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                                                                                      Issue #14

Fraser Valley Residents Get Heavy Fines for Fisheries Act Violations

    On July 10th, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced that an individual who was attempting to sell fish not caught under the authority of a licence had been convicted. On March 24, 1999, Tony Alex attempted to sell over 35,000 pounds of sockeye (approximately 100,000 cans) in North Vancouver, B.C. An investigation by fishery officers revealed that the fish had been caught in the Fraser River during August 1998, under an aboriginal communal fishing licence that did not authorize the sale of salmon. The investigation involved a search warrant that was executed in North Vancouver, which led to the seizure of 100,000 cans of salmon and the laying of charges against Mr. Alex. The retail value of the seized salmon would have exceeded $400,000. On July 10th in North Vancouver provincial court, Mr. Alex was fined $15,000. The seized salmon was forfeited to the Crown.
    DFO would like to remind the public that only fish caught under a licence that authorizes the sale of that fish should be purchased. In addition to this, fish and shellfish that is being sold to the public must go through the necessary health and safety inspections that are required when selling to the public.
    An Abbotsford business owner and resident also has been fined for obtaining and offering for sale sockeye salmon that was not caught under a licence that authorizes sales. In September 2000, fishery officers conducted an inspection of Town Square Seafood in Abbotsford, B.C. and discovered a large quantity of sockeye salmon in garbage bags on the premises, indicating that the fish had not been purchased from a commercial source. More than 75 whole sockeye salmon and 47 pounds of sockeye salmon pieces were subsequently seized from the seafood retailer and Bang Yup Park, owner and manager of Town Square Seafood, was charged. Mr. Park also admitted to falsifying documents in an attempt to hide the illegal product. In the summer of 2000, conservation measures were in place in the Fraser River to protect salmon stocks of concern. In June 2002, Mr. Park pled guilty in Abbotsford provincial court and was fined $3,000. The seized salmon was also forfeited.
                                Letter
Dear editor,

I would like to bring attention to a disturbing item of information of which I personally was not  aware!
This was brought to my attention by letter from Parent Alert a publication of the BC Parents & Teachers for Life. The main thrust of the article is in regard to legislation now law, that at this time any girl may have an abortion without parental consent, or even telling her parent or guardian that she has done so! This act allows a health care worker to instruct or arrange such a procedure, indepen-dently of the parent. In 1992 the gov't repealed the previous act, called the Infants Act R.S.B.C. 1979, c. 196 .This new section 16 gave power to a "health care provider" to arrange health care of an infant without obtaining from an infant"s parent or guardian, consent to health care. As things stand now in British Columbia, a fourteen-year-old girl can come home having had an abortion without her parent's counsel or permission, & even without their knowledge this as a result of an in-school referral.
There is a petition in Boston Bar that you may voice your opinion to the BC Gov't that this is un-acceptable! This is a time when the present Gov't has indicated a wish to give parents more say in the educational system. BCPTL feels the time is ripe to make a fresh appeal to regain parental rights & protection for minors. The reaction of the government may be a good test of it's attitude towards par-ental rights.  There are a number of rights of parents being eroded without much notice being given, this is a separate issue, some time later it should also be investigated.  The organization providing this information has a publication called Parents Alert Anyone wishing to receive it may write or look up their web site www.bcptl.org  Mailing address Box 45531 ,Sunnyside Post Office, Surrey, BC V4A 9N3. I trust this will cause many of you to place your name on the petition. Petitions will be around town watch for them or contact Mrs. Keery.   
                                        --- Jean Keery   

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North Bend Recollections (1926-1938)

No. 4                   The North Bend General Store       W.(Bill) Young

    The North Bend General Store was located on the main road running down to the railway station about half way between the tracks and the school.  In the 1930's it was owned by the Coveney family.  Still later, it would become a res-idence for a youth program until it was subsequently destroyed by fire.
    The North Bend Store of the 30's was a true small town general store.  although not spacious by any stretch of the imagination, it stocked groceries, work clothes, gifts, hardware- you name it.  Although some residents would order case-lot and non-perishable items directly from Vancouver, our family bought all our groceries from the local North Bend Outlet.  Both of my parents believed that you should buy locally if you wanted to keep a  grocery store viable and in existence- especially in small, isolated communities like North Bend was at the time.
    My first recollection of the store was accompanying my father to pick up the daily newspaper.  The Vancouver Province was the main daily newspaper in British Columbia in those days and many North Benders had subscriptions.  One simply went to the pile of newspapers stacked in the store and selected the copy with your gummed address sticker attached to it.  Later, when I was a little older one of my tasks was to make the daily trip to the store to pick up the daily newspaper.
    Strangely, my main memory of the store was the sight of a large bunch of bananas hanging from the ceiling  in the middle of the room.  Order six bananas and out came a sharp knife to cut off your six bananas.  When all of these were gone, the storeowner would bring out a replacement bunch to hang from the ceiling.
    I recall that the store had a small van-type vehicle used to pick up groceries from the station as well as delivering groceries to customers.  I believe that the driver and all-round handyman was a bill Pomfret- a popular single young man.
    My mother has told me a story how the North Bend store provided her with her first "Canadiana" lesson in that despite all of the Scottish immigrants living in Canada, there was still a big difference between the cultures and cus- toms  of Scotland and Canada.  Newly arrived from Scotland, my mother told the tale of her first shopping venture to the North Bend General Store.  Armed with her list of needed grocery items, she ended her list with "a half loaf of bread"- only to be told by the clerk that "in Canada, we don't cut loaves of bread in half".
    Today, whenever I visit a small town general store in British Columbia, it seems to bring back nostalgic memories of the North Bend General Store of the 1930's.

RCMP Report
July 9th- Benjamin Murray SMITH, 25, of Nanaimo, BC plead guilty to one charge of  dangerous driving causing death and one charge of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.  Smith received a sentence of 2 years on the first charge and one year on the second charge to be served concurrently.  He also received a 5 year driving prohibition.  The other charges were stayed.
July 9th- Todd O'Toole recently of Boston Bar, was apprehended by RCMP on an immigration warrant.  He is a registered sex offender, wanted in Oregon for the alleged sexual assault of a girl under the age of 14.  He is now in the custody of United States law enforcement to face those charges.  


Employment Express- Playing Matchmakers

    Bowman Employment Services Inc.  is delighted to announce the opening of their Employment Express offices, located at suite 102-9123 Mary St. Chilliwack (entrance on Brett Avenue)
    This is great news for local employers and eligible job-seekers alike, because Employment Express takes the federally funded Wage Subsidy Program and makes it even better!  This program has been succsessfully matching unemployed workers with supportive employers for many years.  By centralizing this service in collaboration with other employment assistance programs Employment Express will be offering reduced processing times for applications, a single large database of eligible participants and personalized friendly liaison with the experienced staff of Employment Express.
    Jan Morrison and Mary Norman welcome your enquiries and look forward to being of service to employers and eligible unemployed workers from Chilliwack to Boston Bar.
    For further information and full details regarding the benefits of participating on this Wage subsidy Program, please contact Jan or Mary at Employment Express, Monday thru Friday between 9am and 5pm.
Telephone 604-703-1505 or e-mail jmorrison@bowmanemployment.com or mnorman@bowmanemployment.com.