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“Second attack in Dunster”

Phyllis Krueger stands in the same location where one of her full-grown goats was killed by a cougar on Friday, Nov. 2. Read the story on page 2

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Cougar kills more livestock in Dunster, gets caught in trap Birgit Stutz Contributor


young, female cougar was caught in a trap and put down last week after killing livestock on a Dunster farm. Bob and Phyllis Krueger, who live a couple of kilometres from the Dunster Store and raise sheep and goats, lost a lamb to the cougar early Wednesday morning, and a couple of nights after that, one of their full-grown goats was killed. “Wednesday early morning, a lamb was taken out of the yard between the house and the barn over an electric fence into the wood,” said Phyllis. “The dog tipped us off to it,” added Bob. “He had a different kind of bark, a serious bark. We found the carcass in the wood, and also where the cougar had been lying down. He ate part of the lamb. I probably ran him off.” “The cougar ate quite a bit of the lamb by the time we found it,” added Phyllis. Early Friday morning, there was a second kill in Krueger’s yard, this time a fullgrown goat. “The goat kill was in the pen where the animals are kept,” said Phyllis. “The cougar jumped into the pen and killed the goat near the manger, then dragged it 40 yards and tried to get it over the fence,” said Bob. However, the cougar was unsuccessful in dragging the goat out of the pen, so it buried it behind another manger in the snow. “The other goats were so panicked,” said Phyllis. “They wouldn’t go near the manger. They were all bunched up, tense and on edge.” Bob and Phyllis Krueger assume that the cougar is the same one that killed two goats belonging to Dunster residents Shane and Lorrie Bressette the first week of October. Todd Hunter, conservation officer out of Prince George, had set a trap on Bressette’s property, but that proved unsuccessful. Now, a month later, the cougar, if it is the same one, came back and killed more livestock. The Kruegers contacted the Conversation Officers Service (COS) in Prince George, and conservation officer Mike Bartos drove out on Friday afternoon and set four leg hold traps just before dark. “I used the killed goat as bait,” he said. “The cougar had it buried and covered in snow to come back to later. I moved it so I could anchor the trap and goat to a tree.” That same evening, the cougar got caught in the trap when it came back to its

“Hiding the kill”

Bob Krueger points into the bush where the cougar had dragged the dead lamb while his wife Phyllis points at the electric fence, that was broken when the cougar dragged its kill over it. Photo by Birgit Stutz

kill. “The cat was caught on Nov. 2 at approximately 8:30 p.m., a few hours after the leg holds were set,” confirmed Bartos, who came back out to Dunster the following day to remove and examine the dead cougar. “Based on the tracks it looks like it’s the offending cat,” he said. The cougar had a sizable, but superficial looking, wound on his left hip. “Maybe the injury limited the cat from taking down its regular prey such as deer so it took to easier prey like penned up livestock,” said Bartos. “Killing domestic animals is learned behaviour. It has experienced success. It most likely wouldn’t change its behaviour.” While Bartos couldn’t confirm whether or not the trapped cougar was the same animal that killed Bressette’s goats, given the proximity of the two properties, the likelihood is high. “Hopefully this will put an end to the killings,” he said, advising people to nevertheless not let their guard down and be aware. “When hiking, carry a walking stick and keep children close by,” he said. He also recommends hiking in groups and keeping dogs on a leash. “If you run into a cougar, make yourself big, yell, scream, be threatening and intimidating. Do everything you can to change its mind. If it attacks, attempt to fight it off and don’t give up.” “It is important that the public reports abnormal and threatening wildlife behaviour right away to the COS call centre at 1-877-952-7277,” said Hunter, adding that the COS is the lead agency for dealing with wildlife issues and has a 24-hour call centre. “We were more successful with the second incident because the carcass was not removed. The first setup was also less ideal for a trapping set and the trap was removed to avoid catching a non-target animal such as a bear.”

Assault Supreme Court Trial Birgit Stutz Contributor


he Supreme Court trial for the Alberta man who attacked a visually impaired McBride resident on First Avenue in McBride last December was held in Prince George from October 22 to 26. 32-year-old Michael Allan Richter from Ponoka, Alta., was charged with five Criminal Code offences including aggravated assault, assault causing bodily harm, impaired driving, obstruct police and escape lawful custody after brutally assaulting long-time valley resident William (Bill) Groeneveld, age 55 on the date of the assault, in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011. Groeneveld sustained severe facial and head injuries, including a broken jaw and facial bones and skull fracture, which required surgery in a Vancouver hospital. According to McBride RCMP Corporal Barry Kennedy, the trial was concluded and the judge is rendering his decision, which is scheduled to be given on either Feb. 22, 2013 or April 5, 2013. Richter remains in custody until a verdict is given.

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Jasper National Park Annual Public Forum

“Addressing public concerns”

Daniel Betts EDITOR

Left: Amber Stewart (left), land use planner and public forum organizer, and Greg Fenton (right), superintendent of Jasper National Park take questions during the Jasper National Park Public Forum. Photo by Daniel Betts


ast week, as many as 50 people attended the Jasper National Park (JNP) public forum on Nov. 1, held at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre. Attendees from such places as Edmonton, Hinton and Valemount braved winter driving conditions to join Jasperites in receiving an update on the operations of JNP over the last year. “The forum provides us with an opportunity to report on the progress and implementation of the plan and to profile work and priorities for the next year,” said Greg Fenton, superintendent of JNP during the forum. Over the course of 35 minutes, Fenton reviewed key issues and updates from last year’s forum, noted some of the extraordinary events that occurred over the past year and discussed the effects of Budget 2012. Also mentioned were future planning measures being discussed including Marmot Basin Ski Area Planning and adjustments to winter recreation access to some areas in the backcountry to make it harder for wolves to enter caribou habitat. JNP is reviewing and finalizing guidelines for new recreational activities being considered for JNP including aerial adventure parks (zipline), non-motorized hang-gliding, paragliding and traction kiting. “Stay tuned for more information on upcoming planning and opportunities for public engagement and involvement,” said Fenton. “Although we have budget reductions, what the mandate is and what we do will not change, it is how we do things that will likely change into the future.” During the question and answer period of the forum, concerns ranged from the amount of negative feedback the new recreational activities received, to the safety of the park in regard to the proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline, which some attendees felt was a significant threat. “We are aware of Kinder Morgan’s plans, we aren’t the regulator, just like the first time,” said Fenton. “We will be involved but it is the National Energy Board (NEB) that oversees the proposals and processes of public engagement.” Being that JNP is the land manager that the pipeline runs through, Fenton indicated the park will be involved in the decision-making process and “certainly in the oversight of an environmental assessment.” Attendees expressed concern about available resources in the park to deal with an oil spill. “Like any organization that has operations


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We will be closed Sundays & Mondays, until further notice. or infrastructure where there could be failures there has been pre-planning done whether it is emergency response or business continuity,” said Fenton. “I am confident in the fact that they [Kinder Morgan] have all the necessary response planning in place.” The second part of the public forum allowed participants to choose from two discussion sessions. Participants could either discuss the development of a green building policy for the Jasper community or discuss living with wildlife. In the Living with Wildlife discussion, participants were asked, what’s working well with bear, wolf and elk management and what is missing? Participants were also asked how Parks could better communicate with residents and visitors about wildlife. In the Green Building Policy discussion participants were asked what challenges existed in developing green buildings? What are the most important features of a green building policy? What are some practices or polices in other communities and how can residents be encouraged to follow a policy once it is developed? Both discussions were lively and informative. JNP staff received much feedback and information from those in attendance, which they will use to both enhance their service in regard to interactions with wildlife and in developing a green building policy.

Tete Jaune votes on rural cemetery Marie Birkbeck CONTRIBUTOR


or more than six years, the members of the Tete Jaune Community Cemetery Steering Committee have been working to develop a rural cemetery for the use of families in the community and surrounding area. They feel a cemetery would be an important asset to the community as a place to reflect on social history and a final resting place for their loved ones. Currently the community utilizes the cemetery in Valemount. Community members from Tete Jaune approached the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George (RDFFG) requesting assistance in the development of a cemetery that would serve the Tete Jaune and surrounding area. A public information meeting was held at the Tete Jaune Community Hall on Oct. 24, 2011, to discuss the proposal. At this meeting, presentations were made by the Tete Jaune Community Cemetery Steering Committee on why they felt a cemetery is needed, and by the Regional District who discussed cemetery legislation and what kind of cost and process would be involved in establishing a cemetery. The feedback

from those that attended the meeting for the proposal was positive, but to assure that everyone had an opportunity to have input into the proposal a survey was also circulated. Developing a cemetery does not come without a cost, and the taxpayers would be liable for the fees levied against the development. If approved by the electors, it is proposed that the committee would be authorized to borrow not more than $83,280 for a term not to exceed ten years, and that an annual tax requisition limit of $15,970 be levied on the net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area and user fees. Regional District of Fraser-Fort George held a referendum on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in the Tete Jaune Community Hall. While the final declaration will not be issued by the RDFFG until Wednesday, Nov. 7 the preliminary results released on Nov. 3 indicated a very close vote of 32 Yes to 28 No. Once the results have been formally declared, a report is expected to be brought before the RDFFG Board on Nov. 15 advising of the results. The board will consider the adoption of a bylaw to establish a community cemetery service for the Tete Jaune area.

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ou know who you are, even if you don’t want to admit it, although some of you are proud of what you do. There are more than a few of you on school playgrounds, but many of you grew up and brought your conditioned behaviours to the workplace, to our streets and more subtle venues. You are arrogant. You think you are the ultimate judge of both character and skill. You believe you are a master not only of your chosen field but also of most any field regardless of personal knowledge. You probably proudly declared you were a genius at some point in your life. You take the time to point out what’s wrong with other people. You point out weaknesses, odd behaviours, bad fashion choices and irritating characteristics. You are sure to note how some people are not as smart, as brave or as fast as you are. Your words are harsh and sting like a whip. You are always right, having never made a mistake in your life. If something you are connected with goes wrong, it is always the fault of someone else. When was the last time you admitted to a mistake? I guess it is hard to be humble when you are perfect in every way. You believe your heightened sense of social awareness, superior skills and evolved intellect gives you the right to put people down, and particularly those you’ve decided deserve it most. You hunt for the chance to point out mistakes. You relish the opportunity to initiate negative stimulus. You poke, you prod and you irritate your target. Some of you have done it for so long it is simply second nature. The suffering you cause gives you power and you feed off of it. Your words cause pain and action; you see it, you feel it and it makes you feel powerful. We know who you are, too. You don’t think we do, but that is where your arrogance gets in the way. We put up with you, because unlike you, we all see something important or special about you. Deep inside we know you are actually hurting. We know you are scared, uncertain and your self-esteem is scarred. Unlike you, we know everybody makes mistakes, even you, and we will always forgive you for them. We will always give you the benefit of the doubt and we want that special part of you to shine through. We want you to join us, not control us. We don’t want you to hurt people anymore. We want you to feel the joy of acceptance. We want you to see that everyone has a special spark; we see yours. We aren’t perfect, neither are you, but there is hope for all of us. You are going to have hard week. Next week is Anti-Bullying Week and you are going to be facing some issues. If you need to talk, let us know.

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OPINION Committed to Helping Our

Small Businesses Succeed Bob Zimmer MP PRINCE GEORGE - PEACE RIVER


recent article in Forbes magazine ranked Canada as the best place in the world to do business and there is little doubt that a large part of that honour is thanks to the hard work of our small business owners. Whether it is the local hardware store, trucking company, or restaurant, small businesses are the driving force behind both our local and national economy. I have seen firsthand the dedication of our entrepreneurs while travelling throughout the riding, meeting with local Chambers of Commerce and individual business owners. In order to create the best business environment possible for our entrepreneurs to succeed and grow, our Conservative Government is focused on the economy: keeping taxes low, cutting unnecessary government red tape, promoting Canadian exports in new markets, and supporting our entrepreneurs. With a small business tax rate reduced down to 11 per cent and a corporate tax rate recently

The MP Report reduced down to 15 per cent this year, Canada now stands as the most tax-competitive country among developed G-7 countries. As we continue to work toward a return to balanced budgets over the medium term, we have committed to doing so without raising taxes or cutting transfers to Canadians or the provinces. Many of our nation’s small business entrepreneurs, approximately 30,000 Canada-wide, export their products and services to markets around the world. Our Government’s ambitious trade plan is deepening our trade relationships with high-growth markets. Since 2007, our efforts have led to the signing of nine new trade agreements, including one most recently in China. Toward the end of the year, we are looking forward to completing a trade agreement with the European Union, reducing tariffs to a market of 500 million consumers. Building on these successes, our Government launched the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan this fall to cut unnecessary red tape in order to save entrepreneurs time and money. The plan includes 90 department-specific reforms – common sense solutions to business irritants in areas ranging from tax and payroll, to labour, transport and trade. This builds on our actions taken in Economic

Action Plan 2012 to help employers make new hires with the extension of the temporary Hiring Benefit for Small Businesses, while limiting Employment Insurance rate increases. We also introduced the Pooled Registered Pension Plan providing small business entrepreneurs with a framework to provide pensions to employees at a lower cost. In addition, the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax, first introduced in Budget 2006, continues to give eligible employers a tax credit equal to 10 per cent of the wages paid to qualifying apprentices in the first two years of their contract. Over $21 million has been claimed by 1,200 eligible employers for tax year 2011. As a former small business owner in construction, I understand the important part small businesses play in the Canadian economy, and our Government will continue to support Canada’s entrepreneurs. For more information on the actions our Conservative Government is taking for small business entrepreneurs, please visit: www.

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Community EvEnts SPecIal eVentS

maRIa’S communItY Book FaIR on noV. 9, 10, & 11 new location at the caribou Grill Profits of the Book Sale goes toward the Valemount fire Department. The income from the Concession will benefit the YORA hiking Club. Look for flyers about more info to come. Contact Maria at 250-566-0010. SouP & SanDWIcH anD Rent a taBle Saturday, nov 10 - 10 a.m.- 2p.m. Golden Years Lodge meeting room Call Shirley 250-566-9829 or Bobbi Roe 250-566-4687 oPeRatIon cHRIStmaS cHIlD SHoe Box camPaIGn Saturday, nov. 10 - 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Valemount Community Church (old Sporting and Clothing Store on 5th Ave) Call Marian Plummer 250- 566-4807

Remembrance Day events

Valemount toWn Hall meetInG thursday, nov. 29 at 7-9 p.m. at the Visitors Information centre Community Conversations Townhall Meeting. Valemount – RoYal canaDIan leGIon BRancH # 266 Sunday, November 11, 2012 The Village of Valemount Council invites you Parade commences at 10:30 a.m. from the Public Lito join them in discussing opportunities, chalbrary to the Legion Cenotaph lenges, and successes in a townhall setting. Wreath laying ceremony at Legion Cenotaph following parade DRamatIc ReaDInG oF cHaRleS DIckenS Service inside Legion hall at 11 a.m. cHRIStmaS caRol Lunch to follow service at the Legion Saturday, nov.17 7 p.m. Potluck dinner at the Legion – 6 p.m. At the Valemount Community Theatre, admission by cash donation. Sponsored by Valemount his- mcBRIDe – RoYal canaDIan leGIon BRancH # 75 torical Society, Valemount Public Library, and ValeSunday, November 11, 2012 mount Arts and Cultural Society. Parade leaves Legion hall at 10:45 a.m. walk to ceno-

taph, in village park . Service begins shortly after arrival. cHRIStmaS conceRt anD DInneR Laying of wreaths. Pot Luck to follow at Legion hall Saturday, Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. - 1 p.m. Attending this year are members of 1 Service Christian Churches of Valemount invite you Battalion. to Christmas Concert and Dinner in the Community hall. Dinner will start at 4:30, Concert Blue RIVeR – RoYal canaDIan leGIon BRancH # 213 to follow. Call Bobbi Roe for more information Sunday, November 11, 2012 250-566-4687 Service at the Blue River Legion – Arrive at 10:30 a.m. RounDHouSe tHeatRe PReSentS JIm BYRneS Two Minutes of silence at 11 a.m. followed by music thursday, nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. late nIGHt SHoPPInG Valemount and horns Blues legend Jim Byrnes returns to McBride. Thank you prayer by John Beaton Tickets are $25 and available at Stedman’s or Friday, Dec. 7 at participating Valemount businesses. Recitation of “flanders field” performed by Becca $35 at the door. Beaton Wreath Laying IntRo to eBookS @ tHe mcBRIDe lIBRaRY Luncheon to follow in the Upper Legion hall nov. 16 at 7:30pm and nov. 21 at 2:30pm If you’re an eBook-reader looking for free titles or new to the eBook world, join us for an introducThe McBride Community Foundation would like you to invite all of you to the granting certion to the library’s eBook system.

ScRaBBle’S on @ tHe mcBRIDe lIBRaRY nov. 17 at 2:30pm All ages and interests welcome! Valemount cHRIStmaS cRaFt FaIR Saturday, nov.17 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Valemount Community hall, * note new location.

emony for the Fall 2012 granting period. This ceremony is open to the public and will take place at the Library Annex on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 7:00 PM. This term’s grants have been awarded to the McBride & District Volunteer Firefighters Association and Sharron Schiefelbein for the purchase of equipment for Community Pickle Ball; the McBride & District Volunteer Firefighters Association and the McBride Curling Club for the purchase of curling brooms and sliders for youth curling; and the McBride & District Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Fraser River Boating Association for the construction of a public boat launch on the Fraser River.

onGoInG eVentS Valemount monDaYS: • PLAY AND LEARN from 10 a.m. to noon at Pepe’s Pizza Restaurant • 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. • Volleyball 7:15 - 9:15 p.m. Valemount Secondary School gymnasium. Sign up for the Season or Drop in. Must have indoor shoes. Call Suzanne Bloodoff 250-566-9979 tueSDaYS: • VALEMOUNT ChILDREN’S ACTIVITY CENTRE Board Meeting 3rd Tuesday of the month - 7 p.m. @ the Centre beneath the Community hall (the red door). • COUNCIL MEETING 2nd & 4th Tues., 7 p.m., council chambers. Everyone welcome. 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. • Valemount Arts & Cultural Society meets the last Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. downstairs at the Library Call 250-566-9049. • Meditation Classes at The Gathering Tree at 7:30 pm? Cost is $5/week. Call Regena 250-566-9181 tHuRSDaYS: • CRIBBAGE GAME at Golden Years Lodge at 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Everyone Welcome! • 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 • BADMINTON 7-9 p.m. Valemount Secondary School gymnasium. Drop In or Sign up for the season. Must have indoor shoes. Call Betty Gray 250-566-4656 • 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. • ADULT RECREATION BADMINTON 7:30-9 p.m. at Valemount Secondary School Drop-ins welcome 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

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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. • Ready, Set and Learn at the Elementary School families and their 2-5 year olds who attend will engage in play-based early learning activities. Call 569-2721 to register. • WORDS Of WhIMSY creative writing for teens at 7 p.m. at the McBride Library. WeDneSDaYS: • fREE DROP IN COMMUNITY VOLLEYBALL from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the McBride Secondary School • STORYTIME with Mother Goose at the McBride library at 10 a.m. • 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 FRIDaYS: • fARMER’S MARkET 12 noon - 3 p.m. at the pavilion in the Park SatuRDaYS: • WRITERS’ CIRCLE at 1 p.m. Alternates between Dunster fine Arts School & McBride Library. All Welcome. Contact 569 2411/ for more info.

Remembrance Day

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“At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…” It’s a phrase we’re all familiar with. These words represent not only the end of hostilities in the First World War, but also mark the date and time when we formally commemorate those lost in battle. Remembrance Day is a time when we honour the valour and sacrifices of Canadians who fought in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, on peacekeeping missions and in Afghanistan. Remembrance Day is also a time when we can reflect on the accomplishments of our country. United, we have fought for a safer and freer world, liberating citizens from totalitarian governments and working towards a sustainable world peace based on mutual respect and shared values. While the horrors of war must never be forgotten, we must also remember that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. We must never fail to defend it, whether at home or abroad. Our Government also remains committed to supporting our men and women in uniform, both past and present. Whether it’s through improved monthly access to benefits for seriously injured veterans, increasing the monthly supplement for the injured and sick, or providing the best equipment available to those currently serving, our Government continues to stand behind our troops and veterans. It is also important to remember that despite the fact that November 11th is the formal day of commemoration, thanking a veteran, volunteering at your local Legion hall or donating to a veteran’s charity need not be limited to one day a year. Our heroes in uniform deserve no less. On Sunday the 11th, I hope you will join me in taking part in one of the many Remembrance Day ceremonies in our community. And on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the rest of our Conservative Government, I wish to thank the men and women currently serving in the Canadian Armed Forces as well as all those who have served in the past. Lest we forget.

LEST WE FORGET From the Mayor, council & staff 250-566-4435

Lest we forget... On this Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to those who have served our country with courage and compassion.

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t was 1942 and hungry Germany U-boat packs endlessly harassed allied supply lines attempting to cross the north Atlantic to war-torn Europe. By August of that year, Prime Minister Churchill of Great Britain was forced to review a discouraging number of military defeats. During this desperate time the National Research Council was tasked with the consideration of innovative and perhaps bizarre ways of turning the tide of war. Enter Geoffrey Nathaniel Pyke, whose biography reads like a James Bond novel. During the First World War, Pyke snuck into Germany with the intention of sending dispatches to a newspaper, the Daily Chronicle. He was nearly shot by German authorities and landed himself in an internment camp. He later managed to escape with another English inmate. During the Spanish Civil War, Pyke had the innovative idea of outfitting Harley-Davidson motorcycles with sidecars designed to deliver hot food to the front and casualties back to safety. In 1942, Pyke’s reputation landed him a job as advisor to Lord Mountbatten, chief of combined operations in Great Britain. Pyke recalled how, after the sinking of the Titanic, an international ice patrol had tried in vain to destroy icebergs threatening commercial shipping lines. This gave Pyke the idea of constructing ships out of ice, which appeared to be impervious to the weaponry of the time. Pyke’s idea was called “brilliant” and “sound” by Professor J.D. Bernal, a physicist and Mountbatten’s chief science advisor. In December of 1942, Churchill was most enthusiastic about the idea

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positioned off the coast of Norway in time for the invasion of Europe. The ice ships would also cost $100 million and require 35,000 people to construct. Cost of material and labour made the construction of these vessels impractical. By the summer of 1943, while Habbakuk was floating in Patricia Lake, the Allies were seeing some progress in the battle of the Atlantic. New anti-submarine devices were being more and more successful and longer ranged bombers were being deployed ahead of schedule. In August of 1943, the refrigeration equipment was removed from the model. The ice quickly melted and the model disintegrated sending the heavy iron ducts and wood structure to the bottom of Patricia Lake. In 1988, the Alberta Underwater Archaeology Society affixed a bronze plaque to a washed stone concrete cairn and lowered it onto a small bench on the bottom of Patricia Lake overlooking the remains of the model. The plaque reads: Operation Habbakuk A secret W.W. II project involving the use of ice in ship construction. This vessel, built January to April, 1943, was a prototype. For more information, contact the Canadian Parks Service, Jasper. Please respect our underwater heritage. One of Jasper’s many contributions toward the efforts of the Second World War, was forever immortalized beneath the icy waters of Patricia Lake.

and told the British armed services chiefs to give the project high priority. Pyke’s aircraft carriers were designed to be 600 metres long, 90 metres wide and 60 metres deep. They would weigh two million tonnes. Twenty-six electrically driven motors would propel the massive vessels at a top speed of seven knots and would house 2,000 crewmen in specially designed metal compartments. The vessels were to be constructed using a special material dubbed “Pykrete,” a mixture of water and wood pulp that was frozen solid. Pykrete turned out to be stronger, more stable and less likely to melt than pure ice. It was suggested a “bergship” made of Pykrete would only sustain minor, repairable damage from a torpedo. A series of pipes imbedded in the ice and circulating cold air would keep the hull permanently frozen. In 1943, Jasper became the focus of this highly secret attempt to thwart the German supremacy at sea. On Patricia Lake, a 1:50 scale, 1,000 tonne model of Pyke’s “bergship” was constructed under the code name “HABBAKUK.” Through the winter, Habbbakuk was constructed to specs. Few who worked on the project knew exactly what they were building. During the summer, after the model was built, the cooling systems designed to keep the ice hull from melting was tested. The model remained cool and afloat in Patricia Lake, just as planned. While it was proven that ice-hulled ships were technically possible to build, unfortunately there were some obvious limitations to the project. Firstly it was revealed that it would not be possible to build Habbakuks before the spring of 1945. Churchill was most annoyed that the ice vessels would not be ready to be

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e as members of the Royal Canadian Legion strive to keep the memory alive of the 117,000 Canadian men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service to Canada during war and on subsequent operations since Korea. This goal is achieved through our annual poppy campaign and the Remembrance Day service organized by this great organization throughout the country. The Poppy Campaign is the foundation of the Remembrance Day program. Canadians are given the opportunity to remember by wearing a poppy and to participate at Remembrance Day services. Because of the generosity of Valemount’s citizens when they see poppy volunteers and collection boxes, we try to ensure that Veterans and their dependants are cared for and treated with the respect they deserve. The willingness to participate in this Poppy Campaign was one of the obligations we undertook when we became members of the RCL. It

About poppies Allan Frederick STAFF WRITER


he poppy itself and its connection with battlefield deaths date back to the Napoleonic wars of the 19th century. The battle fields were barren until after the battle, when the fields exploded with the blood-red flowers after the fighting ended. During the First World War, the chalk soils became rich in lime from rubble, allowing for the growth of “popaver rhoeas” to flourish. But when the war ended, the lime was quickly absorbed and the poppy began to disappear from the fields. In 1915, through John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields the

is part of the debt that we owe to those who have gone before. In addition, we were able to supply medical equipment for use by all who have a need within the village. In order to foster the tradition of Remembrance amongst our youth, we distribute poppies and Remembrance learning materials and sponsor literary and poster contests. Poppy Campaign funds collected are public funds held in trust by Legion Branches and Commands. We are charged with overseeing their disbursement in an appropriate and straightforward manner. Locally, Valemount Meals on Wheels and Valemount Ambulance Association benefit from the annual poppy campaign. As well, funds are directed to the Legion Foundation – Veterans Transition Program, Royal Commonwealth Ex Services League and an Assessment to Central Poppy Fund. Trays of poppies have been distributed to many businesses around town; please give generously and wear your poppy with pride.

poppy became a popular symbol for soldiers who died in battle. The Remembrance Day Poppies format of today dates back to 1921 when a French woman, Madame Guerin, while visiting the United States, learned of the custom of an American, Moina Michael, who wore a poppy, while working in New York City at a YMCA canteen, in memory of the millions who died on the battlefield. “There is no set period when the poppy should be worn”, according to the Royal Canadian Legion website, however traditionally it is worn from the last Friday in October until the end of the day on Nov. 11. The poppy may also be worn at any other events honouring veterans during the year.

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McBride Royal Canadian Legion Branch #75 Allan Frederick STAFF WRITER


he Royal Canadian Legion Branch #75 was charted on Jan. 11, 1927. Fifteen names were appointed on the charter to head up the McBride Branch: Messrs. Geo A. Long, Chas Edwards, F. L. Walker, S. Birkenhead, W. J. Payne, R. L. Veale, James MacKale, John Tharples, J. G. Wall, W. G. Martin, E. Wilson, W. R. Keates, Thos Clay, James White and finally D. W. Mason. The charter was signed by, then secretary, B. M. Campbell and President Percy Lake, both of the Dominion Executive Council. The Ladies Auxiliary was later established on May 21, 1963 with 23 members present and noted on the Charter. The Ladies Auxiliary gave up their Charter at the end of 2011, as they could not get any new members to keep their membership numbers up. The present hall was built and completed on Feb. 25, 1967 and is used continually for bingos, which were run by the ladies auxiliary until they ended their Charter. The Legion branch now runs the bingos. The hall is also used for public and private functions. The hall has had some renovations done by a grant from the McBride Community Forest Corporation and the Legion Ladies Auxiliary in 2008 and 2010. These renovations included new windows and doors, gyprock and the painting of walls. The Legion has acquired two headstones for two veterans in unmarked graves in McBride and Loos Cemetery through a program called Operation Remembrance. If you are aware of a veteran with an unmarked grave, please contact your local Legion. The Poppy Fund is made up of donations from the public through the purchase of poppies and wreaths around Remembrance Day. These funds from the sale of the wreaths and poppies have been used locally for vets in the McBride and District Hospital over the years. In recent years, the Legion has also helped to

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purchase items such as wheelchairs, person lift slings, defibrillators for the local fire department, heart monitor for the hospital and provided assistance to veterans for travel expenses for medical appointments. These funds raised locally are also used for the Provincial Poppy Fund for similar efforts. Branch #75 presently has 40 members and continues to operate but they are always looking for new members. If you are interested in joining, please contact them. A reminder for this year’s Remembrance Day Ceremonies, members and those wishing to march in the Colour Party are asked to meet at the Legion Hall at 10:30 a.m. The parade will start from the hall at precisely 10:45 a.m. with ceremonies starting at the cenotaph just prior to 11 a.m. in the park across from the old train station. The Colour Party will then return to the hall and the afternoon social will start for people to gather, remember and honour our veterans.

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alemount is home to many veterans. Though he is not the oldest veteran in Valemount, at age 93, David Millar Norwell is our feature veteran this year. David was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland in 1919. He joined the Territorial Army in early 1939 and was mobilized on the outbreak of the war. At the Blitz, his unit, 130th Field Regiment Royal Artillery, was dispatched to South England and was engaged in coastal defense from then on. In January 1942, the regiment was sent to India and he saw action against the Japanese in 1943. At this time, he received the Burma Star 1939-1943. In 1944, David was seconded to the Indian Army 33 Indian Mountain Artillery Regiment and saw action again in Burma which ended with the defeat and expulsion of the Japanese from Burma. Returning to Britain in 1945, he spent six months with the British Army of the Rhine in the occupation of Germany. He was discharged in 1946. In 1953, David immigrated to Canada and practiced medicine in the Vancouver, B.C. area, retiring in 1985. He and his wife Jane moved to Valemount in 1994 to be closer to their children. The Burma Star was awarded to soldiers who Valemount Pines served one or more days in Burma between Golf Club & RV Park 1941 and 1945. 250-566-4550

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War Heroes Museum Marie Birkbeck CONTRIBUTOR


s you enter the main doors of the Royal Canadian Legion Valemount Branch #266, immediately your eyes are drawn to a silhouette of a soldier holding his hat in one hand, grasping the barrel of his rifle with the other and kneeling at a cross bearing a red poppy. One cannot help but be overcome with emotion, and feel what that soldier is going through as he pauses to remember his fallen comrade. This is just the beginning of an incredible display of memorabilia that will lead you on an emotional journey through the War Heroes Museum on the upper level of the Legion Hall. The museum is the creation and baby of Comrade Terri Dammann, a long time member of the Valemount Legion who was born and raised in a military family. From her great great-grandfather who fought in the Boer War, to her grandfather and her father and her uncle who fought in the world wars, there was no shortage of materials for a museum. The space above the main Legion Hall sat empty, unfinished and unused, and presented the perfect location. Many volunteer hours went into bringing the museum to fruition. One donor that deserves recognition is Bert Van Asten who donated all the drywall and the labor to finish the walls in the first segment. The first section was opened Nov. 11, 2003; grant money allowed Dammann to have the Murray Cochrane Wing completed for opening four years later on Nov. 11, 2007. Dammann said that she visited a War Hero Museum in Ottawa, but felt that displays by family better suited the needs of our community. Each section tells a story. Knives from her grandfather’s collection, pictures, uniforms and the telegram her grandmother received are all stark reminders that not all battles have good endings. Photos, newspaper clippings and artifacts are meticulously displayed. When the project first began in 2002, Dammann contacted every member of the local Legion requesting letters, photographs etc. to add to the display, but it was not until the museum actually opened that people realized the value of the project and began donating. Since that time, many families have come forward with their own collection to be displayed and memorialized. There is also a section dedicated to the Canoe River Train Wreck of 1950 in which 17 Canadian Soldiers en-route to war in Korea were killed. Other notable displays represent the RCMP and the Canadian Rangers. Valemount is proud to be home to many veterans, some of whom are still active. A tour through the museum will remind you that so many young men and women went to battle for us. The Museum will be open Remembrance Day after the Service and can also be accessed during the Legions’ regular operating hours. Admission is by donation.

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If you can’t remember … think! n November 11, Canadians all across the country will stop and remember the 117,000 men and women killed in the wars. That is why November 11 is called Remembrance Day. But what about those who can’t remember Canada’s wars? If you can’t remember, think about what that really means. In the first place, there are more Canadians today who cannot remember war, than at any other time in a century. Since 1953, we have enjoyed a period of peace and freedom from a major war. Imperfect though the peace has been, it is much better than war. So when we think about the poppy, we might be reminded that Canadians who died liberating Europe created a world a little better than the one they knew. We might also think of where Canadians first found poppies. In the First World War, the soldiers noticed that the poppies often grew over the graves of their friends. And they remembered this later when peace came. Another thing to think about is that by the time thousands of young Canadians went to war, Eu-

rope was in slavery. They died liberating millions of people. They also died so that we here today could continue to enjoy the freedom that we have. They died so that your home would be safe, so that you would be given a chance to go to school and to the church of your choice. They also died so that you could make friends with whomever you pleased. You might think about this for a moment; their desire to live in peace and freedom was more important to them than life itself. But the poppy is not all in the past. It has a lot to do with you and the future. The poppy asks you to think of how you can work for peace and a better country. It invites you to think about your freedom. Today, some people misuse freedom; they think it is a license to harm others. Freedom without a sense of responsibility is worse than the evils that Canadians died trying to destroy. Therefore, the poppy finally asks you to think about your sense of responsibility: in your classroom, in your home, in your community. The poppy urges you to use peace to help mankind: to promote a more lasting peace, understanding and above all… the dignity of man everywhere. The Canadians who died believed in a better future. It is up to you to work for this future. If you do, you will have remembered.

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“In Flanders Fields” In Flanders Fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the Dead. Short days ago We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved, and now we lie In Flanders fields. Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.

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Caribou Joe

EpisodE 48: A STRANGE VISION Previously, The B.C. Express prepared to leave Mile 53 for South Fort George

Joe’s bunk-bed rolled gently with the ever-so-slight movements of the B.C. Express. The mighty Fraser’s force was limited to an occasional splash against the sternwheeler’s outer bow. The ship was securely moored to the SiemsCarey wharf and Joe was sleeping soundly. Then, he began to dream . . . Joe was standing on the poop-deck of a large sternwheeler, coiling up the mooring ropes. The crowd of people standing on the edge of the wharf were waving good-bye. A large number had turned out for the departure. The B.C. Express was moving away from the dock. Joe looked over the crowd for familiar faces. He thought, perhaps, ‘Sand-bar Sam’, Mr. Bates or even the Wall Brothers would be there. No, there were only strangers! The ladies on the dock were dressed up in fancy clothing and some were holding sun-umbrellas. Their billowy hats with long white feathers rode high in the air. One of the women was waving her white handkerchief and calling out to the crewmen onboard. Although she was calling there was no sound coming from her lips. Her movements began to slow down. Joe tried desperately to read the woman’s lips. While he was struggling with the words the white handkerchief began to swirl around and around like a miniature slow motion tornado and then started flying through

the air right towards Joe. Then, Joe heard the woman’s voice. “Emily! Emily,” cried the lady, “Where is that child?” These words were loud and clear to Joe. Now, the sounds of stomping feet and muffled voices and then a violent rattling sound at his cabin door. Joe suddenly woke up. His dream had ended. It was all too real. Joe listened in the dark as he lay on his bed. There was a real woman’s voice coming from just outside his cabin door. “Mr. Anders, kindly bring me your lantern. I can’t see anything in this dark hallway,” summoned the lady. “This lantern that you gave me is too dim.” “That’s the crew’s quarters down there,” called the steward from the top of the staircase. “I doubt if we’ll find her there Mrs. Munshaw. “But, Mr. Anders, we haven’t looked everywhere!” yelled the woman. “That girl has to be on this boat somewhere!” In the next episode,THE MYSTERY GIRL, Joe discovers a young female stowaway in his cabin. He soon learns that she is actually one of the passengers.

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“Emily” Young Emily on a swing. Photo courtesy of Valemount Historic Society, the Jowett Collection.

The door to Joe’s cabin began to open slowly. A faint stream from the storm-lantern fell across the bed opposite his. He was about to ask what all the noise was about as he propped himself up in bed on one elbow. Then Joe noticed the face of a young girl. She lay in the lower-bunk, across from his, clutching a white frilly parasol. The girl held one of her fingers to her lips indicting that she wanted him to remain silent. The woman knocked on Joe’s cabin door. “Emily?” she asked, as she poked her nose through the partially open door way. “Ma’am,” said Anders, who was now also standing outside the door, “this is the deck-hands’ cabin. There won’t be anyone home. Everyone’s gone ashore. Let’s try down at the end of the hallway. There seems to be some light down there.” “This is terrible,” complained Mrs. Munshaw. “It’s so dark down here.” She turned and let Anders pass by with a second lantern. “Down this way Ma’am,” he said. The steward and the lady walked off down the passage-way. When Joe’s cabin became dark once again he struggled to find his little box of matches. As soon as he had struck a match, he held it out towards the girl. “What are you doing here?” “I’m hiding,” said the girl. “We sure fooled them. Where’s your lantern? It’s very dark in this room.” “There’s no lantern,” answered Joe. “Are you hiding from that lady?” The match had burnt out making the cabin black again. Yes,” said the girl, “that’s my Mama. I came down here to go exploring. I must have fallen asleep. My name’s Emily Munshaw. What’s your name?” “I’m Joe,” he said, as he struck another wooden match and then added, “Joe Caribou.”

“Well, that’s a strange name,” said the girl still holding her umbrella with both hands. Joe was about to light another match when he heard Emily’s mother and old Anders coming back down the hall. “There’s one place we haven’t looked,” said Anders. “If young Emily’s not in the life boats, we’ll have to form a search party as soon as the crew arrives back on board.” Mrs. Munshaw followed Anders up the stair-case and soon the sound of their voices had faded away. “Why are you hiding, Emily?” asked Joe, as he lit a third match. The girl had disappeared. In the next episode, MEAN MAMA MUNSHAW, Mrs. Munshaw continues to search for her daughter on board the B.C. Express.

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NOTES FROM ALL OVER Notes from All Over Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR

Operation Christmas Child Valemount Community Church will be hosting the Operation Christmas Child shoebox this year. It will be on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. It will be held in the former Sporting and Clothing location. If you cannot fill a box, you can still donate items to go towards a box. If you have any regular sized shoeboxes you can bring those too. Items must be new and can include, school supplies, toys, personal items, (hairbrush, socks, t-shirts), hard candy (must be wrapped individually), no sharp objects, no playing cards, and nothing war related. Pick an age group, boy or girl, and go from there. They also ask for $7 to help cover the shipping. Dramatic Reading of Charles Dickens Christmas Carol Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Valemount Community Theatre, there will be a Dramatic Reading of Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol. Featuring readers, Betsy Trumpener, Donalda Beeson, Andru McCracken, Harry Keyter, and Will Fundal, and harpist, Doreen Beck. Admission is by cash donation. The event is sponsored by Valemount Historical Society, the Valemount Public Li-

brary, and the Valemount Arts and Cultural Society. The reading will be broadcast on CBC North. Valemount Craft Fair Nov. 17, 2012 at the Valemount Community Hall, the graduating class of 2013 is organizing a Christmas Craft Fair. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For tables or more information, call Jan VanderZwan at 250-566-4396. McBride Museum Website Did you know the McBride Museum has a website? Have you heard of The Saga of Jarvis Pass? Robert Frear is posting from the journal of a Mr. C. F. Hanington, as he made his way through the Rockies in the winter of 1874. Check it out at The Valemount Children’s Activity Society Silent Auction The Valemount Children’s Activity Society is having a silent auction at the craft fair. They are looking for donations of any kind to put in their silent auction. They are hoping to raise enough funds to make this their sole fundraising activity for the year. If you have items to donate call Heather Ledford at 250566-8480.

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 or The Valley Sentinel 250-566-4425.

Bullying Awareness Week Donalda Beeson CONTRIBUTOR


rom bullying in the workplace or in sports teams, to cyberbullying; bullying is the use of force or coercion, to abuse or intimidate others. Despite its juvenile associations, it should concern everyone. It can include verbal harassment or threats, physical or sexual assault or coercion, and is usually aimed at a particular victim or group of “targets,” habitually. To that end, the week of Nov. 12 to 17 is Bullying Awareness Week, a national campaign in Canada conceived by Canadian educator, and president, Bill Belsey. This week is a designated opportunity to spread awareness, and get people talking about what bullying is, what forms it takes, and how our tolerance for it perpetuates this vital issue. In recent years, our technologically-based society has seen the rise of cyberbullying, propagated through emails, texts, and social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and MySpace. It is more invisible than traditional bullying, but it is happening on a more global scale. With a number of high-profile incident’s recently, it’s undeniable that this type of bullying can have grave consequences. Most recently, on Oct. 10, a 15-year-old Port Coquitlam, girl took her own life, after posting a YouTube video about the bullying she had experienced at school and online. Two years ago, an 18-year-old student at Rutgers University in New Jersey jumped from a bridge after being spied on by his roommate with a webcam. Two years before that, a Missouri teen hanged herself just before her 14th birthday after she was the target of a hoax on MySpace. This Wednesday, Nov. 14, is Stop Cyberbullying Day! The main message is that, ‘Everyone has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others, in person and online!’” Take action by sending a text, instant message (IM), or e-mail including the message, “Stop Cyberbullying” to as many people as possible. Alexis Moore, author of, A Parent’s Guide to Cyberstalking and Cyberbullying, recently spoke with CBC News about what parents can do and what to watch for. If you know someone is being bullied, speak out, she says. If your child confides in you that someone is being bullied, tell their teacher, tell their friends, parents, involve everyone you can. Let your child know that they are not being a baby or a “tattle-tail” by telling someone what is going on; they are being brave, and could possibly save a life. Provide your children with emotional support. Encourage them to choose their contacts wisely, and not to communicate with strangers or anonymous sources. Maintain an attitude of intolerance for any type of bullying in your households and lives. Watch for unusual responses to technology; for example, a kid who’s face usually lights up when they get a text message may look at their phone with less interest. Look into any changes in their behaviour, grades, use of technology, or appetite. Look for even subtle signs of depression or anxiety, not wanting to go to school, feeling sick a lot, and do not chop-up dark statements such as, “I don’t want to live anymore” to drama. You can learn more about cyberbullying, by visiting


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Westlandia ~ Paul Fleischman The chronicles of Harris Burdick ~ Chris Van Allsburg


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What circumstances would represent an acceptable risk for the proposed twinning of the Trans Mountain Pipeline through Jasper National Park?

a) Nothing – no risk is acceptable. b) 24 hour visual monitoring of every foot of the pipeline c) Advanced remote 24 hour monitoring and instant shutdown procedures d) The pipeline has proven track record, the risk is already acceptable e) It doesn’t matter, the true risk is to our coastline

Go to to cast your vote. Results will be published in next week’s Valley Sentinel. Last week’s results: What is your favourite winter activity? a.) Curling 11% (1) b.) Hockey 11% (1) c.) Cross-Country Skiing 44% (4) d.) Downhill Skiing 12% (1) e.) Other 22% (2)

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The Dragon Prophecy - Geronimo Stilton The Fault in our Stars – John Green The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater The Edge of Nowhere - Elizabeth George Cool Careers: Carpenter – Susan Hindman

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Another well supported fundraiser for McBride Astrid Frazier CONTRIBUTOR


n Saturday, Nov. 3, the Village of McBride hosted a “Winter Garage Sale” at the McBride Community Hall. The producers of the movie Horses of McBride, had generously donated the movie wardrobe items, a total of 26 big boxes, to the Village of McBride. Village Council decided to sell the items for a minimal fee and then donate the proceeds to local charities. Doors at the hall opened at 10 a.m., not a moment sooner and by noon about 90 per cent of the items were gone. Prices ranged from $2 to $30 for items ranging from winter clothing, backpacks and boots to sleeping bags and helmets. Many locals attended the fundraiser and a total of $1,912 was raised. Council has decided to split the benefit dollars between McBride’s Elementary School Hot Lunch Program, the High School Breakfast Program and the Stepping Stones Day Care. The few unsold items were boxed and donated to the local Thrift Store. Thank you to everyone who helped out to make this another successful fundraiser for the community!

“Movie donations benefit community”

Above: On Nov. 3, McBride residents found some winter bargains at the Winter Garage Sale. Photo by Astrid Frazier

Major midget hockey coming Allan Frederick STAFF WRITER


great hockey experience is coming to McBride. The Robson Valley Recreation Centre will be hosting a weekend of major midget hockey. On Nov. 10 and 11, the Caribou Cougars of Prince George face the Thompson Blazers of Kamloops. Additionally, Trevor Sprague, head coach of the Caribou Cougars will be heading up a coaching clinic for minor hockey coaches from McBride and Valemount on Friday night at a time to be determined. Contact Melvin Taphorn, president of McBride Minor Hockey, for further information. There are plans for an open practice on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. and the Saturday night game is slated for 7 p.m., with the Sunday game at 2:30 p.m. The admission is $5 and is being done as a fundraiser for the travelling expenses of the teams. The players have also been asked to attend the Remembrance Day ceremonies on Sunday morning. Come out and see some future Western Hockey League players and some entertaining hockey.

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“Halloween lunch”

Left to right, some Hospital Auxiliary members, Mary Kolida, Jullian AmbroseGreene, Carol Hammar and Karen Craigue in costume and ready to serve lunch. Photo by Astrid Frazier

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Astrid Frazier CONTRIBUTOR


he Old Age Pensioners Organization (OAPO) Lunch has been going on for many years. Once a month a local community organization takes a turn and serves up lunch at the Beaverview Lodge. This time, the McBride and District Hospital Auxiliary members volunteered their time, brought the food, and served the “Halloween” meal. Some auxiliary members dressed in Halloween costumes, and a couple of members even sang a song or two while serving tea. As usual there was a large turnout of about 50 people and there was more than enough food. No one went away hungry. It is always good fun and a welcome service by the local community organizations.

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Irene Berndsen

c ride • 143 acres - power and water • Approx 30 acres in hay • Creek through property • Diverse w/excellent views

• Immaculate 2 storey, 3 bedroom home •Extra large lot .91 acre • Desirable location • Priced to sell

893 - 3rd Ave $399,000 McBride, Bc



• 3 bedroom, 2 bath • Fenced yard, garage, and landscaped • All immaculate condition

• 3 bedrooms • Fenced yard • Good starter or retirement home

Sale M B Pending!

4422 Holmes Road c ride, Bc

250-569-7397 Irene Berndsen

• 166 acres - large barn • 1 1/2 story 3 bdrm home • Over 100 acres in hay • Priced to sell!

Prince George

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Irene Berndsen, Sales Representative in McBride

Valemount Real Estate PICTURE PERFECT VIEWS!




Big kitchen - Brick fireplace 2 Lots - 3 levels

5 bedrooms - 2 bath - Island kitchen 2.5 acres - Guest cabin - Private yard



Extensive river frontage and views Commercial Zoning - Cozy Mobile $369,000

6 bedroom - 2 bath Jacuzzi ensuite - Fenced yard




2 Bedroom - New paint Garage - Extra big lot $149,000

3 bedroom - New bath - New roof Lots of renos - New deck $169,000


5 Bedrooms - Huge home- Huge potential Massive shop - Barn- 4.69 acres


GOOD HOME-GOOD NEIGHBORS 5 bdrm - 3 bath - 3 levels Huge master suite - Double lot - Garage $299,000



3 rental units -Good investment Large paved parking - Two buildings $189,000 Tammy Van de Nobelen Owner & Sales Associate


Call Tammy TODAY for more information on these properties and more.


Cell: 250.566.1025 • Office: 250.566.0021 - 1418 Bruce Place, Valemount, BC


Almost half acre - Commercial area Huge shop - Excellent exposure - Low price

$99,000 plus HST

Jeannette Townsend Managing Broker

Volume 27, Issue 45  

November 8 2012 Edition

Volume 27, Issue 45  

November 8 2012 Edition