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TUMBLER RIDGE - A local group in Tumbler Ridge hopes to steer the district towards obtaining Global Geopark status, a project they claim could bring economic benefits to the entire region. The group made up of representatives from the municipality, the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society, Northern BC Tourism, local industry and the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation forms the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Steering Committee. The committee, chaired by Dr. Charles Helm, made a presentation to the Peace River Regional District at their last meeting on Feb. 14, introducing them to the concept of a geopark and the project itself. Helm explains that a geopark is a unified area with geological heritage of international significance; it’s different from a world heritage site in that it doesn’t require any degree of protection or legislation and it often collaborates and celebrates industry in the community. “This is where things like dinosaurs and hiking trails and waterfalls and industry can really combine to become a bigger thing without the conflict that for some reason bedevils things elsewhere,� said Helm. He said that Tumbler Ridge essentially already operates as a geopark, meeting several of the requests set by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization that authorizes global geopark status. Helm believes the area’s natural geography of mountains and waterfalls will be an asset when they submit their application, they but will also be looked favourably upon for their palaeontology research and programs, variety of hiking trails, pioneer and First Nation history and resource based industry. The area also has been written about in several publications, including the National Geographic, which Helm thinks will also help them become successful in obtaining the designation. “The tourism theme for Tumbler Ridge is Waterfalls and Dinosaurs, and there is basically no other community in the world that could have that legitimately as their tourism theme and it just speaks to the real tourist attractions,� Helm said. The Aspiring Geopark Committee hopes to submit their expression of interest to the Canadian National

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The South Peace Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals had to cancel their Tuxes and Tails fundraiser that was scheduled for Feb. 16 because not enough people bought tickets to the catered event. BC SPCA organizers are hoping to plan another fundraiser this year. Committee for Geoparks in March, if they approve the application then they will submit it to UNESCO who will then make a decision on granting the status sometime in 2014. “We’re actually at an advantage being in a small community compared to a big city, and things can move faster, so we’ve been moving pretty much at lightning speed hoping to get this proposal in,� said Helm. The national committee can only choose two submissions to send on to UNESCO each year, Helm stresses the importance of applying this year to better their chances as the idea of geoparks is gaining popularity. 89 places have been designated as global geoparks; there is currently only one located in Canada (in New Brunswick), but Helm has heard that as many as six communities are preparing applications

for next year. A part of the steering committee’s presentation was a request for $250,000 in funding and a letter of support they can attach to their application. $170,000 of that total would be earmarked for renovations to the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery, which Helm believes is an essential part of the geopark application, $75,000 would go towards hosting the 5th Peace Region Palaeontology Symposium where the national geopark committee would be invited to fully tour the area and the public would be educated about the proposed geopark. The remaining $5,000 would be put towards travel, as it is a requirement of UNESCO that in order to acquire geopark status a committee member must attend a global geopark international event. Helm recognized that the PRRD is already a financial contributor to the museum, but the additional

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preferences and emerging food trends and promote awareness and the sale of Canadian products. Richard Phillips, executive director of the Grain Grower of Canada, was at the BCGPA meeting. He said that Growing Forward 1 had a lot of emphasize on funding farmer’s income support programs. “Over 80 per cent of all the money that AgCanada had went into farm support, which only left a small amount to do research, market development work, market access work, there wasn’t enough money to do all that stuff‌ so there’s been a shift philosophically within the government of Canada to move us that way,â€? said Phillips. “Government said farmers are in a period of good years right now, lets make our money from the markets, lets develop even more markets, more innovative products,â€? he said. Phillips said that the new programs will help put some power into the hands of producer groups. These groups will now have the opportunity to bring their ideas about the direction and longterm strategy of their products to the government for funding. “The onus is now on groups like the BC Grain Producers Association to say, what do we want to do? [We need to] have a vision and go to government for that support, instead of going to government for the vision,â€? he said. Changes to the operation of the Canadian Grain Committee can also be expected by Canadian producers come Aug. 1 when amendments to the Canada Grain Act are anticipated to be in effect. These changes were announced in October last year and aim to streamline some of the Commission’s practices to save approximately $20 million annually.

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funding could leverage $100,000 from the provincial Northern Development Initiative Trust and another $267,500 from the federal Cultural Spaces Fund. The Dinosaur Discovery Gallery and the Peace River Palaeontology Researach Centre had confirmed funding from NDIT and Cultural Spaces last year, but when another confirmed funder, Western Diversification, backed out at the last minute, the NDIT and Cultural Spaces also had to hold the funding until the group could get another funder. The committee hopes the PRRD can fill that role. “If that could still get it’s funding, that’s such a cornerstone of the whole geopark idea so if there would be funding available…it would liberate and generate this other $367,500 for a total project of $537,500,” said Helm, adding that the provincial and federal funders can’t hold that money forever. Helm also highlighted that that geopark status in Tumbler Ridge could benefit the surrounding communities. He said that in the future there is potential for satellite geoparks in Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd

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and Fort St. John, with some of the recent dinosaur discoveries made in those areas. “Elsewhere in the world where a geopark has been proclaimed there has been economic development, increase in tourism, increase in jobs and a whole bunch of other spinoffs which are difficult to predict in advance which are very real, that’s been the tendency elsewhere,” said Helm. Directors carried a motion to write a letter of support for the committee’s project and will decide whether or not to fund the project once a report from staff is received. “I really appreciate that this brings a really nice link between industry and tour-

ism and the museum and all of the different things it’s so easy to pit industry against environment concerns against this against that… but what your doing in essence is bringing all of that together and celebrating it as a unit rather then dividing,” said director of electoral area E, Jerrilyn Schembri. “Each one of us around this table knows that when one of our communities wins ... it impacts every single other community in the Peace. “So if this geopark came into existence, it would impact the tourism and the rest of the communities within the Peace,” she adds.

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An opinion on opinions Many communities in the Peace River will be impacted by BC Hydro’s proposed Site C project, and many have chosen not to take a public stand whether they’re for or against it. My first thought leaves me confused as to why our elected representatives would refuse making public position statements reflecting the thoughts of their community’s residents. After all, doing so could potentially impact public hearing outcomes in their favour. It’s unrealistic to believe that BC Hydro would back off the project altogether if they knew residents in the area were overwhelmingly against it, but perhaps it would change some aspect of how BC Hydro would proceed with their affairs—pending the project’s green-light. After hearing of the District of Chetwynd’s dismal response to the Site C positional survey they sent out (16 returned of 1,440 sent out), I can see why many community representatives have chosen to abstain from making anything public: the residents themselves can’t make up their minds. As I’m sure many others do, I struggle between the environmental detriments and the promised spoils of having the dam built in a nearby community. When you’re charged with representing a whole community, views on this controversial topic will tend to span the entire spectrum, making it impossible for our mayors and councillors to do what they were elected to do: represent. -Jill

LNG needs sober, second thought Dear Editor, Few people realize the destructive implications of the proposed B.C. LNG industry. A 48 inch diameter pipeline would empty Lake Superior in a relatively short time. Proposing two 48 inch lines for the LNG industry is absolutely insane. One 36 inch line would be more than enough. If two lines are deemed necessary, they should not be larger than 24 inches in diameter. This criteria must be augmented with a permanent moratorium on further supply expansion. These measures would provide a small measure of sustainability for B.C.’s LNG industry and benefits for British Columbians. If these sustainability standards are not met, the gas should remain in the ground for the domestic use of future generations which would provide an exponentially greater return than the current proposals ever could. LNG is not a clean fuel or a green fuel. Except for particulate, the procurement and burning of LNG creates as much pollution

as does coal. Extracting and burning the gargantuan quantities now proposed will certainly accelerate and intensify climate change. The impacts on our infrastructure, forestry, grain, livestock etc. industries will nullify any perceived benefits from the LNG industry. Consider fracking and the unconscionable waste of trillions of cubic meters of our finite, precious, life sustaining fresh water that is being pumped deep underground and will never again be part of the vitally important precipitation cycle. The current outrageous, unregulated proposed extraction and export quantities are absolutely unsustainable, destructive and highly polluting. Depleted resources benefit no one. The impacts to our fishing industries from environmental, ecological damage and ocean acidification will be huge. Massive fossil fuel extraction is the wrong way to create jobs in today’s polluted, overpopulated world. It is not the path to prosperity. It is the path to suffering and death. There are many things we can do to create jobs. I do not have the space to discuss them here so I’ll mention just one: Crossborder shopping is costing Canadian businesses 40 billion dollars annually. It kills thousands of Canadian jobs, bankrupts our businesses and greatly reduces government revenues needed to pay for medical, education and other services. The cross-border

shopping problem could be dealt with quickly and easily with no cost or pollution. The resulting long-term benefits to Canadians would far excede the perceived benefits of the LNG industry. At the end of the day, unconscionable greed designed and operated fossil fuel projects will benefit no one. They are simply depleting and destructive. The current proposed LNG industry should not procede. It needs sober second thought. Thank you. Ed Pitt Dawson Creek, B.C.

SITE C, A BAD IDEA If Site C dam in northeastern BC is such a good idea, then why is it taking 15,000 pages of documentation and over $200 million to justify it? Let’s hope that common sense will prevail! Andrea Morison, BA, MNRM Coordinator, Peace Valley Environment Association

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“That’s why we’re here as leaders in the community, by giving them tools we gave them options that they can use. Not every option we gave is the correct one but if we can get someone out of a dangerous situation we are doing our job,” said LaRose. Reid and LaRose spoke to three schools in Fort St. John (Bert Bowes, Dr. Kearney and North Peace Secondary School) and a group of men at a breakfast meeting held by the Women’s Resource Society. Clarice Eckford, Peace Project coordinator, said the Be More Than A Bystander campaign fits with the Peace Project’s message to end violence against women and girls in Fort St. John. “Pretty much 90 per cent of people who took our survey thought education was super important like educating youth about healthy relationships, so this definitely ties into that,” said Eckford. Christine Taylor, NPSS vice-principal and counsellor, said Reid and LaRose’s presentation reiterates what is already being taught in school but having two BC Lions talk about it puts a different perspective on a popular topic.

“We’ve been putting a little more of a focus on anti-bullying and what can you do to help others when they are struggling,” said Taylor. “It was important that it came from someone other than [us] … that [students] heard it from somebody like the BC Lions, who are celebrities in a certain way, and them telling their stories and how they have been in the same situations makes it real for the kids.” LaRose said it’s “cool” to have professional male athletes engage with middle school, high school and adults on a stopping violence against women because it allows them to break the ice on “such a touchy subject.” “When they approached us to come and do this it was a no brainer for us to jump on board and raise the awareness,” he added. Be More Than A Bystander is a partnership between the BC Lions and Ending Violence Association of BC. While the campaign was geared toward ending violence against women, the concept is universal and can be applied to how humans treat each other in general said Reid.

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Grain producers to experience growth Continued from Page 3.

Although not a part of the Canadian Grain Act, user fees effecting grain producers will also come into effect when the CGC changes are expected, Aug. 1. Currently it costs the grain industry approximately $3.44 a ton to process the grain, that cost was split 50/50 with the government. “In the new process we’re [CGC] going to be fully cost recovered, and so industry is going to pay the full cost which is going to be about a $1.82, but that also ties in with the reduction of our budget by over $20 million as well,� Smolik said. Smolik expects that because industry will be bearing the full cost of fees the Commission charges for their services like in-

spection, weighing and certifying, industry will likely pass on that charge in some way to the producer. “It’s a reduction from the $3.44 but it will actually be more then what the industry is paying right now because they are only paying half of that $3.44 roughly‌the expectation is that they will pass that cost back to producers through other higher tariffs or lower prices, those types of things,â€? said Smolik. He says grain producers should expect the possibility of even more changes to the CGA as Agricultural Minister Gerry Ritz plans on tabling more changes this year concerning changes to CGC governance, their mandate, and their role in research, health and safety and current Act wording. Legislative changes can take 12 months or longer. Change has been the theme for grain producers recently with the changes they face this year, the coming years, and the substantial change wheat producers underwent last year when the

Canadian Wheat Board lost its monopoly to market all wheat in Canada. Producers now have the choice of whether to sell their wheat to the CWB and getting an average price for their product over several months or sell it to private companies for a cash bid. “I would say that most producers have become pretty experienced marketers over the years because we’ve seen canola acres push aside wheat acres over the years‌ producers are marketing a lot of their own crops and they have a lot of that core skill set,â€? said Phillips. “Farm agriculture in general is not just about firing up the tractor and sitting on it and going around and around and putting seed in the ground, there’s a lot more business decisions and a lot more economic decisions that will have to be made, definitely a lot of risk in those, so they’ve got to become more market savvy,â€? said Walter Fritsche, a director on the BCGPA. Next year the AGM will be hosted in Fort St. John.

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New Taylor boat ramp over budget by more than $1 million By Kyla Corpuz TAYLOR – The new Taylor boat launch is four months past its due date and $1.3 million over budget. “It was originally planned to be complete in November 2012, but due to delays in construction and challenging conditions like extreme winter weather … and difficult ground conditions and now we got a strong current and relatively high waters levels to work in … that has slowed us down…,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer. The budget was originally set at $3.7 million and is now estimated to come in at $5 million, but can go as high as $5.5 million, including contingency. Dealing with a “challenging environment, record-low temperatures and difficult ground conditions,” in addition to building two coffer dams instead of one (to ensure dry conditions) has also pushed back the agenda. The area where the new

ramp is being built has proved difficult to keep the water out in order to drive steel sheet pilings to create the cofferdam. The old ramp was removed because it was deemed unsafe. “It was difficult to line up your boat to launch … and the end of the ramp was eroded and so it was dangerous,” said Gammer, who added that the new ramp would align better with the current and would be safer to extend into the water. “So they don’t risk injury to themselves and damage to their boats … we wanted to make sure this was a ramp that was going to be safe.” The government will pay for the ramp, said Gammer. “It’s called a remissible cost … We pay hundreds of millions of dollars for water, but we get a reduction on the water rental that [we] owe to the province, in the value of the boat ramp.” As part of the Peace Water Use Plan BC Hydro is required to provide access to the Peace River as well as the Williston and Dinosaur reservoirs. Gammer said despite the delay in constructing the new ramp, BC Hydro has not received any backlash from residents. “We realize that this is the busiest boat ramp and so we have provided alternate sites,” he said, such as the Old Fort and Halfway boat ramp.

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By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Two Fort St. John residents aren’t buying BC Hydro’s financial case for Site C, which claims to be the most viable option for rate payers when it comes to energy supply. Rick Koechl and Mike Kroecher have come up with their own finance summary that they believe puts thermal energy (natural gas plant) in a better position when it comes to cost and environmental impacts. “When it comes to the “most cost effective resource options” no one could argue the fact that at $7.9 billion capital cost for Ph: (250) 782-2050 Site C versus the natural gas, Fax: (250) 782-2060 Ron Harder Shepard facility, is a bargain PRESIDENT Toll Free: 1-877-931-2050 at $1.3 billion,” writes Koechl and Kroecher in a letter to the Northeast News. Box 930, Dawson Creek, BC, Canada V1G 4H9 “For the same megawatt outcome, the Site C project will be a minimum of six times more expensive to construct. Shepard will produce more energy than Site C with a mere 60-acre footprint.” The total Shepard natural gas facility would ring in at $30.37 per MWh, compared to Site C’s latest 2013 figure of $110 5 Name Brands ~ Good Quality ~ Best Sale Prices MWh, according to Koechl. Call The Blind Man 250-785-5754 He added that 88 per cent of the actual Site C unit energy 9811-114A ave Fort St John cost would be incurred by the

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Chetwynd Site C survey gets ‘disappointing’ results By Jill Earl CHETWYND - After an attempt to find out the opinions of residents in the area, the District of Chetwynd remains clueless as to whether the majority support or oppose BC Hydro’s proposed Site C project. The district sent out 1,440 Site C position papers to their residents, by the end of December (residents’ deadline to submit their opinions) councillors had only received 14 responses so they extended the deadline to the end of January; two responses were received. “I certainly wish the people had shown a higher response rate,” said Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols, disappointed in the number of respondents. Nichols said that the District of Chetwynd was not planning on forming an opinion of the project but that the purpose of the survey was to find out what the residents thought. “As of today, we don’t know,” Nichols said. The questionnaire included five questions: do you support or oppose the project? Should the BC Hydro proposed 34km paved Jackfish Lake Road be open for use by the general public or remain closed for construction? What is your interest in recreational access and view point during and after construction? Are you interested in employment opportunities during construction of the dam? Do you have any other comments? From the 16 returned comments, council found 11 people to be in support of the project and five people opposed to it. Eleven people wanted access to the proposed paved Jackfish Lake Road, three preferred restricted access and two had no opinion, 13 people wanted access to a view point during and after construction and three people did not want a view point at all. Six were interested in employment opportunities and ten were not. Many comments highlighted the positive economic value it could have in the region, while others had environmental concerns. The survey included a project description of Site C and some highlighted concerns of council, which included workforce and transportation impacts and road access and improvements. Council has also expressed the need for a Peace Region Legacy to be created by BC Hydro to provide funds to the impacted communities for recreational, cultural, arts, sports and other purposes. Nichols said that the returned surveys haven’t shifted his thinking on the project, which is mainly concerned with the effects on Chetwynd’s roads and infrastructure. “Well our main concerns in Chetwynd are the effects it’s going to have on our road systems, because the rip rap [materials] for the dam…will be hauled either one way or another through Chetwynd, if it’s by truck that’s going to have an enormous impact on the road system,” he said.


PRRD ADDRESS DAM HAZARDS By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Directors at the Peace River Regional District hope to put more responsibility for emergency planning in the hands of dam owners by approving a resolution to go onto the North Central Local Government Association’s 2013 conference. The resolution recognizes that there are several manmade dams in British Columbia and that they can pose a hazard, further that the general public needs to be informed of the potential risks and impacts they create. Currently dam owners in B.C. must prepare an emergency preparedness plan that describes what actions should be taken in the event of an emergency. It would include contact names, access routes and who should be notified downstream. Owners are ob-

ligated to contact those in immediate danger in the event of an emergency but PRRD staff highlight that in the case of an emergency at one of the dams on the Peace River, only local governments would be notified and not potentially impacted residents or businesses. The resolution calls for the NCLGA to request that the Province of British Columbia enact changes in legislation that would make dam permit holders responsible for preparing an all-encompassing emergency management plan and developing public notification procedures to ensure the safety of the public. Chair of the board, Karen

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Business students visited by local industry Presenters Viril Anderson and Paul Van Steenbergen from Canada Safeway visited NLC’s Management 220 class on January 21. “Whenever private industry shows a desire to enter our classrooms, students not only receive an enriching learning experience in the practical application of management theory, but they also par-

take in an excellent opportunity to network with potential employers,” said instructor Mario Tenisci. The presenters left the students with some interesting statistics to ponder; Canada Safeway employs 10,000 workers in B.C. and 30,000 Canada-wide. In North America the grocery industry does $70 billion worth of trade annually.

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Goodings, said that the resolution was not particularly made because of BC Hydro’s proposed Site C but has been in discussion for many years. “This is something that’s been long standing for our emergency committee…it’s something that we’ve said that we need to have and it isn’t good enough for us as the directors to say if there’s a problem, BC Hydro will get a hold of the municipalities and the municipalities would do all the work,” she said. This is the first of the resolutions the district has prepared to be submitted to the NCLGA this year.



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The AVID 12 class at North Peace Secondary School (NPSS) welcomed NLC Student Recruiter Lead, Courtenay Chisholm, on January 16 to learn about the many Academic and Trades opportunities NLC has to offer. “Many AVID 12 students are looking forward to attending NLC in their future, and many are starting next semester as Dual Credit students. We are thrilled to have such a won-

derful post-secondary school with amazing staff in our community,” said Barbara Cook, NPSS AVID Teacher and Dual Credit Coordinator with School District 60. AVID is an acronym for “Advancement via Individual Determination,” an elementary through post-secondary college readiness system that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance.

Science fun at Alwin Holland Elementary About 140 students from grades 4-6 enjoyed a fun science event hosted by NLC on January 17. The event, organized by NLC’s Academic Chair Lisa Verbisky, and 13 volunteers from the college and community, introduced the students to soil science. Darren Snider, owner of Sharp Environmental

Ltd., talked about various types of soils and their importance as a resource. Students moved through YDULRXVVWDWLRQVWRH[SHULHQFHÀUVW hand how to determine soil colour, pH and texture. Everybody got their hands dirty, had lots of fun, and learned something in the process!

Dual Credit students This February approximately 60 students from School District 60 will be taking universitytransfer courses in a wide variety of subjects, including Biology, Business Management, Criminology, English, Geography, and Psychology. The tuition-free university-level courses count as elective credits toward high school graduation and as post-secondary credits for university degree programs. “In School District 60, in particular, our academic dual-credit program has been highly successful. It enables students to get a feel for university when they’re still at home, and we hope that many of the dual-credit students will return to the college for a full year of study, or two, before heading away to university,” said Steve Roe, Academic and Professional programs Dean at NLC.

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Stage North’s latest production is just peachy By Kyla Corpuz

Fort St. John librarian Morgan Peltier, Gilles Francoeur plays the cynical—but hilarious—earthworm, Ted Sloan plays the wise grasshopper and Gemini Bougie plays the spider. In some ways each of the actors’ personal character also exudes in their on-stage character. “I think that every actor has to bring a part of themselves into the roles that play in some sense,” said Hachmeister. “When I audition people I look at who they are first and if who they are fits something of the character, sometimes … there’s a specific trait that I’m looking for and everything else is different as long as there’s one thing that I find, it works out very well.” Doing a family-friendly production was on the agenda for Stage North, as the production company got a lot of feedback to pursue a show catering to a young audience. “Well last year, we didn’t do anything that involved children that they could go and see and enjoy it, and we heard from a large portion of

FORT ST. JOHN – What do you get when you mix together a rolling fruit, critters and a little boy? Easy: Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, the latest production by Stage North. Oliver Hachmeister directs the play with a diverse cast. The actors’ ages and experience range from one end of the spectrum to other. The youngest stage member is five years old. Hachmeister said having such a varied group of people to work with was one of his favourite aspects about directing James and the Giant Peach. “I really wanted to get a mixture of experienced actors [and] new adult actors, most of the kids are fairly new [to performing],” he said. “It gave a chance for experienced stage people to mentor the new comers, it was really something great to see that happen.” Daryl Lo, who gave a captive performance in Stage North’s Legally Blonde, plays James. JP Wood plays the over-confident centipede, the friendly lady bug is played by

the community say that’s what they wanted.” Hachmeister went through a couple of Roald Dahl stories and stumbled upon one of his childhood favourites: James and the Giant Peach. One of the main features that makes this play entertaining is the simple, but engaging set change. The use of props and cast members makes the stage come to life and the audience is welcome to participate in some of the scenes. “Theater doesn’t always have to be serious, it can be fun. A lot of time, the shared experience people have is watching a TV show together or a movie together, but [in James and the Giant Peach] there’s audience interaction,” said Hachmeister. “As the audience they are invited to take part in keeping the peach up in the air and shouting to the tour guide.” If you’re curious as to what this all means, check out the show that runs from Feb. 21 to 23 at 7 p.m. at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Submitted photo

The main cast of Stage North’s James and the Giant Peach. Catch them in full costume at the North Peace Cultural Centre from Feb. 21 to 23. They have already done two performances.

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Next two projects on Highway 2 announced to increase safety By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Construction of two projects will be underway this spring as part of the highway expansion project announced by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in July 2011. The highway expansion between the Alberta border and Fort St. John is being completed in several stages, the next being the four-laning of 5.9 km of highway from Tupper Creek to 192nd Road near the Alberta border. Construction of two new bridges at Tupper Creek and Four Mile Creek, as well as four-laning 5.7

km of highway between Rolla Road and 8th Street in Dawson Creek will also be underway. “As a former Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, I know this road network is crucial to keeping our economy moving and I have always pushed for its expansion and development in our region,” said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom in the press release. “These four-laning projects on Highway 2 will reduce congestion, improve safety, and improve access for tourists, residents, and commercial vehicles, and so I’m happy to see these projects moving forward,” he said. Along with the 5.9km of four-laning on Highway 2, that


section of road will also see improvements to the intersections at Highway 52, 191 Road and 192 Road. The two new bridges on that section of highway will allow for a clear fish passage. Work on this stage of the project is scheduled to start this spring and is expected to be complete by fall 2014. The four-laning of 5.7 km between Rolla Road and 8th Street will also see intersection improvements with turning lanes and streetlights at 6th Street, 4th Street, the Industrial Park entrance, the Airport entrance and at Rolla Road (Snake Pit Road). 7th Street will also be improved by being re-aligned to tie into Highway 2 at the Dangerous Goods Route intersection. Construction is planned to start in the spring, and is expected to be complete by fall 2015.

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Spectra Energy presents proposed natural gas pipeline By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - The final decision on whether or not Spectra Energyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed natural gas pipeline will be built is not expected for a couple years but company representatives continue their public outreach. On Feb. 14, Spectraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community coordinator of special projects, Franca Petrucci, and community coordinator, Jay Morrison, visited the Peace River Regional District to give directors an overview of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s description. The new pipeline will be approximately 850 km in length and will have the capacity to move 4.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas a day; transporting the natural gas from northeastern B.C. to BG Groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proposed liquid natural gas plant on Ridley Island. Spectra Energy will share 50 per cent of the projectâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interest with BG Group. The estimated cost of the project is between $6 billion to $8 billion. In addition to the pipeline, Spectra is also proposing to build five compressor stations along the route and two new metering stations. Petrucci says that Spectra has not decided on a route yet, but are seriously considering two options. She said that the final decision would depend on decisions from the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office as well as feedback from communities. During route planning, engineers will avoid running the pipe through abandoned mines, historic landmarks, cemeteries, documented cultural sites, hazardous waste sites and landfills. To reduce environmental impacts they will also avoid rock outcrops, severe terrain, minimize the length of the pipe and minimize side slope crossings. They list optimal crossing locations as National Forest Service land, parkways, parks or trails, residential subdivisions, commercial areas, planned highways and other planned developments.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The route that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working on is a conceptual route, it can areas. change, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not in stone yet and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been based on the past year The pipe will be anywhere from 36 to 48 inches in diameter of conversations with First Nations, the community, the engi- and will be coated with a corrosion-resistant non-conductive neers, the environmental assessments, looking at all our options, coating. Morrison said that the thickness of pipe in different arso again it is conceptualâ&#x20AC;Śweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tweaking it according to the eas depends on a number of variables such as the nature of the information that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting back from folks,â&#x20AC;? said Petrucci. gas inside the pipe and the proximity to the population surroundIn the PRRD the pipe would run close to Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope and ing the pipe, he assures that safety is held as a top priority. Chetwynd, Petrucci says that she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t expect the area to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a variety of wall thicknesses used in pipelines, but largely impacted if the pipeline is built, but imagines that the they are all determined to be of a standard that will absolutely area may see an increase in Continued on Page 20. the demand for workers in the natural gas industry. Spectra Energy submitted their project description to the BCEAO last November, Petrucci says that the company expects to hear back in 2015. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a done deal, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got a couple of years to do our â&#x20AC;˘ ELECTRICAL & INSTRUMENTATION CONSTRUCTION AND work, make a decision, if they MAINTENANCE decide itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a green light and they go ahead with it, then they â&#x20AC;˘ 24 HR SERVICE will start construction probably â&#x20AC;˘ SERVICING ALL AREAS OF NORTHEAST BC mid to end 2015 and hopefully be in service by 2019,â&#x20AC;? she Dawson Creek Fort St. John Fort Nelson said. 612 - 108 Ave 10215 Alaska Rd Box 3787 One concern brought up by 250-782-6909 (Tel) 250-785-9072 (Tel) 444 - 50th Ave N the directors was the safety of 250-782-6912 (Fax) 250-785-9073 (Fax) 250-774-4161 (Tel) the pipe. Chair Karen Good250-785-9073 (Fax) ings questioned the thickness and Spectraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s practices of using ELECTRIC & CONTROLS thinner pipe in rural and remote

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Earthquakes and fracking Story continued from Page 20. The OGC then spent six months to one year researching the issue and the commission concluded that minor fault movement from fluid injection caused by fracking resulted in seismicity. “There were no injuries or property damage and there were no risks to public safety or environment … context is everything,” said Heffernan. Towards the end of last year there were several earthquakes felt in the city centre around Fort St. John, Heffernan doesn’t believe that was a result from hydraulic fracturing. “I would rate the likelihood of that to be very remote.” “For earthquakes, 4 and over can be detected in most parts of the world, they can be technically detected but not felt. So you won’t be able to feel a magnitude 4 earthquake in Oregon, you wouldn’t feel it here, but you would be able to detect it from here,” said Heffernan. Earthquakes vary in size, from a shake up that can only

be detected by micro seismic monitoring to ones that wipe out power plants. He said understanding the scale of an earthquake is pertinent in understanding the effects it has on nature. Earthquakes are rarely felt if they are measured under a magnitude of 4 on the Richter scale and don’t start to cause structural damage until a magnitude of 5 and up, said Heffernan. “Magnitudes vary a great deal. Very small earthquakes have a magnitude of minus three, where Fukishima was plus 9.” Minor earthquakes range from two to four on the Richter scale, and happen hundreds to thousands of times around the world yearly, said Heffernan. In the Fort St. John area from 1984 to 1994, 29 events ranging from a magnitude 2.2 to 4.3 on the Richter scale were linked to fluid injection for secondary oil recovery.

Northeast B.C. employers celebrated for apprenticeship contribution More employer sponsors still needed to fulfill B.C.’s potential prosperity By Industry Training Authority Submitted article FORT ST. JOHN – The Industry Training Authority (ITA) acknowledged over 25 employers from across Northeast British Columbia at a celebration dinner In Fort St. John last night for investing in apprentices. An additional 250 local employers will also receive a certificate from ITA for their commitment to growing British Columbia’s skilled trades workforce. Fort St. John and the surrounding region is in the midst of an economic boom. Nearly 3,000 skilled trades jobs are expected to open up in the region by 2020, propelled by a growing list of major projects. “Government, employers and industry need to work together to ensure we have the right people with the right skills to meet the increasing demand for skilled trades people” says Kevin Evans, CEO of ITA. “We need to celebrate the employers who are doing their part and helping our province grow and prosper. We also need to encourage other employers to discover the ‘apprenticeship advantage’”. Sponsoring an apprentice is a key way for employers to guarantee skilled, prepared workers to meet labour demands. According to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, for every dollar an employer invests in apprenticeship training, they receive an average return on investment of $1.47. The province invests over $100 million annually in ITA to

support more than 100 diverse training programs, including more than 40 Red Seal trades. Currently there are over 38,000 apprentices, youth and pre-apprenticeship training participants registered in B.C.; and since 2004, the number of apprentices has more than doubled. “The answer to meeting B.C.’s training needs goes beyond dollars – after all, we’ve invested billions of dollars in our education system to meet training demand. And we continue to make new investments in training,” said the Minister of Advanced Education, Innovation and Technology John Yap. “It’s important that we recognize the vital role employers play in apprentice training and that we let others know that investing in an apprentice also makes good business sense.” Keynote speaker Bob Lenarduzzi, President of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, said he was proud to be part of this important event. “There’s no doubt that training in the skilled trades is important to the future prosperity of B.C., but it wouldn’t be possible without the contributions of employers like these who take it upon themselves to sponsor and mentor apprentices. Mentorship is fundamental to the learning process, whether it be in sports or in the trades.” This is the second of four regional employer sponsor recognition events being held across the province in early 2013. In total, over 9000 employer sponsors will be recognized for investing in training and hiring of apprentices.

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Billy Talent reunite with Sum 41 for Canadian Tour, stop in D.C. By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Fans have officially less than a month until Billy Talent brings their Dead Silence Tour to the Encana Events Centre on Mar. 18, with special guests Sum 41, Hollerado and Indian Handcrafts. The Canada-wide tour, coming to 17 cities, is to promote the band’s fourth album, Dead Silence, which was released on Sept. 11, 2012. Billy Talent guitarist, Ian D’Sa said although the album reflects the paranoia surrounding the 2012 doomsday and world ending, the release date was just a fluke and holds no significance. This is the first time the band has named their album, the first three just being numbered. “We just wanted to change up the number thing and we’re not going to name it Billy Talent Four because no band should be allowed to name their album number four or anything to do with four because of Led Zeppelin,” said D’Sa. D’Sa identifies the record’s themes as being critical of media and advertising, paranoia and anxiety instilled by society and the survivalist mentality. According to him, the band has always taken a critical look at society and used it for inspiration in their songs. “Our second single, Surprise Surprise, is kind of written about advertising and how much it seeps into our culture that people just buy into things blindly now and I think that song is written from the perspective of just being more aware of what you’re

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sorts of clubs in Toronto, where they originated, trying to get a record dea. D’sa said they probably toured Canada four or five times before the record deal happened. “I think staying together this long is attributed to our hard work ethic, we do like to tour a lot, we love playing music so if you love doing something you just have to really fight for it and be passionate about it. “The other thing is that at the end of the day we don’t ever really look at this as a job, it’s more like we get to make a living by doing our passion, which is probably the best thing in the world,” D’Sa said about what contributes to the band’s longevity. In the mid-2000s drummer Solowoniuk wrote a letter to fans informing his diagnosis with Multiple Sclerosis, a disease which affects the central nervous system that can impact a person in a number of ways, including increased mobility issues. D’Sa said Solowoniuk’s condition would not affect the longevity of the band; Solowoniuk has continued taking his medication and it appears that some of his symptoms have gone into remission. D’sa added that Solowoniuk still plays with the band and that they don’t travel with a back-up drummer. Since finding success in Canada in the early 2000s, the band has gone on to attract fans internationally. The band will tour Australia before beginning their Canada tour and plan to play festivals in Europe during the summer. “That was a really important thing for us was to develop and Monday Night at the Movies solidify our fan base in our “Rust and Bone” Feb 25 home country, and over the With The Film Society at Aurora Cinema next couple of years in early Community Heritage Value Workshop Mar 7 2000s that’s kind of what we With BC Heritage and Alaska Hwy did before going out and getCom. Society at Quality Inn ting success in Germany or St. Patrick Day Fundraiser Dinner Mar 8 Europe and places like AustraWith Ecole Central School at Pomeroy Hotel lia...” said D’Sa. While starting to build their ArƟsts Show and Sale Mar 8-30 fan base more than 10 years With Flying Colours ago, Billy Talent opened shows at Peace Gallery North NPCC for bands like I Mother Earth Arts Market Mar 9 and Sum 41 who is now openWith FSJ Arts Market AssociaƟon ing their shows for the Canaat Pomeroy Centre dian and Australian tour. “It will be 10 years since we actually toured with Sum 41 and they’ve been great pals of ours for 10’s really cool to bring them across Canada—which is kind of what the reunion is for,” D’Sa said. “Out of everything that we’re doing this year we’re most looking forward to the Canadian tour and playing because we get to go back to all those places we haven’t been in a long time.”

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FREE SKATING FOR FORT NELSON By NPSCU Submitted article FORT NELSON - Every family in Fort Nelson can make memories on ice for the rest of winter, thanks to a donation from North Peace Savings and Credit Union (NPSCU). Starting February 22nd, Fort Nelson’s Northern Rockies Regional Recreation Centre arena will open its skating rink to the public free of charge every Saturday this season, with the cost of tickets covered by NPSCU. Recognizing the positive impact that affordable, accessible recreation has on a community, NPSCU decided to make a donation equal to ticket costs every Saturday until the end of the season, so everyone can access the arena on its most popular day of the week. "North Peace Savings wants to help provide a fun activity that people of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds could participate in," says NPSCU's Fort Nelson branch manager, Nolan Hill. "We're all about community, so we're providing something that will build a sense of community for all Fort Nelson residents." Coinciding with the kick-off of this community-building initiative, NPSCU will sponsor FSJ Minor Hockey league’s pre-novice tournament in Fort St. John on February 23rd – 24th. Teams from all over North-Eastern BC and North-Western AB will go home wearing a tournament toque from North Peace Savings— regardless of whether or not their team placed well in the tournament—as a reminder of their time.

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capital cost. According to the Site C: Business Case Summary renewable. So, keeping in mind that we already have a gas plant the capital cost takes up $83.25 of the total cost while operat- in Fort Nelson, Prince Rupert and Burrard thermal in Vancouing costs make up $1.50, in addition to sustaining capital, water ver, which we also run for back up, there’s very little room for us rentals and grants-in-lieu which brings it to a total of $95.00 in to add a large amount of gas within the Clean Energy Act from the 2011 figures what we’re allowed.” “Clearly, the major cost on our electricity bill will come from suspects though, that there is indeed enough leverage CALL 250.787.8999 “Let Us Be Your Key Supplier” this capital cost on $7.9 billion for the Site C project,” writes forKoechl a gas plant with a life time of 30 years. He said a gas plant Cell 778-256-1685 • Unit 5, 10404 101 Avenue Plaza, Fort St. John, BC Koechl and Kroecher. “The certainly gives off green house gas emissions but so does Site C. operational cost is clearly neg“Here’s the thing: carbon dioxide is a problem, no question ligible, but it wouldn’t matter because it’s a green house gas, and there is that being produced Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. anyway when factored in with [in a gas plant],” said Koechl. “But the reservoir itself … whenthe total bill.” ever you have decaying vegetation in a reservoir you get methHowever, Dave Conway, ane … so the problem with green house gases [is] you’re going spokesperson for Site C said to get it no matter which way you go, but … methane is 21 times 301-116th Ave. Dawson Creek, British Columbia Dawson Creek Office: 250-782-3766 VJV Main Office: 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don there are multiple reasons why more potent as a green house gas.” 301-116th Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622 a gas plant wouldn’t match up Conway maintains that Site C’s low operating cost makes up D C to Site C. One being the fluc- for a gas facility’s small footprint; Site C would flood more than tuating market price of natural 5,000 hectares and the reservoir would cover over 9,000 hectgas and the other reason is that ares. there isn’t room to have anoth“When you look at gas you have a small physical foot print On Thursday, February 14, 2013, 1200 head of cattle went through our ring er gas plant in B.C. [but] you have very high green house gas emissions and you D1 - D2 Cows 63.00-70.00 “The Clean Energy Act di- have an unstable price. With large hydro you have a price stabilD3 - D4 Cows 50.00-61.00 rects Hydro that 93 per cent of ity,” said Conway. our energy will be clean and Koechl said the fluctuating price of natural gas can be easily Holstein Cows N/A offset if B.C. were to inherit Heiferettes 65.00-80.00 a concept called Royalty-inBologna Bulls 50.00-73.00 Kind. Feeder Bulls 65.00-90.00 “The idea is that the provGood Bred Cows N/A Pat Pimm, M.L.A. ince would take a cut in the ac(Peace River North) Good Bred Heifers N/A tual resource, like Ngas, in lieu Province of British Columbia Milk Cows N/A of money (called a royalty),” Cow/ Calf Pairs (younger) N/A wrote Koechl and Korecher. Cow/ Calf Pairs (older) N/A “This percentage cut would act Legislative Office: Constituency Office: as a “hedge” against inflationEast Annex, Parliament Buildings 10104 - 100th Street ary future pricing on gas and Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4 Fort St. John, B.C. V1J 3Y7 could be used in a ShepardPhone: 250 952-6784 Phone: 250 263-0101 Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: 90.00-115.00 Heifers 80.00-100.00 type facility. This would alFax: 250 387-9100 Fax: 250 263-0104 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: 100.00-117.00 Heifers 95.00-110.00 leviate any fluctuations in e-mail: Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: 105.00-124.00 Heifers 100.00-114.00 long term gas prices, assuring Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: 110.00-126.00 Heifers 105.00-117.00 ratepayers a secure pricing reGood Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: 125.00-146.00 Heifers 110.00-127.00 gime.” Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: 135.00-160.00 Heifers 115.00-137.00 Kroecher and Koechl made Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 145.00-170.00 Heifers 125.00-149.00 their first delegation about the Sheperd gas facility last year, Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus: 150.00-180.00 Heifers 130.00-160.00 in which they brought up the Next Cattle Sale - Thursday, February 21st capital cost of the project. They saw support from Area C Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. electorate Arthur Hadland. Koechl is a teacher at Bert Bowes with a major in anthroDawso pology and a minor in science . 301-116th Ave. Dawson Creek, British Columbia Dawson Creek Office:






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Journeymen Electrician and Journeymen Instrument Mechanic We are a locally owned and operated oil ¿eld contractor providing quality electrical and instrumentation services to the Fort St. John area for over 8 years. We are offering the successful applicant a predictable work stream, competitive wages, health bene¿ts, Group RRSP, training and an established safety culture. If you are interested in expanding your skills in a highly technical maintenance environment, submit your resume in person at 8720 – 98 Str. in Fort St. John or fax to 250-787-1391

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Isabelle Mills of Fort St. John, BC, who passed away on February 6, 2013, at the Fort St. John General Hospital. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date with further announcements at that time. If so desired expressions of sympathy can be made to the BC SPCA or Alzheimer’s Society of BC. Condolences may be forwarded through

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PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Finance Manager is responsible for planning, directing and controlling all financial and administrative functions for the WMFN by following current policies and procedures and in accordance with the goals of WMFN. The incumbent reports directly to Director of Operations under the direction of Chief and Council. Responsibilities for managing financial and administrative functions include, but are not limited to preparing annual program budgets, conducting financial analysis and preparing monthly financial reports, developing and implementing an effective system of accounting, maintaining accurate and current financial records and overseeing the payroll system. Additionally, the incumbent will work with the management teams to assess financial responsibility against both the annual budget and long-term strategy; Develop tools and systems to provide critical financial and operational information making recommendations on strategy and operations; Engage the Council in trends and changes in the operating models and operational delivery; Participate in long- term budgetary planning and cost management in alignment with strategic plans. Manage preparation and support of all external audits. Mentor and develop finance teams, managing work allocation, training, problem resolution, performance evaluation, and the building of effective team dynamics.

MINIMUM QUALIFYING CRITERIA: • Formal accounting courses and completion of introductory level (3rd level CGA, CMA, CA of equivalent accounting designation) an asset; or an equivalent combination of education and experience - minimum of 5 years • AFOA Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager an asset • Experience with Adagio Accounting program or a readiness to learn • Familiarity to fund accounting • Knowledge of Canada Revenue requirements and reporting procedures • Knowledge of AANDC and Health Canada requirements and reporting processes • Knowledge of Canada Labour Code/law • Adept in Microsoft Office Software • Conducting business daily with individuals at all levels in the community and in external agencies • Organizing and prioritizing a large number of tasks and completing tasks concurrently

OTHER: • Valid driver’s license an asset • Criminal Records Check • Bondable The start date for this position is based on successful candidate selection. Individuals who are interested in this position must send their cover letter and résumé to: Liz Wray, Director of Operations, West Moberly First Nations Box 90, Moberly Lake, BC V0C 1X0 Phone: 250.788.3663 Fax: 250-788-9792 or email to: DEADLINE: 4:30pm Friday February 22, 2013. We thank you for your application; however only those who are short listed for an interview will be contacted.

Job Board at Administrative Assistant: This is a great job for anyone who likes to be busy and have a variety of duties each day. Duties will include data entry for A/R, A/P and payroll, Inventory management. Accounting Assistant: This is a temporary junior position to cover a short maternity leave. Duties will include accounting duties related to a junior accountant position: posting journal, GL reconciliations, invoicing, month end procedures and other duties as assigned. The position may turn into a long term position as AP clerk for the right candidate. Very busy company with room for cross training and advancement. Safety Officer: Candidates for this position should have previous experience with safety procedures and practices. Duties will include tracking tickets, conducting safety meetings, and overseeing all elements of the safety program (already in place). Candidates will need a strong attention to detail, good communication skills, and decent computer skills. O&G Operator: We are seeking operators who have experience with sour gas, high pressure equipment, compressors and generators. Successful candidates will be self-motivated individuals who possess strong communication, interpersonal and organizational skills, and who can contribute effectively in a team environment. Candidate with 3rd or 4th Class Power Engineer certification preferred. Data Entry Clerk: Busy servicing company needs an assistant to help with data entry. The successful candidate should have some bookkeeping experience. Very nice work atmosphere and people.

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HOUSE FOR SALE 5 Bedroom House, 3 up & 2 down, 2 bath. Separate Entrance, shared laundry, excellent tenants. Keep the tenants or move in yourself on one acre. Bank Appraised Oct $350,000. Price now is $333,000. If interested drive by 6388 Daisy Ave, then call 250493-1807 02/21

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CLASSIFIEDS CAREER OPPORTUNITY Falcon Equipment is a leading Distributor/ Installer of Hydraulic Truck Equipment with locations throughout Western Canada.

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY Established in 1900, E.B. Horsman & Son is the only independently owned and operated electrical wholesaler in BC. We currently have an opening in our Dawson Creek Branch for:

MATERIALS HANDLER A background in shipping/receiving is required and knowledge of the electrical industry is a strong asset. If you are looking for a challenging position with growth opportunities and would like to work for the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electrical Distributor of Choiceâ&#x20AC;?, please submit your resume to or visit our website at

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Sales Manager Required Immediately

Operational Duties The automotive sales manager is responsible for forecasting sales, maintaining vehicle inventory and completing sales reports and other paperwork.

Management Duties He is tasked with training, motivating and monitoring the sales and sales support staff. He also deals with customer complaints and works in conjunction with the salespeople to close and negotiate vehicle purchases.

Work Environment Automobile dealerships are often highly competitive work environments. The sales manager is pressured to exceed sales quotas each month, and he has to push his team to achieve. The hours are often long and include weekends and evenings.

Personality The auto sales manager needs to possess strong leadership qualities and a solid sales acumen. He should be an agile, selfdirecting task juggler. He needs to be comfortable dealing with both people and data/numbers.

Requirements A high school diploma or equivalent and two or more years in automotive dealership sales


JOB POSITIONS AVAILABLE All GO AUTO Positions offer: -BeneďŹ t Package -3 Weeks Vacation and All Stat Holidays -Professional Work Environment -Opportunity for Advancement Within our 27 Dealer Network. Capital Motors is a dynamic and well established Ford dealership located in Dawson Creek, British Columbia. As a member of the Go Auto Group of Companies, we offer ďŹ&#x201A;exible hours, a professional work environment, above average compensation, and opportunities for growth. If you would like to join the Go Auto family, please forward your resume and business references to Janet Wilkie Baruta at payables@ or fax to 250-782--8153. While we sincerely thank all applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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Job 1596 Outreach Program – Dawson Creek Position Title: Outreach Worker – Temporary coverage for 1 year Maternity Leave Job Responsibilities: The Outreach Worker will: - Assist in the development of networks and co-ordination of services with community support agencies, both in and between communities that provide service to adult women who have experienced, or are at risk of abuse, threats, or violence, and their dependent children. - Provide public education and co-ordinate awareness activities around the issue of violence against women. - Respond to the speciÄc needs of women not residing in a transition house through the provision of supportive counselling, practical support, advocacy, referral and follow-up.

Job 1597 Community Support Worker (Residential) – Dawson Creek Position Title: Community Support Worker Job Responsibilities: The Community Support Worker will: - Be responsible for providing a smooth functioning program. - Provide educational, vocational, social, and recreational opportunities and training to an individual with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders and challenging behaviours. - Encourage progressive independence through programming, routines, and consistent responses.

QualiÄcations: - Diploma in social work or public administration and two years related experience; or - An equivalent combination of education and/or experience. - All supervised settings to be in services to women and children who are victims of abuse. Hours of Work: 17.5 Hours per week - Flexible to meet the needs of the program Rate of Pay: As per the Collective Agreement Closing Date: March 1, 2013 Submit Resumes To: Lori Brooks, Human Resource Coordinator P.O. Box 713 (10110 – 13th Street) Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H7 Fax: (250) 782 4167 E-mail: • Please include Competition #1596 with resume • This position is open to female applicants • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted • This position is a union position -VYTVYLPUMVYTH[PVUWSLHZL]PZP[V\Y *HYLLY6WWVY[\UP[`ZLJ[PVUH[^^^ZWJYZJH >LSVVRMVY^HYK[VOLHYPUNMYVT`V\

QualiÄcations: - Two years experience in a supervised setting with Social Services Diploma, a Community Support Worker CertiÄcate or a Residential Care Aid CertiÄcate or - An equivalent combination of education and/or experience in a supported employment and/or residential resource. - All supervised settings to be in services to people with developmental disabilities. Hours of Work: 35.75 Hours per week - Flexible to meet the needs of the program Rate of Pay: As per the Collective Agreement Closing Date: March 1, 2013 Submit Resumes To: Lori Brooks, Human Resource Coordinator P.O. Box 713 (10110 – 13th Street) Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H7 Fax: (250) 782 4167 E-mail: • Please include Competition #1597 with resume • This position is open to female applicants • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted • This position is a union position -VYTVYLPUMVYTH[PVUWSLHZL]PZP[V\Y *HYLLY6WWVY[\UP[`ZLJ[PVUH[^^^ZWJYZJH >LSVVRMVY^HYK[VOLHYPUNMYVT`V\

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February 5, 2013 #1598 Personnel & Practice Coordinator Program Coordinator II Family Safety, Counseling & Support Services

Job Summary: Under the direction of the Department Manager, the Personnel & Practice Coordinator will: - Create and maintain information systems - Ensure that the service recipients’ needs are met - Creates and maintains Accountability Case management process - Creates and maintain, with Department Manager, program planning - Provide orientation, training , work direction and guidance to employees - Contribute to employee performance evaluations and performance plans - Provide regular feedback to employees - Ensure a smooth functioning Program(s) - Assist in hiring interviews. QualiÄcations: - Bachelor Degree in social work, psychology, counseling or criminology and two years casework in a supervised setting; or - Two years diploma in the area of social services and four years of experience in a supervised setting; or - Six years combination of the above. - All supervised settings to be in services to vulnerable and marginalized persons speciÄc to the Programs’ target group. Skills & Knowledge: - Management Training CertiÄcate - Emergency First Aid and CPR CertiÄcate - W.H.M.I.S. CertiÄcate - Medication Delivery Training CertiÄcate - Foodsafe CertiÄcate - Basic Skills Training CertiÄcate - Suicide Prevention and Intervention CertiÄcate - CPI - Valid Driver’s License - Independent ability to use the computer and a knowledge of all relevant software programs - Diversity Training - Demonstrated team building skills and leadership ability Vehicle Use: This position requires that you use your personal vehicle for business. You must have a valid driver’s license. Hours of Work: 31.5 Hours Per Week. Flexible to meet the needs of the program. Rate of Pay: As per the Collective Agreement Closing Date: March 1, 2013 Submit Resumes To: Lori Brooks, Human Resource Coordinator P.O. Box 713 (10110 13th Street) Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H7 Fax: (250) 782 4167 E-mail: • Please include competition Job-1598 with resume • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted • This position requires union membership • This position is open to female and male applicants



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feature performance by Twin Peaks and a silent auction.

• Feb. 27: North Peace Historical Society Annual General Meeting at 6 pm at the Seniors Hall (10908 100th Street). Enjoy good food and local history at the North Peace Historical Society’s AGM. Special presentation by Ross Peck entitled “Stories my Mother Told Me and Some She Didn’t.” Everyone is welcome. Tickets are $27.00 each and are available at the Museum. Call the Museum at 250-787-0430 for more information. • Mar. 8: International Women’s Day celebration at the Quality Inn from 7 a.m. to 9.m. Purchase tickets at North Peace Community Resource Society, BCGEU or Whole Wheat and Honey: $5 in advanced, $7 at the door. The morning will

• Feb. 26: A book club for adults at the Dawson Creek Library starting at 7 p.m. Members read a book of their choice, during the meet you can share your likes and dislikes about the book. Limited spaces, register at 250-782-4661. • Mar. 2: Winter Fun Day for all ages at Matthews Park in Farmington starting at 10:00 AM. with pancake breakfast. Admission by donation. Children’s races, hot dog lunch, log sawing competition for adults and youth, tea boiling competition with prizes & frying pan toss. The event ends at 4:00 PM. For more information contact the Farmington Community Association: Jane at 250-843-7617.


Fort St. John • Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group Parkinson Society British Columbia People living with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers and family members are warmly invited to the Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group. Join others in your community to share information and resources, coping strategies, ideas for living well with PD, good humour, social support and more. Last Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am McDonald’s Restaurant 10920 Alaska Road North Ft. St. John, BC Note: there is no meeting in December For more information please contact: Sarah at 250 785 7348 • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Northern B.C. Newcomers Integration Service Centre is a non-profit organization in Fort St. John. Our Settlement Program provides information, orientation, assessment, referral and service linking, educational workshops and short term adaptation counselling to immigrants. The program also offers assistance with form completion, correspondence between clients and service providers, navigating immigration processes including sponsorship applications, obtaining permanent residence cards and applying for citizenship. Bridging services are provided to a variety of community and government service agencies and organizations. Service is available in English and Spanish. The Settlement Program is located at: #209 10142-101st Ave (Execuplace building). From 8:30-4:30 p.m. Phone # 250785-5323 Ext 22. • Toastmasters International Club of Fort St. John meets from 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at Northern Lights College, Room 105. Learn valuable communication & leadership skills. Contact Claire Seidler at 250-787-9697 or Gayle Wagner at 250785-3991 for more information. • Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadets meet at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night at the Royal Canadian Legion on 102nd and 105 Ave. If you are between 12 and 18 years old please drop in or call us at 250-787-5323. • Alcoholics Anonymous - If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to (250) 785-8866. • Fort St. John Multiple Sclerosis support group. If you or anyone you know has MS and have any questions or just need to talk, please call Susie at (250) 785-2381 or Sandi at (250) 787-2652. • Are you tired of the crime? Then do the time. Join the Fort St. John Citizens Patrol. Donate a minimum of five hours per month. For information, call (250) 262-4530. • Pan African Caribbean Association welcomes the

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community to join our group to promote community awareness of culture, music and cuisine. Phone Donald at (250) 785-0815 for more information. • “Butterfly Families – Families Supporting Families” is open to all caregivers of children and youth with Special Needs. We meet the third Wednesday of every month at the Child Development Centre from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 10417 106 Ave. Does your child have learning, behavior or other complex special needs? Would you like to connect with other caregivers? Child minding available but please call ahead a few days before the meeting. Call (250) 785-3200 for more information. • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy options, peer-counselling and support are available at the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. New location at #208 10139 100 Street (above TD Bank). Drop in hours Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. or to make an appointment call our 24 hour hotline at (250) 262-1280. All services are free and completely confidential. • New Totem Archery hold their indoor shoots at the Fort St. John Co-op Mall every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. • Come out and join us for an afternoon of play, crafts, a healthy snack, circle time and an opportunity to borrow books from the Devereaux School Library. This is a chance to meet other people from your community and introduce your children to a school setting. We meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning Oct. 20th. This program is geared for three to four year-olds but siblings are welcome to come with their parents. Call Patti (250) 843-7813 for more information.

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• The Visually Impaired Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon at First Baptist Church, 1400 113 Ave. Each month we have a guest speaker and we share lunch. (cost by donation). Anyone who is visually impaired or who cares about someone with vision difficulties is welcome to attend. For further information please call Kathy 7827539 orMargaret 782-3221. • If you know how to visit with a friend, you already have the skills required to be a CASI Friendly Visitor volunteer! There are seniors in Dawson Creek right now who would like to have a friend come and visit them and perhaps take them to doctor’s appointments or shopping. Can you spare an hour or two a week to visit a senior? Call CASI (Community Action for Seniors’ Independence) today. 250-782-1138 ext. 228, email or visit the website at www. • Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., Tues., Fri., &

Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Unit. Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. All meetings are open. • Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Health Unit, Dawson Creek. • Mile 0 Quilt Guild meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Studio 10 at KPAC. Come join us for sewing, fun and friendship. Contact Gloria at 250 786 5597. for more info. • Dawson Creek Toastmasters meets every Thursday at 7pm at Farmer’s Advocacy Office 1032 103 Ave (Front door on 11 st.) Contact Heather at 250-7845700 or 780-353-3050.

Fort Nelson

• The Community Market is held at the Westend Campground every Saturday except on long weekends. For more info or a vendor package please contact Jaylene Arnold at (250) 774-2541 or Audrey Reynolds (250) 774-6574. Pouce Coupe • Youth Drop-In at Pouce Coupe Community Church Annex (the old Pouce library). Saturday nights 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ages 13 to 17.


• Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesday and Friday at 8 p.m. at the Public Library, 5012 46 Street. If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to, phone 788-9658 or 788-1100

Tumbler Ridge

• Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Thursday. 8 p.m. 115 Commercial Park (Baptist Church). If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to. Phone 242-4018. • Tuesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Floor curling, carpet bowling, card & board games, coffee & cookies. Community Centre Room 5 from 1-4 pm. Small drop-in fee. • Tumbler Ridge’s self-employed women will receive six months of free personal business monitoring beginning this October at no charge. If you are a self-employed woman in their first three years of operation, or partially operate a business, contact Sara Cooper at the Women’s Enterprise Centre at 1-800643-7014 ext. 104 or Mila Lansdowne by e-mail at or (250) 242-3389. Registration is required.


• Civil Air Search and Rescue (CASARA) meetings every second Tuesday at the Taylor Fire Hall at 7 p.m. For information call Bob at 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802.

WE WOULD LIKE TO HELP YOU GET THE WORD OUT The Northeast News’ Community Calendar is a free service for non-profit organizations in the Peace region. If you would like to get the word out about an event your non-profit group is hosting please send it to:, include the date, name of the event and brief description, time, location and contact information; this goes for upcoming or ongoing events. Please submit your events before the Monday of each week you would like to see it appear in the paper.

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Think you’ve done it all in Prince George? Jill Earl photos

Right: Folky Strum Strum, comprised of Iyan Bruvold and Amy Gothard entertained their local fans and made some new ones with their unique and folky sound at the D.C. Art Gallery Feb. 15 Left: Matt Patershuk of La Glace, Alta. made his way to the D.C. Art Gallery Feb. 16 to celebrate the his first CD’s release, titled ‘Outside the Lights of Town.’ There’s a week left in the South Peace Arts Council’s Festival of the Arts and three events scheduled including the Peace Region Songwriter’ Association Coffee House on Feb. 23 at Faking Sanity at 6:30pm, Donné Roberts

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Tammy Bilodeau, local Tai Chi instructor, does a water style movement pose at the Chinese New Year celebration at Ambrose School Gym on Feb. 14.


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Peace residents get ready for a sleigh ride around Toboggan Hill during High On Ice on Feb. 9.

Sport Start is a Special Olympics program specifically for children with special needs 18 yrs and under. The first for Dawson Creek. I was looking for a program for our youth to participate in where they could have fun and just enjoy the company of each other while learning skills. We have been bowling since last October and the children have become quite the athletes and sportmans. We are posing in this picture proudly showing off our new team uniform shirts!! We have recently had two more athletes join our Program, they are not in this picture. We have been most impressed with our two young peer mentors who help the athletes learn to bowl. Talk about great citizenship and leadership coming from our young children!! This program will end in March and we are hoping to start again in the fall. It has been rewarding and alot of fun. Jack Walsh the new owner of Hypertension Escape has been very supportive and it has been appreciated. I am very proud of the Athletes and their accomplishments in such a short time.

This page will show up once a month to give our readers a chance to show themselves off. With the sponsorship of Northeast BC Realty, 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 to 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: 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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February 21, 2013

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Donors help the BC SPCA care for 37,000 homeless, abused and neglected animals a year. $30 VaccinaƟons • $108 Spay or Neuter and health check • $8 taƩoo • $24 deworm and parasite treatment • $10 Cat Hide n Perch Box • $44 Medical and Rehab treatment • $560 General cost of sheltering - Staī, welfare monitoring, housing, feeding, facility cost based on length of stay of 56 days.

The BC SPCA is calling on everyone who loves animals and tasty treats to join Canada’s first-ever National Cupcake Day on Feb. 25, 2013, in support of homeless, abused and injured animals. Register today at to host a National Cupcake Day Party and bake cupcakes for friends, family, co-workers or schoolmates in exchange for donations for the BC SPCA. It’s an easy and fun way to make a difference in the lives of animals who desperately need our help. What could be sweeter? When you register you’ll receive a Cupcake Host Welcome Package filled with goodies, ensuring your National Cupcake Day Party is a success. Be sure to like us on Facebook for more information, scrumptious recipes, fabulous prizes and much more!

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