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FORT ST. JOHN – The Site C public hearings wrapped up for the year and will commence again on Jan. 6 in the Doig River First Nations Reserve. For the past two weeks the Joint Review Panel heard speakers from opposite sides of the spectrum, rooting for and rallying against BC Hydro’s proposed Site C dam, which would be the third hydro project on the Peace river. The proceedings in Fort St. John got personal on Day 3, Dec. 11, during the general session. Arlene and Ken Boon gave the Panel a tour of their every day life living in the Peace valley. “The valley is a special place in many

ways and as a result families tends to stay here,” said Arlene. “There are a number of multi-generational families who live on the valley, on the same land that their families homesteaded.” If Site C goes through, the Boon’s would lose their home that has been in the family for the past three generations. “We often have a hard time explaining how connected our life is to the river valley,” she said. “It would be flooded, or taken up by the road alignment that includes my home and my mom’s home … it would basically be wiped out or burnt down as BC Hydro has done in the past.” As Arlene’s presentation went on it became difficult for her to speak, choking back tears as she read from her notes. “Any project that has a 27,000-page Environmental Impact Statement obviously

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Continued from Front Page The letter was sent to BC Hydro’s chair, and received on Dec. 11, the same day the discussion over land being removed from the ALC took place at the hearings. That day the Panel also heard of how the Peace region should be protected from any further developments, including Site C. “Seventy per cent of the Peace region has been impacted by industrial development to date,” said Faisal Moola with the David Suzuki Foundation, adding that a request for the cumulative affects that development has imposed of the region should be looke before Site C is constructed, if it gets approval. He noted that this was never done. Though a majority of the presenters that addressed the Panel spoke in opposition of the dam, there were a few who addressed the project’s benefits. Philip Hochstein, president of the Independent Contractors and Business Association of British Columbia, commended Hydro’s venture to build Site C. “My industry relies on the industry that creates wealth, it allows the construction industry to do its thing,” said Hochstein. The magnitude of the project would create approximately 10,000 direct construction jobs and approximately 33,000 jobs throughout the seven-year construction and development period. “What we are talking about is more than just jobs, it’s 10,000 families, 10,000 people paying taxes, locally, provincially and federally … it means … building better futures, it means busy times in all kinds of businesses here in the Peace.” The benefits of Site C extend beyond economic prosperity it trickles into supporting funds to build community Du centres, hospitals and schools Cro in B.C., he said. from your friends wit “It is very clear that HyMerina and Melissa dro has done its homework,” Hochstein noted, applauding Gift certificates available for BC Hydro’s “thorough” envihot shaves, perfect gift for the ronmental impact statement. man who has everything! Dual Stage Crown Series with Track Drive He urged the Panel to give Share our Facebook page for a chance to Site C an “enthusiastic endorsement.” win a FREE Shave. Draw ends Dec. 23, 2013 Senator Richard Neufeld, former energy minister and Phone: (250) 782-1199 long-time Fort St. John resi937 103rd, Dawson Creek, BC dent, also addressed the PanNext to our friends at Baked Cafe. el advocating for Site C. We are available for Walk In’s and Appointments. “While the environmental

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Funeral short and sweet to honour Fynn’s memory JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca POUCE COUPE - Family, friends, co-workers, community members and representatives from across the region filled the Pouce Coupe Community Centre on Dec. 15 to remember the life of the late Larry Fynn. The former mayor of Pouce Coupe resigned in September, after serving approximately two years in the position. Fynn’s decision was based on his worsening health; he had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. He passed away on Dec. 9 in Dawson Creek at 73 years of age. Family friend, Peggy Bergeron, officiated the service, while granddaughter Nicole said a few words, granddaughter Jennifer sang, and Barb Monro performed two songs.

Nicole said her grandfather appreciated short services of all kinds, and hoped to honour him by doing just that. According to Bergeron, Fynn loved to drive trucks and started to do so at the age of 14; apparently he even lied about his age to get his first job as a truck driver. He cofounded a successful trucking company that allowed him to retire early and serve as a Pouce Coupe councillor and eventually as mayor. He also served as the president of the Dawson Creek Golf Club and president of the Pouce Coupe Foundation. He was described as friendly, unselfish, fun, full of integrity, committed, loyal, strong, dedicated, and could be a tease sometimes. Bergeron said he wasn’t afraid to get involved when he saw something that needed to be fixed, he wasn’t afraid of a little hard work, and loved to serve his community. She said he was also often considered ‘the voice of reason.’ Bergeron said that “that voice will live on through

the memories we have of him,� and by doing so, Fynn will outlive his life. His family asks that expressions of sympathy in memory of Fynn be made by way of donation to The Village of Pouce Coupe for a speed reader sign proposed to be placed in the Village’s school zone.

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KYLA CORPUZ reporter@northeastnews.ca FORT ST. JOHN – There are better options to energize British Columbia than relying on BC Hydro’s proposed third dam, said six speakers who presented on Day 2 of the Site C public hearings. The three-person Joint Review Panel heard of energy alternatives such as geothermal, independent power producers (IPP) like wind turbines, and the construction of a cascade dam: Site 7b. SITE 7B BC Hydro looked at Site 7b very briefly when considering the third spot for its proposed hydroelectric dam. It would have been a two-part dam, minimizing the overall footprint that Size C would contribute. However, this option was axed early on because the cost was too expensive and unjustifiable; it would only produce 25 per cent of Site C, said hydro consultant John Nunn. Therefore, this project was never fully analyzed. But two technical advisors, on behalf of Treaty 8 First Nations, said BC Hydro should change their mind. “It needs to be considered as a viable resource,” said Rick Hendriks from Camerado Energy Consulting Inc. “There are many advantages of this project, which is why it needs more study—to see if it is in fact a project,” Hendriks said. Philip Raphals from Helios Centre, also advocated for Site 7b. This would be an ideal compromise for First Nations and BC Hydro, Raphals suggested. It would have a lighter footprint; eliminate impacts on fish species that Site C would otherwise adversely affect; hunting, fishing, trapping, recreation and the scenic view would not change in a way that Site C would alter those activities; heritage sites and cultural landscapes would also be preserved. Site C would generate an unnecessary amount of surplus energy, he added. When considering the history of BC Hydro customer’s energy consumption, a smaller dam like Site 7b would meet future energy needs, without LNG in the picture. Raphals also argued that this option would be more cost-effective than Site C.

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Christmas spirit I think there’s a part of me that will never grow up. I still have trouble believing that I have a full-time career, drive my own car, and am getting married in 100 days. But besides all that, I’m still a little weirdo that sings the wrong lyrics to every song, and mismatches my socks on a daily basis—and not even on purpose. Being a kid at heart will always be who I am, which makes Christmas traditions that much more fun. Growing up I wasn’t exposed to a lot of the Christmas customs most kids in western culture get to experience. So, in the last couple of years I’ve immersed myself in the Christmas spirit, filled with homemade stockings, pictures with Santa and most recently: a real Christmas tree, plucked from the woods. My fiancé knew that I had never done anything like it, so we loaded up the car with our dog and searched for a good spot full of coniferous trees. After trudging through knee-high snow, and unsuccessfully finding the perfect tree I lost enthusiasm. I left the rest of the hunt to my bearded mountain man. Emerging from a steep slope, he presented me with a small, Charlie Brown-like tree. When you’ve never grown up with these sort of activities even the smallest tree makes the holidays a little brighter, and that much more appreciated. So, however your Christmas looks like, I hope you find the beauty in this year’s holiday season. Kyla Corpuz, assistant editor

Excluding Site C from ALC Act would be outrageous

Where are Site C decision makers during public hearings? I have to say that listening to the landowners throughout the hearings process on Site C dam is heart wrenching. I do not think it’s acceptable that the final decision makers are not in the room, faceto-face with the people whose heritage, homes and

livelihoods would be destroyed by this project if it is approved. Part of the responsibility associated with decision-making is coming to terms with your conscience. If you’re not in the room to dialogue first-hand with those whose lives you are gravely impacting and

experiencing the emotion associated with the discussion, then how are you taking full responsibility, or, ‘shouldering’ the weight of your decision? It isn’t right to avoid this - it’s inhuman. Andrea Morison, Fort St. John

Bill Bennett on Dec. 11, 2013 wrote a letter to B.C. Hydro in which he says: “Should the Project [Site C] receive approval in the environmental assessment process the Government will take appropriate action to ensure that the requirements of the Agricultural Land Commission Act will not apply to any of the lands potentially affected by the project.” The Agricultural Land Commission seems to be quite willing to protect farm land when it involves saying no to in-

dividual land owners (like Mr. McLeod) but just can’t take an interest in disagreeing with B.C. Hydro. We think that Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan hit the nail on the head when she called the negotiations over the Site C Dam a David and Goliath situation. Bill Bennett’s “good to go” to B.C. Hydro shows a lack of appreciation of our agricultural land. It is not surprising to us that the land owners who run the risk of losing their land are a tad upset at this time. It is hard to keep

your cool when you have so much power working against you. We applaud those who have spoken out at the hearings in defense of the unique agricultural climate of the flats by the Peace River. We do have some of the best farm land in B.C., but not all of it has a long growing season. The small amount of land by the river has a large value. We need to protect it.

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GEOTHERMAL Today, B.C. doesn’t use geothermal heating and that needs to change, said Alison Thompson from the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association. Thompson participated via telephone conference. Geothermal has little to no green house gas emission and has an “extremely low footprint,” said Thompson. While B.C. has the resources to utilize geothermal heating, it has not been practiced in the province, however it is widely used around the world. “BC Hydro has not properly informed themselves on geothermal,” she said. A BC Hydro representative said they haven’t discounted geothermal, but they are “prohibited from doing those resources,” because it is the IPP (independent power producers) sector that is responsible for developing the energy. The representative added that they are looking forward to accommodate geothermal in the future. While the IPP sector has shown interest in geothermal, the permit process is long and strenuous, which often results in the company giving up and moving their operations elsewhere around the world, said Thompson. “Geothermal can do everything that Site C can for less while providing more,” she added. INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS Site C may be a good project, but there are alternatives said Clark Wilson with the Clean Energy Association of

B.C. Wilson said Hydro should focus their attention on IPPs, such as wind and run-of-river resources because it is cost effective, economically advantageous, environmentally friendly and works well with First Nations. “There is no other sector that has the potential to provide jobs and income than the clean energy sector. It has that kind of transformative opportunity; these are real developments that are happening today,” he said. Hydro pointed out that 90 per cent of their IPPs come from wind energy, and that while hydro has offered 40-year contracts, they didn’t receive any bids for a contract over 25 years. BC Hydro maintains that Site C is the “preferred option,” when compared to alternatives. Hydro first started scoping out locations for dam sites along the Peace in the 60s. They also considered up to seven dams in a row, known as cascade dams. Hydro’s formal rebuttal will be submitted in paper by Dec. 24.

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D.C. meal program receives gaming grant JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - While the Nawican Friendship Centre offers a list of worthwhile programs such as HIV education, mental health support, and drug and alcohol counselling, their recently awarded grant will be designated exclusively to their hot meals program. The Centre was granted $42,000 in November to support their free hot meal program that runs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12-1 p.m. According to Brenda L’Hirondelle, program director at the Centre, approximately 70 people attend each time a meal is hosted. “We serve about 1,200 bowls of soup a month, it’s not necessarily soup though, we try to utilize whatever is donated to us. For example, if we’re going to be having a

turkey dinner today, and there’s turkey left over, we might serve a turkey dinner tomorrow for soup kitchen or we might save it and do a turkey soup. Everything gets used,� said L’Hirondelle. She said that the Nawican Friendship Centre has an open door policy, and that no one is turned away from the services they offer. Their programs are open to everyone, but those with low-incomes can really benefit from attending. “A lot of people are low-income nowadays. Right now with the rents the way they are and the rise in living costs, a lot of people are just making ends meet. So a lot of people just come for the meal just to supplement what they are trying to live on,� L’Hirondelle said, adding that the social aspect is another reason why some attend. The Centre received the same gaming grant last year, but will still have to do fundraising in order to keep the program operating. L’Hirondelle said that the program has been fortunate enough to re-

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of Caring, and helping with the dinner was one way they could participate. “We work with the United Way company-wide across Canada, and we really let them take care of where we’re needed most. So they tell us where we can help out and we try and find people that will come in and fill their place. We have construction staff, operators from the field, one of our electrical specialists, and myself from the Fort St. John office [helping today],� said Newby. He said that that Shell Canada staff in Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, and Fort St. John have participated in community events throughout the week including local food banks and community dinners. “This dinner seemed like an easy and quick one to come and help out at,� Newby said.

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School District 59 briefs: Dec. 11 JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca

CHAIR AND VICE RE-ELECTED With no other nominees, chair of School District 59’s board Richard Powell and vice-chair Tamara Ziemer will serve one more year in their positions. Powell said that if he decides to seek reelection as a trustee in next year’s election, he won’t accept a nomination to be chair. COMMUNICATION IS KEY Director of instruction, Candy Clouthier, presented recommendations from the Communication Committee that hope to strengthen relationships, improve access to information, and promote public awareness in the school district. Some ideas that the committee had for improving communication throughout the district include: building a new website and updating it regularly, have schools build relationships with each other through a ‘buddy school’ program, and incorporate community service ideas with social events. SD59 BECOMING INTERNATIONAL The school district has a big opportunity to attract international students in the coming years, according to international education program coordinator Brad Booker. Booker was in China last month visiting six cities, attending nine agent meetings, a recruitment fair, and visiting four schools – all in an effort to attract students to pursuing a School District 59 education. Booker is even introducing a summer camp here next August, so potential international students can get a feel for what the community is like. He said that starting in 2015/2016, the Ministry of Education has mandated that 25 per cent of international students attending B.C. offshore schools (B.C. education abroad) will have to attend a B.C. school for at least a semester; a big opportunity for the district. This year Booker was awarded the Rising Star of International Education in the province. He said that has helped him make contacts overseas. IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Responding to a number of concerns by parents, Canalta

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FSJ Farmers’ Market finds new home at curling club KYLA CORPUZ reporter@northeastnews.ca FORT ST. JOHN – The Fort St. John Farmers’ Market has found a new home at the curling club. “The Farmers’ Market was looking for a new home and there had been talks previously between us and their committee and we were their best alternative,” said Ryan Harvey, The Fort St. John Curling Club general manager. The curling club will accommodate its new tenants at the start of the market’s next season in May. “We’ve been in the same space for around 20 years … it’s been a long time, and in that time if you look at how much the town has grown, and the Farmers’ Market hasn’t had a chance to grow. I see this as an opportunity for us to grow,” said the Fort St. John’s Farmers’ Market president

Barb Giesbrecht. In the summer months vendors will use the space where the ice pad is during the curling season. During wintertime, it will be moved upstairs to the banquet hall. Now that the curling club has undergone renovations which include, new flooring, a spacious entrance, a new elevator, upgraded restrooms, easier access to the ice pad and one accessible lift, Giesbrecht said it’s makes for “positive and exciting” location to host the Farmers’ Market. “It is a huge space and it give us a lot of options and opportunities as far as expansion,” she added. “Location is excellent, it’s central, it’s located pretty much on the same block as the recreational facility, close to the visitor information, because we get a lot of out-of-town guests—it’s central, I think it will be good for us.” The rent to use the space will be in the same ballpark

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Treaty 8 bands not meaningfully consulted: Chiefs KYLA CORPUZ reporter@northeastnews.ca FORT ST. JOHN – Since 2007 BC Hydro’s staff has conducted and attended 930 Site C meetings. Its public consultation efforts has been viewed as extensive, but was it meaningful? Not in the eyes of Treaty 8 Tribal Chief Liz Logan. On Day 2 of the Site C public hearings, Dec. 10, Joint Review Panel member Jocelyn Beaudet asked for the meaning of ‘consultation.’ “I believe [BC Hydro has] done an extensive work in trying to consult people, the staff at BC Hydro had vast communication and action plan and we are starting to hear that people are not satisfied with that, then what is the definition [for consultation]?â€? While Logan could not speak on behalf of the five treaties she represented, she did boldly state, “It’s not coming into the office and sending referrals through the bus and the mail, and coming into our office for an hour and saying, ‘We know what you think‌’ ‌We need to be informed fully and meaningfully, and we need capacity and expertise.â€? Rick Hendriks, a technical advisor with Treaty 8, said BC Hydro entered consultations with a “limitedâ€? approach. Treaty 8 went into the process believing they would discuss with Hydro how to achieve the best result, while Hydro came in with only some degree of possible outcomes, said Hendriks. Consultation is having an informed dialog, said West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson. “Having a predetermined outcome is not consultation.â€?

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Not being part of the decision making process is unfair consultation, said band member Gary Oker. “I’m going to fight you guys or shake your hand in partnership, “ said Oker, which has evidently not turned out to be the latter. “Consultation is not about saying here is a little bit of money go do your study,â€? he added. Phhot otoo Cr Cred edditt Ky Kyla C Kyl Cor o pu puz First Nation groups were Trea Tr reeaatyy 8 Trirba ball Ch C ie i f LiLizz Lo L gan gan (far ga (f(farr lef e t)) and n Wes estt Mo M be berlrlly CH CHieff Rolan CHie and Willlllso an sonn (f(far ar rigght ht) don’ ht) n’tt be b lilevve BBCC funded $12.5 million by Hyydro trtrul uully listten e edd ttoo th theeir co conc n errns ns ove v r SiSitee CC. Hydro to participate in consultations, to carry out trahosted 500 Site C specific meetings since 2007, opened ditional land use studies, community baseline studies and up a community consultation office in Fort St. John and to participate in the environmental assessment process, inHudson’s Hope and responded to over 3,000 inquiries and cluding preparing for and participating in the Joint Review 4,200 requests for additional information on its EnvironPanel process, said Site C community relations manager mental Impact Statement. Dave Conway. Hydro has currently invested nearly $300 In addition they have engaged with over 50 Aboriginal million in its own pre-project costs, which is part of its $7.9 groups since 2007 and was instructed by the regulators to billion budget. consult with 29 specific Aboriginal groups, conducting Oker illustrated foreshadowing from Dene-zaa ancesover 430 meetings, in the Environmental Impact Statement tors, which he believes is akin to their situation with BC Guidelines Hydro. To meet the needs of Site C’s expected labour growth, “We have stories of giant animals coming into our land BC Hydro has invested $1 million to support access to and killing us off and we see that as the giant animal has skills and trades training, and has offered $100,000 to nonreturned.â€? profit groups to address social impacts on a booming comLandowner Arlene Boon also felt she was unjustly conmunity. sulted by BC Hydro. If Site C goes through, a new highway Hydro has signed legacy agreements with the Peace Rivwill cut through her family’s land and homesteads, which er Regional District, which wasn’t a unanimous decision date back three generations. across the board. Hudson’s Hope mayor Gwen Johansson, “Do you want the highway to go through your home or has voiced multiple concerns with Site C, and was one of do you want the highway to go through your agricultural the opposing members on Hydro’s legacy agreement with land?â€? were the choices BC Hydro presented, she said. the PRRD. “The alternatives to us were never introduced: over our In addition, Hydro recently signed an agreement with house, a little bit on the other side of the valley? ‌ Hydro Chetwynd, but are still waiting for agreements with Hudhas not been fair in consulting with the landowners or the son’s Hope, Fort St. John and the District of Taylor. people of this area.â€? Fort St. John’s staff and council completed its own Site The highway realignment, to accommodate the proposed C consultation with residents and have not stated a stance flood line, will displace 30 landowners. on the controversial project, but presented Hydro with arBC Hydro’s senior vice-president Susan Yurkovich said eas that still need to be addressed. Hydro already changed their original plans from having While Yurkovich acknowledges that Hydro’s consultathe highway run through Lynx Creek to their current plan. tions to date have not satisfied all who are impacted, she “This suggestion came to us in 2008 from property ownsaid, “We have worked hard and considered them thorers,â€? she said. oughly in the work we have taken, if we are successful Hydro’s consultations were based on feedback by comin achieving certification we will continue to work with munity members, said Yurkovich. Hydro responded to them.â€? resident’s need for face-to-face consultation, and has since

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Room to Bloom sprouts Christmas education JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - Toddlers had a hands-on look at how Christmas is celebrated in Germany last week, when Heidi Kux-Kardos visited the Room to Bloom program at the Kiwanis Early Learning Hub, Dec. 12. The children made glittery ornaments, decorated a Christmas Tree, learned German numbers and words, and sang German nursery rhymes. They also enjoyed a snack of pumpernickel bread, salami, and German butter cheese, and a dessert called Linzer Torte. According to Kux-Kardos, in Germany presents are opened on Christmas Eve, only after a song, a story, and quiet reflection of thanks. The tree is also usually hidden from children until Christmas Eve, and traditionally is a rooted spruce tree that is decorated with hand-made straw ornaments and lit candles. A big dinner would usually follow. Room to Bloom regulars also got a taste of how Christmas is celebrated elsewhere two weeks ago, when they explored Christmas around the world. “That was just a very general look at different names for Santa Claus, and we did some basic Christmas crafts. The things that we ate were things that were common in a lot of different countries, like the dried fruits and nuts, eggnog, history of fruit cake, shortbread, all that type of stuff,” said Michele Mobley, program coordinator. Room to Bloom is a part of the Organizing Against Racism and Hate project through the Literacy Society, and is run in conjunction with School District 59 and Strong Start. It provides the opportunity for

children to be exposed to, and learn about different cultures before they enter school. Through positive exposure, the program hopes to reduce discrimination and racism in schools. “Even if they haven’t had any encounters with anybody from a different culture, it just sets them up to put them at ease and fosters understanding, so that we don’t run into problems down the road,” Mobley said. The program was only introduced in late October and has already explored Somalia and China, thanks to the help of special guests that introduce words, games, crafts, and food to the children. “It’s really helpful that we have a great pool of resources

Photo Credit Jill Earl One participant helps to decorate the Christmas Tree.

in Dawson Creek as far as guests go. There’s lots of different people from lots of different places that we’re able to call on and bring them in and help share a little bit of their culture,” said Mobley.

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Photo Credit Kyla Corpuz Dan Davies’ Grade 5/6 class from Duncan Cran, after receiving their D.A.R.E. certificates for completing a 10-week program about saying ‘no’ to drugs and alcohol.

Saying ‘No’ to drugs and alcohol KYLA CORPUZ reporter@northeastnews.ca

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FORT ST. JOHN - Grade 5 and 6 students from Duncan Cran donned D.A.R.E. T-shirts for their graduation ceremony from Drug Abuse Resistance Education program on Dec. 11. Fort St. John crime prevention officer Jodi Shelkie taught the students different lessons on the health effects of using drugs and alcohol, how and why to say ‘no’ to those substances and how to overcome peer pressure. The education program took place over a course of 10 weeks, at the end of the program a handful of students shared with parents and children in younger grades what they learned.

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Photo Credit Submitted Top and left: Students from Bert Bowes’ “Free the Children” program. Bert Bowes, in Fort St. John, has started a “Free the Children” program at its school. This is the second year we have run it. We will and have been participating in fundraising opportunities to raise money for our Adopt a Village initiative, as well as, local charity initiatives. So far we have went to Vancouver for the WEDay event, where we listened to famous speakers such as Martin Luther King III and had several local businesses donate so we could make it there. We then came back and organized a Salvation Army Food Drive. We are now selling Powercards which is a card that 17 local businesses have provided a discount at their store. The money will be be used to help build a school overseas. We are still selling these until the end of January. If anyone is interested in buying one please call the school.

Photo Credit Kyla Corpuz Sherri Williams, executive director at the Women’s Resource Centre in Fort St. John, stands with a pile of some, not all, of the items donated to the Centre during their third annual ‘Get from Giving’ fundraiser. Those who donated items like used clothing, non-perishables, toiletries, hygiene products and new toys, were given a bowl of homemade moose stew and bannock. The Women’s Centre will disperse the donations during the Christmas season to those in need.

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



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Photo Credit Kyla Corpuz Mindy Henyu, top, and Jennifer Beebe, Shell community relations employees, help prepare lunch at the Fort St. John Salvation Army for United Way’s Day of Caring on Dec. 11.

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Industry briefs JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca

MEIKLE WIND ENERGY PROJECT CALLS FOR COMMENT The Meikle Wind Energy Project has entered the public comment phase of their environmental assessment; the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office will be taking submissions until Jan. 13. The proponent, Finavera Wind Energy, hopes to construct and operate 68 wind turbines, generating a maximum capacity of 187 Megawatts. Their proposed project is located approximately 33 kilometres northwest of Tumbler Ridge, and is expected to be operating for 25 years. In Canada, Finavera only has operating plans for the B.C. Peace Region. They have two other proposed wind energy projects including Wildmare, a 38 wind turbine project five kilometres from Chetwynd, expected to produce 77.4 Megawatts and be operational in 2014. Their Bullmoose project, located 20 km away from Tumbler Ridge, has a target operation date of 2015 and will have a capacity of 60 megawatts. Their Tumbler Ridge Wind Project has 33 wind turbines, and is located eight kilometres from Tumbler Ridge. That project is complete. All four projects are included in the 25-year electricity purchase agreement Finavera has with BC Hydro.

NEW WOODLOT LICENCE AVAILABLE Over one thousand hectares of Crown land, 68 kilometres north of Chetwynd is available for bid from the Province of B.C. The lot is located near Meikle Creek, and the Province will allow 1,640 cubic metres be cut annually. It includes a mix of coniferous trees that have been affected by the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson said that making the lot available would generate new job opportunities across the region. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 19. BABKIRK LANDFILL PROJECT GETS EXTENSION Under the Environmental Assessment Act, Babkirk Land Services Inc. has received an extension to the deadline in their Environmental Assessment Certificate to start their landfill project. The certificate required Babkirk to substantially start their project by Dec. 3, 2013, however, the Environmental Assessment Office has agreed to extend their deadline by the maximum allowance of five years. The Babkirk Secure Landfill Project will be located 130 kilometres north of Fort St. John, and will have a lifespan of approximately 25 years. The landfill will be secure and dispose between 15,000 and 30,000 tonnes of contaminated soils, desiccant material and sulphur catalyst a year.

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Photo Credit Kyla Corpuz After two years of construction, the new Fort St. John Fire Hall located on 93 Street and 93 Avenue, is just about ready for the department to move in. As of Dec. 13 the only finishing touch on the hall was moving the 911 services to the new dispatch.

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the end of the year, and as of Dec. 13 the last detail was moving the 911 services, radio and dispatch to the new hall. “We’ve been moving most of the week, hauling a lot of the stuff down there,” said Rogers last Friday. “I don’t 1 pet will be chosen each week think anybody would really understand the magnitude of and will be featured in the moving out of the building you’ve been living in for the Northeast News. Each pet chosen will be entered into a draw for a past four decades.” monthly prize supplied by the Landscaping still needs to be complete, but that will be North Peace Veterinary Clinic dependent on the weather. The budget for the fire hall sat at approximately $12 million in March. Its final cost won’t PEACE RIVER REGIONAL DISTRICT be revealed until a report is presented to council, said ELECTORAL AREA ‘D’ DIRECTOR BY-ELECTION 2014 Rogers.

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FORT ST. JOHN – This Christmas season the Fort St. John fire department gets to unwrap its biggest present yet: a new fire hall. “It’s comforting to know that moving forward they are going to be in a building that is designed for the needs of a growing community and makes everybody proud to be working out of it,” said Jim Rogers, the City’s director of protected services. It’s been two years since the City broke ground on the new fire hall site, located at 93 Street and 93 Avenue. The 20,000-square foot facility is a state-of-the-art emergency centre, made to withstand a 9.0-magnitude earthquake. “The thing that strikes you the most is that it’s long overdue,” said Rogers about moving into the new hall. “You don’t realize how deficient you were in the existing fire hall until you move into the new one.” The fire department has been operating out of the hall on 100 Avenue and 94 street INE OOKS for the past forty years. “The amount of things that are ITERATURE PIRITUALITY there and things that need to be sorted and moved— ISTORY OLITICS RT unlike moving into a home USIC OOD where you can live without this, that or the other thing— you have to have everything in a state of readiness beOSTERS HIRTS ETOX cause as soon as you move there you need to be 100 per LASSWARE cent on,” said Rogers. The move-in date for the department has been pushed back multiple times. When the project was first started TREET it was anticipated to be complete over 18 months; this ORT T OHN past March, Rogers forecasted for an opening in the summer. Now, it’s nearing

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FOR RENT 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

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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 Help Wanted Epscan Industries Ltd, Fort St. John, BC looking for Shop Labourers full time position, clean shelves, sort out and put away miscellaneous electrical and instrument parts shovel walk ways in the morning and throughout the day and sweep off snow from vehicles if needed, Recycling return, paper and glass, monthly parts truck inspection, Load and unload materials and move to work areas, clean up upstairs locker and lunch room, sweep floors at the end of the day. Perform other activities as directed. Salary: $17.50 / hourly email resume at apply@ sphconsultancy.com 01/02

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CLASSIFIEDS Vold, Jones & Vold Auction Co. Ltd.

DAWSON CREEK AUCTION â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;MILE ZERO CITYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; DawsoAve. Dawson Creek, British Columbia 301-116th

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SLAUGHTER CATTLE

On Monday, December 16, 2013, 830 head of cattle went through our ring D1 - D2 Cows 62.00-68.00 D3 - D4 Cows 52.00-58.00 Holstein Cows N/A Heiferettes 55.00-70.00 Bologna Bulls 65.00-77.00 Feeder Bulls 80.00-90.00 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

Help Wanted Thunder Oilfield Services Ltd. Fort St John, BC Light Duty Cleaner, Position Available: 1 (Full Time) Ensure general cleanliness standards are upheld, sweep, mop, Wash,wax and polish floors, dust furniture and desks, vacuum carpeting and area rugs, draperies and upholstered furniture, clean, disinfect and polish kitchen/ lunchroom and bathroom fixtures and appliances, empty trash Containers and paper shredders ,wash windows, walls, and ceilings, report all faults to supervisor, may provide basic information on facilities. Additional duties as required from time to time. Salary : $14.50/hourly. Apply to sphpower@work.com 12/12

OBITUARY Leonard Peter CARTIER Leonard Peter Cartier, better known as Len, was a long time resident of Fort St. John, BC. Len passed away at Dawson Creek, BC, at the age of 82. Len was born on February 16, 1931 in Prince Albert, SK, to parents Odias Cartier and Yvonne Cartier (Colvez), and he was the ninth of 13 children. He grew up on a homestead at Whitestar, SK, just outside of Prince Albert, SK. Len started his working career as a long haul truck driver. In 1962 he moved to Dawson Creek, BC where he owned and operated Cats, clearing cut lines, clearing land, and he also worked on the construction of the WAC Bennett Dam on the Peace River. Several years later Len turned to welding as a profession and fabricated everything from tanks for trucks to horse trailers. Len was well known for his participation in the regional rodeo circuit, and for his line of Quarter Horses. Some even referred to Len as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Horse Whispererâ&#x20AC;?. In the mid to late 60â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Len was the President of the Dawson Creek Rope and Saddle Club. He helped build much of the stock pens and chutes at the Dawson Creek Rodeo Grounds. He actively participated in not only rodeoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s but local gymkhanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, giving opportunity to the young future rodeo stars to learn their basic skills. Len was, in his day, a well-known all-around amateur cowboy. He was a horse breeder, and developed an excellent lineage of Quarter Horses. Some of these equine athletes went on to compete at national levels in roping and barrel racing. Len is fondly remembered by his children: Ron Cartier, Debra Cartier, Clint Cartier, Vicki Wizniuk (Lee Wizniuk); and grandchildren: Stephanie Childerley (Brad Childerley), Jessica Gladysz, Jocelyn Gladysz, and Cole Wizniuk.

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Fort St. John Police-based Victim Services (RCMP) are seeking resumes for the position of a Part-time OfďŹ ce Assistant/Caseworker.

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â&#x20AC;˘ 17.5 hours per week (may include evenings and weekends) â&#x20AC;˘ To carry a crisis response cell phone as part of the afterhours on call service â&#x20AC;˘ Training will be provided for position Duties: â&#x20AC;˘ Assist the Program Co-ordinator to deliver immediate and follow-up services to victims and witnesses of crime and trauma. â&#x20AC;˘ Assist with training, scheduling, management, supervision, and other activities of volunteers. Responsibilities: â&#x20AC;˘ Must be primarily interested in providing support and information to victims of crime and trauma in a conďŹ dential and professional manner. â&#x20AC;˘ Must be able to cope with emotional and unpredictable situations in a non-judgmental manner. â&#x20AC;˘ Provide crisis intervention and follow-up support to victims of crime and trauma. â&#x20AC;˘ Have knowledge of the program objectives, policies, procedures and protocols â&#x20AC;˘ Have knowledge of victims rights under the Victim of Crime Act â&#x20AC;˘ Have knowledge of services available in the community. â&#x20AC;˘ Have knowledge of police procedures relating to victims of crime. â&#x20AC;˘ Assist volunteers with information and support of clients â&#x20AC;˘ Must have excellent oral and written communication skills â&#x20AC;˘ Assist with recruiting, screening and training volunteers. â&#x20AC;˘ Establish and maintain a good working relationship with RCMP, Crown Counsel, Community Based Victim Services and various other community agencies. â&#x20AC;˘ Must possess the ability to work well as part of a team and independently QualiďŹ cations and Requirements: â&#x20AC;˘ High school graduation â&#x20AC;˘ Related post secondary education and/or training and experience is an asset but not required â&#x20AC;˘ Working knowledge of computer programs â&#x20AC;˘ Possess a valid BC Drivers Licence â&#x20AC;˘ Have access to a reliable vehicle â&#x20AC;˘ Neat and professional dress and grooming â&#x20AC;˘ **Obtain and maintain an RCMP Enhanced Reliability Clearance** CLOSING DATE: January 20, 2014 - by 4pm **Questions can be directed to the Program Co-ordinator, RCMP Victim Services at 250-787-8138**

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Proposals for "Programs and Services for the benefit of the beneficiaries" are currently being accepted for consideration for the 2013 net income available in accordance with the Community and First Nation Trust Agreements. The Bigstone Cree Nation Community Trust Handbook and Application are available at the BCN administration offices in Wabasca, Calling Lake and the Edmonton Corporate Office and can also be downloaded from the website @: www.bigstone.ca/. Click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Trustsâ&#x20AC;? for the download. Please submit your proposals to the following designates no later than Friday, January 17, 2014: Yvon Jeannotte, Trust Administrator Email: yvon.jeannotte@bigstone.ca

Loretta Gladue, Implementation Manager Email: Loretta.gladue@bigstone.ca

Edmonton Corporate Office 16310-100 Ave., Edmonton, Alberta T5P 4X5 Tel: 780-341-2777 Fax: 780-341-2778

Calling Lake Administration Office Calling Lake, Alberta T0G 0K0 Tel: 780-331-3174 Fax: (780) 331-3208

Lorna Auger, Executive Assistant to the BED Email: lorna.auger@bigstone.ca Wabasca Administration Office P.O. Box 960, Wabasca, Alberta T0G 2K0 Toll Free: 1-800-268-6783 or (780) 891-3836 Fax: (780) 891-3834 Proposals can be addressed to any of the following Bigstone Cree Nation Trusts:

    

Calling Lake Community Trust Chipewyan Lake Community Trust Wabasca/Desmarais Community Trust Off Reserve Membersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and Affiliatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Trust Bigstone Cree Nation Trust

Estimated Budget Amt. $124,000.00 $125,000.00 $121,000.00 $118,000.00 $831,000.00


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Christmas decorations light up holiday spirit JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca Holiday house lighting has come a long

way from the simple strand of multi-coloured lights hung outside. Those wishing to spread their holiday joy, now have an array of over-the -top products available to

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that ‘the bigger the better’ has become the trend. Some have become so enthused that they aim to have their homes seen from space. I’ve driven the streets of Dawson Creek, in search of the best dressed homes in the city. Many residents have lite-up this year, and though it was tough, I’ve found the best home that exudes holiday spirit.

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SPORTS D.C. curlers celebrate Shell donation JILL EARL news@northeastnews.ca DAWSON CREEK - Young curlers showed off their skills last week when the Dawson Creek Elementary Curling Club participated in a Hot Shots challenge, Dec. 12. The members, consisting of children in Grades 4 to 7, were asked to draw to the button, put up a right guard and draw through a port, among other curling strategies. Some club members have been with the club for years, while others only started playing in October. The club decided to veer away from their regular Thursday game because they wanted to celebrate the arrival of new equipment, consisting of brooms, grippers, and sliders, all donated by Shell Canada. “[Hot shots is] so fun and we wanted to do something a little different and Shell donated some gifts and they wanted to come. We thought rather than having a league game, let’s do this because we see it on TV and we see the good curlers do it and we

thought, ‘Why don’t we do it,’” said club organizer, Margaret Bourassa. Curlers had the opportunity to win a variety of prizes donated by Shell, Ace Instruments, Rockwater Energy, Rentco, Subway, the Northern Toy Box, EB Horsman and Sons, and the Dawson Creek Curling Club. “There are a number of residents that are impacted by our operations here within the area so we try and contribute to those communities that we impact,” said Bryant Bird, on why Shell wanted to donate.

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SLAUGHTER CATTLE

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ramtr ramtruckoffers.ca Wise customers read the fine print: •, *, ‡, §, ▲, ¥ The Motor Trend Truck of the Year Sales Event offers are limited time offers which apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased from participating dealers on or after December 1, 2013. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. All pricing includes freight ($1,695) and excludes licence, insurance, registration, any dealer administration fees, other dealer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Dealer trade may be necessary. Dealer may sell for less. •$19,888 Purchase Price applies to 2014 Ram 1500 ST (24A) only. $26,888 Purchase Price applies to the 2014 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4 (25A) only. *$7,000 in Consumer Cash Discounts is available on new 2014 Ram 1500 models. $8,500 Consumer Cash Discount is available on new 2014 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4 and $1,500 Holiday Bonus Cash. See your dealer for complete details. ‡4.29% purchase financing for up to 96 months available on the new 2014 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4 model to qualified customers on approved credit through Royal Bank of Canada, Scotiabank and TD Auto Finance. Example: 2013 Ram 1500 Quad Cab SXT 4x4 with a Purchase Price of $26,888 (including applicable Consumer Cash Discount) financed at 4.29% over 96 months with $0 down payment equals 208 bi-weekly payments of $153 with a cost of borrowing of $4,899 and a total obligation of $31,787. §2014 Ram 1500 Crew Cab Laramie Longhorn (EcoDiesel). Late availability. ▲The Make No Payments for 90 Days offer applies to retail customers who finance a new 2014 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge or Ram vehicle (except 2014 Dodge Avenger CVP and Dodge Viper) or eligible 2013 Dodge Dart, Ram Heavy Duty or Fiat model at a special fixed rate on approved credit through Royal Bank of Canada, TD Auto Finance or Scotiabank between December 10, 2013 and January 2, 2014. Monthly payments will be deferred for 60 days and contracts will be extended accordingly. Interest charges will not accrue during the first 60 days of the contract. Customers will be responsible for any required down payment, licence, registration and insurance costs at time of contract. Some conditions apply. See your dealer for complete details. ¥Holiday Bonus Cash of up to $1,500 is available on most new 2013 Dodge Dart, Ram Heavy Duty trucks and FIAT models (excluding the FIAT 500 Pop and Ram Cab & Chassis) and on most new 2014 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram and FIAT models, excluding the following: Chrysler 200 LX, Dodge Dart, Grand Caravan CVP, Journey CVP/SE, Avenger CVP, Viper, Jeep Compass Sport 4x2/4x4, Patriot Sport 4x2/4x4, Cherokee, Ram 1500 Reg Cab trucks, Ram Cab & Chassis, Ram Cargo Van, Ram ProMaster, FIAT 500 Pop, 500C, 500T and Abarth models. Bonus Cash will be deducted from the negotiated price after taxes. See your dealer for complete details. **Based on Chrysler Group internal fuel economy ratings. ≠Based on Automotive News classification and 2014 Ram 1500 3.6 L V6 4x2 and 8-speed transmission. 11.4 L/100 km (25 MPG) City and 7.8 L/100 km (36 MPG) Highway. Based on 2014 EnerGuide fuel consumption guide ratings published by Natural Resources Canada. Government of Canada test methods used. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on powertrain, driving habits and other factors. Ask your dealer for complete EnerGuide information. =Based on longevity of entire Ram large pickup segment compared to all competitive large pickups on the road since 1988. Longevity based on R. L. Polk Canada, Inc. Canadian Vehicles in Operation data as of November 1, 2013 for model years 1988-2013 for all large pickups sold and available in Canada over the last 25 years. TMThe SiriusXM logo is a registered trademark of SiriusXM Satellite Radio Inc.

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