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Flames continue at Suncor Rig - Page 4

FSJ Council updates - Page 12 & 13

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DAWSON CREEK- Gordon Bush, General Manager of Northwestern Air, announced at the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon last Thursday that the City’s airport could see a new airline carrier as early as the end of April. Bush presented attendees with proposed fares and flight schedules. The proposed schedule offers flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with flights leaving Dawson Creek on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8:20 a.m., and Fridays at 3 p.m. heading to Edmonton International. Proposed flights to Dawson Creek from Edmonton are scheduled for 7:30 a.m.

on Mondays and Wednesdays, and 2 p.m. on Fridays. A one-way ticket to Edmonton would cost $372.75, while a ticket to Dawson Creek would cost $404.25. Northwestern Air does offer a discount though to passengers who book well in advance, with tickets at $291.90 to Edmonton, and $323.40 to Dawson Creek. “This is why we came, we wanted to get some feedback from people to see whether they’re going to use the service, was it too expensive? Was the schedule not correct? First impressions are that people seem to be very interested and I’m taking all this back to management, I mean I report directly to the president, so it’s really his decision at the end of the

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Help wanted signs are not only popping up in the oil and gas industry, but also in the hospitality sector like this local coffee shop. one company.” Despite his condition of having grand mal seizures, he landed a job in Fort St. John, in oil field maintenance, before even landing in the city. However, upon his arrival to the energetic city, not everything went as planned. His experiences are what northern mayors, as well as the Chamber of Commerce, are cautioning the provincial government in regards to the welfare-to-work idea. The program, recently announced by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, is aimed to reel in mainly unemployed men up north to fill out job vacancies. In return this would alleviate the amount of money spent on welfare programs, said Falcon. “The beauty of a program like this, is that if it achieves its objectives, it can be self-financing,” said Falcon during a taped interview by CBC. “By keeping people off of welfare which is costing government money and put them into a job … we think we can do this on a revenue neutral basis, but that’s why we’re taking a hard look at it.” Falcon spoke further on the idea a week ago, but it was already raised in the 2012 Budget Speech. While it’s still in its infant stages, those who live in the north have already raised red flags. “People coming up here with the expectation that they’re going to be able to work at Tim Hortons for $20 an hour and live a great comfortable life—we have a shortage of housing, rental properties are expensive—so there’s a lot of things that need to be thought through before we just fly people up north and expect them to prosper,” said Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier. Chamberlin can relate. After hoping off the Greyhound he didn’t know where he was going to live, in addition, his employer promised that his training and work gear would be covered, but that wasn’t the case. “People have to be aware that they can’t just join up here, there are work allowances and stuff, but you have to have X amount of money for [working] clothes.” These are the factors that Brent Hodson, Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce president, is hoping people take into consideration when migrating north for income. “Most of the higher paying jobs that Minister Falcon alluded to will require training, education and skills for employment. Any job in the oil and gas industry requires the employee to have certain safety training including First Aid, H2S Safety and other training. Plus the additional cost for safety equipment that is required to be on the job sites,” said Hodson in a press release. Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman applauds the idea of a back-to-work program, but also sees the challenges it might lead to. “It’s a great idea to get British Columbians back to work as possible. I spoke to the deputy minister’s office … I requested that we have input and we have to make sure it works right—because the north just cannot inherit social issues, we don’t have the service capacity to deal with that.” Chamberlin has experienced life on income assistance and says he understands the mentality of some who are on it. “They abuse the system so much,” said Chamberlin. He’s wary of the fact that Fort St. John has a prevalent drug-trade industry, and said that might cause some problems. “Because Fort St. John is one of the highest drug trafficking places, it can also bite that way too, so you gotta pick and choose who your candidates are.” While the program has yet to be developed, Falcon did offer possibilities of what it might look like. “We’ve got a number of ministers working on this project to see if we can put together something that would provide free airfare, accommodation, training if necessary, to see if we can get those people connected with work. And that could serve two purposes: get people off welfare and get them into high paying jobs.” He noted the program would be strictly volunteer and only geared towards those who are clean from drugs and alcohol. Chamberlin said a program like this would have been beneficial if it was around during his job hunt. But Bernier drew attention to another area of concern. “The only caveat that would concern me from a local perspective is, are there locally anyone on assistance that are looking for help and how can they be included?” Bernier said it’s not just about flying people up from different parts of the province, it’s looking in our own backyard. “Are there local people that can be assisted in this program as well to make sure they are employable and at work? We don’t want to leave them behind so to speak.” Falcon noted in his interview with press last week that Bernier was in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery during Occupy Vancouver handing out business cards saying, “We got lots of jobs,” but Bernier said that wasn’t exactly what happened. “I didn’t go right into the downtown protest, I was right in front of the premier’s office.” Bernier discussed with protesters, who were blaming unemployment on the government, that it wasn’t the government’s onus to make sure British Columbians had a job where they wanted to be. Rather, it was their responsibility to take the initiative to find employment and the government’s responsibility to create it. “There are opportunities in northern B.C. if you were willing to go to school and have the education … there are high paying jobs, we’re in a bit of a boom up here.” Bernier told the crowd. “But what I was telling people in Vancouver, is that they need to take the initiative.” Ackerman said more details about the program are forecasted for spring.


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Continued from Front. “It’s definitely needed, more so now that the oil and gas industry is growing here, so a few years back it wasn’t so much and now it’s becoming more and more and like I told Terry and Gordon, in our community, this is just the beginning. We have a lot of stuff going on here and it’s going to get better and better with more and more people, so the connection to the east is going to grow…A lot of people go east now, everybody’s driving down the highway and getting on West Jet in Grande Prairie and if we can grab a few percentage of that it would be really good,” Darling said. Though Darling suspects that many passengers will be from the oil and gas industry, Bush says he’s targeting all flyers. “We’re going to target anybody who wants to fly, industry, leisure, corporate companies, people who want to fly with us, can fly with us, we don’t differentiate between people who are going on holidays or visiting Edmonton, to an oil executive that needs to get on an airplane quick,” Bush said. Darling says that Northwestern Air is coming in with a ‘skeleton schedule,’ but hopes that as their business grows they will add more flights to their schedule. Moreover, Darling hopes that their services will be well utilized in the community, because if the community doesn’t support it, Northwestern Air’s occupancy in Dawson Creek may be short lived. “Cause the proof is in the pudding, have a look and see what’s going on here and we’re pretty vibrant. I was shocked when he walked off the plane today, he actually had a fare schedule and a time schedule, it just shows their commitment and of course the airport will do whatever it can to support that to help them along. I just hope that the community supports them, if you

don’t use it, then they’re gone. So my call out to the community is to give them a chance, use the service,” Darling said. “We know there’s going to be light passenger loads to start off with, on all the start ups that we’ve done, there always is, but it builds up gradually,” said Bush. The Airport Sustainability Plan is currently on council’s list of strategic priorities, and Northwestern Air’s move into the City would mean checking off one of council’s long-term goals for the airport. “It’s almost coincidental, one of the things that we were doing was looking at what we can do as a long term strategy to improve the service and low and behold out of the north comes Northwest Air, it’s quite amazing...I think it just fits very well with what’s happening in our City with the oil and gas industry, so it’s a good news story,” said Coun. Terry McFadyen. “All the discussions that have gone on in the past with the redevelopment of the airport which I’ve read page by page was really encouraging, in that people and the council are going to put some money and some enthusiasm behind the airport itself,” Bush said. As a private commuter airline with 12 aircrafts, Northwestern Air is in competition with bigger commercial airlines with more resources. If another, bigger, airline would also begin servicing Dawson Creek, Bush predicts there would be price war, which they would inevitably lose too. “We don’t have the resources financially for a private enterprise, we can’t go to the government and ask for 100 million like Air Canada has done in the past...It would be a problem, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there…if West Jet comes,” Bush said. He says that as a smaller airline company, they must rely on their customer service to set them apart.

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“We are that private company that’s not going to leave you behind…we’ll go the extra mile for our customers, because if we don’t they’re not going to fly with us,” Bush said. The decision to service Dawson Creek hasn’t been approved yet, but Darling says the airport is logistically ready for Northwestern Air. “We have a really good airport here, there’s nothing old about it now, it’s all been rebuilt basically over the past eight years, I’ve been able to get federal funding to cover a lot of our capital expenditures. We’ve a runway that will last another 10 years, we’ve got lighting that will last another eleven years, and we’ve got fencing around the airport so we don’t need to spend a lot of capital money. It’s just basically doing things that will attract more service and attract more people,” Darling said. “Absolutely they could come in a second…we’ve got all the facilities,” he adds.

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March 22, 2012

Flames continue to smolder a week following rig blowout By Kyla Corpuz

FORT ST. JOHN – Suncor has reassured the public there are no immediate risks following a drilling rig blowout, but one resident remains doubtful. In an email to the Northeast News, Farrel Creek resident, who only identified himself as Peter, questions the potential harm to residents following a fire breaking out at a drilling rig approximately 20 kilometres north of Hudson’s Hope. “Some residences in the Farrell Creek farming community are presently within emergency distance of working rigs; the presence of rigs within emergency range to residences will likely increase in the very near future,” wrote Peter in an email. “The query, “what if?” one of those rigs blows our houses down, is very realistic and should have, at least, been asked, and not postponed to a time when it actually happened.” Following this incident, Peter said he would be in touch with local governments to inquire about setting up an airmonitoring device for the Farrel Creek area. Peter resides about 18 kilometres south west of where the blowout happened. Suncor spokesperson Sneh Seetal told the Northeast News on Friday, Mar. 16, a week after the initial incident, that the fire was decreasing over time, but was not fully out. The Suncor drilling rig site that blew up on Mar. 9 near Hudson’s Hope. “The fire is contained, site has been Seetal noted that no residents were evacuated only workers on secured and we continue to monitor any site, none of which reported any injuries. change closely with regulatory agencies and authorities,” said But it’s this type of scenario that worries the Peace EnviSeetal. She added the emergency response team was immediately activated, well control specialists were brought in and aerial ronment and Safety Trustee. In a previous interview with the fly over’s by helicopters were conducted. “We are taking this Northeast News, PESTS founder Brian Derfler raised the question of the term ‘evacuation’. “The word evacuate, they cannot incident seriously.”

actually evacuate you. In worst case scenario, you can not drive into an explosive area, you’re not even supposed to turn on electronic devices,” said Derfler. He said once an incident hits there’s no time to evacuate as damage may have already been done. “In those cases you need to shelter in place. If you’re out in the yard or in an affected area near by, there’s no way of knowing of potential problems … and that all comes back to the setbacks.” Seetal said Suncor did engage with all residents and Aboriginal communities within a 10-kilometre radius of the site. “We engaged with them very shortly after the incident and continue to update them with any changes and will continue to do so.” However, Derfler also said, “We’ve kind of been mislead that there’s going to be this quick effective response in cases that we can be evacuated, but this isn’t true. In a worst case scenario, people need to know the facts, that basically the emphasis is on you and how you respond.” Seetal said air-monitoring stations continued to indicate no risk to Submitted photo public health. At the time of publication, further details, like the cause of the blowout were not readily available. “At this time our efforts are focused on the response and safety of the people who are working on the response and protection of the environment,” said Seetal. The blowout occurred on Mar. 9 at approximately 11 p.m., Seetal said the situation continues to be stable.

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DAWSON CREEK- In response to several concerns made by some seniors, the provincial government is making changes to a program that is used to determine if cognitively impaired drivers are still fit to drive. Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Shirley Bond, announced Monday that the province will aim to make the DriveABLE program more accessible to rural communities and alleviate some anxiety related to the computer portion of the test. “With our growing seniors population, it is critical that we continue to ensure our streets are safe, while giving seniors the confidence that decisions on their ability to drive is done in the most respectful and thorough manner,” said Bond in a press release. A week before the announcement was made the South Peace Senior’s Access Office in Dawson Creek hosted a presentation open to the public with guests from Service B.C. and ICBC, lecturing and answering questions about services, benefits, and what to expect from the licensing authority. For many people driving represents freedom and independence, but sometimes certain factors in the ageing process make it difficult to process the approximately 13,000 pieces of information per minute absorbed while behind the wheel. To ensure that all senior drivers are still fit to drive, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles asks seniors at age 80 to complete a Driver Medical Examination Report with their physician, and to complete a road test with ICBC. In some cases, people may develop conditions that effect their driving before the age of 80, in which case their road privileges are assessed on a case-by-case basis. To help determine if someone with a cognitive impairment is still fit to drive, the province enlisted the help of DriveABLE in 2005. DriveABLE started in Edmonton in the early 1990’s, as a research group working out of the hospital in the University of Alberta they were approached by a group of physicians and were asked to develop a test that would determine if people with cognitive impairments were safe to drive. “The first thing we did was we designed a road test that actually tests the mental processing of people, it’s not about the rules of the road, or knowledge, or things in a novice test, cause most of the people that we test are experienced drivers that have had a medical condition or are one medication that can effect their driving. What we wanted to do, we wanted to see if the cognitive impairment is effecting their driving, not if they are poor drivers,” said Bill Bland, Vice-President of DriveABLE. It became apparent that testing cognitive impaired drivers on the road was very unsafe to the drivers, testers, and the general public. Bland says that of 1,556 drivers tested during the development phases, there were 174 incidences where there would have been a crash had someone not intervened. The group then made an in-office computer to test to avoid the obvious safety hazard of the road test. “We developed the in-office test after because it became very apparent that it was very dangerous,” Bland said. When testers take the computer test, the results either put them inside the range of normal, meaning that their impair-

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March 22, 2012

A new energy future lies ahead

OPINION-EDITORIAL By John Winter, President and CEO of the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. Our province, indeed our whole continent, is on the verge of a new, cleaner energy future. The technical revolution that has led to the production of vast new supplies of unconventional gas is a truly remarkable achievement, one that will see natural gas finally come to play its long-hoped-for role in our country’s energy mix. These new quantities, at the lower prices they deliver to the market, will once and for all make natural gas a reliable alternative to coal, will provide a source of clean electricity to our neighbours to the east and to many American states, and will propel Western Canada into becoming a globally significant energy superpower. This new gas source can provide thousands of jobs, billions of dollars of business opportunities and millions of dollars of much-needed government revenues. The task for British Columbia and its enormous unconventional gas potential is to avoid being placed behind a negative public opinion curve and it’s a task that will become increasingly difficult if we don’t move soon. And move smartly. The current technology is proven and used around the world, and other countries are looking to Canadian companies for technology and best practices. Yet we read far too often of questions regarding the environmental safety of fracking. Regrettably, some jurisdictions, in Canada and elsewhere, seemingly unsure of the technology, have introduced exploration moratoria that only serve to reinforce the negatives conveyed by such stories. Our task then is great and our time is short. The petroleum industry can play a useful role here by presenting both its commitment to best practices and its estimates of what unconventional gas development can mean to the B.C. economy. The industry also will need to continue to work hard to get the governmental approvals required, to help the Crown meet its duties to consult first nations, and to demonstrate sound corporate responsibility. Government agencies can, through the provision of clear, unbiased and publicly available research about the operations and the impacts of unconventional gas development, provide the public with the information necessary to effectively engage in the debate about the future of this energy source. This research could usefully focus on these five areas: surface and groundwater protection; air emissions related to vola-

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tile organic compounds; greenhouse gas emissions from the production and transport of natural gas and its methane content; community infrastructure impacts including road damage and waste treatment; and the mapping of subsurface structures to better understand and plan for fracking and subsequent waste water injection. We need look no further that the recent groundwater research carried out by Geoscience BC for a model of how we might proceed. The job before us is, admittedly, a tall order but without access to credible science, the debate over our natural gas future will be characterized by bombast, fear and doubt. And we will all lose in that case.

Our government also needs to expedite the development of the LNG infrastructure so that we can tap into a growing LNG market which is going to be otherwise filled in the next few years through long term contracts among competing exporting countries such as Qatar and Australia. This is a once-in-alifetime opportunity and government should ensure the regulatory processes do not undermine our ability to compete for this wealth. Revenues from this development are immense and will go a long way toward assisting the challenges we face in health care, education and social services. Too many of us seem okay with losing sight of the fact that hundreds of millions of dollars just waiting to enter government coffers can be lost by holding back industries for no good reason.

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By Pat Pimm, MLA Peace River North I would like to try and give you all a little more information on our Governments’ proposed job match program. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced in his 2012 Budget that we would be pursuing a job match program for eligible individuals on income assistance. While on the Provincial Budget tour, the Finance Minister made mention of the program while speaking to the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce and I want to add my perspective to the program as well. I agree with the concept of this program and I want to clarify that putting British Columbians back to work before utilizing employees from Alberta is an excellent idea. If we have the opportunity to provide higher-than-average paying jobs to individuals on social assistance that are willing to participate in

the program and move to a region of the province where there are opportunities for employment, we should embrace it. We can all recognize that we have many opportunities for semi-skilled employees in our local retail outlets and service industry, and these are ideal jobs for those looking to get off of income assistance. This is exactly what Premier Clark has been saying all along, that we want to get BC families back on their feet and break this cycle of poverty. I have always believed that we should be utilizing as many employable BC residents as possible, and that is why I have continually pushed to have open bidding processes for BC Contractors on all projects (Oil and Gas or otherwise) that have any kind of government funding attached. What we must be very clear about is the fact that while we have an unemployment rate of 3.7 per cent in Peace Country, we

will do the proper consultation with our Communities, Mayors, Educators and Business owners to make sure that we work together to design an optimal program for our region. We must also be very clear that participation in a program like this will be on a voluntary basis, and that nobody will be forced into any program. We will ensure that our Northern residents are offered the same benefits as any others in the Province and we must let all individuals know that you can’t just move up North and expect a high paying job, you must be qualified or be willing to become qualified to be placed in a higher paying job. We respect everyone who has worked hard to build a life for themselves and their families in the North. I believe that most British Columbians support the principle that encouraging individuals who are capable of working away from income assistance and into jobs is the right public policy.

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I commend the Peace River Regional District for taking control

Dear Editor I read with great interest the article in the March 1 2012 North East News. It’s hard to figure out if the Charlie Lake Grand Haven Fire Protection Society and or Chief Pinkerton and Captain Allen want control of the fire department or not. They don’t seem to be able to make up their minds. I was at a meeting in the Pomeroy Hotel when Chief Pinkerton and Captain Allen both said that they would not sign the insurance policy and they no longer wanted the responsibility of running the Fire Department. I would like to commend the Regional Board for finally taking control and righting the mistakes made when the Fire Department was formed in 1980. Surely there were smart enough people on the Board and Administration at this time to foresee problems with the way it was set up. I was around although not involved and I can understand how this all hap-

pened. It is past time to rectify past mistakes. You cannot take taxpayers money and hand it to a group of buddys with no form of accountability. Shannon Anderson stated at the afore mentioned meeting that the books of the Charlie Lake Grand Haven Fire Dept. were available, they are not, not even the Regional Dist. has access to the books as things are now. The only thing that is public is their budget and anyone knows that without the paperwork to back this up it is a joke! Mr. Allen suggests that Chief Pinkerton should remain and the new person hired by the Regional Dist. could be the liaison between the Fire Dept. and the Regional Dist. I’m sure that would work out wonderfully, what with the title of “ El Cheapo Chief”, things should go swimmingly, not to mention the cost of hiring someone just because the current person in charge has issues with the Regional Board. I am confident that they, the Regional Board, will have chosen a person with

adequate qualifications from the applicants for the job of Fire Chief. Time marches on and things change. I am sure that with Mr. Pinkerton’s qualifications and Mr. Allen’s recommendations, Mr. Pinkerton will have no trouble getting a job with another fire department somewhere. It’s time to stop the scare tactics and threats by the Charlie Lake Fire Society and move on. The taxpayers of Charlie Lake/ Grandhaven deserve an open and accountable fire department. It should be pointed out that the facility is owned by the taxpayers of Charlie Lake and Grandhaven, and not the Charlie Lake Grand Haven Fire Society. This society had a contract which is now expired. Again, I would like to thank the Peace River Regional Board and staff for the hard work straightening this mess out. Yours sincerely Walter Stewart, Charlie Lake

Dear Editor, The government’s newest no brainer to send welfare recipients from southern B.C. to the North to work. These recipients will have their transportation, schooling and housing paid for (by our tax dollars), then after they are trained they will be led by the hand to a job. Perhaps this same opportunity should be given to a person already living in the North and not on welfare. Most people

cannot afford the cost of schooling or the cost of all the tickets to obtain the job they may be seeking, or trained for. Ninety percent of the people on welfare could work if they wanted to and the people that could be on welfare are too proud to be; so they will hold down two or three minimum wage jobs to make ends meet. These are the industrious people that should be given the opportunity for schooling, tickets, housing and a better paying job. If I was an employer these are the people I’d

want working for me, not someone waiting for the next handout. Maybe start with roadside cleanup down south with your welfare recipients; if 50% of them show up on time and then pass a drug/alcohol test, you can surely send them anywhere for education and a job. We’d probably even accept them in the North! Yours sincerely Chris Lamoureux, Fort St. John

Dear Editor, MP Bob Zimmer says concerns that some voters were deliberately told to go to the wrong polling site in the last election are “nothing more than a smear campaign based on unfounded allegations.” (Alaska Highway News, Mar 7, 2012) In fact, nothing could be more serious. Our democracy depends on each and every citizen being able to vote for their choice for government. Interfering with that right is crime that former Chief

Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley said may deserve jail time. All MPs should condemn any interference in voting, but Mr. Zimmer and the Conservative Party are trying to muddy the waters and hide the problem. Maybe that’s because the allegations seem to benefit Conservative candidates. Maybe because after four years of denial, the Conservative Party was convicted of breaking the law by election exceeding spending limits in 2006 by more than a

million dollars. Too much has happened to dismiss this as the work of a single rogue. Something deeply disturbing is happening to our democracy. Mr. Zimmer should be standing up for a Canada that protects your right to vote, not turning a blind eye. Yours sincerely, Wayne Easter, MP, Liberal Party of Canada

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Proud to be Canadian By Kyla Corpuz

FORT ST. JOHN - Over 100 Peace residents received their Canadian citizenship at Alwin Holland Elementary School on Mar. 15. It was a milestone for the Filipino family Roy Secreto, his wife Lovelyn Secreto and their two sons Joaquin, 4, and Caleb, 2. Roy moved to Fort St. John seven years ago from the Philippines, his wife followed two years later. “We’re very proud to be Canadian citizens now,” said Roy. “We’re fortunate to be here in Canada, we feel so blessed.” The couple moved to Fort St. John to work.

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D.C. focuses on celebration of cultures at International Day By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- The common room of the Nawican Friendship Centre was crowded this weekend with people celebrating and sharing culture. Last Saturday the Nawican hosted the International Day of the Elimination of Racial Discrimination with coordinators Katie Stevenson and Michele Mobley. Stevenson of the D.C. Literacy Society, Mobley, the Literacy Outreach Coordinator of D.C Literacy Now, and coordinators at the Nawican worked for a month and a half to put the event together. Stevenson originally approached Mobley with the idea, and thought involving the Nawican fit nicely into the event’s mandate. “When we approached them with the idea, they were onboard right away because the Nawican Friendship Centre is a com-

munity centre for the entire community. We really want to help them promote the idea that the Nawican is a community centre, it’s not just a First Nations or Métis centre, it’s for everybody in the community, so we thought that that would be a nice place to hold it,” said Mobley. Admission was free and it started at 11:30 a.m., with a free multi-cultural lunch being served from 12-1 p.m. Volunteers brought in food such as Chinese dumplings and wontons, Mexican enchiladas, Indian pakoras, Filipino noodles, Iraqi sweet buns, Canadian beans and bread, and an Aboriginal traditional meal of stew and bannock. Vendors selling Aboriginal crafts and an NLC booth consulting those interested in their courses were present, and a hyde bracket making craft was also offered to anyone who wanted to get involved. Vancouver’s Beverly Lambert

entertained, taught, and involved the crowd of all ages in Métis dancing and music, an important staple of the Métis culture. A Scottish attendee taught many others a Scottish country-dance, and performed what they learned for the crowd. “We wanted to go with, rather then looking specifically at eliminating racial discrimination to turn it over and to make it a celebration of what we have to offer each other culturally speaking because it’s one of those things for a lot of people that if you don’t experience it, there’s hesitation, there’s fear sometimes,” said Mobley. Continued on Page 16.

Lekstrom announces review of BC Transit By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- Peace River South MLA and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, announced Thursday that he has appointed three people to conduct an independent review of BC Transit. Lekstrom called for the review after several concerns arose from elected officials around the province, surrounding communication difficulties. “We have talked about the issue of BC Transit and what needs to be done and I can tell you without question, every conversation that I’ve had on this issues has indicated that we have a good public transit system with BC Transit but we think we have a number of ideas on how it could get better,” Lekstrom said during Thursday’s press conference in Victoria. “A number of areas whether it be operations and performance for example, the governance side of it, the relationship between BC Transit and local government on the communications side and how issues are relayed when it comes to the budgeting process and the timing of that. So we are going to have a number of things that are going to be looked at in this independent review,” Lekstrom said. The review will be made public and is due to be completed by the end of August this year, making several recommendations to the Ministry. Panel members will be examining: the operations and performance of BC Transit; the existing structure, processes, policies, and governance in place for BC Transit; the funding relationships between the transit system and local governments; and communications and consultation between BC Transit and local governments. “It’s all about improving communication and certainly the Minister has listened to our concerns and has addressed them clearly, this is what we asked for, this is the request that we made and the Minister has followed it up right to the letter. It’s very important that we have improved communications with the BC Transit Board and the Executive, we have to have a little bit more concern from what’s going on in our local governments, we’re all being faced with increased cost, how can we do things better? How can we improve things better,” said Joe Stanhope, Chair of the Regional District of Nanaimo, at the press conference. “I’ll tell you how we can make things better, we can make

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Kony Movement - Continued from page 12 The video recieved millions of hits and four local teenagers want to take part in the movement. Shayla Faminow, Melissa Paynter, Madison Faminow and Paige Wilde asked council for support in their efforts to spread Kony’s name. “We want to go to Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney to do a presentation on who this man is, what he’s doing and try and get more people aware of what’s going on in the world. This may just be Fort St. John, our town, but it’s still a part of the world,” said Shayla. “In asking for support, I don’t think there’s an issue around this table by any means,” said councillor Dan Davies, who also shared the video on his Facebook and Twitter account. “I think it’s great

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to see local youth coming forward to try and make a difference.” Davies added that Kony is just one man and there are many types of people who do similar offences. “You have your work cut out for you to raise awareness to these different issues in different countries.” Mayor Lori Ackerman said council would assist the girl’s initiative. Following the spread of the Youtube video about who Kony is, the foundation responsible, Invisible Children went under fire as various blogs and reports outlined the organization’s financial statements and questioned it’s validity. Invisible Children’s fiscal year report for 2011 outlined their expenses totaled to nealry $9 million. In addition almost half of what they put towards central African programs ($3.3 million) was spent on funding general mangement.

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March 22, 2012

Stars aim to stamp out cancer By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- Members of the Order of the Eastern Star have been working to do good in the province for 100 years, and members of the Order in Peace Chapter 58 have been working towards the betterment of the community for over 60. Last Thursday, the D.C. unit broke a Chapter record while making bandages at the Chapel Hill Estates’ recreation room.

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Order members and volunteers usually meet twice a month to make bandage dressings for local cancer patients, in a two hour span the group can generally make 17-19 bags of 24 bandages. With the help of extra volunteers the group was able to make 36 bags, for 864 bandages. Making bandages is apart of the Order’s long history, and in order to raise money to make the bandages the Chapter annually sells cancelled stamps to buyers in Vancouver. “The money generated from that is what is used to buy the cancer dressings, and right now I believe we have two patients that need cancer dressings here locally and so we’ve been asked to make the dressings at least Jill Earl photo twice a month, and it’s on-going. Doreen Merrman is not a Anyone can get the free dressings bandages last Thusday. with a note from their doctor saying that they need them,” said Myrna Jones, Associate Matron for Peace Chapter 58. Jones is also the Chapter’s stamp convener, and has been since 1990. She collects stamps from businesses and individuals, and trims them all before they are sent to Vancouver. Jones estimates that she collects between 50,000-60,000 stamps a year. “It sounds pretty daunting, but it’s actually ok,” Jones said. Collecting and selling the stamps can generate as much as $20,000 for the organization, to as little as last year’s earnings of $8,000. All the money generated goes to buying the supplies to make bandages and if there is any money left over, the group donates it to cancer research. “The money that is generated from the sale of the stamps is used to buy the dressing material, and if there’s anything left over at all, that’s used for cancer research,” Jones said. Order member, Secretary and past Matron, Merill McCullough, says that there isn’t much skill required to making bandages. The gauze is precut when the volunteers arrive; it’s just a matter of putting the batten in the middle and doing a se-

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ries of folds. Most people have a connection with cancer, as does McCullough; her daughter and brother both had the disease. “If they need bandages, I think this is the best, nicest thing a person can do for all these cancer patients. They have to have bandages, and somebody’s got to make them and hey, we’re all for that,” McCullough said. Besides bandage making, the Order also hosts an annual raffle and bazaar in late Oct. Proceeds from that event are donated back into the community. “Almost every year we have a raffle and the proceeds from that raffle go to various organizations in town for example the Rotary Manor, Step Up N Ride received our money last year, the Hospital Foundation are prime ones that we donate to,” Jones said. Anybody can belong to the Order of the Eastern Star with a Masonic affiliation, but the organization will welcome any volunteers. Those interested in joining or volunteering with the Order can call Arlene Thorpe at 250-782-7122.

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