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FORT ST. JOHN – The fifth annual Energy Expo brought in big names in the oil and gas industry, giving local businesses the opportunity to showcase their services and make valuable connections. The two day event, on Weds., May 28 and Thurs., May 29, held at the Fort St. John Curling Club, was the fifth Energy Expo in the region, and the fourth time it’s been in Fort St. John, according to Jocelyn Eisert, event organizer. It featured 78 exhibitors, including Enform Canada, Progress Energy and Triton Environmental. Enbridge, one of the sponsors, had a representative there making contacts with potential suppliers, contractors and subcontractors. The Enbridge Northern Gateway project is a twin pipeline 1,177 kilometres long that, if approved, would run from Bruderheim, Alberta, to Kitimat, B.C. “What probably makes it unique is, one, it’s quite high profile on the national scene, but the other is that the last half of the project there is limited familiarity with pipelines in that region, and so we’re just out sharing the story,” said Donny van Dyk, manager of coastal Aboriginal and community relations for Enbridge. “We realize we’re going to need capacity in that region with contractors, through places like Energy Services B.C., trying to connect with potential contractors and that kind of thing,” he said. Enbridge is working to harness and create local capacity, for example, in employment. The project would provide 560 long term jobs in B.C., and it would create about 3,000 construction jobs. They’ve been hosting courses for such specialties as pipe fitting, marine

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Bill 24 passes 3rd reading as Pimm treads hot water BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN – Despite facing criticism for remarks against Aboriginals, exposed in a leaked email that made national headlines the day before, Liberal MLA Pat Pimm seemed in good spirits at the Fort St. John Energy Expo on Thurs., May 29. It was the same day Bill 24 passed third reading in the B.C. Legislature, which will open up protected farmland to non-agricultural uses, redefining the Agricultural Land Reserve in B.C. Those changes to the legislature, which Pimm supported, were the subject of his comments that have invoked the ire of many Aboriginal leaders. Pimm, who represents Peace River North, is an Aboriginal Affairs committee member, and the July 2012 email thread, which the Globe and Mail originally re-

ported on Weds., May 28, shows his mounting exasperation with the Agricultural Land Commission. The A.L.C. is an independent agency responsible for administering the province’s land use in favour of agriculture. Their purpose is to preserve agricultural land, support farming, and encourage First Nations and governments to enable and accommodate farm use in their plans, bylaws and policies. Pimm and other members of the Liberal caucus were pushing Richard Bullock, Agricultural Land Commission chair, to approve changes that would allow for industrial activity on protected land. “Here is an opportunity to actually muster up some support for our team but instead we will ignore it and go out and find some way to give the Indians more money which doesn’t get me one vote! I am very

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Peace policies supported by business JILL EARL

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Northern Health gave the group a 90-day window to submit a proposal for the facility before they commenced selling the building. The group had until Aug. 1 to do so. POUCE COUPE - The ad hoc group Northern Health put the 36-year-old tasked with exploring the feasibility of uti- building up for sale on April 17. Through lizing the Peace River Haven facility for an a variety of internal studies, the health auindependent living facility have recently thority determined that it would be finandecided not to pursue a project. cially prohibitive to retain the building for Last week, the group comprised of rep- health service delivery purposes. They esresentatives of the Dawson Creek Rotary timated that they would have to spend apclub, the Dawson Creek Society for Com- proximately $8 million to pay for repairs munity Living and the Village of Pouce for it to be used as a residential care facility Coupe released that a project would not be and $12 million if it’s to be used for demenfeasible for them at this time. tia care. “The decision was made after examining In April, representatives from Northern a lot of data and considerable research. The Health said that the building will be listed key issues according to Charlie Parslow, on until Oct. 31 and that were securing adequate revenue to operate they are seeking approximately $1 million the facility and the location of the facility,” for the 29,000 square foot building and the the release 2547 f-a 455read. Saw_Ad Mat_FD_E.qxp_Layout 1 Mar/3/2014 7:42 AM Page 1 surrounding 23 acres.


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DAWSON CREEK - B.C. business supported resolutions from both the Dawson Creek and Fort St. John and District Chambers of Commerce during the annual general meeting of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, May 22-24 in Richmond. Two of the three resolutions brought forward by Fort St. John’s chamber were passed, and both resolutions coming from the Dawson Creek and District Chamber of Commerce were passed; this was the first time Dawson Creek’s chamber has ever submitted a resolution. “It speaks very highly of our chamber manager and our executive director, and it also speaks to the fact that our membership is more engaged,” said Rudy Van Spronsen, director with the Dawson Creek chamber, who spoke to the resolutions at the AGM. Resolutions from Dawson Creek involved workforce training in high school and the effects on the economy of municipalities with industrial camps nearby, while Fort St. John recommendations focused on temporary foreign workers, driver training and physician compensation. Fort St. John’s driver training resolution centred around offering driving training in high schools and allowing those that pass the training to reduce the amount of time it takes for them to get their unrestricted license. President of the Fort St. John chamber, Russ Beerling, said that their motivation was to allow high school graduates to get jobs after graduation. “They graduate in June and they can start working today, but most of them can’t start working in the industries because they have restrictions on their drivers license. Industry can’t, for insurance purposes, allow anybody with restrictions on their licenses to drive their vehicles,” he said. Beerling said that many members were concerned about how the program would be funded, and eventually defeated their resolution. This was the second time the Fort St. John chamber has presented a similar reso-

lution. With recommendations from other chambers of commerce, Beerling said that they intend to bring it forward again next year. Fort St. John’s two other resolutions were more successful. Regarding the temporary foreign workers program resolution, recommendations were to place a priority on enforcement and prosecution of offenders of the program prior to placing any further restrictions on the program and ensure that further changes to the program reflect the needs of the economy on a regional and sectoral basis. Further, the chamber recommended that they request that the Prime Minister’s Office and the office of the Minister of Employment and Social Development immediately provide a plan for a review of the program, accompanied by an interim plan that will allow resource communities to get back to work and that they develop a labour mobility plan that will encourage Canadians to fill hospitality jobs. While physician recruitment is a major concern for residents of Fort St. John, Beerling said that many other cities share their concern. Recommendations surrounding physician compensation included the amendment of the Physicians Master Agreement and the Alternative Payment Subsidiary Agreement, to allow doctors to individually choose the method of payment that they will receive for their work and that that choice be subject to a renewal term. They also recommended that the Province provide support to local governments and health authorities to provide publicly owned and operated public space for doctors in rural communities. “The entire province is feeling the pinch on physicians, and everyone is having a tough time recruiting physicians, and this is just the tip of the iceberg. This isn’t going to make a huge huge dent with what is going on with the physicians in our province, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction,” said Beerling, predicting more health-related recommendations to be brought forward in the future.

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ARTS&CULTURE Frame It kicks off 2014 Artwalk

Collision leaves 37-year-old man dead BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN – A 37-year-old man died at the scene when his pickup crossed the centre line and collided with a tanker truck on Monday morning, May 26. Both north and southbound traffic on the Alaska Highway north of Wonowon was closed from the time of the accident, 5:00 a.m., until 3:40 p.m., while police investigated the cause of the accident. The driver of the tanker truck was taken to Fort St. John Hospital with minor injuries and has since been released. Peace Liard Traffic Services continues to investigate the causes of the collision and are requesting anyone with information to contact local R.C.M.P. at 250-787-8140.

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BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN – To kick off Artwalk, Frame It at Artspost featured artist volunteers who worked magic with donated frames to give photos and artwork a professional look. Artists Tanya Shymko, Eliza Massey Stanford and Holly Ulrich were on hand at the drop-in event on Sat., May 31, to work with children while they created works of art and decorated frames, and to demonstrate framing techniques for all ages. Ulrich is also a professional framer, and runs a custom framing business from her studio. She brought her tools from home to help make use of the 100-plus used frames delivered to Artspost, most of which held artwork in the old hospital. “The tricky part about using the old frames is that you’re trying to fit something that you’ve created into something that was made for another purpose,” said Ulrich. “It’s a creative endeavour.” People stopped by with photographs and prints they wanted framed, while kids were busy with sequins, sparkles, paint and pastels, creating their own masterpieces and then choosing frames and mattes, and painting them if necessary, to highlight their work. “It’s really amazing, even with these, what you can come up with, just to fit something in behind it,” said Ulrich. “It just gives it something finished where you can put it up on the wall.” Although the event went well and they had “quite a few people,” there are still a lot of empty frames and another Frame It

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Artwalk 2014 More than 30 artists and 20-plus businesses are participating in the 2nd annual Artwalk that launched on Sat., May 31, and runs for the next three weeks. Paintings, ceramics, jewelry, felted wall hangings and a variety of print making processes are some of the fascinating finds that pedestrians might encounter while gallivanting through the town. “It’s kind of a win-win situation, the businesses get a little more foot traffic and the artists have this exposure,” said Sandy Troudt, lead organizer. During Artwalk, artists and businesses are paired together to showcase the vibrant, and growing, arts community in Fort St. John. “I’m not sure everybody out there really knows all that is happening, but when people move to the city, and they’re interested in arts, they can’t believe what they can do and what they can buy,” said Troudt. Artwalk kicked off last year when the North Peace Cultural Centre was celebrating its 20th anniversary, and it was such a hit that organizers decided to bring it back again, and hopefully make it an annual event. “For some artists it was a first time to hang their work, and for others, there are seasoned artists as well who display and sell at the gallery, but most of these people are pretty prolific, so there’s always

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MLAs. The remarks were initiated when MLA Bill Bennett, the Continued from Front. primary architect of Bill 24, complained to a cabinet coltired of this kind of nonsense,” Pimm said in the email, league that changes weren’t transpiring quickly enough. “There has to be room for other job creating, tax-payas reported by the Globe and Mail. It was sent to Bullock, ing activities [on farmland],” said Bennett in an email to Don McRae, who was then agriculture minister, and other McRae. He reminded McRae that the Agricultural Land ReBox 25, serve boundaries in his ridHudson’s Hope, BC ing were supposed to be reV0C 1V0 viewed, and that he had the support of rural caucus members. “Your apparent lack of recollection about this commitment . . . was surprising and concerning,” Bennet said in the email. “It is nearly August now and there is no sign that a review is under way . . . After 11 years of advocating on behalf of the vast majority A HUGE THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE SPONSORS of my constituents for this FOR THEIR CONTINUED DEDICATION TO OUR RENEWAL PROJECT review, I expect a clear answer. Is it happening? If so, * GAS LINK INDUSTRIES * NORTHERN BC GUIDES ASSOCIATION * TALISMAN when?” * BUTLER RIDGE ENERGY * DGS ASTRO PAVING * CANBRIAM * DITMARSIA TRUCKING His request was later ap* OCULUS TRANSPORT * W6 CONTRACTING *HORSESHOE CREEK OUTFITTERS proved and agricultural * OPUS STEWART WEIR * TRANS CANADA PIPELINE * P & L VENTURES * RAVEN OILFIELD boundaries in his riding were * ROY NORTHERN * TUCHODI RIVER OUTFITTERS * MILLIKEN TRUCKING changed. A year after the email * DISTRICT OF HUDSON’S HOPE * JOHNNY VACC * PEACE VIEW ENTERPRISES exchange, Premier Christy CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BC JR. PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS Clark appointed Pimm as & TO THE MANY VOLUNTEERS WITHOUT WHOM WE WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO minister of agriculture, on COMPLETE THIS PROJECT June 10, 2013. Pimm would THE BUTCHER BLOCK * PRO HARDWARE * BLUEWAVE ENERGY * AUTOGRAPHICS * DPACK ELECTRICAL be fronting Bill 24, however, he took leave as he battles colon cancer, and was re-

placed by Norm Letnick on April 11. B.C.’s New Democrats, who opposed Bill 24, launched a campaign at, giving the public the opportunity to share their concerns with the premier and the minister of agriculture. They even proposed legislative measures that promote farming, productivity in the A.L.R. and B.C.’s food security, according to N.D.P. MLA Bruce Ralston’s webpage. The Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs was insulted to learn of the email exchange, and requested an apology from Pimm in a statement that referred to his comments as “completely repugnant, reprehensible and downright racist. “. . . To say that Indigenous Peoples do not vote and governments continue to ‘give Indians more money,’ is not only inaccurate but fundamentally discriminatory and bigoted,” it reads. “The misinformation with respect to the place of Indigenous citizens in the Province is exemplified in Pat Pimm’s comments and we sincerely hope that these sentimentalities are not shared among BC Liberal Caucus members.” Pimm did apologize for his remarks, reportedly saying they were “inappropriate and wrong,” but Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, rejected it for not going far enough. At the Energy Expo on Thursday, Pimm wasn’t willing to say much about the leaked emails. “I put out an apology for that, I think it was unfortunate, but I’ve put out an apology to the First Nations on that, and that’s about all I’m going to say,” he said in an interview with the Northeast News. Pimm was elected as an MLA in 2009 after spending 12 years on the Fort St. John city council. He became involved the executive council when former premier Gordon Campbell appointed him as the parliamentary secretary for the Natural Gas Initiative under the Ministry of Energy in October 2010. When Clark was elected in 2011, she kept Pimm at that position. He was re-elected to his riding in the 2013 election.


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Proposed low-carbon project fuels Chetwynd JILL EARL

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Power poles to be replaced JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - BC Hydro is preparing to replace 154 wooden power poles in the Dawson Creek area over the next several months. The utility company plans on replacing more than 10,000 of their approximately 900,000 wooden power poles throughout the year, as a part of their ongoing maintenance program.

A representative for BC Hydro said that not all pole replacements would require them to disconnect power, but that if they did need to disconnect power, they would give affected residents at least a days notice before beginning work. Adverse weather, insects and wildlife can weaken the wooden poles, and they are regularly inspected to determine their strength. The lifespan of a power pole is approximately 40 to 50 years. More than 20 per cent of BC Hydro’s wooden poles have been in service for more than 40 years.

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CHETWYND - Blue Fuel Energy has their sights set on Chetwynd to be the location of their proposed large-scale refinery, producing low-carbon fuels, approximately 18 kilometres from the district. Last Wednesday, Blue Fuel Energy presented their project to the residents of Chetwynd for the first time during a meeting at the district’s recreation centre. President of Blue Fuel Energy, Juergen Puetter, said that the purpose of the meeting was to gauge public approval. “We don’t know what the public at large thinks about it, we talked to people a little bit and so far it’s all been positive, but on Wednesday we’ll find out where the issue hurts,” Puetter said, before the May 28 meeting. Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols said that the concept of the project is exciting. He said that the project was well received by residents during the meeting. “If it could go through, it would change the nature of town I believe. I’m very positive about it,” he said. According to Puetter, the project has been in the works for the last five or six years, but that their work has been kept quiet while details were being hashed out. Feasibility studies, third-party testing, en-

gineering reports, design and consultation with First Nation communities have all been completed to date. Puetter said that they anticipate submitting a project description to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office within the next couple of weeks. “We have just kept a very low profile and we only wanted to come out of the chute with everything a lot of things in the background were happening for many many years, but what we didn’t want to do is speculate too early until we had everything lined up,” he said. The project includes a plant for Blue Fuel Energy, which will take natural gas from existing pipelines, like Spectra or TransCanada, and turn it into low-carbon hydrogen and gasoline by utilizing renewable electricity. “[It will] also reduce the carbon intensity by using wind and hydro to make hydrogen by electrolysis of water... it’s quite an unusual and novel way of combining all the components into one,” said Puetter. Another plant, Canadian Methanol Corporation, will be located adjacent for the purpose of turning natural gas into methanol. Puetter said that the low-carbon fuels are intended for use in North America, while the methanol will be shipped to China for the purpose of turning it into olefins, often used in plastics, resins, fibers, lubricants and gels.

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No matter if you support the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation or the Province’s bargaining agency (the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association), both organizations just want to ‘think of the children,’ but what do the children think? If today’s students are anything like I was in school, they are probably grateful for the short break in their weekly schedules. I was the kind of kid who asked Santa for snow days. In fact, it was two consecutive, strategically planned snow days that reaffirmed his existence. It’s not that I didn’t like school, just some days I didn’t want to make the effort. You can imagine my excitement then when in 1997, Ontario teachers staged a two-week strike in protest of proposed changes by then-Premier Mike Harris, that is, until I realized that I would be joining my mother, a high school teacher, on the picket line. While my friends got to sleep in, watch TV and play, I was getting my first taste of

political activism; I was tired, bored and thought anything would be better– even going back to class. I can still remember the protesters’ chant. “Hey hey, ho ho, Mike Harris has got to go!” Catchy, right? Well, at the time, I didn’t know who Mike Harris was, where the teachers wanted him to go and why, but it didn’t really matter, just so long as he went there, so I could rejoin my friends at school. I remember standing with my sister with our signs, waiting in the car when it got too cold (or when I didn’t want to talk to grownups), and tugging on my mom’s arm to leave. I understand now why we had to stay. Maybe while the partial lockouts and rotating strikes continue, another student will be dragged to the picket line to get their first taste of activism. They’ll hate it, but one day understand why they were there and why their education was worth the fight. Jill Earl, reporter

Dear Editor Regarding some of Bob Zimmer’s recent comments. The world’s best science has presented irrefutable evidence, time and time again, that the extraction and burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming and climate change.This is not news. We have known these facts for 20 years or more. The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change has accepted this science. The destructive effects of global warming induced climate change are blatantly evident all around us. Violent, erratic weather events are causing unprecedented damage and loss of life from wildfires, flooding, droughts, hurricanes, tornados etc. The ever increasing costs of fossil fuel burning induced destruction are staggering and unsustainable. Earth is known to be the only planet we can live on. Why are we destroying the only planet and atmosphere that can sustain life? Does Bob Zimmer live under a rock? Does he not know what is

happening to our world or does he just not care? How can he support refining in B.C., Kinder Morgan, Keystone, Northern Gateway and many other destructive projects? There are many and much more sustainable ways to drive our economy. Any project that allows further tar sands expansion is, in my opinion, destructive, unconscionable and immoral. What will Bob Zimmer say to his grand children when they gasp out with their last breath, “you knew there was a problem,why didn’t you do something?” If we desire to live on this planet much longer,we must move to a political system that will cut down on political hogwash and corporation building. We need a system that works toward long-term sustainability for our planet, for us and for other species as well. Proportional Representation would be a great first step. Thank you. Ed Pitt Dawson Creek

Butt Out in cabs and work vehicles, they are places of work When we hop in a work vehicle or a cab, it is important to keep in mind that these are work spaces for the people operating the vehicles. As they are classified as work spaces, vehicles being used for work of any sort need to remain tobacco free according to regulations. Recently there has been an increase of complaints about both cab drivers and passengers smoking in the vehicles in the northeast part of the province. Potential passengers in these vehicles have the right to refuse to get into the vehicle that a cab driver is currently smoking in, or has recently smoked in as it is considered in non-compliance of the regulations. I would encourage the public to help with compliance by lodging a complaint with

the cab company if the driver is smoking or if the vehicle smells of smoke. It is also important that the public shows these cab companies respect by not using tobacco in their vehicles either. If people do lodge a complaint with a cab company, I would encourage them to also report this company to Northern Health’s Tobacco Enforcement Officer. Investigation and enforcement action has been taken with the cab companies in the Northeast, including surveillance and ticketing. The fine for the cab driver and the cab company starts at $575.00 and can be issued to both the driver and the owner of the cab company. The regulations also apply to other work vehicles as well. If you’re traveling in a work vehicle of any sort, including semi-

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access 12 weeks of nicotine gum or nicotine patches to help reduce the discomfort of nicotine withdrawal. There is also coverage for smoking cessation medications including Varenicline (Champix) or Bupropion (Zyban) for those who have met their pharmacare deductible. Call HealthlinkBC at 8-1-1 to access the BC Smoking Cessation Program. If you have a concern around Tobacco Usage in the workplace, your Regional Tobacco Enforcement Officer can be reached at: Northeast Dawson Creek, BC 250 719 6500 Pam Sawers, Tobacco Enforcement Officer for Northern Health

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Bluey Day raises $84,000

gimmicky idea. When we started, a shaved head was a very anti-social hairstyle and I wanted to change that for the sake of the kids who lose their hair during treatment,” FORT ST. JOHN – The 15th annual said Sgt. David, as was reported in a 2003 Bluey Day in Fort St. John raised $84,000 Australian news article (available at www. on Sat., May 31, where 42 people had their heads shaved to support cancer research Bluey Day is the original head shaving and treatment. fundraiser, and Fort St. John picked up the All the funds go towards the local Can- idea 16 years ago, in 1998, and kept the cer Diagnostic and Treatname. It is the 15th annual That’s absolutely event for the community, ment Fund, from which equipment is purchased an amazing amount as there was one year Blufor the Fort St. John Hosey Day didn’t take place. for a year. pital. Volunteers from Phoe“That’s absolutely an nix North Salon & Spa amazing amount for a year,” said Ashley took the day off work and used their own Bentley, executive director for the Fort St. supplies to continue the Bluey Day tradiJohn Hospital Foundation. tion in Fort St. John. Money will continue to be raised as the Last year there were 47 people who newly shorn promote their cause and host signed up, and raised more than $100,000. their own fundraisers and appeal to family, friends and coworkers for support. Bluey Day was started in 1995 in Australia, where police, fire, ambulance and emergency personnel all have blue uniforms, said Bentley. Sgt. Karl David initiated the event, which calls on the community to participate in the fight against cancer. It was originally, however, called Crop-a-Cop Day. “Police have always been Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott out there fundraising,” he Ray Bath, 19, gets his head shaved to support cancer research and said. “I wanted to unite all treatment at Bluey Day in Fort St. John on Sat., May 31, 2014. their efforts and needed a

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Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott Richard North was brave and shaved for the 15th annual Bluey Day in Fort St. John.

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Continued from Page 2. Dawson Creek’s industrial worker camp resolution requested that the Province encourage industry leaders to to activate their social responsibility mandate by providing local businesses with the opportunities to quote on goods and services through a consultation process and that they create and implement a registration system shared by all regulatory bodies. They also recommended that a committee be formed to discuss the possibility of creating regulations around disclosure of camp requirements during the

Northeast NEWS project exploration period, in order for camp contractors to be compliant with provincial regulation.

We definitely have our work cut out for us, that’s for sure. “We think that there is a social responsibility mandate that industry has to have to at least see if they [municipalities] have existing services that could deal with those things [industry’s needs],� said Van Spronsen. Northern Health estimates that there are over 1,800 work camps in northern B.C.. Van Spronsen said that worker camps are a provincial issue. “We are not the only ones that have industrial work camps,� he said. Dawson Creek’s second resolution was for the encouragement of the allocation of funds into skills training, and with a possible partnership with industry, offer some ticketing courses to high school students. Last month, approximately 87 grade 10 students graduated from an Occupational First Aid and a H2S course that was offered by


a partnership between School District 59, Northern Lights College, industry and the Chamber of Commerce. Van Spronsen said that offering those ticketing programs could give students the opportunity to apply for jobs with better pay, and that it could help them in deciding a career path. “We’re not going to have enough skilled workers so we need to start equipping people now because when that stuff [LNG projects] starts going ahead, we are not going to have enough people to work. We want B.C. people to work first, and not have to import people from across Canada and across the world,� he said. Now that those resolutions have passed, the B.C. Chamber of Commerce will advocate and lobby the Province about the wishes of their membership. “They do have the ear of the provincial government, Victoria listens to what they say,� Beerling said. Both Beerling and Van Spronsen said that they would continue to advocate for those changes even now, after they’ve passed, and that they would continue to focus on the issues of the business community. Van Spronsen said that the chamber may be looking into research on shadow populations and their effect on local business, and Beerling said that the Fort St. John chamber intends to create strategic study groups for local issues. “We definitely have our work cut out for us, that’s for sure,� he said.






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Tomslake requests referendum from PRRD

JILL EARL TOMSLAKE - Whether it’s hosting after school programs, community events or seniors’ activities, the Tate Creek Community Centre is a hub for Tomslake locals. Residents hope to keep it their hub, even after School District 59 closes Tate Creek Elementary and the adjoining community centre for good at the end of June. The Tomslake and District Recreation Commission hope to take ownership of the school, community centre, skating rink, skate shack, bus barn and fueling station that the property has to offer, in order to keep the centre open for the community. “The community has always been behind the school. We have purchased playground equipment, we have initiated hot lunch programs. The focal point is the school, that’s where you meet your neighbours. That feeling doesn’t cease when the kids aren’t there, the school is still there, although it will take a different spin,” said Art Seidl, commission member. “Once you fight for something you are more reluctant to lose it, then if it’s presented to you on a golden platter,” he added. Although the School District has offered the property to the commission for a ‘nominal price,’ Seidl said that operating and maintaining the centre would require access to permanent funding. Based on a five-day school week, operating costs are estimated at $100,000 annually. “Bake sales and bingos were not going to cut it,” he said. A community meeting held in April resulted in the commission requesting the Peace River Regional District include in their 2014 elections, to take place in November, a referendum for establishing a taxation function for a maximum annual requisition amount of $150,000 for the operation of the community centre. They requested that the 2005 Tate Creek School Gym Service area be the taxation base. Seidl said about 500 people live in that area. During their last meeting, regional directors decided to commit $10,000 towards a feasibility study for the establishment of a taxation function for the centre. Seidl doesn’t believe one is necessary. “We know what we want, we don’t need a feasibility study,” he said. Seidl believes that the commission has already done a lot of the work. He said a lot of concerns were aired by residents during the April 13 meeting, and that they had a long discussion about the subject. Information from B.C. Assessment was also provided at the meeting. Seidl said that each residence would be paying a ballpark estimate of $56 a year, depending on each year’s tax rate. He said major and light industry would be paying the bulk of operating costs. While operating costs are estimated at approximately $100,000, the commission has requested that the referendum be approved for $150,000. That way, if the actual operating cost is higher, they won’t have to go to another referendum for the additional funds. “We would only access the amount that we would need,” said Seidl. “After the first year, if we found that $88,206 was only

Photo Credit File Photo School District intends to close Tate Creek Elementary at the end of June. needed, then that’s what we would be assessed for that year...Some years we would be paying more, some we would be paying less. In the information provided, we ballparked 100,000,” he added.

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FSJ Energy Expo Continued from Front. technicians and environmental technicians, trying to get potential employees and suppliers ready in Aboriginal and non Aboriginal communities. “We’re trying to prepare them, pre-qualify them to meet Enbridge specific regulations,” said Dyk. Local M.L.A. Pat Pimm was also in attendance, and gave a speech on Thursday morning for exhibitors and sponsors at a breakfast event with M.P. Bob Zimmer, who participated via Skype. They discussed where things are with the oil and gas industry and with L.N.G. developments (liquefied natural gas). “There is a lot of companies that are very close to making investment decisions, our government is very close, they’ve been working hard with industry to get our tax regime and tax structure in place and right,” he said in an interview with the Northeast News. “Something that’s going to work for the province, something that’s going to work for industry, something that’s going to work for communities, and First Nations communities, we have to work all those factors together, something that’s going to work for the environment, so we’re certainly looking at putting all that package together and making it right, and I think we’re getting very close to that.” There are 13 different proponents that are looking at some form of L.N.G. in the province right now, most of those being in the Kitimat and Prince Rupert area.

“We’re still on track,” said Pimm. “We think there will be a couple of major facilities that are still in line for the 2018 time frame.” When those final investment decisions are made, possibly as soon as late 2014 and early 2015, the building of L.N.G. facilities will be underway. But developing the infrastructure to support the population boom here in the Peace River region is also a big part of the equation, something Pimm and Zimmer also discussed at the Energy Expo breakfast. “As the need grows, we’re going to see more revenues coming in to this region. And I think once, if we get the taxation structure proper, then you can actually have a pretty strong case for putting some of that revenue back into the region that needs it so badly,” Pimm said. Among the expo attendees, about 1,000 in number, were students from Northern Lights College looking for future work opportunities. While the turnout was good, some exhibitors were dismayed that not many producers showed up, making it tough for local businesses to make those valuable connections. “We have Progress here, which is nice to see, C.N.R.L. [Canadian Natural Resources Limited] is here as well, but it would have been nice to see some of the other big players . . . [and] some of the other up and comings, it would have been nice to see their presence here too,” said Nathan Troyer, branch manager at Troyer, which deals in fluid logistics and is the only certified and licensed natural gas liquids transloading company in B.C. Shell Canada also made an appearance on Thursday, as they had a big team in town from Calgary. “A lot of people don’t understand what technology is

out there today, until they come out to these shows and see it,” said Dave Turchanski, president and owner of Energy Services B.C. “Going forward, as far as getting them out here is concerned, we’ll have to come up with a game plan to get more producers on board with us,” he said. One of the objects of the expo was to encourage networking, connecting those big players in the industry to the service sector, where businesses could showcase their products and specialties.

Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott The rig setup outside the Energy Expo at the Fort St. John Curling Club.


Harvey Wiles was born May 16th, 1931 on the original Wiles homestead near Taylor, BC. He was the eldest of three children of Hart and Louise Wiles. Harvey attended Taylor School by horseback in the summer and dog toboggan through the winter months. He graduated from North Peace High School while working at the Co-op Hardware Store. Harvey had an incredible work ethic that was ingrained from an early age. After three years at the Co-op, he came home to farm the homestead in 1950 and did so for the next 64 years. July 16th 1950, Harvey married Phylis Wood; their son, Brad was born in 1951 and daughter, Marion in 1953. Harvey and Phylis grew grain and raised pigs with a few head of cattle in the beginning. As the grain prices shrunk the cow herd increased. The herd started with dual purpose shorthorns. Milk and eggs were sold to the workers at Taylor when the plant was being built in the late 50s. Angus started showing up in the herd and soon Harvey was showing an interest in the exotic Simmentals. The first purebred herd was Harvey’s Simmentals…and by 1976 the purebred Black Angus herd was on the scene. There were many friendly “discussions” about the merits of Simmental versus Angus. The years passed quickly with calving, branding, cows to pasture, haying, roundup and auction. Year-end saw time for taking in the Canadian rodeo finals and Northlands Farmfair in Edmonton. Harvey enjoyed playing hockey and for many years was a goal judge for the Flyers. He and Phylis hunted, camped and enjoyed local rodeos. Family ball games were always great fun. Harvey’s appreciation and involvement in sport was passed down thru the generations. During his years of ranching Harvey served on the Co-op Board and President of Cecil Lake Community Pasture Association. The North Peace Cattlemen and BC Angus Association recognized Harvey and Phylis’ dedication and commitment to the cattle industry. Also from 1978 to 1987, they sponsored I.A.E.A trainees. Sometimes a tough exterior was portrayed but the sparkling blue eyes could swell with crocodile tears and give way to a soft heart, especially when the younger generations were involved. Family was important to Harvey making his 2 children, 6 grandchildren, and 10 great- grandchildren always feel special. This love of family was especially evident on cattle drives, 4-H events, hockey, ball, and other sporting events. Harvey was an enthusiastic sports fan that always made his kids and grandkids feel proud that he was present. Harvey’s sense of humor and quick wit were never in short supply. He was a master tease and good jokes were shared with all. A recent conversation with Robert on the yearling bulls that had been picked for this summer’s breeding: Harvey said one of the young bulls had gotten into a pen, unnoticed, with a few hot cows. Robert replied you are selling me a 2nd hand bull Harvey assured Robert it wasn’t second hand; rather it was a proven bull.

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Local mixed media festival celebrates 10 years JILL EARL ROLLA - The beginning of summer marks the start of the festival season, though for organizers, like those of the Sweetwater 905 Arts and Music Festival, planning starts much, much sooner. Celebrating its 10th year, Sweetwater 905 organizers said that the festival has gotten easier to coordinate, however, that doesn’t mean there is less work involved. “It’s been a learning curve as to how to keep going and expanding, and it’s easier every year. We’re still spending a lot of time setting up, but at least we know what we’re doing now,” said Dean Mattson, co-organizer. For the last eight weekends, volunteers have been hard at work at the Mattson family ranch, helping to set up for the three-day event, scheduled for June 13-15. Work has included moving the mainstage (for the third time), renovating and expanding the hospitality kitchen, building a tearoom out of hay bails and updating the merchandise building. Manual labour started in the Spring, but coorganizer (and Dean’s brother) Karl Mattson, said he starts receiving inquires about the festival as early as October. Mattson is responsible for booking musical acts and visual artists. He said he received approximately 100 applications this year from interested performers. “We’re not searching anymore,” Dean said. He said when planning the first festival 10 years ago, their only intention was to bring art and music to the community. “The intention was to bring artists to us, in-

stead of us to having to go to major centres, and that was the beginning of it. [Also] showcase local talent and all our talent, instead of having to go sell ourselves to them,” said Dean. This year, attendees can look forward to hearing performances by C.R. Avery, Scott Dunbar, Dave Soroka, B.A. Johnston, Party on High Street, High Society, the Stray Crows, Chris Culgin, Two Bears North, Misery Mountain Boys, Ted Russell Kamp and Al Simmons. The lineup of regional performers includes Twin Peaks, Samantha Scott, Fleas from Bears, Folky Strum Strum and the Sweetwater Ramblers. “We like to keep it fairly diverse,” Karl said. The festival also features visual and literary artists, as well as agricultural demonstrations. Poets Kim Goodlife and Ivan Coyote will be featured this year and visual artists will include Peter von Tiesenhausen, Karl Mattson, Nora Curiston and others who will be creating work during the festival. Agricultural demonstrations will include horse dressage, trick ponies, hot shoeing, butter making, saddle making, pack horses and oxen. Childrens entertainers like Emma Cooper and the Lost & Found Puppet Co. will also be performing as well as other volunteers, like fire eaters and stiltwalkers, who are expected to bring their talents to the festival grounds. “There is a really good cross section of each one of those mediums, our arts have increased a lot this year,” said Fran Haughian, another organizer. “I think that 99 per cent of the people that


come here think that it’s just a music festival, but we’ve got a lot of other stuff going on,” Dean said. Organizers attribute a lot of the event’s


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comprehensive programs around that will get the student job-ready in just 20 weeks.” Students build a house from start to finish, from the ground up. “Students work on a working jobsite and produce a building project that meets and in most cases exceeds the B.C. building code specifications,” Heartt said. Students are involved in the budget planning and the expensing of the funds. They are also taught to work on a jobsite safely and

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to be able to identify potential hazards and do any correction to make the site safe. Each student is give the opportunity several times through the program to accept responsibility of a safety officer in the managing the site safety. “When the student is successful in this program they not only come away with two levels of technical training but also some insight into the business of construction,” Heartt said.

Grad Transitions event held in Fort Nelson Kristiana Bailey and daughter Winter-Ivy, current AHCOTE (Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education) student, attended NLC’s May 1st Fort Nelson Grad Transitions event as a guest speaker. Bailey spoke about her life’s journey and the trials and tribulations of being a single mother of two children while pursuing post-secondary educational goals. Approximately 40 high school students and their parents from Fort Nelson Secondary School and Chalo School attended the event, which was created to help students transition from high school to college.

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A bit of Hollywood North touched down on the Fort St. John Campus recently when actor Adam Beach visited students. Students and faculty alike were star struck by the popular Arctic Air actor, who presented on the importance of setting goals tenaciously to achieve one’s dreams.

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B.C. teachers to continue rotating strikes No agreement yet The teacher strike is continuing this week as the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the province have been unable to reach a mutually satisfying agreement.

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Peace River South, which includes School District 59, picketed on Mon., June 2nd, Fort Nelson and School District 81 on Tues., June 3, and Peace River North, School District 60, will be picketing Thurs., June 5. Issues at stake are class size and composition, staffing levels and teacher wages. B.C.’s public school teachers have been trying to get a new collective agreement since February, 2013. The last salary increase that teachers received was in July 2010.

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Artwalk returns for 2014 Continued from Page 3. something new.” While many of the participating businesses are in the core downtown area on 100 Avenue and 100 Street, a few are off course, such as Canadian Grind Coffee and Tea, and Ferris Fast Cycle. Whole Wheat and Honey Café and Homesteader Health Foods will have more artists than other locations as they were able to provide more space for display. In addition to artists’ work being on display in windows around town – including that of 28 independent artists and three arts groups – there are three working artist studios that will be open to the public on a drop in basis. The North Peace Potters Studio will be open for drop in from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. from May 31 to June 7, and the Peace Country Spinners & Weavers is hosting a public ses-

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sion on June 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both of these studios are at Artspost, 10320 94th Avenue. In addition, Cheryl Peebles Studio & Gallery will be

It’s really a great celebration of diversity and creativity, and our city really does offer a balance of arts and cultural opportunities. open to visitors on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 10244 99th Avenue. “It’s really a great celebration of diversity and creativity,

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and our city really does offer a balance of arts and cultural opportunities,” said Troudt. She explained that beginners can get their start in any number of arts groups, and that more established artists can become professional the Fort St. John chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists, a 73-year-old organization started by the Group of Seven. Last year’s Artwalk featured bussed guided studio tours, which organizers hope to be able to bring back for next year’s event and host every second year. Brochures featuring a map and participating businesses can be picked up at the North Peace Cultural Centre.

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Spaghetti contest supports cancer society JILL EARL

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DAWSON CREEK- Boston Pizza served up plates of their smoky mountain spaghetti in a contest supporting the restaurant’s Relay for Life team, May 29. Nathan Eckert won the contest, eating the entire meal in just seven minutes and twentyfour seconds. Eckert was awarded a

$100 gift certificate to Boston Pizza. Boston Pizza sold tickets for $25, and all proceeds went to supporting the restaurant’s Relay for Life team. Manager Renee Delitsikos said that they had always been a part of the Relay for Life in some capacity, but that this was the first year they were entering in a team. “We all have somebody,” she said, as their reason for getting involved.

Join the BC Environmental Assessment Office Open House. For 57 years, Spectra Energy has been a proud part of communities across B.C. We would like to let you know that the BC Environmental Assessment Office is hosting Open Houses in Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John regarding Spectra Energy’s proposed Westcoast Connector Gas Transmission Project. Come out and learn about our Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate, and provide your comments. Connect with us at: or call us at: 1 (855) 757 – 4755.

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Photo Credit Jill Earl Contest competitors ate their fastest through a big plate of spaghetti.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING For Proposed Bylaw No. 837, 2014

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a PUBLIC HEARING will be held in the DISTRICT OF HUDSON’S HOPE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 9904 Dudley Drive, on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. to allow the public to make verbal or written representation to Council with respect to the following proposed BYLAW NO. 837, 2014. This is a Bylaw to amend the Road Closure and Highway Designation Removal Bylaw No. 830, 2014 by replacing the old map with the one below. This road is located on Lot a Plan 24634, Lot 1 Plan 27536, Lot A Plan PGP36042 and Parcel A Block 7 Plan 1679 Dedicated as Road within the Peace River Regional District Plan 24634

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11, 2014 – HUDSON’S HOPE Hudson’s Hope Community Hall 10310 100th Street, Hudson’s Hope, BC, V0C 1C0 5:00PM – 8:00PM

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A copy of the proposed documents may be inspected or obtained from the District of Hudson’s Hope Municipal Office, located at 9904 Dudley Drive, or on our website at District Office Hours are Monday to Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm

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• June 7: Daddy and Me Petting Farm and Pony Rides. Starts at 10:30 at Heartbreak Acres, 14km north of Fort St. John. Event ends at 12:30. For more information contact Pam at The Family Place 250-785-6021 ext. 232. • June 7:Northern Classic Body Building and Fitness Show. Starts at 9am at Today’s Techniques, ends at 5pm. For more information please see the BCABBA website. Event times will be updated as more information becomes available. • June 7: Relay for Life- Come on down to the Dr. Kearney School track and enjoy the day as we celebrate and fight back to support all the cancer survivors and those still battling in Fort St. John and surrounding area. The event starts at 10am and goes until 5pm. For more information contact Brenda Baumeister at • June 28: Come Dance- Sponsored by the Derrick Dance Club. Music by Adley and Shannon. Ages 19 and older welcome. Dance club members $12, non-members $15. Dance 8:30-12:30, at 10908-100 Street. For more information call Chris at 250-785-1021 or George at 250-827-3396.

Dawson Creek • June 7: Yard sale at the South Peace United Church in Dawson Creek. Sale starts at 9am and ends at 4pm. Rain or Shine. To rent a table to sell your goods, contact Judith at 250-

782-8727. Cost to rent a table is $20. • June 7: Country Music Dance- Music by Night Sounds at the Senior Citizens Hall, 1101 McKellar Ave. Dawson Creek. Dance from 8:30-12:30am. Admission includes lunch. Nineteen years old and over welcome. For more information phone Fred at 250-782-2192 or Linda at 250-843-7418. • June 14: Rolla Cemetary Clean Up- A clean up will be held Saturday, June 14 at 8am. 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 June 14. If you have family or friends buried there please be willing to help maintain our cemetary. The annual meeting will be held at the cemetary following the clean up. Please plan to attend. • 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. • Aug. 7: 44th Annual Kiwanis Kids Parade- The Kiddie Parade will assemble and start at the front of the Memorial Arena. Line-up starts at 4:30, judging at 5:15 and parade at 6. Categories include best bike/float, best costume and best pet. Call Gordon Moffatt at 250782-3551 for more information.

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• 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.

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Dawson Creek Veterinary Clinic June is Nutrition Month Proper nutrition can enhance the quality and longevity of your pets’ life. We carry a variety of veterinary diets formulated for many problems including weight loss, dental care, joint care, hypoallergenic diets, and more. Ask us about our different veterinary diets and which one may be best for your pet. Small Animal: 250-782-5616 Large Animal: 250-782-1080 238-116th Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC

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Thank You

Harvey Wiles wanted to make sure everyone knew how much he appreciated all of his family and friends support over the years. Harvey passed away on May 7, 2014, peacefully at the FSJ Hospital. A huge thank you to Dr. Mackey, Pharmacist Lori, ER Staff, IPU Staff, Community Nurses, FSJ Medical Clinic staff, and all the other healthcare staff that made his passing smooth! It was amazing to see such great teamwork through all the different fields of healthcare. A huge thank you to all the Taylor Community members for their help and contributions at his celebration of life! Harvey was always proud to call Taylor home! Thank you to the Taylor ladies for the wonderful tea, the District of Taylor for the use of the Community Hall, the set-up crew, the many friends and family that attended or sent their warm condolences! Sincerely, Phylis Wiles & Family

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communities enforce parking and to look at increasing the fine. In Wisconsin, he said, the fine is $500, and everyone enforces it. FORT ST. JOHN – The fine for parking in handicapped “That is a deterrent for sure,” said Evans. spaces without a permit could be going up from $50 to as The idea came out of a discussion about Access Awaremuch as $500 on Fort St. John city streets. ness Day, which was proclaimed on Monday to be Sat., At a regular council meeting on Mon., May 26, Coun. June 7, a day to celebrate accessibility and inclusion within Larry Evans made a recommendation to look at how other the community. Coun. Byron Stewart posed a series of questions about accessibility and inclusion to city staff and to Lori Slater, who is confined to a wheelchair and was at the meeting as an advocate for Access Awareness Day. Slater indicated that one of the problems she encounters is having people without disabilities parking in designated handicapped spaces. DO YOU NEED IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE? Upright signs, she said, are the best indicators for disabled parking. • Citizenship • Skill Workers Program 5 Name Brands ~ Good Quality ~ Best Sale Prices “People, they can park in the parking lot all year, but as • Advise Employers on • Business Immigration Call The Blind Man 250-785-5754 soon as it’s wintertime and that paint is covered, [people Work Visa Procedures • Student/Visitors Visa say] well I didn’t know it was an accessible spot, and that 9811-114A ave Fort St John shouldn’t cut it,” said Slater. • Family Sponsorship • Temporary/Permanent “We would like to see that fine increased . . . $50, to a lot • Appeal to Immigration Work Visa of people in this town, it’s a drop in the bucket. And enforc~ BY APPOINTMENT ~ ing is another big thing. Are they going to pay that ticket? Chances are, probably not,” said Slater. Shirley Palmer-Hunt, Enforcement is a “many headed monster,” as Jim RogCertified Canadian Immigration Consultant ers, director of protective services with the city, indicated. When people ignore a ticket, they go to collections, but that can be a long process. Some municipalities around the province go by way of 105 - 9807 101 Ave long form information, taking someone to court for unpaid Fort St John, BC V1J 2B1 tickets, but these issues are often far down the list of priori1-855-522-5577 ties for the court system. 1-250-319-7967 cell Towing vehicles is a possibility, but isn’t often pursued in Fort St. John, as the wait for a tow truck can be hours. The city falls in line, like evMail Address: Box 6818 Fort St. John, BC V1J 4J3 eryone else. Location: 10273 - 79 St., East Truck Bypass “When you get into enforcement you are left with John Beifort several options, but none of Manager them is quick and clean,” Cell: (250) 261-8039 said Rogers in an interview with the Northeast News. Ph: (250) 785-3904 Illegal permits is also a problem that the Social Forage & Planning and Research Cereal Seed Sales Council of B.C. is trying to get on top of. Hay • Pasture • Lawn Seed If someone sees a person who is clearly able bodied using a handicapped space, they supply placards in the shape of a stop sign that people can put on the windshield of that vehicle, which indicates that they shouldn’t Member $80 Entry/Person be using that stall. Non-Member$100 Entry/Person A solution the city has WE ARE CHANGING LOCATIONS. been working on is focusing on education alongside enforcement, an approach that 9 Hole Practice Round & Martini Social!!! has been working. The Mayor’s Disability Advisory Committee and Come visit us at: 18 Holes Competitive or Fun Sides - Tee Times having enough enforcement TH TREET AWSON REEK officers on the streets has had a positive effect. Compliance 18 Holes of Golf, Saturday Dinner, Fun, Amazing rates have been going up Prizes, Raising Money and since 2010, and the number Awareness Fore the Cure HOURS OF OPERATION: of tickets written has gone Monday- Saturday: 9:30am - 5:30pm down, said Rogers. Please call the Pro Shop to Register Sunday: closed On Access Awareness 250-785-5566 Day, Sat., June 7, seniors and people with mobility disabilT O PLACE A CATALOGUE ORDER, CALL 1-800-26-SEARS OR ities will be able to ride the Look for us on... SHOP ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.SEARS.CA bus for free in Fort St. John.


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SPORTS FSJ Killbillies dominate over Grimreapers JILL EARL

FORT ST. JOHN - Despite their best efforts, Grimshaw’s roller derby team, the Grimreapers, couldn’t keep up with the Fort St. John’s Killbillies, during the May 31 bout at the North Peace Arena. Although the final score showed a large margin, 282-81 for the Killbillies, the Grimreapers put up a fight until the end. Fans delighted in big hits and big falls, but no one was seriously injured.

Photo Credit Jill Earl Fort St. John’s jammer breaks through the pack to get the lead jam position. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MEETING FOR

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Groundbirch Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing meeting is scheduled to be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, at the McLeod Elementary School Hall, located at 265 Road, Groundbirch, BC. The purpose of this meeting is to hear from those persons who believe that their interest in property will be affected by the following proposal: Proposal: To rezone the property to Commercial in order to facilitate a convenience store, gas station and restaurant. OCP Amendment By-law No. 2070, 2013, proposes to re-designate District Lot 1896 PRD from “Agriculture-Rural” to “Commercial” by amending the PRRD Rural Area Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 1940, 2011; and Zoning Amendment By-law No. 2071, 2013, proposes to re-zone the same property from A-2 “Large Agricultural Holdings” to C-2 “Highway Commercial Zone”, by amending the Dawson Creek Rural Area Zoning By-law No. 479,1986.



On Thursday, May 29, 2014, 480 head of cattle went through Vold Jones Vold Auction in Dawson Creek D1 - D2 Cows 105.00-110.00 D3 - D4 Cows 95.00-102.00 Holstein Cows N/A Heiferettes 125.00-130.00 Bologna Bulls 110.00-115.00 Feeder Bulls 120.00-125.00 Good Bred Cows 1500.00-1700.00 Good Bred Heifers N/A Cow/calf pairs younger 2000.00-2200.00 Older Cows N/A Milk Cows N/A

STOCKERS AND FEEDERS Good Feeder Steers 1000 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 900 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 800 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 700 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 600 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 500 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 400 lbs Plus: Good Feeder Steers 300 lbs Plus:

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Next Regular Cattle Sale Thursday June 5, 2014 • Next Horse Sale Saturday June 7, 2014 This notice is in general form only. Relevant background documents may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at the Peace River Regional District office located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, B.C. Any comments or concerns should be referred in writing to Development Services at the Peace River Regional District at Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8 or faxed to (250) 784-3201. Inquiries can also be made by telephone at (250) 784-3200 or 1-800-670-7773.

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“Our project will add over $4 billion into the B.C. economy. Think of what that will mean for our schools, hospitals and social programs.” - Janet Holder, Leader of Northern Gateway

Janet Holder:

Partnering in the Project’s prosperity

Janet Holder is responsible for the overall leadership of the Northern Gateway Project. With over 20 years of experience in the energy sector, she has held a variety of senior and executive roles in liquids pipelines, energy efficiency and energy distribution. As a proud British Columbian, Janet works hard to ensure Northern Gateway will be a safer, better pipeline with lasting benefits for B.C.

Ensuring that the economic benefits of the Project are also shared with Aboriginal communities is hugely important to us. In discussions with First Nations and Métis communities, we have offered a 10% equity stake in the pipeline. Additionally, there will be an estimated $300 million in Aboriginal employment and contracts, plus related economic activity, adding up to nearly $1 billion in total long-term benefits for First Nations and Métis communities and businesses.

Over the past several months, I have shared our priority to ensure we protect what matters most to all of us — our beautiful coastline and environment. Our world-class safety and response measures are vital for the approval and success of the Northern Gateway Project — a project that will pave the way for significant economic benefits to help us build a stronger future for B.C. A long-term revenue stream We estimate that over the next 30 years, our project will add over $4 billion into the B.C. economy. Think of what that will mean for our schools, hospitals and social programs. Increased long-term revenue for these programs and services will ensure our standard of living is not just maintained, but enhanced for years to come. A boost for Northern communities The B.C. economy will benefit from salaries, contracts and goods and services directly related to the Project. During the construction phase alone, Northern B.C. businesses will benefit from over $800 million spent locally on goods and services like transportation, equipment, food and hospitality.

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Jobs and opportunities for families To build this Project, we will create employment that will especially benefit communities along the pipeline’s route. In fact, we are already helping to connect local residents to future employment and business opportunities, and offering education and skills development. There will be 560 long-term jobs created in B.C., and our plans call for the hiring of 3,000 construction workers. These jobs will create new sources of income for the workers’ home communities. It is expected that each year $32 million in income will be earned, which will have a profound and lasting impact on B.C. families. An investment in the future while protecting what matters to us most As a proud British Columbian who was born and raised here, I am motivated every day to ensure these economic benefits never come at the expense of our incredible environment. Let me assure you that my team and I are working hard to meet all of the 209 conditions for Project approval set out by the Joint Review Panel, to ensure we build not only a safer, better pipeline, but a stronger, better B.C.

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Pagepresident 22 June 5, 2014 Editor: NLC The past five and a half years in the Peace Country as President and CEO of Editor:Lights College have been very fulfilling. bids president farewell Northern NLC The five and a halfforyears in when the Peace Country President CEO of The past potential I noted NLC I decided to as apply for thisand position is Lights College have beenevolving very fulfilling. and becoming a reality. The addition bids farewell Northern The potential I noted for NLC I decided to apply for position is of when the Centre of Excellence forthis Clean Energy

staff, and has been able to recruit experienced leaders in many departments. The Northeast NEWS leadership team members are exceptional and I have been proud to work with them staff, andthe hasclarity been able recruit experienced leaders inexperienced many departments. The Further, of thetoCollege's vision is attracting professionals leadership team members exceptional and have been proud work with them who want to contribute toare an organization thatI "knows where it to is going". Further, of the College's vision on is attracting experienced professionals It alsothe hasclarity been gratifying to collaborate Dual Credit programming with loca who want to contribute to an organization that "knows where it is going". partners School Districts, industry, Aboriginal agencies and other post-secondary ALL It alsoNorthern has been gratifying to collaborate on Dual Credit programming locala evolving and becoming reality.combined The addition Opportunities. The Peace Region is very fortunate with to have Technologies in DawsonaCreek, with through Peace River industry, Aboriginal agencies and other partners of of Industry Excellence for Clean Energy group ofDistricts, exceptional leaders committed to expanding thepost-secondary scope of this program thethe JimCentre Kassen Training Centre/ Oil School SHAREHOLDERS Seed Co-op Ltd. ALL Northernthe Opportunities. The Peace Region is veryeducational fortunate to have a Technologies in Dawson Creek,incombined with through and to spreading word on the benefits of this innovative initiative and Gas Centre of Excellence Fort St. John, Peace River group leadersby tono expanding scope of this program the Jim Kassen Industry Oil hefty I have been impressed themonths, passion for learningthe these leaders bring to the allows Northern Lights College to fulfil its brand You’re in the market for a big ticket itemLtd.ance and then you see an advertisement forTraining get hitCentre/ with some feesof ifexceptional thevery purchase committed 18 payment, no interest SHAREHOLDERS Seed Co-op and spreading onthe benefits $250 of this innovative educational initiative and Gasa Centre of Excellence in Fort St.paid John,off within table,tobut also forthe theirword continuing commitment to finding learning solutions for the as B.C.'s Energy College™. like renovation materials or a major appli- just what you need with headline like this: item isn’t the promotional Minimum purchase Iyouth have been very impressed by theinterest passionaccrues for learning these allows Northern Lights College to fulfil itsskilled brand of the region. NLC is committed to providing the NO MONEY DOWN, NO period. Even if just one cent is left unpaid  No during the leaders promo-bring to the but also forusually their commitment to finding learning solutions for the as B.C.'s Energy Over the years, I havecontinuing received support and encouragement from local politicians workers for these expanding after industrial sectors duetable, PAYMENTS ORCollege™. INTERthe payment date, you will tional period. Sherri Collins, CFP youth of the region. NLC is committed to providing the skilled including: Senator Richard Neufeld, the former Minister of Energy, Mines and and supporting the economic development of EST FOR 12 MONTHS. be charged interest on the whole amount of Small print: February 23,Senior 2011Financial • 1:30pm Consultant Over years, Imost haveJay received supportMember and encouragement politicians workers these is expanding industrial sectors Petroleum Resources; Hill, former of Parliament forlocal Prince Georgethe region. 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Father and sons rock trio Braeden Marshal set to perform BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN - The 2014 winners of RocKin the Peace, Braeden Marshal, are preparing for upcoming shows in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John in the coming weeks. The up and coming band, a father and sons rock trio from Vancouver Island, includes brothers Braeden, 19, and Marshal, 21, and their father and front man, Joel Wiggers. Although country isn’t their genre, when the family moved to Fort St. John last August they thought they’d try their hand at it since there’s a big market for it here. They played their new country songs at RocKin the Peace, and they were a hit. “The country songs is actually what won it for us,” said Wiggers. It was one success of many for the two-generations of


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cess in what we’ve done just in house, and it takes a lot of hard work and determination.

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Peace River Regional District briefs: May 29 Tumbler turns 30 The District of Tumbler Ridge is set to celebrate their 30th anniversary on June 6, with dancers, cultural presentations, food and music. The event, scheduled to be held in the downtown core from 3-9pm, will also include a free barbeque, vendors, artisans, street sports and prizes for the best 80s costume. It was on June 6, 30 years ago that the community celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting in front of the town hall.

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Official Plan up for review Peace River Regional District directors will be looking for proposals from consultants who are interested in doing a full review and update of the North Peace Fringe Area Official Community Plan. Director of Area C Arthur Hadland moved the motion to put out a Request for Proposals. He felt that the area was growing faster than anticipated, and that a revised plan was needed in order to mitigate conflict

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Office may advocate for another year The board approved a motion to renew the agreement between the district and Aspen Grove Property Service for another year, to provide residents with Independent Land Information and Advocacy Services. They also moved that staff provide them with a report prior to year-end with options if a cost sharing agreement between the district and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources cannot be reached. Aspen Groves’s current contract with the district expires at the end of July. The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources shares in the cost of offering the service, and the continuation of it will depend on if an agreement can be reached between the ministry and the PRRD. District staff report that there is insufficient funding in the 2014 budget for the operation of the Farmers’ Advocacy Office without a funding partner, and if partner funding is not received then staff will prepare a report on what budget adjustments need to be made in order to continue the contract until year-end.

Pipeline project update TransCanada representatives Winter Ghostkeeper and David Kmet attended the regional district’s last board meeting to give directors an update of their Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project. Kmet reported that their application to the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office has been received, and that a 45-day public comment period began on May 26. All written comments are due by July 10.



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Local heroes celebrated at formal dinner FORT ST. JOHN – Almost $3,000 was raised

at the Fort St. John Heroes Mixed Mess Dinner on Sat., May 31, which will support the Honour House, a refuge for Canadian Forces and first responders in emergency situations. The dinner took place at the Quality Inn in Fort St. John, where Allan De Genova, president of the Honour House, attended, as well as various local heroes dressed in uniform or formal attire to support the cause. The Honour House is a home away from home to help the heroes in uniform that service our country. For example, when local first responders have had to fly to Vancouver for hospital care, they have stayed in the house free of charge. “It has a really nice family feel . . . it takes away all the stress,” he said. The 11,000 square foot home, with 10 bedrooms and 10 en suite bathrooms, is in New Westminster in Queen’s Park. “When you come to the home, most people are in tears because they can’t believe the luxurious style of the home and what it looks like,” said De Genova. De Genova started Honour House in September 2011 after he and his wife were inspired watching a documentary on Trevor Greene, a former officer in the Canadian Forces. Greene was injured while serving in Afghanistan, and miraculously survived an axe attack to his head. “My wife said, Al, he had nowhere to stay when he was being re-

habilitated, Canadian Forces has nothing to help people that are disabled,” De Genova said. “Al, you should start something like a home away from home like Ronald McDonald House, and you should call it Honour House, in honour of our Canadian Forces and First Responders,” he said. Thirty-three years ago, De Genova opened the Ronald McDonald House in Vancouver. The lavish dinner, that cost $75, included sherry, wine and port, and a silent auction was part of the evening. “It was phenomenal, it was over the top,” said De Genova, who stressed that the real purpose of the dinner was to celebrate the men and women who serve our country and make our communities stronger. It began with a procession and bagpipes, and Coun. Dan Davies gave a speech explaining the foundation of the Heroes Dinner. Among the many hats he wears, Coun. Davies is a Royal Canadian Legion member and a Cadet instructor. “I think each of us visualize what a hero is differently, and we took a very broad definition of heros. “We look at heroes as people that serve in uniform, whatever that might be, we look at heroes that contribute to our communities, that make our community, that make our country a great place,” said Davies. The Heroes Dinner was started four years ago, but this is the first year that the dinner has supported the Honour House.

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Rock trio Braeden Marshal Continued from Page 23. A few fortunate encounters later, and they’d made positive music connections and had an opportunity to work with one of the industry’s top professionals. But they knew it would cost a lot of money. They got out of town so they could afford to both record and survive. “Living on the coast and trying to record at that level is just nearly impossible for a band, so that’s why we’re here,” said Wiggers. “We’re giving ’er, there’s

It’s something that I’ve loved to do . . . nothing that’s going to stop me. “It’s something that I’ve loved to do and always wanted to do, and there’s a real opportunity for us,” he said. Braeden Marshal will be playing at Rockwells Pub in Dawson Creek on Sat., June 7, and at On the Rocks in Fort St. John on Sat., June 14.

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Dawson Creek council briefs: May 26


Summer Cruise gets council’s greenlight City councillors have agreed to a number of requests from the Mile Zero Cruisers, who are set to host their 20th Annual Summer Cruise July 11-13. For the event, the City will provide the club with road barriers, no parking signs and garbage bins. Road closures for the event will include 103 Ave. from 7th Street to 8th Street on July 11 from 5-7pm, and on July 13 from 7-4:30pm closures include:10th Street from Alaska Ave. to 104th Ave., 102nd Ave. from 9th Street to 12th Street, 103rd Ave. from 9th Street to 10th Street, and 9th Street from 102nd Ave. to 103 Ave. The Cruisers also asked for the use of the

Walter Wright Pioneer Village for a treasure hunt and the Mile 0 Campgrounds for the weekend event, however the club will have to seek approval from the Mile Zero Parks Society for those requests.

Pick-up problems for shuttle provider Diversified Transportation hopes to find an appropriate bus stop for the pick up and drop off of Ledcor Project employees. Diversified Transportation was considering the bus stop at 17th Street and 90th Ave. as a muster point for employees to catch the shuttle at 5:10 am and return at 7:30pm. Councillors were concerned about the lack of parking in that area, but pleased that the shuttle service would help eliminate traffic. Employees would have to park vehicles on the public road for the day on 17th Street if that location was approved, but council ultimately directed staff to find a better suited location with lots of parking available.

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Photo Credit Jill Earl Jamie Maxwell, of the Greasy Chains Bike Club, received a proclamation from Mayor Dale Bumstead declaring May 26- June 1 as Cycling to Work and School Week in Dawson creek. Bumstead said that the benefits of cycling included a healthy, active lifestyle and a reduction of harmful impacts on the environment.

RCMP personnel planning In response to a letter from the RCMP about their efforts to plan for personnel and financial needs for the 2015/2016 fiscal year, city councillors have moved that there be no increase to local RCMP staff for that year.

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Photo Credit Jill Earl Self advocate, David Johnston, and representatives from the Dawson Creek Society for Community Living, accepted a proclamation from Mayor Dale Bumstead proclaiming June 7 as Access Awareness Day in Dawson Creek.

Photo Credit Jill Earl Mayor Dale Bumstead proclaimed May 29 as Day of the Honey Bee in Dawson Creek, Kerry Clark, a local apiarist, received the proclamation. The mayor noted that 328 other jurisdictions have also supported the proclamation because of the alarming rate honey bees are disappearing.

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Low-carbon Project Continued from Page 5.

“We have an uptake in China for that, it’s a large amount, 62 rail cars every day, big ones,” Puetter said. Through a partnership with the local First Nation community and the Peace Energy Cooperative, the project will also include a large greenhouse and tilapia pond. “We are going to generate a lot of waste heat and we have made arrangements with the First Nations to make that waste heat available to them for free so that they can heat large scale we are going to have fresh produce being produced year-round up in the Peace for export locally and elsewhere,” said Puetter.

D.C. briefs Continued from Page 26.

D.C. to canvas lottery corporation During the North Central Local Government Association meeting in Fort St. John earlier this month, Mayor Dale Bumstead spoke to representatives of the B.C. Lottery Corporation about possibly introducing card games into the local casino. Bumstead said that representatives believed that the volume of activity in Fort St. John warranted an expansion, but that that level was not in Dawson Creek yet. Bumstead said he plans on canvassing the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation for their opinion.

Façade program Coun. Sue Kenny reported that the partnership between the City, the Economic Development Committee, Community Futures and the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce for the downtown business façade program has generated a lot of interest amongst business owners. With a $20,000 grant from the Northern Development Initiative Trust, the façade program will return 50 per cent of the cost for improving storefronts, up to a certain amount, to approved business owners. Kenny said that she has already received five applications for the grant and has had many more inquiries. “It was really really well received,” she said. Kenny said that the program would likely be offered again next year for those businesses that didn’t have the opportunity this year.

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The proposed project, if approved, would employ approximately 150 people, working on three shifts a day. During peak construction, Puetter anticipates approximately 2,000 workers on site. He lists expected labour needs as

We are going to have fresh produce being produced year-round up in the Peace for export locally and elsewhere.

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their biggest concerns. Puetter is also concerned about obtaining an exclusion permit from the Agricultural Land Commission. The more than 400 hectares of land Blue Fuel Energy has the rights to are currently in the Agricultural Land Reserve. “That’s one of the unknowns,” Puetter said. He expects that by the end of 2015 they will be able to start construction and be operating in 2018. “It’s a large project and hopefully something that will benefit the Peace region. There’s no nasty smog coming out, no sour gas, no such thing, nothing toxic,” he said. Blue Fuel Energy is affiliated with Aeolis Wind Power, that partnered in building the Bear Mountain Wind Park in Dawson Creek and the Thunder Mountain wind project in Tumbler Ridge.

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NOW $35,943 BIWEEKLY 1) Call Mark, $235Grant, Ed or Gary

$327 $307 It’s As Easy As 1, 2, 3 !! 2) Pick Out A Vehicle BIWEEKLY 2.99%








MSRP $53,175




MSRP $50,320

MSRP $32,980

NOW $51,931

NOW $48,997

NOW $31,901




$326 0%














WAS $16,900

WAS $84,900










WAS $29,900

WAS $38,900

WAS $31,900



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Online Edition of the Northeast News for June 5, 2014  
Online Edition of the Northeast News for June 5, 2014