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for estimates to finish the basement within the next month, which will be presented to the community next spring “We’re hearing anything from $1 million to $1.6 million but those are all guesses right now,â€? he said. Council’s decision was unanimous and came after a tour of the facility earlier that day. Many were impressed with how far the building had come. Bernier says that the top two floors are nearly finished, just needing a few touch-ups. “I think it’s an amazing facility, right down town, people don’t realize because the outside is still the old brick building but when you walk in the door you’ve got a state of the art, modern building,â€? he said. “I love the staircase and the openness and all that and once you see the retractable chairs in the theatre and the state of the art lighting and sound system and all that‌This is something that the whole community should be very proud of once we’re done,â€? Bernier adds. The estimated $9.4 million-project is expected to

DAWSON CREEK - Residents will have the opportunity to say ‘yea or nay’ to necessary budget increases to complete the Calvin Kruk Centre of the Arts. According to Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier, during a Dec. 10 closed meeting, city council decided to include the funding needed to finish the arts centre’s basement in next year’s capital budget. In their annual budget town hall meetings, residents will have the chance to give their feedback to council about the project. “Will we go over what we originally said we would to finish? Unfortunately yes we will. Council unanimously voted to put it into next year’s budget to go in to the community in our budget town hall meetings to say we want to finish off the Calvin Kruk Centre, this is how much it costs and we’re going to include it in the budget, what are your thoughts?� Dawson Creek mayor Mike Bernier said. Bernier predicts the City will start seeing numbers

come in over budget due to a number of problems throughout construction. The first anticipated project completion date was September 2011, which has been tentatively pushed back to September 2013. The construction problems that caused the initial delay have presented itself once again. On Jun. 25 representatives from MHPM Project Managers Inc. and DIALOG, two companies responsible for managing the development of the centre, visited with council to give them an update on the project. The companies listed several unforeseeable problems that caused the completion to be set back, including: asbestos found in almost every piece of plumbing, wall and tile; lead paint in many of the steel structures; water damage in the basement; water damage to some of the materials; inadequate perimeter drainage; and the general inexperience of the contractor. Continued on Page 3.

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Installing weeping tile around the facility will cost approximately half-a-million dollars, which could be cheaper if installation happens in the spring, according to a local contractor. A weeping tile is a porous pipe used for underground drainage. However, council doesn’t want construction to proceed on the basement until the weeping tile is in place—as continued leaks could damage materials—which means putting in the weeping tile would need to be done sooner than later. “There’s no point in finishing off a basement and spending all that money and getting water and mold and doing the floor and having to waste money anyway, so spend it now and have it get done,” Bernier said. If completed, the building will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certified and will feature a theatre with retractable seating, dance rooms, meeting rooms, a band room, kitchen, archives storage, a daycare, a pottery room, rooms for fabric-related arts and other art related studios. If the community decides that they don’t want to move forward with completing the basement, the Kiwanis Performing Arts CenPackages Pac c ckages start starting at $96!! tre—the facility’s main occupant—will be unable to move in. GetAwayPG.com G GetAw GetAwayPG wayPG com “If we don’t finish the basement it sits there unfinished, so you can understand the tough decision council is in. We didn’t want to have to spend more money, we understood that, but we’re at the point now that if we don’t do the last few things, we don’t have a project, that’s just the way it is,” said Bernier. Bernier says that council will listen to the direction of the community, but feels strongClosed Noon Dec 24 Re-opening 9 a.m. Sat, Dec 29 ly about completing the project. “We weren’t going to pave the road at the soccer park but people said, ‘pave it,’ so we added that in the budget. We’re going to add this in the budget and people might come forward and say ‘no, don’t spend any more money and don’t use the facility,’ so it’s up 10442 100 Street 10440 100 Street to the community,” said Bernier. Fort St. John Fort St. John “As a council we voted unanimously say250-787-1552 250-787-1553 ing, we’re 90 per cent finished, let’s do the www.hairbin.com | Northgate Mall Jill Earl photo last little bit of work and get it in there… We’d be silly not to go forward,” he said.

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Fort St. John releases their position on Site C By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – The city of Fort St. John has released their position on Site C. Four strong main points will be used to do guide their discussions with BC Hydro: · City of Fort St. John Council will maintain its legitimate authority to make decisions concerning the future of our community. · The City of Fort St John’s long-term plans for our community will be enhanced through Site C. · Financial impacts on the City of Fort St. John associated with the construction and operation of the Site C project will be borne by BC Hydro and the Province of British Columbia, not by existing or future tax payers of the City of Fort St. John. · The project must provide benefits to the community of Fort St. John consistent with the City’s vision for the development of a sustainable community. These principles stem from the city’s Official Community Plan, their Strategic Plan or the 2006 community consultation process called Vision 20/20. In a press release it states “the city of Fort St. John is confident that this Position Paper has the full support of our citizens and other local governments, First Nations and agencies impacted by the Site C Clean Energy Project.” The city underwent an “extensive consultation process” this past summer, engaging in conversation with citizens, non-profit organizations, local governments in the Peace River region, and First Nations groups. “The City of Fort St. John is confident that this Position Paper has the full support of our citizens and other local governments, First Nations and agencies impacted by the Site C Clean Energy Project,” reads the release. “We believe that Noah was not likely in favour of the flood but he went to work to build an Ark. With that in mind, the City of Fort St. John made sure our first step was to be proactive, make use of the internationally accepted protocols; and to work to ensure that should this project be approved it does not have detrimental impacts to our community, economy, environment and sectors who invest in our community.” said Mayor Lori Ackerman. Fort St. John’s Position Paper was presented to Minister Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy and Steve Bellringer, chair of BC Hydro.


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73 per cent did not feel they had received adequate information about the transition. “There are many PST resources now available that B.C. businesses need to avail themselves of and be made aware of. Many new businesses in B.C. have never collected the PST, and need to be brought up to speed so that consumers are not negatively impacted at the cash register come April,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce in the press release. Executive director of the Dawson Creek and District Chamber of Commerce, Kathleen Connolly, believes that many local businesses are not preparing for the return to PST, instead focusing on what most expect to be their busiest month of the year. “What I’m finding is that a lot of our business owners aren’t even thinking about PST right now, this is their holiday rush. Advertorial This is sort of their month to break even, this is their moneymaking month, so a lot of them are just worried about making sure they’ve got staff, and doors are open and stock is in,” Connolly said. She says that the Chamber has received two calls so far from business owners inquiring Book a stress free weekend to Prince George. Embrace winter in about the change; she expects Northern BC with amazing packages starting at $96. calls to increase towards the beginning and middle of next Enjoy luxurious accommodations for the perfect date night,

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People change, lists change Two months before Christmas my ten-year-old self would be a gigantic ball of energy trapped inside a little body. I couldn’t wait for Christmas. Every trip to the mall felt like a war between stores, with their perfectly inviting holiday window displays, battling for my attention. I felt I was being pulled in every direction; shopping was complete chaos. I was wide-eyed going through every toy section in whichever department store I’d happen to be in, quickly scanning the wall for items to add to my Christmas wish list before heading to the next isle. I remember being asked by relatives what I wanted, and I would spew the first 50 things that popped into my head. Sometimes I think I actually may have made up toys, I mean have you ever heard of a Barbie that also doubles as lip-gloss? Neither have I, but I’m pretty sure I sent my poor family out looking for it. The beauty was that anything I didn’t find under the tree, I could always ask for my birthday two months later. My lists these days are pathetic in comparison to what I dreamt up when I was a kid. I find I’m way more critical about what I put on my list, and I can really only think of a few things. The items on my list now are things I need, not want. I overheard a conversation the other day where the gentleman was having the same problem. He said that since he became a ‘grown up’ his Christmas asks became a lot more boring; apparently he asked for a vacuum cleaner last year. I’m considering asking for a new headlight for my car, what’s wrong with me? I’m not sure when this change occurred in me but it must have been a few years ago when I was living on my own as a university student with the reality that I was a young adult and things wouldn’t simply be handed to me anymore. It was as if Christmas was a time I could get a break by having someone else buy

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This year I challenged myself to buy all my Christmas presents from local vendors (with the exception of my nine-year-old nephew). I decided this after I had gone to countless Christmas markets around town and marveled at all the fun, creative things local artists, who probably live just around the corner from me, have made. I figured, I might as well take advantage of living in a town far from home, and bring something back that my friends and family wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. Sure, buying local may cost you more than a price tag you would normally find at a larger chain, but there’s something rewarding about supporting the businesses that serve and thrive in the same city you live in. Since there isn’t a large shopping metropolis in Fort St. John, you’d think it would be easier for local vendors and creators to acquire business. But that doesn’t seem to be the case. Christmas is five days away, but a week ago I started talking to a woman who worked in the mall at a family-owned store. While Christmas should be one of the busiest times of the year, her products are still stocked and customer traffic was down,

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something for me—so I had to choose wisely. I think I also must have started to appreciate the fact that I had to buy presents too, and I would want my purchase to be something that person could appreciate all year round—and not a toy they could have fun with for a day and then get bored and

throw it away. I tried so hard this year to think of something fun to add to my list, but right now it looks as though I could only be getting socks. -Jill

way down. She said, while she wouldn’t be able to tell the difference in sale figures compared to previous years until the end of the month, she could definitely feel the difference. “I should be running out of sizes, but I’m not.” She sat there wondering, “Where are people doing their Christmas shopping? ‘Cause it’s not here.” She added that she wasn’t the only one experiencing a wave of low sales, other stores in the mall were noticing a lack of the Christmas rush. The reason being could be because some people want to save the extra buck, and drive the extra two hours to a city with a bigger mall and save the extra $40 on select items—or they have the option of not even leaving the house, and doing their shopping via online. I’ve also taken into consideration that some of the items on your shopping list probably aren’t sold locally—but that’s where you can start to improvise. If you’re shopping for little kids, I totally get if you need to buy the latest gadget or toy from Wal-Mart or Amazon.com, kids don’t really care about the sincerity of a home-made frame, or a packaged gift basket with products bought from the Farmer’s Market—I spent half an hour searching for the right BeyWheelz

and Lego Ninjago for my nine-year-old nephew. What I’m trying to say is that shopping local may seem daunting, but supporting your local artisans and businesses ends up going a long way. It drives the local economy and flourishes the community. You may wonder if you’re going to find what you’re looking for, because it is hard to find the perfect selection of items at a one-stop shop. So, consider challenging yourself this season; go out and be creative, get something the people on your shopping list wouldn’t expect, pop into a store you’ve never been into before. Put a little more thought into what you give away this Christmas, I can almost guarantee it will be that much more appreciated once it’s unwrapped. I bought my sisters presents that they would never ask for in a million years: a mitten-shaped ornament, and home made bath bombs and lotions. In hindsight, they probably could have used real mittens and a gas card, but being able to tell them that someone in Fort St. John or the Peace River area crafted their gift, is something I know they’ll be able to appreciate. -Kyla

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Cast members and the director share the sweet experience of producing Willy Wonka By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – The latest North Peace Secondary School musical has wrapped up like a golden ticket tucked away in a chocolate chunk bar.

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The last dress rehearsal for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. NPSS showed Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at the North Peace Cultural Centre for the past two weekends. After 16 weeks of rehearsals and five shows the cast and crew of 70 NPSS students can now take a breather. But it’s a show that will stay with lead character Donald Truscott, Grade 12, who played Willy Wonka. “This is probably my favourite school musical I’ve done, ever,� said Truscott. “I really like the music and I really like the people who have been involved in it.� Musical director and theatre instructor Melissa Paakkonen said she was excited to work with the students, especially since The FSJ Dance Society would like this was her first year directing a play at NPSS. to thank the community and “Coming to a brand new town, it’s still here, the magic and vendors for their attendance at the theatre is still present. They’re always so bubbly ... and they’re so excited about being in theatre.� Annual Ladies Day Out. As well, Aaron Duke, Grade 10, played Charlie Bucket; a poor boy we would like to thank, you, the who, like all the kids at school, has a sweet tooth for Willy Woncommunity for their generous food ka’s candy. He ends up being one of five winners that get to tour

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Continued from Page 11. pianist and vocalist, Jennifer has experience in a variety of areas including vocal jazz, opera chorus, choir, solo classical performance and Early Music Baroque ensembles. As a child, Jennifer was born and raised in Fort St. John and returned after her post-secondary education with a passion to share the joy of music with the children and youth of her city. As the new director of the Northern Lights Youth Choir, Jennifer welcomes new members. The newly created Arts Market is looking for artists who create jewelry, pottery, paintings, wood carvings and other unique fine art gifts. Newcomer to Fort St. John, Nina EliasCazes, founded the Fort St. John Arts Market which had their first sale days in the Artspost. This venue rapidly became too small for the growing number of artisans so they are currently holding sales at the Pomeroy Sports Centre on selected Saturdays. Studio 2 Stage, Northern Dance Theatre Society and Stage North are staging another first for Fort St. John this Christmas. The Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, which is performed every year in most cities the size of Fort St. John, will be featured on Dec 20-23 at the North Peace Cultural Centre. For the first time, the full ballet with colourful and fun characters will be danced by talented, local performers. Dancers from Dawson Creek and choreography assistance from Prince George have been invited to lend their talent to Fort St. John’s File photo

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Willy Wonka wraps up Continued from Page 10.

Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory with a chance to win a lifetime supply of candy. “There’s lot of me in Charlie too, but there were some things you had to change about yourself, but that’s the fun part. “That’s the journey. I have to scrounge, I have to be kind of like huddled to myself, I’m usually a really out open guy,” said Duke. For Truscott, playing Willy Wonka was quite fitting. “I’ve been excited to do my

Northeast NEWS take on Willy Wonka it’s just really exciting. A lot of myself comes out in Willy Wonka, which makes it easier to play the character. The way I hold myself, I already usually stand tall.” Paakkonen calls the quirks Truscott did to master the chocolatier characteristics as “Wonkaisms.” “He does little things, when he sings high notes he leans back, and that’s sort of a Wonka-ism,” said Paakkonen. From the making of the set, to the music in the pit band, costume and make up, the entirety of the play was a combined effort of NPSS Grade 10 to 12 students. “We have a cast and crew of about 70 a big pit [band] … it’s been a busy past couple of months.” NPSS’s take on Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was based on the children’s book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.

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Morris Kapacila from the YRB Social Club handed out three $500-donations on Dec. 14. Clockwise: Tracy Becker from the Darren Almond Travel Foundation; Salvation Army captains Jim and Debbie VanDerHeyden and Sara Hamanishi from the Fort St. John SPCA.


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Current MLA for the South Peace, Blair Lekstrom, endorses Mike Bernier as a candidate.

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“We are very fortunate to be living in this region. We are truly the economic driver of the province, we have a strong community foundation and that was built because of a robust economy… The entire province of British Columbia is better off because of what is happening right here in the South Peace,” Bernier said, adding that May’s election is one of the most important elections the province has seen in a long time. He says that while the province is on the brink of major growth the government has some tough decisions to make, and believes that the Liberals can fulfill the commitment to balancing the budget while focusing on families and job creation. Although Bernier wanted other nominees to come forward so that Liberal voters in the area could have a choice, he is honoured that many Liberals trust him to do the job. “What really makes me honoured is that there were a lot of people who showed interest, a lot of people who were considering putting their name forward who spoke with me, ‘if you weren’t running, I would,’ and that makes me feel good but at the same time you always want people to have a choice,” he said. Bernier was acclaimed as mayor in November 2011, he takes great honour in that as well, believing that although some people may not agree with all the decisions he and council make, his constituents know that he will listen to them and try to work together. Bernier believes he has the most experience required for the job as he has been on council for three terms and has also spoke

to many MLA’s about the position. “I’m the only one that is running that will have any experience, and I believe strongly, to do a job as MLA you have to know whole heartedly what you’re getting yourself into… so I’ve got three terms of experience of working with people and I understand the concerns, but more importantly I have the experience of how to relay those concerns into actions,” said Bernier.

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tion to Canadian workers wouldn’t begin until 2016. However, Jody Shimkus, HD spokesperson said that was an estimate based on the amount of current skilled workers. “Year Two box is when we will be in production. Year One is when we will be gearing up for production, so that’s when we’ll have the training,” said Shimkus. “But having said that we’ve always been very clear: if we could get there quicker or sooner absolutely, that’s what we want to do. If we can transition into a Canadian workforce sooner, we will pursue that and it’s going to depend on the availability of skilled workers to do that.” The mining company also forecasted that it would take 10 years to fully switch over to a Canadian workforce, based on the calculation that every year 10 per cent of the workers was Canadian. A recent MOU (memorandum of understanding) was signed between Northern Lights College and HD Mining projects that states underground long-wall mining courses would be available in the Peace, potentially by 2014. “We’re already actively working on identifying the curriculum. If we could get everything in place, yes [we will start courses in] 2014. That was a target we established, “ said Shimkus. “We’re committed to transitioning to a Canadian workforce over time, so we set a self-imposed target for ourselves.” Shimkus stressed that the rest of the timeline to move forward is based on whether or not their Environmental Assessment is approved. HD Mining has chosen to use Temporary Foreign Workers because their mining method unfamiliar in Canada. “Currently British Columbia has only one underground coal mine which has been operating for approximately 20 years … while this mine is underground, it utilizes a room and pillar method not the long-wall method proposed by HD Mining. “There is currently a lack of experienced underground coal miners and mine workers in general,” reads HD Mining’s Transition Plan for Temporary Foreign Workers. All 201 of the approved Temporary Foreign Workers are permanent employees of China Huiyong Holdings, one of HD Mining’s parent companies. In the press release by the BC Federation of Labour it claims that the HD Mining would use “exclusively underpaid Temporary Foreign Workers.” However, Shimkus said HD Mining offers competitive wages from $25 to $40 an hour. “The total compensation packages for workers are between $84,000 to $113,000 per year, that includes benefits housing and food.” On Nov. 25 the coal mine company announced $15 million in local housing for its Murray River coal project. So far there are 17 TFW in Tumbler Ridge, with 60 more on their way. Had the two unions, International Union of Operating Engineers and the Construction and Specialized Workers Union, been granted their injunction, it could have stalled HD Mining’s TFWs from entering Canada.

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By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - Weapon charges are being recommended against two males involved in threatening another man while reportedly brandishing a handgun. The Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a complaint of the incident on the corner of 8th St. and 95th Ave. last Tuesday, Dec. 11, at approximately 12:15 p.m. After being alerted to a possible suspect vehicle by witnesses, a blue car was located and observed by police. The RCMP witnessed items being thrown from the car including an Air Soft gun and a loaded .38 caliber revolver that was later determined to be a stolen gun from the Dawson Creek area reported on Nov. 29. The two males associated with the vehicle, one aged 45 and the other 31 years old, were known to police. One of the males was taken into police custody and remains there for an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a break and enter charge. Both males were not to possess firearms on conditions imposed by the courts. Weapons charges are being recommended against the pair, as well as possession of stolen property and breach of a court order. Members of the local RCMP detachment are looking to speak with the male being threatened; he fled the scene prior to police attendance. They are asking the victim to contact police to speak with investigators. Police do not believe a public safety issue is expected.

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However, it would only be a decade later that volunteers would themselves back at square one. “In 1997-98 the hill had a major slide and it wiped out all the night skiing lights, the water system for our snowmaking, basically it tore everything apart,� recalled Hammond. A couple of years passed, and the volunteer-organizers settled with the insurance company, using the money to start rebuilding Big Bam—again. They bought new tow equipment, a snowmaking machine, installed water lines, and built a new, but less luxurious, chalet. It took another 10 years before Big Bam would be opened up to the public again, with a donated rental building, new power lines, landscaping and tows to bring riders to various heights of the hills.

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the mind. By Jill Earl “We talked about the body, exercising, alDAWSON CREEK - As we age we expect our bodies to go through several changes from cohol in moderation, not smoking, good heart grey hair, wrinkled skin, joint aches, weakened health, following up with your doctor and havvision and hearing loss but developing Al- ing checkups, eating well obviously, sleeping zheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, …The spirit was stress reduction, it was trying though age is the strongest known risk factor to maintain connections with other people… whatever you’re spirit might be. Maybe it’s for developing the disease. On Dec. 11 the South Peace Seniors’ Ac- meditation, maybe it’s prayer, maybe it’s becess Services Society hosted Tamara Graham, ing in nature, it’s different for everyone,” said a support and education coordinator for the Graham. Besides presenting at a number of workshops Alzheimer Society of BC for the Peace River Region, to give interested community members and support groups, Graham acts as a resource a general idea of what Alzheimer’s disease is for people in the region with questions about Alzheimers. She takes phone calls three days and its possible warning signs and symptoms. The disease is the most common form of a week, assisting people with trouble shooting dementia. Destroying brain cells, it’s progres- and dealing with difficult behaviours, where sive, degenerative and fatal. There is no known they can get more information and get more cause for developing the disease, but research- help. “Sometimes the kind of help they need might ers have identified several risk factors including aging, genetics and other possible factors such be navigating the health care system, so perhaps it’s going to be suggesting that they call a as existing diseases, conditions and infections. Graham lists 10 common signs and symp- long-term case manager with Northern Health toms: memory loss that effects day to day who then can go out and do an assessment and function, difficulty performing familiar tasks, put in some home support or do wait listing for problems with language, disorientation of time a long-term care facility—if that’s what they and space, decreased judgment, problems with need,” she said. January is Alzheimer’s awareness month and abstract thinking, misplacing things, changes in mood and behaviour, changes in personality the Society will be hosting the Investors Group Walk for Memories in Dawson Creek on Jan. and loss of initiative. “What I’m really clear about is if you have 27 at Northern Lights College from 1 p.m. to one or more of these it doesn’t mean you have a 3 p.m. The walk is the Society’s biggest annual fundraiser and money raised goes towards dementia,” Graham said. “We kind of reviewed those and just encour- funding research and community coordinators aged people that if they are having any of those such as Graham. signs or symptoms to follow up with their family doctor and, you know, explore what some of those symptoms are and determine whether or not [it is Alzheimer’s] because things can happen for other FROM ALL OF US AT reasons as well,” she adds. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for Alzheimer either, but medications exist that Suite 102, 833-102nd Ave., Dawson Creek 250-782-1606 or 250-784-6876 help some people manage the Full Service Salon, Walk-Ins Welcome symptoms. At last Tuesday’s workshop Graham mentioned some brain stimulating exercises people could do including puzzles, crosswords or even learning a new language. Graham says that although there’s no known and way to prevent Alzheimer’s or dementia, doing brain exercises could assist in healthy living and aging. The Society recommends taking care of the mind, body and spirit; completing brain exercises would be considered taking care of

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CORRECTION: On Page 5A of the Dec. 13 issue of the Northeast News, the sub-heading read ‘200 Temporary Foreign Workers settle into Peace region.’ As stated in the story below, it was only 17 TFW who have made their way to the Peace as of the published date. We apologize for the misunderstanding. On Page 2A of the Dec. 6 issue of the Northeast News, the BC Coroners Service representative was mentioned as ‘Linda McLintock,’ McLintock’s first name is not Linda, rather it is Barb. We apologize for the misinformation.

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Janice Van Dola, manager of marketing and community investment for North Peace Savings and Credit Union (right), presents Emily Goodman, Women’s Resource Centre executive director, with a $5,576 donation.

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to spend on yourself in Jan. 2013 program. The program helps low-income and under-skilled By Kyla Corpuz FORT ST. JOHN – It’s safe to say the Christmas season is a women, including single mothers, enter or re-enter the workforce,” reads a North Peace Savings press release. time for giving. “We are so grateful for this generous donation,” said GoodNon-profit organizations from around Fort St. John have been receiving funds from local companies whether it is in monetary man. “It’s a cold winter, and bills are tight. Some of the women we work with are homeless, but others are working poor. Many donations or something more tangible like food, or clothes. On Dec. 17, The North Peace Savings and Credit Union grant- are single moms who just can’t make ends meet, even with ed The Fort St. John Women’s Society with over $5,500. “It is an honour to present this $5,576 gift from North Peace minimum wage jobs. If we’re Savings and Credit Union,” says Van Dolah. “North Peace Sav- able to cover the basic necessiings is committed to the well-being of our member communities, ties through the outreach store, and this gift will have a genuine impact on the lives of so many they can stretch their dollar. That opens up better opportunistruggling women in Fort St. John.” This is just “one of the many” donations the North Peace Sav- ties for their children and themselves - opportunities like our ings and Credit Union has given out in the past three months. The funds from the donation will go to support the Women’s back-to-work program.” Resource Centre’s outreach program and a new project called Women Connect. “Women Connect is a new initiative that we’re going to be launching in the New Year,” said Emily Goodman, executive director of the Women’s Resource Society. “To connect women from diverse walks of life from across the community, to help educate, inspire and inform and just see what comes of that.” Women Connect is a pilot project, which enhances some of the aspects of The Peace Project, an initiative that looks at ending violence against women. The money will also go towards the society’s outreach efforts. 10611-101 AVE., FORT ST. JOHN “The Women’s outreach store serves an average of 70 different women a week, pro• Belts • Body Jewellery • Necklaces Your viding free clothing, hygiene • Patches • Stickers • Wallets Antiques, products, household essentials, • Novelty Pipes • Knives • Toques Collectibles, baby needs, non-perishable Adult food items and more to women • Zippo Lighters • Buckles • Flags Magazines, who self-identify as in need. • Rings • T-shirt’s • Gift Sets But staff at the society also Books and build relationships, connecting Coins women to gateway services, Open Mon-Sat 12pm to 7pm • 10611 - 101 Avenue, Fort St. John such as their newly developed back-to-work readiness skills

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Dawson Creek Rotary Club continues Christmas tradition By Jill Earl DAWSON CREEK - The Rotary Club’s annual Old Fashioned Christmas has become a holiday tradition in Dawson Creek, on Dec. 10 and 11 they continued the tradition for community members to enjoy. The number of years the Rotary Club has put the event on is debated amongst its members, but answers seem to average around the 10-year mark. Regardless of how long the event has been hosted for, the community packed the Pioneer Village last week to take part in the festivities that included free hotdogs, cookies, hot chocolate and sleigh rides. “I guess that’s a big attraction right now is the sleigh rides… They love them, I mean they’re packed,” said Teresa Crate, Ro-

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tarian and one of the event organizers. Some attendees waited over 30 minutes just to take the sleigh ride that traveled around Rotary Lake. Crate has been helping to organize the event for the last eight years, and says that the event will generally attract over 200 people per night, depending on the weather. “Two years ago we had minus 30 degree weather and we pretty much stood here by ourselves. Some people brave the elements but you can only be out for so long with a kid when it’s minus 30,” said Tim Schilds, Rotarian and one of the 24 volunteers needed to run the event each night. Schilds’ favourite part of the event is eating chestnuts over an open fire. He says that not too many people make them anymore and that the only time of year he gets to eat them is at the Old Fashioned Christmas. “I’ve had some really burnt ones and some really raw ones…I think he (Al Mottishaw, the chestnut roaster) does a pretty good job, I don’t trust myself to cook them, I just eat them,” Schilds said. Crate says that the old fashioned theme came from the event’s location, the pioneer village. She also said the Club thought it would be an appropriate theme considering the inclusion of activities done by the pioneers such as sleigh rides and chestnut roasting. “With the older buildings it just gives it the right atmosphere for an old fashioned Christmas,” Crate said. “I think it’s all about having fun and keeping things simple and just being able to get families together and being able to play together and gaining a sense of community,” said Schilds. Continued on Page 29.

Jill Earl photos

Top: While some enjoyed a horse-drawn sleigh ride, lucky few got to be pulled around by their parents. Bottom: Attendees admired the tree erected and decorated by the South Peace Historical Society.


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Rotary Christmas Continued from Page 28.

Schilds says that the reason the Rotary Club wanted to host a free event for families in the first place was to give them something to do. He says that the feedback the club has received for hosting has been incredible. “Almost everyone loves absolutely everything about it, and every year we get a number of people come up to us and thank us very much for putting it on. The kids just squeal when they get to go on the sleigh rides and of course, they get to have a hot dog out in the snow. Everyone is just thrilled about being here and being able to bring their family out,” he said. Crate says that the Old Fashioned Christmas is just another

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way that the Club can give back to the community. “It’s one of our ways of giving back to the community, all the money we raise throughout the year, we give it 100 per cent back to the community either on the walking path, or just look around, the climbing wall we donated to, and this is one of the events that we do,” she said. If you missed the event this year, Crate reassures that the tradition of the Old Fashion Christmas will continue so long as the community keeps enjoying it. “It’s become a tradition, people almost look forward to it. They know it’s coming up sometime so they’re looking for it in the paper… We do a lot of stuff and if there is a good response then we keep it up until the response wanes and then we start looking for other things to do,” she said. Jill Earl photo

Some attendees waited over 30 minutes for a sleigh ride.

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Everyone enjoyed free hotdogs, hot chocolate and cookies.

Jill Earl photo

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On Monday, December 17, 2012, 705 head of cattle went through our ring D1 - D2 Cows 64.00-69.00 D3 - D4 Cows 50.00-62.00 Holstein Cows 45.00-50.00 Heiferettes 60.00-75.00 Bologna Bulls 60.00-69.00 Feeder Bulls 60.00-80.00 Good Bred Cows N/A Good Bred Heifers 1000.00-1300.00 Milk Cows N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (younger) N/A Cow/ Calf Pairs (older) N/A

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Fort Nelson campus goes curling The Fort Nelson Campus held a fun curling event at the Fort Nelson Curling Club. The event was organized by Career and College Preparation (CCP) instructor Val Keeler and the Fort Nelson Student Council

as a fun activity for the CCP programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Welcoming Communities class. The English class is a partnership between Northern Lights College and the Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society.

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Canadian literature translated abroad Fort St. John Campus English as a Second Language instructor Pamela den Ouden championed Canadian literature that has been translated to Spanish and/or Portuguese at an October conference in Mexico City. To present at the conference, den Ouden undertook a comprehensive research project that examined what Canadian literature is currently held in the national libraries of Latin American countries. Her presentation supported

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Dokie Operations Technician The Dokie General Partnership (DGP) is operating the 144 megawatt Dokie Wind project located at Dokie Ridge, near Chetwynd in northeastern British Columbia. DGP is seeking a qualified Operations Technician to join our team. An emphasis will be placed on hiring a qualified local resident. Normal working hours are from 7:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Terra Energy Corp., a publicly traded junior oil and gas producing company, is seeking an Area Supervisor to oversee its operations in North-Western Alberta and North-Eastern British Columbia. Operating out of our field office in Fort St. John, BC the successful candidate will be responsible for all of Terra’s field operations in its primary area of production. Reporting to the GM of Production Operations, who is located in Calgary, AB, the successful candidate must possess the following: • A minimum of 10 years Foreman/Operator experience; • Facility experience (gas plant, oil facility); • Well workover experience would be considered an important asset; and • Experience in oil and gas construction (pipeline and facilities). Terra offers competitive compensation package suited to the successful candidate. Resumes can be forwarded by emailed (info@terraenergy.ca) or fax (403-264-7189) to Terra Energy offices in Calgary, AB to the attention of the GM Production Operations.

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Forest Stewardship Plan #229 Amendment, Revision to 5-Year Harvest Plan, and 5-Year Harvest Plan for the Little Prairie Community Forest Notice is hereby given that Chetwynd Forest Industries, a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., will make available for public review a proposed FSP Amendment, a Revision to its 5-Year Harvest Plan for operations under West Fraserâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s forest licenses and a 5-Year Harvest Plan for the Little Prairie Community Forest (#K2N), within the Dawson Creek Timber Supply Area. The documents will be made available for public review and comment at the Chetwynd Office of West Fraser Mills Ltd. (3598 West Fraser Road, Chetwynd, BC) from December 13th, 2012 to February 28th, 2013, during regular office hours. If interested parties are unable to attend during these times, arrangements can be made, by appointment, at a mutually convenient time. Please contact Jason Mattioli, RPF, Forestry Supervisor at 250-788-4429 for assistance with the review. All comments must be received no later than February 28th, 2013 to be considered. Written comments should be addressed to Jason Mattioli, RPF, Forestry Supervisor, Chetwynd Forest Industries, PO Box 330, Chetwynd, BC, V0C 1J0.

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• Dec 21: Mile Zero Figure Skating Club Christmas Skate. Starts at 6:30pm at the Memorial Arena • Dec 23: Free Family Skate- Sponsored by Mayor and Council. 5:006:30pm at the Memorial Arena • Dec 24: Free Family Swim- Sponsored by Mayor and Council. 12:003:00pm at the Kenn Borek Aquatic Centre

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chanted 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. • Dec. 30: The Northern B.C. High School Rodeo Club will be hosting a “Skidoo Poker Ride” on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Registration at 11 a.m. Located 10 km of Farrell Crk. Rd. in between Hudson’s Hope and Fort St. John. Fee: $20 open hand / $10 Kids 12 and under. 50/50 cash pay out. Non-rider hands available. Info: Sharon 250-783-5220.

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• The Fort St. John Public Library is offering Free Computer Skills Training Sessions. These are one-on-one, one hour sessions, where you can learn at your own pace. You can learn what you are interested in learning and how you want to learn it. Areas covered can include, but are not limited to, basic computer skills, using the internet, office skills, email and social networking. Call the Fort St. John Public Library at 250-785-3731 to register or find out more. • Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group Parkinson Society British Columbia People living with Parkinson’s disease, caregivers and family members are warmly invited to the Ft. St. John Parkinson’s Support Group. Join others in your community to share information and resources, coping strategies, ideas for living well with PD, good humour, social support and more. Last Wednesday of the month at 11:00 am McDonald’s Restaurant 10920 Alaska Road North Ft. St. John, BC Note: there is no meeting in December For more information please contact: Sarah at 250 785 7348 • The Fort St. John Literacy Society offers free one-to-one tutoring for people who want to improve their reading, writing or math skills. We also offer free English as a Second Language classes and one-to-tutoring for people learning English. Contact 250-785-2110 or info@fsjliteracy.ca for more information. • Come out and join us for an afternoon of play, crafts, a healthy snack, circle time and an opportunity to borrow books from the Devereaux School Library. This is a chance to meet other people from your community and introduce your children to a school setting. We meet from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. every other Wednesday beginning Oct. 20th. This program is geared for three to four year-olds but siblings are welcome to come with their parents. Call Patti (250) 843-7813 for more information. • Join us for fun, fun, fun at the artSpace! Art-

Space classes are here again at the North Peace Cultural Centre with wonderful programming for all ages! Don’t miss out! Register today for preschool, Mommy and Me, afterschool and adult classes! Check out the great selection of activities at 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. • ROTARY PLAY CENTRE SCHEDULE AT THE CDC, 10417 – 106 Ave., Fort St. John. Tel. (250) 785-3200. Mon. 9:00 to 12:00, Tues. 12:30 to 3:30 Gym Time 2-2:30, Wed. 9:00 to 12:00, Thurs. 9:00 to 12:00 Gym Time 10:3011, Fri. 12:30 to 2:30 Gym Time 2-2:30. Outdoor Play - We’ll be taking advantage of nice weather-please come prepared. Schedule may change slightly due to holidays and special events.

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• The Visually Impaired Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon at First Baptist Church, 1400 113 Ave. Each month we have a guest speaker and we share lunch. (cost by donation). Anyone who is visually impaired or who cares about someone with vision difficulties is welcome to attend. For further information please call Kathy 782-7539 or Margaret 782-3221. • If you know how to visit with a friend, you already have the skills required to be a CASI Friendly Visitor volunteer! There are seniors in Dawson Creek right now who would like to have a friend come and visit them and perhaps take them to doctor’s appointments or shopping. Can you spare an hour or two a week to visit a senior? Call CASI (Community Action for Seniors’ Independence) today. 250-782-1138 ext. 228, email lstudley@spcrs.ca or visit the website at www.casidc.org. • 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

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• 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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• 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’s self-employed women will receive six months of free personal business monitoring beginning this October at no charge. If you are a self-employed woman in their first three years of operation, or partially operate a business, contact Sara Cooper at the Women’s Enterprise Centre at 1-800-643-7014 ext. 104 or Mila Lansdowne by e-mail at mila@persona.ca or (250) 242-3389. Registration is required.

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Northern Gateway will be one of the safest energy pipelines because it’s been designed by engineers, safety experts and the people of British Columbia.

Our every intention is to make the Northern Gateway Pipeline the strongest and safest of its kind in Canada. And the people of British Columbia have told us that we must exceed safety standards if it is to cross this beautiful province. We’ve heard their concerns and have continually incorporated their feedback into our plans. We have added $500 million in extra safety measures–like thicker pipe, more isolation valves, meticulous pipeline construction techniques, and plans for around the clock monitoring by real people, in real time, with sophisticated technology.

We will use thicker pipe... Northern Gateway pipe will have an average thickness of 0.80 inches. That’s 20% over and above current Canadian safety standard requirements for the Northern Gateway Project. The pipe will be even thicker when it crosses major rivers and tributaries. It will be welded with exacting precision and its integrity checked using ultrasonic inspection and hydrostatic testing methods. And to ensure safe operation, the frequency of high resolution, in-line inspection surveys will be increased across the entire pipeline system by a minimum of 50% over and above current practices.

We will respect wildlife habitats and migration routes... To address concerns from the public that the construction of the pipeline will affect the environment, we have pledged to build it in such a way that natural wildlife habitats, migration routes and fish spawning sites will be respected. During the building phase, disturbances will be kept to a minimum by having construction vehicles access most of the pipeline using existing forestry roads. Instead of building all new bridge structures, it will use existing watercourse crossings where possible. When construction is completed on each section, soil will be returned and shrubs and grasses native to the region will be planted. If any large trees are removed to make way for the pipeline, a new tree will be planted in another location as part of Enbridge’s commitment to plant a tree for every tree we remove to build our projects.

We will practice and be prepared for incidents... Our goal is always zero spills. To help achieve that, the pipeline will be monitored from the air and the ground and routinely inspected inside and out to identify and address any integrity issues. But that doesn’t mean we will not prepare for an incident. We will adhere to world-leading practices for oil spill response and recovery systems. Emergency response equipment and training will be provided and constantly updated and upgraded. Training exercises with our own operations personnel and local emergency providers will be conducted on a regular basis. Can we guarantee that there will never be a significant pipeline failure? Our original pledge to build a safe pipeline combined with further enhancements made after hearing the concerns of British Columbians puts us closer than any other pipeline system in the world to providing that guarantee.

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Company dancers of all ages from the Move Dance Centre in Fort St. John attended a contemporary workshop with Josh Beamish (center). Josh is originally from Kelowna, but now resides in New York.

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Spectra Energy presented a welcome Christmas gift in support of the Fort St. John Arts Council’s recent fundraising event of Recycled Christmas decorations. Jay Morrison got an unexpected lesson in the age-old art of spinning wool when he delivered the $2,000 cheque to the Artspost. Sue Clausen and Debbie Scholten, two spinners and weavers, were working in the studio when Jay arrived. The Artspost (10320 94 Ave) is the community studios of the Spinners and Weavers and the North Peace Potter’s Guilds along with the office of the Community Arts Council who rely on fundraising, donations, and volunteers to keep the doors open. Membership in all 3 organizations are open to the public and classes and lessons take place all year round.

Top: Jennifer and Graham Bourke get their Santa photo with a bun in the oven. Right: Zane Hummel gets silly with Santa. These photos were taken at the Pomeroy Hotel in Fort St. John, with half of the proceeds going to the Salvation Army.

Shana Braun, Twice the Shananigans photography photo

This page will show up once a month to give our readers a chance to show themselves off. With the sponsorship of Northeast BC Realty, we will get to see more great pictures of people in the Peace. The Northeast News would like our loyal readers to continue sending their photos to us to use on our People Page. Send us photos of your group doing fun things, local sporting events, or other activities you think people might want to know about to: editor@northeastnews.ca. We look forward to running your fantastic photos in the future! **Please include name and phone number with the photo, along with information as to what’s happening in the picture. Pictures can also be dropped off at the Northeast News’ offices in both Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.

People of the Peace Photo Page is Sponsored by: ORTH

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FOR SALE herry Lane Estates

REALTY Ltd.

Phone 250 785 4115

Taylor BC ©2012

“Investing Our Energy In The North” RON RODGERS Managing Broker / Owner E-Mail: Ron@northeastbc.com

10220 101 Ave Fort St John BC V1J 2B5

www.NEBCRealty.com F: 250 785 4120 E-mail: admin@nebcrealty.com

MERRY CHRISTMAS from Ron & Theresa

This is the time of the year you should be planning for your new home if you are thinking of building. It is the perfect time to fine tune your house plans along with that shop and/or oversized garage, get approvals and permits and make arrangements with the contractors. Don’t wait until it too late. BUILD YOUR HOME WITH A VIEW! Prices start at $149,000 Whether you are looking for 1 lot or several, this is a great place for your home plus have the added bonus of space to build your own shop to tinker in…

~ Call RON Now ~

MLS“ N220003...

FOR SALE

RM2 - High Density Residential Development Land - Fort St John 10112 96 Ave House on 2 city lots (100’x150’) Now Asking $450,000 East By-Pass Just south of the new hospital site 36.36 Acres (Current use R3 PRRD) Asking $1.54 Million 9604 & 9608 97 Ave Equivalent to 3 city lots (0.5 Acres) Asking $499,500 Call Ron for more details

FOR SALE Development Land Highway Commercial Land 8.58 Acres with 1800sf heated shop & house in Charlie Lake. On Community Sewer! Asking $1.2 Million 73.5’x122’ Downtown Core Commercial Lot Asking $144,800 There are not many choices when it comes to purchasing 3.01 acres of HIGHWAY COMMERCIAL in Fort St John city limits w/ services! Call Ron to find out more. Asking 1.68 Million

MLS“ N205233, V4022639, N4505650 MLS“ N4505478, N4505604, N4504968

Information is not intended to solicit properties already listed for sale, or buyers already under contract. Information is believed to be accurate but not guaranteed and should be verified.


Northeast NEWS

December 20, 2012

“Proudly Sponsors the North and South Peace SPCA” I’ve Been Good, Santa!

For Christmas I’d like a family!

Please Take Me Home for the Holidays

Santa, please don’t forget me this Christmas...

Pilar

Pilar is a super friendly medium-haired spayed female calico cat ready to go to her new home. Her singular personality will make you laugh and cheer you on cold snowy days. She’ll make you want to stay inside and play instead of going to shovel snow and boring things like that!

Summer Summer in December? Come meet this warm, sunny ME. I’ll curl up beside you and keep you toasty… or entertain you with my antics and you’ll forget the snow piling up in the yard. I’d love to come help you decorate the tree and hang stockings for the big event.

The South Peace BCSPCA is looking for foster families for the holidays. Food and supplies are provided ~ You just need to add your love. Please sign up today Because nobody should be alone at Christmas! 637-144th Ave ~ 250-782-2444

We keep the outdoors clear and bright! with...

Rigid LED Lights!

K2 Snow Plows!

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Merry Christmas To All from Inland Auto Centre Toll Free 1-800-808-7844

250-782-5507

Take me home for the holidays Melissa

Mia

Diesel

Thomas

Jasper

Tilley

Smiley

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December 20, 2012

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