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Yvonne Lord, front, picket co-ordinator for the Nicola Valley Teachers’ Union, holds a sign on Monday at the Merritt Civic Centre, while union president Loch Eddy puts final touches on another sign as teachers get ready to picket. Teachers across B.C. will be striking on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Eighty-seven per cent of teachers voted in favour of the strike. Phillip Woolgar/ Herald

Teachers launch full-scale three-day strike By Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

Teachers voted last week for a full-scale, three-day strike, eliminating student services throughout the Nicola Valley until Thursday. The Nicola-Similkameen School District 58 and jurisdictions throughout the province voted 87 per cent in favour of the strike starting yesterday (Monday). “This is the situation of the day,” said Richie Gage, vice-chair of SD 58 trustees. “When adults can’t agree and there is a strike, that’s when it’s going to really impact students and it’s going to really impact parents.” Parents received notices about strike action last week and were told to keep their children at home, but schools will remain open and


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The earliest likely time the Legislature will read the bill is Friday. Representatives from BCTF said the bill seeks a net-zero contract that restricts the ability to negotiate learning conditions. “Teachers are determined and united in their opposition to Bill 22 and to the bullying tactics of a provincial government that has deliberately underfunded public education for a decade,” said Susan Lambert, president of the BCTF. The bill would impose a sixmonth “cooling off ” period. A mediator is appointed at the time to work with teachers and school district employers to come to terms with a net-zero mandate that would freeze costs unless savings are found elsewhere.

“The results of our provincewide vote are strong evidence of the unity and determination of BCTF members in rejecting this government’s provocative and damaging legislation,” Lambert said. Phase 1 of the job action resulted in teachers refusing to issue report cards, attend staff meetings, communicate with administrators and supervise students. The government will save an estimated $11 million per day in teachers’ wages, an Education Ministry Spokesman said. Prior to any approval in Legislature for Bill 22, teachers are allowed three consecutive days to strike and then one day each week. Teachers are required to give two days notice to parents prior to walking off.


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strike action illegal. Education Minister George Abbott said most people consider Bill 22 “measured, thoughtful, balanced and constructive.” “If you look at the history of the relationship between the teachers’ union and the government in this province, you’ll soon realize that in almost 20 years of provincewide bargaining, the BCTF (B.C. Teachers’ Federation) has only successfully concluded one negotiated agreement,” he said. “I am disappointed by the initial comments coming from the teachers’ union.” He said he is most frustrated that the union is asking for mediation, but then rejecting the idea because the mediator must look at the needs of both the government and of teachers to “put the needs of students first.”

some staff will be on site. Buses aren’t running for the duration. The Strong Start Program for preschool kids is operating as usual. A total 32,209 ballots were cast and 27,946 supported the strike. Approximately 79 per cent of the 41,000 teachers throughout the province voted. “I’m hoping we get back to the situation as soon as possible, where parents are receiving report cards and teachers are back doing their regular duties that they did before,” Gage said. Teachers illegally went on strike in 2005 for five days, but Gage said he’d be surprised if teachers walked out if Bill 22 is passed. The bill, which is being dubbed by the Liberals as the Education Improvement Act, was tabled in legislature last week and makes


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Childrens’ deaths prompt apology, report Murders could have been avoided, study says

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Nearly four years after three children were murdered by their father in a Merritt home, a B.C. watchdog report says a series of systemic failures that allowed the psychotic dad to stab his kids remain unaddressed. Thursday’s report also criticized inappropriate action by police and other authorities who could have prevented the deaths. A recent B.C. watchdog report criticized the actions of police and other authorities that could have prevented the deaths of Kaitllynne, 12, Cordon, 5, and Max, 8. Submitted “There really isn’t a system at all,” said Mary Ellen was done to prevent further Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s rep‘A frustrating and sometimes violence. resentative for children and She said a government youth. “A frustrating and fatal concept continues to exist upheaval in the Ministry sometimes fatal concept conthat a mother in a dangerous tinues to exist, that a mother in of Children and Family a dangerous domestic violence Development contributed to situation is capable of ... taking the deaths. Staff were consituation is capable of, and fused, overworked and lacked responsible for, taking on the on the staggering responsibility clarity, the report says. staggering responsibility of of protecting her children.’ Turpel-Lafond said the protecting her children from a government needs to renew dangerous spouse.” —B.C. CHILDREN AND YOUTH REP its “commitment to protect A tele-bail hearing was MARY ELLEN TURPEL-LAFOND children living with domestic the last chance to keep Allan Dwayne Schoenborn from his violence.” But she said she is conchildren prior to the killings. “It is clear that much more violence. Premier Christy Clark apolocerned that a similar report But despite recommendations Turpel-Lafond said during must be done to improve the gized and pledged Thursday released two years ago was from police, he was released. system of supports for families the report that government to improve a domestic vioignored by government. Turpel-Lafond said teleofficials need to do more than dealing with complex issues lence system that allowed After the report, Justice bail hearings are unacceptjust make speeches. like domestic violence and Schoenborn to see his chilMinister Shirley Bond promable because the justice of Schoenborn was diagnosed mental illness. There also dren. ised she would speak with the the peace — who a few days in 1999 with mental illness needs to be greater focus on “We as a province can province’s chief justice about prior to the slayings said to after he caused a vehicle acciintegrating and co-ordinating and must do better,” she said. eliminating tele-bail hearings, Schoenborn he was getting a dent with his young daughter. the system of supports.” “None of us can reverse the but the courts will make the break and “don’t let anything The child was also found poiA “comprehensive, copast, but we can learn from final decision. [go] wrong” — doesn’t even soned and sexually abused. ordinated action plan to this tragedy and make sure The report says to prevent know to whom he is speaking. Doctors prescribed antistrengthen supports to children that families in these circumsimilar murders, B.C. needs Turpel-Lafond said the and families who are impacted psychotic medicine, which stances receive better support domestic violence courts, hearing is a “disgrace to the was his only treatment before than did the wife and children by domestic violence” was police risk assessment training, of Allan Schoenborn, a sick justice system.” killing his three children nine promised. children protection and victim man who did so much harm.” The report says the famyears later. But after a 2009 report services workers. ily was in contact with 14 Kaitlynne, 12, Max, 8, and Mary McNeil, the minister from the same watchdog about Income assistance, resourc- of children and family develprofessionals in the Ministry the Peter Lee murders in 2009 Cordon, 5, were murdered in es for child protection, addicof Children and Family April 2008. Schoenborn was opment, also apologized to the — where a rejected husband tions and domestic violence Development as well as found not criminally responmurdered his wife, child and victimized family and said her all weren’t addressed during the police during the week sible for the stabbings and he the boy’s grandparents — the department will immediately February’s budget announcethe children were killed. is held in a psychiatric hospital. create a domestic violence unit government made a similar Schoenborn was arrested three ment. that deals with the issues raised pledge. The same government His case is due for regular In response to the report, times that week but nothing review in April. later cut services for victims of in the report.

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HERALD OPINION Teacher pulls North Korea-style stunt Perhaps the single most ridiculous stunt in the lead-up to this week’s teachers’ strike was pulled at an elementary school here in the capital. A teacher gave her Grade 1 class an assignment for anti-bullying day: take crayons in hand and write to Education Minister George Abbott, demanding he stop bullying their teacher and address class size and composition. This North Korea-style political indoctrination of six-yearolds was a mistake, according to the local teachers’ union boss, who vaguely indicated that the unnamed teacher would apologize to parents. Is this self-serving abuse of teacher authority an isolated incident? My experience as a parent and journalist suggests it is not, and recent events support that. By Friday, students across B.C. were skipping class in solidarity with their teachers, led by budding campus radicals suddenly conversant with B.C. Teachers’ Federation talking points about “Bill 22.” This left-wing groupthink pervades the education system from public schools through taxpayersupported colleges and universities. After a couple of generations of this indoctrination, almost everyone “knows” that government underfunding is at the heart of every school problem, standardized testing is an assault on the fragile self-esteem of students, and reducing class size is the top priority for improving educational outcomes. All of this is glaringly false union propaganda, reinforced in classroom “current affairs” discussions. Don’t believe me? Google “Study: Class size doesn’t matter” for the latest on a growing stack of scientific evidence that shows you and your children are being forcefed lies. B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert announced the strike on live TV with a remarkable string of rhetoric about the “Orwellian” legislation that will soon put an end to this teacher tantrum.

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JADE SWARTZBERG Merritt HERALD Teachers across British Columbia are on strike once again. This means that school-age children across B.C. get a few early days of Spring Break this year to sleep in, watch TV or surf the net. The full withdrawal of teaching services, which

will last from Monday through Wednesday of this week, is meant to send a message to the provincial government and protest legislation that imposes a six-month “cooling off ” period. Instead, it might be sending a message to students that it’s OK to strike, or storm out of a room, or abandon your post when things don’t go your way. In a press release from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation, president Susan Lambert acknowledges that the walkout will inconvenience parents, but asks parents to con-

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sider that conditions in the classrooms have deteriorated over the past decade and will not improve unless teachers take a strong stand. “Bill 22 means children have to wait another two years for any hope of guarantees on class size or any real funding increase for students with special needs,” Lambert said. That’s the problem. Teachers’ union representatives are conveniently quick to focus on their concerns with class size and class composition before defending the union’s unrealistic demands for a 16 per cent

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wage increase over the next three years, as well as other benefits including 10 weeks bereavement leave for the death of a friend, and 26 weeks of paid leave to care for a sick person — family, friend or otherwise. Certainly individual teachers care about their students — and by the way, even though 87 per cent voted yes to the strike, there were still over 4,000 teachers around the province that felt a picket line would not solve their problems or benefit their students. However, the BCTF’s first priority is its union members, because

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that’s how a union works. If students were really at the top of the list of priorities, then there wouldn’t be a strike. Instead, students are caught in the middle of this seemingly neverending tug-of-war between the provincial government and the BCTF. In the coming months, there need to be concessions from either side, but hopefully it won’t be the students’ education that will be compromised. If this trend of teachers’ job action continues, when I have children of my own, I might consider home school.

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YOUR OPINION Thanks for a sucessful trophy award evening

Union propoganda pervades province The government needs to negotiate “clearly, rationally and respectfully,” said the boss of union representatives who have spent the last year insulting the taxpayers’ negotiators by telling them to “go back to your masters” and get a couple of billion more. Clearly? It was the BCTF that announced its work-to-rule plan for the fall and then took the summer off. It was the BCTF that didn’t even present its outrageous 16-per-cent wage demand until January, a full 10 months after formal negotiations began, and accompanied it with a false costing. Orwellian? At a sparsely attended rally on the legislature lawn, local teachers’ unions marched out their most strident tame trustee to demand the government “come to the table” with billions. One teacher in the crowd held up a large sign adorned with three mug shots: Premier Christy Clark, ex-premier Gordon Campbell and Benito Mussolini, to illustrate a multiple-choice question about “fascism.” This teacher should be assigned to write an essay about the Italian dictator’s formative years, and his schooling in particular. In Vancouver, a protesting teacher got big media play, holding up a sign proclaiming that “it’s not about a wage increase, it’s about classroom conditions.” This too is a lie. The BCTF trotted out its standard “children first” rhetoric, then tabled its breathtakingly outof-touch benefit demands. It doesn’t take a math teacher to see what its $2 billion wage and benefit fantasy would actually do to classroom conditions. For his part, Abbott started out pretty keen about students and parents heading down to occupy their local school and replace striking teachers with volunteers for a couple of days. But he changed his tune after the support staff union started grumbling about parents colouring too close to their craft lines. One fight at a time, I guess. The next one will be over teacher performance assessment and the choke-hold of union seniority on school jobs. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press.

Booster Club and Neal Gill for the refreshment bar, all the individuals and businesses that donated for the silent auctions, and gift certificate door prizes, as it’s because of your generosity and all the volunteer efforts that this event is such a success. We need more entries in all events. Get your children involved and we will do it again next year. Again, thank you all,

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RECOGNIZING ACHIEVEMENT Alpha Design General Manager Shayne Cavaliere presents Ernie Yurkowski with a certficate of apprenticement recognizing him as a Level A welder. Jade Swartzberg/Herald

On Saturday, Feb. 25, the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club held their annual trophy awards and pot luck supper with a good crowd attending. There were lots of happy trophy winners and I’m sure that this was one of our better pot luck dinners with a great variety of dishes and lots of desserts. Wonderful. Many thank-yous to all who brought the food, all the volunteers who helped set up and clean up after. Also thanks to the Centennials

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School board runs a ‘failing ship’ Dear editor: Took a little time to analyze the school administration’s proposed changes and school closures. This is how it appears to me: 1. This administration (includes the school board) has been running a failing ship for well over ten years. They are not educating all of the kids and they know it. 2. People in the community are slowly but surely waking up to the mess. Thanks to the Ministry of Education FSA (Foundation Skills Assessment) and the Fraser Institute. 3. No one has been held accountable. Not the school board. Not the superintendent. 4. Parents of undereducated kids are getting angry and beginning to demand action. 5.The school board knows that the teach-

ing staff is pushed to the limit. The School Board hired a fancy PhD to do the pushing. He in turn promoted others who are too weak to stand up for the kids. Those administrators and teachers who try do not last long. 6. So (dither, dither) What to do? The school board and its superintendent decide to change the playing field so that no one will be able to figure out what is actually going on for at least another five years. 7. They do not want to close the Bench Elementary School because it is the best elementary level school they have, and the uproar from parents of children attending there will be deafening. 8. The same might be said for Collettville. 9. Diamondvale and Central? They need an influx of teaching staff to allow them to teach all of the kids. This school

board simply doesn’t understand the problem. They created the mess now they are going to make it worse. 10. Closing the middle school and eliminating teachers is their idea of finding a solution? This school board should be ashamed of the record. Every member of the school board should be ashamed to even consider closing schools and eliminating teachers at a time when the results clearly show that more resources (not fewer) are needed. In private industry, the board would be fired. Since this is a public venture and these people all have their noses in the trough, I doubt that anything of the sort will happen. So, I propose that the school board members each reduce their stipend from $12,000 per year to $1 per year until such time as our district reaches a Ministry of Education and

Fraser Institute placement of at least 50 per cent (in other words the middle of the pack). Their expenses should be frozen at what they spent last year. Administors should immediately have their wages sliced to five per cent above the level of the highest paid teacher in the district. Those wages should not be reinstated until they have proven that they can produce the required 50 per cent ranking. If they do better, they should be rewarded. Those changes should produce the necessary funds to keep all the schools open. At the moment, these people have no incentive to really educate your kids. This would be one way to provide that incentive. I suspect that they would suddenly find the nesessary resources. Lin (LB) Wotton Merritt, B.C.

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Cents and Spruce Kings in a battle for second By Ian Webster THE HERALD

As the 2011-12 BCHL regular season schedule enters its final week, the Interior Conference is witnessing a battle royal for the second and third place positions in the standings. At stake is home ice advantage in the first round of the play-offs, slated to get under way on Friday, March 18. Waging war for the coveted second spot in the Interior are the Merritt Centennials and the Prince George Spruce Kings. Going into the Cents’ Tuesday night game against the visiting Salmon Arm Silverbacks, both Merritt and Prince George were tied at 70 points. While the Spruce Kings have one more win than the Centennials (32-31) prior to Tuesday night’s game, the Cents have three games remaining while the Sprucies have just two. In addition to meeting the ‘Backs on Tuesday, Merritt plays a home-and-home series with the Trail Smoke Eaters on Friday and Saturday night of this week. In their most recent

KING-SIZED SANDWICH Merritt Centennials Ross Mancuso (left) and Brayden Low (22) put the squeeze on Prince George Spruce King Scott McHaffie during the Cents’ 7-4 win over the Sprucies back on November 11. Ian Webster/Herald

meeting in Trail on Feb. 29, the Cents edged the Smokies 4-3 in overtime. Their season’s record against each other to date is 3-1-0-1 in favor of Merritt. Meanwhile Prince George wraps up its schedule with a pair of home games against the Pentiction Vees this Friday and Saturday. The Vees are currently riding a 38-game winning

streak and a 20-game road winning streak (both the longest in BCHL history). The two teams have met six times already this season with Penticton winning five of those contests and losing the sixth in overtime. While the remainder of the schedule would seem to favor the Centennials, nothing can be assumed or taken for granted when it comes to

sports. Despite being mathematically out of the play-off picture, both the Silverbacks and the Smoke Eaters have been playing some excellent hockey of late. Each side held an early lead recently before falling to the juggernaut Vees 4-3 and 4-2 respectively. Trail had Merritt down by three goals in their most recent meeting before the Cents

rallied for a narrow 4-3 victory in overtime. For their part, Prince George has been a stingy host on home ice, amassing an impressive 18-9-0-1 record in the friendly confines of the PG Coliseum. One of those victories was a 5-4 OT thriller over the Vees, who have only lost five games all season. While second-place in the Interior Conference,

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and home-ice advantage may technically still be up for grabs, one thing is a certainty. It will definitely be Merritt and Prince George who face off against one another in round one of postseason play. A look at the 2011-12 season series between the two long-time rivals would seem to indicate that Merritt has been the better of the sides. The

Centennials have a 5-10-1 record against the Spruce Kings after seven meetings, and they also won their lone exhibition encounter, 5-3, way back in early September. A closer look at the seven regular-season match-ups shows less of a disparity however. Total goals for and against only slightly favors the Cents, 27-24. Five of the seven games played against each other were decided by one goal, including the last four in a row. Two games needed overtime. While Merritt had an incredible midseason run of points, it is Prince George who has finished stronger down the stretch. The Cents’ record in the last 10-games they’ve played is 5-4-0-1 while the Sprucies come in at 7-30-0. Prince George holds the edge over the last 20 games, too: 13-6-0-1 (27 points) to Merritt’s 11-80-1 (23 points). No matter how Cents’ fans and followers choose to interpret the numbers, rest assured that the final week of the regular season is going to be thrilling, and the first round of this year’s BCHL play-offs every bit as exciting.

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Cents edge Smoke Eaters, lose to Vees in a close one By Ian Webster THE HERALD

The Merritt Centennials split their pair of back-to-back games last week, edging the Trail Smoke Eaters 4-3 in overtime on Wednesday at the Cominco Arena, before suffering a 5-3 home-ice setback to the Penticton Vees Thursday. In Trail, the Centennials found themselves down 3-0 to the Smokies before the game was 20 minutes old. Merritt assistant coach Joe Martin didn’t think it was a case of proverbial bus legs getting the better of his players despite the six hour trip one way. “It’s something that’s happened to us a couple of times now – not having a great start,” stated Martin “We don’t get outworked or outskated. I think it’s more mental than anything. And they [Trail] got a couple of fortuitous bounces that they pounced on.” The Centennials recovered sufficiently to tie things up by the end of regulation with three unanswered goals of their own in the third period. Rookie Brendan Lamont got things rolling at the 1:58 mark

with a quick shot that eluded Trail netminder Lyndon Stanwood. Less than eight minutes later, Jakob Reichert and Chad Brears found the back of the net only 38 seconds apart. Neither team was able to break the deadlock in the final 10 minutes of regulation play as both Stanwood and Merritt’s Tyler Steel played exceptionally well. Just 1:37 into the first overtime session, it was the Cents’ Brandon Bruce with the suddendeath winner - his sixth goal and eleventh point in the last seven games. “We knew that we just couldn’t afford to lose a game with Trail,” said Martin. “I think the guys in the dressing room were challenging each other, letting everybody know that we need these points more than Trail does. Reflecting on his team’s two earlier results in Trail this season – a tie and a loss – Martin added, “Leaving that rink hasn’t been a lot of fun this year. The win on Wednesday was really needed.” As for Bruce, and his scoring contributions, the coach said, “The way

YEAH, BABY! The Cents’ Bill Marshall celebrates his second period goal in the Merritt-Penticton contest on Thursday night. Unfortunately the Vees won 5-3. Ian Webster/Herald

he’s playing right now is a lot like the beginning of the year, but with fewer mistakes. He’s really simplified his game. The whole team is really lucky that he’s found his groove. And I think that he can still be better. I think he’s got one more gear to give.” Merritt outshot Trail 43-31 on the night. The

Cents were 0-for-1 on the powerplay while the Smoke Eaters went 0-for-4 with the man advantage. On Thursday, the well-rested Penticton Vees got the early jump on a travel-weary Merritt squad, scoring shorthanded just 3:57 into the game, and adding a second goal less than five

again. (The Cents lost 2-1 in double overtime back on Feb 25). “Ater the game, they were mad. They know that they can play with them, and that they can beat them. They’re not happy with being second best. They’re hungry for more.” The Cents return to action Tuesday night, with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks in town for the first meeting between the two teams since way back on Jan. 6, a game Merritt won 7-4. “We haven’t seen them forever,” said Martin. “But we know their big goalie, Clarke, has been playing really well. He’s had our number once already this season.” The Centennials close out their regular schedule with a home-and-home series with the Smoke Eaters. They are in Trail on Friday, then host the Smokies Saturday night. “I think the key in these last three games is that we outplay our opponent in the first period,” stated Martin. “Get on them early. The rest will take care of itself.” The puck drops at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.

(the first minute of which was five-on-three) and the nation’s top Junior A team made no mistake. Vees’ defenseman Mike Reilly wired a shot low glove side past screened Cents’ netminder Lino Chimienti for the eventual winner. “It was a little bit late,” said Martin of Fletcher’s hit. “After watching it on video, Brent admits that. The five minute major was probably warranted, and the two-game suspension is automatic. There’s nothing we can do about it. It’s just good for hockey, and for the kid [Murphy], that he was able to come back and play almost right away.” Despite outshooting the Vees 14-12 down the stretch, Merritt simply could not bury the equalizer. Joey Benik’s emptynetter with 10 seconds remaining gave the Vees an insurance marker. It was Penticton’s second win over the Cents in less than a week, and their 38th win in a row this season, tying the all-time BCHL record. According to Martin, his players were not the least bit satisfied with “coming close” to the Vees on the scoreboard

minutes later. “They were hungry and capitalized on our mistakes,” said Martin. “It wasn’t our best period.” The Centennials woke up in period two, however, outshooting the visitors 13-9 and outscoring them 3-1. “It’s a credit to the guys on the team,” Martin said. “When they’re not happy with their performance, they don’t just sit and talk about it in the dressing room. They come out and show each other what hard work is all about.” Brears, Bruce and defenseman Bill Marshall were the Cents’ scorers in the middle stanza. Marshall’s game-tying goal was a spectacular slap shot from the top of the left face-off circle that absolutely blew by Vees’ goaltender Chad Katunar, much to the delight of the over 700 fans on hand at the weeknight game. An unfortunate and unintended high hit by Merritt’s Brent Fletcher on Penticton’s Wade Murphy early in the third period resulted in a five minute man advantage for the Vees









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Business taxes take hit in Budget 2012

Chartered Accountant Alastair Murdoch, owner of Alastair Murdoch and Company, is in the midst of tax season. Murdoch said the possible increase to large business tax next year could drive companies away from B.C. and into jurisdictions that have fewer expenses. The B.C. government’s proposal to increase large business tax from 10 to 11 per cent could be too much for businesses to bear when dealing with a jurisdiction that has eliminated the HST. However, he said the elimination of a proposed cut to small businesses still leaves B.C. competitive among companies with less revenue. Phillip Woolgar/Herald

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The B.C. Liberals said during the 2012 budget announcement last week that they will increase the general corporate income tax rate to 11 per cent on April 1, 2014, if the economy worsens. The one-percentage-point potential increase may lead businesses to avoid Merritt and the entire province, said local Chartered Accountant Alastair Murdoch. “B.C. has to be careful that it doesn’t increase its tax rate so high that people decide to locate their businesses in cheaper jurisdictions,” he said. “It does surprise me a little bit since the HST repeal is already going to impact a lot of those large businesses and lead them to want to move to Alberta or Ontario.” The combination of increased tax and the elimination of HST is a double-whammy. Murdoch said rumblings in the business community have indicated a large corporation essentially pushed the Liberals to implement the HST in the first place — the company claiming it would move out of the province if government didn’t act. With the HST, a business was able to recover taxes paid on items it purchased. Once the HST is repealed on April 1, 2013, each business will have an additional seven per cent cost. Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces all have HST, which would attract some businesses. But Falcon said the government is helping businesses in other ways. “We’re investing millions of dollars in training programs, recognizing just how essential skilled workers are to economic growth,” he said during his Feb. 21 budget speech. “We’ve appointed an expert panel to advise on business-tax competitiveness.” Falcon said the increase will only be applied if the government’s assumptions for the B.C. economic growth are unmet. Since taking office in 2000, the Liberals have lowered the corporate tax rate from 16.5 per cent to 10 per cent. The budget calls for a “provisional” increase of up to 11 per cent in 2014. Small Businesses Small businesses were at first to receive a 2.5 per cent reduction in taxes to close at zero. That promise was from former premier Gordon Campbell, and many in the government finance department at the time couldn’t back up his statement with paper facts. Murdoch said he is less concerned with the static 2.5 per cent because it leaves B.C. still competitive. Holding small business tax and possibly raising larger business tax is a departure from the Liberal government’s previous policies. “We do this with some reluctance,” Falcon said during his budget speech. “I think it underscores how serious we are about making sure we meet our target and our requirement to balance the budget in 2013-14.” Tax Deadline Looms With the calendar turned to March, taxpayers have less than two months to file their return before facing penalties. Self-employed people have until June 15. Taxes that are already owed are due by April 30. Interest charges apply to all who file their taxes late. Those who are waiting for receipts or other information relevant to their taxes must send a cheque with an estimate of the amount owed, along with a written explanation of the expected documentation.


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Local First Nations network at business conference Phillip Woolgar THE HERALD

Members of the Coldwater First Nation and the Upper Nicola First Nation attended the Aboriginal Business Match in Prince George recently. The event focused on bringing bands together from 117 First Nations that arrived from throughout the province to learn from leaders in nearly 100 national and international companies. “We had made a few contacts with groups that we’ve worked with in the past,� said Harold Aljam, chief of the Coldwater Indian Band. “You found out about each other and traded information.� He said the experience was

worthwhile and he will attend again. Participants were taught how to find resources for projects, how to access new markets and how to investigate partnerships. “It’s a great opportunity for companies to build new partnerships and expand their business portfolio’s,� said Kristin Quayle of Good Relation’s Inc. The event is divided into three days consisting of one-on-one appointments focused on the “secrets� of successful business dealings. “The event is more focused on networking, but education is also a component,� Quayle said. The conference was organized with the intent to “explore opportunities and discuss new business

venture.� The massive event consisted of a total 1,550 hours of targeted business matching and 4,650 oneon-one meetings. Dan Manuel, chief of the Upper Nicola Band, didn’t return phone calls by press time. Stakeholders gathered for the event from Feb. 13 to 16. The conference was co-hosted by Lheidli T’enneh Nation and the BC First Nations Industry Sector Councils, Aboriginal Tourism Association of BC and the BC Regional Program Management Advisory Committee. Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada also participated. People can register for next year’s event at

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Finding community through StrongStart By Jade Swartzberg THE HERALD

When Jessica Jonas moved to Merritt with her small children three years ago, someone suggested she visit StrongStart BC, a free early learning program for parents or caregivers with children from birth to five years old. What she found was a community where she and her kids had support and the opportunity to interact with other children and adults, and she went nearly every day. “Moving here from the coast, that’s how I met most of my friends,” said Jonas. “StrongStart has been a good thing all around for me and the kids.” StrongStart is offered for three hours a day at Nicola Canford, Diamond Vale and Central Elementary Schools as a cost-free program through the school district. Parents and caregivers are able to participate with children in structured sessions like story time, gym time and other play activities. Roslyn Duclos, another Merritt mom who attends StrongStart with her

Merritt mom Jessica Jonas says StrongStart BC has been good for her and her children Hayden, 3, Chloe, 6, and Sommer, 1. Photo submitted

caring environment with a facilitator who is an Early Childhood Education trained instructor. Still, Kempston stresses that the program is not about getting kids ready for kindergarten. “StrongStart is centred around rich play opportunities that enhance the development of kids, it’s not going to school,” she said. “It is in a school, and it’s being part of a community, but they’re not sitting down and doing pre-kindergarten activities.” Besides allowing the children to interact with other kids and adults, Duclos and

two young children said the program gets them out of the house and provides some variety to their activities. “There’s so much for them to do and they learn a little bit of structure from someone else,” said Duclos. “They get to go to the gym and run around, and Barb often has all kinds of different crafts and experiments for them to do.” School District 58 vice-principal of student services Jane Kempston describes StrongStart as a place for parents to spend time with their children in a supportive,

Jonas see StrongStart as a place for parents or caregivers to interact as well. “It’s a great place to go and connect with other parents and troubleshoot with other parents who may have gone through the same thing,” said Duclos. Jonas says the con-

nections she has made through StrongStart now extend beyond the classroom. “The moms I met at StrongStart are the people I socialize with,” she said. “Sometimes we go for walks together and so it’s not only about the kids.” Though Jonas now works full-time as an aquatic supervisor for the City of Merritt, she still attends StrongStart when she can and on other days her children attend with their nanny, who she says has also benefitted from the interaction. At its heart, Kempston says StrongStart is a place for people to find community. “Having small children can be really isolating and when you go to StrongStart, you’re with other people who get it,” she said.

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A 30-year old man ries received following has died as a result of injuHighway 97C near a two vehicle collision on Merritt on Tuesday “On March 1, at 8:08 p.m. members night. the Central Interior from Detachment, along Traffic Service and Merritt Services and Merrittwith Merritt Emergency Health two vehicle collision Fire Rescue responded to a on Highway 97C,” some 6 km south of Merritt Central Interior says RCMP Cpl. Doug Hardy, Traffic-Services(Mer “Investigation has ritt). Civic was travelling determined the Honda crossed the center northbound, when the vehicle southbound lanes line and encroached into the hitting a tractor/trailer The 25-year old driver of the Honda unit.” taken to Royal Inland Civic was non life threatening Hospital, in Kamloops, with injuries. The passenger in the Honda Civic ported to the Nicola was transeventually succumbedValley Health centre, where he The male driver to his injuries. of the tractor/trailer injured in the accident. was The two occupants not Honda Civic are in the Kelowna Residents. The seriousness uted to a number of the accident is being attribof factors including tention, alcohol, driver inatand wearing a seatbelt. the fact the passenger was not Central Interior to investigate this Traffic Services is continuing incident, with probable pending. charges The name of the pending notification deceased male is being held of the next of kin.

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VIRGO: You’ve never been one to brown nose, but the superior you’re about to encounter will require it. Submit, Virgo, or prepare to receive more grief than you deserve.

AQUARIUS: Think pink, Aquarius, and that stink you raised will dissipate before it does more harm than good. Shades of rose and coral pique your curiosity and get you snooping.

GEMINI: Knockknock. Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad your finances are starting to look up, Gemini? Keep saving, keep investing and financial freedom will be yours.

LIBRA: Lucky Libra. You get back in the black and you learn how to stay there. Mealtimes around the table foster connections and provide insight into a recurring dilemma.

PISCES: Sunny days are here again, Pisces, and yellow is the key to making quick work of every project you’re given. A blast from the past makes a joyous announcement. ARIES: Red spells passion, and it will be all around you this week, Aries. Make the most of it by getting things done and showing that special someone how much they mean to you.

CANCER: Green never looked so good, Cancer. Find more ways to implement the three R’s— reduce, reuse, recycle— and keep more green in your pocket. LEO: It is not black and white, as you were led to believe, Leo. Get the facts before you make your decision. A friend requires some counseling.

SCORPIO: Shades of purple indicate a period of extravagance is about to beset your home. Don’t worry, Scorpio. It won’t last long enough to alter anything permanently. SAGITTARIUS: White beckons to you from every turn and can only mean one thing, Sagittarius. You need to learn to relax, starting now. Arrange for some TV time or a long bubble bath.


➣ Robert Kennedy was killed in the Ambassador Hotel, the same hotel that housed Marilyn Monroe's first modelling agency.

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STUDENTS!! Show your student ID every Thursday and receive 5% off any purchase!

SENIORS DAY - 10% OFF Everything In Store! Every Monday!

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S LEAGUE Hosting their Annual St. Patrick’s Luncheon on Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Parish Hall. Prizes and raffle tickets available from C.W.L. members or at the door. Everyone welcome.

MERRITT NAVY LEAGUE CADET CORPS Would you like to help out the youth in our community (ages 9 - 13). The Navy League Cadet Corps in Merritt is currently looking for volunteer instructors and officers. You will be trained by Commanding Officers from The Navy League of Canada. For more information and to find out where to sign up please call Branch Pres. Michelle Fox at 250-378-4099 or CO Rob Wagar at 250-3787276.

➣ Ronald Regan sent out the army phoyographer who first discovered Marilyn Monroe.

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COURTHOUSE GALLERY The 6th Annual Community Arts Show is open until March 16. This year’s show is very different from previous years with the types of art that was submitted for showing. This year’s show is really exciting. Here is some of the work being shown: fish-scale art, painted feathers, a homemade rocking horse, painted spoons, glass etching, and some illustrated books. Voting for Viewer’s Choice will continue through March 16. Come in, see the show and support your local arts. Gallery hours are: Thursdays 4 - 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, noon to 6 p.m.

CELEBRATE WOMEN On Thursday, March 8 from 6 - 8 p.m. the Nicola Valley Women in Action would like to invite you to their 8th annual Celebrate Women at the Civic Centre. This day is to celebrate International Women’s Day by honouring women in our own region who have made a difference either through their volunteer activities or through their profession. Everyone is welcome to come out and honour these wonderful women. For more information please contact Shannon at 250-378-9222 daytime or 250-3789910 or email

➣ If you were born in Los Alamos, New Mexico during the Manhattan project (where they made the atomic bomb), your birthplace was listed as a post office box in Albequerque.


NICOLA VALLEY FILM SOCIETY Monday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the NVIT Lecture Theatre the society presents “BEGINNERS”, rated PG. and featuring Christopher Plummer. Parking is free and there is no food or drink allowed in the theatre. For more information phone 250-378-3974

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COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM CVITP will start March 6 at Crossroads Community Church, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. - noon. Will run until April 26 and will be pick-up only. APRIL IS DAFFODIL MONTH The Baillie House staff and volunteers are selling daffodils to support the Canadian Cancer Society. All proceeds go to help support the Cancer Society. Please pre-order by calling 378-0349.

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Trades, Technical EXPERIENCED Excavator Operators required immediately in Northern BC. Must have extensive experience operating tracked excavators. Competitive wages. For further information please call 250-7715708. Resumes including references and experience should be emailed to attention D. Frocklage Contracting Ltd. LICENSED HD Mechanic & Class 1 Drivers, required for full-time work with construction company in west-central Alberta. Wage based on experience. Fax resume 780-5393536.


In loving memory of

DON FRASER Family and friends are invited to the Celebration Of Life for Don Fraser on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2 pm Merritt Desert Inn Dining Room Donations in Dad’s name can be made to a charity of your choice.

In the early hours of Tuesday, February 28, Gwen Miller passed away peacefully in her sleep. She had been admitted to Royal Inland Hospital a couple of days earlier after a fall and was under observation. Gwen was 95 years old at the time of her passing. Gwen is survived by her loving children, Jack (Verna) Miller, Christine (Joe) Kenward, and Elizabeth (Dwayne) Burdeniuk; grandchildren Anthony Miller, Dustin (Virika) Miller, Joey Kenward, Nicola (C.J.) Baker, Alyson (Jeff) Van Humbeck, and Michael Burdeniuk; and great grandchildren, Annika Miller and Ross Miller. She is also survived by sister-in-law Rhona Baker of the Hamlets and many nieces and nephews. She was pre-deceased by husband Wilson Miller, Brother Sid Baker, sister Renee Carswell and her parents Louis and Gertrude Baker. Gwen was born in Winnipeg, Dec.26, 1916, but because her father was an Engineer for the CNR, she spent much of her early childhood moving west, eventually arriving in Kamloops in 1927. She attended Stuart Wood Elementary School and later Kamloops High, graduating from Grade 12 in 1936. She attended Vancouver Normal School, completing the requirements for a Teaching CertiÀcate and took up her Àrst teaching position in Lytton in 1938. She met her husband Wilson while in Lytton. They were married in Kamloops in 1941, and then moved east when Wilson joined the RCAF during WWII. After the war, they returned to Lytton, where they purchased a general store, which they operated together until the late 1960’s. Gwen went back to teaching in 1963 and was thrilled to return to the career she loved. They made many life-long friends while in Lytton, and Gwen touched the lives of many children during her time teaching there. In 1969 they moved to Merritt where Gwen taught until her retirement in 1980. In 1994 Gwen moved into a condo where she lived until she made the decision to move back to Kamloops to Cariboo Manor in 2004. She spent her last years in the Hamlets, enjoying an active and enjoyable life. Over the years Gwen was a Guide leader, very active in the Anglican Church, the Rebecca Lodge, and as a member of the Retired Teachers Association. She loved to sing and play the piano and continued to do so in her Ànal years at the Hamlets. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 9, 2012 at St. George’s Anglican Church, 308 Royal Avenue in North Kamloops, BC, the Reverend Isabel Healy-Morrow ofÀciating. There will be no interment. In lieu of Áowers, donations may be made to the St. George’s Church Sunday School, sent to St. George’s Anglican Church Sunday School, 308 Royal Avenue, Kamloops, BC, V2B 3P5. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577


Now Hiring at the British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Merritt

Part-time Outdoor/Washroom Attendants On-Call/Casual Visitor Information Counsellors for more info Application deadline: March 9, 2012 DO NOT APPLY IN PERSON email

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The award winning Merritt Herald is currently looking for an enthusiastic individual to Àll the circulation manager position. Main duties would be to make sure our newspaper arrives at every doorstep in the Merritt, Lower Nicola and Logan Lake areas. Responsibilities • Communicating with carriers and customers. • Handle all phone inquires and complaints in a professional and efÀcient manner. QualiÀcations • Must have strong organizational and communication skills • Be able to work well under pressure. • Some ofÀce/computer experience is also required. • Must also have own form of transportation. If you are interested please drop your resume off in person to 2090 Granite Ave., Merritt, BC. No phone calls please.

Family and friends are invited to the FOR THE AFTERNOON Celebration Of Life for Don Fraser on CUP... Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 2 pm   Merrit Desert Inn Dining Room  

Donations in Dad’s name can be made to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be emailed to the family from

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The proposed duration of the PMP is from 01 May 2012 to 30 September 2016. Larvicide products proposed for use include VectoBac 200G, which contains the natural-occurring soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis, (PCP #18158) and VectoLex CG (PCP #28008) made with the related bacterium Bacillus sphaericus. Both of these products provide species-specific control of mosquito larvae and are non-toxic to other organisms including fish, birds, wildlife, man and domestic animals. Mosquito larvae require stagnant or on-flowing waters, temporary or permanent, to develop. When physical alterations (drainage, filling) are neither practical nor desirable, developing larvae will be treated using VectoBac or VectoLex larvicides. Applications of VectoBac 200G and VectoLex CG will be made using aerial (helicopter) and ground-based, hand-broadcast methods. All applications will be conducted within, and adjacent to , the community of Merritt. The PMP for larval mosquito control is being prepared for the City of Merritt by D.G. Regan and Associated Ltd., and environmental services firm, with extensive experience in pest management plan development and local mosquito control operations. Information on proposed treatment areas, annual mosquito control program operations and this PMP are available to the public by request from D.G. Regan and Associated Ltd., #413 - 500 Klahanic Drive, Port Moody, B.C., V3H 5L1, (604) 931-4565, Facsimile (604) 931-4563, or email; For VectoBac or VectoLex product information please see the manufacturers website:


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The purpose of Pest Management Plan (PMP) No. 260-0015-12/16 is to reduce overall mosquito nuisance in select areas of the City of Merritt by controlling larval development using an Integrated pest Management (IPM) approach to control. The PMP focuses on larval mosquito control initiatives which use public education, physical site modification and biological controls to reduce larval mosquito populations and conserve or enhance natural mosquito predators wherever possible. This Pest Management Plan is renewal of the recently expired PMP for this program.

A person wishing to contribute information regarding a proposed treatment site, relevant to the development of this PMP, may send copies of the information to D.G. Regan and Associated Ltd. (agents for the City of Merritt) at the contact addresses above within 30 days of the publication of this notice. The identity of any respondents and the contents of anything submitted in response to this notice and application will become part of the public record.

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See GMC dealer for details. x$8,250 manufacturer to dealer delivery credit available on 2012 Sierra EXT 2WD/2012 Sierra Kodiak LD Crew Special Edition (tax exclusive) for retail customers only. Other cash credits available on most models. See your GM dealer for details. ¼†Variable rate financing for 84 months on 2012 Sierra EXT 2WD on approved credit. Bi-Weekly payment and variable rate shown based on current Ally Credit prime rate and is subject to fluctuation; actual payment amounts will vary with rate fluctuations. Example: $10,000 at 3% for 84 months, the monthly payment is $132 Cost of borrowing is $1,099, total obligation is $11,099. Down payment and/or trade may be required. Monthly payments and cost of borrowing will also vary depending on amount borrowed and down payment/trade. Biweekly payments based on a purchase price of $25,995 with $1,799 down on 2012 Sierra EXT 2WD, equipped as described. **Credit valid towards the purchase or lease of an eligible new 2011 or 2012 model year Chevrolet, GMC, Buick or Cadillac vehicle, excluding Chevrolet Volt, delivered between January 6th 2012 and April 2nd 2012. Customers must present this authorization letter at the time of purchase or lease. All products are subject to availability. See Dealer for eligibility. Only one $1,000 Bonus may be redeemed per purchase/lease vehicle. This offer may not be redeemed for cash. The credit amount is inclusive of any applicable taxes. As part of the transaction, dealer may request documentation and will contact GM to verify eligibility. The $1,000 Bonus is not compatible with the Employee New Vehicle Purchase Program or the Supplier Program New Vehicle Purchase Program. Void where prohibited by law. $1,000 offer is stackable with Cardholder’s current GM Card Earnings, subject to Vehicle Redemption Allowances. For complete GM Card Program Rules, including current Redemption Allowances, transferability of Earnings, and other applicable restrictions for all eligible GM vehicles, see your GM Dealer, call the GM Card Redemption Centre at 1-888-446-6232 or visit Subject to applicable law, GMCL may modify or terminate the Program in whole or in part with or without notice to you. Primary GM Cardholders may transfer the $1,000 Bonus to the following eligible Immediate Family members, who reside at the Primary Cardholder’s residence: parents, partner, spouse, brother, sister, child, grandchild and grandparents including parents of spouse or partner. Proof of relationship and residency must be provided upon request. The $1,000 Bonus is not transferable to Immediate Family residing outside of the Primary Cardholders residence. WBased on GM Testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. ‥‥2012 GMC Sierra 1500, equipped with available VortecTM 5.3L V8 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, fuel consumption ratings based on GM testing in accordance with approved Transport Canada test methods. Competitive fuel consumption ratings based on 2012 Large Pickup segment and Natural Resources Canada’s 2011 Fuel Consumption Guide. Your actual fuel consumption may vary. Excludes hybrids and other GM models. †Chrome Accessories Package offer available on light duty 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra extended cab and crew cab trucks (excluding Denali crew cab) equipped with the PDJ package (“PDJ Packageâ€?). Kodiak package includes PDZ credit valued at $1,200. Dealer order or trade may be required. Offer available to retail customers in Canada for vehicles delivered between February 3, 2012 and April 30, 2012. Customers who opt to forego the PDJ Package may apply a $500 credit (tax exclusive) to the vehicle purchase price. This offer may not be combined with certain other consumer incentives available on GM vehicles. GMCL may modify, extend or terminate this offer, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. Conditions and limitations apply. See your GM dealer. ~OnStar services require vehicle electrical system (including battery) wireless service and GPS satellite signals to be available and operating for features to function properly. OnStar acts as a link to existing emergency service providers. Subscription Service Agreement required. Call 1-888-4ONSTAR (1-888-466-7827) or visit for OnStar’s Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and details and system limitations. Additional information can be found in the OnStar Owner’s Guide.

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Merritt Herald, March 06, 2012  
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March 06, 2012 edition of the Merritt Herald