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Proposed school district cuts draws backlash BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
Within the line items and numbers of any budget stand the people. It is the people that make up the reality of any financial document, and on Wednesday night the people most affected by the budget of School District 20 stood up and spoke at a public meeting on the proposed plan at Trail Middle School. Around 40 people, including union representatives and teachers, listened as superintendent of schools Greg Luterbach detailed proposed cut after cut needed to rein in the costs of the operation. When the axe stopped, it was revealed the district was threatening to cut nearly 14 full time equivalent jobs across the board in the coming year to deal with a $1.55 million operating shortfall. The proposed cuts to staff — including two teacher-librarians, almost eight teachers, three nonenrolling teacher staff, and one custodian — raised the ire of the crowd.
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Superintendent of Schools Greg Luterbach begins explanation of the proposed SD20 budget Wednesday night at Trail Middle School before 40 people. Cutting the teacher salaries meant the district would save $1.17 million in 2012/13, the largest chunk out of the $1.58 million in total cuts made. Andy Davidoff, Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union representative, referred to
the SD20 board’s guiding principle — that “Student learning drives our budget while recognizing the need to be sustainable and fiscally responsible” — and wondered why the board of trustees was keeping buildings over bodies.
“It looks like teachers and CUPE are bearing the brunt of the budget cuts and nothing is coming from administration that is significant at all, and that doesn’t seem to be fair,” he said. “And, unfortunately, the people that impart that
learning are taking the largest cut, over $1 million.” Board chair Darrel Ganzert said there would be motions moving forward about facilities at the next board meeting — where the proposed budget would undergo its first two readings on the way to being adopted. With custodial staff possibly being cut from 12-month to 11-month employees, and the district expecting to save $113,841, CUPE Local 1285 shop steward Darlene Schultz stood up. “You can expect to pay that much money and more through arbitration because we feel our members have the right to the 12-month positions that they have, and there is significant jurisprudence on that,” she said. “It is, in our opinion, discriminatory and it will be fought, right to the wall.” Roger Smith, who has spent the last 23 years working with the district as a custodian, agreed. He pointed to case law that says their jobs are set
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Proposed reductions and revenue generation items Libraries • reduce elementary teacher-librarians by two full-time equivalent (FTE) - $184,508 Non-enrolling teacher staff • eliminate math teacher at elementary by two FTE - $184,508 • eliminate literacy lead teacher at secondary by .714 FTE - $65,867 Teacher staffing • adjust secondary class sizes from 24 to 25 for a 2.428 FTE reduction - $223,983 • eliminate staffing dedicated to virtual school by .286 FTE - $26,395 • classroom organization based on elimination of required district averages at kindergarten and primary by 5.375 FTE - $495,865 Clerical support staff • clerical/library assistants reduced by 21 hours per week - $23,530 • restructure CUPE callout and rentals by five hours per week - $7,589 Custodial • reduce high school service levels for custodial by one FTE - $43,319 • change custodians from 12 month to 11-month employees - $113,841 Facilities • remove all SD20 staff and funding from Blueberry Creek Community School - $20,000 • Sell Sunningdale School and save utility costs - $10,000 Service and supplies • eliminate regional Pro-D contractor - $6,000 • eliminate grant to Education Heritage Society - $2,500 District administration • eliminate vice principal position at Glenmerry - $24,194 More on Page 3
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MS Walk raises public’s awareness Rossland family overcomes challenges BY BREANNE MASSEY Times Staff
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From the left; Alison, Deanie and Rebecca Worsfold might not agree about everything, but the MS Walk is an initiative that they’re all proud to support.
Deanie Worsfold spent 38 years sick and she didn’t know why. Worsfold, 52, was intimidated by a series of strange symptoms— when she moved her head a tingling sensation would shoot up her spine, and her hands were always shaking. Twenty years later, when she gave birth to her second daughter,
her answer arrived. “My doctor could never figure out what was wrong with me,” said Worsfold. “But, when I gave birth to Rebecca—both of my feet went numb. So, I went to a neurologist and they said I either had a brain tumor or MS.” She was diagnosed with an incurable disease, multiple sclerosis (MS). The rest of the world would have been mortified, but Worsfold said she felt relieved. “I finally knew what was wrong,” she said.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, often disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 40, and the unpredictable effects of MS last for the rest of their lives. It can cause loss of balance, impaired speech, extreme fatigue, double vision and paralysis. On Sunday, the MS Walk to raise awareness of the debilitating disease will take place in Gyro Park. Participants can register or drop off pledges at the Kiwanis
pancake breakfast with live entertainment at 9 a.m. The three-andfive-kilometer walking routes will provide water stations along the way, and the event will close with final remarks about the fundraising initiatives. Worsfold acknowledges the challenges of living with MS, and she is eager—along with daughters Rebecca and Alison—to participate in the walk for MS on Sunday. According to the MS Society of Canada, finding a cure means
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The Trail Historical Society has kindly offered photos and stories related to the history of Trail. hen the history of the Trail Smoke Eaters is discussed people recall the two World Championship teams of 1939 and 1961. People donâ€™t usually talk about the 1962 team, Canadian Senior Amateur Hockey champions. Both the 1939 and 1961 World Champions are recognized on the Home of Champions Monument in downtown Trail. Ab Cronie, player-coach of the â€™39 squad, accepted the award on behalf of the team at the 1996 induction ceremony. While appreciative of the honour, Ab recalled the players and the community cherished and celebrated winning the Allan Cup in 1938 more than the world championship. Winning the Canadian title was the pinnacle of achievement for any senior hockey team in Canada. Winning the Worlds was icing on the cake. The 1961 world champion Smoke Eaters were rated as the top amateur club in Canada and their goal was to win the Allan Cup and hopefully represent Canada again at the 1963 World Hockey championships. That season, the Smokies did not lose their first game until Dec. 10, ending a 36 game winning streak
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started on Feb. 12 in Moscow. The Smoke Eaters closed the season with a record of 34-4. The road to the Allan Cup began. Trail quickly dispatched the Nelson Maple Leafs for the Savage Cup and the Alberta champion, Calgary Adderson Builders before meeting the Saskatoon Quakers in the Western Canada final. The series went seven games with Trail winning the seventh game 6-0 in Saskatoon Trail would now host the Allan Cup final for the second time in its history against the eastern champion Montreal Olympics. Trail embarrassed the Olympics 8-0 before 3000 fans in the first game. However, the Montreal squad responded in the second game with a stronger performance defeating the Smokies 5-2. Trail then took control of the series winning the next three games. The final game was played on May 4 with the Smoke Eaters narrowly winning 5-3 to bring the Allan Cup home to Trail for the second time. They went on to represent Canada at the World Hockey Championships for the third time in 1963. Pick up your copy â€œTrail Journal of Local History,â€? and support the Trail Historical Society. Find it at the Societyâ€™s office in Trail City Hall, on the website www.trailhistory.com and at Crockett Books in Waneta Plaza.
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FROM PAGE 1 up for 12 months, and they will go to arbitration to ensure they stay that way. “My question is, when we win, where is that back pay coming from in this budget?” he said, suggesting staff in every other area of operation should try going from 12 to 11 months. “If you are going to do this, do it where everyone is a factor,” he said. “I don’t think senior management would like going from 12 to 11 months.” It was far from a good news budget, with the dis“I don’t trict scrambling to cover a think senior drop in funding from the management Ministry of Education, and to cope with rising interwould like nal costs for sick leave that going from 12 are now $400,000 over to 11 months.” budget. As a result, SD20 adminROGER SMITH istration delivered a series of recommended budget adjustments for the coming school year totaling $1.58 million, expecting to leave the district with $27,430 in the bank at the end of the year. There will also be a district-wide rise in studentto-teacher ratio — from 24-1 to 25-1 — that could impact the electives offered at the high school level. Davidoff urged caution to the board before they sat down Monday night (7 p.m., Blueberry Creek Community School) to begin deliberation on the proposed budget. “If you look at student learning, you assured us that it was the teachers, support workers and people that work with kids, that drive the kids to school, and clean up our schools and do all of that” that were more important than facilities, said Davidoff. “But you have made (facilities) a priority. I don’t think the board has looked at their own statement.” Ten committee meetings on the budget have contributed to the draft budget proposal, which the board will give consideration to in first and second reading on Monday night. If approved, the budget cuts and changes will take effect July 1. From Page 1 Proposed reductions and revenue generation items Technology • eliminate “helping infuse technology” release time to schools $87,399 Transportation • change two 12-month drivers to 10-month drivers • parents pay for transportation if students attend a different school due to parent initiated transfer - $4,000 • charge out of district children riding SD20 buses the full cost ($70 per month) - $24,000 Revenue generation • adjust rental policy to cover costs - $10,000 • negotiate SD10 financial services contract to better reflect costs $10,000 Savings from selected items: $1,584,801 Target for savings: $1,577,371 Budget position: $27,430 Source: superintendent of schools, Greg Luterbach
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“I know that a lot of people would just roll over and die,” said Worsfold, “but I never did. I was always busy taking care of my girls. I never felt sorry for myself, and I don’t know a lot of people with MS who feel sorry for themselves.” Her daughters were toddlers when she was diagnosed and they never let the impacts of the chronic disease create distance within their family. “We did everything normally,” said Rebecca. “But, when I was 13, she got worse. We didn’t go anywhere after that.” The family used to take camping trips, and when the girls were skiing with their father, Deanie would get a ride up the hill on snowmobiles or quads to show her support for her now 20-something year-old daughters. Her other daughter (Alison) disagreed, and indicated that having MS not only impacted their mother’s life, it impacted how the family spent their time together. “The weather affects her a lot so we never went traveling,” said Alison. “And when we went skiing, she couldn’t ever come with us.” Deanie laughed and said if she went skiing with her shaky hands, the ski poles would be flying everywhere and somebody might lose an eye. But the Worsfold family has found one thing everybody can do together, even Deanie. They have agreed to participate in the MS walk as a family. The MS Society has organized 160 MS Walks across Canada, and 25 of those are taking place in B.C. and the Yukon.
DAY OF MOURNING ON SATURDAY
Local 480 hosts annual vigil BY BREANNE MASSEY Times Staff
The United Steelworkers Local 480 are hammering out a lesson on safety this weekend to honor colleagues who lost their lives from occupational diseases or work-related accidents. Instead of being adorned with tool belts, hammers and overalls; Local 480 will march in a walk of remembrance down Bay Avenue to the Family and Memorial Worker Park across from the Trail Memorial Centre. The memorial will be open to everybody and will begin the march at the Local 480 Hall at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. The service will begin around 11 a.m.
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“It’s to remember workers who died or were injured— it’s like Remembrance Day,” said Steve Como, the safety coordinator at Teck. “Unfortunately these kinds of things do happen.” The procession opens a forum for residents in Greater Trail to honor friends, family members and colleagues who have passed away while they were trying to earn a living. Their lives will be celebrated in a prayer, march and a public address from David Mitchell, a local occupational hygiene officer, this Saturday. The ceremony is a national day of mourning that raises red flags about the
importance of utilizing preventative safety measures on job sites. “A lot of times we get so overwhelmed by our daily tasks and we don’t get time to reflect on the people who have been killed on the job,” said Gord Menelaws, the health and safety chair for the United Steelworkers Local 480. “These are people just like you and me, they left to do an honest day of work and for whatever reason, they never returned home.” The ceremony provides a public celebration of life and it allows the community to mourn for the dead, and fight for the living. In 2011, WorkSafe B.C
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indicated that almost three million (2,870,352) days were lost as a result of injuries or diseases sustained in the workplace. In B.C., an average of 2.7 workers die each week, 2,715 work injuries are reported every week and 17 workers are permanently disabled on a daily basis. According to WorkSafe B.C., the Central Kootenay region recorded one death, and another in the Kootenay Boundary region in the last year. “We’ve done a lot of work to reduce injuries on job sites,” said Menelaws, “and we’ve made a lot gains.” There is an online memorial at http://www. dayofmourning.bc.ca/
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Province announces new hospitals for Vancouver Island CAMPBELL R. MIRROR Campbell River will get a new 95-bed, $266-million hospital, Premier Christy Clark announced Thursday Clark gave the green light for the North Island Hospitals Project to build two new hospitals in Campbell River
and Comox at an estimated cost of up to $600 million, as a part of Budget 2012. “Our government is proud to invest in these two new hospitals to ensure North Vancouver Island families have the best medical care when they
need it and where they need it, in their communities,” said Premier Clark. “These projects will also create construction jobs in the region and will provide longterm opportunities for health-care professionals and their families.”
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The announcement is a long-time in coming and the delay led to speculation that the two-hospital model would be revised. Last fall, Vancouver Island Health Authority officials alarmed Campbell River doctors when it proposed a onegovernance, two-site hospital administration concept. During last fall’s civic election, eventual mayoral winner Walter Jakeway expressed suspicion that the lack of an
announcement meant a new Campbell River hospital was going to be scrapped in favour of a regional hospital located in the Comox Valley, this despite insistence from incumbents and the Vancouver Island Health Authority that the original plan was still expected to be brought to fruition. Both new hospitals are expected to go to procurement this spring, with construction planned to begin in 2013 and completion
estimated for 2017. The cost of the project is estimated at around $600 million, but is subject to change once the procurement process is complete. The project will create approximately 1,900 direct jobs and over 1,400 indirect jobs in industries supplying goods and services used in construction. The new Campbell River and District General Hospital will be built at the existing hospital site on 2nd
Avenue in Campbell River. The new hospital will have capacity for up to 95 beds, including mental-health and addictions beds. The new facility will replace Campbell River’s aging 70-bed acute-care facility, which was built in 1956 with additions to the facility in 1966, 1972 and 1990. The final hospital design is subject to completion of the procurement process.
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Wildrose MLA blames city folk for partyâ€™s loss THE CANADIAN PRESS STIRLING, Alta. - A southern Alberta Wildrose candidate says his party lost the election because city voters didnâ€™t understand the issues. Gary Bikman won
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Minister pays her tab THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA, Ont. - International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda has agreed to repay almost $3,000 she charged taxpayers for â€œad hoc requestsâ€? of a luxury car and driver while staying at a posh hotel in London. The beleaguered Conservative minister had already coughed up $1,353.81 in extra hotel charges earlier this week after The Canadian Press reported that she upgraded to the fivestar-plus Savoy Hotel during a conference last June. The conference on international immunizations was at another five-star hotel where Oda cancelled her cheaper room in favour of the tonier Savoy, which was a 25-minute walk away.
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seats with 41 in Alberta cities. Bikman says urban voters didnâ€™t understand that issues such as Edmonton candidate Allan Hunsperger saying that gay people must change their ways or forever be damned to burn in a lake of fire and Calgary candidate Ron Leech saying he had an advantage because he is Caucasian are matters of free speech. Wildrose Leader Danielle Smith would not comment on Bikmanâ€™s statements Wednesday because she said she didnâ€™t know the context of his statements. Bikman said
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he campaign to create a skate park in Trail seems to be running low on
juice. There are some keeners involved with the project who are selling t-shirts and writing grant applications, but the city-dominated process has been sagging in recent months. Where has the most recent skate park drive gone so far? After taking on the project at the behest of youthful petitioners, the city paid for a feasibility study. Council then ignored the recommendation of the consultant and advisory committee that the facility be located at Gyro Park and decided to make it part of urban renewal for the Gulch. The city followed up with design work for a park to be located on a strip of vacant land behind the truck chainup area on Rossland Avenue, and then sought funding under a one-time provincial recreation project program. While Nelson received $400,000 for a skate park, Trail was turned down. The reasons for the differing results are unknown but you can’t blame traditional pork barrel politics, as neither community is part of a constituency that voted for
the government in recent provincial elections or is likely to so next time. That is pretty much where the project sits. The advisory committee, chaired by a city councillor, has barely met since before the fall election. Council would like the committee to raise money for the project but this is a difficult mandate as no level of municipal financial support has been designated. The committee has applied for about half of the $300,000 in Columbia Basin Trust’s Local Initiatives funding to be dispensed by local municipalities and electoral areas this year. Given the malaise left by the break down of regional funding for recreation it will be interesting to see how this appeal goes. The location remains an issue for the non-councillors on the advisory committee, who think the chain-up area is generally unappealing and will be a concern for parents of younger users. I think the location has great potential to be turned into an interesting urban space that would reflect the edgy side of the skateboarding mystic. It is also located on the community’s main
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thoroughfare and right beside the fire station, where emergency assistance is available around the clock. As for concerns that skate park users would be exposed to drugs and unseemly behaviour at that location, including a mild-looking sex shop across the street, kids who are interested know where to find drugs (everywhere) and porn (all over the Internet). Former Rossland Mayor Les Carter has prepared an interesting survey for the Rossland Skatepark Association on the experiences of 40 British Columbia communities that have parks. (The association, while possessing more cohesion and drive than Trail’s advisory committee, is in about the same position financially. The survey
is located on its web site: skaterossland.com) Some of the key insights gathered from other communities are: • the facility should be located “front and centre” to express community pride and acceptance, make the park accessible to and not marginalize its users, and so that others can keep an eye on the goings on • the park should be part of a “neighbourhood,” but not necessarily a residential area. Noise tends not to be an issue for neighbours located at least 100 metres a way, or less if the park is well designed • only 10 per cent of communities reported problems at or around their skate parks and these tend to reflect the communities’ youth issues in general • “kids are all different but they all deserve recreational opportunities that suit their needs;” communities that accept these differences and reflect them in their rec policies generally have a happier relationship with their youth • an “open, communitybuilding process” for planning and building the facility results in successful parks; most communities report good usage of their
facilities. • “in deciding where to put the park, local government should consider all the relevant factors, differentiate between reasonable concerns and unsubstantiated fears, be brave enough to make the decision, and proactively plan to make it work.” Unlike the council’s proposal to place a skate park at Gyro Park a decade ago, this go-around has been a largely closed process led by city staff. As for the location, it could meet the criteria cited in the Rossland report, but right now is seen by potential users and their supporters as a dumping ground for the hopes of skateboarders looking for a place to gather and ride their dreams. The work goes on but this is not a best recipe success. The enthusiasts can only keep working and keep the faith that in another decade the city will not still be talking about creating a skate park. Raymond Masleck is a retired long-time reporter for the Times. He is president of the Visac Gallery and Trail District Arts Council, vicepresident of a local seniors’ housing society, and active in the Rotary Club of Trail.
Trail Daily Times Friday, April 27, 2012
LETTERS & OPINION
A bite of reality for pollsters, Charest and Ignatieff
tâ€™s been a fascinating couple of weeks in Canadian politics, especially with the Alberta election rollercoaster. Amidst all of the noise, several topics are worth commenting on. First up, itâ€™ll be interesting to see how Albertaâ€™s Progressive Conservatives respond to their near-death experience. Will it be business as usual, secure in the belief that they have dispatched the Wildrose upstart? Or will they give serious consideration to the fact that, compared to four years ago, approximately half of their base absconded to Wildrose â€“ and they were only saved by the (temporary?) influx of previously Liberal votes? Alberta PCs won the battle but what about the war? If the Liberal vote remains in a state of permanent collapse, then the Progressive Conservatives may have merely remixed the composition of their perpetually victorious coalition. But thatâ€™s a large â€œif.â€? And making it stick will likely involve policy concessions to move the partyâ€™s compass leftwards, which in turn will raise the prospect of further bleeding towards Wildrose on the right.
Perhaps weâ€™ve only seen the first battle in a war thatâ€™s far from over, a war whose ultimate winner remains to be decided.
MURPHY Thatâ€™s Life
Then thereâ€™s the matter of the polls. Put simply, they got it badly wrong. To be sure, there are the usual explanations about last-minute swings, undecideds, and so forth. But the brutal truth is that anyone who was looking to the polls to tell them what was going to happen on election night would have been profoundly misled. And itâ€™s not for the first time. A year ago, the pollsters missed the federal Conservative majority. Indeed, some of them even lowballed the Conservative vote outside their own stated margin of error. One pollster â€“ EKOS â€“ did so spectacularly. The point here isnâ€™t that polls are useless, merely that itâ€™s not always clear whether what they report is rooted or ephemeral, real or
illusion. And given the impact they have on all kinds of public policy discussions, itâ€™s unfortunate that the only reality check comes on election day. Thereâ€™s also Michael Ignatieff. Now that his political ambitions are ancient history, heâ€™s reverting back to being his previously interesting self. In early March, he acknowledged to a York University audience that the Liberals had earlier tried to do to Stephen Harper what Harper subsequently did to him. To quote: â€œWe attempted to deny him standing, and now he has taken his revenge.â€? Then came the remarks to BBC Scotland, to the effect that Canada and Quebec are â€œalmost two separate countries,â€? and that â€œthe logic eventually is independence â€“ full independence.â€? Whatever one thinks of these observations, they have a much more authentic ring than the pose of faux outrage that Ignatieff felt compelled to adopt as Liberal leader. Had he been his real self when in politics, heâ€™d have been substantially more credible. But then again, heâ€™d never have made it to Liberal leader. Finally, thereâ€™s the scenario floated in a
recent Financial Post guest column. Writing about Jean Charest, the columnist urged him to depart the Quebec premiership with a view to positioning himself as the replacement for Harper in 2015. Leaving aside the question of whether Harper has any intention of going that early, the Charest proposition beggars belief. Why would anyone think that a Red Tory from Quebec â€“ one who loves Kyoto and is hostile towards the oil sands â€“ has any prospect of winning the leadership of the 21st century Conservatives? After all, this is a party whose power base overwhelmingly lies west of the Ottawa River, and whose leadership is determined by grassroots members rather than string-pulling Toronto and Montreal power brokers. Itâ€™s as if the writer is caught in a time warp. A postscript on the matter of polls. The next time you hear some pundit solemnly intone that the latest poll shows a decline in the federal Conservative position since election day, be mindful that whatâ€™s being compared is a poll number and an actual vote. If, say, itâ€™s a Forum poll showing a 4 per cent drop from 40
Governmentâ€™s view on spending and saving An editorial from the Corner Brook Western Star In an interesting bit of unintended juxtaposition two stories this week showed a couple of opposing sides of the federal governmentâ€™s fight to cut the deficit and balance their budget by 2015. In one national peek into the window, an access to information request by The Canadian Press revealed some of the details of a trip last year to London, England, by International Development Minister Bev Oda. The minister apparently didnâ€™t like the five-star hotel her staff had booked her into during her trip for a conference so Oda had them move her to the ritzy Savoy, which has a nice view of the Thames. The first hotel would have
cost taxpayers $270 a night, but the stay at the Savoy racked up $665 a night for a total of $1,995 for three nights - including a $16 glass of orange juice. Also included was a charge for the late cancellation of the first digs. All in all the stay cost taxpayers a tidy sum. After the details became public this week, the ministerâ€™s flunkies were quick to make it known the minister had paid back some of the money. Really, weâ€™ve all been through something similar to this. Passing on a less-than-ideal hotel, being dinged too much for a meal at the restaurant and then needing a driver and car on standby to get us to our appointments on time. Well, no. Taxpayers donâ€™t expect min-
isters to grab a room in a hostel when travelling on official business, but itâ€™s an odd way to act for representatives of a government now talking service cuts and job elimination. That brings us to the second view of this deficit fight. Local federal workers got together Monday night to try to get details about where they stand as far as the future of their jobs is concerned. They got few answers because few concrete details are being made public about cuts to the public service. Numbers are being let out in dribs and drabs and workers are left twisting in the breeze as someone else decides their futures. It really is a revealing week for those who care to look.
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on election day to 36 now, remember that 36 was precisely where the Forum poll had the Conservatives on election eve. In other
words, thereâ€™d be no change at all. Things are often not quite what the punditocracy and pollsters suggest. And nothing
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PEOPLE OBITUARIES WALLACE (NEE PELLIZZARI), GRACE — October 30, 1962 April 13, 2012. Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 315 Rossland Ave, Trail BC on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1:00pm with Celebrant Father Matthieu Gombo. Following the service, the family invites everyone for a reception at the church hall. A memorial video will be shown. *** STEEP, CARRIE — the family of Carrie Steep, who passed January 16, 2012, invite you to join them in a celebration of Carrie’s life at the Trail Legion Hall on Sunday, April 29 at 1:00pm. *** ASHMAN, LORNE — May 27, 1930 January 14, 2012. Sadly missed - to all who knew him we’ll cherish forever his love, loyalty, ever-present smile and humour. The Ashman family welcomes anyone wishing to join them for Lorne’s “Celebration of Life,” Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Warfield Community Hall from 4pm to 8pm. Reverend Keith Simmonds will lead us in a service celebrating Lorne’s life. Followed by family memories, refreshments, music, slides and an exchange of stories are most encouraged for a most joyful evening. For more information call Pat at 250367-7299. www.LorneAshman.blogspot.com
RUBIK’S CUBE CELEBRATED (AP PHOTO/JULIO CORTEZ)
Erno Rubik, the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, poses at Liberty Science Center, Wednesday in Jersey City, N.J. The center is hosting an exhibit on Rubik’s Cubes which will include a cube made with diamonds that is worth $2.5 million.
Going vegan no piece of cake for DeGeneres THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Ellen DeGeneres may be an outspoken vegan today, but a life without meat or dairy wasn’t always easy for her to, er... digest. Raised in New Orleans and Texas, the talk show host says she always had a healthy appetite for sausageladen red beans and rice, as well as for thick, juicy steaks. She first tried to quit meat 15 years ago, she said in a telephone interview, but lasted only six months. “I’ve always called myself an animal lover. And yet I
ate them,” she said. “Until four years ago I would be driving past these cows on pastures, and think ‘What a lovely life that is,’ and I’d go and order a steak. It takes a click, just one light bulb, and you’re like ‘I can’t do that anymore.”’ The click that lit that bulb for DeGeneres came by way of chicken four years ago. “Someone mentioned ‘If you knew what chicken looked like or you knew how chicken was made, you’d never eat it again,”’ said the Emmy award-winning comedian.
“Something snapped.” Since then, DeGeneres and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, have purged their diet of all animal products, including milk and eggs. It wasn’t easy this time around, either. “It’s like anybody who’s trying to make a change, especially a habit like eating food every day,” she said. “It’s hard to make a change.” But this time, she says, she forced herself to watch gruesome video footage and undercover documentaries shot by opponents of the
meat industry, and to read books on the subject. The images that stuck in her head from the films and the books helped her stick to her choice. But so did something much simpler - good food. DeGeneres’ own struggle to transition makes her sympathetic toward others considering a switch. “I know it’s hard for people to digest,” said DeGeneres, who wrote the afterward for Roberto Martin’s cook book (de Rossi wrote the foreward). “No pun intended.”
Fans gather in Woodstock to honour Levon Helm THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WOODSTOCK, N.Y. - By the busload, hundreds of friends and fans of Levon Helm travelled to his home Thursday to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band, who died of cancer last week. The public memorial was held at the Woodstock barn where Helm held his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts in New York’s Hudson Valley. His closed casket was surrounded by flowers and flanked by his drum kit and a piano. Friends, neighbours and fans filed silently past the coffin, which was on the second floor of the barn and set against a backdrop of a family photo slideshow. Nearby, family members greeted visitors. Mourners - a crowd of mostly
middle-aged people with a smattering of aging hippies and a few young people - were quietly encouraged to keep the line moving. Some carried flowers, and a few pressed handkerchiefs to their faces. “He was an icon but also the guy next door,” said Al Caron of Woodstock as he waited outside the Woodstock Playhouse for one of the yellow school buses ferrying people to Helm’s nearby homestudio. “He played music on the village green,” Caron said. “The Rambles were like a revival meeting. There was just a sense of euphoria from the minute you arrived at his home and he will be missed.” After a private funeral Friday, Helm will be buried in Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, The
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Friends and fans of musician Levon Helm are gathering at his Woodstock home Thursday to say farewell to the legendary singer and drummer for The Band, who died of cancer on April 19.
Band’s singer and bassist who died in 1999. Helm, Danko, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson and Richard Manuel’s first album as The Band was 1968’s “Music From Big Pink.” That album and its followup, “The Band,” remain landmark albums of the era, and songs such as “The Weight,” ”Dixie Down“ and ”Cripple Creek“ have become rock standards. Helm was found to have throat cancer in 1998. He died April 19 at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Early on, The Band backed Bob Dylan on his electric tours of 1965-66 and collaborated with him on the legendary “Basement Tapes.” On his website last week, Dylan called Helm “one of the last true great spirits of my or any
other generation.” The son of an Arkansas cotton farmer, Helm was just out of high school when he joined rocker Ronnie Hawkins in 1957 as the drummer for the Hawks. That band eventually recruited a group of Canadian musicians who, along with Helm, would split from Hawkins, join Dylan and ultimately become The Band. The Band bid farewell to live shows with “The Last Waltz” concert in 1976. Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Dylan were among the stars who played the show, filmed by Martin Scorsese. “The Last Waltz” is regarded by many as the greatest of concert films, but it also helped lead to a bitter split between Robertson and Helm, once the best of friends.
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Spring perennials provide early-season punch of colour
he snow has gone, at least for most of us. It has been a long winter and everyone craves for the sight of the first bulb, bud or perennial to raise their heads and salute the return of another spring. As we stroll through the garden assessing winters damage we catch a first glimpse of color not seen for many months. Some of those all important spring flowers come from bulbs such as crocus’s, daffodil, hyacinth and tulips. We can count on their merry heads swaying in the spring breeze giving off fragrant perfume and filling the borders with shades of the Easter eggs hidden amongst them. There are many shrubs that bring amazing displays of blooms as well. The sunshine yellow of the forsythia bush dots the landscape at this time of year. Viburnum carlesii has intense clusters of white flowers and is an early blooming variety. Among the most favorite of early bloomers is the Azalea. Known for having a wide range of color it can also be
very fragrant. Along with the magnolia, lilac, and witch hazel, there are a wide array of choices to enhance your spring garden display. Bulbs are not the only early blooming plants. There are many perennials that provide an early season punch. Here are three favorites that will be a great addition to any garden bed. The Hellebore, sometimes called the Christmas rose or Lenten rose can appear as early as February during a mild winter. Its delicate blossom resembles a single rose but does not belong to the rose family. It is in fact an evergreen member of the buttercup family. With names such as ‘apple green’, ‘russet’, ‘maroon’, or ‘mulled wine’ subtle colors of light green, purples and pinks are available. The Hellebore prefers light, dappled shade with fertile, moist, well drained soil. Placed by a well used path or near the house they will uplift the most winter weary of visitors. Another spring favorite is the Pasque flower, known for
DROVER Ground Rules in Gardening blooming around Easter. The showy bell shaped blossoms, sitting atop a lacy, grey-green leaf range in color from purple, blue, red, yellow or white. The blooms open in the sunshine and close in the evening or cloudy weather. Once the blossoms are spent an attractive seed head covered in silky down appears to continue the appeal for this plant. It does well in full sun with well drained soil. Primrose (primula) is another perennial that drives the winter blues away. The name of this versatile plant is derived from the Latin meaning first (prime). This perennial has a wide range of colors. It comes in varieties suited for boggy areas, Japanese Primrose, as well as woodland, border or rock garden applica-
tions. You may find that this perennial is somewhat a delicacy for deer. In that case they should be planted close to the house or in areas were deer can be discouraged. Spring comes to give us hope and a renewal of life. With these suggestions any garden will come to life with the hopes of another successful garden season. Betty Drover operates a local garden business and shares this space with business partner Patty Siddall every other Friday. Contact: 250364-1005
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The recent basking of sunshine has allowed this beautiful little pasque flower to spring to life.
VICTIMS OF CRIME WEEK APRIL 22-28, 2012
VICTIMIZATION DOESN’T JUST HAPPEN TO OTHER PEOPLE In acknowledgement of Victims of Crime Week,Victim Services of the Greater Trail area, in conjunction with the Greater Trail Community Justice Program, is running a three-part victimization awareness series. In addition, there is an accompanying on-line quiz for each of the three parts. Part 3 quiz is located at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/M7P7NVH. All those who complete the quiz are provided with an opportunity to win a Canon 16MP camera donated by Walmart or a pay & talk cell phone donated by Rock Island Tape Centre.
PART 3SERVICES AVAILABLE TO VICTIMIZED INDIVIDUALS VICTIM SERVICES
Victim Services provides a wide variety of services including crisis prevention, the provision of information about the justice system process, the status of the investigation or court proceedings, and community resources. They also provide assistance in completing Victim Impact Statements and Crime Victim Assistance Program applications; court orientation and facilitation of court accompaniment for victimized individuals who are required to testify in court; and referrals to other agencies and counsellors.
Provides conﬁdential, multilingual telephone service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence. Call toll free 1-800-563-0808.
Police-based Victim Services: Call 250-364-2184. Community-based Victim Services: Call 250-364-2326 ext. 234.
STOPPING THE VIOLENCE COUNSELLING PROGRAM Provides counselling for women who have experienced violence in relationships to help them deal with the trauma of the experience. Call 250-364-2326 ext. 225.
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A 24 hour shelter for women (with or without children) leaving abusive or violent situations. Call 250-364-1543.
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Supportive, independent accommodations for women (with or without children) who have left abusive relationships or experienced past abuse. Call 250-364-2665.
CHILDREN WHO WITNESS ABUSE Provides individual and group counselling services for children who witness abuse and support to the child’s non-offending parent or caregiver. Call 250-364-2326 ext. 225.
SEXUAL ABUSE INTERVENTION Provides counselling for children and youth (ages 4 – 18 years), and support for their families, who have reported sexual abuse. Call 250-364-2326 ext. 231.
CRIME VICTIM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM Provides assistance with medical expenses, counselling services, protective measures, income support and other beneﬁts to assist eligible victims of crime and their immediate family members to recover from the impacts of crime. Application forms are available from either Victim Services noted above. Call toll free 1-866-660-3888.
VICTIM SAFETY UNIT The Victim Safety Unit provides notiﬁcation services to registered victims of crime regarding the custody status of an accused or offender, including releases from custody and information about conditions that must be followed when in the community. Call toll free 1-877- 315-8822.
YOUTH AGAINST VIOLENCE LINE Youth wanting to talk conﬁdentially and one-on-one about their safety or the safety of others can call or email a Youth Against Violence support worker 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll free 1-800-680-4264 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
KIDS HELP PHONE Counsellors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is conﬁdential, anonymous and free. Call toll free 1-800-668-6868.
HELPLINE FOR CHILDREN Victims of family abuse, or those who know of victims, can connect with a social worker and report it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 310-1234 (no area code required).
Friday, April 27, 2012 Trail Daily Times
TRAIL & DISTRICT CHURCHES
No Apologies Necessary You may have heard one of our provincial cabinet ministers commenting on the relatively large income gap in BC. A bit miffed that our province was drawing ďŹ re, he remarked that no apologies were necessary, that folk who had a problem with high earning families should head off to Cuba, where everyone is equal in their poverty. According to the Globe and Mail, some 411,000 BC families earned more than $100,000.00 in 2009, while some 520,000 earned less than $30,000.00. Higher income earners are paying less of their income in taxes, as governments, according to the cabinet ministers comments, seek to leave more of our money in our pockets. And thatâ€™s the rub. Not unlike a similar scenario faced by two biblical characters named Ananias and Sapphira: Having become part of an early Christian community wherein all vowed to give all they had to one another and to God, they lied about giving their community all proceeds realized from the sale of some land. They did not long outlive their lie. Ananias and Sapphira were not able to let go of their personal security blanket, they could not fully trust in community or Creator. Called into a new and different reality by a prophetic leader whose life, death and refusal to stay dead inspired them to give all they had, they pulled back at the last moment, turned away from call and community and stepped into the chasm. According to the Globe and Mail some 411,000 BC families followed the prophetic voice of their leader into a land of milk, honey and lots of tax free income. Some 520,000 have yet to realize the dream. I know
THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge Trail United Church 1300 Pine Avenue, Trail Worship 11am St. Andrewâ€™s United Church 2110 1st Ave, Rossland Worship 9am Beaver Valley United Church 1917 Columbia Gardens Rd, Fruitvale Worship 11am Salmo United Church 304 Main St, Salmo Worship 9am
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people on both ends of the spectrum and lots between. As human beings go, thereâ€™s not much to tell us apart. Hopes, dreams, fears, prayers, loves, likes and dislikes are universal qualities shared by all who dwell on earth. All too, are reliant upon the rest for some measure of survival. Some are just more obviously dependent upon community resources than are others. They have no other choice, no other way. Theirs is the route of prayer and hope and praising God for the small things in life. Others beneďŹ t from the good will of our community in less obvious ways. They are beneďŹ ciaries, we are told, of government policies that aim to ensure that some command a great deal of income and are empowered to decide what to do with it. There is, says our cabinet minister, no need for anyone to apologize for that. I agree. The Cree people who were among my teachers at school for ministry told us that their language holds no word for sorry. Who would be sorry for the way things are? â€œThere is only what you do,â€? they said, â€œOnly what you do.â€? Our leaders do not apologize for choosing who has wealth and the power to use it. Someday, perhaps, we will be asked what was done with it. There will likely be no time, nor room for apologies, then either. Keith Simmonds diaconal minister Communities in Faith Pastoral Charge
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Sunday Services 10:30 am 2030-2nd Avenue,Trail 250-368-3515
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Trail Seventh Day Adventist Church 1471 Columbia Avenue Contact John Lâ€™Ecluse 250-368-8742 Pastor Douglas Pond 250-364-0117
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Serious themes in â€˜Hunger Gamesâ€™
he recently released movie, â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? based on Suzanne Collinsâ€™s book of the same name, continues to attract moviegoers. While I personally did not enjoy the movie, I left the theater wondering if the movie intended to draw a parallel with voter apathy, pop cultureâ€™s focus on the self, and the moral relativism prevalent in western society. The â€œHunger Gamesâ€? is set in post-apocalyptic North America, in a territory called Panem. A totalitarian government, operating out of a LOUISE luxurious, decadent Capitol, controls the 12 districts that comprise the Everyday Theology nation. Every year, as punishment for a rebellious uprising, each district sends twotributes, a male and female between the ages of 12 -18, to compete in the Hunger Games. The games are in their 74th year, and something is about to change. In a survival of the fittest contest, the tributes compete over a two-week period until only one remains alive. The games are played out in a fenced off wilderness area, equipped with cameras that broadcast the event live throughout Panem. The contestants are ranked, and citizens bet on the tributes. The state manipulates the games with technology, making them more exciting for fans, and more profitable for sponsors and government. The philosophy of the games is aptly summed up in the Latin phrase â€œpanem e circenses,â€? meaning â€œbread and circuses.â€? The Roman poet Juvenal coined the phrase to describe the political strategy of providing free grain and lavish gladiatorial games to control the people, and distract them from any meaningful participation in civic life. The phrase also denotes people who are focused on pleasure. The Hunger Games are reminiscent of the gladiatorial contests that symbolized the moral decay of Rome. The movie satirizes the reality TV genre, its popularity and its fans. The games are an extreme version of â€œSurvivor.â€? The citizens are fans with no moral compass. They happily gobble up the questionable values on display, which are attractively packaged and excitingly presented. â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? visually portrays criticism of the gap between the rich and poor. In the Capitol, there is an abundance of food and people are extravagantly attired; in District 12, people are starving, and simply dressed. The powerful ignore the plight of the poor, and the wealthy are oblivious to it. The Capitol is a spiritually bankrupt place populated with pitiful people who feverishly seek fulfillment in empty and cruel pleasures. The collective moral compass is broken, and the average citizen has no moral touchstone. Relativism flourishes in this spiritual vacuum, and insidiously creeps throughout the entire country. The spin-doctors have lulled the population into accepting the unthinkable, teens killing teens for the amusement and profit of others. The people are complicit in endorsing an evil. While I thought the movie was highly overrated, unnecessarily violent in places, and occasionally boring, the movie raises questions about modern day politics, culture, morality, and spirituality. If it does not, our society is as shallow as the government and citizens of the Capitol. Trail resident Louise McEwan is a religion columnist and catechist. She has degrees in English and Theology, and is a former teacher. She blogs at www.faithcolouredglasses.blogspot.com. Reach her at email@example.com
Trail Daily Times Friday, April 27, 2012
Creston landfill wins provincial award for â€˜most improvedâ€™ BY LORNE ECKERSLEY Creston Valley Advance
Several years of investment in upgrades to the Creston landfill have landed the site a Crystal Moose Award for the most improved landfill in B.C. The award is given annually by the consulting firm of Sperling Hansen Associates, the provinceâ€™s landfill specialists. â€œThe changes that have been made have been phenomenal,â€? Regional District of Central Kootenay Area B director John Kettle said on Tuesday. â€œKudos to our staff for implementing the changes.â€? Kettle, who also chairs the RDCK board, said the improvements have included bear fencing, cutting back and stabilizing slopes, blasting to expand usability of the site and provide rock products that donâ€™t need to be trucked in and the first phase of a closure plan, in which filled
areas are covered with a geo-membrane, then grassed over. â€œIt looks like a park on that covered area,â€? Kettle said. â€œItâ€™s beautiful.â€? Additionally, operator training and the purchase of a steel
plate cover system to reduce exposure of waste before it is covered with soil have contributed to site improvement. â€œThis is a good indication of the commitment the regional district has made to work
with our neighbours, the Lower Kootenay Band,â€? Kettle said. â€œIt is also a commitment to excellence that will
allow us never to have to look back and say, â€˜We screwed that up.â€™ â€? The RDCKâ€™s Mike Morrison, resource
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