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Northern BC’s Finest Professional Artisan Fair Studio Fair is a sensational showcase for artisans and a unique experience for people who look for quality, beauty and one-of-a kind items when they want to choose gifts, do personal shopping or just admire fine things. The annual fundraiser is hosted by the Community Arts Council of Prince George and District and this year, the 37th annual Studio Fair brings together 90 vendors from across the country, all under one roof, with thousands of interesting items on display and for sale. Lisa Redpath who co-ordinates the popular three-day event, says only the finest products make it through the juried entrant process. Studio Fair 2013 is on Nov. 1, 2 and 3 at the PG Civic Centre. There are dazzling displays and savory samplings and this year, more new and delicious food items. “We are introducing B.C. Coastal Grilling Planks, a company that has red Cedar planks for grilling salmon, seafood and other fish products; Blue Kettle (Alberta), a business that makes tasty chilli bases, sauces, dressings and dips; and Lake Country Harvest with its dried fruits – cherries, blueberries and other fruits – from the Okanagan. Another new vendor is Dundarave Olive Oil Co. (Vancouver) that has various kinds of olive oils.” Getting to sample and savour the products during the jury process is thumbs up one of the most “fun and exciting parts” of her job, says Redpath. Several new “foodie” vendors were added in response to comments from fair fans who give always welcomed feedback to the council. “Our food aisles are very popular with shoppers,” she said. But really, there is something for everybody at Studio Fair from exquisite textiles and hand crafted garments, to original glassworks, giftware and seasonal items, fine works of art, newly launched books, quality photography, unique jewelry and more. Studio Fair is also a place to showcase the work of local guilds such as Prince George Fibre Arts Guild, PG Woodturners Guild and PG Potters’ Guild. Customers love the variety of products from arts and crafts, to pottery and wooden “This is a fundraiser for the council and the many programs and partnerships we are involved in during the year. Our vendors come from all over Canada – and they really have great enthusiasm, some of them even sign up for next year before they pack up and leave for home. They go to lots of fairs and shows but they always want to come back to our Studio Fair in the North,” said Redpath. “Studio Fair really kicks off the Christmas season and leads us into another big annual event, the Festival of Trees. The fair is a good opportunity for people to shop for a wide variety of interesting items – all under one roof. We also like to encourage our local artisans and any volunteers who want to take part and help make Studio Fair 2013 a success.

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Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Mayor Shari Green (left) and Baljit Sethi (right) of the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, present ‘community champion’ plaques to Prince George residents Mukhpal (Paul) Sangha, Lisa Wang, Arvinder Billing, Manjeet Billing, and Bharpur Nijjer, who participated in television ads for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s Consider PG project, aimed at attracting immigrants from the Lower Mainland to relocate to Prince George.

Why not consider P.G.? Bill Phillips If you moved here from somewhere else, you, at one time, considered what it would be like to live here. That’s exactly what a new Prince George Chamber of Commerce initiative is asking landed immigrants in the Lower Mainland to do … consider Prince George. Consider Prince George is the name of the campaign, which was officially launched at a luncheon Friday. It is, essentially, a marketing campaign for the city of Prince George. “We chose the Indo-Canadian and the Chinese-Canadian communities,” said Chamber CEO Christie Ray. “These are two of the largest support communities in Prince George and two of the largest cultural communities in the Lower Mainland.”

Consider Prince George then produced advertising material, promoting Prince George as a place to locate to, in Punjabi, Mandarin, and English. Using local immigrants, Consider Prince George produced television and print ads that will run on cultural channels and newspapers in the Lower Mainland. This is supported by an aggressive social media campaign using Facebook and Twitter. “In Prince George we are surrounded by people with amazing stories of immigrating to Canada and building successful lives in our community,” said Ray. “We want to harness these powerful stories and use them to encourage others in similar situations to consider building a life in Prince George. We’ve already begun connecting with new Canadians living in Metro Vancouver, and expect that to increase as we move forward with our campaign.”

In anticipation of interest in local employment opportunities, the Chamber of Commerce and Initiatives Prince George have partnered with the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society (IMSS) of Prince George to engage with local employers about their needs to attract and hire new Canadians. A free business engagement session and light lunch will be held on October 30, 2013 from 10 a.m. to noon. “IMSS, through the Welcome PG initiative, is hosting the business engagement session to provide an open forum for local employers to discuss and share their current challenges in finding skilled new Canadians as well as their existing hiring practices,” said Romana Pasca, Program Coordinator of Welcome PG. “The session will also provide information about immigration issues and best strategies and examples of successful approaches to attracting, hiring, and retaining immigrant employees.”

You’ll be driving through more snow before plows come this winter You can expect to drive through a little more snow before the snowplows arrive this winter. On Monday city council approved a change to its snow removal policy that will see crews wait until there is 12 centimetres on the roads before sending out snow removal crews. Previously, city plows hit the streets

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Failure to comply gets jail In Provincial Court in Prince George on Aug. 23: Dwayne A. Gibbons was found guilty of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, sentenced to 156 days in jail, placed on probation for one year, prohibited from driving for one year and prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Gibbons was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. David W. Girroir was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition or an undertaking and failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to one day in jail. Hollie A. Izony was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking and sentenced to 21 days in jail. Wayne D. Carlton was found guilty of being at large without lawful excuse and failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 28 days

in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Alexander C. Joseph was found guilty of possession of stolen property with a value greater than $5,000, sentenced to 355 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Joseph was also found guilty of possession of stolen property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to three months in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Blair A. Peters was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking and sentenced to one day in jail. Nathan W. Sandbach was found guilty of break and enter, trafficking in property obtained by crime and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, received a conditional sentence of three months, was placed on probation for two years and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Sandbach was also found guilty of a second count of break and enter, received a conditional sentence of 12 months, was

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placed on probation for two years and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Aug. 26: Nathan J. Bates was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking and failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 26 days in jail. Jennifer F.J. Furrer was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Crystal M.R. Horth was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 22 days in jail and placed on probation for two years. James D.J. Charlie was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 19 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Aug. 27: Michael J.W. Desjarlais was found guilty of two counts of

failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to nine days in jail. Jeremy O. Munger was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking, sentenced to 27 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Kenneth R. Small was found guilty of resisting a peace officer, fined $250 and assessed a victim surcharge of $37.50. Melissa M. Tresierra was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to time served of five days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Aug. 28: Michael G. Antoine was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a bloodalcohol reading over .08, fined $1,000, assessed a victim surcharge of $150 and prohibited from driving for one year. Robert K. Cassell was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, placed on probation for one year and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Cassell was also found guilty of failing to With over 30 years of experience, I can help you preserve your freedom, reputation and livelihood. comply with a condition of an undertaking, For an appointment call 564-4454 sentenced to one day in 980 Fourth Avenue, Prince George • jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50.





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Fog can’t stop DPAC Keynote speaker participates via video after weather woes Allan Wishart Modern technology came to the rescue on the weekend. Kerri Isham, who was slated to be the keynote speaker for the District Parents Advisory Council conference on Saturday, wasn’t able to make it. “There were three different airports fogged in,” says DPAC chairperson Sarah Holland. “We had contingency plans in place for if Prince George was fogged in, but not for all three.” So they turned to a high-tech solution. “She sent her presentation up to us, and we set up a web conference at the Coast Inn of the North. It worked out really well. She was able to do her presentation, including the streaming video portions, and then we had a question-and-answer session at the end.” Isham, who spoke on ways for parents to talk openly with their children about sexuality, was obviously a hit. “I had a couple of people from different PACs come up to me later and ask about getting her up to talk to their group,” Holland said.

While those attending seemed pleased with the content and variety of sessions offered, Holland said she wanted it to be better. “I’m never going to be happy until we have people coming from all the schools. We had six people from one school on the weekend, and most of the schools seemed to have two or three people. “It’s a good way to do it, because

they can cover more than one of the sessions going on at the same time.” Holland says when the conference wrapped up Saturday, there was one feeling in her mind. “I was relieved it was over.” That didn’t last long. “On Sunday, I got an e-mail from one of the other committee members on things we can do different for next year.”


Thursday, November 28th, 2013 • 6:00pm

PG Metis Housing Society Basement 1224 Houston Lane 1. Audited Financial Statements 2. Annual Report 3. Elections for Board of Directors

• Board Nomination Forms can be picked up at our office and will be posted on our web page and must be completed and handed in by November 14, 2013. • Membership renewal and new membership applications are available at our office and will be posted on our web page. They must be completed and handed in by November 14, 2013.

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October 25, 2013

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Zimmer gets new role Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer has been appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to sit as BC/Yukon Conservative caucus chair. “I am honoured to have been chosen by the prime minister and our Conservative government to sit as BC/Yukon Caucus Chair,” said Zimmer in a press release. “I look forward to continuing to consult with our region’s constituents and stakeholders and to bring regional issues to the attention of the prime minister and my caucus colleagues.” As BC/Yukon Caucus Chair, Zimmer will chair a weekly meeting of Conservative members of parliament and senators from across the region, and will also chair the bi-annual BC/Yukon stakeholder meetings. He will report the work of the BC/Yukon caucus to the prime minister, and to national caucus. Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris previously held the position.




Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, October 30th, 12:00 p.m.

Public Hearing for Rezoning Application No. RZ100431, Bylaw No. 8544 (Sindia Road) to amend City of Prince George Zoning Bylaw No. 7850, 2007 to allow a campground use within the AF:Agriculture and Forestry Zone has been rescheduled for Council’s regular meeting on November 4, 2013.



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Small load fee pays off It’s been more than a month since the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George implemented a new $6 small load fee at the Foothills landfill. For the month of September, 540,710kg of waste was received at the Foothills landfill under the small load definition, which generated approximately $34,000 in additional revenue. Since September 1, there are significantly decreased lineups, wait times and customers accessing the site in general, according to a press release issued by the regional district. Transfer stations around the region have seen an increase of six per cent to 30 per cent in waste. The Vanway Regional Transfer Station received an additional 134,000kg of waste in September compared to the same period last year. This could also be attributed to the Quinn Street Regional Recycling Depot no long accepting household waste, according to the release. Staff have been active in educating the public about the new fee, as well as the importance of securing loads of waste being transported to the landfill. FIREHALL IMPROVEMENTS The regional district board approved the awarding of two contracts for upgrades to Ness Lake and Pineview firehalls. A contract for the amount of $123,886 was awarded for building fungi removal and renovations to the Ness Lake Firehall. A contract for the amount of $543,928 was awarded for a building addition and renovations at Pineview Firehall. Both contracts have been awarded to Denny’s Woodwork Construction Ltd.

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Wine was the drug of choice at a federal Liberal gathering last week in Prince George, but marijuana was what they were talking about. With federal Liberal leader Justin Trudeau coming out in favour of legalizing the drug, local Liberals are hoping to use the debate to raise their profile in the community and as an exercise to give the local party faithful some preparatory campaign experience. “The Liberal Party of Canada has suggested to ridings that in the lead-up to the next election we run some micro-campaigns as a way of practicing our organizing, building our lists, building our capacity,” said local Liberal organizer Heather Sanford to a group of about 20 party members Thursday. “Rather than just organize with no end result or purpose, we organize with the end result of an issues forum.” The idea, she added is to engage not only party members, but the public. The first micro-campaign, which launched Thursday, will be on the subject of decriminalization and/or legalization of marijuana. Over the next six weeks party members will work towards organizing the forum, which will be held November 27 at the Exploration Place. Sanford said they are currently looking to get speakers in place who can talk authoritatively about the subject. Learning Difficulties Centre of BC ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING



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This weekend I get to help mould the minds of young journalists. I will be one of the speakers at the Canadian University Press conference, hosted by UNBC’s student newspaper, Over the Edge. My compatriot across town will be talking about the future of journalism and so the fact that I’m on the guest list ... well, that could say something about the future of journalism right there. My talk will be about working for a community newspaper, as opposed to the dailies. My message is simple ... journalism is journalism whether you’re working for a daily, weekly, online-only, or carving it on the side of your cave (I’ll be re-painting the den this weekend too). That’s my speech. I’m on for 45 minutes, so I guess it’ll be a 44-minute Q&A and since I’m on right before lunch we might have to cut the questions short. I am looking forward to the session though. Imparting my wisdom to new WRITER’S BLOCK journalists only to have it picked apart by BILLPHILLIPS inquiring minds can actually be fun, and educational. Having someone from outside our world look in with fresh eyes is a good thing, not only for journalists, but for everyone. That is the hardest truth of getting older ... telling the truths learned by time only to hear that those truths, sometimes, no longer apply. In journalism that is becoming the case as the world of reporting has changed so much in the past few years that it is no longer recognizable to some. I’ve seens newspapers go from typewriters to Twitter, and we’re not done yet. And it’s not getting easier. Ironically, the Information Age has meant more control of it, not more access to it. However, at the heart of it, still, is the story. Journalism is still about telling the stories of our community, the people in our community, and world that impacts our communities. It’s about digging deep, digging in, and digging out. OK, maybe my speech will be more than one minute ... but I’m not cutting into lunch time.

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We can blame it on a couple of old men Benjamin Franklin said the only things certain in life are death and taxes. Not to take away from the great wisdom of that but if you live long enough – and work hard enough to pay a hefty amount of taxes – there’s another thing that is almost certain. You will show signs of aging. Although men are now catching up, it is still mostly women who fret about and worry more about the appearance of wrinkles, crow’s feet and greying hair than men do. It starts in the womb, I’m told, with the slower to mature XY chromosome types and Mother Nature’s little joke of course, that while males may take a little longer to mature in their teens, they are the ones later on to age “gracefully.” As I say, men are now getting the tans, the tune-ups and tummy tweaks too, but warding off the telltale signs of having lived a life is still mostly a women’s thing. And one of the reasons why there’s no

money left for taxes: It can cost a fortune. Here in the North, women like me also have two more “certain things” working against us. Old Man TEA WITH TERESA Winter and TERESAMALLAM Old Man Time. And there’s no stopping them. You can delay the process, however, if you want to invest in a wide range of treatments designed to make you look and feel youthful again. That is why I was amused – and happy (not too happy, I don’t need more laugh lines) to see at my doctor’s office last week a sign offering Botox treatments.

There is hope. In that same spot where there used to be a “wart clinics” notice there is now a fountain of youth. Clearly, this is a step in the right direction. When I got home, I looked up Botox treatments on the internet and discovered the injections “temporarily smooth frown lines from the brow.” Well, since mine are (as mentioned) laugh not frown lines, that won’t work for me. And I’m stuck on the word “temporarily.” If I get it done, am I going to be sitting at some high-brow affair, covering a visiting dignitary, when suddenly my wrinkles fall into my cream soup? I think after watching the ageless stars in Hollywood remake, remaster and refine their faces and lift and enhance their body parts, I am better off keeping the face and body God gave me. Well, OK, the one I gave myself after too many days in the sun and too many chocolate chip, macadamia nut cookies.

Brian Fawcett’s new novel, The Last of the Lumbermen, focusing on former regional hockey leagues, addresses many important current issues affecting Prince George and other Northern Interior communities. The central character, Andy Bathgate, plays senior hockey in the fictional northern B.C. town of Mantua. After a series of hard knocks, injuries and dangerous encounters, he comes to some realizations that underscore the importance of family, friends and community. Fawcett was born in Prince George in 1944 and lived here till 1966. He spent three winters with the B.C. Forest Service in this region and maintains a keen interest in the forest industry and forestry issues. He now lives in Toronto. His book launch at ArtSpace last week drew 80 people. It seems likely that The Last of the Lumbermen will hit a responsive chord in this city. In Fawcett’s view multinational corporations consolidating an industry too often send resources and the jobs that go with them out of the region and frequently out of the country altogether. An emphasis on value-added industry is one answer to this problem, Fawcett reasons. In this connection the Wood Innovation and Design Centre under construction “is the best thing that could happen here,” he said during the book launch event. “We have to make better use of the fiber we’ve got left instead of exporting it to Japan.” Fawcett says the intensifying trend toward self-censorship is one of the biggest threats to democracy. The fear of what is called negativism and of being labeled “negative” has been a factor in limiting the scope of debates about development in northern B.C. for decades, but it is getting worse. In the 1950s and early 1960s enthusiasm for construction of a monorail to speed sophisticated development in the region was beyond criticism. “Anything connected to the real world was labeled ‘negativity’, and negativity was treated as a form of communism,” the main character Bathgate says during a moment of reflection early in the novel. Today anyone hoping for career success has to avoid the “negative” label at all costs. In addition, people are having to walk on eggshells in more and more situations and must acquiesce increasingly often to being muzzled. “Basically, we need just two rights,” Bathgate says. “One is the right to be treated decently, by everyone and everything. . . . “The other right we need to have is the right to make smartass remarks,” he continues. “If we have that right guaranteed -- and we practice it -- all the other freedoms we’re whining about are guaranteed, and so is democracy. You know that because that’s the right all those authoritarians want to take away . . .” Fawcett says his purpose in writing The Last of the Lumbermen is not to provide slice-of-life realism or to make some powerful but depressing sociological statement. He wants people to take encouragement from the enduring good in themselves, their families, their friends and their neighbours. “This book is a kind of holiday for me,” he said at the book launch. “I wanted to write a book that makes people feel good about themselves.” He has succeeded admirably.


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Where did the year go? So it’s less than a week until Halloween and exactly two months to Christmas. Where has the year gone? And don’t forget, it’s just over 100 days until the Winter Olympics in Russia. Plan your sleeping schedule now. Shall we amble? • I had a recent flashback to the 1980s musically. I was at a sports event, watching the teams warm up. The music that was playing was the usual mix of current hits. Then it came. The first few notes hit the air, and I thought, “No way.” But it was. The voice of Patty Smyth leading the group Scandal in The Warrior. Instantly I flashed back to 1984, when the song ruled the charts – and the warmup tapes. I remember one high school volleyball tournament where seven of the eight teams had the song as part of their warm-up tunes. The only one that didn’t, strangely enough, was a team nicknamed the Warriors. • I was at a minor football game recently when someone asked if I was the guy who wrote about Blacktop Blockheads. I admitted I was, and he suggested a couple of drivers I don’t recall talking about before. Both of them suffer from the same basic problem, as he said:



“They don’t see beyond their own hood ornament.” One of them he saw on Fourth Avenue near where the new RCMP building is going up. One of the lanes is blocked off, but he saw a vehicle drive all the way up to the barricade, then stop, as if the driver had only just realized there was no more there there. The other example he saw on a

A recent flashback to the 1980s ... musically more regular basis. “You’ll see two lanes of traffic. The outside lane has one vehicle, the curb lane has about 20. And the guy coming up next, who

doesn’t want to turn any time soon, stays in the curb lane even though there’s all kinds of extra room in the other lane.” • Speaking of how fast the year is going by, it’s just over a month until Operation Red Nose takes to the roads again. I’ll be volunteering on the phones again this year, and hoping I get a call like the one I did last year. The fellow sounded like he been having a good time, but he was doing the right thing by calling us for a ride home. He said he was at Shooters’, so I asked the question we always have to ask at that point: Which one, Ospika or downtown? Dead silence. Then I heard, “Hey, are we downtown or on Ospika?” I was very happy at that point that he was calling Operation Red Nose. • And one more Blacktop Blockhead to finish things off. Saturday morning I was riding with a friend. We were southbound on 15th Avenue, coming to Ospika, where we were going to turn right. We were fourth in line in the turn lane. There was no traffic coming along Ospika, but the vehicle at the front of the line didn’t turn. “He doesn’t have his turn signal on,” I noted. “He might figure on going straight through,

which would make life interesting.” When the light turned green, the vehicle finally made its turn, but I have to wonder why it was just sitting there. Was the driver not aware he could turn right on a red light? Was he on his cellphone? It’s a mystery.


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he city’s proposed new storm sewer utility plan has one fatal flaw … it depends on the good graces of city council to not become a tax grab. Sadly, there is little confidence that council won’t use the plan to squeeze more money out of an already squeezed electorate. The philosophy behind it is that property owners who send more water down the storm drains should pay more towards the upkeep of the system. That, in itself, is a weird rationale based on the user-pay model of governance creeping into everything we see. The storm drain plan would create a utility for storm sewers infrastructure. It would be similar to other utilities in that you would pay it on your utility bill. For the city, the idea is to create a fund that is separate from the city’s general revenue fund to pay for infrastructure. It’s up to council This is where as to whether this the idea has some merit, and simply becomes it reflects on another tax grab the decisions of city council. Currently storm sewer work is funded out of general revenue, which is subject to the whims of the council of the day. Creating a separate fund would mean council couldn’t take money raised for storm drains and use it for something else. A reserve could be built up and used to fund large projects, rather than borrowing the money. However, we should point out that council was more than willing to raid a debt reduction reserve fund for its downtown parking plan. One of the problems with reserve funds is that when they get to be a nice size, council drools over getting their hands on that money and using it for something else. The big issue, though, is whether it is truly revenue neutral for taxpayers. If the storm sewer plan involved simply moving money to a fund, it would be OK. However, there is no guarantee, should council adopt this plan, that the new charge is levied and taxes are not reduced accordingly. It would be too easy for council to simply keep tax rates where they are. That would make this plan a simple tax grab, and a sizable one as the plan is to raise about $4 million per year for the storm sewer utility. The bulk of that would come from those who have a large footprint … the malls, mills, the new auto dealerships, etc., which would be ironic given that this council is proud of the fact it has reduced the tax rate for large industrial users. The added bonus for the mills is that, for years, we’ve been encouraging them to pave their yards for dust control and will, now say, “oh you have a paved yard, you have to pay to use the storm sewers.” For the average homeowner it would cost about $100 per year. As mentioned above, if property taxes are adjusted accordingly, it’s not an issue.

Council has failed us City council has accepted the recommendation of adminisThe present council, now two years into their term, has tration to let a bit more snow accumulate before clearing our failed to come up with any significant and useful policy to streets. benefit those of us who really pay the bills at city hall. They That is one policy we can put on the plus list. We “save” appear to have assigned the administrative arm of local govmoney, which is always good news to the overburdened ernment the task of fleecing the taxpayer in new and creative taxpayer. Keep in mind city administration has plans to spend ways. the savings. We, the poor taxpayer, don’t get a single dime The pay parking for downtown was just one example. Now of savings from this change in policy. Are you they want to tax your house, driveway and any surprised? other hard surfaces on your property in the name Those who have been living in the city for a of paying for the storm sewer usage they deem long time may remember the plowing policy you are using. They should take it a step further during the time Mayor Moffat and his council and put rain gauge all over the city so each neighwere running the city. The main arteries were bourhood is sure to pay their fair share. kept clear and driveable. Secondary streets were What a great idea. What is next, a sidewalk left until it was too difficult to get emergency tax where everyone will be required to wear a vehicles down those streets to take care of a pedometer, reporting wirelessly, and pay a fee for real crisis. The fire chief had more influence on the amount they walk on city sidewalks? Perhaps which streets would be cleared than anyone else. they should implement a breathing tax on everyThe irrefutable logic was the snow was going one in the city which would be reduced on those ONSIDE to melt in the spring anyhow. It did save the bad days, when breathing in the downtown is difVICBOWMAN ficult at best and for some absolutely impossible. taxpayers a bundle of money. As you bounce along, in and out of the ruts The present city council is a failure. Led by and holes, please be assured that you are contributing to a Mayor Green, who is more interested in doing things her way wonderful savings for you and your fellow taxpayers which and badgering council to go along, coupled with a council administration will spend elsewhere. The left hand takes and that shuns anything approaching public debate, we have a the right hand gives, the net result is we didn’t save a single council that has failed us. dime. Are they all bad and ineffective? No, there are a number When you compare the savings on snow clearing to the of council members who are good and caring individuals total city budget, it is just a small drop in the bucket. We need who take on their council duties as a sacred trust. It is time help. Is this the best we can do? they emerged from the herd and take a stand based on their The Moffat council was the last city council to actually run sincere beliefs unaffected by the false promise of council unity the city. Subsequent councils have been more of a rubber and solidarity. stamp for the plans and ideas of administration. The present We have just over a year to see who has ability and strength council being the best example of that thinking, they have on council. If they do not demonstrate their commitment failed miserably in truly representing the citizens of the comover that time, then they deserve to be dumped at the next munity. civic election. CIRCULATION MANAGER: LANA METZ | 250-564-0504

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Column on homelessness was on the mark and gave pause for thought Editor: Teresa Mallam, in her recent excellent piece, “Take action for the homeless,” did not specify what this action could be but instead she delivered her view on life, topping it with very positive use of the word “compassion.” That actually convinced me of its importance because, as she wrote at the end, homelessness “can happen to anyone. She was definitely correct, which is why I used a descriptive word “excellent.” A few weeks ago, when reviewing a country rocker’s concert at CN Centre, Teresa could not ignore the rocker’s, and his entourage’s, questionable lack of manners and chastised them with a short statement that asserted the superiority of manners over the “redneck” issues. “Prince George may be known as a redneck town, but we also know our manners. Just ask my Gramma,” she wrote.

When I read this, it had helped me to raise the following question and look at it for a long time too: Does really the issue of colour and necks’ shape so important when it comes to manners? I have seen many necks in my life, some red, some pink, some black, some brown, some long and gracious like a swan’s neck, but sometimes I have seen no neck at all, though I knew that is should be there. So the answer to this question, which Teresa helped me to raise is: Not really, the manners are more important than colour or shape of neck, whether this is meant to be literal or not. I realize that I am a bit late ‘celebrating’ homelessness awareness week, but it slows me down reading all these articles, including “Take action for the homeless,” by excellent writer and photographer Teresa Mallam. Chris Trampauska Prince George

Editor: This is an open letter to Vic Bowman, commenting on his column, “Put reason before emotion,” Prince George Free Press, October 11. It was a very demeaning and insulting article showing his ignorance: “The demonstrations, complete with drums, chants and banners prove nothing. Municipal governments and other organizations who declare their opposition only illustrate their ignorance. Their opposition is based neither on fact or reasonable, studied opinion. They are simply the ignorant leading the ignorant. Perhaps it’s a good party, but of little value.” What arrogance, Mr. Bowman. One can almost hear the violins playing softly in the background as you heap accolades upon those who are pushing for the pipelines. And then, Mr. Bowman, by speaking of “casting bones … and frog’s bellies other nonsensical indicators of the future,” you heap ignorance upon your own head. What disdainful insults you tossed around in this article. I will assume you didn’t read the excellent editorial, which appeared in the same edition of the paper, with words and phrases such as “refreshing” and “probably the first such summit that wasn’t a love-in” … “provincial government salivating” … “federal government pushing” … “need to hear voices outside their political circles” … “voices that are unafraid to say what needs to be said, regardless of who is in the room (even the likes of you, sir).” And finally, “kudos to the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council for hosting the summit and to the B.C. First Nations for seeking to understand.” Not only are you, Mr. Bowman, not on the same page as the editor, you’re not even in the same book. Joan McKay Prince George

Want a smart meter, can’t get one Editor: An open letter to Greg Reimer, executive vice president transmission and distribution BC Hydro: This post comes to you from two elderly women who have no objection whatsoever to your installation of a smart meter on our home. However for the past year or more we have had letters, calls, and more - many of a threatening manner - advising us that you cannot install our meter. The issue involves some plastic siding that is, apparently, too close to the existing meter to allow your skilled workers to install the meter. Your company has at no time provided us with a template as to the necessary size of

the opening required, only the rather vague statement that it be two inches on all sides of the new meter - without saying what the measurements of your new meter are. We do not have a handyman, nor do we have any male acquaintances who might perform this work. Our budget does not permit hiring someone off the street to do this, a person who may not know what your requirements are or have the tools necessary to do the job. It does seem to us that Hydro could well afford to have such a person on staff to easily cure such difficulties. We have never refused to have a smart meter installed, not ever. Our last call from your offices was abra-

sive and threatening. Your letter was worse. You threaten to charge us $35 per month to retain our present meter, to which we have formed no loving attachment and would cheerfully dispose of at any time. Your alternative is that we pay you a charge of $100 to install something called a radio-off meter and a further $20 per month. We can afford neither. Implicit in these threats are that you will cut off service if these additional charges are not paid. I repeat, we have no desire to retain our present meter nor do we have any objection whatsoever to you installation of a new smart meter. You may remove the old and

install the new at any time at your convenience. Is this clear? I do so hope so. We have no idea of what - if anything must be removed beyond the plastic siding to facilitate your work, no ideal of how deep the cut must be or - as above - any template to follow even if we attempt to do so. For example - what lies beneath the plastic siding and how much of this need be removed? We are not your enemy. We would love to have a smart meter. Please, stop the threats, the calls and all this nonsense. Simply come, install your new meter and end this farce. Sonia Pang and Willow Arune Prince George


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How entrepreneurial is P.G.? Bill Phillips We’re not in the top 10, but we are in the top half. When it comes to being an entrepreneurial city, Prince George ranked 37th out of 107 in a Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranking entitled Communities in Boom. While 37th may not too much to brag about, the city’s ranking is up two points from last year when it was listed as the 39th most entrepreneurial city in the country. “It may seem obvious, but one of the surest signs of an entrepreneurial hot spot is the presence of a high concentration of entrepreneurs and a high business start-up rate,” wrote

Ted Mallett, vice-president and chief economist for the CFIB. “It is also important that business owners have high levels of optimism and success in their operations. Good public policy is also critical, so we look at the presence of supportive local government tax and regulatory policies.” For cities with populations of 25,000 or more, CFIB assembled 14 indicators to determine their rankings. The 14 indicators were then grouped into three main categories: • Presence is a representation of the scale and growth of business ownership, as well as its industrial diversity, which included business establishment growth, business establishments per capita, self-employment as a percentage of total employment,

and information and cultural business. • Perspective covers indicators associated with optimism and growth plans, which included expected future business performance, future full-time hiring expectations, overall state of business, building permits (commercial, industrial, and institutional), and life satisfaction. • Policy represents indicators associated with the actions local governments take with respect to business taxation and regulation, which included local government tax balance, cost of local government, local government sensitivity to local businesses, local government regulations, and the use of Bizpal. In terms of presence, Prince George scored 9.8 points out of a possible 25. In terms of perspec-

Bond celebrates Small Business Month Shirley Bond Minister of Jobs, Tourism, Skills Training October is Small Business Month in B.C., and that provides a great opportunity to celebrate local small businesses for the work they do every day. Throughout B.C., 98 per cent of all businesses are small businesses and they employ more than a million British Columbians. Our government is working hard to make B.C. the most small-business-friendly jurisdiction in Canada. That’s why we have already cut the small business corporate income tax rate by 44 per cent, and are committed to cutting it a further 40 per cent. That’s also why we’re working to boost small businesses’ share of government business. Each year, government buys a variety of goods and services from providers throughout British Columbia. We want to work directly with small businesses to identify ways to break down barriers and increase small business procurement by at least 20 per cent. The Small Business - Doing Business with Government Project builds on this commitment. Government is hosting eight consultation sessions throughout the province, and small business owners will be invited to share their thoughts and ideas about doing business with government - the challenges, the benefits and how to make the process run more smoothly. On Monday, Oct. 21, several small business operators in Prince George participated in a consultation session with the province and supported by the local Chamber of Commerce. Results of these consultation sessions will lead to recommendations that will make it easier for small businesses to compete for, and win, government business.

This is your chance to help shape the future of how government interacts with small business. If you’re a small business owner and want to have your say, you can also participate by completing an online survey available at: This month, join me in thanking small businesses in your community. They are more than just business owners. They are dreamers and risktakers, and they are helping to build a stable and thriving economy.


tive, it scored 17.6 points out of 35, and in terms of policy Prince George 29.4 points out of a possible 40. Those combined gave Prince George a score of 56.8 out of 100. And while Prince George may have placed 37th, it’s not that far behind the most entrepreneurial city in the land, the greater Calgary area, which scored 67.6 points. In terms of the province, Prince George is the third most entrepreneurial with Penticton (59.6) and

Kelowna (59.4) ranking ahead of B.C.’s northern capital. Similar-sized cities scoring better than Prince George include Red Deer (66.5), and Grande Prairie (65.0). Prince George scored well ahead of Nanaimo (53.7 points, 65th place), Kamloops (50.5 points, 84th place), and the least entrepreneurial city, according to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Duncan with a score of 42.2.

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Excellence Awards the Semi-Finalists! Science Centre and Museum

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With over 2400 delegates in attendance, the 37th Annual Elders Gathering was a huge success on campus and in the community. Good Luck!

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Below is a list of 112 Prince George residents and businesses who were nominated for a Business Excellence Award by their customers and their peers for demonstrating excellence in their endeavours


Business Person of the Year: - David Mothus - Greg Stewart - Ken Kilcullen - Kate Roxburgh - Sean Simmons - Shannon Horrigan - Shauna Harper - Sonya Hunt Business of the Year: - Armoury Games & Hobbies - Atco Structures & Logistics - Integris Credit Union - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group - Norgate Autobody Ltd. - Northern Spirit Transportation - Ramada Hotel Prince George - Second Cup - Shine Salon - Sinclar Group Forest Products - Topaz Beads - Wood Wheaton Honda - PG Entertainment Group - Pine Centre Mall Corporate Citizen of the Year: - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group - Pacific Western Brewery Co. - PG Entertainment Group - Shhhh... - Target - Prince George

Environmental Leadership Award: - Carbon Offset Aggregation Cooperative - EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. - Load ‘Em Up Contracting - Lumisave - Nancy O’s - Northern Health - PG Recycling & Return-It Centre - R3 Recycling - UNBC Micro Business of the Year: - Be Unique Fitness - Cake Walk Desserts - Corky’s Candy Creations - K9 Kelp - Krell Chiropractic - Margo’s Cafe - On the Move Personal Fitness - PG Automotive Services/ North Country Motors/PG Transmission - Shawn Place Design - Shine Salon - Van Horlick’s Trophy & Gift House - Xcaliber Cycle - Zahirah Dance Studio

New Entrepreneur of the Year: - Cindy Klassen - Corbie Black - Dale Simmon - Kate Roxburgh - Lauren Phillips - Liam Iliffe - Rachelle Bachand - Reza Akbari - Sufey Chen - Tanya Wood - Terry Thiara - Tyler Burbee Tourism Impact Award: - City of Prince George - Downtown Summerfest - 37th Annual BC Elders Gathering - Northern BC Tourism - PacificSports Centre - The Exploration Place

Community Impact Award: - Canadian Cancer Society - Child Development Centre - Downtown Prince George - Highway 97 Adopt a Basket - Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society - Jump Start - Canadian Tire - Northern BC Tourism - Prince George Dress Dreams - Prince George Brain Injured Group - Two Rivers Gallery Outstanding Corporate Culture Award: - Coast Inn of the North - EDI Environmental Dynamics Inc. - Prince George Symphony - Re/Max Centre City Realty - Second Cup - Target - Prince George - TELUS - Tsay Key Dene First Nation

Service Excellence Award: - Albino Rhino Cleaning Company - Atco Structures & Logistics - Canadian Blood Services - Canadian Tire - Prince George - Carpet Superstore - Coast Inn of the North - Coca Cola Company - Dulux Paints - Forever Florists - Front Counter BC - Happy Trails RV - Houle Electric - Integris Credit Union - Japan Wasabi Sushi - Jim Pattison Broadcast Group - Norgate Autobody - Northland Nissan - Ohh... Chocolat Cafe - PG Automotive Services/North Country Motors/PG Transmission - PG Recycling & Return-It Centre - Pine Centre Mall - Riverbend Constructions and Renovations Ltd. - Roger’s Custom meats 1981 Ltd. - Save-On-Foods - Second Cup - TELUS - X Conditioning

Integris Credit Union would like to recognize and congratulate all of the stellar businesses of Prince George, particularly those nominated and short listed for the PG Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Kudos! Integris is pleased to introduce our Commercial Services Group. In late September, our Commercial Lending team relocated from the River Point branch on Ferry Ave. to our new location above the Town Centre branch at 6th and Victoria. There, we have combined Commercial Lending/Banking with Commercial Insurance Representatives and our Group Health Benefits Specialist to form the Integris Commercial Services Group. One convenient location – all commercial services your enterprise requires. Our people are committed to enhancing the well-being of your enterprise, your staff and your clients. Nowhere else are you able to access such comprehensive service and expertise in one location … welcome to the Integris Advantage! Integris Credit Union is based in the Central Interior of British Columbia with assets under administration of over $1 billion. Since 2009, Integris has been recognized in our community for Service Excellence (PG Chamber of Commerce, 2009), Employer Excellence (BC Business Magazine, 2009), Community Enrichment (PG Chamber of Commerce, 2011) and Corporate Citizenship (PG Chamber of Commerce, 2012). Integris continues this tradition of Business and Service Excellence by being nominated and shortlisted for PG’s Business of the Year and the Service Excellence Award in 2013. Also in 2013, Integris Credit Union was named #1 Financial Institution (bank, trust company or credit union) in Prince George by the readers of the PG Free Press in their annual “Best in PG” Survey. To add to that, Integris Financial Planning Services was named the #1 Investment Planning Agency. Integris Credit Union offers personal and commercial banking and a full range of insurance and wealth management services to Members and clients throughout the Central Interior of British Columbia.

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BRENDA JOHNSON - SAVERS OPTICAL Savers Optical has served Prince George residents for over 40 years . Brenda Johnson a licensed optician, sight tester and contact lens ďŹ tter purchased the store ten years ago, having 23 years in the ďŹ eld this was a natural progression for her. Brenda’s experience will broaden as she volunteers for 3 weeks this November with the Third World Eye Care Society, she will travel with the team to Ecuador to provide free vision care and eyeglasses to the less fortunate. Savers Optical offers Free Vision exams, 2 for 1 glasses, contact lens ďŹ ttings and onsite repairs.

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SUZAN GARDNER – FLEET/COMMERCIAL MANAGER Suzan is delighted to be back in the auto business as Fleet/Commercial Manager at Wood Wheaton GM Supercentre. Having spent the majority of her sales career in auto sales / eet sales management, Suzan brings a profound level of knowledge and experience to this position. Always holding herself to a high level of professionalism and customer service, her goal is always to exceed the expectations of her clients. Whether you are looking for a company vehicle, a whole eet, or a personal vehicle for yourself or family member Suzan will assist you every step of the way.

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ABORIGINAL BUSINESS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE LAURA BLUMHAGEN (left) completed a B. Sc. at UNBC and is currently working on her Diploma in Aboriginal Community Economic Development. She has worked for ABDC for five years, working on special projects and business development. During that time she has coordinated a national network and an Elders group, planned many events and conferences and written proposals. She works one-on-one with clients, helping them with business planning, business loan acquisition, market research, financial forecasting and aftercare.

AUDREY SUTHERLAND (centre) graduated from CNC with a Diploma in Marketing and Management. She has worked as the Administrative Assistant for seven years. She is the eyes and the ears of the company, the first person you meet when you enter ABDC. She makes everybody’s jobs easier by keeping everything organized and on track. She has taught Aboriginal Business and Entrepreneurial Skills Training, assisted with finance, planned events and worked on reports.

KALLIE SMITH (right) graduated from UNBC with a B. SC. in 2013 and has been working for ABDC since April. Kallie’s primary role with ABDC is to coordinate the Financial Literacy program which consists of free financial literacy workshops as well as emergency rent bank loans. Kallie also contributes to proposal writing, community and office events, and will be facilitating Aboriginal BEST, an entrepreneurial skills training workshop in 2014.

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SCARY MOVIE Books and Company on Third Avenue is hosting a Halloween movie night on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Come out for an evening of watching The Shining, popcorn, pop, “creepy” Jack Nicholson, in celebration of Stephen King’s new novel, Doctor Sleep. This event is open to all ages but parents should use their own discretion in sending their children.

COMEDY SHOW Elder Citizens Recreation Association and its ECRA Drama Club presents a hilarious fall show, Jokes R On Us, on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 at 2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. Tickets are now available at the ECRA office. Adults $10 per person, children under $12 tickets are $5. The offices of Elder Citizens Recreation Association are located at 1692 Tenth Ave.

SAGE BIRCHWATER On Tuesday, Nov. 5 starting at 7 p.m. at Cafe Voltaire, Books and Company, Sage Birchwater and Corky Williams will delight their audience with a book launch and cowboy poetry reading. Their new book with Jeanine Seals Williams is entitled Corky Williams: Cowboy Poet of the Cariboo Chilcotin. Free event. The book is available to see on the Caitlin Press website.

PGSO CONCERT The Prince George Symphony Orchestra along with the Cantata Singers will perform Hallelujah at a benefit concert for St. Michael and All Angels Anglican Church with excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi and Leonard Cohen. The concert is on Nov. 9 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Vanier Hall. Silent auction at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are at Studio 2880 on 15th Avenue and Books and Company on Third Avenue.

Photo submitted The boots on the walls at a Wells concert are a clear sign that Joey Only will be doing some Stompin’ Tom Connors tunes – and in PG on Nov. 16, that’s all he intends to play.

Joey doesn’t Only do Tom Teresa Mallam Joey Only was between a rock and a hard place. He always likes to “do his own thing” but for a long time, he’s also wanted to pay tribute to one of Canada’s greatest country music icons of all time – Stompin’ Tom Connors. In his hometown of Wells, B.C. Joey Only is known as a hardrock miner who is involved in exploration, he’s also known as Joey Only: singer and songwriter who, along with Joey Only Outlaw Band – Sean Scallion on drums/ percussion, Joel Stern on bass/harmonica, Leah Martin (his wife) on vocals and percussion – performs his own brand of Canadiana country rock cowboy genre music. The former radio personality admits he likes the sound of his own voice but was drawn to the idea of becoming – for a short time – Stompin’ Tom and getting to do his famous songs. He thinks fans are going to really enjoy his Nov. 16 Tribute to Stompin’ Tom Connors Concert at the Treasure Cove Casino Showroom. It took some persuasion by promoter Earl Krushelnicki to get the artist to agree to the tribute gig, he says. But after he’d done his homework researching Connors’ life and music, the artist says he’s “up to the challenge” – and eager to see the crowd reaction to his new show. “I’m experimenting with new things but for the most part I’m putting on a full-out

Stompin’ Tom show. It meant putting away myself for a day – which is sort of hard for me to do – it [tribute show] has forced me to put my own songs away and study, study, study. I watched videos, I got a book of his songs and short stories. I was looking at everything there was on You Tube.” Studying him, Joey Only learned how unique he really was. “I’m trying to make it as genuine as possible. I had to stand different, walk different, make different faces. And I had to change the way I stomp because [Stompin’ Tom] stomps on the second beat – and I was stomping on the first beat, so I had to attack that. I think for a long time people thought what I did was my own natural, close rendition of Tom Connors (he laughs) but after working on this for a long time, I realize that actually our styles are quite different.” The two-hour show allows time to fit in many well-known, much-loved Stompin’ Tom songs, he says but he hopes people will also come to know the legendary artist’s lesser-known songs too. “Most of the ones I’m playing [for the concert] are hits already. It’s sort of like with Johnny Cash, everyone knows 16 songs off his Best Of Johnny Cash album, but they often don’t listen to the artist’s whole gamut of work. They get stuck on two to five songs and, if you do that, you’ve really missed a large volume of his work.” He hopes the local concert will prove “enlightening” for some people. Does he have a personal favourite Stompin’

Tom song? “Right now I’m really enjoying Canadian Lumberjack Song. Just playing it, it’s so much fun. I’m trying to bring out what he really did (musically) but I also want to carry forth his message about small towns, the history of our country and how we got to where we are now, which has always been a big part of his music – and something that I’ve tried to do with my own music going back 10 to 15 years.” This is the first tribute show Joey Only has done, although for years, he’s been asked to have his band do tribute work. “My band is actually a lot more electric than you would ever have seen at a Stompin’ Tom concert,” he says. With the new tribute show, it’s up to him – only. “It’s not that I’m in love with myself,” he says. “It’s just that I’m ... (he pauses to find words) neurotically driven to be who I am.” Only says he first performed a “part” pilot show in Wells to rave reviews. “It was a half Stompin’ Tom, half Joey Only concert. This time (for Prince George) I’m going to go for a second attempt to see how far I can take this. Part of my reservation in doing this is that I don’t know if Tom Connors would appreciate someone mimicking him. I don’t know if he would approve of my show – but I’ve tried very hard to be sensitive in my tribute.” Joey Only and his Stompin’ Tom Connors Tribute Concert plays Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Treasure Cove Casino Showroom. Tickets are $25 and are available at Books and Company. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.



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with Nashville producer Tom Hambridge, who worked with the band on the critically acclaimed record 2120 South Michigan Avenue. The new project is mostly original material, with songs that showcase the broad reach of George’s songwriting. With some titles going back to the beginning of his recording career, George and Tom found a handful of nuggets that no one has heard, along with a few songs that they want to record again – with a brand new sound. This winter they will finish their album and return to the road in late February and March 2014. In the spring they return to Canada for their blistering Rock and Roll Anniversary Tour, and Prince George’s CN Centre is the very first show of their Canadian Tour. George Thorogood and The Destroyers with special guests play CN Centre April 30. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets or order on-line at www.




Rock and roll giants George Thorogood and The Destroyers return to CN Centre – after almost 10 years – April 30, 2014 for their 40th Anniversary Tour. Prince George is the first stop on their Canadian tour. Tickets go on sale today (Friday) at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations. The legendary band will be celebrating 40 years of chart-topping songs and hard-driving, kick-ass rock and roll performances. Ever since their first gig at Lane Hall, on the campus of the University of Delaware in 1973, the band has travelled the world with their unique brand of booze-and-boogie rock. The group was a mainstay in music on Rock Radio with hits like One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer, Move It On Over, Who Do You Love, Bad To The Bone, I Drink Alone, Get A Haircut, Treat Her Right, You Talk Too Much, and many more. Now George Thorogood and The Destroyers are busy working on a new album to be released in early 2014. They will once again join forces

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The Free Presbyterian Church 4020 Balsum Road, Prince George Sundays 10:30 a.m. & 2p.m. “Therefore Being Justified by Faith, we have peace with God…” Romans 5:1

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Photo submitted Reid, left, Kimberly and Neil Perry, also known as The Band Perry, will bring their country tour to the CN Centre on Jan. 11. Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 at all Ticketmaster locations.

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Band Perry makes Pioneer trip to CN Centre Tickets go on sale Nov. 1 for Prince George’s first big concert of 2014. The Band Perry will be bringing chart-topping country songs to CN Centre on Jan. 11 as part of the Canadian leg of their We Are Pioneers world tour. The tour, which starts Nov. 6 in Sweden, sees the trio of siblings Kimberly, Neil and Reid play dates in Europe in November and December, then resume after the holidays in January in Canada, before heading back to

the United States for February and March. That sort of schedule is nothing new to the Perrys, who have been on tour more than 800 days in the past three years. “We live to play,” says Kimberly in a press release on the tour. “In our minds everything we do – writing, recording, interviews, appearances – is the means to the live end. “It’s the three of us in our element, our living room, our therapy session, our recess.”

Pioneer is, hard as it may be to believe, just the band’s second album. Hits like If I Die Young, Postcard from Paris and You Lie made their self-titled debut a huge hit, and that has continued with the first releases from Pioneer, such as Done and Better Dig Two. Tickets for The Band Perry’s show at CN Centre on Jan. 11 go on sale at all Ticketmaster locations on Nov. 1. Opening acts for the show are Easton Corbin and Lindsay Ell.


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Recipes ‘key’ to new book Teresa Mallam Good cooking and good music. Lori Elder has found a unique way to combine the two and also reconnect with many of her former piano students. Elder has been teaching piano in Prince George for 20 years and she decided to celebrate this musical milestone by compiling a cookbook of recipes with submissions from all her students. Students’ Favourites Cookbook and CD Launch takes place on Nov. 2 at St. Andrews United Church. The new book and CD will be available for sale, and during the event some of Elder’s students will entertain with piano selections. As well, samples of food made from recipes in the cookbook will be on hand. Proceeds from this event will go towards purchasing a people’s piano for the Cancer Centre for the North. “This won’t be just any piano,” says Elder. “It will be Prince George’s first indoor Street Piano.” Much like the outdoor street pianos in Vancouver, she said this one will be older and repurposed, painted cheerful colours and decorated, so that everyone passing by wants to plunk out a tune. “These pianos bring joy wherever they are – and certainly a cancer centre can benefit from that,” said Elder. “This

mastered the new CD, she said. For her part, Elder is well known in B.C. as a pianist, teacher and adjudicator. She has a Masters degree in Piano Performance and has completed summer studies at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California. She’s won numerous competitions and has performed as soloist and chamber player in many parts of Canada and the U.S. As an accompanist, Elder’s worked with distinguished conductors and ensembles. She’s taught in Toronto, Vancouver and at Alberta College Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Conservatory in Lori Elder with a batch of chocolate chip and M Edmonton. & Ms cookies made from recipes in a fundraising In Prince cookbook which has 150 recipes from her current George, she and former piano students. specializes in is a global trend and I favourite classical piano senior piano and want Prince George to pieces which is being pedagogy. Many of her be on board.” produced in Toronto students have been The process of gathby Indie Pool. One of concert soloists with ering family recipes and Elder’s piano students, Prince George Symwriting the cookbook, Sam Watkinson, phony Orchestra as well took about 18 months, recorded, edited and as other orchestras. said Elder. “There are separate food categories in the book with soups, salads, desserts and dinners, etc. When people came to me with their nd rd favourite recipes, there was very little duplication in dishes, so that made it fun. Everyone I contacted was excited about the book and “Your Community they gave me their famCraft Fair with Flair” ily favourite.” Elder and her students recorded a CD of

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Andy Beesley did not audition for this part but last Friday he won the lead role: Prince George Citizen of the Year 2013. The communityminded man of the hour was bestowed with the honour at an Oct. 18 gala dinner at Coast Inn of the North, hosted by the Prince George Community Foundation. Since arriving here in 1980, Beesley has been involved in many efforts over the years to make Prince George a better place to live, work and play. Free Press file photo He has worked with Andy Beesley gave the Canada Day crowd a taste of Les Miserables, the Prince George but he was feeling anything but miserable after being named the Prince Crisis Intervention George Citizen of the Year on Oct. 18. Centre, including Beesley played an instruPrince Georgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning bid for five years working as mental role in the formation the 2015 Canada Winter Games. volunteer crisis counsellor, and of the drug abuse resistance He also plays a huge role he helped to create the Prince education program (DARE) in in the arts and entertainment George Teen Crisis Line. Prince George, a model now community and recently wowed Then there is his love of audiences with his sensitive sports. He managed the Cariboo used across the country. He volunteered to sit on tribunals to portrayal of Jean Valjean in Judy Cougars Major Midget Team for mediate disputes between social Russellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stellar production of six years and managed several assistance recipients and social Les Miserables. Given his diverse B.C. Hockey â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Everâ&#x20AC;? teams. services staff and has trained experience, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a popular He was volunteer chair of the more than 100 volunteers to do workshop trainer and coach. U-16 Provincial Hockey Chamthe same work. He served on Other nominees for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pionship in Prince George and the City of Prince George Social Prince George Citizen of the he trained hundreds of coaches Year were: Selen Alpay, Bettyin B.C. Hockeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Speak Out Pro- Grants committee, the Ethics June Gair, Alison Hagreen and gram to help prevent child abuse committee at PGRH and was a member of the team that led to David Halikowski. and bullying.

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Trelle Morrow gives new issue his stamp of approval Teresa Mallam By George, we’ve got it – the name that is. When the long awaited new heir to the British throne was born last July, there was rejoicing in the land. And when the royal couple, William and Catherine, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, gave their son the name George – so that he was known as HRH Prince George (of Cambridge) – there was reason for people Teresa MALLAM/Free Press living in the City of Prince Local historian Trelle Morrow is anxiously waiting for the new HRH George, B.C. to feel proud. Prince George of Cambridge commemorative stamp to be available That good news was folto “regular” people in Prince George, the city. lowed by an announcement from Canada Post that it was George as the baby’s name was well- often seen among the people and issuing a commemorative stamp chosen, says Morrow, given the last was much loved. in honour of the royal birth. On British member of royalty to bear Indeed, the camera (and his own Wednesday, local historian and phithe name: King George VI. popularity) followed King George latelist Trelle Morrow was anxious “So much of royalty has been wherever he went, including a 1939 to get his hands on the special stamp blemished in their history. I think Royal Visit to Canada which took and its – coveted among collectors – the people over there (in Britain) him from Vancouver to Kamloops First Day cover. must have decided the name George and parts of western Canada – but Morrow visited the Free Press was appropriate – and I agree. I don’t not to Prince George. Morrow refers Tuesday and pointed to a Canada think they could have picked a betto an account in Voyage of State Post website photo of its “Day of ter name.” (1939) which describes how a post Issue” stamp and cover, which has a Most people know from their office was installed on the Royal crown in the centre of two posthistory studies, he said, that George Train with postmaster, assistants, marks showing our Prince George became King after the abdication cancelling machines and all the post office designation as the official of his brother, King Edward VIII in necessary equipment. cancellation site. 1936. And they know it, if not from The royals arrived in Quebec “That is the important part. That’s history books, from the blockbuster on May 17, 1939 and the book why this commemorative stamp is movie, The King’s Speech, that he notes, from this date until their so desirable with collectors especial- had stuttered but overcame that to departure from Canada June 15, a ly those of us here in Prince George,” deliver in 1939 a rousing speech to large amount of souvenir mail was says Morrow who’s lived here for 59 his subjects. handled by the Royal Train post years. “There are no first day covers However, for Morrow, perhaps office. at our post offices in Prince George, the most remarkable legacy left Newfoundland also provided two a huge oversight I think, by our sobehind by King George VI is that his special cancels for the final ports of called stalwarts in Ottawa. The post reign was untouched by scandal and call. offices are taking orders for it.” “bad press.” Not since then, Morrow says, has Morrow, a retired architect, A stamp issue for King George there been, in his view, this much says the stamp itself was officially VI is significant, he says, because it anticipation over a stamp issuance released Oct. 22 but when he last shows him in civilian clothes, not related to British monarchy. checked on Tuesday, the Day of in uniform, and as such became the “It brings back that memory (of Issue cover was still not available in first monarch to be photographed in King George VI) and reaffirms our Prince George. this way. royal heritage.” “I went to the main post office Further, King George VI was The main post office has a steady downtown and two other post offices and it wasn’t there. There is a lot of interest I would say, from people who want to get in on it, there’s renewed interest Sinclair Mills Community Hall in the monarchy. Especially Property Use Agreement given what I heard was an invitation from our mayor The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George intends to proceed with final passage and [Shari Green] for the Britadoption of the Sinclair Mills Community Hall Property Use Agreement Authorization Bylaw ish royal family – the Duke No. 2845, 2013 at its meeting of November 21, 2013: and Duchess of Cambridge Bylaw No. 2845 will authorize the Regional District to enter into a 5-year agreement with the and HRH Prince George, Sinclair Mills Education and Recreational Club for use of the Community Hall and property to visit.” located off Upper Fraser Road in Electoral Area F. The property is described as Lot A of Indeed, there’s a list District Lot 3126, Cariboo District Plan PGP35949, PID 017-648-734. of people, stamp collectors and royalty watchers In consideration of the entitlements given, the Regional District will receive the annual alike, who like himself are sum of $300.00 from the Sinclair Mills Education and Recreational Club for the specified anxious to have this “little term of the agreement. piece of history.” Bylaw No. 2845, 2013 is available for viewing at: The stamp is of a much published and now famous family photograph taken by Michael Middleton of or in hard copy at the Regional District Service Centre at 155 George Street, Prince George, the Duke and Duchess BC during regular business hours. Persons wishing to file a written submission in respect of Cambridge with their of this bylaw should do so not later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30, 2013. newborn, Prince George. C. Paton The Day of Issue cover Service Centre Representative with its blue wash and black postmarks has the words: Welcome HRH 155 George Street, Prince George, BC V2L 1P8 Prince George AlexanTelephone: (250) 960-4400, Toll Free 1-800-667-1959 der Louis of Cambridge. Fax (250) 563-7520, Web:

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Fall harvest dinner, Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Centre. Tickets at centre, 1692 10th Ave. Information: 250-5619381. Masquerade dinner and dance, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Greek Orthodox Church, 511 Tabor Blvd. Tickets at Caribbean Alterations and Books and Company. Texas Hold’em Tournament, Oct. 26, 7 p.m., Days Inn, 600 Quebec St. Hosted by PG Mardi Gras of Winter Society. Dance to Country Caliber, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Over 19 only. Dog agility trial, Nov. 2, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Agriplex. Fundraiser for SPCA. Ski swap, Nov. 2, NR

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Hadih House - Oct 31 Hadih House Haunted House – many volunteers needed. Thurs, Oct 31 at 2105 Pine St from 5 – 8 pm for ages 0 – 13. FREE. Contact Dawn or Amanda at (250) 563-7976 Huble Homestead - Oct 26 Halloween Spooktacular – Oct 26, 3 – 8 pm. Family admission - $10; House of Horrors for $3 per tour. Wear your costumes, bring a flashlight, dress warmly! 40km north, just off Hwy 97 on Mitchell Road. Children First Children First works with agencies, individuals & parents to develop & support services for Early Childhood Development (ECD) and Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN). For more info on how to become involved call Jenn 250-565-2596 For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


Sunday Dog agility trial, Nov. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Agriplex. Fundraiser for SPCA. Nechako Public Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

Monday Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Cariboo Toastmasters meet Mondays, 7:309:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, - 444 George St. Information: caribootoastmasters. com or Laura (250) 9613477. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250- 563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740.

Tuesday Open House, Oct. 29, 3-7 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: 9164. Prince George Quilters Guild meets fourth Tuesday of the month, Connaught Youth Centre, 1491 17th Ave. Registration 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Information: Echo 250-6120499. Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:158:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information:

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Sweet Adelines women’s four-part chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250563-5170.

Hospital retirees meet, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-5637497 or 250-563-2885.

Wednesday P.G. COPD Support Group meets Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., AIMHI gymnasium, 950 Kerry St. Information: www. Bingo, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spruce Capital Senior Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. H&H Market, Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway. Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Hart Toastmasters, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Information: CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-981-8270.

Thursday Halloween at the YMCA, Oct. 31. 10-11 a.m (ages 0-5), 3:304:30 p.m. (ages 6-12), YMCA, 2020 Massey Dr. Metis Elders Craft group, Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, Princse George Metis Elders Society office, 117 – 1600 Third Ave. (Prince George Native Friendship Centre). Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration,

Matthew Collins is cheered on by the rest of the Canadian Tire team as he takes the first shift on the stationary bike as part of the Inside Ride. The event, held Tuesday at the John McInnis Centre, was a fundraiser for Camp Goodtimes, a project of the Canadian Cancer Society. Funds raised as of Tuesday evening were $15,615.

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Tai chi, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: Lister 250964-3849 or listerchen@ DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-649-9591. BC Civil Liberties Union meets second Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., 1575 Fifth Ave. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information:, Joyce 250-964-0961. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec

Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave.

Support Groups NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-962-7985. Royal Purple meets meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-563-9362. Wednesday evening Tops (take off pounds sensibly), Spruceland Baptist Church, 1901 Ogilvie St. Information: Leona 250-962-8802. Prince George Genealogical Society meets the third Tuesday of the month, St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 1500 Edmonton St. Prince George Stroke Survivors Group meets Wednesdays,

Thank You Prince George For Voting Us Best Auto Body Shop! 9:30-11:30 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250-563-3819, Roland 250-562-1747. La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m., 176 Aitken Cres. Information: Tammy 250-612-0085. PGRH retirees breakfast, first Tuesday of the month, Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Information: 250563-2885. Prince George ATV Club meets third Tuesday of month, 7 p.m. Carmel Restaurant meeting room. Information: George 250-964-7907. Free sports and recreation, Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 1160 7th Ave., ages 15-30. Information: 250-656-5278. Children’s choir, Thursdays, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hartland Baptist Church. Information: 778-415-5000. Parents Together, a

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Heartbeat, a group for mutual support of those who have lost a loved one through suicide, meets monthly at CMHA office. Information: Sandy 250960-9047.

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ECRA plays Jokes Teresa Mallam Halloween will be over when ECRA’s Drama Club members take to the stage the first week in November – but that doesn’t mean the zany cast’s usual hilarious antics and “tricks and treats” won’t be there. Their Jokes R On Us show includes a variety of new comedy skits and songs put on in the group’s long standing tradition of making Teresa MALLAM/Free Press sure the audience has The patient (Alcide Gauthier) gets some news from a nurse played by a good time with lots Erna Reinhart in a scene from The Specimen, one of several skits in of laughs and plenty of ECRA’s new comedy musical Jokes R On Us which runs Nov. 1 to 3. music. Director Diane stick comedy and music. People 1 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2 at Reynolds was at re2 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 hearsals Wednesday along with are going to really love it.” Elder Citizens Recreation As- p.m. Tickets are $10 adults, $5 cast and crew members. sociation (ECRA) Drama Club children under 12, available at “This is a musical comedy, presents its hilarious fall show ECRA offices located at 1692 and the first part is Grand Ole Jokes R On Us on Friday, Nov. Tenth Ave. and at the door. Opry along with lots of slap-

It’s starting to feel a lot like Christmas Lola-Dawn Fennell Prince George Council of Seniors What does December make you think of? December makes me think of special chocolates and fancy cookies, cozy knitting and creative handcrafts, good will and giving to others. As I am writing this, the band using our conference room is practising “Jingle Bells” and putting me in that December frame of mind. You might ask why I am writing about December thoughts at this particular point in time when we haven’t even enjoyed Halloween. The reality is several “Christmassy” things require preparation now in order to happen in December. For example, the Seniors Resource Centre is now into our annual Purdy’s Christmas Chocolates fundraiser. Profits go into our mascot fund to keep Elderbeary maintained and active in our community. Mouth-watering Purdy’s catalogs are available here at 721 Victoria Street, and all orders must be placed by Thursday, Nov. 21. Chocolates will be ready for pick up on Wednesday, Dec. 4 – in plenty of time for Christmas giving. Just imagine those Purdy’s Sweet Georgia Browns … roasted salty pecans smothered in creamy caramel and crowned with chocolate … or opening one of those unique golden triangular boxes and biting into a luscious Hedgehog … if you’re like me, you might want to order extras to accommodate temptation as well as folks on your gift list! The Seniors Resource Centre will be hosting its first ever Christmas Craft and Bake Sale on Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8. Funds raised will go toward Resource Centre operations and programs. My knitting needles are currently busy preparing for this, but our small staff can’t possibly knit, sew and bake enough for this event. Consequently, we are asking for donations of Christmas crafts and baking. Please drop off at 721 Victoria Street by noon Friday, Dec. 6. Come on crafters, you have six weeks to create for


this event! And if you’re not a crafter or a baker, mark Dec. 7 and 8 on your calendar and come down to 721 Victoria Street to do your Christmas shopping. Might be your last chance – I think all the major local craft fairs will be done by then! The Seniors Resource Centre will be doing Christmas Hampers for seniors again this year. We will accept applications for hampers at 721 Victoria Street from Nov. 8 until Friday, Dec. 6. Applicants will be required to provide document proof of residence and household financial need. Each hamper will include the recipient’s choice of turkey or ham with all the “fixings” for a holiday meal, as well as a substantial amount of non-perishable foods for the long month after Christmas and “between cheques”. If possible, we will include something warm, such as winter socks, or fresh foods, such as oranges or cheese. Hampers will be delivered the morning of Monday, Dec. 23. We need community help to provide these hampers as we have a “zero” budget for this project. Once again we’re counting on that fabulous generosity that makes Prince George such an amazing community. Donations of non-perishable foods, grocery store gift cards or cash can be dropped off at the Seniors Resource Centre from Nov. 1 until noon on Friday, Dec. 13. Charitable tax receipts can be provided. Our hamper “wish list” can be picked up at the Resource Centre or accessed online at after the first of November. Phew! There’s lots going on! The band is now Best Glasses/Optical practising “We Wish You Store a Merry Christmas”, and I just checked my calendar to make sure there was a bit of October left. Lola-Dawn Fennell is a young-at-heart grandONE HOUR OPTICAL mother, UNBC graduate, Ask about our Seiko Digital Progressive Lenses and general manager of Spruceland Mall 250.564.0095 the Prince George Council Pine Centre Mall 250.564.0047 of Seniors.

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Artists Co-op on move ,%003;))2 They have a new home. The Artistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Co-op has moved north on Hart Highway to a building (formerly Old Hart Highway School). They have new neighbours â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a gift boutique, vintage and collectibles store, and a brand new market place.

The co-operative group formed years ago in Prince George and it supports all aspects of artistic endeavour including offering art classes in a wide variety of mediums. As well, works produced by members and guest artists get the royal treatment with â&#x20AC;&#x153;one-man showsâ&#x20AC;? and group art

exhibits open to the public. They also offer lots of opportunities for both aspiring and well-established local artists to show off their works. The group meets to chat about news and techniques in art and they have an extensive library of reference books including nature books, portraiture and landscapes. Classes which began in October included oil painting with Benita Karlson, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classes, regular acrylics with Lynn Box, pet drawing and water colour pencil with Sharon Paul, and watercolour for beginners and intermediates with Sharon Antenenko. Sessions run for eight weeks with a registration fee required. In September, classes at the co-op included coloured charcoal and pen and ink with Marna Tuffnell, mixed media with Kat Valcourt, oils with Cathy Rochon, and watercolour florals with June McKay and Shirley McDermot.




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Music and magic Magic is in the air for Prince George Symphony Orchestra (PGSO) with its special program designed for kids. Music director Kevin Zakresky and his alter ego The Magical Maestro Zee offer an entertaining and educational family-friendly introduction to the magic of orchestral music, Sunday, Oct. 27 starting at 2 p.m. at Vanier Hall. With enchanting excerpts from classics including Beethoven to Benjamin Britten and pieces from favourite movie scores such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, the orchestra offers a fun,

fast-moving experience specially tailored for younger listeners. The Magical Maestro Zee has assembled tricks and treats galore with a costume competition, spells, incantations, magic wands and even a chance to conduct Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with the full orchestra. Tickets for adults $30, seniors $26, students $15, other rates for children depending on age. Family pass is $18. Available at PGSO office located at 2880 15th Ave. or they can be purchased online from Ticketmaster and at Vanier Hall on the day of the concert.


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New market now open on Hart Highway There will be a new indoor/ outdoor year-round market at 3955 Hart Highway. Bring your treasures, crafts, wares, products, brochures as a vendor or come as a shopper or visitor. Everyone is welcome. As well as the new market featuring a wide variety of quality items for sale, there is a Swap Shop opening soon with special days designated for candy swaps

(Nov. 1), clothing swaps (Nov. 10) toy swaps (Dec. 15) and makeup swaps (Jan 2014.) Vendors and shops will have a wide variety of arts and crafts, plants, fashions, handcrafted and unique jewelry, locally made food and fresh products, antiques and collectibles, and much more. This is the place to go for sales, crafts, contests and fun activities for the whole

family as well as market treats and eats. Sunday, Nov. 24 and Monday, Nov. 25 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. is a Christmas Market Special event, and vendors who want to participate can book now. To register for the Christmas Market or a Hart Highway Market event contact Lori Trupp, HH Market manager at hhmarket2013@ or tex 250-552-9399.

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Initiatives PG set for job fair Bill Phillips Initiatives Prince George is hosting its second online job fair next month. The idea behind the job fair, slated for November 19, is to connect local employers with skilled new Canadians living in Metro Vancouver who are underemployed or unemployed. The first online job fair was held on June 4 and attracted approximately 1,170 participants who viewed the virtual booths of 13 employers, said IPG CEO Heather Oland at the launch of the Chamber of Commerce’s Consider PG campaign Friday. She added there have been more

than 14,000 page-views of the www. site. An average of 15 resumes were submitted to each company, she said. “It’s an online job fair where you can recruit new people from the comfort of your own home,” Oland said. Doing it online eliminates the cost of traditional job fairs. How it works is prospective employees can go to the website, look at company pages, schedule interviews, submit their resumes, and chat. In addition, there is plenty of information on the website showing off Prince George and the benefits of relocating here. IPG has also run a print advertising in the Lower Mainland extolling the virtues of Prince George.

Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Baljit Sethi, right, of the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society, presents a community champion recognition plaque to Sandra Cardenas, a human resources advisor with the City.

A video has also been produced using “community champions,” … immigrants to Canada who have made Prince George their home. Several of those community champions were presented with plaques at Friday’s luncheon. “With the chamber and Initiatives Prince George, a considerable amount of money, time and energy creating marketing and advertising campaigns specifically targeted to new Canadians who may be underemployed in the Lower Mainland area,” Oland said. Prince George employers should be seeing the benefits of that work. Prince George Association for Community Living We are recruiƟng male and female employees with full Ɵme or part Ɵme availability to create a posiƟve home life, support people when parƟcipaƟng in community events and assist with planning and implementaƟon of skill building opportuniƟes. You will also assist people with daily living skills which may include personal care. Requirements Ability to enroll in Community and School Support (CASS) Courses 140, 145, 130 & 150, (equivalencies may be considered). Experience with disabiliƟes; knowledge of conŇict resoluƟon/crisis intervenƟon; ability to organize acƟviƟes, establish rapport with clients, observe and recognize changes, and work as a member of a mulƟdisciplinary team.

Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Baljit Sethi of the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society presents Robin Choi with one of the IPG Community Champions plaques. Choi is an account manager at the Business Development Bank of Canada. He moved to Prince George to study and ended up staying after he finished his post-secondary education.

Valid B.C. Class 5 Driver’s License and Driving Abstract; work may require the use of a personal vehicle. Basic computer skills and physical ability to carry out the duƟes are also required. Excellent beneĮts and Municipal Pension Plan provided. With over 400 dedicated employees, AimHi provides advocacy, support and services to people who have special needs.

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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43 years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization MY WAY Outreach Worker (FT) Closing date: October 25, 2013 INTEGRATED RESOURCE FOR ABORIGINAL YOUTH (IRAY) Facilitator (FT) Closing date: October 25, 2013 YOUTH SNOWBOARD TEAM: Snowboarding Coach (PT) Closing date: October 25, 2013 HELPING HANDZ PROGRAM: Facilitator (FT) Closing date: October 25, 2013 A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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GIBRALTAR MINE: ROCK-SOLID CAREER GROWTH At Taseko Mines, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re proud to call British Columbia our home. We are looking for enthusiastic employees who share our vision for long-term, responsible growth in this province. Joining our Gibraltar Mine team makes you part of Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s proud mining heritage. The Gibraltar coppermolybdenum mine is a cornerstone of the regional economy and an example of great Canadian mining in action. Located in the heart of BCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stunning Cariboo region, Gibraltar is approximately 60 km north of Williams Lake. It is the second largest open pit copper mine in Canada. A sustainable mining operation with a 27 year mine life, Gibraltar is undergoing a significant multi-phase expansion taking our daily milling throughput to 85,000 tons per day and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for talented candidates to help us facilitate this. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where you come inâ&#x20AC;Ś We currently have a full time opportunity for:

CERTIFIED JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS POSITION SUMMARY: Reporting to the Foreman, Mine Maintenance the Certified Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic is responsible for performing mechanical maintenance and repairs in the Shop and Field. SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: â&#x20AC;˘ Meeting production and maintenance goals â&#x20AC;˘ Performing maintenance associated with open pit mining equipment â&#x20AC;˘ Contributing to the development of apprentices and, â&#x20AC;˘ Supporting mechanical maintenance personnel in coordinating major overhauls of equipment QUALIFICATIONS â&#x20AC;˘ High School Diploma or Equivalent â&#x20AC;˘ Inter-provincial Trades Qualification â&#x20AC;˘ Open pit mining experience relating to: - Detroit Diesel 4000 Series Engines, Caterpillar Equipment - P & H Shovels, Marion & Bucyrus Drills and Terex/ Unit Rig/Komatsu Haul Trucks COMPENSATION Gibraltar offers an excellent benefit package which includes competitive salary, a Registered Retirement Savings Plan and relocation assistance to Williams Lake. Qualified applicants, eligible to work in Canada, are invited to explore this opportunity by submitting a cover letter and detailed resume outlining your qualifications and experience. Please visit us at under the careers section to electronically submit your application or learn more about our New Prosperity, Aley and Harmony projects. We thank all candidates who express interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Your application to this posting is deemed to be consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of personal information for the purposes of recruitment. Gibraltar Mines respects the privacy of all applicants and the confidentiality of personal information and we will retain this information for a period of six months.

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SENIOR COORDINATOR, HUMAN RESOURCES Taseko Mines Limited (Taseko) is a mining exploration, development and production company. Our main assets are the Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine just north of Williams Lake, the Prosperity gold-copper project, south west of Williams Lake, as well as the Harmony gold prospect in the Queen Charlotte Islands and Aley niobium prospect north west of Mackenzie, BC. At Taseko Mines we are growing our Gibraltar operations, delivering exciting new projects, and investing heavily in the communities where we live and work. Our formula for success is combining a working environment and community that allows our employees and their families to thrive. Our Operational Investment in Gibraltar includes: • • • •

Since re-opening Gibraltar in 2004 Taseko has invested nearly $700 million in new state-of-the-art mining and milling equipment. Investment in the mine’s production capability from 80 million to 180 million pounds of copper per year. We have expanded the workforce to 680 employees working at Gibraltar, making us the largest private sector employer in the Cariboo. Based on our investment the current mine life of Gibraltar is estimated to be an additional 25 years and will be the second largest open-pit mine in Canada.


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in our fast growing Terrace location. We are a large dealer of Stihl products and handle Toro and Briggs and Stratton as well. We offer a competitive wage and benefit programs. You must have experience and be very customer service orientated. Some training will be provided through Stihl Canada courses. Accepting applications from current enrolled apprentices. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. Send resumes via email or fax 250-635-4161

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Qualified applicants, eligible to work in Canada, are invited to explore this opportunity by submitting a cover letter and detailed resume outlining your qualifications and experience. Please visit us at under the careers section to electronically submit your application or to learn more about our New Prosperity, Aley and Harmony projects. We thank all candidates who express interest; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Your application to this posting is deemed to be consent to the collection, use and necessary disclosure of personal information for the purposes of recruitment. Gibraltar Mines respects the privacy of all applicants and the confidentiality of personal information and we will retain this information for a period of six months.

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As part of our continuous growth we are currently sourcing a Senior Coordinator, Human Resources at our Gibraltar Mine to complement our world class team. If you have relevant qualifications, operational experience, and a desire to improve your career and quality of life, we’d be honored to have you consider Gibraltar Mines.

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Growing Logging Company looking for experienced logging operators, for Fernie B.C./Elk Valley area. Must be reliable and hardworking. Wages based on experience. Please email resume, with references and up-to-date contact information to Positions available immediately. Local trucking company seeks chip haul drivers afternoon shift, Class 1 experience required. Resumes can be dropped off at Ryler Bulk Ltd. located at 3082 Cariboo Hwy 97 S. (150 Mile) or faxed (250) 296-3324 Raju Enterprises Ltd dba Panago Pizza in Prince George is hiring two fulltime cooks with three years experience in making pizza, chicken wings, bread sticks, salads, prep etc. supervise kitchen helpers and inspect kitchen area. High school pass with knowledge of English. Salary would be $ 13.50 per hour with 40 hours week. Interested applicants email resume to: store028. WANTED PROCESSING contractor for interior operation to start immediately. Call 1-604819-3393.

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People in Pursuit of Excellence Conifexâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;through astute strategic acquisitions and strong leadershipâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is emerging as a major national player in the forestry and sawmilling industry. Operationally, our approach is to blend state-of-the-art technology with the expertise of people who believe in the value of excellence. Together, we can achieve our vision to become a premier forest products company. :HDUHQRZDFFHSWLQJDSSOLFDWLRQVIURPTXDOLĂ&#x20AC;HGLQGLYLGXDOV preferably with sawmill experience, for a:

Human Resources Coordinator Maternity leave position at our Mackenzie, BC facilities from Jan 2014 - April 2015 As a key business partner in our organization, you will leverage your skills to optimize organizational performance, strengthen our people strategy, enhance the employee experience and help forge strong working partnerships with our stakeholders. Training, development and recruitment will fall under your purview, as will the full spectrum of functions associated with employee relations and safety. Along with completion of a recognized human resources program, you have at least 2 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience as an HR generalist. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an effective communicator and a skilled presenter with considerable knowledge of the principles, SROLFLHVDQGSURJUHVVLYHSUDFWLFHVRI\RXUĂ&#x20AC;HOGÂłDQG\RXSXW your focus squarely on the client. Your IT SURĂ&#x20AC;FLHQF\FRPSOHWHVWKHSLFWXUH Pursue excellence in your careerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;apply by emailing your rĂŠsumĂŠ by November 15, 2013 to:

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Employment Trades, Technical AUTOMATED TANK Manufacturing Inc. located in Kitscoty, Alberta, is looking for experienced welders. Competitive wages, proďŹ t sharing bonus plus manufacturing bonus incentive. Full insurance package 100% paid by company. Good working environment. Keep your feet on the ground in a safe welding environment through in hole manufacturing process. No scaffolding or elevated work platform. Call Cindy for an appointment or send resume to: cindy@ 780-846-2231 (OfďŹ ce), 780-846-2241 (Fax). PLUMBERS / GAS FITTERS: M and K Plumbing and Heating is the largest Mechanical Contracting and Service ďŹ rm in the East Kootenay region. We are currently in need of CONSTRUCTION PLUMBERS AND GAS FITTERS - BOTH JOURNEYMEN AND APPRENTICES - to provide expertise and technical skill to our industrial construction customers in the ELK VALLEY. We expect this project to continue through the winter with 10 on 4 off shifts of 10 hour days. The position will pay hourly, plus overtime, plus Living Out Allowance. WEBSITE:

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Invest your future with one of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest lumber companies Planer Supervisor (Grand Forks) International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) Interfor is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. The Company has annual production capacity of more than 2.2 billion board feet and offers one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world. For more information about Interfor, visit our website at Interfor is currently recruiting for a Planer Supervisor for our Grand Forks mill based in the southern interior of British Coumbia. The successful candidate will be responsible for the safe processing / packaging of lumber through the Planer. The ideal candidate must be self-motivated with strong organizational and communication skills and have the ability to work independently within our team framework. Position Details: Major Responsibilities: tSets and communicates direction , engage and support team members to achieve excellence in all areas tManage safety first â&#x20AC;&#x201C; lead by example, operate to highest standards and conform to all regulations tEnsure quality standards and order specifications are met on the wide range of products. tPlaner manning tPlaner production and efficiency, Supervise shift production and maintenance activities to ensure compliance with all site protocols (safety, hot work, environmental etc) tBudgeting (Cost containment / Inventory control / Scheduling) Required competencies: tStrong organizational and leadership skills tExcellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work effectively at multiple levels in a highly interactive / energetic team environment tDetail and results oriented tStrong problem analysis and troubleshooting skills tStrong data and decision analysis skills The ideal candidate will possess the following preferred qualifications: tHigh school diploma or equivalent. tMinimum of 5 years experience in an industrial setting tMinimum of 2 years supervisory experience, preferably in a Planer tStrong computer skills utilizing Windows based programs and MS Office tA recognized lumber grading ticket To express interest in this opportunity, please apply on line at We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All applicants offered a position must successfully complete a pre-employment drug test and background check. Interfor is an Equal Opportunity Employer building a capable, committed, diverse workforce.


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Heavy Duty Mechanic As a Heavy Duty Mechanic, you will be responsible for the maintenance, overhauling, reconditioning and diagnosis of gas/diesel powered wheel loaders, forklifts, skidders, material handlers, dozers, pick-ups, manlifts, etc. The successful candidate must be familiar with systems such as: fuel, brakes, steering, suspension, tracks, undercarriage, hydraulics, transmission, emission control & exhaust, electrical, heating and air conditioning. Ideally you will possess journeyman status (Red Seal preferred) or be an indentured 3rd or 4th year apprentice. Please forward your resume by November 8, 2013 to: Anne Currie Human Resources Assistant Babine Forest Products Limited Confidential fax 503-291-5591 Babine Forest Products, working jointly with First Nations, provides equal opportunity for employment including First Nation status privileges. We offer competitive compensation, benefits and the potential for career advancement. We wish to thank all those who apply; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Gallo takes pair of Mayhem titles Local armwrestler dominates division at a major competition in Edmonton Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress. com Dan Gallo met a legend and won a couple of titles on the weekend. Not a bad way to spend some time in Edmonton. Gallo, a Prince George armwrestler, was in Edmonton to compete at Mayhem in the Mall at West Edmonton Mall. “It was an awesome tournament,” he said Monday. “Numbers have been down at the provincial tournaments so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this was big. There were 12 or 13 people in each weight class, I think.” Photo submitted Gallo won both events Prince George armwrestler Dan Gallo, right, squares up against many-time world chamat 176 lbs. but it was a pion John Brzenk during Mayhem at the Mall different road to victory at West Edmonton Mall on the weekend. in each. “Kelly Leitch beat me arm, just beat me clean. He was really least year in the right-arm event, but I quick.” beat him this year. It was a good bout.” So Gallo settled back in and came When he switched to his left arm up with a new strategy. for the final against Neil Looker, he “I managed to slip out a couple of got an unpleasant surprise. times, so they had to strap us up, put “He flashed me first time on the left a strap around our hands so we had to

stay locked.” Gallo’s toughest fight may have come before the event, when he had to take some weight off. “I was up around 200 pounds, so the wife put me on a pretty strict diet, and I was able to get down.”

With the strap on, Gallo managed to down Looker to claim the left-arm title as well. “Those qualify me for the National Armwrestling League events in Ohio in January, but I won’t be able to afford to go.” The Edmonton event also gave

Gallo the chance to meet John Brzenk, a multiple world champion in armwrestling. “It was the first time I’d met him. He looks massive when you see him on video, but he isn’t really all that big in person. “He was a really nice guy.”





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Lightning looking more like molasses in keeping Brett Connolly up At the age of 21, former Prince George Cougars captain, Brett Connolly was set to solidify a spot with the Tampa Bay Lightning. One can only imagine Connolly’s

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Lightning and furthermore was plus four. For his To refresh your memory, the top 12 picks in the efforts, the one-time Cariboo Cougar, who played 2010 draft were: Taylor Hall (Edmonton), Tyler most of his minor hockey in Prince George, was Seguin (Boston), Erik Gudbranson (Florida), demoted to the Tampa’s AHL farm Ryan Johansen (Columbus), Nino club, the Syracuse Crunch. Huh? Niederreiter (NY Islanders), Connolly, Connolly was recalled by the Jeff Skinner (Carolina), Alexander Lightning last week and played in Burmistrov (Atlanta), Mikael Granone game, a 3-1 victory over Minnelund (Minnesota), Dylan McIlrath sota. He had a mere 9:38 of ice time, (NY Rangers), goalie Jack Campbell then was scratched in the Tampa 5-0 (Dallas), and Cam Fowler (Anaheim). loss to Boston. After that Saturday Three of these picks below Connolly game against the Bruins, Connolly are regulars in the NHL (Skinner, Burwas returned to Syracuse for the mistrov and Fowler) as are the top five “umpteenth” time. picks in that draft. It’s only natural for Since being selected in the first Connolly to question why all those top HART BEAT round, sixth overall, in the 2010 2010 picks are getting opportunities to HARTLEYMILLER shine and he isn’t even though at times NHL Draft, Connolly has been Tampa’s yo-yo, going back and he has shown the ability to play in the forth between the Lightning and the Crunch. He “Bigs”. played 68 games with the Lightning in the 2011When I spoke with Brett this summer at the 12 season (15 points, 30 PIM and -9) as Tampa P.G. Cougars charity golf tournament, he was did not want to return him to the WHL. He then excited about the opportunity to play for Jon suited up for 71 games with the Crunch in the Cooper, the Tampa head coach who was born in 2012-13 season (63 points, 53 PIM and plus 19). Prince George in 1967, especially after playing for Since leaving P.G., he has played 74 games with him in the minors last year; however the LightTampa and 74 regular season games with Syraning have certainly been cautious, to say the least, cuse. with his development. In a recent interview with the Tampa Tribune, Connolly tried to remain optimistic: “You have to Does your great continue what you’re doing, and they have their room, kitchen or lines set. I know my opportunity will come, it’s outdoor living area just a matter of when that is. I just have to keep need a makeover? improving on my game.” Describe what Lightning GM Steve Yzerman had plenty of you would do… words of wisdom on Connolly in discussion with get votes & WIN! the Tampa Bay Times. “I feel he played extremely well throughout $10,000 camp, well enough to earn a spot on this team. to transform I want him playing in the top nine. I want Brett your space with playing a lot of minutes. I don’t want him playing natural gas... GREAT ROOM on the fourth line. There’s no plan to leave him there (Syracuse) for any period of time, whether OUTDOOR KITCHEN LIVING it be one game or the entire season. He’s going to get his chance and he’s going to be a very good player for us.” I realize that the politically correct things are being said but there are mixed messages. On one Presented by: hand Yzerman praises Brett, but on the other hand, he has mostly played in the minor leagues in the last year. ENTER A PHOTO OF YOUR SPACE: Yes, Connolly’s situation is all about development, but that still doesn’t mean that Connolly is overjoyed with his current situation, nor should click on RENO ME… he be. The waiting game is never fun, especially when it is clear there’s no timetable for it to end

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Cougars get back to home ice Allan Wishart The staff and players of the Prince George Cougars have been watching some movies this week. With the Calgary Hitmen coming to the CN Centre for games tonight (Friday) and Saturday, Cougars coach Mark Holick says they’re going to go to the video. “We’re going to watch some of their games (Tuesday and Wednesday) and then get some film so we can get a look at them.” One thing he already knows about the Hitmen, who lead the Eastern Conference of the WHL. “They’re a very solid team. They’re good 1 through 12 up front, they’ve got six good defensemen. “We’ve got to be ready for them.” The Cougars are probably glad to back home after a gruelling road trip over the past week and a half. They finished that trip on the weekend, beating Seattle 5-4 in a shootout win Friday, then dropping a 3-1 decision

to Kelowna on Saturday. About a month into the season, Holick says the Cougars are still working towards their potential. “We’re always a work in progress. We’re not breaking any records, so we have to keep working on all the aspects of our game.” With that said, though, there are a couple of things he has been happy wit recently, as well as one he’s not so happy about. “Our powerplay and penalty kill numbers are slowly creeping up, so that’s good. I’m not crazy about our goals allowed, though. We’re trying to keep it to three a game, and we’ve missed that target recently.” After the Hitmen finish their doubleheader, the Cougars stay at home for games against the Vancouver Giants next Tuesday and Wednesday. Holick says a pair of injured players are still on the shelf. “David Soltes and Jari Erricson are still both week-to-week, but I would say Soltes is closer to being ready to come back.”

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Kings home for rare games Local team in middle of 13 road games in 17-game stretch Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress. com Getting three points from a possible six on the road in the BCHL isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a bad weekend. But Prince George Spruce Kings coach Dave Dupas felt the team could have done better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We deserved to win Saturday (a 4-4 tie with Surrey). We had better chances, we outshot them badly. It was just one of those games.â&#x20AC;? Garrett JAMES/Special to Free Press The weekend started Chad Staley of the Spruce Kings looks for a teammate to pass to durbadly with a 6-1 loss to ing Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game in Langley against the Rivermen. The Kings won those same Eagles. the game 3-1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That game was actugame. We got the lead and kept end, and the trio combined for 10 ally closer than the score them away. points in the two games, including shows,â&#x20AC;? Dupas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was 2-1 â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then we took three penalties six of the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven goals. about halfway through the third â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just took off,â&#x20AC;? Dupas said. period, and we got a two-on-none in a row in the third period, they scored to make it 2-1, and we were â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably keep them tobreak. Their goalie made the first back on our heels a bit. But we gether for now. When Jake Lebrun save, kicked the rebound to our survived.â&#x20AC;? (concussion) gets back, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have other guy, who had the empty The weekend saw the return some choices to make.â&#x20AC;? net, and the puck hopped over his of Brent Lashek, who suff ered a Lebrun hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been on the ice stick. concussion earlier in the season. yet as he recovers. Dupas said Sean â&#x20AC;&#x153;They picked it up, came back â&#x20AC;&#x153;The unfortunate part,â&#x20AC;? Dupas Landry didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play in the Langand scored to make it 3-1. We had said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;is he comes back after a long ley game with a groin injury. He to start pressing a bit more then, absence, right onto the Olympicexpects Caleb Thompson will be and we got caught a couple of sized ice. He was breathing pretty back this weekend, after missing times.â&#x20AC;? hard by the third period.â&#x20AC;? bout three weeks with the mumps. Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrapup in Langley, Lashek played on a line with â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll play a 3-1 win, was just what Dupas Jeremiah Ludtke and Chad Staley Th ursday against Merritt, but heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll wanted to see. in the last two games of the weekprobably be good to go Saturday â&#x20AC;&#x153;We played a really good road

against Cowichan Valley.â&#x20AC;? The two home games represent a rare occurrence for the Spruce Kings at this point in the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in a stretch where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re playing 13 of 17 games on the road,â&#x20AC;? Dupas said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we can keep our heads above water through this stretch, we know weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have a lot of games at

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SPOOKTACULAR College Heights is the site for a 12team junior boys volleyball tournament, which starts at 1 p.m. today and wraps up Saturday. Eight of the 12 teams in the Spooktacular are from Prince George, including two teams each from College Heights and Duchess Park, as well as Kelly Road, D.P. Todd, PGSS and Cedars Christian. Out-of-town teams are McBride, Fort St. James, Fort Nelson and Charles Hays (Prince Rupert). The teams will play roundrobin games in two, six-team pools today and Saturday. Playoffs start at 3 p.m. with the final set for 6 p.m.

Pike leads the pack Allan Wishart Matt Pike has always been a running back. “I’ve played football since I was eight years old,” says the Kelly Road Secondary Grade 11 student, “and I’ve always been a running back.” He’s been good enough at it that coaches with the senior football team wanted him to move up and play the last couple of years. “They asked me to play up,” Pike says, “but I was always a little worried about my safety. I’m a young Grade 11, really, I was born in December, so another two weeks, and I would just be in Grade 10 now.” This year, he made the jump to the senior Roadrunners – and opposing defences wish he hadn’t. Going into play this weekend, Pike leads all AA runners with 1,114 yards, more than 300 yards ahead of TJ Kyriakos of Duchess Park. Pike says he gets the yards, but it’s a team effort. “The linemen do their job up front. A lot of times, they know if they can make a hole, I can get to it.” And when he gets to the hole, as he has shown several times this year, he’s tough to bring down. All that running (about 25 carries a game) does take a toll, though. “I do get tired sometimes,” he admits. “Sometimes I’ll get a 50-yeard run, and I know I’m probably going to get the ball on the next play again.”

Allan WISHART/Free Press Kelly Road running back Matt Pike tries to rurn the corner against Duchess Park at Masich Place Stadium on Friday evening. Pike leads all AA players in B.C. in rushing this season.

Add to that the occasional stint on defense and work as a kick returner, and it makes for a full plate every week. Oh, and he’s also going to school. “Right now, my courses are more aimed at math and sciences, but lately, I’ve gotten interested in a lot of other things, like psychology and art.” As a Grade 11, Pike has one more season of high-school ball ahead, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t already planning

for the future. “I’m looking hard at postsecondary places,” he says. “I’ve got my profile up on a recruiting program, where they list you height, your weight, you 40(-yard) speed, your grades, everything. That gets sent to universities and colleges. “It’s supposed to start hitting me in the spring, with the schools waiting until after the season to get in touch with me.” Meanwhile, he’s focused on

tonight’s game against Nechako Valley Secondary, the final game of the regular season. NVSS won the first game between the teams this year 14-12. “Oh yeah, we’re looking for some revenge,” Pike says. “There’s always been a bit of a rivalry between Kelly Road and Nechako Valley.” Game time is 5 p.m. at Masich Place Stadium, followed by Duchess Park and PGSS tangling at 7 p.m.

High-school football season wraps up regular season tonight There were two close games and one notso-close game last week in local high school football action. The PGSS Polars edged the Correliaeu (Quesnel) Clan 19-16 on Oct. 17. The win moved the Polars to 2-4 and dropped Correlieu to 0-6.

In action Friday, Duchess Park remained undefeated at 6 -0 with a 57-18 win over Kelly Road, which dropped to 2-4. The second game Friday saw College Heights slip by Nechako Valley (Vanderhoof) 2719. The win kept College Heights a game behind Duchess Park at 5-1, while NVSS

fell to 3-3. The final weekend of the regular season opened with College Heights and Correlieu playing Thursday. Tonight, the 5 p.m. game has NVSS and Kelly Road meeting, while Duchess Park and PGSS meet at 7 p.m. All games are at Masich Place Stadium.

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The future is electric AMSTERDAM – BMW has joined the race for the electric car dollar. On the evidence of two days driving the funky-looking all-electric i3 through the narrow streets of old Amsterdam and alongside the picturesque canals of rural Holland, the German manufacturer may have a winner. For starters, it is simply great fun to drive. The lithium-ion battery, encased in aluminum cage below the five-seater cabin, provides enough instant zap to the electric motor to propel the car smoothly to 100 klicks in less than eight seconds. Left the stopwatch at

home, but counting “one-and-two etc.” to count seconds, my lips barely mouthed “six” before the speedo leapt from 80 to 120 km/h while passing. It handles beautifully at any speed and hugs the road; thanks to the technology-laden aluminum platform, that gives it a very low centre of gravity. Turns on a Euro too, as we found during the many U-turns made on blocked streets. Of course, F1 take-offs will suck the battery dry somewhat more quickly but you need not be a snail in the so-called Comfort mode to achieve the advertised 160 kilometres range on a full

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you have a car for the tank, sorry, fully-charged Interior and beyond. Way battery. Plug it in at beyond. As the battery home overnight and you runs low, a two-cylinder, are ready to roar; go for 647cc gas engine, which the enhanced charger sits neatly by the side and raring to go in three of its electric brother, hours. kicks in and generates The remarkable efficiency power to top up the is largely due to two battery. Push it and gas factors. The carbon-fibre The lithium-ion stops will be frequent body is light and regenerbecause only a minuscule ative braking generously battery provides nine-litre tank feeds it. juices up the cells. In enough instant zap However, most folks will a two-hour drive, the to the electric motor get a chance to recharge only time I dropped the to propel the car before too many visits to anchors was when one the pump. of Amsterdam’s kazillion smoothly to 100 There is another hope cyclists cut in front of klicks in less than for those living beyond me. Ruined my score, the eight seconds. Hope. Private companies blighter. are seriously evaluating Accepting the more slugKeith Morgan the supply of fast chargish EcoPro and EcoPro+ gers that top up batteries modes will add 20 and in less than half an hour. 40 km to the range. Eyes will be on the Sea-to-Sky Highway Frankly, in this configuration the i3, is where chargers are now found at Brigood for any daily commute between tannia Beach. And they are popping up Vancouver and Abbotsford and most in parking lots the length and breadth journeys in southern Vancouver Island. of the province as the popularity of The very areas where BMW expects to plug-in hybrid models by other brands do the most business. grows. The i3 offers premium brand luxury for few dollars short of $45,000. Shell out View our BMWi3 gallery and read another $4,000 grand for the unimagmore about the electric car at inatively named ‘range-extender’ and



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Good looks were secondary to me.” Because of her current role, it requires travelling around the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, BC and Alberta with various promotional gear, display units, sample products and more. Not to mention, if she can pack in her sports equipment like her bicycle, snowboard or surfboard in, too, that would be even better. Price was also a factor for her. “I had a budget to work with, and I needed my payments to be around $500 a month,” Amy mentions. “And since I’d be spending a fair amount of time behind the wheel, I’d need something that was comfortable, too.”

minivan-esque vehicles she looked into were the Honda Odyssey, Toyota Sienna and Mazda5. Though the Honda and Toyota appealed to her, it was the Dodge Grand Caravan that had exactly what she was looking for. It was in her price range and had some handy features that would allow easy loading and unloading of her gear. She even really likes its look. Amy tells me, “I can fit two mountain bikes inside with people and still have room for more.” The Dodge Grand Caravan that she selected is the Crewe trim, which also came with some extras. She has a towing package, a rear DVD entertainment system (perfect for passing time on ferry rides!), Stow ‘n Go seats, remote

When chatting about potential matches, the idea of a minivan came up. I saw the excitement in her eyes. In her personal life, she is not the typical minivan candidate. With no children to drive to hockey or soccer practice, some people might question her enthusiasm. But to her, it seemed like the perfect fit. “I was just so excited about it. Minivans make life so much easier and you can just do so much with them,” she explains. “It made a lot more sense than a pickup and much more sense than an SUV.” A few minivans/

keyless entry to the doors and liftgate and more. While she can’t be happier with her purchase, the signing on the dotted line did make her heart beat quite a bit faster. “There’s a lot of anxiety to buying a car. It’s a big purchase and you want to make sure you make the best choice you can.” And speaking of choices, the biggest question when selecting her chariot of choice? “Should I get the white one or the black one?!” she jokingly asked. She went with black. When looking back on the experience and looking at her Grand Caravan, she happily says, “What I didn’t think would be very sexy vehicle ended up being the sexiest to me. And there’s so much space!” Ladies, if you’re looking at buying a new vehicle and would like some suggestions/assistance, email the Car Girl’s Garage and you could potentially be featured in Driveway. Include your name, email address where best to be reached, a little bit about yourself, what you’re looking for and what price range you need to work with. thecargirlsgarage@

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edition of Fusion with an Atkinson cycle version of the 2.5-litre engine and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission (e-CVT). The hybrid’s battery is a nickel-metal hydride type that’s smaller and lighter than competitors and it’s temperature is controlled by air extracted from the passenger cabin. Claimed city/highway fuel consumption is a very impressive 4.6/5.4 L/100km. Fuel consumption ratings for the other Fusion engines are as follows; 9.4/6.4 L/100 km (city/

highway) for the 2.5-litre; 11.1/7.3 (city/highway) for the 3.0-litre V6 models; and 12.7/8.3 (city/ highway) for the 3.5-litre with all-wheel drive. A new optional safety feature on the 2010 Fusion (well worth having) was a Blind Spot system that comes with Cross Traffic Alert, which was a unique to Ford system. Radar sensors in the rear side quarter panels can detect a moving object within a 20 metre (65-ft) range on either side. Great to have when vision is restricted (as it often is)

when backing out of a parking stall. This generation is also a quieter Fusion. Changes to reduce cabin noise levels include an acoustic windshield, thicker frontdoor glass, new hood insulators, additional sound deadening in the trunk and a new headliner in the cabin that’s made with an absorption material. An air filter that removes respiratory irritants and toxins from entering the cabin was also a new standard feature of Fusion. A new standard in-

novation was a fuel filler system called EasyFuel. Not only does it eliminate the need to remove a gas cap when filling up, it reduces evaporative emissions. You simply push the fuel-pump nozzle into a gas tank receptacle and it automatically seals shut when removed. Six standard airbags helped the Fusion attain a top five-star crash-test rating. If an air bag is deployed, Fusion also has a unique emergency alert system that flashes the hazard warning lights and sounds the

an over a 40 per cent yearover-year sales gain that made Ford the top-selling automaker in Canada, in 2009. It was also the year it launched an all-new 2010 model year version of its popular mid-sized family car the Ford Fusion. The 2010 Fusion was offered in SE and SEL trim levels with a choice of a 2.5-litre I4 or a 3.0-litre V6 engines and a 3.5-litre V6 powered an all-new Fusion Sport model with all-wheeldrive. Ford also introduced its first hybrid

horn, to attract attention. An electronic stabilitycontrol system with a brake-activated traction control system was a new standard safety feature. The MyKey security system was made a standard feature on the 2011 Fusion, a spotter mirror, to help eliminate blind spots, was incorporated in the door mirrors and the SE edition got standard automatic headlights. No significant changes were made for 2012. Good reliability, owner satisfaction and low cost of repair ratings helped the 2012 Ford Fusion get a “Recommend” rating from Consumer Reports. Ford Fusion buyers also benefit from having a good supply of them on the market and used prices tend to be reasonable. A potentially great value pre-owned purchase. Prices vary depending on a used vehicle’s condition, mileage, usage and history. A complete mechanical check should

always be performed by a reliable auto technician prior to purchase. Recalls on the 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion: 2010 - A problem with the manual recliner mechanisms on the front seats may cause additional movement of the seat back. Dealers will replace the seat recliner mechanisms. 2010 - A park pawl in the automatic transmission may not fully engage when shifted into “Park” and this could allow the vehicle to roll on an incline, if the park brake is not activated. Dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the park rod guide retention pin. 2010/2011- The lug nuts on vehicles equipped with 17 inch steel wheels may loosen and this could result in wheel separation. Dealers will replace the lug nuts on all four wheels, inspect the rear brake rotors and replace them as necessary.

Price Check - 2010 to 2012 Ford Fusion (October 2013) Year Edition Expect to Pay Today 2010 SEL $11,000 to $14,000 2011 SEL $13,000 to $16,000 2012 SEL $16,000 to $20,000

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renovate: do your home work 1 GOLDEN RULES The Canadian Renovators’ Council of the Canadian Home Builders’ Association offers a number of golden rules to help renovating homeowners achieve their goals. •

Know what you want. Take the time you need to explore the possibilities for your home and develop a firm plan. Begins with the fundamentals - what do you need and how you want your “new” home to look, feel and work for you and your family. Once you have a clear idea of the “big picture”, your renovator will help you work out all the details. Set a realistic budget. Decide as early as possible how much money you want to spend - this allows you and your renovator to focus on the work that is doable within that budget. Experienced renovators can provide sound cost advice and recommendations. Sit down with your lender and discuss the amount you can reasonably afford and the most suitable financing options. Remember that your budget should cover everything that may arise from the renovation, including such items as new drapery, blinds, furniture and appliances. Plan for the long term. Thinking ahead avoids short-term renovations that may need to be redone in the future. Discuss your short- and long-term goals openly with your renovator. Professional renovators can conduct a thorough inspection of your home and offer suggestions for the most effective sequencing of work over a period of time.

Don’t jeopardize the quality of your renovation by compromising on the quality of products or materials. If it’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well, and that means using products that offer the right combination of performance, durability and aesthetics. Experienced renovators can help you choose the best products within your budget.

Don’t choose a renovator on price alone. While it is always tempting to go for the lowest price, you need to consider the implications of doing so. Does the renovator understand what’s involved in your project and have the necessary experience? Will the renovator offer a warranty on the work? Will the renovator still be in business if you need to call back?

Protect yourself. Dealing with a professional renovator is your greatest protection against an incompetent or unfinished job. A written contract spells out the arrangements between you and your renovator and describes your renovation in detail. Professional renovators also carry workers’ compensation, liability insurance and any licenses required by your province.

Don’t buy from a door-to-door salesperson without carefully checking out the company. Before you enter into any kind of agreement, talk with friends and family. Contact your local Home Builders’ Association to see if the company is a member - membership is an indication of professionalism. Also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if anyone has lodged a complaint against the company.


Before making firm plans to put in a new kitchen or add the sunroom you have always dreamed of, it’s a good idea to take a close look at the condition of your home. It’s important to know if there are any underlying problems or repairs or replacements that need to be dealt with in the near future. With a clear picture of the condition of your home, you can budget for both the short and the long term.

Wear and tear. Many items that suffer the most from normal wear and tear are not necessarily expensive to redo or replace, but can make a big difference to the appearance of your home, and your enjoyment of it - for instance paint, wallpaper, carpeting, floor finishes, exterior and interior trim, stairs and eaves.

Components reach the end of their service life. Many of the products in your home have a defined lifespan. Careful maintenance may extend this somewhat, but sooner or later you need to replace them. For instance, after 15 to 20 years roof shingles may begin to curl, disintegrate and lose their ability to keep out moisture.

Structural damage. Over time, cracks may appear in the foundation and brick siding, gaps may develop between the foundation and walls, or there may be other evidence of shifting and movement. Mortar in stone or rubble foundations

Home renovation is a multi-billion dollar industry in Canada that includes public and private organizations, professional and industry associations, manufacturers and suppliers, financial institutions, and dedicated renovation professionals across Northern BC. If you are thinking about renovating your home, there is a wealth of information and assistance available from many different sources. It can help you to decide what you want and how to get it, and ensure a successful renovation that you will enjoy for years to come. Most of this information is free of charge or available at a modest price. •

Contact your local Home Builders’ Association and ask for a list of renovator members and information on the renovation process. Many local Home Builders’ Associations organize special consumer activities such as renovation seminars, open house parades of renovations and displays. Take advantage of these opportunities to get to know the professional renovators in your community and learn about the latest trends, products and financing options.

Natural Resources Canada is the primary source of information on opportunities to improve the energy efficiency of your home through renovation. Browse around on their web site or call 1-800-387-2000 to order various publications on renovation.

Your municipal government can provide information about building codes and regulations, and the permits and inspections needed for your renovation project.

Provincial government departments dealing with consumer and commercial relations may have publications and other information on hiring and working with renovators. Also ask about the Contractors’ Lien Act and the holdback requirements in your province.

Ask banks, trust companies and other financial institutions for information on renovation financing.

Visit building material and product suppliers and browse through their display areas to get ideas for your renovation project. The vast majority of manufacturers and suppliers of building components, products and materials also have websites with extensive photos, listings and descriptions of their products.

may fall out, siding may work loose, and windows and doors may bind. Floors may slope or sag, and there may be cracks in the drywall or plaster. As a result, your home may not be as comfortable, energy efficient or healthy as it could be, and if these problems are left unattended, further structural deterioration may occur, leading to more costly repairs. •

Here is what you can typically expect to find in an older home: •


Moisture problems. Moisture can damage your home and your health. Water seepage around plumbing fixtures can destroy surrounding wood and finishes. Moisture trapped in the exterior walls and roof can cause structural deterioration and create cracks, bulges or stains in walls and ceilings. Condensation on windows can eventually rot wood frames and sills. Molds may grow in both visible and invisible places, and a damp basement may give the whole house a musty, unpleasant smell. Moisture problems should be identified and dealt with before or at the same time as your renovation; this will help to protect your home, improve the quality of the indoor air and ensure a healthier living environment for you and your family. Need to upgrade systems. The electrical system in your home may pre-date today’s equipment-intensive lifestyle and may not be adequate, or safe, for your needs. Your plumbing system may not give you enough hot water or steady pressure for your family’s showers and laundry. An older heating system may not deliver enough heat. You may also want additional items to bring your home up to today’s standard of performance and

comfort - e.g. ventilation, electrostatic furnace filters, water purification, alarm systems and wiring for home office equipment. •

Need to upgrade the energy efficiency. Improving the energy efficiency of your home can save you money and increase your living comfort - fewer drafts, fewer cold and hot spots, less fluctuation in temperature. From caulking to added insulation to better windows, there are many ways to upgrade the energy performance of an older home.

A good first step is to conduct your own inspection. When you discuss plans with a professional renovator, you can expect a detailed assessment of your project - what’s involved, the impact on the whole house and the need to upgrade systems or the structure. The renovator will also advise on other work that may be needed. Renovators may recommend an assessment of the energy performance of your home and opportunities for upgrading. In the event of severe air quality and mold problems, they may suggest you hire an indoor air quality investigator. If you want a thorough and formal assessment of your entire home, from top to bottom, you may want to consider hiring a professional home inspector. Make sure it’s someone, who is qualified, properly trained and insured, and ask for a written report.



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A home inspection can provide you with the information you need for a well-planned approach to renovation and home maintenance. Consider: â&#x20AC;˘

A pre-purchase inspection of a resale home assesses the condition of a home you may consider buying. Is it structurally sound? Which repairs or replacements may be needed immediately or in the foreseeable future? When you buy with the intent to renovate, an inspection can give you a realistic impression of what is needed to bring the home up to the standard you want.


If you have lived in your home for a number of years, a complete inspection can give you a snapshot of the condition of your home - a solid starting point for a full plan of renovation and ongoing home maintenance.


A common reason for renovation cost overruns is the â&#x20AC;&#x153;unexpectedâ&#x20AC;?. An inspection will help to reduce surprises that can throw your renovation budget and schedule off track. For instance, an inspection can help identify particular problems needing immediate attention such as faulty wiring or defective heating equipment, which may not be immediately apparent.



Who should I talk to? Most commonly, inspections are done by a professional renovator or a home inspector. Your choice will depend on your reasons for having an inspection done, and the type of information you need.

An inspection can help you assess your renovation ideas - can it be done, what will it take and whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the impact on the rest of the house? For instance, an addition may require a larger furnace or an upgraded electrical panel. Or new energy-efďŹ cient windows may necessitate better ventilation in the whole house.


Now that you have set goals for your project, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to look for ways to accomplish what you want. This next part of renovation planning can be the most fun and exciting. Developing a â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wish Listâ&#x20AC;? involves listing the speciďŹ c features you would like to include in your renovation. You should also give some thought to the importance of each item. Is it something you absolutely need? Or is it something you would like to have, but not essential if your budget canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t accommodate it? This stage of planning is all about exploring design and product ideas and learning as much as you can about what is available. Get out and see what others have done, what new products are available and what type of â&#x20AC;&#x153;lookâ&#x20AC;? is right for your family and home. Here are some ideas: â&#x20AC;˘

Visit family, friends or neighbours and ďŹ nd out what they really like about their home, particularly if they have renovated recently.


Look for design and home improvement magazines at your local newsstand or library. Collect pictures of homes, rooms and products that appeal to you.


Visit new home buildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; showhomes to see the latest in design, construction and ďŹ nishing of homes.


Visit kitchen, bathroom and other retail showrooms. Talk with salespeople and pick up manufacturersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; literature on the types and brands of products you like.


In many communities, home shows are held during the year. Renovators, designers and product manufacturers take part in these shows. This provides an excellent opportunity to see whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new. Check with your Local Home Buildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association for information about home shows.


In some communities, local renovators will organize renovation open house tours to showcase recent renovation projects. Again, check with your Local Home Buildersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Association for details.


And, of course, the Internet is a great source for home renovation information. Visit the websites of Canadian product manufacturers and suppliers, governments and ďŹ nancial institutions.

For effective long-term planning and budgeting, it is important to know when to expect major home maintenance expenses. An inspection can make it easier to plan for future expenses, such as furnace and roof replacement.


Professional renovators: The services offered by professional renovators can vary greatly, and the best approach is to call a few companies. To begin with, professional renovators will automatically examine the parts of your house involved in a proposed renovation in order to estimate and plan your project - thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply part of doing a professional job. Many renovators will also routinely identify repairs and upgrades that make economical sense to include in your renovation plans.


If the renovator is designing your project, the design phase usually includes a thorough inspection. On large jobs, this may entail a â&#x20AC;&#x153;feasibility studyâ&#x20AC;? or an inspection by a structural engineer or other specialists.


Beyond that, some renovators may offer additional assessment services.


Home inspectors: If you want a third-party assessment of the condition of your home, you can hire a home inspector. Ask about qualiďŹ cations, references and proof of errors and omission insurance.


Make sure the price includes a detailed, written inspection report and share the results with your renovator. Together, you will be able to develop estimated costs, a list of priorities and a schedule of work for renovation, repair and replacement that is right for you and your budget.


A successful home renovation begins with good design. Whether you are remodelling the entire house, turning your basement into living space or updating your kitchen, the design of your renovation ultimately determines how satisďŹ ed you will be with the ďŹ nished job. Getting expert assistance in the early planning stages is a deďŹ nite advantage. Experienced renovators will work with you to explore designs that ďŹ t your home, lifestyle and budget. â&#x20AC;˘

For a simple renovation project, you and the renovator may be able to work out the design details in the course of your conversations about the project. If your renovation is large or complex, the renovator may suggest that design be dealt with as a ďŹ rst and separate step of your project.


A growing number of renovation companies have a designer on staff - part of a growing trend towards one-stop shopping. Alternatively, renovators may recommend a designer or architect from their network of professional associates Either way, having a renovator involved at the design stage helps to ensure that your design is practical and feasible from a construction standpoint.


Typically, the design process begins with a discussion of your ideas and a look at photos, drawings or product literature that you may have collected. The renovator or designer will also ask you to describe what you are trying to accomplish and what do you really need and want.


Based on this information,â&#x20AC;&#x153;concept sketchesâ&#x20AC;? are developed, usually more than one to give you a range of options. Often additional ďŹ ne-tuning is needed to complete the design of your choice.


At the end of the design phase, you will have a set of drawings or plans that are the basis for getting cost estimates. The drawings should show clearly what the ďŹ nal project will look like, including close-up details, and be accompanied by a speciďŹ cation list of the products and materials to be used.


When your renovation entails structural changes or other work that requires a construction permit, working drawings or blueprints are required for approval by your municipality. Professional renovators can take care of all the details, including dealing with building ofďŹ cials.










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Step 1 | Get Informed. Knowledge can protect you from risks Home renovation and construction is a complex process. As a consumer, you need to know where you stand, and that your interests are protected. Some things you need to be aware of, and that should be addressed in a written contract, include: • Building codes and permits. Most projects, even minor ones, require a building permit and must adhere to code requirements. As the homeowner, you are responsible for ensuring this happens. Your contractor can usually look after this on your behalf. • Insurance. Does your homeowners’ insurance cover construction-related risks? Call your agent to confirm. Also, your contractor needs to have business liability insurance to protect you from their mistakes.

• Liens. Each province has requirements for holding back a portion of all payments to your contractor for a set period of time. Doing this protects you from claims if the contractor fails to pay suppliers and subcontractors. • Workers’ Compensation. Those employed to work on your property may require coverage under provincial Workers’ Compensation programs. Without it, you could be liable in the event of a workplace injury. • Warranties. Professional renovators provide a clear written warranty on their work. Custom new home builders should provide a third-party new home warranty.

Step 2 | Hire a Professional. Know who you’re dealing with. How can you find a good professional contractor? Ask around. Some of the best recommendations come from friends, family, co-workers and neighbours who have had positive experiences. Other sources of information include: • Home builders’ or trade associations

• Building materials stores • Utility companies • Better Business Bureaus How do you know they are on the level? Professionals provide the following, often as part of your written contract: • Full contact information, including name, Address and phone number • Confirmation of business liability insurance that protects you or third parties, such as neighbours • Proof of Workers’ Compensation coverage • Their government issued Business Number or GST/HST number, and proof of any business licence required by the municipality • A clear written warranty specifying what is covered and for how long

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Four ways to make a rich Christmas Mike Ray A Bid for Change There are a million and one ways to spend your money and time, and with Christmas right around the corner, there will be even more ways to spend both, such as parties, presents, Boxing Day sales, and volunteer work, (and those are just some of the few that come to mind). Thankfully, Christmas is also a time when many people look forward to spending money and giving to others, which is why we generally don’t think twice about it, but here are a few creative tips to help you have a Rich Christmas: Find ways to spend time together – Let’s be

honest...most of us consider our time to be one of the most valuable things we have, so what better way is there to give to others than to give of our time. Find some creative ways to spend time with family friends this holiday season by doing things like planning a night out at a local restaurant, plan a family board game or video game night, arrange a weekly workout session together at a local gym, or even schedule a winter-time photo-shoot with a local photographer not afraid of the snow! Shop local – One of the easiest ways to help grow your community is to shop at the stores that are locally owned and operated, (often these stores will boast this, so it is generally easy to tell which ones are local). By shopping

local, you guarantee that the most amount of money will stay in Prince George, as most local business owners ALSO shop local! When local stores are supported, the community wins! Look for businesses partnering with local charities – When you know that your purchase is also benefitting a local charity, it’s like killing two birds with one stone. Many local businesses partner with great local charities like the Prince George Hospice Society or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George, and will often guarantee that a portion of sales during a specific event or promotion will go to support these charities. Further, many of these charities are also locally run, so again, the money raised also stays right here in Prince George. Be a part of something big – Many organi-

zations like the Salvation Army need people to help run their kettle campaigns or help serve Christmas dinner. Or, perhaps you have a great voice and wouldn’t mind singing carols at a nursing home, or you know of a local fundraiser that needs help selling raffle tickets. The sense of joy that comes about by being part of something big in the community can stir the heart and provide a lasting memory, so don’t miss out! There are lots of great ways to make your Christmas even bigger and better than last year, and although these are only four simple ideas, there are many more out there, so just keep your eyes open and when you come across something that stirs your heart, jump on it.

culling and hunting, and the donor is opposed to such methods, the donor’s values will be compromised. Red Flags: Red flags are financial or operational indicators that are unreasonable or fall outside the norm for the sector. Common red flags include the inability to produce • Philosophy - the organization’s mission, objectives, financial statements, salaries that are disproportionate for the size and scope of the position statements and values. organization and a lack of demonstrable achievements. One red flag that most people • Red Flags - operational indicators that are not the overlook, and is the easiest and perhaps most important to validate, is a lack of support norm for the sector. from or collaboration with peers in their sector. • Efficiencies - the financial and operational conduct Efficiency: Efficiency refers to how the financial conduct of an organization meaof the organization sures up against pre-determined benchmarks, such as administrative or fundraising • People - the abilities and diversity of those who costs and program expenses. Review their strategic plan and see how well their objecwork in and support the organization tives align with their budget. Confirm that they have a diversity of funding sources and Philosophy: Donors should ensure the organizafinances in reserve to sustain an economic downturn. tion’s overall philosophy and mission aligns with their Although much importance is placed on efficiency, it is not the best reflection of own values. Position statements should disclose what effectiveness. the organization supports, and what it is against. Ask People: As in the corporate world, the people employed by an organization are the the organization about their past achievements, what key to its success. outcomes they hope to realize in the future, and what View the backgrounds of the management team, assess the turnover rate and, again, strategies and tactics they will use to resolve a problem. see what their peers and supporters have to say about the organization. An example of how an organization’s goals and a The PREP Framework is by no means a perfect tool, but donors should garner donor’s values can become misaligned is with wildlife enough information to ensure they focus their charitable dollars on capable, fiscally protection groups. Both the charity and donor may responsible, effective organizations with philosophies that align with their values. An share a goal of conserving wildlife, but if the organihonest and effective charity will be willing to answer questions about what they have zation’s population management strategy includes accomplished, where they are going, and how gifts will be used.

A little prep work can go a long way Leanne McConnachie, M.Sc. Vancouver Human Society When it comes to charitable giving, the best advice is this: Choose the issues that have personal meaning and then look for focused, outcome-based organizations whose philosophies and position statements align with these values, who collaborate with or are supported by their peers, and whose financials are generally sound. For a large gift or bequest, split it amongst several groups who use different strategies to achieve similar outcomes. The reason is simple: no single organization working alone is as effective as several groups working together or in parallel to reach a desired outcome. To determine what questions donors should ask in order to choose the most effective charities, there are four key areas for evaluation, known as the PREP Framework:

Carefree Society is your local Handy Dart and Community Bus operator We provide specialized door to door transportation, operating as a shared taxi. To use our service you must have a disability that prevents you from using the city bus. Carefree is dedicated to our Community, continually fund raising for bus replacement and extra service demands. A Legacy gift will ensure our ability to serve your community.

Your gift will help ensure that British Columbians with spinal cord injury (and related disabilities) & their families will continue to receive the essential support and services needed to help them adjust, adapt and thrive - whether they are dealing with a new injury or struggling with the ongoing challenges of living and aging with a physical disability.

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Many ways to give through CNC If you’re hoping to buy a ticket to CNC’s Global Gourmet Fundraising Gala, you may be out of luck. Seats for the ever-popular fundraiser, where donors buy equipment for students, usually sells out weeks before the event. “It’s a great time for donors to get together and enjoy fantastic cuisine from around the globe, created and showcased by our very own Professional Cook students,” said Annette Stevens, CNC’s Fundraising and Alumni co-ordinator. “It gives our donors an opportunity to meet our students, employees and learn first-hand about the array of programs the college has and what we offer to the community.” Since 2009, more than $460,000 has been raised for scholarships, bursaries and equipment purchases during four unique events. That includes Global Gourmet where $246,000 has been raised in equipment purchases for a variety of programs in health sciences, trades, technologies, and university studies. The equipment includes a hospital bed and blood pressure cuffs for nursing; a dissecting microscope for medical laboratory technology; a lead apron set for medical radiography; tricycles for the college’s daycare; a skeleton and skin calipers for kinesiology and welding helmets and tool boxes for trades. “Donors recognize the need for state-of-the-art equipment required for CNC programs and are generous with their donations to ensure we get what we need to get that equipment directly into the hands of our students,” said Stevens. “When I bring up the gala with perspective donors, they can’t wait to get their invitation. Donors who can’t make it that night ask me directly what is on the equipment wish list and generously donate online. “We try and make each and every donor feel special – no matter what the size of their donation.” But Global Gourmet isn’t the only CNC fundraiser held throughout the year. When former CNC student Dillon Adey died in a motorcycle accident on June 1, 2009, his family created the Dillon Adey Memorial Endowment Bursary and an annual bursary.

“That was one of the toughest things I have ever had to do, visit a family (whom I had never met before) in the midst of their grieving,” said Stevens. “My heart broke and bled for them, but we had an instant connection. We have become like a family.” The Adey family worked tirelessly to increase the funds for these awards and by honouring their son, they have helped many deserving students as pursue their dreams. In June, 2010, 144 people teed off at the first Dillon Adey Memorial Cup Golf Tournament that is now held every Father’s Day weekend. It’s how the majority of funds are raised for both bursaries. The 2013 tournament raised $17,032, In June 2013, five students received awards ranging from $500 to $1,450. When CNC’s Medical Radiography Technology program opened its doors to 16 students in September, 2011, a prominent Prince George radiologist decided to step in and help them. Dr. Chong Lim, the premier radiologist in northern B.C. for more than 46 years, partnered with the college to create the Dr. Chong Lim Endowment Fund. It will provide bursaries and scholarships for the life of the program. “We reached our $100,000 goal by selling puzzle pieces ranging from $100 - $2,500,” explained Stevens. “Donors bought puzzle pieces and put family names, company names and logos on a giant puzzle which will be displayed outside the medical radiography lab. “We received exceptional support from our local medical

community because they hold Dr. Lim in high regard and were very excited to be part of this legacy.” CNC’s Dental Hygiene program celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. Based on the success of the Dr. Chong Lim puzzle, the college once again sold puzzle pieces in the hopes of reaching $25,000 in honour of 25 years for dental awards. This time, the dental community stepped up and raised $32,768. The completed puzzle will be displayed in the entrance of the college’s dental studies department. The last five years have been a worthwhile endeavour for Stevens. “The award recipients I have spoken directly to have been extremely grateful for the money they have received,” she said. “From students celebrating academic achievement to single parents or struggling young students trying to juggle their course loads and part-time jobs, each and every one has a story and are thankful for what CNC can offer them.” Interested in exploring opportunities for donating? Contact Annette Stevens, Communication Services at 250-562-2131, ext. 5313 or

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What is planned giving? Definition: Fundraising that involves estate and/or financial planning to facilitate the gift. Estate gifts form 86 per cent of planned gifts. The others include gifts of publicly traded securities, life insurance, trusts, annuities, real estate, private company shares, flow through shares, RRSPs and other noncash gifts. CAGP-ACPDP Definition : Gift Planning is the donor-centered process of planning charitable gifts, whether current or future gifts, that meets philanthropic goals and balances personal, family, and tax considerations. Why is Gift Planning Important? There are approximately 200,000 charities and nonprofits in Canada . Many of them will fail to raise enough funds to support their missions and will eventually cease to exist due to underfunding. The reason for this is simple; these organizations focus on outdated fundraising methods and realize too low a return on their fundraising effort and investment to survive. Canvassing, lotteries, events such as golf tournaments and galas, and direct mail are producing declining returns after cost. Charities must adapt to our changing society and our uncertain economic times by seeking new and more effective methods of raising money. It is estimated that Canadians donated securities worth up to $1 billion in 2006. We hold $2.36 Trillion in our homes, land, income properties and vacation properties. Because of real estate values, large charitable estate gifts are becoming commonplace. One large estate or planned gift can be transformational for a smaller charitable organiza-

tion and the effort to acquire that gift can be minimal in comparison to traditional forms of fundraising. The Most Common Types of Planned Giving Gifts and Their Tax Effect Generally, donors can claim a tax credit as follows: • Federal tax credit is 15 per cent of the first $200 of charitable gifts • Federal tax credit is 29 per cent of gifts in excess of $200 • Donors can claim maximum annual charitable contributions equal to 75 per cent of income • Charitable contributions in excess of the annual limit can be carried forward five years Estates: Estate tax credits are as follows: • Federal tax credit is 17 per cent of the first $200 of charitable gifts • Federal tax credit is 29 per cent of gifts in excess of $200 • Gifts made in the year of death and through the estate can equal 100 per cent of income on date-of-death tax return and can be carried back one year. Gifts through a will usually take two forms: outright gifts of a specified cash amount or a portion (usually a percentage) of the residue of the estate. The residue of the estate is the amount left after the expenses, taxes and other bequests have been paid. Gifts of residue often prove to be the larger of the two forms of gifts. Donors can also leave charitable gifts through testamentary trusts in their wills. Typically, a trust is established to allow the surviving spouse (or other individual) to receive income from the estate assets during their lifetime.

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Your gift of a lifetime - leave a legacy Peter Chipman, BBA, CFRE Dir. of planned giving, Variety - Children’s Charity Every day in British Columbia, people’s lives are enriched by the work of not-for-profit and charitable organizations in our communities. Meals for isolated seniors, equipment and services for ‘special needs children’, summer jobs for disadvantaged high school students, funding for mental health or cancer research or a live performance by a local arts organization are just some of the ways not-for-profit organizations improve our lives. Financial assistance is essential to support this work. A vast majority of British Columbia residents generously give their money and time to local not-for-profits. But many people are unaware that by making a gift in their Will or estate plan to the charities of their choice, they can continue to help people in need and support their favourite cause, far beyond their lifetime. And there may be tax benefits from these charitable gifts either now or later to your estate or both. This is because there may be substantial income tax to pay on your final tax return that a charitable bequest will help offset. The donation can be large or small depending on your means and motivation. It can be money, insurance, property, shares or other assets, but one thing is vital. It needs to be in your Will. Variety - The Children’s Charity of BC is often the recipient of a legacy from the Will of a generous benefactor. Many of these people made the decision to include Variety’s ‘special needs’ children’ in their Will years ago. And many Canadians still have not prepared a Will (approximately 60 per cent) so if this includes you, perhaps now is the time to think about it. Whether you make a charitable gift now or you do so through your Will, you should be comfortable that your generous gift is being used wisely. Variety receives donations and legacies from people all around the province, so here are some examples of how children with special needs in BC have benefited through your gifts to Variety - The Children’s Charity. You have seen our ‘Sunshine Coaches’ (especially equipped vans) on the road for years now, over 570 of them, helping B.C.’s kids get out and enjoy their community. Children’s

departments at hospitals around the province have received special equipment and upgrades from Variety, and we have helped build most child development centres. Now we help individual children and their families in B.C. as you have seen by watching our Variety - Show of Hearts Telethon on Global Television each February. This coming year our Variety Show of Hearts telethon will be the weekend of January 25-26, 2014. This change in dates is necessary due

to a conflict in airing the television coverage of the Olympics being held in Russia in mid-February. So, please be assured that your generous donations to Variety are being wisely spent where it counts, on the children who have special needs here in B.C. And also know that when you make a charitable gift as a bequest in your Will, you are making the most generous gift that you possibly can, and it will last far beyond your lifetime. We call it the Gift of a Lifetime.

Your charitable legacy is told in your life story It is has been my pleasure to walk Canadians through this conversation with charities and now as a service to private clients. When they spend a little time asking themselves the questions above the list comes out: Churches, pet shelters, community cenBeing a fundraiser in charities for over a decade I continue tres, hospitals, hospices, libraries, Colleges and Universities, parks to look out onto a sea of brochures talking about donation and trails – the first reaction is “oh my! How could we forget…”. tax benefits filled with charts of numbers. Now as a philanWhy? Most people give, because they’re asked. Don’t let someone thropic advisor I get asked all the time for quotes for clients else hijack your legacy. as to “how much they should give” in their estate. Leaving a A couple I know are both hard workers but wanted to leave a legacy – by the numbers? legacy that truly spoke to their story. They carved out a day on the Starting the charitable gift conversation with tax numbers weekend, told friends and family they were away and talked about is like asking for the nutritional value of a double ice cream who they are, how they met, what they love in life and what they sundae, the health benefits of roller coasters or the ‘returnwant to make possible for others. On Monday they sent me their on-investment’ of your dog or cat. These are comfort things, giving plan with the note “Paul, we start this week invigorated! they are why life is worth living. Many of our parents wrote Instead of the few charities we support now we have a list and a cheques on the kitchen table to charitable organizations the plan that makes us feel fantastic! You’re right, we worked a lifetime world over because they made a human connection with for this money and it should be a reflection of that hard work and other people in need. our values”. Now don’t get me wrong, they took that plan, gave it Today, many business owners and entrepreneurs of the to their accountant and she optimized it for tax effectiveness. But baby-boom generation ask the same question of charities as it was the dog wagging the tail, not the other way around. they ask investors – what is the impact? Is my money being For most of us, we haven’t written huge cheques to charity in used well? our lifetime – and yes the Canadian tax advantages in estate givThis is your life story told through a well-planned estate – ing are the best in the western world. But shouldn’t it feel good to so take a stroll through your life, it won’t take long, and find help others? Start with that feeling, let your advisors crunch the the points where your values and charities meet. What did numbers. Our team at Scotiatrust can help you with your legacy my parents value? Who helped us when we had nothing? here in Prince George or across Canada. Where did I learn right and wrong? What did my alma-matAfter all, charity starts in the heart, not the head. er give me besides a degree? Why did I start my business? Paul Nazareth is part of Canada’s largest philanthropic advisory I love my pet, where did I get it from? Who cared for my team with Scotia Private Client Group. He teaches with the Canaparents in their final days? dian Association of Gift Planners and the Georgian College.

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You can create a lasting legacy of love for all of BC’s children When you include BC Children’s Hospital as part of your estate plans you could be saving the life of a child 20 or more years from now.

Small Patients Great Needs CNC has been training students in health sciences, trades, and university transfer education since 1969. Your investment in our students is an investment in our community’s future. Purchase state-of-the-art equipment which will go directly into the hands of our students, or honour your loved ones with a scholarship, bursary, or endowment. You will receive a tax receipt for any donation to CNC. Contact Annette Stevens, Fundraising Coordinator at 250-562-2131 ext. 5313 or email

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Top five things to think about when considering drafting your will Approximately 60 per cent of British Columbians die each year without a will. This means that for those individuals, provincial legislation, and potentially the Public Guardian and Trustee, decides who is in charge of your assets, who gets what and

who will take the responsibility of caring for your children. Dying without a will also means that your philanthropic intentions cannot be fulfilled. Procrastination underlies this statistic – sometimes the decisions to be made in a

will just seem too overwhelming. So here is a practical step-to-step guide to the major decisions you need to make to begin your will planning: 1. Who’s in Charge? Someone must be appointed to look after your estate and to make decisions. This person is called your Executor/Executrix. They should be someone your age or younger that has either (or both) the smarts or the technical skills to deal with the decisions that are required. Sometimes this is someone in your life; sometimes your estate might be too complicated or your family relationships are too complicated for a friend or family member to comfortably manage – then you should look for a trust corporation. 2. Minor Children and Guardians. If you have children under the age of 19 then you must appoint a guardian for them in case both you and their other parent dies before they are of age. This is the single most important reason to have a will. No one can ever replace a parent, but both parents must come to a decision for the sake of your children. Too many will plans flounder on a disagreement between the parents over the appointment of a guardian – remember, this is very unlikely to ever occur – just choose the best possible person in your lives. Remember also that a will can always be revised as your circumstances, and your children’s circumstances, change. 3. Don’t Worry about Your Stuff. Many individuals get bogged down thinking they need to provide a comprehensive list of who is to receive their personal and household articles. You don’t! Often the best solution is to simply include a choosing mechanism in your will – pick an order, or have your ben-

eficiaries cut cards to decide an order, and then let them choose. It’s fair, limits arguments and ensures that someone doesn’t get saddled with a piano they don’t want! 4. Who Gets What? If you’re married or common law it’s usually pretty simple – everything goes to your spouse; when you’re both gone, everything goes to your children, equally. There are tax disincentives and inheritance legislation disincentives that make departing from this standard form of distribution complicated – if your situation is more complicated, that is, you’re in a second marriage, you have an estranged child or you or your spouse is a US citizen you need legal advice. An experienced legal advisor will easily be able to explain the best options for you. 5. Giving Back. During your life you have probably been the recipient of many community benefits, public health care being a significant one. Including a bequest or residue gift to a charity(ies) in your community should be part of everyone’s estate plan. Not only does it fulfill your philanthropic legacy but it can be a practical way to limit taxes to your estate. So - the bottom line? Dying without a will is always more complicated and expensive. Try to use these simple tips to break the logjam and get your will done. Remember to seek legal and/or financial advice from a professional to avoid headaches down the road. It doesn’t have to be perfect – you can always change it in future – but it will always be better than the alternative! To request our Guide to Giving booklet or learn more about BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, please contact the Diane Haarstad of the Gift & Estate Planning team at or 604-875-3679. By BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

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Checklist for charitable bequests Malcolm D. Burrows Scotia Private Client Group Should you contact a charity to inform them of a bequest or gift by will? Traditionally, the answer to this question has been “no”. The reasons are usually privacy and a desire to retain flexibility, but it’s helpful to speak to your intended beneficiaries and conduct due diligence. The most basic level of due diligence is confirming the charity’s registration and correct legal name. Registered charities may have different operating and legal names. An incorrect name or designation could cause your gift to fail, which creates legal costs for your estate and trouble for your executor and other beneficiaries. Canada Revenue Agency lists all registered charities online. Getting the name right is just the start. A bequest is probably the largest gift of your life so don’t be shy about asking a few probing questions of your intended beneficiaries. If the contemplated bequest is significant in value or central to your estate plan, arrange a meeting with the charity to ask questions in person. Or you can have an advisor, such as your lawyer or trust officer, ask for you. The following due diligence checklist will help ensure your legacy gift effective and personally meaningful. Charitable Bequest Checklist 1) Use of bequests: What is the charity’s policy on the use of undesignated bequests? Are they spent immediately or are they invested? Are they used to pay a deficit, support fundraising, or pay for the direct programs and services of the charity? 2) Accountability: Are the charity’s annual report and audited statement available to the public? How does the charity report to donors and executors? What percentage of annual

revenue is devoted to charitable purposes? 3) Gift designation: Can your gift support a particular area or purpose? What are the charity’s future priorities? If you are interested in a particular purpose, does the charity share your commitment? 4) Privacy Policy: Does the charity have a privacy policy? Can a donor remain anonymous? If the donor is anonymous, who at the charity will know about your plans? Will a request for no solicitations or contact be respected? 5) Donor recognition: Are donors of bequests and planned gifts recognized after the gifts are received? Does the charity have an optional program to recognize and involve future gift donors during life? 6) Tax Considerations: There are ways to enhance, supplement or even replace a gift by will. Options include donations of public securities, life insurance, and RRSP/RRIFs. What experience does the charity have with these gifts and how willing are they to work with you and your advisors to implement a plan? 7) Staff Gift Planner: Does the charity have a staff gift planner or planned giving officer? Does he or she have any professional designations? Has the planner adopted the Canadian Association of Gift Planners’ Ethical Code? 8) Personal endowment funds: Does the charity have an endowment that makes an annual payout for charitable activities? Are donors able to name endowment funds with their bequest? If so, is there a minimum contribution level to establish the fund? Do donors/executors receive ongoing reports on the fund? 9) Charity Stability: How stable is the charity in terms of funding, staff, volunteers, governance and programs? Will the charity be in existence to receive a gift that will arrive many years in the future?




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Prince George Free Press - October 25, 2013