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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Little Prairie Heritage Museum, located on the Westgate Road in Chetwynd, was closed for the entire summer 2013 tourism season. “It’s a safety issue, and its us being proactive, and dealing with the cards that we have at hand,” said Julie Shaw, vice-president of the Little Prairie Heritage Society (LPHS) in an interview last February. With help from the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) in the amount of a $103,808 Fair Share grant combined with semi-annual grants-in-aid operational monies, the museum society is now setting its sites on unprecedented

improvements and upgrade renovations to be followed by a rebranding and promotion of the museum and its grounds. The Fair Share money will be use to tackle the much-needed structural upgrades, while an assortment of other “face lifting” tasks funded by the operational budget are planned to prepare the museum for a 2014 grand re-opening. A date for the grand reopening has not yet been confirmed. “This funding is as a result of the Museum obtaining a detailed proposal to perform the necessary work and receiving the support of director Schembri who brought the Please see "CONSTRUCTION," page 13



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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TORONTO – Contract negotiations between Canadian National Railway Co. and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference union of conductors, trainpersons and yard persons have stretched past a Monday Oct. 28 deadline. Both parties are now in legal position for job action via strike or lockout, but none have yet served the required 72 hours notice. A strike or lockout would disrupt the movement of grain, coal, crude oil and a variety of other goods across Canada. Negotiations are still continuing with the ongoing assistance of mediators appointed by the federal Minister of Labour.

In an email to the Chetwynd Echo, Mark Hallman, the director of communications and public affairs with Canada’s largest railway said he is optimistic a deal will be reached. “CN remains optimistic that it can negotiate a settlement with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference conductors, trainpersons and yard persons to avoid a labour disruption in Canada,� Hallman wrote. “Neither the [Teamsters] nor CN has served notice to strike or lockout. Under the Canada Labour Code, no action can take place by either party without providing 72 hours notice.� When contacted, the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) offered no comment. But they did offer this message on their

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period. But, collective bargaining resumed Oct. 21 with the help of federally appointed mediators. The mediation process had a deadline that ended at 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 29, but negotiations are continuing. TCRC general chairman Roland Hackl said in a statement to CBC news that he sympathizes with the concerns of industry and others over a possible railroad block. “We know that there are many industries dependent on the railway and don’t want to inconvenience them. We do, however, have to protect the rights of our members and won’t compromise on safety.� The TCRC represents 3,300 conductors, trainpersons, yard persons and traffic coordinators at CN.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Last December, the District of Chetwynd announced that it was eyeing two extensions to its municipal boundaries for 2013. Now, almost a year later, it is still pushing the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development to approve the expansions. The boundary expansions were expected to result in about $370,000 in additional tax revenue for the town when the announcement was made. Following a meeting with minister Coralee Oakes, of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) convention in September, mayor Merlin Nichols said there is still more work to be done on the boundary expansion front. “The more work to be done is that she hasn’t said yes yet,” Nichols stated. “That means we simply have to keep putting the pressure on her. But, our conversations now will be

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primarily with ministerial staff.” Does this mean the district will simply keep going back to the ministry asking for approval over and over? “Well, pretty much,” said the mayor. “We keep going back and back. We will have to continue our work with Walter Energy of course.” The two expansions in question would bring the Willow Creek mine, and sections of the West Fraser/Chetwynd Forest Industries (CFI) mill into the town’s boundary. “District Council has determined that certain properties associated with the Willow Creek mine were meant to be included in district boundaries when a satellite boundary extension was approved in 1996, however, these were excluded in error,” a Nov. 23, 2012 District memo noted. Before the curtailment of operations at the Willow Creek mine, it was expected to bring in $350,000 in new tax revenue for the town. That’s about $250,000 more in taxes than the mine’s owner, Walter Energy, currently pays to

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the province. Whether that number had changed with the cutbacks at the mine could not be confirmed by press time. Despite the cutbacks at Willow Creek announced the last spring, the mine still operates a processing plant that washes coal from the Brule mine, 45 miles south of Chetwynd, and, has a minimal staff of 40 still in the pit, according to company spokesmen. The West Fraser/CFI mill boundary expansion, which is designed to make room for a planned Biomass energy generation facility, was expected to contribute an additional $15,000 - $20,000 to the municipal tax base.

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According to District of Chetwynd Chief Administrative Officer Doug Fleming, Walter Energy’s support for the expansion offered last December was welcomed. The company said it wished to support their host community. Now, with the company seeingly backing away from the deal, the district has vowed to continue working with Walter on the expansion. “Put yourself in Walter's position,” mayor Nichols explained. “How would you like to pay more taxes? I don’t think it's a big thing in the overall picture of a corporation. But, it's still a factor and I understand that.”

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The initial support offered for the boundary expansion by Walter Energy, was given by the local manager, Nichols added, and he believes the vice-president of the company’s Canadian operations is still “not rabidly opposed to it.” But, “he answers of course to his corporate headquarters in Alabama,” Nichols said. “We're not naive, we know they are not going to say hey we are glad to [pay more taxes]. The best thing that we would like to hope for of course is, [for them to say] we're not going to stand in your way. We'll just have to keep working on it. It's a work in progress.” At this time, it’s hard to predict when and if the


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boundary expansion efforts will be approved. On the West Fraser side, plans seem to be moving ahead on the Biomass power generation plant. The plant is expected to generate 12-megawatts of energy for the provincial power grid and was planned in response to a 2010 BC Hydro request to businesses in the province to produce Bioenergy. The energy program is designed to facilitate BC Hydro’s acquisition of clean, renewable and costeffective energy. West Fraser expects the Biomass plant to be operational by 2014. It will create an estimated 20 construction jobs and 13 direct jobs for fuel supply, operating and maintenance.

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Prince George Citizen The sad and sickening Senate scandal is no longer about Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin, Patrick Brazeau and the public money these fallen Conservative stars wrongly took. It is about Prime Minister Stephen Harper. It is about how he personally responded to the misdeeds in the red-carpeted Senate

chamber. It is about his assurances to Canadians afterwards. And it is about what he will do to set the Senate right. When Canadians have all the information in these key areas, they will know if they still want him to be the leader of this country. It's that basic. It's that serious. There's no doubt that earlier this year, Harper's former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, secretly wrote Duffy a cheque for $90,172 to repay the senator's improperly claimed expenses. According to the


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RCMP, Duffy's acceptance of this money runs contrary to the Criminal Code. And certainly there's an ethical problem. People should not give gifts to a politician because of the obvious possibility that it can be done for political ends - and to the detriment of the political system itself. From the moment the payment to Duffy became widely known, Harper has denied having any involvement in the transaction. Moreover, he says he was unaware of what

Wright was doing. As the news of Senate misbehaviour pours out like effluent from a broken sewer pipe, Canadians are looking to see Harper's account of events confirmed. Let's agree the behaviour of this senatorial trio is a galling confirmation to ordinary citizens that the nation's political elites too often and too willingly take advantage of them. After audits of their expense claims, Brazeau, Duffy and Wallin collectively repaid about $277,000 to the government.

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The cost of freedom is Conservatives not addressing middle class the Editor: problems, the Tories are Harper has the worst Perhaps we shouldn’t be the willingness to fight ToPresented with the responding the only way record on growth of any surprised. This is a party

To the Editor: After attending the meeting of the Rural directors of the PRRD in Dawson Creek on October 17 I was appalled at a certain two persons, one in particular. A Mr. Fred Banam. He seems to fancy himself as a legal advisor to the board of directors. It seems to me that he is not so much as advisor but rather a trouble maker who knows nothing about the basic documents of land ownership, “the Land Grant Patent.” This is the document that contains the conditions or terms of your ownership of land title on your private property No person or government official has authority to alter it from the original Land Grand Patent any other terms or conditions of that document to any future purchases of he said property. The courts of Ontario have in every case upheld the terms of the Land Grant Patent in favor of the landowners versus the counties, municipalities and provincial government. So the precedent has been set by the courts. The regional governments of B.C. and some

other provinces have been able to get away with these breaches of the Land Grant Patent simply because they have not been challenged. Most people automatically assume that these breaches of property rights are all legal because someone in authority said so. That is what happened in Ontario till finally they placed the straw that broke the camel's back. The people united and fought back and they won the fight. The cost of freedom is the willingness to fight for it and never let your guard down. I would like to thank the rural directors for their unanimous decision to rescind the bylaw. This does not end the problem because Municipal Directors will make the final decision. Sounds quite convenient, doesn't it? City officials making decisions for farmers. They simply want to cram it down your throat, legal or not. If the PRRD is trying to alienate themselves from the people they are certainly doing a good job of it. Jim Ross Chetwynd

opportunity to lay out an agenda to address the rising anxieties of the middle class, what did the Conservative government do? Blow the opportunity and show how out-oftouch they have grown with Canadians. Canadians are cynical. They are disappointed when the government says it is committed to accountability and transparency, but has lost five caucus members to scandal. Of those, Senators Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and Patrick Brazeau were all appointed by the Prime Minister. What does that say about his judgement and the example he is setting? Faced with political

they know how, with political solutions. But none of it helps our struggling middle class. Despite all our progress, middle-class families have not had a real raise in decades. As incomes have stagnated while costs have risen, families have taken on more and more debt. As a share of disposable income, they now have more debt than families in the United States. Parents are worried that no matter how hard they work, they will not be able to give their children the same opportunities their parents gave to them. The Conservatives claim leadership on the economy, but what are their results? Prime Minister

prime minister since R.B. Bennett in the depths of the Great Depression. Ten consecutive budget surpluses have turned into seven consecutive deficits. Our national debt has ballooned more than $150 billion in just eight years. Too many workers are unemployed or can only find part-time positions. Youth underemployment is persistently high, scarring the next generation as they start their careers. The Conservatives are so disconnected that instead of addressing these challenges, they used the opening of a new session of Parliament to throw Canadians a few baubles to try to buy them off with their own money.

whose primary economic message is “It could be worse. Be happy that you don’t live in Spain.” They tell Canadians that expecting more from their leaders and themselves is a waste of time, naïve even. And their sole response to the most pressing economic and social issues facing Canadians with political gamesmanship and gimmicks. That kind of defeatism has no place in Canada. We need to restore hope and opportunity, not settle for mediocrity. Yours sincerely, Hon. Dominic LeBlanc, P.C., M.P. Liberal Party of Canada House Leader

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Harper himself. This week, a combative Duffy said Harper told him to repay his expenses. That's hardly headline news. Harper has said the same thing for months and repeated the assertion on Wednesday in the House of Commons. As we see it, Harper was right to give Duffy this order. But opposition politicians are casting doubts on Harper's assertion that he had no part in or

knowledge of the payment to Duffy. If Duffy has evidence that will shed light on this matter, he should make it public immediately. As for Harper, his unchanging position on the cheque to Duffy leaves him no wiggle room. He has given us all his word and we will hold him to it. Canadians will wait and expect that the truth will all come out. The RCMP is investigating the three senators and we trust the police will get to the bottom of this. In the

meantime, the prime minister should explain how he could appoint Duffy as a P.E.I. senator when it was clear that Duffy did not meet the basic requirement of residing in that province. In addition, the prime minister should announce plans to clarify and tighten the residency rules for senators. Perhaps this could kick-start the Senate reform Harper has so long advocated. The Senate's mess has landed on the prime minister's desk. It is imperative that he clean it up.

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Mayor concerned about "downloading" of responsibilities for safety inspections to local officials

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The District of Chetwynd has voiced it’s concern recently about what it views as a “downloading” of provincial responsibility for safety inspections of major industries. Chetwynd’s representatives at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) first brought the issue forward during the small talk forum, which is designed to allow a chance for communities with a population of under 5,000 to discuss common issues. The provincial government has yet to respond to these concerns, but they were on hand at UBCM to listen to what the District of Chetwynd’s representatives had to say about the issue. The concern, Mayor Nichols explains, comes from a concern about whether our local emergency coordinator or his assistants should be tasked with doing safety inspections, including those on major industrial buildings, when they may or may not have the


expertise to recognize all possible dangers. In the September 20 edition of the mayor ’s report, Nichols pointed to the problem, saying there exists “what we perceive as a downloading of provincial responsibility for safety inspections of major industries.” He added that this is “a circumstance affecting all municipalities, but having particular importance for smaller communities with limited capacity to undertake such detailed, technical inspections.” In an interview after the UBCM conference, mayor Nichols elaborated on the issue. “This applies to all communities as I understand it, but it affects us particularly seriously in

that, the [provincial government] is attempting to require the communities to take responsibility for the safety inspections of major industries.” “Put yourself in in the shoes of our [local emergency coordinator] and say, OK, you’ve got the responsibility to inspect West Fraser,” Nichols said. “I am not saying he can’t do it. Maybe he does have the particular skills necessary to go through West Fraser and recognize the hazards that he is walking over or under, or beside, and point them out. But maybe he doesn't. Should that be his jurisdiction? We say no. So, we raised this [concern].” Nichols said all municipalities of similar size to Chetwynd are doing the same thing when it comes to safety inspections of major industries, and that is, using the people they have locally to the best of their abilities to ensure industry conducts safe operations within their communities. “Councillor Ernest Pfanner and I spoke to it. The representatives of the [provincial government] were there and they heard us very well.”

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Chetwynd Secondary School Me to We group making changes globally and locally

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Chetwynd Secondary School’s Me to We group, fresh off their trip to We Day Vancouver 2013, is striving to change the world around them at both the global and local levels, with a number of initiatives to battle hunger in the Chetwynd area andan effort to improve education in the African nation of Sierra Leone. Me to We groups are backed by Free the Children, an organization started by two Canadian brothers, Craig and Marc Kielburger. Within schools across Canada, these groups vow to undertake at least one local and one global action throughout the year to change the world. This year, Free the Children has chosen to focus on education as a pil-

lar to sustainable development, prompting Chetwynd Secondary School (CSS) students to begin a yearlong “We Create Change” campaign to collect money that will go towards building a schoolhouse in Sierra Leone. Each $20 collected will buy one brick. The campaign, which starts this month, will see the student led group place coin collection boxes around town. At the local level, the group has many campaigns planned to battle hunger. The first of which is the “We Scare Hunger” campaign that began last week with the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre’s zombie walk. “We had participants bring a food item to gain entrance and participate in the zombie walk,” CSS Me to We leader, teacher Katelyn McNeice explained.

In addition, the group has placed donation bins at CSS, IGA, the Bargain Shop and Supervalu this week. Non-perishable items will be collected until Nov. 5. All donations will be given to the Tansi Friendship Centre Food Bank. Last month, from Oct. 16 – 19, the CSS Me to We group was able to coordinate with students from Dawson Creek to travel to Vancouver to take in We Day 2013. Kayla Sanford, a student at CSS and Me to We group member, said it was one of the most empowering and inspiring events she had ever been to. “It really pumps you up for a year of action by reminding you not only of what one person is capable of, but what you’re fundraising and raising awareness for,” Sanford said.

“There were a lot of speakers who were my age or younger, which made the experience extremely relatable. The Kenyan Boys Choir and [blind bullying activist] Molly Burke moved me to tears.” The event also featured appearances by Martin Luther King III, former secretary-general of the United Nations Kofi Annan, Canadian senator Romeo Dallaire, Canadian Saulteau actor Adam Beech (Windtalkers, Artic Air), Hedley, Down With Webster and Avril Lavigne. “One thing that I learned at We Day that’s really stayed in my mind is that a lot of children in developing nations don’t know how old they are or when their birthday is,” Sanford added. “We take for granted not only the things you need for survival like food and water, but the small things like the ability to

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– PRE-NOVICE YOUNGSTERS HIT THE ICE THIS MONTH Chetwynd and District Minor Hockey Association Pre-Novice action gets underway this month with a game on Nov. 9 and a home tournament coming up for the weekend of Nov. 23-24. On Nov. 9 the team takes on Hudson’s Hope at the recreation centre arena. The team invites the community to come down and cheer on our youngest hockey players as they participate in their first game of the season. There is no cost to enter and a 50/50 draw will be held that could make cheering on your Giants a profitable endeavor. On the weekend of Nov. 23-24, the pre-novice Giants will host other teams throughout the region for their annual home tournament. The game schedule will be posted at the arena. The Giants team this season is made up of 15 children under the age of seven, many who are playing the game for the first time. Hockey Canada developed the Initiation (PreNovice) program to make children’s first contact with hockey a safe

and positive experience. It’s structured, learn-toplay hockey program is designed to introduce beginners to the game’s basic skills. It enables participants to contributing become members of a team effort, develop self-confidence and experience a sense of personal achievement. These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of fun and fair play.

CHETWYND 3NV MIDGET GIANTS SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON The Chetwynd 3 Nations Ventures Midget Giants suffered their first loss of the exhibition season this past weekend at the hands of the Dawson Creek Midget Canucks. The Giants struck first early in the second period on a goal from Liam Beattie, but the lead didn’t last long. The Dawson Creek Midget Canucks responded with five unanswered goals to win what was a penalty filled affair, 5-1. Beattie now has 8 goals in 4 exhibition games for the Giants. All Peace Hockey League regular season action begins for the Giants Friday, November 3 in Fairview, Alberta. The Black and Red will have their first home game Nov. 22, versus their newly minted rival, the Dawson Creek Midget Canucks. The team has 16 games in total for the regular season schedule, with the first half of the season spent mostly on the road, aside from the Nov. 22, Dec. 14,

and Dec. 15 home games. The season will end with a five game home stand, beginning Feb. 1 and ending with the last game of the season, Feb. 16. The Chetwynd 3NV Giants have moved up to Tier 1 competition for the 2013-14 season. The Giants will compete against teams from Fairview, Grande Prairie, Peace River and Dawson Creek.

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LPES’ Potatofest was the most successful exhibition of learning yet.

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND- Little Prairie Elementary held its third and most successful Exhibition of Learning last week, hosting a “Potato Fest” to showcase projects students had been working on in connection with their plot at the nearby community gardens. Students planted and harvested potatoes, turning gardening into an educational activity through enquiry-based learning projects based on their spuds. The projects had a heavy, hands-on focus, allowing the students to develop important 21st Century skills such as communication, teamwork, time management, problem solving, leadership, creativity and organization. The potato festival provided kids a chance to showcase what they’ve learned

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while carrying out the projects. The projects were unique, bringing learning into real life by asking students to begin with “essential questions” which form the basis of their projects. Students, for example, learned about how a restaurant is set up, what goes on in the kitchen and how food is produced from the garden to the plate. Students also practiced math skills by building model greenhouses complete to scale with precise measurements. They were asked to explain what they learned, and how they did their project. This displayed the benefits of the enquiry based learning approach as a more hands on style of learning that allows kids to collect knowledge of the world around them through trial and error in the process of investigating their essential questions. Please see "VISION," page 11

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“A really big part of what we're doing is trying to engrain the 21st century skills into our students so that they become good citizens and are able to be successful in life,” principal Margot McKinley explained in an interview with Peace FM’s Becki Korhonen. “This has been our third exhibition of learning and every time we have an exhibition of learning it gets

more and more successful. The kids just get more comfortable with it, they know the process, they know the 21st century skills so it’s getting easier.” Little Prairie Elementary is in the process of developing an outdoor classroom for students at the community gardens. This was the first of many projects to come out of their collaboration with the Chetwynd community gardens, located next door to the school.

“The vision is to create an outdoor classroom that promotes self-care, healthy community connections and an awareness of global issues through the production of food,” a statement released by the school said. The school has purchased a 30x40 foot greenhouse at their community gardens plot. In the future, the school hopes to have grow beds, tool sheds and an array of other garden supplies.


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dents were able to give some of their time to cook and serve a meal at the Salvation Army Belkin House in downtown Vancouver. “[That] was a highlight for me because I saw the kids step up to the plate and take on all of the tasks with enthusiasm,” teacher Katelyn McNeice explained. “They showed amazing respect for the clients and sat down to eat and chat with them. The clients were happy to see the energy of the kids and were interested in our group and what we do. All of the students left with a sense of accomplishment and a renewed appreciation for the privileges we have.” Sanford couldn’t agree more. “My favourite part of the trip was volunteering at the Salvation Army soup kitchen. It felt really great to put our empowerment after We Day to good

use. After helping prepare the food, I was one of the many who helped serve it. The whole time I had a smile on my face because it just felt like the right thing to do.” Partial funding came from the groups winning presentation at the “Hungry for Your Ideas” community dinner grant, earning them $500. The dinners are set up to provide one-time grants to community led, grass root initiatives. After groups have a chance to present their ideas at the dinner, those in attendance vote on who they think should win. Admission is $5. There is one more “Hungry For Your Ideas” dinner scheduled for Nov. 24. Proposals for ideas have to be received by 4:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the meal, and can be sent to Marcie Fofonoff, Community Connections Project Manager for School District 59. Fofonoff can be reached at:

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request forward for support at the electoral area directors committee where she received unanimous approval to help preserve this heritage building,” Peace River Regional District chair, Karen Goodings said. “Heritage and history are important aspects in this area and it is important to protect our past for the future.” A local contractor and a structural engineering firm specializing in the restoration of older-style buildings carried out at least two examinations of the museumn before the money was handed over. This resulted in the discovery of an array of serious structural problems. Construction work will begin in the spring, weather permitting, and as the northern climate will allow. “We at the regional district recognize the importance of preserving our heritage,” electoral area “E” director Jerrilyn Schembri said in an email to the Chetwynd Echo. “What the Little Prairie Heritage Museum holds is a record of who and what the people of the Chetwynd area were, and are today. Sadly, many times we lose these treasures. Not by fire, flood of willful destruction but, by simple neglect. I am appreciative of the work the Little Prairie Heritage Society is doing, working to preserve items and have a place to display them.”

In February of 2013, it became apparent to the society that the museum, originally a general store and post office in the downtown area during Chetwynd’s humble beginnings, was “in serious need of repairs from top to bottom.” In the basement, a rusting jack-post stood in a corner, doing what it could to secure a building that

rafters and false front on the roofline needed to be done to prevent more water damage to the inside the museum. Two upstairs windows needed to be replaced and a vent will be needed to be installed to prevent mold. The costs of the repairs were originally estimated at $100,028. “Last spring the group came looking for funds,”

study the buildings structural integrity. The firm specializes in the restoration of historical buildings. The engineering report produced the revised cost projections, leading to the $103,808 from the PRRD. To accompany the muchneeded improvements to the building, the society is contemplating several "face lift" projects to the museums interior and

Lots of "junk" has been taken off site already over the summer. “There was three trailer loads of junk that was taken out and that didn't include the decking," Shaw said. “Unfortunately, somebody in their wisdom, or lack thereof, decided just to throw the garbage on the backside so you couldn't see it from the road. It's a whole lot better

was sinking above it, needing extensive repairs to its footings and a pony wall to correct the sagging and partial collapse of the existing basement wall. Outside, the deck that was built with non-pressure treated lumber was rotted and leaned to one side. The entire deck was eventually removed. Repairs to the fascia,

PRRD electoral area “E” director Schembri explained. “The electoral area directors discussed the proposal and decided to first release funds to get an engineer’s report done.” In August, a structural engineering company, Herold Engineering Limited based in Nanaimo, was sought to further

exterior design. This includes, installing a new water system to cut down on operational costs, a cleaning out of the office area, the removal of all moldy carpeting, repainting of the inside, new lighting, building new picnic tables and purchasing sandwich board advertising to be placed around town.

than it used to be.” A planning meeting to come up with a short term/long term plan will be held in the near future. This is designed for the society to come up with ways for people to use the museum. “It's best to have some ideas for what we want to put [operational] money towards,” Shaw added.

“For example, if we wanted to look at having outdoor functions, we're going to need to make sure we have tables and chairs and canopies and things like that.” Looking forward to the future, the group will soon be beginning a search for a museum curator. “Ultimately we have to look at getting some sustainability,” Shaw explained. “I would love to have some retired person that wants to go and run the museum, that would be perfect. Somebody that wants to talk about the history etc.” The group will undertake some social media marketing strategies over the coming year. The Little Prairie Heritage Society Annual General Meeting will be held Nov. 25. LPHS is always interested in welcoming new members or volunteers to their ranks. The museum has been operating since 1987 and is open to the public during the months of July and August. “Though small, it is part of the bigger picture within BC and Canada,” the group said in a written statement released this week. “It holds our relics and memories of the past for all to make that connection to their heritage. Museums can let people look at the past of a community and its citizens. We very much want our museum to continue to be available to the public and with the help of the PRRD’s funding, we can achieve this goal.”


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Majority of B.C. residents believe in the supernatural

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SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– VANCOUVER — In the spirit of the Halloween season, Insights West conducted an online poll of 838 British Columbians and found that a significant number of adults believe in the supernatural. The majority of British Columbia residents believe in an afterlife of some shape or form (31 per cent believe completely, and 29 per cent believe somewhat), and angels (54 per cent), while nearly half believe in ghosts (48 per cent) or haunted places (48 per cent). Fewer, but still a significant number believe that spirits of deceased people can come back as ghosts (41 per cent), and a similar number believe in the Devil or Satan (37 per cent), or demonic spirits (36 per cent). Women, on average, are

about 12 per cent more likely to believe in supernatural entities than men are, particularly in angels (63 per cent, vs. 44 per cent of men) and an afterlife (67 per cent, vs. 51 per cent of men). Those between the ages of 35 to 54 are also more likely to believe (average of 53 per cent for all items), while both younger (18 to 34) and older (55+) groups tend to be more skeptical (average of 45 per cent and 40 per cent believe, respectively). Perhaps even more shocking is the number who say that they have actually experienced various forms of ghostly phenomenon. A small, but surprisingly large number have experienced some form of haunting (19 per cent), seen a spirit of a deceased individual (12 per cent) or a ghost of any kind (12 per cent). A smaller number (8 per cent) claim to have seen an angel. And in the spirit of the Halloween season, we found that 73 per cent of British Columbia residents celebrate Halloween in some shape or form. The most popular activity by far is handing out candy to kids, where 80 per cent of

those who celebrate Halloween participate, followed by 67 per cent who carve pumpkins. Just over half (52 per cent) decorate their home, while just over two-in-five attend or throw parties (44 per cent). “My team was quite surprised about how high the numbers were in this particular poll,” says Steve Mossop, President of Insights West. “It shows that Halloween fun is widely participated in — but the foundations of it exist in the minds of the majority of the population.” Results are based on an online study conducted October 23-27 2013, among 838 British Columbians aged 18+ who are Your Insights panel members. is Insights West's in-house access panel offering ondemand samples for both clients and research suppliers looking for Western Canadian populations. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for BC for age, gender and region. Results have a margin of error of +/-3.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.


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Sawmills in Quesnel and Houston to close spring of 2014 Michael Robert Creighton

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With great sadness we have lost our son, brother, uncle and friend to so many, Michael Robert Creighton. Mike passed away September 24, 2013. Mike leaves behind his mom Marguerite, stepdad Ted Lund, brothers; Andrew (Tia) and Norman, sisters; Jo-Ann Creighton and Karyn McCallister (Bill), stepsister Roxanne (Richard), stepbrothers; Daryl (Ann), John (Dottie), and Greg (Julie), also many nieces, nephews, one great nephew, uncles, aunts and cousins. Special thanks to all the people of Port Coquitlam, Chetwynd and Merritt that had touched Michael in his journey through life and most recently, his cousin Pat and his employer, Arnica Landscaping (Saxton and Steve). Mike was predeceased by his Dad Neil and brother Jimmy.

Michael never judged anyone and was there to help and encourage people from all walks of life even though he had many struggles of his own life with health problems since he was young. Mike was an incredible athlete in high school and won many awards in track, soccer and wrestling. Mike enjoyed sports and coached soccer for 20 plus years in Chetwynd, and quite often used his own finances to support soccer to give the kids a chance to play, also for provincials games. He also helped out with the swim club from 1991 to 1995. Mike’s motto was, “It’s not how well you can play the game -- it’s are you having FUN playing the game?” Mike’s greatest wish was for all children to have equal opportunities.

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PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN –––––––––––––– QUESNEL/HOUSTON – Four hundred and thirty four millworkers across northern B.C. lost their jobs Thursday with many more indirect jobs likely to be affected. The losses are spread between Quesnel, where Canfor is closing a sawmill, affecting 209 workers, and Houston, where West Fraser is closing its sawmill, affecting 225 workers. The two companies made the joint announcement together Thursday afternoon and also explained how they had traded timber harvesting rights in order to keep their other local operations viable. Canfor's flagship mill in Houston will be spared as will West Fraser's large mill in Quesnel, say senior company officials. Canfor is handing over the rights to cut 435,821 cubic metres of timber in the Quesnel and Lakes Timber Supply Areas in exchange for 324,500 cubic metres in the Morice TSA from West Fraser. The swap of trees means both companies will now have ample fiber near their surviving mills. The reason for the closures and timber trades were, both companies agreed, linked to the effects of the mountain pine beetle. There wasn't enough wood left for all four mills to operate, so each firm picked one to shut down. "Quesnel is the last mountain pine beetle-relat-

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ed closure Canfor will have to take," said Canfor CEO Don Kayne. "Our fibre supply for our other facilities is strong and Canfor will continue to be a leading solid wood manufacturer in British Columbia." West Fraser boss Ted Seraphim said the Canfor deal will also stabilize the company's operations elsewhere in this region. It will allow for the rebuild of sawmills in 100 Mile House and Smithers to go along with the recent rebuild of its Chetwynd

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is to explore opportunities to transition Houston employees to one of our other operations and we will provide assistance in finding new employment." Kayne echoed the labour commitment. "I have committed that every member of the Quesnel team that wishes to remain with our company will receive a job offer at another Canfor facility," he said. "For those that choose to remain in Quesnel, Canfor will work with our regional competitors and other employers to find positions for as many of our employees as possible. Labour demand in the forest sector is high, and we are confident that we will able to place our employees quickly." United Steelworkers Union local president Frank Everitt was not comforted by the offer of potential job shifting. "They are simply making decisions based on timber supply and when they make those decisions, members get laid off and they are out of work," said Everitt. "We knew there would be some curtailments down the road - certainly we weren't anticipating shutting down so soon. We did know they were scrambling for fiber supply especially in the Quesnel area." The closures will take place in the first half of 2014: Canfor's closure in March and West Fraser's closure sometime in the second quarter.

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The Mayor’s Report


with Merlin Nichols

hat’s to be said when it’s all done and there are no big current issues flailing around in our busy brains and life and stuff is moving on at a regular pace. Your District staff are winding up for the onslaught of winter (it’s coming) and winding down the last strands of summer. What an ordinary day in District office! That’s not the whole story, not by a truck dri-

ver’s boot. Behind the scenes thoughts are stewing, ideas are fermenting that will burst out in months to come. Having just completed a joint effort with Tumbler Ridge to host a Coal Forum, the wheels are already turning to spin out the next Forum, this time in Chetwynd on October 8 and 9, 2014. Letters of invitation will be posted over the next weeks to Ministers, Moguls, and minions (who actually do the heavy lifting). As the tenth anniversary celebration of the art of mining coal in the North East, we intend this Forum to be remembered as the most informative, most inspir-

“And the barky block is a thing of beauty itself, created to be admired.”

ing, and best attended of them all – which still leaves room to grow beyond 2014. Coal mining as an art? Most of us have walked over the hills for generations seeing only the rock, the water, the trees, and


INVITATION TO TENDER INVITATION TO TENDER Sundance Regional Park SundanceLake Lake Regional Park

The Peace Peace River Regional District District invites theinvites submission a bids from qualified The River Regional theofsubmission of bids from individuals or companies to supply maintenance and cleaning services at the Sundance qualified individuals or companies supply and cleaning Lake Regional Park, located approximately to 15 km east ofmaintenance the District of Chetwynd on Highwayat No. 97S. services the Sundance Lake Regional Park, located approximately 15 km east of the District Chetwynd on Highway No. 97S. A copy of the Tenderof and Contract document may be picked up during regular office

may be obtained fromContract the Regional District’ website: A documents copy of the Tender and document may be picked up during regular office hours at the Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, or documents obtained from the SEALEDDawson TENDERSCreek, clearly marked "Sundancemay Lake be Regional Park Tender” willRegional be received website: by the Peace River Regional District, Box 810, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Districtsʼ hours at the Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, or

Creek, BC V1G 4H8 until 2:00 p.m. local time on Friday, November 15, 2013. Tenders received after the specified time will be returned unopened to the bidder.

SEALED TENDERS clearly marked "Sundance Lake Regional Park Tender” Tenders will be evaluated on the basis of experience, references, completeness will be received by the Peace River Regional District, Box 810, 1981of Alaska proposal, price and other factors as determined by the Regional District. Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8 until 2:00 p.m. local time on Friday, The Regional thereceived right to arbitrarily accept or rejecttime any or Tenders November 15,District 2013.reserves Tenders after the specified willallbe returned and to waive irregularities at its own discretion. The lowest or any Tender will not unopened to the bidder. necessarily be accepted and the Regional District reserves the right to negotiate terms Tenders will be evaluated on the basis of experience, references, For further information please contact: Services completeness of proposal, priceTrish andMorgan, other Manager factors of asCommunity determined by at the (T) (250) 784-3200, (F) (250) 784-3201 or Regional District. and conditions with the successful bidder.

The Regional District reserves the right to arbitrarily accept or reject any or all Tenders and to waive irregularities at its own discretion. The lowest or any Tender will not necessarily be accepted and the Regional District reserves the right to negotiate terms and conditions with the successful bidder.

For further information please contact: Trish Morgan, Manager of Community Services at (T) (250) 784-3200, (F) (250) 784-3201 or

the huckleberries. The coal miner sees the beauty of the coal waiting only to be released by the skill of the miner. Coal miners as artists? A new thought. And speaking of anniversaries, next June will see the tenth anniversary of the Invitational, International Chain Saw Carving Contest. (You folks live in a busy, visionary, celebratory community.)

I cringe at the thought of the amount of brain and body energy (thankfully not from my limited store) that will be drained off into this celebration. Something special is coming to town and I can hardly wait to experience it. This I know: your Chamber of Commerce and your Economic Development Officer and their staffs are applying their fertile minds to make it the best while still leaving space for future growth. This is true art, sculpture at its most expressive. The artist must have the eye of a Michelangelo to visualize within the barky block a thing of beauty waiting only to be released in full view of the astonished and delighted spectators. And the barky block is a thing of beauty itself, created to be admired.

You’ve already heard that District Council voted to go ahead with the new District Office – and while I was away on other District business. That’s OK. I support the action. Now I am impatiently waiting for the real action to start when the frost is out of the ground in May. This office, too, will be a work of art. We want it to set a new standard for public construction in Chetwynd which will spin off to private construction. And as we wait, we hustle. Work on the details of Sculpture, Forum and Office goes quietly on. Disclaimer: The preceding is the opinion of Mayor Merlin Nichols and may or may not reflect the views and/or wishes of council.

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Bad backpack habits and how to adjust


Chiro Health with Dr. Gary Squires

all is here and children are already well into their school routine. Unfortunately, however, we have been seeing a lot of kids in town exhibiting some bad backpack habits. For this reason I am writing to students, teachers and parents on backpack safety. The earlier our children practice these habits will decrease the likelihood of back problems later in life. A heavy, over-loaded backpack can put an

unhealthy amount of strain on the spine, pelvis, rib cage and shoulders. If carried improperly, it can also create imbalances in weight distribution, resulting in poor posture. This can distort the spinal column and misalign specific vertebrae, leading to back & neck ache, shoulder pain, headaches and numbness. Your kids may think its “cooler” to carry their backpack over one shoulder, but they may also be more likely to complain of pain & discomfort. Some studies have indicated that over 50% of teenagers have suffered from at least one episode of low back pain which may be caused, to a great extent, by improper use of

“The earlier our children

practice these habits will decrease the likeliehood of back problems later in life.”

backpacks. Here are some simple backpack tips that may help prevent problems further down the road: 1. CHOOSE THE RIGHT PACK – a light, durable pack is preferable. Leather may be too heavy. Pick a pack with 2 wide, padded,

adjustable straps. Waist straps, padded backs and extra pockets are better options as well. Make sure the size of the pack fits the child proportionately to their body size, it shouldn’t be too snug or loose. 2. PACK IT PROPERLY – your child’s pack should

only contain what they absolutely need. Don’t let them fill the pack with unnecessary “wants”. Make sure the items are distributed evenly throughout all compartments and pockets within the pack, this helps spread the load. The total weight of the filled pack should NOT exceed more than 1015% of the child’s weight. Place the heavy objects closest to the body. 3. PUTTING THE BACKPACK ON – help younger children put on their backpacks until they get used to doing it themselves. Sit the backpack on something flat and waist-height to the child (eg. school desk, chair). Slip the straps onto the shoulders one at a

time and adjust the straps so they fit snug. If the pack has to be lifted do NOT bend at the waist – keep the chest pointing forward, stick the bum back and lift with the legs while keeping the pack close to the body. 4. WEARING THE PACK – always use both shoulder straps to help distribute the weight. Fasten the waist strap if provided. If waiting for a long time (eg. bus), take the pack off (when convenient). Dr. Gary Squires is a Chiropractor with South Peace Chiropractic. Squires will be submitted a regular monthly column to be shared on our health pages.

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