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It was hard to get words out through the jags of disbelief, the tears of gratitude and the interruptions of laughter and applause as the roomful of science professionals let Amanda Smedley know just how appreciated she was on a national level. Smedley had just been surprised. She and her colleagues in senior management at Exploration Place Museum + Science Centre were sitting at the gala awards event at the 2019 Canadian Association of Science Centres in Halifax (known as The Cascades). They announced the outstanding career achievement category, and after a short preamble about this year’s winner, they called Smedley’s name. Her stride to the stage was confident but her charming stammering and welling up at the podium let everyone know this was as much a shock as it was a touching honour. “Science communication and literacy really does mean everything to me,” said Smedley during her speech in response to the sudden news. “I’m passionate about it. I think that together we really can change the world if we keep doing what we’re doing, and I don’t think I’m just being an idealist when I say that. Every year when I get into this room with you guys it reminds me that we can and we will. I’m proud to be a colleague of all of yours.” It was actually the second award at the 2019 Cascades that had Smedley’s name on it. She was also the one responsible for the science-based speaker series hosted monthly at Exploration Place at which UNBC professionals tell the public about their research and discoveries. This won Exploration Place the Best Program – Small Institution trophy. Smedley had some advance warning that award was coming their way, so she had a proper speech prepared. “I was proud of that one, because it’s for something we do here that doesn’t happen often in science facilities like ours – to purely engage an audience with science,” Smedley told The Citizen once her nerves had calmed. “There is some really cool stuff going on in science in this city and UNBC is a big driver of that but they so rarely get

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Amanda Smedley, manager of community engagement with The Exploration Place, shows off her awards she won at the Canadian Association of Science Centres annual conference that recently took place in Halifax. Smedley won an award for Outstanding Career Achievement and Small Insititution - Best Program for the Adult Speaker Series. to discuss it out in a public place. People so rarely get to know about this work and think about it in an active way and when it happens it can change people’s behaviour. It can affect real change. This series will add up to things we don’t even know about, so it’s something we really believe in. It was amazing to be recognized for that on a national level.” It’s innovative thinking like that that earned Smedley the lifetime achievement award and she gave all the credit to Exploration Place CEO Tracy Calegheros and her colleagues in Prince George for enabling the ideas and turning them into reality, even if they are challenging. “I feel like we’re standing on the cusp of something big, so to have the award come out as a way of saying yes, we see you, you

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Top photo: The Rustad family gathered for a family photo in 2016. Below: Laurie and Molly Rustad on their wedding day in 1953.



irk Rustad recently introduced me to his parents Laurie (Lawrence) and Molly (Mary) Rustad and shared the fact that his parents had just celebrated 66 years of a good marriage. Laurie, the youngest of three boys, was born to John and Olea Rustad in Rose Valley, Sask. in 1927. When he was only five, his mother passed away unexpectedly and shortly after receiving successful treatment for tuberculosis. Tragically, his father also passed away one year later. Laurie’s oldest brother Chester, who was only a teenager, along with relatives from the community, raised Laurie and maintained the family farm. Laurie left Rose Valley at the age of 16 and traveled to the Lower Mainland where he worked in logging camps. At the age of 21, he headed north to Prince George where his brother Gil (Gilbert),

along with several other cousins also from Rose Valley, were already heavily involved in the logging and sawmill industry. It is interesting to note that before Laurie left the farm, he traveled from Rose Valley to Yorkton in response to an advertisement inviting men to apply for work in the B.C. logging industry. He was told that he was too small to do the work and sent home. Undeterred, he wrote to the company in B.C., expressing his desire to work for them and they sent him a railway ticket to come to B.C. Laurie and Gil worked for their cousins at the Rustad Brothers sawmill site and lived in bunk houses. They saved their money and in 1949 they formed the Gillorn Lumber Company. Their first sawmill was on the Nechako River near the current Cameron Street bridge. They later relocated to Isle Pierre and then moved north to a site near Bear Lake. Laurie will admit to having more than his share of luck throughout his lifetime, but the luckiest day of them all was when he met his wife to be, Molly MacKirdy. Continued on page 4

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RUSTADS STILL ACTIVE IN THEIR 90S Continued from page 3

Molly was born in Great Britain in 1921. Her full history is unclear: she was orphaned at birth, came to Canada as a baby, was raised for a time in a Catholic orphanage and spent a good portion of her childhood on the Olsen farm in Edmonton. She was later adopted by the MacKirdy family and lived on Bowen Island during her teen years. As a young woman she made her way to Vancouver and worked for a company called Buckerfields. Molly and a girlfriend, Elsa Carlson, heard about the promise of work in Prince George and the pair headed north in 1951. Upon arrival, she went to work for the Prince George Planer Mill. One year later, she met Laurie and they were married in 1953. The couple built their first house on Fourth Avenue, two blocks from the outdoor swimming pool, near the clay tennis courts, and one block from the old St. Giles Presbyterian Church. A strip of trees bordering the north side of Third Avenue obscured massive lumber yards located below. Over the next decade, Laurie often worked long hours and found the commute from Bear Lake to Prince George difficult. He and Gil, who married later in life, bought two lots side by side on Summit Lake in the early 60s and built summer cabins. Their families moved to the cabins each summer to facilitate a shorter commute from Bear Lake. Laurie and Molly have three sons: Kirk, Lorne and John (Kim), who in turn gave them six grandchildren.

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Laurie and Molly Rustad in 1952. Laurie and Molly moved from Fourth Avenue to the Seymour subdivision in 1965 and built their second house; 54 years later, they are still living in the

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same house. A unique feature of the house and a nod to the family name are large solid timbers supporting the carport, all cut in a Rustad Brothers sawmill. Laurie and Gil sold their sawmill business in the late 60s, but kept two D-8 Cats. The pair became independent contractors clearing power lines for B.C. Hydro. Laurie later bought Gil’s share of Gillorn Lumber and Gil moved to Kelowna. Following his work in the sawmill industry, Laurie took his real estate exams in the 70s and worked as a real estate agent for the Buchanan & Benson Real Estate company. Laurie chose to specialize in land and timber sales. With his knowledge and experience regarding quality timber, he sought out property with good timber potential and then brokered the sale of logging rights to local lumber companies. Although Laurie had only a Grade 8 education, he was a born entrepreneur and became a self-made businessman. He never grew tired of learning new things. He was wholeheartedly committed to his family and to being able to provide for them. Laurie worked hard and earned a good reputation in the community. He and his brother looked after their equipment and did most of their own repairs. His D-8 Cat, now owned by another, is reportedly still in good working condition. At the age of 70, Laurie was working in the bush and broke his ankle. To make matters worse, there was a bear in the area. He kept a close eye on the bear while he crawled to his Cat, drove back to his truck and then to the hospital. Laurie’s fortitude and determination kept him operating his Cat and changing his own car tires well into his 80s. At 92, he still owns Gillorn and has not yet officially retired. Laurie worked hard, but he played hard too. He had always loved sports and was a good athlete. He used to play hockey on a team known as the Six-Mile Lake

Rang-a-Tangs. Many of the local sawmills had a softball team and they would play each other during the summer months. During his senior years, Laurie distinguished himself in curling, winning the Kelly Cup while playing third for Kevin Smale. He also played on numerous successful senior curling teams in provincial and national competitions. Molly was recognized as the top tennis player in Prince George shortly after her arrival to the city. Laurie took up the sport and they played mixed doubles with Laurie playing the front court while Molly played the back. They would dominate, according to Laurie, because of Molly’s quality ground strokes. The couple also enjoyed curling, bowling and golfing together. Laurie and Molly played bridge throughout their married life at the curling rink, the local bridge club and at home with friends and their sons. They play bridge twice a week and crib once a week at the Brunswick Senior Citizens Activity Centre. At 97, Molly is in remarkably good physical health. Her family can’t ever recall her having a sick day. Molly’s children and grandchildren remember her as a great cook into her 90s. Now she prefers going out to eat. She still heats up porridge each morning for herself and Laurie, a routine they have followed for most of the last 50 years. At 92, Laurie has survived a massive stroke and congestive heart failure, both occurring in his mid-80s. With help from their sons and grandchildren, Molly and Laurie still live in their own home. Like other seniors, they are experiencing logistical and mobility problems, age-related hearing and memory loss but they strive to do what they can for themselves. The pioneer spirit brought them and many others to Prince George which motivated much of our community’s early development. That same spirit continues to flicker in the Rustad home.


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their fields, that does not mean they’re experts in diet and nutrition. When fad diets use healthcare professionals to push a product, it can be very difficult for the consumer to know whose advice to trust. Red flag #7: The diet is not supported by registered dietitians. While the Ideal Protein diet touts the expertise of certain healthcare practitioners, you’d be hardpressed to find a dietitian selling these products or promoting the diet in general. This is because in British Columbia registered dietitians are subject to marketing bylaws, standards of practice and a code of ethics. These standards are in place to protect the public from misleading information and product promotion. When promoting services and products, dietitians are expected to ensure the marketing is truthful, accurate, verifiable and evidence-informed, meaning that claims are based on objective and scientifically sound evidence. A dietitian cannot create unjustified expectations about the results that can be achieved with a product or diet and we cannot take actions that result in personal gain, such as accepting fees or other benefits from product or service sponsors based on a client’s purchases. In other words, it would be unethical for a dietitian to promote the Ideal Protein diet. One of the biggest reasons fad diets increase in popularity is because they feed off what people want. When family, friends and even your doctor are recommending a diet it can be extremely difficult to buck the trend and choose your own path. It might even seem as if there is no harm in trying a popularized diet but there is the potential for negative effects, which is a very frustrating aspect of these diets. Not only could you be wasting money and time committing to what’s required for “success” but your metabolism could be affected, you could have nutrient deficiencies, you could lose muscle mass, have decreased immunity, decreased bone density, and the list goes on. Unfortunately, weight loss programs are not regulated in Canada, so it’s important for a consumer to be able to spot sensationalized claims and other hallmarks of a fad diet. While I’ve only listed a small proportion of the questionable claims and statements made by Ideal Protein, the red flags listed here can help you to identify even more in this and other diets-of-themoment and allow you to make informed decisions. — Kelsey Leckovic is a registered dietitian with Northern Health working in chronic disease management.

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TEAR DOWN THE WALLS T he most significant global event of my lifetime has been the fall of the Berlin Wall. As a teacher, I often bring up this event. It not only changed the geopolitical climate we are living in but it also demonstrated the power of the human spirit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently spoke to the graduates of Harvard University. We often forget that she looked at a wall every day as a young person in East Berlin. While the atmosphere was foreboding and there was no visible means of escape, nothing could control the thoughts of freedom in her mind or the minds of the people around her. The global atmosphere was clouded by fear of our ultimate destruction but even that could not eliminate the truth of our oneness. This was particularly true for Germans, many of whom had family members living on the other side of the divide. There are those who believe walls keep us safe but that is only an illusion. The world is full of once-invincible walls which today are obsolete. Build a wall and people will find a way to conquer it. Treat people with respect and dignity so walls become unnecessary. I lived behind a “security wall” when I was an aid worker in the Congo during a time of great economic and political instability. I noticed that when people wanted to get into our compound they always found a way. Any security


improvement was simply a temporary solution. While the wall did not keep me safe, my congenial interactions with the Congolese people got me out of every difficult situation I encountered. Normally someone who would speak up for me, and if no witness was present, the long-established tradition of aid workers and missionaries being different from colonizers and business people virtually eliminated the threat of physical violence to my person. During the first half of the 20th century, there were many barbed wire fences in Europe. We felt we had to protect ourselves from the “other.” This resulted in tremendous suffering and genocide. Even after the Second World War ended, we continued to build walls. Two things happened, however, which eventually brought Europe’s dark century to a triumphant end. The first was the Marshall Plan. The United States pledged large amounts of money to rebuild Western Europe after the end of the Second World War. This allowed the continent to recover very quickly.

West Germany, in particular, became a peaceful economic powerhouse. They were able to establish strong democratic traditions and become the admiration of much of the world including their neighbours who had their freedoms and opportunities limited on the other side of the Iron Curtain. The other source of progress in Europe was the establishment of the European Union. Borders within Western Europe gradually became obsolete. Countries which for centuries had invaded each other with hostile armies now had open frontiers. The result has been unprecedented prosperity for all. Given these forces on the Western side of the Iron Curtain, the walls which divided Germany and the rest of Europe could not withstand the pressure. In 1989, Angela Merkel, along with her family and friends, walked

freely into West Berlin. In 2005, she became the first East German to lead a unified Germany. There are many walls which remain in the world. There are physical walls and there are walls of racism, sexism and economic injustice. In addition, we face walls created by the climate crisis, political turmoil and world hunger. Yet when we look at how the world has changed since the middle of the 20th century, especially in Europe, Angela Merkel’s closing words at Harvard do not seem at all unrealistic, “Wir koennen das alles schaffen” (We can do all of that). Walls have never been able to withstand the oneness of our humanity. — Gerry Chidiac is a champion for social enlightenment, inspiring others to find their greatness in making the world a better place. For more of his writings, go to www.gerrychidiac. com.

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Canada Day In The Park is always on the same day. The nation celebrates Canada’s birthday on July 1 and that is always when the city’s premier park comes alive with music and cultural. “It is a community festival. It is free of charge and family oriented. We will have the fireworks again this year, fired off from Connaught Hill so you can see it all around the city,” said longtime organizer Marlies Greulich, executive director of the Multicultural Heritage Society. As always, the event is themed on Canada’s national personality – multiculturalism – from ancient First Nations to grassroots subcultures, from international influences rooted all over the world to the homegrown intermingled ethnoblends of tomorrow. “It is always a celebration of culture, a celebration of everyone, because Canada has that diversity that we all get to share and draw strength from,” said Greulich. One of the strongest draws for this kaleidoscopic event is the food. From perogies to souvlakies, bannock to samosas, Canada Day In The Park is a culinary uniting of the nations. “We have a new sushi vendor this year, a new group from the Philippines coming in this year, and all the usual array of international foods, and of course the stage is loaded with all the entertainers, all the activities for little ones to be entertained.” A special performance is slated for the mainstage this year. Director-choreographer Judy Russell is bringing her cast for a sneak peek at the upcoming production of Beauty & The Beast.

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A large friendship circle dances in front of the stage while the Khastan Dummers perform as part of Canada Day celebrations in 2018 at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. The opening ceremonies happen at noon with the next seven hours full of entertainment, information and food. (Reminder, no alcohol or pets in the park.) The fireworks show goes boom at 11 p.m.

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I took the opportunity to introduce a Private Members Bill during this sitting of the Legislature.  It builds on the work I have done with Heart and Stroke.  The bill is called the “Defibrillator Public Access Act” and would increase public access to life saving Automated External Defibrillators or AEDs.  Sadly the government chose not to call the bill and that means that technically it “dies” on the order paper.  I can assure you I will be re-introducing it during the fall session.  It has received a great deal of public support both in the province and beyond.  The bill takes a comprehensive approach and could literally mean the difference between life and death for someone experiencing a sudden cardiac arrest.  I also took the opportunity whenever possible to celebrate and recognize great people and achievements with two minute statements and introductions.  For example it was a lot of fun to celebrate the

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The spring Legislative session in Victoria has just ended. It was a busy session with many critical issues being debated.  As I reflect on the work that was undertaken there are a few things that stand out for me.

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t’s June. We are nearing the end of it all: lunches, Pro-D days, permission forms, agendas, random asks for money in strange amounts (who has $7 just lying around?), presentations, library books, homework, auditions, talent shows, Christmas concerts, 400 Scholastic order forms to recycle while feeling guilty that you missed the deadline again, 8,000 other fundraising forms to recycle that you don’t feel guilty about turfing at all, Pokemon trading fights, meetings with teachers, reports cards – I mean, “Communications of Learning,”– tired days, sad days, happy days, playdates, dance recitals, guitar lessons, birthday parties and more. The end of ten months of constant, unrelenting “things” that you have to do, or remember, (or don’t) is approaching and I am filled with joy. Having young children in school is not exactly the easiest thing to manage with working parents. Before we had kids, life felt busy, but fun. We could decide to go out or stay home or have a leisurely day off as we liked. On my days off, I used to tackle various house projects or organize something or learn a craft. Or sometimes, we would just take the dog for a walk and then have a nap after ordering in food. Now I find myself looking forward to getting a little bit sick (not a lot, just a tiny man-cold) just so I can take it easy and rest.


I love my life. I love my husband, my kids and my family and friends here. June is just a bit much and it feels like a wave that is about to break and drown us all in art projects and journals. By June, we have run out of interesting lunch ideas and have taken to cook dinners for the sole purpose of having leftovers to throw in their lunches. The curriculum has been taught, assessments are complete and the final weeks are an assortment of necessary movie days, sports days, presentations and general non-academic silliness – plus a Pro-D day or two thrown in for fun. We are all tired. The parents, the kids and especially the teachers. Maybe if one of us did not work full time, June would feel more manageable but perhaps, like housework, stress and exhaustion expand to fill the time available. But we can see the light approaching and the lazy summer days seems close at hand. I do wonder, is it a light at the end of the tunnel or an oncoming train?



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THE HEAVY IMMORTALITY OF DEATH “B ecause I could not stop for Death He kindly stopped for me.” So begins the poem by Emily Dickinson, published posthumously in 1890. I apologize in advance to the English majors out there for butchering the meaning of it. The flowers are beginning to bloom, the grass is green, the leaves out; why write about the gloomy subject of death? In the West, most of us see death’s work only when the very frail who have lived long lives are taken, but not so in my case. In 2006, my life was full, unmarked by any experience of untimely death. My family was reasonably happy, my grandma with Alzheimer’s still alive, and my joyful identity firm and fulfilling, as a homeschool mom to our six healthy chil-


dren. There was no way I was stopping for anything. Too busy, too full of life. Then death stopped for our oldest daughter just three days shy of her 16th birthday in June. She had plans to fill her passport with stamps from around the world and to celebrate her birthday by camping in the backyard with her friends, telling her tales of our recent travels. Six years later, our nephew and oldest son’s best man, was snatched up at age 21, full of life, and recently engaged.

No warnings. No consideration. We were left only memories and the heavy Immortality of death. “The Carriage held but just Ourselves And Immortality.“ Death waits for nothing. Cares nothing for the season or time. I take exception to most online analysis of the poem which interpret Dickinson to say that death is a kind gentleman. He knows he has won the day. Death is gentlemanly because he can afford to be. The Carriage stole away our daughter, Death took the life of our precious daughter into Immortality, and left ugly grief in its wake. Grief taunts and tears at the soul of the family left behind, the special guest at every family or friend gathering. (In an odd way, it is not an unwelcome guest because grief is the price of love, and if I

cannot have my daughter back, at least I must be able to grieve for her). When grief was new, 13 years ago this month, the sun was blazing, making everything grow in full vigour of life. I hated the grass for daring to grow. The blooms that had in previous years been picked to make flower crowns for our daughter’s birthday guests, were oblivious to our grief, taunting me with the reminder that they still existed, that evil time marched on, as if nothing had happened. The poem goes on; it is one of Dickinson’s longest poems. Death is revealed to be not as friendly as he initially pretended to be. Death is cold and uncomfortable, and we are not prepared for him. No one recovers from an encounter unscathed or unchanged. And that is, somehow, strangely comforting.


Grandmas know. There is no more wise woman in life than a grandmother and if grandma says golf, then it is time to golf. These particular grandmothers also say there is a deep need for help, so this golf is to raise money and awareness for other grandmas in distress around the world. The local chapter of Grandmothers To Grandmothers holds a charity tournament each year to lift other grandmoth-

ers out of poverty and danger. They are affiliated with the Grandmothers Campaign operated by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. “In addition to struggling with supporting children who have lost their parents due to the Aids pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa, our partner grandmothers are now also dealing with the devastating impact of cyclone activity in March,” said local participant Saima Fewster. “Sadly, it is once again women and children who are experiencing the brunt of the

damages. Our work to help offer support through the Stephen Lewis Foundation continues to be as important as ever.” This is the fourth annual local golf tournament for Grandmothers To Grandmothers and it continues to grow as the community learns more about the help the local organization provides. “We would love to be able to recruit more golfers to join us,” said Fewster. “Our golf tournament is a major fundraiser.” It happens this year on June 23 at

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“The other super interesting artist is Shauit,” said Judge, talking about artists she has never seen in Prince George before. “Do you remember a group called Kashtin in the 1980s and 90s? They had a couple of hit songs that were sung entirely in Innu, a remarkable achievement at the time. Well, Shauit is from the same community and also sings in Innu.” Judge said the crowd was going to love the Tonye Aganaba Band, whose eponymous leader has visible connections to Africa (born in England to parents of Nigerian and Zimbabwean descent) then moved to Canada as a youth, including some time spent living in Dawson Creek. Aganaba is gender-fluid and creates music that is genre-fluid, with touches of soul, folk, R&B and more. Think Ani DeFranco or Lauryn Hill for sound siblings. The Paperboys bandleader Tom Landa is a staunch friend and supporter. Aganaba was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and then was involved in a major car crash. Those physical realities have also played a role in shaping the music and the personal journey this artist has taken on, not just on festival stages and theatres but, said Judge, “also into schools, community centres, hospitals, prisons, and boardrooms places where art can heal, start conversation, and maybe even make change.” The final musical slot at the HeatwaveCelebrating Cultures festival is reserved for Alex Cuba, one of Prince George’s favourites. The Smithers-based but Cubanborn superstar owns a voice with the smooth and intoxicating effect of liqueur, and a songwriting style that sails listeners along no matter what language you speak. He is one of Canada’s national musical treasures, and he

Alex Cuba is coming back to Prince George. The Grammy darling and northern B.C.’s most prestigious resident music star is the headliner at the Heatwave-Celebrate Cultures summer festival. This new festival is a combination of several cultural events all celebrating together from June 21-23 at Canada Games Plaza and Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. The music organizers are the same as for the wintertime’s Coldsnap Music Festival and artistic director Sue Judge announced the lineup for this inaugural showcase coming up in only a few weeks. “They are all interesting,” said Judge. “En

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Sat June 22: Navaz, En Karma, George Leach (with special performances by Laura Grizzlypaws) Sun June 23: Madame Diva & Micah, Kym Gouchie, Shauit, Alex Cuba Karma, for instance is, North America’s preeminent Bhangra band and their combined musical pedigree traverses experiences with the top bands of the 90s Bhangra movement in the U.K., the oldest folk Bhangra institutions in Canada and a little bit of indie-rock sensibility thrown in for good measure.” Leach and Grizzlypaws are both from Lillooet, so even the incoming acts have regional connections.


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Alex Cuba played the BCLC mainstage at Canada Games Plaza in Prince George during the 2015 Canada Winter Games. is coming to P.G. with fresh material. This is a free set of concerts thanks to the support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, City of Prince George and Tourism Prince George. It is a joint presentation of Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS), Lheidli T’enneh First Nation, Le Cercle des

Canadiens Français de Prince George, and the Prince George Folkfest Society (the organizers of Coldsnap). It combines National Indigenous Peoples Day, IMSS’ Day of Cultures, Saint-Jean Baptiste Day and revives the spirit of the Prince George Folkfest events of the early 2000s.

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In the spotlight Darren Neufeld of Blake Productions sets up a projector for the B.C. Natural Resources Forum, which starts tonight at the Civic Centre. The forum, which will bring industry leaders and high-level political figures like federal minister of natural resources James Carr to the city, runs through Thursday.

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men accused of a drug-related murder recounted what she saw and heard during the fatal shooting of a Prince George man two years ago. Darren Sundman, Kurtis Sundman, who are brothers, and Sebastian Martin each face a count of first-degree murder in the Jan. 16, 2015 death of Jordan Tayor McLeod, who was 24 years old at the time. Recounting events in the hour or so leading up to the shooting, Stacey Stevenson said she was in the back of a friend’s mobile home in Vanderhoof when Darren Sundman entered the room and told her to grab her belongings. Stevenson complied, the court heard, and went out to the kitchen where she saw McLeod sitting on a bar stool in the middle of the room. Darren Sundman tried to convince McLeod to unlock his phone but he refused and Sundman grabbed the phone away from him, Stevenson said. From there, they filed out of the home and into a pickup truck where Kurtis Sundman got into the driver’s seat while McLeod got into the passenger side. Stevenson sat in the middle back with Darren Sundman sit-

She said they took off and made their ting behind McLeod and Martin behind the driver, resting a shotgun between his knees. way onto a logging road where they dumped the body – it was found off the With Kurtis Sundman “driving crazy” Kaykay Forest Service Road northwest of and “going quite fast” they headed to the city, the court has heard. In the hours Prince George and, after driving through that followed, they also retrieved McLeod’s the city, travelled east on Highway 16. car from Vanderhoof and abandoned it Stevenson said Darren Sundman began north of Williams Lake after hitting McLeod with the butt of a handgun and then, just As she bent over, rolling it down a gully and setting it on fire. as they passed Prince George The Sundmans and StevenRegional Correctional Centre, placing her head son were arrested a matter of McLeod was told he would between her hours later in Quesnel after have to jump out of the truck knees, Stevenson they tried to steal an all-terwhile it was still moving “or vehicle and then failed to he knew what was going to said she heard rain evade police. happen to him.” a shot and then Under questioning from They turned onto Upper Crown prosecutor Joseph Fraser Road and soon afMartin say “I got Temple, Stevenson spent ter, McLeod did jump out. him boss.” much of Monday setting the Kurtis Sundman pulled the scene. She and Darren Sundtruck over and the three men man had been living together jumped out. Stevenson got as girlfriend and boyfriend in Vanderhoof into the front because Martin had accidenwhere he had been working at a pellet plant tally set off a can of bear spray. in the community. As she bent over, placing her head He had been selling cocaine on the side, between her knees, Stevenson said she heard a shot and then Martin say “I got him with Stevenson keeping track of debts owed boss.” Stevenson, who turned tearful as she to him. But in late summer 2014, Sundman quit his job and they began using methamtestified, said she then heard a second shot and, when she looked up saw all three make phetamine heavily while selling cocaine to cover their bills. their way across a ditch and into the bush By December, Stevenson said she broke where they pulled McLeod’s body from the up with Sundman because she “just had trees and put it into the back of the pickup.

enough of everything” and was planning to move out. At about that time, Sundman was introduced to McLeod as a supplier. Stevenson said she began communicating with McLeod via text messages and phone calls behind Sundman’s back and when he and his brother left for Merritt, she stayed behind. Stevenson packed her bags while the Sundmans were away but when she convinced McLeod to pick her up and drive her to Prince George for New Years Eve she left them behind. While in Prince George, Stevenson stayed with some friends and then, for a brief time, with McLeod. While with him, McLeod asked Stevenson to text Darren Sundman and ask if he had the money he owed McLeod. “Yes, I have his f---g money,” Sundman tersely replied. She said McLeod had been friendly to Sundman in previous conversations but also a “little bit rude,” because he wanted Sundman to pay up. McLeod had “no real reaction” to Sundman’s text, Stevenson said. McLeod asked Stevenson for some photos of her and, in response, she sent him some portrait shots. McLeod drove her back to Vanderhoof and instructed Stevenson to “pretend like nothing happened,” because he wanted his money from Sundman. Stevenson’s testimony continues today at the courthouse.

Watts makes P.G. stop on Liberal campaign tour Arthur WILLIAMS Citizen staff Liberal leadership candidate Dianne Watts says it’s time to reboot the B.C. Liberal Party and she’s the one to do it. The former mayor of Surrey and MP for South Surrey – White Rock was in Prince George on Monday, promoting her bid for the job of leadership of the opposition. The B.C. Liberals will elect a new leader on Feb. 3. “I offer the B.C. Liberals a fresh start,” Watts said. While good work was done by the former Liberal government, she said, “there was a level of frustration” by the voting public which resulted in the loss of 11 seats in the 2016 election. She said her experience building coalitions and leading a government in Surrey would help her to unify the Liberals and present a united front in the next provincial election. Her experience in local government has taught her that one-size-fits-all solutions don’t work for B.C., she said. “Every community is unique, and every community has unique issues,” Watts said. “As a former mayor... we deal with things on the front line. We deal with homelessness,

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we deal with crime, we deal with first responders.” Supporting local leaders and communities to develop local solutions to local programs is key, she said. B.C. municipalities have limited options when it comes to raising funds, she said, and it may be time to consider giving municipalities more tools to allow them to meet their needs. However some of the common threads she has heard while travelling B.C. are concerns about health care and affordability. While the Liberal party in B.C. is the party of business and entrepreneurship, she said, it’s also important to focus on social programs to meet the needs of British Columbians. In order to achieve that, the province will require a strong, stable government – something that is unlikely under a proportional representation system. The NDP have pledged to hold a mail-in-ballot referendum this year on changing the province’s electoral system. Watts said the NDP are jumping the gun and should first ask voters if they want the province’s electoral system changed. Then, with a mandate of the people, gather public input and present voters with a number of options. “It should be decided by the people.”


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An all-star local cast has been announced by director Judy Russell for her upcoming production of Beauty & The Beast. Leading the list is a comeback performer who became one of the province’s top varsity singers while she was at the University of Victoria and she has been a big part of several Russell productions in the past like Nunsense, Nunsense 2, Hello Dolly and a star turn in the role of Eponine in Les Miserables. Kelsey Jewesson is back in Prince George and will be back in the spotlight as Belle. Opposite her will be another wellknown local performer who has not been front and centre for some time but has never been far from the action. Jon Russell is known more for his technical skills making everyone else on stage sound good, but he has also established himself as a top-shelf performer with notable roles in plays like Spamalot, The Producers, and he was also in that Les Mis cast with Jewesson. At the time, Citizen reviewer Christine Hinzmann said “Jon Russell played Enjolras with an incredible stage presence. His

vocal skills and effective body language tell the story of his convictions.” This time Russell will be The Beast. It should make for some bubbly on-stage chemistry when his brother, Matt Russell, takes him on in the villain role of Gaston. Other notable names on the cast list include Gary Chappel as Maurice, Bradley Charles as LeFou, Nigel McInnis as Lumiere, Franco Celli as Cogsworth, Andrew Lee and Addison Liu sharing the role of Chip, Sharon MacDermott as Madame Le Grande Bouche, Catherine Higgins as Babette, Andrew Russell as Monseur D’Arque, and there is a set of Silly Girls (Emma Forgeron, Kendra Hamelin, Kate McGowan, Sara McGowan). There is also a sizable ensemble of supporting singers and dancers. “There is so much talent in Prince George,” said Russell. “Every year it is more and more difficult to choose our cast. We took over 60 people but we could have easily had a cast of 100. I am afraid my costume mistress hates me.” Russell bids the public to “be our guest” this summer at the Prince George Playhouse for Beauty & The Beast. The show runs most nights between July 11-27 and tickets are already on sale online or in person at Central Interior Tickets.



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NEW YORK - Google will start its Stadia streaming service to challenge the video game industry in November - but initially only as part of a $130 bundle that includes hardware and a pass for a friend. Google announced the game service in March with few details. On Thursday, Google said it will start advance sales for the limited “Founder’s Edition” bundles right away, though it isn’t saying how many are available. Google won’t offer stand-alone subscriptions, for $10 a month, until next year. Stadia is Google’s attempt to make traditional video game consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation obsolete. Games are stored online, and players can pick up where they left off on traditional computers with Google’s Chrome browsers and Chromebooks running Chrome OS. Players can also use Google’s Pixel phones, but not other phones with the company’s Android operating system. Unlike traditional games, the streaming service requires a constant internet connection to play. Much like movies and music, the traditional video game industry has been shifting from physical hardware and games to digital downloads and streaming. The makers of leading consoles have their own subscription services as well, while Apple plans one this fall. The U.S. video game industry raked in revenue of $43.4 billion in 2018, up 18 per cent from 2017, according to research firm NPD Group. Video game streaming typically

requires a strong connection and more computing power than simply streaming video, since there is real-time interaction between player and game. Google says it is tapping its massive data centres to power the system. The service will mainly let players play games they buy separately, though some free games will be offered. Stadia will launch with about 30 games to buy, including “Doom Eternal,” ”Assassin’s Creed Odyssey“ and ”Wolfenstein: Youngblood.“ The “Founder’s Edition” package includes three months of Stadia and a three-month buddy pass that someone else can use. It’ll come with a limited edition controller and a Chromecast Ultra streaming video device. Google says the whole package is worth about $300 but costs $130. It will be available in 14 countries at launch, including the U.S., Canada, U.K., France and Germany. Next year, Google will offer Stadia Pro for $10 a month and a free version, Stadia Base. With the free version, resolution will be lower, and players won’t get discount on games offered through Pro and the bundle. An optional Stadia controller will sell for $69. The Wi-Fi-enabled controller has a button that lets players tap Google Assistant to ask questions about the games being played. Another button lets users share gameplay directly to Google’s video streaming service, YouTube. Google said playing video games will be as simple as pressing a “Play Now” button. Players won’t have to download or install anything.

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This undated image provided by Google shows the controller for a video-game streaming platform called Stadia. Google will offer its Stadia streaming video game service as part of a $130 package in November. The subscription itself costs $10 a month, but you won’t be able to subscribe without the package deal until 2020. working on a streaming service called Sony offers a PlayStation Now streamProject xCloud. ing service that’s $20 for a one-month The upcoming Apple Arcade subscripsubscription or $45 for three months. It tion will feature more than 100 games offers unlimited access to 750 games for for download, curated by Apple and streaming or downloads, which allow exclusive to the service. Apple hasn’t for offline play. Microsoft’s $10-a-month announced a price yet. The games can be Xbox Game Pass offers about 100 games played on Apple devices only. for free download. Microsoft is also

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Out on the diamond of green, especially in that excruciating moment of stillness and anticipation before the ball shoots from the pitcher’s hand, the man behind the plate can be the most elusive figure on the field. He squats while others stand, his face hidden by a mask. From that vantage point, at the pointy tip of the field’s perfect geometry, he sees all, but is barely seen. This was the ideal place for a man like Moe Berg, an eccentric and enigmatic figure from baseball’s yesteryear. Berg’s exploits on the field in the 1920s and 1930s for the Washington Senators and other teams would come to be overshadowed by his cunning as a wartime spy in the infancy of the Office of Strategic Services, the precursor of today’s Central Intelligence Agency. Berg’s life and even the inscrutable circumstances surrounding his death 49 years ago linger as ongoing mysteries, a mélange of fact, myth and opaque clues. To encounter Moe Berg’s story is to become entranced with it. He spoke as many as 12 languages, became a radio quiz-show sensation, extracted a key Italian aerodynamics expert from behind enemy lines during World War II and was sent to suss out the Nazi bomb-development program and, if necessary, assassinate the German nuclear genius Werner Heisenberg. For decades, authors, filmmakers, scriptwriters and spy buffs have obsessed over him. In the past two years, Berg’s remarkable saga has flickered onto movie house screens - first in last year’s feature film, “The Catcher was a Spy,” based on Nicholas Dawidoff’s critically acclaimed book “The Catcher was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg,” and now in a deeply researched documentary, “The Spy Behind Home Plate,” by the Washington, D.C.-based filmmaker Aviva Kempner. “Everyone’s trying to nail it,” Kempner, now 72, says. Kempner, who is best known for her documentary about Hall-of-Famer Hank Greenberg and for her activism on behalf of D.C. statehood, is a relentless digger. She gathered too many nuggets to fit into a single film, and she shared one curiosity with The Washington Post that didn’t make it into her documentary. The baseball record books list Berg, the son of Ukrainian immigrants, as being born on March 2, 1902. But Berg’s birth certificate lists another date: May 8, 1902. It gets stranger from there. Moe was only a nickname - his proper name was typically listed as Morris. But the birth certificate shows his actual first name as “Moses.” “Another mystery!” Kempner says. Berg, who was said to have a photographic memory, was practiced in deception from the beginning. When he was a kid, he assumed a fake name so that he could play baseball on a Christian league team - there were no Jewish teams at the time.

For all her sleuthing, Kempner was never able to figure out where Berg lived from 1932 to 1934 while he was playing for the Senators, the Washington Major League team for nearly six decades. But she suspects he spent much of his time at the Mayflower Hotel, one of his favorite haunts. Even assigning a start date to Berg’s tenure as a spy has become an elusive task. Some think he began his life in the shadows as early as 1934, when he traveled to Japan with an all-star baseball team that featured the greatest players of his day, including Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. In Tokyo, Berg donned a men’s kimono a sartorial flourish included in the documentary - and walked to a hospital under the pretense of visiting the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Japan, who had just given birth. Instead, he dumped the flowers he’d brought with him and made his way to the roof of the hospital, then the tallest building in the city. He pulled a Bell & Howell camera from beneath his kimono and - in defiance of Japanese orders that no photos or films should be made during the visit - made a panoramic film of the cityscape that later made its way to the U.S. military, possibly for use in bombing raids, according to the documentary. Berg was recruited to join the nascent OSS by the larger-than-life figure William “Wild Bill” Donovan, the founder of the spy agency. Berg was eventually handed the seemingly impossible task of finding Antonio Ferri, an Italian aerodynamics expert who had gone into hiding and had been privy to the secret workings of German scientists connected to the Nazi nuclear program. Berg found him and - because the former ballplayer spoke passable Italian - helped translate a cache of hidden documents. But his scariest wartime adventure required Berg’s special talent for fading into the background, like the masked catcher he’d once been. He traveled to neutral Switzerland, posing as a student, to hear a lecture by Heisenberg, the German nuclear scientist. His mission was to assess Heisenberg’s progress, and to kill him if it appeared he was getting close to developing the bomb. Ever resourceful, Berg managed to take a walk with Heisenberg after a dinner party, a stroll in which he concluded the scientist still had a long way to go in developing the bomb - and therefore he passed up an ideal opportunity to kill him. In the feature film, there’s a shootout during the walk. Kempner doesn’t believe it occurred. The feature film strongly suggests that Berg was bisexual. Dawidoff’s book says there’s no evidence to support that but briefly cites some rumors and speculation. Kempner also found no evidence, and points to his longtime relationship with a woman who was a piano instructor, and to interviews with former teammates who described Berg as “a ladies’ man” and a “womanizer,” albeit a classy one.

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Filmmaker Aviva Kempner in her Washington, D.C., home, where she displays hook rug art of baseball players including Washington Senators catcher Moe Berg, the subject of her new documentary, The Spy Behind Home Plate. “I think that’s the Hollywood version,” ballparks, where he had been given a lifeKempner says. “I’m trying to be very diptime pass. He was awarded a presidential Medal of Freedom in 1945 but refused to lomatic. Facts can be more exciting.” In a New York Times interview last year, accept it. He never explained why, adding another layer to his mystique. Robert Rodat - who adapted Dawidoff’s Berg died in 1972 at the age of 70 after book for “The Catcher was a Spy” film a fall at his home. His sister gave his said: “The standards of veracity I applied remains to a rabbi and asked that they be in the movie were different.” scattered on Mt. Scopus in Israel. Neil Goldstein, a filmmaker who diKempner has unearthed letters from rected interviews with more than a dozen of Berg’s former OSS colleagues and base- Sam Berg, first wondering whether the remains were ever actually scattered, then ball teammates years ago for a film that was never produced, said not one of them later puzzling over stories he’d been told by a rabbi about his brother’s remains “even hinted” that he was bisexual. possibly ending up in someone’s backyard “Why does this gossip remain a topic?” said Goldstein, whose interview footage is in Jerusalem. He wanted his brother’s remains returned to the United States, included in the documentary. since his Moe Berg was never particularly After the war, Berg spent time living religious. But that request was complicatin New Jersey with his brother, Sam, a physician, and later with his sister, Ethel. ed by the fact that no one could tell him He never married, and he was a frequent the exact location of the ashes. presence in libraries, where he indulged It appears, according to Kempner, that his varied interests, and at Major League Sam Berg never found his brother.

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lopsided valuing of male athletes - highlighted recently by the U.S. Women’s National Team’s gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation. Read the sports headlines, and it’s usually men highlighted. Turn on ESPN, and it’s typically men on the screen. But there was something about the nonexistence of female foosball tables that brought home the magnitude of this form of gender bias. Soon, I began to notice the absence of female imagery in all sorts of sports-related toys. I saw that if a figure appeared on the backboard of a basketball net, it was male, typically in silhouette performing a layup. I discovered that if a T-ball bat featured a human, he was male, shown preswing. Why, I wondered, when my two daughters and son head off to play, should only one get to see himself mirrored in the equipment? Elizabeth Sweet, a San Jose State University sociologist who studies gender and toys, says, “The fact that the default character in these toys is male really speaks to the way sports are still gendered as masculine in our society. Unconscious bias is deeply embedded in their design and marketing.” Some might argue that toy companies are just responding to their market - that these products skew male because more boys gravitate toward sports. But girls and boys participate in youth sports fairly equally. In 2018, according to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association, 31 percent of girls and 39 percent of boys ages 6 to 12 took part regularly in a team sport C - not enough of a difference to account for the sports-toy discrepancy.

When my older daughter turned nine, I thought of the perfect gift, one that would combine her love of sports, competition and raucous game-room fun: a mini foosball table. I searched Amazon and found pages of options. Some were plastic, and some wood. Some modern, some more classic. But every table had one thing in common. The players - solid and ready for action on their steel rods - were all male. My daughter has been kicking around a soccer ball since she was three. She plays goalie, her ponytail flying as she dives for the ball with grass-stained knees. In summer, she heads to soccer camp in an Alex Morgan Team USA jersey, dribbling down our front path to the car. I can see the subtle lift this identity gives her. Connected to her inner athlete, she feels buoyant, strong and aware of the possibilities of her being. A table with male figures wouldn’t do. I searched Amazon again, this time for models with female players specifically. When none appeared, I tried Target, Walmart, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Wayfair. Eventually, I discovered one table with women players: a full-sized model manufactured in 2011 by the Spanish design company RS Barcelona. It sold for $4,365. It no longer appears on the company’s website. A disturbing understanding sank in: I would not be giving my daughter a female foosball table; they don’t exist. On one level, this wasn’t shocking. Here was yet another example of our culture’s

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“There’s an assumption on the part of toy makers that these toys are for boys,” says Sweet, who points out that most leadership positions at toy companies are held by men. “They don’t even see the lack of representation.” Other experts see the omission as more deliberate. “There’s a perception in marketing that girls will partake in things associated with boys, but that the reverse isn’t true,” says sociologist Cheryl Cooky, author of No Slam Dunk: Gender, Sport, and the Unevenness of Social Change. Because of our male-advantaged gender hierarchy, she explains, there can be cultural value in a girl’s playing with “boy” things - she becomes “one of the guys.” But “there’s more at stake when boys transgress gender boundaries,” she says. Toy makers don’t want to drive away boys socialized to avoid “girly” things. Even before kids are old enough for organized athletics, the gendering of sports toys can have adverse effects. Lisa Dinella, a psychology professor at Monmouth University and co-editor of “Gender Typing of Children’s Toys,” says, “When we make rules about the toys children should or shouldn’t play with, we narrow their opportunities to learn.” Many male-categorized toys like foosball, Dinella points out, help children develop spatial abilities central to mathematics and physics - STEM fields in which women are underrepresented. They also teach important social skills: “Foosball is a high-speed, intense game typically played with somebody you care about. That social interaction is important, and not just for boys. Girls, too, need


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From the time Dan Wehunt wanted a dog, he wanted a German shorthaired pointer. A track and field teammate at the University of Florida had one, and whether it was the breed’s fashionable coat, eagerness to please or irresistibly friendly eyes and smile, Wehunt knew he had to have one. After graduation, he found Odessa, the quietest in her litter, but the sweetest, too. He took her home and trained her with his twin brother. He didn’t know she’d grow up to be a world champion. Odessa and Wehunt, 28, won the State Street Mile and Dog Mile World Championship in Santa Barbara, California, last Sunday. Their time, 4:06.2, is the fastest recorded canine and human mile ever run. “Honestly there’s not many opportunities to run with your dog,” Wehunt said in a phone interview. Well, at least not competitively. German shorthaired pointers are “gun dogs,” bred over centuries to accompany sportsmen on hunts for water fowl, possum, rabbit, raccoon and deer, according to the American Kennel Club. “GSPs have a very high energy level and a strong prey drive,” according to the AKC’s breed profile, “and they need an owner with an active lifestyle to guide the dog’s exuberance and intensity into positive outlets.” For Odessa, who is now four-and-a-half years old, that manifests into a love of sticks and tennis balls.

“I can throw a ball with the Chuckit [a ball-throwing wand] back and forth without stopping, if it’s a cool day, for an almost unlimited time,” Wehunt said. “It just ends up being time to go. Like, it’s been 30 minutes, and you don’t look tired - or at least as much as I thought you would.” One solution to burn up all that energy: just run. By the time Odessa was a couple years old, Wehunt had moved to Bozeman, Montana, to design and build shoes for hiking company Oboz. He was a few years removed from his competitive track and field career in college, and ready to take up the sport again. The temperate climate made training easier than back home in Florida, and Odessa (“Dess,” for short) could be a good running buddy, he thought. He trained her to run beside him off leash, then purchased a harness that attaches to her collar and wraps around his waist. Now, they run 40 miles together a week. He found the State Street race two years ago and planned a vacation road trip this year around the it, with a visit to his brother in Portland, Oregon, and camping in Zion National Park in Utah also on the agenda. And when the race began, Wehunt and Odessa broke to the front and left the pack behind. “She could have ran three [minutes] flat the other day,” Wehunt said. “I was holding her back, to be honest.”



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Use the Kid Scoop Secret Decoder Ring to discover the name of this book by Evonne Blanchard, which is available at the library. To fill in the blanks, find the letter on the outer ring, then replace it with the letter below it on the inner ring.

Astronomers are trying to talk to beings who live on other planets, sometimes called aliens. So far, it has been a one way conversation. Scientists on earth sent out messages starting in 1974. However, technology has changed a lot since then. The Arecibo Observatory is now working on a new message and they are asking kids around the world for help!

First Message to Aliens

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Send a Message to Aliens!

2019 is the 45th anniversary of the Arecibo Message. It will be the year astronomers send another message into space. This time they want teams of students from around the world to come up with messages. If you were writing a message to aliens, what would you say?

The first Arecibo message was sent into outer space with the belief that if there were beings out there who had a level of intelligence similar to ours, or better, they would be able to detect the radio signal and figure out how to translate it.

Information about human DNA to help describe us to aliens

The message was aimed at an area in space called the Great Cluster of Hercules. It is 25,000 light years away. (That means that if you could travel at the speed of light, it would take 25,000 years to get there!)

Amelia opens a present – a present that’s not a present at all. No, it’s a friendly-looking alien called Uglesnoo from Pluto. Uglesnoo needs to leave right away for the Moon. Uglesnoo also desperately needs Amelia’s help. His sister is very sick. Should Amelia venture into outer space?

A pictogram of a human Map of our solar system

Scientists know they won’t get a response in their lifetimes, but if and when an answer comes, it would be very interesting!

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The universe is a vast place, and many scientists believe that somewhere out there, there is life. To help locate where this life might be, they look for planets in the Goldilocks Zone. This is a part of the solar system that has “just right” conditions for life – conditions that are like ours. What two things do scientists think planets need to support life? Write down the letters on the correct path. and V T




























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Kids who don’t read over the summer vacation months can experience what teachers call “the summer slide.” It’s not a fun water slide. The summer slide is actually a slip in your reading and other school skills. That means you’ll start the new school year behind where you left off last year! Reading Kid Scoop, books, magazines, comic books and more over the summer will keep your reading skills sharp and your mind active. And regular visits to your library are a great way to start!







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Sewing Camps

Registration is now open for Sewing For Young Children and for Sewing Camps-Beginners, a pair of fiber art summer programs for youngsters being offered by the costume department at Theatre NorthWest. The Sewing For Young Children classes run July 2-5 with options for morning (9 a.m. start) or afternoon (1:30 p.m. start). This class is designed for young children with an interest in learning to sew, ideal ages 8-10 years old. The class consists of 3 hours per day for 4 days. The Sewing Camps-Beginners program runs July 22-26 afternoons only starting each day at 1:30. The ideal ages are 1015 years (as young as 8 for experienced kids) with no experience necessary. It runs three hours per day, producing a project each day. Sign up at the Theatre NorthWest website.

Weavers Convention The Association of Northwest Weavers’ Guilds holds its annual fiber arts conference on now until June 16 in Prince George. The event features workshops, seminars, a fashion show, exhibits, vendors’ market, awards, and more than 20 high-level instructors all on site at the Prince George Civic & Convention Centre. Go to the anwgconference2019. com website for more info.

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Suzannah Marriott, right, professional seamstress, shows, left to right Asha Schokking, 10, Kimberly Huggett, 12, and Ava Schokking, 10, how to sew pieces for a backpack project during the intermidiate sewing camp at Theatre NorthWest last summer. chances to get in on the funny before Highway). Raku With Ellen Statz showca Arts Centre opens their floor up to Just cases this unique firing process. For more they head east on their Canada wide Dance-Conscious Movement Medi Cine tour. information visit www.carlsonpottery. Tation, a freeform stretch/dance event com where you can also register. where everyone is safe to move like no one is watching. Water bottle and warm socks are recommended. Admission by donation. The Prince George Legion hosts two popular dance bands Party On High Street and Flying Machine together for Celebrate the official international day one raucous night of fun on Saturday. of Steampunk with a weekend of fantasy The eclectic funk-jazz-folk-rock gumbo pop-culture at the Railway & Forestry Learn beading the community circle celebrates the release of the new Party Museum. Steampunk Days runs June way. Enjoy a night (June 19 and again On High Street album Electric Spinach. Friday through Sunday at the downtown June 26) of Tea, Bannock & Beads from Tickets are available at the door. historical entertainment site. Go back 7-10 p.m. at Omineca Arts Centre where in time and ahead into imagination participants can learn the Aboriginal art with the aesthetic that welds together of beading in a casual setting. “Learn by Victorian glamour, Industrial Revolution watching, asking and doing,” said orgaimagery, and science fiction. There will nizers. “This is not a class, but a place to be Pioneer Blacksmith demonstrations, bring beading projects and sit together Historic Huble Homestead holds its wood-turners’ activities, crafts, rides on to inspire, connect and learn from one annual murder mystery afternoon on the Cottonwood Minitrain, and much another. Anyone with an interest is Saturday. From 12-4 p.m. come enjoy more, all for the nominal cost of regular welcome.” a free-form dramatic play where the admission. participants are the characters. There are prizes for best costume, performance, most money and identifying the script’s killer. Join the drama game by signing up for one of the show’s characters by Erin Bauman, known affectionately emailing as the Panoptical Poet, has been the The Canada Comedy Jam is coming or phoning 250-564-7033. stalwart host of the semi-regular Wordto Prince George on Saturday at Sonar Play spoken word series held at Books Comedy & Nightclub. & Company. Her next will be her last. Canada Comedy Jam regulars Andrew New host Marc Sinclair will be on hand Verge, Velina Taskov, and Matt Baker are hitting Sonar Comedy Club for a Continued on page 18 hilarious showcase event. You’ve got two On Tuesday (also June 25) the Omine-

Library Sale Where better to buy books than the PG Public Library’s book sale for the Friends Of The Prince George Public Library organization. This two-part event happens at the Nechako Branch at the Hart Mall. Part 1 is Friday from 4-8 p.m. for “Friends” members only but you can obtain the $5 membership at the door. Part 2 is Saturday, open for all, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All funds raised at this book sale will support a renovation to the Nechako Branch multi-purpose room. Cash only.

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Diamonds And Rust Judas Priest, one of the crunchiest metal bands of the glam era, roars into CN Centre on Friday along with artful rockers Uriah Heap. Get tickets at the Tickets North website or the CN Centre box office.

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Live music, dancing, ethnic costume, a cultural food festival, community booths, kids’ activities and much more come to vivid life at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park and it finishes with a fireworks display at 11 p.m. – all for families, all for free.

for introductions. Bauman said Sinclair “will carry on the WordPlay tradition while adding his own wonderful literary flare. Join me, the Panoptical Poet, one more time on Thursday June 20th to help me celebrate the ups, downs, and inbetweens of my time at WordPlay.” The poetry and prose takes voice at 7:30 p.m.

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Heatwave The Heatwave-Celebrate Cultures festival happens outside at Canada Games Plaza and Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park from June 21-23. Free activities, live music, cultural performances, food vendors, and more make this a premier summer event for the city, brought to you by the organizers of the Coldsnap Music Festival (Prince George Folkfest Society), the organizers of National Indigenous Peoples Day (Lheidli T’enneh First Nation), the organizers of St. Jean Baptiste Day (Le Cercle Des Canadiens Francais), and the Immigrant & Multicultural Services Society. It is a “heatwave” of music and culture.

Aboriginal Callout The Indigenous focus of Heatwave has its own event June 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. If you are an Indigenous artist, musician or vendor please email for information. There are also opportunities to set up

Prince George’s Funniest Person With A Day-Job comes back to the Sonar Comedy & Nightclub stage on July 5. If you have the material, come out for the big reveal. Limited number of spots available. Contact Sonar to sign up.

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The body of Ambrose Cogshall, played by Brendon Brown, is discovered at 2016 Homicide on the Homestead. The 2019 edition goes Saturday. or perform at the Canada Games Plaza for the other aspects of the three-day Heatwave-Celebrate Cultures festival. For more information on the larger event email

Ribfest Pacific Western Brewery is hosting Ribfest 2019, a three-day barbecue party (June 21-23) with world-class rib cooks from across Canada to tempt the city’s

taste buds. They will be joined by complementary local food vendors, talented music acts performing live on-site, and the full power of PWB beer. It’s all free to attend the all-ages daytime portion (pay for the vendor wares you desire), with $5 cover charge for the +19 nighttime portions. All money raised goes to the many charitable causes of the Nechako Rotary Club.

Try-It Tuesday Take part in an Acrylic Paint Pour With Yvonne Sawkins on June 25 at 7 p.m. Two Rivers Gallery hosts this opportunity to try out a new art medium. Cost is $45 to watch the colours flow across your canvas, creating intriguing swirls and designs, under the helpful supervision of artist Yvonne Sawkins. Learn a variety of acrylic pour techniques as each participant complete three projects. Register online at the Two Rivers Gallery website.

Rock Hattrick Three bands are revving up the Omineca Arts Centre on June 28. Chiliocosm is the headliner, Cvstles is the support show, and local band The Handlebars is the opener. Chiliocosm from Grande Prairie is described as “combining soothing alternative grooves with energetic melodic punk rock creating a unique blend of emotional fueled fire.” Sherwood Park’s Cvstles is called “pop punk as interpreted by four metalheads and one sadboi.” The Handlebars will bring the “PG mayhem” based on “their own brand of rock/punk. The Handlebars bring you high energy, juicy riffage.” Tickets are $10 at the door. Showtime is 8 p.m. for this licensed all-ages show.

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A big happy mess gets made downtown each summer. It’s time again for BMO KidzArt Dayz on July 5 & 6 inside and out front of the Two Rivers Gallery. This creative blast brings art, music, movement and family fellowship into Canada Games Plaza where everything is hands on and high fun, all for free. It runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, and gallery memberships will be for sale for half-price to get families connected to year-round creativity at the region’s top visual arts facility.

Monster Trucks On July 6-7 the PGARA Speedway is truly the playground of power. The Malicious Monster Truck Insanity Tour comes to Prince George for a pair of shows (6 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday) with a wild herd of mega-machines, unique vehicle entertainment, and a pit party. Get tickets at all TicketsNorth platforms.

Beastly Beauty Judy Russell Presents brings incredibly popular musical theatre show Beauty & The Beast to the Prince George Playhouse stage for 15 shows running between July 11 and 27. See the best of the city’s homegrown stage talent and the storytelling power of Disney in a live summer blockbuster. Get tickets at all Central Interior Tickets platforms.

Summerfest Downtown Prince George’s signature event in the summertime is a celebration of food, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Live music, merchant booths, arts and culture displays and much more make this a day to circle on the calendar, headlined by the popular food pavilion. This year the extravaganza is July 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Canada Games Plaza over to 6th Avenue.

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AROUND TOWN This Canadian comedy icon is coming to Vanier Hall on Sept. 26 on his Red GreenThis Could Be It Tour. His PG shows are always a sell-out. Get tickets at the TicketsNorth website/box office.

Patrick, Scott & Tessa During last year’s sold out Thank You Canada tour, it was clear to figure skating superstars, Tessa Virtue, Scott Moir and Patrick Chan, that they were far from done creating and developing a new style of skating entertainment.On Oct. 12 they and some special guest performers come back to CN Centre to show the Prince George fans what they’ve come up with next. Rock The Rink is the first edition of an annual tour that focuses on being more than a figure skating show. Combining the highest level of on-ice superstar talent with an ever-evolving touring production, Rock The Rink will produce the highest value of entertainment in the figure skating realm. This year – along with upgrades to lighting, video and interactive technology – live music will be introduced to the show, with featured special musical guest, Birds of Bellwoods.

Burton, Live Canada’s piano man, the Guess Who’s epic vocalist, the only artist inducted into the nation’s music Hall of Fame for both

his band and his solo career, the incomparable Burton Cummings is coming to PG. He was the power voice propelling American Woman, These Eyes, No Time, Clap For The Wolfman and many other hits of the groundbreaking band The Guess Who, but then when he went solo he continued the multi-platinum success with I Will Sing A Rhapsody, Stand Tall, My Own Way To Rock, Fine State Of Affairs, You Saved My Soul, Break It To Them Gently, and more besides. Cummings will be solo at the piano at Vanier Hall on Oct. 18. Tickets are on sale now through all TicketsNorth platforms.

World Curling Don’t let the date fool you. The event may be in 2020 but the plans are underway now and the tickets are on sale for this Prince George groundbreaker. P.G. goes global as the host of the World Women’s Curling Championships starting March 14. Get your tickets now, and spread the word to friends and family everywhere that this is the time to come spend some Prince George time, and get a close, personal view of the worldclass action the rest of the winter sports community will only get to see on TV. Oh yeah, and there’s also the great social side of curling – there’ll be no bigger party in Canada. Contact Tickets North for tickets and info.

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