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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A proposal to improve Chetwynd’s walking trails has been finalized by the towns Community Improvements Committee. More of a discussion piece than an entrenched plan of action, the report addresses options for pathway lighting, re-development of what is known as “Expo Mountain” (the

welcome sign located on the east side of town), the design and construction of gathering places along a revamped walking trail, and opportunities for extending the trail west from the visitor information centre. No conclusions are made in the report. Instead, a number of options are presented for consideration. No costs have been developed at this planning stage either, however some aspects – notably the lighting options – are cited as being costly in

relation to other methods. Some work is already underway. The hardware on the trees and the lights they held have come down, some sections of the trail have had patchwork maintenance, and some trees were felled. Coun. Larry Vezina, Chair of the Community Improvements Committee said he appreciated the options the report gave for upgrades to the trail system. Please see "COUNCIL," page 2

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“This doesn’t tie us into anything in particular. It gives us options to work with so adopting it is not going to bind our hands.� Vezina also mentioned that citizens had approached him about a path that would go down 53rd Avenue past the Days Inn, tying into the Legion sub. “There are a lot of folks that stay in the RV Park there and go for walks at night.� According to Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming, the entire Boulevard Walkway Beautification Plan began with a suggestion from council to remove the windmills along the pathway. When installed, the windmills earned the District a 2006 Award from the Fort St. Johnbased Science, Innovation and Technology Council (Sci-Tech) for its achievement in finding an alternative energy source.

The above artist sketches display some of the beautification ideas for the town’s walkways and park areas. “The district is very proud of that,� Fleming said. “They did something very innovative at the time. The technology was new and a good thing to do. But, sometimes you have to move forward with the sense of the times.� After realizing the high maintenance costs and the unreliability associated with the current wind and solar energy sources, the District has turned off the idea of alternatives. “They are not an ideal

installation in our climate,� Public Works Manager Paul Gordon stated. “In our frigid temperatures the batteries tend to freeze and if we have to keep switching batteries out every time they freeze, it becomes very expensive. It’s expensive and inefficient,� he said. Fleming added the replacement cost of batteries is much higher than a reoccurring hydro bill. “A lot of municipalities are going to a new type of

solar lighting but they are not as green as everybody professes them to be necessarily,� he remarked. The plan suggests that the town consider hooking into the power grid in order to permanently light sections of the pathway. “The District may consider that hooking up to the grid is the most acceptable solution. Unless there is a main power outage, there will always be a source of consistent, reliable power,� it

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states. “There are very good arguments about using alternative forms of energy to provide power for lighting. In this highway corridor location however, the close proximity to electrical service makes the most economic sense when spending tax dollars.� “We're basing it on our experience with streetlights,� Fleming said. “We pay a fee to hydro for streetlights and it’s very reasonable. We know

what it costs us for hydro to run a streetlight and we know when we look at the expense to run those lights, we would be ahead of the game.� In comparison, the electricity required to power one streetlight, could power about six to ten of the pedestrian trail lights required by Ministry of Transportation guidelines. Most likely, the lighting installations will be the last item completed on a long list of possible improvements, Fleming said. “I suspect you'll see the community improvements committee this fall talk about taking a few pieces of this plan and trying to implement them next year.� This could mean that before key parts of the plan are implemented, Council might hear some feedback from the public about what they would like to see done with the trail system, an option not previously available.

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PRRD to hold town hall meetings on unpopular building bylaw No. 1996

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – The Peace River Regional District has confirmed the dates and locations of 19 “town hall” style meetings it plans to hold between now and the end of September to discuss the now infamous Building Bylaw No. 1996, 2011. The Chetwynd meeting will be held at the Recreation Centre, August 27 at 7 p.m. A series of grassroots, citizenorganized bylaw meetings held here in Chetwynd at the Pine Valley Seniors hall in April and May of this year, brought the significant opposition to the legislation from the rural residents

Lasser, centre, has been accused of “compromising too much” buy some rural residents. File photo of the Peace region into the spotlight. Residents say the bylaw encroaches to far on the rural lifestyle.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The District of Chetwynd rolled into the 21st century, approving the proposed Social Media Policy in an effort to be as transparent as possible and accountable to its residents. “[We] decided that as the Chetwynd Recreation Centre already uses a Facebook page to post information and advertise programs; and for the District to keep current in this 'electronic age', the District Office should also implement Social Media as another means to communicate with the

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The ongoing battle has brought the type of rural-urban clash that has been playing out on the social and political landscape of countless other areas across the country to the Peace River region. Over the course of the grassroots meetings, chaired by former Chetwynd Mayor Charlie Lasser, a radical element emerged which sought to have the entire bylaw thrown out. This group broke off from the mainstream, insisting that Lasser wanted to compromise too much. Jim Ross, an outspoken member of this group wrote a letter to the Chetwynd Echo that stated, “Bylaw 1996, 2011 is an unnecessary load of political crap

public,” Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Jannene Disher wrote in an email. “The main purpose is for the local government to be as transparent as possible, to communicate information on current issues and projects and to be able to receive input from the public. Staff supports the adoption of the policy and believes it will be a useful tool to use for information sharing with the residents.” The District will start by running a Facebook page and will assess whether they will participate in other forms of social media at a later date. The page should be operational in

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brought in by a group of self seeking, self centered, egotistical movers more closely related to a pack of wolves than humans.” Going in another direction, Lasser organized the less radical rural opponents to the bylaw into a committee, which began picking the bylaw apart in order to outline their specific points of opposition. “They’re not being realistic,” Lasser said of the radical group. “They’re not using common sense and if they realize that in organized society we have certain regulations and if we follow along with those regulations I think its for the best

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the near future. According to the policy, once established, the page will be update and maintained on a daily basis. “Designated staff members posting to social media sites are responsible for reviewing comments and posting feedback,” the policy states. “Employees representing the District via social media are expected to conduct themselves at all times as a representative of the District and in accordance with this policy.” Employees found in violation of the policy will be subject to discipli-

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Monday. The comments come after Bennett announced last week that anyone who doesn't yet have a digital smart meter will be allowed to keep their old analog meter or accept a smart meter with the radio-transmission function switched off. Bennett said the opt-out program is aimed at 60,000 B.C. Hydro customers who've refused the new meters, mainly over health concerns associated with high-frequency radio waves. But smart-meter opponents are still not happy,

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arguing many people had the meters installed without their knowledge or consent. Will those people now be allowed to get their old analog meters back? Or have their new smart meter's transmissions turned off? "No," Bennett said flatly. "We are not going backwards with this program." The vast majority of hydro customers (and I include myself in this category) have no health concerns about smart meters. But is it fair to let one class of hydro customers the ones who were savvy

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somebody on staff at B.C. Hydro with a vehicle," Bennett argued. "They're going to go out, and there's going to be one in this neighbourhood and one way over on the other side of town and that's going to cost money." Fair enough, but Horgan wonders why customers couldn't simply report their own meter readings perhaps by emailing a photo to B.C. Hydro - and just have a meter-reader call around on an annual basis. "There's more than one way to skin this cat," Horgan said. But I suspect the fee is

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Rescued colt suffers horrible death by pack of dogs

To the Editor: This is Bumbie’s Story. Bumbie came into Denise Caron’s life when he was just a day or two old. Concerned citizens brought the colt to Denise’s attention because she is well known for saving the lives of many horses. Bumbie was a newborn colt that was abandoned by his mother and left to fend for himself. He was bitten up from other horses and he was dehydrated. Denise took him in without a second thought of how this may inconvenience her in her VERY busy life. She started the vigil to save him immediately. She bought milk from the vet clinic and fed him every two hours, yes even through the night. He had a nice big shed filled with bedding to lie down and rest. Denise secured his little home so no other animals could get at the little colt.

It didn’t take long for him to become an immediate hit with the Caron household. Bumbie’s fame spread around the community and people came to see the beautiful and friendly little colt with the blue eyes. Denise and her family, had friends help with the feedings when they were at work. Needless to say Bumbie stole the hearts of many, many people. He loved people and was not afraid of dogs. As a matter of fact...he thought he was a dog. He called to Denise whenever she came home. As Bumbie got older he was allowed to roam around the yard and loved to sleep under the deck or near his little home but he especially loved the little canvas shed that “his” beloved brown minicooper was stored in. Denise said he could often be found lying right beside the mini cooper and she wondered if he thought it was his mother. ☺ Actually Denise, he

thought you were his mother. Eventually, Bumbie was left to graze on the lawn and he never strayed far. He was not interested in the other horses and would wait for various members of his human family to come home. After the bottle feedings stopped he was given milk in a pail for a night time feeding and then was locked in his little home for bed time. By 7 am he was getting his second pail of milk and looked forward to running out on the lawn and kicking up his little feet or even chewing on various plastics he could find in the yard. By 3 months old Denise knew that Bumbie needed special care. He would not be able to be put with other horses and he was getting lonely. Denise and I began looking into a petting zoo in Prince George for Bumbie to go to. Although she saved his life and loved him very much she knew he

needed more time with people and gentle animals. A new home awaited him the following week. Sadly, after a wonderful day at Paddle for the Peace, Denise and her family came home to a very tragic, heart breaking and unnecessary scene. Denise’s oldest boy, Maurizio got home just ahead of her. When Denise and Clarence pulled into their yard she instantly knew something was wrong. All of her other horses were running around and nervous. She saw Maurizio and he was very upset and yelling then she saw three strange dogs in her yard. Her mind is reeling...wondering why the dogs were there . . . then she heard Maurizio yell, “Mom! They killed your little colt! They were eating him! They killed little Bumbie!” When I arrived shortly after, Bumbie’s little body was covered Please see "READER," page 6

PRRD directors standing with egg smeared on their faces

To the Editor: There are 27 members on the Board of Directors including substitutes. Of the 27 members, only four are elected, the rest are appointees. Of these 27 members only two had the decency and honesty to admit they had made a mistake and tried to rescind this disgusting bylaw. The rest of this spineless group of

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fascists sat there like the bank heads in the Credit Unions advertisements on TV a few years ago. Twenty seven people, minus two decided the fate of thousands of rural people. This bylaw was written by a bureaucrat named Bruce Simard who is its author based on 29 phone calls from real estate agents, mortgage compa-

nies and insurance cos. This is in the records. Everything in this bylaw is based on deceit and fraudulent excuses and false claims. The fact that they are claiming health and safety as the reasons is a bold- faced lie. Anyone who thinks they can deal honourably with this group of making a big mistake. As for negotiating with

them so that they can save face they had their opportunity when the two afore said members tried to get them to rescind the bylaw. They are standing on public display with egg smeared on their faces. There is no face saving left. You of the public who signed their names to petitions to reject this bylaw who won’t stand

behind their own signatures are shameful to say the least. The bylaw can be rescinded just as easily as it was put in. It is simply a matter of the will to do so. It is my opinion that behind the scenes of this bylaw is some form of dishonest gain. Jim Ross Chetwynd, BC

Amazing Peace Country landscapes

To the Editor: One of your recent editorials mentioned beautiful Canadian landscapes, and that has me thinking . . . do we have spectacular landscapes in the Peace / Liard areas? I just returned from a road trip to Muncho Lake and Liard Hot Springs – what an overload of spectacular! After Pink Mountain the landscapes open far and wide – amazing and gorgeous rolling forests, hills and the wild Northern Rockies. The most certain possibility of viewing wild creatures - this time we saw numerous caribou, some in ‘velvet’, black bears, stone sheep, deer, and a bobcat! Closer to home is beautiful and accessible (for now) portion of the Peace River Valley Please see "HAVE YOU," page 6

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


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ering time-of-use billing for major industrial customers. "It's possible for certain types of industry that use huge amounts of electricity," Bennett said. "It's something I've been thinking about a little bit. I'm just floating the idea." Interesting that he waited until after the election to have his brainstorm. Don't kid yourself: time-of-use billing is coming. There's no other logical reason that B.C. Hydro would spend $1 billion on smart meters.

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with a tarp. Clarence wanted to make sure that Augustina (Denise’s daughter) did not see her precious little colt. He lay just outside the small canvas shed where the mini is stored. Evidence showed that he ran around the car trying to get away. His throat was ripped open along with his face and a large part of his bottom was ripped apart and eaten. Button, their old black lab had also been chewed up and was hiding under a bench on the step. Everyone was outraged and absolutely heartbroken, if you knew Denise personally; you would know this has already proven to be an extremely difficult year. Bumbie was the distraction and the therapy she needed. I do not share this story to condemn anyone or any animal. We own a German shepherd and although he is very loving to us. We cannot assure anyone that if he was on the run, your animals would be safe. Therefore he is

NEVER allowed to run and as a dog owner that is my responsibility to make sure of that. When dogs begin to run in a pack they are unpredictable. We know that one other dog that was tied in its own yard was badly beaten up by these same dogs and a neighbour’s cat was killed by them as well. We also know these dogs were not hungry, they were well fed. They were out to kill. As a community when we see dogs packing we need to inform our neighbours and find out whose dogs they are and let the owners know. None of our pets should be able to terrorize other animals and kill defenceless creatures. It is our responsibility to make sure our animals stay in our yards. My greatest fear is that a child may be next. So, as a promise to my friend and in honour of our little Bumbie, I will always make it my business if I ever again see dogs packing. Sincerely, Shannon Demeulemeester. Moberly Lake BC

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THIS WEEK’S BIG CATCH ANGLER: Tryson Wood SPECIES: Spring Salmon WEIGHT: 11lb WHERE: Malcom Island/Sointula BC WHEN: July 14 2013

basically from Hudson’s Hope to Bear Flats. Wow – make sure you take a sunny day to do the ‘circle tour’ in the fall when all the colours are on. Watch out for the hundreds deer that make this valley their home. Pick up some home grown fresh ‘Peace’ farm produce, (pumpkins anyone?) at Taylor. Also, Saturday July 13th is the ‘Paddle for the Peace’ starting at Halfway River bridge. Join hundreds of people, including international visitors, as they join together to enjoy and protect the river and valley. It is a spectacular experience to participate and view the colourful variety of canoes, kayaks, motorboats, etc – all on the river at once! Paddle the river, and/or come for the picnic at Bear Flats. There might be some locally grown produce there also. Have you seen the views from Old Baldy and Ghost Mtn.? Certainly worth

the effort to climb the hills any time of year – in the winter it sparkles, the spring has that amazing green glow, and the fall with blue skies and bright yellow leaves rivals any beautiful landscape in Canada. The District of Chetwynd does a great job of maintaining wonderful trails. You can view the Pine and Sukunka valleys and Tuscoola, Trapper and Robert Mountains. Have you been to Moberly? From the bridge over the Moberly River you can see west across the lake towards the beautiful and historic ‘Twin Sisters’, and Klin-Se-Za peaks. Also spectacular! There’s also a great view from the ‘Dawson’ side of East Pine hill, looking south and southwest to the Murray and Pine River valleys too. I wonder if I’ve missed any ? Amy Meyer, Chetwynd, BC


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Property crime reduction big focus for Chetwynd RCMP

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Following a series of break and enters this summer, the Chetwynd RCMP is engaging in crime reduction initiatives specifically focused on the reduction of property crime in Chetwynd. “Investigations into break and enters into residences and businesses as well as thefts from vehicles, theft of vehicles and thefts of equip-

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interest of all involved.” Lasser’s committee brought forward their recommendations for change to the bylaw to the PRRD Board of Directors during a May 27 meeting in Dawson Creek. “I think they are going to use a lot of the parts that we recommended as their talking points [at the town hall meetings],” Lasser said on Tuesday. “It brings some common sense to the bylaw because it was not made for this area, it was put together more with municipal ideas than rural ideas. I hope that the bylaw in the rural areas will be mainly dealing with the home and that the rest of the [farm] buildings will not be included.” Lasser said his committee has no objections to home inspections, adding that if you are selling a house, the buyer will need

to have that guarantee that their investment is sound and that the structure has been approved by some governing body. “We want safety and we want something that is going to be reasonable.” PRRD Chair Karen Goodings said she hopes cooler heads will prevail at the town hall meetings. “I really hope that good discussions can prevail,” she said in an email. “We are coming to listen to concerns that residents are able to bring forward that relate to the bylaw.” Goodings added that the BC Building Code has always been in effect for the entire province, along with additional provincial building requirements laid out in the Homeowners Protection Act. “We cannot change either of these,” she said. “What we hope this process will lead to is a bylaw that is more easily understood and clarified.

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We hope to accomplish a better understanding of the residents concerns.” Meetings will also be held Aug. 6 at 7 pm in Hudson’s Hope and in Dawson Creek September 12 at 6:30 pm.

ment are ongoing,” Sgt. Olivia Tremblay said. “In some of these cases, suspects have been identified and charged however police need the public assistance as well. Tremblay said part of her detachment’s crime reduction initiatives focus on educating he public and what part they can play in preventing these times of cries. “Very often, it not always, thefts from vehicles involve a vehicles being left unlocked, b) property

such as laptops, cell phones and cameras being left in the vehicle, c) loose change or money being left in vehicles or all of the above,” she said. “ Since my arrival to Chetwynd ore a year ago I have put out several media releases asking citizens to please remove the keys from the ignition, lock your doors, refrain from keeping valuables in your vehicles, please do not leave money

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Moberly Lake chainsaw artist Randy Gauthier to compete for first time in August

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Amongst the professionals at this year’s Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship, Moberly Lake resident and local carver Randy Gauthier was busy sanding, filing, drilling and learning the trade under the watchful eye of Japan’s Hiromu Kurita. A self-described “bush guy”, Gauthier says it’s all about the will to learn and the determination to keep working towards the vision he has of turning his new

found hobby into a business with his son. “I think family is great to work with and I have never really had that opportunity. I want to be my son’s best friend, I don’t want to do wrong as a father and I think maybe I have in the past. I think we all make mistakes, but it’s just a matter of learning, educating yourself on that.” He spoke to the Chetwynd Echo on his birthday this past week, from his property just off the Provincial Park Road in Moberly Lake. “I am just a saw man,” he says. “I have been felling

“I am just a saw man.”

trees for over 20 years, generally falling dangerous trees. I went on to being a felling supervisor for the last three to four years. I was always a freelance kind of guy.” It was in February of this

year, when Gauthier traded in his felling saw for a much smaller, much more nimble carving saw. While local orders keep him going for money and practice, Gauthier is excited at the chance to gain some

knowledge and experience when he travels to his first carving competition next month in Mackenzie River, Oregon. This will be his chance to learn by doing, he feels, and to hear some constructive criticism from his peers. “What I really appreciate is criticism, what I am doing wrong. A person can see that, I can't, that's what I like. I think that's great. Different perspectives, like a different mentality altogether. So, I have got to really nail this first competition. I have committed myself and if I stop then I have kind of given up on myself,

and I am not going to do that.” Since he started last winter, Gauthier believes he has improved but still has a long way to go. “I am trying to do a sixday schedule, eight to ten hour days. I have got to discipline myself a little bit more but it’s coming. It really is. The money will come.” He grabs a hold of a smaller eagle that he has been working on, and remarks about how he wasn't very happy with the way the detail had turned Please see "MOVING," page 9

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out. “I can’t get the proportions right. I have just got to apply myself," he says “and even if I get $100 for this, I will be happy with it because I am still in the learning process.” A sculpture he completed earlier this year, a bench flanked by two eagle heads, is on display in front of the Home Hardware on 51st St. It’s not perfect either, he admits. It has some flaws that will probably reduce the price. But it’s all part of the learning process. “When I helped Hiromu Kurita, I soaked in a lot but I never got much of a chance to actually stop, watch him carve and see how he adds character.” “It’s all [about] putting your hours in,” he says. “We all have to pay for our education. Because I am self-taught, it costs a lot at the beginning. I blew a saw here last week and a couple of grinders, probably about $1,500 of stuff. I am basically paying for my education so I am OK with that as long as I am learning and moving forward.” He certainly is keeping busy. After the drive to Oregon in August, Gauthier has arranged to work with some carvers he wouldn’t name on the sunshine coast. He will then head back up north, past Chetwynd, to Seldovia, Alaska where he

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will take part in his second competition Labour Day weekend. Picking up jobs where he can along the way. “It’s all about exposure. As long as I have got a tank of fuel and grub, I can actually make money on the road and give other communities an opportunity to buy some of the chainsaw sculptures.” But for now, back on his property he plugs away at a piece for a friends garden and pauses to tell me how he experimented with painting one of his first sculptures. “It's kind of like a gorgeous looking woman with cheap make-up. It doesn't look good; so I am not going to incorporate anymore paint.” Then he commented that moving from his property on the lake (just 300 metres from where he stands but not visible from the road) to a more noticeable work area has increased his orders. “It was nicer down by the lake but this is more practical,” he remarked. “I am going to bring a building up here or build one here and hook up power and the internet so my son can run the sales [from there]. He will get to know the value of money [by] working.” Then, he smiled and said, “I am going to fire it up.” With three carvings to finish and a five-foot Hawiann Tiki head to start before he leaves in a few short weeks, who could blame him for not wanting to waste anymore time.

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Community Arts Council rolled out its 2013-2014 Action plan in a presentation to the District of Chetwynd Council July 15. The plan was highlighted by the

group’s five-year goal of creating an Art Gallery in Chetwynd to showcase local artists, host workshops, art classes and children’s art programs. “It’s a matter of finding space,” Publications Director Naomi Larsen said. “We had looked at a couple of different spaces and had a couple of different suggestions but they are a few years down the road. We do want to take some of the fundraising money we have, and designate some of that Please see "COMMUNITY," page 10

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towards funding the operation of an art gallery.” The Arts Council, represented by President Brenda Maisey, presented the action plan to council in advance of submitting their grant application for the coming year. If approved, the grant will renew the $4,000 of funding the group received from the District in 2012. Last year marked the first for the new Board of Directors. “In our first year we achieved quite a lot being as we were new to all of this,” Maisey said. “Our plan for 2014 is to [seek] partnership oppor-

tunities with First Nations for their festivals and art events and also, to produce another calendar for fundraising. We're also planning a full gala art show and fundraiser in conjunction with the calendar launch.” The Arts Council will also be seeking sponsorships from local businesses over the course of the year to help with their fundraising efforts. The popular 2013 “Calendar in the Buff” brought in about $1,200 for the group. The group says it will be inviting businesses from the local area to advertise in the upcoming 2014 version of the calendar, which will feature the

Our mandate is to gather these grants and be a conduit for other groups to put on events MAISEY

carvers from the 2013 Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship. “Our mandate is to gather these grants and be a conduit for other groups to put on events,” Maisey

stated. We don’t necessarily put on our own events although we are trying, but our mandate is to be a conduit to encourage arts in the community.” The current members are hoping to change that.

The 2013/14 action plan includes a few events that are currently in the works. The group is trying to arrange a showing of the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Rex Theatre, and in coordination with Ana Peasgood of the Chetwynd Family Resource Centre, the Arts Council hopes to organize an arts program for children in grades 5-7. Perhaps the biggest event of the 2014 year will be the “Arts in the Park” showcase, which will feature local visual and performing artists in a celebration held at Spirit Park on 51st Avenue, possibly in conjunction with Canada Day. These programs and

event are in the initial stage of planning currently. Be sure to follow the group on Facebook for updates. The main obstacle facing the Arts Council’s goal of a Chetwynd Art Gallery is the lack of fund in the Councilscoffers. “We had a little bit of money left over from 2011 when we took over and then we got the grant from Council,” Maisey said. “We did fundraising through our calendar. Usually we get a grant from British Columbia Arts Council, which we didn't get last year. If we can form some partnerships and research some more grants we might be able to pull it off.”

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Paralysis strikes ravens, crows in Peace Region

Corvids are particularly susceptible to West Nile virus, bird expert says

TIMES COLONIS –––––––––––––– A deadly paralysis is striking ravens and crows in the Peace River region. Leona Green, who runs the Hillspring Wildlife Rehabilitation facility in Dawson Creek, said Wednesday that she has had dozens of reports of ravens and crows being found sitting on the ground, unable to use their feet. "At first it was ravens and now we're seeing crows," Green said.

University of B.C. professor Mooney said. Patrick Mooney, who spe"Ravens and crows cializes in biodiversibelong to the corvid ty and urban family of birds and birds, said it's are particularly possible that susceptible to the birds have the West Nile died from convirus. So if I tracting the have to guess, West Nile virus that's what I'd that is carried say it is," he by mosquitoes. said. "The tip-off is that it Mooney said the started in ravens and deaths of corvids can act now it's being seen in crows," as an early-warning system that

the virus - which also affects humans - has arrived. The province of B.C. has had a dead-bird surveillance program for West Nile virus since 2011, he said. The virus, which is spread to humans by mosquitoes that bite infected birds, arrived in North America in 1999. It has killed 42 people in Canada since 2002. The last confirmed case of human infection in B.C. was in 2010, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

BC funds Aboriginal Early Childhood Education

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– KAMLOOPS – Earlier this month, the provincial government announced $2.5 million in research funding to establish a new regional innovation chair at the Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, specializing in Aboriginal early childhood education development and maternal child health. Dr. Rod McCormick, a nationally recognized expert in First Nations mental health, has been appointed the BC Regional Innovation Chair. He has a long history of working with the Canadian Institute of Health. Throughout his career, McCormick has focused on Aboriginal health research, working on projects that focus on career and life planning, mental health counseling and Aboriginal youth suicide prevention. Dr. McCormick, an Aboriginal himself, is one of the most senior First

Nations health researchers in the country. A faculty committee comprised of a team of cross-disciplinary researchers selected him as chair. He has published 21 papers in peer-reviewed journals, seven book chapters and numerous papers and reports for a variety of community and government organizations. “Dr. McCormick’s work will lead to strategies and interventions based on an understanding of the unique circumstances facing Aboriginal mothers and children,” Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson said. “It will help First

Nations families continue to build solid communities with the potential of creating strong economic growth.” Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development said the research Dr. McCormick and his team will be carrying out is all about giving children the best possible start in life. “This chair will help provide the necessary research so we can improve culturally appropriate programs and services that strengthen the health and prospects of Aboriginal children,” her statement read. One point two five million dollars of the funding

has come from the Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF), which the BC government launched in April 2012 to encourage social and economic development programs throughout the province. Partially funded by the private sector, LEEF has established permanent leadership research chairs at a number of public postsecondary institutions in the areas of medical, social, environmental and technological research. “We are honored and grateful for the support we have received from our region’s Aboriginal bands to attract Dr. McCormick and the critical work he does in the field of

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Fort St John resident killed in single vehicle crash

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John man dead at the scene. He had been ejected from the vehicle. The driver was transported to Chetwynd via ambulance and then flown to Grande Prairie via STARS air ambulance for further treatment. RCMP continue to investigate.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – From Chief Administrative Officer to chief chopper operator, District of Chetwynd employee Doug Fleming is hoping the 2013 Peace Region motorcycle poker-run will bring the communities of the region together in a unique way. The Visitor Information Centres of Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Taylor, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge, will form a circuit that rid-

ers from each community will work their way through on August 17. “I have never been in the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre or the Taylor one. This will actually be the reason that I would go in and visit it and maybe buy a gift,” Fleming said. The ride starts at 9 a.m. and the circuit must be completed by 5 p.m. Each rider will pay a registration fee of $30, half of which will go towards the winner. At the Chetwynd event, riders will vote on which local charity they

would like to see the other half of the money go towards. As they pass through each community, motorcyclists will stop at the Visitor Centres and pick up a playing card. At the end of the day, riders form a poker hand from five of the six cards they have picked up, and the best hand will be awarded a cash prize. Chetwynd riders will announce the winner at the 7 p.m. closing ceremony dinner, which will be held at Twins Restaurant on the South Access Road.

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Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Tumbler Ridge and Taylor and so, I think it will bring tourism into our own region from within.” In the weeks ahead of the event, Nelson is approaching local businesses in an attempt to gather some door prizes and cash sponsorships. She is hoping it will turn into an annual event. “I think we should try and do it annually and see how it turns out this year, this is kind of the trial run,” she said. “I think the little group of volunteers that is helping put the back end of it together is committed to working [on it] in future years,” Fleming believed. “Not only do the riders get to ride, they get a chance at some prizes, and the Visitor Information Centres get to host a major event. At the end of the day they get to give some money back to the community from the riders.” For more information, or to register for the poker run, contact Charla at 250788-1934, or drop by the Chetwynd Visitor Information Centre.


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We don’t want Chetwynd to be a Lac Megantic

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he recent monstrous rail tragedy in Lac Megantic, Quebec, leaves us deeply saddened over the terrible destruction and loss of life, and wondering what or whom we can trust in this confused and confusing world. How safe are we on the highways and bridges and beside the rails? How vulnerable are we in our bedrooms? We have no idea what caused the train to slip its moorings and run amok in Lac Megantic. Did the brakes

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fail? Brakes won’t fail if they are properly maintained and used within the specifications. Were the brakes not set according to the guidelines? Are the guidelines unclear? Can sabotage be ruled out? We do know that almost every accident, whether it’s a fall from a stool in the kitchen or taking a tree on the head in the wood lot, could have been prevented. We wait for answers. We trust every day: that the approaching driver is awake and in charge of a well-maintained vehicle; that the processed food is safe to eat; that the parachute will open on demand. Life as we know it would come to a smoking halt if we didn’t trust. But is trust enough? No!

“Why should it take a Lac

Megantic to stir us to take a look at our own situation?”

Trust is not enough. Even if the people in charge of big rail, big road, big money, or big ideas are pleasant, jolly, good sports, and pick up the restaurant tab, trust is not enough. We have to ask some probing questions when the safety of the community is at stake and we have to

hold some feet to the fire (our political masters, our industry moguls, our own feet). All of us in Chetwynd are conscious of, and occasionally inconvenienced by, the lines of steel bisecting our community. But do we ever think of what goes on behind the scenes,

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around the bend, up the grade? We hear the clatter and the rumble and the hooting. Have we heard of the near misses and the explosions that didn’t happen? Why should it take a Lac Megantic to stir us to take a look at our own situation? Chetwynd is not unlike hundreds of other communities across this great land. Rails and roads cut through our vitals and we’ve become accustomed to that which we cannot change. The commerce of the nation and the products of our own hands move down these essential links with the world. Life as we experience it would change without the rails and roads. We are not ready to go down that

road yet. A meeting is being arranged with CN officials to discuss issues and concerns important to our wellbeing, safety, and peace of mind. Your Mayor, Council, and District Administration will insist that we be kept informed of issues on the interface of community and the major transportation links. In plain English: we want to know the nature of the hazards that face us as we go about our daily routines. Chetwynd must not become another way to spell Lac Megantic. 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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NH gains international recognition for AIDS program The regional health DAWSON CREEK – Dawson Creek, Northern and provincial recognition During last months Board Health announced that it for two public health ini- employer partnered with a of Directors meeting in had gained international tiatives. number of organizations earlier this year, including Vancouver Coastal Health, the Provincial Health Services Authority, Providence Health Care, FOR BC Centre for the PROPOSED ZONING AMENDMENT Excellence in HIV/AIDS BYLAW NO. 2082, 2013 and the Northern Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Task Force, to create an 3505 Jackfish Lake Road education and promotional campaign it called HIV Notice is hereby given that the Regional Board of the Peace River Regional District intends to 101. consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2082, 2013, for third reading and adoption at their Board The pilot phase of the meeting on August 22nd 2013 to be held at 10:00 am at the North Peace Cultural Centre, 10015 project was designed to 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC. expand access to Proposal: Zoning Amendment By-law No 2082, 2013, proposes to rezone a portion of District HIV/AIDS medications Lot 766 PRD except Plan 30087 and PGP48043, in the PRRD Zoning Bylaw No. 1343, 2001, among hard-to-reach and from A-2 “Large Agricultural Holdings Zone” to R-4 “Residential 4 Zone” to accommodate the vulnerable populations in proposed 3 lot subdivision of the parcel. Vancouver’s Downtown East Side and Prince George. It reached the end of its test phase in March. Last month in New York, HIV 101 took home three

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Gold Quill merit awards from the International Association of Business Communicators. The Ministry of Health has since said it plans to expand the program across all of the provinces health authorities. “We are pleased to see the efforts of Northern Health staff creating such excitement, awareness and momentum for these population health programs,” Northern Health Chairman Dr. Charles Jago said. “These are the foundations for lasting partnerships that can improve health outcomes.” The rest of the meeting was business as usual, with the board receiving an update on new construction and renovation Please see "ELDER," page 21

Rose Marie Lossing, a resident of Hythe, Alberta, passed away on Monday, July 8, 2013 at the age of 89 years. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Alberta time) at the United Church, Beaverlodge, Alberta. Interment will be at a later date.

For friends so wishing, donations may be made in memory of Marie to the Hythe Nursing Home Foundation, Box 100 Hythe, Alberta T0H 2C0 Very Respectfully, Beaverlodge Funeral Service


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in your vehicle however these incidents persist.” Tremblay said it’s very unlikely a car would be broken into or stolen if people followed the abovementioned advice. In regards to residences RCMP advise having someone check your house regularly if you are going away on holidays or will be away for an extended period of time. Some things like timers on lights, motion sensor lights, alarm systems and friends/family checking your residence /vehicles a in and out of your driveway can help to minimize your chances of being broken into.” Tremblay also advises storing all terrain vehicles in a locked shed or garage, along with bicycles and

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thing suspicious please let us know .” TREMBLAY

toys. But it’s not only in town these incidents are occurring. Thefts in rural areas are happening as well. “Often residents feel because they live in the country or their property is off the beaten path they are safe from these types of crimes,” she said. “This is not the case.” The Chetwynd RCMP

are on patrol, being visible, gathering intelligence all in effort to identify and prosecute these offenders and the public and help. “If you see anything suspicious plese lets us know,” Tremblay said. Call the Chetwynd detachment at 250-7889221 or you can leave and anonymous tip at Crimestoppers.

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projects at its facilities across the North. Work is underway, in collaboration with the provincial government on a process for the sale and possible renovation of the former Fort St. John Hospital building. NH hopes to convert the old hospital on 100th Ave. into a seniors care service facility. Lands in Pouce Coupe and Peace River Haven were also assessed for the same purpose. The old Fort St. John Hospital, built in

1962, was closed last year when the brand new Residential Care centre opened its doors to the public in the summer of 2012. “We have a number of large construction projects at various stages throughout the region that will greatly improve the quality of the services we can provide,” Northern Health CEO Cathy Ulrich said. The next Northern Health Board of Directors public meeting will take place October 23, 2013 in Prince George.

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