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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– VANCOUVER – As negotiations continued between Canfor mills and the United Steelworkers Union this week at the Labour Relations Board offices in Vancouver, it has become clear that the two sides are far away from reaching a deal. This prompted Bob Matters, the spokesperson for the union’s negotiating team to state that he expects things are going to “break down pretty soon,� meaning a strike is a possibility at two Canfor mills in Chetwynd and Vanderhoof. According to Matters, the dispute revolves

around financial compensation for workers at the two mills, including the roughly 200 manufacturing and maintenance employees at the Chetwynd operation. “I think at this point and time, because of the stage of bargaining and mediation it’s just fair to simply say that the parties are far apart on compensation,� Matters said, adding that since the mediator joined the process, the conversation between the two sides has crystallized around the financial matter. “That financial dispute is much more focused now then it was prior to the mediators involvement. So, it helped from that perspective. All I can honestly tell you is we

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had enough light to keep us there but, we are still far apart. The fact that we are still in mediation is a good sign.� Last month, employees at two mills in Chetwynd and Vanderhoof voted 97 per cent in favour of an official strike mandate

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based on all the terms within the restart agreement. One of the provisions is that there will be no strike or lockout for the term of the agreement, and that expires December 31, 2014.� Athwal went on to say that progress is slowly being made in ongoing negotiaions. “This is not a process where you make progress in leaps and bounds, as long as you continue to talk and discuss the issues you are making progress so, from that perspective we're making progress,� he said. Matters seemed to agree to an extent. “We made in all honesty, a little progress the Please see "NOT HOLDING," page 3

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – Now that a tentative provincial framework agreement has been reached between the British Columbia Public Schools Employers’ Association and the Canadian Union of Public Employees school support workers, the process begins at the local level with members of CUPE locals getting a chance to vote on ratifying their deals under the framework. the deal includes a 3.5 pr cent wage increase over two years and no concessions. The Ministry of Education expets school districts to cover the wage increases through cost savings in their budgets. Where these cuts will come from in SD 59 or 60 budgets is not clear yet. The framework agreement was unanimously endorsed by the CUPE BC

K-12 provincial bargaining sub-committee in the early morning hours of September 19, and was given additional approval the following day by the Presidents Council, comprised of local presidents and leaders from 57 of the union’s School District bargaining units, and representatives from other unions. “This is the first step of a process that involves our local unions and local school boards concluding local bargaining and then each local union will take this to their membership,” CUPE K-12 coordinator Bill Pegler said. “There are still a few steps to go in every school district around the province. “Some bargaining has already happened at the local level. As we moved towards a province wide strike vote, those tables came to an impasse and now that we have a provincial settlement those tables

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Service Employees Union (BCGEU), which represent other support staff, including educational assistants and secretaries. Though this deal was reached solely between the BC Public Schools Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the provincial framework will set precedent for agreements with the two other unions in our region. “The pattern typically follows the CUPE pattern,”

will start up again and we're looking forward to getting local agreements ratified on the basis of this provincial framework.” Three unions represent 59 school support staff in the Peace River South in both School Districts 59 and 60. Thirty-two are represented by CUPE, making up the majority. The remaining 27 are split between Teamsters union, representing custodians and bus drivers and the BC Government and Continued from page 2

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said Pegler. “I can’t speak for them but if history is a guide it is very likely.” According to CUPE, at least one of either the BCGEU or the teamsters, were represented at the bargaining table during the negotiation process. Stirling Patterson is President of the CUPE local 4992 located in Dawson Creek, representing 32 support staff workers in the South Peace. He said that he believes the deal is “the best we are going to get.” The provincial framework covers a term retroactively from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014. It will provide school support staff represented by CUPE with a 3.5 per cent wage increase, and the introduction of a pay direct card for up-front drug expenses for most local unions. The wage increase is .5 per cent less than what the union was asking for initially, and this percentage was given up to prevent

just a tool to get there,” he said. “If you had asked two months ago [when a deal could be reached] I would have said tomorrow. I thought that we wouldn't be having this financial dispute with

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concessions in the form of changes to the amount of sick leave granted for workers. “From what I think, for leaving the sick time alone it’s a pretty good place to sit,” Patterson said. For Patterson, and the other local union presidents across the province, the work now begins to ratify the deal with local members. “I am going to be getting a hold of our representative out of Prince George, we'll be figuring out dates with him as to when he can come,” he said. A date for the vote to be held has not yet been set, but Patterson hopes the deal can be approved sooner rather than later. Patterson believes the deal will be ratified at the local level, at least here in the South Peace. “It should be pretty quick once we get there. But I don’t know when exactly it's going to be.”

this company.” Matters later added, “I honestly expect that things are going to break loose or break down pretty soon.” The Chetwynd Echo will continue to follow this story as it develops.

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difficult to determine. According to the Vancouver Sun, "Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human Nanaimo Daily activity is the dominant News cause of the global warms there global warm- ing observed since the ing, or isn't there? 1950s. Judging by newspa"Calling man-made per reports following the warming 'extremely likerelease of an ly,' the Intergovernmental Intergovernmental Panel Panel on Climate Change on Climate Change 36 used the strongest words page summary on Friday yet on the issue as it - the full 2,000-page adopted its assessment on report will be issued the state of the climate sysMonday - it now appears tem."


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Continued from page 4 Why do advocates of global warming use such strong language? Why do they defend scientists' projections as if they were fact? Perhaps it's because as a society, we have such respect for science, and further to that, medicine. These are the pillars of academia, are wellresearched and funded, and we tend to trust their thoughts explicitly. We can't overlook the fact that those who are trained in these disciplines are human, and can makes mistakes. We may not like to admit it, but they do. Scientists conduct experiments - trials to see if their hypotheses are true. Doctors change their diagnoses as well. New information is constantly being made available. They can make mistakes, and we shouldn't be surprised. Scientists can, too. So, as the debate rages, is it as serious a problem as it is made out to be? Or is it as one person joked last winter: "I wish there was global warming. I'm cold."

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Proposed legislation to bring changes to local government elections campaign financing

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– VANCOUVER - The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development is proposing a new piece of legislation that would bring “modernizing” changes to the way local election campaigns are financed. The announcement came with the publication of a “White Paper on Local Government Elections Reform” last month. The legislation will be put forward in the spring of 2014. The ministry is inviting comments on the proposed Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) until October 23, 2013. If the legislation passes, some changes will take effect during the 2014 local government elections year. Changes with anticipated impacts on local government’s include: mandating the disclosure and registration of third party advertisers, sponsorship information requirements for all elections advertising, requirements for all campaign finance disclosure statements to be filed 90 days after an election rather than the current 120 days, banning anonymous contributions and enabling a key role for Elections BC in the compliance and enforcement of campaign finance rules in local government elections.

“The changes proposed in this document are the most significant in nearly two decades.” A further change expected to affect local government’s in the 2017 election year is a proposed expense limit for anyone running in an election, which is intended to level the playing field among candidates. The LECFA reflects the joint provincial-Union of British Columbia Municipalities local government elections task force recommendations that were made after extensive stakeholder and public input that resulted in a report to the government in May 2010. The full task force report is available at: a/taskforce_report.html “The changes proposed in this document are the most signifi-

cant in nearly two decades,” Minister Coralee Oakes said. “As a former councilor myself, I believe that these changes will create a more robust local elections framework and enhance voter confidence in the system. I welcome feedback about the workability and clarity of the proposed new Local Government Elections Financing Act outlined in [the] White Paper.” The proposed legislation separates the rules that directly regulate election participants from the more procedural rules that apply generally to local government administration of elections. The proposed changes will be phased in if approved by the legislature.

“Given the scope and magnitude of the proposed changes, and the intention to implement them in a local government elections year, government is taking a phased approach,” minister Oakes noted. Phase one will put forward the legislation in the spring of 2014 to introduce the proposed new LECFA, which will implement all of the task force’s recommendations except for expense limits. Phase two will begin a stakeholder outreach process on expense limits that will be initiated in November 2013 to inform the development of further legislative changes for the 2017 elections. The task force has said that it feels expense limits would increase accessibility by leveling the playing field among candidates. “Throughout the development of the proposed LECFA, considerable attention has been paid to developing a system that is workable for elections participants and does not create barriers to participation,” the white paper states. Feedback can be made by email at: or by regular mail to: Local Government Election Reform, Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, P.O. Box 9847 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, BC V8W 9T2

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


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Provincial budget discussion $150,000 opportunity in Dawson Creek available

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – The all-party Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services will be offering local governments, industry and residents in the Peace River South a chance to participate in province-wide consultations on Budget 2014 next week in Dawson Creek. The meeting will take place October 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in room one of the Fixx Urban Grill, located at 512 Highway #2 in Dawson Creek. The committee wishes to stress that the meetings are open to everyone. Local governments, industry both large and small and individual residents are encouraged to participate by attending the meetings and letting their opinions be heard as to what they think the budget priorities for 2014 should be. Registration for participation began on Sept. 10, but


committee staff says nobody needs to apply to attend the meeting. Anyone can register by showing up to the meeting or by contacting the parliamentary committees office by phone at 1-877-428-8337, or by email at: The public meetings are being held in 17 communities around the province. Four video conference hearings will also be held to hear from the residents of Courtenay, St. John, Quesnel and Terrace.

In addition to the public hearings and video conferences, the committee is accepting written submissions and submissions from an online survey until October 16. The survey can be found at “We encourage any interested individuals and organizations to attend a public hearing or to make a submission,” deputy chair of the committee and NDP MLA Mike Farnworth said. The Select Standing Committee’s terms of reference are based on the budget consultation paper that was released by the Minister of Finance Mike de Jong on Sept. 10. “We are getting a broad cross-section from all walks of life,” committee chair and newly elected Liberal MLA Dan Ashton said while taking a break from meetings last week. “People are coming in regarding social services, industry is coming in, chamber of commerce, real

estate boards, all with suggestions for the upcoming 2014 budget.” Following the public consultation, which ends October 16, the committee will produce a report on what input they have received and submit it the Finance Minister Mike de Jong in late October. The report then is taken through the finance department and the treasury board and will play a role in the formation of the 2014 budget. “We want your creative ideas to improve how government delivers programs and services that you, your family and your community care about,” minister de Jong said in a statement on the Ministry of Finance website. To view the 2014 Budget Consultation Paper visit: tions. The Select Standing Committee is made up of five member from the BC Liberals and four members of the opposition NDP.


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ranged from a youth centre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, to a playground in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, to a bear rehabilitation centre and sanctuary in Ontario. Launched in 2009, the Aviva Community Fund competition has provided over $3.5-million in funding to 61 charities and community groups. “The response we’ve had from all over Canada, from customers, business partners, brokers and community groups has been overwhelming,” said Debra Hendrickson, senior vice-president at Aviva Canada. “The feedback and the positive impact the community groups and charities are having across the country are why we are back for year number five.” Within the $1-million in funding are specific prizes of up to $150,000 for Canadian community groups or charities that support homeless and at-risk youth programs and for initiatives specifically supported by insurance brokers. On Our Way Home is supported by two insurance brokers, Programmed INS in Elmira, Ontario and Mitch McConnel Insurance from Saint John, New Brunswick. “How you get brokers to support you is they go

through the applications and entries and when they vote for your idea, you become broker supported. It means those two brokers have voted in favour that they would support On Our Way Home Rescue,” Bond said. “You are entered into additional categories, so you kind of have a higher chance of winning when you are broker supported.” Wayne Ezekial, president of AA Munro Insurance of Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia said the opportunity for brokers to get involved in supporting organizations that make a difference in communities was a tremendous idea. AA Munro supported the 2012 Community Fund winner, the Undercurrent Youth Centre. “Through working with the Undercurrent Youth Centre, our team has been able to connect with the community and help have an impact on the lives of are youth,” Ezekial said. You can access the competition by visiting and through Facebook, a t : ommunityFund. For every “Like” the Aviva Community Fund receives, $1 will be donated to one of a number of the companies charitable partners.

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LOCAL NEWS In the Peace region, increasing variations in precipitation levels in one of the four major climate change impact areas identified as a signficant concern for agriculture.

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Peace Region Farmers and local governments make climate adapation strategies a priority

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – A pilot project involving three agricultural regions in BC has produced preliminary plans for dealing with the effects of climate change on food production. The Cowichan Valley, Delta and Peace River regions have come together with local governments to develop the Agriculture and Climate Change Regional Adaption Strategies project, identifying options for integrating agricultural climate change adaption priorities into local decision-making and planning efforts for new and innovative actions that will enhance the sector’s ability to adjust to increasing variability and extreme conditions such as extended dry periods and more extreme rain events. “As an industry, we need to boost our resilience,” said Rhonda Driediger, Chair of the BC Agriculture Council. “But because BC agriculture is

When we get into a drought situation, who gets the water first?

came up with is the establishment of a Regional Water Collaborative where agriculture and other industries work together with provincial and local governments to manage water resources effectively and prepare for these variable conditions.” During a consultation meeting in Chetwynd last month for the Peace River Regional District’s regional agricultural plan, Don Cameron, who was retained by the regional district to develop the plan, said access to water is a key issue for the regions farmers. “We need to turn the tap off on industry,” he noted. “When we get into a drought situation, who gets the water first? It should be farmers.” The strategies and priority actions for climate adaption aim to foster collaborative solutions to address the challenges that agricultural producers will face. “We have a great opportunity to build collaboration with our agricultural

so diverse, we need support from all levels of government, including local and regional, to enhance our sector.” In the Peace Region, increasing variations in precipitation levels is one of the four major climate change impact areas identified as a significant concern for agriculture. Garnet Berge, Director of the BC Grain Producers Association says that when it comes to precipitation levels as of late, there is no happy medium. “We seem to have either too much or too little water these days,” he said. “One of the strategies we Please see "REGIONAL," page 11

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On Our Way Home Society wants your votes

OOWH taking part in Aviva Community Fund competition BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – This week, Aviva Canada, one of the country’s leading providers of home, auto, leisure and business insurance kicked off the fifth year of competition in for the Aviva Community Fund, offering Canadians $1-million to lead, empower and support community initiatives across the country. Chetwynd’s On Our Way Home Animal Rescue Society has entered the competition for the second year in a

row and is asking the community to give their support by voting for them on the Aviva website at “We competed in it last year, we didn't win any prize. But, we had quite a few votes. We had over a thousand votes last year. So we did pretty well but it just wasn't enough,” said the society’s president Alyssa Bond. Once registered on the site, you can vote once a day until the competition comes to a close Dec. 18. “I saw last year that another rescue had been posting that they were

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competing in it so I checked it out and was able to enlist us.” Bond hopes this year will be the year the group can gain enough support to get into the top 30. Last year, they ranked 55 out of 500 applicants. New to the competition

this year, Aviva is offering $5,000 to each of the top 30 applicants when the competition concludes. There are three rounds of qualifying beginning this week, giving On Our Way Home three chances to qualify. A second round will be held from Oct. 21 –

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– PRINCE GEORGE – September 30 marked 500 days until the Canada Winter Games 2015 hits Prince George. To celebrate the beginning of the final countdown, Board Chair of the games Anthony Everett has announced that beginning this month, he will pen a monthly column for the Prince George Citizen to keep everyone up to speed on the preparations for the event. The announcement was made via webcast on the Games brand new website, which was also launched on Monday. “The column is another way for us to share with the public and our stakeholders what's happening at Canada Games House,” Everett said. “Already, we have a monthly newsletter and our regular media events, but through the Prince George Citizen, we are able to reach such a broad audience. For those who are keen to be in the loop, this is a fantastic outlet for us.” During the 17 days of competition, running from February 13 – March 1, 2015, the city will play host to 2,350 athletes, 950 coaches and official and up to 4,500 volunteers. The column will run until

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February 2014 when, Everett says, coverage will be increased in the lead up to the event. “It’s such a monumental project, and there are so many intricacies that go into the planning of the event that each is a story in and of itself. There are some really interesting stories we want to tell, and we hope the citizens of Prince George – the true hosts of the 2015 Games – are welcome to sharing these with us,” Everett said. It will be the largest multi-sport and cultural event to ever be held in Prince George, expected to generate an economic impact of $70 $90 million, according to the games website. Prince George is the first city in British Columbia to host the Canada Winter Games, and is the

first host city ever to do so with an official host First Nation, the Lheidli T’enneh. That announcement was made on December 18, 2012 when a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Lhedidli T’enneh and the Canada Winter Games Host Society. “The Lheidli T’enneh First Nation Chief and Council on behalf of their community wish to establish a positive and mutually beneficial partnership with 2015 Canada Winter Games organizing committee and its partners to participate meaningfully in the planning, staging and hosting of the games,” the First Nation said in a statement. The Lehedili T’enneh have hired Tewanne Joseph of the Tawanee Consulting Group (TGC) to help establish a Host First Nation Secretariat to work towards securing funding so that a coordinator can be hired to enhance their role as the official host First Nation. The traditional territory of the Leheidli T’enneh covers 4.3 million hectares from the Rocky Mountains to the Interior Plains, including the city of Prince George. The word Leheidli means, “where the two rivers flow together,” which refers to the Nechako and Fraser Rivers that converge near the city centre. Please see "EVERYTHING," page 10

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“As the first inhabitants of Prince George, having the Lheidili T’enneh as official host First Nation is a foundational piece in sharing the northern story with the rest of Canada and adds another layer of meaning to the Canada Winter Games, as the local First Peoples showcase and share their culture with the Canadian Public,” a statement on the Games website proclaims. The flag of the First Nation is now on display for the first time within the city limits, flying in the centre of the Canadian and Provincial flags atop Canada Games House, located on 545 Quebec Street. The organizational aspects of the games are well established, including a 17-person Canada Games host society led by Everett, a senior manage-

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Regional strategies for the Peace available online Continued from page 7

Myra Grodzuik and Julie Nelson from Royal Lepage Cascade Realty presenting Cheryl Widdicombe from South Peace Community Resources Society with a cheque for $278.40. The money was donated from the revenues of a garage sale Photo submitted fund raiser for the Chetwynd Safehome Program.


producers to implement some of the important projects identified,” PRRD Chair Karen Goodings said. “We look forward to working with producers to support a resilient agriculture sector in the Peace into the future.” Many of the projects identified are the types of projects that may qualify for funding under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial government framework that supports innovation, competitiveness and resilience in agriculture. The regional strategies for the Peace River, Cowichan Valley and Delta regions are available online through the BC Agriculture & Food Climate Action Initiative at:

“The high priority topics, strategies and actions identified in these adaption strategies will be very important for the long term sustainability of our sector in these regions,” Rhonda Driediger, Chair of the BC Agriculture Council said. “[We] would like to see the implementation of the identified actions and similar studies completed for all agricultural areas in BC.” The BC Agriculture and Food Climate Action Initiative was established by the BC Agriculture Council in 2008, and is led by an advisory committee of agricultural producers, food processors and representatives from various government agencies. The initiative has been supported by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the BC Ministry of Agriculture.


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Automotive Industries Association –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – With autumn's shorter days and cooler temperatures drawing nearer, now is a good time to get your car ready for seasonal changes. "With a few small steps, you can ensure that your vehicle is prepared to withstand seasonal transitions and that your family stays safe on the roads." Over the summer months, your vehicle endures a lot of wear and tear from the heat and long road trips. As temperatures begin to drop in the fall, these existing wear and tear issues can be exacerbated, making regular maintenance the best way to transition into autumn, according to representatives from the Automotive Industries Association (AIA) of Canada through its Be Car Care Aware program, and the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA). "The changing of seasons can take a major toll on your vehicle," says Marc Brazeau, President and CEO, AIA Canada. "With a few small steps, you can ensure that your vehicle is prepared to withstand seasonal transitions and that your family stays safe on the roads." In DesRosiers' 2013 Light Vehicle Survey, 85.6 percent of Canadians indicated that vehicle maintenance is a priority to them; however, AIA's 2011 Demand Study found that 40

“With a few small steps, you can ensure that your vehicle is prepared to withstand seasonal transitions and that your family stays safe on the roads.”

percent of all vehicle maintenance and repairs are postponed or abandoned altogether. The same study also showed that Canadians are under-spending by an average $225 on each of three yearly visits to their automotive service provider, which puts them at risk on the road. "Regular maintenance on your vehicle not only keeps you safe on the road, but things like checking your tire pressure can also increase your vehicle's fuel efficiency and save you money," says Jeff Walker, Vice-President, Public Affairs, CAA National. To avoid costly repairs and ensure your safety on the road, get your vehicle ready for fall by performing the following checks: FIX THE BRAKES. You should never postpone necessary brake repair. A well functioning brake system is crucial for your safety and procrastinating may lead to rotor damage and added repair costs down the road.

REPLACE THE AIR FILTER. Engine air filters should be replaced twice per year as part of regular maintenance, and the spring and fall are suggested times to address this maintenance task. If a filter is not regularly replaced, the vehicle's fuel economy, performance and emissions begin to deteriorate, becoming progressively worse until the dirty filter is replaced. CHECK LIGHTS. Make sure all of your vehicle's exterior and interior lights are working as part of regular vehicle maintenance to improve safety. It's important for you to see, as well as be seen, during fall's longer and darker nights. FIX STARTER ISSUES. Have any engine stalling or idling issues examined and resolved before winter hits. Idling and stalling problems are often easier to fix than you would think and many times simply require a filter or fluid change. Dealing with this issue now can help prevent wintertime failure-to-start problems. LOOK FOR SIGNS OF UNEVEN WEAR OF YOUR TIRES. CAA recommends you check you tire pressure whenever there is a sharp change in temperature. The vehicle manufacturer's recommended pressure for your car's tires is specified on a plate or sticker attached to the edge of the driver's door, the doorpost, the glove box or the fuel door. For more tips on how to improve the safety of your vehicle, you can visit:

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WINTER Staying on the road IS COMING

Metro Editorial Services –––––––––––––– Most drivers are aware of when to get their oil changed and other fluids checked, but not all drivers know how to maintain their vehicleʼs tires. Proper tire maintenance makes a car safer for drivers and their passengers and can even pad a driverʼs pocket with a little extra money. ROUTINELY CHECK TIRE PRESSURE. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration notes that tire-related crashes are most often caused by underinflated tires. Underinflation isnʼt always caused by a leak. In fact, gradual loss of pressure is natural, particularly when the seasons change and temperatures dip. An underinflated tire makes handling difficult and can even cause structural damage to a vehicle. Drivers should check their vehicleʼs tire pressure at least once a month. Those who have long commutes should check their tire pressure more frequently, and itʼs always a good idea to check tire pressure before and after a long road trip. Recommended tire pressures are listed in the ownerʼs manual. LOOK FOR ABNORMAL WEAR AND TEAR. Tires will wear down over time, gradually losing tread. However, drivers should inspect tires for excessive wear and tear, which could be indicative of other issues, including underinflation and alignment problems with steering and suspension. Additional issues to look for include bulges or cracks on the sidewalls or tread and any signs of a punctured tire.

ROTATE TIRES. Most drivers have heard of tire rotation but might not know how often tires should be rotated or even why rotation is necessary. The ownerʼs manual will solve the first problem, identifying how often tires should be rotated (most suggest every 6,000 miles). As for why itʼs good to rotate tires, doing so helps achieve even tread and extend the life of the tires. Tires are expensive, and rotation can help drivers get more bang for their buck. Drivers of frontwheel drive vehicles will notice their front tires wear down faster than their rear tires. Thatʼs because the front tires are doing most of the work, bearing the brunt of the force of braking, steering and driving. Rotating tires effectively levels the playing field. STAY BALANCED. Sometimes tires become unbalanced. When taking a car in for routine maintenance, ask the mechanic to see if there are any issues regarding balance. Out of balance tires can cause significant issues that stretch beyond just uneven tread wear. An out of balance tire can wear down the vehicleʼs suspension. When driving at highway speeds, drivers might notice a considerable thumping. This is often indicative of an out of balance tire. STAY COOL. Sudden tire failure can often be traced back to overheated tires. A tire can overheat for a number of reasons, including aggressive driving. Frequently driving on coarse surfaces or at high speeds can also increases tire temperatures, as does ambient temperature. Driving at high

speeds on a very hot day increases the risk of sudden tire failure, as does driving at high speeds on coarse surfaces. To reduce tire temperature, avoid doing these things simultaneously. If itʼs an especially hot day, for example, donʼt drive aggressively and maintain lower speeds. DONʼT MIX AND MATCH. A vehicleʼs balance can be affected significantly if owners mix and match their tires. Having different tires on the left and right sides is likely to upset a carʼs balance. When installing tires, do so in front or rear pairs or even complete sets. Pairs should also be the same size, brand and type, and should have the same tread wear as well. Should one tire go bad, itʼs almost always worth it to buy two tires. When buying two, always put the two new tires on the rear wheels, regardless of which type of transmission (rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, etc.) the vehicle has. The rear wheels need maximum traction so the vehicle can remain stable. DONʼT OVERLOAD A TIRE. Check tires for their maximum load range, which will be listed on the tire sidewall. This maximum load should never be exceeded. Doing so will increase tire wear and shorten the tireʼs life. Excessive load also increases the risk of sudden tire failure. Itʼs important to note the maximum passenger and cargo load intended by the vehicle manufacturer is often significantly less than what the vehicle can actually hold. But drivers must adhere to this figure to ensure their vehicles are safe and reduce the risk of sudden tire failure.

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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 788-5838 for info. Pine Valley Seniors Hall Carpet Bowling Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm.

FREE Cree Lessons Wednesdays 5-6 pm at Tansi Friendship Centre 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. Chetwynd Gymkhana Poker Ride September 21 11 am. Call 250-788-3272 for more info

Stroller walking group. Thursdays 2:30-4:30. Meet at Recreation Centre main doors.

First Coffeehouse of the season! sept. 21 at the Chetwynd Public Library.

Little Giant Figure Skating Club Skating Swap Sept. 26 at the Chetwynd Rec Centre

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M&J Computers is a locally owned business that has been part of the community and serving Chetwynd for more than 15 years. Owner Heidi Greenwood and her staff pride themselves on their customer service stating if the customer isnʼt happy – neither are they. M&J Computers carries usb flash drives, webcams, games, software, RAM, accessories, GPS, printers, ink, scanners, and numerous computer accessories. They also deal with Canadian-based Xplornet satellite internet. Since their move early 2012 theyʼve expanded their store to include so much more - including televisions, laptops, gaming headsets, and accessories for both Playstation and Xbox. They also host two public internet computers and and a gaming station where they can host a variety of video game tournaments including Halo and Call of Duty. “We have three times the space, which means three times the product,” Greenwood said. M & J Computers is also a system builder and are qualified to custom build your computer, giving you the components you need. hey are also registered with Microsoft and have in stock HOURS OF OPERATION: the new Windows 8. They can also can order in any Mac component. Need work done? Instore tech Zack can Mon. - Fri. 9 am to 6 pm Sat. 10 am to 5 pm do onsite calls and assist you with networkingand troubleshooting and as usual, their work is 100% guaranteed. ADDRESS: M&J Computers is located in downtown Chetwynd on 51st Street and is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 6 4717 51 St (between Grindz & Bindz pm and Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. They are closed Sundays however a simple phone call can get you after hours and RedRock Cinema) and weekend assistance. Donʼt forget to fan them on Facebook for up to the minute sales and deals. 250-788-1009 •




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GIVING BACK United Way hands out kudos

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Brooke, Michele Community Development and Campaign Officer for United Way of Northern BC was able to thank several local businessesfor participating in the UWNBC 2012 Campaign and presented them with the following awards... Above, Brooke presents Barbara Eddy, HR Admin Assistant, Canfor with the Top 25 Workplace Campaigns and the Community Builder Award. Right, Brooke presents Marilyn Lamoureux, Manager Customer Service at Scotia bank with the Top 25 Workplace Campaign Award.

Left, Brooke presented TD Canada Trust Bank Employees Rena Wang, Angel Jarvis, Victoria Wiffen and Sarah Zeuch with their Top 25 Workplace Campaign Award.

Top, Talisman Energy Superintendent Mike Wright presents Kristine Van De Walle with a cheque for $2,500 for her Bringing Up Grades Program via School District No. 59. Centre, Wright presents Karter Esau with a cheque for $1,000 for the Chetwynd District Minor Hockey Association and bottom, Wright presents Gemma Jewison, vice president with the Chetwynd Curling Club with a cheque for $1,500 to be used for ice making.

Right, Brooke presents the Chetwynd Echo newspaper reporter Mike Carter and Publisher/Editor Naomi Larsen with the Media Partnership Award.


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Prince George Citizen –––––––––––––– The mining firm once embroiled in a dispute over foreign workers has hired a former political heavyweight to help it build a coal mine in northern B.C. Blair Lekstrom, the former energy and mines minister in the B.C. Liberal government, has been hired by HD Mining International Ltd. In letters sent to the District of Chetwynd and the Peace River Regional District, Penggui Yan, the Chairman of HD Mining, said that Lekstrom had agreed to work with the company to help construct the new coal mine. Yan says in the letters which were posted on the districts' websites that Lekstrom will use his local perspective and experience to help the company engage with the community. HD Mining has been given approval to extract coal samples from its proposed project near Tumbler Ridge. Earlier this year, the company won a Federal Court battle over its plans to bring in more than 200 temporary foreign workers from China.

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U.S. government shutdown serves to remind us The Mayor’s Report


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oday’s news out of our friendly southern neighbour serves to remind us again that we are not alone in the world. In fact, we’re very much a part of the world and the world economy. When we think world economy we like to imagine trains loaded with the products of soil and mountain chugging to ports opening on the world. We smile when a sleek Super B-train loaded with Canfor- or West Frazer-

wrapped lumber smoothly rolls out of town. The lumber, the coal, the gas in the pipes, the cattle that were only yesterday dreamily munching the grass on a thousand hills represent the economy of the community on its way to markets around the world. These products are our community’s livelihood. They butter our bread and put the steaks on our grills; they buy our jeans and put gas in our tanks. A little bit of everything that goes out of our valley pays someone’s tuition or fare to Cancun. So, what has this morning’s news out of our friendly neighbour to the south to do with the lumber and the coal and the

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land

Take notice that 0887581 B.C. Ltd. of Vancouver BC, has made an application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Peace Region, for a Investigative licence for Wind Power purposes covering approximately 4315 hectares situated on Provincial Crown land in the vicinity of Windy Creek, Peace River District.

The Lands File Number that has been established for this project is 8015661. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to Wendi Knott, Authorization Officer at 370, 10003-110 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC, V1J 6M7, (250) 784-1271. Comments will be received until, October 10, 2013. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our Applications and Reasons for Decision website at for more information.

Be advised that any response to this notice will be part of the public record and is subject to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

gas moving almost unno- moles and the bats; they’ve eral government and put two million people out of work. What’s two million out of 330 million? Many. And when they are the people who keep the The US is still the big boy wheels of government of the world economy. turning, the effect is felt around the globe – and right here to Chetwynd. I’m not saying that our home town is going to shut down and dry up just because a bunch of unruly senators refuse to act beyond their own political advantage. So don’t pull ticed out of Chetwynd? played chicken with their down the blinds and turn More than we’d like. The own ship of state and, for off the furnace just yet. We US is still the big boy of the the time being, they’re on are going to keep making world economy. When a the reefs with the rest of lumber, digging coal, senator belches in the world struggling to pumping gas, and chasing Washington we soon feel stay in afloat. cows. It is the way we do the wind in Chetwynd. With the stroke of a pen, things. When the going And the senators have actually by failing to gets tough we put our belched. They have stroke with the pen, the US shoulders to the wheel in thrown discretion to the has shut down its own fed- united efforts to keep our

homes together and the lights on. But we are in a world economy and when sales of made in China decline in the USA, China will sense a need to cut back just a little on the purchase of energy for its factories. When two million people lose their jobs, even temporarily, a few houses may not be built and a few trucks may not role out of town. And then again, the senators might come to their senses before we feel the wind.

Disclaimer: The preceding is the opinion of Mayor Merlin Nichols and may or may not reflect the views and/or wishes of council.

Notice to the Public

Additional Permissive Tax Exemptions

Please take note that pursuant to Section 224 of the Community Charter, Chapter 26, the District of Chetwynd will be considering Bylaw No. 987, 2013 cited as “Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 987, 2013 for the purpose of granting permissive tax exemption for the year 2014, for the following properties. Organization

Chetwynd Senior Citizen’s Housing Society, Surerus Place

Legal Description

Lot 1; Plan PGP17255; D.L. 398; P.R.D.; Except Plan 20928, 25395 & 25396

Reason for Exemption

Used exclusively for charitable or philanthropic purposes

Value of Exemption for 2013 $7,554.49


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The Chetwynd Echo reserves the right to classify ads under appropriate headlines and to set rates therefore and to determine page location. The Chetwynd Echo reserves the right to revise, edit classify or reject any advertisement and to retain any answers directed to the Chetwynd Echo. The Chetwynd Echo cannot be responsible for errors after the first publication of any advertisement. Notice of errors on the first day should immediately be called to the attention of the appropriate advertising department to be corrected in the next available edition. It is agreed by the advertiser requesting space that the liability of the Chetwynd Echo in the event of failure to publish an advertisement or in the event of an error appearing in the advertisement as published, shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for only one incorrect insertion for the portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect or omitted item only, and that there shall be no liability to an event greater than the amount paid for such advertising. Advertisements must comply with the British Columbia Human Rights Act which prohibits any advertising that discriminates against any person because of race, religion, sex, color, nationality, ancestry or place or origin or because age is between 44 and 65 years unless the condition is justified by a bondable requirement for the work involved.

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