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This year North Peace Secondary School students are performing Back to the 80s for their annual Christmas play. The show is at the North Peace Cultural Centre until Dec. 10.

North Peace Students Time Travel To The 80s By Kyla Corpuz

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FORT ST. JOHN – Move over Zac Efron, there’s a new high school musical in town. North Peace Secondary School is performing Back to the 80s at the North Peace Cultural Centre until Saturday, Dec. 10. Teased hair, Chuck Taylors and neon green, pink and yellow have taken over the stage in this time warp musical. When the present Corey Palmer (played by Mason Temple, Grade 10) takes a stroll down memory lane, he revisits himself as a young teenager (played by Richard Leong, Grade 12) going through high school during the 80s. Palmer recollects the years when jocks won the hearts of cheerleaders and high school crushes turned into heartbreaks.

Whether you were born in the eccentric decade or lived through it, the play will have you tapping your feet to some of Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson and The Buggles’ greatest hits. Despite the cast being born a decade after the play takes place, Grade 12 Makaela Paynter, said she’s no stranger to the tunes. “My mom’s really into the 80s, so I grew up listening to the music, so it was pretty exciting when I found out it was an 80s play.” The budding talent of the cast is inspiring and their energy is contagious. But it doesn’t stop there. The live band that accompanies the show also impresses. In addition it’s the largest pit band director, David Price, has worked with since his time at NPSS. From what seemed like endless rehearsals that ac-

quired their “blood, sweat and tears,” the efforts of the cast seem to be paying off. Grade 12 cast member Stuart Giesbrecht said making the transition from his classes to the stage was one of the most challenging aspects of being part of the play; but said he was “excited” to finally perform in front of a live audience. Price and producer, Christianna Shand, said they chose the musical Back to the 80s because it was a “positive and energetic” play. “It’s something fun to present,” said Price. As the days seem to get shorter and darker, he hopes those who attend will leave feeling a little brighter. The cast is made up of Grade 10 to 12 students and a couple of returning graduates. They began rehearsing in September.

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Support for witnesses in Beatton River beatings case step up in FSJ

By Kyla Corpuz my truck.” FORT ST. JOHN - Parents and young adults continued to take He then noticed someone beating the back of his truck, at that the witness stand in the Beatton River beatings case. moment a group attacked him. Greyeyes couldn’t recall the exact On Jul. 25, 2010, a number of people who attended a 19th birth- number of people who starting hitting him, only that it was more day party at Beatton River were assaulted. than one. Five men were accused of the beatings. “I got rushed, I just wanted to get out of there,” he said. GreyThe trial for this case commenced on Jul. 25, 2011 for five days. eyes said he had about three or four cuts on his head and sought It started up again last week, with appearances scheduled for Dec. medical care. 8. The next day, Greyeyes said he received a voicemail that said, This time around, many have stepped up to support the wit- “I’m sorry, you weren’t supposed to be there.” He said he was sure nesses. the message was from Reno, but the person who left the message “There are members of Blueberry asking that people come out only stated the first name: Jordan. here and support the youth because it’s really challenging what Defence counsel questioned if it may have been another Jordan. they’re doing and telling their stories, it’s an intimidating process,” Greyeyes said he was drinking that night, but “wasn’t drunk”. said Allen Cummings, executive director of Nenan Dene zaa Deh A rally to support the witnesses was scheduled to take place Zona Children and Family Services, during last week’s trials. When the witnesses first took the stand in July it was reported The purpose of the rally was also meant for more reasons than that one accused, Jordan Ramos, “made eye contact with one of the one. witnesses, made a fist and punched his hand.” “We wanted to support not “What we’re doing is supporting and advocating for the kids, only that, but to show unity to the kids are feeling very intimidated,” said a Blueberry River First the public that we won’t tolerate Nation, Lisa, who did not want to disclose her last name. this kind of incidents happening Lisa said her and some other supporters talked to the Crown in our communities in terms of Prosecutor regarding the gesturing. She said the accused were also drugs and alcohol coming into laughing. “We just want it to stop we don’t think it’s fair for the our communities,” said Clarkids. ence Apsassin, from Blueberry “You know, they see the support that they have, so then if the River First Nations. accused are gesturing and such—behind them, they can see us,” said Lisa. On Dec. 1, the courtroom gallery was half full as three witnesses took the stand. Devon Greyeyes, was one of them. He recalled a fight that broke out between 11 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., but it was broken up. Then at around 2 a.m. to 3 a.m., Greyeyes said the mass beatings began. He said 10 to 15 people were running down a hill towards the beach, when he saw people getting beat up by baseball bats. He went into his truck, but said his friend, had taken the keys. At that point he noticed Jordan Reno, one of the accused, who is also a distant relative of Greyeyes. He approached Reno to talk to him, “trying to get him to stop it,” when he was hit by what he By Phone: 250-785-6661 ext #147 or recalled was 2 by 4 on his right upper thigh. He said the man who hit him with the wooden plank was another accused, Jeremy Jondreau. After fighting 1-800-282-8330 • 11104 Alaska Road, Fort St. John back, Greyeyes said Jondreau dropped the 2 by 4. “I thought 12109 8 Street, Dawson Creek, BC Find us on Facebook it was over so I walked back to

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White Ribbon campaign ties community to pledge By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- What started as a tragic hate crime in Montreal propelled the creation of a campaign to end violence against women. The White Ribbon Campaign was founded by Jack Layton, Michael Kaufman, and Ron Sluser in 1991, two years after the shootings at Ecole Polytechnique, where gunman, Marc Lepine, ‘fighting feminism’ killed 14 women, injuring 10 other women and four men. The campaign has since gone international with over 50 countries participating. Dawson Creek residents also participated in the campaign as the Community Wellness Committee in association with the South Peace Community Resource Society brought educational materials into schools, put up posters in businesses, and passed

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but they don’t say anything about it and that perpetuates those attitudes and those ideas,” Johnson says. Although many people support the campaign, during his four years working with the organization Johnson has seen people opposed to it as well. Those opposed state in their defense that women are violent towards men as well. The White Ribbon Campaign acknowledges that female to male violence does occur, and that no form of violence is acceptable. According to Statistics Canada, in 2008 there were 45 female victims of spousal homicide; 22 by their legal partner, 10 by common-law partner, and 13 by their separated partner. Every eight in ten victims of spousal violence are women, and 36% of female victims of spousal violence reported it to police. The campaign urges men not to commit acts of violence or remain silent about violence that they know to be occurring. “The way that we look at violence as a community is somehow not our problem, if it doesn’t happen to you it’s not your problem, it’s another couple’s problem, and we turn our backs on it. Sometimes they think that violence against women is a women’s issue, but it’s not a women’s issue, it’s a society issue, and it’s a men’s issue when they are not involved. It becomes a problem because if half the population doesn’t see it as an issue or a problem, when will there be change?” said Johnson. People who witness violence and are unsure what to do about it can call the South Peace Community Resource Society and talk to a councilor for advice on appropriate actions. Johnson says unfortunately there are not a lot services for violent men who recognize their behavior and want to change. There are plenty of court-ordered services for men who have already been committed but not for those who want to take preventative action. “More and more men who are in a situation where they are abusive in a degree and looking for help, there are no services,” says Johnson. In Canada the campaign ran from Nov. 25 to Dec. 6, National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the anniversary of the Ecole Polytechnique shooting. A movie screening of Polytechnique, a film based on the shootings, was scheduled to play at Unchaga hall on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

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Movember Ends in FSJ

By Brent Hodson Well Movember 2011 has come and now is officially over. This has been a record setting month for Fort St. John and Movember. On Wednesday, November 30, the Lido Theatre played host to the Fort St. John Movember Party to celebrate the achievements of the participants here in Fort St. John. Music by multiple bands entertained the crowd that came out to support the cause. The night was also a chance to thank some of the participants of Movember and of course, chose a Mr. Movember. The crowing of Mr. Movember was by people’s choice and congratulations goes out to Dale Isley for taking the coveted title. The Mo Bro who raised the most money here in Fort St. John was once again Neil Evans. Neil had raised over $4,000 personally for the Movember Campaign in 2010 and in 2011, he raised $10,555 (as of Nov 30, 11pm) and he was rewarded for his tireless efforts this year. Once again, I am surprised by this community. Fort St. John really went above and beyond for Movember. As of 11 pm, November 30, Fort St. John had 172 participants that raised $32,035 for Movember and Prostate Cancer Canada. I applaud everyones efforts from the participants to the donors. Watch for final numbers to come in a few weeks but until then, thank you for the great trip! As of 11 pm, November 30, Dawson Creek raised $1,676, Prince George with $9,339 and Grande Prairie sits at $10,610. This just shows that Fort St. John shows up and exceeds everyone’s expectations. I would like to thank Devon and Patch Java, Remedies Lounge, Northwoods Pizza, Marc Beerling and Marc Joseph, Egan’s Pub, Looney Tunes Night Club and a big thank you to Brian and Byron and everyone at the Lido Theatre for organizing the Show’em Party on November 30. Music, prizes, and much more. Watch for full details on how much was raised in the next few weeks.

The Case for Natural Gas-Fired Electricity Opinion Piece by Gwen Johansson If BC needs new electricity – and that’s not a given – the province should not rule out natural gas fired generation. Advantages are numerous: • BC has an ample and increasing supply of natural gas produced within the province. • Prices are low and predicted to stay that way for some years due to the increasing supply of shale gas. • Natural gas produces reliable, predictable firm power, not subject to the whims of weather that alternatives such as wind, solar, or hydro are. • Natural gas can be built in increments to fit the demand curve as it gradually increases. Mega-projects such as dams are less flexible, require years of lead time and come on-line in one big lump. • Combined cycle gas plants would diversify BC’s source of electricity supply. At present, BC is about 90% dependent on water-driven turbines. But we appear to be entering a period of climate change characterized by extremes. Not a good time to have all the generation eggs in one basket, especially one that’s weather-related.

• Gas-fired generation can be sited near the load centres, eliminating the need for long transmission lines, which in turn reduces line losses that occur when electricity is transmitted over long distances. The disadvantage of natural gas is that although it is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, it still produces greenhouse gases - both when it’s produced and when it’s burned. Many British Columbians oppose gas-fired electricity generation because of the greenhouse gases and their connection to climate change. That argument would have merit if we made the next logical step and said, “We shouldn’t generate electricity with gas because its emissions damage the atmosphere. So we will leave ours in the ground.” But we’re not doing that. Quite the opposite. We offer huge royalty incentives to encourage exploration and development of natural gas fields. We give companies massive volumes of free, fresh water for their drilling and fracking operations even though we know that water will be permanently removed from the water cycle. We send our government representatives to foreign countries to flog our natural gas to anyone who will

buy. We are hell-bent on getting as much natural gas out of the ground as quickly as possible. Once the gas is out of the ground, it will be used and greenhouse gases will be emitted. It makes no difference to the atmosphere whether it is burned in BC or in a foreign country. Surely we have to ask ourselves why it’s okay to sell our natural gas for generating electricity in China, India, or some other foreign country, but not okay to generate electricity with it at home? It’s time for we British Columbians to abandon our double standard on electricity generation. Either BC gas is suitable for use at home or abroad, or it is too damaging and should be left in the ground. We can’t have it both ways. Gwen Johansson has served on numerous energy-related endeavours. She co-chaired the Northeast Energy & Mines Advisory Committee; served on BC Hydro’s Integrated Electricity Planning Committee; is a former BC Hydro Director and a former member of the BC Energy Council. She lives in the Peace Valley near Hudson’s Hope. • 9909-100 Avenue, Fort St. John, BC V1J 1Y4 • Phone toll free 1-877-787-7030 • Phone: 250-787-7030 • Fax: 250-787-7090 Email: • • • • 1220B 103 Avenue, Dawson Creek, V1G 2G9 • Phone: 250-782-7060 • Fax: 250-782-7066 •

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To The People of Fort St. John Govt’ Funding for Site C review Dear Editor: Now that my time as your Mayor has ended, I’d like to express my thanks. The corporation that brought me to Fort St. John in 1995 asked that I give them two years here, then they would send me “someplace nice”. Those offers came and after turning them down I realized I wanted to stay here. Why? It was the people – the honest, outspoken, big-hearted folks who make up most of the city’s population. And it is those people I have been honoured to represent as Mayor of Fort St. John for the past three years. While it hasn’t always been easy, I think I did what I promised: crime is down, the city now communicates better with the public, and your money wasn’t wasted, with tax increases averaging under one per cent. In all things I tried to stress that local government should remember it isn’t spending its own money, but that of taxpayers, so frugality is important. Being your Mayor has meant being on duty 24/7 and responding to concerns and complaints as they come up. Voters feel that you belong to them. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We are given huge responsibilities by the public and even though comments and concerns may at times seem harsh, we chose this road and we have to accept that. The fact is, politicians are only as good as their last decision. My last decision, to not seek re-election, was a good one – for me, for my family and, given how cynical I’ve become about politics, for the city too. But I want you to know that decision wasn’t because I tired of dealing with the public or of working with city staff, who have been the best. The city now has a new mayor and council. I hope they continue the efforts of the past three years: to stay connected to the public, to manage taxpayers’ money responsibly, to reinforce the city’s position as the place to be, and to always remember they are servants as well as leaders, looking after ‘needs’ first and ‘wants’ when the money is available. I wish them all the best. Thank you again for letting me serve you. Bruce Lantz, Fort St. John

Dear Editor: The Peace Valley Environment Association says they are not receiving enough government funding for meaningful participation in the environmental assessment process for the Site C Dam. Big surprise there! Did they really think the government would give them enough funding to derail their dam building plan? Did they read MLA Pat Pimm’s Financial Commitee Recommendations?Almost everything in it is destructive, unsustainable, of great cost to B.C. taxpayers and designed to expedite the total removal of our natural gas resource. It is unfair to blame B.C. hydro for Site C. They are at the beckon call of the B.C. Liberals and must comply with their wishes. The Harper Government is 100% behind the polluting, destructive, unsustainable and the insane pace of the give away of our resources to American and multi-national corporations. If the shale gas industry expands as it is projected to do, it will need the equivalent of more than two Site C dams worth of power. The whole situation is horribly damaging and depleting for Canada and in the long run absolutely devastating for the Canadian economy. To all you folks that do not want the Site C Dam but voted Liberal in the last provincial election or Conservative in the last federal election, you have shat in your own nest. The need for Proportional Representation has never been greater or more obvious. For factual information on these issues go Thank you. Ed Pitt, Dawson Creek,B.C.

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FORT ST. JOHN – There are hardly any bare walls in Bill Bouffioux’s basement. If it’s not a plaque or hanging trophies from placing in Canada’s largest livestock show, it’s either a retired tool that was used in the early 1900s or a vintage knick-knack. Bouffioux recently came back from Saskatchewan where the 2011 Canadian National Bison Show and Sale took place on Nov. 20 to Nov. 21. Bouffioux went to the annual competition with five of his finest bison and came home with multiple titles, banners and a large profit. One of his livestock, awarded with the grand championship title, was auctioned off at $12,000. The other four that placed were sold at an average of $7,000 each as breeders. But he notes the market hasn’t always been this genKyla Corpuz erous. He recalled the years Bill Bouffioux in his basement with his latest collecwhen winning

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of games to choose from: board games, cards, dice, drawing, singing or acting. There is bound to be something that your whole family will enjoy! Michele Mobley is a Literacy Outreach Coordinator for Dawson Creek. She can be reached at literacy.dc@gmail. com or join their Facebook group “Dawson Creek Literacy Now”. ††




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Jill Earl Photo Gabby takes her picture with Santa at the Dawson Creek Vet Clinic on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Vet Clinic took donations for the SPCA’s Spay and Neuter program and the Tumbler Ridge Christmas Food Hamper program in exchange for photos. Good pets are rewarded with a treat bag after their photo.

• Dawson Creek - The South Peace United Church is doing a reading of A Christmas Carol on Saturday, December 10 from 7-9:30pm. The Kiwanis band will be playing musical interludes. Refreshments will be served after the performance and baking will be for sale. Tickets are $15. • Dawson Creek - The Rotary Club is hosting an Old Fashioned Christmas on Monday, December 12 and Tuesday December 13 from 6-8 at the Pioneer Village. There will be music, sleigh rides, free hotdogs and hot chocolate. • Fort St. John - 1:00pm - 3:30pm. Celebrate the memory of someone you hold close by placing one of our special angel ornaments on the tree. The Fort St. John and District Palliative Care Society is a non-profit group dedicated to helping individuals and families deal with a life-threatening illaness and grief. For more info, call 250-787-2814. • Fort St. John - Peace Gallery North’s Magical Christmas Market. Unique handcrafted gifts. Open Mon-Sat until Dec 24 at Peace Gallery North. • Fort St. John - Christmas Choral • December 16 at 7:30pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Features North Peace Community Choir, Northern Lights Youth Choir and Special Guests. • Fort St. John - God’s Story - A Christmas Musical. Presented by the Kidz Ministries Department at North Peace MB Church. December 11, 2011, 6:00 p.m. with reception to follow. • Fort St. John Library presents Santa Claus Story Time, Saturday, December 17, 10:30 a.m. - Join us for a morning of crafts, stories, games, songs, snacks and Santa! • Fort St. John - Oil Painters of the Peace Show and Sale on now til December 17 at Patch Java - 10430 - 100 Street. Vote for your favorite or purchase one .

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Annual memorial service helps grieving families through the holidays By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- For many the holidays are a time to celebrate and be with family, for those who have recently lost a loved one, this may not be the case. For those grieving, the South Peace Hospice Palliative Care Society hosted it’s annual memorial service Thursday, Dec. 1. Program Coordinator for the SPHPCS, Linda LaFleur, says that the society has hosted the memorial service for at least the past 14 years. The society always hosts the service at Christmas time, but this was the first year it was held at St. James Presbyterian Church. “The memorial service is basically a place where people can go when they’ve already lost a loved one, and they might not belong to a church or be any particular religion, it’s just a place where they can go and be with others that are feeling the same things, and it’s comforting to come here and have your

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loved one remembered through the service,” said LaFleur. The service hopes to provide comfort for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. “It just seems to be very comforting for people, we have people who come again and again and again for the past ten years, and they really appreciate it…just trying to be a comfort to them this time of year because the first holiday, first Christmas, first Birthday everything is really hard on people, even if their loved one died six months ago, “ LaFleur said. Besides being comforted, attendees can also unashamedly feel sad. “This is the first Christmas and so it brings a sadness no matter how you look at it, so this service always seems to provide a place for them to come and feel, and if they feel sad and their crying, they’re not the only ones, so they don’t feel alone,” said LaFleur. During the service attendees were invited to write names of people being remembered on paper ornaments that they could place on the Christmas tree and light candles in remembrance. The King’s Kids performed two songs while signing the lyr-

ics and entertained with a black light performance. Tammy and Lorraine Lawrence also sung two songs, and at the end of the service all were welcome to sing Silent Night. The paper ornaments will be added to the SPHPCS’s Christmas tree at the Dawson Mall, where they also have a booth selling raffle tickets for a hand made wooden chest, a hand made tree skirt, and a basket of goodies. The SPHPCS has been providing volunteers to give palliative care to terminally ill patients since 1989, they provide emotional and mental support, as well as company and comfort. “They just go in to be with the family and the patient and if they want to talk ok, if not they just sit there quietly by their bed side and just be there for them. Sometimes the patient will open up to the volunteer because the volunteer doesn’t have another agenda they’re only there for that patient,” LaFleur said. “So they can talk to us about their concerns or their fears or ask questions. A lot of times we help the families as well because of course the families are struggling as well, they know they are going to lose that loved one, so they have questions and we sort of just help them as well,” she added. The SPHPCS is always looking for volunteers and is conducting a free 12-hour training course in January for those interested. “It’s just teaching the volunteers about palliative care and we then if people want to volunteer they can volunteer one on one with patients or they can help with fundraising or public awareness just trying to spread the word about palliative care, so there’s lots of ways people can get involved,” said LaFinformation leur.



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FSJ Hospital Foundation Be An Angel Campaign raises over $230,000 By Kyla Corpuz

Next year it will be held at the new facility. “It’s a bit of sadness knowing that this will be the last light up FORT ST. JOHN – The month long Be An Angel campaign raised over $230,000; with the proceeds going towards the Fort at this hospital. There is excitement with the new hospital coming and to move in to [it],” said Ashley Bentley, Fort St. John St. John Hospital Foundation. The campaign started in November and wrapped up on Dec. 1 Hospital Foundation executive director. The money raised during this year’s Be An Angel went tooutside the current hospital on 100 Avenue. Locals gathered around the entrance of the hospital with hot wards the $1.2 million Lend A Hand campaign, which started chocolate and sugar cookies that were provided by Sobeys, to last spring. The goal amount will supply four types of equipment that are mark the end of the last Christmas tree light up at the hospital. not covered by the Northern Health Capital Budget: a mammography machine, seven wireless fetal heart monitors, 55 individual vital monitor machines for private rooms and seven specialized treatment chairs for the dialysis centre. Once the Foundation hits their target, the latest equipment will make its home in the new hospital. In addition, Bentley said any equipment previously purchased would also be going into the new building. To date over $850,000 has been raised in support of this operation. “Despite the slowing of our economy, the community has once again demonstrated where their hearts are,” said Bentley. The November-long fundraiser saw efforts from CIBC that raised nearly $1,200, Scotiabank brought in $8,800 and Moose FM’s Light A Moose raised over $37,000. At the beginning of the month the campaign kicked off with a gala that raised $68,000. Individuals who donated were able to fill out little ornaments in memory of a loved one that died, which were then hung on a Christmas tree inside the hospital. Bentley said this year’s fundraising has been “amazing”. Be An Angel is the Fort Kyla Corpuz Photo St. John HosThis tree inside the hospital is filled with ornaments in memory of loved ones. pital FoundaIndividuals who donated were able to fill out the names.

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Being a Little More ‘Green’ this Christmas - Tips from NEAT By Karen Mason-Bennett of the Northern Environmental Action Team It’s that time of year again when shopping craziness hits and the desire, no, need, to scour the earth high and low to find the perfect gift for all of your friends, family and colleagues starts to rear its ugly head again. The sheer magnitude of this task quickly relegates considerations like eco-friendly out the window with last year’s gift wrap. If you’re anything like me, the idea of driving through winter weather to shop, sardine-style, with hundreds of strangers is just not appealing. Online shopping? While it’s not local, it is a way to get something that is difficult to find in this neck of the woods. But I feel it is missing that personal touch. Now, I’m not saying I’ve hand knit all my gifts, because heaven knows, I’m not handy like that. (Sure, I’ve got the book, and multiple half completed projects, but that’s another confession altogether.) What I am saying is that, finding, creating or compiling eco-friendly gifts is not as scary as it may seem at first blush. Oh, and I promise you, you do not need to be Martha Stewart to shine like an angel this holiday season. Gift wrap is one thing that can make or break the eco-gift. Unfortunately, the quality of the paper used in conventional gift wrap along with all the extra glitter means that it is not recyclable here. Yes, that means even the stuff that says it is recyclable. So what do we do? Plain brown or white craft paper is 100% recyclable and looks great with reusable ribbon and greenery. For the craftier of us, personalizing this paper with cartoon impressions of the recipient or potato stamps for teachers are also ways to make the gift wrap part of the gift. Creating experiences for loved ones is a great way to earn a get out of jail free card. A weekend at the spa or simply pedicure supplies in a jar are all ways to give them something that they will appreciate without generating a lot of packaging. Skiing weekends, concert tickets and a coupon book for household

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By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Nativity scenes from around the globe were on display at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Two hundred and eighty eight scenes were showcased in a dimly lit room. Locals from around the city donated the figurines for the three-day event that took place last week. “There are a lot of stories that come with these Nativity scenes,” said volunteer Ginger Alexander. The scenes traveled from places like The Vatican, Tanzania, Germany and Haiti; and ended up underneath one roof in Fort St. John. The figures that made up Mary, Joseph, Baby Jesus, wise men and shepherds also took on different forms. Some were carved out of chocolate, baked out of gingerbread and sewed together as puppets. “Everything is donated, everyone that’s here, helping out are volunteers,” said Alexander. Altogether, there were approximately 400 scenes spread out throughout the church and a small art gallery for viewing. Alexander said the event was brought together by a group of women who started it about 14 years ago.

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Light Exchange Program set to light up Fort Nelson By The Northern Environmental Action Team Fort Nelson – Incandescent holiday lights use up to 90% more electricity than LED versions. In an attempt to encourage energy conservation throughout the holidays, the Northern Environmental Action Team, in partnership with ConocoPhillips, is holding the second annual Fort Nelson LED Light Exchange. Bring an old string of holiday lights to Town Hall on Saturday December 10th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and NEAT will recycle the old string and give you a new set. Limit one set per household. The incandescent lights will be delivered to Recycle It Resource Recov-

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Jill Earl Photo The Dance Extension’s Ruby Group perform at the Strawberry Tea and Craft Sale at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre last Saturday, Dec. 3.

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Huskies Bark Up Over 11,000 Pounds of Food

Every year the Huskies hockey team and some other junior players go around the city door to door collecting food for the food bank, they then load it on to the team bus to get weighed and ship it over to the Salvation Army to stock their shelves.

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127 Pairs of Socks donated “A very simple thing we all take for granted” The North Peace Savings and Credit Union donated 127 pairs of socks to the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society. Emily Goodman, executive of the WRC said that moving into the winter season, anything to keep warm is needed. The North Peace Savings and Credit Union made charitable donations in each city/district it serves after the Alaska Highway News and The Northerner awarded it as the Best Financial Institution for the 2011 Peoples Choice Awards. The North Peace Savings and Credit Union is also located in Fort Nelson and Hudson’s Hope.

Kyla Corpuz Photo Husky players Beauden Lancaster, Cory Langdon, Jaxon Glass, Shawn Holliday help fill the bus on Dec. 4 for the Salvation Army food bank.

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-9 pm December 13 | 7 Kyla Corpuz Photo Tao and Gabby, 5, sit down for a little tea party after exploring different knick-knacks at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum on Dec. 1. The museum hosted an Old Fashion Christmas Tea event.

Music That Moves You is Back Fort St. John – Back by popular demand, “Music That Moves You” is back for the holiday season on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Residents are encouraged to hop on the transit bus and enjoy live holiday music performed by local musicians. This festive event is free and promises tons of fun for the whole family! Enjoy a mug of hot chocolate as you wait for the bus at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Just for fun, wear your tackiest holiday sweater for a chance to win a prize! The bus will be travelling the Southside Route. The event kicks off at 7pm at the North Peace Cultural Centre, though riders may hop on or off at any stop along the Southside Route. The event runs from 7:00 – 9:00pm. A special thank you to our partners: BC Transit, the North Peace Cultural Centre, and Northern Groove.

Our Holiday Hours

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday! Fort St. John 9808 - 101 Ave 250-785-2020

Offices will be closed on December 24 Regular Hours will resume on January 3, 2012

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Holiday Edition Enjoy live caroling on a city bus traveling the Southside Route. Try out the transit system, support local musicians and celebrate the season with us! Buses depart from the Cultural Centre, or hop on anywhere along the route. Visit for the route map and additional information.

For more information contact the City of Fort St. John at 3-1-1 or visit

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BC Hydro calling on contractors to register in business directory By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- BC Hydro presented to service contractors in Chetywnd, Dawson Creek, and Fort St. John during the second last week of November for their Site C project. Though the project is currently being examined by the Environmental Assessment and Regulatory Review and is pending approval by the federal Ministry of the Environment and provincial Ministry of the Environment, BC Hydro is getting a head start collecting a database of contractors. “There are a couple of reasons why we did the sessions today, we hosted the sessions primarily to update the business community on the current status of the project and to encourage businesses and service providers about the potential business opportunities with the project moving forward,” said Dave Conway, Community Relations Manager for the Site C Energy Project. “We also wanted to gather their input through their comments and questions and learn more about the market capacity and their capacity, and their interest in the Site C project,” Conway added. The assessment process is expected to take approximately three years and though approval is pending and gathering contractors this early may seem preemptive, Conway says that through extensive public and stakeholder consultation in the region during Stage 2 of the project businesses said they prefer to be contacted early. “What we initially heard in the past from businesses is that we needed to be able to get out as early as possible to do that…in some cases because we’re out early doing this, we don’t have all the answers yet, we don’t have all the details because we’re still doing the procurement planning for the project,” Conway said. If the project is approved, BC Hydro predicts the site would

provide enough energy to power the equivalent of 450,000 homes per year, create approximately 7,000 person-years of direct construction employment, and approximately 35,000 direct and indirect jobs during the development and construction phases. They predict the project to take seven years to build. “A project this size, it’s quiet extensive it can take along time to develop the procurement model to get the request for proposals and tenders out there, so the more of what we’ve heard from business and what we know is that the more lead time the better, and to start as early as possible…What we wanted to do is be able to give them enough time once we do have certification to be able to start construction in the construction season as soon as possible,” said Conway. Currently the database has approximately 300 service contractors listed. The directory has a long list of categories the project will hire for including: fencing, furniture, landscaping, telecommunications, traffic control, transportation, waste management, concrete forming, Drilling/ Geotech exploration, demolition, roofing, welding, graphic design, accommodation, and catering among a wide variety of others. Interested businesses can fill out a form to be included in the directory on the BC Hydro website under the “Site C Clean Energy Project Business Directory registration form.” The website also lets businesses voluntarily declare themselves as an Aboriginal business, the Aboriginal Business Distinction allows BC Hydro to target those business for specific contracts. “We will put them in the business directory, then we are aware of what business opportunities and services they can provide and so we can streamline, so if we know that we have a request for pro-

BC Transit gives riders a sneak peak at new changes By Jill Earl

DAWSON CREEK- BC Transit is giving riders in Dawson Creek a chance to give feedback on changes made to the routes in the form of an online survey. The survey is available on the BC Transit website until Dec. 18th. Changes made to the routes will be in effect on Feb. 6th. The survey asks how frequently the rider uses public transit and why, if the new changes will help the rider arrive at their destination, if the changes will increase the riders use of the public transit service, how they can improve

the transit system, the rider’s priority for improvements to the transit system, and if the new schedule gives the rider more options to take the bus.

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posals or a tender coming out we can send them an update based on what services they’ve told us they provide. It also allows us to send general updates about the project and things that we are doing like the business information sessions, “ said Conway. Conway says they may see a call for proposals as early as Dec. 2012 or early 2013.

Pet Photo of the Week

These are our 4 remaining bichon shih tzu puppies, and how we they greeted every time we come home. Email your pet’s photo to for a chance to win a special prize from the North Peace Veterinary Clinic 1 pet will be chosen each week and will be featured in the Northeast News. Each pet chosen will be entered into a draw for a monthly prize supplied by the

North Peace Veterinary Clinic

Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Jones‘MILE & VoldZERO Auction Co. Ltd. DAWSON CREEK Vold, AUCTION CITY’

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Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622 MARKET REpORT DECEMbER 1, 2011 CATTLE REPORT SLAUGHTER CATTLE SLAUGHTER CATTLE D1 - D2 Cows 56.00-64.50

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Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd. Upcoming Sales: Vold, Jones &@ Vold10:00 Auction Co. Ltd. Sales Every Thursday a.m. DAWSON CREEK AUCTION ‘MILE ZERO CITY’ DAWSON CREEK AUCTION ‘MILE ZERO CITY’ 301-116thSale Ave. Dawson Creek, british Columbia Dawson Creek Office: Horse September 25/2010 301-116th Dawson British Columbia 250-782-3766Ave. VJV Main Office:Creek, 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622 Dawson Creek Office: 250-782-3766 VJV Main Office: 403-783-5561 Cattle Sales, Don Fessler: 250-719-5561 Fax: 250-782-6622


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Well established turnkey consignment business. Serveral financing options available. Call Patti at 250785-5555 or 250-827-3969


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Fall Sale Roxanne’s Custom Window Coverings BlindsShades-Drapery Home Decor 250-789-3496, 7939614 (12/08)

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Room in Large Quiet House $350.00 per month, includes utilities, use of kitchen. High Speed Internet possible. Call 250-789-3551 (12/08)


Help Wanted

Now Hiring. One experienced Class 1 tank truck driver for full time and one for part time employment in and around the Fort St John and Hudson Hope,BC area. Weoffer competitive wages and benifits. Must have some experience in Oilfield hauling fluids, clean drivers abstract and be able to pass mandatory pre - employment drug test.Will need current tickets or willing to get tickects for H2S,OFA and WHIMIS. Please fax or email rsume with 2 references and current drivers abstract to fax (250) 783 5307(12/22)

Independent Glass Distributors in Fort St. John is looking for a Driver/ Warehouse Helper. Valid Class Five license required. Start immediately. E-mail or fax 250.263.9982 (12/08)


Does anybody have a Manchurian Mushroom to share or sell a small slice? Please call Gord at 250 782 2447 (12/08)

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Details

Peace River Building Products is looking for a yard/ delivery person. Forklift experience an asset. Must have a valid drivers license. Wage starting at $ 18 - 20 an hour. Bring resume to 9511-85 Ave. (12/08)

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seeks a secretary for its church work. Looking for someone who has a big heart for the ministry of the Lord. This position is Tuesday to Thursday from are available upon request. Please send your resume attention to Peace Lutheran Church at; ‘’ or mail to Peace Lutheran Church, 9812 108 Ave Fort St. John, BC V1J 2R3, Application



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At Pembina, we truly believe that business success comes down to one element: people. That’s why we strive to recruit and retain the most skilled and creative workforce our industry requires. For more than 50 years, Pembina Pipeline Corporation has been serving the transportation and services needs of western Canada’s energy industry. The company is well-managed, responsible and reliable, with an exciting future.

Hiring for Growth

Pembina has undertaken a significant five-year growth plan that includes expansion in each of its four business units: Conventional, Midstream & Marketing, Heavy Oil & Oil Sands, and Gas Services. We are looking for key team members to help these expansion plans become a reality.

Gas Plant Operators (Levels 1 to 4)

Pembina’s Gas Services Business Unit is currently seeking Gas Plant Operators to join their team. These positions would be located at our Cutbank/Musreau Gas Plants, approximately 130 kms South of Grande Prairie. Plant and field operators will be required to stay in camp on a rotational basis. As a Gas Plant Operator, you will be responsible for daily operations of the Cutbank/Musreau Gas Plants and field sites. Qualified candidates are invited to visit for detailed job descriptions.

Not just  temp  jobs...     Busy  corporations  and  small  companies  come  to  us  when  they   need  permanent  employees  too.    We  send  the  resumes  and  they   decide  who  they  want  to  interview  and  hire.    And....they  like  our   fees  because  it’s  a  cost-­‐effective  way  for  them  to  recruit.     Looking  for  work  or  know  someone  else  that’s  looking?    We   won’t  charge  you  a  single  cent,  so  you  have  nothing  to  lose!  (in  BC   it    is    illegal  to  charge  someone  for  finding  them  work)  

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For REnt We have warm places to call home this winter! Sterling Management Services Ltd. has for rent

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Operate & maintain vacuum trucks, high pressure water equipment and various specialty tools, Perform pre and post trip inspections, Complete minor maintenance and checks on company vehicles, Complete required paperwork for projects and jobs, Provide guidance to Labourers as required, Strictly observe and enforce all BCMB and clients Safety Requirements.

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UPCOMING learning and how you want to learn it. Areas covered can include, Dawson Creek but are not limited to, basic computer skills, using the internet, • CHRISTMAS POTLUCK Santa, Children’s Games & Prizes, office skills, email and social networking. Call the Fort St. John Sunday, December 18th, 2011 at 5:00 PM, Farmington Community Public Library at 250-785-3731 to register or find out more. Hall, Everyone welcome. For more information please call ONGOING Catherine: 250-719-4677 Fort St. John Fort St. John • The Fort St. John Literacy Society offers free one-to-one tutoring • The Fort St. John Senior AAA Flyers Hockey Club will hold for people who want to improve their reading, writing or math skills. their Annual Teddy Bear Toss, in support of the Salvation Army, We also offer free English as a Second Language classes and oneon Saturday December 10th during their game against the Dawson to-tutoring for people learning English. Contact 250-785-2110 or Creek Canucks. Game time is 8:30pm at the North Peace Arena. for more information. Hockey fans are asked to please bring a new teddy bear, in a • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Northern B.C. Newcomers Integration Service plastic bag, to keep it from becoming damp or soiled. After the Centre is a non-profit organization in Fort St. John. Our Settlement Flyers first goal, fans can toss their teddy bear onto the ice. Program provides information, orientation, assessment, referral and The Salvation Army provides such a valuable service in our service linking, educational workshops and short term adaptation community. Please help us support them, in an effort to brighten counselling to immigrants. The program also offers assistance Christmas for needy local youngsters. with form completion, correspondence between clients and service • Fort St. John Seed Cleaning Co-op AGM Meeting at the providers, navigating immigration processes including sponsorship Northern Grand December 14, 2011 at 10:00 am. Lunch and applications, obtaining permanent residence cards and applying refreshments provided. All members welcome for citizenship. Bridging services are provided to a variety of • The Derrick Dance Club will be hosting a New Years Eve community and government service agencies and organizations. Supper & Dance on Saturday, December 31st in the Senior Citizens Service is available in English and Spanish. The Settlement Program Hall at 10908-100th Street, Cocktails at 6pm, supper at 7pm and is located at: #211 10142-101st Ave (Execuplace building). From dance from 8:30pm - 1:30am. Music by Silver Eagle. 130 tickets 8:30-4:30 p.m. Phone # 250-785-5323 Ext 22. will be sold. Members $35, Non-members $40, everyone over 19 • ROTARY PLAY CENTRE SCHEDULE AT THE CDC, is welcome. For info or tickets, call Lucy at 785-2867 or Judy at 10417 – 106 Ave., Fort St. John. Tel. (250) 785-3200. Mon. 9:00 to 787-0460. 12:00, Tues. 12:30 to 3:30 Gym Time 2-2:30, Wed. 9:00 to 12:00, • The Family Literacy Program is open for registration! Classes Thurs. 9:00 to 12:00 Gym Time 10:30-11, Fri. 12:30 to 2:30 Gym run every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Time 2-2:30. Outdoor Play - We’ll be taking advantage of nice Children under the age of 6 weather-please come prepared. are welcome to take part in the Schedule may change slightly children’s program; and, baby due to holidays and special care is also available. Healthy events. snacks are provided for each class. Every month, the Family Literacy Program also offers parenting and life skills seminars. Opportunities for parents and children to learn together are offered each week. For more information, please contact Jean McFadden at 250-785-2110. • The Fort St. John Public Big Brothers Torin & Kaden would like to Library is offering Free welcome their new Little Brother Computer Skills Training Cobin Raymond Bernier. Sessions. These are one-on-one, Born: Nov.18, 2011 one hour sessions, where you can At 8.25 am in Fort St John BC learn at your own pace. You can learn what you are interested in Weight: 6 lbs 14 oz, Height: 19 3/4

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Bouffioux’s buffalo Story continued from Page 9.

a title would amount to about $1,200. The amount that other ranchers are willing to pay for bison these days may be a sign that the market’s current state is in good shape, but it hasn’t always been that way. When Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, more commonly known as mad-cow disease, was discovered it halted the export of all bovine product from Canada to the United States. According to Bouffioux, BSE had never been found in bison, but that didn’t stop it from poisoning the bison business. “When BSE hit, people couldn’t sell to the states, and that was our biggest market,” he said. Since the scare died down, the market has opened up. Despite the roller coaster ride, Bouffioux with his wife Cindy and daughter Sandy have remained in the business for the past 27 years. Bouffioux has experience raising other cattle, but says bison may be the most self-sufficient and smart cattle his ranch has seen. “The hours you spend with the animals [bison] are way, way less than what you spend with beef and cattle,” he said, because beef and cattle require more maintenance and medical care. However, it’s still important to take caution around the wild animals. Bouffioux said their adrenaline isn’t something to be challenged. “If you get them excited, there’s no way of stopping them,” he said. Bouffioux owns XY Bison Ranch on the same property his father owned in the early 1900s and started competing 15 years ago.

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At the Oct. 24th Council meeting, City Council approved recommendations made by Continued from page 11. BC Transit Manager, Johann van Schaik, to add “It is really important to me that the local additional trips to both current bus routes, and community has had the opportunity to provide input into the transit service they receive in add another route altogether. The 1 Northside route will see an additional Dawson Creek… Transit services should almorning and evening trip, and the 2 Southside ways match the needs of the community,” said route will see an additional morning trip as well Blair Lekstrom, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure and MLA for Peace River South, as alternating service between the Canalta Elementary School and the multiplex. The new in the press release. The comments will help BC Transit make route called 3 Central, will provide service to any future changes to the system. The survey Driver House, the Senior Citizens Hall, the high is also available in paper format at the Seniors school, the hospital, the multiplex, Co-Op Mall, Dawson Mall, No Frills, and Rotary Lodge. Centre. “The City of Dawson Creek is pleased that “We recognize that people communicate in BC Transit has responded to the concerns exdifferent fashions, so to accommodate the seniors, what we have done is put up large scale pressed by the local ridership and looks forposters at the local malls and at the senior cen- ward to the implementation of these changes… tre, we also have paper surveys that have been The City is also encouraged by the continued left at the Seniors Centre, so they have the op- positive working relationship with BC Transit portunity to fill it out and we will be collect- to collectively ensure the service best meets ing it the same time the online survey ends and the needs of our community and our residents,” that’s December 18th,” said Joanna Linsangan, Mayor Mike Bernier said in the press release. The changes come after an extensive review media contact for BC Transit. and public consultation done by BC Transit last April. Schaik found that most riders were unhappy with the schedule, wait times to transfer buses, buses not running on schedule, and expressed difficulty getting to and from the Co-Op Mall. The new changes hope to remedy these problems. Holiday Sale - Custom Blinds • Nov 14th - Dec 15th “The survey that we conLarge Selection of Quality Blinds • 40% OFF List Price ducted last time actually shaped 2” Wood Venetians• 2” Wood Faux Venetians the service changes that we will be introducing in February, and Roller Shades • Black-out or Sheer-view so what we are doing with this Elegance or PSC Vertical Blinds survey is making sure that we Hunter Douglas Pleated Shades & Honeycomb Shades heard you right, we heard our 30% OFF List Price customers right,” said Linsangan. Call The Blind Man for a Free Consultation

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RECONNECT YOUTH SERVICES – BUILDING PROJECT Northern Lights College residential construction training students brave the freezing temperatures and snow storms while constructing the Reconnect building to house programming for youth in Dawson Creek. South Peace Community Resources Society is accepting donations to complete the project and these can be made by visiting Lakeview Credit Union, where there is a Reconnect Building Fund account, or drop by South Peace Community Resources Society office. Tax deductible charitable donation receipts will be provided for the value of your donation. Making this possible are the following companies, groups and individuals, many of whom widely support services provided in our community. Thank you for making this new facility for youth possible. Larry Moody – Northwest Services – demolition and excavation of old building

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School District #59 – space for Reconnect services to run during construction

Hart Oilfield – donation Peace Region Internet Society – donation

Big Valley Sand & Gravel – donated gravel

Moch Electric – electrical installation and materials & fixtures “…it is our intent to do this work as a donation to this cause. It is a privilege and an honour to be a part of this and we are excited to help the kids! Please let us know if there is anything else we can do”. Ron Moch

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Northern Lights College - Construction Training Program – building a new “Reconnect” R Home Supply Centre Ltd, Dawson Creek – materials at a reduced cost “We are really happy to be a part of the Reconnect building project.” -Rock Petrick

Rotary Clubs of Dawson Creek – donation

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