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A new year means a variety of exciting things – especially for students within the three school districts in Northeastern BC. There’s lots of changes happening throughout the districts, including the implementation of full-day kindergarten in a variety of schools, more students than projected in one district, the amalgamation of schools and movement towards 21st Century learning. Students at Robert Ogilvie were also excited to get back to school this year. The first week back focused on social responsibility in the school, which students enjoyed learning about, while also taking part in things like jersey days, pajama days and a delicious pancake breakfast. From left: Kaitlyn Rowe, six years-old in Grade 1, Tristan Peters, seven years-old in Grade 2, Brandon Modde, eight years-old in Grade 3, Joshua Anderson, nine years-old in Grade 4, Danna Testawitch, 10 years-old in Grade 5 and Parker Powell, 11 years-old in Grade 6. See the story on Page 3


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Students discover changes as new school year begins in NE school. “It’s truly intended to be a transitional phase from elementary, junior, secondary and a lot of teacher teaming and things like that, teacher advisory groups and those kinds of things,” he said. While it’s only been a week, Espe said the district is feeling good about the changes, though it will take some time to adjust for people at all levels. “I would say at this point we’re feeling good about it,” he said. “There’s practical issues like parking and lockers that we’re having to deal with, but right now everybody I talk to seems to feel that, under the circumstances, that everything is running around pretty smoothly.” He added with the district having some time to prepare for the transition, staff at both schools had time to make changes Melanie Robinson photo as well and they deserve praise for what Who doesn’t love a pancake breakfast? The students at Robert Ogilvie cer- they’ve done. tainly do and as part of their first week back at school, they had a pajama day In order to adjust to more students at with a pancake breakfast. North Peace Secondary School, Espe said the district has implemented a flex block By Melanie Robinson system where, instead of four blocks durNORTHEAST – School districts throughout the area are see- ing a school day, students have five. ing some big changes this year as students head back to school. This, he said, allows the district to schedule extra kids at the One of the key changes in School District 81 is not the pro- school into classes. vincial move to full day kindergarten, which needs to be fully The district is also working towards a community campus implemented next year. The district has decided to do the move at the Enerplex, to be put in place next year after an announceto full day next year in its two kindergarten classrooms, but ment was made on June 15 that the City of Fort St. John and the one thing its noticed this year is the number of students in its schools, said superintendent Diana Samchuck. “Our enrollment is up a bit over what we projected, so we’re excited about that. It seems like there’s a bit of movement of people moving into town so we’re at right now about 844 students and we projected 824, so we’re pleased with that,” she said. Samchuck said more students might mean larger classes initially until students can be spread out, but it allows more flexibility and classrooms within the district to fill up because it has seen empty classrooms in the past. The district has also seen a fairly stable staff this year, with not a lot of turnover, which Samchuck said is also something they are looking forward to. In School District 60, there are also a lot of changes happening. Half of the full day kindergarten classes have been implemented this year, many of which are in the city, said school superintendent Larry Espe, but there are also full days set up in some outer areas such as Taylor and Hudson’s Hope. Also, following consultation and discussions over the past number of years, the district has reconfigured grades, making Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney a middle school with Grades 7, 8 and 9 as opposed to the Grades 8, 9 and 10 in the past. The Grade 7 students at the schools will have one teacher for their core subjects, which Espe said the district believes will help with the transition from elementary school to middle

district had reached an agreement on use of the facility. Espe said the move is a catalyst towards 21st Century learning. School District 59 is also working towards a campus approach involving the amalgamation of two of its schools – Central Middle School and South Peace Secondary. The students will not necessarily see the changes, as most are at the administrative and support service level but after this year, the hope is to move to two campuses, to be known as Dawson Creek Secondary. Assistant superintendent Rob Dennis said the transition is well underway as targets are looked at and amalgamation has already begun with interests around things like track and field and drama, as well as some departments within the schools. This will mean common planning for curriculums between Grades 8 to 12, said Dennis. “That’s very cool,” he said. “When you think about what it was like for a student to leave Central in the past and the teacher who taught them, say science, in Central, really didn’t know what the teacher at South Peace was going to pick up with them and the teacher at South Peace didn’t know where the student left off. And so now there can be a huge co-ordination of those kinds of transitions in learning.” The district may not stick to this model for 20 years as the numbers of students in its schools moves up again, but Dennis said this is what it needs to do for its students right now and it’s the best move it can make to resource student learning. Making the change, he added, can also mean programs like shop and fine arts are maintained. Dennis said with the closure of Parkhill School last year, that also means big changes at Trembley Elementary this year. Story continued on Page 4

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Many of the students from Parkhill have moved to Tremblay starting this year, but that’s not the only change. Aside from sprucing up the outside of the school with a new paint job and work on a new playground, the district has moved Tremblay to a theme school which focuses on fine arts and athletics. This, said Dennis, is going to be very exciting for students. “I think those kids are in for some extremely interesting times,” he said. “There’s going to be a new kind of learning going on within that school, multi-grade groupings to be carrying on activities, sporting activities and performance and display activities that will be ongoing for the students to showcase what they can do.” Dennis said the district has opted to do the full day kindergarten in its schools outside the city this year and will wait until September of next year to implement kindergarten in the city’s schools. He said the decision stemmed from the ability for families to access programs more easily in city areas if resources were needed to help students who fell behind to catch up on their learning. *** RCMP in the region have sent out a reminder to local drivers that school zone speed limits are now in effect. From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. drivers are required to follow the speed posted in school zones.


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disease. Hali started the “Corridors” program in an effort to establish clinics to provide free testing and educate sex workers so they could educate themselves about sexual health and condom use. Mattson said he was prompted to make the film after Lodge returned from working in India and told him about Hali’s work and the conditions faced by the women in the sex trade there. For two months in late 2008/early 2009, the pair documented the story of women in the rural area of Karnataka. “I’m not sure what to make of making documentaries, but I kind of think it’s important for people everywhere to kind of know what people elsewhere are up against,” said Lodge about making the film. “We’re all part of the same team here, I think.” The film describes how extreme poverty has forced many girls and women into the sex trade. It states that 450 million people in India live on less than $1 a day, Matthew Bains photo and by almost every socio-economic indicator, women Dr. Andrew Lodge (left) and filmmaker Karl Mattson take some questions from the audience after screening their doc- are worse off than men. In the sex trade, women can umentary, “Sisters of Karnataka,” at the Sweetwater 905 earn up to 1,000 rupees ($22 Canadian) a day. An ancient tradition called the Devadasi System has Arts Festival in Rolla. also contributed to the proliferation of the sex trade. By Matthew Bains According to that tradition, people of a lower caste or ROLLA – Local filmmaker Karl Mattson teamed up with his friend, Dr. Andrew Lodge, for a documentary exploring how the sex trade has contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS in India and what is being done Together we will find a solution. to reverse the epidemic. We understand what you’re going through. “Sisters of Karnataka” was screened for audiences For your FREE confidential consultation, at the Sweetwater 905 Arts Festival in Rolla on Sept. 5. CALL Debt troubles? The film follows the efforts or visit our website at of Shiva Hali, a Canadian doctor who returned to his Trustees in Bankruptcy & Proposal Administrators home in southern India afSuite 2, 10611 – 102nd Street Fort St. John ter his brother died of the GOVERNMENT LICENCED TRUSTEES 110 –1628 Dickson Avenue Kelowna (Resident Office)

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School is an exciting time for many students, but not all. This year, in all three school districts in the Northeast, students are going to see changes that have the ability to further both their education and potential for the future. This is something to be excited about. In Fort Nelson, for example, there are more students entering the school district, which shows growth in the community. Growth in the community is a great thing and means economic benefits for the town and the ability for the students to teach each other in an environment where there’s more students to learn from. Then, further south, you have School District 60, where not only have they begun to implement the provincial move to full day kindergarten, but there are also changes with different schools’ grade levels – something the district has been working towards for a few years. Add on top of that the decision to incorporate a community campus at the Enerplex next year and the possibilities are endless – and fantastic. When you head to the Dawson Creek and area schools in School District 59 there are also some changes, but not all changes that people are excited about. The district closed Parkhill School last year, so many of the students from Parkhill are attending a new school. While the new environment can be a little challenging for those students, it also presents itself as an opportunity to create lasting friendships and learn new things that could stick with those students for a lifetime. The district is also working towards amalgamating two schools that, hopefully, next year will become South Peace Secondary, which also sounds promising for the students. So, while it’s only been one official week of school, really, the changes look good and for students and staff alike – exciting.

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From air, trade and jobs to outer space – Canada leads the way As “official summer” in Canada draws to a close, it’s time to catch up on several recent news items and initiatives of significance to our nation, both on the world stage and here at home. Last month, our Conservative Government established a fund to match contributions by private Canadian citizens to the ongoing humanitarian relief, recovery and reconstruction efforts in the wake of the devastating floods in Pakistan. Pakistan has experienced the worst monsoon floods in 80 years, killing over 1,500 people and leaving millions in need of emergency assistance. When added to the $33 million in aid our Government previously announced, this places Canada among the world’s top donor countries responding to the urgent need of millions of Pakistani people ravaged by this natural disaster. Also in international news, our Conservative Government announced its intention

Canadian breeding cattle are back in to introduce legislation to implement a free trade agreement with Panama. In less than Columbia after 10 years of restrictions. four years, we have opened doors for Ca- Sixty Canadian heifers will be exported to Colombia for breeding nadian business by also conpurposes and milk produccluding free trade agreements tion. Once implemented, with Colombia, Peru, Jordan the recently finalized Canand the European Free Trade ada-Colombia Free Trade Association states. Agreement will further help We’ve also launched disour agriculture industry and cussions on economic partwill pay great dividends for nerships with two of the our entire economy year afworld’s largest economies: ter year. the European Union and InBy Jay Hill And speaking of our dia. The goal is to open boreconomy, Statistics Canada ders and new markets to expand free trade, an essential driver of jobs announced that GDP in Canada increased and growth for Canadian businesses and 2.0 per cent in the second quarter of 2010. This increase demonstrates once again that communities. And our perseverance in pressing our our economy is on the right track. And finally, in a proud moment for Cantrading partners to lift ongoing bans on Canadian beef and cattle, and to seek im- ada, Ministers Gary Goodyear and Josée proved access for Canada pork, has paid Verner announced that veteran astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield will be the first-evoff yet again.

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Why not try hydrogen? Think clean jobs Focus on the future

Editor: Anyone who says energy from intermittent power sources like wind, solar, run-of-river and tidal can’t be stored for later use obviously hasn’t heard of hydrogen. Hydrogen is a very storable clean energy source. And as everyone who ever took Grade 8 science knows, you can make hydrogen through electrolysis by running an electric current through ordinary water. Whenever intermittent power sources are generating electricity not needed for instant consumption, that energy could be used to make hydrogen thereby capturing the energy in a stored form. Hydrogen stored in this way from various wind, solar, run-ofriver and tidal energy sources could then be utilized in a number of hydrogen fuel cell systems. In particular, energy stored in the form of hydrogen could be reconverted into electricity when and where it’s needed during periods of peak electricity demand. If this sounds like science fiction, think again, because Ballard Power Systems, the world leader in hydrogen fuel cell technology based in BC, just sent the largest hydrogen fuel cell in the world to Eastlake, Ohio where it’s going to be used by an electrical utility to supplement the local power grid during periods of peak electricity demand. This system can power 400 to 500 homes. Closer to home, this made in BC solution has the potential to replace the diesel fuel currently being used to generate electricity in remote BC communities. We have a great opportunity in BC to capitalize on the natural symbiosis between our province’s clean energy resources and the emerging hydrogen sector, and it could lead to hundreds, if not thousands, of new clean tech jobs. Adopting hybrid systems like these will also go a long way to reducing our carbon footprint in BC by 2030. And hydrogen is just one of several ways in which clean energy from wind, solar, run-of-river and tidal sources could be stored. Huge leaps are also being made in large-scale battery storage systems and other storage strategies that can maximize the power of our province’s clean energy resources. I would therefore suggest to anyone who says that energy from intermittent power sources can’t be stored that they think again. Scott Harrison Vancouver, BC

Editor: Jobs, jobs, jobs! They’re a big topic of conversation for any young person heading into their twenties. That’s why it’s a relief to see the BC economy showing such strong signs of emerging from the global recession and relatively unscathed compared to some economies. Key economic indicators in mining, forestry and construction have all been up, which is great news for anyone starting out on their life’s career. Considering the fact that natural resources are the backbone of the BC economy, the eyes of many young British Columbians, like myself, are trained on BC’s emerging clean energy sector and the potential BC has for supplying renewable green energy. After all, ours is the generation that will feel the brunt of climate change. So not only do we want to build strong, successful lives and careers in this province, we also want to be part of solving the world’s energy problems. No other place in North America has the green energy potential BC has. It’s the place to be and developing the province’s green energy resources means jobs for thousands of young people like myself. Developing a variety of associated green energy technologies, and attracting new industries that need the kind of clean energy BC can provide, will mean even more jobs for my generation. The world is a very different place from what it was before the global recession. It’s a world with an eye to cleaning up the global energy supply and making it sustainable and renewable. I feel fortunate to be part of the exciting future BC has in store for my generation and for the generations that follow. Donald Leung Burnaby, BC

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Metis culture.” She also hosts a radio program on Sundays from 7 to 8 p.m. on Peace FM that showcases Métis music. Aastveit said she grew up with a strong cultural identity in a community northeast of Lac La Biche, Alta. “Every Saturday there was a dance at somebody’s home.,” she said. “That was our pastime – there was nothing else to do.” But when she moved to Dawson Creek as a teenager with her step-dad, who was working for the railways at that time, she said she found it a bit of a culture shock. “There was no culture happening here, absolutely none,” she said. “I was really sad coming at the time.” Many years later as an adult, Aastveit said she would travel to northern Alberta to take in different events, but never really got involved until she returned to her hometown in 2001. She said there, she entered a singing contest and placed second, and placed first in a Red River Jig contest. “I hadn’t jigged for many years, but it’s like riding a bike, you never really forget,” she said. “If you still have the rhythm and the timing, it will never leave you.” She said her late husband was with her on that trip and encouraged her to participate in more events, so she started following the “Métis Trails,” which are a series of events that take place every year in Western Canada. “My husband was Norwegian and he looked forward to these events – jamborees and festivals of Metis,” she said. “He was always with his camcorder, taping everything.” Aastveit earned quite the collection of trophies from jigging, but perhaps no prize more important than the one she won at Batoche, Sask. earlier this year in July, during the 125th year anniversary of the decisive battle of the Métis rebellion. “It’s the biggest event anywhere in Canada that’s celebrated by the Métis, but not just Métis, there are all kinds of cultures that come together,” she explained. She said it was a 10-day event featuring singing, dancing, a rodeo and much more. She entered a jigging contest in the 60 years and over category, which she said consisted of three days of dancing two sets each day. She won the Red River Jig, which earned her $1,000, the largest cash prize she’s ever won. “I’m just so proud to have taken first place,” she said. “It’s an event that I will forever remember.” The win is even more impressive considering the 64 yearold is diabetic and has battled other health problems as well. “Jigging is not my forte no more, but whenever I hear the fiddle music and the Red River Jig I can’t hold my feet still,” she said. “I didn’t realize I still had it in me to come up with these fancy steps.” Story continued on Page 9

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She also had the opportunity to showcase a song she has performed for the last three years. Learn-Rite Courses Inc. “I do a mean ‘All Shook Up’ Is pleased to announce the expansion by Elvis (Presley) in my Plains Cree Into Fort St. John BC language and it’s always a big hit,” Our new facility offers quality instructors and she said. “I had a the same great service as the Grande Prairie standing ovation location. this summer.” Aastveit said St John First Aid - H2S Alive WHMIS - TDG – Confined Space now that she’s getGround Disturbance, Advanced ting older, it’s not Level for Workers and Supervisors as easy to do the dances anymore. Visit us at our new location Several years ago, she started volunMatthew Bains photo 10515 – 87Ave. teering to teach Rose Aastveit, or Métis Rose as she has become known, is very proud to keep the Métis tradiFort St. John, BC V1J 5K6 youth at the Na- tions alive through dancing and singing, which have also earned her a number of trophies Phone: (250)785-1167 Fax: (250) 785-1168 wican Friendship from contests over the years. Centre in Dawson that – and we need to proCreek how to do the Red River Jig and other dances. She said the group mote it often, not just once a became really good, but as the children got older, their year,” she said. “You don’t …in interest waned and she hasn’t performed with them for a have to wait for Louis Riel Day or Aboriginal Day, you couple of years. You could be living in the She said there are no events in northern BC that really can have your own events most beautiful City in Alberta celebrate the Métis culture, and she’s concerned that if to bring out people to celthere isn’t more promotion, the language and traditions ebrate.” For a relocation or Valerie King Aastveit said she will might be lost in this region. Aastveit said she partnered Twomey retirement package simply contact us at Dennis Economic Economic with the Kiwanis Enterprise Centre to put on a Métis tal- keep promoting the culture Development Development 1-888-672-4426 or 780-678-3025 ent show in 2007. She said it was very successful, but it in her own way, but recently Assistant Co‑ordinator 5204 – 50 Ave., Camrose, AB, T4V 0S8 takes a lot of support from funders and volunteers to make she’s contemplated returning to Lac La Biche, where those events happen. Email: “I guess you need to promote it, that’s what it is, if she’s been offered a job to The City of Camrose is a proud member of the we’re going to preserve our heritage – dance, music and host a radio program there. Battle River Alliance for Economic Development –

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September 16, 2010

KPAC raffle a success in raising money for new day care

By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Jean and Reg Norman decided to take the car, specifically, the 2010 Chevrolet Equinox SUV, as the winners of the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre’s (KPAC) “Take the Car or Take the Cash” Raffle.

The couple had the choice of either $25,000, or one of three vehicles – a car, pick-up truck or SUV. “We were about to buy a vehicle anyway,” explained Reg. The SUV, worth $40,655, has all the bells and whistles – all-wheel drive, On-Star system, heated leather seats and automatically-adjusting side mirrors and a back-up camera. “We have a lot of little grandchildren, so that’s really a good thing,” said Jean about that last feature. “It is quite a nice car.” The draw for the raffle was made on Aug. 21, the evening of Peace Fest in Dawson Creek. The couple explained they were at home when they got the call informing them they had won. “They almost hung up on me because they Matthew Bains photo thought I was a telemarketer,” said KPAC man- From left: Brown’s Chevrolet general manager Aaron Powell and ager Terri Hanen with a laugh. Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre manager Terri Hanen join Jean Not satisfied just to take the vehicle, Reg made and Reg Norman as they are handed the keys to their new 2010 a donation on behalf of his company, Reg Nor- Chevrolet Equinox they won in KPAC’s Take the Car or Take the man Trucking, to KPAC for $5,000. Cash Raffle. “I just won a car and I wanted to give back a little here to help the community,” he said. “I re$165,000, but they are doing very well fundraising so far. ally believe in the day care and what they’re doing for “We’ve done a lot of fundraising over the last couple Dawson Creek, it’s well needed for young families.” of years in anticipation of the move, so we’re over the Hanen said that donation will be added to the $15,000 $100,000 mark for the day care.” they made in net profit from the over 2,300 tickets sold She added the Kiwanis Club committed to $35,000 over for the raffle. She added the organizers of the music festi- three years to purchase equipment for the adjacent outdoor val donated the proceeds from the gate, as well as money playground, but they will be doing more fundraising over raised in a silent auction and 50/50 draw, a value of about the next year. $500. Hanen said she is very grateful to all the local businessThat money will all go directly towards the day care es that helped sell tickets, and the volunteers too. She gave being constructed in the new Calvin Kruk Centre for the a special thanks to Brown’s Chevrolet for being a great Arts. partner and helping promote the raffle. “It helps in so many different ways,” said Hanen. “We General manager Aaron Powell said the dealership was have new appliances, as well as the renovations to the ac- keen to help out with the project. tual day care – bookshelves and cubbies for boots – there’s “We’ve always been highly involved in the commua lot of costs involved with nity,” he said. “A lot of our families use the Kiwanis that.” Performing Arts Centre, so anything we could do to help She said the total cost them raise money for that facility, we definitely wanted of the project is about to do it.”

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Mattson and Lodge explained that thousands of migrant farm workers have come to live in camps that have popped up next to villages. Also, the network of highways that now crisscross the country see a lot of truck traffic and prostitution is common at the truck stops between communities. They said the movement of men who frequent the brothels has contributed to the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS. There’s now an estimated 2.4 million people living with AIDS in India, the film states. Lodge said the future of women who contract the virus is pretty bleak. He said those lucky enough to have access to retrovirals may live longer, but most will die within 10 years. Lodge said until recently, the Indian government denied there was an epidemic. He said social services are virtually non-existent, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have stepped in to fill the void, but inadequately in most cases. Both Lodge and Mattson said they were encouraged by the success of the peer-to-peer program in

promoting condom use and basic health. Mattson said even basic education is a step in the right direction because it gives the women a sense of empowerment. He said making the film was a real eye-opener. “I had never seen real poverty – I mean there’s lots of poverty here, but it’s just a different scale there – the lack of opportunity,” he said. He is now working on his next project called Sorrow’s Bend, which will be his first fictional piece, consisting of six short episodes set here in the Peace. “It’s kind of a timeless story about how small incidents can change generations of how families work.,” he said. “The first episode of Sorrow’s Bend is about alcoholism.” He said he expects the first episode to be out this winter and the whole project will be complete within three years. For more information on Mattson and his films, go online to Check out more photos of the festival on our website at

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Women from the Dawson Creek community gathered at the Mile 0 Post for a “pregnant pause” at 9:09 a.m. on Sept. 9 in recognition of International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day. Research has shown about 40 per cent of women who drink during pregnancy will have children with some form of FASD, with symptoms ranging from mild attention problems to more serious deficits such as reduced IQ, poor comprehension and diminished language skills. Pregnant women who need someone to talk to can call Sandi Ash at (250) 719-6972 or Jeanette Tough with Aboriginal Family Services at (250) 782-1169.

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This is a must read for everyone who appreciates and depends on the oilpatch

Companies exploring water sources in short and long term

By Matthew Bains PEACE REGION – The recent suspension of water withdrawals from rivers in the Peace, as well as long-term uncertainty about the availability of surface and treated water sources, has forced oil and gas companies to adapt. The Oil and Gas Commission suspended withdrawals from the Kiskatinaw, Pine, Moberly and Halfway Rivers last month. The City of Dawson Creek has also suspended the sale of potable bulk water to companies as a result of record-low water levels in the Kiskatinaw River. Cal Buchanen, vice president of joint ventures and business development with Murphy Oil Company Ltd., said the restrictions have had a significant impact on his company’s activities in the region. “We’ve lost our water source, so we’ve had to make alternative arrangements and anything we’ve done so far has been temporary,” he said. “We don’t have a permanent or longterm solution, so it is having a big impact on the way that we do business.” He said short-term solutions include agreements with farmers to use water from dugouts. He said they are looking at other sources, but the farther away those sources are from the

activity, the more expensive hauling will be. Buchanen said his company is in the process of investigating other long-term solutions such as deep-water, saline aquifers. “We’re certainly looking at other aquifers that we can get water from, but it’s not something you can source immediately,” he said. “There’s no magic solution.” Carol Howes, spokesperson for EnCana Corp., said the company’s demand for water varies greatly throughout the year, so they adapt their activities accordingly. She said they have water management plans in place that include storing water from snowmelt in dugouts and pits until its needed later. Howes said there’s a number of research projects underway to look at long-term water availability, including one with Geoscience BC to identify saline aquifers in the area of Dawson Creek, similar to a study done in the Horn River Basin. “EnCana is supporting this study, along with a number of other studies, because our long-term objective is to move towards nonpotable, saline water,” she said. “We started to do that in the Horn River Basin already – we built a water treatment there so we can use that water for fracking there.”

There is a liquid nitrogen plant that is moving ahead in Dawson Creek, but Howes said liquid nitrogen, as well as carbon dioxide, can be used in combination with water for fracking purposes, but it wouldn’t replace water. Ed Greenberg, spokesperson for Shell Canada, said his company continues to comply with the OGC directive, but operations have not been impacted. “Shell currently uses a variety Contributed photo of water sources,” said Greenberg. “They include recycling measures Oil and gas ompanies throughout the region are in place at our operations, private having to adjust their water use after the Oil and landowner dugouts and Shell- Gas Commission suspended withdrawals from some owned fresh water storage pits and local rivers, including the Kiskatinaw. wells.” goal to work with our neighbours to balance He added they also withdraw water from resource development with environmental the Peace River, which is not subject to the protection.” OGC directive. *** In the long-term, Shell has partnered with Dawson Creek city council voted on Sept.13 the City of Dawson Creek on a reclaimed to rescind Stage Four water restrictions and water project to reduce its reliance on fresh move to Stage Three. Restrictions will still water. be in place for non-essential residential use, “We’re very excited about that, because but the move allows the city to resume selling it’s certainly a project that aligns with Shell’s bulk water to the oil and gas industry.


September 16, 2010

Health and safety company expanding to Fort Nelson

By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – An industrial first aid and safety/security business based in Dawson Creek has announced it will be expanding in the Northeast. Action Health and Safety Services will host the grand opening of their new office in Fort Nelson, located at 2025415 51 Avenue, on Sept. 17. The company provides fullytrained and certified medics, paramedics, licensed security personnel and certified Occupational Health and Safety professionals to companies, mainly in the oil and gas industry. CEO Sandra Minifie said they’ve had a strong couple of years in Dawson Creek, which has allowed them to look at expanding. She said with the development of the Horn River Basin, the opportunities for her company in Fort Nelson are very exciting. “I was up there last week, and it’s just bustling up there, it’s really amazing,” said Minifie. “The people are fantastic.

Those guys are open for business up there and it’s going to be incredible.” She said they are currently expanding their fleet by another 15 trucks, equipped with mobile treatment centres, to utilize in Fort Nelson. She said the level of staffing required for the new office has not yet been determined, but the timing of the opening should help recruiting. “The great thing about our opening is it’s happening at the same time as the Energy Expo,” she said. “I’m really excited about the fact that hopefully this whole weekend will be all about recruiting for us.” Minifie said they have a policy to hire and purchase locally as much as possible and that will continue in Fort Nelson. The company has also been very active with charitable causes in Dawson Creek and she said the manager of the new office will have to be somebody very involved in the community.

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“Community is a big part of our mission statement,” she said. The rapid growth of the company, and Minifie’s leadership, have not gone unnoticed in Dawson Creek and elsewhere. Earlier this year, she was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2009 at the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce Civic Awards. The company was also named in the PROFIT 100 fastest-growing small businesses in Canada by PROFIT Magazine. “This has been a crazy couple of years,” she said. “Obviously, we’ve been just flat-out trying to grow the business and do the best we can. It’s all about focus, and figuring about where you’re going next.” What’s next for Minifie, now that her company is on solid ground, is promoting the message of safety on a global level, she said. Story continued on Page 14

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that’s possible,” she said. “If we have Canadian companies that believe in no harm to people in Canada, then we need Canadians that are working in other countries to have that same motto.” She said that includes environmental safety as well. She added reaching that goal would not make health and safety companies like hers obsolete, but medical services would be more proactive, Matthew Bains photo instead of reactive. Minife was also the It’s been an exciting year for Sandra Minife, CEO of Action Health and Safety Services in Dawson Creek, as the recipient of an Aurora company continues to grow and is now opening a new of- Award of Distinction in the category of oil and fice in Fort Nelson. gas at the annual North“All of the different oil and gas compa- ern Women’s Symposium last year. She nies talk about ‘target zero’ or ‘goal zero’ – said she has never seen gender as a barrier which is no harm to people – and I believe to pursuing her professional goals. “It doesn’t really matter what industry you’re in, I think if you’re a good business person, people recognize you for that,” she said. She said with the looming shortage of skilled tradespeople in Canada, it will be important to make sure girls and women are aware of the opportunities that are out there.


Royalty credits awarded for infrastructure projects

By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – The Province awarded $115.6 million in royalty credits to 16 companies recently for 21 oil and gas infrastructure projects, Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Minister Bill Bennett announced on Aug. 31. Since 2004, the Infrastructure Royalty Credit Program has offered companies royalty deductions in exchange for investment in road and pipeline infrastructure in the Northeast. Following a Request for Applications, 47 projects totaling approximately $706 million in estimated construction costs were evaluated for the economic benefit to the province and 21 were approved. Companies are required to fund the entire cost of an approved project and may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible costs paid in the form of a royalty deduction once the project is completed. In addition to jobs and economic opportunities, the associated natural gas and petroleum exploration and development has historically generated about $2.50 in incremental royalties for every dollar awarded in royalty credits. “This program is directly responsible for bringing new investment, new jobs and additional revenues to help fund education and health care,” said Bennett in a statement. Since 2004, the program has allocated more than $485 million in infrastructure royalty credits, resulting in 71 new road-based projects and 83 new pipeline projects.

Leadership focus of Enform safety conference

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Art unveiled at Enerplex just the beginning for facility

By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – The walls of the Enerplex will be looking a little less bare in the coming months. Two new pieces of art at the facility were unveiled on Sept. 1 as part of recognition of the Olympic spirit coming to the community earlier this year. The official Olympic torch and an artist rendering, done during the Olympic Torch Relay, is a reminder of the work that went into the relay and how the community came together to make it happen, said Mayor Bruce Lantz. Local speed skater and Olympian Denny Morrison was on hand at the unveiling, as part of a coaching program he was doing with local speed skaters up to the age of 18. He said having a facility such as the Enerplex will help local athletes become the best in Canada. “I think this building provides a controlled environment to train year round,” he said. “Even if it’s September to March. To have the opportunity to skate here at this covered oval, I’m so excited for the club and all the athletes.” He said he likes to get out on the ice and help younger athletes because he remembers having such an experience with fellow local speed skater and Olympian, Linda Johnson Blair. He said Blair inspired him in the sport, and continues to inspire him in his career as a speed skater and he hopes he’s doing the same with some of the younger athletes as he coaches.

Seeing the opportunities the Enerplex provides local athletes, he said, not just in speed skating, but all sports, is something Morrison is really excited about. So is the city, said Lantz. The facility is now in its second season of ice and, through training camps being offered as well as other uses throughout the year, he believes the potential and versatility of the Enerplex is starting to show. The key thing is to have a year round variety of functions – from trade shows and other activities outside the realm of sports – that could be held at the Enerplex, but ultimately, the city would like to see the parking lot full all the time. The Northern Vac walking track, which has yet to open to the public, is scheduled to be open shortly, said Lantz, and will be offered free for residents to Enrol in ouruse. Tax Training School, the most Melanie Robinson photo comprehensive program Lantztax saidtraining those interested in doinginAn artist rendering of the Olympics, done durfor inside the Enerplex Canada, andartistic startwork a career that lets you liveing the Olympic Torch Relay in Fort St. John, should contact staff at City Hall for was donated as part of art displays at the Enerlife your way. more information or drop off the pro- plex on Sept. 1. From left: Mayor Bruce Lantz posedtax art for consideration. you couldand Hazel MacMillan with Royal Bank As one of our professionals


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Celebrating Forest Week in Canada and British Columbia

Canada’s Natural Resources: Branching Out

September 19 - 25, 2010 Les ressources naturelles du Canada : à branches déployées

Established in 1920 as ForSeptember 19 – 25, 2010 est Fire Prevention Week, Semaine nationale de the intention to enl’arbre etwas des forêts 19 au 25 septembre 2010 courage dupublic awareness towards our forests. At the time, there was no apparent shortage of trees for industrial expansion with the only threat at the time being from forest fires that were mostly human caused. Since then National Forest Week, as it was renamed in 1967, has evolved to

encompass the many and varied human and environmental aspects of Canada’s forest resources – past, present and future. Although special activities are promoted across Canada, National Forest Week remains first and foremost a challenge to you to learn more about your forest heritage and support greater recognition of this valuable resource.

home or school that are made of wood - learn about organizations that demonstrate sustainable forest management or ones that are helping to reduce our waste

- tour a forest sector industry or processing site - learn about the prevention of forest fires - learn what you can do to keep our forest growing and strong!

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Canada’s Forests: Branching Out

Forestry in Canada has evolved over the years to meet society’s changing needs and incorporate advanced technologies. Today, forestry is branching out to embrace opportunities generated by new partnerships, new markets and new innovative uses for forest products. Learning opportunities for foresters are expanding as well.

Increasingly, Canada’s forests are valued for not just one purpose but many. Agreements are emerging between groups representing social and environmental as well as economic interests, and forest managers across the country are rising to the added challenge. More and more, we are seeing the advantages of the resulting cooperation and harmony. The Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia is one area being managed for multiple values. Spanning the largest stretch of temperate rainforest in the world, it is home to Sitka spruce and cedar forests, as well as thousands of plant and animal species. Resource industries have long benefited the local economy, but protests in the 1990s highlighted the need to focus on the environment and create a new, consensusbased vision for the forest. Today, there are 1.2 million hectares of protected areas and additional “biodiversity areas” where industrial activity is limited or prohibited. The remaining two thirds of the land are managed for a full range of activities using an approach that ensures both healthy ecosystems and healthy communities.

We invite you to celebrate National Forest Week by participating in a Forest Week activity in your community or by simply taking the time to enjoy the trees in your neighbourhood.

Les forêts du Canada : à branches déployées

Avec le temps, la foresterie au Canada a évolué afin de répondre aux besoins changeants de la société et d’intégrer les progrès technologiques. Aujourd’hui, le domaine de la foresterie se diversifie pour tirer parti des occasions qu’offrent les nouveaux partenariats, les nouveaux marchés et les utilisations innovatrices des produits forestiers. Les possibilités d’apprentissage pour les forestiers se développent elles aussi. Les forêts du Canada sont de plus en plus reconnues pour une multitude d’usages. Des groupes qui représentent des intérêts sociaux et environnementaux mais aussi économiques font front commun, et les gestionnaires des forêts de tout le pays sont prêts à relever ce nouveau défi. De plus en plus, nous constatons les avantages de la collaboration et de l’harmonie qui en résultent.

La forêt pluviale du Grand Ours, en Colombie-Britannique, est gérée à des fins multiples. Ce territoire qui s’inscrit dans la plus grande forêt pluviale tempérée au monde est l’habitat de l’épinette de Sitka et du thuya ainsi que de milliers d’espèces végétales et animales. Les industries primaires sont depuis longtemps avantageuses pour l’économie locale, mais les mouvements de protestation des années 90 ont montré qu’il fallait aussi se concentrer sur l’environnement et définir une nouvelle vision de la forêt, fondée sur le consensus. Aujourd’hui, sur 1,2 million d’hectares de zones protégées et d’autres zones dites « de protection de la biodiversité », l’activité industrielle est limitée ou interdite. Les deux autres tiers de ce territoire sont gérés en fonction de toute une gamme d’activités, suivant une approche qui assure la santé des écosystèmes et des collectivités. Nous vous invitons à célébrer la Semaine nationale de l’arbre et des forêts en participant aux activités organisées dans votre collectivité ou en prenant simplement le temps d’apprécier les arbres dans votre quartier.

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community forests available in our area and get to know your forest - care for a newly planted or neglected tree and study its species - identify all the things at

The markets for wood products are diversifying. Today, existing products are being used in different ways, and new products are being developed through new technologies. Previously, for example, steel and concrete were favoured for non-residential structures, and wood was used in home construction. Now, building codes allow wood to be used to frame mid-rise and non-residential buildings.

Les marchés des produits du bois se diversifient. Aujourd’hui, les produits existants sont utilisés différemment, et de nouveaux produits sont mis au point grâce aux nouvelles technologies. Autrefois, par exemple, l’acier et le béton étaient les matériaux de prédilection pour les structures non résidentielles, et le bois servait à la construction des maisons. Aujourd’hui, les codes du bâtiment permettent d’utiliser le bois pour l’ossature d’immeubles de hauteur moyenne et de structures non résidentielles.

The first such structure in North America is a six-storey office building near Québec City that exceeds current fire protection standards. Its inner columns and beams are made from large glue-laminated strips assembled together, and each floor is wood decking. In a fire, large-sized lumber frames behave more predictably than steel and collapse less quickly. The second structure, Chauveau Stadium, covers a nearly one-hectare indoor soccer field. Its huge beams of engineered glue-laminated black spruce are more than 70 meters long!

La première structure de ce type en Amérique du Nord est un immeuble à bureaux de six étages, près de Québec. Cet immeuble dépasse les normes actuelles de protection contre l’incendie. Ses poutres et ses poteaux intérieurs sont faits de larges bandes de bois lamellé-collé, et chaque plancher a un platelage en bois. En cas d’incendie, les grandes ossatures en bois ont un comportement plus prévisible que les structures d’acier et elles ne s’effondrent pas aussi rapidement. La deuxième structure, le stade Chauveau, recouvre un terrain de soccer intérieur qui fait près de un hectare. Ses énormes poutres d’épinette noire en bois lamellé-collé mesurent plus de 70 mètres de longueur!

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Forestry training also is branching out. Today, students at Canada’s colleges and universities can take courses in engineering, chemistry, architecture and environmental sciences, as well as the more traditional courses in silviculture, tree cutting and wood sciences. Enrolment numbers are up as a result, and new graduates are equipped with the broad range of skills needed to sustain Canada’s forests and forest industries well into the future.

La formation en foresterie élargit elle aussi ses horizons. Aujourd’hui, les étudiants des collèges et des universités du Canada peuvent suivre des cours en génie, en chimie, en architecture et en sciences de l’environnement ainsi que dans des disciplines classiques comme la sylviculture, l’abattage des arbres et les sciences du bois. Les inscriptions sont donc en hausse, et les nouveaux diplômés possèdent un large éventail de compétences qui soutiendront les forêts et les industries forestières du Canada pour encore longtemps.

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A Salute to Forest Week September 19 - 25, 2010

Forestry in Canada has evolved over the years to meet society’s changing needs and advancing technologies, embracing new partnerships, markets and applications. This year’s theme is Canada’s Forests - Branching Out and we encourage you to be aware of how important our forests are.

September 19 - 25, 2010

Canada’s Natural Resources: Branching Out

Enjoy what Canada’s forests have to offer!

Forestry has evolved to reflect our changing society. Thanks to new technologies, new products are being developed and existing products are being used in innovative ways, opening new doors in the global marketplace. As we continue to foster the development of innovative products and promoting management practices that meet the demands of the global marketplace, we can be confident that forestry will hold strong in the face of current and future challenges. National Forest Week is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the beauty of our forests and reflect on their importance to all of us.

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September 19 - 25, 2010 National Forest Week is a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the beauty and wealth of our forests and to appreciate the countless benefits they provide. We invite you to take some time this year to celebrate one of Canada’s most precious natural resources by simply enjoying the many pleasures Canada’s forests have to offer.

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Group brings Persian music to new audiences By Matthew Bains ROLLA – The Sweetwater 905 Arts Festival in Rolla showcased a lot of great musical talent of all styles and genres, but perhaps none more distinct than Navaz. The group blends traditional and contemporary music from Iran with Western influences including jazz and Latin music, into a style they call “Persian fusion.” “We’re trying to introduce our Persian/Iranian music into

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Western music, that’s our goal,” said percussionist Bardia Sadeghi. Their material is mainly the work of singer Neela Jalali and Ali Razmi, who plays setar – typically, a four-stringed instrument with 25 to 27 moveable frets – and tar – an earlier version of the setar with three strings. Jalali was born in Iran but spent most of her life in the United States. She mainly sings in Farsi, a language of Iran and surrounding areas, but she also sings in English, Arabic, Italian, French and Spanish. Jalali frequently toured across Europe with other Persian musicians, until she met fellow musician Eric Tompkins in CaliforMatthew Bains photo nia. The two were married and moved to Navaz performs in “Albert’s Loft” during the the Sweetwater 905 Arts FesPrince George, where they live now. tival in Rolla on Sept. 4. The group consists of Eric Tompkins (second Razmi was born and raised in Iran, where left), Neela Jalali (third right), Ali Razmi (third right) and Bardia Sadeghi he obtained his Master of Arts degree in (right). They were joined by drummer Max Jones (second right), who often music from the University of Art in Tehran. plays with the band. He became an accomplished solo artist, ample, Indian influences can be heard in a lot of the pop and performing with the Iranian Philharmonic Orchestra and collaborating with some of that country’s most dance music in the West. Razmi added the response from audiences in British Columpopular traditional and contemporary musicians. He moved to Vancouver a few years ago where he now lives bia has been particularly gratifying. “I think it’s the nature of the people – they are so kind and with his wife. Jalali and Tompkins met up with Razmi three years ago and they accept new things and they really think about it,” he said. “I’m so happy to play music for people everywhere, but espethey started working together. “We try to get together as often as we can and try to find the cially in BC.” Tompkins has experience playing many styles of music, and venues that work for the kind of music we do,” said Tompkins. Through the festival circuit they met Sadeghi, who often said he always enjoys trying something new, but he said learnjoins them for festivals and concerts, playing a large drum ing to play Persian music was not easy. “I realized how complex it is, and I had to relearn a lot of called the tonbak, which he said is a very adaptable instrument. “They call it the ‘complete percussion’ around the world, things, because it’s a very different system,” he said. “We experiment and try out things and adjust the tunings a bit and try because it can make just about any sound you want,” he said. to make it work.” He also plays a similar Persian instrument called the daf. This year was the group’s first playing at Sweetwater and Before moving to Vancouver a few years ago, Sadeghi said he toured around the world to places like Japan and Dubai, they all said they really enjoyed the festival. To find out more about the group and to hear a sample of playing percussion for groups both traditional and fusion. He said fusing East and West is not something new and it is be- their music, go online to www.navaz, or search for coming more popular in contemporary music. He said, for ex- them on MySpace or CD Baby.

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Cullis-Suzuki outlines challenges and opportunities facing planet

By Matthew Bains ROLLA – Environmentalist Severn Cullis-Suzuki gave a rousing call-to-arms for people, and especially young people, to confront the global challenges of the 21st Century during a presentation at the Sweetwater 905 Arts Festival in Rolla on Sept. 5. As the daughter of Canada’s most wellknown environmentalist, David Suzuki, she said her family and her experiences growing up on the West Coast had a lot to do with her values today. But Cullis-Suzuki has become a respected environmentalist in her own right. At the age of nine, she and some of her classmates started the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO). At the Matthew Bains photo age of 12, she delivered a speech at the Severn Cullis-Suzuki, daughter of David United Nations’ Earth Summit in Rio de Suzuki, delivered an inspiring but urgent Janeiro, Brazil, the largest gathering of message on the need to mobilize and meet world leaders at that time. today’s global environmental challenges to Since then, she has traveled across an audience at the Sweetwater 905 Arts FesCanada and abroad, promoting a mestival in Rolla. sage of environmental sustainability and responsibility. She said that speech in Brazil and the reaction she’s received really reinforces the need for young people to make their voices heard on issues of global importance. “Today more than ever, we need to hear from young people. We need to hear from the ones who have the most at stake,” she told the Rolla audience. Cullis-Suzuki outlined the challenges facing humanity. She said global climate change, mass extinction of species on a scale not seen since the disappearance of dinosaurs, growing human populations and diminishing natural resources are realities future generations will inherit and have to confront. However, she said it’s also an era of unprecedented opportunity. “It’s a pretty amazing time,” she said. “Just at the same time as these problems are really hitting the fan, we also have the tools to communicate and figure out what the heck we’re going to do about them.” Cullis-Suzuki said Canadians, especially, have a lot of opportunity, and responsibility, to confront those challenges. She said Canada is second only to the United States in resource consumption and waste, so our collective actions are already having a big

impact on the planet. At the same time, however, she said Canadians have the advantage of being generally literate, well-educated people living in a stable democracy with a relatively small population. Story continued on Page 24

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Li-Car Managemenet Group Full Time Permanent Maintenance Person Needed

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JGN Taxi is currently accepting applications for full time / part time dispatchers / drivers. Please drop off resume at 4708 49th Avenue, Fort Nelson, B.C. or Phone 250-774-4477

The Cat Rental Store, a leading rental house to users of The Cat Rental Store, a and leading rental equipment house to users construction, commercial industrial has of construction, commercial and industrial equipment has an an immediate opportunity for a Washbay Person to join immediate opportunity for a Washbay Person to join our team our team inCreek, Dawson Creek, British Columbia. in Dawson British Columbia. This position position will will be allall ready-to-rent This be responsible responsiblefor forwashing washing readyand post rental Duties toDuties includetobutinclude not limited to-rent and postequipment. rental equipment. but to washing, testing and rolling all and hosesrolling and cables, not limitedcleaning, to washing, cleaning, testing all assisting warehouse personnel with loading/ unloading hoses and cables, assisting warehouse personnel with equipment and pulling orders as required, and assisting yard loading/ and pulling is orders as repersonnelunloading in ensuringequipment ready-to-rent equipment presented in an quired, assisting personnel in ensuring readyorderly and fashion. The yard successful candidate must be an honest, to-rent equipment is presented in an orderly fashion. The hardworking individual who is not afraid to handle a multitude of tasks. candidate must be an honest, hardworking insuccessful dividual who is not afraid to handle a multitude of tasks.

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JOB BOARD Referral Technician: Candidates for this position should have a working knowledge of basic map reading, related experience in the O&G industry and a basic understanding of the Land Title System. The successful candidate will be organized, have good written and verbal communication skills, and good have excellent attention to detail. Accounts Payable Clerk: Candidates should have previous A/P experience and some administrative skills. Knowledge of the oil and gas industry an asset. This is a full time, Monday to Friday position. Instrument technicians and Journeyman Electricians: A small local company (FSJ) is looking for driven, self motivated candidates who are looking for a great opportunity. Wages are negotiable and dependant on experience. Journeyman Plumber/Gasfitter with sheet metal experience: Candidates should have previous experience with furnace and hot water tank installation, including controls. Administrative Assistant: Candidates should have good intermediate computer skills and previous office experience. Duties to include data entry and general office duties. This is a temporary position, term is dependant on the needs of business. Field Sales and Quality Control Person: Candidates should be familiar with the safety and oilfield industry. Position will include helping to expand business and maintaining current contracts. This is a full time position, please submit resumes to Macenna Staffing. 10139 101 Ave.  Fort St. John, BC  V1J 2B4  |   p.  250.785.8367  |  f.  250.785.4795  e.  | 

J/Mechanic – On-Highway Truck Competition #10-0613 As our business continues to grow and evolve, we are in search of the right people to join our team. Reporting to the Service Supervisor, this position will be integral in the evolution of the On Highway Truck Service department. The ideal candidate will possess: • Journeyman Interprovincial Heavy Equipment Technician certification; • Finning/CAT On Highway Truck Engine certification courses; • Bumper to bumper/On Highway Truck repair experience; • Competency in MS Office programs and • Good interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to contribute to a quality team environment; • Previous CAT Power Systems Truck & SIS experience; • Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program/Out of Province certifications; and • Class 1 or 3 license. Service Supervisor – Power Systems Competition #10-0623 This individual will be responsible for a variety of duties in a service oriented environment overseeing truck shop and power systems field service technicians. Considered a developmental position, this role can lead to opportunities for advancement into other branch or management roles within the company. The ideal candidate will possess: • Journeyperson certification and/or mechanical experience; • Competency with MS Office suite, and additional computer programs; • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills; • Ability to provide leadership, performance management and constructive team building skills to encourage positive employee contributions and the ability to work with minimal supervision; • Post secondary education in a related field and previous supervisory experience; and • An understanding of the Finning Customer Service Commitment, warranties and Health and Safety programs. This position offers a competitive salary, benefits, pension plan and employee share purchase plan as well as regional wage allowance, housing allowance and bonus plan. For more information on Finning (Canada), these positions and/or to apply, visit Please submit your resume online and state the competition number by September 24, 2010.

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Pursuant to Section 403(1) of the Local Government Act, the City of Fort St. John will conduct a Tax Sale to recover outstanding taxes. The sale will be held at the City Hall Council Chambers, 10631-100 Street, Fort St. John, BC at 10:00 AM, Monday, September 27, 2010. All the properties listed below will be sold by public auction for a minimum of the upset price, unless guaranteed payment by cash, interac, money order, certified cheque is received prior to 10:00 AM Monday, September 27, 2010, for the Delinquent Portion of Taxes plus Interest.                     

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                    

                     Note: Payments received after September 9th, 2010, are not reflected in this listing.

The successful bidder on each property must immediately pay in cash, interac, money order, certified cheque, a minimum no less than the upset price. Failure to pay this amount will result in the property promptly being offered for sale again. Any balance must be paid in cash, interac, money order, certified cheque, by 3:00 PM of the same day. Failure to pay the balance will result in the property being offered for sale again at 10:00 AM on the following day. Shirley Collington ~ Collector

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She said people need to stop thinking about issues such as climate change as environmental issues, but rather as issues of social and communal wellbeing. She added we have to start thinking about economies as more than just fiscal or monetary systems and realize it’s about managing finite resources for the long-term. “There’s this idea right now that economic growth is the only way for economic sustainability, but you can’t keep growing forever,” she said. Cullis-Suzuki said people need to be wary of the easy answer to these global problems as well and she provided a local example. She said while the Site C Dam project is promoted as a clean energy project, local people need to get informed about how the electricity will be used and what impacts the dam will have on the Peace River Valley. She said the true value of the valley as a carbon sink, wildlife corridor, water purifier, tourism draw, agricultural base

and a resilient ecosystem needs to be reflected in any decision on the dam. “We have to determine and champion all of these attributes and get the decisions to actually reflect the true value of this place,” she said. She said she believes the Environmental Assessment process in a rubber stamp and will not reflect that worth. She added the Suzuki Foundation, of which she sits as a board member, is interested in conducting an assessment of that value if funding can be indentified. Cullis-Suzuki concluded her speech by saying while the issues facing the planet may seem overwhelming, there is a lot already being done to meet those challenges. She said even small actions, when done collectively, can make a big difference. “It’s a drop in the bucket that is the reason why we are already starting to see the tide turning,” she said. “If we are constant, continuous, and if we keep working together as a community, our drops in the bucket are going to be bucketfuls pretty darn quick.”

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Report finds Commission challenged to protect farmland By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) remains challenged in its mandate to preserve farmlands and promote agriculture, states a new report by BC’s auditor general, John Doyle. Specifically, the report finds the commission has not determined the boundaries of the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) are accurate and all lands within the boundaries are capable of and suitable for farming. It states the commission is limited in its ability to preserve agricultural land and encourage farming through the application process; is not sufficiently involved in proactive, long-term land-use planning with local governments; and lacks the resources to enforce its compliance policies to prevent unlawful actions in the ALR such as illegal dumping of construction material. The report includes responses from the ALC to the auditor general’s recommendations, which suggest a lack or funding and staffing as the main barrier to updating and digitizing ALR maps and enforcing its compliance policies appropriately. The report acknowledges the budget for the ALC has been reduced by nearly $850,000 since 2002/03, which the ALC states is more than 20 per cent below the minimal requirement to maintain its core business. It states while the number of commissioners has in-

creased to 19 from 11, commission staff has been reduced to 22 from 29. The ALC also states it lacks the ability to make legislative changes that would reduce the pressures resulting from the application process to convert productive farmlands to non-farm developments. The report found the commission is providing adequate oversight of the delegation agreement with the Oil and Gas Commission in regards to oil and gas activity and pipelines on ALR lands. It also notes the commission has engaged local government and other stakeholders in the region to develop a long-term plan to manage the impacts of industry on the ALR. However, the ALC notes it lacks the resources to move forward on a strategy with the OGC to ensure timely confirmation of reclamation. Additional resources or legislative changes will not be forthcoming until the newly-appointed chair of the ALC, Richard Bullock, conducts a thorough, internal review of all aspects of the commission, to be completed by the end of October, said Agriculture and Lands Minister Steve Thomson. “That review, along with the auditor general’s recommendations, will be informative and helpful to make sure the commission can meet its mandate effectively,” he said. Arthur Hadland, a former commissioner and vocal advocate for the preservation of farmlands, said from his experience the commission is understaffed and underfunded. He said he would not like to see more authority delegated to regional or local governments, because that would make landuse decisions more susceptible to special interests. Hadland said when the ALC was established in 1973, there were programs put in place to encourage farming through incentives and supports, but those programs have not been maintained at those levels. He added there are problems beyond the mandate of the ALC that will need to be addressed if agriculture in British Columbia is to be maintained.

FORT NELSON GENERATING STATION UPGRADE PROJECT BC Hydro is upgrading the Fort Nelson Generating Station, 16 km south of Fort Nelson. The station’s power capacity will be increased by approximately 50 per cent. Beginning immediately and throughout the duration of the project, truck traffic to the site and in town is expected to increase. Please exercise caution on the roads.

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September 7 to 26 more information. across the province at (250) 262-1280. services are freebaskets, and cutTumbler May 13 to June 17 hanging flowers, Ridge photography and several children’s edSchools when burglars broke into their line African home in 2008.All Come Theyou Fortliving St. John Library be will part in aand National School Run Day on God’s completely confidential. Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Wed. 8 • Are with aPublic chronic healthwill condition? Thetake Univerflower show book in several locations. hear the testimony on how love carried the Burgens categories. Look for•the closed for painting flooring installation, withare pleased Sept. of- through the ordeal. This Canadian couple • Grandhaven District Community Asso- p.m. 115 Commercial Park (Baptist Church). sity of Victoria andand Northern Health Authority ONGOING from Vernon, BCand have a planned Sept. Please do not September to 25 forgiveness, and are returning ciation meets the Tuesday of each month Fort St. John • Tuesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Floor fer ‘Livingre-opening a Healthy on Life with28.Chronic Conditions’ in Fort St. 20chosen to continue thethird missionary returnThis books during this time. Fines will be tem-for persons • Theliving first “Fall Harvest Town”Drilling in thewells, Grandhaven at 8and p.m. Keep thisFort hallSt. John curling, carpetResource bowling,Society card &is board • The Women’s seekinggames, motiJohn. free six-session education program work they Taste startedofintheKenya. growingHall food, porarily suspended. Online services still beat #300, where restaurants incorporate as much pro- operating community. coffee Community Centre their&volunteer If helping peopleRoom sparks5 with chronic health conditions will bewill available 9900 100 helping to support sixlocal orphanages. The eventinisthis at Quality Inn at vated people to join available.The Storytimes will beginforinsix October. For evenings duce, meats, and other locally made prod• Are you tired of the crime? Then do the time.dropfrom 1-4office pm. Small drop-in fee. Ave. (above your interest by the at #201, 10142-100 Avenue. workshop meets Wednesday fromgrains 7 p.m. 785-3731. uctscall as possible their28dishes will be taking Join the Fort St. John Citizens Patrol. Donate Thrift a Taylor Girl Guides Store) or call 250-787-1121. 6more p.m.information to 8:30 To (250) register or for more information, Terry in to May September 16 toll free at 1-866-902-3767 or e-mail placetcayer@ at six restaurants: UptownHouses Grill, of Whole minimum of five hours per at month. For • Civil Air Search • AinformaYouth Relapse Prevention Groupand mayRescue be held(CASARA) weekly, in Cayer - Cordinator • Abbeyfield Fort St. John is holding their AGM • Interactive playgroup & Tyc’s,Lights Patch College. Java, tion, call (250) 262-4530. every and second Tuesday at the #300 Taylorthe afternoons at meetings Mental Health Addiction Services, Space is limitedevery so callThursday today. for Wheat & Honey 7Café, p.m.Tim at Northern Everyone welcome. Direczero to five and CJ’s Java on needed. Main. Each Fort will Nelson at 7information p.m. For information Bob at 9900 – 100 Ave.Fire ForHall more call Chris orcall Shaun May 23 year olds at the CCRR Office in the Jackfish Dundee’s tors and volunteers Memberships be sold prior to Co-op (beside 10800 8 Street restaurant will bethe offering specials thecome local out and • Alcoholics 8 p.m. 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802. 250-262-5269. • FirstMall annual PeaceSears) RegiononPalaeontology Symposium featurmeeting ($10).with Please support ourAnonymous home for - Monday from to noon. usShow, for interactive ingredients duringsenior’s the week. Catholic ChurchcallBasement meeting); • TheisAlaska Highway (Recreation AirCitizens Patrol seeking people RRA who can volunteer at ing the10:30 fourtha.m. annual FossilJoin Road speakers, door prizes and independent living! For more information Clara at (closed• The songs with your children, a healthy September Wednesday 8 p.m. Catholic Church craft Association) everytothird at leastBasement; five hours a month. Perfect for meets those new town,Thursday those conguided children’s activities.craft Heldtime, at the Tumbler Ridge Public 23(250) 785-6450. snack and play. For more call contact • The(250) Fort St. John Association for Commu- Thursday 8 p.m. Catholic Church Basement; the Taylor Fire Hall at 7:30 For information cerned about safety, who want to make thep.m. community a safer Library andfree Curling Rink. Forinformation, more information May 29 Katherine at (250) 782-1138 ext. 221. nity Living will be •holding annual general Saturday 8 p.m. 8 live calland Richard 250-782-2421 or Heath250-262at (250) to work, play. at Call coordinator Connie 242-3466. Accesstheir Awareness Day in Fort St. John. Stay Hospital tuned to Cafeteria; the placeSunday September 17 and 18 meeting, along Northeast with the News Community p.m. Friendship Centre. 785-4758. 4530 or RCMP liaison Rick 250-787-8100. May 23 for moreLiving information. the date forat theFarmington North East Arts Awards Gala Lido. • Cocaine Anonymous - Tuesday 8 p.m. Anonymous Dawson -Creek • Alcoholics If you think you might have a prob• Save Country dance HallSummit featuring Highway 40! at The May 30 Doors will be open in Fort from St. John! Thetoobjective the summits is $15 at each, 5:30 p.m. and newof Industry Catholic Church aBasement; Fridaylem 8 p.m. • Craft groupand for places MentalorHealth andtoAddicwithHosdrinking. Call for times someone talk to Dance 9 p.m. 1 a.m., noofminors. Tickets avail-for membership • The Fortrenewals Nelson Woman is holding golf tournato enhance the skills,Store. knowledge and information, expertise member sign-up.ment Memberships are $10. The pital Cafeteria. able at Farmington For more call Clarisse at the golf course. Lots of door prizes, putter to be won and 250-785-8866. tions Clients. Meets Thurs 1:30 -3:30 at 1001 of those working and volunteering in the sector, AGM will start atan6 extra p.m., prize special at brings 6:30 a friend • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m. Northern FortLights Nelson 110 Avenue, Dawson Creek. (250) 719-6525. (250) 843-7954. if aspeaker member that becomes a member. asMay well as at 7RSVP p.m. to Karen Prouse at College (back door). • Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Church Mon., • Alcoholics Anonymous - Monday 8 p.m. Catholic 24to strengthen networks within a region p.m. and the awards Please to • encourage increased col- present September • The Community Market is held at the WestFri., & Sat., 8 p.m. Peace RiverChurch Health Basement (closedTues., meeting); Wednesday 8 at p.m. Catholic The Forgotten House --communication, Grizzly Valley Players a mati- 25 May 30 laboration andinco-operation. Registration to be • The Derrick Dance of Fort St. John Saturday except on long Unit.8 p.m. Wed.Catholic 8 p.m. Church HospitalBasement; EducationSaturday Room. Basement; Thursday nee at 3 p.m. Room 5 of the Community Centre in Tumbler • The Club Welcome Wagon events,end the Campground Baby Showerevery and Grandlaunched online soon. The summit will be free will be hosting a parent dance Showcase from 9 p.m. tobe 1 a.m. in place weekends. For moreHotel info or All meetings are open. 8 p.m.package Hospital Cafeteria; Sunday 8 p.m. Friendship Centre Ridge. will taking at the Stonebridge at 1a vendor toMay attend, registration is on a first-come, first- the Senior Citizens Hall at 10908 Street with Jaylene Arnold at 250-774-2541 • Mile- Tuesday 0 Al-Anon meets 7:30 Church to 8:30Basep.m. • Cocaine Anonymous 8 p.m. Catholic 29but to 31 p.m. The Bridal 100 Showcase will takeplease placecontact at 6:30 p.m. served basis and willand be launched online only. music Valley by Silver Eagle. are $10 and or Audrey Reynolds 250-774-6574. every Tuesday evening at Parkhill Community ment; Friday 8 p.m. Hospital Cafeteria. • Couple’s “Love Romance” Retreat at The King’s May Members 30 September 18Accommodation and September available. 25 non-members and over Pouce Coupe School 9700-5th Street, Dawson Creek. • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m. Northern Lights College (back door). Christian Camp. For further informa- are $12. • TheEveryone 34 annual19Trutch Gymkhana is being held at the Mile The Fairview call Agricultural Society will be is welcome. For 206 moreTrutch information call Lucylots at of camping • Alcoholics 8 p.m.Coupe Old • Relapse Prevention. Mental Health and Adtion• or registration (250) 827-3549. Rodeo Grounds, spaceAnonymous available and-aFridayPouce hosting two Judy at (250) Library (closed). dictions 1017-103rd Creek, (250) • Alcoholics Anonymous - Friday 8Ave., p.m.Dawson Old Library (closed). May 17 to Healthy June 28 Happy Horses workshops (250) 785-2867 or concession will 787-0460. be on site. Great family fun, all ages250-786-0155. ride!! Please in •the Peace Country topics September Youth Drop-In at Pouce Coupe250-786-0155 Community 782-4410. Fridays from 10 to 11 a.m. Everyone Triathlon Training featuring clinics aredifferent coming to Fort St. John. Come 25call Beth at (250) 262-5712 for more •information. andand different speakers for each Both • The Fort St. John Library 60th an- Church Annex (the old Pouce library). Saturday Class welcome! PleaseCoupe call toSeniors confirmHall meeting. • Computer at the Pouce every Monout learn about triathlon andworkshop. get prepared for the local upcomJunePublic 4 workshops willHeld be held at the3,David niversary Ducks Ahoy family fundraiser willin conjunction nights 7:30 with p.m. the to 9:30 p.m. Agesday 13 to 17.Wednesday• Prenatal be p.m. takingand place the and from 9:30Classes a.m. towill 12:00 LowatIming triathlons. on May 4, andThompson 6 are clinics on swimming • Ladies out of town dinner Oil Men’s Hall, about 20 kilometers the Town of and be taking place atGolf the North Peace Leisure Pool Chetwynd Child Development this everyPeace Thursday from 10:30-11:30 Centre a.m. Open stroke improvement, bikenorth tuningof and equipment triathlon. Tournament presented by OilWives Club of FSJ. Cocktails pact exercise classSouth Fairview. Healthy Happy Horses workshop to 3 p.m. willand include a barbecue, Anonymous meetstoTuesday andFor more fall with classes incall September, October and Noeveryone! information Carol at 250-786-5673 Come hearThe from local triathletes and ask questions from about12 events, at and 6 p.m. dinner at 7 p.m. at the• Alcoholics Pomeroy Inns and Suites. series should be of keen to all horse rubber cake, stories, Friday at dinner, 8 p.m. dessert, at the Public 5012 46 vember from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Register at Chetwynd training, preparation andinterest anything else youpeolike. Sign up duck at therace,Tickets are $50water and games include:and entertainment, wine,Library, ple bePeace they recreational prizes for all, big and small. Admission is prizes. Street. 250-788-9658 Northern Lights callFriday (250)at782-5251 • Alcoholics Anonymous meetsCollege Mondayorand 8 p.m. at North Leisure Poolororperformance contact Beckyhorse at (250)787-5780 or both jewellry draw, games and door Tickets available at Flowowners or caregivers. for Allmore wishing to attend are $12.10 for the family $2.75 for a child. NA meets Wednesday the Air- Centre. for more information. Cost is $70 per couple. the at Friendship 250-788-9658 information. ers byorTamee, Frontier Jewellers. Call• Marlene (250) 785-8737ator8 p.m. encouraged pre-register it will assist in October 2 Debbie at (250) 787-5100 for moreport waiting room. • NA meets Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Airport waiting room. Upcomingtolocal Triathlonsasinclude: information. planning workshop • The South Peace Community Resource So• Tuesdays & Thursdays: Minor ball 5 pm-7 pm at Chetwynd Dawsonfor Creek May 24materials, refreshments June 6 and lunch. FeesJune are 7$30 per person per work- ciety will host its annual “Little Black Dress Garage AfFort St. John • Rotary Manor Annual Sale from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Ballpark & Rec. Centre Diamonds. shop are being at $50 as a package fair” fundraiser at1121-90 the BestAvenue. Western Household Inn in Daw-items, tools, toys, furniture, coffee Tumbler Ridge Fortbut Nelson June offered 28 deal for12those pre-registering by Sept. 15. For son Creek. The evening of “women • Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Wed. 8 p.m. 115 ComMay to July 28 and donuts and muchsupporting more. Donations welcome after May 4 (no further information contact Gerard Aldridge will a dinner and All liveproceed enter- to toward resident programs and mercial Park (Baptist Church). • Relapse Prevention Group - Tuesdays fromat6:30women” - 8:30 p.m. at feature appliances please). (780) 494-2529 (780) 251-0031. courtesy of “ABBA Again.” There • Mondays: Bingo - 6 pm doors open, 7 pm games begin. ComMental Health &or Addiction Services. Contact Dennistainment at (250)262activities. Rain or shine, no early birds, there will be no sales beSeptember 18 to 26 will also be a draw a $4,000 travel voucher. munity Centre Rms. 4&5. 5269. forefor 9 a.m. • The23 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup – a Tickets are $50 perJune person • Tuesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Floor curling, carpet May 14 and are available at national program, Pleasures, Casual Concepts and Shop• The conservation Derrick Dance Club ofwhich Fort encouragSt. John willSimple be hosting a • Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion walk, wheel, run and wheel- bowling, card & board games, coffee & cookies. Community es Canadians a difference pers at Drug Mart. chair challenge. Registration at 12:30, event starts at 1 p.m. in Cen- Centre Room 5 from 1-4 pm. Small drop-in fee. dance from 9 coast-to-coast p.m. to 1 a.m.toinmake the Senior Citizens Hall 10908 by removing litterbyfrom localMembers shorelines • Wednesdays: TR Seniors (55+) Drop-In – Cribbage, Whist & 100 Street. Music Nightalong Sounds. $10, nonONGOING members tennial Park. For information, contact event leader Lori Slater at and thus protecting oceans and waterways Fort John (250) 787-1912 or good company. Beginners welcome! 7 pm in the Library. Small $12. Everyone 19 andour over is welcome. For information callSt. Lucy will be taking placeoratJudy threeatlocations on Charlie • Alcoholics Anonymous drop-in fee. at (250) 785-2867 (250) 787-0460. July 12 - If you think you Lake. with drinking, come to anSociety plans their annual Garden Taylor MayThis 23 national conservation program began might have a problem • North Peace Horticultural in •1994 a handful Vancouver meeting. for times places or some• Civil Air Search and Rescue (CASARA) meetings every secThe with Magic of SamofPearce ShowAquarium is scheduled AA at the Stone-CallTour. Bringand your family and tour a variety of Fort St. John garemployees who wanted make to talk to (250) 785-8866. ond Tuesday at the Taylor Fire Hall at 7 p.m. For information call bridge Hoteland withvolunteers the show to benefit the to Fort St. Johnone Firefighters. dens. anMay immediate effect29on their local shorelines. In • Fort St. JohnAugust Multiple 1 Sclerosis support Bob at 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802. 25 to May 2010, are currently over treated 750 cleanup sites group. If you or anyone know has MS and Ride and Show ‘n Shine in sup• The you Marilyn Leffler Memorial • New Totem Archery is now at the Taylor Community Hall • Dothere you think you’ve been unfairly by a B.C. governregistered across Canada, 324 of them BC. havemay any be questions need to talk, please portor of just the Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon Region. Regis- Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Contact newtotemment ministry or public agency? The B.C.inOmbudsman For more info orOmbudsman’s registration, please shorecall Susie at (250) 785-2381 Sandi (250) tration beginsor July 1 foratthis all day event at Casey’s Pub in Fort St. able to help. The staffvisit will be in the following linecleanup.caon the dates listed below, and are available 787-2652. John. Show ‘n Shine awards for seven motorcycle categories and • The Alaska Highway RRA (Recreation Aircraft Association) communities by apSeptember 18 your problem or complaint. Call 1-800-567• A Youth Relapse Group may be a ride to the viewpoint on the meets every third Thursday at the Taylor Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m. lots ofPrevention door prizes. Event includes pointment to discuss • The Fortan St.appointment John Zombie Walk will take held weekly, afternoons atRoad. Mental Health welcome to this fundraising event For information call Richard at 250-782-2421 or Heath at 250Hudson’s Hope Everyone 3247 to book or see for in the place info. at 2 p.m. at Centennial Park. Come and Addiction Services, - 9900 – 100 Ave. to fight #300 cancer. 785-4758. more dressed as a zombie and bringMay a non-perishable For more information call21Chris August to 23or Shaun at Dawson Creek Fort Nelson 25 food for the local food bank. For more in- (250) 262-5269. • The North Peace Horticultural Society presents their 16th an• The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce luncheons are Fortitem St. John May 26 formation, check out the FortMay St. 27 John Zombie • “Butterfly Families – Families Supporting nual Flower Show and Exhibition at the North Peace Cultural Cen- held the first Thursday of each month at noon at the Best Western. Dawson Creek Walk 2010 on Facebook. May 28 Families” is open all event caregivers children tre.toThe will beofopen to the public on Aug. 22 from 3 p.m. to Different guest speaker each month. Members and Non-members Mackenzie September 18 and youth with 7Special Needs. We23meet p.m. and on Aug. fromthe 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards presenta- welcome. Contact: Lesley Pewarchuck 250-782 4868. Chetwynd May 29 • Country of every month at at the4 Child will take place p.m. Refreshments will be available by If your non-profit group has events or meeting you wish pubMay 27 music dance with music by Old third Wednesdaytions Time Country at theBergen, Seniormissionaries Citizens Hal,working 1101 with Development from on 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m., donations bothtoSaturday and Sunday while the show is open. lished, send them by fax to (250) 787-7090 or via email to: edi• John and Eloise ‘Hope for Centre McKellar inwere Dawson Creek. Dance 10408wound105 Avenue. Does your child have learn- art, houseplants, patio plants, Categories include arrangements, the Nations’Avenue in Kenya brutally attacked and severly from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Admission includes ing, behavior or other complex special needs? Enriching Your Life lunch. All over the age of 19 are welcome. For Would you like to connect with other caregivEnriching Your Life more information phone Fred at (250) 782-2192 ers? Child minding available but please call or Linda at (250) 843-7418. ahead a few days before the meeting. Call (250) September 19 785-3200 for more information. • The annual Terry Fox Run takes place in • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy options, peerFort St. John “Focused Family at Eyecare” Fort Nelson, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson’s counselling and support are on available the 9808-101st Ave. Life is complicated Hope, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd, in support North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. New locaPhone: 785-2020 enough - so we keep J. (above Grant TD Timmins of cancer research. To find out specific details in tion at #208 10139 100 Dr. Street Bank). Dawson Creek Dr. John E. Gentles banking simple. your community, go online to Drop in hours Monday and Wednesday from 10 900-102nd Ave. Suite 102 Dr. Todd J. 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