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July 11, 2013 - Vol. 10 - No. 28

Maverick’s Night Club fire deemed suspicious


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could not comment on how the fire was By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Dawson Creek started as it is still under investigation. The Dawson Creek Fire Department RCMP have determined the fire at Maverick’s Night Club on Jun. 26 to be suspi- received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting the fire on Wednesday morning. Firefighters cious in nature. Police suspect arson to be the cause arrived within minutes of the calls and of the fire as a previous attempt of arson started on a defensive operation against on the building took place on Mar. 8. No the flames that completely engulfed the one has been arrested to date in the rela- night club on 102 Ave. Twenty three firetion to the Mar. 8 incident and Cpl. James fighters took part in the operation and no Rutledge said that the investigation is still injuries were reported. Surrounding businesses only received minor smoke damongoing. age. Police are seeking the public’s assistance in locating the driver of a silver or gray Dodge Caravan that was seen driving through the back alley minutes before the fire was reported at 7 a.m. The driver appears to be wearing a white shirt. Rutledge said that a Contributed photo license plate could not be obtained. He RCMP are looking for a silver or gray Dodge Caravan.

Tumbler Ridge seeks to seat two new councillors By Jill Earl

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TUMBLER RIDGE - The District of Tumbler Ridge’s 10-day nomination period for two new councillors will end July 12. The district is looking to find two residents willing to represent their community in an upcoming by-election after Coun. Aleen Torraville and Coun. Sherri-Lynn Hewitt resigned within weeks of each other. Their resignations took effect immediately and their replacements will be required to fill their seats for the remainder of their three-year term, approximately a year and a half. Council accepted Hewitt’s resignation during the June 4 meeting and recognized the contributions she has made to the community such as the

toboggan hill, indoor playground and bowling alley initiatives. Council accepted Torraville’s resignation at the June 18 meeting. Torraville has accepted a position as Administrative Services Manager with the district. In late 2012 Coun. Doug Beale also resigned to take a position with the district as Public Works Manager. He was replaced by Coun. Don McPherson in January’s by-election. The nomination is open to all qualified residents who are: 18 years-old or over, have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six month, a Canadian citizen and who is not disqualified by the Local Government Act to vote in a B.C. election, or from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office.

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Coun. Sherri-Lynn Hewitt resigned June 4.

Coun. Aleen Torraville resigned to become the district’s administrative services manager.


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Paddle for the Peace inevitably draws attention to Site C: PVEA By Kyla Corpuz

first hand what it’s offering, not just how beautiful it is, but the farmland and once they see the banks and how unstable they are and once they learn more about the impacts that the dam would have on the valley— then it’s inevitable that they would end up with an interest on Site C,” said Morison. File photo Site C is currently in its Paddlers enjoy the two-hour paddle from Halfway River to Bear Flat at last year’s Paddle for the third stage of the environmenPeace. tal assessment. The dam is BC Hydro’s answer to supplying not be comfortable running a river boat up the reservoir … when clean energy for the province’s domestic (residential, industrial and commercial) needs for the it has all those submerged logs like Williston does. “That’s an 83-kilometre stretch of river, and that bank is next 100 years. A decision on whether it will receive a certificate to proceed steeply sloped and there’s just going to be continual sloughing is expected to be determined … and it will be just like Williston where it’s going to erode and eat into the bank perpetually,” she explained. next fall. However, BC Hydro’s Site C community relation manager, If the dam is approved, this year’s paddle could mark one Dave Conway, said the area from the Halfway Bridge to Bear Flats would be largely available for recreation use during conof the last events of its kind. ® “They’ll be so much debris struction. “Reservoir clearing activities in the area would largely in the water, it would be much take place during winter,” said Conway in an email. Test ride our new 2013 side-by-side vehicles and d ATV ATVs. TVs. Vs Vs “Shoreline use along the reservoir is expected to be available like Williston, it would not be safe to hold an event like near Hudson’s Hope shortly after reservoir filling, with addithat,” said Morison. “You’re tional areas opened for use based on monitoring of slope condiTHE RIDE SAYS IT ALL going to have lots of stumps tions.” In regards to the reservoir as a whole, Conway said there and trees semi submerged, so we wouldn’t be able to have would be varying levels of recreation access. “For example, after the event and I think that’s one reservoir creation, boat access would be restricted permanently thing that I think a lot of local at the dam site for safety reasons.” Areas around the reservoir are expected to be available for people don’t realize is that they would not have access to that safe boat access a year after it is created. It was also noted that stretch of river for many years BC Hydro has proposed several mitigation measures expected to during construction, and when improve recreation overall. Last year the Paddle drew in 1,000 spectators and participants, they do, I know I sure would said Morison. “Most of them are there because they don’t want the dam,” she added. “It really does feel good that there is that much physical support for what PVEA is trying to do.” The PVEA is an organization that was formed in the 80s to rally against the proposed Site C project. The eighth annual Paddle 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for the Peace will not see any celebrity guests (last year David Suzuki spoke at the event), instead there will be a display by Treaty 8 First Nations as When: How: well as an open mic session JulyWHAT? 12, 11am - 6pm Reserve your spot at WHEN?Trailblaz’n Power WHERE? and guests from the provincial Monthxxxx 00, 2013 Dealer Name Q Free trial event Where: Green Party. 250-785-6675/250-782-6685 1234 Address Ave Meet our experienced staff BBQ - (Women’s “[Treaty 8] will be demonFortQQSt. John Motocross State North 01234 Get in-depth product information 10516 AlaskaCity, Road strating their interest and uses Resource Society) 77th Avenue Fort St. John, BC. Fort St. John, BC V1J 1B3, Canada of different ecological values Signs will be out. Fire Truck Slide from the valley so there will be HOW? 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FORT ST. JOHN – The Peace river will once again be a host for canoe enthusiasts and Peace Valley admirers come Jun. 13 for the eighth annual Paddle for the Peace. “Really it’s a celebration of the Peace River Valley,” said Peace Valley Environment Association coordinator Andrea Morison. The paddle will start at the Halfway Bridge off of Highway 29 and end at Bear Flats, it’s about a two-hour paddle boat ride said Morison. “It’s a really unique opportunity to gather with your family and friends and head out on the river.” Though this was the original intent of Paddle for the Peace when it started eight years ago, the event naturally evolved into an opportunity for the PVEA, First Nations groups and other environmental organizations to raise awareness about BC Hydro’s proposed hydroelectric dam, Site C. “The reality is though once people get out on the river and see


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BCTF vote for no government interference Fatal ATV By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- The Ministry of Education reaffirmed its commitment to achieving long-term labour stability with the province’s teachers and their involvement in the bargaining process, despite the outcome of a recent BCTF vote. The ministry’s joint statement with the British Columbia School Trustees Association was released after the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation reported that 96 per cent of their membership voted in opposition to government interference in the negotiation process. “Boards of education and the government of British Columbia recognize the need to transform our public education system in the coming years to better serve students and our communities. To achieve this, along with the full participation of teachers, the support of the BC Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) and public engagement, we need long-term stability in our public education system,” said the ministry’s statement. 20,664 teachers voted yes to opposing government interference and 898 voted no. BCTF president Susan Lambert said that the vote’s result shows an overwhelming support for the teacher’s bargaining team and sends a strong message to government not to interfere. “We hope that [Education] Minister [Peter] Fassbender understands that this strong vote and the many letters teachers have sent to him are evidence of the deep commitment we have to our profession and the tremendous determination we have to negotiate a deal at the table,” Lambert said in the press release. She expressed that the bargaining they have taken part in had been the most constructive in years. Lambert was also disappointed that the government revoked the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (government negotiators) mandate and appointed a single negotiator for bargaining, Peter Cameron. The ministry argued that adjustments to the BCPSEA were necessary in order to fulfill some of their commitments. Government believes that the BCPSEA’s future role may include dayto-day labour relations issues with boards and supporting local

and provincial bargaining. Their statement said that the framework for a ten-year agreement released in January entitled Working Together for Students includes many items requested by the BCTF, such as: the full right to strike, more matters negotiated at the local bargaining tables, improvements to the bargaining process and allowing the BCTF to negotiate directly with government on provincial matters. “Accordingly, boards will remain responsible for bargaining for local matters - as they have done for years. At the provincial level, trustees, through the BCSTA, will be integral to the bargaining process and will continue to have a voice and a seat at the table as government bargains directly with the BCTF,” the ministry stated. Lambert said that the teachers are open to a long-term agreement but are cocerned that the government intends to lock them into a commitment that would see deteriorating conditions in the classrooms. “More than anyone, teachers want stability in public education. We are open to a longer-term agreement. With political will in Victoria and much-needed resources at the table and in the classroom, we can achieve a negotiated solution,” she said.

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identified the deceased as 23-year-old Tumbler Ridge man, Richard Martin. In the early morning of June 30, Martin was the driver of a side-by-side ATV that tipped over in the Tumbler Ridge area. Martin was deceased at the scene.

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By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – A northern program aimed to boost men’s health awareness was recognized at the 2013 Excellence in BC Health Care awards. Northern Health’s men’s health program was one of the two recipients of the Top Innovation recognition under the Awards of Merit category. The accolade is presented to a health authority that has “brought fresh ideas or superior problem solving skills in the health field with positive and lasting change,” said Michael Marchbank, CEO and president of Health employers Association of BC. The men’s health program was chosen because it demonstrated a “truly innovative program” with a unique approach to address a “very specific” problem being men’s health issues in northern B.C., added Marchbank. The Northern B.C.’s Man Challenge launched by Northern Health was spearheaded in 2011. It was developed as a response to the chief medical health officer’s report on the status of men’s health in northern B.C., explained Brandon Grant Northern Health’s men’s health coordinator. “In that report it outlined a number of significant health challenges that men face including chronic disease, cancer, suicides, [and] motor vehicle crash deaths,” explained Grant. “So Northern Health said that we need to mobilize around this, create a

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Northern Health’s men’s health challenge won the Top Innovation for Health Authority award at the 2013 Excellence in BC Health Care awards.

Sorry for any inconvenience this my have caused. program that’s going to partner with communities and raise the The program has generated attention towards this subject issue and develop health promotion tools that really speak to across the country. “What’s really exciting since the programs men.” started [is that] there seems to be a lot more mobilization around (250) 787-7774 A website was developed called, the Northern B.C.’s Man men’s health issues not just in northern BC but provincially and Challenge, an interactive site nationally,” said Grant, who added that the program is unique to geared to provide medical in- Canada with northern B.C. leading the way on having a compreformation and health tips for hensive health initiative. men. Northern Health is currently evaluating a screening program “So we’re really trying to to determine how they can “more effectively” engage men in acwork on the momentum, all cessing servicse and promoting men’s health issues. the good awareness around “It’s always a challenging demographic to read, we started the It is with heartfelt sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, men’s health to start address- work, we’re excited with the great partnerships that are in place grandfather and great-grandfather, Bobby “Bob” ing men’s health in the region,” and … we are going to keep plugging away at it,” said Grant. Gene McCormick of Taylor, formerly of Pink said Grant. Mountain. He left us June 18 at his home in Taylor, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Bob was born in Amarillo, Texas, to Raymond and Amy McCormick on March 31, 1937. He was raised a devout Mormon on his family’s ranch near Nazareth in Castro County, Texas, where the McCormicks were the first white settlers. When he was 18, Bob went north to Idaho to work on a dairy farm, where he met the love of his life, Marjorie, whose family owned the farm. They knew it was meant to be (despite opposing opinions from well-meaning mothers), and they married March 4, 1958. As Bob always told his children and When: Tuesday July 16th, 2013 grandchildren, he wore a white sport coat and a pink carnation on the day he married his Marjorie in San Diego, California. In 1956, Bob enlisted in the United States Navy, where Schedule: 4:00 PM Self-Guided Tours & Appetizers he served his four years as a Corpsman. He and Marjorie started their family in 1958 with the birth of their first child, Debbie, who was followed by Patty and Matt, all born in Idaho. 5:00 PM Steak BBQ After leaving the military, Bob followed the independence and adventure in his heart and became a cowboy, working on ranches in various states. His family followed him as it 6:20 PM Tour starts grew, with Kelly and Robert born in Montana, and Cathy in Oregon. While he loved working as a cowboy, he and Marjorie wished to have to a ranch of their own. They knew this 8:00 PM Dessert & Wrap-up would be nearly impossible to obtain in the States, so when they learned of land available Where: Dawson Creek – BCGPA Research Farm to homestead in Canada, they took the leap of faith. Bob figured if the McCormicks could settle in Texas with a horse and wagon, he could sure do it with a 4x4. In June of 1967, Location: One mile north on Rolla Road from Hwy #49 Bob moved his wife and six children (including a seventh on the way, Johnny) north to Pink Mountain, BC where they homesteaded at Mile 132 on the Alaska Highway and ran Who Invited: All BC / Alberta Peace River Grain Producers cattle for several years. In 1985, they sold their cattle and started their company, Northern Alternate Power Systems. For 15 years Bob sold alternative energy products until 2001 when he and Marj retired. Soon after, they left their home of 37 years to be closer to town, and moved to Taylor. Bob always impressed upon his children that family is the most important thing, and that it was up to you to go out and make one for yourself. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marjorie; his children, Deborah, Patricia, Matthew, Kelly, Robert and Catherine; his 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sister Beverly, and brother Ben. Bob was predeceased by his son John, and his brother Jim. As per Bob’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. The family thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers. 9120 100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC

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Local association plants seeds of knowledge in grain producers

it’s not always agriculture, when we were in PEI in Moncton we went on a lobster boat and we learned how they did oysters... so we try to do things like that,� said Vandervalk. On the tour of the research plots, BC GPA’s research manager, Clair Langlois, explained how the plots work and the importance of research plots to the associations and members they serve. Continued on Page 16.

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of Canada often attract high-level industry executives to their By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- The BC Grain Producers Association meetings; Vandervalk said their input is important for farmers’ welcomed the Grain Growers of Canada and other agricultural strategic planning. “We want to partner with private industry as well, so we want industry partners to Dawson Creek last week, for the organizato know what the... [companies] are looking for, they’ll invest tion’s annual summer meeting. The Grain Growers of Canada, made up of 14 provincial um- in Canada and that’s important. We want private and we want brella organizations (including the BC GPA), sat down with public investments, so we started trying to facilitate [that]. If it’s their membership to discuss issues important to our nation’s good for farmers, it’s good for us and we try to help facilitate some of that,â€? he said. grain, pulse and oilseed farmers. While in the Peace country, members had the opportunity to “We’re a policy advocacy group, so what we do is we lobby government, we go in and we lobby for free trades, we’ll go go on an agricultural tour that offered a taste of the state of the on trade missions, we talk to the government...what works best industry in the region. First, members enjoyed a picnic lunch for farmers‌making sure we don’t have tariffs, marketing, all at Garnet Berge’s farm, visited the BC Grain Producers Asthat stuff, we do it on a national scale,â€? said president Stephen sociation’s research plots and also made stops at the historic Vandervalk. A ND During the two-day meeting, members discussed sustain- Rolla Pub and Sewell Valley K ability, trade, marketing, transportation and future service level Game Farm. They finished off agreements, safety, changes to the Canadian Grain Commission, the tour with dinner at Irmi and and genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling. Vandervalk Barry Critcher’s farm. #5 10404 “We try to get a local feel, said that the summer meet101 Ave ing is meant for more disPlaza cussion, while they tend to do more voting during their Full Service winter meeting. Locksmith “We just talked about GMO labeling for example, do we want to be in front of that or do we want to take a Rekey your locks position on that? We didn’t Install new locks come to an action position yet, just talking about that, Keyless entry locks so everybody has a feel so Master key systems maybe in the next meeting Door closers we can come to a decision Lockouts where we want to be on that,â€? he said. Padlocks Members also heard preKeyscut sentations from their corpoJill Earl photo In Store Special rate affiliates including ViClair Langlois gives Grain Growers of Canada details terra and from Farm Credit Serving Peace Area Canada. The Grain Growers about the local research plot.




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Be sun safe This is the editorial where I become a mother and tell everyone to wear sunscreen. I’ll admit it can be a pain to apply and apply properly (in the shade, 30 minutes before sun exposure, reapplying every few hours) and wearing it can make your skin look a little greasy. However, we can be Jill Earl thankful that there are a lot of options on the market for sunscreen right now, including spray-ons, non-greasy, waterproof, sweatproof, fragrance-free and a list of other characteristics for skin sensitivities. There is even sunscreen made to darken your skin when in the sunlight, for those seeking a sunkissed glow. Sunscreen might not be the ‘cool’ thing right now, but I can’t stress the importance of wearing it enough- not only in the summer, but year round! We all know about the research that’s out there highlighting the harmful effects of UV exposure over time and it’s link to skin cancer, but sun exposure can also be linked to premature aging and skin growths.

Wolves guarding the sheep The Directors of the PRRD, by their actions and refusal to listen to the rural people remind one of the proverbial saying “wolves in sheep’s clothing.” They have to know that this by-law 1996 2011 has nothing to do with health or safety, but has to do with entrenching tremendous wealth and power to these Regional Directors and the sneaky conniving bureaucrats that work for them. This pack of wolves has no interest in your safety or health. Their loyalties lie with

the Realtors and Banks. Their nose follows the money. Do not listen to the political rhetoric about a win, win situation if you let them give you a few concessions. If you let them have their by-law, it will simply be a win lose deal and you will be the loser. If the by-law gets through, or any portion of it, it will only be a matter of time before the wolves bring it back and begin devouring the sheep. Demand them to reject the by-law completely. They use the slogan “we must progress


forward.” The real scenario is ”regressing forward.” By-law 1996 2011 is an unnecessary load of political crap brought in by a group of self seeking, self centered, egotistical movers more closely related to a pack of wolves, than humans. A quote from a Statesman once said “If you trade freedom for security you will have neither.”

Jim Ross Chetwynd

Dear PRRD Chair and Board of Directors, This letter comes as a request that the Regional District Board reconsider its decision regarding the Site C legacy benefits arrangement with BC Hydro. After reading the newspaper article about the agreement I would have to say that I agree with Directors Hadland and Johansson in regards to the unfairness of the formula which they say is weighted heavily on population instead of favoring the communities that will be most affected, Hudson’s Hope first and foremost. As a citizen of Hudson’s Hope my fear is that if Site

C were built, Hudson’s Hope would become a ghost town, an out of the way place with even less services than we have now; businesses would suffer, people who have bought homes would be compromised, what would happen to our tourist industry? Who will want to live here when we would be more isolated? Larger centres with larger populations are more able to absorb the ‘shock’ of such a project; life would go on in those places but Hudson’s Hope doesn’t have that kind of buffer. Site C may cause our demise. Also, I was surprised that such an important decision was not arrived at unani-

mously. It is my understanding that decisions like these, which have such an enormous impact, should be agreed to in complete harmony and accord by those making the decision. Such apparently, is not the case. I always thought that the Peace River Regional District was a fair (putting the saddle on the right horse so to speak) board making just and moral decisions but I am really disappointed by this recent one. Please consider re-addressing this legacy arrangement using a unanimous decision to do justice for those most impacted. Patricia Markin Hudson’s Hope

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Committee still fundraising for weekend Powwow compete or the spectators to watch. She said that while a PowBy Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- A committee of few individuals have wow is an event, it is still a ceremony. “It’s about sharing and it’s about having everybody in your worked tirelessly for a year organizing this weekend’s competition Powwow, and though it’s their third time hosting, com- community be a part of something and we don’t charge to share mittee member Denise Paul- Belcourt said it’s not getting any our’s about healing yourself and enjoying the dancers, listening to the drum and sharing who we are as a people,” easier. Days before the event organizers are still looking for sponsors she said. Belcourt also said that charging at the Powwow might deter to help with the cost of putting on the Powwow. “It seems like every year there’s a different obstacle to over- some of their competitors that come from long distances, some come, this year it’s money. A lot of the funding has not come from as far as New Mexico. With no financial strain, the Powthrough, we’re really hitting the wire and it’s just a lot of prayer, wow will potentially attract competitors of all abilities and accessibilities. but hopefully everything will fall into place,” said Belcourt. “A lot of people that travel the Powwow trail do it because A small group of community members took it upon themselves three years ago to organize Dawson Creek’s first annual they love to dance and they love to participate. It’s not about the competition Powwow, to help heal the community. According to money, it’s not about, ‘I’m going to win’...and I know that when Belcourt, she consulted elders about the pain in the community; they’re travelling they have just enough,” said Belcourt. The competition starts on Friday at 7 p.m. after the Grand Enthey suggested hosting a Powwow. “I had the conversation with the elders and they said to help trance and picks up again at 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; get rid of the pain and help the children you need to do this for Belcourt said that some competitions can continue well past them. Is it easier not doing this? Yes. Yes it was, it was way midnight. Ages will be divided up into six categories. Men will easier,” she said, adding that many committee members have compete in a traditional dance, chicken dance, fancy bustle and already begun seeing changes in the children they interact with grass dance. Women will compete in a traditional dance, fancy at Aboriginal Family Services, where few of the members work. dance and jingle dance. This is an alcohol and drug free event. “Powwow has always been a competition and when you see Referencing an article, Belcourt said that many aboriginal youth do better in school when they participate in traditional dancers, true dancers, aren’t out there to compete against other practices; she notes that Dawson Creek’s aboriginal graduation dancers when we use the word competition, you’re not there because, ‘oh I’m better than her, I’m going to win’, that’s not a rate is low. Dance is one way local youth can participate in aboriginal cul- traditional dancer. A traditional dancer is competing against the ture, Aboriginal Family Services funds a free traditional dance drum,” Belcourt said. group open to anyone. Before hosting their first Powwow the group had eight dancers, that number has since jumped to approximately 60. Belcourt hopes that their participation in traditional practices will help them feel a sense of belonging. “We work with 60 children, 60 youth and children in this community and families and that’s where we’re going to make the difference is with the children and the youth. We don’t tell anyone that they can’t come to our circle, everyone is welcome,” said Belcourt. She gives one success story of the many the dance group has experienced. One of the group’s dancers is diagnosed as autistic, when he first joined he was very shy and would barely speak and always had his head down. Now, not only is he a champion dancer, but the group and participation in traditional activities has given him courage to pursue his other interests. During the school year he sang a song in front of his peers for a talent show. “He’s got that spirit in him, it’s not so much about winning but the confidence it’s given him, where he just wants to show everybody what he does,” Belcourt said. Though the committee is struggling to find enough sponsors for their event, Belcourt File photo said they are still not considMen compete in a traditional dance, chicken dance, fancy bustle and grass dance. ering charging the dancers to

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Visitor Centre targeted for new Farmers’ Market venue By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – The Farmers’ Market is eyeing the Visitor Centre building on 100 Street and 96 Avenue as a potential home. “I understand the current Visitors Centre is to be empty and demolished so our proposal is unique,� wrote the Farmers’ Market president Dennis Hetman, who approached city council on Jul. 8. “We would like to assume the property, repair it to code, expand it as so it will be a permanent venue for the market,� adding that he would like to explore the possibility of attaching a tod-

dler park to it. After a number of venue owners offered their locations, Hetman concluded that the Visitors Centre would be the most viable to accommodate their needs. “It needs to be easy to find with bus service for seniors, has to be one-storey and wheel chair accessible.� Hetman believes that turning the building over to the Farmers’ Market will keep local spending within the community. “With larger and smaller venues catering to the arts, crafts and market, you are

ensuring that money is spent locally instead of elsewhere, and the crafts people use supplies and small business which in turn fuels the potential of money staying in our city,â€? he said. Earlier this year it was determined that the Visitor Centre building would be demolished because it was not feasible to upgrade the facility, following a study that was conducted and presented at a public hearing. “The night we voted to demolish it was based on that report ‌ one of the [expenses] was $123,000 just to get

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Fort St. John Farmers’ Market president Dennis Hetman makes a request to city council on Jul. 8 to take over the Visitor Centre building as a permanent venue for the farmers’ market.

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Gull Darn It! By Charlie Lake Conservation Society Submitted article During the winter months, many people complain about ravens ravaging through garbage bags making a mess with the contents. Now that we’re into the summer months, many complain about the increasing number of noisy, dirty gulls returning to Charlie Lake after spending a day at the city dump. It appears that a gull is nothing more than a germ carrying scavenger that spends it’s time searching for rotting carnage. Gull darn it – it’s time to discover that the gulls do us a service in pest control! Did you know that we have at least five different types or species of gulls that frequent Charlie Lake every summer? Instead of scouring the dumps, most gull species spend their time hunting around our lakes and marshes for insects, spiders, small fish and berries. The Franklin’s Gull arrives early May and the first stop this smaller gull makes is to a farmer’s field to gobble up earthworms and other invertebrates stirred up by the farmer’s plow. The Franklin Gull builds its nests along marshes and lakes amongst rushes, cat-

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Privacy commission makes recommendations after health breach By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- The Office of the Information and Privacy Commission for British Columbia has concluded its investigation of the Ministry of Healthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s privacy practices, after privacy breaches, affecting more than five million people, occurred. B.C. Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said that the investigation revealed serious deficiencies at the ministry at the

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B.C. Privacy Commissioner recommendations 1. The development and implementation of additions to the ministryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s policy on the use of portable storage devices; they must always be encrypted. 2. Ensuring employees have access to only the minimum amount of personal information and that access permissions are consistently kept up to date. 3. Implementing technical security measures to prevent unauthorized transfers of information. 4. Initiating a program for monitoring and auditing compliance by employees with privacy controls. 5. Ensure contracts with contracted researchers involving the disclosure of personal health information has an appropriate level of security, including privacy protection schedules. 6. Developing an inventory of all databases containing personal health information, updated regularly. 7. Documenting the roles and responsibilities for privacy belonging to branches throughout the ministry. 8. Developing a privacy policy that establishes principles of policy for ministry employees. 9. Ensuring the privacy policy incorporates the collection, use and disclosure of health information for research, and identifies what kind of information that the ministry can provide to researchers and the security requirements that need to be met. 10. Streamlining information access request approval and delivery processes to reduce time delays in access to information for health research. 11. Ensuring employees with access to databases containing personal health information participate in mandatory privacy training sessions.

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By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – A green ribbon is hoping to keep unpicked fruit from rotting on the ground. The Fort St. John Communities in Bloom Committee launched the Green Share program on Jul. 5 that urges community members to tie a green ribbon around trees or bushes that can be harvested by the public. Those that wish to harvest from a green ribbon plant or tree are asked to speak to the home owner first out of courtesy. “It’s just a really easy way to start a conversation around food sharing,” said Karen Mason-Bennett, Communities in Bloom chair. “I think Canadians are really polite and they don’t really want to

go knock on somebody’s door even if they see a tree full of fruit … I know a lot of people with raspberry or berry bushes in their alley ways, so [they are] more than welcome to tie a ribbon on some of those and invite people to come and help themselves.” The Green Share program is aimed to keep produce from going to waste. “We’ve handed out free fruit trees for the city for the last couple of years and I know that some [people] can be a little overwhelmed with some of the fruit that comes off of them, so it’s just a way of ensuring that we are utilizing as much as we possibly can,” explained Mason-Bennett. The idea of allowing the public to pick locally grown food at their leisure stemmed

from the Community Garden. “We’ve had people access the Community Garden that were taking food because they needed it – not to vandalize or steal - and that really started the conversation about the accessibility of food within the City” Michelle Laboucane, Community Garden Coordinator explains. “If we can utilize even some of the food that currently goes to waste, we can make a big dent in that need.” This is the first year for the Green Share program in Fort St. John. Residents who want to participate can pick up green ribbons at City Hall, the Visitor’s Centre, the Fort St. John Library or the NEAT office.




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cherished by many local residents and is depicted in the Dawson Creek Art Gallery’s latest exhibit, Get There From Here, by Whitehorse artist Nicole Bauberger. The exhibit, which celebrated it’s opening July 3, is a result of four years of work, which started in 2007. The 185 pieces in her show represents the drive from Montreal, Que. to Fairbanks, Alaska in 50 kilometre increments; Bauberger also includes the drive from Whitehorse to Inuvik. Bauberger said the show is an amalgamation of a number of projects, the earliest being the drive from Whitehorse to Inuvik she exhibited in 2007; that 25-panel sequence was called Goldensides and was her first sequential road piece. She said she was inspired to include roads in her work while painting another project called Listening to the Mountain, a series illustrating the same mountain through the seasons. “I realized that the road was an important part of how I experienced this landscape and I wouldn’t be able to get there without it. To leave it out of the paintings entirely seemed to be a little bit of an omission, not a reprehensible lie but a little bit like leaving something kind of important out,” she said, about the mountain that was located 600 kilometres away from her home. “It was interesting showing that piece to people and how they responded to it because people look at the road all the time and having that moment of recognition gave them a different relationship to the painting,” said Bauberger about the Goldensides show.

In 2010 she was granted an Advanced Artist Award to paint the journey from Edmonton to Whitehorse, but figuring that she had already painted over half of the Alaska Highway, decided to continue painting onto Fairbanks. In 2011 she painted the drive from Montreal, Toronto, Peterborough to Edmonton. Bauberger painted off the side of the road out of the back of her truck on 12 inch squares; she said each piece took her approximately three or more hours to complete and would usually complete three a day. While the pieces show the varying landscape of the country, all have three things in common, the size, the oil paint used and the road and how it vanishes in every picture, leading to the next. “A road is our biggest cultural artifact, it’s our commons in a way. We all pay to make it in the first place and also it’s an ongoing expense, we can’t totally take it for granted. I mean people who like to complain about paying taxes still want roads,” she said. She said the 12-inch squares were chosen because as a travelling show the size makes it easier for her to ship, it was a good size to carry around and work with in the elements and because it was a consistent way of measuring her trip. “Having grown up in Peterborough Ontario, and I remember the first few times I drove across [Canada], people in Ontario have no idea how wide Canada is, and I thought if I measure it out for every 50 kilometres and people see how long it takes to actually walk out of Ontario, even just in the show, maybe it will help expand their imaginations a little bit,” said Bauberger. Continued on Page 16.

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After winning the 2013 Savage Cup and ending their season in Red Deer fighting for the Allan Cup, the Fort St. John Senior Flyers will see some changes for 2013/14. One of the changes is that they registered at the AA level, last year they played at the AAA level.

FSJ Flyers take off with multiple changes heading into next season By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN –The Fort St. John Seniors Flyers saw a few new changes in their hockey club as of Jun. 29. The Flyers will play in the Senior AA level for the 2013/14 season. The decision came after a lengthy consultation with Flyers executive and player representatives. There were several reasons why they decided to move from AAA level to AA level, said Paul van Nostrand, president of the Seniors Flyers Hockey Club, in a press release. Some of the reasons for the switch were due to potential impending player retirements and the financial constraints of operating in AAA hockey. In addition, with the Flyers joining the AA league, the team will be able to compete for a North Peace Hockey League (NPHL) championship and may be able to play in the Hockey Senior AA Coy Cup championships. Darrel Leahy, the Flyers head coach for the last three seasons, is stepping away from his position. Earlier this year he led the team to the top of the 2013 Savage Cup. “Darrel has always been about the team and there is no denying he is a ‘Flyer’ through and through,” said the statement. Leahy played as a Flyer for 10 years before he served as a general manager and director. The hockey club’s executive is currently looking for a new head coach. While the Flyers say goodbye to Leahy, they have welcomed a new general manager, Lee Hartman.

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Continued from Page 14. Once out of big cities, she found that more people would pull over and see if she needed help. Many police officers also made a point to see what Bauberger was up to. Bauberger has included a few details about each stop in little paper books around the gallery, her notes range from what the weather was like to her experi-

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A mounted grizzly bear stands in Fort St. John resident Aron McBryan’s living room. McBryan claimed the bear in 2011 during a spring limited entry hunt near Chowade River, B.C. by Pink Mountain. The bear was in close range, about 17 yards away from McBryan when McBryan first spotted it. The grizzly made it in the Boone and Crockett Club’s Records of Northern American Big Game. It scored 25-2/16 points. McBryan was hunting by himself when he caught the grizzly and it took him 12 hours to haul it back to his campsite. This was the first and only bear McBryan has shot, he has been hunting for 10 years.

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PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT REQUEST for VOLUNTEERS Agriculture Advisory Committee The Peace River Regional District is seeking three (3) members at large from the region to serve as members on the Agriculture Advisory Committee (AAC). The Committee was established to provide advice to the Regional District Board regarding agriculture in the region. The Committee will review and provide advice on matters regarding the agricultural sector in the Regional District, including recommendations for ways to enhance agriculture in the region. Some of the Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accomplishments to date include providing comments on the Agricultural Waste Control Regulation, advising the Regional Board on Official Community Plans and reviewing ALR applications. In 2011 the AAC assisted the Board in the preparation of a briefing paper during a review of the Agricultural Land Commission. A current major initiative for which the AAC is an important participant is the development of a Regional Agriculture Plan, expected for completion in the spring of 2014. Terms of Reference for the Committee may be obtained from the Regional District offices located at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC; 9505 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 100th Street, Fort St. John, BC or viewed on the Regional District website at Members are reimbursed for all travel expenses to attend meetings, typically meetings are 4 to 5 hours long and take place 4 to 6 times per year. Members are appointed for a two year term. As a major agricultural region, the Regional Board believes that input from the sector is important to assist with major decisions affecting agriculture. If you are interested in agriculture and issues related to agriculture and would like to participate on the Agriculture Advisory Committee please submit a brief letter and resume outlining your interests, background and experience in agriculture to: Peace River Regional District Agriculture Advisory Committee â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Request for Volunteers Box 810, 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8 Fax: 250.784.3201 Email: Appointments will be drawn from the submissions received and will balance a number of factors including geographic and commodity representation. The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2013. Inquiries should be directed to Bruce Simard, General Manager of Development Services at 250.784.3200 or 1.800.670.7773 or email

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CAREER OPPORTUNITY BonneĆŠ â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energy Corp. is looking for a commiĆŠed, high-performing individual to join our team. Our business is growing and we are seeking a highly moĆ&#x;vated team player who is willing to welcome new challenges.

BonneĆŠ â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energy Corp. is seeking a candidate to fulÄŽll the posiĆ&#x;on of

Field Sales based out of our Fort St. John, B.C. locaĆ&#x;on. BonneĆŠ â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energy Corp. is a diversiÄŽed oilÄŽeld services company. As part of the Sales team, you will be directly responsible to promote and grow the company business through beneÄŽcial company contact and sales management. Your ability to posiĆ&#x;vely sell our service companiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strengths in a fast paced sales market will be instrumental to your success. You will be accountable for co-coordinaĆ&#x;ng sales within the Fort St. John region ensuring that you meet and exceed the company objecĆ&#x;ves for safety, human resources and ÄŽnancial obligaĆ&#x;ons. Your knowledge in the oil and gas industry, leadership, energy and strong sales ability will provide you with the necessary tools to produce quality service and sales to our customers in a rapidly changing environment. Your professional communicaĆ&#x;on skills will be a fundamental requirement in ensuring you excel in this posiĆ&#x;on. The successful candidate must have previous experience with the oil and gas industry, be willing to travel, have excellent wriĆŠen and oral communicaĆ&#x;on skills, have excellent computer skills, be highly moĆ&#x;vated, have a valid driverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s license with a clean abstract and have the ability to work independently as well as work as a member of a team. BonneĆŠ â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Energy Corp. oÄŤers a great working environment, compeĆ&#x;Ć&#x;ve salary and bonus plan, a comprehensive beneÄŽts package, company matching RRSP and a company vehicle. All interested candidates can send their resume AĆŠenĆ&#x;on Human Resources, indicaĆ&#x;ng job Ć&#x;tle and locaĆ&#x;on to: hr@bonneĆŠ or fax to 780-532-4811. We wish to thank all applicants for their interest in this opportunity, however, only those candidates under consideraĆ&#x;on will be contacted.

Check out our job board at! Executive Director: The successful candidate for this position will have excellent communication skills and have previous office management experience. Duties will include but are not limited to preparing meeting agendas, minutes, managing the day to day operation of the office, attend meetings as required and keep accurate membership records. Candidates will also have good accounting skills and will be expected to prepare monthly financial reports, banking and ongoing financial record keeping, and to help with annual budget prep. Candidates should be familiar to reporting to and working with a board of directors. A/R Clerk: Busy oil and gas company looking for an experienced Accounts Receivable clerk. Candidates should have a lot of experience with SAP, Open Invoice and JD Edwards. This is a full time position, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. Some overtime may be required. Administrator: This is a great opportunity for someone who would like to work school time hours and occasional evening hours. The duties will be varied and the successful candidate must be able to work well on their own. Candidates should have good MSOffice computer skills, like to be organized and be able to prioritize workloads. Duties will include, but not limited to, data entry, budgeting, taking minutes, developing monthly financial reports, scheduling, mail and bank deposits and other duties as assigned. Start Date is September 1, 2013. This job is a part time placement-- 4 to 5 hours per day. Field Clerk / OFA3: Work at an oil company field office. Duties to include data entry, phones, admin duties as required and any occupational first aid situations. Candidates should have good computer skills, and some previous office experience is an asset. Schedule is 7 days on/ 7 days off, 12 hour days. Home every night.

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Multi-Residential Maintenance Help Required Now! We are looking for a few able people who are mechanically inclined to join our maintenance crew in Dawson Creek! Duties will include, but not limited to, completing work orders, performing minor repairs on plumbing, electrical systems, walls and Áooring, moving furniture, equipment, materials and supplies. Clean driver’s abstract and criminal record check required. If you have any or all of the above skills, please send resume to: Fax: 250-782-6935



Looking for volunteers for the upcoming airshow July 27 & 28, 2013. For more info or to volunteer please contact Kathy at 250-7870938 07/17

Peace River Building Products is looking for a sales clerk. Wages start at $15-17/hr subject to experience. Bring resume to 9511-85th Ave Fort St john. 07/25


Looking for Clubs and Nonprofit groups for various jobs for the upcoming airshow July 27 & 28, 2013. Anyone interested contact Kathy at 250-787-0938

FSJ INTERNATIONAL FOR SALE 2010 x 75 John Deere Farm Tractor with front end loader, rototiller and back blade. Low hours 4 x 4 75 horsepower. Asking $40,000 Call 250-7883143 or 250-788-5952 07/18


Rycroft, Alberta Brett Young Seeds is a privately owned and trusted seed and biological production, distribution, sales and marketing company with international reach and strong local roots since 1934. Our goal is to deliver value to our customers through world class service and differentiated products. Based in Winnipeg, we have locations throughout Western Canada and are currently seeking dynamic and experienced individuals to join our Rycroft, Alberta team to support our continued growth.

Facility General Manager

Seed Production Specialist

We are seeking a motivated professional to oversee and direct all operations at our Rycroft facility, responsible for high level planning in terms of budgets, administration, scheduling and operations. This position also includes a seed purchasing function in the Peace Region that works closely with the Production Team to build relationships, procure acres for forage and turf seed and coordinate the scheduling of deliveries as per production requirements.

We are seeking a relationshiporiented sales professional with a passion for agronomy. You will work with the Production Team to seek out and secure seed production acres for forage and turf seed to achieve company seed production targets and then work with these contract growers on production agronomics to help ensure yields and seed quality are maximized.

The ideal candidate will have experience and knowledge of seed industry quality standards with an understanding of the certification required by all regulatory authorities. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, this position will conduct regular review and followup of facility financial statements, market analysis, forecasting and performance tracking in the region. Post-secondary education in business or agriculture are required for this position with a minimum five years experience in an equivalent position in the agriculture or seed industry, with progressive experience managing people and building relationships. License for Approved Conditioner Operator, Authorized Exporter Operator and accreditation for Grader is an asset.

This position also includes a seed purchasing function in the Peace Region that works closely with the Production Team to build relationships, procure acres and coordinate the scheduling of deliveries as per production requirements to achieve territory and corporate goals. Thus, success in this position will be achieved through a balance of sales and agronomy. You will work independently within your territory from the Rycroft facility/ your home-based office; you will also work with Regional Account Managers in our Seed and Crop Inputs (Retail) division that operate in your territory to help identify potential contract growers. The successful candidate will have a proven ability to plan and manage his/her time effectively and have strong communication skills both internally and externally to promote, support and grow our Seed Production division.Brett Young provides sales and product training, however, education, training and experience in sales and/or agronomy is a definite asset and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture is preferred.

Brett Young Seeds is an organization that supports professional growth and development and offers an attractive compensation package including salary and an outstanding and comprehensive benefits package. Brett Young Seeds is an Equal Opportunity employer. Interested applicants are invited to apply to become a part of our team by submitting a letter of interest with salary expectations and a resume to:

Human Resources, Brett Young Seeds Fax: 204-478-8370 | Email:




Off set mortgage with Basement Suite Rental. Main floor 3 bedroom, bath, kitchen & living room. Lower floor 2 bedroom, bath, kitchen & living room. Shared laundry, $10,000 in recent repairs. Located at 6388 Daisy Ave, Fort St John. Call 1-250-493-1807. Reduced price $349,000. Pre approvals only 07/18 NOVELTY

Bills Books & Bargains. We Buy your collectables, Adult Magazines, Books and coins. Open 12pm to 7pm Mon to Sat. Phone 250-7852660 TFN

Colored or Galvanized Chainlink Fencing with Slats 75 to 90 % Privacy. Low Maintenance Also Fence Repairs. Call Bill at 250794-1003 07/11 SEARS DEALERSHIP FOR SALE Come into Sears #5, 10200-8th St (Coop Mall) Dawson Creek BC or call 250-782-5982 07/11 MASSAGE Nim’s Thai Massage. Great Stress Relief for your Therapeutic well-being. Call 250-793-2335


Maintenance Supervisor A large property management company in Dawson Creek needs a hands-on, service focused supervisor with proven leadership, organizational and time management skills along with knowledge of general maintenance. Boiler experience is a bonus. Driver’s Abstract and Police Clearance required. Fax: 250-782-6935 or email

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Fort Nelson Family Development Society Seeking an

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FNFDS is accepting applications for the Executive Director position. The Director is responsible for the successful delivery of MCFD and CLBC contracts to the Fort Nelson Region. All services are designed to support families through early intervention services and building parenting capacity. The society also operates a Licensed Child Care Facility and an adult residential home. Qualifications: The applicant must: • Degree in a relevant area: Business Management, Health, Social Services • Two years of experience in Supervisory Management • Embrace the philosophy of family centered practice • Knowledge of evidence based practice in early intervention • Understand the requirement of Government Accreditation • Must have two years of experience in a non-profit setting and facilitating government contracts • Strong skills set human resources, leadership and community engagement Hours: 30 hours per week FNFDS offers a competitive wage, benefit package and flexible hours. Include in application: resume, copies of credentials and three professional references. Forward to:

Kim Hughes-Brinsky, Box 1210, Fort Nelson V0C 1R0 Email: Fax: 250-774-2831

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Fort St. John • Jul. 21: North Peace Horticultural Society’s annual Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are available at the museum one week prior to the event and on the day of the event. • Aug. 23 - 25: North Peace Horticultural Society is holding their annual Flow-

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 a few days before the meeting. Call (250) 785-3200

er 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. at a friend’s house or in your own home. Seniors’ Access office (next door to Sears).

for more information. • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy options, peer-counselling and support are available at the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. New location at #335 9909100 Ave, Fort St. John. Please visit our website: To make an appointment call our 24 hour hotline at (250) 262-1280. All services are free and completely confidential. • Are you tired of the crime? Then do the time. Join the Fort St. John Citizens Patrol. Donate a minimum of five hours per month. For information, call (250) 262-4530. • Pan African Caribbean Association welcomes the community to join our group to promote community awareness of culture, music and cuisine. Phone Donald at (250) 785-0815 for more information. • New Totem Archery hold their indoor shoots at the Fort St. John Co-op Mall every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. • Come out and join us for an afternoon of play, crafts, a healthy snack, circle time and an opportunity to borrow books from the Devereaux School Library. This is a chance to meet other people from your community and introduce your children to a school setting. We meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning Oct. 20th. This program is geared for three to four year-olds but siblings are welcome to come with their parents. Call Patti (250) 843-7813 for more information. • Join us for fun, fun, fun at the artSpace! ArtSpace classes are here again at the North Peace Cultural Centre with wonderful programming for all ages! Don’t miss out! Register today for preschool, Mommy and Me, afterschool and adult classes! Check out the great selection of activities at, or pick up a brochure at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Call (250) 785-1992 for more information or to register. • Hearts for Adoption Support Group: Waiting families, adoptive families and wondering families/ individuals are welcome to join us for adoption stories, resources and snacks! Meets regularly. For dates and times contact Joel or Gigi at 250-787-7559

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 Se-

niors’ Independence) today. 250-782-1138 ext. 228, email or visit the website at www. • Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Unit. Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. All meetings are open. • Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Health Unit, Dawson Creek. • Mile 0 Quilt Guild meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m., Studio 10 at KPAC. Come join us 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.


• 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 or (250) 242-3389. Registration is required.


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

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:, 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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Health breach

Continued from Page 12. “While there are a number of issues the commissioner has raised in this report, I am pleased to see that she did recognize the Ministry of Health has made a number of significant improvements over the past year...Much of what the commissioner suggests matches the 10 recommendations from Deloitte’s review. We also have accepted Deloitte’s recommendations in full, and have already acted on a number of them,” Lake said in the press release. Since the conclusion of Deloitte’s report the ministry has had more than 280 managers and executives complete privacy and data security training, ministry divisions have reviewed sensitive data and how it is secured and protected, and they have improved their data warehousing system, allowing tracking to which employees are accessing which data. The ministry said they are working on completing the remainder of Deloitte’s recommendations, including: enhanced privacy and data security training for more ministry employees, replacing older software, developing reference guides and increasing data security. “The Ministry of Health collects a wide range and volume of health data, which is invaluable to researchers seeking new solutions for patients and improved health outcomes for citizens. The public supports this research, but expects their data to be managed securely,” said Denham.

Jill Earl photo

Samantha Scott plays at the Rolla Pub, July 5, before heading out on her summer tour.

This youngster spends a day with mom at Rotary Lake.

Jill Earl photo

Residents take in the summer sun at Rotary Lake.

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