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Highway 16 becomes Class A Bill Phillips email@example.com With a slew of fatal accidents on Highway 16 this winter and expected increased industrial traffic, the province is changing the highway’s designation. Transportation Minister Todd Stone announced January 21 that the highway, from Prince Rupert to the B.C./Alberta border and Highway 97 north from Prince George, will be moved from a Class B designation to Class A, changing how snow removal and maintenance is conducted.
“A Class A highway has more patrols,” Stone said during a press conference at the CN Intermodal facility in Prince George. “Patrols will take place every four hours as opposed to every eight hours. The maximum amount of snow accumulation that is permitted on the highway before it has to be removed is quite a bit less … four centimetres, as opposed to six centimetres. There will be more snow removal, more plowing, there will also be more salt and sand applications. All told, it represents a heightened level of winter road maintenance.” It will also mean renegotiating contracts with the six highways maintenance contractors that are responsible for maintaining the stretches of highways. Stone expects the
changes will cost the province between $2 million and $3 million per year. “Those dollars I have found within our ministries,” he said. He said the province has looked at the number of accidents and fatalities along Highway 16, in addition to traffic volumes, in making the decision to reclassify the highways. “It is absolutely the right time to reclassify Highway 16 and Highway 97,” he said. “It will immediately improve safety in those corridors.” The province has put $129 million into Highway 16 improvements for past four years. The changes are expected to be in effect by mid-to-late February.
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Education key to future Aboriginal mining group tries new approach Bill Phillips firstname.lastname@example.org It’s no secret that First Nations youth often have a tougher time getting through high school. That results in a tougher time getting into a good career. The solution, says Laurie Sterritt, President and CEO of the B.C. Aboriginal Mining Training Association, lies in the education system. “An effective approach has been to focus on developing individualized education plans,” she told about 300 delegates at the Premier’s B.C. Natural Resources Forum in Prince George in January. “The traditional approach in the education system says that everyone should be treated equally. (Our) experience it totally the opposite of this … Individual education plans are a must-have, not a niceto-have.” The approach is working for the B.C. Aboriginal Mining Training Association, which is tasked with getting aboriginals into the mining industry. “We do our best to get rid of the things that hold people back,” Sterritt said. The association has, in four years, helped 650 First Nations people secure employment. The average wage of those they have helped is about $53,000 per year, 30 per cent are female, and 43 per cent are under the age of 35. It is a challenge, but one that needs to be met, she said, as they battle the obstacles of low self-esteem among aboriginals, fear, and a sense of not belonging. Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press “Think of how hard it would be to achieve a Laurie Sterrit says a one-size-fits-all approach to education isn’t the best way to prepare First Nations youth. personal goal if you didn’t think you deserve a chance to even imagine a personal goal,” she said. “Since we’re often working with canShe says it costs about the same to put a person through “We see success as a transformed country,” she said. “One didates who have not been in the high school system, we’re their program as it does to have that person collect social aswhere aboriginal people participate fully in the Canadian often awakening the ghost of failure.” sistance for a year, so the money is well spent. economy.”
Veterans take office fight to Ottawa Bill Phillips email@example.com Bruce Moncour is a veteran who served in Afghanistan. He was severely injured there … accidentally strafed by an American A-10 Warthog. The injury, a penetrating wound to the head, resulted in doctors removing five per cent of his brain. He was in Ottawa last week, along with other veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, calling on Ottawa to reverse the planned closure of Veterans’ Affairs offices across the country. “We’re calling on the government to halt the policy of ‘delay, deny, die,’” he said from Ottawa. Joining him were a handful of veterans from across the country, including Les Dammann, a former Canadian Ranger who lives in the Prince George area. “Since the Prince George office closed there has been a tremendous strain on veterans,” he said. “Veterans aren’t getting the services and benefits they are entitled to. What message does that send to our veterans?” They were among a delegation of veterans and Public Service Alliance members who were expecting to meet with Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino Tuesday evening. Fantino reportedly arrived late for the meeting and then dismissed the veterans, without discussing the issue. He has since apologized for how he treated
the veterans. The Prince George office was closed in January 2012, resulting in the loss of two client service agents. The office had two case managers in 2007, but when they left they were not replaced. Veterans are now serviced out of Service Canada offices. Veterans say the Veterans’ Affairs offices were geared towards veterans, and that Service Canada offices often deter veterans because they lack private consultation areas needed for veterans who may be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder or other injuries. They say it is a reduction in service. Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer doesn’t agree. “To say that Canada’s veterans will receive diminished service because of the VAC closure is simply not true, as the same services are available at the Service Canada desk,” he said in a letter to the Prince George Free Press. “In Prince George the Service Canada desk is located in the same building as the old Veterans Affairs office.” Zimmer said help will be available at every one of Service Canada’s 600 locations across the country, a dramatic increase from the 33 Veterans Affairs Canada offices located only in urban centres. Each Service Canada location will have staff trained by Veterans Affairs Canada to help people with their benefit applications, answer questions, and assist them in accessing other services, Zimmer said. Cariboo-Prince George MP Dick Harris said
in December he knew about the Veterans Affairs offices being closed across the country, but wants people to wait and see what the results will be.
“They’re trying different ways to deliver help to the veterans in whatever way they can. This is probably the biggest transformation Veterans Affairs has undergone.”
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Wet’suwet’en seek Crown consultation on liquefied natural gas “We still have more work to do though,” Clark said. “I think that was reflected in the letter. First Nations have waited far too long to be a part of our economy and we want to make sure they are included and benefiting from economic development.” While not saying she would meet with the Wet’suwet’en, Clark said she wants to meet with as many First Nations communities as she can. Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen said that Clark is playing lip service to the Wet’suwet’en. “That seems to be the deficit of this premier who wants to do the photo-ops but doesn’t want to do the hard work of actually negotiating with people who matter,” Cullen said. Ogen said that while the Wet’suwet’en are waiting for Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press meaningful Crown consulta- Premier Christy Clark meets reporters during the Premier’s B.C. Natural Resources tion, the province has been Forum in Prince George last month. meeting with LNG industry economic component’ and that choices about the use to “behind closed doors” and expects taxation, royalty and which our aboriginal title lands will be put are the right of regulatory legislation will be unveiled in the spring sitting our community to make,” said Ogen, of the legislature. “By proceeding unilaterally to develop a new industry “Wet’suwet’en people have taken our case to the Supreme on the backbone of our territory, the province is running Court of Canada in the landmark Delgamuukw case where roughshod over those constitutional guarantees.” the Court held that aboriginal title has an ‘inescapable
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with Hedley, he’s somewhat more familiar with the other opening act, Alyssa Reid. “I’ve done shows with her, and we actually just finished up a duet. I think it’s going to be on her next project, which comes out the same day as my new EP.” Having a mix of musical styles can make it easier to find songs, he agrees, but it also makes it easier to adapt songs. “I might hear a song that’s really soft rock and I start thinking how it could sound, so I’ll mix it and fuse it with some R&B.” Sometimes, though, the musical genres thing can get a bit mixed up. “i don’t rap, but I do sometimes write hooks for rappers. I give them something that sounds good, and they go from there. “There are a lot of collaborations going on. I work
with hip-hop people, I work with R&B people.” Lately, JRDN has been focusing on his writing. “I’m still pretty new at it. I’ve only been writing for about six years. I just haven’t had the time before to really sit down and just do some writing.” Now, he’s still not finding it easier, but it’s easier to get things flowing sometimes. “Most of the time when I’m writing, I’ll work with the melody. I’ll get something that sounds good, and I’ll start trying different things. “If I’m lucky, the words will start coming while I’m still on the melody. Sometimes it ends up being a verse that I get going, sometimes it’s the chorus. You never know.” And sometimes, even when he thinks a song is finished, something changes. “I was back home in Nova Scotia a couple of weeks ago, back where I came from, and I caught the vibe of growing up there. “It was the first time I’d been home in months, and it just felt right when I started putting the song together.” Then he got back to the studio in Toronto. “I came back, went into the studio,
and the melody got changed. The concept of the song is the same, it’s still about the same thing, but the song itself changed. It just felt like a better fit. “That’s how it goes. Sometimes it’s the atmosphere, it’s the mood you’re in, it’s the kind of wine you drank.” If you’re expecting a lot of glitz and glamour when JRDN takes the stage on Feb. 14, you’ll be disappointed. If you’re expecting good music, you won’t be. “It’s just me and a three-piece band. I’m not a dancer, so there won’t be a lot of moving around. I just stand there and belt it out.” He figures some of the people in the audience that night might not know who he is, so he’ll start with some of his older tracks, “stuff they may remember hearing on the radio.” Then it will be onto some newer stuff, and he says people will notice a difference. “There’s a slight change in tempo on the new stuff. I stayed away from the uptempo songs. “I’m more of a laid-back guy.” Tickets for the Feb. 14 show at CN Centre with JRDN and Alyssa Reid opening for Hedley, are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations.
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Students Step Up in video Former Kelly Road students put together anti-gang message A pair of former Kelly Road students have been recognized for a video that presents an antigang message. Chelsey Cherkas and Kayla Thorell were named as the winners of the Step In/Step Up antigang video contest. Step In, Step Up is a multidimensional youth program designed to encourage youth in the community to Step In, by getting involved, and Step Up, by leading the charge to prevent gang activity and recruitment in our community. One aspect of this project was an ‘anti-gang’ themed video contest open to youth aged 13 to 18. The video had to be a 60second public service announcement with an anti-gang message. In all, 14 entries were received and from that, five finalists were selected. The winning video was professionally reproduced and
made into a public service announcement for local television. On Friday January 17, the winning entry was revealed at the Cineplex Theatre in Prince George. Cherkas is currently living in Alberta where she plans to enroll in a criminal justice program in the fall, with the hopes of eventually going to law school. Thorell is currently attending the College of New Caledonia and hopes to enroll in the nursing program this September As a reward for winning the competition, both were involved in the professional production of the video and received a $250 gift certificate for London Drugs. Kelly Road Secondary School received a digital video prize package valued at over $1,200. Photo courtesy Prince George RCMP The winning submission beChelsey Cherkas, teacher Rob Bennett and Kayla Thorell attended the screening of the anti-gang video at the Cineplex Theatre recently. gan airing on CKPG
Full slate of events for Black History Month in Prince George CNC and the Prince George African Heritage Society are once again teaming up to present a number of events during the 17th annual Black History Month Celebration in February. Organizers say the events are a way of celebrating aspects of African culture in a wider Prince George context.
“Black History Month celebrates the diverse roots of the nation and country we call Canada,” said George Kaweesi, CNC instructor and Black History Month organizer, in a press release. “These events remind everyone that our community is made up of those from near and far and they share a common goal of trying to make it
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Tuition hike at CNC The College of New Caledonia’s Board of Governors voted Jan. 24 in favour of raising tuition and mandatory fees by up to two per cent this fall. The move is predicted to generate about $100,000, depending on enrolment. “It will help a little bit, but frankly it’s a drop in the bucket as we look to cut another $1.2 million from our budget once again this year,” said CNC interim president Bryn Kulmatycki, in a press release. “We’ve had to cut millions from our budget for several years now and it has become very difficult to do.” The college is working to resolve a predicted $1.2 million budget shortfall for the 2014/15 fiscal year, due to rising costs and overall
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