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November 1, 2012 - Vol. 9 - No. 44


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Halloween Pride Jill Earl photos

New Fire Chief in FSJ Page 26

The Dawson Creek Pride Society hosted their annual Halloween Pride party at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre. Before the dance, attendees were treated to a variety show. More pictures on Page 18.

Report affirms Kiskatinaw meets community water needs By Jill Earl

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DAWSON CREEK - Council has decided to host a public meeting to answer questions and discuss recent concerns over the city’s water supply. The decision was made in response to a delegation council heard on Oct. 1, during the 40-day Stage 4 water conservation measures, that requested the City find an alternative water source. The delegation included Paul Gevatkoff, former city councillor and member of the South Peace Oilmen’s Society, Allan Armstrong, Jim Linkster, Trent Lindberg and Andy Peterson. Under Gevatkoff’s request, Dawson Creek would supplement its current water source, the Kiskatinaw River, which provides a maximum of 3.3 million m3 annually with an additional water source that could provide the city with an additional 5.1 million m3 per year. Chief Administrative officer, Jim Chute, submitted a report to council about the delegation’s request

highlighting water usage in the city. Chute’s report says that the current demand averages 544L per capita per day including all industrial use, accommodating a population of 16,620. With population growth projected at two percent a year, Chute estimates that the current water permit would suffice until 2031. With the proposed additional water source, at 544L per capita per day including fracking use, it would support a population of 42,000 or 25,000 if it became the city’s sole water source. Bernier notes that Fort St. John’s water permit is less than Dawson Creek’s, at 3.2 million m3 per year though they have a larger population. He says that current water permits will suffice for the population and that past incentives such as the installation of water meters and increased water rates were put in place partly as conservation measures. “When we go into water restrictions, yes, it’s a nuisance but at no time this summer, which was the worst drought I can ever remember, at no time were we in

a position where we had to say, ‘There’s not enough water for residential use or for drinking,’� Bernier said. Delegates were concerned that the oil and gas industry would be deterred from the area because of the possible restrictions. According to the report, the oil and gas industry has used approximately 231,628m3 of water this year, down from about 387,854m3 in 2011 and 447,542m3 in 2010. It references the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producer’s 2012 Hydraulic Fracturing Operating Practices, which commits natural gas users to reduce their reliance on fresh water and recycle water as much as possible. “It seems unlikely in the extreme that the use of the City’s potable water for gas fracturing will grow exponentially in future years to a level requiring an extra 5 million m3 annually,� the report writes, after referencing oil and gas companies corporate commitments to reduce water use. Continued on Page 5.

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Hearing from all sides By now, you’ve probably heard about last week’s sit-in at the Provincial Legislature in Victoria, calling for a halt to oil tanker traffic along B.C.’s coastline.

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I’m from Prince George. Thankfully, we no longer have a one-industry economy here in B.C.’s North, but I’m sure many of us remember those uncertain days in the job market. Establishing the Gateway terminal at Kitimat, and linking Canada’s energy supply to the Pacific Rim, would continue the diversification of our region’s economy. That means job security and prosperity. It means a better future for B.C.’s North.

In the spirit of honesty, I’d like to share some of my thoughts on last week’s protest. It seems a great many people believe Gateway will introduce oil tanker traffic to B.C.’s coastline for the first time. This is simply not true. Oil tankers have docked at Kitimat for a quarter-century, and refineries have been part of Vancouver’s port communities since the 1930s. In fact the first imports of petroleum to Vancouver date back to 1915. As well,

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TUMBLER RIDGE – The BC Federation of Labour wants the federal government to halt permits for temporary foreign workers (TFW) from China to work on a coal mine near Tumbler Ridge. “We would like [the federal government] to suspend the permits and do a full investigation, because we don’t think it’s in Canada’s best interest to use temporary foreign workers to do permanent jobs at all,” Jim Sinclair, president of the BC Federation of Labour told the Northeast news. “Because that doesn’t give the economic benefit to Canada.” The company under attack is HD Holdings, according to the BC Federation of Labour media contact Michael Gardiner. HD Holdings is working on a coal mine on Murray River. The company currently has an approved labour market opinion (LMO) for 201 temporary foreign workers for their bulk sample permit, the first stages before operating a mine. The actual mine on Murray River is still under environmental review and if approved won’t be open until 2015. Sinclair spewed allegations that HD Holdings already had their eyes set to employ Chinese immigrant workers, neglecting Canadians the same opportunity. “I think there are two areas Story continued on Page 10

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Greyhound applies to reduce service By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - An application for a reduction of Greyhound services is currently before the B.C. Passenger Transportation Board, with request to eliminate one route and reduce 15, including three in the Peace River Region. If the application is approved, Greyhound will reduce it’s total weekly minimum schedule to Route G, from the Alberta Border and Highway 2 to Dawson Creek; Route I1, Dawson Creek to Fort Nelson and Route J, Dawson Creek to Prince George. Greyhound submitted their application on Oct. 10 with the public comment period closing Oct. 24. Regional manager of passenger services for Greyhound, Grant Odsen, is never surprised to get public feedback asking them to reconsider whenever the bus company decides to reduce service. “It’s a natural response for politicians, that’s what they’re there for, they are there to try to benefit their communities and they’re going to do all that they can in order to do that… it’s something that they have that they don’t want to lose,” Odsen said. At the last council meeting, councillors carried a motion to send a letter to the passenger board opposing the applicant’s request for reduced service in the area. Mayor Mike Bernier under-

stood Greyhound’s perspective but still felt that they should reconsider, especially because Dawson Creek is expected to grow. “Our community is booming, we require that Greyhound service to move people around, in and out of the region and it was also mentioned how important it was to have the cargo service, that they’re used for a lot in this area as well…we didn’t agree with them cutting back and we want them to reconsider,” Bernier said. Odsen lists low ridership as the main reason for reducing service. He says that the coach buses that can seat 54 need approximately 24 riders to break-even, but on Routes G, I1 and J the buses are averaging 10 passengers a trip. “The reason why we’re looking at taking that one off is because the ridership is bad, northbound to Fort St. John from Dawson Creek, you’re looking at an average daily load of 10.2 and the way back you’re looking at 9.7. In actual fact, those numbers reflect the loads all the way from Grande Prairie to Dawson Creek and on to Fort St. John…on a 54 seat coach, that’s just not viable,” said Odsen. Low ridership levels are worse in rural areas as well as for longer routes, but decreases are consistent throughout B.C. Greyhound also hopes to reduce services for Kelowna-Penticton,

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Delay on backcountry permits stalls owner’s business operations By Kyla Corpuz

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Chute also noted that during the Stage 4 water conservation measures, many companies found other alternative water sources for fracking purposes. During the Stage 4 water conservation measures, council agreed that there were a lot of rumours about the state of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water supply. Bernier stressed the importance of getting the correct information to the public. Coun. Cheryl Shuman expressed the same interest but with special considerations to seniors who may not be able to access all the information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With all this, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actually raised a scare in the community, people are thinking the water is going to dry up any minute, it concerns me because that does hurt business. The statement that businesses arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coming, is a false statement,â&#x20AC;? said Coun. Sue Kenny. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really important now, from our end of it, is getting that information again out to the public. For one special interest group coming to council saying that we have to build a new water line, this is the only saving grace for the community, that sends a really bad message for not only citizens who are concerned and wanting to understand more, but also for business,â&#x20AC;? Bernier said. He looks forward to meeting with the group again to discuss the approximate $57 million price tag of the project and some of their research. Bernier highlights that in order for the project to be approved, it must go through a public referendum and obtain a new provincial permit and a waiver of debt borrowing limits. The issue must also be brought to a public referendum with public consultation occurring often between design/feasibility, permitting, referendum, tender and construction steps. He agrees that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water supply is an important issue and is already working towards a new reservoir that would meet the needs of the community for an entire year. Bernier says he is open to the discussions but wants residents to understand the ramifications of their decisions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Were we going to build that water line? Water rates would double, taxes would go up on an average home of about $1,000 a year, and so the question to the community would have to be: do you feel that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in such dire straights because you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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water your lawn sometimes in drought years? What some people read Chuteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report about water needs and impacts in Dawson Creek before supporting or opposing the idea of finding another would think is a convenience, and not a necessity,â&#x20AC;? he said. After comparing the Murray River, Kiskatinaw River and the water source. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the community definitely feels that way and they think our Peace River, the group recommended that the city consider running a pipeline from the Murray River at East Pine, following community is going down hill without having that water, then Highway 97 up to Arras to Dawson Creekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s water treatment weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear that loud and clear but I guarantee that once people show up and have that information, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to realizeâ&#x20AC;Ś plant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We feel that water restrictions, although necessary in these that there are better ways to do this to sustain the community,â&#x20AC;? conditions, create stress for our residents and also present an he said. impediment to growth both industrial and residentialâ&#x20AC;ŚSustain- -With files from Kyla Corpuz ability of our community requires an ample, consistent and dependable supply of water,â&#x20AC;? Gevatkoff said. The delegation felt that a supplementary source of water Pat Pimm, M.L.A. would provide water security in the case of future shortages or (Peace River North) Province of British Columbia emergencies. Gevatkoff said that engineers, construction businesses and a mapping company helped the group determine the pipelineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s estimated $57 million cost. They believe the length of the pipeline to be 57km long reaching from the Murray River Legislative OfďŹ ce: Constituency OfďŹ ce: to the treatment plant, with each metre of pipe costing $1,000, East Annex, Parliament Buildings 10104 - 100th Street and with a production of 14,000m3 per day. Their estimate also Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4 Fort St. John, B.C. V1J 3Y7 includes permitting, engineering, water intake, right of way acPhone: 250 952-6784 Phone: 250 263-0101 Fax: 250 387-9100 Fax: 250 263-0104 quisitions and road crossings among other cost related items. The delegation believes that council should prioritize water, e-mail: because a city with continuous water restrictions may not be attractive to industry investment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If an industry wants to come to Dawson Creek and they find that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have enough water theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re likely going to choose somewhere else to goâ&#x20AC;ŚI mean if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t NOW C! have industry, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have NB I employment, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have people buying houses and it reGet your ticket to win daily. flects on a whole community,â&#x20AC;? For only $25, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss your chance to win said Gevatkoff. daily cash prizes every day of the year starting Mayor Mike Bernier says January 1st, 2013. You can win again, and again and again. Buy your ticket today! that council is open to comW IN DA ILY munity discussion and direcC A SH P R IZ E S. tion but encourages residents to $



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A NEW WAKE UP CALL As I’m getting older I’m finding it significantly harder to stay in shape and maintain a body I’m proud of. That doesn’t just mean looks. It also means the way I feel about my overall health. I mean, if I voice to someone how out of shape I feel, they don’t usually take me seriously. It’s in my genes that I’m naturally small—I can’t help it. But the hustle and bustle of life means that I’m prone to eating, not so healthy food, and that I’m left with no time to exercise. When I come home after a long day, like many of you do, I wonder how I’m going to spend my night. Changing into gym attire and running around the track at the Pomeroy or making dinner, drinking a spritzer and watching a movie? I’ll take the latter. Here’s the thing, I know what it’s like to get up in the morning and go for a run or

head to the gym right after work, but somewhere along the way all that desire slipped through my fingers. And now I’m fed up with losing my breath after climbing three sets of stairs or carrying my groceries from the till to my car. I’ve come to the conclusion that if I want to feel better about myself, I can’t just take the night off. I have to work for it, like I do for everything else I want to attain in life. The result is not just about the looks, I don’t think people should get into shape based solely so they look better, but it’s how you feel—rejuvinated, refreshed and restarted— that makes all the difference. So here we go 6 a.m. alarm clocks and running shoes! Not even brushing the snow off my car before the sun rises will get me down. I hope. -Kyla

FEEDBACK Letter to the Editor, Please find attached a letter that was sent by myself and on behalf of all those that appose the Site C Dam to our Prime Minister and his Environment Minister Peter Kent, 3rd October. The support against this Dam on our Peace River is gaining considerable momentum over the past year due to our Provincial Governments tunnel vision on this over expensive project and lack of consideration of the more inexpensive alternative’s and the saving of previous farmlands. Yours sincerely, Nick Parsons Farmington Dear Prime Minister, Thank you for replying to my latter dated 11th July 2012, concerning the proposed Site C Dam here in British Columbia. I am writing to you and the Honorable

Peter Kent, Minister of Environment, on behalf of the Peace Valley Environment Association, to come and visit the beautiful Peace River Valley that is proposed to be flooded which would result in the devastation of precious farmlands with a unique growing climate, people’s homes and livelihoods, loss of wildlife habitat and heritage grounds, interruption of the Yellowstone to Yukon Corridor for migratory wildlife, flooding of tributaries, drowning of wildlife, destruction of old growth woodlands, the list goes on. There are today good alternatives to this obliteration for producing electricity. Please come and see and meet the people who truly believe this proposed Site C dam must not happen. Yours Sincerely, Nick Parsons Farmer and PVEA Director

Dear Editor, MP Bob Zimmer and the Conservative government do not respect our democracy – they do not respect the views of Canadians. They have no interest in hearing from Canadians. They have decided that they know what is best and they are going to impose their will upon Canadians. Parliament, they have decided, needs to be sidelined – ignored. It used to be a place where serious issues were debated, where the nation’s business was taken care of. No longer. Yet again, the Harper government has tabled an omnibus budget bill – this time 443 pages that amend everything from the Navigable Waters Protection Act to the Canada Labour Code. By combining completely unrelated measures in a single massive bill, the Harper government is hoping that many of the provisions will not be noticed, or that Canadians’ outrage will be buried – today’s news story, forgotten tomorrow.

What is the government afraid of? What are they afraid Parliamentarians – and Canadians – will discover if the bill is given the proper scrutiny its provisions deserve? While in opposition, Stephen Harper complained about a 21page omnibus bill, saying “the subject matter of the bill is so diverse that a single vote on the content would put members in conflict with their own principles…it will be very difficult to give due consideration to all relevant opinion.” In opposition, a 21-page bill was offensive. Now he tells Canadians a 443-page bill is just right. Other countries limit legislation to a single topic or subject. In the United States, 42 of the 50 state constitutions have articles prohibiting excessive omnibus legislation. Recently the Liberal opposition in the House of Commons proposed a motion to place rea-

sonable limits on omnibus bills. Mr. Zimmer refused; he stood with his Conservative colleagues and voted that motion down. Canadians expect Parliamentarians to do their job – to scrutinize legislation, to listen to Canadians, to seriously debate proposals, and to make changes where changes are necessary. That is how the best laws are made. The Harper government knows that it is very difficult for Parliamentarians to do their jobs properly when presented with omnibus bills, and that is why it has become addicted to them. This isn’t how Canadians expect their government to work. We all deserve better. It is time to deliver a message to the Conservative government: respect our democracy, and respect Canadians. No more abusive omnibus bills. Yours sincerely, Senator James Cowan Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

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Council on board with Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report on airport governance By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - The City will remain the sole operator of the Dawson Creek Regional Airport but council has approved some governance changes that aim at improve its chances to complete long-term goals. These approved recommendations came from Jerry Berry Consultants Inc.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report to council about possible governance changes. It included: incorporating airport-related issues into the Economic Development Committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s terms of reference, acknowledging and inviting private parties, advocating for an expanded runway to continue doing so at no capital cost to the City and council retaining management of the airport. As part of councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic priorities, they hired the consultants in July to review the airportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s governance. McElhanney and Patricia Maloney & Associates identified the review as a short-term goal for council in the Dawson Creek Airport Sustainability Report, released Dec. 5, 2011. The sustainability report listed extending the runway another 1,000 or 1,500 feet as the only long-term goal recommended to the city. The consultants said that throughout the public discussions they heard many residents express the need to lengthen the runway to accommodate for larger aircrafts. The consultants felt that the

extended runway, projected to cost between $8 and $14 million, would be unrealistic for a short- or medium- term goal with the desire for larger aircrafts unwarranted and limited amounts of money available from the City. Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report mentioned the Runway â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Boostersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; group, a group of individuals who are advocating to lengthen the runway before completing other recommendations listed in last winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. Barry thought that council should encourage these advocates and invite them to start a task force that would actively seek funding from industry and other sources to complete the project they feel is essential to long-term sustainability. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While it cannot be recommended that the local taxpayers ante up at this stage for an uncertain megaproject (public approvals are statutorily required); nor do the consultants believe that those with this dream and determination should be deflected from pursuing their personal goal. Rather, it is recommended that these parties be supported and encouraged,â&#x20AC;? Barryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report writes. Though the task force will be looking at other funding sources, Barry does suggest council consider giving the group minimal funding for start-up. Many councillors liked the idea of a task force and approved the motion for the groupâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

creation. They thought that the task force is a good way to mitigate disagreements between groups that feel the extension is immediately necessary and those that think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not needed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the challenges I guess for council is taking all of those differences of opinion. We had one group come and meet with us saying that we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a new runwayâ&#x20AC;ŚThen we had another group coming in saying donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t waste your money on that, we need to build a new runway, X number of millions of dollars to hopefully have something that other airlines will come,â&#x20AC;? Mayor Mike Bernier said of residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments on aiport upgrades. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really liked the idea, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slow down the people that think we need to have a new runway, give them maybe some seed money, give them the mechanisms, and saying if you think this is important go out and see what you can come up with,â&#x20AC;? he said. In the report, Barry recognized the importance of a regional airport to a variety of stakeholders in the community and felt that the airport should be included as one of the many issues discussed by the Economic Develop-

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Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey championship to hit D.C. By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Next week the city will be swarming with the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best female hockey players under the age of 18 for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Championship. The National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Under 18 Championship is being held at the Encana Events Centre Nov. 7-11, showcasing eight teams during 18 games. The approximately 160 players will bring in hundreds of parents, coaches and support staff for the event that attracts the attention of scouts everywhere. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is really their first showcase to maybe get a university scholarship, to be scouted by national scouts, and to really showcase what they believe is their passion to put their provincial sweaters on, which then is the next step to put the national sweater on,â&#x20AC;? said Barry Reynard, director of community service for the City of Dawson Creek. The games are expected to be high quality as 21 of the 22 players who were members of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Under-18 Team for a three-game series against the United States in August are on the roster, as well as five gold medalists on Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Under-18 Team at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Championships last January. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had some unique opportunities in hosting events, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve worked with both the male side, the male juniors in some exhibition, but think whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to be very impressive is the style of play and the intensity of what these athletes will bring,â&#x20AC;? Reynard said. Over two years ago the City of Dawson Creek was successful in itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bid for the Hockey Canada event, committing $10,000 (a small fraction of the actual cost to host the event) and several rooms for the teams, scouts, Hockey Canada staff and game officials. The city has also has to find 25 rooms for TSN film crew, who will be broadcast the final game on TSN 2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From a Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perspective, anytime you get to host a national championship, and also get some broadcast from that, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity for us to showcase our cityâ&#x20AC;ŚSo when you look at investment into the community and what this tournament will give us, really the city supported it from a $10,000 bid, which is less than five percent of the overall expenditure to put the tournament on,â&#x20AC;? said Reynard. This isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the first time the city has had the opportunity to host a Hockey Canada event, or had talented female athletes in their midst. In fall 2009 Dawson Creek hosted a training camp for the national womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team who went on to win the gold medal in the 2010 Olympics. Reynard is proud of the training camp and the legacy it left behind for the city. â&#x20AC;?We did have a good experience there with our national womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team program and the relationships from that actually assisted with bringing the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U-18, I think a lot of the legacy



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of concern,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first one is the question of whether or not we need to bring in temporary foreign workers to run mines in British Columbia.â&#x20AC;? Sinclair was skeptical about the job requirements advertised, alluding that it was the reason why there were no Canadians hired for the project. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our concerns are around a number of issues, including of course, the fact that they advertised the job and made a requirement in the advertisement that people speak Mandarin.â&#x20AC;? He believes that was the reason why out of the 92 locals interviewed, not one person was qualified. But Jody Shimkus, HD Holdings spokesperson, said the reason the company didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hire any local workers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to do with language, but the lack of skill sets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are using a method of mining called Long Wall Underground Mining, there is currently no underground long wall mining going on in Canada,â&#x20AC;? said Shimkus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So when we advertised for the skill set, because that is a requirement Phone (250) 785-7907 from our LMO, we tried to Toll Free 1-888-830-9909 advertise and get Canadian 9604-112 Street, Fort St. John, BC workers. We were unable to get

trained, long-wall miners for the bulk sample.â&#x20AC;? Sinclair went on to cite previous news reports that stated recruiting agencies were charging interested Chinese workers a $12,000 â&#x20AC;&#x153;admissionâ&#x20AC;? fee to relocate to Canada. He said this was the second area of concern he had regarding immigrant workers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only is that illegal, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s immoral too.â&#x20AC;? But according to Shimkus, that is not part of HD Holdingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s protocal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are employees of our parent mining company and they are coming over from our existing mine operations. We did not use any recruiting agency or charging any source of fees associated with those workers coming over.â&#x20AC;? She added that the company would continue to recruit for local, skilled workers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That will take some time and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all subject to whether or not our mine receives a positive environmental assessment certificate,â&#x20AC;? adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;But absolutely, we are committed to transferring the skill set to Canadians.â&#x20AC;? Sinclair said that HD Holdings is looking at bringing over a total of over 400 immigrant workers; but Shimkus said as of right now they have only been approved for 201 TFW. She added that the TFW are approved for a two-year period. Minister of Jobs and Tourism Pat Bell told the Northeast News that the government is investigating the situation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The allegations that were raised are the ones that we are pursuing,â&#x20AC;? said Bell. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The accusations are very serious, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take them lightly, we hope that those who have made the allegations didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do so on a frivolous manner.â&#x20AC;? Bell went on to say that the timeline of carrying out investigations of this nature â&#x20AC;&#x153;vary significantlyâ&#x20AC;? but hopes they can move through it quickly. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fines for contravening this portion of the act range up to $10,000â&#x20AC;Śâ&#x20AC;? said Bell. He could not comment further on the specifics of the investigation.

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FORT ST. JOHN â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spectra Energy presented the Peace River Regional District with plans for their latest Dawson Liquids Extraction Project. If the project is approved it will be installed in 2015. It will be designed to process sweet natural gas to remove water and natural gas liquids from two sources: unprocessed raw sweet gas from the Montney formation and sales gas from the outlet of the adjacent Dawson plant. One of the PRRD board members asked if the water they recover from the natural gas will be reused in the industry. Â&#x2039;^^^MVY[TV[VYZJHÂ&#x2039;(SHZRH9VHK-VY[:[1VOU)*=1; Victor Standish the project director said Spectra Energy does not have any utilization for it, but they would see if other producers would use it. The facility will only process sweet gas and not remove any  H2S (hydrogen sulphide).  The proposed project will extract the liquids from the adjacent Dawson Processing Plant and/or a new rich gas pipeline originat ing north of the facility, according to the project overview.  The produced projects will then be delivered to a third party  liquid pipeline.  The facility will be located on private land next to an existing  industrial site. Karen Goodings, PRRD chair, said the site would  have to be rezoned as industrial land.  Area C director Arthur Hadland was wary about the pipelines      and spoke on the generalities of industry using residentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land to  accommodate the pipelines. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The companies â&#x20AC;Ś they do bully the land owner into going  along to whatever agreements industry designates,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The  surface owners need to be respected much more than they are cur           rently. Canadians are a pretty civil bunch, but when they finally  get pushed in a corner and I know, because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived it â&#x20AC;Ś some times you just give up, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not right.â&#x20AC;? Spectra will be hosting an open house on Nov. 15 to hear any       concerns and discuss potential project impacts with local residents, the Aboriginal community and other potentially affected stakeholders.

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FORT ST. JOHN – Named after the Trent Severn Waterway—a canal route traversing the Southern Ontario cottage country—is a three-piece band made up of Ontarians Dayna Manning, Emm Gryner and Laura C. Bates. Manning moved to Fort St. John six years ago, where she has become a staple to the local music scene. On one of her first trips to Fort St. John she played at the local pub Egan’s with Gryner, a notable song writer, who would soon become her band mate. “Performing in my home town of Stratford Ontario last summer, I shared a stage with fellow songwriter Emm Gryner, which I have done probably once a year for the last 10 years or so,” Manning wrote to the Northeast News. Gryner had an idea to start an all-girls band and asked Manning if she wanted to join. “I said yes, thinking, “Well this is just what I’m looking for to balance out music in my life.” It wasn’t long until they found their third member, Bates, who is a fiddler and singer. “Laura C. Bates came to mind, who is another Stratford native,” said Manning. “In fact, Laura was the young girl I was babysitting when I wrote my first song years before. Laura sings like a bird and plays something fierce.” Trent Severn is in some ways unlike other bands, because they don’t have one lead singer. “We all sing and share lead vocals and harmonies … there’s no lead singer really.” However they all bring something different to the table. Manning plays the banjo or guitar, Gryner plays the bass and stomp box, while Bates keep the melody with her fiddle. Manning noted that there are no doubled tracks on the record. The songs either have a guitar or banjo, a stomp box, bass and fiddle to ensure their album sounds exactly like their live performances. Local percussionist Dave Tolley also contributed to the debut record. The foundation of Trent Severn is not only based on three brunettes with varying musical talents, but a mantra that keeps them rooted to their cores: Be kind, play instruments we can carry, enjoy a beer at the end of a long day and remember that family always comes first. Manning describes Trent Severn’s sound as a mix of CSNY (Crosby, Stills & Nash and Neil Young) with a touh of Celtic Canadian tunes. Their songs tell stories of their Canadian friends, legends and neighbours. The record came to life in record studies across Canada, be it in a commercial studio in London, Ont. a friend’s attic in Stratford Ont., or Manning’s home in Fort St. John. Despite the three being not able to throw an album release party, Manning will be hosting a listening party at Whole Wheat and Honey on Nov. 6 from 5: 30 to 7:30, where guests will be able to mingle and hear the album through speakers. While they have some tour dates set up, Manning said she hopes the trio will be back next spring to do a show for Fort St. John.

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Every year on November 11, Canadians pause in a silent moment of remembrance for the men and women who have served,

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Prior to the First World War, the armed services in Canada were represented mainly by regimental associations or other less formal groups. The one national organization, the Army Navy Veterans of Canada, had a limited membership. Meetings were seldom held outside major urban centres. Between 1917 and 1925 a total of 15 disparate national groups were formed. These groups lacked a united voice and their various efforts produced no national results. Some attempts were made to co-ordinate their activities, but each group’s objectives seemed slightly different than the others. Very little of substance was accomplished in spite of the members’ best efforts. Through the dedication of Field Marshall Earl Haig, Commander in Chief of the British Army, LieutenantGeneral Sir Richard Turner, VC, Lieutenant-General Sir Percy Lake, Sir Arthur Currie and others, great strides were made in coordinating the organizational efforts of veterans groups such as the Great War Veterans Association, the Tuberculosis Veterans Association, the Disabled Veterans As sociation, the Naval Veterans Association and many others. In June 1925, due largely to the influence of Haig, the Dominion Veterans Alliance came into being. In November of that year, The Royal Canadian Legion was born at its inaugural convention in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In 1926 it became self-supporting and has remained free of outside financing ever since. From its beginning, the Legion has

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fashion.” But time is running out for Schildknecht. “I don’t know where I stand, because I don’t have the permits and I don’t know how I’m going to carry on for next year,” he said. “We have tremendous expenses. Whether it’s maintaining the airplanes or buying the insurances, which are due now, and then if we cannot operate then the money is lost.” Pimm has been working with various other businesses that rely on the backcountry to get permits approved or disapproved faster. “There are going to be agreements that have to be worked on,” said Pimm. “We have agreements with the First Nations at this point in time, they’re going to have to agree to changes that are

going to be made to streamline the permits.” This isn’t the first year this issue has presented itself, but “it’s the first year that it’s happened to this magnitude, that’s why it’s becoming such a large issue,” said the MLA. Schildknecht is worried about continuing his operations. “Nobody tells us how to carry on. It’s not just us, it’s everybody who’s doing the backcountry. That’s not how you can run a multibillion-dollar business.” But the MLA assured businesses will get their permits in time for the next hunting season. “They will have their permits in place next year.” As for now, Schildknecht only has permits retroactively at the end of the season. Pimm said it comes down to following the constitution and rights of First nations. “The bottom line is … we have to consult and accommodate where necessary,” he said. “So that’s never going to change. So we have to find ways to consult and accommodate and move these permits through in a timely manner.”


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Fort St. John operating budget shows deficit of $1.6 million By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – After cutting seven projects originally slated for the 2013 operating budget, city council was still presented with a deficit of $1.6 million. City staff presented council with the operating budget on Oct. 22 to ask for guidance on how to balance the expenditures and revenue. “I think there’s always a deficit when you’ve got staff coming to you with an increased cost of doing business based on last year’s revenues,” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. Last year saw a shortfall of $1.5 million, which was balanced out by moving Fair Share funds over from the capital budget and transferring money from the stabilization fund. However, this year council is trying to refrain from using Fair Share funds to cover the cost of the deficit in the operating budget. “As little as possible of Fair Share should be put into operating budget because it’s a grant, you shouldn’t try to sustain yourselves based on grants,” said Ackerman. The operating budget presented to council has revenues sitting at $56.3 million and expenditures at $57.9 million. From general government services to protective health, transportation services and water utilities have gone up from last year’s costs. “What we have to recognize is that the cost of doing business for everyone here has impacted … all of us,” said the mayor. “We just have to bite the bullet and say, ‘You know there is going to be a cost of doing business.’” She added that the municipalities and communities are the “economic engines” of the nation and that there needs to be continued discussion with the provincial and federal governments on how to make better use of existing resources with the existing dollar that “comes out of [tax payers’] pockets.” City manager Dianne Hunter said the pressures from outside the community, like the thousand industrial camps with transient workers, is taking a toll on the municipal government to keep up with providing quality of life for its residents. City staff covered approximately $800,000 worth of projects from the operating budget using the stabilization fund and the Miscellaneous Operating Project Revenue. Projects like the downtown action plan ($125,000) and BC Hydro Site C consultations ($400,000) were two of the six proj-

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ects alleviated from the operating budget’s expenditures. Hunter noted that the BC Hydro Site C consultation budget needs refining, but will be used to bring the city to the table to engage and comment on BC Hydro’s environmental impact statement for Site C. Hunter added that the city will expect compensation by BC Hydro in full or partial, but an agreement has yet to be made. As for the downtown action plan, the city manager said it would be a significant investment to the community. “If we get it right,” she said, there would be a return to the taxpayer by “a more vibrant downtown area.” She noted that council has been looking at this project for a number of years.

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Women’s Hockey Championship Continued from Page 9.

Reynard hopes this event will add to that legacy to attract bigger and better entertainment events to the city. He hopes that a part of that legacy will be encouraging female youth to try the sport through interaction with the players; each team will visit a school in the region to promote the sport and promote athletics. Each school visited will get free tickets from those teams to see them play. “We’re building a legacy hopefully within the Peace Region for young girls, and mothers and females to try the game and be engaged in the game and we’re going do that

by starting grass root introductory…maybe one or two or ten or twenty girls will find their way to say they’d like to try the game or maybe pick up a hockey stick and come join Dawson Creek Minor Hockey,” said Reynard. Three-time Olympic gold medalist, Olympic silver medalist, Harvard University graduate and motivational speaker, Jennifer Botterill, will speak to the players during their welcome banquet and to a special female-only breakfast at Community Futures before the Championship. Two exhibition games have been added to the schedule before the Championships begin on Wednesday; those games are free to public. The public is also welcome to watch the practices all day Monday. The City also plans on adding to the event’s legacy

through funding local sports development opportunities with any profits from the event. The profits will be shared amongst Dawson Creek Minor Hockey, regional female development and hockey in relationship to high performance opportunities for girls within the Peace Region. Reynard is already looking for the next hosting opportunity and has his sights sets on the 4 Nations, a hockey competition between Canada, United States, Finland and Sweden. “We feel that this could put us on a level to potentially bring in other events that can meet or exceed the opportunity of this event,” said Reynard. “We’re always looking for the next opportunity,” he said.

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OPERATIONS MANAGER The College requires an energetic, solution-focused full time Operations Manager for its Mackenzie Campus. A member of the College’s administration team, the Operations Manager reports to the Regional Director and leads all campus operational activities, in close collaboration with all campus employees. Responsibilities include: facilities coordination, daily supervision of and support for the local employment services centre, managing the administration of cost-recovery contracts, managing campus marketing and promotional activities and overseeing general administrative systems in relation to the College services.

To find out more information about this and other opportunities, and directions on how to apply, please check our website at: Join us. We offer a supportive workplace, great benefits, and competitive salaries. And we have opportunities to grow, both within our college, and within our communities.

We are seeking an energetic, personable and self-motivated individual to work the front line and provide outstanding service to our customers in the installation and on-going support of our various products on drilling and service rigs. This requires the ability to work independently during irregular and sometimes long hours, strong organizational and problem-solving skills and the ability to effectively interact and work in a team environment. Experience with oilfield drilling and service rigs as well as instrumentation is an asset. We provide the training and on-going support required to be successful as well as all necessary tools and equipment including a field service vehicle. We offer a competitive base salary, discretionary performance bonus, and a comprehensive benefit program. If you are seeking a dynamic work environment with an industry leader, forward your application to with “Field Service Technician” in the subject field. We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Visit our website for more information about Pason at


Pason promotes a safe and healthy work environment and applicants for this position will be subject to our alcohol and drug testing program.

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WINTER SNOW PLOW CREWS LaPrairie Works is a diversified and growing full service contractor with over 25 years of operating experience in Western Canada, and proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are currently recruiting enthusiastic people to join our team of Snow Plow Drivers and Grader Operators for our operations along the Alaska Highway in British Columbia. You will be driving snow plows and/or graders for our winter program, and will be required to be available during the winter season. If you have a valid Class 3 licence, with an airbrake endorsement, and a good driving record, we would like to talk to you! Previous experience is an asset. LaPrairie Works offers a comprehensive suite of benefits and competitive wages. Camp accommodations are provided. To apply for these positions, please send your resume and current (within 30 days) drivers abstract to: or fax to (403) 767-9932

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Sale of these Units will be on an “ as is - where is” basis. The highest or ant tender not necessarily accepted. Purchaser must make full payment within fifteen (15) days of notification of acceptance of successful offer. These units may be viewed at the School District Maintenance Yard at 10716-97th Ave. by contacting Mr. Mike Fitzgerald Transportation Supervisor 250-263-6426. Tender forms may be picked up at the facilities between the hours of 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4 pm Monday to Friday excluding holidays. Forms must be returned in a sealed envelope with the unit number clearly written on the outside of the envelope. Tenders will close at 1:00 pm Friday Nov 2nd 2012 PLEASE write unit # and forward to Transportation Supervisor School District No 60 10716-97th Ave. Fort St. John, B.C. V1J 6 L7

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November 2012

Dawson Creek

• Community Futures Peace Liard presents “Pursuing Excellence” Breakfast at the Encana Event Centre onWednesday, November 7th at 8:00am. Featuring special guest speaker Jennifer Botterill, three time Olympic Gold Medalist of the Canadian Woman’s Hockey Team. Cost is $25 per person. Register your spot by calling 250-782-8748. • Rotary Manor Annual Christmas Bazaar and Tea. 1121-90th Ave. Dawson Creek Saturday, November 24, 2:00-4:00pm. Crafts, Raffle, Baked Goods, and Tea Admission $4.00 Proceeds go towards resident programs and activities. Everyone Welcome • Ten Thousand Villages Sale will be held on Nov. 23, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and Nov. 24 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church, 1800-109 Avenue, Dawson Creek (blue church across from Kitchen Park). A variety of fair trade handcrafted items by artisans from developing countries will be available for purchase. • Ron Pettigrew Christian School: 4th Annual Gingerbread House Adventure and Tea. 1761 – 110th Avenue, Dawson Creek, Saturday November 17 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Admission $4.00/person or $15.00/family. To Enter a Gingerbread House or for more information about the Gingerbread Competition call Roberta at 250-782-7046. There will be a Tea, Musical Entertainment, Silent Auction, Baking, Craft items and a live auction of the gingerbread houses. The Silent Auction will start at 11:00 am and close at 2:30 pm. The Live Auction of the Gingerbread houses will happen after the awards and prizes are given at 3:00 pm. Proceeds go to the RPCS Parent Group to support Projects such as replacing the playground, Special Events & Field Trips and Extracurricular Activities. Everyone Welcome.


Fort St. John

• The North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre is holding its annual Baby Bottle fundraiser from October 14th – December 2nd. Empty baby bottles can be picked up at MasterPeace Framing, your local church, or the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. Fill your bottles with your loose change and return to one of these locations by December 2nd. Your donations make it possible for our centre to continue to provide services to moms and babies in our community! Location: #208, 10139-100th St, FSJ (above the TD Bank) or call 250-787-5584 for more information. • 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 • The Fort St. John Literacy Society offers free one-to-one tutoring for people who want to improve their reading, writing or math skills. We also offer free English as a Second Language classes and one-to-tutoring for people learning English. Contact 250-785-2110 or for more information. • Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadets meet at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night at the Royal Canadian Legion on 102nd and 105 Ave. If you are between 12 and 18 years old please drop in or call us at 250-787-5323. • Alcoholics Anonymous - If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to (250) 785-8866. • Fort St. John Multiple Sclerosis support group. If you or anyone you know has MS and have any questions or just need to talk, please call Susie at (250) 785-2381 or Sandi at (250) 787-2652.

Fort St. John

• Harvest Dinner by the 2276 Royal Canadian Army Cadets. The dinner will be held November 3rd at the Royal Canadian Legion from 5:30 to 10:30. Tickets are $15 for those 12 and over and $10 for those 11 and under. Proceeds from the dinner will be used to fund the spring trip to Edmonton for the Cadets. Tickets are available by contacting the Cadets at or Cindy Knott at 250-261-4763. • Christmas Craft/Home Based Business Sale At the Tower Lake Community Hall Saturday, November 3, 10:00am-3:00pm. Free admission. For more info, call Stephanie @ 789-9272 • The United Church Women’s Annual Tea and Bazzar, Saturday, Nov. 3 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. At the Shared Church: 10364-100 Street (Beside the North Peace Savings and Credit Union). Everyone is invited to stop in for tea, desserts and make purchases from the bazaar and bake tables. • Country Christmas Craft & Gift Sale at the Rose Prairie Community Curling Center on Sunday, November 18th, 2012, 11:00am-4:00pm. Fine arts & crafts by many local artists and artisans and wonderful gift products. Lunch available and refreshments and goodies will be served. Come out and enjoy an exciting day and wrap up your Christmas shopping early. • Senior’s Christmas Craft, Bake Sale & Tea. Nov 24th from 1-4 p at Peace Luthern Church Basement 9812-108 Avenue. Any baking or craft donations gratefully appreciated. To rent craft tables, call Kathy at 7854937. No home based business requests please.

Pouce Coupe

• Truck Light Parade and Food Drive on Dec. 7 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Cost of admission and food is by donation. Please bring non-perishable foods for the Salvation Army Christmas Hampers.

• A Youth Relapse Prevention Group may be held weekly, in the afternoons at Mental Health and Addiction Services, #300 - 9900 – 100 Ave. For more information call Chris or Shaun at (250) 262-5269. • “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., 10408 105 Avenue. 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. • 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 siblings are welcome with their parents. Call Patti (250) 843-7813 for more information.

Dawson Creek

• The Visually Impaired Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon at First Baptist Church, 1400 113 Ave. Each month we have a guest speaker and we share lunch. (cost by donation). Anyone who is visually impaired or who cares about someone with vision difficulties is welcome to attend. For further information please call Kathy 782-7539 or Margaret 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 or visit the website at

• 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.

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) 7742541 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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FSJ Fire Chief for a day...


On the front-page teaser of the October 18, 2012 issue, it was written that the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dawson Creek fire fighters turn up the heat,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; it was not the Dawson Creek fire fighters, rather the Pouce Coupe fire fighters. The Northeast News apologizes for the misunderstanding.

Kyla Corpuz photo

Paige Townsend, Grade 3, (above) is all suited up as the Fire Chief for a day on Oct. 29. Townsend won an art contest that landed her fire chief status. She was picked up from school by a fire truck and was taken to the department where she had lunch and toured the facility and fire trucks; Townsend shows Mayor Lori Ackerman (left) her winning art work featuring a dalmatian and fire safety tips.

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“Proudly Sponsors the North and South Peace SPCA” FEATURE PET

Not So Great Statistics In 2009, there were over 780 animals brought to the South Peace BCSPCA Animal Shelter in Dawson Creek.

Dawson Creek veterinarian receives Veterinarian of the Year Award.

Of these animals, over 100 were redeemed by their owners through tattoos, microchips, dog licensing or owners veiwing the “Lost and Found” portion of BCSPCA website.

To Dr Patricia Reeves, saving the lives of animals is all in a days work. But to the staff at BCSPCA’s South Peace Branch and the countless animals she’s rescued, she is a true hero. Dr Patricia Reeves was honoured for her outstanding contributions to animals in need with the BCSPCA’s Veterinarian of the Year Award at a special ceremony held in Vancouver June 1st.

Only 2 cats were reclaimed.


“During the time that I’ve been managing the South Peace Branch, never have I had to worry about the outcome for an animal due to inadequate funding, “ says Davies. “Dr Reeves alwasy puts the animal first.” In addition to offering generous discounts on medical care, Dr Reeves also facilitates low income spay and neuter programs in the area by providing 50% off the cost of surgery, vaccinations and tattoos.

In 2011, there were over 660 animals brougth in to the shelter. Ocer 110 dogs were returned to their owners. Only 6 cats

House cats do not always go missing, or go outside and never come back due to predators.

Shogun is a fantastic 4 1/2 year old Siamese with a wonderful disposition. He gets along with other cats, and loves people. He would not be suitable in a home with a dog, however. Shogun has been at the North Peace SPCA the longest of all the animals, and we just don’t know why someone hasn’t taken him home yet.

At the Reeves clinic, shelter animals are alaways squeezed in for an appointment, even on the busiest day. Not only that, but Dr. Reeves and her husband frequently respond to after-hours emergency calls, even when they aren’t technically on-call. “I have never noticed an after-hours fee applied to a single invoice,” says Davies. In 2009, the Reeves vet practice also housed 18 cats who were seized from a hoarder. Each was lovingly cared for until they were adopted. Says Davies: “Dr Reeves tireless dedication to anials in need is an inspiring thing to witness. I am incredibly proud to have had the opportunity to work with this truly remarkable woman

They are ending up at the SPCA and without tattoos or microchips to identify their owners, they cannot be returned home. So please, speak with your local SPCA or veterinarian about tattooing or microchipping your cat. Please, if your animal is missing, contact your local animal shelter for help returning your lost companion.

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