The Interior News from Smithers, British Columbia, Canada on April 15, 1998 · 27
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The Interior News from Smithers, British Columbia, Canada · 27

Smithers, British Columbia, Canada
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Wednesday, April 15, 1998
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ITU jSIt KIOR M - Ul DSIM) W AKKII I V fMit I J Human rights were key for Walden A hulfUA right di.aie rcsfwvlrj J.ntffialnl ha wmlcd at i frfurirr fu Inltrtuf tftnt. dcd Mivh J in North Vafyoovcr II a 66, He hJ Ucn uf fcfing fruinurucr f. a year JJufB II) DioJItufld SHtfl, Cal.f in IV J I. WaUkn t4ftcd hi juuf nalitin ticef it a wcskly paper while I wa a high uhool term am) un)ciiiy frethiimn al ' S4n Franviwo State college tie went on la become a U S Navy jiiurnalul during ttic KufCitn War, After hi military crvice, Walden hJ a tua'cion of daily metro newspaper job in florida. Miouri, Tcnnc-we, Kentucky and Detroit He wrote important stories on tin? civil rights movement in the U.S. south, covering the Martin Luther King marches. Thoc event proved semi-nal in stuping hi interest in human right issue. Between 1971-75. Walden worked a a research and publication director for the Kentucky Commission on Human Right. He prepared research and was a principal witness in a precedent-setting school desegregation lawsuit. la WN tw nwJ io ( J fefid VO fouAdcd it Ci-HiuiitiH xMUit RifhH Alu-r a iti raf Mint to Britain, utuifwJ lu Canada ta fu-fuunj tie rturfutily CunuJutn Umiuin Rigkit Aj.tHuir, riling, editing and pfudtKiflg ttw paper with ru wife, Kathleen Rulf. out of their home in Mam 4I1. Quebec, Thai papef ceawd publiva lion m wi when the Walden moved west, willing in Siniiticts He im4 a lemfHifary job with The V leriur AVhi from Septcm bcr, milo January, VM, A a reporter. Walden combined a (cnsitivity for hi subject with a tenacious drive lo gel al ihe truth be-hind a story and pas that on lo the public. After his Hint al the AVh i, Walden and hi wife bough! and renovated a home on lite shore of Francois Lake, where he icttlcd into writing fiction while Kathleen published a human right newsletter. They hiked and skied, soaking in the nigged wilderness and welcomed visitors. Walden is remembered as a kind, giving person. "He was very generous of himself and interested in the lfU and thing around him," oid Hull.p4 Ucvk. who vuied a a rcporvr al it Avf twth W aides "( urclti rWJ rtiollcr wtul 0 (ttftvertAiitxt wo ahut, I wuutd leave feeling belter about myself and rflcigied" Ucik credit Oulet and Kathleen with providing ihe erKouiagetivcni to tart CW nniumi niagayine. Imne Clarke also worked at the AVh i with Walden and recall hi giving tpiril "Charles wa live type of friend who would go lo bat for you in a moment' notice," Cloike aid, "1 remember after I left a full lime job a a reporterphotographer and was wondering about (lie nenl tcp. There was a job on Vancouver Island thai 1 coutd have applied for but Charle convinced me lo stay here and 'do your own thing.' He had wisdom and foresight I now understand even more than I did then. "Charles was a great man who believed in helping further ihe cause of those in need and victims of human rights abuse. "Sure going to miss (hat guy. What a great role model you've been, Charles." His wife, Kathleen, re- f : r: 1 ? " Dr. Tom Strong v"'l Reislce3 Ps, incest For mor information pleaia call 847 W27 BC4 S' ti C Helping youf create Mafildl & (4'tn! hamorry Emotional well tc-.n-j Pttfctfvd sAa5 cf living Minimal pain priow comntvrtj REMEMBERED: Chartos Waldon skiing near his home at Francois Lake. Saturdai Apfil 251998 At tho ErFiendstiip Geneir1 Hall 9 pm-2 am members the serious and the funny side of her husband. "He was a totally gentle person and strongly opposed violence and war. He had a beautiful sense of humor and playfulness at the most unpredictable time that would make you break up w ith laughter," she said. "He gave me so much and lives on in my heart and spirit." A Charles Walden peace fund has been set tip by the Coalition to Oppose the Arms Trade (COAT), based in Ottawa. Anyone who wishes lo remember and honor him can send a donation lo COAT, 489 Metcalfe Street. Ottawa. Ont..KIS3N7, Donations made out to COAT will also be accepted and forwarded by Kathleen Ruff at 1903-1552 Csquimalt Ave., West Vancouver. V7V 1R3. The funds will be used to make a peace video called "Mother's Day al the Air-show." which will be dedicated lo Walden. Fully Licensed Bar - Door Prixes - Band employees benefit from trades training 10.00 a person at tho door J 19 & over (no mlnore) , Everyone from students to Staff agrees a new operations and maintenance training course for band employees is a good thing. ; The 19 men taking the course have a great attendance record and their marks are high. ; "They're a great bunch of people, they surprise me continuously, which is nice for a teacher," says Arnold DeEllion, one of the instructors of Nor' West Industrial Services. . - The Gitxsan Wet'suwet'en-Education society hired Audrey Woods and Jill Holland to develop the course, which was designed to offer quality, formal training for band employees. The students are being funded by the federally sponsored Pacific Northwest Employment Training and Development Center, based in Terrace. Jessica Mikolayczyk, GWES board member, and Employment and Training Officer for Gitanmaax, says the need for such training was heard from all the bands to have their employees certified. " "There is no place in the northwest that provides this training,'' says Mikolayczyk. "This is training local people,-locally." . Holland says the course can help villages overcome the problems that result as old equipment wears out and fails, leaving the band stuck the high expense of hiring outside professionals to repair things, or replace vital and expensive machinery, r The 19 students come from Gitanyow, Gitwangak, Gitsegukla, . Hagwilget, Gitanmaax, Glen Vowell, Kispiox and Moricetown. Gary Michel from Hagwilget says the course is excellent, and says the water distribution aspect will really benefit him in his work. Barry Duncan, also from Hagwilget, says none of the course is too hard but it is quite complete. "All the instructors are good, they leave nothing out," says Duncan. With eight years of experience already, Duncan says he would like more knowledge on the mechanical and electrical aspects of modern sewage systems. Jerry Morrison works for Gitanmaax. handling the water treatment plant that serves the village and Hazelton. He has found the quality of the course very good, as each of the instructors is a qualified professional. Morrison found the section on boilers useful. "It's amazing, the things we think we knew but didn't really, this is enhancing and expanding my knowledge," he says. Morrison is looking forward to the landscaping unit, and more information on the sewage infrastructure. Starting in January the students, most of whom are already employed by the bands, learned first aid, safety and computers. Next came the basics of boilers, from safety to operator and maintenance,-. The course is divided between two weeks in the classroom and two weeks of practical application, doing village maintenance. This is more interesting, and offers a chance to use what was just learned, and learn by doing, says Holland. From boilers there was floor maintenance, blueprint and map reading, estimating and budgeting, and water distribution. The water work'portion of the course, when successflly completed, will give students certification from California State University at Sacramento. Credits from the course Can be transferred to either the Northern Alberta or BC Institute of Technology. "'' m - t ,' i j v tun." mit News photo by Gretel Miles PAINT LESSON: Ruben Bright learns the fine art of properly cleaning a brush in the painting section, taught by Yogi Belisle of Colour Rite of Hazelton, of an Operations and Maintenance course for band workers. oio. TJ-JJZ JUUIiiHEYp XT -1 - I Buy an Eagle Creek Journey Travel Pack and receive a FREE iHsscmat guide book for your adventure. Fire hydrants, inventories and supplies and painting are included in the course, along with weed control, landscaping, sprinkler systems and road maintenance. Summer and fall will see wastewater collection and treatment, and more road work. If they pass the course, students will be certified as operators in training, and after a year on the job, they can take an exam to become certified Environmental Operators. Next spring and fall there will be reviews of water distribution and wastewater collection and treatment, to prepare for this exam. Qualified and certified, the sutdents who complete the course successfully will be able to get work anywhere in Canada. presents Smithers 'Of mm Im)o Sunday, April 19th 8:30am i .McBike Schnai Daze Hill Climb (Rejiatef it McBlke Shop.) , 9:00-1 00am.Evcnt Registration at the Upper Chalet 1 0:30-11 :30am. B.V. Pool Silly Slalom Obstacle Race 1 00 am-20pm SUBWAY Scavenger Hunt 11:00 am-2:30pm...Corona Snow Volleyball (Register tkis week at Dcwntowai offk If fuibk.) 1 :00-2:00pmMMMMMMcBike Dual Slalom 20-3:00pm Paul's Bakery Re Eating Contest , All ntrtos qwoUf y for tti Crond Prix . . H99S09 Sgosoih Poss service of Interior Stationery and Books : 2500, 1 156 Main St., Smithers, B.C., V0J 2N0 -9712 TOLL FREE 1-800-667-9966 Fax 847-5791 Rrewriting history is a risky business unless your text is Robert Service's The Shooting of Dan McCrew. The Klondike ditty is fun on its own, but when Robert Kroetsch is finished It's an entertaining tale probably more accurate for all its novel format. The Man From the Creeks is Kroetsch's take on the Klondike; a novel with a young boy becoming a sourdough as narrator. Like Kroetsch's best known work . - The Studhorse Man- this novel relies heavily, occasionally annoyingly on sweeping humour and overstated irony. Here it works because his narrator is young and naive. This novel opens with the by and his mother being discovered stowed away on an antiquated boat steaming up the inside passage for Skagway. Lou -you remember the Lady who was known as Lou- is caught stealing cinnamon buns. This leads to threats of being forced to walk the plank, but they are rescued by one of the gold hungry throng only to be let ashore. This slightly madcap beginning is typical 'of the rest of the story. To Skagway in a Tlingit canoe, over the Chilkoot and on to the Klondike, it's a savage adventure. The madcap " largely works, although it's laboured beginnings almost prompted me to put the novel down. The technique fits the period Kroetsch depicts and at times is necessary to lift the story above a shallow recounting of Pierre Burton's The Klondike. The Klondike, which for many was a great, greedy escapade, here almost becomes farce arid the marrying of Services poem to a boys' retelling is' usually successful. In the later sections of the novel when Peek and Ben are mining the familiarity of the poem brings a cadence and imagery to the novel. Kroetsch's narrator toys with the poem and with Service, questioning its authenticity, Service's knowledge of the Klondike and of course the shooting. We realize his is toying with what has become a classic, a shaper of images of history, a mythology. He is asking us to go beyond the familiar images, the comfortable ideas. In Studhorse Man Kroetsch constantly taunted us about images of fertility and comfort with his story of the owner of a stallion moving it from farm to farm to do stud service as "tractors Began to replace horsepower. In The Man From the Creeks he simply has fun with a classic tale, warmly compelling us to embellish a campfire yarn with possible truths. The Man From the Creeks, by Robert kroetsch; Random House...$32 (Review by Tom Leacti for Interior Stationery & Books)

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