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TUMBLER RIDGE- Environment Minister, Terry Lake, and Energy and Mines Minister, Rich Coleman, granted Finavera Wind Energy Inc. an Environmental Assessment Certificate for their proposed Tumbler Ridge Wind Energy Project last Thursday after considering a review led by B.C.’s Environmental Assessment Office. The certificate allows Finavera Wind Energy Inc. to proceed to apply for provincial licenses and leases and other necessary approvals for the proposed project that if approved will be located eight kilometers southwest of Tumbler Ridge. “This project has been under development since 2007 and the culmination of this environmental assessment process means we can now move forward towards construction on this project. This EAC marks the final step in a development process that has already secured a power purchase agreement, transmission interconnection, and site control. The next steps are to execute a turbine supply agreement, select a construction contractor, secure project financing, and begin construction,” said Jason Bak, Finavera Wind Energy Inc. CEO, in the press release. The proposed $125 million project would produce up to 49.6 megawatts of wind energy producing enough energy for 18,000 homes, and under a 2010 Electricity Purchasing Agreement from BC Hydro electricity delivery date to the BC Hydro

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Volunteers leave behind pagers after Charlie Lake Fire Hall’s over haul By Kyla Corpuz

CHARLIE LAKE – About 15 Charlie Lake volunteer fire fighters turned their pagers in, some even their uniform, on Apr. 1—and it was no joke. With a majority of the volunteers gone, the new fire chief Steve Munshaw said it may mean hiring additional fire fighters to be on a 24-hour standby, however these plans aren’t secured. As of Sunday, the only assurance Munshaw has is the support of the Fort St. John and Taylor fire department. Apr. 1 marked the turn over of the Charlie Lake Fire Department under the Peace River Regional District. It was also the first day in the hall for new fire chief, Steven Munshaw, who replaced Al Pinkerton. Munshaw stood in front of a group of volunteer fire fighters

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after they filed into his office placing boxes of turned off pagers on his desk. He had one request: to be given a single chance to prove himself. “I ask you to just talk to me,” said Munshaw. But for the first twenty minutes the volunteers didn’t budge. “It’s not a chance for you, it’s nothing to do with you. You’re still not the decision guy, and that’s not going to change,” said one of the volunteers. The volunteers were putting their foot down in response to how the PRRD took control over the fire department. Having never met the new chief in charge, they felt their safety was at risk. “Majority of it is safety,” said James Edison, who has been a volunteer for the past year and a half. “We’re expected to go into fires and expected to listen to these chiefs and assistant chiefs. We don’t know if they’ve been into a fire … so the fact that we’re supposed to listen to them—it’s putting our lives at risk. It’s not acceptable.” Munshaw understood their concerns but said with his experience, he feels he meets the criteria of his title. “They have to see who I am. Am I able to be in this position?” said Munshaw after meeting with a number of disgruntled volunteers. “You can Google me and find out where I have been, I’m pretty sure I’m comfortable in this posi-

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BC Lions teach local students to be more then a bystander By Jill Earl

spread the message in 40 schools. The Lions will also show a number of public service announcements about the cause during the football season. “Sometimes it’s a challenge, but really I learn more with every assembly, the subject is important to me, so it’s almost selfish, it’s very fulfilling to be able to share a message like this that effects all of us and to have a solid program and solid platform to stand behind, I’ve love it, and I hope that the cooperation and the funding can continue for years so other students across the province can get the same opportunities,” said Archibald, about his experience talking to students. After a general assemble, the players will talk to leadership students in the school and go over a number of hypothetical scenarios with them. The Lions look for input from the students and answer any of their questions. “We’ll get more feedback and it will be a lot more interactive and try to help them understand a little bit more about the bystander approach and it’ a lot of fun for us… we’re able to take feed back answer questions and interaction is really valuable to the whole program, with a big audience it’s hard to get that,” said Archibald. As the Encana Corporation is among the campaigns sponsors, the BC Lions made sure to bring their message to communities Encana is active in. “We were approached to see if we would help sponsor the BC Lions in this program, and we think it’s a very valuable program for all of B.C. and for everyone and we thought it would be great to bring it to some of the communities where we’re active in. So they were in Fort Nelson yesterday and they’re here today,” said Brian Lieverse, Community Relations Advisor for Encana. Lieverse says the message is important for students to hear, so as to change their behaviours and attitudes at a young age. “It’s important that everybody talks out about it, and a situation like this goes along way to help remove some of those stereotypes, and as they said in the past it’s been all women talking about it, so this is an opportunity to get the men out in front of the kids and them realizing that it’s not right, and them making some changes while they’re young. These are the kids that are mostly affected by it as well, so it’s important that we get that message out,” Lieverse said. Archibald said that the team wanted to get involved because they thought it was an important message and that the team may be able to impact students, especially young men. “Our ability to impact young men is huge, they watch us, they listen to us, and for us to be able to say to them things about any subject, it carries a lot of weight. They see our size, and our stature, and our position within society as like the mega male and to tell them it’s not ok to treat women this way…we hope we’ll get a listening ear and we can affect change, especially in young men,” said Archibald. Reid and Archibald encouraged the students to refer to parents, teachers, councilors, friends, and people that they trust if they Jill Earl photo need any help dealing with a situation. BC Lion Angus Reid visits Dawson Creek Secondary School- Central Campus, to “That’s what being a leader is, you keep talk about the Be More Than a Bystander campaign.

DAWSON CREEK- Students at Mountain Christian Secondary School and the Central Campus of Dawson Creek Secondary School were visited by two BC Lions last week. Players for the BC Lions Football Club Angus Reid and Ben Archibald brought their celebrity to the students, but the primary purpose of their visit was to introduce students to the Be More Than a Bystander campaign. The Be More Than a Bystander campaign aims to stop violence against women, taking a proactive approach by aiming the message at young teenagers. It educates teens and gives them ideas on how they can speak out against violence. Reid and Archibald gave some startling statistics about physical and sexual abuse including that one in three women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime, that each year in B.C there are over 60,000 physical or sexual assaults, and that only 12 percent of sexual assaults against women are reported to police. “It’s like helping them understand that things around them aren’t ok and that we can change things, and you don’t have to be some expert, you don’t have to know everything, you just have to speak up when you see something wrong happening,” said Archibald. The players talked about leadership and about challenges and options for action when students witness violence, experience violence, and over hear derogatory language. “Leadership takes hard decision making, accountability, and courage, it isn’t always easy…that’s a big challenge in our world to stand up against the grain and go against what people are saying because you know it’s the right thing to do…It’s not always easy to talk about leadership but it’s right,” said Reid in the presentation. The campaign is in its first year and with the help of sponsors, the campaign will see two more years. The initiative is guided by a group of experts, and participating BC Lions players are trained about the issue and they travel across the province to

looking for answers instead of blaming someone or giving yourself excuses, you keep going until you have an answer, cause you care about change, you care about making your life better, and that’s what we’re here to tell you to do, we’re not here to tell you the answers, we’re here to tell you that to be more than a bystander you need to go find some answers,” said Reid.


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FORT ST. JOHN – Independent B.C. MLAs Bob Simpson and Vicky Huntington’s visit to the Peace allowed them to see the region’s natural resource face to face, resulting in questions and concerns they plan to bring to the provincial government’s attention. “I raised this issue in the legislature, [and] a number of organizations … stood with us on a call for a parliamentary committee to be struck,” said Simpson, Cariboo North MLA. “Not to do a moratorium or to strike the industry down, but to simply ask the question: do we have the right public policy, do we have the right frame work, not just for the industry as it is, but for the intended expansion of the industry.” The two MLAs addressed the concerns they had to media following their week-long visit. Huntington, Delta South MLA, said there was a disconnection between regulators and regulations. “As you speak to other people through the system, both professionals and residents, you find that there are significant gaps between what is being regulated and perhaps what ought to be regulated through a change of public policy,” she said. Huntington and Simpson spent a week identifying the gaps, which they planned to bring back and pressure the government to look at the public policy issues that need to be examined. Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm stands by OGC’s regulation and says public policy is in place. “We’ve got OGA [Oil and Gas Act] now,” said Pimm, the Act was created in 2010. “It addressed some issues that had to be addressed in the past,” such as landowners having a “few more” rights and a decrease in flaring. “As time moves forward, are we going to get all the issues dealt with? I don’t know if we’ll get all the issues dealt with, but certainly we have to keep working towards that goal and I think we’re doing a pretty good job of that.” One of the gaps Simpson and Hunting noted was around accumulative impact. “We’ve seen gaps in enforcement and compliance,” said Huntington. “One of the biggest issues is there is no policy surrounding accumulative impact assessment … There is no planning.” Simpson went on to say that residents such as those in Farmington deal with this issue. “What they live with is multiple pipelines, multiple roads, multiple wells, they experience the cumulative impacts that are all coming on stream at the same time.” But Pimm dismisses the idea that “there is no planning involved.” “I totally disagree with them on that point. There is tons of planning that happens,” said Pimm. He added the Ministry of Energy’s responsibility is to overlook development and make sure it is happening in way that is sustainable both to the environment and future of our province. In addition he said the OGC is a “world-renowned” regulator. “There are regulations that shows that you can only have one well pad for a certain amount of land. It differs a little bit from oil to gas … So I think there is some good planning that has happened over the years.” But Simpson made the argument that he’s not putting blame on the OGC, rather it’s lack of context around public policy. “I was pleased with the OGC in terms of their professionalism and movement that they’re making and I have to give them kudos. Those folks are taking their jobs seriously within the frame that they have,” said Simpson. “The question becomes is it the right regulatory framework because I think they’re doing the best that they can within that.” Fracing quickly became a topic of discussion. Simpson said the conversation around this practice should not be on groundwater contamination or direct pollution to the aquifer, because B.C. doesn’t shallow drill. “The debate in British Columbia is an accumulative impacts debate,” said Simpson. “It’s actually water usage [and] … as you grow this industry you are fracturing the shale beds everywhere … Do we have the right emergency management systems?” Pimm’s view of fracing is quite different from Simpson’s, as he believes groundwater is the issue and water usage is not necessarily of concern. The Sikanni Chief will flow 200 million cubic metres of water in highseason, said Pimm, and the OGC only allows a maximum of 15 per cent for permits and temporary licences. The total amount of licences for the Peace River Regional District and Northern Rockers would amount to 50 million cubic metres of water, however Pimm said only four million is being used. To make a comparison, in 2009, Fort St. John used three million cubic metres of water according to Pimm. Huntington and Simpson were in the Peace the week of Mar. 23.

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Where is my copy of the 2012 edition of the phone book ? Dear Editor: For the past few months I have been asking Telus and Yellow Pages YPG about the status of the local telephone phone books since I had not received the book at home or work. Have you received your telephone book? With each inquiry to Telus or Yellow Pages I was told the contracted distributor delivered all the books to the Peace area back in December. One person admitted there had been a small problem but that YPG was assured it had been corrected and all the books had been delivered. The following response is from an e-mail inquiry I made; “I am not sure why you did not receive the Yellow Pages book for Peace River as they should have been delivered in December. Please call our distribution Centre at 1-800-268-5637. Choose option#1 to report

an incident.” Thank You, Multimedia Services Representative Yellow Pages Group 4260 Still Creek Drive, Burnaby, BC, V5C 6C6 T 1-877-909-9356 F 1-877-514-3813 I called the 1 800 number and was again told all the books had been delivered back in December. Since I must have been missed she asked how many books I needed and what addresses I would like them sent to. She then arranged to have Canada Post parcel deliver them to me – received March 29 2012. How many businesses have not received the telephone book? Remember advertisers in the yellow pages PAY to have their ads in the book. Those advertising rates are based on the books being in all the homes and businesses in the area. If a business is paying anywhere from $50.00/month to upwards of $1000/month for a display ad and it is not reaching the market due to telephone

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A Look at the Budget

By Alise Mills F i n a n c e Minister Jim Flaherty said the focus of his 2012 Budget was ‘long term prosperity for our country’, but after reading last Friday’s bylines, its apparent some Canadian commentators don’t see our country as anything more than competitive regions and disputes. The bylines of the next day’s newspapers brought cries of discontent from the usual suspects mostly and not surprisingly from Central Canada. My suspicion is that those cries come from fear and quite rightfully so. Budget 2012 was much more than a polite acknowledgment of the economic power British Columbia and Western Canada hold. It is clear that Canada’s economic health is now reliant on strong natural resource and manufacturing sectors here in British Columbia and throughout the West. This made me wonder...was Central Canada now only in name only? Just ‘central’ on a map to any observer? Ontario, who was once the economic and political engine of this country, had become a ‘have-not’. In recent years, Ontario has been plagued by too many grand political gestures and deals with special interest groups all paid for by Ontario taxpayers while the response has been a dog and pony show meant to look like accountability by its leadership. Most concerning for Ontario and albeit-is out of the hands of any Canadian leader-is a depressed U.S. economy who until recently was seen to be a front runner in the race to a double-dip recession. Generations of British Columbians could tell you stories from noon to night of how we watched as our economies stagnated while Ontario’s zoomed along. British Columbia frozen out and on the side lines. Sadly, this could be said was a direct result of having Federal Governments who were incapable of disconnecting from the election cycle- the pandering of Ontario & Quebec votes long enough to understand the untapped resources and economic strength of BC and its people. Divide and conquer was the old way of doing politics and business in this country and thankfully that time seems to have come to an end. There is no honour among gentleman (and women) in relishing in another man’s bad luck. So, it would be irresponsible for me to dance on Ontario’s rainy day and remiss in facts for me to not tip my hats to the economy that ‘floated’ BC for many years, but its worth noting the imbalance between the East and West is a political lesson very much ingrained in our souls and history. Budget 2012 is as much a political statement as a blue print to where Canada will go to maximize our economy. The Federal Government is placing its bet on Western Canada’s economy, with a hawkish eye on British Columbia and the many opportunities its resources and people hold. The 2012 federal budget should be welcomed news for all British Columbians. I can’t remember a time in my existence when a federal budget touched every region and sector in our province. From natural resources, to manufacturing, skilled labour, to research, innovation and technology, the 2012 budget hit the key economic questions facing our province. Our beleaguered forestry sector saw the Federal Government demonstrate a renewed support for the industry and its workers with a $105 million investment for market development and research. This hopefully will encourage broader investment and ‘outside the box’ discussion at the provincial and local levels. Shipbuilding--until recently an industry on life support--saw $5.2 billion in federal investment over 11 years to renew Canada’s Coast Guard fleet, $101 million over five years on a cash basis to restore and modernize Esquimalt’s Graving Dock and $27.3 million over two years to support divestiture of regional ports and continued support for federally owned ports. If that doesn’t float your boat, then look towards BC’s mining


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sector and the continuation of a temporary 15 per cent mineral exploration tax credit. The BC Mining Association states that this tax credit will help in expediting $140 billion in new investment to the sector. The Federal Government’s budget also promised a faster environmental review process. This illustrates the Federal Government’s understanding that British Columbia is limited by a very short window in maximizing our natural resources to maintain our competitive edge in the global markets. We are no longer the only suitors vying for the Asia Pacific and even if we were it would be negligent not to seek out new customers for our resources. We cannot be complacent. Ten, 20 or 30 years debating one proposal is simply ridiculous and sends a message to the world British Columbia is incapable of a reasonable and measured response in the development of our natural resources. We are in fact then not open for business. The changes to the environmental review process is good news for British Columbia. Those changes are not a direct aim at the opposition to Northern Gateway pipeline. Time doesn’t equate to sound environmental policy, time simply becomes a way for challengers to tie up the process. These changes serve both sides well. In fact, those changes include more money for the review process by funding consultants/advisers for First Nations, who are in the majority of those opposed to such projects like Northern Gateway. The budget also includes funding to support technology for better tanker and pipeline safety, while providing more research funding for technology which supports other environmental policies that protect our coastlines.

The federal budget doesn’t just hit the ‘go’ button on expansion of these sectors, it offers a path to get there. Political and corporate leadership cannot accomplish this without one main component--the skilled worker. Labour shortages are a concern which has been at the forefront of meetings between Western Canadian Premiers who see this as one of the biggest impediments to reaching our full potential. BC simply doesn’t have enough skilled workers to see us through and immigration is a tool to help us address this need. Budget 2012 takes a solid step in addressing this shortage through the refunding of up to $130 million to federal skilled workers who applied to come to Canada before 2008. This will work two ways to benefit Canada and British Columbia: it will rid the backlog of roughly 300,000 new applicants and ensure skilled newcomers actually meet current labour market needs. There’s not doubt British Columbia is the beneficiary of this budget. The 2012 budget has the right blend of optimism and balance. Through key initiatives the budget shows the federal government has listened to British Columbia and responded through measured policy. Through good governance and wellbalanced economic and environmental policy; funding and resources for First Nations; we will be able to broaden engagement and ensure the entire country can and will benefit from British Columbia and we will be happy to take that leadership on. (Finally) Alise Mills is a political commentator who appears regularly on CKNW, CFAX and CTV. She is a public affairs consultant based in BC. • 9909-100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 1Y4 • Phone toll free 1-877-787-7030 • Phone: 250-787-7030 • Fax: 250-787-7090 Email: • • • • 1509B Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, V1G 1Z9 • Phone: 250-782-7060 • Fax: 250-782-7066 •

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Local skaters salute to the city of sin By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- The ice at Memorial Arena was transformed last Saturday into the glittery party city of Las Vegas, NV thanks to the approximately 160 skaters of the Mile 0 Figure Skating Club and countless volunteers. ‘Welcome to Vegas’ was the theme of this year’s annual skating carnival. The carnival showcased skaters’ talents, and is used each year to end the skating season. “This is the way that we end our season, so as of March 31 the regular skating season is concluded, and we end our season every year with a carnival that showcases all of our skills,” said Kim Hughes-Brinsky, Publicity for the Mile 0 Figure Skating Club. Skaters have been working for a month learning their routines, and club executives have been working for much longer doing the legwork of the show like preparing costumes and props. “It is a great family event, sometimes we need to have those different platforms where you can bring our whole family and this is definitely one of them, great music, and amazing cos-

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This skater channels Michael Jackson in a performance to ‘Beat It.’

tumes. It’s Vegas so there’s lots of glitz and glam and lots of colour, and there’s a strong dedication to have some really good props, and every year we do a really good job of making the arena look pretty different, so it is a really fun event for all ages for sure,” Hughes-Brinsky said. The carnival is just one of many fundraisers the club hosts each year, they also fundraise by selling Purdy’s chocolates, selling Rotary’s Mega Lottery tickets, collect bottles, and they have sold Gold Canyon candles in the past. This year parents of skaters worked with Ovations, the catering company at the Encana Events Centre, selling food and drink in the concessions; the club received a portion of what they sold. “It’s really the only one that we do that’s on the backs of parents, whereas all of the other fundraisers we definitely pull our skaters in cause it’s their commitment, but this is one where parents are driving it,” Hughes-Brinsky said. Fundraising generally goes towards ice fees, but sometimes the club will host special fundraisers to help their synchronized skating teams travel to competitions. The money raised at their year-end carnival was for ice fees, the club’s single biggest expense, as figure skaters can been seen at the rink every day of the week. “The primary one is our ice fees, to pay the City of Dawson Creek for ice fees…When we think about our expenses are number one expense is ice, no question…even though we’re Jill Earl photo non-profit of course we still pay the youth rate for ice, and so In keeping with the theme of songs about Las Vegas, this skater performs to Katy Perry’s ‘Waking up in Vegas.’ we use a lot of ice,” said Hughes-Brinsky. The club has been in the community for decades and is ran through a volunteer Board of Directors. They teach skaters of all ages and skill level, from little CanSkate learners to senior level skaters.

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These skaters dressed as card dealers know when to hold them, fold them, and skate away.

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Annual pancake breakfast leaves stomachs, donations full

relies on volunteers to serve the breakfast, wash dishes, and tion for some that support it every year. By Jill Earl “Everybody looks forward to it, they want to help in some DAWSON CREEK- Last Saturday marked the kick off to the clean tables. “We like to see dignitaries because it’s exposure for them and way and we just need to announce when the breakfast is and Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, with their 27th Anfor us and the Cancer Society, and they love doing it,” said 18- everybody wants to come,” said Pardowski. nual Pancake Breakfast at the Co-op mall. This year the Relay for Life is being held at the Walter Wright The breakfast served from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. included pancakes, year Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, Delores Pardowski. Local representatives, MLA and Minister of Transportation Pioneer Village on June 9, the theme this year is ‘celebrating the scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, oranges, coffee, and tea. The Co-op donated food, and all the money raised is a and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom, Coun. Cheryl Shuman, Coun. years of the pioneers.’ Last year’s relay raised over $96,000, and Duncan Malkinson, and Coun. Shaely Wilbur were present to money raised supports cancer research. donation to Relay for Life. Marie Scheck, a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, was the serve food and clear dishes. Lekstrom has been a volunteer with the relay coordinator for three years until she stepped down last year. Scheck says that the pancake breakfast has become a tradi- Society since he was on Dawson Creek City tion in the community and that the fundraiser usually brings in Council and tries to make it to their events when his busy schedules allows. approximately $3,000. “Any time that I can be of assistance, I “It’s a good fundraiser, it’s a good way to kick off the start of the relay too because the teams get up and moving and register- make every effort to do that...I’ve been coming and that. We have 15 teams registered now, which is more ing down and participating at this function for I don’t know how many years, it goes back to then we usually have,” Scheck said. The Co-op started the breakfast 27 years ago when one of when I was on council, and cancer touches all their board members, Joyce Armstrong, who was also the Daw- of us, it’s certainly touched my family, I lost son Creek Unit President for the Canadian Cancer Society, was my dad when I was a young boy and anything diagnosed with cancer. The Co-op hosted the breakfast in sup- we can do to certainly bring awareness and the work that the Canadian Cancer Society does port of Armstrong and has been doing it ever since. “I think it’s just out of the good will of doing it because it’s on our behalf,” said Lekstrom. Jill Earl photo The breakfor a good cause and there’s a lot of MLA for Peace Region South and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, fast has bepeople in this town with cancer and Blair Lekstrom, and Counc. Cheryl Shuman worked hard serving to a long line of come a tradi- hungry patrons and Canadian Cancer Society Supporters. they’re behind it and they look forward to it every year. We have people making donations of eight dollars or more with their left over change, just throwing it in and saying put it towards Canadian Cancer Society, so it’s not just the breakfast it’s actual support for the Cancer Society,” said Co-op cafeteria Manager, Sharon Hahn, on why the Co-op has continued the breakfast. Jill Earl photo Other then two kitchen staff, a cashier, and a manager, the breakfast Audrey Elsenheimer was on double duty last Saturday, in charge of cooking both scrambled eggs and pancakes. Jill Earl photo

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By Michele Mobley ~ Literacy Outreach Coordinator Most of us have heard that the first five years can be a child’s most important in terms of emotional, social, cognitive and physical development. Make sure that the children close to you are ready for the challenges of school by spending quality time with them. Encourage children to play, use their imaginations and explore the world around them! Just 15 minutes a day reading together not only gives

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April 13, 14, 15 2012

CKNL trade show

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Friday, April 13 5pm-10pm Saturday, April 14 10 am-9pm Sunday, April 15 11am-5pm

Admission Adults - $700 Seniors & Youth - $500

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Family of 4 $20 Children 8 & under accompanied by ADULT free

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Your in-town Golf Course Purchase Your 2012 Membership at the Fort St. John Trade Show at Booth #79

and Your name will go into our draw for a chance to win a R11 Taylor Made Driver, Putters, Golf Bags, Shirts and Hats. For first time members we are offering a; Spouse free membership, at the trade show only, a savings of over $400.00. Sweet deal.

Returning senior members Trade show special, Receive a $70.00 club house credit. (first paying adult member)

Returning adult members Trade show special, Receive a $100.00 club house credit. (first paying adult member)

Public welcome 3 flat screen tv’s, concession and lounge, a great spot to meet your friends for lunch. You can sit out in the sunshine on our glassed in deck and enjoy the view.

We are just a short walk from the City walking trail if you need a quick break when you’re out for a walk Full service facility, with power cars, rental clubs, practice putting green, chipping green and practice area, beautiful bent grass putting greens. Fully stocked pro shop with equipment for all levels of players. Very low prices on entry level sets just right for beginner and intermediate players. We carry shoes, clothing, hats, and clubs at all prices and have a friendly knowledgeable staff. Family Friendly, junior players welcome, parent child tournament held each summer. One of the top Junior programs in the province, running through the summer holidays.

Men’s league and open ladies night held each week. Best Prices for Golfing in the Area. Second Nine is still just $10.00.

Drive north on 86th street and you will come to our door.

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Where have forty years the biggest trade show ever. gone? It seems like it was just We have close to 300 exhibits, yesterday when we got started. attractions, displays, and activiBut then, when I think back to ties. Most of all the space on that first CKNL Fort St John the two levels of the Pomeroy Trade Show I was 28 years old. Sport Centre is being used. A Today, at 68 years of age, I refitting way to call it a day. alize the clock and the calendar After forty years of involvedon`t lie and my involvement ment, I am passing on the baton with the trade shows all those to Christina Hogarth, a bright 40 years is coming to an end. and capable individual who As I look back, I feel a sense been assisting me these Show Manager has of accomplishment. But I past two years, and who has fully realize it wasn`t just me been involved with the Trade Gene Daniel who made the trade show hapShow in one capacity or anpen. Actually, a good portion other for the past nine years. of this supplement is devoted to the people who Christina is a former sales manager with Asare the backbone of the show over these past 4 tral Media and still works three days a week as decades. It has always been a team effort, al- a sales executive in order to spend more time ways revolving around the personnel at CKNL with her family. She will take on the manageRadio which eventually became the Bear FM ment role going forward. and other individuals in the community. Christina and I will be circulating throughout I have been involved with the trade show the weekend at the Trade Show and we hope since its inception. As manager of CKNL in you will like what we have put together for you 1973, we started the trade show in the ball- this year.More booth exhibits than ever before, room of the Alexander Mackenzie Inn now the a spectacular Safari Jeff Human Nature Exhibit Stonebridge hotel. We had about 30 exhibi- made possible by Spectra Energy, and lots of tors and about a thousand people came out for other attractions and activities, and numerous the weekend show. We thought at the time, door prizes all chronicled in this supplement it just doesn`t get any better than that. How put out by the Northeast News. could it possibly get any bigger. But bigger it As this is my last year of management, I want did get. We moved the following year to the to close by thanking the dozens and dozens of North Peace Rec Centre, and then outgrew that people who have helped put this show on over building, and left for the Curling Rink and the the years. Many of them are acknowledged in Kids Arena, and worked that configuration for this supplement. I want to thank the hundreds a good number of years before also bringing in if not thousands of exhibitors who booked the North Peace Rec Centre again, to make for a space with us over the past 40 years of shows. three building show plus outdoor space. It con- And needless to say, I want to thank the thoutinued that way until 2010 when the massive sands if not tens of thousands who have come Pomeroy Sport Centre opened, and we moved to see the show since its inception 40 years ago. everything under one roof. And that’s the way I sincerely hope you will keep on coming. it stands today, forty years later, with definitely This year marks the anniversary of an event that has happened 40 consecutive years in our town. Not only remarkable is the longevity of the CKNL Trade Show but also the growth. From a 30 exhibitor show in 1973 to over 250 exhibitors today it is an event which brings the community out of hiding at the end of every winter and one at which you can’t walk 5 steps without seeing a familiar face. I am very excited at the prospect of being at the helm of this wonderful event that Gene has built. My family and I have been in Fort St John for 9 years and have come to love the community. The trade show is a tradition in town and one that I am proud to have been a part of for these past 9 years. Gene has done a remarkable job with the show and I am looking forward to continuing his tradition for many more years to come!

Associate Producer

Christina Hogarth

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April 5, 2012

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Food Court

F-1 - A&W • F-2 - Westfood Co-op • F-3 - Peace Country Meats • F-4 - Nick’s Nuts • F-5 - Yummy’s Donuts

Major Door Prizes!

Draws Take Place at 4:30 PM on Sunday April 15th At the Sun FM / Bear FM Booth on the 2nd Floor of the Pomeroy Sport Centre

A 7 Night Vacation aboard a Cruise Craft 60 Foot 15 Sleeper Houseboat on Shuswap Lakes. More Than $5000 Value

A $500 Gift Certificate from Apollo Avenue Sunglasses & Watches

2 sweetheart packages: Jacuzzi Suite for two, Includes Wine, chocolates, flowers and Buffet Breakfast

For Youth (9 to 18 Only)

Six JD Fitzgeralds gift certificates

WIN a 64GB iPod Touch - Valued at $400

3 executive room for two plus complimentary breakfast

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40th Annual CKNL Trade Show Vendor


5 Star Training Program 111 A&W Restaurant F-1 A-1 Marketing 105 A-1 Orthotics 105 A Buyers Choice Home Inspections 13 Accent Dental 22 Adventure Aviation Inc 33 Alaska Avenue Dental Clinic 222 Alaska Highway Art 110 All West Glass 235 Alpine Glass 129 ALS Environmental 257 Apex Creation Trading Ltd 19,20 Apollo Avenue Sunglasses and Watches 215 Anthony Swan MGT 213 Arbonne International 278 Arctic Spas 123 Around The Block 144 Astral Media (Draw Barrels) 268 & 269 Bank of Montreal P Bargains Galore 59 BC Hydro 281+282 BC Oil and Gas Commission 308 BC Senior Games Society Zone 12 7 BC Timber Sales 77 Beck Enterprises 126 Blind Bay Resort 219 Bodo Peace Region 143 Bonnie’s Accessories 133 Branch Corner Supply 224 Bra’s for Cancer 221 Bruce Martin and Associates 206 Budget Blinds 275 C.S.T. Consultants Inc 28 C&V Trailer Sales 101+102 Cal-Gas Inc 210 Camp Sagitowa 119 Canadian Cancer Society 233 Canadian Elite Carpet Cleaning 307 Canwest Group Benefits Inc 262+261 CC Enterprise 250-252 Central Emporium 141+142 Century 21 Realty- Kevin Pearson 40 Chealsea’s Hair Studio and Spa 146 Christian Life School 46 Clean Cuts/ Rada Cutlery 72 CIBC 246 Cisternas Gloria K City of Fort St John 108 Conservative Party of Canada 204 Costco 70+71 Cradling Hands Duala Services N Crafty Folks 249 Creative Iron Wrold and Design Ltd 66+67 Custom Creations 239 D.R. Jackle Construction & Stoneworks O Dakshas Gourmet Spices 25 Dandelions & Mudpies A


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Deesta Hair Design Ltd 140 District of Taylor 106 District of Tumbler Ridge 258 Double R Repairs 309+310 Eco-Web Ecological Consulting 237 Epicure Selections- Kimberly Janzen 272 Epicure Selections- Nadine Kam 51 Emerge Design 264 Employment Connections 220 Energetic Concrete 120 Energetic Roller Derby Association 241 Enform 256 Enviro Home Inc 113 Exova 254 Eye Candy Beauty and Honey Bees 23+24 Factory Direct Deerskin Glove Outlet 121 Fairway Divorce Solutions E Family Friendly Community 240 Family Image Photography 82 Fantasy Gift Land 200-202 Fifth Avenue Collection 84 Fisher King Charters 65 First On-Site Cleaning 37 Focus Corporation 232 Fort St John Associtation for Community Living 230 Fort St John Oilfield Christian Fellowship H Fort St John Co-Op 283+284 Fort St John Curling Club 266 Fort St John Hospital Auxilary 35 Fort St John Links Golf Course 79 Fort St John Public Library 303 Fort St John Sunrise Rotary 64A+B Freedom 55 Financial 225 Galaxy Broadband Communications 247 Gas Liquids Engeneering 255 Global Wealth Trade 78 Gold Canyon Candles 26 Goodness of Garlic 21 Gorcomb Industries D Gramma’s Attic 45 Graph-X 131+132 Great North Creations/Aurora Dawn Photography 105+130A Guideons 15 Hair Bin 42 Hans on Mechanical Services Ltd 53 Harley Davidson of Prince George 124 Help for Hormones with Maxx Alive J Holmes Radiator FUN ZONE Hotsy Cleaning Systems 69 Independent Plumbing and Heating Supplies 267 Investors Group 60 It Works! F Juice Plust 205 Kid’s Music CD’s 32 Knowledge First Financial 83



Lakepoint Golf and Country Club 245 LB Contracting 103 Lesser Slave Lake Regional Tourism 236 Lia Sophia R Lily Silk Art 10 Linwood Homes Ltd 229 Lobanow Contracting Ltd 222A Lynn Photots 253 Lynette Forest Photography 12 Mannaware Cookware 130 Masterpiece Framing / Charnwood Creations 244 McElhanney Land Surveys Ltd 107 MC Rehabilitation and Wellness 49+49 Mediskin 263 Michaud Toys 62+63 Micky’s Minis OUTSIDE Mighty Peace Tourism 279 Millenuim Marketing Inc 136+137 Miller Concrete and Design 52 Molly Maid 280 Music Nation Direct Ltd 259+260 Nagel Notions and Promotions 114 Natures Best Landscape Products 57+58 Nick’s Nuts F-4 Nikken 85 North East Native Advancing Society 243 North Peace Justice Society 248 North Peace Pregnancy Care Center C North Peace Savings & Credit Union 276+277 North Peace Search and Rescue 75 Northern Auto Electric Ltd 125 Northern Environmental Action Team 207,208,209 Nothern Health 301 Nothern Lights College 6 Northern Outdoor Energy Systems Ltd 104 Northern Rockies Lodge 18 Northern Therapeutics 122 Norwex Enviro Products 5 Ocean Sales 11,17,44,100,117,118,135 Ocean Star Charters 27 Organo Gold 29 Overhead Door 138 Pacesetter Enterprises 16 Paragon Performance Training 302 Paramount Safe Work Systems 226 Party Lite Gifts Ltd G Passion Parties 30 Pats Auto Bumper to Bumper 148 Peace Country Duct Cleaning 306 Peace Country Meats F-3 Peace Country Toyota 149+150 Peace Valley Environmental Association 73 Pictures by Jaime 54+55 Plasti-Flab 74



Prarie Coast Equpiment 115+116 Pride Magnets 231 Princess House Canada 223 Proargi-9 Q Quality Inn Northern Grand 9 Rainbow Holdings Canada Ltd 36 RCMP Recruting L Recylce- It Resource Recovery 38+39 Renapur Holdings Canada Ltd 274 Rentco Equipment 127+128 Roxanne’s Interior Design 68 Ruff 2 Riches M Rustico Log Structures & Rhino Tuff Industrial 139 Sanjel Corporation 147 SCA Blueberry Ministry Center & Bible Camp FUN ZONE Scentsy 14 Scrumage Girls 305 Serenity Spa 47 Signature Homestyles I Silverstone Heating and Construction 304 St John Ambulance 81 Stella & Dot Independant Stylist 4 Student Works Painting 273 Superior Propane 76 Sunrise Radio 61 Swiss Style Nuts 43 Systems by Trail 227+228 Teck Coal 238 Temptations 1+2 Teryl’s Icecream 86 Terrace Sport Fishing Adventure 300 Thelma’s Goodies 3 The Kings Valley Christian Camp 203 The Original Basket Boutique B The Pillow Nook 8 The Scottish Shoppe 112 The Show Sports Memorabelia 212 Titanuim Exclusive Cookware 216 Today’s Techniques 211 Trail Blazin Power 151-154 Trophy Cup Ltd 222B Twin Anchors Houseboat 270 UA Piping Industry Collage of BC 41 Ultimate Relaxation 234 Under the Yoga Tree 265 Unforgetable Memories 145 Vertical Building Solutions 80 Versa Frame Inc 242 Watkins 64 Wee Piggies and Paws (Organo) 56 Weigert Enterprises Ltd 109 Westfood Co-op F-2 Winton Global Homes 34 Woodland Timbr Mart 134 Youth Bowling/ Fort St John 5 Pin Association 31 Yummy Donuts F-5

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A Look Back at 40 Years of Trade Show History

A SPECIAL SALUTE A great number of people have been involved in helping put the Trade Show on over the past four decades. One person who clearly stands out, is Paul Hawkes. For the first 32 years of the trade show, Paul was involved in every one of them. His involvement and his contribution are legendary. He worked at CKNL, and he took the same passion he had for radio and put it toward the show. He worked side by side with Gene Daniel and the other radio station managers who worked the show doing everything from selling booth Paul Hawkes space, to helping in the setup of the show, and working in the accounting room. On his retirement from the Trade Show, Paul was honoured with a special presentation for his long service and dedication to the show. Unfortunately, Paul passed away in December 2010 but his contributions for those first 32 years will never be forgotten.

Another person who spent many years helping at the Trade Show was Arlene Goodkey. Arlene, who looked after the administration for CKNL worked the Trade Show in the accounting end from 1973 until 1999. In her quiet efficient way, she made sure everything balanced out working long hours to make sure the job was done and done properly. And from the broadcasting end, and even helping out at the door from time to time, is another familiar face, who is still involved. Joe Stevens joined CKNL Radio in 1983, and has been at every trade show since working the live radio broadcasts and pitching in wherever help is needed. A special salute and thank you to these veterans. Joe Stevens

Arlene Goodkey

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Twin Anchors is back at the 40th Annual Trade Show

Last year`s show stopper is back‌only with a bigger houseboat. This year, Twin Anchors Houseboats is displaying their 60 foot Cruise Craft II outdoors in front of the Pomeroy Sports Centre. This houseboat is almost twice as big as the houseboat on display last year. It has all the amenities you would ever want, and it is the very same style boat that someone at the trade show will be lucky enough to vacation on if his or her name is drawn on Sunday, April 15th at the close of the show. Twin Anchors has once again made available as the major door prize, seven nights aboard this luxurious Cruise Craft II‌a 15 sleeper houseboat on the Shuswap Lakes. The winner can vacation any time except long weekends between May l and October 31/12. The houseboat has a fully equipped galley, 3 staterooms, 2 bathrooms, a residential range, 2 refrigerators, dishwasher, microwave, clothes dryer, home entertainment system that has CD stereo, TV and

DVD, VHF communication, propane, propane BBQ, fireplace, hot tub and bridge deck command centre. Anyone 19 and over who purchases an admission, gets a chance to win this major door prized with a value of over $5000.00. It will be drawn at 4:30 PM on April 15th at the Draw Barrel site, at the Astral Media Booth on the 2nd level of the Pomeroy Sports Centre. The public is cordially invited to walk through the cruiser, and also visit with Twin Anchors at their booth location right next to Astral Media-Sun FM and the Bear, 2nd level.

Stage North back to help out

Back again, helping keep the Food Court area clean, is the team from Stage North. This non profit society group, worked the food court last year doing a masterful job in making sure the tables were kept clean, the garbage was removed and the area stayed inviting for the patrons. For their help, the Stage North Theatre Society is given an honorarium and that helps the Society for their Theatre Summer School in Fort St John scheduled for July 30 to August 11/12. The next Stage north production is “Hockey Mom, Hockey Dadâ€? by Michael Melski and directed by Dallas Ashdown at the NPCC April 26, 27 and 28. The final show of the season is “Death and the Maidenâ€? by Ariel Dorfman and directed by Rob Laventure on May 3, 4 and 5. Tickets are now available online at or at the NPCC box office. Founded in 1977, Stage North was first developed through Northern Lights College by Theatre instructor Brian Paisley. The organization is dedicated to providing quality local theatre for the community, educational theatre workshops for all ages and introductory experiences in acting and learning opportunities in backstage theatre techniques for youths. New members are always welcome‌no experience necessary. Check out

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The Best Booth Awards at last year’s CKNL Trade Show In the past 39 years, there have been many excellent booth displays. …exhibits showing lots of creativity and originality. As a matter of fact, three business firms have won special meritorious awards for their consistent outstanding displays. They are Trail Blazin` Power, Roxanne`s Interiors, and Systems by Trail. Last year, the top three booth awards went to the following. Rustico Log Homes/ Nature`s Best Landscape Products had a spectacular display featuring a structure built of logs by the Rustico folks and exceptional landscaping by Nature`s Best who painstakingly worked many hours to create a booth that wowed the judges and public alike. These

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two firms are back again this year. Rustico log Homes is in booth 139 and Natures Best Landscape Products is in booths 57 and 58. The Lido Theatre and Deere John hooked up last year and presented a dazzling display that spoke volumes of what they do. An added bonus was Deere John performing from time to time last year at the booth to the delight of country music fans. Sunrise Radio completed the top three displays last year with effective use of yellow balloons and other eye catching material that effectively stated who they are. Sunrise Radio will be back again this year in booth number 61. Who will be the top three award winners this year? Come to the show and find out.

Bra’s for Cancer will be at the Trade Show

Stop by Booth #221 with Your Old Bra’s to Donate for this Cause! For more information email Lehmann at Bras can be sent to Box 105 Tumbler Ridge B.C., V0C 2W0

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March 29, 2012

Hoop dancer to visit the 40th Annual CKNL Trade Show Amanda Syryda from Grande Prairie is a hoop dancer and instructor supreme and you`ll see her demonstrate her hooping and teaching folks how to hoop, in the Family Fun Zone area of the 2nd level. Amanda is a self taught hoop dancer who started hooping just three years ago, but has mastered this art to the point she can do dazzling demonstrations as well as teach others how to hoop. In 2010, Amanda started teaching classes and workshops in Grande Prairie and continues to be in demand for high profile events like the Arctic Winter Games and Festival of Trees in Grande Prairie and the North Country Fair. She has now expanded her performances into Edmonton and now Fort St. John, at the 40th Annual CKNL Trade Show. Amanda`s performance times are April 13th at 7 and 8 PM, April 14th at Noon, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM, 4 PM, 5 PM, 6 PM and 7 PM. And on April 15th at noon, 1 PM, and 2 PM.



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CAMP SAGITAWA CLIMBING WALL A familiar sight at the CKNL Trade Shows over the past few years has been the 20 foot rock climbing wall that Camp Sagitawa brings in. Since it stands high and proud, it really is an impressive display, and is used non stop by people of all ages who like to try their hand at climbing the wall. What a view of the show from the top of the wall. The Camp Sagitawa Climbing Wall is located in booth 119 on the first level. BLUEBERRY MINISTRY INFLATABLE SLIDE Another attraction that stands out is the 12 foot high Blueberry Ministry Slide on the 2nd level in the family fun zone. This slide has thrilled many youngsters for years at the trade show. George Loney, director of the SCA Blueberry ministry and Bible Camp says last year some one thousand youngsters used the slide. He`s looking forward to another good turnout this year. IN THE ZONE PARTY RENTALS Justin Elliott of In the Zone Party Rentals from Grande Prairie always brings in some of the most amazing bouncers and inflatables, and really out did himself last year when he brought in Laser Tag. What a hit that was. The 16 hundred square feet of play area was constantly busy with young and old alike and the good news is that he`s bringing it back again. His contingent of play things will keep families busy for hours. See it all inb the Family Fun Zone, 2nd level.

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This exhibit will be an extraordinary adventure in learning and is guaranteed to be a real crowd pleaser. Thanks to Spectre Energy, Trade Show organizers are able to bring in “Safari Jeff`s Human Nature Exhibit. It is an educational and interactive exhibit for the whole family to discover. There is an array of fascinating sights and activities for all ages to enjoy again and again. Within the exhibit there`s the “Bone Zone” which is a fully interactive dinosaur bone dig table. There`s a colouring station offering different activities to exploring visitors artistic side. And there are numerous displays of insects and reptiles punctuated by special performance by Wrangler Elisa who will bring out an assortment of live reptiles at certain times of the day. The brilliant informative displays and activity stations are open throughout the entire trade show. The special performances with the live reptiles take place as follows:

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Rainbow the Clown is set to make her return to Trade Show Rainbow is no stranger to the CKNL Trade Shows. She`s made numerous appearances over the years, and delights her audiences with her clowning antics and great facepainting abilities. Rainbow considers herself a family friendly entertainer. She began her career in 1992 and has taken training at the Medicine Hat College Clown Camp to hone her skills and has also taken course in Edmonton, Calgary and Penticton from trainers who are world renowned professional clowns. It has now reached the point, where Rainbow is teaching clown workshops to adults and children. In Rainbow`s words “I really focus on my character and think of how my character would think and react to given situations or comic opportunities.” She says, “its an awesome thrill to see a child light up when they see Rainbow the Clown”. Rainbow has been serving the peace Region and beyond for more than twenty years.

Rainbow will be on hand April 14th and 15th, in the Family Fun Zone on the 2nd level and will have special facepainting times: April 14th from 12 to 2 PM, and again from 3 to 5 PM. And on April 15th from 11 AM to 12:30 PM, and again from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.


Check out Northern Splatter’s Shooting Gallery on the 2nd floor brand new to the Show this year! It’s just 5 dollars to enter the shooting gallery where you can test out the latest Paintball Guns AND be entered to win the Complete Players Pack, including Gun, Tank, Hopper, Mask and Paint, valued at 400 dollars! Everything you need to play paintball!

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April 5, 2012

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40 Years in Fort St. John - Thank You to All The Staff,

Jack Ryder - Central Displays Show Contractors

Donnie Levac & Nyomi Foster Accounting Personnel

Sheldon White - Central Displays Show Contractors

Andrea Brooks - Registration

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and the People Behind the Scenes of the Trade Show

Mary Daniel - Registration

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Astral Media Management - Shaun Briltz - Brand Director, Amy Atkins - Sales Manager and Terry Sheperd - General Manager

A special recognition of the people who make Cheryl Desbigarre & Emile Desbigarre - Door Attendants the show possible. The pictures on pages B13 & B14 are the people who make the show possible. They are the people behind the scenes. In many cases, these people have been involved for the past decade Your Favorite Mouth-Watering Treat is Waiting for You... or more. Thank you to them and everyone who has been a part of the suc2 Machines to Serve you Faster cess of the CKNL Trade Show as we We’re in the Same Place as Last Year INSIDE - 2nd Level enter into the 40th Year of this amazing show here in Fort St. John Follow your Nose! See you there ~ Gene Sheryl Jackubowski, Claude Renaude, Roger Ness - Parking Attendants. Missing from Photo is Tina Tompkins


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Noteable Notes about the 40th Annual CKNL Trade Show

ON SITE ATM AT THE TRADE SHOW One of the most requested items at last year`s trade show was “Is there an ATM on site?” Unfortunately there was not. However this year, 2011 Trade Show organizers are happy to report they took note and have responded with an on-site ATM on the first level of the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Exact location will be highlited with signage and will be readily accessible. ON SITE SECURITY Security is taken seriously at the Trade Show. That’s why Trade Show organizers always hire Code 3 Security. For the last seven years, this professional security firm has provided top notch service not only during the show hours but overnight in the building security. Their work is invaluable and many thanks go out for their exemplary service over the years. PARK PROPERLY AND RESPONSIBLY The city of Fort St John has gone to great lengths to maximize the amount of parking stalls that are available at the park-

ing lots in the front and the back of the Pomeroy Sport Centre be posted and this area will be monitored and vehicles will be including a good number of specially marked handicapped towed. Also, please have consideration for the neighbours of spaces. Along with space by the Kids Arena, and on both sides the Pomeroy Sport Centre and avoid parking in their lots. of the north Peace Arena, there is space for a thousand or so vehicles. But even with all that parking, at the height of the trade show there can be congestion. That is why Trade ® Show organizers suggest takFROM ing public transit which goes right by and stops right at the Pomeroy Sport Centre. Of course it goes without LIMITED TIME ONLY saying, DO NOT PARK on the roadway around the Pomeroy Sport Centre. This is a fire FS 38 Gas Trimmer lane and no parking signs will 27.2 cc / 0.65 kW NOW ONLY 4.1 kg / 9.0 lb




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Enforcement may grow like weeds By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK - Last week the Peace River Regional District hosted an Agricultural Weed Day at the Walter Wright Pioneer Village for agricultural producers to hear the latest in invasive and noxious weeds. Attendees heard from speakers like Ian Heap, who gave recommendations for weed resistance in agricultural settings; Julie Robinson, who discussed standards in weed free forage and seed certification; and Elaine Armagost, who spoke about how weed problems will be addressed by a new weed control program. Dave Ralph also spoke at the information session, Ralph is employed with the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources and discussed the Weed Control Act of B.C. and possible changes to regulations within. Ralph said that most of the changes that will be considered involve just updating and modernizing municipal government abilities in regards to enforcement. “The regulations are going to be up dated, we don’t have a specific number of changes there will be quite a few changes made, we’re really going to be updating them and a good term would be modernizing the regulations with respect to abilities of enforcement,” Ralph said, adding that the last time the Act was

updated was last summer when the province added 18 new invasive plant species to the provincial noxious weed list. Under the B.C. Weed Control Act, landowners are responsible to control noxious weeds, if a district approves the Act, then that district can appoint weed control inspectors and enforce control. The Act allows the district to give notice to a landowner to control their weeds, if the landowner doesn’t abide by the request, then the district is able to go onto the property and control the weeds themselves. The district then can issue an invoice to the landowner for the cost of controlling their weeds, and if the invoice is not paid, the amount can be added onto the property owner’s taxes. Ralph says that with the possible new enforcement regulations, districts will be able to enforce of a larger number of weed species. “Some of the initial input right now, that I’m hearing is that they’d like to see enforcement powers strengthened within the weed control regulations, give them more options for more enforcement of control of specific weed species,” Ralph said. Before the regulations are changed, the Ministry will distribute the regulations to municipalities and districts for their review and comments.

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Mayor Mike Bernier says ‘Hello’ to Liam John Hiebert, Dawson Creek’s New Year’s Baby and mother Jennifer Ominayak at the Hospital Foundation’s 12th annual Cradle Call. 2011 babies who purchased “Precious Footprints” gathered last Thursday to collect their footprint and to reveal the pairing footprint adorning the walls of the hospital’s lobby. Money raised from the sale of the “Precious Footprints,” benefit the Dawson Creek and District Hospital Foundation.


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the DISTRICT OF HU NOTICE IS CHAMBERS, HEREBY GIVEN that Drive, a PUBLIC HEARING will24, 2011, at 7: HOPE COUNCIL 9904 Dudley on MONDAY, October allow public to make verbal or written representationHOPE to Council with respect to the follo be the held in the DISTRICT OF HUDSON’S COUNCIL Proposed Development Variance. CHAMBERS, 9904 Dudley Drive, on Tuesday April 10, 2012 A) at

7:00 p.m. to allow the public toPERMIT make verbal or written repi) “DEVELOPMENT VARIANCE APPLICATION” resentation to Council with respect to the following proposed The intent of this proposed development variance permit is to amend the outsid ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 809, 2012.

setback requirements for the exterior parcel line along Fredette Avenue righ from 3 meters to 1.5 meters for

The District of Hudson’s Hope is proposing to amend Zoning 19 Township 81 Range 24 West Bylaw No. •750Lotby2 Block2 adding Section Secondary Suites under Permitted PRDP 1679 Uses.

of the 6 th

This would make the setback of the exterior parcel line the same as the setbac

for an interior line. Suites be added as a permitted use It is proposed thatparcel Secondary in the following Residential Zones (where “Duplex” is currently a permitted use):

1. 2. 3. 4.

Low Density Residential – R1 Low Density Residential– R1A Medium Density Residential – R2 Suburban Residential – R3

SECONDARY SUITE means a self-contained, accessory dwelling unit located within a principle single-detached dwelling or in an accessory building on the same parcel as a single-detached dwelling. A secondary suite has its own separate cooking, sleeping and bathing facilities. It has direct access to the outside without passing through any part of the principal unit. A secondary suite does not include a duplex.

A copy of the proposed development variance documents may be inspected or obtained fro District of Hudson’s Hope Municipal Office, located at 9904 Dudley Drive, Monday to Friday copyofof8:30 theam proposed be 2011. inspected or obtained theAhours and 4:30documents pm, Octobermay 11 -24,

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the DISTRICT OF HU HOPE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 9904 Dudley Drive, on MONDAY, October 24, 2011, at 7: NOTICE HEREBY GIVEN that a Development allow the publicIS to make verbal or written representation to CouncilVariance with respect to the follo Proposed PermitDevelopment application Variance. will be discussed at the DISTRICT OF HUD-


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Application: The owner is requesting a variance from the `Subdivision Bylaw No. 293` provision 11.1 to not install a connection to the community sewage system as there will be no onsite bathroom/ washroom facility required or proposed on site and .


Before making its decision, the Council will hear from all persons who have an interest in this matter. Written briefs may be submitted to the municipal office on or before the date and time of the meeting or verbal presentations may be made to the Council during the meeting.


Persons wishing to view the draft Development Variance Permit or requesting additional information may contact the municipal office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

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DAWSON CREEK - The Art Gallery’s latest exhibit features the work of approximately 20 women a part of a unique group that was founded 27 years ago. The Exploring Art Group has simply titled their exhibit ‘Exploring Art,’ for the variety in their show. The group celebrated the opening Tuesday, Mar. 27. The group meets every Wednesday in the Bin Top studio at the D.C Art Gallery. The works showcased are pieces that they started producing since September. At each meeting the group chooses a word to inspire a painting or art piece that each artist is to complete for the next meeting. “So you’ll have a word and then we’ll work on that word for next week… So you’ll have scenery or something like that and everybody will come in with a painting—or it’s open to anything— that’s why it’s called Exploring Art because it went from strictly acrylic to open to everything. So we’ve got water painting, acrylic, oil, some people draw, we’ve done paper mache, collages, all different things,” said Louise   Switzer, member and spokesFacial  aesthetics   Facial  aesthetics   Isabel   Leeuwner   person for Exploring Art Medical  Botox   Isabel   Lthe eeuwner   Medical  Botox   [Your   T itle]   Group. Cosmetic  Botox   [Your   Title]   Cosmetic   Botox   The group doesn’t have a Fillers     [Your   E -­‐Mail]   Fillers   teacher, but they critic each new Laser   [Your   E -­‐Mail]   [Web   Address]   piece at their weekly meetings. Laser     Book  online  at   [Web  Address]     Many members, who currently Book   online  at     [Street   Address]   are all women, will teach their     [City],   or  email   [State]   special to other members. [Street   Askills ddress]   [Postal   Code]   or   email   [City],   [State]   what we do now “Basically Code]   Phone 250-787-0010 is[Postal   there’s quite a few women in this group that are very talented 11116 100th Avenue, Fort St. John, BC women, and everybody helps Isabel  Leeuwner  

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“The statistical data is quite clear that the earlier you intervene the better the potential outcome,” said Lewis during a phone interview. Suzanne said following her son’s diagnosis, the support from the CDC was a huge help. “We put him in the CDC when he turned three and they’re the ones that really gave me everything,” she added, “Without the CDC we would have had nothing.” Part of the support system at the CDC is Butterfly Families. “It is a parent to parent support group,” said Susan Cross from the CDC. While it’s offered to all parents and caregivers of children with special needs or learning difficulties, majority of the families who attend have an autistic child. Early signs of autism can vary. “One of the key things to look at in children under two, is how they are responding to their name,” said Deborah Pugh, executive director of ACT-Autism Community Training. “Are they engaged with the adults in their environment? … A lot of people think in terms of are they talking? Are they communicating? You can communicate in many ways.” She added it’s not always how many words of vocabulary they have rather it’s if they’re paying attention to what’s going on around them and engaging with parents and other adults and children. Before Adrian was diagnosed, Suzanne noticed her son’s behavior was different. He never looked at her or husband in the eye. “Adrian was always a quiet, never-clingy child,” said Suzanne. “But I never knew what autism was. Looking back now, I would have seen more … I thought him not looking at us—there was something wrong with his eyes, not being able to see. I didn’t know why he didn’t look at us.” Now at the age of six, Adrian makes complete eye contact with his parents and sometimes, even with strangers. Every autistic child is different. “It’s a spectrum disorder. Autism affects each one of these people differently,” said Lewis. “They can be profoundly affected—non verbal, self injurious—right through to they can be highfunctioning autistic, who quite often their deficit is around social skills—how they interact with people. They could be very bright but they don’t interact with their peers … because they can be fairly focused in their interest. It’s a very broad range.” In Adrian’s case he recognizes right from wrong and views “ situations in black and white. “A lot of times, autistic children will not know from right and wrong,” said Brad, Adrian’s dad. When they took Adrian to get assessed in Prince George the doctor was tipping his chair, knowing that this was dangerous, Adrian got up and “chewed the guy up.” “He [the doctor] couldn’t really understand,” said Brad. “And I said ‘set your chair down on all fours.’ He set it down; Adrian Michael Lewis, Autism looked at him and said, ‘Thank you.’” Intervention Society of Canada While many view autism as incurable there are opportunities

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for intervention, which means stepping in and training them how to use their words and be part of everyday routines. This requires the help of professionals and parents/caregivers. Suzanne views autism as a “life-long” disability while Lewis believes it is “definitely” treatable. Lewis has an autistic son. “I think it’s fair to say that every child will benefit from intervention but it will differ from child to child,” said Lewis. “Some people will progress to the point where they lose the diagnosis, some people won’t, but they will all benefit [from intervention].” Suzanne has seen progress in her son because of ongoing interventions. “Our son couldn’t tell you he was any different because in our world, he isn’t. They need to be shown how to behave and be normal.”

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UPCOMING Dawson Creek • Dawson Creek Toastmasters meets every Thursday at 7pm at Farmer’s Advocacy Office 1032 103 Ave (Front door on 11 st.) Contact Heather at 250-784-5700 or 780-353-3050. • 29th April 2012 Women all around the world will be walking on this day to recognize the Associated Country Women of the World which is the largest International organization for the wellbeing of rural women and homemakers. Come and join local Members of the Women’s Institute at 2 p.m. starting at the Senior Citizens Hall Car Park in Dawson Creek , to walk along the Dawson Creek Trail to commemorate being a part of this World Wide Walk and to bring awareness to this worthy organization. • Tuesday 24th April at 1.30pm. BC Securities Commission will be presenting. Have you been offered an investment opportunity that sounds too good to be true? It probably is come and find out more about how to protect yourself from investment fraud. Workshop open to everyone but space is limited. Fort St. John • Gradfest 2012 needs volunteers- npssgradfest@gmail. com • British Home Child Memory Quilt Exhibit - Between 1869 and 1948, 100 000 British Home Children were sent to Canada by church groups, orphanages, and workhouses to work on farms or as domestic help. These groups thought that poor and abandoned children would have a better life in Canada than on the street and in the workhouses of Britain. Many thrived in Canada but others suffered abuse, poor working conditions, and loneliness. 2010 was designated as the Year of the British Home Child. Three quilts were made in Canada with squares submitted by descendents of these British Home Children. This quilt comes to us from Alberta and was lovingly put together by Hazel Perrier, a descendent of British Home Children. It depicts the experiences of these children across the country. On display until the end of August at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum, 9323 – 100th Street. Open Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 250-787-0430. • PVEA ‘70’s Dance/Silent Auction April 20, 2012 7:30 p.m. - midnight Tickets: $20.00 Contact: Danielle 250-7858510 TWO Robert Batemen prints as well as various local artists. Location: FSJ Royal Canadian Legion • Campfire Cowboys are back at the Fort St John Legion Hall Saturday, April 28,2012 Doors open @ 6 pm Music Starts @ 7 pm $10.00 Donation at the door, snacks will be served. ONGOING Fort St. John • The Fort St. John Public Library is offering Free Computer Skills Training Sessions. These are one-on-one, one hour sessions, where you can learn at your own pace. You can learn what you are interested in learning and how you want to learn it. Areas covered can include, but are not limited to, basic computer skills, using the internet, office skills, email and social networking. Call the Fort St. John Public Library at 250-785-3731 to register or find out more. • 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 • The Fort St. John Literacy Society offers free one-toone tutoring for people who want to improve their reading, writing or math skills. We also offer free English as a Second Language classes and one-to-tutoring for people learning English. Contact 250-785-2110 or for more information. • 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: #211 10142101st Ave (Execuplace building). From 8:30-4:30 p.m. Phone # 250-785-5323 Ext 22. • ROTARY PLAY CENTRE SCHEDULE AT THE CDC, 10417 – 106 Ave., Fort St. John. Tel. (250) 785-3200. Mon. 9:00 to 12:00, Tues. 12:30 to 3:30 Gym Time 2-2:30, Wed. 9:00 to 12:00, Thurs. 9:00 to 12:00 Gym Time 10:30-11, Fri. 12:30 to 2:30 Gym Time 2-2:30. Outdoor Play - We’ll be taking advantage of nice weather-please come prepared. Schedule may change slightly due to holidays and special events. • StrongStart is a free drop-in learning program for children aged 0 – 5 and their parent/caregiver. A qualified Early Childhood educator is on-site. Duncan Cran StrongStart 8130 89 Avenue (250) 787-0417. Monday 8:30 – 11:30, Tuesday 12:30 – 3:00, library 1:00 – 1:30, Wednesday 8:30 – 11:30, Thursday 8:30 – 11:30, Friday 8:30 – 11:30, gym 8:45 – 9:45. Robert Ogilvie StrongStart 9907 86 Street (250) 785-3704. Monday 12:30 – 3:00, library time, Tuesday 8:30 – 11:30, Wednesday 8:30 – 11:30, Thursday 12:30 – 3:00, gym time, Friday 8:30 – 11:30, (alternating Fridays 12:30 – 3:00). Hudson’s Hope StrongStart 10441 Holland Street (250) 7839994. Mon/Wed/Friday 9:00 – 12:00, Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 – 4:30, gym time. StrongStart Outreach, Charlie Lake Elementary, Mondays 9:00 – 11:30 Mile 52 Alaska Hwy (250) 785-2025. Taylor Elementary, Mondays, 1:00 – 3:30 9808 Birch Avenue E (250) 789-3323. Prespatou Elementary, Tuesdays 9:30 – 12:30 22113 Triad Rd (250) 785-2025. Clearview Elementary, Thursdays 9:00 – 12:00 223 Rd (250) 781-3333. • Words on Wheels Bus - Traveling lending library and on-board stories, songs and interactive play. Parent resources available. Wednesdays and Fridays, September – June. See web-site for current stops. • 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 250-785-3991 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. • A Youth Relapse Prevention Group may be held weekly, in the afternoons at Mental Health and Addiction Services, #300 - 9900 – 100 Ave. For more information call Chris or Shaun at (250) 262-5269. • “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., 10408 105 Avenue. 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. • 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 community to join our group to promote community awareness of culture, music and cuisine. Phone Donald at

(250) 785-0815 for more information. • 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) 8437813 for more information. • Join us for fun, fun, fun at the artSpace! ArtSpace classes are here again at the North Peace Cultural Centre with wonderful programming for all ages! Don’t miss out! Register today for preschool, Mommy and Me, afterschool and adult classes! Check out the great selection of activities at, or pick up a brochure at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Call (250) 785-1992 for more information or to register. 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. Chetwynd • 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 7889658 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 1-800-643-7014 ext. 104 or Mila Lansdowne by e-mail at or (250) 242-3389. Registration is required. Taylor • 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. Dawson Creek • 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 782-7539 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.casidc. org. • 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.

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Adrian and his older sister Norissa, 11. Norissa hopes a sibiling support group starts in Fort St. John for other children like her who have siblings with a disorder to be ale to connect with each other.

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vention programs, this is in addition to the $18,300 in per pupil funding for special education services provided through school boards. Lewis and Pugh both agree that funding for early intervention is beneficial to both the government and society in the long run. “Well-funded early intervention can actually bring down the cost of the tax payer,” said Pugh. “If you intervene and these children make substantial progress in a position where they can work and support themselves and live on their own, there are no costs in the future associated with them,” said Lewis. “However, if you don’t intervene and don’t have money to intervene, these children will be a financial burden to our social services for the rest of their lives.” To learn more about autism, ACT-Autism Community Training provides information on their website: and over the phone: 1-866-939-5188. The Child Development Centre can be reached at: 250785-3200. DL#5247

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For Suzanne and Brad that means putting him in public situations like enrolling him in soccer. As the rate of autistic children climb the cause is not definite. “In terms of what causes autism, the general scientific perception right now is that there is a genetic predisposition to autism,” said Lewis. He added environmental figures could also be a contributing factor. Autism is a neurological disorder. Based on the number of children receiving ASD programs in B.C.—statistics from 2010/2011 show one in 110 children will be autistic, according to the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s records. Since Adrian’s diagnosis, three years ago, that number has been slashed in half. “When we got Adrian assessed it was one in 220,” said Suzanne. “There is no definitive explanation for the full increase in prevalence of ASD,” wrote Shae Greenfield, Ministry of Children and Family Development’s media relation manager in an email. “However, research suggests that improved diagnostics, enhanced awareness and an increased parental age are all contributing factors.” Raising awareness On Apr. 14 between 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., three to four parents from Butterfly Families will be at the Totem Mall to spread information and answer questions from parents and the general public on what autism is. “You know what, our society needs to know what our children are about and know that they’re no different than any other child,” said Suzanne. “They’re the same, they just have more learning curves than your everyday child.” Adrian receives aid at school and sees a speech pathologist once a week. In addition to the Autism Awareness kiosk there will be a sibling support group sign-up. This group will allow children, with siblings of a disorder, to connect with one another. Suzanne and Brad have an 11-year-old daughter who hopes this group will take off. “She’d just like other kids to be there and have other kids who understand,” said Suzanne. Brad and Suzanne have three children, Norissa, 11, Adrian, 6 and Kelsey, 4. While rates of autism have increased because of awareness—it seems this diagnosis has yet to be conditionally recognized by the federal government. Treatment for autism isn’t cheap “For several years I had an intervention program,” said Lewis. “The cost was about $40,000 to $50,000 and the provincial government provided about $20,000.” The funding for autistic treatment comes from the Ministry of Children and Family Development—it is not covered under the B.C. Medical Service Plan. A picture Lewis isn’t too pleased about. He added conversations with the Ministry of Health on why autistic treatment isn’t covered by MSP are usually replied with: “We don’t have money.” However, Pugh, ACT-Autism Community Training executive director and former journalist said this is an issue that has to be challenged federally. “It is a federal legislation, in order for autism intervention to be covered under the Medical Services Plan that has to be changed at the federal level,” she added, “It would be great if we could have the laws changed federally but it’s not really … Ministry of Health that can deal with the issue.” Whether treatment is paid through MSP or Ministry of Children and Family Development, Pugh said the issue is that autism intervention is very expensive. “$22,000 is a very good start but it’s not sufficient,” said Pugh regarding the amount of money provided to families with autistic children under six. Once they reach school age, funding drops to $6,000 a year to assist with out-of-school inter-

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D.C. Art Gallery auction will see new artistic direction By Jill Earl

Western, nice classy gala affair,” said Melissa Holoboff, D.C. Art Gallery Curator. Sixty pieces of art work that were donated mostly by Art Society members are up for auction, along with a silent auction running throughout the night of donated hand made pieces and five gift baskets sponsored by local businesses. Along with the opportunity to walk away with great art pieces, attendees also have the opportunity to win two roundtrip tickets to Vancouver along with a two-night accommodation while in Vancouver and two tickets to the Vancouver Art Gallery- all donated. A donated Lia Sophia necklace is also up to be won. The Gala Affair is a fundraiser for the Art Gallery, each year it must raise 90 per cent of their operating costs; they rely on their fall fundraiser, grants, commission of sales at the Art Gallery gift We have trained tax professionals who shop, and donations to raise that money. cancosts, prepare even the most complex “It goes towards our art operating specific examples is our children’s programming, it returns. No matter how complicated keeps it so that we only charge a nominal fee as opposed to what it would really cost if we had no money behind us. It also allowsyour us to situation, do community there’s a group that wants we involvement can provideifyou We have trained tax professionals who can prepare even us to have a colouring table at their event, we usually happily do that or we sometimes organize with: the most complex returns. No matter how complicated your independent little art showings for artists, things like that,” Holoboff said. n tax planning strategies situation, we can provide you with: In hosting the dinner/auction the Art Gallery has had a helping hand from numerous sponsors in n audit the community. The Pomeroy Group becameassistance a gold member sponsor by donating $1,500 to their n tax planning strategies n audit assistance operating funds. Andrew Ho and Alana Bridges are donating their musical talents as entertainment n complex return preparation including n complex return preparation including the areas of: for the evening, Weaver Brothers Auction has donated their services and the Toyota Dealership the areas of: has sponsored wine for all the tables. n small business n trust & estate n rental n small business n rental “These could be a huge cost, that could almost break the bank, but we’ve had some really great n U.S. n corporate n U.S. n corporate community donations come forward,” Holoboff said. n trust & estate Last year their auction raised $20,490.30, and this year they are hoping to reach $30,000. Tickets to the Apr. 13th event will be sold until they fill up the maximum 150 spots. “We’re trying to keep it 10067 100 Avenue Address classy, and that’s a new thing City Fort St John for us, cause we usually have little games, and things like Phone Number 250 785 7549 that, but we thought nope, let’s | 800-HRBLOCK just try it this year so people can just come, enjoy the evening.” said Holoboff. ©2011 H&R Block Canada, Inc. “Maybe buy a piece of art or two, be entertained by the live music and will be able to go 4.25" x 4.25" | 800-HRBLOCK home…We just encourage that Jill Earl photo anyone that hasn’t attended an Blake of Inc. Valhalla, Alta. practices before the ©2011 H&RBarclay Block Canada, art auction to try it out, it looks Sportsmen’s Archery competition last weekend in Dawson to be a lot of fun.” Creek.

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Prestige Gifts & Trophies renovate with some assitance

By Jen Bourke - NEAT DAWSON CREEK – Sharon and Dale Sexsmith owners of Prestige Gifts & Trophies Ltd. in Dawson Creek took on a huge project when they decided to purchase and renovate the old legion building, which was built in the sixties and one of the first engineered buildings in the area. The Sexsmiths saw it as an investment opportunity and began their renovations in 2008. “We basically had to start all over.” says Dale. They tore down walls, put in new insulation, worked on the roof and upgraded the furnace and duct work. New walls and stair cases were put in to turn the building into a retail outlet and the lighting was all upgraded. In order to attract businesses to rent a space in their building, the Sexsmiths choose the most up-to-date and energy efficient options for their renovations. “It’s probably about as efficient as a building can get.” The building is home to five businesses including Prestige Gifts & Trophies Ltd. and there are two more spaces available for businesses looking to rent. The upgrades are most noticeable in the Health Food Centre, where the open ceiling design shows off the new insulation and efficient T-5 lighting. Sharon mentioned that they receive a lot of positive feedback from their customers, especially the members of the community who remember how the legion looked before the renovations, about how bright and open the building looks inside and out. The Sexsmiths applied for the BC Hydro incentives which covered a portion of the cost of the project. It was still a big investment, but the incentives made a big difference. The majority of the renovations were complete by October of 2009 and Prestige Gifts & Trophies Ltd. was the first to move into the “new” building. According to Dale, the challenging part was choosing the most cost effective upgrades and selecting technology and equipment which gave the highest incentives and the largest energy savings. “I’d like to see an easier way to get information so that we can all be informed.” said Dale. Since Dale completed his upgrades in 2008, the LiveSmart BC: Small Business program has joined the market to provide free energy assessments and advice from Business Energy Advisors to help businesses make informed choices about energy efficiency improvements. There are Business Energy Advisors working in the district that can be reached at the Northern Environmental Action Team office (250-785-6328). Sharon and Dale are more than happy with how the building looks now and can be proud of the fact that they are one of our local business owners who are leading in sustainability. The work Sharon and Dale did to renovate the old Dawson Creek Legion building into an up-to-date energy efficient new one is a great example of how we can reduce our emis11C164A 11PA343A sions, become carbon neutral, and conserve energy. If you 2006 CHRYSLER 2005 are looking to upgrade your business and would like more SEBRING TOURING CHRYSLER SX 2.0 information on how you can reduce your energy costs, receive a free LiveSmart Small Business Energy Assessment --------------- WAS ----------------------------- WAS --------------and receive incentives for making upgrades, call NEAT at 250-785-6328 or email

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