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SH 56 1892 Spall Rd, Kelowna 250-868-1010 THURSDAY October 20, 2011 The Central Okanagan’s Best-Read Newspaper serving our community 1930 to 2011 ▼ CBC ▼ KELOWNA Funding cuts Senior wants to save garden plot won’t impact local radio expansion Kathy Michaels STAFF REPORTER Alistair Waters ASSISTANT EDITOR Despite an expected funding cut of between five and 10 per cent to the public broadcaster in next spring’s federal budget, the recent expansion of radio service here will not be directly affected, says the head of the CBC. Hubert Lacroix, who was in Kelowna Wednesday as part of a Western Canada tour of CBC station offices and the communities they serve, told the Capital News any cuts that have to be made will be done outside of the resources being used for the four-year plan that included creation of Radio West, a new afternoon radio show out of Kelowna that started last week, and the anticipated start of new morning show out of Kamloops next year. “We will trim around the edges,” said Lacroix, adding it is not his intention to curtail the plan that will also see new regional radio shows in Kitchener-Waterloo and London, Ont., Rimouski in Que., and the addition of evening television news broadcasts on the week- ends in Edmonton, Ottawa, and St. John’s. Noting the plan, dubbed Everyone, Every Way, is being funded through existing CBC resources, the president and CEO of the corporation said there are seven million Canadians are either not served or underserved by the public broadcaster across this country. “You cannot be a public broadcaster without being deeply in the regions,” said Lacroix. The CBC currently receives $1.1 billion in funding from the federal government and has to raise an additional $700,000 in revenue itself to meet its budget. Lacroix argues that in order to meet the expectations of the government and Canadians that a public broadcaster shouldaccessibility and, in the words of the Broadcasting Act “to inform, enlighten and entertain,”— CBC needs the money it receives. And despite criticism often leveled at it because of the public mon- OLD JEWELLERY See Cuts A7 | WATCHES Will Smith, 71, may not have much in the way of material riches, but with a plot of land one-quarter the size of an average Kelowna yard, he’s grown ingredients fit for a month-long vegan feast. “I produced a couple hundred pounds of carrots,” said the Pleasantvale resident Tuesday, as he surveyed his six-by-eight foot garden. “And we have another hundred pounds of beets.” The carrots and beets, which will go into dry storage, will help sustain Smith throughout the winter, but there’s a lot of bounty for one man to handle. That’s why he’s already given some of his harvest to his neighbours at the low-income seniors complex where he lives. And, as beets were being pulled from the ground Tuesday, their edible tops were being lopped off and packaged up to be donated to the food bank. By Smith’s estimates, farming and the edible rewards that can be reaped from it, is the best way forward in terms of creating a sustainable community. But he has some concerns that the little niche he’s carved out may cease to be in years to come. Pleasantvale, the city’s oldest seniors’ housing complex, was passed from the Rotary Club of Kelowna to B.C. Housing at the cost of a dollar. The provincial housing authority is expected to change the 38,400 square foot bachelor suites and 12 one-bedroom apartments into a higher density building. Current residents will get housing in the units at the cost they currently pay when anything new is built. Before that happens, however, Smith is making a plea that his garden, or a garden of its kind, be kept in mind. “We’ve put in a request to the board to ask if they rebuild, will they give 1,000 square feet for a garden,” he said. “The people we have here don’t have a lot of money and there’s so much potential. In terms of group development, it could create a dynamic where people work together and feel united and bound in belonging. If the Rotary would support this, and put it through to architects, it would vitalize the future for the old residents.” In addition to a garden space, Smith is hoping any new development could come along with a root cellar, for storage, and he’s said as much to the board overseeing the building. He hasn’t heard anything yet, but in the meantime he’ll keep gardening. | COINS | GUARANTEE to pay TOP CASH for We your Gold and Silver! NUGGETS | KATHY MICHAELS/CAPITAL NEWS WILL SMITH tends to his garden at Pleasantvale, the city’s oldest seniors’ housing complex in Kelowna. BROKEN CHAINS | SERVING PIECES AND CUTLERY As one of the few non-pawn shop companies in the Okanagan, we are authorized by the City of Kelowna & the RCMP to buy gold from the public. “locally owned” Northwest Diamonds Inc. | Unit 202-1441 Ellis Street, Kelowna | 250.860.0096 | 1.866.872.0096 | N

Kelowna Capital News 20 October 2011

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