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CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Mayor Merlin Nichols announced this week the pending arrival of two new physicians to the community. The first, Dr. VanDerHeide who is currently practicing in Prince George, is sched-

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Council moving into the electronic age

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The District of Chetwynd Council is updating the software and the hardware for the way it does business. At a Committee of the Whole meeting held Jan 21, Council reviewed options proposed in a report by Deputy Director of Corporate Administration Laura Howes and Kevin Franson, Deputy Director of Corporate Administration, for electronic or ‘paperless’ agendas, accepting a proposal from New Harvest Media Inc. for the software, at a cost $2,500. Council also requested that the Finance Department research the cost of purchasing 12 laptops -six for council members and six for staff – to be used with the electronic agenda program.

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Moving to laptops and electronic agendas will save the District more than Matro photo $3,800/year. However, they still do not have a Facebook page.

Mayor Merlin Nichols will continue to use the laptop he currently has. The Finance Department estimated the cost of the new laptops at approximately $15,000. Council approved funding through the general municipal operating

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Fri day, February 22, 2013

New stringent building inspection bylaw for regional district coming into effect

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Beginning March 18, the Peace River Regional District will be expanding mandatory building inspections to include all rural areas in the Regional District. This means all construction within the PRRD will require a building permit from the regional district, in addition to obtaining authorization and a building permit from the local government’s Building Official. In a media release announcing the new Building Bylaw, the PRRD said maintaining construction standards throughout the rural area supports and enhances confidence in the real-estate market. “Building inspection will also support purchasers and sellers in an increasingly strict lending and insurance environment,” the news release stated. “The requirements for evidence that minimum standards have been met continue to increase by lending and insurance institutions.”

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PRRD Chair Karen Goodings said that the new building bylaw responds to those expectations from lenders and insurance companies while fairly applying building inspection requirements for everyone in the region. “For many years the Regional District has required building inspection for only a small portion of the rural area,” she said. “With rapid growth and investment in the region, public and financial expectations for meeting minimum construction standards and safety have also increased.” The new bylaw is in accordance with best prac-

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tices for application of the updated 2012 BC Building, Plumbing and Fire codes. Inspections are conducted in homes, offices and factories to verify conformity to minimum standards, prior to the local government issuing an occupancy certificate. “While codes provide the means to reduce risks to an acceptable level, no code in itself can totally eliminate all potential hazards,” the PRRD said. “With proper building design, sound construction practices, and effective code administration and verification programs, owners can improve building safety and reduce hazards for occupants.”

District of Chetwynd Upgrades its Building Bylaw The District of Chetwynd recently updated its Building Bylaw No. 973, 2012. This bylaw was enacted for the purpose of providing a limited spot check for health, safety and the protection of persons and property. This new bylaw, which is also based on the BC Building Code adopted pursuant to section 692 of the Local Government Act, provides for the administration of the Building Code and was given final adoption during the Jan. 7 regular council meeting. It ensures construction undertaken within the municipal boundary is free from latent defects. It applies to the design, construction and occupancy of new buildings and structures as well as the alteration, reconstruction, demolition, removal, relocation and occupancy of existing buildings and structures and the installation of plumbing works. The bylaw can be viewed in full on the

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Fees to demolish a building under 200 square feet are set at $625, while demolition of buildings over 200 square feet will be charged $1,250. If an engineer provides a sealed design drawing and on-site supervision to confirm construction meets necessary requirements under this bylaw, the Building Permit cost will be reduced by ten per cent.

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Fri day, February 22, 2013

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s Canadians there are many things that make us distinct and proud of our deeply rooted canuckisms such as the bold and industrious beaver, the tall and proud Maple leaf symbol which is not only on our flag

and in our backyards but also on our pancakes and ... Roll Up the Rim to Win. Tim Horton's runs their contest each March which sees regular folks like me turn into caffeine maniacs in an effort to possibly win a new vehicle-or a donut. I'm happy with a donut too. Basically you buy a coffee (or seven) and roll up the edge of the cup where the prize (or lack thereof) is printed in bold black let-

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ters. They say the chances of winning are one in nine. Last year it took a bit to get on the winning streak, but all in all I won about 30 free coffee and donuts. This year, one week in and nada. Zilch. Zippo. Zero. I am so addicted to this silly game that I can not throw out the cups without rolling up the rim, I will not let anyone else throw out their cups with out doing so and yes, once I actually went into the

I do have a smidgen of guilt... garbage to roll up someone else's unrolled rim (I won a muffin!) But as much as I love this contest I do have a

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smidgen of guilt lodged way in the back of my mind. Over what? The litter that is created with this promotion. During the contest, people buy more coffee-the majority in to-go cups, all of which end up in the garbage. With more than 2,400 Timmy's across Canada...that's a lot of cups. And I don't believe they are recyclable. (Maybe Timmy's should look at a scratch card system

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Fri day, February 22, 2013

YOUR VIEWS

Not well served by the system

To the Editor: In 2003 near Chetwynd, I stopped to help a motorist who had gone off the road, who then attacked and almost killed me, shooting me with an arrow from a compound bow.

At trial, the man was found not criminally responsible by reason of a mental disorder. In 2007, he was given an absolute discharge over my strenuous objections. And the next year, he was charged with trying to

murder someone in Ontario. Is Canada well-served by the current forensic, mental-health review boards? I don't think so. Paul Serup, Prince George

NDP always helps big unions

To the Editor: History has shown that the NDP will always focus on helping big unions rather than people if they are elected. An NDP government would not be focused on the economy and would simply scare business and investment away from BC. This has happened every time an NDP government has been elected in this province and it would happen again. NDP governments just want to spend more and more money -- YOUR MONEY -- and to do that they will have to increase taxes. That will really hit small and medium sized businesses hard as it

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did the last time the NDP governed this province. In the end, businesses will have to reduce workers' hours and even lay people off to pay those taxes. It’s a slippery slope that we’ve seen before, and it would not be long before people stop investing in BC which would make things even worse for our economy. So, for anyone considering voting for Adrian Dix and the NDP, think again and ask yourself what it really means for you and your family and for the people of this province. Shane Perich Coquitlam, BC

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To the Editor: I’m afraid it’s that time for all of us in British Columbia to start thinking about who we are going to vote for in the provincial election this Spring. It’s not a decision that I’m taking lightly, especially when I think about what the future holds for the younger members of my family. One thing I would like to say, however, is how appalled I am about the unfair treatment Premier Christy Clark seems to get. Why this is so, I don’t really know. But she does not seem to be getting a fair shake at all. But then, putting on my sexist hat, perhaps it’s not very surprising. As a

woman myself, and having worked and competed in a man’s world, it once again demonstrates to me that a woman must juggle home, work and perception on a daily basis in a way that her male counterparts never have to. And of all the woman who have ever been put in a leadership position in our country, from Prime Minister to Premier, none has ever been able to demonstrate fully what they could do. They’ve only been treated a stop gap for the next male leader. For once, I would really like to see what a woman could do with her vision of our future. That’s why I’ve decided to support Christy Clark,

and one of my main reasons is that she has started on a path that leads her government and our Province in a direction I would like to see reach completion. As a daughter, wife, mother, and grandmother, I’ve seen how we’ve gotten to where we are now and I’m anxious for a change. So, let’s see what Christy Clark can do. Not only do I feel I can trust her, it’s also clear to me that she is genuinely, and truly focused on creating jobs for the younger members of our society, and that is something they can literally take to the bank. Diane Walters Williams Lake

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You can email us at editor@chetwyndecho.net; mail to Box 750 Chetwynd B.C. V0C 1J0 or drop of your letter at 5016 50 Avenue. All letters submitted must be signed with a return address and daytime telephone number so we can confirm that it came from you. The Echo reserves the right to edit letters for clarity, legality, length and to refuse publication of any submitted material. We may also choose to use a letter as the basis for a story. So, be sure to keep your letters brief and to the point. Letters originating from the Peace region get priority. We encourage new contributors as we attempt to publish a cross-section of public opinion. - Naomi Larsen, Editor


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Fri day, February 22, 2013

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Just as the City of Prince George continued to prepare to host the 2015 Canada

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Strategy. The announcement makes $390,000 available to organizations in Northern BC, including those in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Tumbler Ridge and Mackenzie, to support athlete and coach development leading up to the Games. ViaSport BC and Pacific Sport Northern BC, two non-profit organizations dedicated to the support of athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers of all levels of sport, will administer the funds provided by the province. Prince-GeorgeValemount MLA Shirley Bond and Prince GeorgeMackenzie MLA Pat Bell in his last official public statement prior to announcing that he will resign his post due to health concerns –released the news on behalf of Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Bill Bennett. “Healthy, active lifestyles are a key priority for government,” a news release states. “The Northern Sport Strategy will leave a sustainable legacy of sport infrastructure and development in northern BC that will enable sport and physical activity to flourish.” The Northern Sport

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Strategy (NSS) will target funding toward sport development programming across the north. Its m u l t i - p r o n g e d approached will ensure that more children and youth in the North have the opportunity to try new sports through participation programs. Coaches and officials will be offered education and development through NSS, while high-performance athletes will also benefit through targeted programming and support for the strength and conditioning centre’s at the University of Northern BC and the Fort St. John Athlete Training Centre. As part of the strategy, the northern BC Sport Equipment Grant program will be offered to subsidize the cost of equipment for

organized sports like hockey. The closing date for applications to this program is March 4, 2003. Local sport organizations and First Nations bands or associations can apply at online http://www.viasport.ca/ NCC.php. Funded by the province and developed in partnership with viaSport, the Northern BC Sport Equipment Grant includes two tiers of funding, supplying between $2,500 and $5,000. Applications may be made for funds to purchase sport related equipment that will help provide community members of any age or level the opportunity to participate and excel at one or more of the 35 sports currently a part of the Canada Games. “With the Northern Sport Strategy, we are building on the momentum of the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George – the biggest multisport competition ever held in the North,” Minister Bennett said. “This important program will ensure access to sport programs and equipment for BC families and communities, and will support high-performance athletes in their preparation for competition.”


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Fri day, February 22, 2013

Playoffs begin this weekend

LGFSC attends Totem Interclub Competition

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SPORTS

This past weekend Chetwynd 3 Nations Venture Midget Giants hosted Grande Prairie playing them Sat. evening at 6 pm with a 4-4 tie and Sundays afternoon game ended in a loss of 3-4 for Chetwynd. The APL regular season is over now and playoffs will start this coming weekend. Photo submitted

DISTRICT OF CHETWYND 2013 BY-ELECTION NOTICE OF NOMINATIONS

Public Notice is given to the electors of the District of Chetwynd that nominations for the office of: Councillor – one (1) to be elected

for a 19-month term (May 2013 to December 2014), will be received by the Chief Election Officer or a designated person at the District of Chetwynd Municipal Office, 5400 North Access Road, Chetwynd, BC as follows:

9:00 am February 26, 2013 to 4:00 pm March 8, 2013

Excluding Statutory holidays and weekends

SUBMITTED –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Twelve skaters from the Little Giant Figure Skating Club attended the Totem Competition in Dawson Creek last weekend. This was the first competition for some of their new skaters and the last competition for some of their veteran skaters. All of the skaters represented Chetwynd with excellent performances. Results are as follows: Star 1: Kylee Johnson (silver), Shaine Lefebvre (silver), Kylie Bodo (bronze), Coryn Webb (bronze), Kacy Keutzer (bronze), Dillyn

Parrish (merit) Star 2 solo: Chailyn Johnson (5th) Star 3A solo: Camryn Gillies (silver), Brooklynn Bodo (silver) Star 3B solo: Madison Webb (silver), Dakota Lefebvre (bronze) Pre-Intro Interpretive: Group 7- Chailyn Johnson (2nd); Group 8- Brooklynn Bodo (1st), Camryn Gillies (2nd) Intro Interpretive: Group 2- Madison Webb (1st); Group 5- Dakota Lefebvre (2nd) Gold Interpretive: Kristin Farnsworth (3rd) Preliminary Elements: Group 6- Camryn Gillies

(1st), Chailyn Johnson (2nd); Group 7- Brooklynn Bodo (2nd) Bronze Elements: Group 2- Madison Webb (3rd); Group 5- Dakota Lefebvre (6th) Primary Spins: Group 2Dillyn Parrish (8th); Group 3- Coryn Webb (5th), Kylee Johnson (6th); Group 4Shaine Lefebvre (8th); Group 5- Kylie Bodo (8th); Group 8- Chailyn Johnson (2nd); Group 10- Kacy Keutzer (7th) Preliminary Spins: Camryn Gillies (2nd) Bronze Spins: Group 1Madison Webb (5th); Group 2- Dakota Lefebvre (5th)

Nomination documents are available at the District of Chetwynd office during regular office hours.

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A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria: • Canadian citizen; • 18 years of age or older; • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and • not disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office.

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Fri day, February 22, 2013

LOCAL NEWS

Little Giant Air Cadet Squadron 258 welcomes new CO

New CO Captain Nyree Eichinger and outgoing CO Capt. Sal Bafaro sign the official paperwork as Major Dan Davis looks on. Photo by Naomi Larsen

Six-year old’s quick thinking saves Aunt’s life

From left, Margaret McDonald, Gracie, Aunt Amy and Coun. Tammy Watson. Gracie was honoured for saving her Aunt’s life last week. Photo submitted

CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– SAULTEAU FIRST NATIONS – On February 13, six-year old Gracie Gauthier was honored at Saulteau First Nations for her heroism and quick thinking in calling for help for her aunt, Amy Ann Gauthier, who fell gravely ill at home. Young Gracie was loudly applauded for alerting adults, and keeping Ms. Gauthier conscious by praying with her

while she comforted her stricken Aunt. Because of the prompt medical attention, Amy Ann has made a full recovery, and is proud and grateful for the maturity and calmness that her niece displayed. At a luncheon hosted by Moberly Lake students, Saulteau First Nation Councillor Tammy Watson recounted the event and presented Gracie with a Certificate of Honor and an IPOD for her bravery. Proud parents are Margarette MacDonald and Everett.

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The 258 Little Giant Air Cadet Squadron hosted a Change of Command ceremony Monday evening The squadron bid farewell to Captain Sal Bafaro who has been the Commanding Officer (CO) since 2010 and welcomed Captain Nyree Eichinger, who brings 20 years of cadet program experience to her new roll as CO. “I’m looking forward to taking over and I’m looking forward to working with my (parent) chair and parents and n e i g h b o u r i n g

squadrons,” Eichinger said. “I look forward to helping our squadron grow together.” Bafaro thanked the squadron for the last two years and assured them he would still be around to assist wherever and whenever he could. “It’s been a pleasure working with you as your CO and I look forward to seeing the future,” he said, also thanking the parents and staff for their work. The Squadron paraded in front of president officer Major Dan Davies, CD, Area Cadet Instructor Cadre Officer under the command of cadet Warrant Officer

Second Class Rachelle Larsen. Following the ceremony friends and family were treated to a small reception. The aim of the Cadet organization is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate an interest in the activities of the Canadian Forces. Youth between the ages of 12 and 18 are eligible to enroll in Cadets and they may join at any time during the year. For more information drop into a Cadet evening, Mondays at 6:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion.


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Fri day, February 22, 2013

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LOCAL NEWS

New Victim Services program a positive step; Knox hoping it will be expanded to include Philipino

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The Ministry of Justice announced Feb. 15 that it would be translating online resource brochures for victims of crime in an effort to make them easier to access for British Columbians whose mother tongue is not English. The publications are the preferred reference guides for more than 400 Victim Service programs province wide. In the next few months, they will be available in Mandarin, Punjabi and French. BC Stats numbers reflect a growing multicultural society with more than 10 per cent of British

Columbians who speak these three languages. The 14 brochures, entitled “Help Starts Here”, give advice on topics ranging from assistance for victims of elder abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, criminal harassment (stalking), sexual assault, break and enter, restorative justice, sudden death, and offer information regarding financial assistance for victims of crime, updates in a specific criminal case and how to testify in court. All funding for the online translation of the Help Starts Here series was provided by the federal Department of Justice through the Victims Fund. Louise Knox, Chetwynd’s recently

I can see the publications being translated into other languages soon. KNOX

appointed Victim Services Coordinator, says this is a positive move, but one that is not likely to affect victims of crime in Chetwynd. “I can see the publications being translated into other languages soon,”

Knox said in an email. “I'm hoping that a Pilipino translation happens with the influx of workers from the Philippines now entering our work forces.”

Knox is planning to do a presentation in the coming weeks at the Chetwynd Public Library to inform the Pilipino community of the services her office offers in conjunction with the RCMP. Neena Randhawa, a multicultural outreach worker at CHIMO Crisis Services in Vancouver said that the translated brochures will help close the language gap and make the people who access CHIMO’s services feel more comfortable. “When clients walk through the door and we are able to provide information to them in their first language, it shows

that we are here for them, they are welcome and will get the service they need. The new translated documents from the Ministry of Justice will help us ensure our clients get the information they require and are comfortable accessing our services,” she said. “We live in a culturally diverse province where victims of crime come from many places,” said the Minister responsible for Multiculturalism, John Yap. “It is reassuring to know that more men, women and children will be able to benefit from the important information found in the Help Starts Here series.”

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Iconic Canuck band set to rock the Encana Centre March 18

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – For a band that has been together for 20 years, you might think that touring, recording and being on stage together is starting to get a little old. The routines have become, well – routine. That is not the case for Mississauga, Ontario’s Billy Talent. After spending nearly a decade from 1993-2002 as a popular but unsigned indie-rock band under the name “Pezz” – doing everything on their own from recording to hauling and setting up gear, to getting ripped off by concert

organizers – they launched into mainstream success with a new name and a self titled album in 2003. That album won them a 2004 Juno award for Best New Group of the Year. They followed it up with Billy Talent II and III, garnering an additional six Juno Awards, and the chance to work with multiplatinum Canadian record producer Gavin “Golden” Brown. Guitarist Ian D’Sa, who spoke with the Chetwynd Echo last week, made the most of the opportunity to work with Brown, who began passing on the tricks of the producing trade to D’Sa by allowing him to co-produce Billy Talent II.

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Opting for a return to the sound D’Sa helped engineer on that album, the band invited him to make his debut as full producer on their latest album Dead Silence. This and the fact that the band bought a building in downtown Toronto and built their own recording and rehearsal studio in it brings the DIY (Do It Yourself) approach they

had in those early days full circle, even if they now have bigger bank accounts and more money to throw around. “Back then we had to do everything ourselves,” said D’Sa describing the bands beginnings. “We were just a bunch of guys from high school. We used to rehearse in my parent’s basement. [Our Bassist] Jon [Gallant] had gotten a 4-track for his

birthday or something from his Dad and he brought it over one day. We started recording songs and ended up with a 4-track demo EP called Demoluca.” D’Sa then cut and paste (literally) photos, and typed out the credits to make the photocopied cassette cover of the first ever album. “[We] made about a hundred of these things and started handing them out to our friends and so that’s kind of how it all started and from there it’s just been slow and steady 20 year growth of doing stuff like that,” he said. “I think any band that’s been around this long and spent a lot of time working hard for a long amount of time before they got recognized or signed, they all say the same thing. It’s like one of those things where you really appreciate all those days when you had

to put on all the shows and lifted your gear up the stairs and got ripped off by someone and all that stuff… when you start doing it professionally and internationally too, it all is put into perspective, it makes you appreciate all the hard work that you put in.” The main goal for each member was to push their boundaries for this new album, to leave comfort zones. As with the previous albums, the band channeled their ideas into compositions by D’Sa. He envisioned singer Ben Kowalewicz’s voice as an additional instrument, the link between his guitar licks, riffs and leads and the pumping rhythm section from Gallant and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk. Please see "AS THEIR," page 11


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“On this record I wanted to step up what we do vocals,” D’Sa with explained. “A lot of the vocal melodies are super high, or in the higher register, so I pushed Ben pretty hard in the vocal booth a couple of times. He nailed it.” They have all matured personally over the years and their musicianship has become a bit more refined, adding another level of depth that has resulted in a more mature album, D’Sa believes. “It’s not like the first record where it was more like play some angst about not getting a record deal

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the first time back in 2003. Ottawa’s Hollerado and Itʼs not like the first record the two-man band from where it was more like play Toronto, Indian Handcrafts will round out some angst about not the all-Canadian bill. getting a record deal and Tickets can be purchased working your ass off. online at dawsoncooptickets.com, by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Dawson Co-op High Performance Outlet or the Tiger Box Office Plus in the Encana Events and working your ass off,” Creek for the first time Centre. he explained, “it reflects since 2009 D’Sa said, “we where we are in life right are excited to come back. now. As you get older you It’s going to be good.” try to write whatever Billy Talent will be on reflects what you’re going stage March 18 at the through in life at that Encana Events Centre point. We’ve all kind of got where they will be joined a little more mature.” with Sum 41 who brought On returning to Dawson them on tour with them for

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SOUTH PEACE COMMUNITY RESOURCES SOCIETY

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.

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – District of Chetwynd councillors are in Richmond this week to attend a Local Government Leadership Academy workshop. Monday’s regular council meeting was cancelled as a result. The cost of the three day conference is approximately $1,624 plus accommodations for all five councilors at the Executive Airport Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre in Richmond, BC at a rate of $99 per night. The mission of the Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA) is to provide local government, First Nations elected officials and senior administrators with comprehensive and dedicated leadership development opportunities in the interest of

The focus ... is “Leading through Relatioships.”

improving governance at the local level. The focus of the 2013 annual forum is “Leading Through Relationships”. The forum will provide delegates with concurrent sessions that cover the theory and practice in relationship among elected board officials with CAO and staff, with First Nations, citizen engagement through social media, conflict resolution solutions and

effective council/board messaging. Keynote speaker, Portland Metro President and Mayor Tom Hughes will share some of his experiences and the lessons he has learned. His focus will be on the challenges and opportunities in engaging a diversity of community interests and developing a balanced and commonly accepted vision for local governance on a range of economic, environmental and social objectives. Prior to taking on his current role as Mayor, Hughes served on the city of Hillsboro, Oregon council where he played a major leadership role in building the economy of Hillsboro, making it a high technology centre and promoting a civic centre focused on the regional light rail system.

He has also served as both staffer and president of the League of Oregon Cities where he received a Certificate of Achievement in Leadership. Hughes is a teacher by profession, with a particular interest in government and has a strong commitment to education. Since its inception in 2007, the annual conference has been well received by elected officials and senior administrators province wide from BC local governments and First Nations communities. Ken Cameron, an Adjunct Professor with Simon Fraser University, and co-author with Mike Harcourt and Sean Rossiter of City Making in Paradise will report at the end of the conference on what he’s heard leaving delegates with some take-away lessons.

Changes to Northern Health Connections in effect

CHETWYND ECHO STAFF –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Northern Health is making changes to the NH Connections medical travel service with improvements to help patients in north east B.C. beginning February 19, 2013. NH Connections is now accepting reservations for the improved services, which include: • One new round trip each week from Fort Nelson to Fort St. John, boosting service on that route to two round trips a week. The new route also connects with existing routes to Prince George, offering north east residents access to two round trips/week to Prince George for additional healthcare services; • Moving the Fort St. John to Fort Nelson return trip to the following day (eliminating the need for patients to require a two-night hotel stay);

• Discontinuation of the historically under-used Fort Nelson to Grande Prairie route; NH Connections continues to provide service four days a week between Fort St. John and Prince George along with the Northeast circle route which travels between Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Fort St. John each Tuesday. A partnership with the TR Cares Society in Tumbler Ridge also provides free vanpool service to residents travelling to medical appointments in other communities. Northern Health Connections is a travel service program for patients needing to travel for out-of-town medical appointments in Northern BC and Vancouver, regardless of their age or income. More information is available through the NH Connections reservation centre at 1-888-647-4997 or on-line at www.northernhealth.ca/nhconnections.


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Government documents find contradictory information on HD Miningʼs permit application

BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – BC government documents obtained by the two union’s battling in court over HD Mining International’s Temporary Foreign Worker permits, show the company never planned to use long wall mining in the bulk sample stage, despite claiming so on their permit application. HD recently sent home 16 Temporary Foreign Workers who were working on the 100,000 tonne bulk coal sample to determine the viability of the coal seam at the Murray River project. The company cited the ongoing litigation and associated costs as reasons for sending these workers back to China, saying that it won’t be bringing any more workers to BC until it had “reliable certainty” on the project. The documents obtained by the Chetwynd Echo- a mineral and coal exploration notice of work application to the Ministry of Energy and Mines and another to the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations for the surface preparations at the Murray River site, make no mention of long wall mining. The unions believe this shows that the federal and provincial government possessed contradictory information regarding the mine that was never shared before Temporary Foreign Worker permits

were issued. “The bulk sample will be collected using a well proven underground coal mining method (room and pillar),” one of the documents states. “The second phase is the mining of the coal.” HD makes an additional reference to “room and pillar” in a submission to the Ministry of Natural

Operating Engineers, (IUOE) Local 115 and the Construction and Specialized Workers Union (CSWU), Local 1611, have applied to the federal court to have the new evidence submitted. Charles Gordon, legal counsel for the Building Trades’, filed the application in Feb. 18. It is not clear yet when a

“Long wall mining has not been used in Canada for 15 years.”

Resource Operations which states, “HD Murray River 100,000 tonne bulk coal sample collection project designed by Norwest plans to utilize proven underground coal mining methods (room and pillar).” The company has never mentioned using “room and pillar” mining publicly, saying only that the long wall mining method would be used, for which they claim there is a shortage of qualified workers in Canada. Long wall mining will only be used during the second stage of development at the mine. The two BC Building Trades unions’, the International Union of

the documents after discussions with a representative of the BC Inspector of Mines. “This whole HD Mining case is a sad example of everything that’s wrong with the Temporary Foreign Workers program from start to finish,” Hunt said. “We have repeatedly said that the federal and provincial governments absolutely must publicly review this entire program and then fix it so Canadians are ensured that they are first in line for jobs in their own country.”

HD Replies to the Unions’ Application for Leave Long wall mining has not been used in Canada for 15 years, according to a sworn affidavit submitted to the court Feb. 15 by the company’s lawyers, Robin Junger, Joan Young, Andrew Aguilar and Aleksander Stoijicevic on behalf HD Mining’s Jody Shimkus, VP of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs In their full submission, which makes the argument that the union’s application for court permission to conduct a judicial review of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) should not be approved, Junger, Young, Aguilar and Stoijicevic say the unions made the application outside of the prescribed time limits for

decision will be made on whether or not the evidence will be accepted by the court. “The HD Mining application to the BC Ministry of Natural Resource Operations in June 2011 clearly shows that ‘long wall mining’ would not be used during the 2-year bulk sample development stage the Temporary Foreign Worker permits were issued for, and instead traditional ‘room and pillar’ mining techniques common in Canada would be employed,” the Building Trades legal application argues. Steve Hunt, United Steelworkers District 3 Director said legal counsel Please see "PROGRAM," for his union discovered page 14

PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT

PUBLIC NOTICE

Take notice that the following changes have been made to the 2013 Peace River Regional District Board Meeting Schedule:

February 28 - meeting to be held in Hudsonʼs Hope starting at 1:00 pm March 13 - Special Meeting in Dawson Creek starting at 6:30 pm April 11 - meeting to be held in Fort St. John starting at 10:00 am Members of the public are invited to attend. For more information please visit: www.prrd.bc.ca or call 250-784-3200 or 250-785-8084

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Fred Banham, CAO

NOTICE OF EXCLUSION APPLICATION REGARDING LAND IN THE AGRICULTURAL LAND RESERVE

I, West Fraser Mills of 1250 Brownmiller Road, Quesnel BC, V2J 6P5 intend on making an application pursuant to Section 30(1) of the Agricultural Commission Act to exclude from the Agricultural Land Reserve the following property which is legally described as, District Lot 2685 Peace River District Except Plan 28196 and located at Chetwynd, BC The exclusion application is for 14.3ha of ALR land. An offsetting area of 14.3ha of land from the same property will be put into the ALR. The offsetting area is currently not part of the ALR.

Any person wishing to express an interest in the application may do so by forwarding their comments in writing to: Peace River Regional District, Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8 Attn: Kole Casey by March 14, 2013.


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Thank You Chetwynd!

The Chetwynd Christmas Bureau Society (Santa Claus project) would like to thank the communities of Chetwynd and Moberly Lake as well as the Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce and our corporate sponsors. Through their response and financial donations we were able to provide 180 hampers including gifts and toys for children.

We had a lot of new faces show up to help this year to move groceries from the stores and toys from our storage locker. We even had two young ladies from Teck Coal in Tumbler Ridge drive in to lend a hand. Between the people that show up every year and the new faces - it was a very easy year.

A special thank you to Mrs. Bougerolle’s Grade 5,6,7 class from Don Titus School that came out on the Friday to help with setting up the hall.

All the merchants and banks that allowed our boxes in their businesses and the people that filled them. Once again all our schools out did themselves and we send them a very big thank you to the students, parents and teachers. Ellen Dalke Devon Canada Chetwynd Health & Book Nook South Peace Chiropractic Newbee Contracting Ltd. Chetwynd Medical Clinic KPA Oilfield Services Ltd. Peace Country Rentals Cameron Canada Corp. Xstrata Coal Canada Northern Oasis Car Wash Great Canadian Oil Change BeeLyne Executive Services Reyners Funeral Home 7th Day Adventist Churh Crowfeathers General Store Domino’s Pizza Subway Chetwynd Veterinary Clinic DGS Astro Paving (Chetwynd Redi Mix) Bob & Bobbie Nicholson Harley Davidson Owners Club Dollar Store with More Annette Guillet Gridnz n’ Bindz People’s Drug Store Walter Energy Coal Chetwynd Fresh Water (2011) Trackwest Trucking Corky Grant Chetwynd Glass Chetwynd Shared Ministry Louise Knox Spectra Energy Quinessential Quilters James & Christina Teslyk LkeView Credit Union

Chetwynd Echo Chetwynd Boy Scouts The Mackie Family District of Chetwynd (staff party) Chetwynd Nazarene Church Canfor Chetwynd Hospital staff Super Valu Chetwynd Petroleums Ltd. Lorn & Audrey Ganson Talisman Energy Inc. Chetwynd Midget Giants (Teddy Toss) Peacelander Pathfinders Enersul Limited McKee Vacuum Truck Services Ruth LaGreca (in memory of Mick) Our Lady of Peace Catholic Women’s Guild Anthony Fazekas & Mercedes Moffat Coffee Talk & Pencil Box SMS Equiipment Duz Cho Patty Gayse Terry Totusek Little Giants Figure Skating Club Northern Lights College (Chetwynd campus) Cree-Ative Wonders Daycare (K4 & K5) CFI Planer and Lumber Yard Barton Insurance Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce Chetwynd Public Library Teck Coal Service BC (staff) Aim Ventures/Aim Trucking TAnsi Friendship Centre Society Saulteau First Nations Saulteau First Nations (staff)

Again a ver y big thank you to all!

For any we have missed we sincerely apologize as everyone counts to us.

Program desperately needs independent review Continued from page 13

complaint as outlined in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and that the unions’ have not made a “fairly arguable case” for such a review. “The fact that the Applicant in this case may dislike the decisions made or the governmental policy upon which it is based is not sufficient grounds to obtain leave [permission] for judicial review in a court of law,” the document states. “This is particularly true where an innocent party has relied on the legality of validly issued government authorizations and expended tens of millions of dollars in good faith on them.” The unions’ application, which was filed Jan. 31, was largely based on the evidence found in the 230 résumés from Canadian workers who had applied for jobs with the company. The case for leave for a judicial review claims that HD had taken a pass on these local workers in favour of those it would receive through the TFWP. “Of the resumes received for underground positions none of them had experience with long

wall mining,” HD’s lawyers stated. “There are very substantial differences between long wall coal mining and other types of mining for coal or metals. Long wall mining is a highly mechanized and specialized type of coal mining requiring workers skilled in this particular technique. It also requires equipment that cannot be sourced in Canada, which HD has had to bring in from China.” HD Mining International’s parent company, Canadian Dehua International Mines Group, currently operates nine long wall underground coal-mining operations in China. Due to recent growth in the industry and an aging workforce, HD has repeatedly claimed there are significant challenges to finding skilled workers that justify the permits they

acquired under the TFWP. Brian Cochrane, a spokesperson for the IUOE who has been very vocal about the case over the past few months, says that the new evidence from BC government documents once again casts doubt on why the permits were issued. “Our lawyers wish to introduce in court, evidence from BC government documents that show long wall mining appears to have never been planned by HD Mining for this stage,” he said. Mark Olsen, of the CSWU added, “This case keeps proving that the Temporary Foreign Worker Program desperately needs an independent review – it is not being properly regulated and Canadian workers are suffering as a result.” SEE RELATED STORY PAGE 15


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HD Mining moves to have application for leave refused

BY TRENT ERNST Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – HD Mining is asking the court to refuse the Application for Leave filed by the two unions in the ongoing battle over HD Mining’s plan to use temporary foreign workers for their Murray River Mine. The motion was filed on Friday, and says that “the Applicants failed to comply with the timelines set out in legislation for seeking Leave, and because they have failed to demonstrate a “fairly arguable case� that there are grounds for Judicial Review.� Instead, says the Memorandum of Facts and Law of HD Mining International Ltd. and Huiyong Holdings (BC) Ltd, the unions simply “argue why they disagree with the decision of the officer.� In doing so, they have “failed to identify any fairly arguable case as it relates to grounds for judicial review.� It is not the role of the court, says the document, “to simply revisit governmental decisions that a particular party does not like or thinks is wrong.� According to HD Mining’s Vice President, Environmental and

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Regulatory Affairs Jody Shimkus, Long wall mining has not been practiced in Canada for over 15 years. “The Murray River Project utilizes a long-wall mining method that is entirely automated. A process mechanical ‘shears’ the coal from the wall. The shearers are mounted on a self-advancing hydraulic ceiling support, protecting the working under it. The sheared coal falls onto a conveyor belt for removal‌This method is highly efficient, productive, and increases worker safety, but requires specialized training.â€? As part of the recruitment program, HD received resumes from applicants, sent out interview notices and conducted interviews in Vancouver, Edmonton and Tumbler Ridge. Contrary to reports, some Canadians were hired, “including for such positions as warehouseman, office clerk, heavy machine operator, haulage truck driver and mine electrician. “Of the resumes that HD Mining receive for underground positions, none of them had experience with long wall mining,â€? the Memorandum argues. “Some had experience in other types of under-

ground mining, but there are very substantial differences between long wall coal mining and the other types of mining for coal or metals. Long wall mining is a highly mechanized and specialized type of coal mining, requiring workers skilled in this particular technique.� HD Mining has put forward a transition plan, which included a multiyear plan for transitioning to a 100 percent Canadian worforce. “It also committed to hiring Canadians for all of the surface work.� While much has been made of the fact that the transition plan had the mine being 100 percent Canadian in a decade, the company notes that this is due to potential labour shortages in the mining industry across Canada and worldwide (and a

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future topic of discussion in our Mining in the North feature). The LMOs that are approved are for only two years, says HD “so as to see what progress the Company had achieved at that point on its training and transition plan.�

Contrary to what has been stated by the Applicant Unions, says the document, “Mandarin was not a requirement for hiring Canadians or permanent residents. Most advertisements made no reference to Mandarin at all, and some noted it as being of benefit but not a requirement. It was only after the LMOs were issued that Mandarin was stated to be a requirement for the workers from China who would be coming to fill the approved underground positions.� The company also argues that the Labour Market Opinion Directives makes clear that officers have considerable discretion in deciding whether

or not to grand an LMO. According to HD, “The officer even has the ability to allow a foreign worket to be hired over a qualified Canadian‌if the employer can demonstrate that hiring this individual will result in the potential transfer of skills to Canadians, or to create jobs over the long term. HD Mining specifically proposed in its LMO application‌to commit to the transfer of skills and to the creation of Canadian jobs over the long term. By contrast, the Applicant Unions have not been able to provide credible evidence of a single Canadian Applicant that was qualified in underground long wall mining.â€?


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

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OPINION

And then there were two... new doctors coming The Mayor’s Report with Merlin Nichols Popular opinion tells us that most voters, taxpayers, citizens – all of us ordinary people – are somewhat and rightfully skeptical of the promises and protestations of politicians, and especially so at voting time. That’s why I try to deny being a politician which makes my wife scoff. Thinking again of the exciting hours of campaigning for election, I remember all of us recognized the dearth of familypractice physicians committed to staying in Chetwynd for longer than a locum. Our resident doc-

tors were working hard to recruit but the long-time spring in South Africa had dried up. Recruiting efforts had to be directed elsewhere. The Council Health Services Committee under the leadership of Ernest Pfanner met several times with Dr. Venter and Northern Health to plan recruiting strategy. Councillor Pfanner and I met once with the Northern Health Board regarding the crisis that could develop if healthcare personnel were not recruited. Ultimately, we realized that if we were to recruit successfully, we would have to face the challenge head on. This is not to say that Northern Health was not helpful or sympathetic to the pending crisis in Chetwynd or that the resi-

“Ultimately we reaized that if we were to recruit successfully, we would have to face the challenge head on.”

dent doctors were shirking in their efforts to recruit. Far from it. It was and it is a three- or four-way effort. Council has a role; Northern Health has a role; the resident doctors have a role; the community has a role. And believe it or not, all four entities played a part in the story that I am telling. Go back to September, 2012. Northern Health is

planning a recruiting expedition to Britain in November and has requested ideas and materials for promoting Chetwynd. Materials are provided and some very attractive promotional objects are created. At the same time, Dr. Venter is sending out his own signals that elicit some hopeful responses. Maybe that is a light we see at the end

of the tunnel! All the while the fourth entity is quietly working behind the scenes. A young family had moved to town. This young family invites two young friends to visit. Remember this is September and Mayor and Council are attending the UBCM convention so we are unaware of what is going on. Upon returning I learn of the visit of the young doctor and his wife. Without waiting for time to pass, we package up the best of Chetwynd in full color and sound and send it to this young couple with a friendly, inviting letter. Christmas approaches; we send a card reminding them of how we appreciated their visit. January: The doctor visits, works for a week, and the Health Services

Committee meets him to dine and chat and be friendly. We send another letter of appreciation for the interest he is taking in Chetwynd. February 13: A letter from Northern Health informs Council that the doctor has committed to moving to Chetwynd in July when his Residency in Family Practice is complete. And while this is happening, Dr. Venter is working out the details with another young physician. And then there were two. Thanks to Dr. Venter, Northern Health, and you. This is what can happen when we pull together for a common goal. 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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REGIONAL NEWS

Snowmobilers are the most at risk group for avalance incidence

Pilot project underway for creation of Northern Rockies avalanche centre

BY TRENT ERNST Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– Let’s face it. The chance of getting caught in an avalanche around Dawson Creek is slim to none. But as you move west into the Rockies, the mountains get taller and steeper, and the risk of an avalanche occurring goes up exponentially. In the past decade, there have been a number of people caught in avalanches in the Tumbler Ridge area, including a couple of fatalities, the most recent of which happened two years ago, when a snowmobiler was killed in the Pyramid Mountain area. Snomobilers are the most at-risk group for avalanche incidence, reports the Canadian Avalanche

Centre (CAC), who have produced avalanche forecasts for the mountainous areas around BC and Alberta for a number of years. For all the mountainous areas, that is, save for the Northern Rockies. However, that may be changing. This year a Pilot Project has been launched this for the Northern Rockies to see if it’s possible to get enough sources of data to make a go of the project. “Creating an avalanche forecast for the North Rockies has been a dream of ours for many years,” says Karl Klassen, acting Executive Director of the CAC. “This region encompasses many popular winter recreational areas, where public safety can be increased through better avalanche

forecasts. Today, through this generous funding, we can start work on defining the future for avalanche safety in the North Rockies.” The new pilot project is being funded to the tune of $50,000 by the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, as well as $25,000 from the Apache Corporation, who also donated two remote weather stations, valued at $25,000 total. The Northern Rockies is the name given to a sprawling area that takes in mountainous terrain on both sides of the BC/Alberta boundary. Its southernmost point is defined by Highway 16 between Prince George

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and the Alberta boundary, including the northern half of Mount Robson Provincial Park. The ares excludes Jasper National Park (which has its own forecast), and Wilmore Wildland, but includes areas around Grande Cache and into the Kakwa Wildlands. The region extends Northward, covering the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd area (but excluding Dawson Creek) to its northern bounds, which is defined by the Peace Reach of Williston Lake. Its westernmost boundary follows Highway 97 north from Prince George to Mackenzie. Over the 2012 and 2013 season, CAC personnel have been making field trips into the Northern Rockies, looking for locations to establish the weather stations, studying where people actually go to snowmobile as well as other backcountry activities like skiing and snowshoeing. Up to now, the CAC has provided a weekly condition report. Issued every

Thursday, these reports provide information on past snowpack and weather conditions, an analysis of current conditions as best as can be determined, and some very general advice on what might occur in the near future. The CAC has been unable to provide the northern Rockies the same details seen in daily forecasts for other regions, such as danger ratings and avalanche character, because there is insufficient data upon which to base such a product. The weekly North Rockies Conditions Report relies on data from neighbouring regions, along with the occasional reports from professionals and amateurs in the area. Carole Savage is one of the two people travelling through the region. She is the Snowmobile Program Coordinator for the CAC. “Avalanche forecasts are reliant on data from the Ministry of Transportation, from backcountry lodges, from professionals working in the area and from amateur observations,” says Savage. “There’s a lot that

goes on when a forecast is created. The biggest thing is that we don’t have those information sources in the North Rockies. It really comes down to data.” While part of her current mission is to find sources of data, she warns local riders shouldn’t get their hopes up too high if they’re expecting a daily forecast like other areas. “We’ve been traveling all over the north this season, myself and Grant Helgeson, who is the program lead,” says Savage. “We’ve been travelling through the communities,

touching base with stakeholders. We’ve got some really good background information. But what we’re doing with the project is determining what sort of products would be most effective for the region. It depends on the finding of the report and what our budget is.” Which means that come 2014, there still might not be an avalanche report for this area. “We’re looking at where to establish those remote weather stations and coming up with some ideas as to what our options. It doesn’t auto-

matically mean you’re going to get a daily bulletin; but the thing you need to know is that we’re very solution focused. The pilot program is designed to lay the groundwork for future avalanche forecasting for the region.” Savage says that right now, she can’t comment on what the options might be, as they still have a lot of winter left and a lot of research to do. “So far, we’ve been into the Kakwa area, been into Tumbler Ridge, though only to one of the riding areas there,” says Savage.

“We’ve visited some of the riding areas in the Pine Pass and down to McBride. We still have more areas to visit. We haven’t been to Mackenzie, for instance. We want to touch base with snowmobile clubs, search and rescue organizations. We’re basically talking to stakeholders.” Savage says in her time here, she’s been pleased to see so many people out using the mountains. “What’s important for me is that people carry the proper rescue equipment. It’s really important to identify avalanche terrain, and to be prepared.” She also says that, while her time out on hills has been great, one of the best things has been meeting the people. “One of the highlights has been how welcoming the community. Tumbler Ridge has a special place in my heart with Jeff Cool donating the trailer and the District donating the vehicle.” Savage says she expects that they’ll have a final report ready for May, leaving plenty of time for the CAC to implement whatever they are planning for the next season.

Don’t put your life on our line. This winter, prevent a senseless tragedy by steering clear of train tracks. Not only is riding a snowmobile on a railroad’s right of way illegal, you may be too focused on having a good time to hear a train coming.

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Echo Hill Coal Mine project looking for input

BY TRENT ERNST Tumbler Ridge News –––––––––––––– TUMBLER RIDGE – As part of changes to the Environmental Act, the Canadian Government must decide whether a federal environmental assessment is required for the proposed Echo Hill Coal Mine Project. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA) is seeking comments from the public on the project and its potential effects on the environment. The Echo Hill Mine would be 44 km north of Tumbler Ridge along Highway 52, then a short distance along the Moore Forest Service Road. The Echo Hill Mine proposal is built on the bones of the former AES Wapiti coal fired power plant proposal, which was kyboshed in 2007 when the BC government announced that any coal fired power in the province would have to

have 100 percent carbon sequestration. The area was initially staked and drilled by Gulf Canada Resources. They let the claims lapse and the property was re-staked by Hillsborough. The proposal has been reworked by one of the two partners in that deal, Hillsborough Resources. This go around, the proposed mine would ship the proposed one to one and a half million tonnes of thermal coal it produced annually overseas. As part of the project, Hillborough expects that it will need to build: an office, mine dry and maintenance facilities: associated facilities and infrastructure needed for the life of the project are expected to include a maintenance shop, warehouse and administration complex, generator, fuel storage, and storage and laydown areas. These facilities will be supported by related water and power infra-

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structure. While access to the site will be by Highway 52, access to the mine working areas will be by temporary haul roads. A coal handling and storage site will be built and coal will be stockpiled, crushed and screened onsite. Probably the most controversial part of the proposal is the requirement that coal be hauled along existing roads to either the former Bullmoose Loadout or the Peace River Coal loadout. Construction is expected to start in the second quarter of 2015, with production beginning shortly thereafter. Under the Canadian Environmental Act of 2012, all coal mines with a coal production capacity of 3,000 tonnes per day or more are subject to CEAA review. The proposed project will produce between 2,700 and 4,000 tonnes per day. If it is determined that a

federal environmental assessment is required, the public will have three more opportunities to comment on this project, consistent with the transparency and public engagement elements of CEAA 2012.

The mine has an expected lifespan of between ten and 14 years. Written comments must be submitted by February 28, 2013 to: Echo Hill Coal Mine Project C a n a d i a n

GATEWAY perspectives Spill response plan Over the last few months, I’ve talked about the precautions, the safety measures, and the selection criteria involved in the marine elements of the Gateway project — all of them intended to prevent an oil spill on water. I’ve also discussed how Gateway’s marine safety program was examined by an independent risk assessment group, which determined that the chances of a major spill are once in more than 15,000 years. Although statistics and reports suggest a marine oil spill is unlikely, you want to know — what if one does occur? How will Gateway be prepared? While the chances are slim, we continue to develop a world-class marine response program. The Northern Gateway Project includes a spill response capacity that’s more than three times the Canadian regulation. And while the Canadian requirement for oil spill response is 72 hours plus travel time, our response time will be a fraction of that number — 6 to 12 hours in the marine channels. This is a significant increase to the response capability available to B.C.’s north coast. Additionally, for immediate response, our tug escorts will be equipped with booms, oil skimmers, and firefighting equipment

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BY MIKE CARTER Chetwynd Echo Reporter –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – A study by the provincial government shows that Aboriginal student high school completion rates have increased for the third straight year. Completion rates track the number of students who complete high school within six years from the first time they enroll in Grade 8.

Over the last three school years, all public and independent schools in the province combined for an average of 56.4 per cent completion rate in 2011-12, 53.7 per cent in 2010-11 and 50.4 per cent in the 2009-10. Peace River South’s School District 59 figures show that aboriginal completion rates have held steady over the last six years varying between a low of 46 per cent in 2007-08 and 200910 to a high of 61 per cent in 2010-11. Fifty-eight per cent of eligible Aboriginal students completed their high school degree at last year’s graduations in the South Peace. Although these increases are an improvement for the

province, the numbers still show a large gap from the overall completion rate of 81.8 per cent for 2011-12. Aboriginal completion rates have increased 14 per cent over the last ten years. “I am pleased to see that Aboriginal students are once again making significant progress in their completion rates,” said Minister of Education Don McRae. “We continue to look for ways to incorporate Aboriginal culture and history into our classrooms and ensure that our schools provide support and encouragement for these students.” Some districts within the province are showing what the government is calling “remark-

Hired Equipment Registration Peace District The Peace District of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is creating its hired equipment list for the 2013/14 fiscal year, which begins April 1, 2013. Any individuals or companies not registered in 2012, but wishing to have equipment listed, are hereby invited to contact the District Office either in person or by phone to obtain the appropriate registration forms. Equipment can only be registered in one area, and seniority is not transferable between areas. Only owned or lease-to-own equipment is eligible for registration. Note that while you do not need to have Commercial (Comprehensive) General Liability insurance, or up-to-date WorkSafeBC coverage to register, you will have to meet these requirements prior to working on any ministry projects. The deadline for new registrations is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Late registrations will be accepted, but will be put at the bottom of the open list. Note that there is no charge for registering new equipment, or for changing or deleting equipment information already listed. Register by March 20, 2013, at: Peace District Office 10003 110th Avenue, Suite 300, Fort St. John or contact District Clerk Chrystal Jones by telephone at 250 787-3315 to have the forms faxed or e-mailed to you.

able improvement”. For instance, Aboriginal completion rates in the School District 71, the Commox Valley, increased by 18 per cent in one year, and over five years the rate in the Boundary School District, (School District 51) has increased by more than 36 per cent. To support Aboriginal success, School District 59 along with 53 other School Districts, have put in place Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements. These Agreements bring together districts, local Aboriginal communities and the Ministry of Education to encourage Aboriginal academic achievement and bring Aboriginal culture and history into classrooms for the benefit of all students.

The Ministry of Education also created a new position last year, superintendent of Aboriginal Achievement, to maintain community partnerships, support the development of personalized learning opportunities and further strengthen Aboriginal completion rates. The current superintendent of Aboriginal Achievement, DeDe Deros said that although government is on the right track, there is still much to be done. “Aboriginal Education Enhancement Agreements, Aboriginal curriculum, bringing elders into classrooms, these are some of the ways we are helping to make Aboriginal students feel welcome and valued in our schools.”

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