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Shop local for a vital community

NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– CHETWYND - The Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce, the Chetwynd Echo and local tire shop Kal-Tire have teamed up to embark upon a 'shop local' campaign. The trio hopes to encourage locals to "Think, Shop and Buy Local” and help promote economic stability and diversity within Chetwynd. "We decided to take that a step further, working with a number of interested groups in the community to make this a community-wide campaign," Chetwynd Echo Publisher and Editor Naomi Larsen said, adding one of the biggest components of the effort will be raising public awareness of the benefits of shopping locally. “I don't think a lot of people are aware, they just think 'I could go to the Wal-Mart in Dawson or Grande Prairie and purchase something for less', BY

but when you factor in a consideration for negative number of different things economic impacts – generlike gas prices...really in ally take consumers away the end it isn't worth it." from their hometown Larsen also points to the stores. economic The chamunderstandber has a ing that mechanism spending to try to money localLocally owned increase local ly is advantaselection as businesses build well. g e o u s strong because, " I d e a l l y, "every dollar communities and through our you spend in business weʼre working a t t r a c t i o n your home town, is towards making and retention spent another strategy, we Chetwynd a five times would like to strong locally before target certain it leaves your businesses,” community. community." Richter said. The idea of "There are this is to get c e r t a i n (the shop things misslocal caming from the paign) up and mosaic of our running and launch it in business community, and time for the Christmas we'd like to identify those shopping season and to and proactively go out an keep it going strong there- seek out businesses that after. will fully complement (our Chamber Manager Tonia community)." Richter said the search for So how does the prolower costs and greater gram work? selection – and not enough "The retailers take part

by displaying a logo (available at the Chamber of Commerce) in their store window and when shoppers see that they know it is a participating store and it's proud to be part of a thriving Chetwynd. "The shoppers get to be a part of this by taking part with our eco-friendly reusable shopping bag – sponsored by Kal Tire – which contains information and campaign details as well as the local discount guide and card,” Richter said. To get involved, either as a retailer or a shopper, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 250-788-3345 or stop in to the Visitor’s Centre. Shoppers' kits are available now. "Locally owned businesses build strong communities and we're working towards making Chetwynd a strong community," Larsen said. "Local businesses recycle a large share of the revenue back into the local economy."

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1. Local character and prosperity: In an increasingly homogenized world, communities that preserve their one-of-a-kind businesses and distinctive character have an economic advantage. 2. Community well-being: Locally owned businesses build strong communities by sustaining vibrant town centres, linking neighbours in a web of economic and social relationships and contributing to local causes. 3. Local decision-making: Local ownership ensures important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will feel the impacts of those decisions. 4. Keeping dollars in the local economy: Locallyowned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community. 5. Jobs and wages: Locally-owned businesses create more jobs locally and in some sectors, provide better wages and benefits. 6. Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurship fuels Canada's economic innovation and serves as a key means for families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class. 7. Public benefits and costs: Local stores in town centres require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services. 8. Environmental sustainability: Local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centres which in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss and air and water pollution. 9. Competition: A marketplace of numerous small businesses is the best way to ensure innovation and low prices over the long term. 10. Product diversity: A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Want to be heard?

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 crosssection of public opinion.

- Naomi Larsen, editor


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November 4, 2011

Conservatives looking to scrap long gun registry

M ILE 0C ITY. CA –––––––––––––– Since it was created in 1995, the registry has been a source of controversy that critics say has spent billions in taxpayers’ money and has punished lawful gun owners instead of those who are committing gun crimes. The Conservative government insists the registry has cost nearly $2 billion since 1995 and will cost tens of millions more annually if allowed to continue. Bob Zimmer, Conservative MP for Prince George-Peace River, said it is certainly a great day for his government to look to keep a long-standing promise to its constituents, including here in the Peace region. “A lot of people in our riding are gun owners and hunters,

and the fact they were required to put their names on a registry when it was really designed to combat criminal activity …it’s just something that wasn’t working,” said Zimmer. He said long gun owners, including himself, will still be required to hold a valid firearms licence to purchase a gun or ammunition, as well as undertake a criminal background check and firearms safety training. The Conservatives have tried several times to scrap the registry since forming a minority government in 2006, but were never successful, though it is expected now that they hold a majority in the House of Commons, the bill will pass. The opposition parties have not been unanimous in their support for the long gun registry, and

it is expected more than a few opposition members will side with the government to scrap it. The legislation was met favourably by local hunters. “It’s a waste of taxpayers’ money. They’ve spent $2 billion on long gun registry and have solved absolutely nothing,” said Tim Scram, president of Corlane Sporting Goods Ltd. in Dawson Creek, and a gun owner himself. He added he doesn’t see any benefit to public safety in keeping the long gun registry. “The criminal still has guns and he always will have guns. They bring them across the (U.S.) border by the truck load, and they can’t even slow that flow down. They (criminals) don’t get a

Watson replaces Naopoleon at SFN

BY JOEI WARM –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – The October 29 Saulteau First Nations by-election saw Tammy Watson elected to replace Norman Napoleon. Napoleon announced in October that he would be stepping down from his position as councillor, said electoral officer Bill Lindsay. Nominations were held on Oct. 22 with Mary Doyle, Stanley Napoleon and Tammy Watson throwing their hats in the ring. Mary Doyle subsequently withdrew her nomination. “We had advanced voting on…Oct. 26 and then the final voting and count of the ballots on Oct. 29 and Tammy Watson garnered the most votes and was declared elected,” said Lindsay. Watson will serve as councillor until April 2014 when new elections will be held. The council is comprised of one representative from each of the five major families: chief Harley Davis, Patricia Blandin, Yvonne Paquette, Doris Ronnenberg and Tammy Watson.

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November 4, 2011

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hop Local.

Two words that can mean so much to a small town. When you shop local, you invest in your community, in your neighbors, and in yourselves. In this economic climate, the best return on investment is in local business. It is estimated that for every dollar you spend, twice as much will be reinvested in the community by a local store

than a national store. Last week The Chetwynd Echo, Chamber of Commerce and Kal Tire kicked off Chetwynd’s new Shop Local campaign at the Pomeroy Hotel. How does it work? As a business, head down to the Chamber of Commerce and grab your display decal and then...offer a special sale for local shoppers who display their Shop Local reusable bag or flash their Shop Local card. Want to take part in the amazing deals being offered by our participating merchants? Head to the Chamber, purchase a reusable Shop Local bag for $10 (it comes with goodies already in it!)

and shop, Shop, SHOP. The more you buy local, the stronger our business community will be. When shopping locally, you simultaneously create jobs, fund more city services through sales tax, invest in neighbourhood improvement and promote community development. When you buy local, you support yourself. Several studies have shown that when you buy from an independent, locally owned business, significantly more of your money is used to make purchases from other local businesses, service providers and farms -- continuing to strengthen the economic

base of the community When you shop local, those local stores help to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable town centerswhich in turn are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. Local stores in town centers require comparatively little infrastructure and make more efficient use of public services relative to big box stores and strip shopping malls. And most importantly, supporting local businesses that are owned by people who live in this community are more invested in the community’s future.

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November 4, 2011

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Local air quality monitoring stations should record H2S and S02 levels

To the Editor: Air quality is a concern in Chetwynd. A plant upwind from town is permitted to release 40 tons/day of S02. Many studies have show that particulates PM-10s and

PM2.5 get coated with S02 and with moisture turn to acid. This causes respiratory illness, among which is bronchitis and chronic cough. The municipal office advises that there is a par-

Prepare for demands

To the Editor: There are those who claim B.C. Hydro doesn't need the electricity it is purchasing from independent power producers. Well, I beg to differ. B.C. Hydro clearly isn't able produce enough electricity now from the aging dams it owns let alone ten years from now when demand will be even greater. The time to prepare ourselves for the electricity demands of tomorrow is today. By developing the province’s renewable energy resources today we would be preparing ourselves for the future and creating good jobs. By importing electricity from the USA and Alberta to meet growing demand in B.C., as B.C. Hydro appears to be planning to do, we would essentially be exporting jobs that we could be creating here in B.C. Let’s tap our renewable energy resources, keep good jobs here in B.C., and be ready for the future. Charles Davis White Rock, BC

ticulate monitoring station in Chetwynd, but not for H2S or S02. They said that this information is not released because the public would not understand the readings? They further state that

the air monitoring station for H2S and S02 would be left to the new council to deal with. I suggest that we ask for an Air Monitoring station in Chetwynd and request that the results be pub-

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lished in the Echo on a monthly basis (for H2s and S02 particulates). It goes without saying that the particulate monitor should include PM2.5 and that S02 and H2S sensitivity be at a level that is the most strin-

gent as in other countries. There are air monitors for S02 and H2S at the Pine River Plan and Hasler. These results should be made public. George Kalischuk Chetwynd, BC

Ghoulies and ghosties were out in abounds Monday for All Hallow’s Eve. Little ones knocked on doors all over town requesting treats or performing tricks for the sweet candy goodness.

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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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Coalition for Gun Control slamming the bill Continued from page 3

(Possession/Acquisition Licence) PAL and take a course and come and buy a registered gun off of my shelf – I deal with the sportsmen and the hunters, so why re we being penalized for this?” That sentiment was echoed by Mihis Petru from Prince George, who was in Dawson Creek getting equipped for a hunting trip. “It’s a waste of money. How many people die from rifles? Not many. Get rid of it,” said Petru. In fact, he said scrapping the long gun registry was the main reason he voted

Conservative in the last federal election. However, the Coalition for Gun Control – made up of police, public health, women and victims of gun violence groups from across the country – have slammed the bill, saying it jeopardizes public safety, and they are calling on the public to urge their local MP to vote against it. They insist the longgun registry helps keep gun owners are accountable for their firearms, and helps police take preventive action, enforce prohibition orders, and trace a gun found at the scene of a crime to its rightful owner. According to a 2009 study by the Canadian Association of

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November 4, 2011

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Winter conditions in the Pine Pass

Telling the future

Ghosts and ghouls who partook in the Annual Ghoulish Affair Monday evening at the Chetwynd and District Recreation Centre could visit the spoooooky fortune teller who set up shop in the centre’s elevator. Photo by Naomi Larsen

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Don Titus Elementary School spent Monday in the Halloween spirit with students taking part in spooky activities all morning. Photo by Naomi Larsen

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BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– PINE PASS – Highway 97 through the Pine Pass was closed to traffic in both directions in two separate locations near Mackenzie as the result of two separate motor vehicle collisions last week. The first accident occurred 10 kilometres north of the junction with Highway 39, south of Mackenzie. The second at Bijoux Falls, 32 kilometres north of the junction with Highway 39 No fatalities were reported. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution as winter conditions are making the roads in that area dangerous.

New Conservation Officer takes up office in Chetwynd

BY JOEI WARM –––––––––––––– CHETWYND – Chetwynd once again has a conservation officer (CO). Murray Booth started in his new position Oct. 31 and brings with him a significant amount of experience. While Chetwynd is a new position, Booth also has some experience with his new community. “I’ve always kind of liked the Chetwynd area. When I was stationed in Burns Lake I came over here hunting and quite enjoyed the country and the people I’ve met here…,” said Booth. Booth reports that he has been a conservation officer in B.C. for 10 years, and that prior to his current posting, he served as CO for Atlin and before that,

“When I was stationed in Burns Lake I came over here hunting and quite enjoyed the country and the people Iʼve met here.”

Burns Lake. He also noted that he has worked as a CO in Manitoba and Alberta. Before becoming a CO, Booth was heavily involved in the logging industry. Supporting his backcountry experience, Booth lists hunting, fishing,

snowmobiling and quading among his hobbies. “I’m a bit of a people person,” said Booth, and his ready wit was apparent when he spoke about himself. The oil and gas activity is admittedly a new component of his position and that, along with the antici-

pation that Chetwynd will be busier than his previous postings, provides a learning curve Booth said he is looking forward to. As part of his outreach, Booth said he was particularly looking forward to working with the cattleman and learning about that industry, as they are a strong component of the area. “I like to take ownership, Chetwynd is now my town too; I live here and I’m definitely interested in it,” said Booth. Booth is joined in Chetwynd by his wife Karen. He can be contacted at the Chetwynd office (250788-3611) located at 4821 South Access Road. To report an issue, call the toll free RAPP line at 1-877952-7277.


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Eight-and-under relay record established for Eels

BY NAOMI LARSEN Chetwynd Echo Editor –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN – This past weekend 18 swimmers went up to Fort St. John to compete in their first swim meet of the 2011-12 season. Team coach Jason Brockman said 10 new club records were established as the Eels splashed to another great start to the season. “Although all records are worthy of notice two stand out above the rest,” he said. “The first one being that the club had

for the first time enough eight and under girls to establish a club record.” Brockman said Eel team members Faith Smith; Carsyn Cupples; Calley Johanson and Jaidyn Gayse all did a great job remembering the proper relay takeover to establish a time for their teammates to chase after in the future. The second swim was also set in the eight and under girls age group with Sierra Richter being the first eight year old to ever compete in the 800m freestyle at a swim meet.

“Both records really display the demographics of the swim club this year with a bottom heavy program at the novice and learn to swim level,” Brockmand said. “Out of the 40 registered members this year, 26 of them belong in one of the two introduction level programs. “ The 18 swimmers who attended the meet were Amy Beattie; Carsyn Cupples; Andraya Gayse; Jaidyn Gayse; Kelsey and Kierra Hallaert; Calley Johanson; Dylan and Seth Joyce; Elizabeth Lee; Kellee Lekavy; Kennedy Peats; Mercedes Relph; Sierra Richter; Faith Smith; Helena Sotebier; Presley Steen and Brittany Welsh. The Eels took quite a loot of medals and ribbons home from the meet with four swimmers earn-

From left to right 1st row: Seth Joyce; Calley Johanson; Faith Smith; Jaidyn Gayse; Helena Sotebier; Dylan Joyce, 2nd row: Mercedes Relph, Kellee Lekavy; Amy Beattie; Kierra and Kelsey Hallaert; Presley Steen; Kenne Peats; Andraya Gayse and Coach JasonBrockman Not present for the photo was Elizabeth Lee. ing aggregate awards in their respective age groups – Sierra Richter third (Girls eight and under); Dylan Joyce third

(Boys 11 and 12); Brittany Welsh First (Girls 11 and 12) and Kellee Lekavy had a three way tie for first place (Girls 15 and

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November 4, 2011

Losing the gym: What to do when winter hits OUT OF BOUNDS with Dave Liggett

“We are not after methods and techniques here (there is plenty of time for that later), but simply to be a mindbody footloose on the innocence of a new medium.” Doug Robinson in “Running Talus” from the first Great Pacific Iron Works Catalog.

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t the end of the day, with maybe an hour of light, I hopped on my bike for a quick ride. Tonight the loop was around town. Down to the river and doubling back via the river bench. Not a lot of climbing, I rode hard, fast, the chill evening air cutting my fingers and cheeks. Later, as I write at my desk, out the window a bold yellow moves from the valley bottom and fading to mottled burnt orange dusted white at

the top of the avalanche chutes. Fall is about. Wind blows leaves down the street and birds flock a little closer flying with a harried irregularity. Some days are clear. Others grey and wet. All are chill. Winter lies close. And skiing. Take a little each day to make the first days of the season easier. Get in shape without the gym. In high school and college I swam. As a team, we were required to participate in pre-season-and in the last years, yearround—gym training. I hated it and sought alternatives. I discovered anything outside beat anything inside. I tried harder. And it was a lot more fun. In time, my outside program switched to skiing became more refined, boosted technically and formalized. It’s pretty simple. Skiing and boarding are sliding balance sports. We stand on waxed boards attempting to remain upright sliding down a

hill. In many ways, skiing is not much different from surfing and skateboarding. All activities combining motion, strength training and cardio. My program is simple. Once a day I do something for about an hour. Once a week I do something for the day—six or

seven hours. As the season gets closer, I might toss in an extra day of long activity. Last, I stretch a couple times a day. Just for five or ten minutes, but I stretch. Start with the stretching. Touch, or try to touch your toes. Feel your hamstrings pull. Don’t

bounce. Feel them stretch. Don’t make them hurt. Then sit on the ground, fold one foot behind your butt and reach for your knee with your head. Do this five times and switch feet. Next, bring your feet forward, together, and touch your toes sitting. Lean full body as far as you can and fold as close as you can to your legs. Try folding in half. That’s it for stretching. I try to take a few minutes several times a day to run through the sets. For my activities, I climb or mountain bike. Both integrate motion and balance. Most of my climbing is bouldering because it’s difficult to find a partner on short notice. An easy ride from my house lie a couple boulders. I work out for an hour or so. I eliminate the jugs and move both up and down the problems. Traversing one way around a problem, and then back. It becomes whole bodywork out. Reversing the moves is harder than the original

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forward pass. And I some times cheat the plan by going to the climbing gym in the evenings. The biking is easier. I try to forget I even own a car. Lose the keys. I bike or walk everywhere all fall. Walking I pump fast. Biking I push even more and get some cardio going. And I hike. I take a day to bolt up and down a valley. Moving fast uphill, a few hours out I find a spot in the sun at the head of the valley and break out a lunch of baguettes, cheese and an orange or two. Maybe a few dates. Finished, I run down, balancing my motion and speed against the terrain. Footloose, I drop back into town anticipating the season ahead. Dave Liggett is a new columnist to the Chetwynd Echo. He’s a born and bred die-hard skier and technical expert. Over this winter he will be sharing his tips and skills to help everyone shred just a little better.

The Chetwynd Electric Eels are all smiles as Sunny Hinchcliffe of the Chetwynd Elks Lodge No. 500, presented a cheque for $5,000 to be dispersed over five years, to some of the swimmers and Coach Jason Brockman. Photo submitted


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WHAT

MADE YOU DECIDE

WHAT

PREVIOUS EXPERI-

TO RUN FOR COUNCIL?

I originally got excited about the idea from speaking to current residents and members of council, who encouraged me to run. I want to be involved in making our community a better place to live.

ENCE DO YOU CONSIDER AN

ASSET?

I grew up in Chetwynd; I completed my elementary and high school education here playing school sports and minor hockey. While in high school I had the opportunity to work at West Fraser Mills, and continued on there for eight years where I

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became a millwright. I then went on to Canfor for two years as a Maintenance Supervisor. My next career opportunity took me to Westcoast Energy, now known as Spectra Energy, where I currently work as an electrician. I have been president and vice-president of the local union for sixteen years which has been a very rewarding experience and has provided me with many opportunities to enhance my leadership skills and training. I have been a volunteer fire fighter for twenty four years, and have PFANNER found it to be very gratifying to be able to help ten years and was understand the imporwhen needed. I also involved in the minor tance and value of workcoached minor hockey for hockey executive. I ing in a team and team

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WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO COUNCIL? I think I can make a positive change, this community has provided for my family and myself for generations and I wanted to be involved in the development of its future. I have a lot of leadership experience and am an approachable and outgoing member of the community. I look forward to representing the people of Chetwynd and through consultation and inclusion making the decisions necessary to make our community a better place to live for all of us. IN

YOUR OPINION WHAT

ARE THE TOP THREE ISSUES

CHETWYND TODAY? Infrastructure – Improve the existing infrastructure including paving, drainage , sewer and water systems as required throughout the community. Housing – Developing new infrastructure for our communities’ expansion, encouraging investors by streamlining the process for development in Chetwynd. Health Care - Support our local health care systems and hospital also promoting expanding the palliative care facilities. If you are interested in contacting me I can be reached at epfanner@hotmail.com FACING

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Rochelle Galbraith MADE YOU DECIDE

COUNCIL? It was a couple of years ago the thought had crossed my mind., so with that I did attend some council meetings, then that just kind of intrigued me even more. Along with that, I am at a great time in my life, and its time to give back to my community. I feel I have alot to offer, and that is why I have decided to run for council. TO RUN FOR

WHAT

PREVIOUS EXPERI-

I feel my experience in working with the public is a great asset. I am approachable, I work hard, and am committed to whatever I do. As a taxpayer, I have a vested interest in our Coumminity, and will have the taxpayers interest at heart. My office and administrative experience over the years has given me the expertise in developing budgets and working within those budgets, negotiate and issue contracts with a variety of companies, groups and individuals. I sit on a Council where we are mandated by other governing bodies within our province and work with a Board

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ENCE DO YOU CONSIDER AN ASSET?

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developing policies, bylaws, educational goals, and strategies. I have these skills to bring with me. Working in the public sector where communication is essential, has given me that quality to bring to council. I have taken the lead on many projects and events in our community, and with that leadership, I am ready to lead Chetwynd forward.

mitment to Chetwynd. IN

YOUR OPINION, WHAT

ARE THE TOP 3 ISSUES FACING

CHETWYND TODAY? I spoke to several people, of them I would say the top 3 issues we face in Chetwynd today is: Housing, and what are we going to do about it. How can we not only accomodate workers, but how to retain families that want to live here.Health Care, WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO how can we attract and COUNCIL? retain more doctors and I can bring to council my nurses, and then our ability to get things done, streets, and what are we my energy and my com- prepared to do to fix them.

•Aboriginal Métis heritage •58 year Resident of Chetwynd area •Forest Industry /Heavy Equipment Operator • 5 year District of Chetwynd Public Works Operator Employee • Owner of “Let ʻer Rip Country” Dance Band •Founder & Pastor “Let ʻer Rip Music & Ministry” • 28 year Veteran Hunting Guide •Addictions Counsellor for Native Counselling Services of Alberta • President Jackfish Community Association • Avid Horseman.

Currently employed as a Heavy Equipment OperatorI have many life interests and hobbies which include: Raising & training horses, team roping, hunting, playing music, visiting with family & friends, doing the weekly country music show on Peace FM radio. Let ʻer Rip Country does a substantial amount of benefit dances to assist the community with fund raising for families or organizations in need of financial assistance. Weʼre the proud recipients of the 2010 Heroes Live Here Award for Letʼer Rip Countryʼs donation to the community of Chetwynd. With my experience in counselling in the field of ministry and addictions I have acquired good communication skills and consider myself to be approachable with the general public. As a life time resident of the community and my work experience with the district, I have good knowledge of the town structure and operations of the public works department. Issues of concern on my part for the constituents of Chetwynd; would be the lack of affordable housing, Town maintenance. (i.e.: snow removal, road maintenance) I have considerable concern for the residents of Chetwynd in regards to improved facilities for seniors, examples of this would mean; accessible extended care. Persons with health related issues, one being, the availability for local kidney dialysis at the hospital as opposed to residents commuting twice weekly to Fort St. John. As your candidate for Council, I will commit my utmost effort in representing the needs and concerns of residents of Chetwynd. Thank You


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Bob Shirley

DISTRICT OF CHETWYND

NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY given to the electors of the District of Chetwynd that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Mayor and six Councillors and that the persons nominated as candidates and for whom votes will be received are: Mayor – One (1) to be elected Usual Names Jurisdiction of Residence Surname Merlin 1582 Morton Road NICHOLS Bob 4540 – 49th Avenue SHIRLEY Councillor – Six (6) to be elected Usual Names Surname Alec BROWNLEE Rochelle GALBRAITH Don HARRIS Julia NELSON Bob NICHOLSON Ernest PFANNER Joanne ROBERTS Kathy WEAVER Laura WEISGERBER

COUNCIL?

Knowledge, experience, skills and ideas plus an ability to listen and work with people.

Jurisdiction of Residence 4518 McDonough Road 4904 – 45th Street 2470 Forest Road 3503 Bedell Drive 6698 Highway 29 South 5457 South Access Road 5785 Wabi Estates 5760 Fernando Sub. 5879 Hillview Access Road

WHAT

TODAY?

GENERAL VOTING will be open to qualified electors of the District of Chetwynd on Saturday, November 19, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the District of Chetwynd Municipal Office, 5400 North Access Road, Chetwynd, BC. ELECTOR REGISTRATION There is no need to pre-register to vote as the registration of all electors for this election will take place at the time of voting. You will be required to make a declaration that you meet the following requirements: • 18 years of age, or older, • Canadian citizen, • Resident of BC for at least 6 months immediately preceding the day of registration, • Resident of, or registered owner of real property in, the District of Chetwynd for at least 30 days immediately preceding voting day, and • Not otherwise disqualified by law from voting.

Resident Electors will be required to produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature). Picture identification is not necessary. The identification must prove both residency and identity.

Non-Resident Property Electors must also produce 2 pieces of identification (at least one with a signature) to prove identity, and proof that they are entitled to register in relation to the property, and, if applicable, written consent from the other property owners. MAIL BALLOT VOTING OPPORTUNITY Qualified electors may vote by mail if they: (a) have a physical disability, illness or injury that affects their ability to vote at another voting opportunity; or (b) expect to be absent from the District of Chetwynd on general voting day and at the times of all advance voting opportunities.

Requesting a Mail Ballot Package: Before 4:00 p.m. on November 17, 2011, you must submit the following information to the District of Chetwynd by mail (P.O. Box 357, Chetwynd, BC V0C 1J0); telephone (250-401-4100); fax (250-4014101); or email (d-chet@gochetwynd.com): 1. Full name; 2. Residential Address; 3. Address of the property in relation to which you are voting (for non-resident property electors); 4. Method of delivery of your mail ballot package: (a) Pick up at District Office; b) Regular letter mail through Canada Post to residential address; OR (c) Regular letter mail through Canada Post to an alternate address that you provide when requesting the ballot package. The District will send out mail ballot packages commencing on or about November 1, 2011. To be counted, your mail ballot must be received by the Chief Election Officer no later than 8:00 p.m. on Saturday November 19, 2011.

ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES Advance voting will be open at the District of Chetwynd Office, 5400 North Access Road, Chetwynd, BC on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 and Wednesday, November 16, 2011 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. each day. SPECIAL VOTING OPPORTUNITY A special voting opportunity will be open at Chetwynd General Hospital, Hospital Road at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Only those qualified electors who are patients or staff of the Chetwynd General Hospital at the time of voting may vote at this special voting opportunity. FURTHER INFORMATION on the foregoing may be obtained by contacting: Jannene Disher, Chief Election Officer (250) 401-4104, or Laura Howes, Deputy Chief Election Officer (250) 401-4105

SHIRLEY

at Canfor (Chetwynd), Chief Accountant at BCFP (Mackenzie) and Branch Accountant at the Bank of Montreal, I have skills in banking, business and finance. My two years in the Royal Canadian Air Force and two years in the Royal Canadian Army (Reserve) developed my leadership skills. My many years as a volunteer in Chetwynd with the Royal Canadian Legion; Fire Dept. and Hospital Society has increased my leadership skills and developed my skills for working with WHAT PREVIOUS EXPERI- diverse people, ideas and ENCE DO YOU HAVE THAT levels of government YOU WOULD CONSIDER AN (Federal, provincial and ASSET? local.) With my many years experience as a Controller WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO WHAT

MADE YOU DECIDE

COUNCIL? Chetwynd has given my family and I a friendly home for the past 43 years and I have a strong desire to make sure that Chetwynd continues to do so for everyone. With my unique experience in public office for over 20 years as a councilor in both Chetwynd and Mackenzie and as a school trustee in Chetwynd, I know that I have the skills and ability lead Chetwynd through this time of growth.

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a) H o u s i n g . Chetwynd has insufficient suitable building lots for our present and potential future needs. Cost and time frame for permit application and building inspections must be realistic. More wheelchair accessible residences are necessary for our disable and/or senior citizens. b) Medical. We all have a deep concern about health services. We have a shortage of medical doctors and other health professionals. We require the equipment and facilities to assist patients who need dialysis, chemotherapy, etc to be done in Chetwynd. We deserve to have an operating room in our hospital…too many citizens have to travel out of town to set broken limbs or have babies. c) Government services. We must convince the Provincial Government that the Forest Service for the Peace River Region should logically be situated in Chetwynd, again. Continue to request the return of an Employment office and other essential service offices.

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Merlin Nichols

COUNCIL? It was a difficult decision this time – which I put off until the morning to the deadline day. There are so many things that give me satisfaction and fulfillment in life and the hours spend in civic work are not available for any of the other options clamouring for my attention. Having thought this through and discussed it with my wife, we came to the conclusion that I still had a public role to play in Chetwynd if the voters so willed it. At 71 I still prefer to bike over the hill to Moberly (on the NICHOLS back trails through the gullies and swamps by the • Over 20 years as a tracks of the grizzly bear) ASSET? I’ll put this in point College administrator than to rock out my days in • Formal studies in the chair – though the rock- form: • Ten years in Council board governance ing chair does feel pretty • Thirteen years on a • While I have extensive good after the ride. university board experience in the following • Six years as chair of a areas: WHAT PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE DO YOU CONSIDER AN hospital board o Negotiations with senTO RUN FOR

ior government ministries o Labour union negotiations o Financial management o First-nations experience o Staff-management relations I am particularly conscious of the clear division of responsibilities between Council and Staff. As a Mayor, I will insist that these distinctions be upheld. A primary role of Mayor and Council is to create and maintain the environment in which the staff is enabled to do its work. WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO COUNCIL? I will bring all of the above to Council.

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wheel that circles the globe. As a hewer of wood and a drawer of water, we are at the mercy of world markets over which we have no control. If China stumbles, Chetwynd will have a lot of coal for sale; If the US hits us again with a soft-wood lumber dispute, Chetwynd’s trees will be safe again. This has been our dilemma and likely will be on into the future. Happily, our resource base is broad with agriculture, lumber, pulp, gas, coal, wind, and transportation. We have a better chance of surviving a downturn than singleresource economies. Having said that, there are measures we can take, and which the present Council has taken already, to mitigate the effects of an economic downturn. The new Council should study these measures and confirm or approve their con-

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YOUR OPINION, WHAT

3 ISSUES FACCHETWYND TODAY? Chetwynd is a very small cog in a very big

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tinuance. Given this economic environment, the new Council should be prepared to address the following three objectives: • Ensure that the financial base is in place for essential services. • Remain debt free. • Within the constraints of the Charter, encourage diversification of the tax base – that is, encourage economic development. Finally, let me share with you an English rendition of a Sanskrit wisdom that still influences my decisions: If you’ve been reduced to the state of two loaves of bread with nothing more between you and the grave, Sell one, and with the dole, Buy hyacinths to feed your soul. Chetwynd would be the poorer without our trees, grass, and flowers.


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COUNCIL? I’ve been a community resident for 58 years, I choose to live in a rural area only because I need to accommodate my hobby of raising horses. I’ve decided to commit my personal time and effort in advocating for the resiTO RUN FOR

dents of Chetwynd; Acknowledging concerns, and assisting where I can in regards to the safety and wellbeing of the community. I am approachable and consider myself a person with good communication and listening skills.

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Don Harris

WHAT

PREVIOUS EXPERI-

ENCE DO YOU CONSIDER AN ASSET?

As a past Public Works employee for the district, I come with experience and knowledge of the maintenance and services departments which the district provides for the community.

My previous experience with Alberta Native Counselling Services as a counsellor and as Pastor for Let ‘er Rip Music & Ministry Church has enhanced my communication and listening skills which, on my part will be a good asset in relating to residents of

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the community. I know I will work well and co-operate with fellow council members in representing and addressing the needs and concerns of the residents of Chetwynd.

WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO COUNCIL? Reliability, A good honest attitude and a team player. To be accessible for the community’s needs and concerns. Having been a past employee of the district, I am well acquainted with the staff and operations of the office, I have knowledge of protocol and management and know which department is responsible, should concerns arise from community residents, but also keeping in mind that I am not there to interfere with the management of staff & operations. IN

YOUR OPINION, WHAT

3 ISSUES FACCHETWYND TODAY? 1. Affordable housing.

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We are facing extreme shortage and realize many younger people are not able to acquire rental accommodations for themselves and their small families, sometimes it’s single parents earning minimum wage experiencing hardship with trying to make ends meet on a low income budget. Chetwynd needs to have a serious look at housing availability and see what solution or alternative we can come up with to addressing this important matter. 2. Town Maintenance. Ongoing road maintenance and winter ‘s snow removal which is always a concern for residents in Chetwynd 3. Improved facilities for seniors. Examples being; Accessible extended care, a major health related issue , would be kidney dialysis at the hospital as opposed to community residents commuting to Fort St. John.


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DECIDE

MADE

TO

RUN

YOU FOR

COUNCIL? I believe it is important to keep history on Council. I have a lot to give the people of Chetwynd. WHAT

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RIENCE DO YOU CONSIDER AN ASSET?

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WHAT MADE YOU DECIDE TO RUN FOR COUNCIL? On the final day for filing papers and no candidates had turned in papers I was concerned about a possible shortfall of candidates. I had been urged by several voters to run again and I knew that I did have the experience. WHAT PREVIOUS

EXPERIENCE DO YOU

CONSIDER AN ASSET?

Having served on Council since 1987 and being a part of Chetwynd’s growth and success. I have served on all committees, as well as chair of the Finance

Committee, Deputy Mayor and Chetwynd’s director on Regional District. WHAT CAN YOU BRING TO COUNCIL? The main thing I can bring to Council is my experience in many areas, including dealing with Victoria and my ability to get along with people. IN

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CHETWYND TODAY? Shortage of doctors and medical staff, all sectors of housing and continued infrastructure upgrades would be the top 3 issues facing Chetwynd at this point. ING

First and foremost my last three years on Council. As well as my 20 plus years being active as a shop steward, bargaining chair etc. For most of my adult life I have volunteered my time to organizations. I have worked with the Provincial Ambulance, been a matron, sat on many different committees in the community. I try to help out where there is a need.

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standing of what the people in Chetwynd want. I am very comfortable speaking in public. I have great organizational skills, I am very knowlWHAT CAN YOU BRING TO edgeable of how things COUNCIL? work and process that I will bring my under- need to be followed. I am

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3 ISSUES FACCHETWYND TODAY?

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1. With the huge growth that we are experiencing we need to be sure that we can meet the demand for housing. Seniors independent housing, as well as more geared to income housing. We also need to look at strategies to get more apartment dwellings and affordable single family homes. 2. I would like to see us expand on the skate park, bring in more family orientated free outdoor activities. With today's tight schedules and budgets we need to help find ways to save money yet stay fit and active as a family. 3. Healthcare, look at ways to keep the medical staff we have and get more staff, we along with the rest of Northern BC seem to always have a shortage. We are so fortunate to have the Northern Health bus, we need to ensure we keep it.


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ne of the biggest issues that Chetwynd’s new Council will face is the current lack of accommodation. And, if I was to guess, it would be that in the near term the shortage will get worse before it gets better. Although I am not usually a pessimist, I am on this one, given the complexities around creating new accommodation in small

rural and industrial communities. Next week Chetwynd will host a meeting to both raise the awareness of our problem, and that of our neighbouring communities, and have a discussion on what some of our options may be to meet the current demand. Invited to these meetings are representatives from BC Housing, BC Lands, CMHC, local industry and business, local governments, land developers, banks and other invited participants. For the past few years we watched as our industries expanded and we moved

from a community that had a surplus of accommodation and a huge unemployment problem in 2008/09, to what we have today, virtually no unemployment and no available accommodation. Frequently I have been asked why the District doesn’t do more if no one else wants to build. For the most part, my answer has been relatively simple and straightforward. The District doesn’t have the budget or capacity. This answer is partially based on that once Chetwynd does attract developers and they begin to build, the District will struggle to

find the funds just to keep up to the demands that we will have for more capacity in water, sewer, streets and other community infrastructure. If we were to commit significant funds to building accommodation, then we would have a bigger problem finding the funds when it comes to adding too or upgrading our current infrastructure to support more housing. This being said, there is always the option of borrowing, something that the current Council has avoided (Chetwynd does not have any current debt). If I was to make any recommendation to the new

Council, it would be to be careful and think borrowing through to a logical conclusion, as there may be more downside than upside in borrowing to try and keep up. If we do borrow, there will only be one place the dollars will come from to pay the interest and principal and that is you, the property tax payer, unless some other level of government feels sorry for us and kicks in substantial dollars. And as we all know, debt will result in less money being available in subsequent years’ budgets to face the same issues we have today. There are a number of

things that Council can, and is doing. We can continue to bring all of our stakeholders together to discuss our options. We can implement some tax relief measures and cost associated with developments, and we can promote temporary measures like worker camps or mobile home subdivisions while we develop more permanent solutions. If you have any questions or comments on this, or any other topic, please let me know. I can be reached at the Chetwynd District Office at 250-401-4102 or via email at esaugstad@gochetwynd.com.

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the base of the tine shall be measured along the nearest edge of the part of the antler known as the main beam. Basically, it is a two part test to determine if a point or tine is legal. It shall be at least 2.5 cm in length, measured from the center of its base. As well, its length must be longer than its

widest part. The Conservation Officer Service wishes to remind the public that if they witness or become aware of an environmental related infraction, to please report it by calling 1-877-952-7277 (RAPP). Callers may remain anonymous if they wish and they may be eligible for a reward.

  

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elcome to my first update as your Member of Parliament. After a busy summer spent setting up my constituency offices in Fort St. John and Prince George, meeting with constituents, and taking part in various events throughout the region, the extremely busy fall session of Parliament has begun and I am working hard on behalf of all of you. We remain focused on the economy and implementing the remaining measures from the Next Phase of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, while also staying committed to reducing the deficit and cutting spending through strong financial leadership. On October 15, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and I were in Dawson Creek for the official opening of the new Centre of Excellence for Clean Energy Technology and the newly refurbished Health Science Building at Northern Lights College. Both projects were funded by Industry Canada’s Knowledge Infrastructure Program, a $2 billion initiative introduced as part of

our Economic Action Plan which improves research and training facilities at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The Prime Minister was also on hand, along with Preston Manning, Chuck Strahl, and Premier Christy Clark, at the “Hill on the Grill” roast, an event held in Fort St. John honouring our former Member of Parliament Jay Hill.

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weeks we will finally put an end to the wasteful long-gun registry.” It was a great evening filled with laughter and memories shared and a tribute to a man who worked so hard for so many years for the people of Northeastern BC, and Canada as a whole. I had the great privilege of spending the day with the Prime Minister while he was in our region and I was continuously impressed with his down to earth nature. The best example I can think of was during a visit to the Tim Horton’s in Dawson Creek. After getting our coffees, the Prime Minister took the time to meet and take pictures with anyone who

asked, and even ensured that the folks who were too shy to approach him themselves had the opportunity to spend some time with him one-on-one. I firmly believe it is this grassroots approach to governing that has helped lead our Government to the strong mandate Canadians have entrusted us with. With this strong mandate we will be able to focus and deliver on the issues that matter most to you. We are making changes to the Canadian Wheat Board to give farmers the freedom to choose how they market their products. We are keeping our energy and natural resource sectors strong by streamlining environment assessments to avoid unnecessary duplication and displaying that we are open for business. And, in the coming weeks, we will finally put an end to the wasteful long-gun registry. I am honoured and humbled by the letters, phone calls, and personal congratulations I have received over these first few months in office and I would like to thank each and every one of you for putting your trust in me as your Member of Parliament. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact my Fort St. John office at 250-787-1194, my Prince George office at 250561-7982, or my Ottawa office at 613-947-4524.

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BY JOEI WARM –––––––––––––– FORT ST. JOHN – The of the establishment Northern Lights Recovery Centre Society has laid the groundwork for a drug and alcohol treatment centre located in Fort St. John announced the fledgling society’s driving force, Fort St. John mayor, Bruce Lantz. At a press conference held last week, Lantz presented the society’s board of directors to the public and outlined the project’s progress to date. “Northern B.C. has a lot going for it,” said Lantz. “It’s an economic driver for the province…we have a young and vibrant population and workforce, and we have high disposable income among that workforce. That’s nice on the surface but…one of the unfortunate offshoots

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Lantz. The Northern Lights Recovery Centre, planned as a 28-day residential program for men, women and youth, will allow those impacts to be addressed closer to home in a manner not possible before and will service all of Northeastern B.C. The intention, said Lantz, is to provide professional clinical counseling, the availability of medical staff for those who need it, and the support staff for such a facility. Support in the form of financial commitments has already been established and Lantz specifically noted the immediate and “significant” support of Shell Canada and Encana. Other industry leaders; Northern Health; rural directors Karen Goodings and Art Hadland; as well as others

have also pledged their support, said Lantz. “This is really something that the Northeast of our province has needed for a long, long time…,” said MLA Pat Pimm, who was in attendance at the announcement. “I think it’s so critical to have these kinds of facilities in this area for industry to step up and show their support is astronomical. It shows that they do believe in communities, it shows that they’re good corporate citizens…this is something that’s needed and I’m going to be supporting it and I hope we can get some provincial dollars to the table as well.” A specific location for the facility is being investigated but has not yet been decided on. It is expected to be the next step in the process for the project proponents.

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Resource road revamp reaches consultation stage

PRINCE GEORGE CITIZEN –––––––––––––– PRINCE GEORGE – A consultation process has begun for a major overhaul of how the province's resource roads are regulated and Central Interior Logging Association executive director MaryAnne Arcand cannot emphasize enough the importance of the issues being tackled. Called the Natural Resource Road Act project, the intent is to establish a single legislative framework for the use, construction, maintenance and management of resource roads.

The development comes after a Resource Road Act was introduced into the legislature in April 2008 but was withheld from debate as the government decided more time was needed for review and discussion with stakeholders. Arcand called the process "critical" because more than just logging trucks are now driving along resource roads as mines and oil and gas operations are being increasingly added to the mix. "We're seeing so much more exploration," Arcand said. "The oil patch is moving south and with all these new mines and

pending mines and whatnot, we really need to get a handle on who's doing what and who's paying for what." As it stands, Arcand said the regulations relate to resource roads is rife with red tape. "I know one guy who was trying to get a gravel pit going to do a road building project around Mackenzie and he had to have 27 different permits from four different ministries," Arcand said. "It's crazy." Standardizing radio frequencies and safety procedures and language "so that everyone is operating from the same page, literally,"

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is also on the agenda. And who is responsible for maintenance is a topic particularly since ore trucks carry greater weights than logging trucks and therefore can cause more damage to a road. "So who's going to pay for it?" Arcand said. Sectors have reached usage agreements on some stretches, notably the Sukunka Forest Service Road near Chetwynd, but Arcand said there remains a need for a more formal regulatory framework that applies to all such roads. A discussion paper has been

prepared and is available online at www.for.gov.bc.ca/mof/nrra/. Submissions are being accepted until Dec. 15 and Arcand expects to see legislation passed by spring 2013 with regulations shortly afterward. "It takes time because of the broad variety of industry input that's needed," Arcand said. "When they tried this a few years ago it was shot down because it didn't go broad enough in their stakeholder input so I think they're trying to do it right this time." B.C. has an estimated 450,000 kilometres of resource roads.


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QMI –––––––––––––– A 92-year-old English woman was refused booze because she couldn't prove her age. Diane Taylor couldn't produce the proper ID to buy her bottle of whisky at the One Stop Shop convenience store in Harlow, just northeast of London. The great-grandmother tried showing everything from her bus pass and health card to her pacemaker, but staff still would not serve her, reports the Harlow Star. "When I asked her (the clerk) exactly what she wanted, she said proof of age," Taylor told the paper. "But I don't have a passport or driving licence, so what did they expect me to do?" The shop may be gun-shy after the town council revoked its licence to sell alcohol in 2007 then re-instated it when the owners promised to enforce a strict "no ID, no sale" policy for anyone buying alcohol. A One Stop Shop spokesman told the paper that the store had to enforce the policy or risk losing its licence.

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QMI –––––––––––––– Whether thieves returned the cremated ashes of a baby girl out of conscience or clumsiness matters not. An Australian family has their precious urn back after it was found a few blocks from their house in Brisbane, reports the Courier Mail. The ashes of the child, who died at just 10 days old, were taken when the home was burglarized Thursday. The mother, identified only as Monica, 55, made an appeal for their return. "We lost her in 1995 ... we've always carried her ashes with us. It was my husband and I's (sic) only child," she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The urn was later found on a nearby street.

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Reuters ––––––––���––––– NASHVILLE - Thanks to a microchip, Petey -the Jack Russell terrier found in Michigan 600 miles from his Tennessee home after being lost for four months -- will be back in his master's lap by Thursday morning. "He'll fill a lot of lonely hours for my stepfather," Tyanne Morrison said of Petey. Every morning, Jim Arrighi, 71, took his morning coffee outside in the small town of Erin west of Nashville with Petey sitting in his lap, until the 4-year-old dog disappeared. No one knows how

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Petey made it from rural Erin to Rochester Hills, Michigan, which is about 20 miles north of Detroit, said Kevin Hatman, spokesman for the Michigan Human Society. Morrison said the family always figured someone had stolen the dog, which has a kind nature and likes to go for rides. "We don't have any ties in Michigan. Petey had gone a little bit out of the yard. He's a friendly dog," Morrison said in an interview on Wednesday. After Petey disappeared, the family advertised in local newspapers, put out fliers and even used Facebook to search for the beloved lapdog. But a microchip Arrighi

had implanted in Petey made the difference, Hatman said, adding that fewer than 20 percent of missing dogs and 3 percent of cats are ever reunited with their masters. "Microchips do make it more likely that a pet will be found," Hatman said. "One in three pets go missing sometime in their lives and the chances of them finding their way home aren't very good." A Rochester Hills resident found Petey in his back yard and took it to a local Humane Society, where a scan revealed the microchip. Michigan Humane Society volunteer Nancy Geiser began

the 600-mile trek to bring Petey home Wednesday. The reunion is set for mid-morning Thursday. Arrighi had to listen to the Humane Society's phone message that Petey had been found three times before it sank in, Morrison said. "He was dumbfounded. If it hadn't been for the chip, we'd have never have known what happened to him," Morrison said. The reunion will be especially sweet for Arrighi, whose wife, Juanita, Morrison's mother, died two weeks ago four days before her 78th birthday, Morrison said. "She loved that dog, too," Morrison said.


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