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Construction of Chetwyndʼs New Town Hall Hits Road Block

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- Plans for the construction of a new town hall to service the District of Chetwynd have hit a roadblock. Prospective tenders put forward their bids for the building last week, with the lowest bids coming in at more than $2 million over the district’s budget. Meetings were held with Grande Prairie based architect Field, Field & Field late last week to decide what could be cut from the

original plan to bring the project back within the district’s spending guideline of $3.9 million. The two lowest bids received last week were in excess of $6.1 million, with only $3000 separating the two. “That's close. When you see it like that it makes you think well, they are all consistently higher, its not like they are all over the map,” Mayor Merlin Nichols said. While it will be necessary to delete some of the fat on the project, the mayor doesn’t want that to affect his overall vision for the new town hall.

“What we want here is nothing in excess,” he said. “We want to set a new standard for architecture in this town. You drive down the highway and you look at the magnificent tourist information building that William’s Lake has and, you see other public buildings in view of the highways. I think it's more than simply having a decent place for your staff to work, you are making a statement about who you are.” The mayor went on to say that staff and Please see "CONSTRUCTION," page 2

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council have grown out of their current workspace. According to earlier reports, some councilors offices are in what used to be closets, and most storage has been moved off site to make up for the lack of space. “It’s time we moved from this work place in a camp setting almost,� Nichols said. “This is something you would find in a dusty little back road in somewhere. [We] want to say ‘hey now we are moving into a different age, this is who we are’. We want the rest of you folks in town to start moving toward this level of architecture. That’s the idea, that’s my idea.� Construction on the new town hall was supposed to begin in mid-July, with the current council taking occupancy in the summer of 2014. With this news, that deadline is not completely out of the question but it certainly becomes a target that will be much harder

to achieve. included a sound system District of Chetwynd in the council chambers, Chief Administrative allowing councilors to use Officer Doug Fleming a microphone during believes that if all goes as council meetings to ampliplanned, the project could fy their voice to the public be reined in to an afford- and the press sitting in the able price without having gallery. to compromise on this goal, or on the Mayor’s The [bids] are all vision. “What we've consistently had to do is go higher, its not like back with the architect and they are all over determine why, the map. was there some - Nichols, anomaly, [or] is Chetwynd Mayor that the real cost of doing business in Chetwynd?� Fleming “We feel that we are asked. going to be able to bring “What we ended up this project back to [being] doing - the architect is financially in-line,� working on a plan to Fleming said. refine the drawings. We “We have to keep our are dropping some of the word with the tax payers frills out; some of the that it is going to be on extras. We are re-scoping time, on budget and it has the building. At the end of to look mostly like it the day, standing out at looked before. Some little the street it will look like things may happen; the the same building virtual- roof may change from a ly.� metal roof to a more Some of those frills affordable different type

or style of a metal roof, but principally things will be the same. Asphalting will be laid and landscaping will be planted and all of those things will happen we just have to tighten up.



“There was a kind of future staff fitness area included and a future long-term storage area and we said let’s just take that down. What we'll save in excavation and concrete - let’s just do what we need to do. Some of the fancy trims will come off, it will be more basic construction. The two low bidders - they're very tight and they are

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both very interested in this project so we're approaching them with a deletions list and we're going to get them to rebid it.� Fleming added that the plan is still to have the building occupied by the summer of 2014 but admitted that there is a possibility this might not happen. “If we don't get it started before early august then we probably won’t be able to close it in before winter and that means the whole building gets delayed until next year,� he said. The new plan for the project is now being finalized with the architect in conjunction with the two lowest bidders who have also suggested cost-cutting measures. Mayor Nichols and CAO Fleming hope a contract for the construction of the building will be released at a special council meeting by the end of July or in early August. “Hopefully it’s going to come back in-line and we

will just be a few weeks behind and if not, if we find that the two tenders just cannot sharpen their pencil enough, then I guess we've got to sit down with council and rethink the project,� Fleming said. Mayor Nichols hopes to draw on some of his previous experience to help in dealing with the issue. “I was with the [northern lights] college for decades and in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and Fort St. John we built lots of new buildings. We frequently experienced bids coming in beyond what we anticipated,� he said. “You have to look at ways where you can pull back. But, there are some parts where I say no; I don't think we should pull back there. We'll have to figure that one out. I think generally the population of Chetwynd is behind the project, I have only heard one dissenting voice, there may be others out there who haven't made it known.�

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8th Annual Paddle for the Peace set for this weekend

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- The 8th Paddle for the Peace is set for July 13. The Peace Valley Environment Association organizes the annual celebration of the Peace River jointly and the West Moberly First Nation. The event carries with it the undertow of opposition to BC Hydro’s proposed Site C dam. Danielle Yeoman, who has been part of the organizing committee since day one, says she expects this year’s event to see about 150 watercraft float down the river in celebration of what the valley has to offer. Registration is offered on site for $10 per person, with all proceeds going towards the Peace Valley Environment Association and the West Moberly First Nation. Festivities begin with a 9 a.m. pancake breakfast at the launchpoint, provided by the West Moberly First Nation. The launch will occur at noon at the Halfway River Bridge on Highway 29. Take out will be two hours later at Bear Flat, where food and entertainment will be provided on site by the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, and the BC Women’s institute. “It really did start as a celebration of the river. Its main purpose was to get people on the river and paddling together and making it a nice fun family

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event. At this point, it’s a celebration of the river and it is an event that opposes Site C,” Yeoman said. “We just want everybody to come out on the river - and so we encourage canoes, any water craft because the river is for everybody, we don't limit it, we welcome everyone.” Yeoman says that anyone who wishes to participate but doesn’t have a canoe is not out of luck. “We will have a station for people if they want us to help them find a boat to ride in. The canoes will sit three but they sometimes only have two people in it and some people come just

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with one person for their canoe looking for a partner. People that have a second canoe will bring it.” West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson says the event is both a celebration of the river and a protest. “When we started hearing about the discussions on Site C, we had talked about trying to do something to show the power of the valley, the real energy of what the valley is and get people out there to experience it,” he said. “The Peace River is a heritage river. It was one of the rivers that was used to discover North

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America and, the concept of what BC Hydro and the province are considering doing with it by considering to flood it with the development of the Site C [dam] is rude. It is obscene that they would consider doing that much destruction to such an important valley whereas there is other means of generating this power. The idea was to get people out on the river and enjoying [it] while they can. Hopefully people will understand what we are fighting for. It’s hard for anybody to understand what it is unless they have been here and experienced it for themselves. Getting on the river is one of the

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best ways of doing it.” The pull out at Bear Flat is symbollic of those goals. The area has been an important gathering space for the Dunne-Za people for thousands of years. “Bear Flat was an historic gathering spot for the DunneZa,” Willson explained. “We would all come together there. They have been doing archeological work there off and on. The whole river system is probably one of the most archeologically significant areas in BC. When you look at any of the old archeological site maps that they've developed, the whole Peace River is just covered. “All the archaeological significance of that valley will be put under water which, as part of the Cultural Heritage Act [the government] is supposed to be protecting those things. It’s not like they don't know about them, that whole valley has been assessed and all of those sites are on maps, they know all about them. Not to mention the other significance of the valley [as] the only Class One and Class Two agricultural lands north of William’s Lake.” Registration, breakfast and entertainment will start at 9 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. Anyone wanting more information can contact Danielle Yeoman at 250-785-8510.

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t's summertime, the weather is hot and people are wearing less. And with people wearing less they're slapping on more sunscreen. But which is more harmful? The sun's rays or the chemical laden Vitamin D (the nutrient that the human body desperate-

ly needs to prevent as many as 25 chronic diseases including prostate cancer, breast cancer, osteoporosis, schizophrenia and heart disease) blocker known as sunscreen? Most people living in the Northern hemisphere (which includes, oh.... all of us) are most likely chronically deficient in vitamin D. By wearing sunscreen, are we depriving our bodies of perhaps the single most important nutrient we need to stay healthy?


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Raising the bar on transparency

To the Editor, Canadians’ faith in politicians has been shaken in recent weeks and they are looking for changes to restore their confidence by making our politics more open and transparent. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau wants to raise the bar and restore Canadians’ trust in our institutions. That’s why he put forward a plan to make our expenses more open than ever before. The proposal requires MPs and Senators to proactively disclose their expenses every quarter. The information will be released online in a searchable format so that people can search, play with, share and actually get to the heart of any concerns they might have. We’re serious about this, and Liberal MPs will begin posting their quarterly expenses online in the fall. This proposal was never meant to be the only solution—but it was a step all Parliamentarians could take right away to show Canadians the leadership they expect. Cabinet ministers have been doing it since 2004. Beginning to repair our democracy should not be a partisan issue; we’re glad all parties have now agreed to look at the Liberal proposals to improve transparency around MP expenses. We hope you encourage MP Bob Zimmer to also support these important reforms.


Clarifying some points on recent Site C story

To the Editor: I am writing to clarify some points in the June 21, 2013 article about the Site C project. It is important to point out that an analysis of Ministry of Environment data concluded that the Site C project would not directly affect caribou because caribou do not use habitats along the Peace River between the Peace Canyon Dam and the Alberta border, including tributaries and upland areas. This analysis also found that project quarry sites outside of the Peace valley can be oper-

Are snowbirds healthier? direct summer sunshine for the Vitamin D effects. Moderation, as usual is the way to go of course. Of course, the sunscreen manufacturers continue to deny all this while propagating the ridiculous myth that, "There's no such thing as a healthy tan." In reality,

ated in such a way as to have no impacts on caribou. The article also reports on the recently-concluded legacy benefits agreement between BC Hydro and the Peace River Regional District. Under this agreement, BC Hydro will provide $2.4 million per year to the Peace River Regional District once Site C is operational, for a period of 70 years (indexed to inflation). However, it should be noted that BC Hydro is also continuing to work with local governments to develop mitigation agreements for the con-

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there's no such thing as a healthy pale person! A tan is a bonafide sign of good health, and a deep tan actually protects you from cancer. I wonder if Canadians who travel south every winter have lower incidences of "bad" cancers. That little boost they get might be just the ticket if that's the case.

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By-Election Upcoming for the District of Tumbler Ridge

Two Councilors step down; By-Election to be Held August 17

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – A by-election is on the horizon for the District of Tumbler Ridge after two of its councilors, Aleen Toraville and Sherri-Lynn Hewitt, stepped down from their posts last month. The nomination deadline for prospective candidates to fill the two positions is this Friday at 4 p.m., with the announcement of the candidates expected in the near future. When contacted on Tuesday of this week, the district was not sure how many candidates would be vying for the positions. “I didn’t check today," Chief Administrative Office (CAO) Barry Elliot said. “We had a number of nomination packages picked up and often times

they don't get returned until just before zero hour. I have certainly heard the scuttlebutt on the street. There’s a fair bit of interest but I couldn't sit here and tell you how many [packages] we've received if any.� The by-election date is set for Saturday, August 17, with advanced polls being held on August 7 and 12. For those who wish to vote, Elliot said there are plenty of options. “If you don't believe you can make it to general voting day, then absolutely try to get into one of the advance polls. If you are not going to be around for any there is the mail-in option but, the timeline on that is pretty tight so [you] would need to check in with our office shortly to make those arrangements. Typically two pieces of ID [are required].�

A list of acceptable increased responsibility at Administrative Services pieces of identification can work in her letter of resig- Manager,â€? she told the be found via the BC voters nation. Tumbler Ridge News last month. “It’s a new position, I will be working with the CAO, Mr. Elliot, working on legislative issues like If you donĘźt believe bylaws and policies, because a lot of those you can make it to things need to be updated. general voting day, “When I ran for council, then absolutely try I had no intention of to get into one of resigning,â€? she said. “I made the commitment the advance when I ran to do what I polls... could to for the district. But life happens. “I’ve heard some rumblings,â€? she said. “‘If they’re going to be resignBARRY ELLIOT ing from council,’ some guide at: “Having a family life as people say, ‘then why do http://www.municipalele well it was a little bit over- they run in the first whelming so she reflected place?’â€? htm. long and hard on it and Torraville admitted it is “A co-op card won't cut made the decision to step rare for councilors to be it,â€? Elliot said with a aside,â€? Elliott said. hired for other positions laugh. Toraville won’t be going with the district. Last year, Former councilor Hewitt far. when councilor Doug cited new pressures and “I’m the new Beale resigned he was also

rewarded a position with the district. “All I know is that she expressed an interest in the position, she applied for it as per the normal process and we did the fairly involved and rigorous recruitment process and she came out victorious,� CAO Elliot said. “I knew I had the experience and the education and I thought I could serve the District this way. In the end, we’re all working together for the community,� Torraville added. With the by-election to be held on August 17, July will be a month of campaigning for the candidates putting their names forward for the two positions. Candidates could be announced as soon as next week. The Chetwynd Echo will follow this story as more information becomes available.


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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN - The Peace River Regional District is trying to answer some big questions about worker camps in the region, Chief Administrative Officer Fred Banham says. Are they a local government issue or a provincial issue? More importantly, are worker camps an issue? The regional district hoped to find answers when they commissioned a study from W. Beamish Consulting last year. But, on June 27, Johan Stroman and Bill Beamish presented the results of that study to the PRRD Board of Directors, unfortunately revealing that when it comes to worker camps, there is much to be determined. “The million dollar question [is] what should we be doing with worker camps? There are more questions than there are answers, honest,” Banham said. “The study identifies a few interesting things, I think the most obvious and blatant interesting thing about worker camps is they're a necessary housing requirement of today's society in industrial activity, that's important. That's number one. Number two, worker camps sort of fall between the cracks of any

jurisdictional responsibility.” Banham explained that there is no singular provincial, regional or municipal governmental body that deals with worker camps. “Nobody tracks it. That's what we found out in this, it’s near impossible to do,

ent things. Are camps bad or are they good? I think that is a really tough question to ask.” Key points from the study show that the number of work camps in the Peace region is unknown. Finding this out is critical to any further investigation.

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and when you say nobody tracks it, somebody should track it. Darn good idea, who should it be? Whose responsibility, whose jurisdiction? “There is all these different cracks that worker camps fall into. And then the next big issue is worker camps are temporary,” Banham said. “The report has really brought up that certainly there is an issue that camps fall between the cracks of a bunch of differ-

Stroman and Beamish reported that transient work forces do put a strain on infrastructure owned and maintained by local governments such as water, sewage, landfills, traffic and airports. They raised the concern that local governments could be short changed when it comes to Fair Share tax benefits - which are based on population - to help with the maintenance and repair of these services. “Because the transient work force and worker

camps don’t fit in a census count – that makes for some challenges,” Stroman said. “The transient population is using these services but not actually counted. In a sense there’s some missing information there, not knowing what numbers of people are in camps.” The regional district has referred the matter to a future Committee of the Whole meeting for further discussion. A date for that meeting has not yet been decided. “What is the issue around worker camps that we want to address?” Banham asks. “Perceptually, there seems to be a problem with camps, but nobody can really put their finger on what the problem is. It all depends on what the problem is. If the problem with the camp is the fact that it’s making dust on the road, well that’s an easy fix. If the camp has a sewage problem and its releasing effluent in there, well we’ve got Northern Health or we’ve got the Ministry of Environment to go in. So, when there’s a specific problem, there is a reaction to the specifics of that problem. But in general, there is so many camps out there and so few problems, it’s hard to figure out what the issue is.”

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Woodlot Licences 2100 Woodlot Licence Plan

Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 17 of the Woodlot Licence Planning and Practices Regulation, that a woodlot licence plan has been prepared for Woodlot Licence 2100 held by Peter Haagsman. This woodlot is located near Farrell Creek. If approved by the Ministry of Forests and Range District Manager, this plan may apply for a term of ten years from the date of approval. This woodlot licence plan is available for public review and comment from July 12 to August 10, 2013 by appointment at (250) 788-1806. Any written comments on the plan should be mailed to Box 2355, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0.


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Two key players in BC’s LNG industry submit export licenses to national energy regulator


BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– VICTORIA – Two key players in British Columbia’s liquefied natural gas industry, UK based BG group and Pacific NorthWest LNG (Petronas), have both filed their applications for export licenses with the National Energy Board in the past few weeks. To date, the National Energy Board (NEB) has issued export licenses to three liquefied natural gas (LNG) proponents: the Douglas Channel Energy project, Kitimat LNG and LNG Canada, which is owned by Shell and their co-venture partners. According to Art Jarvis, executive director of Energy Services BC - a non-profit voice in support of the oil and gas industrywhile this does mean that the province is taking another step towards the further development of it’s LNG industry, the scale of operations promised to be a harbinger for a debt-free BC in this spring’s elections are far away from reality. “It's all exciting and its moving in the right direction but we're still a number of years away from

Pipelines which will pass through the Peace region will supply LNG plants on the coast for export. actually getting product to market,” Jarvis said. “I am not going to quote a year because there is too much that has to happen before we can really successfully decide whether it will actually come to fruition.” BG Group’s export license-filing selects Spectra Energy’s (Westcoast) pipeline as its

supply line over a TransCanada Corporation rival. BG boasts an expansive roster of Asian customers. The Spectra pipeline project is virtually the same as one proposed by TransCanada. Both would lay large-diameter pipe across 500 miles of northern BC, bringing natural

gas from the Horn River and Montney shale basins to its proposed Prince Rupert LNG liquefaction plant and tanker dock construction project. The BG application arrived at the NEB less than three weeks after a rival TransCanada subsidiary, Prince Rupert Gas Transmission LP, submit-

ted a similar preliminary BC pipeline project description to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The TransCanada proposal supports the Pacific Northwest LNG Project, an export scheme under development by Calgarybased Progress Energy and its new owner, Malaysian

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Trails have been blazed; itʼs just a matter of connecting the dots

LYNSEY KITCHING –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE - Did you know there are three different hiking trail systems working just on the perimeter of town? They weave, they intertwine and most of the time, you don’t even know what trail system you are on, just happy to be out there wandering in the forest. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were km markers and signs to let people know how far they’ve gone and where they are going? At the last council meeting Sarah Waters and Charles Helm representatives from the WNMS came to present their idea of the TR Running and Hiking Trail. Helm said, “It’s a new concept we have for a running/hiking trail which amalgamates existing things into one. The basic philosophy is if we work together and share our different resources we will do a better job in terms of promoting. Just to be clear, we are not asking for any new designation, it is simply


the existing stuff which is out there already and there are currently five different brochures which describe different things. If we can combine these into one package and promote it differently we would be making things more interesting both for our residents and for visitors.” The three systems include the District trails (the linking trail, the flatbed falls trail, the Tumbler Point trail, and the trail that goes to the golf course from the point); the Wolverine trails (Kevin’s trail, the Dinosaur Tracks/Overhanging Rock Pool trail, the Flatbed Pools trail and, from the golf course, the Wolverine Cross-Country Ski system); the last one is the user-maintained trails behind the Lion’s Flatbed camp ground that goes up towards the point. Helm explained, “If we put them all together, remarkably we have 27 km of trails that already joins one to the next. Can’t we market and promote this thing as an entity? This is the sort of thing that most

communities would give their teeth to have so close to town. If you did this whole thing you would

trict for their support, per- ty risk with traffic. It’s just development of an ATV mission to install signage, amazing.” club because it is far better for example to show it is a This concept isn’t an from everyone’s perspecshared trail with ATVs or entirely new idea because tive to have a person one many of the local runners can talk with representing are already using this as a a group rather than just loop. everyone is doing this but Helm said, “This is there is no one to talk to. “This is the sort of thing where you go when you Hiking trails and ATV go running here, but it has trails tend to go to differthat most communities never been recognized or ent destinations, therefore, would give their teeth to promoted as such. We it should never be conflichave so close to town.” think there is value to tive, but complimentary pooling our various and we’ll all end up better assets.” because of it.” Council was very Councillor McPherson impressed by the idea. added, “The amount of Mayor Wren asked, people who talk to us who “Would there be value in come out here because of bringing all of the different the trails is just amazing. see the falls, the pools, you horses, if they can use the user groups together and This would be awesome could swim, jump in the district logo and promote having a meeting to talk and would really help creek, see the dinosaur the idea through websites. about the notion of this more than you’ve already tracks, rest at the camp The group also wants to and find out how it all done. I think it’s a great ground, see the beautiful install some large signs to would fit together?” idea.” views from the point, relax celebrate the 27 km trail. Helm replied, “In generCouncillor Caisley at the golf course restau- Helm says, “Possibly just a al we are excited to see the agreed and asked if there rant, do the wolverine few large signs which we trails, stay awhile in the would need help cabin and come back to the installing, one near the golf course. Just the trail head, one near the St a r g! Fr id ts amount of variety you flatbed parking lot, one n i a c n at 3 y would see in the few hours down at the Lion’s campDa pm of running or a trip or two ground and one at the golf of hiking is staggering and course. If you look at the 2 2 v i s i t i n g e n te r t a i n e r s we’ve never promoted this map it almost envelops the as one entity.” town. You never touch WNMS is asking the dis- pavement, there is no safe- F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c a l l 2 5 0 -7 8 8 -5 3 1 6

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LYNSEY KITCHING –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE - Since 2004 Consumer Protection BC has been enforcing consumer law and recently this brought them to Tumbler Ridge. Consumer Protection was established by the government and their job is to license industries including the pay day loan industry, travel, debt collection, funeral, telemarketing, home inspections and film classifications. The organization also enforces law that applies to all other businesses in BC. Payday lending laws were introduced in 2009 and since then, Consumer Protection has licensed about 300 businesses. Manjit Bains, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Consumer Protection BC says, “Over the last few years, there has been a fair amount of enforcement and inspection; some actions against Cash Store and most recently enforcement activities to other payday lenders. In particular we issued a compliance order against Loan Express, which is operating under a few different names and in many locations across BC. In particular four of those locations, we were extremely concerned that they were undertaking unlicensed activity. One of those locations is Tumbler Ridge.” “We have ordered Loan Express via a compliance order requiring them to immediately cease unlicensed activity,” says Bains. In order to issue payday loans in BC, loans that are $15,000 and less than 62 days in repayment, require you as a business to be licensed. Bains explains, “The investigation concluded that they were issuing loans at four locations, including Tumbler Ridge and we have asked them to cease.” You may be thinking, well, I haven’t seen a Loan Express here in town? Bains says, “They may be operating out of a location that may be within another business.” There was a payday loan outlet operating out of KC’s Dollar Store through Loan Express, however, they stopped providing this service at the beginning of this year. This does not mean this was the location Consumer Protection was investigating and the organization explained, “Unfortunately I’m not able to provide the name of where Loan Express Corp was doing

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business out of fairness to that third-party, however the message that we want to deliver to consumers is that they check to make sure they are dealing with a licensed payday lender.” The investigation by consumer protection into Loan Express began in the summer of 2012. Consumer Protection BC spokesperson says, “The message that we want to deliver to consumers is that they check to make sure they are dealing with a licensed payday lender.” There are some ways to protect yourself. Bain offers some helpful tips for consumers, “Always check to see that the payday lender is licensed with consumer protection BC. Consumers can do that search on our p o r t a l www.paydayloanrightbc.c a. We always encourage consumers to get a copy of the contract. Businesses are required to provide a signed contract to the consumer at the time of signing,” she continues, “Shop around for a rate. The business must have posters showing rates and

they must be visible to the consumer. Consumers should always know what their rights are.” A very important part of payday lending to note is the total fees must never be more than 23 percent of the amount borrowed no matter what. This includes everything—all fees, charges, interest, any cost related to the bill can’t be more than 23 percent. So how did the investigation against Loan Express start? Bain explains there a couple of ways investigations can get under way. She says, “They can be complaint generated or they can be through routine inspection. In this situation for Loan Express we had received about 12 enquiries.” Though Consumer Protection BC can’t divulge where the complaints came from, Bain says the call types were usually about the cost of the loan and the licensing status. They were engaging in unlicensed activity. Bain says, “The payday lending industry serves a purpose in many loca-

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tions; most of them are complying with the law. We have significant enforcement powers that have been delegated to us by government. We follow a set of progressive enforcement powers. We always work with the business to get voluntary compliance first, we always educate them. If we are unsuccessful there are a number of actions we can take. One of them is issuing compliance order and if we continue to get non-compliance we can issue an administrative penalty.” Loan Express had no comment on the unlicensed activity here in Tumbler Ridge.





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is a chance to make a complete loop around the town including the other side of HWY 52. He said, “I appreciate the presentation and think it’s a first class idea. You mentioned you could also develop that into a circular route?� Helm explained this is a future idea brought forth

by Waters. He said, “There is already a trail that goes into the saddle club so you could follow the ATV trails along the highway and get back, or you could do something through the forest and something different. You already have 65 percent of it done. It would virtually be a marathon distance. It would be a trail that

would really encircle the community. The beauty of what we are suggesting now is it is so little work. Work out where you need direction signs. We are happy to use Emperor’s Challenge proceeds, as this is what they are for, to be directed back into the trails. We really think there is a bang for the buck with minimal effort.�

The excitement was in the air as everyone was imagining what could be. Councillor Caisley continued, “It fits in first class with the sustainability on the recreation side. If people were interested in taking a tent have you thought about camping spots or rest areas?� Helm replied, “That is a very interesting sugges-


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town and see everything they just completed. Helm said, “It would be a natural fit.� WNMS is going to call the first step of linking and having signage for the 27 km loop as phase one and they aim to have the work done by the fall. Councillor Mackay asked if there was a possibility of running a marathon if the loop continued on the other side of HWY 52. Helm answered, “The potential is there. It would be so close to town. It would be easier in a way to get locals involved because they don’t have to drive into the mountains. One has to be flexible, maybe the biathlon, we’ve done it for 25 years, but maybe the town that prides itself on its wilderness, this would be a better idea in May. We can’t do the Emperors Challenge earlier, but maybe it’s a better fit than running and cycling on pavement. This would virtually be a Tumbler Ridge Trail Marathon.� Council will be making a final decision on the proposal in one of the upcoming meetings.

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Royal BC Museum Researchers Complete Expedition to Site C Flood Zone Collection will serve as a record of insects in the Peace Valley

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A team of researchers from the Royal BC Museum recently completed a collections expedition in the flood zone of BC Hydro’s proposed Site C dam.


“We don't have many collections from that region,” project head and museum insect collection manager Claudia Copley said. “That river has already been altered in such a way that it is not anyway near what it used to be. If that dam goes ahead than we wanted to have a record of what was living there.” Copley has been the collection manager for the museum’s entomology department since 2004, maintaining a collection of more than half a million insect specimens. The expedition to the Peace was an extremely rewarding venture. Copley and her team - a volunteer and two museum staff – were able to collect 1182

different specimens over the four-day excursion. She described a variety of tools used by the team, including “dip-mats” to collect insects living in the water, butterfly nets and “malaise traps” which catch flying insects in midair. “It went very well,” she said. “What happens is we collect everything we see and preserve it in the collections for an expert to identify what we've collected.” Copley noted that an expert may be available immediately, “or may not be available for 150 years.” On the three-day road trip to the Peace, Copley and her team also collected bee samples, which will be identified by Dr. Cory Sheffield of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum. That kind of expertise is not available for every specimen. The collection will serve as a record of what lives in the valley currently, and what used to live there if the proposed dam project goes ahead. “If [the dam] goes ahead and floods that valley a lot of the organisms that are associated with those areas, they'll be gone. They won’t be able to live along the river. There'll be a loss of habitat for some species for sure. If [the project] doesn't go ahead, then we have specimens from a region that we didn’t have hardly any specimens of.”

Unlike the extensive environmental impact studies that were performed on endangered species and animal migration routes that will be

affected by the dams flood zone, the collection of insects living in an area prior to the construction of a dam are not a common practice, Copley

explained. “[Endangered species] were surveyed but all these other organisms are not on the species at risk list, they're not provincial-

ly blue or red listed, so there was no incentive or requirement that they be surveyed,” she said. “We still wanted to know what was there, [just] in case.”



This notice is published pursuant to section 4 of the Recall and Initiative Act. Approval in principle has been granted on an application for an initiative petition. The petition will be issued to proponent Dana Larsen on Monday, September 9, 2013 and signature sheets must be submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer by Monday, December 9, 2013. The Title of the Initiative is: An initiative to amend the Police Act. Summary of Initiative: The initiative draft Bill entitled, “Sensible Policing Act” proposes to amend the Police Act to no longer use provincial police resources on the enforcement of current laws in relation to simple possession and use of cannabis by adults. The draft law would prohibit the use of provincial police resources for this purpose, would require police to report in detail to the Minister of Justice any actual use of resources for this purpose and why it was necessary, and require the Minister to publish that report. The Bill also proposes that the province would call upon the Federal Government to repeal the federal prohibition on cannabis, or give British Columbia an exemption, such that British Columbia is able to tax and regulate cannabis similar to the regulation of alcohol and tobacco. As well it proposes that British Columbia shall establish a Provincial Commission to study the means and requirements necessary for the province to establish a legal and regulated model for the production and use of cannabis by adults. Last, the Bill would make nonlawful possession and use of cannabis by minors an offence similar to possession and use of alcohol.

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Chetwynd Secondary Alumni: Kyle Westgate EDUCATION

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND - Kyle Westgate was born in 1985, and raised in Chetwynd, completed his schooling at Chetwynd Secondary School. While attending C.S.S. Kyle played both volleyball and basketball. In his grade twelve year Kyle travelled to Prince George on weekend to play club volleyball with the Prince George Kodiak. CSS was a great place to engage in school and athletics. The quality of education is better because of smaller class sizes and there are good, dedicated people to keep athletics going. So far, my most valuable experience has been from being involved in Westgate, back row, arm raised, says his most valuable experience has been extracurricular activities. extracurricular activities. Photo submitted They develop skills and keep the mind and body things are valuable for a of dedicated coaches, went to UBCO where he and earned a Mechanical active while making lifetime. He says, he had teachers, and parents. played volleyball on a Engineering Technologist friends. All of these such a good start because After graduation he winning university team Diploma. Kyle went on to

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earn to earn a Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Victoria. Kyle is currently working for Talisman as a Completions Mechanical Engineer. The biggest challenge Kyle has faced in his career is getting it started. It took a lot of planning, networking, and an Engineering Degree to open those doors. Kyle would encourage everyone to develop their interests as much as possible whether it be art, music, sports, or academics. More often than not, your interests can be developed while going to college or university. In his opinion, the most important thing to do to prep for the “the world” is realize that it’s not a big bad place and it is full of opportunity Congratulations Kyle and good luck in the future.

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The District Office says both goodbye and welcome The Mayor’s Report


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welve years is a long time: time enough to make a huge and lasting mark on the organization; time enough to influence the culture of the office; time enough to leave friends who will miss you. That’s how long Laura Howes, former Deputy Director of Corporate Administration, served the people of Chetwynd in her capable and efficient manner. Laura has accepted a position with the city of Fort St. John where she will continue to serve the people of the great North East, our home in our native land.

Twice 12 plus one defines the period Jannene Disher, Deputy CAO and Director of Corporate Administration, has had to shape the way District Office does its business. During her 25 years in the Office, Jannene has demonstrated her versatility, survival skills, wisdom, and business acumen while serving five CAOs and four Mayors. I can’t comment from the CAO perspective but, as Mayor, I have benefited enormously from her many years of municipal experience. In her own special way she has guided me around many a pitfall. While Jannene has opted to retire, with her last day in the office set for August 2, the effect she has had on corporate culture will not

“Laura and Jannene cannot be replaced. We didnʼt even try. But the positions they vacate have been filled with competent people...”

depart with her. Staff, Administration, Council, and Mayor will not soon stray from the path of good business practices she so consistently demonstrated. And it is not just good practice that has benefited District Government and the people of Chetwynd. Jannene acquired an enormous fund of history gleaned through approximately

7800 days of dealing with senior government bureaucracies, District staff and administration, a sometimes-ornery but mostly friendly and cooperative public, and Councils that have been known to be blind to boundaries. Sadly, this history will go with her. Laura and Jannene cannot be replaced. We didn’t even try. But the positions

they vacate have been filled with competent people who bring their own histories, their own welldeveloped work ethics, and their own perspectives on how the business of their offices should be conducted. The first few months on their new jobs will be filled with learning experiences for all of us. Carol Newsom, the new Director of Corporate Administration, comes to Chetwynd with 12 years in the Legal Services branch of the City of Kamloops. Prior to Kamloops, Carol served for 10 years with the City of Williams Lake. With her 22 years of relevant experience combined with her education and commitment to life-long learning, we expect Carol to perform capably in her new office.

Deanne Ennis, a resident of Chetwynd, has accepted the position of Deputy Director of Corporate Administration. Deanne’s recent experience includes a similar position with the Village of Pouce Coupe followed by a stint as HR Recruitment Coordinator with Walter Energy’s Willow Creek and Brule mines. Together, the new Director and Deputy Director will pick up the work on bylaws, contracts, record keeping, elections, and HR issues. We are pleased to welcome Carol and Deanne to the team.

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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to dictate who develops the project,” Jarvis said. “With some of the oil companies, most of them do not have contracts signed in order to fulfill their sales needs so, again, this [export license application] is merely a step.” The Asian market’s thirst for natural gas is largely driven by their need to generate power in the wake of the 2011 Tsunami, which sidelined all but two of the country’s nuclear power plants. While the Japanese government has indicated that several nuclear reactors could restart as early as this fall, Japan has offered up $10 billion in

loan guarantees to fasttrack B.C. LNG projects, according to the CBC. The government of British Columbia says it is proactively pursuing liquefied natural gas (LNG) export developments because it will create jobs and economic prospects. “British Columbia has an unprecedented opportunity to create lasting benefits for the entire province with the world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel,” said Minister of Natural Gas Development Rich Coleman. “We will create jobs, strengthen our economy and put BC on a path to a debt-free future.” Jarvis says the benefits for northeast BC will be substantial if all these projects do go ahead.

“Our biggest issues up here [are] getting people to move here and, until we can provide more ameni-

“If [as a result of LNG Dawson development] Creek and Fort St. John could provide better shop-

“It's all exciting and its

moving in the right direction but we're still a number of years away from actually getting product to market.”

- Jarvis

ties to families it is easier for them to move to Grand Prairie and work here and take the money across the border home,” Jarvis stated.


ping services for the residents of Chetwynd and Fort Nelson, they wouldn't have to drive to Grande Prairie and spend the money outside the

province. “It's so necessary for LNG to happen in order for us to prosper in the north and the complete province as well because once the LNG starts producing. Once we get a line to the coast and plants built so that they can ship to the world, a global price which will certainly increase and there is no doubt in my mind that it is going to pay the BC government debt, I just hope that even more of it stays in the north.” However, the success of the BC Liberal government’s plan is predicated on natural gas prices remaining high, especially in Asia. According to the CBC’s “reality check”, Peter Hughes, a UK energy consultant who specializes in the international trade of LNG, says Asia’s – and more specifically Japans – willingness to pay skyhigh prices is not unlimited and that the current

system of basing LNG prices on the price of oil could soon change. “The Japanese have now decided they need to move away from oil indexation as the pricing basis for their LNG imports and the government has issued instruction to that effect, which in Japan is a very powerful factor,” he said. Weather the provincial government’s plan for a debt-free BC through natural gas development will work is a matter for debate, Hughes says, especially with stiff competition for export contracts from competitors in Qatar, East Africa and Australia. “It strikes me as a little bit of wishful thinking,” Hughes said. “B.C. has to compete for that market going forward and compete with a number of different potential sources of LNG and will have to do so on the basis of its cost competitiveness.”

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