians’ love for hockey. “I’ll do well there, but it will be a huge step up from any competition I’ve been in,” he said. “The highest I have ever played in Canada, I’ve played for British Columbia.” He hopes to get picked up for a professional contract while playing in Australia. If not, he will re-employ his agent to market him to higher-level clubs with his Australian highlights. “Thanks to my mom and stepdad for making it all possible,” adds Gagnier. “Without their support I never would have had the resources to chase this dream.”

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Of over 75 nominations, Travis Pete was chosen as one of the 12 young athletes to receive the Premier’s Award for Aboriginal Youth Excellence in Sport from Premier Christy Clark. The Wet’suwet’en cross-country skier and swimmer went to Victoria last Monday to receive the framed award that lauded his athletics achievements, involvement with his culture and his future aspirations. “I felt honoured,” he said. “At the stage, where I had an opportunity to talk, I thanked my friends and my family for their support and my coach for training me, putting all those hours on me.” Coaches Alex Woods and Tom Best have both trained Pete, in cross-country skiing and swimming respectively. “He started skiing with the group I coached five years ago,” said Woods. “He was able to join the group because he loved hard work and was fully capable of keeping up. “Travis has an amazing work ethic and is very appreciative of his coaches ... Travis is a pleasure to coach.” Pete’s mother, Leslie-Jean MacMillan, first got to know about the award and immediately called Pete, who was away training. “We’re very excited and very proud of the

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hard work he’s put in,” said MacMillan. In applying for the award, Pete had to explain how he is doing in his sports, his connection to his culture and get three letters from references. He was given references by the two aforementioned coaches and the Office of the Wet’suwet’en. Pete said he showed his participation in his community by serving at feasts and helping at a culture camp last year.

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Hudson Bay Mountain Resort manager Chrissy Chapman will bid farewell to the Hudson Bay Mountain May 13, but not completely. Chapman gave her notice to HBMR owner Gary Mathiesen mid-March, when he flew in from Vancouver. “I’m just looking to maybe venture out and try something new, spend a little more time with my kids and if I can challenge myself in a new way,” said Chapman. She leaves, what she calls, “my mountain” after 20 years, but will continue on a consultative capacity as needed. Chapman said she has a few prospects for a future job, but she has not committed to one yet. Chapman will leave for a 16-day holiday to Mexico after her last day. “I think I’ll just have a little time with my daughters and enjoy some family time and just see kind of what’s out there,” she said. She wants to work within the

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tourism field or “anything that involves people.” “I do love that part of my job,” she added. Chapman said she alone made the decision to leave, and added that her departure is not the result of layoffs, cutbacks or disagreements. In trying to fill the void left by Chapman, Mathiesen said the resort will involve current staff and hire a new events and marketing employee. “So, is Chrissy’s role going to be specifically taken on by one person? No,” said Mathiesen. Chapman and her family will receive ski passes for life. “Actually, I’ll probably get to ski more, now, than ever,” she said.

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S PORTS Steelheads denied Coy Cup By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

March was the best of times and worst of times for the Steelheads. The Smithers team, crowned the Central Interior Hockey League playoffs champion earlier this month, suffered a triple loss at the Coy Cup provincials in Terrace last week, losing to the Whitehorse Huskies 6-5, Fort St. John Flyers 5-3 and finally to the Terrace River Kings 6-2. But head coach Tom DeVries is hardly disappointed. “We did really well, just some bad luck in opportune times to score goals,” he said. “Being the CIHL champions is great ... it takes skill but also takes a little luck. “We probably did for that one and for the Coy Cup, we didn’t.” Goaltenders David Little and Keano Wilson could not attend this tournament because of holiday plans and work respectively. In their places, Kitimat Ice Demons goalie Brandon Highton stepped up to the first game, while Smithers Secondary School Grade 12 student Owen Sikkes, 17, played the following two.

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Sikkes used to play for the Junior B division Golden Rockets. He is the youngest player the Steelheads have had. “It was pretty quick out there, and I was playing with some pretty skilled, big guys,” said Sikkes. “I thought I did fairly well, considering all the nerves I had going in.” Sikkes said after playing with the Steelheads, he is “definitely considering” joining their ranks in the future. DeVries said missing these two veterans did not contribute

to the losses. “Don’t get me wrong, [Wilson and Little] were very good goaltenders, but the goaltenders we had were as good,” said DeVries. “Goaltending was not an issue at all.” DeVries rated the Whitehorse and Fort St. John teams highly. “They’d be one of the top teams in our league,” said DeVries. “The calibre of the players is very good.”

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As a cancer survivor I am looking forward to the upcoming Canadian Cancer Society’s (CCS) Daffodil Dash with its variety of events. It takes a positive approach in helping the community and individuals focus on cancer prevention, research work, treatment and services to help individuals on their cancer journeys. It is an event I am pleased to support The passing of my maternal grandmother to leukemia was followed by my father’s passing from lung cancer and nine years later leukemia took my mother. Those events and other risk factors left me with the realization that cancer could very likely play a part in my future. It did in 2005 with a breast cancer diagnosis. Chemotherapy and radiation followed surgery. A better than 50% chance of a recurrence in the fol-

lowing five to ten years left me knowing it was important to make the best use of every day. I was grateful to have chemotherapy available locally. During radiation treatment in Vancouver I was very comfortable in the Jean C. Barber Lodge. It is one of several lodges in the province under the administration of the CCS. The more recently built and lovely Kordyban Lodge in Prince George is even closer to home now and located very conveniently next to the BC Cancer Agency. The lodges provide affordable accommodation. The staff and volunteers in these facilities are compassionate and helpful. They put a great deal of effort into making patients as welcome and comfortable as possible. The opportunity to talk with peers through CCS’s Cancer Connection has been helpful for many cancer patients. I have been on both sides of the situation; offering peer support and receiving peer support. It feels good to be able to talk with someone who knows the challenges you face with a cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is 2016. Each year since my diagnosis I am grateful to have survived another year and to have a close and caring family. I am also grateful for a community that cares in many ways. In the more than 60 years since my grandmother passed away the improvement in diagnosis, treatment and care of cancer patients is incredible but there is so much more to be done in dealing with the more than 200 types of cancer. I look forward to the Daffodil Dash where I meet with my fellow survivors, honor those who are currently struggling with cancer related issues, remember friends and family who have passed on and applaud those who turn out to participate and support the cause. Sharon Kerr

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Featured Athlete JASON OLIEMANS Jason Oliemans has been busy the whole of March, and for a good reason. He has been stepping up his game by racing in many more competitions than ever before. Earlier this year, he raced in the Nor-Am Cup races at the Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine and Colorado’s Ski Cooper ski resort, and the National Juniors in Quebec. Most recently, he also raced at the Hudson Bay Mountain’s back-to-back Nor-Am Cup races and the Canadian nationals. He also went to the World Juniors and French Nationals.

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Ski crosser Jason Oliemans finished 23rd out of 55 at the World Juniors and 28th at the French Nationals in Val Thorens, France. Oliemans qualified 30th in the World Juniors and then placed third in the first heat, putting him at 23rd. “This trip and the

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competitions have been an amazing experience for me!” he said in a statement. “A well-built, exciting ski cross course, with lots of opportunities to pass. Every heat I felt like I could have done both better or worse. “Racing in Europe also gave me an eye into a higher level of racing, and made me realize how and what I can train at home to be ready for when I go Jason Oliemans, in Val Thorens, France. Facebook photo back.”

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A popular women’s fitness group that ran for 12 years in Smithers has been relaunched after a five-year hiatus. The new Women In Motion (WIM) kicked off on March 17 with a series of group fitness

classes at Fitness Northwest. Organizers describe WIM as a place to connect with other like-minded women, while being supported and motivated in their fitness goals. The original group, which started in 2001, began with a focus on running and evolved

to include a variety of sports and fitness activities. At one point the group had more than 85 members and 12 local sponsors to support their events and information nights. A group of women who were involved with the original WIM

have now brought it back to life after taking a five-year break. WIM co-organizer Rae-Lynn Varga said the group was open to women of all ages and fitness levels. For more information join the Women In Motion Sport & Fitness group on Facebook.

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For further information please check our Online Community Calendar at www.interior-news.com Northern Saddle Club Bingo. Thu, Mar. 31, 7 pm, The Old Church. Fundraiser for repairs and maintenance of facilities. Affordable Art Workshops. March & April, registrations now open for Throwing & Hand-Building with Clay, Painting for Dummies 1 & 2, Watercolour Basics, Beginning Silversmithing. Check website for details. www.smithersart. org. 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. jamurphy@uvic.ca, 1-866-902-3767, www.selfmanagementbc.ca. Round Lake Concert & Dinner. Sat, Apr 2, 6 pm. Baked Lasagna meal (6-7 pm). Music at 7:30 pm with a tribute to John Prine by various artists. End of the season. Smithers Film Society Spotlight. Sun, Apr 3, 6 pm, Roi Theatre. Story of the Boston Globe investigation that would cause a crisis in one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Regular admission.

Divorce Care. Wed, 7 pm, until Apr 6, Smithers CRC, 4035 Walnut Dr. Drop-ins welcome. A group for those who are separated or divorced that aims to provide practical info and support. divorcecare.org. Brown Bag Lunch. Thu, Apr 7, 12 pm, Healthy Living Centre. Dr. Darren Jakubec and Birgit Laskowski talking about Dreams. Info. 250-877-4424. Tween Writing Workshop. Fri, 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. 250847-3043. Leader Training: Chronic Pain Self-Management. Apr 5-8, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Healthy Living Centre. Co-lead the CPSMP, a volunteer-led patient education program for people living with chronic pain. John Murphy, jamurphy@ uvic.ca, 1-866-902-3767, www.selfmanagementbc.ca. Perspectives. Mar 8-Apr 9, Smithers Art Gallery. Oil painting show by Pashan Bassett. Scenes of Northern Canada and India. Tue-Sat 12-4 pm. www.smithersart.org. info@smithersart.org. 250-847-3898.

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Chandler field upgrade contract awarded By Chris Gareau Smithers/Interior News

It is not all the work that the Town of Smithers and soccer groups had aimed for, but contracts awarded at last Tuesday’s council meeting will get most of the work on upgrading Chandler Park fields done this spring. The project was divided into several sections after tenders for the full scope came in way over budget. Council unanimously approved that general site works and irrigation go to Sierra Landscaping Ltd. out of Winfield, B.C. for its bid of $248,000. Western Turf Farms Ltd. out of

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Mural for Equality comp winner has unique perspective By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

As a homeless woman who knows first-hand the divide between the haves and the have-nots, Smithers artist Brenda Shaffer was inspired to put pen to paper when she heard about a mural competition with the theme of equality. Last month, High Road Services Society asked local artists to submit designs in the Paint A Mural For Equality competition. The winner would receive $500 and the chance to bring their artistic vision to life on the wall of iKitchen, a commercial kitchen which provides work and training opportunities for people with disabilities.

Shaffer, whose artist name is Rea le Fare, had an idea for a mural that would both brighten the wall and reflect the theme. “Seeing as it was a kitchen, I drew this representation of one world with food distribution, different cultures, different methods of our daily catch, with some animals that were associated,” she said. The resulting design is a vivid world map with symbols of geography, wildlife and culture. Although one of the conditions of the mural competition was that it was not political, Shaffer said she did identify with the theme of equality. “I’ve been homeless for about a year and a half now,” she said.

“Equality means all rights for all people everywhere. “A child’s right to education, an elder’s right to be heard, the right for all of us to have a place where we feel safe and have purpose.” The mural project was created by iKitchen operations manager Hayley Wilson, who said the idea was to find a “beautiful, colourful, fun mural to beautify this workspace.” Shaffer said she was impressed with Wilson’s approach. “When I met Hayley, she said ‘The one thing we really love is to say ‘we can,’ ” she said. “So I can paint this huge ugly wall into a beautiful Brenda Shaffer, whose artist name is Rea le Fare, with her winning design for the mural and people are going to High Road Services Society Paint A Mural For Equality competition. look at it for a long time.” Alicia Bridges photo

Mark Perry releasing new album, funds diabetes cure By Xuyun Zeng Smithers/Interior News

Mark Perry will release his new CD entitled Northern Waters, tour the Northwest and raise money for diabetes research starting April 15. Still a top-secret project, Perry teased that listeners can expect roots, percussion and drum-based music inspired by his experiences in the Northwest when he performs at the Della Herman Theatre on April 15.

“I started out with this song, it’s called Gramophone Creek,” said Perry, referring to a Moricetown stream. “This friend of mine said to me, I should write a song about it.” Perry used his imagination to craft a story about the creek. “He believed it was the truth,” said Perry, referring to his friend whom he played the song to. “Could have been, it’s hard to say.” His new album has many songs inspired by water in the North, hence the title.

“I didn’t mean to, a lot of bodies of water appeared in these songs, it ran along without a plan, sometimes you just see where you went and that’s the title that made sense for that group of songs,” said Perry. “To be somewhat real, being connected to an area is actually, for me, is a bit of a bonus. I like it.” Perry’s Smithers concert will exclusively feature three guests including Valentin Puentes, Alex Cuba’s dad, who will start off the night playing Cuban music. Mark Thibeault will also join

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$20, and Perry will give a quarter of the proceeds to the JDRF (formerly the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), specializing in Type 1 diabetes research. “I don’t have it myself, but I have brothers who have it,” he said, adding that he has two younger brothers who suffered from diabetes since their teens and an older brother who was just diagnosed with it. “It’s lifelong, life-threatening,” said Perry. “Believe me it’s a social and physical battle.”


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Generous Elizabeth leaves a final gift By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A Smithers woman whose generosity and humour were well-known in the Bulkley Valley has posthumously inspired an art project for the homeless. Downtown business owners and community organizations knew Elizabeth Norton for her love of conversation, songs and jokes. Although Norton lived at The Meadows, an assisted living facility, she went downtown every day to visit staff and volunteers at Main Street shops and services, including the The Salvation Army, Dze L Kant Friendship Centre and Two Sisters Cafe. Since Norton passed away on March 11, her sister Aileen Norton Swift has been inundated with questions and comments from the public. “She connected with so many people and I’ve had countless people approach me on the street asking ... when is the memorial going to be,” said Norton Swift. “They’re so sorry to hear and some were shocked to hear, and some were crying.” Norton Swift said her sister loved giving gifts so much she gave away her own things, and that she sometimes collected food to give to members of the town’s homeless community. She also described Norton as “a stand up comedian at heart,” who would frequently break into song to lighten the mood. According to Norton Swift, Elizabeth helped bridge the divide between different groups in the community by treating everyone equally. “She has touched so many people’s lives,” she said. “The connection with

the homeless; she treated everybody equally ... she just treated everybody on the same level.” Norton Swift said her sister was also a gifted painter who impressed local artists with her natural ability. She plans to set up a nonprofit in Norton’s name to support art workshops for the homeless community. Friends and family who attended a memorial service last week were asked to bring art supplies instead of flowers. The supplies will made available for people who use the Salvation Army’s Smithers drop-in centre. Norton Swift said she knew Elizabeth would have loved the idea. “I know she would be so excited and happy about that,” she said. “This is such a beautiful thing that they are doing because [the Salvation Army] was her touchstone.” Norton’s friends at the memorial recalled her love of thrift shopping, her faith in Christianity, and her unfailing smile. They recounted her generosity and love of giftgiving. Members of the Salvation Army also sang some of her favourite songs, including This Little Light of Mine and What A Friend We Have In Jesus. Owners of the Two Sisters cafe posted a tribute to Norton on their website. “She would visit us often three and four times a day in the summer, always with a smile, and always so grateful for whatever we had to give her,” they wrote on the website. “We’ll all miss hearing her voice at the back door asking, ‘Hello? Hello? Is anybody there?’, in the middle of a rockin’ summer day, no less!”

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Booties send pro-life message By Alicia Bridges Smithers/Interior News

A group of Bulkley Valley residents have knitted and crocheted more than 600 pairs of baby booties to display at Parliament Hill as part of a pro-life campaign calling for stricter regulation of abortion. Smithers pro-life campaigner Karen Bandstra has been leading a local effort to make and donate to the Booties for Babies Challenge. The challenge is being run by the Association for Reformed Political Action (ARPA), a Christian group whose goal is to bring “a biblical perspective” to government authorities. ARPA is trying to collect 1,000 booties to display on the lawn of

Parliament Hill to coincide with the March for Life in Ottawa on May 12. Four Bulkley Valley residents will be attending the march in Ottawa. Bandstra, who works for ARPA but said she coordinated the bootie challenge locally as a volunteer, mailed 648 pairs of booties from the Bulkley Valley to ARPA’s office in Ottawa last week. She said a group of local people had been meeting weekly to work on the booties together. “I had one lady from Houston that came every week ... and did a workshop and taught many people how to crochet so that other people that wanted to make booties could learn how to make booties,” she said. “I’ve had several ladies come to me with over 30 or

40 pairs.” Smithers resident Maggie McEwan, 88, knitted 60 pairs to send to donate to the challenge. Bandstra said the booties would be sent with a note to members of parliament and senators, then laid out on the lawn at Parliament Hill to highlight the campaign’s pro-life cause. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, 81,897 abortions were reported in Canada in 2014. Bandstra’s organization believes Canada needs new legislation to regulate abortion. “We are trying to impress upon our MPs that our country needs to have laws to save some of these children because it’s atrocious this is allowed

to happen in our country,” she said. In contrast, pro-choice advocates at the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC) believe abortion is a constitutional right and women must be guaranteed safe and timely access in hospitals and clinics. “ARCC’s position is that all abortions are ‘medically necessary,’ ” reads a statement on ARCC’s website. “The Canada Health Act identifies ‘medically necessary as that which is ‘physician performed.’ “It should not be left to politicians or religious leaders to determine what is and what is not medically necessary.” The ARPA booties will be donated to pregnancy Maggie McEwan with some of the 60 pairs of booties she crisis centres after the knitted for ARPA’s Booties for Babies Challenge. march in Ottawa. Contributed photo

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FOUNDATION FOR THE COMMUNITY Bulkley Valley Community Foundation chair Sean Mitchell (centre) presents a cheque to Smithers council for affordable recreation. Mitchell and executive director Geri Britton presented some of the work the foundation does in the valley, including giving 495 grants worth $590,000 since 1991, and 57 scholarships and bursaries totalling $33,000 since 2008. Celebrations are in the works for the group’s 25th anniversary. Chris Gareau photo

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre (BVRC) celebrated the 10th anniversary of its two major research awards at its annual general meeting on March 14: the Irving Fox Award and the Jim Pojar Award. The BVRC welcomed 30 people to it AGM at the Aspen Riverhouse, where three awards were announced: Deborah Cichowski, a caribou biologist from Smithers, received the 2016 Irving Fox Lifetime Achievement Award for her outstanding 25-year contribution to the scientific knowledge and conservation of the Tweedsmuir-Entiako caribou herd, and more broadly for her dedication to conservation of endangered woodland caribou in Canada. Dr. Leslie Main Johnson was awarded the 2016 Jim Pojar Publication of the Year Award for her publication Trail of Story, Traveller’s Path: Reflections on Ethnoecology and Landscape. Robert Westcott was awarded the BVRC’s Volunteer Distinction Award for generously sharing his knowledge and experience with the BVRC on a wide range of operations and projects throughout 2015. The awards recognize contributions towards the understanding and practice of sustainable management of natural resources

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including the driver, who was pinned in their seat by the crash. Both the driver and passenger were assessed in hospital and released with minor injuries. The moose did not survive.

Police changes hands Beat

By Alicia Bridges

Smithers/Interior News

More than 115 years since it established the Wrinch Memorial Hospital in the Hazeltons, the United Church Health Services Society (UCHSS) will cut its ties with the hospital when Northern Health takes over on April 1. UCHSS announced last September it could no longer afford to run the hospital, which was already being co-managed with Northern Health. An event will be held on March 30 to recognize the contribution of the UCHSS. A barbecue lunch will also be held for staff on March 31 to mark the transition, before a more formal ceremony recognizing UCHSS is held

in June. Northern Health thanked UCHSS in a statement. “Northern Health and the UCHSS have been working closely to ensure a smooth transfer of services and we will continue to do so,” said a spokesperson for Northern Health. “We recognize that this is an important transition for all members of the local communities and we’re looking forward to continuing the tradition of providing high quality health services.” UCHSS is expected to sell the hospital pharmacy but Northern Health has agreed to take over the dental clinic. The Wrinch Memorial Hospital advisory board will stay on to assist with the transition until at least this summer.

New Hazelton RCMP responded to 78 calls during the week of March 17-23. March 18 — At 3:25 p.m., police received a report that a suspended driver was operating a silver Honda Pilot in Gitanmaax. Police pulled the vehicle over along Highway 62 and confirmed the driver was prohibited and suspended. The Honda was impounded for seven days and charges are pending to appear in court. March 18 — At 9:27 p.m., a Corvette collided with a moose on Highway 16 near the Suskwa Forest Service Road. Several drivers stopped to assist the two occupants,

March 19 — At 9 a.m., a grey 2015 Ram crew cab was allegedly stolen from a residence on Cordova Street in Two Mile. The vehicle was found nearby on Six Mile Road, having crashed when the driver failed to negotiate a turn. Police are still investigating. March 19 — At 2:30 p.m., police responded to a complaint of a possible impaired driver in a red van on Highway 62. The driver was located and asked to provide a breath sample to a roadside screening device. The driver failed the test and was prohibited from driving for 90 days. Police also impounded their vehicle for 30 days. As motorcycle season approaches, New Hazelton RCMP also urged motorists to share the road.

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Any donation would be greatly appreciated.

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Smithers Interior News, March 30, 2016  

March 30, 2016 edition of the Smithers Interior News

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March 30, 2016 edition of the Smithers Interior News