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RDKB recommends arbitration for ongoing sewer dispute BY VALERIE ROSSI Times Staff


Greater Trail drivers are feeling the effects of rising oil prices this week. Pump prices around the region took an eight-cent jump bringing the average around Trail for regular gas to around $1.28 per litre.

Rising prices gas consumers at pumps BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff

Here’s a gas problem that Pepto-Bismol won’t cure. Automobile drivers all across Greater Trail have experienced a pain in the gas this week as the price per litre of regular gasoline has jumped by eight cents, setting the bar at $1.28.9 per liter. In Trail the price is steady across the board at $1.28.9 at the city’s pumps, according to, a rise of eight cents since late last week. In Warfield the FasGas has registered two increases at the pumps in the last few days, now sitting at $1.28.7 per litre. The latest jump follows a national trend where prices have risen as much as 14 cents in Montreal (to $1.44 a litre) — with the Canadian average rising one cent to $1.28 — and to $1.42.2 in Vancouver, up six cents on average. Energy-industry experts

warned that the increase was just a taste of the high fuel costs Canadians can expect in the coming months. Some experts predict we could be paying as much $1.50 per litre this summer, as gas prices generally rise as the weather warms and more people are on the road. That price may drive some people across the border in

search of cheaper gasoline as they endeavour to fill the cavernous tanks in their motor homes. But the rise in price per gallon has also afflicted pumps south of the border, with the Northport Chevron — south of Rossland — reporting $3.78.9 per gallon (approximately $1 per litre). “That is up 26 cents (per gallon) in the last few days,” said an employee at the station. That increase works out to around six cents per litre, still less than the eight-cent rise that has hit many West Kootenay pumps. Nelson and Castlegar are all reporting an eight-cent increase according to, although the Castlegar Mohawk, rated the highest by the website at $1.34.9 per litre, wouldn’t confirm its price at the pump. Grand Forks reported $1.29.9, while Nakusp was $1.23.9 and Salmo was $1.28.9.

After years of battling over fair cost apportionment on regional sewer, the matter may now be resolved through binding arbitration. The communities of Trail, Warfield and Rossland have been given ample opportunity to come to a new agreement on the regional service under dispute since 2008 but even with assistance from a mediator, couldn’t find common ground. The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) has now recommended the matter go to the province in hopes of finding a resolution this year, though the financial implications will not be taken into effect until 2013 with budget deadlines nearing at the end of next month. “We are hopeful that all three participants can reach some kind of accord so that we don’t have arbitration, that would be in everybody’s best interest,” said RDKB chair Larry Gray. “Perhaps this might be a catalyst for some continuing negotiations; certainly through arbitration, you’re never sure what the outcome is going to be.” The regional board is still hopeful that an “outside threat” may push the partners into finding a resolution, a task consultant George Paul of Community Solutions Incorporated

couldn’t do. The mediator provided a report that found Trail should fork over about 10 per cent less than the 70 per cent it currently pays, which works out to a savings of over $100,000 a year, on the budget that sat at approximately $1.7 million in 2011 and is shaping up to about the same for this year. The partners are still following a funding formula created in the late 1960s, which is based mostly on population and projected growth. Paul called this formula “flawed,” as it is in no way reflective of the growth that has actually occurred and recommended the partners either move to a new formula based on 50 per cent population and 50 per cent water consumption or just population. “We know that it will take several months before the ministry will act, it’s not something that they’re going to come by tomorrow and sit down and deal with the parties on,” said Gray, hopeful that the partners will take advantage of their last window of opportunity. Eventually the cost and feasibility of either updating the regional sewer plant or moving to a new location will be looked at and a new formula will have to be considered again to accommodate the Beaver Valley into the service.

No change to dog bylaw Council ends discussion on breed-specific rates BY VALERIE ROSSI Times Staff

After dragging the current animal control legislation by the leash this month, Trail council decided it didn’t have an appetite for changing its breed-specific bylaw at Monday night’s meeting. The majority of council – Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs, and councillors Robert Cacchioni, Eleanor

Gattafoni Robinson and Rick Georgetti – voted against bringing it back to the table for discussion. “The bylaw is working right now and we’ve had subtle interest in changing it but not a great deal of interest,” said Cacchioni. “Many of the people I’ve talked to said quite clearly that they’re happy with the way the bylaw is and that those breeds (Pitbull Terrier) should be restricted.” The current city bylaw not only

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Take a Hike program eyes SD20 BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff

The Kootenay-Boundary school district is at the top of the list for an innovative new program that helps youth-atrisk who are not able to cope in regular high school classes. The Vancouver-based Take a Hike Program is a unique program specifically designed to address the learning difficulties and social and emotional needs of youth, and now it wants to expand the program, with School District No. 20 (Kootenay-Boundary) as its first choice. Run as a partnership between the Take a Hike Foundation and the Vancouver Board of Education, the program received endorsement from the SD20 board last week as director of student support service Kim Williams

sought their support to pursue arrangement of another partnership. “I will let you know now that we are their number one choice,� she said. “And we live in the absolute ideal area to run this program. We have the access to the outdoors, but we also have the staff — the level of competency of the staff throughout this area is outstanding.� The signed letter from the board to the Foundation would allow SD20 staff to further explore the opportunity to bring the program in, allowing them access to all of the necessary financial paperwork. The Take a Hike Foundation has identified the cost of the development of the program over three years, with the Foundation providing 50 per cent of the expected costs

from $75,000 for year one to $25,000 for year three. The costs do not include the teacher and the child and youth care worker required for the program as it is expected staff would already be provided to support students already in alternate education programs. The other half of the cost would be borne by SD 20, costs that would be partially covered by “in kind� allocations — such as educational supplies — and community partnerships. The program focuses on atrisk-youth aged 15–19, grades 10–12. The purpose of the program is to assist students who have been unable to achieve success in mainstream classes to develop the positive behaviours and attributes they need to become healthy, productive citizens. It is a three-year program,



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Falcon pitches merits of latest B.C. budget BY BARRY COULTER Cranbrook Townsman

Hard on the heels of his first provincial budget, B.C. Finance Minister Kevin Falcon came to Cranbrook to discuss specific aspects of it. Overall, he said, the future of British Columbia is very bright, and the disciplined budget presented last week will help maintain the province’s competitiveness. Among other things, the budget puts a tight limit on spending, at two per cent, for three years with funding for many ministries and programs frozen. Certain surplus “non-strategic government assets” will be sold to generate revenue, and the small business income tax will be maintained at 2.5 per cent. While the government will operate at a deficit, the finance minister’s three-year plan is predicting a surplus by 2013/14. “The kind of austerity we have in the budget is really about discipline,” Falcon said after a presentation Monday, at a luncheon sponsored by the Cranbrook and District Chamber of Commerce at the Heritage Inn. “It’s about making sure that British Columbia doesn’t find itself down the path that other jurisdictions have - like Ontario, the United States, or Italy, or any of those jurisdictions that are now reaping the whirlwind as a result of not being disciplined in spending.” Falcon, who arrived from Victoria in the company of Kootenay East MLA Bill Bennett, told the luncheon crowd - with many in attendance from all over the East Kootenay - that last week’s budget had been delivered in the context of a new reality in the world. “Some governments haven’t woken up to it,” he said. “Some are being forced to wake up to it. “It’s a very uncertain - and in some cases a very ugly - world out there. For governments that got into the habit of spending, borrowing and taxing without thinking there’d be a reckoning. Well, that reckoning has come.” British Columbia, however, is maintaining its AAA credit rating, high employment and consumer spending levels, Falcon said. As well, British Columbia’s

trade diversification, particularly to Asian markets, is positioning the province well to be able to eliminate its deficit and maintain a competitive economy, he said. Falcon cited some salient measures in the budget. These include: • Maintaining the small business corporate income tax rate at 2.5 per cent (with a provisional one-point increase to the general corporate income tax rate); • The sale of surplus non-strategic assets; • Continued strategic capital investments, including schools, hospitals, and infrastructure, is expected to come in around $10.7 billion over the next three years; • There is a slight increase in spending for health care and education. Falcon said improving efficiencies in these systems have already allowed for smaller annual increases. • New measures for families, including enhanced homeowners grants and seniors’ home renovation grants, increases to the new housing rebate and grants for new second and recreational homes. “I’m proud of the fact that 10 out of 11 years we’ve out-performed our budget targets every single year except one - the year of the global economic meltdown,” Falcon said. “I think that is worth preserving. The fact that we have the highest credit rating possible in the world today is important. “My message to British Columbians is, though this budget is strategic and prudent on the operating side, we are investing heavily on the capital side. We want to continue to invest in hospitals, schools, transportation, infrastructure and post-secondary, and we will do so at almost record levels.” Falcon admitted that transitioning back to the PST/GST tax system will be costly. “The fact is, in (2013-2014) alone, we’re going to lose $500 million just transitioning back to the PST. It’s too bad, but that’s the reality,” he said. “I find it ironic that a lot of the people who campaigned against the HST are the same people calling for me to be spending more in the budget, in virtually every part of government.”


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Valley remains low Council sticks with current breed-specific bylaw FROM PAGE 1 Change is slow to hit the Slocan Valley where the Slocan Valley Co-op still sits at $1.20.9, the lowest gas price in the entire region along with Fruitvale’s Petro Canada. But the Fruitvale prices are expected to rise. Creston was also $1.20.9 while gas prices ranged from $1.20.9 to $1.34.9 in Cranbrook, and up to $1.29.9 in Kelowna.

FROM PAGE 1 lumps a Pitbull Terrier into its vicious dog category but charges owners $300 to license this breed while other dogs – deemed vicious or not – cost $25 with a veterinarian certificate noting the animal has been neutered or $100 if it

hasn’t. In compliance with the BC SPCA’s model, staff suggested at a previous meeting to remove pitbulls from the city’s vicious dog definition and target animals deemed vicious with the $300 increased fee. But language in the amend-

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never bothered the kids, she ate every cat in the neighbourhood and there was nothing I could do,” said Cacchioni. Mackinlay, who initiated discussion on the city’s bylawy, respected the decision, though it differed from his own opinion.


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City considers closing facilities in summer to save money BY KIRSTEN DOUGLAS Campbell River Mirror

City council will consider closing the Sportsplex for two months this summer in an effort to trim its 2012 budget and erase a $3.6 million deficit. Council discussed closing the Sportsplex in July and August, as well as closing Centennial Pool, during its financial planning meeting Tuesday night. The city said it would lose $67,000 in revenue but that would be offset by a savings of $111,000 by closing the Sportsplex for two months. The closure would eliminate roughly 29,800 visits; 1,000 hours of service; and approximately 160 outside rentals. According to Laura Ciarniello, the city’s manager of corporate services, if the Sportsplex closed in July and August, summer youth camps and sports camps offered at the Sportsplex would be cancelled and the weight room, squash courts and racquetball ball courts would be

unavailable. A total of 15 special summertime events such as Movies Under the Stars, Special Olympics Silent Auction, Canada Day skate park event, and slo-pitch tournaments would be cancelled. Service to users such as beach volleyball, mixed slo-pitch league play, men’s and ladies’ slo-pitch as well as Campbell River badminton and Taoist Tai Chi user groups would also be eliminated. A summer closure would also negatively affect city staffing and increase the risk of vandalism. “Closing the Sportsplex for the months of July and August would result in a significant disruption to human resources throughout the city as laid off Sportsplex staff would bump into other positions,” reads a city financial report to council. “We would expect an increase in vandalism and damage to the facility so staff would recommend contracting security at a cost of approximately $16,000.”


Education Minister George Abbott and Coquitlam school superintendent Tom Grant explain new legislation to reorganize teacher bargaining to reporters at the legislature Tuesday.

Abbott moves to stop strike BY TOM FLETCHER Black Press

VICTORIA – As the Labour Relations Board gave B.C. teachers a green light to strike for up to three days next week, Education Minister George Abbott tabled legislation Tuesday that would suspend all strike action and could impose millions of dollars in fines per day if a strike persists. As the legislature debates the “Education Improvement Act,” the B.C. Teachers’ Federation could legally walk off the job as early as Monday. Teachers are to complete their own vote on that option Wednesday. The LRB ruled Tuesday that teachers can legally strike for up to three consecutive days in one week after two days’ notice, and a further one day in each subsequent week with the same notice. That could continue until the new bill passes the legislature. Abbott said the legislation imposes a six-month “cooling-off period” and sets up appointment of a mediator to look at non-monetary issues such as class size and composition. A separate penalty provision would be enacted if necessary, Abbott said, imposing a fine of $1.3 million a day on the

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BCTF and up to $475 a day on individual teachers who strike in defiance of the new legislation. Abbott said the timing of imposing the coolingoff period depends on whether the NDP opposition holds up the bill or lets it pass in the legislature. BCTF president Susan Lambert said teachers are reluctantly considering a full walkout, after a work-to-rule campaign since last September where they have refused to complete report cards or meet with administrators. “Teachers would prefer to be engaging in a meaningful mediation process to resolve this dispute rather than escalating it,” BCTF President Susan Lambert said. The legislation extends the current teacher contract terms until June 2013, imposing the government’s two-year “net zero” wage mandate that most other government have agreed to voluntarily. It gives a yet-to-be-named mediator until June 30 to seek agreement on issues other than pay and benefits, such as class size and composition. The legislation also puts in place a new fund to address class size and special needs support, to respond to a court decision last year that said those issues were taken out of teacher contracts without adequate consultation. It provides $30 million extra this year, $60 million next year and $75 million each year after that, amounts the BCTF has rejected as far too little. The legislation imposes a new teacher evaluation and selection process that Abbott acknowledged will be controversial.

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Using fake gun draws real prison time THE CANADIAN PRESS RED DEER, Alta. - A man convicted of pointing a fake gun at a loss prevention officer outside a central Alberta shopping mall has sentenced to four and a half years in prison. Brett Morgan, who is 35, was sentenced Monday after he was found guilty in December of robbery and using an imitation firearm. Morgan was arrested last October after he stole some bedding from a store in Red Deer’s Bower Place Shopping Centre. Court heard he was confronted by the female officer in the centre’s parking lot. The woman testified at Morgan’s trial in November that she feared for her life when what she believed was a real handgun was pointed at her before the accused fled. Besides the prison sentence, Morgan is also prohibited from possessing or owning firearms for 10 years.


Large meteorite unveiled THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG - The Manitoba Museum in Winnipeg is preparing to unveil a new rock star. The so-called Elm Creek Meteorite, the largest meteorite ever found in the province, is joining the museum’s Space Rocks exhibit on Wednesday. The rock is the size of a football and weighs at least

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also show the number registered to Pierre Poutine twice called Edmonton-based RackNine Inc., on April 30 and May 1. The claims, which have not been proved in court, are laid out in an Information to Obtain a Production Order filed in an Edmonton court in November, and first reported Tuesday by Postmedia and the Ottawa Citizen. The records also show phones associated with Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke and the Guelph Conservative riding association made a total of 31 calls to RackNine between March 26 and early May. “I think it is reasonable to believe that some sort of consumer relationship existed between the Marty Burke Conservative






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George Burns had the secret to a long celebrity life


ecades ago in a “Rolling Stone” interview with the late George Burns, he of the wry wisecracking persona who managed to live until 100 while still smoking cigars to the end, the entertainer/ comedian became uncharacteristically serious for a moment. The context for the diversion was yet another celebrity (I’ve forgotten which one) who just entered rehab after consuming too much of some illicit drug. Burns asked the rock magazine reporter (sincerely I think, and with a measure of pained compassion) why the star in question felt the need for a drug-crutch? The reporter mused something to the effect of, “perhaps all the pressure.” Burns, not dogmatic or judgmental in tone, replied (and I paraphrase from memory): “Pressure? The guy/gal has millions. You want pressure? Some young mother with not much money, dinner burning, the phone ringing and

screaming kids; that’s pressure. Her taking drugs I get. But Celebrity X”? It was a classic Burns moment. His observation made one chuckle at the near-absurdity of the claim of “pressure” applied to wealthy and pampered Hollywood stars, yet it was not meant as a Jeremiad. The observation was offered up as a heartfelt, poignant reminder of who actually has a tough life. It was also delivered with the perfect timing of one whose first start in the entertainment business was on the vaudeville stage. In reading the interview, one could almost see Burns’ famous arched eyebrows. The interview moved on but I regularly recall Burns’ insightful observation whenever another celebrity dies a too-early death, Whitney Houston’s recent passing being a case in point. I recall Houston’s first songs appearing when I worked as a part-time disc jockey in the midto-late 1980s. Back then,



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Houston’s ballads were part of the standard Michael Jackson-Simple MindsU2-Godley & Creme-TotoForeigner-Mike and the Mechanics rotation fare on adult contemporary, top 40 radio where I worked. (Coincidentally, Houston’s rise came not long after Burns’ career was resuscitated for a new generation beginning in the late 1970s, no small accomplishment for someone born in 1896.) Whitney Houston’s passing is only the latest example of the curtain coming down too early on a spectacular talent. Every decade has had a few celebrities lose their

life to the unintended cocktail of damaging choices: Marilyn Monroe in the 1960s, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin in 1970 and Elvis Presley later that same decade; John Belushi in the 1980s, Kurt Cobain in the 1990s (by his own hand); Jackson at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and Amy Winehouse last year. So celebrity deaths due to “hard living” have, at least for the last half-century, hardly been uncommon. Still, compared to Burns, whose birth predated the First World War by 18 years and whose death came seven years after the Berlin Wall fell, a death in one’s 20s, 30s and or even in one’s 40s (Houston was 48), seems too early. Given I don’t read celebrity magazines or watch Entertainment Tonighttype shows, I was only vaguely aware of Houston’s drug and alcohol problems from the tabloid headlines at grocery store checkouts. But for anyone who hasn’t regularly consumed

the tabloid lives of celebrities, what struck me about Houston after her death were the replays of her more recent interviews. I hadn’t seen those broadcasts when first aired and it had been years since I’d heard Houston talk, so the more recent Houston voice came as a surprise: it was raspy, raw, deep, and “scratchy”. If it wasn’t actually painful for her to speak, it was painful for the listener to hear; Houston’s voice seemed tortured and strained. Whether to Barbara Walters or Oprah Winfrey, the interview excerpts sounded as if her vocal chords had been scratched up with brillo pads. Sure, no one’s at the top of their game forever. But at only 48, the sound of her most recent voice was symbolic and perhaps a premonition of what was to come. It was tragic to hear a pop diva’s once-smooth and sultry voice pocketed by pain. Mark Milke is a Troy Media syndicated columnist.

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Keep an eye on student debt levels


he benefits of higher education are well known. Not only do graduates tend to benefit personally from higher salaries, but the societal benefits of a highly education population are large as well. Unfortunately, there is a cost to these benefits and concern over student debt levels is warranted, especially if interest rates rise. Over the past decade, Canadians have become increasingly comfortable with debt. Most of the debt has been housing related, but student debt has been accumulating quickly as well. The federal government raised the national student loan debt ceiling by $10 billion in 2000, to $15 billion; but as the ceiling was to be breached by 2013, the government had to increase it again, this time to $19 billion. There is a fair amount of government involvement in both mortgage and student debt because of the perceived social benefits that come from having high levels of home ownership and a well educated population. There’s a key difference, however, in how the financial aide is given: housing debt requires certain minimum under-writing requirements (such as debt service ratios, down payment, income verification and credit scores) to qualify for government backed mortgage insurance. But student debt is dependent mostly on financial need and nothing more. Most Canadians qualify for student loans by being born in Canada and not having exceptionally wealthy parents. This is one of the great things about being Canadian, but it can also make it extremely easy for students to get in over


their heads. The onus is on the student to borrow prudently, taking into account future employment opportunities.


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Meanwhile, the government protects itself the only way it really can, by making bankruptcy extremely difficult to obtain (there’s no collateral as there is with a housing loan). Everyone has heard the stories of the student who partied away her loan money, or who graduated with a degree that didn’t result in a high paying job. For others, the investment paid off in spades, resulting in stable, high income employment. Hopefully there are far more of the latter than the former. But with the average student debt approaching $30,000 (according to the Canadian University Survey Consortium), it’s clear that the odds of financial difficulty brewing for many graduates down the road is increasing. According to a study done for the College Board in the United States in 2006, the level of student debt that is prudential upon graduation varies. Traditionally it was thought

to be around 8 per cent of gross income, but the authors highlight that a figure as high as 10 per cent was also reasonable. This means with 8 per cent10 per cent of gross income being dedicated to student loan repayment, other basic expenditures aren’t expected to be sacrificed (i.e. housing, getting married, etc.). The good news is that if the typical student with debt today graduates with $30,000 in loans, then as long as she earns between $40,000 and $50,000 in her first years of working, she’s operating within the prudential limits highlighted by the College Board (i.e. debt service of between 8 and 10 per cent of income). This isn’t completely unreasonable for many graduates after a few years of working, but it’s obviously entering a territory in which it is concerning. The problem is if interest rates went back to where they were five years ago, the “prudential range� goes up to $45,000 to $55,000 and we’re moving deeper into the disconcerting range. While this range might still be at the low end for many engineering, nursing and business graduates, the same can’t be said for graduates in the non-specialized fields (especially if they aren’t in Alberta). It’s difficult to generalize when talking about student debt, as everyone’s position is unique. That said, student debt levels in a low interest rate environment can engender a false sense of financial security. This should be a concern for a growing number of students and Canadians alike. Will Van’t Veld is an economist with ATB Financial.


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Tan Free Grad Challenge open to B.C. students THE FERNIE FREE PRESS The Canadian Cancer Society B.C. and Yukon launched its second annual TanFree Grad Challenge, and secondary school students across B.C. are set to fight back against cancer by encouraging their classmates to forego the “prom tan”, and instead, rock it in the skin they’re in.

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by educating their peers on the dangers of Ultraviolet radiation from both the sun and indoor tanning equipment and collecting pledges from fellow students to be tan-free for their graduation. According to Cranbrook Mount Baker Secondary student Amanda Musso, “We know that there is no safe way to get a tan and that any use of indoor tanning equipment before the age of 35 can increase a person’s risk of melanoma. “Our goal is to help change people’s attitudes towards tans and save our peers from making harmful choices.” “Last year, over 3,000 students pledged to be tan-free for their graduation,” says Patti Moore, Team Leader of Health Promotion at the Canadian Cancer Society. “The Society hopes to increase this number significantly by engaging over 30 schools in 2012.” In addition to the Challenge, the Society is advocating to the BC government to follow the lead of Nova Scotia and Southern Vancouver Island by banning indoor tanning for youth under 18—a recommendation that is shared by leading health organizations such the World Health Organization, the BC Medical Association, the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian D e r m a t o l o g y

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Following an injunction, protests and an as of yet unresolved civil suit, it looks like Invermere’s deer cull will be moving ahead after all. On Friday, the Supreme Court of British Columbia denied a request from the Invermere Deer Protection Organization (IDPO) to extend an injunction that has halted the proposed cull of 100 deer since February 9. “We’re happy that a further injunction has not been granted,” District of Invermere (DOI) mayor Gerry Taft said. “It’s been a frustrating process that involved a lot of time and energy on the parts of council and the DOI, as well as time and money with our legal council in Vancouver. We’re hoping

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Zaitsoff returns to run Red BY JIM BAILEY

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The Miele B.C. Cup received a nice surprise when Red Mountain Racer Sasha Zaitsoff returned to the West Kootenays to enter the four-day race. Organizers didn’t expect Zaitsoff, who has been racing in the World Cup with the national ski team, to race this week. “I found out Friday morning when he came in and gave me a big hug,” said race director Laura Frye. The Balfour resident and member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team didn’t disappoint. Zaitsoff raced to two first-place finishes in the Men’s Giant Slalom on Saturday and Sunday flying down the course in snowy conditions with a combined time of 1:52.01 Saturday and a time of 1:42.20 Sunday. He followed that up Monday with a great initial run for top spot in the Slalom, but a mistake in the second go through put him well back. Tyler Werry finished second to Zaitsoff in both GS races but got the better of him on Tuesday, winning the slalom while Zaitsoff finished in third. Broderick Thompson of the B.C. ski team came second. Other than a huge dump of snow on the weekend, that actually hampered efforts to get the courses in tip-top shape, the event was a great success. “It’s been going really well,” said Frye Tuesday. “We’ve had some little challenges but overall it’s been good and racers are getting some good times and points so everybody seems to be happy with it.” The snow created soft and slow conditions on the weekend, where racers prefer the hard and icy runs for speed. However, thanks to a lot of work from a small but hardy group of volunteers, the races went off without a hitch. “The people that have been maintaining the course have been working like dogs

Trozzo seeks sixth trophy

TRAIL TIMES In Trail Retiree Men’s Curling, the Stan Trozzo rink was firing on all four cylinders as they took out the Forest Drinnan squad at the Trail Curling Club last week. Leading 2 - 1 going into the third end, the Drinnan foursome could only watch the final shot, as Trozzo drew into the four-foot

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Above: Sasha Zaitsoff returned to Red Mountain over the weekend to ski in the Miele B.C. Cup. The Red Mountain Racer picked up two gold and a bronze in the eight-race event that attracted approximately 200 racers, coaches and supporters to the area. Left: The conditions were ideal Tuesday as USA representative Elizabeth Kepl storms down the face of Red Mountain.

The Gord Bamford front end put on a clinic of rock placement, setting up end after end. The Harvey Handley team fought all game and scored six points, but the stealing ability of the Bamford team led them to a 9 - 6 win. One big end to start the game for the Coke Koyanagi rink was the difference in an otherwise

tight game. Koyanagi scored five in the first end against the Lefty Gould rink and that would make all the difference as Koyanagi curled to a 9 - 5 victory. In a nail biter where neither team could post a big score or steal a point the Dan Horan team out scored the Bill Jewitt team 7 - 6.


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The intermediate and novice junior curling teams took top honours in both the Trail and Castlegar bonspiels this month. The teams beat foursomes from Nelson, Salmo and Castlegar in the eight-team bonspiels. The intermediate squad (right) is made up of from left: Kasey O’Hara, Ben Kanda, Bailey Ellis, and Liz Cragg. The novice team (left) includes from left: Easton Cragg, Matt Snary, Logan Baziw and Nick Cragg.



Beliveau suffers stroke Hawks answer, look to move on BY TIMES STAFF THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL - Prime Minister Stephen Harper sent his best wishes to Jean Beliveau on Tuesday after the Canadiens legend suffered a stroke. “Mr. Beliveau is a great Canadian and a remarkable ambassador for our national sport,” Harper said in a statement sent to The Canadian Press. “We wish him a speedy recovery.” Beliveau, who won 10 Stanley Cups while with the Habs, was resting in a Montreal hospital on Tuesday.

Montreal Canadiens spokesman Donald Beauchamp said there had been no new developments since initial news of the stroke and that the family had requested privacy. The team reported earlier Tuesday that the 80-year-old Hall of Famer was admitted to hospital after having the stroke Monday evening. The NHL team says Beliveau is currently being examined and undergoing treatment. Beliveau retired in 1971 after playing his entire NHL career in Montreal.

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and stopped 28 of 31 shots. The Nitehawks played the Braves Tuesday night but results were unavailable at press time. If necessary, the fifth game will go at the Beaver Valley Arena at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Castlegar vs Nelson The Castlegar Rebels poured in five goals in the second period at the Nelson Community Complex Monday as the Rebels took a 2-1 series lead by beating the Nelson Leafs 5-3. Anthony Delong led the Rebs with two goals while Scott Morriseau had a two-point night with a goal and an assist. The Rebels will host the Leafs Thursday at 7:30 in game six.




The Beaver Valley Nitehawks responded to a questionable outing on Sunday with a loud statement against the Spokane Braves on Monday. After barely surviving a 4-3 overtime game in Beaver Valley, the Hawks traveled to Spokane eager to make a point. The Nitehawks fired 60 shots at the Braves goalie Branden Amatto on their way to a 7-3 win. The Neil Murdoch Division’s MVP and Rookie of the Year Craig Martin led the way with a hat trick and setup-men Ryan Edwards and Chris Derochie each tallied three assists. Martin started the scoring at

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Several trees damaged in region BY CAROLYN GRANT Kimberley Bulletin

Who would kill trees in Kimberley and why? Kevin Wilson, who was walking on the slope and noticed the trees, doesn’t want to speculate on the why, but can confirm that it is indeed occurring. The damage occurred on the lower portion of the Peak to Platzl Trail beneath Gerry Sorensen Way. About a dozen trees were girdled, the bark cut into and removed in rings around the trunk. “Girdling, the process removing bark around the entire circumference of the trunk, will result in the even-

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Trees have been damaged around the Kimberley area.

suggested that the trees - a combination of larch, fir, and spruce - contribute to water retention and were left intentionally in the wildfire control plan that saw this area thinned of forest fire fuel. Their removal may reduce the slope stability in the area and will cost to the City to remove. Fire ecologist Bob Gray, who planned the fuel treatment on Gerry Sorensen Way along with the Kimberley Fire Department explains why losing the trees is a problem. “With the girdled trees we will see much more sunlight reaching the forest floor which will stimulate the growth of pinegrass, which is something we wanted to avoid.


City considering bid for Canadian Ski Hall of Fame BY AARON ORLANDO Revelstoke Times Review

Revelstoke city council was deciding whether to approve a bid to host the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame at this week’s meeting. Currently, the museum is located in Ottawa, but it has ceased to operate and the museum is looking for a new home. The Canadian Ski Hall of Fame and Museum is looking for expressions of interest from communities for the new location. Revelstoke economic development director Alan Mason is proposing submitting a package, with the proposed

location being the Century Vallen building, the former storefront next to the Revelstoke fire hall. The property is owned by the City of Revelstoke. The city also recently purchased the residential property next to the Century Vallen building. At this point there are no financial implications for the bid, Mason said in a report to council – he’s just looking for council support for the concept. If museum officials consider locating the museum here, Mason said there is a business plan developed that would allow for no net cost to the city.

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No downside to sending wedding invite to snobby neighbour Dear Annie: I have been friends with “Laura” since my husband and I moved here 22 years ago. She is financially better off than I am (and flaunts it), but it never bothered me until she decided we should exchange Christmas gifts a few years back. Laura can be very judgmental, and finding the right present for her was difficult. Costume jewelry would be rejected, and the real stuff was out of reach. Meanwhile, whenever Laura was selling Tupperware or purses, I always bought something in order to be supportive. Last year, she started a baking business, so I bought her a cupcake holder for Christmas. However, she had a Christmas party a few days before the actual holiday, so instead of giving her the holder, I gave her a hostess gift of a cookbook, intending to give her the cupcake holder at our per-



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sonal gift exchange. The day after her party, she called and told me off. She said my presents were “cheap.” I tried to explain about the hostess gift, but she would hear none of it. I was angry, and so was she. On her birthday two weeks later, I texted, “Happy birthday,” but she didn’t respond. In fact, Laura has not spoken a word to me for more than a year. Last summer, I tried to mend things. I sent a letter saying I was sorry I’d hurt her feelings, but a Christmas gift seemed like a silly reason to end a 20-year friendship. I heard nothing back. I’m still upset about it. My hus-

band says I am better off without her if she measures a friendship by the quality of the gifts. The problem is, when Laura was selling real estate, she helped my son purchase his first home. He is getting married in July. Should I send her an invitation? -- California Dear California: You are not obligated to invite Laura to the wedding. But if you do and she chooses to attend, it creates the opportunity to renew the friendship (if that’s what you want). Unless you cannot afford to have her as a guest, there is no downside to sending an invitation. Dear Annie: Whenever my husband makes a mistake, does something incorrectly or doesn’t know the answer, he uses a very whiny voice and says, “I guess I’m just stupid.” Our children ad I have reminded him on numerous occasions

that he is not stupid. We have asked why he thinks a simple mistake is so terrible. We have tried ignoring the comment, asking him whether he is looking to garner sympathy or attention, and requesting point-blank that he stop saying that. Nothing seems to work. Lately, he is using this comment more and more often. Is this type of self-deprecating behavior normal? -- Mary from Missouri Dear Mary: This sounds like a pattern from childhood combined with a need to be constantly reassured. If everything else about your husband seems normal, we’d ignore this, perhaps patting him on the shoulder and saying, “It’s OK, dear.” But if you notice other unusual behaviors, or if this particular annoyance gets out of hand, please suggest he see his doctor. Sometimes, when behavior becomes

repetitive and obsessive, it requires medical attention. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Life Isn’t Easy,” whose wife ran off with another man but refuses to sign divorce papers. He says he can’t afford a law-

yer. He should check his state law. I am a judge in Michigan, and in this state, he only needs to file a complaint, and if his wife fails to respond or appear, he can obtain a divorce. If she does show up or

file papers, he can still proceed on his own but may need some limited legal advice. -Michigan Judge Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column.



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YOUR HOROSCOPE By Francis Drake For Thursday, March 1, 2012 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Oh dear, be extra patient talking with everyone today, especially siblings and neighbors. Little arguments and spats could break out at a moment’s notice. Keep your shirt on. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Disputes about property, cash flow or a specific amount of money might arise today. This might not accomplish anything. Just be patient with others. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Today the Moon is in your sign, which makes you more emotional than usual. On top of that, it has a bad relationship to fiery Mars, so arguments will break out. Run away! CANCER (June 21 to July 22) The Moon is your ruler, and today, some harsh aspects to the Moon could make you feel upset in gen-

eral. Your best alternative is to be patient and tolerant with everyone (for your own peace of mind). LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) Squabbles with females in group situations might occur today. People are quick to be vehement and convinced that they are right about something. No easy compromise in sight! VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Avoid conflict with authority figures today, because it won’t be a pretty picture. If you don’t agree with bosses, parents, teachers and VIPs, just walk away. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Discussions about politics, religion and racial issues could become quickly overheated and out of hand. Therefore, avoid these prickly topics! (Just for today.) SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) Arguments about shared

property or something you own jointly with others might take place today. People feel territorial, competitive and ready to fight. (Forewarned is forearmed.) SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) Be your extra-charming, breezy self today when talking to partners and close friends. Someone close to you might have some hidden anger. (Oops.)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) To avoid difficulties with co-workers and customers today, be extra gracious and tolerant. Some people are just looking for a fight! AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) Relations with romantic partners might be strained today. Silly lovers spats could break out. Don’t let this spoil something that is sweet and special. Be ready to kiss and

make up. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Domestic friction is likely today, especially with parents or female relatives. Try to avoid this, because it will accomplish nothing except make everyone miserable. Who needs that? Not you! YOU BORN TODAY You appreciate beauty, personally and in your surroundings. (You always look great.) You are well-liked









because you’re a sensitive, caring person. Because your strong ambition brings you achievements, others admire you. They see you as proactive in going after what you want! (You practice and do your homework.) In the year ahead, you enter a completely new, exciting cycle. Open any door! Birthdate of: Justin Bieber, singer; Ana Hickmann, supermodel; Ron Howard, director.


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NURSING INSTRUCTORS Two short-term positions available on our Castlegar campus As part of the Selkirk College/University of Victoria Baccalaureate Nursing Program, you will teach in a variety of practice settings as well as lab and theory components of your courses. You have a Master’s degree in Nursing (a Bachelor’s degree will be considered with relevant experience) and are a current member of the College of Registered Nurses of BC. You also have experience in an acute care nursing practice setting and excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Above all, you are prepared to commit to a dynamic, caring and interactive focus between instructor and student. Previous post-secondary teaching experience would be an asset.

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With initiative and dedication, you’ll provide a quality, motivating learning environment for your students as a valued on-call, relief, substitute or short-term instructor with Selkirk College’s School of Industry and Trades Training. Along with Grade 12, you have your IP Red Seal Certification (or equivalent), over 5 years’ relevant practical experience and computer literacy. An instructor’s diploma or BC teaching certificate and previous teaching experience would be preferred. Closing date for both positions: 4 pm, March 9, 2012.

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Receptionist/Administrative Assistant – Temporary (1 year term) Reporting to the Manager, Human Resources & Corporate Services, the Receptionist/Administrative Assistant will be responsible for providing a wide range of reception and administrative duties to support the operation of the office. This will be a temporary position for a one-year term. The successful candidate will provide general reception duties such as greeting visitors and answering phones, as well as administrative support to the department and other areas in the organization. The ideal candidate will have post secondary education, preferably in Business Administration and/or several years’ related experience in an administrative position. The candidate will be proficient in the use of the Microsoft Office suite and be able to multi-task effectively, be adaptable to changing priorities, and work cooperatively in a team environment. Qualified applicants interested in joining a dynamic team are encouraged to visit the Careers section of our website at for the detailed job description. Closing date for this position is March 9, 2012. Please refer to Job #1202 when submitting your application.

Job Posting Production Technician 5N Plus Trail Inc. has an immediate opening for a Production Technician in their Germanium Hydro production facility. This position requires experience working with process equipment including pumps, valves and mixers. The successful candidate must be able to commit to shift work and be self-motivated and able to work independently. As this position is in a high purity metals facility, the candidate must adhere to strict plant cleanliness procedures as well as all safety protocols as deemed necessary. Requirements: The successful candidate must have: t DPNQMFUFEBNJOJNVNZFBSQSPHSBNBUB recognized technical institute or university; t BTUSPOHCBDLHSPVOEJO$IFNJTUSZ t BTUSPOH.FDIBOJDBM"QUJUVEF t FYDFMMFOUDPNQVUFSTLJMMT 1-$FYQFSJFODFBOBTTFU t BUUFOUJPOUPEFUBJMBOECFBCMFUPGPMMPX4UBOEBSE 0QFSBUJOH1SPDFEVSFTBOE4BGFUZ1SPUPDPMT t HPPEPSHBOJ[BUJPOBMBOEDPNNVOJDBUJPOTLJMMTBOE the ability to multi-task; t LOPXMFEHFPG8).*4BOEUIFVTFPGQFSTPOBM protection equipment Please send resume, cover letter and references by March 9th, 2012 to: E X C E E D I N G E X P E C TAT I O N S

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Beautiful 9.86 acre parcel on Col. Gdns. Rd. 3+bdrms, 2 bath home w/ large shop & stunning views across the water. Beaver Creek meanders along the back of the property.



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Wednesday, February 29, 2012 Trail Daily Times



City searching for graffiti solution BY MEGAN COLE Nelson Star

In an attempt to end the cycle that has formed around dealing with graffiti and taggers, a group of city organizations is gathering to assess Nelsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mural policies and procedures. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a lot of youth within the city who want to get out there and paint and are frustrated because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the surface to do that, so what do they do?â&#x20AC;? said cultural development officer Joy Barrett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They go out there and tag and then the Rotary club goes out and paints it over and the city police are out there trying to stop it.â&#x20AC;? Colours of Nelson is a joint project with the City of Nelson, the Nelson and District Arts Council, Daybreak Rotary, the Nelson and District Youth Centre and the Nelson Police Department. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had the idea to get all of these organizations together, sit down and

talk about what is a mural? What is tagging? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s graffiti? Where can we paint and where canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t we?â&#x20AC;? said Barrett. The initiative will launch on March 9 with a round table discussion at the youth centre. Barrett said the group hopes the first mural â&#x20AC;&#x201D; planned for the lower concrete support of the bridge near Lakeside Park â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will begin in May or June. The part of the bridge that the project would like to use is the property of the Ministry of Highways, but Barrett said they have been in communication with the ministry and they are â&#x20AC;&#x153;perfectly happy to have this happen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As we do the correct priming of the wall, which we will, and show them the design, which we will,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re very excited about it and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really great to have all of the organizations working together and it will be great to have all the voices at the round table on March 9.â&#x20AC;?

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Trail Daily Times, February 29, 2012  

February 29, 2012 edition of the Trail Daily Times

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