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Salmon Valley farmer Andy Angele blocks a city truck from dumping biosolids on a neighbour’s property D e Ly n d a P I L O N / F re e P re s s
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About a dozen neighbours set up a blockade Dec. 9 at the entrance of Wright Creek Road and Highway 97 North to stop a city truck from dumping biosolid waste on an area farm. The owner of the land contracted with the city, giving them the right to dump the waste, however neighbours have been concerned since finding out about the deal, worried how the material will affect their land as well as surrounding creeks. Andy Angele, a local farmer whose land adjoins the 117 acres where the waste will be dumped, has been protesting the move since he found out about it. He is concerned that the sloped piece of land the waste is headed for will drain into his land and into the creek. Leaching is also an issue, he said, and he believes that could contaminate the aquifer. During a dry summer, he said the waste could very well migrate onto his property and run-off could bring issues in the spring. In a previous interview, Angele said signage at other biosolid dump sites warn people not to eat anything that
grows above ground for a year and a half and anything that grows in the earth for three years and two months after an application. Angele heard the first dump of waste was scheduled to take place sometime last week, and since then he has been waiting at the junction of Wright Creek Road and the highway alongside piece of plywood held erect with a post with No Sludge On Farmland painted on it. Friday morning the city truck made its way to Wright Creek Road, loaded with waste. “They tried to come this morning,” he said. Angele got on the phone and called about a dozen neighbours, who all came out in support, blockading the road. “The driver stopped, of course. He was very nice. The police came and asked me what the situation was. Then the city officials came.” The city officials discussed the situation with the police. A decision was made to send the city truck back to town. Angele said if it comes out again, he and his neighbours will be ready. “We will keep on trying to block
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them. We had 1,000 signatures on a petition against this. We had support all the way from Australia.” Marco Fornari, the manager of utilities for Prince George, said right now the city is considering its legal options. “For now we’re going to spend the next couple of days reviewing legal plans,” he said. He added there has been a lot of consultation with Angele about the process, which Fornari said is not only safe, but has been in practice in the area for about 30 years. “We more than adequately answered any and all concerns that were brought forward. The application is nothing new. It’s been going on for 30-odd years in Prince George. It is safe.” He added the city has a registered professional hired to ensure all the methodology outlined regarding how to go ahead with the process properly is followed. This includes following setbacks from water courses. However, Angele doesn’t think the process is as safe as the city says and will continue to try to block any dumping. “I will be sitting here every week with this sign,” he said.
An amended agenda greeted the public at Monday’s council meeting, with the new item added being the fourth and final reading for rezoning the old Haldi Lake school to build a women’s treatment centre. The issue of putting the centre in the area has been a contentious one since it came to the attention of residents who were generally opposed to having the facility in the old primary school. When the public hearing came before council, it took more than five hours for all those who attended, the majority of whom were opposed to the centre’s location, to speak. A handful, also passionate, spoke in favour of the centre and its location. Monday night representatives of the centre were on hand, but residents who live in the Haldi Rd. area were scarce, though at that point in the process there was no opportunity for public presentations anyway. “At this point I don’t think it matters if you’re for or against this,” said Coun. Brian Skakun. “But I think with an issue as controversial as this it would have been nice to have it on the agenda as soon as possible even though no submissions are accepted from the public.” He added having it on the agenda would have shown transparency in government. “I can appreciate the timelines involved but I think people in the Haldi area needed more time than they got.” A question to city administration confirmed that, at the point of a fourth and final reading, no public notice needs to be given and no public input is accepted. Likewise, it is not unusual for such items to come to the agenda at the last moment because of time constraints. Coun. Garth Frizzell asked if the conditions, including disconnecting any wells on the property and dealing with some security issues, had been met. He was informed they both were. The fourth and final reading passed with councillors Murry Krause, Lyn Hall and Skakun opposing while Mayor Shari Green recused herself from the process due to her association with Marshall Smith, the centre’s executive director. Smith volunteered for Green during her election campaign.
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Vigil for climate change held at UNBC Disappointment voiced at Canada’s stance at U.N. discussions in Durban Delynda pilon email@example.com
It was a frosty evening in the city, but that didn’t keep about a dozen students, including a few professors, from gathering for a candlelight vigil on Dec. 8 at the UNBC Agora, giving each a chance to express disappointment in Canada’s stance during the climate negotiations in Durban, South Africa. “We need to see the government stand up and make change,” Nadia Nowak, coorganizer of the event, said. She pointed out Canada is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gas, and said it’s time for the countries in that position to take responsibility and change, rather than making those producing the least emissions pay for the lack of foresight. “I understand jobs are an issue, but there are things they could be doing,” said Thomas Cheney, a student at the vigil. He said the government could be helping people move towards phasing out fossil fuels and said there is a growing demand for environmentally friendly services, from transportation to construction, and thus also an opportunity for investors to ben-
efit economically. “There’s nothing preventing the government from taking extensive actions,” he said. “Meeting targets would increase jobs in B.C. and the whole of Canada,” added Geoff de Ruiter, a student at UNBC. “There’s an incredible amount of opportunity that exists,” Cheney said. “It’s unfathomable the amount we can change.” Nowak said previous events at the university were held to bring attention to the climate change issue. “But this is more of a sombre occasion,” she said, adding she was greatly disappointed when she first heard about Canada’s stance during the negotiations. “This is a chance to come together as a community and to build strength as a community.” She said university students across Canada, including those at UNBC, organized an event a week to bring the issue of climate change to the attention of all. Then she said a call came in from the House of Commons that a motion would be brought forward saying Canada would commit to some greenhouse gas reductions. “Youth across the country had been raising their voices every
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About a dozen people gathered at the UNBC Agora for a candlelight vigil Dec. 8 to show their disappointment in Canada’s stance at the Durban climate negotiations. Monday for four months. Now, after Copenhagen we’ve had the wind taken out of our sails.” She added she suspected Canada would soon formally pull out of the Kyoto accord, and was proven correct Dec. 12 when Environment Minister Peter Kent announced the country would withdraw from the agreement, though he set no date for when that would happen. “Canada was asked not to
step down during the conference because it would cripple the conference,” Nowak said. Stepping down means Canada avoids financial penalties that would be imposed after the country agreed to cut emissions to six per cent below 1990 levels by 2012. However, by 2009 emissions were 17 per cent higher than the 1990 levels. “Therefore they don’t have to pay any price. There are no legal
repercussions. Canada is essentially escaping everything, getting off scot-free,” Nowak said. “The richest countries in this are the ones stopping the process.” The vigil, she added, was about acknowledging this while planning to keep fighting. “When we heard this we felt alone, but we are not alone. If we work together as a community we can accomplish anything.”
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Monday night city council established its
select committee on business, consisting of David Livingstone and Janine North as co-chairs along with 19 other members including Mayor Shari
Green. The purpose of the group, as outlined in a terms of reference document, says it is to seek recommendations regarding ways
to assist new and existing business to navigate a more responsive and accountable application, planning and permitting process. It is also to recommend strategies for Prince George to cut red tape and create a better environment for business to grow and generate new jobs, with an aim to assist the City of Prince George in opening its doors to business. “This is a group of business leaders to give a fresh perspective on what we do well and also what we
can improve on at city hall,” Green said. Other committee members will include Green, Rod Bellman, Scott Bilbrough, Betty Bryce, Ron Epp, Garrett Fedorkiw, David Fehr, Kim Gill, Eduard Hausot, Kevin Horsnell, Sonya Hunt, Rod McLeod, Kelly Nordin, Val O’Connor, Todd Patterson, Roz Thorn, George Weinand, Craig Wood and a yet-to-be-named Chamber of Commerce representative. The committee will report back to council by the end of January.
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Council asks city manager to prepare report on what cost-saving review will entail Delynda pilon email@example.com
Council has made the first step in organizing a core review of services at the City of Prince George. At Monday’s city council meeting, Mayor Shari Green said the process was another initiative she’s talked about for some time, along with establishing a select committee on business. Last night the process began with council directing city manager Derek Bates to return a report to council by the end of January outlining the proposed scope of work and review options regarding method, budget and schedule. “Will there be a built-in consultation plan as to how to work with staff?” asked Coun. Brian Skakun. Bates said the report will outline how council and the admin-
istration team will take part in the process. Skakun wondered if the review would look at items like the property owned by the city, the cost of lost tax revenue and whether or not it was more via-
ble to sell property. Bates said the report is more aimed at finding the options on how a review will be done, looking at phases, the depth of the review, scheduling, and cost. Whether or not council decides
to include questions like the one Skakun put forward will be tied with how deep they want the review to go. “I want to ensure once council makes the decision, then we get it to all the employees,” Coun.
Lyn Hall said. Green said communicating with everyone will be key to a successful review. “They are one of the best sources of information on how to do things better,” she said.
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City plans to expand CN Centre alcohol sales Delynda pilon
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sales are expanded, where will liquor be sold? Derek Bates, city manager, said those details would be hammered out and included
in the pilot project plans to come before council in the new year. “At that time there would be a discussion over the
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Candy canes and lumps of coal
anta will be making a list and checking it twice … handing out candy canes and/or lumps of coal. To help Jolly Ol’ St. Nick, we’ve compiled short list of those are deserving. Candy Cane: To Mayor Shari Green’s appointments to the select standing committee on business. There is a terrific crosssection of interests on the committee. It has an interesting task ahead and the committee members have good grasp of issues facing business in Prince George. It could have been a doublecane, though, if there was also the announcement of a similar committee to examine social development in Prince George. If it’s tough for a developer doing business in Prince George, imagine what it’s like for a homeless person. Lump of Coal: Whoever rushed the fourth reading of the Haldi Road rezoning onto council’s agenda in the dead of night. To include such a controversial item as a late item just before Christmas deserves an entire bucket of coal. Whatever the reason, is there no one at city hall who understands that this simply looks like someone trying to pull a fast one, especially when the proponents of the rezoning knew it was going to be on the agenda but the residents did not? Candy Cane: Coun. Lyn Hall who, even though it was only his second city council meeting, voiced his displeasure at the fact the Haldi Road rezoning was added to the agenda and voted accordingly. Lump of Coal: To the Government of Canada for abrogating its Kyoto Protocol commitments with the expressed rationale of: “Well, Johnny doesn’t have to, so I don’t have to either.” One of the best comments came from New Democrat environment critic Megan Leslie who said it’s like the kid in school who knows they’re going to fail a class so drops it before they get a failing grade. But, of course, the Conservatives would love a lump of coal: “Throw it on the open fire, we got rid of Kyoto so now, no problem.” Candy Cane: UNBC professor Dr. William McGill, who was appointed to the Forest Practices Board. McGill, who is also a vice-president for the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, has expertise in sustainable land use, resource recovery and soil remediation. Candy Cane: Everyone who dropped a coin or two, or even a bill, into one of the Salvation Army Kettles set up around town during this holiday season. Double candy cane: Everyone who volunteers their time to help the Salvation Army and guard one of the kettles for an hour or two. There’s still time to help, just call the Salvation Army. Lump of coal: ICBC, for seeking an increase in insurance rates. Candy Cane: Independent Cariboo North MLA Bob Simpson for publishing his MLA expenditures on his website. It’s refreshing to see a politician who actually means it when he says government should have transparency. Candy cane: The City of Prince George and Prince George Transit for the “Food for Fare” initiative from December 15-18. Transit users can donate a non-perishable food item on any Prince George Transit bus in exchange for a free fare. All items collected will go to assist the Salvation Army this holiday season. A stocking full of candy canes: To everyone who helps someone less fortunate this holiday season.
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Canada must take climate-change lead
Editor: Until recently, the federal government argued that, since developing countries such as China and India didn’t have to take action under climate change, there was little point in Canada’s engaging in reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. Now the Durban agreement, the successor to Kyoto, ensures developing countries will assume their responsibilities in this area. There are, then, no excuses left for our country. It is time for Canada to reengage in its historic leadership role on climate change, not continue with its current role as a laggard. Arguments that measures to address climate change are too expensive are simply false. Wind and hydro power are competitive in many places, as are heating solar hot water and heat pumps. Finally, saving energy by using it more efficiently saves money. Reducing emissions by saving emissions can actually make money, an investment superior to anything offered through the stock market in recent years. While taking action on climate change would reduce oil and natural gas production, the world is likely going to move away from oil and gas. Finding economic alternatives to hydrocarbon extraction is inevitable for our national future as jurisdictions such as the EU move towards electric and hydrogenpowered cars. In taking action on climate change, such as through passing
a cap and trade system, Canada will stimulate the development of the industries of the future.
Action to deal with climate change is not only the right thing to do: it is also in our
long-term economic interests. Oil is a sunset sector. Let’s not go down with the sinking oil
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Toys couldn’t be made without help
Editor: The Canfor coffee group toy run started in 1995 under the watchful eye of John Harris. This year approximately 750 toys will be assembled
and distributed, not only to Prince George groups but to agencies in Houston, Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Quesnel and 100 Mile House. We would like to thank
Canfor for supplying lumber, plywood, and hardware; General Paint and Rona Building Supplies for pain supplies; also Brunette Industries and Bear Lake Curling Club for their
support. A special thank you to Velma Senner for organizing not only the coffee group wives, but also the Hart Seniors to help paint and detail all the toys.
Thanks to the Hart Pioneer Centre for giving the group space to do all this work. This is what makes this toy run such a success. Skip Cleave Prince George
Evacuee thanks all who helped
Editor: I want to thank everybody who helped me at the time of the evacuation of Victoria Towers: The City of Prince George for getting me in at Esther’s Inn and also giving us funds for clothing and necessities. Esther’s Inn personnel for taking extra care of seniors, especially Alice who made sure I had everything I needed. The manager of the place I now
reside in for going out of his way to help me into my new place so I didn’t have to put my belongings in storage. Canadian Red Cross for paying for the security deposit and first month’s rent. Also to the Free Press for the article that you wrote about me and the picture you took that was seen by a person who bid for a tree at the Festival of Trees and had it delivered to my new residence. Also
Boogaard column right on the mark about hockey violence Editor: I commend Neil Godbout for his excellent column, “Derek Boogaard story exposes hockey hypocrisy,” in the Dec. 9 issue of The Prince George Free Press.
It provides a thorough, hard-hitting analysis of the attitudes leading to a worship of out-of-control violence in hockey. Paul Strickland Prince George
to the person at Elder Citizens Recreation Centre who gave me the name and phone number of the reporter, without that nothing would have happened. I really appreciate everything you people did for me and I would like to mention how great my new neighbours here are. Thank you again. Jean Patenaude
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Looking for music to fill the midweek title void posted some lyrics on Facebook from I’m sure I’m missing something very the Mark Chesnutt song It Sure Is Monobvious, but why are there no “classic” day on (surprise, surprise) songs celebrating WednesMonday. Judging by early comday and Thursday? ments, I think I was the only And yes, I’m cheating a person who caught the referbit by counting the Rolling Allan’s ence. Stones as celebrating one of Amblings So then I started thinking the other days of the week AllanWishart (using the word rather loosely) with Ruby Tuesday, even about other weekday references though the song doesn’t in song titles. Monday is a big one, with seem to have anything to do with the I Don’t Like Monday (Boomtown Rats), actual weekday. Manic Monday (Bangles) and Monday, I started thinking about this slap in Monday (Mamas and the Papas) among the face to midweek when a friend
the first to come to mind. For Tuesday, as I say, the only thing that came to mind quickly was Ruby Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday, strangely enough, didn’t evoke any song titles in my mind, but I do know both of those days were used by groups as their names. Then we come to the end of the week, and things pick up again. Start with Thank God It’s Friday (Love and Kisses), then segue into Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting (Elton John)
and finish with Sunday Morning Coming Down (Johnny Cash). The weekend isn’t short of song titles to reference if you’re out at a party, and Monday has its share. But the other days seem to be badly shortchanged. Come on, songwriters. There’s a wide area here nobody is taking advantage of. Use your imagination, figure out what separates Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from the rest of the week, write a song about it, then sit back and watch the royalties roll in. Or not.
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Reporter DeLynda Pilon would like the chance to hear what you have to say so every Friday at 11 a.m. she will be having a coffee break at Zoe’s Java House at 1251 Fourth Ave., and is hoping you will drop by to chat. Or just stop in and introduce yourself.
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no way. It’s really cool being I’m the gal who back in Prince George. throws up a tree two I took a drive the weeks other before the night big event, down Life in buys a Candy turkey Cane the fat two days Lane, lane before enjoyDelyndaPilon dinner ing all needs to be ready, the Christmas lights and decorations. I will and is usually out Christmas Eve huntnever, in this lifetime, ing for that one last be organized enough to get lights out on the present for the sonof-a-gun relative who outside of my house. you haven’t seen in Maybe if someone 25 years yet who put started telling me something under your Christmas was coming in a month around tree anyway. By the way, I would September, it would happen, but otherwise not recommend shop-
ping for gifts at a 24-hour convenience store. You might deny it, fellow procrastinator, but you know just who you are. Otherwise how is it all the darned travel mugs were sold last year? It would have been a perfect gift for my second cousin once removed, especially if I filled it with cocoa packs and candy canes. Anyway, checking out the lights was fun, but also a little bittersweet. See, the last time I took that ride, there was a car seat next to me and
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my little guy was sitting there, blue eyes agape, amazed by all those lights. In fact, every time we drove home from the mall or Grampa and Gramma’s (they were kind enough to baby-sit for me while I worked) it was a tradition to take a detour down Candy Cane Lane before we cozied up for the night in our apartment. The Christmas I lived in the apartment, everyone came to my place. My brother, Clayton, got a karaoke machine, and he and my brother, Rolly, sang all afternoon.
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a bit stunned when I call him my little man. He just rolls his eyes and puts an arm around me – and reminds me he’s been taller than me since he was 13. Six-foot-tall hellraiser or not, I know my boy will take a drive with me down Candy Cane Lane sometime this season, and I know it will be as sweet for him as it was for me. I guess
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Andrew Russell as Drosselmeyer and Ashley Bradley as his favourite niece, Clara, rehearse Monday for Judy Russell’s 20th anniversary performance of Nutcracker which plays at Vanier Hall Dec. 16 through 18. Tickets at Studio 2880.
Impaired drivers jailed In Provincial Court in Prince George on Nov. 9: Sandor F. Gabris was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, fined $1,000 and assessed a victim surcharge of $150. Edward M. Noel was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol reading over .08 and false pretense and sentenced to jail time served of 29 days. Leo J. Penney was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while prohibited, sen-
Court docket tenced to 90 days in jail to be served intermittently, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from driving for five years. Steven J. Russell was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, fined $250 and assessed a victim
surcharge of $50. Bobby T. Smith was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and fined $200. Sabina H. Haskell was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and placed on probation for 12 months. Redmond R. Little Chief was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a bloodalcohol reading over .08, fined 1,000 and prohibited from driving for one year.
Sentences given on variety of charges
In Provincial Court in Prince George on Nov. 1: Rory R. Hardt was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking, fined $300 and assessed a victim surcharge of $45. Joe M. Horwath was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol reading over .08, fined $1,000 and prohibited from driving for one year. Andrew Lowley was found guilty of assault and placed on probation for eight months. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Nov. 2: Brady A. Caron was found guilty of resisting a peace officer, fined $500 and assessed a victim surcharge of $75. Robert K. Rickett was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for 12 months. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Nov. 3: Kenneth R. Bishop was found guilty of careless use of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle and possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, assessed a victim surcharge of $100, placed on probation for two years and prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Bishop was also found guilty of failing to stop a motor vehicle when ordered to do so, possession of stolen property with a value greater than $5,000 and possession of stolen property with a value less than $5,000, placed on probation for two years and prohibited from driving for 18 months. Bishop was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to one day in jail. Sharon D. Glaim was found guilty of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and placed on probation for one year. Braiden L. Nolan was found guilty of assault with a weapon, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop a motor vehicle when ordered to do so, assessed a victim surcharge of $50, placed on probation for 18 months and prohibited from driving for two years. Nolan was
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less than $5,000, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Webb was also found guilty of a second count of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, fined $500 and placed on probation for one year. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Nov. 8: Allen E. Belanger w a s f o u n d guilty of driving without due care and attention, fined $1,000 and assessed a victim surcharge of $150. Reid J. Fichtner was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, fined $1,000 and assessed a victim surcharge of $150. Rahim N. Lalani was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Dallas A.L. Williams was found guilty of break and enter, assessed a victim surcharge of $50, placed on probation for 12 months and ordered
to make restitution of $970. Elijah J. Massettoe was found guilty of assault with a weapon, sentenced to 66 days in jail, placed on probation for 12 months and prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Nov. 9: Amanda L. Allan was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 45 days in jail. Larry W. Barks was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while impaired, fined $1,200, placed on pro-
bation for one year and prohibited from driving for three years. Mary A. Carter was found guilty of possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm with ammunition, fined $800, assessed a victim surcharge of $120 and prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Preston P.M. Deveny was found guilty of three counts of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50.
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Prince George school trustees got a lot to think about at an orientation session in Vancouver on the weekend. For new trustee Tim Bennett, having a couple of experienced people on hand helped. “Trish (Bella) and Sharel (Warrington) were really good at helping us ease into
it,” he said of the meetings, hosted by the B.C. School Trustees Association. “I learned a lot.” Fellow trustee newcomer Brenda Hooker had experienced this kind of orientation session before, when she served as a councillor in McBride. “I attended the same sort of session for the Union of B.C. Municipalities. That one was held in Valemount, but it was also more
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of a business meeting. “The focus this weekend was on training and networking, which was great for new trustees.” Martha Piper, the former president of the University of British Columbia, was a keynote speaker at the event, while Education Minister George Abbott also spoke to the trustees. “I give George a lot of credit,” Hooker said. “He gave us some bad news in his speech, saying there would be no increases in the budget this year, and then stayed around to take ques-
tions.” Abbott also announced changes to the funding formula, some of which should benefit Prince George, she said, but they won’t take effect until 2013. Bennett, like Hooker, appreciated the chance to network and also spend time with his fellow trustees from Prince George. “The conference was designed to give us an opportunity for team development. There were a lot of boards with a lot of new members, so we didn’t feel too alone.”
ing enormously pressured by other drivers who were going too quickly. “The speed limits are posted, but you have to drive for the road conditions,” she said. “The Shift into Winter campaign is to help prepare our drivers and vehicles for winter.” She added there are 28 road maintenance contractors who plow the province’s 20 million km of roads. Web cams accessible at drivebc.ca are set up at strategic points so travellers can always know exactly what the road conditions are. “Think before you drive. Know before you go,” she said. Green shared a story that happened to her family which could have ended in tragedy.
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It’s not clear exactly what Amber asked Santa for on Saturday at the Pet Photos with Santa event at Quackers Canine Cuisine. The fundraiser for the B.C. SPCA had a lot of participants, and some people say they heard Santa whisper, “Bone appetit”, to Amber after the session. A lla n W ISHA RT/ Fre e Pre s s
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Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond, Mayor Shari Green and around a dozen first responders were on hand at Canadian Tire Dec. 9 to promote safe winter driving. “As the Minister of Public Safety in the province, I am acutely aware of what first responders do,” Bond said. “All these individuals put their lives on the line each and every day for us.” She said while she was on her way to the event she was feel-
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She said they were driving one spring and her husband was using cruise control. Suddenly it began to snow and it got ugly before he could safely bring it out of cruise. “We went into the snow and started to spin. We passed a loaded logging truck and I remember seeing that red flag pass by my window,” she said. It was fortunate the vehicle struck the opposing ditch rather than the truck. She added, from the city’s perspective, it is important people are aware of snow removal equipment. She invited anyone who knows of a place where sanding needs to be done to report it at 250-561-7600. “Call and let us
know where sanding needs to happen,” she said. North District RCMP traffic services commander Insp. Eric Brewer said he noticed how customers entering the store shuffled their way across the parking lot in order to avoid falling on the ice. Shoes, he added, are much like tires, and he wondered why people didn’t take as much thought about driving on ice. “We’ve talked about slowing down. The speed limit is for optimum driving conditions,” he said. He added there are a number of safety features in modern vehicles that help people when roads are poor, however they can only do so much. “They don’t work if
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you exceed the ability of them to help you,” he said. He said wearing a seat belt is another way to improve your chances of avoiding injury in case of a collision. “There is a significantly greater chance of surviving if you wear a seat belt,” he said. Keeping a kit in the car with emergency equipment in it is another good idea, he added. Canadian Tire service manager Guy Cote suggested such a kit should contain things like a blanket, cones with reflective stripping, booster cables, a flashlight, gloves, a small shovel, and a snow brush with a scraper. He added winterizing your car means getting some advice about the best tire for you, whether it is one that excels in snow or packed snow and ice, or a hybrid of the two. Wipers should be winterized as well, he said, and it doesn’t hurt to have a hydrometer test done on your fluids to ensure they can stand at least -45 degrees Celsius. The battery should be tested to ensure it is charging properly and the car should have a block heater to keep it starting on cold winter mornings. “But the most important thing is to drive for the road conditions and have the vehicle ready for winter,” he said.
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The Cariboo Cougars split a road doubleheader against the Fraser Valley Bruins on the weekend. They opened the two-game set with a 4-2 victory over the Bruins on Saturday night. The home team won 5-4 on Sunday. The Cougars (14-5-3) are clinging to first place. They’re tied with the Vancouver North West Giants (13-3-5) with 31 points, but have one more victory. This weekend, the Cougar and Giants meet in a Kin 1 doubleheader, Saturday at 7:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Prince George native Brett Bulmer survived Tuesday morning’s cuts at Canada’s selection camp in Calgary for the World Junior Hockey Championships. The Canadian team staff released seven players, leaving 35 players on its roster. The final 22-man roster was scheduled to be announced this morning. Felow Prince George minor hockey product Brett Connolly is also with the team, loaned by the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning The final roster will be the host squad at the World Junior Hockey Championships, scheduled for Dec. 26 to Jan. 5 in Edmonton and Calgary.
The visitors got on a roll at the right time. The hockey tournament hosts, in the words of their head coach, “ran out of gas.” The result was a 4-0 Terrace victory over the host Integris Credit Union Bantam Tier 2 Cougars in the final of a five-team event on the weekend at the Kin Centre. In the championship game, played Sunday afternoon at Kin 1, Terrace scored three third-period goals to seal the title. It marked the Cougars’ only defeat of the weekend as they entered the final with a 5-0 record. “We played extremely well,” Cougars head coach Wes Scott said. “I think probably the Number 1 factor is we had five of our regulars out of the lineup due to different injuries, so we had three (affiliated players) who played for us from bantam club, and for us to get to the final – really we were undefeated the whole tournament – we just literally ran out of gas.” Terrace finished third in the round robin at 2-2, with losses to Prince George (5-4) and Fort St. John (7-4), the same teams they defeated in the playoff round. In their semifinal round, Terrace edged second-seeded Fort St. John 3-2 in a shootout while the Cougars downed fourth-ranked Dawson Creek 3-1. Burns Lake rounded out the field of teams in the competition. A banged-up bunch, the Cougars played on the weekend without the services of defencemen Jared Stevens (wrist) and Brandon Sande (knee) and forwards Ben Paul (concussion), Garrett Hilton (shoulder) and Parker Dowhy (rib). Scott is hopeful each of the five players will be back in game shape in January. With their onice absence, affiliated forwards Jax Bailey, Tyson Ghostkeeper and Dylan Krahn saw ice time.
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Dylan Krahn of the Integris Credit Union Bantam Tier 2 Cougars skates in for a wrist shot against Terrace on Sunday, during the final of a five-team tournament at the Kin Centre. Like the Cougars, Terrace was short of full strength on the weekend. They were missing forwards Jack Lofroth (broken collarbone) and Ryan Kawinsky (ankle sprain) in the final. “We had a lot of injuries, a lot of guys that were hurt and we got enough of a crew together for the last couple of games to play some good hockey,” said Jesse Schroeder, head coach of the Terrace squad with a name sponsor of MacCarthy Motors GM. Terrace had several players rise to the occasion in the last couple of games. Goalie Dion Johnston recorded the shutout in the final, while forward Fred Mowatt scored the shootout winner against Fort St. John. The semifinal shootout, on Sunday morning, saw Terrace and Fort St. John go through five skaters each. “I’ve been coaching the bantam team here, well this is my second year and we’ve never had a situation like that so it’s pretty cool for the guys,” Schroeder said. “They
always practice their breakaways at the end of their practices and it’s not too often that they actually get to do the real thing, so it was a pretty neat experience. “ Scott wasn’t short of words when asked to comment on the tournament champions from Terrace, who also won a competition in Quesnel in October. “They’re a very strong club. They’re one of the top teams in their category in the province. They’ll be competitive at the provincial stage at the Tier 3 level, so it’s a good measuring stick for us,” he said. “They handled us quite a bit earlier this year quite easily, so for us to come back and beat them and be competitive with them tells us that we’re making huge headway.” The Cougars also edged Dawson Creek 2-1, doubled Fort St. John 4-2 and outscored Burns Lake 5-1. Terrace downed Dawson Creek 7-4 and blanked Burns Lake 8-0. Fort St. John defeated Burns Lake 7-2 and downed Dawson Creek 5-3.
Dawson Creek and Burns Lake tied 3-3 to finish with the same 0-3-1 record, but Dawson Creek finished fourth for having a lower goals for and against differential. The Kin Centre was booked on the weekend for the Farr Fabricating Bantam Tier 1 Cougars’ tournament. But since the Farr Fabricating squad couldn’t attract Tier 1 teams as it had hoped, the Integris Credit Union team stepped in to play the role of host. The Integris Credit Union club is hosting its own tournament Jan. 27 to 29 at the Kin Centre. Terrace, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek are returning for an event rounded out with visitors from Quesnel, Williams Lake, Smithers and Fairview, Alta. The Cougars will also meet Williams Lake in Tier 2 provincial playdowns in February. “We’ve come a long ways,” Scott said. “The beginning of the year we were losing to teams significantly and now we’re beating them and have become very competitive.”
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Kings go loss, tie, win on busy weekend AListair McInnis
The Prince George Spruce Kings surrendered the first goal in Salmon Arm on Sunday. But they replied with four of their own. The end result, a 4-1 victory for the visitors over the SilverBacks, improved the Spruce Kings’ record to 13 wins, 12 losses, two ties and three overtime defeats (13-12-2-3). They’re tied with the Vernon Vipers (14-12-1-2) with 31 points, but with one less win, are fifth in the eight-team Interior Conference. And at 30 games played, the Spruce Kings have reached the halfway mark of their 60-game regular season schedule. The Spruce Kings wrap up the pre-Christmas portion of their 2011-12 schedule this weekend with three road games in as many days. After meeting the Chilliwack Chiefs on Friday evening, they’ll make a short drive east to meet the Langley Rivermen on Saturday night. In their final game before a 10-day Christmas break, they battle the Surrey Eagles on Sunday afternoon. In Sunday’s victory in
Salmon Arm, defenceman Ben Woodley led the Spruce Kings offensively with one goal and two assists. Forward Paul De Jersey had a two-point game with a goal and an assist. Jujhar Khaira, De Jersey’s linemate, and Myles Fitzgerald (empty net) also scored for the visitors. SilverBacks forward Morgan Zulinick opened the scoring at 6:49 of the first period. Kirk Thompson picked up the victory in goal for the Spruce Kings and was named the game’s first star. The Spruce Kings outshot the SilverBacks 42-28, with netminder Kurt Williams taking the loss at the other end despite a 38-save performance. The Spruce Kings finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while Salmon Arm couldn’t score on five opportunities with the extra man. The SilverBacks are seventh in the conference at 10-15-0-5, six points behind the Spruce Kings and one in arrears of the sixth-place Westside Warriors (10-141-5). The SilverBacks play in the Nicola Valley against the Merritt Centennials on Friday. Before their home game
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Surrounded by Merritt Centennials, Spruce Kings forward Jujhar Khaira tries maintaining possession of the puck in front of goalie Lino Chimienti during Friday night’s B.C. Hockey League game at the Coliseum. Chimienti and his teammates had the last laugh in a 4-3 Centennials win. against the Penticton Vees on Tuesday night, the Centennials were second in the conference at 17-8-2-4. With 56 points, Penticton (27-3-0-2) had a commanding lead while the thirdplace Chiefs (18-9-0-1)
have 37 points. The basement-dwelling Trail Smoke Eaters (5-211-3) round out the conference. The Spruce Kings opened the weekend with a 4-3 loss to the Centen-
nials at the Coliseum on Friday night. On Saturday evening in Kelowna, they tied the Warriors 3-3. After taking a break for Christmas, the Spruce Kings resume their schedule on Dec. 28 at Chilli-
wack. Their final contest of 2011 is a home game against the Smoke Eaters on Dec. 30, the start of a three-game homestand that wraps up with a doubleheader against the Warriors on Jan. 5 and 6.
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Cougars win streak reaches three games AListair McInnis
The Prince George Cougars must enjoy playing in Seattle and Spokane these days. Two weeks after picking up wins in the U.S. against the Seattle Thunderbirds and Spokane Chiefs, the Cougars returned to the teams’ home arenas and once again
skated away victorious. Saturday night’s victory at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena was a shootout thriller in come-from-behind fashion, a 4-3 decision which improved the Cougars’ record to 12 wins, 19 losses, zero overtime setbacks and two shootout defeats (12-19-0-2). It marked the Cougars’ third
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consecutive victory, their longest winning streak of the 2011-12 campaign. The Cougars hope to make it four in a row on Friday night when they host the Vancouver Giants in the first half of a CN Centre doubleheader. They’ll meet again on Saturday evening, the Cougars’ annual Teddy Bear and Toque Toss game. More offence has factored into the team’s improvement. Friday night’s 1-0 win against the Thunderbirds was the only game in the Cougars’ last nine in which they haven’t scored at least three goals, a welcome sight for a club which got blanked in three consecutive games in October. “Everything has been really good that way. We’re happy about the confidence we’re gaining and that’s important,” Cougars head coach Dean Clark said. “We just want to keep going in that direction obviously for the last two games here and then let everybody go home for the break.” Saturday night’s game is the Cougars’ final contest before Christmas, the next game on their sched-
ule on Dec. 28, a home date with the Eastern Conference’s Calgary Hitmen. Including a 3-2 road win at Kelowna on Dec. 3, the Cougars have won four of their last five, three of those victories recorded away from CN Centre. Before travelling to the U.S., they split a home doubleheader against the Portland Winterhawks, losing 5-3 on Dec. 6 and winning 4-3 in overtime on Dec. 7. Players at both ends of the experience scale have played key roles in the team’s recent success. Twenty-yearold overagers Drew Owsley, Cody Carlson and Spencer Asuchak all made key contributions on the weekend. Owsley, the team’s starter, made 24 saves on Friday night for his third shutout of the season. Carlson, a defenceman, scored the lone goal in Seattle and both the tying and shootout winner the next night in Spokane. Asuchak, a forward, recorded a pair of helpers on Saturday evening. Among the first-year players leaving their mark are forwards Alex Forsberg, Jordan Tkatch and Chase Witala. Forsberg and Tkatch each scored his eighth goal of the sea-
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Ty Roberts of Prince George hollers at his sweepers during a curling game in Smithers on Saturday, part of the Northern Region 5 and 6 playdowns. Roberts fell short in his quest to qualify for provincials, as the Smithers team led by Ron Vanderstar took the region’s berth to the B.C. championships taking place Feb. 6 to 12 in Parksville. son on Saturday night. In the Dec. 7 win over Portland, Witala (one goal, two assists) and 19-year-old forward Greg Fraser (two goals, one assist) each had three-point games. Fraser also scored the overtime winner. “We’re starting to score by committee. There are guys that are getting in on the offence,” Clark said. “The young guys are chipping in, I think
that’s key for us too because we need them to.” In their latest win, the Cougars overcame a three-goal deficit with three consecutive goals, all in the third period, to force overtime. Carlson’s tying goal came on the power play with 3:46 left in regulation time. Jason Fram, Anthony Bardaro and Steven Kuhn scored for the Chiefs.
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Carlson’s winner came in the fourth round. The first shooters for each team, Forsberg and Blake Gal, also scored in the shootout. “(Carlson) had a huge weekend,” Clark said. “Last time we were in Seattle he had scored for the first time in a long time and I think that kind of got him going, the first time we were there, and he did really good for us ever since.” Although fairly healthy, the Cougars’ injury report includes one significant setback. Forward Brock Hirsche is coming off shoulder surgery and Clark said he’ll likely be out of the lineup until the playoffs in March. Defenceman Reid Jackson and Shane Pilling are both nursing upper body injuries. Pilling is questionable for this weekend, while Jackson won’t be back in the lineup until after Christmas. The Cougars were also waiting to hear the league’s ruling on disciplinary action taken on forward Campbell Elynuik for an incident on Friday night. Elynuik received a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for a hit on Thunderbirds defenceman Shea Theodore early in the third period. Theodore was in the lineup the next night when the Thunderbirds hosted the Victoria Grizzlies, a 4-3 shootout victory for the home team.
Spruce Kings a pleasant surprise so far
Here’s a question for you, and be honest with your answer. When training camps ull for the ourt Cougars and ress Spruce Alistair Kings opened in August, which team did you think would be more competitive in its respective league? If you based your answer on experience and last season’s results, your answer would’ve been the Cougars. I’m willing to guess that, had a poll of 100 hockey knowledgeable people in the city been asked that question, most would’ve answered Cougars. Yet as the Western Hockey League and B.C. Hockey League teams sit at or near the halfway point of their regular-season schedules, it’s the BCHL’s Spruce Kings sporting a greater winning percentage than the WHL’ Cougars. Let’s analyse the teams’ situations further.
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Spruce Kings Sunday’s game in Salmon Arm marked the 30th of the season for the Spruce Kings, who enter the second half of their 60-game schedule with 13 wins, 12 losses, two ties and three overtime defeats (13-12-2-3). While the Penticton Vees (263-0-2 as of Tuesday) appear destined to win the conference with a comfortable hold on first, the Spruce Kings are in
the thick of a playoff race. For the Spruce Kings, it’s a much more favourable position than their halfway mark last McINNIS season, when they were in the Interior Conference basement at 6-22-02. The 30th game of the 2010-11 campaign turned out to be the last for Ed Dempsey as the team’s head coach and general manager, a 10-1 shellacking at Penticton on Nov. 21, 2010. Dave Dupas took over as the interim head coach and, after the completion of the regular season a few months later, was rewarded with a coaching contract. Furthermore, the Spruce Kings are only two points away from matching their point total of the entire 201011 season, when they finished last in the league at 13-40-1-6. Although there are still 30 games remaining on the Spruce Kings’ gruelling schedule, if the first half is any indication, they should at least be in the hunt for a playoff spot until the last couple of weeks of the season. So what have been the biggest factors in the Spruce Kings’ competitive play this season? In a nutshell, it’s been more scoring (they ice one of the top lines in the league), a greater focus on defence and strong play on home ice (107-0-0 at the Coliseum). Before turning
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Members of the Prince George Spruce Kings assist with clearing objects off the ice after their teammate Paul De Jersey scored the first goal in the team’s Drop Your Gloves and Sock It To ‘Em game Friday at the Coliseum. my attention to the Cougars, I need to add that it’s a breath of fresh air to see so much parity in the Interior Conference this season. It’s nice to see franchises which had been at or near the bottom of the conference standings, the Merritt Centennials and Chilliwick Chiefs (formerly Quesnel Millionaires) among the teams holding down the four playoff positions. Furthermore, the Okanagan teams (Vernon, Westside and Salmon Arm) are facing greater challenges than past seasons.
Cougars To suggest the Cougars were expected to compete for the 2011-12 WHL title is outlandish. But with the potential of star forward Brett Connolly return-
ing, an experienced overage starter in Drew Owsley and talented rookie core, they appeared a team that would at least compete for home ice in the opening round of the playoffs. Instead, as they near their Christmas break and halfway point of the season, they’re once again in a tight battle just to qualify for the playoffs. The Cougars have won their last three games to improve to 12 wins, 19 losses, zero overtime setbacks and
two shootout defeats (12-19-0-2). To explain why this season hasn’t gone as the club had hoped, fingers can be pointed in various directions. Perhaps the biggest factor has been the decision of the Tampa Bay Lightning to keep Connolly for full-time duty this season. In a league with such a small portion of proven snipers and superstars, the Cougars are feeling the effects of life without Connolly. They’re among the lowest
scoring teams with 82 goals in 33 games. Connolly makes players around him better, a leader on and off the ice. Still on the topic of offence, there’s the Charles Inglis situation. Inglis brought intensity, passion and scoring touch to the Cougars lineup. Unfortunately, his frustration and temper got the best of him. He was assessed a 10-game suspension for an elbowing incident in October, and then he got sent home
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The Duchess Park Condors are sending early notice that they’re the team to beat in senior boys basketball in the city. In a six-team tournament at PGSS on the weekend, the Condors soared to the title with a 3-0 record. They defeated the Correlieu Clan of Quesnel 74-59 in the final on Saturday. “For us, our primary focus is to sustain a good level of intensity on our defence for as long as possible,” Condors head coach Dave Holmes said. “We try to generate our offence from our defence.” Grade 11 forwards Eric Kidwell and Nathanial Pawluk led Duchess Park against Correlieu, with 20 and 19 points respectively. Kidwell and Pawluk are part of a core group which played under Holmes at the junior level in the 2010-11 season. They’re among a list of Grade 11s which includes Holmes’ son Luke and Montell Lindgren, a returnee who was the only junioreliglble player to suit up for the senior team last year. Lindgren, who chipped in with eight points in Saturday’s final, is also a product of the Team B.C. provincial
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program. He’s one of five returning players. In their other games on the weekend, the Condors defeated the College Heights Cougars 66-53 and outscored the D.P. Todd Trojans 84-51. The Condors lost to the host Nechako Valley Vikings in the final of a tournament the previous weekend in Vanderhoof. They were short staffed against the Vikings since a portion of their lineup was on the Duchess Park senior boys volleyball squad which finished fourth at double-A provincials in Kelowna. Holmes admits the 2011 portion of this season is more about familiarizing themselves with their competition and finding their groove. “It gives us a chance to give us a sense of where we’re at at the beginning of the year, and where a lot of the teams in our zone are at.” Although he’s moved up to the senior level this year, Holmes should have no problem making adjustments. A junior coach for a few seasons prior to this year, he’s guided a lot of the players since Grade 8 and has seen them develop over the past few years. “Almost all of the players had been on one of my two
teams that have won zones and gone on to provincials over the past two years, so they’re used to that level of competition,” he said. “I think they embrace the opportunity to come out of our zone.”
Senior girls The Houston Christian Wildcats left the city as champions of an eight-team senior girls tournament at D.P. Todd Secondary. In the championship final on Saturday evening, the Wildcats hammered the Nechako Valley Viqueens 73-39. The triumph followed a 76-61 victory over the Duchess Park Condors in the semifinal round. Houston Christian opened its weekend schedule on Friday with a 57-43 win over another single-A squad, the Cedars Christian Eagles. The Wildcats have an experienced lineup this season led by six-foot-five forward Ruth Hamblin, who will begin studying engineering at Oregon State University on an NCAA Division 1 scholarship next year. Hamblin is one of four Grade 12s on the team. Wildcats head coach Wendall Ewald knows this could be a special season for his squad. “It should be a good one.
We’re strong, we’re definitely strong in the post position and our guards are showing lot of good things, just athletic things right off the bat even though we weren’t ready as far as a basketball team goes,” he said. “We didn’t have enough time. Just athletically they picked things up very well on their own.”
Christmas Classic This week, the Duchess Park Condors play host to the Christmas Classic senior tournament. The tournament features separate draws for boys and girls. On the boys side, the Condors are joined by College Heights, Correlieu, D.P. Todd, the PGSS Polars and Caledonia (Terrace). Duchess Park is one of eight teams on the girls side. The other squads are College Heights, Cedars Christian, the Kelly Road Roadrunners, D.P. Todd, PGSS, Nechako Valley and North Peace (Fort St. John). Action gets underway on Thursday with boys games at 3:15 p.m. The girls championship game is Friday at 4:45 p.m. The final draw, a pair of boys games, is slated for Friday at 6:30 p.m.
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Peace FM (www.peacefm.ca) has recently celebrated its 15th anniversary. It originally started out in a small room in the Chetwynd Secondary school as the first community owned and operated radio station in Canada. They now have operations in Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.
Northeast Housing Shortage
There appears to be a huge housing shortage for many workers in the Peace Region of northern B.C. With the recent expansion and development of the oil and gas industry in the region, many hotels are full with workers. A number of hotels in Dawson Creek recently reported to be 100 per cent full since the start of August and they expect this to continue until March or April 2012. On a recent business trip to the region, we had trouble finding a room for three nights. We usually stay at a upscale hotel in Fort St. John and as a valued customer our rate is usually $109 a night. We ended up paying $179 per night. There have been a number of conversions of small retail spaces into residences. The Market Place in Chetwynd has converted all former retail rental units into residences. These units were only rented to three retail customers. Each 10×10 unit is now being rented out for $300 a night. They now have a waiting list
expanding in the Fort St. John area due to the increase in business opportunities in the oil and gas sector. One of the largest developments is being undertaken by Shell who is building a large office building in the area. Years ago Shell looked at expansion in the Prince George region with the potential of building a plant next to Husky Refinery. Now it appears Shell is looking at a plant or refinery in the Fort St. John region.
Natural Resources Forum
January 11-12 (www.bcnaturalresourceforum.com) is the annual show that is combined with the business and technology awards. The pleasant thing about this show is the participants and attendees are from all over northern B.C. Many times the award winners have been from outside Prince George which makes the conversations interesting about business development in the north. These events brings together unique and interesting projects highlighting the entrepreneurial sprit of the north.
Fracking Under Fire
With shale gas booming and work beginning for pipelines and export facilities in northern B.C., the NDP wants to tighten the rules and take a closer look at the environmental effects of the newest form of deep drilling. Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” injects large amounts of water and chemicals deep underground to crack shale layers and release
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Deficit to Exceed $3 billion
Expected revenues to the B.C. government fell by $303 million in the second quarter of the fiscal year, due mainly to instability around the world, Finance Minister Kevin Falcon announced recently. The drop in revenues will make it more difficult to meet the government’s target of balancing the budget by 2013. Falcon said he will wait until January, when the finance ministry has to finalize its next budget, to see if that target can still be met. Coupled with a $30 million jump in spending, the latest figures bring the deficit forecast for the year fiscal year ending next March to $3.1 billion.
Many at Prosperity Forum
A forum to discuss the New Prosperity mine proposal drew around 120 people on in Williams Lake. The forum, hosted by the Tsilhqot’in National Government, included a large crowd of people who crammed themselves into the Central Cariboo Arts Centre in Williams Lake to hear firsthand from First Nations leaders and TNG’s mining manager about their opposition to the proposed gold-copper mine project. Tl’etinqox (Anaham) Chief Joe Alphonse, TNG tribal chair, confirmed his nation’s opposition to the mine hasn’t changed.
Guy Cote with Canadian Tire showed the difference between snow tires, ice tires and hybrids and shared tips on getting your car ready for winter during an event promoting safe driving in winter Dec. 9.
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Gold Fields Horsefly Exploration Corporation (www.woodjamcopper.com) has recently completed its 2011 drilling program which was budgeted for $5 million exploration budget for the Woodjam South Property, which is located 45 km east of Williams Lake. The results are now being reviewed by ALS Laboratory Group in Vancouver
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Tuesday Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays 7–8:30 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. tilopa.org. Hospital retirees breakfast meeting, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250-5637497 or 250-5632885. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975.
Support Groups La Leche League breast feeding support group meets the second Thursday of every month 7 p.m. at the Health Unit auditorium. 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. Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health
John and Judy Abbott presents Foresters Centennial Branch’s donation of $10,000 for the Kordyban Lodge to Margaret Jones-Bricker and Les Waldie of the Canadian Cancer Society. The Lodge will provide a ‘home away from home’ for residents across the north when they are referred to the Northern Cancer Centre in Prince George.
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Information: Jule O’Reilly 250-5646408 ext. 228. Elks’ meat draw, Thursday, 4:306 p.m., Legion. Proceeds to Elks’ Children’s Fund. Tea Time for the Soul. Would you like someone to listen to you? Come, listen, and share while enjoying a cup of tea. Mondays from 3 to 5 p.m. at Forest Expo House, 1506 Ferry Ave. No cost. For more information, Jesse or Catherine at 250-563-2551. Singles and friends, social group of people of all ages and diverse backgrounds, meets Wednesdays, 7 p.m., A&W on 20th Avenue. Information: Donna 250-5620484. Learning Circle Literacy Program works with adult learners and families on literacy, numeracy and computing skills. Information: 250-
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
SCROOGE: Duchess Park presented seasonal fare on stage B2
Local artists’ paintings of Canada open in the Rustad Galleria B3
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Henri Lefebvre with ECRA’s Forever Young Chorus performs The Twelve Days of Prince George Christmas Sunday at A Family Christmas Concert. From left: “On the fifth day of Christmas in Prince George, my true love gave to me five feet of snow . . . three pulp mills . . . and a statue of Mr. P.G.”
Story leads to happy holidays for senior Free Press article brings Jean Patenaude some Christmas cheer in her new home ■ Victoria Towers
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A senior citizen is looking forward to a happier Christmas thanks to the kindness of a perfect stranger. Jean Patenaude, 88, is one of 80 or so residents evacuated from Victoria Towers last month when a fire broke out in the early hours of the morning Nov. 3. She and the other tenants could not return home because of work needed to be done on the building. So after temporarily housing her at Esther’s Inn, workers at the local branch Canadian Red Cross helped Patenaude find and move into a townhouse. Widowed in 2010 after a 66-year marriage, the Prince George senior has had a very difficult year with a series of unexpected deaths in her family and personal health problems. However on Thursday, Patenaude was bright and cheery. She gave the Free Press reporter a tour of her new home. “I have my own washer and dryer here, so I can get up early in the
morning and do my laundry if I want to,” she said, smiling. A flight of stairs to the bedroom level means she can get regular exercise and has more room for her sewing and crafts (she still makes and repairs her own clothes). “I’ll never go back to a place that has an elevator,” she said. “I’m much happier taking the stairs.” So does this “cloud of smoke” have a silver lining? “Oh yes, this has worked out much better for me,” said Patenaude. In the sunny living room stands a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. Patenaude plans to have a special dinner for her family members over the holidays. Now she has the space to do that – and a dishwasher to help with cleanup. “A man read about me in the Free Press and had the (organizers) at Festival of Trees deliver the tree he’d won in the silent auction to my new place. It is so nice to have it,” she said, admiring the toy airplanes and turquoise and lime-green ornaments. Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s “I was so surprised. And I know I’m Widow Jean Patenaude with her beautifully decorated Christmas tree, gifted from a going to be happy here.” benevolent stranger who bought it at Festival of Trees’ fundraiser silent auction.
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assisted with the choreography of dynamic dance scenes. Playing the Charles Dickens’ character Ebeneezer Scrooge was Padraig Hogan. Suesan MacRae played Tiny Tim. Bob Cratchit was played by Paul Heim. Mark Ryan had the role of Jacob Marley.
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Galleria marks Youngâ€™s return to painting Across Canada exhibit runs until January 15 at Rustad Galleria at Two Rivers Gallery Teresa Mallam email@example.com
In 2005, Lorraine Young and husband, Dan, decided to go on an adventure and take a motorcycle trip cross eastern Canada. The beautiful scenery inspired Young to get back to her painting, a passion sheâ€™d left behind while raising her children and nursing a neck injury. â€œWe took 10 weeks off and drove out to Newfoundland where Iâ€™m originally from. You really get to see the countryside that way. â€œYou can feel the wind, and the rain â€“ and the bugs â€“ on your face.â€? (She laughs.) â€œWe each drive our own motorcycles, so thereâ€™s a real sense of freedom and you can stop when you want to explore.â€? During 2011, she completed a number of acrylic-on-canvas paintings of picturesque places such as Cape Spear and Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland; Peggyâ€™s
Cove, Nova Scotia; Campobello Island, New Brunswick; and Cavendish Beach and Dune Shores, P.E.I. Young then collaborated with Calgary artist Kathy Rohl on an exhibition called Across Canada which officially opened Thursday at Rustad Galleria. The duoâ€™s exhibition will be on display until Jan. 15. Rohl began her cross-country trek in Ontario (Lake Wawa) and worked her way west. Quebec is the only province not represented in the series. The women are both accomplished artists. â€œI began painting just lighthouses â€“ then I got into painting the scenery because it was just so beautiful,â€? said Young, explaining how the first pair of paintings turned into a series. Some proceeds from sales of her work will go to help the downtown Handy Circle, where Young is office program manager.
Artist Lorraine Young with some of her work in the Across Canada exhibit on display at the Rustad Galleria. Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s
The resource centre has several programs for special needs children and adults that offer basic office skills like computer knowledge, organizing, filing, how to answer phones, and help with filling out pension or disability forms. Now that sheâ€™s back doing her artwork, Young feels sheâ€™s come full circle.
â€œI was always painting as a kid,â€? she said. â€œThen I stopped for a while when I had my own kids, started it up again, then had to stop it when I had a neck injury in the 1980s.â€? This collaborative project has meant that Young and Rohl have had lots of â€œsit-downâ€? meetings to discuss how to present their art, she said.
On Thursday afternoon, a few hours before public viewing, Young admired the installation by Two Rivers Gallery
assistant curator Ken Turner. â€œIâ€™m really pleased with how it looks on the wall,â€? she said. Two Rivers Gallery
(and Rustad Galleria) is located at 725 Civic Plaza. Phone 250-6147800 for more information on exhibits or hours of operation.
Railway museum celebrates Most people think of Santa Claus travelling on a reindeerpowered sleigh, but things are a little different at one Prince George location. Every afternoon from Dec. 18 to 23, Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at the Prince George Railway and Forestry Museum on â€“ you guessed it â€“ the museumâ€™s own minirail train. The happy (and busy) couple will pull in to the station at about 4:30 p.m. each day. What will Santa do when he gets there? Well, if heâ€™s like the rest of the visitors over the holiday season, heâ€™ll have
plenty to keep him busy. Start with the new Christmas village and the light displays, add in ice skating and minirail train rides (weather permitting), and special events every day. On the opening day of the Christmas season at the museum, Dec. 18, admission is free with the donation of a nonperishable food item for the Salvation Army Food Bank. As well, the Cantata Singers will be performing from 4 to 5 p.m. and the St. Andrewâ€™s Church Choir will be singing from 6 to 7 p.m. From Dec. 20 to 23, thereâ€™s
a different form of entertainment from 6 to 7 p.m. each day. On Dec. 20, it will be the Knox United Church choir; on Dec. 21, the Cantata Singers; on Dec. 22 the Sweet Adelines; and on Dec. 23, storyteller Ingrid Wenzel will be featured. As well, you can get a dinner special each day from Dec. 18 to 24, consisting of a hot dog (which you roast yourself), hot chocolate and a sâ€™more (which, again, you get to make yourself). The Railway and Forestry Museum is open Dec. 18 to 24 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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