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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – At a recent Chamber of Commerce luncheon Peace River South MLA and Minister of Transportation Blair Lekstrom said his door is always open any time for his constituents to discuss any issue they wish. “My door is always open, my phone is always open, my office in Dawson Creek is open Monday to


Friday 8 to 4 and I’m in the phone book if it’s after hours or on the weekend and you need to get in touch with me,” he said. “Don’t hesitate to give me a call.” Lekstrom was in town giving his year-end speech to local businesses and took the time to touch on several local issues. “We’re very fortunate in BC and Canada as a whole to live where we do,” he

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The Grinch strikes again: Christmas turkey vouchers stolen from hampers

BY N AOMI L ARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Following this month’s earlier theft of a charity jar from a local grocery store, now more than a dozen families are now

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without a Christmas turkey after 17 turkey vouchers were stolen from the Christmas Bureau Society hampers Sunday. The vouchers were valued at more than $500. Society president

District of Chetwynd new councillor Ernest Pfanner was officially sworn into office Monday evening. Pfanner was not present at teh Dec 6 meeting. Photo by Naomi Larsen

Karen Stewart said she’s saddened by the event. “People are so caring and so giving when it comes to the hamper project,” she said. “This is so sad and it makes me sick to think about it.” The society packed up

more than 170 hampers over the weekend and all include an entire turkey dinner and new wrapped gifts for children for local families in need. The hamper project has been a part of Chetwynd

for more than four decades and in 2003 the group became an official charitable society. If anyone knows anything about the stolen turkey vouchers, please contact Stewart at 250788-3171.


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Little Lights Daycare closing due to lack of staff

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Little Lights Daycare is closing their doors for two months in the new year due to a staffing shortage leaving some parents stuck without child

care. The board has been looking for a qualified full time Early Childcare Educator (ECE) for several months but has had no luck. The daycare has two staff members with their ECE diploma, however neither are full time.

Enrichment Program teacher Luisa Surerus has stepped into the role of daycare temporarily to assist the centre, however she is taking a leave of absence and will be phasing out by June. “But even with the current situation, with Luisa here, we’re still

short staffed and we’re still looking,” the centre’s Administrator Judy Hamilton said. For more information, call Hamilton at 250-788-2169. Or, if you have an ECE diploma and are looking for work, fax your resume to 250-788-2400 or

Maisey reminds District about separation of church and state

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – In her first meeting as a member of the public gallery, excouncillor Brenda Maisey wasted no time in taking the new council to task Monday afternoon. Earlier in the meeting council voted unanimously to allow the Chetwynd Gospel Tabernacle to use a room at the District office for an hour of prayer once a month. In a letter to Mayor Merlin Nichols Pastor

D e n n i s o u s l y, ” H e l s e t Helset said. “I do not agree “And as thanked him for give up that these people C h r i s t i a n s much of his come in here and we want to personal fulfill our time to bring use a room on tax- part of its “honest, just, payerʼs dollar...” directives.” moral manMaisey agement to was not our District Government. happy with their decision. Helset said they are an “I do not agree that inter-church group in these people come in here Chetwynd and a link of and use a room on taxpayPrayer Canada whose ers dollars to pray with main aim is “praying for Mayor and Council,” she the political authorities said. “They could look at across Canada.” the council agenda and if “We take the Bible seri- there is very sensitive

issues they could manipulate that prayer session around that to try and influence you your decision for the people of Chetwynd whom are not all gospel tabernacle people. I’m very concerned about this and if I was on council I would very strongly vote against this.” Maisey said the separation of church and state is very important in order to preserve democracy. Maisey also said the last council had voted against the same request.

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The Little Giant Figure Skating Club hosted their Christmas Pop Concert Sunday evening. Admission was donation to the Christmas Bureau Society. Photo by Naomi Larsen


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said. “BC is one of two provinces that qualified for a triple-A credit rating.” Lekstrom said the new rating means the province is in a better position to repay its debt. “We spent tens of millions of dollars less in interest payments on our debt,” he said. But, Lekstrom said the province is spending more each year than what they bring in. “And that’s not sustainable,” he said. “So we made a commitment. We had a balanced budget in 2008. But the economic crisis hit all of us and that changed our picture. Revenues dried up considerably.” Lekstrom said there are two options: cut services to the point where it impacts quality of life or look at a short-term deficit-financing situation. “And that’s what we’re in right now,” he said. “We’ve made a commitment to balance the budget again by 2013/2014. I’m still optimistic we can do that. But each and every day the world seems to change.”

part of the deal was to pay back the 1.6 billion to the federal government if the HST was eliminated within five years. “The people of BC cast their votes saying they would like to get rid of it,” he said. “My personal view of this is that I certainly respect the vote but I think it was based more on emotion than fact. I think the HST is actually a sound tax policy and it benefits for the most part, most of us. But … the people of BC is who I represent and they made their decision and we are transitioning back to a GST/PST as quickly as we can.”

HEALTHCARE Healthcare continues to be a significant challenge across Canada Lekstrom said. “The growth and demand for healthcare is there, the technology is advancing and that’s very positive,” he said. “Unfortunately the ability to sustain the growth in our healthcare budget is a challenge.” In 2001 the provincial healthcare budget was around $8.6 billion. Ten years later the budget is $17 billion. “Watching that kind of HST growth, it’s just not sus“We are negotiating with tainable. The federal govthe federal government,” ernment under the health Lekstrom said, adding accord is entering discus-

had to be rebuilt. We have accomplished most of that along with the capital plan that was in place.” Earlier this year Watching that Lekstrom made the announcement of highway kind of growth, twinning from Dawson itʼs just not Creek to Fort St. John. “We are looking at sustainable. expansion from Dawson Creek to Chetwynd side as well and we have changed the classification from Class B to Class A which means increased maintenance – which I’ve heard continuing to fight the loud and clear about.” fight. The use of liquid calcium has been suspended. ROADS “It didn’t work as well Lekstrom said when it as we thought it would,” comes to roads in he said. “We actually have Northern BC they perhaps haven’t received the investment they should have over the years with the amount of activity going on. “When you drive the roads … it is a steady steam of traffic today,” he said. “It’s a busy place today and we’re very fortunate to have that.” Lekstrom said some capital is being invested in the roadways around the Peace. “We have just come off a pretty significant year in this region,” he said. “Obviously very compounded very much by the early floods we had this year. Tens of millions of dollars of infrastructure


sions with each of the provinces,” he said. “Early indications are that things may not be funded to the same amount they used to – which plays a major role in the decisions we have to make in BC.” Lekstrom gave kudos to the provincial healthcare system but admitted recruitment remains a challenge. Even with the provincial government forgiving student loans for those who got to school to become doctors and remain in BC to practice in northern, remote or rural areas. “I thought that would be all we need to do to keep people here,” he said. “Unfortunately many of the students are choosing Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, for the lifestyle. They are willing to take on the debt.” Lekstrom said they are

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discontinued the use of liquid calcium and we’ve gone back to and salt which is much safer alternative.” Lekstrom said the liquid calcium wasn’t compatible with Northern BC weather patterns and instead of being a road de-icer had a tendency to freeze quickly and turn roads into skating rinks. This winter Lekstrom said more graders are on the road this winter and “we are certainly on the right track to address the concerns of the traveling public.” Please see "THE," page 17

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he concept of the separation of church and state refers to the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state – or in this case, the District of Chetwynd. At their first official meeting Chetwynd’s new council voted unanimously to allow the Gospel Tabernacle Church to meet once a month in the District Office committee room at city hall (for free…or in other words at the cost of taxpayers) to pray for one hour for and

with the politicians and staff of the District of Chetwynd. The written request was spoken about and voted for within mere minutes with very little discussion. Now while I know council is quite new and doesn’t want to ruffle any feathers at their first meeting, they would have been fully within their rights to ruffle these ones. The church and government should never be paired up. They are two entirely separate entities that have absolutely nothing to do with each other. Yet at our local government, the two cross paths prior to each meeting beginning with the opening prayer. The Gospel Tabernacle Church is more then wel-

come to pray for our District – at their own church or at a rented space not owned by taxpayers’ dollars. And while I understand our many of our new councillors are active church-goers with strong Christian backgrounds, their religious viewpoints should never come into play while they secure their council seats. Ever. I wonder if the decision by council would have been the same if, say, a Muslim or Jewish contingency wished to do the same thing. Somehow – and I’d like hope in my heart of hearts I’m wrong on this – I think not. In a community as ethnically, culturally and spiritually diverse as Chetwynd is becoming, it strikes me as odd that the

selection of ‘prayers’ for this sort of ceremonial activity doesn’t reflect that diversity in a way that is fair and equal. Considering that, is it appropriate to open city council meetings with religious proceedings? Is it appropriate to allow the church to use City Hall as a prayer centre? Even if the selection of invited speakers were made equal in terms of houses of worship being represented, is this ceremonial activity inclusive of citizens who do not belong to a particular faith, or those who do not consider themselves religious? I think the decision council made Monday afternoon should seriously be looked at and reconsidered. And eventually, revoked.

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To the Editor, I’m writing in response to the letter you received from Robert and Lana Krakowski (Dec. 16 issue) and I must admit that I was surprised at the unabashed hostility directed towards K Slack. Even though no names of our vendors were mentioned in that article, our friends decided they were targeted, and lashed out, and I can understand wholeheartedly

where they are coming from. It is a difficult job running a large retail business, or even a small one for that matter, and they all have their own unique challenges, but one challenge is all consuming, the general public. People are hard to please, and are a demanding lot that want it all and want it now, and in this consumer driven world it is harder than ever to please everyone all the time.

I am a warehouse worker by trade, and I know what it is like to hear people tell me what I should have, could do, and need to do to make them happier. And fortunately I do not work in the public realm, which would greatly reduce my colorful responses to what people think. You however are not afforded this luxury, and although the customer is not always right, the customer must be

treated with as much tact as is possible to diffuse caustic situations. And regarding this bit of what should be considered, constructive criticism, I say suck it up buttercup. What you do is a tough and demanding job, and you come to work every day giving it your all, but don’t lash out at the folks that spend thousands over the years, when they throw out a little critique.


I have lived in Chetwynd for close to twenty years, and have spent thousands of dollars at Home Hardware, and will continue to do so while I reside here. Most times I will be happy with the service, and sometimes I will not be happy. And when I’m not happy I will let you know. Sincerely, Dave Archer Chetwynd, BC

Public tax dollars shouldnʼt be funding prayer groups at city hall

To the Editor; Firstly, a big thank you to the citizens of Chetwynd who supported and encouraged me over the last nine years during my elected duties as a town councillor. I owe you all a huge debt of gratitude and with con-

tinue to be actively involved in health communities and tourism and the betterment of daily living in this fine community of ours. Also congratulations to the election of our new Mayor and Council. It takes courage, integrity,

dedication and much time of study to follow through with the duties of office. I wish you all the best as you work through the next three years. Democracy is a precious gift - cherish it! Secondly, I attended the first council meeting last Monday and was

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Chetwynd Echo Publisher Naomi Larsen presents Chetwynd Christmas Bureau Society President Karen Stewart with a check for $500. They money was raised from the proceeds of the annual In Memory Of supplement.

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intrigued and troubled by one of the first resolutions by this new mayor and council: Approved under 8(b)) Correspondence for Discussion presented a letter from the Gospel Tabernacle church requesting a room in our town hall to conduct drop-in prayer sessions once per month. The aim of the Gospel Tabernacle Church is to “pray for political authorities across Canada.” Previously in the last three years I had spoken out agains this request for the following reasons. 1. The separation of church and state is the most important value in pre-

serving democracy for all in Canada. I emphasize ALL. We currently see people around the world fighting and dying for this precious gift. 2. Why specifically does this church need to be within the Town Hall? Drop in Prayer Format could be held in church with others free to join in tow pray for guidance for their politicians. 3. One may say “well it’s only once a month for an hour” But during times of stress for the town and government, these ‘movements’ have a tendency to grow and infiltrate the decision making process. 4. It’s on my tax dollar.

Is it democratic to open the “hallowed halls of democracy” to one prayer group and then have the difficult decision to turn down another? My concerns and comments are entirely without malic. I am a Church of Englad Anglican and all my children attended church schools. I have no ulterior motives except touse my democratic right to voice my concerns on this matter. Merry and Blessed Christmas to all and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Brenda Maisey Chetwynd, BC

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The two rules that should never be broken


OUT OF BOUNDS with Dave Liggett

o the other day, the first day the mountain (Fernie Alpine Resort) was open, I skied out of the bottom of Lizard Bowl onto Lower Lizard and happened upon a distressed couple. He’s on a board. She’s on rental skis. He’s clearly experienced. Just as clear, this is her first day on skis. He’s doing the board sideslip down the hill.

She’s flailing out of control from one crash and burn to the next. I stopped above them and eavesdropped. “You gotta dig in your skis. Dig ‘em in hard and go across the hill.” She dug her skis in and with her skis firmly on edge, accelerated across the broad expanse of Lower Lizard until, arms a flailing, she crashed into a heap. Again. Sometimes her skis came off. Sometimes not. Zig, crash. Zag, crash. Zig, crash.

And so on He slid sideways on his board down to her and said, “No, you really gotta dig them in and then go all the way across the hill. Then turn. Just go back and forth.” He waved his arms demonstrating the back and forth motion. Watching, I could tell this was going nowhere fast. Ski industry facts indicate that 90% of the people that first try skiing never go back. She was on her way to being part of that 90%. “Let me give you a hand. First. Don’t dig your skis in. Let them slide against

“Never let the

person you are dating, living with, married or other wise attached to to teach you to ski.”

the snow. Like this” and I made a slow gliding wedge. One turn and stopped. She stood up started down making one easy turn. On the second, as soon as she started speed-

ing up, she dug in her edges and accelerated off until, arms a flailing, she fell. “Nope. Look how I bring my ski across the hill. It slows me down.’ I executed a couple of short round gliding wedges down toward her. “Just make one turn and stop.” She got up, dusted herself off and tried one. She turned. She stopped. It worked. Her boyfriend looked disgusted. She looked like she might become part of the 10% that come back. “Now another.” Again, it worked. She stopped.

“Now two and stop.” I demonstrated two round gliding wedges and stopped a bit below her. She followed linking two turns, and stopped. He slid sideways down the hill to us. I ignore him. “Never go across the hill. Always turn. Always turn. The turns keep your speed in control.” And I skied off to the bottom of the Bear. There used to be only one rule in learning to ski. I realized that morning, Now, there are two. The First Rule. Please see "Thereʼs," page 7

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Never let the person you are dating, living with, married to or other wise attached to, teach you to ski (or board). Period. Never. The Second Rule may actually be a corollary, but I’ll upgrade it the status of a rule. Equally simple, but usually completely misunderstood by those within the matrix of the involvement. Never let a snowboarder

(even if they are not the person you are dating, living with, married to or other wise attached to) teach you to ski. And visa versa. Granted, both skiing and boarding are sliding down the hill. That’s about it for the connection. In the application of an ability to maintain a sliding balance, they are completely different animals. To start with, in skiing your feet are independent. On a snowboard, you are hobbled to the board. If you are used

to surfing or skateboarding, that’s fine. That’s a special few. Most folks walk, run and ride with independent feet. Skiing you face down the hill. On a snowboard you face your toes, put your arms out and ride. Really, that’s all you can do. The best example I can think of would be a bicycle and a unicycle. They both have wheels. You peddle them. But, if you ever tried to ride a unicycle, you know that someone on a bike will be useless teach-

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ing you to ride a unicycle. So remember Rule One and Two. Go find someone you trust and trained to teach. Other than that, it makes no difference if you pick up a board or skis, as long as they ride the same. Ride on. Dave Liggett is a born and bred die-hard skier and technical expert who resides in the Kootenay ski resort town of Fernie, BC. Over this winter he will be sharing his tips and skills to help everyone shred just a little better.

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Teddy Bear Toss

In the spirit of Christmas, the Chetwynd Scotiabank Bantam Giants dedicated last weekend's APL game vs Fort St John Flyers a Charity Teddy Bear Toss. Hockey fans were asked to bring & throw a Teddy Bear when the first goal was scored. Chetwynd's #16 Liam Beattie scored the Teddy Bear Goal which resulted in over 50 stuffed animals scattered over the ice. The Giants donated all the Teddy Bears to the Chetwynd Christmas Hampers Santa Photo submitted Claus Project.

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Peachland reunion “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.� -Santa Claus

Former and current residents of Chetwynd got together recently in Peachland, BC for a yearly reunion. Pictured are James Matear, Norm and Beverly Stirling, Ned and Jackie Stewart, Korky Grant, Donald Grant, Ozie and Margie Asleson, Fred and Sylvia Gerwien, Dean and Moreen Westgate, Des and Iris Westgate Photo submitted and Jim and Carol Westgate.

Talisman Giants lose to Sexsmith

The Talisman Giants dominated their game on Friday night against Yellowknife, but struggled in their games against the Grande Prairie and Sexsmith teams on Saturday, placing them in the 3rd and 4th place game where they faced Sexsmith again. The final game was fast paced and the Giants fought hard keeping the score at 2 - 1 for most of the game, but unfortunately Sexsmith was able to pull ahead in the last half of the 3rd period winning 5 - 1. Photo submitted

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Council appointments

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– • Mayor Merlin Nichols has completed his list of council appointments for the 2012. Nichols will be sitting on the Finance Strategy committee, the Economic Development, Civic Properties, South Peace EDC and the Peace River Regional District commissions. Coun. Alec Brownlee will sit on the Finance Strategy and Public Works committees as well as the PRRD and South Peace EDC commissions. He will also be the RCMP liaison. Coun. Rochelle Galbraith will sit on the C o m m u n i t y Improvements, Finance Strategy, Health Services and Water and Sewer Task Group committee as well as PRRD and Municipal Insurance Authority commissions. She will also

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serve as liaison for the Enbridge, the Chetwynd Public Library and the Chetwynd Senior’s Housing Society. Coun. Don Harris will sit on the Community Improvements, Finance Strategy and Public Works committees. He will also serve on the Civic Properties Commission and be the liaison for the Pine Valley Seniors and the PVEP. Coun. Bob Nicholson will sit on the Finance Strategy and Water and Sewer Task Group committees as well as the Municipal Insurance Authority. He will also be the liaison for the C h e t w y n d Communications Society and the Heritage/Museum. Coun. Ernest Pfanner will sit on the Community Improvements, Finance Strategy and Health Services committees as

Sonny Hinchcliffe, of the Chetwynd Elks presented the Chetwynd Junior Curling Club with a cheque for $5,000. This donation is an annual $1,000 donation for the next five years, which will go towards equipment and the Annual Junior Funspiel. Photo submitted

well as the Economic Development and Civic Properties commissions. He will also act as liaison for the Fire Department, Measuring up the North and the Sukunka Group. Coun. Laura Weisgerber will sit on the Finance Strategy, Health Services, Public Works and Water and Sewer Task Group committees. She will also sit on the Economic Development, Northern Development Initiative Trust and the Municipal Insurance Authority commissions. She will be liaison for the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce and the Fire Department.

• Due to the fact Mayor Merlin Nichols is unable to attend, new Councillor Elect Alec Brownlee has been challenged to compete in the annual High On Ice Festival Mayor’s Ice Carving Challenge on Jan. 14 in Fort St. John.

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Toe pick!

A LGFSC member spins effortlessly on the ice at Sunday’s concert. Photo by Naomi Larsen

Thank you to our Chetwynd Echo carriers for all the hard work you do over the year for us. And thank you to their parents for all their help! From our family to yours...

Happy Holidays!


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Spreading the Joy of the Season to all our friends and neighbours Joe & Jocelyn Disher & family Dale & Val Jenson BJ, Kylie, Blayke, Devyn & Kashden Jenson Jessica Haase, Shaleny, Ashley, Lyndsey,Glenn & Shauna Derkoch Ted, Val, Griffin, Wyatt & Sara Goldie Ken, Liz, Zoe, Kenneth & Olivia Dodd Jeff & Kathy Hecker & family Mark, Graciete, Brad & Brett Folster Rose Nielsen Roland, Carmen, Kaylin & Kase Ganseveles Yvonne Elden & all the other Eldens Diane & George Mallia The Ekman Family CSS Art Class Gemma, Derek, Daniel & Heather Gewison James, Shawna, Austin, Tristen & Gage Bice Darrel, Kristin, Kadin & Dyllan Best Trevor, Tanis, Timber, Turner, Tucker & Tanner Margaret, Mark, Hannah, Lian & Luk Sandy & Andy Carveth Giselle Lamblin Jason, Many Jordan, Rylee & Hayden LaGreca The Armitages (Hudson Hope) Mary Brereton Phyllis Foster Maria Goldie (Hudson Hope) Debbie Strom Wendy Fontaine The Mattioli Family The Widdicombe Family Gord, Jennifer, Zachary & Annika Gosse Kerry Silver, Alex & Lauren Strachan Jamie, Krista, Michael, Brinley & Sutter Harvey Wayne & Fay Asleson Beth Willis Clint & Jackson Asleson Ruth LaGreca Korky Grant (Vernon) Alison & Alan Cartwright Duwane & Brenda Lukey Bernie, Connie, Brianna, Robyn & Mathew LeBlanc (Lethbridge) Proceeds ($106.00) from this Greeting Column were donated to the Chetwynd Christmas Bureau Society

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How to unwrap, unplug and recycle over holidays

Submitted –––––––––––––– With the holidays just around the corner, toasters, blenders and other small appliances are sure to change hands prompting a proud new owner to ask, “What do I do with my old small appliance?” Unplugged, the Small Appliance Recycling Program, gives British Columbians an environmentally-friendly alternative to trashing their old toaster or binning that blender this holiday season. The first small appliance recycling program of its kind in Canada, and the

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Hamper donation

Ms. Keutzer's grade 5/6 class at Little Prairie Elementary School organized and ran a competition amongst the classes in the school. The top two classes were treated to a free swim sponsored by the Chetwynd Leisure Pool. But in the whole picture, it was the Chetwynd Christmas Hamper Project that was the big winner with many boxes of food and toys being donated by the students, parents and staff of Little Prairie Photo submitted School.

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only government-approved program in B.C., Unplugged recycles over 120 small appliances, many of which may make the perfect holiday gift like toasters, blenders, curling irons and bread makers. The majority of materials used in small appliances, including plastic, glass, metal and aluminum will be recycled through Unplugged. “Small appliance recycling is an important environmental initiative for B.C.,” says Brock Macdonald, Executive Director, Recycling Council of British Columbia. “By diverting more products from landfill, Unplugged will recover valuable resources, promote conservation and help municipalities reduce the

costs of managing waste.” Unplugged has over 100 collection locations across the province, so British Columbians can have a happy holiday while still helping to reduce pollution and save energy by recycling their old and broken small appliances. The program operates on a non-profit basis and is funded by a recycling fee applied to new products brought into B.C. by small appliance manufacturers and retailers. This fee covers all program costs, including collection, transportation and recycling, and may be included in a product’s price or displayed as a separate charge at check-out. British Columbians can go to for more program details, and a full list of accepted products and locations.

“Christmas is not a time or a season but a state of mind. To cherish peace and good will, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

-Calvin Coolidge



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Talisman gives to Society

Chetwynd Christmas Bureau Society president Karen Stewart accepts a cheque for $1,200 from Talisman Operations Engineer Jaana Wilkinson. Photo by Naomi Larsen

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METRO –––––––––––––– Many Christmas traditions are older than some celebrants might think. The tradition of lighting up a Christmas tree, for example, dates back to the days before Christmas lights. Before electric-powered twinkle lights were invented and even before electricity was discovered, people used actual candles to adorn the Christmas tree. As one can imagine, having an open flame next to a dried-out tree made for some fast fires. That's why it was customary to keep a bucket of water next to the tree as well. As if fire wasn't enough, the tinsel used to decorate trees was made from strips of silver and even lead -- something that is now known to be a health hazard to adults and children alike. Although we've come a long way from candles and lead, trees that are overly dry paired with lights that have frayed wires can just as easily lead to fires. Plus, plastic tinsel can be a choking hazard for children and pets. One Christmas staple that has lost its status as a safety hazard is thepoinsettia plant. Poinsettias are a tropical plant that have become a fixture during the Christmas season. It has long been thought that Please see "BE," page 17

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ECONOMY Lekstrom said the Northeast is currently the job hub of the province and he doesn’t quite understand when people

say there are no jobs available. “I kind of have to bite my tongue and smile sometimes when I’m down in Vancouver or Victoria and people talking about there is no jobs,

what should we do, the government isn’t doing anything…there’s people that think the jobs should come to them instead of people going to the jobs. I‘ve never seen anywhere in the world where it

works that way. Opportunity is created and it’s up to individuals to reach out and grab that opportunity and do what they can with it for themselves and family. And the opportunity is here in the

Family dogs stolen in Dawson Creek

MILE0CITY ––––––––––––– DAWSON CREEK– A number of families in and around Dawson Creek are dealing with the heartbreak of having their beloved pets stolen from them. The Dawson Creek RCMP reported earlier this week that at least 20 dogs have been reported missing in the past several weeks from neighbourhoods in the city, as well as surrounding communities such as Bear Mountain, Tomslake and Rolla. All the dogs reported stolen were of medium to large-sized breeds of a gentle temperament. Police have not determined a motive behind the thefts so far. The latest victim is Kango, a threeyear-old Brindle Bullmastiff-St. Bernard cross. Owner Talyn Krantz said she went out to the yard of her downtown home this morning to feed her two dogs, and Kango was missing. She said she has no doubt that her dog was stolen, as there is no way he could have escaped the yard on his own, and her other, smaller dog was still there. “There were tracks,” she added. “I could see the dog’s tracks, and then all of a sudden they just disappeared, so it looked like it was put

into a vehicle or something.” Krantz said she has no idea why somebody would want to steal her dog, other than a rumour she heard that there are people around who are training pitbulls for dog fights. She added she had heard about similar dog-knappings that happened around the same time last year.

“Itʼs completely devastating.” “It’s completely devastating,” she said about the loss of Kango. “People get quite attached to their animals.” Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Kango is asked to contact Talyn Krantz at 250-2195379. Katie Vipond, a resident of the South Dawson area, had her beloved pooch, Rhyden, a two-year-old Brindle Boxer, taken from her about three-and-a-half weeks ago. Vipond said she also has no doubt Rhyden was stolen. “He never goes away, but he just

vanished out of the blue a one o’clock in the afternoon. We let him out, and that was it, he was just gone,” said Vipond. She said it wasn’t uncommon for the dog to go visit with her neighbours or chase other animals, but he always returned home. She said no one in the neighbourhood saw him that day. She added Rhyden certainly fits the description of the type of dogs that have been stolen. “He is the friendliest dog ever. He wouldn’t hurt a fly, and he would so with anybody, he thinks everybody is his friend,” she said. Vipond said losing Rhyden is like losing a member of their family. “He is our baby. We have had him since the day he was born. He slept with us every night in our bed he was just like our little baby,” she said. A picture of Rhyden has been included above, and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Katie Vipond at 250219-2614. Anyone with information regarding these or other stolen dogs is asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at (250) 784-3721, or phone Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Be careful of the poinsetta plants Continued from page 16

poinsettias are poisonous to people and animals. While there is some toxicity to the plant, it would

require the ingestion of hundreds of leaves to get a toxic dose of a plant's poison. Ingestion may simply cause a case of vomiting or diarrhea

instead. But poinsettia leaves are said to have an unpleasant taste, so one bite and most children and animals will probably turn away. Perhaps

one of the biggest hazards come Christmas -- both then and now -- is not having enough turkey or eggnog to go around for holiday guests!

Northeast and here to stay for a long time.” Lekstrom said the boom is very positive for this region and the rest of the province and the world is watching. “On our worst day here


in BC, we will have it better than 90 per cent of the world will ever enjoy on their best day,” he said.


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Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Hark the Herald Angels

Peace Christian School held their annual Christmas Concert last week which told the Christmas Story complete with wise men and angels. Photo submitted

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“Blast this Christmas music. It's joyful and triumphant.” - The Grinch

You’re a mean one Mr. Grinch

The Little Giant Figure Skating Club hosted their Christmas Pop Concert Sunday which saw skaters glide around the rink to various holiday tunes including the Grinch. Photo by Naomi Larsen


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Don’t be fooled by all the pretty faces

The Mayor’s Report


with Merlin Nichols

left off last week while still hanging around the water treatment plant. Just seeing the inside workings of the plant gives assurance of purity and abundance of water. But don’t be fooled by pretty faces. Our staff is not fooled. They perform multiple, regular, and frequent tests to ensure the safety of the

water that we drink. Daily tests include ph, turbidity, and chlorine content. Weekly field testing at various locations in the distribution lines confirms that the water is still potable when it arrives in your neighbourhood. Every two weeks samples are sent to Northern Health for laboratory testing for bacteria. No aspect of the procedure goes unmonitored. Computers watch tirelessly 24-7. The operators are able to respond to alarms and identify problems on the screen when at the plant site or from their

homes and make adjustments necessary to keep clean water flowing. The pride and joy of the operators is the new and massive V8 Diesel generator housed in a woodframe building just waiting for BC Hydro to go down. The engine is kept continually warm and ready to fire by hot-water circulation. It will start up with a roar the instant the grid fails to deliver – and your water will keep running. It seems like everything at the plant is in twos or threes. If one high-lift pump fails there are two

more to take up the burden. If one end of the filtration system has to be serviced, the other end keeps the water moving. If one attendant has to go for R&R, the other keeps a sharp eye on all the moving parts. Though reluctant to leave, it is time to move out and go with the flow. A new 14-inch line from the plant now connects at Westgate Road with the older line that carries on up the hill to the water tower. All that line is underground, out of sight, and out of mind – of most of us. But when I ask

about locations of lines, Al whips out a scroll of prints, rolls it out on the desk and proceeds to show me where every line, every valve, and every problem site is located. Fantastic! But we were almost up the hill. That tower is a marvel in itself. It must hold a ton of water – it does, and many more tons. But how long will it last the community in normal use? About half a day. Yep. Half a day! Both towers will service your needs for 24 hours. See why it’s important to keep everything running? See why we need qualified,


capable, dedicated people on site and on task? From the tower to you are thousands of meters of pipe, some old, some new. Over the next months your staff and council will be looking closely at how to make necessary repairs and upgrades that will ensure a continuing and adequate supply of clean, fresh water. So, drink up and have a happy Christmas. Disclaimer: The preceding is the opinion of Mayor Merin Nichols and may or may not reflect the views and/or wishes of council.


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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 250-788-9563

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

Free coaching courses for snow and hill sports. Call Kristen at Pacific Sport Northern BC at 250-960-5346.

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Chetwynd Scotiabank Bantam Giants Tournament Fri. - Sun. Jan 20,21,22.

Youth Group for ages 13-18. Mondays 7 pm - 8pm. Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. Call 250-4017201 New Year’s Eve Dry Dance 2012. Saulteau First Nations gym. 8 pm - 1 am. Doors open 7:30. Hot meal at 9:30 pm. Featuring live band: Soggy Bannock Boys. New Year’s Eve Karaoke, Legion Lounge 8 pm No cover.

Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 12 - 2. Weekly Group Sessions Wednesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici.

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