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Costly price tag for needed village repairs after high water Marie Birkbeck CONTRIBUTOR

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he recent state of emergency experienced in Valemount has passed, but in its wake a situation of another kind was created; repair and recovery costs. The Village of Valemount called a special meeting of Council on Tuesday, July 3 to inform council of the status of the response work during the June 23 high water event, and to request the release of funds for recovery work. Recovery is the process of restoring the damaged areas back to the condition that they were prior to the event; the damaged areas cannot be improved to a condition better than what it was prior to the damage. Mayor Andru McCracken, Acting Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Anne Yanciw, and Councillors Christine Latimer, Dallas Bullock and Hollie Blanchette were in attendance. According to the documents submitted by Anne Yanciw, acting CAO, the village is seeking financial support from Disaster Funding Assistance (DFA) through the Provincial Emergency Program “to protect critical infrastructure, as well as homes and properties at risk in another high water event.” The recovery process includes: • Expert assistance in planning excavation of sediment and debris from

the reservoir ($20,000) Actual excavation of sediment and debris ($25,000) Repairs to the weir ($35,000) Removal of concrete railway ties from the stream side bank ($5,000) Armouring of weakened and compromised banks in risk areas ($700,000 • Many areas of the berm were weakened and would likely not withstand another event such as this. • The berm has been completely washed away in one area. Re-establishment of the berm may require in-stream work and the services of a long reach excavator. • Shoring of the dam below the weir ($15,000) • Repair of area where the channel was dug to drain ponding ($3,000) • Project management. ($20,000) Preliminary cost estimates for the project came in at a total of $823,000. With DFA the village would draw on the Water Reserve Account and contribute 20 per cent. The application for assistance was approved. A full report on the Dangerous High Water Event, actions taken, assessment and progress is available at the village office. • • • •

Swift Creek “State of Emergency” continues in Valemount “Evacuation Order” issued to four residents on Main Street Daniel Betts EDITOR

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his week valley weather switched from grey cool and rainy to bright, hot and clear, causing an increase in mountain snowmelt and high creek flows. On Monday, July 9, the Village of Valemount issued an evacuation order to four residents living along Swift Creek, on Main Street, north and west of the Swift Creek Bridge, due to a significant risk of bank failure, which was weakened during the June 23 high water event. According to the Vilat A C ut A bo v e b y S h e r ry lage of Valemount, remediation work on the bank has addressed the areas of greatest concern since the last high water event. The village believes much of the “creek side” has been

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shored up with big jagged rock that should last through a major event; some areas, however, are still relatively weak after the initial flood. “These are the areas the village is addressing now,” said acting Chief Administrative Officer, Anne Yanciw. “Three days of very high heat has mobilized a lot of water at once, with some luck and quick action we hope to get through this without personal injury or loss of property, but this is definitely an emergency,” said Andru McCracken, Mayor of Valemount. On Tuesday morning, July 10, remediation work was continuing to reinforce and armour the weakened banks. While water levels were starting to drop the forecast was for warm weather reinforcing concerns significant snowmelt would continue to generate high creek levels. “We need to remain vigilant,” said Yanciw. According to Yanciw, repairing a stream bank is not a one step process. It starts at the weakest point and progresses to the next in an ongoing process. “River dynamics are interesting,” said Yanciw. “As you fix one area you armour it with very hard rock and so the water hits that rock and comes off it with far greater degree of force than when it hits a soft bank. When you repair one area of the bank you actually create a problem for another area because then your directing the stream that ricochets off that rock.” The village would like to remind residents to stay away from Swift Creek, as the water is fast and high. “Many paths have been completely undermined and are ready to collapse into the creek with any disturbance.” Residents should also avoid the areas where heavy machinery is working to repair the bank. According to Yanciw, the state of emergency in Valemount, B.C. has been extended through to next weekend.

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“Evacuation order continues at Leona Creek”

Above: The home of Christa Maxeiner remains empty and under an evacuation order from the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG). According to Donna Munt, General Manager Community Services for the RDFFG, Maxeiner’s evacuation order has been extended for another week. According to Munt evacuation orders are assessed on a weekly basis. Due to significant snow pack above the Leona Creek drainage and warmer temperatures a significant concern remains. Meanwhile the Province of British Columbia is reviewing a recent geotechnical survey conducted of the Leona Creek drainage to assess ongoing safety concerns. Photo by Andrea Scholz


Regional News Regional News Briefs Daniel Betts Editor

B.C. ranks second in Canada for job gains since June 2011

According to the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, British Columbia job growth remains steady as the province gained 3,600 new jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.6 per cent. B.C. gained 2,400 full-time positions and added 1,100 part-time jobs. B.C. ranks second in terms of job gains since June 2011 when compared to other provinces. B.C. has added 53,000 jobs since June 2011, behind only Alberta, which has added 55,400 jobs. Manufacturing continues to experience steady growth with last month showing strong gains of 10,600 jobs. Other areas of job growth include health care and social assistance (+6,200), business, building and other support services (+4,600), and educational services (+4,100). B.C.’s unemployment rate of 6.6 per cent is below the national average (7.2 per cent) and is lower than where it was last year, which was 7.2 per cent. As youth employment increased, the unemployment rate for the 15 - 24 age category declined by 2.3 percentage points from May. “Steady progress this month is a good indicator that we are on the right track. Our government is attracting new investment in times of global economic turbulence, and we are diversifying our exports like never before,” said Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation.

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lawn mowers and grass trimmers. Note, under this program only electric-powered outdoor equipment is currently accepted. “It’s important to have programs like these in place,” says Rachael Ryder, Waste Diversion Program Leader with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. “It provides our residents with options that keep these products out of the landfill.” In Prince George, BBK Bottle Depot will be accepting these new items, in addition to the other products they accept including bottles and electronics. The local bottle depot in Valemount, B.C. is inquiring with the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George on how to include these items as well. For a complete list of products that are covered under the product stewardship program and a list of outlets that accept the items, please refer to the Regional District website at www.rdffg.bc.ca, or call the Regional District office at (250) 960 4400.

Civilian police oversight set to begin this fall

According to the Ministry of Justice increased accountability, transparency and independent oversight of policing in British Columbia will come into effect officially on September 10, 2012, when the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) becomes fully operational. To further prepare, IIO investigators are training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and the Canadian Police College throughout the summer, and the IIO is in the process of finalizing its policies and procedures to ensure investigators will be ready to respond to incidents that fall under its mandate. The IIO will have the authority to investigate incidents of death or serious harm involving a police officer in B.C. Under new legislation, police are compelled to report all such incidents immediately to the IIO. “Police agencies in B.C. have recognized and supported the need for increased transparency and accountability. The creation and soon-to-be activation of the IIO will mark a new era that ensures incidents involving police officers that result in death or serious harm are investigated in an impartial way, strengthening the public’s faith in the dedicated officers who work to keep them safe,” said Shirley Bond, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. The creation of the IIO as an independent, civilian-led office fulfils government’s commitment to implement the recommendations outlined by the Braidwood and Davies commissions and will help to further build public confidence in policing in B.C.

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“Expanded licence plate program”

Above: Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond places a veteran’s licence plate on the truck of a current Canadian Forces member in honour of the announcement to expand the veteran’s licence plate program; with BC Veterans Commemorative Association’s Petty Officer First Class Patrick Crozier and Lieutenant Commander Gary Friedrich. Photo submitted

Veteran’s licence plate program expanded

British Columbia is recognizing the dedication and commitment of those who serve their country by expanding the veteran’s licence plate program to include currently serving Canadian Forces members. This expansion was announced on June 29. Current members, both regular and reserve, who have a trade qualification are entitled to receive and display veteran’s plates which will be available starting September 1, 2012. The program is similar to those in other provinces that already offer active members’ veteran’s licence plates. B.C.’s eligibility criteria are different from other provinces, but are actually more inclusive. “We worked closely with a number of veteran’s organizations who wanted to expand the eligibility criteria to include currently serving members of the Canadian Forces. This is a small but visible way to demonstrate our gratitude. I look forward to seeing many of our active Canadian Forces members proudly display this very distinct plate on their vehicles,” said Shirley Bond, MLA Prince George-Valemount.

Regional District welcomes expanded recycling and stewardship programs

The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is welcoming expanded recycling and stewardship programs that came into effect on July 1. The Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA), the Canadian Electrical Stewardship Association (CESA) and BC’s Light Recycle program will increase the number of products they recycle by adding new items such as video game consoles, GPS devises, power tools, sewing machines and light fixtures to their existing services. Additionally, the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute of Canada has also introduced a new program to recycle outdoor power equipment like

Teams have begun the field program related to the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion project. This field work is taking place along the pipeline corridor. It will gather information, as a first step, to support routing and environmental studies for the proposed project. These studies will be used in the preparation of Kinder Morgan Canada’s facilities application which is expected to be filed with the National Energy Board in late 2013. Field studies began in June 2012 and will continue throughout 2012 and 2013 field seasons. The timing and nature of this field work will be subject to change depending on the weather and time of day. The work includes: Wildlife and bird surveys Fish and fish habitat assessments Soil and vegetation identification Noise and air quality studies Forestry health review Archaeology field studies Traditional knowledge studies Route feasibility assessments We are committed to a thorough and open engagement program about the proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project. For more information, please contact us: www.transmountain.com | info@transmountain.com | 1.866.514.6700


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ou’ve just delivered a powerful, well reasoned, thought provoking and insightful piece of advice, worthy of an Oscar nomination. The young person you’ve been speaking to for ten minutes looks back at you and in a dull drawl simply says, “whatever.” It is surprising how effective this single emphatic word and common closing argument of young people is capable of generating such ire among parents, teachers and mentors alike. How does one respond to such a statement? In most circumstances this is indeed the final word, creating an uncomfortable silence, which the young person uses to victoriously leave the conversation, usually with a smug smile. Wait a second, what just happened? I go back to my own childhood. My father would often impart great pearls of wisdom to me through long lectures while driving in the car, walking in the woods or while sitting near his desk. When I think back to these lengthy sessions I can’t really remember what was said, because my mind was preoccupied with much more interesting things. I became quite skilled at listening for keywords and queues that signalled interaction. “Blah, blah, blah…do you know what I mean?” “Um, oh yeah sure, I get it. Thanks Dad,” I would say. When I was a kid it was important to keep authority figures happy. Conveying the impression you were paying attention was an important skill that suggested respect and avoided additional and lengthier talks. In the new century young people like things quick and easy. They don’t want to engage in lengthy explanation. Learning how to cut a lecture short is the valued skill, hence the generous use of the ultimate last word, “whatever.” The word also gives them the illusion they are leaving a conversation in a superior position, which empowers them. Don’t be alarmed however, there is something else I remember about being a kid that I am certain has not changed. During my father’s many lectures I may had been imagining epic space battles between fleets of Federation Starships and Imperial Star Destroyers (Yes, I was a nerd.), but I was still assimilating my father’s words in a different part of my brain. I know this because more than once, his advice has returned to me when it was needed most. Keep in mind also that “whatever” has evolved into many different forms and nuances depending upon how it is said. Sure, much of the time it means, “I really wasn’t paying attention, can I leave now?” However, sometimes it means, “I don’t understand a word you said, but I will think about it,” or “What you told me sounds real important, but something more important is bothering me right now.” On some occasions it can mean, “I’m sorry.” If you listen carefully for the subtle nuances in their voice and you catch a certain look in their eyes it can even mean, “Thank you.”

Dear Editor: Bill C 38 gives us a clear look into Stephen Harper’s brain. It is a massive erosion of legislation that was designed to protect Canadians and the Canadian environment. 70 pieces of existing regulation will be repealed or changed, all under a budget bill?! This is a sneaky, bullying attack on Canadian values and I do not believe that every day Conservatives will support this bill if they take a look at its contents. The general idea is to make it easier for multinational corporations at the expense of environmental safe guards. Less regulation for pipelines to cross rivers and for miners to use lakes as tailing ponds. Effluent monitoring will be reduced, offshore drilling will be facilitated, limits to offshore dumping expanded. The National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy will be axed, too much citizen input. Former fisheries minister John Fraser stated “To take habitat out of the Fisheries Act is a very serious error because you can’t save fish if you don’t save habitat, and I say this as a lifelong conservative. People who want to eliminate the appropriate safeguards…aren’t conservatives at all, they’re ideological right-wingers with very, very limited understanding, intelligence or wisdom.” Government seed inspection will be handed off to private industry. Canadian Food inspection Agency oversight removed, prepare for industry to do its own inspections.

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The Fair Wages and Hours of Labour Act is turfed, so not only will you work more for less you also get to wait two more years for your pension. 31 billion less dollars in health care transfers to the provinces, health minister can exempt products from regulatory oversight at their discretion. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency will no longer be responsible for nuclear safety, that role will be handled by a licensing body. The position of the inspector general that oversees CSIS will be eliminated to avoid further criticism of that body of spooks and their lack of respect for Canadian law. You get the drift, 425 pages of bad news. I’m nervous and it seems that Conservative MP Bob Zimmer is too, he was quoted in The Valley Sentinel as saying “May God continue to keep our land glorious and free!” I always figured that was an MP’s job, does this mean he is abdicating to a higher power or is he working for the other team? Sincerely, Brian McKirdy- Valemount, B.C.

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OPINION The MP Report Cathy McLeod MP KAMLOOPS-THOMPSON-CARIBOO

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athy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is soliciting input from anyone in her riding who would like to participate in the online federal pre-budget consultation process, which will result in a report to be tabled in the House of Commons prior to the December 2012 parliamentary break. “This year, in order to make it easier for Canadians to participate in the pre-budget consultations, the Standing Committee on Finance is happy to introduce the online submission of answers to specific questions on which the Committee is focussed” said McLeod.

The site at which Canadians can contribute their ideas online will be open until August 3, 2012. Individuals and groups are invited to access the secure online questionnaire, to which responses can be made only once per individual or group, at: www.parl.gc.ca/PBC2012. Those who lack access to the Internet and are thereby unable to contribute online should contact the Clerk of the House Finance Committee at the address or telephone number indicated below for assistance in determining another means by which to provide their thoughts and ideas. Pre-budget consultation submissions will be put on the Committee’s website after they have been translated. Following translation, the submissions will be circulated to all members of the House Finance Committee, who will then identify those whom they would like to invite to make an oral presentation. Hearings are expected to begin in September 2012. “Canadians in my riding and across our nation can be counted on to contribute their priorities that should be NOTICE OF OPEN HOUSE included in the federal budget in 2013. Members of the public are invited to an I’m always impressed by the wide range of open house to review Castle Mountain ideas that are brought Hydro Ltd’s plans to build a power to the table” concludgeneration project on a tributary of the ed McLeod.

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Mess at CLBC shows independent review needed Dear Editor: It doesn’t matter whether Premier Clark wants to call them pay raises, bonuses, or holdbacks, the fact remains that it was wrong for the Liberals to tell the public they were getting rid of executive bonuses, when all along they planned to roll them into salaries. New Democrats raised the potential that the bonuses would be rolled into salaries, but the minister was adamant they were getting rid of the bonuses. It’s hard not to think we were all being misled. It’s obvious what the government wanted us to believe. British Columbians deserve answers about what is happening at CLBC [Community Living British Columbia]. Last fall, we raised concerns about vulnerable people being forced from their homes because of budget cuts. In total 64 homes were closed. Further concerns were raised when it was discovered that executives at CLBC were getting bonuses for cost cutting. Once this was exposed, the Liberals promised to eliminate executive bonuses at CLBC. They also committed to expanding the mandate of the Representative for Children and Youth, giving her office the power to advocate for 19 to 24-year-olds transitioning from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to Community Living B.C. Neither of those things happened. The bonus program remained in place to the end of the fiscal year, with the bonuses set to be paid out next month, and going forward, executives will have what used to be their “incentive pay” rolled into their base salaries, guaranteeing them a raise regardless of their performance and despite the ongoing problems at the organization. And despite the fact that more and more families are struggling as they attempt to work through the

transition of services for their children, the Representative for Children and Youth still doesn’t have the authority to help them navigate the transition to CLBC. These are just some of the most recent issues that underscore New Democrat leader Adrian Dix’s call for a full, independent, external review of CLBC. Months after asking the government to undertake this review, little has been done, leaving CLBC’s credibility in tatters, and developmentally disabled adults continuing to suffer. It’s clear that the internal review was wholly inadequate. Families transitioning into CLBC are still seeing their children offered fewer supports and services, and are still facing long wait lists for essential care. The government still isn’t sure of the number waiting for service. The Liberals have repeatedly shown they are not managing CLBC effectively are certainly not being open with the public about the decisions they are making. After misleading the public about executive bonuses at CLBC, the B.C. Liberals shouldn’t expect anyone to simply take their word they can fix the problems. It’s time for a thorough external review to ensure the public interest is being protected. Only this kind of review has the potential to offer families hope that meaningful change will finally supplant the doublespeak, window dressing and damage control that has marked the Liberals’ mismanagement of this organization. Anything short of a full external review should be seen as Premier Clark and the Liberals putting their own political interests ahead of what is necessary for an organization that is responsible for supporting a vulnerable group in our community. Nicolas Simons - New Democrat critic for CLBC and the MLA for Powell River-Sunshine Coast

Castle Creek south of McBride. The project owners, and officers of the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations will be in attendance to answer questions and receive comments. Date: Thursday, July 12, 2012 Time: 7:00PM Place: McBride Legion Hall 805 4th Avenue McBride BC V0J 2E0

McBride Community Forest Corporation Reminder: Grant application deadline The MCFC Grant Sub-Committee wants to remind the public that it is accepting grant applications. The deadline for the summer intake of grant applications is July 31, 2012. For more information or a copy of our grant application form please contact: Sarah Taylor McBride Community Forest Corporation Phone (250) 569-2229 Or, visit our website at www.mcbridecommunityforest.com

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Thank You McBride Dear Editor: I would like to say a big “Thank you” for the beautiful surprise I received on July 1 at the celebrations. I was so shocked at the time, never really got to say much, not much of a talker at the best of times. Never in my dreams would I ever thought of receiving the Cheryl Sansom citizenship award. Though I was just helping out doing things that had to be done. (Got caught in the act) Again Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, Thelma Molendyk- McBride, B.C.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS SPECIAL EVENTS

“MCBRIDE 80’th INCORPORATION ANNIVERSARY”- HISTORICAL ARCHIVAL & ARTIFACT SHOW- On exhibit now until Sept 30 at Museum/ Library building-241 Dominion Street, McBride CHILDREN’S SUMMER HERITAGE PROGRAM Every Thursday 2 p.m.-3 p.m. July-August at the Valemount Museum This Thursday, July 5, come out and make ‘rainsticks’, learn about instruments used in the past, and sing songs in different languages. DOWN BY THE DOCK CHILDREN (OF ALL AGES) ENTERTAINERS @ THE MCBRIDE & DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY- July 14 at 11 a.m.

SUMMER VIOLIN WORKSHOP @ MCBRIDE EFREE CHURCH BUILDING - JULY 18 - 20 Jose Delgado-Guevara will be conducting a Summer Violin Workshop in McBride at the McBride Evangelical Free church building. He will also be available for private lessons. Please call (250)5692556 for inquiries.

NORTHWEST MUD RACING - August 4-5 200 ft side by side mud racing, drag races, and a bog pit. At the Canoe River Campground Rodeo Grounds. ROBSON VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL- Aug 17-19 Come out and enjoy a weekend of music, food, and good friends. This years line up will include acts like Don Alder, Allen & Alexander, Ball Gag n Chain

Gang, and many more talented artists. There will be local vendors, food vendors, and wares vendors. If you would like to participate in any way or want any more information please visit their website. www.robsonvalleymusicfestivalbc.com.

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Come out and support local women battling cancer 4 p.m. - Silent Auction begins. Donations needed, drop off at The Gathering Tree 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. - Local musicians playing 5 p.m.- Pink hair streaking begins at The Gathering Tree

CANOE MOUNTAIN RODEO - July 14-15 Support local, and out of town riders for a fun packed weekend.

6 p.m. - BBQ (hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie dogs)

FILM CAMP 2 THE MCBRIDE & DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY- July 17-21 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come learn the full realm of film making and produce a short film of your own. Ages 10+. Register by July 10th. Call 569-2411 for more info

Valemount Public Library Presents the 2012 Summer Reading Program Wednesday’s July 4 to August 29 at 11 a.m. For kids aged 6-12

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VALEMOUNT MONDAYS: • VALEMOUNT SENIORS Carpet Bowling 9 a.m. Golden Years Lodge • ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION General meetings every 3rd Mon. of month 7:30 p.m. in Legion. • TAI KWAN DO & SELF DEFENSE 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and TAI KWAN DO KIDS CLASSES 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. • LADIES DAY at Valemount Pines Gold Club (all day) TUESDAYS: • VALEMOUNT CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY CENTRE Board Meeting 1st Tuesday of the month - 7 p.m. @ the Centre beneath the Community Hall (the red door). • ADULT RECREATIONAL VOLLEYBALL 7-9 p.m. Valemount Sec. School gym. Contact Suzanne Bloodoff @ 250 566-9979 • COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 p.m., council chambers. Everyone welcome. • LADIES AUXILIARY #266 Legion Meetings 1st Tuesday of every month 3 p.m. in Valemount Legion. • CARDIO KICK BOXING 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • VALEMOUNT PINES KIDS DAY at the Valemount Pines Golf Course starting at 6 p.m. The program is free and equipment will be provided for children who do not have their own. WEDNESDAYS: • PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD MEETING Every 2nd Wed. 5 p.m. Downstairs at the library. • VALEMOUNT SENIORS MUSIC NIGHT 7-9 p.m. Golden Years Lodge • TOASTMASTERS meets every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month. 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Best Western. • TAI KWAN DO & SELF DEFENSE 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and TAI KWAN DO KIDS CLASSES 5:45 to 6:30 p.m. • MENS DAY at Valemount Pines Gold Club (all day) THURSDAYS: • CRIBBAGE GAME at Golden Years Lodge at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Everyone Welcome! • CHAMPS Weight loss Support Team for men and women. Thurs. 6:00 p.m. Downstairs Valemount Clinic. Shirley 566-9829, Dolly 566-8458. • CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Quarterly General Meetings 3rd Thurs. of January, April, July and October @ 4:45 p.m. Location TBA • SADDLE & WAGON CLUB MEETING 3rd Thurs. 7 p.m. 566-9707 • VALEMOUNT SENIORS SOCIAL CLUB. Regular meetings first Thurs. of every month at 7 p.m. downstairs lounge at Golden Years Lodge. • CARDIO KICK BOXING 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. • VALEMOUNT FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP will meet the last Thursday of every month at the old Village Office, 99 Gorse St., at 7:30 p.m.. For families dealing with mental health issues. Call Irene Brady at (250) 566 1958.

7 p.m. - Blue Syntax plays (dancing in the streets) 7:30 p.m. - Head Shaving 8 p.m. - Raffle prize draw and silent auction winners announced 8 p.m. on - party, party, party *Note: $1 from every drink, treat or ice cream will be donated to the cause * Service donations are also being accepted, such as yard work, housecleaning, and pet walking *There will be a Grand Prize draw at 9 p.m.

FRIDAYS: • VALEMOUNT LEGION Friday Night dinners starting at 5 p.m. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Friday evenings at 8 p.m. in the Good Shepherd Catholic Church basement SATURDAYS: • VALEMOUNT CIRCLE DANCE. For more info please contact 250 566-1782

TETE JAUNE •

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

MCBRIDE •

MCBRIDE COMMUNITY FOREST Open quarterly meetings on the first Wednesday of the month on January 4, April 4, July 4, and October 3. McBride Village Council Chambers 7 p.m.

TUESDAYS: • TOPS Tues. 6:45 p.m. weigh-in, 7:15 p.m. meeting. Health Unit in McBride. New members welcome. Brenda Molendyk 569-3113 • VILLAGE COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues.,7:30 p.m., Village Council Chambers. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Every Tuesday, 8 p.m. at the Health Unit. • STORYTIME at the McBride & District Public Library 10:30 a.m. WEDNESDAYS: • FREE DROP IN COMMUNITY VOLLEYBALL from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the McBride Secondary School • KIDZ KRAFTS 2:30-3:30 p.m. AT ODDS AND ENDS • DIABETES SUPPORT GROUP 1st Wed., 1 p.m. at Beaverview Lodge Sat. 10 a.m. -12 p.m., 441 Dominion St. • SUPPORT GROUP FOR FAMILIES DEALING WITH MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Last Wed every month 7:30 p.m. @ McBride Health Centre. More info call Norma 569-2637 or Elizabeth 968-4347 • VALLEY PIECEMAKERS QUILT GUILD Every other Wednesday. 7:00 p.m. in the High School. New members welcome, contact Dawna Hickerty 569-3210. • LEGION AUXILIARY BINGO First and Third Wednesday of the month at McBride Library. THURSDAYS: • OAPO STITCH & KNIT Every Thurs., 2:30 - 4 p.m., Beaverview Lodge, Hilda Murin 569-3305 SATURDAYS: • WRITERS’ CIRCLE at 1 p.m. Alternates between Dunster Fine Arts School & McBride Library. All Welcome. Contact 569 2411/ library@mcbridebc.org for more info.

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COMMUNITY

The Cheryl Sansom Citizenship Award Astrid Frazier CONTRIBUTOR

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he Cheryl Sansom Citizenship Award was started by the Robson Valley Fall Fair group in memory of Cheryl, a McBride community member devoted to her family and community. Cheryl was involved with the Fall Fair, slow pitch, and many other organizations in the Robson Valley. The award was started in the 1990s. Since then the public could nominate deserving people to the Fall Fair Committee or to the Sansom family for the award. The Committee and/or Sansom family would choose the recipient and the award was usually made during the McBride Fall Fair. A plaque, located in the Robson Valley Recreation Centre behind the bleachers along with other Robson Valley Fall Fair trophies and plaques, proudly displays the names of all the award recipients over the years. The award is given to a person who has dedicated themselves to community organizations and sports clubs as a volunteer and has shown pride in the Robson Valley. Besides getting their name on the plaque, each recipient has received a small brass bell as a keepsake. In 2011 the Robson Valley Fall Fair disbanded and asked the McBride & District Chamber of Commerce if they would take over this important project and award. 2012 is the first year that

the Chamber has presented the award. Thelma Molendyk was nominated with a letter indicating her contributions to the community and the committee in charge of the “Citizenship Award” chose her to be the recipient. Thelma has volunteered and organized the Anglican United Church Thrift Shop over the last few years, been a volunteer as treasurer for the Old Age Pensioners Organization (OAPO) and worked on meals and birthday teas for the last 8 years. Molendyk has volunteered in the elementary school with “Adopt a senior” and Christmas stockings, helped with the “Meals on Wheels” program, worked in the hospital garden, has played the organ for the Anglican United Church and maintained the church flower beds for years as well as being a leader in the kitchen for the Thanksgiving Turkey dinner. She tirelessly helps with various bake sales and garage sales for the church, helps with donations and fundraisers for Minor Hockey and other organizations. She drove the school bus in the Dunster area for several years and was like a mother to many of those children. She has adopted many friends as family as well as always being there for her own children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Thelma Molendyk is certainly this years’ very worthy recipient of the Cheryl Sansom Citizenship Award.

2012 Livestrong Rolls Into McBride Submitted TO THE VALLEY SENTINEL

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he longest annual charity bicycle ride in the world, the LIVESTRONG Texas 4000 team, will be rolling through McBride, British Columbia, Canada on July 13, 2012, 42 days after departing from Austin, Texas on to their final destination of Anchorage, Alaska. This is the ninth annual ride. While in McBride, the 2012 LIVESTRONG Texas 4000 Team will celebrate and share Hope, Knowledge and Charity with friends and family before continuing on their 70-day journey. Riders brave rain, sleet, wind, snow, and heat in support of the fight against canwww.texas4000.org cer and will pedal more than 4,500 miles. Along their journey, riders visit with cancer survivors, patients and family members to educate people about cancer prevention and early detection, visit with cancer patients and raise funds for cancer research. They also use this time to offer hope, encouragement and share their personal stories to cancer fighters of all ages. “Texas 4000 is tremendously demanding, both physically and emotionally, but each day these amazing students pedal on,” said Texas 4000 Executive Director, Jamille Ruebsahm. “It’s incredibly encouraging for New at the McBride Public Library the riders to be supAdult fiction ported by the people of The Last Boyfriend- Nora Roberts McBride, and have the Girls in White Dresses- Jennifer Close opportunity to share The Shoemakers’s Wife- Adriana Trigiani A Killer Read- Erika Chase their stories about how they pursue this ride in Adult Non-fiction hopes of living in a canDifferent … Not Less – Temple Grandin Lemon-Aid: Used Card & Trucks (2012/2013)- Phil Edmonston cer-free society.” Dreaming in French: The Paris Years- Alice Kaplan Forty-two student ridEat Well Live Well with Gluten Intolerance- Susanna Holt ers began their journey in Austin, Texas with Junior The Great Rabbit Rescue- Katie Davies a 70-mile community The Loser List - H.N. Kowitt bike ride called ATLAS. The Throne of Fire- Rick Riordan From there, the riders Theodore Boone: The accused- John Grisham headed north, sepaWe’ve got Summer Reading Club adventures! Come register and keep an eye rating into two routes: out for our Strange but True programs all summer long. Rockies and Sierra as they continue on a ride Join our group on Facebook to keep in touch. twice as long as the Tour www. mcbride.bclibrary.ca de France. “As most college stu-

“Well deserved honour”

Above: On July 1, Thelma Molendyk holds the Bell she received as a keepsake after being awarded the Cheryl Sansom Citizenship Award in McBride, B.C. by the McBride & District Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Astrid Frazier

dents are enjoying their relaxing summer vacations, this group of students have chosen a 4,500-mile path less travelled, and they’re doing it on a bike,” said Jimmy Schatte, Texas 4000 Board Chairman. “The dedication and sacrifice shown by these young people is a testament to their desire to end cancer and their drive to make a difference.” Valemount Texas 4000 started eight years ago when, Chris Learning Condit, a University of Texas Student and cancer Centre survivor, sought a way to share a message of hope, knowledge and charity to those with cancer. Since 250-566-4601 its inception Texas 4000 has contributed more than $3 million to the fight against cancer and 400 riders LOCAL JOB have ridden their bicycles more than 2.2 million miles to honour those fighting cancer. POSTINGS After reaching their final destination in AnchorUpdatedJuly July 13, 20122012 Updated 11, age, Alaska, the Texas 4000 riders are honoured at the Tribute Gala, held Saturday, August 25, 2012  Bartender Breakfast Server at the Downtown Four Seasons Hotel. Follow the   Campground Attendant/Fee Collector riders on their journey across the United States or make a donation by visiting our website at http://  Campground Host Admin Service texas4000.org/ and reading the riders blogs, fol-  Casual Coordinator. lowing our rider’s Tweets at: http://texas4000.  Cook/Chef tweetriver.com/ and on Facebook at: http://www.  Dishwasher  Front Desk facebook.com/texas4000

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COMMUNITY

Interview with a Fortune Teller: Erica Von Kcaat Donalda Beeson Contributor

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onalda: First off, what am I thinking? Erica: You’re thinking, “this better be good”... “did I change the laundry over?” Donalda: Bang on. What is a psychic? Erica: A psychic is someone who is capable of tuning into the energy that is the greater consciousness and relate it through the conscious. Donalda: What do you call yourself? Erica: I like to call myself a “Fortune Teller.” I am a lover of the gypsies and all that is ancient and pagan. In my mind that feels right. It fits my personality better than psychic consultant. Donalda: What intuitive counselling mediums do you practice? Erica: I can call in people who have passed on and join my mind with their energy to see what they want me to tell the people they are connected to that are living. I also can see inside of people when it comes to their health and see what is wrong or will be wrong with their health. I have the same ability to “see” into the future. I get visions, hear things and as I speak, my mind seems to add extra information. I can feel personalities sort of stepping into the person I am thinking of. I am able to see and feel auras and energies. I seem to be good at pets, their personalities, health...I can almost always tell if someone is trying to lie to me. Donalda: What type of readings do you offer? Erica: I read palms, chat about your astrological chart, read tarot cards, [and include] a psychic reading within all of that. Donalda: What can someone expect from their first reading? Erica: Along with all of the above mentioned services, for first time clients I always give a palm reading to begin with as it seems to help relax clients and is quite fun. I typically don’t repeat this for following readings as your palm doesn’t change much unless you are fairly young. Donalda: How can a client prepare for a reading? Erica: Think of some questions; possibly have some photos of people that you may like me to read. If those are unavailable, handwriting, objects such as jewelry or business cards are good too; other than that, nothing. Donalda: What can a client expect after a reading and how can they benefit most from it? Erica: [Expect] to hopefully feel there are solutions to any problems, have a better sense of obstacles within and around you with ways to work on them, clarity with respect to your path in life, [and] a sense of empowerment. It’s nice

to feel positively about your life and feel you understand why things are the way they are, and that one can always deal with just about anything. Donalda: Did you always know you were psychic? Erica: When I was a child, I [saw] people that were passed on or were special spirits. I could see conversations unfold in my mind right before the words were spoken... Donalda: How did you develop your skills? Erica: I developed my skills through trances and practice, lots of endless practice readings, lots of hours spent on understanding astrology, many hours learning to listen to the intuitive voice inside of me and understanding how to delve more deeply into it. Donalda: Is there anything else you want to say? Erica: It’s been very nice to be considered for your article. I also have to say that Valemount has the opportunity to see me because The Gathering Tree has been so kind as to host me when I come. I especially appreciate Sherral’s wonderful secretarial skills booking my appointments. I also want clients to know that they are important to me. I really care about them and want them to leave feeling good. I see each individual as a lantern that sometimes needs its flame turned up a bit. I have appreciated the personal growth they have afforded me through the connections with them. It’s nice to be so trusted with input into their challenges and decisions. Always remember, what happens in the reading room stays in the reading room! Think positively! For an appointment with Erica, contact Sherral at The Gathering Tree at (250) 566 0154.

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ocal business woman & entrepreneur Sherral Shaw of The Gathering Tree is a woman with a vision and a woman of action. Recently, she realized that there are several women in the community battling various types of cancer, and saw an opportunity to create awareness of this dreadful disease while at the same time raise some money to help the affected families through this difficult time. She grabbed the ball and ran with it! With an idea in mind, it did not take long for her benefit “Community Supporting Community” to snowball into something huge. Determination, a lot of networking and some well worded posts on social media got the ball rolling! Starting at 4 p.m. on Friday July 13, the Gathering Tree and adjoining properties will be the setting for a community fundraising event, the likes of which Valemount has not seen in quite some time! Silent Auction, raffles, music, BBQ, door prizes and hair streaking! Yes streaking; pink streaking! Shaw has worked hard at recruiting volunteers and donations and building a schedule to keep the evening interesting. Check out the timetable for Fridays’ benefit on page 6. The Gathering Tree will be open Friday evening selling treats, ice cream and coffees. $1 from every purchase will go to the kitty. You might be asking yourself “What can I do to help if I have nothing to give?” Don’t despair. There will also be a Services Donation jar. The gift of time is always appreciated. Offer to mow their lawn, or do a grocery run, deliver a meal, walk the dog – the possibilities are limited only by your imagination and won’t cost you a nickel! At the end of the day, when the tabs are all tallied, the funds will be distributed to those in need. 100 per cent of the proceeds will go directly to the cause. Again, give generously. Let us all work together to help these families through a very difficult time, and a huge round of applause to Shaw for bringing this together in a very short time.


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McBride’s All Star Birgit Stutz CONTRIBUTOR

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ard work is paying off for a McBride, B.C. female hockey player. 16-year-old Kelly Shawara tried out for the BC Hockey’s Female Under 18 team on March 30 and April 1 in Prince George and was selected to attend the 2012 BC Cup. BC Hockey’s Female Under 18 level is the third and final stage of the High Performance Program. It is an opportunity for the top players in the province to train and compete at an elite level and is meant to introduce players to the beginning of the Hockey Canada Program of Excellence. According to the BC Hockey website, “the U18 program is designed to emulate national and international competitions. Starting at Zone Camps, players will be required to complete challenging fitness tests and on-ice sessions. Those selected from their zones will be invited to the 2012 BC Cup where the top one hundred players will vie for an invitation to Provincial Camp and ultimately a spot on Team BC to compete at the National U18 Women’s Championships. U18 athletes are evaluated on their play at the National Competition and successful players will be invited to the Hockey Canada U18 Identification Camp. The High Performance Program prepares players for the National program where they will undergo the same fitness testing and attend similar types of camps.” During the BC Cup, which took place from April 25 to 29, Shawara was made assistant captain and was also invited to the Provincial Camp, which took place in Salmon Arm, B.C. May 17-21. “My coach (at the BC Cup) was the UBC assistant coach and I learned a lot from her,” said Shawara. “We had four games, dry land, and practices. I got three points in the four games.” Unfortunately, Shawara was sick during the Provincial Camp. “I tried to participate as much as I could,” she said. “Even though I was sick this was a great experience for me.” Back in April, Shawara was also asked to play on a Junior Women’s Hockey League (JWHL) team for the next hockey season. “I have decided to play for the Pacific Steelers JWHL team,” said Shawara. “I am very excited and nervous for this upcoming season. This team is based out of Richmond and I feel that this can help me improve on my hockey skills.” Shawara is also on a spring team, the Pacific Steelers. The team has the same name as Shawara’s JWHL team because it is with the same coach, Jeff Eaton. “The Pacific Steelers has a team from the Atom

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age group up to the Midget age group that takes August 29 with the Pacific Steelers JWHL League. I place in the spring,” explained Shawara. am nervous and excited to play on this new team. I “It is elite female AAA spring hockey. That is what am a little sad to be moving away from McBride but I played on for the last two springs. The Pacific I will be coming back a lot to visit and it will always Steelers also have a JWHL team that takes place be home.” during the regular season. This will be the first time Shawara’s goals are to keep improving on her I play with this team.” hockey skills and to eventually play for a University Shawara attended a tournament with her Pacific team while getting an education at the same time. Steelers spring team in Toronto, Ont., June 14 to 17 “The Toronto tournament was my last weekend with them,” she said. “Toronto was great. I feel so fortunate to be able to go to these tournaments. My family is very supportive. We placed second in the under 18 division. The team that got first lost to us earlier in the tournament 6 to 0, so loosing to them in the final was hard. I scored two goals that tournament and had a couple of assists.” This past season, Shawara was also selected for the BC Hockey Female AAA Major Midget All-Star Team. The All-Star game was held at the Langley Events Centre in Langley, B.C. in mid-December. Shawara, who’s played hockey for 10 years, played for the Prince George Cougars Major AAA Midgets Female team for five years and with the McBride Grizzlies team for 10 years, however, she won’t be able to play for either team this year as she is moving to Coquitlam, B.C. and will be playing in the JWHL league. Shawara will also be attending a Secondary school in Coquitlam, B.C. this fall. While Shawara’s spring hockey is over now, a perfect balance of rest and training is critical. “I am trying to rest up for when my next team starts, which is in August,” she said. “I have been having a few little health issues that have been slowing me up. Nothing major but you wouldn’t believe how something like bronchitis or shin splints slows a person up. It is a little frus“On the ice” trating, but I know that I’m fortunate to be able to Above: McBride’s Kelly Shawara played in the BC Cup this keep going. I have friends that have more serious spring and plays for the Pacific Steelers JWHL League. things happening and they are not able to play, so I Photo submitted do count my blessings for sure. I am going to start training again soon. I will be running up the mountain behind our house this summer and work on some quick feet exercises. Having quick feet is something BCRA and WIREA sanctioned, that I will always have to work on. There are featuring The Chinook Riders many things that I have to work on! I have plans Gates open at 11:00 am both days, slack time Sunday a.m. to be on the ice again Concession, vendors and beer garden. mid-August. Getting Admission $15.00, 12 and under free. some ice time in is important because we are going to Vermont [USA]

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Above: This fox was spotted early on the morning of Friday, July 6 on Whiskey Fill Road in Valemount. Photo by Astrid Frazier

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COMMUNITY Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

Benefit at the Gathering Tree The Gathering Tree will be hosting a benefit on Friday, July 13, at 4 p.m. to assist local ladies battling cancer. They are looking for items to auction off. There will be live music and $1 from every drink, treat, or ice cream on the night of the benefit will be donated. Be sure to stop in and buy your raffle tickets! 1st prize is The “Diving Pig” picture donated by The Gathering Tree (valued at $139.00), 2nd prize is a 1 1/2 hour massage donated by Diane Lowe (valued at $65.00), and 3rd prize is jewelry donated by Acadian Stones (valued at $50.00). Tickets are only $2 and 100 per cent of the proceeds go to the cause. Come out and as a community support these women! Canoe Mountain Rodeo Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15, is the BCRA co-sanctioned with WIREA Canoe Mountain Rodeo. There will be Rodeo Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc, Bareback, Break Away Roping, Tie Down Roping, Team Roping, Jr. Steer Riding, Steer Wrestling, and Junior Pole Bending. There will be vendors, a beer garden, and a concession. Tickets for the weekend are $15 at the gate, kids 12 and under are free. For more information call Lorna (250) 566 4500. Don’t miss the Saturday Night Dance featuring Union Jack. Tickets are $10 and there will be a cash bar. Community Learning Project: “Cafe Show and Tell” morphs into “Garden Grow and Smell” As a means of gathering and learning together, over the winter the Commu-

nity Learning Project held Cafe Show and Tell. It has now morphed into a Garden Grow and Smell for the summer! They will meet bi-weekly at the Robson Valley Support Society office in McBride, and then proceed to various garden sites in McBride. Participants are asked to bring gloves, rakes, shovels, forks, and hand tools marked with their names. The next meeting will be Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon. Lunch will follow at the McBride Community Market. Help plan for a community garden project in McBride, and contribute to the learning/ teaching log to chart the progress from week to week. Call Nancy Taylor at (250) 569 2266 or (250) 968 4358 for more information. Locals Organize Second Annual Live Life Loud Music Festival in Thorsby, Alta. July 13, 14 and 15, 2012, Live Life Loud Music Festival celebrates its second year of music and art on the stunning landscapes that surround Thorsby, Alberta. Drawn from a community of friends, artists, bands, performers (electronic and live), it will be a convergence weekend celebration of creative culture. Performers include; Sam Heine, Jon Lent Trio, Saltsenses Productions, North Tango, Jerid, When Lovers Collide, Jaquino with AdonEye, and Ricky Pistols. DJ’s include; DJ Pommie, Frazer Olsen, High Society, Zack Downie, Mr. Wiggles, DJ Weasel and DMT. There will be a Badminton Tournament, Yoga Sessions, Chinese Wishing Lanterns, Teepee Pow Wow, Flip Cup/Beer Pong Tournament, Feather Extensions, Crystal Healing Workshop, Group Meditation, Tropical Bar with juicing in the morning, and Free Gala Snacks. Buy tickets online at livelifeloudmusicfestival. com or contact promoter and Valemount local, Jesse Thomson at xionic4life@hotmail.com. Other local organizers include, Kim Shaw and Donalda Beeson. This is a non-profit event with all funds going to the building and production of the event, sponsored by you, for you. 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 donalda@thevalleysentinel.com 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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REGIONAL NEWS

Carrier surprised by dust citation at Prince George mill DeLynda Pilon SPECIAL TO THE VALLEY SENTINEL

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ob Kordyban, president of Carrier Lumber Ltd., says he was caught a bit by surprise to find the mill cited as one containing high wood dust levels a week after the explosion and fire at Lakeland Mills by WorkSafeBC, a fact reported in a recent provincial paper. “There’s a bit more context than that to be put there,” he said. “I would say that we have one of cleanest mills around.” He pointed out the mill was, if not the first, then one of first visited by WorkSafeBC after the explosion at Lakeland Mills. “And within a couple of days we had a dust management program put in place, which was vetted past WorkSafeBC, and it’s being complied with. An important component of the plan, he said, is en-

suring the equipment used for clean-up does not utilize any ignition sources. “I don’t think we have very much build-up of dust on the rafters and that, but in order to clean them off you need to make sure there’s no ignition sources. We finally got some proper lighting in just a little while ago,” Kordyban said. “Next week the mill will be shut down for maintenance, and on the off-shift of maintenance there’s going to be a thorough cleaning done. So we’re following the plan that was presented, so whether we’re in or out of compliance? I’m not sure how to characterize it.” He added Carrier Lumber has always had a reputation for being a clean operation, something which is important to the company. “I guess I have a bit of a biased viewpoint, but I believe we’ve always had a very clean operation to begin with, and then we’ve created a new program to deal specifi-

cally with the dust,” he said. “It’s taken some time for us to get all the parts and pieces in place, but we can do the next step now. In the interim we’ve been doing the regular clean-ups and enhanced clean-ups above that. Now all the equipment is in with no ignition sources, next week we’re doing the real spic and span job. At all times clean up has always been an important part of our corporate culture, even going back to when the Hampton mills blew. Even back then we made some changes and a concerted effort to vac out our motor control standards. We did a bunch of proactive thinking even at that time.” Kordyban pointed out an inspection report in May from WorkSafeBC says as much. Kordyban read a statement from the report saying, “This employer expressed a strong commitment to worker safety and is committed to work proactively to resolve dust related hazards at this location.” “Yet, at the same time, we’re still on the list,” he said.

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caribou joe

“ First Nations river-men on the Fraser” Courtesy of National Archives of Canada

Episode 36: THE LOST COLONY Previously, Joe and Sam’s canoe is destroyed by exploding dynamite.

At Croydon Sam and Joe told their sad story of how the Ruth-Anne had been bashed against a jagged rock as they rounded a bend in the river. They described how they swam for their lives, unable to save any cargo or gear except the biscuit tin and blankets that had drifted to shore. They were successful at convincing everyone they met with their tale of woe. But would their boss, Mr. Bates, back at Mile 53 believe their story? The forlorn river-men managed to catch a ride in another river craft that was heading up-stream to the ‘Buster Stopping House’ at Tête Jaune Cache. The group left Croydon Landing that same day and everyone helped pole the strange looking boat. The craft was actually two dug-out canoes, tied together with wood cross-member supports that were nailed to the wide edges of each boat. The double canoe carried eight people including Sam and Joe, four natives and a Mr. Donald Metsmire, a land- cruiser, and his assistant, with four men positioned on each side. Every one took turns with a pole in hand and helped battle the current on the upstream journey. Part way up the river the men landed the canoes and disembarked for a much needed rest stop. As the land-cruiser gentleman was close to Joe’s own age, the two canoe mates fell into conversation. “So, why do the natives tie their canoes together like that?” asked Joe “They only do the doubling-up on an upstream trip . . . makes them more manageable. From my observations, these particular Indians are highly skilled river navigators . . . canoe builders too. I have seen with my own eyes a forty-one foot dugout canoe at Willow River. They’re made out of cottonwood. My work affords me to travel all over and, you know, it’s a fine country out here,” “Yes, it surely is. Say, what exactly is your land-cruiser job all about, Mr. Metsmire?” “Well, I work out of my land office at South Fort George and have the privilege of overseeing the acquisition and sale of a number of pre-emptor land parcels and I am authorized to have some of these acreages surveyed and resold to perspective buyers. I record all land sales at the office for the Provincial Government. “Who would want to pay for land when a person could squat out in the bush and nobody would be the wiser.” “Well, that’s very true. And, folks do live off the land as you describe. But, there are those that would prefer to farm the land they live on, plant crops, raise livestock, raise a family and pass on the fruits of their labour to the next generation.” “So, how’s business in South Fort George?” interrupted Sam who had been listening to the conversation. “More and more pre-emptors are coming into the country. They arrive daily by coach from Quesnel or on the steamboats. Some travel a long distance and, to most, this part of Canada is the ‘Promised Land.’ They have high expectations. I

suppose the newspaper ads in the big cities have been a form of persuasion too.” “And, how much land do these people want?” asked Joe. “Most of them are happy with a lot size parcel and others go for a quarter secton or more. Two year’s ago the Duke of Sutherland came up from Vancouver and purchased 4,000 acres between Quesnel and South Fort George. That was some visit. The Duke chartered four brand new cars at Ashroft from the B.C. Express Company and rode in style with his companions all the way to South Fort George.” “Why so many automobiles for one man?” interrupted Sam again. “Three were for passengers and one for liquor.” “That’s typical of the upper class,” added Sam. “What’s the Duke going to do with all that acreage?” “Well,” replied Mr. Metsmire, “the Duke planned to start a new colony of farm workers who would make a collective stake to develop the land, build comfortable dwellings and live there. The next year the first group arrived and set up temporary tents for sleeping and dining, started clearing the land and were successful in planting their first crop of oats. This was the start of the colony known as Strathnaver, named after a place in Scotland. But, then every thing came to a halt.” “What happened?” asked Joe. “The Duke of Sutherland died all of a sudden and that put an end to the colony. I believe everyone has left with only a caretaker remaining.” “Couldn’t the farmers continue to live there and develop the land without the Duke?” “Yes, Joe, I suppose they could have. But, there must have been a financial arrangement for each of the colony members when the idea was first proposed. All the money stopped with the passing of their benefactor. The dream must have died with the Duke.” With their resting time over, the men in the double canoe continued on their up stream journey to Tête Jaune Cache. In the next episode, MR. BATES AWAITS, Mile 53 will soon be reached and Joe and Sam will have to face the music. We’ll find out exactly what type of melody their boss has in mind for them.

Episode 37: MR. BATES AWAITS Last episode Joe and Sam covered their tracks after their canoe exploded.

“Workers on the Mile 53 Dock” Photo courtesy of Valemount Historic Society

The journey up-stream from Croydon Landing to Mile 53 was surprisingly short as Sam and Joe observed. They passed two pointer boats, one small motorized launch and at one spot in the river they almost collided with a scow carrying a load of horses. In a few weeks time the water level of the Fraser would rise and the sternwheelers from South Fort George would once again travel on this wilderness water-way to Tête Jaune Cache. Joe and Sam decided to continue helping to pole the double-canoe right past the Siems-Carey Wharf and stay on board right through to the Buster Stopping House. They wanted to show their gratitude for the transportation back to Tête Jaune. The telling of their disaster story would have to wait. However, when Sam, Joe and other river-men passed the dock area there seemed to be an abundance of people gath-

ered on the water-front. The crowd was congregated on the dock in front of the Foley, Welsh and Stewart warehouse. As they approached, the men noticed there were at least two hundred workers gathered. As they poled alongside the dock, Sam and Joe recognized some of their friends and began waving. On the wharf Joe spied their foreman from the Siems-Carey warehouse. Mr. Bates was standing in the crowd above them. Bates waved to the boys and called down, “Hey, Sam. You lads sure made it back to town fast! Is everything all right? Hey, where’s the Ruth-Anne? And, where are you going with those Shushup?” Before Sam had a chance to answer, someone on the dock threw a mooring line across his bow. He grabbed the rope and yelled back to Mr. Bates, “Wait till we come ashore. It’s a long story, Sir.” The next episode is, A GOOD DAY FOR A HANGING. A little excitement at the end of the Foley, Welsh and Stewart’s wharf, you say! Will the crowd take matters into their own hands? Does Joe still carry his hunting knife? We’ll find out darn soon.

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ACTIVITIES

WEEKLY HOROSCOPE by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Spending quality time with family and friends is high on your priority list these days, or perhaps should be. Your ability to focus on any particular person, project or thing may be an issue. Allowing for variety and light heartedness will help a lot. Indulge your curiosities and take time out to play. Fill your ‘fun tanks’! Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) A busy time continues. You are in a mood to get a lot done and frivolous activities may not be so appealing. If family members are not so focused you may experience inner and/or outer conflicts, or at least feel moody. Aim to maintain a focus yet attend to a variety of fronts, as in do the rounds and continue until everything is done! Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) An expansive cycle has begun for you. It is important to focus now if you want to increase your influence and/or income. As ever, how you consciously engage and the quality of your choices will significantly determine the outcome. Although this stands to be an extra creative cycle, synchronizing your thoughts and communications with others may require extra attention. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Your world is changing quickly and steadily. You may be getting more attention than usual or different kinds, but is it the sort you want? You may feel the need to get to the bottom of things somehow. Maintaining your poise and center may be an issue. If so, focus to meditate, breathe more consciously, let go of the need to control others and allow.

LAST WEEKS ANSWERS

tions listen more intently and seek to be more understanding than simply understood. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) Many new ideas and visions are gathering in your mind. At best you feel inspired and enthusiastic, at worst a bit overwhelmed. Broadening your perspectives and seeing a bigger picture remains ideal. Knowing the difference between dreams, visions, goals, plans and fantasies may prove extra important now. Each can be of value but may require clear categorization. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) Who and how you used to be is dissolving. Ideally you feel grounded enough to maintain your center and be creative, productive and happy anyway. Yet this may not be so easy. Trust, patience and acceptance are keywords that may be of assistance. Avoid long term plans and commitments for now and aim to be here now, in the shifting currents. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) Change is in the air and this should be quite noticeable. Endings and new beginnings will become even more evident over the next several weeks. Since resistance is futile, you are wise to consciously cooperate. At worst, you may feel a little lost. This may increase for a while yet. Aim for new territory somehow and trust that is where you need to go. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Taking the initiative to create new states of harmony and balance close to home is in focus. This may well imply your house, your family and/or how you literally feel in your own skin. Your confidence levels may not be as high as you like and it may feel necessary to rear in the reigns on an over active imagination. Aim to be the strong silent type for a while.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Balancing inner retreat and work with outer activity and duties continues. The time is right to prepare for the future verses act directly upon it. Plan and network and set the stage for future activities.Opportunities are likely knocking and this will continue. Yet you may have to concentrate more intently to take full advantage.

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) Nurturing a healthier and more wholesome lifestyle continues. Your focus may be upon both the short and the long term. Enjoying more play and fun is a good short term focus. For the longer term, become aware of and aim to reduce or break free from those activities and rhythms that produce undue stress. Simplify!

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Your power potential is steadily rising. You feel ambitious to increase your authority and influence, yet perhaps feel cautious as well. The time is right to take some risks, yet very calculated ones. Acknowledgeyourself and do not underestimate your potential. In your communica-

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) A creative cycle is upon you. Yet, to fully capitalize you may need a boost of confidence. Creating beauty in your living space and or clearing the clutter and establishing an environment that feels inspiring may be your best first step. Take time out and healthy space from others for a while. Direct a constructively critical focus to improve upon your talents.


LOCAL GOVERNMENT

The Valley Sentinel Wednesday July 11, 2012 • 15

Village of Valemount Council Briefs Donalda Beeson Contributor

The regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on June 26, 2012. Mayor Andru McCracken, Councillors Christine Latimer, Hollie Blanchette, Sandy Salt, and Dallas Bullock, and Deputy Corporate Officer (DCO) Anne Yanciw who was also acting as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), were all in attendance. Committee of the Whole: Valemount State of Emergency Council Discussion Council conducted a Committee of the Whole discussion regarding the villages response during Valemount’s State of Emergency this past weekend and further. Overall Council felt that emergency management was handled very well and that it was a reminder to always be prepared. Comments from Public on State of Emergency Response There were some great comments and questions from the public regarding, the efficiency of public works and village staff, maintaining the Croyden back road in case of emergency, finding accommodation for stuck people and evacuated residents, and food availability. Correspondence for Action: Valemount Museum Re: Help With Funding Of the Reading of a Christmas Carol Councillor Salt made a motion to request more information regarding where the funds are coming from and how much each partner is participating. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Fortowsky Re: Closing of Cypress Street and Anasari Re: Closing of Cypress Street Councillor Salt made a motion to have Council approve staff to consult with other emergency services to ask what impact the closure of Cypress Street will have on their response times. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Ramada Re: Transport Truck Traffic Councillor Blanchette made a motion to offer to collaborate with the Ramada property owner, and let them know that if they purchase the signs the village will erect them provided that they meet the requirements of the Sign Bylaw. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. Yellowhead Realty Ltd Re: 1155 6th Avenue Councillor Salt made a motion to approve staff to complete an inventory on all village properties for sale, where they are listed, for how much, what is the commission, when do they expire, and why listed if that information is available, and bring back to Council to deal with all at once. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Dammann Re: Hillside Drive Councillor Salt made a motion to grade Shine Place on Hillside Drive. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Marklund Re: Requests Councillor Bullock made a motion to get more information in regards to location, seeing and hanging the banners that were made during Valemountain Days in the downtown core, and to send Bonnie Marklund a copy of the Sign Bylaw with a Cover Letter referring to the Bed and Breakfast portion of the Bylaw. Councillor Salt seconded this motion.

Councillor Salt also made a motion to have all of Council on the Interim CAO Selection Committee. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Economic Development Officer Report: Definitions Memorandum of Understanding Re: MOU Borealis Councillor Blanchette made a motion to receive the MOU report. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. Village of Valemount Tourism Logo Councillor Blanchette made a motion adopt the new logo as the village logo. Public Works Report: Council accepted the Public Works Report this week. Building Inspector Report: Council accepted the Building Inspector Report this week. Financial Report: Garbage Truck Use at Canoe Mt Rodeo Councillor Salt made a motion to have Council approve Public Works weekend staff to pick up garbage from the Canoe Mountain Rodeo Grounds at the start and end of shift from an enclosed container, or on a schedule worked out with the Canoe Mountain Rodeo Association. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. Community Hall Funding Options Councillor Salt made a motion to have the Mayor and Council accept the Community Hall Funding Options Report and proceed with the use of the Gas Tax funding as there are restrictions with the use of this funding and may not be able to be used for other projects. If the Gas Tax is not enough, then they will proceed with a combination of Gas Tax and Surplus. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion. Budget for Community Hall Tables and Chairs Councillor Bullock made a motion to have the Mayor and Council accept the Budget for Community Hall Tables and Chairs Report for information purposes only and to look at how the village disposes of assets. Annual Report Councillor Blanchette made a motion that Mayor and Council accept the Annual Report as presented with the addition of “Message from the Mayor” letter and if required, accept or decline any comments or suggestions provide by the public or Council. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. To clear up anything mentioned in these notes, please contact Donalda Beeson at The Valley Sentinel, at donalda@thevalleysentinel.com. For more information, concerning anything mentioned at the Council meetings please contact the Village Office and note that, as always, the public is more than welcome to attend these meetings, as well as make a delegation or public comment, on the second and fourth Tuesday’s of every month at 7 p.m. sharp in the Village of Valemount Council Chambers.

Front Counter BC Re: Adventure Tourism Application Mayor McCracken made a motion to have Council refer this to VARDA to check into, and to approve staff to provide an information report on the history of the land. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Prince George Exhibition Re: Celebrating 100 Councillor Latimer made a motion for staff to write a letter thanking the Prince George exhibition for their invite but regretfully declining the invitation. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. UBCM Re: Welcoming Communities Program Mayor McCracken made a motion to receive for information only, seconded by Councillor Salt and Councillor Latimer. Administrative Reports: Bylaw Officer Position Councillor Latimer made a motion to repeal Resolution 259/12 and moved to not continue to seek a Bylaw Officer at this time. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion. Village Office Water Leak Councillor Bullock made a motion to have council authorize the cost of fixing the leak in the electrical room not exceeding, but approaching, a monetary limit of $2,000. Councillor Latimer seconded this motion. Repeal Resolution #262/12 Councillor Salt made a motion to have council repeal Resolution 262. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion.

“Valemount Farmers Market”

Above: Valemount’s first farmers’ market of the season took place on Thursday, July 5 in front of the Visitor Information Centre and despite a rainy afternoon drew many vendors as well as buyers. Photo by Andrea Scholz


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