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Highways 16 and 97 are being upgraded to a Class A which means winter weather conditions will be dealt with in a more timely fashion.
Quicker response times to winter conditions announced for Highways 97 and 16 Photo by Mike Carter
BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – BC Highways 16 and 97, two critical corridors supporting liquefied natural gas development in northern BC, are being upgraded to Class A maintenance level. The changes are expected to be in effect by mid-tolate February and will mean snowplows and sand trucks will hit the highways quicker to deal with wintery weather conditions, especially in the Pine Pass. Transportation and Infrastructure minister Todd Stone and South Peace MLA Mike Bernier made the announcement Jan. 21 in Prince George. Stone said the changes come partly due to the number of collisions and fatalities so far this winter. Readers will remember long delays on Highway 97 south on Dec. 12, when what were described as “ice rink” conditions on Highway 97 caused 15 vehicles to slide into the ditch in the Willow Creek area, about 15 kilometres southwest of Chetwynd.
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MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The District of Chetwynd passed a slew of fee-increasing bylaws last week, including a nine per cent hike to the sewer user fees. Council is considering duplicating the nine per cent hike over the next five years, for a total 45 per cent increase in residential and commercial sewage user fees by 2018. Residential and commercial customers with non-metered connections to the town’s sewer system will be the ones who will be most affected by the increases. Metered users rates will increase from $63 per cubic meter per year in 2013, to $91.32 per cubic meter by 2018. Non-metered users, who are charged slightly more than metered users to start with, will be affected BY
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND - The Chetwynd Seniors Housing Society has secured an undisclosed amount of funding from BC Housing and the Northern Health Authority, to develop a BY
by the increases differently, depending on their classification. This information is listed below, at the end of this article. The five-year annual nine per cent increases will begin April 1, 2014. Director of Financial Administration William Caldwell explained the town’s sewer fee hikes in a letter to the media received just after the Jan. 22 issue of the Chetwynd Echo went to press. He says the drastic fee increases stem from a serious issue with the town’s sewage lagoons. These sewage lagoon problems can be attributed to an historical lack of regular maintenance and a failure on the part of the District to accurately monitor the six-celled waste treatment system. The system is comprised of two anaerobic cells, three aerated cells and a polishing pond. Chetwynd is now faced with a
fifth seniors housing assisted living unit at Surerus Place in Chetwynd. The unit will be available Feb. 1. The additional assisted living program funds will help seniors in the Chetwynd area who have been assessed by Home Health Care at the
massive $5,000,000 unplanned expense to improve its sewage lagoon system. As a result, the town has been forced to raise the rates for residential and commercial customers, while it continues to seek grants to help fund the upgrade. Chetwynd was warned by the Ministry of the Environment on February 27, 2013 that the towns lagoon system was discharging effluent into the Pine River at a rate of as much as three-times the allowable limit granted by their ministry issued permit. Although weather was a factor in the town exceeding its permit, the lack of an adequate monitoring system for the lagoons is also to blame. Government data shows that permit was also exceeded in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012, however Please see "DISTRICT," page 2
Chetwynd hospital. “We provide at Surerus place: meals, house keeping, laundry and linen services, [as well as] programs and activities,” said Don Hicks, Chair of the Chetwynd Seniors Housing Society in an interview with Peace FM’s Trevor
McManus. “This is an important program for our community in that, before we had Surerus Place and offered assisted living/supportive housing units, those residence of Chetwynd would
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each of these were at a lower level than in 2013. Last year, the town faced the threat of an initial $250,000 fine, which the government said would be followed up by larger fines if steps were not taken to deal with the issue. As a first step, the town chose to close its sewer dump station to commercial and industrial haulers, while still allowing for the disposal of household sewage from out of town residents. This resulted in a loss of revenue of about $90,000. Director of Engineering and Public Works Paul Gordon then contracted Golder Associates to conduct an in-depth study of the lagoons to get to the bottom of the problem at a cost to the District of Chetwynd of $41,000. â€œDoing nothing is not an option,â€? Gordon said in an interview. The Golder report gave several options for a sewage lagoon upgrade. This past summer, council decided on the $5,000,000 upgrade which will include deepening all three aerated cells by four metres, the addition of a fourth aerated cell, replacement of surface aerators, installation of a standby generator, installation of a low speed surface aerator in the polishing cell and the re-alignment of the aerated cells.
The District of Chetwynd carried out de-sludging work on the lagoons in March, shortly after they received a stern warning from the Ministry of the Environment. Significant upgrades to the lagoon system are still needed, and File photo will be paid for in part by the 45 per cent sewer fee hike through to 2018. In addition, the district will also carry out a detailed assessment of options to replace the five existing distribution manholes. For many years, the District assumed that the lagoons had the capacity to handle the treatment of the towns waste until its population reached 5,000. The Golder report showed otherwise. And now the residents of Chetwynd are going to have to pay for that mis-
take, alongside any grants the district can gather. â€œIt was a result of this investigation [by Golder] that we were shocked to find this 5,000 number that was circulated around town for the last 25 years wasnâ€™t an accurate number,â€? Gordon added. Gordon and District Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming said these obvious mistakes were made well before they took office. â€œDoug and I just happen
to be the ones sitting in these chairs when we realized we had a problem,â€? Gordon said. â€œThe problem didn't happen overnight and itâ€™s been a long time coming, Iâ€™d suggest.â€? The 45 per cent sewer fee increase is now necessary, says director of finance William Caldwell, â€œin order to return the sewer collection and treatment operation to a self-sustaining function.â€? The district has commit-
ted a total of $400,000 of the estimated $5,000,000 upgrade, and is actively pursuing grants to cover the remaining amount and, â€œkeep the costs to the residents of Chetwynd at a minimum,â€? Caldwell noted. â€œIt has become apparent that the commercial and industrial users of the [sewer dump station] have been subsidizing the rates paid by the general public, and the sewer collection and treatment operation is
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This how the 45 per cent increase by 2018 will play out for non-metered users of the District of Chetwynd Sewer system.
Yes, itâ€™s that time of year again; our beloved dogs must be relicensed for 2014. Statistics prove that dogs who have a current license are 60% more likely to be returned home than those without, often within the same day and have fewer pound fees. All dogs over the age of 8 weeks are required to be licensed for each calendar year.
Licenses are available at the District of Chetwynd Office, located at, 5400 North Access Road. Prices are: Spayed/Neutered - $12 Non-spayed/neutered - $36 Seniors discount is 10%
now running a deficit,â€? Caldwell said last week. â€œNo one is really to 'blame' for this,â€? said Fleming in an email. â€œThe municipality had not set up an adequate system monitoring program. Last year we encountered what could be considered a 'perfect storm event' with an early winter, an early hard freeze and less than required preventative maintenance. â€œThose elements lead to poor output quality. While we have not exceeded our [permit] to date this winter, we have been more fortunate with mother nature, and our more aggressive approach in cleaning out cells one and two has helped. But we know that we are not out of the woods yet.â€? District of Chetwynd council also announced last week that solid waste and collection disposal services, and water fees and charges were also given approval for a two per cent â€œcost of livingâ€? raise, effective April 1. That means the collection fees charged for small, medium and large residential bins will rise slightly, along with the cost of commercial bin rentals and pick up fees. District of Chetwynd Councillor Larry Vezina had to remove himself from the conversations and consequent vote due to conflict of interest as he owns a sewage related business.
2018: $4396.86 (after 45 per cent increase)
---> Non-metered Laundromat, dry cleaners: 2013: $2518.99 (ANNUAL COST) 2014: $2,745.70 (first 9 per cent in---> Non-metered Single Family crease) residence: 2018: $3981.26 (after 45 per cent in2013: $126.00 2014: 137.34 (first 9 per cent in- crease) crease) ---> Non-metered Motel/Hotel/Inn; 2018: $182 (after 45 per cent inmanagers unit: crease) 2013: $83.24 2014: 91.47 (first 9 per cent increase) ---> Non-metered Duplex: 2018: $120.69 (after 45 per cent in2013: $126.00 2014: 137.34 (first 9 per cent in- crease) each additional unit: crease) 2013: $69.36 2018: $182 (after 45 per cent in2014: $76.22 (first 9 per cent increase) crease) 2018: $100.57 (after 45 per cent in---> Non-metered Multi family/Apartcrease) ments, per unit: 2013: $83.92 ---> Non-metered Restaurant, coffee 2014: $91.47 (first 9 per cent inshop, dining room, cocktail lounge, beer crease) 2018: $121.68 (after 45 per cent in- parlour and licensed clubs up to 30: 2013: $126.00 crease) 2014: $137.34 (first 9 per cent in---> Non-metered Rooming House, crease) 2018: $182.00 (after 45 per cent inper room: crease) 2013: $69.93 2014: $76.22 (first 9 per cent in---> Non-metered Restaurant, coffee crease) 2018: $101.40 (after 45 per cent in- shop, dining room, cocktail lounge, beer parlour and licensed clubs 31-60: crease) 2013: $251.87 2014: $274.54 (first 9 per cent in---> Non-metered Hospitals: crease) 2013: $3032.32 2018: $365.21 (after 45 per cent in2014: $3,305.22 (first 9 per cent increase) crease)
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Kathy Sawchuk speaks to the Chetwynd Secondary School grad class of 2013 at last year’s graduation. She will be taking an educational leave this year, followed by a part time position next year. Sawchuk will be retiring at the end of the 2014File photo 15 school year after 34 years with the district.
Sawchuk steps down
School District searching for new Superintendent
BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – School District 59 superintendent Kathy Sawchuk has announced that she will be stepping down from her position effective August 31, 2014. Sawchuk will also be taking an educational leave this year from midFebruary to spring break (March 17-28). She will retain a part-time position with the district next year, to continue work on it’s Aboriginal education project. During her leave, current assistant superintendent Leslie Lambie will serve as acting superintendent. “Leslie is a strong educator, excellent communicator, and she has a strong vision of what education needs to look like moving forward,” said Sawchuk. The Board of Education will be engaging in the process of hiring a new superintendent for the 201415 school year. This will mean accepting applications from both inside and outside of SD 59. “I've always had kind of a retirement date in mind and, it's getting to that date,” Sawchuk said in an interview with the Chetwynd Echo. “I've also been heavily involved with the Aboriginal education project that we have in the district. So, I was looking for a way to
“I think I did my very best
learning wieh I worked at ATEC, the alternate school in Chetwynd.”
continue to support that project to make sure it’s well entrenched in the culture of the district.” SD 59 is currently in the middle of phase four of that project. Sawchuk’s educational leave will be spent further developing the final phase, and the part-time position next year will be spent implementing the program. After 2014-15, she plans to retire unless the Board of Education requests she stay on for another year in a part-time position. “I said I would be open for a conversation about another year, but I am not making a commitment for another year,” she added. As more superintendents approach retirement age, turnover rates in school districts across the province remain high. The average district in the last ten years has had three separate superintendents. Sawchuk has filled a number of positions within the school district since 1981. She served as a teacher
and vice-principal at the ATEC School in Chetwynd, from 19911997. She was vice-principal at Chetwynd Secondary School from 1997-1999, and then principal at CSS from 1999-2002. In 2002, she joined the school district’s Board of Education as a director of instruction, and took over from William Deith as superintendent on April 1, 2008. “I think I did my very best learning when I worked at ATEC, the alternate school in Chetwynd. I think the kids that I worked with during those years taught me a lot,” she said. “People sometimes miss the fact that it's a privilege to be in these positions. You really are here to serve kids, and to give kids the very best chance to have a life that is healthy and happy. That's what the job is. You have to be able to push that other stuff to the side and make sure you keep that focus.”
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from six centimetres to four, for one lane in each direction, eight centimetres rather than 10 for second lanes and, 10 cm rather than 12 for all other lanes. The timeline for plowing slush and removing broken compact snow will be 90 minutes, down from two hours. Work on removing compacted snow and ice will begin within two days of the last measurable snowfall rather than six and patrols will take place ever four hours instead of every eight hours. Currently, the 300-km stretch of Highway 97 North between Prince George and Chetwynd is classified as a level B road. After the change, the entire northern section of Highway 97 from Cache Creek to the end of provincial jurisdiction for the highway north of Fort St. John will be Class A. Bernier commented that the activity on the highway has increased in recent years. Due to the growth in industry in northeast BC, more commercial traffic is passing
through Chetwynd on its way to Prince George and all parts beyond. The issue of upgrading the winter maintenance class level for Highway 97 has been percolating in the background for a number of years. Highway maintenance contractors will add an extra $2-million to $3-million per year to their budgets. Fuding that comes from the provincial government. There are two contractors – Caribou Road Services and Yellowhead Road and Bridge - that take care of Highway 97. Typically, traffic volume must be at least 5,000 vehicles per day to trigger a raise in classification but minister Stone used his own discretion to make the change, crediting Bernier and other MLAs for bringing the issue to his attention. Regular summer maintenance programs are already in place to re-paint the lines on the road and patch-up any wear and tear the pavement has suffered over the long winter months.
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Chetwynd Masonic Lodge members Keith Maisey and Lou Surerus, presented Chetwynd Secondary School graduate Brittney McMaster with a $500 Bursary to further her studies at Northern Lights College, Fort St.John, where she is Photo submitted presently enrolled in the Power Engineering Program.
Later that same day, a semi tractor-trailer carrying effluent water from Spectra Energy’s Pine River Gas plant lost control and slammed head first into another semi parked on the side of the road. Luckily no one was injured as a result of the two crashes. On Highway 16 between Prince Rupert and the BC-Alberta border, there have been 13 deaths reported from eight vehicle crashed since early November, many involving collisions between passenger vehicles and larger commercial transport trucks. “I wanted to look at this from a perspective of safety and what can be done to make the corridors as safe as possible,” Stone said. The Pine Pass is known to be a treacherous stretch of highway during the winter months. “Most importantly, from Chetwynd through the Pine Pass - which is still part of my riding - was something that we wanted to see up to a Class A level,” said South Peace Liberal MLA Mike Bernier. “[It’s] not only the residents of the area that travel through that artery to get to the rest of the province, we want to make sure that its as safe as possible.” The changes will represent a significant increase in the maintenance commitment. The maximum allowable snowfall will move
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love my industry. I love print media. I love what I do. It's been over 20 years years and I still Naomi Larsen is Editor for the Chetwynd Echo. enjoy going to work in the Contact her at by phone at 250.788.2246 or via email email@example.com morning. Sometimes I think I really do have newspaper ink in my blood. (I hope it’s vegetable based…) That's why a little piece of my heart died when it was announced last week that the Dawson Creek Daily News (previously the Peace River Block News) will be no more as of next month. The owners, Glacier Media, are planning to expand the Fort St. John-based daily paper, the Alaska Highway News to encompass Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson and places in between. And while economically, I get it – it’s all about dollars and cents, we’ve been there. But, historically it’s a little sad. A large part of that community's history is gone. The DCDN is more than 80 years old. It has been delivered to households for literally generations. With the advancement of technology, newspapers around the world are taking a hit. Big changes are taking place everywhere and the battle of paper vs screen is ongoing. Most of us use the internet for our information as it is quick, handy and green and others are die hards (like myself) and prefer holding a newspaper in our hands instead of swiping a screen. While the newspaper industry may have to change with the times, I don't believe for one-second newspapers will disappear entirely. As an industry we're embracing the online spectra, offering our news to the world for free in cyberspace as well as having a paper edition. We like to think we know what the public wants and needs when it comes to distributing information about our communities. Our readerships. The world. Having said that, we can only do so much ourselves. A lot of it is also up to the community – it’s up to YOU the reader - to be a part of their community newspaper. As you hold the Echo in your hands, you must realize this paper plays an important role in your quality of life. Community newspapers boost the local economy both through advertising and in news coverage. We showcase community businesses at a time when we need to be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. We help neighbours know each other better. We showcase our community's youth and they allow a community forum through letters to the editor letting the readership’s voice be heard. And the people who work in our office are your neighbours. We are your voice. We too, are a part of your community and amidst the uncertainty over the quality of our daily economy our role is more important than ever. Let's hope the outlook for community newspapers is much brighter than what is being reported in the national media. If you want to be encouraged, read your community newspaper. Let's keep our Chetwynd and our residents in our headlines. We are YOUR community newspaper. Follow us on Twitter and fan us on Facebook. Become a part of the conversation.
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Amalgamation of two newspapers tried 40 years ago, didnʼt work then, wonʼt work now To the Editor: It is disappointing to learn of the decision announced recently by William Julian Regional Manager, to make the Alaska Highway News of Fort St. John the lone newspaper to serve Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson along the Alaska Highway and all surrounding areas, and that this concept somehow makes sense. This move is apparently to take effect February 3,rd 2014 and will end the publication of the Dawson Creek Daily News , a newspaper serving Dawson Creek for some 84 years. It would likewise end the publication of the Fort Nelson News. The Dawson Creek newspaper had been known for 77 years as the Peace River Block News, founded in 1930. The name of the paper was changed to Dawson Creek Daily News in 2007, to more accurately reflect the location of the community it served. The concept of establishing one great newspaper to serve the entire Peace River Country was attempted more than 40 years ago by the Bowes Brothers of Grande Prairie who wanted to make the Grande Prairie Herald Tribune the “home newspaper of the Peace.” At that time the brothers owned the Peace
River Record Gazette from the town of Peace River and the Dawson Creek Star, a second weekly newspaper located in Dawson Creek. The attempt failed to receive acceptance and was rejected because the
The attempt failed to receive acceptance and was rejected...
residents in the various towns indicated strongly that they had little or no common interest in the day to day happenings in the other communities. The concerns and interests of residents of Dawson Creek differ substantially from those of Fort St. John residents. The politics, editorial opinion, local crime scene and basic concerns of Fort St. John residents are of little interest to the majority
of residents of Dawson Creek and the reverse is true of the concerns of Fort St. John residents. This move by the Alaska Highway News, to swallow up two community newspapers, is ill conceived and will result in the more prominent placement of news articles and opinions relating to Fort St. John and area, by the Fort St. John based newspaper, with considerably less favorable placement of news coverage, in its pages, of events in Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson. Residents of hometowns have certain loyalties to the comunities in which they live. They share mutual interests with their neighbors and that scense of belonging is important to them. That is why there are hometown community newspapers. To believe that residents in a territory that spans some 300 miles along the Alaska Highway, will have similar interests and aspirations is a stretch, and will not gain the support of the readers and subscribers of the Dawson Creek Daily News, or the Fort Nelson News. Day Roberts Former, Sports Editor/ Assistant Editor, Peace River Block News
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BC Hydro says dam “perfectly suited” to help energy starved California BY MIKE CARTER
Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN – It has been a long and arduous two-month journey for the three-member joint review panel on the Site C dam. Some say, not long enough. And now, the joint review panel’s work kicks into high gear as they compile a report to present to the federal Ministry of the Environment and the executive director of the BC Environmental Assessment Office. That report has a deadline set for April 2014. After it is filed, the federal minister and the BC Environmental Assessment Agency will decide when its findings will be made public, and the federal government will make a final decision on the project based partly on the decision of the panel. Days before the last of the public hearings were held in Fort St. John on Thursday, Jan. 23, the joint review
panel reversed an earlier decision it had made, asking the province’s Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to provide its input on the project. The panel had previously said it didn’t want their input. The reversal of their decision was made despite the provincial government’s attempt to keep the ALC out of the process. That is just a touch of the drama that has played out in front of the panel since early December. Aboriginal groups and environmentalists say the project should not proceed because of its harms to native culture and sensitive migratory routes far outweight its benefits. The Saulteau First Nations says the further loss of land due to development means the further loss of cultural traditions and opportunities to pass on culture to younger generations. It was a stern message they sent: ‘Site C will contribute to the de-
“When are the alarm bells going to ring?”
- Arthur Hadland PRRD Area D representative
struction of our culture.’ West Moberly Chief Roland Wilson, at a hearing in Moberly Lake said studies to determine the cumulative impact on the land and its peoples need to be undertaken before any consideration of the dam can continue. He and others say natural gas fired power generation would be a much less costly, and more environmentally sound alternative. “On the last day of the hearing Liz Logan, Treaty 8 Tribal Chief went as far
Surerus Place will soon add a fifth assisted living unit at Surerus Place. Work on Photo by Mike Carter phase two independent living units continues.
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have to leave and go to other communities,” Hicks added. “It was a hardship on them, leaving their friends and family and community and for the remaining families and friends here in Chetwynd, we lost those individuals.” Hicks said that the funding has been a longtime coming. The society has been working on getting a fifth assisted living unit since June. They got approval from both Northern Health and BC Housing, but had to wait for the paper work to come through which happened around Christmas time. The next step in getting the new unit at Surerus Place up and running, will be to find a community health care nurse to be matched to the person
who will be joining the residents at the seniors housing complex. “They do have a list of people that have been assessed for assisted living,” Hicks said. “They will have to go to our community health care nurses at the hospital and make an offer for one of those on their list. They will link one of those people on the list to the assisted living unit and so the earliest that that person could move in is Feb. 1.” The Seniors Housing Society will look to add more assisted living units in the future, but in the meantime, the main focus of the group will be moving forward in the next stages of development for Surerus Place phase two. The group has eight acres of land next to the current seniors complex and has put forward a proposal to BC Housing for
the new independent seniors living apartments. “At this time our fundraising committee will be going shortly to various potential donors in our community to raise funds,” Hicks said. “We would like to see some good words out of BC housing at this time, especially with the number of large mega-projects on the go in the future. As those projects come into play they are going to force the market rental prices up and housing for our seniors will become expensive. As you can imagine, most of these seniors are on a fixed income.” The Chetwynd Seniors Housing Society announced in March 2013 that they had secured a $150,000 grant from the Peace River Regional District to go towards the ongoing phase two project.
as to say that building Site C would be a violation of the 100-year-old Treaty. Peace River Regional District area “D” representative Arthur Hadland has been adamant in his opposition to the project. “There has been nine purposes provided by Hydro and government for proposed Site C since Campbell’s announcement of April 19, 2010 to export energy to California,” Hadland wrote in his latest letter to the media this past week.
“Our public utility has no policy. It is in debt for $70 billion and borrows money to pay its shareholder loan to government. When are the alarm bells going to ring? When are the hard questions going to be asked and answered?” And countless other voiced their opposition for a myriad of reasons. For its side, the proponent BC Hydro says the power is needed to fuel projected growth. And, in a shocker delivered during the last day of the public hearing, the utility said that the hydroelectric dam would be “perfectly suited” to help energy-starved California. For some, that was enough to convince them that the true purpose of the project was not to provide power to feed the growing demand and projected liquefied natural gas (LNG) growth, but instead to export the power south. For BC Hydro, they say it
The impact statement is ...“many times longer than the Bible. And the plot is not as good nor is the language.” -Henry Swain, Site C Joint Review Panel member
is simply another argument for the dam, another opportunity for the province. BC Hydro says even without LNG growth, the province will need more power by 2027. If the growth does progress at the rate it is expected to, the province could face significant energy shortfalls by 2021. Now, the hearings draw to a close and over the next few months, the real decision-making will be done. The report will be filed in the spring with a recommendation based on the facts presented at the hearings. And it is a mountain of data to file through. The panel has already waded through BC Hydro’s Environmental Impact Statement in preparation for the hearings; a document which joint review panel Harry Swain said was “many times longer than the Bible. And the plot is not as good, nor is the language.”
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TSB calls on regulators to improve rail safety on cars commonly travelling through Chetwynd
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– OTTAWA/CHETWYND – In an unprecedented move, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) and the US National Transportation Safety Board issued strong recommendations to improve the safe transportation of crude oil by rail, singling out a class of rail car that commonly travels through Chetwynd. “In the course of our Lac-Megantic investigation, we found three critical weaknesses in the North American rail system, which must be urgently addressed,” said Wendy Tadros, chair of the TSB. “Today we are making three recommendations calling for tougher standards for Class 111 tank cars, route planning analysis, and emergency response assistance plans.” The TSB recommendations are addressed to Transport Canada, and in the case of Class 111 tank cars, also to the US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The Board’s first recommendation calls for tougher standards for all BY
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada made an unprecedented move last week, issuing strong recommendations to improve the safe transportation of crude oil by rail. The recommendations single out Class 111 tank cars, Photo submitted like the one pictured above, that frequently travel through Chetwynd.
Class 111 tank cars – not just new ones. In Lac-Magantic, the Board found that even at lower speeds, the older unprotected Class 111 tank cars ruptured, releasing crude oil, which fuelled the fire. Further recommendations called for strategic route planning and safer train operations for all
trains carrying dangerous goods in Canada. The TSB says it wants to carefully choose the routes on which oil and other dangerous goods are to be carried. The last recommendation called for the development of emergency response assistance plans along routes where large volumes of liquid hydrocarbons are being shipped. “The amount of crude oil now being shipped by rail in North America is staggering,” the TSB said in a news release on Thursday, Jan. 23. According to the rail industry, in Canada in 2009, there were only 500 carloads of crude oil shipped by rail. In 2013, there were 160,000 carloads. In the US in 2009, there were 10,800 carloads, and in 2013, that increased to 400,000 carloads. Because North America’s
My own concerns were about the grades into town... NICHOLS
railways are interconnected, the US National Transportation Safety Board recommendations complement those issued by the TSB. Tardos, the TSB chair added, “if North American railways are to carry more and more of these flammable liquids through our communities, it must be done safely. Change must come and it must come now.” In a letter sent to Fire
Chief Leo Sabulsky dated Nov. 15, 2013, Canadian National Railway (CN) acknowledged their responsibility to inform Chetwynd and other communities of the types of dangerous goods that move through their jurisdictions and to ensure that emergency responders have the information and training they need to respond to any rail accident that may occur. “Even though CN was
CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Fog lights on vehicles are very useful when used properly. Did you know that fog lights can only be on when atmospheric conditions make the use of headlamps is advantageous? Fog lights can be very bright and blinding to oncoming drivers. This increases risk of motor vehicle collisions. The Motor Vehicle Act Regulations coveres the instalation and iming of lights in detail. Mechanic shops canassist in aiming lights as they know or ought to know the requirements, says Scott West of the Dawson Creek RCMP.
use of headlamps disadvantageous. They must be aimed so that: 1) at a distance of eight metres from the lamp, the centre of the beam is at least 10 cm below the height of the fog lamp.
not involved in the [LacMegantic] derailment, we are receiving questions and comments about our safety practices involving the movement of dangerous goods by rail through communities, from across the country,” the letter stated. “[Communitues] need to know the types of dangerous goods that move through their jurisdictions, to ensure their emergency responders have the information and training they need to respond to any rail accident that may occur.” And that’s the heart of the issue, according to the TSB. Improvements need to be made regarding how well informed communities are about what is passing through their boundaries by rail. The District of Chetwynd was briefed on a number of safety concerns they brought forward with the rail operator in meetings with CN in January. The three major concerns brought forward by the district were the speed of passing trains, the vibrations caused by passing trains and derailments. Mayor Merlin Nichols feels he left those January meetings fairly satisfied with what he had heard. “My own concerns were more about the grades into town and the potential for a train coming into town uncontrolled,” he said. “The CN folks, assured us that a train parked say, out by [Charlie] Lassers’ is not left with the engine attached. I think now is probably the safest time to have a train going through your town.” The District of Chetwynd council has acknowledged it would like to meet with CN again in the near future.
Those extra bright lights on your vehicle could get you fined
Fog lamps A motor vehicle may be equipped with two fog lamps, mounted on the front of the vehicle below the headlamps, that are capable of displaying only white or amber light which are mounted mounted not more than 30 cm below the headlamps, and they have to be wired so that they are only operable when your park lights are on instead of headlamps when atmospheric conditions make the
Failure to comply could result in a $109 fine.
2) The fog lamp wiring and switch must permit simultaneous operation of the parking lamps, tail lamps, licence plate lamp and, if required, clearance lamps. “Failing to comply with the motor vehicle regulations could result in a violation of $109 for unauthorized number of fog lamps (two white/amber), improper
height fog lamps, inadequate wire/switch fog lamps or/and improper use of fog lights,” West said in a recent press release. “Police do conduct road checks and road side stops to assure drivers are complying with the regulations.” West said RCMP have received concerns from the public and are continuing to make sure our roads are safe. Off-road lamps must consealed or covered with opaque covers when on the highway.
Shooting in Dawson The Dawson Creek RCMP, North District Major Crime Section and the BC Coroner Service are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred on Jan 22, 2014. The incident occurred on a private rural property in the Dawson Creek Detachment Area. The shooting involved two youths who were related to one another. “Out of respect for the family during this tragic time no further information is being released at this time as our investigation continues,” West said.
Northeast BC plays significant role in British Columbia’s growth projections Wednesday, JANUARY 29, 2014
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Big things are happening in our region, and some big names are starting to take notice. The Business Council of British Columbia released its semi-annual BC economic review and outlook report last week, noting that it expects economic conditions to improve over the next two years. South Peace MLA Mike Bernier says he expects our region to play a significant role in the reports growth projections. “There is a lot of investment happening. It’s making people like the business council sit up and look at that and recognize that even if one or two [liquefied natural gas] projects get started in the next year or two that is going to make such a massive difference in the economy in northern British Columbia,” Bernier said. The BC Business Council (BCBC) projections, which highlight a projected 2.3 per cent increase to the province’s gross domestic product in 2014, and a further 3 per cent increase in 2015, are even more optimistic than the government’s own economic projections. BY
“It's always nice to have something to strive towards,” Bernier commented. “I believe our region will play more than just a little bit... in their projections. It's great groups like that recognize what we're trying to do in the province through a report like that the recognize that the opportunity is there as well and that there is the possibility for things to happen.” Jock Finlayson, executive vice president of the BCBC said one of the main reasons for their growth projections is rooted in the improving economies of the United Sates, Asia and particularly, China, which he said, “continue to expand at a relatively robust clip.” Finlayson added that “the weakening Canadian dollar relative to the US dollar will also help lift BC’s export of goods and services to the US, prompt more US travellers to come to BC, and serve as a headwind to cross-border shopping.” The report says that conditions within BC’s borders are also transitioning to a more solid growth trajectory. The job market is poised to strengthen, they say, following a lackluster performance in 2013. Consumer spending
Oil and Gas activities in our region will play a large role in the projected growth of BC’s economy. Gas produced in the Peace will be transferred via pipeline to facilities. Above is an artist rendering of an LNG liquefied natural gas export facility proposed by Apache Corp., EOG Resources INc. and Encana Corp. for Bish Cove, near KitiPhoto submitted mat. Source: Apache Canada Ltd.
was projected to continue on an upswing through to 2015. “Business investment and non-residential construction are prominent factors underlying the bright growth outlook, especially in 2015,” the report states, citing the potential for at least two liquefied natural gas producing facilities on BC’s west coast. “In 2015, we expect up
to two LNG projects and related pipeline construction to begin,” stated Ken Peacock, chief economist for BCBC and co-author of the report. “A modest but broadlybased expansion coupled with several billion dollars of additional capital spending from the private and public sectors should lift the economy to an above average growth performance.”
Teck named to the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list
Only coal company listed, Tim Hortons listed as number 21 MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – Teck Resources Ltd., owner of the Quintette project located 20 kilometres south of Tumbler Ridge, has been recognized as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations for 2014 by media and investment research company Corporate Knights. The announcement was made in Davos, Switzerland last week at the 2014 World Economic Forum. Teck was the only mining company named to this year’s Global 100 list, coming in at number 41. This is the second straight year Teck has been included on the list. The highest-ranking Canadian company was Tim Hortons Inc., coming in at number 21. The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations list was launched in 2005. The top 100 companies are selected from all publicly traded companies worth over $2-billion US dollars. Companies were evaluated on a range of sector-specific sustainability metrics, such as water, energy and carbon productivity, and safety performance. “This ranking recognizes the dedicated work of our employees, whose commitment to responsible resource development has made Teck a global leader in sustainability,” said Don Lindsay, president and CEO. BY
“We remain committed to continually improving our sustainability performance and this recognition confirms we are moving in the right direction.” Teck has also been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the last four years, which ranks Teck’s sustainability practices in the top 10 per cent of the world’s 2,500 largest public companies. In 2013, Teck was also named one of the best 50 corporate citizens by Corporate Knights and, one of the top 50 socially responsible corporations by Sustainalytics, a global leader in sustainability research and analysis serving investors and financial institutions around the world. Teck operated the Quintette mine near Tumbler Ridge for 18 years until 2000. In June 2010, the company initiated a feasibility study to re-open the mine that was completed in the summer/fall of 2012. In that same year, Teck submitted its Mines Act Permit Amendment application for Quintette and received approval from the Ministry of Energy and Mines in June 2013. Teck Resources has delayed the final stage of redevelopment at the Quintette mine in light of the downturn in world markets for metallurgical (steelmaking) coal. Teck says it will not be doing any further work at the mine until it sees a “sustained improvement” in the demand for steelmaking coal.
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Wednesday, JANUARY 29, 2014
Walk for Memories took to the street
The day started off with a healthy and hearty pancake breakfast at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre. After the breakfast, participants formed a group in front Photo by Mike Carter of the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre to send messages to heaven via balloon. They then began the walk. MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The seventh annual Investors Group Walk for Memories took place in Chetwynd on Sunday, Jan. 25. The day started off with a healthy and hearty pancake breakfast at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre, folBY
lowed by the walk itself. A silent auction was also held during the breakfast, with several local businesses donating items. The Walk For Memories is an annual provincewide fundraising event for the Alzheimer’s Society of BC. This year, it was held in 23 communities across the province including Chetwynd, Dawson Creek
and Fort St. John. Funds raised through the walk help ensure people in our community who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia related illnesses can connect to a province-wide network of information, services and support. Members of the Pine River Chapter of the
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“The pancake breakfast is a great draw. We say until noon, but last year they cooked until 2 o'clock,” said chair of the volunteer board Audrey Moore. “I finally said shut ‘er down I want to go home,” she joked. “We like to accommodate the churches because some of them come later.” According to data from a national study on dementia related illnesses by the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, someone develops dementia every five minutes in Canada. If nothing changes, the society says that number will grow to one in every two minutes. In BC, more than 70,000 people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. After the breakfast, participants formed a group in front of the recreation centre to send messages to heaven via balloon. They then began the walk. Each event in each community is dedicated to a person who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Chetwynd’s event on Sunday was dedicated to the memory of Otto Gertsel. Gerstel was born on Sept. 27, 1934 in Barthel, Saskatchewan. He moved to B.C. in 1954 and married his wife Eva in 1957. They raised three children Cindy, Wendy and Tim. Otto hauled freight for the stores in Chetwynd and later went into trucking with his brothers. Otto
eventually started his own company O.E. Gerstel Transport Ltd. Otto was very proud when his son Tim joined the family business. Otto was quietly involved in helping people in need and anything involving children. With any funds raised he would help the community and children, including purchasing tickets to the circus. Some of Eva and the children’s favorite memories of Otto include fishing and camping trips, spending time on the farm, the Christmas Holidays and the teasing that Otto reveled in. Eva describes Otto as a compassionate and generous person with a great sense of humor. Otto lived for his family, friends and most of all his grandchildren. Eva and the children have found the Alzheimer Society of B.C. website and Support Facilitator helpful and value the resources offered by the Society. The BC Alzheimer’s Society hoped to raise more than $700,000 with this year’s walks. Final 2014 fundraising numbers were not available by press time. Moore says funds raised locally stay in the area, while a portion also goes to the provincial society to contribute toward research. This year’s theme was “Caregivers.’
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Wednesday, JANUARY 29, 2014
Chetwynd Kal Tire Female Giants take second in home tournament over weekend
Midgets off to provincials
Chetwynd goalie Kyana Watson bats a puck away from the net Sunday morning during her teams bout with the Photo by Naomi Larsen Clearview Icecats. MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Kal Tire Girls Giants played four games this past weekend at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre arena during their home tournament. The team finished the tournament in second place after a 5-2 loss to Clearview Sunday afternoon. The Road to the Final The first game on Saturday, Jan. 25 was against Dawson Creek. This game ended in a tie 1-1. Devanne Leslie had the only goal, the first of five on the weekend for her. Our ladies followed the tie game up with a win, beating the team from Mackenzie 5-2. The Girls Giants jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period on goals from Tianna Patmore, Logan BY
Richter and Devanna Leslie. Mackenzie edged back into the game in the second, scoring the only goal of the period. But, the Giants came out of the gates firing in the third period, and went up 4-1 on a goal just under a minute into the period from Brooke Macmilllan. Mackenzie battled back to cut the score in half near the midway point of the third, but with just 2:15 remaining, Leslie scored her second of the game to seal the 5-2 win. The next day, things got underway at 10:15 a.m. with the lady Giants facing off against the team from Clearview, who they would eventually face again that same day in the final. The first game ended up 6-2 for the Clearview Icecats.. In the final, Clearview carried the play most of the way, opening the scoring under a minute into the
game, and then taking a 2-0 lead at the 16:21 mark of the first period. Chetwynd clawed back just 12 seconds later though, thanks to a goal courtesy of Danielle Christie. At the end of the first period, Clearview had a 2-1 lead. By the end of the second they had stretched that lead to three, scoring two goals to put themselves up 4-1. Early in the third period, sniper Devanna Leslie nudged the Giants closer, scoring just 2:19 into the final frame. But, that would be as close as they would get. The Clearview Icecats sealed the win, and the tournament victory, with a goal at 12:03 of the third period. The final score was 5-2. Even though they didn’t win, the crowds at the Recreation Centre were happy to support the Giants, cheering them off the ice yelling “good game girls!”
Giants suffer two losses at hands of Fairview Knights
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – It was a weekend the Chetwynd 3NV Giants Midget hockey team will want to forget, as they look forward to five-game stretch on home ice in February to end regular season All Peace Hockey League action play. The team travelled to Fairview Jan. 25-26 for two games against a formidable opponent in the Fairview Knights. In the first game Saturday evening, both Giants goalies saw action, which is never a good sign. Reilly Elder-Cherry played the first 15 minutes but was pulled after letting in three goals. He was replaced by Brice Vossler. After going down 3-0 in the first, Jeremy Franklin notched his third goal in just six games this year to bring some life back to the Giants, who headed into the second period 3-1. The Knights added two in the second. Reign Walker and Liam Beattie scored two for the Giants BY
in the third, but the Knights kept adding to their leading, skating off the ice with a 7-3 win when all was said and done. Saturday’s game was a rough one in more ways than one. Fairview had two players ejected from the game, one for checking form behind and one for a fighting major. Chetwynd’s captain Cordell Llewellyn was the victim of an attack from a Fairview player, who put him in a headlock and starting punching away. Llewellyn held his cool and did not retaliate. The second game on Sunday, Jan. 26, was held early in the morning at 8:30 a.m. Again, both goalies saw action for the Giants. The giants were up 3-2 after the first, but it was all Fairview after that, as the team scored 9 unanswered goals – including 3 goals in 35 seconds in the second period - before Jason Kearns scored his first of the year for the Giants, to make it 11-4. Before the third period was over, the Knights
added one more tally, skating off home ice with a 12-4 win. The team has been short a defenseman since Nov. 10th and the 5-man rotation on the blue line is starting to show signs of fatigue. Along with the penalty trouble the Giants have faced in recent games, it has been a constant shuffle of players playing on different line combinations and in some cases, different positions. The two weekend games were the fourth and fifth the Giants played against the Knights this season. They are now 2-5 versus Fairview. As mentioned, the Giants have a number of home games coming up in the month of February. This starts next weekend, Feb. 1-2 at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre. On Saturday, February 1 the Giants will take on Peace River. Puck drops at 1:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, February 2, the Giants play Grande Prairie. Puck drops at 1:30 p.m.
Chetwynd Echo Staff –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd 3 Nations Ventures Midget Giants have qualified for the BC Hockey Tier 4 Provincial Championships to be held in Clearwater, B.C, on March 15 - 21. The Chetwynd Midget hockey team (ages 15, 16 and 17) will represent the District of Chetwynd and the Province of British Columbia's North East/Yukon District at the upcoming games. Chetwynd will compete against the top-ranked Tier 4 teams from Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland, East Kootenay, West Kootenay, Okanagan Mainline, Whitehorse, North Western and North Central Districts. In preparation for the provincial championships, the Midget players have dedicated their hockey season to a full schedule of practices, exhibition and league games and hockey tournaments. Most players have enrolled in the Chetwynd Secondary Hockey Academy in which students receive academic credits upon successful completion of the program. The Chetwynd 3 Nations Ventures Midget Giants have many team fundraising activities underway to assist with player financial costs for transportation and accommodations for the weeklong event. Located in the Okanagan District, the District of Clearwater was established in 2007 and is one of British Columbia's newest municipalities. The Host Clearwater Midget Rep team plays in the OMAHA Hockey League. All provincials games will take place in the North Thompson Sportsplex.
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Jason Kearns scored his first goal of the year Sunday to add to his 7 assists. Kearns has a total of 8 points in 27 games played this year. Kearns is in his rookie year with the Chetwynd 3 Nations Ventures Midget Giants.
Wednesday, JANUARY 29, 2014
Cocktail of booze and cough syrup new drug of choice for local teens
Cough suppressents pulled from shelves, available over the counter only NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND –Sizzurp. Purple Drank. Skittles. These aren’t slurpee flavours, but rather slang terms for how teens are getting a cheap high. Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is an antitussive (cough suppressant) drug. It is one of the active ingredients in many overthe-counter cold and cough medicines, including generic labels and store brands such as Benylin DM, Mucinex DM, Robitussin, NyQuil, Dimetapp, Vicks, Coricidin, Delsym, TheraFlu, and others. Dextromethorphan has also found other uses in medicine, ranging from pain relief to psychological applications. It is sold in syrup, tablet, spray, and lozenge forms. DXM is also used recreationally and that is proving to be a problem at People’s Drug Mart here in Chetwynd. Management at the store have had to make the decision to remove all medicines with DXM in it from the shelves and put it for purchase as over the counter only. In other words, you have to ask for it at the pharmacy desk. And you can only purBY
chase one bottle at a time. Front store manager Wendy Martin said they noticed their stock depletion in December and it was getting to the point where empty boxes would be found sitting on the shelves. “They (mostly teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18 Martin said) were sometimes buying it and buying it in large quantities – like four bottles a day,” Martin said. Once staff realized what was going on, Martin said they decided to restrict it to one bottle for purchase per day. But then, groups of teens would come in one at a time and each purchase a bottle. And if they weren’t being purchased, bottles were being stolen and staff were catching the perpertrators. It was then they decided to pull it off the shelves entirely and move it to behind the pharmacy counter our of the public’s reach. Removing the products from the floor prevents shoplifting and allows the pharmacy to track strange buying patterns. To get a high Martin said teens mix the cough syrup with alcohol. “Dextromethrophan is a pain reliever,” Chetwynd RCMP Sgt. Olivia Tremblay said. “It can slow
According to CODA report using 711 students in Grades 7 to 9, 14.1 per cent knew Metro photo about the effects of DMX abuse.
“...anything with DXM in it must be asked for at the pharmacy.”
your nervous system down and give you a euphoric feeling. It may also cause blurred vision, numbness and hallucinations in high doses.” Like any medication, Tremblay said, using Dextromethrophan more than directed or for reasons other than its intended purpose can lead to nega-
tive health effects. “So now anything with DXM in it must be asked for at the pharmacy,” she said, adding she’s not sure if other stores in town are having the same problem. In an email to the Chetwynd Echo, Owner and manager of Chetwynd SuperValu Larry Cromarty said he has experienced
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theft of the product as well. “The Chetwynd RCMP support the local pharmacy in their decision to limit these products if they are indeed seeing a rise in theft and/or misuse of them,” Tremblay said. CODA, a non-profit drug prevention organization, conducted a survey in 2012-13 using 711 students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 in Toronto, Durham and Elliot Lake, and asked them about cough syrup for recreational use. Saskatchewan and Manitoba were part of the survey, but Ontario comprised the brunt of the report. Of those numbers, 98 kids - 14.1 per cent - knew most of the effects of dextromethorphan abuse. Roughly 16 kids - 2.5 per
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cent - said they would "very likely" use the drug in the next 12 months and 40 kids - 6.3 per cent - said it was "likely" they would try syrup. Here are a few things CODA suggests you can do to help prevent your youth from abusing overthe-counter medicines: • Make sure that your OTC medicines are safely locked away in a medicine cabinet or some other form of storage. • Try to avoid stockpiling OTC medicines. • Be sure to keep track of how much is in each bottle in your medicine cabinet. • Be aware of not only traditional-looking cough and cold remedies in your teen's room, but also strange-looking tablets. • Browsing your child's Internet usage and history is a good way to find suspicious websites and emails that seem to be promoting the abuse of DXM or other drugs, both legal and illegal. “More than anything, talk to your kids about drug abuse and explain that even though taking lots of a cough or cold medicine seems harmless, it's not,” their website states. “Although cough syrup is legal and is found inside the family medicine cabinet or at the corner drugstore, when taken in large amounts, DXM is a drug that can be just as deadly as any sold on a seedy street corner. Even if you don't think that your teens are doing it, chances are they know kids who are.”
CHETWYND – Late last week, Northern Health unveiled its new interactive physician recruitment website that showcases physician’s professional lives, and enjoying their time-off in northern B.C. The website is unique as it creates a space for physicians to tell their stories to physicians interested in living and working in northern B.C. “This new website is a unique and innovative method of recruiting physicians to rural and remote areas of the province,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “The personal stories from doctors in northern B.C. will help capture the benefits of living in the North for those who are thinking of relocating to this area of British Columbia.” The interactive website includes video testimonials from physicians engaging in activities they enjoy, and in their place of work.
The two current physicians featured on the site are Dr. Charles Helm from Tumbler Ridge, B.C. and Dr. Quinton Du Preez from Fort St. John, B.C. Testimonials from physicians in other communities in the Northern Interior, Northwest, and Northeast will be added in the near future. “We’re glad to have a close partnership with our physicians in northern B.C. and that they’re willing to be advocates for their communities,” said Dr. Ronald Chapman, Vice President of Medicine. “The new website will help physicians to tell their stories and encourage others with similar interests to join them in northern B.C.” In Dr. Du Preez’s video testimonial, he talks about the joys of raising a family in Fort St. John, and the friendships he has built with other physicians in the community.
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CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Are you concerned about memory problems? An early dementia diagnosis can help individuals gain more control of their lives by taking the necessary steps to live better with the disease. Although a diagnosis of dementia can be devastating, many people feel relieved once they have received an explanation for the symptoms they are experiencing. Test your knowledge: Do you know the 10 early warning signs of dementia? 1. Memory loss that affects day-to-day function. It's normal to occasionally forget appointments, colleagues' names or a friend's phone number and remember them later. A person
with Alzheimer's disease may forget things more often and not remember them later, especially things that have happened more recently. 2. Difficulty performing familiar tasks. Busy people can be so distracted from time to time that they may leave the carrots on the stove and only remember to serve them at the end of a meal. A person with Alzheimer's disease may have trouble with tasks that have been familiar to them all his or her life, such as preparing a meal. 3. Problems with language. Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes, but a person with Alzheimer's disease may forget simple words or substitute words, making his or her sentences difficult to understand.
4. Disorientation of time and place. It's normal to forget the day of the week or your destination - for a moment. But a person with Alzheimer's disease can become lost on their own street, not knowing how they got there or how to get home. 5. Poor or decreased judgment. People may sometimes put off going to a doctor if they have an infection, but eventually seek medical attention. A person with Alzheimer's disease may have decreased judgment, for example not recognizing a medical problem that needs attention or wearing heavy clothing on a hot day. 6. Problems with abstract thinking. From time to time, people may have difficulty with tasks that require abstract thinking, such as balancing a cheque-
book. Someone with Alzheimer's disease may have significant difficulties with such tasks, for example not recognizing what the numbers in the chequebook mean. 7. Misplacing things. Anyone can temporarily misplace a wallet or keys. A person with Alzheimer's disease may put things in inappropriate places: an iron in the freezer or a wristwatch in the sugar bowl. 8. Changes in mood and behaviour. Everyone becomes sad or moody from time to time. Someone with Alzheimer's disease can exhibit varied mood swings - from calm to tears to anger - for no apparent reason. 9. Changes in personality. People's personalities can change somewhat with age. But a person with Alzheimer's disease can
become confused, suspicious or withdrawn. Changes may also include apathy, fearfulness or acting out of character. 10. Loss of initiative. It's normal to tire of housework, business activities or social obligations, but most people regain their initiative. A person with Alzheimer's disease may become very passive, and require cues and prompting to become involved. If you recognize the symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease or dementia in yourself, a friend or family member, contact your doctor to discuss your concerns. The Alzheimer Society of B.C. has further resources that can help guide your discussion with the doctor. Visit your local Resource Centre or our website, www.alzheimerbc.org, for help.
Northern Health recruited three full time doctors in 2012
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“When you’re looking for a place to practice, it is not just about finding a suitable place to work. Instead it is about finding a community that embraces your family and offers a range of opportunities for both professional and personal development,” said
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tance of physicians to their community, and the great services their communities have to offer. “Through community partnerships in 2012, we were successful in recruiting three full-time physicians and one part-time physician to Fort St. James,” said Rob MacDougall, Mayor of Fort St.
James. “We found in the recruitment efforts it was vital to show physicians they were wanted in the community, and the opportunities for extra-curricular activities the area had to offer. This type of a website will help to tell these stories and give good insight to what the north has to offer.”
“I am excited to be part of this project and participate as a local government spokesperson advocating for physicians to come to Fort St. John,” said Lori Ackerman, Mayor of Fort St. John. “We’re recruiting physicians to our community, and know the keys are using unique tools like the new Northern Health
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MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Little Giants Royal Air Cadet Squadron #258 is getting a little thin on staff these days. “We really do need staff from Chetwynd,” current Captain and Commanding Officer Nyree Eichinger (who is in her third trimester of pregnancy) said. “Especially for when I take my pregnancy leave soon.” Eichinger and a Lieutenant, who run the program here in Chetwynd, travel each week from just outside of Dawson Creek to make the weekly meetings. This severely limits what they can do with the local eight-member squad. “If we can get the officers or the civilian instructors or the civilians here [in Chetwynd], it gives the kids more opportunity,” Eichinger said from her office at the Royal Canadian Legion as the cadets practiced drill in the main area of the building. As new staff ome into the fray, the program grows things will grow organically. Einchinger hopes that with more activities, kids will tell their friends what they did through the program, attracting others to join. The local squadron only has female officers at the moment, another restriction on what they can do with a heavily male-populated group. BY
Chetwynd Little Giants Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron #258 practice drill last week at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chetwynd. They need local adult volunteers and instructors to help sustain the program. They of Photo by Mike Carter course, are always accepting new members aged 12-18. “If we want to do an overnight in Prince George, we have to have a male officer so it just limits what we can do.” They need adult’s to volunteer and to join as staff, a position that pays a salary thanks to support from the Department of National Defense. However, these aren’t high paying jobs. Eichinger warns, “it's still pretty much volunteer work; you don’t get paid really the
whole entire year.” The Cadet squadron wants 2014 to be a year that not only boosts its visibility in the community, but also contributes to the sustainability of the program in Chetwynd by bringing on new civilian instructors, civilian volunteers and adding new members to its youth program. Royal Canadian Air Cadets participate in a variety of activities. The out-
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to preserve the freedom of the other to remain healthy and to maintain the general health of the community. What you can do for with Merlin Nichols yourself and for Chetwynd to minimize our exposure and reduce ou and the flu and our chances of contamithe District of nation or contaminating? Chetwynd. It’s flu You’ve all heard the urgseason again and will be ings to get the shot. I for another month or so. can’t comment on that What are you doing to one way or another. It is minimize your chances available. of infection It’s free. It’s and infecting? choice. It’ll Hey, I’m not take a bit of the doctor so So be smart, be prudent, your time – if you’re lookbe courteous, be kind and but less time ing for a quick than the flu remedy, don’t stay out of my head space if will take. look here, you happen to be a carrier. H o w e v e r, look there. one of the But just how best and first serious would things you be the ecocan do for nomic impact your own of a major flu primary care outbreak in and for all of us is to keep our home town? Serious indeed. In fact, wage falling victim to the yourself in general good health. It’s not as hard as losses alone could run in virus. So be smart, be pru- you might suppose and the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Produc- dent, be courteous and starting now you could tion could be cut back by kind, and stay out of my be in top shape for the millions if key people are head space if you happen next flu season. Get the out of commission. And to be a carrier. I’m an old sleep you need. Use copiamounts of we haven’t even discov- man and I don’t want to ous ered a way to quantify inhale any of your con- Chetwynd’s good mountaminated wind. But it tain water unadulterated your personal misery. So let’s quick-quantify seems that age is not the with any of the popular your personal misery. only factor in susceptibil- additives. Use it within You go to bed with a ity to the pervasive and and without. Avoid those sickly feeling in your pernicious virus. Young sugary things. And yet, throat and you say, and old, rich and poor, too often the best-laid de“Honey, I think I’m goin’ slave and free, all breathe fenses are not enough. to be sick. I don’t feel the same wind and walk very good.” After a rest- the same sod and all are less night you struggle potential victims. We Disclaimer: The preceding is out of bed onto wobbly need to look after one an- the opinion of Mayor Merlin legs with nose running other. When more than Nichols and may or may not and a Baldy-sized head one person lives on the reflect the views and/or ache beating on your street each must take care wishes of council.
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leadership skills, teaching and enforcing responsibility and the know-how to live a happy, healthy lifestyle. And the best thing is (besides the $100 fee to join the cadet program) these activities are at no cost to the parent or the cadet. In almost all cases, they even get paid to attend the camps, Eichinger says. Angela Grose, chair of the sponsoring committee, says her job is to pay for everything that the Department of National Defense (DND) doesn’t cover. “The problems that we’re having is that we don’t have officers in town. We need female and male officers. Right now we only have female officers so that limits us with what we can do, we have to borrow another male officer from a different squadron if we want to do basically anything.” Civilian Instructor, Volunteer and officer positions are needed. If you wish to become an officer, DND will pay for the training, including any necessary trips to Prince George and Vancouver. Children aged 12-18 can take part in the national air cadet program. Adult members of the community are invited to ask about the positions available by contacting Einchinger by phone: 250788-3900 or email: email@example.com.
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Taylor reaches community agreement with BC Hydro on Site C BY MIKE CARTER
Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TAYLOR – The District of Taylor announced on Wednesday, Jan. 22 that it had reached a community agreement with BC Hydro for the construction and operation of the proposed Site C dam. A tentative agreement was announced late last year, but was not finalized until last week Under the terms of the agreement, BC Hydro commits to specific mitigation measures proposed by the town, includ-
ing $155,000 to implement an enhanced water supply monitoring program prior to the start of construction, update the town’s emergency preparedness and response plan and support the town’s role in road rescue services during the projects construction. “We’ve worked very hard to reach an agreement with BC Hydro that addresses our concerns should the project proceed,” said Taylor Mayor, Fred Jarvis. “The agreement includes transportation improvements, enhancements to recreation and key
measures to address water security and safety.” In addition to the $155,000, BC Hydro will implement funds to counteract any adverse effects on Taylor’s water supply caused by the dam’s construction, bring in measures to protect the water treatment plant and pump house from potential shoreline erosion, fund the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to install continuous street lighting along Highway 97 through Taylor, and install changeable message sign and a Drive BC highway webcam to provide advance notifica-
tion of weather and road conditions. BC Hydro has also agreed to fund the development of 20 new, long-stay, serviced RV spaces and parking at Peace Island Park. The park currently has 39 sites on the island and 60 serviced sites in a new expansion area. $37,500 will also be provided to support Taylor’s participation in the formation of a community liaison committee during the construction phase of the project. A previously announced $100,000 per year fund to support non-profit organizations in
the north and south peace during construction will also benefit the town. These funds will be administered through the United Way of Northern BC. “We are pleased to have an agreement with the District of Taylor related to the construction and operation of Site C,” said Site C executive vice president Susan Yurkovich. “We have had very constructive and collaborative discussions with Taylor about how to leave the community better off as a result of the Site C project and we believe this agreement achieves that.”
Babine mill rejects WorksafeBCʼs findings on explosion
Vancouver Sun –––––––––––––– BURNS LAKE – The company that owns a Burns Lake sawmill that exploded in 2012 disagrees with conclusions by government agencies that put the blame on the company. In a written statement Wednesday, Babine Forest Products says it could not have known about the possibility of a wood-dust explosion because nobody in the industry knew at the time that dry, fine wood dust from beetle-killed timber was explosive. The Jan. 20, 2012 explosion and fire fuelled by wood dust at the northern B.C. mill killed workers Robert Luggi Jr., 45, and Carl Charlie, 42. The ex-
plosion also injured 20 workers, leaving some with severe burns. "What happened at Babine was a tragic accident, for which we will always be sorry," said the mill's statement. "Most accidents are preventable when viewed with the benefit of hindsight and knowledge gained after the fact. Had Babine foreseen the hazard, the company would have taken immediate steps to address the risk, and never have exposed our employees to that risk in operating the facility." WorkSafeBC concluded the explosion was preventable and that "effective" actions should have been taken to control the airborne wood dust and excessive accumulations
on floors. The B.C. Safety Authority concluded the cause of the explosion was a failure to recognize and manage the explosive risks of wood dust. Representatives at Hampton Affiliates said Wednesday that company officials would not give interviews, in part, because WorkSafeBC is considering administrative penalties. Hampton is the majority owner of Babine; the Burns Lake Native Development Corp. holds a minority stake. Babine agreed the underlying cause of the explosion was fine sawdust from beetle-killed wood, but said they only learned of its explosive nature from industry testing after the explosion.
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In its statement, the company added that to its knowledge no regulator had issued wood-dust explosion warnings to any sawmill. Babine also pointed to Crown counsel's recent decision not to lay charges in the incident, in which it said the Crown had noted
that when Work-SafeBC called for testing of wood dust in the fall of 2011 it didn't raise a concern about the risk of an explosion. WorkSafeBC raised concerns about wood dust as a problem for workers' lungs at Babine, but had not explicitly raised the issue of wood dust as an explosive hazard, according to 2007 to 2012 inspection records posted by WorkSafeBC on its website. However, WorkSafeBC records suggest it had told other sawmills in B.C. that wood dust was an explosive hazard. Inspection records from 2007-11 showed that 10 times, sawmills in Elkford, Grand Forks, Merritt, Quesnel and Fort St. John were warned of
wood dust's explosive capacity. In its statement two weeks ago refusing to proceed with charges, Crown counsel said it could be shown that Babine could have foreseen spot fires and relatively small explosions from dust around equipment. However, Crown said Babine would likely be able to establish "it did not foresee and could not reasonably have foreseen that sawdust could cause a catastrophic explosion of the nature that occurred on Jan. 20, 2012." Babine said it has learned lessons from the incident and is incorporating state-of-the-art dust-collection equipment at its rebuilt mill in Burns Lake.
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LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Enjoy some local culture this week, Libra. Take in a concert, an art show or a theater performance. Just enjoy anything that will educate and entertain at the same time.
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you may find that someone you thought was weak is much stronger than they appeared. This person may not need as much of your assistance as you initally thought.
SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, analyze any problems you may have by breaking them down into smaller tasks. Then you can tackle one thing at a time and come to a happy resolution. CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, your children or the youngsters in your life will be the center of your universe this week. Make the most of this time and enjoy kids' carefree natures.
AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 This week may be a little boring, Aquarius. Make the most of your down time, as you could use a few slow days to recharge your batteries and plan your next move. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 You are bubbling with energy, Pisces. Make the most of this energy by exercising, partying or taking a day trip.
Auction Sat. February 1 1 pm and Sunday Feb 2 1:30 pm Chetwynd Rec Centre
Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 10am to Noon. Weekly Group Sessions Tuesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici. Alanon meetings 6:30 pm Tuesdays Mickey’s Place (behind AandW) Chetwynd Society for Community Living Board Meeting. First Monday of each month. 4699 Airport Road Ph: 250-788-4889. Homeschooling Network Thursdays 1 pm - 2 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library
Muskoti Learning Centre Homework Club Mon-Thursday 3 - 4:30 pm
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Wednesday, JANUARY 29, 2014
“ The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation is an important step toward building a better pipeline.”
My name is Janet Holder and I am the leader of the Northern Gateway Project. This past December, my team came one step closer towards our goal of building a better pipeline. After weighing the evidence in the most comprehensive, scientiﬁc review in Canadian pipeline history, the Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency provided its recommendation. The Panel concluded that Canada and Canadians would be better oﬀ with the Northern Gateway Project than without it. They also provided 209 conditions we must meet before we build the project or before we start operations. From the beginning, Northern Gateway has committed to building a safer and better pipeline. The Panel’s conditions are an important step towards that goal. They reﬂect the input of thousands of British Columbians and Canadians, and include many of the commitments we made in our submission. But our work is far from done. As a proud British Columbian, I assure you that my team will continue to work hard towards meeting all of the ﬁnal conditions set out by the Joint Review Panel, just as we’re working hard to meet the Province’s tough conditions. Building a better pipeline isn’t easy. It takes hard work and complete dedication to meeting the highest standards possible. The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation is an important step toward building a better pipeline.
Janet Holder Leader of Northern Gateway
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