U.S. Military Base Opens,
run by North American Aerospace Defense Command or NORAD. Operates as a Cold War radar facility for spotting Soviet Union bombers and missiles.
as Canadian Forces Base Baldy Hughes.
CFB Baldy Hughes
First environmental study done, finding significant soil contamination by carcinogen polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs) from transformers and capacitors; further ground contamination due to crankcase oil; radiation from the radar facility; and asbestos pipe insulation, floor tiles and siding. Estimated clean-up cost: $2.4 million in environmental clean-up costs - $4.5 million in 2021 funds.
Canada decommissions CFB Baldy Hughes.
Transformer PCB leak
Department of National Defense
Circle “J” buys land from federal government
Baldy Hughes’ Developments, later Moose Springs, buys land for $350,000
Lorne Mayencourt and Christy Clark
serves as MLA for Vancouver-Burrard. Resigns early to run for Parliament. Seen here with Christy Clark as she campaigned for Liberal Party of BC leadership in 2010.
The Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community near Prince George, B.C. has helped more than 1,200 men move away from the horrors of active addiction since 2007, giving them tools to live healthier happier lives. However, reports and hazardous materials inventories indicate the former military base still contains such materials. Indeed, a report from 2010, prior to the province purchasing the land for significantly higher than assessed value, suggested $375,000 be spent on cleanup. To date, BC Housing has spent half that.
Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community
created by MLA Lorne Mayencourt and real estate developer Kevin England through the BC New Hope Recovery Society.
Mayencourt founder plaque
BH Facebook page
a Legislative intern and his Vancouver riding constituency assistant to Prince George.
MLA Lorne Mayencourt takes
Times Colonist, Darren Stone
Prowler Leasing buys land for $650,000
BH Lease Document
Obtained under Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act
for province as a closing document for purchase of property.
Mayencourt signs document
England, Smith at WE candidates meeting
as Vancouver Centre Conservative candidate for Parliament. He was supported in his run by Baldy Hughes co-founder and real estate developer Kevin England as well as former Liberal ministerial aide and future Baldy Hughes executive director Marshall Smith (pictured)
Mayencourt runs unsuccessfully
Dan Toulget photo
provides $460,635 for a biomass heating plant at Baldy Hughes. The project also involved a $246,568 grant and $173,397 loan from Northern Development Initiative Trust’s Economic Diversification Program. A former board member’s company does the work.
BC Liberal premier Gordon Campbell’s government
Three environmental assessments done as part of provincial due diligence before land purchase.
Prince George Citizen video
Health Minister Kevin Falcon and Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond in attendance. Part of funding earmarked for kitchen renovations. When BC Housing sought to upgrade kitchens in 2014, the contract went to IDL Projects Inc.
From 2006-2016, IDL Projects president Dennis Schwab gave $25,259 to the Liberals, $1,004 of that to Bond.
BC Liberal government gives Baldy Hughes $500,000
“Baldy Hughes helps people confront their addictions and turn their lives around,” Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Housing Rich Coleman said Dec. 22, 2010. As part of deal, the New Hope Recovery Society would also receive annual operating funding of just over $277,000 through BC Housing as well as operating funds of $100,000 through provincial gaming grants and up to $676,000 in support recovery funding from the Ministry of Social Development.
$175,000 deducted from the purchase price for environmental clean-up
Province buys land for $2.85 million
Falcon Smith, Bell and Bond
while Marshall Smith, now chief of staff to Albert minister of mental health and addiction, was executive director. One client says he voluntarily worked at MLA Shirley Bond’s office. Seen here are Liberal Ministers Kevin Falcon, Pat Bell and Shirley Bond with Smith (in white shirt)
clients allegedly participate in political work
Marshall Smith works on Kevin Falcon’s BC Liberal leadership campaign. Falcon’s opponent for the job and later premier was Christy Clark.
Baldy Hughes executive director
After remaining somewhat stable prior to 2008, B.C. deaths due to drug overdoses began to climb in 2011. The number of people dying in each year are:
2010 B.C. Opioid Overdose Crisis Tragedy Deepens
BC Housing environmental inventory done
Asbestos, PCBs, CFC refrigerator coolant, leaded paint found. Mercury in thermostats and radioactive chips in smoke detectors suspected. Evidence of water in walls and possibility of mould warned about.
Mayencourt, England fundraiser
in support of Baldy Hughes work. Founders Lorne Mayencourt and Kevin England are seen here at the Hotel Vancouver in July 2013.
Multiple fundraisers have been held
Rustad Bond $1 million
Flickr.com via BC Government
for new beds. Ministers John Rusted and Shirley Bond attend.
BC Liberal government gives $1 million
to the BC New Hope Recovery Society’s Baldy Hughes therapeutic community and farm. Money aimed to assist society’s share of operating costs.
TEG Master Partnership donates $3.6 million
entertains supporters at a Hotel Vancouver fundraiser.
Singer Chantal Kreviazuk
Some contaminated buildings reported demolished. Asbestos, lead, PCBs, radioactive elements found in many places.
BC Housing puts out contract for asbestos removal
Patients say they have done such work under supervision of qualified people.
identifies asbestos and lead paint as issues as well as outlining building and fire code problems.
BC Housing project request for proposals
Baldy Hughes celebrates graduates
Prince George Citizen profiles one man’s completion of his time at Baldy Hughes
continues to operate, helping men recover from addiction.
Story by: Jeremy Hainsworth