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June 13, 2013 - Vol. 10 - No. 24

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Chetwynd’s carving champion channels Chinese General By Jill Earl

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Champion Jeff Samudosky (right) accepts his plaque from Walter Energy representative (left) for his carving of Chinese Gen. Guen Gong, a symbol of prosperity to the Chinese. Jill Earl photo

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Paul Frenette won third place with his carving of Pan from Pan’s Labyrinth.

Last year’s winner, Chris Foltz, came in second place this year with his Scarecrow carving. He also won the People’s Choice Award.

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CHETWYND- Third time was the charm for this year’s Chetwynd Chainsaw Carving Competition champion, Jeff Samudosky, who had competed in 2010 and won third place for his carving in 2012. Samudosky said he took a leap when he decided to carve a statue of Chinese Gen. Guen Gong a week and a half before the competition. “I just got back from Germany doing some human figures, something totally out of my element, I’m normally a wildlife guy but this sculpture here is a big powerful piece and I was looking for a big powerful challenge and I took it on,” he said. Samudosky had done the carving once before for a client about a year ago, then it took him approximately three months to complete: he only had 35 hours this time. He said that human carvings usually takes him a lot longer to complete but eventually decided on the piece because he wanted to challenge himself. “If you do the same thing over and over then you’ve not growing. It’s time to step out of my box and explore new ideas,” Samudosky said. He also won the Carver’s Choice Award along with Tomas Vrba who carved Jesus on the cross. Second place winner and the winner of the People’s Choice Award was last year’s champion, Chris Foltz, who carved a spooky scarecrow. Third place winner was Paul Frenette who carved Pan of Pan’s Labyrinth. Past carver and judge, Steve Higgins, said that the four judges rank each piece out of ten in eight different categories. “One of them is the ‘wow factor’, which is when you walk up to a piece, you look at

it and you go ‘wow’. Being a carver yourself, it really helps you understand the difficultly of the execution of the design that they chose,” he said. Higgins said that he also considers whether the piece makes him express an emotion or not. Craftsmanship, design, and correctness of anatomical proportion are also apart of judging criteria. “Another thing that we’re going to have here is Carver’s Choice, where the carvers can go around [an vote], which is just a wonderful way to be recognized by your peers as somebody that is outstanding amongst the competition,” Higgins said. 12 carvers competed and some of their creations included: a dilophosaurus, coy fish, a lumberjack, a horse and rider, a fairytale sort of chair, a women depicted in the circle of life, and a traditional ancient Greek scene carved into a wooden wall. The District of Chetwynd will keep all carvings and add them to their collection of approximately 100. “This is an awesome demonstration of skill…you’d never think that inside a tree was a work of art that had been growing there for many a thousand years, just waiting for somebody with the insight and skill to release it,” said Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols. He noted the incredible endurance and artistic talent the carvers possess. “That is real endurance, put it together and you get these magnificent works of art that Chetwynd is going to keep for generations to come,” Nichols said, adding that organizers will immediately begin thinking about next year’s competition, and being the 10th annual, it’s certainly going to be the best.

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DAWSON CREEK- Organizers have been working since January putting together this year’s Sweetwater 905 Arts Festival taking place this weekend, June 14-16. Celebrating art in all mediums, this annual local festival held at the Mattson farm in Rolla is truly unique. Not only does the

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Couple’s fight to remove land from ALR continues after 15 years By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Jo and Bud Middleton have been fighting for 15 years to try and remove their land from the Agriculture Land Reserve. Last week they attempted to file a small claims suit against the BC Institute of Agrologists to recuperate over $6,600 they spent on an agrologist report. The judge dismissed the case, citing that there were no grounds to proceed in a claim against the BCIA. Robert Moody, BCIA executive director, declined to comment. The reason why the Middleton’s chose to go after the BCIA was because they believe the institute should “uphold their status” and the agrologists they represent. In 2010, the Middleton’s hired agrologist John Green who researched their land to determine whether or not the land was farmable. The report stated that “50 years of agricultural inactivity tells us something about the land.” In Green’s opinion, after looking into their property and speaking with neighours, he stated “development of this area into perennial forage is not feasible due to cost and stoniness (big boulders).” In addition, the recommendation at the end of his study stated that the land “should be considered for removal from the ALR because it should be classified as Class 6, instead of Class 5 … partially due to the cumulative effects of the gravelly soils, swamp, climate, topography and short grazing season, but mainly due to boulders.” According to the Middeton’s they were told by a representative from the ALC that in order to have their land removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve, they needed a report to confirm their land could not be farmed. The Middleton’s feel as though the report they paid for was in vain and ultimately overlooked because, despite it’s conclusion that affirmed their thoughts on their land being unfarmable, it wasn’t enough to have their land reconsidered and removed from the ALR. The couple had hoped that if they successfully brought the BCIA to court, it would “open up their [Agricultural Land Commission and BCIA] eyes a little bit” and trigger the institute to negotiate with the ALC if future cases similar to theirs were brought to the forefront. In October 2011 the Agricultural Land Commission conducted its own report. The conclusion regarding the reconsideration states that “there are no eternal factors that render the land un-

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Dale Bumstead sets sights on Dawson Creek mayor position By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- An election is expected to be called later this month, with the nomination period presumably to take place between July 30 and Aug. 9, and already Dale Bumstead has declared his intent to run for the mayor position. Bumstead said the support he received from members of the business community, family and friends is encouraging him to run, but his desire to give back to the community is his main reason for putting his name forward. “I think I’ve got some skills valuable to the City of Dawson Creek, and can bring value to the position and I’m going to try to be a serious contender for the position of mayor,” he said. Bumstead is not new to Dawson Creek city council; he served as a councillor from 1993-1999. Bumstead also has extensive experience in governance and management; he served 13 years on the board of directors for the Lakeview Credit Union with ten years serving as chair. He served on the board of directors for Northern Health in 2002 and from 2007 to 2012, for a time he was vice-chair under Dr. Charles Jago. While raising his family in Dawson Creek, Bumstead was an executive director for minor hockey, speed skating and lacrosse programs. He was also recently elected as a board member for the Co-operative Union. “Everyone of them [board positions] you get some experience in terms of understanding your role on the board…the five or six

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years working with Dr. Jago was unbelievable in terms of my education, learning about the responsibilities and the accountabilities of a board member and governance and policy,” Bumstead said. Before working for former MLA Blair Lekstrom last year, Bumstead was the vice president of operations for the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) for 12 years, responsible for the entire province outside of the Lower-Mainland. Bumstead started working for ICBC in 1975, worked his way up to manager and finally VP from 1998-2010. During the last 12 years of employment at ICBC Bumstead said that he was unable to be active in the community because of his busy schedule, but working for Lekstrom has reignited his passion for the community. “[I] spent the year working in such a high profile location and in an office like that, it really got me reconnected with people and the community and really enjoyed it,” he said. If successful, Bumstead hopes to address the demands on city infrastructure as it relates to the development of the natural gas industry. He believes that many projects will come into fruition and that the city needs to be prepared; long term planning will be critical. He said lots of pressure will be put on Dawson Creek’s water, sewer and road infrastructure and that planning is necessary to ensure sustainable growth. “How do we develop that [infrastructure] and have a sustainable growth over the long term rather then just the short term? How do we ensure we have the financial capacity in order to sustain that development and growth…we align those core objectives of our infrastructure and put the plans in place to develop it,” Bumstead said. Bumstead also hopes to address development in the community and start the discussion with residents, the Province of B.C.

as well as with government agencies, such as the Agricultural Land Commission, to ensure development meets the needs of the community in the long term. He includes financial planning in this process. The Dawson Creek mayor is also responsible for representing the city on the Peace River Regional District board. Bumstead said while working for Lekstrom he witnessed how local farmers were being impacted by development and said that he would like to help resolve some of their issues if elected. During his last time on council, Bumstead was in charge of the city’s financial portfolio and is proud to have been a part of implementing policy that dealt with the administration of financial accountabilities and borrowing. “I just felt very very good about the situation of the financial picture of the City of Dawson Creek when I left it in 1999 as opposed to 1993 when I started on council and I always felt very good about that,” he said. Two leadership qualities Bumstead believes are important to any organization are trust and passion; he believes he possesses both. “I believe you need to earn the people’s trust and I need to trust the people that work for me and with me and I love people who are passionate about what they do everyday...I’m passionate about the City of Dawson Creek being born and raised here. I love being here, and I love living here and raising our family here and so I want to give back as much as I can,” he said. If more than one nomination is submitted for mayoral candidate an election will be held on Sept. 14. In the meantime Bumstead is reaching out to the community, introducing himself to potential voters and meeting with groups such as young adults and seniors to get them interested in politics.

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By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – A local couple’s decision to donate their land to the Nature Trust of British Columbia will ensure that a childhood getaway will be preserved for years to come. Jim and Margaret Little presented the Little-Levin Lake, near Murdale Lake and Whispering Pine Lake in the Montney area, to the Nature Trust on Jun. 5. “When I grew up my grandparent’s land was two miles away and I use to walk there and enjoy the lake way back when,� explained Jim. He spent many of his younger years hunting and watching wildlife around the lake, which had no known name at the time. After he married his wife, Margaret, he proposed another question to her. “When it became available for sale I convinced Margaret that it was a good idea to buy it so we could try and keep it as it was because it was undeveloped.� The land was purchased in 1999 and in 2012 Margaret and Jim decided to entrust their land into different hands. “We were able to partner with Nature Trust and have it kept forever, beyond our time,� said Jim. “That ‘s the important thing, you gotta plan, we are not always here forever.� Jasper Lament, chief executive officer of the Nature Trust of B.C., said the completion of the transfer would ensure the area is managed and properly conserved. “It will basically stay the way it is now which is wild life habitat,� said Lement. “They wanted to leave a legacy and make sure the land that they love is protected forever.� The Little’s will also act as volunteer stewards, in addition to the Nature Trust’s conservation management team that looks

over the protected area. Since the lake is in an isolated place, Carleton MacNaughton conservation land manager, said they are working on making access roads to get to the destination. “There is no road, if people are really determined they can walk in and see it and enjoy it, but there’s not easy access to it, that’s one of the things that makes it good wildlife habitat,� said MacNaughton. Once the lake becomes more accessible, Lament said it would make for a good place to bird watch. “We hope the public will respect it, though that can’t be guaranteed, we hope for the best,� said Jim. The Nature Trust is a non-profit land conservation organization that protects BC’s wildlife and plants through acquisition and management of critical habitats. In the Peace region the Nature Trust overlooks more than 5,000 acres of land.

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Left: Jasper Lament, from Nature Trust; Margaret and Jim Little and Carleton MacNaughton from Nature Trust. Right: Aerial view of Little-Levin Lake.

Dedicated SPCA staff member receives excellent award By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – A Fort St. John local was recognized for her dedication and hard work with the B.C. Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. For 11 years Candy Buchamer has worked at the North Peace SPCA, and this year she was awarded with the 2013 Staff Excellence Award, which she received at the society’s Annual General Meeting on Jun. 1 in Vancouver. “I was really surprised at first when I heard that I was nominated,� said Buchamer. “I didn’t really understand why, I just come to work and put my heart and soul into my job and I didn’t think I had done anything really extraordinary.� But, her peers and coworkers thought otherwise. “Candace is always the first one to arrive each morning, and the last to leave at night,� says Rosolynn Kalb, branch manager of the North Peace SPCA. “Her dedication to the animals and their welfare is extraordinary.� “There is no one more deserving of this honour,� says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “Candace embodies everything the SPCA stands for and we are very fortunate to have her as part of our staff team.� Buchamer is a certified dog trainer, but her duties at the SPCA go well beyond that. From cleaning and feeding the animals in the morning, undertaking dog assessments when they come into

the shelter, processing and organizing donations, counselling adopters on how to manage behaviours of their new pet, to the “not so glorious� jobs like pooper scooping and yard maintenance—Buchamer does it all. “I do love my job, but it’s a difficult thing,� she said. “Unfortunately there is cruelty and neglect, seeing so much of it is another thing,� said Buchamer. “It’s not just one case here or there, it’s a continuous thing—especially from certain areas more than others. Not as many shelters [in B.C.] sees as many neglect cases [in the north].� But for Buchamer the good seems to always outweigh the bad. She enjoys being part of an animal’s rehabilitation and helping them find “loving� and secure homes. “I love the happy endings, that’s why I’m sill here.� Buchamer started at the SPCA during high school, getting work experience for her Career and Personal Planning course. She started her job right after graduation and obtained her dogtraining certification and other training courses while working at the SPCA. Buchamer eventually wants to move into a career-based posi-

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RE: Acts of kindness In my growing up, general acts of kindness were just a given. Things like always saying please & thank you, holding the door for the next person, saying hi to people, meeting your neighbor, changing lanes so a person merging can get onto the highway a little faster - just considering others. I am not sure, but it seems there is less and less of this general overall kindness happening. Although there are many great and kind things happening, it seems it is more event or group related. I think that one of the greatest things a person can be, is to be kind. It changes people – it changes the person giving kindness and it changes the person receiving kindness. It brings health and healing to people, the community, and the earth. Friday, June 14th, 2013 is an annual Pay It Forward day in Fort St. John. Although this is a worldwide concept, the Fort St. John Association for Community Living wanted to make it a day for Fort St. John. So 5 years ago they created a day to not just give back and say thank you but to give and encourage kindness – make it bigger than a thank you - a day because there is kindness happening, because people give so much, not only to the FSJACL but other organizations in this city. So I encourage you to not only join in with acts of kindness on this Pay It Forward day but also make kindness a part of your everyday – a part of who you are! In kindness; Corinne Vernon (aka Cory Goodwin) Fort St. John

Letter to the Editor Watching BC Hydro lately I’m bothered by it’s disconnect with the people of the province it was created to serve. The cut backs in anything involving customer service and community involvement to support mega projects that scar the province socially, economically and ecologically. There are solutions to our power shortages without drowning valleys, chasing people out of their homes or running high voltage towers through peoples back yards. This doesn’t have to be so, there are solutions. I’ve been following a company called “Natural Energy Partners Ltd” who have gathered together a large group of innovative technologies. They engineered these packages to hook up to the distribution system so sub stations and transmission lines aren’t needed. They run on natural gas and have taken energy and cycle efficiency to a new level.

Using standard packages they create quick economical energy where it is needed, getting rid of line loss which is a huge cost in BC. Some of the features these plants have are no CO2 emissions, this removed and liquified. Canada imports tons of CO2, believe it or not. The process is up to 90% thermal efficiency which is remarkable. Half of this is removed as heat which is another usable product. The power can be sold for a profit at the present Hydro rates which is something a dam can’t say. This isn’t a giant scar on the land, it’s a quick, efficient and appropriate solution to a problem. I know that to a hammer every problem looks like a nail, maybe it’s time we looked out of the box and realized that more and bigger isn’t better. Enough is just right. I’d also like to speak to the idea that a dam is green

energy, it’s not! The amount of carbon stored in the soil is more than the amount in the atmosphere and all living thing above ground combined. A 0.1% increase soil organic matter in the arable land of the world would mitigate all the CO2 released in the atmosphere for one year. So drowning so much of the best arable land in the province doesn’t seem to be a wise. So I believe atmospheric CO2 levels could be quickly controlled by supporting farmers in increasing soil organic matter and for all of us to learn what is enough and what is just greed.

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Residents steer transportation consultants in master plan and that they won’t be making any recommendations regarding By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- Resident feedback is going to be driving routes and scheduling. During the open house Casey said that downtown parking the city’s upcoming transportation master plan; they had their first opportunity to steer the consultants in the right direction seemed to be a concern to some people, while others seemed to have no issue with it. Tourism development coordinator for during last week’s open house and tours. Consultants, Boulevard Transportation Group, sought user Tourism Dawson Creek, Samantha Gibeault, was at the open feedback from motorists as well as public transit users, bikers house to share the needs of the city’s tourists. “Our visitors don’t have anywhere to park other then the NAR and pedestrians last week when they hosted an open house on June 5 and a walking tour and bike tour on June 6. The consul- Park with their big RVs or trucks and trailers downtown. Unfortants will recommend several strategies and actions to the city tunately, a lot of our American demographic prefer to drive to see things, they are not up to walking or exploring by foot, which that they think will address the needs of residents. “We’re going to identify a number of things that we think is their own preference,” Gibeault said. Another issue Gibeault highlighted was that some streets need investing in infrastructure and part of that is determining, say we identify 1001 things, we can’t do them all, so what’s might not be accessible to visitors and residents with accessibilmost important? It’s a matter of which ones are you going to ity difficulties. Casey said that accessibility would be addressed put first, while recognizing you may not have the money to do in the plan. them all,” said Daniel Casey, a transportation planner. The consultants are in the information gathering stage of their planning. Residents are welcome to submit their comments to the city as well as fill out an online survey or complete the survey that was mailed out in utility bills. During the summer they will be working on a draft plan to present to council in the early fall, at which point there will be another public consultation before the final plan is adopted. Casey said that their review of the city’s transportation system will be all encompassing, taking pedestrians, motorists, bikers and public transit users Jill Earl photo into consideration. He noted Mary Anne Chen was the winner of a multi-terrain bike, donated by Griffin Source that BC Transit usually does for Sports, for her participation in Dawson Creek’s bike to work week, May 27service reviews every few years

As a part of the information gathering stage the Boulevard Transportation Group has reviewed parking demands downtown, have retrieved traffic volume information from the Ministry of Transportation for 8th St. and Alaska Ave, and have conducted their own volume study to include pedestrians and cyclists. “They are being used in the study to be analyzed to figure out if maybe traffic signals might be needed, in many cases there won’t be, but we need to analyze those numbers to figure out if they are needed or not…they’ll also be used to talk about less severe fixes, so it might just be a right hand only lane,” Casey said.

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priority that you’re going to have to decide if it’s one of yours or not,” said Casey. From his preliminary view of the transportation system, Casey said that he predicts sidewalk improvement may be prominent in the plan. He said that the city has a lot of sidewalks, but many are in poor condition and that the city will have to decide if they want to spend money on fixing the existing sidewalks or pave new ones. “This is all about priority, where you want to put your money and your effort into…we’re going to work with the council, work with the community to figure out what the priority is,” he said. Completion of the transportation plan is listed as one of the city’s top five corporate priorities in this year’s strategic priorities chart.

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CONNECTING FAMILIES TO THE COMMUNITY By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN - Shell Canada invested $37,000 to launch an improved website for the Family Friendly organization. The online hub connects families in the communities

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for the next couple of years. Bryant Bird, Shell’s social performance advisor, said giving to community non-profit groups is part of the company’s operating principles to be part of the community’s development.

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DAWSON CREEK - The booming oil and gas industry in the area has created a demand for hundreds of on-site workers and in turn, worker camps. According to a background paper published by BC Healthy Communities, worker camps can support effective and safe work practices but many negative impacts for nearby communities may also exist, including: increased housing costs, housing shortages, unavailability of hotel rooms, drug and alcohol use amongst some workers, sex exploitation and the emergence of organized crime. Worker camps can also impact local infrastructure and services such as emergency responders and health care. On May 30 members of local governments, school districts, industry and others interested in learning more about the impacts of worker camps took part in BC Healthy Communities and Northern Health’s webinar about this subject that is affecting communities all over the province. It was the fourth and final webinar they hosted in this year’s ‘Citizen Series.’ “It’s a topic that we hear discussed in the north quite often in our communities, we’ve seen a lot of development emerge in the north and we’re just trying to explore and understand the health, social and economical impacts that this development and the associated work camps have in our communities,” said Sabrina Dosangh, lead for healthy community development-local government for Northern Health. Dosangh said that the webinars were created to engage people across sectors and provide an opportunity for people who would not necessarily have the chance to get together to discuss impacts potentially faced by their communities. In an informal poll taken

by facilitator, Stacey Barter, many participants responded that they don’t feel their community is prepared for the impacts of potential nearby worker camps. Speaker, Greg Halseth, from the University of Northern BC’s Community Development Institute said that local governments need to seize the opportunities that the increased activity offers but that they need to plan for when the construction phase stops and the majority of those workers are removed from the area. “What does your community really look like when that last construction vehicle drives out of town? Have you retooled your services? Have you rebuilt your infrastructure? Have you done a partnership arrangement with a camp operator so that they’re use of the local swimming pool pays for the complete rebuild of the swimming pool complex?” Halseth questioned, adding that communities should also be debt-free or as close to debt-free as possible when the construction phase is over. Halseth said that the last time many northern communities were retooled was in the 1960s and 1970s when new workers and families were expected to move into those areas. He said communities need to take advantage of the investment because it won’t last forever. “These are not forever cash cows coming to town, we need to be responsible and debt free coming out of that rebuilding period because we have to be set, no one is going to come and reinvest $30 billion in our communities again for a very long time into the future,” he said. Halseth gave an example of successful planning in one northern community where residents wanted a high quality recreational vehicle park. They partnered with the camp operator during the construction phase and had the camp

located where the community wanted their park. When the company no longer had work in the area and pulled the buildings off site, the community was left with underground wiring, water, sewer, Internet connectivity and pre-paved pads for an RV Park. Taking the time to complete strategic planning for potential worker camps could be a challenge for some local governments as managing dayto-day operations can be very time consuming “One of the difficulties for local government offices... is the scale of capacity that they have to address this. I keep reminding the provincial government that local governments in northern B.C. are busy every day just being local government and to address massive industrial project planning for the community is going to require some extra support,” Halseth said. He added that in the past, when small communities were confronted with big challenges they would work together and pool their resources and expertise. “It makes no sense to me that each little community along the way would do every piece of understanding, planning, and preparing themselves. Much more sharing and cooperation is needed…” he said, adding that local governments can use regional meeting places such as chamber of commerce buildings as forums to exchange information. He suggested inviting industry players in the discussion as well. Ron Poole from the District of Kitimat and Connie Kaweesi from Northern Lights College in Fort St. John also spoke about worker camps and how they have impacted their communities. The general consensus was that the host communities should work with other organizaions to plan for impacts caused by worker camps.


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Past teacher revisits elementary school in Fort St. John By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Travelling from Britain to Fort St. John to visit Robert Ogilvie Elementary School may seem like an ambitious venture to some, but not for Isobel Burnwell. Burnwell taught at Robert Ogilvie in 1967 and stayed for one school year. “I was at the far end of the school ‌ with a wide corridor and

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I was in the first class, Grade 1,â€? explained Burnwell. Walking through the elementary school 45 years later was not how Burnwell remembered it as a teacher in her early 20s. “It felt like a slightly different place, I don’t feel like as though I taught here as such, the [staff] room is in a different place ‌ it’s much, much bigger,â€? said Burnwell. She emigrated with three friends, two of which stayed in Fort St. John—one who is Ros Ross, a teacher whose entire career was based in School District 60. After finishing a year at Robert Ogilvie, Burnwell moved back to Britain, met her husband and had her first child in Kyla Corpuz photo 1975. She subsequently gave Top: Isobel Burnwell from Britain shows a group of Grade 1 students drawings from up her career as a full-time kids back in her hometown. Bottom: Burnwell revisits the classroom she taught in 45 teacher to be a stay-at-home years ago. mom. “When you had a child you handed in your notice, whereas now [they] do it all, don’t they?â€? Over 40 years had gone by since Burnwell’s time in Fort St. John, but the once empty town would be brought up over and over again through conversations with her husband Nigel. So, while planning their next vacation they decided Canada would be their destination. Burnwell said her husband insisted they visit Fort St. John and most importantly Robert Ogilivie. “I must say I found the welcome unbelievable,â€? said Burnwell. “I had a welcome I never expected.â€? In the staff room, Burnwell recounted memories of the school, and how she last remembered Fort St. John to a group of current teachers. “[It’s] very strange, it doesn’t but the place is very different,â€? she said, adding that she was seem like [it’s been] 45 years, impressed to have four hotels to choose from—just one indicator of how the city has grown in the last four decades.   “It’s been really exciting for   us because Isobel contacted   us about six weeks ago when  they were planning their trip,â€?   said Kathy Scheck, principal at    Robert Ogilivie.   

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90.00-95.00 115.00-120.00 125.00-127.00 128.00-135.00 135.00-142.00 145.00-147.00 148.00-151.00 151.00-155.00

Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers Heifers

85.00-88.00 105.00-110.00 115.00-120.00 120.00-125.00 125.00-130.00 128.00-132.00 135.00-137.00 137.00-141.00

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Fort St. John • Jun. 22: Beatton Community 4-H Fun Shoot. Non-competitive courses, concession. BBQ supper with registration, no arrow speed or weight restrictions and wagon rides. Pre-registration: $40, day of registration: $50, Peewee shoot: $5. Shoot starts at 11 a.m. Location: Home of the Taylor Family 13429 256 Rd, Montney. More info: 250-264-7422. • Jun. 22: Museum Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum (9323 – 100th Street.) Come support your local museum and find great treasures. For more information call 250-787-0430. Donations welcome. We will not be accepting large electronics or appliances. • Jul. 21: North Peace Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the museum one week prior to the event and on

Fort St. John • Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group Parkinson Society British Columbia People living with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers and family members are warmly invited to the Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group. Join others in your community to share information and resources, coping strategies, ideas for living well with PD, good humour, social support and more. Last Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am McDonald’s Restaurant 10920 Alaska Road North Ft. St. John, BC Note: there is no meeting in December For more information please contact: Sarah at 250 785 7348 • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Northern B.C. Newcomers Integration Service Centre is a non-profit organization in Fort St. John. Our Settlement Program provides information, orientation, assessment, referral and service linking, educational workshops and short term adaptation counselling to immigrants. The program also offers assistance with form completion, correspondence between clients and service providers, navigating immigration processes including sponsorship applications, obtaining permanent residence cards and applying for citizenship. Bridging services are provided to a variety of community and government service agencies and organizations. Service is available in English and Spanish. The Settlement Program is located at: #209 10142-101st Ave (Execuplace building). From 8:30-4:30 p.m. Phone # 250785-5323 Ext 22. • 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 Deb Bartoc at 250-263-2034 or Gayle Wagner at 250785-3991 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. • “Butterfly Families – Families Supporting Families” is open to all caregivers of children and youth with Special Needs. We meet the third Wednesday of every month at the Child Development Centre from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 10417 106 Ave. Does your child have learning, behavior or other complex special needs? Would you like to connect with other caregivers? Child minding available but please call ahead

the day of the event. • Aug. 23 - 25: North Peace Horticultural Society is holding their annual Flower Show at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Bring your entries Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Open to public on Saturday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments available.

Dawson Creek

• Jun. 19: Summer Solstice Carnival at Rotary Manor 1121 –90th Ave from 3:00pm -7:00pm. Come join in the fun and play games and win prizes for a fundraiser for the residents of Rotary Manor. We will be having the carnival rain or shine so come support our seniors! • Jun. 22: Yard Sale at Sout Peace United Church, 1300-104 Ave. from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. rain or shine.

a few days before the meeting. Call (250) 785-3200 for more information. • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy options, peer-counselling and support are available at the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. New location at #335 9909100 Ave, Fort St. John. Please visit our website: northpeacepregnancycare.ca. 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 www.npcc.bc.ca, or pick up a brochure at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Call (250) 785-1992 for more information or to register.

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 Kathy 7827539 orMargaret 782-3221. • If you know how to visit with a friend, you already have the skills required to be a CASI Friendly Visitor volunteer! There are seniors in Dawson Creek right now who would like to have a friend come and visit them and perhaps take them to doctor’s appointments or shopping. Can you spare an hour or two a week to visit a senior? Call CASI (Community Action for Seniors’ Independence) today. 250-782-1138 ext. 228, email lstudley@spcrs.ca or visit the website at www.

casidc.org. • Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Unit. Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. All meetings are open. • Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Health Unit, Dawson Creek. • Mile 0 Quilt Guild meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Studio 10 at KPAC. Come join us for sewing, fun and friendship. Contact Gloria at 250 786 5597. for more info. • Stream of Life (Korean Church) 433-95 Ave Dawson Creek BC V1G 1H4 Phone 250-219-8016 Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM Sunday School: 10:00 AM Bible Study: 7:00 PM (Wednesday) Intercession Pry:700 PM (Thursday)

Fort Nelson

• 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) 774-2541 or Audrey Reynolds (250) 774-6574.

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.

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

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. • Tumbler Ridge’s self-employed women will receive six months of free personal business monitoring beginning this October at no charge. If you are a self-employed woman in their first three years of operation, or partially operate a business, contact Sara Cooper at the Women’s Enterprise Centre at 1-800643-7014 ext. 104 or Mila Lansdowne by e-mail at mila@persona.ca or (250) 242-3389. Registration is required.

Taylor

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

WE WOULD LIKE TO HELP YOU GET THE WORD OUT The Northeast News’ Community Calendar is a free service for non-profit organizations in the Peace region. If you would like to get the word out about an event your non-profit group is hosting please send it to: info@northeastnews.ca, include the date, name of the event and brief description, time, location and contact information; this goes for upcoming or ongoing events. Please submit your events before the Monday of each week you would like to see it appear in the paper.


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The Dawson Creek Rotary Club gave out approximately $35,000 in donations to four clubs that helped the club sell their Mega Lottery tickets last Sept.-Dec. Rotarian Dale Rose (right) presents Kara Shields from the Dawson Creek Five Pin Bowling club with a cheque. Other club recipients were: The Mile0 Figure Skating Club, the Bear Mountain Ski and Recreational Society and the Nordic Ski Club. The Mile Zero Parks Society also received a donation from part of the proceeds.

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Hister talks health By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- The crowded gymnasium stood to applaud Dr. Art Hister after his presentation on health at the South Peace Seniors’ Access Services Society’s 4th Annual Seniors’ Conference, June 1. The annual conference, held at the Seniors’ Hall in Dawson Creek, introduces seniors to the local organizations, programs and services available to them. This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Art Hister, is a health analyst on the Morning News on Global TV and hosts A Medical Minute daily on CKNW Radio. Hister is also an author of two Canadian bestsellers and has been a correspondent for CBC Newsworld and BBC Radio 5. Hister’s health message was simple, people should make their own decisions and that there are no universal truths to anything. “There are all sorts of choices to make, good and bad about a whole bunch of things, and a whole bunch of things that they think are true perhaps aren’t…The most important message is that we are individuals and we have to make up our own minds… and that there is no one size fits all answer for anything,” he said. He suggested seven important elements for better health: not smoking, exercising, eating properly, minimizing stress, getting enough sleep, watching your weight and drinking moderate amounts of alcohol and coffee. Adding that he wouldn’t encourage a non-coffee or alcohol drinker to start. Hister also recommended a ‘Mediterranean’ diet, consisting of lots of vegetables, healthy oils, and beans; he classifies wine as a fruit, and coffee and chocolate as a bean. Anecdotes and jokes about health and aging were a big part of the presentation, and often used by Hister to engage his audience. “I make them laugh about stuff that other people often don’t and they often treat as difficult material that is hard to access and I don’t think that’s the truth…I think that you can make medical information and health information user friendly and fun which I think is what I do,” Hister said, adding that he doesn’t know if he actually changes anybody’s mind or not. His presentation also stressed the importance of being active. He said it is a natural trend to do less and less exercise as people get older. Hister said that being active gets increasingly important as we age but because of added stresses and other illnesses people develop, they are less likely to be active. “It’s never too late to start being more active and as I pointed out there are several studies, good ones too, show that even seniors that start exercising late in life or start being more active… they regain a lot of what they have lost and they certainly slow down the inevitability of aging, compared to people who aren’t as active,” he said. He also encouraged the audience to learn the signs of a stroke, get a Shingles vaccination, don’t seek too many opinions and to use their common sense when deciding whether there is validity to the medical information they pick up. As a doctor in the public eye, Hister said he gets a lot of emails asking about different things seen on TV or read about on the Internet. “Don’t ever ever believe that something that is labeled as a breakthrough is going to matter, it’s hype…I spend a lot of time trying to get people to apply common sense and be a little bit more realistic about the medical information that they pick up,” said Hister. Enjoying life and not stressing too much were his final points. “We’re not here for a very long time, it’s far too short. We stress too much we need to enjoy our lives much much more. It’s really important to just relax and whatever happens, happens. Pay attention to some of this stuff, but don’t stress about it,” Hister said.

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Monster project turns drawings into stuffed toys By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN - Ms. Ans’ Grade 11/12 ceramics and sculpture class from North Peace Secondary School turned Mrs. Foster’s Grade 1 class’ drawings of monster into three-dimensional stuffed toys. It was a creative and collaborative project, said Ms. Ans, who added that she will continue the monster project in the future. The high school students presented the elementary students with their new toys on Jun. 7.

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