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Vol. 53 No. 9 Sicamous, B.C., • 1.25 (HST included) •

Teachers prepared to walk out over legislated contract George Abbott: Education minister may consider BCTF request for mediation. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

B.C.’s teachers are ready to escalate job action in response to the provincial government’s intent to legislate an imposed contract. On Tuesday, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) was awaiting a ruling from the B.C. Labour Relations Board on whether it would be allowed to walk off the job for eight days over a two-week period. In the meantime, BCTF is preparing to vote on the strike action. The result should be known Thursday. Teachers in the Okanagan-Shuswap were out on the streets Monday afternoon, protesting Education Minister George Abbott’s decision to proceed with legislation that would bring an end to the yearlong teachers contract negotiations. “He’s showing poor direction – we’re standing up for the bigger picture. This is about the erosion of democracy,” commented Salmon Arm Secondary theatre instructor Cathy Hay. “I’ve been teaching for 27 years and this makes me sick. I just want to teach,” said physical education instructor Tricia Martin. Abbott announced Friday that he would be directing staff to prepare a bill or bills that would bring about a “resolution” to the collective bargaining dispute between the BCTF, the BC Public School Employers’ As-

Job action outreach: Teachers Karen Andreassen, Lynn Ritchie, Donna Rollier and Jaana Mainprize get ready to take to the streets in a show of solidarity Monday afternoon. Photo by James Murray sociation (BCPSEA) and the province. The legislation was also expected to be completed Tuesday. “From my perspective, it is unacceptable that this situation continue,” Abbott said in a press conference. “The parties have been at the table now for one year, there have been 78 face-to-face bargaining sessions and the parties remain as far apart today… as they were one year ago, and I am not prepared to see this go on very much longer.” The BCTF responded with demands for a mediated

settlement, which the BCPSEA has since agreed to. “Our employer, BCPSEA agreed to mediation on Friday, so I’m concerned that the minister is a little bit ahead of himself as far as legislation,” said North Okanagan Teachers’ Association president Lynda Bennett. “We feel it would be respectful if he put legislation on the side so that we could give mediation a try.” Abbott initially dismissed the notion of using a meSee Class size on page 2

Chamber aims to boost civic pride with new large-scale events Events co-ordinator: Proposal would have district cover cost of part-time position. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

The Sicamous Chamber of Commerce is aiming to be the go-to-group for community event management with the assistance of a district-funded events coordinator. Chamber executive director Corrinne Cross says one of the things that came up repeatedly during the recent municipal

election was a longing in the community for large-scale events like Moose Mouse Days. However, organizing and co-ordinating such events can be a daunting task for individual organizations and/or non-profit groups. “So what we’re thinking is, by bringing all the organizations and non-profits together, we would take some new event initiatives and sort of put them together and co-ordinate those, and market them, and all the organizations involved would participate and reap their percentage of the rewards financially as well,” says Cross. To accommodate this, the chamber has proposed something of a partnership with

This proposal is designed to have many new, successful events in Sicamous and bring visitors into our community… Corrinne Cross Sicamous Chamber of Commerce

the District of Sicamous, in the form of a district-funded position that would be responsible for the maintenance and management of a community events calendar, event logistics, researching new commu-

nity event initiatives and co-ordinating volunteers and volunteer groups. In researching the feasibility of such a position, Cross said in a presentation to the district’s committee of the whole, it was found the district could pay $60,000 or more annually for what the chamber is proposing. The chamber, however, says it can fill this “much needed function” for $20,000, plus 10 per cent of all revenue after costs, to cover administration. “These costs are in line with the need to hire a person to take a portion of the existing work load away from the See Co-ordinator on page 3


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Semi driver ticketed after losing control By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

A Surrey man was airlifted to hospital in Kamloops following a semi tractor-trailer accident west of Sicamous on the Trans-Canada Highway. Sicamous RCMP Const. Dusty Miller says that around noon on Friday, Feb. 24, the driver of a westbound semi lost control while travelling up one of the hills. The vehicle went off the road to the left, crossed the oncoming lane and collided with a rock face along the highway. The

Eagle Valley Rescue Society and Salmon Arm Rescue were called in to extract the driver. The driver and passenger, both from Surrey, suffered undetermined injuries. The passenger was taken to hospital in Salmon Arm. The driver, however, was taken to the nearby rest area where he was airlifted to hospital in Kamloops. Miller says road conditions were bad at the time of the Speeding: A tow truck driver prepares to remove a semi incident, and the driver can that collided with a rock face after the driver lost control on expect a ticket for speeding the Trans-Canada Highway west of Sicamous. relative to conditions. Photo by Amy Wrench

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diator to settle the monetary issues. He says it is not an appropriate assignment for a mediator to attempt to bridge the $2 billion gulf between the two parties. Abbott has since suggested he might be open to a mediated resolution provided the settlement reflects the province’s net-zero mandate. The education minister’s announcement followed the release of a report on the status of collective bargaining between the teachers’ federation and the BCPSEA by assistant deputy minister of industrial relations Trevor Hughes. The report concludes that it is unlikely a negotiated agreement could be achieved, with wages being the key sticking point. Abbott said he was

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very concerned with how the absence of report cards and of collaborative meetings between teachers and administration have left some children vulnerable, and special needs students at an accelerated risk. School District #83 District Parents Advisory Council (DPAC) president Jennifer Cook says there are indeed students who have been impacted by the teachers’ job action who will be repeating some grades as a result. But she notes the overall impact varies from school to school. At some, she says, it’s been business as usual, while at others, she says she’s heard from parents who are hearing more now from teachers than they did in the past. Part of the issue, she says, is parents maybe not realizing

they can still communicate with teachers. “A lot of parents think, with this job action going on I can’t speak to my teacher and that’s not the case. Teachers are encouraging parents to come to them more and get more information,” says Cook. What has had an impact on students, says Cook, has been the elimination of recess, and the collaboration between teachers and administrative staff that might have kept some students from falling through the cracks. School District #83 Superintendent Dave Witt has seen this as well. “We’re starting to see some signs of concern in terms of parents losing touch with their student’s progress, especially at the secondary level, so there have been

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areas of concern,” says Witt. “I know principals and vice principals have really missed being able to consult with teachers as a group on a variety of school direction issues. So those pieces have all had their impact.” Witt says he would welcome an end to the teachers’ job action, but that it’s unfortunate it will not be through a negotiated collective agreement. While Abbott says the province will not budge on its net-zero mandate, the B.C. government is having to come up with a resolution to the issue of class size and composition, which Bennett says is the number-one issue for teachers. In April 2011, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled that provincial

legislation limiting the right of teachers to negotiate class size and composition was unconstitutional. The court gave the government until April of this year to address the matter with new legislation. What Bennett has seen so far hasn’t inspired confidence. “I took the issue to George on Wednesday – a class of 30 that has 21 kids who have huge needs – and what (he) said was that class is not acceptable,” says Bennett. “On other classes, he said the composition wasn’t fair. So I said to him, if you say that these aren’t acceptable and aren’t fair, what are you going to do about it? And he has no answer other than, if we fix teachers, if we make them better, that will address the problems.”

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Teachers: Premier maintains wage increases cannot be justified. By Jennifer Smith Black Press

The fate of Vernon Jubilee Hospital’s two shelled-in floors could be revealed as soon as next month. Premier Christy Clark told Black Press that the local hospital situation is on her government’s radar and an announcement could be made in a month. “It’s something that we are considering,” said Clark, after opening the B.C. Winter Games in town Thursday and speaking to B.C. Liberals at Sparkling Hill Friday. “We are still working through all our capital spending plans so we should have an announcement on that one way or another pretty soon.” While few hints were given as to what that announcement could be, Clark credits Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster for ensuring that Victoria is well aware and does not forget about the constant overcrowding at Vernon Jubilee, and therefore the need

to open up more acute care beds. “You have a really effective MLA,” said Clark, whose budget was ironically released the same day that VJH hit the 193 in-patient mark, one more than the old record of 192. “Eric is a very passionate and persuasive man, so we certainly know how important this issue is to the people of Vernon.” But the premier also pointed out that the budget, which is controlling spending at two per cent, is called the most conservative in all of Canada for a reason. “I think these economic times really demand a careful and prudent government,” she said, adding that not everyone will get what they want. That includes teachers. Back to work legislation is being prepared for teachers who have been on a limited job action since the start of the year, still teaching but refusing administration duties such as

report cards. The B.C. Teacher’s Federation calls it a bullying tactic, and is calling for a day of action Monday, which is not expected to affect students. But considering what the teacher’s de-

work that government employees and teachers do, Clark says raises cannot be justified. Her goal is to look after taxpayers’ dollars, and the soft economy is once again a factor considered with all spending.

… I am not going to go to taxpayers and raise their taxes in order to give raises to government workers. B.C. Premier Christy Clark

mands for a 15 per cent wage increase and benefits over three years would cost said Clark, it’s all about the bottom line. “The only way to get that is to go to the taxpayers and ask for more money and I am not going to go to taxpayers to raise their taxes in order to give raises to government workers, not in these tough economic times.” While she values the

Although the economy is still fragile, Clark says B.C. is doing much better than most, particularly more so than countries like Europe and the U.S. “Around the world we see Europe, the United States going through these awful economic times and there aren’t many places in North America that investors can come and know their money is safe.

“Well British Columbia is one of those places because spending is controlled, because taxes are low. We don’t want to upset that.” In fact, Clark is working on promoting B.C. further, and that includes Vernon. “There are huge tourist opportunities here in the Okanagan obviously, everybody here is so good at it – Predator Ridge, Sparkling Hill, all the things that go on around the lakes, the wineries, Silver Star. There’s so much to sell.” Clark was so impressed while at Sparkling Hill Thursday that she invited the general manager on a trade mission to Japan and Korea. But what really impressed the premier during her nearly 24-hour visit, was Greater Vernon’s volunteer spirit at the Games. “Unbelievable, unbelievable. Just incredible community spirit here, I was so proud.”

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potential person that will be focused on our membership services and revenue streams, as well as ensure that the events management portion is well focused,” said Cross. Events already being entertained, and waiting to be planned, include mixed slopitch ball tournaments, hiking and trail ride adventures, competitive snow show and bike events, winter and summer Iron Man-type events, winter over-the-line ball tournaments, snowmobile events, dances, music festivals, Amazing Race-type events, hang gliding events, marathons and dragon boat racing. “This proposal is designed to have many new, successful events in Sicamous and bring visitors into our com-

munity and into our businesses – a win for all,” says Cross. “This is not to take over anyone’s events, but to bring new events to town and be coordinated with other groups, so not to hinder any other event. “That being said, if organizations are doing events, workshops or programs, etc., and would like some help in marketing, registration or legwork, we would be available to enhance their event with the knowledge base and skill sets that are present in our chamber organization.” Cross notes this new chamber function could also benefit the community in terms of economic development, while helping to boost community spirit. “This would be an umbrella-type proj-

ect where we would be managing events for the District of Sicamous to work on community spirit, and bringing visitors into the community in hopes of them returning and possibly moving to Sicamous and investing into the community,” says Cross. Mayor Darrell Trouton spoke favourably to the chamber’s proposal and how it might benefit the community. “I think it’s great value for what they’re asking…” says Trouton. “And this is kind of something that can help stimulate the economy of Sicamous by bringing people here. The chamber already has that connection with the local businesses, so why not have them be the direction and the go-to person for that?”

Trouton says council supports the proposal in principle, though council has not yet agreed to include the event co-ordinator in the district’s 2012 budget. Trouton says there are some details he hopes to iron out first, such as accountability and risk management. “When you have large events, you make sure that you’re in contact with the RCMP, security people, make sure you have proper fencing, make sure there’s liability insurance in place,” said Trouton. “If yo do a risk management assessment, it’s a lot easier to get insurance as well, and then you know you have all of your ducks in a row.” The chamber proposes its contract with the district for an events co-ordinator be

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Liberals look to make points off of teachers


obody seems to be overly surprised that the provincial government has decided to use legislation to end yet another contract negotiation with B.C.’s teachers. Historically, when it comes to contract negotiations, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the Liberal government have gotten along like milk and vinegar, with contract negotiations ending in legislation. This time, however, the Liberals appear to have found opportunity in teachers’ job action. Premier Christy Clark, who is slumping in the polls, says she will not seek more taxpayer dollars to pay government workers. The BCTF, however, is quick to note that MLAs currently make around $102,000, on which they receive an annual percentage increase based on the consumer price index. Meanwhile, Education Minister George Abbott says he is concerned for the vulnerable children who have been negatively impacted by the teachers’ job action. While this concern may be sincere, it certainly seems selective. According to Statistics Canada, B.C. has the worst child-poverty rate in the country, and the new provincial budget, recently announced by Finance Minister Kevin Falcon, doesn’t appear to do anything to address this. Nor does it do anything to help parents struggling with day care or post-secondary students saddled with large loans. North Okanagan-Shuswap Teachers Association president Lynda Bennett says she is concerned the B.C. Liberal government has created a funding crisis through a taxation policy that has benefitted corporations at the expense of social programs, health care and education. Meanwhile, as Falcon tells British Columbians, there are bleak times ahead. He says he may increase the corporate tax by one per cent to 11, only if deemed necessary, and only in 2014, after the next provincial election. No, it’s no surprise the Liberal government is pushing legislation on teachers. That’s just business as usual.



Taxing times ahead for B.C. government By Tom Fletcher News Columnist

VICTORIA – Before this week’s budget debate is drowned out by the shouting over the teachers’ dispute, here’s a look at the main points and the arguments unfolding around them. The setting for Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s first budget is what he dreaded when Premier Christy Clark handed him the job. Recovery is painfully slow, with mining and petroleum growing and forest products struggling to hold and build on gains made in Asia. This and the $3 billion dismantling of the harmonized sales tax moved Falcon to limit overall spending growth to an average of two per cent for the next three years. That means little or no increase to all areas except health care, education and social assistance. Despite holding the line on public service pay and not replacing 2,000 positions over the next three years, Clark and Falcon had to postpone the elimination of the 2.5-per-cent small business income tax to get to a balanced budget by 2013. And Falcon has again dangled the prospect of raising general corporate income tax from

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10 to 11 per cent, but not until 2014. Business experts applauded the hard line on spending, noting the contrast with Alberta’s big spending and Ontario’s big spending hangover. NDP finance critic Bruce Ralston says Falcon’s two-per-cent spending target is “unrealistic,” and the whole program is motivated mostly by two by-elections this year and a general election next year. He said the proposal to raise general business taxes is a repeat of his effort to save the HST, and it won’t happen if the B.C. Liberals win in 2013. Some other hot topics in the budget: • Selling assets. The big one here is B.C.’s liquor wholesaling monopoly, run out of warehouses in Kamloops and Vancouver. Falcon insists the private sector does this kind of work more efficiently, and union contracts will be protected in a bidding process. The NDP argues that selling off a monopoly puts this government cash cow at risk, and points to private retail stores with higher prices and lower wages. The proposed sale of 100 surplus Crown properties has raised cries of “selling the silverware to buy groceries.” But land sales are nothing new

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for governments, and Falcon prefers that to raising taxes. • Carbon tax. The last scheduled increase goes ahead in July, adding another penny on a litre of gasoline, followed by a freeze and review of the whole climate program. Ralston says the climate plan is “in tatters,” along with dozens of other policy areas that are also under review after 11 years of B.C. Liberal rule. NDP leader Adrian Dix vows to keep the carbon tax and its offsetting personal income tax cuts, direct carbon tax revenues to transit and rural energy-saving retrofits, and hike the general corporate tax rate from 10 to 12 per cent to pay for it. • HST. Asked what he would have done as finance minister, Ralston suggested getting rid of the HST sooner. Dix continues to misrepresent the HST as solely a transfer to big business, ignoring the small and medium-sized businesses that have a year left to take advantage of input tax credits. Simon Fraser University economist Jon Kesselman has estimated that poor people will be worse off when the HST ends, while the rest of us will see a very small net benefit.

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Mayes’ speech offers message of love By Martha Wickett Eagle Valley News

Love was central to the theme of OkanaganShuswap MP Colin Mayes’ most recent speech in the House of Commons. Fifteen members of Parliament get a chance to give a one-minute speech each day before Question Period in the House of Commons. Mayes has spoken on two issues so far this year – a national prayer breakfast and the forest industry. Some MPs have their speeches pre-written for them, but Mayes says he prefers to write his own. And while some MPs make political statements, “I think it’s an opportunity for me to say some things about my constituency,” he says. “People or events that have happened in the constituency – good news for the House and my colleagues to hear.” He notes that he has spoken about such topics as Neskonlith elder Mary Thomas, the Salmon Arm Secondary brass band which performed in Ottawa, Dorothy Askew and the Askew family, and sitskier Josh Dueck. On Feb. 15, his speech centred around the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, DC he attended that

was hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama. He said more than 3,500 delegates representing government, business and clergy leaders from the U.S. and 123 other countries attended the breakfast. Keynote speaker was author Eric Metaxas. “The theme of thee event was the great com-n mandment contained in the Good Book: ‘Lovee thy neighbour as thy-self,’ and ‘serve one an-other in love,’” Mayess told the House. “Public policy, mili-tary strength or redistri-ot bution of wealth is not the recipe for peace in the world,” he continued. “Only the divine spirit of love will overcome oppression, hate and aggression. This message is so simple to see. Why is it so hard to attain? “It was encouraging to attend this event with so many world leaders who understood solutions for world peace lay in the hearts of mankind and not in the might of mankind. Love is a little word. Only people can make it big.” To receive notifications or to view what Mayes says in the House, go to http:// The site points out that Mayes’ favourite word

in his speeches is “economic.” Regarding the forest industry, he told the House on Feb. 9: “Canada’s forest sector was hit hard during the recession. Our government acted to create jobs and eco-

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nomic growth in our forestry communities across Canada. However, we did not just hand out money randomly, like the Opposition would have us do, but targeted it to put the industry on a more sustainable path through investment and market diversification.” In 2011, he spoke six times. He spoke on international trade, noting that Canadian exporters are hurting, and asked what the minister is doing to open doors to trade. He spoke about Carol Williams, a resident of Coldstream who had passed away. He spoke about a film that he and another MP were hosting called Un-

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ashamed: Journey to Hope. “The documentary tells of Williams’ journey out of darkness and back to dignity and hope as she experiences God’s unconditional love and builds a new life for herself and her young daughter.” He spoke about the 100th anniversary of St. John’s Lutheran church in Vernon. “I thank St John’s Lutheran Church in Vernon and all churches in Canada that have contributed to the important work of tending to the spiritual well-being of Canadians and moulding those values that are the foundation of Canadian life.” He spoke about how the government has benefited the lumber industry in Canada, noting that he has the fifthlargest lumber company in the world in his constituency. “I constantly speak with the CEO of that company and he tells me about what our government has done to benefit his corporation to be competitive and also all that we have done to help it find new markets for its products.” And in November, 2011, he spoke about the Canadian Wheat Board in respect to comments from the Opposition. “I appreciate the fact


that debating policy in this place is very important, but I believe that equally important is the debate that happens during a general election. Our party was quite clear in the policies we wanted to bring forward for Canadians. Canadians were quite clear that they supported the policies that our party is now bringing forward in the House, such as issues around freedom for farmers in the Wheat Board. Just think about the number of seats that affects. There are about 50 seats, one in British Columbia, and we won 90 per cent of those seats. My assumption is that 90 per cent of the people support our policy on the Wheat Board. I would ask the member, does she not value the debate that took place with the public and the policies that we presented? If she wants to respect democracy, she should respect what the citizens of Canada said on May 2.”

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(Grade 6) Monday, March 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. at L’Ecole Intermediare/ Shuswap Middle School (171-30th St. SE, Salmon Arm) Registration for French Immersion Programs On Wednesday, April 4th, 2012, from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., School District #83 (North OkanaganShuswap) will be accepting registrations for the Early & Late Immersion Programs. Registration will take place at the District Education Centre located at #110 – 2960 Okanagan Avenue S.E., Salmon Arm on a first come first served basis. Parents or immediate relative must register child. A wait list will be created if the total of Early Immersion registrations exceeds 44. A wait list will be created if the total of Late Immersion registrations exceeds 60. Should registration be less than 48, a single class of 30 registrations would be formed, leaving the remainder on a wait list. If we do not receive 24 registrations we will not run a Late Immersion class this year.


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Selecting the right seeds for your gardening season

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Seeds never fail to amaze me, especially when the tiniest of seeds grow into a really big plant. They’re a mass of genetic information packed into a little time capsule, and when the right conditions to germinate happen, away they go. So before we start ordering our seeds from a catalogue or buying packages at the store, let’s take a look at the differences in our seed choices that are available today. Essentially, we have three kinds of seeds: 1) first generation or F1 hybrids, which have been hand-pollinated, patented, are often sterile (also know as Frankenseeds), genetically identical within food types, and sold from multinational seed companies; 2) bioengineered or genetically modified (GMO) seeds, which are fast contaminating the global seed supply on a wholesale level, and threatening the purity of seeds everywhere; and 3) heirloom or open-pollinated, genetically diverse seeds that have been passed on from generation to generation. Standard seeds may have been subject to all kinds of sprays while they were forming on the parent plant, and may have had their


genes altered to encourage them to have certain qualities, such as disease resistance, higher productivity, sweeter taste, etc. This is different from selective breeding and hybridization, which has been going on for centuries in order to produce the vegetables and fruits that we have today. With genetic modification, there is no way of knowing what else might be altered when the genetic material is tampered with. Even an apparently beneficial alteration, such as making a plant more resistant to disease, can have a negative effect if this means that bacteria evolve to survive. This could create a risk of human diseases becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics. The long-term effects of GMOs on human health are not yet known, but short-term effects include aller-

gic reactions and gene transfers from GMO foods to the cells of the body. There is also a risk of harming biodiversity and perhaps producing new allergens, or even new diseases. Farms are not isolated systems, so cross-pollinating occurs between genetically modified crops and wild species, creating a serious threat to overall biodiversity. Also, many genetically modified seeds are designed to be used with agrochemicals, which destroy soil health and create a toxic leachate that finds its way into the under- and aboveground water sources. Seed crops must complete an entire life cycle to produce seeds, so they are in the ground longer than most fruit and vegetable crops. Because regulators do not consider them food crops, they can be subjected to even higher levels of agrochemicals than the fruits and vegetables sold for food. Organic seed farms, just like organic fruit and vegetable operations, are subjected to high standards of environmental stewardship, including attention to soil fertility, biological pest control and conservation practices. Organic seed


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farmers must respect and promote ecological diversity and health to obtain desirable yields, and they encourage natural mating and evolution of strong seeds by breeding plants that perform well under local environmental conditions. In a nutshell, if you want to have a truly organic garden, you will need to buy organic seeds, even if you’ve never used pesticide, commercial fertilizers or weed killer in your garden. If the seed you are purchasing has been subject to genetic modification, they will never be organic. Organic seeds have a better heritage, are safe, tend to be stronger and healthier, are not contaminated by genetic modification and do not carry harmful chemicals in any of their tiny cells. They produce plants that are higher in vitality, and therefore are more naturally disease and pest resistant. To boot, they produce foods with increased nutritional value and taste. The Mayan word “gene” means “spiral of life.” The genes in heirloom seeds give life to our future, and the loss of genetic seed diversity facing us today may lead to a catastrophe far beyond our imagining.

For example, with heirloom seeds, there are 10,000 varieties of apples, compared to the very few F1 hybrid apple types, and when “seedless” foods started coming out, the alarm bells should have been going off. Unless the 100 million backyard gardeners and organic farmers keep these seeds alive, they will disappear altogether. This is truly an instance where all of us gardeners, along with the large and small-scale farmers, can potentially make all the difference in the world. Organic seeds are readily available through a variety of certified-organic companies online, or can be found in our local nurseries or garden stores. My favourite organic seed company is Stellar Seeds, formerly from Sorrento and is now based in Kaslo. Their excellent quality seeds are specifically suited to our growing zone, and their catalogue boasts a wide variety of seeds to choose from. For this year’s growing season, let’s put our money where our mouths are and support these certified organic seed and plant growers, who play a crucial role in

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Eagles at 2-1 in playoff action against Revelstoke rivals By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Never underestimate the underdog. The odds may have seemed stacked against the Sicamous Eagles going into the playoffs vs. the Revelstoke Grizzlies. But after two significant wins and one narrow loss, the Eagles are at the top of their game, and their division. Sicamous took a 5-1 win in their first playoff game on Friday, an away contest where they dominated the first frame with three goals. Connor Fynn potted the first goal of the evening, and put in two more in the second period. Goals from Brendan Devries and Brett Bretitkreuz added to Fynn’s in the first frame, giving the team a 3-0 lead going into the second

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Sicamous Eagles goalie Kris Drott dives on the puck during the Eagles’ 4 to 3 loss to the Revelstoke Grizzlies in game three of the playoffs played Monday evening at the Sicamous and District Recreation Centre. Photo by James Murray

period. Revelstoke’s single came in the second frame. Fynn was named the game’s first star, Sicamous goalie Kris Drott second star and Bretitkruez third star. On Saturday, the Eagles clinched a 8-5 win in another

game on Revelstoke ice. Once again, the bruins appeared to be in hibernation for the first frame, as Sicamous took a 5-0 lead. Goals came from Brayden Taekema (2), Fynn, Matt Reed and Stewart Coyle.

Devries got an early marker in the second frame, while Reed put in the winning goal in the third. He was also named the game’s first star. On Monday, Sicamous hosted game three of the playoffs. A good crowd

showed up to support the home team, but the Grizzlies still managed to take the game with a 4-3 win. Taekema put in an unassisted marker in the first frame, but Revelstoke had a stronger showing, and was able


to end the period with a 4-1 lead. Neither team let up in the second or third periods, but only Sicamous was able to find the back of the net. Fynn scored in the second period and Taekema in the third. Sicamous Eagles manager Wayne March took the loss in stride. “They got four against us early and we fought back and fought back hard, but not good enough,” said March. Regardless, March says the team morale remains high. “A lot of people figured we were going to be an easy walk-over and, quite honestly, we’re far from it.” Game four was Tuesday night, after press time. Game five takes place Friday, March 2 in Sicamous.


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t started in September 2007, when two teens at a Nova Scotia high school stood up for a younger student. David Shepherd and Travis Price, both in Grade 12, heard about a Grade 9 student at their school who had been bullied and threatened for wearing a pink polo shirt on his first day of school. They decided they should do something about it and went to a discount store, where they bought 50 pink shirts and tank tops to wear to school the next day. They also went online to round up support for their anti-bullying cause, which they dubbed a “sea of pink.” It worked. The next day, dozens of students were outfitted with the discount shirts, but even better – hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some from head to toe. The bullies were reportedly never heard from again. This year, Feb. 29 is Pink Shirt Day in B.C. and other parts of Canada, an annual anti-bullying event that started after the nowfamous 2007 “sea of pink” campaign. The need for awareness and action against bullying remains as strong as ever, say those involved in the pink event, including local radio station CKNW, Black Press, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver, and London Drugs, where people can buy the official ‘Bullying Stops Here’ pink shirts for 2012. “Awareness of what bullying is and understanding that it hurts is important,” says Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Vancouver president and CEO Carolyn Tuckwell. “It isn’t just a rite of passage. It doesn’t have to happen. And it’s relevant to everyone, whether in school, after school or in the workplace.” According to, as many as 25 per cent of children in Grades 4 to 6 have been bullied and approximately one in 10 children have bullied others, while a 2004 study published in the Medical Journal of Pediatrics found that about one in seven Canadian children aged 11 to 16 are victims of bullying. It is important to recognize what bullying is, and that it happens in many forms – verbally, socially, physically and online (cyber bullying), says Tuckwell. “By wearing pink, people show they’re making that commitment, to not let bullying happen,” she says. In 2009, 20,000 pink shirts were sold and in 2010, 30,000 helped

the effort. Last year, 46,000 T-Shirts were sold and this year we hope to sell 60,000. Tuckwell and others emphasize that the pink shirt is secondary to raising awareness about bullying and getting people involved. B.C. is no stranger to tragedy related to bullying.From Surrey’s 14-year-old Hamed Nastoh, who jumped off the Patullo Bridge and killed himself after leaving a note behind blaming the constant bullying he endured at school, to Mission’s Dawn-Marie Wesley, 14, who committed suicide by hanging herself after relentless bullying, there are countless told and untold stories that remain horrific. The provincial government has taken steps to address bullying in recent years, including a Ministry of Education resource brochure for parents in 14 languages that can be found online at Net proceeds benefit the CKNW Orphans’ Fund in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC: BGC programs foster self-esteem, social engagement, academic success, inclusion, acceptance, respect for self and others, and connection to community – all of which are key elements of bullying prevention. CKNW Orphans’ Fund: The CKNW Orphans’ Fund is committed to enhancing the lives of children with physical, mental and social challenges living in BC communities. The fund includes children who are bullied under the scope of the funds work, because these children will need extra support for their development.

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Dave Stead Sr. Memorial Society and help us discourage bullying in all its forms.

• Business card design & printing • Flyer design & printing • Rack cards & brochures • “Your photo on canvas” Museum or standard framing.

Tia Lemieux 250-836-3103 School District No. 83 North Okanagan-Shuswap Wednesday February 29

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All members of the school community are expected to treat others with respect and courtesy and to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the respect of others.


Wear pink and support freedom from bullying




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Diversity Why wear pink on February 29, 2012? To take a stand against homophobic and transphobic bullying A message from the North Okanagan-Shuswap Teachers’ Association

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February 29, 2012 edition of the Eagle Valley News

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