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SUPERWALK SHINES LIGHT ON PARKINSON’S CHRISTINE HINZMANN 97/16 staff

It’s been nine years since Gary Gurnsey was diagnosed with a form of Parkinson’s disease. He doesn’t have the classic symptoms so there have been more questions than answers around the condition. The annual Parkinson’s SuperWalk takes place Saturday at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park to raise funds and awareness for the more than 13,000 British Columbians who have the disease. Not much has improved for Gurnsey over the years, said wife Betty, except as a result of choices he’s made over the last year. “Gary put himself on a Keto diet and lost about 35 pounds and then his mobility increased,” Betty said, speaking on behalf of her husband because, as is typical of Parkinson’s patients, his voice has deteriorated significantly. “So where he had difficulty with walking he can now go the length of the house with his walker.” Betty said when Gary does attempt to speak nowadays, his words tend to run together. Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA BC) has provided a text to voice tablet where Gary can type his thoughts and the device will say the words. Betty said she and Gary rely on the Parkinson’s support group and the workshops they host. “We attended the speech and swallow workshop they put on and that was really, really beneficial because they say you can regain the strength of your vocal chords because if you don’t use them it’s like everything else they get weaker and weaker,” Betty said. “So when Gary does his vocal exercises he can talk but it’s a struggle. It really takes a lot of perseverance on his part to work at this all the time.” When Betty and Gary attend the support group meetings, a lot of good information is shared. “People are always sharing tips which have proven very beneficial and people are always encouraging each other to look into different things and we’ve formed some really good friendships,” Betty said. 

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Gary and Betty Gurnsey have been living with Parkinson’s for years. The Parkinson’s SuperWalk takes place on Saturday at Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park. The text to voice tablet was one of the items mentioned during the support group meetings. Other information included the income tax benefits for those who are senior citizens with disabilities and since every dollar counts, sharing this and other information is important. The group meets at 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at Spruce Capital Senior’s Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. The support group also has a meeting for caregivers who meet once a month for coffee to talk about their challenges. There’s a walking group and now there is talk about starting a dance group to help

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keep people moving because research shows an active body can stave off the degeneration for which the disease is known. Parkinson’s disease is the second most common chronic neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, Parkinson’s symptoms appear, such as tremors, slowness and stiffness, impaired balance, rigidity of muscles, fatigue, soft speech, stooped posture, and problems with handwriting. Medication can treat some symptoms but there is no cure.

Gary has what is termed Parkinsonisms and he has been diagnosed with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, which is fairly rare and exhibits similar symptoms of Parkinson’s. The ultimate goal is for Gary to stay at home and not go into a care home. To offer a change of scenery, he attends the Rainbow Day Care Centre four days a week. “So HandyDART comes and picks him up and the day centre there is absolutely incredible,” Betty said. “The people there are so good and you can’t say enough good things about the HandyDART drivers.” It’s important for the couple to have support from family and friends. Betty and Gary have 14 grandchildren ranging in age from three to 17 from their three sons and a daughter and life is busy as they come and go from their grandparents’ home. “It’s a busy, busy household and I really enjoy that,” Betty said. “I like having the kids over.” Gary and Betty have always been active members of the community and their church. Gary is a founding member of the Nechako Rotary Club and has been honoured for his participation by being named a lifetime member. Gary enthusiastically volunteered for Operation Red Nose, which offers safe rides home for people and their vehicles during the holiday season and Shelter Boxes, that were sent to far off lands after disaster struck.  Gary is also a founding director of Helicopter Emergency Rescue Operations Society (HEROS) in northern B.C. and is an active member of his church, the Westwood Mennonite Brethren Church. This year’s SuperWalk fundraising goal is $300,000. Funds raised in the province during the SuperWalk will go to providing valuable support services and education offered by Parkinson Society British Columbia as well as supporting research to find a cure. For more information about Parkinson’s disease and the SuperWalk visit www. parkinsons.bc.ca

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Making car insurance better for B.C. To get the car insurance system back on track and better for B.C., we’re making changes to it. One of the biggest improvements we can make is changing the way premiums are set. So, on September 1st, we moved to an insurance model that’s more driver-based. This means each driver’s experience and crash history plays a bigger role in determining premiums. Plus, crashes now follow the driver, not the vehicle, and all drivers are more accountable for their driving decisions.

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Under the new model, we expect that around 55% of drivers with full coverage will pay less for insurance than they do today. This will depend on a few key factors:

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The more driving experience you have, the bigger your discount. Inexperienced drivers will continue to receive discounted premiums, but these have been reduced to better reect the risk they represent on the road.

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The more at-fault crashes a driver has, the more they’ll pay for car insurance. This is in line with feedback we got from B.C. drivers on how premiums should be set. It won’t impact how much money ICBC receives, it’ll help rebalance the system so that it works for everyone.

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With the new model, every driver’s experience and crash history plays a bigger role in determining premiums. That’s why we’re asking you to list the people who drive your car. This should include

people you live with, your employees and anyone else, like friends or relatives, who use your car more than 12 days in a year.

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When you visit your Autoplan broker to renew or buy insurance, please bring the driver’s licence number and date of birth of each driver you want to list on your policy. To list out-of-province drivers you’ll also need the jurisdiction of their licence (for example, Alberta) and their full name.

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The new insurance model also includes two new discounts: 10% off for vehicles driven less than 5,000 km per year, and 10% off for vehicles with autonomous emergency braking (AEB).

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If your car is driven less than 5,000 km in a year, please bring a current photo of the odometer reading to your Autoplan broker. You can also check your ownership manual, or call your dealership, to see if your car has factory-installed autonomous emergency braking.

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STAYING ACTIVE KEY TO LIFE FOR LONGTIME RESIDENT SENIORS’ SCENE KATHY NADALIN

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uth (Sodergren) Orydzuk was born in 1939 on a homestead in the area of St. Edouard in northern Alberta. In fact, it was her father who delivered her, the second of his four girls. The family moved to Prince George in 1944 and she began Grade 1 in Central Fort George. It was her teacher, Mrs. Irene Moss, who started Ruth on her love of learning. Ruth was in Grade 3 when they moved to the Chief Lake Road area where her and her siblings attended the Chief Lake school, a one-room log building for Grades 1-8.  Because of the distances involved in their farming community at Pilot Mountain, her father and other neighbours successfully lobbied for the establishment of a local school. Ruth and all the children from Grades 1-8 chose to name the new school the Pilot Mountain school.    Ruth said, “I loved growing up in that area. Summer was barefoot time and playing in the bush making tree forts and just having fun. We saw the occasional bear but we weren’t afraid, it was all a natural part of life.  We didn’t have many material things, but we didn’t seem to need or want them – we were happy children.   “I finished Grades 9-12 at Prince George Senior Secondary in Prince George and that meant living in the dormitory. At first, it was a culture shock right down to the clothing and having a house mother who made sure everyone behaved. We didn’t just sleep there, we had to help keep it clean and help with some of the food preparation just like at home. The boys were on one side of the dormitory and the girls were all on the other side. The mandate was that never the twain shall meet. “I did not make friends easily, but as time went by, I made lifelong friends, many of whom are in my life today.”  The first dormitories in B.C. were being established in the mid-1940s under the leadership of Harold Moffat, Harold Stafford and Ray Williston and intended for out-of-town families. They were old vacated army buildings that had been moved to the area of Edmonton Street and Seventh Avenue. They were considered both successful and affordable. After high school, Ruth met and married Stephen Orydzuk. Stephen was born in 1929 in a farming community in

Alberta. He worked as a carpenter and together they built their home on the Hart Highway, a home that was always filled with music from singing and accompanied by a piano, accordion and guitars. Sadly, Stephen passed away in 2013.  They had four daughters: Jeanette (Rob Haines) Orydzuk, Carol (Edwin) Gramlich, Linda (George) McDonnell and Stephanie (Floyde) Spencer.   They have four adult grandchildren: Charles (Sarah) Spencer, Catherine, Samuel and Caleb Spencer. They also have two step-granddaughters and five step-great grandchildren.  Ruth was a stay-at-home mom until 1960 and then went to work for the Prince George Citizen for a couple of years in the circulation department.  The office at the time located at 353 Quebec St. and still used linotypes (hot lead) to produce the paper.   Ruth said, “Jobs were plentiful at the time so I worked until I had another baby and then had to quit, because at that time, there was no maternity leave.  “I was actually hired by the Citizen three times over the years, the last time

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being when I was 42 years old. At that time, the paper was being produced digitally as it is today. I worked in different positions at the paper and retired at 62 as the classified supervisor.  “I enjoyed my working career at the Citizen – it was fast-paced, something different every day, and I worked with some wonderful people.” Ruth has always been willing to give back to her community. When her girls were growing up, she volunteered with everything that they were involved in from being a Girl Guide leader to 10 years with the Jackrabbit Cross-Country Ski Program. She volunteered with the Canada Winter Games and the Para Nordic Skiing Championship games.  She is a board member and a regular volunteer at the Mission Thrift Store on Third Avenue. Ruth is a part of the singing programs at her church and she is a member of the Gospel Singers and the Forever Young Chorus at the Elder Citizens Recreation Centre. She enjoys singing with the groups, plays the ukulele and she is a bit of an artist on the side. 

She loves to travel both locally and internationally. Because her Christian faith is a big part of her life, she recently took a memorable trip to Israel. Ruth said, “When I was in Israel, I was so totally conscious of where I was and the history of the land that I was standing on. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about biblical and past and current history that has led to the ongoing religious and political issues of today’s Israel. I had many personal moments that are truly hard to describe. It was indeed a trip of a lifetime.” Ruth ended by saying, “I recently turned 80 and my girls secretly pulled together a perfect party for me in Cranbrook. All my family attended including the grandchildren. We did many fun activities at nearby Norbury Lake including an excursion, biking and a hike to the bluff.  “I am so thankful for my family. They all have good work ethics, which I’m pretty sure they got from their dad, and are successful independent people. That includes my grandchildren. I love them all.”

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THRIFTY FRIENDS BOUTIQUE CELEBRATES TWO YEARS OF SUCCESS CHRISTINE HINZMANN 97/16 staff

It’s the second anniversary of the Thrifty Friends Boutique and there will be a celebration at the store at 2930 Fifth Ave., on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The thrift store is run by the local nonprofit group called Project Friendship Society, which was founded by Bob Harkins and Rev. Lance Morgan in 1989 for the purpose of building a strong community that is inclusive and welcoming to all. During the celebration, there will be musical entertainment, face painting and Mr. Mike’s will hold a fundraising barbecue. The society is all volunteer based and same goes for those who work in the boutique. Nobody takes a wage. Volunteers at the Thrifty Friends Boutique range in age from 11 to 90 years old. The youngest volunteer can be found at the front of the store on many freezing mornings shoveling snow before he heads off to school. That’s dedication. Volunteers include new immigrants who wish to become immersed in Canadian culture, high school students who need their 30 hours of volunteer service required to graduate, seniors and other community-minded people. The store has lots of clothing, collectibles and household items, there’s a selection of books that are on offer by donation. The boutique has a few new additions to its stock including jewelry, handmade items,

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Taralynn Weaver, Ivan Paquette, Ricky Cross and Margaret Jackson are getting ready for the celebration of the second anniversary of the Thrifty Friends Boutique, 2930 Fifth Ave., on Saturday. and super hero aprons. All funds raised at the store go towards local children’s camps including those for children who are hard of hearing, have arthritis or diabetes. There is also a Ukrainian orphanage that is supported by sending them clothing and easy reader books.

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Ivan Paquettte,a local artist and aboriginal cultural worker, is the project coordinator who helped organize the painters, facilitated putting a concept in place and now the art is going on the wall. Ricky Cross, Taralynn Weaver, Katelynn Steeves, Dennis Gladu, Nick Ulan and Ryan Sanderson are the artists who are taking on the project. “We’re new to each other and when we got together it all just clicked,” Cross said. “We’re about the neighbourhood, right? We want to represent the neighbourhood and what we’ll do is show unity so as we are doing our work we’ll keep that in our minds and hearts.” “And we’re all about bringing back the light,” he added. “We want people to come around and feel the togetherness and that’s what we’re about and it’s going to shine through our art.” The painting will be a cohesive set of subjects that blend together to offer a representation of what makes Prince George unique. Everyone is welcome to attend the anniversary celebration at Thrifty Friends Boutique on Saturday where they can see the finished mural. Visit Thrifty Friends Boutique on Facebook for more information.

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“We also support local women and men’s shelters,” said Margaret Jackson, a retiree who started volunteering to give back to the community. She found out all elementary schools in the district have resource rooms where children have access to a change of clothing when they get wet or muddy and the store donates to those in need that way, too. The boutique is looking to expand into some community programming that can build a strong connection within the area. Unveiled during the second anniversary celebration will be a community crafts corner where those interested in making usable pieces by upcycling items are more than welcome to explore their artistic side. “There will be artists at the celebration, including a gentleman who will help with beading and there will be a lady doing spool knitting,” Jackson said. To continue the effort to bring the community together, Jackson applied for an Enhance PG grant from the city to give the side wall of the building that houses the store a creative boost. Once the grant was in place, she put a call out to artists who would like to be part of the project. As part of the mandate of inclusivity, all interested artists were invited to submit an application to collaborate on the mural project.

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HOW TO OFFER MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT T his is a very difficult task requiring a lot of patience and grace. The first thing I recommend is that you plan to take care of yourself. Too often in caring for a loved one, regardless of the health issue, we just resolve to dig deep and tough our way through it. I can tell you from experience that this is a poor plan. I looked after my mom for 16 years when she had Alzheimer’s disease and that is the mistake I made. I did not plan to care for me, only her. When she passed in 2011, I crashed. A few months later, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia – a stress-related condition.  So I cannot emphasize this enough – look after yourself first. Put yourself on your schedule for times to relax, fill up and de-stress. Exercise and creative pursuits are especially helpful. Exercise because it allows you to work off some frustration and the damaging neurochemicals associated with stress. Creative pursuits because they require you to use the creative side of your brain, letting the thinking side rest and restore. Creative tasks also provide you with immediate positive results.  Even if you don’t consider yourself to be a creative soul, look for something that appeals to you – writing, painting, photography, dance, music, cartooning, woodworking, gardening – the possibilities are endless.  You should plan to have personal time at least weekly and more often if possible. Also plan to have an annual

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vacation as you usually would. This is not selfish. It is necessary. In order to be at a place where you can effectively support someone else, you must take care of your own needs first. The second thing I suggest is to learn as much as you can about the disorder affecting your loved one. Understand how it presents itself in your person; what makes symptoms worse and what helps. Your goal is not to be a therapist to them, but to be a companion through the process.  Someone who accepts them unconditionally, loves them through the challenges and will not blame them for their disease. The more you know about the relevant condition, the more you will be able to separate the person from the disease. This really does create a valuable mind shift.  I recently supported my daughter through several years of postpartum depression and anxiety. Understanding the condition really allowed me to be angry about the condition but not angry with her. And anger is legitimate. I was and still am angry that the same postpartum depression that I experienced 30 years ago still does not receive adequate

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team about what already exists or how they could support the development of a support system. In northern B.C. we are fortunate to have some excellent resources such as the local branch of Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) where you can access a support worker who can offer assistance to families supporting a person with a mental health diagnosis. They also offer critically important education programs such as:  Mental Health First Aid, both a basic program and one for adults who interact with youth; SafeTalk and ASIST, programs which address recognizing and responding to someone who exhibits signs of contemplating suicide.  At Foundry Prince George, you will be able to access support groups for both adults and youth who have lost someone to suicide.  There are also online resources, such as keltymentalhealth.ca, an excellent website for resources for all ages with podcasts and peer support to help with mental health wellness, and familysmart.ca, where you can access a parent in residence who has lived experience in supporting a loved one with a mental health diagnosis and can offer support and help in navigating the mental health system.  A significant risk in supporting a family member with a mental health condition is caregiver burnout. So I hope you will access the resources you need for yourself as a critical preventive strategy.

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of an individual’s diet be comprised of added sugars.) The study found that restricting the participants’ intake of added sugar increased their desire to seek out those foods and increased how hard they were prepared to work to gain access to foods high in added sugars. In other words, the participants were told to consume less added sugar, they did so but then craved foods with added sugar even more.               Although this is only one study, it’s the first to assess whether an imposed restriction on a certain food (foods high in added sugars) to promote a healthy diet, increases an individual’s drive to seek out that food. If you’ve tried to restrict

your intake of any food or nutrient, the results of this study may sound familiar to you. Have you told yourself you can’t have bread? Or dessert? Or fast food? Then it’s all you can think about! Abruptly restricting your intake of certain foods may not be the most effective way of producing a change in habit. Also, if the change you’re making is not something that can be sustained for the rest of your life, you may want to consider a less aggressive approach.   Changes in eating behaviours and habits take time and consideration beyond simply cutting out “problematic” foods. Evidence supports the recommendations of eating meals with others, learning to enjoy your food, cooking more often and being mindful of eating habits. Being aware of when you’re hungry and full, is a useful, intuitive skill that can be developed over time.   These recommendations may seem vague but that vagueness allows for less

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AROUND TOWN Foodie Fridays

Tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 808 Canada Games Way, is the last Foodie Friday of the year for hungry residents and visitors to come downtown. Tantalize your tastebuds at a variety of licensed sidewalk and food truck vendors and listen to live music throughout the lunch hour. For more information call 250-614-7880.

Friday Night Mics Every Friday at 7 p.m. Books & Co., 1685 Third Ave., in Cafe Voltaire, hosts an open mic night for all musicians local or just passing through. The weekly event features great music, audience engagement, tasty beverages and treats while intermission finds people browsing through book shelves filled with contributions from local authors as well as best sellers. For more information visit www.booksandcompany. ca.

Prince George Spruce Kings Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. the Spruce Kings start their season at Rolling Mix Concrete Arena, 888 Dominion Street. Support this successful local team. For more information visit www.sprucekings. bc.ca.

Parkinson SuperWalk Saturday at noon at the Lheidli T’enneh Memorial Park  band shell off 17th Ave., join the  Parkinson Society British Columbia’s largest fundraising event of the year, Parkinson SuperWalk. Register today to support those in the community who are affected by the disease. Contact:  604-6623240  |  mdouglasezzat@parkinson.bc.ca 

Family Gaming Afternoon Every Saturday until Dec. 7 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Nechako Branch, Prince George Public Library, 6547 Hart Highway, bring the family to monthly gaming afternoons at Nechako Branch and play a variety of tabletop board games and video games. Contact: 250-563-9251  |  ask@pgpl.ca.

Open House at the Conservatory Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Prince George Conservatory of Music, 3555 Fifth Ave., come and explore the Conservatory, meet the teachers and try an instrument. Registration is ongoing. All ages welcome. Contact: 250-564-7467  |  pgconserva-

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Party In The Park Sunday from 12:15 to 3 p.m. at Westwood Church, 2658 Ospika Blvd., everyone is welcome to attend this fun-filled community event to kick things off with a yummy barbecue followed by activities for all ages, including cricket (instruction provided by the PG Cricket Club), junior wacky obstacle course inflatable, giant slip and slide (bring your suit and towel), mini air show by PG Aeromodelers, giant games like Connect 4, Kerplunk, Dutch Blitz, Jenga, explore a working fire truck with PG Fire Rescue, line dance with Dance PG and children are invited to get their face painted. Event is weather dependent, any changes will be listed here or on www.westwoodchurch.bc.ca. Contact: 2505623711  |  office@westwoodchurch. bc.ca

Scrabble Sundays Every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Books & Co., 1685 Third Ave., in Cafe Voltaire there is Scrabble Sunday every weekend. Bring friends, family or yourself and your scrabble board. Contact: 250-563-6637  |  orderbooks@ shaw.ca

Wordplay Open Stage Night

Sept. 12, 19 and 26 at 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. for junior choir and Sept. 12 and 19 at 6 to 8 p.m. for senior choir all students in the community are invited to attend Everybody Welcome rehearsals at Trinity Downtown, 1448 Fifth Ave., where students in Grades 4 to 7 and Grades 7 to 12 can see if the choirs are the right fit for them. For information visit http://tapestrysingersd57. weebly.com/ or email carolynduerksen@ hotmail.com.

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Third Thursday of every month Books & Co., 1685 Third Ave., hosts Wordplay Open Stage Night in Cafe Voltaire from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. This event is geared for poets and storytellers, aspiring, published or professional. Bring original work, take the stage and share with a creative reading.

Sept. 26 He’s colourful in name and deed. Red Green is the bumbling but pleasantly practical TV fix-it man, the clown prince of duct tape, the sage of the man-shed. This Canadian comedy icon is coming to Vanier Hall on his Red Green-This Could Be It Tour. His P.G. shows are always a sell-out.

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Therese Maria LeBlanc, sisters Vonda 250-493Carol, Amanda hunting, nephews,nieces Wife, Hudon, grandmoth airmodeler Family and and Simonne mother, Dad would and Friends s and black cousins, also was borner and friend. service for are was a very come help you powder Families. his Saskatchew in Duck Vonda on SaturdayLaurent at St. invited to a any loyal Lake, an. She and roll prayer friend, brother, time of day, love of Ropchan. married a gathering June 25, 2016Mary’s Catholic Church her he the Dad loved model to many, son at 10am, touched They were married life, Norman of friends Citizens always hardand uncle many people’s followed and family for 64 years. Nicoli Dad, it camping and cooking Hall. sense by working. didn’t matter at the Elder of humor. lives Mom for everyone. quading, Norman Predeceas and had a great motor biking, if it was RCing, and their sitting around ed lovingly black powder fishing, Joyce Elizabeth rememberedaughter Cheryl. by husband the fun. Love Al Ropchan, shooting d by Sharlene Vonda will Lazar (neeKecho you Dad, camp fire, you always or be Celebration we Kim Ropchan, granddaug Greenwood made it ) of Life to will all miss you. date. , Jo-Anne went to Greenwoodhters Jamie be announced Forrest, McIvor and many June 11, be with the Lord Service at a later and other on battle with 2016 after a lengthy Tuesday, of Remembrancefamily and friends.Claire June 21, will be With great RYAN MICHAEL to family cancer. Her devotion Home, 1055 2016 sorrow, HORNE Ospika Blvd. at Lakewood held on passing supported and belief in of Ryan we announce Funeral God her during the January Michael and ultimately her 15, 1984 Horne. Ryanunexpected We will sadly gave her illness June 11, Joyce is 2016-He and suddenly passed was born peace. miss Ryan enjoyed was 32 children her loving survived by Richard, With Deepest you Mom. away on Kim, Sharlene, Donna spending years old. Love; his friends, (Tom) Makowsky,Lazar (Martinhusband of 57 Al, Jo-Anne, time with years, Billinkoff), phone; he whether it be his family (Cara) Richard and Samantha Jamie, Claire Deborah Lazar, and (Joyce) with them always ensured in person or sisters Maryanne Lazar, Royce on the Joan (Anton) (Bill) and lifting every day. He that he was in contact Justin, Sentes, Rebecca, Glute, grandchildr also enjoyed at the It is hanging Ashley gym, with profound Paul, en Steven, training with his sadness dog Lync making people love of his (Derrick), (Philip), AmandaSarah (Ryan), and snuggling laugh, John, Richelle announce that (Liam), we Ryan is life; Crystal. Caylee, (Von), Randi-Lynn the passing with the Rhianon lovingly of our beloved his parents remembere grandchildrDanielle, and (Danko), brother, d and cherished Brian and Gerard husband Joyce wasen Owen, Hailey, Karissa, and Lorrie, his great Sienna, Forrest Garden. by predeceas sister Tracy-her grandfathe Tom-and their and Elizabeth ed by her and Myra. daughter born in Gerard was Uncle Gregr Jack Horne, Aunts respectivel Kecho parents Lucy, his the Prince in 1989 Steve George and the USA.Robertson, many Linda and Lestock, y. Born September and Diane, Regional Saskatchew Hospital, cousins Ryan is 22, 1938,2014, resided in Canada an in from Prince graduated in Crystal also survived by moved to Sask. until Jan. Joyce grew up George Prince George. 1970 when the love College and son/dog Prince, his step-son for 11 years of his life the Lync, most of and spent and retired She worked at family Shanda, Lane Prince, grandmoth his working Jordan and in-laws-Alphonse, Woolco when er in 1985. career The wake Joyce’s spirituality niece Brielle, at Northwood A woman she became Mandy, will be Pulp. a and Chewie. of Catholic personal family. With held at shaped by his father his house and mother, Gerard is predeceas 16, 2016 friends, and family-from took time a generous and strengthen faith, Left to for ed her and caring Elroy and to make ed pm. The at 5:00 pm to Saturday, Thursday, close special. Garden grieve his loss Elda Garden. heart, She enjoyed each family June Funeral (Gale), Don are June 18 3:00pm for her grandchildr is on Saturday, member she John Garden. baking delicious at 1:00 Garden brothers, Robert at Lakewood feel Ospika Blvd. were a crowd Sisters, Julie (Marie Claire), en and Garden Funeral June 18 at (Carmen Dinner to Thony (Ernie), favourite.A her homemade goodies Fr. Centre at with her (Jim), Home,1055 Conforti), follow at long with 4:30pm. donuts Patricia Paula Valerie the Friendship camping, ever-expanding spending uncles, nieces Garden. 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Patrick, Scott & Tessa Oct. 12 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. 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 everevolving 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 Oct. 18 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. Tickets are on sale now through all TicketsNorth platforms. 

World Curling March 14 start 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. 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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THE QUESTION THAT OPENS DOORS W ince, then ask: “can you give me some latitude?” This is the question you ask immediately after hearing the price of anything. It is a sheer negotiation tactic taught to me at a business class I once attended with several other fellow Kinko’s Copy photocopy salespeople in Vancouver, somewhere in the 1990s. How does one respond to such a question? What you are really asking is “can you open your mind and meet me at some level? Are you able to engage, adapt, act quickly, respond, commune, agree and somehow do business with me? Can we find our sweet spot?”  Many folks are open; some are very closed. And anyway, what did I have to lose?  I was a 30-something single girl struggling to survive on loonie pizza slices because of my exorbitant rent above the Taverna Corfu on Broadway that ate up the majority of my paycheque. The image of my cat, Sydney,

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straining his neck towards the daily scent of souvlaki rising in the late afternoons is forever etched in my memory. I was known as the girl upstairs to the Greek owners, who kindly took pity on me with vegetarian moussaka whenever I was sick. It was a safe spot in the big city that I was very grateful for, that had somewhat of a community feel, even if they never knew my name. I tested the latitude question anywhere and everywhere from the Oak Centre Mall to the McDonalds on Cambie to street vendors. Sometimes I used a high voice, other times a serious tone. Regardless, most often it worked when the words were swathed

in humour and the audience somehow already knew the secret code of negotiation. It became a daily practice as I grew bolder, almost like sport. And there is nothing sweeter than a good bargain when you’re broke. But I was getting tired. It was clear my ambition and persistence were not enough to gain much ground in the unforgiving cityscape in any meaningful way. And it was getting more and more difficult to think with the increasing volume of that biological clock ticking in my ear. One day, out of utter desperation, exhaustion and despair, I looked up and prayed for some latitude to alleviate my poverty and lack of direction in life.  The idea of returning to Alberta was completely out of the question, so I started to ask: Is there anywhere in BC that is more affordable? Is there a place where a girl could get to know folks and build a life, and maybe even open a business or own property? Does such a place even exist? Please

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VAPING IS TODAY’S CIGARETTE SMOKING I n 1973, the band Brownsville Station released the song Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room. At the time, nearly half of Canadian adults and teens smoked. Reports had been coming out for a number of years about how dangerous tobacco use is, but smoking was still seen as the “cool” thing to do. Over the next several decades, the medical evidence became quite clear. Two thirds of smokers would die due to their use of tobacco. Legislation changed and we were not allowed to smoke in buses, on planes, in restaurants, at work or at any public place. Smoking lost its “cool” appeal, and by 2017 less than 15 per cent of the overall population smoked and less than eight per cent of Canadian teens used tobacco regularly. There was no more “smokin’ in the boys’ room” because smoking was strictly forbidden on school property for everyone. Life expectancies in many countries were increasing and it seemed like humanity had turned a new page in health consciousness. Then came vaping. Over the last several years. this has become commonplace among teens and young adults. Today, roughly 23 per cent of high school age Canadians vape

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and this has become a serious issue in our educational system. Where it was relatively easy to catch students smoking tobacco in school due to the smell and type of smoke, vaping products merely cause a bit of vapor which dissipates quickly. Students vape in washrooms and they are very hard to catch. Alarm systems are available and are being considered, but it needs to be determined as to whether their use would be in violation of students’ civil liberties. How did we get into this mess and what can we do about it? Vaping products came onto the market relatively recently and advertisers tell us they help people quit smoking cigarettes. They are also presented as less harmful and legally they fill a niche in the market where there is a lack of legislation. They are generally sleek and easy to conceal and the cost of these products has been dropping dramatically. They are also sold everywhere. If teens are unable to buy them in stores due to

age restrictions, they can often buy them online. In addition, the nicotine liquid used in vaping products is available in many fun flavours, from mango to bubblegum. They appeal to young people, who are largely unaware of the ease of addiction or of any other health dangers. In fact, I have heard students say, “Vaping isn’t bad for you like cigarettes.” To be honest, I have found it difficult to counter this argument because there is little hard evidence as to the risks of vaping. According to Health Canada, “the long-term consequences of vaping are unknown.” Perhaps the greatest concern is that vaping may alter teen brain development. If we do not act quickly, we could potentially have a whole new generation of adults addicted to nicotine. So what can we do? The good news is that we have been down this road before. Hard medical facts, advertising restrictions and effective legislation greatly reduced the percentage of people who smoked. We were also able to create a change in public perception; cigarettes went from being “cool” to being “nasty.” We can do the same with regard to vaping but we need to remember that corporations which have invested in vaping

They appeal to young people, who are largely unaware of the ease of addiction or of any other health dangers. In fact, I have heard students say, “Vaping isn’t bad for you like cigarettes.”

products are taking every opportunity available to create lifelong customers and they are very good at marketing. The future is clearly in our hands. Parents, educators, medical professionals and legislators need to get together with effective counter programs in order to assure that “vapin’ in the boys’ room” also becomes a thing of the past. — 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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The crunch of hockey players colliding into the boards of a rink is sudden and sometimes violent. If that irresistible force runs into an immovable object, the chances of injury increases. With that in mind, the new rinkboards the city has installed at CN Centre have been built to allow the best possible shock absorption and the Prince George Cougars think that’s given them a safer place to play their home games. After 24 years, the steel boards originally installed in the building formerly known as the Prince George Multiplex when it opened in 1995 no longer met

the standard set by the National Hockey League and adopted by the WHL as an eventual league mandate. After initially asking the Cougars to pay half the cost of the $578,000 upgrade, city council agreed to pay the entire cost out of its reserve fund once it became clear the new acrylic boards and glass benefit all user groups and will be easier for city staff to take down and reinstall to allow for concerts or trade shows. “From the Cougars point of view the Number 1 priority is player safety and we know the old system was quite dangerous,” said Andy Beesley, the Cougars vice-president, business. “It was like hitting a brick wall, just not acceptable for the way players play these days, with (the risk of) concussions, not

to mention shoulder injuries and other injuries. “The other side of it, from an arena point of view, the boards were worn out and there were some problems with the boards that don’t involve hockey.” The Cougars specifically requested and were granted the most flexible glass, which Beesley says will add to the entertainment value of watching hockey games there. “It’s a lot more fun for the fans,” he said. “When you throw a giant check into the boards with two heavy bodies, this glass will be rocking and rolling and making all kinds of noise. It’s really fun to see and kind of reassuring to know the players aren’t getting hurt by it.” Not only do the boards and glass

provide more flexibility but the ridge that runs along the top of the boards is made of spongy material which will lessen player impacts. The glass is softer and marks slightly easier than what was used before, requiring more maintenance to keep it clean, but the acrylic material is safer for spectators. “What we’ve heard about it is if a piece breaks it doesn’t shatter all over people, and it’s super-quick to replace,” said Beesley. The stark white boards in training camp have yet to be covered with advertising decals, harkening back to the way hockey rinks used to look, but that’s only temporary. “Our arena boards and our ice logs are completely sold out, in fact we have a waiting list for both,” said Beesley

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Ask a friend or family member to give you nouns, verbs, plural nouns or adjectives to fill in the blanks in this story. Then read the silly story aloud for lots of laughs!

here are many kinds of goals you will have in your life. Some of them will be about money. Whatever the goal is, you can achieve it by following these two steps: 1. Break the goal into smaller goals. 2. Avoid the obstacles that can stop your progress toward a goal.

Use the Magnificent Money Maze to help you reach a goal! Reaching a goal is like going through a maze. At right is a BIG goal idea that we broke into smaller goals. We have also listed some of the things that might stop you from reaching a goal. Use these to complete the Magnificent Maze or write in your own goals and obstacles.

MY GOAL

STEPS TO REACH GOAL

A new ice cream shop opened in town last week. My family hopped in our _______ to go

OBSTACLES OBSTACLES

STEPS TO REACH GOAL

START

GOAL:

MOW LAWN: GAIN $5

CLEAN ROOM: GAIN $2

WALK DOG: GAIN $2

HOLE IN POCKET: LOSE $2

BUY CANDY: LOSE $3

WASH CAR: GAIN $3

RAKE YARD: GAIN $3

DO DISHES: GAIN $2

VENDING MACHINE: LOSE $1

FORGOT TO MOW: LOSE $5

While there are lots of obstacles, there is also more than one way to reach your goal! Fill in the steps and the obstacles on the maze to complete a path to your goal.

check it out.

The shop had been decorated with ________ __________ for its grand opening. And they were handing out coupons for a free scoop of __________, too.

We began to _________ into the shop and saw a large assortment of ____________ ___________ behind the counter.

My dad ordered a sundae topped with __________ and ___________. Mom got a GOAL!

Setting up a lemonade stand is a fun way to earn some money. Circle the two identical lemonade stands.

cup of ____________. And I ordered a double

Newspaper Numbers

Look through the newspaper and find the following kinds of numbers: A price A time A date An age An address A percentage A distance Standards Link: Research: Use the newspaper to locate information.

ario and Maya are selling their toys at a yard sale to raise money for their local fire department. Oops! Someone dripped lemonade on the sales slips. Can you fill in the missing numbers?

TOTAL RAISED: Standards Link: Number Sense: Students compute sums and differences with money. Algebra: Solve number sentences that express relationships involving addition and subtraction.

the words in the puzzle. OBSTACLES Find How many of them can you LEMONADE find on this page? COMPLETE M S E L C A T S B O SMALLER A T M T C E F R E P IMAGINE I E N A E L C G F M PERFECT FORGOT M P I F L L S I O O STEPS A S E Y P L P N R N GOALS G A K L A W E M G E MONEY I L O O T N O R O Y CLEAN SALES N E G E H W O Y T C PATH E S E D A N O M E L WALK Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical MOW words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

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The shop owner gave us each a ____________ card. For every 10 ____________ we buy, we’ll get a __________ ___________ for free!

I can’t wait to bring my grandpa to the shop. They serve ________ _________, and that’s his favorite.

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