Fort St. John and Dawson Creek will be holding a public forum regarding the harmonized sales tax.On Tuesday, May 24, residents in the Peace Region interested in speaking their mind will have the opportunity to take part in the first of 11 public forums regarding the HST.- Advertisement -Those interested will have the option to express themselves in person at the Northern Lights College at the Dawson Creek campus in room 116 in the Health Sciences Building, or through a video-conference at the Fort St. John college in room 101 at the Main Campus building. The meetings will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will run until 9 p.m.During the forum, people on both sides of the argument will have the ability to present their views about the HST referendum in a public meeting format.The goal of the forum is to generate informed discussions before the vote on the HST. An independent representative has also been selected to impartially moderate the forum.The moderator selected for the Peace Region forum is Laurie Rancourt, the president and CEO of Northern Lights College.Advertisement Anyone interested is invited to attend or watch the sessions online at www.hstpublicforum.ca . The website also has an online forum allowing people to express their opinions. People can also participate in the discussions via Facebook at www.facebook.com/HST.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hart High’s football team is in danger of losing to an opponent three times in a row for the first time in coach Mike Herrington’s 17-year career. After falling to state power St. Bonaventure of Ventura in 2003 and 2004, Hart (1-0) looks to break the series losing streak at 7 p.m. Friday at Ventura High. The only other opponents to defeat Hart twice in a row during Herrington’s tenure were Crespi of Encino (1989 and 1990), and Loyola of L.A. (1997 and 1998). Hart, which has not played Crespi since those defeats, broke the Loyola skid with a 26-7 victory in 1999. Most favor St. Bonaventure (2-0) this week. Besides the advantage of having played an extra game, St. Bonaventure has appeared in six consecutive section championship games – and seven in the past nine years – and has won 83 of its past 86 games, a .965 winning percentage. In Cal-Hi Sports’ preseason state rankings, St. Bonaventure was ninth and Hart was 12th. After Hart struggled to defeat unheralded Moorpark 7-6, Herrington said he has more important concerns than worrying about the supposed historical impact of losing three in a row to St. Bonaventure. The first order of business at Hart this week is to work in a new running back because touted sophomore starter Delano Howell is doubtful after spraining his ankle Friday. Robbie Casselberry, who led Hart in rushing and scoring as a junior last season before switching to receiver this year, is slated to start in Howell’s place. However, the move opens a spot at receiver, so Hart technically must replace two skill-position starters. For Rickie Crouch, a senior football transfer from Crenshaw of Los Angeles who has won a spot as Valencia’s starting safety, the Vikings’ 35-21 opening victory at Bishop Amat of La Puente highlighted an evening filled with new experiences. Crouch, a punter at Crenshaw, had never played on offense or defense until Friday. He had a few rough moments but recovered a blocked field goal attempt and also came through with a key interception late in the fourth quarter. “It was really my first football game, so I was a little nervous,” said Crouch, who fumbled away a punt return the first time he touched the ball and later missed an open tackle on a long touchdown run. “But that interception was the best thing ever – and that’s just one of many to come. I can’t wait until the next game Friday.” Crouch said he wanted to do more than punt at Crenshaw but was limited because of disagreements with a head coach Robert Garrett. “The problem at Crenshaw is I wasn’t getting the opportunities I thought I should get,” Crouch said. Garrett saw things differently. “Rickie was a very good punter. He just didn’t show ambition to do anything else,” Garrett said. “I wouldn’t say he didn’t have opportunities. That’s the wrong choice of words.” Ryan Zirbel, a former youth football standout who is a freshman running back at Saugus, came through with an impressive debut. He scored two touchdowns and recorded a safety in a 39-8 victory over Pasadena last week. In other Saugus football news, parent volunteers are wanted to sell programs for the varsity and junior varsity at home games at College of the Canyons. For info, contact Rick Walroth: (661) 296-1828. Remember the name Rawston Redick. The youngster rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder, to carry host Castaic (10-under) to an opening 24-0 victory over annual power Ventura in youth football action Saturday. Never thought I’d live to see Hart’s football team win by one point and Burbank win by 66 on the same night. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or [email protected] The fax is (661) 257-5262.