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Pouce Coupe “We’re out of Bear Mountain RCMP? Why not. luck,” budget talk dumping questions The Village of Pouce Coupe and the Dawson Creek RCMP are working together to explore the option of establishing an RCMP community policing office in Pouce Coupe.

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Village looks at funding own police force - from our front Staff Sergeant Damon Werrell said he is working on a business case for such a proposal.

Michetti said she has been working with Werrell since December on the idea.

“I am hopeful for the summer, at the very least I would like to have the office up and running this calendar year.”

Council noted that with proposed cutbacks in Dawson Creek policing, getting an officer in Pouce is all the more important.

One of the requirements is space.

“This is an incredible opportunity,” said Councillor Ken Drover.

The Village of Pouce Coupe at last Tuesday’s budget meeting indicated they could make an office in the Fire Hall, moving the Fire Chief upstairs. They motioned to send a letter of support to the Staff Sergeant, saying there is space for an officer.

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“We would have community policing out here, full time,” said Mayor Lorraine Michetti. “They would deal with the rural area, too, no cost to us.”

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Werrell does note there are costs associated — LAN installation, computer station to name a few — and that it would be up to the Province to authorize the community policing plan — there’s no guarantee. While he has a timeline he hopes for, he can’t speak to how long it would take the Province to approve or decline such a plan.


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Residents say material destroys dugouts and sisterns Ralph Hawryluk with some of the material. BROWN

Cox noted when it comes to pollution and the environment, this is a different jurisdiction than a natural resource officer. David Karn with the Ministry of Environment says the program of soil relocation associated with the re-purposing of the Dawson Creek Louisiana Pacific OSB plant to an OSB siding manufacturing facility has been underway for several months now. “In that time the ministry has received numerous public complaints and, as a result, has been regularly monitoring this issue,” he says. “Ministry staff will continue to monitor this activity though its completion. In the event of identified non-compliance with the Environmental Management Act, the ministry will respond in accordance with its Compliance and Enforcement Policy and Procedure.”

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The material is applied adjacent to, and above, the Hawryluk’s land below. And is more dumping planned for upwind of Parkland School? Is it industrial waste? These questions and more are what Road 235 area residents have been asking - and getting no answers from anyone. Area landowners are documented as and include Ralph and Rose Hawryluk, Lorne Ireland, William McDougall, Inge-Jean Hansen, and more. Their lands are adjacent or near a portion of the Dawson Creek watershed. Many say they are being lied to, and kept in the dark about what exactly the material is in the trucks, and how much is being hauled out and dumped 600 feet from home and land daily and adjacent to the Dawson Creek watershed. “This (s*#t) runs downhill off the mountain and right through my land. I can’t get a phone call returned and we were not told about any of it – despite it being directly beside us and uphill above us—it all drains right into our land. We are being poisoned,” says Ralph Hawryluk. Hawryluks say a ten year long neighbor is looking to move after learning RCMP were told to stop looking into the matter. The Hawryluks have contacted almost every elected official in the South Peace saying their land and water are being poisoned – including the RCMP - and have not gotten one returned call. “No response is what happens every time,” says Rose. At some point during the summer months, every hour sees truckload after truckload of soil material has been hauled from Louisiana-Pacific by Celtic Construction to the higher ground above their land and is being dumped - and it continues to this day through the winter months. In August, PRRD bylaw enforcement wrote a letter to the Hawryluks, noting PRRD officials simply asked the landowner, who is also owner of the trucking company doing the dumping, what was going on. “The PRRD received confirmation that there are no intentions to deposit industrial waste onto the property. The owner confirmed only soil and vegetation that has passed environmental testing will be deposited. This bylaw enforcement file has been closed,” said bylaw enforcement officer to Erin

Price to the Hawryluk’s in August. The area is surrounded by either residents, and/or the Dawson Creek watershed and seemingly no one can get any answers. City of Dawson Creek officials were as forthcoming on the matter when asked about their names on documents, and if they had concerns about the matter being dumped. “No comment,” said Dawson Creek Watershed coordinator Chelsea Mottishaw, confirming Louisiana-Pacific were responsible for the product, Celtic Construction responsible for the hauling and dumping, and that the city had “not a lot” of concern about the material being dumped. “It is their work and their job.” However city reports indicate watershed staff, and other city staff - have been out to the specific site location almost monthly up to this month. Dawson Creek resident Rick Lowcay believes it is poison – pure and simple. Lowcay says this operation is an industrial waste dumping site, and everyone is looking the other way. “It adds up to everyone saying they need no PRRD or provincial permits, as they are mixing clean dirt with industrial waste,” he asserts. What about 30 percent of material analyzed that does not meet the CSR agriculture land use standards. Why not? What is in it, it should not be this hard to figure out,” Lowcay says. The Hawyrluks also say the land was zoned residential up until recently, and while it may be zoned Ag Holdings now, it is clearlysurrounded by residents. “Dilution is not a solution for pollution to lower arsenic and barium levels to meet any standards. Right now I would estimate they have dumped more than 3,000 truckloads of waste,” adds Lowcay. Natural Resource Officer Jeff Cox says the landowners doing the dumping were fined in early February for diverting a stream. “We received a complaint and went up and conducted inspections around water sustainability,” says Cox. “The work that is going on there diverted a stream without authority, it was being redirected,” says Cox. The landowners doing the dumping were fined in February of 2019 as diversion of streams is a continuous offense.

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SD59 approves $53.3 million budget with $879,792 deficit, both Pouce and Chetwynd school projects still a go operating surplus of $6,977,265.

AUSTIN CozICAr Staff Writer

School District 59 trustees adopted an amended $53,310,180 budget for the 2018/19 school year at the February board meeting, with a deficit of $879,792. While the Ministry of Education requires school districts to submit balanced budgets, they are allowed to pull on previous years surpluses to fund current year expenses. As of June 2018, the district had an accumulated

“We are currently looking at ways to reduce costs as the ability to pull on previous years surpluses to fund current year deficits is not sustainable,” said SD 59 secretary-treasurer Melissa Panoulias. Due to an increase of 112.8 FTE in student enrolment — hence an increase in the student base allocation by $831,374 — the district saw funding protection decrease by $729,762 from the previous year.



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“Funding protection is to ensure that no district experiences a decline in operating grants no greater than 1.5% compared to the previous September,” said Panoulias. “As a school district’s enrollment decreases so does the funding and difficult decisions are required, which may lead to school closures. Funding protection serves as intermediate additional funding to allow time for boards to make decisions to ‘right-size’ their operations to the current enrollment. School District 59 is currently transitioning out of funding protection and is therefore going through a period of finance adjustment. “Due to the loss in funding protection per student funding is at $10,998, this is the lowest it has been since 2012/13. When you factor in increased

costs based on collective agreement increases, funding is back at the level it was in 2006 which was when we first started to see the increase in funding protection.” A funding formula review by the Ministry of Education further complicates decisions. “The Ministry of Education is undergoing a Funding Formula Review that was initially to be implemented for the 2019/20 school year; this has been delayed a year. This complicates this period of transition out of Funding Protection as the board could be looking at a whole different funding formula for the 2020/21 school year,” said Panoulias. Major projects going forward for the District are Chetwynd Secondary School renovations ($1.75 million of internally restricted surplus is allocated) and a solution to the Pouce Coupe capacity problem.

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At the height of funding protection, in 2015/16 the District received an additional $3,670,557. In 2017/18, the district received $1,225,269 in funding protection, while this year, they receive $83,723.

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DC crime rate seventh in province amongst similar-sized cities, fifth for Criminal Code offences across the province.

ROB BROWN Managing Editor

Dawson Creek’s municipal crime rate is seventh amongst 32 similar municipalities, and fifth for amount of Criminal Code offenses. Mile Zero has one of the higher caseload per officer amounts in the province – according to most recent reports by Police Resources in British Columbia. When looking at provincial and Highway Traffic Act related crimes (not municipal), Dawson Creek RCMP’s provincial caseload is the sixth highest in all of British Columbia, of more than 100 detachments

When it comes to municial police costs per capita of cities between 5 and 15,000 people – Dawson Creek sits towards the top. It costs $333 per capita in Dawson Creek for policing, 8th among 32 RCMP detachments serving the same population base. Total costs for the DC municipal force in 2016 was $4,028,999, placing the city 5th amongst similar municipalities. Police Resources in British Columbia reports indicate that Dawson Creek’s municipal force carry 57 cases per officer. Dawson Creek’s Canadian

Criminal Code offences of 1428 places the city fifth per year are only topped by Prince Rupert, Terrace Lake, Williams Lake and Quesnel. When it comes to provincial RCMP members, and roughly 110 jurisdictions, DC RCMP provincial caseload of 103 per officer is the sixth highest in British Columbia. Tumbler Ridge’s provincial caseload is 29 per officer, Fort St. John’s is 55, Chetwynd’s 42.

with the provincial government for RCMP municipal police services. In 2016, there were 75 municipalities in BC responsible for providing police services within their municipal boundaries. Twelve municipalities were policed by municipal police departments and 63 were policed by the RCMP.

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Skates and or cleats are required – and helmets are recommended strongly. Wear your painting clothes, officials expect the evening to be a messy revelation.

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SOUTH PEACE CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTRE The South Peace Child Development Society is accepting expressions of interest from anyone who wishes to be considered for a position on the Board of Directors. The volunteer Board of Directors meets once a month, excluding July and August. All members must reside within the South Peace area. Interested individuals need to possess an interest and desire to improve the lives of children and families in the South Peace. The Board works with the Executive Director to ensure all programs are meeting the agencies vision and have strategic plans in place to ensure continuous improvement in services. Board appointments will be for a two year term. If interested, please contact Kim Hughes-Brinsky, Executive Director, at or call 250-782-1161.





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Dawson Creek Courts • Michael Troy Underhill (born 1967) was sentenced to 27

days in jail and handed a 24-month probation order for theft of a motor vehicle. Underhill was sentenced to 14 days in jail and handed a 24-month probation order for fleeing from the police. Underhill was fined $500, sentenced to 14 days in jail, and assessed a $75 victim surcharge for driving


with a suspended licence. Underhill was fined $500, sentenced to six days in jail, and assessed another $75 victim surcharge for a second charge of driving with a suspended licence.

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• Tyler Scott Hawick (born 1982) was given 18 months of probation, ordered to provide a DNA sample, and handed a fiveyear discretionary firearms ban for assaulting a peace officer. He received the same sentence for a charge of attempting to take the weapon of a peace officer.

• Tasheena Leigh Ferguson (born 1996) was granted a 150day conditional sentence that includes a 14-month probation order and an order to provide a DNA sample for possession of stolen property over $5,000. Ferguson was granted a 30-day conditional sentence with a 14-month proba• Ronald Howard Milligan tion order for failing to appear (born 1978) was granted a condipursuant to a court order. Fergu- tional discharge with a 12-month son was granted a 30-day condi- probation order with for assault.

A transport truck carrying 50,000 L of sweet crude oil went off the road, rolled over, and had a spill which started a fire on Sweetwater Road just west of Rolla last Sunday evening.

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tional sentence with a 14-month probation order for occupying a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A lack of a fire department covering the area was noted by the official. “They let it burn,” the representative said. “The road was shut down, they locked it down until the fire was out.”

There were no reports of injuries or of impact to waterways, they said. “[Ministry of] Transportation will have to do some reconstruction on the road, likely in the spring or summer, when road conditions are more favorable.” The accident also caused a power outage, with the fire spreading to a power line pole. BC Hydro reported 543 people were without power in the region, some from just after 8 pm until about 9 am Monday morning. BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer noted they had to wait for the fire to go out to complete repairs.

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Who was St. Patrick - the answer is in Genesis by Avery Foley

Every year on March 17 millions of people around the world celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with parades, parties, and the color green. But who was the man who inspired these traditions and why do we still celebrate him today?



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Who Was St. Patrick? Although there is scholarly disagreement on the exact date (and even the year) of St. Patrick’s birth, the traditionally accepted consensus is that St. Patrick was born Maewyn Succat in the Roman colony of Britain around AD 387 to middle-class Christian parents. At the age of 16, Maewyn was kidnapped by pirates and carried off to Ireland where he was sold into slavery. In Ireland he learned a new language and the culture of the Druids. At that time in Irish history, Ireland was a dark nation where the religion of the Druids reigned. This pagan religion involved worshipping nature, violence, and even human sacrifice. When young Maewyn was kidnapped, he was not a Christian but was essentially an atheist. However, his father was a deacon and his grandfather was a priest, so Maewyn had heard the truth as a boy. During the long, cold, and lonely days and nights caring for his master’s sheep in the Irish countryside, Maewyn began to pray. Soon he had developed a relationship with the triune God of Scripture and was praying nearly 100 times during the day and night. After six years of slavery, he claims he was told in a vision that a ship was ready to take him home. He hiked 200 miles to the coast, boarded a ship, and eventually returned home. Back in Britain, Maewyn claimed to have received a vision in which he heard the people of Ireland saying, “We beg you, holy youth, that you shall come and shall walk again among us.” After studying for the priesthood, being ordained a bishop, and changing his name to Patrick, he headed back to the nation of his slavery to be a missionary among the Irish. ST. PATRICK WAS TREMENDOUSLY EFFECTIVE AND SAW MANY PAGANS TURN TO PUT THEIR FAITH IN CHRIST. St. Patrick was tremendously effective and saw many pagans turn to put their

faith in Christ. Despite how his extant writings testify to how much he missed his homeland, he chose to live and serve among the Irish he grew to love. He even suffered imprisonment and persecution at the hands of the Druids. But his dedicated and tireless evangelistic efforts, according to tradition, resulted in his baptizing 120,000 new believers and building over 300 churches in Ireland. He served and worked among the people for 30 years before he died on March 17, 461, and was buried in Ireland. St. Patrick’s Day We now celebrate St. Patrick’s Day each year on the anniversary of his death, March 17. Originally, this was strictly an Irish feast day in the Roman Catholic Church to commemorate the patron saint of Ireland. However, Irish immigrants coming to North America brought the tradition with them, and it is now widely celebrated each year. Sadly, few people remember the devoted missionary who stands behind the St. Patrick’s Day tradition. Symbols of St. Patrick There are a myriad of symbols that we associate with St. Patrick’s Day today, including the color green, leprechauns, pots of gold, and corned beef. All of these things arose long after St. Patrick died and have nothing to do with the courageous missionary. Indeed, most are American additions to the Irish holiday. However, there is one St. Patrick’s Day symbol that is actually associated with St. Patrick. According to tradition, St. Patrick used a shamrock (clover) to teach the concept of a Trinitarian God to the Irish. Each of the three lobes of the

shamrock represents one member of the Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Of course, no analogy is perfect, but one can easily relate how three nearly identical leaves make up one shamrock. Just like St. Patrick preached to a pagan audience, so do Christians today preach to largely pagan audiences. In the West, we can no longer take for granted, like we used to, that people have background knowledge of the Bible or that they trust what the Bible says. When we say “God,” we can’t even assume people are thinking about the biblical God! Essentially, we live in a nation of pagans. They need to be reached with the gospel, just like the Irish Druids that St. Patrick reached. Just like St. Patrick took something that was common to the culture, the shamrock, and used it as a springboard to present the truth about the one, true God, so can we take what is common to our culture and use it to share the gospel with others. Paul did this very thing in Greece when he used the “altar to the unknown god” to proclaim who that God was! Creation evangelism provides the perfect opportunity for us to do just that. We can take something common to our culture, like clothing, law, or education, and use it to present the gospel from the very beginning. For example, why wear clothes? It goes back to sin and shame and the need for a Savior in Genesis 3. Why do laws exist? Because God is the ultimate lawgiver, and we need laws to rein in our sin nature ever since sin came into the world in Genesis 3. St. Patty. He had that invisible touch.


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NICHOLS: Merlin talks about sitting at the roundtable Hey Momma, hey Daddy, are we there yet? When will we get there? I’m hungry; I’m thirsty; I’m tired of this boring trip! We’re all tired, kids, but we don’t know and can’t tell when this trip will be over, if ever. That’s the feeling I had on leaving the North East Roundtable in Fort St. John on the sixth day of March, 2019. It’s hard to believe but I can’t explain why it should be hard to believe. After all, we are dealing with a government run by elected officials who are just like us who elected them. I thought on leaving local government last November that I would never again write on the Caribou Recovery issue. I would leave it to someone else. But now this is my second foray into that morass since I became a free agent and there is no evidence of progress or change since last March. Am I surprised? Not really. Disappointed and not a little discouraged, but not surprised. In fairness to the people who are front-line workers on this slippery file, the issues are highly complex with much history, numerous wrong premises, and not a lot of real science to guide. The negotiators and bureaucrats are attempting to satisfy many conflicting expectations within the treaty rights of the First Nations, the requirements of the United Na-

tions Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) to which Canada is a signatory, the Species at Risk Act (SARA), multiple demands of environmental non-government organizations (ENGO), and the needs of the rest of the population sharing the territory with diminishing caribou. In fairness to the First Nations with whom we now share this good land, they do have a treaty, Treaty 8, now about 119 years old. If Treaty 8 is applied the way I understood it to be interpreted at the Round Table by a representative of one of the First Nations, it leaves very little room to sustain the way of life to which all of us have become accustomed these last 100 years or so. I did say “all” of us. In fairness to the settlers, we trickled into this North East little by little over the years. Quite innocently, from the settlers’ viewpoint, we took up land according to the rules set down by the government (I am still living on the land my parents acquired more than 70 years ago). In the process, this territory was changed from a hunting-gathering environment to an agricultural-industrial environment. With population growth and related development this part of the nation has been rendered forever incapable of supporting a hunting-gathering society of any size. For good or for otherwise, that’s the

history of the area all of us now call home. Our history is no more than a continuation of the history of European settlement over the last 500 years. Right or wrong, it’s our shared history and we have to learn how to live together in peace. We know that terrible injustices have been perpetrated on the original inhabitants of the land by the seemingly unstoppable shiploads, canoeloads, wagonloads, trainloads, planeloads, of new people arriving on muleback, on horseback, or on sore and bloody foot, moving inexorably west and north – always west and north, always seeking the better life, and finding it at the expense of the ways of life of the original inhabitants of the land. That’s our history. There’s not much we can do to rewrite the past. Actually there’s nothing we can do to rewrite the past. But is there anything we can do to change the future? Certainly there is but can we do it without perpetrating further injustice on all the people of the land? If we enact changes that result in massive job losses we are doing no one any good and we cannot be sure that the changes will benefit the caribou. All of us who live here now are dependent in some measure on agriculture, industry, tourism, and sup-

porting services that take up space on the land base. To restrict access to the land base will result in social disruption and loss of family income without certain benefit to the caribou. Mr. Trudeau expressed a touching concern for the potential loss of 9000 jobs, one of which might have been his, in Quebec. We understand, Mr. Trudeau, we really do. But 9000 jobs in Quebec would be less painful to the body politic than 500 or more in our North East. I suggest that our Government in Ottawa needs to revisit and reinterpret SARA in view of this clear and visible fact of biological life: the Caribou are not at risk as a species. Local population units are at risk and we need to discover the real reasons for population decline before we put the human species in the area at further risk with measures that cannot be guaranteed to accomplish the stated objectives. All that said, I confess that I do not have the final answer so I will conclude with a word from the ancients, from those who lived in the land before any of us lived here: “ good and how pleasant it is ... to dwell together in unity.” So I am sure there will be found a way. Merlin Nichols Columnist

SNYDER: it’s caffeine awareness month CALCULATOR CRUNCH: Last week Gerald Merriman died at age 86. He was the American scientist who invented the hand-held calculator. Several years later, the inventor of the first smartphone decided to include a calculator in the phone because he wanted to thumb his nose at the math teacher who said “You won’t always have a calculator in your pocket”. RECORD BREAKER: We start this week’s news chewing session in Kitchener, Ontario, where a man set a Guinness Record by wearing 260 T-shirts at the same time. Is this really a big deal? Last month I saw several residents of Dawson Creek outside wearing nine shirts, six sweaters, three coats, two woolly hats, four pairs of pants, three pairs of gloves, two earmuffs, and a nose muff. TRUST TRUDEAU: Our next stop is Ottawa, where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the SNCLavalin scandal was sparked by, quote, “an erosion of trust”. Oh really? Politicians have done for trust what Wile E. Coyote has done for Acme Products. DIET DETAILS: A new study shows the aromas of some foods can help you lose weight. For example: Next time you have food cravings, try sniffing a green apple. Gee, that’s where I went wrong. I’ve been sniffing pizza. DAYLIGHT DISS: On Sunday most of Canada changed its clocks for Daylight Saving Time. But not here. In Dawson Creek we do not fool around with our clocks every six months. I’m glad. It would take me six months to figure out how to change the dashboard clock in my car.

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ROYAL REPORT: Meanwhile in London, Queen Elizabeth has asked British social media users to show courtesy and respect. What’s next -- Her Majesty asking British soccer fans to try kinder, gentler rioting? URINE TROUBLE NOW: Also in London, a British man says he stays healthy by drinking a pint of his own urine every day. I’ve heard of going organic but that’s just a little too organic for me. KYLIE KASH: Reality TV star and cosmetics tycoon Kylie Jenner is now the world’s youngest billionaire at age 22. Being a billionaire is not always easy. When somebody tells Kylie she looks like a million dollars - imagine how insulted she feels. Kylie Jenner says she’s not only a billionaire, she’s proud to be a SELF-MADE billionaire. Coincidentally, I am not only broke -- I am proudly SELF-MADE broke. GRAVY GAG: KFC announced they will sell candles that smell like their gravy. I predict Dairy Queen will sell Dilly Bar Cologne. Just as soon as they figure out what a dilly smells like.

that cost $19 million. Imagine the stress of maneuvering it safely through the McDonald’s drive-thru lane. SAUCE STRANDED: An Oregon man and his dog were stranded in his car in deep snow for five days. They survived by eating taco sauce packets. The man and his dog were lucky there wasn’t a cat in the car. A cat would have waited patiently, and then used the taco sauce as “meat seasoning”. SPIELBERG STUFF: Movie director Steven Spielberg is trying to block Netflix films from the Oscars because they are not shown in theaters. Spielberg doesn’t believe you are watching a real movie unless there’s a guy sitting next to you texting on his phone, your feet are stuck to the floor, and there’s a lineup of five people outside the bathroom. (Actually that sounds like watching a movie at my buddy’s house) CAFFEINE CHAOS: A reminder March is Caffeine Awareness Month. A time to be more aware of how much coffee we consume. Coffee makes the world go round. Coffee also makes the world vibrate on its axis. Please note there is no Decaf Month. Or Decaf Week. Or Decaf Day. There is not even a Decaf Hour. I rest my case. MARS MEMO: Last week a leading scientist was on CBC saying he believes we will put a city on Mars within 50 years. Can we please make it Ottawa?

BUGATTI BULLETIN: Last week in Italy, a Bugatti car sold for $19 million, making it the most expensive new car ever sold. I do not want to own a car

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DC RCMP: a budget cut we cannot afford

Three great ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Looking for something fun to do with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day? Get into the spirit of the occasion with these fun activities. 1. Adopt a green diet. Put green food dye in the pancake batter in the morning. For dinner, mix avocado in with your mac and cheese. And for dessert? Consider lime Jell-O or chocolate mint ice cream. 2. Explore Irish traditions. Listen to traditional Irish music, write your own limericks and read up on Irish folklore and legends, including those about leprechauns, banshees and giants. Get crafty by making a St. Brigid’s Cross, sate your appetite with a hearty bowl of Irish Stew or discover Irish dancing by taking a class or watching a performance. 3. Make a leprechaun trap. Leprechauns are said to hide pots of gold at the end of rainbows.

Legend has it that if caught by a human, these trickster-like fairies must hand over their treasure. See if you can catch your own leprechaun by building a trap the night before St. Patrick’s Day. The easiest way to make a leprechaun trap is to decorate an empty box and place it upside down. Use a stick to prop up one end and leave a few shiny coins as bait. Leprechauns can’t resist the lure of gold and, in their excitement, may knock down the stick and get caught in your family’s trap. If they’re quick, they might get away. But leprechauns are known to leave treats for crafty kids who make impressive traps. You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with your family — you just have to be willing to have a little fun.

Verdant veggies and green goodies: the ultimate green diet grocery list - Lime aide - Asparagus and more) - Avocados - Lettuce - Matcha - Broccoli - Edamame beans - Onions - Pears - Brussels sprouts - Herbs - Peas - Cabbage - Ice cream (green varieties - Peppers (bell, jalapeno, - Celery include mint and pistachio) - Cucumbers - Jell-O Hungarian, etc.) - Pesto - Green apples - Key lime pie - Pistachio nuts - Green grapes - Kiwis - Leafy greens (arugula, kale, - Sprouts - Green tea spinach, watercress, etc.) - Zucchini - Green candies (gummy bears, jellybeans, mints, - Limes

A spouse of an RCMP officer is speaking out against the proposed reduction in DC police nominations from 25 to 22. Carina Wingerak, speaking on behalf of a number of spouses, spoke to Council at the regular meeting before also speaking at the budget meeting. She asked Council to reconsider the cut. “We all agree this is a budget cut we can simply not afford,” she said. Cuts would have a negative effect on officers health. “When you have one trauma after the other, you are unable to de-stress, debrief, and appropriately recuperate before going back into the field,” she explained. “People who deal with trauma day in and day out don’t just get better at it, it is something you don’t just get used to. You don’t get used to seeing people die, you don’t get used to seeing children getting hurt, you don’t get used to seeing the bad parts of humanity. You just get better at covering it up. “If we give these RCMP officers enough time to recuperate by keeping these positions and having a full force, we are actually giving our force a better leg up into having a healthier lifestyle, which leads to a higher morale, which leads to a safer community.” The key, she said, is a fully staffed detachment. “If we keep them at the minimum, the community will be receiving minimal service. “We need to respect and protect the people who deal with these things. We need to care for these people, we need to give them the time and the ability to rest to care for themselves,” she continued. “If we don’t give them the ability to rest, recuperate, and spend time together with their family, they’re at higher risk for

burnout, PTSD, and other psychological disorders.” She credited Staff Sergeant Damon Werrell for filling the positions that have long been vacant. “[It] has made a significant improvement on detachment morale. And to take away these positions would be, in my opinion, a slap in the face to the commander, the members, and the community,” she said. “With minimal resources, these members suit up daily and put their lives at risk for the community. They keep their heads held high and do the best they can. “Dawson Creek used to be a posting where members wanted to stay, and now it has gained a negative reputation due to being short staffed.” She wasn’t the only spouse to speak at the public budget meeting. Joan, another spouse of an RCMP member, spoke to the cuts, noting it was her husband’s third posting. A posting in Nunavut earned him a “golden ticket’ — she says, essentially allowed him to choose where he wanted to be posted. “We as a family chose Dawson Creek to build a family,” she said. “As a family now, if you cut those three members, and he has to work longer hours, you can believe me as a wife, I am going to say I want the next place. “If you reduce those people, you’re not going to get members wanting to come here.” Prior to the meeting, Council had noted that a final decision wouldn’t be made until after public consultation, which has now taken place. City of Dawson Creek CAO Duncan Redfearn said staff will be requesting final decisions from Council at the Wednesday, March 20 special budget meeting.

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Here is a weekly look back at the slices of life 10, 20, 30 and 40 years ago. March 14 2009 Despite only being 17 years old, Brazilian soccer star Neymar makes his professional debut for Santos. March 14 1999 March 7, 1999 was a Sunday and it was the 66th day of the year 1999. It was the 10th Sunday of that year. The next time you can reuse your old 1999 calendar will be in 2021. March 14 1989 Why not even celebrate an alternative birthday? In 39 days, exactly on April 19th, 2019, people who were born on March 7th, 1989 will be 11,000 days old! March 14 1979 The state of Georgia honored and issued a formal apology to musician and composer Ray Charles on March 7, 1979.

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A letter from the Minister about road 235 The program of soil relocation associated with the re-purposing of the Dawson Creek Louisiana Pacific OSB plant to an OSB siding manufacturing facility has been underway for several months now. In that time the ministry has received numerous public complaints and, as a result, has been regularly monitoring this issue. • The material moved to the 235 Road location consists of: o Material that was excavated in 2001 to 2002 for the construction of stormwater collection ponds; o Log yard scrapings and material that consists of loose bark, sticks and soil (less than 5 percent organic content); and o Material excavated from site for siding conversion, expanded building footings, service lines, stormwater collection lines, sloping of the north hill and excavation for road expansion. • Analysis of each truckload is performed by Associated Engineering, an independent qualified professional that is responsible for confirming each load complies with the Contaminated Sites Regulation soil relocation standards before depositing at 235 Road. • Material not meeting these standards is stockpiled on site for later disposal to landfill. • The ministry has been auditing soil analysis data throughout the soil relocation program. • Associated Environmental is also conducting an ongoing water quality assessment program, the results of which are being shared with the ministry and the City of Dawson Creek. • Louisiana Pacific advises that the soil relocation program is expected to continue through February before completion. • Water sampling by an independent

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Is Dawson Creek’s water safe? Is the 100,000+ cubic meters of waste dumped on Bear Mountain safe? My husband, Ralph Hawryluk and I are the family trying to live 600ft from this 100,000+ cubic metre pile. In June of 2018, construction began on the residential lot east of our property. We live below the very start of the Dawson Creek watershed, all the water off the Northwest end of Bear Mountain runs through our property. When we enquired to the workers on this project we got nowhere, they wouldn’t tell us what the 6 weeks of construction was actually for. When we informed this employee that whatever they do above us runs directly downhill and into our water sources, we were basically laughed at and told they know what they are doing. We have a dugout at the south end of our property that is used for organic gardens, livestock etc. After the rain there was up to 4” of silt runoff onto our property from this project. It destroyed the use of our water source causing us to have to water gardens and livestock from the house water source. On the north side of our yard, a second water source was rendered useless for the same reason. We have one water source that didn’t get destroyed, the one to our house as we shut off the intake to it. We did add reverse osmosis to our water system just to be safe. But should we have to do this? I think not. As of right now we are planning on moving our livestock, 2 horses, 2 ponies, 2 miniature ponies and 2 goats before the runoff starts as the water source in their pasture also gets the runoff and it is far to risky to allow them to drink the water at this point. The past 8 months have been terrifying for both of us. Ralph made his home here in 1985 and myself in 1994. We were set up for our retirement, and now it’s all up in the air. Will we even be able to continue living here?

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I have had communications with Shawn Trottier, the Environmen-

tal Manager for Louisiana Pacific about what’s going on. He does his best to assure me that...”the soil we are bringing to the 235 Rd. would meet the same limits as the soil in your back yard or in the forest at the end of the road.” Hard to believe when we’ve all got the test results for both piles on the LP site. We have had no contact at any point with the owner or anyone from Celtic Construction, except through Mr. Trottier who informed me that Celtic Contracting would build us a new dugout. “Carl is willing to help me make amends, let me know if you change your mind about the dugout,” he said in an email. The problem with that is, there are three dugouts around our yard that received the runoff. Our only recourse is to build a huge dugout a 1/4 of a mile north of our yard where no runoff comes from the dump site, and piping it to our yard. It will have to be piped to our farmyard, our garden area and for refilling our house water supply on dry years. The water source we used for this in previous years is full of muddy runoff and will be again this year. If this site is anywhere near as contaminated as we’ve been told we are in desperate need of a new water source as we’ll be lucky to make it through summer with the one remaining water source. I won’t even go into the creeks running through our property that will have to be fenced off, should this site be proven contaminated. When I asked Mr. Trottier why we weren’t contacted about this project if it was just clean dirt and they were doing nothing wrong, his response in August was that he thought Celtic Construction had talked to all the residents and explained the project. He didn’t, not one family out of five was contacted, nor could they get an answer to what was being hauled in when enquiring about it. When I complained in an email recently, I was told “When this project started I took the easy way out and convinced myself that this was Celtic’s job site, and they needed to own communicating to the neighbors. Looking back, Celtic doesn’t have the experience to do that right, and we all agree that things would have been better - not perfect - but better if we had been out talking to you before the work began. I’m sorry that didn’t happen.” Meanwhile we and our neighbors are left to wonder. Our newest neighbor has just started a beautiful flower farm, Lorne Ireland is retired and living on our road. These two neighbors are faced with a local company, Crank Industries Ltd, having bought the quarter section north of us, south of the flower farm, and west of Lorne Irelands property. They have an application in to take a portion of this hay field out of the ALR to create a “storage site to stockpile, manage, and sell clean spoil fom Louisiana Pacific Oriented Strand Board (OSB) mill in Dawson Creek, BC. We don’t need this in our community. Our

third neighbor has been happily here for 10 years, his property is listed for sale. Our road is used by everyone on it for recreation, dog walking, jogging, walking, riding horses and so on. Last summer it was hard to drive in and out, walking on it was impossible. Everyone out here, along with a group of Dawson Creek residents would like answers. I don’t feel that we personally should have to pay the bill for having water testing done independent of Louisiana Pacific. Mr. Trottier has agreed to pay for water testing on our property, but after all that has went down do we trust LP? Does the City of Dawson Creek plan on doing their own testing? Or are they relying on testing done by LP? When I contacted Chelsea Mottishaw (Dawson Creek Watershed Coordinator) about seeing the test results from our driveway culvert I was told “The test results from the November 19th sampling event were paid for by Louisiana Pacific, thus their permissions are required to circulate.” Is this right? Shouldn’t Dawson Creek want to sample the runoff on their own? Everyone would love nothing more than for the dirt to be clean, especially my husband and I. It’s hard to believe them though, all summer we could smell this “soil” it stinks like nothing I have smelled before. It’s nauseating and burns your sinuses. I was advised online to put it in a jar and put clean water on it. We did, the smell makes people that are brave enough to smell it heave and gag. It’s bad. I’ll include a few quotes we received in emails from various people, I won’t include any names but it doesn’t make a person sleep well after reading them. “LP is full of carcinogenic chemicals and products.” “Calling one pile of dirt uncontaminated is a joke, its two piles of contaminated dirt, one is just worse than the other.” “Impossible to say that the soil is free of toxins.” “They were supposed to have it hauled away and treated but they’re apparently just dumping it on some guys property that works up there.” In the end, I guess time will tell. All we can do is move our livestock to a safe area until we find out the truth. We and City of Dawson Creek, as well as at least 3 neighbors below us all need the truth before it’s too late. After 8 months of dealing with 50 to 100 trucks jake braking up and down the road mountain, smelling the “soil” as it goes by, the wrecking and rebuilding of our road all summer, the dust, the tailgate slamming, the Cat roaring up and down “the pile” 6 and 7 days a week, we deserve to know if we are safe. We need help. Rose M. Hawryluk

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Council grounds runway extension for now Dawson Creek City Council has decided not to commit to a grant for the airport runway extension project this year after all. The BC Government’s BC Air Access Program Grant would have covered 75% of the cost of the project, now estimated at $7,293,714.50, but would have required the City to commit $1,823,428.62 in 2020’s budget. Council had originally committed to the grant at the January 17 special meeting, but at the time, the project was estimated at $5.1 million and would have required a $1,275,000 commitment if the grant was successful. $1.6 million was in the reserve for the project, giving a bit of leeway. But when the preliminary design report came to council at the February 25 meeting, it called for the nearly $7.3 million budget, which would have required Council to put away an extra $223,428.62 in the 2020 budget on top of what they had in they reserve. And while not required by the grant itself, the City would have needed to put away $311,010 to put an asphalt overlay on the turning button, required work if the runway is extended, bringing the total additional costs to over $530K at least.

or Dale Bumstead proposed that they reconsider the motion and rescind it, cancelling the grant application. “I’m not opposed to the project, I’m opposed to the timing,” he said. He noted he wanted to City to have its long term financial plan in place before committing to the project. Much of council agreed with his stance. “I’m not willing to leap without knowing what’s ahead,” said Councillor Jerimy Earl. “I too support the airport,” said Councillor Blair Lekstrom. “But at some point, you have to say how many millions of dollars can we invest in this airport? Is it a commercial airport that we’re after? Or is it an airport that can allow for our industrial customers to bring in their staff? I think there’s a number of things we haven’t answered ourselves yet as a council.” Councillor Charlie Parslow noted he was always against the project, saying it reminds him of the multiplex. “A $20-odd million project became a $60 million project.” Councillor Paul Gevatkoff was the lone voice in support of proceeding with the project now, saying he is concerned the grant may not available when council does decide to proceed.

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Cook’s corner

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a staple of Irish pub fare

Cottage Pie Serves 6

For the filling: 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 cups diced yellow onion 1 cup diced carrot 1 cup diced celery 3 cloves garlic, minced 21⁄2 pounds ground round 2 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour 1⁄4 cup Pinot Noir (or any good dry red wine) 2 cups beef broth

1⁄4 cup Worcestershire sauce 4 sprigs fresh thyme 1 bay leaf 11⁄2 teaspoons kosher salt 1⁄2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1⁄2 cup frozen peas

For the mashed potatoes: 31⁄2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces Kosher salt 11⁄4 cups whole milk 4 tablespoons unsalted butter 3⁄4 cup grated sharp white cheddar cheese 1 tablespoon minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves

To make the filling: In a Dutch oven, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion, carrot and celery. Stir to coat the vegetables in butter, cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes, until soft. Add the garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes more. Use a spoon to transfer the cooked vegetables to a bowl. In the Dutch oven, cook the ground beef over medium heat, breaking it into small crumbles as it cooks, until cooked through. Return the vegetables to the pot and stir in the tomato paste and flour. Pour in the wine and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the broth and Worcestershire sauce and add the thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Stir in the peas and pour the filling into a 3- to 4-quart baking dish. While the filling is cooking, make the mashed potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Place the peeled potatoes in a pot and add cold water to cover by about 2 inches. Add a generous pinch of salt, cover, and bring to a boil. Crack the lid and cook the potatoes for 15 to 20 minutes, or until fork-tender. With the lid askew, carefully drain the water from the pot with the potatoes. Return the pot to the stove over low heat. Add the milk and butter to the potatoes, cover, and simmer the potatoes in the milk and butter for 10 to 12 minutes. Season the potatoes with 3⁄4 teaspoon of salt and mash with a potato masher or mix with a hand mixer. Add the cheddar and stir to combine. Taste and season with more salt if needed. Use a spatula to spoon the mashed potatoes over the filling in the baking dish and spread them out evenly. Use a fork and drag it along the top of the mashed potatoes to make ridges. These will crisp up and brown in the oven. Place the cottage pie on a rimmed baking sheet and slide it into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top of the potatoes is golden and crispy and the filling is bubbling. Combine the minced parsley and thyme. Serve large spoonfuls of the cottage pie in bowls with a sprinkle of the parsley and thyme. PC163937

Dawson Creek residents packed the Co-op Mercer Hall Monday night to make their voices heard on the City’s proposed budget. At the top of the list of concerns was the proposed reduction of the DC police nomination from 25 to 22. “Council should be looking to expand the police force, not reduce it,” noted one audience member. High crime rates were noted. “There’s hard working men who budget for their truck to be stolen,” said David Rattigan. Representatives from Rural Crime Watch expressed their displeasure with the move. “We as an organization are very disappointed with council and budget staff to even contemplate cutting through attrition three RCMP members,” said Art Seidl. They note that with lower numbers of police officers, that the four officers dedicated to rural areas have to spend more time in Dawson and not in the rural. “It’s really frustrating trying to get a police officer in a rural area,” said Alan Watson. Audience members also were frustrated about capital projects like the airport runway extension — which council had earlier in the day voted not to commit to for now — and paving the Encana Events Centre parking lot, while the City cuts services, funding for community groups and jobs. “To see our services being cut to fly in more oil and gas workers is disappointing,” said Jamie Bond, who is losing her position as a library assistant because of the proposed cuts in operations. Speaking on the runway, one audience member noted, “My worry is they’re building this on the belief of if we build it, they will come.” Jobs, jobs, jobs Representatives from CUPE put Council on blast for the cuts affecting workers. “Reducing lawn mowing and parks care won’t improve the quality of life for residents, and it won’t improve park use or the safety of those parks,” said Karen Ranalletta, a general vice president of CUPE BC. “The proposed cuts to the library are extremely disappointing and alarming. Communities thrive when they have a robust public library system. It’s one of the last truly democratic community spaces that exist where you don’t have to have the expectation that you need to spend money. “Budget cuts aren’t just line items on a spreadsheet, but they’re actual human beings and these are the people who live and contribute to Dawson Creek economically and socially. These people are our friends and our neighbours.”

eryday cleaning the streets downtown, has worked for the City for 29 years and was four years away from retirement. His job is reduced in the proposed cuts. “To put me back where I started from is pretty hard to take,” said Garvin. Some of the speakers criticized the raises in pay for council, while jobs are being cut and reduced. “Everyone has said the City is in financial trouble, the idea of City Council giving themselves a raise is a little off,” said archivist Denee Renouf, whose position is not funded by the City in the proposed budget. “How does City Council justify their raise at the expense of other people’s jobs?” Council responds It was a night in the hot seat for Council, who were on the defensive, about everything from cuts to their pay. “This isn’t an easy thing. This hurts us personally,” said Mayor Dale Bumstead. “To build a financially strong community requires us to make some tough decisions.” “There’s a financial issue in the City of Dawson Creek,” said Councillor Blair Lekstrom. “We have lived beyond our means for a long, long time.” “Realistically, we as a City, can provide whatever services you want at whatever level you’d like provided, as long as we’re willing to pay for them,” said Councillor Jerimy Earl. “And the issue we’ve been running into is we have not been paying the true cost of operating this City for the last 15 to 20 years.” On the issue of raises, Bumstead defended it, noting that a remuneration committee set it in 2017 to offset a tax increase, and that the positions need to be compensated fairly to attract a diverse field of candidates from the community. “I don’t care how much money I make, I was born and raised here,” he said. “I do it because I love this community.” Councillors with day jobs noted the difficulty of managing the role with their jobs. Earl and Shaely Wilbur noted they have had to use up vacation days to attend council meetings and functions. Earl noted he is nearly out of vacation time months into his term and will have to use unpaid time off.

Some of the employees affected by the cuts were highlighted.

“In the end, it actually cost me money to represent all of you,” said Wilbur, noting the raise puts an extra $88 per month on her paycheque. “I would gladly give that money back [the raise], if it meant that we could change these changes that are being proposed.”

Melanie Turcotte, who worked for the City for 21 years and was two years away from retirement, had her position as sustainability clerk eliminated in the proposed cuts. Lloyd Garvin, who can be seen ev-

Prior to the meeting, Council had noted that final decisions wouldn’t be made until after public consultation, which has now taken place. A special budget meeting is planned for Wednesday, March 20.

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DC Budget 2019: history and literature on the chopping block The South Peace Historical Archives may literally be history –as the board is looking at how to deal with $60,000 in staff funding cut to down $24,000. Dawson Creek Public Library’s Pamela Morris says the library board presented a budget to the City of Dawson Creek for 2019 that was already $50,000 less than expected. “Another $59,400 was cut – so it is nearly a $110,000 difference we are looking at this year,” she says noting she understands where the city is coming from. “I get the taxpayers don’t want to see an increase in taxes, but there will be impacts.” Morris expects to cut senior staff by two, with the lowest on the union totem pole being cut. “We may also lose a page, one of our 6 or 7 youth staff.” Morris says there will be other changes as well. “Programming cuts may be noticed.” She says one day will be lost if funding cuts remain. “The big thing is playing off two people and closing on Sunday.” Morris adds both the staff cuts are library technicians in training. “These are people skilled at Library Science” Morris notes the computer budget has also been cut. “If computers goes down, they will not be replaced.” Morris says the public Internet has roughly 2,900 users a year, with more than 4,000 patrons of the Library itself. “People working on immigration, employment, who have less access than others.” Just down the street - the South Peace Historical Archives may be mothballed for real unless more funding is found.

“$60,000 that was provisionally expected for five years was about to be cut to zero, but we presented our case and they will be providing $24,000 this year,” says South Peace Historical Archives archivist Denée Renouf, adding the board is looking at options for funding and operating. “There is a chance no one will be here - the archives will not be open on a regular basis unless funding is found,” she says. One archives supporter said it was ridiculous for the city to take credit for providing rent for the South Peace Historical group. “They rent out of KPAC – the city is the landlord.” Renouf said without full time staff, it is hard for the Archives to apply for summer students. “There would be no supervision.” Some think the city may not be thinking long-term when it comes to the South Peace Archives – which recently installed Treaty 8 artifacts. “They won’t want to keep them in a closed building. Where do they go?” Renouf noted the plan is if the Archives as a society dissolve, the City of Dawson Creek was to take possession of the physical documents of the archives. “The archives and all the documents become the city’s asset then anyway,” says Renouf, noting it appears the historical society could afford full time staff until the end of May. Stewart Flinn with the archives said he would be blunt. “Without full time staff it is hard for us to apply for any other grants,” he said. “There is a very strong possibility the archives will have to close. We may be outta luck.”

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Nights are lit with adventure at Nitehawk Head south from Grande Prairie, cross the Wapiti River on the way to Grande Cache, hang an immediate right, slide past the O’Brien Park and into the Nitehawk Year-Round Adventure Park. If you’re looking for a getaway to the east that carries some Alberta flavors, fun, and hospitality back to Mile Zero and to the BC side of the Peace, Go Nitehawk. Nitehawk is as advertised for families young and old. Want to be a Wapiti Warrior? A Nitehawk Ninja? They’ve got you covered. A tube zone? Check. Luge? Yes. “Our programs, camps and lessons are done to recognize the needs of the students, and their abilities regardless of age,” says assistant manager at Nitehawk Johnathan Clarkson, who has been on the hill for more than 17 years - starting way back when as a ski patrol volunteer, before ascending Nitehawk’s management mountain. Discovering ski and snowboarding, parent and tots, learn to slide classes and more, is all about keeping the family unit front and center, both on the Nitehawk slopes and in its chalets. Fourteen actionpacked and scenic runs from the Easy Street and Will-OWay, or more expert levels like Hwy. 40, and Roller Coaster. Nitehawk has its genesis in the 1960s as a non-profit and for more than 60 years a legacy has developed amongst staff and instructors to use their training to promote proper, safe adventures. This year saw the earliest winter opening in the history of the park - November 17. Clarkson says the holidays also brought a first this season. “This was the first time in years that we were not shut down over Christmas at all. We saw some record numbers.” Clarkson says credit lies in the family oriented aspect of all the activities at Nitehawk on the hill. The mass arrival of families each day is testimony to this. “Free ski Fridays brings out people - we can see upwards of 1,300 people that day.” This year there are plans for more amenities - including doubling the size of a chalet installed two years ago at the base of the tubing zone. “We’re also going to be adding LED lighting to the last halves of the runs on the hill, and this will completely change the experience for people.” Nitehawk is all about the future of the sport and hill, with more than 7,000 kids on the adventure each season through school trips and instruction. “School class instruction a big portion of our operating

during the day certainly. We like to think we are fostering a love for the outdoor activities of the Peace Region winter which can be a long season. We are also trying to grow the luge program through our schools as well,” says Clarkson. “Kids are on our freestyle team, alpine teams, as well as all kinds of recreational skiing. Kids and youth are not thought of a ‘those darn snowboarders’ anymore.” Clarkson admits it is hard to keep youth away from the hill. “Sometimes before we even have a lift open, kids come out and hike the hill. The tube zone completely expands our appeal to families - it is fun tobogganing in the controlled setting.” Gone are the days of the single men and women mingling at the ski chalet over wine and fires. Nitehawk is pro-family and the pro family-experience. “We are a year-round adventure park – but for the fact that we are here for families. That is our focus. Everyone learns to ski on their small local hill before going to the mountains. We take pride in that - ages 3 to 18, or adults looking to improve, we are here for them,” says Clarkson. The majority of customers are families and they love the ‘Great One’ deal -$99 for one night of skiing and lift passes for the family. Regardless of any extreme weather arrival of Mother Nature closing the hill and the entire outdoors, the onsite Snowmakers Lounge remains open seven days a week for those looking for an actionpacked meal. Fish and chips, a famous Sunday brunch and more are as part of the Nitehawk programming as the snow grooming and Diamond difficult snow runs are. Nitehawk is year round – a summer destination as well. A downhill mountain bike park, courses, summer tube rides, are keeping adventure affordable and accessible for families. Nowadays, the adventure never stops at Nitehawk. “Our gates used to close in March, but now we employ about 50 people over the summer. This is also our third year managing Bear Paw golf course. Five years ago there was three of us over the summer months.” There is adventure on the Nitehawk slopes, and in the future Nitehawk plans: a 20 year master-plan in front of Nitehawk board and management envisions more lifts, and more runs to the east. “We’re not afraid of what we can do here.” No fear? Need adventure? Go Nitehawk.


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CBD vs THC -- what kinda edibles are we talking here? AREYO DADAR Online Contributor

Marijuana is more popular today thanks to strong marketing and a thawing of legal status and a softening of societal prejudices; however, one compound in particular has sold marijuana to an even wider market, and that is CBD. In terms of molecular structure, cannabidiol and THC are very similar, though subtle differences in the way the atoms are arranged account for the huge changes in effect. Let’s see what makes these two compounds different, so you can pick the one that’s best suited for you. CBD edibles are a great way to get the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without getting high or stoned The biggest challenge with THC is that it gets you high, meaning you won’t be able to use it at work, or when operating machinery. You can’t

even use it and drive safely, because of the dozen or more sensations that go through the body and the way the mind steps into a euphoric state, characterized by desire and fantasy. This means that even though THC may contain many therapeutic effects, it still presents a challenge by altering brain function significantly. It takes just minutes to make CBD edibles and the different extracts you will find can be added onto cakes, drinks, home-cooked meals, and just about any other food. Recipes are available online for CBD edibles and drinks, and with more people trying them out, you won’t run out of ways to consume CBD. Each time you light up a joint or use a vaping device, the lungs get irritated by thinning agents and smoke (when its present); and there haven’t been enough studies done on long-term use to see how these tiny amounts of irritant material damages the body. CBD

edibles provide a way to take the compound without putting any part of your body at risk. When used regularly, CBD can treat a variety of conditions including sleeping disorders, digestive problems, anxiety, depression, low appetite, and nausea. Conditions that are life-long (such as chronic pain) are also easier to manage with CBD, due to its long\lasting effects. IF getting too high or drunk is a genuine concern for you, then using CBD will counteract the effects of psychoactives and stimulants. So in that case, if you find yourself high on THC or other psychoactive, a few drops of CBD oil added to a drink will help to get you sobered up quickly. Smokers can use it too as a way to stay grounded and minimize the anxiety that leads to chain-smoking. IF you ever wanted a general-purpose herbal extract that won’t cause any dependency or other downsides,

then CBD is perfect. You can get rid of dozens of unpleasant physical conditions and actually modify your mental state by eliminating paranoia, fear, and other effects of anxiety that lead to obsessive, unhealthy behavior. CBD is highly effective, it doesn’t have effects that are as immediately noticeable like THC edibles CBD doesn’t hit you the same way that THC does, so you can use it in public without any risk to social interaction or your own ability to handle yourself. It also works longer and has the potential to genuinely improve your health without a strict focus on euphoria or a specific sensation. CBD edibles don’t present any problems as compared to THC, and cannabidiol generates a series of therapeutic effects that make it perfect for using at home and outside.

BC Government hypocrisy hurts Canada, helps USA MIKE BERNIER Peace River South MLA

In the Peace we know how important it is to get our natural resources, our agricultural products, and other Canadian products out to the global market. We know that when we sell to customers far and wide, we get a better price, and we earn the kind of incomes that support families, communities, and better futures. We also know that the environmentally responsible resource sector we’re happy to have in our backyard is an industry that drives government revenues far beyond what government invests here. We’re proud that these revenues support investments in hospitals, in schools, and in the environment in every part of the province. We’re doing work that makes British Columbia and Canada stronger. We know this in the Peace – but the current government down in Victoria has forgotten. There is no better example of this than the current relationship – some call it a bromance – between B.C. Premier John

Horgan and Washington Governor Jay Inslee. The two politicians are united in their stubborn opposition to the Trans Mountain Pipeline – a project that parallels an existing pipeline and will help build our country’s economy. Canadians would see increased revenues because they would be getting higher prices for oil. That’s good for our nation, and good for our province. But that’s bad for Washington State and their largescale gasoline production. Right now, oil is shipped via pipeline and tanker ships to Washington, refined into gasoline, and sold at high prices into British Columbia. Taking out the Canadian competition helps keep US oil prices high – and keeps the profits flowing from Canada to the United States. The Horgan-Inslee team is ringing alarm bells about one extra tanker a day that would result from the Trans Mountain Pipeline. It will put, they say, our entire coast at risk. But wait a minute…didn’t someone mention that Washington refineries are fueled with oil delivered via ocean tanker? Yes. The hypocrisy is breathtaking. More than 500 oil tankers a year sail along the BC coast from Alaska

to Washington. Those tankers ply the exact same waters as the oil tankers that the Premier and Governor tag team oppose. Yet, somehow, these tankers aren’t a problem for the Premier and the U.S. Governor. Adding insult to injury, in the middle of this the Premier handed over a $400,000 cheque, courtesy of B.C. taxpayers, to fund a feasibility study of the pipedream of highspeed rail link between Seattle and Vancouver. That money flowed the day AFTER the US government announced policies that meant not a single Canadian company could work on the very same project B.C. is helping fund! On the pipeline opposition and the high-speed rail proposal, American’s get the benefits and Canadians get the shaft. We could see responsible resource development build a better Canada and a better environment, and even help fund some kind of high-speed rail. But not if leaders like B.C.’s Premier continue to side with American politicians who are working overtime to hurt Canadian industries and our nation’s economy.

KUCHARUK: Mr. Sandman, bring me a dream Judy

KUCHARUK Have you ever been ghosted by someone close to you? Have they dropped out of your life without so much as a, “it’s not you it’s me” explanation? Have you stumbled through your day asking yourself, “What happened? Where did they go? What did I do?” I have. I have been ghosted by Mr. Sandman. The ghosting was dramatic in nature: One night I sleep so deeply that I wake up with deep creases on my cheek from the pillow and the next I am staring at the ceiling until 2:00 a.m. Sleep continues to evade me night after night after endless night. “Sandy! Where did you go?” Studies say that millions of Canadians suffer from sleep deprivation and it is affecting our concentration and our health. Apparently sleep deprivation can also make you fat(ter)! Sleep experts say that four and five hours of sleep a night are not enough to keep you functioning properly. The Martha Stewart’s and Donald Trump’s of the world who insist that they only require a mere four hours of sleep are kidding themselves. Sorry Martha, “That is NOT a good thing”. I purchased myself a weighted blanket in the

a full nights sleep. If you haven’t tried a weighted blanket, you should give it a shot– they are a divine. The only way I can describe the feeling of a weighted blanket is to compare it to the lead blanket that they place over you prior to a dental x-ray. It makes you feel so cozy and comforted in an “I am protecting you from radiation” way. The first night I placed that weighted blanket overtop of my duvet was blissful. I was transported back to my childhood when I slept under a feather-tick quilt. Of course I was half the size at that age and the feather-tick quilt acted like a weighted blanket. I recall sinking into the mattress and having the most delightful rest. Mr. Sandman was still ever-present in my life ensuring that I slept throughout the night and recharged my batteries for another day of going to school or

Those days are over. I woke up this morning with the feeling that I had not slept a wink. Groggy and miserable I stumbled to my computer to write my column in the hopes that maybe someone had the answer to getting back on the sleep train. How can I lure Mr. Sandman back into my bedroom? Judy Kucharuk is a lover of sarcasm, witty people and footnotes. You can read her book “Naked Tuesday” or catch her on CBC Radio Daybreak North where she shares her “Peace of Mind”. Follow her on twitter @judylaine

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 250-782-4921 Web: 10901 13th Street, Dawson Creek, BC

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Church of the Nazarene Service times: Sunday 2pm, Friday 7pm Website: Pastor Megan Polowski Email: Phone: 250-719-7425

Sunday Worship 11:00 am School: 11:00 a.m. Soup Kitchen: Every Tuesday & Thursday Gideons 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Food Bank: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays International & Thursdays Canada The Grizzly Valley Chapter is 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Grace Lutheran Church Grace is a caring church community. We welcome all to worship and share our life in Christ’s love.

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Is a friendly church nestled on the hill in Dawson Creek, BC Contact: Tony Vigar 250-782-4225 900 94 Ave. Dawson Creek, Sunday Meetings 10:30 am

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Please contact the office for service times and for ministerial program 709-96A Ave, information

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Dawson Creek, BC V1G 1M6 Meeting Time: Wednesday - 7 p.m. Sunday - 2 p.m.

Contact: Eileen Klassen 250-219-6375 1800 109 Ave, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 2V5 Sunday Meetings 10:00 am

Peace Mission Chapel

Contact: Pastor Lee Stevenson 250-843-7506 Sunday Meetings 11:00 am

Seventh-Day Adventist Church Bible Study: 10:00 am Church Services: 11:00 am

Contact: Church office 250-782-1710 9201-14th Street, A distinctive Christian church Dawson Creek, BC dedicated to learning, living and sharing the spiritual understanding Pastor: Cavin Chwyl

of the Bible as revealed in books written by Emanuel Swedenborg. We worship the Lord, Jesus Christ as God Himself in Human form. We believe his whole word is a divine allegory with a spiritual sense. We also have a unique and extensive set of teachings about be involved in service to the people the life after death. Our motto “ of Dawson Creek. Our Sunday service St Marks All religion is of life, and the life is at 10:30am year round. We have of religion is to do what is good.” Children’s Sunday School year round as Anglican Church All are welcome to our services well (except long weekends). Contact Rev. Don Thompson and other events. Please go to 1400-113th Ave. Dawson Creek, BC 250-782-2939 www.dawsoncreeknewchurch. V1G2Z2. Email: ca for more info and the church 250-782 4792. 1029 103 Ave, Dawson Creek, newsletter. email: 250-782-8035 BC V1G 2G6 9013 8th Street, 250-782-2939 Contact: Pastor Terry Coe Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3N3 Sunday Service & Sunday

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We meet to worship God, study the Bible, encourage and support each other, and work together to further God’s purposes in the world.

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Pastor Terry Hagen 250-782-4616 We invite you to come and join in with other believers in the Lord Jesus Christ. 1501-108 Ave., We serve our community by providing opportunities to worship, study God’s Dawson Creek, BC, V1G 4H8 Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m. Word (The Bible),fellowship and to

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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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New Beginnings Baptist Church Services: Sundays 10:30am 10221-18th St Dawson Creek, BC Pastor: Dr. Michael Stark

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Gritty hockey in NPHL Finals


Junior Canucks lose tough series against GP Kings in seven

Frederic Tanguay takes the faceoff, as Jonathan Jasper looks on. COZICAR AUSTIN CozICAr Staff Writer

As soon as puck dropped in game one of the NPHL Finals between the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks and the Grande Prairie Athletics, you could see the kind of series it would be. The two best teams in the league — both in the regular season, and now evidently in the playoffs — with a lot of intensity. While the Senior Canucks took the low scoring game one 3-1 and the series lead, the main takeaway right from the start was how much these two teams hate each other. Shouting could be heard between the benches throughout the game, and the fire didn’t stop between the whistles. Actually, the heat didn’t stop at 60 minutes. The game ended with a melee between the two teams, when GP withheld the puck, which the Canucks like to take after a win and tape it up on their way to eight wins. Evan Weaver and GP’s Chris Lanouette were assessed game misconducts, but it was a bigger scene than a one-on-one fight, to say the least. “Both teams don’t like losing,” said Matt Schmermund, who was the hero in game one, scoring the game winner. “Once one team gets down, it starts to get a little bit cheap and chippy, so I think it just comes down to both teams want to compete so hard.” Fans couldn’t ask for a better matchup for quality hockey. In the regular season, the Senior Canucks were unstoppable nearly — only four losses on the season. GP was the one team that gave them consistent trouble, handing the Senior C’s two of those losses, and taking it to overtime in two of the Canucks’ wins. The two teams play defensively sound hockey, with an ability to score

too, as evidenced in game one. It was a 1-1 game (first goal courtesy of Brett Norman) until midway in the third when Schmermund scored, topped off by a Kevin Hope empty netter. Both goalies have played solid, Kenton White stopping 32 of 33 shots (.970 SV%) in game one, while the C’s peppered 34 shots. It could be a magical year for the Senior Canucks, with a chance for their first NPHL title since 2003, and after that, a chance to repeat as Coy Cup champions. They’re the odds on favourite, playing at an elite level all season. “Everybody goes to battle for everybody. Doesn’t matter who you’re sitting beside in the room, everybody loving each other the same. We’re a tight knit group, one of the best groups I’ve played with in my 28 year career,” said Schmermund, who played major junior with the Kamloops Blazers and Portland Winterhawks, before a stint playing university hockey. But to achieve any of those goals, the Senior Canucks have their toughest challenge all season — a seven game series with their toughest opponent. “This is where they separate the men from the boys,” said Schmermund. Game 3 – Wed., March 13 – Grande Prairie at Dawson Creek Game 4 – Sat., March 16 – Dawson Creek at Grande Prairie *Game 5 – Tue., March 19 – Grande Prairie at Dawson Creek *Game 6 – Thu., March 21 – Dawson Creek at Grande Prairie *Game 7 – Sat., March 23 – Grande Prairie at Dawson Creek * If necessary Puck drop 8:30 pm local time for all games

The Junior Canucks salute the fans one last time this season. COZICAR

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In the end, they just ran out of the gas. The Dawson Creek Junior Canucks fell 5-1 at home Sunday to the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings, losing in the NWJHL semifinals in seven games, falling just short of the finals and a berth at provincials. It was all the more heartbreaking after a hard fought OT win on Friday had put them up 3-2 in the series — the third period and overtime probably their best work all year — and on Saturday, came back from a 4-2 deficit with less than a minute left, and with a chance to end it in overtime, only to fall 5-4 in the extra frame. But with injuries mounting — Dustin Bahm left the series in game one, last year’s leading scorer Wesley Shipton missed most of the season — it was an uphill battle. “Top to bottom, head to toe,” said head coach Gene Cooper. “It was a tough fought series, every game was a battle. The bottom line is we ran out of players, we were down with some injuries as they did, and we just ran out of bodies. “We needed a little bit more energy, and a little bit more bounces our way.” He noted “four or five” players were out due to head contact alone. Even goaltending didn’t go unaffected. In game six, goaltender Conor Webb was run when GP scored their fourth and had to leave near the

end of the game. Mathew Ens, who missed time with a suspension, came in relief, and started game seven before being switched for Webb after the Kings’ third goal. The Junior C’s had the shot advantage in the finale, 42-28, but just couldn’t get it done. Chase Henrickson had the Canucks’ lone goal in the second period. Henrickson was the team’s playoff MVP, potting nine goals and 12 assists in seven games, only held off the scoresheet in game three. It was a tough ending to the season, but Cooper sees a bright future for the players returning next year. “All in all, there was 13 rookies on this hockey team this year. When you take into account for midget players, graduating midget players, first year in junior hockey, and to be able to push through that, with an experienced team like that, it’s pretty amazing,” he said. A second place finish in the regular season, and a competitive series against a Kings squad who has given them trouble since turning their season around after October. “I think they did good, and they’re going to grow from there. Next year will be that much better, I’m sure the boys are all going to come back and make life a lot better,” said Cooper. “The future is bright in Dawson.” The Fort St. John Huskies will play the County of Grande Prairie JDA Kings in the NWJHL FInals. The Huskies look to repeat as NWJHL champions.

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BC Lions come to DC to speak up on violence against women

Left to right, front row: Amaya Dostal, Anna Wisekal, Oskar Judge-Dokken. Back row: Isabelle Gelinas, Gabe Avey, Seve Avey, Julian Ritson, Gavin Pohl, Flynn Smith, Daniel Galleno, and Bruce Sydnam. COZICAR

Trip to Edm. for Mile Zero Judo Mile Zero Judo is coming back from a successful trip to Edmonton to take part in the Edmonton International, joining around 950 competitors over two days of competition. The juniors did well, with U12 boys Gavin Pohl and Oskar Judge-Dokken, as well as U10 girls Anna Wisekal and Amaya Dostal, all medalling. (Wisekal and Dostal competed in their first tournament). Three competing in U14 boys made the trip. Gabe Avey is bringing home a sliver in 55 kg boys, while Daniel Galleno took bronze in 46 kg boys. Flynn Smith placed seventh in his division. “U16 we had 3 boys as well and didn’t medal but some really excellent fighting,” said Sensei Isabelle Gelinas. Julian Ritson in 66kg, Seve Avey in

55kg boys and Flynn Smith (second division) in 42kg competed in U16 boys. Sienna McCorkell competed in U21 females 57 kg against some tough competition. “[She] lost both her matches, both against black belts, but she fought so good! Great experience for her as she only started a few years ago and is only a green belt,” said Gelinas. “Edmonton is a huge event and divisions are big and competitors are fierce. People from all over the country attended as well as two Japanese teams.” This Friday they are heading to Richmond for the Pacific International, with Gelinas and seven athletes making the trip.


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A full crowd came to NLC last Wednesday to listen to what BC Lions Jordan Herdman (left) and Claudell Louis (right) had to say. COZICAR AUSTIN CozICAr Staff Writer

A pair of BC Lions players were in Dawson Creek recently, raising awareness about violence against women, asking men — or anyone, for that matter — to “be more than a bystander.” Linebacker Jordan Herdman and Defensive Lineman Claudell Louis visited learning institutions across town, noting the importance of not ignoring the problem. “As a man, we’ve got stand up for women,” Herdman told the audience. “It just takes that one brave person to stand up.” Half of Canadian women experience physical or sexual violence, they say, while one in three women are sexually assaulted in their lifetime. For Herdman, it’s a topic that hits close to home. “My mother was in an abusive relationship, she was beaten pretty badly,” he shared with the audience, noting that sometimes he was a bystander himself. “A bystander is someone who knows someone who is acting abusively or being abused and does nothing,” said Louis. They used the example of seeing someone drowning to point out the importance of not being a bystander — audience members noted they would try to help the person drowning. Abuse of the sexual or physical variety isn’t the only one to watch out for — it can take the form of inappropriate and cruel jokes, sexist comments, treating girls as objects, as well as cyber bullying.

“They may seem harmless, but they create a culture that degrades women,” said Louis. They note that abuse takes place on a continuum. Such seemingly harmless comments or sexist/homophobic/racist jokes lie on the bottom, but help develop that culture, in which higher on the continuum, women face harassment threats and verbal abuse, and higher on the list are rape, sexual assault, and physical, emotional and financial abuse. Murder is at the top. Marginalized groups are disproportionately impacted — 50% of transgender individuals may be sexually abused or assaulted, 83% of women with disabilities will be sexually assaulted, and 57% of indigenous women have been sexually assaulted. 66% of female sexual assault victims are under the age of 24. They suggested some tips on being more than bystander. The Lions cautioned against using violence against abusers, warning to not to join the cycle of violence. “You don’t want to escalate the situation,” said Herdman. Take action if there’s a threat of harm — call 911. In other situations, offer your presence to the victim, talk to the victim — ‘Are you OK?’ — let those causing harm know their behaviour is wrong. Don’t join in on such behaviour and leave such groups. If you know the person causing harm, talk with them, let them know their words or actions constitute violence. Perhaps refer them to help. For more information, go to www.

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The Mile Zero Figure Skating Club are hosting their annual Ice Skating Carnival next Friday and Saturday (the 15th and 16th). The theme this year is Disney — with scenes based on Mary Poppins, Aladdin, Frozen, and Beauty and the Beast. All the Mile Zero Figure Skaters from all age groups from age two to adult will be skating. “A lot of hard work from the coaches goes into putting on the show, it is

always great,” said Brooke Klein, who’s in charge of special events for the club. The Friday show goes at 7 pm, while Saturday starts at 1 pm. Correction: In print last week, the event was said to take place Saturday and Sunday, it actually takes place Friday and Saturday. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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Wildcats season begins soon

Year 4! Last year we reached 73 registrations, on 6 teams, ages 11-18. Our players travelled to Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Olds, Calgary, Vancouver, and Las Vegas. We experienced great team and individual growth and success, and many of our players translated this growth in excellent school season in 2018-19. The WILDCATS Basketball Club is excited to provide even more basketball to youth in Dawson Creek. Our teams will be developmentallyfocused, with the goal of increasing the quality of individuals and teams in our city through skill development and team-related concepts. This year we are running a 6-week Spring League for players in Grades 4-7. This will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 2nd to May 9th

at Central Campus from 3:30pm to 5:15pm. Students will be grouped by ability for maximum development; sessions will focus on skill development while also providing time for a variety of fun and competitive games. At the conclusion of the Spring League, there will be the opportunity to continue on a team that will travel to 3 tournaments. We anticipate 2 girls teams and 4 boys teams. All ages are encouraged to register; the age divisions we compete in will be determined by number of players. For registration or questions, please email Troy at or text at 604-798-8769.

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DC men take silver in Universiade in Russia The University of Alberta men’s curling team — featuring Dawson Creek’s Tristan Steinke and Jason Ginter — took silver at the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Sunday. The team fell 6-5 in a tight game to Norway’s Magnus Ramsfjell in the final. Ginter, who is on the trip as a team official, and Steinke helped their team earn their spot in Russia by winning the Canadian university title in Leduc

last March. (Ginter was second, while Steinke was vice skip last March). Steinke’s fiance Danielle Schmiemann, who curled with Ginter at Mixed Doubles Provincials here in DC, was vice-sip for the University of Alberta women’s team, which also qualified. They made the playoffs, but were eliminated in a 6-4 loss to the UK’s Sophie Jackson.

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Closing funspiel coming up fast The Dawson Creek Curling Club is wrapping up the season with their annual closing “Family and Friends Funspiel” on March 29 and 30 (a Friday and Saturday). Any combination of curlers (age, gender and ability) are welcome to the funspiel.

There will be a maximum of four games played — two per day. A banquet goes the Saturday, and a turkey shoot the Saturday night. Deadline to register is oon at Wednesday, March 27.

Beaverlodge’s Geoff Walker falls short of Brier three-peat Team Brad Gushue — featuring Beaverlodge’s Geoff Walker on lead — were looking for their third straight Brier win in Brandon, Manitoba, but fell just a bit short. Gushue was knocked out when

Bottcher beat them to move into the semi-final. The team fell 7-2 in Saturday’s playoff game.

1 Unsafe water, lack of basic sanitation and poor hygiene cause 80% of all sickness and disease and kill more people than all forms of violence, including war. 2 The biggest killer of children under the age of FIVE is unsafe water: 1.8 million children die every year – ONE child will die every 17 seconds and 5000 children will die today. 3 Without safe water and sanitation, life and livelihood are under threat: · 8000 people die every day from waterborne disease · Women and children (usually girls) spend hours each day fetching water, often under threat of violence · Lack of sanitation and privacy lead to early drop-out from school among girls · Every year, 40 billion hours spent collecting and hauling water in Africa alone · Disputes over water jeopardize peace in every continent · Drought and starvation threaten lives and livelihood of millions of people. 4 At this moment, 900 million people in the world do not have access to a source of safe water within 1 km of their home; 2.5 billion lack access to adequate sanitation, 1 in 4 in the developing world has none. 5 Women in developing countries walk an average of 6 km daily to get water, and carry as much as 20 kg.

Rotary This past weekend, DCSS Central Campus and the DC Wildcats hosted their 2019 Elementary Basketball Tournament. There were 10 teams participating — Devereaux, Tremblay, Frank Ross, Canalta, Mountain Christian, Ron Pettigrew, Pouce Coupe, Parkland, Little Prairie, and Notre Dame. There were a lot of close games, and in the end, Devereaux defeated Mountain Christian to win the trophy. SUBMITTED BY TROY BURGE

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BC Hockey 100 Great Moments: John Ferguson John Ferguson was born in Vancouver and played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Montreal Canadiens. Ferguson played 500 games in the NHL, scoring 303 points and adding over 1,200 penalty minutes. Ferguson was a wellloved player for the Canadiens, he played eight (8) seasons with the franchise, and won five (5) Stanley Cups with the Habs in the 1960’s. Ferguson’s career off the ice was nearly as successful as it was on. He was an assistant coach for the 1972 Summit Series, and worked a number of seasons as the general manager for the Winnipeg Jets. He also spent many years as a scout, and an assistant general manager

with the San Jose Sharks. Ferguson’s son is currently employed by the Boston Bruins as director of player personal, and the general manager for the Providence Bruins.

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NLC strategic management class raising funds for city non-profits NLC students want to help out a couple Mile Zero non profits and will be brings some Earth, Wind, and Snow, as well as some international cuisine to the college to help on March 23. Funds will be going to the DC Literacy Society and Better and Home. Dawson Creek Literacy Society pro-

vides small group and oneon-one instruction in adult literacy for members of our community throughout the year. Better at Home provides housekeeping, friendly visits, transportation, home repairs/handyman, snow removal and yard work for seniors. “We are having them per-

form at our college gymnasium which includes dinner and door prizes,” says Bhargav Bhalgamadia with the event. For more information – contact 250-467-3109.

Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark status renewed The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark has had its prestigious UNESCO designation renewed with green card status, officials say. The park’s status was re-evaluated in July 2018, and its renewal comes on the heels of the International Geosciences and Geoparks Programme meetings that took place in Paris last month. “We are so pleased with the results of our evaluation,” Roxanne Gulick, president of the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark Society, said in a news release. “We couldn’t have achieved this without the dedication we have from our staff, and the support we’ve received locally and regionally. We are looking forward to the next four years and beyond.” The Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark was first designated in 2014, and all geoparks are regularly re-evaluated. But the status of the Geopark was thrown into doubt last summer after a spat between the

Geopark and local governments in the region erupted following a visit by UNESCO evaluators. In giving its renewal, officials recommended more collaboration with the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, which operates the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre; increased protections for fossil sites; and more safety warnings at dangerous sites such as waterfalls. Geoparks with a green card status are evaluated every four years. Geoparks are given a yellow card status when concerns are identified during an evaluation, and which calls for another evaluation in two years. Parks are given a red card status when there are “considerable concerns,” and when a park has lost its official designation. Parks must then go through a full new application status to regain geopark status.

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Dear Annie: At my job, I’m the newbie on the team. The others I work with seem to know one another well, and they chat and make jokes in the office all the time. Meanwhile, some of my teammates are rather passiveaggressive with me. I don’t understand why, though. I’m good at my job, and I always put in 110 percent effort. It seems to me that teammates who make more careless errors but are part of the “inside club” get far kinder treatment than I do. I’m a laid-back person and very open and honest, and I just want to be able to talk casually with these co-workers I feel have excluded me. I want to be a part of their fun conversations, but friendship can’t be built instantaneously. How do I become more connected to these people and stop feeling so lonely in the office? It hurts to see them laugh with one another while I’m singled out. I’ve seen a co-worker curse in the office while laughing with another co-worker and then turn to me and speak coldly; it’s like a 180-degree switch. Ugh. — The Odd One Out Dear Odd One Out: If they’re intentionally excluding you, you’re the better for it. Those aren’t the sort of people you should worry about impressing. But I doubt they’re acting out of deliberate malice. More likely, you’re just the newbie, and it takes time to build rapport at the office. Familiarity with co-workers is earned through years of working together. Continue being yourself and doing good work, and stop putting so much pressure on the idea of being friends with everyone. You may never end up being super warm and fuzzy with your colleagues, and that would be totally fine. Look at it this way: You’d be able to get more work done while others socialize and to go home and have a healthy social life that’s not tangled up in work. Dear Annie: This is in response to “Mulling Over Memoir,” who wishes to record her father’s stories. I help people write their memoirs, and there are a few methods I’ve used that are helpful if the interviewee lives some distance away. For my own dad, I emailed him a question a day, and he replied with his answer, which I copied and pasted into a growing document. When our online interview was complete, I had amassed an entire memoir with relatively little effort. If email is not an option, another way to gather stories is telephonically, using a speakerphone and an audio recorder. That way, your hands are free to type what is said, and the recording device captures anything that may have been missed. I highly recommend a book called “To Our Children’s Children,” by Bob Greene and D.G. Fulford. It contains hundreds of questions that cover different eras of a person’s life, from childhood to grandparenthood. I hope this helps your readers record their loved ones’ stories while there’s still time. — Making Memoirs in Michigan Dear Making Memoirs: These are incredibly useful and practical tips for helping loved ones tell their stories. Thank you for writing. Dear Annie: I would have added a few more things to the response to “Hurt, Frustrated and Appalled in Florida,” whose husband has trouble saying “no” to his adult children and told his daughter she could have her wedding at their house. This is “Hurt, Frustrated and Appalled in Florida’s” time to shine and rise above. She should put on a lovely event that everyone will remember. There are easy solutions to all of her concerns. She could move her personal belongings somewhere safe. She could have a port-a-potty or have a designated usher to show guests to the bathroom. She could frame it differently and have everyone love her for it. — A Wife Also Dear Wife: Well said. I agree with all your points. Our framing goes a long way toward shaping the picture. Thanks for writing. “Ask Me Anything: A Year of Advice From Dear Annie” is out now! Annie Lane’s debut book — featuring favorite columns on love, friendship, family and etiquette — is available as a paperback and e-book. Visit for more information. Send your questions for Annie Lane to

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Charles Belton Astrope was born to Charles and Ethel Astrope on April 15, 1933 on the family farm near White Fox, Saskatchewan. Chuck was the 4th of 7 children. Glen, Violet, Leita, Chuck and his twin brother Cecil, Audrey and Harvey. Growing up on the farm in rural Saskatchewan, Chuck learned how to work hard. He was expected to bring in the wood to keep the house warm, make sure the water did not freeze, care for and feed the 250 pigs they had. He told stories of a sow having milk fever and what he did to make sure the sow would let the piglets suckle. Chuck was known for helping neighbours out whether it was plowing them out in the winter or helping to bring in the crops and was often rewarded with a good hearty meal for his labours. Chuck had the responsibility of looking after the family farm when his parents left for Victoria in the harsh Saskatchewan winters. Chuck had a love of animals and shared stories about rescuing a bear cub that had fallen out of a tree, knocked unconscious and abandoned by its mother. He fed it and cared for it until it was time to release it back into the wild. He had a horse growing up that he rode to school, he had dogs - Prince, Scooter and Merdock. He loved nature and loved to hunt. We always ate whatever Dad shot and would wake up in the morning only to find a moose in our bathtub. We practically were raised on wild meat. He would take his truck and camper out into the bush in his later years and came home excited about being so close to an elk that he saw its eyes blink and steamy breath. He loved being outdoors and especially enjoyed the mountains. Chuck loved music and played the piano by ear and never read a note. When he was happy he would always sing a diddy and would sometimes do a jig. His favorite was country music. Chuck played fastball and man could Chuck run. He and his buddy Buster Scott were known for stealing bases and could round the bases before you could blink your eyes. He married Josephine Loroff and they would have been together 60 years this November 25th. She is and was the best thing that ever happened to Chuck. She knew how to scrimp and save to make ends meet when times were tough. She is a great cook and made the best bread around. As the story was told, Chuck and a buddy were walking in downtown Dawson Creek when he saw a very attractive young lady walking on the other side of the street. Chuck saw Jo, pointed at her and said – “That’s the girl I am going to marry.” Chuck worked whatever jobs came available to bring home a paycheck and no job was beneath him. He was a garbage man, a labourer and worked for the 115 Union doing various construction jobs. He ran cats, backhoes, graders and buggies. He worked on many of the roads we drive on today. Every time I drove with Dad to Fort St. John he would tell me how they should have built the road and why it had to be fixed and what grade it should have been. He worked for Bobby Keen, Keen Industries and talked about how much he loved working up north in Dease Lake, Takla Post, for the Dease Lake extension. Because he worked away, a lot of our family holidays were going to where he worked. We have memories of garter snakes, moss forts, fishing hooks and mom’s great meals. Dad loved it when we could come. He would throw a baseball with us after work or roast wieners over the camp fire. Chuck was a tough guy for his size. He wasn’t afraid to fight if he felt he was in the right and someone was throwing their weight around. He was known for taking on the toughest and biggest customers around and coming out on top. Chuck wasn’t one to mince words. He said what he thought whether you liked it or not. He would defend his family so you had better look out if you crossed him. He loved watching his grandkids ski and play hockey and both mom and Chuck would not miss a game if they could help it. We saw a gentle side of Chuck when he spent time with his great grandchildren. Jo and Chuck lived in the same home that they purchased in 1966 here in Dawson Creek. On January 25th of this year they moved to McLennan when health issues made the decision for them. Chuck was really enjoying being there and happier than he’d been in a while. He and Jo were just getting to know everyone when he lost his balance and fell. He had an internal brain bleed and passed away peacefully in the McLennan hospital with his faithful wife holding his hand and his children talking with him by phone and by his side. Dad you were your own man, you did things your way, and you loved us with all your heart. Mom, you brought the best out of him. Until we see you again…. A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Bergeron Chapel Dawson Creek, British Columbia. Cremation followed. Chuck will be fondly remembered by his loving wife of 59 years Josephine ‘Jo’ Astrope, his children Cheryl (Chuck) Hitchen, William (Deborah) Astrope, Yvette (Jeff) Weaver, and David (Lorraine) Astrope; grandchildren, Daniel Hitchen, Carl (Holly) Torgrimson, Shandi Welwood (Jean), Lorne (Becki), Evan, and Janine Weaver, Chris (Michelle) and Craig (Amanda) Willier, and Rochelle Astrope; great-grandchildren Lylah Torgrimson, Trysta Tower, Hayden, Holden, and Meila Weaver, Natalie, Logan, Ronin, and Mackenzie Willier, and Ayden, Khaled, and Kaelen Astrope; and brother, Glen Astrope, and sister, Leita (Bill) Grimshaw, and brother-in-law Les Domotor. Chuck is predeceased by his great grand-daughter Eden Grace Weaver and siblings, Violet Domotor, Cecil, Audrey, and Harvey Astrope and numerous nieces and nephews. For more information or to leave condolences for the family, please go to

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Acquired Brain Injury Support Group: ABI Support group meets every 2nd & 4th Thursday of month at 6:00pm at the Northern Brain Injury Association office: #11-1405 102 Ave Dawson Creek. Please call 250-719-4673 for more information. BADMINTON CLUB Sept. 17, 2018 to April 29, 2019: Mondays & Wednesdays: 7:309:30 pm: Central Campus Gym: Dawson Creek Do not play on any statutory or school holidays. Go on the school website to check on the holidays Please pay before you start playing. Players under 16 years must have an adult with them. You will need clean gym shoes and a racquet. Contact Dan or Judy Pandachuck: 250-782-4783 “Better at Home is looking for Volunteers who can help local seniors by driving them to shop or to appointments. Please Call 250-782-2341 or stop in to the Better at Home office in the Co-op Mall.

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Dawson Creek Seniors Hall Activities 1011 McKellar Ave. Floor curling, carpet bowling, pool, line dancing, bridge, crib, darts, bingo, Wellness Exercise, craft classes. Schedules are available at the hall. Come and see our hall and try out our activities. Have an Event or meeting you need to Advertise? Call: 250-7824888 to book your ad. (Ad charges may apply). Enter your events online:

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Drop in to Better at Home and find out how you can help. Casual Volunteers Wanted! A perfect fit for your busy schedule Casual Better at Home volunteers: -Help out on a ‘one-time’ basis -Fill gaps when regular volunteers are unavailable -Can accept or decline any request Call today for more information on this easy, flexible volunteer opportunity. 250782-2341 Mile “O” Quilter’s Guild meets every Tuesday & Thursday in Dawson Creek at KPAC in Studio #10 at 7pm

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Gloria Adeline Carlstad


1937 – 2019

Gloria Adeline Carlstad resident of Dawson Creek, BC and former resident of Bear Canyon, Alberta passed away on March 1, 2019 in Prince George, BC at the age of 81. Gloria is survived by her children Randy Carlstad and Sharla Krupka (nee Carlstad), son-in-law Kirby Krupka, grandchildren Bjorn and Anders Carlstad and Bryan Krupka, sisters-in-law Ruth Carlstad and Violet Dreyer, numerous nieces and nephews and many beloved friends. She is predeceased by her husband Dennis Carlstad, parents Arthur and Isabelle Cavanagh and infant twin brother Harvey, father and mother-in-law Hans and Otilie Carlstad, sisters-in-law Mary, Ruth and Mildred Carlstad, brothers-in-law Alvin, Jenning, Edgar, Ordian, and Stanley Carlstad and Ronnie Dreyer. Gloria was born on October 28, 1937 in Beaverlodge, Alberta to Arthur Melvin (Molly) Cavanagh and Isabelle Gordon Cavanagh (nee Miller). Her parents homesteaded in 1928 in the Lymburn area and later moved into Hythe in 1955. Gloria attended Southwell School and then high school in Hythe where she graduated in 1956. She achieved her Junior E teaching certificate at the University of Alberta in 1957. Upon graduation, Gloria taught 3 years in rural Grande Prairie before marrying Dennis Carlstad in 1960. Later Gloria taught primary school for 5 years in Bear Canyon. Gloria and Dennis homesteaded in Bear Canyon where they farmed alongside Ruth and Stanley Carlstad. Children Randy and Sharla were born in 1961 and 1963. Gloria and Dennis farmed for many years and retired in Dawson Creek in 1992. They enjoyed many years of travel and fun with their children, grandsons, and many family members and friends. Sadly, Dennis passed away in 2008. Gloria spent her remaining years surrounded by her loved ones in Dawson Creek. Gloria was one of a kind. She was a very organized, punctual person and a great communicator who closely kept in touch with everyone by telephone, handwritten letters and visits. She was a kind and giving person with a keen sense of humor and a love of practical jokes. Travel, curling, watching sports, puzzles, sewing, arts and crafts, and gardening kept her busy throughout her life. Gloria was actively involved as secretary with the Sons of Norway and Dawson Creek & District Hospital Auxiliary. She was very devoted to her children and grandsons and will be deeply missed by all who were privileged to be part of her life. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2:00 pm (Alberta time) at the Cherry Canyon Hall in Bear Canyon, Alberta. A private inurnment will follow. A time of fellowship and a hot meal will conclude the day’s events. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made by donation to the Dawson Creek and District Auxiliary Society of Local Healthcare, 11100 13 Street, c/o Gift Shop, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 3W8 or the Sons of Norway Foundation in Canada, 32412 Ptarmigan Drive, Mission, BC V2V 5R5., or any other charity of your choice. For more information or to leave condolences for the family, please go to Arrangements entrusted to Bergeron Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd.

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Have you thought about a career as a Registered Massage Therapist? Okanagan Valley College of Massage Therapy is hosting an Info Session in Fort St. John on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Have questions? Practical Director Robynne Madill, RMT will be providing information about our massage therapy program and answering questions. Please call or email to register or for more information 800-701-8863

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors-would you like to help a senior keep their walkway cleared this winter? Dawson Creek Better at Home can help you find a senior in your neighbor who needs help with snow shovelling. Call: 250782-2341 or stop in to the Better at Home office in the Co-op Mall. SATURDAYS: LEARN YOUR ROOTS - Genealogy information NAR PARK ROOTS BUILDING 10:00am

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PC Roots Group Building Open: Every Saturday Sept-June 10:00am-12:00pm to members wanting to use the genealogy library. A member will be available by appointment to anyone requiring help on how to get started on your family history. Everyone is welcome. We are located in the small building in NAR Park. For appointment call: Lynn250-782-4058. Neil- 250-7827651. Website

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PC Roots Group Meeting: 4th Sunday/month - from Sept-June 1:30pm in the Roots Building at NAR Park. Getting started on family tree research, need Help? Come learn & share experiences with other amateur genealogists. New members welcome. For more info call: Lynn- 250-7824058. Neil- 250782-7651. Website South Peace Historical Society Meetings Third Wednesday of the month. In Dawson Creek at the Calvin Kruk Centre Archives Room at 2 pm.

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Save the Dates July 12, 13, 14, 2019 for the Mile Zero Cruisers Silver Anniversary Summer Cruise weekend Bring down your pride and joy and register for the Car Show weekend. For online Registration and more information:

SUNDAYS: FAMILY TREE HELP - Peace Country Roots Group Meeting Fourth Sunday of each Month at the CALVIN KRUK CENTRE in Dawson Creek 1:30pm

School District No. 59 requires casual, part-time school bus drivers to serve routes in the Dawson Creek and surrounding rural areas. Successful applicants must possess, or be willing to obtain, a valid BC Class 2 driver’s license. Please provide a recent driver’s abstract with your application. School District No. 59 requires casual custodians to work day and/or night shifts in Dawson Creek. Experience in the janitorial field would be an asset. The successful applicants must be available for casual work when called. Applicants should be aware there is no guarantee of work as these are substitute positions. Apply to Brittany Faulkner, Director of Human Resources, by email at or by mail at 11600 – 7th Street, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4R8. Please include the names of two work related references with day contact phone numbers. Continued clear criminal record checks are a requirement of employment.

5520 Legal/Public Notices NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED ZONING AMENDMENT TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, Dawson Creek, B.C. on Monday, March 25, 2019. Any member of the public, who feels they may be affected by the proposed changes to the City of Dawson Creek Zoning Amendment (19-02) Bylaw No. 4404, 2019, may comment at that �me or may submit comments in wri�ng for inclusion on the Public Hearing agenda no later than noon on March 18, 2019. The proposed amendment iss to rezone e o e the t e property p ope ty located ocated at 1401 0 102 0 Avenue from RM-1 (Residen�al – Low Density Mul�ple Family) to C-2 (Commercial – General Zone) to allow for the con�nued commercial use of the property. A copy of the proposed CITY OF DAWSON CREEK ZONING AMENDMENT (19-02) BYLAW NO. 4404, 2019 may be seen between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays at City Hall, 10105 - 12A Street, Dawson Creek, BC. Ques�ons regarding the zoning may be directed to the City Planner at 250-784-3601. Brenda Ginter, Corporate Officer

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION AND PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT TAKE NOTICE that a Public Consulta�on and Public Hearing will be held at 9:00 a.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, Dawson Creek, B.C. on Monday, March 25, 2019. Any member of the public, who feels they may be affected by the proposed changes to the City of Dawson Creek Official Community Plan Bylaw No. 4373, 2018, may comment at that �me or may submit comments in wri�ng for inclusion on the Public Hearing agenda no later than noon on March 18, 2019. The proposed amendment includes policies related to flood mi�ga�on planning into the Official Community Plan. A copy of the proposed CITY OF DAWSON CREEK OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT (19-01) BYLAW NO. 4403, 2019 may be seen between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, excluding holidays at City Hall, 10105 - 12A Street, Dawson Creek, BC. Ques�ons regarding the amendment may be directed to the City Planner at 250-784-3601. Cindy Fisher, Deputy Corporate Officer

The Visually Impaired Support Group meets the first Tuesday of every month at the First Baptist Church, 1400 13th Ave at 12:00 for lunch and a program. Lunch by donation. For more information please call 250-782-7208 or 250-782-3221 (leave a message if no answer). Thursday at 9:30 am-New Beginnings Baptist Church in DC, 10221-18th St.TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly). Phone: Gail at 250-782-7208 for more info.

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That part of the NW ¼ of Section 23, Township 78, Range 14, W6M, PRD, Lying to the West of the left bank of the Pouce Coupe River PRD, Plan PGP9915

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The Peace River Regional District is hosting a meeting to discuss the proposed Official Community Plan and Zoning Amendment.


Proposal: To extend the existing gun range that is adjacent to the proposed property by re-designating the subject property from ‘Agriculture’ to ‘Parks, Recreation and Natural Environment’, and rezoning from A-2 (Large Agricultural Holdings Zone) to P-2 (Civic, Assembly and Institutional Zone).

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Please join us on June 2nd for the 2nd annual Walk to End ALS. at the Greenspace at 100th Ave. & 100th St. Fort St. John, BC Registration for the event will begin at 10am. There will be food, music, games, raffles, activities and lots for the whole family to do. The walk is about 4km long but the route brings you back to the Greenspace multiple times, if you need to shorten your distance. We are encouraging you to sign up teams this year and challenge other teams to raise money as well. Sports team vs. sports team. Business vs. business. School vs. school. Create some competition and let’s make this year better than last! Go to this site to pre-register for this walk:

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Are you 65 or older? Do you live in Dawson Creek? Do you need help with: yard work, snow removal, handyman tasks, housekeeping, transportation to shopping or to appointments. Or maybe you’d just like someone to come for a friendly visit some time? Contact Better at Home 250-7822341 Email: or Visit our office in the Dawson CoOp Mall Mon-Fri 9am-3:30pm


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This notice is in general form only. Relevant background documents may be inspected from Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between the hours of 8:30am – 4:30pm at the PRRD Dawson Creek office (1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC) or 8:30am – Noon and 1:00pm – 4:30pm at the PRRD Fort St. John office (9505-100th Street, Fort St. John, BC). Written comments or concerns accepted. Shawn Dahlen, Chief Administrative Officer

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“Better at Home is looking for Volunteers who can help local seniors by driving them to shop or to appointments. Please Call 250-782-2341 or stop in to the Better at Home office in the Co-op Mall.

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Nanny/Live-in Caregiver required for 4 children ages 10/7/4/ & 18-months. Full-Time Live-in only. Duties include: Care for younger children at home. Make beds and do laundry. Light house cleaning. Working hours 8am4pm Monday-Friday Weekends off. $10.25/hr or $1640/mth. Must speak English. Related Experience necessary. Prefer high school graduate or someone with higher education and/or caregiver training. Call 250-2192291/250-467-9112 or email:


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Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 12 pm (Noon) in the Archives Calvin Kruk Centre for the Arts 10401-10th St. • Dawson Creek Light refreshments will be served

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New Members Welcome ANYONE HAVING WITNESSED OR knowledge of a motor vehicle accident that occurred on October 3, 2018, at approximately 10:30pm, at 8th Street and 95th Avenue, in Dawson Creek, British Columbia, where a light coloured vehicle rearended a black 2003 Honda Civic, is asked to call Christopher Dyson or Jesse Baily at the law firm of Yearwood Dyson at 604-876-7000.


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Tate Creek Community Centre ANNuAl GENErAl MEETING Tuesday March 26, 2019 7:00 pm Tomslake CCa Hall *annual elections and Cemetery Regulations! Become involved, your Community needs your input. Coffee & Doughnuts will be served! Everyone is urged to attend


Notice of Intent to Consider ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 2349, 2019

When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 10:00 AM

Where: North Peace Cultural Centre, Carpet Room

Chetwynd Area Lot 1 District Lot 2636 Peace River Plan 33904 The Peace River Regional District is hosting a meeting to discuss the proposed Zoning Amendment. Proposal: To rezone a ± 43.9 ha (± 108.4 ac) portion of the subject property from A2 “Large Agricultural Holdings Zone” to A-1 “Small Agricultural Holdings Zone” to facilitate a two (2) lot subdivision.

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1030885 B.C. LTD DBA WOLVERINE AUTOMOTIVE IS IN THE POSSESSION OF THE FOLOWING VEHICLE If the owed amount is not paid, this vehicle will be sold at 10908 100 Ave on March 22, 2019. Ford F−350 2007 VIN: 1FDX37P87EB38050 Owed: $9,478.00 Name: Evolution Oilfield Ventures Ltd.

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This no�ce is in general form only. Relevant background documents may be inspected from Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at the PRRD Dawson Creek office (1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC) or 8:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm at the PRRD Fort St. John office (9505-100th Street, Fort St. John, BC). Wri�en comments or concerns accepted. Shawn Dahlen, Chief Administra�ve Officer

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Invasive Plant Committee

The Regional Board authorized a grant in the amount of $3,000, to the BC Peace Predators Female Hockey Society in support of hosting the Midget Female Hockey Provincials in Fort St. John from March 21-24, 2019.

The Regional Board authorized the publication of the Invasive Plant Program 2018 Annual Report and the 2019 Invasive Plant Program Strategic Plan and Profile to the Regional Districts website for stakeholders and agencies review and utilization for invasive plant program planning.

A 3-year grant commitment in the amount of $10,000 per year was authorized to the Peace Liard Regional Arts Council to assist with their ongoing regional arts programs. A 3-year grant commitment in the amount of $10,000 per year was authorized to School District No. 60 to assist with the transportation costs of the Rural Learn to Swim program. The Regional Board approved the following Recreational Trails Grants in Aid 1. $13,000 to the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club to construct a day lodge and an accessible pit toilet within Beatton Provincial Park. 2. $38,561.25 to the Prespatou Planning Committee Society to develop and construct a gravel walking path in Ministry of Transportation Right-of-Way that runs through the Prespatou community pending receipt of permit from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. 3. $23,414.95 to the Bear Mountain Nordic Ski Association to complete a geotechnical study for the proposed ski playground, and to improve drainage on the Wolf and Lynx trails.

Guidelines for Delegations to the Regional Board Persons or parties wishing to address the Regional District Board as a scheduled delegation are required to observe the following guidelines: 1. Your request must be made at least ten (10) days before the meeting. 2. Complete a ‘Request to Appear as a Delegation’ form. or send a letter requesting a date for your presentation. Include the subject matter, name(s) and title(s) of presenters(s), preferred Board meeting date, and your request of the Board (ie. letter of support, advocacy, funding). Printed forms can be emailed to; or mailed to PRRD, Box 810, Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4H8; or dropped off at 1981 Alaska Avenue, Dawson Creek, BC. 3. You will be contacted to confirm a date and time to appear before the Board. 4. The deadline to send in your presentation materials is ten (10) days before the meeting. This gives the Board Directors time to review your information before the meeting. 5. You will be given a maximum of fifteen (15) minutes for your presentation, including a question and answer period.

Temporary Use Permits The Regional Board authorized the issuance of a Temporary Use Permit to Dale Benke for a period of three years for the purpose of operating a 700 worker camp, contractor yard, field offices, and temporary warehouse structures for stockpiling equipment and materials for the Coastal Gas Link Pipeline Project in Electoral Area ‘E”. A letter of credit to secure the obligations for site reclamation as stated in the permit, in the amount of $300,000 must be received before the TUP is issued.

The PRRD Continues to Advocate for Caribou Recovery Plan Community Consultations The Peace River Regional District continues to advocate for an open conversation between the public and the Province regarding the status of the discussions about caribou recovery. Since the meeting in Prince George with the Province, Chair Sperling has continued to be in contact with the province as they work with the Federal government to roll out the consultations to the region. Chair Sperling has requested that a minimum of three public consultations be held in the region.

ALR Applications The Regional Board supported the following ALR applications to proceed to the ALC: The Stadler application for subdivision within the ALR, to establish a new dwelling on the northern lot with access from Wolsey Subdivision and sell the southern lot.

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Taylor Rural Fire Protection Agreement The Regional Board supported entering into a 1-year agreement, effective January 1, 2019, with the District of Taylor for the provision of rural fire protection services. The PRRD pays 45% of the Taylor Fire Department Budget plus $50,000 which will equate to $228,127.10 in 2019.

Groundwater Licensing Update from the Province

The Crantz application for subdivision within the ALR, to subdivide the subject property into 2 parcels for in-laws.

Existing use groundwater applications can now be submitted until March 1, 2022.

The Bassett application for subdivision within the ALR, to subdivide the subject property into 3 parcels for family members.

The Government has extended the water license application transition period for those who were using groundwater on or before February 29, 2016 for any non-domestic use, including agricultural, industrial, commercial and institutional groundwater uses. Applicants now have until March 1, 2022 to apply for a licence.

The Toews application for subdivision within the ALR, to operate a 24 bed worker camp. The Thorhald & Ruth Skaftes for subdivision within the ALR to subdivide the home site from the agricultural area to enable the landowners to remain in their home. The Samual Roberts for subdivision within the ALR, to subdivide the home site from the agricultural area to enable the landowners to remain in their home.

Solid Waste The Regional Board authorized an increase of 24.63% to 2019 solid waste requisition. This will increase the tax rate to $0.2883/$1,000 of Converted Residential Assessment on improvements from $0.2399. For example a household valued at $250,000 will see an increase of approximately $12.10. The increase to the solid waste tax requisition will provide funding for necessary capital works on the Bessborough and Chetwynd Landfills while maintaining capital reserves.

Video Recording of Board Meetings Contract The Regional Board renewed the contract with Russell Eggleston Creative Services (dba Sound in Town) for the video recording of bi-monthly Board meetings, effective April 1, 2019 for an additional one year term at a monthly cost of $1700.

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Because of the importance of a groundwater licence in ensuring sustainable access to water, the government has decided to provide additional time to apply for a water licence by extending both the transition period and the application fee waiver period. On February 29, 2016 the Water Sustainability Act (WSA) came into force, modernizing British Columbia’s legislative framework governing the allocation and use of water and protection of aquatic ecosystems. The then new law brought in a requirement for agricultural, industrial, commercial and institutional groundwater users to obtain a water licence. When the WSA came into force, an estimated 20,000 users who were using groundwater up to and on February 29, 2016 were anticipated to apply for a water licence. However, the application intake has been lower than expected and for many groundwater users, recognizing the value of a licence to secure their water rights represents a significant change. It is important to note that groundwater users who apply under the transition provisions of the WSA are required to pay annual water rentals retroactive to February 29, 2016 to ensure equity for those who applied early. The longer one delays application, the larger the retroactive total rental payment owed. Applicants who were using groundwater on and before February 29, 2016 who apply before March 1, 2022 will continue to enjoy the following benevfits: exemption from paying application fees, opportunity to receive a date of precedence on their water licence that reflects historic use, and the ability to continue using water until a decision on the licence application is made. All existing well owners who were using groundwater on and before February 29, 2016 for non-household use (e.g. agricultural, industrial, commercial and institutional), are encouraged to apply for a water licence as soon as possible.

The Regional Board approve issuance of a Temporary Use to Wildfire Land & Cattle Co. Ltd for a period of three years, subject to receipt of financial security to secure reclamation of the property in an amount to be determined by a third party assessment of the estimated cost to remediate the property, for the purpose of operating a 500 person work camp and fuel card-lock 13 km west of Wonowon.

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A temporary Invasive Plant Bylaw Enforcement Officer position was approved, for a three month period in the summer/ fall season of 2019, to deal specifically with compliance and enforcement issues under the Invasive Plant Program.

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