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FEBRUARY 4, 2010 - Vol.7 - No.5


The Olympic torch graces the Northeast

Dawson Creek Growing - Story on Page 4

Olympic Torch Highlights - See Pages 10 and 11

Artist of the Peace - Story on Page 22

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The three proud Olympic torchbearers who carried the Torch through Fort Nelson stand below the lit Cauldron with Fort Nelson Mayor Bill Streeper. From left: Marl Brown, Mayor Bill Streeper, Paddy Whidden, and Grant Spelsberg. Spelsberg arrived from Fort St. John to do the honour. The torch began its route on the Fort Nelson First Nation, carried by Sierra Harrold and Theresa Fincaryk (not in photo) before it arrived for its in-town route. Check out more photos from throughout the Northeast on Pages 10 and 11.

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Dawson man allegedly sets home on fire in suicide attempt

on 12 Street and 105 Avenue, adjacent to the O’Brien building property, at about 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 26. Police arrived and spoke to a woman who said she had been assaulted by her common-law husband before fleeing the residence. The male suspect remained in the house, and shortly after, police noticed thick smoke rising from the residence. The fire department responded, but the man remained in the house, conscious and communicating with firefighters through a second story window as the flames continued to spread through the home. After about 30 minutes of failed negotiations between the man and first responders, firefighters had no choice but to enter the residence, subdue the man and remove him from the house. He was then taken to hospital for treatment. Matthew Bains photo Fire chief Firefighters attempted to put out a blaze that consumed a home in Gordon Smith Dawson Creek, after a man allegedly set the house on fire in a suicide said the age attempt following a dispute with his common-law wife. of the building, which had wood siding By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Firefighters had to rescue a man and sawdust insulation in the from a burning home in Dawson Creek after the man had roof, made putting out the allegedly set the residence on fire in an attempt to end his fire difficult. He added a gas line had also ruptured, forclife. RCMP responded to a domestic dispute at the residence ing firefighters back while


Police investigating attempted murder after man stabbed multiple times DAWSON CREEK – A man is in police custody as Dawson Creek RCMP investigate an attempted murder that sent another man to hospital with multiple stab wounds. Police received a report of a stabbing in the early morning of Jan. 29. They arrived

at a residence to find the victim, a man in his thirties, who was taken to hospital where he was treated for stab wounds to his neck, torso, arms and leg. A male suspect was arrested inside the home and remains in police custody pending a court appearance. No more details were being released by press time on Feb. 1.

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the gas company was called in to deal with the leak. He said the roof continued to burn, and heavy equipment was used to collapse the roof in order to contain the fire. He said the fire was finally put out at about 3:30 p.m. The chief had just reported to city council the day before the blaze that structural fires in the city were down significantly in 2009, to just 11 incidents compared to between 20 and 24 in previous years. He added it is normal in the span of five or 10 years to see peaks or valleys in the number of calls received. While this fire was allegedly started intentionally, Smith said there are circumstances the public should be aware of to avoid accidental house fires. He said residents should ensure woodstoves are cleaned and maintained, barbeques are not used indoors, and candles are not left unintended. “Candles are the big cause of a lot of fires,” said Smith. “You should never use a candle unless it’s being attended by an adult.”

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Developments proposed and underway early in 2010 in DC By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – The new year has come with new growth for Dawson Creek. The signs of new commercial and residential development are evident throughout the city, with construction wrapping up, underway, or about to begin on many new projects. A new restaurant opened last week on Alaska Avenue and the adjacent gas station is nearing comple-

tion. A new hotel is under construction further down the highway, and another one proposed along Highway 2 near the Multiplex. A mini-mall on 8 Street was finished last year. Construction continues on an ambitious Aboriginal seniors housing complex on 17 Street, with an estimated cost of over $8 million. City council recently approved zoning amendments to allow for the construction of a restaurant on 8 Street and 114 Avenue, and three, 48-unit apartment buildings, and a commercial property, between 8 and 9 Streets at 100A Avenue. A 10,000 square foot truck shop proposed for Vic Turner Road was granted a development permit, in principle, pending the completion of a notification period. A public consultation process will also be undertaken for a proposed Official Community Plan and zoning amendment that would allow for the development of the “Discovery Business Park” along Highway 2 and Matthew Bains photo Pederson Road, featuring light indus- The new Tim Hortons on Alaska Avenue, and the adjacent gas station trial and commercial services. nearing completion, are just a couple of the examples of new developments “It’s a sign that our economy is defi- completed, underway or proposed in Dawson Creek in 2010. nitely stable,” said Mayor Mike Bernier, who in his capacity also acts as the ecopurposes being to direct growth to where it fits in with the nomic development officer for the city. “It slowed down a neighbourhood and to ensure a good mix of development. little last year, and for some people it slowed down more Another stated goal was to direct appropriate development than for others, but for the community itself, we’re leaps to the downtown area. Bernier said that area is appropriate and bounds ahead of most places.” for small businesses and shops, and the hope is that when Last year was a record year for residential units con- the new arts centre opens it will direct activity downtown. structed in the city, and one of the best years for construc“It’s not something that happens overnight, but we defition starts overall, with nearly $40 million invested in to- nitely make sure that we do what we can to maintain and tal. Dawson Creek was named one of the top five places enhance our downtown core,” he said. to invest by the Real Estate Investment Network last year. Bernier said it will be a challenge for the municipality and Bernier said he expected the growth trend would con- to stay ahead of the development in terms of building the tinue in 2010, but he was a little surprised by the number necessary infrastructure, as city council has committed not of proposals coming so early in the year. to borrow money this year. He said it’s common for local “Everybody’s recognizing governments to borrow to pay for those assets, and then that they want to get their recoup those costs over time through taxes and service foot in the door here and be charges. However, he said growth remains steady and inpart of the positive future frastructure already exists within the municipal boundarhere in Dawson Creek.” ies, and it appears unlikely in the short-term that Dawson The city has recently up- Creek would experience the type of pressures experienced dated its Official Commu- in boom-towns like Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray. nity Plan, with one of the Story continued on Page 12

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Provincial health officer gives updates on H1N1 virus in BC

conditions or who were pregnant. people aged five to 19 had low rates of complications lead“We might have had double the rate of illness and death ing to hospitalization. He said that is why they didn’t target without that strategy in place.” children for access to the first shipments of vaccine. Kendall said while the majority of cases in the provKendall said in an ideal world, they would have had the ince, and globally, were mild to moderate in severity, the vaccine available for everybody sooner, but added this was BCCDC has confirmed 1,032 severe H1N1 cases since the only time in history a vaccine was available while a April 2009, with about 20 per cent of those cases requiring pandemic was still underway. intensive care, and 51 deaths related to the virus. Of the Story continued on Page 8 deceased, 53 per cent were ages 45 to 64, 18 per cent were between the ages of 20 and 24, and 20 per cent were over 64 years old. Of those fatalities, 47 cases had underlying medical conditions, BC Hydro is working closely with provincial and local agencies to ensure five had none, and three are still being investigated. increased protection of vital hydro-electric facilities during the Olympic The BCCDC compared Games. Security will be enhanced at a number of critical BC Hydro facilities those numbers to data from across the province, including the W.A.C. Bennett and Peace Canyon dams. new Zealand, which has a population similar in size These increased security measures will be in place from February 1st to and make-up to British CoFebruary 28th, 2010. lumbia, and despite a rate of

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By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – British Columbia is past the peak of H1N1 flu activity, said the provincial health officer, but the Province’s reaction was not overblown and there is still the possibility of another outbreak. Dr. Perry Kendall joined Ida Chong, Minister of Healthy Living and Sport, for an update on Jan. 28. There have been no new severe cases or deaths reported in the province since Jan. 19, and Kendall said the peak of flu activity took place between October and November last year. However, he said seasonal flu is usually experienced up until the end of March, and there is a possibility there could be another outbreak of either strain. “Influenza is unpredictable, and we probably won’t be able to say with confidence there won’t be any resurgence of either seasonal influenza or H1N1 until the end of March or April,” said Kendall. “The BC Centre for Disease Control is still vigilantly monitoring for a possible resurgence.” He added while it’s not expected there would be a significant resurgence, people who have not already been vaccinated should do so as a precaution. He said H1N1 is likely to be the dominant strain of flu circulated in the foreseeable future. He said it was the first influenza pandemic in 40 years, and although some might assume a pandemic means a “killer flu,” that’s not the case. He said a flu pandemic means a novel strain of the virus to which all or a large proportion of the global population is susceptible, but one that can vary in severity of illness and death that it may cause. Kendall said the World Health Organization was not wrong in declaring a flu pandemic, and governments were not overreacting to take the steps they did to prepare. “The declaration of H1N1 as a pandemic gave us the opportunity to be proactive and manage this virus across Canada before it had a chance to have a greater impact in regards to illness and death,” he said. He added he believes more lives were saved and serious illness averted because the Province had a strategy in place, including providing the vaccine and antiviral drugs at no cost to the public, and facilitating early access to treatment, especially for those with underlying medical


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Words of Opinion

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It’s amazing how, even though not everyone in Canada is able to carry the Olympic torch, 90 per cent of the country’s residents are able to experience it. Residents in the Northeast received that special honour last weekend as they were able to watch their neighbours and friends experience something like no other, something that is truly a once in a lifetime experience. The spirit that lined the streets and that has truly traveled to every corner of the country means so much and that was evident when thousands lined the streets in our region alone to catch a glimpse of the Olympic flame as it traveled through. From young and old, it didn’t matter, the excitement was there and city’s and towns were united in the desire to experience the flame. That flame represents a great deal and has done so since well before Vancouver was selected for the Games in 2010 and well before the Olympics were celebrated around the world. As the Games are now played around the world, it has continued to unite countries and people who, outside of the Games, are not united. And in the case of the Olympic Torch Relay, it has united communities in Canada that otherwise do not or have not worked together. It’s all about the Olympic spirit. That Olympic spirit was certainly evident for those who attended the events throughout the region. A sure sign that Canadians are ready to cheer on our athletes in Vancouver and evidence that we are proud of the country we call home.

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Conservative government ... recognized as ‘right’ again So much for the January Winter blahs. I have had a very busy, productive and engaging month meeting with individuals, businesses, and industry and employee groups keen to contribute their ideas for a prosperous future for British Columbia and Canada. Plus, this past week brought welcome news on a variety of fronts. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that Canada’s economic growth will be at the head of the G7 in 2010 and 2011. It says that in 2011 Canada will lead ALL G7 countries. The IMF says stimulus efforts by governments, including those implemented by our Conservative Government here in Canada, are “driving the global rebound” and recommends that “the fiscal stimulus planned for 2010 should be fully implemented.” This reaffirms that Canada’s Economic Action Plan is helping to stabilize the economy and is enabling Canada to weather the current global

economic challenges better than near- victory in a Federal Court over Elecly every other industrialized country! tions Canada regarding election advertising expenses from the 2006 federal Welcome news indeed for Canadians. However, celebration is pre-mature. election. You recall it was dubbed the “in and out” advertising We’re not out of the woods scandal by the national yet and our government media. won’t be satisfied that The court ruled that we’re on the road to recovthese advertising expensery until we’ve recouped es claimed by 67 Conserthe job losses we’ve invative candidates, includcurred through this global ing me, were legitimate crisis. and ordered Elections As we enter Phase 2 of the Canada to certify those Economic Action Plan, we By Jay Hill expenses. This confirms will continue to roll out the our party’s firm belief remaining stimulus projects. However, we are also planning that we’ve always adhered to Canada’s for deficit reduction once the economy elections law in our campaign advertishas recovered, and we’re building a ing. And in another courtroom over the strong foundation for job creation and past week, the Supreme Court of Canaeconomic growth. In other news, the well-publicized da refused to hear the Canadian Wheat court case between Elections Canada Board’s case against our Conservaand the Conservative Party of Canada tive Government. It upheld the Federal finally came to a merciful end. The Court of Appeal’s earlier ruling that the Conservative Party won a decisive government was well within its rights

to direct the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) to not spend farmers’ hardearned money on pro-Wheat Board propaganda. What’s more, it was a decision to dismiss “with costs.” So now the CWB will now have to explain why it spent western farmers’ hard-earned money employing a team of high-priced lawyers for over three years on a frivolous case. The Conservative Government has always maintained that the CWB should stick to its mandate of marketing grain. It should NOT spend farmer’s money on lobbying farmers for its political purposes. This coming week I am looking forward to attending events, meetings and announcements, including Olympic Torch celebrations, in communities right across our huge riding. And throughout the next month I will continue, like the rest of my Cabinet and caucus colleagues, to consult with Canadians on your priorities.

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Funding now saving future costs Time to deal with issues Editor: Difficult economic times call for extraordinary measures. We get that. The diverse members of Board Voice are familiar in all kinds of ways with the challenging decisions that have to be made when revenues fall short. But we also know that cuts must be made with extreme care. Something that looks like a saving in the short-term can increase costs in the long term if the downstream effects aren’t considered. Many a failed business has found that out the hard way. The cuts BC’s health authorities have made in recent months are a prime example of the risks of short-term thinking. To save money, the authorities are scrapping many contracts with community social-service agencies around the province. But the service cuts affect people with mental illness and addiction – people who urgently need that support. What will happen to those vulnerable citizens? They will have to rely on far more expensive acute-care services when illnesses become more than they can handle. They will fall into deeper problems, problems that will manifest as increased costs in the hospital emergency room, acute-care psychiatric services, and for police and justice services. Health authorities and the Ministry of Health Services have done much over the years to shift people to community-based and preventive services as a way of reducing acute-care costs. They’re well-versed in the social determinants of health, and that the real savings in health care come from providing strong, preventionfocused community support. That’s smart thinking – why spend a dollar when a proverbial well-invested dime will do? And yet against all common sense, it’s those same preventive and support services being cut. Any “savings” realized by cutting preventive community programs will last only as long as it takes for the person dependent on that support to fall through the cracks and require more critical care. The health authorities must know that they’re acting in complete disregard of the social determinants of health, and pushing

costs even higher in the long term. Board Voice is a new non-profit made up of community board members from not-for-profit social service agencies throughout BC. Thousands of people sit as volunteer directors on the boards of hundreds of socialservice agencies around BC. We are an independent voice for the social services sector. We come with a world of experience in many fields and with much collective wisdom about our sector, our communities, and the tens of thousands of British Columbians who rely on the diverse supports we know as “social services.” Board Voice can sit as an equal at the table with those who fund and establish policy for our vital sector, and work with our partners to improve communication, co-operation and decisionmaking. What has already been lost in BC? Examples: A provincial youth treatment centre in the North that has helped more than 500 youngsters recover from addiction. A south Island intervention program supporting people with mental illness to stay out of hospital. A Fraser Valley support program for seniors caring for their ailing spouses. Services in the Lower Mainland for adults with addictions. None of those needs will go away simply. But where people once got helped relatively inexpensively at a community social service agency – staffed by skilled but comparatively low-paid support workers – they will now be turning up in crisis needing much more costly services at emergency rooms and psychiatric wards around BC. The health authorities suggest that lost services can be delivered in house. Perhaps, although we have seen no plans for bringing that to fruition. Regardless, costs will almost certainly increase in the majority of cases if the health authorities, and not lower cost community agencies, are providing services. We urge the health authorities to reconsider these flawed reductions to social services, and to make budget decisions based on their extensive knowledge of the social determinants of health. Anthony Ostler, Chair of Board Voice

Editor: My family has had issues with oil and gas wells since Sept. 2004. We started calling the OGC in 2005 because we were still getting odour issues that the oil company ‘Terra Energy’ were not resolving on a permanent basis. We contacted the OGC in every year from 2005 to 2009. Finally, in late 2009 the odour issues were resolved through the shutting in of a compressor station, but this after six years of odour bad enough that we were forced to leave our house on several occasions. We have eight wells within a one mile radius of our house (only one on our property). There is a ninth well within one and a half miles of our house and number 10 is now being drilled just beyond one mile from our house. The company is now looking at well number 11, which will be approximately three-quarters of a mile from our house. I was sent the ‘Landowners Information guide’ booklet from the OGC and I was told it was created to help landowners deal with oil and gas issues. I have read it. I found a guideline that would help me oppose well 11. When I phoned the OGC for help to not allow well 11 and pointed out this guide-

line on page 15, I was told that it was a misprint and a new booklet would soon be published and that this guideline and other so called “misprints” would not be in the new booklet. Therefore, the booklet is basically trash and does not help landowners and should not be given out to make us believe there are guidelines to protect our property and wellbeing. Obviously the regulators can change any guideline in that booklet and you can bet this will not help landowners. We are losing clean air, health, clean water, right to quiet enjoyment of property and properties are being destroyed with oil and gas sites and pipelines. I encourage government and property owners to say no more. No more seismic, no more drilling, no more pipelines within a one-mile radius of any occupied residence. We were told by government in 2005 that the regulations were getting better. We are still hearing this in 2010. We want safety and wellbeing for our families now! Clara London, Charlie Lake

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He said they were aiming to have about two-thirds of British Columbians immunized, but they estimate only about 40 per cent of the population received the vaccine. He said perhaps many British Columbians were skeptical, or when the vaccine was made available in November many might have assumed the danger had already passed, but he said he didn’t know why so many people chose not to get vaccinated. Kendall said in the future, they will work with the federal government to secure larger supplies of vaccine. He said information provided to the public and the media could have been clearer, but some of the confusion was due to changing circumstances. He added one of the positives was the co-operation with First Nations communities and health officials, which he said resulted in less anxiety and less illness and death as seen in some remote communities in other parts of the country. The provincial government budgeted $80 million to deal with the pandemic, and Kendall said $13 million was spent on vaccine, through a cost-shared agreement with the federal government. He said the remaining $66 million was and continues to be used to pay for antiviral medications, doctor’s visits, and to cover the cost burdens incurred by the regional health authorities. He said about 750,000 doses of vaccine have been loaned to Mexico for their immunization program, but those doses could be replaced if needed. He said the BCCDC still has about half a million doses, and the vaccine is still available through local hospitals, health clinics and qualified pharmacists.

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Language tutoring offered in NE By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – The provincial government is providing funding for four communities in the Northeast to help new immigrants and refugees improve their English language skills by giving them access to free, one-onone tutoring. The Chetwynd Public Library will receive $50,000 to start the English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program (ESLSAP) in that community. Co-ordinator Kelli Henderson said a Literacy Action Group, composed of members from the library, the Northern Lights College and other organizations, recognized there was a need amongst some new residents in Chetwynd for the service, and applied for and received the funding late last year. “The goal of the ESLSAP program is to provide language and integration support for immigrants and refugees in remote and rural areas where there normally aren’t ESL classes and where there isn’t support to help them stay there and be successful,” explained Henderson. She said the money has helped them establish a resource centre at the library with materials for both clients and tutors, which includes online resources. The library also facilitates a weekly “Conversation Club” on Wednesday evenings, which is open for anybody to drop-in and receive the support from other learners and from tutors. Henderson teaches a formal class at the college campus on Monday mornings. She said the students’ proficiency in the English language varies quite a bit, from those who have no background in it to others who just need help with pronunciation or grammar. She added the college has helped by not only providing space for the class and computers to do online assessments, but they also provided much of the materials found at the resource centre. Henderson said they currently are helping about a dozen students, and have nearly met their goal of matching each student with an individual tutor. She said the tutors are all volunteers, and no formal English language training or teaching background is required, though training is provided. Henderson has a 15-year background in ESL, but this is her first year teaching in Chetwynd, after moving there from Vancouver. She said she’s really enjoyed working with

newcomers, whether they were students who were here temporarily for their education, or those looking to make Canada their permanent home. “It’s very rewarding to work with people who are motivated, who have goals and dreams for their futures,” she said. The Dawson Creek Literacy Society has been facilitating the ESLSAP program for three years now, and will receive $40,000 for the program this year. Co-ordinator Jennifer Neis said they also offer formal classes, and have two part-time instructors who teach two day classes and two evening classes a week. They also match newcomers with tutors, and organize informal get-togethers and trips to help students get to know their community. She said settlement services help newcomers with immigration and employment issues. “If they’re not sure how things work, we’re here to let them know how,” said Neis. She said they have about 48 people participating at different levels in the program. The Fort St. John Literacy Society will also receive $40,000 for the program. The city was one of the pilot communities when the program started four years ago. Executive director Jean McFadden said it’s in the best interests of the city and the country to ensure immigrants can succeed here as the demand for skilled labour is expected to grow. “We need immigrants in our country, and that’s sort of the long-range, central focus because of the aging baby-boomers, et cetera,” she said. The Fort Nelson Community Literacy Society will also receive $40,000 to deliver the program. The society, however, could not be reached for comment. *** The Third Annual Spirit of Literacy Day will be taking place on Feb. 13 at the Northern Lights College campus in Dawson Creek. The event features a day of free workshops designed to improve knowledge in areas such as writing skills, wills and powers of attorney, financial literacy and much more. Accomplished slam poet/spoken-word artist Barbara Adler will give the welcoming address and will also offer a workshop on poetry. Free childcare is offered during the event. For more information or to register call Christabelle Kux-Kardos at (250) 219-0013 or email Sandrina Harwood at



He said where the challenge exists is accommodating those commercial and industrial developments on the boundaries of the city. Not only does that demand new infrastructure to be built, but also requires the permission of the Agricultural Land Commission to develop on agricultural land, a process that can be daunting for developers. Bernier said he has had conversations with the ALC about working through some of those issues when it comes to land where adjacent development has already taken place, but he said land use on the Agricultural Land Reserve is ultimately provincial jurisdiction. City council will also have to be aware of tax rates, as the Lower Mainland remains a competitive region for development, and closer to home, Fort St. John shared the distinction with Dawson Creek as being the fifth best place in the province to invest. Bernier said it’s a difficult balance to strike between keeping tax rates unchanged and providing services to a growing community. He said council has got the message from residents who would like to see them reign in spending, but he said they need to hear from the public about what services they are willing to pay for during the upcoming budget process. • The Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre has been confirmed as the location for the public consultations on this year’s budget, on March 2 and April 13 at 7 p.m. The format this year will involve a presentation and question and answer period as opposed to the displays that were set up last year. The budget process begins on Feb. 8 and ends with the adoption of the financial plan and tax rate bylaw on May 12. The whole schedule is available online at or at City Hall.

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Workshop teaches computer skills to the visually impaired

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Instructor Brian Wice was offering some tips to some participants at a workshop held in Dawson Creek to help the visually impaired learn basic computer skills. By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Navigating through all the applications on our computers and through the Internet can be hard enough for those of us not technologically savvy, but imagine trying to learn those skills if you could not see. It might be difficult, but not impossible, as eight residents in Dawson Creek were learning on Jan. 26. The sounds of keyboard strokes and a monotonous, automated voice playing back what was being typed filled a room at the Kiwanis Enterprise Centre, the site of a workshop put on by the The Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB), with funding from Human Resources Development Canada, to teach basic computer skills to those with visual impairments. The workshop was free of charge for clients to participate. Cheryl McNab, who was teaching the class along with cotrainer Brian Wice, explained participants were learning how to use Windows programs, including how to find their way around the desktop, and use applications such as Microsoft Word, address book, and Microsoft Outlook Express. She said the whole last week of the workshop is spent learning how to navigate the Internet. “The goal is to allow blind people to have access to the same information as everyone else, and to put everybody on a level

playing field,” said McNab, who is a blind person herself. “It miliar with computers, but added she had already learned a lot also works to increase employment opportunities, to increase she didn’t know in just two days. volunteer opportunities, and to give people a more up-to-date “I’m hoping to be able to navigate around the Internet skill base.” more,” said Graff. “I can do it, but some pages are inaccessible The participants were using programs created specifically to the blind, and some pages I just don’t know commands to for users with visual impairments; namely, Job Access With get in to certain things.” Speech (JAWS), which converts text on the screen to speech, She added she even learned about a version of Facebook and ZoomText, which has a main purpose to magnify the that is compatible with the JAWS program. screen. McNab said less than 10 per cent of people with visual McNab said there still are challenges presented by common impairments are totally blind, so even bigger text on screens applications and websites, but “people are becoming more and can make programs more accessible. more aware of it, but there’s still probably about 50 per cent She said they also teach clients how to use computers with- [of programs] that are still not accessible.” out using the mouse, which can be very difficult for those with Funding for the workshops is due to end in March. McNab visual impairments to use. Instead, they learn keyboard short- said she hopes the general public will learn about the program cuts that allow them to do everything a mouse might do. and lobby the federal government to continue the funding. “When programmers started programming computers, they never used a mouse, and so all the shortcuts are already in the computer,” said McNab. “Some of them are hidden, but they are there already.” Lois Mumby said she just bought a new computer and heard through a connection that the workshop was being offered. She was using the ZoomText software and said it was making a huge difference compared to the size of the text she was used to. She said If you have 4 hours a day or 4 hours a year - the Canadian Cancer she would like to learn how to Society has rewarding project-based opportunities for you. navigate the Internet easily so Volunteer for Relay For Life, Daffodil Campaign, or choose the position she could shop and bank online on her own. that’s right for you. People on a cancer journey need your support! “I don’t think I could get a job doing computer work, but I just want to be independent.” Chenyl Graff said her 866-770-4809 braille teacher recommended the workshop to her. She said she was already somewhat fa-

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Donations help KidSport chapters in DC, Fort Nelson

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EnCana has donated $5,000 each in Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson to help start local KidSport chapters. Here, representatives Don Rowan (front left) and Brian Lieverse (front, second right) presented the cheque to local community members in Dawson Creek, including Mayor Mike Bernier (front, second left) and committee chair Anthony Huhn (front right).


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By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – Two communities in the Northeast are moving ahead with a program to help youth access sport. Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson will establish their own KidSport chapters, with some help from EnCana Corp., which is donating $5,000 to each chapter to help them get started. The money will allow a committee of local volunteers to help young athletes ages six to 18 pay for registration fees. “It’s a great program for kids that aren’t able to maybe participate otherwise, so we’re proud to be part of KidSport,” said Brian Lieverse, community relations advisor for EnCana, who joined his colleague Don Rowan to present the cheque in Dawson Creek on Jan. 26. An informal meeting, facilitated by KidSport BC director Pete Quevillon, was held following the presentation. Quevillion said while there are a few stipulations put on the program by their provincial office, the decisions on how to raise the money and how to allocate it lie with the local chapters. Dorothy Smith, manager of the Youth Outlook (YO) 360 program, said she felt it important that the youth they help with registration fees also be provided a way to get to the game or practice and said her program could help facilitate that. She added they have space where they could store donated equipment and the youth in the program could help out with fundraising events. “These kids that are in my program are some of those kids that never got to go to sports, so that is going to be a real connection for them, because they’re going to be helping out kids that they know,” said Smith. She also put her name forward to act as one of two treasurers for the chapter. Anthony Huhn, owner of AJ’s Sports Cellar, volunteered to be the chair of the committee along with co-chair Bill Dufour, youth co-ordinator with YO-360. Huhn said his business might be able to help by collecting used equipment and said he could approach other businesses about funding opportunities as well. He said he’s confident they will be on board because of the benefits the program offers for the youth of Dawson Creek. Richard Powell said he’s been helping Tourism Dawson Creek to facilitate meet-

ings with local sports organizations, with the goal of perhaps forming a sports council that would look at issues such as fundraising, equipment sharing and accommodations. He suggested it would be important for the committee to be in contact with any council to see where there could be cooperation and to avoid any duplication or overlap. Lauralee Cooper, vice president of publicity with the Dawson Creek Minor Hockey Association, said her organization has two financial aide programs to help players with registration and to enroll in their summer hockey program, but she said they’ve noticed a lot more applications for those funds in the last few years than in previous years. She said they would like to work with the chapter to make sure both funding pools could be accessed without any double-dipping and said she suggested to her board that they have an active role with the chapter. Cooper said she would be resigning from her position later this year, but would like to stay on with the KidSport committee and has volunteered to be the recording secretary for the committee. The Fort Nelson chapter received their donation from EnCana on Feb. 1. Local committee member Jim McDonald, president of the Fort Nelson Minor Hockey Association, said the committee met a few days earlier to discuss how they would move ahead. “We’re in the midst of making policies and procedures and a constitution,” explained McDonald. “We’ve now built ourselves an action plan and a guideline that we’re working on, so we’ve formalized a group, and we’ll start moving ahead with meetings every second Tuesday of every month.” He said they have six to eight people involved currently and they would like to see a representative from all the major sports clubs in town. He said it will be important to identify what costs exist to join each organization, including equipment. He said there may be opportunities to identify shop space to store equipment and establish exchanges for used equipment. McDonald said they are seeing interest from the community, and their objective now is to make sure a solid plan is in place as to where the money would be best spent.

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The North East Native Advancing Society is seeking to fill the position of Coordinator of Youth & Family Services The North East Native Advancing Society is a non-profit charitable organization that provides holistic human resource development programs and services to First Nation, status and non-status and Inuit persons residing in Northeast BC. Programs are mandated through a series of contribution agreements with the federal and provincial governments to improve the quality of life of First Nation and Inuit persons. Reporting to the Society’s Executive Director, your role will include:  Providing advice and assistance to program staff within children’s family services,  Ensuring systems are running smoothly a the Rising Spirit Aboriginal Youth Centre (RSAYC)  Maintaining client tracking logs in accordance with the Ministry for Child and Family Development;  Facilitating parenting skills and children’s life skills programs;  The development, monitoring and reporting for programming for children and youth;  Assisting with Early Childhood and Infant Development Programs as necessary;  Proposal writing and fundraising;  Preparation of oral and written reports;  Building effective partnerships with First Nations communities, Ministry for Child and Family Development, Youth Probation, Child and Mental Health, local school districts and other Aboriginal organizations and social service agencies,  Ensure communication is open and effective between the RSAYC and the main NENAS complex. The successful applicant will possess:  College diploma or university degree in a relevant field of study or equivalent combination of education and experience, preferably with experience in a First Nations environment;  Knowledge and understanding of child development and human service work;  Possess strong research skills;  Ability to oversee projects and programs, including developing and maintaining program/project budgets;  Ability to develop information resources and promotional materials;  Ability to communicate effectively and to build strong relationships with community members and partners;  Experience in proposal writing and fundraising; demonstrated ability to writer successful proposals and to fundraise  Ability to work as part of a team  Ability to function independently and under pressure;  Strong problem solving skills  Available to work a flexible schedule which may include evenings and/or some Saturdays;  Excellent computer skills in word processing, financial spreadsheets and email;  A valid driver’s license as this position may be required to travel to communities across Northeast BC,  Coaching experience would be an asset. Salary range will be based on experience and industry standards. A criminal records check will be required upon request. Individuals of Aboriginal ancestry are encouraged to apply. Closing date is February 10, 2010. While we appreciate all applications, only those short-listed will be contacted. Please submit your cover letter and resume with references: Audrey Sam, Executive Director North East Native Advancing Society 10328 – 101st Avenue, Fort St. John, B.C. V1J 2B5 Bus: (250) 785-0887 Fax: (250) 785-0876 Email:

nadian hockey. It will also feature some interactive games for spectators to enjoy, including top shot hockey and a mini hockey rink. While he’s not a hockey player himself, Steve Troyer of Troyer Ventures said it’s important for the community to take in the events throughout the week of the tournament because it keeps the community healthy. “It’s not very often that we get to do something as special Melanie Robinson photo as having the Allan Cup here so Troyer Ventures is sponsoring the display of the we just thought it was a great opHockey Hall of Fame during the 2010 Allan Cup. portunity to do something educaFrom left: Brian Sonmor, Steve Troyer and Paul van tional for all the kids and young Nostrand. people and the avid hockey fans that we have here – players and By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – It’s not just going to everyone,” he said. “So it’s a great opporbe hockey games taking place at the Allan tunity and we just thought a neat opportunity to showcase the history that hockey has Cup this year. The event, which determines Canada’s se- right across the country as well as locally, so nior AAA hockey champions for 2010, will we’re excited about it.” Fort St. John will also be welcoming the features teams from across Canada particiStanley Cup for a day during the tournament. pating in the event from April 19 to 24, but While it hasn’t been announced as to what just recently it was announced there will be a day the city will be welcoming the trophy, little bit of hockey history as well. That history, said Paul van Nostrand, organizers are certainly excited to have it 2010 Allan Cup president, will be experi- within the city limits and will finalize plans enced through aspects of the hockey hall of in the future. Van Nostrand said the opportunity is not fame and will be set up throughout the tourthere for residents to take a victory lap with nament. “It will be a really fun exhibit,” he said. the cup but there is hope that local athletes “The word will spread quickly amongst the will have an opportunity for a victory lap. “We’re really hoping to do that with the young hockey players, I’m sure.” The display, which is sponsored by Troyer Allan Cup,” he said with a laugh. The displays will be open to the public and Ventures, he said, will be set up on April 20 in the North Peace Arena lobby and will will be free to attend outside of game hours. Tickets for the Allan Cup are now availfeature four themes – the original six, Team Canada, Allan Cup history and Western Ca- able online at

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Governments swap risk management, aquaculture responsibilities By Matthew Bains NORTHEAST – The federal and provincial governments are swapping responsibilities in a couple of key agricultural areas. It was announced on Jan. 29 that the provincial Ministry of Agriculture and Lands will take over from its federal counterpart responsibility for the AgriStability program, which helps protect farmers from large income declines. British Columbia’s Minister Steve Thomson said the move is something the local industry has been requesting for some time. He said the industry in BC is very diverse, and having the administration here will allow local experts to help meet the needs of producers more directly. “In my view, it will improve program response time, it will improve producers’ experience with the program, it should improve turnaround times and it should help make the program more effective for producers,” said Thomson. He added the criteria for the program is quite complex, so communicating those details to producers in a clear and timely manner will be improved by the transition. Federal Minister Gerry Ritz, who joined Thomson for the announcement in Winfield in the Okanagan, said the move will help boost British Columbia’s economy by adding 25 jobs to the province. The federal-provincial cost sharing agreement for the program will remain the same. AgriStability is one of four business risk management programs under the federal-provincial/territorial “Growing Forward” agreement. There is a program for disaster relief, for production insurance, and a savings account for small income declines and investments to mitigate risks or improve market income. Thomson said there have been calls to delegate more of the responsibility for the latter, the AgriInvest program, to the Province, and he

said he and Ritz have agreed to look at that possibility to see if it could improve program delivery. At the same time this transition is taking place, the Province and the federal government continue to negotiate the transfer of aquaculture in British Columbia to the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DF0). In February, 2009, the BC Supreme Court ruled that marine finfish aquaculture is a fishery and a matter of federal jurisdiction, directing the transfer of administration and regulatory control to the federal government. The court recently granted the federal government an extension on the transfer deadline to Dec. 18, 2010, as the regulatory framework is developed. In following the intent of that decision, the Province announced on Jan. 28 it would be placing a moratorium on issuing new finfish aquaculture licences and tenures, resulting in the suspension of seven applications currently being adjudicated. The Province will continue to process applications from existing licensees, on existing tenures, that do not result in an overall increase in annual production. Discussions are ongoing as to the effect of the transition on freshwater and non-tidal aquaculture. Applications for new shellfish sites will continue to be adjudicated, but no new applications received after Jan. 26 will be accepted. Thomson said the transition process is complex, but the Province will still maintain a significant role in granting tenures and licences. He added his ministry will work to minimize the impact on provincial staffing. “There will be overall budget implications that will all be worked out as well as we work through this transfer,” he said. The minister added both levels of government are committed to maintaining a strict regulatory regime in regard to environmental protection. The DFO is continuing to consult with stakeholders, including First Nations in-

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terests, and written comment can be submitted via email at, no later than Feb. 26. Minister Ritz offered the following response when asked for his reaction to a call from farmers across the country for his government to increase funding for basic agronomic research: “At home, the Government of Canada continues to partner with industry and academia to make sure our research will boost the bottom line for Canadian farmers. As part of the Global Alliance, Canada will participate in world-class re-

search and our farmers will gain access to leading-edge research and technologies that will help reduce their costs and take advantage of carbon trading systems.” The federal government has made investments in developing a comprehensive marketing strategy for Canadian canola, for example, and the minister has led a number of high-profile trade talks with countries in Asia and the Americas. However, groups including the Grain Growers of Canada have stated a 40 per cent drop in basic research funding over the last 15 years has resulted in the loss of scientists and research facilities across the country.

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Talents galore in FSJ performance of The Miracle Worker

By Melanie Robinson FORT ST. JOHN – Residents have an opportunity to learn about someone who changed history this week – and in a fun setting. Stage North will be doing a performance of the Tony Award winning production of The Miracle Worker, which tells the story of Anne Sullivan – Helen Keller’s teacher. Local director Dave Eaton said the play is certainly for everyone to enjoy. “The best part of the story is it’s a true story,� he said. “The story that we tell takes place in the late 1880s when Helen was seven years-old and she’s struggling because she can’t speak, she can’t hear and she can’t see.� That’s where Keller’s teacher, Anne came into the picture after Keller’s parents hired her to teach their daughter. “The Miracle Worker is actually about Annie Sullivan,� said Eaton. “It’s not about Helen. It’s the Helen Keller story but it’s really Annie who’s the one who’s hoping to work a miracle.�

The cast and crew of approximately 26 are trying to portray that message best and have been working since October to put the play together and, while there are some serious parts to the play, Eaton said there are also funny parts thrown in too. “It’s really heartwarming and it’s totally family-oriented too,� he said. Eaton said the audience is sure to be amazed by the talents in the play ranging in age from 11 to 65 – some of which are new to acting, and others with experience. “Probably the majority are new or not that experienced with Stage North,� he said. “I’m really thrilled with the cast.� He added he’s breaking normal boundaries with the actress who is playing Helen Keller. Kay-Leesa Fehr, a local 11 year-old plays Keller, and quite well said Eaton, but normally those playing her character are played by older women who are dressed down for the role. He said the performances by Fehr, along

By Matthew Bains DAWSON CREEK – Dawson Creek finished in second place in the GamesTown 2010 contest, it was announced on Jan. 27. After about a year of submitting stories, photos and videos showcasing the community’s Olympic spirit, the city was narrowed down from the 124 original communities participating to make it to the top 10, and now has finished in the top three. “Everybody in the community should be

really proud of themselves for all of the submissions and all the stories they sent in,� said Mayor Mike Bernier from Kamloops. Bernier was in the city to accept the award on behalf of Dawson from the Premier, as the Olympic Torch was making its way through its streets. The mayor said he received an invitation to the ceremony from the Office of the Premier, and although he suspected it was regarding the GamesTown competition, he said he wasn’t aware of the result until he got there. He said it

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The performance by Stage North of The Miracle Worker is sure to show the talents of local actors and actresses from Feb. 3 to 6. with Stevi Eby, who plays Sullivan, are definitely worth seeing. “I think people are going to be absolutely amazed at the talent,� he said, adding it truly is an ensemble cast at the end of the night. “Their performances will blow people away.�

Performances of The Miracle Worker will be taking place at the North Peace Cultural Centre from Feb. 3 to 6 at 7 p.m., with a matinee performance on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available now at the cultural centre box office or at the door.

was a proud moment to accept the award, but he noted this was not a City Hall initiative, it was ultimately the enthusiasm of the community that swayed the judges. “It wasn’t so much just the volume, because some communities had more [submissions] than us,� said Bernier. “They said it was the heartfelt stories. They said you could see the passion.� He added he talked to former Olympian and current senator Nancy Greene Raine, one of

the five celebrity judges, and she remarked at how impressed she was with the submissions from the city. As the second-place finisher, Dawson Creek will receive $50,000. Bernier said there are some provincial stipulations on how that money is spent, but city council will ultimately make that decision. Princeton was the gold medal winner in the competition and Kamloops took the bronze medal.

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Community UPCOMING Calendar

February bers are invited to a no-host luncheon • The Canadian Cancer Societyhanging Fort St. baskets, John from 1-4 Small drop-in May 13 to 4June 17 cut flowers, andfee. several children’s edcome whentoburglars broke into their African home in 2008. Come Board Games Farmington at atThe 11:30 a.m. at and the Meng Restaurant on God’s unit meets the firstthe Wednesday each month, Wednesdays: (55+) Drop-In – • Are you livingNight with aatchronic healthHall condition? UniverLook for •the flower showTR bookSeniors in several locations. hear theFan testimony on how love carried Burgens ofcategories. 6:30ofp.m. Alaska to Avenue Dawson Creek to celebrate June, atBC noon at the Business Re- Cribbage, Whist & good company. Beginners sity Victoria and Northern Health Authority are pleased of- in ONGOING through the ordeal. This Canadian September couple fromtoVernon, have Women’s Week.forgiveness, If you needand further source Centre behind the museum. Volunteers Fort St. Johnwelcome! 7 pm in the Library. Small drop-in fee. ferFebruary ‘Living a 8Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions’ in Fort Institute St. chosen are inreturning to continue the missionary • Art Show and Craft Time at Farmington formation pleasework contact Faystarted at (250) always welcome. • The Fort St. JohnTaylor Women’s Resource Society is seeking motiJohn. This free six-session education program for persons living they in 782-5472 Kenya. Drilling wells, growing food, and Hall chronic at 3:30 p.m. or Joan at100 (250) 782-2743. • Aevent YouthisRelapse Prevention may beto join •their Civil Air Search Rescuepeople (CASARA) vated people volunteer team.and If helping sparks with health conditions will be available at #300, 9900 helping to support six orphanages. The at Quality Inn at Group February February held weekly, in the afternoons at Mental Healthdropmeetings everyat second Tuesday atAve. the (above Taylor your interest by the office #201, 10142-100 Avenue. The 9workshop meets for six Wednesday evenings from17 7 p.m. • ArttoShow at Farmington Hall to 9 • call TheTerry Peace River Regional District would and Addiction Services, #300 - 9900 100 Ave. Hall 7 250-787-1121. p.m. For information call Bob at Girl– Guides ThriftFire Store) oratcall 6 p.m. 8:30 p.m. To register or forfrom more6information, May 28 p.m. - Cordinator toll free at 1-866-902-3767 or e-mail like to invite you to• Abbeyfield participate in the future ofSt. John For more information call Chris at 250-Relapse 250-789-9152 250-787-5802. • A Youth PreventionorGroup may be held weekly, in Cayer tcayer@ Houses of Fort is holding their AGM at or Shaun FebruarySpace 10 is limited so call today. the Peace Valley7Lookout. The siteLights is located at 262-5269. • The Health Alaska and Highway RRAServices, (Recreation Air-the afternoons at Mental Addiction #300 p.m. at Northern College. Everyone welcome. Direc• Author just outside of FortMemberships St. • Alcoholics Anonymous youAve.craft meets every third or Thursday 9900think – 100 ForAssociation) more information call Chris Shaun at May 23 L. Norman Shurtliff from Taylor, the south end of 100 torsStreet and volunteers needed. will be sold prior to - If you BC• First will annual presentPeace a filmRegion show and talk about his John and looks over the Peace($10). River.Please The Peace have a our problem come to an the Taylor Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m. For information 250-262-5269. Palaeontology Symposium featurthe meeting come outmight and support homewith for drinking, book TheFossil City of Gold’ at 7speakers, p.m. at door River Regional Focus Engineering AAinformation meeting. Call times or someRichard at 250-782-2421 at 250• The Citizenscall Patrol is seeking people who or canHeath volunteer at ing the‘Eldorado: fourth annual Road Show, prizes and District senior’sand independent living! For more callforClara atand places the Dawson Creekactivities. Public Library. novel will bePublic hosting a(250) second Community Check-In one to talk to (250) 785-8866. least five hours a month. 785-4758. Perfect for those new to town, those conguided children’s Held at This the Tumbler Ridge 785-6450. takes place Cusco,Rink. Peru For and more is theinformation first in a contact event. This event will allow • Volunteers wanted at the North Peaceabout Cul-safety,Dawson Creek cerned who want to make the community a safer Library and inCurling (250) May 29 you to gather infortrilogy. Copies of the book will be available. mation regarding current and Awareness potential future tural Learntuned new skills, newto people, Craft group Mental Health Addicplace work, live •and play. Callfor coordinator Connieand 250-262242-3466. • Access Dayusin Fort St.Centre. John. Stay to themeet Refreshments safetyfor concerns and get involved. Ushers and volunteers required for liaison tions Clients. Meets Thurs 1:30 -3:30 at 10174530 or RCMP Rick 250-787-8100. May 23 will be served at this free library age, historical information, Northeast News more information. event. economic 40! benefits based on a preliminary con- theatre events. Call (250) 785-1992. • Alcoholics Anonymous 103 Ave., Dawson 250-782-4410. - If you think might have a prob• Country dance at Farmington Hall featuring Highway May 30 February cept plan. The evening placeWoman anytime • Calling all Seniors: Come join from 9 • Alcoholics Anonymous - meetsto talk Mon., lemus with drinking. Call for times and places or someone to Dance from 912 p.m. to 1 a.m., no minors. Tickets $15 each, avail• Thewill Forttake Nelson of Industry is holding a golf tourna• Talent Show Competition at Farmington 6:30 p.m. andat 8 p.m. at the NorthLots Peace a.m. to 2 p.m. ontoMondays and Thursdays at the Tues., Fri., & Sat., 8 p.m. at Peace River Health 250-785-8866. able at Farmington Store. For more information, between call Clarisse ment the golf course. of door prizes, putter be won and Hall at 7 p.m. Call Bill Studley at (250) 719- Leisure Pool in Fort St. John. informaHall in FortaSt. John, 10908Fort 100 Street. Nelson Unit. Wed. 8 p.m. Hospital Education Room. (250) 843-7954. an extra prize ifFurther a member brings a Seniors’ friend that becomes member. 0821 to 24 register your talent. tion may be obtained byRSVP callingtoTrish Morgan Come and have fun socializing among friends Anonymous All meetings-are open. 8 p.m. Catholic Church • Alcoholics Monday May Please Karen Prouseatat 13 House -- Grizzly Valley Players present the Peace River Regional for a cost(closed of • Mile 0 Wednesday Al-Anon meets 7:30-8:30 every meeting); 8 p.m. Catholicpm Church •February The Forgotten a matiMay 30District at (250) 784- while taking part in new activitiesBasement The Dawson Creek5 of Kiwanis Community or 1-800-670-7773 check ourWagon website at $2, lunch. Tuesday at Church ParkhillBasement; Community School 8 p.m.evening Catholic Saturday nee• at 3 p.m. in Room the Community Centre3200 in Tumbler • The or Welcome events, thewhich Baby includes Shower and Grand- Basement; Thursday Band presents an Austro-Hungarian dinner parent Showcase will be taking place •atThe Canadian Cancer Relay For Cafeteria; 9700-5th Sunday Street, Dawson Creek. Centre Hospital 8 p.m. Friendship Ridge. the Stonebridge Hotel atSociety 1 8 p.m. and dance February 20 p.m. The Bridal Showcase will takeLife in at Fort Stp.m. John will be held on•May 29th. • Relapse Prevention. and AdCocaine Anonymous - Tuesday 8 p.m.Mental CatholicHealth Church BaseMay 29 towith 31 special guest Barbara Adler at place 6:30 KPAC, 1100“Love 95 Avenue. Doors open at 6 p.m. • Why not join the Fort30St. John Arts Council To register go to or call8 p.m. dictions 1017-103rd ment; Friday Hospital Cafeteria.Ave., Dawson Creek, 782• Couple’s and Romance” Retreat at The King’s Valley May with tickets available at KPAC, available. Simple Pleawho informaare hosting a ‘Febuary Carving WorkGwenisatbeing 1.800.811.5666 4410.8 p.m. Fridays 10 –11 am. College Everyone welcome! • Alanon - Tuesday Northern Lights (back door). Christian Camp. Accommodation For further • The 34 Ice annual Trutch Gymkhana held at the Mile suresorand from all band members. shop’ on the at the St. John Museum from Fort Nelson Pouce Coupe Please call to confirm meeting. tion registration call (250) 827-3549. 206Fort Trutch Rodeo Grounds, lots of camping space available and a February 13 28 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. concession The cost is $35, lunch included. • Alcoholics 8 p.m. Anonymous • Cocaine- Friday Anonymous 7 p.m.(closed). Mon. to • Alcoholics 8 p.m.meets Old Library May 17 to June will be on site. Great family fun, all agesAnonymous ride!! Please- Monday UCW Valentine’s willarebecoming held at to South experience provided. Dress Catholic Church Basement (closed meeting); Fri. At the Nawican Friendship Centre. 250-786-0155 • Triathlon Training Tea clinics Fort St.No John. Come neccessary, call Beth attools (250) 262-5712 for more information. Peace Church Upperand Hall, 104 Avand find out June how much fun and easy it is Wednesday 8 p.m. Catholic Church•Basement; Dawson Creek Unit Hall of the Canadian Computer Class•atThe the Pouce Coupe Seniors every Monout andUnited learn about triathlon get1300 prepared for thewarm local upcom4 enuetriathlons. in Dawson Creek from3,1:30 p.m. to 3:30 to swimming create something• unique in ice. Experienced Thursday 8with p.m.theCatholic Church Cancer meets the lastp.m. Monday of each dayBasement; and Wednesday fromSociety 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 and Low Iming Held on May 4, and 6 are clinics on Ladies out of town dinner in conjunction Oil Men’s p.m. Bring a friend andbike enjoy the afternoon. carvers welcomeGolf too to try some new ideas and SaturdayClub 8 p.m. Hospital Cafeteria; 7 p.m. to 910:30-11:30 p.m. at 1000 105Open AvpactSunday exercise8classmonth everyfrom Thursday from a.m. stroke improvement, tuning and equipment and triathlon. Tournament presented by OilWives of FSJ. Cocktails February 13 local triathletes and ask questions take something you and havedinner made.atContact Friendship Centre enue, information Dawson Creek. New volunteers welcall Carol at 250-786-5673 Come hear from abouthome events, at 6 p.m. 7 p.m. at p.m. the Pomeroy Inns and Suites. to everyone! For more • The preparation Bonanza and Ag else Society Taraup O’Donnell 787-2781 info@fsjarts. • Cocaine Anonymous - Tuesday 8Chetwynd p.m. Cath- comed. training, andDistrict anything you and like. Sign at the (250) Tickets are $50or and include: entertainment, dinner, dessert, wine, SpectraPeace Energy Midstream Corp. presents James org to register. olic Church Basement;at Friday Hospital Anonymous • The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce • Alcoholics meets Monday and Friday at 8 p.m. at North Leisure Pool or contact Becky at (250)787-5780 or jewellry draw, games and door prizes. Tickets available Flow- 8 p.m. R. Matthew, hypnotistfor andmore entertainer at our ValFebruary 20 ers by Tamee, Frontier Jewellers. Call Cafeteria. luncheons are held the first Thursday of each 250-788-9658 information. Marlene (250) 785-8737 or the Friendship Centre. entine’s dinnerlocal andTriathlons dance. Doors open at 6 p.m. • The Peace River District Women’s Institutes • Alanon - Tuesday 8 p.m. Northern month at atnoon at at thetheBest Western. Different • NALights meets Wednesday 8 p.m. Airport waiting room. Upcoming include: Debbie at (250) 787-5100 for more information. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m. bakesale guest speaker eachball month. Members and Non• Tuesdays & Thursdays: Minor 5 pm-7 pm at Chetwynd Dawson Creek May 24Advance tickets avail- are holding a tea and June 6 from 1:30 p.m. to College (back door). able at St. Bonanza and 7Bay Tree stores, the Promo 3:30 p.m. at the Dawson Creek Senior Citizens • The Canadian Society Relay&For members welcome. Contact: Lesley PewarBallpark Rec. Centre Diamonds. Fort John June • Rotary Manor Annual Garage Sale from 9 a.m. toCancer 12 noon. Shop Dawson Creek is $5 a person. Proceeds go to-items, Life in Fort Nelson will be held on June 5th. ToRidge chuck 250-782 4868. Tumbler FortinNelson June 28 and at the Bonanza Hall Hall. Admission 1121-90 Avenue. Household tools, toys, furniture, coffee onMay Tuesday’s and28Wednesdayy’s. Tickets are wards their annual Northern College Burregister go to or call Car- Anonymous • The Canadian Cancer Relay For • Alcoholics - meeting Wed.Society 8 p.m. 115 Com12 to July and donuts Lights and much more. Donations welcome after May 4 (no $25 each, noPrevention minors allowed. more informawelcome to attendAll thisproceed Wom- to mella (250) 500-2499 LifeChurch). in Dawson Creek will be held on June 5th. • Relapse GroupFor - Tuesdays from 6:30sary. - 8:30Everyone p.m. at isappliances please). towardatresident programs and mercial Park (Baptist tion callHealth (780) & 353-3771 andServices. leave a message. Institute Week celebration Small Pouce To -register go toopen, call • Mondays: Bingo 6 pm doors 7 pm games begin.or ComMental Addiction Contact Dennisen’s at (250)262activities. Rain or event. shine, no early birds, thereCoupe will be no sales beFebruary 13 business vendorsfore will9also • Alcoholics Anonymous - Friday 8 p.m. Old Rms. Marie at (250) 784-1913. munity Centre 4&5. 5269. in attendance. • Valentines Dance in Demmitt from 8 p.m. ONGOING Library (closed). 250-786-0155 • Peace(55+) Region Songwriters’ Association • Tuesdays: TR Seniors Drop-In – Floor curling, carpet May 23 June 14 to •1The a.m.Derrick featuringDance the rocking sound Bar.will be hosting Fort St.aJohn • Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion walk, Chetwynd Coffeecoffee House Last Saturday of the board games, & -cookies. Community Club of Fort of St.12John wheel, run and wheel- bowling, card & Monthly Ticketsfrom $189inp.m. advance, $20inatthethe door.Citizens Call Hall • New Totemchair haschallenge. changed Registration locations. Our Alcoholics meetsCentre Tuesday and5 from month July, Aug.,fee. Dec.), from 6 to 10 Room 1-4(except pm. 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EveroneSociety port plans waiting room. from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Musicians, poets, singers, Taylor 23Senior Citizen’s Hall in Fort St. John to 4 p.m. Bows are•free North Horticultural their annual Garden from 1 p.m. to of 8 p.m. Saturday 1 to 5 welcome. Contact Tumbler andand performers of all sorts welcomed (just show • Civil Air Search Rescue (CASARA) meetings every sec• The Magic Sam on Pearce Showand is scheduled at the StoneTour. Bring your family and tour a variety of Ridge Fort St. John garp.m. onHotel Sunday. will be or under • Alcoholics Anonymous - meeting Wed. 8at the upTaylor and sign to at play). $5For cover charge tocall the ond Tuesday Fireup Hall 7 p.m. information bridge withRefreshments the show to benefit theserved Fort St.atJohnorFirefighters. dens. this free25 event. facebook at New Totem Archery Club Fort St. p.m. 115 Commercial Park (Baptist Church). Songwriters’ Association. August 1 Bob at 250-789-9152 or 250-787-5802. May to May 29 15 you’ve been treated unfairly by a B.C. John.govern• Mondays: - 6inpm pm Archery or • The Marilyn Leffler Memorial Ride and Show Bingo ‘n Shine sup-doors open, • New7Totem is now at the Taylor Community Hall •February Do you think • Whist Tournament at Farmington HallOmbudsman at 7 • Are of the Then do the time. Community Centre Rms. 4&5. and Thursdays If your non-profit has events or meetofcrime? the Canadian Cancer Societygames BC andbegin. Yukon Region. RegisTuesdays from 6-9 group p.m. Contact newtotemment ministry or public agency? The B.C. mayyou be tiredport help. The Ombudsman’s staff will be in the following Join the Fort St. tration John Citizens Patrol. • Tuesdays: TRPub Seniors – Floor ings you wish published, send them by fax to begins July 1 forDonate this alladay event at Casey’s in Fort(55+) St. Drop-In able February 17 minimum hoursShow per month. Forawards informacurling, carpet bowling, (250) 787-7090 or email to: editor@northeast‘n Shine for seven motorcycle categoriescard and & board • Thegames, Alaska Highway RRA (Recreation Aircraft Association) communities on the dates listed below, and are available by ap-of fiveJohn. All Women’s Institute and present mem- Call tion, call (250) 262-4530. Community lots of door prizes. Event includescoffee a ride & to cookies. the viewpoint on the Centre meetsRoom every Thursday at the Taylor Fire Hall at 7:30 p.m. pointment to discuss yourpast problem or complaint. 1-800-5673247 to book an appointment or see for Hudson’s Hope Road. Everyone welcome to this fundraising event For information call Richard at 250-782-2421 or Heath at 250to fight cancer. 785-4758. more info. August 21 to 23 Dawson Creek Fort Nelson May 25 • The North Peace Horticultural Society presents their 16th an• The Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce luncheons are Fort St. John May 26 nual Flower Show and Exhibition at the North Peace Cultural Cen- held the first Thursday of each month at noon at the Best Western. Dawson Creek May 27 tre. The event will be open to the public on Aug. 22 from 3 p.m. to Different guest speaker each month. Members and Non-members Mackenzie May 28 7 p.m. and on Aug. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Awards presenta- welcome. Contact: Lesley Pewarchuck 250-782 4868. Chetwynd May 29 tions will take place at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be available by If your non-profit group has events or meeting you wish pubMay 27 • John and Eloise Bergen, missionaries working with ‘Hope for donations on both Saturday and Sunday while the show is open. lished, send them by fax to (250) 787-7090 or via email to: edithe Nations’ in Kenya were brutally attacked and severly wound- Categories include arrangements, art, houseplants, patio plants,

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Upcoming Events Peace Arts Events February 5 to 19

Chetwynd: February 9 – Home Routes coffeehouse presents James Gordon at the 40 Acre Farm February 11 – Barbara Adler, CBC Poet Laureate at the Chetwynd Public Library Dawson Creek: February 6 – South Peace Potpourri & Storytelling Event, 7 p.m. at KPAC February 13 – Valentine’s Dinner and Dance at KPAC, 6 p.m. February 20 – Enchanted Glamour Bridal & Prom Showcase, 1 to 7 p.m. at KPAC Fort St. John: February 3 to 6 – “The Miracle Worker” at the North Peace Cultural Centre, 7 p.m.

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The Peace Liard Regional Juried Art Exhibition, held annually in April at varying regional cities, is a showcase for the best art from artists in the Peace Liard Region. While our region may be small and rural, the paintings that receive the event’s highest honours are always of exceptional quality and reflect a unique vision. In the Fort St. John hosted exhibition of 2008, a painting titled “River’s Edge” received both the Recognition Award and the People’s Choice Award. At 42 by 68 inches, “River’s Edge” dwarfed most of the other pieces in the show, and the subject matter was simple yet striking – a small area of rocky shore, washed by water, recognizable to locals as the geography of our local Peace River. Born and raised in Prince George, artist Cindy Vincent has lived in the Peace Region for over 30 years and loves the river and the landscape of our area. “It has a beauty that takes time to see,” she explains. “River’s Edge” is a special painting for Vincent, as the possibility of the river changing looms through the development of Site C. “I love the river and would hate to see it flooded,” VinContributed photos cent says. Artist Cindy Vincent. Though art was always an interest and a hobby, it gradand satisfies Vincent. ually became more serious and passionate for Vincent, Vincent enjoys the company of like-minded artists, and together with five other loand over the last 15 or 20 years, the 52 year-old artist has seen her work progress and has taken many opportunities to create cal painters and printmakers, she has collaborated on the creation of a website showcasing their work. The six artists will be exhibiting their art together this fall in an and exhibit her paintings. Oil painting is her primary medium; “I love the depth and exhibit titled “Inspiration 6”, opening Sept.14 at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. Another collaboration that has garnered recognition for Vincent is her partnership richness you can achieve with oils,” she explains, but her interests are varied, and she has tried many techniques and with long-time friend, local writer Diane Culling, on the book “Autumn Bear.” The mediums, from encaustic to watercolour. Choosing a subject vision of the two artists was to create a children’s book that celebrated our region to paint is a matter of light for Vincent, and she is driven to and the beauty of autumn in the Peace, and “Autumn Bear” was published in 2007. explore the play of light on objects, often in nature or across The support and welcome in the community was strong, and the book also received acclaim throughout Canada. The beauty of Vincent’s illustrations led her to be longa landscape. Primarily self-taught, recently she has been learning print- listed for the 2007 Canadian Librarians Association Amelia Frances Howard Gibbon making and etching, studying with Dawson Creek’s Laine Award, which is presented to an outstanding illustrator of a children’s book published Dahlen at Northern Lights College. For those familiar with in Canada. Culling and Vincent are working on a second book, “Winter Birds,” with the intent her paintings, it should be no surprise that she loves detail, and the many steps involved in printmaking introduce that being to complete a four book series featuring each season in the Peace Country. detail into the process of creating art in a manner that engages They hope to see “Winter Birds” in print in a year or two. In speaking with Vincent one gets the impression that promoting and displaying her work is secondary to creating art. She’s less interested in creating a trademark style or subject matter, and more concerned with exploring her own ideas and trying new techniques. Despite this, Vincent has no trouble finding a market for her work, or gaining recognition, because it is the quality of her paintings that serve as the best advertisement for her art.

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