2012 Year in Review – Top stories from October to December

Backlash over local wolf hunt contest

Despite being in its third year, a local wolf hunt contest received criticism after an article was published about it in the Vancouver Sun in November. Pacific Wild, a conservation group, has hired lawyers to try and prove the contest is illegal, calling it a "lottery scheme". The Rod and Gun Club maintains that it operates within rules of provincial legislation and regulations for hunting and gaming, and all contestants must have a valid hunting licence. Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resources Operations, has been quoted as saying it does not break any provincial wildlife regulations, and provincial gaming officials have said it does not need a permit as it is skill-based.

Public raises concerns about use of new chemical at Peace Valley OSB

While an announcement that the Peace Valley OSB is applying to the Ministry of Environment to use a new resin called MDI in its production went relatively unnoticed, it took the attention of one of the residents who protested against it ten years ago to bring it to the spotlight. On short notice Sandra Cushway organized a public meeting in December that was rife with concerns from the public about health issues the chemical has been linked to in the past. Mill Manager Ian Coote maintains there is no public safety risk. Louisiana Pacific announced in November is buying out Canfor's shares in PVOSB for an estimated $75 million.

Dawson Creek Tim Hortons workers launch human rights complaint

Four temporary foreign workers from Mexico who worked at two Tim Hortons locations in Dawson Creek, B.C., launched a human rights complaint against their boss in early November. They say Tony Van Den Bosch charged them double rent, called them "Mexican idiots", said he owned their lives and regularly asked for their passports. Tim Hortons has not denied the allegations, but says Van Den Bosch has not been with the chain since July.

Budnick sentenced to two more years in jail

Over a year after he plead guilty to unlawful confinement, aggravated assault, and uttering threats, Sean Budnick has been sentenced to two more years in jail in November. His sentencing was delayed several times to allow for his continued rehabilitation. Budnick was the subject of a Canada-wide manhunt, after assaulting his girlfriend in February 2011.

Fort St. John unofficially breaks snowfall record

After a relatively mild winter last year, and historically dry summer this year, Fort St. John received over 200 centimetres of snow in the last three months of the year. The Energetic City received a near-record 87 centimetres  of snowfall in October and above average 54.7 centimetres in November. December's total has yet to be confirmed by Environment Canada.

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Erica is a reporter for Moose FM and energeticcity.ca in Fort St. John, B.C. She grew up in Victoria, B.C. and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.