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“A plan of action” Above: On Friday, July 13, at the Yellowhead Helicopter’s helipad near Valemount, B.C., Constable Nathan Fox of the McBride RCMP Detachment (Left), RCMP Pilot Darryl Konkin (centre) and Constable Kent Kryzanowski of the Valemount RCMP Detachment consult a topographic map of the area while planning their search efforts for Dennis Gudmundson of Keremeos, B.C.. Behind them, Air Four, a Eurocopter AS 350B3s, stands ready. Story on page 2. Photo by Andrea Scholz

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Extensive search in Valemount area ends tragically Daniel Betts EDITOR


he local RCMP, search and rescue professionals and friends and family were searching the valley last week for a missing friend, husband and father. Dennis Gordon Gudmundson of Keremeos, B.C. had left Fort Saskatchewan, Alta. on Saturday, July 7, riding his blue 2003 Harley Davidson. Bank account activity and a video surveillance recording led investigators to determine he was last seen in McBride, B.C. while he was fuelling his motorcycle on Sunday, July 8, which was the same day he was reported overdue to the Keremeos RCMP detachment. A cell phone ping, a procedure that reveals the last known whereabouts of a cell phone returned a signal from the Valemount cellular tower, suggesting his phone had been in the area. Three cell towers would have been required to triangulate a more precise location. Concentrating on an area between Blue River, B.C. and McBride, B.C., RCMP Air Services and volunteers began an extensive search, attempting to cover a vast forest area and numerous logging service roads and trails that encompass the area. All possibilities were considered, including Gudmundson pulling off the road to rest or possibly camp. At least two RCMP helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft combed both sides of Highway 5 and Highway 16 between Blue River, B.C and McBride, B.C., checking ditches and embankments on either side. RCMP Members and volunteers investigated anything of interest. The search included RCMP members from both the McBride and Valemount Detachments as well as members of the Robson Valley Search and Rescue. By Friday, July 13, Gudmundson had been missing for five days, yet search and rescue efforts had not diminished. Calling on the aid of the public the RCMP, through local media, asked families who were out camping on the weekend to keep an eye out for Gudmundson or his motorcycle. According to Constable Lesley Smith, RCMP Media Relations Officer North District, in the late evening of Friday, July 13 a Lakes Districts Maintenance (LDM) vehicle had cut a wide swath of foliage along the side of Highway 5, trimming excessive grass, foliage and brush. On Saturday, July 14 at around 6 p.m., two groups of Gudmundson’s friends and family converged on an area of Highway 5 south of Valemount, B.C., choosing a random location to pull over and meet. As fate would have it the two groups happened to chance on the exact location where Gudmundson’s motorcycle had left the highway and went down an embankment six days earlier. Remarkably a member of the group looked over the embankment, conducted a search and discovered Gudmundson’s motorcycle. Dense foliage had been trimmed by LDM the evening before allowing the motorcycle to be more easily found. Gudmundson’s body was found soon after. Neither the body nor the motorcycle, which was upside down, had been visible from the sky due to the dense foliage that had been surrounding the wreckage. The highway was clean of any skid marks.

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Above: On Friday, July 13, RCMP Air Services unit, Air Four, a Eurocopter AS 350B3s based out of Kamloops, B.C., departs from the Yellowhead Helicopter helipad near Valemount, B.C. Photo by Andrea Scholz Below: Dennis Gordon Gudmundson was reported missing on July 8, 2012 Photo Submitted

According to Constable Smith the entire highway had been searched previously both by ground and air but “nothing had come of that search.” Police officers who returned to the scene confirmed foliage and bushes surrounded the wreckage. Constable Smith noted this situation has been seen in the past where people have not been located for years. “When a vehicle has left the roadway it can be completely camouflaged and encompassed in branches and bush and not found for a number of years,” said Constable Smith. She explained often trees or foliage settles back on top of the wreckage with no clear path of destruction and nothing visible from the road. While the search ended tragically, the efforts of both local RCMP detachments, RCMP Air Services, Robson Valley Search and Rescue, the Robson Valley Support Society Victim Services, local businesses and government services were acknowledged and appreciated by the family and friends of Dennis Gudmundson.

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REGIONAL NEWS Local NDP candidate calls on Minister Bond to reject liquor privatization proposal Daniel Betts EDITOR


he BC New Democrats have taken issue with the proposed privatization of B.C.’s Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB). BC NDP Candidate for Prince George-Valemount, Sherry Ogasawara has called on Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation, to reject the LDB privatization proposal based upon documents obtained by the BC NDP, which they claim shows the deal might be tainted by insider influence. “Without a business plan, without discussions with the BC beer and wine industries, without discussions with restaurants, and without debate within the government, it’s unclear why this privatization deal is moving forward,” said Ogasawara in a media release. “Bond and Bell both need to show their constituents both here in Prince George-Valemount and Prince George-Mackenzie that there is a sound case for this privatization to proceed, or they need to speak out at the cabinet table and halt this tainted deal now.” The media release claims the BC NDP has obtained documents under a Freedom of Information request that show, “cabinet members were opposed to the privatization until meetings took place with a firm headed by BC Liberal-connected lobbyists Patrick Kinsella and Mark Jiles. Kinsella

Transmission Line Update Shirley Bond MLA PRINCE GEORGE-VALEMOUNT


s a key supporter and advocate for this important project, I am pleased that BC Hydro is advancing negotiations with clean energy producers aimed at developing a new transmission line for the Robson Valley. I understand that a number of meetings have taken place with a consortium of three Independent Power Producers (IPPs) and that this consortium will fund the costs of the transmission line and a new substation at McBride. BC Hydro will fund up to $50 million worth of system upgrades at the Valemount Substation that are required for the transmission line to McBride. The goal is to have a “Transmission Development Agreement” and a determination of the terms and conditions for the Energy Purchase Agreements in place with the IPPs by the end of December. A new line would improve the reliability of service, connect new clean energy projects and support future economic development opportunities in the area. I have worked tirelessly to see this project move forward and am pleased with the progress to date. Though MLAs do not participate in the negotiations phase, I am confident that the commitment from BC Hydro to work towards an agreement by the end of the year is reflected in the work that has been done to date.

Gudmundson Family Card of Thanks The family and friends of Dennis Gudmundson would like to recognize the strong efforts of the Valemount, McBride and Keremeos RCMP, Constables Kent Kryzanowski and Nathan Fox, Robson Valley Search and Rescue, Jennifer Quam with Victim Services, Monica Zieper with the B.C. Coroners Service, the B.C. Ambulance Service in Valemount and Blue River and the Blue River Highway Rescue Service for their assistance during our difficult week during Dennis’ disappearance. Dennis was located on July 14, 2012, 55 km south of Valemount. We may not understand why but Dennis was at peace with his higher power and his heart and soul are filled up with our love and wonderful memories. We would also like to extend our appreciation to the Ramada Hotel, Pepe’s Pizza and the Great Escape Restaurant in Valemount, B.C. for their generosity. Friends and Family of Dennis Gudmundson

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and Jiles were both involved in the tainted BC Rail deal.” Due to the escalating crisis in both Johnson’s Landing, B.C. and Fairmont Hot Springs, B.C., Minister Bond, was unavailable for comment. However Margaret MacDiarmid, Minister of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government contacted The Valley Sentinel to explain the government’s point of view. Her ministry is responsible for the Negotiated Request for Proposals (NRFP) for the privatization of the LDB. According to Minister MacDiarmid, last year the Deputy Premier, Kevin Falcon, had instructed all ministries to see where government could find savings due to the imperative to balance the budget for the next fiscal year. Core review materials from previous cabinet sessions were revisited and the privatization of the LDB was offered as a possibility. “I know there has been some controversy around meeting with one of the proponents but the actual having deputy ministers look at this issue preceded the meetings that happened,” said Minister MacDiarmid. “We are able to say with confidence that this process got started as part of a internal government process looking for ways that we could save money and that preceded the meetings that happened with at least one of the proponents.” A press release dated July 3, from the Ministry of Labour, Citizens’ Services and Open Government states six proposals were received in response to the LDB NRFP. One of the companies listed is Exel Canada Ltd., the company responsible for liquor distribution in Alberta and also accused by the NDP of having a connection with Kinsella and Jiles. “It’s not at all unusual for our government, other governments have definitely done this, federal governments, municipal governments, we meet with people from time to time, we meet with companies that are interested, ideas come forward, individuals will have ideas about better ways to do things,” said MacDiarmid. She maintains the private sector has expertise the government does not particularly have in warehousing and distribution. “We do believe there could be a cost savings and that does translate to better use of taxpayers dollars.” Minister MacDiarmid wanted to be clear the proposal would not affect liquor pricing. “There is no intention to make any changes. This process does not have any impact on that.” She also noted the process would continue into the fall and would only be considered if savings were evident. “If we can see there are clearly going to be savings over the years we will go ahead on this,” said Minister MacDiarmid. On Friday, July 20, a shortlist of up to three of the most qualified companies will be announced. A successful company, should they convince the government it can “establish a better service delivery model,” will be announced in October 2012.

Notice of Field Studies For the Proposed Trans Mountain Expansion Project 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: | | 1.866.514.6700

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ur very existence really boils down to one thing, happiness. At the very core of our being whether we are rich, poor, brilliant, average, fall trees or push pencils, we just want to be happy. What makes us happy depends upon who we are as individuals. You may think it is easy to know what makes us happy, but for some people this question can be extremely difficult. Sometimes we think something will make us happy when in fact the experience was much less enjoyable than anticipated. Sometimes well meaning family and friends will tell us what should make us happy, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Some people have learned to be great actors and can pretend they enjoy a particular job when in fact the experience is terribly stressful and unsatisfying. So where do we find happiness and what makes us truly happy? Positive psychology is a more recent branch of psychology, which postulates positive human functioning will arise to build thriving individuals, families and communities. Obviously entire text books have been written on the psychology of being happy, but for the “Coles Notes” version I highly recommend a movie entitled “Happy” by Academy Award director, Roko Belic, which explores human happiness through interviews with people all over the world and living in a variety of economic conditions while cleverly weaving into the film some of the latest positive psychology findings. Of particular interest to me was the fact that one of the key ingredients to being happy was community participation. According to positive psychologists people are far happier when they feel safe to openly offer their assistance in building or maintaining their community. Last Friday in Valemount, B.C. at The Gathering Tree there was a perfect example of a happy community doing their part to help their fellow community members. During the fundraising event two things were generously and freely given; much needed donations (both time and money) and big happy smiles. Being a positive influence and doing helpful things do indeed make us happy as was evident by the many laughs and grins I witnessed during the very successful and well-attended benefit. It isn’t all about money. Building and maintaining a community can be as simple and easy as being welcoming to new residents, acknowledging the talents or accomplishments of other residents and offering support or knowledge for the benefit of community, rather than the self. To all who participated at Friday’s benefit, well done! You did a great thing and keep smiling; it looks great.

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the silent auction, but their spare lot and power for the bands. We could never have pulled this off without the added space. It is really appreciated! Thanks to the Village of Valemount for the use of their tent and to the Village of Valemount Firehall for the use of the BBQ. Thanks for the use of the tables goes out to the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George Canoe Valley Recreation Centre. Thank you for advertising the event to The Valley Sentinel, The Rocky Mountain Goat and to Jeanne Dennis for the beautiful banner. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to everyone who donated baking, to our pass around bucket, to the silent auction, or by sponsoring all who had their heads shaved. Your support meant so much! Finally, I would like to thank this VILLAGE! You have shown what our community is made of. People who show up and who make a difference… and that is something to really be proud of!

We as a community have shown that we are a very powerful force when we come together with a common goal. Some people are worried about the future of Valemount. I’m not. Not at all. Sherral Shaw - Valemount, B.C.

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Village of Valemount Council Briefs Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

The regularly scheduled council meeting for the Village of Valemount was held on July 10, 2012. Mayor Andru McCracken, Councillors Christine Latimer, Hollie Blanchette, Sandy Salt, and Dallas Bullock, and Deputy Corporate Officer (DCO) Anne Yanciw who is also acting as Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), were all in attendance. Correspondence for Action: Direct Aviation Re: Charter Air Service Councillor Bullock made a motion to send a letter of support to Direct Aviation regarding their Charter Air Service. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion.

that the Valemount Museum apply to the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George for funding. Council also made a motion to send a letter of support for the Valemount Museum to the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George. Councillor Latimer seconded this motion. The Gathering Tree Re: Village Tent Usage Councillor Latimer made a motion to allow The Gathering Tree to use the village’s tent for their event, granted that public works has time to set it up. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Marklund Re: Signs Councillor Blanchette made a motion to hold a meeting of the Signs Committee. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion.

Legion Re: Veterans & Troops Support Remembrance Ad 2012--Royal Canadian Legion Councillor Blanchette made a motion to approach Tourism Valemount and ask them to partner in placing a Veterans & Troops Support Remembrance Ad, in color with the new village logo. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion.

Economic Development Officer Report: Council accepted the June 2012 Monthly Economic Development Officer Report this week.

Re: Cypress Street Councillor Blanchette made a motion to defer any further road closure decisions to a later date until more information can be brought forward regarding ownership and road closures. Councillor Bullock seconded this motion.

Building Inspector Report: Council accepted the June 2012 Monthly Building Inspector Report this week.

Success By 6 Re: Council Representation Councillor Blanchette made a motion to thank Success By 6, for the invite, and offer to include their minutes in the council’s agenda. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Valemount Museum Re: A Christmas Carol Councillor Bullock made a motion to suggest

Public Works Report: Council accepted the June 2012 Monthly Public Works Report this week.

Financial Reports: Accounts Payable June 2012 Monthly Report Council accepted the Accounts Payable June 2012 Monthly Report. 1111 5th Avenue Councillor Salt made a motion to have a conversation with the property owner and extend the covenant by two years provided they maintain the lot. Councillor Blanchette seconded this motion.

Village Properties for Sale Councillor Latimer made a motion to take the village’s properties off the market for now. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Bylaws and Policies: Garbage Disposal Amendment Bylaw NO. 684, 2012 Councillor Bullock made a motion to have Mayor and Council give a 4th and final reading of the Garbage Disposal Amendment Bylaw NO. 684, 2012. Councillor Salt seconded this motion. Council Reports: Council accepted the individual Councillor Reports this week. To clear up anything mentioned in these notes, please contact Donalda Beeson at The Valley Sentinel, at 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 Valemount of Valemount Council Learning Chambers. Centre


Construction starts on Big Foot Trail



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onstruction of the Big Foot Trail has begun and the Village of Valemount is pleased to announce that the contractor chosen for the project is Alpine Country Rentals. The loop is approximately three kilometres long, and will create a scenic and safe walking surface through Valemount, connecting Highway 5 to Main Street with a well marked walking path along 5th Avenue. It includes a new walking area along Main Street and the railway tracks from 5th Avenue to Dogwood Street and a new path along Dogwood Street from Main to 5th Avenue to complete the loop. The project is funded by the following: • Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development (Community Recreation Program) $304,457 • Columbia Basin Trust (Community Initiatives Program) $137,497 • Columbia Basin Trust (Contribution to all Communities that applied for the Community Recreation Program) $24,553 • Village of Valemount (Public Works in-kind contribution) $24,553 • Total budgeted cost is $491,059. Mayor Andru McCracken gives the credit to the previous council for their vision and to resident Marion Farquharson who lobbied hard for the project. “This project helps build a walkable community for residents and visitors. The former council should be commended for their vision and working with Farquharson’s passion.” The trail is scheduled for completion at the end of the summer 2012. “Vincent Clark and his team did a great job developing their own vision of the Big Foot Trail,” said McCracken. “It’s exciting to see a contractor so passionate about improving the town.” While almost every road in Valemount is paved, there aren’t many sidewalks. “This project is a great way to get people walking, and for visitors, participating in town in a new way.” The Big Foot theme pays heed to an early and documented sighting of what was thought to be a Sasquatch in the Tete Jaune area. Tourism Valemount is investigating ways of signing and promoting the concept to visitors.

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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


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“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. 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. WILD, WILD LIFE WITH BRYAN MONROE @ THE MCBRIDE & DISTRICT LIBRARY Friday, July 20 at 2 p.m. Come explore fossils, furs, and everything wildlife.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE @ THE MCBIDE LIBRARY Tuesday, July 24 at 7:30 p.m. Offering private 15 minute sessions of free legal advice via the internet (Skype). First-come, first-serve basis. Call (250) 569-2411 with questions.

ASTRONOMY NIGHT WITH MATTHEW WHEELER @ THE MCBRIDE LIBRARY Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. We’ll have stories for the younger crowd and telescopic or slideshow views for all ages.

OPEN HOUSE FOR RUBY BROWN The family of Ruby Brown are holding an open-house in her memory on August 2, 2012 between the hours of 4-8 p.m. at her home at 932-4th Avenue. Ruby passed away on April 16 at the age of 99 and has left a huge hole in our lives but many wonderful memories to ease the pain. McBride was always home to her and although she spent the last three years of her life with her daughter Carol in Sherwood Park AB, she never forgot her home in McBride. The family would like to thank the people of McBride for their many, many kindnesses to Ruby, so if you knew her, please drop in and share memories with her family.

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.

JOIN THE COMMUNITY CHURCH In welcoming our new pastor Conrad Broersma and his family to town Date: Sunday, 22 July Time: 7 p.m. Place: The Best Western Hotel Eagles View Room Pastor Conrad will be preaching Hope to see you there.

ONGOING EVENTS 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.

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


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/ for more info.

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Dine N’ Dash: young McBride entrepreneurs Astrid Frazier CONTRIBUTOR


wo local siblings have come up with their own summer employment. Erich and Lauren Monroe started a business of their own, a mobile concession called “Dine N’Dash”. They saw a void of mobile food service and thought it was a good opportunity for them. They attended the Street Hockey Event on July 11, 2012 and got great reviews. Their mobile concession trailer is located at the old Dome Diner site on Highway 16 near Slim Creek. “Dine N’Dash” will be open Thursday thru Monday from 8 a.m.- 3 p.m. with hours being flexible. Lauren makes great baked goods such as cinnamon buns and pies (she also baked the Canada Day Cakes) and Erich grills a mean loaded burger. They also serve ice cream, candy and lunch time favorites such as grilled cheese, soup, ham and eggers, and hot dogs. The mobile concession is available for private functions and events and anyone can contact them at (250) 569 0090. Erich, who will be attending UNBC for his third year in International Studies, and Lauren, a grade 11 student here at McBride Secondary School, hope their venture earns them some money for their schooling.

“Stop for a Burger”

Above: Erich and Lauren Monroe have created their own summer jobs with ‘Dine N’ Dash’, a mobile food service which was rolled out into action on July 11,for McBride’s Street Hockey event. They offer a wide variety of meals and homemade baking. Photo by Astrid Frazier

BC Cancer Agency investigating Prince George oncologist DeLynda Pilon PRINCE GEORGE FREE PRESS


n internal investigation by the BC Cancer Agency (BCCA) ensuring all of the approximately 200 patients under the care of Dr. Suresh Katakkar received and will continue to receive the best treatment possible will continue though Katakkar resigned from his position on June 12. Katakkar was suspended with pay in May pending a review of his patient files after concerns were raised. “Multiple practice concerns were brought to our attention,” said Dr. Charles Blanke, vice president of systematic care for the BCCA. Though sketchy on details from the BCCA’s point of view, due to concerns regarding patient confidentiality as well as what is appropriate to be released regarding an employee, Katakkar explained his side of the story in a letter he sent out to patients following his resignation, which was recently printed in the Prince George Citizen. The letter tells the story of a very ill patient, one who was not responding well to various types of chemotherapy. Katakkar says he recalled a study he’d done and presented at the New York Academy of Sciences, discussing a patient-specific vaccine which both the patient and her husband consented to her taking. At first the patient responded. The letter states, “My manager wanted me to be transparent and inform the BCCA of this. But I felt I had to gather all my proof and scientific support before informing the BCCA. As all of you know how busy I had been it was taking time to prepare the statement. In the meantime patient

had clinically good response but her white blood cell count went down and she passed away with infection in the blood stream. The low white cell count was due to chemotherapy, not due to the vaccine. Prior to her death there was accumulation of the fluid and the fluid did show the cancer cells. My manager then reported me to BCCA.” The letter goes on to say that getting permission for using the vaccine on his patient would have taken too long. However, according to Blanke, there are specific protocols in place for doctors so they can handle any particular case. The mainstream course generally taken when it comes to cancer treatment medication usually involves the life support budget. Blanke said when there’s evidence of a new cancer treatment, and it looks promising, a rigorous evaluation of the product is made, then a recommendation for funding is made. A submission for a new budget is sent to the minister, and if funding is received, then an implementation program is put in province wide, and the BCCA supports the use of the drug and monitors the usage to make sure it’s being properly administered. “But we recognize this is not always nimble enough for every one,”Blanke said. The second is patient specific. If in a particular case a treatment that is unusual, but has been used on a patient in a similar state as the one in the request and has proven successful, then the oncologist can ask permission to try it out. “The majority of these requests are answered within four hours, but almost always within a day or two,” Blanke said.

Finally, sometimes a doctor asks if a highly experimental treatment can be used. This request is met with very rigorous testing. Likely the drug in question has never been given to a human before. Even so, Blanke said it usually takes about a week to get permission.

“Multiple practice concerns”

Above: A recent picture of Dr. Suresh Katakkar. Photo submitted

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COMMUNITY Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson Contributor

Valemount Museums 9th Annual Flower Show and Garden Tour Share your greenery and blooms, or admire someone else’s! This Saturday, July 21, the Valemount Museum will be hosting their 9th Annual Flower Show and Garden Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (250) 566 4177 for more details. Rocky Mountain 1200 July 22 through the 26, 2012, the BC Randonneurs Cycling Club will host the 8th Rocky Mountain 1200km brevet. Initiated in 1996 and now held every four years, this challenging ultra marathon cycling event will take riders amongst some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery and amazing wildlife. They are scheduled to have a brief refreshment stop over at the Community Hall in Valemount on Monday, July 23. For more details regarding this event, please visit their website at Military Police Motorcycle Riders to Stop at the Valemount Legion Monday, July 30, at 11:30 a.m. the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #266 Valemount will welcome the Military Police Motorcycle Riders. They will be stopping in to enjoy a BBQ hamburger luncheon and camaraderie at the Legion at noon. You are invited to come out and meet this great group of riders who are raising funds for the Military Police Fund for Blind Children and the Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada. The Legion is also looking for volunteers to help with the luncheon. Please call Marie at (250) 566 0061 if you are interested. Impromptu Water Park at Centennial Park “The Sprinklers are on” says Mayor Andru McCracken. “It’s on at Centennial Park until 2:45 p.m. We’re trying it for a while. If it’s hotter than 24 degrees we run it from 12p.m. to 2:45 p.m.” What a novel idea! Burger Night at the Valemount Legion Don’t forget that every Friday evening until October from 5:30 to 7-ish is Les and Terri’s famous burger night at the Valemount Legion. Just $6.50 gets you a delicious homemade burger and salad. Come down and support the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch #266 Valemount.

“Good way to cool off”

Above: Many kids are taking advantage of the sprinklers that are now running at Centennial Park from 12 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. if the temperature is hotter than 24 degrees. Pictured from left to right: Sydney Pelletier, Keisha Byford, Danni-Lee Hystad, and Eston Bustin. Photo by Keana Nisbet

Park sprinkler cools residents and visitors alike Keana Nisbet Contributor


ast week, with the sweltering heat and Swift Creek unsafe, particularly for the children, finding a place to cool off was on everyone’s list of top priorities. Congratulations on the Marriage of middle Balon According to Mayor Andru McCracken, a Facebook discussion led to the deA big congratulations to Valemount’s Angela and Milton Balon on marrying-off their middle son Bryce Balon to Katie Jankovich last weekend in Lethbridge, Alberta! cision to place a sprinkler in Centennial Park and the Village of Valemount will be providing this service for as long as it remains hot. “So if it’s over 24 degrees, that’s when we decided we’d put it up,” says Mayor McCracken. The sprinklers Got a Tip? If you have a note idea or tip, or would like to share your event or happening will be turned off again when the temperature drops. At first, the village council had some safety concerns around the sprinkler. with us, you are encouraged to contact Donalda Beeson at or The Valley Sentinel (250) 566 4425. Please note that all items for What if someone hurt themselves? Would it create a problem? However, after talking with the village’s insurance company, they were shocked by how suppublication on the Wednesday issue must be in by the previous Friday. portive everyone was of the idea. Currently only one sprinkler is available at the park, but the Mayor stated he would love to do more, he only has to talk to his council and see what is within their budget, first. Not only were locals cooling off in the park, but visitors were also found at the park making use of the sprinkler. “When I was a kid here, we asked for a spray park then. It sure would be nice to have one here,” said Rebecca Fletcher a 2001 VSS graduate who was passing through Valemount with her family on July 13, 2012. I couldn’t agree more, so, naturally, I asked our Mayor, “Has the idea of a permanent spray park been discussed?” I was thrilled to hear that yes, it has been discussed. “That would be a really good next step for people to do,” said Mayor McCracken. Though once again, Mayor McCracken stated they would have to check to see if it is something affordable and within Valemount’s budget. “Since the sprinkler in the park is on during water restriction times, has anyone complained?” I asked. “We haven’t had any complaints yet. And I have an answer for that if anybody does. See, I think sometimes people will put the sprinkler on in their own backyard if they feel really hot anyways, and you can’t really blame anybody for doing that because it’s so hot. But I think this way, just having one at the park actually could reduce water use,” he said. Since it was placed, children and adults alike have been enjoying the sprinkler, and the break it offers from the heat.

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Canoe Mountain Rodeo

“Ride ‘Em Cowboy”

The annual Canoe Mountain Rodeo was held last Saturday and Sunday, July 14 and 15. There was a great turnout this year with many onlookers and over 187 entrants. Above: Andy Farmer from Savona, B.C. partook in Steer Wrestling. Above right: From Houston, B.C., Kristin Bell tied for first place in Breakaway Roping this past weekend. Below: Melanie Brown from Valemount, B.C. was one of the many participants in Barrel Racing. Below right: The champion Saddle Bronc rider for the weekend was Kaylon Eek from Cold Stream, B.C. Photos by Andrea Scholz

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Future Olympian? Maybe…

A Facebook post claiming a girl from Quesnel, B.C. was seriously injured during the Canoe Mountain Rodeo has gone viral and according to Rodeo Manager, Lorna Griffin is completely false. “The girl was scared more than anything, but she went home with a bruise,” said Griffin. Nobody was seriously hurt at the rodeo!

Astrid Frazier Contributor


ith the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England not far away, future Olympic sized thoughts must be crossing Agnes Esser’s mind as well. Agnes Esser was born in McBride, B.C. on August 22, 1995 and she had spent most of her life there until she moved to Duncan, B.C. to advance her academic and sports aspirations. She attends, and will be graduating from, Frances Kelsey Secondary School in Mill Bay near Duncan. Esser’s main sports events are the discus throw and the shot put although she has recently started hammer throw training as well. Esser says her shot put and discus throwing has improved steadily since she has been in Duncan training and competing regularly. Currently her personal best in discus is 42.21 meters and for the 3kg shot put is 14.36 me-

ters. In discus, the event she started with, her goal is to be throwing near 50 meters by the end of next year. Hopefully a scholarship is in order to help with her education and advance her athletics. At High School Provincials she came first in both shot put and discus and set new personal bests for herself (42.21 meters in discus and 12.30 meters in the 4kg shot put). Esser said the Provincials were so much fun and such a surprising outcome for herself because it was her first year she seriously competed. Esser said she loves the training and working hard with her team, the Pacific Athletic Throwers Group (known as PATH). Esser will be going into grade 12 this fall and will be graduating in 2013. Best of luck Agnes!

“Provincial Champion”

Above: Agnes Esser presents her two gold medals that she won at the 2012 Track & Field Provincial Championships earlier this year. Photo Submitted

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“Community Helping Community at The Gathering Tree”

Above left: Kathy Udot and her daughter Jenna Udot enjoy some ice cream from The Gathering Tree during Friday night’s event. One dollar was donated to the fundraiser from every ice cream cone, treat or coffee sold totalling $268. Above right: Sherral Shaw, event organizer, oversees the event and ensures everything is going fine while taking donations. Photos by Andrea Scholz

Helping Community Marie Birkbeck CONTRIBUTOR


he tents are down, tables and chairs all put away, and life has returned to normal at The Gathering Tree, but according to Sherral Shaw organizer of the Community Fundraiser on Friday, July 13, the generosity of the people of Valemount far exceeded her expectations! What started out as a garage sale and BBQ soon exploded into something big! Cristy Balle, Morris Turmel and Mayor Andru McCracken were the three top sponsored participants for head shaving; all totalled, ten people shaved their locks off and raised a total of $2,484. Donations have been tallied and the total of funds raised is $12,000 which according to Shaw have been divided equally among five women in our community who are battling cancer and already deposited into their accounts. Shaw wishes to remind everyone that this was not a cancer fundraiser, it was not even about disease; it was a way to show the people of the community that we care, we are here for each other, and by working together we really can make a difference. She would like to see this type of fundraiser become an annual or a semi-annual event, and create a fund that will be available to help any family in crisis during their time of need. Once the busyness of summer has faded, there will be an opportunity to visit this idea again and see where it might go. For those who entered the raffle, prizes are as follows: 1st prize (Diving Pig Picture) - Julie Marlow from Dunster, 2nd prize (1-1/2 hour massage with Diane) Jan VanderZwan, and 3rd prize ($50 gift certificate from Acadian Stones) - Dennis Nordli.

“Shaving of heads raises $2,484”

Above left: Sherry Tinsley-Bobke shaves Kirby Scheller’s head during the night’s events. Kirby was not the only member of his family to take the plunge, his brother Aubrey, and father Evan both got their heads shaved as well. They raised $65 each to go to the cause. Above right: Melanie Fleetham gives Mayor Andru McCracken a new style, which he later dyed pink. McCracken raised over $500 for the event. Photos by Andrea Scholz


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Episode 38: A GOOD DAY FOR A HANGING Previously, Caribou Joe and Sam arrive back at Mile 53.

As soon as they had tied up the canoe and were back on dry land again, Sam and Joe pushed their way through the crowd towards their foreman. “What’s going on?” asked Joe to one of the men at the gathering. The man’s answer came as a shock to the men whose ears were perked in anticipation. “You’re just in time,” said the man. “They’re hangin’ a fellow down at the end of the wharf!” Joe hadn’t been to a hanging since his growing-up days back in Yale, B.C. “What’s the man charged with?” asked Joe as he and Sam pushed their way through the crowd. There was no reply to his question. Their foreman stood waiting for them. “Mr. Bates, what’s going on here?” asked Sam. “A thief was caught red-handed with stolen railroad cheques. They’re just waiting for a few more workers to gather before the hangin’ begins.” Bates continued as he pointed down to the end of the wharf. “The man’s being held in the main warehouse.” Joe and Sam started off through the crowd in the direction of the event but they were quickly called back. “You boys! Are you forgetting something?” yelled the foreman. “What’s the sto-

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ry on the ‘Ruth-Anne?’ Did you deliver the dyno? And, where’s the boat?” Sam and Joe returned to their boss’s side and began their story. They explained how they had made two of their three deliveries and how the third load of dynamite had been lost in the river when their boat, the trusty ‘Ruth-Anne,’ had broken up on a big rock just north of Croydon. Mr. Bates eyed the boys suspiciously and said, “She broke up did she? Exactly where did you say this big rock was?” Before Sam or Joe had a chance to answer, the crowd started cheering wildly. The accused man was being brought out into the open. The hanging was about to begin. There didn’t seem to be any trial or speeches planned; just the hanging. The poor fellow already had the rope around his neck when Joe first spotted him. The rope had been threaded through a pulley at the end of a loading gin-pole and most of the slack taken in. The man would be hoisted up like a flag on a flagpole. Suddenly a loud shot rang out. Four policemen, led by Constable Bigumpound, reached the hanging spot. The cheering stopped. The next episode is CHARLES TAKES A STAND. Does the law, in this primitive railway community prevail? Or, does the vigilante crowd have their way? We’ll find out soon. “Steam-boat passengers waiting on dock”

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Band Together B.C. passes through Dunster and McBride Submitted To The Valley Sentinel


n July 8, Kim Slater began her journey across the province to engage northern communities in dialogue on renewable energy and alternatives to expanding the tar sands. She has begun to share these informal conversations on the campaign website and blog, Facebook and Twitter accounts. One of the people she has spoken with along the way is Seth McDonald of Dunster. “An energy strategy should fit local and regional realities;” he says. In addition to working in the silviculture industry, McDonald started his own biodiesel company called Robson Valley Biodiesel. He is committed to reducing his dependency on fossil fuel at work and at home, and helping others in the area to do the same. He runs his vehicles on waste veggie oil and biodiesel and grows much of his own food. He donated a

large quantity of waste veggie oil to the Band Together Support vehicle. So far Slater has travelled 170km west along Highway 16, with stops in Mt. Robson and McBride, heading towards Prince George. The Sea to Sands Conservation Alliance hosted a gathering at Artspace in Prince George on July 24, which Slater will be attending. While Slater intends to primarily ask cleanenergy related questions at the gatherings like the one held in Prince George, many of which were shaped and tweaked at an interactive dinner event in Whistler, she will also be inviting community leaders to endorse the Statement of Support for a National Energy Strategy prepared by Tides Canada. The aims of a national energy strategy should be to deliver energy security, create jobs and prosperity and to fight climate change while protecting the environment. For more information, please visit:

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WEEKLY HOROSCOPE by MICHAEL O’CONNOR Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) The season is reaching mid stride and this stands to raise the drama levels as well. Whether this increase implies fun or stress for you depends on your attitude. You can expect your own emotional and energy levels to increase. You will likely want more attention, as in ‘it’s my turn’. Ideally you will take time to play and/or enjoy the performances of others too. Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) At your core you are very creative and perhaps very proud as well. So intrinsic is this roottrait that you may not recognize it. Yet it is pride that is the anchor of stubbornness. Feeling confident and secure is the flip side. Finances aside, this is linked to expressing yourself. Honour the fact that there is no other like you and how you do things is ‘your way’ beyond compare. Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) A diligent focus to increase returns continues. This may imply more income or recognition or attention or support or acknowledgement, or all of the above. Your creative focus is bound to increase – a gift from Mercury Retrograde; the trickster is anything but obvious. Yet, achieving clarity with others and mutual understanding is the key to getting your due. Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Taking inventory of all you have is now in focus. Beyond stuff, this implies your gifts, talents, skills and abilities in general. The danger of getting stuck in the past is common and emphasized now. Your willingness to squarely tackle fixed behaviour patterns, self-concepts and beliefs is ideal, if not essential, for success.


means you will emerge from it clearer about everything. Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) What dreams may come is linked to the quality of dreams gestating in your mind. Whether you are dreaming to remember why you were born and/or dreaming new possibilities, the time is right. The greatest danger now is that you will slip into the dream and lose all perspective on your life as it is now. Intend to weave dreams with conscious co-creation. Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) When Saturn turned Direct in late June you especially might have noticed it. Delays and restrictions up to then may have been endlessly annoying. Now you are in a new stride, as though heading for new territory. The more momentum you can muster over the next 2-3 months the better. If necessary, review all prior successes to increase confidencelevels. Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) It is likely that you are standing between two worlds or between what once was and what is to be, in a pretty big way. At worst, youfeel a little lost. If so, you are wise to reach for higher ground somehow, to gain an overview and to see a bigger picture. It is also likely that some big changes are brewing and you are wise to focus to strengthen your core sense of security. Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) Clearing the old to make way for the new is the call now. Taking preliminary measures to identify and/or activate the new that you want is as important as the clearing. Getting more answers than providing information is likely. You may want to hold your cards closely now and play your hand as well as you can, even if it requires that you bluff, as necessary.

Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) Your focus is getting sharper and this trend will continue. If you are in-tune, this will become especially evident this week. If it is not so obvious, you may be due for a ‘tune-up’. Be willing to increase your outreach accordingly. With Mercury Retrograde, however, make doubly sure all your communications are mutually understood and your notes are accurate.

Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) A stimulation of your closest relationships is in the spotlight. Increasing the scope and quality of your communications is implied. What mode of communications is the other consideration? While talking is generally good, body language can also go a long way and actions are much louder yet, than words and gestures. Diplomatic exchanges are likely, yet speak your truth too!

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) It may be time to retreat for a while. If this is not possible, you may at least enjoy and/or benefit from working behind the scenes. Reviewing what has worked in the past but which may not be working so well now stands to be a good use of your time. Enjoying a retrospective cycle

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Creating a healthier rhythm somehow is an emerging theme. Since health implies balance, what is required depends on the realities of your lifestyle. Perhaps you need to play more, or maybe it is your work/effort/focus equation that is required. Is it a better diet or more exercise and stretching that is needed? Make your health and that of your lifestyle a higher priority.

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Recycling oil, every drop counts Daniel Betts EDITOR


ccording to the British Columbia Used Oil Management Association (BCUOMA), over 18 million litres of used oil is wasted each year. Oils are extremely hazardous to the environment and can pollute our drinking water. Instead of sitting in landfills, used oil can be recycled into a variety of useful products. On Monday July 16, the BCUOMA Summer Ambassadors, Emily Louie and Ali Omelaniec, arrived in the valley to remind residents of the importance of recycling used oil and antifreeze. The Valley Sentinel caught up with the cheerful and enthusiastic team at the Valemount Regional Transfer Station. This is the seventh year of BCUOMA Summer Ambassador Program. Over the span of 17 weeks, Louie and Omelaniec will travel to over 120 municipalities and over 500 recycling facilities throughout British Columbia spreading the message, “One drop makes a difference.” Both Louie and Omelaniec are communication students at Simon Fraser University. “We are both really passionate about the environment and we both really believe in the message [of the

BCUOMA],” said Omelaniec. The BCUOMA is a not-for-profit organization that has implemented cost effective recycling programs for both used oil and antifreeze, including the containers and filters. “We just included antifreeze into the program last year,” said Omelaniec. “We are finding more people don’t know about the antifreeze so we are really working to educate the public on those changes.” Antifreeze can be redistilled for reuse and the plastic bottles can be recycled to make new containers. With used oil containers nine per cent of the oil still remains in the containers, which is removed for use as lubricants or fuel for pulp mills and cement plants. Used oil filters can be used for reinforcing steel. The BCUOMA believes British Columbians have done an exceptional job of recycling used motor oil with a 73 per cent recovery rate, however they caution people to consider a single litre of used oil can contaminate a million litres of ground water. For more information on recycling oil and antifreeze or to find the closest recycling facility go to

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Above: Emily Louie (left) and Ali Omelaniec stop at the Valemount Regional Transfer Station on their tour of 520 recycling facilities in 17 weeks across British Columbia on Monday, July 16, 2012. Photo by Andrea Scholz

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