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Members of the Northern Caribou Maternity Penning Project, led by the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, add a radio collar and take blood samples from a female caribou just outside of Chetwynd, BC. The pregnant female will live in a four hectare, screened, secure penned area for protection from predators and be fed and monitored until she delivers her calf and they are both strong enough to be released back into the Photo submitted open range in July.

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Walter Energy announced on Tuesday April 15, that it would begin the process of “idling� its Canadian operations this month, including the Wolverine and Brazion coal mines outside of Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge. This includes the Wolverine mine located 15 kilometres outside of Tumbler Ridge, the Willow Creek Mine, which is about 45 kilometres west of Chetwynd, and the Brule mine, which is about 45 kilometres south of Chetwynd. Wolverine will be the first to close, effective immediately, commencing what the company terms “temporary layoffs� of approximately 415 employees at the mine, and about 280 employees at Brazion, and other administrative support staff. Severance packages will be available to most employees, the company says. Walter Energy expects to incur severance charges of approximately $7 million in the second quarter of 2014

West Moberly and Saulteau taking action to protect dwindling Klinse-za Caribou herd Teachers could issue 72-hour strike notice this week

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MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations have partnered with industry and the provincial government to implement a unique project as part of a precedent setting caribou “Action Plan� to save the Klinse-za herd from the brink of extinction. Following up on the announcement of the plan last summer, the two First Nations’ communities have developed a maternity pen to protect vulnerable pregnant caribou and their newborn calves from predators. Ten caribou cows, all of which were tested to confirm pregnancy, were gathered in late March by the team of the Northern Caribou Maternity Penning Project. With the help of veterinarians, the group was captured, sedated and transported by helicopter to an area near the pen site. They were then BY

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Caribou were once in such abudance in BC s north that our elders referred to them as seeming like bugs on the landscape.

radio collared, and moved by snowmobile to a screened, four hectare, penned clearing area within their natural calving grounds. The pen is protected by an additional electric fence along the perimeter. The caribou will be fed lichen from the area, and supplemented with pellet feed in troughs twice

daily during the penning period. They will be watched over around the clock by members of the West Moberly and Saulteau communities, along with the project team including wildlife biologists, who have set up camp near the pen site. Inside this protective area, the calves will be born, whelped, and develop the ability to flee from predators, before they are released back onto the range in July. “Caribou were once in such abundance in BC’s north that our elders referred to them as seeming like ‘bugs on the landscape,’� Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation explains. “But with the industrialization of the land and an increase in predators, this valuable animal has been declining at an alarming rate.� According to the West Moberly first Nation, caribou numbers in the Klinse-za herd have dropped to

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– VANCOUVER – The BC Teachers Federation sat down with Labour Relations Board Tuesl, April 15, to figure out what services are essential in the first two stages of the British Columbia Teachers Federation three staged job action plan. BCTF president Jim Iker promises the first phase won’t affect students. The Labour Relations Board will appoint a mediator so the BCTF and the BC Public School Employers Association can figure out what teacher services are essential during meetings this week.

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Northern Lights College increasing tuition, cutting programs for 2014/15 budget

MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – As a result of a $51 million cut to the provincial government’s advanced education budget, Northern Lights College announced last week that it would be increasing tuition costs, making changes to programming, laying off instructors and accepting early retirements. An overall shift to more online course offerings and less face-to-face instruction in smaller campuses will result. One full time position at the Chetwynd campus and one full time position at the Tumbler Ridge campus have been eliminated. Both of the layoffs affect personnel in the career and college preparation program, making it harder for those looking to get a postsecondary education, to upgrade their required courses to meet prerequisites for trades, vocational or university programs. “Some of the impacts are BY

due to, not necessarily only budget considerations but, low enrolment, [and] lack of demand,� explained Laurie Rancourt, president and CEO of Northern Lights College. “We’ve had to change the way we are doing some things in order to make sure that we're more flexible and able to adapt to the needs of the region. If you look provincially and even nationally, there is a pressure. There is reduced funding in the advanced education sector in general, so that is having an impact.� The budget shuffle comes in light of the fact that colleges in British Columbia are mandated to operate with a balanced budget each year. The advanced education budget cuts handed down from the provincial government amounts to cuts of about $25 million for the 2014-15 school year, and another $25 million for 2015-16. Of the funding the college has received this fiscal

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Laurie Rancourt, president and CEO of Northern Lights College, held a teleconference with Brad Lyon NLC’s director of communications and community relations, on Friday April 11, 2014. The $875,000 budget shortfall has led to one layoff Photo submitted in Chetwynd.

year from the province, a cut of only about $189,000 has been realized. But, with the elimination of the provincial funding for English as a Second Language programs, increased costs to heating and electricity and other inflationary costs incurred, the college is left with a total budget shortfall of $875,000. The college has accepted nine applications for early retirement or voluntary leave, implemented a temporary hiring freeze for the final two months of the 2013-14 fiscal year, increased tuition costs by two per cent, the maximum allowed by the Ministry of Education, and undertaken a review of

programming, including cost analyses and an analysis of staffing and student ratios. One program – the visual arts program at the Dawson Creek campus – has been cut entirely. Individual courses that have demonstrated good levels of enrollment will be shifted to the Workforce Training/Continuing education department and offered based on student interest levels which the college will be monitoring. “We will have a workforce training coordinator in Chetwynd who will also have responsibility for Tumbler Ridge and we will be monitoring this on a quarterly basis. As demand ramps up, we will

be reinvesting the man power that is needed to make sure that we're meeting that demand,� Rancourt said. Workforce Training programs have to be revenue neutral or revenue generating, according to provincial government requirements. Some smaller campuses, like the ones in Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge, will feel the impact in different ways, from reduced operating hours to closing during off-peak times in the summer. “I would say that we are at the bone and we can’t afford to take anymore hits so we are hopeful that the $25 million won’t necessarily effect us but we

won’t know that until much closer until the end of the planning cycle for 2015-16,â€? Rancourt said. However, she hopes that with a number of liquefied natural gas (LNG) supporting pipeline projects coming on board over the next few years, the government may find it necessary to bring forward what the college calls “soft dollarsâ€? – one time funding envelopes that allow special high-demand program offerings. “There is a legitimate need for training,â€? she acknowledged. “We make the argument that LNG is part of the broader natural gas industry and that there is already a great need in our area for training. As those projects hopefully start to see the light of day, there is going to be more and more legitimate need for workers in our area who really work on the upstream‌ you need something to flow to the LNG plants.â€? There are also several other projects in our area, including the proposed Site C dam, and mining where there will be a demand for skills development in the coming years. “We need to make sure that we are training local people as much as possible at least for the long term jobs that we're hoping will be coming our way.â€?

West Moberly First Nation takes province to court over Gething mine BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– MOBERLY LAKE – The West Moberly First Nation took the government of British Columbia to court last week over the development of a mine near the Klinse-za, twin sisters mountains protected area. Known as the Gething project, the coalmine proposed by Canadian Kailuan Dehua Mines Co. is located about 30 kilometres west of Hudson’s Hope, right on top of the Gething Creek campground, accessible by the Johnson Forest Service Road. A judicial hearing wrapped up last week in Nanaimo regarding what Chief Roland Willson of the West Moberly First Nation calls the “incompatible use� of the land. The issue dates back to 2005 when Canadian Dehua first contacted the Aboriginal community regarding the proposed mine site. A decision on the case could take months. The land where the Chineseowned company is proposing to construct the mine is a staging area for traditional practices. According to Willson, West Moberly has used the land for generations. These days, they bring their youth there to teach them about

being on the land. “They're two incompatible uses,� Willson told the Chetwynd Echo on Friday last week, the day the hearings in Nanaimo adjourned. “We can't have a mine here. If the mine goes in, we can't use it, and if we're using it, the mine shouldn't go in.� Willson explains that Canadian Dehua first approached his community in 2005 and were told that a mine in the Gething Creek area was not an option. In exchange for not developing the area, Willson explains, West Moberly

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Caribou revival plan more of a holistic approach Continued from page 1 under 20 animals, mostly due to calf mortality rates as a result of increased predator presence. The two First Nations communities attribute this to the increasing presence of industrial activities in the north. “We thought it was important as a community to show leadership not only through our self-imposed moratorium on caribou hunting and commitment to [the] species at risk plan, but to take immediate action through this project to ensure we don’t lose this animal in our region forever.” The action plan aims to boost the herd’s numbers to 650 within 21 years, calling for protection of critical habitats, culling of wolves and creating safe penning areas for calving. Longterm goals include the rehabilitation and reestablishment of critical caribou habitat in northeastern BC. If the current penning project works, they will double the size of the herd.

“Due to the habitat loss and upset predator/prey dynamics caused by decades of unsustainable resource development, caribou in the entire south peace region now number only 1100 and are in rapid decline,” a release from the two First Nations communities announcing the caribou action plan last year stated. Caribou populations in this region of BC are listed as threatened under the Species at Risk Act, and are blue-listed (threatened) throughout the province. The Northern Caribou Maternity Penning Project is relying on technical guidance and operational efforts from partners around the region, particularly West Fraser Mills Ltd. and Wildlife Infometrics Inc. Other industry partners include Spectra Energy, Walter Energy, TransCanada, and Teck Resources. Funding has also been provided for the project from the Ministry of Forest Lands and Natural Resources, and the two

Pregnant northern caribou females feed on lichen and pellets at a trough inside the secured maternity pen in their native range outside Chetwynd, BC. Herd members were gathered in late March by members of the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations and the project team and placed in the secured, four hectare screened pen to protect them and their calves from predators during the vulnerable birthing pePhoto submitted rio

First Nations’ communities involved. “Caribou are not only part of our identity as First Nations, but are also a strong symbol of Canada for all of us and an indication of the overall health of

our ecosystems,” said Saulteau Lands Director, Naomi Owens. “It became evident to us, with numbers dropping at such a rapid rate, that something was critically out of balance. We were

compelled to intervene to ensure the next generation of caribou has a fighting chance.” The Caribou Action Plan spearheaded by the West Moberly and Saulteau First Nations, takes a dif-

ferent approach then the provincial government’s plan to commit to the protection of 90 per cent of identified high-elevation winter caribou habitat across the South Peace, announced in November 2012. Partial funding for the penning project has come from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources. Speaking to the Echo in the summer of 2013, Chief Willson explained how their plan differs. “Our plan is a more holistic approach,” he said. “It looks at reducing linear disturbances [and] the creation of what we call early seral forests.” After a cutblock has been logged, Willson explains, the new growth that follows is prime moose habitat, which competes with caribou habitat. “There is predator management in there,” he adds, “but we don’t have to focus as much on predator management. We can focus a little more on reducing the linear disturbances.”

“They went behind my back,” says Chief Willson Continued from page 2 Willson says. “[But] we couldn't have it on the Gething,” Willson said. West Moberly then followed through by working with Canadian Dehua to get those other mines to the application stages of environmental assessment. Work has since begun on HD Mining’s Murray River project, and work is proceeding on the Wapiti River coal project, which is said to be the largest coalfield in the world. But when Canadian Dehua partnered with Kiluan, to form Canadian Kailuan Dehua Mines Co. in 2008, it wasn’t long before the new company began exploration works in the Gething area, with the backing of the provincial government. “They went out behind our back,” Chief Willson said. “We had a gentleman’s agreement. We were going to work with [them] on getting these other mines to the application process if [they] left this one alone and they said no, that was with Dehua, we are Kiluan. It doesn’t apply.” It is up to the courts to

If the mine goes in we can t use it and we re using it, the mine shouldn t go in.

WILLSON decide if Dehua’s exploration activities violated the trust of the irst Nation. But because of the expedited rate of development in the area, Willson says his nation doesn’t have anywhere else to go to continue with the traditional practice of teaching their youth about living on the land, and making use of what it offers to those who are willing to use it. “When you look at it, we don’t have any other places to go it's not like we can pick up and move over to Tumbler Ridge now because all of the mining that is going on there. We can't go to the Del Rio area north of Chetwynd, because that is all shale gas development. So this is one of the last

areas relatively untouched for non-renewable resource development.” A traditional use study of the land in question has been prepared by the First Nation and is before the court. Last week, the provincial government argued to have the traditional use study stricken from the record. “It tells us that they have no interest in our rights,”

Willson said, “that the coal company's interests are more important than the treaty rights of the West Moberly First Nation.” The case is remarkably similar to one that happened in 2009, which the West Moberly First Nation fought against First Coal Corporation’s permit to explore for a coalmine in the habitat of the Burnt Pine Caribou, and won. First Coal was told that

their permit was not valid and the BC government was ordered to consult with West Moberly on protecting the Burnt Pine caribou herd. The hearing on the Gething Project lasted only five days, but a decision may not be reached fro months. Until then, it is unknown if exploratory work at the proposed Gething Creek mine site will continue.

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The future of the CBC is one of those discussions that both unites and divides Canadians: We love to argue about National it, but never reach a conPost clusion. Over the years, it has become distilled enough that it can be debated in shorthand, reduced to a few pointed questions: Should the CBC continue to exist? Is there room for it in a media landscape that seems to change with the hour? And, perhaps most critically: If the network has to be subsidized to exist, is it worth the cost? All these questions became more pointed Thursday when CBC management briefed employees on the stark scenario now facing the Crown corporation. Having lost its most important single source of advertising revenue in Hockey Night in Canada, it can no longer hope to continue struggling on as it has in the past. CBC president Hubert Lacroix revealed that funding shortfalls and revenue losses will cut $130-million from its budget, forcing 657 job cuts over the next two years. The network, long known for its sports coverage, will no longer compete with commercial rivals for broadcast rights for professional sports. The situation may finally force a decision all parties have been reluctant to address. Although the CBC's financial model - such as it is - hasn't worked for years, no government of any political stripe has been willing to make the tough decisions required to fix it. Conservatives are usually viewed as more hostile to the network than other parties, but Liberal governments have been no more eager to continue pouring new subsidies after old. In the four years after former prime minister Jean Chrétien won a majority government in 1993, according to Friends of the CBC, the network's budget was slashed by $400-million, or 33% - more than the ad revenue lost from HNIC. Rather than forcing a rootand-branch overhaul of the CBC, however, Conservatives and Liberals alike have preferred to let it wither away, doing the best it can to cope on ever-reduced budgets. It is clear this can't continue. But the conundrum remains: What new model to adopt? The suggestions are many. Turn it into a northern version of the United States' PBS, forever holding on-air telethons begging for donations. Transform it into a subscription service peddling its wares to cable and satellite customers. End subsidies to commercial broadcasters and give them to the CBC while banning it from selling ads. Slash the budget further and focus on those few remote regions that are unable to pick up other services. Sell it off holus bolus. There are pros and cons to these ideas. But too many arguments for continued subsidies are largely emotional: Without it, you often hear it asked, who would tell Canadian stories? For all their squawking, polls suggest Canadians by and large like the idea of a national broadcaster, and want to keep it around. But if not enough of us want to consume the Canadian stories CBC tells to make it financially viable, then something has to give. Canada in 2014 is not the Canada of 1952, strung out over a vast area with limited means to unite and promote a shared identity and culture. Canadian culture is strong, its identity secure. Few Canadians need Little Mosque on the Prairie to tell them who they are. There remains an appetite for news from a Canadian perspective; for a platform for Canadian performers, thinkers and artists; and a means to tune in to national interests and debates. But CBC has no monopoly on that as it stands, no unique selling point compared to the private networks. And it doesn't require the considerable infrastructure that remains even after Thursday's cuts. Even in its reduced state, the CBC will have more than 6,000 permanent employees, with hundreds more contract and part-time staff. It's a structure that is neither sustainable nor necessary in a digital world where traditional viewing habits are disappearing, individual choice dominates and specialty channels proliferate. The studio system in Hollywood died when it became possible for smaller, independent operators to compete at lesser cost; a similar fate awaits network broadcasting faced with thousands of agile, focused, specialized rivals. Thursday's news was bad for the CBC, but it will only get worse unless the network undertakes a fundamental rethink of its place in Canada, develops a strategy based on demand for its services rather than nostalgia for its past and puts that case to the Canadians who (for now, at least) pay for it. Ottawa seems unlikely to force the issue; all the more reason for CBC to get on with it. Otherwise it won't survive, and it won't deserve to.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Cannot understand what the board had to gain To the Editor: After attending the Peace River Regional District board meeting in Dawson Creek today April 10, 2014, I am cautiously optimistic. I believe the Board has either seen the light or has realised that they must follow the wishes of their constituents and the dictates of their Procedural Bylaw and the Local Government Act. After the hue and cry about Building Bylaw 1996 2011 they rescinded it in its entirety and then at the last minute, following the demands of a building contractor they reconsidered and reinstated the hated bylaw. Chair, Karen Goodings said that this would be voluntary and this appeased some trusting folks. These people probably thought their troubles were over but didn’t stop to think that this bylaw could be enforced at any time as there was nothing to make this promise binding. Most of you, I am sure already know all of this, what you may not know is that on December 2, 2013 Director Johansson made a motion “that staff bring forward for the Boards consideration a draft building inspection bylaw with the same

boundaries and content of Building Bylaw 1189 1998” This motion was seconded by Director Christensen after he made very sure that the above stipulations were clear and would be followed, and there would be no mistakes of misunderstandings. At the meeting of April 10, 2014 the said draft was presented, it only took a quick browse to see that again, directions were not followed by staff. I am not clear on the motion which followed but as a result there will be a meeting on April 29 to discuss the issue. You can be very sure that there will be a number of us looking very seriously at the two bylaws in question. I, personally do not want a building bylaw as I no longer trust the present Board to honestly look after our interests. Having said that, if we have to have this regulation it MUST be FAIR and HONEST, leave the farmers alone, they have enough trouble dealing with the new Agricultural Plan about which I know very little, but understand it is far from popular. As I said, I do not trust most of the board and I hope that when election

time comes around you will all remember the conniving and dishonesty that has been going on ever since they surprised us with Building Bylaw 1996 2011. It is my sincere hope that some honest , decent people put their names on the ballots so that the few Directors who are trying to do the right thing have some support on a future Peace River Regional District Board. I still cannot really understand what the Board and Administration had to gain that was important enough to turn the voters against them? Why would they risk possible litigation, and why is the Administrator so intent on having his way, what has he to gain? In my opinion he should have been terminated, not allowed to resign. And why was he so insistent regarding the meeting of April 29 2014, instead of allowing it to be the beginning of May , after the new Administrator takes over? It will be interesting to know if, at this meeting they decide to abide by the motion or if, again the Administrator wins. Alva Stewart Charlie Lake

It is time to get rid of the white elephant To the Editor: The PRRD has supposedly been rewriting bylaw 1996-2011. They have made few changes such as taking out the outlying rural farm lands but the restrictions, permits and threats are still the same. They have done what we suspected they would do. Change the number of the bylaw with a few other changes and carry on business as usual. They simply refuse to listen to the people and are hell bent on establishing authoritative

fascist policies in violation of constitutional guidelines. Regional districts came into being as a low budget service institution to take care of the districts needs such as garbage disposal municipal sewage and water needs, hospitals and road maintenance. They have no legal business using their assumed authority to use their self imposed power to give support to real estate brokers, private licensed building contractors and a

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self imposed revenue grab. Some of the municipal directors are frustrated with those opposed to this despicable bylaw stating why don’t we just give in so they can get on with other things that need doing. To those who think this way, I suggest that they listen to the people and throw this damnable by law out the window and then they can go about the duties and services they the regional district were formulated to do. Namely serve the people’s

needs in their respective jurisdictions. Rural directors serving the rural areas, municipal directors serving their municipal needs. If the PRRD follows this advice the whole mess will disappear. They undoubtedly will not do this because they do not want to give up their self assumed dictatorial powers. It is the power to control they want. It is time to get rid of this white elephant. Jim Ross Chetwynd (Jackfish Lake)

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ast week I attended the annual Council of Forest Industries conference. We were treated to the opinions of world-class economists and industrial leaders in the forest and transportation industries and, I must admit, I found the opinions and prognostications realistically optimistic. Meaning, of course, that while we live in a world that cannot be predicted with any kind of certainty, we have enough history to read the trends and enough skill to adjust our

business and management practices to keep pace with the changing environments. Most of the environments with which Chetwynd connects by rail, road, water, ether, or otherwise, seem to indicate respectable growth potential over the next couple of years. China, the big one, is expected to grow at about seven per cent, the United States at about third percent , and Canada at 2.3 per cent. Of course, more than China and the US fuel the timber sector of our economy. India, Japan, Thailand, and Korea are contributing increasing shares to our pay cheques. I was especially impressed by the assurance that our

We have here in Chetwynd an example of a response to the changing business environment.

export markets need us less than we need them. British Columbia (read Chetwynd) has strong and aggressive competition in these markets from countries as diverse as Finland,

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s I write this piece I am hopeful that by the time you read it “spring” will be well on its way with snow melting, water running down the ditches, sun shining warmly with a breezy southwest wind, and most of all, I am eagerly waiting to see our very first bright yellow dandelion. In the meantime, spring or not, we have so much going on at the Public Library that we barely will have the opportunity to stop and smell the dandelions. Our very first “Exploring Art Children’s Gala being hosted in conjunction with the Chetwynd Arts Council with be held April 24th from 5 to 7p.m. This Gala will showcase the art of children 12 years and under in our community allowing individuals and businesses to show their

appreciation of these inspirational endeavours by purchasing a piece. Half of the proceeds from this event will be put back into the program for next season. “Family Sundays” have been a hit featuring a movie and goodies to go along with it. Our next one is scheduled for April 27. Our regular pre-school programs are all running until the week of May 12th. All programs except Grins & Giggles/Eeyore & More will end on May 14th until the fall. Grins & Giggles/Eeyore & More will continue on until mid June. While you are waiting for that moment when you can plant your first seed, drop in and check out our new books that are sprouting up on our shelves such as: “The Life Plan Diet” by Jeffry S. Life, M.D., Ph.D. who tells us how losing belly fat is the key to gaining a stronger, sexier, healthier body. “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change” by

Adam Braun, chronicles his journey through more than fifty countries to find his calling. It all began when he asked one little boy what he wanted most in the world, and he simply answered, “a pencil”. “The Silver Lining: A Supportive & Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer” by Hollye Jacobs, Rn, Ms, MSW, is both her memoir and a practical, supportive resource for anyone whose life has been touched by breast cancer. “Wolfgang Puck Makes It Healthy: Light, delicious Recipes and Easy Exercises for a Better Life” is the one book you need if you are feeling sluggish, can’t get rid of those extra ten pounds, or just love food, but want to feel better. Because April is Cancer Month, I thought I would give you a few new titles that may help to inspire you to maintain a healthy life style. For more information on any of the above give us a call at 250-788-2559 or check our face book page for tons of new information.

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Russia, and the United States. But markets and business environments are changing rapidly. We have here in Chetwynd an example of a response to the changing business environment. Construction on West Fraser’s new bio-energy plant is well under way and can be seen from the Jackfish Road. This plant is an example of the trend to diversification in the forest sector that will contribute to the viability of the forest industry in Chetwynd. And it is an example of the increasing diversity within the forest sector itself. Stuff that used to be burned, such as lignin, is being developed into high-tech materials with

high price tags. And other products such as baby diapers are taking an increasing share of the tree – which makes a tree more than 2X6s – though I’m sure we’ll continue to need our dimension lumber as long as I’m around this exciting world. In the end, it might be the high tech side of the industry that writes the pay cheques for the grapple skidders and faller bunchers who will continue to work in our forests. What does a Mayor and Council do with the growing abundance of information on the diversity and economics of industrial activity? Primarily, understanding the world in which we live informs the decisions we make from

day to day. As we deliberate on street improvements and water main extensions we need to keep in mind that everything is funded by the revenues generated by the tax payers whose jobs depend on world trade. Practically, Council must maintain a business-like approach to taxation. On the one hand, raising taxes is always difficult, but not raising taxes to keep pace with inflation will come back to bite the residents when some Council realizes that revenues no longer pay for the needs. Disclaimer: The preceding is the opinion of Mayor Merlin Nichols and may or may not reflect the views and/or wishes of council.

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Idea is to put more pressure on Administration Continued from page 1 If the two sides can’t agree than it is up to the Labour Relations Board to make these decisions. How long this process takes will determine when a 72-hour strike notice is issued. Teachers voted 89 per cent in favour of a strike in early March that opened up a window of 90 days for the BCTF to mobilize any kind of job action. The BCTF has laid out a three-staged plan for job action, which escalates pressures on administrators and the government in each stage. The first stage would involve teachers minimizing their work hours outside

Stage one is what we would call our lower level stage.

IKER of school and cutting off communication with administrators at their schools, who are represented by a separate union. The second stage will begin with rotating strikes. One-day walkouts would

be staggered across the districts and are set to begin if “no significant progress” is made in negotiations. The third stage would be a province wide walkout. “Stage one is what we would call our lower level

stage which is not affecting the instruction of our students in any way. We will still be in our classroom teaching,” Iker said. “The idea is to put more pressure on administration. Administrators would be doing the supervision rather than the teachers, and we wouldn’t be in meetings with administrators. But we would still be doing our report cards, communicating with parents, voluntary activities aren‘t affected.” Iker warns stage two could be initiated if little progress is made at the bargaining table over the coming weeks. “If we need, depending on the way bargaining is

going and if the bargaining table needs more pressure, then stage two would see the rotating strikes occurring att some point in time in the future.” According to Iker, teachers are hopeful that an agreement will be reached with the government before the end of the school year. More news was expected form the BCTF on job action late Tuesday afternoon, after the Chetwynd Echo went to press. Some details may have changed. Be sure to check the BCTF website at www.bctf.ca and the Ministry of Education website at http://www.gov.bc.ca/bced/ for updates.

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backcountry users of all types,” says CAC Avalanche Forecaster Shannon Werner. “But the temperature is predicted to rise significantly, which means the avalanche danger will spike this weekend. The storm snow will be primed for triggering and deeply buried weak layers are also likely to be a concern.” If the forecast plays out as predicted, backcountry users in northern BC will need to be extremely careful and make very conservative terrain choices. It’s also vital that all backcountry users are equipped with essential safety equipment for avalanche terrain, adds Werner. “Everyone in the party needs an avalanche transceiver, a probe and a shovel every day, regardless of expected conditions. And of course everyone needs to be fa-

miliar with the equipment and practiced with it. If an avalanche occurs, there is no time to go for help.” The critical window for finding and extricating a victim is just 10 minutes, when there is an 80% chance of survival. The odds drop dramatically after that. At just 35 minutes, there’s a less than 10% chance of survival. In addition to the essential equipment, airbags are recommended. As with any piece of safety equipment, it’s important to practice with it and ensure it’s in good working order before going into the field. For further information on the current conditions in northern BC, please see the CAC Forecaster’s Blog page at: http://blogs.avalanche.c a/category/forecasterblog/


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Willow Creek mine near Chetwynd to cease operations by July 2014 Continued from page 1 in connection with the idling of the mines. Brazion, which includes the operations of Brule and Willow Creek near Chetwynd, will continue to operate the Brule mine, but expects to idle the mine by July 2014. Walter Energy says it will continue to operate its preparation plants at these mines to complete processing of coal that already has been mined and is in inventory. As of December 31, 2013, Walter Energy had about 1.1 million metric tonnes of coal in inventory in Canada. “These layoffs are particularly unfortunate because our employees have worked very hard to keep these mines competitive in the face of daunting market conditions,” Walter J. Scehller III, Chief Executive Officer said. “Equally important, they’ve worked safely.” Scheller noted that the Brule mine completed 2013 without a reportable safety incident. The company still views the coal reserves as valuable assets, and for the time being, are not planning on selling or ceasing ownership all together. Walter Energy’s careful description of the process as “idling” the mine properties, is meant to reflect the company’s goal to wait out the current market conditions until they can get the best value out of the reserves. A limited number of employees will remain at

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The announcement Tuesday morning leaves 415 people at Wolverine and 280 employees at Brazion without jobs Photo courtesy Tumbler Ridge News effective immediately. each site to operate the preparation plants and, once coal processing is complete, to perform ongoing equipment maintenance and provide ongoing security for the sites during the idle period. As the Chetwynd Echo first reported in January 2014, investors have been continually growing weary of Walter Energy stock as the price of metallurgical coal continued to decline. A weak met coal market forced the Willow Creek mine to curtail its operations in March 2013. The cuts came because the cost

“These layoffs are particularly unfortunate because our employees have worked very hard to keep these mines competitive...”

of producing a tonne of coal at the mine had come too close to the selling price per tonne, meaning it was no longer profitable. Once employing up to 300 people, Willow Creek

now gives work to about 80, with 40 in the pit and 40 in the wash plant, preparing coal produced at the nearby Brule mine. More bad news came in January, when Moody’s

Investors Service downgraded Walter Energy deeper into “junk” territory. The writing for Brule and Wolverine appeared to be on the wall, and with this week’s announcement, confirmed what many have been expecting for months. For 2013, coal production from Wolverine, which produces midvolatile hard coking coal, was 1.6 million metric tonnes, while the Brazion mines produced about 1.9 million metric tonnes of low-volatile PCI and 0.1 million metric tonnes of hard coking coal.


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Saulteau First Nations swears in 23-year-old Chief Nathan Parenteau BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– SAULTEAU – 23-yearold Nathan Parenteau and his four-member council were officially sworn in at a ceremony held at the Saulteau First Nations gym on Monday April 14, 2014. Parenteau ran on a platform promising to give the youth and the elders a chance to increase communication between each other for the betterment of the community. “The youth had a voice but it wasn't as loud as it should have been,� Parenteau said. “A lot of the people that I have grown up with (are used to) not having that. I really wanted them to have it. Also, the elders have to have more of a voice. Somewhere along inside of all the system that seems to get lost and that is something I really want to bring to the table.� One of the first projects Parenteau will work on is a youth and elder advisory

Left, Parenteau takes the official oath of office during a ceremony April 14, 2014 at the Saulteau First Nation gymnasium. Above, Parenteau (left) was surrounded by his family and supporters following the ceremony April 14, 2014. council. “I’ve been listening to what they want and that is who I represent. They want to see a youth council, as well as an elders council with the two working together to possibly hopefully save the rest of our culture, what’s left. Language -also with all the

old teachings from the bush.� About 50 people attended the swearing in ceremony for the chief and council. Many cheered as Parenteau took to the podium to take his oath of office. After the ceremony was finished, most of the

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crowd swelled around the front of the room, where a long line of people stood waiting for their chance to hug and congratulate their new chief. There is no hiding the fact that Parenteau is young and some fear his inexperience.

Bernier selects South Peace Advisory committee BY MIKE CARTER

Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – South Peace MLA Mike Bernier has selected seven prominent residents from his riding to sit on an advisory committee. The goal of the committee is to assist in identifying goals and aspirations for the constituency. Executive director of the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre Tonia Richter was named to the committee, along with Tim Bennett, Arleene Thorpe, Gregg Breault, Jane Harper, Samantha Gibeault and former Chief Administrative Officer of the Peace River Regional District, Fred Banham. Bernier’s office received applicants in February, after the public was advised of a request for expressions of interest from those willing

A total of 15 applications were received from many sectors including forestry, retail, agriculture, seniors, arts and tourism. “The most difficult part of the selections process was trying to narrow down the number of members. I thank everyone that submitted an application. The advisory committee’s biggest task will be to make sure that all of the South Peace is represented. RICHTER “I feel that the members I have selected will bring a to assist in the identification great wealth of experience of priority issues and devel- and knowledge to the table opment of recommenda- and I look forward to worktions to address ing with them.� Richter was not available opportunities and chalfor comment. lenges in the riding. “I was very pleased with the response from people in the South Peace who wanted to be involved,� Bernier said. “I am looking forward to meeting with this group to work together for everyone in the region.�

Calls made to Statistics Canada and to the Assembly of First Nations could not confirm if Parenteau is the youngest Chief in

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CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND - In celebration of the 15th annual BC Arts and Culture Week, April 20 -26, the Chetwynd Community Arts Council (CCAC) is asking residents and businesses to Paint the Town Red. The council’s objective is to have all local businesses, paint their storefront windows with a “Red” theme! “The color red is the color of energy, passion and action,” CCAC public relations director Naomi Larsen said. “Red is energizing. It excites the emotions and motivates us to take action. It signifies a pioneering spirit and leadership qualities, promoting ambition and determination – a perfect definition for our local merchants.” To sweeten the pot, the CCAC is offering cash prizes with the top three best artistic designs also being awarded with trophies. First prize is $250. Second prize is $100 and third is $50. Judging is scheduled to take place April 27. If you would like to participate, contact the CCAC at chetwyndartscouncil@gm ail.com, sign up on their Facebook page or swing by the Chetwynd Echo and pick up a registration package – which comes with your first container of red paint and a package of paint brushes. In 1999 the BC Arts Council initiated BC Arts BY

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DEVELOPMENT OF A PEST MANAGEMENT PLAN Pest Management Plan Reference Number: WOODLOT 1189 – PMP2014/19 Applicant: Peter Haagsman As per the Integrated Pest Management Regulation of British Columbia, Section 61(1) notice is given that a draft Pest Management Plan (PMP) has been prepared by Peter Haagsman concerning the management of unwanted vegetation on Woodlot 1189 in northeast British Columbia. The PMP covers all Schedule A and B lands within the woodlot licence 1189. It is made up of three parcels of land in the Hudson s Hope Area. Parcel A is the closest to Hudson s Hope and is nine kilometers west of the town, parcel B is the central parcel with its central to western edge being 2.5 kilometers east Williston Lake, at the closest point. Parcel 1 is 26-29 kilometers west-southwest of Hudson s hope and occupies a portion of the ridge north of Gething Creek. The proposed duration of this plan is 5 years, from submission in 2014 to 2019. An Integrated Vegetation Management approach which includes manual brushing and herbicide application to control unwanted vegetation will be implemented. The use of herbicides is intended within the area to which the Pest Management Plan applies. The herbicides that maybe used under this PMP display a Pest Control Products Act Registration Number indicating that the product has been registered for use by Health Canada, and include: • Glyphosate-Vision Max™, Vision®, Vantage™ or equivalents • Triclopyr- Garlon™ RTU, Release™ or equivalents Proposed methods of applying pesticides may include: • Backpack – Selective (Single stem, cone, wick, spot or direct foliar) or broadcast • Helicopter (Aerial) - Selective o broadcast. To provide comment or discuss/view the proposed PMP and maps of the proposed treatment area in person, please contact Sarah Bowers of Spectrum Resource Group at 250-788-3662, or email sbowers@srgi.ca. A person wishing to contribute information about a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of the pest management plan, may send copies of the information to the applicant to the address below within 30 days of the publication of this notice. Peter Haagsman Box 210 Hudson s Hope, BC V0C 1V0 Attn: Peter Haagsman, Licence Holder W1189

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and Culture Week to showcase and celebrate the arts in British Columbia. As the B.C. government's key development and funding agency for the arts, the BC Arts Council supports arts and cultural organizations, as well as individual artists in every region of the province. With special funding from council, about 40 local arts councils are organizing events during BC Arts and Culture Week, highlighting the social, cultural and economic importance of the arts. Events include art crawls, public art projects, art exhibitions, arts festivals, concerts and First

Nations celebrations. Coralee Oakes, BC’s Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development says BC Arts and Culture Week, April 20-26, 2014, presents a great opportunity to celebrate British Columbia's talented artists, dynamic arts scene and vibrant cultural organizations in communities large and small, urban and rural, throughout the province. “British Columbia has the highest number of artists per capita in Canada,” she said. “British Columbians enthusiastically support the arts.” With just over 13 per cent of the Canada's population, British Columbia

accounted for nearly 16 per c ent of total attendance at arts performances nationally in 2012. “The B.C. government supports arts and culture too,” Oakes said. “Since 2001, we have provided artists, the arts and cultural organizations with over half a billion dollars more than any other government in the history of British Columbia. This investment helped generate very positive results.” This year the B.C. government is sustaining an investment of just over $60 million in arts and culture. The funding provides support across the spectrum of the arts, from the revered traditions of First Nations arts to contemporary, cutting-edge artists. The BC Arts Council (BCAC) is the provincial government's key development and funding agency for the arts. Established in 1995, BCAC invests millions of dollars in annual funding from the B.C. government to support the arts, cultural organizations and individual artists in British Columbia. Each year, BCAC approves about 1,000 grants benefiting recipients in over 200 B.C. communities – including Chetwynd. BCAC approves grants on a peer review basis. Artists and practitioners, not elected officials, evaluate the merits of grant applications, enabling council to approve grants independently, based primarily on artistic merit.

BC Book Prizes on Tour CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – BC Book Prize finalists are hitting the road this year for FREE events throughout the province. Two finalists will go On Tour and give FREE public readings at bookstores and libraries in communities throughout the Peace River region. They are: • Robin Stevenson, Record Breaker (Orca Book Publishers), shortlisted for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize • Catherine Greenwood, The Lost Letters (Brick Books), shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay Po-

etry Prize BC book lovers are invited to meet these award-nominated members of the BC literary community and purchase signed books at the Dawson Creek Municipal Library April 22 at 7 pm. Authors will also visit students at elementary and high schools throughout the Peace area including Chetwynd on Friday, April 25 at noon at Chetwynd Secondary School and 1 pm at Little Prairie Elementary School. Complete details about all things BC Book Prizes— including our Northern BC and Kootenays

tours —are at www.bcbookprizes.ca The 30th annual Lieutenant Governor’s BC Book Prizes Gala will be held at The Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Winners in all seven categories will be announced and the recipient of the 2014 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence will be celebrated. British Columbia’s Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC will be in attendance. Follow the On Tour Blog at www.bcbookprizes.ca.

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Fred Banham retires, Peace River Regional District hires new Chief Adminstrative Officer

Cvik left old job in Prince Albert, SK under somewhat sketchy circumstances

MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – Fred Banham has retired as Chief Administrative Officer of the Peace River Regional District. Chris Cvik, from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan has been hired as his replacement. Banham had announced his intention to retire this year last summer, a decision he said then, was not affected by the controversy surrounding the now infamous Building Bylaw. The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) began the hiring process to replace Banham in the Fall of 2013. Waterhouse Executive Search was retained by the Regional District to BY

aid in the selection process. The search for a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) spanned across the province and the entire country. “The CAO hiring process is now complete,” said PRRD Chair Karen Goodings. “I am pleased to announce that the board has selected Mr. Chris Cvik.” Cvik previously held the position of Director of Corporate Services with the city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. “He will bring 20 years of progressive experience in both the private sector and senior levels of local government,” a PRRD news release states. Cvik is a Certified Management Accountant; he processes a Bachelor in

Chris Cvik, in his role as acting City Manager and Director of Corporate Services Photo submitted with the City of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan.

Banham announced his retirement last summer.

Banham was the object of public outrage last winter, as controversy swirled around the now infamous Building Bylaw. This sign, displayed outside the PRRD offices in Dawson Creek during a Dec. 2 meeting Photo by Mike Carter represents that sentiment

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MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– OTTAWA – The federal government is moving legislation through the house that if passed, would transfer responsibility for education on Native reserves from the province to First Nations communities. Federal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt introduced legislation in the house last week that aims to “establish a framework to enable First Nations control of elementary and secondary education, and to provide for related funding, and to make related amendments BY

to the Indian Act and consequential amendments to other acts.” The announcement came after Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave notice in February that an agreement was reached with the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) to reform the First Nations K-12 education system. That agreement earmarks $1.25 billion over three years for aboriginal schools across Canada, starting in 2016, with increases of 4.5 per cent each year after. A draft of the bill tabled before the house last week was first released in Octo-

ber, and was rejected by the Assembly of First Nations, who said it failed to meet five conditions laid out by the AFN and the national chiefs last December. The five conditions that must be met are: jurisdiction, funding, language and culture, reciprocal accountability and transparency, and meaningful dialogue. AFN national chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo responded to the legislation on Thursday April 10, saying that First Nations have clearly laid out what is required for any approach aimed at First Nations control of First Nations educa-

MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– OTTAWA – Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development minister Bernard Valcourt announced on Monday that Bill C-9, the First Nations Elections act has been given royal assent after passing through readings in the House of Commons. The government says the act supports its commitment to provide all Canadians with strong, accountable and transparent government. The First Nations Elections Act was drafted based on recommendations provided by First

tion. “The federal legislation will be assessed based on the five essential principles that we have clearly articulated,” Atleo said. “We all agree that we need action on First Nations education because it is crucial for our children and it is crucial for our shared future.” But, he added, it must be done right. “Each nation will need to determine for themselves if this bill meets their needs and our demand for an approach that places our children front and centre and is founded on our rights, treaties and jurisdiction.”

The AFN provided First Nations with a document entitled “First Nation Control of First Nations Education: A framework to achieve success in First Nation education.” This tool is designed to assist First Nations in assessing the legislation that has been introduced to the House of Commons. It is available online at: http://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/education/fnc fne-framework.pdf It elaborates on the five key principles set out by First Nations adopted by consensus at the AFN 2013 Special Chiefs Assembly in Ottawa. It covers the key

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areas and requirements for all five conditions. The AFN is also preparing it’s own analysis of the Bill based on there principles which will be provided to First Nations as soon as it is ready. “Now is the time for First nations to analyze the legislation and work to ensure any concerns are addressed,” Atleo said. The AFN, in a request for a judicial review of the governments reworked plan for aboriginal education, is asking the Federal Court that it prevent the legislation from being adopted without it’s endorsement.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– OTTAWA – The federal Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food is introducing some tough new legislation aimed at getting grain farmer’s products to the market quicker, and punishing rail companies for failure to fulfill their service obligations to farmers. Bill C-30, an act to amend the Canada Grain Act and the Canada Transportation Act, otherwise known as the Fair Rail for Grain Farmers Act, was introduced by Gerry Ritz, minister of agriculture and agri-food, and given first reading in the House of Commons on March 26, followed by a second reading March 28, 2014. An amendment added by the committee on April 8, 2014, introduces strict language ordering compensation be paid to farmers whose product has faced delays in reaching the market. The report suggests a rewrite of the bill to include a clause that would “order the company to compensate any person adversely affected for any expense that they incurred as a result of the company’s failure to fulfill its service obligations.”

The amendment was proposed by Conservative government member of Parliament Pierre Lemieux, and in addition to forcing rail companies to pay up for poor service, also introduces a clause that states service levels now must be spelled out in written agreements ahead of time between shippers and railways.

ZIMMER According to Jeff English, a spokesperson for the Minister Ritz, until the Bill passes, railways can avoid paying compensation simply by refusing to negotiate a service level agreement with shippers that include penalties. Under Bill C-30, the government would be able to spell out what elements make up a service agreement between railways and shippers, ensuring they have access to agreements with mandatory penalties for violations, English told Reuters. Now that the bill has been amended, it will move to the House of Commons for a third reading, and adoption. Peace River – Prince George Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer sits on the Standing Committee

on Agriculture and Agrifood. In an interview with the Echo conducted this February, he noted that meetings with Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. were held at which both were questioned why products were not getting to the market. “[It] is [about] getting timely access for grain farmers to the market,” Zimmer said. “They've had a bumper crop this year, and nothing but problems with the rail companies that just simply can't get their products to market. We had the rail companies, CN and CP, in committee and we grilled them pretty hard [in February] about why they weren't getting the product to market, and what was their plan for the future. It simply can't go on.” Mark Hallman, a spokesman for Canadian National Railway, said his company was disappointed that he amendment introduced on April 8 was included in the Bill. “On account of vocal complaints from grain companies and farm lobbies in the context of a 100year crop, the government is hastily introducing yet another highly intrusive regulatory measure that will create more problems than it will solves,” he said in a statement. Other proposed amendments were defeated by the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agrifood, including hiking minimum weekly grain volumes and increasing penalties against railways for falling short of those levels.

Pat Pimm replaced as Agriculture Minister Letnick to take over post BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN – Premier Christy Clark announced on Friday that Kelowna – Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick will be replacing North Peace MLA Patt Pimm as the Minister of Agriculture. Pimm has been suffering from health issues lately, as he continues to battle colon cancer. In a brief statement, Clark thanks Pimm for his service while in office. “I want to thank Pat Pimm for leading an ambitious agenda to strengthen and grow BC’s agriculture industry. Right now, he needs to focus on his family, his health and recovery,” Clark said. “The protection of farmland and support for farming families is a priority for this government and [Letnick] brings a wealth of experience as a former Minister of Agriculture. Letnick previously served as Clark’s agricul-

Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick has been sworn in to replace ailing North Peace MLA Pat Pimm as agriculture minister. Above: Letnick receives his appointment from Lieutenant governor Judith Guichon April 14, 2014. The government announced that Pimm was diagnosed with colon cancer in January 2014. ture minister in 2012, before being booted from caucus after the May election last year, and replaced by Pimm. “I’m looking forward to getting to work,” Letnick said, “and that starts with reconnecting with stakeholders, sitting down and working together on our common goal of a sustainable and thriving agricul-

ture sector. We’ll work together to ensure British Columbia’s farmers and ranchers have a bright future for generations to come.” Letnick was appointed minister of agriculture for the first time in September 2012. He was sworn in for the second time as minister of agriculture on Friday April 11, 2014.

DISTRICT OF CHETWYND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Official Community Plan and Zoning Bylaw Amendments

Pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act RSBC 1996, the Council of the District of Chetwynd gives notice it will hold a Public Hearing: Date: April 22, 2014 Time: 4:00 p.m. Place: Council Chambers, District Office

to consider the following proposed amendments to Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 919, 2010 and Zoning Bylaw No. 932, 2010: 1. Bylaw No. 989, 2014 Location: Purpose:

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To amend Zoning Bylaw No. 932, 2010 by incorporating a definition of “derelict vehicle” and wording to regulate derelict vehicles in the community.

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To change the land use designation in the Official Community Plan from Residential to Town Centre Commercial to permit 20 overnight and short-term rental units.

This is a step forward for First Nations and Canada Continued from page 12 new era of self-governance, where First Nations can now break away from the Indian Act to create stable and credible governance systems, and the necessary social and economic changes to improve the quality of life for First Nations.” First Nations who opt-in will have access to modern electoral provisions including: longer terms of office by one year, and “more robust” nomination processes. The act also defines penalties for abuses of the elections process, introduces a set date for elections on First Nations communities and removes the minister of aboriginal affairs and northern development’s role in election appeals. In a release from the Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, the government says it hopes the changes will provide the foundations that First Nations governments need to attract solid business investments, practice ling-term planning, and increase economic development. Once developed in collaboration with

First Nations groups, regulations of the Act will provide the details on the more technical aspects of an election system such as on the posting of notices for election, the nomination of candidates, and voting by mail-in ballot and in person. The regulations must be in place before a First Nation can hold its elections under the First Nations Elections Act. The act provides for terms of office of four years and addresses many of the weaknesses in the Indian Act election system, the government says. “This act delivers on a commitment, in partnership with First Nations in Canada, to set the conditions for strong, accountable and transparent governments,” minister Valcourt said on Monday. “By opting into the new system, First Nations can get out from under the Indian Act and benefit from the political stability required for long-term planning to attract business investments that lead to increased economic development and job growth. This is a step forward for First Nations and all of Canada.”

3. Bylaw No. 1003, 2014 Location: Purpose:

5124-5132 46 Avenue NW, as shown on the above sketch.

To rezone the subject properties from RM-2 (Multiple Family Residential (high density)) to C1 (Town Centre Commercial) to permit the existing structure to be remodeled into a development with 20 overnight and short term rental units. The proposed development will be subject to a Development Permit to control form and character.

All persons who believe their interest in property may be affected by the proposed amendment bylaws and wish to register an opinion may do so by: 1. 2.

Appearing before Council at the said Public Hearing; and/or Forwarding written submissions for Councilʼs consideration, prior to 3:30 p.m. April 22, 2014, to District of Chetwynd, P.O. Box 357, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0; Fax: 250-401-4101; or Email: d-chet@gochetwynd.com

The bylaws and other written information pertaining to this matter may be viewed at the District of Chetwynd Office located at 5400 North Access Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive, excluding statutory holidays. Any inquiries should be referred to the District of Chetwynd, Telephone: 250-401-4100, Fax: 250-401-4101, Email: d-chet@gochetwynd.com or by mail to P.O. Box 357, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0

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Dog obedience classes. April 23 - May 8 Contact Bonnie 250-788-2529/5351 Chetwynd Swim Club 2nd Annual Steak and Dance night. April 26 at the PVEP. Tickets available from any swim club member or call 250-401-1030 for more information. Doors open at 6. Dinner at 6:30-8. Cash bar. No minors Gymkhana Basics Clinic May 4 2014 at Pine Valley Exhibition Park. Contact Kristy at 250-780-2083 for more info Family Sundays March 23 Free viewing of Stuart Little at the Chetwynd Public Library Free English Practice Mondays 9:30 am at Northern Lights College and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library Call 250-7882559

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“Northern Gateway’s Habitat Restoration Plan will ensure that caribou ranges are left in better condition than they were found.” - Paul Anderson, President of RPS HMA and Northern Gateway’s Director of Environment

Meet the expert: Paul Anderson is a partner at Sunexo Solutions, President of RPS HMA and Director of Environment for the Northern Gateway Project. He appeared as a witness for the Project during the Joint Review Panel process.

Northern Gateway understands and respects the important northern environments. The caribou ranges present a set of challenges that we will meet with world-class solutions and sensitivity. WE TURNED TO LEADING EXPERTS FOR ADVICE Northern Gateway consulted with experts like Paul Anderson to help us develop caribou habitat plans. Paul has more than 25 years of experience supporting major projects and has extensive knowledge of regulatory and stakeholder engagement practices in Canada. Over the past five years, Paul has been responsible for developing the environmental and socio-economic impact assessment for the Project. “There have been a multitude of industrial projects over the course of the last few decades that have put tremendous pressure on caribou habitat and populations.” Based on the experts’ recommendations, Northern Gateway has committed to detailed caribou habitat assessment and restoration

plans that go beyond requirements. One of our commitments in British Columbia is to build the pipeline on or adjacent to previously disturbed lands, where possible, in the ranges of the Narraway, Quintette, Hart and Telkwa caribou herds. Overall approximately 70 per cent of the proposed pipeline route utilizes previous disturbances. Furthermore, Northern Gateway has committed to reclaiming these areas of previously disturbed land by planting trees, creating berms and otherwise restricting access for predators and hunters along the right-of-way. Our goals for habitat renewal will be accomplished through close consultation and communications with federal and provincial regulatory agencies, local stakeholders and Aboriginal communities. CONDITIONS FOR THE BETTER Northern Gateway’s voluntary commitments to undertake specific mitigation for the protection of caribou and caribou habitat were endorsed by the Joint Review Panel. They are now reflected in 16 of the 209 conditions that we must meet for Project approval. Paul adds, “Northern Gateway’s Habitat Restoration Plan will ensure that caribou ranges are left in better condition than they were found.” This is another example of how Northern Gateway is doing everything possible in order to build a safer, better project.

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Chetwynd Echo april 16, 2014