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HOSPITAL ‘LEEDS’ THE WAY The new Fort St. John Regional Hospital and Peace Villa have been awarded LEED Gold certification, the most northerly buildings in BC to receive this designation. Peace River Regional District chair Karen Goodings, whose organization provided 40 per cent funding for the facilities, called them “amazing”, and said it is important “to take every possible step to reduce the misuse of our energy”. With the LEED Gold award, from left, Ardith Brule, general manager of ISL Health, Celine Southwick, constituency assistant representing MLA Pat Pimm, Goodings, Angela de Smit, health services administrator for Northern Health, and Viva Swanson, contracts manager for Northern Health.
City hiring ec dev officer By Bruce Lantz The City of Fort St. John has pulled out of the North Peace Economic Development Commission and will be hiring its own economic development officer (EDO), city manager Dianne Hunter has confirmed. The move casts some doubt on the commission’s future, however. Hunter said the decision, made in 2012, came after discussions with the local business community, who “strongly suggested” that a city EDO would be needed, given the economic potential likely due to the Site C dam, planned LNG projects, and city growth and development potential associated with them. The city had to give the Peace River Regional District (PRRD) a year’s notice, which is fulfilled Dec. 31. The new position has been advertised with a closing date of Dec. 13. The successful applicant will be responsible for planning, coordinating, facilitating and implementing all aspects of economic development, including supporting, promoting, communicating and marketing local assets to develop new and existing business ideas. Hunter said compensation for this management position, which is exempt from the municipal union, will be negotiated based on the successful applicant’s experience and education.
“City taxes that were being sent to the NPEDC through the PRRD requisition will be redirected to the city,” she said. “In 2013 the city contributed $126,000 to the NPEDC which will now be used to offset the wages and program for a city EDO. “The city has always maintained an economic development budget and these funds will be utilized for the economic development function. There was no increase to the budget over 2012. The only new funds are the $126,000 which city residents were already paying to the PRRD.” The move puts the future of the NPEDC in some doubt. “We are still working through what the future holds,” said NPEDC director Karen Goodings. “While they (city) will not be contributing to the budget they will still be a large part of the focus of economic development in the North Peace region. Logically, we can understand that they feel that they need more focus on the city. It would be my hope that we can partner on any of the statistical data and business retention that is an important part of promoting any area. Time will tell.” Taylor Mayor Fred Jarvis, who sits on the NPEDC board, added, “It will be different, but if we work together, two strong bodies can be more powerful than one, as we have experienced as municipalities in the Northeast.”
By Bruce Lantz Sci-Tech North of Fort St. John is closing its doors. Lori Ackerman, the mayor of Fort St. John who has served as SciTech’s executive director since 2002, confirmed the closure of the organization, whose mandate has been “economic development and diversification through the use of science, technology and innovation”, according to its website. “The Board made a decision to close the doors”. She declined to be interviewed, referring questions to board chair Martin Cunliffe, who did not respond to a request for an interview. Ackerman later emailed, “They are in the process of closing, it is not complete. The Board will be releasing a press release once the organization is closed and not before”. Sci-Tech North had developed a high profile in the Peace-LiardStikine region over the years, although its accomplishments are not listed on their website. The website offers a long list of functions such as: stimulate and inspire interest in innovation; inform and educate entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors; implement innovative climateaction initiatives; initiate partnerships at the primary through secondary school level in support of science and technology outreach programs; facilitate professional development initiatives and business mentoring programs; collaborate with regional stakeholders to address workforce development issues; offer business training; support the development and commercialization of technology; counsel and refer clients to Research Institutions and Industry Liaison Offices; seek stakeholders and potential partners to build innovation culture, capacity and infrastructure; create opportunities for strategic planning and networking initiatives and events; host annual ‘Excellence of Innovation’ Awards; and participate in symposiums and strategy sessions throughout the Northeast.
Those less fortunate
Creating new ag markets
We live in a land of plenty. Well, at least most of us do. But while many of us enjoy reasonable prosperity and confine our fretting to which political party is in power, or whether or not Site C should go forward, or even how many Christmas gifts to buy friends and family, there is a world beyond our doors that is not so complacent. Just today came news that BC still has the highest child poverty rate in Canada, again, at nearly 19 per cent, five per cent above the national average. Just today came a sad story about how a dog nearing the end of its life was thrown in a dumpster to die in misery. Thankfully it was rescued by animal shelter workers and allowed to die loved and with dignity, but how can people be so cruel? The world is full of such sad news, so how can we live our comfortable lives ignoring the troubles all around us? But we do. Perhaps at this time of year, as we scramble from Christmas party to party, as we seek “just the right gift” to buy our loved ones, we should consider those less fortunate. Because their lives, their hardship, could be ours. Most of us are just a few paycheques away from a life on the streets – or at least, a life much different than the one we now enjoy. Many are generous at this time of year; we give to worthy causes because . . . it’s Christmastime, after all. And when that is done, when the holiday season has passed, what then? Do we put away our hearts until the next ‘giving’ season? Or do we live our lives willing to share what we have with those less fortu-
nate? When we see the homeless living on our streets we can easily say they’re there because they choose to be, or they’re there because they don’t want to work. And maybe, some of the time, that’s correct. But what of the less visible? What of the single parents struggling to make ends meet with menial jobs? What of women struggling to live with physical and emotional abuse? What of the seniors abandoned by their families, living out their days in lonely poverty? What of the children without enough to eat, warm clothes to wear? What of those living from day to lonely day? Even . . . what of loyal loving pets, discarded like yesterday’s newspaper when they are no longer ‘convenient’? A society shouldn’t be judged only by its prosperity, by the ‘toys’ that people can buy. Rather, it should be judged by how well it cares for those less fortunate – a paraphrase of statements by both Mahatma Gandhi and Sir Winston Churchill. By that measure, we are failing. Think about that the next time you fill up your vehicle (many don’t have one), or when you spend $300 on groceries (many can’t afford it), or when you worry about how those new clothes look on you (many wear only cast-offs), or when you complain about your job, your boss or your long hours (to many, that’s only a dream). Think about that. And maybe, when you make your New Year’s resolutions, resolve to do something for those less fortunate . . . all year long. - Bruce Lantz
By Bob Zimmer Our long winters in the north can sometimes push our region’s strong connection to agriculture out of our minds. From fall fairs, to farmers markets, to active 4H clubs across the region, the agricultural sector and its values are alive and well in northern BC. For the agricultural sector to remain vibrant there must be new markets for our product. Our Conservative government is working hard to promote that that spirit in BC and across Canada with the signing of a new free trade agreement with the European Union. The new Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) opens up enormous new potential for livestock growers in our region and across Canada. CETA removes tariffs and opens up duty-free access for about one million hogs, 500,000 cattle, and 11,500 bison. Removing trade tariffs on these meat products provides the potential for enormous growth for the livestock sector. Canada exported fewer than 12,000 head of cattle and 700 head of bison to Europe in 2012, totaling just over $10 million in sales. Those exports were subject to tariffs of up to 50 per cent. By allowing duty-free beef and bison well above current export levels, it creates enormous potential for Canadian farmers. Grain and seed farmers will also see enormous benefits from CETA. Oilseed and grain exporters are projecting $100 million in growth nationally. Although canola is not commonly used as cooking oil in Europe, demand for it is growing in the burgeoning biodiesel market. CETA will also remove barriers to Canadian wheat and oats and provide farmers with more opportunities to get the highest price for their goods. A strong and productive timber industry remains a cornerstone for jobs in British Columbia and is a crucial part of Canada’s international reputation. CETA will ensure
Bob Zimmer growth for the industry for BC and Canada. British Columbia already supplies the largest share of Canadian forestry products destined for Europe. Even with a 10 per cent tariff on most products, Canada’s exports were valued at more than $500 million a year between 2010 and 2012. CETA will remove that tariff, and BC is ready to meet an increased demand for Canadian forestry products in Europe. Industries in the north can also expect to reap rewards from CETA. The oil and gas industry, along with many other industries in northern BC, suffer from an ongoing shortage of skilled workers. The new agreement will bring in a new credential recognition system, making it easier for workers from the EU to fill those shortages and keep the north booming. CETA gives Canada the edge in the global marketplace, as negotiations between Europe and the United States on their own free trade deal have stalled. Canadian businesses now have opportunity to establish trade deals with Europe without having to deal with the barriers of our competitors. I am confident that people in industries across my riding will see benefits from this free trade deal as our products reach more European consumers than ever before. Bob Zimmer is the Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies.
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NEW OPPORTUNITIES DISCUSSED Bob Zimmer, MP for Prince George-Peace River, centre, along with Chris Warkentin, MP for Peace River, blue shirt, and Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture, gray blazer, joined with Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead, left, to meet with local farmers to discuss new trade opportunities for the Peace Region. The Canada-Europe Trade Agreement (CETA) opens new markets for Canadian agriculture. The agreements improve access for Canadian Beef, Pork, Bison, grains, and oilseed to the European Union. For more information on CETA, visit http://actionplan.gc.ca/ceta
Mall Hit Evangel Chapel moving downtown by Thieves - twice! Fort St. John’s Totem Mall has been the target of smash-andgrab thieves – twice in one month. In November, thieves twice drove trucks through mall doors – once through the west entrance and the other through the east side - and smashed into Apollo Avenue and Michael So’s jewellery store, fleeing with unknown quantities of merchandise. Security footage in each case shows three males wearing dark hooded sweatshirts, jeans, and light-coloured gloves getting out of a truck and breaking display cases with hammers. The truck from the latest incident is believed to be a stolen older two-tone Dodge extended cab pickup, with a grey bottom and possibly a purple top. It was recovered the next day. Ironically, a stolen pickup used in the first robbery also was recovered the day after. The RCMP aren’t sure that the two incidents are related but, since the circumstances and number of suspects match, they’re investigating possible connections.
By Bruce Lantz Downtown soon will sport a new look as the Evangel Chapel moves into the 100 Street space now occupied by the Central Emporium store. Pastor Tony Warrington has confirmed the chapel bought the whole building from Kerry Mann for its appraised value of $2.8 million plus the old chapel building on 98 Street. About $1 million has been raised for renovations. The store Needful Things will remain in its current location on the building’s north end. “Our mission is to design a place for all people, a church for the city,” said Pastor Tony Warriner. “We think this will be part of the solution to downtown revitalization. It’s our way of contributing.” He said support for the acquisition, and the fundraising required, from his congregation was “pretty awesome” even though the young congregation isn’t particularly wealthy. “The way they bought into this is better than I’ve seen in 24 years of pasturing,” he said. “The most exciting part is seeing their unbridled generosity.”
The new facility will offer 16,000 square feet, four times the current size, for a growing congregation that now numbers around 600. It will feature a fully accredited School of Ministry, an eight-month theological training facility that has already drawn a Bruce Lantz photo dozen applicants. And more staff will Evangel Chapel Pastor Tony Warriner with wife and Associate Pastor Sara Warriner in front of be hired. their future location. “We’re a growin the new quarters, said assistant ing little church. We have a vision. Our purpose is not pastor Sara Warriner, with activities just to serve our adherents, but to throughout the week. “We’ll be impact Fort St. John, to do what we doing lots of stuff with kids and havcan to bring a bit of heaven to earth,” ing fun kids’ nights. There are so said Warriner. “It’s our way of con- many kids in this town. “It’s not just going to be used on tributing.” Evangel Chapel already is known Sundays. We want lots of traffic.” The chapel will start moving into for its community-based ‘Party in its new quarters this month, with the Park’ and ‘Candy Planet’. That renovations starting in January. The “family friendly” role will continue new facility will open in the Spring.
TARGET REACHED Jane Neher, left, of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, and Moose FM’s Sarah Carmichael helped the station’s Light A Moose campaign hit its $35,000 fundraising target Nov. 27-29 in Fort St. John. The money goes to the hospital foundation. They immediately set the new target at $40,000. Bruce Lantz photo
Home Sharing creates connections are not compatible with. For some, a more independent option with some staff support works best for them and allows them to explore their individuality. For others, the security and sense of family that is developed in home sharing is a better fit. One Home Sharing Contractor tells us about their experience with the person they share their life and home with: “Some people are lonely and just do not want to live alone, and would like some company and or some help in their daily lives and are not ready to live in a typical care facility. The Home Share Program answers the needs of these people. “We have shared our home with an older lady for the last three years; we not only share our home but our lives and community. We help support her in many areas of her life but she has taught us and those around us patience, compassion and that life is easy when we Contributed photo don’t sweat the Audrey Knott, top right, with Mary Adams, top small stuff.’ “This is a small left, and, below, Kerri Knott and Doris Knott.
Home Sharing is an opportunity to bring someone into your home and share your life with them. Opening your home and your life to a person with a developmental disability is a rewarding experience and enhances the lives of families and friends. The Home Share Coordinator works hard to ensure that a good match is made and that everyone involved in the process is comfortable. The goal is to develop a good relationship that works well for the person that needs support and the person or family that they are living with. Home Sharing is a great option for those who do not want to live alone or with roommates that they
community with big heart so if you would like to share your home, there are many individuals who would benefit from sharing a loving home.” Audrey Mott was living in an apartment alone and was isolated and having difficulty with daily needs. She had tried other options that were staffed, but it was never a fit for her and she wasn’t truly happy. However, through the experience of trying different options, she met a couple who she developed a friendship with and it became apparent that this would be a perfect match for home share. Audre moved in three years ago and has flourished in all aspects of her life, including making friends and contacting family members she has not seen for years and travelling to spend time with them. The Fort St John Association for Community Living currently has several home sharing contracts in the Fort St John area and are seeking people who are interested in this opportunity. If you are interested in hearing about the program please call Pat Taylor, the Home Share Coordinator at (250)-787-9262 ext. 224 or email her at pat.taylor@fsjacl. com. Training is provided along with a financial compensation package. We look forward to hearing from you.
71. “The Untouchables” protagonist Down 1. Reykjavik’s home: Abbr. 2. “All You Need is ___”: Beatles 3. Cafe au lait 4. Dimensions 5. Schmo 6. Letters in many black church names 7. “Earth in the Balance” author Al 8. Stratford-on-___ (Shakespeare’s birthplace) 9. It picks up readings 10. Noted role for Art Carney 11. Happy as a lark 12. “Have ___ day!” 13. Cobbler, at times 18. Asian nannies 22. Cover an upper surface 24. ___ Marsala 25. Prison break, e.g. 27. Sheet of cotton 28. Ancient harp 29. “Love ___ the air” 30. ___ Penh 31. “My sentiments exactly” 35. W. Point, e.g. 36. Soren Kierkegaard, e.g. 37. Suffix with dino39. Armada ships 41. Accusatory Latin phrase 44. Open wasteland 46. Sturdy fabric 49. Outlooks 50. Straighten up 51. They’re taken by H.S. juniors 52. ____ ball (alert) 53. Annual telethon host Jerry 56. Seed jacket 57. It’s on the watch 59. Greedy word 60. Author Martin or Kingsley 61. Some digital displays, briefly 64. Rubber stamp accompanier 65. They rank below capts.
Across 1. He, to Hadrian 5. Multigenerational tales 10. Historic time periods 14. Persuade with flattery 15. Get ___ on: hurry 16. Pet of the Flintstones 17. Madonna role 19. Catch, slangily 20. “___Eat Cake” 21. Settle snugly 23. Pews’ place 26. Discus great Al 27. Noel Coward play 32. Certain votes 33. “Borat” creator ___ Baron Cohen 34. A heap 38. Advanced math
40. Oscar-winning Jessica 42. Sports org. with a March tourney 43. Coffee time, maybe 45. Seaside towns 47. Babylonian sky god 48. Elvis’s first feature film, or a 1956 #1 hit 51. Hoi ___ 54. River at Chartres 55. Devalues 58. Mr. Nasser 62. Welk word 63. Fast rhythm 66. Scrawny 67. Find in a viewfinder 68. Site of Vance A.F.B. 69. Period in Cong. 70. Winter transport
After being away on business for a week before Christmas, Tom thought it would be nice to bring his wife a little gift. “How about some perfume?” he asked the cos-
metics clerk. She showed him a bottle costing $50. “That’s a bit much,” said Tom, so she returned with a smaller bottle for $30. “That’s still quite a bit,” Tom groused. Growing disgusted, the clerk brought
out a tiny $15 bottle. Tom grew agitated, “What I mean,” he said, “is I’d like to see something real cheap.” So the clerk handed him a mirror.
Christmas Gift Ideas BAKING BELT BOOK BRACELET CANDLES CANDY CHOCOLATES CLOTHES COFFEE MAKER COFFEE MUG COLOGNE COOKIES DOLL EARRINGS ELECTRONICS FLOWERS GAME GIFT BASKET GIFT CARD HERBAL TEAS JEWELRY MONEY MOVIE
MUSIC NECKLACE NECKTIE PANTS PENDANT PERFUME PLANT SCARF SHIRT SLIPPERS SNEAKERS SOCKS STUFFED ANIMAL SWEATER TELEVISION TOOL SET TOY TREE ORNAMENT WATCH WINE
Many have asked, “What is the reason for the angel on top of the Christmas tree?” Once upon a time Santa was rushed to get ready for Christmas. He had told Mrs. Claus to wake him at 5 a.m. and to have his breakfast ready with a lunch to bring along. He also told the elves to have all the Christmas presents packed in the sleigh and the reindeer harnessed by 5:30. At 5:30 the following morning Santa Claus awoke and jumped out of bed furious with Mrs. Claus for not waking him up on time! Santa’s mood only got worse when he realized Mrs. Claus had not fixed breakfast or lunch! Santa then ran out to his sleigh only to see that the elves had no presents packed and the reindeer were running wild in the pasture! About this time a little angel walked by dragging a large Christmas tree. Santa tried to ignore since he wasn’t his jolly old self. But, the angel spoke up and said, “Santa what should I do with this Christmas tree?” And that is the reason for the angel on top of the Christmas tree.
May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, And may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy.
Brooks hits the election road By Bruce Lantz It’s a long, and sometimes lonely, trail on the way toward a political party leadership bid. Dan Brooks knows this. The former Nechako-Lakes candidate and BC Conservative party director, who’s running against Vancouver financier Rick Peterson for the leadership of the BC Conservative Party in next April’s vote, was in the Peace region recently, drawing 15 people to a Dawson Creek event and exactly none to one in Fort St. John. That didn’t faze him. “There’s lots going on here (Fort St. John) tonight,” said Brooks, who said the average turnout for stops along his tour has been 15. Born and raised in Vanderhoof, with a stint on the family farm in Alberta, Brooks has a Bachelor’s Degree (Honours) in Classical (Greek and Roman) Studies from the University of Waterloo. He has worked for the past 15 years as a guide-outfitter and owns a hunting and fishing lodge 50 kilometres southwest of Vanderhoof. He is active in regional and community organizations including the Upper Nechako Wilderness Council, which he founded, the Wilderness Tourism Association and the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce. Brooks and his wife, Ellen, have seven daughters. “Anyone who can raise seven daughters is qualified to be the Premier,” he quipped. Brooks said he’s concerned about a “centralization of power” in Victoria, with decisions made there putting people out of jobs. Having once fought to change the Liberal party “from within”, he joined the Conservative Party and ran unsuc-
cessfully for them in Nechako Lakes. Now, after the part’s disastrous showing in the last election, he said a leader is needed to take the Conservatives to the next level. “I don’t want the Vancouver elite to run the party,” he said, suggesting it was that elite that ruined their chances in the last election. Brooks already has planned his platform, which includes eliminating the ‘party whip’ system that requires MLAs to vote the party line regardless of the feelings of their constituents, eliminating patronage, returning fiscal responsibility to government and rebuilding the rural resource economy. “There is way too much emphasis on Vancouver,” he said. “The Vancouver economy is fed by the northern and resource economy so we have to rebuild the rural resource economy. Our growth is stagnant. Northeastern BC is the only region increasing in population. The others are all losing and that’s a direct result of the economic decline in rural BC.” If chosen as leader Brooks said he will never allow the party whip system. Instead, he will allow ‘free’ votes within his party, followed by a “unity vote” in the House that will still allow MLAs to vote their conscience on issues important to their constituents. “If we can prove it works for our party then we can do it for the whole Legislature,” he added. Brooks also is calling for fiscal responsibility, citing that since the Liberals took office in 2001 the provincial debt has nearly doubled, to $56 billion from $33 billion – a number that rises to $150 billion when contractural debt is added –
Dan Brooks with $2.6 billion being paid in interest every year. If elected party leader, Brooks promises he will immediately start recruiting candidates from across BC. “There has been a concentration of power within a few individuals but I want to decentralize,” he said. Brooks said it’s imperative that the government changes the way it operates and the way it governs, citing the fact that in the past the Legislature was in session for just36 days, compared with an average 120 days in the 1970s. “At this rate we won’t need MLAs anymore. We have to restore the Legislature and legislative powers.” If the Conservative Party fields a “solid team” in the next election people would be “shocked” at how many will switch allegiance, said Brooks, who expects 30-40 candidates from his party could be elected. “They will come from rural BC. That’s where we’ll win.”
What is your Charlie Brown Tree? By Sue Stark “Isn’t there ANYONE who knows what Christmas is all about?” Who can ever forget those famous words shouted by Charlie Brown as he stood alone over his little tree? We all know the story of Charlie Brown’s Christmas, and what I loved most - besides my fav, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse - was when Charlie Brown asked that powerful question, because when he did, everything changed. What is Christmas all about? Everyone would have a different answer to that for sure, but none of the millions of answers would matter except one: what Christmas is all about just for YOU! Talk about the ultimate peer pressure for adults. If ever there was temptation to have – or do – what
others do, it is definitely at this time of year. But, ironically, there is never a better time to practise being you and who you are than during the holiday season. All that matters, always, is what you think. When we think of what Christmas is all about to others, it is very easy to get lost in the “Oh I am so behind - or “I am not ready” - and the always nagging “This is not enough” - instead of what Christmas is really about for you. Christmas certainly isn’t one day a year; it is a frame of mind . . . a most famous quote by a guy who supposedly only works one day a year. (Gosh, who can’t believe in a man who says stuff like that!) I am reminded every year, when Charlie Brown’s Christmas comes on TV, that it’s all about the powerful questions we ask when we are all
alone, standing over what we believe is a mistake. Now there is a lesson for the whole year - to look at all that stuff as a Charlie Brown Tree. So . . . What is your Charlie Brown Tree right now? This question is a powerful opportunity to stop and stand over the unwrapped or unbought gifts, or the stuff that is not done and ask, “What is this really all about?” And remember, the caveat to that is this: “according to you”. But hey, if you need help then insert, “according to Charlie Brown”. I want to take this chance to say a very Merry Christmas to you and wish you and all your loved ones a Wonderful Holiday and the chance to Celebrate this Wonderful Life Our greatest gift of all. xO big hug and Lots of Love, Sue Sue Stark is the owner of Sue Stark Consulting.
Santa will be making his annual stop this year at the Totem Mall in Fort St. John staring Dec. 3. Stop by and get a photo from Santa’s friends from Imagine That and tell Santa what you’d like this year. Santa will not be taking pictures with pets due to some children having allergies. • Baby’s First Christmas Dec. 3: 10 am-1 pm and from 2-5 pm • Baby’s First Christmas Dec. 4: 10 am-1 pm and from 2-5 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 6: 1-5 pm and 6-7 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 7: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 10: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm • Regular Photos Dec.12: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 13: 1-5 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 14: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 17: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm and 6-7 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 19: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm and 6-7 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 20: 1-5 pm and 6-7 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 21: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm • Regular Photos Dec. 22: 10 am-1 pm and 2-5 pm and 6-7 pm Sponsored by Imagine That in the Totem Mall.
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Be wary of government enthusiasm Editor: In the November 2013 editorial, ‘Considering Reality’ you outlined some of the potential pitfalls of our provincial government’s current “chirpy, chirpy, joy, joy” enthusiasm for LNG overseas markets. I was reminded of another plan for the guaranteed future prosperity of BC that fell short through a similar excess of enthusiasm, untempered by the realities of international trade - namely, Tumbler Ridge. It was the bright, shining star of the Bill Bennett era, as I recall, and BC was going to reap untold wealth through the sale of top-quality indus-
trial coal at premium prices. And so it did - for a little while. Then other coal supplies came on the market, prices went down and the companies in Tumbler Ridge were forced to renegotiate their contracts for much lower prices. Eventually, market slumps - and other factors, no doubt - brought coal production to a standstill and Tumbler Ridge only survived as a community through the sheer guts and determination of the people who wanted to continue living there. (I would love to know if, during the period of relative prosperity, BC ever recouped all the money the government of the time poured into
the project.) In the meantime, as some had warned, northeast coal undercut the coal mining industry in the Crowsnest Pass, reducing prosperity - and revenue - from that region. Personally, over the years, I have become extremely wary of the kind of unbounded enthusiasm that refuses to countenance possible failure. I’ve seen it fall short, at best, or just plain flat on its face, too darned often. This blithe faith in LNG, Site C and megaproject mentality makes me very uneasy. Laura Lee Life Montney
United Way appreciates media support Editor: I was able to sit and read the October edition of the Flipside and read two articles relating to United Way of Northern BC through a Day of Caring and the Fire Truck Pull. Thank you very much for your support for the work we do for the community and the northeast region with our corporate partners. Our success is due to positive articles in the media, which helps to build a greater awareness in the community that helps us to drive a more suc-
cessful campaign. This in turn helps us invest crucial programs and services and help the not-for-profit sector to thrive. There is a relationship between the value that industry brings to the community and region in supporting the not-for-profit local service agencies, as the growth of the population is rapid and is vital that agencies receive funds to provide good programming to meet the needs of kids, families, individuals, seniors and people with disabilities.
The not-for-profit organizations provide a crucial service to the community and without them our community would not thrive and, in turn, our industry would also suffer because families would not choose to live in the north. My sincerest thanks for your support. Niki Hedges United Way of Northern BC Community Development & Campaign Coordinator
Projects receive literacy funding grants The North Peace Literacy Alliance (NPLA) has announced the grant recipients for Fall 2013 with more than $17,000 being awarded to four community projects. The funds flow through Decoda Literacy Solutions, British Columbia’s non-profit provincial literacy organization, which is represented here by the NPLA. Decoda receives funding from the provincial and federal governments and external donors. “Literacy builds communities. Through literacy development, individuals, families and communities become stronger and more resilient. Towards this end, these are the programs we are pleased to be presenting funding to,” said NPLA outreach coordinator Linda Nielsen. The programs funded are as follows: Achievers Toastmasters Club, $5,000 - Offering a free Communications and Leadership Program program to 20 youths between the ages of 12-18. Toastmasters International developed this Youth Leadership program and Northern Lights College also is a partner in it. Youth will learn by
practising new skills in a safe, supportive and fun environment. Emphasis is on communication, leadership skills and individual needs. For further information contact Joyce Hadland, MA president, at 250-261-3886. Fort St. John Public Library, $8,471.52 - Offering free Computer Skills Training to a broad spectrum of the community. Instruction is offered in a comfortable, welcoming, non-intimidating atmosphere to help improve literacy within the community as well as to aid in the improvement of quality of life for patrons of all ages. This grant allows for up to 378 people in the community to develop their computer literacy skills. For further information contact Kerry France, library director at 250-785-3731. Early Learning Initiative, Roots of Empathy, $3,000 - One way to ensure social awareness and competence in children is through the Roots of Empathy program. This program connects a community family with a classroom and school to model caring and attentive parenting, adult coping skills, emotional literacy, and perspective taking. The ideal time is
when children are young. There are 11 programs in kindergarten classes around Fort St. John. Partners in the program include SD60, Success by 6, BC Ministry of Children and Family Development. For further information contact Jaimelia Turner, early learning co-ordinator at 250262-6000. Early Learning Initiative, Kindergarten Readiness, $ pending -Experts say no single or simple factor determines whether a child is ready for kindergarten. Instead, a child’s development needs to be assisted on several fronts. Their ability to think logically, speak clearly, and interact with other children and adults are all critically important to success in school. A child’s physical development also needs to be considered. This program recognizes the factors that might affect a child’s kindergarten readiness and what parents can do to help them succeed in school. This program is currently in the early development stage. For further information contact Jaimelia Turner, early learning co-ordinator at 250-262-6000.
‘House concerts’ offer a special treat By Bruce Lantz The life of a touring musician can be a lonely one. Driving across Western Canada in winter is lonelier still. Singer-songwriter Chris Carmichael knows this first hand. Carmichael recently made his way to Fort St. John from his Winnipeg home to play a house concert at Headspace, white-knuckling it through a blizzard that never left him and playing for often sparse audiences along the way. “It’s tough. You’re going all the time with no days off,” he said. You get up, drive, play and then do it again the next day. “I ask myself ‘why’ but it’s because I love to play music. It’s what I do. It’s my job.” Driving alone can be lonely and more than a little risky - he was off to Mackenzie, Prince George and Williams Lake the next day despite heavy snowfall warnings and the experience of the Pine Pass waiting – but that’s the job. “If I’m not playing then the creative juices aren’t exactly flowing,” he said. One of the most in-demand guitarists and drummers in Winnipeg’s remarkable roots and blues music community, Carmichael has provided a wealth of talent and experience to countless recording sessions and live performances. He plays his own material, which he classifies as roots rock, as well as the songs of others – country, blues, and rock and roll. A finger picking marvel, he thrilled the full house at Headspace. This was another in a series of shows Headspace owner Henry See has offered in for the past five years as part of the Home Routes circuit offered by the organizers of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Faye and Cam Eggleston are among the most devoted attendees, making every effort to show up if they’re in town,
as well as attending other music shows in the city. “There’s nothing like live music. It’s good for the soul,” said Faye. “It’s healing and fun and, because it’s Fort St. John, we usually know at least half the people. It’s a good social time.” Cam said the setting offers a “comfortable, casual corner” much like a living room., aided by the great atmosphere of Headspace. And the caliber of musicians coming to play is “awesome”, Faye added. “The Home Routes musicians come from all over Canada and they’re some of the best of the best. We’ve never been disappointed.” She said the concerts are very special, even moving, offering an intimate evening of music, storytelling and interaction between the musicians and the audience. “You get a personal connection with the artist that you’d never get in a larger Bruce Lantz photo venue,” she said. Winnipeg’s Chris Carmichael Watch for more talented and entertains the crowd at a unique artists performing at local Headspace house concert. house concerts in the future.
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Faye and Cam Eggleston are regulars at local music events.
ning”. Starting in February the “jams” will be split, transitioning to a “country jam”, a “rock jam”, a “blues jam”, a “folk jam”, etc. “We wanted the nights to be focused on one certain genre of music,” Kirschner said, adding that it will be better for both audience and artists to focus on one type of
music each event. This, he said, will attract those appreciative of that style of music, instead of mixing several types in one event, thus ensuring that some in the audience may not appreciate what’s being offered by some of the musicians. Kirschner may launch a contest to name to new series of jams. More on that later, maybe.
How to stay ‘smooth’ this dry, dry winter By Chelsea Toews Christmas is in the air . . . and it looks like cracked skin! It’s so dry up here in the winter that I can’t seem to keep dry skin under control. There are so many different creams out there but the trick is finding the one that works best for you. I have tried so many and still my skin feels or looks like an alligator! The air mixed with the hard water is so hard on our skin. Here are a few tips to keeping smooth this winter: FACE: Facials are amazing for keeping the face hydrated and glowing and eliminating the flaky, dry look and feel. There are many to
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Last Strawberry Jam at Lido on Dec. 3 The popular Strawberry Jam nights at Fort St. John’s Lido Theatre will soon be no more. The monthly events, featuring a wide variety of local musicians, are ending Dec. 3. But, music-lovers, fear not. Lido owner Brian Kirschner said that after 47 consecutive shows it was time for an ending – “to make way for something new, a new begin-
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for me. I like to use body butters for my legs because they can stay a bit greasy since they are usually covered up. FEET: Ah the good ol’ cracked winter feet. A good foot scrub is so important! And using your pumice every couple of days to sluff off excess dry skin, then put a heavy cream or coconut oil on them and instantly put a pair of socks on for the night. This will keep the moisture in and help soften rough feet. So there are a few winter tips for you. Hope they work! Everyone at Diamond Cherry wish you all a wonderful holiday season! Chelsey Toews is the owner of Diamond Cherry Beauty Bar.
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Local couple wins environmental award The Wilderness Committee has announced that Peace region farmers Ken and Arlene Boon are the winners of the 2013 Eugene Rogers Environment Award for their longtime dedication to protecting the Peace River Valley from the impacts associated with the proposed Site C Dam. Since 1992, the Eugene Rogers Award has been presented to individuals recognized by the Wilderness Committee for their outstanding contribution to environmental protection in British Columbia. The award is granted once a year at the Wilderness Committee’s Annual General Meeting, along with a $1,000 prize. Ken and Arlene Boon are the owners of Bear Flats Farm, located on the banks of the Peace River between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope. For three generations the family has resisted plans to dam the river, which would flood over 100 kilometres of valley-bottom lands – including not only their own farm but thousands of acres of agricultural land, critical wildlife habitat, heritage landmarks and First Nations cultural sites.
“Ken and Arlene are family farmers who have stepped up to become passionate spokespeople for the beauty and abundance of the Peace River Valley, and about the need to protect it by stopping the proposed Site C Dam,” said Joe Foy, national campaign director at the Wilderness Committee. “The fight to save this amazing valley is given new urgency with the commencement of the joint federal/provincial environmental review of the project, starting on Dec. 9.” The proposed $8-billion Site C Dam is opposed by many groups and individuals across the province – including the region’s First Nations – due to its impact on the surrounding lands, as well as the massive cost associated with this unneeded project. “We were shocked and greatly honoured to receive this award. We appreciate the work the Wilderness Committee does for various causes such as fighting the proposed Site C dam, and hope this award can help bring public awareness to this issue,” said Ken Boon. “Arlene and I plan to put the cheque to good use in the battle to stop Site C once and for
Contributed photo Ken and Arlene Boon have battled Site C for decades. power). all.” The Boons were unable to attend This year’s winners join past Eugene Rogers Award recipients the ceremony but the award was such as former Xeni Gwet’in Chief accepted on their behalf by writer Marilyn Baptiste, wild salmon activ- and director Charles Wilkinson, ist Alexandra Morton, and last year’s whose feature documentary ‘Peace winner, Rafe Mair (honoured for his Out’ looks at the effects of energy outspoken opposition to salmon mega-projects like Site C on northfarms, pipelines and private hydro- west Canada’s people and their rap-
‘Think before you park’, says advocate By Lori Slater December is Accessible Parking Awareness Month in Fort St. John. Have you ever pulled into a designated accessible space because you are ‘just running in for a minute’? If you have, you are breaking the law! Under Division 38 of the Motor Vehicle Act it is a federal offence to park in a designated accessible parking space without the proper parking permit.** Designated parking allows people with disabilities to have access to buildings and services in the community. People who qualify for parking permits need the extra width of the designated spaces to get in and out of vehicles when using wheelchairs, crutches, cane or other mobility aids therefore only people with a valid parking permit are able to park in those spaces. The spaces are well marked with signage with a white wheelchair on a blue background (in most cases). There are other types of signage but in all cases they are very clearly marked. There is no excuse for parking there if you do not have a permit. The Accessible Parking Awareness Campaign has been in our community for five years. The goal of the campaign is to educate and make people aware of how when you take an accessible spot and don’t need it; you are taking the ability to carry out everyday tasks away from someone who lives with
awareness that designated accessible parking is a necessity for people with disabilities not a luxury. Brochures and STOP signs are available at City Hall or the Fort St. John Association for Community Living. For more information or to get involved in the campaign please contact me. Together we will make our community accessible for all. ** For more information on the Parking Permit Program please contact SPARC BC, www.sparc. bc.ca or myself. Lori Slater is an Accessibility and Inclusion Advocate in Fort St. John. If you have any comments, questions or concerns you can contact her through the ‘The FlipSide’ or firstname.lastname@example.org Lori Slater a disability. We work with local businesses and the City by handing out brochures and red STOP signs saying ‘Imagine being in our place… Please don’t park in our space’ decals. You may have received one of the decals over the years. They are meant to be a reminder that those spaces are not for you. Many times in the past eight years since I have been in a wheelchair I have been unable to park because someone has illegally taken an accessible spot. It’s very frustrating not being able to get where I need to go. I hope you will join us in raising
Hospital to go Plans are underway to demolish the old Fort St. John hospital. Northern Health has been unable to find anyone who wants the building, including other government departments, First Nations and the City of Fort St. John, due to the cost of renovating a building that likely includes hazardous materials. It was put up for sale to the private sector but the eight proponents who had expressed interest
backed out after reviewing studies and/or the property and discussing the Official Community Plan for the site with city officials. “There was an indication of interest if the building is removed from the property,” said Northern Health CEO Cathy Ulrich, adding that a company has been retained to do that work and has begun.
New gallery chief eyes bright future in FSJ By Bruce Lantz Moving to the Peace country just in time for winter isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But it hasn’t fazed the new coordinator of Peace Gallery North in Fort St. John. Barry Moss, who moved here from Ottawa, has been too busy getting ready for the pre-Christmas sale season and other administrative tasks to pay much attention to the weather. “It’s cold but it’s a dry cold,” he said, sounding like a native northerner. Fort St. John is just the latest stop in a career – and life – that saw him spend the first 12 years of his life, after being born in Ottawa, living in the UK with his grandmother and attending an Irish Catholic school, followed by stints later as an adult in France, England and Wales. An accomplished artist himself, with painting, textiles and sculpture being his media of choice, Moss started working for Ottawa’s Koyman Gallery in 1980 as merchandize director. He left eight years later to tour for a home décor com-
pany before returning to Koyman, where he was responsible for hanging and curating in the 13,000 square foot main gallery and also in two sister galleries, one 1,700 square feet and the other 1,300 square feet in size. Then the North came calling and after phoning and Skyping with North Peace Cultural Centre executive director Bettyanne Hampton, he decided to move with partner Alan White to Peace Gallery North in Fort St. John, replacing longtime director Shar Coultry, who recently passed away from cancer. “I had no idea where Fort St. John was, didn’t know how far up north it was,” he said. “But there was an opportunity here to be really effective in a wide range of the arts, not just pictures. This place has all the visual arts. I only wish it was three times larger so we could have more exhibition space.” Moss has been impressed since he arrived a few short weeks ago with the caliber of artistic talent being produced in this region. “I get excited when I see good work,” he said, “regardless of what it is.”
PRRD director steps down Director Wayne Hiebert has resigned his elected position as Electoral Area ‘D’ Director on the Peace River Regional District board effective immediately. He served for eight years. He was also vice-chair of the PRRD. “It has been an honour to serve the people of Area ‘D’,” Hiebert said. “I have met many people along the way and been able to work on some really important issues with them. I am truly proud of our accomplishments together as a board and cannot stress enough how much I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with such a dedicated and engaged group of staff, directors, and constituents of Area ’D‘. Without question, I will always remember the people when I reflect on my time spent at the Peace River Regional District.” Some highlights of his term included bringing natural gas households in Tomslake, installing sewer into the Imperial and Harper subdivisions, funding the Rolla columbarium, acquiring of firefighting equipment in Tomslake, Pouce Coupe, Dawson Creek and Arras and working with the community halls and recreation commissions to ensure that community activities in the rural area continued. As well as representing Area “D”, Wayne served as vice-chair of the Regional Board as well as on many regional district committees including; Chair of the Agriculture Advisory Committee; the PRRD Executive Management Committee, Rural Budgets Administration Committee, Electoral Area Directors Committee, Water Act Modernization Committee, Policing, Public Utilities Committee, Rolla Sewer Committee, South Peace Rescue Vehicle Committee, Dawson Creek / Pouce Coupe Fire Management Committee, Emergency Management Committee, Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel, South Peace Sub-regional Recreation
Commission, Taylor Fire Management Committee, and the Tomslake Fire Management Committee. Hiebert was also appointed to represent the Regional District at the Alaska Highway Community Tourism Association, Dawson Creek Community Tourism Foundation, Dawson Creek Heritage Commission, Northeast Air Quality Monitoring Stakeholder Advisory Group, Northern Development Initiative Trust - Northeast Regional Area Committee, Site C Regional and Local Government Liaison Committee (Clean Energy Project), and the Regional Agricultural Adaptation Strategies (Regional Agriculture Plan). “Wayne’s unwavering commitment to act in the best interest of our region was evident,” said PRRD chair Karen Goodings.” I know this was not an easy decision for Wayne and I respect his need to move on and while I will miss his always thoughtful input at the meetings I wish him the best.” Alternate director Leonard Hiebert (no relation) of Tomslake has assumed the responsibility of Director for Electoral Area ‘D’. A byelection will be held Feb 14. Hiebert moved to the Tomslake area in 2008 from LaCrete Alberta. “It is my love of agriculture, the environment and my community that made me decide to take on this appointment,” he said “I want to give back to my community.” A livestock producer, he also works for Koala-T First Aid. He comes from an agricultural background, has a well-rounded understanding of the oil and gas issues and is empathetic to the issues in his community, a PRRD press release said. Electoral Area E Director Jerrilyn Schembri has been elected vicechair of the board for the remainder of 2013 term.
Bruce Lantz photo Barry Moss is calling Peace Gallery North home these days. He’s already making plans for well known” Dene artist who’d like the future. While nothing is carved to put an exhibit in the gallery. “He’s in stone yet, he wants to have two nationally known and his pieces are juried exhibitions in the coming expensive,” said Moss. “To have year, along with an exhibit of black someone of that calibre would be a and white photography, and another major show.” by Flying Colours. Moss also said And who knows what the talenthe has been approached by a “very ed Moss will come up with next?
Ferris Fast Cycles a local gem What do you do when you want to start a successful business? Start in your basement, of course. That’s how Pat Ferris started Ferris Fast Cycles, which has grown from a basement showroom, consisting of a children’s card table littered with bicycle tubes and tires, to arguably the best bicycle sales and repair shop north of the Okanagan. “When we started in 1997 you couldn’t even get tires here; you had to mail order everything,” said Ferris, a competitive cyclist who moved to Fort St. John in the 70s as a corporate trainer with Westcoast Energy. He soon moved out of his basement and into his current facility at 10109-105 Avenue, now grown to 2,000 square feet, the only dedicated bike shop in the Peace Country. “We’re specialists. We carry nothing but bikes, bike equipment and bike parts,” he said. “We have all the stuff and we’re trained in it all. All our staff are cyclists or racers and they know their stuff.” His staff (5-6 in summer and 2.5 in winter) tend to stick around, per-
haps because Ferris believes in constant training – and because it’s “a fun place to work”. The business is built on the expertise of Ferris and his staff, and the good advice they share with riders of all skill levels. A common misconception is that Ferris Fast Cycles just sells racing bikes. Not so. Ninety per cent of their sales are mountain bikes. “We have road bikes as fancy as you can get anywhere,” Ferris said, adding that their prices are the same in Calgary or Vancouver, with no provincial sales tax charged on bikes and main parts, and even some labour. They also fix everything they sell. In fact, they repair up to 1,000 bikes a year - those they sell and those from larger stores without repair experts - and stock a wide variety of parts. They even have a bike-fitting machine to ensure you get the bike that’s right for you. “You need someone with a cycling background who knows what you need in a bike,” said Ferris. “That’s why you should go to a specialist.”
Bruce Lantz photo Pat Ferris of Ferris Fast Cycles is there for hobbyists and competitive riders alike, and has fashioned a second career as a writer, his first book being ‘Gypsies’ about, of course, competitive cycling.
Bruce Lantz photo Kristal Yardley, left, makes a purchase from Sarah Morgan of Twisted Fiber Designs at the Ladies’ Day Out held at the North Peace Cultural Centre recently. The centre was filled with 70 exhibitors offering special and unique items for the ladies. Bruce Lantz photo Kay Linley, left, and friend Susan Durban protest outside Fort St. John city hall, objecting to what they say are unjust penalties levied against Linley and perhaps other seniors over what the city says is the failure to cooperate with the installation of water meters, a claim Linley denies.
Cindy Larmondin photo Bob Zimmer, MP for Prince George-Peace River, met with young Prince George entrepreneur Shauna Harper Nov. 21 as part of Startup Day on Parliament Hill. Harper is the founder of Startup Prince George, and was named 2013 Business Person of the Year by the Prince George Bruce Lantz photo Chamber of Commerce. She was Local band Folky Strum Strum delights a full house at their recent CD in Ottawa representing northern BC as part of ‘Startup Day on the release party at Whole Wheat and Honey in Fort St. John. Hill’, an event promoting entrepreneurship across Canada.
Bruce Lantz photo Sharon Teigland, right, and her daughter Ashley Holt find lots to consider at the Ten Thousand Villages market held in Fort St. John recently.
Contributed photo United Way of Northern BC was proud to present a Top 25 Workplace Campaigns award to RBC Dawson Creek. These awards acknowledge those workplaces throughout northern BC whose employee participation and contribution levels collectively contribute to the workplace standing among 25 organizations as top investors.
Bruce Lantz photo Liz Lewington and daughter Teagan, 2, observe Remembrance Day in Fort St. John, along with, above, William Litt, who served as a reservist with the Rocky Mountain Rangers.
Local News Briefs Answers sought in teen’s death The RCMP has confirmed the identity of the body that was found deceased at the local motocross track Nov. 24 as Jonathan Bruce, a 16-year-old Fort St. John youth. “There are many officers working extremely hard to determine what happened to this youth,” stated Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. “We are asking anyone who saw anything suspicious during the late evening of Nov. 23 or early morning of Nov. 24 at or near the motocross area to please give the RCMP a call at 250-7878100 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477.” The reason for Bruce’s death is still being actively investigated by the Fort St. John RCMP and North District Major Crime Unit. An autopsy will be held to determine the cause of death.
Tractor used in escape Police nabbed a shooting suspect last month who stole a tractor to make his getaway. Dawson Creek RCMP received a complaint that a person had been shot and when they arrived on scene, the suspect, believed to be armed, had fled on foot. Police dogs tracked the suspect to a farm where he stole a tractor. The unique tractor tire marks were then tracked along the Alaska Highway to the Fort St. John area. Police dogs were used once again to track the suspect from the tractor to a residence in Southridge Trailer Park. The RCMP Emergency Response Team was deployed along with members of the Fort St. John RCMP to the residence. The suspect came out of the home and turned himself over to police without incident. A firearm was recovered. The Dawson Creek male who was shot underwent surgery for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is being held in custody awaiting numerous charges. The incident is still being investigated by Dawson Creek and Fort St. John RCMP.
Rotary helps Philippines The Rotary Clubs of Dawson Creek and a group of individual Rotarians have joined together in support of the Storming Back: Shelter the Philippines fundraising event. Rotary will match donations from the community to a maximum of $25,000. They ask that you make your donation to the Rotary Clubs of Dawson Creek, and they will match it and forward the total amount to Shelterbox Canada, where it will then be matched by the Government of Canada. Your $100 donation will become $400 through these matching programs. Donors will receive a donation receipt
from Shelterbox Canada for the total amount of the donation. For more information contact John Kurjata or Tim Schilds at 250-7822840. Donations can be dropped off to the offices of Schilds Kurjata Kelly at #101, 1136-103 Ave., Dawson Creek.
Building bylaw gone The Peace River Regional District has rescinded its controversial rural building bylaw – or has it? After weeks of public meetings and listening to angry rural residents who opposed the bylaw, the PRRD repealed it last month over the objections of staff, who listed the detrimental effects of the repeal. A report on how to handle the outcomes of this decision is expected in January. The gallery was packed with angry rural residents, some calling for PRRD chair Karen Goodings to resign. One resident had to be removed by police. But then the PRRD board decided to meet Dec. 2 to determine if the bylaw should come back – but with the option that rural builders could have the choice of taking out a building permit or not. A referendum may be held during the next election, asking residents if they want a building inspection bylaw.
Local men awarded Fort St. John’s Jim Jarvis and Allen Zackodnik have received the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC President’s Award for Community Service. Jarvis and Zackodnik got the award recently in Whistler during the organization’s annual general meeting and awards gala. The men helped organize the annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Building contest for students as a way to encourage them to become engineers. The President’s Awards are the province’s most prestigious for professional engineers and geoscientists, and recognize outstanding, professional, technical, and community contributions by association members.
Building permits up Building permits are continuing to increase in Fort St. John. Forty-two permits worth $15.6 million were issued in October, more than three times the $4.9 million in October 2012. The year-to-date total is now $120.7 million, compared to $53.8 million at this point in 2012. City revenue from permits this year is now $605,600, more than double the $271,600 total for the same period last year.
Coming Events Dec. 5-7 – ‘Stars Were Gleaming.’ Come to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 11412-100 Street, Fort St. John and enjoy hundreds of nativity scenes and art from around the world and learn how different cultures depict the story of the First Christmas. There are so many to see and some will surprise you. Your family will be touched by the Spirit of Christmas. 2-8 pm. Please visit our website at www. fortstjohnnativity.blogspot.ca for more information and to see pictures of past displays. Dec. 7 - Community Christmas Concert and Sale of Christmas Baking at South Peace United Church, 1300-104th Ave., Dawson Creek, starts at 7 pm. Admission by donation to St. Marks Food Bank and Nawican Food Services. Dec. 8 - The Dawson Creek Library is having a Family Christmas Afternoon with sing-alongs, stories, games, crafts, and a visit from Santa, starting at 2 pm. Bring your camera and take a picture to be treasured. Refreshments and door prizes. Dec. 8 - The Fort St. John Huskies Fill the Bus Food Drive. All proceeds go to our local Salvation Army. Watch for the boys in their jerseys in your neighbourhood or bring your donations to the FSJ Rec Centre between 11 am-3 pm. Any non-parishable food items, kids’ lunch items, coffee, tea, juice and other nonalcoholic drinks would be greatly appreciated. Dec. 8 - Join the Children’s Christmas Party at the Fort St. John Legion from 1-5 pm. There will be a visit from Santa at 2 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. All children must be preregistered and it is open to children ages up to 12 years. All registered children in attendance will be eligible for prizes with separate prizes drawn for girls, boys, and different age categories, depending on sponsors and donations received. A wrapped gift for each child ($10-$15 limit) is to be provided by registrants. The gifts must be tagged with the child’s first and last name (to be handed out by Santa). An adult draw for those adults who bring an item for the food bank will also be made. Dec. 13-24 - Do you like wrapping presents? Then Santa Claus wants YOU! The Fort St. John Cancer Society is holding its annual Christmas Wrap fundraiser. We are looking for volunteers to help wrap presents for threehour shifts. If interested, please contact Ruth at 250-785-4005. Dec. 13 - The third annual ‘Get from Giving’ event is happening from 11am3pm at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Centre. Make a charitable donation of non-perishable food or
hygiene items for the Outreach Store, a gift for a child’s Christmas hamper or a financial contribution to help the Women’s Resource Centre. In return we will feed you a steaming bowl of stew and a fresh piece of bannock. Come share a meal with us and enjoy conversation and an opportunity to help those in need. Dec. 14 - Come visit Santa at the Fort St. John Library at 2 pm. The jolly old elf will be coming to town to read stories and meet his favourite little friends in the Children’s Area. Sing songs, build a craft and share a treat with Santa and your friends. Santa is even willing to take pictures with kids! Free and drop-in. Dec. 15 - Studio 2 Stage Christmas Recital - This year, there will be 3 amazing shows to choose from, 11:30 am, 2 pm, and 7 pm. Tickets are available at the North Peace Cultural Centre box office, on-line http://ow.ly/rb4Du, or by phone 250-785-1992. Let these young dancers get you into the holiday spirit. Invite your family and friends. There will also be a bake sale in the lobby and a silent auction fundraiser to benefit the competitive groups. Dec.16 - The Northern Lights Youth Choir & Northern Winds Community Band present ‘Songs of the Season’ at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John. Come and join for a great evening of beautiful seasonal music from the classics to the Grinch - and even a chance to sing along! 7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Adults $15, Seniors/Youth $10, Children 5 & Under – FREE. Dec. 19-21 - Stage North sets the stage for a fun evening and a funny slant with Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!). Three of Stage North’s veteran comics will bring dozens of Christmas tales to the stage for a lighthearted look at the classic stories that make Christmas a magic time. The show opens Dec 19 at 7 pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John for three performances only. Tickets are available online at tickets.npcc.bc.ca or at the NPCC box office. Theatre tickets make wonderful Christmas presents even if you have to give them a bit early. For further information phone Karma at 250-262-8147. Dec. 31 - The Fort St. John Derrick Dance Club will be hosting a New Year’s Eve supper and dance in the Senior Citizens Hall at 10908-100th St. 5:30 pm - Cocktails; 6:30 pm – Supper; 8 pm - 1 am - Dancing to music by Night Sounds. $45 per person. Everyone 19 and over welcome. For info call Chris at 250-785-1021 or George at 250-827-3396.
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2013 Prowler XTZ 1000
15,69 + ta 3
2013 Wildcat 1000
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