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Construction begins on new $4.7M town hall BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ Construction began this week on Chetwyndâ€™s new town hall, a roughly $4.7 million project that could be completed as early as January if all goes as planned. The new building will be located next to the current town hall on the North Access Road. Preparations for the modern town hall building have been in the works for the better part of 25 years, according to the District of Chetwynd. Formal plans for the construction were first released to the public in the spring of 2013. Contributions to a municipal hall fund have been made for the past six years, as it became evident that the town had outgrown its current facility. The ATCO trailers which house the chamber council were expected to be a temporary fix when they were first installed. The five-piece ATCO structure was meant to be there for five or six years, â€œand then time just slipped away,â€? said Doug Fleming, Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Chetwynd in an interview with the Echo in May of 2013. â€œTwenty-five years went by and council said, weâ€™re kind of bursting at the seams here. The heating obviously isnâ€™t very efficient because itâ€™s an old set of trail-
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A pile driver was on the construction site for Chetwyndâ€™s new town hall on Thursday April 24. The massive machineâ€™s one-day job was to drive a 30-foot hole into the ground below where the elevator shaft will be installed. The hole will then be filled with concrete, itâ€™s purpose being to provide a solid base, keeping the Photo by Mike Carter elevator shaft perfectly vertically aligned.
Derelict vehicle Family pet rescued after bylaw goes falling into septic sinkhole back to the Jake the dog is alive and well drawing board after a scary incident Wednesday
BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ Aaron Dale, a recent recruit to the Chetwynd Volunteer Fire Department, is earning praise this week for a valiant act of duty. No, he didnâ€™t rescue a cat from a tree. Dale climbed down a six-metre deep sinkhole, caused by a caved in septic tank, to rescue a 13-year-old Black Lab named Jake who fell in Wednesday April 23.
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ An unpopular bylaw that drew the ire of Chetwynd residents for its attempts to limit the number of working motor vehicles, recreational vehicles or recreational boats allowed on a property, is going back to the drawing board. A public hearing was held on the proposed Derelict Vehicle bylaw on April 22. About 15 residents came to the hearing, seven of which voiced their opinBY
Jake the dog is pulled from a sinkhole beside the Chetwynd Court Motel by Aaron Dale, with assistance from firefighters on the surface Photo submitted
The sinkhole had formed next to morning by his owner Simon Rollinson, who was visiting the Chetwynd Court Motel. After being removed from the Chetwynd. â€œJake was checked and appears hole by Dale, Jake was taken to the Veterinarian and accessed. He had been reported missing earlier that Please see "OWNER," page 3
ion on the bylaw for mayor and council to consider. A regularly scheduled council meeting followed the public hearing, at which the bylaw was rescinded and sent back to staff for a complete rewrite. Many at the public hearing felt that the derelict vehicle bylaw - which in essence was intended to ensure that nobody could have a junkyard on their property â€“ over stepped its Please see "SECOND," page 3
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Bidding for tenders closed June 2013, significant changes made following month; no local bidders Continued from page 1 ers and the [current] offices are what used to be storage areas and storage has been taken off site. â€œReally, it was a matter of maybe we should actually start to put some money aside towards a
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new hall and that kind of started about five years ago.â€? In September 2013, the District hosted an open house in the council chambers to hear from the public on the new town hall. Those in attendance gave their support to the project, and emphasized their opinion that this was indeed something the town needed. Original estimates for the buildingâ€™s construction, furnishing and landscaping costs pegged the financial commitment at $3.9 million. Bidding for tenders closed in June 2013, and in July, significant changes to the design had to be made as bids that were received were in excess of $2 million over the original budget. The two lowest bids wpegged the project at a cost of more than $6.1
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million, with only $3000 separating the two. Cuts to the design included nixing a $95,000 sound system in the council chambers and a staff gym. A rock faĂ§ade on the face of the building was also been cut. Construction on the new town hall was supposed to begin in midJuly 2013, but that proved to be an ambitious goal when the plans were first announced in spring 2013. As of the September 2013 open house, construction was not expected to begin until July or August 2014. A second round of tenders with the redesigned building went out and in early March, and Grande Prairie construction firm Southwest Design & Construction, were awarded with the contract. Questions were raised as to why a local contractor was not given the job,
Southwest Design & Construction out of Grande Prairie, began digging the foundation for the new town hall this week. The earliest possible date for the Photo by Mike Carter completion of the project is January 2015
to which Mayor Merlin Nichols responded by simply saying none had put in a bid on the contract. â€œThis is a good question, deserving of a straight forward answer,â€? Nichols wrote in a letter to the Echo, â€œno Peacearea builders chose to bid on the project.â€? Nichols went on to say
that in-province bids from companies in the Lower Mainland were â€œso far out of budget that they could not be considered. Part of the reason for the high prices,â€? he continued, â€œwas the builtin cost of housing, food, and travel for workers.â€? Construction of the building will take nine months, at the minimum,
meaning a brand new council which will be elected this November, will take residency of the new town hall in January 2015 at the earliest. But, with any large construction project, delays could be faced depending on how harsh the coming winter is and if there are any other, as of yet, unforeseeable delays.
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25th "Most Amazing Yard Sale" this weekend MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ Spring is here, finally. And with it, the dreaded (for some) spring-cleaning routine. Yes, the purge is on. And for those looking forward to yard sale season, the early bird deals can be found this weekend at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre curling rink, at the 25th annual â€œMost Amazing Yard Saleâ€?. Itâ€™s happening this Saturday. The doors open at 8 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. If you are looking to get a table to sell some of the things you have purged from your home, time is running out. The cost is $15 for one table, $10 for additional tables. The library staff are going big this year to mark the quarter-century anniversary, with bigger prizes, more cash in the cash raffle and an overall BY
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larger event. Library staff is still hoping to get local groups on board to take advantage of the event by allowing them to set up a signup/information table in the parking lot for no charge. â€œWe want to add to it by hopefully pulling in other organizations and groups from the community like, soccer, figure skating and hockey and have those people in the parking lot here to do their registration or just to be there to let people know that they [exist],â€? said Faye Asleson, director of the Chetwynd Public Library. â€œThere are lots of new people who maybe donâ€™t know who to get a hold of. Hopefully the organizations or groups will be out in the parking lot here and depending on how many we have, we might have to spread it around back to the other side a bit.â€? As of last week, few or-
ganizations had signed up to do this, but Asleson says she hopes that will change, as the date gets closer. The Chetwynd Bistro will be providing a food booth for the day. Ventriliquist Neal Brown from Burnaby BC will perform at 10:30 am. The annual library cash raffle, with a top prize this year of $10,000, will be drawn during the day. But wait thereâ€™s moreâ€Ś Buy a Sâ€™more bar at the yard sale and you get a ticket on it to enter into the box for Sâ€™more prizes, including a 12-volt Polaris RZR 900 battery operated childâ€™s replica side-byside, a Coleman propane 2-burner stove with oven, a barbeque, a screen house tent, a large Coleman cooler, and more. Fore more information, to buy a table, or to buy a raffle ticket for the cash raffle, contact the library at: 250-788-2559.
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Second public hearing meeting to be scheduled Continued from page 1 purpose when it attempted to limit the amount of vehicles allowed to park at single family home, to four. â€œLook at the majority of the people that reside here because they love the recreation [opportunities],â€? said Kyle Cox, a resident of 40th Street in Chetwynd. â€œTake for instance a family that has a snowmobile or two, plus maybe a holiday trailer, two sets of vehicles... how many in this community have exactly that, or more? Who is this going to effect on the positive?â€? Councillor Ernest Pfanner, suggested at the April 4, 2014 regular council meeting, that the section limiting the number of allowable parked vehicles on property be removed from the bylaw. The matter was brought forward again at the April 22, 2014 council meeting, which immediately followed the public hearing on the bylaw. District of Chetwynd Mayor and Council took a vote and decided to remove that section, and after discussion and input from the public, decided further, to scrap the entire bylaw in its current state, and write a new derelict vehicle bylaw that will be put forward at a future council meeting. It is likely that a second public hearing on the new bylaw will be scheduled for a future date. The new bylaw will be designed to put a definition to a derelict vehicle, and give some enforcement tools to District of Chetwynd bylaw officers to remove unsightly, rusting vehicles.
â€œI do have one vehicle cles or parts thereof under that would [fall under] this the heading of â€œrubbish,â€? in my yard,â€? McMeekin stipulating that no homesaid. â€œItâ€™s an old truck I owner shall allow the colhad many years ago. I lection of â€œrubbishâ€? on have two teenagers that their property. The purpose of the new canâ€™t afford to repair it right now. Itâ€™s an eyesore, Derelict Vehicle bylaw is to it doesnâ€™t leak, for me this wrap a definition around is a problem is I canâ€™t have what a derelict vehicle is, so that bylaw officers will it anymore.â€? Mayor Merlin Nichols have the authority to reacknowledged the issue move unusable, rusting, comes down to the defini- decaying vehicles or parts tion of derelict. He di- thereof from a property. How the removal of rected administration to draft a new bylaw that ap- derelict vehicles will be enplies this definition rea- forced in a revamped bylaw, and how a distincsonably. The regulation currently tion will be made between About 15 residents gathered during a public hearing on the Derelict Vehicle bylaw in place for derelict vehi- a derelict vehicle and a fuApril 22, 2014. District of Chetwynd mayor and council have decided to do a com- cles is the Property Main- ture restoration project in plete overhaul of the bylaw, to wrap a definition around just what a derelict vehicle tenance and Unsightly that bylaw, is something Photos by Mike Carter premises bylaw, which that the District may strugis. was passed in 2009. It gle with. The now-defunct bylaw deals with run down vehidefined a derelict vehicle as: â€œAny vehicle or part thereof which is propelled other than by muscle power, including a car, truck, airplane, all-terrain vehicle, recreation vehicle, motorcycle, or any modified configuration thereof which is not capable of operating under its own power, is physically Where: Fire Hall meeting room (upstairs) Longtime Chetwynd resident Bill McMeekin brought wrecked or disabled and is not When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 forward the issue of restoration vehicles, forcing mayor housed in an enclosed building or structure; and does not and council to rethink just what a derelict vehicle is. Included on the agenda: have attached license plates â€˘ Annual reports â€œI would say the idea is for the current year pursuant â€œWe do have derelict vehicle provisions right now, to deal with derelict vehi- to the regulation of the Motor â€˘ Election of Directors and Executive we are just trying to frame cles,â€? Fleming said. â€œSo, if Vehicle Act of the province of Positions of President, Vice President, it up in a better wording,â€? you can put a wrap British Columbia.â€? Secretary and Treasurer. A new bylaw, which will said Chetwyndâ€™s Chief around the terminology of Administrative Officer Derelict vehicleâ€Ś it's not a be drafted by District of 1969 Corvette you are re- Chetwynd staff, will atDoug Fleming. â€œThe additional vehicle building... it is a derelict tempt to find a way around the definition of [limit] was a tool, and vehicle.â€? This comment seemed to derelict vehicle, one that council has said work without that additional contradict the definition of makes the provision for *!! ($ #, #)&'# "$(& tool on the number of ve- a derelict vehicle, which vehicles that residents are # ( (+,# & considers a currently non- planning to restore. hicles.â€? The input of longtime Fleming went on to say working, unregistered and $ $'( ($ &#( )( " %$'( ")'( vehicle Chetwynd resident Bill that the bylawâ€™s intent was uninsured %! (( ' &)#! )%$# &()&# not to force the removal of â€œderelict,â€? regardless if McMeekin, led to councilâ€™s $& "$& #$ $#(( vehicles that residents in- such a vehicle is consid- decision to direct the tended to restore on their ered a future restoration bylaw back to staff for a ##$# #&'$# complete overhaul. project. property.
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Continued from page 1 no worse [after] the ordeal,â€? Rollinson wrote in a letter to the Chetwynd Echo, â€œI work in the Chetwynd area a lot and have met many great people, and today [I met] some more, a great community.â€? Witnesses at the scene told the Echo that Rollinson had been searching for the dog that morning before he discovered Jake at the bottom of Above, Jake the dog shortly after his rescue. Jake was the sinkhole that had assessed at the Chetwynd Vet Clinic and was given a formed at the side of the clean bill of health. Below, firefighter Aaron Dale motel. climbed down the six-metre deep sinkhole caused by a â€œFirefighters ascer- caved in septic tank to rescue Jake. Photos by Mike Carter tained that the sink hole accessing the sinkhole for was safe to enter and repair. Aaron Dale, a young fireThe hole was back filled fighter, entered the sinkjust hours later and the hole and rescued Jake,â€? site is now secure. fire chief Leo Sabulsky Rollinson said in his letsaid in a release to the ter that he wished to media. thank the District of â€œAll safety precautions Chetwynd public works were taken and Jake was department, Chetwynd returned to his owner. The Fire Rescue, Spectra Enfire department is fortuergy, BC Ambulance Servnate to have members ice, the staff at the Visitor who are trained in low Centre, Alyssa Bond with angle rescue and were the On Our Way Home pleased to assist in the DALE Animal Rescue and Disrescue.â€? trict of Chetwynd bylaw The District of Chetwynd public works the scene, and after the officer Marv Schwartz for department also attended dog was removed, began their roles in Jakeâ€™s rescue.
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Program on foreign labour needs tightening
t's becoming more difficult to believe that abuses of the temporary foreign workVictoria Times ers program are mere Colonis aberrations and easier to believe in widespread deliberate and cynical exploitation. Regulations and enforcement need to be tightened to ensure the program achieves its core purpose - providing labour from abroad when workers can't be found domestically. The controversy was touched off in 2012 when HD Mining revealed its plans to bring in 201 workers from China for its Murray River coal project in northern B.C., saying it couldn't find enough Canadians qualified to work in the underground mine. Unions appealed the government's decision to allow the company to bring in the foreign workers. In 2013, the Federal Court of Canada upheld the government's decision. But the case brought attention to the program that resulted in changes, including amending the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations so that companies cannot make knowledge of a language other than French or English a requirement when hiring through the temporary foreign workers. The government came under more pressure when it was revealed that the Royal Bank of Canada was planning to outsource jobs to foreign workers and lay off Canadian employees, some of whom were required to train their replacements. The program had allowed employees to pay foreign workers 15 per cent less than the prevailing wage, but the government dropped the wage differential in April 2013. It also asked employers to extend the length and reach of job postings before applying for permits. The issue flared again when it was alleged that the owner of three McDonald's restaurants in the capital region had hired foreign workers in place of Canadians. Employment Minister Jason Kenney announced on April 7 that government had blacklisted the Victoria franchise and was investigating, saying the owner could face criminal charges under the Immigration Act if the investigation determined he had lied on his application to import the workers. Similar reports surfaced across the country. McDonald's Canada (which severed its ties with the Victoria company and took over the operation of the three restaurants) has suspended its hiring of foreign workers and has asked for an independent audit on the use of its program. The foreign worker program is supposed to provide relief during labour shortages, but a report released Thursday by the C.D. Howe Institute says the program has contributed to higher unemployment rates in B.C. and Alberta. In the report, Simon Fraser University public policy professor Dominique Gross said that during the period studied, "there was no obvious shortage of labour, especially of workers with low skill levels" in B.C. and Alberta and "making it easier for employers there to access TFWs did increase the unemployment rate among domestic workers." Just as businesses must compete for customers through prices and quality of service, so should they compete for employees. If Canadians are unwilling to work for low wages and few benefits, those wages and benefits should be improved, rather than exploiting hungry workers from Third World countries. Of course those workers don't complain. How can they? They are totally dependent upon the goodwill of the employers, vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous bosses. Few would dare say anything about wages and working conditions. It would be sad if abuses made the temporary foreign worker program unworkable. It is needed in times of genuine labour shortages, and when specialized skills cannot be found domestically. The government should ensure it is not used as a source of cheap and pliant labour, or an excuse for not improving pay and working conditions.
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Keep the faith and don’t lose heart, we will all get through this together MAYORH S REPORT
am not writing today about breaking news. We all know about the impending closure of Brule and Willow. It is our response to the closures that I want to think about today. Since I do my best thinking through my fingers, I will share some of my thoughts with you. When industries make development announcements and contracts are inked, euphoria usually runs high. We get excited. We dream big and plan investments to capitalize on the opportunities. Everything is growing. Streets will be paved. Businesses will open. People will move to town and builders will be able to move their inventory – as will the hardware stores, restaurants, dog groomers, and all other enterprises. Everyone who wants to work will have a job and employers will be stealing workers from
while profeach other. itable and It’s the nasustainable, ture of the was insuffiworld we are ciently in. Highs are broad to eventually followed by We chose to build provide the lows. and we believe that sole supChetwynd the majority of citi- port for the is blessed. zens in our home- community. Agriculture Chetwynd town agree with has been CouncilH s decision. was developed paralblessed from lel to its birth. forestry We are the until we children of have a our parents strong base who taught of resilient us how to live in the wilderness and to farmers. Drilling for gas has been thrive. When our ancestors topped Wabi Hill and in our valley for more than fixed their gaze on this sixty years. (Amazing how valley they must have quickly time goes by!) The seen the potential because gas industry now is huge they stayed here, sank and provides a major condeep roots into the soil, tribution to our commumineral, and forest re- nity support. We expect sources, harvested crops these industries to confrom the wild, and pre- tinue and to grow in repared the wilderness to sponse to the demand for sustain a modern indus- the products. But what about the turntrial culture that retains its down in the coal mining links to our past. In their wisdom, our industry? That’s going to parents understood the hurt, isn’t it? Of course it need for a broad-based is, and the pain has aleconomy. They quickly ready started. The 85 plus recognized that lumber, residents of Chetwynd
and the hundreds of others from around British Columbia have been thrown into uncertainty with upset plans and missed vacations. But this is Chetwynd. We are the descendants of our parents who settled this valley. We are bruised but not easily broken. The diversified economy we have inherited and nurtured is already clamouring to employ the skills idled by the closures of the mines. In time, and probably not a lot of time, those from Chetwynd who have lost their jobs at the mines will be absorbed by the thriving local industries that are always looking for skilled workers. So keep the faith and don’t lose heart. This is Chetwynd and we’ll rebound with vigor and enthusiasm. In the meantime, in supporting our local businesses you will be supporting yourself and your community. Disclaimer: The preceding is the opinion of Mayor Merlin Nichols and may or may not reflect the views and/or wishes of council.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR It pays to support ChetwyndH s merchants To the Editor: On the importance of appreciating our local merchants. Last week my daughter sent flowers through With Love Design for Mirja’s 29th birthday and reminded me on Thursday morning to be sure to pick them up. Of course, I will pick them up. Would I forget? Well, after a long day of Council work we finished at 5:30 and I hurried over to our local flower shop to see if it was still open. Nope. So I have to apologize to my daughter and to my wife. (I’ve had to do that more than once.)
Monday comes and I sheepishly go to With Love Design to see if there are any wilted flowers that I can salvage. Now get this: Not only were there no wilted flowers for me to pick up, but last week’s arrangement had been discarded and an entirely new and beautiful arrangement was ready for me at no extra cost. Now that is going beyond the call of duty to customers. That stimulates customer loyalty. That’s why we in Chetwynd need to support our local merchants. Merlin Nichols Jackfish, BC
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This concept drawing shows the developers intended design for the building, which will house 20 bachelor style units, geared towards transient, temporary stay workers. Photo submitted
Chetwynd Shared Ministry raises concerns over potential apartment building on 46th Ave
Members of congregation concerned over possible disruptive behaviours MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Shared Ministry has brought forward some concerns regarding a potential apartment building development near their property. Margaret Redekopp represented the Ministry’s concerns during a public hearing on the proposed development Tuesday April 22. A developer, Ken and Lily Holding Ltd. – owners of the hostel at the Red Lion Inn and Restaurant – applied in March 2014 with the District of Chetwynd, for an amendment to the Official Community Plan, and other necessary zoning amendments for commercial development, that would allow them access to a development permit to remodel the old Peace Christian School building on 46th Avenue in the Hillside area into a 20unit bachelor style apartment building. The developers noted in this application that the bachelor units would be geared towards attracting companies who may have temporary workers staying in town on either a nightly, or monthly basis. “Following discussion BY
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with the congregation, it was felt we agreed with the proposal in principle, however, some questions and issues did surface,” Redekopp stated to mayor and council. Redekopp says the congregation is concerned about the type of clientele the apartment complex would be hosting in relation to late parties, drug and alcohol use and the up keep of the property. “Not all of them, but some of them, would be detrimental to young people,” she said. “I admit it's not all, far from it. But some I feel would be detrimental to young kids in the area. It’s something to consider.” Redekopp also noted the congregation of the Chetwynd Shared Ministry had concerns surrounding the upkeep of the property. “The current hostel… that yard is not maintained very well. As far as litter goes,” Redekopp said. The congregation notes it had been informed that the back of the Red Lion Hostel was frequently littered with garbage. “Our concern is, will the practices there become the practices at the new place? Which again at this point and time, unless
This is the building in question in it’s current state. The Chetwynd Shared Ministry is located across the street. Photo by Mike Carter
Margaret Redekopp, representing the Chetwynd Shared Ministry, brought forward some concerns the congregation had over the remodeling of the Old Peace Christian School building on 46th Avenue Photo by Mike Carter
you can say it’s going to be enforced you really can’t answer.” Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming responded by saying the district tends to act by
complaint. “If we do hear a complaint about a property in town, we have a bylaw enforcement officer who investigates,” he said. “That would be our prac-
tice. If complaints came in about the state or the condition of the property, then we would respond to those.” Following the public hearing, council was to consider the Official Community Plan amendments and zoning amendments that would move the project forward to a stage where the developer could obtain a permit. However, given the concerns Redekopp voiced on behalf of the Chetwynd Shared Ministry, a vote was held to strike down third reading and adoption of these amendments. As a result, the developer will have to wait a little longer to obtain the permit. Fleming advised council that by voting down a third reading and adop-
tion of the amendments, they initiated process that will lead to a second public hearing on the issue. “If you choose to seek more information, you will be required to go back to public hearing,” Fleming said. “If your intent is to seek more information, we’ll have another public hearing and we’ll consider it from that point on.” A date for the second public hearing has not yet been set. The development company has had the old Peace Christian School building on 46th Avenue inspected and has found no major structural issues. The developer has paid an $850 application fee to the District of Chetwynd, and have obtained a State of Title to the building.
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District of Chetwynd to implement overnight parking fees for helicopters
Increasing industrial helicopter usage of the airport spawned decision for fees
BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ Nominal fees will now be charged for companies or individuals parking helicopter aircraft overnight at the Chetwynd Airport. The District of Chetwynd decided last week, that because of an increasing number of industrial traffic at the small, municipally managed facility, fees for helicopters were in order. Fees for fixed wing aircraft already exist. The new overnight parking fees for helicopters are arranged by category from â€œlightâ€? to â€œheavyâ€? with fees ranging from $15 - $25. A $10 parking fee per night will also be applied to trailers left at the airport. The matter was first brought forward to council via an administrative report during the April 4 regular council meeting. â€œWhen we did the airport fees bylaw a couple of years ago we were mostly
Our public works superintendent recommended that we provide fees for the use of the airport for helicopters.
focused on fixed wing aircraft because there was such little helicopter use, but last year [that] just changed wholesale and we expect that change to continue on for the next few years and there were a lot of helicopters using our facilities and not contributing even in a small way to use the airport,â€? explained Doug Fleming, chief administrative officer for the District of Chetwynd. â€œOur public works superintendent recommended that we provide
An aerial view of the Chetwynd airport. fees for the use of the airport for helicopters.â€? Fleming explained that there isa dueal track fee structure, one for local private planes and another for non-resident planes that
land and use the airport. â€œSo, if Canfor leaves their jet at the airport overnight, there is a fee,â€? he said. â€œThere is a nominal fee for landings and take offs and tie downs.â€?
Landing fees for commercial flights are $10, for local businesses permanently situated at the Airport, there is a yearly fee of $250. All fees related to the use
of the airport, offset the costs incurred by the District of Chetwynd through maintaining the tarmac in the face of increasing industrial use of the airport.
Government program hopes to connect rural British Columbians to the online world MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ Access to high speed internet in the rural areas surrounding Chetwynd, including Moberly Lake, Groundbirch, Hudsonâ€™s Hope and Tumbler Ridge, could be improved in the coming months. The provincial government released $2 million in investments last week under the BC Broadband Satellite Initiative, which aims to give people in remote areas better internet access, w h e r e wired or wireless broadband service is not currently available. To d a y, more than 93 per cent of B r i t i s h Columbians have access to high-speed Internet. The goal of the initiative is to connect every British Columbian to the high-speed grid by 2021. â€œWe all know how important it is for business, students, and families to be connected to the internet,â€? said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. â€œThis program will definitely help improve the quality of life for those who do not already have the equipment or access to broadband internet.â€? Bernier added that residents who live in remote areas of his riding will find the satellite internet initiative will make broadband internet affordable and attractive for more families. BY
2014 - 2018 Financial Plan Public Consultation Meeting Members of the Public are invited to review and comment on the District of Chetwynd annual Financial Plan on May 8, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Council Chambers, located at the District office. Copies of the Financial Plan are available to the public by contacting the District office at 250-401-4100 or in person at 5400 North Access Road.
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TransCanada Merrick mainline project faces delays We are actually still doing our route investigation, we haven't narrowed down entirely where it's going to be
â€œWe have a very tight schedule for this project,â€? Martin said. â€œWe are actually still doing our route investigation, we haven't narrowed down entirely where it's going to be. 2014 is [when] we'll apply for regulatory permits to the national energy board.â€? Martin indicated that TransCanada had originally hoped to be filing environmental assessment applications on the first week of August, but says the date for filing has been pushed back by â€œpossibly one or two months.â€?
photo that may be used for promotional purposes, a one to two page letter introducing yourself and explaining how you are a leading spirit in your community, and a two or three page essay with the main topic being â€œEnergy in Our Everyday Lives.â€? An alternative to the above essay submission is also offered. Students can instead make a creative submission with the main theme of â€œEnergy in Our Everyday Lives.â€? This could include any of the following: a video, slideshow, a song, a play, a poem, a painting, etc. Creative submissions must not be longer than five minutes. Application forms can be obtained through District of Chetwynd Healthy Communities coordinator Julie Shaw. Shaw can be reached at: 250-788-3362. Application forms contain information about where to send completed submissions.
Chetwynd gifts chainsaw carved bear to ex PRRD CAO Banaham MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ DAWSON CREEK â€“ April 24 was outgoing chief administrative officer for the Peace River Regional District Fred Banahamâ€™s last meeting. The District of Chetwynd presented Banham with a chainsaw carving of a bear, thanking him for his years of service and guidance at the PRRD board table. BANHAM Banhamâ€™s last day with the PRRD is today, April 30. council chambers, were it The chainsaw carving resided on the mayorâ€™s comes straight from the head table. Banham came to the District of Chetwynd BY
PRRD from Tumbler Ridge in 2003, and began his tenure as the deputy CAO, before moving into the CAO position in October 2006. Among Banhamâ€™s accomplishments, he oversaw the regional districts switch over to paperless agendas, undertook emergency preparedness for the unincorporated areas, oversaw several major construction projects, including the expansion of the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre, the Buick Arena in Buick Creek, the Clearview Elementary gym, the Fort
St,.John Hospital and the Encana Events Centre. He has been involved in the Peace Fair Share agreements and the Peace Region Legacy agreement with BC Hydro, which will take effect if the Site C Dam is approved. Banham also led the creation of the Farmerâ€™s Advocacy Office for landowners in the Peace. Banham says he plans on spending more time with his wife of 35 years, camping, snowmobiling and boating. He also looks forward to more â€œgrandpa timeâ€? with his three grandchildren.
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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ Enbridge Northern Gateway is giving away 50 Apple iPad minis (value $500) to students from grade 7 to 12 working towards high school completion, who excel in areas including academics, sport, culture, volunteerism, community building and most importantly, attitude, or â€œspirit.â€? The competition is open to students who reside in Chetwynd, and all other communities in British Columbia and Alberta, that are located along the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline corridor. The award program is in its second year. The application deadline is May 15, 2014. Enbridge received 123 award applications in 2013 from students ranging in age from 13-19. â€œThe program was developed be-
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About 70 per cent of the route (181 km) parallels the companyâ€™s Costal GasLink pipeline route, which is currently under review by the British Columbia Environmental Assessment office. â€œ[This] provides us with some opportunities to minimize impact by using some of the same right of ways and essentially, taking up less land,â€? Martin said. The proposed Merrick mainline project is designed as part of TransCanadaâ€™s NGTL system, consisting of 24,522 km of natural gas pipeline throughout northern Alberta and British Columbia. The proposed pipeline passes through 52 km of Caribou habitat. Martin says the company is currently in the process of developing a caribou management plan. Construction for the pipeline is currently out to tender. Pending environmental assessment and regulatory approvals, TransCanada hopes to begin construction in 2016, finishing in 2019. Martin indicated that local businesses wishing to be placed on a vendors list could contact him at: email@example.com
Applications open for leading spiritâ€™s youth achievement award 2014 cause we think kids who stay in school and are enthusiastically involved in their community are worth celebrating,â€? said Catherine Pennington, then manager of aboriginal and local benefits for Enbridge Northern Gateway pipelines, following the awarding of the 2013 prize. Pennington is now the supervisor for community education, training and skills development with Enbridge. â€œThe award is about young people making a positive impact in their community, showing a positive spirit, and living up to those northern values and interests that communities have told us are important.â€? To apply, eligible students must submit a complete application form including parental consent, proof of residence and school location in the form of a note from the principal, a government issued ID, a library card or student ID, a recent clear
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MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“â€“ CHETWYND â€“ The environmental assessment application submission for TransCanadaâ€™s Merrick mainline project has been pushed back by two months, according Kyle Martin, a community relations advisor with the company. Martin made a presentation to District of Chetwynd on April 22, updating mayor and council on the status of the project. TransCanada had hoped to be finished with their projected pipeline route in 2013, but are still considering options for the 258 kilometre, 48inch diameter natural gas pipeline that will pass south of Chetwynd. The current proposed route has the pipeline tying into the Groundbirch mainline, west of Dawson Creek, travelling through agricultural lands and caribou habitat to the south of Chetwynd, mountainous regions by the Burnt and Sukunka rivers, then travelling alongside the Anzac River before aligning with Highway 97 south for the final stage where the pipeline will terminate at Sumit Lake, 42 km north of Prince George. BY
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Raising the issue of elder abuse
Four workshops to be held in Chetwynd this month May 14 & 15, at the Pine Valley Seniors Hall MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – What is elder abuse, and how do we deal with it? The British Columbia Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support (BC CEAS) will visit Chetwynd next month to answer that, and many other questions when they host four 60 to 90-minute workshops. The workshops will run Thursday and Friday, May 14 & 15 at the Pine Valley Seniors Hall, and admission is free. The workshops were developed with funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s “new horizons for seniors” program, and delivery of the workshop is funded by the province of BY
British Columbia, gaming and enforcement branch. Four separate workshops will be held in Chetwynd. “Powers of attorney, joint bank accounts and representation agreements,” is a workshop that will aim to provide older adults with information to protect their finances, recognize and respond to financial abuse, and to access the resources available to them for further assistance. “Frauds and Scams,” focuses on common scams targeting older adults, strategies to deal with scams and how to check for counterfeit bank notes. “Elder Abuse: What is it? How do We Deal with it?” is a workshop that includes a presentation on social isolation and abuse of older adults, types of abuse and
people involved, and strategies to deal with abuse. In this workshop, BC CEAS discusses the importance of staying connected to others through brainstorming community resources, and viewing a short video depicting a fictional story of social isolation and elder abuse. And finally, “Bullying between older adults in communal settings,” is a workshop facilitated by Nighat Afsar, BC CEAS’ legal advocate. It covers information on Residential Tenancy Law in British Columbia, including the rights and responsibilities of landlords and tenants, and the process involved in dispute resolution with the residential tenancy branch. Delivery of this final
workshop has been funded by the Law Foundation of BC. According to the BC RCMP, elder abuse refers to the violence, mistreatment or neglect that older adults living in either private residences or institutions may
experience at the hands of their spouses, children, other family members, caregivers, service providers or other individuals in situations of power or trust. Elder Abuse also includes older adults abused by non-family
members who are not in a position of power or trust and self-neglect For more information on the workshops, contact District of Chetwynd healthy communities coordinator Julie Shaw at: 250401-3362.
Chetwynd youth leadership scholarship nominations open this month MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The District of Chetwynd is accepting nominations for the Chetwynd Youth Leadership Scholarship, worth $5,000. The grant is intended to recognize and reward outstanding contribution to the community BY
by a person who is graduating from secondary school in 2014 and is intending to pursue a post-secondary education. Criteria for the scholarship includes: confirmation of registration at a post-secondary institution in academic or trades, for the Fall 2014 semester. The candidate will also have
demonstrated consistent behavior over time in the following key areas: kind and generous behavior toward the elderly, effective leadership in the area of encouraging healthy behavior among peer, mentoring of young persons, protecting younger persons from growingup hazards such as drug use and bullying, demonstrating a
respect for society, volunteer activity or any other admirable behavior to be described by the person making the nomination. A one-time event demonstrating extraordinary courage and/or perseverance in the face of extreme peril may qualify a person for the award, provided the requirement for post-secondary registration is met.
Nomination forms can be picked up at the District office, and are also available on the District of Chetwynd website at: www.gochetwynd.com The District asks that all submissions be made by 4:30 p.m. on May 23, 2014. For more information, contact the District office at: 250-4014100
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Child under one-year-old sells piece for $50
Children's Art Gala fosters confidence in young artists BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Public Library and the Chetwynd Arts Council teamed up to mark BC Arts and Culture Week by delivering a first time event for our community, and it was a resounding success. About 140 people attended the first ever Children’s Art Gala, which turned the library into a thriving art museum for one night only. Children from ages 0-12 displayed their artwork proudly. The viewing public was encouraged to buy any art that caught their eye, with half of the sales going to the library for hosting the event, and the other half going to the artists. In the end, 90 per cent of the art that was for sale from the about 50 child exhibitors, sold that night, for a total of $600. “It was really incredible,” said Julia Nelson, vice president of the Chetwynd Arts Council. “It's great for the library, and you should have seen the beaming faces. These kids are just over the
Left, patrons check out some of the art from 50 exhibitors. Right, Summer Nelson stands next to her piece, which she proudly explains was Photos by Mike Carter sold to her teacher from Windrem Elementary. moon that their artwork is of value.” Chetwynd Family Resource Corner (FRC) coordinator Ana Peasgood approached the Arts council sometime last year with the idea for a children’s art gala. Peasgood coordinates the Exploring Arts program at the library through the FRC, and heridea of an art show was was a perfect fit for the arts council. She had initially asked for the council to con-
tribute only partial funding for the idea, but the Arts Council decided that the project fell directly within their mandate, and instead of donating just a little money, decided to sponsor the idea entirely. “We said you know what, we'd like to see an arts show during arts and culture week next year,” Nelson said. “So, her and I had been meeting over the last couple months and just putting together the plan.”
The initial idea was to do the show as an extension of the Exploring Arts program, which at the time, was only open to kids ages 8-12. Nelson pushed the idea that younger kids should also be involved, and in the end, it was decided to open up the show to entries from all children under 12. And it paid off when a child that was not yet even one-year-old, sold a painting for $50. “And you know what, it
was a really good piece so, you can’t tell me that baby isn’t going to grow up and be a [great] artist,” Nelson said. The art show was billed as the first annual event, so if all goes as planned you can look forward to seeing the young artists of Chetwynd fill canvases with the creations of their imagination once again next year. “I think it does amazing things for their confidence,” Nelson acknowl-
edged. “I believe that, being confident in life opens doors for people. If you believe you can, then you will.” And for purchasers of the art, it is a chance to buy something with a unique story behind it. Every time you look at that painting on the wall, it will be hard not remember the smiling face of the artist, and perhaps, their rushed and nervous explanation of what it is you are looking at.
Pitch-In Week May 12 to May 18, 2014
Chetwynd Arts Council gets $6,000 grant MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Community Arts Council have received a $6,399 BC Arts Council grant from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural development. Although the Arts Council received the money earlier this year, the announcement from the government came out just last week, during BC Arts and Culture week. The Arts council will roll the funds into their general operating budget, and will hold a vote at a future meeting to decide what project(s) they will be putting the money towards. The funding was part of the nearly $13 million in grants for arts and culture in BC. The $12.993 million in funding comes from a record-high $24 million the BC Arts Council received from the provincial government to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2013-14. “Arts and culture are thriving in British Columbia,” said Coralee Oakes, minister of community, sport and cultural development. BY
“Our finding for the BC Arts Council has never been higher. Council works well with BC’s talented artists and dedicated cultural organizations to ensure that vibrant arts help make our communities shine as great places to live, work, invest and visit.” As with the local Chetwynd Community Arts Council, these grants help organizations around the province provide services for artists and plan for cultural activities. “Fostering artistic excellence is the BC Arts Councils main objective,” said BC Arts Council chair Stan Hamilton. “We are accomplishing that goal, with generous support from the government of British Columbia, and expert participation of BC’s arts community to ensure a rigorous, independent grant review process.” As BC’s lead agency for arts funding and development, council enlists the expertize of British Columbia’s artists to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process. The BC Arts Council was established in 1995. Last year, the council doled out 1,000 grants in over 200 communities in every re-
gion of the province. Since 2001, the government has contributed almost $234 million through the BC Arts Council to support artists, arts and cultural organizations.
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Royal LePage to host national garage sale for shelter May 10 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 infor mation. 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 US Clincian Jennifer Buchanan Horsemanship/ Reining Clinic. PVEP May 30June 1 Call Sanda 250-788-3217 to book your spot! Free English Practice Mondays 9:30 am at Nor thern Lights College and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library Call 250-7882559
SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – More than half of women in Canada will experience abuse in their lifetime and over 360,000 children are exposed to family violence each year. On Saturday, May 10, Chetwynd Royal LePage will play host to the National Garage Sale for Shelter from 1 pm to 3 pm. The event is a one-day charitable garage sale in support of the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and ending family violence, and the Royal LePage Cascade Realty branch is asking members of the community to come down and participate. Since 2009, the National Garage
Sale for Shelter has raised more than $1.6 million with the support of communities like ours. This year the organization looks to reach a goal of $2 million dollars raised in total. Members of the community are encouraged to get involved by:
• Donating gently used items to the Royal LePage Cascade Realty office by Friday, May 9 • Visiting the Garage Sale on Saturday, May 10 For more information visit www.royallepage.ca/shelter.
Chetwynd Breastfeeding Support Network meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m at the Chetwynd Public Library. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Pine Valley Seniors Centre Call 250-788-3306 Pine Valley Seniors Hall weekly activities including Cribbage, Whist, Bingo and Carpet Bowling. Call Anita at 788-2307 for info. Pine Valley Seniors Hall Carpet Bowling Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm. FREE Cree Lessons Wednesdays 5-6 pm at Tansi Friendship 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 Librar y Muskoti Learning Centre Homework Club Mon-Thursday 3 - 4:30 pm Quintessentials Quilters Guild. Meetings held every third monday at 7 pm at the Shared Ministry Church. Contact Joan at 250-788-2714 for more information.
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Northern Health nurses recognized with 2014 Awards of Excellence
Barb Schuerkamp is (one of) the best nurse(s) in the province
BY TRENT ERNST Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – Tumbler Ridge Health Centre Head Nurse Barb Schuerkamp was one of 36 nurses to be recognized in the 2014 College of Registered Nurses in British Columbia (CRNBC). The awards, given out in seven categories “honour colleagues
for their outstanding contributions to the profession and demonstrating excellence in relation to the CRNBC Professional Standards for Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners.” Charles Helm has worked with Schuerkamp since 1992. He says the award is well deserved in recognition of “the exemplary service and leadership she has provided in nursing in Tumbler Ridge for over 25 years.” “Her role-model and mentor status is acknowledged, which has helped considerably with recruiting other nurses to the demanding job of rural ER nursing,” says Charles. “She has gone to considerable lengths to maintain her CPD standards, and has gone beyond this, often voluntarily attending CME events for physicians in the hope of improving the ER services we jointly provide. She has taken a
leadership role in organizing similar events with our pharmacists so as to better understand ER medication use.” But it’s not just her nursing abilities, says Charles. Barb sets a fine example to the community members by practicing what she preaches. “Her contributions to Community Health go much further than her ER and administrative work. She volunteers tirelessly at community events with a health focus, such as cross country running races, the Emperor’s Challenge Mountain Run, the Ridge Ramble Biathlon, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival. At such events her role often includes voluntary first aid support.” And she was one of the people who stood up when Tumbler Ridge was going through troubled times. “There have been times when its future has been
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need. Barb deserves much of the credit for this through her ability to communicate effectively with diverse groups and individuals.” Finally, says Helm, her compassion and care for her patients, combined with “her spunky sense of humour and passion for her work. Barb’s unique personality and enthusiasm complements the excellence she displays in other fields to yield a final package which is both remarkable and inspiring. This will be her enduring legacy, and is something those who have come under her care love and value immensely. “Tumbler Ridge has been very lucky to have had a nurse of her quality for twenty-five years. This award of excellence is, in my opinion, a fitting and much deserved recognition for her immense contribution and exemplary work.”
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Quintette restart deferred; put into care and maintenance mode TRENT ERNST Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– Teck announced its first quarter results on April 22 and the news was not good for the Canadian mining company. The company still turned a profit of $105 million, but that’s down from $319 million a year ago. And with coal prices taking a beating, the company has decided to defer restarting Quintette until prices improve. Teck says they are suspending activities related to the potential opening of the mine, and are putting it into “care and maintenance” until market conditions are more favourable. Teck says they’re letting go of “approximately” 80 of the employees currently BY
working at Quintette. This represents a lion’s share of the workforce, as there are only about 90 Teck employees in Tumbler Ridge. The 80 people being let go in Tumbler Ridge are only a fraction of the cuts around the company. When they’re done, 600 people—five percent of Teck’s total workforce— will no longer be employed with the mining giant. The company is still moving forward to obtain the two remaining permits it needs so that they can restart Quintette as quickly as possible when coal prices improve. They estimate it would take about 14 months from a construction decision to shipping the first load of coal, and expect to be fully permitted sometime in the
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next couple When it comes online, Quintette is expected to produce between three and four million tonnes of steelmaking coal, which would push Teck’s output over 30 million tonnes per year. But when will prices improve? That’s a matter of much debate, but it’s not
expected to get better anytime soon. Part of the issue, says Teck’s President, Donald Lindsay, is there’s just too much coal on the market. He estimates that as much as 35 to 40 million tonnes of coal being sold annually is being sold at prices less than it cost to mine the coal. He says he expects to
see this reduce sometimes, but “We continue to be surprised there remains so much uneconomic coal supply on the market.” Coal prices are at their lowest levels since 2007. And, with the rising cost of production, he says, margins are at their lowest level in a decade. “Clearly, it’s not sustainable, and losing a portion of that would bring the market back to sustainable.” Walter closing will reduce that by about 3.5 million tonnes, and the same day Teck announced Quintette was not re-opening, Arch Coal announced it would be reducing its output by 1 million short tons. Still, analysts are not predicting that the market will stabilize until at least the middle of next year.
Lindsay says this is being driven by Australian coal companies. He says that, as levels of production go up, the cost to mine that coal goes down. But with the giant Australian mines striving to produce more coal than the competition, it’s also driving the price of coal down. Teck is still in a strong financial position, he says, but “at the same time we are mindful of returning cash to our shareholders.” With revenue declining be 17 percent in the first quarter, despite the coal arm of Teck’s business firing on all cylinders (they produced 27 million tonnes across all their mines, only about a million tonnes below their top capacity), the company had to take steps to reduce costs.
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MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – Work is progressing at an underground coal mine near Tumbler Ridge. HD Mining International plans to submit its environmental assessment application in the next two months for the Murray River project, a mine that had previously come under scrutiny from BC labour groups for the company’s use of temporary foreign workers (TFWs). Blair Lekstrom - former South Peace MLA, now senior advisor to the chairman of HD Mining International Ltd. - explains that the first group of TFWs arrived last October to assemble the specialized underground mining equipment. Work has now begun on the extraction of coal for the bulk sample. “Work on the decline has progressed well to a depth of over 100 metres,” Lekstrom wrote in a letter to the District of Chetwynd. “As a result, another shift is being added which will require an additional 22 underground workers.” These workers arrived in Canada on March 27. A new mine manager has also been hired for the project, according to Lekstrom. This new manager previously held the position of mine manager at the Quinsam underground coal mine on Vancouver Island. “We are working to finalize our Environmental Assessment application for submission to the provincial and federal regulators and hope to achieve this within the next two months,” Lekstrom said. HD Mining won the right to use TFWs on a temporary term, after a prolonged legal battle in which two BY
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labour unions – the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the Construction and Specialized Workers Union (CSWU) – alleged the company had preferred to hire foreign workers instead of Canadian workers because they could pay them substandard wages. Federal Court Justice Russel Zinn ruled on May 21, 2013, that there was nothing on the record that established the decision to use TFWs by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (now renamed Employment and Social Development Canada) officer William McLean was wrong. “Sufficient efforts had been made to recruit Canadians,” Zinn said in his ruling. Eighteen months ago, HD Mining signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Northern Lights College on Nov. 24, 2012, to train Canadians to eventually replace the TFWs at the Murray River coal mine. Under the scope of the MOU, HD Mining would collaborate with NLC on developing the relevant curriculum and simulation modules. The training would be concentrated on the Tumbler Ridge campus, and will include the District of Tumbler Ridge and First Nations communities as key partners in the organization of the delivery of training. The MOU expires after a three-year term, and time is running out. No training programs have yet been put in place with the college, according to communications representative with the college. “We’re still looking at potential training opportunities and nothing formal is in place yet,” Lyon told the Sun news Network last month.
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When someone stops making. . some stops earning. When someone stops earning. . no one can buy, sell or make, or even advertise! Some advertising greases the wheels in the chain of events that enable our making a living and that spells out the progress of this community
ADVERTISE! Don’t break the chain. And do it regularly.
When someone stops buying. . Someone stops selling. . When someone stops selling. . . Someone stops making.
For more information go to: CANFOR.COM/NORTH
Based in Chetwynd, the successful candidate will be responsible for the repair and maintenance of construction and forestry equipment and attachments. (Tracking code: 625-046) Find out more about our exciting career opportunities at www.brandtjobs.com or by calling (306) 791-8923. To apply for these positions please visit www.brandtjobs.com and enter the tracking code into the search field on the Job Opportunities page. Brandt Tractor is the world’s largest privately held John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment dealer and a Platinum member of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program.
Wednesday, APRIL 30, 2014
D N N A R GOPENING FRIDAY
Enter in-store for a chance to
VS1680 RANGER FISHING BOAT
The first 50 customers on Friday will receive a
10 GIFT CARD
SHIMANO GEAR GIVEAWAY.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. SEE IN STORE FOR DETAILS.
Enter in-store for a chance
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest ends on July 31, 2014. Correct answer to skill testing question required. There is one (1) Boat and Fishing Prize package available to be won consisting of a VS1680 Ranger Fishing boat and Shimano fishing rods and reels. Total AVR ($21,293.00) CDN. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. For full rules, please visit a participating Canadian Tire Retail Store.
Great Hunting and Fishing Prizes
May 4 The first 50 customers on Sunday will receive a
Plus a chance to *
250 GIFT CARD
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest available at Dawson Creek Location on May 4, 2014. Correct answer to a skill testing question required. Prize available to be won will consist of a $250 Canadian Tire gift card. ARV $250.00 CDN. Odds of winning prize is 1:50. See store for Official Rules and complete details.
*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. In-store contest runs May 1 to 4. One prize per winner, prizes available to be won include: Mossy Oak Backpack with an assortment of fishing products with an approximate retail value of $300.00 CDN, The Night Owl Optics 2-Power Night Vision Monocular with an approximate retail value of $319.00 CDN and Plano Soft Tackle Bag with an approximate retail value of $79.99 CDN. Correct answer to a skill testing question required. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received by each participating store. For Official Rules, and complete details see in-store.
Starts Thursday, May 1, 8:00am
Spirit River Hwy.
Dawson Creek-Tupper Hwy.
11628 8th Street, Dawson Creek 250-782-9552