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Plan aims to increase the herds numbers from 23 to over 650 in two decades BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– MOBERLY LAKE- On Monday morning, the West Moberly First Nations unveiled what it is calling a “precedent setting action plan� to save the Klinse-za caribou herd from the brink of extinction. “We made a bit of a splash,� said Chief Roland Willson. The plan follows the requirements of Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SRA) and aims to boost the herd’s numbers from 23 to over 650 within the next 21 years, calling for protection of critical habitats, culling of wolves and creating safe penning areas for calving.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time that a First Nation has ever drafted a plan that meets the criteria set out in the Species at Risk Act. Once adopted, this plan will be a historic achievement both for First Nations and for caribou conservation,� Willson said. The plan was produced collaboratively with Dr. Scott McNay, one of the premier experts on the northern caribou in the province. “Due to the critical state of the Klinse-za herd, emergency measures are required to stabilize the herd as soon as it is biologically practicable,� McNay states in the report. “Wolves are deemed the most imminent threat of

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mortality; direct measures to reduce wolf numbers is ranked as the highest priority action to implement.� West Moberly has been developing the plan for quite some time, but it was put on the back burner when they took the government took court. In 2011, West Moberly won that case in the BC Court of Appeal, successfully arguing that the BC government failed to properly consult them on the impacts the approval of mining permits for a First Coal Corporation coal

mine would have on the Burnt Pine winter caribou herd in the subalpine and alpine areas of Mount Le Hudette, Mount Stephenson, and Howling Wolf Peak. The mining permits were issued in 2009. Following this victory, the BC government released a plan in November 2012 that committed them to the protection of 90 per cent of identified high-elevation winter caribou habitat across the south Peace. This called for an increase the

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northern caribou population in the south peace region from 1100 to 1200 within three caribou generations, approximately 21 years. But according to First leaders, this Nations increase of 100 over 21 years does too little to recover the population. They also criticize the plan for focusing too heavily on predator management through a wolf cull, which doesn’t work when used as the sole measure to increase herd numbers, Willson says. “What happens is you shoot off the alpha-male wolves and then the pack doesn't have a leader anymore and all the other male wolves break off and make their own packs so now instead of dealing with one big pack, you're dealing with a whole pile of little packs that eventually become big packs.� While the West Moberly plan also includes a slight wolf cull, it is not solely reliant on this to solve the problems facing the herd.

“Our plan kind of is a more holistic approach, it looks at reducing linear disturbances [and] the creation of what they call early seral forests, what happens after they log of all the trees, all that new growth that comes up. That creates a prime moose habitat, which competes with caribou habitat. There is predator management in there but we think that we don't have to focus as much on predator management and we can focus a little more on reducing the linear disturbances.� The message this action plan seems to send the government is that the focus needs to be on the cumulative impacts to the land from development. “We have been for years talking about a cumulative impact assessment,� Willson said. “This is the only place in the province where everything is going on all at once. They just keep piling stuff on and so, we're not saying stop all Please see "60 DAY," page 11

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German couple’s murder remains unsolved

Chetwynd Echo Staff –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – It’s been 30 years and police are still seeking information regarding two unsolved murders, which occurred in October of 1983. The bodies of 27-yearold, Bernd Goehricke of Stuttgart and his 22-yearold fiancé, Andrea Scherps of Fulda, were located on an isolated road, 32 kilometers south of Chetwynd. Both had been shot and their property taken. According to the October 19, 1983 edition of the Chetwynd Echo, identification had to be made through a friend of the couple in Edmonton. They were to have boarded a flight from Vancouver to Amsterdam and Frankfurt on Oct. 7 – the day after their bodies were found. RCMP said the victims were last seen hitchhiking westbound near Dawson Creek toward Chetwynd, and were known to be in possession of various items of hiking/camping gear, none of which has been recovered to date. Property belonging to Bernd Goericke: German passport No. D3900872. German drivers licence No. 146777. International drivers licence No. 2151383. "LOWE" backpack, green in color with black bottom.

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(Has hole 10 cm from bottom with an "Eidelweiss" flower patch.) Blue nylon mummy type sleeping bag. Green Army type jacket with zipper. Pocket type German/English dictionary. Small circular propane type camping stove. Daily diary written in German. Orange cotton jacket with pile exterior. White T-shirt with printing "Snowden mouldings for better penetration, the current axe". Brown guitar, make unknown, contained in a brown vinyl type bag. Pair of hiking boots, make unknown. Igloo type green coloured tent with exterior frame. Property belonging to Andrea Scherps: German passport No. S4114020. I.D. card No. 04367598. German drivers licence No. 66177. International drivers

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licence No. 3783. Blue "LOWE" backpack. Blue nylon mummy type sleeping bag. Canon AEl camera with lens ser. 1330139. Ladies brown leather purse. Sleeping bag liner made of old linen sheets sewn together, white with pale red, green and blue stripes. Ladies digital watch, make unknown. Blue cotton jacket with pile exterior. Pair of red canvas shoes. Pair of brown leather shoes. Pair of hiking boots. Pair of roman type sandals. Blue jeans. Red short-sleeved dress with

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brass rivets. Necklace and Oval broach (1 cm) engraved with leaves. Black and purple cotton skirt with silver sparkles white and green Tank top “The suspect and vehicle information initially provided in connection with this incident revealed a male driving a 1960's Chevrolet pick up purchased gasoline on the 4th and 5th of October 1983 at Prince George, Quesnel, McLeese Lake, Lac La Hache and 100 Mile House,” Cst. Lesley Smith, North District Media

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Relations Officer said in a press release this week. The male suspect was described as Caucasian, approximately 40 years old, 5'9" tall, 190 lbs, with straight collar-length brown hair and a medium to dark complexion. He walked with slumped shoulders and wore a longsleeved green shirt, possibly the same color pants or blue jeans, a dark colored hunter-style cap with foldup earflaps and a vest (color unknown). “Chetwynd RCMP and the North District Major Crime Unit continue to investigate the murder of Bernd and Andrea,” Smith said. “The person responsible for their murder is still at large and police are making every effort to bring justice to this heinous crime.” In 2009, the CBC inves-

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tigative news show the Fifth Estate aired a special on the mystery entitled “Someone got away with Murder” (you can watch show here: that 0 0 9 / s o m e one_got_away_with_murder/ video.html) Initially police had zeroed in on a Chetwynd resident by the name of Andrew Rose. Rose was arrested, tried and convicted twice for their murders. Over the course of 12 years of investigation and a lengthy jail sentence, the charges against Rose were eventually stayed in 2001 as forensic evidence cleared his name. In 1997 RCMP received information that a man by the name of Vance Hill, a former Prince George resident living in Puyallup, Washington, confessed to the murder of the two Germans before committing suicide. Despite this, the case still remains unsolved and the property belonging to both Bernd and Andrea is still missing. Any person having information pertaining to the above missing property, the suspect or suspect vehicle is requested to contact the Chetwynd RCMP at 250788-9221 or call Crimestoppers at 1-800222-8477.

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o, Looks like there may be significant movements in the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana coming down the pipe. (See what I did there?) Citing public safety concerns, federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq

rolled out (HA!) new medical-marijuana rules last week in Ottawa, citing overwhelming growth in medical-marijuana users as reason to ban patients from growing their own. Under the new regime, the government will no longer produce or distribute medical pot, and medical marijuana users will no longer be allowed to grow the product at home. How dopey is that? (and again…!) Aglukkaq’s move is one


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that is being made completely out of ignorance and fear, with one of her reasons stating safety for pharmacists. As was quoted in an editorial in the Province this week: “It's a regressive move that totally ignores professional medical and policing opinion on the uselessness of pot prohibition, not to mention the huge public cost and violence that stems from continuing to make illegal this relatively harmless drug,

especially when it's being used as medicine.” Hear hear! The fact that the government is using the safety of pharmacies as one of their excuses is hilarious: any fool who would bother breaking into a pharmacy would go for oxycontin and morphine and not medical marijuana. Marc Emery, a long time pot activist in BC -who is currently in jail for selling pot seeds by mail order to people in the US -believes

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the legalizing and regulating of weed would shut down the billion dollar illegal pot industry and the gangs that profit from it. He’s right. We all know it. It's always been mind boggling to me that drug education programs (*coughDAREcough* ) roll pot (one more time!) into the same class as heroin and pcp. It's ridiculous - especially when pot is less harmful than tobacco or alcohol.

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Pesticides are designed as tools to address problems

Chetwynd Echo, May 31, 2013 Pesticides help protect private and public properties from insect, weed and disease infestations and control threats to human health, like rats and mosquitoes. They also help ensure that Canadians have a safe and affordable supply of food. To the Editor: Unfortunately, a recent column Re: Spraying poison in places we provided misinformation about play: There has to be an alternative, the safety of pesticides used to

protect private and public green spaces and it must be corrected. Readers can be assured that before any pesticide can be sold in Canada, it must first be approved by Health Canada. This process involves a comprehensive set of over 200 tests and a review of all scientifically credible studies that exist to ensure that the product will not cause harm to people, animals or the environment.



Through this process pesticides receive a greater breadth of scrutiny than any other regulated product and only those products that meet Health Canada’s strict health and safety standards are registered for sale and use. The fact of the matter is that pesticides used on lawns and gardens are designed as tools to address specific pest problems infesting valuable landscapes.

By all means, readers can practice other techniques to keep their lawns and gardens healthy, but they should know that pesticides can be safely used and Canadians should feel comfortable if they choose to use them. Sincerely, Lorne Hepworth President, CropLife Canada – representing the plant science industry

The PRRD residents are not feeling baffled, they are feeling lied to

To the Editor: It appears Karen Goodings, Chair of the Regional Board and the Administration is running the show. I personally did not see their names on the ballot. When will the people we elected realize that these two characters are making fools of them? I think it is time our elected representatives pay attention to the thousands of people who’s names are on the petition and quit trying to water

down this by-law or trying to brainwash the very people that said, ”get rid of By-law 1996 2011 in it’s entirety.” Stop wasting taxpayer’s money on information meetings, now, after the fact, the time to do that was before it was adopted. Instead, Bruce Simard, General Manager of Development Services, is telling us he is trying to get through to us. The only thing we are “Baffled” by is the contra-

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any other country. At the end of the day, the government needs to leaf (I couldn’t help myself) the pot smokers alone and focus on the dozens of other issues that are much more important.

No pot deaths codone. Interesting. Do you know how many people have died from marijuana overdoses? Zero. Ever. In Canada or

dictory information being circulated by Mr. Simard and so, by the Regional Board. Our elected representative should let him know that he underestimated the intelligence of the people trying to survive on the twelve million hectors in question. Remember, if Karen Goodings, Chair of the Regional Board gets her way the people living on the twelve million hectors will be controlled by this by-law. If we let them

negotiate and “tweak” this By-law, you can be sure the missing pieces will sneak back in at some future date when nobody is watching. I would ask you not to pay too much attention to Mr. Simard, Mr. Banam or Mr. Bolin, Realestate Broker/ city Counciller/ Mayor’s alternate/who sat on the Regional Board on April 26 2012 when the by-law was given the third reading as amended. The time for our Elected

Representatives to take a stand is long overdue. Remember, we the taxpayer, pay you to attend these meetings and we also pay our own way to the said meetings to stop this madness. Next time try informing the public before the final reading of a by-law like this. Maybe try something simple like ads in a newspaper that everyone gets, a flyer in the mail like you do for simple zoning changes and maybe a public,

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Cabinet increased by one to 19 ministers

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– VANCOUVER- Premier Christy Clark unveiled her new cabinet last Friday in front of a crowd of hundreds of supporters at a ceremony held outside of the Vancouver Convention Centre. Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm was named the Minister of Agriculture. As Minister of Agriculture, Pimm will work to ensure that British Columbians buy local BC agri-food products, ensure BC takes advantage of new market opportunities in Asia and work to break down interprovincial barriers to create new opportunities in Canada to market BC wines. Pimm was in Vancouver all week and was not available to talk specifically about what this work will involve.

Pimm has previously served as a member of the province’s treasury board, was the parliamentary secretary for the northeast, and held the position as chair of the northern caucus and two select standing committees on Aboriginal affairs and finance and government services. Two new ministries were created – natural gas and international trade – while getting rid of the position of minister of state for seniors. “This is an exciting moment for British Columbia,� Clark said. “British Columbians have asked us to build a strong economy, a secure tomorrow, and a lasting legacy for generations.� Clark added one minister to the cabinet to increase its pre-election size to 19 ministers, plus the premier. The appointments were a mix of rook-

My new team has the experience and the fresh perspectives... CLARK

ie MLAs and MLAs from the Gordon Campbell era , who stood by her through the difficult years since she became leader of the party. All new cabinet ministers were sworn in Monday morning. “My new team has the experience and the fresh perspectives that government needs, representing all regions of the province and united by a common commitment to work on behalf of every British Columbian. Together we have an obligation to grow the economy, control

spending and put BC firmly on track to a debtfree future.� First Nations leaders, mayors, community leaders, representatives from the federal government, the business community, labour organizations and non-profit associations were spotted at the event. Ahead of Friday’s announcement, Clark said she expects politicians to return to the Legislature to debate and pass the budget, which was a huge topic of contention during the election campaign with NDP leader Adrian

Dix saying the budget carries a deficit of $800 million, while Clark trumpeted the fact that her budget would post a surplus next year. “I want to get down to business,� Clark said a day before announcing her cabinet. “I want to get this budget discussion under way. We have a mandate for this budget. I don’t know if there’s ever been a budget that’s been more [debated] in any election than ours was. We have a mandate to pass this budget.� Clark may be anxious to get back to the Legislature, but before that can happen she has to win a seat after losing her VancouverPoint Grey riding to the NDP’s David Eby. She will begin campaigning soon for a byelection to be held in We s t s i d e - K e l o w n a . Former WestsideKelowna MLA Ben Stewart stepped aside to allow Clark to run for his seat. It was announced Wednesday that voters

will go to the polls in that riding July 10 in the byelection. The opposition NDP will run the same candidate as it did during the election, Carole Gordon, who was defeated by Stewart. Stewar collected early 60 per cent of the vote. Clark has said she will maintain a second residence in the Okanagan riding if she secures the seat. Of concern for the opposition NDP is the size of the payroll for the new cabinet, given a focus on fiscal restraint during Clark’s campaign. Dix included legislative secretaries in his criticism of the new cabinet, bringing the total number of appointees to 24. These secretaries do not attend cabinet meetings, but do however receive a stipend of $6,000. “Thirty-four ministers and secretaries is a lot,� Dix told the CBC. “It’s certainly not the message of fiscal control for politicians that they talked about in the campaign.�


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Bernier appointed to Chair of the Select Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEKPeace River South MLA Mike Bernier was appointed to Chair the select standing committee on Aboriginal affairs last Friday, a position that was previously held by Peace River North MLA Patt Pimm. Pimm was appointed to Christy Clark’s cabinet as Minister of Agriculture. The committee examines issues surrounding Aboriginal treaties and development, working with the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation. Development projects such as Site ‘C’, the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline project, and proposed natural gas pipelines from Spectra Energy and TransCanada Corporation will be on the agenda when the committee gets underway. An action plan to save threatened Caribou herds released this week by the West Moberly First Nations will also be a prime point of interest for the committee. Bernier was sworn in Tuesday morning in Victoria. A caucus meeting where Bernier ’s “marching orders” were handed out immediately followed the ceremony. “Looking forward to being sworn in tomorrow morning in Victoria, meeting the staff I will be working with, and setting

Itʼs a great honour and itʼs going to be exciting.. BERNIER

up my office. I am also looking forward to working with such an amazing group of MLA's for the next 4 years,” Bernier wrote on his Facebook wall Monday. In an interview with the Chetwynd Echo later that day, the former Mayor of Dawson Creek clarified the position as a good opportunity to gain some experience in provincial politics. “[It] is a great honour and it’s going to be exciting, a good opportunity to get [my] feet wet, and learn more about how the systems work. I was able to meet with a lot of people in Saulteau and First Nations communities around our region during the campaign and one of the things that I promised to do was to really work with them because with all the activity that we have in the area right now, we’ll try to find those mutual benefits for everybody, so to be put into this committee I think is going

to be well suited for myself as we go forward.” Bernier had not yet had a chance to meet with Pimm and be briefed on the work that the committee has been carrying over the last few years. “I am going to talk to Pat and get more information about where he left off, what are some of the concerns that he saw because its not reinventing the wheel its just trying to move the wheel forward. Once we're sworn in, then everybody else that is going to be on that committee with me will be assigned. “We’re kind of just keeping busy for the next month or two its just setting up offices, getting staff and getting everything going and once you get your marching orders, its trying to get up to speed where things sort of left off a couple of months ago.” During his campaign, Bernier has promised to open a second constituen-

cy office in Chetwynd. He says this is in the works expects and and announcement to come at some point after the Dawson Creek office is up and running. “I don't even have my Dawson Creek one set up yet,” he said. “First thing I need to do is get that one open, that

way I've got some staff and a phone number and an email so I can start working on some of the issues that have come forward. I've already started some discussions with a few people in Chetwynd looking at different options. There are a lot of different ideas that we're going to look at. Some

communities when they're spread out, they'll just rent a place in a hotel and I've said no, I want to have a bit more of something where there is a visual representation so that's what I am definitely going to be working on, how that's going to look yet it's yet to be determined.”

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Business Planter Project

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

Adopt an Area, Block or Trail Program

Start June and Finish on August 31, 2013. Register Now 250- 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 the Chamber of Commerce 250-788-3345.

Chetwynd’s Farmers’ Market

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, vegetables, honey, eggs, baking, cards, jewelry, paintings, photography, clothing & wood work. For more information, please contact 250-788-9327.

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 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. For more information contact the District office, 401-4113 or email

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Pickleball workshops held over the weekend

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- Chuck LaFaive, founding director of the BC Pickleball Association, hosted five days of workshops and training sessions in Chetwynd over the weekend. A 2013 Northern Health Imagine grant was awarded to School District 59 community connections coordinator Marcie Fofonoff in February to bring the sport to Chetwynd. Fofonoff has been working in collaboration with BC Seniors Games Peace River president Keith Maisey. The Imagine grant totaled $1,014, covering the initial start up costs for purchasing equipment and having LeFaive come to do the workshops from his home in Surrey. Maisey said the BC Seinors Games Society contributed an additional $750 to the program. The eventual goal for Maisey and Fofonoff, is to spread the game into the school system, and through the Pine Valley Seniors Association, hopefully send a team to the Seniors Games in 2014. “I think it went pretty well,” LeFaive said of the workshops held at the Recreation Centre during the chainsaw carving weekend. “We’re I think approaching 60 or so players that we've trained over this weekend. By using your chainsaw competition as a drawing card and putting a little sign outside of the rec. centre, it’s drawn people in from all over.” Families from Dawson Creek and individuals from Grande Prairie, and Fort St. John turned up to learn about the sport, which is essentially a cross between table tennis and badminton. It is played on a court measuring 20’ x 44’ using a slightly larger paddle than in table tennis and wiffle ball. “What we've done here locally for you is we have young kids ten and twelve,

thirteen, now ready to go,” Lefaive said. “Then we've got another group in their 30s and some of them are professional, some aren't so you've got a second group and they can go after the 30 year olds who tend to be very lax in terms of exercise. Once they get past high school, they're done. They are on to careers. Then we got a senior bunch Keith and that group.” Over the course of the summer, Pickleball courts will be set up on a dropin basis at the recreation centre, so that anyone who wishes to learn about and play the game can come in and be taught by one of the persons trained over the weekend. In the fall, Fofonoff wants to spread the program into physical education through the school system. “We want to promote it as a family sport,” LeFaive says. “I don't know of any other sport that you could do four 30 minute training sessions and then play a tournament. That's what we do we do it all over the province, we do it with kids, elementary, kindergarten, high school [and] seniors. “We need to access the public to let them know that it’s available. The most common question we get all across BC is what the heck is pickleball? BC has the largest public (pickleball) program in the world and the press has been absent in all of it, it grew all by word of mouth.” The courts in the recreation centre will be open for the foreseeable future following this weekend’s graduation, and run on a drop-in basis. Anybody who wishes to play can come by and do so, Fofofnoff says. “The rec centre is very amenable to having the courts there and making it happen for people that want to play.” For more information on pickleball visit:, call Marcie Fofonoff at 250-719-5495 or email her at

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Public Disturbance

"Public Disturbance" is the newest addition to the Chetwynd Adult Mixed Slopitch League for the 2013 ball season. The team, which is rostered with players from Grades 9 to 12, is having a great showing with a 3Win / 3-Loss record so far. Pictured is Public Disturbance ball players with Tye Hoover of the Cowboys & Indians Slopitch Team. Hoover sponsored Photo submitted the team jerseys for the kids.

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Rylee Trenholm, a Grade 11 Chetwynd Secondary School student has earned a position on the B.C National High School Rodeo Team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Rock Springs Wyoming July 1420 to compete at the 65th Annual National High School Finals Rodeo in Barrrels, pole bending and goat tying..

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Murray River coal mine project impacts

Dawson Creek Daily News –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – Public input is being sought on a mining project that has already drawn controversy. The Federal government is looking for the public's opinion on what it will consider when assessing what impact the Murray River coal mine project will have on the area. It was the subject of a legal case brought by unions who said that the temporary foreign workers brought in from China were taking jobs from Canadians. On May 31, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) submitted its draft environmental impact statement guidelines. These guidelines will determine what areas the project will look at for the Murray River coal mine project, which has been proposed 12.5 kilometres southwest of Tumbler Ridge. The project will look at the environmental effects of the project, the impacts it could have on some users of the land, among others. One thing it will consider is the effects on "potential or established" Aboriginal rights and Treaty rights that may be affected by the Tumbler Ridge coal mine project. In their draft guidelines, the CEAA recognizes nine First Nations who will be provided documents, along with two other Metis settlements and organizations. There will also be statements about the human environment of the Murray River mine project, which the guidelines say will be broadly interpreted. "(HD Mining) will provide information on the functioning and health of the socioeconomic environment, encompassing a broad range of matters that

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affect communities and Aboriginal peoples in the study area in a way that recognizes interrelationships, system functions and vulnerabilities," the draft guidelines state. "A description of the rural and urban settings likely to be affected by the project will be provided." However, its still unclear at this point whether or not this will include concerns that were raised by labour groups in the past. Previously, the International Union of Operating Engineers and United Steelworkers Union spoke out against HD Mining's use of temporary foreign workers in the project. They attempted to legally prevent these workers from bringing in these workers, but were unsuccessful. The unions also brought up concerns that at the time the permits that allowed these workers to come over was issued, English was not a language requirement. That requirement was later changed to ensure that only English and

Direct socio-economic effects would not be considered in an environmental assessment.

French were languages used for job applications. Court documents stated that HD Mining's foremen would be able to speak both Mandarin and English. However, neither of these concerns will be addressed by this environmental impact statement, according to Karen Hill, a CEAA communications adviser." "Direct socio-economic effects (e.g. the impact of temporary foreign workers on the local economy) would not be considered in an environmental assessment," she wrote via e-mail. "This aspect [requirement for workers to speak English] would be beyond the scope of an

environmental assessment." She later said that the socio-economic issues would only be those related to the impact to Aboriginal peoples like use of lands and resources for traditional purposes, or changes to the environment caused by Federal decisions about the project. Anyone who wants to make a comment about the guidelines can do so by email at Copies of the draft guidelines are also included at the Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge, and Chetwynd libraries. The deadline for comments is June 30.

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development, we're saying when we've reached these areas where we are actually well over the line, we need to stop and come back a little bit and recover.” He admits implementing the plan is not going to be easy. “You can't just wave a wand and fix this. This is years of BC's lack of responsible resource development and management. Wildlife is a part of that.” Of prime concern are the treaty rights that allow First Nations to harvest caribou. “That's our main focus, we don't want to see the caribou going extinct but we also want to see a healthy treaty in place and that means our ability to harvest animals. Our view is BC doesn't have a choice, they have an obligation to the treaty that when they get to that stage

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they're supposed to stop and honour the promises that were made. I don't think it’s in anybody's interest that we accept the annihilations of species for the mere sake of trying to balance a budget.” A 60-day public comment period began with the announcement, where Chief Willson hopes to hear opinions for improvement on the plan. All comments must be sent before August 9 by email to First Nations Elders say that prior to the construction of the WAC Bennett dam in the 1960s, there was a “sea of caribou”, with herds so massive they were “like bugs” on the landscape. A media release from the First Nation band says, “due to the habitat loss and upset predator/prey dynamics caused by decades of unsustainable resource development, caribou in the entire south peace region now umber only 1100 and are in rapid decline.”

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Peace Christian School performed their spring drama production last week entitled the Bishop’s Shadow. The show was sold out. The story is of Boston slum life and the struggles street boys must endure to make Photo by Naomi Larsen a living.

A trip back in time

Shiraz & Jazz

• Chetwynd Echo: Spring 1968 The family who carved a home out of the wildnerness. Here are the Nicholsons. Left to right, back row: Wilbert, Bob Sr, Jean, Mrs. Nicholson. Front, Joyce and young Bobby.

The Chetwynd Public Library hosted their annual spring Multicultural evening, Shiraz and Jazz May 30. Attendees were treated to a variety of international cuisines, wines and entertainment. Photo by Naomi Larsen

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Veteran political observer weighs in on what went wrong with the polls in the BC election

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– MONTREAL- As we hit the one-month anniversary of a provincial election that saw the BC Liberals win a majority government in stunning fashion, the polling the industry is still reeling. How an eight-point NDP lead in the polls turned into a five-point Liberal election night win has some in the industry shaking their heads and asking, how did we call it so wrong? We contacted Eric Grenier of the nationally recognized polling website for some insight on just what happened. Grenier writes about polls for the Globe and Mail and the Huffington Post Canada. His website uses a projection model for elections which takes into account all polls that are publicly released and weights them by date, size and track record of the polling agency. “I think there were some specific issues that took place in BC that might not occur again, and I feel pollsters have a great incentive to get it right next time,” he says. For his protection model, he added, “if the polls are wrong, there is little that can be done. Some reasonable, minor adjustments can usually be made in some elections and consideration for potential error can be made, but it would be impossible to predict

up their mind until the last minute, but had told pollsters they were still intending to vote Liberal. While certainly part of the equation, it cannot be all of it.” Grenier believes bad polling is probably the most likely factor in what caused the projections to be so drastically wrong. “The other three factors may have been worth a few points each, but there does seem to have been a problem in building a rep-

Grenier isn’t the only one who’s still talking about the election results. At the provincial Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Nanaimo last month, political newscasters Bill Good, Vaughn Palmer and and Keith Baldry held an open panel discussion, filled with humour.

exactly the kind of error that took place in BC.” In developing his hypothesis as to what those specific issues were, Grenier says the turnout rate - at only 52 per cent for this election – can throw off a pollster’s numbers to a large degree. However, the turnout was also low for the 2009 election and the polls for that election were fairly accurate. “Turnout is not a silver bullet then,” he says, “but the effect turnout had in 2009 may not have been the same as in 2013.” Next he turns his attention to the motivation of voters. “According to an IpsosReid exit poll, very few British Columbians thought the Liberals would win a majority govern-

ment, while one-half thought the New Democrats would win. This might have depressed turnout even more, with some New Democrats not bothering to vote since they felt they would win, and some Liberals turning out in greater numbers to ensure their local MLA would get re-elected, even if the party itself would be booted out of government.” He later added, “conceivably, Liberals not bothering to vote for a lost cause should have cancelled things out. And in most cases, people tend to vote in greater numbers for a perceived winner.” Although the turnout rate and voter motivation may have played a factor in the surprise results,

Grenier admits the blame can’t fully be placed in either corner. Nor could it be placed squarely on an election day shift. “Yes, it is unbelievable that the polls were right all along and a dramatic change of heart occurred in the final hours,” he says. According to that same Ipsos-Reid exit poll he cited earlier, 9 per cent of Liberal voters did make-up their minds in the voting booth. “If all those voters had instead voted for a different party, the Liberals would have been reduced to about 40 per cent [of the vote]. That would have been closer to most polls. And of course, some of those 9 per cent might have just been wavering Liberals who did not make

resentative sample. Pollsters need to figure out what that is,” he says. Most polls used online panels which are perhaps less consistent in giving good results. Telephone surveys, while remaining the most reliable form of polling, are also expensive. “It goes to suggest that the online panels still have some work to do,” Grenier Please see "A LOT OF," page 24

HANNAM, MARGARET It is with regret that we announce the passing of our mother, Margaret Hannam, whose end on May 18, 2013 came more quickly than anticipated.

She will be missed by Lance (Tiiu) Groner, Brenda Dunlap, Curtis (Nellie) Dahl, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, along with many friends of all ages.

Margaret was born to Burton and Gertrude Collins on September 24, 1920 on the farm in Tuxford, Saskatchewan. She lived for many years in the Dawson Creek and Chetwynd areas, before retiring with her husband, Jack, in Parksville, B.C.

She was predeceased by her brother, Grant Hoy, and in 2007 by her beloved husband, Jack.

Margaret had been active in many organizations including the Appaloosa Club of Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion and assisted Jack in Regional District events.

A memorial is planned for July in Parksville.


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Samudosky crowned the King

Two year winner Chris Foltz takes second place

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- The ninth annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship crowned a new carving king Sunday afternoon. Jeff Samudosky, originally from Connecticut, and now living in Gig Harbour, Washington, took the crown from Oregon’s Chris Foltz –the champion for each of the past two years – with his strikingly detailed representation of Guan Gong, a Chinese general who was executed by opposing forces in 219 A.D. The carving earned him the top prize of $5,000. Foltz finished second, earning $3,000, while also taking home the $1,000 People’s Choice award for his amazing pumpkinheaded scarecrow. Ontario’s Paul Fernette, carving the Faun God of the forest from the movie Pan’s Labyrinth, took home the $2,000 third place prize. Tomas Vrba of Slovakia, who carved a rendition of the crucifixion of Christ, earned the $250 Carver’s

Choice award in a tie with Samudosky. Vrba will be competing next weekend in Reedsport Oregon for the 14th Annual Divisional Sculpting Chainsaw Championship. Samduosky admitted afterward that he took a calculated risk this year with his homage to Guan Gong. He is more known for his detailed wildlife renditions. “I'd been contemplating different ideas. I just got back from Germany doing some human figures, something totally out of my element. I am normally a wildlife guy, but this sculpture here is a big powerful piece and I was looking for a big powerful challenge to take on,” Samduosky said moments after walking off the stage and being congratulated by his peers. He had carved the piece once before for a client, but felt he might have been a little ambitious in recreating it as a competition piece. “[It] took me about three and a half months to do that same piece and I didn't do it as nearly as good as I did this one, but I learned a lot about him and its just a big strong piece and that's what I was going for, to capture the human [element] and then to do all that fabric and detail, that is something that I don't normally do in a competition. “I think in his timeframe when he was a general, instead of using his power like other people that had power and they used it

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against the people, he stood up for the people and the people of China still to this day hold him as a symbolic figure to prosperity.” Foltz described his carving as a resurrection of an “old nightmare” from his younger years when he and his friends would line their cars in a row and shoot their headlights into the cornfields of Oregon after dark, to play weekend games of hide and seek. “Every once in a while you would run into a scarecrow and it would freak you out,” he told CHET-TV. The competition here in Chetwynd has become known as a mecca of sorts in the carving world. Judge, auctioneer and guest carver at this year’s event, Steven Higgins of Kansas City, MO, ranks it internationally as the second most sought after event for carvers, next to the Husky Cup. Held annually in Blockhausen, Germany, the Husky Cup is World Chainsaw Carving Championship. Vrba, Samduosky and German born carver Stephanie Huber competed in this year’s event held May 18-20, shortly before boarding a plane for the Peace Region. Asked if she was enjoying her first year at the Chetwynd event, Huber replied, “I like it a lot its really cool. I heard a lot about it from other carvers and they say the best


I was looking for a big powerful challenge to take on... SAMUDOSKY

things about it so if they ever ask you to come its like, I have to see that!” Huber modeled her sculpture of a young cowgirl on a bucking bronco after Kate Kenzora, age 10 and the daughter of fellow competitor Ontario carver Steven Kenzora. Kate is a huge Huber fan and had asked for her autograph during Wednesday’s reception. Huber added that the support from the organizers and the community are what make the Chetwynd event such a draw for carvers from around the world. “You really feel that they love us, having us here. You see how well they take care of the sculptures after, which is very nice if you have put so much effort into something. The wood is really great it’s amazing, you really don't get that usually.” Ken Braun Jr., a carver from Colorado, also remarked on the uniqueness of the wood at the event, saying he has carved cottonwood, willow, spruce, and pine but

never the western red cedar available at the Chetwynd Championship. Judge/auctioneer Steven Higgins explained that the cedar is, “one of the best carving woods that you can get your hands on. “It has a natural acidity that helps keep it from rotting and it has a gorgeous colour, really tight grain. You can look at the wood and you might have 30 years for it to grow an inch, so the kind of detail that you can pull out of this wood is just phenomenal and almost unsurpassed in the carving world. Also, it holds up in the long run really well, because they have it cut and dried for several years before we ever get a hold of it.” One late addition to the carving roster was German-born Joerg Jung, who replaced Alaska’s Jordan Anderson who had reportedly suffered a broken arm. Jung had only six days to choose a design for this years contest, but with the assistance of his partner Angie, managed to pull off a stunning replica

of his patron saint, St. George, using a style unique in the event. Jung sliced his log into planks, attached them together with wood glue and carved out of a wall of wood. The couple came to Canada on a one-year work permit and have recently applied for their permanent residence status. They reside in Terrace, BC. The quick carve event held Sunday, was a chance for all of the carvers to earn money to go towards their travel expenses and their craft. In Europe, the event is 30 minutes. In Chetwynd, the event lasts between one hour and one hour and a half, depending on the time needed by the carvers.

and do this is through the quick carve. Chetwynd is really firmly behind these chainsaw carvers but, when the community comes out and helps support these guys and picks up their pieces, 100 per cent of the proceeds goes back to the carvers to help with their travel expenses which are quite extensive considering the distance we have to come to get to Chetwynd.” For Tonia Richter, event organizer and Executive Director of the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce, this year was an outstanding success. “The buzz around the carving site was very positive and rewarding,” she said. “It takes months to plan this event and I have such amazing staff that have

Our sponsors are truly the backbone of this event... RICHTER

“Before I start making anything it cost me about $2,000 to get here for the weekend,” said Higgins who sold carvings all weekend. “One of the ways that [the event] really helps support the sculptors being able to come up here

their hands in every part of planning it. From promoting it through the Visitor Centre, to planning the site, recruiting volunteers and inviting the carvers. Our sponsors are truly the back bone of this event and without them this would never of happened.”

Spectra Energy, Talisman Energy, Walter Energy and Chetwynd Autobody sponsored the awards while many others pitched in money to put up the carvers for the duration of the championship. Mayor Nichols was crawling with pride as he hopped over the fence on Sunday to deliver a speech that commended the artists. “This was an awesome demonstration of skill. When I was a kid growing up here in this valley, you look at a tree and we say well there's three logs in that tree or there's twenty logs to a thousand board feet, that's the way we looked at trees. When I got a little bigger I looked at trees and thought well, how many trees can I cut off and let fall in a day. I never did think that inside a tree there was a work of art that had been growing for maybe a thousand years just waiting for somebody with the insight and skill to release it.” Next year will be the tenth anniversary of the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Craving Championship, and Richter plans to make a splash with the event. “As the dust settles and the new carvings are being placed, we are looking ahead to next year to make it even more amazing,” she said. “If you want to give me any feedback you know where I work give me a phone call and I will take your ideas and suggestions and make next year even better.”



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Carving a niche for himself in the competition world

Whittling since he was 11-years-old, Steven Higgins spent the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Competition not as a competitor as in years past, but as a guest judge and aucutioneer for this year’s event. Photo by Mike Carter BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- If you visited the site of the 2013 Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championships this past weekend, you probably noticed one carver that stood apart from the others, quite literally. Steven Higgins, a 28 year-old carver from Kansas City, MO, has been to Chetwynd three times as a competitor in the event, taking first place on his first visit in 2009. This year, Higgins was invited back to fill the less strenuous roles of guest carver, judge and auctioneer.

You may have witnessed him in action throughout the weekend a few feet away from the main event, slicing out smaller sculptures –sometimes by request – or, while twisting his tongue to auction off the creations from the quick carve event. “I am honoured enough to be invited back as one of the judges and also the auctioneer,” Higgins said. “I don't have any of the pressure of trying to win but I really get to enjoy and learn from all the competitors and interact with the crowd, I can slow down a little bit to have conversations without having to worry

“My parents just really encouraged me in it.”

about the clock.” Higgins has been sculpting since he was 11, and using a chainsaw since he was 14. Before that, he had been whittling with a pocketknife since he was old enough to hold one.

He was a boy scout, and when Higgins saw someone carving with a chainsaw, he told his mother that is what he wanted to do when he grew up. “My parents just really encouraged me in it. My

Dad used to sit us down around the kitchen table and whittle little ivory soap bars and that's my first recollections of sculpting. I got started chainsaw carving when I got apprenticed out to be a master sculptor,” he says. “I was only 11 years old and it kind of a liability to hand an 11 year old a piece of power equipment like this and say go for it, so, the guy that I got mentored under, Conrad Sandoval, said let me feel your muscles. I flexed just about as hard as I could. He felt and he said, its going to be a couple of years before we put a saw in your hands.”

He was in Sandoval’s shop for quite some time, where other carvers like northern Idaho sculptress Heather Bailey had also been training. Sandoval is one of the greats in American chainsaw carving, Higgins says. “I spent several years going in and cleaning up the wood scraps, sanding and filing up saws. By the time I actually got a saw in my hands I think I was probably 14 years old, and I knew exactly what to do with it because I'd watched for so long. I started competing when I was 15.” Please see "HIGGINS," page 19


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Ever since then, he has been travelling and competing in several events the world over. “There is a lot of different ways that you can run a carving business,” he says. “One of them is entertainment. I hit up several fairs in the US demonstrating chainsaw carving and then the pieces will get auctioned off right at the event. I also do competitive wood sculpting and probably averaging about three to five events a year where I show up and find out how I rank against some of the best carvers in the world. This year I am going to be judging at two competitions and auctioneering at three." He enjoys judging just as much as competing. “I think the pay that I really enjoy out of it is being able to walk around and watch the guys work because you learn so much watching the tools that they use, the way that they work and then also the way that [it] trains me how to be a competitor from being able to get into the judges mindset when he walks up to one of my pieces. It’s going to really give me a different per-

of affection and every family has got one or two black sheep. There is a couple rough fellas in the bunch but we all love each other and there’s a lot of egos that come into art and competition and money, so there is a little bit of drama and that's unfortunate but, it just kind of comes with the territory. It’s like a big family and there is not a

Guest judge Steven Higgins takes a good look at US carver Jeff Samudosky’s carving Sunday during judging. Photo by Naomi Larsen spective that is valuable.” Although it does cost a hefty sum to travel to Chetwynd to take part in the event each year, Higgins says that the opportunities to make money through the quick carve event, the way the entire championship itself is organized and the way the town takes care of the carvings is what keeps him, and other carvers coming back. “You look at it on the map and that is a long ways, but when you just

remember the kind of community support, the wood that they bring in for us, the way that they treat us like royalty, its worth making the trek to come back.” Evident amongst the carvers this weekend was a strong sense of community that crosses international borders demonstrated whenever someone needed a helping hand. Higgins holds nothing but affection for his carving comrades. “It is a cool community. It’s an international family

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one of these guys out here that I wouldn’t hesitate to invite over to my house and even call them my friend.” Later this year, Higgins will be competing at the US Open Chainsaw Sculpture Championship August 8-11 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, joining Paul Frenette who also attended the Chetwynd event.


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Could the Carving Comp get even better next year? The Mayor’s Report


with Merlin Nichols

hese past few days Chetwynd made me very proud to live here. Not that I am not always proud to call Chetwynd my home, but these past days have been especially gratifying. It seems like this year the International Chainsaw Carving Championship planners have pulled out all the stops to do a heroic job of preparing for the event. And the carvers, artists, sculptors must have conspired to produce some of the highest quality art in

their repertoires of fine art. I have probably said something like this before but it bears repeating. I grew up looking at a tree as an object to be exploited. How many board feet of lumber in that tree? How many logs to the thousand will this stand average? How fast can I cut these trees off and let them fall? How long will it take to turn them into 2X6s and 2X10s? A few of the logs even yielded 2X20s. Not many of those trees still standing in our forests. One question that was never asked around our table: What awesome piece of art is concealed within the barky exterior of that tree? It just didn’t enter our minds. Nor

“It seems that this year the

...Carving Championship planners have pulled out all the stops....”

could it. Our concern was more to put food on the table than to marvel at hidden art and secret sculpture. But 12 per cent of Century 21 is history and we live in a different Chetwynd than that of sixty years ago. The Community Carved by Success has built much on

the foundations laid by the pioneers even if those pioneers didn’t have much time or money to throw at art. Nevertheless, we are the beneficiaries of the vision of some of our more recent leaders who apparently had X-ray eyes. They saw not the forest surrounding the trees. Neither did they

limit their looking to the trees. No; they probed within to the hidden potential that had been overlooked. Taking their cues from the experiences of other visionaries, they worked to present a picture of Chetwynd that more pedestrian minds struggled to appreciate. But they persevered, and from that first competition nine years ago, the Chainsaw Carving event has grown year by year. That’s how most things grow, isn’t it? But growth of an event, like growth in a garden, is not automatic. It took the will to buck resistance, the will to follow the vision, the will to push forward even when colleagues did not always share the full intensity of the vision.

In 2013 the picture is different. I don’t think anyone questions the wisdom of immediately jumping into planning for 2014 – which will happen. More problematic is the question of how to manage our growing inventory of magnificent sculptures to maintain their beauty and integrity for years to come. Magnificent and inspiring as was the work of the last few years, this year’s production takes a back seat to none of it, and we ask ourselves, “Can it possibly get even better next year?” 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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Little Giant Air Cadets . Mondays at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Ages 12-18.

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Wild Bill’s Burger Bar is ready to serve you

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- Wild Bill’s Burger Bar is ready to serve you on the streets of Chetwynd this summer. The locally owned vendor debuted its new trailer this past weekend at the Chetwynd International Chainsaw Competition with resounding success. Owner Bill Vipond said the idea came after a discussion with his family on his birthday. Vipond used to own a restaurant in Chetwynd 10 years ago called Jays, he says. “My birthday was April 17th and we talked about it. Then I ordered [the trailer] from Foster's in Grand Prairie on the

20th and I started working on it when it came in. I built everything inside myself. I kind of earned the nickname of Wild Bill for years around town. We couldn't figure out what to call it so my wife and my sister decided to go with Wild Bill's, so we called it that.” It was trial by fire this past weekend. New to the food truck business, Vipond didn’t know what to expect as far as the volume of orders they would receive at the site of chainsaw carving championship. “We went down there expecting to sell 200 hamburgers not 900 hamburgers. Every night we sold out food, we had to work the night [preparing] more buns and getting our food ready. We

Faye Vipond serves up a piping hot order Tuesday afternoon on the North Access Road. The Burger Bar’s debut at the chainsaw carving this weekend was a massive success. Photo by Mike Carter thought we had enough food for three days and it lasted us one day. I made two trips to Dawson - flat out. We nearly bought out everything the local spots had for tomatoes. That was just great, we went through just about 500 pounds of beef this weekend. It was unbelievable.” Vipond said they did recieve a

few complaints over the weekend. When orders got backed up, one customer was left to wait 45 minutes for their food. But, Vipond chalked it all up to working out the kinks of the system. Next time, he says, they will shorten their menu for big events to optimize the time spent on each order.

The full menu features daily specials, smokies, hot dogs, chicken fingers, poutine, pulled pork sandwiches, homemade soups and buns, and several varieties of burgers. You will be able to find Wild Bill’s Burger Bar this summer (weather permitting) on the North Access Road after 10 a.m.

A lot of questions about the assumptions made in polling

shutting his site down, even asking himself “why run a site about polling said. when polling in Canada is Even though there was so horrid?” His reflection times following the elec- has brought him back tion when Grenier debated around to an optimistic Continued from page 13

stance. “I am optimistic because the pollsters have a professional incentive to get it right next time, so they will be pulling out all the stops to ensure they get

the next call right. The industry cannot afford another miss of this magnitude,” he remarked. “I think there have been a lot of questions about the assumptions being made

in their polling, but they are all confident that the methods they use can produce good results. Polls are still relevant and necessary, and they usually get it right. There have

been plenty of recent examples of polls producing very strong results. But the pollsters definitely have some work to do to regain the trust of the public.”

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Tim Horton’s Camp Day raises more than $2,700

Chetwynd Tim Horton’s hosted their Second Annual Camp Day fundraiser and celebrations last Wednesday. All proceeds will go towards sending two local children to a world renowned Tim Horton’s Camp.

Birth control pills linked to 23 deaths

TIMES COLONIST –––––––––––––– VICTORIA –The popular birth-control pills Yaz and Yasmin have been linked to the deaths of at least 23 Canadian women - the youngest just age 14, Health Canada documents say. The deaths are among about 600 adverse reactions reported among women taking the contraceptives between 2007 and Feb. 28 of this year, Health Canada confirmed Tuesday. Doctors and pharmacists who submitted the reports

to the Canada Vigilance Yaz and Yasmin are both Program said Yaz and made by Bayer and are Yasmin are suspected in often characterized as the 23 deaths. The reports "newer-generation" birthsay most of the women control pills. The contradied suddenly after develceptives are produced oping blood clots, a known using drospirenone, a synrisk with the pills. thetic progestin exclusively Since 2007, Health produced by Bayer. Canada said the program In 2011, Health Canada has received reports of issued a warning about the adverse reactions among Bayer products, saying that 333 women taking Yasmin although the risk of blood and 267 women prescribed clots is rare, it is still 1.5 to Yaz. three times higher with the Among those cases were drospirenone-containing 15 deaths linked to Yasmin pills than with some other and eight to Yaz. More than birth control products. half of the women who Most deaths reportedly women starting taking the An estimated one in died were under age 26. occurred soon after the drugs. 10,000 women on older-

generation contraceptives will develop blood clots; with Yaz and Yasmin, that risk is estimated at three in 10,000. While Yaz and Yasmin are suspected in the deaths, Health Canada said reports of adverse reactions cannot be interpreted as showing cause and effect. Bayer says the pills are safe and effective when used as directed. Several lawsuits have either been settled or are pending against Bayer over the pills, both in the U.S. and Canada.


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Almost two year old Kianna didn’t let a little bit of rain quench her enthusiasm at the 9th Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championships Saturday afternoon. Photo by Naomi Larsen

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