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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– LONE PRAIRIE – A proposal for five wind turbines along the ridge of Sandy Hill in Lone Prairie is meeting some opposition. A not-so-public meeting regarding the proposed 15-megawatt wind farm was held by Aeolis Wind Energy last Thursday at the Chetwynd Secondary School library. Neil Davies, a Lone Prairie resident who was at the meeting said he was on one of about 25 people who attended and in a letter to the editor (see page 5) he says it’s not a matter of “not in my backyard” – it’s a matter of not in his front yard. “The problem we’re having with this proposed development is that it will be in our front yard, right



in our faces,” he said. “Everyday we will have to look at those rotors turn while the owners, who all live somewhere else are getting rich. Somehow that doesn’t seem fair to this country boy.” He also mentions concerns surrounding a decline in property values and simple vision pollution. About six years ago, Finavera Wind attempted to construct a wind park in Lone Prairie along Wartenbe Ridge and came up against strong opposition – mostly due to lack of consultation with landowners. Eventually, they pulled out of the proposal and the project was scrapped. Juergen Puetter, President of Aeolis Wind

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District hosting special Anyone could come to meeting: Puetter meeting Monday

LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Following last week’s comment of coal trucks being a constant ‘eyesore’ in town from the last council meeting, the District of Chetwynd’s Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming met with the Maple Leaf coal truck company to strategize ways of minimizing the coal truck’s community footprint. “We had a very positive meeting with them,” he said. Fleming said they discussed the parking locations, the speed at which they are driven through town and

according to Fleming the meeting went very well. “It looks like there’s no trucks out there at all today,” he said Tuesday. “They’ve actually found another location to park the trucks out of town. They’ve made some commitments to sort of clean up the area and what not.” On Monday April 30, a special council meeting will be held at 4:30 pm in the council room at the District Office and the public is welcome to attend. The initial purpose of the meeting is to provide additional readings to the financial bylaw regarding tax rates. However, now on the agenda is a letter sent from Maple Leaf Trucking.

Submitted –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Fire Department responded to a call at about 8 am Wednesday from two residents, who reported an explosion and fire in a hydro pole near the westbound "Welcome to Chetwynd sign" on Highway 97. The Chetwynd Fire Department along with local RCMP members and BC Hydro

attended the scene. The fire on the pole had gone out and BC Hydro crews attended to repair the site. Power outages were extensive west of Chetwynd. Residents are reminded to stay clear of any hydro pole fire or downed power lines since a person can be fatally injured in seconds by attending close to such a scene. The RCMP and BC Hydro attended immediately to ensure a safe environment at the incident.


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said Monday the project is still in the “very, very early stages – far from anything going up anywhere.” The meeting, Puetter said, was simply an informal get-together to get feedback from Lone Prairie residents and they did put a poster on a bulletin board in town. “Anyone could come,” Puetter said. “It wasn’t a closed meeting.” Puetter said now that they have collected some feedback, they will take those comments and “do some thinking and see if it’s something we want to pursue or not. We haven’t made any decisions yet … this is a very preliminary sort of fact finding mission.” When asked why the media wasn’t notified about the meeting, Puetter said they “didn’t want to make a big public thing

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about it.” He added should they decide to take the project further, public meetings would be on the agenda. Puetter said his company was one of the developers on the Bear Mountain Wind Project and at the time during their Environment Assessment Process several Lone Prairie residents made their views known then. “And we got to know some of them, “ he said. “This was sort of internal

due diligence to decide if we even want to do this project or not. It would premature to talk to media about it. No point making a lot of noise about something if it isn’t going to go anywhere…and I didn’t think anyone from Chetwynd would want to come at this stage because it’s way too early.” Should the project go ahead, the nearest property would be two kilometers away “as the crow flies”.

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ow that the government has ruled that students throughout BC will now be coming home with report cards by this week’s end - in response, 73 per cent or 21,625 teachers out of 41,000 (according to their numbers - I’ll get to that later) of teachers across the province voted to withdraw participation in extracurricular activities. This is never going to end. It’s like watching two preteen girls - the BCTF as one and the government as the other - fight over a poster of Justin Bieber.

In a story in the Comox smallest violin. Here’s a Echo this week, Comox thought, if teachers had District Teachers' actually kept track of Association president marks and not used your Steve Stanley students as said that pawns in this teachers are ridiculous The BCTF has fight, "frustrated" it about the made it very clear wouldn’t be decision, an issue now that teachers would it? adding that finding the The BCTF who continue time to write seems their volunteer think that toa the report cards this work...could be 73 per cent is week will be a good sign fired.. a challenge. of support. He estimates However that preparthat leaves ing each one can one quarter of take between 30 and 60 teachers who didn’t minutes, meaning that believe in their unions’ teachers must find an stance. And what about additional 12 hours this those teachers that didn’t week to make Friday's vote at all? It makes me deadline. wonder how many of Wait…hear that? That is those teachers who did the sound of the world’s cast a ballot did so because

they actually believe what they’re doing is right. How many of those 73 per cent were either forced to vote that way via intimidation by their union or peer pressured by colleagues? The BCTF has made it very clear that teachers who continue their volunteer work in defiance of their union could face stiff penalties – including the withdrawal of their union membership which is needed for them to teach. So in essence, they could be fired. There is something very wrong with an organization that can dictate to its members what they can do on their own free time. (Stalin must be laughing in his grave.) And there is something wrong with the members if they accept this.

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Is the damage worth the gain

To the Editor, On Thursday, April 19, I attended a meeting in Chetwynd put on by Aeolis, the wind generating company. They are proposing to erect a wind farm a few kilometers from my home, basically in my front yard. It is to be located on Sandy Hill on the south side of Lone Prairie. Our home is on the north side, facing in that direction. Twelve years ago my daughter and her husband built their home directly facing Sandy Hill. It's a gorgeous view and they enjoy it everyday. My inlaws also have their front windows facing Sandy

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Hill. Neighbor after neighbor all the way down the road have their front windows facing in that direction. Now, it appears that we will be looking at towers and blades that reach 450 feet into the sky. These towers are huge and they're not very far away. To make matters worse, for aviation safety reasons, towers that size must have lights on them. Those of us who like sitting out and enjoying the evening sky will no longer be able to do so. Our daily enjoyment of the scenery and the hills will never be the same. More importantly, there are a considerable number of environmental issues involved in building this wind farm. In order to get blades that are 160 feet long up to the site, a major road has to be built. This is pristine wilderness, bordering the Gwillim Lake Provincial Park and now full vehicle access will be

available. Even if Aeolis put a gate on the road, quads and skidoos will just go around. Sandy Hill will become a "destination" and the pristine nature of the area will disappear. I don't know the exact boundaries, but a local outfitter has a hunting concession in the area. We are talking about somebody's livelihood. Right now it's only accessible by foot or on horse back, but with a road through it, the game will be gone. Will Aeolis compensate the concession holder for loss of income? There is a ranch for sale down the road from us. The asking price is just over $600,000 but they'll have to reduce their price if a wind farm goes up outside their front windows. Is Aeolis going to compensate them for what could easily be a $150,000 hit? The amount of money they stand to make is astounding. The fellow who led the meeting said

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It seems to me that the BCTF is no longer a professional organization and has become the garden variety group of civil servants who care only about their personal interests and to heck with the students. I guess in the end the BCTF was right: it is all about the students. It’s about leav-

that they'll be getting 10.2 cents per kilowatt hour from BC Hydro. He also said that wind studies show that they could expect the wind farm to produce power over the course of a year at about 50% of maximum output. Apparently, this is a very good percentage. Why don't we all do some math? This is a 15 megawatt project. At 50% that would be 7.5 megawatts every hour, every day. In kilowatt hours that's 7500 and at 10.2 cents each that's just over $750 per hour. Multiply that by 24 hours and it totals $18,000 per day. Multiply by 365 days in a year and the total is $6,570,000 per year. The total cost of the project is $35 million and it will be amortized over 30 or 40 years. This means that from the $6.5 million received every year, about half will go to operating the system and to servicing



the debt, and the other half will go into their pockets. Aeolis is a privately owned company. As things stand, if you have kids in elementary school by the time they graduate the owners of this company will all be millionaires. They are using environmental issues, coupled with science and human ingenuity, to reap a fortune for themselves. This is human greed at its finest! Of course, Aeolis would prefer to call it an excellent business opportunity and they can say that if they like. No matter how they phrase it, some decent people are going to suffer, and the environment is going to be damaged. I am not a "nimby". The letter "b" in nimby stands for backyard. The problem we're having with this proposed development is that it will be in our front yard, right in our faces. Everyday we will have to

look at those rotors turn, while the owners, who all live somewhere else, are getting rich. Somehow that doesn't seem fair to this country boy. The real question that has to be answered has nothing to do with our view of the valley being spoiled or some smart people making money. The important questions are related to how much damage will be done to the environment. This has to be weighed against the value of 7.5 megawatts of power. This installation is one seventh the size of Bear Mountain outside of Dawson, which means it’s pretty small as far as wind farms go. Despite its small size, a huge area of wilderness has to be spoiled in order to construct it. Is the damage worth the gain? That question has to be answered. Neil Davies Lone Prairie

ing students out in the cold and screwing them over any way they can. It’s about holding them hostage until they get what they want. It’s ironic to me that a group that works with children can be so childish. (As a sidenote: If 21,625 of 41,000 voted in favour, how is that 73 per cent? That works out to 53 per cent by my calculations...Bueller? Bueller?)

You can email us at; mail to Box 750 Chetwynd B.C. V0C 1J0 or drop of your letter at 5016 50 Avenue. All letters submitted must be signed with a return address and daytime telephone number so we can confirm that it came from you. The Echo reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, legality, length and to refuse publication of any submitted material. We may also choose to use a letter as the basis for a story. So, be sure to keep your letters brief and to the point. Letters originating from the Peace region get priority. We encourage new contributors as we attempt to publish a cross-section of public opinion. - Naomi Larsen, Editor


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Hope we can get together to make it better

To the Editor, Tiffany Ann Siteman, had some valid points in her published letter April 20th. I’m sure my letter will not be the only reply this paper receives on this subject. Tiffany, your father in-law is definitely doing a service to the industries in Chetwynd by transporting coal from A to B. He is doing nothing wrong. He is contributing greatly to the revenues of an industry making huge profits from a resource near Chetwynd. But I must add that this new resource based industry is not the backbone of Chetwynd and is not the only game in town. This new boy in town needs to act like a citizen of the community and give it and its citizens some respect.

Long before many residents of Chetwynd, including myself, came here the town was well known as a mill town with the West Fraser Mill, the Canfor Mill and the Tembec Pulp Mill. Coal mining was limited to Tumbler Ridge. We now have the same three mills, natural gas exploration and production, wind turbine projects, coal mines and, hopefully, a green hydro dam on the Peace River. Chetwynd has come a long way since its humble beginnings but no one industry should lay claim to Chetwynd’s existence as a community today. As for the garbage and litter left by those who don’t care about this community. It has been my pleasant experience to get my butt out for

one, springtime, Saturday morning, along with friends, and go clean up after thoughtless people. All you need to do is go to the community office let them know you and a few friends are willing to help clean up our town. You will be given a date to go, an area to clean, bags to fill, and money for each full bag which can be donated to a worthy cause in Chetwynd. I believe this is being a community when we work together. So Tiffany, I hope we can get together soon and work to make our community a little better than it was the day before.


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Thanks for thoughts

To the Editor: Thank you, Vic and Tiffany, your concerns for the appearance of our home town warm my heart and I hope you have inspired others to take a serious interest in making and keeping our town clean and beautiful. So, here`s a reminder for all of us others: winter is a good time for litter to be buried in the snow and forgotten but don’t forget about pitch-in week that is happening soon – and by that time most of the litter accumulated during the season of snow should be exposed for eager hands to pick it up. Maybe we`ll see you out in the ditches and boulevards making a different kind of difference. As for the coal dust seeping into town, all good things seem to take time, and I think progress is already happening. Thanks again for your thoughts.

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There’s a new kid in town:

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – New kid on the RCMP force, Constable Marc Francois Tremblay, 25 may look young, but his methods are nothing to toy with. Born and raised in Montreal, QB, Tremblay moved to Chetwynd after graduating depot in Saskatchewan this past February. Work terms after depot are chosen for the officer, but Cst. Tremblay says he wanted to end up in BC. For the next four years, Tremblay will call Chetwynd home. And after studying at St. Thomas University, NB, he says the small town life doesn’t throw him. He is excited to explore Chetwynd this summer, saying its not too small town for him. “Chetwynd’s small but honestly its not as small as everyone told me. When I think small town, I think one road, a grocery store, a liquor store.” By Tremblay’s definition, Chetwynd is twice as large as the average small town. Tremblay said he has wanted to be a police offi-


RCMP welcomes new member path and got the ball rolling for him. He initially considered joining the police force in Quebec, but decided the RCMP provided more opportunities. “RCMP gave me the opportunity to travel and see new places.” While he is unsure what area he will choose to specialize in, he is already seeing an interest in investigating drug cases. For now, he says he will continue to try all areas of the job before choosing a specialization or location. “I’m not very picky. I could work rural or I could work city.” As for how he likes working with his new RCMP family, he jokes

Cst. Tremblay arrived in Chetwynd in February. cer for as long as he can remember. “I’ve always wanted to be a cop since I was a little kid I guess. I just kind of followed through with the dream. I just like helping


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people. It sounds cliché but its true.” Although none of his family members served on the force, his close friend’s dad was an RCMP officer and influenced Tremblay’s

Charges pending against minor driver

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – On Thursday April 19th, at about 8:30pm a young male was arrested for a driving infraction. The pick up truck was stopped and searched by Cst. Tremblay, Cst. Viel and Cst. Spears outside the Chetwynd Recreation Centre. The minor was alone and his charges have been forwarded but are pending, according to Cst. Willimott.

while another officer is within earshot that some of them are sketchy, but his mischievous grin gives him away. “No, seriously the whole group has been outstanding. They’re a great bunch to work with. I’ve been made to feel very welcome here since I’ve been here.” Tremblay recalls his first Chetwynd memory when he was picked up at the Fort St. John Airport. “On the way from the airport from Fort St. John, Cst. Kiel was driving. He’s my trainer and I really realized how far up north I was coming in when I saw the northern lights. That was the big thing for me.”

His girlfriend also moved to Chetwynd and is slowly getting accustomed to leaving Kamloops behind. She teaches at the high school. “She’s kind of here for me so I think she finds it a little tougher.” As an avid fisher and quader, Tremblay is excited for summer recreation. “Its what you make of it. I think Chetwynd’s going to be a lot of fun in the summer time.” Along with fishing and four wheeling, Tremblay says he will likely take up hunting in no time. The Chetwynd RCMP is now awaiting for the arrival of their new staff sargeant.

Municipal Population census

The District of Chetwynd is conducting their own Municipal Population Census to determine our correct population.

With the increased development we need to determine our needs to properly serve our community.

Representatives will be delivering the population census starting Monday, April 23, 2012. Please take the time to fill out this important information, your participation will help determine correct data, so we can properly assess our growth, infrastructure and service needs in our community.

The representatives will be by to conduct the census or if we have missed you then the form can be returned to the District of Chetwynd Office at 5400 North Access Road Monday/Friday 8-4:30pm, there is also a 24 hour drop off slot located in front of the District building .

If you have any questions contact the Economic Development Office at 250-401-4113. Thank you for your participation.

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Electric Eels burn it up in Prince George

Submitted –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Thirteen swimmers represented the Southern Peace Region the second week of April in Prince George. Eight other teams were in attendance from within the northern and central region of B.C. The Eels ended up fifth overall in team total points and some impressive swims and relay efforts. Kennedy Peats made her first Swim B.C “AA” qualifying time in the 50m freestyle, making her eligible to compete at the Swim B.C “AA” provincial this June in Victoria. Andraya Gayse also made her first Swim B.C “A” qualifying time in the 50m freestyle. Dylan Joyce just missed his Swim B.C “AA” time by a tenth of a second also in the 50m freestyle. Jorden Rowsell started off the meet with an impressive 50 second drop in his 200m freestyle and continued to establish personal best times for the other six events he swam in.

Seth Joyce competed in his first 200m freestyle and 50m butterfly and was part of the boys 11-12yr old relay team that broke both of their team records in the 4*50 free and Individual relay. Ryley MacFarlane broke six club records in his last meet as a 10yr old in the 50m/200m freestyle; 50m/100m backstroke; 50m butterfly and 100m breaststroke. Brittany Welsh earned a third place aggregate award in the 11-12 age group, and also set a club record in the 400 I.M. Welsh was also part of the girls 11-12 relay team that set a new record in the 4*50 medley relay joined by Peats; Presley Steen and Gayse. Kierra Hallaert; Kellee Lekavy; Welsh and Steen broke the 15 and over club record in the 4*50m free relay. Ryley MacFarlane was chosen as the swimmer of the meet by his peers and will receive a $25 dollar gift certificate from Lonestar Sporting Goods for his achievement. “Overall the team had 75 per cent perPlease see "TEAM," page 9

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High School Rodeo results

A bullrider bites the dust Sunday. Submitted –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The BC High School Rodeo was held April 21/22 at the Pine Valley Exhibition Centre. Here are the weekend’s results. JUNIOR RODEO Barrels Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 3rd, Lannae Boyd 5th Sunday Kelsey Drinkall 2nd, Lannae Boyd 8th Poles Saturday Lannae Boyd 3rd Sunday Lannae Boyd 1st

Girls Breakaway Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 1st Sunday Kelsey Drinkall 1st Ribbon Roping Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 1st Goat Tying Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 2nd Sunday Kelsey Drinkall 1st All Around Saturday Kelsey Drinkall SENIOR RODEO Barrels Saturday Kayce Fowler

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9th Sunday Kayce Fowler 10th Poles Saturday Mikayla Doucet 9th Sunday Kayce Fowler 5th, Alex Milner 7th, Rylee Trenholm 10th Goat Tying Saturday Rylee Trenholm 4th Sunday Kayce Fowler 3rd, Rylee Trenholm 4th Team Roping Saturday Ty Drinkall 1st Sunday Ty Drinkall 1st

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sonal best times, this lower than normal results may be due to the fact that the Eels have had to cut their training in half with the closure of the local pool till July,” Eels coach Jason Brock said. “New talent is built and maintained by repetition and hours invested in execut-

ing a set; drill; stroke; start; flip-turn until it becomes a natural part of your subconscious memory bank. However the eels have taken to running to help maintain aerobic endurance and time spent in the Dawson pool will hopefully electrify through on the last meet of the regular season this week in Grande Prairie.”



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Liquor and a show: coming to select theatres near you

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – When owner of Chetwynd’s Red Rock Cinema Glenda and Henry Garbanewski heard that movie theatres were eligible for liquor licenses, they wanted to

learn more about the particulars. “Sounds like a good idea and a good way to make ends meet,” said Glenda Garbanewski. Minister Rich Coleman announced on April 11, 2012 that movie theatres and live-event theatres in B.C. could now apply for

a license to serve alcohol during the screening of a film. “These changes strike an appropriate balance between allowing liquor service at theatres and limiting minors’ access to alcohol,” said Coleman. Garbanewski thought this could provide anoth-

Have a Read

Published in 2004 and with help from Larry Sloman, Scar Tissue is a gritty and authentic autobiography about Anthony Kiedis, front man for Red Hot Chili Peppers. After eight years of shelf life the book has hit New York Times bestseller list and sold millions of copies. Some critics have been less than impressed, but who can argue the redemption of rock? The autobiography provides raw insight into Kiedisʼ far from conventional upbringing, with a distant dad introducing him to drugs at a young age and running with Mexican gangbangers. The pages are lined with wild tales and yet his honesty and insight in those moments speaks louder than his craziest tales. Around the time he contracted Hep C from unclean injections, he journeyed to a spiritual, vitamin-juicing, wild-salmon eating lifestyle but in no-way disowned his earlier years said Kiedis.

Have a Look

A young sophomore escapes the bible belt of Texas with a serious identity crisis. Ready to shed his plastic bubble, he looks for what he claims to be the most anti-religious college in the Pacific Northwest and heads straight for it. Based on a true story about best selling author Donald Miller, whose self-deprecating style mimics a tamer David Sedaris, Blue Like Jazz tells the story of a young manʼs journey to getting comfortable in his own skin. Without attempting to push one specific point across, director Steve Taylor succeeds in what is often assumed a simple art -story telling. Prior to Blue Like Jazz, Taylor was an associate produce for the documentary Kabul 24. Released in 2009, Kabul 24 follows the Taliban capturing Shelter Now International Aid hostages for 105 days in 2001. Leading man Marshall Allman, 27 years played in Hostage with Bruce Willis and several TV series: Greys Anatomy, Prison Break, True Blood, CSI, Law & Order, to name a few. He is currently involved in a TV gun-slinging drama called Justified.

er way to pay bills, but was unsure of the restrictions. The government issued a release on April 11 approving alcohol for single-screen theatres in any theatre lobby and adult-only shows. “18A means accompanied with an adult on the side,” said Garbanewski, adding it may be difficult to patrol minors since they are allowed to view adult movies if accompanied by an adult. While Garbanewski’s not opposed, she’ll have to do further research on how to integrate such rules into a one-room theatre without excluding a large portion of the population for being underage. “We’re also on our own here.” Red Rock Cinema lacks the support and knowledge sharing then larger chains such as Cineplex or Famous Players, said Garbanewski. When Henry ran the

Red Rock Cinema owners Glenda and Henry Garbanewski aren’t opposed to the idea of licensing at the theatre. Photo by Liz Brown

cinema in Dawson Creek, they allowed alcohol for private clubs. While it may take a while to take shape, she will look into it. Until then, the Garbanewski’s will wait and see how the rest of the province takes to it. In the lower mainland, the new liquor license has had a positive reaction from theatre owners and associations. “We applaud the B.C. government’s decision to modernize the liquor

laws allowing cinema owners the opportunity to provide their adult customers an enhanced concessions offering,” Nuria Bronfman said, executive director of the Motion Picture Theatre Association of Canada. For now, Garbanewski says it will take some time to better understand how to infiltrate the new law in Chetwynd, but she and Henry are certainly not opposed to another sales venture.

Have a Listen

Alabama Shakes was formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009 when high school students Zac Cockerell (bassist) and Brittany Howard (lead singer) met during their psychology class. Their new song Hold On topped best singles lists at Kink Radio and other charts across North America. With the release of their new album Boys and Girls on March 2012, the soulful, classic blues-rock has refreshing vintage sound. While theyʼve received criticism for rocking out as a typical hipster, their appreciation for classic, blues roots rock goes a long way. But its safe to say, this group has caught the fame train, appearing first on Conan on February 7, 2012 and on The Late Show with David Letterman for his birthday April 12, 2012. Lead vocalist and guitarist Brittany Howardʼs voice blends Betty La Vette with Adele.

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CSS Grads host Childsplay concert fundraiser

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Secondary School Class of 2012 hosted a Childsplay concert last week raising approximately $1,100 toward their upcoming graduation celebrations June 16. Childsplay is a punk band hailing from Vancouver, BC. The trio of Jaden, William and Levin recently released an official music video and are influenced by bands like Bad Religion and the Ramones. They have two CDs on shelves now and have performed with Sloan. They were also chosen as H.E.A.R’s artist of the month - putting them on the list with Metallica, Pete Townsend and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. “This young band plays with the authority of players twice their age and experience. Their sound is raw and authentic. No artifice here - these guys know and love this genre of music and it shows!" Lee Aaron / Singer / Songwriter / Performer said on her blog. Opening for Childsplay was a local CSS band Atrium with Connor Pohl as lead, Matt Stanyer on guitar and Michael Pohl on drums.

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Free English Practice Mondays 9:30 am at Northern Lights College and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library Call 250-788-2559 Chetwynd Breastfeeding Support Network meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m at the Chetwynd Public Library. Little Giant Air Cadets Mondays at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Ages 12-18. Come on out!

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Pine Valley Seniors Centre Call 250-788-9563

Pine Valley Seniors Hall weekly activities including Cribbage, Whist, Bingo and Carpet Bowling. Call Anita at 788-5838 for more info.

Chetwynd Society for Community Living Board Meeting. First Wednesday of each month. FREE drop in curling - Wednesday's at 7:00 pm - Clean inside running shoes

needed, but all other equipment is provided. Youth Group for ages 13-18. Mondays 7 pm - 8pm. Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Call 250-401-7201 Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 12 - 2. Weekly Group Sessions Wednesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici. Kids New to You sale April 28 Book your table soon! Contact Natalie at 788-1770

LOCAL SPOTLIGHT Pancake Breakfast April 22 9am -12 pm Royal Canadian Legion Hall

Wheels to Meals May 6 2012 Seniors Hall 6 pm

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Young at Heart, Monday April 30 1 pm at the Chetwynd Library free coffee and dessert.

Spring Stomp May 12 at the Royal Canadian Legion. Music by Dark Horse. 9 pm. Tickets available at Rein n’ Tack, Lone Star sports and the Chetwynd Vet Clinic.

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Zoe and her dad Trent.

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Surviving Cancer:

A young girl’s fight with ovarian cancer

Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– For the last month, the Tumbler Ridge News has been doing a feature called Surviving Cancer in effort to raise awareness about cancer in the community. In the final installment, Tumbler Ridge News Editor tells his personal experience dealing with cancer. Trent did not have cancer himself, but his then-six-year-old daughter did. This is his account of the experience.

TUMBLER RIDGE – It was a fall that started it. It was a fall, they say, that might have saved her. It was March 16, 2010. And Zoe came into the house, crying. She had slipped and fell on the ice, and her side hurt. Considering that this was not the first time she

had fallen and hurt herself, it seemed an unremarkable event. But the tears lasted far longer than normal, so we brought her into the clinic, worried that she might have broken something. The prognosis? Nothing broken, but expect a bruise. But after a very rough night, no bruise had formed by Wednesday. And she was getting worse. She was throwing up, and could not eat. Any time she was given pain medication, she threw it back up. By Thursday, it was clear that something was wrong, and this wasn’t just a symptom of the fall. There was still no bruise, though there was swelling around the area. “I phoned the nurse that day and

mentioned my concerns,” says Colette, Zoe’s mom. “She suggested not waiting until the weekend but coming in to emergency again.” On Friday, Zoe went into the hospital for a variety of tests. Maybe it was a bladder infection? The urine test was inconclusive. However, her white blood count was 15 (normal is 10) and she was sent to Dawson Creek for an ultrasound. She was admitted into the Dawson Creek hospital later on Friday. When the untrasound came back it showed that her bowels were blocked. Possibly that was the issue? There was also some fluid in her abdominal cavity that shouldn’t be there, but we ended Friday thinking that maybe it was just a bad

case of constipation. Says Colette: “We remained in the hospital overnight and they administered some medication to help Zoe poop. The next day more tests were run and Zoe’s blood came back worse. So they thought it was appendicitis.” She was scheduled for surgery later on Saturday to remove her appendix, but when they went in, they discovered that was not the problem. “They looked further and discovered her ovary was enlarged, twisted and showing signs of gangrene,” says Colette. At the time, we were told that it looked like somehow, the blood vessels had become twisted about her ovary, and basically choked it to death. However, the ovary was sent out for a biopsy. Zoe spent the night in the hospital and then went home for a week of bed rest. On Tuesday April 12th. We received a call from the doctor’s office. What we

thought might have been a cyst turned out to be a tumor. We went to meet the Doctor in Dawson to discuss what kind of treatment might be needed. It was a germ-cell tumor called Dysgerminoma, which, they told us was fairly mild and very treatable. While the cancer itself was considered fairly mild, they were concerned because the tumour was not contained. While the surgeon who removed the tumor did a good job cleaning the area, they said, they couldn’t be sure that it was entirely contained, as the cancer had reached the wall of the ovary. “The tumour twisted in her body, causing pain and fluid in body cavity,” says Colette. “The fluid in the cavity is normally tested. According to a doctor friend they wash around the tumour before removing it and remove the fluid first to determine if any cells that are cancerous are present. However, because the doctor doing the operation was not an oncologist, nor was there



one present to be called, this was not done.” Zoe was referred on to Dr. Paul Rogers at the BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver. And by April 28, was down in Vancouver for a complete work-up. Her HCG Marker came back clear. “Normal HCG Markers is under five,” says Colette. “Zoe’s was 1.2.” The ultrasound came back clear, with no further fluid build-up. However, there were some dots on Zoe’s lungs that the doctors were concerned about. At the time, we were given a difficult choice. “There is about a 20 per cernt chance that the cancer might come back,” said Dr. Rogers. “If it does come back, it will come back either in the lymph nodes, lungs or in the body cavity. There is also a chance that the other ovary already holds a germ cell that is mutated and has not yet started growing into cancer.” However, if that were Please see "FROM," page 3


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Chetwynd Society for Community Living

Annual General Meeting May 2, 2012 7:00 P.M.

Our new office is located at 4695 Airport Road, the “Rotary Building”

NOTICE OF EXCLUSION APPLICATION REGARDING LAND IN THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE I, Shirley Anne Nahulak & Russell Dee Walter, of PO BOX 748, Chetwynd, BC, intend on making an application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Land Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as, DISTRICT LOT 839 PEACE RIVER DISTRICT, EXCEPT PLAN 30580, and located at 839Ͳ3018 Highway 97 South Chetwynd, BC. Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to the Peace River Regional District, Box 810, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8, by May 11, 2012. 4-20/27

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the case, then any treatments given now would not target those cells, and there was a chance that we would have to do chemo again. “The cancer is very responsive to chemo and even if it comes back it can be treated and is curable,” said Dr. Rogers. “Over 90 per cent of patients never have a relapse. If it creates another lump then she may need another surgery.” Our other option was to do Chemo. If we went that route, there was only a five per cent chance that the cancer would come back, which was better odds that 20 per cent without chemo. However, that would involve taking a chemical cocktail of what is basically poison. Says Colette: “The Chemo treatment would have

2012 - 2016 Financial Plan Public Consultation Meeting

Members of the Public are invited to review and comment on the District of Chetwynd annual Financial Plan on Friday April 27, 2012, 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.

This bylaw received first reading at the April 16, 2012 Regular Council Meeting, and will receive second and third readings at a Special Meeting of Council on April 30, 2012 and final adoption at the May 7, 2012 Regular Council Meeting. W. J. Caldwell Director of Financial Administration

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life aware of the fact she had cancer, but even now, at age eight, she doesnʼt quite understand what exactly happened.”

been three drugs: Cisplatin, which could cause kidney damage and deafness, VP16, which could lead to leukemia later, and Bleomycin, which can damage the lungs. So the risks involved in Chemo outweighed the benefits, especially if Zoe has a 80 per cent chance of not needing treatment.” After a great deal of deliberation, and discussion with Zoe, we decided to not opt for the Chemo.

Was it the right choice? It’s been two years, and there’s no sign of reoccurrence. After her last visit to BC Children’s, Dr Rogers told her not to come back for a year, which is a very optimistic sign. And we didn’t have to deal with the anguish of poisoning our daughter, and risking deafness, or further complications. Zoe lives her life aware of the fact that she had cancer, but even now, at age eight, she doesn’t quite understand what exactly happened. For the most part, she is a normal, healthy kid, running, playing, and yes, sometimes falling. We are aware that the type of cancer she had usually occurs in adolescence, so we know to be watchful during that time. But given the choice between having a normal childhood or suffering the effects of chemo, we’re happy we made the choice that we did. Sometimes the cure is

“Itʼs tough not to

watch Zoe go off to her treatments and wonder “what if? but at the same time I wonʼt let it rule my life.” worse than the disease. It’s tough not to watch Zoe go off to her treatments and wonder “what if?” but at the same time, I can’t let that rule my life. What if it returns? Well, we’ll deal with it then. In the meantime, Zoe, her mother and I are going to concentrate on this thing called life, and living it to its fullest, rather than let the spectre of cancer, the spectre of the unknown, cast a pall over us.

What to do with a dead bird

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Last week’s dead raven found at the end of Range Road sparked questions about the process of reporting dead corvids (i.e. ravens, crows, magpies, blue jays) and their potential to carry West Nile Virus. In June 2011, the BC Centre for Disease Control asked that residents report any dead bird sitings to help track the potential spreading of West Nile Virus. Local Conservation officer Murray Booth does not recall any cases of West Nile Virus in the Chetwynd area. When Booth worked in Burns Lake, residents were asked to report any findings as there had been found cases of West Nile. He said generally West Nile is most easily spread by mosquitoes. “There wasn’t mandatory reporting in 2006 at Burns Lake, but requested report-

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$54M investment for South Peace roads

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – The provincial government has announced a $54 million investment in South Peace highways this year. This year, more than 26 km of local side roads will be paved or seal-coated. This includes widening, strengthening and surfacing 9.5 km of Stewart Lake Road. Various side roads will be strengthened, gravelled and graded, including Stuckey Road, Alderdale Road and North Rolla Road. There will also be an enhanced dust suppression program this year. Work will also begin on various passing lanes and intersection improvements along Highway 2 and Highway 97, and repair work will continue on roads affected by the 2011 Peace flood.

gram will improve our work they can rely on. highways and rural side road network in the AT A GLANCE region. This ensures famiHere in Chetwynd lies living in the area have Bedell Road 247A will be a safe, efficient road net- strenghened, gravels and

Of the 280 original flood sites on the highway network, the remaining 53 sites will undergo further repairs this year. Projects to restore highway infrastructure include the construction of the replacement bridge across Brassey Creek on Highway 52 and the completion of repairs through the Pine Pass on Highway 97. This year's program again places a priority on creating jobs for local

workers, with $13 million targeted for day labour projects utilizing local labour and equipment. "We continue to invest aggressively in road improvements throughout the South Peace to ensure our transportation network serves our communities well,” Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Blair Lekstrom said. “The combination of industrial use and local traffic has an impact on the roads, and this year's pro-

The meatier issue of spring

Cougars, ungulates and bears

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Last week’s talk of setting cougars loose in Chetwynd had Chetwynd Conservation Officer Murray Booth’s phone lines ringing steadily, he says. “I don’t know how the rumours started, I don’t know where the rumours started.” Booth says the message must have been heard because it’s been a quieter week in the office. Still Booth wanted to clear the air: “BC government does not relocate cougars. There has never been a cougar relocated in this area. That can be reiterated.” Booth has been in touch with a problem wildlife specialist in Edmonton and doesn’t remember cougars being relocat-

ed in Alberta either. But with spring setting in, Booth says it doesn’t hurt to take certain precautions now that the larger animals will be foraging. “Springtime – it’s bears,” Booth said. “It’s time to bring down the bird feeders. They’re a major attraction for bears.” Booth strongly encourages residents to keep yards clean of garbage, compost, and anything else that might attract bears – including a freshly used BBQ. “The ungulates will be calving now so give any cow moose, cow elk, doe deer with young ones lots of room.” Booth says calving will start any time and run for the next one to two months. Any animal sightings please call Murray Booth at: 250-788-3611 or 250788-2624.

graded.; Moberly South will be dust controlle and a changeable message sign will be installed on Highway 97 south of Chetwynd.

DISTRICT OF CHETWYND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING for Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 960, 2012 (Brar – Peace Enterprises)

Pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act RSBC 1999, the Council of the District of Chetwynd gives notice that all persons who believe their interest to be affected by the provisions contained in the “District of Chetwynd Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 960, 2012 (Brar – Peace Enterprises) shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on matters contained in the Bylaw at a Public Hearing scheduled for the below noted date and place: Date: May 7, 2012 Time: 4:15 p.m. Place: Council Chambers, District Office

Bylaw No. 960, 2012 proposes to amend the District of Chetwynd Zoning Bylaw No. 932, 2010 by rezoning Lots 3, 4 & 5, Block 4, Plan 9154, District Lot 1813, Peace River District from Multiple Family Residential – Low Density (RM1) to Multiple Family Residential – High Density (RM2). The purpose of the rezoning is for future multiple family residential development.

Property owners who believe their interest in property may be affected by the proposed amendment bylaw may view the bylaw and all other written information pertaining to this matter in detail at the District of Chetwynd Office located at 5400 North Access Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive, excluding statutory holidays. Any inquiries should be referred to the District of Chetwynd, Telephone: 250-4014100, Fax: 250-401-4101, Email: or by mail to P.O. Box 357, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0. Dated this 23th day of April, 2012. Jannene Disher, Director of Corporate Administration.


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Northern Lights College cuts staff, increases fees

Dawson Creek Daily News –––––––––––––– C H E T W Y N D / D AW S O N CREEK – Northern Lights College will eliminate staff positions, increase tuition and residence fees, and cancel a program in order to balance its budget in light of status quo funding and increased cost pressures. The college cites increased budget pressures totaling $1.9 million as the reason for the staff cuts and fee increases. As a result, a total of 14.32 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions have been impacted, though the college accepted applications for early retirement or voluntary termination from 12 staff members. "The 12 voluntary retirements or terminations are not 12 elimi-

nated positions - that just means some are eliminated and others allow us to make cost savings without eliminating positions," said Laurie Rancourt, president and CEO of the college. She said the college's administration and executive committees started by looking at back office functions at all levels of the institutions, though she said the staff changes will impact programming in regards to the delivery of early childhood learning and online courses. The college has also indefinitely cancelled the Geomatics Engineering Technology program offered at the Fort St. John campus. "It has low enrollment for some time, so due to low enrollment we decided to cancel that program," said Rancourt.

Students... will be hit with a double whammy of an across-the-board tuition increase of two per cent...

Starting in September, students living and going to school at the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John campuses will be hit with a double-whammy of an across-the-board tuition rate increase of two per cent, and increased fees for living at the college dorms. Rancourt said the tuition rate increase is not unique to this year, but is to help offset ongoing inflationary pres-

sures. The tuition increase would result in the tuition rate for the Carpentry Apprenticeship Level 1, 2, 3, or 4, for example, increasing to $504 in September from $495 currently, or the tuition for a student registered with a full schedule of academic courses under a University Arts and Sciences program will increase

to $2,889 from $2,831. The residence fee increase will result in a student in four-bedroom suite paying $475 per month starting in September compared to $420 currently. The college maintains those fees are inline with provincial averages. "Residences is an area that has not gone up in a number of years here, so this is to keep up with inflationary pressures," said Rancourt. As might be expected, that tuition and residence fee increases were not popular with students. Kyla Fettes, 17, is currently enrolled in the Culinary Arts program at the college. Though the tuition hike would not affect her now, she said she is looking to return in September to pursue other trainPlease see "AFTER," page 27

Tell us what you know about the dinosaurs that roamed these lands 60 million years ago and you could win 1 of 6 Apple iPads.


This week we’re asking 17 & 18 year olds from Chetwynd, McLeod Lake, Moberly Lake and Tumbler Ridge to write a short story or poem about the Acrocanthosaurus in 250 –– 350 words.

Pick-up an entry form from the Chetwynd or Tumbler Ridge Public Libraries.

Write an original story or poem about the Acrocanthosaurus.

Submit your story or poem to either Library by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2012.

One entry per person. Entries will be judged on originality and creative expression. For full contest rules, please pick up a copy of the Discovering Dinosaurs Entry Form from the Chetwynd or Tumbler Ridge Public Libraries.

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School District up against massive cuts $3 million to be cut from district budget over next five years

Dawson Creek Daily News –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – While the budget season has only just begun for School District 59 (SD 59), its administration is already feeling the pinch of funding cuts that are expected to continue in the coming year, including $750,000 that will be disappearing from their transportation budget. "We're going to have four or five years of fairly deep cuts," said Gerry Slykhuis, secretary-treasurer of SD 59. "Overall we're looking at close to $3 million over the next five years." At this week's monthly board meeting the district released its annual operating grant for the coming school year. It announced that the district would be receiving approximately $41.6 million in government funding; a number down $815,271 from last year's total of nearly $42.5 million. Slykhuis said for the most part the district was bracing for a cut due in part to dwindling enrolment, but did add that there were some cuts in unexpected areas that will add pressure on the budget. The most problematic at this time being the downsizing of transportation funds. "We've been in funding protection for a couple of years and that starts com-

ing off this next year," said a sizable surplus to work Slykhuis referring to the with for the following largest cut incurred by the year, so for the meantime district. there is no cause for alarm Under funding protec- on the impact cuts may tion, the Ministry sup- have on curriculum or ports districts feeling the staffing. strain of decreased enrolNonetheless, it is the ments. Each district is loss in transportation allotted funds per student; monies that comes as a Less enrolment means less shock to Slykhuis as the revenue. district will be expected to Funding protection make up for $250,000 enables districts such as annually in transport South Peace budget shortwhich has falls. incurred sig"In terms of nificant Weʼve been in the enroldrops in funding protec- ment protecenrolment tion, they to continue tion for a couple [ p r o v i n c i a l operating at of years and that government] normal levbeen starts coming off have els. warning us Since 1999 this next year. for sometime the district that it will has seen have to come enrolment off, so it's not a numbers decrease dramat- surprise, it's still going to ically from a total of 5340 hurt. The transportation K-12 public school stu- piece was a surprise and dents to 3898 at the outset that's going to hurt of the 2011 school year; because this is just the first with a 4.7 per cent drop year of it and it's going to occurring between 2010 total $750,000 for the next and 2011. three years." But this funding only "It's [transportation lasts for so many years, costs] a quarter of our and now SD 59 is faced budget so it's very signifiwith meeting its operating cant," proclaimed budget without that safety Slykhuis. "This one is net; the government has unfortunate because it's pulled over $600,000 in not a [government] cut funding protection, which it's actually a re-allocation, Slykhuis said was expect- so we're a big loser but ed but will have to be other districts are big winrepaid over the next few ners." years. He explained that other He said the district has districts, such as Nechako braced for the cuts and has Lakes, would be receiving

increased funding for transportation. In some cases district amounts' exceed their typical transport budgets. Slykhuis said this is a result of a new funding formula adopted by the Ministry that he and the district have lobbied against. He has even met recently with a Ministry committee group to discuss the matter further to challenge the Ministry's allocations. "If you are giving it to districts that need it [transport funding] that might make sense but it's a massive shift creating big deficits in transportation for some districts, and creating huge surpluses for others." He said if the district loses its dispute with the Ministry, the shortfall would become a huge issue because of the amount of rural students that use the buses, in all likelihood impacting many families. At this stage in the budget process it is too soon to tell what the effect on the bus system may be, but Slykhuis did note that it would be the first area of focus to determine how the district can make up for the funding loss. On June 6 Slykhuis will be presenting a preliminary budget to the School Board at which point the Board will reach an approval before submitting it to the Ministry of Education.

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Fast tracking for federal environmental process

BY GREG AMOS Sentinel Ridge –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – Mining projects near Tumbler Ridge may stand to benefit from proposed changes to the federal environmental assessment process that were announced in Toronto this morning (April 17) by Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver. “It will help prevent the

long delays in reviewing major economic projects that kill potential jobs and stall economic growth by putting valuable investment at risk,� he said of the government’s twoyear, $165 million proposal, which was first laid out in the federal budget presented in late March. The Responsible Resource Development program will mean some major projects get a single

review, rather than a separate federal and provincial review. There would also be new timelines for hearings and assessments: panel reviews (such as that now taking place for Northern Enbridge’s Gateway project) would get 24 months, National Energy Board hearings would get 18 months, and standard environmental assessments would get 12 months.


Geologists atop the summit of Roman Mountain at Peace River Coal. A new system of environmental assessments could speed up the review process for some proposed coal developments around Tumbler Ridge. Dave Thompson/AME BC photo

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While there are currently more than 40 federal organizations involved in each review, the changes propose to reduce that list to three: the Canadian E n v i r o n m e n t a l Assessment Agency, the National Energy Board and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s announcement is a welcome signal from the federal government that it is committed to move toward a oneproject, one-review process that should create more certainty for companies, investors, stakeholders and aboriginal communities,â&#x20AC;? said Association for Mineral Exploration BC (AME BC)


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Link between social responsibility and bottom line


Meet the Mayor

with Merlin Nichols

ndustry and social responsibility did you say? In the same sentence? Unbelievable. Well, maybe not. I’ve heard of companies, businesses, industries, whose record of social responsibility meets or matches the best. In the context of our experience here in Chetwynd, how would we recognize social responsibility? What do we naturally expect of the indus-

tries that settle in our area, extract our resources, profit by our sweat? Is it right to expect anything from them? Is not their primary responsibility to their shareholders and principals? Of the three items two sentences up, only one can be honestly linked to the object. Of the area, the resources, or the sweat, I can claim only sweat. Our sweat is collectively ours; we had nothing to do with creating the area or planting the resources. They were here before we came and will be here in some form when we are long forgotten. But our questions still

stand: what is social responsibility; who owes it to whom? It is a difficult concept that I do not have the conceit to define unequivocally. I know of some ancient wisdoms that counsel the employer to pay honest wages on time and treat the workers with respect – which includes safe working conditions; and the worker is admonished to give honest output for wages received. That seems to be the basis of a mutually satisfying relationship. We have to extract the principles and apply them to our own circumstances in the context of housing, medical care, recreation, and other

human needs. It’s a given that workers need to stay warm and dry while they sleep. After all, a well-rested operator certainly will produce more and stick around longer than the guy who’s propping his eyes open with stimulants. Does the major-league employer have a responsibility to work with other social and government agencies, even to take the initiative, to augment the number and quality of housing units available for rent or purchase; or support recruitment of physicians? I believe the answer is a qualified Yes, with a measurable advantage over

time to the employer. The employee with frequent family time, time to putter in her own backyard, time to mentor his own children, time to contribute to community efforts, is an all-round happier employee who will in many ways contribute more to the company bottom line than the employee who has to hunker down in a camp room every night without a foot warmer with no kids to climb on her lap for a story. From a strictly business perspective, the company that takes initiative, collaborating with other public and private agencies, to

solidly root its employees in the host community through modern housing and access to in-town medical care will, in the long term, be a more successful producer, whatever its product. Clearly, we can see a solid-line link between social responsibility and the bottom line. The company that helps its workers settle into the host community will reap rewards.

Disclaimer: The preceding is the opinion of Mayor Merlin Nichols and may or may not reflect the views and/or wishes of council.

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WƵďůŝĐŶŽƟĐĞ͗ƌŝƟƐŚŽůƵŵďŝĂhƟůŝƟĞƐŽŵŵŝƐƐŝŽŶ FORTISBC ENERGY UTILITIES INTEND TO AMALGAMATE NATURAL GAS SERVICE IN B.C. AND IMPLEMENT COMMON RATES On April 11, 2012, the FortisBC Energy Utilities applied to the British Columbia Utilities Commission to amalgamate their natural gas utilities across the province and to implement common rates and services across their service areas starting January 1, 2014. Currently, FortisBC Energy Utilities is made up of three separate natural gas companies, operating in six service areas. The companies have their own services, service agreements (tariffs) and rates. If approved, the application would combine the three companies into one, under a single tariff, with common rates for the various regions. This Application has different implications for customers in each service area. If approved, customers in the Vancouver Island and Whistler service areas will see rate decreases, while customers in the Lower Mainland, Columbia, Inland, and Fort Nelson service areas will see an overall rate increase. PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS The Commission is initiating a review of FortisBC Energy Utilities’ Application. To view the timetable for this hearing and the Application go to select “Current Applications” under “Quick Links” and scroll to “FEU Common Rates, Amalgamation and Rate Design.” HOW TO GET INVOLVED If you wish to participate actively in the review process, you may register as an Intervener or an Interested Party with the Commission Secretary in writing, using the contact information at the end of this notice. All submissions and/or correspondence received from active participants or the general public relating to the Application will be placed on the public record and posted to the Commission’s website. If you wish to attend the Public Workshop or the Procedural Conference please register with the Commission Secretary using the contact information at the end of this Notice. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER For more information please contact Ms. Alanna Gillis, Acting Commission Secretary at or using the Commission contact information.

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Moms to Miners program first for Canada

Tumbler Ridge News â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C; TUMBLER RIDGE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Tuesday, April 17 dawns sunny and relatively warm in Tumbler Ridge. At the Peace River Coal mine site, however, the weather is cloudy and cool, though not cold enough to turn the inch of mud that coats the roads like grease to ice. Lisa dePompa is here, along with six other women interested in a groundbreaking program called Mothers to Miners program. Unlike most of the women here, dePompa is not actually a mother. Rather, the recent import from Toronto (by way of a season spent working in Jasper in the hotel industry) is just looking for gainful employment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I actually studied to be a journalist, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it,â&#x20AC;? says dePompa. Now sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of the first females in a new program being put on by Peace River Coal. Called Mothers to Miners, the program aims to give women a chance to work at the mine without having to work the typical long shifts that most miners work. Instead of working seven days on, seven days off, the women of Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to Miners would work an eight-hour shift during the week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s designed to work around the schedule at the daycare,â&#x20AC;? says Donna Merry, Campus Administrator for Northern Lights College, who is accompanying the women on this preliminary mine tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The daycare is open from seven in the morning until five in the afternoon. That doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t help someone working twelve hours, or


The seven women interested in taking part in the Mothers to Miners program on a mine tour. working nights.â&#x20AC;? The Mothers to Miners program is based on a successful program that Anglo American Mines have started in Australia, says Merry, but this is the first time something like this has been tried in Canada, possibly in North America. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the shifts will actually work is still being negotiated,â&#x20AC;? says Merry, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but the idea is it tries to balance work and life.â&#x20AC;? The Diversified Transport Bus pulls up to the front gate and the women sign in at the security shack. For most of these women, this will be the first time theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been on an industrial site, let alone at a mine. Having signed in, Terry Vandenbosch from Peace River Coal gives the women a tour of the brand new training simulator the mine has just installed, at a cost of $2-million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like driving a real truck,â&#x20AC;? he says, as the simulator bounces over the simulated

terrain projected on three giant screens, one in front and one on either side. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And the simulator operator can put us in any driving condition.â&#x20AC;? And on cue, the bright sunny South African day (the simulator is based on a real mine that Anglo American operates in South Africa) turns to rain and then to night. Moments later, the simulator sags sharply to the left. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a blowout of the left front tire,â&#x20AC;? says Vanderbosch. He turns around to address the women, but theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pointing at billowing clouds of smoke coming off the virtual engine. Vanderbosch pulls a pin and the fire is extinguished. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Any situation you might run into out there, we can simulate in here.â&#x20AC;? After the tour through the simulator, the women are loaded up and taken to the dry room, where they are giving reflective vests, hard hats, and protective goggles. After a brief safety

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orientation, the women head out to board a different bus, this one driven by trainer Brandon Walsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done everything there is to do on a mine site,â&#x20AC;? says Walsh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve operated every piece of equipment that you see here, and more that you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t.â&#x20AC;? Walsh navigates the bus up the wide, black, bouncy roads designed for equipment the size of a house. While some of the women joke and talk, others stare silently out the dirty windows, watching the giant equipment drive by. Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mine visit is a Please see "DRIVING," page 29






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Woman on sunlight diet dies

QMI Agency –––––––––––––– A Swiss woman is dead after trying to live on sunlight alone. It was part of a spiritual journey for the woman, identified in the story with the fake name Anna Good, who was reportedly inspired by a 2010 documentary In the Beginning There Was Light. The film tells the story of people who follow a concept called breatharianism and they claim to survive without eating or drinking anything for weeks, years or even

decades. Good saw the movie in 2010, the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger reports. She started on the diet, going so far as to spit out her saliva. In early 2011, after her children hadn't heard from Good, they went to her home and found her body. Police conducted an investigation and on Wednesday, district attorney Thomas Burgi told the newspaper the case was closed because there was no evidence of "foreign influence" in Good's death.

Boyfriend fakes own abduction to hide cheating

QMI Agency –––––––––––––– NORTH BAY, Ont. — A cheating boyfriend will stay in jail a little longer for reporting a fake gunpoint abduction so his girlfriend wouldn’t find out where he was all night. Jason Laperriere had brought a woman to a residence on March 12 and gave her drugs in exchange for sex, said Crown attorney Sheila Seguin. Court heard the couple smoked crack until 3 a.m., and Laperriere asked the woman to text his girlfriend that he had been confronted and forced

into a blue car at gunpoint over a $12,000 drug debt. Laperriere followed up with a phone call to his girlfriend making the same claim, adding he was pistol whipped and driven around for a couple of hours as his phantom attackers tried to find out where he lived. The girlfriend called North Bay Police Service, and Laperriere eventually turned up and also gave a statement to police, including two names. Court heard the fake report put the two identified suspects in harm’s way and triggered a Canada-wide warning to police about armed and

dangerous suspects. “It’s a waste of police resources that could have been used to investigate legitimate complaints,” Seguin said. The Crown recommended four to six months in jail. Laperriere has been in custody since his arrest the next day, and he was banned from having any contact with his now former girlfriend. He was sentenced to stay in jail another 2 1/2 months for the false police report and calling his girlfriend from jail almost three weeks later in hopes of getting back together. She said no.


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DISTRICT OF CHETWYND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING for Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 961, 2012 (Land Use Designations)

Pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act RSBC 1999, the Council of the District of Chetwynd gives notice that all persons who believe their interest to be affected by the provisions contained in the “District of Chetwynd Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 961, 2012 (Land Use Designations) shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on matters contained in the Bylaw at a Public Hearing scheduled for the below noted date and place: Date: May 7, 2012 Time: 4:15 p.m. Place: Council Chambers, District Office

Bylaw No. 961, 2012 proposes to amend the District of Chetwynd Zoning Bylaw No. 932, 2010 by clarifying secondary suite use in single family and duplex buildings; creating consistency with other Residential Zone setbacks; and correcting the following land use designations by rezoning i. Lot 3, Block 3, Plan 11989, District Lot 398, Peace River Land District from Public and Institutional (P2) to Single Family Residential (R1); ii. Lots A and B, Plan 23601, DL 1817, Peace River Land District, and Lots 1, 2, 3, 4, Plan 14286, DL 1817, and Lot A, Plan EPP17519, District Lot 1817, Peace River Land District from Rural 1 (RU1) to Rural 2 (RU2); iii. District Lot 1976, Peace River Land District, except Plan 26099 from Urban Reserve (UR) to Rural 2 (RU2); iv. Lot 96, Plan 24719, District Lot 3103 from Neighbourhood Commercial (C3) to Multiple Family Residential – High Density (RM2).

Property owners who believe their interest in property may be affected by the proposed amendment bylaw may view the bylaw and all other written information pertaining to this matter in detail at the District of Chetwynd Office located at 5400 North Access Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive, excluding statutory holidays. Any inquiries should be referred to the District of Chetwynd, Telephone: 250-4014100, Fax: 250-401-4101, Email: or by mail to P.O. Box 357, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0. Dated this 26th day of March, 2012. Jannene Disher, Director of Corporate Administration.




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ing and she is concerned about the cost increase. "That would really suck if tuition fees went up," she said. "I didn't pay my tuition for this [culinary arts course], my school district paid it, but when I come back in September I will have to pay my own tuition, and if they decide to raise it that's going to make me unhappy." Fettes also lives with two other friends at the college and said they currently pay just under $1,300 a month total for their four-bedroom suite. With the fee increase she and her roommates might look to rent a place offcampus where they wouldn't have the rules and privacy issues of the dorms, and she believes she wouldn't be alone. "I think it will affect a lot of students because a lot of students pay their own rent," she said. "That would probably make a lot of students move out because that's $500 per student." "We're just here because it's convenient," she added. The college cites regular salary step increases for staff members and a 1.5 per cent increase in the cost of employee benefits, which are obligated under the current collective agreement, as well as amortization of capital costs and a nine per cent increase in the cost of utilities as the reasons for increased budget pressures. Rancourt said the increased utility costs are a result of several factors, including many buildings not being used due to renovations last year, but she said the college remains focused on bringing those

costs down over time. "We can expect to see them go down as we get more and more online with Energy House taking over some that heating. We also have an energy manager that we are working with to decrease energy costs across the whole institution." The provincial government has maintained funding for the Ministry of Advanced Education at just under $2 billion in fiscal 2012/13. Northern Lights College does continue to receive funding from other sources, including from the federal government for the construction of a full-sized oilrig to simulate wellsite training at its Fort St. John campus, but Rancourt said they are unable to divert any funding earmarked

for capital projects to cover operational costs. Despite being able to balance this year's budget, the college is anticipating additional budget pressures due to uncertainty around funding levels from the Industry Training Authority, the results of bargaining for new collective agreements, and proposed provincial budget cuts over the next two fiscal years. Rancourt said the funding from the Industry Training Authority, which is provided for trades and apprenticeships programs, is approved on a year-to-year basis and therefore is difficult to budget for. She said the college is entering a new bargaining cycle with both faculty and support

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staff, and so the results of that collective bargaining also remain unknown. The provincial government, under budget pressures of its own, has identified $20 million in 2013/14 and a further $30 million in 2014/15 in cuts to public post-secondary institutions. Though the government maintains it will challenge post-secondary institutions to find these cuts through administrative savings, Rancourt said Northern Lights College will be "challenged" to find those cuts without affecting programming. "After years of status quo funding - and we've made lots of cuts already over the last few years - it becomes more challenging every year, and we have to find different ways of


The Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce is looking for:

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doing things," she said. "I think from the perspective of programming, what we need to do is make sure the programs are being offered as efficiently as possible, and that we are offering the right programming." "We are fortunate in this area that we benefit from huge industry and com-


munity support, and we will need to keep working with those partners," she added. The college already made staff cuts and restructured some programs in 2010 as a result of a decline in revenues experienced that fiscal year.


Slave Lake Pulp, a Division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., operates a state-of-the-art aspen-based BCTMP pulp mill at Slave Lake, Alberta and is presently accepting applications for full-time PROCESS OPERATORS.


• Grade XII or GED. • Preference would be given to those with 4th Class Power Engineering. • Valid Class 5 Drivers License. • Demonstrated team skills with initiative to learn & grow. • Good organizational skills, ability to stick to routine, good verbal & written communication skills. • Must pass company medical & reference checks. • One year or more of process related experience would be an asset.


• Ensuring safe work practices & procedures are followed. • Operation of mobile & automated equipment. • Learning the entire Pulp production process. • Ensuring product quality and other duties as assigned. • Physical requirements include climbing stairs/ladders, adjusting bales of pulp, occasional lifting of pallets and up to 25kg pieces of pulp bales. • Work schedule is 12 hour shifts of 2 days, 2 nights, 4 days off.

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ing that they do at the Northern Health Authority,” Booth said. There is a process to reporting dead birds. Findings are sent to the BC Centre for Disease Control at: The online form requests a name, address, directions to the location where the bird was spotted, and the type of bird, so the BC Centre for Disease Control is able to track the number of

occurrences in particular areas. “There is no evidence that people can get West Nile Virus from handling live or dead infected birds. The above precautions should be taken when handling and disposing of any animal carcass,” says the BC CDC. The BC CDC recommends disposing of a dead bird in multiple bags with several layers of heavy-duty leak-proof gloves so that no clothing or skin comes in contact with the bird.




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Engineering & Public Works STATUS Labourer


40 hrs/week



Regular, Full-time

CUPE Local 3052 $22.99/hour

Join us at the District of Chetwynd – we have an opening for a full-time Labourer term position for the approximate period of May 14 to November 13, 2012. This position is responsible for the operation of equipment in construction, maintenance and repair activities and performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance of municipal roads, facilities, grounds and utility systems.

The successful candidate will have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 5 and must be physically capable of performing the required duties. Preference may be given to candidates with equipment operating experience. Saulteau First Nations Box 1020 Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Phone: (250) 788-3955 Fax: (250) 788-7261

JOB POSTING SFN – BC Hydro Liaison Technician Full Time 1 Year Term Position PURPOSE: The successful candidate acts as a liaison between BC Hydro (BCH) and Saulteau First Nations (SFN) and performs a variety of roles to support the SFN. The successful applicant shall assist Chief and Council, Lands staff and Community members understand the Site “C” and other BC Hydro projects and assist in ensuring that these projects are conducted in a sustainable manner and in the best interests of the SFN. KEY ACTIVITIES: • Working closely with Chief and Council and Lands staff to ensure that the SFN are fully engaged and participates in the Site “C” and Environmental Assessment processes • Providing recommendations on BCH’s projects to Chief and Council and Lands staff regarding potential impacts and mitigation measures with respect to the SFN Treaty and Aboriginal Rights • Ensuring all work is completed in a safe manner in accordance with policies and procedures • Developing and maintaining positive working relationships, conducting thorough consultation with Community members including Elders and Youth, and researching information on the proposed projects QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum resource management degree, diploma or equivalent and five or more years field and project management experience and must be able to demonstrate abilities to liaise with both BCH and the SFN; • Excellent knowledge of the SFN’s Treaty and Aboriginal rights and interests; • Excellent public relations and oral, written and interpersonal communication skills; • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and willingness to learn new skills: • Well developed planning and organizational abilities; • Able to deal tactfully with sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality of discussions and records; • Able to type and efficiently and effectively utilize a personal computer; • Able to Use Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Publisher; • Possess a BC class 5 drivers license and his/her own reliable transportation; and • Able to travel SALARY AND BENEFITS: • Dependent on qualifications and experience • Comprehensive benefits package available after probationary period Closing Date: Thursday, May 04, 2012 at 4:30 pm Please submit cover letter and resume, including 3 references to: Human Resources Saulteau First Nations PO Box 1020, Chetywnd, BC V0C-1J0 Email: For further information and job description, please feel free to contact or Rick Publicover (email: or Fernie Garbitt (email:

We offer employees tremendous opportunities to apply and enhance their skills in a positive environment. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application by 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2012 to: Human Resources Officer, District of Chetwynd 5400 North Access Road, PO Box 357, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Fax No.: (250) 401-4101 Email:

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Light Equipment Operator/Driver/Labourer

Engineering & Public Works STATUS


LEO/Driver/Labourer 40 hrs/week



Regular, Full-time

CUPE Local 3052 $25.94/hour

Join us at the District of Chetwynd – we have openings for two (2) full-time Light Equipment Operator/Driver Labourer term positions for the approximate period of May 14 to November 13, 2012. This position is responsible for the operation of equipment in construction, maintenance and repair activities and performs a variety of semi-skilled tasks in the maintenance of municipal roads, facilities, grounds and utility systems.

The successful candidate will have a valid BC Driver’s License Class 3 with air endorsement, a minimum of 3 years experience operating a tandem truck and loader, a working knowledge of plumbing, carpentry and normal construction practices and must be physically capable of performing the required duties. Preference may be given to candidates with experience as a grader, excavator and backhoe operator.

We offer employees tremendous opportunities to apply and enhance their skills in a positive environment. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application by 4:30 p.m. on May 1, 2012 to: Human Resources Officer, District of Chetwynd 5400 North Access Road, PO Box 357, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Fax No.: (250) 401-4101 Email:

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Continued from page 23 chance for the women interested in the program just to get a sense of what working at the mine is like. “Right now,” Vanderbosh said during an earlier orientation session, “when the truck drivers go for lunch, their equipment sits idle for half an hour. You women will be coming in to drive the trucks while the drivers are on break. When you aren’t driving trucks, you’ll be doing other jobs. You’re not going to be paid eight hours to come do half an hour work. Sometimes, we’ll need a pile of dirt moved from here to there. Sometimes, there are other things that need to be done.” Walsh pulls into a large open area where there are two trucks. He radios one of them, telling the driver that he has a passenger to come on board. The first of the women eagerly jumps off the bus, waves to the driver, waits for an acknowledgement, then moves to the ladder at the front of the truck. The first step is a big one, but is manageable. She climbs up onto the truck, then Walsh moves on to find the next truck for the next person to ride along. Slowly the bus empties. Occasionally, it is discovered that there is not a seatbelt on the passenger seat, and the future miner has to be put onto a different vehicle. On a couple of the trucks, there are already passengers, previous Northern Lights Students finishing their training. They begin to regale the remaining women with stories about the wonders of working at Peace River Coal. “Night shifts are amazing,” says one. “When the moon is rising and it’s all still.” “It’s just like driving a car,” says the

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other. “It isn’t hard at all. In fact, it’s easier.” Finally, all the women are placed on haul trucks, and Brandon parks the bus and waits for the women to return. DePompa is the first. As she comes down the ladder, she’s all smiles. “That was amazing!” she bursts out as she climbs aboard the bus. “That was so cool.” “You like it? You can buy one for yourself,” jokes Walsh. “Two, maybe three million and you can own your own.” “That was one of the coolest things ever,” continues dePompa. “It was…this might sound strange but it

Lisa dePompa boards one of the giant Komatsu haul trucks at Peace River Coal.

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Maintenance/Water/Sewer I Engineering & Public Works STATUS


40 hrs/week



Regular, Full-time

CUPE Local 3052

$26.40 - $27.51/hour plus benefits

Join us at the District of Chetwynd – we have an opening for a regular, full-time Maintenance/Water/Sewer I position. This position performs a variety of general and specific tasks in the operation, servicing and maintenance of all municipally operated water and sewer systems; operates equipment used in construction and repair activities; and performs a variety of tasks in the maintenance of related infrastructure systems.

The successful candidate will have valid Environmental Operator’s Certification as a Level I – Water Treatment Plant Operator; Level I – Water Distribution and Level I – Wastewater Collection certification; and a BC Driver’s License Class 3 with Air Endorsement. Additional training such as CPR, WHMIS, SCBA Confined Space Entry and a Propane Handler’s Ticket would be an asset. Opportunities exist for further training and advancement in the Utilities Department. Candidates who do not possess specified certifications may still be considered if they are willing to acquire said certifications in a timely manner. Pay rates may be adjusted to a graduated pay rate structure based on certifications achieved.

We offer employees tremendous opportunities to apply and enhance their skills in a positive environment. If you are seeking a challenging and rewarding career opportunity, please submit your application by 4:30 p.m. on May 4, 2012 to: Human Resources Officer, District of Chetwynd 5400 North Access Road, PO Box 357, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Fax No.: (250) 401-4101 Email:

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was majestic.” When asked if it was the mountain scenery or the big machines, dePompa answers “it was both.” DePompa says that if you would have told her six months ago that she would be in a truck the size of a house, she would have laughed. Now, however, she’s completely stoked


about the program. “Never in a million years would I have thought that I would be doing this, but I am definitely doing this program.” The first Mothers to Miners course runs May and June. The second cohort starts in July. Interested moms can call Northern Lights College for more information.

Dokie Operations Technician Chetwynd, B.C.

The Dokie General Partnership (DGP) is operating the 144 megawatt Dokie Wind project located at Dokie Ridge, near Chetwynd in northeastern British Columbia. DGP is seeking a qualified Operations Technician to join our team. An emphasis will be placed on hiring a qualified local resident. Normal working hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Committed to maintaining a safe work site while performing professional, quality work, the ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications:

• Trades qualification as an Industrial Electrician or Electrical Technologist • Previous experience in an electric generating station and/or performing operations and maintenance on large industrial equipment in an industrial plant • First Aid Level 1 (or willingness to obtain) • A valid BC Driverʼs license • Be physically fit with full color vision • Ability to climb stairs and ladders 60-125 meters in height In addition, strong interpersonal and communications skills are essential. The successful incumbent will be self-motivated, flexible and able to work independently. An appreciation for working in a remote environment is essential.

Alterra is offering a highly competitive compensation package which includes extended health benefits.

Applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and resume with full details of qualifications and experience by email to noting ʻDokie Operations Technicianʼ in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until April 27, 2012.

Further information about Alterra may be found on our website:

Alterra Power Corp is a leading global renewable energy company, formed in 2011 through the merger of Magma Energy Corp and Plutonic Power Corp. We operate six power plants totaling 570 MW of capacity, including two geothermal facilities in Iceland, a geothermal plant in Nevada, British Columbia's largest run of river hydro facilities and the province's largest wind farm. Our 300 MW share of production generates over 1,400 GWh of clean power annually. We have an extensive portfolio of exploration and development projects, a skilled international team of explorers, builders and operators as well as the strong financial capacity to support our aggressive growth plans.


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Kirshbaum and her husband Frans were interested in buying the property a year ago, but homeowner Llewellyn did not want to sell at that time. “It was a nice a house.” Kirshbaum says they were considering buying, even with the ongoing renovations. “There were some places that you still needed to put gyprock but they had done the majority of the work.” Now Llewellyn has moved permanently and would like to sell. “We looked and we went, ugh, no,” Kirschbaum said. “I just couldn’t get over, like they actually busted doors in half. Every window and door is busted in the place and they hung off the chandelier.” Kirshbaum says the renovations and damage repairs grossly outnumber the cost of buying land and starting from scratch. In the meantime the Kirshbaum's purchased land and are building their own place. “There’s no respect for other people’s property,” she said. Anyone with information about the case should contact Cst Rhonda. Williams at the RCMP office: 250-7889221.

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