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Road crews and emergency officials are reminding motorists to slow down and drive to conditions as roads Photo by Tammy Cloarec in the Peace area are slick and icy. DAWSON CREEK DAILY NEWS –––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK – There was only standing room left, and very little of it, by the time the Peace River Regional District meeting got underway on Nov. 14. Rural residents crowded the gallery to hear a delegation opposing the proposed Building Bylaw 1996 2011 and have their voices heard. "There are many reasons why you should rescind Building Bylaw 1996 2011. I have heard concerns voiced by board members and staff regarding the legal implications of rescinding this bylaw. Have you Please see "POLICE," page 3

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thought about the legal implications if you don't?" said rural resident Alva Stewart in a passionate speech. "Your procedural bylaw says, steps in every bylaw: a public hearing, publication of proposed bylaw, consent of the constituents. Advertisement was not done until after the bylaw was adopted on January 24, 2013, and there was no consultation with constituents." She referenced the packages sent to stakeholders regarding the bylaw, which included bankers, real estate agents and building contractors. "I would have thought that we - the people of Areas B, C, E and D - were the stakeholders," she continued. "This is my life that you're messing with." Stewart's speech drew cheers from the gallery. She closed by saying that some people had come a long way to see the board "do the right thing." The motion to rescind

Building Bylaw 1996 2011 ultimately passed, but not before the police were brought in to control a selection of residents in attendance - one man threatening the board and another approaching the bench, unwilling to step back. Although the majority of the gallery cleared after cheering for the approved motion to rescind, the issue was not yet closed, as PRRD staff noted over the break that the motion made to rescind the bylaw was not valid. "You cannot repeal a bylaw without a bylaw," CAO Fred Banham advised the board after accessing legal advice over the break. "You have to have a resolution ... allowing you to amend your own rules with a bylaw." Three directors voted against the initial repeal of the bylaw: Mayor Lori Ackerman of Fort St. John, Mike Caisley of Tumbler Ridge and Cheryl Shuman of Dawson Creek. Both Caisley and Ackerman expressed their continued

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opposition when Bylaw No. 2098 2013 was written up to repeal the building bylaw. However, enough votes were in favour of rescission that the motion was carried. Rescinding the bylaw raised concerns for several directors, particularly in the void it would leave and how those who have already bought permits under the bylaw would be dealt with. "I understand that this needs to be rescinded and I support that, but I'm concerned about the repercussions," said Fort St. John

director Bruce Christensen. Taylor Mayor Fred Jarvis echoed that concern saying that both the bylaw itself and the act of rescinding it are drastic measures. "What we're doing with the motion, as far as I'm concerned, is we're jumping from the very, very hot water into the very, very cold, deep water, and we should be landing in between that," he said. "I think that we need to vote on the first recommendation and then move on from there with a great deal of caution and wis-

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dom to do what is best." Ackerman brought up that many points of consideration on the bylaw that came out of the 19 community meetings the PRRD held earlier this summer with rural constituents hadn't really been considered. "Just at the end of September, this board referred to the Electoral Area Directors Committee to bring forward a revised bylaw for the board's consideration," she said. "Has that been done? Did you churn through all of these points that have been made?" PRRD chair Karen Goodings answered that, as a result of responses from the constituents - also a point Stewart made note of in her speech - the rural residents were not interested in a revised bylaw they wanted it gone. For this reason, she said, the rural directors had not gone through the process of revising the bylaw. "The feedback from all of those 14 meetings that I attended was very clear," said Area C director

Arthur Hadland. "The community did not want to have this bylaw in any form at all. They wanted a very clear message sent out, and that's that we are listening to, the people." Ackerman recommended that the board reinstate Building Bylaw 400 that was repealed when Bylaw 1996 2011 was passed, saying that it worked successfully for many years, and also alleviates the issue of a void. The suggestion of any regional bylaw heard widespread grumbles from the gallery. Hadland recommended that the B.C. Building Code be the fallback, as it governs all construction within the area other than agricultural buildings. However, after the meeting, some directors voiced concerns that the B.C. Building Code did not require the same level of inspection and accountability that they felt necessary. Please see "WE MADE," page 11

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"Unprecedented" tentative deal reached

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A tentative 5-year deal between the United Steelworkers Wood Council and Canadian Forest Products (Canfor) was reached late Friday, Nov. 15. The chair of the United Steel Workers Wood Council (USWWC) is calling the deal “unprecedented in the history of collective bargaining in the BC forest industry,” surpassing any negotiated settlement in the forest products sector in Canada. The two sides had been negotiating a new contract for sawmill employees at interior BC mills in Chetwynd and Vanderhoof since June 2013. The union says the tentative agreement will form the pattern for future collective bargaining with the remaining employers in the BC Interior. The deal avoids the possibility of a strike for the roughly 200-manufacturing and maintenance employees at Canfor’s Chetwynd operation. “Despite the fact the forest industry has experienced its worst financial crisis in history, we have

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reached an agreement that I would characterize as unique and innovative,” Bob Matters, chair of the USWWC said. Matters declined to discuss the details of the tentative agreement until local union representatives are given the opportunity to approve the deal with their membership. The ratification vote is expected to be completed by Dec. 2. The five-year deal would involve pay increases for all workers, adjustments to trades rates, improvements to health and welfare benefits, and will secure employees pension plans. In addition to a signing bonus and percentage wage increases, the deal also provides cash payments in the third, fourth

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and fifth years, rate adjustments for log scalers and carpenters, and help for apprentice travel and “living out” expenses. The agreement strengthens contract language surrounding the use of sawmill foremen. Matters explained that for the first time ever, language has been included

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in an agreement that addresses the issues of seniority protection, severance protection and employment security in general. “We are not releasing details until the local union representatives have an opportunity to discuss those details with the membership,” Matters

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said, adding, “I can tell you this tentative agreement far surpasses any negotiated settlement in the forest products sector in Canada, and secures our members pension plan.” Onkar Athwal, Canfor’s vice-president of human resources, stated that the company is pleased to have completed the bargaining process. “We value the contributions of our employees to our success and look forward to moving ahead with our talented USW employees under the terms of this new deal,” Athwal said. The previous deal had expired June 30, 2013. In September, employees at two mills in Chetwynd and Vanderhoof, voted 97 per cent in favour of an official strike mandate

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after negotiations showed a lack of progress. Canfor mills halted job action by applying to the Labour Relations Board for a mediator, who joined the parties at the bargaining table September 30. Talks resumed in early October, but were on a “day-to-day” basis for much of the month, prompting Matters to state, “I honestly expect that things are going to break loose or break down pretty soon.” At this time, whether the workers at the Chetwynd mill were allowed to strike was a matter for debate. An agreement which Canfor said was put in place during the re-start of it Chetwynd operation in 2010, prevented workers there from striking and also prevented the company from locking workers out. “From our perspective there is no dispute, the agreement is there, it’s a signed agreement. It's based on all the terms within the restart agreement. One of the provisions is that there will be no strike or lockout for the term of the agreement, and Please see "DEAL," page 10

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Does Caribou Road Services do a good job of keeping our local highways and secondary roads snow free and sanded/salted? Email editor@chetwyndecho.net or log onto our Facebook page. Your response could be included on page 5 next week.

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ere’s the deal folks. It’s winter and the roads can be downright treacherous. The roads are even more treacherous when drivers seem to think they are invincible. It almost seems like the more it snows, the more IQs drop. It’s terrifying.

Common sense goes out the window. The idea that you can't stop while going uphill because you'll never get started again doesn't occur to half the people. The other half drive as though it's perfectly dry conditions, going 110 km/h and then wonder why they don't come out of the turn in the same lane they started the turn in. In case you don't know, that 100 km/hr sign you see on the side of the highway doesn't

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mean 100 km/hr 365/days of the year. It means under optimum road conditions, which means clear and dry. Don't believe me? Check with the RCMP. And don't think that just because you have 4x4 you're a better driver than everyone else. 4x4 makes you go. It doesn't make you stop or gain control after it's been lost. Also? Quit riding bumpers. It’s basic driving knowledge you should keep a three-second distance between you

and the car in front - especially in the winter. If anything, you should increase that distance. The reason is simple: even with winter tires, braking distances are greater on slippery and cold roads. And another thing… you can't (or after the case) didn't see the other driver? Maybe you want to brush all the snow off of your vehicle before you hit the road. Winter is the season when the igloo driver is most often out and about. This breed of motorist

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isn't an endangered species, but an endangering one. Rather than take the time to remove all the snow and ice off their vehicle's roof, trunk and hood, they'll head out, anticipating that the snow will fall off on its own. The problem is that this is downright dangerous. Blowing snow not only reduces the visibility of others on the road, but it can also reduce your own visibility. And never underestimate the damage that chunks of ice or

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Prince George -Peace River MP Bob Zimmerʼs economic fumbling To the Editor: The federal government’s recent Economic Update proves once again that MP Bob Zimmer and the Conservatives are outof-touch with the challenges facing middle class Canadians. It didn’t include anything for middle class families who are struggling under record levels of household debt. The average Canadian household now owes $1.66 for every dollar of disposable income. It didn’t include anything to help young Canadians, or the parents who are financially supporting them. Today there are still 225,400 fewer jobs for young Canadians than before the downturn. And it didn’t include anything to help kick-start the economy. The Conservatives are sitting back and defending the status quo, despite the fact that Stephen Harper's growth record is the worst of any Prime Minister since R.B. Bennett in the 1930s. Instead, the Tories chose to concoct a budget-

ary surplus on the eve of the next election. But almost half of that surplus comes from asset sales that have not taken place. It’s a little bit like selling the furniture to pay for the groceries. They also imposed countless tax hikes on the middle class over the past three years, raising taxes on everything from credit unions to employment insurance (EI). In fact, the Economic Update inadvertently revealed that the Tories are keeping EI premiums artificially high in order to further pad their numbers—the same EI taxes that are, in the words of the Finance Minister, “direct job killers.” Canada can do better. The recession ended more than four years ago, but Mr. Zimmer’s economic message has been that Canadians should be happy that we’re not Spain. That’s just not good enough. Yours sincerely, Scott Brison, MP Liberal Party of Canada Finance Critic

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To the Editor: I am writing in response to your article last November 15, 2013 regarding call for a community rally and offering support to the Philippines. As a Filipino, my heart is in deep sorrow and grief seeing my country and fellowmen in the current situation. Our province was also hit by the typhoon in particular in the northern part of Western Visayas Region. I know that it will take too long to pick up the pieces and start all over again in particular to those who were severely affected. On the contrary I’m glad that aid and help ckeep coming from other countries around the world including

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“I honestly feel for these guys. It is virtually impossible to keep up with all the snow we have been getting. No, the roads do not feel safe at all times. However, not for a lack of trying. I know they are working around the clock, I know they care. I know they take fatal-

Canada. Through social media, I have learned that DART Team from this country went to our province for assistance. For the past few months I was invited to joined group of ladies here in town doing paper crafting once in a while. It had put my interest much in scrapbooking and other paper crafting projects. For the past few weeks, I’m doing handmade Christmas cards and other occasion cards.I am not into business and I’m very much willing to donate this card as form of fund raising by donation to The Red Cross Canada. The cards could be hang on a Christmas Tree and peo-

ities personally. I just don't know if there is a solution.” - Julia “I think crs does a fine job. Its a big job and i regularly c them working diligently to keep the roads clear. if ppl get proper tires and drive according to the conditions the roads r safe.” - Samantha

“Even in slick ice conditions, the top winter tires sold are not going to stop you instantly. People do need to slow down, like 20 below the posted limit in horrible driving in roads. CRS does a great job but when it is snowing over 2,400 km of road all at the same time, it's impossible to be everywhere!” - Shane

ple can see pick up the cards they wanted in exchanged for donation. I’m still waiting from my friends the donation of unused scrapbooking papers and materials that I maybe able to use in producing more cards in the next couple of days. I know that there were few ladies here in town who had been doing the paper crafting for so long and if they can help this is a good idea in helping the Red Cross. Iza G. Castanaday Chetwynd, BC

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“I spend a lot of time on the roads and I can honestly say that they do a great job. I think we owe them a big thank you for the fantastic job they do.” - Jerrilyn “I hope that more people don't have to be killed before more graders and Sanders get out there to fix this. so many of us must commute to work, and lots of our pay is used to make sure the roads are safe. I don't feel safe on our roads when they are being ignored. ” - Heather

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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Last week’s dump of snow in the Peace Region has kept Caribou Road Services (CRS) on their toes for more than a week. But it wasn’t just the amount of the snow that

has made removal and maintenance a challenge, it was the type of snow. Allan Harwood, General Manager says if you’ve ever been caught in a snowstorm in Vancouver, you’ll know what he’s talking about. “We’re hitting it with everything we’ve got,” he said. “It’s more a function of the temperatures and the circumstances of this last storm. What happened in this case is that we got a lot of wet sloppy - what I call Vancouver snow – that has

a lot of moisture content.” And then, Harwood said, the temperature quickly started to drop. He explained as soon as the air temperature drops below 6 and more importantly, when the surface pavement drops below -4, salt becomes less and less effective. “It takes away one of our tools,” he said. “Below -7 it (salt) practically quits working. It doesn’t do any more good.” When the roads are already wet and tempera-

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“Weʼre hitting it with everything weʼve got.” tures drop, the water on the road freezes. Combined with blowing snow from the sides of the roads and the continuous falling snow, ice builds up quickly. At that point Harwood said they begin to use ice blades, a serrated plowing blade that cuts the ice off the road’s surface. “While it’s not as effective as salt, it’s our next best tool to use,” he said. CRS spends a large portion of their summer building up the sand reserves at their 16 winter stockpiles stations around the Peace. The sand is cut with between two and four percent salt to keep the giant piles from freezing. Harwood said the crush or screened sand is made to specification as per their agreement which is 12.5mm minus. The sand is tested and the results are provided to the Ministry each year. In one year, CRS can stockpile upwards to 50,000 cubic metres of sand at those locations. “A storm like the one we just went through and the icy conditions we’re going through sand like crazy,”

he said. “I know that the Chetwynd yard in one day put out more than 40 loads of sand.” Of course the best line of defense against snowy road conditions Harwood said is to be prepared for winter, slow down and make sure you have good winter tires. “Plan ahead, give yourself time to get to your destination, drive to conditions and check DriveBC,” he said. Since Nov. 1, Chetwynd RCMP say they have responded to 24 accidents on the highways around Chetwynd. CRS HISTORY

Caribou Road Services is a private company that was created from past Ministry of Highway employees from the mid 1980s. Harwood said they’ve been contracting to the province ever since. Their last maintenance contract was a 10year tender that began in 2004 coming in at $13.4 million per year, with room for adjustments. They currently employ more than 120 people with 26 of those in the Chetwynd office. Harwood explained the

$13.4 million per year is divided into equal payments over the 10-year term. “At the end of each month we get 1/12th of that payment and then from that we have to budget and do our work inside of that,” Harwood said, adding more than $6 million of that is for summer maintenance activities. “Like grading, brushing, mowing, pavement repair, ditching, culvert replacement, dust control, road stabilization, bridges the list goes on and on.” What’s left is used for administration, overhead, the cost of insurance, bonding, all of the fixed costs and equipment. And after that the leftover money is put towards routine maintenance including dead animal removal, garbage pickup, road patrol, sanding, salting and plowing. “All of those sorts of things come out of what’s left,” he said. “So to give a specific cost for winter it’s really difficult to do that, but it’s a lot of money.” Please see "CRS LOOKS," page 7


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Child vulnerability rates dropping in the South Peace

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Child vulnerability rates are dropping in the South peace, according to data released by the University of British Columbia earlier this month. Child vulnerability rates are a measure of how well children are prepared for school when they enter kindergarten. Since 2006, School District 59 (SD 59) has been part of the University of British Columbia study under the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), which has created an assessment tool called the Early Development Instrument to measure how well children are prepared for school. The Early Development

rate dropped from 38 per cent in 2011 to 32 per cent in 2012. That translates into a drop from 1 of ever 4 children entering the classroom unprepared in 2011 to 1 in every 3 children in 2012. Gloria Cleve, Early Learning Project Manager for SD 59 says that although this improvement is good news for the

district, it is still nothing to brag about. “The fact that we've decreased is hugely wonderful but we have along ways to go,” she said. “The provincial average right now is 32.5 per cent. We've never been anywhere close to the provinPlease see "2007 STUDY," page 11

Winter Parking on District Roads Information Everyone Should Know The Streets and Traffic Regulation Bylaw # 909, 2009 section 5.13: Obstruction of Motor Vehicles No vehicle shall be left standing or parked: (i) in violation of this bylaw; (ii) in a position that causes it to interfere with firefighting; (iii) in a position that causes to interfere with the normal flow of traffic on a highway; or (iv) in a position that causes it to interfere with the construction, improvement, maintenance, alterations, extension, widening, marking, or repair of or snow removal from a highway.

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Instrument measures the areas of physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive

development and communication skills and general knowledge. After years of steadily increasing vulnerability

rates, there was a significant improvement for children entering into kindergarten last school year. The child vulnerability

CRS responsible for 2,400 km of road Continued from page 6

Locally CRS is responsible for Highway 97 and the surrounding Chetwynd subdivisions including but not limited to the Guillet, Kurjata, Dokie and Jackfish subs as well as Hasler. They are not responsible for in town. Their entire area – one of the biggest in the province – extends from the Mackenzie Junction in the Pine Pass to Tumbler Ridge, to the Alberta Border up to Peace River and just before Hudson’s Hope. All in all they cover more than 2,400 kilometres of road and 95 bridges. Should drivers have complaints or concerns about road maintenance – at any time of the year, not just in winter – Harwood asks them to call the Chetwynd office during office hours at 250-788-2407. After office hours, the number to call is the 24-

“If they (you) think

thereʼs a better way of doing it....” hour road hazard reporting number 1-800-667-2322. “That is staffed 24 hours a day,” Harwood said. “It’s very important when people call in they give us very clear details.” Information to give should include name and contact info in case they need to phone back and a reasonably specific location using either a crossroad or a landmark. All phone calls are kept track of. Harwood said those call-in numbers

can also be used for compliments too. “We pass those onto our crews when we get positive feedback,” he said. “When you’re out slogging 10, 12, 14 hours a day trying to beat the elements – until Mother nature gives us a break – when those crew, operators and foremen hear their efforts are being appreciated it goes a long way.” Harwood said sometimes he wishes people could walk a mile in their shoes as the job isn’t an easy one. “Our crews are out there doing their very best,” he said. “If they (you) think there’s a better way of doing it…” A copy of the Province of British Columbia’s 2003-04 Highway Maintenance Contract and Maintenance specifications can be found online at www.th.gov.bc.ca/.../Schedule_21_Mai ntenance_Specifications.pdf

Winter is upon us and with it comes heavy snow falls. The District of Chetwynd is committed to keeping all our roads safe for all citizens and therefore any vehicles parked in a manner that interferes with effective snow removal may be removed without notice.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– VICTORIA – The govof British ernment Columbia intends to propose changes to the provincial Electoral Boundaries Commission Act during the spring 2014 legislative session that will affect all electoral districts

in the North, CaribooThompson and ColumbiaKootenay regions. The proposed changes to the legislation are outlined in a white paper released by Attorney General and Justice Minister Suzanne Anton last week. The changes are required to ensure no reductions in the number

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of MLAs in those three regions will occur during the next boundary revision process, keeping the number of electoral districts at 85. The government is now seeking public comment and feedback on the white paper, which is available, online at: www.ag.gov.bc.ca/legislat ion/ebca/index.htm. Feedback will be accepted until January 15, 2014. “We'd like to continue and take steps and arm the electoral boundaries commission with the tools that we think they will require to protect reasonable representation in the north and rural ridings," Finance Minister Mike de Jong told the Prince George Citizen. In the report, the province says the Electoral Boundaries Commission has found it increasingly difficult to address population growth in urban areas of the province without reducing the number of MLAs in northern and rural districts. “What [this] does is provide clear statutory direction to the electoral boundaries commission that, in effect, deems those three regions to be very special circumstances,” de Jong added. Under the representation by population principle, which governs all electoral districts across

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Canada, population concentrations present representational nightmares. In what could be described as a balancing act, the challenges faced by the government on electoral boundary reform revolve around the fact that BC is one of the most urbanized provinces in Canada. BC’s population is concentrated in the Lower Mainland, southern Vancouver Island and Okanagan regions, which make up 70 per cent of the provinces total population. Large geographical areas like northern British Columbia, the Kootenays, northern Vancouver Island and the CaribooThompson regions contain an increasingly smaller portion of the provincial population. Because of this, the

changes being proposed by the government this spring are necessary to keep the number of provincial electoral districts, or “ridings”, at 85. In order to do this, these changes will mean the three regions in question have to be considered “very special circumstances” under electoral boundary legislation. Under the current legislation, electoral districts must have a population above or below the average population per district by 25 per cent. In the North, CaribooThompson and ColumbiaKootenay regions, 17 electoral districts will become exceptions to that rule with the proposed changes. However, the changes could mean the size of ridings in the north region, including Peace River

North and Peace River South, could be adjusted in order to accommodate population changes. In effect, this means a possible modification of the imaginary lines that define the borders of each electoral district will be the only real change in the Peace River North and Peace River South ridings. Sizes of electoral districts in the CaribooThompson and ColumbiaKootenay regions could change as well. Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said while releasing the white paper that the changes will protect the democratic rights of British Columbians, which is a fundamental responsibility of government. “That’s why we are taking a leadership role in proposing legislative changes to the Electoral Boundaries Commission Act,” she said. “We encourage the public to read and provide input on the white paper, as this is something that impacts every British Columbian.” The story mentioned from the Prince George Citizen is by staff reporter Charelle Evelyn and can be found h e r e : http://www.princegeorgecitiz en.com/article/20131118/PRI N C E G E ORGE0101/311189992/1/princegeorge0101/northnot-losing-mlas


Santa Claus Project is in full swing

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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The 2013 Chetwynd Christmas Bureau Society’s Annual Santa Claus Project has begun. Donation boxes are set up at various locations around town and organizers are looking to have those boxes filled time and time again throughout the season. With the holiday season around the corner many families in Chetwynd are not able to enjoy celebrations due to health, unemployment, low income or other family crises. The Society allows the community to lend a hand to those who are less fortunate. Society President Karen Stewart said the society put

together 176 hampers last year, including toys and gifts. The hampers included everything needed for Christmas from an entire turkey dinner to brand new wrapped gifts for the children. The hamper project has been a part of Chetwynd for more than four decades and in 2003 the group became an official society to make things easier for everyone involved. The Santa Claus Project is one of the community’s biggest fundraisers of the year with all proceeds remaining local. The society is funded solely through donations as well as their annual Community Events calendar that began last year. Donations of non-perishable good items, unwrapped toys

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and clothing can be dropped off at any one of the donations bins around town including – but not limited to – the Chetwynd

Echo, Lakeview Credit Union, Bargain Store, CIBC, IGA, Super Valu or any of the local churches. The boxes are moni-

tored and emptied weekly. Tax deductible receipts are given for all donations. Applications can be picked up at any of the local churches, the Christmas Bureau Society (call 250-788-3171) as well as either band office. Application cutoff is Dec. 10 The hampers will be packed on Dec. 21 at the Pine Valley Seniors Hall starting at 4:30 p.m. Delivery is the next day. To make a donation or volunteer your time to help pack or deliver hampers call Shirley Weeks at 250-788-3672 or Karen Stewart at 250-788-3171. “Most towns should be as lucky as we are,” Stewart said. “Everyone is on board, the schools are fantastic and whatever you can see fit to do is great.”

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project Open House and Invitation to Comment Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. (Proponent), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, is proposing the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (proposed Project), an approximately 900 km natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward. The proposed Project would involve the construction and operation of a 48-inch (1,219 mm) diameter pipeline, metering facilities at the receipt and delivery points, and three compressor stations, with provision for up to an additional five compressor stations to allow for future expansion. The proposed Project will have an initial capacity of approximately 2.0 billion cubic feet (bcf)/day with potential for expansion to approximately 3.6 bcf/day.

To provide information about the Application Information Requirements, EAO invites the public to attend an open house at the following locations: St. Peter’s Church Hall 599 Skeena Drive Mackenzie Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Hall 10310 - 100th Street Hudson’s Hope Thursday November 28, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

New Hazelton Elementary School 3275 Bowser Street New Hazelton Wednesday December 4, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Centre 770 Pacific Avenue Port Edward Thursday December 5, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

The proposed Project is subject to review under BC’s Environmental Assessment Act.

There are 30 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the draft Application Information Requirements.

The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any construction work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. However, before submission of an application (Application) for a certificate by the Proponent, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) must first issue the Application Information Requirements.

The public comment period will begin on November 19, 2013 and end on December 18, 2013. All comments received during this time in relation to the Application Information Requirements will be considered.

The Application Information Requirements will specify the studies to be conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the Proponent in its Application. EAO has now received draft Application Information Requirements from the Proponent and invites comments on this draft.

The intention of seeking public comment is to ensure that sufficient information is provided to assess all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project in the Application. At this stage of the process, the primary intent is to receive feedback about the studies or information required for a comprehensive environmental assessment.

After taking public comments into account, EAO will issue the Application Information Requirements. EAO accepts public comments by: Online Form: http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca Mail: Nathan Braun Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1 Fax: 250.387.0230 An electronic copy of the Application Information Requirements and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at www.eao.gov.bc.ca. Copies of the Application Information Requirements are also available for viewing at public libraries in Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, Mackenzie, Prince George, Fort St. James, Granisle, Smithers, Hazelton, Terrace, Stewart and Prince Rupert. If you are unable to participate at this time, there will be an additional comment period during the Application review stage when you will also be able to provide comments to the EAO on the proposed Project.

NOTE: All submissions received by the EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public and will be posted to the EAO website.


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LOCAL NEWS BY M IKE C ARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND –The District of Chetwynd could benefit from a grant aimed at helping green public properties bordering railroad tracks. Chetwynd’s application for the grant is contingent on its parks and recreation strategy for 2014 meeting the program’s criteria. Through the Canadian National Railways (CN) EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program, CN will provide the funds to more than 100 Canadian communities over the next three years beginning in 2014. “We are honoured by the breadth of interest being shown

in the program by communities across Canada,” said Sean Finn, CN executive vice-president and chief legal officer. “The projects we’re seeing are outstanding for their scope and creativity. What is especially impressive is the connection being made between CN and these communities. We’re all learning that greening and sustainability are objectives we have in common and can work together to achieve.” CN says planting trees and improving green spaces in these locations will not only help beautify areas along its rail network, but also provide a natural noise and visual barrier, shade for songbirds and decrease soil

erosion. Two national organizations –Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom have partnered with CN to deliver the program. “CN has lead the way in connecting Canadians for close to a century,” Tree Canada president Michael Rosen said. “We have already seen our national landscape improve through the opportunities provided to municipalities and Aboriginal communities through the program.” Raymond Carriere, founding president of Communities in Bloom says projects undertaken from the grants in 2012 and 2013 have exceeded their expectations. “Not only has the From the Ground Up program

enabled communities to create green spaces, it has also demonstrated sustainability, created environments to learn about urban forestry and composting, provided play areas and established a natural buffer.” CN’s EcoConnexions From the Ground Up program will provide grants to communities selected on the basis of a simple online application, which includes criteria such as the community’s ability to match CN’s grant, community engagement and the long term sustainability of the plantings, Complete details on the program can be found at www.cnfromthegroundup.c a

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that expires December 31, 2014,” Athwal said in early October. This prompted a response from Matters, who seemed to disregard the deal Athwal referred to. “Canfor is not the one who decides whether we strike or not,” he said. “It is us who decides if we strike or not so, it's fair to say there is a dispute as to the legal status of the Chetwynd operation.” The week after the October 4 issue of the Chetwynd Echo was published with this exchange between Matters and Athwal included, an anonymous Canfor employee phoned our office to say that Canfor was lying, and that no such legally binding document existed which would prevent workers from the Chetwynd operation from striking. As the process progressed, this eventually became a moot point, as the union seemed to back away from tackling the

issue all together, saying it didn’t want to strike but instead, wanted to negotiate a collective agreement. After failing to establish a pattern with Canfor, Matters says the USWWC’s BC Interior representatives committee brought the matter to the Interior Forest Labour Relations Association (IFLRA) in late October. The IFLRA is an employer association representing, West Fraser and other mills independent mills in the southern parts of the province. Meetings were held between the USWWC and the IFLRA on October 23. There, the union continued its efforts to establish a framework agreement that would be a template for forest sector employee deals across the province. The deal announced last week is one that the United Steel Workers Wood Council will use as a template for future forest sector employee collective bargaining across the province.


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cial average before. We were always way higher and so that’s nice to see that we're right along with the province.” However, the province is still not happy about where they are. “Those results are still far too high,” Cleve said. “When you have three out of ten children coming to kindergarten not ready to learn, that takes up an incredible amount of teachers time, energy and resources.” In turn, it is the other students in the classroom who don’t need as much attention that are losing out. Child vulnerability rates are measured in kindergarten classrooms across the province each year. In February, kindergarten teachers use the Early Development Instrument to measure how well a student was prepared to start school back in September by asking questions like, were they able to use the toilet on their own? Was the Child able to dress themselves? Did they have the correct motor skills,

were they socially competent? Did they know how to hold a book or use scissors? “These all the things that are necessary to be successful and to do well in school,” Cleve said. The teachers then submit the answers online to the University of British Columbia where the data is examined to determine which of the children arrived at the kindergarten door ready to succeed. “The reason this is important is because, the statistical data is now there. If a child isn’t ready to succeed at the kindergarten door, they are often floundering in grade 4 and they drop out before grade 12,” Cleve explained. Child vulnerability rates became a concern for School District 59 when the University of British Columbia learned in 2007 that rates in the South Peace were among the highest in the province. This triggered a group of concerned community partners to begin meeting regularly to plan and implement programming to support families with young children. “In 2007 very little universally

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"My question is, why are we not going to consider and discuss those issues prior to having any kind of a motion?" he said. "Here we are, I believe because the gallery is full, that we're going to bypass that and simply go along and repeal it. I don't think that we should be doing that, I think we should be dealing with those issues first." Hadland was adamant that the board's decision was a matter of trust on behalf of the community, trust that was broken in the adoption of Bylaw 1996 2011 in place of Bylaw 400. "I think that we need to support this motion at the particular time, and deal with the consequences as they come up. I don't think there's anything too drastic in there that we can't deal with," said Christensen, looking to Hadland. "I'm not sure that this simple decision would regain this trust, but it's a step in the right direction. We made the mistake let's deal with it."

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"I think that we need to respond to the people, we have to listen to the people: they're all here listening today," said Hadland. "We have an opportunity to regain the trust of the larger community." Cheers and whistles from the crowd interrupted the motion's second from Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols. Early on, PRRD CAO Fred Banham cautioned that the board not repeal the bylaw until a full discussion had taken place noting several contracts could be affected if the bylaw were changed. An eruption from the crowd that continued after stern warnings from Goodings forced a recess of the meeting. Following the recess, Goodings opened the floor to the directors to discuss how to manage the situation. Caisley brought up the major areas that would be affected if the bylaw were rescinded, as identified by PRRD staff, noting that the implications had yet to be explored.

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accessible programming existed for young children,” Cleve says. “Today it’s a very different picture. In the South Peace, a vast variety of free programs and events are offered.” These programs, like StrongStart BC’s Early Learning Hub at Don Titus Elementary, are credited with helping decrease the rate of vulnerable children entering the kindergarten door. “You can see the correlation in the statistics when you look at how child vulnerabilities were 40 per cent in our district prior to last year, and that the drop out rate [that year] at graduation was 40 per cent,” Cleve says. “If we put programming in place so that parents have options to take their children to universal free programming at least three times a week, then children probably aren’t going to be vulnerable at the kindergarten door.” At the other end, schools can know which children are vulnerable and can identify what interventions they can do to help change that trajectory.


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$100.00 for Members: $25.00 goes towards the grand prize shopping spree ad the Chamber will match another $25.00. The remainder of the money will go towards the cost of advertising and miscellaneous event costs. $150.00 for Non Members: $25.00 goes towards the grand prize shopping spree and the Chamber will match another $25.00. The remainder of the money will go towards the cost of advertising and miscellaneous event costs.

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Contestants will come into the participating businesses to take advantage of the local deals. They will be eligible to enter their name into the grand prize draw when they spend a minimum of $20.00. (1 ballot for every $20.00 spent.) The Chamber of Commerce will organize all the advertising for the month leading up to the Black Friday Madness and promote local shopping.

HOURS OF EVENT:

All businesses will start the event on the morning of November 29th and continue until they close that business day. The drop box and ballots will be dropped off the day prior to give ample time to prepare the day of.

SHOPPING SPREE DEALS:

The Lucky winner of the $500.00 shopping spree will be able to use it at any of the sponsored businesses. The winner will bring in their certificate into the store, make their purchase and have the purchase amount deducted from their total prize amount. The sponsor store will invoice the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce for the amount of the purchase.

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Distict of Chetwynd gets behind Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation Global Geopark

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND - The District of Chetwynd has thrown its support behind the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark initiative. A Geopark is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)designated area containing one or more sites of particular geological importance, intended to conserve the geological heritage and promote public awareness of it, typically through tourism. Chetwynd joins several other signatories of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding participation in the Geopark’s establishment. The Peace River Regional District unanimously endorsed the project on October 23. By signing on, Chetwynd agrees to be an advocate for the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark project, communicate with other signatories of the MOU, meet as required in order to advance the development of the Geopark and assist in attempts to secure the resources required to pursue the project. The MOU does not mean any financial commitments have been made by

“We have wonderfully varied geology, topography, scenery and human history, catapulted to fame by the fantastic paleontological discoveries of the past decade.”

the District of Chetwynd, and it is in no way meant to create legally binding contractual relations or legal obligations on the participants of the MOU. The purpose of the MOU is to formalize the working relationships that have already been established, in light of the application to UNESCO for Global Geopark status. The Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Steering Committee started working towards the park’s establishment in October 2012. Its efforts were geared towards celebrating the remarkable geological, paleontological and scenic attributes of the area, as well as its unique First Nations, pioneer and resource-based history. The proposed Geopark are encompasses much of Tumbler Ridge, an estimated 7,822 square kilometres. This area includes a por-

tion of the eastern slopes of the Hart Ranges of the northern Rocky Mountains. The committee submitted an application for a Global Geopark to UNESCO in March 2013. “In submitting this expression of interest we are expressing our belief that in our region we are already functioning as a de facto Geopark,” the committee wrote. Among a host of other evidence, they substantiate this claim with reference to their paleontological museum with its dinosaur discovery gallery, collections area, guided tours and educational camps and a network of hiking trails leading to areas of geological and scenic “splendour”, and historic importance. “We have wonderfully varied geology, topograPlease see "NATIONAL," page 18


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Chetwynd 3NV Giants have eye-opening experience

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– PRINCE GEORGE – The Chetwynd 3NV Midget Giants were treated to lesson in the school of hard knocks this weekend at the Prince George Midget Cougars hockey tournament. The Black and Red lost four out of five games, finishing sixth overall in the eight-team tournament, which featured some very talented high level teams. All teams that attended the tournament were BC

Hockey Tier 2 or Tier 3 teams, except for the Giants who are provincially recognized as a Tier 4 team. This is not to be confused with regular season All Peace Hockey League (APHL) games, where the Giants are choosing to play Tier 1. “Kind of like competing in Tier 1 of the APHL this year [will help] better prepare the team prepare for provincials, the coach wanted to have the team attend this tournament to expose them to a higher category of play and show

the players how teams compete at this level” Giants co-manager Kimberly Beattie explained. “It was a tournament to gain experience. There was one bad blow out but even with the losses the other games were pretty good.” That blowout came at the hands of the mighty Prince George Midget Cougars, who defeated the Giants 16-0. Prince George scored 8 first period goals, followed by 6 more in the second and a

final two in the third. Goalie Brice Vossler started the game, but pulled himself out of frustration after the first five goals were scored. Teammate Reilly ElderCherry came in to finish the game. Beattie says the score did not reflect how many shots both goalies faced and actually stopped during this game. In their first game Friday, Nov. 15 against Smithers, the Giants were shutout 5-0. On Saturday, Chetwynd

suffered their third straight shutout loss to the Williams Lake Timberwolves, losing that game 4-0. That evening, the Giants notched their only win in the tournament against Prince Rupert. In the 6-5 victory, sniper Liam Beattie tallied four goals. Brodie Watson and Ross McMeekin also tickled the twine. The Chetwynd 3NV Midget Giants will continue their APHL regular season schedule this weekend, with a home and

home series against the Dawson Creek Midget Canucks. The action begins Friday, Nov. 22 with the Giants first home game of the season at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre. Puck drops at 8 p.m. Sunday, the team travels to Dawson Creek to take on the Canucks on their home turf. Puck dops at 2:30 p.m. The two teams have met twice already in exhibition action, with each team taking home a win.

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CSS places second in zones

CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The North Central Volleyball Zone Single A playdowns were held at Chetwynd Secondary School (CSS) over the weekend of Nov. 15. Ten teams including Cedars Christian School from Prince George, Burns

Lake, Ft. Nelson, Hudson's Hope, Tumbler Ridge, Fraser Lake, McBride, Ft. St. James, MacKenzie and Chetwynd competed over two days for a berth to provincials being held in Duncan. The first place automatically qualifies for a berth, with the second place team having to play a wild card

game against the second place team from the North West to secure the second berth. Coming out on top was Cedars Christian School finishing a strong first not losing a set in the tournament. CSS came in second, only losing to Cedars during the entire tournament. They will travel this week

to play the wild card game against Ebenzer Canadian Reformed school from Smithers, to attempt to secure the second berth from the North. Congratulations to Sara Norris for making the first all star team, and Carlee Westgate and Paige Koeneman for making the second all star team.

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Liam Beattie is the Chetwynd 3NV Giants player of the week. Beattie scored four goals in 6-5 victory over Prince Rupert this past weekend in Prince George. It was the Giants only win in the tournament. The preeminent goal scorer has 13 goals so far in the teams 11 games including tournaments, exhibition and regular season All Peace Hockey League action,


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SnowPasses ready for pickup

Students in Grades 4 and 5 can ski or snowboard PowderKing (and other resorts) for FREE CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – One of Canada's easiest ways to get kids healthy and active this winter is now available. The Canadian Ski Council's SnowPass is available online. It's an unbeatable offer: it provides three lift passes at each of the 150+ ski areas nation-wide for Canadian kids in Grade 4 and Grade 5. "Introducing children to skiing and snowboarding at an early age gives them

lifetime access to these healthy winter sports," says Patrick Arkeveld, President and CEO of the Canadian Ski Council. "It keeps them fit, less prone to obesity, and outside and active during the winter months. Better yet, skiing and snowboarding are sports kids can do with the entire family for a lifetime." The Canadian Ski Council's SnowPass gives kids in grades 4 and 5 (born in 2003 or 2004) three lift tickets at each participat-

ing ski area all across Canada for the entire winter; providing them with an opportunity to ski or snowboard hundreds of times over the winter season. You only need to apply once for the SnowPass and the pass is valid until the end of grade 5. This means if you apply in grade 4 the pass is valid for two years. Applying is easu. To sign up, visit www.snowpass.ca, and you have a choice of either uploading your child's picture, enter your

In Memory 2013

On December 13, 2013 the Chetwynd Echo will be publishing our annual supplement

“In Memory of our Loved Ones.”

If you would like your loved one included in this special two-page memorial please contact Naomi at the Chetwynd Echo 250-788-2246 or email sales@chetwyndecho.net.

Deadline to submit is Tuesday, December 10 at noon.

A photo, dates and short personal message will be published. Cost is a donation to the Christmas Bureau Society

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payment and their proof of age, or our printed option that allows you to fill out the information, print the application to mail in to the Canadian Ski Council with a photo, proof of age and payment; all for a one-time administration fee of $29.95 including taxes. Signing up online is the quickest and easiest way to apply for your child's Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass card. SnowPass cards will be mailed to you beginning in mid-November, before the December 1st SnowPass season start date. The Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass is a national program and is valid at over 150 ski areas across Canada including 32 ski areas in British Columbia (including Powder King), 19 ski areas in Alberta, 1 ski area in Saskatchewan, 2

ski areas in Manitoba, 33 ski areas in Ontario, 57 ski areas in Quebec, 8 in Atlantic Canada and 1 in the Yukon. With ski areas participating across Canada, families will not have to travel far to put this SnowPass to use. Kids can easily track how many lift passes they have left by

visiting www.snowpass.ca. Grade 4 and 5 SnowPass information and applications are available online at www.snowpass.ca or www.passeportdesneiges. ca. Application forms are also being distributed to elementary schools across Canada beginning in early November.

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Pine Valley Seniors Hall weekly activities including Cribbage, Whist, Bingo and Carpet Bowling. Call Anita at 788-5838 for info. Pine Valley Seniors Hall Carpet Bowling Tuesdays @ 1:30 pm.

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phy, scenery and human history, catapulted to fame by the fantastic paleontological discoveries of the past decade. To us, an application to become a UNESCO Geopark seems to be a logical, almost

inevitable outcome of the work that has already been done.� There are over 90 Geopark’s in the world. If approved, the Tumbler Ridge Geopark – as it will be called – would be only the second in North America.

The first, called the “Stonehammer Geopark�, exists just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick. It received its designation in October 2010. “I’m blown away by what you have to offer,� Stonehammer Geopark representative Bill

Merrifield said to delegates at the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Symposium held this past July. “It is very different from what we have to offer.� MOU states, The “Should the application for Geopark status be suc-

cessful, the potential exists for the creation of satellite areas to include other remarkable regional geological phenomena.� According to globalgeopark.org, Geoparks were first proposed as a UNESCO program in 1999. However, the majori-

DAWSON CREEK/CHETWYND AREA 75$160,66,21352-(&7&216758&7,21 Construction of the Dawson Creek/Chetwynd Area Transmission (DCAT) Project is beginning in mid-November. This project will help meet the rapidly increasing need for electricity in the South Peace region, largely due to oil and gas development. You may notice increased construction vehicle traffic along Highway 97 and certain local roads. Any temporary lane closures will be well marked. Please obey the instructions of any traffic control personnel. Work taking place this fall and winter includes: ĂŁ %XLOGLQJFRQVWUXFWLRQDFFHVVURDGV ĂŁ &OHDULQJWKHULJKWRIZD\IRUWKHQHZWUDQVPLVVLRQOLQHV ĂŁ &RQWUROOHGEXUQLQJRIZRRGZDVWHIURPFOHDULQJZRUN ĂŁ &RQVWUXFWLQJWUDQVPLVVLRQVWUXFWXUHIRXQGDWLRQV ĂŁ &OHDULQJDQGSUHSDULQJWKHVLWHIRUWKHQHZ6XQGDQFH6XEVWDWLRQ which will be built approximately 19 km east of Chetwynd. Structure installation, conductor stringing and substation construction will take place throughout 2014 and in early 2015. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2015.

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OPINION

Like it or not, we live in a world of permits

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auntering blithely down the street with a 16 foot 2X4 balanced on his shoulder, Guy rounds a corner. The leading end of his 2X4 whacks oncoming Any Man on the leading end of his nose. Staunching the blood, Any Man protests the carelessness of Guy with the 2X4 but Guy defends his action by citing his freedom in a free

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country. To this the injured man rightly replies, “Your freedom ends where my nose begins.” It’s true. Whenever a population grows from one resident to two, the freedom of each to act without regard for the other is diminished. By the time a community reaches 3,000 souls it has accumulated books full of rules for getting along. Like every other incorporated community, Chetwynd has its share of bylaws dealing with everything from noise to dangerous dogs to how far from the property line you can build and the maxi-

mum size of the outbuilding in your own back yard. (By the way, this is not an exhaustive list of the bylaws affecting your life in Chetwynd.) What should you, A. Citizen, know before you spend a lot of money or even some money on that renovation or structural addition to your property? Probably rule the first would be to discuss your plans with District staff before you commit to spending. Chetwynd does have Development Permit Guidelines that help you plan your construction to conform to the zoning

restrictions. Why? Because over time it is the intent of the District to build a community that will turn heads as people drive through town. And much more: we want a safe town in which we can take pride in everything from boulevards to streets and the buildings that face them. Chetwynd is an industrial town. We will never be a Jasper or a Kimberly, and that’s OK, but we see no reason why an industrial town should not have beauty and order in its buildings, and paving and shrubbery in areas that face the public. Development Permit

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Guidelines, building permits, inspections: these are all part of getting along with our neighbours and building the kind of town that we all want and that we can achieve over time. When I was young and impressionable I attended university for several years in the USA. Usually the impressions came as I travelled north through the Dakotas into Canada. On the US side I passed through tree-shaded streets in pretty, orderly towns. North of 49 I entered a different world with broken-down combines and old pickups haphazardly littering the land-

scape. And I would wonder: Why does it have to be that way? Things have probably changed over the last 55 years but first impressions die hard. Like it or not, we live in a world of permits: for building, for digging, for demolishing, for almost anything with potential to affect a neighbour. Yes, the long arm of the law even has stop-work orders for those who ignore rule the first.

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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BUSINESS PROFILE

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

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

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LOCAL NEWS

BC Hydro anticipates increased power demand with two South Peace transmission line projects

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – With an anticipated northeast BC natural gas boom on the horizon, BC Hydro has started construction on a major transmission upgrade in the South Peace region. The company says when completed, the project will help provide cost-effective and reliable power to the growing natural gas industry. Another similar transmission line, called the Peace Region Electricity Supply project, is in the process of gaining regulatory approval. The Dawson Creek–Chetwynd area transmission line (DCAT), which began construction last week, will resolve “downstream” constraints on the transmission system supplying the Dawson Creek and Groundbirch areas. It is expected to be in service by mid-2015. BC Hydro has begun right-of-way clearing and site preparation for the DCAT project that will employ 55 to 110 workers during its construction. The new transmission lines will double the elec-

tricity capacity in the region. This project had faced significant opposition from several families whose properties were to be affected by the project. In May, nine families along Highway 97 north threatened a class action lawsuit and accused BC Hydro of using “bullying tactics” to force them into accepting raw deals. Linda Smashnuk was one of the most vocal residents. Smashnuk did not respond to a request for information on how the situation was resolved for her family by press time. Lesley Wood, BC Hydro Stakeholder Relations Specialist, says that settlements have been negotiated with 79 of the 82 owners whose property is impacted by the DCAT project. “DCAT has all its approvals and construction needs to start this fall. Otherwise, we risk missing our in-service date for the project, which puts reliable service to customers at risk,” Wood wrote in an email to the Chetwynd Echo. The remaining three properties were expropriated by BC Hydro. Owners

received compensation based on the property rights acquired by BC Hydro as assessed by an independent appraiser. “It’s important to clarify that BC Hydro did not expropriate ownership of the land,” Wood says, “just the rights to build, operate and maintain the DCAT line. The land still belongs to the owners and they can still use it for any purpose that does not put the safe and reliable operation of the line at risk.” The company is considering another large-scale project in its latest efforts to keep up with the growing estimated future demand for electricity in northeast BC. “The load growth in the Peace Region, and particularly in the Dawson Creek and Groundbirch areas, is expected to increase so rapidly that soon after the Dawson Creek-Chetwynd area transmission line project goes into service, the ability of the transmission system to maintain supply to all customers in the event of any systems issues will be exceeded,” a memo forwarded to the District of Chetwynd earlier this year states. Wood says that depend-

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ing on the circumstances after both projects are constructed, the company may have to start shedding industrial loads to ensure that there is enough power for essential services, homes and businesses. “The Dawson CreekChetwynd Area transmission project will help meet load growth under normal system conditions – when everything is operating as it should,” she said. “However, even after that project is in service, it cannot reliably supply all customers should part of the system fail. For example, if there was an unexpected outage of one of the

other transmission lines feeding the Dawson Creek substation.” The second project, the Peace Region Electricity Supply project, is required to resolve the “upstream” constraints in the transmission system, which supplies the rest of the Peace Region. “BC Hydro has always indicated that DCAT would be a first step, and that a second project would be needed to reliably address the high load growth expected in the area,” Wood wrote. This additional project is currently being studied, with route options being

considered. The Peace Region Electricity Supply project involves bringing more electricity from the GM Shrum generating station to the Sundance substation, which will be constructed as part of the DCAT project. “There are several ways we could do this,” Wood said “and we have started studying the alternatives and consulting with First Nations. We expect to evaluate study results and input from First Nations and others in the first part of 2014, and determine a front-running [route option].”


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HEALTH

The biggest public health problem of the 21st Century is…

the major contributor to Cardiovascular disease (“heart disease”), which is one of the leading causes of mortality in Canada. with Dr. Gary This fact alone is starSquires tling. Despite living in one of the richest, most orry but you’ll have t e c h n i c a l l y - a d v a n c e d to keep reading to countries in the world we find the answer - it still have high rates of shouldn’t surprise any- morbidity and death. one, yet many people Why? Well, that question choose to ignore it due to can be answered in many their busy lifestyles. I’ll different ways but my give you a hint: this opinion is fairly simple: major health problem is lifestyle.

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We often try to make excuses, “ it’s in my genes” or “it’s the hidden hormones and chemicals in food” to help wash our hands clean of our actions. And although these factors may certainly play roles in the development of heart disease, they are not the primary risk factors. The results from a major scientific study (that was conducted over 20 years) were recently published in the British Journal of

Sports Medicine. It looked at the risk of mortality from cardiovascular disease based on the impacts of six major risk factors: obesity, smoking, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, low exercise level and Diabetes. One purpose of the study was to determine which risk factor was the strongest of them all, and the results were quite astonishing: the biggest public health problem of the 21st centu-

ry and the strongest risk factor for Cardiovascular disease is low fitness level. But, this is not what surprised the scientific community – not only was low fitness level the strongest risk factor, it was more of a risk than smoking, diabetes and obesity combined! Wow. As a primary health care provider, I have been stressing to my patients for years the importance of “regular” exercise (not once every week or two). This study should be a big eye-opener for us all. Exercise is not just for losing weight; it helps the entire body and nervous system function better, helping prevent most diseases. The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines suggest 150 minutes of “moderate to vigorous” exercise per week as a minimum or base standard for exercise as a preventative health measure. At the end of the day it all comes down to the daily choices we make. Too many of us claim we are “too busy” for exercise. The reality is that this is just an easy excuse. We have to start taking more responsibility for our

health. Everybody has time to take care of their trucks, ATV’s and other toys – how can you not have time for your one and only body? You can’t buy a new body like you can a new truck, right!? Even squeezing in 20 minutes of exercise per day can have drastic effects. Canadians have to understand what “Health Care” really is. A more suitable name for our current system is “Sick Care” - wait until you get sick, then take care of it. This is a backwards approach to living a healthy life. We need to stop putting our bodies and health on the bottom of the priority list. More & more research keeps piling up, emphasizing the absolute importance of exercise in our daily routines but we keep ignoring it. Now you know what the answer is, the power is in your hands to make a change. No one can do it for you. It may not be easy in the beginning, but the result is a life-saver! 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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LOCAL NEWS

First logs trucked out from Little Prairie Community Forest

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND - The first logs salvaged from the mountain pine-beetle attack were trucked out of Little Prairie the Community Forest and delivered to West Fraser

on Wednesday, November 20. The Little Prairie Community Forest (LPCF) is a partnership between the District of Chetwynd, West Moberly First Nations and the Saulteau First Nations. Chetwynd Forest

Industries (CFI), a division of West Fraser, completed its five-year pine salvage plan this past spring. “A lot of the pine is concentrated on the southwesterly side of the community forest with the odd patch up in other areas,” Jason Mattioli, a registered

DISTRICT OF CHETWYND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

for Proposed Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 990, 2013 (Shannon East/West 42 Avenue NE)

Pursuant to Section 892 of the Local Government Act RSBC 1996, the Council of the District of Chetwynd gives notice that all persons who believe their interest to be affected by the provisions contained in the “District of Chetwynd Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 990, 2013 (Shannon East/West 42 Avenue NE)” shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard on matters contained in the Bylaw at a Public Hearing scheduled for the below noted date and place:

Date: December 2, 2013 Time: 4:00 p.m. Place: Council Chambers, District Office

Bylaw No. 990, 2013 proposes to amend the District of Chetwynd Zoning Bylaw No. 932, 2010 by rezoning Lot A, Plan PGP 39163, District Lot 2092, Peace River District and a portion of District Lot 2091, Peace River District from Rural 2 (RU2) to Light Industrial (M1). The purpose of the rezoning is for future light industrial development.

professional forester and planning superintendent with CFI explained last May. “Quite a bit of the area has been dead since 2008/2009, so we’re looking at four or five years old now. Those trees are starting to dry out quite a bit. There is only a number of years left where we are going to be able to get value out of them and turn them into lumber, so we’re looking at the next four and a half years to be doing large salvage operation within the community forest.” The purpose of the Community Forest is to cooperatively manage a working forest producing commercially valuable forest products, while providing cultural, social and

economic benefits to the partnering community. A volunteer Board of Directors with representation from the participating partners has used a consensus-based approach to develop the management strategy for the Community Forest. Since its initial formation, the Community Forest has been severely impacted by the mountain pine beetle. In order to address the beetle issue a five-year management and timber-sale agreement was negotiated with West Fraser Timber, with input and oversight from the Board of Directors. A number of open public meetings were held at the three partnering communities to gather input and concerns with the pro-

Land Act: Notice of Intention to Apply for a Disposition of Crown Land Take notice that P & L Ventures of Hudson’s Hope has made an application to the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO), Peace Region, for a new application for a Licence of Occupation for Quarrying purposes covering approximately 2.84 hectares situated on Provincial Crown land in the vicinity of Canyon Drive, Peace River District.

Property owners who believe their interest in property may be affected by the proposed amendment bylaw may view the bylaw and all other written information pertaining to this matter in detail at the District of Chetwynd Office located at 5400 North Access Road, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday inclusive, excluding statutory holidays. Any inquiries should be referred to the District of Chetwynd, Telephone: 250-401-4100, Fax: 250-401-4101, Email: d-chet@gochetwynd.com or by mail to P.O. Box 357, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0. Dated this 22nd day of November, 2013. Carol Newsom, Director of Corporate Administration.

The Lands File Number that has been established for this project is 8015207. Written comments concerning this application should be directed to Annette Bailey, Authorization Officer at 100, 10003-110 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC, V1J 6M7, (250) 787-3435. Comments will be received until, December 23, 2013. MFLNRO may not be able to consider comments received after this date. Please visit our Applications and Reasons for Decision website at www.arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/index.jsp for more information. Be advised that any response to this notice will be part of the public record and is subject to the Freedom of Information and Privacy Act.

posed harvesting plans. Following these meetings, plans were revised, finalized and submitted to the Ministry of Forests for approval. In addition, the Ministry approved raising the initial five-year harvest level to address the mountain pine beetle issue. Once the mountain pine beetle affected timber has been logged, the annual harvest level will be reassessed and reduced. Reforestation of the logged areas will be carried out to the Ministry of Forests’ legally required free growing standards. A revenue stream will occur for the Community Forest that the three partners will share equally and reinvest back into the three communities with an emphasis on health, education, and recreation.

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

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Tayo’s family home had half of its roof ripped off from the heavy rain and damaging winds. She says they are lucky to still have one half of the house to live in. “Good thing our house is just five years old because the older houses are totaled. Half of our house is gone but half of it is still there so my family is still safe there.” Almost all of her relatives living in the area were not so lucky, most of them losing their homes. Her older sisters home, just around the corner, was completely destroyed. “The sad thing is she has seven small children. They just have to camp in our place.” The main problem in Medellin now is access to food and safe drinking water. Tayo says many of the roads were blocked in the days following the Typhoon. Because of the massive destruction in Tacloban, there is very little means of transporting the international assistance that is flooding into the country. And to compound the situation, the earthquake that rocked the nation on October 15 seriously depleted emergency supplies. “Typhoons are not new for us,” Tayo said. “But

“I was so touched ... I will be sending them money for the roof....”

this is the first time that our [town] is totaled, before there were just floods or trees falling down. I don't even want to see the news, it’s so sad.” Aside from her family being safe, Tayo was happily surprised when an anonymous donor came into the Tim Hortons and gave $200 to go towards

the roof after he had heard what happened. “I was just so touched. I don’t know his name. [Tim Hortons staff] said that he is a regular guest here. I'll be sending them [money] for the roof I have lots of relatives so I can help them, because its been raining there since after the typhoon.”

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LOCAL NEWS

Chetwynd's Filipino community feels effects of Typhoon Haiyan half a world away

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Rescue crews and emergency workers continue filling hastily dug trenches with hundreds of decomposing bodies in Tacloban, the capital city of Leyte province this week. According to the Associated Press, supplies are just now reaching some of the more remote areas of Leyte, where corpses remain untouched on some streets and emergency shelters are packed. Here at home, residents of Chetwynd’s budding Filipino community are considering themselves lucky that none of their family members were seriously injured, although some have sustained damaged to their homes. Helen Young, manager at the Chetwynd IGA confirmed one of her employ-

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Neighborhood kids look on as Edmund Tayo, brother of Tim Hortons Chetwynd employee Edith Tayo, takes a picture of the destruction in Medellin, Cebu Province, Phillippines. Photos submitted

“He said that this is the

worst thing that happened in our community, itʼs a total wipeout of the houses.”

ees homes suffered damage from the winds that reached as high as 313 kilometres per hour (195 mph). Another employee was still waiting to hear from a missing relative Wednesday morning. “They don’t suspect anything, but it’s just the unknown,” Young said. Edith Tayo is an employee at the Chetwynd Tim Hortons. She is from Cebu province, east of Leyte, where her mother and two

younger sisters live in the northern town of Medellin, about four hours from Cebu city. Tayo has six siblings living in the Philippines. On Sunday, the International Red Cross established its operations centre in an old Energizer battery factory in Cebu city. “There is no casualities (in our community) so far, there’s only one in our area. Mostly it’s damage of

Chetwynd Tim Hortons employee Edith Tayo’s sisters house is shown here in shambles, after typhoon Haiyan’s 313 kph winds pounded the village of Medellin, Cebu Province.

the houses,” she said. Communication lines in Medellin are down and authorities say it could be up to a month before they are repaired. But, three days after the

typhoon hit, she heard from her brother Edmund. He had been in Medellin with the family when Haiyan hit, but works in Cebu city. “He just messaged me

through Facebook. He said that this is the worst thing that happened in our community, it’s a total wipe out of the houses.” Please see "TYPHOONS," page25


Chetwynd Echo November 22, 2013