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Photo Credit Kyla Corpuz This display can be viewed in the Duncan Cran Room at the Fort St. John Legion. On Nov. 11, Peace region communities will gather for a moment of silence. Flip to Page 14 for more on why we remember.

FORT ST. JOHN – The RCMP is starting an initiative that targets the potential victim instead of the offender. The crime is one that police say is preventable: theft from vehicles and theft of vehicles. “Often it’s as simple as locking your car doors and taking your valuables with you. But in Fort St. John, that message is sometimes learned the hard way,” reads an RCMP public service announcement released on Oct. 31. In October, there were 19 vehicle related incidences. “We want motorists to use prevention techniques to protect their vehicles and property,” said crime prevention unit officer Jodi Shelkie. For the month of November the RCMP is launching a prevention program, leaving ‘Lock Out Auto Crime’ cards on windshields of unlocked and idling vehicles. The cards will have prevention tips inside. Alternately, an officer may leave a ‘Crime Prevention Notice,’ that has information he or she has noticed about the owner’s vehicle to keep it from being a target to thieves or vandals. If the rate of crime doesn’t decrease by December, the RCMP will further their prevention by issuing an $81-ticket. The violation falls under the Motor Vehicle Act that states: “a driver must not permit a motor vehicle to stand unattended or parked unless the driver has locked it or made it secure in a manner that prevents its unauthorized use.” This initiative is one that Insp. Pat Egan mentioned would be in effect if vehicle theft didn’t decrease following the RCMP detachment’s semi-annual report in August. It noted that this first half of the year saw a 25 per cent increase in vehicle thefts and 31 per cent increase in theft from vehicles.

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JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - A collaborative message regarding the proposed Site C Clean Energy Project was discussed during a special meeting of the Peace River Regional District board, Nov. 1. The directors agreed that all four electoral area representatives be authorized to make presentations to the federally and provincially appointed Joint Review Panel, when they eventually launch their public hearings. Director of Area C, Arthur Hadland, was previously approved to make a presentation to the panel on behalf of his area. During the meeting, he brought forward a list of 15 regional impacts, mitigation needs and strategies to form the basis of his presentation, to be approved by fellow directors. “I think we have to be proactive,” said Hadland. Included in his list of concerns is the potential impact to the residents of Area C, particularly in the Old Fort and Grandhaven areas. He cites that worker camps will bring a significant disruption to the lifestyle of residents, along with increased traffic, noise, and dust issues. Fort St. John Mayor Lori Ackerman, recommended that Hadland suggest a baseline study of the concerns be done, making use of the lat-

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est technology. Hadland listed land use issues and road systems as concerns. Ackerman said that BC Hydro’s plans of how they intend to move materials and equipment needs to be explained, and that there should be a monitoring process in place to ensure that if any problems arise, there would be a solution. Sites for proposed worker camps, already strained ambulance and health services, increased demands on and limited access to air transportation were listed as other areas that need to be addressed. The proposed dam’s negative impacts on recreational activities, tourism and the area’s prehistoric and early pioneer sites were also identified. Safety concerns that Hadland also hopes to address is the proximity of the North Peace Solid Waste Site to the project. It lies in the potential slumpage zone and, according to Haldand, poses uncertainty to the reservoir. In front of the panel, Hadland will also address the threat of expropriation on some residents and possible alternatives to the project. Chair Karen Goodings suggested that Hadland also discuss the loss of farmland. Hadland also wanted to discuss how the project could potentially impact land needs, First Nation claims and how the Legacy Term Paper was not recognized by Areas B, C, and Hudson’s Hope. However, other directors asked him to disclude those topics from his presentation. With only 15 minutes allotted for his presentation, Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols suggest Hadland further restrict the amount of topics he plans to cover. Alternate director from Dawson Creek Cheryl Shuman suggested the rural directors coordinate their presentations to avoid overlap. “You guys could organize yourselves in a way that all of these points [are presented], because you’re not going to have enough time to get through all of this in 15 minutes,” she said. Goodings noted that if the electoral directors were to present to the JRP, their issues would have to be brought to the board first. “As a director of Area C I seem to be overwhelmed 9422 100th St. with stuff,” said Hadland. Last Friday’s meeting was Fort St. John, B.C. a result of a motion passed on Oct. 24, stating that directors discuss completed Remember... Everybody wants to own a Masterpiece! research on the project.

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Water awareness trickles down Dawson Creek JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - Residents of Dawson Creek now have easy access to information about the watershed they live and work in. Seventeen interpretive signs have been erected along the Dawson Creek Trail, to give users more information about the creek the trail follows. Topics explored on the signs include: the function of wetlands in regulating stream flow, watershed habitat, the effects of storm water runoff, erosion, water quality and protection. “I think that part of our signage program is people getting connected, it’s knowing that it’s there. Not only do we have this lovely walking trail but we also have this creek system, now people will get that information and know exactly what they are walking beside,” said Coun. Shaely Wilbur. The Watershed Sign Initiative was coordinated by the City of Dawson Creek’s Water Stewardship Program with the Dawson Creek Watershed Society, Ducks Unlimited, the Royal Bank of Canada, the BC Real Estate Foundation, Timberline Trail and Nature Club, the Rotary Club, and the Peace Energy Co-op, acting as partners. Darryl Kroeker, head of conservation programs in the region for Ducks Unlimited, said that the partnership was natural, considering their commitment to preservation. Kroeker helped gather information about the watershed for the interpretive signs. “Water is becoming a bigger and bigger issue with society and watershed health is

a big part of that. Nothing can live without water and water quantity and quality is hugely important, so any kind of education that we can do to make people more aware of the role of really important and this is a really good opportunity to do that, it’s right in town,” he said. “The example of the creek is right there, so people can see first hand what’s being talked about and make the linkages what happens on the streets here, with surface drainage is really important, it all ties together. We all have to have water to survive, we can’t do without,” Kroeker added. Watershed steward, Reg Whiten, said that two more interpretive signs will be erected later this year at the Bear Mountain Wind Park, overlooking the drinking water shed. He said those signs will be more directed towards information about the Upper Kiskatinaw River, major drainage basins, and land uses. ”It will give people a sense of all the different land uses and they will actually look out over the’s a great site for that,” he said. Whiten said that as a part of the Water Stewardship Program, groundwater research is conducted, events around water preservation and conservation are celebrated, and outreach is undertaken with local schools and community groups. The goal is to get the community to realize how big the watershed is and get interested in the watershed to be better water stewards. “Understand that you are apart of the watershed no matter where you live,” said Whiten.

Photo Credit Jill Earl Top: 17 signs were erected along the Dawson Creek Trail to provide water awareness to the community. Bottom: Project supports gathered at Kin Park, Nov. 1, for a free BBQ to celebrate the new watershed awareness signs along the Dawson Creek Trail.

Hiebert resigns as director JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK Peace River Regional District director of eight years, Wayne Hiebert, officially resigned on Oct. 30, effective immediately. Hiebert, the former representative of Electoral Area D, cited work obligations as the reason for his resignation. “I couldn’t devote the time to the regional district and my business I was running helter-skelter, back and forth and really not doing justice to either one of them. It had to be one or the other, and my family is included in that business, which is really important,” said Hiebert, who raises fainting goats and Canadian horses. Area D’s alternate director, Leonard Hiebert (no relation to Wayne), has already had to fulfill his duties, attending his first PRRD meeting on Nov. 1.

Leonard will continue to represent the area until a by-election can be held. Hiebert said that he had been thinking about resigning for awhile. He even considered not running in the 2011 local election. “I said I was going to do the two terms, six years, I figured that that was probably enough. I was convinced to run again, and I went out for the board, but I guess this past year and a half it’s been getting gradually busier at the regional district, and also busier at home too,” he said. During his appointment, Hiebert sat as a representative on the Alaska Highway Community Tourism Association, Dawson Creek Community Tourism Foundation, the Dawson Creek Heritage Commission, the Northeast Air Quality Monitoring Stakeholder Advisory Group, among many

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RCMP build relationships with students through sport KYLA CORPUZ FORT ST. JOHN – The Fort St. John RCMP are trading in their uniforms for a set of gym clothes. Last week and in the coming weeks of November, officers will take part in various types of sports with junior high and high school kids around Fort St. John. “Often police, we’re enforcement only,” said crime prevention officer Jodi Shelkie, who added that their department would like to be viewed as people other than authority figures. “We just want them to see us as people who are part of their community as well. If there are issues … we can come and help them with the answers.” For most youth, being a teenager may prove to be a difficult time. “We recognize that now, youth are really challenged in a lot of ways,” said Shelkie. From dealing with peer pressure, media standards and

navigating through social networking, Shelkie said there are a lot that teenagers deal with, such as using drugs, experimenting with “risky things,” as well as Internet and inperson bullying. “We’re a resource that they can turn to, not just the guys that are there to arrest…” explained Shelkie. “We just want to be part of their lives in a proactive way.” So far, officers have met with students at Dr. Kearney

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of volleyball. “We just decided as a detachment that … every member go out there. And rather than one member, we show up as a team and engage them as a team, and just have fun with them.” Wade Hart, principal at Bert Bowes, said it’s “great” to have the RCMP members, or any community member, come into the school to get to know their students. “[The students] get to see these folks as humans who are here to help out. They enjoyed it, and there were quite a few students who asked if they were coming back.” When the RCMP arrives at the schools without their uniforms on, it helps the students become more open to them. “It’s so much easier for them to come up and talk to us and ask us questions.” This is the second year that the RCMP has engaged with Bert Bowes Middle School. “The plan is for them to come in on a more regular basis,” said Hart. Shelkie said they are thinking about engaging with elementary schools in the future.

Environmental Assessment of the Proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project Open House and Invitation to Comment Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Ltd. (Proponent), a wholly owned subsidiary of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, is proposing the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project (proposed Project), an approximately 900 km natural gas pipeline from near the District of Hudson’s Hope to the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG liquefied natural gas export facility on Lelu Island, within the District of Port Edward. The proposed Project would involve the construction and operation of a 48-inch (1,219 mm) diameter pipeline, metering facilities at the receipt and delivery points, and three compressor stations, with provision for up to an additional five compressor stations to allow for future expansion. The proposed Project will have an initial capacity of approximately 2.0 billion cubic feet (bcf)/day with potential for expansion to approximately 3.6 bcf/day.

To provide information about the Application Information Requirements, EAO invites the public to attend an open house at the following locations: St. Peter’s Church Hall 599 Skeena Drive Mackenzie Wednesday November 27, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Hall 10310 - 100th Street Hudson’s Hope Thursday November 28, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

New Hazelton Elementary School 3275 Bowser Street New Hazelton Wednesday December 4, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Community Centre 770 Pacific Avenue Port Edward Thursday December 5, 2013 4:00pm - 8:00pm

The proposed Project is subject to review under BC’s Environmental Assessment Act.

There are 30 days for the submission of comments by the public in relation to the draft Application Information Requirements.

The Proponent must obtain an environmental assessment certificate before any construction work can be undertaken on the proposed Project. However, before submission of an application (Application) for a certificate by the Proponent, the BC Environmental Assessment Office (EAO) must first issue the Application Information Requirements.

The public comment period will begin on November 19, 2013 and end on December 18, 2013. All comments received during this time in relation to the Application Information Requirements will be considered.

The Application Information Requirements will specify the studies to be conducted and the detailed information to be provided by the Proponent in its Application. EAO has now received draft Application Information Requirements from the Proponent and invites comments on this draft.

The intention of seeking public comment is to ensure that sufficient information is provided to assess all potential effects – environmental, economic, social, heritage and health – that might result from the proposed Project in the Application. At this stage of the process, the primary intent is to receive feedback about the studies or information required for a comprehensive environmental assessment.

After taking public comments into account, EAO will issue the Application Information Requirements. EAO accepts public comments by: Online Form: Mail: Nathan Braun Project Assessment Manager Environmental Assessment Office PO Box 9426 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V1 Fax: 250.387.0230 An electronic copy of the Application Information Requirements and information regarding the environmental assessment process are available at Copies of the Application Information Requirements are also available for viewing at public libraries in Fort St. John, Taylor, Hudson’s Hope, Chetwynd, Mackenzie, Prince George, Fort St. James, Granisle, Smithers, Hazelton, Terrace, Stewart and Prince Rupert. If you are unable to participate at this time, there will be an additional comment period during the Application review stage when you will also be able to provide comments to the EAO on the proposed Project.

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New taxes If the latest boundary expansion is approved, city’s new residents will have taxes increased over five years KYLA CORPUZ FORT ST. JOHN – If the boundary expansion follows through, affected residents will have five-years until their new tax rates get phased in. The five-year plan is the city’s incentive to mitigate resident’s concerns over new taxes. There would be a 20 per cent increase each year. Once a property is sold, the new owners automatically incur the full amount of taxes. Counc. Dan Davies and Gord Klassen weren’t in favour of the five-year mark, rather they wished to see it elongated over a 10-year period “I’m still not comfortable with the five-year period,” said Davies. “It needs to work for all of us, I need to sympathize with people outside the boundary.”

He asked for the recommendation to be amended, but the other council members defeated Klassen’s and Davies’ vote. “There are properties that are going to sit there and people are going to be very confused, in 10 years we’re not going to be here to explain it,” said Stewart on why drawing out the tax phase-in wouldn’t be in residents’ best interest. “There is still a policy put in place, they can read that policy and understand why those decision are made,” argued Klassen. “If it was a long duration of time that this is going to span over, we can’t place that against title,” explained Janet Prestley, director of legislation and administration services. If the property gets sold or rezoned the existing property owner would have to notify the new tenants of the increased taxes they would face. “If we could put a notation on title, that would be fantastic, but there isn’t the ability to do that. That would be the cleanest way to notify everybody,” explained Prestley. Mayor Lori Ackerman interjected and explained that whether or not the phase in was over five or 10 years, current urban taxpayers would still be paying for the increased services. “My concern is while we’re waiting for all that, we’re paying for roads, we’re paying for the bylaw enforcement, we’re paying for the RCMP—which is our biggest budget item—and fire … are we willing to stretch that out over 10 years and put that on the rest of the residents to cover that?” One of the driving factors for a boundary expansion is to open up more available land serviced by the city, which could be used for potential housing and retail developments.

“If our reason is to expand for more industrial and residential property then we can then develop on a regular tax level,” said Klassen. “My thought is we’re not really after the current property owners and their property, so why wouldn’t we allow them the extra time to bring them to the tax level that is appropriate?” Counc. Trevor Bolin wasn’t in favour of “footing the bill” over a 10-year period. “Honestly, as a tax payer of Fort St. John, I don’t want to pay for services for somebody who has to, or doesn’t want to pay for services in Fort St. John…” City manager Dianne Hunter warned council that whichever decision they made would be used as precedent for future boundary expansions. “This is going to set the basis for those looking to be included or being included,” said Hunter, who added that it would be appropriate to find out whether or not the time period to phase in new taxes would affect landowners’ views on boundary expansion. “You have very limited support for boundary expansion … you might find that neither option may fly for the vast majority of property owners.” A formal response sheet from property owners regarding their stance on boundary expansion showed that 123 opposed it, four supported it, four gave conditional support and 30 were neutral. The deliberation between council and staff opened up a new avenue of conversation around the possibilities of Fort St. John turning into a regional municipality.

Fort St. John city council briefs: October 28 KYLA CORPUZ

BATHROOM BREAKS AT SKATE PARK Council agreed to use funds originally slated to relocate a meeting and staff room at the Pomeroy Sport Centre for washrooms at the Rotary Skate Park. The line of funding will be put in the 2014 capital budget.

CITY COUNCIL DENIES MILLION-DOLLAR OFFER Area C and Area A residents will be stuck with rural water rates. Their representatives, Karen Gooding and Arthur Hadland, asked the city to provide its residents with potable water based on the city’s domestic rates. In return they would pay the city a total of $100,000 for the next 10 years. However, with the incentive, the city would be losing nearly $2 per cubic metre. The

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Natural gas over Site C A few weeks ago, Minister of Energy Bill Bennett began suggesting that maybe it’s time to start thinking about using natural gas for the purpose of producing electricity here in the province of BC. It is time that this became the new reality instead of building Site C. For one thing, we now know that we can build a natural gas cogen system for 1/16 the cost of the Site C dam for exactly the same power. We also know that even with the cost of natural gas, the cogen system could run for 1/3 of the operational cost of Site C. This should be enough reason for B.C. natural gas to be used here in the province. After all, if it’s good enough for us to ship our gas half way around the world for someone else to use, it should be good enough for us back home here in B.C. I have lived in this area for over 80 years and have enjoyed the boating, fishing and general magnificence of the Peace River Valley for all that time. Having also farmed in the valley, I am very aware of the invaluable farm land that would be flooded if

Site C were allowed to proceed. Over 6000 acres of this irreplaceable farmland would be destroyed. What a waste! We’ve also learned that a natural gas system, producing the same amount of electricity would only require 60 acres of ANY land. We would not need to flood this most valuable farmland. Keep in mind that this reservoir is bound to change our local weather patterns just like the WAC Bennett dam did over 50 years ago. How many of you want to see more overcast skies and ice fog instead of nice, crisp blue skies in the winter months? It is now time for Mr. Bennett to start listening to the people of this area and the province. We might need the electricity but we don’t need a Site C when we can get exactly what we need with our own B.C. natural gas resources at a fraction of the cost. Start listening politicians! Let common sense prevail for a change.

Sincerely, Bob Darnell Fort St. John

Generation Stupid Does anyone remember that movie Idiocracy? The first time I saw it I wasn’t sure if I could watch a movie stupider than that. Mind you, that was about 10 years ago. I recently caught part of it on TV, and realized how prophetic it really was. Many, not all, of human advances made in the last decade aren’t to better our IQ, but to keep it stagnant: cars that parallel park for you; phones that talk, so you don’t have to spend the extra two minutes looking up an address, or a movie time; Kindles that have a total stranger videochatting you for assistance—the list goes on. What about our vocabulary? (I’ll admit, I am guilty of this one) We shorten words that are already short to make them shorter. For example, using the term cray, selfie and legit. It’s even in the way we interact with other humans. I

don’t remember the last time I went for dinner without the other person taking out their phone—also, guilty as charged. Have we as society become so diluted that we can’t even converse with someone for more than an hour without being interrupted by a text message? This one is my favourite: checking the weather. When I was a kid, if I wanted to know if it was cold outside, I would go to a window and check if the grass had frost on it. Now, I wait for my iPhone to refresh my Weather App. Instead of relying on our own instinctive human abilities we’ve just become lazy. But, I guess having a car that could automatically parallel park would save me from a lot of future fender benders. Good grief. Kyla Corpuz, assistant editor

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submitted article The days are getting shorter and the chill is definitely in the air. Creatures around Charlie Lake are taking the cues and getting ready for the changing seasons. It is interesting how our outside neighbours have adapted and survive the snow and cold. Some animals are busy fattening up and seeking a cosy spot to sleep through the worst of winter. Hibernating creatures include the black bear who searches out possible den sites throughout the summer. These may include rock crevices and caves holes dug into hillsides or under the root system of a tree. These dens may be dug during the summer months, long before the threat of snow. Bears also may den under the crown of downed trees or in brush piles. Amphibians such as frogs and toads don’t require as extensive accommodations. The wood frog tucks under leaf litter in the forest and freezes solid until spring. The western toad digs down into peat hummocks or finds cavities under spruce trees, decayed root tunnels, natural crevices, abandoned beaver lodges or tunnels of other burrowers such as muskrats and squirrels. Some of our winged friends are on their way out long before the snow flies. Hummingbirds are on their way south in August. Bats may migrate towards the coast or

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find dens to hibernate once insect populations disappear in late August. Ducks, swans and geese congregate around the lake in September and October prior to flying south or to the coast. Other creatures prepare for winter by building up their food supplies and ready their shelters. They don’t sleep through the winter so need to be prepared with winter day snacks. Beavers can be seen getting their caches of branches set up on their front door step of their lodges. Squirrels, mice (the ones that aren’t trying to get to the warmth of our basements) and rabbits are also preparing their dens. The real champions are those animals that outlast the bitter winds of winter. Throughout the season deer, moose and elk find a way to get enough bark, twigs and other vegetation. Some tiny survivors are the chickadees, red polls and sparrows, finding shelter in the woods and seeds in the snow. The raven and coyote hunt for their dinner or scavenge on the less fortunate creatures that may have been overcome in the cold. As you put on your sweater, add some wood to the fire or pull dinner from the freezer, think about how our many neighbours in the woods have coped this winter. For more information go to

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Conservative race comes to Dawson Creek JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK -The BC Conservatives are gearing up for another election, but this time within their own party. A leadership candidacy race started after former leader, John Cummins, stepped down from his position in July, two months

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members was how he would go about fixing the disunity within the party. “The answer to that is that we need to change the way that we deal with our internal problems. We need to learn how to govern ourselves so that we can prove that we can govern the province. We’ve got to learn from the past and look to the future,” he said. Born and raised in Vanderhoof, Brooks said that the province needs a leader who understands the needs of rural and northern B.C., and can address them. “I think that we can elect a lot of MLAs from rural, interior, and northern B.C., and on the Island. In order to do that we have to represent those interests,” said Brooks. He is a licensed outfitter, who has operated the Crystal Lake Resort for 15 years. Brooks said that his interest in politics started after the B.C. Liberals brought in a wildlife policy that resulted in a major loss of business. He said that the bureaucrats in Victoria didn’t understand that a onesize fits all model doesn’t work for every region in B.C. “You can’t operate government that way,” he said. After that, Brooks started volunteering with the B.C. Conservatives, became a regional director, and was a provincial director on the board of directors for the party. In May, he ran for MLA in the Nechako Lakes riding, and like all other Conservative candidates, was unsuccessful. “We may not have won a single seat, but we played a huge role in British Columbia this last election, and I’m very encouraged by that. We took the entire political spectrum further towards conservatism... we got our agenda as part of the discussion in this past election,” said Brooks. “Now that we’ve made that breakthrough, we’re no longer this fringe party, now we have an opportunity to start building on that,” he added. He lists a lack of organization under growing membership, lack of platform and last minute candidates as reasons for May’s failure. Since then, Brooks said that the Conservatives have created a modernized database for their membership. If elected leader, he hopes that candidates in each riding

will be selected years in advance through a voting process, because every British Columbian has the right to vote Connot a vetting process. He said that each riding should be servative. able to select their own representative, not be told who will Conservative members will vote for their new leader represent them. next April. “We don’t want the party to have to dictate who the candidate is going to be, and be the one who is vetting the candidate on our behalf, decide who will and who will not The Management and Staff would like to welcome represent them accurately. That’s part of the process of a grassroots party and that’s what we as Conservatives are, we believe in the grassroots and that’s what I bring to party,” Brooks said. By allowing regional constituents to do their own selecting, and making candidates (elected or not) go through an annual review to ensure they are representing their constituents accurately, Brooks believes that voters will be empowered. He also said that if in 2017 the Conservatives form government, they will take every opportunity to sit in legislature “When you don’t sit in the legislature, that disempowers people... you’ve got Hello Fort St John, I just recently moved here from Nelson, BC to join the team at to go through the process of Fort Motors as a Sales and Leasing Consultant. Feel free to contact me at Fort a Fall sitting, you’ve got to Motors with any questions or queries and I would be more than happy to work sit more than 36 days a year, with you to find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs. you have to decentralize decision making powers,” said Brooks. He said his goal is to have a Conservative candidate in 250-785-6661 • 1-800-282-8330 • • 11104 Alaska Road, Fort St. John all ridings in the province,

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KYLA CORPUZ FORT ST. JOHN – Cancer doesn’t care who it invades, but the Fort St. John Canadian Cancer Society does, says its volunteer president Angela Munro. On Nov. 8, the local Cancer Society will host an open house to welcome the public to its new location at the North Peace Community Resource Centre. “We’re very excited about our office … we’re just making it easier for people to have access for themselves, their family who is on a journey through cancer, to accessing programs and services that we have,” explained Munro. The volunteers at the Society help cancer patients along with their family members and friends. “We are not councillors, but we provide support and we could link you with connections,” said Munro, who added the Cancer Society has started a chat line to help those dealing with certain cancers bond with someone who might be across the country dealing with the same diagnosis. “Sometimes it’s difficult to get that support. Quite often it’s getting the answers that helps people gain a little bit more understanding of something that you feel you have no control over … we’re trying to do as much as possible to help every bit.” The Society also helps with providing information on travelling out-of-town and finding accommodations, like the Kordyban Lodge that opened in Prince George a year ago. In the first six months it housed 42 patients from Fort St. John. The Fort St. John Cancer Society has been present in the community for the last six decades. “I think it’s integral to Fort St. John as evidence by our celebrations this year,” said Munro. “It’s our 75 anniversary for the Cancer Society in its entirety, we’ve been here for 60 years … and what it does is it speaks for people in the north, it speaks for people in Fort St. John, and everyone who is going through cancer and provides that support for people and knowledge.”

Munro is a full-time student and long-time volunteer. She recently stepped into the position as president. The volunteers recently extended their hours from Tuesday to Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Munro said they are always seeking more helpers. They moved into their new office space in August. Previously they operated out of the green building that was the Business Resource Centre, which has been slated for demolition. The grand opening for the Fort St. John Canadian Cancer Society Office starts at 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the lobby entrance of the North Peace Community Resource Centre.

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The Origin of REMEMBRANCE DAY THROUGHOUT HISTORY, MILLIONS OF SOLDIERS HAVE MARCHED INTO WARS TO PROTECT THE FREEDOMS OF THEIR COUNTRIES. REMEMBRANCE DAY IS A SOLEMN TIME TO COMMEMORATE THOSE SOLDIERS’ ACHIEVEMENTS AND SACRIFICES AND TO PAY RESPECTS TO SOLDIERS WHO DIED IN BATTLE. In the United States, people honor their present and past military on Veterans’ Day. In British commonwealth countries and territories, including Canada, November 11 is known asRemembrance Day. Since the end of World War I, memorials to remember those of the armed forces who fought in battle and perished in the line of duty have been dedicated on this day. ARMISTICE DAY ORIGINS Remembrance Day was once known as Armistice Day because it marks the signing of the armistice that put an end to the hostilities of World War I. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year, guns fell silent

after more than four years of continuous warfare between the Germans and Allied troops. The armistice agreement was signed in a French train carriage at 11 a.m. Later, the carriage where the historic event took place was placed in a specially constructed building to serve as a monument to the defeat of Germany. Although it was moved by German forces and later destroyed during World War II, after that war ended a replacement carriage, correct in every detail, was rededicated on Armistice Day in 1950. REMEMBRANCE DAY EVOLUTION Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day after World War II to commemorate soldiers from both world wars. It is now used as a way to pay hommage to any fallen soldier. Each year a national ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, London, a monument erected as a me-

morial to soldiers buried elsewhere. The Queen will lay the first wreath at the Cenotaph, while others will leave wreaths and small wooden crosses. In Canada, Remembrance Day is a statutory holiday in many provinces and territories. Official national ceremonies are held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Events begin with the tolling of the Carillon in the Peace Tower, during which members of the Canadian Forces participate and congregate at Confederation Square. Similar ceremonies take place in provincial capitals across the country. Very often moments of silence are offered for lost lives. WHAT ABOUT THE POPPIES? One of the unifying symbols of Remembrance Day is the poppy that is worn to honor lost soldiers. The bold, red color of the flower has become an enduring symbol of those

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who died so that others may be free. The poppy became a symbol for a specific reason. Some of the most concentrated and bloody fighting of World War I took place in Flanders, a region in western Belgium. As a result of the fighting, most signs of natural life had been obliterated from the region, leaving behind mud and not much else. The only living thing to survive was the poppy flower, which bloomed with the coming of the warm weather the year after fighting in the region had ceased.

Poppies grow in disturbed soil and can lie dormant in the ground without germinating. Without the war, they may have never come to the surface. John McCrae, a doctor serving with the Canadian Armed Forces, was moved by the vision of poppies flowering in Flanders and wrote a poem titled “In Flanders Fields.” After the poem was published, it received international acclaim, and the poppy became a popular symbol of those lost in battle.

Men traditionally wear the poppy on the left side of the chest, where a military medal would be placed. Women wear it on the right side because that is where a widow would wear her husband’s medals. Remembrance Day is celebrated every year, providing people humbled by the sacrifices of soldiers an opportunity to remember those soldiers’ efforts to secure freedom.

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On behalf of all families whose family members are serving, or have served in the Army, Navy, Air Force or any other element of the military, and especially those who have given their lives to the initiative that has made this country what it is today, we give our deepest thanks and remembrance. Without them we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the simple things we do today.

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KYLA CORPUZ FORT ST. JOHN - The Fort St. John Legion is ready to reveal a project they’ve been working hard on to honour men and women who fought for our country. The project is called the Legacy Table Project. Three round tables will display photos of local veterans, these tables will be placed in the Duncan Cran Room at the Legion. The project will continue out into the main gathering

room. Veteran’s families in Fort St. John can also submit photos of loved ones who have served in war. The Project is a fundraiser for the Legion, and to submit a photo it cost $30. The project was kick started with funds donated by the Fort St. John Lions Club. The tables will be revealed at an open house on Nov. 8 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the following day members of the Legion will also welcome community members for coffee and pie from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On Nov. 11, they will also host the annual Remembrance Day celebration.

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Photo Credit Jill Earl After taking a hiatus, the Dixie Chicks returned to the stage with their Long Time Gone tour. The Chicks will take the tour cross-country and made a stop at Dawson Creek’s Encana Events Centre last week for fans in the Peace Region.

Chicks’ comeback after a long time gone JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK The crowd was on their feet even before Martie Erwin, Emily Erwin and Natalie Maines picked up their instruments, Oct. 29, when the Dixie Chicks took to the stage at the Encana Events Centre for their Long Time Gone tour. Right from the get-go, Maines encouraged the audience to stand-up and affirmed their right to do so, no matter how the person behind them felt. “We’re doing it in heels,� she said. Some audience members partook in creating an impromptu dance floor at the back of the arena, which broke out almost immediately after the band started and continued until the very last note of their very last song. Others bounced along in their seats.

Their hour and a halflong set showcased works dating back to their first album, Wide Open Spaces (1998) to their most recent (not including their greatest hits) Taking The Long Way (2006). Songs included favourites such as Good Bye Earl, Cowboy Take Me Away, You Were Mine, Long Time Gone, Ready to Run, Sin Wagon and their cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide. After a powerful appeal from the audience, the Dixie Chicks performed Travelin’ Soldier, Not Ready to Make Nice and Bob Dylan’s Mississippi as their encore songs. While their set was minimal, relying on lighting and a few pyrotechnics for flash, the Chicks’ continued passion for their music was evident.

The Erwins’ remained silent for the duration of the show, but Maines shared her gratitude to their fans by thanking the audience after nearly every song. Maines even shared stories about her children and her youngest’s outspokenness, which she sarcastically remarked, “I don’t know where he gets that from,� referring to the remarks she said about former President George Bush, that sparked controversy for the group in 2003. While the group has not collectively released any new music since 2006, both Maines and the Erwin sisters released individual projects this year. Maines’ rock album, Mother, was released last May, and the Erwin’s group Court Yard Hounds released Amelita in July.

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DAWSON CREEK REMEMBERS JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - Like most other Royal Canadian Legion’s across the country, Dawson Creek’s Branch 141 will once again be hosting their annual Remembrance Day Ceremonies. The ceremony will once again be held in Unchagah Hall at Dawson Creek Secondary School at 10:30. The service

Photo Credit File Photo Wreaths will be laid at City Hall’s cenotaph after the Nov. 11 ceremony.

will start off with the Marching On of The Colours, the singing of O’Canada, the playing of the Last Post, two minutes of silence, the playing of The Lament, Reveille and the laying of wreaths in remembrance. Dawson Creek Mayor Dale Bumstead, MLA Mike Bernier, and MP Bob Zimmer are all expected to be in attendance, laying wreaths on behalf of their constituents. Legion member and public relations for Dawson Creek’s branch, Day Roberts, will lay a wreath on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion. Other community organizations are also welcome to lay wreaths. Immediately following the ceremony, the wreaths will be moved to the cenotaph at City Hall, where another brief ceremony will be held. “Remembrance Day, is one day a year set aside to pay tribute to those who lost their lives during both World Wars, the Korean Conflict, the Gulf War, the conflict in Afghanistan, and while serving with Canadian and international peace-keeping forces, and is a time to honour all veterans who served the cause of peace and freedom in all corners of the world,” said Roberts in a letter to the Northeast News. “We as Canadians have much to be proud of, and the very least we must do is remember those sacrifices made

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South Peace Players provide laughs with Always a Bridesmaid JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - The only thing more laughable than what some brides put their bridesmaids in, is the South Peace Players production of Always a Bridesmaid.

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Seniors issues confirmed during rural meetings JILL EARL DAWSON CREEK - The South Peace Seniors’ Access Services Society is breaking their designated boundary to try and address the needs of rural seniors. The South Peace Seniors’ Access Services Society (SPSASS) is hosting a number of meetings as a part of their Rural Seniors Engagement Project. They hope to explore what some of the issues facing rural seniors are. The group has already made stops in Bessborough, Rolla, and Pouce Coupe, and will make their way to Groundbirch, Tupper and Upper Cutbank before the end of the month. “Really we’re asking: what are the problems around rural seniors wanting to continue to live in their homes? What’s getting

in the way? What are the hurdles? What do they need? What can we do? What can Seniors’ Access do? How can we help out?,” said Sharon Miller, project coordinator. Some problems identified in Rolla included the lack of exercise classes, inconvenient travel times for the Northern Health bus, the need for at-home medical follow-ups after major surgeries, and the need for local and inter-provincial education regarding emergency service responders. Attendees also identified a need for assistance with snow removal, personal care, renovations and odd jobs. The cost, along with the availability of service providers was mentioned as a barrier to accessing these services. “The whole isolation [issue], the fact that people don’t know their neighbours anymore, so people become lonely and they don’t go out. It’s like, ‘I don’t think I’ll go

Photo Credit Jill Earl Sharon Miller conducts a meeting about rural seniors needs in Rolla.

there, I won’t know anybody anyway,’” said Miller, about the concerns raised during the Bessborough meeting. Through research, Miller compiled a list of common problems facing seniors, it included: reduced physical activity, poor eating habits, personal safety, mental considerations, chronic health conditions, housing concerns, lack of social contact, transportation, substance abuse, and keeping up to date on information. The list was meant to help the seniors think of other issues, specifically facing them. “If you’re living in downtown Prince George, it’s different than if you live in Bessborough...but saying what are your issues? Because your issues are the ones that we want to deal with,” Miller said. During the meetings, attendees are also asked what is working in their communities and possible solutions to their concerns. Organizations were also identified for pos-

Photo Credit Jill Earl Better at Home took local seniors on a tour of the Dawson Creek and Regional Airport last week, to introduce them to the flights offered and explain how important the airport is to local business. They enjoyed a free lunch at the Runway Cafe, donated by Busy Bee Signs.

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UPCOMING 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. 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. • Nov. 16: North Peace Senior Housing invites the public to the grand opening of the

NPSHS’ Apartment 3 at 9907 110 Avenue, Fort St. John from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. • Nov. 17: Country Christmas Craft & Gift Sale at the RosePrairie Community Curling Center 11:00am-4:00pm. Fine Arts and Crafts by local artisans and a wonderful selection of gift lines with a gift wrapping service. Lunch will be available. For more information contact Kathy:250-827-3037. • Jan. 18 and Mar, 15, 2014: Campfire Cowboy Nights at the Fort St. John Legion at 6 p.m.

Dawson Creek • 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 22 & 23: Ten Thousand Villages Sale will be held on Nov. 22, 3:00 to 9:00 pm and Nov. 23, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Northgate Mennonite Brethren Church, 1800-109 Avenue, Dawson Creek(blue church across from Kitchen Park). • 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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• Nov. 9: OPEN MIC NIGHT: Join us at the Rose Prairie Curling Rink Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Featuring M.C. Tom Cole. Admission by donation. Bar and Concession available. Everyone welcome, bring your talents!

ONGOING Fort St. John • 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 • 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. No meetings during July and August. • Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadets meet at 6:30 PM each Wednesday night at the Royal Canadian Legion on 102nd and 105 Ave. If you are between 12 and 18 years old please drop in or call us at 250-787-5323. • Alcoholics Anonymous - If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to (250) 785-8866. • Fort St. John Multiple Sclerosis support group. If you or anyone you know has MS and have any questions or just need to talk, please call Susie at (250) 785-2381 or Sandi at (250) 787-2652. • “Butterfly Families – Families Supporting Families” is open to all caregivers of children and youth with Special Needs. We meet the third Wednesday of every month at the Child Development Centre from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 10417 106 Ave. Does your child have learning, behavior or other complex special needs? Would you like to connect with other caregivers? Child minding available but please call ahead a few days before the meeting. Call (250) 785-3200 for more information. • Pregnancy tests, pregnancy options, peer-counselling and support are available at the North Peace Pregnancy Care

Centre. New location at #335 9909-100 Ave, Fort St. John. Please visit our website: To make an appointment call our 24 hour hotline at (250) 2621280. All services are free and completely confidential. • Are you tired of the crime? Then do the time. Join the Fort St. John Citizens Patrol. Donate a minimum of five hours per month. For information, call (250) 262-4530. • Pan African Caribbean Association welcomes the community to join our group to promote community awareness of culture, music and cuisine. Phone Donald at (250) 7850815 for more information. • New Totem Archery hold their indoor shoots at the Fort St. John Co-op Mall every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. and every Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. • Hearts for Adoption Support Group: Waiting families, adoptive families and wondering families/individuals are welcome to join us for adoption stories, resources and snacks! Meets regularly. For dates and times contact Joel or Gigi at 250-787-7559

Dawson Creek

• The Visually Impaired Support Group meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 12 noon at First Baptist Church, 1400 113 Ave. Each month we have a guest speaker and we share lunch. (cost by donation). Anyone who is visually impaired or who cares about someone with vision difficulties is welcome to attend. For further information please call Pam 782-5187 or Margaret 782-3221. • Better at Home has a volunteer opportunity for you! From mowing a lawn to hanging curtains, there are lots of ways you can help seniors in your community. It can be as simple and enjoyable as stopping in for a visit or taking someone shopping Call ‘Better at Home’ at 250-782-2341 and see how easy and enjoyable volunteering can be. • 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. • Stream of Life (Korean Church) 433-95 Ave Dawson Creek BC V1G 1H4 Phone 250-219-8016 Sunday Worship: 10:00 AM Sunday School: 10:00 AM Bible Study: 7:00 PM (Wednesday) Intercession Pry:700 PM (Thursday)

Pouce Coupe

• Youth Drop-In at Pouce Coupe Community Church Annex (the old Pouce library). Saturday nights 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Ages 13 to 17.


• Alcoholics Anonymous meets Tuesday and Friday at 8 p.m. at the Public Library, 5012 46 Street. If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to, phone 788-9658 or 788-1100

Tumbler Ridge • Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Thursday. 8 p.m. 115 Commercial Park (Baptist Church). If you think you might have a problem with drinking, come to an AA meeting. Call for times and places or someone to talk to. Phone 242-4018. • Magic the Gathering playgroup meetup every Thursday at the Tumbler Ridge Public Library from 6-8pm. New players welcome, free starter decks for people wanting to learn the game or interested in re-joining the MTG community. Contact Chris at, for any questions or concerns

Taylor • Civil Air Search and Rescue (CASARA) meetings every second Tuesday at the Taylor Fire Hall at 7 p.m. For info: Bob at 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802.

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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, certiďŹ ed care aides in Fort St John area. Immediate start, On call casual position. Send resumes To fax 250-412-0170 11/07 NOVELTY Bills Books & Bargains. We Buy your collectables, Adult Magazines, Books and coins. Open 12pm to 7pm Mon to Sat. Phone 250-785-2660 TFN MASSAGE Nim’s Thai massage. Great Stress Relief for your Therapeutic well- being. Call 250793-2335 10/24

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Join the Peace River Regional District team in the mighty Peace Region of northeastern BC – world renowned for our friendly people, spectacular outdoor recreation and linkages to the Yukon and Alaska. The Peace River Regional District is geographically the largest local government in the province, encompassing four electoral areas and seven member municipalities, with a total population of approximately 60,000, in its vast 120,000 square kilometers. One of our fastest growing rural communities is Charlie Lake - a thriving residential, recreational, smallbusiness focused community - with a sub-regional population of approximately 3,500 in the fire protection area. Charlie Lake is situated 8 km northwest of the City of Fort St. John, B.C., along the famous Alaska Highway, on the shore of the lake by the same name. The Regional District is seeking an energetic and qualified individual for the position of Fire Chief, Charlie Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Reporting to the Regional District’s Manager of Community Services, the Fire Chief is responsible for recruiting, supervising and training a strong team of 30+ volunteer fire fighters; developing, recommending and implementing plans, policies and programs; and preparing and monitoring annual and long range operational and capital budgets. The successful candidate will possess strong leadership skills; be a visionary leader and results oriented; and have a strong understanding of administrative requirements in the fire service. The candidate will have superior ability to communicate effectively and concisely, verbally and written; and have the capability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with volunteers, Regional District staff, elected officials and the general public. Finally as a member of the Regional District’s management team, the Fire Chief will play a fundamental role in integrating Regional District policies and practices into the department’s operations while also developing bylaws and policies that will assist the department in meeting its strategic and operational goals. The candidate will have a minimum of a grade twelve education followed by completion of a recognized program of study in Fire Administration with a minimum of five years of satisfactory service as a Fire Captain or higher or an equivalent combination of education and experience. For a complete list of responsibilities and preferred qualifications please view the job description at: This is a full-time exempt position with a competitive salary and benefit package commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications and experience. A detailed job description is available at Qualified applicants are invited to submit a resume, cover letter and at least three references “in confidence� to: Peace River Regional District Attention: Diana Mitchell, Executive Assistant Email: PO Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8 Telephone: (250) 784-3200 Confidential Fax: (250) 784-3220 Closing date for this opportunity is 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013 We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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 ofďŹ ce site location in Fort St John, B.C. The Fort St. John ofďŹ ce 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 ofďŹ ce hourly/salaried positions. OfďŹ ce positions will include beneďŹ ts. Registered Nurses: $41.50 per hour

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Paws Corner: Are You Ready For A New Family Member? Having a pet in the family is a very wonderful & special thing. They provide companionship, fun, learning, and so much more. Deciding to get a new pet in the family is a big decision that needs to be made with care & consideration. When doing this it is important to remember that any pet you may have needs you to have time to spend with it on a regular daily basis; for you to understand proper care & feeding for its breed and type; and they will need some regular health check-ups, shots and at times require medical attention from a veterinarian. Once you decide you are ready for a new family member to love and care for, the next decision is what breed is best for your lifestyle and home. Our wonderful canine friends come all shapes & sizes from very tiny (Miniature Chihuahuas) to huge (Great

Danes, Leonbergers, the biggest Irish Wolfhounds), longhaired (Rough Collies, Mountain Bernese) to short-haired (Labrador Retrievers, Rhodesian Ridgebacks) and even some are hairless (Xoloitzcuintle, Chinese Crested, American Hairless Terrier) dogs. Some breeds are hypo-allergenic (Basenji, Bichon-Frise, Yorkie, Standard Poodles and a few others]). Plus some breeds “blow� their coats up to twice a year—these dogs are double-coated and lose their thick undercoat twice a year fairly quickly. They need daily grooming to help this process. Some breeds are very smart, others are great to have

around kids (and some are not). Some love doing high-energy activities (Rally-O, Agility, X-Dog activities) others are great for just relaxing around the home. The choice is up to you! The Fort St. John & District Kennel Club meets at the beginning of each month. We have a number of dog-loving members with a variety of breeds and years of experience! We are always interested in welcoming new members. For more information please feel free to contact us at:





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2012 Chrysler 200.. Now $19,777 Was $20,991



2012 Chrysler 300 .. Now $26,883 Was $32,883


2012 Jeep Compass Low Kms Now $18,890 Was $21,991

2010 Dodge Grand Caravan 2008 Ford F-150 KING RANCH Now $17,440 Was $19,991 Now $22,930 Was $25,991

2007 Dodge Ram 2500 Lift ‘n’ Tires Now $19,880 Was $22,991

2005 Dodge Caravan Now $6,780 Was $9,991




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2012 Dodge Journey R/T.. Now $26,850 Was $28,991




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All vehicles were available at time of printing, though pictures are for display purposes only and vehicles may not be exactly as illustrated. Payments are based off a 96 month purchase at 4.99% interest and are calculated bi weekly. Payments include taxes and fees of $519.00 and are OAC. See dealer for complete details.


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