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BC Hydro crews were on the job for several days following last week’s windstorms repairing dozens of downed lines throughout the Peace. MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The windstorm that pounded the peace last week toppled trees and left many Chetwynd residents and others throughout the region in the dark. At the height of the storm, more than 14,000 BC Hydro customers in the northeast were without power. Southwesterly winds gusted to upwards of 110 km/h in some areas, causing many trees to snap and fall across power lines. On Tuesday evening, Jan. 14, 598 outages were being reported by BC Hydro in the Chetwynd area. By Wednesday morning, BY
that number had jumped to more than 900. Teachers at local schools reported on Wednesday morning that because of outages in Dawson Creek at the School District 59 offices, they were without access to the internet, which is centrally controlled along with the bells which did not ring to signify changes in the day. Because they had heat and lights this was only a minor disturbance as classes continued. In Moberly Lake, a few people were without power for three days with outages occurring early in the day on Jan. 14 and not being restored until Jan. 17. “We’ll get windstorms every
winter but really big ones where every community seems to be affected and we’ve got tens of thousands of customers out – this is an every few years occurrence,” Bob Gammer, BC Hydro’s community relations manager told Elaine Anselmi of the Dawson Creek Daily News. When contacted Environment Canada meteorologists said these kinds of storms are rare, occurring maybe every 25-30 years. Many Chetwynd residents shared their stories of how they dealt with the power outages on the Chetwynd Echo’s Facebook page. “We lost most of the siding off
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the front of our house, part of our roof and our two satellites were starting to bend and broke bolts securing them down,” said Matt Moman. Others remarked about how the power outage offered a unique chance for some family time. “I came home from a 12-hour shift to find my husband and daughter laughing in the candle light,” said Heather Lirette. “I grabbed a pre-bagged salad and joined in. Followed by hot tea from the wood stove. We had a very nice night of visiting and I welcome the power to go off
BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – Class composition in British Columbia is worse than ever says Jim Iker, president of the British Columbia Teachers Federation (BCTF), citing data released by the Ministry of Education that shows over 16,000 classes with four or more children with special needs. The problem is one that the South Peace region and School District 59 are not immune to. Teachers in School District 59, like their peers across the province, are struggling to keep their classrooms on an even keel, by attempting to spend the extra time with students who need it and still keep the entire class progressing normally. “Legislation in 2002 stripped collective agreement language regarding class size, composition and staffing ratios,” said
West Fraser Boundary Expansion approved
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A year in the making, part one of Chetwynd’s proposed twoparted boundary expansion is now official. “It didn’t take long as far as government business goes,” BY
said Mayor Merlin Nichols. The land was officially transferred from the Peace River Regional District to the town of Chetwynd be decree of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural development on Dec. 19, 2013. The expansion will bring roughly 6,000 plus hectares of
raw land within the boundaries of the municipality, freeing up space for Chetwynd Forest Industries’ (West Fraser) co-generation plant that will eliminate the last beehive burner in the valley. An application for “non-farm use” of the land, which is within the Agricultural Land
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Reserve, was submitted by the company and was approved last year. According to information received from the District of Chetwynd in December of 2012, West Fraser ’s biomass energy generation facility is expected to contribute an additional $15,000 - $20,000 to the
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municipal tax base. “Modest dollars as this expansion involves ‘land only’,” District of Chetwynd Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming said, adding that the approval of the expansion was the result of much hard work
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from all of the parties involved. District of Chetwynd staff made four trips to meet with ministers or staff, including two meetings at last year â€™s Union of British Columbia Municipalities conference. West Fraser says they plan to have the co-generation plant operational in 2014. It will create 13 direct ongoing jobs for Chetwynd, as well as 20 additional construction jobs. â€œThose are not peanut jobs,â€? mayor Nichols said. â€œSo, that is what's important to Chetwynd. The additional tax [revenue] is not the issue here.â€? West Fraser initiated the process for the boundary expansion in 2012 after recognizing the need for more land to house the co-generation plant. It was first announced in August 2011, along with three other similar clean energy projects that were the result of BC Hydroâ€™s â€œCall for Powerâ€?, a program designed to facilitate the utilityâ€™s acquisition of clean, renewable energy through independent power producers. Rod Alders, an engineer with West Fraser, explained the project for the Chetwynd Echo in a March 2013 interview. â€œItâ€™s going to take up a lot of space for the current mill operation and we need to expand the mill site. Thatâ€™s what weâ€™ve applied for so we can move some of the operations that weâ€™re currently doing where these new buildings are going to go,â€? Alders explained.
The co-generation plant was first announced in 2011 along with three other similar clean energy projects. â€œThe beehive burner is really how we dispose of the waste that weâ€™re not [currently] utilizing to generate power. Thereâ€™s not a lot of emission control equipment on it. Our new system burns a lot more efficiently.â€? The energy plant will use two Pratt & Whitney/Turboden designed Organic Rankine Cycle turbine units, to generate 88-gigawatt (GW) hours of firm clean power annually. The new system will harness the heat produced by the burning of â€œhog fuelâ€?; wood chips, bark, wood shavings and other unprocessed or unusable leftover materials from the sawmill. It will convert the heat
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of space for the current mill operation and we need to expand the mill site.â€?
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lect roadside debris to fuel the fire.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS Part two of Chetwyndâ€™s boundary expansion was to include Walter Energyâ€™s Willow Creek mine within the municipalities tax base. This move was initiated by council in order to correct an oversight made by the district when a satellite boundary expansion was approved in 1996. â€œDistrict Council has determined that certain properties associated with the Willow Creek mine were meant to be included in district boundaries when a satellite boundary extension was approved in 1996, however, these were ex-
cluded in error,â€? a Nov. 23, 2012 District memo noted. The move would bring $350,000 in additional tax revenue for the district, which is about $250,000 more than Walter Energy currently pays to the province. In 2012, before the curtailment of operations at the mine, the company had indicated to the district that they were aware of this extra cost and wished to support their host community â€“ Chetwynd. However, with the downturn in metallurgical (steel making) coal markets world wide, and with the cut backs at the mine, Walter Energy is now appearing less than enthusiastic about the idea of being included within the town boundary and having to pay the additional taxes that go along with that. â€œPut yourself in Walter's position are they going to say we'll pay another $250,000 in taxes a year? Walter's not about to do that, we knew that wouldn't happen,â€? mayor Nichols said last week. â€œBut, the provincial government has the power and authority to impose that boundary expansion on Walter. Now, we're not privy to what goes on in Cabinet meetings. We think it went there. It may have been withdrawn before, but until I have a sit down with the minister there are some things I just wonâ€™t know.â€? As far as Chetwynd is concerned, part two of its boundary expansion process initiated in Dec. 2012 remains unfinished business.
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“Site C will contribute to the destruction of our culture.” - Saulteau First Nations Wednesday, JANUARY 22, 2014
Chetwynd residents Amy Meyer and Yvonne Tupper, (holding banner) lead the way during Friday’s protest in Energetic City photo Fort St. John.
While the story is compelling, itʼs not unique says panel chair
BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN –A blunt message was delivered to the Joint Review Panel on the proposed Site C dam Monday afternoon in Fort. St. John. “Resource development is hurting our people and destroying our culture,” said Saulteau First Nations councilor Patricia Blandin. “We are losing our cultural identity because the land is being developed. Each time industry develops another piece of land, we lose another piece of our culture because the land is our classroom.” The presentation focused on the social and cultural impacts of the
dam; making the case that resource development has already hampered Saulteau First Nations people’s ability to pass on traditions, hunt for subsistence and gather medicinal plants. If the project is approved, members of the Saulteau First Nations band want to have assurance that they will be mitigated through increased funding and resources to deal with problems that have resulted from the loss of identity, such as substance abuse. “Our nation has been on this land for many, many years. We signed a treaty of friendship many years ago; never believing that the document we signed in good faith would be used to destroy our way of life,” Blandin said. “This is where we are taught our culture and where we pass those teachings onto the next generation. When the land is developed we cannot use that land, therefore we lose the opportunity to go out and to pursue our traditional way of life. We are prevented from hunting for our food sources because the land is our gro-
cery store, gathering our medicinal plants because it is also our drug store and practicing our cultural and spiritual ways of life.” Blandin added that years of insufficient funding to deal with the resulting cultural and social problems have compounded the issue. Young professionals are hired at the beginning of their careers and are faced with tackling a massive issue that has persisted for some time. “We hire people who are brand new in their professions and once they gain the experience, they move on to higher paying jobs,” she says. “This puts us back to square one. Social and cultural impacts cause the loss of identity, which in turn causes substance abuse. The programs that we have right now do not fulfill the needs of our people.” In closing, Blandin asked the panel to consider it’s social and cultural concerns and find a middle ground. “There are two sets of values being aired here today. They each have value and we must find a middle ground where there is a win-win for
both.” Chair of the Joint review panel Harry Swain said the story is a compelling one, and one that is not unique to Saulteau or to Northeast BC. He asked the Saulteau representatives if they see some sort of benefits coming from the dam if it were to be approved. “I could see some benefits absolutely coming out of resource development,” said Director of Family and Social Development for Saulteau First Nations Cheryl Maurice. “I am not entirely certain though that the nation is at a ready point to be able to embrace that opportunity,” she continued. “There are still people who are unskilled, a number who are living on social assistance which is my department, that don’t have a great education to be able to even go into a trade. I am not sure that without some support prior to -which is what we are hoping for - that the people will be ready to reap those benefits.”
Michael Underhill arrested in connection to several Chetwynd break-ins
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A Chetwynd man has been arrested following a series of break-ins to several local businesses. On Sunday Jan. 12, Chetwynd RCMP executed two search warrants on a private residence and located a stash of stolen property along with items that had been used by the suspects in this break and enter along with items identified from earlier robberies. As a result of the investigation, Michael Troy Underhill of Chetwynd, BC has been charged with three counts of breaking, entering and committing an indictable offence, one count of possession of break-in instruments and one count of obstructing a peace officer. Underhill was reBY
manded into custody and is scheduled to make his next court appearance in Dawson Creek on Jan 14, 2014. In recent months, eight break-and-enters to commercial buildings within the town of Chetwynd have been reported to the RCMP. Calls to the RCMP in Chetwynd to confirm if other suspects were being investigated in relation to the recent rash of break ins were not returned by press time. In most instances the suspect or suspects gained entry to the building by breaking glass from windows or entry doors. Once inside they took money or items, with no traceable markings that could be easily sold. Chetwynd RCMP were able to identify Underhill as a result of video surveillance obtained from the scene.
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Wednesday, JANUARY 22, 2014
History does indeed repeat itself W In honour of 55 years...
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elcome to the new Chetwynd Echo. What began as a tabloid and then changed to broadsheet and then tabloid is once
again a broadsheet. Your community newspaper, the Chetwynd Echo is celebrating 55 years in 2014 and following a quarter of a century of being the same size, we want to start off this year with a bang – including a whole new look. By now you may have noticed that your community newspaper is a brand new product with a complete redesign. We’ve been toying with the idea of a new design for some time and what better time than the present? And in order to be able to offer our local businesses and customers a chance to advertise in colour for a phenomenally low rate - the Chetwynd Echo has switched printing presses. For many years we’ve been printed in Dawson Creek. However, with costs rising we decided to move our printing to Prince George. Not an easy decision and it’s been a lot of work, but change is good so we embraced it. This also changes the Chetwynd Echo from a Friday publication to a Wednesday publication thus allowing us to have weekend events and Monday council in a little sooner. When the Chetwynd Echo changed from a broadsheet to a tab back in 1989, then-publisher and editor Maureen Gammon quoted a long-lived motto in this office quoted from original publisher/editor George Peck: “May it (the newspaper) be used for the good of our town.” As the current Publisher this is a motto I take very seriously. Our small staff of three strives to give our community a newspaper they can be proud of. A newspaper with pages chalked full of local news and information. A newspaper that celebrates our community and the people that make their home and raise their families here. And a newspaper that records our history. On March 12, 1959, Peck believed the same thing when the first edition rolled off the presses. As for the future? Only time will tell. But one thing is for certain the Chetwynd Echo is YOUR community newspaper. Become a part of the pages. Email or call us or simply stop in if you have a story idea or a letter to the editor. We’re located in beautiful downtown Chetwynd between Talisman and Job Search. Or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We strive to Echo our community. Follow us on Twitter and fan us on Facebook. Become a part of the conversation.
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Rights and freedoms: How far does it go? To the Editor: Rights and freedom how far does it go? Rights and freedom go as far as it begins to infringe upon someone else’s rights and freedoms. This is called reciprocity. This principle of reciprocity includes all people including government agencies although some of these agencies and the persons in these agencies consider themselves to be above that. The regional districts and most of its directors are among those who consider themselves above the confines of the reciprocity. This was the basis for Bylaw 1996-2011.According to this group "what is good for the Goose is not good for the Gander". On the government of B.C. website is a small booklet which is available to the public. This booklet describes what procedures and rules the regional district and its directors must follow. In the booklet it describes two different sets of directors, rural directors who are elected by the people of a certain rural area. Then there is the municipal directors appointed by municipal counselors. The mayor is automatically appointed by his position as mayor. The rural directors position is to serve the people in their respective areas and to carry out the wishes of the electorate in the rural areas. Whereas the municipal directors are to look after their municipal constituents in their respective areas,namely within the municipal boundaries. The booklet states that because of the difference in the respective roles, the municipal directors MAY NOT
VOTE on rural issues such as rural bylaws. It also states that the director must listen to the people in a free and democratic manner that is open and transparent. None of the above rules were followed. It was municipal directors who put the final motion forward for the fourth reading to have the bylaw passed. The municipal director had no business or right putting the motion forward. The municipal directors had no business or right to vote on the issue. The bylaw was not within the municipal boundaries. The motion was null and void. The bylaw was admittedly held in secret behind closed doors. This was another violation of the open and transparent democratic process required by the rules of the B.C. Government book. According to the booklet, the people that a bylaw affects have the right to accept or reject a bylaw or other services put forward by the directors of their respective areas. A service or a bylaw must be asked for by the people. The board of directors was forced by weight of numbers to call meetings, 19 of them to listen to the people. This should have by the rules of the booklet from the Provincial Government been the first process of an open and transparent forum. All the trouble and anger from the rural residents would have been avoided not to mention the tens of thousands of dollars spent on these meetings. Now another violation of the rules of procedure to be followed by the rural directors was an unani-
mous vote by all four rural directors to rescind the bylaw. The municipal directors again decided to violate Provincial rules by demanding a vote. A vote that they did not have legal right to demand. The vote to rescind Bylaw 19962011 was legitimately rescinded by the rural directors and therefore stands as rejected in its entirety. It stands rejected as the municipal directors had no legitimate say in it being brought back in. The 19 meetings in which the rural residents unanimously rejected the bylaw was in effect a legitimate referendum called by the board of directors and is therefore the end of the matter. The bylaw is rescinded. Everyone of those directors who have illegally voted on the bylaw must resign their position. First and foremost to resign should be the two administrators who have been the driving force behind this illegal bylaw and we know who they are. They are the tail wagging the dog. We all know what is directly below a dog’s tail. If some regional official tries to force him or herself on your private property you may legally tell them to get to hell off your land. In short bluntly put forth, the board of directors has in my opinion and that of many others have become for the most part and I give much credit to a very few who have kept their integrity to their constituents, have become a greedy self seeking group of incompetent bungling buffoons. Jim Ross Chetwynd, BC
A whole lot of flip flops and confusion
To the Editor: Well here we are, a new year and the same old garbage. The fiasco at the so called Special Meeting on December 2, 2013 was just about the limit to anything sane or believable to a normal thinking person. There were many emails and phone calls the next day trying to make sense out of it all, this, of course was impossible because none of it made sense. There are a few things we do know.
1. Building bylaw 1996 2011 is back in. They SAY it is only for people who had permits or wished to obtain them. don’t forget the bylaw is still the law and encompasses the whole Peace River Regional District. Taking into consideration the fact that they did not follow Provincial regulations when they initiated it, and all through the process, who is going to believe something they just say? They cannot, just on their word alter a suppos-
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edly legal document. That is the law no matter what you are talking about. Chair Goodings also said at the January 9 2014 Regional Board meeting that it had nothing to do with building contractor Chandler`s demand to have it reinstated. Apparently we are supposed to believe that too. 2. Back to the confusion, It appears the reporter from the Chetwynd Echo may also have been subject to a little of this. He stated
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that the applause was from the rural residents in attendance. I don`t think any of the rural residents who really understood what was happening applauded. I`m sure the construction industry and real estate agents in the crowd were certainly happy. These would probably be the same ``stakeholders`` that received a package prior to this bylaw being implePlease see "HADLAND," page 5
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Wednesday, JANUARY 22, 2014
Smart people wonâ€™t be caught in the dark The Mayorâ€™s Report
with Merlin Nichols
he heroes of Hydro! Who are those invisible guys who labour in the dark to restore the light of our lives? We donâ€™t see them but silently the lights come on and the familiar hums and buzzes of home once again infest the silence of the night. Itâ€™s easy to criticize and demonize the behemoth that is the corporation of BC Hydro. We may like or dislike dams and we donâ€™t want power lines in our
back yards. Weâ€™d choose gas generation but please, leave out the CO2. Windmills change the skyline but the power is clean â€“ or is it? Ever calculate the tons of coal it takes to build one wind tower? We want lower rates. Always we want lower rates. And we want it all right now â€“ or never. It may be a hackneyed statement, but as a rule, manâ€™s a fool; when itâ€™s hot, he wants it cool; when itâ€™s cool, he wants it hot; always wanting what is not. That only works when the lights are on but when the lights go out there is no question about what we want. Light! Now! And also true: too many of us are unprepared for the dark that comes when the
lights go out. Some of us have short memories but do try to recall the last time the lights left you in the dark. Not long enough ago, was it? Too dark to see the wind but hear it we certainly did. Did we stop to think that somewhere out there
not sure of the actual wording but it was something like ``did you, on December 2, 2013 understand what you were voting on? I, and I`m sure everybody else was taken aback at Director Bumstead`s response as it was totally irrational, given the question. Why? â€œDoth he protest too muchâ€?? 4. Now to the question of the legality of the December 2 2013 Special meeting. Mr. Banham explained it very clearly I thought.
Now let me get this straight as it`s very important. Since they did not follow the rules set out for these meeting they did not break any rules. Is that right Mr. Banham? 5. Lastly the legal issue. We have gone over them time after time so I wonâ€™t bore you with that again. Suffice to say that the rules have been ignored from day one and we have been ignored when we mention them. The meeting on January 9 got very interesting
in the storm, in the dark, in driving sleet and snow, in danger from falling trees and tangled power lines flipping in the gale and spitting fire like enraged snakes, the intrepid line men of BC Hydro were working to restore light and comfort to your home
and power to your business. We, the people of Chetwynd and surrounding areas affected by the storm want all you intrepid linemen to know that we appreciate that you are working round the clock with shifts of up to 16 hours, with only eight hours before you have to strap on your protective gear and clip your tools to your belts and go to work again. We know that some of you have been called in from your own warm homes in far-away parts of BC to fix the damage in our area. If we all didnâ€™t know it, we do now and we honour you for your willingness to risk your own safety for the comfort of strangers. This is the
kind of action that makes the world go round. It keeps the country running; it facilitates everything we do in our home town. We are truly grateful. Oh how sweet is the light of life! Are you personally prepared for the next time furious nature turns your light into darkness? Smart people wonâ€™t be caught in the dark unprepared and without flashlights, candles, water, food, and please, donâ€™t forget the matches.
when Director Hadland asked for a legal opinion to put it all to rest. This seemed to really upset Mr. Banham, he immediately said he would resign if they passed that motion and then demanded Director Hadlandâ€™s resignation if he, Mr. Banham was right. We all know that staff has been running the show for quite awhile, that, in my opinion started the mess they are in now. Having said that, staff demanding an elected
directorâ€™s resignation is a little unbelievable even for the Peace River Regional Board. 6. A motion was made by Director Hadland and seconded by Director Caisely, after some discussion and clarification it was passed. This, hopefully will be done properly and transparently. I will not attempt to give the exact motion but I understand that a legal opinion will be asked for regarding Building Bylaw 1996 2011 from its
inception. Now this should be a good thing depending on whose lawyer gives this opinion and what oversight there is regarding the information given to the lawyer. I sincerely hope that the Regional Board does their job regarding this matter and does not leave it all to the staffâ€™s discretion. This, in my opinion has been the biggest problem all along.
â€œ..but as a rule manĘźs a fool;
when itĘźs hot he wants it cool; when itĘźs cool he wants it hot...always wanting what itĘźs not...â€?
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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mented, they apparently were let in on the secret while the rural residents that were impacted were kept in the dark. 3. At the January 9 meeting Director Hadland asked a very simple question. Given the very noticeable confusion at the December 2 meeting, many of us had asked ourselves the same thing. The question was aimed at all the board members. I`m
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Walter gives back
Cheryl Martens presents a cheque for $500 to the Junior group of the Chetwynd Little Giants Figure Skating Club. Along with Martens are local skaters Coryn Webb, Anna Hudson, Isabelle Watson, Kylie Johnston, Shaine Lefebvre, Kylie Bodo and Casey Keutzer Photo submitted
â€œThose are not peanut jobs...that is whatâ€™s important to Chetwynd. The additional tax revenue is not the issue here.â€? -Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols
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Wednesday, JANUARY 22, 2014
PRRD Area C Director Hadland seeks $400 million trust to offset Site C impacts
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN – Peace River Regional District area “C” director Arthur Hadland told the Joint Review Panel on the Site C dam that he would like to see a Peace Basin Trust in the amount of $400 million set up to offset the damages of the proposed hydroelectric dam. In a post-presentation response at the request of the panel, Hadland stated that he would like to see the trust fund modeled after the Columbia Basin Trust, which was created in the Kootenay region in 1995. “Students of history understand that the past predicts the future,” Hadland wrote. “BC Hydro’s comBY
mitment to ensuring health and prosperity for the region over the past 57 years is sadly lacking.” The trust, he says, would be dedicated to the future of the Peace Valley and the community of Hudson’s Hope in recognition of the negative aspects of the 57 year flood reserve and the loss of economic opportunities caused by the two existing dams. BC Hydro built both the W.A.C Bennett dam on the Peace River in 1968 and the Peace Canyon dam in 1980, causing widespread flooding in the Hudson’s Hope area and generating a large portion of the province’s energy. A similar pattern was followed on the Columbia River in the 1960s, as part of a joint power-generat-
ing project with the United States. The Columbia Basin Trust was set up to compensate for the long-term effects of the dams, and that included $350-million in funding. The Columbia Basin Trust is run by directors from five regional districts and the Ktunaxa-Kinbasket Tribal Council. It delivers social, economic and environmental programs throughout the region. Hadland says this model should be followed here in the Peace. “This trust would be a contractual agreement and be fully funded and in place prior to any issuance of an Environmental Assessment Certificate for the proposed Site C,” he wrote.
Public Safety Notification Right of Way Preparation and Clearing
Construction of the Dawson Creek/Chetwynd Area Transmission (DCAT) Project is underway. Southview Sorting Ltd. has been contracted by BC Hydro in two sections of the DCAT Project.
• Section 1 - from Caven Road east to the junction of the 273 Road and 208 Road • Section 2 - From the junction of 255 and 208 Road east to the 235 road.
Please use extra care when traveling in these areas and along Highway 97. The public is reminded to stay clear of industrial activities. Areas under construction should be considered hazardous and some surface features may be altered and/or hidden when covered with snow. The DCAT project will help meet the rapidly increasing need for electricity in the South Peace Region. The project includes a new 230 kilovolte, double circuit transmission line that will be installed between the new Sundance and Dawson Creek substations. For more information on the project please visit: bchydro.com/dcat.
A social licence on the part of BC Hydro is lacking. HADLAND
He suggests a management structure comprising of one member of the Comptroller of Water Rights and four nominees from the affected areas who would govern the mitigation points provided for his request. BC Hydro has already promised to pay the PRRD $2.4 million annually in “legacy benefits” for 70 years once Site C is operational. But, Hadland says more needs to be done, laying out several mitigation measures specific to the north peace. These include (among others): • Moving the orth Peace Solid Waste landfill to a new site in a central area so that it would not negatively impact the Site C reservoir. Along with this, Hadland suggests cogeneration facility producing electricity for the grid from the burning of waste, common in other provinces and very common in Europe, in conjunction with recycling initiatives. The cost of this should fall to
BC Hydro. • The placement of a permanent bridge downstream of Site C to complement the main access to the proposed dam site and provide a westerly access to the southern part of the province. This could cut down the length of a drive from Chetwynd to Fort St. John, for example. • Moving the 500-man camp at Old Fort/GrandHaven to the south side of the Peace River to avoid traffic nuisance issues, as well as policing, hospital, ambulance and utility issues that have not been adequately addressed. Another option, Hadland suggests is to construct the residential capacity within the City of Fort St. John. • BC Hydro should bare the cost of an alternative to improve water and sewer service to the approximately 1200 homes in Area “C” that go without “despite booms created by hydro dam construction and oil and gas activities over the past 60 years”. • Building and Old Fort/Grandhaven fire hall.
• More doctors, nurses and specialists for the area funded by BC Hydro. • Increased Ambulance service. • Expansion of seniors care facilities • Additional policing funded by BC Hydro during the construction period • Design a policy to address noise and disturbance issues for residents in the construction area. • BC Hydro should provide a written guarantee to the residents of Area “C” that they are their property is safe and secure from any dam breaks. Hadland adds that several factors of the dam’s construction cannot be mitigated. These include the loss of agricultural lands, loss of land to farms, ranches and residents, the loss of the river’s recreational experience, loss of river fisheries, the loss of wildlife habitat and finally, the loss of river history, archaeology and paleontology. “As director of Area ‘C’, I have real concerns that my constituents will be overcome by the demands and logistics of this project,” Hadland concluded. “It is my suggestion that a moratorium be placed on this process.” It is his hope that this would be followed up by a strict review by the British Columbia Utilities Commission, which has until now been shut out of the process. “A Social licence on the part of BC Hydro is lacking.”
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Peace Region mayors call for the re-establishment of a Regional Coalition
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – The Mayors of Taylor, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John are calling on all municipalities in the peace to support the reestablishment of a regional coalition to bring a united front to the regions’ collective interests. “We are taking the initiative to suggest that all Peace Region Municipalities and Electoral Area Directors hold a preliminary planning meeting that will hopefully lead to the re-establishment of a Regional Coalition similar to the coalitions that so successfully represented the Peace Region interests with the province and industry in securing Fair Share Agreement in 1994, 1997 and 2005,” read a letter signed by Dale Bumstead, mayor of Dawson Creek, Lori Ackerman mayor of Fort St. John and Fred Jarvis, mayor of Taylor. In light of the provincial government’s core review, the mayors fear that unilateral action could be taken by the province to change the indexing formula for Fair Share after 2030. BY
Fair Share allows municipalities to access tax revenue from industrial activities (oil, gas and mines) operating outside of municipal tax boundaries. The indexing formula ensures that this revenue is aligned with fluctuations in the market that occur over time. “We are fortunate that Premier Clark has already committed to extending the Fair Share Agreement. However, this positive news has been accompanied by increasing concern on our part with rumors of provincial review of the indexing formulae.” They go on to state that all Peace Region municipalities are separate and independent signatories to the Fair Share agreement, which means that there is not a mutually approved, mandated coalition in place to represent the regions collective interests. “We have indicated that we would entertain a structured process to deal with extension of the Fair Share agreement as long as the process was structured and enshrined in a memorandum of understanding mutually developed and agreed to by the province and
the Peace Region.” The group of mayors also expressed it’s concerns to the province in a letter to Premier Clark on the need for immediate action in terms of initiating comprehensive socioeconomic planning, leading to a more detailed understanding of the cumulative impacts of natural gas, mining, forestry, power generation and Site C developments on the regions, communities and electoral areas. “It goes without saying that we can not plan, control or respond to this rapid growth in isolation of each other and that ideally we will be much better equipped if we face the future in a cooperative and coordinated coalition of mutual interest,” the letter states. Pending review from the other municipalities in the region, these three mayors are prepared to host the initial meeting in Taylor on January 30, 2014 at 10 a.m. “In the event that the province agrees to meeting with us [before this] organizational meeting, we are hopeful the Chair Karen Goodings would be available to accompany us to Victoria.”
Nichols supports a valley vision
want to state clearly is knowing what will come versation as a board and that it is still largely un- of the dam. Fort St. John understanding what the known if BC Hydro's director Lori Ackerman future of that looks like plans to build the pro- said that no plans could and should look like." Chetwynd director posed Site C dam will be be made until that deciMerlin Nichols supsion on Site C is made. approved." "There was a lot of ported the vision, saying The working group is a co-operative of stake- pieces about their presen- that endorsing the group holders including the tation I liked and I think would be encouraging Treaty 8 First Nations, the are important, but to me, the positive efforts they Peace Valley Landowners right now, I don't think I are making, without takAssociation and the Yel- feel comfortable or confi- ing a position on the dam lowstone to Yukon Asso- dent enough and have itself. Both Nichols and ciation. Although most enough information to Area C director Arthur directors supported as- say I'm supporting the Hadland opposed tabling NICHOLS pects of the vision that in- strategy and the vision the motion and sought to cluded recreational and that this group has," said offer recognition that the ALASKA HIGHWAY NEWS agricultural uses, they Dawson Creek director group's vision would be were hesitant to offer an Dale Bumstead. "I like the considered. –––––––––––––– without idea of us having a conFORT ST. JOHN – The endorsement Peace River Valley Working Group presented their vision for the valley to the PRRD, should Site C Clean Energy Project not goWEAKNESS through. The weakness, numbness or groupSudden will a tingling in the be face, armmaking or leg presentation to the Site C TROUBLE SPEAKING Take notice that British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority has made temporary lossPanel of speech Joint Sudden Review and or trouble understanding speech an application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource sought an PROBLEMS endorsement VISION Operations (FLNR), Peace Region, for a Statutory Right-of-Way for Electric loss of vision,in buildfromparticularly theSudden PRRD in one eye, or double vision Power Line purposes covering approximately 0.186 hectares situated on ing a collaborative vision HEADACHE Provincial Crown land in the vicinity of DL 1008, Peace River District. for the area. Sudden severe and unusual headache "We have not come to DIZZINESS Sudden loss of balance, The Lands File Number that has been established for this project is you especially today toof thedebate the with any above signs 8015694. Written comments concerning this application should be directed merits of building or not Seek immediate attention building the medical dam," said to Annette Bailey, Land Officer at Suite 100-10003-110 Ave, Fort St. John, if you have any of Treaty 8 First Nations these symptoms. BC, V1J 6M7, (250) 787-3435. Comments will be received by FrontCounter 1-888-HSF-INFO representative Verena BC until, February 02, 2014. FLNR may not be able to consider comments www.heartandstroke.ca Hofmann. "What we do received after this date. Please visit our Applications and Reasons for
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Gordon Ethier Sept. 19, 1933 - Jan. 1, 2014
Gordon was born in Waka, Saskatchewan; the youngest of 9 children born to Ernest and Ida Ethier. While leaving home at a young age, Gordon was no stranger to work. It was on a bridge job in Hollonquist, Sask. where he met the love of his life, Joyce Johnson and they were later married April 11, 1955. They spent the next four years working around Alberta, mostly in the logging industry. In 1959 Gordon and Joyce brought his parents to Chetwynd (then Little Prairie) to live with his older sister and family. They ended up staying and he went to work at Canfor. The family began to expand when Holly was born in 1961, Darren in 1962 and Timothy in 1968. In 1970 Gordon became a Certified Millwright which he enjoyed. He started working at CFI (West Fraser Mill) after a fire at Canfor. It was there that he lost his right leg in an accident. While tragic, this never seemed to slow him down. As a young man Gordon was an avid sportsman, he loved hunting, fishing and trapping. For the most part after the accident he continued to do whatever he wanted. Gordon returned to work at Canfor until he retired at age 60.
In 1977 Gordon and Joyce purchased a parcel of land, commonly referred to as the farm. This had been their dream for several years and Gordon found his passion. They spent many years developing and working it. Gordon especially loved breaking new land, haying and raising cattle. Having mom work beside him was a given, and an extra big smile was evident when one or more of the kids were there too. He loved the company. Retirement just meant more time to farm which he put to good use by expanding land and his herd. He also loved hockey, there was always a game on if he was in the house.
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Gordon loved going for drives in the evening, which meant he was off touring his land watching for wildlife. Quite often he had to be rescued and other times he made it a long way with his crutches; either way he was ready to go the next evening. While we may not miss worrying about him on his adventures we are grateful for the memories and all that he brought to us in his own way. Gordon is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joyce, daughter Holly (Doug) Mosher, sons Darren (Maureen) and Tim (Sandra); grandchildren Jenna, Christopher, Mitchell, Clinton, Jodie, Trevor, Bowen and Autumn; great grandchildren Abbigail and Gracelynn; sisters Irene Guillet and Lucille McLellan; and numerous nieces and nephews. With respect to Gordon's wishes no funeral service will be held. Very Respectfully Reynars Funeral Home & Crematorium
Wednesday, JANUARY 22, 2014
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Giants drop two games against Sexsmith, AB
Carlee Westgate, the winner of the puck toss contest during Friday’s game is pictured here with Giants Captain Cordell Llewellyn, Westgate is the proud new owner of 32-inch flat screen TV. Photo by Mike Carter MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd 3 Nations Ventures Midget Giants came out from a weekend double header with the Sexsmith Vipers empty handed, dropping both games 4-3 and 4-2. The team was without leading scorer Liam Beattie who was away to Mexico on vacation. Kase Gansevles continued to serve his suspension for checking-from-behind and BY
a fighting major and Cameron Roland who is nursing an injury was cleared to play but was not ready. Brodie Watson was injured in the first game and was sidelined for the second. The first game on Jan. 10 saw the Giants jump out to a 1-0 lead on a goal from Jermy Franklin. This was followed by a natural hat trick from Sexsmith’s Justin Gaucher. The Vipers Tanner Howrish added another in
the third before Regin Walker and Cordell Llewellyn scored to cut the lead to 4-3. This would be as close as the Giants would get, losing 4-3. The second game came on Saturday morning. Affiliate Jermey Franklin scored his second of the weekend to cut the Vipers lead in half, 2-1, at the 17:15 mark of the second period. But before the period was over the Vipers added two more from Riley King and Justin Gaucher, to take a 4-1 lead into the third. Ross McMeekin cut the lead to 4-2 with 2:46 remaining in the third, but it was too little, too late as the Giants lost their second in a row. Reilly Elder-Cherry tended goal for the first game, while Brice Vossler played the entire second game for the Giants. Friday night’s game had a special twist with a puck toss contest held between the second and third period. Fans had a chance to purchase a puck and toss it onto the ice. Proceeds went towards funding the midget Giants trip to the provincials in Clearview, March 15-21. The closest
Successful weekend for Lady Cougars
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– PRINCE GEORGE – It was another successful league weekend for the Northland Dodge Northern Female Cougars midget AAA hockey club Jan. 17-19. The team played three home games against the West Coast Avalanche, winning all three and taking a decisive hold on second place in the BC Female Midget AAA hockey league standings. Friday night, Jan. 17 the Cougars defeated the Avalanche 4-1 in a match that was closer than indicated by the score. The Avalanche started the scoring halfway through the first period, but shortly after the Cougars responded with two first period goals by captain Ava Keis and assistant captain Madison Fjellstrom. In the second period, defenseman Chantelle Beadman-Rolph scored to make it 3-1 and Tessa Hare added an empty netter in the third period to seal the win. Saturday night, Jan. 18 the Cougars beat the Avalanche 3-1, in a game where the Cougars carried the play overall. Kyrsten Franz and Taylor Beck scored for the Cougars to compliment an BY
impressive three-point performance by Sage Desjrdins. Avery Quiring was solid in the net. Sunday’s match was the closest of the three, with the Cougars pulling out a third straight victory 4-3. “This game was a nail biter start to finish,” said team Manager Scott Forest. After a scoreless first period, the Avalanche capitalized on a sluggish start to the second by the Cougars with two goals in the first three minutes. But they woke up, and later on in the second frame Tessa Hare and Cassidy Mellott tied the game up. Early in the third Taylor Beck put the Cougars out in front but the Avalanche responded immediately to tie the game once again. With eight minutes remaining, Jocelyn Forrest was the beneficiary of some hard work by Kyrsten Franz and Chetwynd’s Hunter Mosher to tap in the games winning goal. Coaches Mario Desjardins and Stew Malgunas were very pleased with the team’s performance, Forest said. “The Avalanche brought their ‘A’ game for the weekend and we responded effectively in coming away with the three victories,” he added.
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“We are firmly in second place in league standings, which is important for the playoffs.” The team now has a break for a couple of weeks before heading to Langley for a tournament Feb. 7-10.
puck to centre ice was awarded a 32-inch flat screen TV. The lucky winner was Carlee Westgate of Chetwynd. Next on tap for the Giants is a pair of away games against the Fairview Knights Jan. 25 and 26. The team was supposed to compete in a tournament in Dawson Creek Jan. 24-26, but unfortunately it was cancelled due to a lack of teams being available.
Name: Reilley Elder-Cherry Position: Goalie Number: 31 Height: 5’11” Weight: 187lbs Favourite Team: Canucks Favourite Player: Martin Brodeur Favourite food: Spaghetti & meatballs Favourite Movie: Fast & Furious Favourite sport other than hockey: soccer Superstition: not stretching
Goaltender Reilly Elder-Cherry played in one of the two games against the Sexsmith Vipers Jan. 10-12 weekend. In a total of 20 games played, Elder-Cherry has posted 7 wins and 13 losses. He leads the team with two shutouts.
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The Chetwynd Secondary School Senior Girls qualified for the B.C. School Sports "A" Provincials held in Duncan, B.C. Nov. 27 - 30, 2013. The girls qualified by placing second in the North Central zone, and then defeating Ebenezer Canadian Reformed school from Smithers in a wild card game for a berth to the provincials. Chetwynd went into the Provincials ranked 14th, but came home with a 12th place finish out of 16 teams. A congratulations goes to the team for representing Chetwynd well, and to setter Sara Norris for receiving an Honorable Mention Allstar.
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As contract negotiations await court decision, class size and composition a concern for teachers Continued from page 1
Peace River South Teachers Association president Lorraine MacKay. “The legislation increased the maximum number of students in our elementary classrooms. Increased numbers of students directly reduces the amount of time teachers can spend working with each student individually.” In addition, she says last year the government passed Bill 22, which removed the limits on the number of children in each classroom with what are called “Individual Education Plans”. That means that School Districts are no longer required to report how many classrooms had more than three students with special needs. “Bill 22 removed the requirement to report so we do not know the exact number of classes who have more than three students. Some classrooms in our district have as many as nine students with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or severe behaviour issues. We recognize how important it is that we provide our children with a learning environment that promotes
successful life-long learning.” Both the BCTF and the provincial government are awaiting a BC Supreme Court ruling regarding the unconstitutionality of the 2002 collective agreement language change and, the Bill 22 legislation. This decision will provide direction related to the bargaining of class size, composition and staffing ratios. The BC Supreme Court ruling is expected in the spring. The data released by the Ministry of Education shows there are 16,163 classes with four or more students with special needs. That represents one in four of all classes in BC. In addition, 3,875 classes have seven or more children with special needs in them. “Class composition is one of the most important aspects in education,” says BCTF president Jim Iker. “An overly complex class puts immense pressure on the teacher to meet the needs of all students. As teachers, we fully support and embrace diversity in learning styles and needs in our classrooms, but we can only do so much without extra support before students lose out.”
Our most vulnerable students are the ones who have been hit the hardest... MacKAY
...this government is making it harder for them to do their jobs...
Iker also pointed out that the worsening of class composition year-overyear has corresponded with dramatic cuts to learning specialist teachers. MacKay says that in the South Peace, teachers have noticed that the educational assistant staff has
been significantly reduced. “This has reduced the amount of individual assistance struggling students receive. Our most vulnerable students are the ones who have been hit the hardest by the reduction of services in our
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schools.” Since 2002, Iker says BC has lost about 700 special educations teachers and over 300 English Language Learner teachers. BC now has the worst student-educator ratio in Canada and funds education at a rate of $1,000 less per student than the national average. “BC teachers are among the best in the world, but this government is making it harder for them to do their jobs and harder for students to get the education they deserve,” said Iker. “It’s time for government to step up, correct their past mistakes, and address BC’s worsening class composition.” In School District 59, the problem with funding cuts has been complicated by the significant reduction in student population. “While it would seem that fewer students should naturally result in a reduced budget, we find that several costs involved in operating a school are fairly constant regardless in the number of students; heating, electricity, maintenance, bussing for example,” says MacKay. “The funds provided by the provincial government to the school district are not sufficient to keep up
with inflation. The government has underfunded public education for the past decade. This shortfall means that services to students have to be reduced in order to pay for the increased costs of electricity, heating, bussing etc.” Programs involving the arts such as music, band and drama have also but cut because they are been as extras. “When administrators have to make choices about what programs can be offered within their budget, they are faced with cutting staff and programs.” Contract negotiations meanwhile have stalled as both sides await the BC Supreme Court decision. The last collective agreement expired Jun 30, 2013. “Teachers across the province are hopeful that we will be able to reach an agreement that is acceptable to both parties,” said MacKay. “I believe that both parties are very focused on reaching an agreement. We continue to bargain and we hope that we will be able to reach a deal in the near future.” A meeting with local teachers was held on Tuesday to discuss future bargaining talks with the province.
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Was the PRRD building bylaw legal?
DAWSON CREEK DAILY NEWS –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – Tempers flared at the PRRD meeting when the topic of the controversial building bylaw came up, and it was ultimately decided that the entire process, from the beginning, be submitted for legal review. Area C director Arthur Hadland called for a review by the Inspector of Municipalities, as well as a legal opinion in writing. The recommendation was not taken lightly by chief administrative officer Fred Banham. "So, the consequences of the decision: if we are in a legal matter, a legal right and the decisions were done right: I stay, the director gets censored until the end of the term. If we were incorrect and it was done illegally, I walk out the door," Banham responded. Although Goodings noted that the suggestion of Hadland seeing ramifications for the challenge may not be appropriate, she confirmed that Banham was serious in offering immediate resignation should the decision be found legally unsound. "We are here to assist you, we are not here to put you in a compromising position," Banham continued.
The bylaw was rescinded and then reinstated on a voluntary basis, and a report brought forward by staff, at the request of the board, relating to the bylaw reignited the discussion on the controversial topic. "The meeting of December 2nd, which was a special meeting, I feel was not valid," said Hadland. "I do feel that the actions and decisions of the board at that time are invalid. And so there is a couple ways we can deal with it, we can put the whole thing aside and say it didn't happen, that would be a collective view of the board, the other is I was asking or requesting that it be referred to the inspector of regional districts." Hadland argued that the special meeting held on Dec. 2, after a decision of the board at the Nov. 28 meeting was in conflict with the Local Government Act. "The Act says there must be a mail-out, five days prior to the special meeting and I was in contact with a person from the Inspector of Municipalities and she said we had to have five full days," said Hadland. "We were in violation, I believe, of an act, so I guess that's where my case is." Banham clarified that the decision to hold the special meeting did not fall under
the requirements of giving five days notice, as it was a resolution of the board to call the meeting, not a use of the legislation for an individual chair or two individual board members to do so. "There is a piece of legislation in the community charter, the Local Govern-
Creek, at 10 a.m., on December 2nd. The board has the authority to do that." Continuing the discussion on the bylaw, Hadland questioned the board's understanding of the notably complicated issue in which a middle ground was sought between those wanting and those
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BUMSTEAD ment Act as well as community charter 793, that allows for the calling of a special meeting and it can be called by the chair or any two directors, and yes if you call a meeting under those circumstances you need five days notice," explained Banham. "The meeting that took place on Dec. 2 was called, convened, set by this board at a duly constituted board meeting and voted on by resolution to host and hold that meeting in Dawson
adamantly opposed to having a bylaw. "I would just ask the members here that voted on that action if they really understood what they voted on?" said Hadland. Fort St. John Director Byron Stewart said that after having the bylaw broken down and discussed, that they did find that middle ground and the solution was clear. As the question of whether the decision was made in full confidence
went around the board table, Dawson Creek Director Dale Bumstead stated his distaste for the questioning. "I'm offended by the question that you would ask me as a director if I come prepared and informed on a topic of my fiduciary duties as a board member," said Bumstead. "I'm offended by that." Goodings recognized that Hadland was in disagreement, but noted that the board acted in the way they saw best for the general public. "I'm going to put a motion on the floor that we refer this matter to the Inspector of Municipalities and also seek a legal opinion on the conduct of that meeting," said Hadland. The move was second by Area D director Leonard Hiebert, bringing it to further discussion. Hiebert suggested that in seeking those reviews, the result would solidify in everyone's mind that the decision was sound. Although Hadland's motion related only to the calling of the December 2nd meeting, Fort St. John director Lori Ackerman said she would only support it if extended to the entirety of the process. "I'm really not interested in having them look just at that meeting," said Acker-
man. "If you're going to send something to them, send the whole thing, including the board direction to the electoral directors to go back and find a solution to bring back to the board: that never happened. We were looking for a solution and nothing came forward." Banham noted that legal advice had been given along the way, through the building bylaw process from the Nov. 14, 2013 meeting when the building bylaw was rescinded. "We've had legal support along the way in getting to where we are at today," said Banham. The motion from Hadland ultimately called for legal advice reviewing the entire building bylaw process from Nov. 24, 2011 when first and second reading were given to the drafted bylaw. "The original motion was simply to look at the legality of that meeting call, this one is to go back right from where we started and have it reviewed," Goodings stated. The motion was moved by Hadland and seconded by Tumbler Ridge director Mike Caisley. The motion carried and Goodings clarified the outcome, "if we acted correctly, we continue on. If we haven't, we correct it."
Time to pay up: Province starts to name names
18 businesses and 155 individuals with overdue environmental court penalties owing named
TUMBLER RIDGE NEWS –––––––––––––– VICTORIA – The Province is naming names and taking away privileges as part of a new strategy aimed at increasing the collection rate of overdue environmental court penalties, announced Environment Minister Mary Polak. Closing the Gap is a report, recently released by the province, which publically names the 18 businesses and 155 individuals with overdue environmental court penalties owing to the province or to the Habitat Con-
servation Trust Foundation. Letters were sent to those with fishing and hunting licences revoking these privileges. Once paid in full, these individuals will again be eligible to obtain licences or permits. The ministry will be updating the list at the end of January 2014. During the reporting period from 2004 to 2012, more than 80 percent of the 1,540 court convictions were paid. While the majority of the number of fines was paid, this only represents 40 percent of the $1.9 million owed. Currently, $1.14 million remains
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outstanding to the Province and more than $400,000 to the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. Of the $1.14 million owed to the Province, 23 percent is owed by individuals while 77 percent is owed by businesses. Of the 18 businesses, 14 of them were fined for infractions against the Waste Management act, whereas most of the individuals committed infractions against the Wildlife act. Mary Polak, Minister of Environment says, "The individuals and businesses publicly named
are well aware that the courts have imposed these fines on them. We are going further than ever before to get those who harm the environment to pay for their actions and hopefully prevent these behaviours in the future." This new strategy is the first of its kind in North America. The goal is to increase the collection rate of overdue environmental court penalties from 40 percent to a target of 95 percent by June 2014. A follow-up report will be issued in June 2014 to highlight
the progress made in collecting the overdue environmental court penalties. This will supplement the Quarterly Environmental Enforcement Summaries, which name individuals and businesses subject to enforcement actions, and the Environmental Violations Database, a searchable catalogue of all enforcement actions published since 2006. This project covers a nine-year period from 2004-2012 as the statute of limitations for environmental court fines is 10 years.
On Dec. 20, 2013, Windrem Elementary School with teachers, Mrs. Ruiter and Mrs. Dobb sold popcorn (donated by Kal Tire) during their annual 'The Grinch Stole Christmas' movie afternoon for $2/bag. The students raised $240 and then voted on how to spend the money. The money was donated to World Vision to support a family in need with a pig, supplied a classroom with needed materials and fed 100 children. Phhoto submitted
Wednesday, JANUARY 22, 2014
Northern Health reminding residents about protection against influenza
NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Flu season is underway in the Northern Health region and we would like to remind northern residents that the best way to avoid influenza is to take appropriate preventive measures. Northern Health is experiencing a normal flu season, however over the last month, clusters of increased influenza cases have been reported in the lower mainland, Alberta, Ontario and Texas. Prevention includes getting immunized against the flu. Residents of northern B.C. can receive their flu shot from their local health unit, pharmacists, and select family physician offices or care providers. You can find contact details for your local health unit h e r e http://northernhealth.ca/Our Services/Facilities.aspx or by contacting HealthLink BC at 8-1-1. In a media conference call last week, Dr. William Osai, Medical Health Officer for Northern Interior Health said the current trend is very normal however some cases are more serious than others. “So far we’ve had 26 lab confirmed cases (of in-
ern residents get a flu shot, but Northern Health would like to strongly encourage those at high risk of complications from the flu get immunized.
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Diane Adrian of Chetwynd rolls up her sleeve for her annual flu shot at Northern Lights College back in 200. fluenza) in the north,” he said. “We have no deaths reported and we have a few cases in ICU based on the intensity of their cases.” Carolyn Bouchard, program manager for communicable disease said public health has been responding to the demand out in communities from doctors, pharmacies and other
providers to provide them with the publicly funded vaccine. “We are also looking at how we can respond to the demand for the flu vaccine for people requesting their flu immunizations at this time,” she said. “We added clinics in most of the towns across the north.” Bouchard said to contact local health units to find
out where those clinics are located and when they will take place. This year, anyone who plans to visit someone in a health care facility is also eligible for a free flu shot. The flu shot is also offered for free to people who are at increased risk of complications, or who come in regular contact with those groups.
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BC Pharmacists encourage patients to safely return old and expired medications
MIKE CARTER Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Peoples Drug Mart pharmacists Tamer Mahoud, is encouraging residents in Chetwynd to have a look in their medicine cabinets for old or expired medications that if not disposed of properly, may harm your family and the environment. This year, the BC Pharmacy Association and the Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) have teamed up to raise awareness about the safe disposal program and urge British Columbians to return old medications to their local pharmacy. “The New Year is a great time to take a look in your medicine cabinet and double-check the expiry dates on your prescriptions,” said Don Cocar, president of the BC Pharmacy Association. “It’s free for British Columbians to return unused or expired medications to pharmacies for safe and effective disposal.” BC’s Medications Return Program covers all prescription drugs, overthe-counter medications including topical antibiotic creams, and natural
health products that are orally ingested such as vitamins, minerals, traditional Chinese medicines, herbal products, probiotics and homeopathic medicines. You don’t have to do anything special to the medications before you bring them in , Mahoud says, and you don’t need to worry about compromising personal information that may appear on the label of a prescription bottle. “We just get [the medications] the way we gave it to them earlier, and we start to blacken out their name and their information before we dispose them,” he said. “If they are narcotics or any controlled medication we have to denaturate them first for the safety of the environment and other people in the community.” The process of denaturation changes the chemical make-up of the drug allowing it to be safely disposed of. “We crush the tablet, evacuate the capsules, dilute the liquids to make sure it's safe,” Mahoud added. As a general rule, Mahoud suggests everyone should be checking their cabinets for old or expired
MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – If you or someone in your family has received excellent care from either the Chetwynd General Hospital of from the wonderful doctors at the Chetwynd Centre Medical Clinic, you might consider nominating them for a 2014 Excellence in BC Health Care award. Nominations are open until February 28. Colleagues and members of the public – including patients and their families – are encouraged to nominate deserving health care employees and teams in their communities. Health care success stories happen every day in British Columbia. Behind each story is a dedicated individual or team of professionals. These awards provide an opportunity to offer recognition for achievements that improve health care delivery in BC both on the frontlines and behind the scenes. Cheryl Ward was a 2013 recipient in the Health Care Hero Category. She spearheaded the creation of the provincial health service authority’s indigenous cultural competency online training
program – the first program of its kind in Canada. More than 14,000 employees have taken the training and many say that it has made a positive impact in all areas of their practice.
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to take a look in your medicine cabinet and double check the expiry dates on your prescriptions.”
Tamer Mahoud, lead pharmacist at Peoples Drug Mart in Chetwynd is encouraging residents to bring in their old or expired medications to the pharmacy counter for collection and safe disposal. medications every six months. “I have policy in the store here if its like near expiry within six months
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we have to write it on the bottle. So that's to make sure or to give an indication actually for the patient that this one is near
expiry,” he said. “There is no actual thing that can tell the medication you have in your cabinet is expired or not. Go through your medications and if you feel like it's more than 6 months, because the date of dispensing is on the label, get rid of it.” Taking old or expired medications in most cases won’t actually harm you, he noted, but it will cause the medication to be less effective. Antibiotics however are an exception to this rule. “If you use it within three to 6 months [after] the expiry date you might only get 70 per cent of the actual medication. But it’s not going to be harmful. However, certain kinds, like some antibiotics, if you use it after the expiry
date it is going to be harmful. It could be poisonous.” The real concern is protecting against old medications ending up in the garbage and causing harm to the environment, he says, and that’s why this program has been set up. “I know some people here are not returning their expired medication to be disposed of safely, I believe we have to increase the awareness of returning the medication as opposed to just dumping them in the garbage because it is going to be harmful to the environment, and others if it contains narcotics. The people handling the garbage don’t have that experience to deal with expired medication or dispose of medications.”
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“Being recognized at the awards meant a lot to me because I was nominated by my peers,” said Ward. “I know that our program is breaking new ground, but it’s also great to receive affirmation that your work is improving care on the frontlines where it really matters.” Another recent winner is Dr. Paul Sugar. Dr. Sugar was named the 2012 Provincial Health Care Hero for his work as a palliative care physician at Lions Gate Hospital and the North Shore Hospice in North Vancouver. He is admired and re-
spected for his personal approach to palliative care, which was reflected in the more than 70 letters of support that accompanied his nomination. In November 2013, Dr. Sugar launched the Paul Sugar Palliative Support Foundation to provide assistance to those individuals living with a terminal illness and in financial need. “As health professionals, the work we do has its own rewards; patients and their families recognize that little bit of extra care, compassion, time and understanding of their medical and emotional difficulties,” Dr. Sugar said. “It is very rewarding to receive confirmation in the form of an award like this that the work you are doing is making a difference in people’s lives.” Since the awards were launch by the Health Employers Association of BC in 2007, 77 Gold Apples and 62 Awards of Merit have been awarded to health employees who are improving the provincial health care system and delivering outstanding care to the people of BC. For more information about the awards, or to nominate a local physician visit: www.BCHealthCareAwards.ca
Application no. PE-17762
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION NOTICE Application for an amendment Eflluent Permit Pe-17762 under the Provisions of the Environmental Management Act.
We, Peace River Coal Inc., Suite 800 Pacific Center, 700 West Pender Street, Vancouver, BC, V6C 1G8, intend to submit this amendment application to the Director to amend PE-17762 issued October 31, 2005 and last amended July 24, 2013 which authorizes the discharge of effluent (precipitation run-off) from a series of sedimentation ponds at the Trend Mine.
The land upon which the facilities are situated and the discharge occurs is unsurveyed Crown Land under Coal Leases 417059 and 417609, and Licence of Occupation 815117, Mines Act Permit C-224, located in the Babcock Creek, Gordon Creek and Hambler Creek drainages approximately 25km south of the town of Tumbler Ridge, within the District of Tumbler Ridge. The amendment requests the addition of discharge from a semimobile demonstration scale selenium treatment plant located adjacent to sedimentation pond SP-4, associated with the development of the Trend-Roman Mine, to the Authorized Discharges currently permitted from SP-1B, SP-2, SP-3, SP-4, SP-5, LSP-1, and the Oil/Water Separator, under PE-17762. The proposed facility represents the first phase of water treatment at the mine site and is an integral component of the Trend-Roman Selenium Management Plan. The demonstration plant will use an ABMet® process of active microbial treatment to treat and reduce selenium and nitrate loadings from sediment pond SP-4 to Gordon Creek.
The treatment capacity of the semi-mobile treatment plant planned is 2,100 m3/day (24 L/s). The treated water will discharge to SP-4 spillway then to a tributary of Gordon Creek (GT-34), which flows into Gordon Creek upstream of monitoring point G-2. The flow rate of effluent discharges from the will vary based on treatment levels required. The plant has the capacity to operate 24 hours/day, 7 days/week throughout the year.
The Selenium Management Plan will be implemented to meet interim selenium performance objectives at downstream receiving environment compliance stations for the overall Trend-Roman Mine. With mitigation, ecological impacts to Babcock, Gordon, and Flatbed Creeks are predicted to be low for all parameters. Any person who may be adversely affected by the proposed amendment and wishes to provide relevant information may, within 30 days after the last date of posting, publishing, service or display, send written comments to the applicant, with a copy to the Regional Manager, Environmental Protection at 325 1011 4th Avenue, Prince George, B.C. V2L 3H9. The identity of any respondents and the contents of anything submitted in relation to this application will become part of the public record.
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Chetwynd Breastfeeding Support Network meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m at the Chetwynd Public Library.
Fun Darts at the Royal Canadian Legion Saturday’s 7 pm
L O C A L S P O TL IG H T DAWSON CREEK CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY SURVIVOR LUNCHEON SATURDAY, JAN. 25 2 PM AT SENIOR CITIZEN HALL ON MCKELLAR AVENUE
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Free English Practice Mondays 9:30 am at Northern Lights College and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library Call 250-788-2559
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Little Giant Air Cadets . Mondays at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Ages 12-18. Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Pine Valley Seniors Centre Call 250-788-3306 Pine Valley Seniors Hall weekly activities including Cribbage, Whist, Bingo and Carpet Bowling. Call Anita at 788-2307 for info. Pine Valley Seniors Hall Carpet Bowling Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm. FREE Cree Lessons Wednesdays 5-6 pm at Tansi Friendship Centre
The Dawson Creek Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society will be hosting their annual Survivor Luncheon on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 11 am to 2 pm at the Senior Citizen Hall located at 1101 McKellar Avenue. To reserve your seat for an enjoyable lunch please call 250782-5598 or 250-782-3557. Quinessential Quilt Guild meets every
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Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 10am to Noon. Weekly Group Sessions Tuesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici. Alanon meetings 6:30 pm Tuesdays Mickey’s Place (behind A&W) Chetwynd Society for Community Living Board Meeting. First Monday of each month. 4699 Airport Road Ph: 250-788-4889. Homeschooling Network Thursdays 1 pm - 2 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library
Muskoti Learning Centre Homework Club Mon-Thursday 3 - 4:30 pm
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“ The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation is an important step toward building a better pipeline.”
My name is Janet Holder and I am the leader of the Northern Gateway Project. This past December, my team came one step closer towards our goal of building a better pipeline. After weighing the evidence in the most comprehensive, scientiﬁc review in Canadian pipeline history, the Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency provided its recommendation. The Panel concluded that Canada and Canadians would be better oﬀ with the Northern Gateway Project than without it. They also provided 209 conditions we must meet before we build the project or before we start operations. From the beginning, Northern Gateway has committed to building a safer and better pipeline. The Panel’s conditions are an important step towards that goal. They reﬂect the input of thousands of British Columbians and Canadians, and include many of the commitments we made in our submission. But our work is far from done. As a proud British Columbian, I assure you that my team will continue to work hard towards meeting all of the ﬁnal conditions set out by the Joint Review Panel, just as we’re working hard to meet the Province’s tough conditions. Building a better pipeline isn’t easy. It takes hard work and complete dedication to meeting the highest standards possible. The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation is an important step toward building a better pipeline.
Janet Holder Leader of Northern Gateway
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