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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A municipal by-election to replace the vacant position left by Coun. Don Harris’s resignation has been


set for Saturday April 13, 2013. The nomination period will begin Feb. 26 and last until March 8. Nomination packages were to be ready by this week. Advanced voting will be held April 3rd and 10th.

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Former Chetwynd Women’s Resource Society Executive Director Lonnie Llewellyn pleaded guilty Feb. 7 in Vancouver Provincial Court to one count of fraud over $5,000. As a result of the fraud,


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the Chetwynd Women’s Resource Society (CWRS) lost its government funding and was forced to close its doors in January 2012. Llewellyn took $32,240 from the organization by changing 17 of her pay cheques to read $1,600 instead of $600, taking petty cash from different businesses that the resource society dealt with and pocketing money that lay around on her desk belonging to the non-governmental organization. According to court documents forwarded to the Chetwynd Echo by CBC reporter Jason Proctor, a Counselor with the CWRS said in a statement to the RCMP that Llewellyn would make the paychecks out and have them signed by two board members with signing authority before changing the amount to read more than double what she was owed.

shop, hair salon, gift shop and nail salon, falls under the category of Social generating Enterprise, revenue for the Society through rent collection. The Marketplace had been struggling financially when Llewellyn took over. After planning a variety of summer events such as an all night movie night and golf tournament, she claimed the financial situation of the Marketplace was “getting better�. “What I am trying to achieve is to make this more of a community minded place,� she said when taking over in 2010. A year later, Lindsey Llewellyn, pictured here in a Chetwynd Echo file photo from 2005. pleaded guilty to Sprague was hired by the one count of fraud over $5,000 in a Vancouver courtroom last week. File Photo CRWS to complete the audit Llewellyn had failed Llewellyn was hired in Ministry of Child and CRWS’s Marketplace proj- to do. With the help of a April 2010 as Executive Family Development, who ect around. CWRS counselor and Director, and was tasked a had provided the resource The project, which was board member who volmonth later with complet- society with funding. made up of a dozen or so unteered their time to ing an audit of the At that time, Llewellyn kiosks including a used Please see "LLEWELLYN," Society’s books for the spoke of turning the bookstore, an ice cream page 3

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assist with the audit a series of unaccounted for withdrawals from the resource society’s coffers were discovered in September 2011 and were identified to have taken place between June 2010 and May 2011. Sprague advised the Society’s Board of Trustees immediately and continued the audit of the books, later learning that Llewellyn had taken petty cash in addition to altering her pay cheques. According to court documents, Sprague, who had been friends with Llewellyn, called her after she made the discovery. Llewellyn began to cry and confessed that she had taken the money, that she did not keep track of how much was actually taken and that it was a compulsion she wanted to seek therapy for. Original estimates pegged the loss at $16,000 but was later found to be in excess of $30,000. Board members called and threatened legal action against Llewellyn for theft, at which time she left to Vancouver with all the books, a laptop com-

puter and other office supplies. The RCMP learned in Jan. 2012 that Llewellyn was the only person handling the books for the Society during the period in question and was asked by the board members on several occasions to bring

“This was a huge, huge part of the community - and then just gone in the blink of an eye.”

in updates of her findings when working on the audit. The investigation revealed Llewellyn often had excuses for not having the updates prepared, saying she had left them at home. Other times, she produced a spreadsheet to the board for review that provided little information, according to statements made to police. “This was a huge, huge part of the community –

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ward said she had personally observed Llewellyn pocket money belonging to the Society that was on her desk. Investigators and the witness also suspected that Llewellyn had raised the rent on kiosks in the Marketplace without the knowledge of the board members and had pocketed the extra cash. This is the second time Llewellyn had taken money from a non-profit

organization in Chetwynd. The RCMP investigated Llewellyn in Nov. 2009 for defrauding the Peace Christian School of over $40,000. School Board trustees entered into a civil agreement with Llewellyn. Following this, the majority of the money was paid back and no criminal charges were laid. Sprague said that Llewellyn’s actions had cost people their jobs, caused a loss of trust with the community who donated money to help people who required assistance and most important, had resulted in a loss of the funding from the government that supported the CWRS. The Chetwynd Women's Resource Society provided women and children with practical assistance in areas of education, advocacy, intervention, prevention and counselling while offering information on their rights in relation to social issues. Sentencing is scheduled for April. Fraud in excess of $5,000 is an indictable offence punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years. Sunday 17

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regular council meeting. Section 37.5 of the Local Government Act specifies that the Chief Elections Officer must set a general voting day for the election – which must be held on a Saturday – not later than 80 days after assuming the position. Both advanced voting and general voting will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the District Office. Coun. Harris resigned because of work commitments in Alberta, which would lead him to be out of the province for most of the year. “I would have missed too many meetings to be effective,” Harris said. Harris said he was sad to leave the job he loved, but still calls Chetwynd his hometown and will remain a resident here, spending his down time in the area. Find yourself in the pages of the

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f a political party's desperation is directly proportional to the scale of its election promises, then Christy Clark's Liberals are about as desperate as you can get. Pay off the province's debt. Eliminate the provin-

cial sales tax. Pour billions into health care and education. All were floated Tuesday as potential benefits of a $130-billion "prosperity fund" fuelled by a booming natural-gas sector in the province's north. With a government capable of this many miracles, the Liberals had better keep all this stuff secret from the Vatican. If the conclave of cardinals gets wind of this, they might


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elect Clark pope before she gets re-elected premier. Just think how huge this all is. The province's debt stands at $56 billion and is projected to soar over $60 billion in the next few years. Yet Clark is talking about wiping out the entire debt with just six years' worth of natural-gas profits. The PST? Appropriately set to return on April Fool's Day, the PST brings

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in more than $5 billion a year to government. But that massive burden on B.C. consumers could also be lifted by the prosperity fund miracle. Billions for health and education? Incredible for a government that's currently so broke it can barely afford to pay its $15-million partisan ad bill. Amazing, isn't it? The only surprise is the government didn't throw in world peace, a cure for

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To the Editor: 15,000 pages of documen- sense will prevail! If Site C dam in north- tation and over $200 milAndrea Morison eastern BC is such a good lion to justify it? Peace Valley idea, then why is it taking Let's hope that common Environmental Associaton

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To the Editor: I'm not old enough to remember the 1990's. But I know many adults who do remember that time and how badly the NDP mismanaged the provincial economy. They also remember how Adrian Dix was fired as Glen Clark's top aide after it was discovered that he had forged a memo and then lied about it to the RCMP. One of many scandals from the NDP years. What surprises me, though, is that so many people my age are unaware of what went on in B.C. during the 1990's and unaware of Adrian Dix’s history. That lack of awareness could have devastating consequences for this province,

and for unwary young people like myself, if the NDP is elected to ruin the province all over again. So I want to say thank you to those people and organizations who are taking steps to ensure that everyone in this province is aware of what Adrian Dix is really all about and making sure that everyone is fully informed about his record in government. Failing to learn the lessons of the recent past will doom us to the same consequences suffered in the 1990's if we do not wake up and heed the warning signs that are there to be seen.

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minum smelters eventually materialized. With the election looming in May, get set for lots more of this kind of excessive tub-thumping. It all got so crazy Tuesday that the government at one point had to back away from a boast that the entire debt could be eliminated within a decade, saying it was more likely to happen "in the late 2020s." Not that the precise date of all these miracles really matters much. The only date the Liberals care about is May 14 - election day - and that's what this fantastic dream-weaving is all about.

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A precise date doesnʼt matter But Tuesday's throne speech left me looking for an ice-scream scoop to go along with all the pie-in-the-sky being served up. It was all very reminiscent of an earlier premier with the same last name, who once promised voters the streets would be paved with gold on the strength of B.C.'s natural resources. "Three - count 'em - three aluminum smelters!" Glen Clark promised in 1996. But exactly zero - count 'em - zero alu-


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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – HD Mining International is asking the two unions that have brought its 201 Temporary Foreign Worker permits under scrutiny from the Federal Court, to drop the legal battle and engage in a discussion. HD extended the olive branch in an open letter dated Feb. 7, addressed to Mark Olsen and Brian Cochrane, the Business Manager’s for both the Construction and Specialized Workers’ Union (CSWU), Local 1611 and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), Local 115. But the unions are saying the open letter offers no real opportunity for a dialogue and instead turns a blind eye to the entire litigation process that has been ongoing to justify a judicial review of the Temporary Worker Permits, now tentatively scheduled for April. “First, we are not really sure if there is sincerity, the way they sent this letter to us. What they've purposed doesn't do anything for Canadian workers or British Columbian workers all they've proposed is the unions drop back and let them carry on as they see fit,� said Wayne Mills, President of the IUOE.

“That is a far cry from Minister BellĘźs comments he made in November...â€?


“It doesn't say any kind of real dialogue, they're just going to consult meaning, ‘hey this is what we're doing.’� The letter offers options for dialogue that are conditional, and depend on the unions dropping the litigation they have so far pursued in federal court, joining in a discussion about implementing HD’s Memorandum of Understanding with Northern Lights College, participating in a review and revision of HD’s training and transition plan and agreeing that HD would inform the unions in any future applications for Temporary Foreign Worker permits. On the same day that HD released their open letter, BC Federation of Labour (BCFED) President Jim Sinclair called out Minister of Labour, Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Pat Bell for the reversal of his position on the foreign

worker permits. Bell announced last week that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program “needs fixing�. That is a far cry from Minister Bell’s comments he made in November when he stated that, "the company's obligation based on the federal government Temporary Foreign Worker program is to go out and advertise across Canada to try and find workers who are capable of doing this, they did that, they placed ads in virtually every major paper, all the internet based services, the mining association website, literally every place that a miner would look for work and had no uptake on it at all.� Fast forward to last week and Bell is now saying that, "the public needs to have confidence that any jobs that are allowed to be

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taken by - particularly temporary workers I think there is a difference between that and immigrants - need to truly be unfillable by British Columbians and by Canadians and that has clearly not been the case here and we have all learned that," Bell said. Sinclair, BCFED President said, “In light of Minister Bell’s acknowledgement that process was not followed here, and that Canadians have lost confidence in the Temporary Foreign Worker program, the federal government must make it’s review public.” The Federal and provincial levels of government have both now said they see a problem with HD Mining’s Temporary Foreign Worker permits. A meeting between Tumbler Ridge Mayor Darwin Wren and the Union’s is scheduled for Friday. “One thing I find strange is, of the three levels of government, two of them, minister Diane Finley from HRSDC says there's a problem, and now Pat Bell [has] come out and says there is a

“..I guess the big flag for us was the first condition contained in their letter...”


problem, the only politician that says there isn't a problem is the civic politician in Tumbler Ridge so I'm not sure how that works. With luck we'll find it out Friday around lunchtime,” said Mills. Brian Cochrane with the IUOE, Local 115 said that he was surprised that HD would issue such a conditional form for dialogue without making any mention of the key sticking points of the litigation, the fact that qualified Canadian workers were bypassed for the jobs available in Tumbler Ridge. “We were kind of surprised that HD Mining took the tact of trying to create the forum for a meeting and put a number

of conditions to it into the media and I guess the big flag for us was the first condition contained in their letter was really just kind of turn a blind eye to this entire process so far which sort of missed the entire point of all of this application,” Cochrane said. “[HD] didn’t say that [they] were going to take a look at their process and make sure that qualified Canadians get an opportunity to get access to these jobs. You kind of think that if they were going to make a conditional offering… that's were the rubs been in this whole application and there was nothing contained in any of [the letter] that spoke to that

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core issue of what about Canadian's first?” Cochrane added that the unions are open to a dialogue but said likely any meaningful dialogue won’t happen until after the court hears a response from HD’s lawyers to the application for judicial review. That response will be heard no later than Feb. 15. Put forth last week, the application was supported by the résumés of Canadian workers obtained by the union that appear to show HD took a pass on qualified Canadian workers. “We're always willing to talk and we're open to having a discussion but at the end of the day what's important to us is that if there's going to be some justice served in respect to the last few months of undertaking all of this resistance through the federal courts and through the federal government, that some justice for Canadian workers bears some fruit as part of any discussions. I haven't seen any of that, there's nothing in that letter that indicates that direction at this point."


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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – With his floppy fuzzy ears, big paws and what looks like a constant smile, Easton is a seven-month old ball of energy and doesn’t look much like a fierce crimefighting machine he’s being trained for. But RCMP Canine Quarry Const. Mike Zinn says this German Shepherd puppy has passed all the tests so far. Zinn received Easton from the RCMP Police Dog Breeding Program in Alberta this winter. His job is to expose Easton to a variety of situations and environments while assessing his attitude and temperament. Aspiring police dogs and their Quarry’s must form a bond that allows full trust and confidence. They are together 24 hours a day. Zinn, who is based out of the Chetwynd RCMP detachment, spent a day last week with Fort St. John RCMP Dog Handler Cam Long and his dog Ram here in Chetwynd running a gamut of training exercises with their dogs including a variety of tracking techniques. Before he can become a full-fledged RCMP Dog Handler, Zinn must remain a Quarry for five years – a job he says that as a dog lover, he’s happy to do. After that, Zinn hopes to become a member of the

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RCMP dog handler team. “This is one of the best jobs out there,” he said. “It’s a perfect fit for me.” As a Quarry, Zinn receives a pup when it’s about seven weeks of age. “And I’ll raise them until he’s about 14 months,” Zinn said. “I then give him back to a different handler and he goes back to kennels in Innisfail, AB.” The pup then undergoes a six-month training program to become a fullfledged police dog. Easton is Zinn’s second dog. His first dog Crash – who passed with flying colours – is based out of Dawson Creek with handler Long. “You develop a very special relationship and bond,” Zinn said. “And you want that bond because that means that dog will do anything for you as long as you’re there for them.” Zinn said the training is very demanding. A trained police dog can understand dozens of hand and voice commands and can even understand the job at hand and what’s expected of them simply on the equipment (i.e. leash or harness) required. “Essentially it’s up to them whether they want to become a police dog,” Zinn said. “We give them the best environment we can and they go from there.” RCMP Police Dog Services only uses purebred German shepherds for • A dog can search a car in approximately three minutes. • A dog can work up to four hours with rest intervals. • The healthy PS dogs cost

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General Duty teams. Other breeds may be used for Specialty Detection teams. Male dogs are favoured but some females are chosen. All RCMP dogs are less than $1,000 annually to maintain. • A dog starts its police training when it is from 12 to 18 months old. • A police dog usually

taught to protect their handlers, themselves or to apprehend upon command. Any that display reluctance to do so are not accepted. retires at the age of seven. • A dog entering the RCMP training program has a 17 per cent chance of succeeding due to the high standards required.

“We’ve used other dogs in the past but the German Shepherd is a all around good dog for the things the RCMP need it for. They acclimatize to any weather • It takes from 125 to 150 dogs in order for 35 to 45 teams to graduate. • In 1999 the RCMP began the RCMP Police Dog Service Breeding Program,

(thanks to their heavy coat); they’re good at tracking and searching and apprehension. They are the best dog for the job.” The Peace Area RCMP dog team covers has one of the largest territories in Canada spanning from Fort Nelson to the Alberta Border to Azouzetta Lake including Hudson’s Hope, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd. “There are two guys responsible all the way up to the Territories,” Zinn said. Zinn said training – which occurs two or three times a week – bounces back and forth between communities to give the dogs different terrains and atmospheres. “Anything that we can do a little bit different for them so when it comes time to work nothing is new,” he said. While an RCMP officer’s career can span a lifetime, a police dog’s career in the force only lasts seven or eight years before there are officially retired. Upon retirement, the handler gets first dibs on keeping the dog. So who names the dogs? Zinn said the RCMP hosts a “Name the Puppy” contest. “Children get to pick the names,” he said, adding usually they’ll do it in alphabetical order, so all the pups born in the litter have the same first letter in their names. which uses purebred German Shepherd puppies. The puppies are born at the Police Dog Service Training Center near Innisfail.


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Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency

BC Environmental Assessment Office

PUBLIC NOTICE Site C Clean Energy Project – Public Comment Period on Environmental Impact Statement and Open House Sessions January 28, 2013 – The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office (the EAO) announced today that the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted by the proponent, BC Hydro, for the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project is now available to the public. A public comment period will commence shortly and public Open House Sessions will be held in the project area in February 2013. Public Comment Period The Agency and the EAO will hold a 60-day public comment period on the EIS starting February 3, 2013. The EIS provides an analysis of the potential environmental, economic, social, health and heritage effects of the proposed project and measures to mitigate those impacts. This comment period gives members of the public, Aboriginal groups, and governments an opportunity to submit their views in writing to the Agency and the EAO on the adequacy of the information presented in the EIS as measured against the EIS Guidelines and on the technical merit of the information presented. The Guidelines, issued in September 2012, provide direction to the proponent and identify the information that is required in the EIS.

Written comments will be accepted as of February 3, 2013 and must be received by April 4, 2013. All comments received will be posted on the Agency’s online public registry and on the EAO website. Forward written comments in the official language of your choice to either of the following: Linda Jones, Panel Manager Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency 22nd Floor, 160 Elgin Street Ottawa ON K1A 0H3

Brian Murphy, Executive Project Director B.C. Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1 Fax: 250-356-7477 / On line form :

In determining if the EIS is satisfactory, the Agency and the EAO will consider the comments received from participants and the responses to those comments from BC Hydro. Once the EIS is deemed satisfactory, a three-member Joint Review Panel will be appointed by the Ministers of the Environment for British Columbia and Canada.

To view the EIS, or to obtain more information on this review, consult the Canadian Environmental Assessment Registry at , reference number 63919, or go to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office web site at . Prior to the public comment period, a bilingual Executive Summary of the EIS will be available on the public registry.

Public Open House Sessions The Agency and the EAO will be holding open house sessions near the project area. Representatives of both agencies will be available to answer questions on the environmental assessment process and how the public can participate. The proponent, BC Hydro, will also attend the sessions to answer technical questions about the EIS. The public will have an opportunity to submit written comments on the EIS at the sessions. The open house sessions will be held in the following communities: Date /Time


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Tuesday February 26, 2013

Hudson's Hope Community Hall 10310 - 100th Street Hudson's Hope, BC

Wednesday February 27, 2013

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4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday February 20, 2013 4p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday February 21, 2013 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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Background BC Hydro and Power Authority proposes to construct and operate a dam and 1,100-megawatt hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeastern B.C. The proposed project would be the third in a series of dams on the B.C. portion of the Peace River. The project components are an earthfill dam 1,050 metres long and 60 metres high, an 1,100-megawatt generating station and associated structures, an 83-km long reservoir, realignment of four sections of Highway 29 and two 77-km transmission lines along an existing transmission line right-of-way connecting Site C to the existing provincial power grid.

The human cost of BC Hydro’s Smart Meters LOCAL NEWS

400 metre readers have received layoff notices

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – As Smart Meter installations continue to face resistance in the Peace Region and across the province, the Canadian Office and Professional Employees Union (COPE) 378 is speaking up about the human costs of the $1 billion program, legislated by the Liberal government under the Clean Energy Act. Approximately 400 meter-readers represented by the union, including one in Chetwynd, have recently received lay-off notices as a direct result of the smart meter installations. If successful in finding related jobs, these workers may have to make significant moves


with their families, according to COPE 378 Vice President Gwenne Farrell. “The problem we have to start is this [smart meter program] has not been under the scrutiny of the British Columbia Utilities Commission. As a matter of fact, the liberals specifically removed that scrutiny,” Farrell said. “They should be the ones looking at whether this spend was even necessary.” On April 1, 2003 Accenture took over responsibility for 1600 employees involved in “back office” functions such as meter reading, billing and customer service.

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Displaced meter readers can apply within BC Hydro Continued from page 12 Because of this privatization deal, BC Hydro is refusing to comment on the lay-offs saying that it would not be appropriate to speak about the employees of another corporation. “We disagree,” said Farrell, “we say that BC Hydro caused this.” “For years [we’ve] exchanged several times with the Minister of Energy and we have been asking to meet to talk about how we can find a just transition for all these workers. They have refused to do that,” Farrell said. “However, Minister Coleman did an interview a while ago on CKNW stating that all of these workers were going to be re-trained and therefore were going to be able to work…that certainly hasn’t happened,” she added. Bob Gammer, Manager of Community Relations for BC Hydro said that the company sympathizes for the workers who have lost their jobs. “Nobody wants to lose their job,” he said, “however, Accenture is creating new positions so not all those who are meter readers right now are going to lose their jobs.” This may not be of much help to these workers since, according to COPE, Accenture is losing many of their contracts with BC Hydro. “Their workforce has significantly shrunk,” Farrell said, “the vast majority of it, as of April 1st of this year, will be simply call centres.” Gammer noted that with

the installation of the smart metering system, new non-meter reading related jobs within BC Hydro will be opened up, involving the maintenance and operation of the smart metering system. “We’re talking about [close to] two million pieces of new grid technology and so that’s going to require new technology based jobs to maintain and operate that system. So within BC Hydro itself there will be new positions crated to run the smart metering system that would be [available] to anyone. “For those displaced workers in Accenture, we are giving them the opportunity to apply for positions within BC Hydro that they are qualified for. So, there are going to be opportunities. But still, it’s an impact and there are going to be people who

“Accenture is creating new

positions so not all those who are meter readers right now are going to lose their jobs. ”

will not be with either BC Hydro or Accenture.” The situation meter readers are put in is a far cry to the job security available to them before 2003. “Prior to when a chunk of BC Hydro was basically given to Accenture in a privatization deal, meter readers used to have a hierarchy they would flow through. They would do meter reading, learn the system then they might go

into collections, outside work or they had the option of going into things like drafting, [or] designing work.

“For BC Hydro, this meant they had a constant pool of resources to train to go up the system. Now BC Hydro doesn’t have that [and] the meter readers have nowhere to go. It’s the least efficient way they could have done this and BC Hydro had a great opportunity to assist us in finding this just transition for these meter readers that could have been very beneficial for them,” said Farrell. The union also expressed other concerns about the layoffs, saying that in order for these peo-

ple to find similar work in the field they would have to travel long distances. “These people working in the region, not only do they have limited opportunities within Accenture, even if they were to find one it would mean a significant move for them and their families. For example, our one meter reader in Chetwynd –if successful – might have the opportunity to work in somewhere like Vernon or Burnaby.” Accenture did not respond to a request for comment.


Parcel Tax Roll Review

TAKE NOTICE THAT pursuant to section 204 of the Community Charter, the first sitting of the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel appointed to consider and review complaints respecting the Water and Sewer Parcel Tax Rolls will be held on Monday, February 18, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., in the Council Chambers, District Office, 5400 North Access Road, Chetwynd, B.C. The Panel will review the Parcel Tax Rolls prepared for the following bylaws:


South Peace Community Resources Society now has a Stopping the Violence Counsellor in the Chetwynd office. We welcome Laurell Crocker to our team. Laurell is available 17.5 hours per week through a funding agreement with the Ministry of Justice, Community Programs, Victim Services and Crime Prevention.

This service is an important service to Women in Chetwynd whose lives have been impacted by violence and abuse. Laurell joins Cheryl Widdicombe and Lindsey Sprague who provide Outreach services to women and their children, Safe home services and Children Who Witness Abuse services.

All of these programs work to enhance the safety and well being of women and children and to stop the cycle of abuse and violence. Safe, healthy and happy people make the community a great one. Laurell can be contacted at 250-788-5953.

(a) (b)

District of Chetwynd Water Parcel Tax Bylaw No. 975, 2012; and District of Chetwynd Sewer Parcel Tax Bylaw No. 976, 2012.

A property owner may make a complaint only on the grounds of an error or omission in the rolls. A complaint shall not be heard by the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel unless written notice of the complaint has been made to the Director of Financial Administration, PO Box 357, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0 or by e-mail to at least 48 hours prior to the time appointed for the first sitting of the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel (10:00 a.m., February 18, 2013).

The Panel shall hear complaints respecting the rolls on one or more of the following grounds:

(a) (b) (c) (d)

there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll; there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel; there is an error or omission respecting the taxable area of a parcel; an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.

If no complaints are received, the Parcel Tax Rolls will be considered to be authenticated.

The Parcel Tax Roll is available for inspection at the District Office, 5400 North Access Road, Chetwynd, BC, during regular office hours, for at least ten days immediately preceding the day appointed for the first sitting of the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel.

Any questions regarding the above information or in relation to the complaint process should be directed to W.J. (Bill) Caldwell, Director of Financial Administration, at 250-401-4106. J. M. Disher Director of Corporate Administration


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District welcomes new Victim Services Coordinator

Stang thanked by council for filling in position

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Chetwynd is no longer without a Victim Services Coordinator. Louise Knox has been hired for the job and is excited to start. “I have been in the community for 21 years, so I think there is a real need for this service and I am excited that I am going to be the one delivering it,” she said.

Knox had to go through a stringent background check conducted by the RCMP before being hired. She previously held several positions as support in special education Level One and Aboriginal Education Support and Intervention with School District 59. Knox was also honored with the Alma Van Dusen Vancouver Foundation Award, Attendance Award and Academic Achievement Award while studying in the Applied Business Technology program at Northern Lights College. While Chetwynd was without a victim service coordinator, Gloria Stang who is based out of Dawson Creek filled in the role. During the regular coun-

“I have been in the community for 21 years...”


cil meeting Feb 4., the District of Chetwynd presented Stang with a $2,000 cheque and a plaque as a gesture of appreciation for providing the service while Chetwynd RCMP was searching for a replacement. The hiring process began in March 2012.

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A Victim Services Coordinator works closely with the RCMP staff and volunteers to provide general and specific emotional support, practical assistance and referral services to clients of the Victim Services Program. The coordinator will initiate contact with victims

of crime, respond promptly to all requests for information, maintain community coordination protocols with various justice system personnel while maintaining written records and reports of all clients. The service offers important short-term counseling and crisis intervention services to adult and child victims (as well as child witnesses) of crime especially those victimized in violent offences. The coordinator may also provide general information about the criminal justice system, the victim’s role in such a process as well as updated developments in a specific criminal case. Another important role that a Victim Services coordinator assists in is the

drafting of a victim impact statement. This may include information for the courts that is relevant to assessing the risk to society an offender presents, including the physical, emotional, medical and financial impact of the crime on the victims, make the courts aware of the continuing impact of the crime for which the offender faces conviction or the act that resulted in a complaint with police. A few instances where Victim Services will always be offered are in any case of assault, - sexual, domestic or otherwise, in instances of criminal harassment/stalking, sudden deaths (next of kin), suicide, and missing persons and assist in file updates with police and court.

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Chamber Week brings awareness for local commerce

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Monday, February 18 marks the beginning of Chamber of Commerce Week 2013. Chamber Week brings awareness to the important work these organizations do to stimulate local

economies, promote their community, and engage in multi-level advocacy which benefits the entire province. No other business organization can match this incredible network that stretches across the country. With the recently released Top 10 Barriers to

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What is the Chamber of Commerce?

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– What is a Chamber of Commerce? A Chamber of Commerce is usually a private membership driven organization that represents the interest of business in a particular locality while working to ensure overall economic vitality and quality of life for the community. In doing so as it relates to its specific mission, usually a chamber also works to assess the needs of local business owners and executives by providing a wide range of programs, products and services that address and deliver strategic solutions to those needs. Programs and services are focused on a number of key areas that include, but are not limited to, tourism, relocation, economic development, public safety, education and workforce services, legislative, technology, healthcare and small business development What is the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce and how can it work for me? The Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit alliance, governed by a vol-

unteer board of directors. The Chamber is a private organization funded primarily by membership dues. Why Join the Chamber? By joining the Chamber of Commerce you will become a part of a coalition of business men and women dedicated to the improvement and growth of Chetwynd. We represent business in Municipal, Provincial and Federal matters. We are “The Voice of Business”.

Competitiveness for 2013, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has identified the main factors which are holding back Canada’s economic progress and ability to compete globally. Chambers of Commerce around the province, including the BC Chamber, have been very

active recently in this area, and are a big part of the solution. The network of Chambers of Commerce across BC is the most influential business in the organization province. As the key representatives of their business community to gov-

Thank you Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce for all the work you do. We are proud to be members. Chetwynd Echo Newspaper 250-788-2246

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Leadership, community and partnership, these are the three elements that define a chamber of Commerce. Chamber contributions are a tangible part of the municipalities and regions they represent. Advocacy is some of our most important work, raising issues with the Local, Provincial and Federal Governments on your behalf. We provide benefits, services and programs to our members, supporting businesses and helping them succeed! The network of Chambers across BC and Canada gives your issues a voice beyond the local level, providing input to public policy which benefits the local economy!

ernment, Chambers actively listen to business needs and continually articulate them to government at all levels. Chambers of Commerce support businesses through benefit programs, services and education. Being community based means that Chambers are

funded entirely by their members, events and sponsorship. This community investment is what drives Chambers of Commerce to directly support and stimulate local economies, and work collaboratively to create vibrant communities around the province.


Dawson Creek District Tumbler Ridge Community Forest Corp has prepared an Amendment Requiring Approval (ARA) to their Forest Stewardship Plan (FSP) for operations in the Dawson Creek Forest District. This amendment is required to reflect the inclusion of patch size management as per sections 64 and 65 of the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation. The amendment to the plan provides for planning of patch size distribution as per patch size distribution targets set by Natural Disturbance Unit (NDU) methodology developed by Craig Delong, detailed in the document entitled “Land Units and Benchmarks for Developing Natural Disturbance-based Forest Management Guidance for Northeastern British Columbia 2011.Technical Report 59.

In accordance with the Forest Planning and Practices Regulation, the Tumbler Ridge Forest Stewardship Plan will be available for public review and comment from Feb 15, 2013 to April 17, 2013 at either one of the following locations during regular office hours (8:00 am to 4:00 pm):

The Representatives below will be available to discuss the Forest Stewardship Plan at the noted office locations, and to receive any comment(s). Contact: Barry Elliott, Chief Administrative Officer/Corporate Officer The District of Tumbler Ridge Town Hall 305 Founders Street, PO Box100 Tumbler Ridge B.C. V0C 2W0 Fax: 250 242-3993 Phone: 250 242-4242 ext. 228 Email:

Contact: Duncan McKellar RPF – Forest Operations Manager Tumbler Ridge Community Forest Corp. 2532 Kenney Court Prince George, B.C. V2N 0B9 Phone: 250 964-2375 Email:

If an interested party is unable to review the FSP during regular business hours, please contact us by phone or in writing to arrange a suitable time.


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n case you haven’t noticed, I have been trying to stir up and uncover Chetwynd’s thinking on the proposed Site C dam. So far, my efforts have generated only 16 responses – hardly enough to shift my position. BC Hydro’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is now complete and in my office – all seven cartons containing 28 two- and three-inch binders packed with convincing arguments to move forward without delay on construction. If nothing else will convince,

just the sight of the stacked-to-the-ceiling boxes is a powerful, mindaltering experience. Putting the daunting sight of the EIS containers behind us for the moment, I think you should be aware of some of the concerns of the regional communities that would be most affected by construction of Site C – Fort St. John, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, and Taylor. As you might expect, Fort St. John, situated virtually on top of the proposed action, can expect some significant alterations. There will be social issues related to the things men (especially) do when they have money in their pockets and apparently nothing productive to occupy their time. (Maybe visit the Public Library.) Airport upgrades

“Hudsonʼs Hope will never be the same again.”

could be required to handle the increased traffic. Altered vehicle traffic volumes and patterns will have to be accommodated. Housing? Emergencies? And then it’s over and FSJ can go back to normal except no one remembers what normal looks like. Hudson’s Hope’s is a different sort of challenge. The lake will wash its shores and wash some of

them away. The beautiful Alwin Holland Park on the river, just west of town, will be swallowed up. Hudson’s Hope will never be quite the same again. A new normal for the new generation will have emerged. All is not bad; some changes will be positive benefits. Downstream from the construction site is the District of Taylor, bisected

by the mighty Peace and straddling the worldfamous Alaska Highway. Taylor will face some very real challenges as increased traffic volumes rumble through town. Changes in water temperatures in the river will affect the viability of fish stocks. As for positive changes, we’ll have to look for them. In Chetwynd we will encounter long-lasting effects from the movement of 800,000 cubic meters of rock from the Pine Pass quarry to the dam site. By truck or by rail, we will know it is passing through. Chetwynd will bear the brunt of the transportation of the rock but will it end with worn-out roads? Your elected representatives and professional administrators are keeping

our collective and unique issues before Hydro continuously. Hydro officials are aware of Fort St. John’s concerns around traffic, dust, noise, and population. Hudson’s Hope’s desires to maintain the integrity of their community cannot be misunderstood. Chetwynd and Taylor have not been remiss in keeping our positions before the decision makers. As communities sharing the joys and challenges of life in the Peace, we must maintain real unity as we endeavour to minimize potential negative repercussions of this enormous project.


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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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Students at Windrem Elementary and their invited preschool guests enjoyed a smallscale version “Le Festival du Bonhomme” last Thursday that was in part, a celebration of French Immersion Week. The Canadian Parents for French (CPF), Chetwynd Chapter organized the festival along with an organizing committee made up of volunteer teachers and parents from Windrem. The event attempts to capture the competition, fun and games, and “joie de vivre” (joy of life) of the Winter Carnival celebrated each year in Quebec City. Several stations were set up throughout the school where students took part in various activities. “Every year we attempt to include traditional aspects of the celebration as we re-create outdoor activities such as “la course des canoes” (portage races), ice castle building, the ever-popular maple taffy rolled in snow at our impromptu ‘sugar shack’ and a visit from the guest of honor Bonhomme,” CPF, Chetwynd Chapter President Michelle Albin wrote in an email. “This year our grade eights - who have attended the event for the past five years and have now entered the high school – were in charge of kicking off our Festival. They taught the entire school the Carnival song building the excitement for the day’s activities. The Core French class were in charge of



nicer because there is more things to do but weather permitting, we had to make some changes on this one, we did a little bit more arts and crafts than we normally do,” Dobb added. By all accounts, the kids didn’t mind. “The inability to control the weather makes organizing this event no small task,” Albin explained. “This year, as in many years previous; involved program changes right up until the very last minute. With teacher support and

From left, Students portage with their canoes over the waterfall; the infamous Bonhomme even made a special appearanc and Jolene Winland, 5, works on a craft. advertising; making posters to hang up around the school demonstrating new vocabulary and promoting the variety of activity stations that were to be enjoyed at Carnival,” she said. Lizz Dobb, who was part of the organizing committee, said that without volunteers the festival would not have been possible. “We had twelve volunteers that day which was awesome. Honestly, we can't do it without people volunteering. It’s all vol-

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unteer so, the planning committee tries to meet in the afternoon or evening whichever kind of works. Because we're hockey Moms so it’s kind of hard, but we plan when we can. We try and switch it up a little bit each year just because there is kids that are going to be there for a long time and don’t want to be doing the same thing,” she said. “Unfortunately we had to be inside. We have had it where we've been outside all day which is much

twelve dedicated parent volunteers, this year’s event was a definite success. “There is no ‘one person’ behind this event. Many creative and enthusiastic parents all come together to plan Carnival as well as other school activities for the students at Windrem Elementary. Bringing cultural performances and fun-filled activity days which promote French language and culture outside of the classroom is one of the goals of our organization.”

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SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas announced Jan. 30 a package of regulatory changes designed to cut red tape and make exploration and mining more efficient in the province through an online application system. The changes, which streamline companies applications for multiple permits in the same exploration area, could exacerbate conflicts with environmentalists and First Nations. A Dec. 27 court ruling in the Yukon that directs government to consult with First Nations before allowing prospectors to stake a mining claim is one that the BC government shouldn’t ignore, according to Globe and Mail reporter Justine Hunter. Especially given the fact that most of all Crown land in the province is still subject to aboriginal land claims. “The honour of the Crown demands that it take into account Aboriginal claims before divesting itself of control over land," the decision states. “What is required is that consultations be meaningful, and that the system allow for accommodation to take place, where required, before claimed Aboriginal title or

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What is known, is that beginning this month, the provincial government will shift to this new system for natural resource related projects in BC. In the coming months, the province will also finalize a review of the existing material and coal-land reserves. More than 50,000 hectares of land have already been made available for exploration as a result of this ongoing review. Once the changes have been completely implemented, “they will provide mineral exploration and mining companies with new tools to conduct business more efficiently and eliminate red tape and unnecessary administration,” the government news release states. The results of the meas“These initiative will ures announced by make it easier to do busiMinister Coleman in ness in British Columbia,“ regards to environmental and First Nations concerns Please see "THESE," page 21 are yet to be seen.

rights are adversely affected." Many smaller mining companies in BC have faced strong resistance to many of their mining exploration projects that have, at times fell apart because of litigations surrounding resource and land claims. The streamlined approach announced by the BC government could be seen as a way for mining companies to move forward on developments without further litigations. Industry remains tentative as they wait to see if the Yukon government will appeal the decision that is being heralded as a victory by many aboriginals in the territory.

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Coleman said. “Our government is working hard to cut red tape while continuing to maintain our high health, safety and environmental standards for the mineral exploration and mining industry.” Gavin Dirom, President and CEO of the Association of Mineral Exploration BC said, “many of our members will see the benefits of multi-year, multi-area permitting. We welcome the shift to a transparent online notice of work process as well as changes to the Mines Act that will reduce red tape.”

The new online application system will be delivered through FrontCounter BC. “To attract more opportunities and make BC more competitive,” the news release says, “the province will work with the federal government to eliminate regulatory duplication and develop a single, effective environmental assessment process.” This streamlining of environmental assessment was implemented in the federal Bill C-45 which sparked wide spread protests and the Idle No More movement. The government contends that consultations

will be held with First Nations about potential effects over a period of time and a defined area before exploration activities are permitted. Last year investments in mining projects hit $463 million in BC. Dave Porter, CEO of the BC First Nations Energy and Mining Council said in an interview with the Globe and Mail on the Yukon decision, “we’re going to see a ripple effect in BC. The fallout is going to be a chill with respect to mining investments and I anticipate as a result of this decision in the Yukon, it will result in litigation renewed in British

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GATEWAY perspectives Partners for the long term For decades, respect has been fundamental to Enbridge’s communication with Aboriginal groups across Canada. Among other considerations, that means developing sensitivity and an understanding of the values and issues important to them. As discussion about Gateway has evolved and progressed with Aboriginal communities in B.C., one thing groups have told us, in unequivocal terms, is that they wanted meaningful, long-term involvement in the labour force. That’s why we established a $3 million Gateway Education and Training Fund. This is an initiative for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities that’s not dependent, in any way, upon Gateway approval. This fund supports training initiatives based in the pipeline, construction, and energy sectors. This isn’t training for the sake of training; it’s focused squarely on employment outcomes. And Enbridge is already connecting industry and community to help create career opportunities in B.C. We’ve already co-funded training programs for surveyors and ironworkers. We’re purchasing seats in existing trades programs, and partnering with provincial and federal bodies to help develop skilled tradespeople in the areas of heavy equipment operation, pipefitting, welding, and construction craft labouring. We’ve also co-ordinated the first of many

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“workforce connections” workshops, bringing together representatives of Gateway equity First Nations and companies with labour-force needs for some meaningful employment discussion. We’ve heard, loud and clear, from Aboriginal communities in B.C. that they no longer want to be bypassed by economic opportunities created within, near, or around them. With the Gateway Education and Training Fund, we’re doing something about it. We’re showing true commitment to community and workforce development. And the opportunities we’re sponsoring are not exclusive to our proposed project or our industry — they’re regional and cross-sector in nature. We want to stay connected to the Aboriginal community because it makes good business sense. But our intentions go beyond basic business: It’s about partnership. It’s about responsibility. And, ultimately, it’s about respect.

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Pine Valley Seniors Hall weekly activities including Cribbage, Whist, Bingo and Carpet Bowling. Call Anita at 788-5838 for more info. Alanon meetings 6:30 pm Tuesdays Mickey’s Place (behind A&W)

Chetwynd Society for Community Living Board Meeting. First Wednesday of each month. 4699 Airport Road Ph: 250-788-4889. Girls Night Out: Learning Circle Second Tuesday of each month 6 pm to 7 pm Call 250-401-8974 for more info

Baby’s Best Chance Pregnancy Outreach Program Drop in : Mondays 10am to Noon. Weekly Group Sessions Tuesdays 11 am-1pm. Located at Kici. Quintessential Quilter’s Guild meets 3rd Monday of the month. Catholic Church, 7 pm. Come out and join us! Everyone welcome! Beginner Bellydance Classes Beginning Feb. 10 Sundays 10 am Register at the Chetwynd Rec Centre Valentine’s Day Banquet Feb 17 2013 6 to 9 pm Peace Christian School Tickets available at PCS

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The Chetwynd Lions Club was chartered in 1974 with Charlie Lasser as its first President. Lions Charlie and Edie Lasser are still members of the Lions Club today, as well as other long-time members Dale and Joan Willard.

The Chetwynd Lions have donated many things to our local hospital, including a bath lift, a heart monitor, furniture to the extended care wing, wheel chairs and more, including monetary donations.

We have donated to the figure skating club, speed skating, play grounds,and the new skate board park. Also, the Lions purchased the first portable swimming pool, and donated money toward the indoor pool. We make annual donations to the Variety Club, Timmys Telethon, Stars Air Ambulance, Leader Dogs, Heart Fund and other organizations. Lions International is committed to stamping out blindness throughout the world.

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SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– Ann Currie was one of Chetwynd Secondary Schools elite athletes. Whatever sport Ann participated in while attending Chetwynd Secondary School she excelled at. She especially excelled in volleyball. Due to some personal reasons Ann had to leave Chetwynd to return to Cape Bretton Island halfway through her grade twelve year, in 1992. She returned at the end of June to participate in graduation. She then went to Grande Prairie Regional College, where she started her first year, but was unable to finish, because not all of her credits transferred from Cape Bretton Island. Ann then worked at Powder King for three years, after graduation. Then went off to Bow Lake, NumTiga Lodge, and worked for two years, moved into Lake Louise and worked there for two years. Ann enjoyed the skiing and continued to train and participate in any sport she could. In 1985 Ann went to Penticton and participated in the Iron Man. Ann trained and participated in triathlon. Sport was and is a main part of Ann’s life. Some years after graduation and some upgrading, Ann was offered a scholarship to play volleyball at Okanagan college in Kelowna, at the age of


thirty. Ann was a leader on the team as assistant captain. The team was ranked first in B.C., and Ann was being considered for All Canadian athlete of the year, when she blew her knee. After surgery and a staph infection, she found her volleyball career was over. Unfortunately the team did not recover to it’s ranking, either. Ann lost her scholarship and was unable to continue in her studies to become a teacher. At this time she moved to Summerland where she spent time rehabilitating her knee, and moving on with life. At the age of forty Ann returned to Okanagan College in Kelowna to become a certified Education Assistant. She is now working in the school district in Summerland and loves her job with the students.

Ann says, “Chetwynd Secondary School helped give me confidence, instilled a love for sport, and helped identify myself as an athlete in Chetwynd, because the support was amazing. It is a school I am proud to say I am from.� Sport is still a huge part of her daily life, she participates in recreational sport, and plays slow pitch. She would say to all students to participate in sport, stay in school, and enroll in some type of post secondary education, that will give them the ability to be proud of themselves. Ann has faced some difficult circumstances in her life, but with a positive attitude, a love for animals, children, and old people, Ann has been able to meet some of the goals she set for herself years ago.

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Strict marine safety standards will ensure we respect our neighbours above, around and below us.

Although tankers have been safely navigating the north coast and its channels for decades, marine safety remains a top priority for British Columbians. We have been planning the Northern Gateway Project for over a decade, with a particular focus on protecting the environment. We have added specific safety requirements to our marine operations plan to help make the waters of the north coast safer not just for tankers serving the project, but for all marine vessels.

Tankers will reduce speeds in the channels…

Qualified BC Coast Pilots will board and guide all tankers…

Tankers travel slowly, but to make sure that marine species and their habitats are respected, tankers will be required to reduce speed as they pass through certain sections of the channels. Even their escort tugboats will have quieter engines to reduce underwater noise.

To prevent spills, all tankers serving the project will be modern and double-hulled, and will be vetted by independent, third party agencies before entering Canadian waters. Once strict safety and environmental standards are met, they will be guided through the Douglas and Principe Channels by qualified BC Coast Pilots.

Powerful tugboats will escort tankers…

Additional radar and navigational aids will improve safety for all vessels…

Tugboats have been shown to significantly reduce tanker incidents worldwide. Powerful tugboats that have been specially commissioned for Northern Gateway will assist in the safe arrival and departure of tankers. All tankers will be attended by a close escort tug. In the channels, laden tankers will have two tugs–one tethered at all times. These tugboats will have emergency response equipment on board and will be capable of assisting any marine vessel.

For increased safety and sure guidance, additional radar systems and navigational aids, such as beacons, buoys and lights, will be installed throughout the routes. This will not only improve safety for tankers, but for all marine traffic on the north coast.

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