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RESCUE: Quick-thinking bystanders save elderly pair from water A3 Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Men’s soccer kicked off another season in Prince George A9

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WorkSafeBC checking explosion links DELYNDA PILON

Parallels between the Babine Sawmill fire and the Lakeland Mills explosion prompted WorkSafeBC to share similarities investigators pinpointed between the incidents with industry leaders and the public Monday. The last update on the Babine fire, given May 2 shortly after the Lakeland explosion, contained few comparisons since investigators had just got on the ground at Lakeland. By Friday, however, investigators noted the likely source of ignition during both events was the same. “Today we directed employers’ attention to similarities that have been observed during the course of both investigations,” Jeff Dolan, WorkSafeBC director of investigations, said. “They may be coincidental but certainly cannot be ignored. We stress they are observations, not final conclusions.” He said the likely source of ignition at both Babine and Lakeland was located at the conveyor level where electrical and/or

mechanical equipment was in operation in areas contained by walls and equipment. These areas are in the lower levels or basement in both mills. At the same time, investigators have concluded that five key elements must be in place for an explosion to occur: fuel, ignition, oxygen, dispersement and containment. A fire, on the other hand, requires fuel, ignition and oxygen. It explodes when it becomes contained. In both cases ,when investigators went into explosions sites they were completely destroyed, but with the help of eyewitnesses and architectural designs, they were able to determine the fires occurred in a contained area. In Babine one area, believed to be the ignition source, was 50’ by 50’, but Dolan said WorkSafeBC does not want to limit employers as they consider the size or make-up of an enclosed space. Though it may be enclosed by hard surfaces with four walls and a floor, it’s not necessarily airtight. Instead of walls large pieces of equipment may be creating the

containment. Both ignition areas were lower in the mill and there may have been a settling fuel source.

With Babine, possible fuel sources investigators are looking at include natural gas, propane and sawdust. At Lakeland nothing

is being ruled out as of yet. The similarity in the source of ignition was discovered this Friday,

Roberta Ellis, vice president of corporate services, said. Staff worked through

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Many of those not on the track Saturday afternoon at the Relay for Life took part in the flyover event, spelling out the anniversary number for the Prince George event, a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society. Thanks to Yellowhead Helicopter for supplying the flight.

Missing local man named in Alberta sex charges A man who has long been listed as a missing person in Prince George had his name resurface last week when Vermillion RCMP laid four sex-related criminal charges against him. A fire destroyed Northern Thunderbirds air hanger on Dec. 18, 2009, and left experts, including a forensic anthro-

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Alaskan pair rescued from watery crash Bystanders act quickly when car goes into small lake off highway RUTH LLOYD Black Press

It should have just been another trip to Prince George, but instead, it turned into a trip they will never forget. Blake Olesiuk and his wife Erica of Fort St. James were driving along Highway 16 on May 5 around 10 a.m. with their two young children in the back seat, when they saw vehicles stopping. They then saw a car had gone off the road and landed in a small lake near Meier Road in the Cluculz Lake area. The vehicle was beginning to sink, and no one was exiting the vehicle. Olesiuk said someone called 911, but the operator told them no one should go in the water and help was on its way. As Olesiuk ran down the steep bank to the edge of the water from the highway, he said he was already taking his dress shirt off and getting his wallet out of his pocket, preparing to go into the water if necessary. “I think there’s something just in each of us to help someone in need,” he said. But he hesitated long enough to discuss things with some of the other bystanders and one person supplied them with a rope, so he tied it around his waist, thinking maybe they could try and pull the car closer to shore if necessary. At the point when he entered the water and began to swim out to the car, the elderly couple in the car were visible, still sitting in the car with the water up to their knees. When he reached the car, Olesiuk climbed onto the hood, trying to get out of the water for the time being, but the car had not yet touched bottom, and it began to sink even faster, so he moved back into the water. Olesiuk then helped the elderly male passenger exit through the passenger window. But as he was helping the man, the crowd on shore began shouting the woman needed help, and he turned back to the car to see her swimming towards the passenger side window as well. Olesiuk said he could see they “didn’t have a lot of time left before the whole car was submerged,” with about eight inches between the roof of the car and the rising water inside. He reached in and pulled the woman through the window, grabbing her under her arms. As soon as she was out of the car, he felt the rope grab him, and the people on the shore pulled them both, while the man held onto the car, remaining in the water. As Olesiuk and the woman were pulled to the bank, another man waded out to meet them, helping them the final distance to safety.

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Blake Olesiuk (left) swam out to help an elderly couple from Alaska escape their sinking vehicle on May 5. Thanks to Olesiuk and other bystanders, the couple managed to get out of the vehicle and reached shore just as the car filled completely with water. When he got the woman to shore, Olesiuk said he looked back and saw the man was now up to his chest in water and he did not look like he was doing well. So once again, Olesiuk swam out in the icy water to help him to shore, and once again, when he reached the man, the group on shore helped drag them both to safety. “I didn’t really feel the cold while I was in the water,” he said. By the time Olesiuk and the man were on land, Olesiuk said he “looked back at the car and it had sunk.” A resident of the area, Cathy Robinson was on her way to work when she saw a number of vehicles pull over and the people in the vehicles getting out and running across the highway. “I grabbed my camera, thinking it must have been something big,” said Robinson. “Not thinking accident, I’m thinking wildlife.” When she got over to the opposite side of the highway where the people had gone, she could then see where a car had gone into the lake and Olesiuk was already in the water, trying to help the

people in the vehicle. “I really wanted to put my camera down and help,” said Robinson. But at that point, there was not much she could do, and so she took photos of the event, not even realizing the full extent of what she was witnessing at the time. After she took a look at the photos she had in her camera was when she really realized “just how much that young man had helped those people out and how much danger they were truly in if they didn’t have help.” Robinson said the time for the entire rescue was only a matter of minutes from the time she got there until only the roof of the car was visible in the water. “It was an amazing thing to witness, absolutely amazing,” she said. Robinson left the scene and continued on to work, but was in a bit of shock after witnessing the daring rescue. “I wanted to cry - I felt relief, I felt excited, it was amazing,” she said. Vanderhoof RCMP who responded to the scene later are commending Olesiuk and the second man who waded into the water as Olesiuk was bringing the victims

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Second lieutenant Tom Epplett, left, stands in front of graduates of basic military training in the parking lot at the Exhibition Grounds on Sunday morning. A parade and reception was held to honour 30 graduates and celebrate the Rocky Mountain Rangers’ successful return to Prince George after a 47-year absence.

Mills being inspected for dust hazards from PAGE A1

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Compliance failures get jail

In Provincial Court in bation order, sentenced UNDRAISING OOD Prince George on March to 30 days in jail and 21: assessed a victim surWesley C. Orlinis was charge of $50. found guilty of misRichard J. Prince was chief and two counts of found guilty of failing failing to comply with to comply with a proa probation order and bation order and fined sentenced to 30 days $200. in jail. Orlinis was also In Provincial Court in found guilty of failing Prince George on March to com27: Free Press ply with Kyle T. a condiBaraniuk tion of an was found underguilty of taking or break and probation enter and order and a third count sentenced to one year of failing to comply in jail. with a probation order Dylan S. Dionne was and sentenced to 21 found guilty of crimidays in jail. nal harassment and In Provincial Court in mischief, sentenced to Prince George on March 14 days in jail to be 22: served intermittently, Topher Hansen Quinton S. Teegee placed on probation dishes up some was found guilty of for one year, assessed fruit salad at failing to comply with a a victim surcharge of CNC’s lunch condition of an under- $50, ordered to make fundraiser for taking or recognizance, restitution of $237.14 Lakeland Mills sentenced to one day in and prohibited from on Tuesday. jail and assessed a vic- possessing firearms for Teresa MA LLAM / tim surcharge of $50. five years. Free Press Gerald H. Willier Jolene A. Luttmer was was found guilty of found guilty of driving assault, sentenced to 14 without due care and days in jail to be served attention, fined $1,000 intermittently, placed and assessed a victim $150 and prohibited Prince George on March theft of property with from driving for one 28: a value less than $5,000 on probation until the surcharge of $150. Nathaniel L. Basil and sentenced to 90 expiation of the jail Gregory J.A. Penner year. In Provincial Court in was found guilty of days in jail. sentence and prohib- was found guilty of ited from possessing resisting a peace offifirearms for two years. cer, sentenced to seven In Provincial Court in days in jail to be served Prince George on March intermittently, placed 23: on probation until the Wilfred J. Thomas expiration of the jail was found guilty of sentence and assessed two counts of failing a victim surcharge of SATURDAY MAY 19TH, 2012 to comply with a pro- $50. NAGAR KIRTAN – VAISAKHI PARADE bation order and senTyrone J. Williams 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. tenced to 12 days in was found guilty of jail. theft of property with a THE GURU NANAK DARBAR SOCIETY OF PRINCE GEORGE Kenneth M. Wipfli value less than $5,000, invites the community of Prince George to join Sikhs as they celebrate Vaisakhi! was found guilty of sentenced to one day in two counts of failing jail and placed on proto comply with a pro- bation for one year. Wilbation order and sen- liams was also found tenced to 21 days in guilty of seven counts jail. of failing to comply Elvis B. Joseph was with a probation order found guilty of failing and sentenced to one to comply with a pro- day in jail. bation order and senKassandra A. Joseph tenced to one day in was found guilty of jail. two counts of failing Sheena L. Ketlo was to comply with a profound guilty of failing bation order and sento attend court and tenced to nine days in two counts of failing to jail. Parade Procession starts at 10:00 a.m. from 4298 Davis Road (Guru Nanak Darbar comply with a condiBarry P. Pidruchney Gurdwara) and stopping at the CN Centre for announcements, displays and food booths including: samosa’s, pizza, sweets and refreshments between 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm tion of an undertaking was found guilty of or recognizance and operating a motor vehiFor more information please contact: sentenced to one day cle while prohibited, Bally Bassi (250) 960-9683 in jail. fined $1,000, assessed S. Pal Singh Bassi: Cell 612-7704 In Provincial Court in a victim surcharge of Prince George on March 26: Christian C. Mercier was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm, placed on probation for 18 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from possessWith over 30 years of experience, I can help you preserve your freedom, reputation and livelihood. ing firearms for five years. Mercier was also For an appointment call 564-4454 found guilty of failing 980 Fourth Avenue, Prince George • to comply with a pro-




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Proceed with all deliberate speed I

n 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional, and ordered states to end it, “with all deliberate speed.” It was a phrase which was seized on at the time by some stats as a way to delay integration as long as possible, and the wording has seen been treated mainly with scorn. There are times, however. when doing something “with all deliberate speed” is the best way of doing it. One of those is the WorkSafeBC investigations into the fatal explosions and fires at mills in Burns Lake and Prince George this year. Yes, people want to know why these tragedies happened and whether there was a link in the causes. Yes, millowners want to know so they can take steps to make sure something like this never happens again. But the one thing we don’t need is the investigators taking a quick look at the circumstances, coming to a hasty conclusion, and calling it done. They have to get it right. A lot of speculation has focused on the amount and kind of sawdust present in the mills, and that may well turn out to be a major factor. There are other possibilities which need to be looked at, including the chance there is no link between the two explosions, that each of the explosions had a different cause. Some people have already been calling, at extremes, for all mills in the province to be closed down until the investigations are complete. We don’t see that as an answer. Mills are already doing more to look at how their operations are run, workers are more aware of the dangers of sawdust near equipment. Those safety measures are being put in place, and will almost certainly be kept in place regardless of the outcome of the investigations, because they make the mills safer in any case. We need answers on the explosions – but we don’t need quick-draw answers.

Pothole patches

It is one of the simple pleasures of driving in Prince George at this time of year. You come to a stretch of road you suddenly remember you’ve been avoiding for the last month before there were more potholes than pavement. It’s too late to change your course, so you prepare yourself for the almighty jolts as your vehicle’s suspension is put to the test. But what’s this? There’s no hole there. What had been a torture test for your tires and shocks has become, if not a pristine piece of pavement, at least something you can drive on without worrying about how this might affect your warranty. Many thanks to the hard-working city crews who have been out patching where they can before tackling some of the major projects. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed.

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With the track lights at Masich Place Stadium turned off, the only light for the Luminary Ceremony at the Relay for Life came from the candles, whether carried by walkers or in the Luminaries which lined the track.


Lighting up the night Normally, at 11:30 p.m., I’m snuggled in my bed. Shortly before midnight, an announcement was On Saturday, however, at 11:30 p.m. I was at made that anyone who wanted to get a candle could Masich Place Stadium along with a lot of other do so from the large tables in the middle of the people. infield. The Luminary Ceremony for the 2012 Relay for More volunteers were standing by with lighters to Life was scheduled to start, as usual, at midnight, ignite the candles in these containers. and there was quite a crowd. And then the people gathered near the This was the first time I had attended stage. the Luminary Ceremony in the three or And the track lights went out. four years I’ve covered the Relay for Life, Two small sets of lights illuminated Allan’s the Canadian Cancer Society’s largest the speakers on the stage as they spoke Amblings local fundraiser. of the meaning of the Luminary CerALLANWISHART emony. I mentioned to a couple of people my surprise at how many people were there, The speeches were short. Everyone and they expressed surprise at my surprise. present knew why they were there. “A lot of people schedule their walking shift for And then the speeches were over, and the walknow so they can take part in the Luminary,” one per- ers moved back out onto the track, holding their son said. “A lot of people from my team aren’t walk- candles. ing, but we’re here for the ceremony.” And the Relay for Life continued, with the only As the relayers continued to walk along the track, light being from the Luminaries, either in the bags or volunteers moved along, lighting the candles inside in the hands of the walkers. the paper bags lining the inside of the track. Some of I looked up at one point, and marvelled at how the bags were blank, but most carried a message. clearly you could see the stars in the sky, with no Some of the messages spoke of love for someone man-made lights to dim them. who had lost their battle with cancer, others of someThen I looked again at the walkers, and realized one who was continuing to carry on the struggle. all the stars weren’t in the sky. Circulation Manager ....................... Heather Trenaman Email:

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A mouse in the house means lots of fun I think I mentioned how my take-nowe’ll hear a sneaky scratchy noise under prisoners, strong, modern, successful, the microwave stand. best female friend, Darby, turns into a Darby will tense up. Her eyes squint. screaming dancing shiverHer lips twist in a growl. ing bit of goo whenever Darby: It’s that *&%^(*& a mouse whisks its way mouse. Life in across the room, but I The conversation stops as the fat didn’t realize her condition she stares intently at the stand, lane was contagious. just waiting for it to poke out DELYNDAPILON its furry little face and skitter Though Darby’s mouse issue has faded somewhat (with the across the floor. Then she does her mouse application of several not so mousedance, often on the top of the table while friendly traps) there is still one chunky wearing her little nighty and yowling little critter who likes to make an appear- pitifully. (Remember, this is a lady I have ance about 10:30 every night. She said seen make big burly guys cower. And did my squeaky Minnie Mouse voice is prob- I mention she’s short? Like maybe three ably luring it out. That’s a little unkind, and a half, four feet tall. Okay, maybe right? five on a good day. Though only the very Anyway, we’ll be sitting, slurping brave or very foolish mention her height. down a last coffee, discussing matters of I already know which category I fit into.) great importance (okay, gossiping), puffThe other night, though, Darby was ing on one last smoke (ya, that should already in bed. I was snuggled into the tell you how long my quitting lasted - oh easy chair with the massage pad on full, well, God hates a quitter, right?) when barely awake. A young lady (let’s call

her Kat) who recently became part of the household had just finished watching television and was about to store away her lunch meat in plastic baggies, just puttering before heading for bed and lulling away to dreamland. It was a sweet peaceful domestic scene. Then the clock struck 10:30. At the very same moment Kat was standing in front of the stove. She reached up and took out a baggy. She reached down to open the package of thawed meat. The mouse must have had different ideas about where that meat should go, because that’s when it decided to dart right over the top of the stove, running straight at Kat, little bald tail twitching. Now Kat is a level-headed girl. She can give you that dead-pan teenage look when she thinks you’re just being lame. She’s smart, a real cutey and never seems to get horribly over-excited. In other words she’s not one of those squealy

hyper stereotypical teenaged girls. But she was that night. First she jumped straight back about four feet, screeching and jumping up and down. Massage forgotten, she had my full attention. Me: What’s wrong? Kat: (after a few panicked breaths) Mouse! Mouse! Mouse! Mouse almost touched me! I closed my eyes and took another look. Nope, I wasn’t looking at Darby. It was definitely Kat. Me: Just a mouse? Kat: But it almost touched me! Then she hip-hopped over to the couch, stood on top of it, and made teenaged girlie noises while jumping up and down and flapping her hands in front of her. By then I was laughing. A lot. You know, no offence but I hope they never catch that mouse. It has serious entertainment value.

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Entirely oblivious to the workings of journalism only five short days ago, I feel as though I have come out of this experience with knowledge to consider when deciding on my future direction. The entire process seems to depend a lot on coordination, whether it be in regards to page layouts, dividing equipment between staff needs, or acquiring the necessary bits of information from sources. Rather than each individual column taking an individual stance in their work, they seem to pool together in order to achieve an ideal set up; this came as a surprise to me. The career itself seems to provide quite a bit of flexibility, as well as require it. One has to be able to travel distances across the city, to find the time to attend events, whether they be dur-

ing work hours, a day off, or during one’s sleep. Not such a bad thing, considering that there is nothing unpleasant in the work, though maybe stressful at times. Through the two events I had accompanied with Allan, I was able to see the motions and routines of the job: the people he met, what he asked them, the vital pieces of information required in any story. Though still undecided on which career I want to pursue, I now have a better idea of what journalism entails; all in all, it seems to be a pleasant career. I am very grateful to the Free Press staff for the time and knowledge they have given me, and have come out of this experience feeling much better prepared for my post-grad endeavours. College Heights Secondary student Jordan Lemoine spent a week in the editorial department of the Free Press, doing a job-shadowing project.

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Prince George product Michael Garteig was between the pipes for the Penticton Vees during their win in the national championship game. With Garteig in goal, the Vees skated to a 4-3 win over the Woodstock (Ont.) Slammers in the final of the Royal Bank Cup national junior A hockey championship, Sunday evening in Humboldt, Sask. After taking a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Vees surrendered three consecutive goals, requiring two third-period goals to pull out the win. Joey Benik scored the game winner, a powerplay marker with 51 seconds left in regulation time. The title caps off a remarkable season in which the Vees compiled an overall record of 74 wins, 10 losses and two ties in the regular season, playoffs and RBC Cup tournament.

BASEBALL The Prince George Senior Baseball League 2012 regular season got underway on Tuesday evening. Tonight, the Inland Control Services Tigers meet the Queensway Auto World Red Sox at 6:30 p.m. at Citizen Field.

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The North Cariboo Senior Soccer League held its Icebreaker Tournament on the weekend. But that doesn’t mean on-site preparation is over for the season. “There’s a fair amount of winter chill on the fields, but over time we’ll get rid of that, I guess,” NCSSL registrar Glen Thompson said. League action typically starts after the May long weekend, and this year is no different. The regular season for all competitive players starts on May 23. Change from one season to the next isn’t out of the ordinary, and the makeup of divisions this year is different than 2011. Instead of having Division 1 and 2 categories, the NCSSL has formed an Open Division for top players of all ages. In addition to that, a second Prince George Youth Soccer Association select team has joined the fold this year. The Open Division includes nine teams: Mr. Jake’s Steakhouse, Silent Cabinets FC, Caribou Brewmasters, Global Securites, PGYSA U17 Kodiaks, PGYSA U18 Kodiaks, Revolution FC, Mann Dental and Grewal Group. Each returning squad was allowed to protect seven players from last year, while the rest were selected in a draft last week. The NCSSL will allow players registering late to get drafted during the season. A four-team 30+ Division includes Assante United FC, Queensway Auto World, Eden Spas/Geotech Drilling and Powerhouse. Known previously as Masters, the 45+ Division has five teams: Subway/Queensway Motel, NT Air, Edward Jones Caledonians, RBC DS Gunners

WOMEN The Prince George Women’s Soccer Association has released it’s schedule for all divisions up to June 15. Just like their male counterparts, soccer players in the PGWSA will wait until after this long weekend to start the regular season. League action begins on May 22. PGYSA U16 and U18 teams

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Bandits and Assault lead lacrosse early

Two teams sport identical records atop the Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association standings. The BX Pub Bandits’ 22-16 win over the Twisted Cork/ Regional Security Stylers on Monday evening at the Coliseum improved their record to 5-1, tied for first with the College

Heights Pub Assault. Bandits player Damon Calfa and Andrew Schwab of the Stylers each scored a game-high 12 points. Calfa recorded five goals and seven assists, while Schwab collected six goals and six helpers. While the loss dropped the thirdplace Stylers to 4-3,


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Ryan Waddington of the BX Pub Bandits runs towards the net for a scoring chance against the Twisted Cork/Regional Security Stylers during their Prince George Senior Lacrosse Association game on Monday evening at the Coliseum. The Bandits outscored the Stylers 22-16 in the contest. On Thursday, Quesnel hosts the Assault while Mackenzie welcomes the visiting Bandits, both out-of-town

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Enjoying the Ultimate in outdoor sport ALLAN WISHART

The plastic disc floats high in the air over the fields at Prince George Secondary. It dips, the wind catches it, and it soars well over the head of the expected recipient. Greg Jonuk, watching from the sidelines, smiles. “That wind is going to make it fun tonight.” Jonuk is the main organizer for the Prince George Ultimate League, and they’re getting ready for another evening of action at PGSS on Thursday. Players on all six teams are warming up, throwing the discs back and forth. There are a couple of different grips used, and some of the more experienced players give tips on throwing to some of the less experienced. “This is our largest spring league ever,” Jonuk says. “We’ve got just over 100 players this year.” Thee are some who say Ultimate is the world’s fastest-grow-

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ing sport. Jonuk isn’t sure how something like that is measured, but he has seen it grow in Prince George. There are a few reasons for this. “It has a lot of the aspects of a social sport, like softball. There’s a lot of inter-team camaraderie and sportsmanship involved.” That extends to handshakes after each game,

not just playoffs. The sport is also co-ed and non-contact, two other aspects Jonuk feels attract a wide range of players. “It’s a combination of several other sports, really. It has the endurance of soccer going up and down the field. There’s also the breakout speed of basketball.” Unlike many sports,

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though, there isn’t a complicated playbook to memorize to get started. “There is some strategy, but it’s a very freeflowing sport. Competitive leagues can have more strategy, but our games here tend to be pretty laid-back.” In fact, he says, there are only 10 rules to the game in its basic form, and one of those deals

with the size of the field. “It’s simple for newcomers to pick up, but difficult to master. It’s not like sports with a ball. It’s very tricky to judge where the disc is going, especially in the wind.” That’s very true tonight, and captains on many of the teams spend time before the game to remind their

players, “Keep the passes short.” The intent of the game is simple. Advance the disc down the field and into the endzone by passing it to a teammate. When you catch the disc, you have 10 seconds to pass it, and you can’t run with the disc. “It’s usually OK to take a step after you catch the disc,” jonuk says, “and then take a step when you throw it, but that’s about it.” If a team loses possession of the disc, either by interception, dropping or (especially tonight) the disc landing on the ground, the other team takes over. “It’s a very teamoriented sport,” Jonuk says. “Size can make

a bit of difference for catching a high throw, but it’s minimized compared to other sports.” The intent of Ultimate is summed up by Rule 10: “Ultimate relies on a Spirit of the Game that places the responsibility for fair play on every player. There are no referees. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play.” The Prince George Ultimate League has just started its spring league. Play goes Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the PGSS fields, beside Masich Place Stadium. New players are encouraged.

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Playoff hockey in Arizona an enjoyable experience

Nine days have passed since that game. But since I was in the building for it, and it falls under the category of sports, I feel the need to relive it and share it with you. Let’s be honest. The Phoenix Coyotes’ 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 5 of their Western Conference semifinal series

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dale, Arizona. The arena was close to full (I saw only a few empty seats in each section), and the crowd was anything but quiet. But let’s not kid ourselves. There was a strong Canadian presence, with the Phoenix area a popular vacation destination in the spring. And hockey fans from this country like to cheer. Being a close game, the fans were on the edge of their seats. Nashville forward Colin Wilson cut the Coyotes’ lead in half with 5:59 left in the third period, redirecting the puck from teammate David Legwand. Coyotes goalie Mike Smith, whose efforts so far have him as a candidate for Conn Smythe as playoff MVP, nearly scored an empty netter in the dying seconds. While that would’ve been icing on the cake, the victory was the main thing for Phoenix. It gave them a 4-1 series win and secured a date with the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference final. Interesting that it took a trip to Arizona for me to take in my first NHL playoff game (the reasonable price and availability of seats played no small role in purchasing it). The timing of my visit was also interesting since it was while I was in Glendale for the game that NHL commissioner Gary

Bettman made the announcement that a tentative deal had been made to keep the Coyotes at their current home. Bettman announced the tentative agreement to sell the Coyotes to former San Jose Sharks CEO Greg Jamison just before I walked into the arena. Then came the seriesclinching game, marking the Coyotes’ first trip to the conference final in their 33-year history. Anybody following the NHL knows the Phoenix Coyotes haven’t been a financial success, as they’ve required support from the City of Glendale and NHL to stay afloat. The fact they’re drawing solid crowds to games these days isn’t surprising, as no matter what market, success draws spectators. What will be interesting to see is the impact this playoff run has on offseason season-ticket sales and next season’s fan base. The security of a sale to Jamison may also generate more interest. But how many of those fans during these playoffs are like me, a Canadian taking in a game during a vacation?

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The Arena in Glendale, Arizona is home to the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes. made by sports editor Alistair McInnis and assistant editor Allan Wishart: WESTERN Phoenix Coyotes (3) vs. Los Angeles Kings (8): McInnis - Kings in six; Wishart - Kings in six EASTERN New York Rangers (1) vs. New Jersey Devils (6): McInnis - Rangers in seven; Wishart - Devils in seven McInnis holds a twopoint advantage over Wishart overall, with seven series winners to Wishart’s five. In Round 2, McInnis outscored Wishart

3-2. McInnis correctly picked the Los Angeles Kings (over the St. Louis Blues) and Coyotes as winners in the Western Conference, while Wishart missed on each of the series. In the Eastern Conference, both Free Press staffers correctly predicted the Rangers would advance past the Washington Capitals while Wishart correctly called for the New Jersey Devils to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers. In the only correct games prediction, McInnis picked the Coyotes to win in five games.


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Jameson walks again ALLAN WISHART

Jameson Jones is a Survivor. Saturday morning, at Masich Place Stadium, he walked for the third year in the Survivor Lap at the Relay for Life. Jameson Jones is 7 years old. “I was 4 when I first got it,” he says before taking to the track. “I went in for a CAT scan at the hospital here, then had to fly to Vancouver.” He was there for several months on that visit, getting treatment. The best news he got down there? “The day they said it was OK for me to play outside again.” He still has to go down to Vancouver for more tests every four or five months. “It’s the same tests each time, so I know what it’s going to be like.” Like many people in Prince George, Jameson is looking forward to the opening of the cancer clinic here later this year, because it means he won’t have to go to Vancouver for the tests. He takes part in the Survivor Lap, and participated this year with an event at his school, Hart

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Seven-year-old Jameson Jones carried the sign for his team during the Survivor Lap which started the 20th anniversary Relay for Life at Masich Place Stadium on Saturday morning. Highlands Elementary. “We did Luminaries at school this week.” Then it’s on to the track, his




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Alex Wendland lights the candle in one of the Luminaries which lined the track at Masich Place Stadium for the Luminary Ceremony at the Relay for Life Saturday night.

Relay tops $400,000 Canada’s only 24-hour Relay for Life set a record Sunday. The 20th annual event, held Saturday and Sunday at Masich Place Stadium, raised at least $420,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society. “That’s an amazing amount of money,” said team lead Helen Owen in a press release. “We rely on that money to provide the programs and services of the Canadian Cancer Society and we’re helping to make a difference.” The amount raised is expected to grow in the next couple of weeks, as donations are still being accepted, either online at or at the office at 300-500 Victoria St. Last year, the Relay for Life total was announced at $386,000 and finished at $400,000. This year, more than 140 teams and 1,600 participants were registered, including 17 people who signed up to walk for the full 24 hours. The top individual fundraiser was Sarah O’Donnell, from Team Canadian Tire, who raised $5,990.31. The top youth fundraiser was Ashley

Clarke, of Ashley’s Angels, with $3,170.86. The top family team fundraiser was Deere’s Dough$ 4 Buck$, which raised $10,999.36. In the corporate category, the Allnorth Allstars and Finning Fighters waged a tight battle to see who could pull in the most donations. In the end, Allnorth came up with $27,394.69, just ahead of Finning’s $25,041.22. Finning was a first-team under the leadership of Trevor Patenaude. Allnorth captain Tyler Neilson said the competition was definitely friendly. “Trevor and I exchanged ideas all year. We worked hard to get each other’s team farther as well as our own teams, and it was just exceptional.” Honorary chair Jim Vanderploeg, who helped organize the first Relay for Life in 1993, then known as the Romp ‘n’ Stomp, made it clear at the closing ceremonies that this was just the beginning. “The bar has been set very high for next year. Please continue the fight, and we look forward to seeing you in 2013.”


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Trio do full 24 hours in memory of Duck ALLAN WISHART

Team Duck members Sara, left, and Megan Bolin and Lisa Montpellier posed with the team mascot partway through the Relay for Life Saturday night at Masich Place Stadium. The three women all walked the full 24 hours in memory of Dave ‘Duck’ Price.

There were 17 people who signed up to walk the full 24 hours of the Relay for Life on the weekend. When Sara and Megan Bolin and Lisa Montpellier were asked why they were doing it, their answer was simple. “For Dave.” Dave ‘Duck’ Prince was Lisa’s brother and a friend of the Bolin sisters. As part of Team Duck, they were keeping his memory alive and raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. “Dave’s the reason we’re here,” said Sara, who also did the full 24 hours two years ago. “It was a goal to accomplish. It was hard, but not as bad as I thought it would be. “There was a lot of support from the other walkers when they saw you were wearing the shirt for a 24-hour walker.” Megan said she decided to join Sara this

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year to walk with her sister. “Our boyfriends were going to walk with us,” she said with a smile, “but they bailed. They had to go to a job in Alberta.” For Lisa, it was about family. “My Mom told me Megan and Sara were dong the 24 hours. This year would have been Dave’s 30th birthday, so I wanted to do something special.” Dave Price was diagnosed with cancer in

2007 and passed away in November 2008. Sara said she was expecting she and her teammates would keep to the same routine she did two years ago. “About the only time I left the track was for a bathroom break. I ate on the track, and that’s what we’ll do this year.” And while water and protein bars were a major part of the nutrition plan, there were some other foods planned.

“We’ll have spaghetti tonight. We’ll eat that from plates on the track,” Sara said. “And it’s become sort of a tradition to have cheeseburgers at 4 a.m.” As the relay wore on, the three kept their spirits up, even while their speed slowed at times. “I’ve got blisters already,” Sara said Saturday evening. “It’s a lot hotter than it was two years ago.” Lisa also picked up some blisters, and said “sweaty socks” weren’t

Ghostkeeper tops competition The B.C. Annual Dance Competition wrapped up in Prince Rupert this week and local dancers and dance troupes shone brightly. Prince George Performers North (Judy Russell Dance Centre) took first place in the Song and Dance category for their performance of Footloose, which the local audience had a chance to preview at a fundraiser last month. They took first place in the Variety Group 12 and under for Modern Dance Is and took second place in the Musical Theatre Group category for Medley-Fame and Flashdance. In Modern/Contemporary Dance category, Performers North placed first for a performance of Autobio in 5 Short Chapters. Tristan Ghostkeeper of Prince George took home the coveted trophy for Senior Performer of the Year. Ghostkeeper will be attending and competing in the Australian Showcase in Gold Coast, Australia in January 2013. The B.C. Annual Dance Competition was started over 20 years ago by Teresa Mackereth of Prince Rupert and the event has grown from

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Stone Iris will bring their own brand of blues, rock, reggae and soul music to Prince George. The Edmonton-based band plays Nancy O’s Thursday as part of their tour promoting the release of their new EP Illuminations. This is the band’s sixth release in four years. Stone Iris drummer Jeff Burash, 23, spoke to the Free Press Sunday about their tour, their music and their plans for the future. “As a band, we have a large palette of different sounds,� he said. “We write all our tunes always keeping in mind what our core sound is – what is Stone Iris? “We try to keep it very solid throughout, whether it be a reggae tune, or blues, or Latin

vibes or hip hop. That core sound grounds us so we’re not all over the place. On Illuminations we really try to get that across.� Their new songs reflect their talent in many music genres. “Hide and Seek, for example, has reggae, rock, blues, hip hop, soul, pretty much everything. The new songs on the EP really represent the direction we are taking with our music and our careers.� Previous EPS are The Boo Box and Serene Machine, the 2010 Wilhouettes EP and 2008 debut Ezperanza. How is the western Canada tour going so far? “The tour’s going great. We played Vancouver last night (Saturday). It was a good crowd, we were well received, sold some CDs and merch. Had

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Reggae, rock, blues, hip hop, soul – the mixed genre music of Stone Iris is what sets them apart. They play Prince George on May 17. people up dancing. It was a good time. “Tonight (Sunday) we’re doing an acoustic show at a local coffee house. We’ve had a good mix this tour of acoustic and full-blown

electric shows.� Lyrics to the new songs will be online this week so the band is hoping fans will already know them when they play Prince George.

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“It’s nice to see if people are listening and singing along to the words,� he said. The band started out six years ago as a duo with Calgary songwriter guitarist Garret Nevin and his brother El, also a guitarist. Then Burash joined the band. “It was myself, Elliot and Garret for three years. Then we went on a hunt for our bassist and found Ryan Ast. We’ve been a five-piece for three years and a seven-piece for two years.� Percussionist Juice Jensen, keyboard artist Stephen Robinson and vocalist Kari James round out the Stone Iris line-up. Any plans for adding more members? “Right now we’ve hit on something we can work with for quite some time. There’s always room to collaborate with other musi-

cians though, and we are versatile enough as a band to be able to incorporate something [new] into our music.� When this tour is over, the band returns to Edmonton in June for one month. Then it’s back on the road again. “In July we make our way out west again, play some of the same towns across Canada then we drop to the U.S. and across to Florida and then back into Canada for about two months.� Sounds busy. “When we’re not touring and doing shows, we’re recording. In June we’ll be doing pre-production in our basement, starting the groundwork for the next album. “We do EPs because we are independent artists so we have to keep the costs down – but we also want to keep the quality up.

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We always are wanting to deliver quality over quantity.� How do the members get along? The six-week tour last year was a good test. “That was three of our members’ first tour, so that got them into the flow and gave them a good understanding of how things work with us,� said Burash. “So this tour is easier in that regard. Whenever you get a bunch of people together who are passionate about what they do, they may butt heads from time to time. We all live on a bus together when we’re on the road, and there’s times when we don’t see eye to eye. But we see past that. We get through it and, in the end, it makes us a stronger family.� Burash began playing drums at an early age. “I started playing drums in elementary school. I did the music program throughout school learning classical, jazz. Latin jazz, vocal jazz. “But I always wanted to get on the drums right away. When I was living in Calgary, I had a blues band and was involved in the blues scene as much as a 16 year old could be.� Stone Iris plays Nancy O’s Restaurant, 1261 Third Ave., on Thursday, May 17. Cover charge is $5. Show starts at 8 p.m. Local guest artists.

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of Prince George, just off Highway 97 on Mitchell Road. Information: or 250-564-7033. Crib tournament, May 20, 1 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Roast beef and Yorkshire buffet, May 20, 5-6:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Meat draw, Royal Canadian Legion, 3-5 p.m., sponsored by Peace Keepers Proceeds to Alzheimer and MS societies and others.


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WEDNESDAY Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. B.C.Civil Liberties meets every second Wednesday, 6 p.m., 2105 Pine St. Next meeting May 23. 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 Shakespeare Festival, May 17, noon, Highglen Montessori Elementary. Renal cooking demonstration and meeting, May 17, 7 p.m., second Floor Diabetic Education Room, hospital. Information: Diane Duperron 250-962-

7958. DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., Elder Citizens Recreation Association,1692 10th Ave. Information: Heather 250-6499591. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. or 250-564-5191. Spring Ultimate Frisbee League, Thursdays, 6-8 p.m., PGSS fields. Information: www. 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. Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. NorthBreast Passage Dragon Boat Society meets first Thursday of the month, 7 p.m., Chronic Disease Management Room, UHNBC. Information: Anita 250-563-2949 or Betty 250-962-7985.

FRIDAY Hixon Bluegrass and Country Jamboree, May 18-20, Hixon Community Hall. Information: Ken or Val Merritt 250-998-4550. Live bands, Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight, Royal

Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., St. Michael’s Church Hall. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250962-2740.

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

TUESDAY Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays 7–8:30 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250-9626876 or www.tilopa. org. Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines women’s fourpart chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathleen 250-563-2975.

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” CNIB - May 16 Open House - May 16, 1:30-3:30pm at 490 Quebec St. Meet a CNIB Assistive Technology Specialist, see some new equipment. Anne 250-563-1702 Parent Support Services Active Parenting Now classes - Free parenting classes for parents of children ages 5-12. May 15, 22, & 29, Email: Jessica 250-962-0600 Positive Living North May 18 OPEN HOUSE – 10 am to 12 noon at 1563- 2nd Ave. Cori 250-563-6113 Huble Homestead - May 20 & 21 Seebach Days, 10 am to 4 pm - ribbon cutting, blacksmithing & black powder shooting, sheep sheering. Krystal 250-564-7033 Parks Canada - Ft St James - May 21 A Feast Fit for a Queen - a birthday bash, breakfasts included, games, costume contest & archery contest. $19.60 per family. 250-996-1527

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Vaisakhi Parade, May 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., starts at 4298 Davis Road (Guru Nanak Darbar Gurdwara) and stopping at the CN Centre. Information: Bally Bassi 250-9609683 or S. Pal Singh Bassi 250-964-7708. Mining Week display and rock identification event, May 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Railway and Forestry Museum, 850 River Road. Live bands, Saturday, 8 p.m.midnight, Royal Canadian Legion.

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The public was able to get its first look at the future of Cow Bay on Tuesday. The Prince Rupert Port Authority scheduled an open house to show off its long-awaited development plans. The designs are the fruition of work done by MacFarlane Biggar Architects & Designers which was hired by the Port Authority back in November. The Port Authority held meetings with a number of groups with a stake in the future success of the Cow Bay area – everyone from Cow Bay merchants to First Nations groups – to find out what they wanted in an expanded Cow Bay. That information was given to the architects and now the designs are ready. Ph o to s ub mitte d

Arcand on Board B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable welcomes MaryAnne Arcand to its board and announces Cybele Negris as the new vice chair. Arcand brings a wealth of diverse business experience and is currently executive director of the Central Interior Logging Association. Negris has been a member of the board since 2009 and is co-founder and president of Established in 2005, B.C.’s Small Business Roundtable is co-chaired by Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Pat Bell and Kamloops-South Thompson MLA Kevin Krueger. The roundtable seeks advice from the small business community on issues, strategies and potential actions to inform its annual report to government. The report provides recommendations to enhance the small business climate in British Columbia. It also includes measures small business owners can take to support the growth and success of their businesses. The small business sector is a key economic driver in B.C., employing more than one million people and providing nearly 57 per cent of all private-sector jobs.

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Dr. Greg Marcotte shows his new shingle, carved from pine-beetle wood, after grauating on the weekend from the Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern B.C. Marcotte was also named the winner of the Dr. Joe Siderov Award of Excellence in Internal Medicine.

Graduates exchange coats to mark transition

This weekend the University of Northern B.C. saw the Northern Medical Program celebrate the graduation of its fifth class of doctors. This year’s graduating class has the highest number of UNBC-originated undergraduates from any year so far: eight of the 31 students who are graduating from the NMP were UNBC undergrads before entering the program. “I think it’s quite remarkable the continual increase we see of those students who start as undergraduates here at UNBC and then move into medicine at UBC accepted into the Northern Medical Program,” comments Dr. Geoffrey Payne, interim VP of Medicine, UNBC, and Regional Associate Dean, UBC. “It speaks to the exceptional quality of education they’re receiving at UNBC. This university is ranked top three in Canada for primarily undergraduate studies for a reason, and we’re producing top students as a result.” Students received their NMP shingle carved out of pine beetle wood, and their long coats, which replaces the short white coats they receive as students and represents their transition from students to medical doctors. Dr. Gregory Marcotte, UNBC undergraduate and Prince George resident, was the recipient of the Dr. Joe Sidorov Award of Excellence in Internal Medicine, an award that recognizes outstanding academic achievement for a student continuing in the field of internal medicine. Dr. Ashlee King from Fruitvale was awarded the Dr. Tony Eckersley Memorial Award, recognizing a student who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement and exemplifies the qualities and approach to family medicine that Dr. Eckersley embodied.

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PRINCE GEORGE NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE Our People make a difference in the community The Prince George Native Friendship Centre, a visionary non-profit society, has been serving the needs of the entire community for the past 43+ years. We are seeking candidates for the following position(s) within our organization:

COLLEGE OF NEW CALEDONIA EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT to the VICE PRESIDENT ACADEMIC Prince George Campus CNC is seeking a skilled Executive Assistant with excellent organizational, technical and administrative abilities to provide confidential support to the Vice President Academic. The position has broad responsibility and carries out a wide variety of routine and complex administrative tasks. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are essential.


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STUDENT RECRUITMENT ADVISOR/ CONVERSION OFFICER Quesnel Campus Student recruitment is integral to the process of nurturing student interest in the institution and providing appropriate and timely student assistance, advising, and service. The Student Recruitment Advisor is the first point of contact role and has significant community contact. To find out more information about these and other opportunities, and directions on how to apply, please check our website at:

Youth Services Programs Youth Care Worker Closing Date – May 25, 2012 at 12 Noon

Aboriginal Supported Child Development Program Two (2) Support Workers Closing date: June 1, 2012 at 4 pm A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the positions are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail:

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Habit for Humanity Restore requires a retail store-helper. Drop resumes off at 220 Queensway St. 9:30 am - 4 pm, ask for Don. No phone calls please.

JASPER SUPER A is currently recruiting a candidate with good interpersonal and communication skills, with a positive energetic attitude for the position of Full-time Permanent - Premium Clerk. The primary duties include scanning, ordering, receiving, merchandising, replenishing stock, inventory and facing shelves. Candidates require the skills and ability to maintain operational objectives in the Manager’s absence. Computer literacy is a must. Candidates must have the flexibility to work a variety of shifts including days, evenings, nights and weekends. A grade 12 Diploma and a clean Security Clearance are also required. Jasper Super A offers competitive compensation, rental accommodations and health benefits package to eligible employees, as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you believe that you are prepared for this challenging position and have an interest in working within a dynamic organization, please submit your resume, in confidence to: Jasper Super A, P.O. Box 818, 601 Patricia Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0. Fax 780-852-5491. Email: We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. PROFESSIONAL JOB Opportunities. Troyer Ventures Ltd. is a privately owned, fluid transport company servicing Northern BC and Alberta. We are an equal opportunity employer now accepting applications at various branches for: Mechanics (Commercial Transport or equivalent). Wage Range: $25-$40/hour. Minimum experience required: second year apprenticeship or equivalent. Professional Drivers (Class 1, 3). Wage Range: $25-$35/hour. Minimum experience required: six months professional driving. Field Supervisors. Annual Salary Range: $90-$110,000 (based on qualifications). Minimum experience required: previous supervisory experience. Successful candidates will be self-motivated and eager to learn. Experience is preferred, but training is available. Valid safety tickets, clean drug test, and drivers abstract are required. We encourage candidates of aboriginal ancestry, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities to apply. For more information and to apply for these opportunities, visit our employment webpage at:

WANT TO see Scenic BC? Needed immediately . Experienced Feller Buncher Operator with Chipper Head/Mower to work around Hydro Transmission Lines. Must be willing to travel throughout BC (based out of Vanderhoof). $28-$34 per hour + Benefits. For more info e-mail: Send Resume to: SBCJOBS Box 1136, Vanderhoof, BC V0J 3A0 or Fax: 250-567-2550

HAIR STYLIST Wanted For well established salon in Invermere, B.C. Enjoy outdoor recreation at its finest! Please call 250-342-6355

Help Wanted 33 YEARS established Ford dealer on beautiful Sunshine Coast, looking for an experienced Automotive Salesperson with proven track record. Please send resume to 1-800-5384504. An Alberta Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator and rock truck operators. Preference will be given to operators that are experienced in oilfield road and lease construction. Lodging and meals provided. The work is in the vicinity of Edson, Alberta. Call Contour Construction at 780-723-5051. An Earthmoving Company in Alberta is looking for a 3rd year or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will be part of a team maintaining and servicing our fleet of Cat dozers, graders and rock trucks plus Deere/Hitachi excavators. You will work at our Modern Shop at Edson, Alberta with some associated field work. Call Contour Construction at (780)723-5051 Cashier required. Part-time hours to start. Must be able to work days, evenings and weekends. Computer skills and retail experience an asset but will train the right person. Apply with resume to Your Dollar Store With More, Hart Centre Mall. Curry Kingdom requires full time experienced cooks, baker specializing in South Indian and Srilankan. $17.50 per hour. Drop off resume to 1789 S. Nicholson St. between 11am - 5pm

Indian Lion Restaurant & Pizza need full time Indian Cook, Sweet Maker, Food Server & Cook Helper. Person should have min 3 yrs exp as cook & sweet maker. Preparation of East Indian dishes, sweets & all tandoori dishes. Wages $13.85/hr. Servers must have some related exp to take & serve orders, handle payments. Wages $9.81/hr. Helpers must know helping cooks, cleanliness, dishwashing etc. wages $10.68/hr. Mail resume to: 1063 5th Ave. Prince George, BC V2L 5K7 Or email to: Mechanic, preference of no less than 5 yrs experience with Logging Equipment for work in the Vanderhoof Area also needed a Class 1 Driver for 2012 Kenworth w/hayrack for West Fraser hauls - must have minimum of 5 yrs. experience Excellent Wage & Benefits for the right applicant Mail resumes to: Stephen Bros. Contracting Ltd.Box 1136 Vanderhoof BC, V0J 3A0 Fax 250 567-2550 For more infor. E-mail: Part time casual receptionist required for professional office

Hours are: Monday 10am-3pm Tuesday 1pm-6pm Wednesday 10am-3pm Thursday 10am-3pm Duties include: answering phones; stuffing envelopes with newsletters and birthday cards; meeting and greeting clients; and delivering documents around town and getting slurpees! The successful applicant needs to be outgoing, personable and have a sense of humour. Please fax resume to 250562-8624 or email info to Attention Ann. Best would be to stop by 1591 Fourth Ave (corner of 4th and Vancouver)

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Nijjer Foods Ltd DBA Dana Mandi (Specialty Food Store) in Prince George BC needs a Store Manager on a permanent full time basis. Wages $17.50 an hour /40 hours per week. Duties Include: Manage the day to day activities of a store. Supervise and delegate work to staff. Open or close store, make schedule, place orders and manage inventory. Balance daily transactions, make bank deposits and handle customer service. Applicant must posses high school education with good communications skills. Computer literate with 1-2 years of supervisory or management level experience and able to work a flexible schedule, including days, on call, late evenings, weekends and holidays.

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services COOK: Tin Rooster Holding Ltd, P.O. Box 160 (100 Boulder Ave.) Dease Lake, B.C., V0C1L0, requires full time cooks to prepare and cook short orders and full meals for eat-in and take-out. Prepare and cook deli items for retail sale. Maintain all health standards and keep food prep/storage areas clean. Applicants must have 3 years experience. Speak English. Shift work. Salary $13.30/hr. Apply by mail or fax: (250) 771-4382

TRANSPORTATION MECHANIC Required in Nakusp, BC (West Kootenay Area) Applicant must be red seal certified and able to work on a variety of makes and models of trucks, trailers and components. A CVIP certificate and welding skills an asset. Full time position. Group benefit plan available. Competitive wages. Fax or email resumes to: 250-265-3853 or

Help Wanted

Help Wanted at HART

Prince George, BC

RESIDENTIAL CARE at THE HART - 21 BEDS We are looking for experienced part-time and casual

Job requires proficiency in reading text, document use, numeric, writing, working with others, decision making and physical ability to perform tasks that may require prolonged standing, sitting, and other activities necessary to perform job duties. Applicant who has knowledge about East Indian Groceries is an asset. English is mandatory but fluency in Punjabi will be an asset. Interested applicants can send their resume to: or fax 250-562-1725

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• Cook(s) Send Resume to: Fax: (250) 962-9848 E-Mail: Attention: Manager 7780 Hart Hwy, Prince George, B.C. V2K 3B3 Tel: 250-962-9840

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The next LPN Day is about 365 days away. Let’s thank them every day until then. May 13 was Licensed Practical Nurses Day in BC. It’s the day we celebrated LPNs’ contribution to nursing teams and to the health of our communities. Join us in thanking them, every day of the year.

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WELDERS, FITTERS required for busy Edmonton FCAW structural steel shop. $2733/hour base plus benefits, OT, indoor heated work, paid flight. Fax: 780-939-2181, Email:

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.



Health Products WAIST AWAY the summer days in a new bathing suit. Get your 1st 9 weeks for $99 Proven Results! Call Herbal Magic now 1-800-854-5176.

Financial Services

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Pruning, rubbish removal, power rake, & yard clean up. Landscaping, mowing. PG Yard Service (250)552-2122

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

1-8-NOW-PARDON (1-866-972-7366)

Personal Care


PUREBRED MAREMMA PUPPIES FOR SALE! asking $350 Great Guardian Dogs Perfect for protecting livestock and yard against predators (especially wolves & coyotes). Very friendly towards people and they DO NOT WANDER

250-706-7202 250-395-0832


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Merchandise for Sale


Rentals Commercial/ Industrial

Misc. for Sale

Apt/Condo for Rent

24th ANNUAL ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES SALE sponsored by the Vernon Collectors Club at Vernon Curling Rink on Fri. May 25th from 3pm-8pm & Sat. May 26th from 10am-4pm. Approx. 125 tables.$3 admission is good for both days.

Briarwood Apts. 1330/80 Foothills Blvd. 1 & 2 Bdrm suites 250-561-1571

1575 Queesway 250-596-9484

Real Estate


Business for Sale

Under New Management

Owner Retiring ~ For Sale Small Engine Business Est. in 1998. Located in Prince George. Interested parties phone 250-613-7414

Lakeshore Summit Lake: 1 acre sub lake lot A-frame w/trailer & hydro. $35,000 Ph 250-564-6501 after 5

(Ask for details)

RV Sites

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DROWNING IN Debt? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. Toll Free 1 877-5563500 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s that simple. Your credit/age/income is not an issue. 1-800-587-2161. M O N E Y P R OV I D E R . C O M . $500 Loan and +. No Credit Refused. Fast, Easy, 100% Secure. 1-877-776-1660.

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Merchandise for Sale

Spruceland Mall 250.564.0095 Pine Centre Mall 250.564.0047

Electrical Doug’s Electric Licensed and Bonded . 20 yrs exp. (250)963-6737 (250)981-5210


Home Improvements

Roofing & Skylights

Bath & Kitchen Specialist

Norm’s Roofing

We bring creative design ideas to the table, as we work closely with you to achieve the perfect remodel. No job too big and none certainly, too small. Call Tom today for free estimate. 250-961-0439 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

*Residential roofing & re-roofing*

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Spa @ Home. Poor circulation inflammation, skin conditions. Natural/Herbal. All ages. Sat & Sun 1156 4th Ave

FREE BROCHURE- Kings County - “Land of Orchards, Vineyards & Tides” - Nova Scotia’s beautiful Annapolis Valley. Live! Work! Start a business! Toll-Free: 1-888865-4647

Garage Sale Sat & Sun Moving everything must go! 212 McQueen Cres 10-4 pm Fridge, freezer, desk, sofas, solid wood dining room table & chairs in exc cond.

WCB & Liability Insured Free Estimates (250)961-4500


Lou’s Renos Roger’s Renos For all your home reno needs. We also help you renovate your rental units. For free estimates call 250-964-6106 Ivan at 250-552-8106 or Roger 250-552-0471

Other Areas

1840 12th Ave. Sat & Sun May 26 & 27 8:30 - 4p.m. Early Birds Welcomed

Handyman from Newfoundland All jobs big & small, I’se the b’ye to do it all. Carpentry & plumbing etc. W.E.T.T. Certified. Call Jim 250.562.8203 / 250.613.5478

…show it!

It’s that time of year again! Advertise your garage sale in the Free Press for only $16.00 plus tax • includes 2 insertions up to 4 lines each • Big, Bright Signs & Balloons to draw attention to your sale

Call to book your ad today! 250-564-0005

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Quesnel Sawmill Division Located in the heart of British Columbia’s “Cariboo Country”, Quesnel is a growing city boasting numerous community amenities and outdoor recreational activities. Quesnel Sawmill, a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd., is a non-union operation and has an opening for the following position:


Certified Electrician

Cariboo Region, BC

Tolko Industries Ltd. is a forest products company with manufacturing operations throughoutWestern Canada. As industry leaders in world markets we focus on a safe work environment, sustainable business practices. Our Cariboo Region manufacturing operations are always looking for employees who thrive on a dynamic and challenging environment and who seek opportunities for growth and development. For more on our exciting company, go to We offer competitive compensation packages and in some cases, we will consider relocation packages.


Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent


• 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. Bach $500, 1 bdr. $570, 2 bdr. $650; heat, h/w incl., 1601 Queensway; 250-596-4275 250-301-0664

HARDWOOD MANOR APTS Under New Management!

7 BAY SHOP In the Gateway BIA. 1795 Victoria St. 3,400 sq ft. Office and customer space.

1 & 2 bdrm suites Heat & Hot water included.

3820 - 15th Ave

Spacious 3 bdrm apts Clean, quiet, secure entrance. Students Welcome. Rental Incentives. No Dogs

Phone 250-596-4555

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

Call: (250) 562-7172 Park Village Apartments 125 N Ospika Blvd 2 & 3 bdrm suites Phone 250-612-5162 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

Pine Grove Apts Clean bach, 1 & 2 bdrm apts Student & other incentives No Dogs

Phone 250-563-2221 VENICE PLACE APTS 1438 Queensway Bachelor, 1 & 2 bdrm Suites Balcony, Elevator, Underground parking. Heat included Call (250)561-1446

Commercial/ Industrial

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


Millwrights • Electricians Heavy Duty Mechanic • Labourers Maintenance Planner/Supervisor

The successful candidate will be responsible for all electrical and process control equipment on site. This includes PLC programming, preventative maintenance, installation, trouble shooting and repairs of all equipment. Individuals are expected to work in a safe manner with limited supervision. Rotating shifts will be required. Allen Bradley PLC, Mitsubishi VFD experience and knowledge of lumber manufacturing would be an asset. We wish to thank you for your interest, but only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Interested applicants should, before May 19, 2012, forward a resume to: Attention: Mike Moody – Head Electrician 1250 Brownmiller Road, Quesnel, BC, V2J 6P5

AVORADO RESORT. Beautiful waterfront RV Resort. New Sites For Sale ($63,900). All season, full amenities, clubhouse & beach access. Co-op Resort w/Lifetime Ownership! Call 250-228-3586.

$100 & Under

Garage Sales


To Join Us As We Grow Please Apply Today, Attn: Shannon Smith Fax: (1)250-398-3909 or Email: or at Tolko 180 Hodgson Road, Williams Lake, BC, V2G 3P6


Duplex / 4 Plex 3 bdrm upstairs, $900/mo, incl utilities, NP, fridge/stove 2369 Redwood St. 250-562-3781


for large apartment building in Prince George. Ideal position for responsible couple. Bookkeeping, sales and maintenance skills an asset. Send resumes with references to: Majestic Management (1981) Ltd., #800-299 Victoria St., Prince George, BC, V2L 5B8

Rooms for Rent For Rent: furnished room shared washer, dryer, cooking and fridge. $300/mo Hart area NS, NP, working lady only. (250)962-5129 Motel suite for rent.Clean,bach or 1 bed furnished with Kitchenettes, includes utli., cab, internet. Monthly rent, Seniors welcome. N/P (250)962-0441

Shared Accommodation Professional male seeks roommate. Sep. suite,semi furnished, shared kitchen, $385 plus 1/2 utilities 250-564-1550

Suites, Lower 1 bdrm for working, mature person with small car. Inc. utilities, cable, wireless int. Sep. ent. Ospika N/S N/P W/D more info 250-552-3070 Serious inq only. $650/mo 2 bed. basement suite, $600 NP NS Quiet working person. Avail. immed. 250-563-0107


Cars - Domestic ‘92 Honda Accord EX-R, 187,000 km’s. tilt steering, PW,PL, new all season tires, Sirius radio, security system avail., plus much more, $2000 OBO 250-562-8057

Recreational/Sale 2011 18’ Creekside Trailer. A/C, elec awning, Loaded. $16,000 OBO 250-596-4145 22’ 2006 Salem LE travel trailer. Sleeps 4, like brand new. Can be viewed at 1310 Kellogg Ave. 250-564-8267 BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS! New 2012 Bigfoot Campers have arrived only at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-667-0024

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

SCRAP CAR REMOVAL MOST FREE! Give Us A Call! 250.963.3435 15270 Hwy 97 South

Wrecker/Used Parts USED TIRES Cars & Trucks $25 & up

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TREASURE HUNTERS PAYING ON THE SPOT For Antiques, Gold Jewellery, Silver Coins & More! By Jason Delong

Treasure Hunters is not affiliated with or related to the Antiques Roadshow television series, PBS or WGBH.


had an old class ring, two bracelets and a handful of silver dollars. His check was for over $650.00. I would say that there were well over 100 people in here yesterday that sold their scrap gold.” One gentleman holding his check for over $1,250 in the lobby of the event yesterday had this comment: “I am so happy I decided to come. I saw the newspaper ad for the event and brought in an old German sword I had brought back from World War II and some old coins, and here is my check. What a great thing for our community. I am heading home now to see what else I have that they might be interested in.” The event continues today starting at 9am. It is pp free and no appointment is needed.

CHECK IT OUT Above—Treasure Hunters are paying on the spot for your scrap gold jeweller y, silver coins and other collectibles. Hurr y in this week! Yesterday at the Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites,

lery are valuable to collectors. These collectors are will-

locals lined up to cash in on their gold and silver, an-

ing to pay big money for those items that they are look-

tiques, and collectibles at the Treasure Hunters event.

ing for.”

The free event is in Prince George all week, buying

This week’s event is the best place to get con-

gold, silver, antiques and collectibles. One visitor I

nected with those collectors. The process is free and

spoke with yesterday said, “It’s unbelievable, I brought

anyone can bring items down to the event. If the spe-

in some old coins that had been in a little cigar box for

cialists find items that collectors are interested in, offers

years and some old herringbone necklaces—in less

will be made to purchase them. About 80% of the

than fifteen minutes I left with a check for $700. That

guests that attend the show end up selling one or more

stuff has been in my jewellery box and dresser for at

items at the event.

least 20 years.”

Antiques and collectibles are not the only items

Jeff Parsons, President of Treasure Hunters, com-

being purchased. “Gold and silver markets are soar-

mented, “Lots of people have items that they know are

ing,” says Archie Davis, an event representative. “Bro-

valuable but just don’t know where to sell them. Old

ken jewellery and gold and silver coins add up very

toys, trains, swords, guitars, pocket watches and jewel-

quickly. I just finished working with a gentleman that







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