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A Go-Pro camera shot taken on the wing of Super Dave Mathieson’s Scheyden MX2 above Fort St. John with Northeast News reporter Kyla Corpuz and Mathieson in the cockpit, two days before the 2013 Fort St. John International Air Show.

FORT ST. JOHN – As I’m getting strapped into a red parachute the lady guiding my feet through the loopholes tells me one thing about it: “The three most important words you’re going to hear is ‘Eject, eject, eject,’â€? which would have been fine if I was preparing to go skydiving. Instead, I was getting ready to hop into an orange and black Scheyden MX2 with aerobatic pilot, Dave Mathieson, also known as Super Dave. The lady then told me I shouldn’t be worried, “I’ve seen him land a plane with a failed engine before,â€? she reassured me. That suddenly, and surprisingly, put me at ease. Mathieson was dubbed Super Dave after he successfully landed a float plane without a control column. “During my first job when I was 18 years old I was driving a Cessna 180 on floats and the control column came off the dashboard. So I used the doors to steer for an hour—terrifying,â€? he said. “I just pushed on the left door and made the plane go right and pushed the right door and made the plane go left ‌ Landed it safely without a scratch.â€? After 23 years of flying as a bush pilot and an airline pilot for Air Canada Jazz, Mathieson found his true calling as an aerobatic pilot. “The air show scene is my fourth year, I wouldn’t say I’m a complete rookie or an extremely experienced guy either.â€? Mathieson was one of the many performers at the 2013 Fort St. John International Air Show that swept through the city on Jul. 27 and Jul. 28. He shared center stage with acts from the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, CF-18 Demo Team, paraplegic hang glider Dan Buchanan, Jerzy Strzyz, the Harmon Rockets, Kent Pietsch and his Jelly Belly plane, Pete McLeod and the pyrotechnic AV8FX team. “We all know each other now because we do so many different shows together, but it’s neat to get together, it’s always a lot of fun,â€? he said. With the various types of aircrafts that filled the sky over the weekend, Mathieson’s MX2 has a maximum speed of 300 mph and a roll rate of 500 degrees per second. “It’s the most exciting type of flying you can do, it’s the ultimate freedom, it’s a lot of fun.â€? He isn’t exaggerating. Flying above Fort St. John in the passenger seat of an aircraft, that has soared over Canada and skies in California and Virginia, was an experience you don’t come by often. It’s one I probably won’t forget. I had a permanent smile on my face doing barrel rolls and hanging upside down for a bird’s eye view of the Peace River and the rolling hills that make up this side of the country. As for those three most important words, I never heard them, not that I was worried. After all, I was riding shotgun with a pilot who landed a plane without a control column.





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Dr. Charles Helm announced the official launch of three books detailing Tumbler Ridge’s scenery, fossils and history, all major components of the aspiring geopark. Proceeds will go towards the publication of a coffee table hard cover book on the same topics if geopark designation is granted. Jill Earl photo



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Tumbler Ridge’s Dinosaur Discovery Gallery was the back drop to several announcement and unveilings during the Aspiring Geoparks Symposium, Jul. 26-28.

Community support evident at aspiring geopark symposium By Jill Earl TUMBLER RIDGE - The Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Steering Committee has been working for the past year to bring last weekend’s first annual symposium on the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark into fruition, but the community has been working towards a geopark designation unknowingly for much longer. “We’ve been working towards this geopark designation for probably several decades, if not centuries,” said Mayor Darwin Wren, referencing the several books written, trails built, historical data collected and paleontological unveilings in the past that provide support for a geopark designation. The symposium, held Jul. 26-28, combined the community’s interest in geoparks with the fifth annual Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre symposium. It welcomed 25 speakers from across Canada that offered their insights into geoparks, paleontology and highlighted different aspects of Tumbler Ridge. Guests and speakers also included those from other aspiring geoparks in Canada, including those in Perce, Que., Newfoundland and Bill Merrifield from Stonehammer Geopark, the only geopark in Canada, located in New Brunswick. Godfrey Nowlan, interim chair of the Canadian National Committee for Geoparks and the Global Geoparks Network, was also present at the symposium. He said that approximately nine communities have approached the committee interested in seeking designation, but only Tumbler Ridge has submitted a letter of intent. “It’s [designation] a significant task. What the local group here has done takes a lot of work; even the letter of intent is quite detailed. It lists the sites, it lists what the management plan might be, it lists a lot of things, where support it coming from, letters of support, all that type of thing,” said Nowlan. Nowlan and Pierre Verpaelst, also of the national committee, will be extending their stay in Tumbler Ridge until mid-week to evaluate Tumbler Ridge on its geopark merits.

Nowlan and Verpaelst will be visiting sites that are planned locations that the geopark will use for education, interpretation and tourism, provided it is successful in obtaining a designation. They will also be sampling tourism operators and other sorts of tourist activities that will be utilized in the potential geopark. “We will be looking at sites for all different purposes, are they well protected? Are they suitable for your average person who is a tourist? Is this an easy place for them to get to? How accessible? How safe is the trail? How well maintained? Those kinds of things will be key,” said Nowlan, noting that he recognizes that many of the sites may be for wilderness-savvy people, which is out of the norm for the carefully controlled geoparks in Europe and China. After their visit, Nowlan and Verpaelst will write a report back to Tumbler Ridge’s committee making recommendations for certain improvements and considerations before giving their endorsement to them, if they decide to do so. If Tumbler Ridge gets the national blessing they will then seek global geopark designation by writing a self-evaluation, detailing plans for the park, for the international committee. Nowlan said in the best-case scenario, Tumbler Ridge could be designated as a global geopark late next year at the global conference scheduled for the first time in Canada at the Stonehammer Geopark. The national committee only considers two applications a year, said Nolan, adding that the global committee will only designate two sites a year from a given country, but usually only approve eight to 10 a year. The United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization, a supporter of geopark efforts and the Global Network for National Geoparks, describes geoparks as a, ‘unified area with geological heritage of international significance’. The sites focus on conservation, education and geotourism and combine geological heritage, the history of the earth, cultural interaction and economical development.

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Recent shootings believed to be related: Fort St. John RCMP By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Fort St. John RCMP have stated that the recent shootings within the city are likely to be linked. “…it is believed that there is a connection between the separate firearm incidents and that they are directly related to the drug trade,” reads a press release on Jul. 26. In the month of July four shootings have occured as well as an alleged attempted arson.

The RCMP are are determined to halt the string of violence that has occurred in the past month. “Simply put, we want to stop this illegal and dangerous activity before somebody is hurt or killed,” said Fort St. John officer in charge Insp. Pat Egan. “To do this, every available police resource in Fort St. John is being used and resources from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, the province’s anti-gang unit, have been brought in to help.” On Jul. 8 a house on the 9600 block of 96 Street was shot at

through the back of the residence. On Jul. 15 and Jul. 21, both at approximately 3 a.m., The Marquis Centre fell victim to shots fired through an apartment door. On Jul. 21, 20 minutes before 11 p.m., homemade bombs known as Molotov cocktails were thrown at a residence in the 101 block of 96 Avenue. At 11 p.m. on the same night two hotel rooms were fired at the Northwoods Inn on Alaska Highway. There were no injuries reported as a result of the attacks.

FSJ Money Stop ordered to cease operation By Kyla Corpuz

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pay periods,” explained Bains. Since there was no agreement in place, customers only have to pay back the amount borrowed, annulling any fees or interests. “In our order we’ve actually said they need to immediately cease any payday lending activity,” said Bains. The order was sent out on Jul. 24. Tel Sutherland in Grand Prairie owns the Money Stop. The Fort St. John location is managed through the Alberta headquarters, said Sutherland. On Jul. 25 Sutherland said he doesn’t plan on shutting down the Fort St. John Money Stop, neither did he have time to look at the compliance order. “I grabbed the package and I haven’t had a chance to look at it other than the guy phoned me last night. I don’t really have much to comment on right now…,” he said. When asked if he was aware that The Money Stop was not complying with provincial laws, Sutherland said, “Yeah, I guess so, so they say.” Earlier that day an employee at the Money Stop said she didn’t receive any orders to cease their operations. The law does allow businesses to file a request for reconsideration 30 days after being handed a compliance order.

FORT ST. JOHN – The Money Stop in Fort St. John was caught breaking the law, according to Consumer Protection BC. “Through one of the routine inspections throughout the north, [Consumer Protection BC] has confirmed that [The Money Stop] are continuing to offer payday lending services without a license


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Directors move on work camp report recommendations By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK - Two temporary use permit applications were approved by Peace River Regional District directors, July 25, after the board continued their discussion on worker camps and the report that was prepared by W. Beamish Consulting Ltd. on the subject. Kory Pearson and Greg Wilson, the applicants, are proposing to build a 500-person work camp in the Pink Mountain area books t hat matter and another 300-person camp in the Gundy Creek Road area body jewelr y for their clients. The board supdetox ported and authorized the building, subject to the approval of 10116 100 Street, FSJ 250.261.6979 the Ministry of Transportation Monday - Saturday 10-7 • Sunday 12-4 and Infrastructure’s request of a traffic impact assessment by a qualified traffic engineer registered in B.C., and that standards for signage and consideration to eliminate debris from tracking on the highway are taken into account. “We actually have proponents right now that are actually trying to do this the right way, and what I think has happened in the past, and I’d hate like heck to see that be repeated, is that most operators find that it’s better to get forgiveness than it is to get permission,” said Director of Area C Arthur Hadland, referring to the work camps that are built without a permit. Email your While considering Beamish’s pet’s photo to report during the Committee of the Whole meeting, directors for a chance to win a approved, amended and elimispecial prize from the nated some of its recommendaNorth Peace Veterinary tions. Clinic “This conversation needs to be had around this table with 1 pet will be chosen each week and will be the parties that are most difeatured in the Northeast News. rectly involved and I think this goes a long way,” said Bruce Each pet chosen will be entered into a draw for a monthly prize supplied by the Christensen, director for Fort

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BC HYDRO TRANSMISSION LINE DISCUSSIONS ONGOING, BUT NOT FOR EVERYONE By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Negotiations between BC Hydro and the property owners affected by their Dawson Creek Chetwynd Area Transmission project are still ongoing, but for few, discussions are on the right track. Of the 101 properties the line will cross, BC Hydro representatives report that they now have agreements with 86 per cent of landowners. “I think we’re on the right track,” said landowner Linda Smashnuk, who sat down with BC Hydro representatives Jul. 23. The line would run approximately 35 metres from her house, but BC Hydro has agreed to pay for a modular home to be located further from the line on her property. Upon getting quotes for the costs associated with relocating, including site preparations like clearing trees, putting in a driveway, putting in a sewage lagoon, and landscaping, Smashnuk told BC Hydro that it might cost an additional $100,000 above the cost of the house to move. She said that during their meeting BC Hydro was not prepared to accept that amount and are seeking quotations of their own; they are continuing their negotiations. “They’ve definitely come around a lot. They realize that they are impacting us where our home is that they were willing to give us a different home site, but we still haven’t come to an agreement of what it’s actually going to cost to relocate us on our own property,” she said. Originally BC Hydro was prepared to compensate Smashnuk $50,000, to be paid within three years of the project’s completion, but concerned with potential health risks brought about by close electromagnetic field exposure and the removal of the

trees that acted as a windbreak for her residence, she refused. Smashnuk even started a petition in early May, now with approximately 1,000 signatures, to have BC Hydro offer fair and equitable compensation to landowners affected by the project. Although she hasn’t presented the petition to BC Hydro, Smashnuk said that they know about the petition and believes it may have helped in getting her current offer. “They are aware of the petition, they’ve seen it but they haven’t asked for a copy or anything. Just the fact that they are willing to talk with us now, and they weren’t before, shows that it definitely has had an impact,” Smashnuk said. Negotiations aren’t looking bright for all those affected. For resident Danny Cooper, BC Hydro refuses to negotiate at all. The transmission line will run approximately 40 metres away from his home, but because the line isn’t on his property BC Hydro is unwilling to compensate him. Cooper sought the advice of a real estate agent, who confirmed that the line would devalue the home and property he’s lived in for 40 years. “[BC Hydro] told us, my wife and I, that they had no responsibility to look after us, period. Amen. And that they would no longer be talking to us and to get a lawyer and do whatever necessary if we felt we had to pursue it further,” he said. The line is also impacting Cooper’s daughter Cindy and her husband Buddy’s property. They’re house will be bulldozed and rebuilt on the other side of their property, however the couple also has fences, barns and a riding area on the land that will also need to be moved; according to Cooper BC Hydro wanted the couple to financially participate in relocating the buildings.

“They’re not bargaining in good faith when they come to these people. They are trying to lowball them on moving... they want them to participate financially in getting all this stuff set up, they happen to be in no position to be putting in a whole bunch of money to it,” he said. “The line is going ahead obviously, I mean people aren’t trying to stop the line by any stretch of the imagination except to be fairly remunerated... we just wanted fair compensation and people need to be treated fairly. With all due respect we’ve lived here for 40 years and suddenly they come in here and start disrupting everybody,” Cooper added. On a fixed income with medical problems and with the high cost of litigation, Cooper is still contemplating if he will pursue legal action. In an interview in May vice president of transmission and distribution project delivery for BC Hydro, Bruce Barrett, said that they will always try to reach a mutually acceptable agreement before proceeding with legal action. “If we can’t reach an agreement and we need to go to the next step, we will always have a second professional appraisal done, and again make every attempt to reach a mutually agreeable understanding without proceeding further,” Barrett said. The Dawson Creek Chetwynd Area Transmission project is designed to meet future electricity demands in the area. BC Hydro plans to run a 230-kilovolt transmission line from a new Sundance substation located 19 km east of Chetwynd to the Bear Mountain terminal in Dawson Creek, approximately 60 km away. The project is expected to cost approximately $190$300 million and is scheduled to be completed in early 2015.

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Facebook Friendly Lately I’ve cut down on documenting my life via Facebook status updates, a plethora of photo albums. I go through my Facebook newsfeed every so often, and someone posted a picture of a rash. But. Why? What compels people to post photos of a medical situation? Unless I’m specifically Google-ing it, I don’t really want to see it. Another time someone uploaded an entire album of the progression of their dying child who didn’t make it past a couple of hours after being born. It was horrific. It’s already heartbreaking to hear of an acquaintance losing their child, but to see a spread of photos sitting on your news feed of what looked like a healthy baby, to a grieving family holding a black and blue babe? It’s mindboggling what people think is appropriate for the Internet. I sound like I’m

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70. I know I should be used to this, it is my g e n eration Kyla Corpuz that has evolved the Internet into what it is today. Why do we feel so obligated to tell, not just our life story, but every waking experience with Facebook? What happened to having a private life? It’s like we’ve all become self-proclaimed celebrities, except we are our own paparazzi. I’m not saying I’m not guilty, and I really don’t mind when people post milestones, like their first born child or their wedding day on Facebook (trust me, I’m probably the first to creep it). But for goodness sakes, leave the rashes out of it! Or at least get a blog.

Facts About the Pipeline Industry

Recently, misinformation, circulated by the Kispiox Community Centre Association (KCCA), has been shared amongst communities in northwest British Columbia regarding the proposed construction of pipelines. While we appreciate good debates and conversations, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA)’s feels compelled to provide the public with the facts about the pipeline industry. In our view, the public interest is poorly served by inaccurate commentary that exaggerates personal views and is not supported by an understanding of the regulatory processes that are designed to inform and engage the public. Not to mention, with the advent of social media, in which the speed of information is measured in nanoseconds, it means that misinformation quickly becomes the assumed truth. For over 60 years, transmission pipeline operators have been committed to safely transporting oil and gas products in Canada. In fact, in British Columbia alone, our member companies operate approximately 9,000 kilometres of pipelines beneath our feet. In British Columbia, the BC Oil and Gas Commission regulates provincial pipelines, while the National Energy Board regulates pipelines that cross provincial or international boundaries. However, regardless of the jurisdiction, the regulator will

utilize its own assessment requirements to evaluate projects and ensure that the environment is protected and the public is safe. Any project that is approved by either regulator could be subject to conditions that are enforceable, as well as, inspections during construction and operation. The regulators will hold the pipeline companies accountable for their actions and their performance. When planning a pipeline, the pipeline proponent makes every effort to manage the unique environmental and socio-cultural aspects of the proposed pipeline route. Pipeline proponents conduct a thorough assessment of the proposed right-of-way and its surrounding natural environment to identify the unique features that must be protected throughout the full lifecycle of the pipeline. This detailed review helps pipeline companies develop appropriate mitigation strategies to protect the local environment. So, to suggest that environmental assessments are inadequate is simply not true. It’s also important for Canadians, including British Columbians, to recognize that Canadians will ultimately benefit from existing and proposed pipeline development. For those working directly in the energy sector, salaries and benefits support thousands of families, local businesses and many regional economies from coast to coast to coast. In addition, for those working outside the energy sector,

there’s also a ripple effect that ultimately provides financial benefits as well. For example, the strength of our natural resources has generated a reliable stream of tax revenue that allows us to enjoy an enviable quality of life. Things like, recreation facilities for our families to enjoy, the job retraining programs that prepare Canada’s next-generation workforce, investments in green technology, the world-class health care facilities and universities, that we are so proud of, are all supported, in part, with tax revenue generated from the energy sector. But let’s not forget the thousands of local suppliers across Canada that are also impacted by the pipeline industry, such as welding , steel manufacturing, construction, information technology, and even local hotels and restaurants are all impacted by the pipeline industry. From my point of view, we need to find the right balance between developing our natural resources, protecting the environment and supporting Canadians quality of life. In this regard, pipelines remain a fundamental mode of transportation to a modern and well functioning society. For more information on pipelines, please visit: Philippe Reicher, Vice-President, External Relations Canadian Energy Pipeline Association

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Convocation is over and you throw your cap into the air in celebration … and it falls to the ground. That’s gravity and the gravity of your new situation hits you–time to get your first real job, time to face up to the financial realities of the multiple stages of your life that are inevitable after graduation. For new grads, the period just after graduation can be financially overwhelming.

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Worker camps Continued from Page 5.

Directors approved the report’s first recommendation that the PRRD invite other local governments in the region along with industry stakeholders and agencies to a meeting to explore opportunities for tracking and sharing information about worker camps and major projects, to develop a common information database, and discuss the financial means to establish and maintain that system. Directors believe that the Oil and Gas Commission and camp operators need to be included in these discussions. They also voted to include the standardization of the application process in these conversations. Mayor of Hudson’s Hope Gwen Johansson said that each ministry has a different process for dealing with work camp applications depending on its use. She said that the board should find out what the different processes are and see if there is an opportunity to develop one standardized process for all uses. “A camp is a camp,” Johansson said. The second recommendation included several changes to the region’s zoning bylaws: including the definition of industrial camps as well as open or commercial camps, having night-sky friendly lighting in the camps, implementing provisions to buffer noise and including provisions for dust management. The recommendation also suggested the district establish a setback of one kilometre for camps to be located from any residential structure on adjoining properties. File photo The PRRD began their community consultations throughout the region and board chair Karen Kory Pearson and Greg Wilson have both their application permits for their proposed Goodings said that the rural residents feel that a one-kilometre setback is not adequate and that worker camps approved during the last PRRD meeting. many other issues also need to be addressed. One of the later approved worker camp applications is within 400 m from its nearest resident. That resident wrote a letter of opposition to the application, but unfortunately died the week before the board’s decision. “We’ve always been concerned about the resident that is right next door to a camp however, after listening to the people up there [in the consultations] there are some definite concerns that are much broader than living right next door to a camp,” Goodings said. Hadland reiterated their concerns about speeding, garbage, suspicious activity, radio controlled roads and law enforcement. Directors voted to refer recommendation two until after the meeting in recommendation one is held. Recommendation three was also referred until after the meeting, it included implementing amendments to the PRRD’s building bylaw to include a provision for engineer certification with respect to long-term industrial camps, exclusion for short-term camps (less than five months), and a requirement that long-term and open camps be permitted and inspected. Recommendation four was amended to read that the district implement a development permit process for major projects that requires the applicant to identify community impacts and benefits of the project, and to provide reason why workers should not be located within the nearest community; it previously stated municipality. The change was made to recognize the impact that these worker camps have on rural areas, not just municipalities. The report’s fifth recommendation to refer all applications for long term and open camps to the nearest municipality and other agencies for comment prior to approving permits was approved. The board noted that they already do this. The board also referred action to recommendation six until after the meeting approved in the first recommendation. The sixth would have had the district lobby the provincial government to undertake a study of the economic and social impacts of worker camps and industrial development on community, people and services to ensure that provincial agencies in the Peace River have the resources to achieve their mandates. “I do have a concern with asking the provincial government to take this on,” said Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman. Johansson adding that the provincial government is looking to make cuts, not take on more projects. The board voted to remove number seven from the recommendations from their action items; it was to develop a region-wide mechanism to track the number of transient workers. The majority of the board felt it was more than they could take on. Recommendation eight, undertaking a social impact assessment for the region’s transient workforce and work camps; recommendation nine, undertaking a region-wide social plan to inform and assist local agencies, the province and industry, of strategic collaborative next steps; and recommendation 10, integrate the region-wide social plan into official community plans and region-wide planning efforts have all been referred to staff for how the board should move forward on those recommendations. Beamish’s last recommendation was approved after being slightly modified to read: projects include a detailed assessment of community impacts including cumulative effects with other Nearly half of all wildfires are preventable. Please, be responsible in our forests. projects planned for the same geographical area (within 250 km), further the applicants must include a plan that shows where and how workers will be housed and where long-term operational employees will be housed on completion of the project’s construction. The board’s decisions made in their committee of the whole meeting have to be finalized in one of their regular meetings.

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An open letter to all Canadians Bell Canada is taking the unusual step of writing to all Canadians today. As the nation’s longest-serving telecommunications company, established shortly after Confederation in 1880, we would like to ensure Canadians clearly understand a critical situation impacting their world-leading wireless industry. Verizon Communications, a $120-billion US telecommunications giant with 100 million wireless customers, is considering entering the Canadian market. A company of this scale certainly doesn’t need handouts from Canadians or special regulatory advantages over Canadian companies. But that is exactly what they get in the new federal wireless regulations. Bell welcomes any competitor, but they should compete on a level playing field. Fair competition is something Canadians demand and something Bell expects too after 133 years of investment in delivering world-class communications services to Canadians.

Unintended advantages for American giants: How we got here The federal government has recently taken an activist role in regulating Canada’s wireless industry. That includes giving various benefits to small startup wireless competitors. With Ottawa’s help, the new companies have become part of the vigorously competitive Canadian wireless marketplace. But the government inadvertently left holes in the wireless rules that would give big US corporations the same extraordinary advantages as the small startups. And all Canadians are on the hook to pay. Verizon has said it’s looking at taking advantage of this unique opportunity. We do not believe a US company 4x the size of Canada’s entire wireless industry combined requires special help from Canada. It’s profoundly unfair to all Canadians, and Ottawa needs to close the loopholes.

3 loopholes in the rules Under federal regulations originally designed for startup competitors, Verizon would actually get these benefits… 1. Verizon would be able to buy twice as much of Canada’s airwaves as Canadian companies like Bell can in an upcoming auction of wireless spectrum – the airwaves that carry your calls and data. These airwaves are a public resource, and access to them is critical to providing you with world-leading wireless services. When Ottawa auctions off Canada’s airwaves for use by telecommunications companies, it gets significant revenues. These are public funds. It is inappropriate for our own government to essentially reserve a public resource for a company like Verizon to the detriment of Canadian companies. In doing so, the government will also reduce federal auction revenue significantly – by potentially hundreds of millions of dollars. A loophole that gives US companies access to twice as much of our airwaves and at a lower cost is an unfair advantage, paid for by Canadians. 2. They get to piggyback on the networks of Canadian carriers wherever they don’t want to invest and build their own. Under the rules, Verizon would have the right to offer wireless service using the advanced networks funded by Canadian companies and built by Canadian workers. Industry experts say a Verizon wouldn’t need to build its own network throughout Canada, invest in Canada’s rural communities, or support Canadian jobs like Canadian wireless companies do. Instead, they would concentrate on a few big urban centres, forcing Canadian carriers to do the same while potentially cutting jobs and slashing costs in order to compete. 3. Verizon can acquire smaller Canadian competitors – but Bell and other Canadian wireless companies can’t even try. American players like Verizon can buy up new Canadian wireless companies like Wind Mobile and Mobilicity at cut-rate prices – including their existing spectrum holdings previously subsidized by Canadian taxpayers. Yet Canadian carriers like Bell are restricted from competing to acquire these Canadian startups, even if the new companies want it to happen. That means Verizon gets them for below-market value. What did Ottawa get from the United States in return for this unprecedented access to Canada? Nothing. No reciprocity in the US for Canadian companies. In fact, can you even imagine Canadian wireless companies getting preferred access to New York, Los Angeles or Chicago?

3 straightforward ways to close the loopholes The Bell team is ready to compete with anyone for your business on a level playing field. But big US companies taking advantage of rules designed to help Canadian startups is just not on the level. To get wireless policy back on track, we propose that… 1. Canadian wireless carriers should be able to bid for the same amount of Canada’s airwaves as Americans can. 2. US operators entering Canada should roll out wireless service across the country, just as Canadian companies have. 3. If a small Canadian wireless company seeks a buyer, Canadian carriers should be allowed to bid, just as the Americans can. US giants don’t need special help from the Canadian government, and Canadians shouldn’t have to pay their way into the country. Instead, let’s give Canada’s own communications companies a fair chance to compete with them. Sincerely,

George Cope, President and CEO, Bell Canada and BCE

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We’re not the only ones concerned “Why would Ottawa create a policy environment that favours a U.S. telecom giant and deliberately trashes the shareholders of the major Canadian wireless players?” Terence Corcoran, Financial Post, June 27, 2013

“But there is no basis for the Commission to give certain large companies a regulatory hand-out… so they can acquire spectrum… at a substantial discount over the price that would otherwise be received.” Verizon, Regulatory filing to the FCC on U.S. Incentive Auctions, March 12, 2013

“In fact a report published last week commissioned by the CRTC suggested a similar conclusion (that wireless prices have come down meaningfully since 2008) – so we’re not entirely sure where Industry Canada is getting its data about the market not being competitive. Then again, the government wouldn’t let a little data get in the way of a good lever for getting votes, and that’s clearly what is going on here.” Bob Bek, CIBC World Markets, July 12, 2013

“The perception that Canadian prices are high relative to other jurisdictions has been seized upon by the government as an invitation to intervene and deliver lower prices. But the perception is false and the invitation is illogical.” Dr. Jeffrey Church and Andrew Wilkins of the University of Calgary, The Globe and Mail, July 8, 2013

“…the federal government’s anything-goes market interventions to support a fourth carrier have so gerrymandered the rules to favour Verizon sweeping in that any investor seriously interested in buying shares in Canadian telecom companies should be spooked.” Sean Silcoff, The Globe and Mail, June 27, 2013

“This will mean significant layoffs which could easily trump the hiring to be done by Verizon, which besides a needed presence in retail outlets, should be able to initially handle a lot of functions (marketing, billing) from the United States.” Adam Shine, National Bank Financial, June 26, 2013

“Unlike the national incumbents in Canada, we wonder if Verizon has a strategy for wireless broadband in rural markets, a key political consideration for the current Conservative Government.” Dvai Ghose, Canaccord Genuity, July 2, 2013

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D.C. experiences surge in arrests during charity Jail and Bail By Jill Earl

pediatric cancer research and Camp Goodtimes through the event. Jail and Bail brings in more funds than any other event they host for Cops for Cancer, according to Cpl. James Rutledge. Last year the Jail and Bail raised approximately $30,000, but altogether the Dawson Creek team was able to raise $40,000 for Cops for Cancer once all fundraising efforts were considered. Community members were able to volunteer their friends, family and co-workers to be ‘arrested’ by volunteering RCMP members, they were Jill Earl photo also able to set the bail amount Volunteering RCMP members attended to help keep watch on the overflow of prisonand reason for their arrest. ers. 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By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN - Centennial Park become an outdoor theatre for a free movie night. Friends and families gathered to watch two family feature films: Brave and The Host on a big screen. The event was hosted by the City of Fort St. John and sponosred by Astral Media. The event happened on Jul. 26. Girl Guides raised money for their summer activities by selling popcorn.



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FORT ST. JOHN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The North Peace Leisure Poolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s roof may not be the most ideal camping spot. Nevertheless, Big Brothers Big Sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s executive director Danielle Armstrong, and radio announcers Beth Morrison with Astral Radio and Ted Sloan with Moose FM pitched their tents on Jul. 23 and 24 to draw attention for a youth mentoring program. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re up on the rooftop of the leisure pool to try and raise awareness about Big Brothers Big Sisters programming as well as our need for volunteers,â&#x20AC;? said Armstrong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a spectacle because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not typical you see people camping out on a roof, so it kind of gets attention and then itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in a very public accessible spot.â&#x20AC;? Their goal was to get 29 volunteer inquiries before 3 p.m. on Jul. 24, the same day as the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 29th anniversary in Fort St. John. The need for volunteer positions ranged from mentors, board members and people to help out with special events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve definitely had a shortage of volunteers over the last couple of years, so this is the first [rooftop camping event] weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing in the last three years,â&#x20AC;? said Armstrong. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awareness campaign was â&#x20AC;&#x153;pivotalâ&#x20AC;? as they are lacking male mentors, known as big brothers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[The commitment is] based around your time schedule, and all of our matches are made on common interest and compatibility factors,â&#x20AC;? explained Armstrong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So each friendship and match is unique to the people involved in it.â&#x20AC;? The time commitment can be as little as three hours a month, added Armstrong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just having that person

in their life thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consistent who they can look up to.â&#x20AC;? While there is a need for volunteers in Fort St. John, the awareness of Big Brothers Big Sisters has grown tremendously in the last couple of years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the last two years we expanded our services to also offer support programming in Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek as well. So, we went from concentrating solely to Fort St. John to a 500 km stretch in the north.â&#x20AC;? Though the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s presence is felt throughout the Peace, there are still some communities, such as Chetwynd, Hudsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hope and Tumbler Ridge that could use the help but are unable to access it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the resources to offer support for all those communities because each community has to be self sustaining financially,â&#x20AC;? explained Armstrong. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had support in previous years in Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson so we were able to make those expansions.â&#x20AC;? The Big Brothers Big Sisters rooftop challenge started in the 80s. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t begin on a rooftop. The first year they camped out on the oil rig derrick at the North Peace Museum. The following years were held at the Price Smart rooftop and eventually the North Peace Arenaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rooftop. Big Brothers Big Sister is a youth serving organization that offers mentorship support services to children ages six to 16 and sports funding to families with children ages four to 14 through Jump Start. They also provide holiday hampers during the Christmas season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our impact is broad, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessarily all about mentoring but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s definitely about supporting our families in our area,â&#x20AC;? said Armstrong.

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Church welcomes clean comedian By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - ‘A comedian walks into a church,’ could be the beginning of a joke, but it’s no joke that Canadian comedian Leland Klassen will be walking into the Alliance Church in Dawson Creek on Aug. 7 to perform. According to administrative assistant Sydney Lekei this is the first time the church has ever hosted a comedian. Klassen had already scheduled some performances in the north when he contacted the Alliance Church to see if they were interested in hosting a date as well. “We thought it would just be a good way to get the community involved in our church because it’s not just an event for people within our church but it would be a way we could get to know the people around us and not be so closed

off,” Lekei said. For the past 14 years Klassen has built his reputation on being a clean, all-ages appropriate comedian, suitable for the whole family. “There are some other Christian comedians but they’re really, really lame,” Lekei admits. “That’s one of the really cool things about it, it’s clean, family comedy and it’s something that everybody can enjoy. It’s not like some comedy where every other word is a swear word and kids can’t laugh at the jokes because they’re not funny. It’s something that everybody can enjoy and find humour in,” she said. Hosting a comedian might attract people from the community that normally wouldn’t attend their church, said Lekei, adding that it gives church

members the opportunity to meet more people in the community. By welcoming all members of the community to the event, they would be able to dispel any stereotypes or misconceptions about the church, she said. “It’s so that we can get to know the community and then the community can get to know us. I guess there’s a stereotype of churches that we’re kind of on the outside and…it’s almost like a secret society but it’s not like that at all. We want to be apart of the community and we want to be involved and we would like other people to come and be involved with us,” said Lekei. Klassen will be performing on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at the Alliance Church on 10th Street. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information call: 250-782-3837.

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Blades on 26 of the 34 wind turbines in the Bear Mountain Wind Park will be replaced by owners AltaGas Ltd. this summer and fall. The new blades are designed differently and are thought to have added rigidity and durability. As a result of the replacement the Bear Mountain access road may be closed from time to time.

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On Thursday, July 25, 2013, 200 head of cattle went through our ring D1 - D2 Cows 70.00-77.00 D3 - D4 Cows 65.00-68.00 Holstein Cows N/A Heiferettes 70.00-85.00 Bologna Bulls 78.00-91.00 Feeder Bulls 80.00-100.00 Good Bred Cows N/A Good Bred Heifers N/A Milk Cows N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (younger) N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (older) N/A

We will be making electrical system improvements in Fort Nelson on Sunday, August 18. To ensure the safety of our work crews, it will be necessary to interrupt electrical service for approximately 9 hours.

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Sunday, August 18, 2013


6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For the first hour after the power comes back on, please only plug in or turn on those electronics and appliances that you really need. This will help ensure the electrical system does not get overloaded. We are sorry for the inconvenience. We will restore your power safely and as soon as we can. Prepare for outages and stay informed by visiting or from your handheld device. Please call 1 888 POWERON (1 888 769 3766) for more information.


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Construction is now in its second year and the mine is expected to be operating in the latter part of 2013 with full commercial production scheduled for 2014. Mount Milligan is owned by Thompson Creek Metals and is currenlty recruiting the following position.s owned by Thompson Creek Metals and is currently recruiting the following position:

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August 2013

UPCOMING Fort St. John

• Aug. 10: Fort St. John Killbillies vs Grimshaw Reapers in BEAT IN THE HEAT. Aug 10, doors open at 6 p.m., game at 7 p.m. Game held at the North Peace Arena. Tix $10 at the door, kids 8 and under are free. • Aug. 10-11: Racers of all ages in vehicles of all kinds will be driving down the 1/4 mile strip at the Northern Lights Raceway. The fun starts at 11 a.m. and admission is $10. • 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

• Aug. 6-8: Hip-hop classes will be available for those ready and waiting to bust a move. Classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. at the O’Brien School gymnasium. Participants will learn the

basics of hip-hop and will be grouped into classes by age. Contact Community Services for more information. • Aug. 7-11: The 91st Annual Dawson Creek Exhibition and Stampede will be taking place at the Dawson Creek fair grounds. This five day event will include favourites like chuckwagon races, rodeo events, agricultural fair contests and exhibits and the midway. Go to www.dawsoncreekfair. com for more information. • Aug. 15-18: The 7th Annual Corn Roast and Music Festival will be taking place at the Tupper Hall. Admission is by donation and free camping is available on site. For more information or to perform call Pat at 250-786-7913. • Aug. 16-18: This year’s annual Kiskatinaw Fall Fair will start at 10 a.m. daily


• Aug. 2-4: 41st Annual Gold Panning Weekend in Taylor at Peace Island Park.

ONGOING 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 10142101st Ave (Execuplace building). From 8:30-4:30 p.m. Phone # 250-785-5323 Ext 22. The Valley Sentinel has an opening for a

REPORTER The award-winning Valley Sentinel has an immediate opportunity for a full-time community reporter, perfect for anyone looking for direct access to an outdoor lifestyle that offers mountain biking, skiing, snow boarding, fishing, hunting and so much more. We are looking for a talented individual, who is able to understand the challenges and rewards in a community newspaper while meeting weekly deadlines. Responsibilities will include story and photo assignments. This is an entry level position with room for growth. Qualifications s 3TRONGWORKETHIC s #AMERAANASSET s 9OUMUSTHAVEAVALIDDRIVERSLICENSEANDARELIABLE vehicle. s !DESIRETOPURSUEAJOURNALISMCAREER If interested please contact: Kelly Hall, Publisher The Valley Sentinel #OMMERCIAL$RIVE "OX 6ALEMOUNT "#6%: 0HONE   Or email your resume to:

• 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) 7872652. • “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 for more information. • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy options, peer-counselling and support are available at the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. New location at #335 9909-100 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

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• 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 782-7539 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@ or visit the website at • 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 1-800-643-7014 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.

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Geopark symposium

Dr. Charles Helm, he had the help of multiple community organizations and financial support Continued from Page 3. from the District of Tumbler Ridge and the Peace River Regional District to prepare for the Nowlan said that the development is often a possible geopark status. bottom-up approach, and is built through comâ&#x20AC;&#x153;The successful designation of a geopark munity interest instead of government decree. would not only add to the sustainability of Geoparks are also reevaluated every four years Tumbler Ridge but it adds a lot of value to the to ensure the integrity of the park is being main- entire Peace Region, not only that but it adds tained. value to the whole Province of British Columâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Community involvement is key, absolutely bia,â&#x20AC;? Wren said about possible benefits. key,â&#x20AC;? he said. Industry showed support for the geopark by The community involvement and support for being a sponsor of the symposium and being Tumbler Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aspiring geopark was appar- present to unveil the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Quintette Doorsâ&#x20AC;? (doors ent at the symposiumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wine and cheese recep- from the original Quintette mine) that were intion, July 26. Although fantasized by resident stalled in the museum to symbolize the important role coal and industry plays in the area. The arts community was also present at the reception to celebrate a new piece of artwork by resident Rita Henderson called, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Ice Age: Tumbler Ridge,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; which is a celebration of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aboriginal history. It will be displayed in the museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift shop as soon as scheduled renovations are completed. %DQNVVD\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tumbler Ridge has gone 12WRDORDQ" NO PROBLEM! through difficult times, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve /HW)RUW0RWRUV went through good times but we continue to move forward +HOS<RX as a community and part of us %DG&UHGLWÂ&#x2021;6ORZ&UHGLW moving forward is this estab'LYRUFH %DQNUXSWF\ lishment here. The vision of the 72,167$17&5(',7$33529$/ $SSO\7RGD\DQG'ULYH$ZD\ geopark is only going to elevate us further, and we know that :H6SHFLDOL]HLQ+HOSLQJ*RRG3HRSOH L OL L the community is behind this ZLWK%DG&UHGLW&DOO0DUWKDRU*UHJIRU process, a lot of the volunteers have done an enormous amount 3UH$SSURYDO of work and continue to do work,â&#x20AC;? said Wren. 6 9 ; 4 4 6 ; 6 9 : 33; + Nowlan expects their report Â&#x2039;^^^MVY[TV[VYZJHÂ&#x2039;(SHZRH9VHK-VY[:[1VOU to be finished by fall.

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Kevin Sharman of Teck Coal helps unveil the Quintette Doors that were installed in the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery. The doors were the originals used at the Quintette mine until in closed in 2001.

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Local artist Rita Hendersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Ice Age: Tumbler Ridge is one of several paintings Henderson will complete about the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s native history. She said she had to do a lot of research in order to get an accurate idea of people in that time period.

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SAND SENSATION BC KICK OFFS WEEK OF SCULPTING By Kyla Corpuz TAYLOR - Last weekend was a wet one, but that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop the professional carvers from beginning on their sand sculptures on Jul. 27. Sand Sensations is held in Taylor at the Peace Island Park. There are sculptors from across the world participating. The closing ceremonies are on Aug. 4.

Top left: professional carver Arianne Van Rosmalen from the Netherlands. Bottom left: Deanne Smith from Grande Prairie.

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