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Kyle Plamondon, North Peace Secondary School; Meagan Haugen-Koechl, Bert Bowes; Rachael McPhail, Dawson Creek Secondary Central Campus; Jacquie Gulevich, NPSS and Kevala Van Volkenburg (not particularly in order of appearance) are headed to attend an all expense paid trip to the Canada Wide Science Fair in Charlottetown, PEI. The sponsors are: Canadian Natural Resources, EnCana, Shell Canada, Spectra Energy and Dawson Creek Rotary. By Kyla Corpuz

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April 26, 2012

NLC Students learn while helping kids to Reconnect By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEKA learning opportunity for Northern Lights College’s Residential Construction program students will provide more learning opportunities for teens in the community. On Friday, Apr. 20, Residential Construction students celebrated the completion of the Reconnect Youth services house, a project the students have been working on for the last eight months. The Residential Construction program provides carpentry foundation training, and chooses one project Jill Earl photo Students in NLC’s Residential Construction program stand outside the Reconnect Youth services centre, which they have annually for their students to complete. In been building over the past eight months. the past they have built an airport terminal in Chetwynd and a number of houses in the community which they sell and use the proceeds to carry forward to the next year’s project. Projects often include construction for non-profit organizations in the community, such as this year’s project for the South Peace Community Resource Society. “They had the blue prints all drawn up and everything…so we looked at them and the project just fit perfectly for our curriculum outcomes, for our program, it was a real good fit and we said yes, it benefits the community, it benefits us for the program and with those things it’s a win-win for everybody,” said Jeff Lekstrom, dean of instruction for NLC. The program gives students level one and two of their carpentry apprenticeship, and af-

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ter completing their class project will receive approximately 600 hours towards their apprenticeship and 360 hours of instruction throughout the eight-month course. Students from the program graduated this week, and will need to complete more hours to satisfy prerequisites from the training authority in order to complete their journeymen carpentry apprenticeship. The eight students enrolled in the program were involved in all aspects of construction except for electrical, plumbing, and operating the equipment to dig the basement. “They are involved in everything from the ground up…they do the carpentry portion, like they do all the cement pouring, they do the foundation, they do everything involved in that right up to the finishing, and painting, and instillation of cabinets, everything that’s needed, doing the basement, doing the cement finish, all that kind of stuff,” said Lekstrom. The new building was built on the same location as the old house on 904 103 Ave., after it was demolished last fall. The old building was built in the 40s, and had a list of repair and maintenance problems. Arden Smith is the department manager for Family Safety Counselling and Support Services at SPCRS, the Reconnect Youth program is one of 16 programs in her department. Smith says that at the old building, the sewage was backing up, waterlines were freezing, water would come into the building during high water run off months, and it smelt bad. “In the end we couldn’t even open the back door,” Smith said. “It was just one thing after another, and the house was settling so much that the front door would swing open, so I had to keep a note on it saying that basically the door is locked, we’re here, just knock. It was getting pretty challenging and I felt like I had a part time maintenance job,” said Jackie Spurrell, behavioural youth Therapist for Reconnect Youth. Continued on Page 14.

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DAWSON CREEK- Of the 21 Peace River Regional students that competed in the provincial Skills Canada competition last Wednesday, two brought back medals when they returned on Thursday. Kristin Thackeray won a bronze medal for Aircraft Maintenance for Northern Lights College and Austin Bidduph won silver for welding for South Peace Secondary School. Contributions from EnCana, School District 59 and 60, School District 59 Parent Advisory Committee, and the Northern Lights College

Foundation helped the students with travel costs to the competition in Abbotsford. The provincial competition is held annually and gold medalists are invited to compete nationally, every two years students can also compete in the WorldSkills International competition. The next international competition is next year in Leipzig, Germany. These competitions are meant to encourage interest and celebrate young people’s talents in trades and apprenticeships, with over 34 different contest areas.

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April 26, 2012

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MLA for Peace River South and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, Blair Lekstrom, announced Friday that the South Peace will receive $54 million for several highway and road upgrades.

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between Rolla Road and 8th Street in Dawson By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- Last Friday MLA and Creek, and installing a changeable message Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, sign on Highway 97 south of Chetwynd, and a Blair Lekstrom, announced several projects in pedestrian traffic signal in Chetwynd near their the South Peace region that will improve road recreation centre. “The list is very abundant, there are some conditions. Lekstrom announced $54 million of government funding would be invested into the key projects on here this year that I think that projects, $13 million of that committed to local the people have asked for many years and we’re very grateful that we’re able to deliver on that day labour. “When I talk about local day labour, that is this year,” Lekstrom said. Lekstrom says that over the past 10 years our local contractors that have the opportunity, the men and women that run their trucks, pups, the Province of B.C. has committed approxiand all of their equipment, we go to them, they mately $570 million to road improvements in live and work here as well and sometimes they the South Peace. The remaining 53 sites affected by last sumdon’t have the capacity to bid on the much larger jobs but on local day labour they do,” mer’s flood event of the original 280 sites will continue. Lekstrom said. Debates among Pouce Coupe residents of Last year, local day labour included approximately $20 million due to the abnormality of how to ensure the safety of their residents while Highway 2 passes through their village is still the flooding. In the long list of projects is 26 km worth ongoing, and Lekstrom has committed to workof paving and seal-coating, including surfacing ing with the village to resolve this problem in 9.5 km of Stewart Lake Road, paving 8km on the future. “We made a commitment. We will work with the Old Hart Highway and seal-coating: 13 km on the Old Edmonton Highway, 1.6 km on Ad- Pouce Coupe, I have been in elected office for ams Road, 2.5 km on Bear Mountain Road, and close to 20 years and it’s always been an issue for Pouce Coupe. There are those that want the 1 km in the Prince Subdivision. Gravel and road base improvements include: road to continue to come through Pouce Coupe Stuckey Road, Coal Creek Road, Bedell Road, as it is, and there are those that want it to go Alderdale Road, North Rolla Road, Kennedy around, it’s an age old problem. That will be one of the projects that takes place later in the Road and Willow Valley Road. Lekstrom also announced that dust suppres- program,” Lekstrom said. sion work is scheduled to be done in Moberly South, North Rolla Road 224, and One Island Lake Road 18. $1 million will be committed to suppressing the dust in addition to the approximately $500,000 spent annually on road maintenance. “We have, I believe about 2,900 km of road in the Peace Country, much of it is rural side roads and until we can get them all hard surfaced which one day may be a possibility we’ll keep doing what we can and in the meantime obviously dust suppression is a major part of what we do,” Lekstrom said. Other major projects announced included: a 2.8 km southbound passing lane on Highway 2 east of Pouce Coupe, a 2 km northbound passing lane on Highway 97 Wellness & Esthetic Services at Farmington Fairways, fourlaning the bridge over Tupper Creek, four-laning Highway 2

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and advises storeowners to take precaution with their employees in regards to potential robbery acts. “For store owners, in advance it would be good to train employees on what would happen if the store is robbed,” said Shelkie. She said not to keep much cash in the store and make people aware of that by putting signs up. She also recommends that employees are trained to be good witnesses. She said it “immensely” helps police when a victim of a robbery is able to write down what the suspect looked like and the direction of travel after the suspect leaves. During Becker’s arrest, police allegedly found a weapon and other evidence related to the robberies. Becker is known to police and has been prohibited to use firearms from previous criminal convictions. He was in custody since his arrest, until today (Apr. 26) where he will appear before a judge. As of Apr. 19, RCMP were investigating yet another robbery at the Shell Convenience Store that happened on Apr. 12 at 1:19 a.m. involving two armed suspects demanding cash and cigarettes.

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FORT ST. JOHN – A peaceful protest marched through a Site C open house hosted by BC Hydro on Apr. 17. The group opposed to the proposed Site C project made rounds through the Pomeroy Hotel ballroom multiple times with signs held above their heads; and spent the rest of the evening rallied outside the hotel. In an interview before the protest occurred, Dave Conway, Site C’s public affair consultant said it was key for BC Hydro to hear the public’s take on Site C, specifically in regards to those against it. “It’s important for us to have a very good understanding of their views, their perspective and their values,” said Conway. “They hold those views for whatever reason … For us it’s very important … to hear it.” Peace resident Renee Ardill didn’t stand outside the hotel, or march with the protesting group, but lingered in the background wearing a brown jacket, a scarf around the neck and a white T-shirt stamped with an X around the words Site C. It was clear what side Ardill was on. If the massive project gets approved, part of Ardill’s farming land, which has been in the family for 92 years, will be destroyed. “They’ll pay for what they use, but you can’t replace what they’re going to wreck,” said Ardill. “They [BC Hydro] talk compensation, my dad gets furious cause he says, ‘you can’t compensate for this, you don’t throw money at it and think it’s okay’.” Her feelings are shared by other Peace River residents who could be impacted by either the flooding of the Peace or the realignment of Highway 29, which would cut through existing properties and a family owned campsite business. Earlier that day BC Hydro hosted a consultation meeting between local residents and stakeholders that dealt with numerous project details.

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Protesters against Site C gather outside the Pomeroy Hotel on Apr. 17 during a Site C open house hosted by BC Hydro. During the meeting one resident asked for clarification on what kind of compensation would be given to those affected by the possible construction of the dam. Judy, a BC Hydro representative said BC Hydro will be purchasing the land, and landowners would receive a compensation package with reimbursements to any costs. In short, she said, “The compensation is a check.” At the consultation meeting many voiced their concern over the worker influx, if the project were approved.

BC Hydro expects approximately 7,000 workers over the span of seven years. Andy Ackerman, president of the Child Development Centre was curious if BC Hydro engaged with BC Ambulance and Northern Health; considering the amount of current staff would not suffice the projected amount of employees—especially since the labour is physically intensive and according to Ackerman, BC Ambulance isn’t planning to expand. Siobhan Jackson, BC Hydro representative, said with Site C

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April 26, 2012

The stick and not the carrot to prevent skin cancer By Kerensa Medhurst

The recent commitment by the BC Government to introduce legislation restricting those under the age of 18 from using indoor tanning beds may raise the question, why the stick, as opposed to the carrot, when it comes to preventing skin cancer. The Canadian Cancer Society (the Society) is committed to informing Canadians about reducing their cancer risk. In a perfect world, people would do everything they could to avoid cancer, such as not smoking, being physically active, maintaining a healthy body weight, avoiding excessive ultraviolet radiation and reducing exposure to occupational and environmental carcinogens. Cancer prevention research is reported widely in the media, and we know that most people are aware of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately knowledge does not always translate into behaviour change. Research points to the fact that, despite years of public health education on the dangers of indoor tanning, 27% of young women are still making it a habit. There are a multitude of reasons for this; with one of the most prevalent being the desire for bronzed skin, which frequently trumps any thought of the possibility of skin cancer down the road. Like many policies that protect youth from high risk behaviours such as drinking and smoking, an underage indoor tanning ban makes sense from a public health perspective. We know that indoor tanning is detrimental to our health, particularly for youth. It significantly increases the risk of skin cancer; in fact, any use of indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 increases a person’s risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, by 75%. Some may also wonder whether it should be up to parents to decide whether or not their child tans indoors. Given the extreme risk of indoor tanning, particularly for youth, allowing parents to provide their consent would not be health protective. Parents are not permitted to buy their children alcohol or cigarettes and it is sensible to put the same restrictions on indoor tanning. In addition, research shows no significant difference between the indoor tanning behaviour of teens in jurisdictions with parental consent laws versus those without. About half of all cancers are preventable and as leaders in cancer prevention the Society invests in best practices which in-


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clude a combination of public education, community action and advocacy for healthy public policy. In doing so, we will continue to remind government of their role in reducing the burden of cancer so that healthier choices are easier choices for everyone. We know that the recent announcement by the province that

they restrict indoor tanning for youth under the age of 18 was not an easy one, and we thank the BC Government for their commitment to protecting youth and to cancer prevention overall. Kerensa Medhurst is the coordinator for Health Promotion with the Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon.

Charlie Lake Conservation Society: A Palm Tree in the Peace

According to Polynesian custom, for every island baby that is born, a coconut is planted. It is the island belief that as the coconut tree grows, it will provide sustenance throughout the child’s life. In addition to being a traditional symbol, the coconut tree has various other useful purposes. From the base of the palm, tapa cloth can be used for textiles. The green coconuts offer a vitamin and fibre-rich medicinal drink used for promoting digestion and clearing the urinary track. Hearts of palm may be eaten plain or added to salads. As it ripens, the coconut will yield milk and fruit. The coco fronds may be woven into mats, hats or baskets and the bark may be used as a smudge to ward off insects. The trunks and fronds of the tree can also be used for building shelter and for transportation. Here in the Peace region, we’re fortunate as well to have such a giving, versatile tree! Yes, the tree that is the first to turn green in the spring and wears a golden hue throughout the fall is our very own palm – the aspen poplar (populus tremuloides). Stretching right across the prairies and reaching

up to the Peace region, it’s hard not to notice the vast sections of aspen parkland interspersed with spruce. The First Nations called the aspen poplar the “noisy tree” because of the sound from its fluttering leaves. In fact, the buds, inner bark and leaves of the aspen were natural curatives. The inner bark was used as a tea to treat indigestion, headaches, diarrhea, stomach, rheumatism and liver problems as well as fever and flu symptoms. Boiled bark was used as cough medicine and to soothe sore throats. Aspen leaves were used to relieve the itch from insect bites and the protective white powder from the bark was used as a sunscreen. One of the most redeeming properties of the aspen poplar however, was discovered in the 1800’s when scientists were able to extract and identify salicin from the inner bark. In 1897, the Bayer pharmaceutical company discovered a process to convert salicin into acetylsalicylic acid and introduced Bayer’s ASPIRIN to the world. It’s interesting to note that the smell and taste of poplar bark is very aspirin

like! Aspen groves are particularly important to wildlife habitat. The trees grow quickly, regenerate quickly after forest fires and are great providers to all. Aspen bark, twigs and leaves are food favourites for beaver, snowshoe hares, grouse, deer, moose and elk. If you’re an avid gardener, a grower’s tip is to wait until the leaves appear on the aspen tree before you plant your potatoes and don’t forget that aspen leaves make the best compost for your garden in the fall or early spring. Not only is the aspen poplar useful for regeneration and reforestation, over a hundred logging trucks a day deliver aspen poplar wood to our mills for pulp and OSB board providing sustenance to the people of the Peace Region. Therefore, next time a baby is born…think about planting an aspen! For more information contact info@ • 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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April 26, 2012

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Mon 1st Self & Samson taking out Ice. E. Creatone & Stewart arrived from Hudson’s Hope. Continues fine weather. Tues 2nd Self out cutting logs. Samson helping. Mr. Jamieson arrived from the Hope and left again this evening. On account of the Ice getting hard he had to return, and got back about 9 o’clock. Wed 3rd Self busy at odd jobs. Samson went after some Indian horses. Continues very fine weather. Thurs 4th Self at odd jobs. Samson cleaning up around the place. Continues fine weather. The Ice getting hard on the River. Thomas & Davis arrived from Moose Lake. They report having killed 12 moose. Fri 5th Good Friday (Dominion) Self at odd jobs around the place. The boys cleaning up around. R. Barker & partner arrived from below. The wood choppers also around. The Indians left this morning for their camps. Joseph and the Wolf arrived. Sat 6th Self at odd jobs. Samson cutting rails. Mr. Combs arrived from Grande Prairie on his way to H. Hope. Mr. Jamieson & partner left for the Hope today. Sun 7th A fine clear day. Mon 8th Easter Monday (Dominion) Self in the Bush. Samson at wood. Montenyu & Yakatachie arrived. Also Sakana. Continues fine weather. Tues 9th Self busy with Indians. Samson sawing fence posts. The Indians left for home today at noon. Wed 10th Self at odd jobs. Samson burning willows. A cold

stormy day with snow. Lakota patched. Thurs 11th self in office all day. Very little doing outside. Snowed all day, very bad weather. Fri 12th Self in office. A fine clear day but cold towards evening. 3 Indians arrived from Yakcla’s Camp. Sat 13th Self as yesterday. Snow again today. Samson hauling manure. The Indians left this morning for home. Sun 14th A fine clear day. The mail arrived from Grande Prairie. Mon 15th Self cleaning up store. Samson pruning up willows & scrub. Mr. Combs arrived from H. Hope. Brenot’s Pack train came in for supplies. Continues fine weather. Tues 16th Self & Samson cutting fence rails. Continues fine weather. The Ice building up in front of the Post. Wed 17th All hands turning over potatoes. A fine clear day. 3 men left this morning for the Blue Berry River to look up land. Modest arrived. Thurs 18th Self busy with Indians. Samson cutting fence rails. Mr. Combs left for PRL via Grande Prairie. Dick & 2 others arrived from Halfway River. Fri 19th Self & Samson in the Bush all day. Continues fine weather. Sat 20th Self in office. Samson cutting bush. Continues fine weather. C. Gullion crossed over in a canoe this morning. Wild Bill left for Halfway River. Sun 21st A cold north wind all day and looks like rain or snow.

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C. Brady arrived from Halfway River. Mon 22nd Self in store all day. Samson white washing the buildings. Wablice arrived from M. Lake. 3 men from Mr. Milligan’s party arrived by way of Grande Prairie. Brady sold his furs to Revillion Bros. Tues 23rd Self busy in store. Wablice put in his Furs today and paid his depts. Samson at wood. Brady left for home today at noon. Cloudy and looks like rain. Wed 24th Cold & stormy with snow all day. Wablice got all his saddles & Ropes burnt in a fire across the River. G. B. Milligan & party arrived with a pack train from LS Lake. Thurs 25th Self in store busy with Mr. Milligan & party. Continues cold & stormy. Started to snow towards evening. Attachie & Wuskully and others arrived. Fri 26th Self busy in store. Samson hired and went off with Milligan’s party for the summer. Mr. Milligan’s party left today for H. Hope. Continues cold & stormy, more towards evening. Sat 27th Self in office. Kenny at odd jobs the Ice nearly all gone. Creatone & Stewart left for Moberly Lake. Sun 28th A fine clear day. Mon 29th Self working in garden put in a few seeds. River full of Ice. Blowing a stormy gale of wind all day. Rain towards evening. Tues 30th Self working in garden. Planted the hot bed. Joe Mykose arrived. Cold & stormy. The Ice all gone.

The signs of spring are here as BC Hydro continues Site C talks

Dear Editor, Here in the endangered Peace river valley, the signs of spring are everywhere. Over a month ago, the bald eagles were back on their nests, and the elk, mule and white tailed deer have been scouring the hay fields in search of new growth. A multitude of migratory ducks, geese, swans and shorebirds are finding refuge along the river, and many are pairing off and searching for nest sites. Last weekend, as Fort St John’s populace found solace from a snow storm at the trade show, thousands of robins and juncos, and other song birds found the slightly milder climate in the valley a crucial refuge. Brushfoot butterflies have overwintered well, and frolic around the yard on sunny afternoons. Spurred on by the recent moisture, crocuses are blooming in profusion,

poplar buds are swelling, and with a hint of green grass on the slopes, leaves can’t be far behind For the past 100 years, my family has enjoyed spring in the Peace river valley, and this year is no exception. However, another seasonal migrant, is also back in the valley, viz the Site C “team”, and they have arrived en masse. For most of the winter, they apparently found refuge in the south of the Province, but again have migrated north on their mission to consult, facilitate, mitigate, and frustrate, those of use who call the valley home. Their winters efforts have produced glossy folios depicting impact lines, highway relocations options, and “consultation booklets” and not unlike the avid birder, they are now busy with their check lists of stakeholders, first nations,

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Criminal justice professionals visit class Good-bye Karen Darlene Jakubowski

(l-r) Cst. Jakie Biller, Judge Brian Daley, Probation Officer Candace Peever, Criminology instructor Jodi Campbell.

from their opinions on current judicial practices to personal wellness plans and employment opportunities within their fields. An engaging and lively discus-

sion with spellbinding humorous anecdotes ensued. Many students remarked that being able to speak with the panel was the highlight of their semester!

Students exhibit artwork at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery Students in the Visual Arts program on the Dawson Creek campus are excited to take part in upcoming show at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery April 24th to May 12th.

The exhibit space will be shared with art students from School District 59 and promises to showcase some of the best upcoming artists the Peace region has to offer.

“It is a great opportunity for students to share their art with their family and friends as well as the public,” said NLC Visual Arts instructor Jennifer Bowes.

Gold medal winning Olympian on FSJ Campus NLC student Darlene Jakubowski attended class last month with a little extra bling. The Special Olympian won two gold medals in ice dancing and technical freeskate at the Candian Winter Games in St. Albert, making her many fans in the Peace region proud once again. Aboriginal Education and Career Fair at the Saulteau First Nation, Chetwynd Employers and educators offer valuable opportunities for First Nation communities on April 25th from 12-3 pm on site at the Saulteau First Nation. NLC is hosting the first of a series of such fairs this year to be offered both on and off campus.

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A large group of well-wishers gathered on the Fort St. John campus last month to say good-bye to Karen Mitchell, a program support clerk with the Human Development, Education and Care Department, who recently celebrated 15 years of service with the College. Karen says she is leaving behind many good friends and memories, as well as a wealth of experience from her time at the College. She is looking forward to being closer to her beloved grandchildren and family in Alberta.

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Winter semester ended on a prestigious note for Criminology 131 students last week. The class, taught by instructor Jodi Campbell, was visited by a range of working professionals in the justice system on April 4th. Among the representatives from the police force, law courts and corrections department were Judge Brian Daley, Cst. Jackelynn Biller and Probation Officer Candace Peever—a recent NLC graduate. The group shared their collective experiences and various perspectives on the criminal justice system in Canada. Students from the Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd campuses were invited to ask the guest speakers questions ranging

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Writing is focus of Mother’s Day contest By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- The city library switched its focus from reading to writing with a contest designed for mothers. The contest will close at the end of May 10, the Thursday before Mother’s Day. Children are asked to write about why they think their mother deserves a new purse for Mother’s Day, and mothers can submit why they think it’s important for their child to read. “It can be long or short, it doesn’t matter either way, just why they believe it’s important for their children to read,” Jenny Snyder said, Dawson Creek librarian. Snyder got the idea for the contest from her son who promised to buy her a new purse for Moth-


er’s Day after she expressed dislike for her current one. One winner from both categories will be chosen, and winners can choose from four purses currently on display at the library. Runnersup will have their choice of a reusable shopping bag, and Snyder expects there may be a little treat for the winner of the children’s entry. Snyder believes the contest is a fun way to encourage people to write. “Everything’s pretty, everything’s in spring colours, we had a grant to use to encouraging people to write a short piece, and we thought Jill Earl photo this would be a fun way to The grand prizes for the contest are four purses, which are on display at the D.C. Library. do that,” Snyder said. “We try to do anything we can to encourage people to write, and we thought that if the mothers are writing something, it might encourage the children and vice versa. If the children write something about why they think they’re mom needs a new purse for mother’s day, if the mom sees that she might think ‘oh I can take part in the other one’,” she said, adding that the same child and mother can’t win both prizes. The library has been receiving literacy grants from the province for approximately five years, this is the first year they’ve held a Mother’s Day contest, and just to be fair, Snyder said they will likely hold a Father’s Day contest too. “We use it (the grant) to buy specialty books, or some specialty items for the library, and to have writers workshops but we always we try and think of something fun to do,” Snyder said. Snyder believes that the area is filled with great writers, and hopes the contest will encourage those who feel discouraged and possibly motivate them to start another writing project. “We have great writers in our community, and who write all different kinds of things whether they’ve had a book published, or whether they’ve published the book themselves, or even if they write for their own entertainment. I have seen some wonderful writing from local people so I’m just hoping here to encourage some people who think they can’t write or they’re not sure what to write, but this is just a short easy thing but it might just give them a little bit of a push to think, ‘oh I could write something else;” she said. Snyder and other library staff are always available to give suggestions to parents on how they can encourage their children to read. Snyder says reading newspaper articles or cereal box ingredients out loud may even be enough to gain their children’s interest. “We’re thinking that when people see the promo for this contest, they might think ‘you know what I want my kids to read but I don’t really encourage them to, I wonder what I could do about that’ and obviously here at the library we can give them suggestions…Once they hear parents or caregivers or other adults reading either to themselves or reading out loud, it establishes to them ‘oh look they’re reading, I’m interested in that, I want to be able to do that’,” Snyder said. Four library staff, and possibly a guest judge, will read through the submissions to decide the winner. No criterion has been established for judging. “Just one we think is the best…I think when we see it we will know…I think with something fun like this, we’re just going to be looking at something that really catches our eye,” Snyder said. Residents will have the opportunity to win the two unclaimed purses in the summer reading club.

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Record review: Peter Katz looks for new inspiration in latest album

By Kyla Corpuz

FORT ST. JOHN – Singer, songwriter and guitar player Peter Katz really emerges as a storyteller in his latest album Still Mind Still, by reshaping the way he writes lyrics and breaking through with different cadences, from soft, mellow tunes to bold acoustic charms. While the sound of this album reflects one of his musical inspirations: Bon Iver, fans can still expect to hear his folk-y acoustic flare. He took a different approach when putting together this record, and it’s worth listening to. His producer Rob Szabo challenged him to write one song a week and now Katz says, though it’s not an easy task, he’ll be using this tactic for his next album. “I learned from him that it’s more important to be doing the work than to be waiting for divine

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inspiration,” said Katz in regards to music writing. “It was tremendously challenging, but I am convinced that it’s what I have to do for the rest of my life.” There’s a raw and delicate ambiance you get while listening to the record that may have come from the way it was manifested. Katz said rather than sitting down and writing music in a studio, him and Szabo made much of the music in a remote cottage, which allowed them to get away from the constraints of being on the clock in a studio and instead release a product that came from a clear mind space. “We could kind of live and breath the project,” said Katz. “And not get so distracted … that’s a real luxury and gift to have that space to focus.” Drawing from inspirations like Bon Iver, it’s no surprise that Still Mind Still has quite a slow composition. But, there are bursts of powerful tracks such as Walking Asleep, which has a victorious melody, and the likes of Mumford and Sons. After listening to this track, you can hear hints of Katz’s strong vocal range, which seems like it was caged and waiting to be released—but it satisfies as a bold, compelling song, nonetheless. All in all, hearing more of this style throughout the record would have made it more profound. He puts a twist on the cliché, endearing love song in Dear and Win Your Heart, with lyrics like, “You may not know it yet, I look easy to forget, but if we are placing bets, one day I will win your heart, one day I will win your heart.” And I’m thinking this tune will probably win a lot of hearts. While writing this CD, Katz’s studied many of Joni Mitchell’s lyrics. “She’s really one of the masters of imagery, I tried to work a lot more with imagery this time,” said Katz. The fifth track, This Town, is evident that Katz played with his lyrics and focused on bringing the words to life: “Up on the hill there’s a park and a mall. Green in the summer, red in the fall. Down by the mill there’s cracks in the road, brown in the water, gray in the smoke.” He added that he wanted to write for his audience by creating interchangeable lyrics that could be interpreted in more than one way, so listeners could personalize it. “I wanted to … create a little more space for breathing room and have the listener come in and take from the song what they want to take from it.” And I think he hit the target on that one. Listening to Your Worry and Your Dress made me stop writing this article and intently listen to the lyrics. If you’ve ever reminisced about an old friend, this song will probably take you there with lyrics like, “What’s the latest news? Are you making do? Is there time or are we just dragging on, or are you holding on?” While I’m sure he didn’t mean to write it for me—it’s a relatable song, to say the least. The album does justice for those who have been long-time fans of Katz, or are just picking up his tracks for the first time. Katz will be performing in Fort St. John at the Pomeroy Hotel Breakfast Room on May 18 and May 19. Still Mind Still is now in stores.

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Chane Neveling works the front counter of her father’s family practice and walk-in clinic. The clinic’s Qless system allows people to hold their spot in line through text message. Patients can text to 778-383-3387, and indicate whether they would like to join the walk-in line or the afterhours line. The patient will then receive message updates of their estimated waiting times and their position in line.

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gency one or two nights a week plus one or two day shifts which are 12 to 14 hour shifts and I’ve already been working apart from when I leave my family practice. I’ve probably been working another 36 hours behind the scenes that you don’t see, so that’s kind of on the back burner...At least I’m going to sleep every night for the next couple of months, which I never used to,” Neveling said. Once the clinic is established, Neveling plans on hiring more doctors, and picking his work at the hospital back up. Neveling doesn’t think that his clinic will make the hospital less busy, but he feels the walk-in will provide another opportunity for care. “The hospital didn’t get less busy, the walk-in clinic just became busy, it’s a different spectrum of patients that come here people that have been un-serviced before now has an option or an alternative...I think it’s just more accessibility to health care for people,” Neveling said. The clinic has enlisted new technologies to help customer service with a program called Qless. Qless allows patients to text in the clinic to hold their spot in line. The program will send the patient updates through text messages to give them an estimated time of when they will be seen, and another message when they have reached the front of the line. This will significantly reduce waiting times at the clinic. “So this just kind of helps customers in the system, they don’t have to sit for five hours and wait and also your seen by the doctor straight away because it’s not very likely that any doctor in this town can take people in the day that they’re actually sick. They don’t have long term things that they have to book for… also a lot of guys working in town, they work 12 hours a day, so we’re open until 8 p.m. and we’re open on weekends so if they want to see a doctor, Qless caters to them as well,” said Chane Neveling, receptionist at the clinic. Chane says the other clinic was usually fully booked and - BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS she had to turn many patients away if they wanted same day appointments. Chane says she had to often direct patients to the emergency room, where the sickest person gets helped 9830 - 110 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 2T1 first and waiting times are unFax: (250) 785-4346 predictable. Pharmasave made the announcement with Neveling that they were opening as well, neighboring the clinic, however the official opening for them isn’t until Apr. 30. “We can absorb that pool of patients that don’t have a Open 7 days a week family physician…It will all Monday - Wednesday 10:00am-7:00pm work out nicely as I predicted, Now Open til 9pm Thursday - Saturday, I think it’s a good service and Thursday - Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm, Sunday 12:00-5:00pm I can see how my modern systems payoff,” said Neveling.

DAWSON CREEK - After approximately six months from the initial announcement, Dr. Harry Neveling, has finally opened the Mile Zero Family Practice and Walk-in Clinic located at the Co-Op Mall, serving his first patient on Monday, Apr. 16. Neveling has been practicing medicine since 1983, and decided he would combine his family practice with a walk-in clinic because he saw a need in the community. “I heard that there’s about 20 per cent in town that are estimated about 1,500 or 2,000 without a doctor...there’s probably about 2,000 workers that come and go and I’m seeing those people too, some might need a prescription, they might be off work for a day but not sick enough to go to the hospital. I haven’t seen any tourists because it’s not summer yet, but we have about 125,000 people going that a way and 125,000 coming this way back from the Alaska Highway which will stop here as well, and so it’s quite busy,” Neveling said. Neveling will still see his approximately 4,000 patients, but since opening has seen about 20-30 walk-ins a day. In order to open the clinic, Neveling has had to put his regular shifts at the hospital on the back burner until the clinic is established. Although it seems like he has taken on more work and responsibility by being the only current doctor on his staff caring for his regular patients and new ones, he says that he is actually doing less work. “I’m working a little bit less, because behind the scenes I delivered one to two babies a week, that’s two nights that I don’t sleep, I work in emer-

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Conversations continued on how BC Hydro would deal with recreation that would be disturbed by the dam’s construction. “What’s the plan for allowing access of these river boaters to reach … the river above the dam site? otherwise they’re just going to go,” commented Ackerman. “So, I think you’re going to have to talk to those folks and get some more ideas on how that river is going to stay open for seven years.” Jackson said BC Hydro has come up with solutions. “Each of the sites we have selected, we have looked to make sure there is adjacent land for other things [recreation] just like that.” Added aspects to the conversation focused on the 85th Industrial Lands, which would include a conveyor belt to trans-

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Spurrell acts mentor, mediator, TDEA-11201 RAV4 Newspaper 8.52as inches x 150 agates “The thing with the job is there is really no immediate gratiand counsellor for the youth and will help them with job searchfication, so it’s two, three, fours years down the road that you see that they’re healthy and happy, and successful, and doing well, that’s what’s rewarding…it takes time, and when you see that and know that you played a role in them being successful in life, that’s the payoff,” she said. 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Educating students on psychosis with music and laughs

By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – An awareness group will be touring high schools in the Peace for the first time to bring attention to psychosis, a medical condition that affects the brain. Someone who is going through psychosis will have a very hard time telling the difference of what’s real and what’s not real, said ReachOut Psychosis tour coordinator Barbara Adler. “It’s kind of a cluster of symptoms that can happen for a number of reasons that can include hallucinations or delusions,” said Adler. She added psychosis could be caused for a number of different reasons such as a mental illness, drug use or brain injury and mainly affects 16 to 25 year olds—but it is treatable, which is why it is essential to alert youth of what the condition looks like. “Just knowing about the symptoms is so important because with treatment early on a person can make a full recovery. So it’s something that is treatable, not everyone knows about it.” ReachOut Psychosis is a mix of a live band, Proud Animal and a comedy show, presented to Grade 9 to 12 students. “We’re an educational program that goes to the high schools and talks to the youth about how you can get help and recognize symptoms, but we make it fun,” said Adler. “We do it with a live band and also some funny interactions. So it’s really a mix of education and entertainment that is more relatable to youth.” About three or four per cent of the population will experience psychosis, noted Adler. Although that may seem like a small number, it really isn’t. “Basically … everyone is going to come in contact with it, whether they experience it themselves, or they care about someone who does.” ReachOut psychosis will Rooms include FREE breakfast, Movies, Kids Stay Free be touching in a number of schools across the Peace from and Roustabout Discount Card for the Whole Family! Apr. 30 to May 11. The group will be in Fort St. John at Dr. Kearney Middle School and Dawson Creek Secondary School on Apr. 30, Tumbler Ridge on May 1

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I know what to expect, I know how to protect By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Since 1995 the prov- myself and my kids.’ When they finally get ince has dedicated one week annually to raising away and they can be in a place that’s safe like awareness about violence, Apr. 15-20 marked Mizpah and they get connected with community this year’s Prevention of Violence Against groups like SPCRS, then they get some support and understanding and guidance, and realize Women Week. The South Peace Community Resource Soci- that that’s not something that they have to acety takes part in the campaign every year, and cept in their life,” said Wade. Mizpah is the shelter for abused women and brought awareness to the community with a display in the Dawson Creek mall on Monday and children in Dawson Creek. The campaign is targeted to everyone in the Tuesday and the Co-Op Mall on Wednesday, community, as Wade believes that this is a soThursday, and Friday. Along with informational material about SP- cial issue that affects everyone. The campaign CRS and the programs, resources, and tools that also targets all different types of abuse: physithey can provide to those who have experienced cal, emotional, and financial. Wade says that or witnessed violence, community members the campaign can even bring awareness to those were also invited to tie ribbons on the Tree of who commit the abuse, as they may be unaware Awareness. Participants chose from three rib- or in denial about their actions. “People, a lot of times will say ‘oh, well, I bons representing their level of awareness, white meaning they are not aware of violence as never hit them, I never hit her, I never hit the a social issue, blue meaning that they are aware kids,’ cause that’s still the myth that that’s the of violence happening against women, and red abuse. There’s financial, physical, emotional, representing those who have witnessed or expe- historical abuse—where they were abused as children, and that whole cycle of abuse comes rienced abuse. The tree saw a lot of blue and red ribbons, a in. If that was a role model to them as children from parents, and it was done to them, and then few white ones as well. “Unfortunately I did see one or two on the that’s taken into their adult lives and they don’t tree, and oh my that’s bad,” said Dawn Wade, see it as abuse because that’s how they grew women’s counsellor at SPCRS, about the white up,” she said. Beginning last year, Wade has drawn a name ribbons. As a counsellor, Wade helps those seeking for a gift basket from the pool of people visitassistance to feel safe, helps them develop a safety plan, and counsels them about the abuse experienced. “So it doesn’t happen again. So that they can at least recognize it, and they can come back to us as many times as they want,” Wade said, adding that services are free of charge. The campaign aims ultimately at ending violence, but also lets victims know of the services available to them. “Sometimes if they don’t see that they’ve got somewhere to go, sometimes it’s part of the reason they stay, they don’t see that places like Mizpah are a safe alternative, a viable alternative, they stay in the abusive situation Jill Earl photo and that’s what they know. It’s scary Dawn Wade informs the community of services available to leave, ‘yes I’m getting abused, but for victims of abuse.

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Rodney entertains Peace River region on Home Routes tour By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- Singer-songwriter and northern Ontarian, Rodney Brown, made the long trip to northern B.C. last week to tour on the Home Routes circuit. Brown started his two-week tour in Prince George before performing in Mackenzie, Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John, Grande Prairie, and Dawson Creek before making his way to perform in Prince Rupert. In his 40 some-odd year career, Brown has performed for audiences of all sizes and ages in all sorts of venues, but likes the intimacy Home Routes provides. “Playing these house concerts…they’re really special things too and it’s a really nice way for me to interact with the audience, they’re nice and close and they’re small and you really get to know the artist and you get to know the songs and the stories behind them,” Brown said. Brown has done the Home Routes circuit before in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and likes the people, venues and beautiful country that he comes across. His interest in music started at a young age with the influence of his father, who performed music semi-professionally and was always singing and playing around the house. Brown learned to play the guitar at seven, and started to play professionally a few years later with a local band performing at local dances around Thunder Bay, Ont. where he grew up. He continued to perform throughout high school and after that in bars and clubs. Brown attended Lakehead University in a general arts program for history for three

months before he quit and decided that music was what he wanted to do. His decision was fully supported by his parents. “I just couldn’t get into it and I felt a little sheepish telling my parents I was dropping out of university and wanted to pursue a career in music, but they were fine, both my dad and my mom, they always said that happiness is more important. They were very supportive in my choice and I think they can see it coming up that I did have some talent and I think they kind of knew that it would be a big part of my life,” said Brown. After playing the bar and club scene, Brown knew that recording an album would be the next step if he wanted to reach a wider audience. “I also wanted to play concerts with audiences that would sit down and listen as opposed to audiences that would sit down and drink beer and play pool and want to hear cover songs, with their favourite artists and things like that…so playing at bars is a lot of fun but it’s not exactly what I wanted to do,” he said. His first album, Freedom in Me, released in 1977 was well received and even made its way to Europe and Asia. That album kick started his career into playing folk festivals, concerts, and coffee houses. Since then he has released nine others, and has played the Mariposa Folk Festival in Toronto, Ont., and the Winnipeg Folk Festival for over 10,000 people, he lists these as some of his career highlights. Another proud moment for Brown was when he performed on Fun Country, a TV show hosted by Ian Tyson, one of his heroes at the time. Brown’s music is versatile, although being mostly a folk musician he also has rock, country, and reggae influences.

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“I do play a lot of different styles of music and I’m kind of known for my versatility. I play a lot of different styles and I have a background of playing a lot of different kinds of music and I bring that out when I play my concerts these days,” Brown said, adding that reggae is fun to play in clubs because it pulls people to the dance floor. Brown has even recorded three children’s albums, while he worked in schools with children doing workshops on composition; he also performed for children during this time. He made the transition to children’s performer for a number of years while starting a family of his own and wanting a more secure paycheque. “It was something that I enjoyed doing but it was something that I was a little hesitant about making children’s music my total career, I didn’t want to be pegged as a children’s entertainer so in the last decade I’ve been trying not to play for kids as much and get back to playing for adults,” he said. In the tradition of folk singers, Brown tells stories about Canadian history, personal relationships, and about his hometown. When he was first starting out, he was also known for his socially conscious songs. “I’ve always been interested in history, especially Canadian history and I’ve always felt that we don’t celebrate our history and we don’t know the stories well enough so I am able to combine my interest in history with my interest in music and also this idea that I’m doing a service in a way of telling these little known stories and I guess educating the audience a little bit,” Brown said.

Brown believes that northern B.C. audiences will be able to relate to some songs about his hometown in Ontario “I thought it was kind of neat to tell the story of the local people in northern Ontario, there are similarities, in a lot of ways Thunder Bar is a lot like Prince George, a pulp and paper town and a mining town and kind of a working class kind of town and so even though a lot of my songs are about northern Ontario there are a lot of links to northern B.C. too,” he said. Brown’s 11th album will be released later this fall, with a performance in his hometown performing with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. “I’m really happy that I’m still able to do it and at this point I don’t know what I would do anyways, but it’s nice to still tour and I’m still recording,” he said.

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Dawson Creek Literacy Now: Good homework habits to have a newspaper at the same time your child is doing homework. Having fun and being creative during study times can make homework less stressful, and something to look forward to! Michele Mobley is a Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Dawson Creek. She can be reached at literacy.dc@gmail. com or join their Facebook group “Dawson Creek Literacy Now”.


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The Peace River Regional District (PRRD) has an immediate opportunity for a full time Building Inspector II working from our Dawson Creek office. Reporting to the General Manager of Development Services, the successful applicant in this unionized position will have a thorough knowledge of the BC Building Code & Plumbing Code, and a good general knowledge of local government bylaws and enforcement practices. Duties for building inspection will include: examining and reviewing building plans, drawings and applicable documentation to ensure adequacy and conformance with bylaws, codes and standards; issuance of permits; responding to public inquires about PRRD building regulations; assistance with the preparation of annual budgets; preparation of regular reports; field inspections of construction and property to ensure conformance to bylaws, codes and standards; taking the necessary action to ensure all deficiencies and/or requirements are corrected; and supervision of Building Inspector(s) level I. The preferred candidate will possess the following qualifications: • Minimum grade 12 or equivalent. • Minimum Level II Certification from the Building Officials’ Association of British Columbia (Level III preferred). • Level 1 Certification from the Plumbing Officials’ Association of British Columbia • Wood Energy Technology Training (WETT). • Three years of Level II building inspection experience, preferably with local government. • Two years of supervisory experience in a local government context. • Considerable knowledge of: technology and operations of inspection service activities, methods and operations; provincial and local building regulatory environment; the construction industry, business practices and industry trends. • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to handle a complex and varied work load. • Considerable skill for interpreting and reviewing plans, drawings and specifications and in applying regulations. • Reasonable knowledge of office administration procedures and computer software. This role requires superior communication skills, both verbal and written, to convey necessary information to the public, professionals and other staff. Excellent interpersonal skills are essential. A Class 5 driver’s license is required.

Please submit your resume and cover letter by Friday, May 4, 2012 to: General Manager of Development Services Peace River Regional District Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8 Phone: 1-800-670-7773 Fax: 1-250-784-3201 e-mail:

Theo Bromley “The Crystal

or 250-261-6960.


The rate of pay for this CUPE position is $38.08 per hour based on a 35 hour work week. A full and competitive benefit package is also included. A full copy of the job description can also be viewed at:

Call 250-793-9234 Ask for Bob

We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

The Regional District thanks all applicants for their interest, however, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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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. • Science World’s Community Science Celebration, hosted by Northern Lights College, Saturday, May 12th, 10:30 am–4 pm, Dawson Creek Campus. Event is FREE and is open to the entire community. There will be fascinating interactive displays for children through adult, and three spellbinding shows by Science World throughout the day. This event was last in Dawson Creek in 2008 and the feedback was: exciting, rejuvenating, fun and educationally stimulating! Contact person: Lorelee Friesen, Dean of Student Services, Northern Lights College, phone 250-782-5251, email lfriesen@nlc. Anyone looking to provide an interactive display of a scientific nature please contact Lorelee asap to book free space. 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

Employment Opportunities TOWING & AUTO PARTS LTD.

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for shift work. Knowledge of the area & Roadside Assistance procedures an asset. Will train suitable candidates. Benefits and salary commensurate with experience.

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The Coast Inn of the North real people.

The Coast Inn of the North is looking for an experienced Human Resources professional to join our team as

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Three years HR generalist experience CHRP Designation (or in progress) Excellent interpersonal skills Experience in recruitment and selection Advanced working knowledge in MS Office

Please submit resume with cover letter to: d. Andrews, General Manager By email: or fax to (604) 642-4106

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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. • April 26 Opening performance of Stage North’s Hockey Mom, Hockey Dad which runs until April 28 at the North Peace Cultural Centre starting at 7:30pm. Tickets are now available online at or at the NPCC box office. • April 26 Acting Workshops with John Kirkpatrick Stage North is inviting all interested people 16 years or older to the acting workshop with John who is a professional actor and director from Edmonton. The workshop starts at 7pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Fee is only $5. • April 28 Artsy Fartsy Visual, Digital and Eco Arts organized by community groups working for children’s activities.Artsy Fartsy is at the Totem Mall 1-4pm. The Fashion Show is at 2pm.and entries are accepted for wearable art until April 20. Contact NPCC for more information. 250785-1992 • April 28 29th Annual Art Gallery Auction Sweet Sassy and a Little Wild at the Quality Inn Northern Grand at 5pm. Tickets are the NPCC box office. • BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION – NORTH DIVISION IS HOSTING A SPRING FUNDRAISER FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2012 POMEROY HOTEL, FORT ST JOHN REFRESHMENTS 6PM DINNER 7PM LIVE AUCTION & DANCE TO FOLLOW TICKETS ARE $50.00 CONTACT TERRI FOR YOUR TICKETS TODAY! 250-261-1644 ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE BC HIGH SCHOOL RODEO ASSOCIATION. ALSO SELLING BOTTLES OF BBQ SPICE FOR $20 EACH – GETS YOU A FREE ENTRY INTO OUR DRAW FOR THIS UNIQUE BBQ! • Saturday, April 28th artsyfARTsy Family Art event Totem Mall 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm • 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.

LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE OF PETITIONS FILED BEFORE THE BRITISH COLUMBIA SUPREME COURT In accordance with an order of the B.C. Supreme Court, this notice advises the public of applications made by the following individuals, all of whom were candidates in the 2011 local government election in the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, for orders under section 91(5)(a) of the Local Government Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, c. 323: William J. Streeper Laurie Dolan Kim Eglinski Todd Osbourne Doug McKee Ronald Vigeant Percy Wright If granted, the orders would relieve the individuals from the obligation to file the name and account number of their campaign accounts as part of a disclosure statement under section 90(4)(i.1) of the Local Government Act. The applications were filed in the B.C. Supreme Court on Monday, March 19, 2012, and notice was served on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality on Friday, March 23, 2012, as required by section 91(3) of the Local Government Act.

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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.

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Immaculata Centre opens By Kyla Corpuz

FORT ST. JOHN – The opening of the Immaculata Centre at the Church of Resurrection will open up opportunities that the gym of the late Immaculata School once offered. “When the school was shut down, there was a big hole in the community with respect to a hall of that size to be used by the community for various events,” said Andy Ackerman, project coordinator of the new Immaculata Centre. The church has a long-standing history in Fort St. John, the current medical centre used to be the school, which was built in the late 50s. The school was around until the 90s. “The gym was a very integral part of the community,” said Ackerman. It hosted an array of community events like provincial and federal voting, weddings and events like Robbie Burns, which is now held at The Legion. Coco is a 2 month The blueprints for the new centre began four years ago, old pomeranian who and construction started last is a very energetic and April. In addition, part of the project was to upgrade the mischievous .. church, too. “So what you’re gong to Email your pet’s see at the end of the day is a photo to editor@ church being upgraded, new meeting rooms and again all of that is part of the project,” said for a chance to win a Ackerman. The new hall will now have special prize from the the opportunity to facilitate North Peace events for the community. “The public can use it for Veterinary Clinic just about it anything, obvi1 pet will be chosen each week and will be ously because it’s a catholic featured in the Northeast News. church, we don’t want to use Each pet chosen will be entered into a draw it for things way outside of our for a monthly prize supplied by the principle,” he added.

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Offer valid from Mar 01, 2012 until Jul 31, 2012. bIn the event the loan goes into default, the charge for amounts past due is 24% APR. Taxes, set-up, delivery, freight, and preparation charges not included and may increase price or monthly payment(s). Additional fees may be required. Minimum purchase may be required. Valid only at participating dealers and is subject to John Deere Financial approval. See your dealer for complete details and other financing options. Program subject to change, without notice, at any time. 6For personal or commercial use. For example, on a new John Deere Model 855D XUV, based on a selling price of $14,279 (Selling price in example is based on MSRP as of 2 December 2011 and may change at any time without notice. Dealer may sell for less) plus a $50 documentation fee, less a down payment of $2,865.80, results in a balance of $11,463.20 to be financed for a maximum of 5 years with 60 monthly payments of $210.60 totaling $12,636 based on 3.90% APR with a cost of borrowing of $1,201.30. The engine horsepower and torque information are provided by the engine manufacturer to be used for comparison purposes only. Actual operating horsepower and torque will be less. Refer to the engine manufacturer’s web site for additional information. †Offer valid from Mar 01, 2012 until Jul 31, 2012. cSubject to John Deere Financial approval and dealer participation. In the event you default on this or any John Deere Financial Multi-Use Account transaction, interest on all outstanding balances on your Multi-use accounts (including on this and all special Term transactions on your Multi-use Account) will begin to accrue immediately at 19.75% AIR from the date of default until paid in full, and you will be required to make monthly payments on your Multi-use Account equal to 2.5% (personal use); 3.0% (commercial use) of the original amounts financed plus interest. Taxes, set-up, delivery, freight, and preparation charges not included and may increase price or monthly payment(s).Minimum purchase and finance amount may be required. See your dealer for details. Program subject to change, without notice, at any time. 2For purchases on your John Deere Financial Multi-use Account for personal use only. Offer is unconditionally interest free for the first 12 months. After the 12 month period, for eligible purchases of goods and services: 1) minimum monthly payment required (see example below); and 2) finance/credit charges will begin to accrue immediately on amount financed at 17.9% per annum until paid in full. No down payment required. A statement of account will be provided monthly. For example, after the 12 month period, on a new John Deere X749/62, based on a cash selling price of $15,165 (selling price in example is based on MSRP as of 28 November 2011 and may change at any time without notice. Dealer may sell for less) less a down payment of $0, to be financed for a maximum of 74 months with 62 monthly payments of $379.13, totalling $23,505.75 based on 17.9% AIR with a cost of borrowing of $8,340.75 results in a total amount to be paid of $23,505.75. NEN 4.26.12

Medieval Gala fundraiser for Abbeyfield Houses

Kyla Corpuz photos

Clockwise: A poor merchant waits to get bailed out of his confinement; Moji Joiyesimi, vice president of Abbeyfield Houses welcomes guests and Duchess Angela Loftus, who was a volunteer for the night, was in full costume for the Medieval Gala fundraiser for Abbeyfield Houses on Apr. 21.

Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Jones‘MILE & VoldZERO Auction Co. Ltd. DAWSON CREEK Vold, AUCTION CITY’

DAWSON ‘MILE ZERO CITY’ 301-116th Ave.CREEK DawsonAUCTION Creek, British Columbia Dawson Creek Office: 250-782-3766 VJV Main Office: 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don 301-116th Ave. Dawson Creek, British Columbia Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622

Dawson Creek Office: 250-782-3766 VJV Main Office: 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don

Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622 MARKET REpORT ApRIL 19, 2012 CATTLE REPORT SLAUGHTER CATTLE On Thursday, April 19, 2012 325 head of cattle went through our ring SLAUGHTER CATTLE D1 - D2 Cows 70.00-77.00

395 head ofD3 cattle went through the ring of Dawson Creek Action on July 8, 2010 - D4 Cows 65.00-68.00 SALES EVERY THURSDAY! Holstein Cows 60.00-67.00 D1 - D2 Cows 53.00-56.00 Heiferettes 75.00-80.00 D3 - D4 Cows 48.00-53.00 Bologna Bulls 78.00-85.00 Holstein Cows 50.00-53.00 Feeder Bulls 80.00-85.00 Heiferettes 55.00-65.00 Good Bred Cows N/A Bologna Bulls 62.00-72.50 Good Bred Heifers N/A Feeder Bulls 65.00-70.00 Milk Cows N/A Good Bred Cows None Cow/ Calf Pairs (younger) N/A Good Bred Heifers None Cow/ Calf Pairs (older) N/A

Cow/ Calf Pairs Older Cows Milk Cows



Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: 85.00-88.00 Heifers 80.00-83.00 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: 120.00-125.00 Heifers 115.00-118.00 Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: 130.00-135.00 Heifers 120.00-125.00 Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: N/A Heifers N/A Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: 148.00-152.00 Heifers 125.00-130.00 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: N/A Heifers N/A Good 165.00-170.00 Heifers 140.00-145.00 Good Feeder Feeder Steers Steers 600 800 lbs lbs Plus: Plus: 92.00-100.00 Heifers 80.00-88.00 Good 170.00-175.00 155.00-160.00 Good Feeder Feeder Steers Steers 500 700 lbs lbs Plus: Plus: 102.00-108.00 Heifers Heifers 85.00-92.00 Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: 110.00-118.00 Heifers 98.00-104.00 Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 180.00-185.00 Heifers 165.00-170.00 Good Feeder Feeder Steers Steers 300 500 lbs lbs Plus: Plus: 115.00-125.00 Heifers Heifers 175.00-180.00 100.00-108.00 Good 190.00-200.00 Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 110.00-125.00 Heifers 100.00-110.00 Thursday, May 10, 2012 Last Chance Bull Sale 1:00pm VJV Dawson Creek, BC Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus: None Heifers None


Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Upcoming Sales: Vold, Jones &@ Vold10:00 Auction Co. Ltd. Sales Every Thursday a.m. DAWSON CREEK AUCTION ‘MILE ZERO CITY’ DAWSON CREEK AUCTION ‘MILE ZERO CITY’ 301-116thSale Ave. Dawson Creek, British Columbia Dawson Creek Office: Horse September 25/2010 301-116th Dawson British Columbia 250-782-3766Ave. VJV Main Office:Creek, 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622 Dawson Creek Office: 250-782-3766 VJV Main Office: 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622


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Local women want SD 59 to produce agricultural program By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK - Two women are concerned about agriculture, and what they believe to be lack thereof in local classrooms. They brought their concerns to School District 59 at the last board meeting on Monday, Apr. 16. Patsy Nagel and Chris Broad used to be involved in a program called, Agriculture in the Classroom, which faded out in the district approximately four years ago. The program operated in the spring and brought local producers into the classroom to talk about their particular commodities. Often, field trips were arranged as well so that students can have a first hand look at what producers do. “It was really neat because you could bring them to your place and have a look but usually we would go to the schools and talk to them about what we were doing. One day a week they would have a field trip and take the school bus out to our ranch and it was fun because that’s what they looked forward to,” Broad said, a beef producer that used to visit classrooms. Aside from grain, beef, honeybees and other agricultural commodities, participating classrooms also learned about water conservation and farm safety to teaching students how to behave around animals and farm machinery. Volunteer producers would also teach students the value of healthy topsoil, using an apple to represent the percentage of usable soil around the world, cutting away areas representing the ocean, deserts, mountains and urban areas, where food isn’t grown. “In the end it was 1/32 of the apple that was left that would raise food, and then you cut the peel off of that, and this represents the top soil, that is the part that is good for raising food, and if we don’t look after that we’re not going to have much left to produce our food. We also tell everybody, that if you eat, you’re involved in agriculture, so these are some of the things that we decided to do,” said Nagel, a retired schoolteacher. Nagel was instrumental in getting the program started, by bringing her concerns to the Provincial Women’s Institute and creating a pilot project for the Peace region to get it going. Nagel used some information from Agriculture in the Classroom that was already set up in Alberta.

“The pilot project was held here in School District 59 with agriculture and this community that we live in…it sounds like full support of the board, the program was very well received the opportunity to educate kids in agriculture would be really by teachers, students, and producers, and quickly spread to important,” he said. other parts of the province. AITC has been operating each Powell encouraged Broad and Nagel to talk to school adspring, it’s not any longer,” Nagel said. ministrators and the district’s superintendent to see how and if The program is all over B.C. with the BC Agriculture in the program could fit into the curriculum. the Classroom Foundation established to provide teachers with resources and tools to teach their students about agriculture. Nagel says the foundation even hosts conferences for teachers to learn about how to teach agriculture. Broad says that teachers in the district have plenty of materials and teaching resource they can use that are stored at the Kiwanis Enterprise Centre, but they mostly go untouched. Nagel and Broad are concerned that teaching agriculture has taken a back seat to many things, and requested that the board encourage teachers to teach agriculture and use materials available to them. Nagel also inquired as to whether they think it’s The CrediT MediC, we finanCe worthwhile to start the program up again. your fuTure noT your pasT Chair of the board, Richard Powell, said that learning about agriculture would be beneficial to students in the community, as the area has become somewhat urbanized. “I think that in our area it’s good for kids to know about

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