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Trail Hospice Society celebrates silver anniversary Gala event on Saturday honours longtime volunteers BY BREANNE MASSEY Times Staff
An organization that has dedicated itself to supporting those with life-limiting illnesses will be at the centre of a special celebration Saturday.
The Greater Trail Hospice Society is preparing for National Hospice Palliative Care Week (May 6 to 12), and locals can celebrate the week by attending its 25th anniversary gala Saturday night at the
Cominco Gym. The event aims to honour the society’s past, present and future. Awards will be presented to Wilma Buckley, Marg Browne, Irene Page, Dorothy Beestra and Diane Volpatti for their longtime involvement in the society. “I’ve never planned anything like this before,” said organizer Brenda Hooper. “It’s kind of like doing a wedding.” The Golden City Fiddlers are opening the event, Trish Farrell will be performing the Italian rendition of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” before Kootenay Danceworks demonstrates some of its finest moves. Many other performances will include music, poetry and there will be a discussion about advanced care plans. “It’s been fun to visit everybody for this,” said Hooper.
“We’re hoping people will come and see old friends, and talk about old times.” The Trail Hospice Society provides bedside support for those with life-limiting illness, training for volunteers, education for health professionals, grief support groups and a library of resources about death and grief.
The anniversary event will take place on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Trail Memorial Centre gym, but the doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The celebration will include live entertainment, a bar and highlights of the Enema Awards.
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Taylor’s efforts recognized BY BREANNE MASSEY Times Staff
She might look like an average woman, but there’s nothing average about Margaret Taylor. Her disposition, her dedication and her energy will all be recognized on Tuesday when she is presented with the Trail-Warfield Citizen of the Year Award. Getting an award will be somewhat awkward for a person who has spent her life giving rather than receiving. “I feel that if you live in a community,” said Taylor, “you should give back as much as you can.” And she does. The long-time Warfield resident began volunteering with children when her daughters were only eight years old and after that, there was no stopping her. She coached volleyball, basketball and track at Sunningdale School. She has also served on boards of the Down syndrome society, the autistic society, the Silver City Fun Run and Terry Fox Run to name only a handful of her efforts. She has flipped pancakes for charity, taught skiing and served as a snow host at Red Mountain and currently volunteers for the RCMP Victim Services in Trail. However, her passion revolves around children. Before she retired, Taylor worked as a teacher’s assistant for several years and volunteered with special needs students. “Kids are wonderful because they bounce back,” said Taylor. “They don’t go over the hurdles, they just work through them.” Although Taylor might be modest about the number of hours she spends as a volunteer, it wasn’t lost on her fellow citizens. In fact, the Village of Warfield’s mayor and council nominated her for the award. “She’s very deserving,” said Warfield Mayor
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Bert Crockett. “She’s gets right into everything she does and loves it. And we always have lots of laughs, that’s important too.” Crockett said he’s amazed at the energy she brings to any task she’s involved in. “I’m always impressed with her get-up-andgo.” The mayors of Trail and Warfield will be on hand Tuesday, along with B.C. Southern Interior MP Alex Atamanenko and Katrine Conroy, MLA for West Kootenay Boundary, when Taylor is presented with the Trail-Warfield Citizen of the Year at 7 p.m. at St. Michael’s School. The ceremony is open to the public.
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Margaret Taylor will officially receive her TrailWarfield Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday at St. Michael’s School.
A prescription intended to remedy the ailing teacher sick days budget within the school district has drawn an adverse reaction from the local teachers union. Andy Davidoff of the Kootenay Columbia Teachers Union (KCTU)
said the school district’s decision to institute a number of immediate actions to curb sick days from accruing will be challenged. Non-enrolling teachers will no longer be covered for sick days, as well as library assistants, youth and child care workers. The union had con-
sulted a lawyer after district staff — including KCTU and CUPE members — received an April 23 letter from superintendent of schools Greg Luterbach informing them of the new changes, effective immediately. Davidoff said the letter, obtained by the Trail Daily Times, out-
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Director Audrey Bissett warms up the three dozen members of the Harmony Choir Wednesday at the groupâ€™s finale rehearsal before their annual spring concert this weekend. The choir performs Saturday at the Charles Bailey Theatre, along the Kootenay Womenâ€™s Chorale, the Kate E. Shaw Highland Dancers and several vocal soloists. Curtain time is 7 p.m.
Fire damages one of Trailâ€™s oldest homes BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
One of the oldest homes in the city could be permanently damaged after a structure fire broke out Wednesday night on Oak Street. Although the rental home was vacated when the 9-1-1 call came in
around 11 p.m., a fire in the kitchen and the stairwell of the house at 1955 Oak Street was fully engaged when fire crews arrived six minutes after the call was made. Smoke was billowing out from the eaves of the home, said Terry Martin, Kootenay
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Boundary Regional Fire Rescue (KBRFR) chief, as his 15 firefighters â€” plus five more from Company No. 2 in Warfield â€” went quickly to work. Within 50 minutes the crews had the fire contained and extinguished, Martin said, not allowing it to spread to the rest of the house or to the homes nearby. The fire caused heavy damage to the kitchen area and to the stairwell, he noted, while the rest of the house was largely untouched.
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â€œBut the unfortunate thing with any house fire is the associated heat and smoke damage goes throughout the rest of the house,â€? Martin said. â€œIt is damaged, not by fire, but by heat and smoke.â€? Nobody was in the residence at the time of the fire, since the tenants who had been renting the home had just recently moved out. There were a few belongings left in the home but they were not burned. The home was one of the original houses on Oak Street in West
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Trail, said Martin, the oldest area of the city. Many of the homes in that area were built in the early 1920s. Martin and several KBRFR members spent Thursday morning surveying the scene to determine the cause of the fire â€” as well as assessing the extent of damage with an insurance adjuster. In order to not compromise the investigation, Martin could not say how the fire started. â€œAt this point weâ€™re not looking at it being suspicious in nature, but it is still under investigation,â€? he said. The greatest danger during the incident was the steepness of the stairwell down from Oak Street to where the house was located. Firefighters had to be careful hauling heavy lengths of hose and equipment up and down the stairwell in the dark. â€œThat could get treacherous, but it didnâ€™t,â€? said Martin.
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Contaminants pose potential risk at old mine BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff
Another contaminated site in the West Kootenay region has been identified and is being cleaned up. Once a prolific producer of silver and lead in the 1930s, the Howard Mine north of Salmo left behind exposed quantities of mine waste, eroding into the Salmo River and contaminating the groundwater. But according to the Crown Contaminated Sites Program 2012 biennial report, the contamination from the mine seven kilometres north of Salmo has been identified, removed and is now being remediated. Inactive since 1938, the mine was located in a “challenging geographic location,” with an ore-processing mill built at the meeting point of Salmo River and Porcupine Creek. “Key concerns here (were) exposed mine tailings, ongoing erosion of the tailings into the Salmo River and groundwater contamination,” read the provincial report. Site investigations now support the development of a remediation plan to protect human health and the environment. In 2009 a site investigation showed acid generating mine tailings containing high concentrations of arsenic, cadmium, lead and zinc existed at the site. After mining operations ceased almost 74 years ago, most of tailings were removed by the flow of the river. However, it was determined about 8,000 tonnes of tailings remained within the floodplain and posed a risk for further erosion when the investigation was done four years ago. One year later in 2010 another site investigation with a human health risk assessment were completed, finding that tailings in the floodplain and in areas around the mill footings had concentrations of metals that presented a potential risk. “Metals from the tailings (were) also leaching into the groundwater,” the report stated. The area was fenced off until work began in the fall of 2011 to remove the tailings, with additional groundwater work conducted to complete the remedial planning. The physical remediation is expected to begin once the design-build plan is ready, the report predicted. The goal of the Crown Contaminated Sites Program is protecting human health and the environment by returning land to a clean and usable state. A total of 82 sites have been investigated since the program began in 2003, with five new candidate sites investigated in 2011. A scientific risk ranking method is used to help make decisions and is based on the condition of the site. Some sites have been contaminated to the extent that human health and the environment are endangered and these receive priority remediation. Others do not pose a significant risk and therefore do not need immediate attention. In 2011/2012, site investigation and remediation province-wide cost $4 million.
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One whole lane has slid away from the highway on a portion near the Bombi Summit. The division manager for Emcon Services for the Kootenay Boundary said the slide was caused by excess water coming down from a logging operation aided by the heavy rain fall. Rebuilding the area under the highway is expected to take a while, particularly with the wet weather hampering crew’s efforts. Flaggers are on the scene 24 hours a day to ensure the safety of travelers.
Public unaware of circumstances FROM PAGE 1 Kootenay Columbia) public board meeting in Blueberry by one parent, insinuating teachers were using more sick time than they should. “The public is not aware of individual teacher circumstances and the seriousness of their medical conditions because we cannot discuss that since it is confidential work information,” he said. “You never know what people are going through. It is very frustrating for me as president of KCTU to hear those insinuations, that somehow teachers are not using their sick time appropriately.” The KCTU has the fifth oldest average teachers’ age in the province out of 57
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districts. But that number does not explain why in the 2011/12 school year over 120 employees — out of 480 staff — have had 10 or more sick days as of the end of April, the letter noted. Those numbers do not include other types of leave, Luterbach said in his letter, meaning the replacement expenditures for sick leave are projected to be $400,000 over budget by the end of the school year. That money comes directly out of the SD20 budget, he explained, and has resulted in the cancellation of the purchase of new computers and vehicles for the district, with learning opportunities and resource purchasing plans being “severely” reduced.
“We do not have any other pool of funds to draw upon unless the absence reaches 120 school days for teachers or 120 calendar days for support staff,” Luterbach said in the letter. As a result, the district has instituted a number of immediate actions intended to curb sick days from accruing. Teachers whose full assignment is non-enrolling (classroom instruction) will not be replaced if they call in sick. As well, teachers with both enrolling and non-enrolling components will only have a replacement provided for the enrolling parts of their day, while child and youth care workers, full-time childcare workers and library assist-
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ants will not be replaced. “It means nobody services those kids,” said Davidoff. Clerical staff in a multiperson team will not be replaced for the first three days of a consecutive absence, and custodians will only be replaced for half of their scheduled time. For the 2011/12 year the district had budgeted around $1.02 million, or $83,000 per month, but is using $110,000 per month. The current budget projected for 2012-13 is $1.22 million for substitute expenditures. Last year the school district budgeted $1.34 million but used $1.36 million, an increase of $477,057 over 2009-10.
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School district pushes deficit budget BY KRISTA SIEFKEN Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
Despite a cautionary plea from their superintendent and secretary-treasurer, Cowichan school trustees have approved first and second reading of their deficit budget. The School District 79 board voted 5-4 in favour of the budget that sees expenditures totalling almost
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$3.8-million more than its revenues. A deficit budget is considered to be an illegal move that could eventually see the board fired, and a single trustee appointed by the education ministry in its place. “We really feel that we’re obligated on a moral and an ethical and legal ground to caution the board against passing a deficit budget,” secretary-treasurer Bob Harper said during Wednesday’s budget debate. He noted the board is obligated by the School Act to submit a balanced budget to the Ministry of Education. “We really believe that the board is acting outside of the law if it does submit the deficit budget, and history has shown through the years — and this district is no exception to that history — that the Lt. Gov and council has exercised the power invested in him
or her, and actually has dismissed boards, and then if that happens you end up with an official trustee,” Harper explained. “The official trustee doesn’t answer to the community and may make decisions that are not supported by the community.” Harper offered trustees a prepared, balanced fiscal plan, however, the majority opted for the deficit “restoration” budget. “The school act also says that trustees have a responsibility to ensure the schools provide students with opportunity for a quality education and set education policies that reflect the aspirations of community. I think that’s the path we’re following now,” Chairwoman Eden Haythornthwaite said. “I would prefer to hope that the ministry will see the merit of our request rather than assume they will not,
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and rather than carry on cutting.” The district has long struggled with funding shortfalls due to inflation and downloaded costs. It has cut millions of dollars in programs, services and staffing in recent years. And Harper admitted that the balanced budget he presented was “not pain-free,” and even warned that future financial stability for the district will rely on looking at new ways of doing things, from reorganizing classes to closing schools. Trustees have taken some precautionary measures, however. For example, they’ve instructed administration to allocate staff for the next year based on guaranteed funding — not on the deficit budget model. But not all trustees are in favour of the restoration budget. Trustee Ryan Bruce wondered why the majority of trustees have spoken about partnering with the ministry on the restoration budget, yet have not contacted the education minister. “If you’re going to call this a partnership then let’s reach out and have this conversation before we go so far down the road that we can’t get ourselves out of it.”
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OTTAWA - A federal budget bill that makes sweeping changes to facets of Canadian life will be swiftly pushed through the House of Commons so it can be passed by the summer. The Conservatives passed a motion Thursday that will limit second-reading debate on Bill C-38 to seven days, infuriating critics who said it was far too little time to discuss the implications of the broad, 425-page bill. Bill C-38, which the government calls the Jobs, Growth and Long-Term Prosperity Act, implements some of the provisions outlined in the recent federal budget, including changes to old age security. But it also amends about 60 laws, eliminates a half dozen others and rewrites the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. â€œThe number of measures that are going to fundamentally change how Canada works, and doesnâ€™t work in fact, are all in
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oronto’s medical health officer is proposing the speed limit on the city’s arterial roads be cut from 60 km/h to 40 or 50. I have never found Toronto drivers to be particularly reckless. Their biggest problem is there are just too many of them. The doc’s suggestion didn’t get much of a hearing. Hogtown’s colourful Mayor Doug Ford replied “nuts, nuts, nuts, nuts” while the head of the public works committee urged the health officer to “stick to his knitting,” according to the Globe and Mail. In Trail, speed limits have been raised from 40 km/h to 50 over the years on arterial roads such as Columbia Avenue east of the Old Bridge, Highway Drive in Glenmerry, Hillside Drive from Gyro Park to Sunningdale, and Hwy 22 from downtown to Tadanac. The route past the Teck gates was the scene of some of the worst driving that I can recall witnessing by a local motorist not driving a motorcycle. Ironically, the vehicle in question was
a small SUV belonging to Interior Health, driven, presumably, by a misnamed public servant. It was a beautiful afternoon last fall and I was doodling along in the slow lane. A couple of vehicles on my left were making the kind of endless slow passes that can be annoying if you are on the freeway trying to make time on a long trip. The IH vehicle appeared in my rearview mirror and quickly piled up behind the slow passers. When the second vehicle had crept past, the IH head case cut in front of me and sped by the pokey passers on their right. The IHHC then flew through the rest of the 70km/h zone by Teck, using the shoulder to pass another vehicle as the highway narrowed to two lanes. The health-threatening health-care provider then proceeded to aggressively tailgate the next car overtaken until the woman driving turned off onto the shoulder, then sped up to tailgate the next vehicle in line, before disappearing towards Castlegar when an
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opportunity to pass came along. I noted the vehicle number and lodged a complaint with this nitwit’s employer, but other than an email acknowledging my submission never heard anything further. Perhaps that is not surprising given IH, like other providers, is far too busy trying to reduce the number of people it kills in its hospitals and sundry facilities to worry about theoretical mayhem relating to a leadfooted driver. The latter is a job for the rest of us. Driving up the Gulch on my way home to Warfield or crossing the highway during a stroll around the village, I wonder where it is so many
drivers are going in such a hurry and why they don’t care about anyone else. It may not look like much, but the Gulch is a neighbourhood. People live there, work and shop in the businesses along Rossland Avenue, and jaywalk between their vehicles and the bars and other remaining attractions. There is also a day care in the neighbourhood, a major elementary school bus stop, busy recycling depot, community square, three frequently-ignored crosswalks, the periodically-busy Colombo Lodge, and the quaint old Catholic Church which, as a result of Trail’s demographics, does a brisk weekday trade in funerals. Despite the potential hazards that these activities and institutions create, I regularly see people speeding up the street at 70-80 km/h. Where is the respect for the rest of us as we attempt to live long and prosper? What has become of common sense? Like the homicides, the number of pedestrian deaths in Canada is declining. But while the numbers are not
that different, homicides are seen as a problem by the Harper government, most provincial governments, including the B.C. Liberals, and many citizens. Pedestrian fatalities and the many more people killed and maimed in vehicle crashes are apparently just collateral damage. Some years ago an RCMP member told me that a fellow officer renowned for his ticket writing was a traffic cop rather than a real crime fighter. But think of all the misery that is avoided by encouraging people to slow down, buckle up, and stop rather than just slowing down at stop signs and signals. (The number of local drivers who don’t stop before turning right on red signals alarms and infuriates me.) This is not Toronto or Vancouver, so traffic deaths are not all that common in Greater Trail. But who needs any? And consider how much more peaceful it would be if everyone stuck to the speed limit on the streets of our communities. Raymond Masleck is a retired Trail Times reporter.
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LETTERS & OPINION LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Pension plan taxes discriminatory There are two common pension plans: A defined-benefit (DB) plan and a defined-contribution (DC) plan. Under the DB plan, a pensioner receives a known fixed income for the rest of his life. Under the DC plan, the pensioner is given a lump sum of money for him to invest and manage. The amounts he can withdraw in the future are unknown and will depend on the markets and investment performances. Under the DC plan, the employee and/or the employer will contribute to a locked-in RRSP (LRSP) which will be used to provide retirement income. The funds in a LRSP are managed and invested by the employee. When in need of income, the pensioner converts the LRSP into a life income fund (LIF) and the pensioner is then entitled to withdraw funds. The amounts he/she can withdraw are restricted to a minimum and a maximum, which change every year depending on the market value of the LIF and the age of the pensioner. Employees on DC plans can be those who entered the workforce of companies that offered
only DC plans, or can be the product of those who were DB plan members but chose to commute their DB benefits, in other words, they chose to replace those earned DB benefits into a lump sum e.g. took the buyout. These two pension plans are very much different in nature. Among the many differences between the two plans, the taxman also treats them differently. Income from both plans is taxable. Under the DB plan, the pensioner can split his pension income to a maximum of 50 per cent with his/her spouse. This is important for lowering your taxes when the spouse is in a lower tax state. In addition, both the pensioner and his/her spouse can claim the pension income tax credits worth a total of about $700 in tax reductions. But under the DC plan, the pensioner has to wait until he/ she turns 65 before he can participate in the income splitting and claim the tax credit. As an example, we will compare the amount of taxes paid by the DB and DC pensioners. I will assume that each has a total income of $60,000, which includes a pension income of $40,000.
The other $20,000 could be withdrawals from an RRSP or other taxable incomes. The spouses have no income. The combined taxes paid by the DB pensioner and his spouse is about $7,200 while it is a bout $9,900 for the DC pensioner. A difference of about $2,700 a year. This difference can be greater or lower, depending on the circumstances. A DC pensioner who retires at age 55 is subjected to this higher tax for a period of 10 years. I urge everyone who belongs to the DC pension plans, immediately affected or not, to voice their concerns to a Member of Parliament as well as the Minister of Finance. Simply send a copy of the above document, adding your own comments if you wish. You can write to: Hon. James Flaherty, Minister of Finance, Lâ€™Esplanade Laurier â€“ East Tower, 140 Oâ€™Connor St, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0G5 You should also send a letter to: Alex Atamankeno, MP., 337 Columbia Ave, Castlegar, BC, V1N 1G6. Gerry LaRouche, Trail
Bull-a-Rama critique is a load of bull In response to Kelly Haneyâ€™s letter, (What kind of people enjoy Bull-a-Rama, Trail Times May 2) I would like to say that letter misses the point completely when he/she talks about the pyrotechnics displays scaring off the livestock and going as far as to call most North American society as â€œmoronic and sickâ€? just because they (myself included) enjoy Bull-a-Rama as well as other contact sporting events such as Fight Night, Canucks and Smokies hockey,
the NFL and UFC. According to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association, the governing body sanctioning Bull-a-Rama and other rodeos, their website rodeocanada. com states that it works closely with the SPCA to ensure the responsible and humane use of animals in their events and that its rules surrounding animal welfare are strictly enforced by the rodeo judges. I have gone to every Bull-a-Rama for the last 10 years and I did not see one act of animal
abuse contrary to CPRA rules and regulations. The kids enjoyed riding the sheep in the Mutton Busting event and these sheep didnâ€™t even look frightened. That letter writer needs to take time to explore the subject more thoroughly and in depth and learn to respect and tolerate the beliefs of the 1200 fans that showed up to this yearâ€™s event rather than forcing his/her beliefs on them. Bull-a-Rama is a very important event in Trail that generates
revenue for many local non-profit organizations and sports teams, including the Trail Smoke Eaters and I will continue to support Bull-a-Rama for years to come. A lot of hard work goes into Bull-a-Rama and by calling North Americans â€œmoronic and stupidâ€? is one of the worst things one person can do. As the Eagles song says, â€œGet over it.â€? PS â€“ Great artwork by the kids. Jesse Stokes, Trail
P E P P E R C O R N
C-38 replaces the Environmental Assessment Act, gives cabinet more authority to overturn National Energy Board decisions and raises the qualifying age for Old Age Security benefits. It drops habitat protection from the Fisheries Act, redefines species at risk, changes transfer payments to the provinces, implements a border security deal with the U.S. and makes significant changes to Employment Insurance, food and drug regulation, recruitment of skilled immigrants and banking regulation. Whatever the merits or faults of any of these changes, thereâ€™s no common purpose that jus-
tifies putting them all in one bill. Itâ€™s also nonsense to pretend one debate, one committee review and one vote will allow Parliament to competently examine this legal spaghetti. Our laws are not a bunch of cable channels to be bundled up, take or leave it, in whatever package suits the governmentâ€™s convenience. They should be presented in a form that Parliament can reasonably examine and debate. English legal tradition says reasonable behaviour is what looks right to the typical person who rides the bus (or the omnibus as it once was called). This bus bill fails that bus test.
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Omnibus bills hinder democracy An editorial from the Halifax Chronicle Herald Stephen Harperâ€™s isnâ€™t the first government to take the cableguy approach to law-making by bundling up unrelated measures in a catch-all â€œomnibusâ€? bill literally a bill for everything - to keep Parliament from looking carefully at what itâ€™s doing. But the monster budget bill introduced last week is an omnibus on steroids. More than 400 pages, Bill C-38 goes far beyond the usual budget business of tax and spending. It amends, repeals or enacts 61 laws, and not merely on housekeeping matters. To sample its vast ambitions,
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Vancouver film students ask for actor’s help Search for actor spawns idea for documentary THE CANADIAN PRESS VANCOUVER - A catastrophic hard drive failure has led a pair of film school students on an epic odyssey to convince Hollywood icon Morgan Freeman to narrate their project. Just a week before his graduation project deadline, Ian MacDougall knew he had to do something drastic. His hard drive had crashed, taking seven months of work on his short film with it. It would be impossible to do over that work in seven days. MacDougall remembered an idea that Mackenzie Warner, his classmate at Simon Fraser University, had told him about last year: Wouldn’t it be great to make a documentary about getting Morgan Freeman to narrate a documentary? “I called him and I said, ‘Mack, my hard drive crashed, I need a new film. You remember that idea you came up with? I’m willing to max out my Visa to pay for this trip. I think it’s a crazy idea, but I think we can do it.”’ Freeman’s narrative skills are, of course, legendary. His voice has guided everything from “The Shawshank Redemption” to “March of the Penguins,” from CBS News to Visa commercials. Freeman’s distinctive ability to sound both authoritative and humble, both stirring and soothing, has made him perhaps the most famous narrator in the world. The students had a week to track him down. Internet research told them that Freeman splits his time between New York City and Charleston, Mississippi. They debated whether it would be better to go to Los Angeles to find Freeman’s agent. But then MacDougall received an excited phone call from his sister. She had just discovered that in two days, Freeman would be the MC at a blues concert in Clarksdale, Mississippi. MacDougall and Warner purchased $150 VIP tickets to the concert, booked flights to Memphis and packed their camera equipment to document the journey. Things got off to a good start. A man on their flight was going to the same concert, and offered them a ride to Clarksdale. A hotel owner in town heard their story and gave them a steep discount. As the evening of Saturday, April 28 arrived, MacDougall and Warner
prepared themselves for the big pitch. They weren’t allowed to film in the concert venue, so they ducttaped microphone equipment under their clothes to capture audio. But the event was jam-packed, everyone was lined up to speak to Freeman. By the time the students made it to the front, they were barely able to get five words in before getting shuffled away. Not only had they failed to get Freeman’s participation, MacDougall and Warner were also aware they had let down the thousands of people who had started following the project on Facebook and Twitter. Radio stations were calling for interviews. “It was extremely disheartening,” said Warner. They were tired and broke, and were questioning what their film would even be about if Freeman didn’t participate. Over the next two days they interviewed Clarksdale residents and heard stories about Freeman, who co-owned a blues bar in the town called the Ground Zero Blues Club. They met people who had moved to Clarksdale from around the world just to be in the heart of blues country. “The film became more about the people we’ve met and the experience we’ve had,” said MacDougall. Then they met a couple from Hong Kong who said they had just eaten with Freeman an hour ago at Ground Zero. MacDougall and Warner looked at each other, shocked. Freeman was still in town! They grabbed their camera equipment and took off running. But Freeman was gone, and this time for good: he had left for Louisiana, to another blues festival. The students received one final stroke of luck. Bill Luckett, who co-owns the bar with Freeman, heard their story and agreed to call Freeman on his cell phone and make the pitch. MacDougall and Warner watched, holding their breath. The answer? Freeman chuckled, and said they’d have to talk to his agent before he could commit to anything. MacDougall and Warner returned home Wednesday night to a crowd of friends and supporters at the Vancouver International Airport. They have 24 hours to edit their short film for the student film festival, which plays Thursday, Friday and Saturday. They still hope to get Freeman’s participation in narrating the documentary about finding him.
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The Speaker of the House of Commons Andrew Scheer shares a laugh with Geddy Lee, right, and Alex Lifeson, left, of the band “Rush” as they take in a reception for the 2012 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday.
Family, fans stunned over death THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OCEANSIDE, Calif. - Junior Seau’s apparent suicide stunned an entire city and saddened former teammates who recalled the former NFL star’s ferocious tackles and habit of calling everybody around him “Buddy.” It also left everyone wondering what led to Seau’s death Wednesday morning in what police said appeared to be a suicide. He was 43. “I’m sorry to say, Superman is dead,” said Shawn Mitchell, a chaplain for the San Diego Chargers. “All of us can appear to be super, but all of us need to reach out and find support when we’re hurting.” Police Chief Frank McCoy said Seau’s girlfriend reported finding him unconscious with a gunshot wound to the chest and lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful. A gun was found near him, McCoy said. Police said no suicide note was found and they didn’t immediately know who
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the gun was registered to. Neither Mitchell nor Seau’s ex-wife knew what might have led to the former first-pumping, emotional leader of his hometown San Diego Chargers to kill himself. “We have no clues whatsoever,” Gina Seau said. “We’re as stunned and shocked as anyone else. We’re horribly saddened. We miss him and we’ll always love him.” Seau’s death in Oceanside, in northern San Diego County, stunned the region he represented with almost reckless abandon. The same intensity that got the star linebacker ejected for fighting in his first exhibition game helped carry the Chargers to their only Super Bowl, following the 1994 season. A ferocious tackler, he’d leap up, pump a fist and kick out a leg after dropping a ball carrier or quarterback. “It’s a sad thing. It’s hard to understand,” said Bobby
THE CANADIAN PRESS BELLEVILLE, Ont. The man who invented Cheezies has died. James E. Marker died at home in Belleville,
Beathard, who as Chargers general manager took Seau out of Southern California with the fifth pick overall in the 1990 draft. “He was really just a great guy. If you drew up a player you’d love to have the opportunity to draft and have on the team and as a teammate, Junior and Rodney (Harrison), they’d be the kind of guys you’d like to have.” Quarterback Stan Humphries recalled that Seau did everything at the same speed, whether it was practicing, lifting weights or harassing John Elway. “The intensity, the smile, the infectious attitude, it carried over to all the other guys,” said Humphries, who was shocked that Seau is now the eighth player from the ‘94 Super Bowl team to die. “I just can’t imagine this, because I’ve never seen Junior in a down frame of mind,” Beathard said. “He was always so upbeat and he would keep people up.”
Ont., on Tuesday night at age 90. Marker was vice-president of W.T. Hawkins Ltd., the makers of the Cheezies snack. Marker was also a
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Teen petitions magazine to stop using ‘Photoshopped pictures’ is no other magazine that highlights such a diversity of size, shape, skin tone and ethnicity.” The two camps agreed to stay in touch. Julia’s journey from smalltown Maine to midtown Manhattan began less than two weeks ago, when she took her cause to Change.org, an activist forum, and set up her petition online. She was joined by six other teen
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK - The girl crusaders held up signs in the drizzling rain with messages for Seventeen magazine: “Teen Girls Against Photoshop!” and “The Magazine’s for Me? Make it Look Like Me!!” Their leader, a 14-year-old ballet dancer from Maine, had gathered 25,000 signatures to present to the magazine’s top editor, Ann Shoket, at Hearst Corp. headquarters on Wednesday. “I love Seventeen and they do have a lot of stuff to promote (positive) body image,” said Julia Bluhm, from Waterville. “But Photoshopped pictures can be harmful to girls when they compare themselves to the pictures and think that they have to look like those models to be beautiful.” Shoket met the girl and “had a great discussion, and we believe that Julia left
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girls and young women affiliated as she is with SPARK, a national organization that pushes back against sexualized images of girls in the media. Julia made her case in detail at the top of her online petition, saying unrealistic images “can lead to eating disorders, dieting, depression, and low self esteem”: “To girls today, the word ‘pretty’ means
skinny and blemishfree. Why is that, when so few girls actually fit into such a narrow category? It’s because the media tells us that ‘pretty’ girls are impossibly thin with perfect skin.” Altering photos in fashion magazines, especially those like Seventeen that cater to young girls, puts an unhealthy emphasis on a fantasy ideal
they’ll never achieve, said 17-year old Emma Stydahar, one of the protesters and a high school junior from Croton-on-Hudson near Manhattan. “Basically, it’s not real,” agreed protester Natasha Williams, 17, of East Flatbush in Brooklyn. “It can lead girls to feel insecure about how they look, who they are. A lot of girls are struggling.”
Julia Bluhm holds up a copy of “Seventeen” magazine as she leads a protest outside Hearst Corp. headquarters, Wednesday. She says images of young girls in the magazine present an impossible ideal for today’s teens. understanding that Seventeen celebrates girls for being their authentic selves, and that’s how we present them,” the magazine said in a statement. “We feature real girls in our pages and there
Study suggests 12,000 steps daily for healthy kids THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO - Counting the clicks on a pedometer can help parents ensure that kids are meeting their daily physical activity targets, a new Canadian-led study suggests. Kids should accumulate about 12,000 steps a day to maintain healthy physical activity levels, according to research from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute. The step-count figure includes the 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity recommended daily for Canadian children and teens, said study lead author Rachel Colley. Moderate physical activities include brisk walking, skating and bike riding, while playing basketball, soccer, running and swimming are examples of vigorous activities, according to the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. Drawing on data from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Health Measures Survey collected from 2007 to 2009, researchers looked at a sample of 1,613 children and youth aged six to 19.
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Fountain of Youth The fountain of youth, a popular idea in our culture, is a mirage, never to be experienced. We use it to sell products, telling people they can erase the effects of age and experience continual youth. Cures for wrinkles, gray hair or baldness, and promises of virility; all of these claims are nothing but empty promises Why do we embrace life and youth in particular? Could it be that we are wired to live forever? Ecc 3:11 tells usâ€Ś â€œHe has planted eternity in the human heartâ€?. So, this fountain of youth and living forever is a God thing? In the gospel of John, Jesus said he would give water that would become a fresh spring producing eternal life in the person that received it. Jn 4:14 So, if you have tried everything else, why not try the real thing and take a drink from the fountain of youth â€“ Jesus. Pastor Bryan Henry Fruitvale Christian Fellowship
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Members of Rossland Sacred Heart CWL met on April 10th. President, Alida Nesmith reported on the huge success of the annual St. Patrickâ€™s Day tea in March. Thanks again to Fran Zanussi and Lil Karenko who convened the event and to all members who helped at the tea or who contributed to the always popular Bake Table. Several members attended and enjoyed the Creed workshop that was held at Sacred Heart. The workshop was a six part series held over the course of two weeks and focused on the history of the Nicene Creed. Kathleen Clark who joined our CWL in 1948 recently celebrated her 90th birthday. Happy Birthday Kathleen. A celebration hosted by Kathleenâ€™s family was held in the Parish Hall On April 19 an Installation of Executive and Welcoming of New Members was held at the church. We are happy to welcome new members: Mary Hamilton, Sandy Anhel, Carissa Verdon, Krista Fontes, Desiree Profili to the CWL. On April 26th CWL members from Sacred Heart and from OLPH will be meeting at Benedictâ€™s Steakhouse in Annabelle in honor of The Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. For many years Sacred Heart CWL has supported on organization called MaterCare International. This is an organization of Catholic health professionals dedicated to the care of mothers and babies, both born and unborn, through new initiatives of service, training, research and advocacy, which are designed to reduce the tragically high rates of maternal mortality, morbidity and abortion. MaterCare operates solely on charitable donations, with no assistance from government agencies. The CWL is asking members of the parish to donate Canadian Tire Money for this cause. This years Diocesan Convention will be in Kelowna from Thursday to Sunday. Alida Nesmith will be attending.
Bible translations under review THE ASSOCIATED PRESS One of the largest Bible translators in the world is undergoing an independent review after critics claimed language in some of their translations intended for Muslim countries misses the essential Christian idea of Trinity: the father, son and the holy spirit or ghost. Critics argue that using words like â€œMessiahâ€? instead of â€œSonâ€? and â€œLordâ€? instead of â€œFatherâ€? badly distorts the doctrine, in which God is said to be one being in three persons. â€œIf you remove â€˜son,â€™ you have to remove â€˜father,â€™ and if you remove those, the whole thread of the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation is unraveled,â€? said the Rev. Georges Houssney, the president of Horizons International, a Christian organization that works extensively with Muslims and himself a translator of the Bible into Arabic. Orlando, Fla.-based Wycliffe Bible Translators argues the translations have never been about avoiding controversy, but choosing words that most accurately reflect the Gospels: Some concepts relating God to family members donâ€™t make sense in some cultures, so the language needs to reflect that. Disputes over biblical language date from the early centuries of Christianity when the original Hebrew and Greek texts were brought to new countries, to making the Shakespearean language of the King James Version more understandable. Wycliffe, an interdenominational group that works with a wide variety of churches and missionaries, says it wonâ€™t publish any disputed materials until after the World Evangelical Alliance panel issues its findings.
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Market makes magazine THE NELSON STAR Nelsonâ€™s Cottonwood Falls Market received national press after appearing in the May issue of Chatelaine Magazine. The Market, which is a fixture in the community, was recognized as being one of the best markets in the country. â€œItâ€™s called Cottonwood Community Market and itâ€™s an important part of our community and it has been for a long time. It should be celebrated for that,â€? said Jesse Woodward, market director for the West Kootenay EcoSociety. Being called â€œMini Woodstockâ€? the magazine describes the scene at the market as being a place to â€œSprawl out and people-watch on lush green grass or join hippies and artist to be serenaded by local musicians at the base of the Cottonwood Falls.â€? The Market will begin itâ€™s 15th year this year.
A surprise move announced on Monday by Parks Canada to privatize business operations at all three Canadian Rockies Hot Springs will affect 20 employees at the Radium Hot Springs pool in Kootenay National Park. â€œFrom a union perspective, let me just say that itâ€™s completely ludicrous for the employer to consider commercialization or privatization of the hot springs,â€? said Kevin King, the regional vicepresident of the Union of National Employees and Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represent Parks Canada workers. â€œI think everyone should know that the discovery of the hot springs led to the creation of the national park system so theyâ€™re actually privatizing the origins of our national parks.â€? The impending privatization will affect a total of 42 employees at the three hot springs which also include the Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Miette Hot Springs in Jasper. The Radium pool is
â€œI think everyone should know that the discovery of the hot springs led to the creation of the national park system so theyâ€™re actually privatizing the origins of our national parks.â€? KEVIN KING
the largest hot spring out of the three, as well as in all of Canada. â€œThese employees are obviously devastated,â€? King said. â€œThese employees have provided long term services in Radium for a very, very long time for Canadians and our international visitors enjoying the services provided at the Radium aquacourt.â€? Executive director of the mountain national
parks Tracy Thiessen could not say whether the hot springs will continue to run under one umbrella or splinter into three separate enterprises. Currently, annual pass holders can access all three locations. The privatization of the Radium Hot Springs pool is not a unique experience, said Graham Kerslake, president of Tourism Radium
and the Radium Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce. â€œIf Parks Canada is looking at third party contracts in areas not considered to be their core competency, I think thatâ€™s consistent with a lot of what corporate Canada is doing so I think thatâ€™s a positive; I think thatâ€™s a benefit.â€? The announcement
came the same day the federal government revealed its most recent round of staffing cuts. With Parks Canada being one of the affected agencies, 16 employees from Yoho and Kootenay National Parks have been laid off while eight more are forced to consider â€œworkforce adjustmentâ€? options, confirmed King.
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