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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Upwards of 120 native and non-native people gathered on the Moberly Lake Bridge Friday, Jan. 11 as part of the national day of action in concert with the Idle No More grassroots movement that has swept across the country. Protesters marched a short distance with police escort to a school bus turnaround, before returning to perform a “round dance� near the bridge. Highlighting Idle no More’s concerns are the risks to the environment posed by omnibus Bill C45 that amends the Navigable Waters Protection Act, renaming it the Navigation Protection Act. These amendments would exclude 99.7 per cent of Canada’s lakes and more than 99.9 per cent of Canada’s rivers from federal oversight, according to Ecojustice Canada, a national charitable organi-

zation dedicated to defending Canadian’s right to a healthy environment.

Brian Desjarlais said. Earlier in the week, Zimmer called the Idle No More movement “a lot of

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movement) a lot of hype.�

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These claims, according to Prince George – Peace River Member of Parliament Bob Zimmer are simply untrue. “Water is vital to our survival, no Bill C-45,� read one sign near the protest site. Demonstrators set up on the south side of the bridge at about 12:30 p.m with a fire to keep warm in the biting -22 C temperatures. The crowd dispersed sometime after 3 p.m. Chants rang out to the

- Olivia Tremblay RCMP Sgt.

Protesters lined Highway 29 at the Moberly Lake Bridge to voice their displeasure at Bill C-45. Photo by Mike Carter

sound of beating drums and placards were held high while passing motorists honked their horns in support. “It’s a very proud day for me today,� said Henriette Landry, a Saulteau First Nation elder and former council member. “Watching the media this morning, it is the most

wonderful thing I have ever seen,� she said. One protestor wearing a baklava directed protestors joining those already assembled to parking areas along a side road off of the main highway and along Highway 29 itself. The rally remained peaceful and the RCMP reported no incidents and no blockages of traffic on

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Site C survey solicits a one percent response

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – During the first week of December, the District of Chetwynd distributed 1,440 copies of their Site C Position Paper and questionnaire to the residents of Chetwynd. Only 14 were returned. Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols said more than one conclusion could be derived from the one per cent response: “Chetwynd residents just don’t care that much about what happens to the Peace?” he asked. “Holiday activities took priority? Nobody really likes to answer questionnaires? Wrong topic?” But Nichols said he can’t reconcile with the idea that people don’t care about what happens at the proposed Site C. He believes people do care and he wants residents to have a second chance at sharing their thoughts with Council. Should Site C proceed, the project is expected to take up to eight years to the final site reclamation and demobilization. “This is the period during which Chetwynd will be most affected in both positive and negative ways,” Nichols said, adding

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A quick review of some of the details of the proposed Site C dam and reservoir:

• Earth-filled except for the generating station which will be concrete. • The top surface of the dam will be 1050 meters long. • Height: 60 meters. • Generating capacity: up to 1100 MW. • Length of reservoir: 83 km. • Width of reservoir: 2-3 times the width of the river as it runs today except where other streams join it. Find yourself in the pages of the

Council recognizes that a significant impact will be borne by the District during construction stages primarily due to heavierthan-normal traffic through town. However, on the positive side, hundreds of employment opportunities will be created about an hour down the road. “Council and administration are engaged in ongoing conversations with Hydro, exchanging information on the proposed project and Chetwynd’s expectations regarding the impacts that will be felt here and a continuing legacy if the dam is built,” Nichols said. “But we

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need your ideas. We need to know how you think about damming the river again, about increased traffic through your town, about access to the site, about employment prospects during construction.” To facilitate responses, the questionnaire has been placed on the www.gochetwynd.com website. Some of the questions included are: • With everything you know about the proposed Site C dam project, do you support or oppose the project? • BC Hydro proposes to build a 34 km paved con-

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nector road from the end of the Jackfish Lake Road to the dam site. Should this road be left open to the public or closed following dam construction? • What is your interest in recreational access and a viewpoint both during and after dam construction? • Are you interested in employment during construction? • What additional information would you like about the dam project? “As responsible citizens of this great northeast region of the province, the region that provides the bulk of provincial revenues, your thoughts need to be heard,” Nichols said.

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Idle No More. Do you support this movement? Email editor@chetwyndecho.net or log onto our Facebook page. Your response could be included on page 5 next week.

The voices of our town’s history are trying to be heard

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Naomi Larsen is Editor for the Chetwynd Echo. Contact her at by phone at 250.788.2246 or via email editor@chetwyndecho.net

ome people say Peace FM’s newly released video entitled Voices of Chetwynd: Task Force Project in Chetwynd is too harsh. That it’s too critical. That parts of it should have been censored. I disagree. This local

documentary contains the community as it’s seen through the eyes and heard through and voices of those who settled this town, the long time residents of this community, those who have roots deep in what used to known as Little Prairie. These people have been here for decades. They’ve seen the boom and bust of Chetwynd over and over again. They’ve seen the many

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changes over the years in a community they love – something else they convey with pride in this same video. So how can their thoughts and opinions – and yes, criticisms - be ‘wrong’? Local seniors including Charlie Lasser, Shirley Weeks, Anita Ternant, and Bernice Westgate just to name a few speak about what it was like to be in Chetwynd decades ago. They remember coming to

Chetwynd and having no electricity, no water, and no highway to speak of. There was no Legion or Crown subs. The airport used to be Moccasin Flats and was made up of cabins with no amenities. “That’s how it was,” they said. But over the years, they watched Chetwynd grow with the expectation of their little hamlet expanding to the size of Dawson Creek. That never hap-

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pened. Issues surrounding lack of affordable housing both regular and seniors, expensive prescription drugs – one woman divulged she was told by her own doctor to have her prescriptions filled in Dawson Creek where it would be cheaper even after travel expenses – mobility issues such as no sidewalks, and lack of other basic amenities (i.e. more stores) were a com-

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mon theme and perhaps the reason why they believe Chetwynd never got any bigger. But how do these issues get addressed? Especially, when another senior said, Chetwynd doesn’t have the population base to encourage the stores “we really need” to come here. I suppose that’s the next big question. While some Please see "WE NEED," page 5

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An open letter to garbage dumpers

To the Editor: To the people that got a new bed and washing machine around Christmas time and dumped their old ones out on Campbell Way - you can get coupons from the district to take this stuff to the dump for free. You do not have to litter and make our area an eyesore with your garbage you cheap, lazy, useless citizen of Chetwynd. If I were a friend of yours I would be totally ashamed to know you. The gas you spent to drive out here would have paid for the trip to the dump. All the people living out here on the Long Road are now watching for people like you. How would you like it if people did this close to your yard and you had to look at it every day I am sure you would not like it one bit then again if you do this type of thing often maybe your yard already is a junkyard.

We need to work together in Chet Karen Buckley Chetwynd, BC

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people might see this video as simply a bunch of complaining, I know I see this video as a bit of an eye opener. And sometimes it takes a different point of view to bring issues that may be right in front of us into the light. Instead of just brushing

off these views, let’s find a way to work with our local seniors and perhaps research some solutions. Everyone’s voice deserves to be heard. A community needs to work together to make it better. To view the video contact Peace FM or tune in to their local station.

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How much more will this meter delay cost?

To the Editor: 140,000 British Columbians have said no to smart meters. Partly due to the opposition, BC Hydro was recently forced to announce they are allowing their contractor Corix another year to complete the final installations. Hydro customers, whether they’ve had the

meters installed or not, are left to wonder how much this delay will add to the cost of the project, already estimated at over $1 billion. We already know the program has a human cost. Starting in mid-December your local meter readers started receiving layoff notice, despite a past

promise from the Minister of Energy on CKNW that they would attempt to retrain the almost 400 workers. Minister Rich Coleman and Premier Christy Clark still refuse to meet with COPE 378 as the union representing the meter readers. These are family and community-supporting

jobs and it’s shameful to see the government leave so many people behind during this change.

Gwenne Farrell Vice-President Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union local 378 (COPE 378) Burnaby, BC

Close calls are going to turn tragic one day

To the Editor: I am writing to all those parents and other motorists out there today, on behalf of all the School Bus Drivers that pick up the children at Windrem Elementary School and CSS. These drivers are continuously witnessing “close calls” which one day will turn tragic! Due to the weather conditions, the road is quite often snow packed and therefore making the crosswalks, invisible. The high snow banks

also cause limited visibility. The children, in their excitement of being released from school, do not really pay attention to their surroundings too closely. Combine all of this with the motorists that whiz around these areas, it is quite alarming. We therefore urge all the motorists and parents out there, to take extra care out there. As these kids are darting around between buses, snow banks, cars and amongst themselves, they are not

paying attention to the cars that are driving around. nd unfortunately, as it has been witnessed to many times to be ignored, the motorists are not paying attention to their surroundings in return. There are many “Red Flags” to indicate that one day, it will no longer be a “Near Miss!” Please take care for our Children’s sake!! On behalf of all us at Standard Bus Contracting, Lisa Lynch

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C-45 fastracks Enbridge pipeline says Saulteau elder Continued from page 2

about legislation. What C45 refers to is the ability for aboriginals to lease reserve land and so what we’re trying to do by that is exactly what, I think Idle No More is seemingly asking for [which is] economic benefits and that’s

what we’re trying to do.” Zimmer added, “our conservative version of compassion is to help them with their own economics and help them explore different ways they can make their own economies work.” In an interview Wednesday morning with

the Chetwynd Echo, Zimmer stated that the claims made by Ecojustice Canada and other groups that say Bill C-45 will lessen environmental stringencies are “just not true.” “What the Navigable Waters Act changes in legislation is really doing, it’s

really affecting the waters that are used for navigation. So, for instance a Great Lake or waters that are used for boats navigating for trade, those waters are still under the act. The ones that are not being used for navigation like our local rivers that would only be used for fishing, those are being pulled from that. “I guess the biggest misconception is that it somehow takes those waters out of environmental protection and it’s completely not the case. They’re still protected waters and environmentally they still have oversight and they still have the same stringencies that they had before,” Zimmer said. Bill C-45 will streamline the process of environmental assessment to remove duplicate reviews, he says. “Our whole thing with the environment is streamlining the process for reviews and its not to have any less stringency, its just not to have duplication happen.” To protestors, streamlining environmental reviews is a way of speeding up the construction of proposed projects, which in itself could result in less environmental protections or in the government overlooking certain

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aspects of a proposed project. “All this bill does for Harper is it’s a fast track movement for him to be able to put that Enbridge pipeline through our province and most likely other provinces such as Alberta with the oil sands… right now the companies have to ensure that they don’t damage our lands,” Saulteau elder Henriette Landry said. On the same day as the protests in Moberly, thousands of protestors marched towards the Prime Minister ’s Office (PMO) in the Langevin Block on parliament hill. Several Manitoba Chiefs blocked the entrance to the PMO calling for the Harper to come out and meet them. The Manitoba Chiefs

biggest misconception is that it somehow takes those waters out of environmental protection and itʼs completely not the case.” were supporting Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence who early in the day had called for a boycott of the meetings, saying they were useless unless the governor general, the Queens representative in Canada, was also in attendance. Spence, the de facto leader of the movement, later decided to participate in the meetings with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Shawn Atleo, the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, and about 100 other First Nations Chiefs last Friday. Further protests are planned in Moberly Lake, possibly on Jan. 28, the group says, noting that any future Idle No More rallies are to be announced at a later date.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Telus has announced it will invest $100,000 to bring the world’s most advanced and fastest wireless technology to customers in Chetwynd. “Telus is committed to providing the best service to our customers, and that includes offering those living in Chetwynd the fastest wireless technology available in the world today,� said Chris Jensen, General Manager for Telus Northern BC. On the day the announcement was made, large areas of Northeast BC saw Internet blackouts affecting several areas including Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Commox, Courtney, Cranbrook, Cummberland, Duncan, Elksford, Fernie, Fruitvale and Fort St. John among others. The service interruption happened when a logging operation deep in the bush

just over the Alberta border, accidently severed a fiber optic cable late Tuesday afternoon. “We were able to reroute most services through alternate infrastructures that we have in the area,� said Shawn Hall of Telus Media Relations, “but some internet service remained down until about 10:30am [Wednesday] morning when our crews were able to patch and repair the cable.� Crews worked through heavy snowfall into the night. A snowfall warning remained in effect late into the afternoon on the following day. “They were working in absolutely miserable conditions,� Hall said, “but they worked through the night and were able to get all services restored mid morning [on the 9th].�

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an ambitious undertaking,” Jensen said. The Ministry of Citizens’ Services and Open Government have been working to increase Internet and cellular connectivity for British Columbians since it signed the Connecting British Columbia Agreement (CBCA) between Network BC and Telus in July 2011. The ten-year contract provides for the improvement of connectivity at no additional cost to the taxpayer. Since the CBCA came

into place, 455kms of new highway cellular service has been installed across the province. “Our ongoing work improving connectivity is an investment in a successful future for British Columbia,” Minister Ben Stewart said. “Expanding cellular service along our highways or supporting affordable access to high-speed Internet, especially in remote communities, are the kinds of commitments we make to keep BC at the leading edge.” In its continued efforts to reach the goal of connect-

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currently underway to select a qualified satellite service provider and is expected to be complete by March of this year. Gordon Kirk, director of dispatch centre operations for the British Columbia Ambulance Service said that, “expanding cellular coverage along BC’s remote highways enables more individuals to call 911 for help and receive life-saving instructions over the phone. Better network capability helps paramedics get to emergencies faster and communicate more effectively.” Under the CBCA, the

province promises to provide over 1,700kms of new cellular coverage along previously unconnected highway segments. A map of new highway cellular coverage for the entire province is available at online www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/Cel lularUpgrades_BC_Map.pdf. The map shows new highway coverage for Chetwynd on Highway 97S to Mackenzie and North to Dawson Creek. “At Telus, we recognize how important wireless services are and are thrilled to work with the provincial government to

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BY N AOMI L ARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Chetwynd Secondary School (CSS) Hockey Academy is coming back for another semester. The program began in September 2012 and was created for students in Grades 8 to 12 spend class time on the ice. Craig Millin of Pacific Rim Hockey Academy Ltd. said the academy – which is Ministry of Education approved – has proven itself successful at CSS. “We had a group of 30

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students in the program,” he said. “So we met our goal and the school’s goal of establishing at least one

group. We had absolutely great feedback from the players and the parents in the program.” Millin said the next program is set to start again this year and they are hoping to get enough students for a second group. “We’ve all kind of emails and calls from parents letting me know their children love the program and they want to know if they can get into it again next year,” he said. The program includes three on-ice sessions and two off-ice sessions per week as well as per-

formance testing, theory and special events. Two professional on ice hockey instructors and one goaltending instructor as well as a trained teachers from CSS are on the ice at all times. Students are given four PE or BAA credits upon completion of the program. Interested parents or students can attend an open house Jan. 29 at 7 pm at CSS in the library. Registration forms will be accepted the following day. For more information, check out www.rpmhockey.com.

Chetwynd Echo staff –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Winter is finally here and great skiing and snowboarding has just begun all across Canada! And rather than sitting inside for the next two months, bundle up the kids and hit the slopes for some winter fun. Purchase a SnowPass for your 4th or 5th grader and give them the chance to ski or snowboard all season long. With every SnowPass card, your child will receive three free lift tickets for each of the participating ski/snowboard areas all across Canada. For the low price of $29.95

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Please join us for an hour and fifteen minute Zumba® fitness class on January 22nd led by licensed Zumba® instructor Jaana Wilkinson. Entry is by donation. There will be time to mingle and enjoy some refreshments before and after. 100% of proceeds will go to the Canadian Cancer Society. Check out http://www.facebook.com/events/131002883728915/


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Seniors asking citizens to see things their way

LOCAL NEWS MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– BY

CHETWYND – Seniors tive. are asking citizens to see The Chetwynd Agethings from their perspec- Friendly Seniors Task Force has released a video survey identifying local senior’s issues with help from Peace FM’s Leo Sabulsky and Rebecca Korhonen. The video will be shown on Chet TV, and included a final report to be issued to the provincial government. Seniors raised a variety concerns with the stresses of living on a fixed income in a resource driven economy, mobility and social issues, population migration, housing and a lack of some health care services. In 2012, the District received a $20,000 grant

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from the Seniors Housing and Support Initiative as part of the Union of BC Municipalities Families BC Program. The goals of the grant were to engage seniors in discussions, have seniors outline age-friendly issues and to engage seniors, the District of Chetwynd council and the community at large in a dialogue addressing the concerns and issues of the seniors in the local area. Several discussions involving eight seniors groups have been held since the project began in August 2011. “To loosen peoples tongues, we started with little short historical interviews,” Sabulsky said. “People are talking about

the issues and some are mega issues [while others] are easier and fixable. I am happy with the video because it gives district benchmarks to talk.” Many participants were original members of the Measuring Up the North committee, which is a provincial organization dedicated to “creating livable, age-friendly, disability friendly, universally designed, inclusive communities that benefit all citizens and visitors,” according to the group’s website. “We had a choice to do a paper survey or a film survey. Our original anticipation was to have 10 or 12 people talk, at the end we had almost 25 people talk. The goal was to have the District have seniors give a

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voice.” “Its all there, good, bad and ugly,” said Korhonen. “You see that all in all Chetwynd is a nice place. Everybody has issues.”

RISING PRICES Seniors begin the video survey by talking about their early experiences in Chetwynd. Many have seen the little valley town grow from “basically nothing.” “When I came through here in 1952 as a fur buyer, there was one little store and the bush wasn’t cleaned up very much on either side. That’s all it was. We’ve come a heck of a long way since then,” said resident Ralph Parker. As oil, gas, mining and other natural resources industries began to boom, the town saw steady growth. Chetwynd’s strong agricultural and ranching roots, a sector that earns modest wages at best, began to face a new economy driven by the swings of the natural resources the Please see "HEALTH," page 22

Applying for pass is easy www.snowpass.ca One of the great things about the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass program is that it encourages children to stay active during the long Canadian winter. "Skiing and snowboarding are excellent ways to get kids outside and active in winter," says Patrick Arkeveld,

your payment and their proof of age, and a SnowPass will be sent straight to your home. You can also, for a limited time only, pick up an application form at any participating Sport Chek store Canada-wide. Please call your local store ahead of time to ensure that they have brochures in stock.


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HEALTH

Northern Lights Recovery Centre goal to open by 2014

This is an artist’s rendering for the Northern Lights Recovery Centre. The Society is hoping to purchase a parcel Photo submitted of land in the near future.

The Staff and Students of Don Titus Elementary School wish to thank all the Local Businesses and Families who helped make our 2012 Christmas Lunch a success. Without all your help and generous donations the lunch would not have been possible.

Dragon Palace Talisman Energy Inc. Chetwynd Glass A & W Restaurant IGA

To the Many Families who have supported the Christmas Lunch with special mention to:

The Becker Family The Dixie Family The MacMillan Family The Spenst Family The Watson Family

All the Parent Volunteers that helped serve the lunch.

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN - The Northern Lights Recovery Centre Society (NLRCS) will hold its Annual General Meeting and Open House Jan. 31 at the Quality Inn Northern Grand in Fort St. John. The centre, which the society hopes to have constructed and operational by mid-2014, will serve all of Northeastern British Columbia. Society Chair Bruce Lantz said they are currently in a Catch-22 situation in the sense that they can’t build without the money but they can’t have the money from funders until they figure out where they’re going to build. Lantz said when he started the project he thought he would be able to purchase an old building and renovate it. However, that turned out

not to be the case. “Everyone I talked to when I started talking to people in addiction recovery industry and potential builders and renovators all said the same thing: once you buy a building and start renovating it opens it up to having to meet the standards of current building codes,” he said. “And building codes for a health related facility are much more stringent than a regular business.” As well, Lantz found out it would cost the same or more to buy and renovate than it would to purchase land and build a purpose built building. “The board decided that’s what we would do,” he said, adding building plans are in hand and the search for land is on. Ideally, the location would be outside of municipal boundaries on a 10 to 15 acre parcel.

“So people can focus on what they’re doing and focus on their recovery and not have temptation right across the street,” Lantz said, adding the facility could include several healthy recreational activities such as badminton, basketball, tennis or even something as simple as gardening. Currently, two Peace River Regional District directors, Arthur Hadland and Karen Goodings, have offered up $100,000 each in monies available to them as directors towards capital costs. As well, Shell Canada came forward with an offer of $50,000 in seed money with a promise of much more coming in 2013 once the location is picked out. Lantz said a consulting team has been hired – paid for by Shell Canada’s donation – to do some of the paperwork that is required such Please see "SOCIETY," page 13


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as the policy and procedure manuals. “There is a manual of policy and procedure that is several binders – the spines are six inches thick – and it tells people exactly what you’re going to do, every process you follow from intake right on through,” he said. “It will deal with things as minute as whether or not you let people keep their belts and how you deal with somebody who has prescription medication.” The board hopes to have that complete by April. They are also meeting with a shortlist of realtors to assist in the search for property. Lantz said the centre is of vital importance for the north. The two closest facilities for residential treatment for addiction are in Prince George and Grande Prairie. Both have

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a waiting time of a year or more. “If somebody has a problem with addictions and decide they’re going to make a change for the better, telling them they have to wait a year and who knows? They could have lost their job, family, they might be dead by then.” Through some personal experiences Lantz decided that maybe he should “get

off the pot” and do something about it. “About two years ago – on my own dime – I started to talking to people in various recovery centres around BC and Alberta and again on my own dime I went to Calgary and spoke with industry people to find out what their take on it was and how much support there would be.” Lantz said he discovered there was a great need for a facility in the Peace and a great amount of support for such a project. “And luckily I’ve been blessed with a great board of directors who also support this greatly,” he said. “We’ve been chugging along since then.” If you would like to be involved in the society, Lantz said they are actively recruiting members. “We’ve been so busy doing administrative

things over the last year that we hadn’t really thought about membership,” he said. “But I had some people approach me and they wanted to show their support. They were not able to contribute vast sums of money but they were happy to contribute a $20 membership.” The public is welcome to attend the Jan. 31 Open House, which begins at 6 pm and which will feature displays and informational material about our drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre project. $20 memberships in the society will be available for sale. Members are welcome to attend the AGM, which begins at 7 pm, and which will include the Chair’s Report and the election of directors to the 2013 board. For more information, contact Bruce Lantz at 250-264-8888 or at blantz@mega-media.ca.

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Times Colonist –––––––––––––– A new report says the number of nurses in Canada has risen by more than eight per cent in the last five years. The report by the Canadian Institute for Health Information says more than 360,000 regulated nurses were employed across the country in 2011. Despite the growth in nursing employment overall, the number of registered nurses per 100,000 people in the population still falls below the peak reached in the early 1990s. The report says the proportion of nurses under age 35 rose to almost 24 per cent of the nursing workforce from 21 per cent between 2007 and 2011. CIHI says more than 56 per cent of nurses were working full time in 2011, and more than half of younger nurses found full-time employment within the first five years of starting work. During the same period, the number of nurse practitioners with advanced training doubled to almost 3,000 from less than 1,400.

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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

Chetwynd Society for Community Living Board Meeting. First Wednesday of each month. 4699 Airport Road Ph: 250-7884889.

Little Giant Air Cadets Mondays at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Ages 12-18. Come on out!

Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 10am to Noon. Weekly Group Sessions Tuesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici.

Pine Valley Seniors Hall weekly activities including Cribbage, Whist, Bingo and Carpet Bowling. Call Anita at 788-5838 for more info.

Young at Heart Monday Jan. 28 1 pm @ Surerus Place

Chetwynd Breastfeeding Support Network meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m at the Chetwynd Public Library.

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) meets every Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Pine Valley Seniors Centre Call 250-7883306

Alanon meetings 6:30 pm Tuesdays Mickey’s Place (behind A&W)

Girls Night Out: Learning Circle Second Tuesday of each month 6 pm to 7 pm Call 250-401-8974 for more info

Quintessential Quilter’s Guild meets 3rd Monday of the month. Catholic Church, 7 pm. Come out and join us! Everyone welcome!

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Located at 4824 54th Street (behind the Town Plaza) in Chetwynd the Lions Recycling depot is the sole provider for recycling drop off services in the community. They offer many services to keep Chetwynd clean while helping the environment green. Recycling is a lot easier than people think and it is an easy habit to get into. First, get as few as three bins for your kitchen or porch – plastics, tins and paper. Rinse out your yoghurt cups, break down your cereal boxes and wash out those cans. Then bag them up and bring them to the Depot where staff will help you sort. If you are a business call them to have a free recycling box placed outside and for a nominal –and tax deductible – fee

they will come and pick your recycling up. The depot accepts a variety of recyclable items including: • paper (office paper, newspaper, cardboard, boxboard) • tin cans • All hard and soft plastic (milk jugs, yogurt cups, juice boxes and plastic bags) • Electronics (old stereos, computers, photocopiers) • Small appliances • Car batteries • Oil and oil containers • Cell phones • Batteries • Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors • Spray paint cans The depot also utilizes a used paint

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Young at Heart: 55-Plus Program on the move

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he Library’s everpopular “Young at Heart” group is stepping out of the box for 2013 and taking the program out into the community. For the month beginning Jan. 28 Val and Jocelyn will be taking the program to Surerus Place

who are so excited about hosting. Daphne and her staff will be setting up shop preparing coffee and goodies and organizing speakers from Chetwynd Housing Society, Healthy Communities and Family Resource Corner who will do quick “fact sessions” that will be of interest to many. Following that “Bingo” will be the activity of the day. Bingo will continue for a longer period of time that usual so come prepared to have some fun.

Chetwynd Senior Citizens Housing Society has a survey that is being spread throughout the community with a deadline of Jan. 31. To assist this group with collecting this very important information, the Public Library is hosting a day, Thursday, Jan. 24 from 10a.m to 4p.m. for those seniors and caregivers to fill out this survey. Because the survey is nine pages long it will seem a bit daunting for some seniors and they will chose not to fill it out.

The information and opinions of everyone is so valuable to the outcome of the proposed addition to Surerus Place that we encourage you to drop down to the library on Thursday where representatives from the Society as well as library staff will be on hand to walk you through the entire nine pages. You will have an opportunity to visit with friends while having coffee/tea and goodies. If you just want to pick up a survey form and fill it out at

home, they are available here at the Public Library. Something more for all 55 plus citizens is “The Online Chronic Disease Self-Management Program” which is accessible to those with all levels of computer experience. This is a “Free” educational workshop available to adults living with chronic conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, asthma, depression, agoraphobia, etc. This program is offered throughout BC at “No Cost” and is confidential and interactive

being led by pairs of trained volunteer facilitators. Interested? Call Toll Free – 1-866-902-3767 or check out the website www.selfmanage.org/onl inebc . Just a reminder to all citizens, the Public Library offers free Public Computer access and assistance is available from our staff if you decide you would like to research some of these opportunities. For more information drop in and “Check Us Out” or call 250-788-2559.

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Mining continues to gain momentum in South Peace

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – British Columbia’s mineral exploration and mining industry posted strong 2012 numbers, due to strong demand in Asia. In the South Peace, the mining industry continues to gain momentum. Plans to pursue the exploration of two openpit coalmine operations near Chetwynd are expected to move forward in 2013 according to Doug Smith, General Manager of Xstrata Coal. Assuming Xstrata is successful in receiving environmental assessment certificates and mine permits, the two mines could be operational by 2015. The company’s two projects are the Sukunka project located approximately

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55kms Southwest of Chetwynd and the Suska located 50kms to West. “Over the last 18 months Xstrata Coal has made significant investments in Northeastern BC because of the great potential of BC’s metallurgical coal resources,� Smith said. “In 2013 we have an exploration program going

on in each of our two projects, the Suska project and the Sukunka project. We are in the final stages of preparing our project description for our Sukunka coal project. [It] will be going into the environmental review process shortly being submitted to both the BC E n v i r o n m e n t a l

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Assessment Office and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, so then that’s the next of many steps in the very rigorous environmental review process.� Since 2011, BC has seen two new major mines begin production, the Copper Mountain mine run by Copper Mountain and Mitsubishi and the New Afton Gold mine run by New Gold Inc. Four more will receive permits and begin construction in 2013, according to the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas. “This is a strong ending to 2012 for our mineral exploration and mining sector,� Minister Rich Coleman said. “As we look forward to the coming 2013, it is more important than ever to

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looks to remain rock solid. “Jobs continue to be our focus, and making sure that British Columbians have the skills needed to support our up and coming new mines is vitally important to our continued success,� Coleman said. British Columbia remains one of the world’s largest exporters of seaborne metallurgical coal used in the production of steel.

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Contempt of court application against cabinet minister Diane Finley suspended

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A contempt of court application filed last month against federal Cabinet Minister Diane Finely by the BC Building Trades unions has been suspended by Federal Justice Michael Manson. Manson decided first to hear an application from the federal Department of Justice arguing for “variance” in the federal court’s disclosure order. The order was aimed at making the government release documents sought for a judicial review of Temporary Foreign Worker permits for HD Mining’s coalmine near Tumbler Ridge. Manson’s ruling is expected this week. In order to receive Temporary Worker Permits, companies must provide Labour Market Opinions (LMOs) to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to show that there is a significant lack of skilled Canadian labour. According to a BC Building Trades Council news release, the government’s position in court was that HRSDC Minister Finley is without power to verify documents critical to HD Mining’s claim that, of the 300 Canadian applicants, none were qualified. Documents HD refuses to give up include the resumes of Canadian workers who have applied to these jobs.

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Charles Gordon, lawyer for unions, makes the case that, if the company in question is allowed to withhold the resumes they received from Canadian applicants, claims that were made of a lack of skilled Canadian workers cannot be confirmed. If the position that the government does not have the power to make HD release these documents were accepted, Gordon said, it would mean any employer could bring in temporary foreign workers claiming there are no Canadians qualified. “We say the Minister clearly has the ability to enforce this order – she must – or the integrity of the Temporary Foreign Workers program is at risk”, Gordon said. The Temporary Foreign Worker program states that companies applying for LMOs must keep records of its attempts to find Canadian workers for up to two years so that any questions about the application can be investigated.

Toronto Lawyer Lorne Waldman, also representing BC’s Building Trades unions argued during Jan. 9 court proceedings in Vancouver that, “the minister clearly has the power to demand documents and the responsibility to follow a Court order. Behind all this case law is an ongoing duty to provide documents, the inherent powers of the minister to enforce legislation.” Lorne Lachance and Alex Stojicevic, Lawyers for Human Resources and Development Canada say they have tried to get these documents from the company, sending three letters to HD demanding the documents be released in December. The letters repeatedly ask the company to disclose the information so that it could be produced to the court. In the final letter dated Dec. 20, Lachance wrote, "further to our telephone call yesterday evening, I also confirm that my letters should be taken as a formal demand for these documents pursuant to any and all authority that the minister may have to either request or demand that HD Mining produce them to the minister." BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair says he believes that the entire Temporary Foreign Worker program needs to be reviewed in light of these developments. “This court hearing is showing that the way companies are bringing

Temporary Foreign Workers to Canada is completely out of control,” Sinclair said. “To hear a government lawyer state in

court that the Minister has Sinclair added, “Those no legal grounds to force are the records the governproduction of HD Mining records proves that beyond Please see "TUMBLER," page 23 a shadow of a doubt.”

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"I think this Idle No More movement is a really big, signifi-cant advantage to our causes," she said. "I love that it's being done as a peaceful protest and it's being recognized around the word. It's opening eyes to the conditions in our country for aboriginals, and other countries are stepping in, and that we have been treated so badly that enough is enough. I really believe that 2013 is going to be the best year ever." She said that because Idle No More is focused on opposing Bill C-45 in its entirety, "the government is going to have to stop making decisions for all Canadians without consultation." But Lylyk reflected soberly on the place of Tuesday's good news among such recent developments. "It's just the waiting game now, to see if it's going to be appealed and see where it's going to go from there," she said. As an Aboriginal person with Indian status, Yvonne Tupper, a Chetwynd liaison for the Northern Health Aboriginal Patient program, said she felt more was merrier. "To me that's great, that's more people to help our cause. For me it means the government no longer saying you're not native enough to have status. It's been a long hard fight for the Metis to obtain status. I'm happy for them."

Health services, housing major concerns Continued from page 10 area offers. It is because of these resources that MLA Blair Lekstrom calls the Northeast the, “economic engine” of the province. Yet, a problem exists in the fact that the wages that are now being earned in the natural resource industries are inflating prices throughout the region. While seniors acknowledge growth as a good thing, the rising prices of goods and services - especially of prescription drugs and groceries - have negatively impacted them because they live on a fixed income. “I was even told by my doctor one time, ‘why don’t you buy this medicine in Dawson Creek, they have better prices,’” resident Gretha Smith said. “Some of the prices here in Chetwynd are fairly high,” said Laura Lavoie. “I shop here too,” Smith said, “if there is something special they don’t have here I write it down and I say OK, next time when I go [to Dawson] I’m going to get this.” In Roland Lavoie’s opinion, “you can save the cost of fuel going there and back by shopping in Dawson Creek.” Others raised concerns about the lack of amenities available to residents here in Chetwynd. Longtime resident and former Mayor Charlie Lasser said that, “we haven’t got maybe enough stores, but we haven’t got the population yet to afford the stores that we really require.”

The video, featuring many local seniors and pioneers will be aired on Peace FM. comes out of the video survey is the need for air quality measurements and controls. Charlie Lasser explains how the valley that Chetwynd is situated in is unique, acting like a sink where air is sucked down and circulates, prevented from escaping by the foothills. Along with that air comes harmful particulates from sources such as the Enersul sulphur palletizing plant. “Any sulphur that comes out of that stack is pulled right down into Chetwynd, so that is bad and we’ve pointed it out many times, but they’ve even taken some of the monitoring stations away so that it wouldn’t show how much we have [in the air],” Lasser said. “The plant at one time had a permit to put out 20 tonnes a day of sulphur out their stack and now I understand its increased tremendously and we’ve had a lot of cancer in this area, actually I think BIG INDUSTRY One strong demand that maybe more than the

MOBILITY ISSUES In the north, where winter dominates most of the year, seniors find it difficult to move throughout the town because of a lack of sidewalks linking senior’s dwellings to the downtown. “Many times up the road alongside the Pomeroy you see [people] pushing wheel chairs down the middle of the road and to me where it’s a shopping area plus there’s a residential area, there’s got to be sidewalks,” Keith Masey said. Edith Lasser added, “when you’re older its hard to travel especially in winter and if you have to rely on your children to take you somewhere and they’re working, it’s difficult.” Chetwynd does have a bus provided by the legion for senior’s transportation. But, the group says, because there is only one driver it isn’t available at al times.

average and I attribute some of that to the sulphur which is being put in the air.”

HEALTH SERVICES Seniors also identify a lack of health services and the overworked health service providers as a high priority concern. Service deficits continue to be a focus of both the local and provincial governments. “This Peace River is where revenue comes from in this province and yet we are short changed in our health services,” Lasser says. At a Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce luncheon held Dec. 7, MLA for Peace River South Blair Lekstrom addressed the issue. “We are working on dialysis. Right now, all of our people in the South Peace have to go to Fort St. John to receive dialysis. It is not easy in the winter months when you have to do this. We have companies that stepped forward and said, we will buy the

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full dialysis [equipment] and look at placing it in Dawson Creek [or] Chetwynd. Our issue right now is recruitment of people that can run that equipment,” Lekstrom said. The District of Chetwynd council has received the video survey and recommends sending a letter of thanks to seniors who took part in the project. Council will also send a letter to the province of British Columbia bringing all concerns to the attention of the various Ministries, which have jurisdiction on the various issues, and will engage corporations who may wish to pursue the concerns of the seniors. “You see, the video came at a really incredible time,” Peace FM’s Leo Sabulsky said. “[As a senior] you’re used to the landscape and suddenly the landscape changes and the world around you changes. It’s an unsettling feeling. It’s akin to grief and loss.”


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Dawson Creek Daily News –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Following an Ontario judge's ruling that Metis and non-reservationdwelling Aboriginal peo-

ple should be extended the same rights as those who qualify under the Indian Act, Metis members of the Peace Region are celebrating -with some hesitancy. "The recognition of Metis and non-status Indian as

Indians under section 91(24) should accord a further level of respect and reconciliation by removing the constitutional uncertainty surrounding these groups," ruled Federal Court Judge Michael

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Phelan yesterday. The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, along with Metis and non-status Aboriginals, launched a case in 1999 against the federal government alleging discrimination. They argued they are entitled to the rights to use public land, health services, education and other benefits enjoyed by Aboriginal peoples affiliated with reservations. Paulette Flamond, a member of the Fort St. John Metis Society, said she did a Metis jig when she heard the news Tuesday night. "I see it as a huge victory," Flamond said. "We're not asking for free things we're just asking for recognition that we are part of this whole aboriginal framework, the mosaic that makes up aboriginal people in this country." Flamond said her greatgrandfather enfranchised gave up Indian Act rights so he could enlist in the

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country's military, which is why she herself does not have Indian status. "I have all the beliefs, I have dedicated my life to working with Indian people. However I was raised in the Metis tradition so I don't want to give up my heritage. I want the rights because we've always been discriminated against. I was never Indian enough and I was never white enough. So I grew up very discriminated, my entire family did." Metis Society president Arlene Lylyk agreed. "We won't be called halfbreeds anymore," Lylyk said. "It's such an insulting word. I'd say I was Indian

and people would say, 'Well prove it.' And I'd take out my Metis card, 'Well you're a half breed.' I've always said I was Indian. My first cousins are full status and here I am running around saying I'm Indian, 'Well no you're not. You're half breed.' It's insulting." Flamond said the decision goes a long way to reconciliation from the government with Metis people, but is wary of the government's right to appeal. "Adding another 600,000 people to healthcare, education, hunting and fishing? The government must just be reeling today," she said. Flamond sees the decision as part of changing awareness about not only the rights of Aboriginal peoples, but all Canadians, particularly in the context of the Idle No More movement. Please see "WAITING," page 222

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This notice is in general form only. Relevant background documents may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the Peace River Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, B.C. Any comments or concerns should be referred in writing to Kole A. Casey, Land Use Planner at the Peace River Regional District at Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8 or faxed to (250) 784-3201. Inquiries can also be made by telephone at (250) 784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773. Fred Banham, CAO

ment would need to see to verify HD Mining’s claim that there were no qualified Canadians for the jobs.” Mark Olsen, Business Manager for the Construction and Specialized Workers Union Local 1618, claims that the interests of Canadian workers are not being protected. “Temporary Foreign Workers are being used to replace qualified Canadian workers in very large numbers and without any adequate controls on the process – that’s simply wrong and we expect a judicial review will show just how wrong it is in the HD Mining case,” Olsen said. Western Director of the United Steel

Workers Union, Stephen Hunt, made the case in an interview last October that if towns like Tumbler Ridge can be built from the ground up without any local workers to begin with, HD should be able to find Canadian workers. “If you recall when Tumbler Ridge was initially built there wasn’t a town there. Nothing,” Hunt said. “They had to build a town from scratch. It also had a boom on Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, even Fort St. John and Grand Prairie, everybody had a financial benefit from people coming into that [area] and to say that there is no local people… there was nobody in Tumbler Ridge prior to the few mines going in there originally back in the early 80s.”


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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – School District 59 and the “Chetwynd Success by 6/ Children First Table” announced Jan. 16, plans to construct an indoor playground and Early Learning Hub at Don Titus

Elementary. The Children First Table is raising funds for the project and will be approaching local businesses and industry with a letter to ask for their support in bringing the proposed project to reality. School District 59 (SD 59) will provide the labour

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and installation of the equipment. Both groups hope to have the project completed by Dec. 2013. The cost of the installation of playground equipment and safety flooring is projected to be upwards of $50,000. A naming opportunity is available for any generous contributors. The facility will be free for families and open to all children in Chetwynd ages 0-6. The municipalities and StrongStart BC parents have recognized the need for more facilities, resources and programs for preschool children in Chetwynd. To address this challenge, SD 59 has offered a four-room wing of Don Titus Elementary as a facility to create the Early Learning Hub. Other partners in the Early Learning Hub so far include the South Peace Community Resources Society (SPCRS) and the Child Development Centre. “The main point we’re talking about today is the indoor playground,” said

Gloria Cleve, Early Learning Project Manager and Kerry Silver of Success by Six. Photo by Mike Carter Gloria Cleve, Early Learning Project Manager for School District 59. “As you know we have long winters in the north and one of the things that’s happening is that children are arriving at the kindergarten door not ready to succeed. One of the areas they are not ready in is the physical. Kids are just not getting out and playing, they’re not moving enough. We want to put this indoor playground in with some really heavy duty awesome play-

ground equipment for them to get lots of physical activity.” Along with the indoor playground, planning is underway to renovate the space provided by SD 59 to house a StrongStart centre, a before and afterschool care program, a licensed kitchen as well as four offices for SPCRS programs. SD 59, SPCRS and the District of Chetwynd have received a School Community Connection grant to cover the costs of renovating the SPCRS

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office space and to update the existing kitchen area. The first step for the project is to install a safety floor made of rubber matting to go under the playground equipment. “The flooring costs just about as much as the equipment unfortunately,” Cleve says. “It will be such an enhancement for families in the community. It will always be open when StrongStart is open, but after the playground equipment is in here, we are going to try to get grant money to open afternoons, evenings and weekends for families.” The Vancouver Foundation, a non-profit that distributes over $40 million a year to community based projects, funds the operating costs of the Early Learning Hub that was created by the School District in Dawson Creek a year and a half ago. Cleve is hopeful that the foundation will also fund the operating costs for the Early Learning Hub and the indoor playground to remain open in Chetwynd past StrongStart BC hours of operation.

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BY TRENT ERNST Tumbler Ridge NEws –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE– An Alberta man was found alive but unresponsive in a snow drift along the Core Lodge Road on January 8. The 54-year-old Grande Prairie resident went missing on Sunday, January 6 after borrowing his brother’s vehicle. Sergeant Render says the vehicle was discovered along the Core Lodge Road at about the 11 km mark. “We received a noti-

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fication from Peace River Coal about an abandoned vehicle,” says Render. “They asked us to determine if it was stolen. We checked the license plate and contacted the registered owner and found out his brother had borrowed the vehicle on the weekend.” Render says the man had been reported missing the day before. There was no sign of him around the vehicle, so Police Dog Services were called in. Constable Long and his

dog Crash came in, and with the assistance of Tumbler Ridge RCMP’s Constable Bos, discovered the man, alive but unresponsive, about 200 metres from the road in about one metre of snow. “We did an extraction with help of Peace River Coal Mine Rescue,” says Render. “We got the fellow out of the bush to BC Ambulance service. They brought him to into town. He was then airlifted by STARs to Grande Prairie where he is in stable condi-

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Don’t Break the Chain When someone stops advertising. . Someone stops buying. . When someone stops buying. . Someone stops selling. . When someone stops selling. . . Someone stops making. When someone stops making. . some stops earning. When someone stops earning. . no one can buy, sell or make, or even advertise! Some advertising greases the wheels in the chain of events that enable our making a living and that spells out the progress of this community

ADVERTISE! Don’t break the chain. And do it regularly.

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ATTENTION HUNTERS!

Big ones, small ones, we want to see them all!

Email your photos to production@chetwyndecho.net (donʼt forget to include your name and where you took down your prize) and weʼll print them each week in our pages. Great for scrapbooking. And bragging rights.


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Global Day of Action

Close to 120 residents took to Highway 29 Friday to participate in Idle No More’s global day of action. Those in attendance held signs, sang and danced in support of the movement, which opposes the omnibus Bill C-45, among other political action by the federal government. Many consider the bill an attack on Aboriginal rights, as well as potentially disastrous to the environment. The demonstration lasted for around three hours and was entirely peaceful. Photos by Mike Carter and Yvonne Tupper


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