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TUMBLER RIDGE - After announcing their intentions to seek Global Geopark status last February, the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Steering Committee submitted their application to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization for status on Oct. 24. If the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is interested in granting status to Tumbler Ridge, the committee expects to host UNESCO representatives next summer for a site evaluation. In the meantime, chair of the Tumbler Ridge Aspiring Geopark Steering Committee (TRAGSC) Charles Helm, said that the committee will upgrade the areas hiking maps, continue to work with the local Chamber of Commerce and possible tourism operators, look for partnerships with local industries and develop a possible logo and name for the potential geopark. “We are on track and we are doing what we can,” said Helm, as a delegation to the Peace River Regional District on Oct. 24. “We are going to be totally ready [for UNESCO’s visit] and we don’t want to leave any stone unturned,” he said. The steering committee included in their package to UNESCO a letter of recommendation that they received from the Canadian National Committee for Geoparks. Godfrey Nowlan and Pierre Verpaelst, members of the national committee, attended Tumbler Ridge’s first annual symposium on the aspiring geopark this summer, and extended their stay to assess the district on its geopark merritts. They visited sites that could potentially be locations that the geopark will use for education, interpretation and tourism. “Most of their suggestions were almost like no-brainers, ‘why haven’t we thought about that before?’, and it was a quick and easy fix. The business plan was probably the most important one which took us about

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a month or two to do, it’s in [the application] now, and they were very supportive and constructive...having their support was just wonderful,” Helm said. Nowlan and Verpaelst recommend that the steering committee indicate in their application the strength of community and volunteer support and their role in upkeeping infrastructure like the hiking trails. They suggest that if the area is granted geopark status, they should rely less on volunteer labour for maintenance. They also suggested obtaining more signage for the Dinosaur Discover Gallery and the Tumbler Ridge Museum Community Centre (linking it to the geopark), additional advertising for the Peace Region

Paleontology Research Centre’s educational program, improving the visibility of private tourist operators and facilities within the geopark. Lastly, integrating the story of the railway and how it relates to local culture and economic development into the geopark. For maps and brochures of the area, Nowlan and Verpaelst suggested including heritage components to them, along with some topography information for the more adventurous traveller. Gaining some type of provincial recognition, developing a business plan and creating a governing organization to run the geopark were also recommended.

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Treaty 8 Continued from Page 3. process.” In many cases she said referrals are sent to appease the government’s requirements for a consultation, but it’s merely “lip service.” “Nothing gets done about our concerns and we become very frustrated, just as I believe [the Elsipogtog] Nation has. They have voiced their concerns, I do believe, and obviously they haven’t been respected and so they had no other options but to do what they did,” said Logan. Her suggestion is that companies and governments engage with First Nations and look at the larger scope of developmental impacts. “That’s why now we need a regional environmental assessment plan,” explained Logan, “not just an individual,

project-by-project plan.” She said it was pertinent to look at the accumulative effects of development and consider its long term and immediate effects. “It’s [the government’s] obligation to work with First Nations to make sure that there is a balance between economic development and protection of the land and resources for future generations,” insisted the Tribal Chief. But there are cases when the precedent hasn’t been followed, said West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson. “Recently the West Moberly First Nations was forced to approach the courts to protect the Burnt Pine Caribou Herd because our own provincial government failed to develop a plan to fully protect the caribou from the construction of a mine,” explained Willson.

The provincial government is working on bettering its relationship with First Nations, said Minister of Environment Mary Polak. “One of the things we’re looking at in the environmental assessment is how we can more effectively involved First Nations when we are reviewing projects in their territory.” Polak was previously the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. She said since holding that title, the relationships between First Nations and government have improved. “I’ve seen significant progress in how the ministries of government get more directly involved with First Nations, rather than just meeting and sitting with the Aboriginal Relations Minister,” said Polak. “That’s hugely important for [First Nations] to believe and understand that the Ministry … [has] a responsibility to work with First Nations, instead of just negotiating a case.”

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Can’t always get what you want Road construction is a perfect example of how difficult it is to make everyone happy. Over the past two weeks, a series of road paving and improvements have been underway in Dawson Creek. Naturally, I would expect city residents to be overjoyed with the news, seeing as I’m always hearing people complain about the road infrastructure and having to deal with potholes, but as it so happens there are those who aren’t. Over the past weekend, I found myself in a conversation with a gentleman who was working on one of the road projects. He said that he was the target of a number of motorists’ anger. Apparently, many drivers have shouted their frustrations with him about the construction and how it is inconveniencing them. Roadwork is just one of those necessary evils. Yes, at times it may be inconvenient, but how else are those potholes to be fixed? Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was Dawson Creek. We often joke about only having two seasons, winter and construction, so let’s just calm down and take the detour—besides, winter is on it’s way. Jill Earl Reporter

Speaking out against local mill I recently attended a meeting at the Baldonnel School concerning the Peace River OSB plant, and the issues concerning the community because of them. I have lived in this area all my life and have never voiced my opinion publicly, but now I feel compelled to speak out about this problem. OSB wants to add MDI (an isocyante) and very reactive chemical to their manufacturing process. This chemical can be very irritating to the eyes and skin as well as causing respiratory problems. I recommend third party random monitoring. The OBS Plant has repeatedly ignored the safety measures that were promised when this facility was built in 2004/05. There is only one air monitor instead of six, and this one is not always working. The Company has flooded

out neighboring acreages with contaminated water, had incidents of oil spills, and will now run this water into a ditch that will run into the Peace River above water wells for Fort St. John, and Taylor’s water supply. The Environmental Protection Office has been repeatedly requested to do something about this Company’s transgressions, but has ignored all phone calls and letters. Our Government Departments, especially those put in place to protect us should not ignore their constituents concerns. To do so could be a repeat of the HST fiasco. Site C dam falls into this category as well. Speak up now before our health and pocket books are further jeopardised. Rose Marie McAleney Baldonnel

Energy in our back yard Letter to the Editor, It’s about time that this BC Liberal government take some action on the use of natural gas to produce our electricity. Bill Bennett, the Minister for BC Hydro made a statement not long ago, saying that he was looking for feedback about the use of gas here in the province. It’s pretty clear that the natural gas, is a key resource for us up here in the northeast. It’s also clear that building a natural gas cogen will be 1/6 the cost of just one Site C! B.C. Hydro is already in serious debt and adding another 8 billion dollars onto the B.C. taxpayer’s back is unacceptable. Wake up politicians! You’re wasting our money and our kid’s inheritance! Do the right thing and start promoting a resource that we really have in abundance. Roy Kelly Charlie Lake

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the deputy chief administrative officer position and two firefighters was also passed, though some councillors expressed opposition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to hear some rationale on those positions in our budget discussions before eliminating them from the budget. I would like to see the reasons why we need those positions and some background information rather than saying letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not do it before we have the background. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a budget discussion,â&#x20AC;? said Coun. Sue Kenny. Residents will have the opportunity to weigh-in on the city budget for the first time next year on March 18. The budget timeline and public consultation process were approved by council, with budget meetings scheduled to take place on Feb. 3, 17, April 14 and 28, and consultation meetings to be held on Mar. 18 and April 29, for submission to the Province of B.C. by May 15. The motion to accept staffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s assumption also suggested that hosting additional public consultations or community sessions may be necessary. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I support the budget timeline. I am frustrated about the...limited engagement of some people who have a lot to say about the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s affairs in the consultation side. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not suggesting replacing what we are doing on the consultation side but I am thinking that there may be some additional things we can do,â&#x20AC;? said Coun. Charlie Parslow. Council also approved the use of the City Service Policy, the 2013 Strategic Planning Priorities and the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles to help set the budget, and that the most current assessments received from BC Assessment will be used in drafting and finalizing the 2014 Financial Plan. They reaffirmed principles in their Revenue Disclosure Policy, and that a long-term integrated approach will be taken to set appropriate tax rates. Any tax rate increase, in all service areas, will be determined by either a by-

Budget season has begun for Dawson Creek city council JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - The yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end is inching closer and closer, and the beginning of budget season is upon city hall. During their regular council meeting on Oct. 21, council approved a number of budget assumptions to provide staff with direction as they work to prepare the draft budget for 2014. Council agreed that revenues such as gaming revenues and franchise fees should be considered general revenue in 2014 and that government transfers be allocated as follows: the Small Communities Grant to be earmarked for general government services, Traffic Fine Revenue Grant allocated to offset policing costs, and the Community Works Gas Tax Grant to go towards capital projects and/or operational programs that meet the criteria for use. The carry forward surplus from this year will be calculated in the total revenue to fund the 2014 plan. Though every service is capable of coming under council scrutiny during budget meetings next year, council has agreed that the only changes to services in 2014 will be the possible addition of curbside recyclingâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;pending public consultation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still have the opportunity to have that conversation further into our deliberations about the budget,â&#x20AC;? said Coun. Cheryl Shuman, about cutting and adding services. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You are not setting your budget at this meeting,â&#x20AC;? said chief administrative officer, Jim Chute. According to a report done by Gagnon Strategix Consulting, Fair Share funding makes up approximately 27 per cent of the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s budget; 70 per cent of the funding is allocated to essential services such as road and sidewalk infrastructure, policing, sewage and water systems, and 30 per cent is allocated to discretionary services like recreation, arts and culture, and transit. Council agreed that the use of Fair Share funding should be changed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I absolutely believe that we need to have the conversation. We need to give administration the direction, the instruction on what it is, how we want to see Fair Share evolve for us as a community as it relates to our financial picture in the future. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m absolutely in favour of wanting to change the use of Fair Share funding,â&#x20AC;? said Mayor Dale Bumstead. Parslow moved a motion that would have all Fair Share increases be moved to the capital reserve, which was later approved. Parslowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s motion to not seek a replacement for

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law, policy or budget requirement. The residential variable tax rate was $5.16 last year, and the commercial variable tax rate was $17.25. With a forecasted assessment base increase of five per cent, the finance department projects that the city will collect approximately $14.7 million in total tax revenues next year.



  

         



 

  

  



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For cyclists, bike lanes are proposed for 17th St., city’s transportation master plan later this month. 3rd St., and a section of 102nd Ave. Bikeways (bike routes 5 minutes FREE for $150 During an open-house on Oct. 21, transportation plan- marked on pavement) are proposed for 96th Ave., sections ners, Daniel Casey and Nadine King, presented a picture of 103rd Ave., and 6th St. A full cycle track, complete with Purchase 60 minutes & get of what Dawson Creek’s transportation system could look a buffered lane, is proposed for 13th St. between 96th Ave. 10 minutes FREE for $300 like if the city were to implement a series of recommenda- and McKellar Ave. tions included in the long-term draft plan. The purpose of Casey said that through meetings with various commuthe meeting was to get feedback on the recommendations nity members, it was apparent that the Dawson Creek Trail Purchase a package of the planners made in their draft plan and to seek further was important to the community. He suggested creating an 3 Cold Laser facials for requests. additional trail running the length of the railroad between $ “Did we miss anything? Is there anything that you would 20th St. and 4th St. The city would have to seek permission Reg. $750 like to see and incorporate it towards the final draft?” King from CN for the use of the land. The Boulevard Transportaasked. tion Group also recommended widening trails to three km Open Late Thursday & Friday! She said that no area in the city’s street network needed once resurfacing is needed. Voted Best Spa • People’s immediate improvement, but considering long-term develThe City of Dawson Creek doesn’t control or coordinate Choice 2012 opment in the community, a number of improvements may the public transit system in the city. However, Casey and 10440-100th St Street S 250-787-1553 need to be made in order to meet expected demands. 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They also suggested Alaska Ave. to two lanes, upgrading the highest-use bus stops to bus shelters. upgrading the intersection The consultants will also be bringing forward a Truck of 13th St. and 10th St. to a Policy and Downtown Parking Policy for council adoption. roundabout, extending 102nd The Truck Policy states that trucks are to remain on provinAve. past 17th St. to provide cial highways as much as possible, and that trucks that need direct access for non-truck to deviate from highways must take the shortest route postraffic to downtown, and sible to their destination. 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ers destroying fossils during explorations to avoid projects being ceased, Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation has never faced that scenario. “We haven’t had that experience at all, and we actually have a lot of fossils in our collections that have been donated by industry,” explained Buckley. “They are more than happy to report interesting finds to us.” The local museum foundation has a “really good history” with coal mining companies, she added. “Teck has a long-standing history of facilitating research on paleontological finds uncovered at our Elk Valley properties in southeastern B.C.,” said Ray Proulx, Teck Coal Ltd.’s senior coordinator for community and aborigi-

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nal affairs in northeast B.C., adding that the company is “pleased” to continue their input in the north. Ankylosaur fossils are common in coalmine sites considering the area was once swampy vegetation with a rich environment. The findings from Oct. 15 will be the largest fossil in the Tumbler Ridge Museum. It measured one meter squared, and 15 to 20 cm thick. Buckley said upon finishing their research on the slab, they will have to custom build a display case to hold the dinosaur tracks. “I love hearing these finds being made,” said Buckley. “It’s really cool for us, it let’s us know that people—other than paleontologists—are keeping an eye out for fossils.”

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Grants gives PACs financial support that helps them provide these sorts of services, which make a big difference for students,” said Peace River South MLA Mike Bernier. Dawson Creek Secondary School’s PAC will receive the most at $20,000, Ecole Frank Ross Elementary will receive the second highest with $9,000, and the Tumbler Ridge Elementary and Secondary schools will share $8,900.

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future family swim times. Council passed a motion to offer discounted fees to the pool’s patrons while the lap pool is still undergoing maintenance. PIONEER MANAGEMENT The Mile 0 Park Society will continue to manage and operate the Pioneer Village, the Mile Zero Campsite, the Dawson Creek Bike Park and Rotary Lake, as council has approved the operating and lease agreement for a five-year term, beginning on Nov. 5, with the option to renew for an additional five years. COUNCIL BACKED BYLAWS Council adopted two bylaws during their Oct. 21 meeting: the Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw, exempting a number of religious and charitable organizations from property taxes next year, totaling approximately $311,000; and the Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw, changing a number of items relating to the aquatic centre, climbing wall and arena fees.


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Photo Credit Jill Earl Wayne and Martha Tower, Gordon and Brenda Miller, Allen Watson, Judy Wilson, Ruth Veiner and Bruce Wilson, stand in front of a columbarium that the Rolla Community Cemetery Board has installed three weeks ago. Cemetery land was donated by Lea Miller, founder of Rolla, in 1915, and the columbarium is shaped like a grain elevator to represent the farming heritage of the community. The installation was made possible by the board, the Rolla Ratepayers Association and the Peace River Regional District.

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Region landscapes inspire Federation’s exhibit JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - The Peace River Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists celebrated the opening of their fifth show as a chapter on Oct. 18, presenting Peace Landscapes to the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. Fourteen of the approximately 35 members of the Peace River branch submitted the 37 pieces in the show, all depicting landscapes. “So many artists are inspired by landscapes and it’s a fertile ground for a lot of expression so I think people recognize that ... within British Columbia we have a special niche. The chapter is drawn from the B.C. and Alberta Peace, [we have] some common ground there; the appreciation, the

skies, and the general topography and so on, so it’s a rich one,” said president of the chapter Charlie Parslow. The exhibit is juried and a number of members were recognized for their work. Sandy Troudt’s piece, Patchwork, was the winner of the EnCana Award of Excellence. Suzanne Sandboe’s Sunrise won second and Mary Parslow’s Ciel d’Or won third. Dawson Creek’s Angela Fehr took home the People’s Choice Award for her watercolour, Huckleberry Hill, which she attributed to having a lot of supportive family attend the show’s opening. “Any artist is inspired all the time. We look for tiny things to capture and pull out of whatever we see. I would hope that I could be equally inspired anywhere in the Peace region, but this is definitely one of my favourite spots,” said Fehr, who was in-

spired to paint the landscape located in the Pine Pass after a day of berry picking. Fehr submitted two pieces to the exhibit. She said that she is not used to painting landscapes, or abstract pieces, which Aspens Ablaze is. “For me to start planning for the show was a big deal. To try and start painting landscapes and trying to figure out what I do in my floral paintings that I can carry over into landscapes...and pull that into a landscape painting was really a challenge for me and kind of scary,” she said. The communities of Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge rotate the responsibility of hosting the show

annually. This is the second time that the Dawson Creek Art Gallery has hosted the local Federation of Canadian Artists. An artist workshop is also usually held in conjunction with the annual show. “I think we have become known as a region for having a tremendous talent of artists. It always amazes me the numbers of artists that live in the Peace region. I think we’ve become diverse; [there are] all types of different art forms represented in this chapter, and I think that’s true of other art organizations,” Parslow said. Peace Landscapes can be seen at the art gallery until Nov. 8.

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On Monday, October 28, 2013, 800 head of cattle went through our ring D1 - D2 Cows 69.00-73.00 D3 - D4 Cows 63.00-68.00 Holstein Cows N/A Heiferettes 68.00-78.00 Bologna Bulls 70.00-83.00 Feeder Bulls 70.00-85.00 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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Fort St. John • Oct. 20 – Dec. 8: The North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre Baby Bottle Fundraiser. We collect small change (yes, all those loose pennies), or big change, or cheques made out to the North Peace Pregnancy Care Centre. Empty baby bottles are available to be picked up at Master Peace Framing (9400 100 St) or Smarti Pantz (9919 103 Ave) or your local church. Return your filled bottles by Dec. 8 at one of the drop off locations. Our centre is located at #335 9900 100 Ave (Pioneer Sqare). • Nov. 2: The Catholic Women’s League of Fort St. John will have their annual Winter Wonderland Tea & Bazaar on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Immaculata Centre behind the Catholic Church. Bring your friends for tea and shop for Christmas at the same time. For more info: Pat Foster 250-785-4700 or Jana Leslie 250-785-0420 • Nov. 9: Seniors Christmas Craft, Bake Sale and Tea from 11:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the Peace Lutheran Church Banquet Hall. Craft Tables for rent by calling Kathy at 250-7854937. No home based businesses unless handicrafts please. • Nov. 9: The Anglican Church Women’s annual Tea, Bake, Gift and Book Sale is from 1-4 p.m. at St. Martin’s Anglican Church, 10364-100 St. Fort St. John. Along with the baking, crafts, tea and used books, we have a silent auction, fish pond and face painting. Please come join us! • Nov. 10: The Kidney Walk in Fort St. John will happen at the Pomeroy Sport Centre at 10 a.m. Please note this is a different date and location from what was originally planned. • Nov. 15 - 16: 17th Annual Antiques and Collectibles Sale on Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday November 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come to the Fort St. John Legion (10103 105 Ave) to kick start your Christmas shopping. Browse and buy fabulous and eclectic antiques and collectibles from dealers in the Peace Region. Small admission charge benefits the Fort St. John North Peace Museum. For more information contact the North Peace Historical Society at 250-787-0430. • Jan. 18 and Mar, 15, 2014: Campfire Cowboy Nights at the Fort St. John Legion at 6

Dawson Creek • Oct. 31: Drop-in children’s Halloween craft night at the Dawson Creek Library from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Drop by the library in your costume between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and get a treat bag. • Nov. 2-3: A weekend creative writers workshop for teens ages 13-17 at the Dawson Creek Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is a free workshop taught by local author, Donna Kane, for teen writers of all styles and genre of writing. More info: 250-782-4661, space is limited. • Nov. 5: Market Place at Rotary Manor: 1121 90 Ave. Come shop and enjoy an afternoon looking at 20 vendors selling their items. No entrance fee, just come and have fun! Everyone welcome. More info call Recreation: 250-719-3487. • Nov 14,15,16,17: live production of “Always a bridesmaid” at South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek. Tickets at Simple Pleasures for Dessert Theatre on Nov. 14 and Nov.17; and for dinner theatre on Nov. 15 and Nov. 16. • Nov 23: Christmas Tea and Bake Table at South Peace United Church, Dawson Creek 1:00 to 3:30 pm • Dec. 7: Community Christmas Concert and Sale of Christmas Baking at South Peace United Church, 1300-104th Avenue, Dawson Creek, starts at 7:00 pm.

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ONGOING Fort St. John • Toastmasters International Club of Fort St. John meets from 7 - 8:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at Northern Lights College, Room 105. Learn valuable communication & leadership skills. Contact Joyce Hadland at 250-2613886 or Gayle Wagner at 250-785-3991 for more information. • Women’s Entrepreneurial Circle every Friday 10 a.m. -12 p.m. at the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre (10071 100 Ave).

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• Alcoholics Anonymous - meets Mon., Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health Unit. Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. All meetings are open. • Mile 0 Al-Anon meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday evening at the Health Unit, Dawson Creek. • 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.

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AUTO TECH OPPORTUNITY Owner is looking to retire in 1-2 years. Well –established Auto Shop in the South Cariboo with great customer base, specialized in transmission and engine work, government inspection facility. Current owner is willing to train. Serious inquiries only. Phone 250-791-5465 PO Box 10080, 10 Mile Ranch, V0K 1Z0 10/17 HELP WANTED ProHardware/Bumper to Bumper is looking for Permanent Fulltime Industrial Sales/Delivery Driver/Yard Person. Wage based on experience. Apply in person 10321 Gething St., Hudsons Hope or fax 250-7835531 or email hardware@pris. ca

We Care Home Health Services Northeast Regional Office Fort St. John in 2014

WE HAVE A WARM PLACE FOR YOU THIS WINTER! Sterling Management Services Ltd. has for rent Bach, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments. Townhouses, Duplexes & Houses Fort St John Dawson Creek Commercial Space For Lease/Rent Brandt: 9907-100th Ave 2500 sq ft retail retail or office Yenkana: Shop space 3000 sq ft TD Bank: upstairs office space 1323 sq ft Call Rob for viewing, rates and details - 250-785-2829 PROPERTY MANAGEMENT COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL

We Care Home Health Services, Prince George, a locally Owned Northern British Columbia franchise are developing a network of Health Care Professionals for a permanent office site location in Fort St John, B.C. The Fort St. John office will be responsible for the northeast sector of British Columbia including the areas around the cities of Fort Nelson, Dawson Creek, and Chetwynd. We Care is hiring the following Health Care Professionals for casual and office hourly/salaried positions. Office positions will include benefits. Registered Nurses: $41.50 per hour

Licensed Practical Nurse: $31.50 per hour

Homemaker: $21.50 per hour

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Office Manager: $25.00 per hour

Drug testing Technician: $25.00 per hour

Please forward all enquires and resumes to Leon Caillier Director/Owner We Care Home Health services, Prince George office- 250-563-3501 or wecarepg@shaw.ca. Join our growing health care team with Offices in Prince George, Quesnel and Terrace. Check out our services at www.wecare.ca.

HELP WANTED Ernie’s Sports Experts Fort St. John, BC Retail Trade Supervisor Positions Available: 2 (FullTime) Supervise and co-ordinate sales staff and cashiers, assign sales workers to duties and prepare work schedules, authorize payments by cheque and the return of merchandise, sell merchandise to customers, resolve problems that arise, such as customer complaints and supply shortages, maintain specified inventory and order merchandise, prepare reports regarding sales volumes, merchandising and personnel matters, hire and train or arrange for the training of new sales staff in collaboration with the manager. Practical skills desirable - assist customers purchasing and set up basic products. Previous sales experience desirable. Salary: $17.00/hourly HELP WANTED Ernie’s Sports Experts Fort St. John, BC Retail Customer Service Supervisor Positions Available: 1 (FullTime) Supervise and co-ordinate activities of workers engaged in customer service activities, authorize payments by cheque and the return of merchandise, sell merchandise to customers, resolve problems that arise, such as customer complaints and supply shortages, prepare, maintain, and submit reports and records. Salary: $17.00/hourly HELP WANTED Professional, certified care aides in Fort St John area. Immediate start, On call casual position. Send resumes To fax 250-412-0170 11/07

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Li-Car Management Group is now taking applications for 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units, Contact our ofÀce for more information! Phone: 250-785-2662 Email: reception@licar.ca


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October 31, 2013

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SPCA digs up Halloween horror FORT ST. JOHN - Four-hundred creepy crawlers dressed in spooktacular costumes infested the Pomeroy Hotel for the ninth annual SPCA Halloween Bash on Oct. 26. The event is the biggest fundraiser for the Fort St. John SPCA, and was once again a sold-out evening.

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Photo Credit Kyla Corpuz Clockwise: Rob Harris was carried around by a gorilla while he spent the night cramped in a bamboo jail; Holly and John Wagner haunted attendees in their ghostly Victorian attire; a group of friends took on different characters for the 9th Annual Halloween Bash.

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