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Eco Depot started at Louis Creek
Renovation tax credit for seniors to stay in their home
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Dr. Barnard bids farewell
Ground work started for the Louis Creek Eco Depot last week after the Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) awarded the site work contract to Rivermist Holdings Ltd. for a completion amount of $311,727. The work will include earthworks, road construction, grading and drainage installation for the approximate three hectare site. The TNRD also have approved a contract with Borrow Enterprises Ltd. for the amount of $345,596 to complete site works for the new Clearwater EcoDepot. Both Louis Creek and Clearwater Eco Depot site works contract awards were eligible for funding under the $9.4 million Building Canada Fund Communities STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward Component grant that the TNRD received from the Federal and Provincial governments.
Replacement already at Barriere Medical Clinic
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Fish & Game Club banquet a sellout ..... page 11
Curling season wraps up ..... page 12
NT Valley Hospice House given charitable status North Thompson Star/Journal Within a few short days the North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society learned that it had achieved two important goals. On Tuesday, Mar. 20, board director, Joan Purver informed the board that the goal of 100 members in 2012 had already been met before the end of March. In fact it had already been exceeded. Purver told the board that so far 150 members had joined the society. On Saturday, Mar. 24, society president, Steve White, telephoned each board member to tell them that he had just received an envelope in the mail from the Canada Revenue Agency which contained exciting news. White said, “As I held up the envelope in my hand I turned to my wife, Sheena, who is also a member of the board, and said, “Whatever is in this envelope is either going to make or mar my entire day.’”
The contents of the envelope were in fact confirmation that the society’s application to Canada Revenue Agency to be considered a charitable organization had been approved. White went on to say, “These two happenings affirm our belief that our goal of establishing and operating a hospice house in the North Thompson Valley is both supported by the community and recognized as a worthy and charitable cause.” The North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society began as a small group of interested people meeting informally to talk about the possibility of setting up a hospice house in the valley; and after meetings held over several months the group decided that it should take the next step and apply to become a registered society. A part of this process was the group had to select its first board of six members; with the initial board members being Joan Purver of Barriere, Drake Smith and Jean Nelson of Clearwater, and Barb Denton,
Sheena White, and Steve White of Little Fort. The society was officially recognized by the province less than a year ago in May 2011. The North Thompson Valley Hospice House Society holds two major fundraising events each year. The next event, which takes place on April 28 and 29, is the Antiques Appraisal Weekend in which Peter Blundell, an accredited appraiser, examines items brought by members of the public. Blundell provides information about each item including its likely place of origin and its history. The two day event is always interesting and entertaining. The annual Bike Challenge is held in the early fall. Two teams of cyclists set off at the same time, one from Clearwater and one from Barriere, and race towards Little Fort. The team which has covered the greater distance at the moment that they meet is the winner and then owns the trophy for the following year.
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Mediator named in teacher dispute By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – Former University of Northern B.C. president Charles Jago has been appointed to mediate the dispute between the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and the bargaining agent for the province’s 60 school districts. E d u c a t i o n Minister George Abbott announced Jago’s appointment Wednesday. Abbott said his staff inquired about two senior judges suggested by the BCTF as possible mediators for the
long-running dispute, but both are still serving and are not available. Abbott said Jago is bound to seek a settlement within the terms of the government’s “net zero” wage mandate, which has been the basis for 130 settlements with public sector unions. But other than that, Jago has a “quite unrestricted mandate” to find common ground in other issues. Jago’s mandate is defined by the legislation passed to end the BCTF strike and work-to-rule action and impose a sixmonth cooling-off
period. It includes class size and composition, the division of issues between local and provincial bargaining, teacher performance evaluation, “alignment of professional development with teaching needs” and “scheduling and selection of teachers suited to student needs.” Jago has until the end of June to work with the union and the employers’ association, and then he is to make recommendations for a settlement whether there is agreement or not. The legislation requires that a two-year con-
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tract be put in place from the expiry of the earlier contract last spring to June, 2013. In a conference call from Prince George, Jago said he is hopeful he can make progress if both sides are willing to work on solutions. Even a twoyear freeze on total compensation leaves room to f ind money for wage increases, he said. Jago said he was involved with faculty negotiations at UNBC and a previous university post in Ontario, but he has no previous experience as a mediator. He is being paid $2,000 a day, which Abbott said is a standard rate for mediators in large labour disputes. BCTF president Susan Lambert told reporters the union will participate in the mediation, but she
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is concerned about Jago’s lack of labour relations experience, and also two donations of $500 each Jago made to the B.C. Liberal Party. Jago said the payments were on behalf of a golf foursome that took part in two party fundraising tournaments, for which he was reimbursed by other players. His policy as a university president was not to donate to any political party, he said. Lambert also questioned a report on education Jago wrote for the government-appointed B.C. Progress Board in 2006. That report recommended closer interaction
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Polygamy ruling stands By Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. government will rely on a B.C. Supreme Court ruling upholding Canada’s law against multiple marriages as it continues to investigate the polygamous community of Bountiful. Attorney General Shirley Bond announced Monday that the province will not continue its reference case to the Supreme Court of Canada. B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Bauman ruled in November 2011 that the law against polygamy is an acceptable intrusion into the constitutional right to freedom of religion. Charges against Winston Blackmore and James Oler, rival
leaders of the Bountiful community, were dismissed on a legal technicality by another B.C. judge in 2009. Blackmore was charged with having 19 wives and Oler three wives. Bond said special prosecutor Peter Wilson’s mandate has been expanded to include possible prosecutions, based on Bauman’s decision. The RCMP have been investigating the Bountiful situation for more than 20 years. The Fundamentalist Church of Latter-Day Saints split with the mainstream Mormon church a century ago rather than renounce multiple marriage. The B.C. community was established in the 1940s, but didn’t come to public attention until the 1980s.
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Van Dongen jumps to B.C. Conservatives By Tom Fletcher Black Press Abbotsford South MLA John van Dongen has quit the B.C. Liberal Party to join the rival B.C. Conservatives. Van Dongen announced his decision Monday after question period in the legislature. He said he is concerned about the integrity of the government, and cited the decision to pay $6 million in legal fees for former government staffers Dave Basi and Bobby Virk after they pleaded guilty to breach of trust in the sale of BC Rail operations. Van Dongen also cited the recent collapse of negotiations to sell naming rights to BC Place stadium to Telus Corp. “There have been other lapses in proper accountability and I expect more to come,” van Dongen told the legislature. At a news conference with B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins, van Dongen said he has hired a lawyer at his own expense to investigate the BC Rail legal fees arrangement, and also Premier Christy Clark’s involvement
with the sale in 2002-03. He said Clark made “inconsistent” statements when she ran for the B.C. Liberal leadership about what she knew of the sale and the involvement of lobbyists. Van Dongen was f irst elected in 1995, and re-elected as a B.C. Liberal in 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2009. He has held cabinet positions responsible for agriculture and public safety. Cummins said he does not expect van Dongen to resign his seat and run as a B.C. Conservative in a by-election, a position he supported during his time as an MP in Ottawa. Cummins said with the provincial election scheduled for May 2013, the voters of Abbotsford South will have their say soon enough. Van Dongen will sit as an independent MLA, since four members are needed to be a recognized party in the B.C. legislature. His announcement comes as the B.C. Conservatives run candidates in two byelections set for April 19 in Port MoodyCoquitlam and Chilliwack Hope, to f ill seats vacated by retired B.C. Liberals MLAs Iain Black and Barry Penner.
New polymer $50 note has arrived North Thompson Star/Journal Canada’s new $50 polymer notes have arrived just in time for spring. These innovative notes will continue to provide Canadians with access to world-class bills that are more secure and also last at least 2.5 times longer than paper notes. Polymer notes are as easy to handle as paper bills but feel different so they may take a little getting used to. The new $50 note uses transparency and metallic imagery like the polymer $100 but this time around, the design
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Guest Editorial; by Patricia (Pat) Varga
Veterans disappointed with feds inaction H
ow could two departments of the federal government be so diametrically opposed? I ask this question because there are two economic support programs for our veterans in play here. One is the Service Persons Income Security Insurance Plan Long Term Disability (SISIP LTD), a mandatory insurance program for Canadian Forces (CF) members, and the other is the Veterans Affairs Canada Earnings Loss Benef it (VAC ELB). Before October, 2011, the New Veterans Charter (NVC) and the Service Person’s’ Income Security Insurance Plan (SISIP) provided for 75 per cent of a Canadian Forces member’s salary at release - the two programs were exactly the same. Injured members were on one or the other. Last year, in response to appeals from veterans’ groups, such as The Royal Canadian Legion, the federal government announced it would increase the benef it to ensure basic needs as shelter, food, clothing, etc., could be met. VAC implemented the increased amount to the ELB program on 3 October 2011. The Department of National Defense (DND)/CF did not. Therefore, there is now a huge inequity! Through no fault of their own we have some veterans who have been injured attributable to their military service being paid $40,000 per year and some less than $20,000. This is unacceptable and needs to be f ixed. We have given DND and the CF ample time but there has been no commitment to date. Now, with the federal government def icit reduction a certainty, The Royal Canadian Legion is looking for a commitment and a f irm date. This is a substantive example of how the federal government’s def icit reduction program is being run on the backs of our veterans. Our veterans deserve better than this. Those that have been injured in the performance of their duties with the CF deserve the same income support regardless of which program they are on. It is inconceivable that institutions such as the CF and the federal government can stand up and say we care for our troops and we care for our own when they treat the most vulnerable of our veterans so shoddily. Young men and women today join the CF for a rewarding career. To have it cut short by a debilitating injury is hard enough. The loss of a suitable income should they be unable to work again is a twofold burden that they should not have to bear. * Patricia (Pat) Varga, is Dominion president for The Royal Canadian Legion The North Thompson Star/Journal is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a selfregulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
Senior has lived with pipeline for 60 years To the editor; Re: Mar. 26/12 Letter to the Editor, ‘Homeowners okay with double pipeline’. Hats off to the Sonnesons for their positive outlook to twinning the pipeline through this valley. Having lived in this valley since 1937 I have seen the advantages it has made. Before Trans Canada came through there was a lot of land owned by people who would never have had any use for it. The easements through it put money in there hands they probably would never have seen otherwise. I really don’t think it inconvenienced too many others. They [the pipeline] certainly have a great history of upkeep; 60 years and no disasters that I know of (one in Vancouver, but they had to break that with a backhoe).
I often wonder if a lot of these naysayers and ‘anti’ people give any thought to where their welfare cheques, pensions, and a lot of other grants come from if it wasn’t for industries such as this. To say nothing of the jobs they create. Don’t cut trees down, don’t dig mines, don’t catch fish, don’t produce oil or gas, or anything industrial; but give us bigger grants and benefits, bigger pensions, better roads and bridges, and the list goes on. Oh, but lower our taxes! Anybody got any solutions how to pay for this utopia we all want? SOMEBODIES GOT TO PAY, or load it all onto our grandkids! Have a gooder. Royce W. Gibson Barriere, B.C.
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MPâ€™s pensions too lavish To the editor; For the past few weeks I have been researching the pension plan offered to Members of Parliament and have found it to be a lavish expenditure of taxpayersâ€™ money â€“ an expenditure that we Canadians cannot afford. Please consider the following : Canada is currently in debt over 580 Billion dollars with the debt increasing everday. MPâ€™s receive between $157,000 and $314,000 per year â€“ the average Canadian earns $45,000 per year. After six years of service MPâ€™s are entitled to a pension when they reach the age of 55 â€“ the government is discussing
raising the age of a Canadian pension to 67. An MPâ€™s pension is calculated at three per cent times years of service times salary. The average MP pension is $78,000 per year. Most Canadians do not have a work related pension. Their retirement income is based on what they are able to save with a small supplement in the form of government pensions. MPâ€™s pensions are not invested and subject to fluctuations. An MPâ€™s pension is banked and the Canadian taxpayer ensures that the fund grows at a rate of 10.4 per cent per year. Most Canadians relying on investment income have seen their income
decline due to record low interest rates. Tony Clement a long time Conservative and future recipient of the MP pension plan has been entrusted to review the plan. Is this not a conflict of interest? Whenever I speak with anyone (MPâ€™s excluded) they tell me that they know that the MPâ€™s pension plans are unfair and unaffordable. They then shrug and say something to the effect of â€œWhat can you do?â€? The truth is that i n d iv i d u a l s can do little, but as a group can do a lot. If ever yone who felt as I do called or emailed their MP and expressed their concerns the govern-
ment would need to listen. If everyone concerned about this huge expense printed out a petition from the government website, f illed it out urging an independent, apolitical review of MPâ€™s pension plans and got a least 25 people to sign it, their local MP would be required to present it in parliament. Silence implies consent. As long as we say nothing, Members of Parliament are free to assume the taxpayers see nothing wrong with their level of remuneration. We are only powerless to affect change if we believe ourselves to be so. Andree Dâ€™Andrea Received by email
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TNRD and District team up to support local first responders Thompson Nicola Regional District Area â€˜Oâ€™ Director Bonnie CruzelleMyram and District of Barriere Mayor Bill Humphreys, together presented $1,500 to Barriere Search and Rescue (S&R) recently to assist with the costs of a precision driving course that 17 members of Barriere S&R and the Barriere Fire Department have completed. Paramedic Gary Braaten accepted the cheque on behalf of the Barriere Search and Rescue group.
Spring a busy Cudos from visitor time for farmers to 2011 fall fair
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calf, the nickering of a mare saying â€œlook what I haveâ€?. Some wonder why, what makes these people tick? But itâ€™s hard to understand that love for the land; and the husbandry of animals is so refreshing this time of year. So with little reward and little ado theyâ€™ll carry on coping, assisting, laughing and cursing till all those babies are nursing. W. R. Huber Barriere, B.C.
To the editor; Just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated all the hard work your volunteers did for the success of your fair. Special thanks to Gary (parking) for his consideration on making it possible for our group of four to be together. Thank you to the â€˜Taxiâ€™ drivers; as hot as it was, they still had a great sense of humour and were very considerate of us camping up top and the dust. Thank you to the owner of the property we camped on. It was absolutely a beautiful spot; quiet, great view, etc. Last, but not least, for her compassion, tolerance of ignorant people (lady from Van.), world of information about things happening, and where or who to see about it; we thank you Leslie (treasurer). In a small community, youâ€™ve done yourself proud. It was our first time at the fair, but it will not be our last. Thank you for a great time, John and Marg Leippi
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To the editor; It is time for the world to renew. All the seasons have a reason. Hope springs eternal at this time of year. From the sheep flocks to the calf crops, farmers are donning their gear. All times day or night, by the warmth of the sun or the beam of a flashlight. They act as doctors, midwives or vets, to care for all they protect. The hours are long this time of year. Excitement and optimism, weariness and fatigue, a hot cup of coffee or maybe a beer. All adversity aside, nothing can replace the plaintiff bleat of a lamb or bawl of a
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Daffodil campaign The Canadian Cancer Society’s daffodil campaign started in the community of Barriere last Friday to launch the month long fundraiser. Members of the Barriere unit of the Society delivered potted and cut daffodils to town businesses throughout the day, reporting they did a “booming business”. Pictured are daffodil ladies Della Jeffers (l) and Germaine Hartfield (r), as they make a sale to Carol Patton in her accounting office.
Renovation tax credit helps B.C. seniors stay in their own homes North Thompson Star/Journal
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As of Sunday, April 1, a new B.C. Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit will be available to help with the cost of permanent home renovations so that British Columbians aged 65 and over will have the flexibility to remain in their own homes longer. “Home is where the heart is. We know that seniors, like everyone else, are happiest in their homes,” Premier Christy Clark said. “That’s why our government introduced the Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit, to help seniors stay independent, healthy and in their homes.” The refundable credit will be worth up to $1,000 each year,
and it will be available to seniors or family members sharing their home, regardless of whether they own or rent. “In addition to improving the quality of life for seniors in home care, this initiative will make it easier for many home care providers to do their job,” said BC Care Providers Association CEO Ed Helfrich. “With an increasing demand for home support services, seniors’ homes are increasingly becoming work places for care aides. The structural home improvements that will result from this policy change will make this work space safer and more efficient for all.” The tax credit will also help to protect and create jobs by support-
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ing the home renovation industry. “This renovation tax credit ensures our home-renovation industry remains strong and growing,” said Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Ida Chong. “We anticipate that this initiative will result in a significant amount of new spending on home improvements.” Information about the B.C. Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit: The B.C. Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit is a new, refundable personal income tax credit to assist with the cost of permanent home renovations that provide individuals aged 65 and over with increased independence, allowing them the flexibility to remain in their own homes longer. The maximum credit will be $1,000 annually, calculated as 10 per cent of eligible expenditures. The credit will be available to individuals who incur eligible expenditures on or after April 1, 2012. The credit can be claimed by seniors, whether they own their home or rent, and by individuals who share a home with a senior relative. Legislation will be
introduced later this spring, at which time a detailed list of eligible expenses will be available. Eligible expenditures will include things like: * Upgrades to improve accessibility, including handrails, grab bars, walk-in bathtubs and wheelin showers. * Wheelchair ramps, lifts and elevators. * Motion-activated lighting. * Certain renovations to allow a firstfloor occupancy or secondary suite for a senior relative (e.g., adding a bedroom/ bathroom to the main floor so a senior can have access without having to use the stairs, eligible renovations must be “disability” related). Below are some expenditures that will be excluded from eligibility: * General maintenance, including roof repairs, windows, flooring, insulation and painting. * Devices, such as equipment for medical monitoring and home security, smoke alarms, appliances. * Services, including home care, housekeeping and gardening. * For more information, please visit www. sbr.gov.bc.ca/individua l s / I n c o m e _ Ta x e s / Personal_Income_Tax/ tax_credits/seniors_ home_reno.htm * For B.C. tax questions, call 1-877388-4440, or email: I T B Ta x Q u e s t i o n s @ gov.bc.ca
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Rock tour promotes youth jobs By Tom Fletcher Black Press
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Silent sentinels They may have a little age on them, but these nine Ford pickup trucks on a frontage road next to Highway 5, between Birch Island and Vavenby, have come through another winter. There is a lot of history sitting here, and more than a wealth of stories to tell. But for now, the pickups are content to stand as silent sentinels while the seasons come and go.
The B.C. government is rolling out a rock-themed road show to encourage young people to find training and work. The Jobfest tour has all the trappings of a concert tour, including t-shirts, souvenir drumsticks and guitar picks, and two inflatable tents that look like giant amplifiers. Stops in 50 B.C. communities will include a rock band, local community performers and speakers, with the tents serving as mobile career resource centres. “We’re going into some of the smallest communities in the province, First Nations communities, non-aboriginal communities to really share with the youth of the province what sorts of careers are available to them,” said Jobs, Tourism and Innovation Minister Pat Bell. Job resources that are part of the tour include iPad apps that guide users through a four-stage questionnaire to narrow down their possible
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The citizens of Barriere had one last 'kick at the can' to voice their suggestions and comments on the 2012 District of Barriere Budget at the March 26 Budget meeting. Only five residents came out for this, and only two of them had any questions or comments about the figures presented by council. Wim Houben inquired about the recent announcement about the RCMP costs being ‘dumped’ on the local governments, and if that would affect Barriere in any way, as we have a detachment here? The Mayor replied that for municipalities with populations under 3,000, there
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would be no significant change. Kathy Cooper's question was in regards to two line items from the budget. The first was the anticipated legal fees for swapping the land with the Thompson Nicola Regional District at the Barriere Elementary School; this process could take a while and may not even happen this year. The second item was the amount slated for the completion of the curb and hand-rails at the Bandshell. Once the public input was completed, council members moved to take out the legal fees regarding the land swap, but to keep in the cost for completion of the Bandshell as those improvements are required for safety reason. Council then passed a motion to accept the amended budget. The budget will be officially presented to the citizens of Barriere at the public meeting scheduled for April 16. Council passed the f inal readings of two bylaws: the Revenue Anticipation bylaw no. 88; and the Barriere Community Water System bylaw no. 89. Council passed a motion to send a letter of support to the North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association in support of a grant application the Association was submitting, and to continue to support the event by providing the required garbage services (for the Fall Fair) at no cost. The next regular council meeting will be on Monday, April 2, at 7 p.m.
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Haida Gwaii student wins four-year scholarship from B.C. foundation to study at Hawaii university Recipient Quinlan Fennell is a grandson of Barriere area rancher Bud Fennell North Thompson Star/Journal The Fernandez Earle Scholarship Foundation has awarded its annual scholarship for four years of study at Hawaii Pacific University in Honolulu to Quinlan Fennell of Port Clements in BC’s Haida Gwaii. The scholarship includes tuition, airfare, accommodation, meal plan, books and fees. Honouring the memories of Kane Fernandez and Roger Earle, two successful businessmen who were committed to education and were frequent visitors to Langara Fishing Adventures in Haida Gwaii, the Fernandez-Earle Scholarship Foundation’s
goal is to help strengthen coastal communities by ensuring their future leaders have greater opportunities to realize their educational goals. The Foundation has been providing university scholarships to deserving students from Haida Gwaii and Hawaii since 2001. Quinlan Fennell was born in Queen Charlotte City and has lived on Haida Gwaii his whole life. He is a grandson of Barriere area rancher Bud Fennell. Quinlan says he plans to use the scholarship to pursue studies in nursing. “I fully intend to pursue a career as a registered nurse in British Columbia,” said
Quinlan. “I plan to return to Haida Gwaii to work in the Queen Charlotte or Massett hospitals to benef it the communities in whatever ways I can.” “His enthusiasm and skill prove that Quinlan Fennell deserves this very prestigious award, which means a great deal to the communities in Haida Gwaii,” says Beverley Kniffen, Executive Director of the Foundation. “With more than 60 per cent unemployment for the region, this opportunity may not otherwise be available to a bright and motivated young man like him.” For more information about the scholarship visit www.fernandezearle.com.
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Dr. Barnard bids farewell to area communities North Thompson Star/Journal The Bar riere Professional Recruitment Committee presented Dr. Cornel Barnard last month with a gift that was a ‘made in Barriere’ article, on behalf of Barriere and area. It was a print by local artist Marge Mitchell, with a beautiful frame made of barn wood and donated by Brian Watt. The plaque presented read “Thank you Dr. Cornel Barnard for your service to Barriere and area, June 2008 – March 2012”. The picture of the Mitchell barn had been chosen to remind Dr. Cornel of his numerous trips to the Chinook Cove Golf Course where he had undoubtedly played many exiting games. Dr. Barnard has returned to South Africa, where he will spend
time in his hometown for a month. He says he will then probably return to Kamloops, and plans to do locum work in the area, before continuing his studies in a specialized medical f ield. Dr. Barnard’s patients say they will miss him; they and everyone who has known him is wishing him well in his future endeavors, and they hope that practicing in Barriere has been a rewarding experience for him. Dr. Ilke Marais has arrived in the community and will be taking Dr. Barnard’s place at the Barriere Medical Clinic. She started seeing patients at the clinic on March 26. Dr. Marais and her husband, Nico Trimsloo, will be making their home in Barriere, as they had originally planned during a previous visit to the area. Dr. Barnard with the picture presented to him on his departure from Barriere Medical Clinic.
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What connects Armour Mountain Bookkeeping to art in Barriere? It is proprietor Lana Laskovic, who is keenly interested in art. This interest has prompted Laskovich to make her off ice available for local artists to display their work, and on March 24 she hosted the third open house art event at her establishment. Area artists and artisans chatted with visitors over cups of coffee and goodies, while everyone obviously enjoyed discussion about the art work on display. A quick count revealed that there were at least 20 exhibitions of different genres produced by several very talented artists. Anyone looking for a special gift, greeting cards, interestingly carved walking sticks and much more will enjoy browsing through the displays on most business days of the week, and will likely discover the just right item they are looking for. Having the added opportunity for customers in her bookkeeping busi-
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North Thompson Art Council president Jessie Maisonneuve (l) stopped by the third art showing at Armour Mt. Bookkeeping on Mar. 24, to enjoy the exhibits and chat with a number of the artists, such as Katharine Semrick (r) who were in attendance. ness to view the work of area artists brings more and different people into her facility which Laskovich says “...
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Fish & Game Club banquet a sellout By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal The North Thompson Fish and Game Club (NTFGC) held their third annual Game Dinner and Dance at the Barriere Lion’s Hall on March 24. The event was a sellout. All 150 tickets were pre-sold well in advance due to the popularity of the event, leaving many area residents scrabbling to find the odd ticket here or there that they could purchase. The NTFGC was started when a number of friends decided to hold a meeting, and invited their friends to attend. The first meeting was held in January of 2009 and since that time the Club, now a registered Society, has enjoyed a success story that boasts a large membership with plenty of enthusiasm. The annual dinner and dance is a prime fundraiser for the group, and this year’s event was no exception with just under 50 sponsors supporting the dinner and the silent auction that accompanied it. Grand chef for the evening meal was Bob Sorensen, who prepared and served up a scrumptious selection of halibut, salmon, elk, moose, quail, bear, pork, and beef. Accompanying the meal was a wide selection of salads, vegetable lasagna, mashed potatoes, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding; and all topped off with sweet treats for dessert. Door prizes were given out, and several members of the Upper North Thompson Cadet Corp. provided cheerful cleanup duty after the
meal. NTFGC members Harley Wright, Cliff Cave, and Rob Wittner were thanked for their contributions on KP duty. Region three president for the British Columbia Wildlife Federation, Mel Arnold, was guest speaker for the evening, and gave the attendees a brief overview of what was happening within the region. The tables were then moved back and the dance got underway to the music of the popular Fender Benders; a band who draw their own following wherever they play.
In all, the evening was a resounding success, and club members are already talking about the next Game Dinner and Dance in 2013. More information about the North Thompson Fish and Game Club can be obtained by calling Mel Schmidt at 250-6721843, or Kathy Campbell at 250-672-5890. NTFGC meetings are held once a month from September to June, with two months off for the summer. The NTFGC also holds clay pigeon shoots, a fishing derby, barbecues, and numerous other events and projects. (Above) NT Fish and Game Club treasurer Kathy Campbell fills up huge trays with appetizers of smoked salmon, elk, moose, and bear sausage during the North Thompson Fish and Game Club’s annual Dinner and Dance on, Mar. 24.
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Chef for the NTFGC dinner and dance was Bob Sorensen, who cooked up a tasty banquet of wild game, fish, beef, and pork for the event.
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(Left) Several members of the Upper North Thompson Cadet Corp. provided cheerful cleanup duty after the meal. Pictured (l to r); front row - Justin Murphy, Shay McMartin, and Stacey Walsh. Back row - Lee Dionne, Kelley Dionne, Teagen Langkeek, 2nd Lt. Mark Tremblay, Vanessa Ballati, Christy Dionne (parent) and sponsor Lee Little. The Corp now has over 20 cadets signed up, and they meet every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., upstairs at the Barriere Legion. They encourage new members to join.
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A story out of the U.S. cites Vermont as the healthiest state in the country. This distinction is partially due to the high rate of high school graduation and a low incidence of infectious disease. The other reason was the considerable gains in the number of people who stopped smoking. Incidentally, Mississippi was least healthiest in this study. April is National Oral Health Month in Canada. The main theme is to highlight the idea that keeping a healthy mouth is an important part of leading a health life. Seeing your dentist twice yearly is important as well as brushing twice daily and ﬂossing at least once daily to remove plaque and reduce the risk of cavities. With the numbers of autism cases rising in Canada (up 600% in the past 20 ears), research is starting to focus on the gastrointestinal (gi) symptoms of the disorder. Since 70% of autistic children have severe gi symptoms, there is a theory that the causes of autism might start in the gut. Autism causes much stress in families and it will be a great day when the cause and effective treatments are discovered. It takes 6 months to grow a complete ﬁngernail and 18 months for a toenail. The appearance of the ﬁngernail can sometimes indicate a health problem. Brittle, concave nails could indicate a lack of iron. Nails that are separating from the nail bed could mean a hyperactive thyroid gland. It’s a good idea to build a relationship with your pharmacist just as you do with your doctor. We’d like to be your pharmacist. Drop in soon.
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SPORTS Curling season wraps up with Jam Can North Thompson Star/Journal Barriere Curling Club wound up its curling season with it’s annual Curling Jam Can on March 23 and 24, 2012.
Fifty-six excited local children participated in the two day event. The children enjoyed a spaghetti dinner on Friday night and a hot dog lunch on Saturday.
Organizers of the event say they are sending out a huge thank you to all the sponsors and volunteers that helped make Jam Can a great success. The results of the
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spiel, after many exciting games of curling, were: First A - N: McInnes rink Nicholas McInnes, Tyler Schilling, Tanner Schilling, and Cam Kerslake. First B - S: Dunstan rink - Sakuwa Dunstan, Seth Rose, Matlock Brown, and Dakota McBride. First C - J: Proulx rink - John Proulx, Dayman Parish, William Noble, and Josh Proulx. The most sportsmanlike team award went to A. VanSickle rink - Aaron VanSickle, Liam Hunt, Thompson Mitchell, and Irene Beeton. The Bar riere Curling Club are already taking registrations for the new season this October. If you have any questions for the Curling Club, please contact Susan Bondar at 250-672-5334. Support your community. Shop Local.
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News from Johnson Lake 6th annual ‘Kids Fishing Days’ at lake on June 23, 24 North Thompson Star/Journal The Lewkos at Johnson Lake Resort say they are still wearing winter’s snowy white blanket, but signs of spring are being revealed. The f irst red-winged blackbirds (males) have arrived, and are already singing their courting songs, hoping their mates will be there soon as well. However, the couple report the snow is starting to melt in places, and “the sunny afternoons are almost sun-tanning weather”. Barb Lewko says, “It’s time to start thinking about spring fishing. The ice usually comes off Johnson Lake around mid-May, and by early June, the trout have voracious appetites. Whether trolling flies or lures, you’re sure to have some superb tussles with those bright
shiny Kamloops Trout. The resort opens June 1, and we look forward to seeing many of you again this year.” The 6th annual “Kids Fishing Days” event will be held the weekend after Father’s Day at the resort. Two programs will be hosted for the young fishers, one on Saturday June 23, and one on Sunday, June 24. This is a fun and exciting day for children ages five to 15, where they learn all about freshwater fishing, from fish biology, habitat, identification and handling, to learning to tie knots and flies, rig their fishing rod, casting and retrieving practice, topped off with fishing from a row boat and casting off the dock on Little Johnson Lake. If you’d like to receive an information sheet with more details, email the resort at: info@ johnsonlakeresort.com
Motorcycles on the road again Submitted It’s early in the season, but police are urging motorists to be aware and watch for motorcyclists on the roads. Two recent motorcycle collisions in the Central Okanagan have already darkened the start of this year’s motorcycle season. Motorcyclists are cautioned to drive defensively and obey the traff ic laws. There are more hazards on
the roads to motorcyclists in the early season considering that the winter wear and dirt remains, affecting your ability to stop or turn. Other motorists have also not yet acclimatized to the presence of motorcycles on the roadway. Proper training and equipment is strongly encouraged, but wearing your helmet is the law and may well save your life. Studies have shown that
Oh, those scanty dancers I’ve just finished watching a segment of the “Dancing With the Stars” TV program and I’ve come to the conclusion that if the female costumes get any scantier, the name will have to be “Dancing with the Bold” and the time slot will shift to the “Adults Only” category to join the horror flicks, and the ‘bad’ jokes/stand up programs. Since neither of those shows are suitable for the kids, either the adults and the dancers will have to go and be replaced with something between Disney and Murder Incorporated. Judging by the sunshine outside my door, we’re better than half
wearing a proper helmet can increase your chance of surviving a crash and reduce the risk of serious head injuries. Novelty beanie helmets are just that, novelties. They provide “NO” protection and should never be worn in lieu of a DOT or Snell approved helmet. If you are involved in a collision when riding a motorcycle, the reality is you may not get a second chance. Drive safe!
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250 672-5611 way through March and the beginning of the gardening season, and since I think having a garden is fun, I can start readying my allotted space. I won’t be having a flower garden again this year, because I realize there’s only so much you can nourish out there, either the body or soul. So be it.
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Insurance fraud follies – What were they thinking? North Thompson Star/Journal There’s nothing funny about insurance fraud. After all, it costs insurance companies and their honest policyholders. But sometimes you can’t help but laugh at some of the outrageous scams and schemes of would-be fraud artists. The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is leading the fight against insurance fraud on behalf of the industry and its customers. Here are some true stories of recent claims that left investigators shaking their heads. The Repo Man; The driveway was empty and the car was gone. That part of the man’s story was indeed true. He had reported that his car had been stolen and filed a claim. But something didn’t seem quite right so the investigator got in touch with the finance company the man had used to buy the car. They told a different story. He had failed to make payments so they had repossessed it and towed it away. A fact the man failed to mention to the insurance company. Claim denied.
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smoke appeared. Two weeks earlier, it turned out, she had stopped by her insurance agent’s office to check that the policy was up to date and paid for. Charges pending. Claim denied. The Camera Never Lies: The traffic was stop and go on one of Canada’s busiest highways. The man said he was stopped when he was rear ended by the car behind him, and he filed a claim for the damage. Unfortunately for him the car behind had a camera mounted on the dashboard. The recording clearly shows the claimant actually reversing his car and hitting the car behind him. He then gets out to examine the damage he’s caused. There was significant news coverage of the event. Claim denied. Charges laid. For fraud prevention tips, visit the IBC website at ibc.ca, our blog at getintheknow.ibc.ca or on Twitter @insurancebureau. They tweet the best of their fraud prevention tips each Friday with the hash tag #fraudfightingfriday.
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Easter can be a dangerous time for dogs DOGSAFE Canine First Aid Easter is the time to celebrate traditions, hunt for chocolate bunnies, and squeeze colourful long-eared plush toys, but not all the festivities are safe for our four-legged companions. Michelle Sevigny, creator of DOGSAFE Canine First Aid courses, urges families to be mindful of the dangers that the Easter Bunny may bring and offers these canine safety tips: 1. Keep chocolate bunnies out of reach as chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine, which if ingested by a dog, may cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst, hyperactivity, tremors and can be fatal. Dark chocolate has the highest concentration of theobromine but even a 20 ounce milk chocolate bunny may cause serious problems for a 10 pound dog. White chocolate does not contain theobromine but still contains a lot of sugar and fat which may cause stomach upset if ingested. 2. Easter candies sweetened with xylitol may cause a drop in blood sugar, resulting in vomiting, weakness,
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Don’t let those big pleading eyes talk you into handing over Easter chocolate to your dog. Keep him safe and give him a dog biscuit instead. depression, loss of coordination and seizures if ingested by dogs. If candy wrappers are also ingested, intestinal blockages may occur. 3. Plastic Easter grass is not digestible and may cause choking and intestinal blockages if dogs attempt to eat it. Keep Easter baskets out of reach of dogs. 4. Tulip bulbs and daffodils make their appearances around Easter time and are poisonous to dogs if ingested. Tulip bulbs may cause diarrhea, vomiting and excessive salivation while daffodils may cause gastrointestinal disorders, shivering, convulsions,
muscle tremors and even heart arrhythmias. While Easter lilies are extremely toxic to cats, they are not toxic to dogs. 5. Watch your dog around the holiday meal. Ham bones, discarded plastic food wrap, table scraps and other holiday meal items may be stolen from the table or garbage by your dog when your focus is on your guests. Bones and plastic wrap may cause choking or intestinal blockages and table scraps may cause stomach upset resulting in vomiting or diarrhea. 6. Plastic Easter eggs, toys and plush bunny parts (eg. the plastic eyes, stuffing) may cause choking and
intestinal blockages if a dog ingests them while exploring the holiday household; keep well out of reach of curious canines. 7. Monitor Easter egg hunts as dogs may find the chocolate treats or small, plastic toys before the kids due to their superior noses; and count how many treats are hidden and recovered so that none are left behind. 8. Egg decorating supplies, including dyes, glitter, glue, paints and felt tip pens may be enticing to dogs and cause vomiting, diarrhea and general stomach upset if eaten. Choking and intestinal blockages may occur if your dog ingests the actual containers. Keep your dog away from the craft table, clean up the table and floor after decorating and keep the colourful, finished eggs out of your dog’s reach. If you suspect that your dog has ingested a substance or object that they shouldn’t have, contact your veterinarian for treatment options. Learn more safety tips and what to do in an emergency by enrolling in a canine first aid course. For more information on DOGSAFE Canine First Aid cours-
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