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FORT ST. JOHN – Nearly a thousand students rallied and marched through Fort St. John’s streets to raise awareness about gender based violence on Weds., May 14. The 7th annual My Strength is Not for Hurting event was a joint initiative of the North Peace Secondary Student Advisory Team and The Peace Project, a three year community initiative to reduce violence against women and girls in Fort St. John. The tradition was started by Daniel Vecchio, former principal of North Peace Secondary School, whose younger sister Rebecca was murdered by her husband in 2004. But it was Grade 12 student Esther Wenger, a member of the Student Advisory Team, that got this year’s rally and march off the ground. She’s also on the steering committee for the Peace Project. “This has been just a total success because of her efforts,” said Jason Gill, student advisory coach at North Peace Secondary School. Gill helps students co-ordinate events, and one of his jobs on Wednesday was flipping burgers for the barbecue that took place after students marched to the Fort St. John Fire Hall and back. Many were wearing shirts that were sold by donation with the motto “My Strength is Not For Hurting,” with proceeds benefitting the Women’s Resource Society. Public presentations took place in the school gym at 11 a.m., where Praise Uyo, a Nigerian international student at North Peace Secondary, spoke about the Bring Back our Girls movement that calls for the return of over 200 kidnapped Nigerian girls taken last month for attending school. Another speaker, Clarice Eckford, Peace Project co-ordinator, shared how important it is for men and boys to be involved in ending violence, and about the missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada and

Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott Esther Wenger, second from the right, is the Grade 12 North Peace Secondary student who organized this year’s My Strength is Not for Hurting rally and march to raise awareness of gender based violence in Fort St. John. the necessity of supporting local Aboriginal communities. The students, not only from North Peace Secondary but also from the Energetic Learning Campus, were rapt listeners. “Usually they’re rustling and fidgety . . . there was about 1,000 students in that gym, and they were silent, they were just absolutely focused on the speakers,” said Eckford. What they spoke about resonated. “As a guy, I was really skeptic, mainly because of the shirt, because it said, ‘My strength is not for hurting,’ and I always felt like, well that’s stupid. Men should just sit there and do nothing,” said Michael Giesbrecht, in Grade 12. “But here today I really felt that, no, that’s not the message. And one of the things Mr. Gill said that I really liked, was he said, ‘This shirt is the beginning, this is where we start.’ And that’s true, men should stop, our strength is not for hurting. “But then it’s also for continuing on with this, our strength is for fighting for the right cause, our strength is for protecting, and women as well. That was one of the biggest things I got out of this today,” he said. For Shania Kelly, also in Grade 12, the

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event triggered passionate feelings. “There is a lot of inequality in this world and we have not nearly addressed all of it, we’re not even close,” she said. “A lot of this generation seems to think that we’re all equal, that there’s no problems, women are making the same dollars as men, and they’re not, and that there’s no racism, there’s no homophobia, there’s no transphobia, but there is, it’s everywhere. Everywhere you look. “Especially in a city like Fort St. John, we’re a rural community and it’s a really, really big boys’ club attitude up here, and there is a lot that we need to do still, and a lot of people are very quick to dismiss it, and say that we’re done, and we’re not.” The message of the march was to focus specifically on violence against women in Fort St. John, where women’s emergency and transition housing, at Meaope Transition House and Skye’s Place, is always full, according to Eckford. As for Wenger, she was just happy to have helped further the cause. “[Daniel Vecchio] became really passionate about the issue, and so we’ve continued on his legacy,” she said.

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Devereaux students become Classroom Champions with luger Edney JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - Becoming an Olympic athlete doesn’t just happen; students at Devereaux Elementary learned it takes much, much more. Since September, all 84 students enrolled in the school have been participating in the Classroom Champions program. Devereaux students were paired up with Olympic luger Sam Edney, and on May 13 the students finally got to meet their Olympic hero. “It’s weird, even though they hadn’t met before previously they have this relationship with him through the work that he’s been doing. It was really amazing for them to actually be able to meet him and the school was buzzing with energy, ‘when is Sam coming?’...it was really neat,” said principal Jacqueline Catchpole. Each month Edney has been teaching the students lessons about being an Olympian via Skype or Google Hangouts. Grade four to seven teacher, Becky Campbell, said that lessons included goal setting, fair play, making friends, healthy eating and living, community, perseverance and being a champion. Teachers were able to design their own lessons around the topics, but Edney occasionally gave them a challenge to complete. In December, Campbell said that her class raised $110 to donate to the Ronald

McDonald House as a part of one of Edney’s challenges. “They have this perception of an Olympian and they were so excited when they actually did get to see him. When I got in from my lunch break all the students were sitting on the couches around Sam and they were all talking with him like they had been best buds for a long time. It was really cool to see how quickly they were drawn to him because they had talked to him for a long time,” Campbell said. Throughout the year, Campbell’s class designed a miniature luge track in her math class, students realized the importance of setting clear rules to games in order to achieve fair play, and many set goals for themselves. “I think about 75 per cent of them have actually completed their goals and achieved them, so that’s really awesome, the kids have really liked it,” said Campbell, adding goals included learning how to snowboard, being a better hockey player and barrel racer. Classroom Champions is a non-profit organization that was co-founded in 2009 by gold-medalist Steve Mesler. It connects Olympic athletes with students to help them realize their potential and the possibility of their dreams. The program utilizes the latest technology, which is donated to the classrooms. Encana sponsored the school to participate in Classroom Champions and

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Photo Credit Jill Earl Sam Edney finally visits the students he has been mentoring since September. provided them with an Apple TV, an ipad, a laptop and four flat screen TVs. This is the first year the program has come to Canada. “We started Classroom Champions because we thought that Olympic athletes and Paralympians had so much more to offer then going to a school one time and talking to kids and leaving and never seeing them again. We thought that using technology would get kids involved in school more and get them involved in the things that they wanted to do,” Mesler said during the barbeque celebration at Devereaux Elementary on May 13. “Our students are just learning so many valuable lessons and they get to partner with athletes, like Edney,” said Catchpole. Students weren’t the only ones to benefit, Edney said that the program has helped him too. During the Sochi Olympics in February, Edney said that reflecting on the lessons he taught the students helped him compete. Going into the Olympics for his third time, Edney said that he set a goal not to get distracted by other events and the media spotlight, to do this he sacrificed going to the opening ceremonies; he had his individ-

ual competition the next day. He ended up placing 11th individually and fourth place in the luge team event, only one tenth of a second away from winning the bronze medal. He was devastated. “I felt that I had let myself down, and my teammates down, and my country down, and also I had 100 new fans that I almost let down. When I logged in, and the google chat happened [with Devereaux Elementary], I saw these groups of kids with huge smiles and excitement and signs of congratulations, telling me how great of a job I did,” said Edney. “At that moment I felt that I got back a lot of what I felt like I gave over the year was that moment when I got to see all the kids and how happy they were for me. It was after that google chat, where I had time to reflect and say, ‘you know what, fourth place isn’t that bad,’” he said. Encana has agreed to fund the program in the school for an additional year. “It’s been very exciting and rewarding to watch this program grow and succeed in our communities thanks to the dedication of these amazing athletes,” said Brian Lieverse, community relations advisor for Encana in the press release.

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Review 2013 financial statement. Sales increase of 4.5% to $81.6 million and net savings of 7.7 million or 9.4% Directors recommendation of a patronage allocation One Special Resolution - Audit Resolution Election of 3 Directors for 3 year term. 1 Director for 1 year term. Guest Speaker FCL Director Co-op Gift Certificates and Door Prizes Valued at $500.00

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Interested in letting your name stand for the Board of Directors of Fort St. John Co-operative Association? Directors participate jointly with a total of 7 Directors in planning and controlling the affairs of the co-operative, guided by Association Bylaws and Policies, so that it effectively moves toward achieving the objectives of the Co-operative. Please pick up a nomination form at the Administration Office. The form should be dropped off at the office prior to May 16, 2014.

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Debate continues over proposed ALC Bill 24 While no correspondence to the district has been received from the Ministry of Agriculture, Goodings said that they have only seen press releases stating that the proposed two zones will remain and that agriculture will continue to be the top priority of the ALC. “I don’t know if there’s anything further that we can do,” said Goodings. The debate on the second reading of Bill 24 continued last week in the B.C. legislature. Letnick proposed several amendments to the Bill on May 15, that he announced earlier this month. One of which included three incidences in which the chair of the commission can refer an application to the executive committee: if it is of provincial importance, the application raises an issue that is of general importance for the administration of the Act, the determination of the application may substantially affect more than one panel region. Also included in Letnick’s amendments was the added statement giving the executive committee all the powers, duties and functions of the commission in relation to

JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - The Ministry of Agriculture reaffirmed their position on Bill 24 to the Peace River Regional District, after directors agreed to send a letter opposing the proposed Bill during their last meeting on April 24. In their letter, the directors asked Agricultural Minister Norm Letnick to withdraw the Bill. They opposed the changes that would divide the Agricultural Land Reserve into two zones; they also felt the changes lacked consultation. North Peace MLA Pat Pimm and South Peace MLA Mike Bernier were also sent a copy of the opposition letter. “The Agricultural Land Commission were no more aware of this coming out... that’s not really good consultation. We as a regional district, we are the ones that deal with the applications and we weren’t consulted,” said board chair Karen Goodings, during the May 15 meeting.

a refered application. “A decision of the executive committee is for all purposes a decision of the commission,” the clause reads. The minister added a list of considerations in descending order of priority which must be examined when reviewing an application from Zone Two (Northern B.C.), they are: the purposes of the commission set out in section 6 (the preservation of agricultural land); economic, cultural and social values; regional and community planning objectives; other prescribed considerations. “While it is very difficult to reach complete consensus, I want to thank British Columbians for conveying their thoughts and vision to me. I believe these changes improve the existing act, maintain the preservation of agricultural land as the number one priority, and continue to support farmers and the growth of the agricultural sector as was always intended,” Letnick said in a press release, announcing the amendments after considering the thousands of letter he received about the Bill. “British Columbians want the commis-

sion to continue making independent decisions, with preservation of farmland as its number one priority. These amendments to Bill 24 ensure those views are clearly written in law,” he said. Like the regional district, North Peace farmer, Ken Boon, is also opposed to Bill 24. He believes that by the Province designating the northeast as Zone Two, they are not recognizing the value and quality of land in the region; he said a lot of land is recognized as Class 1 and 2. “Why would we want to weaken the protection of Class 1 farmland in the north, where it’s actually more valuable than if it was down south, as far as local food security and importance,” Boon said. “I think it’s window dressing in the Provincial interest...I know they did some house cleaning, I think in their haste to put this together they have cleaned up some, crossed some T’s and dotted some I’s, but really I don’t think there’s any significant change and it’s too bad,” he said.

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project

Open House and Invitation to Comment Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. (Proponent), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, is proposing the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (proposed Project), an approximately 900 km natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward. The proposed Project would involve the construction and operation of a 48-inch (1,219 mm) diameter pipeline, metering facility, and three compressor stations, with provision for up to an additional five compressor stations to allow for future expansion. The proposed Project will have an initial capacity of approximately 2.0 billion cubic feet (bcf/day) with potential for expansion to approximately 3.6 bcf/day. The proposed Project is subject to review under British Columbia’s Environmental Assessment Act. The Proponent has now submitted its application (Application) to obtain an environmental assessment certificate, which is required before any work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. In order to provide information to the public about the Application, and to receive comments from the public, the Environmental Assessment Office of British Columbia (EAO) invites the public to attend Open Houses at the following locations. All open houses will be held between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. June 16 – Terrace Open House Best Western Plus Terrace, Skeena Ballroom 4553 Greig Avenue, Terrace

June 17 – Port Edward Open House Community Centre 770 Pacific Avenue, Port Edward June 18 – Hazelton Open House New Hazelton Elementary School 3275 Bowser Street, New Hazelton

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By Online Form at: http://www.eao.gov.bc.ca

By Mail: Nathan Braun Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1

June 19 – Smithers Open House Hudson’s Bay Lodge, Ferguson Room 3251 Highway 16 East, Smithers June 23 – Hudson’s Hope Open House Community Hall 10310 Kyllo Street, Hudson’s Hope June 24 – Mackenzie Open House St. Peter’s Church Hall 599 Skeena Drive, Mackenzie June 25 – Fort St. James Open House Music Maker’s Hall 255 2nd Avenue East, Fort St. James There are 45 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the Application. The comment period will begin on May 26, 2014 and end on July 10, 2014. All comments received during this comment period will be considered. The intention of seeking public comments on the Application for an environmental assessment certificate is to ensure that all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project are identified for consideration as part of the assessment process.

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An electronic copy of the Application and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at www.eao.gov. bc.ca. Paper copies of the Application are available for viewing at public libraries in Prince Rupert, Granisle, Hazelton and Fort St. James, as well as TransCanada offices: •

#1300, 10504 – 100 Ave., Fort St. John

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Digital copies are available at libraries in Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, Mackenzie, Prince George, Stewart and Terrace. For community members interested in paper copies libraries will redirect you to other resources.

Park Boundary Adjustment Application Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. is preparing a Park Boundary Adjustment application for Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a, the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. As part of this process, BC Parks requires Prince Rupert Gas Transmission to undertake public consultation, including open houses. A distance of 12.1 kilometres of the proposed natural gas transmission line is proposed to follow Highway 113 through Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. An adjustment to the park boundary will be required if the project is to proceed along the proposed route. As part of the open houses, information on the proposed boundary adjustment will be available. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input to inform Prince Rupert Gas Transmission’s Application to BC Parks. A summary of the application is available for viewing at www.princerupertgas.com. Public comments on the proposed boundary adjustment should be submitted to Prince Rupert Gas Transmission via an online form at www.princerupertgas.com. Comments will be accepted between May 26 to July 10. Prince Rupert Gas Transmission will provide a summary of comments to BC Parks.

NOTE: All submissions received by EAO during the comment period in relation to the proposed Project are considered public and will be posted to EAO website.

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Boundary extension plans take a leap forward The Ministry, the lead agency on boundary extensions, will review the application and make recommendations to cabinet. From there the province will make a decision. “They could do a number of things. They’ll review it and FORT ST. JOHN – Plans to extend the city boundary are say, it looks good to us, they could review it and say, part of moving right along. it looks OK, but we’re not happy with these properties, we On Mon., May 12, council authorized staff to send a for- want you to delete them from the boundary extension. Or, mal boundary extension proposal application to the Min- we really think that it should be this configuration,” said istry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development for Dianne Hunter, city manager. consideration. If they request changes, the city will have to amend their proposal application and resubmit it. Getting to this stage has taken about 18 months, alDr. J. Grant Timmins Dr. J. Grant Tim though first talks of extendDr. John Gentles Dr.E. John E. Ge ing the boundary date back Dr. Todd Lang Dr.J. Todd J. to 2008. Earlier applications were ŒState-of-the-Art eye health FORT ST. JOHN P 250-785-2020 FORT ST. JOHN P 250-785-20 met with heavy opposition, and vision examinations Œ&RQWDFWOHQVÀWWLQJUHÀWWLQJXSJUDGHV DAWSON CREEK P 250-782-1121 and a majority was needed DAWSON CREEK P 250-782- to move forward. Having Œ'LPHQVLRQDO5HWLQDO,PDJLQJ Œ(\HZHDUIRUHYHU\EXGJHW neat, squared boundaries is FORT NELSON P 250-774-2020 Œ6XQJODVVHV 6SRUW*RJJOHV FORT NELSON P 250-774-20 also one of the Ministry’s reŒ,QGXVWULDO6DIHW\(\HZHDU quirements. northernvisioncare northernvisioncare.com “Once we heard from the FOCUSED on Family Eyecare property owners, who was in favour, who was opposed,

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we redrafted the boundary extension,” explained Dianne Hunter, city manager. “The main objective there really was to include those properties that were in favour.” Now there are just 11 parcels of land included in the expansion proposal, but there are still three landowners who object to being incorporated. “You always catch up maybe one or two parcels that are buried in there, that there’s no way you can go around them,” said Hunter, referring primarily to a narrow strip of land that extends into Area C known as Tracy’s Finger, after Tracy Bloor, one of the affected landowners. “A whole boundary has gone around them for years, and so now in trying to get those parcels on the other side of Frontage Road into the community, it’s going to have to come in because the Ministry does not allow us to create what they call ‘donut holes.’ “We couldn’t just exclude them and still take in the other parcels, they had to come in with the larger parcels,” said Hunter. The next step was referring the proposal to various agencies for comment. The city has heard from the Peace River Regional District, the Agricultural Land Commission and the Ministry of Transportation as part of that process. When the city receives an affirmative response from the province, which could take several months, city residents will be asked whether or not they support the extension. If up to 10 per cent of voters express a concern, it will go to a formal referendum. Otherwise it will be deemed that the majority of the residents have no objections and the boundary extension will go ahead.

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Tackling the grey areas of seniors’ care: report zeroes in on growing old BRONWYN SCOTT reporter@northeastnews.ca FORT ST. JOHN – How seniors view the prospect of aging in northern B.C. was the focus of Northern Health’s latest community consultation report, released on Mon., May 5. Let’s Talk About Healthy Aging and Seniors’ Wellness delves into what seniors are looking forward to, and what their needs and expectations are as they grow older. Previous consultation processes, which take place about every two years, have focused on northern cancer care, men’s health, and mental health and addictions. “Always the reports then lead to the development of plans and to actions,” said Charles Jago, Northern Health board chair. Consultations took place in 15 northern communities from September to November 2013. They included 11 public sessions, five community focus groups and four First Nations focus groups, as well as a session with representatives from the Northern Health board and northern regional hospital districts. Each discussion began with the question, what do healthy aging and wellness mean

to you? Participants were also asked about what is working in their community to help them stay healthy, get better and to live well with illness, and where there is room for improvement. It’s not clear yet what how this information will be integrated in to new plans and actions, but one unanimous theme was that seniors’ expressed a strong desire to stay in their homes longer and to have more options to help the transition from home into supported care. To make this possible, the report indicates that a greater range of housing alternatives is needed, as is more community based services to provide home maintenance support. As well, a more transportation options and better transit accessibility would be required, and providing seniors with comprehensive information on community and health services, and how to access them, would help keep seniors independent. “This was a very rich and worthwhile conversation that we had in communities across the north,” said Cathy Ulrich, Northern Health chief executive officer. Northern Health’s will distribute the report internally and make sure that

This was a very rich and worthwhile conversation we had in communities across the north.

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Weather you like it or not Encouraging refining in B.C.

Waking up to a mix of rain and snow last Thursday was not what I had envisioned for the day before I was to start my long weekend; I don’t think that’s what anyone wanted to see. The consistently sunny weather lured me into a false sense of security; for a moment I forgot of the endless possibilities of weather in the north. I believe that our weather is an equal opportunist; it doesn’t discriminate against months or seasons. For the few sweet months of summer that residents can at least be 80 per cent certain that they won’t see that ‘white stuff,’ high winds and rain are always a threat. This little ramble isn’t meant to depress and dishearten, but is to reassure you of what is likely to come. Many weekends this summer, which you will have planned special events and outings, will be seemingly ruined by the weather. In my opinion, we all have two options: either scrap your plans and hide inside, or keep calm and carry on. Camping, hiking or boating with grey skies looming may not be as ideal as blue skies with not a cloud in sight, but what’s worse is the alternative: not going at all. While I enjoy soaking up the sun (with the appropriate SPF on, of course), I think some of my best adventures and stories come from when things didn’t go perfectly. I guess my only advice to getting the most out of your summer is: bring a jacket...and sunscreen. Jill Earl, reporter

Keep smiling

On addressing unanswered questions such as “Site C”: Intelligent, unbiased, dialog with a bigot is akin to conversation with a stump. Hard nosed, narrow minded, negativity is a dead end road leading only to the demise of the speaker, with no positive results. In making any decisions, always pursue the positive possibilities. Fortunately, life goes on and that natural progress of the worlds civilization does not stop or go on the rant of a bigot. Furthermore, two negatives never make a positive. Keep smiling, Vic Gouldie, Hudson’s Hope

The natural resources sector employs thousands of people in BC and is continually growing. Northeastern BC has gained significantly from the development of this sector. Developing natural resources creates direct jobs and jobs in supporting industries. Job creation and a strong Canadian economy are our Government’s top priority. Currently, the natural resources sector employs fifty thousand people in BC, with the further development of our natural resources this number will only grow. The opportunity that resource development presents is obvious but even more opportunity is possible for British Columbians and that is, in addition to shipping the raw resource into the global market, refining that natural resource in BC. I support both shipping raw bitumen to foreign markets as well as refining raw bitumen in BC. We need to seize every opportunity that our natural resources offer. In order to grow our economy and create more jobs we must work on value adding to our raw resources where it is economically viable. There are few large refineries in Western Canada, and they are currently unable to meet the demands of the market. It has been nearly 30 years since a new refinery was

built in Canada and it is time to improve our capacity to process crude oil. Creating new value-added oil processing in BC would create thousands of permanent jobs and new opportunities for Canadians. The added benefit of increased refining capacity in Canada is better price stability at the gas pumps. As a country, we are sorely lacking in refining capacity and we have been for decades. A refinery in BC would be a positive step in improving Canada’s energy infrastructure. A wide and diversified sector is able to respond to all of the demands and changes in the market, while creating jobs for thousands of Canadians. The Oil and Gas sector creates high paying jobs that help meet the demands of the Canadian and international markets. Our Government is dedicated to developing our natural resources safely and responsibly, as it is a large contributor to our strong and stable economy. I strongly support initiatives to create jobs for Canadians. Bob Zimmer MP, Prince George-Peace River Chair, BC/Yukon Caucus

Robertson’s war on resources Dear Editor:

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson’s elitist war on B.C.’s resource industries is becoming more than a bit tiresome. Without energy, mining, logging, and other resource industries, the City of Vancouver would not have much reason to exist and would have no real basis to its economy. Fortunately for the suffering citizens of Vancouver who’ve grown increasingly angered by Robertson’s arrogant, misguided agendas, his war on B.C.’s economy must now contend with four major unions, along with the British Columbia and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council, which have all thrown

their support behind the job-creating Kinder Morgan and Enbridge pipelines. This brings the resource industry battleground right to Robertson’s front doorstep and will no doubt cause discord among the ranks of his labour supporters. All I can say is good on these four unions for the balanced perspective and leadership they are showing on this issue. It’s time that someone showed Robertson what this province and its economy are really all about. Michael Taylor Coquitlam, B.C.

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Budget friendly, healthy eating workshops to come to Chetwynd JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca CHETWYND - Easy, healthy eating on a budget will be showcased through a number of workshops the District of Chetwynd’s healthy communities coordinator, Julie Shaw, plans to host this summer. Shaw, recently named an ambassador for Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, received a grant for approximately $10,000 from Northern Health’s Partnering for Healthier Communities program in March. Her project, Community Cooking Classes to Plan, Collect, Prepare, Consume Healthy Foods on a Budget, has three components. One part of the project encourages residents to work with the Chetwynd Community Gardens. Shaw believes that it’s important for people to see the process of planting a seed, watching it grow and then enjoying it as a meal. “Maybe grandma and grandpa used to garden, but if mom and dad didn’t, maybe you’ve lost that. Maybe you didn’t know about it,” Shaw said. “We will be able to plant stuff, which is so incredible, and I think it’s so wonderful, not just for children. It’s so important to see something that you plant in the ground, and then you get to eat it.” Another portion of the project will be a six-week course on healthy eating, taught by the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Shaw believes healthy eating is a skill that once learned will last a lifetime. “Unfortunately, if you pick up any of the newspapers or watch TV shows, they are always talking about childhood obesity, but they are also talking about things like diabetes, they are talking about things like heart disease, so let’s be preventative. Let’s create healthy food, and instead of being reactive...let’s be preventative,” she said. A series of multicultural cooking classes is planned to be the third portion of the program. Shaw said that along with rich ethnic diversity, Chetwynd also is home to phenomenal cooks; she hopes that several community members will step-up to share their culture’s traditional meals. “I think it would be wonderful for them to show how to do different things, and we might as well utilize the local resources we have. It would be really cool,” Shaw said. “The reason why I’m pairing up with being an ambassador for Jamie Oliver is because it’s very complementary.”

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Wheelchair basketball: shooting hoops for a cause BRONWYN SCOTT reporter@northeastnews.ca FORT ST. JOHN – Devin Gallant, 7, has been in a wheelchair since he was three, so when the school gyms were abuzz with the 2nd annual Bo Hedges Wheelchair Basketball Challenge on Weds., May 7, he was thrilled. Gallant has spinal muscular atrophy, and he was in his own sports wheelchair at the fundraising event where students competed against public divisions that included local firefighters and R.C.M.P. “He’s so happy, he’s ecstatic,” said his mother, Mandy Gallant. “This is what he wants to see, he loves that all the kids are in a wheelchair with him.” The Wheelchair Basketball Challenge honours the event’s namesake Bo Hedges, who was born in Fort St. John and has been playing wheelchair basketball on the Senior Men’s National Team since 2007. In 2012 he won Paralympic gold. Students from Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Fort St. John participated in three divisions at the junior, intermediate and senior levels. They competed against the Bo Hedges divisions at North Peace Secondary from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to raise awareness and funds for wheelchair sports equipment. There were more than 30 wheelchairs in use in the gyms, but only 12 of them belong to School District 60. The Prince George Titans, who helped organize the event with the B.C. Wheelchair Society, provided the others. The turnout was “wonderful,” according to Nancy Harris, northern coordinator for B.C. Wheelchair Basketball.

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“We had several of the teams out last year that have come out this year, and we have a few more teams on top of that,” she said, adding that last year’s event was just two hours, and this year it’s five. One of the biggest messages of the day was that wheelchair basketball has a level playing field, and that everyone – disabled or able bodied – can play. “We all have different abilities. That’s my bottom line,” she said. The greater interest this year is in part due to kids learning about wheelchair basketball in school, said Avril Harris, 23, who was coaching and refereeing. Harris has played on the Junior Provincial Team since he was 13 years old, and his parents, Nancy and Pat Harris, have been instruPhoto Credit Bronwyn Scott mental in bringing wheel- Chris Austin, of the Fort St. John Fire Department, shields to prevent Jessica Bueckart, of the Fort. St. John R.C.M.P., chair sports to northern B.C. from passing the ball to her colleague at the 2nd annual Bo Hedges Wheelchair Basketball Challenge on Weds., May 7, “We went to their schools 2014, at North Peace Secondary. The event was to raise awareness about wheelchair basketball as an inclusive sport, last year when we came up, and to raise funds for wheelchair sports equipment for School District 60. and so this year we asked if “It’s more of a have fun, get a bunch of your friends toany kids wanted to play on a team in this mini tournament, and if they did they could put gether, make a team, see if you can beat other teams, like the firefighters, R.C.M.P., or some of the younger kids, a team in, so a lot of them put a team in,” he said. While there were returning teams, like the firefighters some of them are pretty good. And, basically, have a good and nurses, the competition wasn’t too fierce, as many par- evening of wheelchair basketball,” said Harris. ticipants had never played before.

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Dawson Creek Council briefs: May 12

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TFW program causes hospitality concerns Council passed a motion, moved by Mayor Dale Bumstead, to write a letter to Minister of Employment and Social Development Jason Kenny, supporting the use of temporary foreign workers in the hospitality industry. Bumstead said that the controversial program needs to get back on track, in order to fill the vacancies in the hospitality industry in the city. There is a currently a moratorium on the program. Intersection improvement City staff will be investigating the possibilities of improving the intersection of 17th Street and the Alaska Highway, on the request of council. With the ongoing development north of the city, Mayor Dale Bumstead said that that intersection was only going to get busier and needed to be widened. He believed that with the current vacancy of Home Hardware, now would be a good time to acquire land, as opposed to when that land had already been redeveloped. Council continues committee search Those interested in being involved in the City’s Residential Development Committee will have a further two weeks to submit their names to City Hall. Councillors chose to extend the deadline after they only had six people come forward, after the op-

portunity was advertised and mailed out to 150 stakeholders. Coun. Shealy Wilbur believed that self-advocates and low-income families would not be represented with the current selection of candidates. The purpose of the committee is to advise on the issue of secondary suites and development in the city.

In search for honey bee rep. While city councillors would like to proclaim May 29 as “Day of the Honey Bee,” it is their policy to only present proclamations to causes with local representatives. Saskatchewan local, Clinton Ekdahl, founder of “The Day of the Honey Bee,” requested the proclamation and that council waive their policy for purposes of educational awareness. He also asked that council allow backyard apiaries, and that they write a letter to the provincial and federal representatives supporting provincial and federal proclamations. Coun. Terry McFadyen volunteered to receive the proclamation, but council later chose to search for a more appropriate recipient. Council looking at being a smoke-free city Council hopes to discuss the potential for adopting a Smoke Free Public Spaces Bylaw in a Committee of the Whole meeting with representatives from the Canadian Cancer Society. Topics under consideration include: the level of restriction, enforcement, public consultation, locations of smoke-free areas, grant funding availability and a possible trial period.

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Lonnie Shoop was given a second chance by council, after he was turned down by the RCMP to receive his license to drive a taxi. Sgt. Scott West said that in his background check of Shoop, he found three offences of speeding, a case of impaired driving in 1990, and a drug offense in 2009. During his appeal, Shoop said that he hasn’t had an alcoholic drink in 20 years,

he doesn’t do drugs, or even smoke cigarettes. He said that he knows of the pain and misery that comes with a drug lifestyle. He admits to falling into a bad crowd for a time, but has since gotten out of it – all for the sake of his three children. “I’m putting my life on the line. I’ve got lots to lose,” Shoop said, vowing to stay away from drugs forever. Council granted his taxi license.

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D.C. U16 girls volleyball brings home gold JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - With an impressive seven-win, zero-loss record, Dawson Creek’s Under 16 girls volleyball team brought home the provincial gold from Edmonton on May 4. Coaches Tyler and Adel Morhart said there were some close calls throughout the two-day championship, but that the team was able to refocus to emerge victorious. “Our team, skill wise, was actually quite a bit stronger. The toughest thing with any sport is the mental game, so being able to hold your composure in pressure situations, that’s where our team really stood out over other teams...we would be down seven points, and the other teams just couldn’t get that last point to win, and we would come past them and take that set and win. Luckily, our team came together and we just played for every point,” said Tyler. He recalls the girls screaming and literally jumping for joy after scoring their winning point. “It was very emotional,” Adel recalled. The team only played in one premier tournament, which ranked the team in the second division; however, because they didn’t play in any other tournaments before the provincial championships, the team was placed in the fourth division. Tyler said the games were still very competitive. They competed in the Alberta provincial championships. For many northeastern teams it’s easier to get to games and tournaments in Alberta, whereas playing in B.C. would require several lengthy trips south. The last time a volleyball team brought back a provincial banner to the city was when a boys team played in 2005.

“For us, it’s just great to bring back a month of March. They made up for lost team you win and lose together, you have provincial banner that isn’t, for example, time in April by going to three practices a to grow as a team,” Adel said. hockey...It’s been nine years since a volley- week; one practice was optional, and was She said that both herself and Tyler deball team has brought this provincial banner dedicated to working individually with the cided to coach volleyball because they home to the community,” said Adel. players to build their skills and confidence. wanted to promote the sport to a younger The win was extra-sweet for the To ensure their team was always being generation, and have them take advantage Morharts; this was their first year as head challenged, Tyler and Adel would have of the various scholarship opportunities coaches to the team. They previously vol- their team play against teams in a higher available for volleyball players. unteered as assistant coaches with the same age level. They hope to stay with the team as they group of girls last year when they played “It forced us to play at a higher calibre of advance to the Under 17 division, but that with the Under 15 group. Before that, they volleyball,” Tyler said. will depend on the wishes of the players taught the 10-13 age category. “How me and Adel like to gauge our and their parents. Tyler said that next year Working with the team the previous year team is how quickly we developed com- will be a big year for the girls, since that is allowed them to form a connection with pared to other teams. Last year, there were when a lot of university and college teams the players, Tyler said. According to him, teams that we played all year and never do their recruiting. it was that connection that helped establish beat, this year, we beat those teams every “We are so proud of our team. Like I trust. time we played them. That means that our said, we won it as a team, why we’re able “You build a connection with the play- team is progressing at a faster rate than to do this is just because of the dedication ers, you know how each player learns and these other teams,” he added. and the effort put in from the players, and you know how to get through to them; so One of their coaching philosophies is the team...they supported each other on the that relationship, they trust us, we trust having the players have an equal amount of court,” said Tyler. them. They listen to us because that trust is playing time. They said that some coaches “Nothing is more rewarding than setting built between us,” he said. only play their best players, but in the end up a plan for the team, based on the whole Their season began in January with that doesn’t help the team. year, and then being able to accomplish it 13 players, but a few dropped out of the “For us, we believe that to be a better and achieve it,” he said. team and the Morharts were left with eight players. They aimed to practice twice a week, but due to conflicting use of their practice space, the team was only able Photo Credit Contributed Photo to practice once a week Adel Morhart, Emily Shuman, Taylor Schweitzer, Kaelei MacMurchy, Gillian Finkle, Meagan Reynen, Hayley Malibu, Ashley Schweitzer, Cira Davison, and during the Tyler Morhart celebrate winning Gold during the Alberta Provincial Championships.

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School District 59 briefs: May 14

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Rolla’s request approved The School District 59 board approved Rolla Traditional School’s request to change their name to the Rolla Discovery School. Trustee Wayne Ezeard said that the name change is an effort to better reflect the school and their philosophy. The request will be sent to the Ministry of Education for final approval. Their request also included staff looking into the possi-

bility of having existing rural buses drop students headed to the Rolla school off at a central location in Dawson Creek, so that they may then board a bus to the school. Ezeard said that the school fundraises $31,000 a year in order to provide a bus to their Dawson Creek students. He said that the bus helps to increase attendance and attract more students. Superintendent Kathy Sawchuk said that the school predicts an enrolment of 24 students next September. It’s the board’s policy to do a review of any school with enrolment that drops below 40. Staff have been directed to look into the potential for a designated bus drop-zone in Dawson Creek.

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Leslie Lambie, School District 59’s assistant superintendent, has been named the district’s new superintendent, to take effect in September. Current superintendent Kathy Sawchuk announced her intention to step down in January. She plans on taking a part-time position as a director of instruction, helping to provide Aboriginal students with academic support.

Students help seniors’ society with technology Ten students at Tumbler Ridge Elementary have helped some seniors from the Forever Young Society learn how to use pieces of technology. Continued on Page 15.

New superintendent named

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Continued from Page 14. With help from grant funding from New Horizons for Seniors, the society was able to purchase 10 iPads, two computers and a scanner. The seniors wanted to write their personal stories using the technology, and as a part of the project, students are to present the seniors’ stories to their class. The project is set to continue with a new group of 10 students in January.

S.D. 59 finds success in self-regulation

Early learning project manager, Gloria Cleeve, was tasked in 2011 to find a model for positive discipline that could be used in teaching early learners to self-regulate. Cleeve found that many students in the district entering kindergarten were not prepared; she said that this could have long-term repercussions. Her criteria for a program included: a model that was not manipulative to children, could be taught locally and would be affordable to the district. Cleeve chose the model suggested by Dr. Jane Nelson, who has authored many books on positive discipline. Since then, Cleeve reports that she has successfully completed positive discipline facilitator training, so that she can teach others how to teach positive discipline. Many courses have been offered in the community to parents, teachers and caregivers. According to Cleeve, there is an appetite for even more courses to be offered. Thanks to a grant from Northern Health, Cleeve will be able to offer facilitator training in Tumbler Ridge; she is still waiting to see whether she will be able to offer training in Chetwynd.

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Food Revolution Continued from Page 7.

“He’s very much into healthy eating, getting the kids cooking and eating properly, and so that really mirrors the grant application that I applied for and received,� she added. As an ambassador for chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, Shaw is simply tasked with promoting healthy eating. On May 16, the organization celebrated Food Revolution Day. Shaw did not formally plan any celebratory events for this year, but is just pleased to announce her upcoming projects. Northern Health’s grant funding was committed for a term of one year, however Shaw hopes that the program will find other potential partners to keep her projects in the community long-term. “My goal is to make Chetwynd the best community it can be,� Shaw said. “I would love to get different groups... on board and keep this long-term because I think it’s important.�

Photo Credit Jill Earl S.D. 59 superintendent Kathy Sawchuk congratulates Leslie Lambie, who will take over her position in September.

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COMMUNITY Toll Free: 1.877.787.7030 | Phone: 250.787.7030

Upcoming Fort St. John

• May 30: Learn about all things preservation at our third Treasures of the Museum night at 7pm. The North Peace Cemetery Seekers will be talking about the documentation of the Old Fort Cemetery. Other presentations will feature preservation projects at the museum and how you can preserve some of your historical treasures. “Treasures of the Museum” is a four-part talk series. Each evening will take place the last Friday from March through June.

ONGOING Fort St. John

• Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group Parkinson Society British Columbia People living with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers and family members are warmly invited to the Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group. Join others in your community to share information and resources, coping strategies, ideas for living well with PD, good humour, social support and more. Last Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am McDonald’s Restaurant 10920 Alaska Road North Ft. St. John, BC Note: there is no meeting in December For more information please contact: Sarah at 250 785 7348 • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Northern B.C. Newcomers Integration Service Centre is a non-profit organization in Fort St. John. Our Settlement Program provides information, orientation, assessment, referral and service linking, educational workshops and short term adaptation counselling to immigrants. The program also offers assistance with form completion, correspondence between clients and service providers, navigating immigration processes including sponsorship applications, obtaining permanent residence cards and applying for citizenship. Bridging services are provided to a variety of community and government service agencies and organizations. Service is available in English and Spanish. The Settlement Program is located at: #209 10142-101st Ave (Execuplace building). From 8:30-4:30 p.m. Phone # 250-785-5323 Ext 22. • Toastmasters International Club of Fort St. John meets from 7 - 8:30 pm every Thursday evening at Northern Lights College, Room 105. Learn valuable communication and leadership skills. Contact Joyce Hadland at 250-2613886 or Lori Slater at 250-787-1912 for more information. No meetings during July and August. • Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadets meet at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night at the Royal Canadian Legion on 102nd and 105 Ave. If you are between 12 and 18 years old please drop in or call us at 250-787-5323. • Alcoholics Anonymous - If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to (250) 785-8866. • Fort St. John Multiple Sclerosis support group. If you or anyone you know has MS and have any questions or just need to talk, please call Susie at (250) 785-2381 or Sandi at (250) 787-2652. • “Butterfly Families – Families Supporting Families” is

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• May 24: The Dawson Creek Library will host a reading and book signing by local author Jadzia Cypress at 2p.m. Jadzia will read from her books, The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Meditation and Crystals and Truth-fables: an Indigo’s journey. Refreshments will be served at this free library reading. • May 31: Rotary Manor is hosting their annual garage sale on May 31 from 9-1p.m. Household items, tools, toys, furniture, coffee, donuts and much more. Donations welcome (no appliances please). All proceeds go towards resident open to all caregivers of children and youth with Special Needs. We meet the third Wednesday of every month at the Child Development Centre from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 10417 106 Ave. Does your child have learning, behavior or other complex special needs? Would you like to connect with other caregivers? Child minding available but please call ahead a few days before the meeting. Call (250) 785-3200 for more information. • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy options, peer-counselling and support are available at the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. New location at #335 9909-100 Ave, Fort St. John. Please visit our website: northpeacepregnancycare.ca. To make an appointment call our 24 hour hotline at (250) 2621280. All services are free and completely confidential. • Are you tired of the crime? Then do the time. Join the Fort St. John Citizens Patrol. Donate a minimum of five hours per month. For information, call (250) 262-4530. • Pan African Caribbean Association welcomes the community to join our group to promote community awareness of culture, music and cuisine. Phone Donald at (250) 7850815 for more information. • New Totem Archery hold their indoor shoots at the Fort St. John Co-op Mall every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. • Come out and join us for an afternoon of play, crafts, a healthy snack, circle time and an opportunity to borrow books from the Devereaux School Library. This is a chance to meet other people from your community and introduce your children to a school setting. We meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning Oct. 20th. This program is geared for three to four year-olds but siblings are welcome to come with their parents. Call Patti (250) 843-7813 for more information. • Join us for fun, fun, fun at the artSpace! ArtSpace classes are here again at the North Peace Cultural Centre with wonderful programming for all ages! Don’t miss out! Register today for preschool, Mommy and Me, afterschool and adult classes! Check out the great selection of activities at www. npcc.bc.ca, or pick up a brochure at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Call (250) 785-1992 for more information or to register. • Hearts for Adoption Support Group: Waiting families, adoptive families and wondering families/individuals are welcome to join us for adoption stories, resources and snacks! Meets regularly. For dates and times contact Joel or Gigi at 250-787-7559

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• The Visually Impaired Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon at First Baptist Church,

programs and activities. Rain or Shine. No early birds, there will be no sales before 9a.m. Come check out our sale. Questions or concerns please call Recreation at 250719-3487. • June 14: The Friends of the Dawson Creek Library are celebrating their 30th anniversary on Saturday June 14 at 2p.m. at the library. Live music, a cupcake tea, displays and door prizes. This informal, relaxing celebration is for everyone in our community. • June 21: Summer Solstice Run at 10am, 5km and 10km for those over age 12 and 3km run for kids 8-12 years-old. BBQ afterwards. Registration cutoff is May 31, call Deep Physio at 250-782-3676 to register. 1400 113 Ave. Each month we have a guest speaker and we share lunch. (cost by donation). Anyone who is visually impaired or who cares about someone with vision difficulties is welcome to attend. For further information please call Pam 782-5187 or Margaret 782-3221. • ‘No matter how much time you have to spare, or what your interests are, ‘Better at Home has a volunteer opportunity for you! From mowing a lawn to hanging curtains, there are lots of ways you can help seniors in your community. It can be as simple and enjoyable as stopping in for a visit or taking someone shopping. Can you spare a little time to help a senior to remain independent in their home? Call ‘Better at Home’ at 250-782-2341 and see how easy and enjoyable volunteering can be.’ • Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Unit. Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. All meetings are open. • Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Health Unit, Dawson Creek. • Mile 0 Quilt Guild meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Studio 10 at KPAC. Come join us for sewing, fun and friendship. Contact Gloria at 250 786 5597. for more info. • Stream of Life (Korean Church) 433-95 Ave Dawson Creek BC V1G 1H4 Phone 250-219-8016 Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM Sunday School: 10:00 AM Bible Study: 7:00 PM (Wednesday) Intercession Pry:700 PM (Thursday)

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• Youth Drop-In at Pouce Coupe Community Church Annex (the old Pouce library). Saturday nights 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ages 13 to 17.

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

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• Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Thursday. 8 p.m. 115 Commercial Park (Baptist Church). If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to. Phone 242-4018. • Tuesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Floor curling, carpet bowling, card & board games, coffee & cookies. Community Centre Room 5 from 1-4 pm. Small drop-in fee.

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Elder abuse training empowers seniors in F.S.J. BRONWYN SCOTT reporter@northeastnews.ca FORT ST. JOHN – Elder abuse workshops at the North Peace Seniors Housing Society on Mon., May 5 and Tues., May 6, taught seniors how to deal with dining hall bullies, among other abuse contexts. Hosted by the B.C. Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support, the workshops centered on bullying between older adults in communal settings, identifying and dealing with elder abuse, and advance care planning and financial abuse. While bullying is often considered a playground phenomenon, that’s not the case, said Lin Chen, workshop and outreach coordinator. Health conditions like Alzheimer’s or dementia can cause seniors to be aggressive towards one another. Less overt behaviors in communal settings, like reserving seats in the dining hall, can hurt too. “During meal times at seniors’ housing complexes, there have been incidences of bullying there where somebody bullies anti-socially by intentionally and purposefully saving seats,” said Chen. Having kitchen and dining hall workers monitor to ensure nobody is blocking seats could help create more welcoming and positive atmospheres, she said, and some housing complexes in the U.S. have done this. But abuse contexts aren’t restricted to communal living environments, and abusers are often trusted individuals in a position of power and authority with the older adult, she explained. While in some cases it’s doctors, lawyers, building managers and legal guardians who are purposefully being abusive, it can be a family member who is causing harm without trying to. “Maybe it is that they are the direct caregiver of their older parent or family member, and they are stressed out or frustrated as a caregiver, and might either not provide sufficient care, or not allow their older family member to

do certain things, but without having the awareness or intention that they mean to harm.” Family dynamics like mental health or substance abuse issues can also complicate abuse situations, said Chen. In some cases the caregiver doing the abusing is dependent on the older adult to meet their own basic needs, financially or otherwise. One of the workshops she hosted centered on frauds, scams and identity theft. Being careful when giving financial information over the phone or in person and destroying documents with personal information were important points she stressed. To help reduce elder abuse, awareness is key. Pay attention to the older adults around you. Maybe your neighbour or friend seems Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott more withdrawn than usual, Lin Chen, workshop and outreach coordinator for B.C. Elder Advocacy and Support, hosted workshops on Mon., or has bruises, and if so, May 5, and Tues., May 6, to help seniors and care givers understand and address elder abuse. check in with them and give them an opportunity to open up and share their concerns, in dealing with it first and foremost,” she said. Chen advises. For anyone who would like to know more about elder “Too often it’s the case where older adults affected by abuse or to discuss concerns, the Seniors Abuse and Inforelder abuse are very isolated or having to depend on their mation Line, 1-866-437-1940, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. abuser for their care. So if at least somebody else other than daily except holidays. Translation services are available. the abuser checks in and notices, that’s one key step to take

Grey areas of seniors’ care focus of report Continued from Page 5. managers, staff and physicians have access to it. The information will be used to inform planning related to senior services, and how and what partnerships need to be established between seniors’ and other community organi-

zations to move forward, said Ulrich. As a result of a previous consultation on northern cancer care, a cancer treatment centre and cancer lodge was developed in Prince George. After the men’s health consultation, a new division of men’s health was established at Northern Health, and a website that provides information in

response to what was expressed in the consultation was created. According to the report, it’s estimated that by 2050, seniors will make up 27 per cent of Canada’s population, and even more in northern B.C. as youth move out of northern communities, and more seniors choose to remain in their communities as they age.

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Beatton Journals: May 1914 Fri 1st A fine clear day. Klusky arrived from Muskully’s Camp and reports starvation and sickness in their camp. After getting provisions they left at once for Home. Self busy in store. 3 boys & a woman came in from Moberly Lake and brought a few furs. Sat 2nd Self busy in sore. Kenny helping. Charlie & Burbanks arrived. Klusky also came in and paid his Dept. Cold & stormy. Sun 3rd Continues cold. F. Montieth came in from H.Hope on a raft. River still coming up. Mon 4th Attachie and his Band patched in. Also Big Charlie & Burbanks. Self in office. Kenny at odd jobs. Tues 5th Attachie’s Band came in and paid their Depts. Self & Kenny busy with Indians all day. Jack Woods and a few white men arrived also a woman. Put in a few potatoes this evening. Wed 6th Self busy with Indians. All Attachie’s band came in and paid their depts. A fine clear day. Thurs 7th Self busy in store. Charlie & Burbanks came in and paid their depts.

Wed 13th Self in store. Thomas and his crowd came in and paid their dept. Continues fine weather. Court on this morning. Prisoner got 6 months. Thurs 14th Self & Kenny planted potatoes in the Upper Field, 3 ½ sacks. The Indians left this morning. Fri 15th Mail arrived. F. Tweedwell came in and sold his Furs to the HBC. Self in store. Sat 16th Const. Hidson left for PRL this morning with a Prisoner to Clinton. The Mail left this evening. Continues fine weather. The River still coming up. Sun 17th Fine clear day. The water still coming up. Mon 18th Adisless and his crowd came in and put in their Furs. Self busy in store. Kenny helping. A fine clear day. Tues 19th Self busy with Indians. Continues very fine weather. Dr. Featherstone arrived from H.Hope on his way to Grouard. Wed 20th Self in office. Some white men passed down the River from H.Hope. The River falling.

Fri 8th Self in office. Kenny in store. Continues fine weather. Put in a few potatoes this evening in the Garden.

Thurs 21st Self in office. A lot of Indians around. All the Indians on this side having come in. They have all done fairly well and paid their depts.

Sat 9th Self in office. A lot of Indians arrived. 1 Diamond Pen Boat arrived with a lot of passengers including. Staff Sarg. Anderson who came up and arrested a man who is wanted at Grouard.

Fri 22nd Self & Kenny planted the last of the potatoes today in the lower field. We put in 5 sacks. A fine clear day. The River Rising again. 6 men arrived in a Boat from Ft. George.

Sun 10th The D.P. Steamer left this morning for the Hope.

Sat 23rd Self in store. Kenny after Horses. I went across to see George Medasick who is very sick. He looks bad and it is doubtful if he pulls through. Old Jacklose very sick. Joe Nostasiak came in from Pouce Coupie Prairie.

Mon 11th Self in office. A few Indians around. The River Rising fast. Tues 12th The D.P. Steamer arrived from the Hope this morning and left for P.R. Crossing. 5 Men arrived on their Boats from H. Hope on their way out.

Sun 24th Continues fine weather. Cloudy towards evening and looks like rain which would be a good thing as everything is drying up. Mon 25th Self started to take Inventory. Kenny look-

ing after store. Blowing a strong gale of wind. Brady & Ocones came in from Halfway River. Tues 26th Self as yesterday. A fine clear day. Brady & Ocones left for PRL. Wed 27th Self still taking Inventory. Kenny helping. Continues fine. The River falling. Thurs 28th Self finished taking Inventory. A lot of Indians around. Blowing a strong gale of wind all day. Everything very dry. Fri 29th Self busy in office. A fine clear day. The River still falling. Kenny looking after the store. Napoleon Thomas came in from Puskupe Prairie. Sat 30th Self in office. A lot of Indians around. They are getting hard up. A lot of them starving. Sun 31st John & Charlie Calishen arrived from Moberly Lake. Also Joe Kiak. Article provided by the North Peace Historical Society

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“I look at Northern Gateway and see a project that will build families and communities for generations. That’s what I’m most proud of.” - Catherine Pennington, Senior Manager, Community Benefits & Sustainability

We at Northern Gateway are committed to ensuring that jobs and business opportunities will be available to people living near the Project’s right-of-way.

IT ALL ADDS UP TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT In Catherine’s experience, removing barriers to employment has a huge impact – not just on individual job seekers, but on their communities as well. When you connect someone to a job, you also build individual and social pride, enhanced connections, dignity and ultimately, stronger sustainable communities. “As a trained social worker with experience in community development, I have found it very rewarding to work in Industry. You have the opportunity to create really meaningful outcomes that are mutually beneficial. Our model of shared responsibility for working with communities is unique and is being emulated by other companies.”

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