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CHETWYND - Residents met Monday for a community consultation meeting to discuss the proposed medical clinic and wellness centre that the District of Chetwynd hopes to build. According to Mayor Merlin Nichols, the District had been talking about the need for a new medical clinic for a couple of years. He said that they had hoped that a developer would have built it, but seeing as how none have stepped forward, the District felt that they needed to take the project on themselves. “Chetwynd has been looking for developers that will pursue this project, and no developer has been forthcoming, so Chetwynd is pursuing it,” said Nichols. He said that community feedback has been positive, but that the District needed to go through a formal public consultation process.

“We let the people answer. Everything that we have heard so far is, ‘hey go for it, it’s about time’ and that of course is encouraging, but the formal process needs to be followed,” Nichols said. In a proposal to the Northern Development Initiative Trust for “Approval in Principle,” the District outlines their potential project. The project they are currently outlining has a budget of $1.6 million; $1,350,000 is proposed to come from the District (borrowing up to $1,250,000 from the Municipal Finance Authority of British Columbia) and they hope to secure $250,000 of it from an NDIT grant. In their proposal, the building is 6,000 square feet, located on District-owned lands adjacent to an institutional and residential area, close to downtown. The building would be constructed for four practicing physicians, complete with medical offices, exam rooms and a waiting/reception area.

Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott T’it’elema James, 11, participated in the junior fancy dance, and Pesqiya James, 8, participated in the junior jingle dance during Taylor’s Spirit of the Peace Powwow last weekend. Story on Page 8.

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Photo Credit File Photo The 136 carvings throughout Chetwynd range from animals to fantasy creatures.

Photo Credit File Photo Carvers only have four days to create their masterpieces.

Chetwynd’s championship is a cut above the rest JILL EARL CHETWYND - The sound of roaring chainsaws will echo throughout Chetwynd this weekend, as the local Chamber of Commerce is set to host the district’s 10th Annual Chetwynd International Chainsaw Carving Championship. Participants will have only four days to create their masterpieces, with judging taking place on Sunday afternoon, after which 12 more carvings will be added to the 136 already dispersed throughout the community. “We all have fun at it. It’s a big party that lasts about a week, and we get 12 new chainsaw carvings at the end of it, it’s great. It brings a lot of attention to Chetwynd,” said Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols. This year’s event will share the same ex-

citement as previous years, with the return of last year’s first place winner Jeff Samudosky of Connecticut and second place winner Chris Foltz from Oregon. British Columbians Joerg Jung and Ryan Cook and Ontarians Mike Winia and Steven Kenzora will also be competing. All participants will receive a special medallion commemorating the event’s 10th year, but as always, only the top three winners will be invited back next year. Professional carvers are expected to come as far as Japan and Australia for the competition, which never fails to push the boundaries of carving today. Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce executive director, Tonia Richter, said that the sculptures have evolved over the years; the carver’s quality and creativity are apparent. “In 2005 a lot of the old carvers would carve a single piece of wood, now you have this younger



generation of carvers that are starting at 20 years old...there’s a whole bunch of carvers and they are carving moving pieces, we have a wheel that spins, and they are adding add-ons, and adding new elements to it, to make it more realistic,” she said. “They are pushing the bar...and they are doing a different type of carving than they used to do 10 years ago,” Richter added. The championship only invites professional carvers in an effort to avoid ‘watering down’ the event, and to attract the world’s most talented. “They want to compete with the best in the world,” said Richter. She said that the calibre of the carvings had become so high that their local judges felt they could no longer judge the championship. The event used to have a panel comprised of community members and art teachers judging the event, now, the Chamber of Commerce has invited retired carvers and two locals who have been trained Losing Your Grip? to judge TAKE THE TEST DENTURIST: over the last Are your dentures: Jodie Atkinson four years to ❑ Loose? We Can Help You! evaluate the ❑ Painful? Call to book a FREE consultation carvings. ❑ Keeping you from Smiling? 250-782-6004 Accord❑ Over 5 years old? ing to Rich❑ In your pocket? 816 - 103rd Avenue

ter, the championship is the biggest tourist draw that the community sees annually. The event is so big in the community that the high school has even postponed their graduation ceremonies until the following week to avoid conflict. “Everything evolves around the chainsaw carving weekend,” said Richter. She said that because the event is so popular a lot of local businesses have supported it over the years. Every year, Richter searches for donations and sponsors to help with the $90,000 budget, and local business plays a big role in helping achieve those revenues. “Every year we pick up more and more sponsorships, and now that we have been doing it since 2005, a lot of the businesses sponsor the same it’s not a hard sell,” she said. Richter said that often people don’t realize the amount of funds needed to host an event like this. Organizers are responsible for providing food and lodging to the 12 competitors for five days, they must provide gas for their chainsaws, tools for international carvers who can’t travel with their own, varathane for the finished sculptures; even water, Gatorade and ice can be a costly expense. “There are so many little things that people probably don’t think happens behind the scenes that is donated and is a huge help,” said Richter.

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Full strike possible as teachers vote on action BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN - Teachers across the province voted on whether or not to move to Stage 3 job action on Mon., June 9, and Tues., June 10, which could mean complete suspension of services. The decision to go to vote was made on Weds., June 4, after discussions between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the B.C. Teachers’ Council failed to resolve any of the parties’ differences. “B.C.T.F. had moved on some of the issues, but B.C.T.C. did not come to the table with anything new,” said Michelle Wiebe, representative for the Peace River North Teacher’s Association. “They have not put more money on the table, or money to address class size and composition.” If teachers vote in the affirmative, the B.C.T.F. executive committee will decide what their Stage 3 job action will entail. “It could escalate as far as more days out on the rotation, or on a full withdrawal,” Wiebe said.

class size limits and composition from the collective bargaining process. It was found to be unconstitutional in 2011. The province then introduced new legislation in 2012, Bill 22. It was similarly found to have violated teachers’ constitutional rights, and also that the province did not negotiate in good faith, provoking teachers into a strike. In January of this year, the Supreme Court ruled that the province owed the B.C. Teachers’ Federation $2 million in damages. As well, they were to restore the items on class size and composition that were stripped from the teachers’ contract. The province responded by putting an appeal into the court system. “The court still is the law of the land, and government has to follow the courts as well, and this government feels they are above the court,” Wiebe said. “Here we’re sitting again. It’s unfortunate that we are always in this position with this government.”

Here we’re sitting again. It’s unfortunate that we are always in this position with this government

Rotating strikes continue In the meantime, rotating strikes are continuing for a third week, closing each school across the province for one day between Tues., June 10 and Fri., June 13. On Monday all schools were in session. Peace River South teachers, of School District 59, will be picketing on Thurs., June 12, while Peace River North and Fort Nelson teachers, of school districts 60 and 81, will be picketing on Fri., June 13. Teachers have been trying to get a new collective agreement since February 2013. Staffing levels, teacher wages and class size and composition are the issues at stake. The last salary increase that teachers received was in July 2010. While teachers have been on strike in the past, this time there is overwhelming support, said Wiebe. “From parents, from community members, from students, we are very supported . . . I just had a conference call from the Federation right now and it’s across the province that the public is supporting teachers in this.” She attributes the difference to the fact that the province was found to be acting illegally twice, when they stripped the class size and composition line from teachers’ collective agreement.

Implications of a full strike If a full walk out does take place, schools will be closed for students in Kindergarten through Grade 9 from June 16 to the end of the school year, which means parents with children who need supervision should make child care arrangements, according to a press release from the B.C. government. Parents will still receive final report cards, but in some cases the reports may be more abbreviated than normal. For students in Grades 10, 11, and 12, there are 16 provincial exam courses scheduled between June 16 to June 26, and it’s expected that secondary schools will only be open for the purpose of administering exams, according to the press release. Picket lines may be present, and students in rural areas may not have normal school bus service. “Every effort will be made for provincial exams to be marked and final course marks conveyed to students and parents in a timely way,” the statement reads. The B.C. Public School Employers Association has applied to the Labour Relations Board to have all services required for the completion of report cards deemed essential, including preparing and marking of school based and provincial exams, as well as compilation, entry and submission of final grades. Most students expecting to attend postsecondary institutions in September will be pre-admitted based on their current marks. Post secondary institutions are aware that there’s a chance the strike could interfere with the normal flow of student marks.

Every effort will be made for provincial exams to be marked and final course marks conveyed to students and parents in a timely way.

The backstory Bill 28, legislation that was introduced in 2002, started the legal battle, as it removed

Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott Teachers picketing outside North Peace Secondary School in Fort St. John on Weds., May 28, 2014.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING MEETING FOR PROPOSED OCP & ZONING AMENDMENT BY-LAW NO.s 2070 & 2071, 2013 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.

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. Chris Cvik, CAO

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Youth led fair celebrates cultural diversity BRONWYN SCOTT

FORT ST. JOHN – Centennial Park is set to be a cultural hotspot with at least ten booths showcasing cultures from around the world, with free activities and food, on Mon., June 30, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Youth in the community, aged 14 to 19, have come together to bring World Fair back to Fort St. John out of a desire to celebrate diversity and promote cultural awareness. The volunteer-driven event takes place on the day before Canada Day to highlight our country’s unique make up. “We can celebrate Canada Day, but, well, who actually makes up Canada?” said Jane Drew, who works in the Settlement Workers in Schools program. She and Ted Sloan, who works for the same program, have been helping coordinate with the youth. S.W.I.S. is a provincially funded organization that helps new immigrants settle and integrate into the community when they come in to Canada and to Fort St. John. It’s through Drew that many of the volunteers learned about the World Fair and decided to get involved. Ethiopia, the Philippines, Switzerland, India and Morocco are just some of

the countries that will be represented at the stalls this year, each with an interactive component, such as learning to write in Mandarin, or henna tattoos at the India booth. Everyone who attends will receive a mock passport to keep track of the events, and at the end, all passports will go into a draw. World Fair in Fort St. John began in 2010, but as the youth volunteers went their separate ways, it wasn’t continued in 2011 or 2012. Last year, students that were connected through S.W.I.S. decided to resurrect the event. Although most of those volunteers have now graduated, the thought of it falling by the wayside, again, because of a lack of helping hands, was enough to bring them together once more to plan World Fair 2014. “They were like, we can’t see it not happen, so they all came back from university and are all volunteering. It’s quite a dynamic group,” said Drew. “We have job action that’s going on right now, we have people talking about pot holes and we have a doctor shortage, and it’s like, why don’t we really focus on something positive? That’s just kind of

We can celebrate Canada Day, but, well, who actually makes up Canada?

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Parking downtown problem for public parking as a significant issue. Also, parking violations are enforced on a complaint basis. If businesses owners want more time for their clients to park, they shouldn’t call in the parking violation. Other concerns shared by the Chamber of Commerce on parking included: parking lots being used as temporary snow storage during the winter months, parking pressures are causing downtown employees to park on the road (adding to parking pressure), more parking spots will be needed when the Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts is opened, and tourists need more than two hours to pe-


DAWSON CREEK - On the request of the Dawson Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, city councillors have agreed to meet with downtown business owners about problems they see in the City’s parking bylaw. Chamber president Jerimy Earl and executive director Kathleen Connolly met with council June 9 to express some concerns their members have shared with them. “With respect to the two-hour time limit on parking, as business’ needs have evolved and grown over the last few years, many of the businesses in the downtown core around professional services like legal accounting, aesthetics, find the two-hour ceiling to be inefficient to them and the needs of their clients,” Earl said. They recommended that council consider Charles KuxKardos’s request of utilizing the property that once housed the Alaska Hotel as a temporary solution to parking demands during tourist season. Earl also requested that council look at amending the current bylaw to extend the parking time limit. Council took no action on those recommendations. Director of infrastructure and sustainable development, Kevin Henderson, identified staffing resources as a potential problem to hosting an extensive consultation process. Chief financial officer, Shelly Woolf, said making an amendment to the bylaw would also take a lot of work. Coun. Shaely Wilbur said that council is getting mixed Photo Credit Jill Earl messages on the topic. The Jerimy Earl addressed council on parking Transportation Master Plan concerns expressed by downtown businesses. that was completed last year didn’t identify downtown

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Pimm and the ALC This letter will never make front page news, but for what it’s worth, Mr. Pimm’s simple truths rate higher to me than maintaining a status quo/politically correct image for the media. One example: When the ALC (unelected by the people) can over rule 4 Certified Agrologists and claim nonfarmland in their inventory just to make their nos. (themselves) look good, with no regard for the hard-working taxpayers who are footing the bill, and neither the people nor the government can do anything about it, one does have to ask, WHO IS RUNNING THE PROVINCE ? Thank Heavens democracy is still flourishing due to a few courageous men with enough integrity to brave the media and correct this abuse of power. Thank-you Mr. Pimm, Mr. Bennet and Mr. Letnick for leashing this agency that has been out of

control for far too long – it needed doing. Your honesty, bravery and dedication to the people of this great province has not gone un-noticed. By-the-way, the word ‘Indian’ is analogous to the word ‘Indigenous’ , in this case meaning the original people of the country, much the same as we refer to the people of B.C. as ‘British Columbians ‘ or the people of Alberta as ‘Albertans’. I want you to know, Honorable Mr. Pimm, I am not offended by the word ‘Indian’. I refer to the indigenous blood running through my veins as “Indian” – not to offend my brothers, who insist theirs be called “1st Nation blood”. Indigenous, Indian, 1st Nation – Ontarian, American - Black, Yellow, Red ……together, we rule the world……….. we have bigger fish to fry. Yours truly, Jo Middleton, Charlie Lake

Governments, Federal, Provincial, Municipal and Regional were originally founded, and came into being ideally with the express purpose of protecting, serving and benefitting the people in their service areas. So their purpose is service. For a number of years they did a relatively good job. What happened to the PRRD and other government agencies, a number of things. People getting into these areas of service with the wrong motive. For example, a high school bully will apply for a job or position in which he or she can assert their desire to have power over others. Careers such as the police academy or the army. Others who do not physically qualify for the above will try to become a foreman on a jobsite or some other such position to have some form of control over others. This is called sociopathic disorder. Should some of these people get into a government agency in a position of administrative authority and their motives are wrong, they are in a posi-

tion to cause a great deal of harm, and they do. History is full of examples. Ecclesiastes, chapter 8,verse 9 “Man has dominated man to his injury”, how true. This is what is happening with these Regional Governments. The quest for control of others by these administrative officials and some of the elected officials is so obvious it cannot go unnoticed any longer. The blatant disregard for the dignity of the people, and the disrespect shown to them is rampant in many levels of government. These people are sociopathic. These people are in a position of authority. A very dangerous combination. There is no point in trying to appeal to their conscience or sense of decency because they have none!!! Would you not agree that this Institution, the Peace River Regional District needs a thorough cleansing? This cannot happen without a lot of public support. Please, get involved, help make the Peace Country a better place to live!!! Jim Ross

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I would like to take this opportunity to counter the misinformation that the third party Liberals have been circulating surrounding the New Building Canada Fund. The Liberals are choosing to focus on only one component of a comprehensive plan. This is false and deceptive. The Gas Tax Fund, for example, comprises the largest portion of the New Building Canada Plan – and is set to increase by nearly $2B over the next decade, due to indexation. Here is the truth that the Liberals do not want you to hear: The Harper Government’s support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. The $53B New Building Canada Plan is the largest, and longest, federal infrastructure plan in our nation’s history. Under our Conservative Government, we have nearly tripled annual average infrastructure funding. In addition to the New Building Canada Plan, our existing federal infrastructure programs will continue to support over 2,500 ongoing or new infrastructure projects across Canada during 2014 alone. In fact, over $6B continues to flow from the original Building Canada Plan and other government infrastructure programs. As you may know, federal support is reimbursed after eligible project costs are submitted, and many large-scale projects take many years to complete. Infrastructure Canada is seeking a total of $3.3 billion in Main Estimates for 201415 for investments in public infrastructure. This funding will support the $2 billion renewed federal Gas Tax Fund, close to $850 million to support ongoing projects under the 2007 Building Canada Fund, and $450 million for projects in other sunsetting programs.

This is further proof that funding continues to flow to important infrastructure projects. Given the differences in timing of the preparation of the Main Estimates and the Budget, it is not always possible to include emerging priorities and items announced in the Government’s Budget in the Main Estimates. MP Ralph Goodale, a former Finance Minister, should be aware of how government finance works. With tactics like this, however, it is no wonder that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau believes that the budget will balance itself. I am happy to confirm that The New Building Canada Plan is now fully “open for business,” and new projects will be approved over the course of the year, and for the decade to come. For example, just last week our Government announced $150M for the Valley Line Stage 1 Light Rail Transit expansion project in Edmonton. This was the first funding announcement under the New Building Canada Fund. The third party Liberals, know this, and know that the Harper Government’s support for public infrastructure has never been stronger. The Liberals are circulating fictitious information, choosing to focus on only one part of a comprehensive infrastructure plan, the largest long-term federal infrastructure plan in our nation’s history. Denis Lebel Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

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N.E. Crime Stoppers to celebrate 25th anniversary JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - For the past 25 years, Crime Stoppers has provided Peace region residents with a safe alternative method for getting pertinent information to police. June is shaping up to be a busy month for the Northeast BC Crime Stoppers, with several events scheduled for the volunteers. This month, they are expecting their website to be updated and a local reenactment video to be aired on TV, thanks to a media partnership. “One of the things that the BC Crime Stoppers Society has been very fortunate and very happy about is to have that cooperative working relationship with them [BC TV One], and it’s looking at old cold cases, files that the police are looking for more information on in order to solve,� said Rick Ekkel, president of the BC Crime Stoppers and the Northeast BC Crime Stoppers. Ekkel said the reenactment is of a case that happened in Fort St. John several years ago, but wouldn’t give further details. “The family is quite thrilled that we actually chose it,� he said. Volunteers have also been busy planning the organization’s 15th Annual Golf Tournament, to be held on June 13 at the Lone Wolf Golf Club. The tournament is Crime

Stoppers’ only annual fundraiser; money is allocated towards tip-outs, training and website maintenance. Ekkel said that the event has always been well attended and supported by businesses who donate to the silent auction, and residents who attend for a round of golf and a steak dinner. One hundred and sixty golfers, in 40 teams, are expected to participate in this year’s event. Last year, Ekkel said that they raised approximately $18,000$20,000. “We really appreciate the public support of Crime Stoppers, for coming to our golf tournament and any donations that we do get, and just the general support,� Ekkel said. “We also really appreciate the public providing information to the police, and they can end up solving crimes and people that were victimized will end up finding some closure to the event that has occurred,� he added. They receive 220-250 tips annually, and have already had 122 this year. “It gives people another option, and our function is to ensure that everything is still kept private, and all the information is anonymous, and then to hand that over to police to determine if it’s valid and substantial, and provides further use for the investigation,� said Ekkel. “Some people feel that they are too close to the incident, and that if they came forward with the information that there might be some retribution towards them, and that’s

why Crime Stoppers is giving them another option...our information at times can then lead to the start of an investigation, or it can provide further information to the police, and provide them with other avenues of an investigation that they may have to follow up on,� he said. Not including tips received from the Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson branches prior to 2009, regionally, in the past 25 years, Northeast BC Crime Stoppers have received approximately 3,098 tips. He reports that they have recovered approximately $4,187,907 worth of property; $3,256,245 being drug seizures and $931,662 being property. A trend Ekkel reports is happening with the tips that they receive, is that they are getting information about crimes that are currently being committed. “We prefer that they actually go to the police,� said Ekkel, about those types of scenarios. Anyone can report information to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Spirit of the Peace Powwow helps youth reconnect and as many as 175 dancers competed in their hand crafted regalia. From Fri., June 6, to Sun., June 8, about 1,500 people attended to witness the many ceremonies that took place, peFORT ST. JOHN – The Taylor District Ice Centre was ruse and purchase quality handmade arts and crafts, enjoy alive with the ninth annual Spirit of the Peace Powwow traditional foods, and participate in the dancing, said Susan over the weekend, where champion drummers performed Auger, a member of the organizing committee. “The powwow is traditionally a gathering, and it’s a celebration of life,” she said. “The outfits that the dancers wear, they are created because they are dressing their personal spirit, and they dream about these outfits, and that’s the colours that they wear.” The regalia becomes more elaborate over time, as most dancers have dreams about their outfits every year, and add detail or colour in accordance with their vision. Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott Singing and drums – the A young dancer shakes hands as he receives his cash prize for his stellar performance over the weekend. “heartbeat” of a powwow –


filled the venue, because without a drum, you don’t have a powwow, Auger explained. In large part, the powwow is about sharing Aboriginal culture, and for many, it provides stability and a link to their past that may have been lost through various circumstances. “A lot of our Aboriginal youth are in foster care, or they’re disconnected from their community. Like myself, I was never raised in my community, I didn’t have access to those teachings, so I’ve been blessed because now I am learning that, and we’re providing that for those youth that don’t have that connection anymore,” said Auger. “There’s so many benefits to what happens here at the powwow for our youth, I can’t be happier about it.” Over the past few years, more youth have been joining the executive committee, said Coral Auger, one of the organizers. “That’s been huge for us as well to see that they are taking such an interest, instead of being told to help during the weekend, they show up all year round at our meetings and they contribute to the conversations, and they have their own ideas, they help us plan, they help us organize . . . I think that says a lot about our community and what we do here, and they want to be involved in it,” she said. Families sometimes travel great distances to participate on the powwow trail, going from one to another during the season that starts in early summer. The Spirit of the Peace Powwow in Taylor was the first, and three more are scheduled in the area next weekend. T’it’elema James, 11, is a fancy dancer, and her sister Pesqwiya, 8, is a jingle dancer. They came from Agassiz, B.C. to participate in the powwow trail. “It’s a fantastic powwow, awesome. I would recommend it to anyone to come here. Positive energy, really good,” said their grandmother, Kathy James. “It’s an awesome committee and they’ve done a fantastic job of everything.” Last year there was a whole family of fancy dancers from Farmington, New Mexico, and another from Browning, Montana. This year there were families from Edmonton, and Jasper participating.

Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott A teenaged dancer who participated in the Spirit of the PEace Powwow accepts her prize for her winning performance on Sun., June 8, 2014.

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They hope that a community wellness centre will also be located in the space, that could house health education and out patient services. Mental health services and public health services could also be located within the centre. As well, travelling health care providers could have use of the centre for their services and educational seminars. Physicians would independently lease space from the District, and would share in the cost of staffing. The District of Chetwynd currently has four physicians serving approximately 7,000 people in the community and

Northeast NEWS outlying areas, but expects to lose two of those doctors by July 2015. Nichols said that the District is actively pursuing recruitment opportunities and has even sent ambassadors to a physician conference in Penticton last month. The report states that the facility could create an environment conducive to attracting new physicians. “It is not a usual (or prescribed) role for a municipality to directly contribute to or be part of health facility planning or funding. The District of Chetwynd, however, finds itself in the unenviable position of having to get involved, or suffering the consequences of decreased medical services in the community,” the report states. While there is an operating Hospital in Chetwynd, the report believes the current medical clinic to be aged, inefficient, and laid out in an ineffective manner. The current clinic only allows one examining room per physician, limiting the number of patients they can see in a day. Nichols said that whether the project proceeds or not is up to the community.

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Youth led fair resurrected Continued from Page 4. the way that the youths are. Why is everybody focusing on the negative, why don’t we focus on the positive? And that’s awesome that they want to do that.” World Fair 2013 attracted about 600 people, according to Jay Upadhyaya, a returning volunteer and Northern Lights College student who is working towards a diploma in social work. “Last year they had pretty awesome stuff. Not just food but different things, the clothing and everything is also what’s awe-

some,” he said, referring to the variety of traditional outfits. “Canada is definitely a multi cultural country. I was grateful to go in the city event because you always get something out of it. You have nine different countries, you know something about nine different cultures,” he said. Volunteers from the Evangel Youth Group and Northern Lights College will help make this year’s World Fair a success, as will generously supplied sponsorships and donations.






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D.C. rides for ALS JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - Approximately 40 cyclists participated in this year’s ALS Ride for Life, making the 60 kilometre trek to Rolla and back on June 7. Those who weren’t up for the 60km bike ride were welcome to take part in a five kilometre ride through the community. All were welcome to take part in a barbeque at Kin Park afterwards. “It’s also like a health challenge, you can’t just jump on your bike and do 60km, you could, but the route we take is not an easy ride,” said organizer Jennifer McCurdy. McCurdy also helps coordinate the annual Walk for ALS, held in September, but thought she would introduce another event to the community for June; ALS awareness month. She got the idea for a bike ride from a woman she had met while attending an ALS conference. The woman had started a cyclist team in Kelowna. “I came back and just kind of went with the idea. I thought it would be neat, and just take that idea and open it up to anybody in our community...and we went from there,” she said. This is the second year the ride has been hosted in Dawson Creek, although last year it was called the ALS Cycle of Hope. McCurdy said the name change was to reflect the fact that proceeds are being donated to the ALS Society of

British Columbia this year, instead of the ALS Society of Canada; although, 40 per cent of the proceeds will still go to the ALS Society of Canada for research purposes. The other 60 per cent will go towards supporting equipment programs and patient services in the province. “I know that when my mother lived with me, basically any equipment that we needed, ALS B.C. would be sending right away. It’s just the perfect program, I just can’t tell you how great it is,” McCurdy said. McCurdy’s mother, Rose, passed away of ALS in December 2011. Her mother’s illness encouraged her to get involved in the society after her passing. “It kind of keeps the mind busy I guess,” she said. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. It’s a neurodegenerative disease that is fatal. Those inflicted progressively become paralyzed, and motor skills are slowly lost. Typically, victims die within two to five years of diagnosis. To commemorate locals who are living with ALS and those who have passed, McCurdy placed 12 memorial

Photo Credit Jill Earl ALS participants were ready to ride rain or shine. signs along the biking route, five kilometres apart. “You would be amazed by how many families are affected...There are a lot of people who just ride because they are doing it for a good cause, but there are a lot of nurses and doctors who ride as well who know exactly what the disease is and have patients,” she said. While the amount raised is yet to be totaled, McCurdy hopes to have beat the $6,000 that the event raised last year. She thanks sponsors: Clinic Drug Store, Fitness 4 Life, Co-op, Wildcat, Tiger Office Plus, Rolla General Store, Dave Moore Trucking, United Spring and Break, Curtis York Trucking and Mountainview Safety.

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Any funds the Chamber of Commerce is unable to raise is paid by the District of Chetwynd. Although the district only started hosting the championships in 2005, the idea for it came from the Rendezvous ‘92 Committee, who were tasked with planning the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Alaska Highway. To leave a lasting legacy, the Committee commissioned the carving of three bears to Terry McKinnon, to be part of the Welcome to Chetwynd sign. The committee had to host 42 different fundraisers, including bake sales and dances, in order to pay for the carvings.

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“It was quite expensive to save money for one carving. They approached the chamber manager back in 04, ‘how do we do this, without taking years to get carvings to this town, because it’s so expensive,’ so we got the idea around a carving championship, so in 2005 the first one was born,” Richter said. A lot of effort is needed on behalf of District staff to maintain the carvings from cracks, breaks, and weather damage. Last year a feasibility study was done to find out at which point is it not financially sustainable to continue maintaining the carvings. Richter said the consultant recommended the district not maintain any more than 200. “I don’t know what’s going to happen when we get to 200...that’s something that we kind of have to talk about when we get there,” she said. This year’s event will be held June 12-15 on the field beside the Recreation Centre. Carving will begin at 8am daily and finish at 6pm, except on Sunday when it ends at 1pm for the quick carve and auction. For more information visit “The event itself not only brings pride to our community, you’ll see teenagers posing and getting their pictures in front of the carvings, they are never vandalized...when we go out of town, ‘oh you’re the town with all the carvings,’ it inflicts a lot of community pride when we say we’re from Chetwynd and we talk about the carvings,” Richter said.

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Taylor clinic re-opening alleviates doctor shortage BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN – The Taylor Medical Clinic has reopened after being closed since March of this year, offering a new, hybrid model of care that will enable doctors to meet with their patients remotely. The district has partnered with Livecare, a Vancouver based company that uses cameras and Bluetooth technology to offer telemedicine to patients in communities experiencing a doctor shortage. After less than two months since initial discussions, the Taylor Medical Clinic opened its doors on Monday morning, and doctors had alThey can hear their ready helped 12 patients by the lungs, they can hear time of the open their heartbeat . . . house, at 1:00 p.m. actually make a true M a y o r diagnosis. Fred Jarvis and Livecare founder, Dr. Mark Godley, as well as his partner, Dr. Amit Mathur, gave speeches to celebrate and discuss how the partnership will offer reprieve to the region’s medical crisis. “This is such a fabulous day. A few months ago, when the medical clinic had to close, everybody got very, very excited because it was closing, in particular from the community and many people in the rural areas, people from the city, that use that clinic, were so sad to see it going,” said Mayor Fred Jarvis. “To have it just open up this morning and already seeing 12 patients this morning, that quickly, tells you it is going to explode here. And that’s what we want, it is not just for Taylor, it’s great that we’ve got it here, and it’s great that it’s working, but it’s for everybody,” he said. Livecare uses video conferencing and devices, like stethoscopes and specialized cameras, which are handled by a nurse or a medical office assistant. A doctor is on the receiving end of the communicated data, and instructs the nurse or assistant to direct the equipment so that they can properly examine the patient. “The cool part is that when they’re away, they’re able to actually see the patient’s problem, if you will. So they can hear their lungs, they can hear their heartbeat, they can look

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Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott Dr. Amit Mathur, Livecare chief operating officer, Mayor Fred Jarvis, and Dr. Mark Godley, founder of Livecare, at the Open House on Mon., June 9, 2014. down their throat, they can look at their ears, their vitals, and actually make a true diagnosis,” said Dr. Mathur in an interview with the Northeast News. “When the nurse actually places a stethoscope here in Taylor, there’s a doctor anywhere, in Vancouver or anywhere, who actually puts on a headset and is actually hearing that sound live,” he said. “It’s not recorded, they’re hearing exactly what they would hear if I was to stand in front of you and do the same thing.” While the new technology is bridging the gap and addressing the medical care need, there are limitations. “You can’t really touch or palpate an area that you might need to touch and feel and examine, so there is that 15 per cent of usual cases that come to a clinic that you can’t do by telemedicine,” said Dr. Mathur. However, those cases can

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NLC students celebrate success at convocation JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - The successes of more than 360 students at Northern Lights College’s Chetwynd, Dawson Creek and Tumbler Ridge campuses were celebrated at the College’s convocation ceremonies, June 6 in the Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Hangar. College president Laurie Rancourt, chair of the Board of Governors Karen Simpson, along with deans and program instructors presented certificates and diplomas to the students who graduated from 44 different programs. Melissa Sorrel, an Applied Business Technology graduate from the Dawson Creek campus, and Kristan Willis, a graduate of the Social Services Worker Diploma program from Chetwynd, were named this year’s valedictorians. David Hill, a graduate of the Aircraft Maintenance En-

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D.C. library group celebrates 30-year frienship JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - The Dawson Creek Public Library can be described as active. Every day staff share their passion for books with new and experienced readers alike. Programs and other special events are often also held for the enjoyment of the community. For the last 30 years, the Friends of the Library have been working behind the scenes to help provide the ‘little extras’ that the community enjoys. On June 14, residents are welcome to help celebrate their accomplishments with an anniversary event at 2p.m. at the library– where else? Through the sale of old and donated books at the library and at the airport, the Friends of the Library are able to purchase materials that would likely never have been able to be squeezed into the library’s budget. “We just do the things that the library needs, but are not on the regular budget,” said Nan Clare, one of the six charter members of the group. “The nice things, the extra special things, the rug for the children, the carousels with the books on them, those were donated by the Friends of the Library. The murals, we didn’t paint them, but we helped with the money for them and bought the supplies,” she said. In the past, they have purchased the Library’s sign, an outside bench, a dishwasher, fridge, couch, microphones, lego, blinds, and have reupholstered the furniture, twice. They also often buy decorations for the Library’s Christmas tree, help decorate, help pay for guest speakers and

help serve during the annual Alzheimer Tea and monthly teas. “I think that the library is better, because the Friends have bought prettier things,” said Clare. Previously, the group has also found hosting large book sales to be a successful fundraiser for their cause. Clare said that they haven’t hosted a book sale in a couple of years, but hope to do so in the near future. The group also sells a book called Ann’s Letter, that was written by the library’s first librarian Marjorie Coutts, as a means of fundraising. “I think that the library is one of the most important things, because even Photo Credit Jill Earl if you haven’t had as much education, you can go and A new logo will be unveiled during June 14’s celebration. get information, or you can go for recreation or anything The new logo will replace the current one (pictured). that you would like to do, you can find at the library,” Clare said, on why she has remained a member for so many years. Clare notes that there was another Friends of the Library group created previous to their group forming, but that the other group only volunteered to support the small staff at the time. During their celebration on June 14, the Friends will unveil a new logo, and offer entertainment by Rachel Peachey, kids crafts and Photo Credit Jill Earl the opportunity to win door The Dawson Creek Friends of the Library paid for the Library’s sign. prizes.

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

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Kevin McNee takes Oilman’s tourney for second year running BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN – For the second year in a row, Kevin McNee won the Oilman’s Golf Tournament, which took place at the Lake Point Golf and Country Club in Charlie Lake from June 4-7. Oil workers from all over the Peace Country, as well as further afield in Edmonton, Grande Prairie and Calgary, were out in droves for the 52nd annual event that brings together members of the Fort St. John Petroleum Association. McNee, who played on the championship flight, used to be an avid golfer, but these days he spends most of his time working at M & M Resources in Fort Nelson, and enjoying a few drinks from time to time, he said in an interview with the Northeast News on Thurs., June 5, before his big win on Saturday. It was McNee’s fifth time playing in the match play tournament, and like most of the golfers, he participates for the social aspect, and “playing with good guys like we got to do today,” he said. “This is one of the most important things a guy can do in our business. Everybody works so hard, and the winters are so long that you always prolong everything because you’re always so busy. Something like this you can get out, socialize with everybody, have a good time and have a few drinks in the process too,” said McNee. In terms of community sporting events,

it’s about as big scale as it gets, said Troy Knight, general manager at Lake Point. All ranges of talent participate. There were 304 people playing on each of the days, which is the maximum number that can register. “We’ve filled it every year,” said Lee Hartman, chairman of the event. Hartman has been involved in the Oilman’s Golf Tournament since 1985. Winners of all 19 flights received a gift card prize, with equal values for each winner. A dinner and dance for the golfers and their special guests was held at the Fort St. John Curling Club, with live music by High Valley, a country music duo from Blumenort, Alberta, on Saturday evening, June 7.

Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott A golfer takes a swing at Lake Point Golf and Country Club on Thurs., June 5.

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On Thursday, June 5, 2014, 250 head of cattle went through Vold Jones Vold Auction in Dawson Creek D1 - D2 Cows 105.00-112.00 D3 - D4 Cows 95.00-100.00 Holstein Cows N/A Heiferettes 125.00-133.00 Bologna Bulls 115.00-118.00 Feeder Bulls 120.00-125.00 Good Bred Cows N/A Good Bred Heifers N/A Cow/calf pairs younger 1700.00-2200.00 Older Cows N/A Milk Cows N/A

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Grande Prairie 780-532-8402 •Fairview 780-835-4440 •La Crete 780-928-3337 •Dawson Creek 250-782-4141 Items may not be exactly as shown, accessories & attachments cost extra. Taxes, set-up, delivery, freight, and preparation charges not included. Prices are based on the US exchange are subject to change. A documentation fee of up to $250 will be applied on all finance offerings. Additional fees may apply. Programs and prices subject to change without notice. See dealer for full details some restrictions apply. Offer valid from April 1, 2014 until June 30, 2014. Financing on approved John Deere Financial credit only. 0% APR purchase financing for 60 months on new John Deere 1 Series Sub-Compact Utility Tractors. Down payment may be required. Representative Amount Financed: $10,000, at 0% APR, monthly payment is $166.67 for 60 months, total obligation is $10,000, cost of borrowing is $0. Monthly payments/cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed/down payment. MSRP cash price based on highest priced product in series: $14,696 (includes $50 documentation fee). Cost of borrowing based on Representative Amount Financed not MSRP cash price. Minimum finance amount may be required; representative amount does not guarantee offer applies. The charge for amounts past due is 24% per annum. Offer valid from March 4, 2014 until June 30, 2014 Financing on approved John Deere Financial credit only. For purchases on your Multi-use Account for personal use. Offer is unconditionally interest free for the first 12 months. After the 12 month period, for eligible purchases of goods and services: 1) a minimum monthly payment of 2.5% of the original amount financed is required; and 2) finance charges will begin to accrue immediately on amount financed at 17.9% per annum. Minimum purchase amount may be required. A statement of account will be provided monthly. Representative Amount Financed: $1,000, at 17.9% APR/AIR, monthly payment is $25 for 62 months, total obligation is $1,550, cost of borrowing is $550. Monthly payments and cost of borrowing will vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment. MSRP cash price based on highest priced product in series: is $8,657. Cost of borrowing is based on Representative Amount Financed and not MSRP cash price. Minimum finance amount may be required and representative amount does not guarantee offer applies. In the event you default on this or any John Deere Financial Multi-use Account transaction, interest on all outstanding balances on your Multi-use Account (including on this and all other Special Terms transactions on your Multi-use Account) will begin to accrue immediately at 19.75% APR/AIR from the date of default until paid in full, and you will be required to make monthly payments on your Multi-use Account equal to 2.5% (personal use); 3.0% (commercial use) of the original amounts financed plus interest. Additions like Calcium, wheel weights, block heaters, iMatch hitches etc are not included in the 1023E package price and will cost extra.

Wise customers read the fine print: *, », ♦, Ω, § The Month of the Ram Sales Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after June 3, 2014. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,695) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer trade may be necessary. Dealer may sell for less. *$7,000 in Consumer Cash Discounts is available on new 2014 Ram 1500 models. $8,500 Consumer Cash Discount is available on new 2014 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4. See your dealer for complete details. »$1,500 Ram Truck Loyalty/Conquest Bonus Cash is available to qualified customers on the retail purchase/lease of any 2013 Ram 2500/3500 models (excluding Cab & Chassis models) and 2014 Ram 1500 (excludes Reg Cab models) and is deducted from the negotiated price after taxes. Eligible customers include current owners/lessees of a Dodge or Ram pickup truck or any other manufacturer’s pickup truck. The vehicle must have been owned/ leased by the eligible customer and registered in their name on or before June 3, 2014. Proof of ownership/lease agreement will be required. Additional eligible customers include licensed tradesmen and those working towards Skilled Trade certification. Some conditions apply. See your dealer for complete details. ♦4.99% lease financing of up to 60 months available on approved credit through WS Leasing Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Westminster Savings Credit Union) to qualified customers on applicable new select models at participating dealers in British Columbia, Ontario, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Example: 2014 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4 with a Purchase Price of $26,888 leased at 4.99% over 60 months with $0 down payment, equals 130 bi-weekly payments of $134. Down payment of $0 and applicable taxes, $475 WS registration fee and first bi-weekly payment are due at lease inception. Total lease obligation is $18,248. Taxes, licence, registration, insurance, dealer charges and excess wear and tear not included. 18,000 kilometer allowance: charge of $.18 per excess kilometer. Some conditions apply. Security deposit may be required. See your dealer for complete details. ΩFinance Pull-Ahead Bonus Cash and 1% Rate Reduction are available to eligible customers on the retail purchase/lease of select 2014 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram or Fiat models at participating dealers from June 3 to June 30, 2014 inclusive. Finance Pull-Ahead Bonus Cash will be deducted from the negotiated price after taxes. 1% Rate Reduction applies on approved credit to most qualifying subvented financing transactions through RBC, TD Auto Finance and Scotiabank. 1% Rate Reduction cannot be used to reduce the final interest rate below 0%. Eligible customers include all original and current owners of select Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram or Fiat models with an eligible standard/subvented finance or lease contract maturing between June 3, 2014 and June 30, 2017. Trade-in not required. See dealer for complete details and exclusions. §Starting from prices for vehicles shown include Consumer Cash Discounts and do not include upgrades (e.g. paint). Upgrades available for additional cost. ≠Based on 2014 EnerGuide highway fuel consumption ratings. Government of Canada test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors. 10.2 L/100 km (28 MPG) city and 7.1 L/100 km (40 MPG) highway on Ram 1500 4x2 model with 3.0L EcoDiesel V6 and 8-speed automatic. Ask your dealer for EnerGuide information. ±Best-selling based on IHS Automotive: Polk Canadian new vehicle registrations through October 2013 for large diesel pickups under 14,000 lb GVW. ¥Longevity based on IHS Automotive: Polk Canadian Vehicles In Operation data as of July 1, 2013, for model years 1994-2013 for all large pickups sold and available in Canada over the last 20 years. ≤Based on 2500/F-250 and 3500/F-350 full-size pickups. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc.

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Upcoming Fort St. John

• June 2-Sept. 24: Robert David Symons Countryman Art Exhibit- See the Canadian West through the watercolours of R.D. Symons at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum from June 2 through September 24, 2014. Symons was an artist, writer and naturalist. Born in England in 1898, he was the son of prominent artist. Symons immigrated to Canada in 1914, at the age of 16, to be a cowboy on a ranch in Saskatchewan. He lived near Fort St. John from 1943 to 1961 first as a game warden and then as a rancher. He painted, worked with horses, wrote books, and was an advocate for conserving nature. This exhibition was curated by Heather Smith of the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery. For more information contact the Fort St. John North Peace Museum at 250-787-0430 or visit our website at www.fsjmuseum. com. Regular admission fees apply. • June 13: Kid’s Night at the Museum II Scavenger HuntFriday at 7pm. Calling all kids! Travel back in time with a scavenger hunt around the Fort St. John North Peace Museum’s yard and historic buildings. Please bring a parent or adult with you or come with a friend and his/her parent. Free event. Donations appreciated. This event is weather permitting. No registration necessary. Contact Heather at 250-787-0430 for more information. • June 20: Movies in the Park- Centennial Park at 7:30pm. The first movie will be Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the second movie will be Zookeeper. Inflatable toys from the Evangel Chapel, food and popcorn will be sold. Make sure to bring a lawn chair and a blanket and enjoy a show under the stars. This is a free community event. • June 21: Museum Yard Sale- From 9am-3pm at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. Help support your local mu-

ONGOING Fort St. John

• 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 yearolds 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.

Dawson Creek

• The Visually Impaired Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon at First Baptist Church, 1400 113 Ave. Each month we have a guest speaker and we share lunch. (cost by donation). Anyone who is visually impaired or who cares about someone with vision difficulties is welcome to attend. For further information please call Pam 782-5187 or Margaret 782-3221. • Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Unit. Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. All meetings are open. • Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday

seum at our gigantic yard sale. Community treasures from books and clothes to household items, toys, and furniture await discovery. Proceeds go towards the museum’s operation costs. Donations are welcome. No large appliances/ electronics or clothing please. For more information call Heather at 250-787-0430. • 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.

for a fundraiser for the residents of Rotary Manor. We will be having the carnival rain or shine so come support our seniors! Questions or concerns please call Recreation 7193497. • 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 250-782-3551 for more information.

Dawson Creek

• 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. • June 24: Summer Solstice Carnival. Rotary Manor from 3-7pm. Come join in the fun and play games and win prizes

evening at the Health Unit, Dawson Creek. • Mile 0 Quilt Guild meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Studio 10 at KPAC. Come join us for sewing, fun and friendship. Contact Gloria at 250 786 5597. for more info.

Pouce Coupe

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


• Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesday and Friday at 8 p.m. at the Tansi Friendship Centre, 5301 South Access. If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to, phone 788-9658 or 788-1100.

Tumbler Ridge

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

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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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Majestic Flying Toasters pop onto the FSJ scene BRONWYN SCOTT FORT ST. JOHN – The Majestic Flying Toasters have descended on Fort St. John with their Toastmasters International certificates after graduating from the Speak Up, Speak Out Youth Leadership Program on Tues., June 3. The Majestic Flying Toasters Club is the name the kids came up with, and now that they’ve successfully completed the eight week program, they’re starting a junior Toastmasters gavel club with their logo, featuring a winged toaster, wine glass in hand. Parents attended the special ceremony at Northern Lights College to celebrate the success of students who learned to come out of their shells, and gained confidence that will help them become leaders in the community. “The kids have just been transformed by this program, I’m always just amazed at the confidence that they build through this eight weeks, and they always come away with all these ideas of what they want to do and how they want to speak more, and how they want to express their opinions when they’re asked,” said Joyce Hadland-Wesenberg, program coordinator and president of Achievers Toastmasters. “I really feel that Speak Up, Speak Out is the right name for this program, because they will be out there in the community, they will be advocating for things that they have a passion for, and that they believe in,” she said. A guest speaker, Shayla Faminow, 17, was there to inspire the youth and shared how she changed the course of her destiny by pursuing her passion. The once painfully shy young girl has become an empowered young woman. “I went from being afraid to talk to people and crying when they acknowledged me, to standing up in front of city council monthly and talking to them,” said Faminow in an interview with the Northeast News. Faminow is the Fort St. John Youth Advisory Council president, and won the Youth of the Year Award on April

10 for her positive contribution to the community. tificates, Evangeline Hanuse, who began Toastmasters in She found her voice and her skill for leadership after be- October and was co-coordinator of the program, received coming involved in the School District 60 Band Program one as well, in recognition of her Outstanding Service as a where, for the last seven years, she’s committed every Youth Leadership Coordinator. Monday and Wednesday to working with children as they learn to play instruments. “Once I found a place in band, that’s where I found all my leadership, whether it was photocopying music or speaking about the band program. Music was my passion, which made me feel like leadership was my passion,” said Faminow. These days she’s getting ready to head to the University of Victoria in September, where she’ll pursue a degree in political science. Photo Credit Bronwyn Scott She wants to be a lawyer and Some of the students who received Toastmasters certificates on Tues., June 3. eventually become a judge in Fort St. John. “It’s extremely important Office Furniture at this young age to get youth Stationary involved in leadership, beFine Art Supplies cause this is the point where Copy Centre Service we’ll be able to really shape their minds, give them a reaPromotional Products son to be passionate about Custom Printing something, and that’s how Eco Friendly Products we’re going to shape our generation,” she said. Free Delivery In addition to the 14 graduates who received cer- 6419 Airport Rd, Fort St. John | 250-785-3590

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Continental Pipeline & Facility Ltd. Currently has openings for the following positions: Dispatcher, Truck Driver, and QC Hand. Please drop resume’s off in person to: 8484 Old Fort Road or email Tyler at:


HELP WANTED A Buyers Choice Home Inspections is Expanding into Dawson Creek and Fort St John. All training included, call Dave for a presentation. 1-855-3012233 www.bc.abuyerschoice. com 08/07 Peace River Building Products is looking for a sales clerk please bring resume to 951185th Ave 06/19 Peace River Building Products is looking for a yard/ delivery person. Forklift experience is an asset. Must have valid driver’s license. Bring resume to 951185th Ave. 06/19

GARAGE SALE HUGE MULTI – FAMILY Garage Sale Sat June 14th @ 8003-96 Ave 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 06/05

Are You Looking For Full Time Employment? Auto Glass Installer/Labourer: Client will train. Must have good customer service skills and be willing to do physical labour. Oil and Gas Operator: Candidates for this position will have 2 years of Operating experience in an Oil and Gas environment. A Technical Diploma or Relevant Trades Certificates considered an asset. Please include drivers abstract and reference names and contact information and a copy of any field tickets you may have.

Looking For Something During The Summer? Administrative Assistant: This 1 month temporary position is 30-35 hours per week. The successful candidate for this position will have good attention to detail. A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office is a must. This position will cover all administrative duties. Data Entry: Duties to include reception relief, administrative duties and data entry. Candidates should have excellent customer service skills and computer skills. Previous experience in an office would be an asset. Dispatcher/Receptionist: The ideal candidate will have a very good knowledge of the FSJ area and be able to take and give good directions. Very busy office, perfect for someone who is very organized. Duties will include the front desk, telephones and administrative help as needed.

We Have Part Time Positions! Receptionist: Duties will include a busy front desk and phones, booking appointments, filing, some data entry, and other basic admin duties. Admin Assistant/ Data Clerk: The successful candidate will have a strong working knowledge of Simply Accounting, QuickBooks and Access.

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Post-Secondary Business Administration Certificate Three or more years of progressive experience in an executive or administrative assistant position Above average customer service skills and excellent interpersonal/communication skills A high degree of accuracy in all areas of work Ability to work in a fast paced, changing environment Full competency in the use of Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint Minimum Class 5 driver’s license. Ability to provide an acceptable driver’s abstract and satisfactory Criminal Records check. Ability to undertake report research and development Knowledge of local government administrative and legislative systems Ability to prepare documents, charts and illustrations and record meeting minutes

This position reports to the Director of Engineering and Infrastructure and works closely with other County staff. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature of the position and are not a complete description of all responsibilities and activities required for this position. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Saddle Hills County would like to thank all those interested in the position. Only those considered for an interview will be contacted. Please send resumes in confidence to: Human Resources Executive Assistant Saddle Hills County RR 1 Spirit River, AB T0H 3G0 E-mail to: Fax: (780) 864-3904 Ph. (780) 864-3760

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We are seeking a team player with a professional attitude to work and learn in a fast paced, business environment. Qualications The ideal candidate must be motivated and take the initiative to sell multiple media products, including on-line advertising and special products, work with existing customers and develop new customers. Strong interpersonal skills and a strong knowledge of sales and marketing are required. Above average communication skills, valid driver’s licence and a reliable vehicle are necessary. If a rewarding challenge resonates with you, contact us today. Please submit your resume and cover letter to: Ron Drillen, General Manager Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, B.C., V2N 1T3, Canada Tel: (250) 564-0005 Ext.115 Fax: (250) 562-0025 Email: 778-754-5722

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ARC Resources Ltd. is a leading oil and gas company with operations across Western Canada. An industry leader, socially responsible operator, and key contributor to the communities in which we work, ARC has consistently delivered top performance and measurable results since inception in 1996.

Production Optimization Engineers/Technologists • one full-time position, Dawson Creek, BC • one full-time position, Grand Prairie, AB As part of our Dawson Creek or Grand Prairie production optimization team, you will focus on developing and optimizing our base production and play a critical role in identifying optimization opportunities to increase volumes and improve reliability. You will be responsible for providing mentorship, guidance, and technical knowledge to junior engineering technologists as well as supporting production operations engineers to ensure recent development volumes are maintained and service rigs are coordinated. A self-starter with exceptional leadership skills, you ideally have five to 10 years of production engineering experience in both oil and gas. Your bachelor’s degree in engineering or engineering technologist diploma is complemented by your proven ability to make effective operational and business decisions. You must currently reside in or be willing to relocate to Dawson Creek, BC or Grand Prairie, AB to be considered for these roles. Please submit your resume online, no later than June 30, 2014, to:

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Sterling Management Services Ltd. has for rent:

Li-Car Management Group is now taking applications for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units,

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