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Mulcair likened the issue to the export of other raw resources like bitumen and fish. Adding value to products in Canada before exporting them would enrich the country, he said, and is an important step forward. He called the Enbridge pipeline project an incredible mistake and said he doubts it will ever see the light of day, especially considering First Nations people are, generally, against it. “First Nations people are opposed, and the federal government said they

The core review of city services will cost up to $350,000 and take until early fall to complete. The review will be two-part, looking at core services and evaluating efficiencies as well as looking at revenue evaluation. City manager Derek Bates, who was asked to bring back information on how to proceed with a core review, suggested one of the first things council do is establish a select committee consisting of three council members and the mayor. The select committee will come up with terms of reference and a proposed work plan and bring it back to council for approval. According to a timeline he put together, those documents should be available for approval at the Jan. 23 council meeting. In February bidding will start as council looks for someone to undertake the review. A contract should be awarded by midMarch to the end of March and the review will likely take from April to August to complete, with the results available by September. Coun. Lyn Hall said he had concerns about both the timeline and the money involved. “If there is an opportunity to start earlier and we can get the report back by July or August, then we can have that information available when we move into budget discussions next fall,” he said. He added he hoped the $350,000 contingency budget was more than what was actually required, and said he had hoped the review would cost more in the $200,000 to $250,000 range. Bates said five months was probably the minimum amount of time it would take to complete the review, and said if the select committee decided to reduce the scope of portions of the review, that would reduce costs. Coun. Brian Skakun asked if the review would look at current capital projects and if any of those

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Senior dies from injuries Forty-nine-year-old man facing charges following Saturday fire ■ ARSON

An 85-year-old man injured in a house fire on Merritt Road Saturday has died. The victim was a prominent member of the Sikh community in Prince George, although this is not believed to be a factor that led to the fire. Police have not released his name, but it has been reported the deceased is Jagdev Singh Jawanda. A 49-year-old tenant of the house, Frank William Marion, has been charged with arson and more charges are pending

now that the victim has died. Police say Marion has a “significant history” with them. The Prince George RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit is continuing with the investigation. If you have any information about this investigation, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-TIPS (8477), online at, or Text-A-Tip to CRIMES using keyword “pgtips”.

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A second candidate running for leadership of the federal NDP’s made a stop in Prince George Monday and took some time to meet with party members while in the city. Thomas Mulcair has family ties to the city and said his aunt, who is also his godmother, has been encouraging him to visit for years. Monique Wyse, his mother’s sister, is a local artist with tapestries hanging at venues like the Inn of the North.

“I do have family here. My mother’s sister and grandmother and a couple of cousins grew up here. This is my first visit,” he said. He added B.C. plays an important role in the leadership race since many party members call the province home. “It’s very important to visit cities outside of the main centres,” he said. “B.C. has the largest membership in the NDP, and it’s important to meet party members and talk to them, and mostly listen.” Local party members remain concerned about the export of raw logs and

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must be consulted,”he said. He added the damage done decades ago during the Exxon Valdez oil spill along the coast of Alaska continues to cause issues to this day, and other ways which don’t pose such a threat to the environment must be found to go forward. Mulcair said the other seven candidates running for the position are formidable colleagues, and when they all come together as a team, they are unbeatable. Replacing Jack Layton, however, will be no easy task. “Over the past five years I have worked tirelessly shoulder-toshoulder with Jack,” he said, and added that work must continue. What sets him apart from the other front-runners, he believes,

is his experience. “The biggest difference is I have senior government experience,” he said. Mulcair was the Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks from 2003 until 2006, in the Liberal government of Premier Jean Charest. Elected MP for Outremont in a by-election in 2007, he was named Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party, jointly with Libby Davies. On May 26, 2011 he was named the New Democratic Party’s Opposition House Leader. The party, he added, must reach out to First Nations groups, other ethnic minorities and young people, and go beyond the traditional party base for support. Mulcair’s next stop is Kamloops, then he is off to Vancouver.

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might be capped or put on hold, however 2012 projects are already underway and won’t be affected by the review. Bates added these projects are relatively modest. Coun. Albert Koehler asked if the cost of the review was in line with what other communities have paid. Bates said the cost is very dependent on the scope, and other cities have spent anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million on a review.

Coun. Frank Everitt suggested the money be scaled back and the timeline be shortened. “The $350,000 seems like a lot,” said Coun. Garth Frizzell, who suggested $120,000 seems more in line. He added $350,000 is a higher percentage than what should be spent from the city budget on a review. Mayor Shari Green said she was surprised by the amount a review would cost when she was first given the report as well, however when she considered the result of the investment, she thought it would be worth it.

Council approved appointing a select committee and the job it would do, however opinions continued to differ when it came time to approve the amount to be set aside for the contingency fund. Frizzell forwarded a motion to amend the amount to $120,000, but it failed when no one seconded it. Everitt forwarded a similar motion that the amount be amended to $250,000, which was seconded then defeated when only Frizzell, Everitt and Hall voted in favour of it. Coun. Dave Wilbur said he cannot use his



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A pilot project allowing liquor sales at the CN Centre has been approved by council, and could be ready to begin in two months. Andy Beesley, manager of the CN Centre and community arenas, was on hand at Monday’s council meeting to discuss how the project would proceed and answer any questions councillors had for him before making their decision on whether or not to approve the project.

The hope is the expanded liquor sales will improve the revenue stream at the centre, however Coun. Garth Frizzell said he doesn’t think the money earned will be as much as hoped considering the cost of upgrading security. He said the culture of drinking is falling and any revenue made is likely to be eaten up by extra security measures, plus the CN Centre is a venue most people drive to. “We shouldn’t be encouraging people to drink before they get into a car. We shouldn’t normal-

ize drinking.” He added they can target 25 to 40-year-old men without selling beer. Another issue is extreme drinking, he said. Many people are getting drunk faster by mixing alcohol with energy drinks, and he said it’s pretty hard to determine whether or not someone has had an energy drink before you serve him or her. Coun. Cameron Stolz said the issue was challenging and asked what security measures are being taken while the project is in place.

Signs, education, a phone in the lobby, a ‘jerk alert’ text option and close to zero tolerance for poor behaviour mixed with drinking are just some of the steps Beesley mentioned. Entire sections of the centre will remain alcohol free, he added, so patrons who don’t want to be around alcohol can be served. Stolz also asked what the result of surveys asking about enhanced drinking at the centre showed. He was informed 73 per cent of those surveyed were in favour, falling in the range of strongly in favour to no

objection. Those opposed, however, were generally strongly opposed. Coun. Dave Wilbur said he felt the pilot project should go forward because of the support the idea received and pointed out most centres like the one in Prince George already serve alcohol at functions. Mayor Shari Green added that, if opinion changes or problems ensue because of the pilot project, it can be cancelled. Council voted in support of going forward with the pilot project with Frizzell opposed.

Four arrested after firearms seizure on Quince Street Several firearms believed to be stolen, likely during a rash of rural break and enters where thieves targeted guns, were recovered when a search warrant was executed on the 2000 block of Quince Street Jan. 7. Of the seven people in the home, two men, ages 26 and 20, a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old female were taken into custody. A 27-year-old man at the house was arrested on an outstanding warrant and a woman and two-year-old child were released. Eight firearms were recovered, and several of them were loaded and easily accessible. Investigators are attempting to locate the owners of the guns. Seven ounces of marijuana were also located (enough to roll about 600 joints) as well as trafficking materials. All four of those arrested were released with conditions on a promise to appear for court on March 7. Charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime and multiple firearms offences are being recommended by police to crown counsel. Police say the investigation into a fifth person currently in custody at the Prince George Regional Correction Centre is continuing. Though they will not confirm it,

it is likely that person is Jamie Hal Hammerstrom, a 33-year-old Prince George man who was arrested Dec. 23 walking in the 20th Avenue and Quince Street area. Hammerstrom spent that morning evading police in the Blackburn area, driving a stolen pick-up truck that was spotted by a resident who believed the occupants were acting in a suspicious manner. Hammerstrom tried to hide his face from an officer who recognized him and fled from officers twice, once evading a spike belt and once forcing an officer to drive his vehicle off the road in order to avoid the truck Hammerstrom was driving. Police described him as a person of interest in relation to a string of rural break and enters targeting firearms. They charged him with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, flight from police and breach of recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 20. Hammerstrom was already facing charges stemming from a home invasion last year on the 2100 block of Norwood Street. Those charges include Ph o to fro m Pr ince G e o rg e R C M P sexual assault with a weapon, assault RCMP believe the above weapons, seized from an address on Quince Street, are stolen with a weapon, attempted robbery, and are attempting to locate the owners. break and enter and uttering threats.

Home show won’t get help from city council Delynda pilon

The city will not contribute $8,000 to support the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of Northern B.C. as it goes forward with its annual home show. This year the home show will include an energy fair, and a delegation of CHBA members visited council and requested $8,000 in support of the event, money

organization members said would be spent to market the event more aggressively. Gordon Bliss with CHBA said the home show has been a success for 35 years in the city, bringing about 14,000 visitors last year. Since green is the new future, he said, including the energy fair is a natural fit. Speakers will be on hand to explain the benefits of a variety of devices to home-owners, and the benefits will be

far-ranging and will likely bring money into locally owned businesses. “Contributing $8,000 would basically mean waiving the fee for the Kin Centre,” Coun. Cameron Stolz pointed out. “I don’t see how we can fit this into our budget.” Coun. Dave Wilbur added the city is in the midst of organizing a core review which will not only look for efficiencies but also ways to generate more revenue,

not less. “It doesn’t seem to fit where we are going,” he said. Coun. Lyn Hall suggested the group discuss funding with Initiatives Prince George. “It’s a great event,” Mayor Shari Green said, adding she’s attended it several times. “It’s tough to say no but people in the community are going to be hearing that a lot from this council.”

Break-in Business Directo- suspect Employment Numbers

Employment in British Columbia rose slightly (+0.5 per cent, seasonally adjusted) in December, following back-to-back declines in each of the two previous months. However, due to an expansion in the number of people looking for work (+0.4 per cent), the province’s unemployment rate ended the year unchanged from the previous month, at 7.0 per cent. Growth in the number of part-time jobs (+1.6 per cent) was the main reason for the overall increase, with full-time employment increasing only marginally (+0.1 per cent) compared to the previous month.

Northern Notes

Pipeline Poll

A poll commissioned by Enbridge Inc. has found that most B.C. residents are not familiar with the proposed oil pipeline from Alberta to the B.C. north coast, but many of those who are support the idea. In the Ipsos-Reid online survey of 1,000 B.C. residents in mid-December, four out of 10 respondents described themselves as “very familiar or “somewhat familiar” with the proposal build a twinned pipeline that would carry crude from Alberta’s oil sands to a new tanker port at Kitimat. Of those who were familiar with the project, 48 per cent supported it while 32 per cent said they are opposed.

Pipeline Woes

A new report released by the Living Oceans Society, Pembina Institute and the Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) discusses the risks associated with transporting tar sands oil through Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway pipeline. The report entitled ‘Pipeline and tanker trouble’ was written by Danielle Droitsch, Susan Casey-Lefkowitz and Anthony Swift from the NRDC as well as Nathan Lemphers, senior policy analyst at the Pembina Institute, and Katie Terhune, energy campaign manager at the Living Oceans Society. The report documents the risks that transporting diluted bitumen poses to communities along the pipeline and tanker paths, to salmon-bearing rivers and to coastal ecosystems, including the Great Bear Rainforest.

Pipeline Hearings

The Joint Review Panel that is holding hearings into the Enbridge Northern Gateway project says there may not be eight days of hearings in Prince Rupert as originally scheduled. The panel was to be in Prince Rupert from February 16-24, with no hearing scheduled for February 19, but a panel spokesperson said some of the intervenors scheduled to speak in Prince Rupert have requested a visit to their community instead of solely focusing on Prince Rupert.

Aboriginal Business and Investment Council

Ellis Ross has been named chairman of the new Aboriginal Business and Investment Council. And as chairman, the Haisla Nation chief councillor will also sit on the BC Jobs and Investment Board, serving as a link between the two bodies. Ross is a former federal Fisheries employee who has also run a log-salvage business and worked in the charter-boat industry. The Aboriginal Business and Investment Council will work with aboriginal communities and the private sector to make recommendations to government on strategies to improve aboriginal peoples’ participation in the economy, identify successful investment models between aboriginals and the private sector, foster economic development in aboriginal communities, and increase overall investment in the province.

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A local man police describe as a person of interest relating to a string of rural break and enters targeting firearms, and who is facing charges stemming from a home invasion in the city in October, was arrested by police Dec. 23 after an officer recognized him as the driver of a stolen vehicle they were pursuing. Police were called about 10:30 a.m. about a suspicious vehicle in the Blackburn Road area. Two young men were driving a newer GMC pick-up with veteran plates. One of the men was confronted by a resident when he was seen peering through a window. Members of the crime reduction team attended the area and observed the pick-up turning off of Graves Road onto Highway 16, heading towards the city. The truck accelerated to a high rate of speed then turned left, heading south on Boeing Road. Both the occupants and the truck were located at a gas station on Boeing Road a few minutes later. Police computer checks of the vehicle found it was stolen on Dec. 10 from a home on the 1700 block of Maple Street. Although the driver tried to hide his face, and later tried to cover it with a bandana, an officer on scene positively identified the driver as Jamie Hal Hammerstrom. The driver then fled the scene in the truck. Just before 5 p.m. the same day, Hammerstrom was arrested without incident while walking along Quince Street, near 20th Avenue. Just before 7 p.m., the 26-year-old 150 Mile House resident thought to be the passenger in the truck was also arrested then released with a promise to appear for court at a later date. The stolen truck was recovered the next day. Hammerstrom, a 33-year-old Prince George man, was charged for dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, flight from police and breach of recognizance. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 20. The previous charges stemming from what was described as a targeted home invasion on the 2100 block of Norwood Street include sexual assault with a weapon, assault with a weapon, attempted robbery, break and enter and uttering threats.

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Connections still growing The passenger bus service that the Northern Health Authority uses to take patients for out-of-town nonemergency appointments has seen another year of increased ridership. Reina Pharness, the regional manager of external business contracts for Northern Health, said that ridership on Northern Health Connections, overall, has gone up 14 per cent. She said that the Prince Rupert to Prince George route saw 3,947 riders in 2011. The Burns Lake to Terrace route saw 336 riders. The bus from Burns Lake to Terrace runs once a week, while the Prince Rupert to Prince George route runs three times a week. The bus also takes riders from the north to the Lower Mainland and Vancouver. The increase in ridership, suggested Phar-

ness, is that knowledge about the service is growing. “The people that use it then go on to tell to tell their friends,” she said. “People are becoming more familiar with the service.” Most stops for the bus are at a hospital or health centre. Outside of the Northern Health region, the bus will stop for breaks at gas stations and rest stops where Interior Health patients are able to join the ride. She said that the Connections service is a unique service. Interior Health does have agreements with BC Transit, she said, but the service isn’t as comprehensive as the service Northern Health offers. Information on the Connections schedule can be found online at northernhealth. ca/nhconnections or through phone at 1-888-647-4997.

In Provincial Court in Prince George on Dec. 8: David G. Gerow was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol reading over .08, fined $1,000, assessed a victim surcharge of $150 and prohibited from driving for one year. Michael B. Toulouse was found guilty of assault and theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 12 days in jail, placed on probation for 12 months and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Dale A. West was found guilty of possession of stolen property with a value less than $5,000 and sentenced to one day in jail. Theo Wrona was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to six days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Dec. 9: Cody J. Davis was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and sentenced to one day in jail. Jonathon C. Johnson was found guilty of theft of property

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Six-year-old Ethan Bertrand, left, and his three-year-old brother Andrew cheer on the Prince George Cougars during their pajama party on Saturday night at CN Centre. Fans wouldn’t be celebrating a victory for the home team, as they dropped a 6-1 decision to the Kamloops Blazers.

Assault and thefts get jail sentence Court docket with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to six months in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Johnson was also found guilty of three more counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to seven months in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Johnson was also found guilty of assault, sentenced to four months in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Johnson was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 30 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Johnson was also found guilty of a second count of failing to

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comply with a probation order, sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Johnson was also found guilty of uttering threats and a third count of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to 90 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Robert J. Oracheski was found guilty of break and enter, sentenced to jail time credited of three months, given a conditional sentence of six months, assessed a victim surcharge of $50, placed on probation for three years and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Oracheski was also found guilty of mischief, sentenced to jail time credited of three months, given a conditional sentence of six months, assessed a

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Are we progressing?

VICTORIA – How is B.C.’s economy doing? This question occupies a great deal of time in our political debate. But since that debate is mostly an exercise in selecting facts and passing blame back and forth, it’s difficult to tell. Former premier Gordon Campbell set out to change that in 2001 with the establishment of the B.C. Progress Board. Independent directors established six “core targets,” environmental, health and social indicators as well as economic measures, and tracked them annually with comparisons to other provinces. This created a 10-year database that doesn’t exist anywhere else. But it hasn’t exactly been flattering, a sign that it has been kept free of political interference. Premier Christy Clark’s recent decision to replace the Progress Board has sparked another round of political blame-storming. The NDP opposition was accustomed to jumping on the annual rankings and trumpeting the ones that cast the B.C. Liberals in a bad light. Predictably, they portrayed the remake of the board as an effort to sweep embarrassing results under the rug. Media often focus on the political horse race rather than details of dull old policy. When the board’s annual reports came out, they typically covered the political fight and glossed over the findings. The key flaw with the Progress Board B.C. turned out to be its emphasis on provincial Views rankings. B.C. ranked first for the entire 10 TomFletcher years in health and environmental conditions, and near the bottom in a complex measure of “social condition” that was often oversimplified as poverty. In most measures, including economic ones, the rankings barely changed in a decade. In his final report, board chair Gerry Martin noted that B.C.’s improvements in economic output and income were significant, but didn’t move them up the rankings because other provinces had similar success. Big recoveries in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland meant that B.C. sometimes slipped in the relative rankings despite major gains. Martin noted that on crime, “initial performance was so poor that B.C.’s best-in-country improvements over several years were needed just to move B.C. to about average.” (There’s an example of how independent this board has been.) Crime is part of the board’s “Social Condition Index,” along with low-birth-weight babies and long-term unemployment. This has been a favourite of opposition critics, because B.C. started low and slipped lower. But they won’t tell you the whole story, through the NDP 1990s as well as the B.C. Liberal 2000s: “B.C. ranked sixth in the Social Condition Index in 1990, improved to third in 1993, but deteriorated through the rest of the 1990s and into the next decade such that it sank to last place for 2001 and 2002,” the final report says. “Improvements between 2002 and 2007 saw B.C. reach fifth place in 2006 and 2007, but rank changes on low birth weights and long-term unemployment brought B.C. to seventh in 2008 and ninth in 2009.” Does this mean the NDP government of the 1990s did a bad job, or that the B.C. Liberals did better and then screwed up? It could be spun that way, but there are external factors involved. The B.C. Progress Board didn’t just do rankings. Its policy suggestions were implemented in regulatory reform, energy self-sufficiency, creating community courts and UBC Okanagan, and proceeding with the Site C dam. Martin notes that the successor organization, the Jobs and Investment Board, will carry on the performance monitoring and “hold government’s feet to the fire,” in particular on its ability to attract investment. It’s time to stop arguing about the level of poverty and find new ways to alleviate it.

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Feds pick a global fight

oil, gas, metals and minerals,” he writes. “For our Talk about inappropriate. government, the choice is clear: we need to diversify Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver’s our markets in order to create jobs and economic comments about the regulatory process for major growth for Canadians across this country. We must industrial projects, on the eve of public hearing expand our trade with the fast growing Asian beginning for Enbridge’s Northern Gateway Pipeeconomies. We know that increasing trade will help line project, are simply inappropriate. ensure the financial security of Canadians There is legitimacy to his comments, and their families.” published in a letter to the National But then Oliver descends into idiocy. Post, that the process is cumbersome. Writer’s “They use funding from foreign specialThe review processes can, at times, interest groups to undermine Canada’s take years, if not decades. There is Block legitimacy in wanting to streamline the Billphillips national economic interest,” he wrote. “They attract jet-setting celebrities with process. some of the largest personal carbon footprints in the That, however, is the only legitimate item that world to lecture Canadians not to develop our natuOliver penned. ral resources.” After complaining about the review process, he Does he not see his own glaring hypocrisy? It is went on to write: “Unfortunately, there are environasinine to suggest that we need to expand trade mental and other radical groups that would seek to with markets around the world, but then believe block this opportunity to diversify our trade. Their goal is to stop any major project, no matter what the that we can somehow insulate ourselves from global interests who do not share the same point of view. cost to Canadian families in lost jobs and economic What Oliver has really done is taint the Joint growth. No forestry. No mining. No oil. No gas. No Review Panel process for the Northern Gateway more hydroelectric dams.” He doesn’t name any of these groups, lest some of Pipeline. Whether you agree with the pipeline or them actually have a legitimate reason for being. It’s oppose it, the independent, and supposedly unbiased, process of deciding whether to approve it much easier to tar everyone who opposes the pipehas been tainted with political interference. Oliver line as subversive … and that would include most has shown why politicians should not be involved of the First Nations communities along the route. in these types of processes. He comments, and rightly so, that we need to And, ironically, his comments only serve to diversify our economy (this project would certainly inflame those who oppose the pipeline will, help to do that) and that we need to embrace more undoubtedly increase their efforts in opposition. foreign markets to do so. He is right on that mark Backing out of our Kyoto commitments was just again. the first step for the new Canadian government as it “As a country, we must seek new markets for now has stated, very clearly, that it is going to war our products and services and the booming Asiawith global environmental groups. Pacific economies have shown great interest in our

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Lessons learned as Dad’s favourite child

ries. Lately I’ve been thinkMy dad missed out ing about the many things I’ve learned from my dad. on a formal education, but he’s still He was the smartest born in a man I know. small town in I rememnorthern Sas- Life in the fat ber going katchewan through that and grew up lane stage when as the oldest DelyndaPilon I thought I son of a sinknew everything. After gle mother. My grandma all, I was a graduate and was a hard-working attending college and woman who used to cut could properly enunciate edgings to make ends words with several sylmeet. That meant filling boxcars with cut-to-length lables. One day I was listenpieces of wood leftover ing in awe to a professor at the mill. She got paid talk about the history of by the boxcar, and it the province and I went was gruelling work for a home to educate my dad woman. My dad would on the subject. It was follow her to work and something that interested help, even though she’d him, so he took over the chase him away again conversation, and I soon and again, hoping he realized that even though would head off to school. he wasn’t using long But he just couldn’t do words, he was reiterating that. Even at that age, he the same deep theories couldn’t leave a woman, as that very learned proespecially his mom, pullfessor. I was humbled, ing the load by herself. and learned that day that By 13 he was working sounding off and soundfull-time and a year later he hitch-hiked to B.C. and ing smart are two very different things. found a job in a sawmill. My dad taught me that A few years later he you get up every morning sent for his family and and you go to work no they all came west to matter how you feel. You what many considered give an honest day’s work the land of promise at the for an honest day’s pay. time, leaving behind the He taught me that when poverty and want that life smacks you down, was eating up the prai-

you just keep on walking, putting one foot in front of the other because, no matter how tough things look, it will work out if you just keep trying. He taught me there is nothing more important in this world than your family, except perhaps your faith. Family is where you

are always loved and accepted. They are the people who know when you need a hug or a kick, and are perfectly willing to deliver either. Most of all, my dad taught me I’m worth something. After all, I’m his favourite child. He used to tell me so every time we’d sneak off to the

movies together, running away from the wonderful noise of our home. Of course, he told me I could never tell my brothers the truth. And I didn’t. Until one of my brothers let it slip one day that he was the favourite child, and dad had told him so when they were sneaking off to the mov-

ies together, but he was never allowed to tell the rest of us. Sure enough, after a little investigation, I found out each and every one of us was dad’s favourite child while we were growing up. And you know what? I think it was true. We were all favoured.

Conservatives should watch language

Editor: I just happened to catch a few pieces of CBC-Radio’s program ‘The House,’ last Saturday. The chiefs in Attawapiskat have accused Prime Minister Stephen Harper of not being truthful about what is going on in their community, specifically about funding. On the program, MP Kyle Seeback suggested that people should be very careful with their words, and that you should be careful of calling someone a liar. Well, let me suggest to you that we be even more careful about the words that politicians use.  People are hired by politicians to help them word things in ways that aren’t a lie, per say, but certainly suggest untrue situations. Here’s an example. I heard PM Harper say on the news last April that one of the first things he wanted to do if he got a majority government was eliminate the pervote subsidy because Canadians do not want their tax dollars going to

parties they do not support. Well, that is not a lie, but what it suggests is a lie. The per-vote subsidy does exactly the opposite of what he suggests it does. Your $1.75 goes exactly to the party you vote for. Do I think the prime minister knew what he was saying and chose his words very carefully? Yes I do, and to me that is lying. Another thing we often hear from the Conservatives, is that Canadians elected them as a majority government on May 2, and so it is our choice that they carry out their agenda, as MP Bob Zimmer said again in a recent Prince George

Free Press column. The Conservatives do not represent a majority of Canadians, by a long shot. It is only because of our flawed electoral system that our votes were translated into the Parliamentary seats that we have. If they were honestly interested in true democratic process, which they suggest put them in power (a lie), they would change that electoral system. They would also see that we were properly informed instead of lying to us and confusing us. Is it any wonder that so few eligible electors vote? Richard deMontigny Prince George

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NHL All-Star Game becoming even less of a “game”

door skating rink. It still doesn’t feel right to be driving Of course, it also makes the game even through Prince George in early January less of a hockey game than it has and be spending more been in the past. That’s because time watching for big there is no guarantee players from puddles than for ice the same team in the regular season patches. Allan’s will end up on the same team in the Shall we amble? Amblings • Last year the NHL AllanWishart All-Star Game. The fan balloting was completed came up with a new recently, and four Ottawa Senators were way to set up its All-Star Game. Pick two chosen to be in the starting lineups. What captains and let them pick from the pool a coincidence, given that the game is in of players, with limits set on how many Ottawa. I also notice all six of the players forwards, defencemen and goalies they voted in are from the Eastern Conference could take. It’s a neat idea, taking the game back to – but I’m sure that’s just another coincidence. its roots of choosing up sides at the out-

What it means, though, is that at some point in the game you’ll have one of the Ottawa forwards coming down the ice against a teammate, and somehow I don’t think you’re going to see the defenceman try too hard to stop the forward from going to the net. After all, the game has no meaning, and there’s no way you’re going to do anything which could hurt your real team’s chances by possibly injuring a teammate, even with an innocent hit. Just one more reason why the only All-Star event which truly deserves to be called a “game” is the baseball one. • There are times when I really won-

der if Darwin knew what he was talking about with survival of the fittest. I saw a couple of pedestrians last week who left me wondering how long a human being can exist without (apparently) having a brain. In each case, they had decided there was too much snow or slush on the sidewalk, so they were walking on the street itself. But they weren’t walking right by the curb, where it might be safe. “No, they were walking in the middle of the lane of traffic, with theirs back to oncoming traffic, in the evening, wearing dark clothing. I really wonder.

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The Cariboo Cougars grounded the Hawks on the weekend A14

Cougars’ offence missing in new year AListair McInnis

In the wild, they might be fast predators who are intimidating when hunting for food. But on the ice, there’s been nothing ferocious about the Cougars’ attack in recent Western Hockey League games. The Prince George squad carried a four-game losing streak into Vancouver on Tuesday night, with only a pair of goals recorded during that slump. On Saturday night at CN Centre, the Kamloops Blazers tamed the Cats 6-1. The Blazers blanked the Cougars 2-0 in the first half of the doubleheader on Friday evening. “Our goaltending was probably a little bit stronger (on Friday), but again I think the same results,” Cougars head coach Dean Clark said. “We lost the battles in some pretty key areas and they came at us hard and they skated very, very well. You got to give their team credit. They do a lot of good things. Certainly we’re not at all on the same page when it comes to some things, so certainly we’ve got some work to do A lis ta ir M cINNIS/ Fre e Pre s s here.” Prince George Cougars forward Daulton Siwak tries breaking in between a couple of Kamloops Blazers during their Western Hockey Clark pointed at his League game on Saturday night at CN Centre. The Blazers hammered the Cougars 6-1. team’s inability to maintain onds into the third period. advantage. The Cougars including myself.” Ranford led all scorers on return of defenceman Shane puck possession in the neuThe only player to score at Saturday with two goals and Pilling (upper body) is listed Cole Cheveldave picked were 1-for-2 as their lone tral zone. While the Cougars up the 15-save victory in the goal, by Slovak defenceman a point per game clip or bet- two assists. Maschmeyer at week-to-week. aren’t icing a lineup with Blazers goal, the netminder Martin Marincin 32 seconds ter for the Cougars this sea- recorded a pair of goals, Shutout streak stopped natural goal scorers this sea- also stopping all 32 shots into the second period, came son isn’t even with the team while Tim Bozon and Matt – Marincin’s marker on Satson, Clark knows that raising he faced in Friday night’s with the extra man. anymore. Forward Charles Needham also scored. urday night ended a lengthy their intensity and compete shutout. While Cheveldave’s net- Inglis had 16 points (nine Last game –  Marincin’s shutout streak for Chevellevel would result in more With the two-game sweep, minding is among the keys goals and seven assists) in goal came during his last dave. He carried consecuoffensive chances. In Satur- the Blazers improved their which have factored into 16 games for the Cougars game as a Cougar. On Tues- tive shutouts into the game day’s defeat, B.C. Division- the Blazers’ rise this season, before getting dealt to the day morning, the Cougars since he was also between they recorded leading record the Cougars’ lack of offence Red Deer Rebels last month. announced that they had the pipes during the Blazers’ only 16 shots The WHL trade deadline traded the Slovak import to 6-0 victory over the Cougars to 28 wins, 10 has contributed to their on goal, a losses, one over- struggles. With 90 goals in was Tuesday at 2 p.m., and the Regina Pats (more on on Jan. 1 in Kamloops. season low in time setback and 40 games as of Monday, the while players knew their sit- trade on A11). Attendance –  The total that category. two shootout Cats were the lowest scoring uation could change, Bourke Injuries –  Forward Brock number of tickets sold for On the other wouldn’t use that as an Hirsche (shoulder) missed each weekend game was defeats (28-10-1- team in the 22-team league. hand, the “It’s tough. Those divi- excuse for their performance the weekend action and is close, with an announced 2). The Cougars Blazers fired entered Tuesday sion games are huge for us against the Blazers. still not likely to return until attendance of 1,874 on Fri41 at the Cou“Obviously it’s in the back March at the earliest. For- day and 1,854 on Saturday. evening’s game and we need to start finding gars net. second-last in the ways to get goals and to of everyone’s mind that ward Alex Forsberg (upper Back at home – The CouCougars 10-team Western start winning those for sure, someone could be traded,” body) got injured during gars’ busy week continues starting goalie Troy Bourke Conference at and to create offence,” Cou- he said. “But I think we just the World Under-17 Chal- on Friday, as they open a CN Drew Ows- Cougar forward 13-25-0-2, ahead gars second-year forward all got to come together as a lenge, which wrapped up Centre doubleheader against ley went the of only the base- Troy Bourke said. “That’s a team, and we can’t let little last week in Windsor, Ont. the Eastern Conference’s distance on ment-dwelling Everett Sil- good team over there but things like that get in our While Forsberg missed the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Friday night, but the follow- vertips (7-25-1-7). you know what? We have a mind and affect our game weekend doubleheader, two teams will meet again ing evening he got replaced The power play provided lot of good guys on our team play.” Clark expected him back Saturday night before the by backup Devon Fordyce a boost to the Blazers on and a lot of depth, and we in the lineup in Vancou- Cougars prepare to begin after defenceman Bronson Saturday night, as they fin- just got to figure it out and Notes: ver. Also out of the lineup an Alberta road swing next Maschmeyer expanded the ished 3-for-6 with the man start finding ways to score, Other scorers –  Brendan against the Blazers, the Wednesday in Edmonton. Kamloops lead to 5-1 12 sec-

Marincin off to Regina in swap of imports Free Press

Sports Briefs Martin Marincin is no longer a member of the Prince George Cougars. On Tuesday morning, the Western Hockey League team announced that they traded the Slovak import defenceman along with three bantam draft picks to the Eastern Conference’s Regina Pats. In return, the Cougars get Swedish import defenceman Ricard Blidstrand, a first- and secondround pick this year and fifth-round choice in 2013. Marincin was arguably the Cougars’ biggest trade asset, and a player expected to be moved before Tuesday’s 2 p.m. WHL deadline. Marincin, a 2010 second-round pick of the Edmonton Oilers, ranked eighth in scoring among WHL defencemen last season with 14 goals and 42 assists for 56 points. He added five points (one goal, four

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One of the Prince George Cougars’ top players the past two years, defenceman Martin Marincin is no longer with the team. assists) in four games for the Cats during their first-round playoff series against the Kelowna Rockets. In 30 games with the Cats this season, he had four goals and 13

assists. The Cougars used the first overall choice in the 2010 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft to select Marincin. The 6-foot-4, 187-

lb. Marincin recently returned from the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championships in Calgary, where he helped Slovakia finish sixth in the 10-team tournament. It marked his

third consecutive trip to the World Juniors to represent his home country. As for Blidstrand, who’s listed at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he had three goals and 13 points in 30 games with the Pats this season. He also had 30 points in 100 career games, all with Regina. The move shows the Cougars are sellers, although Marincin and Blidstrand are each 1992-born players. Marincin has better statistics than Blidstrand, but the key to the move for the Cougars is the draft picks. They got higher selections in the deal, as they only had to surrender fourth- and seventh-round picks this year, in addition to a fourth-round choice in 2013 to complete the deal.

Spruce KIngs’ move On Sunday, the Prince George Spruce Kings announced the acquisition of Latrell Charleson for their regular roster.

Charleson has played three B.C. Hockey League games with the team this season as an affiliate from the Valley West Hawks of the BC Hockey Major Midget League. He’s a defenceman listed at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds. The Spruce Kings also reassigned 1995born forward Michael Klonarakis to the Pursuit of Excellence Hockey Academy in Kelowna. The Spruce Kings already called up Charleson last week for their doubleheader

against the Westside Warriors on Thursday and Friday. Coming off a sweep in that twogame set, they carry a four-game winning streak into this weekend’s southern interior road swing. They visit the Chilliwack Chiefs on Friday, the Penticton Vees on Saturday and Vernon Vipers on Sunday. The BCHL trade deadline was also on Tuesday, but no other moves involving the Spruce Kings were announced by the Free Press press deadline at noon.

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I can say, “I Was There”

an average of 18,437 It’s the title of Alberta country musi- per game. The total sets an attendance cian Paul Brandt’s record, surpassing the theme song for the previ2012 World ous Junior ull mark of Hockey 453,282 Champiourt at the onships 2009 in Calress gary and Alistair McINNIS tournament in Edmonton. Ottawa, which averBut in my case, it aged 14,622 fans per can be taken literally game. as well. It’s estimated that “I Was There.” I was in Calgary for the tournament genthe tournament. Now, erated $85 million in economic activity for I’m back in Prince Alberta. George. Near comeback The World Junior – the semifinal game tournament may between Canada and have ended six days Russia on Jan. 3 at ago, but the experithe Saddledome was ence of being in the incredible. While Saddledome during Canada ultimately the final few days of the competition is still lost, they scored four consecutive goals in fresh in my memory. a 10-minute span in Furthermore, my the third period to column a week ago turn a 6-1 blowout was typed before the tournament ended. So into a nail-biting finI’m going to treat this ish The energy in the building was electric column as a recap at the beginning, piece. with red and white Where to start? jerseys throughout How about on the the seats, and even economic side. a giant Canada flag Record setter covering several rows – Hockey Canada in one of the secreported that a total tions. When Russia of 571,539 tickets had a 5-1 lead in the were sold for the second period spectagames at the Scotiators were quiet, with bank Saddledome in comments expressing Calgary and Rexall frustration, directed Place in Edmonton,


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at the officiating and Canada’s poor defensive play. By the end of the game, the noise level nearly blew the roof off the building. How Swede it is – For Sweden, the victory is something to cherish. With a 1-0 overtime victory over Russia in Thursday night’s gold medal final, this tournament marked only the second of its kind in which Sweden emerged as the champions. Their only previous title was in 1981, 31 years ago. Back then, Russia was still the Soviet Union. Consider Sweden’s rise internationally since then (including Olympic men’s hockey gold medals in 1994 and 2006) and it’s hard to believe the wait for another World Junior title was so long. Being in the Saddledome for the final, to suggest at least 85 per cent of spectators were cheering for Sweden and against Russia wouldn’t be far-fetched. They were the fan favourites in this game. Media circus – A sports event of this magnitude brings out all the major media

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outlets. While TSN had the broadcasting rights, the CanadaRussia post-game scrums at the Saddledome also attracted Sportsnet and the Score, Flames TV and international media. On the print side, there were representatives from the Globe and Mail, Calgary’s two paid dailies (the Sun and Herald) and Canadian Press, among others. Being an avid follower of national sports, I recognized a number of media personalities in the Saddledome during my visit, including Hockey Night in Canada panellists Eric Francis (Calgary Sun) and Eric Duhatschek (Globe and Mail), Calgarybased TSN correspondent Jermain Franklin and NHL Network analyst Craig Button, former general manager of the Calgary Flames. Walking around a horde of media representatives in the lower concourse of the Saddledome to get post-game comments following the Canada-Russia semifinal on Jan. 3 made any Prince George sports media scrum feel like a cakewalk by comparison. Secondary seating – a note to any other sports reporter at a community or non-daily newspaper whose accreditation for a major sports event gets accepted: don’t expect the best press box seat once you’re there. While empty seats in the main press area allowed me to sit right above the ice for each Slovakia game I covered, I had to sit in my assigned seat in a secondary press area for the CanadaRussia game. It was also a temporary press area set up just for the tournament as two rows of regular seats in the third level (seats which would normally be occupied by fans for Calgary Flames games) were marked off for accredited media. I was in the second of those two rows, with rowdy beer-drinking fans sporting Team Canada jerseys in the row behind me. But at least I was in the building. “I Was There.”

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Cougars clip Hawks for a win and a tie AListair McInnis

You couldn’t help but sense a slight amount of disappointment outside the Cariboo Cougars’ dressing


ended. But knowing how close they were to a victory and a twowin, four-point weekend, they knew things could’ve gone a little better. The Cougars led the

room on Sunday. Having recorded three of four points against a competitive Valley West Hawks squad, they weren’t hanging their heads in shame when the 2-2 tie

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Acclaimed international affairs expert and author Gwynne Dyer returns to Prince George Friday, Feb. 10 to lecture about the Arab Spring and recent developments in the Middle East. Event takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. at UNBC’s Canfor Theatre. Tickets are 415 and will be available at the door.

Call for Artists

Welcome PG and Immigrant and Multicultural Service Society remind artists that the deadline for sending in proposals or the public artwork Celebrating Diversity is Friday, Jan. 16. A committee will select the project on Jan. 23 will the new public artwork unveiled at the end of May. For proposal guidelines and more information visit www. or call Cat Sivertsen at 250-562-2900.

Reggie more than one-job dog ■ Therapy dog

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There have always been working dogs in our history and they perform a muchneeded service. However Reggie, a five-year-old golden retriever, is what you might call a workaholic. The St. John Ambulance therapy dog holds down two important jobs, one at UHNBC, the other at a local elementary school. Sherie Grantham is Reggie’s owner and handler. “We always knew he was going to be a good dog as he was pretty mellow as a puppy,” said Grantham. “When he was 12 weeks old, I went to Pawsitive Steps and for six months I took classes. I started training Reggie for agility in the first year of his life. And I became hooked on dog training.” When he was two, Reggie (named after Archie’s rival in the comic books) began testing for the St. John Ambulance therapy dog program. “Reggie had to pass the tests twice, one with me and once with my mom Joyce. He passed them all with flying colours. He’s an amazing dog. “He loves his jobs and being around people. Not all dogs have the temperament to be therapy dogs, but I do believe this was Reggie’s calling. He seems to know which people need him.” Tuesday morning Reggie was at Ron Brent Elementary school, sitting very attentively while being “read to” by three young students in a literacy-based program developed

in a partnership between the Rotary Club of Prince George, Ron Brent and TD Bank. Reggie is one of only two dogs certified for such work in Prince George. Also during the week, he visits and often sits at eye-level with patients who are undergoing cancer treatments at the chemotherapy ward at the hospital. “The patients find it very calming and comforting to have him there,” says Grantham whose mother goes with him on those visits. Judi Dowson is local unit facilitator for the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program. Part of her role is to educate the public about dog behaviour and she often speaks to young students on subjects like dog bite prevention (Be a Tree). Recently, she proposed the Reading Tails program to help children improve reading skills. “Dogs are not judgmental. So they are perfect around children who want to read better because they can feel comfortable. The dogs in this program are already therapy dogs with at least 100 hours under their belt,” Dowson said. Te re s a M A LLA M / Fre e Pre s s “For this kind of work, they are in St. John Ambulance therapy dog Reggie and handler Sherie Grantham follow along contact with children as Margaret Lafontaine reads a book Monday at Ron Brent Elementary. – paediatrics ward, tions but those cho- the dogs are tested in dren to see their reac- him into the schools, schools, special sen to work with situations they may tion. If they touch he truly comes to life. events – so how they children are chosen encounter in real-life anyone – one dog Children with readnudged a child on ing difficulties often behave around them for a reason. situations,” she said. is very important.” “We have them in the arm – they won’t feel uneasy reading “Once a year, we to adults, even teachDowson explains have people from a room with lots of pass certification.” Grantham agrees. ers, but they seem there’s no specific head office who come background noise training for therapy here and evaluate the (recorded at a busy Reggie is a big hit very relaxed with Reggie.” dogs who work with dogs. This year, out daycare centre) with with young readers. For more informa“The children read children but they are of eight dogs evalu- toys on the floor and put to a series of tests ated, only two got things like that to see to him – or at least tion about therapy and scenarios. how well they cope that’s what it feels like dogs and the other into the program.” to them – and I help work done by St. “All therapy dogs For the Reading with that. are wonderful dogs Tails program in “We also walk them with the pho- John Ambulance visit with good disposi- inner city schools, behind a row of chil- netics. When I take

Willerton wants to fix things Teresa Mallam

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Author and artist Jeff Willerton is not on a one-man crusade to change the world or this country. He does hope, however, that his book, Fix Canada Or Lose It, will give people pause and make them think about what they can do to heal the country’s wounds, before it’s too late. The 190-page book, now in its 10th edition, is a collection of columns originally written for Central Alberta newspapers and includes updates on the issues. In penning the columns, Willerton tells it like it really is on the political scene – but offers solutions. He was in Prince George Monday as part of his northern

book tour. “(Fix Canada Or Lose It) is about educating people and raising awareness about certain issues. They will learn some history of Canada in the process. People cannot read my book and not make a more informed vote on election day.” Willerton says his book will help Canadians separate fact from fiction, political hype from real history and allow them to come to their own conclusions. “The world is unfolding in a certain way and no politician is going to change that. But we want to keep on the right track as much as possible.” Willerton says the real problems with Canada began in 1968 with the election of

Pierre Trudeau. He calls it the beginning of the end. “People need to know how we got to where we are now and what we can do about where we’re going. “I want people to step back from the brink and take a look at what’s in front of them – before it’s too late.” For more about Willerton, read his autobiography, From the Poorhouse to the Penthouse (www. He is also author of From the Big Bang to Obama. Fix Canada is available locally at Books and Company and Coles. For more information visit


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Michael Heeney, the executive director of Bing Thom Architects, one of Canada’s top architectural firms and most recent winner of the B.C. Premier’s Wood Champion Award, will give a talk on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Prince George Library. Heeney will explain how the company’s recent projects in Fort Worth, Texas, Washington, D.C. and Surrey have helped transform the central core of those cities. He is a passionate advocate in the power of architecture to improve communities and downtown cores, not just physically but also economically and socially. Heeney will be able to address how a key component for downtown improvement in Prince George has to be beautiful and functional buildings that reflect civic pride and confidence. Last fall, Bing Thom’s Trinity River East Campus of Tarrant County College opened in Fort Worth, the first phase of the Trinity River Uptown Plan, the largest urban redevelopment project currently underway in the U.S. In 2010, the firm’s Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theatre in Washington opened. Other recent projects close to home include the Surrey Centre Library and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. Along with the premier’s award, Bing Thom



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Wednesday Prince George Healing Rooms - Are you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Wednesday noon-2 p.m, All Nations Church, 1395 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-617-9653. COPD support group meets Wednesday, 1 p.m., AiMHi. Information: Nancy 250-561-1393. Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. B.C.Civil Liberties meets every second Wednesday, 6 p.m., Civic Centre. Next meeting Jan. 18. CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Capt. McCue 250565-6993, 250-5649030.

Thursday DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association,1692 10th Ave. Information: Heather 250-9649699. NCP workers and retirees meet third Thursday of the month, 10 a.m., Pine Centre food court. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave. Chess nights, Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., Books and Company. Information: Marilyn 250-562-9580. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, Spruce Capital Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561.

Tai Chi Classes meets Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Knox United Church basement, 1448 Fifth Ave. Info: Lister 250-964-3849. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave.

563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740. Royal Purple meets meets second and fourth Mondays, 7:30 p.m. Information: Dianne 250-596-0125 or Jeanette 250-5639362.


Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays 7–8:30 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250962-6876 or www. 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.

Live bands, Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight, Royal Canadian Legion.

Saturday Canadian Federation of University Women general meeting, Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m., Prince George Chateau. Information: Maureen 250-561-0403 or Marie 250-964-6265. Dance to Goodwin Brothers, Jan. 14, Hart Pioneer Centre, 8 p.m.-midnight. Steak and lobster dinner, Feb. 11, Shooters Bar and Grill, 611 Brunswick St., fundraiser for 2618 Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadet Corps. Information: Rosemarie 250-9639397. Live bands, Saturday, 8 p.m.midnight, Royal Canadian Legion.

Sunday Caledonia Ramblers easy threehour snowshoe hike at The Cliff, Jan. 15. Meet in parking lot behind city hall 8:50 a.m. Information: Carolyn 250-5621826. Crib tournament, 1 p.m., Jan. 15, Hart Pioneer Centre. Roast beef and Yorkshire buffet, Jan. 15, 5 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Meat draw, Royal Canadian Legion, 3-5 p.m. Family dinner after draws. Proceeds to Alzheimer and MS societies.

Monday Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Michael’s Church Hall. Information: Gys 250-


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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: 250-563-2885. 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 issues? Confidential prayers Monday noon-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m No appointment necessary, located in the Prince George Pentecostal Church, 497 Ospika Blvd. Information: 250-6179653. Free sports and recreation, Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 1160 7th Ave., ages

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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 mutual/self-help support group for parents of teens, meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Intersect (basement entrance). Information: Carmen 250-562-6639. Tuesday night Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 6:157:15 p.m. weigh in, 7:30-8:30 meeting. Everyone welcome. Information: Marvene 250-962-8001 or 250-612-2031. DivorceCare, a support group for persons going through a separation or divorce. To find out if this group is for you, call 250-5646213. Group meets at Artspace, Room 202, Sundays at 5 p.m. Call about childcare. Hepatitis C support group meets

The Commonwealth Financial Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Wednesday through a partnership between Commonwealth Financial and the Prince George Free Press. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3 E-mail

month, PGRH fourth floor conference room. Information: Ilse or Pat 250-5657387. Thursday Tops (take off pounds sensibly) 10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m., Knox United Church,1448 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-564-6336 (days), 250-964-4851 (evenings). Red Hat Chapter meets for lunches and outings. Information: 250-564-6879. AiMHi is offering networking and information session opportunity for parents, guardians, and caregivers. 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

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: 250564-3568 ext. 228, or e-mail literacy@pgnfc. com. Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answers. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Monday, 7:30 p.m., hospital, Room 421. Call Shelley 250612-3877. Power Play, for children from newborns to five years old, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle Ave. Information: 250-6149449. Prince George

Group meets Wednesdays, 9:3011:30 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association, 1692 10th Ave. Information: Julia 250563-3819, Roland 250-562-1747.

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” 27 Million Voices Recruiting volunteers for 2 positions: Treasurer & Gala Event Organizer – deadline to apply is Jan 17. 250-552-1667 Alzheimer Society of BC Walk for Memories on Jan. 29. Visit for details. 250-564-7533 Parent Support Services Volunteer Facilitators Needed for Parent Support Circle Training. Train to be a Group Leader. NEXT TRAINING: Feb 18 & 19. Email Jessica 250-962-0600

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Tuesdays: Jan 24–Mar 13 7–9pm

Adult Daytime Classes

Art for iPads with Kim Stewart

Saturday: March 17, 10am–3pm

Printmaking with Frances Anderson

Mondays: Jan 30–Mar 5 10am–12pm all levels welcome!

Chinese Brush Painting with Coral Chen

Tuesdays: Jan 31–Mar 6 10–11:30am great for beginners!

Art Class for Adults with Maureen Faulkner

Wednesdays: Feb 1–Mar 7 11am–1:30pm great for beginners!

Wednesdays: Jan 25–Feb 29 7–9pm great for beginners!

Watercolour for Beginners with Laura Chandler

Wednesdays: Jan 25–Feb 29 7–9pm great for beginners!

Creating Textures in Watercolour with Wendy Framst

Thursdays: Jan 26–Mar 1 7–9pm

Registration Online Or call 250-614-7800 Two Rivers Gallery members receive 10% discount on all classes!

Tues. Wed. Thurs. Fri.

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Jan. 24 – Mar 13 Jan. 25 – Mar 14 Jan. 26 – Mar 15 Jan. 20 – Mar 16

Preschool Art / Ages 3 & 4

Saturdays: Jan 21–Mar 10 10am–12pm

Saturdays, Jan 21–Mar 10 10–11:30 am

Creative Hand Sewing / Ages 6–9 with Teresa Bell

Wednesdays: Jan 25–Feb 29 3:30–5pm

Creative Creatures / Ages 8–12 Machine Sewing with Teresa Bell Thursdays: Jan 26–Mar 1 3:30–5:30pm

Mad Hatter Mardi Gras Party with Mad Hatter Jeanne Ages 6–9 Saturday: February 11 2–3:30pm

Teen Art / Ages 12–16 with Maureen Hamilton

Thursdays: Jan 26–Mar 15 4–6pm

725 Civic Plaza Visit us on the web for complete class details!

All children’s studio programs are eligible for the “Children’s Art Tax Credit” Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General Gaming Policy and Enforcement Branch


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Whether you are looking for a career change, wanting to update your skills or fill your leisure time, CNC Continuing Education has something that will interest you. NEW Introduction to the Russian Language Jan 9 - Feb 15/12 Mon & Wed 6:30-8:00pm Cost: $165 Microsoft Publisher Level 1 Jan 11 - Feb 1/12 Wed 6-9 pm Cost: $215 Introduction to Forklift Operations Jan 14 & 15/12 Sat & Sun 8-4:30pm OR Mar 3 & 4/12 Sat & Sun 8-4:30pm Cost: $499 Introduction to Digital Camera Jan 16 - Feb 1/12 OR Apr 23 - May9/12 Mon & Wed 6:30-9:30pm & Sat 1:30-4:30pm Cost: $165 MSS Part 2: Group Decision-Making & Problem-Solving Skills Jan 19 - Mar 15/12 Thu 6-9pm OR Apr 10 - Apr 13/12 Tue thru Fri 8:30-4pm Cost: $545 Medical Terminology Jan 23 - Mar 8/12 Mon & Thu 6-9pm OR May 7 - Jun 25/12 Mon & Thu 6-9pm Cost: $435 Forklift Certification Jan 28/12, Feb 18/12, Mar 10/12 OR Apr 21/12 Sat 8am-4:30pm Cost: $299 Auto Diagnostics Jan 30 - Feb 8/12 Mon, Tue, Wed 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $350 Fundamentals of Insurance Feb 1 - Mar 26/12 Mon & Wed 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $545 Chefs in the City: Desserts Feb 4/12 Sat 2-5pm Cost: $93.68 Microsoft Excel Level 1 Feb 6 - Feb 22/12 OR Jul 9 - Jul 25/12 Mon & Wed 6-9pm Cost: $295 Microsoft Word Level 1 Feb 7 - Feb 28/12 Tue 6-9pm Cost: $215

Microsoft PowerPoint Level 1 Feb 9 - Mar 1/12 Thu 6-9pm Cost: $215 MSS Part 1: Interpersonal Communication Skills & Conflict Resolution Feb 14 - Feb 17/12 Tue thru Fri 8:30-4pm Cost: $545

Going Pro & Business of Photography Mar 6 - May 8/12 Tue 6:30-9:30 Cost: $425 Introduction to Mental Health Mar 7 - May 25/12 Mon & Wed 6-9:30pm, Sat 8:30-4:30pm Cost: $1400

Confined Space Entry & Rescue Feb 15/12 OR Mar 28/12 Wed 8am-4:30pm Cost: $225

Introduction to Guitar Mar 8 - Apr 26/12 Thu 7-8:30pm Cost: $125

Rigging and Lifting Feb 15/12 OR Mar 14/12 Wed 8-4:30pm Cost: $225

Propagating Plants Mar 10/12 Sat 9:30-12:00 noon OR Mar 15/12 Thu 6:30-9pm Cost: $38.58

Bookkeeping Concepts Feb 16/12 Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $25

Foundations of Conflict Resolution Mar 13 - Mar 15/12 Tue thru Thu 8:30-4:30pm Cost: $570

Field Service Rep ‘B’ Prep Feb 17 - Mar 4/12 Fri 6-10pm, Sat & Sun 8-6pm Cost: $525

Microsoft Word Level 2 Mar 13 - Apr 3/12 Tue 6-9pm Cost: $215

Excel for Bookkeepers Feb 20 - Mar 26/12 OR May 23 – Jun 27/12 Mon & Wed 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $395

Microsoft Excel Level 2 Mar 15 - Apr 19/12 Thu 6-9pm Cost: $295

Bookkeeping - Level 2 Feb 21 - Mar 27/12 Tue & Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $350 Simply Accounting - Level 1 Feb 21 - Mar 15/12 Tue & Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $325 Aerial Lift Platform Feb 25/12 OR Mar 17/12 Sat 8am-4:30pm Cost: $299 Vehicle Inspection Endorsement Feb 27 - Mar 2/12 OR May 14-18/12 Mon thru Thu 4-10pm Cost: $395 Advanced Foot Care Certificate for LPNs & RNs Feb 2012 TBA Cost: $850 Hybrid Systems Mar 5 - Mar 12/12 Mon 8-4:30pm Cost: $350

Growing Fruits and Berries Mar 17/12 Sat 10-4pm Cost: $72.18 Millwright IP Upgrade Mar 19 - Mar 30/12 Mon thru Fri 8-3:30pm Cost: $1500 Medical Office Assistant Mar 19 - Jun 23/12 Evenings TBA Cost: $1195 Small Engines Mar 26 - Mar 30/12 Mon thru Fri 4-10pm Cost: $795 Simply Accounting - Level 2 Mar 27 - Apr 19/12 Tue & Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $325 Mobile Crane/Boom-Truck Certification Prep Mar 31 - Apr 1/12 Sat & Sun 8-4:30pm Cost: $525

Dental Office Receptionist March TBA Cost: $710 Pruning Basics Apr 7/12 Sat 10-4pm Cost: $83.38 Introduction to Skid Steer Apr 7 & 8/12 Sat & Sun 8-4:30pm Cost: $525 CFC/HCFC/HFC Control and Recovery Apr 10/12 Mon 8-4:30pm Cost: $215 Bookkeeping - Level 3 Apr 11 - May 16/12 Mon & Wed 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $350 Air Conditioning Basics Apr 16 - Apr 18/12 Mon,Tue,Wed 6-10pm Cost: $250 Building Your Communication Toolbox Apr 18 & 19/12 Wed & Thu 8:30-4:30pm Cost: $465 Traffic Control Person Apr 18 - Apr 19/12 OR May 2 & 3/12 Wed & Thu 8:30-4:30pm Cost: $299 LPG Conversion Apr 23 - May 2/12 Mon, Tue, Wed 6-10pm Cost: $600 NEW Introduction to Photo Slideshows Apr 26 - May 31/12 Thu 6:30-9:30pm Cost: $165 MSS Part 3: Self Management Skills May 1 - May 4/12 Tue thru Fri 8:30-4pm Cost: $545 Chefs in the City: BBQ and a Pint! May 5 /12 Sat 2-5pm Cost: $104.88 Asserting Yourself in Conflict May 15 - May 16/12 Tue & Wed 8:30-4:30pm Cost: $465

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FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITY Attend our free franchise seminar to learn how you can lead the Pizza revolution with Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza. In Prince George on January 24th from 7:00 to 8:30PM. At the Sandman Signature Hotel, space is limited. To register email or call 1-800-2577272.

Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG

Alberta earthmoving company requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will work in a modern shop and also have mechanics truck for field work. The job is at Edson, Alberta. We require that you have experience on Cat crawlers and or Deere excavators. Call Lloyd at (780)723-5051.

Steady/PT to vacuum, wipe & wash cars. Apply to Hands on Car Wash, 1956 3rd Ave

ATTENTION RESIDENTIAL School Survivors! If you received the CEP (Common Experience Payment), you may be eligible for further Cash Compensation. To see if you qualify, phone toll free 1-877988-1145 now. Free service!

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Drivers/Courier/ Trucking ALL CDL Drivers Wanted: Excellent mileage pay + bonuses. Require valid passport. Deliver new & used vehicles long haul in U.S. & Canada. Piggyback training available. Toll-Free 1-855-781-3787.


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DRIVER. Company expanding. Looking for Class 1 driver who can cross border and go into ports, preferably with 1 year flat deck exp. Serious replies only. Fax resume & abstract to 604-853-4179.



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Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Owner Operators for runs out of our Prince George Terminal. We offer excellent rates Winter/Mountain experience is required. Email current abstract, resume and details of truck to: or fax 604-587-9889 or call Bev at 1-800-663-0900. Van Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility. We thank you for your interest, however only those of interest will be contacted.

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AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.



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is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes Baker Hughes Alberta based oilfield services company is currently hiring;

EQUIPMENT OPERATORS Class 1 or 3 License required.

TANDOORI COOKS ~ CURRY COOKS ~ SWEET MAKERS ~ DISHWASHERS Karahi King Restaurant Ltd. is hiring for Tandoori Cooks $18/hr, Curry Cooks $18/hr. Sweet Makers $17/hr. & Dishwashers $10.70/hr. All 40 hrs/wk. Mail 600 Quebec St., Prince George, BC V2L 1W7 or phone 250-564-2129

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Early Childhood Educator Teeter Tots Early Learning Centre located in College Heights is seeking a full time Early Childhood Educator to join our team. The successful candidate must have an ECE License, Food Safe, First Aid and a clear Criminal Record. Please fax or email resume to (250)964-2788 or

Administrative Support Do you have a passion for working with or for children? The Child Development Centre assists over 1100 of the region’s children per year, helping them develop to their potential with therapy, preschool, daycare, and other support services.

We have a full time position available within our administrative team. Functions include a variety of support activities, such as transcribing and typing medical reports, composing correspondence, providing information to the public, updating children’s charts, answering calls, taking and receipting payments, and other related duties. We are looking for an individual that is friendly, hard working, and highly organized with exacting work habits. Strong multitasking skills are a must. Minimum qualiÀcations include excellent ofÀce skills, a minimum of 55 wpm typing speed, and strong computer skills using a variety of software. For additional information, please see our website at If you are ready to join a team that makes a difference in the lives of region’s children and families, please forward your résumé and cover letter to: Darrell Roze, Executive Director Child Development Centre, 1687 Strathcona Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 4E7 Phone: 563-7168 ext 207, Fax: 563-4847 Email:

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3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton.

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COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA Nechako Campus The College of New Caledonia is looking to fill the following position:

INSTRUCTOR – FOUNDATION LEVEL PIPE TRADES This instructor will teach in the Foundation Level Pipe Trades program from February 6, 2012 to August 3, 2012. To ¿nd out more information about these and other opportunities, and directions on how to apply, please check our website at: Join us. We offer a supportive workplace, great benefits, and competitive salaries. And we have opportunities to grow, both within our college, and within our communities.


Share in our growth and success Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd. is an integrated wood manufacturing company with operations throughout central British Columbia. We are known in the industry as producers of some of the highest quality wood products available today, and we distribute our premiere products throughout North America and Asia. While our focus is meeting the needs of our customers, our success is driven by our people. We are currently looking at adding additional strength to our team at Lakeland Mills Ltd. in Prince George, BC.

Accounts Payable/Woods Accounting Assistant We are currently seeking an Accounts Payable/Woods Accounting Assistant to join our team at Lakeland Mills Ltd.


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Looking For Company Drivers & Owner Operators With Open Deck Experience. Canada Wide and/or Canada To US. Must Have: • Valid Commercial Driving Licence • Minimum 3 Years Commercial Driving & Open Deck Experience We Offer: • Above Average Compensation Package • Training & Incentive Programs • Signing Bonus • A Great Team and Successful Company Please e-mail Or Fax To: 403.723.9903

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HARWOOD FORD SALES, needs Licensed Automotive Technicians, 1 hours from Calgary, Alberta. New Millenium Ford Dealership, state-ofthe-art technical equipment. 14 service bays, unlimited flat rate hours, in the heart of oil country. Send resume Joel Nichols, Fax 403-362-2921 Email: INDEPENDENT ELECTRIC & Controls Ltd. Hiring immediately, Western Canada locations: Electrical/Instrumentation; Journeyman/Apprentices. Oilfield/Industrial experience an asset. Standard safety tickets required. Email resume: referencing job # CAJIJE003. Journeyman Electrician. Horizon Climate Controls, an HVAC & Electrical contracting company in Williams Lake has an immediate opening for a journeyman electrician. . Horizon Climate Controls is a progressive, community oriented company offering competitive wages & benefit package. Williams Lake is located in the Central Interior of BC & offers numerous opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter who works well in a team environment with experience in a variety of electrical work from residential to light industrial. Email resumes to: horizon or fax to (250) 398-9099.

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Light Warehouse Training Program Are you….. • Unemployed / not on EI (have not had a EI claim within the last 3 years or a maternity/parental claim in the last 5 years) • Not a student • Willing and able to perform the duties required of a warehouse person and the ability to lift and move heavy objects.

The Accounts Payable role will be responsible for processing invoices and generating payments. In addition, they will provide clerical and administrative support when required. The Woods Accounting Assistant role will be responsible for processing daily and monthly log delivery reports, preparing contractor pays and month end entries and reconciliations.

This Free 18-week program trains students in shipping, receiving, job hunting skills and provides on-site training through practicum work. Students will obtain ¿ve certi¿cates; Forklift Operation, Occupational First Aid -Level One, WHMIS, Occupational Health & Safety and Transportation of Dangerous Goods.

The ideal candidate must have the ability to work in a team environment. Preference will be given to those who have experience relevant to accounting, and are proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel. Completion or current enrollment in a recognized accounting/ business certificate or diploma would be considered an asset. Exceptional organizational skills, and excellent communication skills are also required.

Course Offering: February 27, 2012 - June 20, 2012

Qualified candidates can send their applications to prior to: Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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Information Session: January 17, 2012 OR January 24, 2012 10:30am - 11:3Oam To reserve a seat to attend one of our information meetings, please contact the CNC Community Education at 250.561.5846

MILL STORES CLERKS Throughout Western Canada · Strong company values · Dynamic environment · Continuous development To explore this opportunity and become a part of our community please visit our website & submit your resume by January 22, 2012 M I L LW R I G H T / M E C H A N I C REQUIRED – Full time position. Vancouver Island Chip Plant. Welding experience an asset. Union wage, full benefit package. Please contact joanne.stone


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Home Improvements G Gilbert Renovation Year round reno needs. Int/ext, nothing too small. 30 yrs exp. Free estimates! Call Gaetan (250) 560-5845 or 552-7184

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FALL YARD CLEAN-UP Garbage Removal & Gutter Cleaning Power Raking ~ Aerating (250)961-3612 or (250)964-4758 res

ROUND HAY Bales for sale. Call 250-846-5855

Belgian Shepherd pups. Imported lines, bred for temperament,structure. (250)392-5531

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991

BIG BUILDING Sale. Clearance sale you don’t want to miss! 20X26 $4995. 25X34 $6460. 30X44 $9640. 40X70 $17,945. 47X90 $22,600. One end included. Pioneer Steel: 1800-668-5422.

PANASONIC KX-T7433C Digital Phone System; Complete with 19 handsets. Excellent condition, perfect for start-up office. Will accept best offer. 604-363-1397.


DOES your dog pull on leash? Do you want your dog to come when called? Is jumping up on people a problem? Group classes or private sessions are available. Visit Canines With Class at Email Or phone 250-9620888. Please leave a message if no answer.

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GOLDEN RETRIEVER puppies for sale, 7 male, 4 females, medium copper, vaccinated, dewormed, vet checked, health guaranteed, ready Jan. 21. $450 ea. (250)697-6826.

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GIBRALTAR MINE: A Rock-Solid Foundation for Career Growth

GIBRALTAR MINE: A Rock-Solid Foundation for Career Growth

At Taseko Mines, we’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.

At Taseko Mines, we’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 Canada’s proud mining heritage. The Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine is a cornerstone of the regional economy and an example of great Canadian mining in action. Located in the heart of BC’s stunning Cariboo region, Gibraltar is approximately 60 km north of Williams Lake. It is the second largest open pit copper mine in Canada.

Joining our Gibraltar Mine team makes you part of Canada’s proud mining heritage. The Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine is a cornerstone of the regional economy and an example of great Canadian mining in action. Located in the heart of BC’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 we’re looking for talented candidates to help us facilitate this. That’s where you come in…

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 we’re looking for talented candidates to help us facilitate this. That’s where you come in…

We currently have a full time opportunity for a:

We currently have a full time opportunity for a:

ENGINEER-IN-TRAINING GEOTECHNICAL Position Summary: Reporting to the Senior Mine Engineer, the Engineerin-Training, Geotechnical is responsible for providing technical direction for the design, construction and ongoing evaluation of pit walls, dumps, tailings dam and other mine site structures. The employee may be rotated through positions within the Mine Engineering department to provide a background and education in mine operations, surveying, blasting, etc. Specific Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Perform mapping and conduct geotechnical studies of pit walls, waste dumps and tailings dam • Establish stable pit and tailings dam design parameters • Provide geotechnical input for short-and long-range mine planning • Plan and execute geotechnical investigations • Design and manage the geotechnical pit wall, waste dump and tailings dam monitoring system • Maintain geotechnical records and submit reports • Maintain positive working relationships with operations and fellow engineering department personnel Qualifications: • Degree in Geotechnical Engineering; recent graduates will be considered • Eligible for registration as an Engineer-In-Training with APEGBC • Related mining experience would be considered a definite asset • Strong computer skills with knowledge of MS office • Accomplished written, verbal and group presentation skills are essential 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, in confidence, by email to recruit@ by January 31, 2012. Visit us at 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.

GEOLOGIST Position Summary: Reporting to the Senior Mine Geologist, the Geologist is responsible for minimizing ore loss and ore dilution by collecting and interpreting geological data, setting ore/waste demarcation lines and tracking performance against the Reserve Block Model by daily and monthly reconciliation. Specific Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Undertakes ore control functions to minimize ore loss and ore dilution • Monitors milling issues, and identifies ore sources to best meet mill feed specifications • Prepares and tracks daily ore forecast to keep mill operations personnel informed of changes to planned ore feed • Conducts field geological and geotechnical mapping • Prepares monthly reconciliation between Reserve and Blast Hole Block Model • Plans and coordinates “in-pit” rotary or diamond drilling activities • Maintains effective information exchange with engineering department and operations department to resolve common issues or problems Qualifications: • Degree in geology or geological engineering with at least four years experience in mining and/or exploration geology • Qualifies for GIT or EIT status in British Columbia • Ability to function as a team player in achieving common objectives • Accomplished written, verbal and group presentation skills • Strong computer skills with sound knowledge of Microsoft office Compensation: Gibraltar offers an excellent benefit package which includes competitive salary and 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, in confidence, by email to: recruit@ by January 31, 2012. Visit us at 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.

For Sale: 1- Safety 1st Adjustable Baby Gate- $20, 1-Avalon Playpen - $35, 2-Folding wooden TV tables-$5 ea, 2-wooden folding chairs-$5 ea, 1-small wooden bedside table $10 250-562-3747 after 6 p.m.

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GIBRALTAR MINE: A Rock-Solid Foundation for Career Growth At Taseko Mines, we’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 Canada’s proud mining heritage. The Gibraltar copper-molybdenum mine is a cornerstone of the regional economy and an example of great Canadian mining in action. Located in the heart of BC’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 we’re looking for talented candidates to help us facilitate this. That’s where you come in… We currently have a full time opportunity for a:

LONG RANGE PLANNING ENGINEER Position Summary: Reporting to the Senior Mine Engineer, the Long Range Planning Engineer is responsible for mine planning and for participating in the integration of mine plans into mining operations. This is accomplished by managing the Mine EIT and Technicians so that they function as a cohesive, coordinated, goal-directed unit. Specific Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Coordinates the development of long range mine plans including 43-101, Life of Mine, 5 year and Annual mine plan and budget • Coordinates economic studies of mining methods and equipment purchases, Wenco system maintenance and development • Regularly analyses engineering section’s operating costs and identifies cost reduction opportunities • Generates monthly, quarterly and annual reports on engineering section’s performance • Recommends staffing requirements and participates in the hiring process Qualifications: • Degree in mining engineering with a minimum of four years experience in open pit mine engineering • Registered professional engineer • Strong supervisory and team building skills • Accomplished written, verbal and group presentation skills • Strong computer skills with sound knowledge of Microsoft office Compensation: Gibraltar offers an excellent benefit package which includes competitive salary and 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, in confidence, by email to: recruit@ by January 31, 2012. Visit us at 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.

Merchandise for Sale

Misc. Wanted I Buy Old Coins & Collections Olympic Gold Silver Change + Chad: 250-863-3082 in Town

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent


Bachelor Suite

Available. 1260 Ahbau Street

250-563-5571 Midtowne • 1 & 2 bedroom apartments available • Close to hospital & downtown • Rent includes heat, hot water • Elevator to undercover parking • Fridge, stove, quality carpets, drapes • Laundry on each floor • No pets

To Rent Call:

250-561-1447 1 1/2 - 2 bdrm apts. Safe, clean & quiet. Receive your 12th month rent free (conditions apply) 250-613-7483 Darby Apts. 3 bedroom condo available Jan 15th. 2 bathrooms, f/s, dw, w/d, n/s, n/p. Close to UNBC, CNC, Costco, Superstore. Bus pickup at end of driveway. $1060.00 p/m plus utilities. Phone 250-981-6185 Briarwood Apts. 1330/80 Foothills Blvd. 1 & 2 Bdrm suites 250-561-1571

Carriage Lane Estates

2 & 3 BDRM TOWNHOUSES Close to CNC and shopping


HARDWOOD MANOR APTS 1575 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm suites Hardwood floors. Heat incl. 250-596-9484

HILLSBOROUGH Apts 3820 - 15th Ave


412- 420 Voyager Dr (off 5th Ave) Spacious 1, 2 & 3 bdrm apts Clean, quiet, secure entrance. Students Welcome. Rental Incentives. No Dogs

Phone 250-563-2221

JUBILEE Apt’s 1 bedroom Adult orientated, close to downtown & bus route. N/S, N/P. Parking.

Call: (250) 562-7172

Parklane Garden Apartments 461 N. Ospika Blvd. Solid Brick & Conc. Bldg. Enjoy Quiet & Safe Living.

Adult Oriented 2 & 3 bdrm.

Large Balcony & Patio’s Incl. Cbl, Heat, Lrg. Stor Fr/St/DW - N/S N/P Call Resident Mgr.


Pine Glen Apartments 255 N. Ospika (Rental Office) Spacious clean 2 & 3 bdrm 1 1/2 bath Heat, Hot water & Parking incl. Laundry & Play ground on Site. Ask about our new rates Bus route to all amenities 250-561-1823 VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446





Apt/Condo for Rent

Duplex / 4 Plex

Auto Financing

Scrap Car Removal

Wrecker/Used Parts

SUMMIT APTS 2666 Upland Street

2 bdrm upstairs, 1/2 duplex, WD, 2315 Royal Cres, $850/mo + util. (250)961-7527



USED TIRES Cars & Trucks $25 & up


Misc for Rent

250-564-3162 West Austin Apartments 2 bdrm located on Hart Hwy. 778-415-0010

Commercial/ Industrial

Majestic Management (1981) Ltd. CE • OFFI ERCIAL M • COM IL A T • RE Space available for rent For all your rental needs Call 562-8343 or 562-RENT

1, 2, & 3 bdrm suites for rent, reasonably priced. Heat & Hydro incl. Ph (250) 552-1178

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Cars - Domestic

250.963.3435 15270 Hwy 97 South


Suites, Lower 1453 Ford Ave, 3 BDRM, ground level $850 per mth. 2216 Tamarack St 2 bed $750 per mth incl. util.250- 961-2265 1 bdr. basement suite, $450 utilities included, private ent., parking, shared laundry. Newer renos, available immed. NS, single student (250)564-7560 1 bdrm suite for rent. Includes utilities $550/mo close to Costco. 1 person, NP, NS Phone (250)596-5962 2 bdrm furn/unfurn NS Utilities & laundry incl. References required. Incentive for seniors. Avail Jan 31st 250-562-2444 2 bedroom basement suite in College Heights. Close to bus and shopping. Sep entrance, laundry and parking. Ref req. NP $800 mth. util included 250-964-6106

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MOTORS 805 1st Ave. 250.563.8891

Scrap Car Removal SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Help Wanted

Apply with resume for the appropriate position to Shelley (Store Manager) at 1905 Victoria Street next to Total Pet, Prince George, 250.562.5555

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Trades, Technical

Dunkley Lumber Ltd., a progressive forest company operating in the Prince George area, manufactures high quality lumber products for our customers within North America and around the world. Our company is committed to ensuring that our forest resources are managed to the highest possible standard. We are currently inviting applications for the following position in our Woodlands Department.

FORESTRY SUPERVISOR As Forestry Supervisor you will be working with the Woodlands team in the administration and supervision of Dunkley’s harvesting program. Your responsibilities will include operational planning and management of harvesting activities, such as logging, road construction and road maintanence. The successful applicants will be able to demonstrate: • Currently registered or eligible for registration as a Registered Forest Technologist (RFT), Forester in training (FIT) or Registered Professional Forester (RPF) with the Association of BC Forestry Professional (ABCFP), • A minimum of 3 years experience in forestry fieldwork, • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office, • Knowledge of current BC forest legislation, regulations, policies, and guidelines, • Possession of a valid Class 5 Driving Licence and safe driving record, • Good problem solving, decision making and organizational abilities, • Good verbal communication and technical writing skills, and • The ability to work independently and in a team. Applications will be accepted up to 5:00 p.m., January 16, 2012. Please email a cover letter and resume to with Forestry Supervisor in the subject line. We thank you for your interest, however, only candidates invited to interview will be contacted.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Lake Babine Nation JOB POSTING

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB SUMMARY: The Executive Director will manage the development, implementation and maintenance of Lake Babine Nation (“LBN”) Services operational policies, practices and principles that provide for competent governance, accountability, effectiveness, transparency and efficiency; implement organizational vision; provide direction and support to the political and administration office. SALARY: negotiable QUALIFICATIONS: • Graduation with professional degree from a recognized university in Business, Human Resources or Finance preferred; Specialization that has been obtained through an exceptional combination of training, education and/or experience may be considered. • Experience of strategic leadership/senior management of not-for-profit organization or corporation; • Extensive experience with financial and human resources management; demonstrate knowledge & experience in leading First Nation Political or Advocacy organization would be an asset. • Background and knowledge base of issues facing First Nations in Economic Development; • Problem-solving, decision-making, financial and policy analysis; leadership role modeling/mentoring to encourage optimum performance by staff; • Superior written/oral communication/negotiation/ presentation skills to represent LBN dealings with multi-levels of government and various stakeholders; • Understanding of LBN History and mandate. Aboriginal rights, challenges, opportunities and political processes pertaining to First Nations; • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle. PROCEDURES 1. A cover letter, please indicate how your education and experience qualifies you for this position. 2. Recent resume showing that you meet the basic Qualifications. 3. A photocopy of your Degree, Certification. DEADLINE: February 10, 2012

Drive to Save Lives

Trades, Technical

SUBMIT ALL DOCUMENTS TO: Beatrice MacDonald, Human Resources Manager Lake Babine Nation P.O. Box 879, Burns Lake, B.C., V0J 1E0 Inquiries: Phone 250-692-4700 Only those applicants short listed will be contacted for an interview.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Lake Babine Nation JOB POSTING

TREATY EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Lake Babine Nation Treaty is searching for a candidate to join our team in the position of Executive Assistant. We are looking for a self-motivated, highly organized and energetic individual who can work overtime along with highly motivated team. RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting and under direct Supervision of Chief Negotiator, the Executive Assistant will be: • Responsible for organizing and coordination of all meetings, travel arrangements, including day-today operations • Ability to communicate with Program & Community Managers/Staff/Members, in a kind and respectful manner • Ensure that timely process of meeting minutes, correspondence or reporting • Maintains confidentiality of all information • Assists in developing a comprehensive file maintenance system • Other duties as assigned by Treaty QUALIFICATIONS • Ability to speak and understand Babine Carrier (An asset but not necessary) • Successful completion of Grade 12 (Dogwood or equivalent) • Applied Business Technology (Office Administration Certificate) • Excellent Oral and Written communication and interpersonal skills • Minimum two years experience successfully managing multi-projects • Demonstrate working knowledge of WordPerfect, Power Point Presentation, Windows & Microsoft Programs and Spreadsheet program • Experience as administrative assistant or secretarial support staff • Excellent computer skills, particularly understanding electronic reporting systems DEADLINE: January 20, 2012 PLEASE SEND RESUME & COVER LETTER TO: Beatrice MacDonald, Human Resources Manager Lake Babine Nation P.O. Box 879, Burns Lake, B.C., V0J 1E0 or email: Only those candidates chosen for an interview will be contacted.


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Jan 13th - FortisBC Minor Hockey Night Jan 13th & 14th the Cougars welcome Bret “The Hitmanâ€? Hart Jan 13th - Autographs available Jan 14 - A lucky fan will have a chance to compete against Hart in an on-ice competition as well as win a trip for 2 to see the Canucks play. Call the Cougars ofďŹ ce at 250-571-0783 to register. th

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Five prawns cooked in our house made Cajun sauce.


Chilean crab cakes lightly sautĂŠed served with corn salsa & our ďŹ ve pepper aioli.


All main entrees served with your choice of Ric’s signature stuffed potato, Chef’s daily potato, Basmati rice pilaf & seasonal vegetables.

CAJUN RUBBED SIRLOIN topped with FIVE PEPPER PRAWNS Cajun spiced Sterling Silver Sirloin grilled to perfection topped with 5 Creole crusted prawns tossed in our ďŹ ve pepper jelly.


Chicken, & chorizo sausage in house made New Orleans sauce, served with toasted garlic toast.

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