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Vancouver Sun –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – It took until late 2010 for the College of Dental Surgeons to end the practice of a former Comox Vaalley dentist who has been the target of dozens of complaints and lawsuits from patients since the mid-1980s. Dr. Derek Duvall was able to continue

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practising on and off for more than two decades by changing provinces twice, moving cities frequently and initiating legal action against the B.C. college when it tried to impose restrictions on his professional activities. One of those restrictions was an agreement requiring Duvall

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to see a psychiatrist and obtain medications regularly to treat a mental illness, which is now at the centre of a discrimination complaint Duvall filed against the college at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Most recently, Duvall was cited for 33 instances of incompetent practice and professional misconduct that occurred during 2006, 2007 and 2009, including removing four permanent teeth from a patient without informed consent, permanently cementing a damaged bridge to a patient's mouth and botching numerous procedures such as root canals and crown placements, according to the college's disciplinary panel. Duvall has practised in many B.C. communities since he registered with the college in 1973, including Comox/ Courtenay, White Rock, Kamloops, Gibsons, Vernon,

Kelowna, Clearbrook, Fort St. John, Chetwynd and Delta, said college spokeswoman Anita Wilks. The complaints against Duvall date back to June 1984, when Comox Valley resident John Evaniuk wrote to the college to complain about root canals and fillings performed by Duvall the previous year. Afterward, Evaniuk experienced symptoms including chronic pain and numbness, according to a 1991 letter to then-health minister John Jansen from Evaniuk's MLA, Stan Hagen, cited in the legislative Hansard. A College of Dental Surgeons review committee recommended in 1985 that Duvall both reimburse Evaniuk for the work that was done and pay for the corrective work required to fix it, estimated at $10,000, but the college was powerless to enforce that recommendation and Duvall did not honour it, Hagen's letter said. "My own concern,

the college's beyond inability to enforce its own recommendations, is that this dentist is still licensed to practice in British Columbia," Hagen wrote in 1991. "Mr. Evaniuk is not the only individual to raise concerns pertaining to this practitioner. My office is aware of at least three other people who have alleged similar problems and have accordingly passed their concerns on to the college." Duvall was in good standing with the college until 1989, when a review committee set out a number of concerns regarding Duvall's treatment of about a dozen patients and recommended an inquiry, Wilks said in a statement, but the inquiry never took place. Duvall allowed his registration to lapse in March 1991, Wilks said,

“My own concern ... is that this dentist is still licensed to practice in British Columbia.� (1991) and later registered with the Alberta Dental Association. "Our suspicion is that we lost jurisdiction once he was no longer registered in B.C.," Wilks said, adding that the college has no record of any complaints against Duvall between 1989 and 2007. Duvall practised in Peace River, Alta. in the mid-1990s, but closed that practice in 1998. A discipline hearing related to an investigation of complaints against Duvall was

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scheduled in Alberta for later that year, but that, too, never took place. "The Alberta Dental Association indicated that a hearing into Duvall's practice had been adjourned generally for medical reasons and Dr. Duvall had taken a voluntary leave of indefinite duration until he could provide evidence that he is fit and competent to engage in the practice of dentistry and that he has met all the statutory requirements," Wilks said. Duvall applied to return to practice in B.C. in 2002 and the college allowed him to do so the following year, but required him to sign an agreement to disclose any changes in his medical status to the college, obtain his medications regularly and cease practising dentistry if he

was no longer being treated by a certain psychiatrist. The college does not name the medical condition, but B.C. Human Rights Tribunal documents state Duvall was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1984 and started regular treatment with a psychiatrist in 1995. In 2003, when Duvall was seeking to resume practice in B.C., that psychiatrist informed the college that Duvall "no longer has any mental illness of sufficient degree to prevent his successfully practicing dentistry," according to human rights tribunal documents. The psychiatrist and Duvall's family doctor were also required to report directly to the college on changes to Duvall's medical condition under the terms of the agreement, which "attempted to strike a balance that would protect the public while taking Please see "DUVALL," page 3

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Giant quake felt as far away as Chetwynd

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The 7.7 magnitude earthquake that hit the Queen Charlotte Islands/Haida Gwaii shortly after eight o’clock Saturday evening caused quite the ripple effect with tremors being felt as far away as the Pine Pass and Peace area. Here in Chetwynd dozens of people reported feeling the swaying with momentary loss of balance, swinging lights and rattling cabinet contents. “I was sitting on the couch kind of sideways and was rocking back and forth thinking,

"weird I must be getting sick or something,” Rodeo Subdivision resident Raelene Belcher

said. “I turned around and my lights were swinging. Walking was a little weird. It was like

being on a boat in the ocean, almost a rolling feeling. Went on for a little over a minute I would

say.” Social media was ablaze with quake updates and home videos showing the effects. The quake is being reported as one of the biggest in Canadian history and triggered tsunami warnings along the B.C. coast and as far away as Hawaii. The largest wave associated with the quake hit Langara Island, a northern Haida Gwaii island, and measured just 69 centimetres. Following the initial quake and more than 40 aftershocks varying in intensity from 4.3 to 5.4, another 6.4 magnitude

struck Sunday. There appeared to be no injuries or significant damage from any of the quakes. "It looks like the damage and the risk is at a very low level," Justice Minister Shirley Bond said just after 11 p.m. By 3 a.m. the advisory was called off for all areas of coastal B.C. In an interview with provincial media Carol Kulesha, mayor of Queen Charlotte City, said they “missed the bullet.” “We’re very, very fortunate. We’re taking it as a good opportunity to practice for something more severe.”

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into account Dr. Duvall's condition and providing him with an opportunity to earn a livelihood," according to a statement on the college's website. In the human rights complaint, filed in 2010, Duvall accuses the college of discriminating against him by imposing conditions on his registration that interfere with his ability to practise because it mistakenly believes him to suffer from bipolar disorder, and ignoring medical evidence that he does not suffer from that, or any other disorder. The tribunal has dis-

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missed parts of Duvall's complaint as untimely, but has yet to issue a final decision in the case. “The collegeʼs The college began receiving disciplinary panel is complaints about Duvall again considering what in 2007 and started an investigation soon after, Wilks said. Duvallʼs penalty In March 2010 the college should be for the 33 denied Duvall's renewal appliinstances of cation because of a concern that incompetant practices he had breached the terms of the and professional agreement, but Duvall initiated misconduct .” a lawsuit to compel the college to allow him to register. "Given the information the college had at the time, he was entitled to have his registration lawsuit from Delta resident Jesse renewed," Wilks said. MacGregor over dental work Duvall is now the target of a Duvall allegedly performed Saturday 3

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between May and October, 2010. MacGregor alleges in the lawsuit that Duvall's treatments began to fail soon after, left him in pain and required extensive reparations at significant cost. None of the allegations have been proven in court. At the end of 2010 the college required Duvall to cease practice for breaching his agreement and he has not practised since, Wilks said. The college's disciplinary panel is considering what Duvall's penalty should be for the 33 instances of incompetent practice and professional misconduct it identified earlier this

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year. The college has asked that Duvall be removed from the register and not be allowed to reapply until he has completed a dental program at a recognized institution and written the board exams, Wilks said. The college has also asked that Duvall pay $95,000 in costs. "Cancellation from the register is the most serious penalty the college can impose and is the dentist equivalent of a disbarment," Wilks said. The law firm representing Duvall in the college's disciplinary investigation did not respond to a request for comment.

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Edmonton Journal Pink was just a colour until it became a statement. And now we have to machete our way through it every October as the retail world embraces pink - with varying levels of sincerity - during breast

cancer awareness month. There are water bottles and dog coats and scarves and pink tights on football players, to name a few. By this time of the month, we are up to our ears in it, whether we like it or not. And many, including me, do not. This year there is an extra layer of pink to wade through. The Parliament buildings, in case you missed it, were lit with pink lights on Oct. 11,


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to mark the first International Day of the Girl, a UN-designated day that is a particular project of Status of Women Minister Rona Ambrose. They were among monuments around the world from the London Eye to the pyramids of Giza - that were "pinkified" in honour of the day. Those wandering by Parliament Hill on Oct. 11 might have wondered

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such as 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai. As Parliament bathed in a pink glow, Yousafzai lay in a Pakistani hospital bed with part of her skull blown off after an assassinstyle attack by the Taliban for speaking up about girls' rights. She has since been transferred to a hospital in England where doctors now say she has every chance of a good recovery, which will

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cancer? Sure, it is simply a symbol and just a colour, but as colours go, pink is pretty marginal. What, exactly, are we supposed to be saying? Cheer up? Here is a little splash of colour to help you forget the real world? Superheroes, like Yousafzai say, don't wear pink. It is not a colour of strength, but a colour of indulgence and frivolity. It is favoured by little girls and bubble gum manufacturers. And cosmetics companies - one of which was responsible for the particular shade of pink that makes the pink ribbon campaign. Must pink also be the colour of female nationhood? The pink ribbon campaign has helped raise hundreds of millions of dollars for breast cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women. The campaign's success is a good thing, but that doesn't make all pink products good things. Some manufacturers simply jump on the bandwagon with products that might be pink, but they raise little, if any, money for the cause they claim to

represent. The group Breast Cancer Action is among the loudest voices warning consumers to "Think Before You Pink." Their campaign encourages people not to buy products simply because they have a pink ribbon on the label or are coloured pink. Find out first, they say, how much money - if any - goes to breast cancer research from each sale and where exactly that money - if any - goes. They also encourage consumers to ask questions about whether pink products put people at risk of some of the toxins linked to breast cancer. The pink ribbon campaign for breast cancer took off in the early 1990s. A woman who had begun making peach-coloured ribbons for the cause stepped aside when the fashion industry got involved - too commercial, she said, presciently. It was Estée Lauder that got the pink ribbon campaign rolling. Why pink? Because it is "everything cancer is notably not," Margaret Walch of the Color Association of the United States is quoted as saying on the Breast Cancer Action website. "Pink is the quintessential female colour. The profile on pink is playful, life-

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affirming. We have studies as to its calming effect, its quieting effect, its lessening of stress. (Pastel pink) is a shade known to be health-giving; that's why we have expressions like 'in the pink.' You can't say a bad thing about it." And that is part of the problem. It's like kicking a puppy - a puppy that helps raise money, after all, for an important cause. It also raises awareness, which is one of the reasons governments pay close attention to breast cancer. In Ontario, the provincial system to screen, test and treat women for breast cancer is one of the success stories of the healthcare system. It is, in most cases, both efficient and humane, which is saying a lot. It seems harmless. But, in fact, there is something oppressive about pink. Something that leaves little space for the wall-kicking anger and grit and plain ugliness that also comes with cancer. And to extend the pinkifica-tion to issues as dire and serious as child marriages and the fight for education for girls is just wrong. Malala Yousafzai's story calls for howls of outrage, not delicate lashings of pink. Don't pink her. Don't pink us.

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To the Editor: THE EMPTY LETTER “I just got a letter from North East BC. It was folded in eight. I opened it. There was nothing in it. No words. It was from the fish and the rivers up north, And the people who walk the land. This year, the rivers were dry, And there were no fish.” Thank you Mr Harper for Un-Protecting our environment And selling our land to China. We really needed the money, And the water and the fish, well, who cares... Think how grateful your children will be in 10 or 20 years, When they realize what you have done. Bill C-45 (Omnibus Bill) and the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Act, or FIPA, are two pieces of legislation, which, if passed by Harper’s government would seriously jeopardize the quality of our lakes and rivers, and all the forms of life

that depend on them. We have to stop these bills before they are passed. Please join me in expressing your concern and disapproval of Bill C45 and Canada-China FIPA by sending a letter to PM Harper (80 Wellington Street, Ottawa, On, K1A 0A2). If you are short of time or words, feel free to simply clip out the “Empty letter” above and attach it to a blank sheet of paper. FIPA [...] was kept from the Canadian public and Parliament until September 26th, 2012, when it was quietly made public, tabled in the House of Commons. No press release. No technical briefing. The deal is set for automatic approval. No vote or debate will take place in the House. Once tabled in the House, the clock started ticking. 21 sitting days from September 26, (October 31), this treaty will bind Canada. [...] (Excerpt from Green Party of Canada website). We have very few days left. Dr Gilles Wendling, P.Eng. Nanaimo, BC

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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – In hopes of ending the cycle, a grade 10 Chetwynd Secondary School student who has been the target of bullies for the past two years has decided to come forward and tell her story to the Chetwynd Echo (anonymously – for fears of the bullying worsening sadly..) in an effort to not only stop the bullying but perhaps to help others. Sally (not her real name) has lived in Chetwynd her whole life. She attended Little Prairie Elementary and then moved onto high school. However it wasn’t until she entered Grade 9 that the bullying began. Sally said it was simply all because she stood up to other students who were physically and mentally bullying one of the school’s teachers over her weight. “As soon as she stood up and said: You know what? You’re not funny

and I’m tired of hearing this. Just stop.” That’s when everything turned to her,” Leanne said, adding her daughter was once friends with her bullies – until that point. “Because of the things that were being said about this teacher, this teacher to this day still does not know that Sally stood up for her.” Leanne said there’s a certain point where the bullying snowballs going from the two original people and now is involving others, “which is scary.” Since then Sally has been ridiculed and called such names as “Hefty” and “Heffer” throughout the hallways. As well, due to a question asked in class due to missing some science work, the bullies have taken the simple word “element” and turned it against her as well, adding a snide tone to the word and whispering it to her as she passes by mocking her intelligence. And now, the bullying made its way into anonymous telephone calls


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to her home and cellphone as well as Facebook statuses and messages. While both Sally and Leanne agree situations should never escalate to physical violence, Sally admits she has been tempted. Leanne admitted she was bullied too as a child and she understands where Sally is coming from. At first she didn’t want to contact the school or the parents but as the situation continued Leanne said they had no choice. “They (CSS) did a no contact order,” Sally said. That was last year. And while it worked then, Sally said the order was not renewed this year and thus, the bullying continues. Leanne has spoken to one of the bully’s parents and last week she contacted the RCMP. “To tell the truth, as a parent they weren’t very comforting. The officer told me there’s not a lot on the books Please see "SITUATION," page 7


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they can do about it. It was very disheartening. What’s the point of going through that when nothing happens?” Cst. Lesley Smith, media liaison for the RCMP said youth is one of the RCMP’s five strategic priorities. “It is our objective to reduce youth involvement in crime, both as victims and offenders as well as to focus on risk factors such as bullying,” she said. “The RCMP in "E" Division through its National Youth Officer Program, provides services to approximately 1,600 schools in British Columbia. Bullying probably ranks second, behind substance abuse, for youth issues identified as concerns by our detachments.” Smith explained the RCMP has school resource officers who are continual-

“Itʼs hurtful.

I see that as her mom. I see the hurt in her eyes.”

ly promoting how youth can protect themselves against bullying (see sidebar for those tips.) School District No. 59 (South Peace) has a policy in effect for bullying. In the policy it states: “Of paramount concern to the Board of Education is that all people entering School District 59 environments must feel physically, psychologically and emotionally safe for the period

of time that the school district holds responsibility.” The policy also states that assault, bullying or harassment in any form shall not be tolerated. The consequences depending on severity and wish of the victim include discussion between student and staff member, refer to counselor and/or administration; parent notification, suspension, police involvement and

restorative justice. CSS Vice Principal Helen Toppin said in addition to these policies they have also implemented educational and support programs to deal with the topic in proactive ways. “We have started a proactive program this year for all grade 8 and 9 students in health and Careers,” she said in an emailed statement. “We have protocols around

risk assessment to support students in dealing with situations. When issues arrive we meet with the parties involved, interview all involved, and then we deal with the situation, through a variety of means, including restorative practices, or if the situation can not be resolved a no contact agreement between the two parties.” Toppin said within the school act they have the ability to limit the access to school grounds of people involved in this type of activity. “School administration and Counselling staff recently took part in two days of training for a new program being instituted to help deal with bullying on October 30/31. “If we need to make any changes after this session, we will be doing so. We take bullying very seriously in our school, and want to know if it is hap-

pening. We can only control what happens within the school, but with parental help, and community support, hopefully our community can be a good place for our young people to grow up.” While Sally remained very quiet during the interview, Leanne said her daughter expresses her sadness and frustration almost every day. “It’s hurtful,” she said. “I see that as her mom. I see the hurt in her eyes. I mean, if they would concentrate on their own lives … who cares what she does? What’s it to them who she is?” Leanne wonders after all of this it brings doubt into a person regarding standing up for another’s rights. “Why would you stand up for the underdog when you get this response? “This is our way of trying to take a stand.”

Bullying safety tips from the RMCP

• Youth, parents, school administrators and the law enforcement community all have a role to play to ensure the safety of students in schools.

• It's important to remind everyone to do what they can to keep their schools bully free and to report any acts of bullying or assist those who are victims of bullying.

• Parents should always try to keep open lines of communication with their children so they are comfortable coming forward if they are being bul-

lied at school.

• Young people should also be encouraged to approach teachers or other adults they trust if they are experiencing bullying and are not comfortable speaking with their parents. The problem can only be rectified if the person affected comes forward. • The RCMP also promotes school safety and information on bullying through, a "by youth for youth" initiative created as part of the RCMPʼs support of its youth strategic priority.

• A number of helpful resources are available to youth and their parents through the External link, opens in a new windo website. These include facts on what bullying is, why people bully and who they target and how parents can deal with their child, whether they are being bullied or are the ones doing the bullying.

WHAT IS CYBERBULLYING? Cyberbullying is when a child or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise tar-

geted by another child or teen using the Internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phones. (Source: External link, opens in a new Cyberbullying is a serious offence and can include criminal charges - understand the laws concerning the use of the Internet in a negative way. INTERNET SAFETY (PREVENTION TIPS): • For parents...monitor your children's use of internet. Encourage them to have open discussions with you and pre-

vent them from resorting to internet chat rooms.

• For 10 to 16 year olds - Use common sense and be socially responsible.

• any emails or internet content that seem suspicious or have violent content and threats.

• Remember that everything you read on-line may not be true, however, if you have suspicions that threats being made could be real, go to proper authorities and report the situation.


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BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Bernice Westgate and Keith Maisey are writing a letter to the Northern Health Authority requesting that physical exercise programs and physiotherapy be available for seniors in Chetwynd. “I think we need some more support. We need support from the doctors or nurses and things like that,” said Maisey. The issue was addressed at the monthly Pine Valley Seniors meeting last

Thursday that gives when Maisey them enterexpressed his tainment; We need frustrations you know, with mainly support from the they play sedentary board games doctors or activities and things nurses... available for like that, but seniors, sugn o t h i n g gesting that physical,” playing cards said Maisey. and making Dori Shankel crafts may exercise the is a registered physiotheramind, but leaves fitness pist who operates a clinic out of the picture. above the Medical Clinic “We have got a physio- twice a week, but Maisey therapist that comes to spoke to needing more town on a regular basis. physical activities at the As I say there’s nobody – two senior’s homes as well there’s the person up there as in the community.


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“Again it’s lack of funding and things like that,” he said. “I think something should be brought to the attention of the hospital. Maisey also addressed a lack of funding and support from doctors and nurses and the members are strategizing how to collaborate with health service providers in town and within the Peace. The members agreed upon gathering information to determine the main contributing factor, as well as sending a letter to the Northern Health Authority.

The Chetwynd Masonic Lodge is having an open house on Nov. 17 2012, 12 noon - 3 pm. All are welcome to drop by, have a coffee and donut and learn a bit about the History of Freemasonry. Located at the corner of 51st & 47 Ave


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Celebrating the library’s grand re-opening

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The B.C. government proclaimed October as library month and to celebrate, the Chetwynd Public Library hosted an open house to celebrate the grand reopening. “Sometimes if it doesn’t come through your mind, well the library is the place to find it,” said Lillian Arneson.

Arneson arrived with several dozen other community members to celebrate with the staff and enjoy the delicate cupcakes, pinned with company and local business flags who have supported the library over its 53 years of existence. The library has been painted, equipped with new flooring, which the refreshments provided testing opportunities for the spill-free floor. The interior

was re-arranged and given a feng-shui feel for users to sit cozily reading or browse the shelves. The library closed for one Saturday afternoon and was able to re-arrange every book and shelf in the library. “Today, the library is steadily increasing its collection – has certainly come a long way since its first

shelter in an old schoolhouse with 800 donated volumes. The library now has over 21,000 volumes, modern technology including public access computers, and a well trained and dedicated staff. It is certainly a library we can all be proud of,” said Anna Peasgood in a public statement. Peasgood was introduced as one of the library’s newest members. She is heading up the family resource corner and began in the fall. Her two main projects are involving youth and seniors and creating a public events calendar – amalgamating every possible service club or group in town’s activities into one information hub. She hopes to have the calendar up and running soon. In an age of social media the Chetwynd Library is not just surviving as a room stacked with dusty books, they are thriving. The Chetwynd Library Facebook page proved use-

ful to outsiders in considering moving to Chetwynd, according to Fay Aselson. She read a letter received on Facebook: “Just curious what Chetwynd has to offer our children…” Her husband had a job offer and when considering the move, they contacted the library and received a reply providing information about services. “That’s social media – people are looking on Facebook for information,” said Aselson. Fay Aselson introduced and applauded her staff for their roles and years of commitment, many which have served for more than 20 years. “I love the idea that I can sit in my little office and number one, I can delegate – and I just learned how to do that. Number two I take all the credit for the front girls and all the staff,” joked Aselson. “Right now we are working on next year’s project which is to refurbish and

update the exterior of the building,” said Aselson 27 years of service as of April Mayor Merlin Nichols congratulated the library on their continued service to the community and their new improvements to the interior and programming. “A community library such as this… I think we don’t appreciate it as much we do. I remember back a little while ago when I was a kid in this part of the world and books were some of the most important items in our experience. “ Mayor Nichols snipped the ceremonial red ribbon and officially re-opened the library. Many thanks were given to friends and family who heaved books and shelves around to create its new welcoming appeal. “I like to keep my books, so you wouldn’t want me borrowing many from the library,” joked Nichols. Chetwynd’s first library facility opened in 1959. In 1967, $11,000 were put towards opening a 900square foot library.

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Chetwynd teacher hosts unique conference Learning from the experienced

Dawson Creek Daily News –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – While school can be difficult for students, it can also be a challenge for new teachers, as well. Aleksandra Sibson just started teaching at Canalta Elementary School and Mcleod Elementary School last September. "It's definitely been crazy... but I've enjoyed it," she said. "For the first year you just give it your all and put the extra effort in and you get the experience that you want." Sibson and other first year teachers were part of an induction ceremony into the B.C. Teachers Federation on Monday, designed to bring them into what Peace River South Teacher Association's Lorraine Mackay calls "the close knit family" of teachers around the province. The ceremony was part of the "Aiming For Excellence" conference held in Dawson Creek earlier this week. Chetwynd Secondary School teacher Gÿsbert Ruiter, who co-chaired the conference, said that as a teacher, he has seen more and more teachers from the baby boomer generation starting to retire across B.C. When this happens, "so much knowledge is lost," he added. He said that not enough opportunities are given for these older teachers to share with

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younger ones, and was glad to see an opportunity for these two types of teachers to share knowledge as equals. "It's not just one generation that's giving strategies of the future but all generations, he said. For teachers like Sibson, it's about trying new ways of teaching. "There's a lot of things you learn in [university

education programs] that you suddenly have these almost idealistic ideas about school about how you want to run your classroom," she said. "I'm very much toward doing a lot more project based and fine arts activities. Teachers go, 'You know what, show me how you structure it, let's try it, let's do it.' " However, experienced

49th Annual

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teachers can also come with skills and training that an education program can't teach. "Most of the time in universities, the portraits they have for classroom management and dealing with behaviour in the classroom are very basic," said Connie Clark, a KindergartenGrade 1 teacher at Pouce Coupe Elementary


School. "Often the younger teachers will come in with questions about how to deal with the situation." She said that she has attempted to help these teachers with these situations by asking them to step back. "It's always good for someone who's been around for a while to

slow it down, take some time and eventually the problem will fall away." As well, the new teachers can help her. somebody "When comes into school or any kind of business with fresh ideas it always invigorates you," she said. "As a teacher you're always learning and looking for new ideas."

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Free English Practice Mondays 9:30 am at Northern Lights College and Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the Chetwynd Public Library Call 250-788-2559

Chetwynd Breastfeeding Support Network meets every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m at the Chetwynd Public Library. Little Giant Air Cadets Mondays at 6:30pm at the Royal Canadian Legion. Ages 12-18. Come on out!

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

Chetwynd Society for Community Living Board Meeting. First Wednesday of each month. 4699 Airport Road Ph: 250-788-4889.

Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 10am to Noon. Weekly Group Sessions Tuesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici. Quintessential Quilter’s Guild meets 3rd Monday of the month. Catholic Church, 7 pm. Come out and join us! Everyone welcome!

#258 Little Giant Air Cadets Pancake & Silent Auction Sunday Nov. 18 10 am to 2 pm Royal Canadian Legion

Christmas card classes nov 3, and nov 17th chetwynd library 12-4pm 15 cards plus a decoration. Call 788-6083 Seniors hall November 24th craft and home based business fair. 10-4pm


Chetwynd Community Arts Council Calendar in the Buff wine and cheese launch party. Nov 17. 7pm - 9 pm Pine Valley Seniors Hall Are they or are they not? Ca tod ll Th e eve ay w Ech i o pu nt an th yo bli sh d we ur f or it ’l FR here l EE !

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An investigation into the influenza shot Virus or vaccine?

Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health president and chief executive officer, getting her influenza immunization. Photo submittted

Get immunized! InFLUenza vaccine is free for: • Adults 65 years and over • Healthy children aged 6-59 months • Household contacts and caregivers of children 0-59 months of age • Adults and children with a chronic illness • Adults who are very obese (BMI greater or equal to 40) • People providing service in potential outbreak settings housing high risk persons Aboriginal peoples

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BY LYNSEY KITCHING Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– The free—for most— Chetwynd Flu Clinic will be held Nov. 2 and 9, 2012 at the Chetwynd Public Library. It is a publically funded clinic for individuals who meet certain requirements. This group includes, but is not limited to, healthy children six months to 59 months of age, contacts and caregivers of children less than five, seniors aged 65 and older as well as their caregivers, and people with chronic health conditions such as cardiac or pulmonary disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease and finally, anemia or hemoglobinopathy. To see if you apply for a free flu shot, check the Northern Health website. What is the flu and how is it diagnosed? The flu season typically runs from late November into early March. Contrary to common perception, the flu has many of the same symptoms as a cold and it is very difficult to diagnose. The only main difference between flu and cold symptoms is with the flu, a person will have a fever of higher than 100 F. Also, vomiting and upset bowels are common, though sometimes flu symptoms are more likely symptoms of a gastrointestinal virus, not the flu. This misconception is made due to the term

‘stomach flu’, which is not ‘the flu’ but rather a slang term for a gastrointestinal virus. The BC government has implemented measures in an attempt to better protect patients and seniors from being exposed to influenza. A notice from the BC government released in the summer says, “Beginning this year, healthcare workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded healthcare facilities or in the community, including long-term-care facilities will need to get the influenza vaccine, or wear a mask during the flu season.” Dr. Perry Kendall, BC’s Provincial Health Officer says, “Influenza causes more deaths annually than all other vaccine-preventable diseases combined, and hospitalized patients are more vulnerable to complications from influenza than the general population,” he continues, “This policy will protect patients. Putting in place consistent policies to prevent influenza from spreading is the right thing to do from a patient safety perspective.” According to the Northern Health Influenza information database about 1,400 people die annually from influenza and pneumonia. However, Dr. Donald Chapman, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Health says the numbers

are more around 4,000 to 8,000. How, is it possible the number of deaths recorded from the flu could range by 6,600 mortalities? In BC last year, 40 percent of Acute Care facility workers received the influenza vaccine. More locally, about 37 percent of Northern Acute Care facility workers partook in the vaccination. These figures are from the BC Centre for Disease Control. The province was looking for a 60 percent vaccination rate for these healthcare workers, which was not met. This begs the question, if healthcare workers have free vaccinations available to them, why are they not getting it done? A healthcare worker from the Peace Region says, “They show us a piece of paper which outlines to us all of the different side—effects. The side—effects can last anywhere from zero up to 80 days. Some of them are pretty severe, including cellulitis, high fever, flulike symptoms; there were a ton of side effects.” Dr. Chapman on the other hand says the only side—effect is minimal. He says, “The flu vaccine which is injected into people is comprised of dead virus particles. They cannot make you sick. The only side effect is a sore arm.” These statements are Please see "NO," page 15

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contradictory. The healthcare worker continues, explaining what happened to them when they did receive their vaccination. “From my experience, and a lot of others I have spoken to, the only time they received their one flu shot, they got really sick. I was the sickest I’ve ever been, in bed, not able to move.” Dr. Chapman says there is no correlation between getting a flu shot and getting sick. Chapman says, “Why people often get sick is there are a lot of viruses during winter and a lot will give you flu-like symptom. Maybe what happens is people get vaccinated and get infected with these other viruses and get similar symptoms to the flu, but it’s not the flu virus causing it. We don’t vaccinate people against some of the other common viruses that go around.” Dr. Chapman said in his opinion, the flu shot does not lower your immune system, thus making it easier for other viruses to get at you. There must be a reason why many people have gotten ‘flu-like’ symptoms the only year they got a flu shot, but for now, that along with any long-term effects of get-

ting the flu shot, remain a mystery. The flu shot is still relatively new having been around for about ten years and it is not foolproof. It does not stop people from getting the flu, it lowers their chances. The release from the Government of BC states, “The influenza vaccine helps to prevent infection in healthy adults by up to 80 percent.” When asked their thoughts about the mandatory flu shot or the need to wear a mask, the healthcare worker says, “It should be the healthcare worker’s decision. They are giving us that option by saying we can wear a mask. Now, if we get a flu shot we have to put a little certificate on our ID badge that says we have been vaccinated. It should be confidential for anyone, including healthcare workers.” This initiative, for some healthcare professionals seems like a feeble effort to protect patients from illnesses. The healthcare worker interviewed says, “For them to say they are going to be looking at our record for the flu alone is almost a joke. They don’t know the long-term effects of this vaccination.” For some in the healthcare profession, the side effects from the vaccine


itself make them not want to partake. The healthcare worker says, “They tell us we probably wouldn’t feel very good for 48 to 72 hours after the vaccine. If I am around anyone who coughs on me during that time, I am more at risk. The flu is just one thing. There have been gastrointestinal viruses (diarrhea, vomiting) that have kept people from coming to work. We are not supposed to come to work if we have any symptoms at all.” Dr. Chapman says one of the issues about the flu is that you can be infected and not know for up to 24 hours. He says, “You could be infecting patients who are vulnerable. I endorse it and I support it. We want to make sure our patients come to a safe environment.”

“Influenza causes more deaths annually than all other vaccinepreventable diseases combined...”

Aside from the flu, patients and healthcare workers in Acute Medical facilities, i.e. hospitals, are exposed to far more serious illnesses. The healthcare worker says, “Flu aside, there are so many other viruses, bacteria, superbugs, that we are exposed to every single day. They have no way of tracking these, and there are no vaccines to give us. There is a screening tool we use in hospitals for VRE [VancomycinResistant Enterococci] and MRSA [MethicillinResistant Staphylococcus Aureus]; the superbugs. Everyone who has been admitted to a healthcare facility is screened for this. We take swabs and send them off to get results. If infected, the person is isolated. Healthcare workers are not screened. We are

exposed to so many different things and there is no annual screening for those. I’m not saying the healthcare worker will make patients sick,” the worker continues, “but let’s say you got into an accident and had a gaping wound in your abdomen that needed to be dressed every day. It would be really pertinent you had someone who was completely sterile to prevent the spread of MRSA. MRSA is a bug that causes an infected person to be immune to antibiotics. These superbugs are dangerous.” Dr. Chapman insists the flu is just as dangerous. He discusses the group who are most at risk. “The bulk of vulnerable people would be elderly patients, those with lung or heart problems and a small portion would be young children. People can die and it can be either the flu or from other complications. The flu can kill you.” Though this may be true, the healthcare worker interviewed says this has not happened in the years they have worked in hospitals. The professional says, “I have never seen any of my patients pass because of the flu. Realistically, the reasons they get pneumonia are other things such as

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immobilization. I’ve never seen anyone come in and die from flu-like symptoms that have then developed into pneumonia.” The new policy is in response to low vaccine coverage rates of healthcare workers, and is part of comprehensive infection control measures developed by health authorities, acting upon the advice of public health and patient safety professionals, in collaboration with the Health Employers Association of BC. Other infection control measures include rapid identification of ill patients, adherence to hand hygiene, cough etiquette, the use of antivirals during outbreaks, and asking staff to stay home when ill. The new policy applies to all healthcare workers including health authority staff, physicians and residents, volunteers, students, contractors and vendors who come into contact with patients. BC is the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement this province-wide policy. In the United States, there are many health care organizations and jurisdictions that have made this change. Vaccination rates for BC healthcare workers have historically been less than 50 percent.

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Another development on the horizon for Chetwynd The Mayor’s Report


with Merlin Nichols

ew developments excite us; they get our juices flowing. Some of them we’ll love and some we’ll deplore. It seems that the bigger they are, the more we are pumped. Chetwynd has had its share of developments over the decades. For much of its existence, Chetwynd has stood, like a three-legged stool, on three sturdy legs. Stable. Not easily off balanced.

Dependable. These legs were the forests, the soil, and the people. In the very early days, the forests provided logs for cabins and concealed the wild creatures that gave us food and clothing (yes, I do remember). They also supplied the logs that were processed by the many little bush sawmills by which tough, work-hardened men and women earned precarious livings. These were the new developments 60 years ago. Many of the men and women who worked the mills in winter, in summer, grubbed out the fields that now surround Chetwynd and follow the roads radiating out from town. They

established the beginnings of agriculture, the foundation of society, at least here in the temperate zone. This, too, was a new development. Fifty years ago, give or take a few years, the little bush mills gave way before the centralized, corporate manufacturers and one of them settled right in the middle of our town. Canfor has been a mainstay of Chetwynd longer than most of us have been around. The arrival of other major industries that began with West Fraser and

now include gas, coal, and wind has not detracted from the importance of Canfor to our community. And now there is yet another new development. P a c i f i c Bioenergy has been talking with the District and negotiating for property for the last couple of years. The factory is to be located on about eight acres of land, now owned by Canfor and situated between the planer mill and the CN Rail line. The Pacific Bioenergy plant, when in full production in

“...Chetwynd has stood like a three-legged stool...

about two years, will produce wood pellets for electricity generation in Europe, taking its raw material primarily from the waste sawdust and bark of the Canfor mills in Chetwynd and Fort St. John. How will this industry affect the quality of life we enjoy in Chetwynd? Council questioned the company executives thoroughly on this matter. Noise levels? Air quality? Particulate matter (dust)? New technology is planned for this mill and all storage and processing will be enclosed. The plumes of white emanating from the stack will be water vapour, new technology retaining

the volatile hydrocarbons of the wood resulting in a higher quality of wood pellet. You won’t be able to hear or smell the plant in the residential areas. Are there advantages for Chetwynd? In the first place, the raw material for the pellets, now being burned, will be put to profitable use. Approximately 25 high-paying jobs will be created resulting in 25 solidly based families with the resources to buy locally, pay taxes, and contribute to a prosperous community. Good for us!


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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The October School Board of Trustees meeting was held in Chetwynd Secondary School on Wednesday, October 11. The Foods students from Mrs. Toppin's foods class prepared their lunch, with Work Experience student Debra Winland, doing most of the work. This hands on learning, is a real life work experience. .

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Notice of Disposition of Land

The District of Chetwynd intends to sell a parcel of land (Lot 15, District Lot 1809, Peace River District, Plan PGP38224) to Grizzco Camp Services Inc. for the purpose of a parking lot extension.

A condition of the sale is that the parcel be consolidated with the adjoining Lot 16, District Lot 1809, Peace River District, Plan PGP38224. The purchase price for the parcel has been set at $30,000.00. Any person wishing to express opposition to this sale must do so in writing before 4:00 p.m. November 19, 2012. October 24, 2012

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HD Mining denies connection to third party recruiters

BY TRENT ERNST Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – HD Mining’s plan to bring in up to 201 Temporary Foreign Workers to work on the bulk sample has resulted in a provincial government investigation after it was revealed that some miners being recruited to work were being asked to pay more than $12,500 for the privilege of coming to northern BC. However, HD Mining Vice President of Environmental and Regulatory affairs Jody

Shimkus is unequivocal that these companies are in no way connected to HD Mining. “We are not working with third party recruitment agencies,” says Shimkus. Instead, the employees are coming from mines already in operation in China, run by Huiyong Holdings. “These are employees of our mines in China. These are our miners.” Still, reports of recruiting agencies demanding money have sparked an investigation by the provincial and federal governments. Asking for fees in exchange for work

against the is Employment Standards Act, which states: “Temporary foreign workers are covered by the provisions of the Act. They cannot be charged a fee for job placement. Employers cannot require them to stay for a set period of time, nor can they charge business or recruitment costs or deduct these costs from their employees’ paycheques.” BC Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair has called on the

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Surerus Sand Pit

Take notice that Erwin Spletzer, Aggregate Manager for Interoute Construction Ltd. (Owner, Agent, or Manager) of DGS Astro Paving (a Division of Interoute Construction Ltd) (Name of Mine and/or Company)

has filed with the Chief Inspector of Mines, pursuant to Part 10.2.1 of the Health and Safety Reclamation Code for Mines in British Columbia, a proposed mine plan together with a program for the protection and reclamation of the land and water courses related to the proposed: Sand Quarry (Coal mine/Metal mine/Sand & Gravel/Quarry, etc.)

Located at: Bond Siding within Parcel 1, District Lot 3120 Peace River District (Legal Description as well as Local Address)

A copy of the permit application, including supporting documentation, is available for public viewing at: Ministry of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas, Omineca/Northeast Region, Suite 350, 1011 4th Avenue, Prince George BC, V2L 3H9, Facsimile: (250) 565-4328

Any person affected by or interested in this program has 30 days to make written representation to the Chief Inspector of Mines, Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Natural Gas( c/o the Regional Inspector of Mines, Omineca/Northeast Region, Suite 350, 1011 4th Avenue, Prince George BC, V2L 3H9, Facsimile: (250) 565-4328.

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province to suspend all temporary foreign worker permits granted to HD Mining. “Recruiting companies in China, allegedly acting on behalf of BC mining companies, are charging recruiting fees of as much as $12,500 a head; these same Chinese recruiting companies are making grossly exaggerated promises of immigration and family reunification rights to prospective Chinese participants in the program, and wages being offered to these workers are well below prevailing Canadian wage rates, and we suspect below the rates specified in the LMO,” writes Sinclair in an open letter to BC’s Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. These revelations, writes Sinclair, “compound concerns over: the absence of local training opportunities and fair advertising of job opportunities; the imposition, accidental or otherwise, of unreasonable language requirements; and, less than average wage and benefit terms.” Sinclair says they’ve heard from trained local worker who applied for posted jobs and were turned away as they were not found to be qualified or suitable for the work, “a claim we find extremely dubious.” Says Sinclair. However, Shimkus maintains that the style of mining (longwall) is not practiced in Canada and the equipment the company will be using is not used here. “I’ve used this metaphor a few times,” says Shimkus, “but it’s a bit like asking a float plane pilot to fly a helicopter when they’ve never done it, and there is no helicopter to practice on.” Shimkus says that HD Mining has already started discussions with Northern Lights College and other educational organizations about the best way to go around getting people trained. “The Training and Transition Plan we submitted as part of our Labour Market Opinion was not a requirement. Consistent with that plan, HD Mining has initiated discussions with Northern Lights College and other educational organizations about establishing a training program and doing a

training and needs assessment.” Because there is a shortage of skilled workers, says Shimkus, not just locally but around the world, the company has factored on replacing 10 percent of the workforce each year. “Not only is these a shortage of skilled workers, but there is going to be an increase in demand over the next five years, so we’ve been very conservative in our estimates.” Their estimates are backed up by a recent release from the Mining Association of BC, which says there the mining industry in BC is expecting 16,700 new hires over the next ten years. Minister of Jobs Pat Bell says that, with unemployment hovering around 4.4 percent in the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd area, finding people will be difficult. “Also, the type of mining is quite different. There are only two underground coal mines in Canada, one in Grande Cache, Alberta and one on Vancouver Island. This is a trade that is particularly in short supply. It is very challenging, and it is very dangerous, so it is hard to recruit for.” Shimkus says she is taken aback by the amount of controversy the proposal has elicited. “You’d think we were the only ones using Temporary Foreign Workers.” In 2011, 22,600 Temporary Foreign Workers were brought into BC and 151,520 were brought into Canada. Shimkus says the company has been upfront about its plans to bring in Temporary Foreign Workers, and is a little confused as to why everyone is making a big deal out of it now. “”It is unfortunate the focus has been on the Temporary Foreign Workers and not on the significant economic benefit this project will bring to Tumbler Ridge and the Province of BC,” says Shimkus. “While HD Mining requires Temporary Foreign Workers experienced in underground mining this project will also create new jobs for Canadians, including: Mine Electricians, Mine and Equipment Operators, Office Clerks, and Support Workers. The first 14 Temporary Foreign Workers are expected to arrive in Tumbler Ridge in the next few weeks.

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GATEWAY perspectives Hearing from all sides By now, you’ve probably heard about last week’s sit-in at the Provincial Legislature in Victoria, calling for a halt to oil tanker traffic along B.C.’s coastline.

after reviewing Gateway’s marine safety program, an independent study has declared it as safe with measures that exceed national and international regulatory requirements.

Everyone has a right to speak their mind, and we respect the opinions of those who have reservations about the Northern Gateway Project. In fact, we encourage the people of British Columbia to express their opinions — because that’s the best way to have an open, honest dialogue, and separate Gateway fact from fiction.

I’m from Prince George. Thankfully, we no longer have a one-industry economy here in B.C.’s North, but I’m sure many of us remember those uncertain days in the job market. Establishing the Gateway terminal at Kitimat, and linking Canada’s energy supply to the Pacific Rim, would continue the diversification of our region’s economy. That means job security and prosperity. It means a better future for B.C.’s North.

In the spirit of honesty, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on last week’s protest. It seems a great many people believe Gateway will introduce oil tanker traffic to B.C.’s coastline for the first time. This is simply not true. Oil tankers have docked at Kitimat for a quarter-century, and refineries have been part of Vancouver’s port communities since the 1930s. In fact the first imports of petroleum to Vancouver date back to 1915. As well,

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BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A discussion of money, family values and provincial ethics arose at the School District 59’s October monthly meeting held at Chetwynd Secondary School. The government of British Columbia is proposing a childcare initiative estimated to cost $150 billion and that’s just for one year. The teachers and board members took to the table and hashed out their opinions on raising children, single parenthood and questioned whether British Columbians should pay for the initiative – especially if many of the recipients are simply living beyond their means, according to Pouce Coupe trustee Wayne Ezeard. “I think to myself ‘where

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single parent families and the people that are struggling,” said Chetwynd trustee Anita Prescott. “I can understand that,” replied Ezeard. Tumbler Ridge trustee Sherry Berringer was concerned about the taxpayers. “It does take a community to raise a child but I think it should be grandparents, aunts, uncles, people who would do it for nothing and or friends or family. And I think that tax payer is going to end up having to foot the bill,” said Berringer. Chetwynd trustee Sorene Kampen was torn in her opinion but again

was concerned about where the money would come from. “It’s an astronomical amount of money and it’s every year, which I understand. I did pros and that’s my main con. I understand the pros of it very well – the single parent families, struggling to make ends meet. So I don’t know what to say right now. I’m kind of torn,” said Kampen. Other questions were raised about what this means for the taxpayer. The members did not pass the motion but instead will follow up with a letter, providing an opportunity to re-present and refine the specifics..

School District to receive $535,000 to hand out to those most in need

BY LIZ BROWN Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Provincial Learning Improvement Fund gave School District 59 $535,000 to distribute to classrooms with the highest need in the Peace River South region. Chetwynd elementary public schools will receive a total of $100,000 this year. The amount will be put towards literacy and numeracy programs. School District 59 received notification last spring that they would receive funding for schools across the South Peace River region. Since then, District 59 has been strategizing where to prioritize funds within the Peace River South region. Little Prairie Elementary will be targeting growth in library and learning assistance. Windrem Elementary will be putting their amount toward teacher training in positive classroom discipline as well as an initiative called Mind Up- support for students with anxiety issues. The Chetwynd high school also received support for increased learning assistance and teaching time.

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