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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Vol. 53 No. 12 Sicamous, B.C., • 1.25 (HST included) • www.eaglevalleynews.com

Play time: Angeline Patrick and Bridget Wiebe climb, crawl and slide about on a jungle gym at the Parents and Tots program, held Fridays from 10 to noon at the Lady of Fatima Church. Parents and Tots is a free drop-in program for children ages 0 to 5. Parents are encouraged to bring a snack. Photo by Lachlan Labere

District doles out more than $65,000 in community grants Budget teaser: Events co-ordinator and iPads for council among pre-approved budget items. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Community service grants, funding for civic centre improvements and iPads for councillors are among early budget items pre-approved by Sicamous council. While the District of Sicamous’ 2012 budget remains a work in progress, a number of budget items were required to come before council last week so that related works and programs could be started as soon as possible. Regarding grants, the district will be providing community service groups with every cent they asked for. This includes two requests of $15,000, one from the Eagle Valley Snowmobile Grooming So-

er ciety, and the other will include the adus from the Sicamous ditional grant fundm and District Museum ing. iand Historical SociThe district will oety (though the soget cracking on the We’ve taken the position that we d ciety is still required remaining works have to do things differently and he to clarify what the this year at the civtry and create some economic grant money will bee ic centre. This reactivity in the community. used for). quires $50,300 for Doug Ruttan lTotal grant dollandscaping, to be District interim administrator d lars being doled done by municipal nt out in 2012 amount staff, and $421,000 st to $65,788, almost in offsite works in$10,000 more than budgeted through the cluding sidewalk, curb and gutter, lighting, district’s formula for grant funding. Coun- some sewer work, etc. Two new signs will cil is currently looking at a tax increase also be going up for the building on Finof around 1.25 per cent for 2012, which layson and Main Street, highlighting the

services offered within, including the Sicamous branch of the Okanagan Regional Library and the new visitor centre. Council also approved $10,000 for additional work inside the civic centre. District interim administrator Doug Ruttan explained this will go towards a reconfiguration that will create two separate counters on the second floor, one for finance and one for development services, which the public would be able to access directly. To help catch up with administrative work, funds have been set aside for contracted services – $25,000 for 2012 and $5,000 for 2013. Another $48,830 is beSee High tech on page 2


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Eagle Valley News

Council finds efficiency in dropping committee Keystroke By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

The District of Sicamous is up one committee and down another, sort of. To deal with the 2012 budget, council has struck up a finance committee, chaired by Coun. Greg Kyllo. The committee has been busy over the past weeks deliberating community grants and other budget-related expenditures. “Coun. Kyllo leaves absolutely no stone unturned,” commented Coun. Terry Rysz.

Meanwhile, council has decided to eliminate committee of the whole meetings, and instead integrate the work that would normally go to that committee with regular council meetings, held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The committee of the whole meetings are typically where councillors tend to speak candidly about business and/or applications intended to go to council. The committee could also reject ap-

plications so they don’t go to council. Mayor Darrell Trouton says the move is a matter of improving efficiency at municipal hall. “It seemed like we were duplicating a lot of stuff in a committee of the whole meeting, and then we would wait for two weeks in order to move that decision on to a regular council meeting, and then it was double the paperwork, double the work by staff to make these agendas and really, those decisions at

committee of the whole meetings weren’t necessarily needed,” said Trouton. “So we felt that it was more transparent for everybody. Most people can make it in the evenings, they can hear the discussions and we can make a decision at that point in time.” The previous council also did away with the committee of the whole meetings but wound up bringing them back. Trouton says council would still have the option to send something to

a committee of the whole meeting if it was deemed necessary. However, for the time being, the plan is to do without. “We’re really looking at how we can operate efficiently in our municipal hall, and this was one of the things that will help us be more efficient,” said Trouton. “If it needs to be changed back, we’ll look at it at that point in time, but right now, we feel the only time we need a committee of the whole meeting is periodically.”

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Council passes variance on mayor’s Parksville subdivision By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Sicamous council has granted variances sought for a multiple residential development project at 727 Parksville Street, but not without some reservation. A public hearing on the variances was held Wednesday evening at the regular meeting of council. Mayor Darrell Trouton, who owns

the property and is the developer, stepped out due to a conflict of interest. But the hearing was brief. Only two letters were received on the matter, and both were supportive of the variances, which allow required municipal works (sidewalks, lighting, etc.) along Parksville Street and Larch Avenue to be phased in over the development of the five-

lot subdivision. Tied to the variances is covenant on lot 4 that prohibits issuance of a building permit until services are provided along Larch, fronting the lot. Later in the meeting, council approved the variances, with Coun. Charlotte Hutchinson opposed and Coun. Greg Kyllo absent. Coun. Fred Busch said he supported the

subdivision, and voted as such, but not until after expressing his concerns over the variances. “I still feel we are short-changing the residents on Parksville Street by not requiring that the sidewalk and the other works be completed all along that property, and that the District of Sicamous would do its share for upgrading

that,” said Busch. “I was not able to attend the meeting when this was discussed, so I guess that’s probably a lost cause, but that’s still my feeling on that matter.” Hutchinson said she agreed with Busch, that the community has already compromised enough and that at least Parksville should be completed up front.

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ing budgeted for the interim administrator position, and for hiring a new, full-time administrator. The Sicamous Chamber of Commerce will be receiving $27,000 for the operation of the visitor centre, and another $20,000 for the provision of an events coordinator. Ruttan calls

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the latter an experiment to see if it can generate some economic activity in the community. “We’ve taken the position that we have to do things differently to try and create some economic activity in the community,” said Ruttan. “Hopefully this will be part and parcel to that.” An additional $6,100 has been added to the district’s contract

for cemetery maintenance. And $15,000 is going towards some technological upgrades, including iPads for the mayor and councillors to use, and for a big-screen television. The TV, said Ruttan, will go in council chambers so the public can follow with council’s agenda package and view presentations as council sees them. The iPads, among

March 21- Sicamous Ladies Evening Out. Senior’s Activity Centre, 1091 Shuswap Ave. Theme: Spring - New Awakening. Guest Speaker: Grace Dunforth. Music: Heather Min. Feature: Victoria Rowbottom photography. Ladies of all ages are welcome September 29th & 30th - CALL FOR GARLIC VENDORS 9th Annual Garlic Fest & Antique Tractor Show in Lower Nicola. Tables are $25.00 each. Fresh or garlic related products. For more info, pls call Becky 250-378-4199 Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday- Sicamous Lions Club meets at the Sicamous Seniors Activity Centre, 1090 Shuswap Ave, Sicamous. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome. For info contact Joan at 250-836-4876 or Kathy at 250-836-3267 Every 1st & 3rd Wed.- Parkinsons Support Group at First united Church. 20 - 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm at 10 am. Contact Doreen at 250-836-2509. Every 4th Mon.- Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 general meeting, 7 p.m.

other things, can be used by council to view their agendas, thus cutting back on paper costs. “This building goes through a lot of paper and we just feel that it’s a better way to connect,” says Mayor Darrell Trouton. “The information gets to you faster and cleaner and it’s the way of the future, so we should be getting onboard

Third Sunday of the month -Regular meeting of the Eagle Valley Artisans Guild. 3:30 pm - Red Barn, Sicamous. Guests welcome. For info contact Terry Sinton: 250-836-4613. Every Monday and Thursday -Chairbiotics (low impact exercise) Seniors activity Centre 10:00 am. Join us. $2 each. Every Mon. & Fri. - Bridge, Seniors Activity Centre, 1 p.m. Every Tues. Stopping the Violence Program in Sicamous - counselling for women who have experienced abuse during childhood or adult relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-832-9700. Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 836-4705.

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Every 1st, 3rd, 4th Thurs. - Keepsake Kwilters meet at the Haven Common room 1095 Shuswap Avenue at 7:00 p.m. For info call 250-836-2695.

Every Wed. - Seniors Crib, 7:30 p.m., Haven seniors building. Everyone welcome - you don’t have to be a senior. Socializing and coffee served after crib. Info: Esther 836-4373. Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday morning at the Employment Place. Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting at 9:30. Everyone Welcome. Ph: 250-836-5161 for info Every Wed.-Sat. United Church Thrift Store 10:00 am to 3 p.m.

Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m.

Every Thurs. - Sicamous Crokinole Group meets at 7pm at the Sicamous & District Recreation Centre - upstairs for more info and to join call Dave Reed @ 250-836-3652

Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided, 12 noon in Common Room at the Haven.

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Every Thurs.- Crib and darts 7 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99.

Every 2nd and 4th Thurs. Options For Sexual health from 7 to 9 p.m., Sicamous Health Unit. Every 3rd Thursday monthly meeting of the Malakwa Community Association at 7:30 in the Malakwa Hall. Every Fri. - Parents & Tots, 10-12 noon at Catholic Church. 836-3440. Every Fri. - Eagle Valley Brush & Palette Club, Red Barn, 10am-3pm, Everyone welcome! Every 1st & 3rd Fri. - Pool Tournament at the Royal Canadian Legion #99 at 7:00 pm. Every 4th Sun. - OAPO Birthday Tea for members & friends, Seniors Activity Centre, 2 p.m. Last Saturday of every month -Sicamous Royal Canadian Legion #99 Ladies Auxilliary dinner 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm


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Aging can bring with it difficult transitions – and a group of Shuswap-area seniors thinks government driving regulations are both creating and exacerbating difficulties for some seniors. Chuck MacDonald would like seniors to be aware of what might await them and would like those in positions of power over drivers to consider the results of their decisions. “Victoria makes arbitrary decisions and we, as seniors, should be aware of how they’re going to affect us, and so should the advisors – doctors, cops and others – to Victoria...,” he says. MacDonald is referring to regulations in effect for drivers as they turn 80. “In smaller areas like Salmon Arm, if you lose your mode of transportation, it can be devastating. We’re encouraged to stay in our homes, but if you’ve lost permission to drive, how do you stay there, and if you can’t stay there, where do you go?” He and several other seniors think the testing and the way the process is administered cause a lot of undue stress, are not senior friendly, and do not provide a true accounting of their abilities. Steve Martin, B.C.’s superintendent of motor vehicles, outlines the current requirements regarding older drivers. •At age 80 and every two years after that, he says, people are required to have a driver’s medical examination, which is carried out by a doctor and tests physical and cognitive abilities. The province provides $75 to doctors for the exam, but some doctors charge a fee over and above that. •The standardized report is sent to the superintendent’s office and its team of nurses, who decide if any follow-up testing is necessary. “Sometimes we get a report that clearly indicates a major concern. At that point, somebody’s driving privileg-

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Angered octogenarians: A group of concerned seniors look at the BC Driving Regulations on a computer. Photo by James Murray es could be rescinded,” Martin says. If there are no concerns, the driver carries on as normal. •If some concerns about a driver’s cognitive abilities are raised, the superintendent’s office will send the driver a letter requiring them to undertake an in-office ‘DriveABLE’ assessment, which is a cognitive test done using a computer screen. “They have to touch the computer screen in response to things that are being presented,” Martin says. People from Salmon Arm have been instructed to go to Kelowna for both the DriveABLE computer assessment and the road test, which may be required later. If the driver fails or passes the DriveABLE assessment, they don’t take a road test. The failed driver will no longer be able to drive, whereas the driver who passes can continue. •”If they score in the middle zone – not a clear pass and not a clear fail – we refer people to an on-road assessment,” Martin says. The on-road assessment is not done in the senior’s own car but in one that has, for safety reason, dual controls, he explains. Martin says only a small percentage of seniors who go for the initial driver’s medical examination end up having further testing. “We assess 44,000 seniors every year and only 1,500 of those are referred to DriveABLE.”

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However, that’s small consolation to Salmon Arm seniors Chuck and Joyce MacDonald, Boyd Greer, Fred and Vivian MacDonald, and Joe and Jenny Veldhoen. Although they understand that unsafe drivers shouldn’t be driving, they disagree with the process. Vivian MacDonald went to a doctor after receiving the letter saying she would have to have a medical. She expected just a physical exam. “All I did was pay $50, he asked me all these questions and by this time I was frazzled,” she recalls, noting that the doctor then took her blood pressure which was high. “I just froze. I couldn’t think. I came out of there so frustrated. I don’t think older people should be put through this.” She also felt badly and under pressure being in the doctor’s office, trying to recall items on a grocery list the doctor had recited to her, while the waiting room was filled with sick people, Joe Veldhoen says

he first received a notice to see a doctor in early October and he’s still not done with the process. He, too, didn’t like the computer test, finding the glare of the screen and the format unsettling. After taking all the required tests he was given back his licence, but he still hasn’t received the letter he expected confirming everything’s official. “It comes out of the blue,” says his spouse Jenny of the requirements. “You can’t sleep anymore, thinking about it.” Joe agrees. “They make all this to-do about elder abuse. I think they’re doing a good job themselves.” Greer points out that so much is at a doctor’s discretion, he’d like the motor vehicle branch to handle the exam. Says Chuck MacDonald: “We want a realistic test, a better test, better treatment and more consideration.” Superintendent Martin, meanwhile, says the DriveABLE test is scientifically proven and

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the computer procedure is similar to what people are used to when taking eye exams. He did say, however, that his office will be striving to better communicate with seniors and to explain the process better. “We need to balance the need for public safety and the need for people’s mobility. We do try to keep people driving as long as they can, within the context of safety.” Editor’s note: On Monday, the B.C. government announced it would no longer use the DriveABLE program as a sole factor in revoking a licence. The News will provide an update as details become available.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Eagle Valley News

Concerned seniors drive changes to DriveABLE testing

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f a government wants to jeopardize it’s chances of being elected, or re-elected, it only has to tick off senior citizens. And a terribly effective way of ticking seniors off is by taking away their drivers licence. The B.C. government is now back-pedalling on use of the DriveABLE program for drivers 80 and over. The computer-based test is intended assess a driver’s cognitive ability. Seniors all over the province, including the Shuswap, have been voicing their frustration with DriveABLE, stating it’s unfair, costly ($50 for the first test, more than $300 the second), and inconvenient (Shuswap residents must drive to Kelowna or Kamloops to take it). Responding to the outcry, B.C. Justice Minister and Attorney General Shirley Bond announced Monday that the government would be making changes to how it tests seniors over 80, a key one being that drivers licences will no longer be revoked based on computer testing alone. “We have listened to the concerns expressed by seniors and we are taking action,” said Bond. The province appears to be taking steps to tailor its assessment program to better serve the approximately 84,000 drivers for whom it applies. No doubt this will help appease our road-worthy octogenarians, who know well the lesson of the squeaky wheel, especially with a government that will need their votes come 2013. That said, with a mass of baby boomers beginning to retire, and the steadily-growing population in the Lower Mainland, the B.C. government isn’t throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Instead, the award-winning DriveABLE program is itself being assessed. This, hopefully, will result in a program that is fair and respectful to seniors, while helping to ensure the roads are safer for everyone.

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Tie student grant funding to economic needs By Tom Fletcher News Columnist

VICTORIA – The noise of the teachers’ strike drowned out debate on the B.C. budget so thoroughly that one of Finance Minister Kevin Falcon’s more controversial ideas only made the news last week. Reporters dubbed it “Welfare Air.” Falcon plans a pilot program to offer social assistance recipients training and airfare if they can line up a job in B.C.’s northern energy boomtowns. Workers are being imported to fill jobs there, while in Metro Vancouver and elsewhere the number of single employable people applying for social assistance is rising. Much of oil and gas work is dirty and dangerous. These days most industrial jobs involve sophisticated electronics, and the technical skill level required is high. But there are entry-level jobs going begging, and relatively high pay is offered to fill positions in a short-staffed service sector in the Peace region. NDP MLA Carole James, no stranger to northern B.C., dismissed Falcon’s plan as a stunt. There are unemployed people in the region who should be offered training before we

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start flying people up from Vancouver, James said. Yet I repeatedly hear from northern employers that the labour shortage is real and growing. The NDP warns that B.C. faces a future of “people without jobs, and jobs without people.” Mostly they blame the B.C. Liberals for removing apprenticeship programs from union control. I spoke with James about post-secondary needs a couple of weeks ago. She mentioned NDP leader Adrian Dix’s signature policy to restore B.C. student grants, funded by a capital tax on financial institutions. She also agreed that part of the problem is young people taking post-secondary education that leads to fields with poor job prospects. I suggested that if B.C. taxpayers are to increase their subsidy to postsecondary students, already worth about two thirds of their schooling costs, perhaps grants could be targeted to areas of pressing economic need. To my surprise, James agreed that is worth considering. This is significant, not only because it is likely to be unpopular in the education establishment. There is a good chance that James, a former school trustee, will

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be B.C.’s education minister in 14 months. After writing about the labour shortage last week, I was bombarded with messages from an irate Vancouver high school teacher who mocked the whole notion as corporate propaganda. No labour shortage exists, globally or in B.C., he claimed. Rather, “capitalists” of the “one per cent” have tried to “vocationalize” public education for a century, but the “people” have always “resisted.” Radical socialists aside, why would matching student aid to employment demand be unpopular with teachers? Education Minister George Abbott offered a clue during the lengthy debate over ending the teachers’ strike. Abbott noted that for every three teachers coming out of B.C. universities, there is currently only one job available. Certainly student debt is an issue worth discussing. And most would agree it’s easier to pay off loans if one can find a job in one’s field upon graduation. Should further subsidies go to soon-to-be-unemployed teachers? No. Our education system trains too many people for what they want to do, rather than what the economy needs.

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Bill targets bogus immigrant claims Many of my constituents have emailed their concerns over the many cases of foreigners abusing our immigration system and the costs to taxpayers. Minister Jason Kenney, of Citizenship and Immigration, is taking action to correct and streamline the immigration rules. The minister stated, “We are a generous nation but we have no tolerance or patience for people who don’t play by the rules and who lie or cheat to become a Canadian citizen.” I agree. About 6,500 people have been deported for using false documents or fraud to get into Canada. Taxpayers have borne the cost of $170 million in bogus refugee claims from the European Union alone. Our asylum system is broken. It can take four and a half years to remove a bogus asylum claimant from Canada. That is one of the reasons we are now receiving thousands and thousands of fake claims coming from democratic countries like those in the European Union. Our government has now introduced a bill called the Protecting Canada’s Immigration

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System Act, where claims from ‘safe’ democratic countries would be processed within 45 days instead of the current 1,000 days. It would also block claimants from so-called ‘safe’ countries from appealing a negative decision to the new Refugee Appeal Division, and it would eliminate a provision that called for a committee of experts to decide which countries would be placed on the safe list. Under this bill, claimants would no longer be able to apply to stay in Canada on humanitarian and compassionate grounds so long as their refugee claim is pending. The longer a refugee applicant remains in Canada before a decision is made, the less likely bogus applicants are expelled because there are presently nine levels of appeal. So, by the

time applicants have exhausted all those avenues (as long as five years), they have homes, children, developed friendships and have become part of their community. This can make it hard for the system to send them home. In this legislation, once one is denied, they will have little or no right to appeal. Legitimate refugees have the opportunity to come to this country, begin a new life, bring up their family and become Canadians in the best country in the world in which to settle. However, when we have countries where individuals are making bogus refugee claims to the point where 95 per cent of the claims are bogus, that is not a system that works. We have the most generous and fair refugee system in the world. It is essential to maintain that system and take the measures necessary to put an end to the abuse of that system. Canadians expect us to act to defend the fairness and integrity of our immigration system. We will provide protection for real refugees within two months, instead of two years under

the current system. We will address the wave of false claims for asylum from democratic countries. Our government inherited an immigration system that had a backlog of 800,000 applications, and was open to abuse. We will take the appropriate action to fix it.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for your unwavering support in the delivery of employment services to the Shuswap region over the past 16 years! The success of our programs, including the Implicit Career Search workshop, and for the past five years The Employment Place both in Salmon Arm and Sicamous; has been deeply rewarding.

My greatest need at this point is to share my gratitude for the wonderful group of people who worked with me both at The Employment Place and Stepping Stones as staff members and subcontractors. Your commitment and determination to the betterment of community by sharing your individual skills and talents has touched me greatly. The possibility of using the human element approach in creating a successful team was once only a thought….Now it’s a reality….Kudos to you all! A very special thank you to Kaija Isherwood and Brianna Leroy for the awesome work you’ve done in making The Employment Place a welcoming environment for those in transition. Your presence there was much appreciated and will be missed. While Stepping Stones Consulting has chosen not to move forward in the new provincial program at this time, I would like to offer my support, best wishes, and much success to WCG and its partners with the delivery of the new employment model in our communities. Sincerely,

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On March 30, 2011, the Ministry of Social Development posted a Request for Proposals for the delivery of the Employment Program of British Columbia. The new service will be initiated on April 2, 2012 and will be managed by West Coast Group International (WCG) in partnership with a number of local community partners.

We have had the privilege of assisting the unemployed in our community to find jobs, upgrade skills, and more importantly, to pursue career paths that contribute to community with meaning and purpose. We have also enjoyed working closely with the business and aboriginal communities to provide services to address the many challenges being faced during this latest shift in the evolution of community.

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Nutritional benefits of organically grown food When I’m in the fruit and veggie section of a grocery store, it makes me feel a little sad to know that all of that delicious and colourful looking food is likely to be nutritionally deficient and not as healthy as it looks. Even some “organically” grown food – if I can get it – isn’t always what it’s chalked up to be either. So let’s take a look at what the food and farm industry people say about organic vs. conventionallygrown food plants. “Healthy soils = healthy food = healthy people,” is a fundamental tenet of many ecological farming systems, yet the nutritional quality of food grown by organic and conventional methods is the subject of much controversy. The mainstream scientific community argues that nutritional differences do not exist and that plants don’t know the difference between organic and chemical fertilizers. Organic advocates claim organically grown foods are nutritionally superior because such foods contain higher levels of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and have a much greater level of vitality and are more disease and pest-resistant. In addition, the plants are more healthful due to lower

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levels of pesticide residue and nitrate-nitrogen and have greater density and better flavor. In the article, Is Organic Food More Nutritious?, the author states that organic production provides other benefits, such as conserving natural resources, solving rather than creating environmental problems, and reducing the pollution of air, water, soil and food. There are also environmental and cultural influences on the nutritional composition of produce and soil health. These include the soil type (overall mineral composition), the level of organic matter (humus content), biological soil and microbial activity, soil moisture, climate and weather (temperature, rainfall, drought), geographical area, overall soil fertility, fertilizing practices and level of pollutants. Growing practices likely to affect food quality include humus management techniques and

composting, variety, seed source, length of growing season, irrigation, fertilization, cultivation and time of picking and post-harvest handling. A common thread in alternative agriculture and health literature is declining food quality in the industrialized food production system due to nutrient-depleted soils. A U.S. Senate document from 1936 states: “The alarming fact is that foods – fruits and vegetables and grains – now being raised on million acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed minerals, are starving us, no matter how much of them we eat.” Leap ahead a few decades and we can read countless other articles and studies saying the same thing, such as the 1993 document titled, Exhausted Soil Produces Exhausted People. The author of Dead Doctors Don’t Lie states, “All animals and humans get their food directly or indirectly from plants, and all plants get their food from the soil. Therefore, mineral-deficient soil may be one of the greatest original sources of disease in the world today.” In the book Empty Harvest - Understanding the link between our food, our immunity

NOTICE OF CONSTRUCTION, TRAFFIC DELAYS AND CLOSURES Project Location The District of Sicamous has retained Matcon Construction Ltd. to complete the Sanitary Servicing extension for the following areas – Pine Street, Spruce Street, Maple Street, Cedar Street, Forest Park Street, Yew Avenue and portions of Cherry Avenue and Kappel Street.

What to Expect Localized Road Closures, Detours and “Local Traffic Only” restrictions will occur commencing March 19, 2012 until July 2012. In addition to Sanitary Sewer Installation and Road Reconstruction, minor Water System Modifications may result in temporary Water Shutoff Notices and Water Pressure Fluctuations. Matcon Construction will provide 48 hours notice prior to water system works to all affected homeowners.

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and our planet, Dr. Bernard Jensen from Cornell University wrote, “There is only one major disease and that is malnutrition. All ailments and afflictions to which we may fall heir are directly traceable to this major disease. Food crops grown on depleted soil produce malnourished bodies, and disease preys on malnourished bodies.” To give an example, from 1963 to 1992, the average percentage of change in the mineral content of some fruits and vegetables looks like this: calcium – 30 per cent; iron – 30 per cent; magnesium – 21 per cent; phosphorus – 12 per cent. The agriculturenutrition-wellness connection involves more than farming, especially

when nutritious food leaving the farm gate is less likely than ever to translate into healthy eating To sum it up, organically grown produce from organic seed sources contributes to the long-term health of the soil, environment and to the humans and animals that eat it. Throw in the fact that the organic farming industry supports wellness, sustainability and reproduction for future generations to come. The more I learn about our food and what’s in it or on it, the more I’m motivated to grow more of my own in the best soil possible, and also support my local organic farms where I know where it’s coming from and how it’s grown.

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DISTRICT OF SICAMOUS PUBLIC NOTICE ANNUAL (SEASONAL) PARKING PERMITS The District of Sicamous is accepting applications for annual parking permits for parking of private vehicles/boat trailers on District property at 109 Finlayson Street. The Permit is valid May 21st to October 31st, 2012. An annual (seasonal) permit fee of $525 plus HST is payable in advance at time of application. Permits will be issued in order of receipt. Applications are available at the District office or call 250836-2477 for further information Doug Ruttan Chief Administrative Officer

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Photography club contest draws almost 100 entries The Eagle Valley Photography Arts Club held its first photo contest, one of the numerous successful events to take place during Sicamous Snow Daze. The response to the contest was excellent, with 98 entries received. A big thanks goes out to Clive Bryson, from Salmon Arm, for making the time in his day to come out a judge the contest. Thank you to Tina and Tia for making all the ribbons for the contest. There were four categories and three age groups. The winners were as

follows: 12 and Under 3rd – Morning Frost, Owen Willey; 2nd – Lunch Time, Owen Willey; 1st – Retired Boat, Owen Willey; Wild Life, 20 and Over 3rd – Surprised To See You, Colleen Thurgood; 2nd – Trumpeter Swan, Mark Schroeder; 1st – Take Off, Kim Hyde; Winter Scenes, 20 and Over 3rd – I Found Some Colour, Colleen Thur-

good; 2nd – River Run, Judy Tomey; 1st – Hoar Frost, Dawn Hoover; People 20 and Over 3rd – Innocence, Dawn Hoover; 2nd – Second Place, Regina Twa; 1st – A Little Closer Please, Kim Hyde;

Best in show: Kim Hyde’s photo, Watching, received top honours at the first annual Eagle Valley Photography Arts Club photo

Sicamous Snow Daze 20 and Over 3rd – Wistful Thinking Tia Lemieux 2nd – Big Foot, Leslie Stuart 1st – Watching, Kim Hyde

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OVERALL WINNER Watching, Kim Hyde

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.

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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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Eagles take division, now after regional title By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

The top team in the KIJHL Doug Birks Division are now trying their hands at the Okanagan/Shuswap conference title. Round two of the playoffs came to an end last week for the Sicamous Eagles when they beat the Kamloops Storm 4-2 in game seven. The come-frombehind win, with goals from Connor Buick, Brendan Devries, Jagger Bowles and Brendon Wilde, earned Sicamous the championship banner in the

Doug Birks Division. Now the team is doing battle against the Kelowna Chiefs for the Okanagan/Shuswap. So far, the going has been uphill, with the Chiefs claiming victories in the first two away games. The Chiefs appeared to have the luck of the Irish in game one, held on St. Patrick’s Day at the Rutland Arena. They dominated play and pulled off a 7-4 win. Two Sicamous markers came in the first period from Buick and Corbin Marcotte. The Eagles took advantage of a

Net gain:

The Kelowna Chiefs keep Sicamous goalie Kris Drott busy in playoff action Monday. Photo by Douglas David Farrow power play in the second frame, giving Devries an opportunity to find the back of the net,

tying the score at 3-3 going into the third. But in the third frame, the Chiefs came back hard,

and Sicamous could only add one more goal, courtesy of Buick, who was named the game’s third star. Game two saw fewer penalties from both teams, but also fewer goals from Sicamous – only one in fact, from Matt Reed, late in the first frame. Meanwhile, the Chiefs potted three in the first period and three in the second, taking the game 6-1. Round three of the playoffs comes back to Sicamous for games three and four on March 20 and 21. Game time is 7 p.m.

Preparations underway for BC Seniors Games in Burnaby Just five months until the 55+ BC Seniors Games in Burnaby, Aug. 21-25, its 25th anniversary. Burnaby is a warm-up for the BC Seniors Games coming to Kamloops in 2013. Time to begin training for your favourite activity and belong to an organization that promotes good mental and physical health, camaraderie and a sense of accomplishment. Recreational activity increases energy levels; reduces the risk of diseases such as heart, diabetes and osteoporosis; builds stronger bones and muscles; helps maintain a healthy weight; enhances your concentration; increases self-esteem; helps you relax and reduces stress; helps you sleep better; and gives you the opportunity to spend time with friends and make new friends. If you are not currently involved in a sport or recreational pursuit and just want to investigate how the BC Seniors Games Society can help you, call registrar Russ Reid at 250-374-8140. Contacts for events are: Archery – Bruce Dahling 250-554-6897, Badminton – Murray Foubister 250-374-6449, Bocce – Judy Ma-

eff – 250-837-5770, Bridge – Bill Skakum 250-573-4327, Carpet Bowling – Sharon March 250-677-4234, Cribbage – Gloria Gartner 250-672-5239, Cycling – Gary Hunt 250-573-3127, Darts – Gary Hogg 250-578-7501, Dragon Boating – Hellen Byron (Salmon Arm) 250-832-3372, Janet Ferns 836-0219 (Sicamous), Phil Maher 250-371-2860, 5-Pin Bowling – Bill Smedley 250-376-0573, Floor Curling – Wilf Schneider

250-374-7201, Golf (ladies) – Inky Whalley 250-679-8723, Golf (Mens) Monty Kilborn 250-832-2815, Horsehoes – Terry McReady 250-372-7622, Ice Curling – Liz Karpluk – 250-372-5493 Ice Hockey (Kamloops) –Russ Reid 250-372-5493, Ice Hockey (Salmon Arm) Bob Munro 250-832-3455, One Act Plays – Bruce Dahling 250-554-6879, Pickleball – Ron Telford 250-376-2427, Slo Pitch – Bob Reid (Ladies & Men) 250-376-7704,

Soccer – Danny Nikollic 250-376-4929, Swimming – Elizabeth Naylor 250-573-2818, Table Tennis – Peter Wessel – 250-832-1502, Ten-

nis – Graeme Hope 250-573-5779, Track & Field – Kathy Brand 250-314-1416, Whist – Barbara Mills 250-554-1606.

LOAD RESTRICTIONS Effective 12:00 midnight, February 23rd, 2012 and until further notice, all roads within the District of Sicamous are restricted to 70% legal axle loading, unless otherwise posted. Manager of Works Services District of Sicamous Dated this 23rd day of February, 2012 Pursuant to Road Restrictions Bylaw No. 90, 1993.

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A10 www.eaglevalleynews.com 1936 ~ HERN (Formerly Lorinczy) ~ 2012 Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan the 6th child of Ernest and Velma Woods, Mabel was Serenaded by angels, up to the throne to be with her Lord and Saviour. With her loving husband, the love of her life, Kenneth by her side, she finally had her prayer answered. Mabel is survived by her husband, Ken; children; Valerie (Peter) Zuback and family, Frank Lorinczy and families, Dale Hern (Cathy) and family, Cynthia-Rae (Richard) Bush and family, Darren Lorinczy and families, Terry (Maurena) Hern and family; special granddaughters, Rhonda and Sharon; five sisters; one brother; one brother-in-law; one sister-in-law; plus numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. She was predeceased by her daughter, Carrie Lynn at 3 years and identical twin girls at birth. She was also predeceased by her first husband, Frank Lorinczy; her parents, Velma and Ernest Woods; mothers and fathers-in-law, Pearl and Don Lorinczy and Freda and Tom Hern; one sister, Ellen Schmidt; and her sons, Wayne Hern and Jim Hern. She led a very interesting life, full of exciting plans etc. Always a teacher at heart, Mabel began her career before her 18th birthday. She then turned to the mentally challenged to teach and help them. Taking a break, she married Frank and raised her children. She then worked with her husband as a truck dispatcher and personnel manager in the heavy oil fields. Totally involved in her church, she taught Sunday School, Brownies, Girl Guides, Cubs and Boy Scouts. Upon semi-retirement they moved to Sicamous, built a small farm, raised registered Percheron Horses and showed them throughout Canada and the United States. She was very knowledgeable about horses. At Sicamous, she taught at the Sicamous Bible School. She moved back to Lethbridge when her husband passed and again worked helping the mentally challenged. On meeting her loving husband, Ken, together they farmed and ranched at Empress where they spent many happy hours together enjoying the work of farming. They also thoroughly enjoyed the visits from many friends and all their children, grandchildren, great grand kids, nieces and nephews. On retiring and moving to Dunmore together they continued their life, very seldom apart. Four bouts of cancer finally granted her wish to go home to be with her Lord and to everyone said, “Don’t worry, I’ll wait for you at the gate”. Mabel was cremated, as was her wish. There will be no formal funeral, as her belief was “I Just Went Home”. Home A Place in Heaven Please don’t sing sad songs for me Forget your grief and fears For I am in a perfect place Away from pain and tears For I’ve gone home. I’m far away from hunger And hurt and want and pride I have a place in Heaven With the Master by my side For I’ve gone home. My life in earth was very good As earthly lives can go But paradise is so much more Then anyone can know So I’ve gone home. My heart is filled with happiness And sweet rejoicing too To walk with God in perfect peace A joy forever new. I am at home. Love You! Mabel Memorial gifts in Mabel’s memory may be made to the Canadian Blood Services, Stem Cell and Bone Marrow Research, 1800 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1G 4J5. Condolences can be e-mailed to condolences@saamis.com, subject-heading Mabel Hern or through www. gonebutnotforgotten.ca. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to SAAMIS MEMORIAL FUNERAL CHAPEL AND CREMATORIUM, “The Chapel in the Park”, Medicine Hat, Alberta. Should you wish any additional information, please telephone 1-800-317-2647.

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DENIED CANADA Pension plan disability benefits? The Disability Claims Advocacy Clinic can help. Call Allison Schmidt at 1-877-793-3222. www.dcac.ca

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Merchandise for Sale

Heavy Duty Machinery

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CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind and a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

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Help Wanted

Employment Opportunity Community Futures Shuswap is seeking a qualified Accounting Administrator This position is responsible for the following: Accounting & Bookkeeping • Maintain all Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable for the organization • Prepare and process all cheques and payments, including GST, PST, and government remittances. Payroll • Administer the staff payroll in accordance with Employment Standards and the personnel policy and holiday/sick day entitlements-with approval from General Manager. • Administer the Employee Benefit Program Project Administrator • Administer video conference and Small Business BC initiatives and meetings Reporting and Monitoring • Monitor all systems and processes to ensure that we are and will remain compliant with the Western Economic Diversification and Service Canada Agreements General Duties • Greet and respond to visitors entering the office • Respond to preliminary inquiries on the telephone or in person concerning the various programs delivered by CF or refer to appropriate programs outside of CF. • Book client appointments Administrative • Photocopy, compile and circulate packages for BDC and Board Meetings • Confirm meeting attendance of Committee and Board members for appropriate meetings • Prepare BDC agendas and required resource materials • Deliver deposits to banks or Credit Union • Ensure daily backup of hard drive • Make deliveries to lawyers when requested Qualifications:  Accounting designation or post-secondary education in accounting  Minimum three years experience working in the accounting field  Very good working knowledge of Simply Accounting and accounting, A/R and A/P, and payroll procedures  Knowledge and experience of Community Futures and the programs offered through the office, including any special projects  Strong administrative skills  Excellent time management and prioritizing skills  Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license are required  Very good knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)  Previous experience with government contracts Interested applicants should submit a resume and detailed cover letter outlining the relevance of skills and experience to the position to: Corey Sigvaldason, General Manager Community Futures Shuswap Box 1930, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4P9 Fax: 250.803.0157 Email: csigvaldason@futureshuswap.com Closing date: March 28, 2012 This position is for 22 hours a week and at a rate of $23.53/hr ($21.53 during probation) and comes with a great benefits package as well. We thank all applicants for their interest in this position. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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Misc. for Sale

Accounting/Tax/ Bookkeeping

CABINETS & COUNTERTOP, 32” shower, tub, 2 toilets, kitchen sink, vanities. 250836-3865.

SHARON’S BOOKKEEPING Income Tax preparation and bookkeeping skrahn@cablelan.net 250-836-2544

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.

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Sicamous Inn HOUSEKEEPERS REQUIRED Part time seasonal positions available beginning immediately. Apply with resume to Moe.

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Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate

Misc. for Sale

Other Areas

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

NAPLES FLORIDA Area! Bank Acquired Condos Only $169,900. Same unit sold for $428,895. Own your brand new condo for pennies on the dollar in warm, sunny SW Florida! Walk to over 20 restaurants/100 shops! Must see. Ask about travel incentives. Call 1-866-959-2825, ext 15. www.coconutpointcondos.com

SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info and DVD: 1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT.

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Misc. Wanted 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.

Real Estate Houses For Sale

Cars - Sports & Imports

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO BUILD A MULTI USERS COMMUNICATION FACILITY

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

Scrap Car Removal 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

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent

Trucks & Vans

LGE 1 & 2 BDRM. BRIGHT apts. In suite storage, green space, live-in manager. Cable incl. Sicamous, 250-836-4516 or 250-804-5364.

2007 Pontiac Montana 3.9 V6, 7 pass, 191,000 kms, new tires.$6200 obo 250-307-0002

SICAMOUS: 2 BDRM. APT. Questview Apts. Some util. incl. $650/mo. Avail. immed.. (250)312-3344

Become a GREEN SHOPPER!

Commercial/ Industrial COMMERCIAL office space for lease Main Street, Sicamous one block up from Channel. Prime location. Ideal for professional, medical, office. Could include manager/owner suite. $12/sqft. plus OC. Call Keith (250)832-6060

Legal Notices

ATTENTION COLLECTORS 1980 CAMARO, only 50,000 K on reblt punched 305 eng. 3 spd. Needs some body work. For more info. 1-250-5239762. (Logan Lake)

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STEEL BUILDINGS For all uses! Spring deals! Make an offer on sell-off models at factory and save thousands now! Call for free Brochure - 1-800668-5111 ext. 170.

Transportation

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Homes for Rent

Interior South

Interior South

2 bedroom loft on farm in MARA, $650./mo includes utilities. 1-(250)838-6630

Lot 4 & Lot 5 Old Town Rd!

Tower location

SICAMOUS - 3-bdrm. rancher, $1,000/mo. Ref’s.req’d. 403874-6457

RV Pads LARGE RV lot for rent at Shuswap Falls RV Resort Seasonal rate $ 2,500 from April 15th to Oct 15th. Price includes water, sewer, power, Fire Pit, Picnic Table, clean Shale pad and driveway. For more info http://www.shuswapfallsrvresort.com or see my add at kijiji.ca BC Vacation rentals Call Dave 403-7039066 or reply via email: dstosky@telus.net. Lot is also available to purchase

Suites, Lower NEW 1 bed suite, shared laundry, central location. No pets. $500 1/2 util. 250-300-6388

BEAUTIFUL RIVERFRONT ACREAGES! 45+ acres and 23.57 acres with great access to Shuswap Lake! Could boat from these acreages to the lake! Town sewer and water at the lot lines. 2 minutes from Sicamous town centre. Currently being used as a berry farm. Has Farm status! Lot 4 Old Town Rd., MLS®10041690 ............................................................. Lot 5 Old Town Road , MLS® 10041550 .........................................................

$679,000 $479,000

Call Charlotte Hutchinson Personal Real Estate Corporation

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1-800-582-8639 CELL 250-833-6545 OFFICE 250-836-2223 at Mara Lake INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND OPERATED

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TELUS intends to build a 60-meter wireless communication tower on private land located in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, (3630 Three Valley-Mabel FSR, Three Valley Gap, BC), (50°55’33.72” North, 118°28’20.10” West). The tower will used by TELUS for its wireless networks. You are invited to provide your written comments within 30 days of this notice to: Doug Anastos Real Estate & Government Affairs Consultant TELUS | Customer Solutions Delivery | BC 2- 3500 Gilmore Way, Burnaby, BC, V5G 4W7 Fax: 604-268-2276


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T The deadline is coming soon for our 26th annual Spectacular fo Sicamous, S the year-round Vacation Guide that’s designed V to cover the Sicamous - Malakwa - Mara area, with both editorial and advertising from local a businesses, tourist facilities and b attractions. a Spectacular Sicamous will be S published May 19th, making it available for our Victoria Day visitors. Distribution will be through advertisers as well as service stations, restaurants, motels, resorts, and the Chamber of Commerce tourist booths.

ND U O R R YEA ITH W T C A IMP ! D A E N O *Full Colour on every ad!*

Book your ad today!

Deadlines: Booking Deadline: April 6/12 Publication Date: May 9/12

Leah BousďŹ eld leah@saobserver.net Tel: 250-836-2570 Tel: Tel: 250-832-2131 250-836-2570 Fax: Tel: 250-832-5140 250-832-2131 Fax: 250-832-5140

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