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Renovations to South Peace cancer unit complete

By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Residents in the region battling cancer will now be able to receive treatments a little closer to home, as the South Peace Cancer Centre of Hope is now open at the Dawson Creek and District Hospital. The official opening ceremony took place on Jan. 22, but the Hospital Foundation hosted a private opening on Jan. 15 to recognize the donors whose contributions made the new cancer unit possible. The unit, located on the second floor of the hospital, has been completely renovated, and with a few small exceptions yet to arrive, fully equipped to treat up to eight patients simultaneously, which is unique in this region. The unit includes a $32,000 machine for mixing chemotherapy drugs - some of which are toxic - safely, where they are then triplechecked by a physician, pharmacist and a nurse, as per standard procedure. It also has a Telehealth Clinical Room with video-conferencing equipment capable of linking physicians and patients to experts in Vancouver or elsewhere, as well as with patient support groups throughout the province. The rooms themselves include such amenities as televisions and refrigerators, and chemotherapy chairs that are heated and have a massage feature. Hospital Foundation president Kristina Van De Walle said the cancer unit has been on the wish list for several years, and became a priority for the Foundation after hearing so many stories from those with cancer and their families of the hardships of having to travel far from home to seek treatment. She said the project hit a wall last year when Northern Health announced it would have to reduce its contribution to $25,000 from $150,000 due to budget constraints. She said they had to go back to the community to ask for more donations, and the community responded, making the cancer unit possible. “The vision, the dream, and the wish has become the reality,” said an emotional Van De Walle, who added that the board greatly appreciated the contributions that made it all happen. She welcomed cancer survivor Sina Goy, who was diagnosed with the disease in 2001. Goy said while the hospital was authorized to administer chemotherapy treatment back then, she remembers the room was a small one with only one chair in a corner of the hospital. She said the treatments back then were often very tedious depending on how busy ambulatory care was and how easily an intravenous line could be run. Goy said her cancer was in remission for about five years following radiation treatments in Kelowna, but she was re-diagnosed with metastasized (spread to elsewhere in the body) breast cancer in 2007. She said although the space for cancer treat-

ment at the hospital had gotten bigger and much better, she still felt it wasn’t built with cancer treatment in mind. She said the new unit is bigger, brighter, and allows her to connect with oncologists elsewhere. She said she received her first treatment in the new unit on Jan. 12, and added the biggest difference her is the ability to stay close to home. “I can eat breakfast at home, have a session of chemo in town, return home for lunch, go for a walk in my own neighborhood, prepare supper, talk on my phone from my own comfortable couch, watch my on T.V., but most Matthew Bains photo importantly, sleep in my own bed with my husband beside me,” said Goy as she fought Hospital Foundation president Kristina Van De Walle offered a tour of the rooms patients will stay back tears. Two registered nurses in the oncology unit in when they receive treatment in the newly renotalked about what the renovations meant to vated cancer unit at the Dawson Creek and District them and to the patients they have come to Hospital. know so well. in new and comfortable surroundings, and that we “The generosity of the Foundation, of the com- as staff can give care more efficiently and safely,” munity and the individual donors is very validat- added Darlene Irvine. ing to the services we are able to provide here in While the cancer unit was the major project for Dawson Creek,” said Leslie Jay. “Your dedication the Hospital Foundation last year, the hospital also to fill a need within our community and your com- received a number of other vital pieces of equipmitment to us here is really appreciated.” ment thanks to the contributions from over 30 do“This new unit means that oncology clients have nors, from individuals to large corporations. Those the option to have their cancer care closer to home included a glidescope, portable ultrasound machine, a video tower, and much more. The donors were recognized with a dinner in their honour on the evening of Jan. 15. Anesthetist Dr. Jim Hargreaves told the audience at the dinner that during a five-minute walk through the operating room to the maternity floor, he counted 26 pieces of equipment purchased with donations. He said it is important for the hospital to continue to keep up with upgrading and updating equipment in order to continue to improve the quality of care while keeping it efficient and costeffective. “The treatments and procedures made possible through donations can shape a community and define its path for years, sometimes generations,” said Hargreaves. A number of fundraising events have already been scheduled for 2010. The “Cabin Fever Poker Tournament” will take place at Chances on Feb. 12, with all the proceeds going towards purchasing pediatric equipment. Buy-in is $100, and those interested should go to Chances before Feb. 11 to Matthew Bains photo register. Van De Walle said the board will be looking at The Tree of Hope, sponsored by EnCana and Lake View Credit Union (the two main donors be- the possibilities of renovating the other units on hind the renovations of the cancer unit), will fea- the second floor, including surgical and long-term ture “leaves” that will display the names of all the care, as well as continuing to provide equipment donors, as well as the names of cancer survivors for the operating room. and those who lost their battle with the disease.

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South Peace school board votes to close Parkhill school By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – The board of School District 59 voted unanimously on Jan. 20 to close Parkhill Elementary in Dawson Creek. Trustees passed third reading of a bylaw that will see the school closed at the end of this school year. The board had identified Parkhill in its reconfiguration plan last year as it tries to deal with declining enrollment and excess space in schools. The school has an enrollment less than a quarter of its maximum capacity and only half of the building in use. The board maintains this is not sustainable, and is not favorable for student learning in the school; or for other schools, as money has been drawn from other programs to fund those at Parkhill. The age of the building was also a consideration. Board chair Richard Powell said they acknowledge parents have concerns about the closure, and about the consultation process that was undertaken. Assistant superintendent Rob Dennis said the board met its requirement to hold a public meeting and the format of that meeting was consistent with others done in the district and the province in the past. He added the process for school closures was followed correctly. Powell said they recognize the uniqueness of the school, but that applies to other schools as well. “Absolutely, Parkhill has uniqueness, but it’s not to do with the building, it’s to do with the folks that are in that building, the students especially, and the staff that is there,” added vice-chair Judy Clavier. “I think that uniqueness can be addressed anywhere, and not just at Parkhill.” The board also adressed concerns about transportation. They have proposed to have a bus that will stop at the apartments on Third

Street and then at Parkhill in the morning, before transporting them to Tremblay Elementary. At the end of the school day, students would be dropped off at those locations, and another bus would return at 4 p.m. to drop off those students involved in after-school activities. Superintendent Kathy Sawchuk explained Tremblay was chosen as the receiving school because they have the space to accommodate all the students from Parkhill if necessary, although parents can choose to send their children to other schools if they wish. The board maintains support staff for students with special needs and the Aboriginal Education support worker will remain, as well as programs such as StrongStart, Family Support and food services programs. Sharlene Hommy, acting president for the school’s Parent Advisory Council, said while the decision was not unexpected, it was devastating nonetheless. She said parents were hoping the board would consider their concerns and postpone, if not reverse, their decision. Hommy said parents were not happy with the format of the public meeting in December, as trustees did not answer their questions. She said it did not feel like a discussion or debate but rather a group of lawyers making a case to a jury. “We were very upset by the way the process went. We were really not given a chance to discuss, it always felt like [the board] were muscling us every chance they got.” She said parents are still worried about how their children will get to school and how they will handle the transition. She said some of the students get themselves ready for school in the morning, and many others walk to school, so she’s concerned about their safety if they now have to

wait for a bus, especially in cold weather. “We have kids rolling in there between 9 and 12 o’clock, that’s the other issue, so if they miss the bus, what happens to them?” She added the cost of transportation is another issue. Hommy said the PAC believes enrollment was negatively impacted by the talk around the closure of the school. She said they had suggested to the board that the portion of the school not being used be disposed of, so that the space would be more reflective of the level of enrollment. The board has stated that option would be too costly. *** Secretary-treasurer Gerry Slykhuis presented the board with the amended 2009/10 bud-

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get and bylaw. He said the district will see a net decline of $345,000 in revenues this year, mainly due to a decline in enrollment funding, but also due to a decline in the funding provided by the Province to cover the enrollment drop, funding to cover salary differential for teachers and funding for geographic factors related to rural and remote schools. District expenses have seen a net increase of $578,000. Funding for schools themselves will see a total net increase of $252,000. The district will draw on $3.1 million of its $4.2 million reserves balance the budget, which includes a transfer of nearly $1.3 million to cover the Annual Facilities Grant funding that was cut this year. The full report is available on the district’s website at

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January 28, 2010

OGC, EnCana respond to residents’ concerns about gas leak

By Matthew Bains POUCE COUPE - The Oil and Gas Commission and EnCana Corp. have responded to some of the questions and concerns raised at a meeting of Pouce Coupe and area residents regarding a gas leak last November. OGC spokesperson Steven Simons said he

was aware of the meeting, but he said they were continuing to interview residents individually at that time. He said he understood residents wanted to hear the findings of the investigation being done by the OGC, but the original meeting on Jan. 14 was postponed and the investigation extended as they consid-

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er and compile new information. It was stated in an OGC bulletin advising of the meeting being cancelled that the necessity of rescheduling it would be reviewed, but Simons said they are open to meeting publically with residents if they request one. “We recognize that there is anxiety around this, that people deserve some answers, obviously,” said Simons. He said they are re-interviewing people directly affected by the leak – which he said includes the residents who lives within the Emergency Planning Zone, as well on those on the perimeter – and compiling that information with their initial interviews and with information from EnCana into a timeline. He said the OGC will have questions for EnCana, including around engineering and pipeline integrity, and when the leak occurred. “We still have some questions around the timeline. We’re trying to corroborate some of the information we’ve got with regard to some folks that said they smelled something as early as 2:30 in the morning.”   Simons said he wasn’t aware the deaths of two calves and a horse had been reported by two area residents following the leak on Nov. 22 until the follow-up interviews were done on Jan. 14. He said ideally, if that information was known at the time of the deaths, autopsies could have been done to determine contributing factors, but he said he’s not sure if they can determine that at this point. EnCana spokesperson Alan Boras said they were aware of the meeting in Pouce Coupe, but he said the company’s efforts have been focused on meeting with residents individually, and co-operating with the OGC’s investigation. He said while EnCana was alerted of the leak shortly after 9 a.m., the company does

not dispute the accounts of residents who have said they experienced evidence of a leak hours earlier. “That does not mean that there might not have been something earlier that that, what we’re saying is this is what our technical information from the monitors on the wells indicated,” said Boras. He said EnCana is aware of the concerns around the health of residents and their animals, and although the causes have not been determined, he said the company will act in a responsible manner in that regard. Boras confirmed the levels of hydrogen sulphide gas at the source of the leak was about 6,000 parts per million, but added that concentration would have been less as the gas was dispersed into the atmosphere. He said air monitoring done in the area after the well was shut-in revealed only trace amounts of H2S in concentrations of less than one part per million. He said he’s aware that an audible alarm system has been suggested in case of incidents such as this one, and that any other suggestions will be looked at. He said residents should use EnCana’s 24-hour emergency line, but he said he wasn’t aware that one resident said she had phoned the number and that her call was recived in Ponoka, Alta., or that another resident had called 9-1-1. Boras said x-ray and ultrasonic tests done on similar well sites have not revealed any other structural flaws. He said the piping where the leak occurred was eroded by sand in the gas stream, which he said is extremely rare. “We have in the neighbourhood of 500 wells, and this has never been seen to occur like this. However, one is too many and we’re working to see that it never happens again.”


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Investigation into bombings continues, but conduct questioned

By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – While the search of Wiebo Ludwig’s home and surrounding properties has concluded and no criminal charges have been laid, police believe they were correct in arresting the man and have stated they have uncovered new evidence during the search. “A number of items have been seized that will be submitted for forensic assessment to determine their evidentiary value,”  said RCMP spokesperson Insp. Tim Shields, in a news conference conducted outside of Trickle Creek farm on Jan. 11, as the RCMP were concluding their search. Ludwig was arrested on Jan. 8 in Grande Prairie but released the next day. Shields said investigators remain confident they made the right decision based on the evidence they had. “We are confident after reviewing all of the information that is in our possession that we arrested the right person for the right reasons and at the right time.”  Shields said he couldn’t confirm if criminal charges would be laid soon, and said at that time police had no reason to return to the Trickle Creek farm to further the investigation. He said Crown counsel in British Columbia requires “a substantial likelihood of a conviction” before any criminal charges are approved, as opposed to in Alberta, where police themselves can lay criminal charges. However, he said it’s not uncommon in a major crimes case that police would make an arrest prior to charges being approved by Crown counsel, sometimes as part of the investigation itself. He said public safety is of the utmost concern to investigators, and they remain concerned about the potential for more bomb blasts. He added police are still looking for any information the public may have as the investigation continues, and the RCMP have and continue to receive new information, although the $1 million reward offered by EnCana still remains unclaimed. When asked, he acknowledged the RCMP are aware and concerned with the

public sentiment in the Tomslake area of the futility of the investigation so far, and said police continue to try to build relationships with residents. “There has been a considerable amount of fear, especially within the Tomslake community, and speculation as well as stress within some components of that community, and that’s the reason why we’re here – we want to see things back to the way they were a year and a quarter ago,” he said. However, there have been a few residents in the area who have gone on the record with their concerns and complaints about the police investigation, and others who have voiced concerns but wished to remain anonymous for fear of drawing more police attention. A couple of residents have stated they were publically interrogated by police, and one said he was even accused of being the bomber. Two observers of the investigation, author Andrew Nikiforuk and sociologist Paul Joosse, said they have interviewed residents who said police demanded DNA and samples and fingerprints without evidence being presented or charges being laid. Shields said he’s not concerned about the conduct of the investigation. He acknowledged there might have been mistakes made along the way, but added investigators are doing their job to the best and highest standards. “We, very often, have to ask difficult questions in our effort to find the truth. If we did not ask the difficult questions then we would not be doing our job.” He said it’s not constructive to criticize the investigation based on a few incidents. He added he’s aware of one instance where a resident refused to speak with investigators and actually ran away from them when approached. It has been speculated that the arrest of Ludwig without criminal charges being laid was the result of pressure put on the RCMP by the federal government to conclude the investigation before the start of the Olympic Games, as a significant RCMP presence has been committed for security. Shields said that is conjec-

ture and speculation and that no political pressure was put on the investigators. He wouldn’t comment on how many officers would be working on the case during the Games, however, citing that would not be information they would want to give the

person(s) responsible for the bombings. Shields said while he’s not aware of the exact cost of the investigation thus far, he said it has been significant, and is a reflection of the priority put on the case by the RCMP. 

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January 28, 2010

Words of Opinion

Tough decision

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A decision has been made. While everyone is not happy about that decision, School District 59 recently voted in favour of closing Parkhill School in Dawson Creek. The decision follows a number of what seem to be warranted concerns from parents and students alike at the school, along with concerns from the board itself over the costs of running and maintaining such a facility in the future. There’s no denying the students at the school will be impacted by the change or that it’s not going to be a challenge to make the adjustment. There do, however, seem to be reflections of what could be a positive outcome for the students presently at Parkhill School such as providing an option for the students to stay together at their new school. This was one of the concerns of parents when discussions were still underway and is sure to make a difference in the students’ lives. The board also seems to be working on a transportation plan to ensure the former Parkhill students have a means of getting to and from their new school. While it seems there are still some quirks to work out, a plan is underway. It’s not to say everything has been fixed by the decision that has been made – there is still a lot for the school district to think about. But they are working towards that goal and hopefully it will lead to a change for the better – and for all.

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The business of governing continues as Parliament is prorogued

This week I would like to clear up one of the major misconceptions surrounding our Conservative Government’s decision to prorogue Parliament until March 3. Almost a year ago, our Government introduced Canada’s Economic Action Plan, and it included one of the most comprehensive stimulus packages in the industrialized world. Today, all of the stimulus and budget measures have been adopted and implemented. While the continued delivery of our Economic Action Plan remains a top priority, the fact is that the economic landscape has changed in the last 12 months. Now is the time to consult with Canadians, recalibrate our agenda and set new priorities. That was the purpose of prorogation – a purpose entirely consistent with the past practice of all federal governments, having been used 104 times before. This does not mean that MPs get an extended Christmas vacation or that the busi-

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Residents’ safety being questioned at care home facility

Editor: My Mom has been a resident at the care home since Nov. 21, 2009. Since that date, I have seen and heard many things that were good, but also things that are not satisfactory and concern me. I strongly believe that there is the need for more care aids and nurses, in order to sufficiently, safely and satisfactorily cover all shifts and chores. I am in the fortunate position to be able to go to the care home every day at lunchtime in order to visit my Mom, check up on her well being and feed her. By doing so, I help out the care aids a little bit. During my visits, I often see food being placed on the tables (uncovered) without the residents being ready to come or having been brought out to the dining room yet. I quite frequently hear sighing from the care aids and see their eyes rolling. They seem to be overwhelmed and overworked by their workload. There are several residents in the former IC (intermediate care), now complex care, that need diaper changes ,dressing, two person turning, two person lifting, two person bathing, and feeding. Often during lunch time one of the two present care aids and the nurse go on their own, deserved and needed lunch break, which leaves only one care aid for all 22 residents on the floor. One person cannot be at three places at the same time: 1. In the dining room, where some residents are still eating. 2. At the TV/nurses station, where some people are

watching TV, or are waiting to be brought to their rooms or beds. 3. In the residents’ rooms for diaper changes, lifts etc. I find it is too much of a responsibility for one person and I’m very concerned about the safety of the residents. What if the only care aid brings a resident to their room in the back to attend to their needs, while somebody in the dining room would swallow wrong (danger of suffocation), or fall? Or what if a resident, who is already in their room, needs help and rings the bell, which is not connected to the dining room and therefore cannot even be heard? My mom, for example, (and some others too) is a two person lift, needs changing and turning every two hours while she is in bed. Even under normal circumstances, this leaves no care aid for all the other residents, while those chores are done. There are only two care aids on each day shift. To my knowledge the situation gets even worse during the night shift. Only one care aid and one nurse, who also seems to be responsible for the SC (Special Care Unit). For the safety and well being of all residents and the staff, there should be more people hired for all shifts! What if the staff, especially the care aids burn out, need to take time off, goes on sick leave or on holidays? Then the staff and care situation gets even more critical. If the care aids get stressed out, it is not good for their health and well being and it most likely

will reflect on their work performance, patience, compassion for the residents etc. This in turn is bad for the residents, since they are totally dependent on all the workers. Concerning the safety factor there is another big fear: What if there ever was a fire to break out? How are two, maximum three people on shift supposed to get 22 residents, especially those who have to be lifted into wheelchairs first, out to safety? There wouldn’t be enough time for the care aids to save all residents and themselves. I appeal to all family members, residents and employees to speak up and make needs, concerns and complaints known. My mom can’t speak or write anymore and therefore is not able to express her needs, fears, concerns or feelings. I am her voice and I don’t, shouldn’t, and will not feel bad about it. There are other residents in the care home, who are in the same position as my mom and somebody has to be their voice and advocate. Other residents, who can speak, also family members and employees might not want or dare to speak up, in order to not cause trouble, experience disadvantages, get frowned upon, or even jeopardize their jobs. But, if we all don’t speak up, for one reason or the other, then who will and how can things ever change and get better for everybody involved? Angela Neurath Fort St. John

This letter to MP Jay Hill was provided to the Northeast News for publication. In your last community flyer, you point out some of the social injustices that require attention, one being white collar crime. If you are truly sincere about white collar crime, you could prove it by disbanding ICBC. At one time, Al Capone ran a racket he called protection. The Government called it extortion and fraud. Now, the Government runs a similar racket but they call it ICBC. General consensus amongst the public is that it is a disgusting pre-arranged sham of a scam. In a true democracy, ICBC’s monopoly is an illegal entity. Communist China outlawed private enterprise.

BC’s socialist dictatorship has followed suit beautifully. Anyone having the misfortune of having to deal with ICBC is well aware of their smoke and mirrors circus. You soon learn that they have a pre-arranged agenda and factual evidence is nothing more than an annoying pebble in their shoe. If our Government is supposed to be an example of honesty to the point of being a role model for the rest of society, then we are quickly going to hell in a hand cart. If you want your kids to grow up to be honest, decent citizens, then you should try being one yourself. So far, ICBC is doing a great job hiding their lies and deception behind a smooth voice and a nice suit.

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Teachers want students exempt from provincial assessment

By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Teachers in the South Peace have asked School District 59 to exempt students from participating in a province-wide assessment for student achievement. The board heard from Lorraine Mackay – speaking on behalf of the Peace River South Teachers’ Association in the absence of their president, Judy Richardson – who presented the board with reasons why teachers feel the Foundation Skills


Assessment, given annually to Grade 4 and Grade 7 students to evaluate reading comprehension, writing, and numeracy, is not useful in measuring student achievement. She said teachers are not opposed to assessments, as they can be valuable to support teaching and learning, but she said trustees should rely on the professional judgment of teachers to choose which assessments work the best. She added while School Planning Councils (SPCs) have used FSA results for their purposes, individual teachers rely more heavily on assessments used in the classDistrict Of Taylor room. Mackay said they would like Notice of Land Disposal the Province to put a two-year This notice deals with land for disposition as described below: moratorium on the FSA while a task force is established to The Municipal Council of the District of Taylor gives notice purreview its problems with the suant to Sections 26 and 94 of the Community Charter of the testing. She said teachers are intention to dispose of land as follows: concerned about the ranking of schools done by the Fraser a) Lot 22, Section 6, Twp 83, Rge 17, W6M, Peace River District Plan PGP 40302 (9624 Institute, and they would also Fairway Ave) will be sold with a minimum bid price of $56,100. like a random-sampling to be implemented to address that b) Sealed bids should be received at the District of Taylor Office (Box 300, 10007-100A issue. Street, Taylor, BC V0C 2K0) no later than noon on February 10, 2010. All bids must “How can a snapshot in Janbe accompanied by a refundable deposit representing 10% of the bid. The highest uary reflect the progress that a bidder for each property will be offered a contract to acquire these lands, on the basis of an agreement that will require an option to purchase and a covenant to ensure that student has made for Grade 4 the lands are built upon within a stipulated period of time. The Provincial Property or Grade 7, because there are Purchase Tax and the purchaser’s portion of legal fees are the responsibility of the still four months left in the purchaser. school year?” asked Mackay. “Why are we assessing stuIt is the responsibility of the bidder to research all dents before they’ve completed aspects of the desired property prior to submitting a bid, including the requirement for the District to have their learning?” an option to purchase, building restrictions, rights of She listed some of the conway, and physical site conditions. Any property not cerns about the FSA that other sold in this process will be listed for sale on a firstteachers had come forward come-first-serve basis at the established minimum with. She said the online pracbid price. The minimum bid price does not include tice test for the Grade 4 level G.S.T. had instructions written at a Charlette McLeod Grade 7 reading level. Director of Financial Services “As a teacher says, ‘As a student, how would it feel to start

writing a test and not even be able to understand the instructions? Not a real confidence booster for our students,’” she said. Mackay added the tests are done online and the questions are multiple-choice, which is not the same format students are used to in the classroom. “The Grade 4 assessment doesn’t reflect what’s generally being used in the classroom,” she said. However, trustee Marcie Fofonoff noted the FSA is just one tool in the toolbox and is used by SPCs to set the direction for education in schools. Trustee Christabelle Kux-Kardos asked if there were significant differences in the results of the FSA and other assessments. Superintendent Kathy Sawchuk said that individual student scores and comparisons to other assessments showed fairly consistent results across the board. Mackay argued if that is the case then the FSA is unnecessary and is costing the Province money and putting undue stress on students and teachers. Sawchuk said she was concerned about ranking schools because she doesn’t believe that it is helpful, and added the board has communicated that in the past. She added the practice test was to help students become comfortable with the format of the test. The superintendent said the Ministry of Education has made clear their expectation that all eligible students write the FSA. Principals can excuse students from some components or all of the FSA in the case of a family emergency, lengthy illness or other extenuating circumstances. Parents are encouraged to contact their school’s principal for more information about the FSA. • Assistant superintendent Rob Dennis reported that the Northern Development Initiative Trust has renewed funding for the Northern Opportunities grant program. He explained the program started 10 years ago as a $2 million trust put up by Duke Energy for the three school districts in the Northeast to help students access dual-credit trades programs to address the labour needs of the region. NDIT took over administrating the fund and their board has decided to renew the program for another three years. Dennis said NDIT would like to see dualcredit programs expanded into academic fields such as medicine or teaching, which is something the school district has been in conversation with Northern Lights College about.

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Countdown to the Torch More plans unveiled for torch

By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – Each community that experiences the Olympic torch relay as it makes its way across Canada will have an alternative mode of transportation as part of the route. In Fort St. John, speed skating was announced recently as that mode and the lucky speed skater carrying that leg of the route is 13 year-old Jamie Lee. Lee, a member of the Fort St. John Elks Speed Skating Club, will be skating the torch in laps around the outdoor speed skating rink at Bert Bowes on Jan. 31 when the relay stops in the city – something she’s nervous but very excited about doing. “I’m really honoured to be able to do this and for the speed skating club,” she said. “I never thought it would happen to me.” One thing she does hopes happens is an opportunity to participate in the Olympics for speed skating sometime in the future, following in the footsteps of local athletes Denny and Jay Morrison. Denny, who during a visit to Fort St. John recently stated he remembers shoveling off the ice at Bert Bowes in order to practice, will be participating in four races in Vancouver this year – 1,000 metres, 1,500 metres, 5,000 metres and team pursuit. When competing in Fort St. John, the Morrison’s did so with the Elks. “Having the talent of skaters from the club recognized, both by Morrison at this year’s Olympics and by Lee being involved in the torch relay is really important,” said Lee’s mother Anita. “We’re really excited and really honoured and really thrilled for her, Fort St. John and all the speed skating club members,” she said. “With our daughter being involved in it, of course we’re proud and excited, we’re a big part of the speed skating community so to have our own daughter carry the torch and our Denny Morrison participating at it, we couldn’t be more thrilled.”

“This is once in a lifetime to do and you’re only 13, so enjoy it,” added Lee’s father Rick to his daughter. Lee is just one of 10 torchbearers who will be carrying the torch when it comes to Fort St. John, making its way from its start on 107 Avenue at Heritage Manor, along 100 Street, south on 108 Street and then east on 97 Avenue and back to Centennial Park. Along the route there will be 10 noise stations set up featuring everything from jingle bells to tambourines and Mayor Bruce Lantz encourages everyone in the community to get involved in both the noise making and cheering the torchbearers on as the eyes of the world turn to the city for the evening celebration. “There’s really no limit on how much noise you can make so feel free to be inventive,” he said. “This is our opportunity to showcase Fort St. John to Canada and the world. I hope we will all come out and be part of it.” Celebrations are scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. at Centennial Park where there will be a live video feed of the torch as it travels through the community, making it a good location to watch, said Lantz. The torch is expected to arrive in the park at approximately 6:30 p.m. where the cauldron will be lit by the final torchbearer for the city, Ross H. MacLean.

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While nervous about her experience carrying the Olympic torch in Fort St. John, 13 year-old Jamie Lee said she’s excited to speed skate the torch around the Bert Bowes Oval on Jan. 31.

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Students from the Grade 4/5 class at Tremblay Elementary School in Dawson Creek were proud to show off their Olympic-themed display they created in anticipation of the Torch Relay passing through the community on Jan. 31. Their work, and the works of students from Tate Creek Elementary, Rolla Traditional School and Central Middle School, will be on display during the community celebration at the South Peace Multiplex that morning. Some of the pieces have been selected to be part of the permanent collection at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery, along with works that were submitted by members of the South Peace Art Society. Check out for more celebration information.

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BOOKS & BARGAINS Weather doesn’t hinder success By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – The weather was a challenge but in the end pulled through for the professional ice carvers at the sixth annual High on Ice Festival last week. Warmer temperatures on Saturday resulted in a number of professionals putting their projects to the side to avoid damage to their structures but Sunday’s conditions proved to be ideal for carvers and spectators alike. In fact, said professional carver Larry MacFarlane, the minus six-degree weather was close to perfect. “I’ve carved in both Belgium and Ottawa where it’s rained for three days during the competition so the humidity makes a big difference,” he said. “I’ve also carved in Russia where it’s minus 50 without the windchill and because the ice changes properties with the temperature, it’s Mother Nature, you can’t control the weather. This temperature of minus six degrees today is perfect, it’s beautiful.” Lead judge for the event, Bonita Lampman said the weather conditions allowed more gold medals to be presented to carvers than expected, in fact there were not enough medals to give out to the winners simply because that number of medals are not normally presented. Each of the three judges, she said, are responsible for judging the professional pieces individually and points are awarded based on vertical seams, detailing and a number of others factors. Those features on a piece, however, couldn’t be done without good weather. “[Sunday] morning was perfect,” she said. “Overcast, cold, the pieces, if they wanted to adhere to their sculptures, adhered perfectly, it was great. When the carvings are as beautiful as they are this weekend, it comes down to the numbers, it has to, because you can look at all of them and think of them all as winners.”





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The winners in the abstract category with their carving titled ‘Olympic Flame’ was Aaron and Sarah Costic. Following the presentation of their medals, Aaron commended the community for what has been put together in the past six years. “What this competition has that other’s don’t have is just a great group of people that organize it,” he said, adding he’ll be working to bring more professionals to the competition in the future. That’s not to say there are not challenges. “It’s really difficult getting here as far as air transport, things like that, plus there’s a lot of other events in January and February,” he said. “The biggest one is the distance to get there but I just want to help spread the word. And the word from a number of carvers and Lampman herself is that the Fort St. John High on Ice is worth attending as it continues to grow year after year. “Out of the different contests I do, I think from a hospitality standpoint, I think this is my favourite one to come to,” said professional Dean Murray, who along with teammate Chan Kitburi, placed first for their realistic piece. “The people here couldn’t be kinder to the carvers and they couldn’t try harder to fulfill the carver’s needs and they understand what we need and how to get it for us.” Meanwhile organizer’s are already thinking of the need to encourage the city to continue with funding for the festival as its potential continues to grow. “We think it will pull in more people in the region because I think people realize that this is something that you don’t want to miss out on and people do travel from all over the place, but more and more people will,” said co-ordinator Niki Hedges. “This is such a beautiful setting that we’ve got right here.” Check out High on Ice photos on Page 11

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The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) is seeking Request for Proposals to establish and operate an Independent Land and Advocacy Office (Farmers’ Advocacy Office). The Farmers’ Advocacy Office will provide direction and leadership with regard to the listed services: • Gathering and disseminating land valuation information from surface lease agreements as necessary background knowledge for landowners to negotiate and learn what is genuinely accepted practise for comparison purposes; • Working to ensure residents achieve a full understanding of the information and promoting proactive pre-planning to protect the interests of rural landowners; and • Providing an effective, independent “information hub” to existing regulatory, legislated and other services that are presently intended to address the concerns of rural land owners with oil and gas developments. This contract position also involves strategic leadership in responding to critical issues involving rural landowners that may be agriculture or non-agriculture in scope. The position liaises with numerous agencies and brings a vital perspective to numerous cross-ministry initiatives in a sensitive political environment. This 18 month contract opportunity is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Peace River Regional District, the Ministry of Energy Mines and Petroleum Resources, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. The contract will be awarded by the Peace River Regional District and managed by a four member Farmers’ Advocate Management Committee. Melanie Robinson photos

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(Left): First place abstract winner -- Olympic Flame (Top right): At the sponsor appreciation night, everything, including the shot glasses were made from ice. From left: Sandra Chapple, Mary Baxter and Tara O’Donnell (Bottom right): The second place realistic winner -- Dream Catcher

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Farmers across Canada call for feds to invest in agriculture

By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – Farmers from across the country are demanding more investment from the federal government into agriculture research. Four organizations – the Grain Farmers of Ontario, the Fédération des producteurs de culture commerciales du Québec, the Atlantic Grains Council and the Grain Growers of Canada – representing over 100,000 farmers have united to form the Farmers for Investment in Agriculture (FIA). They have called on the government to double core agronomic research over the next 10 years - restor-

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to attend the B.C. Grain Producers Annual General Meeting on February 9, 2010 at The Lido Theatre, Fort St. John, B.C. Registration begins at 12:15 pm Meeting at 1:00 pm Special Speakers include: Denise Maurice Jim Smolik Supper and great entertainment to follow at 6:00 pm Fantastic door prizes will be given out throughout the day A supper ticket must be reserved by Feb 2nd. Please use reply card enclosed to respond

we’re going to have to put some of this basic funding that they have taken out over the past few years,” said Robertson. “For quite a while here they’ve been just letting it erode.” He said if those investments are increased, Canada would not only increase its domestic food supply, but also be in a great position to take advantage of the growing demand for food as the world’s population continues to grow. He added it could also be an economic stimulus for rural communities and the country as a whole as it comes out of the global recession. Story contunued on Page 16

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Farmers across Canada call for feds to invest in agriculture cont’d

“Agriculture is a critical thing to maintain in this country, and if we’re not going to spend the money on research, Canada is going to continue to lag behind,” he said. “We can’t out compete other countries for low labour costs and things like that, we have to innovate.” Robertson said the federal government is relying more heavily on the private sector to fund research and development, and while private companies have an important role, he said they often won’t make those commitments unless they can get a return on their investment. He said basic research into crop varieties, for example, is a longterm investment that can be valuable to farmers in ways that are not just financial. He added a company’s motive to sell their products to farmers is often at odds with a

farmer’s desire to reduce their input costs. Robertson said if the government isn’t willing to invest in agriculture, then the private sector will be reluctant as well, and so will the new generation of farmers that is needed to replace an aging population. The British Columbia Grain Producers Association, representing growers in the BC Peace, is a member of the Grain Growers of Canada and has endorsed its call for action. Research manager Clair Langlois said he’s noticed it’s getting harder to find research partners in the country. He said he’s also seen a decrease in the number of crop breeders in Canada, which worries him. “We need to hang on to traditional breeding in Canada,” said Langlois. “We’re not going to answer all of our future problems

by genetically-modified organisms (GM0). Otherwise we’re going to be left buying our future varieties from breeding programs outside the country.” He said while imports are part of the picture they should not be the whole picture. Langlois said it is difficult to know what advancements could have been made in agriculture in Canada if funding had kept pace with investments made in research and development in the automotive industry, for example. “I would call it ‘opportunity costs.’ We don’t know what we could have had [funding] not been cut back. We will never know what we’re missing.” He said a great deal of a farmer’s success is having the right crop varieties, and to that end, the BCGPA is involved in a

10-year project to develop a flax variety adaptive to the Northern climate. Langlois said the goal is to find a variety that will mature with fewer growing days but at the right time, and will resist cold snaps, without losing too much in yields. He said the BCGPA has been interested in testing flax for some time, but he said finding partners and experienced breeders was an issue for this project as well. Their partners for this project are Viterra, SaskFlax, the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Fund and the Alberta Research Council. Attempts will be made to reach Gerry Ritz, federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, to get his reaction to this story for the next edition of the Northeast News.


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OBITUARY Dorothy Mae MacDonald May 21, 1918 - January 17, 2010

“A rose by any other name, is still a rose” Dorothy arrived in Fort St. John as a teenager, it was here she met and married Raymond MacDonald and raised her family. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond, brothers, Wilfred and Roy Sowden and sister Margaret Bidulka. She will be sadly missed by her partner of twenty years, Mike Fedun, daughters, Gayle Clovis (Marvin), Bev Clovis, Trudi Barlow, Myrna Land (Joe), Karen Bahm, Barbara Scobie (Jack), brother Allen Sowden and sister Ruth Bedell, as well her step children Karen, Sharon (Raymond), Gordon (Lory) and their families. She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Dorothy enjoyed reading, flowers, crosswords and visiting. Her final days were spent surrounded by her family and friends.

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A thank you for 2009 and big hopes for 2010 for the SPCA

By Rosolynn Kalb Hello to everyone from all of us at the North Peace SPCA. I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe 2010. I want to especially thank our staff for their dedication in caring for our animals during the past year. To Judy, Wendy, Bev, Renata, Jennifer and Candace – thank you so much for all that you do. We also said goodbye to Doug Lambert this year. He was employed with us for 11 years and has moved on to other work. Good luck Doug! The cats will miss you. So will we. As 2009 has wrapped up, I want to thank all of those individuals, businesses and organizations that have supported our branch during the year. We could not continue to operate without your help and generosity. My special thanks to the North Peace Veterinary Clinic and Rivers Animal Hospital for providing medical care for all of our animals. I also want to recognize Cole Rafter and his family for their help raising funds for our branch through Cole’s Bike-A-Thon. It was a first ever event

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donated cash, equipment or other products and we are so grateful to all of you. Our volunteers are our lifeblood so if you have time in the New Year and want to help us out, please consider volunteering. My heartfelt thanks go out to one family of animal lovers that have helped us in significant ways. Troy and Rory Henderson provided us with a generous cash donation towards our operations and they volunteer their time to walk dogs. Tara and Leroy Christenson (also dog walkers), Gert and Bill Babcock and Loreena and Brian Hunt donated a beautiful fountain that will support the enrichment and adoptability of our cat population. Thanks so much to all of you. Finally, Peter Havlik and Marg Millar go a long way back as members of our branch. Peter and Marg have served many years at the board level and, more recently, as part of our community counsel. They have volunteered countless hours over the years and have always been there when I ask for their help. Thanks so much to both of you.

and I hope he will do it again in 2010. The staff of the Oil and Gas Commission has been very supportive of us throughout the year so a big thank you to Shelley Calder and her co-workers for their help with fundraising. Thanks also to Brian Kane and staff at the Pomeroy Hotel for their help in preparation for our Halloween Dance fundraiser. The City of Fort St. John has also been a huge supporter of our branch, as has the District of Taylor and the Regional District. Thank you to those government agencies and their representatives. My thanks go out to Scotiabank, our corporate sponsors for our “Paws for a Cause� fundraiser in September. The Fort St. John branch sold our “Paws� at their location and the Fort Nelson branch made a “Paws for a Cause� donation. North Peace Savings and Credit Union generously supported our branch as did Fort Motors and the Glass House. These are just a few of the many individuals and groups that have helped us with our fundraisers or branch operations. There are many others who have

As many of you know, we do not just operate an adoption centre. We also have a cruelty investigation division and my thanks go out to Larry Beale for his work as a special constable responsible for cruelty investigations in the North Peace. I would also like to recognize one of our own, Jeannine Woodhouse, who passed away in a motor vehicle accident during the course of her duties as a special constable. She conducted inspections in our area when we needed her and I will miss her friendship and dedication to animal welfare. One of our goals as a branch is to educate the public about the proper treatment of animals, whether they are companion animals, working animals or animals that are raised for food purposes. My thanks to Judy Hillman and Wendy Wheat for their work implementing the “Bite Free Program� in our schools this year. Rosolynn Kalb is the North Peace SPCA branch manager.

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January to 3117 ONGOING planning for Relay Fort St.broke John, into Daw115 Commercial Parkand (Baptist Church). May 13 to22June cut flowers, photography several children’s ed 2010 wheninburglars their African home in 2008. Come hanging baskets, p.m. Spirit Celebration in Tumbler Ridge son John the Burgens categories. Look for •the and Fort registeron online Mondays: Bingo - 6inpm doorslocations. open, 7 pm • Are you2010 living with a chronic health condition? TheCreek Univerflower show book several andNelson hear thewho testimony how God’sFort loveSt. carried withoftons of events planned Health leadingAuthority up to theare pleased • New Totem has changed locations. Our new games begin. Community Centre Rms. 4&5. at theordeal. deadline find couple sity Victoria and Northern to of- throughbythe ONGOING Thiswill Canadian from Vernon, BC have Olympic Torch’s arrival! Please www.Tumlocation is the old Co-op mall underneath theJohn • Tuesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Floor it convenient, and also save $5 offand theare regisFort St. fer ‘Living a Healthy Life withvisit Chronic Conditions’ in Fort St. easy chosen forgiveness, returning to continue the missionary for more details. program for persons Worlds Gym. We are open andSt. John tration fee. Relaywork For Life celebrateDrilling curling, carpet Resource bowling, card & board games, cof• The Fort Women’s Society is seeking motiJohn. This free six-session education living theyparticipants started in Kenya. wells, growing food, andon Tuesdays January to 9 p.m. from 1to join cancer survivors, remember loved ones fight Thursdays feetheir & cookies. Community Centrepeople Room sparks 5 from vated people volunteer team. If helping with chronic29 health conditions will be available at #300, 9900 100 helping to support six and orphanages. The eventfrom is at 7Quality Innand at Sundays • A benefit dance willmeets be held Fort St. evenings well. interest Everonedrop1-4 back against bypm. the Small office drop-in at #201,fee. 10142-100 Ave. (above Avenue. The workshop for at sixthe Wednesday fromall cancers 7 p.m. while taking turns walk- to 4 p.m. Bows are free to try as your to assist Chelsey and Dustin ing,call or running track for 12 unforget- welcome. Contact • Wednesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Girl Guides or Thrift Store) or call 250-787-1121. 6John p.m.Curling to 8:30 Rink p.m. To register or for more information, Terry around Maya28 Chambers with cocktails at at 5:30 p.m. and dinneror e-mail or•under face-Relapse table tcayer@ hours of fun, friendship andHouses fundraising inSt. John Cribbage, WhistGroup & good Beginners A Youth Prevention maycompany. be held weekly, in Cayer - Cordinator toll free 1-866-902-3767 • Abbeyfield of Fort is holding their AGM at at 7 p.m. with a dance to follow. at New Totem Archery Fortafternoons St. John. at welcome! 7 pm and in theAddiction Library. Small drop-in fee.Mental Health Services, #300 Space is limited so callChelsey, today. a 21 each of these communities. 7 p.m. at Northern Lights College. book Everyone welcome. Direc- Club the year-old • Arewill yoube tired ofprior the crime? do the time.Ave. For February 3 tors and volunteers needed. Memberships Taylor 9900 – 100 more information call Chris or Shaun at May 23LPN on the medical/surgical ward at sold to Then the• Fort JohnPeace Hospital, was born and raisedSymposium in Fort our St. John Patrol. Donate a • Anfeaturinformation the Please new Fort St. outJoin • Civil Air Search and Rescue (CASARA) 250-262-5269. FirstSt. annual Region Palaeontology themeeting meetingon ($10). come andthe support homeCitizens for Fortthe St.fourth John was recently withspeakers, tongue door minimum of fivecall hours peratmonth. For informaJohnprizes Hospital be held at 7 p.m. inliving! the Balevery second the Taylor • The Citizensmeetings Patrol is seeking peopleTuesday who canatvolunteer at ing annual Fossildiagnosed Road Show, and will senior’s independent For more information Clara cancer and requiredactivities. to be in Vancouver forTumbler some donnel School gym. Speaker will be Tom Spar- tion, call (250) 262-4530. Fire Hall at 7 p.m. For new information Bob at least five hours a month. Perfect for those to town,call those conguided children’s Held at the Ridge Public (250) 785-6450. of her treatments. AnyRink. donations wouldinformation be great- contact • The Canadian Cancer Societycerned Fort St.about Johnsafety, row and(250) is hosted May by the29Baldonnel Women’s 250-789-9152 who want or to250-787-5802. make the community a safer Library and Curling For more ly appreciated. There will be a silent auction at the Institute. Everyone welcome. unitSt.meets firsttuned Wednesday eachtomonth, Theplay. Alaska RRAConnie (Recreation Airwork, live •and CallHighway coordinator 250-262242-3466. • Access Awareness Day in Fort John.the Stay to the ofplace dance merchandise or gift certificates would be September to June, at noon at the4530 Business Re- liaison February 3 Northeast News for more information. craft Association) meets every third Thursday at or RCMP Rick 250-787-8100. Mayso23 greatly appreciated. is also a trust • Want to loved the Taylor Fire Hallthink at 7:30 Forhave information Alcoholics Anonymous - If you youp.m. might a prob• Country dance There at Farmington Hallaccount featuring Highway 40!take your May 30 one out for a special source Centre behind the museum. •Volunteers set up for Chelsey CIBC an account alwaysiswelcome. Valentines night? Enjoy glassNelson of wine, cheeseRichard at and 250-782-2421 or Heathtoattalk 250Call for times places or someone to Dance from 9 p.m.attothe 1 a.m., nowith minors. Tickets $15 each, avail• TheaFort Woman of Industry holding a golf tourna- lem with number being 03090/8545286. additional in- cake A Youth Relapse Prevention may be 785-4758. a trip around world you areLots swept 250-785-8866. able at Farmington Store. ForFor more information, call and Clarisse mentthe at the golfascourse. of door •prizes, putter to be won and Group formation, contact Neil Evans at (250) 793-4524 away with the magic in the afternoons rhythm the Montreal Dawson Creek FortHealth Nelson (250) 843-7954. an extra prize ifofa member brings a held friendweekly, that becomes a member. at Mental orMay or Loni at (250) 794-7980 Guitar Trio. ThePlease and Addiction Services, #300 - 9900•–Alcoholics 100 Ave. Anonymous South RSVP Peace to Community Artsat • Craft group for Mental andChurch Addic- Monday 8 p.m.Health Catholic 24 Karen Prouse or• Shaun at 250Councila matiinvites you May to join30us as we welcome the For more information call Chris or Basement Clients.Wednesday Meets Thurs at 1017-103 (closedtions meeting); 8 1:30 p.m. -3:30 Catholic Church The Forgotten House -- Grizzly Valley Players present 30in Room 5 of the Community CentreMontreal Guitar Trio to Dawson Creek performAve., Dawson Creek. 250-782-4410. 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; Saturday neeJanuary at 3 p.m. in Tumbler • The Welcome Wagon events,262-5269. the Baby Shower and Grand- Basement; Thursday • The Bonanza and District Agriculture Society ing at the Kiwanisparent Anonymous think you Cafeteria; Performing Arts will Centre. Doors place •atAlcoholics • Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., 8 p.m. Hospital Sunday 8 p.m. Friendship CentreTues., Ridge. Showcase be taking the Stonebridge Hotel at 1- If you will be sponsoring a problem to an startsBridal at 7:30 p.m. Tickets Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m.8 at Peace RiverChurch HealthBaseUnit. Cocaine Anonymous - Tuesday p.m. Catholic May 29 to 31 a benefit for Helen and Russell open at 7 p.m., show p.m. The Showcase will takemight placehave at 6:30 p.m. with drinking,•come Crocker after they lostand their home to aRetreat fire on Dec. some-8 p.m. are $25Valley each, available Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital ment;orFriday Hospital Cafeteria.Education Room. All meet• Couple’s “Love Romance” at The King’s Mayat30the Art Gallery (250) AA meeting. Call for times and places 30. The doors open at 6 p.m. at the Bonanza to (250) 782-2601, KPAC •(250) 782-9325 and at Gymkhana the one toistalk ings 8are open. • Alanon - Tuesday p.m. Northern Lights College (back door). Christian Camp. Accommodation available.Hall For further informaThe 34 annual Trutch being held 785-8866. at the Mile withorsupper for $15call a plate. will be a silent door. • Volunteers theaNorth Pouce Peace Coupe Cul• Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 7:30-8:30 pm every tion registration (250)There 827-3549. 206 Trutch Rodeo Grounds, lots of camping space wanted availableatand auction soto if you tural Centre. Learnride!! new skills, people, Anonymous February 10 concession will be on site. Great family Tuesday evening at 8Parkhill Community School • Alcoholics - Friday p.m. Old Library (closed). May 17 Junehave 28 something you would like fun, all ages Pleasemeet new to •donate to the auction,clinics pleaseare bring to thetohall. getinformation. involved. Ushers and volunteers required for 9700-5th Street, Dawson Creek. • Author from Taylor, 250-786-0155 Triathlon Training coming Fort St. John. ComeL. Norman call BethShurtliff at (250) 262-5712 for more There be triathlon baking etc. by live present a film Prevention. MentalHall Health and Adthe Pouce Coupe Seniors every Monout andwill learnalso about andavailable get prepared for theBC localwill upcomJuneshow 4 and talk about his theatre events. Call (250) 785-1992. • Computer Class•atRelapse auction. All other donations gratefully ac- on • Calling with all Seniors: a.m. dictions book ‘Eldorado: The• City of Gold’ 7 p.m. at thein conjunction Creek, dayfrom and9Wednesday from1017-103rd 9:30 a.m. toAve., 12:00Dawson p.m. and Low782Iming triathlons. Held on Maywill 3, 4,beand 6 are clinics swimming Ladies out ofattown dinner the OilCome Men’sjoin us cepted.improvement, Auctioneer Bob All proceeds to 2 p.m.Club on Mondays and Thursdays the Se-class4410. Dawson Creek Public Library. Thispresented novel takes 10 from –11 am. Everyonea.m. welcome! pact at exercise everyFridays Thursday 10:30-11:30 Open stroke bikeMcLean. tuning and equipment and triathlon. Golf Tournament by OilWives of FSJ. Cocktails to Helen andfrom Russell. more information call place Hall in Fort 100 Street.For more Cusco, Peru the dinner first in at a trilogy. Pleaseinformation call to confirm to everyone! call meeting. Carol at 250-786-5673 Come hear localFor triathletes and ask questions aboutinevents, at 6 and p.m.isand 7 p.m. at niors’ the Pomeroy Inns St. andJohn, Suites.10908 (780) 353-3771 on Tuesday or Wednesday. Come anddinner, have dessert, fun socializing friends Copies of the the book willare be $50 available. Refresh• Cocaine Anonymous meets 7 p.m. Mon. to Chetwynd training, preparation and anything else you like. Sign up at Tickets and include: entertainment, wine, among January whileTickets taking available part in newatactivities cost of $2, Anonymous ments will be at thisdraw, free library Fri. At the Nawican Friendship 8 p.m. at meets Monday and Friday North Peace30 Leisure Pool or contact Becky at (250)787-5780 or served jewellry gamesevent. and door prizes. Flow- for a• Alcoholics • First Peace Regionfor Songwriters’ Association which includes lunch. February 13 ers by Tamee, Frontier Jewellers. Call • The Dawson Creek Unit of the Canadian 250-788-9658 more information. Marlene (250) 785-8737 or the Friendship Centre. Coffee Houselocal of the year at Under Fort Nelson • The DawsonDebbie CreekatKiwanis Community Cancer Society meets theAirport last Monday each • NA meets Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the waiting of room. Upcoming Triathlons include:the Willow (250) 787-5100 for more information. Cultural Cafe. Performers, • Alcoholics Anonymous - Monday 8 p.m. & Thursdays: dinner and month fromMinor 7 p.m.ball to 9 5p.m. at 1000 Avenue, • Tuesdays pm-7 pm at105 Chetwynd Dawson Creek May 24 Poets, welcome. Fea- Band presents an Austro-Hungarian June 6 ture performers for January include “Nightcap” dance with special guest meeting); Barbara Adler at KPAC, DawsonDiamonds. Creek. New volunteers welcomed. Ballpark & Rec. Centre Fort St. John June 7 • Rotary Manor Annual GarageCatholic Sale fromChurch 9 a.m. Basement to 12 noon.(closed (Ian and Linda Wednesday p.m. Catholic ChurchTumbler Basement;Ridge • The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce Doors open at 6 p.m. with tick-items, FortSmith Nelson June 28 Connell Studley) from 1100 95 Avenue.1121-90 Avenue. Household tools, toys,8 furniture, coffee 7:30 to12 8:30 Thursday 8 p.m.after Catholic Sat- Anonymous KPAC, Simple Pleasures luncheons are held theWed. first 8Thursday each • Alcoholics - meeting p.m. 115ofComMay to p.m. July$5 28cover goes to the Songwrit- ets available at and donuts and much more.and Donations welcome May Church 4 (no Basement; ers• Association. or from info@6:30from p.m. Hospital Cafeteria; p.m.(Baptist band month at noon at the Best Western. Different mercial8Park Church). Relapse Prevention Group - Tuesdays - 8:30allp.m. at members. appliances please). All proceed to urday toward8 resident programs and Sunday Friendship guest each month. andComNon• Mondays: Bingo - 6speaker pm doors open, 7 pmMembers games begin. Mental Health & Addiction Services. Contact Dennis atFebruary (250)262-13 activities. Rain or shine, no early birds, there Centre will be no sales beJanuary 31 • Cocaine Anonymous - Tuesdaymunity 8 p.m.Centre Cath- Rms. • UCW Valentine’s members 4&5. welcome. Contact: Lesley Pewarchuck 5269. fore 9Tea a.m.will be held at South • Be a23Part of Olympic History! The Olympic Peace United Church Hospital TR250-782 Upper • Tuesdays: Seniors4868. (55+) Drop-In – Floor curling, carpet May June 14 Hall, 1300 104 Ave- olic Church Basement; Friday 8 p.m. Torch is coming Dawson Creek and aSt. commuCafeteria. Dawson fromHansen 1:30 p.m. to 3:30inp.m. • Peace Region Association games, coffee Songwriters’ & cookies. Community • The DerricktoDance Club of Fort John willnue be in hosting a Creek • Rick Wheels Motion walk, wheel, run and wheel- bowling, card & board nity celebration is being heldinatthe theSenior South Citizens Peace Hall Alanon Tuesday p.m. Northern Lights5 from Bringata10908 friend andchair enjoy the afternoon. Monthly Coffee - Last Centre Room 1-4 pm. SmallHouse drop-in fee. Saturday of the dance from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. challenge. Registration at 12:30,•event starts- at 1 p.m. in8 CenMultiplex, 8 a.m., openMembers at 7:30 a.m. College (back door). February 14 information, contact (except July, Aug., –Dec.), fromWhist 6 to 10 • Wednesdays:month TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In Cribbage, & 100 Street. at Music bydoors Nightwill Sounds. $10, nonFebruary members13 and tennial Park. For event leader Lori Slater at Free Everyone bus service19will available to and For frominformation the Pouce Coupe • Second annual art show and sale by local artp.m. at Under the Willow Cafe. Differgood company. Beginners welcome! 7 pm Cultural in the Library. Small $12. andbeover is welcome. call Lucy (250) 787-1912 or Dawson Mall to theorSouth Multiplex start- ists at the Senior Citizen’s • Alcoholics Anonymous - Friday 8 p.m. drop-in fee.Old ent featured performer every month from 7:30 at (250) 785-2867 Judy Peace at (250) 787-0460. July 12Hall in Fort St. John ingMay at 7:15 Library (closed). 250-786-0155 on Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.Society to 8:30 p.m., open mic from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Taylor 23 a.m. running approximately every 15 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.• North Peaceand Horticultural plans their annual Garden minutes Noon. ForPearce more information con- on Chetwynd Sunday. willyour be served thistour a variety from to 10(CASARA) p.m. Musicians, poets, singers, • Civil Air Search and8:30 Rescue meetings every sec• The until Magic of Sam Show is scheduled at the Stone-Refreshments Tour. Bring family atand of Fort St. John gartact Elaine (250) to 784-3655 orFort Debbie • Alcoholics Anonymous meetsond Tuesday andat the event. and performers of all (just show Tuesday Taylor Fire Hall at 7sorts p.m.welcomed For information call bridge HotelPeterson with the show benefit the St. Johnfree Firefighters. dens. Fynn (250) 784-3681. Friday at 8 p.m. at the Public Library, 46 up and February 27 August 1 sign up to play). $5 cover charge to the Bob at5012 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802. May 25 to May 29 31 you’ve been treated unfairly by a B.C. Street.and 250-788-9658 • governFarmington country dance featuring Hwy Ride Songwriters’ Association. • The Marilyn Leffler Memorial Show ‘n Shine in sup• New Totem Archery is now at the Taylor Community Hall •January Do you think • The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For 40 atmay • NA Wednesday at 8 p.m.Tuesdays at the Airport Farmington Halloffrom 9 p.m. toCancer 1 a.m.Society in- BC or port the Canadian andmeets Yukon Region. Regisand Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Contact newtotemment ministry or public agency? The B.C. Ombudsman be Life to online registration ends 31.the following cluding a midnight lunch. Tickets If your non-profit group has events or meetings tration begins July are 1 for$15 thiseach all day waiting event at room. Casey’s Pub in Fort St. able help. early The Ombudsman’s staffthis willJan. be in Individuals and thatlisted sign-up earlyand canareget Tumbler Ridge in advance Call Clarise at Shine (250) awards 843-7954 you wishRRA published, send them by Association) fax to (250) Show ‘n for seven motorcycle categories and • The Alaska Highway (Recreation Aircraft communities onteams the dates below, available by ap- only. John. a head start and save. andor individuals Alcoholics Anonymous or1-800-567visit the Farmington minors. to: lots ofStore. door Sorry, Event includes a •ride to the viewpoint on the- meeting meets Wed. every 8third787-7090 Thursdayoratemail the Taylor Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m. pointment to discuss yourTeams problem complaint. Call 3247 to book an appointment or see for Hudson’s Hope Road. Everyone welcome to this fundraising event For information call Richard at 250-782-2421 or Heath at 250to fight cancer. 785-4758. more info. August 21 to 23 Dawson Creek Fort Nelson May 25 • The North Peace Horticultural Society presents their 16th an• The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce luncheons are Fort St. John May 26 nual Flower Show and Exhibition at the North Peace Cultural Cen- held the first Thursday of each month at noon at the Best Western. Dawson Creek May 27 tre. The event will be open to the public on Aug. 22 from 3 p.m. to Different guest speaker each month. Members and Non-members Mackenzie May 28 7 p.m. and on Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards presenta- welcome. Contact: Lesley Pewarchuck 250-782 4868. Chetwynd May 29 tions will take place at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available by If your non-profit group has events or meeting you wish pubMay 27 • John and Eloise Bergen, missionaries working with ‘Hope for donations on both Saturday and Sunday while the show is open. lished, send them by fax to (250) 787-7090 or via email to: edithe Nations’ in Kenya were brutally attacked and severly wound- Categories include arrangements, art, houseplants, patio plants,

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Frank Beatton lived at the Hudson’s Bay Post on the north shore of the Peace River and kept entries of daily life in early Fort St. John. The recordings of this early Hudson’s Bay Company Factor have been digitized by The Cemetery Seekers and brought home to Fort St. John. This project was funded by the North Peace Savings and Credit Union. Over 4,000 images were photographed at the provincial archives in October 2008. Excerpts from January 1910 Sunday January 16 Started off Edward and Samson to hunt up the big stud. Monday January 17 Self and Fields at wood. A fine cloudy day. E. Busson and another French Man arrived from the forks of the South Pine having got their cabin burnt with all their provisions. Joseph killed a wolf. Tuesday January 18 Self started off to hunt up the big stud this morning. Wednesday January 19 All hands around but could not find the horses. Cloudy and looks like snow. Started to blow a stormy gale from the north with snow. Thursday January 20 Continues stormy, busy at odd jobs, the boys at wood. Three Indians arrived from Azzeddzs camp. Joseph killed a wolf. Friday January 21 Busy as yesterday. Snow towards evening. Haley’s Comet seen this evening for the first time. Saturday January 22 Self across cutting wood. Edward hauling firewood. Mr. Fields on sick list. A fine clear day and looks like fine weather. Sunday January 23 Joseph brought in the big stud after looking for him for

over a month. They are all in good shape. Monday January 24 Self went across and cut firewood. Edward hauling firewood. A fine clear day. Tuesday January 25 All hands as yesterday. Acko and a boy arrived from the north. George and Joe Mycose also arrived from the South Pine. Continues very fine weather. Wednesday January 26 Self busy with Indians. The boys as before. The Indians all started back at noon. Continues very fine weather. Thursday January 27 Started Edward and Samson out to Montyines Camp. Self and Fields looking after horses and cutting firewood. Continues fine weather. Friday January 28 Busy as before. Self went out to see the white horse back and found them all right. Wm. Nackwenu arrived and brought a few musqurt. Saturday January 29 Busy as yesterday. The boys arrived about 4 p.m. from Montyines Camp and report the Indians all patching up to the north. Cloudy. Wind a little towards evening. Sunday January 30 Continues very fine weather. Self up after the horses, put them up the hill where there is better feed. Monday January 31 Self taking a list of furs and putting away the month’s trade. Fields in office. Edward hauling fire wood for Mr. Campbell. Asywity arrived and reports killing a big bear. Continues very fine weather. The Beatton Journals and other documents can be viewed digitally at the North Peace Museum. Inquiries: (250) 787-0430.

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