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FEBRUARY 11, 2010 - Vol.7 - No.6
Gas Leak Report Released - See Pages 4 and 5
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– a number mayor and council said they’d like to see if there’s going to be an increase. Lantz said once the tax rate is in place, the tax ratio, which determines the proportion of how the tax burden is layed out, will be figured out by the city. The city will hold two public meetings for residents to provide their input on the budget for 2010, along with a number of other discussions during council’s regular scheduled meetings. Lantz said it’s important for residents to attend these meetings and provide their input because in the past there have been low numbers of residents show up. “I understand that not everybody likes to sit down with spreadsheets and go over a bunch of numbers but the results of this budget will effect everyone in Fort St. John so it’s worth their while to come out and express their opinion,” he said. “If there are projects that they think should be in the budget that aren’t, we need to know about it and if there are projects that are in the budget that nobody wants to care about then we need to know that too.” The first meeting will be held at the Enerplex on Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. in the meeting room and the second will be on March 1 at City Hall at 5 p.m. Contributed photo The budget needs to be approved by May 12. With housing assessments up on the majority of houses in the city, and the City of Fort St. John *** considering raising taxes, taxpayers may have to pay more this year in order to hold on to the place At the Feb. 1 meeting, council voted in favour they call home. of hiring a consultant to look into the Fair Share agreement and mitigating the impacts of the Site By Melanie Robinson “We’re not talking about frills, we’re not talking C dam if the project goes forward. FORT ST. JOHN – Council is thinking a tax in- about wants, we’re talking about infrastructure projWhile they are long range things, Mayor Bruce crease may be in the books for this year’s budget. ects that are needs and that’s a balancing act that evThe city discussed that possibility at a meeting on ery government does – a balancing between wants Lantz said it’s important that the city is up to speed Feb. 1 and while staff came forward with its own and needs,” he said. “You have to make sure that the and represented at the table on both issues. Lantz said council would like some certainty on suggestion of a three per cent increase across the needs are taken care of.” board, Mayor Bruce Lantz, along with a number And to achieve that, Lantz said the city has al- the funding provided through Fair Share and, when of councillors agreed the number could be a little ready looked at what can be put on hold for another it comes to the Site C project, a socioeconomic study of potential impacts of Site C, especially during the lower. year. With projects the city is looking at this year, Lantz At the Feb. 1 meeting, council voted in favour of construction stage. Lantz said it’s important for other communities to said it is likely residents are going to see a tax in- removing the economic development officer posicrease. tion from its staffing plan, which Lantz said is one be involved in these discussions because those im“Last year we had moved a lot of stuff out of the of many things that will allow the city to reduce the pacts will not only be felt by Fort St. John. “We will be communicating our initiative to the budget to keep the tax rate at zero, because we knew impact on the city’s taxpayers. that there was some type of economic downturn Lantz said council decided such a position wasn’t regional district and all the member communities coming and we didn’t want to put an unfair burden necessary this year because the North Peace Eco- within the regional district and all the stakeholders on people,” he said. “But at some point you have nomic Development Commission recently hired an in Fair Share which includes Fort Nelson,” he said. got to take a look at the things you moved out of last economic development officer and they’d like to see “Just because we’re putting out the [request for proposals] doesn’t mean we’re going to go it alone. We year’s budget and look at them for this year because what stems from that. a lot of them were very important things.” “If sometime down the road we see that there still will communicate with these people and hopefully Some of those projects include the widening of needs to be an emphasis on economic development they’ll participate with us in that process.” *** Airport Road, a project that was postponed last year specific to the city, then we can look at fulfilling that Dawson Creek council was scheduled to discuss to ensure a zero per cent tax increase, along with position,” he said. water and sewer work. In the meantime, staff were asked to go back and its upcoming budget on Feb. 8. Check out the NorthThe projects that do go forward, however, said look at what it would take to get the tax rate some- east News website on Feb. 11 for more information Lantz, will certainly be necessary. where between 2.5 and 2.75 per cent for taxpayers about its decisions.
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City proposes water reuse project to ease industry demand By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – The City of Dawson Creek has proposed an effluent water reuse project that the administration believes will ease the growing demand for water from the oil and gas industry. Staff hosted a meeting with interested members of the public on Feb. 4 at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre, after holding a separate meeting with industry representatives on Jan. 14. Watershed steward Peter Caputa explained the Kiskatinaw River is the city’s sole source of water, but it is very unpredictable. He said the river has variable flows from year to year and is prone to draught, demonstrating the point through a graph that showed median flows have varied over the last 30 years from about 30 cubic metres per second in a peak year to nearly no median flow in 1992, when the river dried up. He said currently residents, bulk water users and industry are consuming about 7,000 cubic metres a day, which is approaching the provincially mandated limit of 9,000 cubic metres a day, as well as testing the limitations of the physical infrastructure in place. He said if growth in demand continues, not withstanding the unpredictability of water levels, the limit would be exceeded by 2015. He added recent provincial legislation is requiring more of British Columbia’s water needs to be met through conservation. Despite the unpredictability, dependence on the Kistkatinaw has and is projected to continue to rise, mainly due to the growing demands of the oil and gas industry operating in the Montney shale gas formation, where the water is used for drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking). Caputa showed with another graph that total annual water sales to the industry had risen significantly over the last few years to over 360,000 cubic metres in 2009 from just over 50,000 cubic metres in 2005. He said that is equivalent to 10,434 large water trucks or 5,200 residential users. “We’re selling treated drinking water to industry for purposes that probably don’t require treated drinking water,” he said. Caputa said one solution that has been proposed in the past is to build a pipeline to either the Murray or Peace Rivers. He said in 2003, the city obtained a quote that constructing a pipeline would cost about $30 million for either option, and another $1.2 million to operate each year, but those costs don’t include the pumps that would be required to maintain water flow, and
the retrofits required for the water treatment facilities. reaction from the oil and gas industry in the next edition of the He said the other solution is to build an effluent water reuse Northeast News. facility that would treat waste water to a standard that would be acceptable for industrial uses, and perhaps other bulk water uses. Caputa said the project would fit in with both the city and province’s direction towards sustainability, and would reduce the pressure put on the Kiskatinaw watershed and on water treatment facilities. He said even with a population growth of two per cent, the city wouldn’t reach its water licence limit until 2030. Project consultant Jaime Adam, an engineer with Urban Systems Ltd., provided the details of the project. She explained additional treatment processes would be added to the existing sewage treatment facility near the airport to create the highest quality reclaimed water that could then be sold to industry. She said they anticipate between 4,000 and 6,000 cubic metres of effluent could be treated and reused for industrial purposes, municipal uses such as dust control and irrigation, and even crop irrigation for farmers in the area. She said once the facility is fully operational it would be expected po~ an eclectic art experience ~ table water would no longer be Fine Yarns, Knitting, Weaving & Spinning, Unique Handcrafted Items available for bulk water uses. Adam said the capital costs New yarns have arrived Gift Baskets for the project would be beBaby Alpaca Chunky, Galway, tween $8 to $11 million, with Linares Cotton, Noro Silk Garden • Candy Bouquets • Gifts an approximate annual mainNew colors in... Baby Bamboo & Tekapo tenance cost of $150,000, but • Party Supplies she added the city is pursuing private investment to cover • Loot Bags most of the capital costs. They · Galway Highland Heathers Valentine's Day Gift Baskets will be sending out a request 100% Wool Reg. $7.75 and Candy Bouquets are for proposals soon, and they Sale Price $6.59 expect city council would be now available. · DHJ Designs Handknits 15% off. able to award the contract to
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body.” Attempts to provide medical assistance were unsuccessful, and when ambulance and fire personnel arrived a few minutes later, they confirmed Berreault was deceased. The call for the ambulance was placed by Capot-Blanc, who was the only other person at the home when first responders arrived. Roy said the circumstances at the scene led police to arrest and charge the man. Capot-Blanc makes his next court appearance in March. Local RCMP members, with assistance from the major crimes unit out of Prince George, are continuing the investigation. Roy said they are encouraging anyone in the community who might have information on the events leading up to the death to contact the Fort Nelson RCMP detachment at (250) 7742700.
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OGC releases report on gas leak investigation in Pouce Coupe By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – The Oil and Gas Commission released a report on Feb. 4 of its investigation into a gas leak at an EnCana well site in the Pouce Coupe area last November. The Commission determined the leak was due to internal erosion of the wall of a section of piping caused by flowing fracture sand suspended in the gas stream. The sand is injected into the gas stream during normal fracturing operations at the well site, but the OGC has determined EnCana failed to follow its own procedures for well clean-up monitoring of sand concentrations. The investigation discovered the clean-up flow for this well was 4.6 days, less than half of the nine-day average time required for similar EnCana wells. The well did not meet EnCana’s own requirement for sand concentration produced during well clean-up over a 24 hour period to be 0.5 per cent by volume or less. It was also learned that due to complications during fracturing operations an additional six sand plugs were required over the seven previously anticipated to achieve the desired eight fractures.
The report stated no piping inspection had been done prior to the failure. Data from an industrial control system indicated a significant gas release at the well site at 8:38 a.m., but the first alarm was not detected until 9:05, meaning gas had flowed uncontrolled from the wellhead for approximately 27 minutes. An emergency shutdown (ESD) valve was activated at 9:05, but was located downstream of the failure point and was ineffective. EnCana operators had visually confirmed the leak at 9:52 a.m. “In this particular case, it’s our opinion that EnCana should have been able to detect this leak, based on the information available to them, sooner than the visual confirmation at 9:52 a.m.,” said the OGC’s chief engineer Matthew Bains photo Ken Paulson. The report acknowledges there were at The Oil and Gas Commission provided a briefing of its report on an investileast three gation into a gas leak at an EnCana well site in the Pouce Coupe area last s e p a r a t e November. From left: chief engineer Ken Paulson, corporate affairs leader r e s i d e n t s Steve Simons and communications manager Lee Shanks. who suspected there was a problem a.m., but EnCana had not notified PEP until 10:49. In fact, the based on noise and odour as company’s incident log shows no notification was given to any early as 2:30 a.m., and a num- affected agencies or government departments prior to the 10:42 ber of residents began self- notification of the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum evacuating at about 8:30 a.m. It Resources. The report states “that EnCana’s response to this also notes a 911 call was made incident did not entirely conform to their Emergency Response by a resident at 8:36 a.m., but Plan,” and while the flow of information within the company EnCana was not notified at was effective, “delays in external notifications reduced the overthat time, and there was no co- all effectiveness of the response.” “Our expectation was that as soon as EnCana was aware that ordination with police prior to they had a leak, they should have called PEP, PEP would have the RCMP’s odour notification at 9:45. The company initi- notified us, and we would have had earlier notification,” said ated evacuation notification Paulson. The report goes on to state that when interviewed, some area at 10:16, 71 minutes after the residents indicated they had very little understanding of the conH2S alarm had been triggered. A resident notified the Pro- tents of the Public Information Package, and that may have devincial Emergency Program, layed them from reporting the incident. Story continued on Page 24 which notified the OGC, at 10
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EnCana responds to OGC report on Pouce Coupe gas leak
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Not everyone is lucky enough to understand mathematics and the mumbo jumbo of finances but every resident has an opportunity to try. It’s a time of year when finances are certainly on the minds of employees at City Hall as the ever-favourite budget and tax season quickly approaches. Residents are given the chance to provide their input on the budget – whether it be the projects they’d like to see completed within the city they call home or those they don’t think are necessary and should hold off for a year or more. At one point or another in the process, the city holds public meetings in order to fully explain the intentions for the next year and how, if those intentions are approved, it could result in a tax increase for those within city limits. There’s a reason the city is holding such public meetings and residents need to take advantage of the opportunity. If they don’t take advantage of providing their input then it’s hard for the city to grasp the need to make changes or omit items from the budget because without that input, they believe they are doing what’s best for the city. It’s not fair for residents who do not attend these meetings to then, after the budget has been approved by the city, complain about the city’s decisions and the projects it has decided to undertake for the upcoming year. Where were you while council was trying to figure out the best options for the year and what to do with tax decisions? While it may seem like mumbo jumbo at the time, these meetings are intended to clear the confusion up and help home and business owners figure out and be satisfied with the city’s conclusions. You never know, it may save you a buck or two.
Olympic Torch Relay draws support of local/corporate citizens
This past week, Prince George-Peace River was featured in evening newscasts and major daily newspapers across the country as the Olympic Torch Relay wound its way through our local communities. Official “Torch Celebrations” in Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John and Fort Nelson drew large, enthusiastic and patriotic crowds. And in other communities like Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd, Hudson’s Hope and Taylor, local residents organized their own events to celebrate the torch relay. Yes, it was bitterly cold at times but I found it truly heart-warming to witness the animated and lively faces of those who came out to these events. As the torch relay has travelled across the nation, it hasn’t mattered whether it passed through a small community or large city, the reaction and enthusiasm has been the same. The relay has shown
our diversity, but more importantly, it’s for this at a local luncheon. shown our unity because Canadians from At another event, nearly 100 local coast to coast are united in their determi- people came out to enthusiastically celnation to make these Olymebrate the Grand Opening pics …CANADA’S Olymof Apache Canada’s Fort pics …the best games ever! Nelson office. And it wasn’t just at torch Oil and gas companies relay events that I have been operating in the region are able to remark upon this heavily involved in comcommitment to the Olympics munity events related to – and to our local communithe Olympics and other loties. Earlier this week I was cal efforts and priorities. in Fort Nelson for meetings Their employees are acBy Jay Hill and briefings on shale gas extively engaged in our local ploration and carbon capture communities. and storage. My point is that it’s the people that Spectra Energy, one of the companies make the company. These are not the exploring new opportunities and technol- faceless, evil oil and gas empires that ogy for processing the gas from the Horn Jack Layton and the “hard left” in CaRiver Basin, is helping the dreams of four nadian politics love to attack. These are elite Canadian amateur athletes come real people making a living, raising their true, including Fort St. John speed skater families and trying to make their commuDenny Morrison, and I applauded them nities a better place.
Whether it’s participating in community activities and events or working on a carbon capture and storage project, they are responsible local residents, as well as good corporate citizens. No one is forcing Spectra to sponsor athletes or invest millions of dollars in new technology to reduce emissions at gas processing plants but they’re doing it anyway and taking a big risk to do it. Yet you’ll never hear it portrayed that way by some radical environmentalists or Mr. Layton. The same applies to other natural resource sectors, such as mining. Politicians of all stripe – local, provincial or federal – have a responsibility to push back on this misinformation about our natural resource industries. You can not disconnect the company from the people that make the company, and they deserve respect, fairness and honesty in the portrayal of the companies they work for!
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February 11, 2010
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Editor: WTO threatens western farmers – did you know that at the World Trade Organization (WTO) our federal government negotiators are quietly giving away the only bargaining tool western grain farmers have to sell – wheat and barley – on the world market? They have already made a sacrificial offer to give away farmers financial guarantees that will go “poof” in 2013. Government guarantees for Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) initial payments, and on CWB borrowings, will no longer protect the farmer. What’s more, farmers themselves will have to pay to set up a fund to cover any deficits that might occur if the bottom fell out of the price of grain, resulting in a price below initial payments. It is the US that has constantly attacked the benefits and security the western grain farmer has through the CWB, and it is Harper and his government that is so willingly giving away these concessions, with more on the table today as the WTO negotiations quietly continue. The benefits to western Canadian farmers through the CWB are not trade distorting benefits. Fourteen times in recent years, the US has challenged the CWB (and why do think that is?), and 14 times it has been decided by trade authorities that the CWB does not distort international trade. At the same time, the US and EU continue to pay out right subsidies to their farmers which directly causes international trade distortions. What it amounts to, is US and EU governments go to bat for their farmers, while our federal government is throwing our grain farmers out to the wolves. Prime Minister Harper, his Minister(s) of Agriculture, and our own MP(s), are quietly sitting back and saying nothing in hopes that the WTO will bit by bit cause the destruction of the CWB. After all, farmers only make up a small portion of the voting population today compared to days gone by, because so many have left the farm in total frustration. Is our grain marketing and handling system complex? You bet it is! The CWB, and the Canada Grain Commission have kept us in the world market for grain because it co-ordinates the total movement of grain for export, right from the farm to port. We can get the right product at the right place at the right time, to satisfy our global customers. They know they will get the quality product they ordered. In spite of huge subsidies to US and EU farmers, the western Canadian grain producers have held their position in the world market because of our complex, but orderly system. Australia crumbled under the same pressure and did away with their grain marketing arm similar to our CWB. Today their grain handling system is a ‘dogs breakfast.’ Every state in Australia has access to ports and should be the envy of grain producing countries. Yet their system is becoming clogged with unwanted grades of grain caused by miss-shipments and not having the right type or grade to load ships for export. That will be Canada, in post CWB times. Let me clarify the two scenarios. Under CWB monopoly, our global customers have to come to the CWB to buy wheat and barley. If you have a dozen countries competing to buy the wheat, does that not put the seller at an advantage? On the other hand, without the single desk seller (the CWB), you now have a global customer able to negotiate with multiple sellers to get the cheapest price. If you have multiple suppliers competing for the same market, does that not make it a buyers market? Top that off with the fact we will have lost the co-ordinated ability to get the right product at the right place at the right time. We end up with a chaotic system like Australia has evolved to. To the so called modern, large, entrepreneur type farmers thinking they can survive in that type of a system, I say good luck! You may be able to hit on a high price or two (and good for you), but if the system is clogged with unwanted grain, how are you going to move it? Can you on your own, handle the demurrage at port if a ship is waiting for your grain? In closing, let me acknowledge those who think we can have a dual system of marketing grain. Have you ever heard of some one being ‘a little bit pregnant?’ Either we have an orderly system of marketing western grain, or we don’t – there is nothing in between! If you think the big grain companies (most have head offices in the US) will be looking out for your best interests in a post CWB regime, I’d like to know what kind of tobacco you are smoking so I can ‘get me some.’ Allen Watson Dawson Creek, BC
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This letter to Premier Gordon Campbell was provided for publication. Thanks Gordon Campbell, Premier of British Columbia. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thanks for raising our land taxes, sometimes triple. Thanks for continuing with the seven per cent BC sales tax. Thanks for implementing the HST tax, a blending of the GST and Provincial Sales Tax. This will hurt every citizen, from seniors to school children. Check out the hit list: Restaurant meals. Hair cuts. Airline tickets. Fast food/beverages. Consulting services. Cable TV. Admission fees. Golf fees. Dry cleaning. Storage lockers. New homes. Membership fees. Music lessons. Car repair and maintenance. Moorage. RV Parks. Non-prescription meds. Movies. Skiing. Vitamins. Campgrounds. Animal feed. Telephones. Theatre. Spa services. Dietary supplements. Fishing charters. Internet. Bus fares. Massage therapy. Children’s school supplies. Heating fuel. Naturopathy. Propane/natural gas. Magazines/ newspapers. Parking. Photography. Reflexology. Hockey tickets. Rents/strata fees. Resort packages. Veterinarian (horses, dogs and cats). Home maintenance. Some groceries – prepared foods, taxi fares, coffee shops. Health equipment. Physiotherapy. Museums. Home renovations. Painting. Real estate fees. Bicycles (go green, ride a bicycle, you still pay). Accounting. Architects. Legal fees. Concert tickets. Funeral services (the Government of BC knocks on your coffin, you pay even after death). Chinese medicine. Marketing services. Safety equipment. Helmets. Life jackets. First aid kits. Smoke detectors. Fire extinguishers. Energy equipment. Insulation. Solar power. Attractions/events. Thanks for bringing in the BC carbon tax, we will suffer at the pumps when we fuel up our cars to go grocery shopping and of course higher fuel costs to transport trucks bringing groceries to our local stores. Consequently, our food will cost much more. It will cost every one of us significantly more to feed and clothe our families and also keep them warm. Being from the warm south, you have no sympathy for those of us in the north. We will have to throw another blanket on our beds but you will put a tax on the blanket too. Thanks for your highway patrol officers collecting billions in traffic fines. Many of these fines are no more than a tax grab, everyone knows that. Thanks for selling off BC Railway which was owned by BC citizens who paid for it with tax dollars, now we can pay CN Rail much higher freight rates and this will further increase with your carbon tax and HST tax. Thanks for taxing us right out of our homes and livelihood so you can finance the Olympics and pay huge amounts to Aboriginals to keep the peace. I’m sure thousands will come to live and do business in beautiful British Columbia. Gordon Meek, Charlie Lake
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Use of new pesticide products needs to be reconsidered sites. In light of our current concerns about environmental toxins, climate change, and environmental preservation, I am wondering why safer alternatives are not being considered in our area for pest control and reduction. Beginning with Tordon 22K (Picloram). Laboratory tests have shown that it “causes damage to the liver, kidney, and spleen”, as well as “cancer of the liver, thyroid, and kidney” due to its contamination with hexachlorobenzene (Herbicide Fact Sheet, 1998, p. 13). Sadly, this same fact sheet also states that,“In Montana, roadside spraying of Tordon killed 15,000 pounds of fish in a hatchery ¼ mile downstream from the Tordon treatment.” What are the odds that this will have benign consequences for human beings (here) in the present, and in the future? Regarding Clearout Plus (Glyphosate), a similar Herbicide Facts Sheet from winter 2004 states: “Studies of farmers and other people exposed to glyphosate herbicides have shown that this exposure is linked with increased risks of the cancer non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, miscarriages, and attention Resident & Long Term Care Restorative Care deficit disorder. For each of the hazards identified in Psychiatric Disorders Human Anatomy & Physiology these studies there are also Body Systems Dementia: A Caring Approach laboratory studies with results that are consistent with Train with an Industry Professional! the studies of exposed people.” Call for Dawson Creek Info.! From the Herbicide Fact (250) Enroll Sheet (Winter 2000 edition), NOW! comes this information about Garlon 4 (Triclopyr): Call Our Prince George Campus In laboratory tests, triclo(250) pyr caused an increase in the Funding may be available incidence of breast cancer as Not all courses available at all campuses well as an increase in a type of genetic damage called dominant lethal mutations. Triclopyr also is damaging
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to kidneys and has caused a variety of reproductive problems. The ester form of triclopyr is highly toxic to fish and inhibits behaviors in frogs that help them avoid predators. Feeding triclopyr to birds decreases the survival of their nestlings. Triclopyr is mobile in soil and has contaminated wells, streams, and rivers. Contaminated water has been found near areas where triclopyr is used in agriculture, in forestry, on urban landscapes, and on golf courses. The major breakdown product of triclopyr (3,5,6-trichloro-2-pyridinol) disrupts the normal growth and development of the nervous system. In laboratory tests, it also accumulates in fetal brains when pregnant animals are exposed. The information I found on Vanquish (dicamba) states that: Acute exposure to dicamba causes skin irritation and some skin sensitization in laboratory tests, as well as severe eye irritation. The eye damage can be irreversible. Dicamba also causes other acute effects. Congested lungs, hemorrhages, poor digestion, inflamed kidneys, and engorged livers occured [sic] in sheep fed doses of 500 mg/ kg. Acute effects can occur in exposed humans. Symptoms in worker poisonings reported to EPA included muscle cramps, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, skin rashes, loss of voice, and swollen glands. (Herbicide Fact Sheet, Spring 1994). You have mentioned quite a few other pesticides, and I do hope you research more alternatives to these pesticides before fully undertaking this spraying campaign. As one of many people who have had cancer, I firmly believe pesticides always pose a health risk, particularly when people are already challenged by multiple health concerns in today’s society. It is judicious to lessen our exposure to toxins whenever and wherever possible and anything we can do to protect today’s environment will benefit those who govern our earth and its resources now and in the future. Again, I urge you to consider any and all pesticide alternatives, some of which can be found at the website http:// www.pesticide.org/factsheets.html Melody L. Hauser Dawson Creek
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DAWSON CREEK – Police are investigating an incident of gunshots fired in the area of Elbows Pub at the George Dawson Inn in the early morning of Jan. 24 after the nightclub had closed. Anyone with information is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at (250) 7843700 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477 (TIPS).
February 11, 2010
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truck that would pick up acceptable materials in blue bags on the same days as garbage collection. The materials would be taken to Grande Prairie and then on to their processing facility in Edmonton. He added if they’re recycling program was expanded to Grande Prairie and Dawson Creek they would anticipate building another processing facility in the Peace River region. He said the advantage to having a curbside program, as opposed to just a depot, is the convenience for residents. The result is between four to seven times more material collected. He added there is also an environmental impact in reducing the number of vehicles traveling to the depot, as well as an Matthew Bains photo estimated 25 per cent savings in Bryan Stout (left) and Lorenzo Donini of Ever Green Ecological Services asked landfill fees. However, unlike Fort St. Dawson Creek city council to consider hiring them to provide a curbside recycling John-based Eco-Depot Recycollection service in the city. However, two companies have already committed to cling Centre and Dawson Creek starting their own subscription-based services starting Feb. 1. company Curbside Recycling, By Matthew Bains which were both planning to ofDAWSON CREEK – Recycling in Dawson Creek is at- fer user-pays services starting Feb. 1, Ever Green Ecologitracting a lot of attention from the private sector, as a third cal Services wanted to offer an across-the-board service company in the last month has come forward with a plan to under a municipal contract. Donini said they had tried a offer a curbside collection service in the city. subscription service in the past and found only five per cent Ever Green Ecological Services has curbside recycling of households signed up for the service. and processing, organics, and waste collection operations “Your collection is very inefficient,” he said. “It takes within municipalities throughout Alberta and is looking to you a great deal of time to be weaving through all of these expand into British Columbia. Director Lorenzo Donini residential areas collecting a house here and a house there, and operations manager Bryan Stout approached city coun- and it drives the service cost up.” cil on Jan. 25 with a proposal to offer a blue bag recycling He said under a municipal contract they could collect, collection service in Dawson Creek. ship, and process materials, as well as advertise the service, Donini explained the service would simply involve a for less than $7 per household per month, as opposed to the
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February 11, 2010
RCMP hit the streets, prepared to give fines to cell phone users
By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – While a number of people in the region are beginning to get the message about the province-wide cell phone ban while driving, the lesson hasn’t reached everyone. That is, according to both RCMP and ICBC sources that have been out in the city observing just that. And with the RCMP going from giving warnings to drivers to handing out tickets if caught without a hands-free device as of Feb. 1, it’s important to get that message out. “The [traffic unit] has been finding a lot of people still talking on their cell phones,” said Const. Jackelynn Passarell of the Fort St. John RCMP. “They actually have run into a lot of people that are using it on speaker phone on their laps and it’s pretty easy to tell when you see someone talking to themselves without an ear piece in, that they’re not actually using a hands-free device.” Passarell added it’s important for residents to get handsfree devices in place because starting this month, RCMP will be out in full force ensuring drivers are abiding by the new law.
Those caught without the devices face fines of $167 and points off their license if caught texting or using other handheld devices. This alone has not been enough of a warning to Fort St. John drivers said Diana Pozer, road safety co-ordinator for the region. Pozer said ICBC did a survey of 776 drivers at the end of January near the Totem Mall and a total of 21 drivers were seen driving while talking on their cell phones. While it’s not a lot of drivers, Pozer said ICBC would like to see it at zero. “It is something that people are just going to have to get their head around and they’re just going to have to get used to it and yes, it’s been a grace period for a month now and starting Feb. 1, [RCMP are] going to start ticketing,” she said. “Nothing’s more important than your safety on the road and you need to stay focused on your driving.” Some tips for doing so, she added, include letting the phone go to voicemail when driving or turning the phone off while driving to ensure it’s not a distraction because it’s known to cause driver’s to lose about 50 per cent of their focus on the
roads. In addition to that, she said, people should encourage residents to pull over if they suspect they are driving while talking and if passengers are available to take the phone, drivers should ask them to do that. This, said Passarell, is something the RCMP has already noticed is being done by companies in the region. “With a lot of the rig crews that have two occupants in them, [the traffic unit] has really noticed that they’ve seen a lot of the passengers talking on their cell phones, which is legal for the passenger to be talking,” she said. “But they’ve really found with the companies that they’re being really active in complying with the law and getting the hands-free devices.” “They’re finding with personal vehicles, some people are taking a lot longer to get on board and unfortunately they’re going to end up being fined, there’s not a lot of discretion.” Other provinces with initiatives in place include Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, PEI and Newfoundland while Alberta and Manitoba are working towards the initiatives as well.
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KPAC bustling with activity in 2009, looking the same for 2010 By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre in Dawson Creek continues to be a hub of activity, and the anticipation for a new home is growing, stated manager Terri Hanen. Hanen provided an update on the status of the arts centre to city council on Jan. 25. She reported that currently there are 552 children and youth and 148 adults who attend weekly classes – which includes music and dance lessons offered by KPAC and a karate school and beginner band offered by private organizations, and also includes the 65 children enrolled in the Kiwanis Child Care Centre. Last year in September, KPAC took over operations of Dawson Creek DanceWorks – which had been a privately-owned dance school – and saw 211 children and youth registered in jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical and baton. October marked the oneyear anniversary of the ballet program, with 113 youth and adults registered in the 2009/10 season, an increase of 20 per cent from the previous season. “These dance programs are essential to our community,” said Hanen. “Without them, students would have to travel to Fort St. John or Grande Prairie for lessons.”
She said KPAC welcomed the Dawson Creek Potters Guild last January, and this January, the Mile 0 Air Cadets have also moved into the building. Studio rentals for 2009 totaled 107, and 71 events took place in the auditorium – including 13 KPAC presentations – with approximately 5,000 people attending those events. The report stated currently there are 56 community organizations, business and government agencies that hosted various functions and events at KPAC, bringing in thousands more people. In addition to weekly programs, facility rentals and special events, KPAC helps to facilitate a number of programs each year for school-aged children. In total, the Peace River South Festival of the Arts, the Honours Concert, the Scholarship and Bursary Program and Concert and the Summer School of the Arts see an annual average participation of over 450 youth and in average audience attendance of 1,900 people. Through a partnership with the Vancouver Foundation and School District 59, KPAC facilitates ArtStarts cultural performances for students in the South Peace. “All the children in School District 59, including Matthew Bains photo the rural schools, attend at least one school perforKiwanis Performing Arts Centre manger Terri Hanen (right), joined mance per year,” said Hanen. by board president Wendy Cox, presented the annual update on the She said the daycare centre is currently at capacity and remains the only one in the city that is open status of the arts centre to Dawson Creek city council on Jan. 25. all year long. To administer events and programs, teach weekly classes year exceeds $540,000, up from $450,000 last fiscal year, and and manage the daycare, KPAC employs one full-time man- a far cry from the less than $30,000 budget in 1987 when the ger, one part-time administrative assistant, two part-time eve- arts centre opened. Hanen said thanks to decisions made by their board of direcning students, two full-time dance instructors/program co-ortors over the last two years, they have been able to accumulate dinators, 22 instructors, and five full-time and one part-time $100,000 to put towards the new Calvin Kruk Centre for the daycare workers. Their projected budget for the 2009/10 fiscal Arts. She added they expect to be able to add significantly to that fund over the next year or more saying that’s a result of putting off all but the most urgent repairs and upgrades, and asking the performers brought in for their concert series to split the admission proceeds with them instead of charging a flat fee. “The new arts centre will be well used,” she said. “It’s wonderful to be so closely involved with this exciting project, and I know that this facility will be something that everyone in Dawson Creek will be proud of.” Hanen added they would be hosting a number of fundraising events in the next few months, and would also be submitting Initiative Advertising: several funding proposals to businesses that use KPAC. Individuals or organizations who sponsor initiative Deputy chief administrative officer Greg Dobrowolski readvertising, other than the proponent and registered ported a contract has been awarded to Hanscomb Limited to opponents, must register with the Chief Electoral Offi cer be the cost consultant for the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts before they conduct or publish initiative advertising. project. He said they will partner with a firm familiar with Registration applications are available from Elections BC. construction in the North to provide cost estimates, and added initial estimates were expected to be done by Jan. 29. DobroWho May Sign the Petition: wolski said they have issued a tender for hazardous material Registered voters as of Tuesday, April 6, 2010 may sign the removal and expect to have bids in by that date as well. He said initiative petition. Individuals may only sign the petition they expected there would be encapsulated asbestos and other once, and must sign the petition sheet for the electoral materials to remove, but were a little surprised to learn even the district in which they are registered at the time of signing. window putty had traces of asbestos in it. Signed petitions are available for public inspection.
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This Notice is published pursuant to section 4 of the Recall and Initiative Act. Approval in principle has been granted on an application for an initiative petition. The petition will be issued to proponent William Vander Zalm on Tuesday, April 6, 2010 and signature sheets must be submitted to the Chief Electoral Officer by July 5, 2010. The Title of the Initiative is: An initiative to end the harmonized sales tax (HST). Summary of Initiative: The purpose of the initiative draft Bill is to declare that the agreement between the federal government and the British Columbia government to establish a harmonized sales tax (HST) is not in effect. The draft Bill would reinstate the 7% provincial sales tax (PST) with the same exemptions as were in effect as of June 30, 2010 and establish the provincial sales tax as the only sales tax in British Columbia for the purposes of raising provincial revenue. The draft Bill proposes that it be effective retroactively to June 30, 2010. The Bill also proposes that the provincial share of HST revenues received between June 30, 2010 and the date of Royal Assent of the Bill that exceeds what would be collected under the PST rules as of June 30, 2010 would be reimbursed to British Columbians on a per capita basis. Opponent Registration: Individuals or organizations who intend to incur expenses as opponents must apply for registration with the Chief Electoral Offi cer by Monday, March 8, 2010. Registration applications for opponents are available from Elections BC.
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School gives back and raises thousands for Haiti relief
By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – It didn’t take long for students at Bert Ambrose to jump on board with helping residents of Haiti after they heard of the recent earthquake. In fact, the students and their families wanted to help so much that they ended up raising more than $4,700 for the Canadian Red Cross. “A lot of the kids seemed aware of the earthquake and the children who were orphans,” said Corinne Tacey, a Grade 2 teacher at the school, who said raising money tied in with her classes literature unit on giving. “[The school] really seemed to give from their hearts, it was very touching.” Students brought in a different type of coin each day of the drive – penny’s and nickels one day to loonies and toonies another – and competed against each other according to the team
Judy Hawthorne accepted a cheque from Bert Ambrose students on behalf of the Canadian Red Cross for $4,721.41 which will go towards relief efforts in Haiti following an earthquake in the country on Jan. 12.
colours of the school. fered its customers an opportunity to donate Tacey said this competition helped drive the money for two weeks, but that campaign has students even further towards their goal of rais- ended. ing money for the Canadian Red Cross. Wal-Mart, which ended its fundraising on Jan. “The students and their families were ex- 29, raised $8,431.95 while the local Canadian tremely generous,” she said. Tire has raised almost $4,000. While the school didn’t have a goal for money For more information on fundraisers in the raised, students and staff were certainly delight- Northeast, check out next week’s edition of the ed with the outcome when they presented the Northeast News. cheque to the Red Cross following the drive. Valentine’s day sweetheart’s menu “The kids were cheering when the February 12th 13th 14th totals were announced,” said Tacey. • Appetizer • Fundraisers continue at locations Heart shaped crab cakes: rock throughout Fort St. John, includcrab blended w/ spring onion ing at the BC Liquor Store, which mayonnaise & sweet chili sauce ends on Feb. 12 but provincially has breaded and pan fried, avocado raised $288,716. salsa served on the side for dipping. Tim Hortons in Fort St. John ofMarinated bacon wrapped oysters: chef’s blend of soya sauce and golden honey marinated oysters wrapped with bacon, skewered and flame broiled.
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By Matthew Bains FORT NELSON – Residents in Fort Nelson will be embarking on the second year of a challenge to continue a chain reaction of kindness in their community. “Rachel’s Legacy – The Power of One” is the theme of a presentation coming to Fort Nelson Secondary School on Feb. 16. It will be presented by Craig Scott, the brother of the late Rachel Scott, who was killed in the Columbine High School shootings on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s family has turned the tragedy of her death into an inspiring message on the power of compassion and kindness in our everyday lives, and that message has been spread all over the world. Fort Nelson accepted Rachel’s Challenge last year when they hosted Craig as the keynote speaker, and he is returning for this year’s presentation. Kanta Reddy, community links co-ordinator with the Fort Nelson School District, said this presentation will begin where last year’s left off with a summary of what was learned so far, and then incorporating new stories and challenges for the audience. “The theme of Rachel’s Legacy is on the power of one person’s life, their potential and their influence, and so the presentation gradually shifts the focus on Rachel’s legacy to the power of each student’s personal legacy,” explained Reddy. She said last year, about 740 students participated in the workshops, approximately 600 community members attended the evening sessions, and nearly 1,100 people participated in a rally. Reddy said she has been
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Local skater hopes to make a name for herself nationally
By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – A local figure skater is making a name for herself and if her coaches are correct, she could hit the national stage. Fourteen year-old Heidi Bock started skating when she was seven years-old but after a knee injury when she was 12, it was up in the air as to whether or not she would be able to get back into the sport.
But when she competed in the Williston Skating competition in Prince George in 2009, achieving two gold’s on her free skate and interpretive put her back on the mark. “I didn’t think she’d be able pull it off after that, I thought that was it,” said Bock’s mother, Cenia Bock. “We were told for her to stay off [her knee] for two years and now it’s healed. “When she left skating [and Contributed photos came back], you’d think Local skater Heidi Bock is hoping to one day be an Olympic athlete but will not forget where she she’d be right came from. back where she was [before] but have to get her now because she has the flexibility and the she’s excelled even more – she’s faster, stronger, her flex- strength and that mindset,” said Cenia. “We have about two ibility came back twice [as good], her strength came back.” years he said to work her hard.” It was from there that Bock caught the eyes of coaches And work hard she will. from Kelowna that encouraged her to train hard at the sport The Bock’s are looking at moving to Kelowna to pursue because of her potential. Heidi’s career and with a younger sibling also involved in It is through her own mindset and the belief from those the sport, there might just be two future Olympic athletes coaches that Bock now believes she’d like to compete in the coming from the region. Olympics in the future. One thing is for certain, said Cenia. The family is aware “She keeps saying that she’s going to make it to the Olym- of where they came from and proud of the fact that they get pics but the [coach] down south says it’s an age thing, you their start in Fort St. John.
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February 11, 2010
DISTRICT OF TAYLOR Peace Island Park
PARK OPERATOR The District of Taylor is seeking proposals from interested individuals to operate, maintain, develop and conduct security patrols throughout Peace Island Park and other lands in South Taylor on a year round basis. The park is a multi-use facility that includes 96 serviced and non-serviced camping sites, group camping sites, children’s play areas, historic trading post, boat launch, hiking/cross country ski trails, etc. The successful individual will be required to enter into an independent services contract with the District. The maximum term of the contract shall not exceed a period of five years. Offered as part of the compensation package is the use of the caretaker’s residence and office, (a fully renovated single family residence) at 5865 Big Bam Road. Individual proposals are also being sought for separate responsibilities apart from the main independent contract. These proposals include: • Janitorial of Outhouses/Site Cleaning/Garbage Removal • Grass Cutting/Landscaping/Tree Removal/Weed Control/Trail Development • Fire Wood Supply A typical service contract can be obtained from the District Office 10007-100A Street, Taylor, B.C. The typical contract provides the minimum service required from the successful individual. Proposals must be submitted to the attention of Mr. Troy Gould, Director of Parks & Facilities, no later than 12:00 pm local time, March 1, 2010 at the Municipal Office and may be submitted as a cost per the “typical service contract” available, or as a cost with proposed alterations. Please note preferred candidates will be required to undertake an assessment/interview process and a criminal record check. The successful applicant must have highly developed interpersonal skills in order to deal with the public. The District of Taylor retains the rights to reject any or all proposals that are submitted and that the lowest cost proposal may not necessarily be accepted.
FIRE WOOD SUPPLIER The District of Taylor is seeking proposals from interested individuals to supply and deliver fire wood based on campground demand. The park is a multi-use facility that includes 96 serviced and non-serviced camping sites, group camping sites, children’s play areas, historic trading post, boat launch, hiking/cross country ski trails, etc. The successful individual will be required to enter into an independent services contract with the District. The maximum term of the contract shall not exceed a period of five years. Proposals for supplying wood will be based on delivery to each campsite at a reasonable cost for each load delivered. Approximately 220 cords of split wood are required per season. Wood processing and storage are to be conducted away from the public’s view. A typical service contract can be obtained from the District Office 10007-100A Street, Taylor, B.C. The typical contract provides the minimum service required from the successful individual. Proposals must be submitted to the attention of Mr. Troy Gould, Director of Parks & Facilities, no later than 12:00 pm local time, March 1, 2010 at the Municipal Office and may be submitted as a cost per the “typical service contract” or with a cost and proposed alterations. Please note preferred candidates will be required to undertake an assessment/interview process and a criminal record check. The District of Taylor retains the rights to reject any and all proposals that are submitted and that the lowest cost proposal may not necessarily be accepted.
mAInTEnAnCE The District of Taylor is seeking proposals from interested individuals to maintain approximately 11 hectares within Peace Island Park. The contractor will be responsible to mow and whip all green spaces, landscape sites, remove trees and tree limbs, provide weed control and maintain trails in the Park. The park is a multi-use facility that includes 96 serviced and non-serviced camping sites, group camping sites, children’s play areas, historic trading post, boat launch, hiking/cross country ski trails, etc. The successful individual will be required to enter into an independent services contract with the District. The maximum term of the contract shall not exceed a period of five years. A typical service contract can be obtained from the District Office 10007-100A Street, Taylor, B.C. The typical contract provides the minimum service required from the successful individual(s). Proposals must be submitted to the attention of Mr. Troy Gould, Director of Parks & Facilities, no later than 12:00 pm local time, March 1, 2010 at the Municipal Office and may be submitted as a cost per the “typical service contract” available, or as a cost with proposed alterations. Please note preferred candidates will be required to undertake an assessment/interview process and a criminal record check. The District of Taylor retains the rights to reject any or all proposals that are submitted and that the lowest cost proposal may not necessarily be accepted.
GARbAGE REmOvAL & JAnITORIAL The District of Taylor is seeking proposals from interested individuals to provide janitorial services for 18 outhouses, camp site cleaning, and garbage removal at Peace Island Park. The park is a multi-use facility that includes 96 serviced and non-serviced camping sites, group camping sites, children’s play areas, historic trading post, boat launch, hiking/cross country ski trails, etc. The successful individual will be required to enter into an independent services contract with the District. The maximum term of the contract shall not exceed a period of five years. Proposals should include all costs associated in supplying toilet tissue, garbage bags, and cleaning supplies for sanitation purposes as well as landfill fees for garbage disposal. A typical service contract can be obtained from the District Office 10007-100A Street, Taylor, B.C. The typical contract provides the minimum service required from the successful individual. Proposals must be submitted to the attention of Mr. Troy Gould, Director of Parks & Facilities, no later than 12:00 pm local time, March 1, 2010 at the Municipal Office and may be submitted as a cost per the “typical service contract” available, or as a cost with proposed alterations. Please note preferred candidates will be required to undertake an assessment/interview process and a criminal record check. The District of Taylor retains the rights to reject any or all proposals that are submitted and that the lowest cost proposal may not necessarily be accepted.
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The City of Fort St. John provides a range of group health and welfare benefits to union and non-union employees and council members. It is City policy that the provision of these benefits are reviewed every five years and that quotes are obtained from group insurance providers. It is the intent of the City to receive the best value for its money while periodically offering businesses the opportunity to submit proposals to provide services to the City. The term for the current group benefits contract ends July 31, 2010. How Can You Help? The City of Fort St. John is looking for a professional benefits consultant to partner with the City to review the current benefit program, in conjunction with requirements under our collective agreements with the BCGEU and IAFF, and determine the most cost effective way to provide group benefits to our employees. The consultant chosen through this process will act as the Agent of Record in obtaining quotes for the provision of Employee Health and Welfare benefits for the next 5 years. written submissions will be accepted until 2:00 pm local time Tuesday, February 23, 2010. please direct inquiries to: Grace Fika , Manager of Human Resources, City of Fort St. John (250) 787-8150 |firstname.lastname@example.org MaIlInG aDDReSS: City of Fort St. John, 10631-100 Street Fort St. John BC V1J 3Z5 For more information and to obtain a copy of the complete proposal document, please visit our website at www.fortstjohn.ca
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Log Homes We build, refinish and chink log homes. We also build solid wood rustic furniture. To view furniture call Lisa in FSJ 250.263.7765 or Doug in Hudonâ€™s Hope 250.783.9156 lynxcreekwoodsmiths.com
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Fort St. John Piping Industry Training Centre February 22nd, 2010 16 Weeks in school technical & practical training with essential trade skills Incorporated All costs are totally funded All First Nations Status, Non-Status, Metis & Inuit Men & Women residing in North Eastern BC Seven Women & Seven Men will be selected for this program based on the educational requirements for this program
Upon sucessful completeion of this program, the student will be an ITA (Industry Training Authority) registered Plumbing Apprentice with their Plumbing Level 1 technical credit & 375 work based hours applied to their apprenticeship.
Contact Margrit Carter or Steve Wilks immediately at 250-785-0887
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OGC RELEASES REPORT CONTINUED FROM PAGE 4
About 30,000 cubic metres of natural gas was released, with the concentration of hydrogen sulphide gas on site at the time of the failure measuring 6,200 parts per million. That concentration would have been dispersed as the gas was released into the atmosphere, and EnCana representatives have said monitoring of the surrounding area following the leak did not reveal any concentrations greater than one part per million. Paulson said while thereâ€™s no specific dispersion model for this incident, it is believed those statements were accurate based on previous dispersion models. Initial attempts to shut-in the well at 10:10 a.m. were stalled when the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) of one of the operators malfunctioned. The well was successfully shut-in at 10:45 a.m.. The report included a dozen recommendations made to EnCana, and the information will be shared with other operators as well. The company will be required to place ESD
valves within one metre of the wellhead at all wellsites in the province where internal erosion from sand returns present a hazard, and submit a plan to the Commission to include any necessary changes to the location of those valves before May 30. Bends between the wellhead and the valves are no longer permitted at these locations. EnCana will report any actions or changes made to facilities and piping as a result of the incident and file internal requirements and standards for leak detection and isolation for all wellsites in British Columbia, before March 31. They must also submit a report of all the wellsites in the province where well control and isolation is dependent on ambient H2S monitoring, including recommendations for additional controls and monitoring at all wells located within three kilometres of a residence. A review of well clean-up procedures and sand recovery criterion must be done, as well as an evaluation of all clean-ups done so far
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this year, including identifying those that did not meet that criterion. A comprehensive plan for the evaluation and ongoing integrity management of those wellsites must be submitted before April 30. EnCana must provide residents with H2S and emergency contact procedures awareness, as well as make adjustments to improve public understanding of its public information program. The effectiveness of that program must be reviewed annually and the results shared with the Commission. EnCana must also include with all public communication documents clearly identified contact information for the Commissionâ€™s emergency line, as well as encouraging residents to call the PEP if they suspect a leak. The company will also include a review of the Commissionâ€™s report in all emergency response training for employees and contractors in the province conducted between March 31 and Dec. 31. They must inform the Commis-
sion of the date, time and location of the first review, to take place no later than March 31. The company must report on the status of the implementation of these recommendations and directions to the chief engineer of the Commission on a quarterly basis beginning March 31. Reporting will continue at the chief engineerâ€™s discretion. OGC officials said they would be looking at improving co-ordination between 911 operators and the PEP, as well as with local operators. They will also be looking at creating an emergency number that will be easier for residents to remember. A public meeting with affected residents was scheduled for Feb. 10 in Pouce Coupe, and reaction from residents on the report will be included in the next edition of the Northeast News. The full report on the investigation is available online at www.ogc.gov.bc.ca.
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This Canadian carvers couple from Vernon, BCtryhave ing‘Living and immunization at theChronic Health Unit in taketohome something you have made.Fort Contact February St. JohnThursday 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; Satfer a Healthy clinic Life with Conditions’ in Fort St.13 chosen forgiveness, and are returning continue the missionary Fort St. John. clinic will includeprogram screeningfor persons Tarawells, O’Donnell (250)food, 787-2781 • Theliving Fort St. John Club will be hold-Drilling urday 8 p.m. Hospital p.m. • The Fort St. John Women’s ResourceCafeteria; Society isSunday seeking8motiJohn. This freeThis six-session education workRotary they started in Kenya. growing and or info@fsjarts. of hearing, and dental health Schoolat #300, register. ing their Ball fundraiser in org Friendship Centreteam. If helping people sparks their volunteer with chronicvision health conditions will status. be available 9900annual 100 Sweethearts’ helping to support six orphanages. Thetoevent is at Quality Inn at vated people to join entry immunization boosters alsoWednesday be avail- evenings February 20 the Pomeroy Grand Ballroom with cock• Cocaine Anonymous - TuesdayAve. 8 p.m.(above Cathyour interest drop by the office at #201, 10142-100 Avenue. The workshop meetswill for six fromHotel 7 p.m. call theTo health unit at 263-6000 • The Peace River District Women’s Institutes tailscall at 6Terry p.m. followed Church Friday 8 p.m. Hospital Girl Guides Thriftolic Store) or callBasement; 250-787-1121. 6able. p.m.Please to 8:30 p.m. register or(250) for more information, Mayby28a fabulous dinner at 7 and make an appointment as possible. or e-mail are holding a teatheir andAGM bakesale p.m. toRelapse p.m. tcayer@ and then dance•the night away with the fan-St. John Cafeteria. • A Youth Prevention Group may be held weekly, in Cayer - Cordinator toll freeasatsoon 1-866-902-3767 Abbeyfield Houses of Fort is holding at from 1:30 FebruarySpace 11 is limited so call today. p.m. welcome. at the Dawson Citizens at Mental tastic live band ‘Dark ThereLights will beCollege. a .6 3:30 • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m. Services, Northern #300 Lightsthe afternoons Health and Addiction dccnet.com. 7 p.m.Horse.’ at Northern Everyone Direc-Creek Senior • Movie Hall. Admission is $5 a person. Proceeds for grabs, along with a number (backinformation door). 9900 – go 100to-Ave.College For more call Chris or Shaun at May 23 Night at the Lido Theatre featuring carat diamond uptors and volunteers needed. Memberships will be sold prior to ‘The 11th Hour’ (narrated Leonardo Ditheir annual Northern College Burof silentfeaturauction items. Proceeds arePlease for thecome bet- outwards • The Canadian Cancer Society Relay For Life • First annual Peace Regionby Palaeontology Symposium the meeting ($10). and support our home for Lights250-262-5269. Caprio). This annual event isFossil free and is wel- door sary.information Everyone is welcome terment our local community. Tickets are $75 Fort Nelson willpeople be heldwho on June To regTheWomCitizensinPatrol is seeking can 5th. volunteer at ing the fourth Roadeveryone Show, speakers, prizesofand senior’s independent living! For more call Clara atto attend•this come tochildren’s attend. activities. Held at the Tumbler each event. on sale(250) now 785-6450. at the Visitor Centre, but en’s Institute Week celebration least ister goPerfect to www.cancer.ca/relay or callthose Carmella fiveSmall hours a month. for those new to town, conguided Ridgeand Public February 12 hurry as(250) numbers are limited. at (250) cerned about safety, who500-2499 want to make the community a safer Library and Curling Rink. For more information contact May 29 For more informa- business vendors will also be in attendance. • Talent Show Competition at Farmington tion, please contact Rae 20 tuned to the place to work, live Pouce EvansAwareness at (250) 262-6115. Coupe and play. Call coordinator Connie 250-262242-3466. • Access Day in Fort February St. John. Stay Hall at 723 p.m. Call Bill Studley at (250) 719-0821 • Country music dance with music Old liaison February 13 and February 14for more information. • Alcoholics Anonymous - Friday 8 p.m. Old 4530 orbyRCMP Rick 250-787-8100. May Northeast News to •register your talent.at Farmington Hall featuring Highway 1101 Anonymous • Second40! annual art show Library (closed). 250-786-0155 Alcoholics - If you think you might have a probCountry dance May 30 and sale by local art- Time Country at the Senior Citizens•Hall, February McKellar Avenuea golf in Dawson Dance is istseach, at the Senior Citizen’s Hall in FortWoman St. John Chetwynd lem with drinking. Call for times and places or someone to talk to Dance from 912p.m. to 1 a.m., no minors. Tickets $15 avail• The Fort Nelson of Industry is holding tourna- Creek. • Friday night dance withFor country by from from 9 p.m. to 1toa.m., lunch Ages 19 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 1 toLots 5 p.m. • Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesday and 250-785-8866. able at Farmington Store. more music information, call 1Clarisse mentonatSaturday the golf course. of door prizes, putter be won andincluded. Night843-7954. Sounds (Alcohol Free) at Senior Citizens on Sunday. Refreshments over for Nelson mem- Friday at 8 p.m. at the Public Library, 5012 46 willifbea member served atbrings this a and (250) an extra prize friend thatwelcome. becomes Admission a member. is $10Fort Hall, 1101 bers and $12 for non-members. For •more infor- Anonymous Street. 250-788-9658 Alcoholics - Monday 8 p.m. Catholic Church May 24 McKellar Avenue in Dawson Creek. free event. Please RSVP to Karen Prouse at firstname.lastname@example.org Dance 8 p.m. until --11Grizzly p.m. Admission is present mation, phone Fred at (250) 782-2192 or Linda February • NA meets Wednesday at 8 p.m. at theChurch Airport Basement (closed meeting); Wednesday 8 p.m. Catholic • Thefrom Forgotten House Valley Players a mati-14 May 30 $10 atper person, lunch included. All ages wel(250) 843-7418. • Free Valentine’s Skate from 3 to 5 p.m.events, at atthe waiting room. 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; Saturday nee 3 p.m. in Room 5 of the Community Centre in Tumbler • The Welcome Wagon Baby Shower and Grand- Basement; Thursday come. 20 the Hudson’s Hope Arena with great activities Tumbler Ridge Sunday 8 p.m. Friendship Centre Ridge. parent Showcase will be taking place February at the Stonebridge Hotel at 1 8 p.m. Hospital Cafeteria; February 12 to 15 • Outdoor planned. • Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Cocaine Anonymous - Tuesday 8 p.m. Catholic ChurchWed. Base-8 May 29 to 31 p.m. The Bridal Showcase will take place at 6:30games p.m. and activities at•Matthew’s The Great Backyard Bird Count is a at free park in Farmington at 11 a.m. February p.m.Hospital 115 Commercial ment; Friday 8 p.m. Cafeteria.Park (Baptist Church). • Couple’s “Love and Romance” Retreat The King’s Valley15 May 30 event thatCamp. will join thousands of volunteers all further February • Whist Tournament Farmington Hall at 7 • Mondays: BingoLights - 6 pm doors (back open,door). 7 pm • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m. Northern College Christian Accommodation available.ofFor informa• Theat34 annual Trutch Gymkhana is being 21 held at the Mile levels birding experience count birds in their p.m. • Cameron First and Annual PouceChalCoupe games begin. Community Centre Rms. 4&5. tion orof registration call (250)to827-3549. 206 Trutch Rodeo Grounds, lots of camping spaceLake available a Winter own lenge.fun, A triathlon event:Please running, snow shoeing, Anonymous February 16 concession will be on site. Great family • Tuesdays: TR Seniors Drop-In(closed). – Floor • Alcoholics - Friday 8 p.m.(55+) Old Library Maybackyards, 17 to Junelocal 28 parks or wildlife refuges. all ages ride!! Each checklist submitted byare citizen scientists skiing. Contact James Macdonald250-786-0155 at (250) 783- curling, carpet bowling, card & board games, • Shrove Tuesday Supper will be held • Triathlon Training clinics coming to Fort St. John. Come callPancake Beth at (250) 262-5712 for more information. helps the Cornell of OrnitholSouth Peace United Church coffee &Pouce cookies. Community Centre Room • Computer Class at the Coupe Seniors Hall every Mon-5 out andresearchers learn aboutattriathlon andLab get prepared for theat local upcomJune 4 Upper Hall, 1300 9446 or e-mail: email@example.com ogytriathlons. and the National to clinics lean on ONGOING 104swimming Avenue, Dawson Creek out starting at 5:30 p.m.in conjunction fromfrom 1-4 pm. drop-in 9:30Small a.m. to 12:00fee. p.m. and Low Iming Held onAudubon May 3, 4,Society and 6 are • Ladies of town dinner with the Oil Men’s day and Wednesday more about how the birds doingand andequipment how to and FortClub St. John Service to followGolf in the sanctuary atpresented 7 p.m. EvTaylor Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Open stroke improvement, bike are tuning triathlon. Tournament by OilWives of FSJ. Cocktails pact exercise class every protecthear them. Forlocal moretriathletes information to questions www. eryone you tired the crime? the time.For more welcome.at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. at the• Are • Civil Air Search and Rescue (CASARA) to do everyone! information call Carol at 250-786-5673 Come from andgoask about events, Pomeroy Innsofand Suites.Then birdcount.org. Join the Fort St. dessert, John Citizens Donate a meetings every second Tuesday at the Taylor Chetwynd training, preparation and anything else you like. SignFebruary up at the17 Tickets are $50 and include: entertainment, dinner, wine, Patrol. February 13 minimum ofavailable five hoursatper month. For informa- Anonymous • All Women’s Institutedraw, past and present Fire Hall atmeets 7 p.m. For information Bob at at • Alcoholics Monday and Fridaycall at 8 p.m. North Peace Leisure Pool or contact Becky at (250)787-5780 or jewellry games andmemdoor prizes. Tickets Flow• The Dawson Creek Kiwanis Community bers are invited toers tion,Marlene call (250) 262-4530. come to a no-host luncheon at Call 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802. 250-788-9658 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. by Tamee, Frontier Jewellers. (250) 785-8737 or the Friendship Centre. Band presentslocal an Austro-Hungarian • The Canadian Cancer Society Fort St.meets John Wednesday Restaurant on Alaska • The Alaska Highway RRA (Recreation Air• NA at 8 p.m. at the Airport waiting room. Upcoming Triathlons include:dinner and 11:30 a.m. at the Meng DebbieFan at (250) 787-5100 for more information. dance with special guest24 Barbara Adler at KPAC, Avenue in DawsonJune month, & Thursdays: Creek6to celebrate Women’s unit meets the first Wednesday of each craft Association) every pm thirdatThursday at • Tuesdays Minor meets ball 5 pm-7 Chetwynd Dawson Creek May 1100 Doors June,toat12 noon at theBallpark Business&Reneed Manor further Annual information the Taylor Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m. For information Rec. Centre Diamonds. Fort95St.Avenue. John June 7 open at 6 p.m. with tick- Institute Week. If you • Rotary GarageSeptember Sale from to 9 a.m. noon. etsFort available KPAC, source behind the museum. Tumbler VolunteersRidge at (250)Avenue. 782-5472 or Joan atitems, call Richard at 250-782-2421 or Heath at 250NelsonatJune 28 Simple Pleasures and please contact Fay 1121-90 Household tools,Centre toys, furniture, coffee from members. always welcome. (250) 782-2743. and donuts and much more. Donations 785-4758. - meeting Wed. 8 p.m. 115 Com• Alcoholics Anonymous Mayall12band to July 28 welcome after May 4 (no 13 • A Youth Relapse Prevention February Creek mercialmay Parkbe(BaptistDawson Church). •February Relapse Prevention Group - Tuesdays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at17 appliances please). All proceed to toward resident programs and Group • UCW Valentine’s Tea will be held at South held weekly, inbe theno afternoons Health Bingo• -Craft Itchy Feet – The Philippines - Join us no forearly an birds, for Mental Healthbegin. and Addic• Mondays: 6 pmgroup doors open, 7 pm games ComMental Health & Addiction Services. Contact Dennis at•(250)262activities. Rain or shine, there will sales be- at Mental Peace United Church Upper Hall, 1300 104 Av- evening of travelfore – 100Centre Ave. Rms. tales, photos and cultural ex- and Addiction Services, #300 - 9900 tions4&5. Clients. Meets Thurs 1:30 -3:30 at 1017munity 5269. 9 a.m. enue in 23 Dawson Creek from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 periences. Presenter:June at 250- TR103 Greg14Amos. 7 p.m. in the For more information call Chris or Shaun Ave., (55+) Dawson Creek.–250-782-4410. • Tuesdays: Seniors Drop-In Floor curling, carpet May p.m. Bring a friend and enjoy 262-5269. Ridge • Alcoholics - meets Community Mon., Tues., games, Anonymous coffee & cookies. • The Derrick Dance Clubthe of afternoon. Fort St. John willTumbler be hosting a Library. • Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion walk, wheel, run and wheel- bowling, card & board February Alcoholics think you5 from February Fri.,1-4 & Sat., 8 p.m.drop-in at Peace Centre Room pm. Small fee.River Health Unit. dance from 913 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Senior Citizens Hall at 1090817 chair challenge. Registration at 12:30,•event starts atAnonymous 1 p.m. in Cen-- If you The Bonanza and District Ag Members Society and might haveleader a problem with drinking, to an Wed. at the Dawson Creek Pub-contact 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. •come Wednesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Cribbage, WhistAll & 100• Street. Music by Night Sounds. $10, non• Senior’s membersprogram tennial Park. For information, event Lori Slater at Spectra Energy19 Midstream Corp. presents some- Beginners lic Library at 1:30(250) p.m. The video ‘Women of the AA meeting. Call for times and places meetings are open. 7 pm in the Library. Small goodor company. welcome! $12. Everyone and over is welcome. ForJames information call Lucy 787-1912 or email@example.com R.(250) Matthew, hypnotist and at entertainer at our Val- Peace’ featuring Daphne • Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 7:30-8:30 pm every drop-in fee. at 785-2867 or Judy (250) 787-0460. July 12Phillips, Lillian York one to talk to (250) 785-8866. entine’s dinner and dance. Doors open at 6 p.m. and Angie Carberry • Volunteers wantedGarden at the North Taylor Peace Cul- Tuesday evening at Parkhill Community School will be shown. EveryoneSociety May 23 • North Peace Horticultural plans their annual and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.Pearce Advance tickets avail- welcome Centre. LearnSt.new skills, people, at this free library 9700-5th Street,(CASARA) Dawson Creek. • Civil Air Search and Rescue meetings every sec• The Magic of Sam Show is scheduled at the StoneTour. Bringevent. yourRefreshments family and tour tural a variety of Fort John gar-meet new able atHotel Bonanza stores,the theFort Promo get involved. Ushers and volunteers required forat the Taylor by the friends • Relapse Mental Health and Adond Tuesday FirePrevention. Hall at 7 p.m. For information call bridge withand the Bay showTree to benefit St. Johnprovided Firefighters. dens. of the library. 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EventDress includes a Fort ride to the viewpoint on the meets every third787-7090 Thursdayoratemail the Taylor Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m. pointment to discuss your problem or complaint. 3247 to book an appointment or see www.ombudsman.bc.ca 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. 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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 February 1910 Tuesday February 1 All hands went down to the Pine Bluff and opened out the trail and brought home fence rails. A fine clear day. Wednesday February 2 All hands down at the Pine Bluff and brought up a load of logs. Self went up to the Upper Island after dinner to look for fence rails. Atcha and Lassose arrived and report lots of meat in their camp having killed 10 moose and two bears. Also a few marten. Thursday February 3 Mr. Fields and Edward went for the rest of the logs. Self busy with Indians. Atcha and Lassose left in the afternoon. Continues fine weather. Wuscully and Dick arrived from up the Halfway River. Report lots of moose meat in the camp. Joseph arrived having killed two moose. Friday February 4 Edward and Fields hauling firewood. Self went up to the Island and squared some logs for fence posts. Wuscully and Dick left for home this morning. Blowing a strong gale from the west. Saturday February 5 Self at odd jobs. Edward at wood. Continues fine weather. Sunday February 6 Mr. Carter of Revellion Bros. arrived from Spirit River by
Puskupe Prairie. Continues fine weather. Monday February 7 Edward hauling firewood for Mr. Campbell. Self at odd jobs. Fields in office. Wablice arrived from M. Lake. Tuesday February 8 Self busy in store. Fields helping Edward. Started off with Wablice as far as the forks of the trail. Attachie arrived along with two boys. They brought in 11 Marten. A little colder today and looks like cold weather. Wednesday February 9 Attachie left this morning for his camp. Mr. Carter of Revillion also left for Spirit River. J. Graham, one of the white men working here went along with Carter on his way out. Self and Fields at odd jobs. Thomas and Wolf arrived from below. He reports a few Marten in their camp. Thursday February 10 Self and Fields went out to the Island and cut fence posts. Edward arrived this evening. Thomas left for home this morning. Friday February 11 Edward left this morning to Thomas’ Camp. Self and Fields at odd jobs. Continues very fine weather. Saturday February 12 Self and Mr. Fields went up to the Island and cut some firewood. Continues very fine weather. Sunday February 13 (44 – 321)Edward arrived this evening from Thomas’ Camp. Monday February 14 Self and Fields at odd jobs. Shaw resting after his trip as he was used up. The weather is a little colder. Tuesday February 15 All hands fixing the grade on the hill. Clear and cold. 18 below zero this evening. The Beatton Journals and other documents can be viewed digitally at the North Peace Museum. Inquiries: (250) 7870430.
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