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Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Tami Brushey, President, Prince George CUPW Local 812, leads a rally outside Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer’s office Wednesday, against proposed changes to Canada Post. About 40 people attended the rally. Story Page A5.

Green points finger at union for snow removal woes Bill Phillips Mayor Shari Green is suggesting the city’s snow removal woes are a result of the recent dispute with its unions. “Did work crews do their best?” she apparently wrote in an e-mail to resident Joanna Garbutt, who was corresponding with the mayor about snow removal. “Well, you would have to ask their union president that, now that the contract is settled, their work seems to have improved. I would hate to think they used job action to receive a wage increase and put road safety in jeopardy to do it.” The quote comes from an e-mail thread apparently between Green and Garbutt, which

Garbutt posted on her Facebook page. Green’s office told the Free Press that the mayor was too busy to grant an interview to confirm whether the e-mail was from her, but Green supplied the newspaper with the following e-mail response: “During heated and lengthy contract negotiations, sometimes unions do what they can to disrupt the employer, and that should be no surprise to anyone in this case,” Green said in her e-mail to the Free Press. “I’m very disappointed,” said CUPE Local 399 president Gary Campbell of the mayor’s email comment. “Her comments are flat-out wrong … The snow removal problems are not because unionized workers aren’t doing their job.” He pointed out that successive heavy snow-

falls followed by ice build-up has made snow clearing a challenge along with management decisions at city hall. “The fact there have been cutbacks every year doesn’t help,” he said. “There’s not enough employees to fill the seats (in the graders).” The number of private contractors hired to help with snow removal is also down. The union local, along with Local 1048, and the city just ratified a collective agreement last week that will see workers get a 0.5 per cent lump sum payment for 2013; 0.75 per cent wage increase for 2014; two per cent wage increase for 2015; and two per cent increase for 2016. The 2013 lump sum payment and 2014


Lheidli T’enneh ink deal with Britco Britco and the Lheidli T’enneh have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a joint venture modular building rental and workforce accommodation business. The focus of the partnership is to supply modular buildings to the many major projects proposed for the Lheidli T’enneh traditional territory and northern B.C. “Britco and Lheidli T’enneh have a lot to offer each other,” said Chief Dominic Frederick, in a press release. “Britco’s commitment to excellence and to aboriginal partnerships combined with Lheidli T’enneh’s knowledge of the local and regional market is a partnership that will create opportunities for both parties.” In 2013, Britco opened a modular building rental business branch office in Prince George. With half of its approximately 1,000 employees located in B.C., Britco’s growth in recent years has been the result of the investment in the energy sector in western Canada. Under the terms of the partnership agreement, Britco will also be working with Lheidli T’enneh to provide jobs and skills training opportunities in the construction trades for Lheidli T’enneh members.

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Bill PHILLIPS/Free Press Enbridge’s Executive Vice President, Western Access, Janet Holder, answers questions at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday as Chamber President Derek Dougherty moderates.

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depends on ‘level of risk’ - Janet Holder Bill Phillips Much like their ads, Janet Holder played the ‘home’ card during a Prince George Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday. The Executive Vice President, Western Access for Enbridge and the person in charge of the Northern Gateway pipeline project, highlighted her Prince George roots. “I grew up here in Prince George,” she said to the crowd of about 80. “I love this community. It truly is part of who I am. When I took on the lead for the Northern Gateway, I knew I was coming home. Once a northerner, always a northerner.” It was Holder’s first public appearance in Prince George since the Joint Review Panel gave conditional approval to the pipeline that is slated to run from Edmonton to Kitimat and transport diluted bitumen to the coast. The Joint Review Panel listed 209 conditions that it recommends be met before the pipeline be built. Holder pointed out the panel stated Canada would be better off with the project going ahead

than not. “It was a proud moment for all of us on the Northern Gateway team,” she said of the review panel’s decision. “But I can assure you there was no celebrations in our office, because the JRP decision is just one more step in a very long journey.” She said Northern Gateway must now work to meet those 209 conditions and meet the five conditions outlined by the provincial government. One of the conditions was a favourable ruling by the Joint Review Panel and another, perhaps one of the most contentious, was B.C. getting a bigger slice of revenue generated. “The last is that share of wealth reflects the amount of risk that’s being taken by British Columbia,” Holder said. “So we are working to mitigate all the risks of this pipeline.” So does that mean a safer pipeline would mean less cash for British Columbia? “I believe the language in the condition says ‘fair share’ or ‘level of risk,’ so we need to determine the level of risk, (to) therefore determine the fair share,” she said after the meeting. “Those two do come hand-in-glove.” She added they will meet with the province to discuss the provincial conditions.

“We support those conditions, we believe they are the right conditions,” Holder said. “But we still have a lot of work to do and dialogue with B.C.” Dealing with First Nations will be another challenge prior to actually laying any pipe. Holder said Enbridge is offering 10 per cent equity partnership agreements to First Nations groups and 26 such agreements have been signed. “We are very proud of the progress but understand our relationships with many First Nations communities is not where we would like it to be,” she said. Notable in the Chamber of Commerce crowd was Carrier Sekani Tribal Chief Terry Teegee, wellknown for his opposition to the pipeline. He asked Holder what Enbridge would do if the federal government does not approve the pipeline and how they will proceed given that First Nations, and others, may launch legal challenges. “I don’t think we would challenge that,” Holder said of the possibility Ottawa would not give the project the green light, but stressed Enbridge would want to know Ottawa’s reasoning. She added that the company is certainly aware that there may be legal challenges and “will respect that process.”

Green says doesn’t want staff ‘unfairly vilified’ FROM PAGE A1 wage increase will be paid for by a cost savings attained through the elimination of the Layoff Protection Letter of Understanding and other collective agreement language changes, ensuring that the first two years of the contract meet the city’s net zero mandate. “I was hoping we could get away from the ‘us and them’ attitude,” Campbell said. “I was hoping to mend fences. That’s pretty tough (with Green’s comments).”

Green, in her e-mail to the Free Press, said the city is focusing on getting the job done. “I will take responsibility but I will not allow those on our hard-working staff who are trying their best, to be unfairly vilified,” she said. “What should be the focus is that both parties were able to finally reach an agreement and all our city staff are back to work, committed to delivering great service to the community. I am thankful for that. Snow removal in the past several days has improved and I am pleased to see the dramatic progress being made. The warm weather should help and cleaning up every street is job number one. “

Canada’s largest union in the private sector is holding meetings across the country over the coming weeks to prepare for a nationwide campaign to defend the rights of Canadians in the workplace. “Unifor is standing up for the rights of Canadians to provide for their families in safe and stable workplaces,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias, who will be attending all of the meetings. “Unionized or not, we believe that’s what all Canadian workers want.” The meetings - which began in Windsor, Ontario, and finish in St. John’s, Newfoundland, on February 27 - are being held to discuss with local Unifor leaders threats posed to basic labour rights, and what they can do about it. A meeting is scheduled for February 17 in Prince George, but a location has yet to be announced. “Without unions and collective bargaining, it will be impossible for most Canadians to attain a decent, secure life,” Dias said. “The current attack by governments across Canada on our basic labour rights will fundamentally damage our quality of life - and that’s why we are determined to stop it.” The Harper government’s Bill C525 would make it easier to decertify unions in the federal sector, on the basis of biased voting rules, he said. In Ontario, Conservative Leader Tim Hudak wants to eliminate the Rand Formula, while Alberta’s Conservatives have made it illegal for some unions to even talk about striking. The meetings will review such challenges, and how Unifor’s Rights at Work campaign will counter the attack. Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged. With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector.


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WA N T E D Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following person who is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant. As of 0920hrs this 15th day of January 2014, Shane Alan MCNELLY (B: 1972-11-11) is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant for THEFT UNDER $5000 and Shane Alan BREACH OF UNDERTAKING. MCNELLY MCNELLY is described as a Caucasian male, 185 cm or 6’1” 185 cm or 6’1” tall and weighs 82kg 82 kg or 181 lbs. or 181 lbs. MCNELLY has brown hair and blue eyes. MCNELLY should be considered violent.

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with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail, placed on probation for 18 months and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Glen D. Casimer was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, placed on probation for 12 months and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Casimer was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Daniel T. Dupuis was found guilty of driving while prohibited, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Dupuis was also found guilty of a second count of driving while prohibited, sentenced to one day in jail, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and prohibited from driving for one year. Dupuis was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to 21 days in jail. Jason T. Paquette was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, received a conditional sentence of three months, was placed on probation for nine months and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Joanne M. Pete was found guilty of assaulting a peace officer and two counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 60 days in jail and placed on probation for 18 months. Pete was also found guilty of a third count of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 60 days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Rebekah Prince was found guilty of mischief, Lunches placed on probation for 12 months and assessed a under $10 victim surcharge of $100. Vern J.M. Robert was found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol reading over .08 and causing an accident causing bodily harm, sentenced to 75 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis, placed on probation for two years, assessed a victim surcharge of $200 and prohibited from driving for two years. Cecil H. Tuininga was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, fined $100 and assessed a victim surcharge of $30. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 31: Travis I. Basil was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to nine days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Basil was also found guilty of a second count of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to nine days in jail, placed on probation for six months and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. James D.J. Charlie was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 14 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. all current stock Charlie was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 15 days in jail. Roderick A. Louis was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Connie Massettoe was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Dean K. Poitras was found guilty of assault and 421 Dominion St. PRINCE GEORGE BC V2L 5G1 sentenced to 60 days in jail. Poitras was also found 250.562.2323 guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Poitras was also found guilty of a second count of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to 30 days in jail, fined 15 cents and assessed a victim surcharge of five cents. April M. Shaw was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation With over 30 years of experience, I can help you preserve your freedom, reputation and livelihood. order, sentenced to 12 days in jail, fined 15 cents For an appointment call 564-4454 and assessed a victim 980 Fourth Avenue, Prince George • surcharge of five cents.

In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 29: Allison M. Gladue was found guilty of two counts of fraud, sentenced to 113 days in jail and placed on probation for one year. Bonita S. Dempsey was found guilty of assault and four counts of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and received a conditional sentence of six months. Craig F. Lyver was found guilty of production of a controlled substance, received a conditional sentence of six months and was prohibited from possessing firearms for 10 years. Angel R. Reno was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order, sentenced to one day in jail, fined $1 and assessed a victim surcharge of 30 cents.

Lisa A. Wanke was found guilty of fraud, received a conditional sentence of 18 months, placed on probation for three years, assessed a victim surcharge of $200 and ordered to make restitution of $16,652.65. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 30: Rick L. Alexis was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm, sentenced to 100 days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $100 and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Alexis was also found guilty of assault, sentenced to eight days in jail, placed on probation for 18 months and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Alexis was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply

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Flurry of snow removal debate Skakun photo goes viral - gets praise, condemnation Bill Phillips Council will receive a detailed report on how the city is managing its snow removal this year at its January 20 meeting. And several councillors have made it clear they are unhappy with how the city is tackling the annual problem of clearing the roads. Coun. Brian Skakun posted a photo on Facebook this week of graders sitting idle in the city work yards last night, setting off a social media frenzy. “I have been told that we have all the available equipment out, we are going at the problem 24-7 and so

on,” he posted on his Facebook page. “I talked previously about the lack of contractors helping with snow removal and know the city has to do something regarding that issue ASAP. I am also looking at what we are doing with regards to our own workforce when it comes to clearing the roads. This weekend I took a count of some of the snow-clearing equipment in the city yard. On Saturday evening I counted five sand trucks with snowplows, two loaders, two sidewalk clearing machines, and at least three graders. Last night at 6:30 pm I counted four graders, one loader, two sidewalk machines and four sand trucks with snow plows.” Mayor Shari Green is not pleased with Skakun’s actions.

Posties rally Outside local MP’s office Bill Phillips About 40 people rallied in front of Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer’s office Wednesday, protesting planned changes to Canada Post. “The main part (of Canada Post’s five point plan) affecting us, and affecting seniors and people with mobility issues in particular, is their decision to cut door-to-door service,” said Tami Brushey, President, Prince George Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 812, who led the rally. Canada Post delivers mail to 24,179 doors in Prince George. That service will end by 2019. The Crown corporation says the remaining one-third of Canadian households that still get home delivery will be switched to community mailboxes or grouped or lobby mailboxes over the next five years. Brushey says there are 65 letter carrier routes in Prince George, but not all are currently filled. “They’ve frozen the transfers,” she said. Brushey and Zimmer have had a bit of an exchange in the Free Press

with Zimmer writing a column supporting the changes before Christmas, which prompted a response from Brushey, which prompted a response from Zimmer (See Page 10). The two have not had any face-toface discussions, although Brushey has been attempting to do so. “I gave them my contact information about 10 days ago,” Brushey said Wednesday. “They have my e-mail address and my phone number and they have yet to contact me.” She actually went into Zimmer’s office prior to the rally and asked to meet. “I would love to have a conversation with him,” she said. “I think it’s important for our MPs to meet.” The union has started a petition opposing the changes to Canada Post and they will taking it to the heart of Canadians on Saturday – Hockey Day in Canada. They will be set up at CN Centre asking people to sign. The Canada Post changes mean about 8,000 fewer postal workers will be needed across the country. In addition, the price of stamps will go up from 63 to 85 cents each if bought in booklets, or $1 for individual stamps.

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“It is unfortunate some choose to lay blame where it does not belong and sneak around in the dark taking misleading photos for their own political gain,” Green said in an e-mail to the Free Press. Coun. Cameron Stolz agrees with the assessments that snow clearing has been problem, but offered an explanation for what Skakun observed. “Without a doubt, our roads are horrible,” he posted on Facebook. “I’ve had people stop me at my shop, at the grocery store, and at the gas station … The city crews work two 10-hour shifts. The two hours in between shifts is used to service and refuel the equipment. There are currently two parked graders at the city’s 18th Avenue yards, one is broken and should be back in service for Friday, the other is owned by Columbia Bitulithic and stored there.” Stolz pointed out the city has increased its snow removal budget from $5 million in 2013 to $5.8 million in 2014. He added that in New York City

garbage trucks have been outfitted with plows to help clear snow when they are not picking up garbage. Skakun will be on holidays next week and won’t be at the city council meeting when the staff report on snow removal will be discussed. Skakun says he wrote a letter explaining his views. “I am asking some serious questions regarding this particular issue. If the equipment is sitting because of a lack of personnel, then that should be addressed. If it is a maintenance issue, then that needs to be addressed. The machinery looks as if it is getting moved around day after day so I’m not sure maintenance is it. To me, it should not matter so much what the issue is at this point regarding the lack of snow plowing, we should never have millions of dollars of equipment sitting doing nothing while the safety of our residents could be at risk and the image of our community takes another beating.”

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Passenger record takes off at the Prince George Airport Passengers at the Prince George Airport are taking off ... literally and in numbers. The airport has set a new record in annual passenger growth. In 2013, 426,709 passengers used YXS, an increase of two per cent from 2012. The previous record was 418,589 passengers set last year, a difference of over 8,000 people. “We can see that our growth is indicative with the continual growth in our economy,� said John Gibson, President and CEO of the Prince George Airport Authority. “We can also attribute the increase in traffic to added seats in the marketplace by all three carriers.� Manager of Marketing and Communications Lindsay Cotter says heavy travel months out of YXS included April, July, September and December. “Each of those months saw increases between four per cent and eight per cent over the same period last year,� she said. Previous passenger numbers are: 2013 - 426,709, 2012 - 418, 589, 2011 402,438, 2010 - 390,340, 2009 - 376,030, 2008 - 417,484.

Crime Stoppers honours local police officers for their help The Prince George Crime Stopper Society honoured local police officers as part of Crime Stopper Month activities. Const. Paul Starr, a General Duty member assigned to ‘A’ Watch, is the 2013 recipient of the Prince George Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year Award. Over the past year, Starr has demonstrated strong support for the Crime Stopper program as evident through his investigations. For 2013, the Prince George Crime Stopper Society has awarded ‘B’ Watch, the General Duty Watch of the Year. Led by Staff Sergeant Marc Pelletier, ‘B’ Watch officers investigating Crime Stopper TIPS have led to more arrests in 2013 than any other Watch.

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Automation limiting growth of economy Paul Sttickland Special to Free Press The excessive emphasis on automation through computer technology and on the digitization of printed records is centralizing wealth and limiting overall economic growth, a computer scientist says in his latest book. “We see the phenomenon of power and money becoming concentrated around the people who operate the most central computers in a network, undervaluing everyone else,” Jaron Lanier says in Who Owns the Future? “Lately, network-empowered finance has amplified corruption and illusion, and the Internet has destroyed more jobs than it has created,” he observes. People are not made sufficiently aware that they can still act to change this situation, he contends. “Technology is not really autonomous,” he continues. “People act in the network age either by struggling to get close to the top . . . servers in order to enjoy power and wealth, or by doing something other than that and falling into relative poverty.” There would be other choices if these systems were organized differently, but few in responsible positions in the industry turn their attention to such alternative alternative possibilities. “We technologists ought to be serving mankind, not turning ourselves into a privileged class,” he comments. Instead, where the trick of outsourcing has not been used, our leaders continue down the path of computerized automation of tasks and of the digitization of records, often in areas where it isn’t appropriate. Archivists are not valued as much as in the recent past. The Conservative government’s drive toward pellmell digitization of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ books, reports and other records is a case in point. After significant cutbacks to personnel, the task is being undertaken with insufficient staff in an atmosphere of confusion, as the government prepares to close seven of the department’s 11 libraries by 2015, according to a CBC report Jan. 6. Irreplaceable documents are being lost. Tom Siddon, the former fisheries minister in Brian Mulroney’s Progressive Conservative government, called closing the libraries Orwellian. “Some might suspect it’s driven by a notion to exterminate all unpopular scientific findings that interfere with the government’s economic objectives,” he told the CBC. “You do not extinguish national libraries of knowledge or history in an arbitrary way any more than the government would be allowed to extinguish the record of cabinet deliberations or to burn the books of Hansard.” It is increasingly the case that some people work sixty or more hours per week, more than many of them want, while those displaced by automation and the Internet are unemployed or doing only occasional freelance work. “What should the role of ‘extra’ humans be if not everyone is still strictly needed?” Lanier asks. “Do the extra people – the ones whose roles have withered – starve? Or get easy lives? Who decides? How?” Now, “the information economy that we are currently building doesn’t really embrace capitalism, but rather a new form of feudalism,” Lanier warns. “We aren’t creating enough opportunity for people online,” he explains. “The proof is simple. The wide adoption of transformative connecting technology should create a middle-class wealth boom . . . Instead we’ve seen recession, unemployment, and austerity. Great fortunes are being made on shrinking the economy instead of growing it.” In the Dec. 25-31, 2013 SF Weekly free newspaper in the San Francisco Bay Area, bar reviewer Benjamin Wachs laments the closure of a traditional Germanstyle beer hall, Schroeder’s German Restaurant, for its remodelling into an upscale cocktail lounge. He says the San Francisco area has become a

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hedonism economy, where most residents have to try to make a living from serving and entertaining the few among the wealth elites, particularly from Silicon Valley. Bright young men with money and clout “have recently made remarks about how only the ‘productive’ belong here and the rest of us ‘human garbage’ should get out of the way,” Wachs reports. “This is a pretty convincing footprint in the track I fear we’re following. They come from an industry that disdains outsiders, whose members have made no secret of their desire to automate troublesome unions away – and is notoriously full of glass ceilings. The shredding of our social fabric, of the understanding that a barista and a bar back are as deserving of dignity as nouveau millionaires, will have far more impact on tomorrow’s watering holes than a craze for Sriracha-infused cocktails.” Unless we do something to reverse this trend, we will soon be going beyond what the United States experienced during the Gilded Age of the robber barons in the 1890s into a system yet more dangerous.

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accepting applications for Membership on the Prince George Heritage Commission.


The Commission meets monthly, does research and provides information and recommendations to Council and City Staff.

P14-01 Waste Water Treatment Centre Upgrades Closing Date: February 4, 2014 For information concerning City of Prince George bidding opportunities visit BC Bid at

Applications are available on the City’s web site, or may be picked up at City Hall, 1100 Patricia Boulevard. For further information or to have an application form mailed to you, please call 250.561.7602.

CITY COUNCIL MEETING Regular Council Meeting Monday, January 20, 2014 – Council Chambers – 6:00 p.m.

COUNCIL, COUNCIL COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, AND BOARDS MEETINGS Select Committee on Finance and Audit Monday, January 20, 2014 – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m. Advisory Committee on Development Design Wednesday, January 22, 2014 – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m. Prince George Heritage Commission Thursday, January 23, 2014 – 2nd Floor Conference Room – 12:00 p.m.

Applications or resumes received by the City Manager’s Office, Director of Legislative Services by the February 7, 2014 deadline will be considered by City Council at its Closed Meeting of February 24, 2014. **Applications in their entirety, will be included in a Regular Council Meeting Agenda, and forwarded to Council for consideration. Those Agendas may become public and the City of Prince George will use personal information collected for the purposes of committee appointments and committee member listings.**


COUNCIL COMMISSIONS AND COMMITTEES MEMBERSHIP Prince George Heritage Commission Apply for the Prince George Heritage Commission! Deadline for Applications: 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2014 Prince George is a City full of volunteers willing to give their time to ensure their community is a better place to live, work and play. Council Commissions provide residents of our community the opportunity to participate on the development of our municipality.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the provisions of Section 26(3) of the Community Charter that the City of Prince George intends to lease 1424 2nd Avenue, Prince George, BC legally described as Part of Lots 10 to 13, Block 19, District Lot 343, Cariboo District Plan 1268 to Patricia Robillard, Terri Robillard & Jami Witso dba Japatedon Travel for a term of 2 years at a rent of $9,300.00 per year, plus applicable taxes, with one option to renew for a second term of 2 years, at the then fair market rent. Ian Wells, Director of Planning and Development


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2014 DOG LICENSES 2014 DOG LICENSES ARE NOW ON SALE. If the dog is sterilized the license is $33 and if the dog is not sterilized the cost is $75. Dog tags can be purchased online at, by mail, by telephone 250-561-7600, Service Centre at City Hall, BC SPCA, Bosley’s Pet Food Plus, The Bone & Biscuit, Day N’ Night Store (Hart Hwy), Dog Gone Bakery, Ospika Pet & Farm Supplies, Petland, and Total Pet. Licensing your dog is a key factor in responsible pet ownership. A current valid dog license allows for quick identification if your dog is found at large or impounded.

COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONS BLACKBURN COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION The Blackburn Community Association currently has spaces in their Preschool and Out-of-School Care programs! The Blackburn Li’l Rascals Preschool and Out-of-School Care licenced programs are open Monday through Friday. The program is located at 2455 Blackburn Road (basement of RJ Blackburn House). Please contact Amanda Conway at 250-963-6871 for more information about how to enrol your child for 2014!

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Stuck in a rut with places to go Snow woes falling on deaf ears? Brad Monscher is fast becoming a neighbourhood hero. In the past month, he’s pulled out 20 or more stranded vehicles from deep ruts in the Johnson Avenue and Irwin Street area off 15th Avenue. He pulls them out with his pickup truck, says “have a nice day” and then rides away like the Lone Ranger, another good deed done. He apparently cares that people can get out and about and do their chores and attend events around town and maybe spend some money that can go into taxes and support the many services the city requires to keep us happy and productive. Monscher reaches out to people caught up in predicaments beyond their control. Like piles of snow. In school we learned about four main human conflicts: man against man, man against nature, man against society, and man against himself. Well, I’d say by getting stuck in a rut Saturday TEA WITH TERESA while turning right on Irwin TERESAMALLAM Street, I covered all four bases. I don’t know Mr. Monscher personally so I don’t know if he just happens upon motorists mired in mud and snow and his vehicle does a U-turn or if he’s helping out humanity to earn his heavenly wings. But I do know that he beat out BCAA to my distress call. BCAA would have come, much later, but they were facing an avalanche of calls from other customers. Had Mr. Monscher not come by, I would probably have spent another few hours of digging out with my neighbour’s shovel – Brian Stothard on the shovel – or with a rented jackhammer until I finally hit pay dirt – gravel road. But there is no telling. By the time snow-clearing crews came along Tuesday, it was all over but the crying. I had come close to using up the last of my “free” BCAA roadside assistance calls and I would now be working on my long-term disability claim because arms and legs are not meant to be used as heavy load lift equipment. I tell you there is a place in heaven – or else a seat on city council – for community-minded people like Brad Monscher. He could sit alongside Brian Skakun, who was out taking pictures of snow problems and posting them on Facebook. Thinking about it, I must have looked pretty stupid. Damsel in distress, my leather-gloved hands wringing in distress, armed with my 18 kg. bag of clumping cat litter, kicking snow out from under my tires with my high heeled

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Brian Stothard had his hands full Saturday, digging cars out of hidden potholes and deep snowpiles so motorists could go on their way. He and other local good Samaritans spent much of Saturday helping out after two successive heavy snowfalls last week.

boots. I never come prepared for disaster. So Saturday, my car became Mr. Monscher’s 20th successful truck rescue. Manual labour attempts had failed miserably. Bystanders had tried to dig a First World War-type trench around my sunken tires with volunteers pushing on my car from behind. All along Irwin Street, the scene was the same – vehicles caught up in the ruts and guts of snowbanks too deep to win the war with sweet talk, rock and roll (rocking car back and forth), cat litter traction or any other attempt to escape. “I talked to the city workers out here two years ago about this problem,” said Stothard, who had been digging people out most of the morning. Neighbour Barb Snow (ironic, right?) takes a bus to work. She has to make it to 15th Avenue pulling a trolley for her oxygen unit along the snowy streets. The walk to the bus stop is simply treacherous – a field of land mines to complete the analogy. She dreads to think what it’s like for

children or the elderly. “They always forget about our roads. We had to wait until today (Monday) for the graders to finally come out. I had to leave for work Saturday half an hour early just to walk a block and a half. The priority used to be to clear bus routes first so traffic could move more easily. Now they wait until the snow piles are so high that bus drivers actually have to get off the bus to help passengers [with disabilities] on because they can’t get close enough to the curb.” Even the buses get struck, she says. Every winter we complain, we nag, we get stuck, we go crazy. We pay our taxes. Then guys like Monscher and Stothard get us out of our ruts and we go about our business and then spring arrives. And then we forget how mad we were last year. All I can say to the Prince George “powers that be” is if we wanted to live among craters, we’d fly to the moon – on borrowed wings.

The winter wonderland times, they are a’changin’ - are we? The summary and conclusion of Bill Gaal’s report on city’s snow removal efforts this year pretty much … well, sums it up and comes to a conclusion. “The city’s snow clearing efforts have not changed,” he writes in his report that council will discuss on Monday. “What is changing is the weather events and the volume of snow per storm event, and, more importantly, resident expectations.” He hit the nail on the head. The important aspect of the snow removal debate, which has hit a fever pitch in Prince George, is where do we go from here. For those who are defending the snow removal efforts of the city, and there are a few, Gaal’s report gives a perfect excuse to maintain the status quo … it’s not us, it’s the

changing weather. However, while Gaal’s report very clearly points the finger away from the city, it does highlight exactly what the problem is. Snowfalls have changed, the city response to snowfall hasn’t. Without getting into the debate over whether climate change is real, not real, dreamed up by David Suzuki, or fixed by Ezra Levant, the fact remains that our weather is different than it was even 10 years ago. I sat in on a presentation about the city storm drain utility a few months ago and one of the key drivers behind that plan, like it or not, is the fact that storm drain infrastructure is getting stressed because the city is seeing the same thing with rainfall …

it’s not that we are getting more rain, it’s that when we do get it comes all at once. Snow is following the same pattern. And, two feet of snow in a day causes more problems than an inch of rain. Council now has a decision to make. They can blame it on the weather, tell staff to keep on keepin’ on, and boast that they increased the snow removal budget this year (which is a red herring because snow clearing doesn’t stop when the budget is reached so, in terms of actual snow clearing, they could set the budget at 100 bucks and the snow would be cleared just the same with the only difference being how much they went over budget). Or the other route council can take is to acknowledge that snowfalls, for whatever

reason, are different now than they were years ago. Because they are different, a different strategy on snow removal is required. We can argue until the cows come home whether we have WRITER’S BLOCK enough staff, BILLPHILLIPS equipment, resources, or resolve for snow clearing. It is evident that what we are doing now is not adequate.

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nciteful. That is the only way to describe Mayor Shari Green’s insinuation that our snow removal problems are, at least in part, because of the unionized workers at city hall and the recent contract negotiations. Inciteful and simply ridiculous. It’s also astounding that Green makes such a suggestion and then, in her e-mail to the Free Press and with righteous indignation, says we shouldn’t be criticizing city staff. “I will not allow those on our hardworking staff who are trying their best, to be unfairly vilified,” she wrote. Does she not realize, or understand, that by suggesting the unionized staff deliberately skewered snow removal she is, herself, vilifying city staff? Perhaps she believes the unionized workers aren’t among those “who are trying their best.” To make such a comment a week after the contract is ratified no doubt has many CUPE workers regretting their ‘yes’ vote last week. Both CUPE presidents, Gary Campbell and Janet Bigelow, have talked about mending fences and getting away from the ‘us and them’ mentality, now that the contract talks are over. It seems that is unlikely, given Green’s obvious distaste for the union locals. There is a time to be combative, but this isn’t it. The city is looking for leadership, not spite.

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he District of Port Edward sits right next to the City of Prince Rupert. The district’s council recently made a decision that caused some heads to be turned and prompted the Northern Voice newspaper to cite the decision as one that could be – and should be – emulated by city councils from Abbotsford to Yahk. Councillors with the District of Port Edward actually declined an all-expenses trip to the Caribbean. Council members, you see, had just returned from Malaysia, where they visited with a company proposing to build a liquefied natural-gas facility near Port Edward. A second company with an interest in entering the LNG market on the North Coast invited Port Edward council to visit its facilities in Trinidad and Tobago in January. But, as Port Edward Coun. Knut Bjorndal noted: “I think all LNG terminals look the same to the untrained eye, but I do want to thank [BG] for the opportunity.” The trip to the sunshine and sea would have taken place in the dreariest of seasons. It would have cost Port Edwards taxpayers nothing. Yet council politely declined, deciding the trip to Malaysia offered enough information on the LNG proposals. Perhaps councils elsewhere will take heed of the wise decisions being made up in Port Edward and apply such sage decision-making to their agendas. On the North Coast, the decision involved zero taxpayer dollars; in Prince George and elsewhere, trips related to provincial and federal municipal conferences and sister-city locales involve real money – public money. A blanket ban on travel isn’t the goal, but there is no harm in questioning the validity of trips and who should go. - Kamloops This Week

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Zimmer makes Zimmer on Canada Post assumptions

Editor: Open letter to Prince George-Peace River MP Bob Zimmer Your letter in the Free Press (Canada Post needs to save money, December 27) is based on one fact and one assumption. The assumption, common to ‘conservatives,’ is that any public service must earn a profit. This is no more valid for a public service such as Canada Post than it is for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police or the Canadian Armed Forces. Since 1875 the world has enjoyed the fruits of an agreement that now rests as a specialized agency of the United Nations. This is the Universal Postal Union, an international agreement allowing virtually anyone in the world with the price of a stamp to send a message on paper to anyone else in the world. One need not have access to a computer or electricity to use this international service. Here in Canada, we have the same privilege. For 63 cents (plus GST, of course) I can send a letter to anyone from here to Newfoundland with reasonable expectation that it will be safely delivered in reasonable time. This service of our government is being whittled away due to two factors. The first is the propensity of people to communicate electronically. The second is the gradual, deliberate reduction in services and increase in prices tailored to make this public service attractive for future privatization. Prince George has now only one post office instead of two. One can no longer rent a secure box in a post office location. Services have been hived off to a variety of stores, no longer staffed by employees of Canada Post. This government has further undermined post offices by making discounted stamps available in stores while real post offices must sell for posted prices. One can buy those ‘permanent’ stamps by the roll at Costco at a five per cent discount from the post office price. Why? I have a number of friends with whom I communicate by mail. Not only does this give us the luxury of being able to receive a tangible, personal letter from another but we can send each other clippings, books, DVDs and such. And these days we also enjoy the luxury of assuming that personal messages do not find their duplicates on NSA computer banks. Canada Post should continue to serve Canadians as a secure, personal way of communicating without necessarily producing profits to offset cut in corporate taxes. Until the RCMP and Canada’s military produce a profit, neither should Canada Post be required to do so. James Loughery Prince George

Editor: I am writing in response to Tami Brushey’s letter of January 10th regarding the proposed cuts to Canada Post. I appreciate that she is speaking in defence of the postal workers’ union, but she needs to examine her numbers before making accusations. First off, Canada Post has not paid a dividend to the government since 2008. Canada Post says in their annual report that in real operational terms, they lost $54 million in 2012. In their latest quarterly report they say they are running an $88 million net loss through Q3 2013. Secondly, many people do not realize how expensive door-to-door service is, and how few people actually receive it. Door-to-door delivery is only available to 33% of Canadian households now, and the cost to deliver is $283 per household. Community mailbox delivery service costs $108 per household. As to the idea that Canada Post should follow the European model of banking; the postal service says it has researched this option and dismissed it as not a viable avenue. They say the potential for postal banking is limited, and it would not be as lucrative as financial services that the post office already provides such as fund transfers and pre-paid cards. Also, I think Ms. Brushey needs to be reminded that the cuts were the decision of Canada Post. As a Crown Corporation, it operates independent of government. Although I support Canada Post’s recognition that it needs to become more

efficient, the decision was made by the Corporation’s management without prompting from our government. It is true that Canada will become the first OECD nation to phase out door-to-door delivery service, but it is preferable to more drastic alternatives. Other OECD countries, such as The Netherlands, UK, and Germany have responded by privatizing their postal services. That is not a path I wish to see Canada post take. It is an important public service and should stay in public hands. Bob Zimmer MP, Prince George-Peace River Chair, BC/Yukon Caucus

Zimmer on closing Veteran’s Affairs office in P.G. Editor: I read your article (“Call made to re-open Veterans’ Affairs office in Prince George,” Free Press December 27, 2013) with great concern, as I along with our Conservative government take the issue of veterans care very seriously. I was particularly troubled by the claim that veterans in northern B.C. would see diminished service. I appreciate Mr. Gabriel’s concern about difficulties elderly veterans may experience while accessing services online. The truth of the matter is that more veterans will be able to access services by speaking to a real person. Services will be available at every one of Service Canada’s 600 locations across the country, a dramatic increase from the 33 Veterans Affairs Canada offices located only in urban centres. Each Service Canada location will have staff trained by Veterans Affairs Canada to help people with their benefit applications, answer questions, and assist them in accessing other services. This

means that thousands of Canadian veterans who are living in smaller communities like Mackenzie and Dawson Creek will also be able to access services face-to-face in their own communities. To say that Canada’s veterans will receive diminished service because of the VAC closure is simply not true, as the same services are available at the Service Canada desk. In Prince George the Service Canada desk is located in the same building as the old Veterans Affairs office. Our government has provided nearly $4.7 billion in new funding to enhance benefits, programs, and services for veterans and their families. We have also worked hard to ensure that close to 90% of the department’s budget goes toward direct service and support for veterans. Bob Zimmer MP, Prince George-Peace River Chair, BC/Yukon Caucus

Is there no end to the three-point ends? Crooked numbers. more points scored, since two-point ends are It’s what my friends and I call it in a baseball fairly common in curling. In the nine draws game when a team puts up two or more runs in of the round robin, there were 58 ends where an inning. there were three or more points put up. It’s a good way to put yourself on the road to That’s an average of more than six per draw, a win, putting up two, three, four or more runs or one per game. in one shot. I have no idea if this is above average or I thought of that phrase a lot last week watchbelow average for a Scotties, but the comments ing the Scotties BC Women’s Curling ChampiI heard from volunteers, fans and curlers alike onships at the Prince George Golf and Curling led me to believe we were seeing some very Club. high scores. There seemed to be a lot of crooked numbers Why? ALLAN’S AMBLINGS being put up on the scoreboards as the draws The obvious answer is the ice. B.J. Gagnon ALLANWISHART was the head ice technician for the tournament, went along. So I decided to do some extensive research. (I went to the site, and everyone I talked to agreed the ice was called up the Scotties draws and counted up what I wanted “swingy”, with a lot of curl. The curlers I talked to also said to know.) the ice was consistent from one game to the next, which was I decided to stick with ends where there were three or what they wanted.

“You learn what the ice is like,” was something I heard more than once, “and it will be that way all the time.” It definitely made for more exciting games, since, to quote Yogi Berra, “It ain’t over til it’s over.” Down four with two ends to go? No problem. Score three, then steal two. (I’m not sure that happened last week, but it could have.) I saw a couple of rocks fail to make the hog line, but I don’t recall seeing or hearing about a rock picking up debris on the ice, causing it to veer off course. Again, I wasn’t able to watch every rock of every end of every game, but no one seemed concerned about the condition of the ice. And that’s all the teams could ask for. The ice was fair for everyone. The skips and teams who adjusted to the conditions and realized it was easier to play for big ends were the ones who made it through. It was a great show for all.

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Misch brings decor to market Teresa Mallam Bev Misch has a passion for home decor and putting together beautiful rooms, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that she felt inspired to find just the perfect pieces for the look she loved. “Three years ago when I bought my house, I had a hard time finding pieces I liked for my rooms and I actually ended up carrying around an aqua-coloured vase with chocolate brown tones that I loved. I took it everywhere I went to shop for furniture and accessories, including Kamloops and Vancouver.” The search paid off . Today, she has the comfortable white leather upholstered pieces with aqua blue/chocolate colour accents she loves and the drama of a black electric baby grand piano. “Black – it always pulls a room together,” she says. While her own search was long and often frustrating, it led her to want to help others by opening up her own business. On Oct. 1 she opened the doors – with stylishly decorated rooms – to Misch El Laneous Home Decor and Furniture Boutique. “We leased the building and then began gutting all of the [former] office spaces to make individual rooms,” she said. “We picked out 30 designs we liked and then we narrowed that down to the look we wanted to use to put together six display rooms. We have seven show rooms, each with its own look, and we’ll be adding two more ‘surprise’ rooms in the future.” The beautiful rooms feature styles including Modern, Baroque, Shabby Chic, Traditional, Transitional and Rustic Industrial. “The rustic industrial look is very popular right now,” said Misch. It is perfect for loft living or just for people who like the look of reclaimed wood and uniquely repurposed metal. As soon as you walk in the door, there is a raised display room in turquoise, purple and white in a

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Two rings in two years. The Prince George Salvation Army’s Bill Glasgow said Monday that in a strange turn of events, two good-quality rings have shown up in their Christmas kettles – one last month and the other last December. “We got the first one in one of those old plastic milk cartons, it was full of change that someone brought in when we had our (2013) campaign. When we counted it all out, there was close to $1,400 in change, and in that change, there was an old, men’s ring. So we thought maybe that in putting the change in, the ring came off.” Finding items other than Canadian money is not rare, says Glasgow. A ladies’ ring was found in one of the kettles last year. Jim VANDERPLOEG/Special to Free Press Tuesday - Saturday 9:30-6 “We’ve seen lockets The Band Perry rocked CN Centre and a huge crowd of fans on Saturday night. from necklaces and pen#203 - 4299 1st Avenue in the Tabor Plaza dants and stuff like that, sentimental if they ended up in the exchange, coins from other countries, that we nothing of any value (except perhaps kettle in error) and lots of foreign can’t really do anything with. But we figure people just put it in there and say, ‘hey, there you go’ as a donation.” He hopes if the rings were put in with money donations by mistake that the rightful owners will 2010 LTD. come forward. “We would like to know how the rings got there because we will eventually have to end up selling Where Whe e quality makes the difference them. It is odd though that we found two rings in Parkhill Centre 556 NORTH NECHAKO RD. P two years, one year apart. That is very unusual.” PH 250.563.1002 or FX 250.563.1535 Anyone with information about either ring can contact Bill Glasgow at the Salvation Army at 250564-4000 Ex. 226.

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MUNSCH MANIA 2 The Prince George Public Library is celebrating Family Literacy Day on Saturday, Jan. 25 with Munsch Mania 2. There will be many Munsch memorable moments around the library and in the Keith Gordon Room, CBC Radio One staff will be on hand to read Mortimer. Coldsnap local performers will sing songs and help children make basic percussion instruments (noise makers) to punctuate the “clang clang rattle big bang” bits in the story and sing songs. Event runs 1 to 3 p.m.

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See what’s under the sea Reef tank tour includes University of Northern B.C. aquarium Teresa Mallam A small bright blue fish swims by. “Is that a Tang? asks the reporter. “No,” says the professor, smiling as he points out a bright yellow fish at the other side of the aquarium. “That’s a Gramma, this is a Tang.” The Tang is thin and shaped like a silver dollar. Prof. Staffan Lindgren, a teacher of invertebrate zoology at UNBC, is the mastermind behind the water world. And if you want to learn more about sea life, then the Teaching Laboratory at UNBC is a good place to come. On Sunday, the 2014 Reef Tank Tour, an event put on by a local group of enthusiasts, includes an invitation to see UNBC’s 135-gallon built-in reef tank. Filled with a wide variety of fascinating marine life including beautiful corals, the tank is one of the highlights of campus tours – especially with visiting dignitaries. It is also a valued teaching tool for biology classes. “The professor has taken care of the tank for many years with the help of donations from students, staff and faculty,” says Russell John Vander Ende, the reef tank group’s spokesperson and tour organizer. “In February, we host a ‘Finding Nemo’ pub night fundraiser to help with the costs associated with the tank’s upkeep.” The tank is an impressive six feet by two feet by one and one half feet and located on a third floor hallway frequented by students and staff. “The donations we get help to pay for maintenance costs such as salt, chemicals and the occasional livestock,” says Lindgren. “When a tank is well maintained and healthy [like this one], the fish do very well and our clown fish, for example, are about 14 years old. So we don’t have to replace species very often.” There is a wide variety of marine life represented in the UNBC tank including “home-grown” corals which can be broken off and shared with other enthusiasts to keep the species

regenerating. “Besides the fish, we have different corals. There are sea urchins, brittle stars - it is very diverse so students are exposed to a variety of marine life. “Having a reef tank can be a very expensive hobby so when you have people from the group who have been successful at growing their own corals (stores usually sell corals from wild reefs), you know the history. Total Pet is one store that has helped us out a lot and been very supportive.” The reef tank with its playful clown fish and other inhabitants has many younger fans on campus, says Lindgren. “We get children from the [UNBC] daycare coming by here on a weekly basis, or more often, and Teresa MALLAM/Free Press they just love coming here Professor Staffan Lindgren with the UNBC reef tank on Wednesday. The aquarium is a teaching tool for and seeing the fish. They biology students and a place for “Nemo” to play hide and seek with children who frequently visit from often leave little notes of appreciation, so that’s kind the university’s daycare program. of nice.” On the wall Wednesday is a yellow Post-it note with hand-written words: “Dear Fish Tank Dude, your fish are awesome, they make everybody smile...” Lindgren has a blog with his reef tank news and updates and links to other interesting information on marine biology at reeftank. “I wrote a piece, Everybody’s Favourite Nemo, about clown fish with a link to information on the movie. I usually write about issues and I do pieces on species of marine life we have in the aquarium.” This year’s Reef Tank Tour takes place starting Sunday, Jan. 19 with the UNBC reef tank on the third floor Teaching Lab and continues Feb. 2, Feb. 16 and March 2 at the homes of local members. Anyone wanting to view them can obtain addresses from Russell John Vander Ende at 250-9605846.

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Hollywood comes to PGSS stage Teresa Mallam It may be every girl’s dream to go to Hollywood and become a big, famous movie star but in the Prince George Secondary production of Hollywood Hotel, things get off to a less than picture perfect start. Theatre students were in dress rehearsals Monday in preparation for their opening night at Vanier Hall on Wednesday. The cast is very colourful (students share four of the major roles) and as the storyline unfolds, it is clear that many unexpected obstacles are in the way for three girl friends, would-be starlets and a screenwriter, who want to make it big in Hollywood. Grade 11 student Derrian Olson makes her directorial debut with this production. “It’s really zany and crazy and there’s a lot of energy on stage with the cast of characters,” she says. “We have 25 to 30 actors in the play – mostly Grade 10 students [the first year PGSS theatre instruction is offered) – so for many of them this is their first time acting on stage, in front of a live audience.” Olson, who performed in PGSS’s production of Peter Pan last year, says the biggest challenge she faced as a first-time director was making sure the actors grow into their roles. “You have to make sure they really suit their roles and can fit into the parts and become their characters,” she said. “The play is really

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Actress wanna-be Sylvia (Miranda Doerksen) begs silent screen veteran Gertrude Binley Kay (Nikki Mueller) to give her acting lessons in a rehearsal scene Monday from PGSS’ production of Hollywood Hotel. The play runs Wednesday through Saturday at Vanier Hall starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10, sold at the door.

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The 2013 Scholarship & Bursary Awards Prince George Construction Association (PGCA) presented their annual Scholarship and Bursary Awards to students pursuing a Career in Construction or a Construction related field. The awards, totaling $4,500, were given at the December 9th, 2013 Annual General Meeting. We would like to extend our Congratulations to the Award Recipients and send special thanks and appreciation to our Donor Families and Members who make these awards possible!

funny and the girls face a lot of obstacles with things like [lack of] money.” PGSS drama instructor Angela Finlay, who took over from teacher Steve Baker a few weeks ago, says cast and crew – made up of students from Grades 10 to 12 – really pulled together quickly to make things run smoothly. “It was hard for them, they had to adjust to a new instructor –Steve had been with them for rehearsals since September. So I really give the students credit for being able to make that change and turn around and put together something

they can be proud of, and make it their own. “They’re very good at being leaders. And of course, Steve has been giving me lots of advice and mentorship.” Teamwork is at the core of any successful theatre production, she says. “The students volunteered their spare time. I had about 20 students here (Vanier Hall) on Friday night until 9 p.m. putting up sets and there were students who came in on Saturday too. “We have a Stage Craft group in the first block that comes in about 7 a.m. and works on



building the set. They go right from painting two by fours and fibreboard and then the actors come later in the day.” Putting on a show for the community takes a big effort on the part of the students, Finlay said, adding she too learned new theatrical skills. “I actually learned today (Monday) how to put up wallpaper,” she said, laughing. PGSS production of Hollywood Hotel runs Wednesday, Jan. 15 through Saturday, Jan. 18 evenings at Vanier Hall. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.



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2014 Infiniti Q50 challenges the old order Infiniti has had a bit of an identity crisis over the past year with a wholesale change in the way it names its products. Gone is the JX crossover, it’s called the QX60 now and the G 37 sedan has been replaced with the Q50 sedan. Q signifies for cars and QX for crossovers or SUVs. The outgoing G37 was already a very worthy on-road performer but a bit too simplistic in the inside. Now, Infiniti has taken things up a notch with the Q50, adding a dynamic look, sumptuous interior and class leading technology. Looks It could be argued that the current BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C-Class are a bit conservative, while this Q50 and the major competitor, Lexus IS, are much edgier. This is especially true with the front grille. The rest of the Q50 is nicely sculpted, with flowing lines and an almost elegant rear end. Sold as a base model, sport trim, all wheel drive (AWD), premium, and even a hybrid, there is a broad market for this sedan. Starting at $37,500 and ramping up to the AWD sport model at $49,950, there is a substantial discount with the Q50 when you compare it to a similarly equipped BMW. The base model comes with 17-inch wheels but most of the higher trim levels are equipped with 19-inch wheels. The car seen here is the AWD premium model starting at $43,400. Inside The Q50 centre console is very attractive with two screens placed for radio functions and the second for the

navigation ($1,400 option) opt for the AWD model, and backup camera. The which is a good choice way the lower screen is due to the higher level incorporated is first rate; of interior amenities. it looks like a high quality In addition, the Q50 is iPad that sits flush with the first car to have a the dash, while the higher steer-by-wire system screen is recessed for easier that is customizable and use in bright light. this system is optional Direct Adaptive The only problem with on the AWD models and Steering has its this system is the time it standard on the sport takes to boot-up when critics but for me, the versions of the Q50. you start the car over 30 Direct Adaptive Steering Q50 feels like it is seconds to access the radio has its critics but for an extension of the and other features. Most me, the Q50 feels like driver. people will buy the sport it is an extension of the model ($47,495) or the driver, moving through Zack Spencer premium trim ($43,400) to corners with ease and get heated leather seats, comfort with just the Bose stereo, backup camera with slightest movement of the steering around view cameras, and power tilt wheel. Handling is enhanced thanks to and telescopic steering to name a few a stiffer chassis and the rear suspenadditional features. The base model is sion has been adjusted. a price leader but expect to buy the The downside to equipping the Q50 premium model or above to get the with a V6 is the amount of fuel it car well equipped. In comparison, the burns in comparison to the turbo $53,800, 300hp BMW 335iS AWD is 4-cylinder offerings from the German much more expensive than many of the competition. Rated at 11.1L/100km in top Q50 trim levels. the city and 7.3L on the highway for the AWD equipped model. There is a Drive hybrid version available that drops the The latest trend is to include a turboconsumption down to 7.0L/100km in charged 4-cylinder engine as the base the city and 5.0L on the highway but power plant in most German compact it is a premium offering with a starting luxury sedans. This Q50 is bucking the price of $47,000. trend and sticking with the 3.7L V6



they had in the previous G37 with a powerful and smooth 328hp. The transmission is a 7-speed automatic that puts the power to either the rear wheels, or all wheels, depending on the trim selected. Most Canadians will

Verdict The benchmark in the premium compact sedan market has been the BMW 3 Series but the gap is narrowing. This new Q50 looks great, has a wonderful interior, power to spare and solid

handling dynamics. On price, the BMW 328i AWD is the closest and starts at $46,200 but is equipped with a 241hp 4-cylinder. The direct competitor on power is the much more expensive 335is AWD. The Lexus IS350 AWD is another premium offering from Japan, and it starts at a very competitive $44,000. As much as the Japanese automakers like to challenge the German makers, they really end up competing with each other. Yes, this is a worthy car but the one thing you cannot factor into the buying decision is the badge appeal that storied brands like Mercedes, BMW and Audi provide.

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of New Norway, Alberta, passed away on January 13, 2014, at the age of 62 years. She is survived by her husband Charles; sons Scott (Brenda) and Travis (Sheri); grandchildren Brianna, Abby, Katie and Nicholas; brothers Ted (Linda), Pat (Geri Christman) and Danny (Faye) Wychopen; sisters Linda (Dale Kelley) and Sandra (Brian) Tiller; her mother Annie Wychopen; numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her father Nicholas and brothers Peter and Kost. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 20, 2014 at the RCMP Hall Arena at Glendon, Alberta. Interment will follow at the Glendon Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Haying in the 30sâ&#x20AC;?. Weber Funeral Home, Camrose, Alberta 780-672-3131

CERTIFIED ELECTRICIAN International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) is a growth-oriented lumber company with operations in Canada and the United States. The Company has annual production capacity of more than 2.2 billion board feet and offers one of the most diverse lines of lumber products to customers around the world. For more information about Interfor, visit our website at Interfor is currently recruiting for a Certimed Electrician for our Grand Forks mill based in Grand Forks, BC. Grand Forks Interfor Ltd. facilityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been recently upgraded to a very modern operation. The successful candidate must be a highly motivated team player, with strong communication and interpersonal skills. Alternate schedules and shift work will be required for a demanding, high paced environment. Excellent wages and benemt package as applicable in the United Steelworkers Local 1-423.


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Drivers/Courier/ Trucking LONG HAUL TRUCK DRIVERS Lally Trucking Ltd. in Prince George is hiring 5 full-time long haul truck drivers. Requirements: •1 to 2 years experience •class 1 driver’s license Duties: •perform pre-trip inspection •maintain log book •load and unload cargo •follow safety procedures for transporting goods •communicate with dispatch and clients •reading of road maps for directions etc •strong English language skills Salary $23.00/hour with 40 hour work week. Interested applicants please email resume with driver’s abstract to:

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Are you interested in excelling in a fast paced, challenging environment? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you. A well established Prince George truck & equipment dealer is currently seeking EQUIPMENT PARTS PERSON to join our team. • This position pays $30.92 per hour for a Journeyman; all other Overtime is paid at double time. • Full dental and medical packages as well as an RRSP plan in place. • Long term commitment, including a training and career development program.

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Cleaning Supervisor req’d. Sal: $18.00/hr. F/T, Pmt. 1+ yrs. exp. Duties: Supervise and co-ordinate the activities of cleaners. Inspect & ensure of established safety and cleanliness standards are met. Recommend and arrange additional services. Hire, train and schedule staff. Estimate and optimize budget. May receive payments or perform cleaning duties. Lang: English, Contact: Shyama, Dependable Janitorial Services in Burnaby, BC. Work at various locations in Prince George, BC. Apply at dependable_janitorial@yahoo. ca or fax: 604.630.7275 Norm’s Auto Refinishing, Terrace, BC. High production, ICBC Accredited body shop requires a LICENSED AUTOMOTIVE PAINTER. Competitive wages, excellent benefits. fax: 250-635-3081 or email: Attn: Mel Rundell, Manager

PINHEADS Bowling on Silver Star Mountain is looking for a mechanically minded individual to work with us during the winter season as well as June and July. This is a part time position with great pay and benefits, training provided. This could be a great job for a retired mechanic or trades person, or a younger person who wants to live and work in a vibrant ski resort. This position is available immediately. Please email Heather at

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HEALTH DEPARTMENT: Aboriginal Child & Youth Wellness Program – Youth Liaison Worker Closing date: January 27, 2014 at Noon A hard copy listing the roles, responsibilities and qualifications of the position are available from the Prince George Native Friendship Centre’s web site at (click on Join Our Team / Careers). To apply, submit a resume, cover letter and three (3) references detailing which position you are applying for, to: Prince George Native Friendship Centre 1600 Third Avenue Prince George, BC V2L 3G6 Fax: (250) 563-0924 E-mail: Applications will be accepted until dates noted on postings, no telephone inquiries please. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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JOURNEYMAN HEAVY DUTY MECHANICS Fort McMurray & Leduc Alberta Gladiator Equipment Ltd. has immediate positions for Journeyman Heavy Duty, off road Certified Mechanics for work in Fort McMurray and Leduc, Alberta. Excellent wages and benefits. fax 1-780-986-7051.


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Williams Lake Power Plant seeks a Fuel Manager to manage all aspects of fuel supply to this biomass facility. With a staff of eight, the Fuel Manager is responsible for managing the wood pile inventory, commercial agreements, analytics and relationships with providers related to the wood fuel.

Deli Clerk-Sandwich Maker *Permanent part-time position *Lots of fun in a fast-paced environment *Must have food safe Apply in person: 3578 Massey Drive, PG

Bachelor’s degree with 5 years’ work experience preferred. For full job description, please go to with us. This is a five month contract position, with the potential to become a full time permanent employee after that contract term. Please send all applications and questions to

EXPERIENCED MECHANIC REQUIRED SHOP, FIELD AND CAMP WORK Must be willing and able to work independently Drivers Licence required

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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.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Smithers Public Library is seeking a Library Director. The Director is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Smithers Municipal Library under the direction of the Smithers Library Board. 4ualiÀcations ([Serience (Gucation • Masters of Library Science or Library Technician Diploma or Community Library Training 3rogram CertiÀcate or ([tensive 3ublic Library ([perience. ([Serience • 3referred  years of directly related e[perience. .noZleGge • Library management & administration • Community program development • Strategic planning • Financial management and budgeting. Skills • ([cellent communication and interpersonal skills • Supervision and staff recruitment • ConÁict resolution • Good working knowledge of library software. Suitability • Should enjoy the amenities & lifestyle of a small northern community. • Should be looking forward to making a long-term commitment to the community. &losing Date February 14, 2014 For a full job description, further TualiÀcations and application instructions visit: (nTuires about this position can be sent to the library board:

DEAR READERS, In order for our carriers to be safe while delivering the Free Press, we ask that you please rid your walkways, driveways and stairs of snow and ice to avoid unnecessary slips and falls. “A special thank you to those residents who have already provided a safe route to their mailbox for our carriers!” Circulation Manager


Please Fax resume to 250-692-0043 Or Deliver in Person at: 135 Roumieu Dr. Burns Lake (In the Industrial Site)

Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society Employment Opportunity Family Services Director Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society is a delegated agency based in beautiful Hazelton, BC. It is a rural agency serving the Gitxsan communities. We are surrounded by beautiful scenery, clean rivers and a thriving culture. We are seeking a qualified experienced Family Service Worker to join our dynamic team. The Family Service Worker is expected to carry a regular caseload, using clinical and interpersonal skills as well as good case management system to provide a variety of services. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the delivery of family support services to families and children who require them, guardianship services and the development and maintenance of caregiver homes. Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Work Degree or a Bachelor Degree in a human relates services field, plus two years related experience Requirements: We are looking for individuals who are delegated or are eligible to be delegated under the current Provincial (BC) Legislation. Willingness to travel. Have a valid BC driver’s license Must successfully pass a Criminal Records Check Knowledge of Gitxsan Culture and language would be an asset Qualified individuals interested in this opportunity should apply in writing, faxed or emailed with a copy of their resume and 3 references to: Christine Pearson-Bronsch Gitxsan Child & Family Services Society P.O. Box 333, HAZELTON, BC V0J 1Y0 Fax # 250-842-2481, Email: DEADLINE for applications is 4:00 pm on January 17. 2014 Pursuant to Section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry. Relocation Expenses can be negotiated. Only those who have made the shortlist will be contacted.


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Snowclearing Reliable person will shovel snow in bowl area. Phone 250-552-3763 after 3 pm.

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Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or find us online at: STEEL BUILDING. “The big year end clear out!” 20x22 $4,259. 25x24 $4,684. 30x34 $6,895. 35x36 $9,190. 40x48 $12,526. 47x70 $17,200. One End wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

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Grocery Delivery $30/$100 or $45/$200. Pick up & deliver up to 4 items for $5 Phone 250-301-8228 Mon-Sat 6:30 pm -11 pm

For Sale By Owner 2 bed/2 bath Condo underground parking with security gate. Killoren Cres. $140,00 OBO 250-612-9648 or 250612-0145

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Brink Forest Products is an integrated lumber remanufacturing plant located in Prince George, BC producing a range of structural, industrial and value-added wood products destined for local and international markets.

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The successful candidate will be a dedicated company oriented person interested in a career while having solid “hands on” approach to learning. Lumber grading experience along with some mechanical knowledge would be an asset.

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We are adding another shift and looking for Fingerjoint Leads, Shaper feeders, Make up feeders, Graders, Pilers and Maintenance personnel.

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Excellent communication and leadership skills are essential. Must be willing to start at entry level position and work up.

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We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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If you possess the qualiÀcations and are interested in this opportunity please submit your resume:

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H&H Market, FridaySunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway.

Safe driving for mature drivers seminar, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., Sikh Temple, 443 Kelly St., sponsored by Indo-Canadian Seniors Society. Information: 250-964-4626.

Read-to-me Storytime, Fridays, 10-10:45 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-6140684.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;GIVE A LITTLEâ&#x20AC;Ś GAIN A LOT!â&#x20AC;? Arthritis Society Looking for people to be part of the organizing committee of the Walk for Arthritis on June 8th. Margaret 250-961-9631 Can-Do Committee Can Do Committee would like to ďŹ nd a volunteer lady to help a disabled senior citizen with her grocery shopping. Either with her or for her. Celeste 250-962-9045 NBC Children & Families Hearing - Feb 22 AGM & Workshop: Latest Technology and Communication Devices with Guest Audiologist. Sat, Feb 22, 9 am to 1 pm. Continental breakfast, lunch and childcare is included. Register by Feb 1 at For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-proďŹ t organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George


Nechako Public Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.


Birchleg ski tour, Jan. 19, 10:30 a.m., Hickory Wing ski area, 5k east of Tabor Mountain Resort. Information: Norm 250963-7417, Van 250-5648293.

Nechako Public Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butlerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market, Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

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

Cariboo Toastmasters meet Mondays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, 444 George St. Information: or Laura (250) 961-3477.

Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250- 563-4828 or Reta 250-962-2740.

You have sales knowledge and experience, you are organized and have lived in the Prince George area for 5+ years. Training is provided, team work is essential but you must be disciplined and able to work on your own. Welcome Wagon offers a great place to create, learn, mingle and grow with your community and Welcome Wagon. Are you retired but not tired? and looking for some extra cash or are you a stay at home mom returning to the work force, these positions may be perfect for you! The positions are paid by commission and allow for tax beneďŹ ts as a commissioned agent with CRA (home ofďŹ ce and vehicle expenses. For more information please visit the Welcome Wagon web site at If you think all of the above sounds interesting, come join the over 700 Reps across Canada. Apply with a current and relevant resume and cover letter to

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Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: Prince George Quilters Guild meets fourth Tuesday of the month, Connaught Youth Centre, 1491 17th Ave. Registration 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Information: Echo 250612-0499. Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:158:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250-962-6876 or www. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s four-part chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250-

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“ The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation is an important step toward building a better pipeline.”

My name is Janet Holder and I am the leader of the Northern Gateway Project. This past December, my team came one step closer towards our goal of building a better pipeline. After weighing the evidence in the most comprehensive, scientific review in Canadian pipeline history, the Joint Review Panel of the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency provided its recommendation. The Panel concluded that Canada and Canadians would be better off with the Northern Gateway Project than without it. They also provided 209 conditions we must meet before we build the project or before we start operations. From the beginning, Northern Gateway has committed to building a safer and better pipeline. The Panel’s conditions are an important step towards that goal. They reflect the input of thousands of British Columbians and Canadians, and include many of the commitments we made in our submission. But our work is far from done. As a proud British Columbian, I assure you that my team will continue to work hard towards meeting all of the final conditions set out by the Joint Review Panel, just as we’re working hard to meet the Province’s tough conditions. Building a better pipeline isn’t easy. It takes hard work and complete dedication to meeting the highest standards possible. The Joint Review Panel’s recommendation is an important step toward building a better pipeline.


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West proving to be best in sports Living in Prince George and of the standings: three of the in B.C., I am sure one would four worst teams – Moose Jaw, agree that West is Best and East Saskatoon and Lethbridge – are is Least. In the all in the Eastern sports world, it’s Conference, 14 or undisputable that more points out of a the Western Conplayoff spot. Kamference rules. Let’s loops is the only take five highWestern team not profile leagues as in playoff contenexamples with a tion. In total, the common denomi10 Western Confernator in the WHL, ence teams have 79 NHL, NFL, CFL more victories than and NBA. regulation losses HART BEAT WHL: The while the 12 Eastern HARTLEYMILLER Conference teams best team is the Kelowna Rockets have a total of just (Western Conference) with a 16 more wins than regulation 36-5-0-2 record. The defending losses. Point made. champion Portland WinterNHL: The West dominahawks (Western Conference), tion is staggering. Here’s some following the trade deadline, examples. Five of the six top have arguably the most talent teams in the overall standings in the league. At the other end (after games Jan. 14) are in

the Western Conference. The Washington Capitals are in fifth place in the East, yet would sit ninth if they were in the West. We tend to believe the Edmonton Oilers (West) are having a miserable season, which they are, but the last-place team in the overall standings is the Buffalo Sabres (East). Even taking into account how awful both Alberta teams are, the 14 Western Conference teams have a combined 118 more wins than regulation losses while the 16 Eastern Conference teams have a total of just 65 more victories than regulation losses. Point made. NFL: The best team in the NFC in the regular season was Seattle at 13-3 (NFC West). The best team in the AFC in the regular season was Denver at 13-3 (AFC West). Only two

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Miami are the only credible teams residing in the Eastern Conference, while the Western Conference has at least six teams (San Antonio, Portland, Oklahoma City, the L.A. Clippers, Golden State and Houston) that can make a case of having a long run in the playoffs as those six have at least 10 more wins than losses. Let’s not forget the league’s worst team (Milwaukee) happens to be in the East. Point made. To be objective, Easterners, who really don’t have much to brag about, will point out that the Boston Red Sox (AL East) did win the 2013 World Series, however, San Francisco (NL West) won two of the previous three in 2010 and 2012 while St. Louis (NL Central), the Gateway to the West, took baseball’s top prize in 2011. So, is it a coincidence that the West clearly outshines the East in the big picture ? Come on now, nobody in the West has a mayor named Rob Ford. Hartley Miller is the sports director for radio stations 94X and the Wolf@97fm. He also writes for Send along a quote, note, or anecdote to Follow him on twitter: @Hartley_Miller

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Cougars not thinking about Saturday Allan Wishart For Mark Holick, Hockey Day in Canada isn’t even a subject for discussion at this point. “We haven’t even discussed it,” the coach of the Prince George Cougars said Wednesday about Saturday being Hockey Day in Canada, and Prince George being one of the satellite sites for CBC TV. “We’ve got a game to play Friday night,” he said, “and then we’ll start to think about Saturday.” The Edmonton Oil Kings are the opposition for the weekend doubleheader, Allen DOUGLAS/Kamloops This Week which sees the Saturday game starting at 1:30 p.m. as part of New Cougars goalie Adam Beukeboom gloves a puck in Saturday’s game in Kamloops. the national broadcast. CBC be anything new for them.” week, Beukeboom’s last stint in the will not be showing the game One thing that will be new for loWHL was in the 2011-12 season with in its entirety, but plans to have a numcal fans this weekend is the Cougars’ the Regina Pats. He got into both ber of cut-ins during its NHL coverage new goalie, Adam Beukeboom. Prince games on the weekend, coming in to that day, as well as the possibility of an George picked up Beukeboom from the relieve Ty Edmonds in Friday night’s interview from CN Centre with one of Vancouver Giants for a seventh-round 6-4 loss in Vancouver, then getting the the Cougars. Bantam Draft pick in 2016. start on Saturday in a 4-3 shootout win Holick doesn’t see the short turn“We don’t know how far away Brent in Kamloops. around from the Friday night game at Zarowny is from coming back,” Holick “I didn’t think Ty had a good start 7 p.m. to the Saturday afternoon time says, “so we needed to get a goalie, and in Vancouver,” Holick said, “so we put being a problem for the players. we wanted to get someone with WHL Adam in, and he played well enough to “The kids have played Friday night experience.” get the start the next night. and Saturday morning games coming Before he joined the Cougars last “He didn’t get off to a great start in up through minor hockey. That won’t

Kamloops, but he ended up getting the win.” Injuries continue to play a factor for the team, especially up front. “We only have 12 forwards to start,” Holick said, “and right now (Chase) Witala and (Alex) Forsberg are banged up, so we’re down to 10. “That basically means three forward lines with one extra guy, maybe using a d-man up front every once in a while.” Game time tonight (Friday) is 7 p.m. at the CN Centre, with the rematch at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. The Cougars stay at home at the beginning of next week, with the Lethbridge Hurricanes at CN Centre on Jan. 21.


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“This is our last Island swing,” he says, “and it hasn’t been friendly to us the last couple of years. They always seem to have big-fast teams, they just keep coming at you all the time. Add in the long trip to get there, and it’s hard to do that swing.” After this weekend, the Kings play their next nine games at the Coliseum. “This makes up for that stretch early in the season where it seemed we were on the road all the time,” Dupas says. “The important thing now is to win those games so those last two here against Langley mean something.”

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The math is simple, as far as Prince George Spruce Kings coach Dave Dupas is concerned “We’re seven points behind Langley (for the Mainland Division lead), with three games in hand. We have to win those games in hand, because Langley, really, already has won those games.” Some of the numbers for the remaining 17 games on the Spruce Kings’ schedule are in their favour. They play 11 of those 17 at home, and four of their five remaining games against Langley will be at the Coliseum. The Spruce Kings showed on the weekend they weren’t going to let teams come in and win games at the Coliseum, as they downed the Surrey Eagles twice, wining 6-3 on Friday and 4-3 in overtime on Saturday. “We got the four points,” Dupas said of the weekend games, “but we still have to try and get better as a team. We got sloppy with the lead in the first game, which has been a bit of a problem this year.” The Spruce Kings had a 5-1 lead halfway through the third period Friday, but Surrey got two goals back, and it took an empty-net goal from Brent Lashuk, his third goal of the game, to ensure the two points. Saturday, it was Justin Rai’s turn to pick up a hat trick, sealing it with the overtime winner just over

a minute into the extra frame. Alex Murray, just back from an injury, played both games in goal for the Kings, and Dupas says he’ll get the lion’s share of the minutes down the stretch. “We want to get him some games. Jesse (Jenks) knows he’ll probably be taking a back seat to Alex now, and he’s OK with that. He’s had the chance to get some games in while Alex was out.” Dupas expects Murray will play two of the three games on the road this weekend, as the Spruce Kings are in Victoria on Friday, Cowichan Valley on Saturday, and Nanaimo on Sunday.


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250.564.0005 | | MIDGET HOCKEY The Prince George Cougars and Vancouver North East Giants split a pair of BC Major Midget League games, played at the Coliseum because of a concert at CN Centre (the Cougars’ normal home rink), by identical 5-3 scores. The Cougars won the opener Saturday, with Mitch Williams scoring twice and setting up Dallas Goodwin and Colton Thomas as well. Williams got the other Cougars’ goal. Sunday, the Giants turned the script around with their own 5-3 win. Jesse Roach scored in the second period for the Cougars to tie the score at 1-1, and Chase Dubois scored twice in the third to make it 3-3, but the Giants scored with just over three minutes left to take the lead for good. Next league action for the Cougars is on Jan. 25 and 26 when they host the Thompson Blazers at the CN Centre.

GYMNASTICS Six local gymnasts will be at the BC Winter Games in Mission in February after qualifying through the zone tournament on the weekend in Prince George. Naraa Little, Mekenna Parker and Reid Powers will be on the Level 3 team, while Alia Wilson, Anna Macdonald and Rhiana Palfy will be on the Level 4 team.

JUDO Five judoka from two local clubs will be in Regina this weekend as part of Team BC at the Saskatchewan Open. Lavanna Laass of the Hart Judo Club will be joined by Kristen Yawney, Taylor Schaus, Branden Edwards and Ryan Russell of the Prince George Judo Club.

BIATHLON There was no lack of snow in Whistler this past weekend, after a Biathlon BC Cup event had been rescheduled from mid-December because of a lack of snow. Competitors had to put up with heavy snowfall and high winds during the two days, which saw local racers do well. Emily Dickson won both the sprint and mass-start races for Youth Women, while Erik Hoffman won the Midget sprint event and Claire Lapointe won the Senior Girls mass-start race. The next major event is a joint Biathlon BC Cup and Western Canadian Chamionship in Prince George from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2.

Knezevic not finished yet Local skip asked to join Van Osch team at nationals Allan Wishart When Patti Knezevic lost 12-6 to Allison MacInnes at the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championships on Saturday, she figured that was the end. Then, on Monday, she got a phone call from Kesa Van Osch, the Victoria skip whose team had won the provincial title at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club. Van Osch asked Knezevic if she would be the team’s fifth player at the Canadian Championships, set for Montreal at the beginning of February. “It was really an unexpected call,” Knezevic said Wednesday. “I was honoured they had picked me to ask.” Knezevic said she knew all the players on the Van Osch team, but just as fellow competitors. “We played them a lot, it seemed, over the last year or two.” She laughs. “Up until this week, we had a pretty good record against them.” Knezevic finished third in round-robin play at the event, then waited through a series of tiebreakers to determine who she would play in the first round of the playoffs. That turned out to be MacInnes, who survived three tiebreakers on Friday to advance. And while MacInnes downed Knezevic in that game, the Prince George skip had nothing but praise for her team. “I’m very proud of my team. Maybe we didn’t have our best week this week, but we’ve had a very busy season, we’ve attained a number of the goals we set out at the beginning of the year.” Now, she goes from being a skip to being the fifth player on the team. “I have to wrap my head around that new role,” she admitted. “I’m going to maintain my training program so I can go in if I’m needed. As the fifth, I could be curling lead or skip, so I have to be ready.” Even if she never gets on

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the ice at the Canadians, she feels she still has an important role to play. “I’ve done a lot of mental training over the years, so I can help support the team in any way possible.” While Knezevic was waiting for that logjam for fourth place in the roundrobin to sort itself out, clubmate Tracey Jones was in the middle of the jam. “I knew there was a chance on Friday morning (before the last round-robin draw). I looked at where everybody was, and knew the potential was there for a real logjam.” Logjam was a mild term. Jones was one of five teams who finished at 4-5 after the round-robin, sending organizers scrambling for ways to set up the tiebreaker games. Jones won her first tie-breaker, then lost to MacInnes in an extra end. “This was actually our first year together,” Jones said of her team. “We found out the Scotties were going to be here, so we put a team together and went

after it.” It took them until the final qualifying bonspiel to qualify, but Jones said it was worth it. “It’s a memory I know I’ll always cherish. It was great to curl in front of family and friends. I come from a large family, and it was great to have so many of them here.” Jones said the team hasn’t even started to think about next year. “I was kind of sick, as you could probably tell whenever I opened my mouth to talk, and we haven’t even gotten together since the last game. “We’ll have to sit down and discuss things and decide where we go from here.” Judging The Event The Scotties was not just the provincial women’s curling championship, it was also a test event for the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and so there was a lot of high-level evaluation going on. Vonda Hofferd was the co-chair and chief umpire

for the event, and she feels it couldn’t have gone better. “My volunteers were amazing. We threw three extra sets of games at them for the tiebreakers, and I didn’t have to go looking for people. They were coming to me asking how they could help.” She had a chance to watch a lot of the curling over the week, and said the event itself seemed to go off without a hitch. “The ice was great. It made it better for the draw game, which is more exciting for the fans, because you see more points being scored.” The importance of the ice was highlighted in the last end of the final, when Kesa Van Osch threw her final rock. “She could not have put it down in a better spot,” Hofferd said. “Kelly (Scott, opposing skip) really had no shot to get in there.” While Lisa Shaw-McLaren, the manager of sport operations for the Canada WInter Games, could appreciate the curling, she

was more focused on other aspects. “We were looking at things like seating at the club, where it was placed, the viewlines people had, what the traffic flow was like.” Another big area the Games was watching was volunteers. “They were great. Vonda’s group was incredible. They knew what they were doing, and nothing seemed to faze them.” Having Sportsnet come in to televise a couple of the final games was also a big part of the preparations. “There is a possibility there may be TV coverage from the club during the Games, so it was good to see how that worked out.” Shaw-McLaren said she is still waiting for a formal report from CurlBC, but doesn’t see any major issues. She will also consult with Hofferd’s group to go over all the details, and make sure everything is in place when the Games are here in just over a year.



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