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BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – On Monday at 5:51 a.m., the Chetwynd RCMP attended a motor vehicle accident involving a single vehicle roll over, located on Jackfish Lake Road and Clary Road.

Emergency personnel found one male occupant at the scene and despite life saving efforts, were unable to revive him. The male’s name is not being released. The Chetwynd RCMP were still at the scene Monday at noon measuring the distance of tread marks about 20 metres from

where the truck was turned upside down against a tree. The black tread marks the side of the road leading to highway 29. The left rear wheel sits in the bush about five metres away from the truck. The Chetwynd RCMP is currently investigating all aspects of

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the collision, and is requesting that any witnesses of the accident contact the Chetwynd RCMP. The Chetwynd RCMP would like to remind all motorists throughout British Columbia to use caution when travelling and drive according to road conditions.


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$35 million to be invested

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– TOKYO, JAPAN – BC Premier Christy Clark, joined Xstrata Coal and JX Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation (JX Nippon) Monday to announce the joint venture's investment of $35 million in British Columbia to conduct a pre-feasibility study of the Suska Coal Project, located between Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd. The announcement was made in Tokyo as part of Premier Clark's trade mission, which includes stops in Japan, Korea and the Philippines. "Through Canada Starts Here: the BC Jobs Plan, our government is working to grow our economy and this recent investment confirms that we are on

the right track," said Premier Christy Clark. "Our industry partners can feel confident about their investments because of British Columbia's low taxes, skilled workforce, and a transportation infrastructure that gets products to Asian markets quickly and efficiently." In a phone interview with the Chetwynd Echo Monday afternoon, Mark McManus, Executive General Manager, Xstrata Coal Canada said Xstrata's partnership with JX Nippon has put them in a positive position to advance the Suska Coal Project. "The pre-feasibility study will involve significant expenditures on exploration and environmental studies to develop the appropriate mining solution for the delivery of vital natural resources and sustainable value for stakeholders,� McManus said from his hotel room in Tokyo. McManus had hinted about the announcement

Premier Christy Clark celebrates the announcement of a $35-million Suska coal project pre-feasibility study with joint venture partners Xstrata Coal Canada and JX Nippon in Tokyo, Japan. (L-R Shunsaku Miyake, Director, Senior Vice President, JX Nippon; Premier Christy Clark; Mark McManus, Executive General Manger, Xstrata Coal Canada). Photo submitted

earlier this spring when “And we have approval he spoke at the Chetwynd now,� he said. “I can tell Chamber of Commerce people officially now. luncheon in March. The pre-feasibility study

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Spectra Energy to invest additional $4-6 billion in B.C.

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ENERGETIC CITY –––––––––––––– PEACE REGION – The wheels are in motion as Spectra Energy announced it is progressing on its $1.5 billion dollar 2009-2013 expansion program in British Columbia. On Monday Spectra Energy Corp. announced that along with the $1.5 billion dollar current expansion program, the company is also looking to invest an additional $4 - 6 billion into British Columbia beyond 2015. Spectra’s $1.5 billion expansion program was created to develop natural gas infrastructure to meet B.C.’s domestic natural gas needs, as well as those in other North American energy markets.


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id anyone see the cover of Time Magazine this

week? Entitled “Are you Mom, Enough?” the cover depicts a three-year-old standing on a chair, breastfeeding and it has tongues wagging all over the country. It is provocative, which was the intent. The article itself is quite interesting, explaining that breastfeeding until the child selfweans is part of a parenting philosophy called "attachment parenting." I know that this kind of late breast-feeding is looked upon as taboo by

most people but children have to be a stay-at-home in many other countries do mother, unless you work nurse much longer than in an industry that will the one to two year wean- accommodate bringing ing age that is common your child or children with here. you to work. And while I can't say Personally, I think we that I would sexualize have chosen women's to raise chilIt encapsulates breasts far dren this too much, the current way, but the which is part focus is on of what fixation on providing makes this mothering - both photo, and the child with a safe the pride and the the ones in and nurturthe article, neurosis. ing experiseems so ence, and I shocking. don't think People are that is harmful. (For the screaming for this cover to record..I nursed my be covered, yet nobody daughter until she was bats an eyelash at the ninetwo and a half.) ty per cent of all other Most mothers simply magazines with the would not have the oppor- women’s breasts practicaltunity to parent and nurse ly popping out of their this way, even if they tops and their barely there wanted to: you essentially bottoms.

It is the same thing that causes problems for women who want to breast-feed their children in public places, and are often encouraged to do so in the women's restroom or other places that are out of the public's view. But it also does something else. It encapsulates the current fixation on mothering, both the pride and the neuroses. This article gives us a double bonus of making extended breastfeeders feel defensive and paints them as crazy and at the same time makes formula feeding moms feel defensive and like they're not good enough. This isn't an article about educating about extended breastfeeding or trying to norPlease see "IS," page 5

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Kudos to the litter pickers last week

To the Editor: Those who read my diatribes against littering may have seen me as a crotchety old man. Surely not me! Maybe the preacher or the deacon, but not me! On the other hand, I could be persuaded to agree with you – maybe. I just hate and despise litter and wonder about the people who

wilfully sully our home. Having said that, I want to applaud those who did such a great and thorough job of pitching in last week. It makes us look like we really care – and I believe we do. and Congratulations thank you to everyone who spent time and energy picking up the accumulation of winter litter.

Do be careful and keep safe as you enjoy summer boating, biking, flying, hiking, hang gliding, fishing, puttering, gardening, and any other of the wonderful ways we have to enjoy creation – and don’t feed the bears; it hurts.

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malize it, it’s trying to raise eyebrows and get the mommy’s bickering. Which is ridiculous. Honestly, between this and the gay marriage stuff that's going down, I'm a bit disappointed with our world. This can't possibly be the topic that needs the most discussing. Or any discussing at all, honestly.

Merlin Nichols Chetwynd, BC

Does it really matter how others decide to parent their kids (cry it out or not, formula or breastfeeding, circumcision or not, whatever)? Whether you agree with any of those or not, how is it anyone’s business? It just goes to prove – once again - the mommy olympics are in full swing and in the end, all this article does is pit mothers against mothers, and attempts to create a hierarchy of parenting. Boo on you Time.



The Echo should offer apology

To the Editor: We were reminded this week of why we tend to avoid the Echo. With nothing much to do while waiting for our kids to finish up their lunch at Subway I skimmed the recent Echo, only to see the word 'shit' on the front page. We don't permit our children to view television shows with profanity and thankfully ratings help us with this. We certainly DON'T expect to have to censor the village newspaper. I never, in my life, recall seeing such trash in real papers like the Province or the Sun. You seriously need to print an apology to the community in your next paper. A LARGE front page apology. Dave and EJ Chetwynd, BC

*Editor’s Note: For future reference, when a profanity is used in a direct quote, it is Canadian Press style (the chief style guides for Canadian journalists, public relations professionals, editors and writers of all disciplines) to report what was said. As long as it is said in context, there is no censorship required. It has never appeared on the front page.

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including assessment by the BC Environmental Assessment Office. “It will also involve an exploration program that will allow us to understand the geology that will allow us to do the

mine planning along with the environmental work so that we can determine whether we have a viable mine there.” Shunsaku Miyake, Director, Senior Vice President, JX Nippon said JX is very excited about its US$435 million invest-

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ment in Xstrata Coal British Columbia. "We believe that the BC projects, including Suska, have significant potential for steelmaking coal production,” he said. “This will allow JX to develop a new line of business and further diversify our market interests." McManus said the Suska project will result in some employment along with the creation of a 36 bed camp.

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“We’re very excited about this project,” he said. “It’s a good opportunity for Northeast BC coal and we really believe we can make a sustainable project with this.” The Suska Coal Project includes areas acquired by Xstrata in 2011 previously held by First Coal Corporation and Cline Mining. The project will produce coal to be used in the manufacturing of steel.

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District of Chetwynd Additional processing releases financial plan Continued from page 3

LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The District of Chetwynd released their financial plan for 2012 to 2016 at the last council meeting. The District’s director of finances Bill Caldwell said the noticeable spike in numbers this year will drop within the next couple of years. Caldwell said the significant costs are a result of the District’s investment in larger projects and planning studies. And whether the projects happen immediately, having the plans shelfready is of great benefit to Chetwynd. “In the last few years, the time frames from the announcement to the time of your application was getting really small. You have to have your stuff prepared in advance to make it feasible,” said Caldwell. Raw and treated water will see a combined investment of about $40,000 this year and is expected to drop to $18,000 by 2016. A significant portion will address the sludge residing in the raw water ponds. “Over time there has been sludge build up there. This year we’re going to be measuring it and removing it. And hopefully that will correct the situation and we won’t have to do that again for a number of years,” said Caldwell. BY


The treated water towers will undergo repairs as well. “We have to rebuild the valve chamber on the tanks we now have. So that increases the cost of the current year and possibly a little bit into next year. But after that, they should go back down.” Economic development will rise to about $850,000 this year from it’s normal average of $630,000. The majority of the funds will go towards planning and studies. The goal is to create plans that are shelf ready, said Caldwell. “We’ll do the plan now. It might not be able to work for a couple of years, but the plan’s done, it’s here to pull off the shelf.” The District will spend almost double in 2012 on engineering plans compared to what it will spend next year. “It’s usually about $150,000 a year. This year they’re going to spend almost $300,000. We’re playing some catch up on these things. But we hope to have everything all in place.” A one-time budget of $50,000 was allotted for Chetwynd’s 50th Anniversary festivities during the summer. With a provincial election around the corner, the District is anticipating more grant opportunities over the next few years. “So every time there’s a provincial election, they

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opment will be required in order to unlock additional growth in the Montney, Horn River and other developing natural gas resource areas. Such opportunities will include additional gathering and processing services of natural gas, extraction of natural gas

liquids in the Montney area, and a new pipeline transmission capacity to be able to deliver natural gas supplies to current and emerging North American markets. The new wave of expansion is also anticipated to include pipeline infrastructure with the intention of serving LNG export facilities on the B.C. Coast.

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• Come on our to the best Block Party in Town! Merchants of 4600 host BBQ, music and activities. Come and see what this block of business offer participants: Walter Energy, Grizzco, CE Franklin, Valley Pure Water, Peace FM, TLC Thrift Store, All West Glass, Chetwynd Public Library all in conjuction with the 50th Anniversary celebrations. 3 pm - 7 pm.


• International Chainsaw Carving Championship, Live Music and Special Events. • Little Prairie Heritage Museum Tours 12 pm 3pm.


• Downtown sidewalk sales & activities • Show & Shine • The Amazing Yard Sale, hosted by the Chetwynd Public Library. • Soccer Tournament, Rotary Park • The Archie’s Mixed Slo-pitch tournament. Contact 250-788-2312

• 50th Anniversary Dance at the Royal Canadian Legion. Cody Gayse will be featuring local music and talent. 8 pm. $5 cover charge. All money will go to the Archie’s Ball Fundraiser for seniors.

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Tumbler Ridge cyclist Terri Gale crashes after losing control on a hairpin turn. Gale dislocated her finger. Photos by Liz Brown

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FSJ cyclist Gary Hilderman wins annual Loopee

LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – On Sunday, the third annual Peace Christian School Mountain Bike Loopee drew a larger crowd than last year. The 31 participants travelled from across the Peace Valley, including Tumbler Ridge, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Grande Prairie. Racers varied in age and ability. A few competitors were content with cruising a few laps and heading home, while the top competitors who peddled steadily from 1pm to 4pm. The event’s overall winner with 14 laps was Gary Hilderman from Fort St. John. Hilderman is a member of the Blizzard Club. Also coming in with 14 laps, and just over a minute behind Hilderman was Pat Ferris, owner of Ferris Fast Cycle Club, in Fort St. John. The boys division had a three-way tie for first place. Nathan Sawchuck, Riley Shankel, and Brandon King biked 10 laps. The three biked the race as team, using the Loopee as training for the adventure race in June. Stephanie Shankel won the girls division with nine laps. The top female rider Terri Gale, from Tumbler Ridge achieved first place by making 11 laps, with a dislocated finger, which happened during the first loop of the race. On her way down Ol’ Baldy, Gale encountered a steep hairpin turn and crashed face-first downBY

Gary Hilderman heads downhill for another loop.

She’s hardcore,” said coorganizer Erroll Photo by Liz Brown Papilpane. She has won in previous hill, her hands first to hit years and recently comthe ground. pleted a 100km ultra “My finger ’s broken, marathon. my finger’s broken. It’s Darren Co-organizer dislocated. I have to set it,” said Gale. After quickly standing up, she managed to cradle her right baby finger and, hopped back on her saddle and continued down the course. “It’s ok, I’ll just take it slow,” she said. Her pace remained steady and she finished first with 11 laps, never stopping to have her finger looked at. “She’s pretty strong.

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Chetwynd Eels wrap up season with banquet

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Electric Eels Swim Club held their end of year banquet on Sunday evening at the Royal Canadian Legion. About 110 swim-

mers and supporters attended the banquet. Assistant coach Pam Joyce was pleased with the large turnout as many swimmers had finished their season in March. Awards were given out to various swimmers for their

Left, Kellee Lekavy accepts her award for most improved and most dedicated. To the right, Brittany Welsh and Dylan Joyce accept their awards for best all round athlete (female and male) and top points.

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dedication to practice, hard work and determination. The winners of the Sportsmanship Award were Nicole Eddy and Ryley MacFarlane, who was also recognized for his team spirit. Most Dedicated was awarded to Cheyenne Franks, Carsyn Cupples, Kelle Lekavy and Amy Beattie. Most Improved swimmers were Morgan Rowsell, Beth Mattioli, Sierra Richter, Seth Joyce, Emma Beaulac, Raelynn HaywardJohnson, Jorden Rowsell and Kellee Lekavy. The award for All Rounded Athlete went to Annika Gosse, Dylan Joyce and Brittany Welsh. Dylan Joyce achieved the top points for males and Brittany Welsh had the most points for females. This year’s Citizenship Award went to Seth Joyce and Presley Steen. This Citizenship Award is chosen by the other swimmers

and decided with a vote. This year’s team was comprised of 42 swimmers in the regular season and encompassed a variety of ages and abilities. “We take people at any level,” said Joyce. “The numbers dwindle because you have to meet higher and higher times,” said Joyce. Seven will compete in June at the Double A level in Victoria, BC. In July, three or four members will represent the Electric Eels at the Triple A level in Richmond, BC. Finally, Western Nationals will be held in Calgary in July where Kellee Lekavy will represent Chetwynd and this will complete the extended swim season. Kids will have a bit of time off before they hit the pool again in October. It is coach Jason Brockman’s last year of coaching the Electric Eels. With his contract up in

August, Joyce is paying close attention to his teaching tactics. “He’s an awesome coach, he’s leaving me his tools. I’ve been being mentored all year and he’s given me so much information.” With Brockman coaching in Fort St. John, the club is looking for a new replacement to coach the Eels. Joyce, who volunteers her time as assistant coach has agreed to remain the assistant coach next year and feels it is important the swimmers have some consistency. The Electric Eels had about 14 new members this year, proving they are growing steadily. Now that the extended season has begun, only seven of the 42 swimmers are still competing. While the numbers increase, meeting budget requirements places stress on the swim club. Coaching and pool rentals

eat a significant chunk of the funds, said Joyce. The Chetwynd Recreation Centre closed on March 31st in order to replace airhandling units and will tentatively reopen on July 1st. For the remainder of the Eels’ training, they must drive greater distances to prepare for a higher level of competition. The remaining swimmers trained four times a week in Dawson Creek for April and are in Tumbler Ridge for May and June. “Because of the travelling to Dawson we lost almost all of them. We’re down to 12 or 13 It’s too much for the parents,” said Joyce. Instead, the club offset costs with fundraisers, such as a trip for two to Jasper draw at Christmas, February’s swim-athlon, Easter chocolate sales and a raffle for an iPad. The draw will take place on Canada Day.

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Alex Milner rounds the pole at last weekend’s rodeo championships in Quesnel. Photo submitted

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd High School Junior Rodeo members are traveling this weekend to thier BC finals in Quesnel. The top four from each event will qualify for Nationals in Gallup, NM and the top five in each event will qualify for Provincials in Virden, MB. The results for the Chetwynd kids for this past weekend in Dawson Creek is as follows:

JUNIOR RODEO Poles Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 1st, Lannae Boyd 7th Sunday Lannae Boyd 6th, Kelsey Drinkall 9th Barrels Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 4th, Lannae Boyd 6th Sunday Kelsey Drinkall


4th, Lannae Boyd 9th Ribbon Roping Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 1st Breakaway Saturday Lannae Boyd 2nd Goat Tying Saturday Kelsey Drinkall 1st Sunday Kelsey Drinkall 6th SENIOR RODEO Poles Saturday Alex Milner 3rd, Rylee Trenholm 4th Sunday Alex Milner 2nd, Kayce Fowler 3rd, Mikayla Doucet 7th Barrels Saturday Bronte Ketsa 8th, Rylee Trenholm 9th Sunday Rylee Trenholm 8th, Kayce Fowler 9th, Alex Milner 10th Goat Tying Satuday Rylee Trenholm 1st, Kayce Fowler 4th Sunday Rylee Trenholm 5th

Stephanie Shankel, right, races ahead of her Mountain Christian School competitor. Photo byLiz Brown

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – On Friday May 11th the Peace Christian School (PCS) hosted Peace Valley Christian School soccer tournament. Matches ran from 10:30 am to 4:30pm and despite PCS’s efforts, they were defeated by

Mountain Christian School from Dawson Creek. Five Schools participated in the tournament, Mountain Christian School from Dawson Creek, Chetwynd’s Peace Christian School, Ron Pettigrew Christian School from Dawson Creek, Christian Life School from Fort St. John and Little Prairie Elementary

School from Chetwynd. PCS’s A team placed second with one win and two losses and a total of two goals scored. The winning A team was Mountain Christian School with two wins, zero losses and four goals scored. PCS’s B team lost their first game and won their second with a total of four goals scored. The winning B team was Christian Life School with three wins, zero losses and a total of 12 goals scored. PCS’s C team won their first game and lost the second, scoring one goal. The winning C team was Christian Life School with a total of three goals scored. Coach Alistair Atherton of PCS’ A team was pleased with how they played, especially considering they played three games with 11 players – no subs. “We finished second overall. Out of three teams. It was a lot closer than what the scores would have said…they did really, really well. I was very pleased with how they did,” said Atherton. The PCS soccer season lasts until early spring, which may last longer if more schools join the league. Currently PCS is gearing up for the junior and senior adventure race in June.

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ing every year,” said Shankel. Ol’ Baldy was open for public hiking and biking during the race on Sunday, adding an extra element of excitement on the course. Brave hikers had to be ready to jump off course as the bikers flew past. However, animals on the course had the opposite reaction to a high-speeding biker. A couple of dogs were caught up in the excitement and preceded to chase bikers as they passed. “It adds an interesting element,” said Erin Papilane. She stood on a bench part way down the course snapping shots of the racers. “We don’t mind it. Especially in Chetwynd it’s

always been very cordial with hikers and bikers. Everybody smiles and we live with it. It’s Chetwynd right?” said Erroll Papilpane. With the race lasting four hours, Shankel and Papilpane felt it was too long to close Ol’ Baldy to the public. “It's such a long race taking a little bit of time to slow down doesn’t make any difference.” Both Shankel and Papilpane were pleased with the warm and dry weather, and a larger crowd than the year before. “It’s growing every year. Last year it was fairly small. There was snow up there and it was muddy,” said Papilpane.


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New media coordinator for history book hired

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Peace FM hired a new media coordinator last week to revise the History Book Saga of Little PrairieChetwynd and produce a new documentary of ten families from the Peace Valley. Kelly Chalifoux arrived in Chetwynd two Sundays ago and says he got used to Chetwynd overnight. “Chetwynd has it all I think. Right down to the same tribal affiliation that I’m from,” said Chalifoux. Chalifoux, who grew up in Gruard, Alberta is part of Treaty 8 in northwestern Alberta, one of the largest treaties in Canada. “I was shocked to find out I was still part of that territory and even more proud to know that I’m part of Cree country still. And when I pulled in, oh wow, they have Timmy’s.” Chalifoux was initially attracted to the history of Chetwynd project because it married two elements that he enjoys- history and culture. “I like local history. I prefer Canadiana but I like the history about the Peace Country – whether it’s north, south, west or east.” One of his favourite stories is the fur trade. “Being an aboriginal person, being from the Cree tribe, I love the fur trade story. I like the way

From left, Julie Shaw, Leo Sabulsky, Yvonne Paquette, Reinisa Macleod, Kelly Chalifoux and Nancy Atchison. Photo by Liz Brown the two different cultures collide and how they help each other survive.” After recently graduating with a diploma in broadcast journalism, he is excited to use his broadcast journalism skills in Chetwynd. “It was my dream goal and my wish to be a broadcast journalist. Always.” At 45 years of age, he attended the broadcast journalism program at Mount Royal University in Calgary. He had entrylevel paper work and knew he needed a diplo-

ma. “I literally moved on campus and I ate, breathed and shit that place. But I had to do that to get my diploma.” Before studying broadcast television, Chalifoux had worked as an employment counselor for several years, arranging action plans to help his clients achieve their goals. While he was busy inspiring others to walk their path, his dream never left his mind. One day, he witnessed a couple of his clients achieving success in their

pursuits and it made him reflect on his dream. “Holy shit I’m not living my dream here. You guys are set up and I’m not doing it. That day I gave my two weeks notice.” Chalifoux spent last summer working in Terrace where he hosted a talk show called Open Connection. “I think the best part of it is putting people at ease because they are all freaked out. Just relax. Just pretend you’re at my kitchen table. We’re having tea and ban-

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nock.” Now that he is a broadcast journalist, Chalifoux says he never works a day in his life. “I used to always tell my clients ‘find something you love to do, that way you will never work a day in your life.’ I never work a day in my life.” For Chalifoux, grabbing his camera and harnessing is videographer skills gives him a natural high. “When I do something in front of the camera, I’m doing my count down – three, two…I get that rush,

that adrenaline rush. That’s the natural high.” While Chalifoux says Chetwynd and the history project will help jumpstart his career, eventually he hopes to reside in Edmonton. “My dream job would be back in Cree country, so Edmonton. Probably hosting some sort of aboriginal youth variety talk show.” The Chetwynd history book project will last until the end of September and then he will continue as a videographer for Peace FM, helping produce local content. “I’m looking for the public to share their stories – their historical family stories and in the community.” Another one of the taskforces is to garner feedback from the seniors on how Chetwynd could be more age-friendly. “Are there ramps to get in places or is it wheel chair accessible? Even the apartment buildings here, seems like there aren’t any elevators. That’s a zero clearance. Can my wheel chair get up there? Can my walker? That sort of thing; the design of streets, building entrances and walkways.” If any families in Chetwynd want to contribute their stories, contact Chalifoux within the next month at

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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Imagination Library donation

From left, Mason Art Buckley, Mason Chris Lirette, Librarian Fay Asleson and Mason Keith Maisey.

Photo submitted

SUBMITED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Masonic lodge, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, is giving its support to the Chetwynd Public library in the form of an annual monetary commitment so as to help to help promote Childhood Literacy through its “Imagination library “program. The Imagination Library program was started by Dolly Parton in her home county in east Tennessee. This

program introduces books to preschool children by mailing age appropriate, quality books to children in her hometown each month. The program was so successful that in the year 2000 Parton made it available to any community wishing to participate in this worthy cause. The Chetywnd public library adopted this program in 2009 and with an average cost of only $3.60 per month per child; the program currently has about 170 participants. “When looking for a cause to sup-

port, we wanted to keep in tune with some of the core values of freemasonry which are Community, Education and the Family,” Mason Chris Lirette said. “This cause fit the bill encompassing all three areas. Masonic groups in many jurisdictions are involved in promoting a literate and educated public through childhood literacy programs such as the “Raise a reader Program” south of the Border and through other literacy and Bursaries programs across Canada and the US.”

Chetwynd: A community carved with success is now on YouTube

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A new promotional video commissioned by the District of Chetwynd and produced by CHET TV for the North Central Local Government Managers Meeting is now available for viewing on You Tube. The video stars the

staffs of the Chamber, the Pomeroy, the Lakeview, the Stagecoach, Westwind Hotel, Country Squire and many others. “Elizabeth at the Country Squire was a terrific jumper and Jinny and Marv are stars... thank you to staffs of the Tansi for such a great

welcome and everyone who was cooperative and high spirited,” General Manager for Peace FM Leo Sabulsky said. Sabulsky gave kudos to each of the cheerleaders including the walkers from Spectra, the many workers caught in the act like the La Prairie work-

ers, the carpenters building new homes, MLA Bair Lekstrom for his short talk, Buffalo Aerial for the aerial shots and the Mayor for his welcoming speech. “Have a look and find your friends smiling,” Sabulsky said. “Our Mayor and Councillors are all there.”


The Chetwynd & District Arts Council is looking for new members and fresh ideas! Come and join us!

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The District of Chetwynd proposes to sell the improvements only (metal hangar building) located at 4713 Airport Road to Buffalo Aerial Services Ltd. (current tenant). The building shall be sold as is where is.

The consideration to the municipality will be $40,000.00 and the purchaser shall pay the costs for transfer of title of the structure.

Further information may be obtained by contacting Jannene Disher at the District Office, 5400 North Access Road or by phone at (250) 401-4100. Dated this 10th day of May, 2012 at the District of Chetwynd

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you’re scrambling and might lose out.” The project will likely go ahead with or without a grant, but grants just make it easier, said Caldwell. Some of the plans and studies include a detailed design of raw water supply line upgrades, totaling close to $63,000. “That we would be bringing water from the river up to the retention ponds.” Also in the works is a new subdivision regulation bylaw, costing close to $70,000. “When somebody comes along and says ‘I want to build a new subdivision or I want to do something like that,’ then we’ll have the regulations in place. We can show them that ‘yeah this is what you need to do.’ It’s quite a detailed document.” Another major study weighing in

“That will pretty much eat up all their money.”

at about $50,000 is the east sanitary trunk main and sewer treatment review. “Between the raw water supply line, that’s about $62 to $63,000, the subdivision bylaw, that’s about $70,000, the sewer trunk main, that’s about $50,000. That will pretty much eat up all their money.” Smaller projects include placing a water main extension along the 45a street, which costs about $30,000.

“You’re going to see a helicopter doing some low level flying around town… they’re taking pictures of the town and this will be put into their GIS mapping program.” The District is also performing a Pine River assessment to assess the impact of industry development along the Pine River. “Is the water quality changing? So we’re doing an assessment with that and we’re working with the other stakeholders.” While they might not spend all the money set aside for each year, Caldwell says 2012 to 2012 is set in stone. “Once it’s set, that’s end of story. The next thing is to send out tax notices.” Caldwell also reminds the public that information on various taxes and the financial plan are available at the District office.

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Science World Vancouver big hit with students



Ella and Stefano demonstrate some science tricks for the students at Windrem Elementary.Photo by Liz Brown







pleased with the show. “They came a couple of years ago. It’s nice because a lot of students have never been to Vancouver.” A special powder called poly chloride made water disappear from a glass and transform into a jelly substance, the same absorbent chemical used in diapers. Stefano and Ella used humour and interactive activities to engage the students in learning and had many volunteers for various demonstrations. “It’s so nice to have this in for the kids,” said Bell. Also in the presentation was a mini cannon fire. But Bell says when she asked the students on Monday about their favourite part, the majority said the jellybean presentation. “Deal with the jelly beans was there were two flavours for each colour and you didn’t know if you were going to get

chocolate or dog food…that was quite funny because they had a booger flavour,” said Bell. Bell said the show was entertaining, interactive showed that learning could be fun while maintaining structure. “I really liked their structure. A nice way of presenting and their expectations were clear.” Having someone new visit and teach at school also creates an atmosphere that gets everybody excited she said. “It would be good if they could come back. If we value this, we have to let them know and the powers that be know that it’s worth putting their money into it.” Bell arranged the presentation a while back and said she would do whatever necessary in order to have Science World visit Windrem Elementary.

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BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – On Friday, May 11 Science World Vancouver visited Windrem Elementary School. The outreach program travels across BC bringing science to schools, recognizing many kids are unable to travel all the way to Vancouver. “Thanks to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation and your teachers and principles who are organizing we get to do a science show for you,” said Stefano and Ella the presenters. The show’s theme was extra sensory science, which looked at the five senses: taste, touch, sight, sound and smell. The extra sensory-themed show differs from the normal Vancouver programs and lasts longer. Principle Sylvia Bell was



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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

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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 250401-7201 Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 12 - 2. Weekly Group Sessions Wednesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici.



Paddle for the Peace July 14 2012 Noon at the Halfway River Bridge, Hwy 29. After paddle activities 2 pm at Bear Flats. Music Jam to follow Wheels to Meals May 6 2012 Seniors Hall 6 pm

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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Due to warm weather and high winds, all fire permits issued in the District of Chetwynd are hereby cancelled until further notice. “Until the winds recede and there is a onsiderable increase in moisture levels, all recreational fires in the fire protection area of Chetwynd are not permitted,” District of Chetwynd Fire Department Chief Leo Sabulsky said. Recent fires have resulted in homes burning, property damage and extreme extension of fire crews. “All recent fires have resulted from extreme drying and winds and persons neglecting to maintain control of fire scenes within these conditions,” Sabulsky noted. Please note that a return to issuing fire permits and routine recreational fires will be announced when conditions permit such a situation.



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Boom expected for BC Mining in 2012

BY ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– VICTORIA - B.C.'s $8.6billion mining industry has reason to celebrate Mining Week, May 13-19. Employment, revenue, exports, production and prices are all up over previous years and are in a position to continue rising. The boom is being fuelled by a global recovery in manufacturing, in particular, the strong demand from Asia. Mining Week is hosted by the Mining Association of British Columbia, which represents the collective needs of B.C.'s operating coal, metal and mineral mining companies. Currently, B.C. has nine metal mines and 10 coal mines in operation. The government's goal to have eight new mines and nine expansions continues to move forward. The anticipated results are: * A $1.6-billion increase in annual mine-operation revenue. * Approximately 2,000 construction jobs. * 2,000 new direct jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs. * To sustain 12,500 existing jobs (5,000 direct and 7,500 indirect). * Over $150 million annually in government revenue. In addition to the Copper Mountain Mine,


which began production last year, two new major metal mines are now under construction and recently two more received permits. Construction for both is scheduled to start later this year. Since the Jobs Plan was announced, the Province has approved five major expansions of existing mines. "Mining week celebrates the importance of one of B.C.'s vital industries. The industry supports 29,000 jobs, and is creating more for B.C. families, and provides opportunities for businesses,” Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Mines said. “All of this helps fund health care, education and other important essential public services that British Columbians depend on."

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Located at 4824 54th Street (behind the Town Plaza) in Chetwynd the Lions Recycling depot is the sole provider for recycling drop off services in the community. They offer many services to keep Chetwynd clean while helping the environment green. Recycling is a lot easier than people think and it is an easy habit to get into. First, get as few as three bins for your kitchen or porch – plastics, tins and paper. Rinse out your yoghurt cups, break down your cereal boxes and wash out those cans. Then bag them up and bring them to the Depot where staff will help you sort. If you are a business call them to have a free recycling box placed outside and for a nominal –and tax deductible – fee

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program where residents can drop off leftover paint. The paint is available for others to sign out and use on the condition they bring the empty cans back. They do not accept Styrofoam or antifreeze. Depot manager Sally Paquette requests drop offs be done during the day as the outside bins are strictly for afterhours. “Please come inside and our staff will help your sort your recyclables,” she said, adding there is a security camera on site. Paquette said the Recycling Depot also supports local youth clubs and organizations and will assist and donate space for local bottle drives. Contact the depot at 250-788-1111 for more information.


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What does the Mayor do with his time?

of town – all for the greater good of the community. First, I went to Victoria with the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Director of with Merlin Nichols Finance. Our mission: to meet hat does a the Honourable Ida Mayor do with Chong in her office and her or his present our welltime? Thought you’d researched case for a never ask. It’s a good change in our tax strucquestion. What does ture that ties residential this Mayor do? Said rates to industrial and differently: what does commercial rates and this Mayor do that is makes it extremely diffiworth his pay and cult to maintain adequate makes Chetwynd a bet- revenues and a reasonable ter, safer place in which tax rate at the same time. to live? Expectedly, the Minister Within the last 30 days, I played the Devil’s have made four trips out Advocate (or was it the

Meet the Mayor


Premier’s Advocate) with many arguments for maintaining the status quo. I believe our professionals made an excellent case and the Minister has accepted our invitation to visit Chetwynd on June 10. Besides getting a feeton-the-ground look at our community, she will be judging at the International Chainsaw Carving event. Please plan to give her a hearty Chetwynd welcome! My second outing was to a training event for Mayors where I rubbed shoulders with Mayors from across the province in a two-day event

designed to make us not just think outside the box, but to actually be willing to throw the box away. The big lesson there: take care of your CAO. Of course I won’t burden you with the details of how that can be accomplished. On my third trip out I attended the annual convention of the North Central Local Government Association, the body that supports all levels of local government from 100 Mile north. The convention was held in 100 Mile House. Yes, I met the Premier. Why not? But what good did I accomplish for the time and dollars spent? What

did I bring home? What did I leave there? I guess the goods we accomplish are not always tangible or immediately evident. Once again we rubbed shoulders with elected representatives of the local governments. We heard of their challenges and successes, how they met them, what didn’t work – and what did work. Ideas, concepts, approaches, attitudes that might come in handy in our own part of the woods. Just last week I was out of town with two of the Councillors for a day of training on how to deal with emergencies. What

is the role of the Mayor when disaster strikes a devastating blow on our community? Remember the flood of 2011? That was as close to disaster as we ever want to come and it was handled with skill and professionalism by well-trained personnel. The Mayor stayed out of the way yet he was there for the role that is uniquely the Mayor’s. It’s good to be back at home again concentrating on the homework.

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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Aquatic Staff II

Parks & Recreation AS II

40 hours per week with varying shifts (including evenings & weekends)



Regular, Full-time

CUPE Local 3052

$21.86 – 22.61/hour plus benefits

Join us at the District of Chetwynd – we have an opening for a regular, full-time Aquatic Staff II. Working under the direction of a designated supervisor, the incumbent will ensure the safety, protection and enjoyment of those engaged in activities in or out of the water at the Leisure Pool and will instruct all levels of aquatic programs in accordance with affiliate guidelines.

The successful candidate will have a valid National Lifeguard Service Award – Pool Option; Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifesaving Society Instructor; CPR – C; First Aid Ticket (Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care or Occupational First Aid I, II, or III); thorough knowledge of water rescue methods and first aid/resuscitation; knowledge of lifesaving skills and rescue; ability to acquire basic knowledge of filtration plant, equipment and water chemistry. Completion of a criminal record check is mandatory for this job.

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 Friday May 25, 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:

Posted on May 8, 2012.



Aquatic Supervisor

Parks & Recreation Aquatic Supervisor

40 hours per week with varying shifts (including evenings & weekends)



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CUPE Local 3052

$27.80– 28.92/hour plus benefits

Join us at the District of Chetwynd – we have an opening for a regular, full-time Aquatic Supervisor. Reporting to a designated supervisor, the incumbent will assist in the supervision of staff, program activities, policies and safety standards associated with the facility. This position also involves a variety of life guarding and swim instruction duties.

The successful candidate will have a valid National Lifeguard Service Award – Pool Option; CPR – Basic Rescuer (C-level) and First Aid Ticket (Emergency First Aid, Standard First Aid, Aquatic Emergency Care or Occupational First Aid I, II, or III); Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Lifesaving Society Instructor; thorough knowledge of water rescue methods and first aid/resuscitation; ability to supervise and direct aquatic staff; basic knowledge of filtration plant, equipment and water chemistry; ability to perform a variety of custodial and maintenance tasks as required for pool operation; and current BC Driver’s License. Completion of a criminal record check is mandatory for this job. Preference will be given to candidates with Instructor Trainer, NLS Instructor and/or Aquatic Emergency Care Instructor certificates 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 Friday May 25, 2012 to:

Posted on May 8, 2012.

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– PRINCE GEORGE – The Prince George Fire Centre has responded to 18 new fire starts over the weekend. All fires are suspected to be human caused. Dry and windy conditions in the Peace Region continue to pose a threat for wildfires. Twelve out of the 18 wildfires occurred in the Peace Region, including one fire reaching 140 hectares in size and requiring airtanker assistance. Currently three fires have been put out, eight are in patrol or mop up, and seven are currently being fought by Forest Service personnel. Conditions in the Peace Region remain extremely volatile as any ignition source could start a fire. Most of the fire starts occurred because of unsafe burning conditions. If you plan on burning make sure you check the weather

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forecast for the day before you start your fire. The fire danger rating throughout the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction is low to moderate. However, high fire danger ratings are present within different areas of the Prince Region. There are currently no open burning restrictions within the Prince George Fire Centre’s jurisdiction. Yet, the public is urged to be extremely cautious when using fire outdoors. Continue to check reNews/Bans.asp for the latest on burning restrictions. Since April 1, fire crews have responded to 45 wildfires in the Prince George Fire Centre, with a provincial total of 146 wildfires. To report a wildfire or unattended campfire, call *5555 on your cell phone or 1 800 663-5555.


Regular, Full-time

Human Resources Officer, District of Chetwynd 5400 North Access Road, PO Box 357, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0 Fax No.: (250) 401-4101 Email:

Eighteen new fire starts over the weekend


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TEAM! Echo, The Chetwynd a 50-year-old community Echo newspaper prided on its local content, is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic and motivated professional for the position of Advertising Sales Manager.

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QUALIFICATIONS This position involves a high amount of working with people thus the successful candidate should be friendly, enthusiastic, confident and outgoing. The ability to work within deadlines is a must. Strong organizational abilities and adequate written and verbal skills are required. A good working knowledge of computer programs (Macintosh) is necessary. A current driver's license and a reliable vehicle are essential. Prior sales experience is an asset. Training is provided to the suitable candidate. PLEASE EMAIL, FAX OR DROP OFF RESUMES ATTENTION TO THE PUBLISHER - NAOMI LARSEN EMAIL: FAX: 250-788-9988 ADDRESS: 5016 50TH AVENUE • CHETWYND BC • V0C 1J0

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The heart of keeping community Public Works Week

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BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – On Tuesday, Mayor Merlin Nichols with the help of Ed Lepp and Joe Langford officially declared this week Public Works Week. Lepp, a mechanical coordinator performs regular maintenance and repairs on everything from trucks to lawn mowers, and heavy equipment. After living in Chetwynd for 18 years, and working for the District for three years, he says public works is ”the lifeblood of the city.” Langford, is an operator labourer. He performs duties such as maintaining woodcarvings, setting up and taking down of various festive pieces, including


Christmas lights and building parade floats. Langford says he is frequently repairing woodcarvings from people climbing on them for a picture and he appreciates it when the broken piece is brought to the District Office. Originally from Kitchener, Ontario, Langford moved to Chetwynd 32 years ago and says “a smile and a wave goes a long way with us.” “It’s the heart of keeping community. A community like this is organized in order to provide certain services like water, sewer, electricity, safety, roads – so that really is public works. Public works is the heart of keeping the community together. And the rest of it is in support of public works,” said Mayor Nichols.

Left, Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols, proclaims Public Works Week as two of the District’s finest - Joe Langford and Ed Lepp look on. Photo by Liz Brown



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School District No. 59 Peace River South

School District No. 59 (PRS) is accepting applications for the following position in Chetwynd: GROUNDSMAN (PERMANENT)

This position performs routine and extensive grounds keeping duties. Experience in this field and/or operating equipment would be an asset. We offer competitive wages, and good working conditions.

Please reply in writing or by fax (250-782-3204), including three work related references, with day contact phone numbers, to the undersigned.

Applications can be obtained by calling the School District Office or downloading an application form from our web site at Successful completion of a Criminal Record Search is a requirement, if employed.

Kim Maurer, Director of Human Resources, School District No. 59 (PRS), 11600-7th Street, Dawson Creek, B.C. V1G 4R8


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THANK YOU FOR YOUR ONGOING SUPPORT. In celebration of Mining Week, Walter Energy would like to thank Chetwynd and the surrounding communities for their ongoing support of the Brule and Willow Creek Mines, our company and our industry. We are committed to supporting the growth of our local communities, maintaining safe practices and protecting the resources in our care. Walter Energy is the world’s leading, publicly traded “pure play” metallurgical coal producer for the global steel industry. Join us as we continue to grow in northeast BC.

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