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Dawson Creek needs mayor By Jill Earl

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DAWSON CREEK - Following former Dawson Creek mayor Mike Bernier’s resignation on May 24, the search for a new mayor is on. During their meeting on May 27 council appointed Brenda Ginter as Chief Election Officer and Tyra Henderson and Janet Loiselle as Deputy Chief Elections Officers, effective June 26 for a by-election designated for Sept. 14. After June 26, current councillors will have a 14 day window to submit their resignation if they choose to run for the mayor position; their resignation would take effect immediately unless requested otherwise. The nomination period is scheduled from July 30 to Aug. 9. If only one person applies for the position of mayor, then they will be acclaimed and a by-election will not take place.

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Power line project sparks petition in South Peace By Jill Earl

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DAWSON CREEK - The recent approval of BC Hydro’s Dawson Creek Chetwynd Area Transmission project is powering a petition in the region that requests the Province of B.C. to cease the project’s activity until a number of items are met. Arras resident, Linda Smashnuk, started the petition at the beginning of the month and has collected approximately 400 signatures so far. Smashnuk and some of her neighbours will be affected by the project; they feel that they haven’t been treated fairly by BC Hydro. “We would just like them to be fair with us. I mean how would you feel if somebody came along and said, ‘oh by the way, I want your property and I’m going to pay you X amount of dollars and get out’. That’s what it’s coming down to. It’s not a case of negotiating whatsoever, they have kind of come in and told us what to do and we’re supposed to like it,� she said. The petition includes provisions that seek to halt the project’s activity until a review is made by the Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources of all cir-

cumstances and of all affected residences and allow an opportunity for landowners involved in the transmission line project to seek independent property appraisals and be compensated by BC Hydro accordingly. The petition is also seeking compensation for any loss and devaluation of the properties brought about by the project before it proceeds further; the compensation to be determined by an independent appraiser of the landowner’s choice. Lastly, the petition hopes to have BC Hydro change their approach to landowners whose properties are affected by their projects by providing all information to the landowner upfront and wherever possible provide the landowner with all possible fall back options. It calls for a review of the practices of BC Hydro and it’s land agents, commissioners and other parties acting on their behalf and have them adopt the practice of acting in good faith and making reasonable evaluations in regards to compensation offers. Smashnuk started the petition after she learned of plans to move the transmission line within 35m of her house. She was originally told it would run alongside one of the existing transmission lines on her prop-

erty that is further away from her house. The line was moved due to a natural gas line owned by Pacific Northern Gas on her property that would supposedly interfere with the project. She initially agreed to have the line run beside the existing one but became concerned when the plans changed. “We signed a second agreement allowing them permission to go on the property and take a look and go ahead and flag things. Once they flagged it, we realized how close to the house it was, up until that point we didn’t know, they just said they had to move it closer, they didn’t really tell us how much closer,� Smashnuk said. With the transmission line so close to her home, Smashnuk is concerned about potential health risks including those brought about by electromagnetic fields. In her research, Smashnuk said she found articles that link electromagnetic exposure to leukemia in children, breast cancer in men, migraines and headaches, and other health problems for people who have immune problems.

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School District 60 supports driver training in school curriculum By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Basic driver training may be available for secondary students as a dual credit program in the near future. At the last school board meeting on May 21, trustees agreed to write a letter in support to add driving courses in the school system, an initiative brought forward by Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce vice president Russ Beerling. For recent graduates entry into the workforce is contingent on having a driver’s license. “You can hardly get a job if you don’t have a driver’s license,� said board trustee Linda Stringer. Even if an employee is not the designated driver they are still required to hold a driver’s license in case there is an incident where they need to take over the

wheel for the driver, explained one of the trustees. It can take up to three years to obtain a Class 5 driver’s license, but if a student enrolls in an ICBC certified program they could be eligible to take their Class 5 six months earlier. Beerling noted that students who take the course would be fully equipped to enter the work force upon graduation, benefitting both the teenager and local contractors looking for employees. Beerling brought the initiative to the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference from May 23 to 25. Even if it doesn’t pass at the provincial level it can still be implemented at the district level, said Beerling, adding that having this course is relevant to the northeast region because companies are already struggling to retain workers. “So why don’t we use our own work force?� he said. Some board trustee questioned if an added dual credit course would add more presure on students. Stephen Petrucci explained that many existing dual credit courses are done outside of school hours, so it wouldn’t be much of difference if a student decided to take the basic driver training if it were implemented.

Darrell Pasichnyk, board trustee, questioned what the school district would gain from having a driving course and what other expectations the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce might have from the district. “What do they want from us? as far as instructors. What [is the Chamber] going to bring to the table?� questioned Pasichnyk. Linda Nielsen, board trustee said it would be the student benefit. “They can take this anywhere they are going.� Doug Boyd, district treasurer, explained that it would be a cost taken on by the parents. Some of the trustees also voiced concern that having the training available in the school system might compete with the private sector, but Beerling said he hopes this would create an opportunity to merge the two together.



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2011 you are overstepping your mandate,” Stewart said. “Have you the board members thought about the numerous people whose livelihood this impacts? How many people will be out of work because of this bylaw? How many young people will not be able to own homes because of this bylaw? I don’t believe you or anyone else has the legal right or power to keep anyone from building their own home,” he added. He also expressed frustration with district staff around getting information about the bylaw and was skeptical that the oil and gas industry wouldn’t be held accountable for the same building requirements. Another complaint from Lasser was that the bylaw was difficult to understand, and that rural residents were not aware of the changes. “In the country we like to understand something before we accept it,” Lasser said. The PRRD’s marketing plan for the bylaw included public engagement at the Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek trade shows, advertisements on the radio and in local papers, interviews with local papers, and developing packages for stakeholders such as building associations, contractors, realtors, and lumberyards about the changes. The PRRD also had postings about the bylaw on their website, in the board newsletter and on their Facebook page. Mayor of Fort St. John, Lori Ackerman, said that communications have appeared to have failed as there are some misconceptions about the new bylaw. “I think it’s apparent again that communications has failed and I think that is something that we need to take a lesson from and the plain language…it’s very difficult for the average person to understand these things and I really think that all government needs to head towards the plain language,” Ackerman said.

DAWSON CREEK - The Peace River Regional District was accused of overstepping their mandate and infringing on the rights of residents last Thursday, when board members heard from two delegations representing groups that oppose the new building bylaw. Delegates Charles Lasser of Chetwynd and Walter Stewart of Charlie Lake told directors of signatures they are collecting in opposition of the bylaw. Combined, they have approximately 2,300 signatures, though each petition is requesting something different. Lasser’s petition is requesting that all buildings be exempt from the bylaw except those for residential purposes. Lasser said that he didn’t want the new bylaw and suggested that there should be different requirements for urban, rural and large complex developments. “The house is not our main objective, the land is our main objective…I’ve seen many many barns pay for a house, but I’ve never seen a house pay for a barn yet…There should be three parts to your bylaw, not one part. One part does not fit all,” Lasser said. Stewart told the directors that he thought the bylaw was very unreasonable and that he wanted the bylaw rescinded. He said his request was nonnegotiable and that it was infringing on the residents’ constitutional rights. He highlights the negative impacts the bylaw could bring. “There are those among us that have read the constitution and sincerely believe that the bylaw number 1996, 2011 is against the constitutional rights…by implementing this bylaw 1996,


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School District 60 trustees put transportation fee on hold By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Parents who rely on getting their children to school via school bus won’t have to worry about a transportation fee, until possibly next year. The board passed a motion on May 21 to postpone looking at a transportation fee as a way to make up lost subsidy. Instead they will explore the option of using money from the district’s reserve fund. Doug Boyd, School District 60 secretary treasurer said it wasn’t desirable to dip into their contingency, because their reserve funds should be dedicated for emergency situations, but concluded that it would be beneficial in a long term effect. “In our opinion right now this is sort of an emergency in a sense that we don’t want to rush into something that we would have a better solution down the road,” said Boyd. This would hopefully give enough time for the district to work with MLA Pat Pimm and the Ministry of Education. School district staff will still look at the possibility of implementing a transportation fee and determine the logistics behind an administration fee. If it turns out that the transportation fee is the only viable solution, it may be implemented for January 2013. Boyd maintains that having to consider a transportation fee is not an option the board or staff wants to entertain, while adding that they need to address the issue. It especially doesn’t sit well with the district, as they believe the Student Location Factor is an unfair system.

“Within the province there are winners and losers within this new allocation,” said Boyd. “It’s not a transportation budget line anymore it became a unique geographic features under the heading Student Location Factor. Some districts received an increased amount even though they were not fully expending what they were already receiving, so that’s why this board has gone on record as seeing it is an unfair distribution of the dollars.” Heather Hannaford, the district chair, believes the school transportation should be paid by public money. Some board members suggested considering a referendum at the regional district level so the dollars needed to make up the transportation expenditures would be levied by property tax. Boyd also clarified that while there is a school tax currently on property tax, those monies go to the government. If a referendum were passed, the funds would go straight towards School District 60’s transportation budget. It was noted that this could be a very strenuous process, as every Area would have to comply. “Referendum is a possibility but it involves more of an exploration of getting detail to the public and doing it in an … approach much like the referendum for the [Clearview] gym project,” said Boyd. The funding loss started this year. For 2011/12 the district spent $3.6 million on transportation and received $2.85 million from the ministry. This school year they received $2.76 million, next year it will decrease by approximately another $180,000. By 2014/15 the district will have lost a total of $540,000. In addition, the district already spends around $185,000 over


what they are funded but also makes $30,000 providing out-ofprovince transportation. Altogether, the district is looking to make up $700,000 to balance their revenues and expenditures.

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Superintendent David Sloan and School District chair Heather Hannaford at the last School District 60 board meeting, disucussing options for school transit.

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OTTAWA – Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River, made the following statement today (May 22) regarding Senate accountability. “Like Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I am disappointed in the developments that have occurred in recent weeks. As the Prime Minister stated, there is no place in public office for those who seek to use it for their own, personal benefit. “It was our Conservative Government that introduced and passed the Federal Accountability Act. This legislation strengthened the powers of the Auditor General, toughened the role of the Ethics Commissioner, reformed political parties financing, and strengthened auditing and accountability within federal departments. “In addition to these changes, we have heard from Canadians about the need to reform the Senate. It is clear that the status quo cannot continue, and changes need to be made as quickly as possible. “Our Conservative Government has asked the Supreme Court of Canada to consider whether various proposed reforms can be done by Parliament alone. While we wait for this judgment, we are taking further steps to accelerate changes to the Senate’s rules on expenses and closing any loopholes in the existing rule. “I did not enter public office for personal gain, but to make Canada a better place. I believe we are moving Canada in the right direction and making a positive difference in the lives of all Canadians. “I take the role of Member of Parliament for Prince GeorgePeace River extremely seriously and I have the utmost respect for the accountability rules that have been established to ensure your taxpayer dollars are used appropriately.”

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Dear Editor: Mike Kroecher and Rick Koechl were given an opportunity to speak with the North Central Local Government Associations’ Convention in

Quesnel,BC on May 3/13. It was a privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to speak with hundreds of municipal politicians from across the North and the interior. It was an opportunity to continue to send the message regarding the options to the Site C proposal, by using a natural gas congeneration system instead. The reception by NCLGA was excellent. As a result, many more 8th Annual Powwow, 1st CompeƟƟon Powwow people are now aware of the BC gas District Ice Center Taylor, B.C., options for electricity generation, at June 14, 15 & 16 1/6 the Capital cost and 1/3 the Operational cost of a Site C. Grand Entry Times We also conveyed the concern Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm of many of us in the Peace regarding the massive debt that will be inArts & CraŌs/Food Vendors curred by the Site C project. Logic tells us that the $7.9 Billion should Contact: Marlene 250-262-9129 be paid back as quickly as possible or Connie 250-793-1468 to avoid the massive annual interest payments. BC Hydro is however, Interested in providing services for the Elders Tent in no position to do this when it is Contact: Connie 250-793-1468 charging $110 per Megawatt-hour as it states in its Executive SummaInterested Volunteers ry-2013.1 This cost would be much Contact: Marlene 250-261-9129 higher, when taking into account the amortization of the capital cost. Therefore, Hydro’s claim that Site C will be “one of the most cost effec-

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tive sources of electricity” is patently FALSE. To reduce the rate of impact on ratepayers for electricity, Hydro states that the cost of Site C will be amortized over a “very long period, the duration of which would be determined through a future regulatory process with the BCUC” (BC Utilities Commission). 2 The terrible irony is that we, the consumers will be paying billions of dollars in interest, as Hydro puts it so nicely: “,,,,to reduce the rate impacts on customers”. You may remember that in 2009, the BCUC rejected Hydro’s “Long Term Forecast” of future electricity needs and proposals to meet them. Recall that the Liberal government of Mr Pimm, removed the BCUC from its legal obligation of assessing the merits of and the need for Site C. Another disturbing aspect of Site C is Hydro’s method of financing it. In Hydro’s own budget, this year, it indicated that of the $7.9 B cost, $1.55 Billion is listed as “Interest During Construction”. This means that nearly 20% of the total construction cost of Site C will be “interest”. Equally important to note is that the amortization on the $7.9 B (paying back the borrowed money) is NOT part of the financial formula in Hydro’s budget.3 ONLY the Interest will be paid according to their budget structure. During the 100 year lifespan of the dam, a total of $15.5 Billion (in 2011 dollars) would be paid in INTEREST ONLY. We also alert the reader to the following fact: BC Hydro is using inordinately LOW Interest rates in their budgeting and their numbers are skewed to look much better than if the Interest rate were to suddenly rise which undoubtedly they will. BC Hydro is proposing to build the Site C project without paying for it. This sounds ridiculous, but is actually true, based on their accounting numbers. Imagine someone borrowing $100,000, on a credit card, and then, instead of paying off the Principle and Interest chooses to ONLY pay the INTEREST forever. Most of us would never borrow money without the intent of paying down the Principle. We would consider the Hydro method irresponsible and even stupid. Is BC Hydro taking us for a ride? You be the judge.

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Rurals oppose bylaw Continued from Page 3. Chair of the board, Karen Goodings moved the motion that the board consider expanding the staff recommended public information meetings to include rural areas as decided on by the Electoral Areas Directors Committee. Directors approved the motion, but because it was made during a committee of the whole meeting that decision is not final and is still up for discussion. Director of Area C, Arthur Hadland, said that the PRRD made an error in not communicating effectively with the rural residents and that they may be overstepping their mandate. He recommended that the bylaw be rescinded and that the old bylaw be reinstated, the board approved discussing this option during a regular board meeting. “The error of this board is not to communicate with the communities, I think that was number one and all those other things are extra,” Hadland said. General manager of development services, Bruce Simard, cleared some misconceptions to the audience present. He said any building that could be associated with

farming would be exempt from the bylaw, as well as any garden sheds, tools shed or greenhouse with a floor area not exceeding 20m2. The farm building must not exceed 200f2, and can either be inside or outside of the agricultural land reserve. “Whether the property is on the ALR or not, whether the property has farm status or not, it’s a very generous definition of what a farm building is,” Simard said, adding that the building could be for farm storage, animal shelter, for equipment or any farm-related building. Retaining walls less then 1.2m high, construction or alterations of a building structure having an estimated value less then $2,500 are also excluded from the bylaw. Fort St. John real estate broker, Trevor Bolin, was also a delegation during the committee of the whole meeting. He didn’t request anything of the board, only that they consider how the bylaw will affect homeowners. Bolin said that although not having a proper inspection done at the time of building could save the homeowner money at first, choosing not to get an inspection could cost them more down the road when they want to sell. “It is their properties, it is their homes but they may not own that forever, and at some

point in time the protection needs to come in place. Banks are getting very sticky on financing for that. Insurance companies are even worse,” Bolin said, adding that many insurance companies will not insure homes without the proper inspection documentation. The PRRD has been in the process of revising the building bylaw since 2011 when concerns arose over the unequal application of the previous bylaw, which only applied regulations to some residents. The board gave the third reading of the bylaw in April 2012 but could not adopt it without hiring another building inspector. It took the district until January to recruit Fred Cornelssen, a level three inspector, into the position. The bylaw was finally adopted on Jan. 24. Directors will discuss future options for the bylaw during another regular meeting.

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DON TITUS CONSIDERS MONTESSORI PROGRAM Don Titus principal, Sylvia Bell, made a presentation to SD 59 board members about the possibility of introducing a Montessori program into their school. Montessori schools are known for teaching with hands-on materials and making students responsible for their own learning. Classes have an age mix of three years and older students are encouraged to help the younger students. The Montessori program ends in Grade 7. There are no formal tests or exams within the Montessori program, but Bell said that she would hope to introduce some standardized testing. Montessori students are positively engaged, said Bell. Since Don Titus teachers already use and believe in some Montessori philosophies she believes it would be a smooth transition. Bell and other teachers did extensive research on the program and contacted all parents of students at Don Titus to tell them of their intentions. Bell said parents seemed positive and that none were opposed. Board members are considering Bell’s request, the financial implications of it as well as other practicalities around transitioning the school to a Montessori school.

RURAL SCHOOLS GET REVIEW Board policy dictates that schools with an enrollment of under 40 students should be subject to a review. Early registration rates indicate that Tate Creek Elementary has 23 students enrolled for September, Rolla Traditional School has 37 students and Moberly Lake Elementary has 38 students. During their last meeting, board members carried a motion to direct staff to review the schools and come back to the board with recommendations and an action plan. McLeod Elementary barely escaped the review with 40 students registered for next year. The fact that Rolla Traditional School recruits students will be considered and Moberly Lake Elementary will be given separate parameters. Some board members thought that it was a disservice to the students who are put in multiple split classes where the

School board chair, Richard Powell, congratulates school board trustee for Pouce Coupe and the rural areas, Wayne Ezeard, for being on the board for 18 years. His terms have not been consecutive and at the end of his current term he will have served 20 years.

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teacher must provide education to students from kindergarten to grade seven. Transportation and the school’s provincial funding will also be taken into consideration. Superintendent Kathy Sawchuk said it costs the district anywhere from $1,500 to $6,300 per student per year, depending on the funding the school receives and the student population, to keep a school open. Continued on Page 16.

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Left to right: Carla Salmond raised $10,300 for Bluey Day; Simon Lavoie-Perreault raised $2,800 and donated his locks to make wigs for those who have lost hair due to chemotherapy; Melissa Clausen is all smiles before she braves the shave.

Bald is beautiful By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Fewer than 50 people in the community raised just under $100,000 for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation through this year’s 14th annual Bluey Day event. “I think it’s absolutely a fantastic year,” said Ashley Bentley, executive director of the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation. “We have 47 people shaving and we just about reached our goal.” The goal was $100,000 and as of May 27, they had a total of just over $97,000. Bentley said more donations should be made within the next couple of days so they meet their goal. Participants raised money from family members, friends and businesses to brave the shave and lose their locks for the Cancer Diagnostic and Treatmend Fund. The donations are used to buy equipment that helps in comfort, diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer at the Fort St. John hospital. One of the participants, Curt Michaels who is 39 years old, was also a cancer survivor. He was first diagnosed at age four and relapsed when he was eight. “Through the teens it was really rough, doctors were baffled, they didn’t know what to do,” said Michaels, who was happy to give back through Bluey Day. “Pay back to friends that I’ve lost, at a young age it was hard to lose friends … I figured it’s time, it’s been 20 plus years as a survivor.” It’s important for the funds to stay local and help those who have been diagnosed with cancer, he said. “Compared to what I had when I was a kid, kids [could] be in and out of the hospital within days. As for myself, I was in the hospital for my first time for over a year, recovering and trying all different, new drugs.” Many of the participants ranged from different ages, as young as two years old. Lots of the participants also shared stories on why they chose to brave the shave. Some did it in memory of family and friends lost to cancer and others simply did it to pay it forward. Since 1998 Bluey Day has raised over $1 million for the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation.


Starting fresh in an old location DAWSON CREEK Residents can expect to see an old and familiar face grace 10th Street this August with the anticipated construction completion of Brass Scissors. The public can already see the progress of construction since it began in late April. Lynn Granger has worked at Brass Scissors for over 30 years, owning it for the past 18. “I thought it was a better opportunity and I have never looked back,” said Granger, adding that the salon’s previous owner became a mentor to her. Ever since taking her salon training at the Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon, Granger has wanted to own a salon, but it took her husband’s health complications to motivate her to Ànally buy. “I always wanted to own a salon, but I think what kicked me into gear to owning it and buying it was that my husband had a stroke. I just decided that it was a better opportunity to earn more money,” she said. Since taking ownership Granger has introduced a plethora of services to the salon including a variety of facials, body wraps, manicures, pedicures and esthetics provided by her staff of nine. Brass Scissors continues to offer their waxing services, which was introduced by the previous owner, and body treatment products. They also continue to use Redken hair products, and are the only salon in Dawson Creek to do so. “We have a full esthetic menu,” said Granger. She said she thinks offering the wide-variety of services draws more clients and is attractive to people who want to have more then one treatment done. She said that offering multiple services allows clients to relax and pamper themselves. “I think that it makes your salon…more pleasing to people because they can get a pedicure and a haircut and a facial all in one day…that is all apart of having a multi-service salon and I think multi-service salons are where it’s at,” Granger said. Unfortunately Brass Scissors’ previous location on 10th Street was a casualty in the Àre that also saw the Alaska Hotel burn last September. They moved to their current location on 102nd Ave. just a week later. Granger said that the Àre has negatively impacted her business. She said even after almost a year clients still have trouble locating their temporary location. Through the hardships though, Granger is looking on the bright side with the opportunity to add showers to treatment rooms, adjust the layout and Ànd another bank. Granger has recently become a member of the Lakeview Credit Union, after her previous bank’s policy required she pay off the mortgage on the salon before rebuilding, freeing her to be able to switch banks. Her previous bank was also going to double all of her rates, just because of the Àre. Granger said the Lakeview Credit Union has always been very accommodating when she was responsible for her mother’s bank account. “They accommodated me, they let me come before my business hours…I’ve never had a bank do that,” she said. She said that even after all the years with her previous bank, the Lakeview Credit Union offered her better rates and contacted her with the offer. “I’ve never had a lot to do with the Credit Union, so it’s kind of a nice change… the Credit Union offered me better rates and it showed me they wanted my business because they phoned me up and said, ‘I understand your looking for a mortgage’... I thought somebody’s on the ball over there,” Granger said. With almost all new staff lined up, Granger is excited to start fresh in her old building.

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LEARNING IMPROVEMENT FUND PLAN APPROVED Board members approved the Learning Improvement Fund Spending plan during their last meeting on May 22. School District 59 will get $607,182 from the Province of B.C. Of that, $494,462 will be spent on teacher time, $84,070 will be spent on support staff and $11,000 on release time. Dawson Creek Secondary will be allocated the most funding at $97,508 for their improvements, Chetwynd Secondary received the second highest amount at $55,676, and Little Prairie Elementary will get the third highest amount at $51,954. Both Rolla Elementary and Moberly Lake Elementary received the least funding at $9,752


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FUNDING APPROVED FOR ABORIGINAL PROGRAM $100,000 will be taken out of School District 59’s reserve account and put towards funding the Aboriginal Student Achievement Project for three years. Approximately 32 per cent of students in SD 59 are Aboriginal and those students have a graduation rate of approximately 58 per cent. District staff have found that their previous participation in the program has helped Aboriginal students.

BUS ATTENDANCE LOW Since learning of the $750,000 transportation funding cut the district will take in the coming year the board has made several adjustments to their bus service. Last May the board decided to begin recording the ridership levels starting September 2012. The records show that the 34 buses in service average approximately 15 riders, and that the ridership rides less then 60 per cent of the time. Route 12, to Groundbirch has the lowest percentage of riders, at less than 40 per cent of the time. Gerry Slykhuis, secretary-treasurer for SD 59, said that the big gaps in ridership were expected considering the wide area they provide bus service to. It’s expected that the board will make more decisions regarding the district’s bus service during their June meeting.

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Principal of Don Titus Elementary School, Sylvia Bell, asks the board to considering approving her request to transition the school to a Montessori school.


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Power line petition Continued from Front.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are all kinds of lawsuits all around the world, whether there is actual danger there or not, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know...I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to take that risk and I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know many people that do, which means that it is going to devalue our property considerably. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine anybody who would want to live under that or that close to that,â&#x20AC;? she said. V.P. of transmission and distribution project delivery for BC Hydro, Bruce Barrett, said that there were hundreds of thousands of people in British Columbia who live close to transmission lines and that he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe those lines have a negative impact on people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;BC Hydro wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything that was unsafe or had a hazard to anyone in B.C. and we rely on national and international standards for everything we do so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our view that the presence of this line provides no hazard whatsoever to the residents of that community,â&#x20AC;? Barrett said. Smashnuk is also concerned that BC Hydro will be removing trees that act as a windbreak for her residence and that the compensation they were offering to her would not be delivered

in a timely manner. She said she was told that BC Hydro had three years to pay her the $50,000 offered after the project is fully complete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What we were asking them to do was either move it further away from the house or buy us out so that we can leave because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to live under that, and they are saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;No, no we wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. So they said if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like it, you can move. They are bringing a line in and we are expected to get out of their way at our expense,â&#x20AC;? she said, adding that one of her neighbours has to move completely and that BC Hydro is not offering enough compensation considering all the buildings on that property. Barrett said that their appraisals are done by independent professionals to ensure a fair offer. He said BC Hydroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to always reach a mutually acceptable agreement before proceeding with the project. This transmission project crosses 101 parcels of land, and according to Barrett, BC Hydro has signed agreements with 75 of those parcels. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t reach an agreement and we need to go to the next step, we will always have a second professional appraisal done, and again make every attempt to reach a mutually agreeable understanding without proceeding further,â&#x20AC;? he said. The next step Barrett refers to is legal action, in which case the judge would decide what fair compensation is. He notes

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that the judge could decide the compensation should be less than what BC Hydro originally offered. He said that BC Hydro held extensive consultations during the planning stages and tried to minimize impacts wherever possible. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to emphasize that there was a substantial consultation and BC Hydro did what we reasonably could to avoid or reduce impacts on property owners and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll continue to operate on a fair and transparent manner in the acquisition of rights of way and we hope we can reach an agreement with these people,â&#x20AC;? Barrett said. Smashnuk said she does not want to proceed with a class action suit but is prepared to if the petition doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bring about changes. She said she will present the petition to the South Peace MLA once she collects 1,000 signatures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m told, we need to have well over 1,000 before anybody is really going to sit up and listen to us,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Dawson Creek Chetwynd Area Transmission project is designed to meet future electricity demands in the area. BC Hydro plans to run a 230-kilovolt transmission line from a new Sundance substation located 19km east of Chetwynd to the Bear Mountain Terminal in Dawson Creek, approximately 60 km away. The project is projected to cost approximately $190-$300 million and is scheduled to be completed in early 2015.

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The British Columbia High School Rodeo Association hosted a competition in Dawson Creek last weekend at the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fair grounds and at the Lakota Centre. Students competed in Jr. division rodeo events, high school rodeo events, cutting events and Queen events.


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Parks, parks, parks! Everyone loves parks, but some just donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where to find them! Over the past two years the Peace River Regional District has been developing the first Regional Parks and Trails Master Plan for our area since 1977. The purpose of the plan is to provide a broad framework for short and long-term planning, management and maintenance of regional parks owned by the PRRD and the role that the PRRD can play in supporting trail development and maintenance throughout our region. One of the most interesting things we have found out through the two public consultation processes is that people love parks, but they just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know that we have regional parks! What is a regional park? A regional park is a park that is significant and accessible to all people within the entire Regional District in both urban and rural areas. A regional park within the PRRD provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor recreation activities and may play a role in environmental and heritage preservation. So what do we have for regional parks? The PRRD has three overnight parks and two day-use parks. Overnight Parks: Blackfoot Park, at Clayhurst on the Peace River, offers ten group camp-

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sites, outhouses, picnic tables and a playground. Montney Centennial Park, on Charlie Lake, offers overnight camping, picnic tables and rustic boat launch. Minaker River Park, at Mile 200 of the Alaska Highway, offers overnight camping, outhouses, picnic tables and a horse corral of backcountry travelers. Day-Use Parks: Spencer Tuck Park on Moberly Lake and Sundance Lake Park east of Chetwynd on Highway 97S, both offer scenic picnic areas and boat launches. The PRRD and the Parks and Trails Master Plan Advisory Committee would like to thank everyone who completed surveys, attended our open houses, spoke with us at the tradeshows and sent in your comments over the last two years. Your interest in our parks has provided us with a great amount of information that has shaped the draft plan and will guide us in updating and improving our parks to better meet the needs of our residents! For more information on our regional parks or the Draft Regional Parks and Trails Master Plan visit our website at www.prrd. or call 250 784-3200.

LETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S ENJOY OUR BLOOMING LAKE By Charlie Lake Conservation Society Submitted article May flowers have arrived, the grass is turning green and Charlie Lake is blooming! You wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see a dramatic show of flowers, but the lake is alive with creatures called â&#x20AC;&#x153;diatomsâ&#x20AC;?. Diatoms, which are tiny single celled organisms, are just one of many types of algae you can go looking for. The diatoms increase in numbers soon after the ice melts, due to the increase amount of sunlight and nutrients from spring run-off. It gives the water a brownish colour. Diatoms are unique in that they have delicate silica cell

walls or glass-like shells. If you look at them under a microscope, you can see the variety of beautiful glass houses that they build. Within these walls, they contain yellowbrown chloroplast (rather than a green chloroplast found in other types of algae and green plants.) Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the chlorophyll in the chloroplasts that enables them to convert sunlight and nutrients into food. Diatoms have the upper hand in the spring when it comes to algae reproduction. They take advantage of lower light levels to enable nutrients such as phosphates, nitrates and silicates to grow rapidly at the surface of the water. They reproduce asexually, by divid-

ing into two cells or sexually with the union of two diatoms. By being an early bloomer, the diatoms have the jump on the grazers, such as copepods or water fleas, which want them for dinner. The party comes to a close as summer approaches. Nutrient levels decline as the numbers of diatoms rapidly increase and the grazer population grows with the warming waters. Other types of algae - think blue-green algae that turns fallen water skiers into sea monsters - start to take over as the diatoms start to disappear. Blooms are everywhere when the sun chases winter from the north â&#x20AC;&#x201C; look for them in Charlie Lake this season!


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Wildwood Soul tour showcases ‘unconventional’ album By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- Listening to the music of folk-roots trio Wildwood Soul it’s hard to believe the group has only been together since March and that they have practiced little more than two weeks together. Wildwood Soul, comprising of Lorissa Scriven and brothers Zach and Benoit Schryer-Lefebvre, headed out on tour May 22 but not before playing Whole Wheat and Honey in Fort St. John on May 17 and the Dawson Creek Art Gallery on May 21. They have 12 stops in their Wanderlust tour, including: Jasper, Kamloops, Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Portage La Prairie Man., Sault Ste. Marie Ont. and Richards Landing Ont. “It was just mainly just searching out cool places that we wanted to play, we didn’t want to play anywhere where we wouldn’t want to hang out at…We’re not bar people I guess,” Scriven said about the tour planning process. Though the musicians are relatively new to each other, all have extensive musical backgrounds. Scriven at 23 years old has already released two albums and was the 2010 winner of Rockin the Peace. She is a Taylor local and is a singer-songwriter who has had the opportunity to open for several notable acts such as Hotel California and Deere John.

The Schryer-Lefebvre’s grew up in northern Ontario with music in their family. With uncles and grandfathers mastering several instruments, it seems those skills have been passed on as Zach, 22, can play guitar, cello, and piano. He is also a visual artist, music teacher and handcrafts guitars for a living. Beniot, 18, is the band’s fiddle and banjo player. He is the two-time Pembroke Fiddle Competition Champion for the 18 and under category, the competition is the second largest fiddle competition in Canada. Both Zach and Beniot play in their family band, The O’Schraves, and have toured with The Brian Pickell Band. “When you grow up in a family like that it’s a lot of fun to play music with relatives and anybody and so that’s probably what made me get into it [music], it’s a social thing too. It was in the family, they were all really interested

in music and they had a passion for it, so they wanted to pass it down,” Zach said. Scriven met Zach one night while she was performing in a show during her 10-month stay in Ontario in 2011-2012. They started practicing together and continued to share their passion with each other even after Scriven had moved back to Taylor. Continued on Page 25.

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May 30, 2013

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TUMBLER RIDGE - The Murray River Project looks like it will welcome its 201 temporary foreign workers into Tumbler Ridge in the near future. The federal courts rejected a movement by two labour unions to overturn the authorization of TFWs. They believed the work done by the TFWs should have been granted to Canadians. HD Mining stood by their reasons of using TFWs. The Murray River Project is set to use long wall mining, a method they say Canadians are not familiar with.

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Left to right: Faisal Moola, director general with David Suzuki Foundation; Doig River First Nation Chief Norman Davis; Jillian Ridington, co-author of Where Happiness Dwells; Robin Ridington co-author of Where Happiness Dwells; Jerry Attachie and David Suzuki at the book launch of Where Happiness Dwells on May 27 at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

PUBLIC NOTICE Permissive Property Tax Exemption Applications Due by June 15, 2013 In accordance with the Permissive Property Tax Exemptions for Nonprofit Organizations and Places of Worship Policies No. 21(a) and (b)/13, the City of Fort St. John is accepting applications until June 15, 2013 for 2014 and 2015 property tax exemptions. Please note that all groups that have received permissive tax exemptions in the last three years must submit a new application this year. There is no obligation for Council to grant a permissive tax exemption and eligibility is in accordance to Section 224 of the Community Charter. The City will be implementing a new permissive tax exemption policy and communicating the changes with affected groups over the next two years. This new policy will be in place in time for consideration of 2016 applications. A representative of the organization making the application request must be willing to make a presentation to Council if required. All applications must be submitted to the Corporate Administration Department. Applications are available at City Hall and on the City website at Any inquiries regarding this application process may be directed to Janet Prestley, Director of Legislative and Administrative Services (250) 787-8153.

FORT ST. JOHN - Where Happiness Dwells, follows stories from varoius Dane-zaa Nation elders’ that have been passed down and recorded into a book. Many of the stories were translated from the Beaver language to English with the help of Dane-zaa elders in the area. Where Happiness Dwells has been in the making for many years.


W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon Dam are actually open seven days a week. In our 2013 Fun Guide, printed on May 23, it stated the wrong hours of operation. The correct hours of operation for the W.A.C. Bennett Dam Visitor’s Centre are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily until Sept. 2, 2013. Call 1 888 333 6667 for special promotions.

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Notice is hereby given for the District of Taylor’s Annual General Meeting. A comprehensive Annual Report will be presented outlining financial and operational results for 2012 and an opportunity will be provided for questions from the public. Date:

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 7:00 pm


District of Taylor Municipal Hall Council Chambers, 10007 – 100A Street, Taylor, BC

Copies of the Annual Report are also available at the District of Taylor Municipal Hall during regular office hours (Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm). Melany A. de Weerdt Director of Finance 250-789-3392

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BC Hydro is seeking a full-time Public Affairs OfďŹ cer in its Site C Community Consultation OfďŹ ce in Fort St. John.


The position will be of interest to individuals who wish to work in a dynamic environment with opportunities for growth â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and to work for one of B.C.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top employers.

FOR PROPOSED OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW 822, 2013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the DISTRICT OF HUDSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOPE DISTRICT OFFICE COUNCIL CHAMBERS located at 9904 Dudley Drive, on MONDAY, June 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., to allow the public to make verbal or written representation to Council with respect to Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention to adopt a new OfďŹ cial Community Plan.

Some responsibilities of the Public Affairs OfďŹ cer include: â&#x20AC;˘ StafďŹ ng community consultation ofďŹ ces in Fort St. John and Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope and responding to public enquiries. â&#x20AC;˘ Planning and implementing project involvement in local and regional community events. â&#x20AC;˘ Providing public presentations to community organizations. Interested applicants can learn more about the position and apply online, before June 16, at:

Proposed Bylaw No. 822 is a new OfďŹ cial Community Plan for the entire area of the District of Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope. Once adopted, it will replace the current OfďŹ cial Community Plan, which is Bylaw No. 680, 2005. An OfďŹ cial Community Plan is a statement of objectives and policies to guide decisions on planning and land use management, respecting the purposes of the municipal Council.

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The above synopsis is not intended to be, nor should it be interpreted as the full text and content of the proposed Bylaw No. 822, 2013.

Employment Opportunities Summer Student Positions (4 positions) Full time (35 hrs/wk); for the Summer months Are you someone who is interested in the Social Services, Childcare, Educational, Recreational or Food Services Ă&#x20AC;eld? Do you enjoy working with children? Are you looking for FUN, exciting, and meaningful employment for the summer? If so, WE may be interested in YOU! The Fort St. John Friendship Society is now accepting applications for 4 summer student positions. Candidates selected will be an integral part of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teamâ&#x20AC;? of individuals responsible for the delivery of the Keeginaw Preschool/ Kinders and Keeginaw Kids Summer Programs. Applicants must be 16+ years of age and returning to school, college or university in the Fall. Individuals of Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply. Closing Date: May 31, 2013 @ 4:00 PM Interested applicants may drop off, fax, or e-mail your resume & cover letter to: Fort St. John Friendship Society ATTN: Anita Lee, Executive Director 10208 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 95 Avenue Fort St. John, BC V1J 1J2 Phone: (250) 785-8566 Fax: (250) 785-1507 E-Mail:

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A copy of this proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excepting statutory holidays at the municipal ofďŹ ce of the District of Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope located at 9904 Dudley Drive, Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope, BC. All persons who believe that their interest in property is affected by this proposed Bylaw may: â&#x20AC;˘

deliver or fax written briefs to the District of Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope prior to the Hearing; or


present verbal or written briefs at the Hearing.

NOTICE is also given that the Council will not accept any written or verbal presentations subsequent to the close of the Public Hearing.

THE DISTRICT OF HUDSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOPE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED ZONING BYLAW 823, 2013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the DISTRICT OF HUDSONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S HOPE DISTRICT OFFICE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 9904 Dudley Drive, on MONDAY, June 10, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., to allow the public to make verbal or written representation to Council with respect to Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s intention to adopt a new Zoning Bylaw. The proposed Zoning Bylaw encompasses all properties within the District of Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope as shown on the map.

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The new zoning regulations are contained in proposed Zoning Bylaw 823, 2013. Council also gives notice of its intent to repeal the existing Zoning Bylaw No. 750, 2009.

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A copy of the proposed documents may be inspected or obtained from the District of Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope Municipal OfďŹ ce, located at 9904 Dudley Drive, Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 p.m.

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May 2013

Fort St. John • Jun. 8: Fundraiser for Northern Lights Recovery Centre from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come by Price Smart on 100 Street for a barbecue to raise awareness and support for a new facility to treat those with addictions. • Jun. 9: Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake: “Luau on the Lanes” takes place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. @ Fort Bowling Lanes. To find out about becoming a Corporate Sponsor or to register your team of four, please call 250.787.9674 or email: • Jun. 22: Beatton Community 4-H Fun Shoot. Non-competitive courses, concession. BBQ supper with registration, no arrow speed or weight restrictions and wagon rides. Pre-registration: $40, day of registration: $50, Peewee shoot: $5. Shoot starts at 11 a.m. Location: Home of the Taylor Family 13429 256 Rd, Montney. More info: 250-264-7422. • Jun. 22: Museum Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum (9323 – 100th Street.) Come support your local museum and find great treasures. For more information call 250-787-0430. Donations welcome. We will not be accepting large electronics or appliances. • Jul. 21: North Peace Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the museum one week prior to the event and on the day of the event. • Aug. 23 - 25: North Peace Horticultural Society is holding their annual Flower Show at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Bring your entries Friday from 6 p.m.


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 • 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 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 9909100 Ave, Fort St. John. Please visit our website: To make an appointment call our 24 hour hotline at (250) 262-1280. All services are free and completely confidential.

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• Jun. 1: Parent and teen clean eating workshop at the Dawson Creek Public Library starting at 11 a.m. Patti McDougall will present this free library workshop. Drop by the library or call 250-782-4661 to register. Clean eating food samples will be available for participants to try. • Jun. 1: Country Music Dance - Music by Old Friends at the Seniors Citizens Hall, 1101 McKellar Ave. Dawson Creek. Dance from 8:30-12:30. Admission includes lunch. 19 years and over welcome. For more information phone Fred at 782-2192 or Linda at 843-7418. • Jun. 2: Summer Reading Club at the Dawson Creek Public Library starts at 9:30 a.m. Children 14 and younger can join the Safari themed Reading Club and young children and toddlers can join the ‘Want to Read’ club. You can register starting Jul. 2 and throughout the summer. There are lots of prizes and coupons to be won plus special event days for club members.


• Jun. 8: Rolla Cemetary Clean Up at 8 a.m. Please bring rakes, lawnmowers, whipper snippers or just yourself. All flowers will be removed on clean up day, if you wish to save yours it must be removed on or before Jun. 8. If you have family or friends buried there please be willing to help maintain our cemetry. The annual Meeting will be held at the cemetary.

• Pan African Caribbean Association welcomes the community to join our group to promote community awareness of culture, music and cuisine. Phone Donald at (250) 785-0815 for more information. • New Totem Archery hold their indoor shoots at the Fort St. John Co-op Mall every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. • Come out and join us for an afternoon of play, crafts, a healthy snack, circle time and an opportunity to borrow books from the Devereaux School Library. This is a chance to meet other people from your community and introduce your children to a school setting. We meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning Oct. 20th. This program is geared for three to four year-olds but siblings are welcome to come with their parents. Call Patti (250) 843-7813 for more information.

for sewing, fun and friendship. Contact Gloria at 250 786 5597. for more info.

• The Visually Impaired Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon at First Baptist Church, 1400 113 Ave. Each month we have a guest speaker and we share lunch. (cost by donation). Anyone who is visually impaired or who cares about someone with vision difficulties is welcome to attend. For further information please call Kathy 7827539 orMargaret 782-3221. • If you know how to visit with a friend, you already have the skills required to be a CASI Friendly Visitor volunteer! There are seniors in Dawson Creek right now who would like to have a friend come and visit them and perhaps take them to doctor’s appointments or shopping. Can you spare an hour or two a week to visit a senior? Call CASI (Community Action for Seniors’ Independence) today. 250-782-1138 ext. 228, email or visit the website at www. • 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

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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.


• 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 • Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Thursday. 8 p.m. 115 Commercial Park (Baptist Church). If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to. Phone 242-4018. • Tuesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Floor curling, carpet bowling, card & board games, coffee & cookies. Community Centre Room 5 from 1-4 pm. Small drop-in fee. • Tumbler Ridge’s self-employed women will receive six months of free personal business monitoring beginning this October at no charge. If you are a self-employed woman in their first three years of operation, or partially operate a business, contact Sara Cooper at the Women’s Enterprise Centre at 1-800643-7014 ext. 104 or Mila Lansdowne by e-mail at or (250) 242-3389. Registration is required.


• Civil Air Search and Rescue (CASARA) meetings every second Tuesday at the Taylor Fire Hall at 7 p.m. For information call Bob at 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802.

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As a new band, the group hasn’t had the opportunity to record any originals together but play covers and showcase songs from Scriven’s acoustic album, Found in Rust, during their tour. Although the album was finished in fall 2012, Scriven hadn’t had the opportunity to release it until now. With the addition of the Schryer-Lefebvres, Scriven’s songs won’t be played as they are on the album. She describes her album as unconventional. “No instruments other then my guitar are on it…My producer, he really wanted to try to do sort of a Frank Zappa type of thing, so we tried just so many things that were strange. We were

looking for strange sounds that we could try to make fit. It’s purely experimental,” Scriven said. “It’s kind of what I wanted I guess, I liked how I had the experience of making instruments out of pine cones and stuff but I wanted them [songs] to have a bigger life then that,” she said about the addition of Zach and Beniot’s instruments to her songs. Zach said that ‘unconventional’ and ‘out of the box’ not only describes Scriven’s album, but Scriven herself. “That’s pretty much what I try to do as a human, is be different from anything that I hear all the time,” she said. Her first album, Be the Change, was released in 2010 after her Rockin the Peace win. She said recording it was like her introduction to

music because she had never known what her songs could sound like with the help of the nine musicians that played on it. “I had no idea what my songs even sounded like yet, so it was fun because I got to dress them up and I got to choose what they would wear,” Scriven said. The trio intend to write their own songs once the tour is over but still haven’t worked out the obvious geographical challenges they will face,

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Scriven living in B.C. and Zach and Beniot in Ontario. They all hope to play in music festivals one day. “I have no idea how that’s going to work… We’ll have to plan some visits,” said Scriven. Whatever their solution, their music is sure to be as they describe it now, ‘east meets west, foot stomping music, sweet and soul-filled songs.’


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Everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there. About the Project The proposed natural gas pipeline, approximately 750 kilometres in length, extends from a point near the District of Hudson’s Hope to a proposed third party LNG facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward. This project will create thousands of short-term jobs over a three-year period, opportunities for local and Aboriginal businesses and annual property tax revenues.

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Alaska Highway gets greater investments By Kyla Corpuz NORTHEAST B.C. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The Alaska Highway will see receive considerable amount of upgrades in the coming year, like new culverts and improved roadways in the Steamboat Hill area. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our Government is committed to ensuring the safety of its public infrastructure. This investment is part of an ongoing program of work to ensure that the highway is well maintained and continues to provide safe and reliable access to the thousands of Canadians who rely on the Alaska Highway,â&#x20AC;? said Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament for Prince George-Peace River. Part of a $250 million-fund will repair kilometre 540 to 553 where the area has deteriorated over the years from poor drainage resulting in major ruts and potholes. At kilometre 230 two collapsed culverts will be replaced, various bridges will be repaired, as well as concrete, guard rail upgrades and erosion repairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Alaska Highway is a critical element of local, regional, provincial, national and international infrastructure, providing benefits to thousands of Canadians and Americans daily,â&#x20AC;? said Minister of Public Works and Government Services Rona Ambrose. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These upgrades will create local jobs and benefit the regional economy for years to come.â&#x20AC;? The upgrades come from a federal fund, part of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Economic Action Plan.

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