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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – West Fraser Timber released its fourth quarter results Feb. 20, along with its “ambitious� capital expenditure budget for 2013, including the construction of a 13 Megawatt bio-energy plant at its Chetwynd Forest Industries location and a complete rebuild of the Chetwynd sawmill. A deal signed with Pratt & Whitney Power Systems last May to construct the plant, saw work begin in latter part of 2012. The company is expecting the full installation and commissioning will be completed later this year. The plant will be comprised of two Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbo generators. West Fraser has a 20-year electricity purchase agreement to sell 180 GWh/year of wood biomass to BC

in the form of logging residues.� The ORC units installed at the Chewtynd facility are part of the company’s efforts to improve its operational efficiency and to protect the environment. “ORC technology uses an organic fluid instead of steam to drive a turbo-generator, which can range in nominal output from about 1 to 10 Megawatts and up for a single ORC module,� said the Leader’s report. “The system employs a closed cycle process that uses relatively low-to-moderate temperature heat sources to generate electricity. ORC units can use heat from a variety A deal signed with Pratt & Whitney Power Systems saw construction begin the latter part of 2012. of sources including bioPhoto by Naomi Larsen mass, geothermal, concentrated solar power, and by Hydro from two biomass Environmental Leader, a biomass system to burn ed last year that, “about 50 recovering heat from plants, one in Chetwynd daily trade publication the plant’s residual hog to 60 per cent of biomass industrial processes, and another that will be with a focus on energy and fuel; an unprocessed mix fuel for the ORC units will engines and gas turbines.� constructed at its Fraser environmental projects, of coarse chips of bark and come from local sawmill Lake facility. the ORC units will use wood fiber. operations, and the timber Please see "NEW," page 10 According to the thermal oil from the new The organization report- company will buy the rest

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$150G for Surerus expansion

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Senior Citizens Housing Society has announced this week that it has received a $150,000 grant from the Peace River Regional District to go towards the construction of Phase 2 of the Surerus Place housing complex. The project, to be located next to the existing Surerus Place facility, is expected to begin construction in the spring of 2014 and will consist of 12 single bedroom and six two-bedroom units. Don Hicks, Vice President of the Chetwynd Senior Citizens Housing Society (CSCHS) said in an interview with Chetwynd Echo last November that at that time, the organization had hired a consultant to liaise between the Society and the province with regards to seniors housing needs in Chetwynd. “What we wanted to do, we wanted to see how many apartments are required, if its 12 or 18 or 24, then what we want to do is we have to choose a site. We felt this site [next to the current complex] was better because we can share all the synergies between the two,” Hicks said. The society recognizes a shortfall of affordable

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housing for low and mid income seniors in Chetwynd and Electoral Area “E” of the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) and proceeded with a Need and Demand study, Project Concept and Preliminary Financial Feasibility Report, as well as a seniors housing survey to quantify for the various government departments the need that exists. The Need and Demand study demonstrated a significant number of seniors living in the Chetwynd, with an expected increase over the next five years. “We would like to thank Jerry Schembri, for her effort and our fund raising committee of Carl Rose, Dale Phillips, Brenda Massey and Laverne Norris for their work and soon to be started fund raising campaign, “Hicks said this week.

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Regional District recognizes this and the need to provide affordable apartments to the seniors of Chetwynd. I am happy to have the opportunity to show my support of this project by providing this initial grant to the Chetwynd Seniors Housing Society for Surerus Place [Phase 2].” The Chetwynd Senior Citizens Housing Society provides seniors in Chetwynd with affordable apartments at Little Prairie Haven, and assisted living and supportive housing units at Surerus Place. The society was founded in 1982.

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You will have one more chance to offer your opinion on Site C this year: what is your opinion?

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It’s time for B.C. to invest $10 per day in child care

among employees with preschool-age children cost $600-million annually in employee turnover, absenteeism, and health care premiums. B.C. also Vancouver Sun has the lowest workforce participation in Canada he B.C. child care for mothers with children system is failing over age three. It's time families, workers for politicians to support a and business: child care universal, accessible and fees are high, quality publicly funded $10 per spaces are rare, and day child care system, a business pays the price. plan also supported by Work-life conflicts B.C. business groups.

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In the recent budget, the government promised a $55-per-month child care tax benefit from 2015. This will do nothing to help young B.C. families squeezed between unaffordable housing and exorbitant child care. The benefit amounts to less than one day of child care in Vancouver, where fees average $14,000 a year for a two-year-old, but can reach as high as $23,000. Long waiting lists grow

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daily, while licensed child care spaces are available for only one in every five children. Meanwhile, low wages for early childhood educators (ECEs) create recruitment and retention problems, and half of all trained ECEs are not working in the sector. With the $10 per day child care plan, child care fees would be capped at $10 a day, with no user fees for families earning under $40,000 a year. The

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number of licensed child care spaces would increase, and boards of education would be responsible for funding, developing and governing early care and learning, much like the school system. The plan would also improve wages and training for ECEs. Over 3,000 families marked B.C.'s first Family Day by urging governPlease see "VICTORIA," page 5

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ment to commit to $10 per day child care, signing postcards advocating for high-quality, affordable, accessible publicly funded early care and learning. Municipalities from Powell River to Dawson Creek, boards of education from Vancouver to the Kootenays, the BCGEU and other labour unions and many other groups have endorsed the $10 per day child care plan. The Burnaby and Surrey boards of trade have also called on the government to commit to the plan. Critics trivialize universal child care as taxpayer-funded babysitting. In fact, early learning creates lifelong value. TD Bank chief economist Craig Alexander recently noted that early care and learning has a ripple effect, leading to better job prospects, higher earnings and reduced risk of poverty. For lowincome families or single parents, the ability to work while children are young can mean the difference between living on social assistance and working for a better life for their families.

"The biggest bang you get for your government dollar in terms of investment is investment in education in young individuals," Alexander noted. Investing in early learning increases our economic competitiveness over the long term, but we fail to fund early learning like we do the school system: $8,300 funding per child in B.C. schools every year, but only $380 for early learning. Victoria must commit to the vision of building an affordable quality child care system, and act upon several low-cost initial implementation steps straightaway. First, move early care and learning into B.C.'s Ministry of Education. Second, rescind the tax benefit, because it will not help build a child care system, and immediately reduce parent fees to $10 per day in every existing licensed infant and toddler space in B.C. Price tag: $88 million - a third less than the $146 million allocated in the flawed B.C. budget approach to child care. Third, Victoria must lobby the federal government to ensure that all

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provinces can invest in child care. The OECD says Canada ranks last on early childhood spending among developed countries, lagging behind average spending by $3 billion to $4 billion a year. Given the sad state of B.C.'s child care system, it will take five to 10 years to build the spaces and train the ECEs needed to offer quality early care and learning to B.C. families. We can build up and invest gradually over a decade until the system is complete, at an estimated cost of $1.5 billion annually, according to University of B.C. researchers. TD Bank says the investment is worthwhile: it pays for itself over time through job creation, better health and social outcomes, increased taxes and enhanced economic competitiveness. Costbenefit analyses show child care provides a return of $1.50 to nearly $3 for every tax dollar invested, and has a bigger job multiplier effect than any other sector, generating more employment per dollar of activity. B.C.'s politicians need to commit to the vision of $10 per day child care today.

Pleased to finally see fair share

To the Editor: I’m pleased to see that BC’s Aboriginal communities are finally getting a fair share of this province’s wealth and prosperity. The partnerships they’ve formed with mineral exploration companies in particular have brought certainty to an important industry and provided Aboriginal

communities with new economic and skill development opportunities. Innovative approaches such as this, to longstanding Aboriginal treaty issues, are a big reason why BC has become the driving force behind Canada’s economy.

Fred Reemeyer Coquitlam B.C.

Clark has apologized, letʼs move on

To the Editor: The media have completely overblown this "ethnic outreach" issue. It's time for everyone to move on. Premier Christy Clark has apologized and she's ordered an investigation.

What the media should really be doing is taking a closer look at Adrian Dix and forcing him tell the people of BC what he actually stands for, if anything. Christy Clark has shown the people of BC that she

believes in balanced budgets and a secure future for our children. Can Adrian Dix say the same? I seriously doubt he can. Michael Taylor Coquitlam, BC

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District of Chetwynd to try and reduce dependency on Fair Share revenues

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYD – The District of Chetwynd has set out to reduce its reliance on Fair Share revenue to deliver municipal services. Chetwynd received $2,095,099 from the industrial tax pool in 2012. At a strategic priorities meeting held in October, Council reviewed its existing policy on the use of fair share revenue, identifying the need for a policy update. The District says it is making the move in an effort to provide a more sustainable funding source for the future by expanding its tax base, maintaining its infrastructure and building a reserve for future capital budget

expenditures. A new disposition of Fair Share revenue policy was adopted in November stating that the funds will now be used to upgrade existing municipal infrastructure, fund new Council approved infrastructure capital projects, enhance facilities for the betterment of the quality of life for the citizens of Chetwynd, develop shelf-ready plans for future projects, fund engineering staff for this planning, and fund municipal reserves for future capital projects to provide relief for the tax base on the cost of new expenditures. “The goal of the District of Chetwynd is to reduce the reliance on the Fair Share funds to provide services and to shift the use of these funds to infra-

“In the event that Fair Share is not renewed the District is growing the industrial tax base for the future.”

structure projects and to build reserves for future projects,” Bill Caldwell, Director of Financial Administration with the District said in an email. To this end, the District set aside $833,230 of its 2012 fair share funds in reserves including $500,000 to go towards the new municipal office building.

$179,470 was invested in shelf-ready plans and studies for future projects such as a “right-in rightout” at the recreation centre, a sewer treatment review study, watershed management plan, a new intersection at Nicholson Road and Highway 29 and a municipal census. “In the event that [Fair Share] is not renewed, the

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District is growing the industrial tax base for the future,” Caldwell added. Examples of this are the expansions boundary announced last November that will encompass a new portion of land on the property of Chetwynd Forestry Industries for a Biomass energy plant and the inclusion of the Willow Creek mine. These two additions will bring in approximately $370,000 in additional tax revenue. Fair share funding recognizes the unique situation that exists in the Peace region, where there are massive amounts of industrial activities that operate outside of municipal taxation boundaries. Initiated in 2005, the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Peace River

Regional District (PRRD) and the provincial government (also known as the Fair Share program) provided $32.2 million in 2011 and $35.3 million in 2012. The PRRD distributes the funds to assist communities in the region, recognizing them as service centres for the residential workforce of industrial employees working at the various projects in the region. The MOU expires in March 2020. With that date far off on the political horizon, it is unclear as of yet if it will be renewed. Adding to the uncertainty, Fair Share funding is dependent on the ebb and flow of the industrial profits. Although these are traPlease see "PRIME," page 10

• At a Glance •

Summary of where the District of Chetwynd 2012 Fair Share funds were spent: Capital Projects - $121,653 to pave 40th St. (52 Ave to 52A) - $153,186 for new curb and gutter on 51st Ave Flood Expenses - Recovery: $299,609 (Province refunds 80%) - Response: $15,695 (Province refunds 100%) Contribution to Reserves: - Sustainability: $239,900 - Municipal Office Building: $500,000 - Fair Share Reserve: $93,330 Shelf Ready Plans and Studies: - $179,470 for: Right-in Right-out at Rec. Centre, new subdivision servicing/Bylaw regulation, east sanitary trunk main study, sewer treatment review study, ortho photos (aerial photos that are geometrically corrected so that the scale is uniform as in a map) and contour mapping for a Geographic Information System, watershed management plan/Pine River assessment, 40th Street detail design plan, Nicholson/Highway 29 plan, Municipal census, and general advisory engineering (engineering staff). General Operations: - $492, 256


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3NV win first round of playoffs against GP

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The arena was packed full of family and fans Saturday night as Chetwynd’s midget team got ready for the final of the best of two games in the first round of the All Peace League playoffs. In the 1st Period #11 Captain Randy Spoklie scored with an assist from #8 Reign Walker. Shortly after, #15 Dayton

Waldie scored with an assist from #10 Liam Beattie and #21 Cameron Roland. Grande Prairie (GP) managed to score one goal. In the 2nd Period, Waldie scored with an assist from Beattie. Waldie scored a second time with an assist from #2 Trey Nichol. Also during the second # 21 Cameron Roland, unassisted took a shot from the blueline but

GP scored three goals this period closing the gap 4-5 for Chetwynd. In the 3rd Period Beattie scored again assisted by Spoklie making the final score 6-4 for Chetwynd. The next round of playoffs will be this weekend with the team travelling to Ridge Valley Arena Sat. Mar. 9th for a 2:15pm game. They are back home Sunday, Mar. 10th for a 1:30 pm Game.

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Don’t Break the Chain

To the Chetwynd 3 Nations Ventures Midget Giant Hockey Team! You played a hard game and earned a well deserved win.

When someone stops advertising. . Someone stops buying. .

A BIG THANK YOU to Dody Wood and his coaching staff.

When someone stops buying. . Someone stops selling. . When someone stops selling.. . Someone stops making.

Your team shows discipline and with that discipline, the teams shows the RESPECT they have for the refs, the parents and the fans and especially to you - their coaches.

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

Good luck in your next two games. Play hard and always play fair.

ADVERTISE! Don’t break the chain. And do it regularly.

From a proud Chetwynd hockey fan

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Community honours the best of Chetwynd

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual Civic Night awards banquet Feb. 28 at the Cottonwood Hall in the recreation centre. The event is a chance for the community at large to show the individuals whose efforts have shaped the town that their work has not gone unrecognized. Two hundred people attended this year’s event according to Tonia Richter, Manager at the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce.

“We start planning this event in December of each year. We [try] to get advertising and nomination forms out early, this gives everyone time to think,” Richter said. “We have a Civic Night committee that goes through all nominations and makes the selection for the top awards.” Peace FM and Chet-TV’s Trevor McManus and Justin Morissette hosted this year’s event. The two kept the crowd roaring with laughter throughout the night. Simply Perfect Catering, the District of Chetwynd, the Chetwynd Spirit Committee, Spectra Energy

and Super-Value provided snacks and refreshments while members the Chetwynd Arts Council worked the admission table all night. The evening began with a fashion show by Grindz N Bindz and the Mirror Mirror Clothing Boutique who displayed their wares by parading models through the crowd. And then came the awards. Thanks again to Justin Morissette and Trevor McManus for hosting, and providing wonderful introductions for each of the award winners and the nominees. Please see "LAKEVIEW," page 9

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Lakeview Credit Union awarded Business of the Year Continued from page 8

HERO’S LIVE HERE This award is presented to a member of the community who does thankless acts of kindness that benefit individual groups or the community at large. This year’s recipients have inspired community members to organize and participate in healthy, positive community events. Peace Christian School’s Erroll Palipane and Darren Shankel have shown a dedication to education and installing values that children will carry with them for a lifetime. This is part of what made Palipane and Shankel the ideal candidates for this honour. The community has benefitted from many of their shared interests and combined efforts through events they have organized such as the senior and junior Adventure Races, the Loopee Endurance Mountain Bike Race and the Ghost Mountain Grunt. These races are an opportunity for both young and old to strengthen mind, body and relationships while enjoying the great outdoors. They are also known to draw racers in from outside of the community contributing to the local tourism industry. Last but not least, Peace Christian School entertains the residents of Chetwynd each year with its fine live theatre presentations organized by these two. This Christmas season they produced Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” while rumor has it

Family Resource Corner have all benefited from her time and skill. Additional part time jobs were created from the healing garden and the Family Resource Corner. Slack also coordinated a Seniors Housing Survey for that provided Surerus place with the useful information it needed to garner funding for the development of the seniors housing complex. These are only a few of Slack’s contributions to the community of Chetwynd.

Clockwise, staff of the Lakeview Credit Union accept their Business of the Year Award, Erroll Palipane accepts the Heroes Live Here Award, Charlie and Edith Lasser are presented with Century Citizen of the Year award and Kim Slack is awarded Volunteer of the Year. Photos by Naomi Larsen

that a new production is in time to create posters for the monthly coffee houses the works for the spring. held at the public library. VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR She and her husband Rick Volunteer of the year donate their time and went to Kim Slack. Slack sound equipment and as a was a founding member of professional photograthe Sukunka Group, a pher, she keeps the Chewtynd social planning Facebook page up to date society. She dedicates her with photos from the latest

event while organizing the concession stands, often donating food to it as well. With Sukunka, she serves on the executive and was a key player in seeing the early childhood education plan come to fruition, which led to the establishment of the

Success, by Six worktable, bringing about a part time job for our community’s Success by Six Coordinator. The position has also pushed for several innovative ways to get youth prepared for school. The healing garden, the farmers market and the

BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Rewarded to a business that has made outstanding contributions to the community in the past year, has a strong commitment to the business community and contributes to and participates in Chetwynd events while supporting community organizations. The Credit Union has established a regional social responsibility committee that focuses on developing true community partnerships by providing multi-year support for initiatives providing life long learning for the young and old. The Lakeview Leaders and Learners program was established this year by an $11,000 donation from the Lakeview Credit Union to the Chetwynd Public Library. The after school program will run until June of this year. As of the first week of February there were 78 youths registered in the free program. Some of the other activities and organizations they have supported in Please see "LASSER," page 11


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New CEO as of March 1 Continued from page 2

West Fraser reported $22 million in sales the fourth quarter of 2012, with overall earnings of $87 million. Lumber earnings were up 40 per cent while earnings for panels (which includes plywood and MDF) were down 70 per cent along with pulp and paper sales, which were down 23 per cent. “In the second half of 2012 we saw encouraging signs that the US housing market is recovering,” said outgoing CEO Hank Katcham. “This has led to gradual improvement of results from our building products operations.” The company appointed Ted Seraphim as the new Chief Executive Officer and President Feb. 14. He took over March 1st. “Higher selling prices were the primary contributor to the increase in [lumber] earnings,”

“This has led to gradual improvement results...”

Seraphim explained. “Our exports to China remain strong. Our outlook for plywood and MDF markets is fairly positive, as demand for these products continues to improve. Pulp markets are expected to be under continued pressure.” Chief Financial Officer Larry Hughes said the company’s capital budgets are typically in the $150 million range, but they are expecting big things for 2013. “We are expecting capital expenditures in 2013 to be in the range of $250 million to $300 million, which will include several major

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energy projects that are in progress and have been announced in addition to the rebuild of the Edson mill.” The company acquired the mill in Edson, Alberta in October. Seraphim said that West Fraser continues to face challenges in British Columbia in regards to the pine beetle. “In British Columbia, we continue to face this challenging issue. But, over 50 per cent or our lumber today is outside of British Columbia, and I think that’s going to bode well for us as we go through these challenging times.”

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CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– VICTORIA - The final legislation and regulations to re-implement the Provincial Sales Tax on April 1, 2013, are now complete, giving businesses all the information they need for a successful transition, Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced last week. The final legislative amendments to the Provincial Sales Tax Act have received royal assent

and the regulations to bring it into force on April 1, 2013, have been approved by cabinet. To help businesses prepare, government is also making available unofficial consolidated versions of the Provincial Sales Tax Act, Motor Fuel Tax Act and the New Housing Transition Tax and Rebate Act reflecting the amendments made in Bill 2. Government is running an extensive business outreach program to have

businesses register for PST and to help them understand their obligations. Businesses that sell or lease taxable goods, or sell software or taxable services in B.C. must register to obtain a new PST number, even if they already had one under the previous PST. It's estimated that more than 70,000 businesses still need to register for the PST to ensure they are ready to collect the PST on April 1, 2013.

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ditionally strong, municipalities within the PRRD must be prepared should they slow down or should some operations come to a close in the future. This was of prime concern for the

City of Dawson Creek when they hired Gagnon Strategix to study and review its fair share spending habits, resulting in the recommendation released last month that the city should divide the funding based on a ranking of services in terms of importance.


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Lasser duo continue to be community pioneers Chetwynd include hockey, figure skating, junior curling, the Little Prairie Elementary Grade 7 class trip to Vancouver, the Chetwynd Christmas Bureau and the walk for Alzheimer’s. The Lakeview Credit Union gave a $10,000 donation to the hospital foundation in 2011. The Chetwynd branch initiated a Christmas stalking raffle, which has now been adopted at the Tumbler Ridge and Dawson Creek branches. Employees spent two days shopping locally for items to fill the stalking. Money raised from the ticket sales on the raffle goes to support a local non-profit. Last year, the funds provided for a greenhouse at the Surerus Place seniors housing complex. The bank also is noted for having a sustainability initiative called Protecting Our Planet. It includes energy audits, increasing recycling capabilities in the branches, and measuring the branches greenhouse emissions with and eye towards reducing their annual outputs. Students graduating from Chetwynd Secondary School have six scholarships and six bursaries available to further their education because of the Lakeview Credit Union.

CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR Awarded to a business or an employee who has shown consistent exemplary customer service throughout the year, someone who is efficient, courteous and always treats

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customer with respect and delivers service with a smile. Carl Rose of Lonestar Sporting Goods does just that. He goes above and beyond to give expert advice and help patrons of the store find whatever it is they are looking for and if it isn’t in store he will go on the hunt to find it for you. Rose offers deals on his products because he knows that sporting equipment can get expensive. Forget your skates that you dropped off earlier in the day to have sharpened? No fear, Rose will give you a call and remind you to pick them up. As Morissete points out, his business is not the easiest to navigate through, but somewhere among the boxes you will find his smiling face waiting to help you with what you need.

JUNIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR This is award goes to a young member of the community who demonstrates leadership skills and qualities in all activities they are involved in. This person must be involved with the organization of community events while also taking part as a participant, showing a genuine concern for the community spirit while volunteering their time to various organizations. Kayla Sanford volunteers at the Chetwynd Recreation Centre dance class program. This includes a half hour class followed by three 45minute classes every Wednesday. She brings

energy and enthusiasm every week and is ready to wrangle the dancers who just want to run around. When the class leader is tied up with participants individual needs, Sanford is more than willing to lend a caring and helpful hand. She helps with the planning of their recitals and leads the younger dancers so they feel comfortable during the show. In 2012, she put in at least 60 volunteer hours of dance class on top of other activities. Sanford is also taking piano lessons and is involved with drama club and a “me to you” program at her school. She is always setting a great example for her peers by taking part in healthy physical activities such as Zoomba, which she does several times a week.

CITIZEN OF THE YEAR The citizen of the year award goes to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the community in the past year while demonstrating leadership qualities in all their volunteer activities. This person organizes activities for the benefit of the community as a whole. For the past two Novembers, Karen Buckley has organized the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Chetwynd in her volunteer position with the Royal Canadian Legion. The event is a landmark of the year each year and requires a lot of time and organization. In her first year organizing the event, Buckley took great care to gather

feedback from those who attended the ceremony so that she might learn and improve on the ceremony in successive years. This job involved organizing the sales of poppies and wreaths and an essay at local competition schools, attending school assemblies ensuring that the winning essays were forwarded onto the national competition. Buckley recruited a Master of Ceremonies for the event, arranged transportation for the veterans to the cenotaph and coordinated the Air Cadet squadron’s involvement in the ceremony. In her second year organizing the event she took the feedback she had been given and brought in a local talent to play the Last Post live instead of a recording. Buckley also works to help organize events and entertainers to come to Chetwynd for everyone to enjoy, including Jason McCoy, the vintage Military vehicle visit, Steak Night and the last chance yard sale. A friendly, generous person who never asks for praise and often receives very little recognition for her hard work, Buckley is a giant when it comes to contributing to community events in Chetwynd. She is an asset to our community. Without Buckley, Chetwynd just wouldn’t be the same.

CENTURY CITIZEN OF THE YEAR The century citizen of the year this year goes to two people who have continued to make outstanding contributions to the

community year after year and have pioneered many projects that are in use today and are continuing to be landmarks in the community and beyond. Charlie and Edith Lasser have been instrumental to Chetwynd for years. Charlie was mayor for 23 years but has now retired from politics. He was instrumental in helping reorganize the Royal Canadian Legion when it faced financial difficulties, because of his efforts the Legion is still going strong. The Lions club has also benefitted forom this dynamic duo, and Charlie also serves as the chair of the Chetwynd Communications Society and was part of a group NOTICE OF EXCLUSION that brought TV and Radio APPLICATION REGARDING to the community, and most recently to theLAND IN THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE national scene on Bell TV Canada. I, West Fraser Mills of 1250 Brownmiller Road, Quesnel BC, Edith Lasser was one of V2J 6P5 intend on making an application pursuant to Section the keyoffigures in the Commission film 30(1) the Agricultural Act to exclude from the “Voices of Chetwynd”, she the following property which is Agricultural Land Reserve legally described District Lot 2685 Peace River District spoke of the as, original Except Plan 28196 and located at Chetwynd, BC Chetwynd Women’s The exclusion application Hospital Auxiliary andis for 14.3ha of ALR land. An offsetting area of 14.3ha of land from the same property will be was a pioneer in raising put into the ALR. The offsetting area is currently not part of the funds ALR. for the hospital. The couple continues to Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may ranch town, and their do so in by forwarding their comments in writing to: Peace River Regional District, Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8 Attn: ranch is one of the few that Kole Casey by March 14, 2013. has achieved Organic certification in Canada, raising organic beef.


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The Riverhouse Restaurant & Lounge will be the sister business of the already established restaurant of the same name in Smithers. Photo by Mike Carter

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The winds of Chetwynd have blown in a change for what was once the New Blue Sky Chinese restaurant on the corner of the North Access Road and 53rd St. Colin Bateman, General Manager of the Riverhouse Restaurant and Lounge at the Aspen Inn in Smithers, BC, confirmed to the Chetwynd Echo that a second Riverhouse Restaurant and Lounge at the Pine Cone Inn and Suites and a revamping of the entire hotel is in the works. A tentative opening date for the restaurant is slotted for July 2013. “In Smithers it has a really good reputation and that’s kind of what we’re after [in Chetwynd],” Bateman said. Renovations are in full swing with the entire interior of the building being gutted and updated. New seating booths and décor will be installed that are similar to the Smithers location and an entirely new kitchen will be constructed.

“As soon as this prospect came along we were both chomping at the bit.”

“It is gutted inside, everything has to change in there. We have to build the bar from scratch - pretty much everything is [being] built from scratch. The investment that Brookwood Properties has put into that is just immense. “The Chinese Restaurant is designed a lot different then the restaurant that we are looking for. So, at the moment we are in there kind of cleaning it all up and trying to organize it so that we have enough storage and designing the layouts of the tables,” Bateman said. “Here at the Aspen what we did is we gave people who stayed at the hotel a

voucher to eat at the restaurant, so we found that both the hotel and the restaurant really benefitted. We have a really good chef who is helping us out with the renovations at the moment and we’ll also design a very similar menu to the Riverhouse Restaurant and Lounge in Smithers.” Prince George’s Brookwood Properties, who owns the Aspen Inn and the Pine Cone Inn and Suites, are currently on the hunt for a local Chef to take over the management of the Chetwynd location. “I am a family man,” Bateman explained, “and Please see "MEETING," page 13


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Meeting room/banquet hall included in renovation Continued from page 12

I’m more than happy to get this program started and spend a good year just molding it into the same program that we have here [in Smithers], but in the end I don’t really want to be driving back and forth all the time. So, we’re looking for the right people, the people that have a real passion and treat the business like it’s their own.” The vision the he and his colleagues have had for the dining experience at the Smithers location was something that has evolved over the years and this next stage is one on the road to what he hopes could be an emerging chain of restaurants across the province, perhaps the

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country. “Here, when the owner of the Aspen got in touch with me he said it’s not really about the money, we [wanted] the people of Smithers to have a really good place to eat,” and that’s the same idea Bateman is operating on in opening this second restaurant in Chetwynd. “[Chef] Bruce Stafford and I – as soon as this prospect came along we we’re both chomping at the bit. A lot of people that I know in Smithers work in Chetwynd or go through Chetwynd so they already know what the Riverhouse is, so when they see it it’ll be just one of those things. It becomes one of those places where everybody goes and hangs out and it’s

relaxing. Its not a bar scene, we’re very food focused, it is a lounge but it’s about socializing and having fun. The Riverhouse has that crossover where people come in for breakfast and then people come in for lunch and

people come in for dinner.” Bateman also mentioned that they would eventually be renovating the large basement of the building into a meeting room/ball room and banquet hall where weddings and Christmas

parties could be held. “If you look at the was the Aspen and the Riverhouse evolved, it started with the restaurant and then it was the signage we had to upgrade, because everything has to fit in with this branding that we’re doing; the hotel, everything. I love the location of the Pine Cone but it all needs to be revamped. It needs a more modern look to it just so that people get the idea of what Chetwynd is when you’re coming in. We want it to be a good focal point; we want it to have that pleasing look on the eye, which is what we did [in Smithers]. We are definitely looking at the possibility of making this a big thing, continuing to grow and build.”


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Northeast women twice as likely to make the cut

Alaska Highway News –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Women in the Peace Region are twice as likely to undergo one type of major surgery than those who live further south. Hysterectomies, a procedure that is usually recommended as a last resort to treat medical issues such as cancer or chronic pain, are more common in northeastern British Columbia, according to the 2012 Health Indicators report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information in partnership with Statistics Canada. "In rural and remote

areas, sometimes it's hard to access health care," said Lois Lochhead, a doctoral student at the UBC faculty of medical and rehabilitation sciences. With 334 women out of 1,000 in the Peace Region undergoing the procedure, the likelihood of a woman getting the surgery is more than twice the rate in the Lower Mainland. In Vancouver only 152 women out of 1,000 require hysterectomies. The reason is what women in the northeastern part of the province choose to undergo this major surgery is to avoid repeated trips to the doctor, according to

Lochhead. "I think what happens is people tend to want to deal with the problem (only) once," she said. "It might be if you're living in Chetwynd and you to go to Fort St. John to get it looked after, you don't want to do that very often.

It could be just a more of a kind of 'getter done' mindset but that's certainly something we've asking participants -to explain why they choose hysterectomy over other methods." Women in the North are also more likely to get the surgery through the

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before and after look at women who have abdominal hysterectomies in the North. "One of the things Lila is doing is interviewing people about how they feel in their body after they've had a hysterectomy," said Lochhead. Because hysterectomies are considered a major surgery, one of the goals is to explain to women the changes that they can expect to see after having the procedure done. The study will also assess whether rehabilitation should be recommended after recovery. "All studies take place in large metropolitan areas," said Lochhead. "I'm a northern girl so I really wanted to do it up here where I had been practicing."

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CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– VICTORIA -Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month provides a great opportunity for British Columbians to learn more about preventing, treating and beating the third most-common cancer in Canada. "If detected early, colorectal cancer can be cured and it's important for all of us to learn about the importance of screening as well as common risk factors and symptoms," said Minister of Health Margaret MacDiarmid. "We are proud to be launching a co-ordinated provincewide colorectal cancer screening program

which begins on April 1, 2013. This program will assist in prevention and will help save lives." B.C.'s new provincewide colorectal cancer screening program will take effect on April 1, 2013 with the introduction of the publicly funded fecal immunochemical test (FIT). The other aspects of the colorectal cancer screening program will be phased in starting with Vancouver Island Health Authority in April 2013, and the remaining four health authorities coming on board over the spring and summer of 2013. "B.C. is a world leader in cancer control," said Dr.

Max Coppes, president of the BC Cancer Agency. "Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month is a good lead in to the start of our new screening program. The combination of increased awareness about risk factors and a comprehensive screening program will help to save many more British Columbians from colorectal cancer each year." The colorectal screening program will be primarycare-based, with general practitioners referring symptomless patients between the ages of 50 and 74 years for a screening test once every two years. Individuals with a significant family history of

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will encourage people right across the country to talk about colorectal cancer, sharing their experiences and raise awareness of the importance of timely screening. We also know that healthy lifestyles including a healthy diet and exercise are very important factors in reducing the risk of getting the disease. Primary prevention and screening are a winning combination in preventing this disease and used together they will save lives." Often, colorectal cancer has no symptoms, but warning signs include blood in the stool, abdominal pain, weight loss, nau-

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t’s time to tell you another story of water, soil, sealing wax, cabbages, kings, oil, chemicals, and other stuff. You will remember that about one year ago you were reading about how the water and sewer systems operated and some of the challenges the operators faced every day. A year ago the District was planning for some major servicing of the sewer system and funds were allocated to the project. Engineering reports indicated that spring 2013

would be the target date for completing the major renovation work. It is more than water that ends, or should end, in the sewer lagoons. Though mostly water, over the years tons of solids have settled to the bottom of the ponds. Slowly the ponds have accumulated a build-up of sludge with a progressive reduction in the efficiency of the purification of the sewage. District staff have been watching the ponds closely and monitoring the flows. Hence, the allocation of funds to restore the ponds to their pristine condition. It is unfortunate that our sewer lagoons have been abused over time by having to accept materials that should never be sent

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down a sewer. Everything not water that goes down the drain becomes part of the accretion of sludge but it also does a number on the working bacteria. In fact, some of the toxic effluent surreptitiously dumped into the system has rendered the bacteria less than fully effective. Some of these sludge-eat-

ing bacteria have died and this condition shows up in the regular testing of the end product. New regulations and new standards of control are being legislated as you read this column. The District is in full agreement with the higher standards for discharge into our beautiful Pine River.

The result, of course, is that higher standards will have to be imposed on the front-end users of the system. We do not think that there will be changes in what is officially allowed into the system because these toxic substances have never been allowed, but there could very well be changes in how compliance to new and existing rules is monitored and how these rules are enforced. The Ministry of Environment is fully aware of the situation with the Chetwynd sewer and is following the District’s efforts to bring the discharge from the lagoons into compliance with regulations. What can you do to assist in reducing the level of toxins and increas-

ing the level of oxygen in the effluent flowing into the river? The answer is almost obvious: Use the sewer for its intended purpose and take your used oil and other toxins to the recycle depot and dispose of them in approved ways. I know that the huge majority of users do exactly that. I am appealing to the minority who think that the easy way out is the best way to go. It isn’t. All of us share responsibility to each and each to all in what we call community. Let’s be fully responsible.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – The Federal Court handed down a decision March 1 that will lead to the judicial review of HD Mining International’s Labour Market Opinions under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that allowed the company to bring 200 miners from China to BC to work at the Murray River Coalmine near Tumbler Ridge. The judicial review is scheduled for April 9-11 and would be the first ever review of the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) process, the unions say. The two BC Building Trades unions – the

International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 115 and the Construction and Specialized Workers Union (CSWU), Local 1611 – are calling it a “significant victory” because the decision triggers a major disclosure of documents to the unions that were used by the federal government to determine that HD Mining was unable to find Canadian Workers to fill the jobs. Both the IUOE and the CSWU have consistently claimed that HD did not do its best to recruit and hire Canadian workers before applying for Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) with Human Resource and Skills

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“We are confident that the government officials did nothing wrong in issuing these authorizations, and we believe the federal court will ultimately reject the unions’ claims.”

On Feb. 7, HD Mining put forward, in an open letter to the unions, a proposal to try and bring an end to the litigation. However, the unions say that instead of offering a true option for dialogue, they saw it as a proposal for them to “turn a blind eye to this entire process so far which sort of missed the entire point of all of this application,” said Brian Cochrane, Business Manager for the IUOE. Nonetheless, Yan said that, “HD Mining remains willing to pursue that proposal, even while we continue to fight this litigation with full vigor.” Both HD and the BC

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MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The District of Chetwynd Council awarded the Chetwynd Communications Society with a certificate of recognition during Monday’s regular council meeting. “On behalf of the Chetwynd Council we are passing on to the Chetwynd Communications Society sincere congratulations on the efforts that have been put into the Society over the years to bring it to the position in which we now enjoy it and the services it provides to Chetwynd,” Mayor Nichols said. The local channel recently announced that it is now broadcasting nationally on Bell TV Canada. “On behalf of the Society I would like to thank Council for all the years of support and the continued support which we know we’ll be getting,” said Charlie Lasser, Chair of the Communications Society. The Society announced that it is applying to the Canadian Radio-television and Tele-communications Commission for the renewal of a licence to broadcast on BY

cable and satellite. The CRTC application is on their website, available at: http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/archive/2013/2013 -19.htm. Chet-TV would appreciate the community’s support in the renewal of their licence. Comments can be sent to the CRTC using the link above, following the intervention procedures mentioned in the Notice. In receiving the award from Council, Lasser shared a brief story about how the Society began. “We had to come up with $40,000. So, what we did, Canfor said they’ll put up $10,000. I phoned down to Vancouver to West Coast Transmission and they didn’t want to put any money in. So I said, your plant has just announced that it’s opening [in Chetwynd] and if there is ever a gas leak it could be a disaster. Now if that happens and you guys don’t want to contribute, you’re going to be sorry. He said that sounds like Blackmail and I said it sure as hell is. Two days later I got a phone call, he said the cheque will be arriving any day. And the rest is history.”

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sary based on evidence they produced that many qualified Canadians, some with years of experience in coal mining, were rejected by HD Mining for jobs at the Murray River Coal project. “We have repeatedly said for years that the Temporary Foreign Worker program is deeply flawed,” Cochrane wrote, “the court hearings to date have shown that to be true and now we will see even more evidence disclosed about the HD Mining application prior to the judicial review.” The unions’ legal counsel, Charles Gordon, said following the release of the decision that, “this

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Models from local clothing stores Grindz N Bindz and Mirror Mirror hosted a fashion show during Civic Night Thursday displaying some of the upcoming season’s hottest threads. Photos by Naomi Larsen

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Celebrate the launch of 4G LTE with an additional $50 trade-in credit.

Our fastest network service* is now in Chetwynd. To celebrate, trade in your old phone and get an additional $50 in-store credit on top of your phone’s regular trade-in value to use towards any new smartphone.† ™

Samsung Galaxy S III™

Visit a participating TELUS store for details. For more details, visit your TELUS store or authorized dealer or call 1-866-264-2966.

TELUS AUTHORIZED DEALERS Chetwynd 4837 51 St

Dawson Creek 1025 102 Ave

741 Hwy 2 948 100 Ave

*4G LTE is available in select Canadian cities. Visit telusmobility.com/coverage. †Offer valid until April 1, 2013, at participating trade-in locations. Limit of one trade-in per customer. See telusmobility.com/tradein for full details. TELUS, the TELUS logo and telusmobility.com are trademarks of TELUS Corporation, used under licence. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2013 TELUS.

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Chetwynd Echo March 8 2013