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Treaty 8 First Nations brings Site C battle to UN By Michaela Garstin FORT ST. JOHN – Treaty 8 First Nations have gone to the United Nations seeking help to stop BC Hydro’s Site C dam from being built on the Peace River. Tribal Chief Liz Logan represented the Treaty 8 Tribal Association in New York at the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues on May 18 where she spoke to special rapporteur James Anaya. “The area where they want Site C to go is one of the last pristine areas untouched by the oil, gas and forestry industries, and they want to flood it,” Logan said. “My people are going to have historical critical use areas lost. They still go down there today and exercise their way of life.” All members of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association, which includes West Moberly, Prophet, Doig and Halfway River First Nations, are opposed to the Site C dam. Logan said she asked Anaya to remind Canada

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that it signed onto the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights, and that it needs to abide by the articles and principles in the declaration. “First Nations have a right to the land. They have a right to access their cultural areas. They have a right to lands they used to traditionally use,” Logan said. “They can’t just forcibly remove us from an area where we have rights. They have to get our free, prior and informed consent before they approve huge projects that affect us.” But it’s not just traditional First Nation land that would be destroyed by Site C, according to Logan. “There’s a non-aboriginal settlement down by the mouth of the Moberly River,” she said. “It’s one of the first non-aboriginal settlements in British Columbia and they’re going to flood it.” Besides destroying a section of Treaty 8 First Nations’ cultural area, Logan said the Site C dam would also destroy valuable wildlife habitat.

“The site is critical habitat for animals that come down in the spring to have their calves. They have them on the islands to protect them from the predators,” Logan said. “It’s also a critical area for the animals to come down in the winter to forge when they can’t up in the plateau and the mountains because there’s too much snow.” More than 7,000 acres of prime agricultural land will be lost due to flooding if the dam is built, according to Logan. She said the oil and gas industries have already taken their toll on the land and affected her community members’ lives. “This proposed dam on the river is the last straw that’s breaking our backs,” she said. “They’re trying to say it’s a green project. What’s green about this project? It’s not green.” Logan said flooding from the Site C dam won’t affect any reserve land but she’s worried certain nations will want to claim the land in the future. See Site C, page 4

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FSJ celebrates local achievements of African American soldiers

By Michaela Garstin FORT ST. JOHN –The City of Fort St. John is commemorating the local achievements of African American soldiers as part of Juneteenth, a celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States. June 19 is slated to be Fort St. John’s first Juneteenth Day but the commemoration has been around since 1865. It started in Texas and has since speard throughout North America. Juneteenth organizers joined Peace Region residents to celebrate the hundreds of African American soldiers who travelled from the southern U.S. to help build the Alaska Highway during the Second World War. A wreath was placed a the Sikanni Chief River Bridge on May 30 to honour the African American soldiers who built the bridge under insurmountable odds in severe weather. The 93rd, 95th and 97th army engineers bet their paycheques they could build the bridge across the snow-fed, swift-flowing, 91-metre-wide river in only 72 hours. “The building of the Sikanni Chief River Bridge was a crowning achievement of the African American army engineers. They bet all of their salaries, and they were told it would take a week but they did it in three days,” said Rev. Ronald Myers Sr., chairman of the national Juneteenth movement in the U.S. “This bridge is a reminder of the sacrifices of Canadian and U.S. soldiers for the freedoms we enjoy today,” said U.S. Army Capt. Ronald Myers Jr. The soldiers were working at a time when strong segregation still existed throughout North America, said Bishop Dave Thomas, who came to the Peace Region from Alaska. During the highway’s construction black soldiers weren’t allowed to mingle with whites or to visit white towns along the highway. They also lived in substandard tents while white soldiers enjoyed heated barracks. The army gave the white troops mechanized gear, while leaving the black soldiers with wheelbarrows and shovels to construct the bridge. “Most of the black soldiers were from the south and weren’t used to the cold weather, and the army did little to equip them,” Thomas said. “But the soldiers proved they could build the bridge, even though they weren’t given any appropriate tools. They had to use

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Capt. Ron Myers Jr. lays a wreath to commemorate the African American soldiers who built the bridge at Sikanni Chief River during construction of the Alaska Highway.


string or rope and they used wood to cut other wood with.” After the bridge was built, the commanding officer ordered his white officers to eat with the African American troops. Myers said much about the highway construction was a miracle

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From page 1 “Some of the nations are in treaty land entitlement negotiations. Who’s to say that some of them might not pick the land down there? There’s historical attachment to the area,” she said. Logan is worried flooding will destroy ancestr al remains in the area. She said a lot of people died of the flu in the early 1900s and were likely buried in the area. “A lot of our names are after rivers. We always lived near rivers, on riverbanks. We are positive there are graves in that area,” she said. “But we have yet to complete our own traditional land use study that will identity those areas.” Logan said Treaty 8 First Nations do not consider Site C to be an option. “We have not seen anything that proves that this is the best option. The Treaty 8 Nations keep asking BC Hydro when we’re going to look at alternatives that aren’t so destructive to the environment,” she said. The Treaty 8 First Nations are holding a province wide speaking tour that includes stops in Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler.

BC Hydro entered the Site C dam environmental assessment stage on May 18. The Crown corporation will identify and assess potential project affects as part of this third stage in a fivestage process. “We have engaged First Nations and we have opened dialogue during Stage 2,” said Dave Conway, BC Hydro community relations officer. “We initiated a thorough consultation process that will continue through all stages of the project.” Conway said BC Hydro has consulted over 41 aboriginal groups consisting primarily of Treaty 8 First Nations. BC Hydro is particularly focused on aboriginal groups in the immediate area of the proposed dam and downstream near the B.C.-Alberta border, he added. “We have a signed consultation agreement with a number of nations in Treaty 8,” Conway said. The proposed $7.9 billion dam would be seven kilometres southwest of Fort St. John. Construction will begin in 2013 if the dam is approved and take seven years to complete, Conway said.

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Cleanup of the wreckage caused by a fire in downtown Dawson Creek in late April has been stalled, causing the City of Dawson Creek to take action.

Dispute over fire wreckage cleanup By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – The City of Dawson Creek may act to clean up the wreckage of a downtown fire that destroyed two local businesses several weeks ago. City council voted unanimously on May 30 to impose a remedial action requirement on the property at 10221 10 Street to completely remove the fire-damaged structure no later than June 20. The building housed Wildcat Video and Patra’s 2 for 1 Pizza. Council received a report from an engineering firm identifying the site as unsafe and recommending action be taken right away to prevent access by curious members of the public. Chief administrative officer Jim Chute said staff believe having the site cleaned up is of the upmost importance not just for public safety but also because it remains an eyesore in the downtown core during peak tourist season. He said delays were expected as insurance coverage was being sorted out, but the cleanup is

now being held up because of a dispute between the building owner’s insurance company and the contractor hired to do the cleanup over how asbestos removal should be done. “We were attempting of course to have this done without the need for you to step in and use the heavy hand of government, but it appears we may have to do this demolition ourselves rather than wait,” said Chute. “It’s a very dangerous situation down there and it’s impossible to secure.” He said if remedial action was required, the city would hire a contractor and bill the cost of the cleanup to the property owner. The property owner was notified of the pending action as per the requirements of the Community Charter, and advised that a request for reconsideration by city council must be submitted in writing by June 9. The property owner, listed as Syryda Enterprises Ltd., could not be reached for comment before press time. The fire, which occurred on April 20, was reportedly caused when a battery in one of the

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By Michaela Garstin FORT ST. JOHN – Fort St. John’s police bike patrol is back for its second year to help keep the city safe. Cost. Shawn Ingham and Cost. Derek Rondeau will each be putting 40 to 80 kilometres on their bike every day patrolling Fort St. John. This year is Rondeau’s first year on bike patrol, while Ingham is a bike patrol veteran Ingham said the team will be concentrating their patrol on the downtown area.

They will be conducting routine patrols of areas that aren’t easily accessible by vehicles such as parks, walking trails and playgrounds. “Our goal is to create a police presence downtown and to interact with youth in a positive way,” said Ingham. “There is often a misconception of the police, sometimes in a negative way. We want to encourage people to approach us.” The officers will be patrolling full time in 10hour shifts. Several other trained officers will also be on patrol part time this summer.

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Peace River MLAs face off in Stanley Cup support By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom has been a Boston Bruins fan ever since he donned the “B” as a young hockey player. “I started playing hockey when I was five years old here in Dawson Creek, and the peewee team I first played for was the Bruins,” he explained. “That was the first jersey I put on, and from that time forward it kind of grew on me and I became a fan and have never switched my allegiance since.” Lekstrom’s office in Victoria boasts quite a shrine to his team, including a hockey stick signed by Johnny Bucyk, a jersey signed by Gerry Cheevers that he is having framed, and a picture signed by current Bruin Milan Lucic. Lekstrom admits his team is in tough to win the Stanley Cup against the best team in the league all season, the Vancouver Canucks. He said he believes the Canucks have the edge in terms of team speed, but the Bruins are a more physical team and that’s where he thinks they will have an edge in the series. “If the Bruins are on top of their game and they play the body and check hard, I think we as good a chance to win the Cup as Vancouver,” he said. Lekstrom said it’s been a lot of fun bantering back and forth with his colleagues in Victoria who are clearly not on the side of the Bruins. “Right from the premier on down to all my colleagues, we have had a pretty fun time over this. They’re ribbing me, definitely, but it is all in good fun.” He said he has never been one for trash-talking, but he threw a little jab at his colleague from north of the river, Pat Pimm. “He’ll be probably looking at the Cup in somebody else’s hands!” said Lekstrom.

By Michaela Garstin FORT ST. JOHN – Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm is an avid Canucks fan, but he wasn’t always that way. “When I was growing up as a child the first hockey team I ever played for was a team called the Bruins. So I was a big Bruins fan for years,” he said. Pimm was a big fan of Bobby Orr, who played for the Boston Bruins from 1966 to 1976. “Anyone who wasn’t a big fan of Bobby Orr didn’t know much about hockey. Bobby Orr is one of my long-time life heroes,” he said. Pimm then became an Edmonton Oilers fan but lost his loyalty to the team when it traded Wayne Gretzky to Los Angeles. Pimm has been a devoted Canucks fan for 10 years now. “This year it seems to be paying off,” he said. “I think the Canucks will definitely win this playoff round. I think you’re going to see them hoist the Stanley Cup.” Pimm said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom, who is a longtime Bruins fan, will be very disappointed when the Canucks win the cup. “I feel a little sorry for Mr. Lekstrom. I know his Bruins have done very well this year. It’s going to be very disappointing to him when it comes to an end,” he said. “The Bruins have a good team. They have a great goaltender but the Canucks are certainly faster. The Canucks have the best defence by far.” Pimm plans to watch the playoff series wherever he gets a chance, and said he won’t be missing any games.


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Going postal Words of Opinion

As rotating postal worker strikes continue around the country, it begs the question – is “snail mail” even necessary anymore? I’m sort of torn between my professional and personal viewpoints on this issue. I work for a newspaper that is delivered doorto-door by Canada Post, so in that respect, any disruption to service is not good for our readers or for the staff here at the Northeast News. In my own personal life, though, I really don’t see the need for a national mail service. I won’t be too upset if I no longer receive bills in the mail anymore, though my joy will be brief, because of course those delightful people at Shaw and Bell, for example, need to get paid and I suppose I can still view (and even pay) my bills online. It’s actually quite a bit more convenient for me anyway – the bills just go straight into the shredder these days. I love getting that quarterly HST/carbon tax rebate cheque in the mail – that’s always a pleasant surprise – but I’m pretty sure I can get that directly deposited in my account anyway. However, I know others rely on the mail service and perhaps don’t have other options. I’m particularly concerned about any possible disruptions to seniors and the disabled receiving their pension/disability cheques – that would certainly be a regrettable outcome. Not withstanding there may be legitimate concerns about working conditions, I think postal workers will have a difficult time justifying additional costs for a postal service that appears to be more and more obsolete. Matthew Bains, Reporter

Free stuff and random acts of kindness in Fort St. John The next few weeks should be interesting in Fort St. John as you’ll have a chance to pull off a random act of kindness, or kick it to the curb in hopes it’ll find a new home. The Fort St. John Association for Community Living is holding its third annual Pay It Forward Day on Friday, June 10. This day is to help encourage individuals to perform random or planned acts of kindness within Fort St. John. Some acts could be as simple as holding the door open for someone or buying them lunch. It’s up to you to decide how you can help out. You can do something for a neighbour, a friend or someone you see strolling on the street. The acts can be random or palnned - it’s up to you. The acts don’t have to be big. Even small gestures can make someone’s day. Remember, if someone does something nice for you, it’s vital that you “Pay it Forward”. Keep the chain going so the movement is spread throughout Fort St. John and beyond. The association is not only asking you do a random act of kindness, they want to hear about it as well. If you were a recipient of a random act or did one yourself, they want you to call 250-663-8836 and let them know what happened to you. This day is about completing a task that someone may not expect. It’s not just paying it back, but paying it forward. Now I come to the part about free stuff... We all love free stuff, especially if it’s something we need or want. The Northern Environmental Action Team (NEAT) is hoping you will kick it to the curb June 17 to 19 in all corners of the Peace. The action is very simple take some of those excess items or that couch or table that you are looking to get rid off, and kick them to the curb. This will be a free exchange weekend. Once the items are on your curb, they become available for anyone to take. This is a great opportunity to get rid of those extra things in your house. You might even find that coffee table you’ve been looking for.

NEAT is requesting that come Sunday, you remove your items if they have not been taken yet. To help residents find something they may want during this event, NEAT will be tweeting what they see that weekend in Fort St. John and the addresses so you know where to go. You can find NEAT on Twitter at - NEAT would like you to help them out as well. If you see some free stuff, help spread the word via Facebook or Twitter. Let everyone know, so this day is a huge success. This free exchange weekend is not limited to Fort St. John, but all communities in the Peace such as Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd and beyond. So take a look at what you have, or maybe spend the day on your bike or walking around and see what treasures may be yours. One more program to tell you about happening at NEAT is their team of Eco Advisors. These advisors are offering free energy assessments, designed to help Northeast B.C. business owners gain access to available product incentives, cash rebates, as well as co-ordinate new product installation. The advisors will work with small businesses all across the region in Fort Nelson, Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd. They will help you identify potential cost savings and energy savings in your lighting, heating and ventilation. This program is through LiveSmart BC and they hope they can help save businesses over $7 million each year in B.C. in utility costs. There have been similar type programs here in Fort St. John, but NEAT would still like to hear from you if you want an update to your assessment or to discuss it if you haven’t had one yet. To find out more information about NEAT, you can visit or follow them on twitter at or just give them a call at 250-785-5328. To find out more about Pay It Forward Day and the Fort St. John Association of Community Living, you can visit or phone them at 250-787-9262. • 9909-100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 1Y4 • Phone toll free 1-877-787-7030 • Phone: 250-787-7030 • Fax: 250-787-7090 Email: • • • • 1220B 103 Avenue, Dawson Creek, V1G 2G9 • Phone: 250-782-7060 • Fax: 250-782-7066 •

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Mayor Lantz responds to accusations Let’s avoid generalizing Editor, It is not often that I respond to articles or comments in the media, but a letter you carried May 19 (C. Clark – Mayor Lantz should offer to pay the costs to taxpayers for his personal issue) contains so many inaccuracies I need to set the record straight. The writer is correct that I was frustrated with council’s unwillingness to authorize my attendance at two (not three) conferences. The reason for that frustration is simple: In their own motion placing sanctions on me, council indicated that I could attend such conferences as long as another member(s) of council would be attending. That was the case with both of the conferences mentioned, so my request was merely conforming to the dictates of council as outlined in their motion. As to the writer’s other points: 1. The writer suggests I should have been “immediately fired”, I screwed up “on the taxpayers’ dime”, and that I am somehow avoiding the consequences of my actions. Obviously this individual has never made a mistake, thus their ability to critique others. In most workplaces, one might expect a warning if issues surface, and then sanctions if the behaviour continues. Not so in this case. As for accepting the consequences, I publically acknowledged the issue and am dealing with it. That’s all I would ever ask of anyone (since I don’t believe people are perfect), including my own two children. 2. The writer also suggests I should pay the costs of having a “chaperone” attend such conferences. As noted above, these are events that all councillors are authorized to attend whether I am there or not (and they do so every year). So why should I bear the costs of their attendance? 3. The writer says I am “lucky” there were no criminal charges, and implies I received “special treatment”. You can be assured that if criminal charges were warranted (for these two allegations, neither of which has been proved), council would have proceeded in that direction. While I can’t discuss the nature of the allegations, on the city’s lawyers orders, people would be shocked at the fuss being made over them to further the agendas of a few. 4. I frankly resent the writer’s reference to a “male boss groping or being otherwise inappropriate with female staff”. There is not and never was any suggestion that such a thing has occurred. As explained to me by the city manager, that reference in the sanctions was to protect me from unfair allegations as much as anything. The writer refers to my “self-destruction”. I don’t see it quite that way. I still am who I am, with the values I’ve always had, and those who know me appreciate that. I’ve received tremendous support from citizens of this community and region, and from politicians around the province and beyond. They, at least, know how to put this issue into the perspective it deserves. Mayor Bruce Lantz, City of Fort St. John

Celebration of Bin Laden’s death disconcerting Editor, I find watching the huge celebrations in New York City of Osama Bin Ladin’s murder rather disconcerting. It is akin to a tribe of pygmies, dancing around a fire, celebrating an elephant kill. What will it take to satiate their hunger for revenge? Let’s say that the attack on the Twin Towers was unprovoked. The attack on Iraq was totally unprovoked also. The attack on Afghanistan and the murder of thousands of Afghanis didn’t satisfy the American desire for vengence. They then attacked Iraq where they murdered and tortured at least a million people. Apparently that was not enough.Do they have a retaliation formula, like one

American life equals 100,000 of the lives of others? What Osama Bin Ladin did was very small in comparison to what the Bush administration did. Justice demands that several members of the Bush administration and the American military be tried for war crimes and crimes against humanity, be convicted and executed. Then justice would be done. Then the U.S. could truthfully say they believe in justice and the rule of law. Have Canadians lost their traditional values of fairness and justice for all? Are they dancing around the fire with the Americans? The American double standard makes a mockery of justice. Ed Pitt, Dawson Creek

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Editor, I’ve lived in the Peace Country since 1964 and as a school principal and superintendent of schools I’ve had many times where I needed the services of the local police. Therefore, what I’m stating below is based on personal experience.   I happen to be a news junkie and I get the news from the radio, TV, papers and magazines and the Internet. It is easy to be influenced by what you hear on a daily basis and therefore I could well be a victim of the slanted media. No, the media releases may not be a “pack of lies” at all, but the repeated release of negatives tends to create generalizations in my thinking. Let me refer to one area specifically. We hear and read stories on a near daily basis on that group of police we would really like to respect and elevate in our society. The misuse of tasers, poor handling of prisoners, and a host of other police demeanors make the news and these stories are repeated over and over. Eventually my thinking becomes distorted and I view our RCMP as being rotten to the core. Wrong indeed! We dare not generalize. A much more accurate measuring tool is my own experience with the police over many decades in the Fort St. John area. As a secondary school principal I needed their assistance frequently, as a superintendent of schools I had many communications with them indeed and as a private citizen I needed their help. And these experiences? All positive indeed. Personal speeding tickets (valid ones) were given to me with courtesy and a smile. Yes, even when I carelessly dialed 911, instead of 411, I received a visit and suitable explanations were given. My experience with the local RCMP would indicate that we have a professional detachment of honest officers who are courteous, fair and helpful. My experience is the accurate measurement of the RCMP not the repeated negatives we hear in the media. Therefore, I must beware of generalizations.   The reputation of the local detachment of 60 officers and the Canadian force of 25,000 officers cannot be smirched by the news stories of a few. In my years with School District #60 I thoroughly resented generalizations about our 350 teachers as being lazy, greedy and not good teachers. Yet, as a man who visited every classroom in the district I knew that the vast majority of teachers were hard working, dedicated men and women who loved kids. Let us beware of generalizations.  I thank our local police force for rendering excellent service to the community.   Ernie Reimer, Charlie Lake

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NLC is committed to providing the skilled youth of the region. during the summer. The residential is sectioned intosectors pods that are mirrored, By Michaela Garstin Over the years,sun I have received support and encouragement from local politicians, workers for thesefacility expanding industrial Northern Health will holding another update on the new making it easy for nurses to find supplies and equipment because FORT ST. JOHN – Fort St. John residents will soon have a including: Senator Richard Neufeld, the be former Minister of Energy, Mines and and supporting the economic development of February 23, 2011 • 1:30pm hospital fall. Member of Parliament for Prince Georgethey’re storedGiven in the the same location in each section. Petroleum Resources; new hospital that combines state-of-the-art technology with a the Jaylater Hill,this former region. scope of the industrial Rycroft The hospital alsoregion, has sections thatpart are of notmy conventional in allBlair Lekstrom, MLA for Peace River South and former Minister of “comforting, homey feel.” Community Hall Peace River; expansion in our a major 5208 - 47th Avenue B.C. hospitals, such as awas spiritual room and a beautyEnergy, parlor. Mines and Petroleum Resources; and Pat Pimm, MLA for Peace River An update on the new Fort St. John Hospital construction was role at the College to build capacity Rycroft, ABMay TOH The c-section room is other right post-secondary next to the maternity presented by Northern Health on 31 3A0 in Fort St. John. North.ward AndsoI would like to acknowledge the exceptional municipal and regional through partnerships with Agenda: patients don’t have to travel far after giving birth, DeSmit said. The hospital is expected to cost $298 million, and the project leadership provided by the Chiefs and Band Councils, Mayors and Councils, and institutions and industry, and to ensure that 1) To receive the financial statements of the Association for the financial The hospital has seven single-bed maternity rooms, she added.District Boards. I was impressed by the quality of leadership demonstrated won’t year end. go over budget, according to the hospital’s project director funding Regional provided by the government supports colours were of chosen forprogramming. the hospital, ranging from lightof the oil and gas and renewable energy industries. Thank you to all Tom2) To elect Directors of the Association. Sparrow. by members theThree breadth and depth needed 3) To appoint an auditor of the Association. 4) To transact such other business, if any, as may properly come before to dark sage-green. The hospital is expected to open next summer. I knew Northern Lights College was a "classy" for being willing to work with Northern Lights College on joint planning that “The colours hospital into thebenefits surrounding Thethe meeting. facility will have a total of 55 beds for acute and outpatient institution the region. when ofthethefirst personfittonicely welcome community,” said DeSmit. “We took of different care and an intensive care unit with four beds. The houses College’s Board of Governors recruited me to make changes and supported me pictures to my The hospital will also feature an endoscopy room, two operating in the area to match their colour-scheme.” new job was me when the changes became uncomfortable. I was very appreciative of this support and pleased thethe hospital former to stick She said the planners didn’t want out fromthat the original Board and succeeding Boards provided progressive rooms and a medical and surgical inpatient section with 40 beds. President, Jim direction and encouraged innovation. I am particularly proud that we continued to The emergency area will be two and a half times bigger than the the surrounding area. on theoffundamental mandate of providing education for quality of life in the Kassen. “We didn’t want a big red building stickingHe out infocus the middle existing area at the current hospital in Fort St. John. region,around and that we were responsive to requests by industry for new programming. committedwill 25 continue “There will be two trauma bays off the ambulance bay. The the neighbourhood,” she said. “Development Together will find and a solution. I am looking forward to the innovative initiatives and opportunities for applied years hospital we want it to blend in.” to NLC trauma room at the current hospital can get quite congested,” saidwethe We understand what you’re going through. clean energy technologies that are in the planning stages. Through and provided A “wayfinding” system using signs and differentresearch colours in will Angela DeSmit, Fort St. John Hospital health service administrator. me withfrom a firmtheirpartnerships houses or thewith provincial, national and international leaders in this evolving Seniors will enjoy the 123-bed residential care facility that has make it easy for people to find the hospital consultation, foundation industry, Northern Lights College is poised to demonstrate the strength of its vision. highway, Sparrow said. elder friendly designs and features, Sparrow said. For your FREE confidential I will beofcheering from afar as these plans become operational. on which to the He said the hospital is laid out logically and with help the DeSmit said the roof of the residential facility will be steeped, CALL wayfinding system people won’t build. 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102 Street between 100 Avenue and 101 Avenue. By Michaela Garstin Brian Kirschner and Byron Stewart, who FORT ST. JOHN – The Outhouse Races are rolling back to Fort St. John on July 9 after made a presentation about the outhouse races to city council, challenged council members to take disappearing from the city for 18 years. The popular event took place annually for 20 part in the races. No council members confirmed their years before it ended in 1993. The Lido will be hosting the races, which will attendance, but Coun. Larry Evans raced before take place along 100 Avenue between 100 Street the first Outhouse Races were cancelled. Annual Outhouse Races are currently held and 102 Street. Ice-cold beer will be sold on The Lido’s in Dawson Creek. Their outhouses featured temporary patio and live entertainers will Hawaiian and ‘potty rental’ themes. June 17 is the deadline to submit the $50 entry perform on 102 Street. Trophies and cash prizes will be awarded to fee. For more information or to register call 250the two fastest outhouses to make it to the finish 785-3011 or email line. But it’s not only speed that matters. A Humdinger Award will go to the most unique outhouse to take part. The awards will be presented during a concert on The Lido stage during the evening. All outhouses must be humanpowered to enter the race. No motors or bicycle-type devices are allowed. A maximum of five people over the age of 18 are allowed per team, and one person must be the lucky rider inside the outhouse. Each team should dress in a unique theme. The team could wear cowboy hats and shirts for a Western theme or overalls for a hillbilly theme, the rules give as an example. A parade with all the outhouse teams will take place at 11:30 a.m., while the races begin sharply at high noon. Winners of each race will take place in a championship race at 5 p.m. 100 Avenue between 100 Street and File photo 102 Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to Contestants get ready to compete at the Dawson Creek 6 p.m. for the races on July 9, along with Outhouse Races in 2009.

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Dawson Co-op celebrates 90 years as cornerstone of the community

In the early days of homesteading in the region, goods were delivered from centres in Alberta, and that was proving to be expensive and too sporadic. A handful of early settlers got together with the idea of forming a cooperative, and five directors for this proposed co-op were elected at a meeting of the Dawson United Farmers on April 9, 1921. Those directors quickly got to work on a membership drive and share-selling campaign, and an initial investment of $875 was raised to purchase the first load of merchandise for the store. The store was officially incorporated on May 28, 1921, and opened in a rented, tworoom building on June 9. A year later, the store’s first financial statements were released showing a profit of $350.86. In January 1923 the co-operative declared its first dividend of Matthew Bains photo eight per cent on share capital and a two per MLA Blair Lekstrom (front) and Dawson Co-op general manager Rod Hillary do the cent refund on shareholders purchases. Hillary noted the first store manager’s anhonours to cut the cake during the 90th anniversary celebration. nual salary was four percent of sales, or apBy Matthew Bains proximately $400, and he joked if the same formula was applied DAWSON CREEK – Not many businesses last long enough to today he would make a salary of $2.4 million a year. celebrate a 90-year anniversary, but that’s exactly what the DawProfits continued to climb in the years following as the region’s son Creek Co-op did on May 28 with an open house for all its population continued to increase, and as the railway was extended members. from Hythe, Alta., to Dawson Creek in 1930. To be more efficient Along with a free barbeque, some birthday cake and other prizes and convenient, the store was relocated that year with horses pulland goodies, the event was a chance to reflect on the storied history ing the store over a system of rollers for two miles over a two-week of the Co-op and thank the people who made the last nine decades period. Hillary said the store remained open during the move, and possible. in fact the novelty of shopping at a moving store resulted in a spike “It is because of the all past and present members and employin business. ees – they have made our Co-op the success it is today,” said GorIn the early 1940s, World War II was underway, and the populadon Parslow, chair of the Co-op’s board of directors. tion of Dawson Creek jumped to about 30,000 people from 1,000 Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom thanked Co-op mempeople in 1942 as American soldiers moved in to build the Alaska bers past and present for their contributions to not only growing a Highway. He said total sales jumped to $515,000 in 1943 from successful business, but growing the city and the entire region as $211,000 in 1941 despite a shortage of supplies and manpower. well. Despite the continued shortage of supplies, and a massive ex“This is really part of our foundation here in the Peace country,” plosion that crippled the downtown area in 1943, the Dawson Cohe said. op continued to grow. A warehouse was converted into a grocery Acting mayor Terry McFayden added his congratulations on store and space was rented just up the street for selling hardware behalf of the City of Dawson Creek, noting the Co-op was the and dry goods. backbone of the small town in Saskatchewan where he grew up, as Over the 1950s and 1960s, sales continued to grow steadily as it has been in Dawson Creek. oil and gas exploration took hold and new corridors were built Heartfelt congratulations were also given by Kimeal Cooke, into the region. Those decades saw a remodeled grocery store and president of the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce; Judy Claclothing department, the opening of a bulk fuel plant, and a new vier, local representative of the Federated Co-operatives Limited location for the home and agro department. (FCL); and Gail Briggs, director of the New Horizon Co-op that Despite economic troubles in the 1980s almost forcing the FCL operates stores in the Alberta Peace region. to go bankrupt, the Dawson Co-op continued to hang on, and it General manger Rod Hillary then narrated a slide presentation even opened up its cardlock fuel station in 1989. depicting the significant milestones of the Dawson Co-op through Over the last decade, further gains have been made. In 2004, the decades.

Co-op opened up its new gas bar, which Hillary said is the busiest in town according to local statistics. A cardlock station was opened in Tumbler Ridge in 2007, the home and agro centre was expanded in 2008, and improvements were made to the cardlock station in Dawson Creek Of course, earlier this year the board of directors voted to close the Styles clothing department, but Hillary said the board hopes to announce plans for that space shortly. “We’re excited about the future and the opportunities ahead of us, but most importantly we would like to congratulate and thank you, our fellow members, for your dedication and years of patronage,” he concluded.

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Be prepared: Start building your family’s emergency kit now Contributed by Alan Stebbing, manager of protective and inspection services for the District of Hudson’s Hope Everybody knows the old Scout motto... Be Prepared! One of the best ways to be prepared is to have an emergency kit for you and your family. Emergency kits are available from many commercial sources but it is easy to build your own. Your kit should be able to sustain you and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. There are a few requirements for an emergency kit, but after that it is up to your imagination. It should be: Transportable: If you need to leave your house, the kit should be easy to grab. Water Tight: Keeping things dry is always a good thing. Accessible: You need to be able to get at your kit quickly. Ide-

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School teachers strap on helmets for Bike to Work Week By Michaela Garstin FORT ST. JOHN – A group of teachers from a school in Fort St. John strapped on their helmets and rode to work for a week in an effort to stay in shape, save gas money and help the environment. The eight-member group from the Northern BC Distance Education School signed up for Bike to Work Week, an event that runs throughout B.C.

“We’re not going to stop at the end of the week,” said Samantha Butler, a teacher at the school. “We’re going to bike all the way until the end of June.” She said it was easy dealing with the traffic on her two-kilometre commute to work. “People are getting used to bikers on the road,” she said. “They stop and wait if I have to walk my bike across the road. “We’re encouraging people who aren’t riding their bikes to work to do so. Some people who don’t have bikes are walking to here.” Dawn Gladysz, a Grade 4 teacher at Alwin Holland Elementary, biked 45 minutes to work along the Alaska Highway from Charlie Lake. “I leave from the Charlie

Lake Church because the road from my house is gravel and there are dogs on the way,” she said. The highway is busy but drivers have been respectful, she added. “Now that the highway is four lanes, there’s a shoulder to ride on, which makes it much easier,” she said. She said the only scary part is merging into different lanes because of the oncoming traffic. Gladysz is a member of the Blizzard Bike Club and has had a goal to ride to work for two years now. “I’m using my brand new bike to get to work,” she said. “I’m doing this for fitness but I also love bike riding.” More than 17,000 cyclists from throughout B.C. are estimated to have participated in Bike to Work Week. The Fort St. John RCMP is reminding cyclists to ride on the road with the flow of traffic and follow the same rules as drivers of vehicles. Cyclists should also remember to wear a helmet and not ride on sidewalks.

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They volunteer as extra eyes and ears for the RCMP and ICBC with programs such as lock out auto crime, speed watch and patrolling our streets. They contact the RCMP when they see crime in progress, suspected drunk drivers, graffiti artists and other property crimes. The Fort St. John Citizens on Patrol group has also just included the District of Taylor under its umbrella and is looking for dedicated volunteers to fill positions in both Communities and can contact Connie Morris at 250262-4530 for more information or to Contributed photo apply.

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By Michaela Garstin PEACE REGION – The B.C. government is slating $27.6 million for North Peace Region road improvements to be completed by the end of October. The project will include upgrades to roads in Fort St. John, Taylor, Fort Nelson and Buick Creek. “All of these upgrades are welcome projects in the Peace River North region. Our highways, bridges and roads are heavily depended on for both residents and industry,” said Peace River North MLA Pat Pimm. The program includes more that $11 million from the Oil and Gas Resource Roads program, which ensures roads impacted by heavy industry use are kept safe and reliable. Around $1 million will be spent on painting new lines on roads throughout the region. Extensive improvements will be done to the provincially owned portion of 86 Street in Fort St. John. Lighting and walking paths will be upgraded along the street, as well as improvements to the curbs and gutters. Pimm said the improvements on 86 Street will be completed by the time traffic will increase in the area when the new Fort St. John Hospital is completed next summer. Around five kilometres of Highway 97 in Taylor will be repaved, from the Taylor Bridge north of the town to the top of the Taylor Hill. “Taylor and Fort St. John residents have shown great concern about this area, and this will address some the danger aspects of the road,” Pimm said. Three kilometres of Airport Road running from 86 Street in Fort St. John to the traffic circle east of town will also upgraded. The project also includes around 10 kilometres of level course overlay of Road 103 northeast of the city. Two bridges in the North Peace Region will be

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TUMBLER RIDGE – British Columbia’s youngest municipality celebrates its 30th birthday this year. The story of Tumbler Ridge’s beginnings as a coal mining town is probably well known, but perhaps not as well known is that there is actually some dispute with respect to the town’s “official” birthday. The town’s incorporation date was April 9, 1981, but the ceremony to officially open the town and the Bullmoose Mine was on June 6, 1984, and is commonly referred to as the town’s birthday. For this year’s celebration, the District of Tumbler Ridge decided to split the difference – recognizing the year of incorporation, but the date of the official opening. “We decided to do it in June because it’s warmer,” said Mayor Larry White.

The modest celebration on June 6 included a community barbecue, activities for children and some prizes and giveaways. It’s pretty remarkable that the town is around to celebrate 30 years given the volatility of the coal mining industry over the last few decades. Around the turn of the millennium, especially, things looked dire as the area’s mines closed and the town’s population saw a dramatic dip. However, the town has managed to hold on, and with the resurgence in the demand for metallurgical coal, the future is looking bright in Tumbler Ridge. “There’s no doubt in my mind that in the next five years there is going to be a boom here,” White said. The town is not content to rely on just one industry though, and to that end it continues to look for opportunities in oil and gas, biomass and wind energy, and an expanding tourism industry. White


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Tumbler Ridge recognizes significance of rail line with new exhibit Don Phillips, the region’s MLA at that time, By Matthew Bains TUMBLER RIDGE – Tumbler Ridge is an drove the “last spike” (which is on display in the area rich in history, and now residents and visi- exhibit) into the line on Nov. 1, 1983, just before tors alike can explore an important part of that the first coal train passed by. Seven, 6,000-horsehistory with the opening of the Tumbler Ridge Branch Line Exhibit on May 20. The exhibit is housed inside a BC Rail caboose adjacent to the Visitor’s Information Booth. The interpretive centre includes illustrations and text lining the walls, as well as artifacts in a display case, an interactive Matthew Bains photos video station and even an area for children with co- Rainan and Kirstyn Hawkes – playing the role of conductor and conlouring books and other ductor’s wife – helped gathered dignitaries and guests officially open Tumbler Ridge Branch Line Exhibit on May 20. resources. Dr. Charles Helm, vice president of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foun- power electric locomotives with 98 car units dation, said they have opened prehistoric exhib- carried coal from the area’s mines to the port at its and others on early human history in the area, Ridley Island just south of Prince Rupert, makbut they felt the railway line and its significance ing it the first non-passenger rail line that was to Tumbler Ridge was a story that needed to be electrically-powered. Those electric locomotives have since been retold. “We’ve covered just about everything, but placed by diesel-powered trains, and the original the one thing we’ve had on our minds that we seven were returned to their original owner – exhaven’t done justice to is the fact we have this cept one, which remains a prized exhibit at the totally unique, amazing railway line,” said Helm. Railway and Forestry Museum in Prince George. At the turn of the millennium, a drop in coal The 129-kilometre-long Tumbler Ridge Branch Line (or Tumbler Ridge Subdivision) price, a high Canadian dollar and challenging geincluded four tunnels, 11 bridges, an overhead ology led to the closure of the Quintette Mine in centenary (system of wires used to supply elec- 2000, followed by the Bullmoose Mine in 2003 tricity to locomotives), a substation and loading after reaching the end of its lifespan. Trains diloops. Two of the tunnels – the nine-kilometre minished to two or three per week from two to Table Tunnel and the six-kilometre Wolverine three per day. A rebound in prices in the last few years is Tunnel – are the second and fourth longest tunreason to be optimistic for the future of coal minnels in Canada, respectively.

$3,000 towards the project. “Lake View feels it’s important to contribute to projects that celebrate the history of the communities we’re serving,” said branch manger Nolan Hill. “We have a history in this community, and we’re looking forward to a future with Tumbler Ridge as it grows and develops.” Helm also thanked the many volunteers who designed and prepared and materials, and local companies and organizations that donated time and materials. He also thanked Robert McDonald of Port Townsend, Washington, who he admiringly called a railway buff and “fanatical gentleman” who helped with the history on the rail line.

ing in the area. The local economy has also since diversified, but the significance of mining, and of the railway that was the lifeline of that industry, cannot be overstated. Helm noted that the text in the exhibit concludes with the quote that: “When the coal is running on the rails, Tumbler Ridge is on track.” “People felt really bad for a few years when the mines closed because there were no trains and nothing was going,” said Helm. “When the trains are running, people just feel good.” He noted it took the whole community coming together to make the exhibit a reality. Lake View Credit Union provided a major contribution of

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Goodwin said. She said many organizations in Fort St. John took part in the event last year including the Fort St. John Friendship Society, which gave away free soup and bannock. “This day is a reminder of how we should be acting all year round,” Goodwin said. “It’s all the little acts that make a difference.” People may recognize the Pay It Forward idea from a 2000 movie with the same title staring Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt.

Highway from FSJ to Alberta dangerous: Businesses By Michaela Garstin FORT ST. JOHN – Businesses in B.C. want the highway between Fort St. John and the Alberta border to be expended to four lanes. “There have been a number of serious accidents in recent years on the road,” said Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce president Andrew Tylosky. “It’s very serious – the highway isn’t large enough right now for all the traffic.” The Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce presented the resolution at the B.C. Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting in Prince George last week. The policy calls on the provincial government to begin immediate improvements to the most dangerous areas of Highway 2 and 97. The highways are main roads for oil and gas industry trucks, Tylosky said. “It’s not going to be cheap or easy but it has to be done,” he said. “There are some really bad stretches that are in rough shape.” Tyloski said there currently isn’t a plan in place to improve the highway. A policy calling for the provincial government to develop a plan to twin the highway between Fort St. John and the Alberta border within the next five to 10 years is now in place. The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce also made recommendations on airport spending and taxi regulation. The necessary two-thirds majority vote was accomplished for the resolutions to be added to the Policy and Positions Manual. The manual serves as a guide for all levels of government to the views of the B.C. business community. A policy was adopted calling for the provincial

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Events to benefit community waterpark project in Dawson Creek

By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Those looking to get out and enjoy summer in Dawson Creek and the many events it has to offer can do so while also raising money for a worthy project for the community’s children. Two fundraisers haven been organized towards construction of the Mr. Mikes Kinsmen Community Water Park, an outdoor splash park proposed next to Rotary Lake. The first will be the “Stonewell Wine Festival” happening June 11 at the Bear Mountain Ski Hill. “We’re bringing wine reps up, so there’s going to be a whole bunch of different wines, and we’re going to pair them with a bunch of food,” explained organizer Johanna Kunz, who is a managing the waterpark project on behalf of the Stonewell Development Society. The wine tasting portion of the evening will start at around 4 p.m. and go until about 7 p.m., at which point the venue will be opened up to a dance, featuring a DJ and cash bar, until midnight. A shuttle bus has been arranged to pick people up at the EnCana Events Centre starting at 3:30 p.m. and drop them off starting at 10 p.m.

“People can be dropped off either back at the central location at the Events Centre, or you can tip the driver and he will actually drive you home,” explained Kunz. Tickets are $75 each and can be picked up at Mr. Mikes or by calling Kunz at 250-719-6092 or Kelly at 250-219-5779. All the money raised will go towards the waterpark project. If wine tasting isn’t your thing, perhaps an outdoor music festival is. The eighth annual Bushstock will be held at the Bear Paw campground in Arras on July 22 and 23. The Stonewell Development Society has partnered with Bushstock to fundraise by selling 800 earlybird tickets. “They have advanced tickets on sale for $30, and with your advanced ticket it gets you entry into the music festival for the whole weekend, but it also automatically gets your name put into a draw for a $3,000 cash prize,” said Kunz. The prize will be drawn at 8 p.m. on July 23, and she said you don’t have to be at the music festival to win it, so those just wishing to support the waterpark project while entering their name into the draw can do so. Tickets are available at Mr. Mikes Steakhouse and Bar, Café Europa, and Guitars and Stuff in Dawson Creek; the Rolla Pub in Rolla; and Whole Wheat and Honey and Retro Relics

in Fort St. John – otherwise they are $40 at the gate. Kunz added Mr. Mikes will be on site at the campground Saturday afternoon selling Mikeburgers, with all proceeds going towards the waterpark. Jeremy Linklater, organizer of the music festival and board member with the Stonewell Development Society, said patrons can expect a weekend full of original music from about a dozen bands from all over the Peace region. “When we first started doing this, it was a little heavier music,” he explained, “but now it’s a lot more easy-listening music – country, folk, and rock – and there is a little bit of heavier stuff.” He said the hard rock will mostly be featured on the first evening, which will start at 5 p.m. and end at midnight. The following day will include an open mic from noon until 5 p.m., followed by more scheduled bands from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. He added the complete list of bands is still being finalized. Linklater added a hot breakfast will be served in the mornings and Betty’s Amazing Faces will be on site offering face painting and temporary henna tattoos. For more information, or to get tickets, contact Linklater at 250719-1248.

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but he added a review is underway to determine ways to lessen that By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – The past, present and future of British burden on ratepayers. Lekstrom said there are all kinds of opportunities for power genColumbia’s publicly-owned utility company were presented as BC Hydro kicked off its 50th anniversary celebrations with an open eration through wind, solar, geothermal, run-of-the-river and tidal, but hydroelectricity generated from the province’s dams remains house in Dawson Creek on May 28. the backbone of the electricity system. That naturalIt was 50 years ago ly led to comments on the controversial Site C Dam. premier W.A.C. Bennett “We need this project, and we have to certainly passed the BC Hydro Act, work with the people of this region to ensure that if leading to the amalgamait proceeds it’s done in the best way we can do it,” tion of BC Electric and he said. “I don’t want to side step the fact it has an the BC Power Commisimpact on the land base on which we operate, but sion and the creation of the everything we do does.” BC Hydro Power and AuHe insisted the power from Site C is for British thority. The occasion was Columbians, not for export. marked with fun games “Our growth is projected to be about 40 per cent and activities for children, Matthew Bains photo to meet our own needs here in British Columbia some information booths on a number of projects for Greg Reimer (right) with BC Hydro presents MLA over the next 20 years, and that will go a long way adults, and a free barbeque Blair Lekstrom (left) and acting mayor Terry Mac- in helping.” Fayden with copies of “Voices From Two Rivers: Greg Reimer, executive vice president of transfor everyone. “I think they (BC Hy- Harnessing the Power of the Peace and Columbia,” mission and distribution for BC Hydro, commented dro) do an amazing job the latest book from BC Hydro’s Power Pioneers. on some of the other projects the utility has ongoing. for us,” said Peace River Proceeds from the sale of the book and others will He said it was fitting to be in Dawson Creek as it is one of the fastest growing areas in terms of electricSouth MLA Blair Lek- be going to the BC Children’s Hospital. ity demand. strom in an address that To that end, the utility is close to finalizing its Dawson Creekmorning. “Our reliability in service provision ranks up there with Chetwynd Area Transmission Project (DCAT) - a 60-kilometre, the best in North America, and we should all be very proud.” The former energy minister added residential customers in Brit- 230-kilovolt transmission line running from an upgraded Bear ish Columbia pay the third lowest electricity rates in North Amer- Mountain Terminal near Dawson Creek to a new Sundance Staica. He acknowledged BC Hydro is proposing rate hikes – 29 per tion close to Chetwynd. Reimer the project will be submitted to cent compounded over the next three years – and he said there are BC Hydro’s board of directors this summer for approval before significant upgrades to power infrastructure that need to take place, a request for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) is submitted to the BC Utilities Commission. “We’ve changed the route to accommodate residents and we’re pretty happy we are in a good place with that,” he added. He said that project alone won’t be enough to meet growing electricity demand in the area and BC Hydro was already looking at further options to stay ahead of that demand. BC Hydro has also proposed electrifying oil and gas development in the Fort Nelson area through the construction of the North-

east Transmission Line that would run from the generating station near Hudson’s Hope to Fort Nelson. “The provincial government has just authorized us to start earlystage studies on that line, and they’ve authorized us to spend up to $15 million on those studies, which we will be doing over the next two years,” said Reimer. Reimer also defended BC Hydro Smart Metering program, which the Opposition NDP and other critics have panned as a “billion-dollar boondoggle” that will result in ratepayers paying more, not less. The former deputy energy minister said he understands some of the problems that have occurred with similar programs in Ontario and California, for example, and they are taking steps to make sure those problems are not repeated here. He added the Smart Metering program has a positive business case, namely helping to stop the $100,000 million a year in electricity theft that’s occurring in the province, mainly due to illegal marijuana grow operations.

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“The ALC has to be properly funded to do its mandate, and it By Matthew Bains PEACE REGION – The future of stewardship of agricultural just isn’t,” he said. The BC Grain Producer’s Association has also called for reland in British Columbia remains up in the air as stakeholders await the results of a review of the province’s Agricultural Land forms, believing the current system of land use decisions is not benefitting farmers in the Peace region. Reserve. “We’re in favour of a complete review and overhaul of the AgThe Agricultural Land Commission completed a review late last year that included a review of ALR boundaries and recommenda- ricultural Land Reserve,” said president David Wuthrich. “It’s not tions on how the commission might better meet its mandate to pro- consistent for what this area has to deal with. They’re needs to be a review to have more understanding of tect and enhance agriculture in the province. what farmers really need.” Stakeholders in the Peace region – which He the decisions made by the comhas the largest area of ALR in the province mission are inconsistent with respect to – are eagerly awaiting the results of that requests for subdivision or ALR exclureport and the reforms it may include, but sion. He said that means many older it remains on the Minister of Agriculture’s farmers who want to retire on their desk and has not been released publically home quarter-section are prevented yet. from subdividing their own land by “We’re very curious as to what the rethe ALC. He added there is also land port is going to say,” said Ron Buchanan, included in the ALR that is not agriculrancher in the Charlie Lake area and vice turally productive, and farmers should president of the BC Cattlemen’s Associabe able to sell or lease that land to tion. “We’re certainly ready to react to it supplement the income they make from when we know what it is.” farming. A Ranching Task Force Report that was “Some land should have never been released in 2009 included, among other cleared,” he said. “If you have a quarter things, recommendations to reform the section and you have a little creek that ALR – namely, that home site severance Contributed photo goes through five acres on the back end of ranch lands in the ALR be allowed to facilitate the intergenerational family trans- Stakeholders in the Peace region are anxiously and you can’t get to it, why can’t you fer of active ranch operations; that greater awaiting possible reforms of the province’s Ag- sell it and put a house in there or a yard, flexibility be given with respect to non- ricultural Land Reserve that could change the building site or a shop?” The Citizens for Agricultural Land farm uses, off-farm sources of income and way land use decisions are made in the region. Reform Society – a Dawson Creekon-farm energy projects; and that a review of the ALR boundaries be done to ensure lands suitable for agri- based group of farmers and local business representatives – is also pushing for significant changes to the way land use decisions on culture are within the ALR. Buchanan added that the cuts to the commission included in this farmland are made in the region. “I think it’s all about opening up the options for farmers and year’s budget – just over $100,000 – is concerning given what he ranchers,” said Paul Gevatkoff, a retired businessman and spokesbelieves is already a state of chronic underfunding.

person for the society. “The farmers are hamstrung with what they can do with their land. If they want to utilize even a small portion of their land for a non-farm-related business, they’re just not allowed to do that.” He added allowing for more local companies to service the oil and gas and other heavy industries would also be a benefit to the region. Gevatkoff referenced the auditor general’s report on the ALC completed last year which found the commission “is challenged to effectively preserve agricultural land and encourage farming in British Columbia.” He said if changes were made to land use decisions in the Peace region, the commission could focus its limited resources on protecting farmland in areas where development pressures are more acute – namely, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. Agriculture Minister Don McRae said he is working on getting the report before his cabinet colleagues and releasing it soon after. He added he is planning to visit the Peace region later this month and is hoping to coincide his trip with a visit by ALC chair Richard Bullock. He said in regards to funding the commission that its budget has remained consistent over the past several years. “Obviously everybody would like some more dollars to work with and the Agricultural Land Commission is probably no different,” said McRae. “We are aware of the dollars they have to operate with and we are making sure we don’t ask them to do anything that isn’t possible within their existing funding.” In the meantime, the Ministry of Agriculture is inviting British Columbians to comment on possible guidelines for residence size and location on properties in the ALR. Local governments regulate residence size and location limits within their boundaries, but not many have specified size and placement requirements for residences specifically within the ALR, and a request has come forward from municipalities in the Lower Mainland to develop a provincial standard that local governments could use. A discussion paper and online survey are available at or phone 604-556-3090. The survey is open until July 14.

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Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622 MARKET REpORT JUNE 2, 2011 CATTLE REPORT SLAUGHTER CATTLE On Thursday, June 2, 2011, 350 head of cattle went through our market SLAUGHTER CATTLE D1 - D2 Cows 68.00-72.00

395 head of cattle went through the ring of Dawson Creek Action on July 8, 2010 D3 - D4 Cows 65.00-69.00 SALES EVERY THURSDAY!

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



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UPCOMING Chetwynd • June 11/12 - Come to the Chetwynd Chainsaw Festival. NEAT will be there with local recycling info from the Chetwynd Lion’s Recycling. Bring the kids so they can make seed bombs with us. Karen tossed a few from our trial run and they really do explode on impact. For more information, visit: Dawson Creek • The Dawson Creek Community Gardens Society still has a few plots available for the upcoming garden season but they’re going fast! We have 20x30 plots or 4x12 raised beds at Northern Lights College or 4x8 and 4x12 raised beds at Trail Side Gardens. Cost per plot $20. For more info visit www. or contact Doris Brocke (250) 782-2269. • June 18 - Country Music Dance - Music by Night Sounds at the Senior 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 7822192 or Linda at 843-7418. • June 18 Join us from 2 to 5 p.m. at Faking Sanity for Worldwide Knit in Public Day! Bring your knitting (or any other craft) and garb a seat! Free refreshments will be available to all involved and there will be 10 per cent off all craft books for the duration of the event. • The Little Lambs Play Group will host a scavenger hunt by the Playground in Kin Park. Sign-in starts at 10:50 a.m., and once participants are signed in they will receive a list of tasks and have one hour to complete the list. The first three teams to complete their lists will receive a prize, though all participants will receive a small prize. This activity is best done with children three and older, however younger children can have just as much fun. All children must be with a parent or gaudian at all times. Bring your own picnic lunch to enjoy at the park after the scavenger hunt. • June 24 Join us for “Solar Days” at Northern Lights College from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. As an official SolarBC “Solar Community,” the City of Dawson Creek would like you to join us in this celebration and help spread the word about solar energy in our community. Take a tour of the college’s “Energy House,” and the BC Sustainable Energy Association’s “Solar Travel Trailer.” Enjoy popcorn from a machine that runs on photovoltaic battery power. Check out the City of Dawson Creek’s electric car and find out more information about the” Solar Hot Water Course,” future renewable energy programs being offered at the college and much more! • June 28 A Regional Gathering of Networking and Knowledge Exchange about Abuse and Neglect of Older Persons. This is an opportunity to learn about new promising approaches and share skills and experiences related to providing safer communities for vulnerable adults. This knowledge exchange is sponsored by the B.C. Association of Community Response Networks. If you are interested and would like more information, please call Judi McGowan at 250-782-8237. • June 29 The Supported Child Development program will host a networking and support group for all parents and guardians of children with special needs at the Child Care Resource and Referral office inside the Co-op Mall from 7 to 9 p.m. This is a great chance to meet others going through similar situations, share stories, get advise and help others. All information is confidential. Drinks and snacks are provided. For more information, contact Tammy Fountain at 782-1138 ext. 223 or email • June 30 The Little Lambs Play Group would like to invite you to our Little Lambs annual Summer Family BBQ Event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 504 97A Avenue. Everyone is welcome, and the event is free for families with children 0 to 6 years old. Burgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks will be served, and there will be a bounce house, ball pit, toys and games for the children. Parking is available at the Parkhill building across the street, or you can park on the street, but please do not block driveways! Fort St. John • June 10/11 - Auditions for Stage North Cabaret will be held Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 at the North Peace Cultural Centre in Fort St. John. Singers, actors and dancers 16 years and older are welcome to audition for the musical Cabaret which will be performed in October. Auditions are 5:30 – 8:30 on Friday, June 10 and 12 noon to 4pm on Saturday, June 11 at the North Peace Cultural Centre. For further information see www. or call Director Oliver at 250-785-1992. • June 18 - Fort St. John North Peace Museum yard sale

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on June 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9323 - 100 Street. We are also accepting donations for the sale so this is a great time to clean out your garage! For more information, please contact the Museum at (250) 787-0430 or • June 23 - Fort St John Friendship Society annual general meeting takes place at 10208 95th Avenue. Supper will be served promptly at 5 p.m. Meeting and elections to follow. For more information call: (250) 785-8566. • June 25 - Derrik Dance of Fort St. John will be hosting a Dance on Saturday, June 25th, from 8:30pm to 12:30am in the Senior Citizens Hall at 10908-100 St. Music by Night Sounds. Members $12, Non Members $15. Everyone over 19 welcome. For Info, Call Lucy at 785-2867 or Judy at 787-0460. Last dance until September. • July 1 - The Local unit of the Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit is planning the 12th annual Thunder Run and is preparing a weekend full of events, set to run on the July 1st weekend. The weekend will include: a poker run, memorial run, show and shine, music, barbeque, motorcycle Olympics and concluding on Sunday, July 3 with the Thunder Run departing Dawson Creek into Fort St. John and ending back in Taylor. There are a number of Sponsorship Opportunities available. All profits from the weekend’s event will be donated to the Fort St. John Cadets. For details or to sponsor, call Rick @ 250-262-5995. Online registration available at www. • July 22/23/24 - Campfire Cowboy Hoedown in July 22,23,24 at The North Pine Fair Grounds. Local Country Talent featuring Brian Salmond and Tom Cole, ‘ Tommy Garcia and Colt 45”, ‘Wilf Nylander” , “Cliff Toverson”, and many other entertainers. Pack up your family and join us for our 2nd annual “Campfire Cowboy Hoedown” Lots of camping space. For more info call: Joann at 250 787 9806 or Laverne at 250 262 9413 before 8 p.m. Rolla • Rolla Cemetery Clean Up will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2011 at 8:00 AM. 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 11/11. If you have family or friends buried there please be willing to help maintain our cemetery. The annual meeting will be held at the cemetery. Please plan to attend. ONGOING Fort St. John • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Northern B.C. Newcomers Integration Service Centre is a non-profit organization in Fort St. John. Our Settlement Program provides information, orientation, assessment, referral and service linking, educational workshops and short term adaptation counselling to immigrants. The program also offers assistance with form completion, correspondence between clients and service providers, navigating immigration processes including sponsorship applications, obtaining permanent residence cards and applying for citizenship. Bridging services are provided to a variety of community and government service agencies and organizations. Service is available in English and Spanish. The Settlement Program is located at: #211 10142-101st Ave (Execuplace building). From 8:30-4:30 p.m. Phone # 250-785-5323 Ext 22. • ROTARY PLAY CENTRE SCHEDULE AT THE CDC, 10417 – 106 Ave., Fort St. John. Tel. (250) 785-3200. Mon. 9:00 to 12:00, Tues. 12:30 to 3:30 Gym Time 2-2:30, Wed. 9:00 to 12:00, Thurs. 9:00 to 12:00 Gym Time 10:30-11, Fri. 12:30 to 2:30 Gym Time 2-2:30. Outdoor Play - We’ll be taking advantage of nice weather-please come prepared. Schedule may change slightly due to holidays and special events. • StrongStart is a free drop-in learning program for children aged 0 – 5 and their parent/caregiver. A qualified Early Childhood educator is on-site. Duncan Cran StrongStart 8130 89 Avenue (250) 787-0417. Monday 8:30 – 11:30, Tuesday 12:30 – 3:00, library 1:00 – 1:30, Wednesday 8:30 – 11:30, Thursday 8:30 – 11:30, Friday 8:30 – 11:30, gym 8:45 – 9:45.Robert Ogilvie StrongStart 9907 86 Street (250) 785-3704. Monday 12:30 – 3:00, library time, Tuesday 8:30 – 11:30, Wednesday 8:30 – 11:30, Thursday 12:30 – 3:00, gym time, Friday 8:30 – 11:30, (alternating Fridays 12:30 – 3:00). Hudson’s Hope StrongStart 10441 Holland Street (250) 783-9994. Mon/Wed/Friday 9:00 – 12:00, Tuesday/Thursday 1:30 – 4:30, gym time. StrongStart Outreach, Charlie Lake Elementary, Mondays 9:00 – 11:30 Mile 52 Alaska Hwy (250) 785-2025. Taylor Elementary, Mondays, 1:00 – 3:30 9808 Birch Avenue E (250) 789-3323. Prespatou Elementary,

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Tuesdays 9:30 – 12:30 22113 Triad Rd (250) 785-2025. Clearview Elementary, Thursdays 9:00 – 12:00 223 Rd (250) 781-3333. • Words on Wheels Bus - Traveling lending library and on-board stories, songs and interactive play. Parent resources available. Wednesdays and Fridays, September – June. See web-site for current stops. • Toastmasters International Club of Fort St. John meets from 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at Northern Lights College, Room 105. Learn valuable communication & leadership skills.  Contact Claire Seidler at 250-787-9697 or Gayle Wagner at 250-785-3991 for more information. • Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadets meet at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night at the Royal Canadian Legion on 102nd and 105 Ave. If you are between 12 and 18 years old please drop in or call us at 250-787-5323. • 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. • A Youth Relapse Prevention Group may be held weekly, in the afternoons at Mental Health and Addiction Services, #300 - 9900 – 100 Ave. For more information call Chris or Shaun at (250) 262-5269. • “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., 10408 105 Avenue. 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 #208 10139 100 Street (above TD Bank). Drop in hours Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m. or to make an appointment call our 24 hour hotline at (250) 262-1280. All services are free and completely confidential. • Are you tired of the crime? Then do the time. Join the Fort St. John Citizens Patrol. Donate a minimum of five hours per month. For information, call (250) 262-4530. • Pan African Caribbean Association welcomes the community to join our group to promote community awareness of culture, music and cuisine. Phone Donald at (250) 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. • Join us for fun, fun, fun at the artSpace! ArtSpace classes are here again at the North Peace Cultural Centre with wonderful programming for all ages! Don’t miss out! Register today for preschool, Mommy and Me, afterschool and adult classes! Check out the great selection of activities at, or pick up a brochure at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Call (250) 785-1992 for more information or to register. Fort Nelson • Alcoholics Anonymous - Monday 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement (closed meeting); Wednesday 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; Thursday 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; Saturday 8 p.m. Hospital Cafeteria; Sunday 8 p.m. Friendship Centre. • Cocaine Anonymous - Tuesday 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; Friday 8 p.m. Hospital Cafeteria. • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m. Northern Lights College (back door). • The Community Market is held at the Westend Campground every Saturday except on long weekends. For more info or a vendor package please contact Jaylene Arnold at (250) 7742541 or Audrey Reynolds (250) 774-6574.

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Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life June 4, 2011, in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek

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Cancer is a devastating disease, but it is no match for the generosity and compassion shown by residents of the Peace region during the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life on June 4 in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. The two communities raised well over $150,000 combined (with more donations still to be counted as of June 6) for cancer research and support, all while showing solidarity with the region’s cancer survivors and honouring the memories of loved ones lost to the disease. The organizers of both events would like to thank all the participants, as well as the countless volunteers and sponsors who made the Relay for Life possible.

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Katie Stewart (seen left, front), a Zoomba instructor with Gridiron Fitness and a cancer survivor herself, leads everyone through a few dance numbers to get them warmed up for the Relay for Life.

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In Fort St. John, the Relay for Life took place on the track at Dr. Kearney Middle School from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Twenty-eight teams were registered for the event, which began with a “survivor’s lap” (seen here) in a show of support to those who live with the disease. Organizers would like to let the public know that registration for the 2012 Relay for Life can be done online even now.

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(Left) Health promotion and disease prevention were a big part of this year’s relay in Dawson Creek, and to that end, Anton Schindler, 12, was happy to spread the message of tobacco cessation by encouraging people to “butt out.” Northern Health had a number of resources available for adults on promotion and prevention, as well as fun games set up for children and youth. (Right) Participants in the relay plenty of reasons to walk, and the team, “Great Grandpa’s Angels,” were no exception. The team of mother Karla Lawrence and siblings Amanda and Murray Lawrence were walking in memory of their late family member, Russel Lang. They were joined in the photo by two friends and fellow participants, Kiana Fellers (second right) and Baylen Norman (right).

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