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February 16, 2012 - Vol. 9 - No. 7
Premier addresses LNG impacts on Peace region By Kyla Corpuz
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NORTHEAST B.C. – Following the Liberal’s announcement to build two liquefied natural gas plants on B.C.’s west coast, Premier Christy Clark exposes the need for Site C, reassures fracking in B.C., addresses Treaty 8’s concerns and affirms job creation. In a phone interview on Feb. 8 Clark told the Northeast News that the proposed Site C dam, which is currently undergoing an environmental assessment, is an “absolutely crucial” component to execute the LNG strategy. Clark said there is currently enough power to energize the first plant and half of the second one with clean energy. But the third plant, which is projected to be running by 2020, will rely on Site C’s approval for power. Site C has been a contentious issue in the Peace, when asked what would happen if Site C were turned down, Clark replied: “Well, I’m very hopeful that it will go. It’s necessary to make the LNG plan work so we’re a long way from the decision, so we haven’t worked out a Plan B yet.” Clark went on to address Treaty 8 First Nation’s concerns. While the Liberals work toward producing the “world’s cleanest burning fossil fuel,” the development of natural gas fields leaves “devastating” cultural impacts for First Nations, according to a Treaty 8 Tribal Association press release. The Consultation Process Agreements between the province and Treaty 8 expired last April, and according to the press release, it has not been renewed because the province failed to properly implement past agreements. “We are willing to work with the province to find solutions but the Province needs to come to the table with something meaningful. My people have had enough of being ignored and treated like our rights and traditions don’t matter,” said Chief Harley Davis of Saulteau First Nations. However the stalled CPA doesn’t concern Clark, she believes it will not affect natural gas development for the LNG. “I know they’re going to come to agreements,” she said. “All this is
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By Kyla Corpuz NORTHEAST B.C. – Before Rick Hansen was known as the Man in Motion, he was a young teenager playing in northeast B.C.’s backyard. As a preteen, Larry Espe, who is now the superintendent of School District 60 recalls summers in Montney where he befriended Hansen. Espe and Hansen’s grand parents both lived in Montney and Hansen used to visit in the summer. As young teenagers, Espe and his friends invited Hansen to play basketball, and many of their summer days were spent shooting hoops. Espe remembers Hansen as an amazing athlete. “He was always the best pitcher, the best player. He was the same age as my friends and Story continued on Page 3.
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Stakeholders attend open house to form Regional Workforce Table By Jill Earl
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CASI Beans and Jeans dance gets overwhelming support By Jill Earl
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DAWSON CREEK- Gaining and maintaining independence is important to anybody, Community Action for Seniors Independence hosted a Beans and Jeans dance Feb. 11th to help Dawson Creek seniors keep theirs. With a $20 admission ticket, attendees were treated to BBQ beans along with meats, salads, cheese, and all sorts of delicious goodies. Country rock band, Contraband, kept dancers on their feet until midnight. CASI provides 80 Dawson Creek seniors living independently with transportation, yard workers, snow removal help, house maintenance, and house cleaning help with the assistance of 24 community volunteers. This particular fundraiser’s proceeds went to their house-cleaning program. “It’s actually going towards subsidies that we offer to seniors, we send somebody into help with cleaning in their homes. Just basic house cleaning can sometimes be a real challenge when you’re dealing with things like arthritis or have had surgeries or whatever. Simple things like pushing a
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Balanced budget: raised taxes, hold on new projects By Kyla Corpuz
FORT ST. JOHN – Removing the $1.2 million-deficit to meet a balanced operating budget means increases in taxes and holding off on new projects. While the total dollar amount for revenues and expenses will not be finalized until the end of March, city staff presented the proposed budget to the public on Feb. 6. To keep costs down, only four of 16 proposed new projects are recommended to move forward: district energy heating, downtown revitalization plan, market vacancy study and micro-hydro design study, which total in at $270,000. These four projects are recognized as top-priority to keep the community growing at a credible rate, and become more environmentally sound. “We need to take a look at what is sustainable, what is going to bring us to our end goal, what is going to offset some of these carbon dollars—that we’re paying out right now, for really nothing,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. “So if we can decrease our green house gas footprint and bring some of that money back home then it’s a win-win.” In addition to staying within a balanced budget a number of recommendations were made by council: three per cent increase in tax revenue, two-and-a-half per cent transfer from Fair Share, maintaining the level of current city staff and moving over $1.6 million from the Tax Stabilization Account. Fair Share is money given back by provincial government to communities that contribute to natural resource, which funds capital budget. However, in this case the shortfall in the original proposed operating budget saw the need to take out a small per cent from Fair Share to equalize revenue and expenditure. Also, possibly sacrificing the addition of nine city staff cuts $600,000 from expenditures, a contributing factor to lowering the deficit. Ackerman said it would be hard without the extra labour, especially with the city’s growth, so council may be revisiting this area. “We are understaffed for the size of the community that we have,” she said. The positions on the brink range from corporate administration, planning and engineering, public works and utilities, RCMP detachment, economic development and community services. Ackerman and Coun. Larry Evans felt the decisions that brought them to a stabilized budget seem fit and favourable by the public. “The lack of the general public here tells me we’re doing okay,” said Evans. “I mean, that’s what it conveys to me. If somebody was really up and arms about something, they would be here—the people here are interested in what’s going on.”
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Awards Season has Arrived This weekend were the 54th Annual Grammy awards which was also dubbed music’s biggest night and it was just that. The show played host to artists from all walks of life and genre’s from Adele to Bruce Springsteen and a few inbetween. I bring up award shows as later this month there is an opportunity to enjoy one of the biggest award shows there is, the Oscars. Stage North is bringing the Oscars to the big screen as a fundraiser for the group. You can watch them live at On The Rocks on Sunday, February 26 as part of Stage North’s Oscar Night on the Big Screen. This event will also launch the wearable fashions from recycled movie films event. For the past few months, artists have been using old movie theatre film and creating one of a kind fashions. Stage North has partnered with Northern Environmental Action Team who has recycling at the top of their list and the Fort St. John Community Arts Council who encourages new creative projects. Along with Dimitri Karampalas at On the Rocks, Stage North and Fort St. John will be the first to stage a fashion show and art exhibit with recycled movie film. See the Academy Awards and the unique showcase of fashions and art forms made from recycled movie film at Oscar Night on the Big Screen, Sunday, February 26, at On the Rocks Nightclub. Doors open at 5pm, Oscars start at 6pm. Fashion Competition 7:30pm. Tickets only $15 available online at tickets. npcc.bc.ca or the NPCC box office. Phone 250-7856214 for further information. Brent
Peace River North MLA Report ~ Helping Make a House a Home By Pat Pimm, Peace River North MLA Nothing is perhaps as important as having a place to call home. It is a sanctuary; a place to welcome friends, and a space to bring families together. But for many, a clean, comfortable, accessible home is something that is out of reach. Financial circumstances often stand in the way of making a house or apartment anything more than just a space for living. Thankfully, a new program has just been announced that can help people in need turn a house into a home. The Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) program is designed to help eligible homeowners and landlords pay for modifications which improve access to existing parts of a home and make getting around a little easier. HAFI provides up to $20,000 in the form of a forgivable loan to low-income seniors and people with disabilities, and can be used towards renovations and retrofits that include handrails, ramps, lifts and bathroom grab bars. In short, it will help them create a home that is more comfortable, safer, and more accessible. Perhaps most importantly, it does so while allowing them to retain their independence and improve their quality of life.
The HAFI program represents an investment of $15 million over the next three years, with all funding shared equally by the provincial and federal governments. Eligible applicants will not have to pay back the loan if they adhere to program requirements, which include continuing to live in the home and limiting rent increases for tenants. This is a great investment. Now people who might be having a tough time moving around the house can make modifications so they can stay in their own home. Think of the difference that will make: rather than moving to a care facility, they’ll be able to remain in their community, close to friends and family, and maintain their independent lifestyle. To be eligible for a loan, you must be a low-income senior or person with a disability living in your own home or rental accommodations. You must be a Canadian citizen or a landed immigrant, and you must permanently reside in British Columbia. In addition, you or any member of your household must have a permanent disability or a loss of ability which causes difficulty with daily living activities. Finally, the assessed value of your home must be less than the limit established for our area. Tenants in rental accommodations can apply for assistance with the
help of their landlord. The modifications must be permanent and fixed to your home. Exceptions can be made for equipment designed to improve access to existing facilities, such as bath lifts. While every case is different, the most common types of adaptations will be handrails, access ramps and walk-in showers with safety bars. As this program is designed to help make accessibility improvements within a home, portable aids such as walkers or scooters—as well as household appliances—are not eligible for the program. Emergency repairs to roofs and furnaces, as well as regular household maintenance work are also not covered. Our government is working hard to improve the lives of seniors and people with disabilities, and this program is a direct result of our commitment to them. HAFI is a great step forward in promoting safe and independent living, and provides real solutions for accessibility issues. This is a wonderful program, and I urge everyone who is eligible to apply for a loan. For more information on the program and how to apply for assistance visit the HAFI website at: www.bchousing.org/HAFI. For any further information please contact my office.
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February 16, 2012
Harper’s Dictatorial Arrogance
Old Age Security does not need change
Dear Editor, I find Bob Zimmer’s comments,in his letter entitled ”Protecting the Pensions of Canadians”, irritating to say the least. His government says Old Age Security (OAS) is not sustainable in its current form. Other experts in this field say it is sustainable. It is currently a controversial issue. Personally, I do not want OAS eligibility raised above 65 years of age. It should not be necessary. Due to rising pollution levels, caused by environmentally irresponsible governments like Harper’s, rising cancer rates, obesity etc. are reducing life expectancy. Stephen Harper with his typical dictatorial arrogance announced changes to Canada’s OAS when he was in Davos, before there had been any democratic discussion on the subject. What a bizarre situation! What interest would foreign governments have in Canada’s OAS? Canada’s government is democratic, at least it was until Stephen Harper came on the scene. Pensions are an important issue that deserve full discussion and input by all parties. Bob’s attempt to credit the Harper Dictatorship with the future sustainability of OAS is ludicrous. Canadians had pensions before Bob Zimmer was born and before anyone had even heard of Stephen Harper. Also, keep it in mind that our pensions do NOT come from the Harper Government. They come from the tax dollars of Canadians, of which 61% did NOT vote for Stephen Harper. OAS is just another issue where Stephen Harper and his so-called Conservative Government (a political dog’s breakfast) are probably wrong, as they have been on almost every issue since they have been in government. Thank you. Ed Pitt Dawson Creek, B.C.
Dear Editor, MP Bob Zimmer boasts on his website that “Canadians gave us a strong mandate to help seniors improve their quality of life.” So why does he claim that he needs to cut your Old Age pension to make it sustainable? Nothing could be further from the truth.1 In fact, experts from the OECD, leading universities, and the government itself have all said our Old Age Security (OAS) program does NOT face major challenges, and there’s no pressing need for change! Canada’s Parliamentary Budget Officer says that Old Age Security is sustainable beyond the year 2082. Payments today cost 2.4% of our national GDP. When the Boomers max out in 2031, that percentage will climb to 3.1% but then drop off again. Conservatives like Bob Zimmer are really trying to raid your retirement savings to pay for their extreme ideological agenda. They say current seniors won’t see their benefits cuts, but they aren’t saying anything about tomorrow’s seniors - hard working Canadians who have based their retirement plans around having Old Age pensions available to them. The fact is, more than half of Old Age pensions go to seniors earning less than $25,000 year. Canadians workers have paid taxes their entire careers expecting that these benefits will be available to them when they turn 65. Raising the age for OAS will mean that some will have to stay longer in the workforce, whether they’re physically up to it or not. Seniors’ poverty rates could rise by one-third. That’s just not right – not in a successful country like Canada. Scott Brison, MP Liberal Party of Canada Finance Critic 1 = http://www.bobzimmer.ca/?p=22
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of you finishing your college diploma, or engineering degree is obviously reduced,” said Stilwell, adding that the idea of only completContinued from Page 2. ing kindergarten to grade 12 is very outdated. Stilwell says that the Northeast is responStilwell also says that working with school sible for a large portion of the provincial rev- districts and attracting skilled workers from enue, and that the creation of the Regional other provinces and countries will likely be Workforce Table is important to maintaining apart of the solution. Stilwell sat in on the first that. She says that one of the purposes of the roundtable discussions in Terrace, and said table is to create long-term sustainable jobs that the two regions have some similarities in in communities where can live in their whole their labour needs. lives. Stilwell says that a lot of these jobs will “I would say there are similarities and difrequire post-secondary education, which will ferences but the big challenge that both rebe a barrier for some students in the region, as gions face that people understand is that you the region’s high school completion rates are have jobs without people, who you have way below the provincial average. chronically listed jobs that require technical “If you don’t finish high school, the chance and applied technical skills that even when unemployment is high those jobs are unfilled, so we need to figure how to make sure the people in the region have the education and skills and you have then people without jobs. So we need to make sure that people are finishing high school, getting through college, studying the kinds of things that industry says we Here is a picture will have long term sustainable long term jobs for the of our german people, so that’s a challenge shephard puppy in every region but those two Gabby. regions where there’s major projects in the north and maEmail your pet’s photo jor demands are similar to the broad needs here,” she said. to Discussion of last Frieditor@northeastnews.ca day’s Open House will be for a chance to win a online for public viewing and commenting, to be put special prize from the into a summary. The public will have the opportunity to North Peace fill out nomination forms and Veterinary Clinic communicate to the province what types of organizations and people should sit on the 1 pet will be chosen each week and will be Regional Workforce Table, featured in the Northeast News. from there the table will be Each pet chosen will be entered into a draw formed. for a monthly prize supplied by the
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Hired Equipment Registration Peace District
The Peace District of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is creating its hired equipment list for the 2012/13 fiscal year.
Any individuals or companies not registered in 2011, but wishing to have equipment listed, are hereby invited to contact the District Office either in person or by phone to obtain the appropriate registration forms. Equipment can only be registered in one area, and seniority is not transferable between areas. Only owned or lease-to-own equipment is eligible for registration. Note that while you do not need to have Commercial (Comprehensive) General Liability insurance, or up-to-date WorkSafeBC coverage to register, you will have to meet these requirements prior to working on any ministry projects. The deadline for new registrations is 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 23, 2012. Late registrations will be accepted, but will be put at the bottom of the open list. Note that there is no charge for registering new equipment, or for changing or deleting equipment information already listed. Register by March 23, 2012 at: Peace District Office 10003 110th Avenue, Suite 300, Fort St. John or contact District Clerk Chrystal Jones by telephone at 250 787-3315 to have the forms faxed or e-mailed to you.
Fort St. John skater headed to Nationals, again By Jill Earl
DAWSON CREEK- 18 year old Fort St. John local Darlene Jakubowski is headed to the 2012 National Winter Games for Special Olympics, Feb. 28-Mar.3, in St. Albert, Alta. This isn’t Jakubowski’s first time competing, she competed in the World’s competition four years ago and took home a gold and a silver medal. Her sport is figure skating, and it has been ever since she was seven. The first time Jakubowski put on a pair of skates was when she was six, they were way to big for her but walking on ice with the help of her father and cousin, she decided she wanted to do it again. “They were miles too big but whatever, we put a whole bunch of socks on and… she said I like this I want to do this... So I bought her a pair of skates...and took her down to the Taylor Rink...and that’s where she started to push herself around and then she’s seen all these skaters come out and do all this stuff and she said I want to do what they do, ‘so follow them, do what they’re doing’,” said Leona Jakubowski, Darlene’s mom. “I saw some skaters skating and I decided I wanted to do it,” said Darlene on how she became interested in skating. With the assistance of a walker, Darlene learned how to skate and eventually found coaches in Dawson Creek and Prince George to help upgrade her skills, and has been practicing with coach Jenn Harcort for four years. Darlene travels to Dawson Creek three times a week to practice, and spends six weeks in Prince George over the summer with another coach. “She does lots of exercise, she stretches at least a half an hour a day- and that’s minimum, and when she walks the walking track in Fort St. John, she puts on anywhere between 10-25 laps around the track there, and then she normally stretches after that to make sure her muscles are ready,” said Leona. Darlene’s road to success has been long and hard. Darlene was diagnosed with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can lead to developmental ANOMALIES. When she was younger the syndrome effected Darlene’s muscles, she couldn’t sit up or lift her head, she couldn’t pull her feet apart and put them back together, her fingers and eyes didn’t work well together either. It was only after doing several daily exercises that she gained those skills. “So we worked with her to do these exercises, and then of course the skating really helps her,” Leona said. “She’s got her mind set on one something, she’ll do it until she’s got it,” she added. Leona noticed that figure skating didn’t only help Darlene physically, but mentally as well. “We found that the last few years in junior high, she’d skate in the morning before she went to school, and they found that this really enhanced the brain because it got lots of extra oxygen in it and everything else. She could do a lot more work, comprehend a lot more, and learn and it was just a plus,” Leona said. Darlene’s positive attitude, determination, and hard work has landed her in level 5 of 6 levels in technical competition at Nationals. “She’s moved up in levels in Nationals. Last time at Nationals she was level four, and she got all golds so that means she has to move up to the next level,” said Leona. “If I can land my axel, I’ll be in level 6,” Darlene said. With her commitment to skating, she’s bound to land her axel soon. Darlene hopes to work with CanSkate in the future, an organization she already volunteers with, teaching children how to skate. “I want to teach CanSkate, is what I want to do,” Darlene said. “Oh she loves to work with the CanSkate kids, she works with them every Monday afternoon. They’re just little kids that don’t know how to skate yet, and she helps them out and does all that stuff,” said Leona. W i n n i n g the Yes I Can! Award provincially and internationally in 2010 is a testament to her dediMoTI Ad #899 C cation. Leona Peaceachieving District Hired says herEquipment goals, and succeeding motivates her daughter.Northeast News “She wants to 240 do better, lines she wants to win the (3 columns x 80 lines) golds, so she has to work at it. No 5.04” X 5.71” body else can do it but her,” said Jill Earl photo Leona. Darlene Jakubowski practices at memorial arena before heading to Nationals later this month. Jakubowski says she is never nervous before competitions.
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Dawson Creek and Fort St. John vie for West Jet services By Kyla Corpuz
PEACE REGION – On Feb. 9, CBC’s Daybreak North welcomed Dawson Creek mayor Mike Bernier and Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman to dish out reasons why West Jet should chose their respecting cities to expand in. Bernier said Dawson Creek would be a better candidate because the city’s airport only services flights to the west. “Right now we don’t have any flights going in to the east. We have CMA [Coastal Mountain Air] that goes to Vancouver and that’s the only commercial flight we have.” Dawson Creek currently sees over 500 private flights a month. He added that council just finished a review that outlines the airport and community’s ability to facilitate an aircraft File photo like West Jet. Dawson Creek is currently working on improv- Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman ing their airport and runways, Bernier noted that upgrades are “up to speed and able to accomodte West Jet.” But Ackerman took the stand that Fort St. John already has the services available for a new carrier. “Fort St. John is up and running, and is doing very well.” She added that the terminal was already equipped with a restaurant, car rentals, WiFi, “comfortable” waiting areas, and two runways to land a Boeing 737-700. She also noted that West Jet has already pointed their fingers at the Energetic City. “Let me use
the words that West Jet used on me: The population and demographic of Fort St. John just makes sense.” But Bernier pushed the argument that Dawson Creek’s business case to reach more travelers from around the Peace is most appealing. “We have every highway and road in the Peace region that comes in and out and starts at Dawson Creek. There is a lot of opportunity for the traveling public to access Dawson Creek and get on to any West Jet flight.” He also included that his city’s airport has runways to accommodate smaller planes, which is the type of fleet West Jet is looking to expand. While Bernier said Dawson Creek is easier to access, Ackerman pointed out that the majority of oil and gas companies File photo are located in Fort St. John as Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier well as the MP’s office. She also included that Fort St. John would be a connecting stop. “The other thing is that all commercial flights from Fort Nelson come through Fort St. John, so if they’re looking at going out then Fort St. John is that connection for them.” West Jet recently announced that 91 per cent of its employees voted in support of the idea to service regional markets. In earlier news reports, West Jet CEO Gregg Saretsky mentioned Fort St. John and Dawson Creek as possible cities to service.
Balanced budget Story continued from Page 5. And “what’s going on” are the new projects slated for 2012. “I have heard comments about them [projects] being quite innovative, and an investment in the community,” said Ackerman. The micro-hydro design study is one that will look at reusing wasted water. One of the city’s greatest energy costs, which is upwards of $300,000, is pumping water from the river wells to the city. Majority of the water ends up going back in the river in the form of treated effluent. However micro-hydro would present the opportunity to turn the treated effluent to generate electricity and revenue. Recruitment Advertisement for a Specialized Art Desfosses from Northern Vac was particularly impressed with the study. “Initially, it’s a good idea,” he said. “It’s a waste of energy, right now.” Family Care Home for an adolescent youth Other areas that council prioritized is the market vacancy study, this would affect those concerned about boundary expansion. Are you ready to make a positive difference in the life of a child? Have you worked with teens “In our Official Community Plan we will not do a boundary expansion until it’s triggered by the or have raised your own? Are you willing to open your heart and your home to a youth in need? vacant land that we have available in a certain zoning type,” said Ackerman. This project is crucial Are you energetic and up to a challenge? because there is currently no inventory on what type of land, either commercial or residential, is available. “If we have a business that needs to build a new shop or expand … and we don’t have MCFD is currently seeking expressions of interest from persons willing to care for an adolescent that land available, then we can look at triggering [boundary expansion],” she added. male (age 15) who is struggling in a number of developmental areas: physical, emotional, Downtown revitalization has social, cognitive and educational. He has had involvement with drugs and alcohol as well as also garnered enough attention having some complex behavioural challenges. that it, too, may be included in the budget. “We wanted The ideal candidate will provide this youth with a stable and structured home care environment to get it done as soon as posand still incorporate the needed flexibility to build success over time. To be successful, some sible because we don’t want related experience (crisis intervention, counselling, managing substance abuse) would be to have consultation fatigue in the community because it an asset. As a member of the youth’s care team, you will be required to participate actively is the number one priority that in the development and implementation of the youth’s plan and interact regularly with we have been hearing time and other members of the youth’s care team which will include but not be limited to: a social time again.” worker, school representative, mental health service providers, medical service providers, District energy heating is a judicial system representatives and the biological family. The placement’s goal is to provide project that the city has already foundational stability for the youth so he can learn the necessary emotional, social and life started working on, that cutting it from the budget at this point skills to become successful, independent and a contributing community member. Financial would not be logical. compensation is negotiable depending on the level of skills you bring to your care and the care Looking further into the needs of the youth (allowance for days off is included). budget, water and sewer rates are expected to change in order To apply please send your resume detailing your experience, skills and abilities with a covering to meet full cost recovery for letter explaining why you want to make a difference in the life of a struggling adolescent. sewer and water pipeline Thank you for your interest, however, only applicants under consideration will be contacted. upgrades. Based on the average consumption, quarterly MCFD Fort St. John rates are looking to jump from Attention: Anita Bell approximately $70 to $130. 10615-102 St The adoption of the Operating Budget Bylaw is Fort St. John, BC V1J 5L3 scheduled for Mar. 26. Last Monday was the opportunity for the public to engage with city staff and council to voice their concerns and recommendations.
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Bunny, The Rabbits’ Wedding and even Mickey Mouse himself have been banned in various regions over the past 50 years. “Books won’t stay banned. They won’t burn. Ideas won’t go to jail. In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure way against bad ideas is better ideas. The source of better ideas is freedom. The surest path to wisdom is liberal education.” ~ Alfred Whitney Griswold. For more information about Freedom to Read Week visit www.freedomtoread.ca.
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DAWSON CREEK- The Dawson Creek Rage fought more then just Alaska’s Fairbank Ice Dogs when they stepped out on the ice last weekend. The team decided to trade in their usual jerseys for pink ones, in honour of cancer awareness month and although they suffered loses for both games, overall the Canadian Cancer Society won. 50% of the 50/50 tickets of Saturday’s game were donated to the Canadian Cancer Society, as well as a percentage of the Frisbee toss. The pink jerseys will be auctioned off on Feb. 25 at the Rage’s fundraiser, Knights in Pink Satin, and a portion of the proceeds from the jerseys will be donated to cancer research. “The breast cancer cause is a very well known all throughout sports and it’s something that we planned on doing right from the start of the year, so in order to get the jerseys in and have everything else ready we had to be well on it a long time ago and that’s what we’ve done...We didn’t accomplish it last year, being our first year, but this year we were ahead of the game and we got on the jersey thing early in the year and that’s what really makes it happen, and a percentage of the proceeds of that will go to cancer,” said Rage’s General Manager and Head Coach, Scott Robinson. The Dawson Creek unit of the Canadian Cancer Society set up an information booth for Rage fans, giving out generic information about upcoming events such as Relay for Life scheduled for June 9th at Northern Lights College, the Daffodil breakfast on Mar. 31st at the Co-Op Mall, and the Daffodil campaign which runs throughout the duration of April. Susan Shepherd, President of the Canadian Cancer Society Dawson Creek unit, was thrilled to have to opportunity to raise funds and awareness. “I think it’s a fabulous opportunity for awareness for our
volunteers to get exposure that they deserve and just to be able to share in this, it’s great...That’s just been amazing fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society and raising awareness” she said 97% of every dollar donated goes to help fund cancer research and programs, while three cents of every dollar is spent for administration. All money fundraised in Dawson Creek goes right back to the community. “The money does come back, if there’s something necessary for Dawson Creek whether it be a patient or someone who needs financial assistance, that’s where the money comes from when it comes back, but it comes back through the regional office,” Shepherd said. “The money that comes out of Dawson Creek is spent at Dawson Creek,” she adds. Robinson says the players were excited to wear the jerseys for the two games. “The players, they love any kind of alternate jersey so they like our orange jerseys which our club seats and box holders are privy to, they love that different orange jersey, I’m sure they’ll enjoy this one too. They’re actually pretty sharp and it goes to a good cause and then of course those will be auctioned off at our big fundraising dinner on the 25th of Feb…we’re happy to contribute to any worthy cause out there and this is obviously one that everybody’s got a little piece in,” Robinson said. Those interested in bidding on one of the pink jerseys need not worry about any odours emitting from them, as Robinson says they will be washed beforehand. “They will be washed...they will be in A1 condition only having maybe the odd puck mark from the two games that we’ll wear them,” he said.
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Fort Nelson wearing thin from booming industry By Kyla Corpuz
NRRM – Fort Nelson Mayor Bill Streeper compared his city to the challenges that Fort McMurray faced. “We are slowly going down the same path as they did. Our infrastructure is stretched to the limits,” said Streeper over the phone from Costa Rica. Streeper travels between Fort Nelson and Costa Rica for three months during the winter. He is concerned that the industrial shale gas boom may slowly swallow Fort Nelson, now known as Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. “It is taking off quite forward, quite fast and we are faced with challenges,” said Streeper. He said the city is constantly in contact with provincial government vying for land and infrastructure support. “We are working with the provincial government. It is a tiring process. Victoria is working very slowly compared to the speed that oil and gas companies work at,” he said. From the lack of upgrades to the airport that was built in the Second World War, to medical and housing challenges— Streeper is reliant on provincial funding. He listed infrastructure problems and the demand for high quality water as another area of concern. “Taxing on the community to supply proper sewer that meet environmental standards, this stuff is expanding more than our tax is paying for.” The advances of the Horn River Basin, located in Fort Nelson, is the reason why the municipality is finding it difficult to keep up with the demand in housing, health care and the creation of an “enjoyable community”. Statistics Canada census showed Fort Nelson had a 13 per cent population decrease, but Streeper says that figure doesn’t match what is actually happening in the booming city. “I would have to question that, because if you take that percentage of drop we should have some vacant houses. We don’t.” Streeper stressed the need for housing is dire. “Housing right now is becoming a very critical situation in Fort Nelson. It is something that we are working with the provincial govern-
ment.” Streeper said Fort Nelson is in a land lock and trying to get land released to build subdivisions. While job creation seems to be at the forefront of the B.C. government, Streeper said support for communities need to come hand-in-hand. “We’re saying to the provincial government: we have opportunities to create solid employment, but we need infrastructure to house these people and these jobs.” He said the B.C. government recognizes and understands the needs of Fort Nelson but response has been slow. “They have agreed that something has got to be done but nothing has been done.” MLA Pat Pimm said working with Fort Nelson and the province has been a priority of his for the past two and a half years. “These kinds of things do tend to take a fair amount of time, there is more to it than just funding.” Pimm said steps have been taken in the right direction to free up land from the Agricultural Land Reserve. The Peace River Regional District is allocated fair share funding, which is royalties given back to communities that con-
tribute to the natural resource sector. However, Fort Nelson has been excluded. “Right now we are one of the fastest developing communities and we have absolutely no funding coming into the community to develop these resources.” Pimm said the Premier has indicated that fair share is something on her mind for Fort Nelson. “The commitments are there, and it’s not happening fast enough for myself and Fort Nelson, but we keep pushing forward,” said Pimm. However, he could not give an exact reason why Fort Nelson was left out of the agreement when they were still part of the PRRD. “What we do is create massive amounts of money, all we ask is to get a little bit of it back to do infrastructure work,” said Streeper. While the Canadian census totaled Fort Nelson’s population just short of 4,000, Streeper guesstimates the regional municipality is actually sitting around 6,800. He added that Fort Nelson by “no means is having financial difficulty”, but lacks in capital finances to expand the community and meet the needs of worker and family influx.
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School District 59 and 60 will welcome new buses to fleet By Jill Earl
DAWSON CREEK- School Districts 59 and 60 heard good news earlier last week, with a commitment from the Province to provide both districts with new school buses. School Districts 59 and 60 are only two of 32 other school districts that will receive a combined funding of $10.5 million for approximately 100 buses. School District 59 in Peace River South will receive $395,788 for four 64-passenger buses, and School District 60 in Peace River North will receive $579,889 for three 54-passenger buses, one 60-passenger bus, and two 70-passenger buses. “It’s not new, we do this [almost] every year...We know our buses come to an end, so just about every year we look at replacing some buses, and it’s common for us to go for about 4 buses normally in what we do. So this isn’t a big revelation to us, we know that we have applied in the past and normally it does happen that we do receive four buses. So it comes out of our budget- not our education budget- but our operation budget. So it’s good to hear that we’ve made it cause sometimes they will say no but it’s a fairly standard routine,” said School District 59 Board Chair, Richard Powell. This year the Ministry of Education and the Association of Student Transportation Services of BC negotiated fixed prices for the buses from vendors all across the province. The fixed prices, the Ministry estimates, will save districts approximately 15% on bus replacements. Gerry Slykhuis, Secretary/ Treasurer for the Board of School District 59 says the fixed prices will overall save the province money, as the districts return any unused funding. “It may just reduce the amount they give us. It saves the province money overall,” Slykhuis said. Districts will save money however with maintenance fees Slykhuis says. “The newer the buses, the less we spend on maintenance, so by keeping a newer fleet, both from a safety aspect but also for maintenance, it’s a good thing. So we get to dispose of four of our older buses and replace them with four new ones, and warranties and all that stuff,” he said. Districts also will get to keep the small amount of money earned from selling their retired buses. “It’s really small, there’s not a big market for used school buses,” Slykhuis said. “Different things happen with the buses, we auction them off the old buses, some we’ve donated to the Kiwanis club, that have taken them to Mexico… Sometimes they go to auctions, we’ve
known that companies have bought them to upgrade them and others use them for a variety of things,” Powell said. Approximately 1,450 students in the South Peace take the bus to school, with 51 bus runs in School District 59. There are over 1,000 school buses in the Province, which travel a combined total of approximately 180,000 kilometers each school day. Slykhuis says the lifespan of a bus is approximately 8-10 years, but older buses aren’t always replaced first. “It doesn’t always go by age, the ones that are on the highway more can put more miles and time on it then the ones riding some of the back roads, so we look at the wear and tare on the bus, and the routes and the mileage and all those things when we decide which ones to replace,” Slykhuis said. The Ministry believes that school buses reduce the number of vehicle accidents in school zones, and Transport Canada research shows that school bus travel can be 16 times safer than traveling in a family car. “This new fleet of buses reflects government’s commitment to the safety of our children. This investment is a great example of how, by working together and being innovative, we can save time and money so that even more resources can be focused on our students and teachers in the classroom,” said Minister of Education, George Abbott.
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Clockwise: Miep Burgerjon holds a cake for auction; Cait Mullin, 4.5, enjoys the test tasting; Emily Brain, 5, treats herself to some cake after the 101 Dalmations performance. Kyla Corpuz photos
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Peopl e of the Peace The Seniors Floor Curling Tournament was held here in Ft. St. John on February 5, 2012 at the Seniors’ hall. The Floor Curlers all came from the BC/Alberta Peace Region. First place went to the Ken McKrann team of Dawson Creek Prizes were awarded by Marlene Lessing of Fort St. John.
The Fort St John Midget Rec Tournament was held in Fort St John Feb 3 - 5. Fort St John’s Smith Bits Midget team came out in first place, playing in the final against the Fort Nelson Fury, winning by a score of 4 -2.
The Fort St. John Rotary club gave out $203,557.62 to local groups last week. The money was raised from the annual Rotary Mega Lottery. Since the lottery began in 2002 – that is 10 years this year, the lotto has contributed $1.7 million to local organizations (inclusive of DC and FN). The prizes have all been purchased locally and have contributed $1.8 million to the local economy. The Fort St. John Rotary club is now asking groups who want to particpate in the 2013 Mega Lottery to sign up now. You can sign up by contacting the Rotary Club of Fort St. John. Welcome back to the People of the Peace. This page will show up once a month to give our readers a chance to show themselves off. We welcome the new sponsor of the People of the Peace Page and that is Northeast BC Realty. With their sponsorship, we will get to see more great pictures of people in the peace. The Northeast News would like our loyal readers to continue sending their photos to us for use on our people page. Send us photos of your group doing fun things, local sporting events, or other activities you think people might want to know about to: email@example.com We look forward to running your fantastic photos in the future! **Please include name and phone number with the photo, along with information as to what’s happening in the picture. Pictures can also be dropped off at the Northeast News offices in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.
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Donation from Rotary will help regional residents to see STARS By Jill Earl
DAWSON CREEK- Both morning and afternoon Rotary clubs joined together to donate to their latest cause, the STARS Foundation. The Rotary Club presented STARS with a cheque for $10,000 at their luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 7. STARS stands
for Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service, their organization transports people who need to get to a hospital for immediate attention via helicopters. Though STARS was founded 26 years ago in Calgary, they only started operating out of their Grande Prairie base in 2006. Since then, Glenda Farnden, Major Gifts Manager for STARS Foundation estimates that the non-profit charitable organization is nearing 1,000 missions in the region alone. “So that is quite significant in just five years time… we started off and you were one of our first missions in December of 2006, and then you were averaging about 80 missions a year for a couple of years. Last year we did 22 missions here,” Farnden said, about missions to the region. STARS is dispatched by 911, and are called to a vaBy Jill Earl riety of accidents. They are responsible for transportSue Lavoie and Sally Schilds present Glenda Farnden from STARS with a ing those injured to either the closest hospital or a hoscheque for $10,000. pital that can provide a higher level of care if needed. Helicopters from Grande Prairie take approximately base. 30-45 minutes to get to Dawson Creek Farnden said. “The extra ones are ones that we have access to for opera“Depending on the nature of the call, then if it points to a tional backup as well as anytime we have a schedule change STARS call, then we are launched simultaneously with ground for maintenance, and so we can acquire a second…so we can ambulance... 911, they will ask you the questions and then deservice pretty much 24/7, all the time, that is what we strive for,” termine whether or not it is a STARS call. Now it’s different Farnden said. as far as hospitals, it’s always position driven, so the physicians 25% of STARS fundraising comes from the Alberta governtogether would make the determination of whether or not a pament, and the rest of their budget is obtained through fundraistients needed to be transported from a rural hospital to a higher ing. level of care,” Farnden said. “About 75% is fundraising, working in communities, and with Helicopters are manned with two pilots, an advance support individuals, and the corporate sector as well as municipalities. paramedic, and a critical care nurse. Recently, two care givers at The Peace River Regional District does well, we want to acthe Grande Prairie base represented STARS in an international knowledge them, and seven districts within the Peace River Recritical care competition, which they placed first in. gional District are supporters of the Grande Prairie base,” Farn“There is a level of fulfillment, and we have very very highden said, adding that they have been working with Rotary clubs ly skilled, dedicated people in critical care...So that certainly across the region as well. speaks to the level of critical care that we are able to provide President of the Rotary Club, Sue Lavoie says that members to Northern residents and across both provinces,” Farnden said. vote on the causes they donate to. They vote based on what cause Rotary’s donation will go towards a $28.6 million STARS is the most important to them, and the cause which they believe project that would bring on two new helicopters with medical is most important to the community. interiors to their Albertan fleet of five. Both helicopters will be “We talk about projects upcoming in the year, and we vote on AW 139 models, larger models compared to their current BK it and work forward. So if there are any projects that are out and 117 models. One of the new helicopters is scheduled to be opabout that they want to bring to our attention, we feel it’s very erational in the next couple of months and will be stationed out important that people come forward and we want to work with of Edmonton; the other one will be ready in 2013 for the Calgary what works best for the community and what the residents will get out of it,” said Lavoie “We gain our life style here in Dawson from primarily the oil industry, and we have a beautiful recreational industry also, and as you heard from Glenda, accidents happen and we need to protect our citizens. It’s just a natural that we would do that and I trust that the citizens that have donated through our fundraising, believe that to...We’re very proud to be able to help STARS and help our community, and maybe it will safe the next guys life,” she said Farnden says that STARS is very fortunate to have people support and embrace it, providing a service for whoever needs it. STARS will be expanding into Saskatchewan later this year, and discussion with Manitoba have also begun, looking into providing the service there too.
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Justin Plamondon, a current Heavy Duty Commercial Transport Technician student at NLC, and Sarah Dunn, a 2008 Applied Business Technology graduate, welcomed daughter Chloe Felisha Plamondon into the world on Jan 10. Chloe weighed in at seven pounds and one ounce and is settling in nicely with mom and dad in Chetwynd.
NLC’s Aerospace Centre on its Dawson Creek campus was visited by an international delegation in January. The representatives were from Learning Resources Nigeria Ltd., and Maple Education Canada Inc., two companies that arrange and assist with facilitating education opportunities around the world for Nigerian students. The delegation toured NLC’s facilities for the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, Oil and Gas Field Operations, and Career and College Preparation Programs. Students in Dease Lake were out in safety gear to learn basic firefighting skills on Feb 4. Administrative assistant Monique Pharand said students showed great bravery facing the extreme heat from the intense flames of the propane-ignited fire. Thanks go out to the Dease Lake volunteer firefighters for providing gear.
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An unexpected and very exciting e-mail from the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education arrived in the International Education department’s mailbox last month. The Board was requesting permission to use an NLC student’s article found on English as a Second Language instructor Pamela Den Ouden’s blog page featured on PeacEzine (www.peacezine. blogspot.com). The article will be used in a publication that is sent out to 5,000 students in Tokyo. Pamela has been running the blog since 2008, which has been visited a whopping 17,044 times from people in 157 countries around the world.
February 16, 2012
Speed skaters across country meet in FSJ By Richard and Dee-Ann Stickel
The Canadian Age Class Long Track Championship hosted by Fort St. John has come to an end. The meet was a big success with provincial teams from Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and B.C. taking part. In all, 89 skaters were involved. B.C. ended up with the most points overall in the competition, waging a fierce battle with Quebec. The two provinces figured in the medal count in almost every division. Locally, 13 Fort St. John skaters took part. For them it was a very successful meet, with all of the skaters achieving many personal bests and many coming out with medals. Both Jamie Lee and Ben Maxfield were crowned Age Class champions.
Fort St. John medal winners: Renee Kalkman - 2 silvers, 2 bronzes Sarah Graham - 3 silvers, 2 bronzes Rachel Kalkman - 1 silver Theresa Martins - 1 bronze Ben Maxfield - 2 gold, 2 silver Ben Van Spronsen - 1 bronze Connor Johnson - 1 gold, 2 bronze Jamie Lee - 3 gold, 1 silver Raistlin Van Spronsen - 1 silver, 2 bronze
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UPCOMING Dawson Creek • Dawson Creek Toastmasters meets every Thursday at 7pm at Farmer’s Advocacy Office 1032 103 Ave (Front door on 11 st.) Contact Heather at 250-784-5700 or 780-353-3050. • February 18 - Country Music Dance - Music by Night Sounds at the Senior Citizens Hall, 1101 McKellar Ave. Dawson Creek Dance from 8:30 - 12:30. Admission includes lunch. 19 Years and over welcome. For more information phone Fred at 782-2192 or Linda at 843-7418. • Saturday 25th February 7.0pm - Young Life Dawson Creek will be hosting a fundraising dessert evening. Great food, live and silent auctions, entertainment and music. Come and support our young people. 7.0 at KPAC • Tuesday 28th February at 1.30pm - Income Options for Retirement; a workshop given by Don Bourassa. Everyone welcome but space is limited. At South Peace Seniors’ Access office (next door to Sears) in the Coop mall. Farmington • March 3: Pancake Breakfast at Farmington Hall at 10:30 AM then Winter Fun Day for all ages at Matthews Park in Farmington from 11:30 AM to 3:30 pm with children’s games, free hot dog lunch, log sawing and tea boiling competitions. For more information contact the Farmington Community Association: Carolyn at 250-843-7315 or Brian at 250-843-7143 Fort St. John • February 18, 7pm - The Campfire Cowboys are back. Come for a fun evening of country music at the FSJ Legion Hall. $10 at the door, lunch will be served. • Heritage Day: Sunday February 19th 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Fort St. John North Peace Museum 9323 – 100th Street Come celebrate Heritage Day at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. This year’s Heritage Week theme is Energy in B.C. ~ A Powerful Past, A Sustainable Future. Events include free museum admission, a “what is it?” table of artefacts that use or store energy, energy-related crafts for families, and a photo challenge. We will also be premiering our new travelling exhibit - a British Home Child Quilt Exhibit. Call 250-787-0430 for more information. • Derrick Dance of Fort St. John will be hosting a Dance on Saturday, February 25 from 8:30pm to 12:30am. In the Senior Citizens Hall at 10908 100 St. Music by Night Sound. Everyone 19 and over welcome. For info call Lucy at 785-2867 or Judy at 787-0460. • North Peace Historical Society Annual General Meeting Wednesday February 29th 6 pm, Dinner at 6:30 pm North Peace Historical Society is hosting their Annual General Meeting with a special dinner cooked by Rose Green. Special presentation by the North Peace Cemetery Seekers who will be talking about their adventures in documenting the cemeteries of the area. Tickets are $25.00 and are available at the Museum. Everyone is welcome. • Mission Vision 2012 “The world is my neighbour” on March 9 & 10 at the Fort St. John Alliance Churce. Free admission. Displays open 6-9:30 on Friday. Youth Rally on Friday 6:30-9:30. Doors open Saturday 9am-9pm. www.missionvison.ca • March 31, 2012 Royal Canadian Legion is hosting its annual 50’s & 60’s dance - 8pm tickets available at the bar for $15.00 each door prizes, spot dances, prizes for best costume, main door prize an 1/2 hr helicopter ride donated by Bailey Helicopters more information call Jo Ann 250-787-7728 ONGOING Fort St. John
• The Family Literacy Program is open for registration! Classes classes and one-to-tutoring for people learning English. Contact 250run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Children 785-2110 or email@example.com for more information. under the age of 6 are welcome to take part in the children’s program; • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Northern B.C. Newcomers Integration Service and, baby care is also available. Healthy snacks are provided for each Centre is a non-profit organization in Fort St. John. Our Settlement class. Every month, the Family Literacy Program also offers parenting Program provides information, orientation, assessment, referral and and life skills seminars. Opportunities for parents and children to service linking, educational workshops and short term adaptation learn together are offered each week. For more information, please counselling to immigrants. The program also offers assistance contact Jean McFadden at 250-785-2110. • The Fort St. John Public Library is offering Free Computer Skills with form completion, correspondence between clients and service Training Sessions. These are one-on-one, one hour sessions, where providers, navigating immigration processes including sponsorship you can learn at your own pace. You can learn what you are interested applications, obtaining permanent residence cards and applying for in learning and how you want to learn it. Areas covered can include, citizenship. Bridging services are provided to a variety of community but are not limited to, basic computer skills, using the internet, office and government service agencies and organizations. Service is skills, email and social networking. Call the Fort St. John Public available in English and Spanish. The Settlement Program is located Library at 250-785-3731 to register or find out more. at: #211 10142-101st Ave (Execuplace building). From 8:30-4:30 • The Fort St. John Literacy Society is currently looking for p.m. Phone # 250-785-5323 Ext 22. participants to enroll in the next session of our C.H.O.O.S.E.Family Literacy Program. Participants must be parents of children six years or younger. Participants decide what to study for - work, February 28, 2012 - Pomeroy Hotel 11308 Alaska Road, Fort St. John, BC school or to learn English as a Second Language. Meanwhile, an Early Childhood Educator and a child minder care for their children. A teacher is also available to help the adults with their studies. Start date: Tuesday, • Registration at 8:30 am January 10th Duration: 12 weeks Class date and time: Tuesdays • Presentation 9:00 am - 4:00 pm and Thursdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm Cost: FREE To register, • Continental breakfast & lunch included phone 250-785-2110 or email Dr. Martin Brokenleg • Emcee - Art Napoleon firstname.lastname@example.org We take great pride and honor in bringing such an • Ft. 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• Feb 29th- Southern Gospel Hour will be held at St. Marks Anglican Church between 12-1pm. Music provided by Andrew Ho & Oline Marie. Bring your own bagged lunch for a little enlightenment. Admission is by donation. • Children’s Art Classes- Mondays- Drawing, Tuesdays – Art Sampler, Wednesdays - Painting, Thursdays- 3D Busy Hands. Ages 6 and up. Classes run from 3:30-5pm, limited registration, 250-7822601. Instructor: Danika Hussey. Cost is $10 per class. • Knitting Nights -held every Thursday evening from 6:30-8:30pm at Faking Sanity.
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Father and daughter provide variety for all art lovers By Jill Earl
DAWSON CREEK- A new exhibit at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery showcases the work of Clayhurst local David Thiessen and his daughter Shanda Thiessen-Fuller. Art lovers of all kinds will likely enjoy this exhibit that celebrated it’s opening on Feb. 7, as the two artists provide works displaying a variety of styles and subjects, as the name eludes “Different Styles, Varied Subjects.” Their work includes portraits, landscapes, war scenes, and Jackson Pollock-esque abstracts and though they present many different genres in their art work, the two have much in common. Both Thiessen and Fuller became interested in art at a young age. “I started drawing when I was a kid,” Thiessen said. “Ever since I could remember I’ve wanted to be an artist,” said Fuller. Thiessen was encouraged by his mother to draw and often bought him sketch books to practice in, he in turn encouraged Fuller and bought an easel and paint set for her twelfth birthday. Both father and daughter don’t recall instantly being talented at drawing and attribute their current skill to a lot of practice. “Practice is what does it,” Thiessen said. “He’s a very laid back easy going person most of the time and so for all of us kids he’s encouraged us to pursue where we want to go, Fuller said. “It took a while to get to this point. I think one of the big turning points was in high school art class…I had a really good teacher, Mr. Shay, and he always told me darken the darks and lighten the lights. On the paintings look for the details and look for the colours that may not be obvious, and just keep working at it,” she said. Thiessen had some art training too, a number of years ago he enrolled in a correspondence art course at the Famous Artists School in Connecticut, but he was so busy working a regular job that he didn’t finish the course. “I regret that I didn’t finish the course, but it did help me get going on it,” Thiessen said. Though being an artist is an ideal career for both, they feel it’s a profession that would be unrealistic for them. “I would love to, absolutely love to do that, but financially I can’t really do that cause you know the starving artist? Pretty true statement,” Fuller said. Fuller currently works for Rising Above Ministries in Grande Prairie where they help people recover from their addictions. She’s introduced a few of the clients to art and finds that it’s a great stress reliever for a lot of people. “In high school it was a great stress reliever cause at exam time you’d be cramming, cramming, cramming, do you’re exam and then have all this energy and tension that you need to release and you just go find the paints an the canvasses, and our teacher in high school would let us paint whatever and let us release the energy on the paint and on the canvas, and it was so much fun, and it did the same thing in college,” she said. Thiessen hopes that retirement will give him more time to work on his pieces. “I would like to get more done then I am getting done. I always said that if I did a painting a day
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David Thiessen stands beside one of his favourite pieces, Favourite Uncle. and live to be 100, I would never run out of ideas,” he said. Both father and daughter are also inspired by their Christianity. “The cross is always figured prominently in my art. One of the things I’ve always drawn and I actually have it [tattooed] on my back as well… My relationship with Jesus has influenced so much of my life, of course I’m not going to keep it out of my art. I think a lot of the times when I’m painting nature it’s like a celebration of what he has done, what he has created,” Fuller said. “Everything beautiful, and the word of God,” Thiessen said inspires him along with his interest of nature and airplanes. He is currently working on paintings of the Ten Commandments, and has three finished and one display. Thiessen says the extremely detailed pieces take a long Jill Earl photo time, and hopes Fuller will finish them for Shanda Thiessen-Fuller stands beside her favourite. him if he doesn’t have the opportunity to The exhibit will be in the D.C. Art Gallery until Mar. complete all ten. 3.
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2006 Ford ExpEdition LimitEd
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2010 Ford ExpLorEr 4x4
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2011 Ford F-350 xLt Fx4
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2010 Ford FoCuS SES
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2009 Ford F-350 Lariat diESEL
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2010 Ford F-150 S/CaB Stx Fx4
2011 Ford ESCapE 4x4
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2009 VW Golf
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2009 Ford F-150 xtr xLt
2008 Ford F-150 Fx4
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