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“This region has our attention”
Above: On Monday, January 16, Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation addressed approximately 112 invited participants of the Barriere to McBride corridor pilot project forum, including Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount, Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson, the mayor and council of the Villages of McBride and Valemount, industry leaders, academia, tourist resort operators and developers and representatives from area First Nation groups. Divided into twelve groups the forum participants narrowed the many projects and ideas that would have an economic benefit to the region to just 12. In turn, these 12 projects will be classified under three “umbrellas”, Power, Fibre and Destination Tourism which the pilot project team will then focus their efforts upon. See page 2 & 3 for details. Photo by Andrea Scholz
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Barriere to McBride: A kick-start to regional economic development Daniel Betts Editor
“Our success depends on your success”
Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, spent Monday, January 16 in Valemount where he hosted the B.C. Jobs Plan pilot project forum for the Barriere-McBride corridor. Photo by Andrea Scholz
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reating jobs and driving investment is the goal of the Barriere to McBride economic development pilot project. If successful, the formula will be applied to other regions of the province that need it. As Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, Pat Bell is responsible for implementing the pilot project. Minister Bell was happy to speak to the media while he was in Valemount, B.C., hosting the pilot project forum on Monday, January 16. “Our success as a provincial government really depends on being successful in driving forward economies on a regional basis,” Minister Bell said. According to Minister Bell it is very easy to consider larger centres like Prince George, Vancouver or Kamloops but smaller economic areas are much more challenging to push forward. Sometimes it happens by chance rather than planning, such as through the discovery of a mineral resource. In a significant region like the Robson Valley, Minister Bell doesn’t believe the B.C. Provincial Government has ever been engaged in the way that they are right now. The government is stopping to ask, “what can we do to work collaboratively with local business leaders, First Nations, and local government leaders to build a stronger economic outlook for the region?” Minister Bell believes a measurement of success is somewhat subjective. “I think we will all know if we are successful a year or a year and half from now,” said Minister Bell. Having now identified what projects require focus, if significant progress toward completion of all the projects is made, this could be considered success. “I suspect we probably won’t argue whether it was successful or not. I suspect we will all say it either did or did not work” Two other regional economic development pilot projects are being rolled out; Campbell River and the North Fraser communities of Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge and Mission. Minister Bell sees the Barriere to McBride corridor as different from the other two regions because it includes many smaller communities such as Dome Creek, Tete Jaune and Dunster. With 12 projects identified during the pilot project forum it is easier to approach the projects under themes or umbrellas with three to four projects under each umbrella. Going forward, the pilot project team, a group of a dozen to 15 people will be very focused on the projects identified during the pilot project forum, both at a local level and at a provincial level. This team will identify all the elements needed to move the project forward, taking what falls under their specific jurisdictions and move the project forward with agreed upon timelines. “Everyone will know exactly what each other is doing. They report back as a team and measure their progress.” Minister Bell noted, historically local communities have always tried to drive economic development for their region. “It’s pretty tough work to do,” said Minister Bell. “It’s whoever catches your attention to where you put your focus and this region has our attention. We want to try and work in a way that brings all of our efforts with all of your efforts. You have a very strong MLA. You have a very strong local team as well. The premier has provided us with a very strong mandate on this.” Minister Bell noted Premier Christy Clark is “absolutely focused on this job strategy. There is just nothing she cares about more than delivering on this job strategy.” Minister Bell feels it is important to focus on the things we agree on. “Who am I to force on the Robson valley initiatives you may or may not like, so the first piece of it is to ask ‘What is it do you want to do? What is it that you want to be? Does everyone agree on that?’ If there are things we don’t agree on lets put them aside for now and focus on the things we agree on,” Minister Bell explained. The new piece to the process, according to Minister Bell is aligning all levels of government, all levels in First Nations, business leaders, union leaders and academia to focus on those initiatives that bring real progress in a shorter period of time. Minister Bell and his team expressed a desire to be completely transparent with the process and has promised regular updates on the progress of the project. Watch for regular updates and reports on this project in future issues of The Valley Sentinel.
“Pat Bell addresses forum participants”
Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, speaks to the importance of the pilot project and shares his hopes for the region on January 16. Photo by Andrea Scholz
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First Stage of B.C. Jobs Plan pilot project unleashed
Daniel Betts EDITOR
he first stage of a new B.C. Government pilot project to generate jobs and economic development in the region is well underway. On Monday, January 16, invited representatives from local government, business, industry, First Nations and education filled the Eaglesview Room at the Best Western Plus Valemount to attend the Barriere to McBride regional economic development pilot project forum. The regional economic investment pilot is part of a Province of British Columbia initiative to engage the public to generate ideas aimed at attracting investment and job creation in areas consistent with the B.C. Jobs Plan. Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation hosted the forum. Also attending were Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson and Minister of Environment. Forum participants were divided into 12 tables. Each table discussed various economic development ideas that could benefit the region. They also needed to determine what barriers existed to bringing those ideas to fruition and how the provincial government could assist with breaking those barriers. At the end of the forum each table had three minutes to outline the best of the discussed ideas to the rest of the group. Each table had much to discuss and consider but the ideas they returned to the forum have the potential to change the corridor for the better. These twelve ideas will be the focus for the B.C. Government’s pilot project team and are as follows.
1. Biofuel and Fibre Access in the Barriere area. 2. Global Marketing Taskforce. The taskforce would be made up of EDO’s from the corridor and would focus on marketing area resources and tourism to Asian and other global markets. 3. ecoTECH Aquaponics Facility and Biofuel Power Plant in McBride, B.C. 4. Year-round Glacial Mountain Resort near Valemount, B.C. 5. Land Use Inventory to generate agricultural jobs from Kamloops, B.C. to Blue River, B.C. 6. Proposed Mining activity in the area including Commerce Resources proposed Tantalum and Niobium mine in Blue River, B.C. 7. Proposed Wood Pellet Plant in McBride, B.C. and Barriere B.C. 60 job potential, shovel ready and can break ground 90 days after securing fibre needs. 8. International School in Valemount, B.C., offering outdoor experiential learning through local expertise. International students could be offered high school as well as outdoor education. Would take an estimated 18 months to implement. 9. North Thompson and Robson Valley Power Upgrades. 10. Land Use Planning including addressing poor road maintenance, which is “diminishing the experience” for tourists. 11. Borealis Geopower Facility south of Valemount, B.C. 12. Mike Wiegele Helicopter Skiing, Saddle Mountain and Eight Peaks development in Blue River, B.C.
came out of the forum that would help economic development and create jobs. 1. Power 2. Fibre 3. Destination Tourism The twelve projects will be validated and categorized into the appropriate “bucket” by area EDOs. The pilot project staff will be divided into teams to tackle each “bucket.” Bell suggested the first progress report would be made available the first week in February with regular monthly reports occurring after that. Bell also suggested another forum meeting be planned for April in Blue River. For more information on the BC Jobs Plan visit: www.bcjobsplan.ca
Bell determined that three themes or “buckets”
Legionnaires’ disease update: Hotels in Valemount up to environmental standards Daniel Betts EDITOR
ast week, a media report out of Edmonton, Alta. alerted both local authorities and Northern Health to a possible public health concern. A severely ill Alberta man, who had recently visited Valemount, was found to have contracted Legionnaire’s disease. The disease is caused when a bacterium called Legionella pneumophila is inhaled into the lungs by breathing in spray or mist from contaminated water. On Monday, January 9, Northern Health dispatched an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) to Valemount for a routine inspection of all water based recreational facilities in the hotel where the patient had stayed, as well as other hotels in the Village. The EHO arrived Tuesday morning. On Wednesday, January 11, Jessica Quinn, Communications officer for Northern Health, reported the EHO “found no indication of a potential source of disease.” A media release from Northern Health the following day reiterated, “routine inspections of hotels in Valemount have found no sources of defective or poorly disinfected water-based facilities that may have led to Legionnaires’ disease.” According to Greg Thibault, Manager, Public Health Protection, Northern Health, after initially discussing the case with Alberta Health Services, Northern Health determined, “test results were presumptive and required confirmation.” This was after the initial media release in Edmonton. Thibault was also of the opinion, based upon information received from persons directly connected to the patient, as the patient was in a coma, the most likely place of contact was Alberta. To be safe the EHO was dispatched to Valemount for inspections, anyway. Thibault noted test results of all pool and food facilities can be found on the Northern Health website, (www.northernhealth. ca) on the Environmental Health Page. The result of the inspection is public information. While it was a great relief to learn Valemount was
cleared as a source, between the initial report and the time it took to confirm the facts the Internet rumour mill was in high gear. Area hotel and recreational facility operators were very concerned and upset by Edmonton media’s premature release and presumptive implication Valemount was the source of the disease. Sue Marko, Owner and operator of Cougar Mountain Lodge, was quite disturbed by how Edmonton media outlets handled the story. “I hope the Village is doing something about this,” said Marko. “It’s just incredible how far-reaching this has become. I got a call from Ontario as it was in their news too.” Marko wrote a scathing letter to Global TV Edmonton demanding a retraction. Last weekend, despite the scare, visitors and sledders came to Valemount to take advantage of the fresh snowfall. The Best Western Plus Valemount reported they were at capacity all weekend.
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ast weeks Legionnaires’ disease scare is a very good example of how an unsubstantiated claim can be exaggerated to dangerous proportions. Someone in a coma with a deadly disease is a serious situation, so I can understand why people would want answers. Unfortunately when answers are not available, people tend to want to make things up. The media in Edmonton reported speculative information in their initial report when they stated the patient “may” have contracted the disease while visiting Valemount, B.C. over Christmas. The problem is the patient “may” have contracted the disease in any of a number of locations between Valemount and Edmonton, including a private hot tub or even his own showerhead at home and during any period before or after his visit to Valemount. It takes two to 10 days for the disease to incubate in a person’s lungs, that is a big margin to simply zero in on Valemount as the source. Even I was taken back by the report and worried about the outcome for our economy. It took time for me to think about what the report really meant and after some research I realized something was seriously wrong with their report. To include speculation in any report seems irresponsible to me, but with such big ramifications one would think special care would be exercised in reporting about a public health issue. This small report unleashed a tide of speculation around the Internet including outrageous conspiracy theories suggesting government cover-ups. Ridiculous. The problem is people in our society expect instant answers, even when they are not available. It takes time for public health officials to mobilize. It takes time for samples to be taken, tested and verified. It takes time to walk through the whereabouts of a person’s life for 10 days to determine when and how a potentially deadly bacterium may have entered his lungs. Since the facts were unavailable, others were more than happy to provide more speculative and colourful explanations. How much easier would it have been to simply state firstly, “it is not known where the patient contracted the disease” and secondly “while there have been no other reports of infection, public health officials are investigating.” If speculation was necessary why not list all the possible sources of infection, instead of making the wild assumption the source was located in Valemount? Despite everything I think Northern Health acted quickly and appropriately to the situation. While talking to them I could sense their concern but also their frustration at what they were hearing was being said over the Internet. It was a great relief to learn Northern Health had found no source for the bacteria in Valemount. I posted their findings on The Valley Sentinel website the moment I knew, in the hope it would end the speculation. Facts trump speculation every time. My thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery go out to the Alberta patient and his family.
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Hiring uninsured contractors exposes your farm to risk Theresa Whalen FARM SAFETY CONSULTANT
iring contractors who are not covered by your province’s worker’s compensation might save a little money but it could ruin your farm business. Helping farmers and ranchers reduce the risks in their operations is the core message of the theme Plan • Farm • Safety, a three-year focus for the Canadian agricultural safety campaign. In 2010, the campaign promoted “Plan” with safety walkabouts and planning for safety. This year, the focus is on “Farm” including implementation, documentation and training. And in 2012, emphasis will be on “Safety” including assessment, improvement and further development of safety systems. More information on the campaign is available at www.planfarmsafety.ca . Some farm operators mistakenly think that if they hire services from an independent contractor or an occasional day worker, any follow-up safety or disability costs won’t be on their books. Wrong. Here is why. First you must distinguish between a self-employed, independent contractor and someone who is your employee – even if only occasionally. Typically, an independent contractor must meet all three of the following criteria: a) offer service to various clients; b) report to the government as a self-employed business; and, c) own and operate his or her own equipment. If workers‘ compensation coverage is required in the agriculture sector in your province, contractors who don’t meet all three criteria are automatically covered by their employer’s premiums – and that is you! Even if worker’s compensation coverage is not required and an injury occurs, the contractor could sue you. If your independent contractor meets the criteria and is a one-person operation, you should conﬁrm that he does have the required worker’s compensation coverage or some other approved form of disability/liability insurance. You also should discuss and document your farm’s health and safety policies with the contractor and outline the contractor’s responsibilities for health and safety. Furthermore, independent contractors may hire helpers. In that case, the contractor is an employer and must pay workers’ compensation premiums for those employees. However, if you hire an independent contractor, it is still your responsibility to ensure that he or she is registered with the provincial workers’ compensation authority and that premiums for employees are in good standing. Ask the contractor to supply you with a clearance certiﬁcate. You will then need to verify the clearance certiﬁcate with the provincial workers’ compensation body to ensure it is current and in good standing and to determine whether it includes or exempts the contractor. If your independent contract is exempt from workers’ compensation, then you should request proof of coverage under other accident and sickness insurance and verify it with the insuring company. It is also important to make sure all independent contractors carry public liability and property damage insurance. Again, do your homework by taking the time to check with the insurance agency to verify that the policy is currently effective and will continue throughout the duration of your engagement. As a farm operator, you must manage risks to your business whether they are obvious or not. Knowing how your province’s workers’ compensation system works and your role within it is an important part of a successful farm business risk management strategy. For information speciﬁc to your farm operation, contact your provincial workers’ compensation authority.
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The new promotional billboards were erected on January 10. The snowmobiler on the billboard is VARDA’s manager Curtis Pawliuk. Photo by Andrea Scholz
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COMMUNITY EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS
Matthew Wheeler “The GLacial lens” On display until January 30, 2012 McBride Museum/Library Building 241 Dominion St. Organized and circulated by Two Rivers Gallery Opening reception and Artist’s Tour Friday, December 2 at 7 p.m. Local photographer, Matthew Wheeler displays his unique photography taken through a lens crafted from ice. LyuBa Milne: Ceramic Art On display until January 30, 2012 McBride Museum/Library Building 241 Dominion Street, McBride annual canoe valley skating club spaghetti dinner Sunday, January 22, 2012 $5.00 per plate delivered to your door. Contact Sharon Rose at 250 566 9986 Bible readings at the mcbride & district public library January 17, 24, 31 and February 7 at 7:00 p.m. Join for stories from one of the worlds most widely printed books: the Bible. Hosted by John Christison VACS presents harry manx January 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. With his mix of the Blues and classical Indian ragas he creates musical short stories that you will not soon forget. Tickets are $30 / $25 for seniors and
students or $35 at the door. Tickets available at Infinity. robbie burns supper Saturday, January 28 at 6 p.m. Supper includes bagpipes and haggis. At the Dunster Hall. Contact Ken McNaughton at 250 968 4467. Call before January 25 for tickets.
McBride Roundhouse theatre presents Charlie Major and Victoria Banks February 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door. Snowmobile DRAG RACES February 25, 2012 Races and Awards Ceremony Contact Jennifer at 566-9905
scrabble tournament McBride & District Public Library January 28 at 2 p.m. Celebrate Family Literacy Day with some friendly Scrabble fun. All ages and interests welcome!
Snowmobile Poker Run February 26, 2012 from 9 am to 1pm Westridge Family Loop Contact Curtis Pawliuk at VARDA 566-4817
Ladies Only bonspiel January 27, 28 and 29 At the Valemount Curling Club. Entrance fee is $70 per person including dinner, a weekend of curling and male entertainment. Get your team together and contact Diana Piper at 250 566 9974.
VACS presents caladh nua March 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 / $25 for seniors and students or $35 at the door. Tickets available at Infinity. Come check out their traditional Irish music and dance along.
McBride & disctrict public library agm February 1 at 6:30 p.m. consider joining us as a Board of Trustee! Contact Naomi at 569 2411 for more information.
McBride roundhouse Theatre Presents lorne elliott March 12, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Come out for a good laugh at this Comedy Show.
dunster schoolhouse concert Saturday, February 4 With Pharis and Jason Romero! Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m.. Tickets are $15, or $8 for children under 13. They are incredible performers! www.jasonandpharis.com
McBride Roundhouse theatre presents The Jesse Peters Trio April 25, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.
ONGOING EVENTS Valemount MONDAYS: • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 am Golden Years Lodge • Lions Bingo 1st & 3rd Mon, at Lions Hall, doors open 6pm, everyone welcome. • Royal Canadian Legion General meetings every 3rd Mon of month 7:30pm in Legion. tuesdays: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 pm • Valemount Children’s Activity Centre Board Meeting 1st Tuesday of the month - 7 pm @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • adult recreational vollEyball 7 - 9pm. Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9979 • Council Meeting 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 pm, council chambers. Everyone welcome. • Ladies Auxiliary #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3pm in Valemount Legion. WEDNESDAYS: • PLAY AND LEARN 10AM until noon at the Lion’s Hall. • Public Library Board Meeting Every 2nd Wed. 5 pm Downstairs at the library. • valemount seniors music night 7-9 pm Golden Years Lodge • TOASTMASTERS meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9:30PM at the Best Western. THURSDAYS: • Adult Recreation Badminton. 7-9 pm in the Valemount Sec School gym. Contact Betty @250 566-4656 • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 pm Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • Chamber of Commerce Quarterly General Meetings 3rd Thurs of January, April, July and October @ 4:45pm at the old Learning Centre on Gorse St. in the CNC classroom • Saddle & Wagon Club Meeting 3rd Thurs. 7 pm 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs of every month at 7pm downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. FRIDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Co-ed from 7-8:30 pm • VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 pm • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Friday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Good Shepard Catholic Church basement SATURDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Open Mat from 9-11 am by appointment only. • Valemount circle dance. For more info please contact 250 566-1782
SUNDAYS: • valemount mma club upstairs at The Trading Post. Kids class from 6-7 pm.
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Tete Jaune Community Club meetings held the 1st Tues. of the month at 7pm at the Tete Jaune Hall.
• Dunster family Dance First Saturday of each Month from 7 pm -10 pm Instruction from 7-8pm and short sessions throughout the evening. Lots of variety dances (-waltz, fox-trot, polka, cha-cha, two-step,schottische, etc.) Pot luck snacks at 9pm and then more dancing until 10pm. Admission - $5 for anyone over 12 - maximum of $10 per family. All welcome!! Contact Pete at 250-968-4334 for more information.
McBride • Mcbride community forest Open quarterly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month on Janueary 4, April 4, July 4, and October 3. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 pm tuesdays: • 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. • Alcoholics Anonymous Every Tuesday, 8 pm at the Health Unit. • STORYTIME at the McBride & District Public Library 10:30 a.m. WEDNESDAYS: • Free Drop in CommunityVolleyball from 7:30 to 9pm at the McBride Secondayr School • KIDZ KRAFTS 2:30-3:30 AT ODDS AND ENDS • Diabetes Support Group 1st Wed, 1 pm at Beaverview Lodge Sat. 10am -12 pm, 441 Dominion St. • 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 • Valley Piecemakers Quilt Guild Every other Wednesday. 7:00 pm in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • LEGION AUXILLIARY BINGO First and Third Wednesday of the month at McBride Library. THURSDAYS: • OAPO Stitch & Knit Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 pm, Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 • Free dance lessons at 7 p.m. at the Elks Hall
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Harry Manx: East meets West in Valemount Donalda Beeson contributor
on’t miss the Valemount Arts and Cultural Society’s first show of the year; join musical link Harry Manx, Monday, January 23, at 7:30 p.m. The Valemount Community Theatre (located at Valemount Secondary School) will be host to this “Mysticssippi” blues man who has been referred to as an ‘essential link’ between the music of East and West, creating musical short stories that wed the tradition of the Blues with the depth of classical Indian ragas. Come judge his unique sound for yourself, as his personal biography suggests, it is an unique amalgamation you won’t soon forget for it is a blend of Indian folk melodies with slide guitar blues; add a sprinkle of gospel and some compelling grooves. This style that is so distinctively Manx, stems from studying at the feet of the masters first as a sound man in the blues clubs of Toronto during his formative years and then under a rigorous five-year tutelage with Vishwa Mohan Bhatt in India, who is also the inventor of the 20-stringed Mohan Veena instrument, which has since become Manx’s signature instrument. The Mohad Veena is at least partially responsible for his unique sound. Manx also plays the slide guitar, harmonica, six-string banjo, and Ellis stomp box. Born on the Isle of Man, Manx spent his childhood in Canada, his teens in Europe, Japan, India and Brazil, and now resides on Salt Spring Island, B.C.. Manx says, that in the live setting, the bridge between “heavenly” India and “earthy” American blues is most effectively built. He explains, “Indian music moves inward. It’s traditionally used in religious ceremonies and meditation, because it puts you into this whole other place. But Western music has the ability to move out, into celebration and dance. So when we play the Indian stuff on stage, it has the tendency to draw people into something really deep; they’ll get kind of quiet and spacey. Then we’ll play some more Western music, and it grounds them once more, they sort of come out of the mood the Indian music had put them in and get into the performance. I love to see that working — that effect on the audience. My goal has always been to draw the audience as deep as possible into the music.” Manx has released nine albums and was a nominee in the 8th Annual In-
“Mysticssippi blues man - Harry Manx”
Harry Manx will be performing at the Valemount Community Theatre on Monday, January 23. Promotional Photo
dependent Music Awards for his cover of “I’m on Fire”. He has received seven Maple Blues Awards and his mantel shelf also holds honours from the Canadian Folk Music Awards, Vancouver magazine Georgia Straight, and the South Australia Blues Society. He received CBC Radio’s Great Canadian Blues Awards for 2007 and his albums have garnered five Juno nominations. Tickets are on sale now for $30 ($25 for seniors or students) in advance and available at Infinity, or they will be $35 at the door. Come and enjoy an evening of worldly influence and allow yourself to be drawn into what has been dubbed “the Harry Zone” while supporting your local venue and Arts and Culture club.
Dunster School House: Pharis & Jason Daniel Betts Editor
f you have a hankering for some old-time country music you won’t want to miss the next Dunster School House Concert, which will feature Pharis and Jason Romero. According to their website, it was an old-time fiddle jam that brought Pharis and Jason Romero together in 2007. Both musicians were drawn to early country, old time, blues, bluegrass and fiddle-banjo music. The Romero’s live in Pharis’ hometown of Horsefly, B.C. where they build “finely crafted banjos” as well as “write and sing dreamy old time country.” The Romero’s released a concept recording in 2010 entitled Back Up and Push, an instrumental album of fiddle tunes by nineteen celebrated west coast old-time fiddlers with guitar and banjo back-up, earning the pair the title of “old-time duo of Canada” by Penguin Eggs magazine. Their first duo album was released in 2011, entitled A Passing Glimpse, which is a collection of songs sourced from old recordings or written by Pharis. In September 2011, A Passing Glimpse was the #1 Album on the North
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Village of Valemount Council Briefs Jennifer Meagher Contributor
he regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was moved from January 10, 2012 to January 9, 2012 as council would be away that week for political ‘charm’ school. Mayor Andru McCracken, Councillors Sandy Salt, Dallas Bullock, Hollie Blanchette and Christine Latimer, Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)/Corporate Officer (CO) Tom Dall, and Deputy Corporate Officer Anne Yanciw were all in attendance. Correspondence for Action Re: Tourism Valemount - Request for use of Visitor Information Centre and village supplies for Rick Hansen Relay Council carried a motion to allow Tourism Valemount use of the Visitor Information Centre and village supplies. Re: Northern Health - New date for ‘Partnering with Communities to Improve Primary Heath Care’ meeting in Prince George Council carried a motion for two people to attend the meeting. Those to attend will be discussed closer to the date. Re: UBCM- UBCM Membership Council carried a motion to renew their UBCM membership. Re: NCLGA- Resolution Submission Deadline: March 2, 2012 Council carried a motion to consider resolutions as the date gets closer. Re: Northwest Invasive Plant Council - Thank you and Request for Continued support in 2012 Council will address this further in the budgeting process. Re: Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations- Request for Comments on Expression of Interest Council carried a motion to inform the Ministry that they are not aware of any “existing land uses that may preclude the development of a four season resort in this location”. Council has no “specific interest within or adjacent to the study area” and they are not aware of any other tenures within this area. Information Items Re: RDFFG- 2011 UBCM Discussion follow up After discussion council agreed to get specific statistics on the power situation in Valemount. Re: Resources North Association- Congratulations and Invitations for future discussion Council carried a motion to write a letter to Resources North Association to have them talk to council.
Re: UNBC Community Development Institute Council carried a motion to get more information on the program. Administrative Reports COA Re: Council Procedure Bylaw Review Council carried a motion to defer until the next council meeting possible time alternatives for council meetings. Changing the council meeting time to noon was discussed and decided against. Further discussion brought up the possibility of changing the time to 5:00 p.m. or slightly later. This topic is still open, and in the public awareness stage of the bylaw review. COA Re: Regional District Application for Temporary Industrial Use Council carried a motion to send a letter to the Regional District of FraserFort George stating that they have no concerns regarding the Temporary Industrial Use Permit for the Craig property. COA Re: Valemount Information Centre Management and Operations Council carried a motion to post the Request for Proposal for the operations and management of the Information Centre to be accepted from January 10, 2012 to February 24, 2012. COA Re: VOV Traffic Regulation Bylaw Amendment Council carried a motion to approve the Fourth and Final Reading of the Village of Valemount Traffic Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 678, 2011 to change the town speed limit from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. COA Re: Wildfire Plan Update Project Council carried a motion to approve the Mayor and CAO to sign an agreement with B.A. Blackwell & Associates to complete the Wildfire Plan Update for the Village of Valemount in the amount of $14,960.00 plus taxes. Of this amount, $7,500 will come from Community Forests and $7,500 will come from a community grant. COA Re: CMH Airport Snow Removal Letter of Understanding Council carried a motion to approve the Mayor and CAO to sign a letter of understanding with CMH to have the snow removed on the runway when the roads and Village needs have been met. The cost of the charges to CMH will be $200.00 per hour as per the agreement. This agreement will also provide CMH the ability to have a qualified employee check the runway prior to their chartered flights landing at the airport and a report be provided to the Village when the inspection has been completed. There was discussion to the value of this agreement as the airport is a public space and it is in the Village’s interest to keep it maintained. COA Re: Development Variance Permit Application - 1950 Cranberry Place Council carried a motion to allow the “Approving Officer” to sign the Development Variance Permit No. DVP 06-11 for 1950 Cranberry Place which will allow the property to have an accessory building to be larger than 50% of the principle residence (existing garage), to allow a second accessory building (small shed) on the side of the property in front of the principle building and to allow the existing accessory building (existing garage) in front of the principle building. EDO Re: Monthly Report December 2011 Council carried a motion to receive the Monthly Report of the Economic Development Officer. EDO Re: Highway Billboard Lease Agreements Council carried a motion to accept Option one to give permission to CAO to sign the agreements on behalf of the Village of Valemount once they are completed and signed by the property owners to have Village billboards on properties. PWO Re: Monthly Report November 2011 and December 2011 Council carried a motion to receive the both Monthly Reports of the Public Works Officer. VBI Re: Monthly Report December 2011 Council carried a motion to receive the Monthly Report of the Village Building Inspector.
Cheryl Sherret (Pawliuk) lives in Edmonton, Alta. where she receives and reads The Valley Sentinel weekly. Cheryl was recently in Hawaii vacationing with family and parents, Bill and Winnie Pawliuk of Valemount, B.C.
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VBO Re: Monthly Report December 2011 Council carried a motion to receive the Monthly Report of the Village Bylaw Officer. Financial Report DOF Re: Monthly Report December 2011 Council carried a motion to receive the Monthly Report of the Village Financial Officer. DOF Re: Accounts Payable Report December 2011 Council carried a motion to receive the Accounts Payable Report of the Village Financial Officer.
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Village of McBride Council Briefs Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR
he regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride was held January 10 with Mayor Mike Frazier, Councillors Irene Rejman, Rick Thompson, Raj Basran and Lori Kimpton, Chief Administrative Officer Eliana Clements, Deputy Administrator/Treasurer Danielle Smith, and Economic Development Officer Margaret Graine in attendance. McBride Community Foundation Delegate Loranne Martin from the McBride Community Foundation committee made a presentation to Council, reporting on the McBride Community Foundation 2011 activities and achievements and providing a look ahead to the committee’s goals for 2012. The McBride Community Foundation will provide a letter to Council with a request that the 2011 budgeted amount of $500 that was not used by the McBride Community Foundation be brought forward to Council’s 2012 budget discussions. Martin also reported that the committee expects to have about $5,000.00 to grant in 2012. Martin reported that several of the members of the committee had resigned (Marilyn Wheeler, Sheilagh Foster and Russ Pervis), leaving only three continuing members (Mike Moseley, Kelly Porter and Loranne Martin). During the previous year the committee requested to expand to nine members to enable them to complete the work of the committee. With the addition of two Councillors, Irene Rejman and Lori Kimpton, there are four vacant positions still to be filled on the committee. McBride Emergency Plan Council carried a motion that the Village of McBride Emergency Plan 2011 be given final approval. Improvement to power reliability Council carried a motion that a draft resolution in regards to “Improvement to Power Reliability” be prepared for Council to review at the next Council meeting as there is still a need for power stability and improvements. The resolution is in support of improvements to the Hydro lines throughout the entire region, from Kamloops to Dome Creek. It will be forwarded to the North Central Local Government Association (NCLGA) for presentation to the NCLGA members for a vote during the May convention in 100 Mile House.
Rate increases for garbage, sewer and water rates Garbage collection rates amendment bylaw Council carried a motion that the “Village of McBride Garbage Collection Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 717, 2011” be given final reading and adoption. Sewer rates amendment bylaw A motion was carried that the “Village of McBride Sewer Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 718, 2011” be given final reading and adoption. Water rates and regulation amendment bylaw A motion was carried that the “Village of McBride Water Rates and Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 719, 2011” be given final reading and adoption. The rate increases are due to an aging infrastructure and increasing day-today operating costs.The combined increase for the total of the garbage, sewer and water functions for 2012 is 3%. For a single family residence, these increases would result in an annual increase of $5.84 for sewer fees, $2.84 for garbage fees, and $4.15 for water fees, resulting in a total rate increase of $12.83 for all three functions for the year which would be an increase of $1.07 per month. Based on a single family residence, the total billing for water, sewer and garbage functions of the 2011 annual cost of the utility bill is $437.69. The new rate increases for all three functions will result in an annual bill of $450.52 for 2012. Village of McBride Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw Council carried a motion that the “Village of McBride Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 720” be given first reading. Village of McBride Zoning Amendment Bylaw Council carried a motion that the “Village of McBride Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 721” be given first reading. Public hearing A motion was carried that a public hearing for Bylaw No. 720 and Bylaw No. 721 be held February 7 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Meeting rescheduled Council carried a motion that the regularly scheduled meeting for the Village of McBride on February 14 be cancelled and rescheduled to Monday, February 13.
The combined Valemount/McBride Novice team won Clearwater tournament held on January 14 -15 Jenn Quam CONTRIBUTOR
he team played a Williams Lake team on Saturday winning 8 to 3. In their second game they faced another Williams Lake team and beat them 5 to 1. In their final round robin game they faced Clearwater. The “McVale” team was losing 6 to 4 with minutes left in the game. With great team play they tied the game 6 and 6 which left the Clearwater and “McVale” teams in a two way tie for first place after the round robin. In the championship game the two teams faced each other again and the combined Valemount/McBride team took first place beating the Clearwater team 6 to 3! Great team play by everyone!
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The combined Valemount/McBride Novice team that won the Clearwater tournament held on January 14 and 15. Not in order: Braden Smith, Logan Forman, Dustin Byford, Dawson Wikstrom, Cody Osadchuk, Riley Kunka, Hannah Black, Riley Hill, Kaiden Wiltsie, Seth Hulka, Connor Quam, Chayse Shawara, Tanner Molendyk. Coaches: Ole Quam, Kurt Smith, and Carl Forman Missing from photo is Joseph Bergen and Managers Lori Forman and Kathy Molendyk Photo by Jenn Quam
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Scavenger hunt planned for Family Literacy Day Daniel Betts EDITOR
hroughout her five years of working at the Centre for Family Literacy in Edmonton, Alta., Program Director Kim Chung has seen remarkable achievements in the field, including having witnessed entire communities blossom because of participating in family literacy programs. “These programs are incredibly important and appropriate for anyone who has children,” says Chung. She adds that even parents with high education levels might not know how to apply literacy skills when dealing with children every day, so these programs are beneficial to all Canadian parents. Family literacy is the way parents and children use literacy and language in their daily lives. It encompasses how families learn, how parents improve their skills to help their kids develop strong literacy levels, and how families use literacy to maintain relationships with each other and with the community. “Parents are a child’s first teacher. Research has shown that when parents know how to support their kids through literacy from birth, children become more successful at school,” Chung points out. Through family literacy programs parents learn tips on how to incorporate learning in everyday activities with their children, such as folding the laundry, for example. This simple chore can be fun and useful to teach kids how to count, help them identify different colours and also to teach new words, such as bigger and smaller, clean and dirty. Family bonding is also an important outcome of family literacy programs. Family literacy initiatives involve three different levels: the intellectual level, where vocabulary and other learning tools are used; the emotional level, stimulating participants to play, touch and interact with their kids; and finally the social level, where parents can engage with other parents. As surprising as it may seem, even in a developed country like Canada, 40 per cent of adults still struggle with reading, writing and math. Family literacy programs are a great and safe way for families to increase their confidence and skills. On January 27, 2012, Canada will celebrate Family Literacy Day®. This years theme is “Journey to Learning”, emphasizing everyday literacy skills development. In Valemount, B.C., Kim Thorn, Valemount Community Literacy Coordinator for Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Wendy Cinnamon of the Valemount Public Library and Pat Pow-
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Family Literacy Day is January 27. Join millions of Canadians who will take the learning journey. In Valemount an exciting scavenger hunt with amazing prizes is being offered, including a Kobo E-Reader. Entry forms will soon be coming home from school. Photo Submitted
ell of the College of New Caledonia are organizing a scavenger hunt with questions and answers related to, primarily, community service locations around the village. Entry forms will be sent home to families through both schools and will be available at the Valemount Public Library. Participants will have about a week to complete their hunt and the full day of January 27, as it is a Pro-D day for both schools. Those who complete the scavenger hunt will be entered in a draw for a Kobo E-Reader. Other draws will be open to all those attending the event. A musical component is in the works, but is not yet confirmed. There will be a reading, games and refreshments. This is an opportunity for valley residents to join millions of Canadians, who will take the learning journey with their families, schools and communities this year. For more information on Family Literacy Day ®, visit www.FamilyLiteracyDay.ca.
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1996 GMC 3/4 ton long box, super cab, 6.5 diesel, automatic, 4 x 4, tunnel cover. $3,000 OBO 2505697181 GTS DEC 21
1988 JEEP YJ C/W SnowBlade, Beaconlight, 2-way radio. Approx. 275,000 km. $7,000 OBO Contact 250-5745880 or email ope56@ hotmail.com GTS NOV 2
1995 Blue SUBARU JUSTY 4WD - $1200 OBO Contact 250-981-1621 GTS OCT 26
2000 Pontiac Maverick van, 161,000 km. Nice condition, running order but needs some transmission work $1,400 obo. Call 250-566-4392 GTS AUG 3
1997 FORD F 150 4 x4, reg cab, long box. Motor knocks, easy fix or good for parts. $700 250-566-4557 GTS JULY 20
2007 Prowler Travel Trailer 24 foot. Like new, rarely used. Nice floor plan, Full bathroom, shower, stove, oven, microwave, sleeps six. Large awning. Must be seen - 250-566-9834 $15,000.
1998 380 SKIDOO. Asking $1500.00 - Call for more information 250-566-9834 GTS JAN 11
4 Cooper Weathermaster Winter Tires With Rims, P215/60R15,Balanced, Installed on new Canadian Tire winter rims, 5 Bolt, Studded, 2.7inches center to center, Like new $500 obo will ship anywhere at buyers expense. Call 604-5880069 for more info GTS NOV 30
12’ Aluminum Boat and late model 4HP Mercury Motor for sale. Includes removable chairs. Good condition. $1400 OBO Call 250566-9950
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-HOUSES FOR RENTHigh quality spacious family home. 3 Bdrm / 2 bath. Fully fenced corner lot, double garage, garden and shed. $990 Idyllic rural property! Spacious renovated home on over 5 acres in Tete Jaune. Large wired garage/workshop, gardens, large deck. Vaulted great room, 2 bdrms/2bath, 2 ofﬁces. Oil/pellet heat. Farm animals & Pet ok. $1000. -APARTMENTS FOR RENTMtnview Apts. No smoking, no pets, clean and quiet building. Renovated 2 bdrm $575, 1 bdrm - $475, Bachelor $325 Photos and details at
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FREE dog to a good home: 2 year old black lab, female, spayed, good with kids. 250-566-8400 JAN 25
Full size 1” X 6” aromatic cedar boards; small quantity, rough cut. Contact Al Pernicelle 250-569-2602 or email outofsquare@mcbridebc. com FEB 8
In Loving Memory of
Sophie Cummings 1912 – 2012
Sophia Cummings passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 8th , 2012 two weeks before her 100th Birthday. Born in Slovakia she immigrated with her mother Angelina Blysak to Golden B.C. in 1927. Sophia was predeceased by her husband Ellis Eugene Cummings on October 3, 1991. She is survived by her brother Edward Blysak (Barbara) of Golden, sisters –in-law Grace Rideout , Leona Grant, Shirley Grant (Ervine) all of New Brunswick, nephews Edwin Rideout (Arline), Stephen Grant (Sharon), nieces Irene Mottley, Elonra Rideout and Valerie Fougere. Sophia has resided in Kamloops since 1975 and was a member of Catholic Women’s Leagues in Golden, Valemount and Kamloops since 1950 Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10:00 am on Friday, January 13, 2012 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Prayers will be recited at 7:00 pm, on Thursday, January 12, 2012 in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
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4 Bedroom 2 Bath with attached garage, A/C and 6 appliances. $1088/month available Feb 1, 2012 or sooner. Contact Crystle Booth 250-566-1147.
For sale horse hay, square or round bales. Contact Doug 250-569-3201 or Jess 250-569-8831 McBride FEB 29
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4 bedroom home for rent in McBride. Wood stove. Nice landscaped yard. Mature family only.$800 month.250-566-9126
Grazing lease available for cows, fenced pasture with grass and water available. Call Terracana for details. 250-968-4304
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CN Apts 1 & 2 Bedroom Suites $520 and $590 per month plus Hydro. On site laundry, no pets please. Call Scott 250-566-1569
Hay for sale, $40 a round bale. Call Terracana 250968-4304
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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson contributor
Congratulations to Valemount’s Justin Hooke The Fitzhugh’s 5th Annual Photo Contest yielded some incredible works of photography and featured some names you might know! Valemount’s Justin Hooke won the contest this year with his photo of a Silverback Gorilla. Also featured was Ron Worobec who you might remember from his photo spread a couple of issues back in The Valley Sentinel, as well as a photo by David Edwards who’s work you can see in the Valemount and Area Snowmobile guide, also featured is David’s mother Lydia Edwards. Attention Ladies: the Curling Club is Cranking up the Heat! Body Heat, Canada’s quality exotic male entertainment is making an appearance at Valemount’s Ladies Only Curling Bonspiel! Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28 curling will be taking place with dinner Saturday night, and the Male Entertainment will follow! Whether you are curling or not come out and join the ladies for some memorable entertainment and support the Valemount Curling Club. For more information contact Diana at (250) 566 9974.
Cell Service for Blue River If you travelled south at all over the holidays you may have noticed the addition of a new cellular service area on highway 5. The dreaded dead zone of cell service between Valemount and Clearwater is now serviced with a break in Blue River. I’m certain residents, snowmobilers and travellers alike will enjoy the additional service in this area! Fearing & White at the Jasper Legion Canada meets Ireland, and together singer/songwriters Stephen Fearing and Andy White make, Fearing & White, folk and roots artists. They will be playing a show Tuesday evening, January 24, at 8:00 p.m. at the Jasper Legion. Tickets are $20 or $15 in advance. There will be food and drink specials all night. Village of Valemount “Did You Know?” The Village of Valemount reports “for every garbage truck load that goes to the transfer station, the Village is invoiced $30.90 from the Regional District.” The total cost from January to September of 2011 is $20,062.05. We can help to reduce this amount if we recycle whenever possible. SnowmobilerTV.com Snowmobiler TV (STV) recently featured snowmobiler friendly Valemount and VARDA’s Curtis Pawliuk on their program. An exceptional job! Well done in promoting Valemount as a snowmobile destination Curtis! You can check it out by Google-ing Snowmobiler TV Valemount. Parent and Tots Ice Skating • Canoe Valley Recreation Centre: Valemount, Monday and Wednesday, 10-12, and Friday 11-12. • Robson Valley Recreation Centre: McBride, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10-12. Parents skate for free, and the cost per a child is $1.65. Rental skates are available at $1.30 a pair. Please bring your own helmets. 1277 Week of 1.16.2012
Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Workshop in McBride This six-week parenting program focuses on building on parents’ strengths. The content is parent-focused and designed with the parents to meet their specific needs. Weekly classes are starting Friday, January 20, at the McBride Health Unit. This program provides a safe and supportive place for the sharing of ideas and building a network with other parents. It is free to participate and childcare is available. The group is open to moms and dads with children of any age. To register, contact Beth or Jen at (250) 569 2266.
JasperLIFE Mountain Adventure Club: Maligne Canyon Descent Monday, January 23, the JasperLIFE Mountain Adventure Club will be hosting a day trip into Maligne Canyon, including a technical descent to the deepest section...the upper canyon. As per usual, transportation is provided. Space is limited. Advanced registration is required. To sign up contact JasperLIFE at (780) 852 2100.
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Wednesday: 3:30 p.m. ages 6-8 The cost is just $80 for the season, which runs until spring break, plus $22 for insurance. Call Karen Doughty for more information (250) 566 9726. Seasonal Depression Following up Micah Yoder’s January 4, 2012 article on Seasonal Depression, in addition to the plethora of excellent suggestions provided, did you know that the Robson Valley Support Society (RVSS) offers Free Light Therapy? According to RVSS: “Many of us are daylight deprived. In fact, most people spend more than 23 hours a day indoors, where illumination rarely exceeds twilight levels. Living in northern latitudes, in cloudy or overcast areas, often being homebound, or working shift work can lead to light deprivation. Light Therapy is doctor recommended for the treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder, Winter Depression and Sleep Disorders.” Appointments are available during office hours by calling RVSS. Call (250) 566 9107 for more information and to book a spot. Each session is 20 minutes long and you can attend each day if you like. Bring something to read and enjoy the light! Got a Tip If you have a note idea or tip, or would like to share your event or happening with us, you are encouraged to contact Donalda Beeson at firstname.lastname@example.org or The Valley Sentinel 250 566 4425. Please note that all items for publication on the Wednesday issue must be in by the previous Friday.
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ACTIVITIES HOROSCOPE FOR THE WEEK BY MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) A stimulation of friendships and other social activities is dawning. You may feel rebellious, however. Ironically, a preference for work over play may be at issue. Yet, you also yearn to retreat or escape somehow. Reconciling these conflicting urges is the challenge. Aim for quality time over quantity on all fronts to have it all! Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) The time to assert your position to gain some earned or at least desired recognition has arrived. Important meetings behind the scenes are likely. Whether these are with your own source, or outer power players, or both depends on the specifics of your destiny. Either way, you are eager to take determined and strategic measures to direct the action in your favour. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) Many new realizations and visions of the future are being stimulated and this trend will continue. Seeing who you are and where you are headed is running through your mind. Somehow, you may sense that you have some important work to do. Attending to certain sobering realities is part of the plot. For the sake of security you are willing to do the work, though you may not truly want to. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Considering some of the deeper mysteries of life is an emerging trend. Thoughts and questions about sex, death or taxes, or perhaps what is the deeper purpose of your life, or the meaning of life in general… are lingering. Exchanging thoughts and ideas with others will prove satisfying, as long as you are open to new ideas verses solely defending existing beliefs. Honour the process. Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Searching for deeper truths and new realizations about the actual states and realities of you’re your important relationships is on the rise. You are committed to do the work to make some improvements. Do be willing to negotiate. Yet, avoid trying to change others. Instead, review how you can better yourself. Be patient yet sure by taking actual steps backed by a plan. Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Making improvements and changes in your daily routine and overall lifestyle is an emerging theme. This will lead you to look deeper at yourself and others than usual. At worst you will try to defend your position. At best, you will decipher, outline and visualize the solutions required, then take action. By open to a variety of solutions, seek support, yet do not lean. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) A creative wave of inspiration is washing in on your shores now. It will push you to make key changes in the relationship you have with yourself. Learning to love your self and give to yourself more fully is the goal. The consequences of this may produce ironic results, however. For example, you may be guided to give more to “your” relationships with others. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Are you ready for change on the home front and/or at core levels? Well, ready or not…! These may be just the kind you want and/or need. Ideally you will respond to any conflicts with others to spur you on. Yet, the tendency to react aggressively is also high and this trend will continue. Make extra efforts to be open minded and replace suspicion with communication.
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Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Initiating a new round of communications will become obvious this week. Your focus will be sober and pragmatic, yet diplomatic. Creating more beauty in your home environment may be a core motivation. This can be as basic as a big clean-up. If you focus this way and follow through you are likely to feel inspired.
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Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Innovative designs to establish a new momentum and/or a new overall mode of expression will soon become apparent. You want to be heard and heeded. You will be open to exchanges of ideas and visions and may feel impatient and/or depressed where these are not forthcoming. Your core motivation is to experience new levels of freedom. Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) The New Moon in your sign indicates an activation of your overall mode of expression. The stimulation of new perceptions is likely. Desires to acquire practical tools that can make a real difference are motivating you. Yet, there is reason to believe that you are feeling a little lost and confused as well and feel the need for guidance. Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) The urge to retreat and even escape may feel especially strong starting this week. Yet, one can also be productive behind the scenes and you will want to be. This will include opening your mind to new incoming intuitions and increasing your scope of communications somehow. Extra care to be trustingr seis advised, qui ut s de re po simpo , e. Pis nonsealit in your closestperelationships. l issit, especially m nis repuda ias volum tum, vernam tas et t que as qu ca molla bo. Pa io quia
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The Valley Sentinel Wednesday January 18, 2012 • 15
Weaker economic growth in Canada predicted in 2012 DeLynda Pilon Special to The Valley Sentinel
ock Finlayson, executive vice president and chief policy officer, Business Council of B.C., is predicting the economic growth in Canada will be weaker in 2012 than in 2011. Finlayson spoke about the global and local economy during the Natural Resource Forum Wednesday in Prince George, B.C.. He said, currently the economic environment is turbulent with a lot of drama in the Euro zone. Those problems reached a crescendo in autumn, he added, and the likelihood is that area is heading into a recession. The U.S. is doing better which is encouraging news locally, however it, like most other countries, is still struggling. The global economy is still growing, but slowly. The emerging markets are doing better, though China’s economy is slowing down somewhat, however it is still growing far more rapidly than elsewhere in the world. Japan is recovering from the natural disaster that country suffered. The positive news, he said, is for those interested in borrowing right now. “If you are a borrower, you will benefit from very low interest rates,” he said. Debt, including household and corporate, is one of the core issues facing the world economy today. The cost of government borrowing is tremendously divergent. Greece is at 30 per cent, an amount Finlayson said is unsustainable. A number of other countries also have punishing rates. Conversely, Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. are at
two per cent. “So investors are lined up around the block,” he said. “When the rates march back up to four or five per cent you will know we are back to normal.” Many onlookers have speculated as to why the Euro zone hasn’t come together to deal with their issues, understanding the key to a solution would lie with Germany, Finlayson said. However, he added, the chancellor of Germany has made it clear she doesn’t want her country to come to the table and underwrite a debt caused by fiscal irresponsibility in other countries. The outlook for the U.S. in 2012 will be muted, first because American households are deleveraging and second because the woes in Europe will spill over into that country. There will be growing fiscal austerity though corporate America is in great shape, with two trillion in cash to invest, however the environment is missing for them to take risks at the moment. The job crisis in the U.S. is the worst since World War II, with 15 per cent of the population effectively unemployed. The unrest in that country is all signs of the stress and tension in the labour market, but things are finally beginning to thaw out. The net worth of houses has decreased, and in fact there has been an epic slump in real estate, something which was not mirrored in Canada. Incomes have fallen seven per cent since 1999, combined with a 20 per cent drop in net worth since that year, affecting household well-being. In Canada, the real Gross Domestic Product is a bit weaker but there will be some improvement by 2013.
“Weaker economic growth predicted”
Above: On Wednesday, January 11, Jock Finlayson, executive vice-president and chief policy officer, Business Council of B.C. at the Natural Resource Forum in Prince George. Photo Submitted
“We are not in recession. We are holding our own,” he said. The province is doing better than the national average. With continued growth in Asia far outpacing growth in Europe, North America and Japan, emerging markets have a decisive strategic advantage going into the future. “China’s economy surpasses the U.S. in economic size,” Finlayson said. In fact, over the next four decades it is expected growth for emerging markets will occur at between 300 and 700 per cent, compared to about 80 per cent in the U.S. “Resources are in a strong demand globally. The rise of Asia is already very evident in B.C.,” he said.
Industry leaders need to work harder to get their story out DeLynda Pilon Special to The Valley Sentinel
tockwell Day, former minister responsible for international trade, issued several challenges to some of the groups involved in the growing trade potential in emerging markets in Asia. Day spoke during the Natural Resource Forum held Wednesday, January 11 in Prince George, B.C.. He encouraged industry leaders to work harder to get their story out in the public. There have been huge changes over the years, he said, in everything from safety practices to extraction methods. The environment is cared for and is not only left pristine, but on occasion left in better shape than it was prior to extraction. “In terms of restoration, we have changed so much so that there is a remarkable story to tell,” he told the crowd at the ninth annual B.C. Natural Resource Forum in Prince George Wednesday. “You have to get that story out in a stronger, better way.” It’s up to industry, he said, to broadcast all the changes and improvements that have been made over the years. The media, he said, is very competitive, with outlets trying to get the attention of audiences, wanting to be watched, listened to or read. And though you don’t garner that audience by being boring, he said the facts don’t have to be dull and he challenged media to be factual and transparent. Politicians and elected officials, he said, need to be aware of the effect of spending as well as government policies. “You raise taxes and you drive out innovation,” he said. A common sense approach to policies, like combining provincial and federal environmental processes, might alleviate some of the waiting time placed on projects, he said. For example, it took several years for one mining venture to go through all of the reviews
and processes before work could commence. “They have to watch policies on spending and make sure the regulation process is common sense,” he said. No one wants to be accused of not caring about the environment, he added. In fact, he said, many politicians fear streamlining processes then winding up marked with that sort of label. However, Day said he wasn’t talking about cutting corners, just cutting unnecessary red tape. He challenged the public to understand that just because something is reported doesn’t mean it’s true. He used a meeting in the north as an example, where one member of the public claimed a pipeline would stop caribou from mating. The comment was reported by media. Day said there are many opportunities for Canada in the Asia-Pacific markets. In China alone, over the next five years 85 million homes will be needed. In India, 200 cities will be needed. The growth is indicative of the needs of a middle class that is expanding exponentially. “It’s the most fantastic story in modern history The positive growth of the middle class in those two countries alone is phenomenal. You folks have an idea of the resources required to build 200 cities. Canada has those resources,” he said. It also has stability, human rights, freedom of education and religion, and a free media. However, if Canada lays a field of unreasonable processes between what those markets need and the natural resources this country has, those market needs will be filled elsewhere, and Canada’s social programs will dry up and education will suffer. In closing, Day pointed out that, if the processes in place now were in place in the 1800s, then the Canadian National Railway uniting the country would never have been built.
“A remarkable story to tell”
Above: Stockwell Day, former minister responsible for international trade at the Natural Resource Forum in Prince George on Wednesday, January 11. Photo Submitted
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