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Over 60 students at North Peace Secondary School participated in the latest high school musical production: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which opened on Dec. 7 at the North Peace Cultural Centre. The show runs from Dec. 13 to 15.

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streets. Their first priority is to clear hills and major access roads, plowing major roads for access to the hospital is the second priority, clearing the roads with bus routes is third, the City will clear the downtown area fourth, clearing any remaining major downtown roads and major roads to access schools is the fifth priority. The Alaska Highway, 8th St., Highway 49, Highway 2 and Road 94 are maintained by the Caribou Road Services. Kevin Henderson, director of infrastructure and sustainable development at the City of Dawson Creek, says that plowing priorities were approved by council

PEACE REGION – The snow has taken a toll in the Peace region, both Fort St. John and Dawson Creek are on its way to setting new snowfall records. In Dawson Creek property owners and occupiers are required to remove accumulated snow and ice from sidewalks and footpaths adjoined to the land under the city’s policy manual; the manual requires the City to do the same. SNOW REMOVAL PRIORITIES During a snowfall that warrants action on the City’s behalf, staff uses a priority chart when plowing the

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The city has a detailed map of snow clearing priorities on their website. COST Snow plowing and snow removal are costly expenses for Dawson Creek, this year they budgeted $85,345 to plow sidewalks, $233,974 to sand, and $308,447 to plow streets separate to the downtown area. The City also has budgeted for when they physically have to remove the snow from downtown streets, this year that amount is $183,880. When the snow is removed, they must hire trucks, dozers, and including the use of City owned graders, loaders, plow trucks, staff wages and benefits, plus a blower charge, the last snow removal of this year cost the Mile-0 city $57,250. “During a downtown snow removal we have to hire a number of trucks and that does cost a fair amount of money when we remove the snow...Every snowfall is a little bit different too, this is a pretty good snowfall so there was some overtime shifts, it’s going to be different than if we get four or six inches of snow

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Fort St. John city crews work to get rid of the windrow of snow on 100 Avenue. If the event of another major snow fall, and windrows have to be made, the city of Fort St. John is warning motorists that most of 100 Street and 100 Avenue will be cut down to single lanes. The inside lane will be used to store the windrow of snow, while the outside lane will be used to drive.

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tive feedback on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snow removal efforts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The fact is snow removal should be an around the clock action, especially will the large quantities of snow that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received and thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just not happening,â&#x20AC;? said one Facebook user. Demers asked the city to be considerate, given the amount of snow they are working with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think people have to appreciate that it is a record snowfall â&#x20AC;Ś especially with the snowfall weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received here we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to provide the same level.â&#x20AC;? He added that, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the biggest message out there is that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re out there to reduce the negative impacts of driving in Fort St. John. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not out there to eliminate it. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not out there trying to make summer driving conditions.â&#x20AC;? TAKE YOUR TIME The Fort St. John RCMP and a Dawson Creek towing company are urging drivers to be more cautious on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going to take longer,â&#x20AC;? said Fort St. John Cpl. Jodi Shelkie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give yourself more time to get to where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going. Be more alert of other drivers, focus on your driving and make sure not to be using cell phones.â&#x20AC;? Since October to Dec. 6, there have been over 200 motor vehicle accidents in the Fort St. John RCMP jurisdiction. From October to December 2011 there were 228. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the snow first comes thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always more accidents in that month, just because people arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t used to driving in winter conditions,â&#x20AC;? said Shelkie. Wanda Landry has been a dispatcher with Exceptional Towing in Dawson Creek for three years, she says that the company is busier when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snowing. Landry says that besides regular accidents, tow truck drivers also have to pull a lot of vehicles out of ditches. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When it was heavily snowing a three or four hour wait was nothing out of the ordinary, and we are running with more than one truck, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re running with quite a few trucks and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s busy,â&#x20AC;? she said. Many of their drivers work over time, and helping people out of situations makes for a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;long and stressful day.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; She %DQNVVD\ believes many of these situa! 12WRDORDQ" NO PROBLEM tions could be avoided if driv/HW)RUW0RWRUV ers used a little more caution +HOS<RX on the road. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re busy because people %DG&UHGLWÂ&#x2021;6ORZ&UHGLW will not slow down ... When 'LYRUFH %DQNUXSWF\ it snow tons, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re busy... 72,167$17&5(',7$33529$/ $SSO\7RGD\DQG'ULYH$ZD\ People need to just slow down and drive accordingly to con:H6SHFLDOL]HLQ+HOSLQJ*RRG3HRSOH L OL L ditions, and of course, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ZLWK%DG&UHGLW&DOO0DUWKDRU*UHJIRU a whiteout condition, why are they driving? If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 3UH$SSURYDO have to be on the road, you 6 9 ; 4 4 6 ; 6 9 : 33; + 46 shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, you have to drive to Â&#x2039;^^^MVY[TV[VYZJHÂ&#x2039;(SHZRH9VHK-VY[:[1VOU conditions,â&#x20AC;? Landry said.

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By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – Area C Director, Arthur Hadland, is hoping to change his leadership role to become the next Peace River North MLA. Hadland will run as an independent candidate in the 2013 election. “The reason I’m running is a sense of frustration,” he said during a phone interview. “I consider that a party system is broken and that when you elect a candidate, whether it’s from the Liberals, NDP or the Green their first allegiance, and they all sign them, their allegiance is [to] the leader of the party.” As an independent, Hadland would not have that obligation. “It really diminishes the sense of democracy or the principles of democracy to the people who actually elected the individual, MLA. The independents do not have that. They have the freedom to tackle any issue and speak on any topics that they feel is pertinent to their community and further more to the province.” While Hadland is still fine-tuning his platform, he said he would like to address carbon tax, analyzing the provincial budget, as well as the north’s natural resources. “We’re developing the platform right now, but one of the key things is carbon tax, that’s a piece of hypocrisy.” According to the provincial government’s background information on the carbon tax, the purpose of it is to “encourage individuals and businesses to make more environmentally responsible choices,” by taxing the amount of fossil fuels and related emissions they use. And while the carbon tax is revenue-neutral, Hadland believes it doesn’t reap the benefits it should. “[The carbon tax] actually generates more wealth than the wealth we get from the natural gas royalties and that money is now allocated to companies like EnCana and Canfor, so it doesn’t serve any purpose, it’s not doing anything for our environment at all.” Ensuring the budget is balanced and managed for a stable

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Left to right: Ashley Bentley, Fort St. John Hospital Foundation; Tammy Koponyas, Shopper’s Drug Mart store manager; Irvan Tang, Shopper’s Drug Mart owner associate; Darlene Summers, top fundraiser employee; Jari Villanen, Shopper’s Drug Mart vice president; Dale Bobby, Shopper’s Drug Mart district manager. FORT ST. JOHN - On Dec. 5 the Hospital Foundation received $12,400 from the Fort St. John Shopper’s Drug Mart fundraising campaign Tree of Life. The local Shopper’s lead the province and ranked among the top 10 locations across Canada raising money for Tree of Life. The funds raised will go to the Eastern Star Children’s fund, which purchases equipment for the birthing centre in Fort St. John. The funds will provide two neopuffs (gives babies CPR without doing it invasively), bottle warmers, warm blankets and pieces for labouring moms for the Fort St. John hospital.


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HD Mining appeals court ruling 200 Temporary Foreign Workers from China settle into Peace region By Jill Earl TUMBLER RIDGE - HD Mining International Ltd. has filed an appeal to Justice Douglas Campbell’s Nov. 22 ruling that two unions have standing in challenging their right to bring 201 Chinese workers into Canada under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. The Construction and Specialized Workers Union, representing workers in aspects of building such as hydroelectric dams, gas pipelines, mines, and roads, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, representing workers in road building, transportation, mining, aviation and other industrial sectors, went to the federal court with an application for judicial review into Ottawa’s decision to grant HD Mining with the permit. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada approved HD Mining’s application for the 201 workers in April. Seventeen Chinese temporary workers arrived in Tumbler Ridge on Oct. 29 and are currently in orientation to Canada, completing English language training, additional safety training and becoming familiar with everyday activities like shopping and banking. The workers will eventually work in HD’s underground mine operation at their Murray River Coal Project after surface preparation

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for bulk sampling is complete. Campbell’s ruling has not stopped or stalled work. “We have an approved labour market opinion for up to 201 temporary foreign workers and that hasn’t changed. The surface preparation for bulk sample is continuing and that is being done by Canadian contractors,” said Jody Shimkus, media relations with HD Mining. Shimkus couldn’t speak to the matter before the court, but said that HD Mining will continue to oppose the Union’s application and they don’t know when to expect a decision. Shimkus said that the company has spent an excess of $30 million on Canadian goods, services and contractors for the project but couldn’t identify if the contractors they hire are unionized with either of the challenging unions. The file for appeal came days before HD Mining celebrated a $15 million housing investment in Tumbler Ridge that had been in the works for approximately two years. “The district is very clear they don’t want camps in the community, so we worked with a Canadian developer who constructed permanent housing in the community and we purchased those houses for HD Mining workers,” Shimkus said, adding that the houses are still under construction but close to being completed. “HD Mining is committed to the Murray River project and I think that the housing announcement is a clear indication of that commitment,” she said.

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economy is also part of the MLA hopeful’s platform. “I think there are problems with the way our budget is analyzed and put forward, we’re never told the truth. I don’t think transparency is part of that provincial budget … There are just so many things that are kept from the public,” he said, Packages Pac c ckages start starting at $96!! “I consider myself a citizen of the province, this is one provGetAwayPG.com G GetAw GetAwayPG wayPG com ince that should not be in debt with the amount that we are,” said Hadland, adding that the current debt toll wouldn’t be paid off until 2014. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business estimates B.C.’s debt at $1.2 billion. According to the province’s webiste, the “provincial government and its Crown corporations incur debt to finance operations and capital projects.” Hadland also stated his opinion on shipping out the province’s natural resources. “I think exporting things overseas and through pipelines out of our region is leaving us short-changed. “I think we need refineries, fertilizer plants, I think we need cogeneration plants,” he said. THE CREDIT MEDIC, WE FINANCE When the on-going issue of YOUR FUTURE NOT YOUR PAST Site C was brought up, Hadland said there were better options to generate power than building the controversial dam. “It’s not the issue of being against Site C. The issue is how do we get the best bang for our dollar? and you can build the equivalent of Site C using natural gas, which we know is good

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Hot Air Dear Editor, This letter is in response to Mr. Ed Pitt, a regular writer to this paper. I enjoy reading his letters, but frankly am tired of his “hot air.” I will always defend his right to his own opinion, and I also have the right to mine. So if I may be so bold I have some advice for Mr. Pitt. It is apparent from reading your letters that you are anti-natural gas development, anti-coal, anti-oil, anticapitalist, anti-American and against greenhouse gas emissions. If you are truly against these things I hope you are not hypocritical and heat your home with natural gas, or wood for that matter as the harvesting of trees for firewood emits a lot of CO2 and harms the earth. So dress warmly Mr. Pitt, but keep in mind that the clothes you wear are sold by “evil” American capitalists made by cheap labour in China, and they arrived in the town

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where you purchased them by huge diesel powered ships and carbon spewing trucks. I assume you eat healthy, wholesome food, but remember it was planted and harvested by farmers with their carbon spewing tractors and combines, then trucked by carbon emitting trucks to “evil” capitalist grocery stores that make a profit by selling you groceries. Lastly, and I could go on and on, but when you write to this newspaper do you use pen and paper or email? Both on these options are harmful, paper is a wood byproduct and email supports huge capitalist companies like Microsoft, IBM, etc. I consider myself a conservationist and I am tired of all the “green nut jobs” that are never challenged for the “hot air” they are constantly emitting, I assume that harms the environment as well Dan Tiechroeb Fort St. John

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES? The debate over pipeline and tanker safety is currently happening in all corners of British Columbia and beyond. Our region is no different, with residents discussing the issue at the local coffee shop, over the water cooler at work, and around the kitchen table at dinner. It is important for me to hear your opinions. In the coming weeks I will be sending out a newsletter to households throughout our riding highlighting our Government’s Responsible Resource Development plan as well as the important measures we are implementing to further improve pipeline and marine safety. Included in this newsletter is a section for residents to voice their comments and opinions on the issue of pipeline development and I am looking forward to hearing your views and opinions.

Few regions are as blessed with natural resources as Northeastern BC and this sector has been a key driving force for our local economy for decades. In fact, few jobs in the region are not directly affected by the development of these resources. Perhaps this is why there are so many of us that are so fully engaged in this debate – the stakes for our region are high. There is no question that the responsible development of our natural resources will create and sustain high-value jobs and economic growth for our region and generate billions of dollars in tax revenues nationally to help pay for important services like health care, education, and Old Age Security. However, development will not proceed unless it can be done safely and responsibly. Our Conservative Government believes Canada is a world-class producer of natural resources, and that means we must have world-class safety and environmental protection. The federal government has put in place strict rules and regulations governing the development and shipment of products like oil to safeguard public health and the environment. And we are determined to raise the bar even higher, based on sound science and world-class standards.

That is why our Conservative Government is implementing our plan for Responsible Resource Development. This plan will streamline reviews of major projects by ensuring more predictable and timely reviews, reducing duplication, strengthening environmental protection, and enhancing consultations with Aboriginal peoples. Much has been said about natural resource development and as is the case with any controversial issue, those who oppose it are often the most vocal, while those who agree remain silent. This can skew a region’s perception of how its residents may feel about the issue. As your federal representative, I cannot do my job properly without knowing the views of ALL of my constituents. That is why I am asking that all residents take the time to either fill out the form included in the newsletter or send me an email at Bob. Zimmer@parl.gc.ca. Rest assured, my staff and I will be reviewing each and every one of these responses and all views will be carefully considered. I look forward to hearing from you. Bob Zimmer MP Prince George-Peace River

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December 1912 Beaton Journals

Looking back in time through the Beaton Journals Sun 1st The River froze over this morning. 20 degrees below zero. Cloudy towards evening and looks like snow. Mon 2nd Samson after horses. Self plastering house and office. J. Thomas crossed over on the Ice this evening. Cold and stormy with snow. Tues 3rd Continues vey cold and stormy. Snow getting pretty deep. Samson at wood. Self at odd jobs. Wed 4th Self busy at odd jobs. Samson at wood. A fine clear day, but cold. The Police and mail man crossed over on the Ice today. The mail left for Grande Prairie. W. Cadenhead left along with the mail man for Edmonton. Sakana and 2 others arrived from Appains camp. Thurs 5th A fine clear day. Self busy with Indians. Samson at wood. Started a Chinook wind and continued all day. Fri 6th Continues warm weather. The snow nearly all gone. Busy at wood. Sat 7th The boys went for Hay with 2 sleds but left hay at the Ranch on account of bad roads. Self in office. Continues very warm. Sun 8th No entry Mon 9th Busy hauling Hay. Self at odd jobs. Mr J. Graham arrived from the Half Way River on his way out. He left his pack train behind. A fine clear day but cold towards evening. Tues 10th Mr Graham left this morning for Grande Prairie and Edmonton. Samson chopping out a trail. Continues cold. Joseph came in and brought a few furs. Wed 11th Self at odd jobs, the boys at wood. 5 of Graham’s men came in and left the pack train behind. A fine clear day. Thurs 12th Self as yesterday. The boys after Hay. Continues fine weather. Fri 13th Busy shoeing horses. Graham’s pack train and outfit arrived from the Halfway River on their way out. A fine clear day. Started to snow towards evening. Sat 14th Self busy in store. A fine clear day. Graham’s men making ready for their trip out. Samson made a trip for Hay. Sun 15th Self doing very little. Graham’s party left this morning on their way out on the South Side. Mon 16th The boys off for Hay to the Police old camp. They will be gone all night. Self busy around the place. A fine clear day. Tues 17th MacAully came down form dog Island for a few supplies. The boys got back with the Hay. Cold, cloudy towards evening. Wed 18th The boys off for Hay again today. Self

busy around the place. Brady arrived from the Halfway River. Started to snow in afternoon and continued all day. Thurs 19th Continues cold weather. Chas Paquette came down from H. Hope for the Mail. Fri 20th C. Paquette left for home at noon. Samson cutting firewood. Continues cold weather. Sat 21st Self cutting firewood. Samson hauling firewood. Blowing a warm wind from the S. West. Sun 22nd Fine warm weather. Brady left for home this evening. Mon 23rd Boys off for Hay. Mail arrived this evening. Yakataka and Appain and a few others arrived. A fine warm day. Tues 24th Self busy with Indians all day. A fine clear day. Christmas Day Wed 25th A general Holyday. The Indians left for home today. Started to blow a strong west wind towards evening. Thurs 26th Self in office. Samson at wood. The Chinook continued all day. Nearly all the snow is gone. Fri 27th A fine clear day. Self cutting wood. Samson left for Puskupy Prairie. Moones Boy and another Indian came in from Moberly Lake and brought a few furs. Still blowing a strong gale of wind.

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New councillors reflect on first year By Jill Earl

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Karen Goodings, chair of the Peace River Regional District, was awarded with the Queenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Diamond Jubilee Medal presented to her by Senator Richard Neufeld, last Friday. Goodings received the medal in recognition of her 25 years of service on the board.

DAWSON CREEK- Last November three new councillors were elected to represent the city, they were sworn in by Judge Richard R. Blaskovits on Dec. 5 and have now experienced a full year in their positions. Duncan Malkinson, Charlie Parslow and Shaely Wilbur, the newcomers to council, reflect on the first year in their roles. Coun. Parslow has enjoyed his first year learning and gathering information about the city and the organization, as well as working with Mayor Mike Bernier and senior staff. Coun. Malkinson has also spent his first year on council learning about the city, and values the relationships heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developed, especially with many of the organizations in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of organizations and their mandates and roles in the community I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of until I got into council. You get a whole new perspective of the community, you get to see things from a whole different angle after you get elected and that different angle has provided me that insight that I mentioned,â&#x20AC;? Malkinson said. Before she was elected, Coun. Wilbur campaigned to restore balance on council. She says that by engaging in meaningful debate and dialogue she feels that the community is well represented. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the most rewarding thing for me is seeing that we have such a dynamic council. We really have all the voices brought to the table and for me thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rewarding to know that we are hearing from so many different parts of the community and knowing what they expect and knowing what they would like us to do for them,â&#x20AC;? Wilbur said. Wilbur says she hopes to represent different community perspectives while making decisions on council, she finds that a lot of people are stopping her in the street or visiting her place of work to ask questions and let her know of their ideas and opinions. Wilbur has also joined several social networking sites and plans on hosting public engagements next yearas promised in her campaign- to hear feedback from the people she represents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year, my main concentration has been on social media and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been really helpful but I will be getting out there and having face to face engagements and my door is always open

at work and people come in and talk to me there. I love hearing from the community, because that way I have my cheques in order and I know that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking at it, listening to it and getting it right,â&#x20AC;? she said. All three councillors agree that representing a population of over 11,000 is not without its challenges. Malkinson finds the lack of involvement of some community members discouraging, and that makes it difficult to find out what the community actually wants. Wilbur says that often community members will have opposing views, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to make decisions with an open mind, it also doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hurt to be thick-skinned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to accept the fact that there is always going to be somebody unhappy with the decision you made,â&#x20AC;? she said. For big decisions Parslow believes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to get as much fact-based information out into the community as possible. He would encourage community members to engage in serious dialogue to begin to appreciate the perspectives of others and move towards a common ground and a decision that would make everyone happy. Wilbur believes another challenge is the slowness of some processes for projects that council wants to move forward on. Both Parslow and Malkinson think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s challenging to create a common vision for the community when each councillor has a say in what the community should look like. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess the biggest challenge is to recognize, for me being a former CEO of a much larger organization [School District 59], learning that I just have one vote and that you have to work hard to understand the perceptions of others and learning to work cooperatively with others and recognizing that there are all sorts of views,â&#x20AC;? Parslow said. Despite the challenges, the councillors are proud to be a part of several decisions this year and are looking forward to working on future issues including the water pipeline and the fair share grant review. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a really great experience and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad that citizens of Dawson Creek have allowed me to serve in this capacity and I hope Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to stick true to my principals in the next few years to advocate on their behalf,â&#x20AC;? said Malkinson.

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DAWSON CREEK- The National Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s U-18 Hockey Championship came to the city over a month ago, yet staff are still talking about its legacy and are ready to bring more events to the city. City councillors heard a delegation last week from event organizers; Barry Reynard, director of community services, Chante PattersonElden, recreation facilities manager and Ryan MacIvor, general manager of the Encana Events Centre. The trio talked about the impact of hosting the national championships on the community and the success of the event. Though an official report from Hockey Canada and the City is not due for another couple months, Reynard told council that the city gained a lot of exposure with TSNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broadcast of the gold medal game, drawing approximately 36,000 viewers, including 2,425 viewers watching it live online. This surpassed the viewership from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s championships in Saguenay, Que. He says that Hockey Canada reported having 30,691 paid views of the cham-

pionships on their website; up 10,000 from last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think hosting an event like the U-18 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nationals, from a community perspective, first you have to look at nationally what recognition it brings to the community, all the media that we get basically just showcasing Dawson Creek as a community with facilities that can pull off events like that,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Mike Bernier. According to Reynard and Patterson-Elden, Hockey Canada, the teams and players were very impressed with the way the event was run. They say all three groups gave the city high accolades on the condition of the facility, their hospitality and the organizerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest challenge: food. Organizers were responsible for feeding the eight teams and their coaching staff, a total of approximately 250 people, three meals a day for ten days. Ovations staff at the Encana Events Centre even brought in two chefs and a couple of their staff to help accommodate the demand. MacIvor said that the easiest thing for some out

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South Peace. They are by far the most beautiful and nicest, and my reindeer feel at home in the Peace.”

After months of trying to track down the most secretive philanthropist known and beloved to children worldwide, I finally traced ‘the man in the big red suit’ to the Salvation Army in Fort St. John. Santa Claus even granted me an exclusive interview during his stay in the Peace Region, divulging some of his best-kept secrets and even letting me know of my status on the naughty/nice list.

Q: Do you only get to travel that one day a year while you are delivering presents? A: “No I get out quite a bit. I get the elves to do a lot of checking for the naughty and nice list but I get out to do some follow-up and make sure the people on the naughty list are supposed to be on the naughty list and the nice list is supposed to be on the nice list.”

Q:Right now you’re at the Salvation Army in Fort St. John, should we be concerned that you’re not at your workshop? A:“No, we’ve got everything pretty much under control, the elves are looking after everything and the sleigh is getting loaded, so I decided to stop down here and check out everything that is going on down here. You know that Christmas is a big time of the year, not only for everybody in the world, but a big time for the Salvation Army.”

Q: Do you have any idea of how many people are on the naughty/nice list in the Peace Region? A: “There is significantly more people on the nice list in the Peace. The people in the Peace, in particularly the kids in the Peace, are good and nice kids. They are probably 95 per cent on the nice list, and five per cent on the naughty list. In all areas of the world, the Peace area has the largest percentage of nice kids on the list.”

Q:What are some of the most requested toys this year? A:“Most of the people, not only children, but everybody is asking for electronic games and cell phones basically. Back in the day, they would want games or dolls and things like that but now they’re asking for electronic games, like X-boxes.” Q:Do you find that adults don’t ask for toys anymore? That they ask for more practical things? A:”Adults and grownups however they look at themselves, they are still asking for toys.”

Q:How do you decide if someone is on the nice or naughty list? Shana Braun, Twice The Shananigans Photography photo A: “The elves go out and check it out. The chilThis is Cora Shields’ first Christmas and picture with Santa Claus. dren do a lot of reporting on bullies and difficult people and things like that and the elves will go A: “No, why would I want to retire? This is the best job ever!” out and check on them. Bullies are the ones that we really really watch out for.” Q: What’s your favourite part of the job? A: “The travel.” Q: It’s difficult to stay nice 100 per cent of the time, so when

Q:In your experience, how have gift requests changed over the years? I remember learning pioneers used to get oranges from Santa and being perfectly happy with that. A:“An orange may be small but in the time of the pioneers, an orange was as exotic as you could get. Oranges back in the day were still quite expensive, they weren’t grown in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek...they all had to be brought in. The things that they’re asking for now, are expensive in today’s dollars as they were back in the day.”

Q:What’s the most challenging part of the job? A: “The travel.” Q: Traveling is your favourite part but it’s also very challenging? A: “Yes, you’ve heard of jet lag, haven’t you?”

Q: How long have you been doing this job? A: “About 2013 years.”

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Q: Have you ever had any problems with people trying to bribe you to be on the nice list? A: “Santa can’t be bought. The whole thought of trying to bribe Santa onto the nice list will exclude you from the nice list.” Q: Have you ever been approached with a bribe before? What do they offer you? A: “I’ve been offered Superbowl tickets, Stanley Cup tickets to get on the nice list, but no that doesn’t work.” Q: How do you get to all those houses on Christmas Eve? A: “My reindeer and my sled.” Q: In 24 hours you’re expected to visit millions of people around the world, how do you do it in such a short period of time? A:“The time zones work in my favour, so I have more time than 24 hours to get to all the houses if you factor in the time zones. The North Pole is where I start from and everywhere from the North Pole is down hill so that really helps pick up speed. Coming back home at the end of the day is a little bit more difficult because it’s uphill and the reindeer are pooped, but when we start out it’s all downhill.” Q: Many children want to thank you with milk and cookies, do you have a preference for a special type of cookie? A: “If I’m at Bobby’s house, the cookies that I like the best are the ones Bobby likes the best. If I’m Suzy’s house, the cookies that I like the best are the ones that Suzy likes the best. I have a

Q:Where do you get you’re flying reindeer? Is there a flying reindeer breeder? A:“Exactly, there’s a reindeer breeder who has been around a lot longer than 2013 years. Some of the reindeer have been around for 700-800 years, so Rudolph has been with me from the start. That’s why he’s the lead reindeer because he knows his way around the world.” Q:Is the breeder exclusive? Would I be able to get my hands on some magic reindeer? A:“They are expensive, so he doesn’t have to sell many of them, and I buy virtually all his stock. I’ve got some in training and I’ve got back-up reindeer, but they are really quite expensive, I’m his only customer.” Q:Why do you choose to live in the North Pole when the materials needed to make the toys are located much more south? A: “I’ve got all year to make the toys but I’ve only got a day to deliver them, and it’s downhill from the North Pole, everything is downhill, so that is the reason I picked it. There’s an old saying in real estate, location, location, location, and that’s what we had to factor in; the delivery rates.” Q: How many elves are under your employment right now? A: “2,796.” Q:Can you tell me a little bit about their job requirements? A:“They have to be loyal and they have to be hard working.” Q:Do you all of your elves have to be on the nice list as well?

A:“They have to be on the nice list. All the elves, by definition are on the list nice, if they are not on the nice list we don’t call them elves.” Q: What would the term be for those elves on the naughty list? A: “Oh, I’d rather not say, it will make be depressed.” Q:Are the elves making toys all year round or do they get a break? A:“They rotate. They all get their three weeks holiday, they just can’t take them all at the same time.” Q: A long time ago you used to enter people’s house through the chimney, not a lot of people have chimneys anymore so how do you enter? A: “I bring my own chimney. It’s a magic chimney.” Q: A lot of kids try to stay up to catch a glimpse of you but they are always unsuccessful, why? A: “Just as they fall asleep and sometimes I have to make them fall asleep, but they always fall asleep and then I’m in.” Q: Sometimes I don’t get what I asked for, why? A:“I was afraid you were going to ask that question. Quite often, more times than you think you are, you are on the naughty list.” Q: There are a lot of children who like to start rumours, they say you don’t exist, how would respond to that? A: “They say Santa Claus doesn’t exist but they get presents, that’s the proof that there is Santa and that people care about them. It proves that they are loved, that’s basically what Santa’s about.”

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school work, dance lessons and is also starting rehearsals as a chorus member in Stage North’s James and the Giant Peach for February. Clara is the centre figure of evening’s magic when her godfather, Herr Drosselmeyer (played by Oliver Hachmeister), a toymaker, also a councilman and magician, brings four lifelike dolls to the Christmas festivities. After the dolls dance and are put away, Drosselmeyer presents a wooden nutcracker which Clara adores but, apparently, her little brother does not, and he breaks it. During the night, Clara sneaks down to check on her beloved nutcracker to find mice filling the room. The nutcracker (played by Carly Dick) comes to life as the handsome Prince. Clara is caught between an army of Gingerbread soldiers and the voracious, munching mice led by The Mouse King (played by Kevin Smith). The Prince comes to the rescue. Nasty things happen; good things happen; travel and fantasy take on new meaning as the Sugar Plum Fairy (played by Miranda Kelly), who rules over the Land of Sweets, introduces us to tasty characters from exotic foreign countries. The Nutcracker opens in Fort St. John on December 20. Evening shows are December 20, 21, 22 at 7:30pm and matinees are Dec 22, 23 at 2pm. Tickets are $25 adults, $20 students and seniors, $15 children and available online at tickets.npcc.bc.ca or at the North Peace Cultural Centre box office 250-785-1992. Bring the entire family to experience the magic of Christmas and feast upon the sweet fantasies of childhood.

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The South Peace Historical Society hosted a Christmas cookiedecorating event last Sunday at the tourist centre at the NAR Park. The event was free for attendees and featured cookie decorating, ornament decorating and snowflake making. Bottom: Hannah North, 8, found an antique straight pen and practiced her calligraphy. Top left: Emma North, 6, concentrates as she decorates a gingerbread angel with sprinkles. Top right: Although the tourism centre has been closed for repairs, employees decorated the displays for Christmas, including this display of old fashioned hats on a tree.

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A holiday message from the North Peace Literacy Society FORT ST. JOHN - The holidays are a nice break away from school, and work. But if you have children, they may begin to drive you crazy after being home for a day or two. Keeping that mind I urge you to check out the Family Friendly Communities website which lists all the community events in the region: http://familyfriendlycommunity.ca The Library is always planning fun activities for children of all ages from 0 years to 101 years! www.fortstjohn.bclibrary.ca

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is food, and he didn’t hear one complaint about anything that was served. He says the fact that people raved about the food really set a tone for the event. During the delegation, Reynard read a letter from Joanna Hughes, a director on the Female Council for Hockey Canada, summing up her experience in Dawson Creek last month. “There was not one thing that could have been changed, done differently, or done better. The hockey was excellent and the teams were treated like stars…This is the best event I’ve ever been to,” Hughes’ letter reads. “I’ve sent a email to Bob Nicholson [president of Hockey Canada] after talking with him on Friday about the event, I concluded by saying that should Dawson Creek ever apply for another Hockey Canada event they should be given very serious consideration. Thank you again to all the volunteers for an incredible experience, not only from me but from all of the players who will remember this the rest of their lives,” the letter continued. Bernier says that hosting successful events such at the women’s U-18 hockey championship and the training camp for the Canadian women’s hockey team in 2009 is important when it comes to bidding on other events. He attributes the success not only to City staff and event organizers, but also to the volunteers. “What’s really exciting when we host events like that, it really shows Dawson Creek as a community that can really come together to pull off something like this. It takes so many volunteers, it takes passion in the community, people who put Dawson Creek in the heart on their sleeve of really and wanting to make sure we did our best and it wouldn’t have happened,” Bernier said. The event had approximately 125 volunteers in various positions to help run the event; Elson and Reynard said that some volunteers even took time off work to help out. Local businesses were also played a big role in the event, as many supported it, either by providing a sponsorship, the donation of goods and services, or by attending the games. Bernier says that although their past two major events have surrounded women’s hockey the City is continuing to look for other hosting opportunities from a variety of other sports. “We’re definitely getting a reputation to put on class A events…now that we know that we can do it and we’ve got community support and volunteers that will step forward, we’re always looking for and bidding on other events,” he said. Negotiations with other sport organizations have already started, though the U-18 women’s hockey event has barely wrapped up. “We’re definitely excited about hopefully making a couple of announcements, but it’s still in the early stages. What’s important to stress is that just because we’ve just finished doesn’t mean that we’re not already working on the next opportunity, and we definitely are,” Bernier said.

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North and South Peace school districts awarded new school buses By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - School District 59 and 60 are two of 37 school districts throughout the province that will receive provincial grants for the purchase of school buses. The $14 million committed to the school districts will pay for 125 new buses. School district 59 in Peace River South will receive $421,266 for four buses and School District 60 in Peace River North was awarded $1,340,161 for 12 buses. Gerry Slykhuis, secretary-treasurer for SD 59, says that the district received four buses last year and has received funding from the province for four school buses for seven out of the past eight years. Doug Boyd, secretary-treasurer for SD 60, says that the district was granted funding for six new buses last year. “There are some years where we may not get any, some years we might get one or two,” Boyd said, adding that the bus grants are based on need. School districts are required to apply for bus funding annually, based on need. In order to qualify for replacement a bus needs to be on a regular route to school and met age or mileage criteria; a 78-83 passenger bus that is 15 years old or has run 400,000km; a 24-72 passenger bus that is 12 years old or has run 325,000km and a minibus that is 10 years old or has run 250,000km. “Some of our routes are rougher than others so it’s not necessarily mileage but anyway we choose the buses we think are due for replacement and submit to them, so we actually do a five year plan each year and we update it each year,” Slykhuis said. Slykhuis and Boyd said that their districts would not be able to afford the new buses without the province stepping in. These new buses will also help the districts save on the cost of maintenance. SD 59 budgets approximately $400,000 for the maintenance of district owned vehicles, including school buses. “We’d be running more older buses and therefore more repairs would be required,” said Slykhuis. Although school districts spend thousands of dollars on repairs and maintenance, buying a new bus before costly repairs exist is unrealistic for their budgets. “They are quite an outlay each bus, so you can’t just go ahead and put that type of money into it. That’s why these dollars are

set aside from the Ministry with that recognized criteria, and they look at it very seriously, and we had not been in a situation where they haven’t been approved if they have met that criteria,” Boyd said. Aside from saving money on maintenance costs, SD 59 is looking to save on fuel costs as well by ordering compressed natural gas buses. SD board members haven’t decided if they will go ahead with compressed natural gas buses but staff are seriously looking into the idea. “We’re actually working with PNG right now, to see if there is a case to purchase compressed natural gas rather than diesel...they are more money but they are much cheaper to operate because the fuel itself is cheaper to run and there’s less maintenance cost on them as well, they reduce emissions fairly dramatically as well,” Slykhuis said, adding that there are grants available to offset the additional costs. “I know Kelowna has started to purchase compressed natural gas buses, it would be great to get the same kind of thing going up here, that is the future in North America for vehicle fuel,” he said. After the new buses arrive, SD 59 usually include the old school buses in their annual auction among other surplus equipment, but will keep a few of the better ones as a backup in case another bus breaks down. Similarly, SD 60 puts their old school buses up for bid. They also accept requests from charities and community groups for the buses to be donated to them. “In some occasions, if they’re in to a situation where we have specific needs from the community, we often times get applications for donations of that bus for that purpose and we look at that seriously, and the board looks at that seriously as well,” Boyd said. “Basically because our services require them daily and extensive use, while some of the service areas within the community where they are having a trip here and a trip there and you’re not putting that exhaustive mileage on it each year, then they are still quite useable,” he adds. SD 60 still has yet to decide which buses they’d like to order but expects them to arrive in early spring.

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On Thursday, December 6, 2012, 1450 head of cattle went through our ring D1 - D2 Cows 64.00-69.00 D3 - D4 Cows 52.00-61.50 Holstein Cows N/A Heiferettes N/A Bologna Bulls 60.00-61.00 Feeder Bulls N/A Good Bred Cows N/A Good Bred Heifers N/A Milk Cows N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (younger) N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (older) N/A

On Monday, December 10, 2012, 650 head of cattle went through our ring D1 - D2 Cows 64.00-69.00 D3 - D4 Cows 50.00-60.00 Holstein Cows N/A Heiferettes 60.00-75.00 Bologna Bulls 60.00-69.00 Feeder Bulls 60.00-70.00 Good Bred Cows N/A Good Bred Heifers N/A Milk Cows N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (younger) N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (older) N/A

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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: careers@laprairiegroup.com or fax to (403) 767-9932

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Rate of Pay: As per the Collective Agreement Closing Date: December 14, 2012 Submit Resumes To: Lori Brooks, Human Resource Coordinator P.O. Box 713 (10110 13th Street) Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H7 Fax: (250) 782 4167 E-mail: lbrooks@spcrs.ca • Please include competition #1591 with resume • This position is open to female and male applicants. • Only short-listed applicants will be contacted • This position is a union position

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The Peace Liard Regional Arts Council Job Opportunity Contract Position: We are looking for a quali¿ed individual who can compile, organize, photograph and archive, with the possibility of producing a small book, 30 pieces of artwork from our permanent collection. The job would include travelling to Fort Nelson and Dawson Creek where the pieces are housed. Apply to Peace Liard Regional Arts Council, Box 337, Hudson’s Hope, BC V0C 1V0 ph 250.783.9351 email pearkes@pris.ca The Peace Liard Regional Arts Council was incorporated in 1989 for the purpose of broadening the opportunities for the residents of the Peace - Liard regions to enjoy and participate in arts activities. Meetings are held 5 times a year throughout the region.

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Publisher Aberdeen Publishing has an opening for the position as Publisher of the Jasper Fitzhugh. We are seeking a proven leader with the entrepreneurial skills to continue and further enhance the strong growth this paper has experienced over the past six years. Ideally, you should have a good understanding of all facets of newspaper operations with emphasis on sales, marketing and financial management. In addition, our new publisher should be well suited to working with community groups and clients as well as developing sponsorship opportunities for the newspaper, As publisher of the Fitzhugh, you will help develop strategy for the newspaper as it continues to serve this diverse marketplace. Aberdeen Publishing is one of Western Canada’s largest independent newspaper companies with properties in British Columbia and Alberta. If you have the ability to innovate, are customer driven, success oriented, and want to live in one of the most beautiful places in Alberta, then we want to hear from you. We offer a generous compensation and benefits package as well as the opportunity for career advancement. Please submit your resume by December 31, 2012, to the attention of: Ron Lovestone, Regional Manager Prince George Free Press 1773 South Lyon Street Prince George, BC V2N 1T3 Telephone 778.349.6327 or email publisher@northeastnews.ca


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â&#x20AC;˘ The Fort St. John Literacy Society Family Literacy program will begin again on September 11, and continue for 12 weeks. The program runs Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to noon. The program gives parents of pre-school children a quiet place to work on upgrading their skills, getting their GED, Grade 12, or learning English as a second language. While the moms or dads are studying, the children do activities, sing songs and listen to stories with a certified Early Childhood Educator and her assistant. A facilitator is available to help the adults with whatever they are studying. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited. To sign up, or for more information phone 250-785-2110 or email glundquist@fsjliteracy.ca. â&#x20AC;˘ Ft. St. John Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Support Group Parkinson Society British Columbia People living with Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disease, caregivers and family members are warmly invited to the Ft. St. John Parkinsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 â&#x20AC;˘ 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 info@fsjliteracy.ca for more information. â&#x20AC;˘ 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 chil-

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online www.npcc.bc.ca â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 16: Winter Carnival. Hosted by North Peace Light Horse Arena Sunday from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Stop by and enjoy some family fun with Games, Sleigh Rides, A campfire and Food. Admission is by donation via toy/food Drive. Weather permitting to -20 degrees. Directions: North Peace Light Horse Arena, 6929 Equestrian Road (Left off the bypass road across from McElhanney) â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 17: Join the North Peace Community Choir, the Northern Lights Youth Choir and special guests as they share Christmas joy through song at this annual Christmas tradition. Songs of the Season will be onstage of the North Peace Cultural Centre on Monday at 7 PM. Tickets are available from the box office, by phone at (250) 785-1992 and online.www. npcc.bc.ca â&#x20AC;˘ Dec. 20 to Dec. 23: The classic story of Clara and the gift of an enchanted nutcracker in the land of snow and sweets! Presented by Studio 2 Stage and the Northern Dance Theatre Society with help from Stage North. Tickets at the box office, online, or call 785-1992.

dren to a school setting. We meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning Oct. 20th. This program is geared for three to four year-olds but siblings are welcome to come with their parents. Call Patti (250) 8437813 for more information. â&#x20AC;˘ Join us for fun, fun, fun at the artSpace! ArtSpace classes are here again at the North Peace Cultural Centre with wonderful programming for all ages! Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out! Register today for preschool, Mommy and Me, afterschool and adult classes! Check out the great selection of activities at www.npcc.bc.ca, or pick up a brochure at the North Peace Cultural Centre. Call (250) 785-1992 for more information or to register.

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â&#x20AC;˘ 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. â&#x20AC;˘ 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 doctorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointments or shopping. Can you spare an hour or two a week to visit a senior? Call CASI (Community Action for Seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Independence) today. 250-782-1138 ext. 228, email lstudley@spcrs.ca or visit the website at www.casidc.org. â&#x20AC;˘ 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. â&#x20AC;˘ Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Unit. Wed.

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â&#x20AC;˘ 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.

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â&#x20AC;˘ 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.

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Tumbler Ridge

â&#x20AC;˘ Tumbler Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;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 Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Enterprise Centre at 1-800-643-7014 ext. 104 or Mila Lansdowne by e-mail at mila@persona.ca or (250) 242-3389. Registration is required.

Taylor

â&#x20AC;˘ 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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It’s in the blood A GOLD PANNER’S STORY

By Tyson Gejdos Submitted article TAYLOR - When I tell people I am a world champion goldpanner, most have no idea what such is. Gold panning is an important event in my family’s heritage. My grandfather first started competing in 1975 and it has now reached its 3rd generation, me. The “World’s Invitational Gold Panning Championship”, held in Taylor, B.C, takes place once a year. In the competition, everyone receives a pan filled with gravel, sand and small flakes of gold placed by the judges where you race against the clock and are docked points for losing flakes. I had been panning since I was first able to walk and at the age of eight, I entered my first competition where I placed third. Within the next 2 years, I had finally won the junior open. It was a special feeling for me because at the time, my father, won the Class “A” event. The Class “A” is an invitational or qualified event only. Professional panner’s come down from the Yukon and Barkerville all the way [from] Norway to compete [in Taylor]. It was one

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Taylor gold panner Tyson Gejdos day my dream to make it to the class “A” event and compete against my dad. In 2010 I had finally made my way up to the “A” event but due to the fast pace and intimidation of veteran panner’s, I didn’t place so well. This year there were five Gejdos’ competing in Class “A” including my dad, sister, cousin and aunt, you could say gold panning is in the family. After the first two rounds I was sitting about middle of the pack. Scott Rae, who had previously won the last three years in a row, was sitting up in the standings as usual. The third and final round was the speed round, where the judges place a small gold nugget in the gravel filled pan, and you have to find it in the shortest amount of time. As I was watching other competitors find their nugget within 15 seconds, I heard them call my name. For this round one

person goes at a time so everyone is watching and I started to feel the pressure start to build up. Last year I lost my nugget and received no points. As I walked up to my barrel everything was silent, I blocked everything out, took two deep breathes and submerged my pan in water. The cold water on my hands sent shivers up my spine as my eyes scanned my pan for a small gold piece. After another dip of the pan in the water I saw it sitting on top. I found the nugget in 8.59 seconds and set the fastest time of the competition. Winning that round gave me enough points to take over first place and win the championship. I think the best part about it was that I am the 3rd generation in my family to win that competition. It felt so great to be in the same spot my grandfather was in 35 years ago.

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Shoe store repairs retail problem By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK- Frank Ripley, owner of Rips Shoe Re-nu, established his business in the city 33 years ago. Dec. 3, Ripley celebrated the recent completion of the renovation work done at his store at the Co-Op Mall. Ripley says the space that once was used a staff and board room is now transformed to make more room for retail. “We expanded and made it double the size,” Ripley said, adding that the renovation took almost a month. When he first set up shop in 1979, Ripley’s Shoe Re-nu was located downtown across from Aspol Motors, he moved into the Co-Op Mall six years later. Ripley was 32 at the time and had just finished a shoe repair course in Vancouver. “I used to do a fair amount of leather work

and so I got interested in doing it. I used to do shoe repair back when I was a teenager, so I worked in a shoe repair shop, I’ve always had an interest in shoe repair,” said Ripley. As a young adult, Ripley used to make purses, wallets, and belts out of leather. His store custom builds those items today along with leather chaps as well as the usual shoe repair services like fixing zippers, buttons, resoling shoes and repairing high heels. “We resole cowboy boots, put new soles and heels on cowboy boots, replace zippers on boots, we mend them, patch them, like if they have a rip or something like that,” Ripley said. Ripley does orthopedic work at his shop too. Although he is not certified to do so, he believes he is qualified to do so as he apprenticed with a Danish shoemaker in Vancouver and is attracting customers from Grande Prairie and Fort Nelson for that service.

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Frank Ripley celebrates his store’s reopening with Rod Hillary, general manager of the Dawson Creek Co-Op Mall, and the Mall’s board of directors.


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