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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- In an effort to drum up support for their project, organizers of the Chetwynd community gardens are opening up 25’ x 25’ plots to residents at their Pine Valley Exhibition Park location for no charge during this summer’s growing season. Development of the land is well underway. A one acre section has been

surveyed and plotted and is open for those who wish to grow for their own use. A plan is in place to improve the site over the next two years. A dozen local gardeners have already snatched up their plots. Unused space will be filled with crops to be sold at the Chetwynd farmer’s market. Rene Poulin and Julie Shaw, two primary organPlease see "HURRY," page 3

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DTES Montessori given approval in principle

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- Don Titus Elementary School has been approved in principle to go forward with its plan to bring a Montessori school to Chetwynd. According to School District 59, the Board of Directors is waiting for further results from the planning process before making a final decision. “While it is rare for the Board to reverse their initial approval, they reserve the right to do so, based on the outcome of the planning,� Sylvia Bell, Principal for DTES said in an email. “It is only when the Board grants Final Approval that permission is received to proceed with the project.� As a “school of choice�, DTES, like the French Immersion programs at Ecole Windrem Elementary, or the Traditional School in Rolla, will be able to enrol K-7 students that are outside the school’s catch-

ment area. “That's to say, all parents regardless of their location in Chetwynd and area, who wish their child to have this unique educational program for their child, will be free to apply,� Bell noted. Motivated by a challenge from SD 59 to improve public education, Bell invited DTES teachers to consider Montessori as a new direction earlier in the school year. Teachers were given time to research, consider and discuss the project at their own pace, Bell says. The project has the potential to increase the population of the school, which currently sits at 62 students.

“When teachers had decided that this was a direction they wanted to follow, Parental Advisory Committee’s were presented with this option. They were given information and a chance to address comments and questions,� Bell wrote. Montessori is a childcentered approach to education characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom with limits and respect for a child’s natural psychological development. It will be offered at DTES at no extra cost to parents. It consists of mixed age classrooms, ranging from ages 3 to 6, 6 to 9 and 9 to 12. Students are given the chance to choose activities

to participate in during uninterrupted blocks of work time. Montessori schools utilize a discovery model where students learn concepts from working with materials rather than through direct instruction. Following approval by the Parental Advisory Committee to proceed towards Montessori, the school held a parent information session in early May to gauge support. Parents offered their support. “Many people already know about Montessori and are very happy to have this as a choice,� said Bell. “Most Montessori schools are private enterprises so it feels like this is

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big-city living right here in Chetwynd. It’s certainly a big-city choice for parents and we’re pleased to be able to offer it. This will be the first Montessori school in the district, but we might be starting a trend as other principals from Dawson Creek have been inquiring about this process.� During a May noninstructional day, all teachers from DTES went on a field trip to the Swanavon Elementary Montessori School in Grande Prairie to view the Montessori program in action. “The staff there were very welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable,� said DTES teacher Jody Bougerolle. “They were able to answer our questions about how students learn using the Montessori method and talked about the development of their program. It was very helpful to see a classroom set up with all the hands on materials. When we left

I felt very encouraged that this is going to be an exciting journey for the staff and students at Don Titus.�

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izers of the project, have been promoting local gardening projects in the community since 2007, beginning with the healing gardens at the Chetwynd general hospital. Thanks to their efforts, various programs have been made possible in the Chetwynd area, such as the Farm to School Salad Bar project, the establishment of two community gardens in Saulteau and West Moberly First Nations and the continuing development of a community kitchen to allow processing and sale of food produced locally. “We used the healing garden as a market garden along with another garden in the community to produce salad greens for students’ lunches,” said Poulin during a presentation to the District of Chetwynd council. “They would purchase the lunches and they would get to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables and healthy foods.” In 2009, Poulin and Shaw assisted with the re-establishment of the Chetwynd farmers market. They have shown through the healing gardens project that growing and selling local food can be profitable on a small scale, and are now looking to make the leap to a bigger stage to improve food stability in Chetwynd by increasing production via the new community gardens. “We're still ongoing, involved in the development of the Chetwynd farmer's market and the farm to school salad bar project, we've still got our community kitchen project and we're right in the middle of expanding the community gardens so we can accommodate more people and serve as a production facility

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for more locally grown food,” Poulin said. “The healing garden at the hospital [has] been selling a few thousand dollars worth of produce every year and its kept our farmers market on track and provided a little bit of a cash fund for us to use for miscellaneous supplies, and its allowed us to prove that we can make it work on a smaller scale, so that's why we're scaling up.” Over the next two years, plans are in place for water installations to make irrigation at the site easier to access. “We'd [also] like to also build two dug outs for the garden to store a lot of the water that's on the site which drains off every spring from both ends of the property,” Poulin explained. “There's water that ends up draining through a system of ditches and ends up back into Centurion Creek. We’d like to hold a bit of that so that we've got alternatives for irrigation during drought and water restric-

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tions. I think that's going to be [important] if we are going to rely on these gardens to improve Chetwynd’s food security.” Greenhouses will be built on site. The goal is to have at least two by 2014 so that seedlings can be maintained year round. An access road will also be constructed. “Little Prairie Elementary School has quite a large plot there and they are going to plant some potatoes this year and they're looking into building a green house as well,” Poulin added. A shelter belt of trees will be planted to prevent wind damage and fencing will be erected at some point to prevent deer from ravaging the crops. “That will likely be a big issue, especially for saving crops. The potatoes the deer won't bother but other things can be eaten pretty quick.” Anyone interested in growing their own food can stake a claim to a plot by contacting Julie Shaw at 250401-3362.

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VANCOUVER SUN –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN - RCMP is investigating a killing in the area Monday night. Police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of 250 Road and 271 Road in Charlie Lake at 8: 50 p.m. A 20-year-old man from the area was found dead and police believe it was not a random act. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 250-787-8100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Gateway Pipeline. "In the province's submission, Enbridge has not demonstrated an ability to learn from its mistakes in Prince George order to avoid spills," the Citizen province wrote in its final oters who cast submission to the Joint their ballot for the Review Panel, the multiB.C. Liberals agency federal body because of their pro-busi- which is tasked with ness stance may have reviewing the proposed been taken by surprise on pipeline and making recFriday by the govern- ommendations to government's final written argu- ment on whether to ments on the proposed approve the project. Enbridge Northern "While [Northern

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Gateway] witnesses provided lengthy statements in cross-examination about the changes Enbridge has made to its corporate culture in an effort to reduce the potential for spills in the future, given its pattern of making similar commitments in the past, there are serious reasons for concern that the commitments it has made in this proceeding will be hollow." "'Trust me' is not good enough in this case," the

province added in its final argument. B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake made it clear that the final written argument is not just the opinion of provincial staff, but is supported by his government. "What we're saying is that everything we've seen to date simply doesn't make the grade at this point in terms of assuring British Columbians that the environment would be wellprotected," Lake told the

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If we canʼt rely on common courtesy, perhaps some shaming can help

To the Editor: Today I had a rather annoying encounter that I’ve had far too many times before. I was witness to a person blatantly abusing a system whilst taking no shame in his actions at all. Today’s event was different in one way; I told this person why his actions were unacceptable and gave him a piece of my mind about it in hopes of perhaps making a change. Allow me to lay

out the situation. The District of Chetwynd has, among its countless other responsibilities, the duty of placing garbage cans and dumpsters about town and seeing that they are emptied. It’s a benefit to us all, as it lessens the litter is our streets and ditches. They’ve had a dumpster on District property at the water station near the airport for a long time. Its intended use, according to

District employees is for people to put their coffee cups, wrappers and other miscellaneous garbage into as they fill their water tanks. It is certainly NOT intended as a cost-free alternative to taking your household and other waste to the dump. However, this is exactly what I’ve seen time and time again. Today’s culprit was a repeat offender. My work has me spending a fair amount of time at this location, and I’ve seen this person numerous times doing the same thing. He pulls up in his pickup, and proceeds to unload garbage bag after garbage bag into this small dumpster until the lids can hardly close. He then

drives away merrily as though he’s just done an entirely harmless act that he is entitled to. Today as he went about his routine, wife and child in tow, I leaned out my window and said, “The dump is just up the road, you know.” He just smiled. He didn’t get it. I then proceeded to explain to him why what he was doing wasn’t ok. I explained that it’s the taxpaying residents of our town that foot the bill each time this dumpster has to be hauled away and emptied. “Well I pay taxes.” he rebutted. He still wasn’t getting it. This man had just entirely filled this dumpster with five industrial sized garbage bags, and felt that


by paying roughly one 3000th of the cost to haul it away, he was entitled to do so. The idea of driving his $60k truck to the dump and paying $5 to responsibly dispose of his waste was just too much for this man. He was clearly embarrassed, and starting to get loud, so I left it there. He got the point. Did he break the law? No. In fact, there’s not even a sign discouraging such acts. Heaven forbid we rely on common decency to prevail. Unfortunately there are always those who will abuse any courtesy. Give ‘em an inch, and they’ll take a mile. These are the same people I suspect that take not one or two, but 19

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and its partners already have government approval for a LNG pipeline and marine terminal in Kitimat. The proposed 463-kilometre Pacific Trail Pipeline has largely flown under the radar though, despite sharing many features with the Northern Gateway Pipeline: tankers in the Douglas Channel, a pipeline through remote northern B.C. wilderness, links to controversial environmental practices (oilsands and fracking, respectively), etc. During the election campaign

the Liberals were less open about their opposition to the Northern Gateway Pipeline than the NDP. But in a pre-election interview with the Citizen, Premier Christy Clark hinted strongly at where her government stood on the project. She told the Citizen that the project hadn't gotten any closer to meeting her five infamous conditions: a successful recommendation by the Joint Review Panel; world-class land-based spill response; world-class marine spill response; adequate consultation with First Nations and an appropriate economic

benefit to B.C. The province's final written arguments to the Joint Review Panel make it clear that Clark's government doesn't believe the two spill response conditions have been met. Many keen political observers, and ordinary voters as well, expected the Liberals to find reasons to approve the Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline f ollowing the election. While it's still possible for that to happen, it would require more backpedalling now than ever. Reading between the lines, it's likely the Liberal's stance is more


about the fifth condition, money, than out of genuine concern for the environment. Oil, after all, comes from Alberta while natural gas generates royalties for B.C. But regardless of the real reasons behind the Liberal government's stance, it's not surprising that Clark's government has done essentially the exact same thing an NDP government would have done. The Clark Liberals and Dix NDP are simply the right and leftsides of the same centrist coin. And it didn't matter which side won the electoral coin toss, Enbridge was going to lose.

breath mints as they leave the restaurant, then empty the ‘take a penny’ tray without ever leaving one. Sure, these acts may not be illegal, but they most certainly are contrary to the intent and abusive of such amenities. It’s unfortunate that these small acts of selfishness and ignorance occur daily throughout the world and even our community. We may never prevent them entirely, but I encourage everyone to step up and let these people know that their actions are noticed. If we can’t rely on common courtesy and civility, perhaps some shaming can help.

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DAWSON CREEK DAILY NEWS –––––––––––––– VICTORIA–The provincial government took its strongest stand yet against the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline on Friday. In its final argument to the National Energy Board's Joint Review Panel, lawyers for the government outlined in blunt terms why the project in its current form doesn't meet its standards. Northern Gateway is seeking environmental approval to build a pipeline from northern Alberta to Kitimat, linking the oilsands to Asian markets. The government argued the evidence Northern Gateway supplied to date has been inadequate and in some cases possibly even inaccurate. It said the company can't be trusted to learn from past mistakes such at the 2010 spill in Michigan on a pipeline owned by its parent company Enbridge. "In the province's submission, Enbridge has not demonstrated an ability to learn from its mistakes in order to avoid spills," the province wrote. "While

[Northern Gateway] witnesses provided lengthy statements in cross-examination about the changes Enbridge has made to its corporate culture in an effort to reduce the potential for spills in the future, given its pattern of making similar commitments in the past, there are serious reasons for concern that the commitments it has made in this proceeding will be hollow."

B.C. Throughout the cross-examination phase during the fall and winter, Environment Minister Terry Lake said the answers the company supplied were inadequate and during the recent election campaign Clark said Northern Gateway had not come close to meeting those conditions. Friday's document puts the government's concerns in writing, but Lake said the tough words in

ment was that the evidence Northern Gateway presented didn't provide adequate detail, especially around spill response plans. ''Trust me' is not good enough in this case," the province wrote. However, Enbridge vice-president for western access Janet Holder said it's too soon to produce the detailed plans the province is seeking. "We admit

Canada Columbia The province has been skeptical of Northern Gateway's plans for months. Last summer Premier Christy Clark unveiled five conditions she said any heavy oil pipeline proponent must meet before the government would consider a project: a successful recommendation by the Joint Review Panel; worldclass land-based spill response; world-class marine spill response; adequate consultation with First Nations and an appropriate economic benefit to

the final argument don't close the door completely on the project. "What we're saying is that everything we've seen to date simply doesn't make the grade at this point in terms of assuring British Columbians that the environment would be well-protected," Lake told the Canadian Press. "These are questions that are left hanging and we feel those need to be answered before we would support a certificate being issued." Among the chief concerns the province raised in its final argu-

that we haven't done detailed emergency response plans because a detailed Past 24 hr Radar Satellite emergency response plan would go down to a level of detail of actually having phone numbers," she said. "There's a lot of things you don't do until you know that you have a project." Holder believes Northern Gateway can address all of the concerns the province has raised in due course and said the strong language B.C. used in its final argument shouldn't been seen as

a sign the hurdles are too big to overcome. "The process is the process. We're at a stage in the process where you're preparing arguments and arguments are always very strong, clear statements," Holder said. "At this stage in the process -the process that we Canadians take great pride in -we've done more to date than any other pipeline application has ever done." When asked if she was surprised by any of the objections the province raised, Holder said it was a difficult question to answer before simply replying: "I don''t think there was anything there we hadn't heard." The province also expressed doubts about the reliability of the data Northern Gateway provided around the chances of certain types of spills occurring. "The province is concerned that the evidence before the JRP with respect to spills other than full-bore ruptures underplays their potential frequency, and therefore the risk they pose to British Columbia," the province wrote. Despite the province's objections, it doesn't have the authority to block the federal government from issuing a certificate to proceed to the next phase of the design. The Joint Review Panel will issue a recommendation in December and the federal cabinet will make the final ruling on a certificate, likely in early 2014.


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PeaceFM technical glitch leaves listeners with white noise BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Video killed the radio star at Peace FM last week, when a major technical glitch forced on and off radio silence for a total of about twelve hours. The interruption only partially interfered with Chet-TV broadcasts. At some point last week, the station’s studio-transmitter link was disabled unexpectedly, leaving residents in a sea of white noise, and DJs in a state of limbo. “Our studio link to the tower basically fried itself and we're not sure why. We went into recovery mode,” said Peace FM Executive Director Leo Sabulsky. Studio-transmitter links carry radio station signals from the broadcast studio to a radio transmitter. This often necessary practice, allows the reach of the signal to increase by placing the radio tower atop a mountain. In these remote locales, a much shorter tower is required; and a studio is completely impractical.

“It’s never failed us since 1996 and it’s a freak, it’s a fluke,” Sabulsky remarked. “Talking to people they say sometimes [the studiotransmitter link] will last 50 years, sometimes five years. We apologize to our

the staff. [They] never suffered at all really, staff actually honed their skills and improved,” Sabulsky stated. “Our technician did a marvellous job. What he did is, he hooked up a computer at our studio and a computer on the

customers and we're going to make it up to everyone, listeners and so on by delivering a very good quality product, we are doing very well. In terms of staff - the staff have done exceptionally well. But we had a technical nightmare.” Staff on Thursday last week showed their patience. At some points during the outage, their work day consisted of sitting in the studio on standby just in case - on the off chance - the transmitter might come back online. “I am really happy with

mountain and we went ahead and [had] an alternate source while we had to order parts and a new studio tower link.” The station ordered a replacement studio-transmitter link (STL) from a company in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Monday, after a few tense days of searching. STL failure is rare, but microwave relay emitters have been known to cause service interruptions for radio stations everywhere. Back up systems have been designed to automatically switch to a preselect-

ed recording so that broadcasts are uninterrupted during STL failures. Sabulsky says he expects the Chetwynd station will soon be equipped with such a system. “We've learned from this,” he said. “We will now have a back up system in place so that if something like this happens we can flip it very easy.” The station will cover the cost of the new STL by drawing from its emergency budget. Once taxes and shipping are factored in, it could be as high as $5,000. Sabulsky says he has been getting calls from community members expressing their concern over the dead-air. This, he sees as a positive. “I've got many people calling me and saying we miss you, so that's really genuine. The positive curveball here is we are missed and we certainly missed delivering a great product on air. We're [on air] right now and it will improve in a couple days.” He then added, “by the publishing of the paper, we will be 100 per cent.”

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Please Take Notice that the District of Chetwyndʼs 2013 Annual Report and 2012 Financial Report will be presented at the June 17, 2013 Regular Meeting which will be held at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the District Office. The report includes the Audited Financial Statements for the year ended December 31, 2012, the amount of Permissive Tax Exemptions granted by Council in 2012, a Progress Report regarding the status of the 2012 Goals and Objectives, and the Goals and Objectives set for 2013 and beyond.

Any persons wishing to review and/or comment on the 2013 Annual Report and 2012 Financial Report are encouraged to attend this meeting. Alternatively, copies of the Draft Report will be available for viewing and comment at the District Office located at 5400 North Access Road during regular work hours from June 3 18, 2013. D. B. (Doug) Fleming Chief Administrative Officer

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN- Wendy Brown is a marathon runner from the Babine Lake First Nation near Burns Lake. In 2011, she captured the gold medal at the Canadian National Masters Indoor Track and Field Championship. In 2012, when an explosion at a sawmill in Burns Lake killed two and left 19 injured, Brown took it upon herself to organize a fundraiser in Fort St. John, spending 30 consecutive hours walking laps at the Pomeroy Sport Centre track to raise $50,000 for the families of the victims of the explosion. Next weekend, she’ll be at it again. This time Brown will be running 327 kilometres to raise funds and awareness in support of the non-profit Northern Lights Recovery Centre Society’s (NLRCS) proposed treatment centre, which carries a price tag of more than $5 million. She has been training for several months, and was at the Fort St. John tradeshow in April, speaking about the need for an addictions recovery centre in northeast BC. The trek will begin June 15, when Brown will run from Fort St. John to Hudson’s Hope to Chetwynd, to Dawson Creek and then back to Fort St. John. The “Run for Recovery”, as it is being billed, is


expected to take her a couple of weeks. “The circle run symbolizes our communities working together to solve this problem that plagues our area,” wrote Bruce Lantz, Chairman of the NLRCS, in a letter aimed at garnering support from businesses and individuals. “[There’s a] great need for a residential treatment centre to help those with drug and alcohol addictions in the northeast. We are determined to bring such a centre to the Fort St. John area.” The numbers, as Lantz goes on to say, are indeed staggering. More than 450 persons dealing with drug and alcohol dependency are treated by Northern Health each year, while the Salvation Army and other organizations deal with an additional 200. With the lack of treatment in the northeast, the cost of sending loved ones to recovery centres in other areas throughout the

province can run as high as $30,000, Lantz said. The NLRCS will be accepting pledges and sponsors for Brown’s efforts on the run, but have not set a specific fundraising goal. “We are seeking a donated RV to act as a support vehicle,” said Lantz. “It, along with recognition for the sponsoring donor will be prominently featured in extensive media coverage of this event, as well as on our website, Facebook page, media releases, speeches and printed materials.” The RV will trail behind Brown as she runs and will be her home away from home on the road. Lantz and his team of directors, identified the need for the facility and


launched the initiative a year ago by conducting extensive consultations with experts in BC and Alberta, and with potential funders. “We've been blessed with significant funding

commitments from Shell Canada, the rural directors of the Peace River Regional District and others,” Lantz explained. "Nothing ever moves as quickly as we'd like but we're picking up steam and if all goes well we'll have shovels in the ground this spring.” Funding has also been provided by Encana, Ferus Wellsite Cryogenic Services, the District of Taylor and Northern Health. “We’ve come a long way,” Lantz said, “but now we need support to go further. We need to show potential funders that we have the support of our communities.” The facility, the first of its kind in Northeastern BC, would house up to 10 men and 10 women in separate wings, with 28-day, 42-day and 60-day treatment programs available for as little as $125 per day, depending on funding support. A youth wing will be added later. Specially trained addictions counsellors will administer these programs as well as spousal and aftercare programs. Individuals can purchase a $20 membership in the society to show potential funders the grassroots, community support and Lantz encourages any interested business to donate by getting in touch with the society. “No amount is too large or too small.”

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High school golf team travels to provincials GAME ON!

From left, coach Stu Garland, Dayton Waldie , Jason Kearns, Jon Watson, Liam Beattie and Trey Nichol.

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–––––––––––––– TRAIL – The Chetwynd Secondary School (CSS) Golf Team went to the "A" golf Provincials for small schools May 26-28. Travelling 1,300 km took the team two days to get there and two days to travel back. The small school division was represented by eight schools representing the eight different competitive zones throughout the province. Team coach Stu Garland sais the

shortness of the Peace area golf season makes it very difficult for northern schools to be competitive. “The southern schools have been playing golf for two or three months or more,” he said. “The lower mainland teams play in leagues while the CSS team played in one tourney, the zone qualifier.” Garland said the CSS team was glad for the opportunity to attend the tournament and improved their team score all three days.

The first day is a practice round with the next two days played as a team event with four of five players score counting. The CSS team score for two days was 761 which was good for 8th place. The team consisted of Liam Beattie, Jason Kearns, Dayton Waldie, Trey Nichol and Jon Watson. “The team really enjoyed the event and overall it was a positive experience,” Garland said. “The team is looking forward to trying again next year.”


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Success by Six celebrates 10th Anniversary

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYNDLast month marked the tenth anniversary of the early childhood development partnership known as Success by 6. The organization, primarily funded by the United Way and its local partners, exists in various communities across the country In British Columbia, Success by 6 was formed on May 21, 2003, when the United Way of the Lower

Mainland, Savings and Credit Unions of BC (now known as Central 1 Credit Union) and the government of BC, through the Ministry of Children and Family Development signed on to an Early Childhood Development Provincial Partnership. The community-driven initiative is dedicated to helping young children and their families by educating the community, mobilizing local resources to invest in and support prevention-focused early

childhood services, and encouraging community leaders to value early education and development. Over the past ten years, Success By 6 has built a network of community coalitions across BC that involve local credit unions, local United Ways and government representatives along with many diverse stakeholders from parents and grandparents, to educators, health professionals, local governments, Aboriginal leaders, and children’s librarians.


“Research has shown that the first six years lays the foundation for a person’s life,” Chetwynd Success by 6/Children First Coordinator April Whyte wrote in a release to the media last week. Whyte took over for former Chetwynd coordinator Kerry Silver at the end of May. “This groundbreaking partnership [brought] together the public, notfor-profit and business sectors with a vision that it takes a whole community to support families with children under six years of age. Communities understand the needs of their young families and are best positioned to respond to those needs,” Whyte added.

In Chetwynd, Success by 6 has funded various child-focused activities and events including, the breakfast club, imagination library, challenging behaviour workshop, bug in a rug bedtime stories, the Chetwynd health blitz, events for national child’s day, the Chetwynd Family Resource Corner, and more. Today, Success by 6 is a network of over 120 Early Childhood Coalitions in BC that support over 550 communities, involving 1700 people in the coalitions and additional 1,500 volunteers who take part in supporting their work. Locally, the organization relies on the generous donors to sponsor events like last week’s health

screening clinic for children aged 0-6, the Chetwynd Health Blitz. The event drew a record attendance. The group gratefully acknowledged the support from local such as businesses Talisman ($500), the Chetwynd Lions Club ($500), Larry’s Liquids ($400) and the Super-Valu, which gave the largest donation of $1000. The local Chetwynd Success by 6 chapter recently began running a Facebook page where local families can find resources and activity ideas for young ones. In the peace region, part time Success by Six coordinators can be found in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John.

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Darren Shankel on behalf of the Chetwynd Community Foundation presents Guy Boullion of CN Rail a certificate of thanks for CN’s recent donation of $7,000 to the Foundation. Photo submitted

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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A decision to disallow the South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS) to move their programs into Don Titus Elementary School (DTES) has left SPCRS struggling to find office space within Chetwynd. The programs that were scheduled to take place at DTES were the Stopping the Violence program, Children That Witness Abuse, a Women’s Counsellor and supervised visitation. However following concerns of student safety by both parents and teachers last month, School District 59 (South Peace) ordered a full review of the decision and later rescinded their permission to allow SPCRS in. Many DTES parents were under the understanding the renovations taking place at DTES were for Success by Six and child development programs. In an email to the Chetwynd Echo, SPCRS Department Manager Arden Smith said parent reaction to services being co-located in the service hub was very disappointing. “Our decision to colocate in the service hub was based on the desire to

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“The well being of children requires the well being of their family.”

embrace women in the community through multiple services thatultimately support the well being of families,” she said. “The well being of children requires the well being of their family. Family violence is not a situation involving "those people" and is no longer a private family matter; our neighbours, friends, family and coworkers are "those people"; the very people you and the children in your community see every day.” Smith said although abuse typically occurs in the privacy of people's homes, they are members of the community, regularly picking children up from school, attending Christmas events, participating in parent teacher interviews, attending and or coaching sporting events, as well as coming to work and attending general community functions. “Our staff are often in

the unique position of knowing who may not be suitable to be on the school grounds, which we see as an added level of safety,” she said. “At present, women and children who experience these personal challenges will continue to access service in a location separate from other supports.” “We all have a role ensuring the safety and well being of people in our communities and South z Peace Community Resources will continue to support women and children in Chetwynd.” Because the SPCRS renovations at DTES were paid for through grant money, Smith said it’s unknown what the next step will be. However, in a newsletter to parents from DTES officials said they will be seeking to work with other community programs to utilize the space.


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Pair of Peace Region poets to be honoured at Rolla’s Sweetwater905 festival

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– ROLLA - Two Peace region poets, Rebekah Rempel and Donna Kane, will be honoured at the upcoming Sweetwater905 Festival in Rolla, BC. Rempel and Kane have been featured along with 75 other wordsmiths from across the province in Force Field – 77 Women Poets of BC, the first province-wide anthology of women poets published in 34 years. The collection was edited by Governor General’s Literary Award-winning poet Susan Musgrave. Although the book had

been published in April, the northern BC launch will be held next weekend as part of the 9th annual Sweetwater905 Festival in Rolla, 16 kilometres north of Dawson Creek. “Rolla has long been a hotbed of creativity in the north,” a media release from festival organizers states. “You could say it has its own particular force fields, and one of them is situated at 905 Sweetwater Road.” The three day event, which takes place June 14, 15, and 16, is a celebration of music, poetry, art and performance held each year on the ranch of Rolla resident

and visual artists, Emilie Mattson, whose work can be found in art galleries across the province.

winning poets John Barton, Jeanette Lynes, Barry McKinnon, G.P Lainsbury and Marilyn Belak.

The launch will be held June 14 at 7 p.m. in Mattson’s art studio. The festival will also feature readings by award-

In addition, Prince George writer Graham Pearce, filmmaker Julian Pinder, visual artists Karl Mattson, Caily Oldershaw

and Cheri McKenzie will entertain festival-goers between performance sets from artists such as Halifax musician Ben Caplan, New country music York singer/songwriter Ted Russell Kamp, acousticfolk trio Twin Peaks and Dawson Creek’s rockabilly road hounds, the Dodge City Rockets. The artists being honoured are well known in their field. Both currently reside in Rolla. Rempel studied creative writing at the University of Victoria. Her work was previously featured in a collection of poems from women in Northern BC

titled Unfurled, and she also took part in the “Written in Stone” project which created a public display of poetry along Dawson Creek’s walking trail. Kane has published reviews, essays, poetry and short fiction in literary journals and magazines across the country, and her work has been aired on the CBC. She is the author of two collections of poetry and her writing has been included in a number of other anthologies. For more information on the Sweatwater905 festival, v i s i t

Please join us for an open house to talk about the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project Bring your questions and we’ll supply the refreshments. For more information, please call our project information line at 1.855.253.0099 or email us at

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Proposed route follows existing line through to Willow Flats DAWSON CREEK DAILY NEWS –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – Peace Region residents were given their opportunity to affect the environmental assessment process for the one of the latest major pipeline projects proposed for British Columbia on Wednesday, May 22. Spectra Energy and their partner BG Group have put forth a plan that would see the construction of a new natural gas transmission system from the northeast corner of the province to a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export hub on Ridley Island in Prince Rupert. The company held an open house in Fort St. John to discuss the project with the public and ensure environmental concerns would be addressed by their application to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) "The B.C. Environmental Assessment Office requires that we go out to the communities when we're doing our draft application information requirements," said Evan Saugstad, manager of aboriginal affairs and permitting with Spectra in Fort St. John, adding that the open house is an opportunity for the public to "influence what ... we state in the application." "The public comment period began at the beginning of May and goes until


June 2," said Mike Peterson, a project assessment manager with the EAO, who was representing that agency at the open house. "What we're looking for is just comments from the public on the draft application information requirements," he continued. "What we're looking for is to make sure that we're looking at the right values and that we're using the right methodologies." Prior to the open houses, EAO asks the project proponent to supply all the information they will be presenting during the sessions. "A lot of their placards are on some of ... the value components," Peterson said of Spectra. "And I think that's good. Because that's what we're looking for, is information on the value components. Do we have the right ones? Are we missing some? What we basically do is just ask the proponent to speak to those. "They've also spoken to things like some of the routing and so on and so forth, because there's lots of questions [that] come up on that," he added. "EAO works with the proponents to make sure that we do have that information there to get some good response." After the open houses, EAO gives the comments they receive to the project proponent. "Once we're satisfied

with the proponent's the next stage would be information requireresponse to the comments, issuing the application ments," said Peterson.

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Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Sukunka Coal Mine Project

Open House and Invitation to Comment Glencore, previously Xstrata Coal Canada, (Proponent) is proposing to develop and operate the Sukunka Coal Mine (proposed Project), an integrated surface and underground metallurgical coal mine located approximately 55 kilometres south of Chetwynd and 40 kilometres west of Tumbler Ridge, in northeast British Columbia. The proposed Project would initially produce 1.5 to 2.5 million tonnes per year increasing to 6 million tonnes per year when underground mining begins. The proposed Project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act and, where applicable, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. However, prior to submission of an application (Application) for a certificate by the Proponent, Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) must first approve Application Information Requirements.

The Application Information Requirements will specify the studies to be conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the Proponent in its Application. EAO has now received draft Application Information Requirements from the Proponent and invites comments on this draft.

In order to provide information about the Application Information Requirements EAO invites the public to attend an Open House. There will be an Open House, to be held as follows: at: Chetwynd Rec Centre, 4552 N Access Road on: June 24, 2013 from: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. there will be a presentation by EAO on the process with an opportunity to ask questions about the process. A second presentation will also be given by the Proponent in relation to the proposed Project. There are 32 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the draft Application Information Requirements. The comment period will begin on June 14, 2013 and end on July 15, 2013. NOTE:

All comments received during this comment period in relation to the Application Information Requirements will be considered. The intention of seeking public comments is to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process. At this stage of the process, the primary intent is to receive feedback about the studies or information required for a comprehensive environmental assessment. After taking public comments into account, EAO will finalize the Application Information Requirements and issue them to the Proponent.

EAO accepts public comments through the following ways: x By Online Form at x By Mail: Josh Handysides, Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1 x By Fax:

Fax: 250-356-7440

An electronic copy of the Application Information Requirements and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at Copies of the Application Information Requirements are also available for viewing at these locations: x Glencore Chetwynd Office, 5028B 49th Avenue x District of Chetwynd Office, 5400 N. Access Rd. x Chetwynd Public Library, 5012 46th St. x Tumbler Ridge Public Library, 340 Front St. If you are unable to participate at this time, there will be an additional comment period during the Application Review stage when you will also be able to provide comments to EAO on the proposed Project.

All submissions received by EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website.


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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The 9th Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition is here and this weekend is shaping up to be cutting edge. Carvers from as far away as Japan, United Kingdom and Germany are squaring off in a timed event that lasts four days, culminating in the completion and judging of their masterpieces. Appearing in this year’s lineup are: returning champion Chris Foltz, Oregon, USA; Tomas Vrba, Slovakia; Steven Kenzora,

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Ontario; Paul Frenette, Ontario, Canada; Tommy Craggs, Durham, UK; Jeff Samudosky, Connecticut, USA; Ryan Anderson, Oregon, USA; Ken Braun Colorado, USA; Jr., Stephanie Huber, Germany; Hikaru Kodama, Japan and Hiromu Kurita, Japan. This year’s competition also boasts two special guests, Steven Higgins of the UK – a regular competitor who is returning this year as a guest judge and Quick Carve auctioneer and reality television show star Ryan Cook of SawDogs who will be assisting Ontario carver Paul Frenette. Both will be

carving pieces throughout the week for public purchase. They will be located at the Chetwynd Visitor Centre and at the carving grounds. Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce Manager and event organizer Tonia Richter said she’s excited about this year’s competition. “We have such diverse group of carvers from all over the world,” she said. “It’s going to be very stiff competition this year.” Richter says the one to watch out for is Chris Foltz who is returning for his fifth year. “With two first place wins under his belt I'm

sure he's going to pull out all the stops at this years event,” she said. Stephanie Huber is the competitions lone female carver who has traveled from Germany to compete and her assistant Glynis Verrazzano is from Colorado. “The two make up our first female team ever to compete in the Chetwynd International Carving Championship,” Richter said. The competition began Thursday and continues Saturday 8 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to Please see "THIS YEARʼs," page 15

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This yearʼs lineup creating a buzz throughout the Peace Continued from page 14

1 p.m. with quick carve starting at 2 p.m. and auction and awards at 3 p.m. Carvers begin at 8 a.m. each day and have a total of 35 hours over a period of four days. More than $10,000 in prize money is up for grabs and each carver receives a $1,000 appearance fee to assist them with travel costs. On Sunday afternoon prior to the awards ceremony each carver creates a ‘quick carve,” – a piece that’s started and finished within 45 minutes. Following the quick carve the piece are auctioned off with the proceeds of the carvings going back to the artist. To help with parking issues this year Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines is sponsoring a horse drawn shuttle compliments of long time resident (and 2011 Volunteer of the Year) Ed Bodo to

place winners from each year are on display outside the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce. The remaining carvings are put on display throughout the community. After this year there will be more than 120 carvings throughout town.

Chetwynd’s competition is currently capped at 12 carvers and is by invitation only. Keeping the event at one dozen carvers allows the community to host the event at minimal cost but also allows organ-

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Students from Windrem Elementary show of their projects at the schools annual science fair, while judge Bob Shirley looks on. The school-wide event gave potential future scientists a chance to discover, learn, and demonstrate some of the natural wonders of the world we live in. Photos by Mike Carter

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Students in Grades Kindergarten to 7 spent the entire day outside participating in a variety of events including long jump and archery.

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Railway issues in Chetwynd: the fight is not over The Mayor’s Report


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n the good company of Doug Fleming and Councillor Galbraith, I just completed a telephone conference call hosted by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Topic: railway issues common to municipalities across British Columbia. From White Rock to Chetwynd and Valemount to Smithers, our pain and frustrations are the same: blocked crossings, whistle blowing, communication, the powerlessly disheartening sense that we are confronting a giant with a

wet spaghetti. The frustration latent in the voices on the telephone was palpable. Big railroads and big government are not dialed in to the plaintive pleas of comsleep-deprived muters resignedly tapping their fingers at the crossings. Not surprising. We’ve all been there more often than we care to remember. Big railroad and big government both live very far away. Naturally, they tend to ignore a single, lonely voice in the wilderness. Therefore, the resolve to unite our voices to collectively create an increasing crescendo of focused intent that clearly defines our minimum needs, and that cannot be ignored forever. The FCM already has taken up the nation-wide

“In a sense, we in Chetwynd are much less afflicted than our compatriots in communities such as Valemount, Fernie or Mission...”

campaign for us. The FCM actually has a working committee on the job urging our very reasonable needs and pushing toward resolution of this national problem. In a sense, we in Chetwynd are much less afflicted than our compatriots in communities such as Valemount, Fernie, or Mission where trains will rumble, shake, and whistle

past at 80 k per hour every few minutes. That doesn’t mean that we should give up the effort to reduce our pain. In fact, we should increase the effort and work much smarter, if not harder. Hence, our climbing aboard the FCM train to blow our collective whistle and perhaps wake up big railway and big government in the night or sit on their crossings for a

while – just to get attention. The obstacles are enormous. Big railway and big government don’t move easily and they don’t hear well. To get them with us to the same table to discuss matters of no concern to them doesn’t rank high on their to-do lists. We can’t boycott the railroads nor can we stop paying our taxes. Be it far from me to even harbor such thoughts. But we can put on the pressure – with good suggestions accompanying – in every legitimate way. You should take every opportunity to raise the issue with your member of parliament because railway is regulated by the federal government. You should write your federal minister frequently. But don’t lie

down in front of the trains. As for the efforts of the District of Chetwynd, your elected Councillors, the Mayor, and the Administration are working through all available avenues to get the message to Ottawa. Councillor Pfanner has just attended the FCM annual convention where he met with representatives of the FCM and the railroad to personally press our case for mitigation of the most pressing issues: excessive waits at the crossings and whistle blowing through the town. The fight is not over. 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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Canada The proponent subsequently puts together their application based on those requirements. Columbia "We would run a screening process," added Peterson. "And then, if they met the requirements in the [application information requirements], we would initiate the application." The Fort St. John stop was one of two open houses - the other taking place in Prince George on Tuesday, May 21 - specific to the environmental assessment process, but Spectra also held a series of similar events in Fort St. James, Smithers, New Hazelton, Terrace, Burns Lake, Mackenzie, Chetwynd and Hudson's Hope between February 18 and March 7. The public can also comment on the project through the website and Spectra's offices in Fort St. John, Prince George and Terrace. Peterson said the route of the pipeline has been the biggest topic of conversation, particularly when it comes to issues such as stream or river crossings and areas where wildlife of concern such as caribou reside. The proposed route follows an existing Spectra pipeline corridor south from the Cypress area to Willow Flats just west of Chetwynd. The company is considering three possi-

bilities from that point. The pipeline could head west to Kitsault before traveling south to Prince Rupert underwater or it could drop into the ocean south of Kitsault. The third option is to build the pipeline on land all the way to Prince Rupert. Saugstad noted that the discussion around the project varies from community to community along the over 850 kilometres the pipeline would traverse. Salmon are a big concern in the northwest. "It's so important to their cultures and their wellbeing," said Saugstad. "And then you get more into the northeast here," he added, "and then it's maybe more on gas production and [land] disturbance. And through the mountains, it's caribou. "You have the mountain caribou in the Rockies," he continued. "I think that's a longstanding issue up here from Tumbler Ridge right up into the Pine Pass with the low numbers of the mountain caribou. A lot of interest on effects on bears, but that comes more from people that have never been around pipelines. Generally, bears like pipelines, but then hunters know bears like pipelines." One interesting issue already identified by Spectra is the presence of contaminated sediments in the water at Alice Arm left by the old mining operation at Kitsault.

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"They had an ocean dumping program," said Saugstad. "They took the tailings from the mine, they put them on a barge, and they went out in the inlet and they dumped them in the ocean. "It's not known how much heavy metals are actually in those tailings," he added. Spectra is concerned about what the effect might be if they choose the undersea pipeline route and disturb those sediments during construction. "Coming up this summer, we'll take a remotely operated submarine they're huge - and they will follow our whole underwater route with a video camera," said Saugstad, explaining how Spectra plans to assess that risk. Additional remote submersibles will also be used to take core samples from the ocean floor to determine the composition, depth and stability of that

surface so the company can decide if they will bury the pipe or rest it on the ocean floor. "And in the terms of those sediments," he continued, "take samples, send them to the lab, and see what is actually there." Saugstad indicated the public isn't as concerned about the product - natural gas - as they are with oil pipeline projects such as Enbridge's Northern Gateway, but they still have questions about the construction and operation of the project. Saugstad seems confident Spectra can earn their trust. "We've been in B.C. for 57 years," he said. "Most people out west never heard of us. We say that's a good thing. Because, as you know, bad news is always on the front page." The company also works hard to minimize their impact on the surrounding environment and communities during the construc-

tion phase. "We're confined to narrow rightofways. So, there's a lot of planning ... to get you down to the lowest footprint possible," Saugstad explained. "Locating your camps and your workers as close to the sites as you can so you keep them off the roads, free up the roads for the local people. Water management is a big one - controlling your water for your stream crossings and rainfall events. Burning your garbage so bears don't get into garbage and become nuisance bears." Another important consideration is avoiding construction of the undersea portion during the commercial fishing season so as not to disrupt that industry. "That's all going to be planned." Much of the early work is already well underway. "We're out right now consulting with the communities - all the First Nations, local communities, stakeholders," said Saugstad, adding that Spectra will also be talking to trappers and guide outfitters to understand the impact the project could have on their activities. Biologists are already collecting information, including determining fish species living around potential water crossings using electrofishing and net pens. "I think it's generally supportive," Saugstad said of the public opinion of the

emerging LNG industry in B.C. "There is a lot of interest on how many projects there may be and the cumulative total of all of those - number of plants, number of pipes, number of wells to feed the pipes. "And a lot of confusion about who's doing what ... and are they all going to happen." Spectra is hoping to submit their application in early 2014, assuming BC EAO will take about a year to assess that application and make their decision in early 2015. "Then it will take six months or a year for the companies to decide whether it's feasible," said Saugstad. "They would come to their FID - or final investment decision - and then construction would start after that. The LNG plant would probably take about four years to build." That would put the operational date in 2020 or 2021. "Some are more aggressive," said Saugstad, discussing how the timeline for Spectra and BG compares to other LNG project proposals. But it remains to be seen whether they can get through the environmental assessment process and make all those decisions." The process of securing sales contracts could also delay actual shipments of LNG, but market issues don't concern Saugstad right now. "The business side will sort itself out."


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Caribou herd numbers have dropped dramatically

LINSEY KITCHING Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – Things aren’t looking good for the caribou herds around Tumbler Ridge. According to the most recent caribou counts, which numbers were just released, the Quintette herd is down 28 percent from an estimated 173 count in 2008 to an estimated 128 in 2010. The Bearhole herd is almost dissolved with a count of 80 in 2008 down to an estimated 21 in late 2012. The Ministry of Environment says “Caribou recovery is a priority for the BC government and it has taken action to meet the necessary goals for recovering this species.” Yet, no overt action has been released to the public for these northern caribou herds. The ministry says, “The Province is currently working with industry

and First Nations to protect 90 per cent of caribou habitat for these seven herds in the South Peace area, as well as implementing required management actions.” The ministry was unavailable to offer comment before publication. The goal of the South Peace Northern Caribou Plan, which was released in October of 2012, more than seven months ago, has an objective to increase the population of the seven herds involved by more than 1,200 animals across their range within 21 years. With the Quintette herd declining by an estimated 28 percent over four years, and the Bearhole herd having declined an estimated 74 percent, it seems as though the numbers are suggesting the opposite is happening, and at a rapid rate. The South Peace Northern Caribou Management Model

explains how industry is impacting the caribou habitat, “…there is considerable interest in expanding industrial activity in the region. The area has a long history of mineral, petroleum natural gas and forestry development. In the boreal portion of woodland caribou range these developments are correlated with population declines, likely caused by changes in the broader predator-prey system that result in lower caribou survival (Sorensen et al. 2008, Environment Canada 2011, Latham 2011).” The caribou, considered a species at risk, have been an obstacle to Quintette mine opening as they had to re-submit their environmental assessment to mitigate their caribou management plan. In a previous interview in November 2012 Ray Proulx, Senior Coordinator, Community and Aboriginal Affairs for Teck explained, “We

recently achieved a mile stone in that our Caribou plan was accepted for review. Back in April when we submitted our application we were informed the caribou plan, because of the in-term guidelines needed to be updated. We took some time over the summer and to do so in consultation with first nations specifically. We got the plan to a point where we felt comfortable submitting it to the province which we did in early October and we were informed in later October that the plan was fit for review. It went through the prescreening process and we were informed on November 5 that the whole application was in queue for the mines act permit amendment process.” After the recent caribou count numbers were released, Proulx, on behalf of Teck said, “We have developed a monitoring and protection plan for caribou for our Quintette project, consistent

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with the Government of British Columbia’s caribou management strategy, that takes into account best practices for habitat management and land use planning. Teck is also an active member of the Peace Northern Caribou Committee, which is working to identify and implement actions to help support the recovery of caribou populations throughout the region,” he continues, “We take our responsibility to protect caribou very seriously and will continue to work with government, First Nations, communities and other stakeholders to address this important issue.” Tumbler Ridge News is still waiting for an interview with the biologists’ who have been studying the herds to offer more information and insight. Due to election time and the reconfiguration of government, we are hopeful biologists will soon be able to speak to this matter.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 11am-2pm at the, Chetwynd Hospital – Community Healing Garden. Bring a Plant to the Garden, also are looking for Donations to fill the Garden. Contact the Economic Development Office at 4014113.

Chetwynd Chainsaw Ca r v i n gs

Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship Invitational June 6-9, 2013. Carving starts at 8 am and ends at 6 pm Thursday - Saturday. Carving starts at 8 am Sunday and ends at 1 pm for judging. Don’t miss the Quick-Carve contests on Sunday! Spectators are welcome to stop by the carving contest at any time. Watch these talented carvers as they turn wood into spectacular art! Choose your favourite Carving, then show up on, Sunday or Saturday to vote for the People’s Favorite Award.

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Planters will be made available on a first request basis to assist local businesses that are interested in beautifying the fronts of their place of operation. To request your planter contact the Chamber of Commerce at 250-401-4113

Welcome to the fourth year of the Chetwynd’s Farmers’ Market. In 2013, the Chetwynd’s Farmers’ Market will have a NEW location and NEW times. The Chetwynd’s Farmers’ Market will be located at the Spirit Park (behind Northern Industrial Sales) and will operate on Thursdays from 12 – 5 pm May 16 – October 10, 2013. The cost is $10 per vendor per market and more vendors are always needed. At the Chetwynd’s Farmers’ Market there is variety of local produce and crafts including some seasonal plants, fruits, Adopt an Area, Block or vegetables, honey, eggs, baking, cards, jewelry, paintings, Trail Program photography, clothing & wood work. Start June and Finish on August For more information, please contact 250-788-9327. 31, 2013. Register Now 250- 4014113.

Rain Barrel Rebate

Upon the purchase of a rain barrel from a local store, residents of the District of Chetwynd will be eligible for a $25.00 rebate to maximum of $50.00 per household. To obtain the rebate, residents must complete an application form (available at the District Office) with their name, address and signature and supply a dated receipt from a local business as proof of purchase of a rain barrel.

Chainsaw Carving - Maintenance

The District of Chetwynd is offering a maintenance program for business that own handcrafted chainsaw carvings within the municipality. The Chainsaw Carvings are beautiful and we have added this program to help businesses with maintenance needs for the existing Chainsaw Carvings that are located on the frontage of the businesses. The District of Chetwynd will rebate 50% of the expense to have the carving maintenance completed up to a maximum of $250 for each local business that participates. If you have any questions regarding the program please contact me at the District office, 401-4113 or email Thank you for participating in our program to maintain the wonderful carvings we have in our community.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 11am-2pm at the, Chetwynd Hospital – Community Healing Garden. Bring a Plant to the Garden, also are looking for Donations to fill the Garden. Contact the Economic Development Office at 401-4113.

Composting Rebate

The Composting Program will continue with a $25 rebate, from the District of Chetwynd, on a composter purchased locally. This is another way to give residents incentive to recycle by composting and add to the existing beauty.

Live a day the Northern Way

Be a tourist in your own town for the month of June 2013. Get out & explore your community Open House – Visitor Centre, Contact Chamber of Commerce 250-788-3345.

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