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More stumbling blocks for Dunster

Local: Dunster parents meet to discuss Dunster School. More stumbling blocks. Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR


unster resident and past Parent Advisory Council Chair Lelani Arris attended a meeting in Prince George on April 30 with the School District 57, the School Board, as well as the Fraser-Fort George Regional District (RD) to discuss the future of the Dunster Fine Arts School. PAC Chair Chris Taylor participated in the meeting via speaker phone. Arris said that the community of Dunster had hoped that in order to save the school, a model similar to the school in Wells could be adopted, where the School District provides education and the Regional District maintains the building. “When the Wells situation happened, it was thought to be a unique situation,” said Arris. “So the School District has to negotiate with the Ministry of Education to be able to do this. Specifically, they need to be able to keep the small community supplement and sparseness factor funding in addition to the per-student money in order for it to be financially feasible. This is not possible to do by September 2010. Even the transfer of title to the Regional District has to be approved by the Ministry. The School District has to present a ‘business model’ for the sale and this has to be approved. This can take up to a year and

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a half or longer.” Arris said there was talk about keeping the building open for community use and using the building for a home schooling/independent school. “However, we were told that as long as the School District held the title, no form of education could go on in it, even if it was leased to the Regional District, because it would involve ‘contractual obligations’. Chris and I were both very clear that we want the building available for an independent school/ home schooling option for the coming school year, in order to have continuity for the kids. This means that the title needs to be transferred to the Regional District by September. So the bottom line is that while the Dunster school won’t have a Wells model in place for the 2010/11 school year, the School District is going to try to expedite the transfer of the title to the Regional District before September so the building could be used for independent/home schooling this coming year and the School District is continuing to work on having a Wells model in place for the 2011/12 school year. This is far from ideal but it is not yet a boarded-up building either. I think the focus for parents and community members now is how to generate the funds and support to both operate and maintain the building and also to run an independent school for at least this coming year.”

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One and a half year old Megan Pawliuk gets a head start on school by choosing a book at the Valemount Public Library.

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Jail proposed to council Joshua Estabrooks


potentially controversial idea was brought forward to Valemount Village Council last week. The idea, which has been swirling around in the form of rumour and speculation for a while, is to approach the Federal and Provincial governments to see if there is a desire to construct a correctional facility in the area. The idea was presented by Christine Torgerson and Hollie Blanchette, but has been worked on by the Chamber of Commerce for quite some time, said Mayor Bob Smith. “We were presented with this idea a while ago. The chamber said they would get it to a certain stage in the gathering of information and what has happened is now a group of people from the chamber made a presentation to council and we are 210% behind what they are trying to do.” According to Torgerson, a medium security correctional facility would bring much-needed jobs into the community, as well as a plethora of economic spin offs for local businesses. “A prison opens doors. Starting with employment. A medium security facility would offer up to 250 jobs. Let’s assume only half of those jobs came from out of town. That would be 125 new families to town. There would be jobs in administration, maintenance, kitchen staff, laundry staff, transportation, medical and security.” She also said that the college could offer programs and training that were required by the facility, and assured council that correctional facilities utilize available resources. “Every available retailer would be called upon for something, as well as trained personnel in their fields. Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, construction workers, general labourers; all of this would feed back into our community coffers.” Torgerson and Blanchette went on to suggest that council should look into getting a grant to do a feasibility study, but Mayor Smith said that the only feasibility study he needs is to simply ask the federal and pro-

vincial governments if they are interested. “There’s always the NIMBY (Not In My Backyard) effect, but as elected officials we have responsibilities, and one of our responsibilities and one of our main strategic goals is to keep families here working and to attract new families to come and live here too. That’s job creation, and a facility like this would mean big bucks, and big construction jobs. We need a mix in our economy. If we just go tourism it can be tough for people. I even look at Jasper and if it wasn’t for CN and the Federal Government Jasper would be struggling too.” When asked if he thought having a jail in the Valemount area would affect the tourism reputation the Village has been trying to establish for many years, Smith said he didn’t think so. Wendy Dyson, who runs Visitor Information Centres in the Valley and around the province, echoed this sentiment. “I don’t think it will have a negative impact on tourism at all. In my 27 years of working in tourism, I have never once had a tourist ask if there was a prison in the area. When I worked in tourism in Ontario in a city that had a fairly well known correctional facility, it did not seem to concern the tourists at all. In fact, I think a prison would be good for tourism -- accommodation and meals will be needed on a regular basis in all seasons by sheriffs escorting prisoners to and from the facility, and by visiting family of prisoners. It will bring much needed money into the community. Valemount needs to diversify its economy in order to attract families to the area who will help us keep our schools and stores open. A prison would provide stable, yearround, good-paying jobs -- just what we need now that the mill is gone forever.” Valemount council directed the delegation to start talking with the Regional District, as it would ultimately be their decision, as there would not be a suitable site within Valemount village limits. “The protocol is they have to get regional district involved so we have referred them to Ken Starchuck with our full support.”



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recently established growers group will soon have fresh, locally grown produce available for area residents. The group, called the Robson Valley Growers, is a subset of the Three Valleys Community Development Co-operative. “It was the co-op’s idea to try and develop the Robson Valley Growers,” said Pete Amyoony, one of the co-founders of the co-op. “At the first meeting in November we had 25 to 30 people. Now we are down to 15 regulars. It’s really going well. Anybody is welcome at the meetings. It’s mainly for growers, but even if you are a supporter, come on out to the meetings.” Amyoony said the group is in the process of designing a website where growers can list what they have for sale and buyers can put in their orders. “We are hoping to have it up by the middle of summer at the latest. We are going to start out very small. We don’t want to jump ahead too far. We want to let it grow slowly.”

“There seems to be a lot of people interested in buying Robson Valley produce and other farm products on a regular basis,”~ Pete Amyoony

Amyoony said growers will be able to go on the website on Monday and Tuesday mornings and list what they have for sale. Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday buyers such as individuals but also restaurants, stores and institutions, can log on and order what they would like. The produce is then harvested on Thursday and taken to a central location in the Robson Valley where it is divided into orders. The boxes are then put onto trucks to Valemount, McBride, Dunster, and Jasper and the buyers pick up the produce from a central point in each community. “The co-op’s ideal aim is to grow the food locally and sell it directly to the person who is going to eat it,” said Amyoony. “It’s fresh, it’s local. We cut out all the middle people. And it will help the economy.” The website will also have contact info for the producers and lists of what products they sell, recipes, growing tips, gardening tips, as well as anything to do with sustainability and healthy food. Not all the food listed on the website will

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be organic; however, growers will have to indicate on their individual profiles whether they are certified organic, organic, conventional, or something inbetween. Amyoony said there is big interest from locals in growing produce. “There are currently about nine to 10 people on the list,” he said. “There are a lot of younger people in the growers group. It is a good cross-section of people. It’s been gathering steam. I am really excited about it.” The group recently took a trip to Jasper to scout out the market and had a great reception there. “There seems to be a lot of people interested in buying Robson Valley produce and other farm products on a regular basis,” said Amyoony. “We are also drawing up a list of Robson Valley farms that have things for sale and the people in Jasper are really interested in that too. It looks like there is a large market for all kinds of products from this area but we just need to make the local products accessible to Jasperites. Jasper is a big market, especially in the summer.” The group recently set up a board. Seth Macdonald is the chair of the group, Amyoony is the vice-chair, and Emily Van der Sande and Jackie Edwards are the secretaries. For more information on the Robson Valley Growers or to find out when the next monthly meeting is, call Amyoony at 250-968-4334 or Macdonald at 250-968-4411. The next scheduled meeting is on May 15 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Dunster Community Hall.

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pposition to the HST continues to build. In many ridings more than 10% of voters have signed petitions opposing the tax and there is now a real possibility it will be forced to a referendum. Ordinarily polite and obliging Canadians are mounting a tax revolt. When the announcement of the tax was made a year ago opposition was muted, although some people felt deceived, thinking the Liberals had reneged on a promise not to introduce a new tax. People were also surprised. The announcement seemed to come out of nowhere. Had they been working on this in secret or was it pure opportunism to get the federal transfer payment that was offered to the province as an incentive to harmonize with the GST? The wider feeling seemed to be that acceptance of the tax was inevitable. Efforts to explain the tax were low key and many people didn’t appear to understand it. In general the Liberal argument in favour of the tax is that it will streamline the collection process, thereby reducing compliance cost for business and making business more competitive. In turn this will attract more business to the province and create more jobs, which will benefit everyone. The opponents of the tax argue that it is spread over a wider number of goods and services than the present PST and this will result on an increased tax burden on the most vulnerable. Those who can least afford it will either pay more or do without, and small business will suffer a loss of revenue as a consequence. Whichever side of the debate you are on, one thing is clear. Governments who introduce new taxes should do so carefully and only after consultation with their citizens. The French introduced the much-hated temporary salt tax in 1286. In 1790 it was finally repealed after serving as one of the precipitating causes of the French Revolution and the old social order was swept away. It is a lesson worth remembering. People resent taxes. We don’t pay them because we like them. We pay them because we accept them as our part of the social contract in a democratic society. More effort should have gone into selling the benefits of this tax to us. Instead we face a divisive contretemps. Fortunately we no longer use guillotines to replace governments.



Magic in the mountains Pick up your trash Dear Editor;

Dear Editor;



ou may have noticed a posse, flock, mob, gang or group, depending on your viewpoint, of cyclists emerging from the halls of Valemount Secondary School. Do not be alarmed! These are students of Valemount Secondary’s Mountain bike club/team and not some nefarious group of bad bikers. They are out training hard and looking forward to their Whistler adventure where they will be competing at this year’s BC High School Mountain Bike Provincial Championships and attending Whistler Mountain’s School on Dirt program. While the snow here has been receding, we have been getting higher and higher up the local hills enjoying the many trails that surround our Village. Each day we have witnessed the magic found on these trails as trees, which have fallen during the many windstorms, disappear with only a trace of sawdust to mark their once obstructive presence. We just thought the fine citizens of Valemount should be aware of the magic in these mountains and we, the mountain bike club, would like to thank the magicians that make it all happen.

am writing this letter as a chastisement of local residents who do not secure their garbage bins, and garbage bin lids. Currently I am aware of several yards and lots that are completely covered in trash. We are close to the Bird Sanctuary, and have wildlife travelling through our area constantly so this could become an environmental hazard, and severely affect the deer and birds that this area is known for. I personally secure my garbage bin lids with bungee cords, and if an animal disturbs my bins I go clean it up as soon as I see it. Although I understand that it is difficult to control with crows and animals that knock bins over, it is an eye sore, and an annoyance. I urge all residents to please take responsibility and pick up your trash. Thanks Clair Harford Valemount

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Time to start writing To whoever took the truck tires Dear Editor,

Dear Mentally Disturbed Person,



n the mid 1970’s there appeared, in the forerunner to this publication, a number of letters subtended with my name. And a few times since I have been sufficiently aroused to write. In all instances the topic was to do with spiritual issues, particularly Biblical. One might conclude from that, that my interests are exceedingly focused, and I have little interest in the other daily affairs of our twin valleys. Not so! I have been reading every word I see relating to Dunster in their effort to communicate in a ponderous enough way to meet the needs of a desperate government. I have been looking for a chance to say, “Hang in there Dunster! Your kids are important don’t give up.” Joshua. I am remembering your photographs of Sydnie Pelletier, the teen that gave her hair away to “Locks of Love” for a child that had none. Right on Sydnie, you epitomize the fact that not all teens have problems. Thank you. Who hasn’t been following the upsets over McBride Community Forest? I certainly have, but have written nothing because those who have written have been saying lots. But here is my chance. Anybody who knows Don Smith knows how much he loves fishing, and he is retired. I cannot imagine Don Smith of all people wanting to give up a lot of fishing time; just so he can do battle with would be loggers. He must smell injustice and is incensed by it. My thought is he cannot sit still, even at the end of his fishing rod, when something needs to be fixed. And further, in 35 years I have never heard Mike Monroe speaking into a vacuum either. Well, it is being bothered (even incensed) when something needs to be fixed in my field that gets me going. Yes I am a retired pastor, but that does not mean that I have gone fishing and refuse to be reached. Neither does my retirement mean I have lost interest in any human being between Dome Creek and Blue River, whatever the denomination, stripe, or non-stripe. I have been urged by numerous people, members of various denominations, to keep on writing in the letters column. I know that there are some who don’t want to see anything religious in print. I respect your feelings, but Mr. Gallup (the one who does the polls) tells me you are a small minority. Voice your feelings if you wish but the rest of us have the right to speak as well. I will try to be relevant, and promise to be Biblically accurate. I am sure someone will correct me when they see me wrong. What concerns me is space limitations when the topics are too cumbersome. I do have a telephone and am often glad for visitors. Just don’t pester our publisher over problems you have with me. There will be weeks when my mind is a vacuum and there is no point in publishing something that has no substance. I want to switch out of attack response mode to prevention and am writing because you asked. See you next week. Blessings.

John Christison McBride

he thought of why I am writing this letter sickens me to the very core, for you are definitely a “person without thought or conscience.” A person who could do such awful deeds is irrefutably someone who should seek help and be institutionalized. The act to which I am referring is stealing my Uncle Emil’s tires off his truck, as he lay beside it, without any remorse! All it would have taken is a phone call and possibly he could have been spared. He would have been 92 years old. Does it make you feel like more of a man/woman to know that you stole from a helpless, harmless old man? You truthfully are the lowest of low, and for this I can only hope that someday the hand of God may come down and strike thee as you so deserve!

I pray that the thoughts of your actions will haunt you throughout your life. You deserve no pity from any decent citizen. I wonder if your family would be proud of you for your actions. I highly doubt it. I hope that justice will yet be served and that we the family will have our retribution. Perhaps someone who is as stupid as you are should get a dictionary to understand the meaning of the words I have written. There is no honour in what you have done, nor shall you be spared on judgment day. The only pity I have is for your family, to have raised such a person must weigh heavily on them. Virginia Craig Valemount


April 2010 – Semester 2, Term 1 Grade 8

Julianna Bate Rebecca Brady McKenna Edmand Cali Gee Colton Myggland Therese Pilcher Colton Roy Hannah vanderRoest Logan Van Vliet

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Linden Salayka-Ladouceur

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Grade 11 Nina Grigat Raphael Jamin Logan Salayka-Ladouceur Grade 12

David Carson Anina Lafferma David Lerch Christian Matchett Ainsley McGuire Angie McKirdy Meetul Patel William VanderZwan

Jake Clancy Kelsey Griffin Sylvia Grigat Josh Hanson Rebecca Lerch Alannah Penno Kelly Roy Haley VanderZwan Linnaea VanderZwan

We would like to thank Mike and Fern Simms and their staff at the IGA Store for sponsoring our annual BBQ on April 24, 2010. We would also like to thank Lakes District Maintenance for the use of the Community Barbeque. Finally, we would like to thank all those who came out to support us.


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Community Service Listings VALEMOUNT • PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING EVERY 2ND WED. 5 PM DOWNSTAIRS AT THE LIBRARY. • PUBLIC HEALTH UNIT Prenatal Classes, Baby Clinics Call 566-9138 ext 228 for appointments. • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE General Meeting 2nd Thurs of the month @ 12pm at the Learning Centre • SADDLE & WAGON CLUB MEETING 3rd Thurs. 7 pm 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY CENTRE Board Meeting 2nd Mon. 7 pm @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION General meetings every 3rd Mon of month 7:30pm in Legion. • LIONS BINGO 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • LADIES AUXILIARY #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. Seniors Music Night 7PM WED • VALEMOUNT CIRCLE DANCE. For more info please contact 250 566-0095 • ADULT RECREATION BADMINTON. Thurs at 7pm in th Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Jamie @250 566-4656 • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLYBALL. Tues from 7pm - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Shelley Mainprize @ 250 566-9854

TETE JAUNE • TETE JAUNE COMMUNITY CLUB meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7pm at the Tete Jaune Hall.

MCBRIDE • VALLEY PIECEMAKERS QUILT GUILD Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 5693210. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Every Sun, 8 pm at the Health Unit. • OAPO STITCH & KNIT Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 • ALANON every Mon. 8pm at the Health Unit • TOPS Tues. 6:45 pm weigh-in, 7:15 pm meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues,7:30 pm, Village Council Chambers. • DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP 1st Wed, 1 pm at Beaverview Lodge & Sat.10 am -12 pm, 441 Dominion St 569-2658 / 569-0113 • SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILIES DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Last Wed every month 7:30 pm @ McBride Health Centre more info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • DOOR STORIES SERIES 2008-2009 Art Exhibition by Pamela Cinnamon. Nov 12 2009 - Jan 15 2010 at the Museum/Library Building 241 Dominion St. McBride



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• The Secret Garden 1-2:30 PM Valemount Public Library, 1090 Main St.


• Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • ODDS & ENDS, MCBRIDEBeginning Computer Use 4-5pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM

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MAY 14

• The Secret Garden 1-2:30 PM Valemount Public Library, 1090 Main St.

MAY 8/9

• Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • ODDS & ENDS, MCBRIDEBeginning Computer Use 4-5pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM

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MAY 29/30

• The Secret Garden 1-2:30 PM Valemount Public Library, 1090 Main St.

MAY 6 • ODDS & ENDS Beginning Quilting 4-6pm,

MAY 13 • ODDS & ENDS Beginning Quilting 4-6pm,

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• The Secret Garden 1-2:30 PM Valemount Public Library, 1090 Main St.

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MAY 28 • Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • ODDS & ENDS, MCBRIDEBeginning Computer Use 4-5pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM

• Valemount Seniors Dance Night 7-9pm • ODDS & ENDS, MCBRIDEBeginning Computer Use 4-5pm • Hamburger Night at the Legion 5PM

MAY 5 • Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm McBride E-Free Church -Drop-in Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

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MAY 18

• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm McBride E-Free Church -Drop-in Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM • McBride TOPS 6:45pm at the Health Unit

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• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM • McBride TOPS 6:45pm at the Health Unit

MAY 26

• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM

MAY 25

MAY 12 • Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM • Toastmasters 7:30-9:30pm Best Western • Valemount Senior Citizen’s Housing Society Meeting 7 PM at The Golden Years Lodge

MAY 24

• Valemount Rec Volleyball VSS 7PM • McBride TOPS 6:45pm at the Health Unit

Exercises for Women 4-5PM

• Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am

• McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact


• Valemount Seniors Music Night 7-9pm McBride E-Free Church -Drop-in Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM • Toastmasters 7:30-9:30pm Best Western

MAY 31 • Valemount Seniors Carpet Bowling 9am • McBride E-Free Church -Dropin Walking 7-8 AM , Low Impact Exercises for Women 4-5PM


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Wanted sexual offender arrested in Dome Creek area Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR


man convicted of sexually assaulting children who was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for a parole violation was arrested by McBride RCMP near Dome Creek on Satur-

day, April 17. Fo r t y- o n e - y e a r- o l d Gerald Richard McLean, a registered sexual offender, had failed to return to the halfway house in Vancouver he was ordered to reside at and his whereabouts were unknown. The Vancouver Police

Department issued a public alert and media release on Thursday, April 15 with a photo and detailed description of McLean, requesting assistance from the public in order to locate him. On the evening of April 16, McBride RCMP

received two calls with respect to the possible whereabouts of McLean which pointed them to the Dome Creek area. Two Members from the McBride RCMP Detachment, Constable Nathan Fox and Constable Pete Berndsen, attended Dome Creek on

HUMMINGBIRD WATCH I have been monitoring the arrival of hummingbirds since Nathalie Olson gave me a gardening journal in 1996. I indicated their arrival by a special hummingbird sticker.

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April 17 and find signs that McLean was living in a camp on undeveloped property. “We conducted a brief

area. A report to Crown Council will be forwarded shortly with respect to possible charges related to the firearm.”

“This really highlights the great things that happen when the community works together,”~ Sgt. Rob Vermeulen

search of the area surrounding the camp and located McLean on a roadway a short distance away allegedly possessing a rifle for which he was prohibited from doing so under the terms of his release,” said Fox. “He was taken into custody without incident and was immediately transferred to the Prince George Regional Correctional Center where he is awaiting a return to the Vancouver

“This really highlights the great things that happen when the community works together,” said Sgt. Rob Vermeulen, E Division spokesperson. “Vancouver Police put out the release to alert the public, the media spread that message effectively, the community called in with information and members from the McBride RCMP detachment acted on that information and made the arrest.”

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A Brief History of Mother’s Day Every May women around the world are celebrated for their sacrifices and contributions to the family. With all that Mom does for her children, it would seem like the concept of honoring her would be ages old. However, it really wasn’t until relatively recently that a celebration of mothers was instituted. In ancient Greece individuals honored Rhea, mother of the gods. Christians also celebrated Mary the mother of God. But it wasn’t until the 1900s before the general mothering population was celebrated in earnest. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis was a young Appalachian homemaker who, beginning in 1858, attempted to improve sanitation and nursing procedures through women’s clubs and what she called “Mothers Friendship Day.” It wasn’t Anne Marie, but rather her daughter, Ann Jarvis, who created the Mother’s Day that we celebrate today. Anna spent many years caring for her aging and ailing mother. Anne Marie died on May 9, 1905 and Anna missed her terribly. Anna noticed that many children failed to respect and honor their mothers

Before I was a Mom... Before I was a Mom I slept as late as I wanted and never worried about how late I got into bed. I brushed my hair and my teeth everyday. Before I was a Mom I cleaned my house each day. I never tripped over toys or forgot words to a lullaby. I didn’t worry whether or not my plants were poisonous. I never thought about immunizations. Before I was a Mom I had never been puked on - Pooped on - Spit on - Chewed on, or Peed on. I had complete control

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“A mother is a person who is seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie.” Tenneva Jordan Happy Mother’s Day and thank you for making the world a better place!! Shirley Bond, MLA Prince George – Valemount

while they were alive, and it wasn’t until after they died that these children recognized what they had lost in their parent. She intended to start a Mother’s Day to honor mothers. In 1907, Anna Jarvis attempted to establish Mother’s Day to “honor mothers, living and dead.” She started the campaign to establish a national Mother’s Day. Together with her friends, Jarvis started a letter-writing campaign to urge ministers, businessmen and congressmen to declare a national Mother’s Day holiday. Her efforts paid off. The first Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 10, 1908 and honored the late Anne Marie Reeves Jarvis. After this initial celebration, Mother’s Day caught on. The Mother’s Day International Association was established on December 12, 1912, to promote and encourage meaningful observances of the event. And on May 9, 1914, a presidential proclamation declared that every year the second Sunday in May would be observed as Mother’s Day.

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of my mind and My thoughts. I slept all night. Before I was a Mom I never held down a screaming child so that doctors could do tests...or give shots. I never looked into teary eyes and cried. I never got gloriously happy over a simple grin. I never sat up late hours at night watching a baby sleep. Before I was a Mom I never held a sleeping baby just because I didn’t want to put it down. I never felt my heart break into a million pieces when I couldn’t stop the hurt. I never knew that something so small could affect my life so much. I never knew that I could love someone so much. I never knew I would love being a Mom. Before I was a Mom I didn’t know the feeling of having my heart outside my body. I didn’t know how special it could feel to feed a hungry baby. I didn’t know that bond between a mother and her child. I didn’t know that something so small could make me feel so important. Before I was a Mom I had never gotten up in the middle of the night every 10 minutes – 2 hours to make sure all was okay. I had never known The warmth, The joy, The love, The heartache, The wonderment or the satisfaction of being a Mom. I didn’t know I was capable of feeling so much before I was a Mom.

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Quick Banana Bread This old-fashioned banana bread recipe is taken from one of Grandma’s handwritten recipe books, circa 1918. Banana bread makes a nice treat to eat with a cup of tea or coffee. It also makes a most-welcome, homemade gift to give to someone special. This is one of the nicest banana breads you will ever find. Our family has enjoyed it for generations. Ingredients: 1-3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour, 2-1/4 teaspoons double-action baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup chopped nuts, 1/3 cup shortening, 2/3 cup sugar, 2 slightly beaten eggs, 1 cup mashed bananas (3 to 4 fully ripe bananas -- yellow peel flecked with brown), 1 cup mixed candied fruits and peels, 1/4 cup raisins. Method: Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Add nuts and blend. Beat shortening until creamy -- 300 strokes. Gradually add sugar, beating until fluffy after each addition. Add eggs and beat until thick. Add flour mixture and bananas alternately, blending thoroughly after each addition. Fold in fruits and raisins. Grease bottom only (not sides) of 4-1/2 x 8-1/2 x 3 inch loaf pan. Turn batter into pan. Bake in a moderate oven (350°F) 60 to 70 minutes.

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Green heat initiative consultant Joshua Estabrooks


recent visit from the project coordinator for the Green Heat Initiative could help communities in the Robson Valley in their goal to reduce heating costs, and at the same time create value for the waste wood created during logging operations. David Dubois has visited McBride and Valemount now, and will be compiling his findings into a report that will let the municipalities know just which of their buildings, and which institutions within their communities, would benefit from a retrofit to accommodate a high efficiency wood burning heat source. The program originated with Community Futures out of Quesnel, said Dubois, and is aimed at helping rural and remote communities analyze and evaluate their properties. “The overall goal is we are looking to help rural and remote communities take advantage of green heat, which we define as wood chip or wood pellet heating. We’re not looking much into the residential side, there is a component to it but what we’re really

targeting are the institutional and commercial customers; and municipalities.” Currently, approximately 90-95% of the wood pellets produced in BC are exported to Europe, said Dubois, but there is still a lot of biomass being burned in slash piles, particularly in rural and remote locations. “When you don’t have a lot of the infrastructure it is really expensive to get propane for heat. Yet there is a waste heat being generated, why not tap into that and use it locally?” When Dubois visits a community, his mandate is to help the municipality identify where potential projects may be feasible. “Schools, municipal buildings, and different businesses can take advantage of it and work together. We want to help people find alternatives to heat their buildings in a far more efficient way. We’re not talking about the outdoor wood boilers that people are familiar with. We are talking about a really high efficient energy system. These systems are 90% efficient.” As an example, Dubois said that some of the more efficient wood burning sys-

tems emit approximately 20 milligrams of particulate per cubic metre, which is fairly close to a natural gas system, which emits approximately 7-8 milligrams per cubic metre. “There is a school west of Quesnel that was spending $38,000- 40,000 a year on propane. They installed a pellet boiler system and in the course of a year they are spending $5,000 - 6,000 a year on pellets. So for communities like Valemount and McBride, that are on propane, the economic benefits are readily apparent to switch over.” Dubois added that because both communities also have a community forest, it would allow them to organize the needed infrastructure to utilize the waste wood much more easily. “The idea behind a community forest is they are managed to meet the communities needs, so if the community decides that it is important to supply their own heat then that will go into the decision on how the forest is managed.” Dubois said he will be compiling the information from his visit and will submit his findings to the respective councils.

“Residential wood burning can be a significant source of fine particulate matter in Prince George and our Northern Communities.” Shirley Bond, MLA - Prince George - Valemount Fine Particulate Matter - Wood Stoves

How can we reduce particulate in our air and improve the air we breathe? • Trade in your old wood burning appliance for a new low particulate gas, pellet or EPA certified clean burning wood stove at participating retailers as part of the Wood Stove Exchange Program. • Additionally, residents replacing their old wood burning appliance may be eligible for rebates or incentives when trading in your wood burning stove. • Visit for further details on reducing fine particulate from wood burning stoves.

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Brush clearing at the proposed eco-park just outside of McBride near the Fraser River bridge has recently started. According to Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, the clearing is part of the Village of McBride’s phase 3 portion of the Eco-Sensitive Solution to Wastewater Treatment project. It is funded by a Community Adjustment Fund grant, a federal government funding program with Northern Development Initiative and Western Economic Diversification. Phase 3 of the project will consist of an interpretive eco-park and a wildlife refuge and is done in partnership with Northland Properties Corporation, who owns the 60-acre piece of land and has agreed to leasing a piece of the property to the village. The Village of McBride is working with the McBride Community Forest to get the area cleared and developed for the parking area and for the washroom facility and kiosks.

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THE FOLLOWING IS IN MEMORY OF MY MOTHER “Eva Harstad” (and also for all the other Mothers I knew – in this beautiful Valley)

There’s magic in a Mother’s touch And also in her smile. There’s love in everything she does To make our lives worthwhile. We can find both hope and courage Just by looking in her eyes. Her laughter is a source of joy; Her works are warm and wise. There is a kindness and compassion That was found in her embrace And we see the light of Heaven Shining from a Mother’s face.



Another winters past and still you’re gone away. Spring you won’t see or hear the birds and what they have to say. Seems I couldn’t carry on, but somehow I got through. See the pussy willows sprouting, smile and think of you. The wind it blows from the south, whispers out your name. I can feel your spirit on my face, and it takes away the pain. No one knows for sure but I feel it in my heart. I see and feel you everywhere, we’ll never be apart. In loving memory of Donna Schnell



NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Temporary Commercial Use Permit Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing will be held to consider an application for a Temporary Commercial Use Permit: 7:00 pm Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road McBride, BC The purpose of the Temporary Commercial Use Permit is to allow for the operation of an ice cream and sandwich/sub stand on the property legally described as Lot 2, Plan 17388, District Lot 5314 (1008 NE Frontage Road). . The property is currently zoned as Commercial (C2). The application for a Temporary Commercial Use Permit is asking for relief to allow for a temporary structure for the purpose of operating an ice cream and sandwich/sub stand. At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in land to be affected by the proposed permit shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Please note: emails will not be accepted as written submissions. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. The application may be examined at the office of the Village of McBride during regular office hours from May 3, 2010 to May 18, 2010. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer

Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0


NOTICE OF PROPERTY DISPOSITION TAKE NOTICE THAT THE Council of the Corporation of the Village of McBride intends to dispose of a closed portion of road within District Lot 5314, Cariboo District Plan 10526 containing 2144.8 square meters, identified on a reference Plan (Plan EPP6756) prepared by McElhanney Associates Land Surveying Ltd., David E. Storback, BCLS, dated April 1, 2010., to the Northern Health Authority for the sum of $1.00. This closed road will be consolidated with Lot A, Cariboo District Plan 10526, District Lots 5314 and 5316, in exchange for other lands within said Lot A for the purpose of development of a Seniors’ Housing facility.




Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer

Always remembered and lovingly missed, Dorene and family








OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 700 Zoning Bylaw No. 703

TAKE NOTICE THAT the Corporation of the Village of McBride intends to adopt Road Closure Bylaw No. 699 pursuant to Section 40 of the Community Charter for the purpose of closing a portion of unconstructed road adjacent to and northeast of the McBride Hospital. The unconstructed road designated on Cariboo District Plan 10256 within District Lot 5314, containing 2144.8 square meters, is shown on Reference Plan (Plan EPP6756) prepared by McElhanney Associates Land Surveying Ltd., David E. Storback, BCLS, dated April 1, 2010. The unconstructed road runs between King and Dominion Streets.The

Notice is hereby given that a public hearing for OCP Amendment Bylaw No. 700 and Zoning Bylaw No. 703 will be held:

purpose of closing this portion of road is to consolidate the 2144.8 square meters of land with the hospital property in exchange for other lands for a Seniors’ Housing facility. The plan and proposed bylaw may be examined at the McBride Village Office, 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road during normal business hours from April 28 to May 10, 2010. Village Council shall provide an opportunity for persons who consider they are affected to make presentations at the May 11, 2010 Regular Council meeting in Council Chambers at 7:30 pm. Presentations may be made in person at that time or in writing in advance. Please note: emails will not be accepted as written submissions. Any material received before or at the Council Meeting will become public information. The bylaw will be considered for adoption on that date. Eliana Clements Chief Administrative Officer

7:00 pm Tuesday, May 11, 2010 Village of McBride Council Chambers 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road McBride, B.C. Bylaw No. 700 – OCP Amendment The Local Government Act introduced legislation requiring governments in BC to include in their Official Community Plan, targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, the purpose of the proposed bylaw is to include a Greenhouse Gas Emissions Section. Other minor text and map amendments are proposed as well. Bylaw No. 703 – Zoning The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George has been contracted to update the zoning bylaw for the Village of McBride. The new zoning bylaw is proposed to replace existing Village of McBride Zoning Bylaw No. 579, 1999 in its entirety. The proposed bylaw is an update of current general text and includes new mapping. As well, the following specific changes are proposed: -basement suites are proposed to be allowed in most residential zones. -Residential Two-Family (duplex) use will be moved from the Residential zones to its own zone -within the current Limited Agriculture zone, the provision for sale of crops to stores, farmers markets, or on-site sales is proposed to be added Other minor text and map amendments are proposed as well. At the public hearing, all those who deem their interest in land to be affected by the proposed bylaw shall be afforded an opportunity to be heard or to present written submissions. Any material received before or at the public hearing will become public information. Please note that emails cannot be accepted as written submissions. Copies of the bylaw may be examined at the office of the Village of McBride at 100 Robson Centre – 855 SW Frontage Road, McBride BC during regular office hours from April 28 to May 11, 2010. Eliana Clements CAO McBride, BC • Fax: (250)569-3276

14 • Wednesday May 5, 2010 The Valley Sentinel

Activities to Entertain & Amuse Pioneer Photo


About this photo Description: A sawmill in the Robson Valley.

Date: 1940s Credits: Valley Museum & Archives ID: 2003.22.49 Image: 25 of 26 If you have any more information on this photo or any others that appear you can contact The Valley Museum & Archives in McBride, The Valemount Museum or contact us at The Valley Sentinel.

ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20 Being an ambitious ram, Aries, you may find it hard to contain your energy this week. This can be good and bad for you, since others may be intimidated. TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 You will reach a high level of success this week, Taurus, thanks to your power of will and perseverance. However, being stubborn over one issue could cause alienation.


GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Your outgoing and pleasing nature enables you to make new friends, Gemini. Expect others to flock to you in the next few days. You can mesmerize them with any topic. CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22 Cancer, although you’re secretive in nature, you may have to let the cat out of the bag this week. Share the details of something that has been troubling you. This way you can resolve it.


Daytime Condition

Cloudy periods

P.O.P. High Low Wind 24/Hr Snow

10% 6°C -7°C N 5 km/h

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Others look to you for guidance, this week, Leo. Known as a natural leader, you have no trouble heading the pack. Just don’t let your ego trip you up. VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Perfection and punctuality are your hallmarks, Virgo, but this week you have trouble living up to this persona. Maybe you have too much on your plate? LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, you bring a fresh perspective to any situation. Therefore, a family member will ask what you think about something this week. Chances are you’ll say a lot. SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 You can be the undisputed winner of anything you set your mind to, Scorpio. Put that power to the test when you tackle some goals this week. You will be a force to reckon with.


Daytime Condition

Cloudy periods

20% P.O.P. 8°C High -7°C Low Wind NE 5 km/h 24/Hr Snow


SAGITTARIUS-Nov 23/Dec 2 Your curiosity leads you on a quest this week. Whether it’s a long vacation or a simple day trip, travel is definitely in the plans. You will probably want to bring a friend along.


CAPRICORN- Dec 22/Jan 20 You will pursue a project that was left by the wayside, Capricorn. If you follow through this time, it’ll get done in a short amount of time. Virgo needs your help Thursday. AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Your deep sense of conviction puts you on a quest to unearth right from wrong at work, Aquarius. The trouble is, some people may not want their laundry aired. PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Nervous tension dots an otherwise happy week for you, Pisces. Perhaps you’re thinking of something to do on the horizon.




Daytime Variable Condition cloudiness

Daytime Variable Condition cloudiness

Daytime Variable Condition cloudiness

Daytime Condition

20% P.O.P. 9°C High -5°C Low Wind W 5 km/h 24/Hr Snow

20% P.O.P. 10°C High -4°C Low Wind W 5 km/h 24/Hr Rain

10% P.O.P. 12°C High -3°C Low Wind W 15 km/h 1 cm 24/Hr Rain

40% P.O.P. 13°C High -2°C Low Wind NW 15 km/h 1-2 cm 24/Hr Rain

Isolated showers

The Valley Sentinel Wednesday May 5, 2010 • 15


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• beautifully finished • charm & quality • Immaculate condition • established gardens • option to purchase adjoining lot

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13590 Glacier rd tete JAune, BC




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• Executive style home • Beautiful custom kitchen • legal suite • wonderful views • corner lot • landscaped

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CELEBRATING GRADS Advertiser’s call to get your ads In. Valemount Secondary School Graduation will be June 5th, 2010 - Advertising deadline will be May 26th 2010 Feature will be published on June 2nd, 2010. McBride Secondary School Graduation will be June 26, 2010 - Advertising deadline will be June 16th 2010 Feature will be published on June 23rd, 2010

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16 • Wednesday May 5, 2010 The Valley Sentinel RE/MAX Centre City • 1679 15th Avenue • Prince George BC V2L 3X2 • 1-250-562-3600

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- New commercial complex - Finished 7000 sq ft - Excellent location - Three phase power - Lease space available - Call for details!

100 Mountainview Road, McBride, BC


- Country family home - Six bdrms, two baths - Excellent gardens and lawns - Large truck shop - 17.8 view acreage

3709 Hinkelman Road, McBride, BC

14510 Blackman Rd, Tete Jaune Cache, BC


9201 Loos Road, Crescent Spur, BC


- Unique country homestead - 3 bedroom w/sunroom - On 18.81 acres with hip roof barn - House built in 1997 - Very private & secluded - On school bus route

1342 Pearson Avenue, Prince George, BC

- Log home with truck shop - Fenced and cross fenced - Set up for horses - Backs on Fraser River - Excellent condition

835 Beaven Crescent, Valemount, BC - Immaculate home - 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom - Large attached garage - Paved yard, nice trees - Wheelchair ramp - Large 3/4 acre corner lot

2300 Westlund Road, McBride, BC


- Beautiful home - Bright and open - Five bedrooms - Large corner lot - Excellent gardens - Central location


$375,000 2345 Westlund Road, McBride, BC


- Private horse farm - Immaculate family home - New 3 stall barn with loft - New garage and shop - Excellent location

831 Bridge Road, McBride, BC


1097 5th Avenue, McBride, BC

846 4th Avenue, McBride, BC

- Home & acreage - Semi treed 37 acres - Large 4 bdrm home - Shop & barn - Excellent location

- 3 bdrm Rancher - Good location - Large corner lot - Finished basement




- Nice getaway property - Immaculate older mobile - Fenced yard and lawns - Excellent location - Four bedrooms w/family room

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13710 Glacier Road, Tete Jaune Cache, BC


$238,500 - Beautiful property - Mountainside cottage - Tastefully decorated - Awesome views - Treed 10 acre lot - Year round mountain stream

- Treed 2 acre lot - Level with access - Excellent area - Ready to build - Within 1 hr to Jasper

361 Dominion Street, McBride, BC

- Spacious 3 bedroom mobile - Nice one acre lot - Perfect location - Priced right

13292 Bunbury Road, Tete Jaune Cache, BC

- New on market - Nice shape on 2 lots - Level large setting - Very nice inside - Open spacious rooms - Private yard - Lots of wood work

- Nice executive home - With shop on 3 lots - Immaculate estate sale - Natural wood craftsmanship - Priced to sell

956 4th Avenue, McBride, BC

! D L O S $89,500

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Thank you to all the Advertisers that have made Our 2010 Visitor’s Guide possible. Thank you to those who gave their input. We look forward to serving you in Our Visitor’s Guide for 2011. Visitor Guides are being distributed locally. If you would like copies please contact the Valley Sentinel at 250-566-4425. Sincerely, the staff of the

Volume 25 Issue 18  

May 5, 2010 edition of The Valley Sentinel

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