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A Crescent Park Elementary student’s hair feels the impact of a Van de Graaf generator during a Science World show.

South Peace celebrates science in school and community

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students seem to have an interest in science but that interest fades during high school. She attributes the disinterest in high school students to the lack of knowledge about science careers; Coggan says students think that science opportunities only lie in being a doctor or research assistant. Another outreach program that Science World hosts is called Opening the Door, it’s an opportunity for high school students to talk one on one with people working in the science and technology industry, it demonstrates the diverse career opportunities in the field. Continued on Page 4.

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PRRD representatives still committed to climate By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- Peace River Regional District representatives took part in the Peace Region Climate Leadership Conference last Thursday after their regular scheduled meeting. The B.C. Mayors Climate Leadership Council and the B.C. Clean Energy Association, both of which Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier is chair of, facilitated discussions between the local representatives about their commitment to climate action. “What it was, we were just talking about highlighting what each community is doing to try to learn from each other, and just the biggest part of it is to just send the message out that the communities are still taking climate action seriously and we’re still looking at ways at reducing our global and carbon footprint,” Bernier said. Eight B.C. mayors sit on the BCCLC that was created in 2010 to help educate and promote clean energy projects within B.C. The BCCLC works with the BCCEA that provides funding through the province and different corporations to help them achieve their mandate. The peer-to-peer summits encourage representatives to talk about local initiatives, what projects are working and not working, and next steps for reaching their carbon neutral goals under the Climate Action Charter. “So what we do is tour different parts of the province each year and kind of reach out and just say, do you need help, do you need questions answered… so it’s an opportunity where I get asked to go and speak to other communities about what we’re doing and help answer their questions,” Bernier said. Representatives shared what their community had been doing to help the environment including water conservation which Pouce Coupe, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek have installed water meters to help encourage residents to conserve. Hudson’s Hope is currently starting the process of having the meters installed. Discussions around other climate action projects also took place. “As municipalities and regional districts we’re trying to do our part and how do we get the message out there to business, industry and residential people to say what’s available out there? There was talks about programs for low flush toilets for instance, getting more information out to the public on how the prices have come down for solar panels so maybe people should start looking at the opportunity... so I mean right now it’s a high level discussion, there’s lots of opportunity out there and then in the future break it down to say what programs can we help and maybe facilitate in different regions,” said Bernier. Though initiatives in the region were celebrated, representatives decided that the next step towards climate action should be for the communities to start sharing their initiatives with each other. “What’s not happening is we weren’t really sharing those stories amongst each other to learn from each other and so that was one of the things that I was trying to stress that we need to start doing...Instead of being in our own little silo and just doing our own projects we should be celebrating the successes more

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PST returns April 1, 2013

Finance Minister Kevin Falcon has introduced legislation to meet government’s commitment to return to the Provincial Sales Tax on April 1, 2013. As committed, the PST is being re-implemented with all permanent exemptions. The government also introduced commonsense improvements that will make administration of the sales tax easier for businesses. Consumers will pay PST only on those goods and services that were subject to the tax before July 1, 2010. Consumers will again not pay PST on purchases like food, restaurant meals, bicycles, gym memberships, movie tickets, and others, nor for personal services like haircuts. For businesses, the new legislation is clearer and easier to administer. The original provincial sales tax act was introduced in the 1940s, and countless changes were introduced over the years as adjustments were needed. That approach created a complex and convoluted tax landscape for businesses trying to comply with the tax. The new act will bring changes together in one statute that will be easier to follow, helping simplify business compliance and reduce costs. Improvements reflect recommendations from the business community and the Expert Panel on Business Taxation established in January. New measures to improve the PST include: * New online access for businesses, including the ability to register, update their account, and make payments. * The due date for tax remittance and returns will be moved to the last day of the month to match GST remittance, simplifying administration for business. * The Hotel Room Tax (eight per cent, as it was before July 2010) will now be incorporated into the PST-no more separate registration, remittance or returns, reducing paperwork. * Businesses can register with their federal business number, making registration easier. * Retailers will be allowed to refund tax to customers in a broader range of circumstances. * Businesses that collect and remit tax will again receive commission of up to $198 per reporting period (typically monthly). The Province also updated the Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code, first introduced in 2005. The updated Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code reaffirms the government’s commitment to fairness and service values, and affirms taxpayers’ right to courtesy, respect, confidentiality, fair treatment, help, information, dispute resolution and timely appeals. Over the coming months, further work on regulations to fully establish the exemptions will continue and will consider

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the input received from business to ensure clarity. Additional consequential and transitional amendments will also be required before April 1, 2013. The Province intends to publically release a final proposed version of the legislation as early as this fall to support business outreach and awareness. By October 2012, government will begin outreach seminars to train businesses on how the PST applies, and business registration using the new online system will begin in January 2013. As previously announced, the return to PST will also see: * B.C. HST Credit eliminated. * B.C. Sales Tax Credit re-implemented. * Basic Personal Amount Tax Credit enhancement reversed. * Tobacco Tax Rates adjusted to keep price levels consistent. * Continuation at 12 per cent of the tax on private sales of vehicles, boats and aircraft. * The PST rate of 10 per cent on liquor will be reinstated with the re-implementation of the PST. Liquor mark-ups will be re-

duced to generally keep shelf prices constant. * The tax on propane will be re-implemented. The tax rate will be 2.7 cents per litre, the same rate as prior to the implementation of the HST. “As promised, on April 1, 2013, consumers will only pay PST on those goods and services that were subject to PST before the implementation of the HST. All permanent PST exemptions will be re-implemented, and consumers will not pay PST on food, bicycles, memberships, or personal services like haircuts and more.” said finance minister Kevin Falcon. “The Taxpayer Fairness and Service Code demonstrates that this government is committed to taxpayer rights, fair dispute resolution and timely appeals. With the reintroduction of the PST, we are refreshing the code and affirming our continuing commitment to fairness and service to taxpayers.”

supplies to keep you and your family safe, no matter where you are. For example, we all need water the rule of thumb is two litres, per person, per day – for 72 hours, or three days. Basic items include food and water, flashlight and radio, and a first-aid kit but don’t forget items   as prescription medications that may not be so obvious such and coins and paper money - $5, $10 and $20’s. Remember to include a copy of your emergency plan, and contact information for friends and family who may be able to help. Lastly, keeping important documents like copies of birth

certificates, wills, passports and insurance policies in your kit can make it easier to stay organized during an emergency. Having an emergency kit is an easy way to have more peace of mind in an unpredictable world. The Peace River Regional District Website www.prrd.bc.ca has a list of 72 hour emergency kit instructions and supplies.

Does your household have a plan? We live in a world that’s unpredictable. By definition, emergencies happen when we don’t expect them, and often when families are not together. Suddenly, you need to think about your kids at school or elderly parents across town. If phones don’t work, or some communities aren’t accessible, what will you do? The best way to help ensure your family’s safety in these situations is to have an emergency plan. Having a plan, and discussing it with loved ones, will save time and make real situations less stressful. In an emergency, basic services we use every day may not work, for example, your water, electricity, gas and telephone service may not work and it may be impossible to access cash from a bank.” Having a well-stocked, portable, and easy-to-find emergency kit will help you make sure that you have the basic

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A look back: Pages from the Beaton Journals: May 1912 Wed 1st Self & Kenny fixing up fences. Barker digging up the Mission Garden. The mail left this morning for Grande Prairie. Continues rather cold. Thurs 2nd Self started to plow the Garden. A fine clear day. Joseph & 2 others arrived from the South Pine. Fri 3rd Self plowing, finished the Garden and plowed the lower field and sowed some oats. Luidwell & Jarvis arrived from the S. Pine River where they were trapping all winter. Sat 4th Self working in Garden. Luidwell put up his Furs for sale and was bought up by H.B. Co. Stewart & partner arrived from M. Lake. Oker & 2 others arrived from the North. Sun 5th Montyne & his outfit patched in also Attachie and his Band. Miller & Wild Bill arrived from H. Hope. Mon 6th Self busy with Indians all day. Montyne & his band put in their furs and paid their dept, also Attachie and his band. Frank Luidwell & partner left for the S. Pine River. E. C___ left for Puskupie Prairie. Tues 7th Self busy in store with Indians. Miller & Innes left this morning for H. Hope. Taylor arrived from H. Hope this evening and brought down the Furs. Blowing a strong gale of wind all day. Wed 8th Self busy in store. Taylor preparing to start to the Hope again. Blowing a strong gale of wind again. The River coming up. Thurs 9th Self in office & store. Taylor left this morning for H. Hope. A fine clear day. Fri 10th Self in office. A fine clear day. A few Indians arrived. Carter arrived from H. Hope. Sat 11th Self working in Garden. Kenny after Horses.

Charlie Pukeht, an old timer, came down River from the Omineca Country where he was wintering. River still coming up. Sun 12th A fine clear day, very hot. Mon 13th Self in office. Kenny after horses. Joseph & the Wolf came in from the other side of the Pine River Continues very hot. 80 degrees in the shade. Tues 14th Self & Kenny planting potatoes. We put 3 sacks in the lower field and 2 ½ in the upper field. Appain & Thomas also Davis & Yakatchie patched in today. Carter left for H. Hope. The Mail arrived this evening. Wed 15th Self busy with Indians all day. Appain, Yakatchie, Thomas, & Davis around. A few others came up and paid their dept. Revillion Boat arrived from H. Hope. Cloudy & looks like rain. Thurs 16th Rain all last night and continued nearly all day. Self in office. John Sewtar & Mykose arrived from the South side of the River. J. Woods cut Kenny’s stud this evening. Fri 17th Self busy with Indians. 2 arrived from PRL on their way to H. Hope. The River coming up fast. Mr. Milligan’s pack train came in for supplies. Sat 18th Self busy with Indians. Kenny after Horses. A fine clear day. Sun 19th No entry. Mon 20th Self & Kenny planting potatoes. We put in seven sacks today in the upper field. Taylor arrived from H. Hope on a Raft having closed up the place for the summer. A fine clear day. The River still falling. Tues 21st Finished planting potatoes. We put in 10 bushells

in the upper field all together and 3 sacks in the lower field. Self in office after dinner. Continues fine weather. J. Woods came over to cut a young stud this evening. River still falling. Wed 22nd Self in office at H. Hope Books. Taylor at odd jobs. McDonald & partner in from ½ Way River after their Horses. Thurs 23rd Self as before. Taylor after Horses. McDonald found his Horses. Continues fine weather with a few showers. Fri 24th Victoria Day Self busy with Indians all day. Adisless & party arrived. W. Innes arrived from Little red River where he is located. Continues fine weather. Joe Appassasin arrived and paid his dept. Sat 25th Self in office. Very hot weather. Wablice arrived from M. Lake. Sun 26th Self & Taylor out after Horses. Jamieson & Gregory & d. Shaw arrived from H. Hope. Mon 27th Self busy in store. Taylor helping. Mr. Milligan & party arrived from Hay River. 2 white men arrived from Dunvegan on their way to the Hope. Tues 28th Self in office. Continues fine weather. Gregory & others left for the Hope. Wed 29th Started Fur packing. Brady & Taylor with Kenny helping. A few Indians arrived. Continues fine weather. A white man arrived from Grande Prairie. Thurs 30th Busy as yesterday. Continues fine weather. The water falling. Fri 31st Busy pressing the fur packs. Blowing a strong gale of wind all day. Samuel Lusteneth arrived with horses for the Dunvegan from S. Pine River.

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FORT ST. JOHN – Though last summer’s flood was said to be a ‘one-in-40-year rainfall,’ the Peace may see a replay in the upcoming season. B.C. government has issued flood precautions for the Peace region as a result of record high snow pack levels. “Cooler temperatures have created a high snowpack in many areas of the province,” reads a statement by the Ministry of Emergency Management BC. Flooding happens when there is a mixture of high snow pack levels and high temperatures and/or heavy rainfall. Besides the financial and inconvenient burden it presents, basement blooding can also pose health and safety hazards. In the case of another flood, provincial government has given tips on how to lessen the damage of flooding in basements. If water is backing up from the building drain, call a plumber. In addition, do not flush the toilet or run the dishwasher or washer/dryer and refrain from turning on the taps. Report any severe flooding to WWW.CRANEMATS.CA your local municipality office. It’s also noted that it’s imporCrane Mats tant to report any damages to Hardwood Wedges, your insurance company, take Pipeline Blocking, photographs and keep receipts Call 604-462-7517 for any work done.

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Once it comes time to clean out the mess, let fresh air in by opening any windows. Be sure to use protective clothing like, overalls, gloves, protective eyewear, rubber boots and a facemask while cleaning. There are possibilities of sewage and other pollutants in flood water contaminating it and sludge could have dangerous cleaning ingredients causing mold and mildew, which could trigger issues for asthmatics. The Ministry of Emergency Management also advises to stay clear of electrical equipment, and if possible shut off the power. Fans and humidifiers are great tools to speed up the drying process or reduce dampness. According to the ministry, health and safety is priority when a basement floods because an excess of water affects gas and electrical systems, creating the possibility of shock or explosions. Last June and July the south Peace saw heavy amounts of flooding and washed out structures, while the north Peace endured heavy rainfall and road flooding. Highway 97 was closed due to washed out bridges and roads. “More than 280 sites on about 140 roads were damaged,” states the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s website. The Peace region isn’t the only B.C. area that has been cautioned about high snow pack levels. Your One Stop Pond Shop! Snow packs in the Upper Fraser are at record levels and there 9937 17th Street, Dawson Creek are high snow packs in the Skeena and Nass watersheds and in Phone: 250-719-0765 the Columbia, Kootenay and Vancouver Island areas.

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May 17, 2012 The Dawson Creek Watershed Society and the Timberline Trail and Nature Club adopted prairie grassland on the banks of the Dawson Creek on the South side of the Brookside Cemetery. The dedication was held on Mother’s Day to honour all mothers who instill a love for nature in their families. The area is home to Prairie Crocuses, a plant that only grows on unbroken prairie lands. The groups decided to adopt the area to preserve and promote the natural heritage of the creek.

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To Consider Review 2011 financial statement. Directors recommendation of a patronage allocation of $ 3.7 million or 5.5% of 2011 purchases From Equity, cash back approximately $2.3 million to be paid to Co-op members $1.1 million income tax and $2.8 million general reserve Election of 2 Directors for 3 year term Guest Speaker FCL Director Co-op Gift Certificates and Door Prizes Valued at $500.00

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The Reconnect youth centre had it’s official grand opening last Friday, honouring the sponsors who contributed materials, labour, and money for the projects completions. Sponsors include: Northern Lights College, Larry Moody, Moch Electric, School District 59, Lakeview Credit Union, Pavlis Trucking, George Hauber, Big Valley Sand and Gravel, R Home Supply Centre Ltd, Rotary Clubs of Dawson Creek, Tryon Land Surveying Ltd, Aquastat Plumbing and Heating, the City of Dawson Creek, Grace Lutheran Church, Hart Oilfield, EnCana, Marla Neufeld, EMCO Corportation, Peace Region Internet Society, Travel Professionals International, J&K Travel Professionals, Bing’s Furniture and Appliances, the Interact Club.

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swift response to relieve stress at the department after Wagner’s death. They were also able to take a fire truck to the neighboring northern city, to avoid relearning new equipment. In order for the city’s fire department to leave its jurisdiction, it requires the approval of city council and Mayor. Fort St. John fire chief Fred Burrows said the act of kindness was enabled to let give the fire department a “few days to take some deep breaths” as well as “take some pressure off.” Burrows said a death in a fire department, is like the passing of a family member, “It takes the wind of out of your sails,” he said. The four firemen who attended to Fort Nelson left on May 4 and came back the following Monday. “Wagner was a fierce leader when it came to protecting wages, benefits and working conditions for his members,” says International Association of Fire Fighters 6th District Vice President Lorne West in a statement on the IAFF web254 Road, Montney site. “On behalf of the entire 6th district, our thoughts and prayers are with the Wagner family.” According to IAFF, Wagner was known to help others and worked to ensure equality among fire fighters in the province. Last year he was deployed 4 Inch Tomatoes to Afghanistan as a civilian fire $ 1.00 per plant inspector in support of the CaMay 18th to the 25th nadian Forces. The family has asked that those who want to honor WagClosed all day Sunday & ner’s memory to donate to the Wednesday at 6:00 pm British Columbia Professional Call 250-263-8014 Fire Fighters Burn Fund. Wagner is survived by his or 250-261-9360 wife, Carol.

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FORT ST. JOHN – Last Sunday was a celebration of Don Wagner’s service to the community. Wagner was a fire fighter, Local 2782 member and Canadian Forces veteran, his sudden death called for the support of Fort St. John’s fire department and council. Fort Nelson city council and mayor thanked Fort St. John’s fire services and council for their

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Peace resident may have noticed a slight rise in the river from spilling at the Peace Canyon Dam last week from May 10 to May 11. The spill was a result of managing excess supply of energy in B.C. Hydro. For 16 hours, the Peace Canyon Dam let go 14,000 cubic ft per second. The maximum flow the dam generates is 70,000 cubic ft per second, making the spill one-fifth of what would normally be generated. BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer said there was not enough demand and there was more electricity than customers needed. Which posed the question if whether or not this was an indicator of the proposed Site C dam. “Site C is to address long-term energy growth overall,” said Gammer. “This is the first time in 10 years that we’ve found ourselves at the lowest period of demand,” he added. In addition, he said there is lots of water in the system to make a short-term spill. Typically at this time of year, in between spring and summer, energy demand is low. The water that was spilled did not go into the grid nor was it used to produce energy. “This is just something in the moment,” he said. The Peace Canyon Dam is not the only dam that spills excess amounts of water, the last time the W.A.C. Bennett dam had a spill was in 2002.

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Local presentations spark interest in Ignite in Peace Region By Jill Earl

“It’s a place to share things that excite you, things that interest you, it’s not an opportunity to be negative in that aspect,” she said. Kucharuk was introduced to Ignite presentations while she was at a conference in the U.S. Though at that time she wasn’t able to enjoy the whole event, it impacted her enough to include the presentation style during a session at the oil and gas conference held in Fort Nelson last year, which she helped coordinate. “I thought this is a really cool thing, I love this idea, I like the idea that they can be hosted all over the country...I thought that they were amazing and I really thought that is was a very cool concept,” she said, adding that the session in Fort Nelson was very successful. The evening titled ‘Ask me, tell me, ignite me,’ started with a panel including Mayor of Dawson Creek Mike Bernier, Mayor of Fort St. John Lori Ackerman, president of the Chamber of Commerce in Dawson Creek Kimeal Shearing-Cooke and president in Fort St. John Brent Hodson. The panel spoke about social media and how it has changed their lives personally and professionally. Ignite presentations can be considered a reflection of social media, condensing the information and sharing it quickly. After the panel the first two presentations commenced and then a round of Ignite karaoke began, asking three audience members to do a little improv, creating stories with slides they’ve never seen before. The two-hour evening finished with two more presentations. Presenters have been practicing their presentations for weeks, and this is the first time Kucharuk has presented. “I can’t do one of these events without doing one my-

DAWSON CREEK- Unique presentations ignite conversation and networking in the city with the official launch of Ignite Peace Region last Friday at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. Judy Kucharuk of Footprint Management Systems Inc. hosted the evening and is responsible for bringing the Ignite presentation style to the region. Ignite presentations are five minutes long, and include 20 slides that advance every 15 seconds whether you’re ready for them of not. Ignite was created by Brady Forrest and Bre Prettis, with the first Ignite presentations taking place in Seattle in 2006 and spreading internationally since then. “It was supposed to be an evening where people could share their personal and professional passion and they had a tag line, it was, ‘Enlighten us...but make it quick’, so you had five minutes to get your point across share your personal professional passion, and it had to have something of social value,” said Kucharuk, WWW.CRANEMATS.CA adding that the presentation topics are very broad. Crane Mats Few limitations exist on preHardwood Wedges, sentation topics, they can’t be Pipeline Blocking, slanderous or defamatory and Call 604-462-7517 it’s not a platform for business.

self, I have to know what it’s all about, I have never done it, I’ve done other presentations before but never in the Ignite format and so I’m pretty excited about it,” Kucharuk said. “They’re all really strong voices (the presenters) within the community and that’s what it’s really all about, when you have these kinds of events where people have the opportunity to share a personal or professional passion you start to develop connections and relationships with the community. I think it’s really integral to a community to have these sorts of things so that people can share that kind of information,” she adds. One presenter Chad Anderson heard about the event when Kucharuk posted it on twitter and decided to sign up. His idea of ‘Just Show Up’ has been with him for a while and the presentation offered him the opportunity to refine it, polish it and share it with an audience. “I’ve probably been sharing it with people one way or another for a few years and now it just gives me an opportunity to flesh out the argument a bit better...In terms of my topic it will work very well to give an example of people that were not necessarily geniuses or world leaders but still make big changes by just showing up,” Anderson said. Local sponsors including Old Creek Store, Totally Digital Productions, Little Valley Holdings, the Co-Op Mall, and EnCana helped to make this non-profit event happen, donating all proceeds to Step Up N Ride. Kucharuk hopes it will be one of many more to come in the Peace Region. “I think that these kind of events draw communities and regions together, people get to meet people that they wouldn’t necessarily get to meet. I think that it can foster awareness within a community it can also create the feeling of inclusivity within a community, I can just imagine say if you’ve got somebody who was new to town, this is a great opportunity for them to become part of something,” said Kucharuk.

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May 17, 2012

Charlie Lake Conservation Society: Listening for Spring! Can you feel that wonderful warmth of the sun?

The

promise of Spring is more apparent with each lengthening day.

Creatures around Charlie Lake will soon be responding to the

promise as they emerge from their deep sleep beneath the quickly melting snow and ice. One group of creatures interest scientists around the world.

Ministry of Environment website: www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/

and the location of other Frogwatch volunteers in British

Society.

Spring by listening for frogs and toads in your area.

frogwatch/frogwatching or contact the Charlie Conservation Your information will be entered into a database and you

will be able to view a map showing your observation location

Columbia. Become a citizen scientist and help welcome For

more

information

charlielakeconservationsociety.ca

contact

These are the amphibians – frogs and toads (salamanders too)!

You can help scientists

by getting involved with BC Frogwatch! You can increase our knowledge of frogs and toads in British Columbia. Frogs and toads are a part

of local biodiversity - the

amazing variety of life around us. Conserving biodiversity is essential to the health of the planet and the welfare of humankind. Frogs and toads

also have a special role to play in keeping the environment healthy. Perhaps because they

live “on the edge” between water and land, and have semi-permeable skin, frogs

Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising.

to

On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.*

and toads are very sensitive pollution

and

environmental changes.

other

Worldwide, many species

are or

declining

have

in

recently

numbers become

What does this mean for you?

extinct. Monitoring frog and toad populations is one way

to check the health of our

54 or older as of March 31, 2012

You may still obtain OAS/GIS at age 65

53 or younger as of March 31, 2012

The age of eligibility for OAS/GIS will change gradually between 2023 and 2029

wetland areas.

The most effective way

to track changes in frog and toad populations is to listen for their calls during mating season in the springtime. Male

Starting in July 2013, Canadians who are eligible for, but not yet receiving OAS will have the flexibility to delay receiving it in exchange for a higher monthly amount at a later date.

frogs and toads call to protect their

territory

females.

and

attract

Each species of frog and

toad has a very distinctive mating call.

In the Peace

region, we may hear the calls of the Wood Frog (duck-

like quack), Western Chorus

Frog (sound of running your fingernail over the teeth of a

comb) and the Western Toad (sound of geese clucking).

We typically hear frogs in

April or May as open water appears in ponds and swamps. Good times to listen are in the evenings!

Becoming a volunteer is

very easy. All you need to

do is learn the frog and toad calls, choose a location to listen for calls, record your observations, and send your

observations through the BC

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The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is decreasing** 6

The number of working-age Canadians per senior is decreasing, placing additional pressure on the OAS program.

5 4 3 2 1 0 1990

2012

2030

**Source: 9th Actuarial Report on the Old Age Security Program

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May 17, 2012

South Peace hockey benefits from gaming grant funding

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DAWSON CREEK- $35,000 worth of Community Gaming Grants will be distributed between two of the city’s hockey teams this year. The Dawson Creek Junior Hockey Association will receive $20,000 and the South Peace Senior Hockey Association will receive $15,000 of grants from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. The grants are two of 5,000 others in this round of funding totaling $135 million to support adult sport and art non-profit organizations. “Everyone knows hockey is at the heart of this community and it’s great to see these associations benefit from the gaming grants. I had the privilege of playing for both of these organizations during my hockey career and I am now extremely proud to be able to support them in my capacity as an MLA,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom in the press release. President of the South Peace Senior Hockey Association, Aman Sandhu, says the association hasn’t been awarded the gaming grant in two years and when they did receive it, it was usually in the amount of $25,000. He’s thankful for the grant that will help towards the association’s approximately $75,000-$80,000 annual budget. “It’s significant, anything that we can get to make the club better and entice young men to want to come play, we got to do that and if we can save $15,000 on ice and put it towards players, equipment that type of thing, that will entice players to come,” Sandhu said. Under guidelines from the province, the association is only able to use the grant towards ice fees and equipment. Sandhu says that they have chosen to spend it on ice rental as it’s a significant proportion of their budget, he says they play at least ten games a season at Memorial Arena or more depending how far they go during playoffs, and hold a practice at least once a week. Costs for renting ice on a game day can come close to $800, while using the ice for practice could cost them approximately $125 per hour.

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Mayor’s Caucus

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Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. Watts asked Ackerman to sit on the B.C. Mayor’s Caucus steering committee. believe that we can responsibly do the job tasked to us by other levels of government and meet the expectations of our constituents under the existing funding formula.” Local governments get eight per cent of tax money; provincial receives 42 per cent and federal government take the remaining half. Ackerman said the caucus was not intended to focus on expanding the eight per cent but to brainstorm with other elected officials how to capitalize on it. “How do we manage that infrastructure growth and demand with a non-growing portion of the tax dollars?” she said regarding issues that the caucus was set on discussing. The infrastructure needs consist of police, fire and water service. When asked if it would lead to future conversations of an increased portion of tax dollars, Ackerman said, “I certainly cannot predict what will be talked about in the future, but at this time the eight per cent is all that we get, so, how do we make the best use ofTundra that?” TDEA11496 NP ad 05_tundra_3503_BC 10.25 inches x 95 agates

Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts said their needs to be a balance between what municipal governments provide to the country as a whole and what they provide to their residing citizens “We are at the front line so it impacts our cities and municipalities but it also impacts our budget.” Municipalities across Canada own and operate two-thirds of Canada’s infrastructure. She added there needs to be a recognition that the current model is unsustainable. “So in terms of delivering services and the expectations of municipalities, whether that’s land for affordable housing or picking up the cost for first responder program … disclosure for policing costs—all of those things … has to be stream lined.” “You know, there is only one taxpayer and tax payers need to ensure that they are getting best value for their dollar,” said Watts. “The municipal governments have to balance their budget each and every year and so it’s just a matter of … looking at the impact and coming up with a better model in how to best serve our tax payers.” Another issue Ackerman said that would be on the Mayor’s Caucus agenda was how to deal with the pressures to ensure updated and viable infrastructure as a result of a growing transient population. “I’ve spoke to some of my colleagues who are quite concerned as other resource industries begin to expand in the province,” said Ackerman, adding that more municipal governments would have to face the reality of keeping up with capital costs as a result of an influx of workers. She said the solution would be to keep those workers in the community, but the question remains: “How do we do that?” “There are going to be more transient type of work accommodations available and how that impacts cities and infrastructure, we have to maintain while these workers are contributing to the local economy. So if there is a way to bring them to the community and show them and try to build a community for them to reside in, I know that’s a concern with a lot of communities.” Ackerman was asked to sit on the steering committee by Watts. Watts said the idea of a Mayor’s Caucus has been a topic of conversations between a number of B.C. mayors for some time.

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B.C.’s $8.6-billion mining industry has reason to celebrate Mining Week, May 13-19. Employment, revenue, exports, production and prices are all up over previous years and are in a position to continue rising. The boom is being fuelled by a global recovery in manufacturing, in particular, the strong demand from Asia. Mining Week is hosted by the Mining Association of British Columbia, which represents the collective needs of B.C.’s operating coal, metal and mineral mining companies. Currently, B.C. has nine metal mines and 10 coal mines in operation. The government’s goal to have eight new mines and nine expansions continues to move forward. The anticipated results are: * A $1.6-billion increase in annual mine-operation revenue. * Approximately 2,000 construction jobs. * 2,000 new direct jobs and 3,000 indirect jobs. * To sustain 12,500 existing jobs (5,000 direct and 7,500 indirect). * Over $150 million annually in government revenue. In addition to the Copper Mountain Mine, which began production last year, two new major metal mines are now under construction and recently two more received permits. Construction for both is scheduled to start later this year. Since the Jobs Plan was announced, the Province has approved five major expansions of existing mines. Mining is a cornerstone of our economy. It takes place in every region of the province and

ranges from small, one-person operations to multi-million dollar-investment projects. Why Mining Matters: Every British Columbian uses almost 23,000 kilograms (about 50,000 pounds) of mined products each year. When you brush your teeth, turn on a light, drive a car, ride your bike, put on the television, use a camera or telephone - you are supporting the mining industry. Mining contributes hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue that help pay for government services like health care and education. In 2011, more than 29,000 people were employed in B.C.’s mineral exploration, mining and related sectors, mostly in rural British Columbia. Quick Facts: * In 2011, the mining industry increased its value by 20 per cent from the year before to approximately $8.6 billion. * B.C. produces and exports a significant amount of metallurgical coal, copper, gold, silver, lead, zinc, molybdenum and industrial minerals every year. * In 2010, B.C. produced 196 million kilograms of copper valued at $1.4 billion, or enough to use in more than one million homes. * B.C. is one of the world’s largest exporters of seaborne metallurgical WWW.CRANEMATS.CA coal. Metallurgical coal Crane Mats is used in the Hardwood Wedges, production of Pipeline Blocking, steel.

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Hazards faced by tHe oil and gas industry Lunch and Learn Presentation

You are invited to a Lunch and Learn on: » Wednesday, May 23, 2012 » 12:30pm to 2:30pm » Fort St. John, BC (FSJ Curling Club) This event is sponsored by Enform in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Fort St. John Energy Expo. You will have the opportunity to hear from leading industry subject matter experts on hazards faced by the oil and gas industry. Topics include: » Chemical Hazards – Corinne Paul, Enform » Mercury Hazards – Glyn Jones, EHS Partnerships Ltd. » Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM’s) – John Jochmann, Tervita (formerly NORMCAN)

For event inquiries contact: Enform BC 250.785.6009

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If you have questions about workplace safety, call WorkSafeBC’s Call Centre at 604 276-3100, or toll-free in B.C. at 1 888 621-SAFE (7233).


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Premier Focused on B.C. Jobs with Asian Trade Premier Christy Clark departed last weekend for her latest jobs and trade mission, this time going to Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Building on the success of her first trade mission, the Premier is making the business case for investment in the province, for resource and project developments that will create more jobs in B.C. “Our BC Jobs Plan is tremendously successful in seeking out new markets, and we are expanding on the long-standing relationships that we have in countries like Japan and expanding the opportunities for B.C. businesses in Korea. Just yesterday, we received great news that our unemployment rate continues to drop and nearly 20,000 new jobs were added to our economy last month alone. We have a skilled labour force, low tax rates and an abundance of natural resources. We need to get out and tell our story to investors. These trade missions build and strengthen our presence in growing markets and have enormous, long term, positive impact on our economy,” said Premier Clark. “When private industry has good relationships and confidence in British Columbia, they bring investments to our province that creates jobs,” continued Premier Clark. “That’s why I’m delighted to be here on the day that our friends at Japan Airlines are announcing plans to upgrade their aircraft to bring 90 additional passengers per flight to B.C. Those extra business people and tourists

will translate to more dollars spent in hotels, restaurants and businesses all over our province.” “British Columbia is a business-friendly environment and will easily accommodate our future plans,” said Steve Chen, District Sales Manager, Japan Airlines. “We are happy Premier Clark has chosen to travel on our airline so we can demonstrate the quality of Japan Airlines.” Departing Vancouver on May 12, Premier Clark’s first stop will be in Japan to meet with government and business officials to talk about the opportunities available in British Columbia’s natural gas, technology, and mining sectors. Japan and Korea are the top two importers of LNG in the world, respectively. Both countries are looking to diversify their energy supply and are looking at increasing the use of natural gas and bioenergy as clean energy alternatives. The Premier will then travel to Korea on May 16 to discuss clean energy options such as LNG and bioenergy with government and business leaders in Seoul and Suwon. “As we continue to advance our LNG Export Joint Venture project with PETRONAS, we feel it is vital to engage with potential LNG buyers in the premium markets of Korea and Japan,” said Michael Culbert, President & CEO of Progress Energy.

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Fees waived at Peace Region landfills for invasive species By Jill Earl

for the PRRD. Residents are welcome to drop off their invasive plant species in clear plastic garbage bags at landfills sites, the plants will not be accepted at transfer sites. After being weighed the plants will be placed in metal bins, when the bins are full the contents will be placed in the landfills under at least a meter of fill. In the 2011 Plan and Profile the Northeast Invasive Plant Committee named 12 prohibited invasive species, 21 primary invasive species and 34 secondary invasive species. Armagost says that the committee is currently working on this year’s edition of the plan and profile. The 67 invasive plant species are prioritized based on their severity. “We have to find a way to prioritize things so that when the area controllers go out to treat things in some cases they may not treat a specific weed because maybe it’s not threatening anything, maybe it’s in a place that’s contained by forest and it’s not going to go anywhere, so we have to have a way of prioritizing things and that’s what this plant profile is really about,” Armagost said. Some invasive plants can be detrimental to a community if they are not controlled. The PRRD provides outreach to the community, educating them on these plants and how best to get rid of them. Armagost has already received several complaints this year of invasive plant patches and hopes to get several more complaints so that she can manage the situation. “The service that we provide is education and outreach because that’s the best way to reach complaints. Invasive plants are not a nice thing to have in your agriculture setting or anywhere, they can be poisonous, they can kill your livestock, they can cause blindness to humans, they tear out eco-systems, and they cost a lot of money, so if we know what we’re dealing with and they get on top of it before things get too carried away then we can ring the bell,” she said. The district even has resource material for hikers to take along in carabiners with information about the most common invasive plants, what they look like, their growing habits and how to report them. How to get rid of an invasive plant patch depends on the species, some can be killed with herbicide while others need to be pulled. Armagost welcomes all questions about the plants. “We have to be smarter then the plant, that’s becoming my Contributed photo mantra lately, we have to be smarter then the Dalmatian Toadflax is one invasive plant species that can be found in the PRRD, it looks similar to Snapdragons.

DAWSON CREEK- Invasive plants will no longer invade the wallets of residents in the Peace River Regional District. The PRRD is waiving the tipping fee for invasive plant species in their Bessborough, Chetwynd and Fort St. John landfills. The waived fee is for residents and agricultural operators and does not apply for commercial or industrial users. Last year it cost $80 per tonne of invasive plant species dumped. “People were dropping off their plants at the landfill but they were being charged for it and it was actually a lot of the agricultural community that said, ‘hey regional district if you want us to take care of our invasive plants properly you should waive the tipping fees for them’, so we’ve been working on this for the past year,” said Elaine Armagost, invasive plant program manager

plant,” she said. Last July the PRRD brought it goats to eat an infestation of Dalmatian Toadflax approximately 30 acres in size on the banks of the Peace River just south of Fort St. John. The danger with Dalmatian Toadflax is that it can grow well in wet or dry conditions, they produce a lot of seeds, spreads aggressively, it can kill other native grasses and it is impossible to clean it out of cereal crops like canola crops. Armagost hoped that grazing the area with goats would help to weaken the plant; she plans to bring in the goats again sometime within the month. “We had such a wet year we had so much other grass and other stuff there for them to chew, they didn’t eat as much Dalmatian Toadflax as I wanted them too that’s why I’m putting them out there a little bit earlier this year, the Dalmatian Toadflax will be a little more succulent and there won’t be as much other choice for them,” Armagost said, adding that later in the year the PRRD will be introducing a bug, called Mecinus Janthinus, to the area that will attack the root of the plant to keep it in control. “We’re a huge farming community and lots of times farmers are out in their fields picking scentless chamomile…and they’re picking garbage bags and garbage bags and garbage bags of them. In order for them to dispose of them properly, they have to pay a tipping fee, when they go across the belt they say that that’s not fair and I agree with them it’s not fair, we expect them to dispose of things properly we should be waiving the tipping fee,” Armagost said.

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May 17, 2012

NEAT hopes to fuel change with insulated food containers By Kyla Corpuz

FORT ST. JOHN – The Northern Environmental Action Team are hoping to turn a $100,000win into a pilot project that will look at food security in a non-conventional way. Green Freight is the project that NEAT is hoping to get funded through Shell Canada’s Fuelling Change program. “Fuelling Change is … Supporting environmental projects and organizations selected by voters,” reads the website. “Shell will grant a total of $2 million annually to projects that improve and restore Canada’s environment.” “Green Freight is designed to tackle a couple of issues,” said Karen Mason-Bennett, Fort St. John’s NEAT program coordinator. “It’s designed to think innovatively about food security in the Peace region.” NEAT mimicked the idea from a Boston project called Freight Farms. Food, like leafy vegetables and tomatoes, will be grown in insulated containers. Its energy sources will mostly be powered through solar and possibly wind. “We’re very aware, as the residents of Chetwynd, is that we basically have one access road into our communities and that most of our food is trucked in,” said Bennett. “So, if anything happens to that road or any of the bridges that connect, we could find ourselves without fresh produce and food … that we typically utilize everyday.” If NEAT wins the challenge by gaining the most votes for its innovative project, the pilot will start in Fort St. John and hopefully expand to other parts of the region.

“It is absolutely applicable from Dawson Creek straight through to Fort Nelson, so it something that we would like to pilot and learn from and possibly expand,” she said. “It’s not the be all and end all solution but it could mitigate some of the shocks that could be occurring.” This idea of growing locally is a movement towards community agriculture said Bennett. If this project succeeds, it will be used as a learning tool for students around the Peace. In addition, it will be another option for residents to buy local produce, with five per cent donated back to the food bank. Voting goes until October. There are three other project ideas from organizations throughout Canada vying for the $100,000-grant.Visit fuellingchange.com for details on how to vote.

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EnCana Events Centre to focus on quality over quantity By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- General Manager of the EnCana Events Centre, Ryan MacIvor, is optimistic about the centre’s future success. MacIvor made an annual update to city council Monday, May 7 about business over the past year. “When we look at the financial overview, overall I think we did very well with respect to managing the number of events we had, the attendance etc., a lot of the attendance and the gross ticket revenue numbers etc. are all directly related to the number of events that we have and the people that buy tickets etc. to come through the building they all sort of relate and correlate together,” MacIvor said addressing city council, attributing part of the centre’s success to the raised caliber of events. Last year the centre hosted 65 events, including eight concerts and 32 Dawson Creek Rage hockey games, and saw 60,035 in total attendance. In 2008 the centre hosted 13 events and saw 21,631 in attendance, in 2009 they hosted 42 events and saw 67,324 people, and in 2010 hosted 67 events with 79,367 in attendance. This year they are hoping to host 77 events and see 73,684 people. With data obtained from people who used their credit cards to order a maximum of six tickets, the venue finds 65 per cent of ticket orders are from B.C., 34 per cent from Alberta and one per cent from other places. “I think it just speaks to the awareness of the venue, the events

that we’re bringing in and we’re attracting people outside of Dawson Creek to see these events. That speaks to the vision of the time and how it is today of creating the Events Centre or the City of Dawson Creek as an events capital, and driving that economic development aspect to the community so it’s great to see those trend lines and hopefully over the next couple of years we’ll continue to see that change as well,” MacIvor said. With the centre located so far north MacIvor sees attracting some performers as a challenge, especially when the market for promoters in Canada has declined MacIvor says. “As much as we may ask to be added on to a tour or go after a show sometimes it just doesn’t matter because there’s no time to add them to the day…We are the furthest venue for people to come play, it’s just a reality of where our location is so we just have to do our best to work with our partners and other venues within to help route that through, that really makes it easier to have other Global Spectrum buildings,” said MacIvor. In the four years that the centre has been in operation, they have had four different operating models, from a year with no tenant, half a year with a tenant, a full year with a tenant, and this year where they had half a year of hockey due to the D.C. Rage not playing a third season. Though they’ve lost their main tenant, future bookings have replaced what would have been a loss of events. “We look to 2012, the loss of the Dawson Creek Rage and our

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2012 business plan was a loss of 15 events but it’s really made up by the U-18 Hockey Canada under 18 challenge in November and that’s 19 events. We’ve had a real large increase of promoter activity requesting for dates of availability…we’re always looking to put something in the building,” MacIvor said. He says the centre will have to look to a new business plan due to the changes to the building’s tenant. “With the loss of the main tenant there has to be a shift in change for a future business plan and I know that we’ll be having some of those conversations with the staff here at city hall but that may include more risk assumed, more aggressive with booking events, or a shorter ice season within the facility,” MacIvor said.

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that the bus is trying to maneuver through the parking lot and By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- Bus passengers arriving and departing depending on how the cars parked themselves, the bus is delayed from the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre will have an easier walk or constricted in having to back up. The last thing that you want a bus doing in a small parking lot is backing up, they’re not deand more comfortable wait. After a presentation made by Todd Dupuis, senior regional signed to back up, they don’t have the best side mirrors or rear manager for BC Transit, at the request of council they voted view mirror…it’s a go forward operation,” he adds. If the city hadn’t approved funding for the sidewalk and to construct a sidewalk leading from the front entrance of the aquatic centre to the bus stop at the side of the building. Pool shelter, which exists in the city’s transit budget, the alternative users who take public transit will soon also enjoy a bus shelter would have been to conduct a transit review and reschedule the entire systems routes. at the stop. “The cost associated with changing your parking lot to make The city’s request to have Dupuis at their meeting was in response to concerns brought forward about placement of the stop a safe entrance for the bus on a per rider basis would be sigat the side of the building and not the front entrance. With the nificant,” Dupuis said considerbus stop at the side of the building those with mobility problems ing there is approximately five riders being dropped off at the would have difficulty walking to and from the stop. Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. “I would not advise anyone with mobility issues certainly no aquatic centre per day and the Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. 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Though moving the bus stop would only add a we wish that every bus could minimum of two minutes onto the route it’s enough to call for a leave people exactly where they wanted to go but unfortunately total rescheduling of the route. On Thursday, May 10, 2012 390 head of cattle went through our ring “The schedule is tightly timed to meet all the times of your we’re not trying to replicate a D1 - D2 Cows 72.00-78.00 395 head ofD3 cattle went through the ring of Dawson Creek Action on July 8, 2010 appointments through the south side route…it’s not just a matter car, we’re just trying to give - D4 Cows 62.00-68.00 SALES EVERY THURSDAY! of switching the stop location, and everyone’s happy, unfortu- a good public service to make Holstein Cows N/A D1 - D2 Cows 53.00-56.00 nately because of the way the bus is scheduled we would have sure that riders of all strips can Heiferettes 75.00-92.00 to change the entire timing for that route on the south side. Of get to and reach their destinaD3 - D4 Cows 48.00-53.00 Bologna Bulls 75.00-90.00 course the south side route links into the north side and central tions safely,” Dupuis said. Holstein Cows 50.00-53.00 Feeder Bulls 80.00-92.00 routes at the Co-Op Mall, so Heiferettes 55.00-65.00 Good Bred Cows N/A operation would have to look Bologna Bulls 62.00-72.50 Good Bred Heifers N/A at where those times would be Feeder Bulls 65.00-70.00 Milk Cows N/A effected and have to reschedGood Bred Cows None Cow/ Calf Pairs (younger) 1450.00-1700.00 uled,” Dupuis said. Good Bred Heifers None Bus drivers had serious safeCow/ Calf Pairs (older) N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs 900.00-1000.00 ty concerns over pedestrians in Older Cows None the parking lot, cars blocking Milk Cows None the entrance and having to do Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: 82.00-95.00 Heifers 80.00-92.00 three-point turns if the parking Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: 110.00-120.00 Heifers 95.00-103.00 lot was full. Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: 125.00-132.00 Heifers 105.00-118.00 “The drivers had to deal with Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: N/A Heifers N/A not only the vehicles, which Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: 140.00-148.00 Heifers 122.00-132.00 Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: N/A Heifers N/A apparently not only block the Good 149.00-157.00 Heifers 137.00-145.00 Good Feeder Feeder Steers Steers 600 800 lbs lbs Plus: Plus: 92.00-100.00 Heifers 80.00-88.00 entrance to the pool but also the Good 150.00-163.00 140.00-150.00 Good Feeder Feeder Steers Steers 500 700 lbs lbs Plus: Plus: 102.00-108.00 Heifers Heifers 85.00-92.00 young patrons as they came out Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: 110.00-118.00 Heifers 98.00-104.00 Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 155.00-170.00 Heifers 150.00-160.00 looking for their mom or their Good Feeder Feeder Steers Steers 300 500 lbs lbs Plus: Plus: 115.00-125.00 Heifers Heifers 155.00-160.00 100.00-108.00 Good 160.00-175.00 dad…the concern to the operaGood Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: 110.00-125.00 Heifers 100.00-110.00 Next Horse Sale is Saturday, June 9, 2012 tor was just inevitably going to Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus: None Heifers None be contact with a pedestrian some point in the future,” DuVold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. 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May 17, 2012

Local duo rising to peak of music fortune By Kyla Corpuz

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FORT ST. JOHN – A song that came from a place of loneliness has turned into a howl of success for the girl duo band, Twin Peaks. For The Dogs, is the song that qualified the alternative-folk band in the Top 200 Tracks on Tracks tour through CBC Radio 3, Green Coach Productions and VIA Rail. “Brent Hodson nominated us, because he follow Green Couch [productions], so it was out of the blue that we were nominated anyway….and it just kind of steamrolled, snowballed, to the Top 10,” said Lindsay Pratt, ukulele, guitar and banjo player for Twin Peaks. Week after week they made it past each round, from Top 50, to Top 25 and the semi-final round Top 10. “Honestly, when they announced Top 10 I was shocked, I didn’t know how we made it that far, just by community support. Then I was a little sad, because … it was actually a possibility. But it’s great, it was amazing,” said Pratt. When Wednesday, May 9 came, the winners for the Track on Tracks cross-country tour were announced: Sidney York, Shred Kelly and Chris Ho. Garden Centre Twin Peaks was not among the roster of musicians. 10865 225 Road, Dawson Creek • 250-782-2269 “When the second band was announced, I think I knew already that we weren’t going to make it, I was okay,” said Pratt. Despite not making top three, the two are conducting their own musical train. In the next month they are set to play three shows, already having opened for country singer Sean Hogan last Friday. The duo are headlining two shows at Remedies Lounge, May 16 and Jack Fish Dundee on May 25, they are also opening for Peter Katz on May 18. Trees – Shrubs – Perennials The shows are gearing them up to host a fundraiser at The Lido at the end of June to raise money for their upcoming tour at the end of July and the first two weeks of August. Twin Peaks is made up of classically trained pianist Naomi Shore and self-trained musician Lindsay Pratt. The two are known for their melodic voices and quirky vibe when they perform - BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS together. They first played together opening for Jenny Jarnagin last summer. In less than a year’s time they took home first place at the 2012 RocKIN the Peace, recorded a six-song EP and are planning their first tour. FIle photo “It just has been really organic, it happened so easily,” said Twin Peaks performing at the Breakfast Room ear9830 - 110 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 2T1 Pratt. “We like spending time together and then the music just Fax: (250) 785-4346 lier this year. happens. And now that we started writing together it creates more of a bond … we’ve grown so much more as friends and as partners in music.” Northeast BC Their debut CD will consist of tunes that many in the community have already heard of—at least for those who have seen them play live. They recorded their songs with Gidd Hampton, a local musician who is heavily into the community music scene and Barry Mathers, who came to Fort St. John from Kelowna to help produce the record. “We are going for alternative-folk, because we do use folk instruments like banjo, ukulele, and some dobro and hopefully some stand-up bass, we’re hoping to convince Bettyanne Hampton, director of the cultural centre to play stand-up bass,” said Pratt when asked what kind of sound they are hoping to create with this upcoming album. Despite not being on the Tracks On Tracks tour, there are talks of Twin Peaks teaming up with Green Couch Productions to film a music video, which Green Couch is known to do with up and coming artists.

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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. • Mother Goose Preschool is having our open house for the upcoming year. The open house will be held at Mother Goose Preschool in Notre Dame School (925-104 ave Dawdon Creek), on Saterday, June 2 From 11am- 5:30pm. Bring your children, let them explore our facility and ask any questions you may have. Call if you have any questions or to register for the upcoming year; 1-250-782-6660 • May 19 - COUNTRY MUSIC DANCE- Music by Night Sounds at the Senior Citizens Hall 1101-McKeller Ave. Dawson Creek Dance from 8:30 to 12:30 Admission includes lunch. 19 years and over welcome. For more info phone Fred at 250-782-2192 or Linda at 250-843-7418 • Calling all Peace River Region Songwriters, Musicians and Singers. Looking for some guidance on crafting a well written song? Tips to improve your instrumental technique? Perhaps you’d like some ideas on how to go about improving vocal technique and ways to put together vocal harmonies for that heartstring pulling effect. If any of the above sounds like you, please join critically acclaimed Winnipeg folk trio Red Moon Road at the Diamond Willow Retreat near Dawson Creek , BC. In this three-hour workshop the trio will offer skills, knowledge and friendly positive critique and feedback to Peace musicians. Saturday, May 19th from 1-4pm at Diamond Willow Retreat (located 15 minutes from Dawson Creek on HWY 49 toward Spirit River/Baytree.) Price is $10 paid at the door. Pre-registration required, call Karen 250-786-5122 or Pauline 250-219-7871. • An Intimate Supper Concert at Diamond Willow Retreat featuring Red Moon Road of Winnipeg and the Peace Region Songwriters. Saturday May 19th from 5– 9:00 pm. Advance tickets only, cost is $35 per person. Available at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery 250-782-2601 or Karen McGowan 250-

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Chetwynd) along with poerty readings by Donna Kane, Pat Markin (Hudson Hope) and cowboy poetry recited by Jayden Stafford (Farmington). This is a free event for the public in celebration of the 30th Regional Juried Art Exhibition. Call the Art Gallery for details 250-782-2601. • Dawson Creek Kiwanis Community Band presents Spring Fling Concert and Dessert Night Sat. May 26 at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre 1100- 95th Ave. Doors open 7 p.m. concert 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at Simple Pleasures and from all band members $15 each. Fort St. John • There will be an informative evening for those interested in Hospice and Palliative Care on May 17th at 7pm at NLC. Christine Sutherland, an RMT who specializes in Hospice and Palliative work, is presenting. She will be showing 3 short documentary films on the subject and facilitating discussions. There will also be a learning portion of the evening. This is a great opportunity for those interested in palliative care as well as those who may be supporting family, friends, or clients in this stage of life. • 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. 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.

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FORT ST. JOHN RCMP ADVISE CAUTION THIS MAY LONG WEEKEND

FORT ST. JOHN – Expect extra traffic enforcement this May long weekend. Cpl. Jodi Shelkie with the Crime Prevention Unit advises, “With extra traffic and spring weather there is gong to be a lot more traffic volume on the roads this weekend. Drivers should plan ahead and drive accordingly.” Here are some long weekend safety tips that the Fort St. John RCMP offer: Be realistic: Plan ahead and be realistic about travel times. Allow extra time for possible delays that may occur. Your vehicle: Long road trips can be tiring for drivers and passengers but also on your vehicle, so make sure it’s up to

the drive. Remember to check the engine oil, washer fluid, lights and inspect the vehicle tires, including the spare, to make sure they are in good condition and properly inflated. Be safe: At this time of year in B.C., weather conditions can change suddenly. Even in spring, it is possible to encounter winter-like conditions in some parts of the province so driving accordingly. In other parts of the province, warmer weather will encourage more motorcyclists and bicyclists to hit the road. Drivers should slow down, use extra caution and keep a look out for other road users. Drive Smart: Whether traveling a long distance or a short trip, always maintain a safe traveling distance between

vehicles. Allow at least two seconds of following distance in good weather and good road conditions, and at least three seconds on high-speed roads or if you’re behind a motorcycle since it has a much shorter stopping distance. ALWAYS wear a seatbelt, follow the speed limit and drive according to conditions. The summer weekends also see an increase in impaired driving, especially in those drivers coming from private functions such as barbeques and golf tournaments. The RCMP encourages families, friends and hosts to be responsible in how they serve alcohol and to provide non-alcoholic options or transportation alternatives.

UNBC’s Northern Medical Program celebrates 5th year

This weekend UNBC saw the Northern Medical Program celebrate the graduation of its 5th class of doctors. This year’s graduating class has the highest number of UNBC-originated undergraduates from any year so far: eight of the 31 students who are graduating from the NMP were UNBC undergrads before entering the program. “I think it’s quite remarkable the continual increase we see of those students who start as undergraduates here at UNBC and then move into medicine at UBC- accepted into the Northern Medical Program,” comments Dr. Geoffrey Payne, Interim VP Medicine, UNBC, Regional Associate Dean, UBC. “It speaks to the exceptional quality

of education they’re receiving at UNBC. This University is ranked top three in Canada for primarily undergraduate studies for a reason, and we’re producing top students as a result.” Students received their NMP shingle carved out of pine beetle wood, and their long coats, which replaces the short white coats they receive as students and represents their transition from students to medical doctors. Gregory Marcotte, UNBC undergraduate and Prince George resident was the recipient of the Dr. Joe Sidorov Award of Excellence in Internal Medicine, an award that recognizes outstanding academic achievement for a student continuing in the field of internal medicine. Ashlee King from Fruitvale was awarded the Dr. Tony Eckersley Memorial Award, recognizing a student that demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and exemplifies the qualities and approach to family medicine that Dr. Eckersley embodied.

By Lynn Locher, North Peace Coordinator Success by 6 and Children First Initiatives FORT ST. JOHN – On May 17th, let’s show our appreciation for the work of early childhood educators and child care providers in our community. The childcare profession not only plays a critical role in supporting healthy families and children, but is also a key part of our entire economy. In most households these days, both parents work because they cannot afford not to, so they need child care. Quality Child Care is not just providing space for a child. Caregivers provide healthy,

nurturing environments where our children can learn, interact and feel safe. They play a critical role in promoting their social, physical, emotional and cognitive development. Being a child care provider is not an easy job, but it certainly is one of the most important and also one of the lowest paying and least celebrated. It is important to acknowledge their role and support them with positive feedback. On May 17th, let’s recognize their everyday dedication and good work! You can get together with other parents and prepare a surprise, work with your child to create a special memento or prepare and deliver a healthy snack. These are only a few of the ways to show your appreciation.

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Peopl e of the Peace Submitted photo The Fort St. John Legion held a 50’s and 60’s dance as fundraiser recently. Above are the best couple costumes and below is the best male costume from the dance.

Submitted photo The Fort St. John Community Arts Council received local support to pursue the purchase of a portable community stage for Fort St. John. Trans Canada recently donated seed money for the community stage project. Community Relations and Aboriginal Consultant, Kerry Auger presented a $1000 cheque from Trans Canada to Arts Council member Rosemary Landry to be put towards the planning of a community stage. The entire 2012 Northern Medical Program graduating class including Dr. James Gardner and Dr. Anthony Stregger, from Fort St. John. Just two of the newest graduates of the UNBC Northern Medical Program.

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