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The campaign to bring WestJet to Penticton left the world of social media and got real last Saturday. That’s when, dressed in blues and greens and lots of layers to keep warm, about 500 community members gathered on a cold, windy afternoon at Penticton Regional Airport to join a singing, dancing mob sending out the message that the South Okanagan would really, really like WestJet to start Àying out of the airport. “It is fantastic, look at this. Who would have ever believed that everybody would have such a desire to have another airline in here,” said Lascha Main of the Downtown Penticton Association, who was guiding people to sign in at a registration table. DPA volunteers registered about 500 people coming to take part in the event, which took place on the tarmac in front of the airport terminal, led by dancers from Okanagan Dance Studios, who gave the crowd a short training session to teach them the choreographed dance moves planned for the event. Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton was out on the tarmac, dancing with the crowd and pleased to see the level of participation. “This is a terri¿c turnout,” he said, adding that the desire and the promotion being done to draw WestJet to Penticton is not because Air Canada Jazz has done a poor job serving the airport and the South Okanagan community, but that they would like to see more options for Àying out of Penticton to all destinations. “We want to ensure that the people of the South Okanagan and the Similkameen — that’s 80,000 plus people — have the opportunity of a jet, especially jet service going east. I am quite sure there is substantial support,” said Ashton. “We want to be sure that the opportunity presents itself, especially for those who want to travel east, that there are alternatives. By having alternatives, competition, it keeps everyone a bit sharper.” “I was so impressed with the turnout and the community support. It was outstanding,” said city manager Annette Antoniak, who is credited with originating the idea for the dance mob, a video of which will be sent to WestJet next week, as well as being shared on YouTube after being unveiled at Mon-


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DANCERS FROM Okanagan Dance Studios lead the charge for Saturday’s dance mob at Penticton Regional Airport, with about 500 people gathering to show how happy they would be if WestJet came to Penticton.

day’s council meeting. Antoniak said that credit for getting the event going goes to the people that came forward to organize it, including the Downtown Penticton Association’s Barb Haynes, the dance studio and Coun. Andrew Jakubeit. “I simply came up with the idea, but it was Barb and the dance studio and Andrew (Jakubeit) that pulled it all together in such a short time,” said Antoniak. “I haven’t seen the ¿nal product yet, but everything I have heard has been how much people enjoyed it, and how much we really need this service here.” It’s a message that’s been going out to WestJet executives since the beginning of February, when the company announced they were considering opening a new regional airline.

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So far, social media has played a huge part in the campaign with thousands of followers for the Bring WestJet to Penticton page on Facebook and thousands of messages being exchanged on Twitter using the hashtag #WestJetPenticton. And social media played a crucial role in gathering Saturday’s mob, with the call to action going out and being shared across the networks. “It’s just being able to get out there as a community and demonstrate what we can do when we all get together. It was just a very positive experience,” said Antoniak. “I think the community here are very engaged and passionate and that sure came out in spades on Saturday. It shows you what this community will do in terms of getting behind something if they feel strongly about it.”

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Despite the teachers’ strike, students who had their hearts set on participating in the district science fair, originally scheduled for March 6, still have a chance to go on to the regional and possibly national competitions. They may have to wait a little while, however, to ¿nd out. Instead of being con¿ned to a single night, science fair organizer Raja Gupta and a team of judges are going from school to school this week. By the end of this week, Gupta plans to have a list of 30 projects selected to move on to the regional competition, scheduled for April 9 and 10 at Okanagan College’s Kelowna campus. Austin Hogg, a Grade 8 student at Summerland




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AUSTIN HOGG squeezes methane, created from a cylinder of rotting vegetables, through his system for burning it off. It’s a small-scale model of a process that might be used to deal with methane escaping from under the melting Siberian ice shelf.

Middle School, is hoping to repeat his performance from last year, which took him all the way to the national competition. He’s put a lot of careful work into his project, “Ticking Time Bomb,” examining the effects of methane gas under the Siberian East Arctic shelf, and solutions to the problem of what to do with the gas. “There is methane bubbles under the ice, and as our earth is warming, the ice is melting and the bubbles are going into the atmosphere,” said Hogg. “I am trying to prevent

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Fifteen people have been nominated to serve on the 2012 board of directors for the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce. Chamber president Jason Cox said the list of candidates offers a good mix of business and community representation. “Having 15 candidates is indicative of the high level of engagement we have in our membership,” Cox said in a release. “This bodes well for a strong

future for the organization.” Nominees include: Lauren Cornish, an individual member; Campbell Watt from the Mortgage Centre; Charles Cornell, Prospera Credit Union; Frank Darin of Sherwood Trophies and Signs and Sportswear; Andre Martin from the Penticton Herald; Deborah O’Mara of the South Okanagan Events Centre; Rick Riddall from the Penticton Peach Festival; Elizabeth Cucnik from the Penticton Lakeside Resort; Tami O’Callaghan, Verico Complete Mortgage Services; Mike Porter, BMO Bank

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kilometre across,” said Hogg. “It scared me that our earth is full of methane. Since methane is explosive, if you lit it, there could be a big disaster. So Russia could be destroyed, and all around the area.” Okanagan Skaha school trustee Linda van Alphen has been part of the judging team for a decade. Not only is it a good way to connect with the students, she said it is always fun to see what kind of projects the students come forward with. At Summerland Middle School, they ranged from Hogg’s exploration

of methane to a bridge levitating on magnets and the search for the perfect play dough. “I am always amazed at where they go,” said van Alphen. “I don’t think I was this brilliant when I was a kid and we didn’t learn these kind of skills, these problem solving skills.” Gupta said it was important that Hogg’s project and all the others get their chance to continue as part of the larger chain that leads to the nationals. Not only are the kids learning and exploring subjects that interest them, but the potential payoff for their investment of time is high. “You could spend a fair amount of time working on a science fair project and reap the rewards of that quite nicely. At the regional science fair, UBC Okanagan offers a scholarship to Grade 11 and 12 students who do well,” said Gupta. “Then when you get to the national level, almost a half million in scholarships and awards go to students of all levels. If you are a student in Grade 12, you might be able to have your schooling paid for, just by spending a few hours here and there working on a science fair project.”

An explosion that sent debris from a newspaper box over a 300-foot radius is being investigated by RCMP. Cpl. Bruce Haley of the Summerland RCMP detachment said a report was received of a possible gun shot in the downtown area of Summerland on Tuesday at 12:25 a.m. “Investigation revealed that a home-made pipe

bomb had been placed into a plastic newspaper receptacle located on the south side of the post of¿ce building on Victoria Road North and detonated,” said Haley. “Debris was spread over a 300-foot radius.” Mounties said two people were seen running from the area with one of the persons wearing a white sweater. Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to contact RCMP at 250-494-7416 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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Centre provides comfort in time of loss Mark Brett Western News Staff

Finding answers to end-of-life issues and questions can be an emotional nightmare. For many people dealing with losing or the loss of a loved one, it is a time they are most fragile, and not knowing who or where to turn to only compounds the problems. “The whole subject of death is one we avoid at all costs until it is thrust into our face and then we don’t know how to cope,” said David Head of the Penticton and District Hospice Society. “We’re getting more and more people who are passing away and leaving families behind, so they (survivors) have to deal with grief and bereavement and they have to deal with those end-of-life problems, so the need is growing as we speak.” To that end the society recently opened the doors to its new resource and help centre at 626 Martin St. Although the organization is still in the development stage for the planned outreach programs it will offer in the future, Head says anything that can be done immediately to help people in their time of need will be done. “We certainly know by our study done last year that this is something that is badly needed in this community,” he said. “Experience has shown that most everybody who goes through

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DAVID HEAD of the Penticton and District Hospice Society and program director Kelly Phipps of the new Bereavement Resource Centre on Martin Street look over some of the material available for people in need of support services.

this feels isolated, that they feel alone, they need to deal with their grief.” Training for the volunteers who will work in the ¿eld is expected to begin soon, with a target date of late this summer for the broad range of services to be available.

Similar programs in other cities like Kelowna, Vernon, Mission and Abbotsford are being looked at by society of¿cials for additional ideas. One of the most important aspects the 2011 review revealed was providing a Àexible mobile service.

“A lot of people don’t want to go into a facility such as the hospice, no matter how nice it is, they want to die at home,” said Head. “So having volunteers out in the community helping people who were going through some sort of end-of-life issue is critical.

“Sometimes they just need some sort of respite, it’s got to do with them needing some sort of support in their home during the time a loved one is passing.” That could mean just having someone sit with the person while the family member is out of the house or it could simply be a matter of having someone to talk to. “Everyone is different,” he said. “It’s not so dif¿cult to ¿nd out what people need. They often know exactly where their stress points are, but most can’t do it on their own.” And while having a loved one pass away from natural causes such as age or long-term illness is dif¿cult enough, the sudden death situations are even more dif¿cult. But according to Head, in either circumstance those left behind need to be helped through the period of grief with the result being positive. “It’s not so that you get over the death of somebody, but you learn to live with it,” he said. “You don’t want to forget the person who has died, you don’t want to get them out of your mind, so what you want to do is to learn to live with it so that pain is not debilitating.” Anyone who would like more information about the services or volunteering to assist in the various roles at the centre can contact the of¿ce at 250-490-1107.

Teachers withdraw from extracurricular activities Steve Kidd Western News Staff

With the passage of Bill 22 looming, teachers in the Okanagan Skaha School District are switching tactics. Bill 22 puts an end to both the teachers’ ability to go out on strike and continue their limited job action, which has seen them refusing to do any administrative duties, including issuing report cards since September. With those limits, teachers in several districts have decided to stop doing any voluntary extracurricular activities. “It’s heart-wrenching for teachers to do this, but the reality is that this is the only action under Bill 22 that is available to teachers,” said Okanagan Skaha Teachers’ Union president Kevin Epp. “We can’t strike or withdraw services because of Bill 22. Any strike action under Bill 22 is subject to enormous ¿nes.” The decision was made on March 2, at a spe-

cial general meeting on the ¿rst day of the teachers’ three-day strike. Epp points out that while they were doing their job action and even during the strike, the teachers continued to coach and otherwise support student activities outside the classroom. “I don’t know any other situation where there was a labour dispute and people continued to volunteer, but we did,” said Epp. “While many members were out walking on the demonstration line, some volunteers were driving their team to other parts of the province to participate in a tournament to ¿nish up their season.” According to Epp, teachers normally put in thousands of hours working with students on extracurricular activities outside their teaching duties. “The ¿rst thing that pops into most people’s minds when they hear extracurricular is sports, but it also includes things like clubs, drama productions, music performances, ¿eld trips and ex-

tra meetings outside of the normal meetings that are part of one’s duties and many other things that teachers do that are voluntary,” said Epp. Epp expects that major planned trips, like one to Peru that Penticton Secondary students have been fundraising for, will go ahead. According to Epp, some teachers are choosing to stop their volunteering now, while some will ¿nish what they have started and many will not start anything new. “There wasn’t an intention in this decision that teachers would instantly cancel those,” he said. “It would be too much of an inconvenience for folks; it would also be a huge ¿nancial loss to the folks that had paid for those things and now couldn’t attend.” The decision will be reviewed at a future OSTU general meeting, but Epp warns that the refusal to volunteer could continue into the next school year. Local unions in at least nine other districts — Kamloops Thompson, Sooke, Ma-

ple Ridge Pitt Meadows, Prince George, Peace River South, Creston, West Vancouver, Sea to Sky and Vernon — have chosen to take the same action. “We realize extracurricular activities are an important part of any student’s school experience, but for us there is an even greater principle: fairness,” said Epp. “Bill 22 strips teachers of due process, free collective bargaining, professional autonomy, ignores the government’s illegal stripping of our collective agreement and it will allow more large classes with less time for all students including those with special needs. In short, it is a disaster for education in B.C.” B.C. Liberal house leader Rich Coleman moved to end debate on Bill 22 Monday afternoon, and the government majority voted to pass his motion. Coleman said the measure will ensure that Bill 22 will be passed into law by Thursday, ensuring that schools will return to normal operation after spring break.

CUPE workers reach agreement with Town of Oliver Kristi Patton Western News Staff

Municipal workers in Oliver have rati¿ed a new four-year agreement with the town. A settlement was reached last Wednesday evening and comes after the local had taken a 100 per cent strike vote last month. “Negotiations are tough in the best of times and it was nice to avert a labour disruption because I don’t think anybody was looking forward to that,” said Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes. “A really important thing I think for everyone was the fact the town put forward some wording to CUPE in regards to irrigation water. Part of our proposal was that both the town and union agree that water and sewer services that are provided by the town would be deemed essential. It was a source of comfort

for the town that we now have it entrenched in our binding contract that those services are essential.” If job-action was taken by the municipal employees it would have come at a critical time, as annual canal maintenance is slated for the ¿rst week of April. A breakdown in negotiations in late February had Hovanes calling out the union, stating they were “attempting to hold local farmers hostage to satisfy their wage demands.” About 100 Oliver area homes in the summer use agricultural water from the canal as domestic water. “After a very tough round of bargaining, we are pleased that we have a new collective agreement that is both fair and reasonable,” said CUPE 608 unit-chair Karen Nelson. “CUPE 608 members want the community to know that they held the wellbeing of the community at the front of their concerns throughout our negotiations. We are very happy to be able to continue providing quality public services to a community we love.”

The settlement includes wage increases of two per cent, 1.75 per cent, 1.75 per cent and two per cent in each of the four years, as well as a boot allowance, an increase in shift premiums and the addition of bio-hazard pay for workers who maintain the sewer system. Rachel Champagne, a member of the CUPE bargaining committee, said that there were many miscommunications throughout negotiations. “Once we started negotiating directly with council and management it became much easier to work out a deal,” said Champagne. CUPE 608 represents 24 inside and outside workers in the Town of Oliver. Members do a variety of work from maintaining roads and water and sewer systems, to conducting building inspections to clerical duties at Town Hall. The new contract runs until Dec. 31, 2014.


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NDP leadership hopeful brings message to Okanagan Simone Blais Western News Staff

You learn things on the road. And on the home stretch of a lengthy NDP

leadership campaign, Thomas Mulcair says the learning process continues each time he touches down. The Outremont MP

came to the Okanagan as part of his federal NDP leadership campaign, saying he wanted to discuss the importance of sustainable development.



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He attended a lunch at the Penticton Lakeside Resort Monday to meet with party members with questions and concerns on the subject of sustainable development. “The second phase of this campaign, getting into places like Penticton, it’s just that little light that gets shone on parts of the country you’d never get to visit,” he said. “So I get to talk to people and ¿nd out what their priorities are. “The good news is we’re good people, but the bad news is that under the Conservatives, we’re losing a lot of the things we built up over the years to make life fairer and easier.” Hailing from a Montreal borough, Mulcair acknowledges his constituency is a more cosmopolitan corner of the country, where 130 different mother languages are spoken at home. Mulcair said visits to areas like Kamloops, Merritt and Prince George have shown him that rural areas struggle with concerns like jobs and student debt as much as their urban counterparts. “Whenyou’re¿nishing a bachelor’s degree with an average of $35,000 of debt, when are you going to start buying a house? Actually buying a house is good for the economy, so we’re hurting ourselves in Canada right now. It’s a very unstable approach and we’re aggravating social inequalities instead of trying to reduce them,” he said. “When you look at the things that the NDP works on like reducing social inequalities, making sure we maintain a balanced economy by not killing

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FEDERAL NDP leadership candidate Thomas Mulcair (left) talks with Mark Webb prior to his address at the Penticton Lakeside Resort on Monday.

off our manufacturing sector, those things are quite similar if you’re in Quebec or in B.C.” While Mulcair suggests La Belle Province is not so different than the west, certain issues pose challenges: he held up Quebec’s treaty with the Grand Council of the Crees as an example of how treaties can resolve issues. B.C., however, boasts a vast diversity of aboriginal peoples west of the Rockies, which would require separate negotiations. “There are successful models, but you have to be determined to get a result. If you make it a priority, you start getting results,” he said, noting that the will must be there on the part of the federal government to set First Nations up for success rather than leave communities to suffer. “Attawapiskat is still an abject, Third-World model that is, in the proper sense of the word, a shame on Canada. So we’ve got to start acting, we’ve got to

start investing and we’ve got to start understanding that some of these settlements are going to cost. But we’re better off doing them now.” Mulcair posits it’s critical for the NDP to reach out beyond its traditional base of supporters to achieve success, be it tapping youth who haven’t voted in the past or putting aside some of the rhetoric in illustrating how New Democrats could manage one of the leaders among G7 nations. Not all party members have warmed to that message, however. “It’s normal. People are always resistant to change. When I talk like that, they try to portray it as moving the party to the centre. I always just laugh and say, ‘No, I want to bring the centre to us,’” he said, noting the party was able to adapt its message in Quebec. “We keep losing in the west. Between the Ontario and B.C. borders, we hold a grand total of three seats where we’ve had many, many in the

past. Our birth place is Saskatchewan, and we’ve gone through four federal general elections in a row with zero seats. “It’s a certainty that unless we change, then we’ll get zero seats the next time as well.” The leadership campaign debates are over, and the various candidates have spent the last week trading barbs over various platforms and perceived connections — particularly directed at Mulcair, who is the perceived frontrunner of the campaign. Mulcair says pundits have teased them for their “collegiality,” but he and his organizers made a conscious choice at the beginning of the campaign not to take part in attacks or comment on another candidate. “We’ve been good, we’ve been respectful. I’m very happy with the campaign we’ve run,” he said. The leadership vote will be held at the party’s Toronto convention March 24.


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Two men were arrested when police raided a suspected grow operation in Kaleden. The Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force executed a search warrant on March 7 at a White Lake Road home, where police discovered a large marijuana grow operation in a bunker underneath a garage on the property. Police seized 298 marijuana plants along with a large amount of growing equipment. Two men, including the property owner, were arrested at the scene without incident. The men, both known to police, are facing charges of production of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of traf¿cking. An additional charge of breach of recognizance has been recommended against one of the men. Both men were released from custody on a promise to appear in court on May 9.

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he City of Penticton is riding high over ¿gures showing local residents are among the provincial leaders in choosing alternate modes of transportation to and from work. Recent research indicated that 3.5 per cent of Penticton residents cycle to work (the highest amount in B.C.) while another 13.3 per cent of Pentictonites list walking as their main method of commuting to work. And a public consultation process launched by the city will go a long way to see those numbers climb even higher. City residents are encouraged to provide their views on where cycling trails can be expanded and what steps could be taken to make cyclists feel safer. City engineer Ian Chapman pointed out the city already has shared bike lanes on South Main Street, Dawson Avenue, Government Street, Carmi Avenue and Power Street. He said staff have developed concept plans for two potential network extensions that could take place in the near future within the current budget. One is on Warren Avenue, providing dedicated bike lanes from the Wiltse area to Channel Parkway; while the second could be a two-way, left-turn arrangement on Skaha Lake Road between Yorkton Avenue and Channel Parkway. The city’s long-standing history with Ironman Canada, as well as the recent emergence of the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan as a signi¿cant economic generator, show Penticton is on the right path with its plans for an improved cycling network. Ironman draws more than 2,500 competitors to the South Okanagan, while 3,000 cyclists are expected to take part in the 2012 Valley First Granfondo Axel Merckx. Anything the city can do to get residents out of their cars and using alternate modes of transportation should be encouraged. And improvements to Penticton’s cycling network could help put the city on the path to increased tourism revenue.


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Cold climate on Planet BCTF The stories began tumbling out as soon as last week’s column on teacher union indoctrination of students was posted on our websites. Most parents, retired teachers and administrators requested anonymity, because their kids and grandkids still have to go to school, or they have relatives or fair-weather friends in the B.C. Teachers’ Federation who mustn’t be enraged by any contradiction of their dogma. There was the Grade 3 art class in Langley where students were assigned to create antiBill 22 protest signs. There was the Grade 6 teacher in Greater Victoria who started a one-hour drill on BCTF talking points by telling students not to believe anything they see in the media. There was the middle school in the Gulf Islands that dismissed students early to force them all out in a show of solidarity against the latest of many legislated settlements. And there were the BCTFBCGEU pickets that blocked entrances to government of¿ces here in Victoria, harassing, threatening and physically blocking of¿ce workers in an effort to force them to join the

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B.C. Views thousands bused in for the traditional howling show of strength for Big State Labour bosses on the legislature lawn. In my 20 years of criticizing the policies and tactics of teacher union radicals, I have had my of¿ce windows smashed twice. I have seen a mob of self-absorbed strikers push a senior off the sidewalk into the snow. My daughter has been subjected to hard-left environmental propaganda in elementary school. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. But hey, let’s be constructive here. First, I should emphasize I understand that these incidents do not represent the vast majority of dedicated teachers, who

wouldn’t think of intentionally abusing their position for personal or political gain. I mean that sincerely. And thanks to all the teachers who sent me lecturing letters, particularly those who insist that they don’t really want another 16 per cent raise, because their ¿rst priority is improving classroom resources. Volume doesn’t permit individual responses to everyone. Authors who begin along the lines of “Sir, you are an idiot” receive lower priority. If I don’t get back to you, please convey your willingness to accept a brief wage freeze to your union executive. They’ve scaled back some of their more egregious prep time and paid leave demands, but apparently your admirably altruistic message has not yet been absorbed. And yes, I’m aware that the Harvard study of class size and performance I mentioned last week examined charter schools in the United States. I understand that “charter school” is considered coarse language in B.C. As with health care, there must be no serious competitive dynamic or other dangerous experimentation permitted within the union-

ized state monopoly model. And thanks for suggesting I’m an agent of the B.C. Liberals, who invented poverty 11 years ago. East Van MLA Jenny Kwan touched on it in the debate on Bill 22. Children coming to inner city schools hungry, inadequately clothed, with lice. Abused children. I can assure Kwan that these tragic realities are not con¿ned to the hellish B.C. Liberal era of spending increases. Indeed, I witnessed all these things in my three-room school in Tomslake, B.C. in the 1960s. Social Credit was to blame then. I remember the school more for its great teachers than its undrinkable water or alcoholic principal. And to all those who provide spelling-challenged advice on journalistic objectivity, here’s the thing. The ¿rst rule of opinion writing is to have one. I’m not looking for middle ground in the cold vacuum between Earth and Planet BCTF. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews. com.

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Teachers defending education This is in response to the letter from Kelly David, “Teacher not convincing.” You present yourself as so completely knowledgeable and in tune with present day classrooms that I can only surmise you have spent countless hours immersed in the daily intricacies of teaching. I am impressed by your recognition of biased teacher advertisements. It is certainly incomprehensible for teachers to take a stand in support of education and a wage that complements the work they do. Obviously all that nonsense about class size and composition is a blatant ploy by educators to avoid work. Why trust the thousands of B.C. teachers who are standing together to speak out against our government’s continual disregard for public education? What could they possibly know about it? It’s uncanny how you’ve uncovered the underhanded sneakiness of those shifty teachers who “hide” assessment data. Funny, the teachers I know provide printouts, often emailed directly to parents, which document all areas of student achievement such as assignments submitted, test scores, cumulative marks and class averages. These provide a far more accurate picture of a student’s progress than term or year-end

Strike hurts us all

When I was about 10, I did something bad and the teacher came at me with a big strap. She said this would hurt her more than it hurts me. I wanted to make a deal with her: If she put the strap away, nobody would get hurt. I did not say anything for fear that both of us would get hurt even more and I did not want to hurt my teacher. Now the teachers are doing it again. They are going on strike. This will send the parents scrambling to ¿nd what to do with their kids, and the kids will be forced to occupy their time with Facebook and texting, whatever that is. It will hurt the teachers too because they will lose three days’ pay. Three-quarters of a century since my experience with the strap, I still do not understand why teachers have to hurt others so they can get to hurt themselves. Gerry Lepine Summerland

Teachers lose respect

It’s sad to see so-called professionals slipping into the thuggery and goonery tactics that one would naturally expect from the CUPE rank and ¿le. Teachers no longer garner respect in my book. Something must be done about the stranglehold the unions have on progress in this province. Paul Crossley Penticton

Symphony draws ovation

The Cleland Theatre hosted the Youth Symphony — Imant Raminsh’s creation many years ago — on Feb. 26. It was an afternoon enjoyed by many Penticton music-lovers, and it was well worth sacri¿cing the sunshine. Raminsh is famous in his own right but has always been a modest ¿gure in the Okanagan Symphony and in his work for youth. He obviously is as passionate for

reports, and they are available daily, weekly, monthly, or whenever a parent requests them. I wonder if your ¿ve business professionals are as keenly aware of the delivery of education as you are. Do they understand that the lack of necessary resources — resources needed to support learning or provide adaptations to students with special learning needs — impedes student development? Are they aware that schools are at the mercy of the government to provide resources? Do they realize that schools have no option of selling more widgets to generate more income or of changing their business model to use resources more effectively? I challenge you, no, dare you to spend one week inside a classroom. You went to school; that’s clear. However, that makes you no more an authority on education than frequenting Timmy’s makes me an authority on running a business. And as for the Olympics, you are right in recognizing them for fostering the pursuit of excellence. Shouldn’t the same hold true for education? When can students, teachers and parents expect the support they require for their pursuit of excellence?

his young players as he is about music itself, encouraging them to create their own compositions, and having them conduct the symphony when their works are played. We heard from a number of young achievers during the concert. Many of you will be already familiar with Jasper Meiklejohn, an up-and-coming young Penticton artist. The two soloists were a complete contrast. Both played violin — but what a difference in style. Rebecca Ruthven is already a young diva — and looked the part in her stunning black and white dress. Vincent Li, who began his studies in China and now lives in Vernon, played the Gypsy Airs of Pablo de Sarasate with passionate joy. We’ll hear more of this young man. To my delight, the orchestra played two of my favourite selections by Grieg. The second, In the Hall of the Mountain King, made a superb encore, complete with costume effects. It made me realize that besides a passion for music and youth, Raminsh has also the third appeal for a lifetime musician — he has never really “grown up”. I am no music critic, so this is not a “review”. There were several points I wanted to make, however. One, why do not more parents turn up at such events, with children? I remember taking our pre-school boys to classical concerts — just as a matter of course. (Therein lies the danger, of course — we raised two musicians.) And, equally important, where were the people who are clamouring for a new, endlessly expensive, music hall? One friend with sharp eyes told me none were there. Yet they refused to support our wonderful auditorium, with its glorious acoustics. (Well, there was no foyer where one could display the latest styles, while sipping wine at intermission).


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And where was our mayor? Apparently not in tune with Vernon’s mayor, who welcomed the Youth Orchestra to his city. I can’t comment on Kelowna’s mayor — I just don’t know. I was pleased that the program mentioned names — not only of players, but of all who supported, or lent help in any way. It was interesting to read the bios — and to hear that two young composers could not attend — one because of a prestigious audition, another because the hockey team he coached had an important game. It was a joyous afternoon. Cleland held a fair crowd, and one that was delighted with the whole experience. How fortunate we are in this valley: Rosemary Thomson and Imant Raminsh — and so much musical talent in general.

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I am an educator who works in B.C.’s public postsecondary education system. Like thousands of B.C. teachers across our province, I am deeply frustrated by the actions of the B.C. Liberals in the current dispute between B.C. teachers and their employers. My deepest frustration is that the B.C. Liberals keep saying that tough times justify tough legislation. They are right about one thing; their legislation to end the teachers’ dispute is indeed tough. What is crystal clear is that this legislation will do nothing whatsoever to ‘improve education,’ nor is it really intended to. Rather, it lays the ground work for more contract-stripping of B.C. teacher collective agreements. Stripping those contracts will only guarantee that future labour relations in the K-12 system will become increasingly dysfunctional and acrimonious, outcomes that put our public school system on absolutely the wrong track. The so-called tough times that the B.C. Liberals use to justify this legislation are really just the culmination of a decade of ¿scal mismanagement, mismanagement that allowed provincial revenues to suffer so that unwarranted tax cuts could be pushed through. Ten years on, public services in our province are being squeezed even more to make up for B.C. Liberal mistakes.

Water going to waste

Few stop to consider the rami¿cations of intensive agriculture in the Okanagan or the effect of the combined output of six wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) pouring into Okanagan Lake — one of our main drinking and irrigation sources. The bottom line is that we’re seriously mistreating our local water supply. WWTPs are ef¿cient for biological nutrient removal, secondary clari¿cation, ¿ltration and ultraviolet disinfection, but are unable to remove pharmaceuticals or chemicals from wastewater. Over 50 billion litres of ‘treated water’ enter Okanagan Lake from upstream communities each year. Remnants of nearly every human ingestible item on retail shelves end up in our WWTP output. These products are either dumped directly down drains or pass through the body unmetabolized (antibiotics, anti-depressants, birth control pills, cancer treatments, pain killers, seizure medications). All of these have been detected in sampled WWTP output worldwide (citations below). Some solutions include: Shopping wisely: ‘Eco’ alternatives for nearly every household product exit in the marketplace, use them. Local government should focus on providing additional alpine water supplies for public consumption, as opposed to valley bottom sources. The opposite of what is currently being pursued. Municipal projects should focus on xeriscaping, as opposed to turf projects irrigated by WWTP efÀuent. The Skaha park expansion for example. Orchardists must embrace organic growing methods. Covert Farms is an excellent example of large-scale organics done right. Human health aside, marketing the Okanagan as ‘The World Capital of Organic Agriculture’ has a nice ring to it. In light of a U.S. Geological Survey study (http://on.doi.

Despite consistently exceeding our enrolment targets year after year, my employer (Okanagan College) is presently being forced to consider tuition increases, program reductions and staff layoffs in order to make up for the multi-million-dollar funding shortfalls imposed by the most recent provincial budget. The current disgraceful treatment of the teachers by the B.C. Liberals is just the most recent and public display of this government’s neo-liberal contempt for those who provide public services. The only comfort I ¿nd in all of this is that voters increasingly share my frustration with the current government and its short sighted, relentlessly negative vision for the province. The voters, like me, have run out of patience with this government. When the provincial election is called, hopefully, we can organize to run them out of of¿ce. In the meantime, the almost 300 members of the Okanagan College Faculty Association will stand side by side in solidarity with our colleagues in the BCTF as they struggle for fair treatment and to maintain their right to free collective bargaining. I would urge your readers to do likewise. Dr. Tim Walters, president Okanagan College Faculty Association

gov/6SgKBO), Okanagan cities should rethink the current practice of providing dried WWTP product for landscape and gardening bedding. Additionally, the process of irrigating recreational ¿elds with reclaimed wastewater should be re-examined, as per USGS study ( Andrew Drouin Penticton

Drivers being gouged

Brace yourself for a huge tsunami wave of letters and emails, with mine riding the crest, in regards to the recent gas hike. My thoughts are, among with many others, is why are the gas companies inÀating the billions of litres of liquid gold that they just took delivery of just 48 hours ago? Should they not honestly sell the previous shipment at the previous price? You could almost say they are “double dipping” the pro¿ts. The same question is being asked time and time again by the consumers, always falling on deaf ears and never getting a straight answer. (A similar response echoing from City Hall these days.) Why is it you drive from Penticton at 9:15 a.m. on a Monday with the prices on our pumps holding at $1.28.9 a litre and arrive at Kelowna one hour later to be greeted by their price of $1.24.9 just before the airport? On our return to Penticton, an hour and 40 minutes later, we are greeted by the welcome signs $1.34.9/litre. Rumour has it we can look forward to $2/litre gas on the July long weekend. Heaven help the motorhome owners. Andy Homan Penticton

More information needed

I agree with Ted Wiltse. Everything and everyone involved in the Eckhardt land sale must be brought to public scrutiny. Name all parties responsible for cobbling the Eckhardt land deal

together. Did any city staff vet this deal? If so who was involved? Did city staff recommend this land deal? Be speci¿c. Did the city have legal representation on this land deal? Who? Did they recommend this deal or warn council against it? A reasonable explanation of why this land deal was completed just before the election is not optional. A reasonable explanation must be given on why John Vassilaki was the only councillor to vote against the Eckhardt land deal when so much elemental ¿nancial criteria was missing. If the $50,000 down payment was obtained by the purchaser using fraudulent means, does this morally obligate the city to return this money to the damaged party? If no, does the city morally become part of an alleged fraudulent act? Should city contractors reasonably expect that city land sold for hockey dorm purposes be a safe contract to undertake? Who is going to reimburse the contractors and repair the damage caused by this irresponsible land sale which can bankrupt stakeholders and cost good people jobs? Is it possible to resell the land at a high enough pro¿t to reimburse the contractors that entered into this contract? Are the taxpayers of Penticton behind the ¿nancial 8-ball again in footing unnamed costs relating to this latest horror show? I ask all taxpayers to contact the mayor and council and urge them answer all Ted Wiltse’s questions (Western, Feb. 29). In addition, taxpayers should ask that a complete reasonable explanation of all circumstances surrounding why this deal was undertaken be posted on the city website for taxpayer view. As a taxpayer in Penticton, I expect all parties responsible for giving away this land to be named and consideration given to their replacement. I have sent a copy of this letter to the mayor and council. Elvena Slump Penticton

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If there is one person you don’t want to test your word-crafting prowess against, it could be Penticton’s Shane Koyczan. The cunning wordslinger, who rose on the international fame chart with his We Are More performance at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, uses Scrabble tiles to hone his craft. “I play a lot of word games,” admits Koyczan. “People always think that I am texting on my phone, but I am actually just playing a lot of Word Scramble, Scrabble, stuff like that.” In fact, when he isn’t performing with his band The Short Story Long, who are going to be at the Dream Café on March 16 and 17, you might just catch Koyczan at the Penticton Art Gallery going tête-à-tête with curator Paul Crawford. “It’s funny because I use to hate scrabble. Like, oh god what a boring game, but now I actually really love it. I enjoy playing with new people, seeing new strategies and exploring other people’s lexicon,” said Koyczan. When he isn’t delving into new words, Koyczan has been working with his band. The Short Story Long released their sophomore album Remembrance Year and are embarking on an 18-date Canadian tour kicking off in Penticton. Remembrance Year was partially recorded in the Penticton Art Gallery and the other half with

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Theatre students present A Phantom Returns Kristi Patton

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Summerland Secondary School theatre students are getting a lesson of a lifetime working with a Broadway/West End theatre professional. U.K. theatre legend, Peter Karrie, best known for his lead role in the Phantom of the Opera, is giving free workshops to the students. The students caught Karrie’s attention last year when he

was on his Canadian tour and he was so impressed he promised to return to work speci¿cally with them. Coming off the back of the highly touted student production of Phantom of the Opera, the Summerland theatre students now have the opportunity to sit in a workshop with Karrie. “I am so excited to be working with Peter Karrie. Phantom was a life-changing experience for me and this is an incredible opportu-

Phantom was a life-changing experience for me and this is an incredible opportunity. — Aliah Heck

nity,” said Aliah Heck. Some of the Summerland students previously travelled to Vernon with their parents to work with Karrie. “With my singing, it was one of those mo-


with Karrie in Vernon. Karrie Àew in from the U.K. to spend time giving them free workshops plus the opportunity to perform in concert with him. Organizers said with the

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B.C. teachers’ strike, those plans were put into limbo. However, Karrie felt bad for the students who were now possibly going to miss out on working with him. He had a show in Vernon on March 9 and invited any of the Summerland youths who wished to appear in concert to come. Since then, the Summerland concert has been allowed to proceed as planned Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Centre Stage Theatre. “The youths of today are the stars of tomorrow. However, it’s today that they need to be on stage,” said Karrie. “They need to gain stage experience and con¿dence. As far as I have been able to ¿nd with my research, they are the ¿rst school in B.C. to have done a school version of Phantom and also had their cast perform with an actual stage Phantom from the professional

version of the musical. It is a rare opportunity.” Karrie currently holds the world record as the actor who has played the Phantom more than any other actor, over 2,700 performances. The professional is also known for playing the lead in Les Miserables in London for two and a half years. Other major musicals he has performed in include Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. The Centre Stage concert, A Phantom Returns, is not just a rehashing of their production. It features numbers from various popular musicals and will feature the students on their own, as well as in numbers with Karrie. He will also have solo numbers of his own. Tickets are $20 and are available at the door, The Beanery and at the school of¿ce.

DREAM CAFE HOSTS POETIC TALK ROCK - page 9 “What immediately came to mind is, I suffer from depression too and just looking at some of the things I tell myself to get through dif¿cult days, well, maybe that could help someone else. That is how we developed the piece Instructions For a Bad Day,” said Koyczan. “It is pretty inspiring to see all these kids give up their after schools, weekends and Christmas holidays to work on this and to see that healing process that occurs through something simple like this project. It is pretty amazing.” The video was made by students and is available for download at, along with the back story. Now Koyczan looks forward to hitting the road with The Short Story Long, of which he isn’t the only Okanagan artist — making the Dream Café concert a perfect place to launch their tour. Maiya Robbie (guitars and vocals), Olivia Mennell (keyboards and vocals), Jordie Robinson (cello) and Jesse Lee (standup bass) round out The Short Story Long. “I love the Dream Café and I think what Pierre (Couture) is doing there is fantastic,” said Koyczan. “It is a great place to put on show and I couldn’t have picked a better place to launch the album in Penticton. We could do a theatre somewhere, or we are playing the Vogue in Vancouver, but for Penticton, I think the Dream Café feels better. It feels like a homecoming.”


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dlers are all welcome to join. Contact Kaili at 250-404-4299 for info. FOSTER CARE INFO sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250770-7524 or visit www. or www.mcf. OLIVER DOUBLE O Quilters have dropin activities every Wednesday. PENTICTON ACADEMY OF Music has string orchestra under the direction of John Suderman from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. at the Leir House. Open to intermediate and advanced string players ages 16 and up. New members welcome. KIWANIS CLUB HAS a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St. A L C O H O L I C S ANONYMOUSNIGHT group

meets in the Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. at 1498 Government St. Nooners meetings are Monday to Friday noon at 361 Ade Ave. 890 WING OF the South Okanagan Air Force Association of Canada will be having a roast beef dinner at 126 Dakota Ave. For tickets phone Verna at 250492-5369. CONCORDIA LUTHERAN CHURCH has Ready, Set, Learn for three-yearolds and their parents from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come for crafts, stories, information on early learning and more. EDINA CHAPTER NO. 33 Order of the Eastern Star has its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Masonic Hall. Welcome to all members. A PUBLIC FORUM on arthritis is being offered


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DESERT SAGE SPINNERS and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Members create beautiful handicrafts. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at rgerick-

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n i S pr or 250498-4959. CITY PEACH TOASTMASTERS meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250486-0601 for info. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. Call Merle at 250-7708093. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., improver line dance at 12:30 p.m., bingo and

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ly specials and is open Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. SUMMERLAND ART CLUB meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s lower floor on Wharton Street. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. For info call Barb at 250-494-3002. DUTCH COFFEE CLUB meets every third Wednesday of the month at the Cherry Lane Shopping Centre food court from 10 a.m. to noon. For Dutch Canadians or immigrants or anyone else interested. THE BREASTFEEDING CAFÉ will be held the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Penticton and District Community Resource Society at 330 Ellis St. Moms, babies and tod-


crafters meet at 1 p.m. and table tennis at 7 p.m. Call 250-4932111 to confirm line dance activities. TOPS B.C. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Betty-Lou at 250-4927623 or Liz at 250493-7997 for more information. ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY OF B.C. is holding a support group for caregivers at 1 p.m. at the Oliver Senior’s Centre at 34453 95th St. For details contact Laurie Myres at 1-888-318-1122.





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calendar O KANAGAN F ALLS S ENIORS ’ Activity Centre has computer classes at 9 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and cribbage at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. R OYAL C ANADIAN LEGION branch 40 has crib at 7 p.m. Ladies Fitness and Friends at 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall. S OUTH O KANAGAN and I MMIGRANT Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250492-6299. AL-ANON FOR FRIENDS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. FRATERNAL ORDER OF

Eagles has Joseph’s Famous Pizza from 4 to 7 p.m. Music trivia by Affordable Music. Prizes. Members and guests welcome to hall at 1197 Main St. ANAVETS HAS POOL and the 269 Dart Club at 7 p.m. ELKS CLUB ON Ellis Street has darts at 7:30 p.m. A L C O H O L I C S A NONYMOUS NIGHT group meets at 8 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. PENTICTON WRITERS AND Publishers meets every third Thursday at the Leir House at 7 p.m. If you love or want to write, come join us. For more info, contact Penny Smith at 250494-2299. PENTICTON AND AREA

Cycling Association invites the public to its 2012 annual general meeting, potluck and movie night at 6 p.m. at the Penticton Lawn Bowling Club at 260 Brunswick St. KEEP TRACK OF your personal and financial records with the help of Justin White of Edward Jones from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Seniors Wellness Society at 102-301 Main St. Call 250-4877455. YOUR ‘BEST SELF’ Series at Bodies on Power features: the benefits of cleansing for health and energy with Courtney and Michelle at 7:30 p.m. at 102-500 Railway St. Call 250-770-8303 for more info.


March 16 ELKS CLUB on Ellis Street has Okie Dokie karaoke 6:30 p.m. SOUTH MAIN DROP-IN Centre has Friday night dances with Buzz Byer at 7:30 p.m. $5 per person. All welcome. FRATERNAL ORDER OF Eagles has dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Entertainment by J.C. Wilson at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to their hall at 1197 Main St. R OYAL C ANADIAN LEGION Branch invite everyone to their pot of gold spring tea and bake sale from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the hall at

502 Martin St. Tickets are $5. Sandwiches and dainties will be served. There will be a bake table, raffles, silent auction and much more. Monies raised will all go to various charities. WILD AT HEART exhibit is from 5 to 8 p.m. in the RN gallery at the Penticton Museum until Aug. 30. SENIORS’ COMPUTER CLUB meets at the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Members drop-in from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the main hall. Call 250-770-7848 for more information. SENIORS SINGLES LUNCH Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. PDSCL has bingo at 1 p.m. in the Leisure

Centre on Winnipeg Street. Call Tarra at 250490-0200, ext. 1 for more information. SOUTH MAIN DROPIN Centre has Tai Chi Chuan at 10 a.m., cardio dance at 11:10 a.m., new beginner line dance at 1 p.m. ANAVETS HAS KARAOKE with Jack and Owen at 6 p.m. 890 WING OF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. AL-ANON MEETS AT the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-4909272. A L C O H O L I C S ANONYMOUS HAS a big book meeting and

12x12 thumper group meets at 7:30 p.m. at 431 Winnipeg St. in Penticton. Naramata group is at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Nooners meetings are Monday to Friday at noon at 361 Ade Ave. A CHARITY DANCE and auction in the memory of Frank Babakaiff will be in the Lakeside ballroom at 7 p.m. This fundraiser is for a lift in rehab at the hospital. Tickets are $20 a person with entertainment by Flashback and Uncorked. Tickets are available at the Lakeside or call 250-486-1119 or 250-493-0878.

FUNDING FOR STUDENTS, NOT FOR WAGE HIKES. The BCTF is demanding a 15 per cent wage hike and other benefits that would cost $2 billion and raise taxes for BC families. Virtually all other public sector unions have settled for no wage increases. It’s unacceptable that schools are disrupted and that students and their families are inconvenienced over an unreasonable salary demand in difficult economic times. The union is making claims and demands that simply don’t add up.



The union wants more paid time outside the classroom – sick leave for teachers on call, expanded bereavement and discretionary leave.

The government wants more time for teacher training and to ensure that Pro-D days really are for professional development.

The union says all teaching positions should be selected on the basis of seniority.

The government supports seniority but qualifications must also count so that math teachers teach math, and science teachers teach science.

The union says that teachers who perform poorly in evaluations will be dismissed – ‘one strike and you’re out’.

The government wants to support teacher improvement through a standardized evaluation process.

The union says that government refuses to negotiate.

There has been over a year of negotiations and 78 full bargaining sessions.

The union says that class size limits have been eliminated.

Class size limits will remain in place on all grades across BC.

The union says that BC has 700 fewer special needs teachers.

2100 new teaching assistants have been hired since 2001. And, with a new $165 million Learning Improvement Fund, we will hire more.

It’s time to focus on what matters most in education – BC’s students. That’s why we are focused on per-student funding which is at an all time high, not on wage increases. We all want to do more to make BC’s education system even better. It’s the driving force behind BC’s Education Plan that teachers, parents and students are helping to shape. Teachers care about their students. Parents care about their children’s future.


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AVERY BARNETT does the breastroke in the first leg of the boys 11 and 12 division finals race while Clara Schirrmeister (below) churns the waters in the freestyle race in the girls 15 and over category. The two members of the Penticton KISU team helped their club to victory on the weekend swim meet at the community centre pool.

KISU blows competition away Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

KISU swimmers were rewarded in more than one way from their victory during their Spring Pentathlon meet. After watching their swimmers blow away the competition during its host meet at the Penticton Community Centre, KISU coaches were thrown into the water. “It has been a while since we have won,” said KISU coach Tina Hoeben, nearly dried off after her swimmers threw her into the pool. According to Hoeben, it is KISU tradition that coaches get tossed into the pool after winning a meet. KISU finished with 5617 points. The next team had 2,365 points. Hoeben said her swimmers stepped up on home turf. “The meet has a challenging format with five swims each day and many other swimmers chose not to do all five swims,” said Hoeben. “Almost all of KISU’s swimmers did the

full program. Our youngest and new swimmers didn’t do the toughest events, and they swam fast.” KISU had a handful of swimmers who achieved new time standards. Acacia Benn made her first ever AA time in the 200-metre back stroke, while Tyler Wall, making his competitive debut, earned AA times in the 100-m and 200-m backstroke. Xelian Louw made his first AA time in the 100-m back, while

Nicholas Swanson made his first AAA time for the 100-m breast stroke in the senior age category. Also performing well were Brian MacPhail and Reilly Rowland. Benn, 10, was excited about her results. Benn said she has improved in her backstroke and has worked hard in practice. “I always try my hardest in the water,” said Benn, who competed against older swimmers during heats. “I felt I swam well. I tried to keep

up with the older kids.” Swanson, 17, felt he did well during the pentathlon, as he placed second behind teammate MacPhail on Day 1, was fourth on Day 2 and second again behind MacPhail on Day 3. “It was a tough meet,” said Swanson. “I had some best swims. It was good competition. It’s a fairly intense meet because of how much you swim. I wanted to get as many best times.” And Swanson accom-

plished his goal of earning best times in 12 of 15 races. Hoeben said that mental toughness and enthusiasm was the key for her group. With five 200-m events on Saturday, the 200-m fly is particularly demanding physically and strategywise. The swimmers then had to complete a 400-m individual medley. “It is a tough format for anyone, but it was great to see them embrace the challenge and support each other,” said Hoeben. The quality of some teams wasn’t quite there as Hoeben noted some top swimmers didn’t compete. Clubs are just coming out of the championship meet season, some swimmers didn’t attend. “Unfortunately for us, it is a tough weekend to host a meet, but we feel like we’ve made the best of it,” she said. For full KISU results, check results.


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Nate Speijer racked up 28 kills for the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Heat in the opening game of Canada West action. It was a performance during his Canadian Interuniversity Sport debut that showed he was a player to watch. Speijer didn’t take a

step back as he became a Canada West All Star. In his fourth season with the Heat, Speijer was an offensive machine with his name scattered at the top of the offensive leader board. Heat coach Greg Poitras was pleased with his veteran hitter’s ability to take his game to the next level as the team jumped to a more difficult league. “Nate had a great year. He really never

skipped a beat with the big jump to CIS and all the teams and coaches keying on him,” said Poitras. “It was great to see him rise to the occasion. There is no doubt Nate is already preparing himself to be an even more complete player next year for the Heat. I am sure next year’s Canada West playoffs are already on his mind.”

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Streak behind Vees, focus shifts to championship

It had to happen eventually. It was inevitable. As the Ooracle in Matrix Revolutions said, “Everything that has a beginning, has an end.” The Vees’ winning streak was born Nov. 11, and died March 10. After extending their Canadian Junior Hockey League record to 42 games with an 8-5 win against the Prince George Spruce Kings on Friday, and tying a junior A mark set by the 1981-82 Flin Flon Bombers, the Vees lost 5-2 against the Spruce Kings Saturday. “We got a good group of kids in there who brought their ‘A’ game every night, and played hard and didn’t take anything for granted, so now it’s kind of nice to have it over,” said Vees coach-GM Fred Har- Emanuel Sequeira binson to the Prince George Free Press. A Man Advantage As for losing to the Spruce Kings, Harbinson said it is hard to win two games in a row in the Prince George Coliseum. While the Vees did rest defencemen Mike Reilly and Troy Stecher, he wasn’t using that as an excuse. “I think the only thing I can really say is I thought the Spruce Kings played two very good games and they deserved to win at least one of them,” said Harbinson. A former university classmate, who is a work colleague at the Free Press, sent me a message saying, “The winning streak is OVER. Finally.” My response. “I guess it has to happen eventually.” Alistair McInnis/Prince George Free Press He must have thought that I had some PENTICTON VEES rookie forward Cody DePourcq gets a step on Prince George Spruce kind of emotional tie to the streak. A part of Kings forward Patrick Chore at the Prince George Coliseum. me was a bit surprised since the Vees have It’s time for the Vees to take their games to another level. One player you can bet will is captain overcome deficits. Logan Johnston. The Penticton minor hockey product has risen the past two playoff seasons. Last I thought what was great about the year he shared MVP honours with Stecher. The season before he earned it on a team captained by streak is it generated fan interest. There are Denver Manderson, who led the team with 10 goals in 16 playoff games. Johnston was tied for secSales, Service & Support also businesses and some homes decorated ond with six in 16 games. As Johnston said before, the playoffs suits his game. in blue. The Vees attracted over 3,600 peoComing back to the Vees’ record-setting season, Mario Lucia was named the Interior Conference ple against the Smoke Eaters on a Tuesday Rookie of the Year (42 goals and 93 points) by the BCHL, while Mike Reilly earned Best Defencenight. That’s a great crowd. man honours for the Interior Conference (24 goals and 83 points). Michael Garteig was recognized I responded by saying, “Their chase of as the best goalie with a 1.93 goals against average in 2,578 minutes. Garteig also earned 41 wins. 300 – 2180 Elk Road the big prize starts.” Harbinson said it was well-deserved, adding that the players put in a lot of work. That’s the only thing this team cares “Mario getting 42 goals is pretty special,” said Harbinson, who was named the Joe Tennant Meabout. Their chase for the RBC Cup begins morial Trophy winner as Interior Coach of the Year. Harbinson said his recognition is a reflection Friday as Harbinson looks to guide the of the coaching staff. Other league winners can be found in the online version of the column. Vees to a second Fred Page Cup championship (BCHL title) under his watch. Emanuel Sequeira is the sports editor of the Penticton Western News.

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Mustangs finish 12th in province Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Being the 12th best AA senior boys basketball team in the province is just fine with Russ Reid. The Princess Margaret Mustangs climbed three spots in the rankings after going 1-3 in Kamloops during the provincial championship last week. The Mustangs opened with an 87-47 loss to St. Michael’s University from Victoria. The Mustangs then rebounded to defeat Abby Christian 81-65 before losing to Archbishop Carney 8964. In their final game for 11th place, the Mustangs lost to the defending champion South Okanagan Hornets 75-58. “Our best game was against Abby Christian, who in December beat us by 25,” said Reid. “We shot 50 per cent from the floor and held their big players off the glass. They had a starting line up of six-foot-seven, sixfoot-five, six-foot-three and a front guards at sixfeet or taller.” In their final three games, Reid said the Mustangs played with energy, controlled emotion and strong passion.

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As has been the case all season, different players stepped up for the Mustangs. “Brayden Hearne and Mauro Patterson were the most consistent offensive players,” he said. “I think Harman Randhawa, Justin Cante-

lon and Enoila Obefami had strong performances at both ends.” Reid found the championship to be strong with a numbers of teams having a chance to win. Find full story at

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Bisons take Game 1 of men’s rec hockey final Western News Staff

Dan Frasers hat trick performance helped give the Bar One Argo Bison a 6-1 win against the Mule Broncos in the A final of Penticton Men’s Rec Hockey League. Ben Boudreau and Kyle Fraser scored the other goals for the Bisons, while Rob Burnett scored for the Mule Broncos. Game 2 is Wednesday, while Game 3 if neccessary is Thursday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The Bisons reaches the final by sweeping the Hitmen in the semifinal 2-0. They took the deciding game 9-4 with Dan Fraser leading they way with a hat trick. Jesse Van Troyen, Kyle Fraser, Kiel Gatenby, Josh Van Troyen, Jeremy Van Troyen and Johnathan Spence scored the other goals. For the Hitmen it was Dave Sandrelli, Levi Johnson, Brett Van Riper and Graham Boyd. The Broncos won the deciding match of the A semifinal 7-3 against the EcoDry Ice Dogs. Andrew Pond led the offence for the Broncos with two, while singles goals were scored by Eric Cerutti, Rob Burnett, Jason Seddon, Jordan Moss and Jamie Low. For the Ice Dogs it was Mike Funk, Darren Belanger and Mitch Aubie. In B final action, the Best Damn Wings defeated the Peacock’s Perch Wolverines 8-5. Gabriel led the Wings with three goals, while PJ Forbes scored twice. The Wolverines were led by Kevin MacDowall. The Wolverines even the series at one with an 8-6 win. Pickford and Britton each scored hat tricks for the Wolverines. Leading the Wings was Feist and Gabriel with two goals. The Wings then routed the Wolverines 9-2 with the help of hat tricks by Gabriel and Brendan Miller. Tyler Janzen and Aric Stickney scored for the Wolverines.

HEAT Speijer gets All Star nod

Speijer was fourth in points with 4.55 per game, third in kills per set at 3.98, sixth in service aces with 19 and he was also 19th in hitting percentage at .255. Speijer said his selection is pretty amazing. However, he noted the Heat didn’t do as well as he had hoped. “No one likes to lose,” said Speijer, whose 28 kills came against Winnipeg. “I put in a lot of hard work and it was nice to get some recognition. I’m looking forward to next year. “I was a little bit surprised to get all star, the team didn’t do great,” he added. Speijer loved his first season in CIS playing with the “big boys” as they like to call it. “Every weekend was a good game,” said Speijer, whose team lost against Manitoba in the first round. “In college, we would have to wait for a team to challenge. Every team in CIS was very good. We had to be on top of our game all the time.”

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CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLE — Penticton Vees netminder Brandon Grindon stops this scoring attempt by Vernon Vipers forward Mark Francis in the championship game of the OMAHA District Midget tournament Sunday at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The visitors won 5-4 to take the house league title.

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Owners of homes with home warranty insurance can search the new Residential Construction Performance Guide to find out whether concerns they have with the quality of their homes may be covered by home warranty insurance.

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New Residential Construction Guide Benefits Homeowners and Builders Homeowners have a new tool at their fingertipss to help them better understand how warranty providers evaluate claims for possible design, labour or material defects in new homes. The Residential Construction Performance Guide is the newest online resource available on the provincial Homeowner Protection Office website at It explains how homes covered by home warranty insurance should perform. Every new home built for sale by a licensed residential builder in B.C. is protected by mandatory third-party home warranty insurance. It’s the strongest system of construction defect insurance in Canada. “For most consumers, buying a new home is one of the largest financial investments they will make. So it’s essential that homebuyers can make that investment with confidence, knowing that they will not be faced with additional expenses to repair defects after they move in,” said Tony Gioventu, executive director of the Condominium Home Owners’ Association and an advocate for consumer protection. This simple, practical guide is easy to use. It outlines more than 200 possible defects that are searchable online. This includes the most common defect claims that might be submitted under a home warranty insurance policy – from windows that malfunction, to driveway or interior concrete floors that have cracked, to siding that has buckled. Designed primarily for conventional low-rise, wood-frame homes, the guide also provides some helpful guidelines for the common property of multi-unit buildings. Builders can also use the guide to help ensure that they deliver high performance homes.


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Setting the table for a taste of spring Jennifer Schell Special to the Western News

Lots of spring news to share in the food and wine world. Firstly, the highly anticipated re-opening of the expanded Waterfront Wines restaurant is just around the corner. A new look, double the space, plus a chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s table where four lucky diners (reservations highly recommended) will sit right at the kitchen counter to watch chef Mark Filatow and team in action. Word is that those gorgeous new doors open next week â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hurrah! Penticton has a lot to hoot and holler about these days. After all, the city was recently listed as No. 1 in the Top 19 wine destinations around the world, in the top 25 climbing locations in the world and in the top 10 places to try something new (sip wine). With new wineries



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Wine Co. owners Richard and Twylla da Silva also factored space for an eatery into their new wine shop renovations. Former owner of local favorite, Amante Bistro in Penticton, chef Abul Adame will be offering delicious bites for visitors to enjoy inside or on the patio. Stay tuned for an opening date. Fish taco lovers and fans of local hangout Okanagan Street Food can relax â&#x20AC;&#x201D; chef Neil is back from holidays and they have reopened. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on with Cooperâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in Mission Park Mall? It is in the process of becoming an Urban Fare a la Vancouver. The store will remain operating while under renovation and completion is scheduled for June. Hillside Wineryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gorgeous bistro will reopen for the season on March 31. Prepare to have your palate wowed by their fabulous executive chef Rob Cordonier. I am a huge fan. Spring wine festival events are posted so start planning and booking tickets now before they sell out. The festival runs May 4 to 13 â&#x20AC;&#x201D; check out www.thewinefestivals. com for all event and ticket info. I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to attend the Cellar Dinner, Dancing and Winemakers Olympics at The View Winery. Kick up your heels at The View Winery with an entertaining evening of Âżne food and wine pairings combined with live music and the excitement of the Winemakers Olympics. Participants will be put through their paces in a series of events, which will not only test their abilities but entertain onlookers as well. (Participation in Olympic activities is encouraged but not mandatory.) Olympic awards and closing ceremonies will be followed by dancing to the funky, classic tunes of Peter Glockner and Dave Beaton. Last year was sold out â&#x20AC;&#x201D; reservations are required. Check out or call 250-860-0742. The View Winery has also been giving their wine shop a makeover and is due to unveil the new look this month. Jennifer Schell is the editor of B.C. Food and Wine Trails magazine.

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In Memoriam IAN BOBBI LEE KINCH Sept 20, 1955 - March 14, 2011

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The tears in our eyes we can wipe away The ache in our hearts will always stay You and dad rest in peace by the mountain and lake Where we often sailed, had picnics and play. Lovingly remembered, Mom, Jean, David & Donald

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Passed away peacefully on March 10, 2011, at her home. Come join the family in celebrating Anne’s life on Friday, at 11:00 am at the Bethel Pentecostal Tabernacle, 945 Main Street, Penticton, BC with interment to be held at the Naramata Cemetery. Anne’s loving children; Lois, Donna (Dennis), Robert L., grandchildren; Jason (Nathalie), Joel, Natalie, Nolan, great grandchildren; Madison, Daphne L. Coralie, and brother, Walter (Hanna) all share in the going home of Anne. She was a lover of God by conviction and is promoted now from Faith to sight. Gone before her were her husband, Lawrence, parents, brothers; John, Bill, sisters; Mary, Rose (Fred), and Ruth. Thanks go to the doctors, home care staff, family and friends who helped during this time. Donations may be made in memory of Anne to charity of your choice. Condolences may be sent to the family through Providence Funeral Homes Parkview Chapel (250) 493-1774

It is with heavy heartss and deep sadness thatt the family of Ralph h Back announcess his going home onn 2. February 23rd, 2012. He died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 96 years. He was born in Manitoba on May 22, 1915. He is lovingly remembered by Evelyn, his wife of 66 years, his son, Dennis (Holly) Back of N. Vancouver and daughter, Carol (Delmer) Newton of Penticton. His joy in life were his grandchildren and great grandchildren; Kelly (Suzanne) Sierra, Kennedy and Joshua Newton of Fort Collins, Colorado, Adrienne (Todd) Paige and Brooke Constantinescu of Penticton, Christopher (Shona) Addison and Josie Newton of Penticton, Sheryl, Cadence and Courtney Newton of N. Vancouver, Jordon Back of N. Vancouver, Tyler (Charito) Kiana and Teagan MacKay of N. Vancouver and Mitchell (Amy) Ryley, Mitchell, Marley and Abigail MacKay of N. Vancouver. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 2:00 pm at the Parkview Funeral Chapel, 1258 Main Street, Penticton, BC. Thank you to all the special neighbours. Ralph’s final resting place will be in Biggar, Sask. where he farmed and lived for over 60 years. Condolences may be sent to the family through No time on earth is long enough To share with those we love, Or to prepare our hearts for goodbye. Providence Funeral Homes Parkview Chapel (250) 493-1774

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Build Your Career With us Certified Millwright & # 1 Planerman Okanagan Valley, BC Do you thrive in a dynamic and challenging environment with opportunities for continuous growth and development? We want to hear from you. Apply online today and build your career with us! Local heating & air conditioning company seeking 1st or 2nd year sheet metal apprentice and/or furnace installer, must have valid Drivers license, please send resumes to: or fax: 250-493-7044 Taper required, work consists of renovations - smaller to bigger jobs. Must be a clean worker. (250)488-1613

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DL Baker Construction Canada is looking for Laborers and Foremen in Kitimat. BC, Canada. Red Seal Preferred. Laborers will possess competency in assisting on the installation of all types of formwork, performing general labor work and placing concrete. Have the ability to correctly rig and hoist material, ability to signal, rig and work safely with cranes. Project Terms is Project Based Wages are in accordance with Project Labour Agreement between Kitimat Modernization Employer Association and Coalition of British Columbia Building Trades for the Kitimat Modernization Project Please forward resumes to LOUISIANA-PACIFIC Canada Ltd. requires an experienced Journeyman Electrician for our EWP Operation in Golden B.C. Email resume to: or fax to 250-344-8859. PLANER/MOULDER Technician Required for Planermill in Creston BC. Please Contact: Fax: (250) 428-2366 WELDERS WANTED. Journeyman 2nd and 3rd year apprentices with tank manufacturing experience. Automated Tank Manufacturing Inc. Located in Kitscoty, Alberta. 20km West of Lloydminster is looking for 15 individuals that want long term employment and a secure paycheque. Journeyman wages $33. $37.50/hour. Wages for apprentices based on hours and qualifications. Benefits, training programs, full insurance package 100% paid by company, profit sharing bonus. Join a winning team. Call Basil or Blaine for an appointment or send resume to: or p r o d u c t i o n @ a u t o t a n k s. c a . 780-846-2231 (Office), 780-846-2241 (Fax). WRANGLER wanted for Chilcotin backcountry. 250-2382375

Work Wanted CLASS 1 driver, super B, fuel, 30yrs experience, drug free, good abstract, reliable. Thank you. 778-471-4049

Help Wanted

Education/Tutoring BAR WINE and service training not employed? not an ei client? seats still available in our bar, wine & service training at okanagan college penticton - no cost. email or call 250-492-4305 ext 3401 for information

Financial Services DROWNING IN debts? Helping Canadians 25 years. Lower payments by 30%, or cut debts 70% thru Settlements. Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1 877-556-3500 GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161. LOOKING FOR BUSINESS, PERSONAL OR TITLE LOAN? Now get up to $800k business or personal loan, with interest rate from 1.9%. Bad credit ok. Apply now

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Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping TAXATION - ACCOUNTING Richard Calkins 202A-3115 Skaha Lake Rd. Personal-Trusts-Corporate (778)476-5845

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Excavating & Drainage Kamatsu 27 mini excavator, rubber track, blade & thumb, with or w/o operator, low rates, daily, weekly, monthly, call (250)492-0640

Garden & Lawn GREENWORKS Property Maintenance. Taking bookings for the 2012 season. Professional experience in all aspects of property maintenance from the growing season through to snow removal. Licensed/Insured/Residential/Commercial/Strata. 250487-0373 778-476-0111 HERBARIA Garden and Lawn. Quality landscape maintenance. Nine years experience. Call Paul at 250-493-3362.

Home Improvements


RENOVATIONS 40 YEARS Carpentry & Home Improvement Experience

Decks - Siding Fences - Sheds All Interior & Exterior Renos Property Maintenance Licensed & Insured

250 486-3109 250 770-8063

BELCAN Painting & Renos Licensed-Insured-WCB, Painting, Tiles, Flooring, Finishing Carpentry, Kitchen & Bath Reno’s. Call Len 250-486-8800 CUSTOM Ceramic Tile Murals, backsplashes, accent tiles,coasters, t-shirts & more. Penticton

GREAT Canadian Builders Ltd. “Turning Houses into Homes.” Your complete renovation specialists. 25 years experience. All interior & exterior work, concrete, sheds, garages, fences, roofing, decks, drywall, framing. Restorations, additions. Licensed and insured, for your free estimate call Steve 250-490-9762, 250488-0407 HOME RENOVATIONS - Large or Small. Bathrooms, Basements, Kitchens, etc. Call 250488-5338. Serving Kelowna to Osoyoos and surrounding areas. Painting, re-paint, finishing. Free estimates. Ref’s avail. Call Ed at 250-488-0414.

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Real Estate

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Houses For Sale

Houses For Sale

Home Improvements


Medical Supplies

Misc. Wanted

For Sale By Owner

Honest Skilled Carpenter

Slight scratch and dent. SAVE HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS! Washer/Dryer set starting at $399. Ranges starting at $299 LG TV 50’’ $499.CANADIAN LIQUIDATORS 250-490-0554.

SHOPRIDER Mobility Scooter & Powerchair Dealer. Free in home demos. Stairlifts & Platform Lifts, Kelowna: 250764-7757 Vernon: 250-5423745 T-free 888-542-3745

LOCAL Coin Collector, looking to buy collections, Mint & Proof sets, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold, Silver Coins Etc. Any amount. Please Call Chad at 250-863-3082.

Beautiful street appeal, great location, wonderful floor plan, awesome landscaping... this property has it all. Close to schools & downtown, this home shows like new with open main floor plan featuring 9 & 12 foot ceilings, hardwood floors, spacious new kitchen with over-sized island, silgranite sink and slow close drawers. New powder room with granite counter top, tasteful window treatments, & a warm colour scheme throughout. Second level has 3 large bedrooms including private master suite with huge walk-in closet, 4 pc en-suite and french door to cozy deck. Full basement has self-contained in-law suite with separate entrance. Back yard has privacy plus a detached garage with alley access. Gorgeous low maintenance landscapin g, U/G irrigation and a covered front veranda add character & charm to this unique home. $469,900 250-4601387.

Available for all aspects of carpentry. Specializing in DECKS, tile, framing,drywall, finishing. Reas. rates. 20 yrs exp. Photos & refs avail Contact Paul 250-486-4739. Rob Hurren Carpentry, renovations big and small, kitchen and bath remodeling, doors trim work, finishing and more, professional design available, call Rob 250-809-7131

Moving & Storage FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance trips. Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687

Rubbish Removal PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay 800 lb round bales: this years grass hay $50./bale, last years grass hay $25./bale. Shavings & Sawdust available 250-804-6720 HAY FOR SALE; Grass or Grass Alfalfa mix, Round bales $70 each, approx. 800lbs. Large square bales, 3x3x8, $160/ton. Delivery avail. on larger orders. 250838-6630 *HAY-SALES-GUARANTEED Quality Grass, Alfalfa, Mixed square bales, round bales & Silage bales. Delivery avail. (250)804-6081,(250)833-6763. McLeery Ranch, Armstrong. Alfalfa/Alfalfa Grass small squares, exc hay $6. Haylage $40., Dry Rounds $50.; 1250-546-0420, 250-503-8184


Farm Equipment

Misc. for Sale

8” DeWalt Radial arm saw, $70, Hay chopper, hammer mill combination, $400, 16.5 Craftsman lawn tractor with mower, $600, 5ft 3 point hitch tractor mower, $500, (250)497-8641

Free Items Free Apple wood, u-cut, utake.(250)487-9295 Penticton. Free Sofa, excellent condition. (250)487-9295 Oster juicer, Phillips 4 slice toaster, Regal 12 cup percolator, all working, (250)492-0133

Firewood/Fuel WANTED Applewood, will buy as rounds/logs, or can remove trees for wood. 604-970-4041

Furniture ALWAYS Buying quality furniture, tools & household goods. Western Star Auctions, 161 Ellis St. Penticton. 250-492-3203 Check out weekly auctions.

Garage Sales Sat & Sun, 8am start, 150 Chatham Pl., furniture, antiques, utility trailer, lots of goodies

Heavy Duty Machinery


Merchandise for Sale

Appliances For Sale, never been used, Kitchen Aide 30” s/s Range smooth top/conv., $1599, Kitchen Aide s/s DW, $1349, 30” s/s range hood, $249, Kenmore F/L washer w/base, blk, $799, Kenmore F/L dryer w/base, blk, $499, Kitchen Aide s/s fridge 24.8 cf., $1699, Kenmore white 12.2 cf upright freezer, $499, all prices firm, (250)497-8235 WASHER, Kenmore front load, HE2 Plus, white, $550, excellent condition, (250) 804 7328

Help Wanted Apply Within

Exmark mowers 21” & 26” $100 rebate Navigators $1,000 rebate. Used start up package of Bluebird aerator, dethatcher, JD mowers, Stihl trimmers, blowers etc. Call Toll Free 877-533-1010 QUEEN size Simmons Beauty Rest Box & Mattress, Excellence Series non-flip pillowtop. $250, King also available, can deliver. 250-215-8309 STEEL BUILDINGS for all uses! Spring Deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800-6685111 ext. 170. STEEL OF a deal - Building sale! 20X24 $4798. 25X30 $5998. 30X42 $8458. 32X58 $12,960. 40X60 $15,915. 47X80 $20,645. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc. All insurance in place to work on your property. 250-260-0217

Dark Oak book case, 36” wide, 40” high, pair of 20lb & 15lb dumbells, call 1-888-755-9333 Wanted, camper or camperette to fit a Ford Ranger pickup. 250-487-7476

Apt/Condo for Rent

Apt/Condo for Rent


(250) 770-1948 101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD. Bassett. 2 Bdrm, f/s, w/d, f/p, lrg yard with Pent. Ave. 1 & 2 bdrm, F/S, W/D, A/C, storage, carport pkg. $72500 & $77500 incl. garage. Some pets ok. $90000 water Downtown: 1 bdrm/bach, F/S, A/C, decks, Van Horne. 2 bdrm hse, F/S, W/D, garage. incl. pkg. $60000-$64500 incl. util & cable Pkg. No pets. Avail. April 1 $90000 +util

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT.

Mobile Homes & Parks ✰ Mr. Mobile Home, Certified Factory Outlet. Single, Double, Triple Wide Homes and More. From Shipping/Handling Thru Complete Installation. We Service What We Sell. Come in, Call or Click for Your Price is Right Quote! 1-800-782-3122


Rentals Rent To Own

Houses For Sale

$89,900 6.4 acres level Arrow Lakes area. For Pictures email

3 bdrms in Princeton on quiet street, Fully fenced yard, newer fridge, washer & dryer. 3 year old furnace, new H/W tank. Asking $144,850. 1 (250)295-6141 ******* Where smart sellers meet smart buyers! View Thompson Okanagan properties for sale.// Selling? No Commission. (250) 545-2383 or 1-877-291-7576

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic

Real Estate Acreage for Sale

3 bdrm townhouse rent to own, across from Canadian Tire. (250)492-2543

Apt/Condo for Rent 1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-938-7146

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1 & 2 bdrms avail. immed & Apr. 1, newly reno’d, $650$800, central Penticton, water incl., (250)493-4903 to view

Cars - Domestic

Cars - Domestic


MONDAY - FRIDAY Front Street Realty Property Management #2 Front St., Penticton, B.C.

250-492-2233 ASK FOR DEBBIE

132 POWER STREET ............................................................ $900


310 YORKTON AVENUE .................................................... $1000

Many vehicles to choose from!


2 bed renovated, fr/st, includes utilities. Avail. NOW

2 bed, 6 appl., ground floor unit, includes utilities & basic cable. Avail. NOW

160 LAKESHORE DRIVE (14th Floor) ............................ $1700 2 bed, 2 bath, includes all appliances. Avail. NOW HOUSES

80 GREEN AVENUE EAST .................................................. $1000 3 bed, 1½ bath, 4 appl., fenced yard. Avail. NOW

296 KINNEY AVENUE (NEW) ............................................ $1375 3 bed, 3 bath, 5 appl., c/a, fenced yard, dble garage. Avail. NOW

REALTY EXECUTIVES PENTICTON APARTMENTS: $600 $625 /$750 $950 $975 $1600

Skaha Place, 1 bdrm grd flr, new flooring and paint, fridge, stove, a/c unit, coin-op laundry. Avail. NOW (A444) Near library, 1 & 2 bdrm apartments, children welcome, f, s, a/c, balcony, elevator, covered parking. Cat ok. Avail. NOW (EFR) Across from Skaha Beach, top flr, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 5appl, extra storage, cov’d parking, incl. cable. Avail. NOW (A443) The Ellis, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, 6 appl, in-suite storage, balcony, sec’d parking. Avail. NOW (A369) Lakeshore 3 – 12th floor, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, exec. condo, park and lakeview, seasonal pool, sec’d parking. Avail. July 1 (A412)


BRAND NEW 2.5 Bdrm Naramata townhouses 2.5 bath, unfin bsmt, garage, near school. Avail. NOW (Th496-1)

HOUSES: $850 $1500

Across from Columbia School, 1 bdrm lower portion of duplex, f,s, shared washer/dryer, 1 year lease req’d. Avail. April 1(OT447) Large 3 bdrm house, with in-law suite, single garage, 2.5 bathroom, f,s, d/w, w.d. Avail. NOW (H656) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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Property Management

Lab/Shep cross, SF, one year old, needs active home, (250)493-0865 after 5pm WOLF HYBRID Cubs reserve. now. Sun Valley Wolf Kennels 250-765-4996 Kelowna, BC

Landscape Equipment

Misc. Wanted

Shavings Friendly service from Summerland since 1972 Les Porter 250-490-1132

CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! Call 1-866-9815991. entertainment cabinet with 1500W Electric FP, $1699, (4) Designer chairs, red/chrome adjustable, $400, ornate wall clock sculpture, all prices firm, (250)497-8235

Local Coin Collector Looking to Buy Collections, Mint & Proof Sets, Accumulations, Olympic, Gold, Silver Coins etc. Any amount. Please call 250-499-0251 PRIVATE Collector buying coins from Royal Canadian Mint. I can buy big coin collections too! Todd 250-864-3521

Summerland. Private sale of unique home & lot in La Vista Country Estates. 2 bdrm, 2 baths, LR, DR, kitchen with 3 appliances, washer and dryer, Fujitsu no-duct heating with furnace backup, gas fireplace. 2-car garage. 15’6” x 17’ room over garage that could be used as studio, sewing room, office or sleeping area. Patio & attractive private grassy backyard backed by terraced landscaping. Nice location. Moderate strata fee. 55+. $450,000. Call 250-494-1898.

280 MAIN STREET, PENTICTON, B.C. V2A 5B2 PHONE: 250-493-4372 - Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

2010 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 4x4

2010 Chevy Camaro LT

2009 Chevrolet HHR 4 Dr. Retro Sedan

3rd row seats, 4.0L V6 engine, traction control, leather heated seats with memory, satellite radio, 6 disc CD, microsoft SYNC, alloy wheels, WHITE/TAN. P186A. Was 31,998 Now...

3.6L V6 engine 303 HP, automatic transmission, traction control. Cold air intake, dual exhaust, alloy wheels, satellite radio, Onstar. What a car! BLACK. Only 8,900 kms! P160A

It’s loaded. 2.2L, 4 cylinder engine. Automatic transmission, Onstar, keyless remote, remote start, satellite radio, power sunroof, complete tow bar assembly included. Only 39,000 kms. P102B










250-498-0570 Toll Free

1-877-365-4711 33882 HWY. 97 SOUTH OLIVER, BC

2008 Ford F350 Shortbox Crewcab 4x4 SXT

2008 Jeep Liberty Limited 4x4

2008 Dodge Grand Caravan Sto & Go 7 Passenger Van

6.4L powerstroke diesel engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, tow pkg with electric brake controller, power pedals, fog lights park aide system. Alloy wheels. Only 59,800 kms! RED EXTERIOR. P1107A

3.7L V6 automatic transmission. Alloy wheels, leather heated seats, satellite radio, bluetooth, trailer tow pkg, backup sensors, power sunroof, & lots more great options on this 54,000 km BLACK SUV. P151A

SXT. 3.8L V6 6 speed, auto. Lots of extras. Alloy wheels, rear power windows, power pedals., remote start, fog lights. SILVER. P150A












2008 Dodge Ram 1500 Quadcab 4x4 SLT

2007 Ford Edge All Wheel Drive SEL

2007 Dodge Caravan 7 Passenger

5.7L Hemi, with only 30,400 kms! 20” wheels, power seat, power rear window running bars, satellite radio, garage door opener & plenty more. PATRIOT BLUE. P147A

Every option. 3.5L V6, panorama roof, DVD, satellite radio, navigation, leather heated seats. Alloy wheels. DARK GRAY P166A. Was $28,998

3.3L V6 engine, this van only has 58,900 kms! DVD player, power drivers seat and many more great features. Better hurry on this one. WHITE. P138A











2008 Saturn VUE XR FWD SUV 3.6L V6 engine, 6 speed automatic transmission, traction control, ABS brakes, tow pkg, satellite radio, fog lights, 17” alloy wheels. SILVER. P130A

$14,998 DL 8590

2007 Saturn AURA XE 4 Dr. Sedan

2005 Ford Mustang GT 2 Dr. Sport Coupe

2004 BMW 645Ci 2 Dr. Coupe

3.5L V6 engine, automatic transmission, power seat, sunroof, traction control, ABS brakes, alloy wheels, XM Satellite radio. Only 26,000 kms! PEARL WHITE. Don’t miss out on this one! P128A

4.6L high output V8 engine. Automatic transmission, traction control system, alloy wheels, leather heated seats, 6 disc CD. WHITE WITH BLACK STRIPES. P162A $

The ultimate driving machine is here. 4.4L V8 engine 325 HP alloy wheels, navigation, panoramic sunroof, Xenon articulating headlights, leather pkg. Knee, side and front airbags. The list of options is endless! SILVER/ TAN. P119A $








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Apt/Condo for Rent

Homes for Rent

Suites, Lower

1 bdrm, 803 Fairview, close to DT, in suite laundry. $675/mo. Call Jenny at 250-493-4372 1BDRM apt, totally reno’d, 3 new appl, a/c, in-suite storage, NP, NS, clean, quiet, secure, on bus route, near Walmart 250-493-8500 1 bdrm loft $750/mo, . Tiffany Gardens, 3140 Wilson. Jim 250-492-0413

1 bdrm home,Vernon, pleasant location, large workshop & garden no pets. $850. Avail now.250-542-9154.

2bdrm, $800/mo, very spacious basement, Avail. now. 250-490-8398

“CHEAPER TO OWN THAN TO RENT” Nice 1bdrm condo at 803 Fairview Rd., Mortgage approx $450/mo (OAC) Dennis Ebner, Coldwell Banker, 250-492-2911 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton, Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets., rent starts at $525/mo., Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. LARGE 1 & 2bdrm apt. for rent. +40 bldg, $750 & $850 +util, ref’s req. 250-487-1136 large, quiet, grnd fl, 2bdrm, Penticton Ave, refurbished, ns, np, hydro, senior rates, (250)492-2006/ 250-809-8952 Summerland studio unit, 6appl., wall bed, quiet, reliable, ns tenant, $740 (util incl.), (250)494-7488

Commercial/ Industrial

667 Birch Ave, 3-bdrm, workshop, $1300/mo. #119-3004 South Main, 4-bdrm, $1200/mo. #116-1458 Penticton Ave, 3-bdrm , 1800sqft, $1250/mo.Vijay 250-490-1530



$480 up Motel suites and RV pads . located at Penticton and Pleasantview Motel & RV park Summerland. 250-4870268

2 Bedroom + Den townhome for Rent in Penticton close to golf course and events centre. Recently Renovated, comes with 5 appliances with 1 1/2 baths. No Smoking, and 1 small pet allowed. 1200.00 Available April 1 2012 - Call 250-219-9740

1000-1500sq’ of Industrial/ Commercial Space for lease compounded yard w/security cameras, overhead doors. Warren Ave. 250-765-3295


APPLE Plaza 770sq.ft, suited for food related retail business, also 2300 sq.ft. available. Call Barbara 250-492-6319

RV & Boat Storage, $40/mo., fenced & secured, Penticton, call (250)492-0640

Suites, Lower 1 BR grnd flr, country, bright, priv entry, 15 min to Penticton, suitable for quiet single or

Duplex / 4 Plex 4bdrm, 2ba, 5appl., ns, np, avail. immed. $1300+util., (250)462-0669 PENT central, ground level, 2bdrm, 6appl., ns, no pets, 2 parking spots, storage, patio, garden, avail. April 1 $925+util. (incl. water) 250493-3141 Penticton downtown, lower 2 bdrm+den, all appl. patio, fenced yard, new paint & updates. $1050/mo + utils. 250770-8020, (604)533-0302, avail. March 1

couple, NS/NP, $850 incl utilities.



Reference req’d 250-497-6889

Auto Financing Need A Vehicle!



Loan. Apply Now, 1.877.680.1231 www.

New, 1bdrm grnd floor, ns, $800 (incl util, cable, int) avail. April 1, (778)476-2780

Keremeos area 2bdrm mobile. Rent $650 incl util, next to orchard. 1 bdrm house also avail. Cell 250-499-0558.



2bdrm basement, 2850 Paris St., ns, np, f/s, 250-460-2703, 250-493-7190

WINFIELD spac 3 bdrm gas f/p ldry beautiful country setting lakeview. NS/NP, school bus rte $1070. 250-766-0499

LARGE 1bdrm suites & bachelor suites, avail for rental until May 2012. Fully furnished, utilities/cable incl., quiet location, near Mall & bus route. Call Valley Star Motel 250-492-7205 or Maple Leaf Motel Inn Town 250-498-3497


3bdrm, Baskin Gardens, reno’d, paint, f/s/w/d, fenced yard, large storage room, close to school, kids welcome, 1 small pet, $1050/mo (250)490-9082 PENTICTON 3 Bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appls. NP, NS. $1150, avail Mar. 1. Chateau Village. 250-493-5497


Auto Accessories/Parts Used Tires, Huge Selection of used tires and wheels in stock. We might have what you need. Prices vary according to size and quality. Starting at $25.00. Call us or drop in to Larsens Excel 555 Okanagan Ave East 250-492-5630 Penticton

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

Warehouse Lien Act of B.C., 100 Green Mountain Road, Penticton, BC claims a Warehouse Lien against Desert Fruit of Oliver, BC for arrears of container rent amounting to $3989.78 plus any additional costs of storage that accrue. If not paid in full the contents, household goods, collectibles, tools, cycles and miscellaneous will be sold or disposed of April 1, 2012.




1997 Okanagan camper, 10.5ft long box, large solar panel, Fantastic fan, DSI hot water, roof ladder, 6ft 6” head room, awning, sleeps 4, two monitors, $4995, 250-4943226 also truck available

Allow Skyler to give you what she knows you need, 24/7, out/in, 250-809-3733, Penticton BEACH BUNNIES Be Spoiled At Kelowna’s Only 5 Star Men’s Spa #32-2789 Hwy 97 Blue Heights 250-448-8854 Bikini Babe Brooke, 22, Island Barbie Tia, 23, slim busty Julia 26, 250-938-7154 MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage $95, waxing, intimate grooming & skin care for the face & back. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048 XXX’s and O’s by Donna, Independant (out calls) 250-488-0930

Scrap Car Removal 1AA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Min $60 cash for full size vehicles, any cond. 250-899-0460

DreamCatcher Auto Loans “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-910-6402 DL# 7557

YOU’RE APPROVED Poor, Good, OR No Credit at AUTO CREDIT NOW DL9597 Details and APPLY online OR TOLL FREE 1-877-356-0743

Cars - Sports & Imports PRICE REDUCED! 2009 black Hyundai Sonata. Excellent condition. Loaded with options! Extended warranty and financing available. 111k km, $15,000 obo. MUST SELL! 250-4975191

Motorcycles 2011 Honda CBR 250. Very low kms. Brand new, black. $5000. (778)476-0111 or 250487-0373


SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

Scrap car pick up, highest price paid for scrap cars, batteries & other metals, call (250)492-0640 Scrap car removal, will pay up to $120.We are licensed & insured, more weight, more money,250-328-8697, Pent.

Trucks & Vans 2003 Dodge 4x4 dually, flat bed, 1 ton, 6spd, turbo diesel, crew cab, side tool boxes, upgraded suspension, local truck, fully maintained, all records, $13,995, (250)4943226, also camper available

Boats 2 Sailing dingy’s with trailers trade 1 for small inflatable with/without motor, No leakers. 250-558-3777, 250-550-6133.

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

2250 Camrose St., Penticton

250-492-0444 Legal Notices

C I T Y PA G E THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF PENTICTON 171 Main Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 5A9 250-490-2400 (phone) 250-490-2402 (fax) web page: <>

OCP AMENDMENT – 1196 FAIRVIEW ROAD – BYLAW 2012-06 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2012-08 to amend OCP Bylaw 2002-20 as follows:

PROJECT No. 2421-11106-0

Schedule ‘H’ Development Permit Area – To include Lot 1, District Lot 250, SDYD, and of District Lot 1, Group 7, SDY (Formerly Yale-Lytton) District, Plan 1164, in the “General/ Tourist Commercial Development Permit Area”.


ZONING AMENDMENT – 1196 FAIRVIEW ROAD – BYLAW 2012-07 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2012-07 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows:

Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen 2012 Naramata Water Utilities Upgrading Sealed tenders marked “2012 Naramata Water Utility Upgrades”, will be received at the office of the Owner, at 101 Martin Street, Penticton, BC, V2A 5J9 until: 2:00 p.m., LOCAL TIME, Thursday, 29 March 2012 (Public Opening) This work generally consists of installation of 750 m of new 150 mm Dia. water main on a new alignment, to replace existing water main, to be abandoned in place. The work takes place on Mill Road in Naramata. Contract documents are available at the office of the RDOS, on a non-refundable deposit of $25.00 payable to Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. Documents will also be available for viewing at the Engineer's office. An electronic version of the documents is available by contacting Liisa Bloomfield at the RDOS by email – Tenders must be accompanied by a bid bond or certified cheque in the amount of 10% of the tender price, in favour of the owner (RDOS). The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted, and the owner reserves the right to award the contract based on schedule, commitment of equipment and manpower, or other performance related factors. Tenders shall be addressed to: Liisa Bloomfield, P.Eng. Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen 101 Martin Street Penticton, BC V2A 5J9 Questions can be directed to Craig Dusel, P.Eng. at: McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. 102 – 130 Nanaimo Avenue West, Penticton, B.C. V2A 8G1 Phone: 250 492 7399 Fax: 250 492 5488

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To rezone Lot 1, District Lot 250, SDYD, and of District Lot 1, Group 7, SDY (Formerly Yale-Lytton) District, Plan 1164 from C2, (Neighbourhood Commercial) to C3, (Commercial Residential Mixed Use). The applicant intends to redevelop the property into a commercial and residential mixed use building.

ZONING AMENDMENT – 295 BASSETT STREET – BYLAW 2012-08 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2012 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2012-08 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Rezone Lot 2, District Lot 2, Group 7, SDY (Formerly Yale-Lytton) District, Plan 7603 from R2, (Small Lot Residential) to RD2, (Duplex Housing: Lane). The applicant proposes to construct a duplex. Any person whose interest may be affected by the proposed amendments may appear in person, by petition or by attorney. Delegations and Submissions will be received no later than 12 noon on March 19, 2012 to Attention: Corporate Officer, City of Penticton, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. V2A 5A9; Email: No letter, report or representation from the public will be received by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Please note that all submissions are a matter of public record. Those persons with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall at 250490-2400 prior to the meeting. The above mentioned bylaws and supporting information may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to and including Monday, March 19, 2012, in the offices of the Development Services Department and Corporate Administration Department at the Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton; Penticton Public Library (hours vary), 785 Main Street, Penticton and the Penticton Community Centre (hours vary), 325 Power Street, Penticton or online at www. Anthony Haddad Director of Development Services

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On March 6, 1955, the V’s put Penticton on the hockey map by defeating Russia for the World Championship. Fast-forward 57 years and on March 6, 2012, the Penticton Vees put themselves in the Canadian Junior Hockey League record books with their 41st straight win, a streak that has garnered national attention. When the Vees won their 40th straight, equalling a mark set by Sudbury and the Rayside-Balfour Sabrecats, Vees coach-GM Fred Harbinson said, “This thing has gotten so stupid.” “Usually a big winning steak is five games,” said Harbinson. “If our fans want to get excited about 40 or 41 or whatever it is, then they should. That is what hockey is about. That is what our league is about — entertainment. I think we have given that this year in our league.” Over 3,600 fans applauded the efforts of the No. 1 ranked team in the CJHL Tuesday night as the Vees also set a British Columbia Hockey League record with their 53rd win. Vees power forward Curtis Loik said the run has been incredible. “I was talking to my roommate Steven Fogarty today (Tuesday) on the drive in and we’re like, it’s been a long time since we’ve lost,” said Loik, who finished the year with 17 goals and 20 assists in 52 games. “We’ve had some games where we were losing but, we never really had a scare. Well, we had a few scares, but not a lot. We have this confidence that even if we’re down or if we’re up, we always come out with it. It’s a great feeling.” Fogarty, a New York Rangers prospect, said they used the streak as a motivator, knowing the opportunity was there to break a record. The Edina, Minn., product said they have accomplished something special. While winning streaks isn’t a goal heading into a new season, teams do want to put up as many wins as they can. “We really didn’t talk about the streak too much,” said Fogarty. “When we had an opportunity to break that 29, we used that as motivation.” Travis St. Denis said it’s a load off the player’s shoulders, but is something they are all proud of.

Back Row (Left to Right): Zach Urban (6), Kyle Beaulieu (2 Wade Murphy (12), Nick Buchanan (4). Middle Row (Left (11), Jordan McCallum (AP), Curtis Loik (24), Troy Stecher (7 Bryce Gervais (71), Kam Crawford (AP), Geoff Carter (Train to Right): Michael Garteig (1), Alex Jewell (AP), Ryan Reilly (GM/HC), Steve Cawley (A/C), Grant Nicholson (10), Cody

“I never would have thought I would be part of something like this,” said St. Denis. “It’s definitely really special. It will be a tough record to break definitely.” On Friday, the Vees tied the Flin Flon Bombers’ mark of 42 straight wins set in 1981-82 when they defeated the Prince George Spruce Kings 8-5 in Prince George. Loik said he knew this group would be special when he was told what the coaching staff had planned for building the team. “I talked to coaches in the summer and I heard we were bringing in some big players like Sainter (St. Denis),”

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28), Steven Fogarty (91), Mario Lucia (22), Mike Reilly (5), to Right): Mat Sells (A/C), Murray Maxwell, Chad Bannor 77), Logan Johnston (21), Joy Benik (9), Travis St. Denis (26), ner), Don Cameron (Equipment Manager). Front Row: (Left y (8), DJ Jones (27), Michael Hengen (A/C), Fred Harbinson y Depourcq (19), Dexter Dancs (AP), Chad Katunar (33).

said Loik, who also mentioned Mario Lucia and Steven Fogarty. “I thought it was a big deal because I remember playing against him (St. Denis) last year and he would get under my skin. He was always on you. It’s good to have a player like that on your team. Playing against him is terrible.” St. Denis, who showed off his dangerous hands during training camp, sensed how good the Vees could be after the exhibition schedule. “We knew we had a special group of guys,” said St.

Denis, who spent three seasons playing for his hometown Trail Smoke Eaters prior to joining the Vees in a trade with the Cowichan Valley Capitals. “Our coaching staff did a great job with bringing in new guys and making trades.” Other deals included sending forward Mike Moran to the Victoria Grizzlies for defenceman Nick Buchanan. Then Bryce Gervais was added from Salmon Arm and Wade Murphy from Victoria. After wrapping up their season on Saturday against the Spruce Kings, the Vees now begin their pursuit of the Fred Page Cup on Friday. Winning the BCHL title will put them in a position to face the winner of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in the Doyle Cup. The winner of that championship then advances to the RBC Cup, the junior A national championship. The Canadian title is all this group has talked about from the start. The 2007-08 season was the last time the Vees played for the Doyle Cup, when they lost to the Camrose Kodiaks. The junior A national championship trophy hasn’t resided in Penticton since 1986 when the Knights won it with the help of John DePourcq, whose son Cody now plays on the team. The Vees’ open their first round at the South Okanagan Events Centre against the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Vees ended their regular season with a record of 54-4-0-2 for 110 points. The 54 wins and 110 points are new BCHL single-season records. To add to the Vees’ record-setting season, Lucia was named the Interior Conference Rooke of the Year (42 goals and 93 points), while Mike Reilly earned Best Defenceman honours for the Interior Conference (24 goals and 83 points). As well, Harbinson was named the Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy winner as Interior Coach of the Year, the second time with the Vees that he has won it. The final recognition went to goalie Michael Garteig, who was recognized as the best goalie in the BCHL with a 1.93 goals against average in 2,578 minutes. Garteig also earned 41 wins.


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March 14, 2012 edition of the Penticton Western News