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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Vol. 53 No. 19 Sicamous, B.C., • 1.25 (HST included) •

Waste away: Jennifer Apps unloads a pickup truck full of garden refuse during Free Disposal Days at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s Sicamous landfill. Residential and garden waste, household metals and appliances can be dropped off at the landfill free of charge until May 13. See for more information. Photo by Lachlan Labere

FortisBC assessing Sicamous for extension of gas line Competitive edge: Natural gas could benefit local economy by helping attract new industry. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Unless you’re a propane dealer, the prospect of making natural gas accessible to Sicamous residents and businesses holds little downside. FortisBC has begun looking at what it can do to bring its infrastructure into the District of Sicamous. FortisBC spokesperson Neal Pobran says the company is in the early stages of determining whether the delivery of natural gas to the district is feasible. “What we’re looking at right now is some analysis, and that includes determining the cost of the project, what a possible route may look like and the engineering requirements for delivering natural

gas,” says Pobran. industrial park. We did look Many in Sicamous, at putting a powder coating businesses and residents, line in about five years ago, currently rely on propane but just the cost of dealing There certainly are a lot of for heating. Natural gas with the propane made it industries that do require gas. is considered one of the cost-prohibitive. I think it would definitely be a cleanest burning fos“There certainly are a lot benefit to the community. sil fuels, and is typically of industries that do require less expensive for heating gas. I think it would be defiGreg Kyllo purposes than propane. nitely a benefit to the comCouncillor Mayor Darrell Troumunity.” ton and district interim However, Trouton, Ruting new business. Coun. Greg administrator Doug Ruttan and Kyllo also agree tan met with the FortisBC reps Kyllo agrees. The Twin Anchors that extending natural gas to the when they were last in town. Rut- co-owner says the addition of gas Malakwa industrial corridor along tan says one of the first, obvious would be beneficial to the com- the Trans-Canada Highway would benefits of bringing natural gas pany’s new industrial park. have the greatest economic impact “We heat our main plant with for the region. to Sicamous would be the savings to residents. But Ruttan and wood-fired boilers, so I don’t “They’ve got good infrastructhe mayor also see the availability know that I would actually do a ture there with service roads on of natural gas as giving the com- conversion,” says Kyllo. “It cer- both sides of the highway, and I munity a needed edge in attract- tainly would be valuable for the think the reason why there’s been

limited development of industrial companies and that sort of thing in that area is likely because of the lack of gas,” says Kyllo. “I think having gas would certainly be a huge benefit for that corridor, which obviously would help to bring industry to this region.” Trouton notes the district has looked at bringing gas to the community in the past but found it wasn’t feasible. He looks forward to seeing FortisBC’s conclusion this time around, noting it would make Sicamous more attractive to investment. “If you have natural gas, it’s usually a better way to heat buildings, a better way to fuel your business. It’s difficult to compete with other areas that have cheaper sources of fuel,” says Trouton.


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High temperatures may bring flooding Be prepared: Residents responsible for safety of personal property. By Barb Brouwer Eagle Valley News

The temperature’s rising – and so are water levels. Salmon River and Chase Creek are the two Shuswap watercourses on the BC River Centre’s radar this week. Flooding on the Eagle River could also become an issue if high temperatures continue into the following week. While snowpacks that feed area rivers and streams are only slightly above normal, the long- term weather forecast is suggesting the period of May 8 to 17 will see much higher than normal temperatures, something that will speed up the melt. And residents who live in areas that have flooded before, should buy and stack sand bags

to protect their properties. “My encouragement to citizens is to ensure equipment is moved, along with other stuff they don’t want to get wet,” says Columbia Shuswap Regional District emergency plan co-ordinator Cliff Doherty, noting residents are responsible for preparedness work on their properties and that local government steps in to protect lives only when flooding is occurring or imminent. “Only when it becomes a region-wide emergency event does the Shuswap Emergency Program open the vaults that contain our stockpile of sandbags.” John Rosenberg, City of Salmon Arm manager of roads and parks is in charge of the local flood watch. He is concerned about infra-

structure that could be endangered by rising lake levels. As of Friday, the lake level was at 346.7 metres. “It’s a long way from when we have worry,” he says, pointing out he and his staff start hauling out the emergency plan and doing daily lake watches when the level reaches 348 metres. “We’re still four feet away from doing anything and 349 metres is when we start getting concerned – and we’re still eight feet away from that.” Rosenberg says the Salmon River dropped .2m following the torrential rains two weeks ago. He notes of the two snowpacks that impact the lake, Celista Mountain is slightly above normal and Park Mountain is just below. While a sustained

period of warm weather may speed up the melting process at higher elevations, David Campbell, chief forecaster with the BC River Forecast Centre, says the milder temperatures experienced a couple of weeks ago, melted a sizeable portion of lower and midlevel snow. Campbell says data collected early in April showed area snowpacks are fairly near normal levels. He expects data collected at the beginning of May will reveal more of the same. “April 1 is near peak, we don’t get a lot of snow between April and May,” he says. “There’s been a slight increase in snowpack and a slight delay in snow melt.” With the Salmon River at half capacity as of Friday and Chase Creek at one-third ca-

pacity, Campbell said this week would be critical in terms of flooding of either watercourse. As to larger watercourses such as the Shuswap River and the Seymour River, which are fed from higher elevations, they tend to peak later – towards the end of May or early June. Meanwhile, area residents who need sand bag protection, bags are available at Cardinal Equipment and Buckerfields in Salmon Arm. Sand is available at Salmon Arm Redi Mix, Blackburn Excavating and Zappone Bros Contracting in Salmon Arm and Mara Sand and Gravel in Sicamous. Visit www.csrd. for more information on sand-bagging and other emergency measures.

Colin Martin in custody on extradition warrant By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

Malakwa’s Colin Martin was one of four men arrested last month on U.S. extradition warrants. The Province reported last week that Martin, James Gregory Cameron, Sean Doak and Adam Christian Serrano were picked up by the RCMP for a court appearance. The four are facing charges in Washington State, where U.S. authorities first uncovered a crossborder drug smuggling ring that eventually lead to nine arrests and the seizure of marijuana, cocaine, firearms and

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helicopters. A December 2009 indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in Seattle names Martin, Cameron, Doak and Serrano as key players behind the operation, in which they allegedly flew marijuana and ecstasy to the U.S., in exchange for cocaine – up to 300 kilograms a week – which was smuggled back into Canada. The indictment states between June 2008 and January 2009, Samuel Lindsay-Brown “flew loads of marijuana for Colin Hugh Martin into the United States,” using a leased helicopter. The lease was signed

by Gorge Timber Corp. president, and Martin’s spouse, Jennifer Cahill. On Feb. 29, 2009, Brown was arrested in Washington after he was caught flying another helicopter leased by Gorge, a Bell 206, “loaded with 420 pounds of marijuana,” to be exchanged for 83 kilos of cocaine that had already been seized. On Feb. 27, Brown, 24, hung himself in a Spokane jail cell. Martin, who has served a two-and-ahalf year prison sentence for an earlier marijuana exportation conviction, had been out on bail, await-

May 9- B.C. Gov’t R.E.A. luncheon meeting in Revelstoke Legion on May 9th at 12 noon. Members meet at 10 am in Askew’s. Sicamous parking lot for car pooling. May 16 - Ladies’ Evening out in Sicamous. 7:00 pm Senior’s Activity Centre. 1091 Shuswap Ave., Sicamous. Guest Speaker: Dee Dee Isaac. Music: Kaiser family. eature: Joan Thomson - Creative Memories May 19- Eagle Valley Arts and Crafts Show and Sale at the Red Barn in Sicamous, 10 am to 5 pm. All hand made products. For info call 250-836-4613. July 27, 28 & 29 - Sicamous Mixed Softball League Windup Tournament, all weekend at Finlayson Park. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday- Sicamous Lions Club meets at the Sicamous Seniors Activity Centre, 1090 Shuswap Ave, Sicamous. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome. For info contact Joan at 250-836-4876 or Kathy at 250-836-3267 Every 1st & 3rd Wed.- Parkinsons Support Group at First united Church. 20 - 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm at 10 am. Contact Doreen at 250-836-2509. Every 4th Mon.- Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99 general meeting, 7 p.m.

ing another Canadian court date set for March 2013. He, Cahill, and Jason Airey are charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, production of a controlled substance and theft of telecommunication service, following a July 2010 police raid at Martin’s Malakwa residence, and an adjacent workshop. Investigating officers uncovered an underground bunker that contained approximately 3,000 marijuana plants. In a 2010 interview with EVN, Martin denied any involvement in the operation involv-

Third Sunday of the month -Regular meeting of the Eagle Valley Artisans Guild. 3:30 pm - Red Barn, Sicamous. Guests welcome. For info contact Terry Sinton: 250-836-4613. Every Monday and Thursday -Chairbiotics (low impact exercise) Seniors activity Centre 10:00 am. Join us. $2 each. Every Mon. & Fri. - Bridge, Seniors Activity Centre, 1 p.m.

ing Doak and the others, or ever having met Doak. Martin said he did know Sam Brown, however, and tried to advise him on the dangers of the drug business. “I said Sam, I’m aware of a couple things that you’ve done that I think are wrong… I’m just telling you now from experience that if you keep doing that, you’re going to have problems,” said Martin. Martin remains in custody. A bail hearing relating to the extradition process was adjourned last week to Thursday, May 10.

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Activity Centre, 1091-Shuswap Avenue at 12 noon. Every Wed. - Seniors Crib, 7:30 p.m., Haven seniors building. Everyone welcome - you don’t have to be a senior. Socializing and coffee served after crib. Info: Esther 836-4373. Every Wed. - T.O.P.S. (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets every Wednesday morning at the Sicamous Rec. Centre (arena). Weigh in at 9:00 am and meeting at 9:30. Everyone Welcome. Ph: 250-836-4041 for info

at the Haven Common room 1095 Shuswap Avenue at 7:00 p.m. For info call 250-836-2695. Every 2nd and 4th Thurs. Options For Sexual health from 7 to 9 p.m., Sicamous Health Unit. Every 3rd Thursday monthly meeting of the Malakwa Community Association at 7:30 in the Malakwa Hall. Every Fri. - Parents & Tots, 10-12 noon at Catholic Church. 836-3440.

Every Tues. Stopping the Violence Program in Sicamous - counselling for women who have experienced abuse during childhood or adult relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-832-9700.

Every Wed until July 25 - Sicamous Mixed Softball League games, 6:30 pm at Finlayson Park

Every Fri. - Eagle Valley Brush & Palette Club, Red Barn, 10am-3pm, Everyone welcome!

Every Wed.-Sat. United Church Thrift Store 10:00 am to 3 p.m.

Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 836-4705.

Every 1st & 3rd Fri. - Pool Tournament at the Royal Canadian Legion #99 at 7:00 pm.

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

Every 4th Sun. - OAPO Birthday Tea for members & friends, Seniors Activity Centre, 2 p.m.

Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m. Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided, 12 noon in Common Room at the Haven. Every Wed. Girl Guides of Canada. Sparks - 3:00 pm. Brownies - 4:00 pm. Girl Guides - 5:30 pm. New members welcome Every Wed. Lunch by a donation at the Seniors

Every Thurs.-Ladies shuffleboard at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99 in Sicamous. 1pm-3pm. All ladies welcome. Every Thurs.- Crib and darts 7 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #99. Everyone welcome. Every 1st, 3rd, 4th Thurs. - Keepsake Kwilters meet

Last Saturday of every month -Sicamous Royal Canadian Legion #99 Ladies Auxilliary dinner 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm September 29th & 30th - CALL FOR GARLIC VENDORS 9th Annual Garlic Fest & Antique Tractor Show in Lower Nicola. Tables are $25.00 each. Fresh or garlic related products. For more info, pls call Becky 250-378-4199

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Mayors support end to pot prohibition




Marijuana: Legalization, regulation and taxation preferred option. By Richard Rolke Black Press

North Okanagan mayors are among those demanding marijuana be decriminalized. A coalition of eight B.C. mayors is urging Premier Christy Clark, NDP leader Adrian Dix and B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins to support the strict regulation of marijuana and taxation. “We want to raise the profile of public safety and the issue of failed public policy,” said Rob Sawatzky, Vernon mayor and a member of the coalition. “It directly impacts us with crime and policing.” Among the others in the coalition are Enderby’s Howie Cyr, Armstrong’s Chris Pieper and James Baker from Lake Country. “The number of

mayors and councils will increase because the money being spent on taking down growops, going to court and putting people in jail is extremely high,” said Cyr, a retired police officer who is concerned about gang activities. “We want to get violence out of the picture.” Cyr says authorities should have the same ability to regulate marijuana as they do with cigarettes and alcohol. “You can tax it and divert the money to treatment and education.” The letter signed by Cyr and his fellow mayors calls on the on the three B.C. provincial party leaders, Christy Clark, Adrian Dix and John Cummins, to help bring an end to the consequences of the prohibition against marijuana:

the large-scale growops, related organized crime and gang violence, increasing law enforcement and legal costs, and support government regulation of marijuana under a public health framework. “Regulating marijuana would allow the government to rationally address the health concerns of marijuana, raise government tax revenue and eliminate the huge profits from the marijuana industry that flow directly to organized crime.” Eric Foster, VernonMonashee MLA, says drug laws are a federal responsibility, but he believes the mayors’ should be listened to. “These aren’t a bunch of pot heads. These are people looking at it from a pragmatic approach,” he said. But Foster isn’t sure

if marijuana should be decriminalized. “There needs to be a lot more discussion. With 15 years working in a high school, I saw what marijuana does to kids,” he said. Sawatzky understands drug regulations are federal but he insists the province should be involved. “We all have a responsibility for expressing opinions about things that impact our community,” he said. Cyr also wants provincial leaders to be active. “Yes it’s federal, but if B.C. provides a strong stance, we could see other provinces join the call. We need to have the discussion,” he said. Sicamous and Salmon Arm mayors, Darrell Trouton and Nancy Cooper are not part of the coalition. Trouton says he

hasn’t studied all the pros and cons of either side to weigh in on the matter. “I’m sure there’s pros and cons to everything but right now I have to focus on the district,” said Trouton. “We have enough within our own municipality to worry about right now.” Cooper says she’s been weighing the pros and cons herself through conversation with other mayors. On May 14, she and Salmon Arm council will be meeting with Dr. David Kennedy, a spokesperson for Stop the ViolenceBC, the organization behind the coalition. With files by Lachlan Labere.


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Water advisories due to changing standards By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News

The standards may have changed, but the water remains pretty much the same. Or so said Sicamous’ staff in council, in response to a question why the district has been seeing so many water quality advisories as of late. “They’re not boil water advisories, they’re water-quality advisories, and they’re due to the turbidity with run-off and that type of thing,” said district works services manag-

er Grady MacDonald. It’s something we have to do; it’s an Interior Health requirement. Until we get a filtration system in Sicamous, we will continue to do that.” MacDonald says the advisory is intended to give people who are at increased risk – the elderly and people with weakened immune systems – a heads up, and advise them to take precaution of boiling water before consuming, or using bottled water. MacDonald noted that

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OPINION Byelection offers glimpse at future for BC Liberals


arring major unforeseen events, the NDP will likely win the next election. That was made clear in last Thursday’s two byelections. The NDP won Port Moody-Coquitlam by a sizeable margin. They had a popular candidate in recently retired Port Moody Mayor Joe Trasolini, and results were much as expected. The real surprise and key result was in Chilliwack-Hope, where the NDP won a seat they have never held. Gwen O’Mahony took the seat in a three-way fight, with the BC Liberal vote melting away, and the resurgent BC Conservatives coming third with 25 per cent of the vote. Liberal candidate Laurie Throness got 4,399 votes and 31 per cent of the vote. This compares with Barry Penner in the 2009 general election, who got 8,985 votes. So the Liberals, in the course of three years, lost more than half their support, with a large proportion of that going to the BC Conservatives, whose candidate John Martin got 3,548 votes. There is another factor – the voter turnout. In the 2009 election, 16,865 votes were cast in Chilliwack-Hope. Last Thursday, despite the scrutiny this race has been under, and numerous visits by the premier and other party leaders, 14,013 people voted. That means more than 2,800 stayed home — likely because they wouldn’t vote for the Liberals, and did not want to vote for anyone else. If the Liberals can convince most of those people to come back to them in the next election, the Liberals will win these kinds of seats. However, the vote splits in other ridings put the NDP in position to form the next government. The Liberals won a number of seats in 2009 by narrow margins, with little or no Conservative opposition. If the Liberals can convince enough disaffected voters to come back to them, they will keep some traditional strongholds. But unless their political fortunes improve drastically, in three-way election fights they will lose many of their seats. -Black Press



Tanker traffic already flowing along B.C. coast By Tom Fletcher News columnist

VICTORIA – The B.C. NDP has ramped up its opposition to the proposed Northern Gateway oil pipeline. First the party formalized objections already expressed by NDP MLAs who have spoken at hearings held by the federal review panel along the B.C. coast. Leader Adrian Dix sent an 11-page letter to the panel, then launched an attack on the B.C. Liberal government in the legislature that emphasized the letter’s top objection. Why doesn’t Premier Christy Clark stand up to Ottawa and protest the abandonment of the long-standing “moratorium and exclusion zone” on oil tankers off B.C.’s north coast, Dix and NDP energy critic Rob Fleming demanded. Clark’s answer was the same one given for many years by federal and provincial governments. The 1972 federal “moratorium” was directed at offshore oil drilling, not tankers bound for B.C. A separate CanadaU.S. agreement in 1998 calls for U.S. tankers to avoid B.C.’s Inside Passage as they transport Alaska crude

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oil to refineries in Washington state and further south. I asked Fleming for documentation that shows tankers are banned from B.C.’s north coast. He said it is “fragmented,” which means he doesn’t have any. Nor does the NDP’s heavily footnoted letter to the federal panel offer any source for this assertion. This argument flared up in 2006 after Methanex Corp. shut down its Kitimat methanol plant. Instead of shipping methanol out, a practice that was never questioned, it started bringing tankers into the Kitimat port loaded with a liquid natural gas by-product called condensate. From there it is sent by rail to Alberta to dilute oil sands crude. This process led to Enbridge’s proposed double pipeline that would send condensate east and diluted crude west. As I’ve mentioned before, there are legitimate arguments against the Northern Gateway proposal. This hippy-fantasy tanker moratorium isn’t one of them. Then there is the hypocrisy and pro-U.S. bias that is so clearly evident in the manipulated B.C. debate. The Northern Gateway pipeline would generate as many as

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350 tanker trips each year to and from Kitimat. More than twice that many tankers already sail each year through the Strait of Juan de Fuca, past the Gulf and San Juan Islands. Many are heading to refinery complexes at March Point and Cherry Point in Washington. These supertankers can be seen sailing past Victoria most days. Strangely, this U.S. crude traffic excites no protests. Some of the smaller tankers come in to fill up from the Trans-Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, whose operator is preparing a bid for expansion. This attracts protests organized by people paid to oppose Alberta “tar sands” oil. Where do urban protesters think we get the gasoline and diesel fuel sold at B.C. filling stations? Do they think it’s all made at the little Chevron refinery in Burnaby, the last remnant of refining capacity in southern B.C.? We could use a serious debate about how B.C. handles petroleum. Instead, we see factually inaccurate claims promoted by U.S. interests to attack Canadian crude only. Our opposition politicians and media mostly just go along for the ride.

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We can dance if we want to: Parkview Elementary students Demetri Boyle, Korbin Lovell-Johnson and Thomas Tune complete their own quickly choreographed routine for dance class, under the tutelage of instructor Jackie Faulkner (not pictured).

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Malakwa students combine fun and learning The Malakwa Learning Academy is proud to acknowledge Brooklyn Mohr and Owen Willey for their continued participation in the Legion Poster Contest. This year, both Brooklyn’s poem and Owen’s colour poster were awarded first place at both local and Zone levels. This has been one of the many activities the students at learning academy have taken part in, and they are looking forward to upcoming events such as Mother’s Day Tea

Artists: Brooklyn Mohr and Owen Willie pose with Sicamous Legion president Cyril Gosse. Photo submitted

on May 10, at 1 pm. Along with the Mother’s Day Tea, the students will be presenting their science fair projects, and hosting a silent auction. The Malakwa Learning Academy students would like to extend an invitation to all Malakwa and Sicamous residents to stop in for a visit and check out the science fair and items up for auction, such as a Twin Anchor’s Houseboat trip. Submitted by the Malakwa Learning Academy.

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More than $8,500 raised for charity The Sicamous Lions Club held the Winterfest awards dinner on March 20. A delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings, prepared by Lions members, was enjoyed by all riders and their families who participated in the Winterfest event. Awards were presented as follows: Highest pledge, male: Mike Melnichuk; female: Shelley Golling; team: Garry and Gage Golling; youth male: Colton Fleming; youth female: Ali Logan; youth team: Andrew and Carson Oystryk. Oldest male went to Mike Melnichuk, oldest female to Shelley Golling. Youngest male was Braden Northway, and youngest female went to Addysen Fleming. Congratulations to the 14 riders who raised over $8,500 for Children with Disabilities in B.C.

VJH to get new acute care beds Overcrowding at Vernon Jubilee Hospital is being addressed. Health Minister Michael de Jong announced Friday that the two upper, shelledin floors in the Polson tower will be developed for acute care beds. “People emphasized their view of the need,” said de Jong referring to community lobbying to end patients being kept in hallways and surgeries being cancelled. A firm cost for the capital project hasn’t been determined, but it could be more than $20 million. A planning process will be launched to identify how many beds will be opened and the timeframe, although construction could begin in spring 2013.

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Canadians are living longer and costs for the Old Age Security (OAS) are rising. On April 1, 2023 the Government of Canada plans to start raising the age of eligibility for OAS and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) from 65 to 67.*

What does this mean for you? 54 or older as of March 31, 2012

You may still obtain OAS/GIS at age 65

53 or younger as of March 31, 2012

The age of eligibility for OAS/GIS will change gradually between 2023 and 2029

Starting in July 2013, Canadians who are eligible for, but not yet receiving OAS will have the flexibility to delay receiving it in exchange for a higher monthly amount at a later date.

The number of working-age Canadians for every senior is decreasing** 6 5

The number of working-age Canadians per senior is decreasing, placing additional pressure on the OAS program.

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**Source: 9th Actuarial Report on the Old Age Security Program

For a free brochure or more information visit or call 1 800 O-Canada (TTY 1-800-926-9105) *Subject to parliamentary approval

Eagle Valley News Wednesday, May 9, 2012


Industry claims on GMO crops unconvincing I’ve just returned from a road trip to Saskatchewan to attend a wedding on a big farm and came home to a garden that has exploded in blooms and weeds. I also returned to a letter in the Mailbag section of our paper, the Eagle Valley News from the president of CropLife, Lorne Hepworth, claiming my column on GMO seeds and crops, “GMO crops, the bad seed of agriculture,” was full of misinformation, and that I was wrong about the genetically modified seed and food industry. I’ve learned this is a typical response from CropLife, a pro GMO/ herbicide lobbyist and an organization that leads the charge against municipalities seeking to enact pesticide bans. Wow, they must be watching pretty close to catch a little garden column like mine! The paper changed the original title, which was called: “GMOs – Sowing Seeds of Distrust,” and I specifically chose those words because “trust” can be a nebulous concept these days. When I’m seeking honest and truthful information about our food, health, safety and environmental issues, what are my sources and where can I put my faith and trust? It seems that no matter the subject or issue, inevitably there are going to be numerous positions and statements on the “facts.” For example, can I trust Health Canada when three of their top health scientists, doctors Shiv Chopra, Margaret Haydon and Gerard Lambert, were fired for insubordination for having enough concern and courage to go public because important information was being withheld regarding bovine growth hormones in our milk products, and that measures to prevent mad cow disease were inadequate? Can I trust the informa-


tion and inside studies from the chemical and seed industry companies, when billions of dollars of annual profits for them and their shareholders would be at stake if farmers and gardeners chose to use cover crops, organic fertilizers, microbe sprays and heritage seeds instead of chemical fertilizers and genetically modified seeds? Can I trust that the organic seed, food and fertilizer industry isn’t feeding me a load of crap about the benefits of their products? And now I’m really going to stick my pitch-fork in and ask: Can I trust the Agriculture Canada officials to ensure that our food and environment is safe, even though they’ve got policies in place to allow bio-tech companies to sell farmers a genetically altered seed with a built-in, non species-specific pesticide

that may sicken or kill anything that eats that plant, tree or its pollen? Do I trust that our government agencies have had enough information from independent shortand long-term studies to ensure that it’s safe for me and other animals to eat these crops grown from those seeds? Can I trust that our government officials have iron-clad policies and laws in place so that our country’s food sovereignty will never be jeopardized by international trade agreements, that our farmers will always have the right and independence to grow and save their own seeds, that there are safety measures in place in the form of seed diversity in case of a massive crop failure, and that our policies and laws being passed are based on unbiased scientific studies, and not by pressure from private interests and campaign-supporting industry lobbyists? Should I trust Health Canada when they say it’s unlawful to buy a particular herb now, even though it’s been traditionally used for healing for centuries, and that these food safety laws being passed are for my sake and not to protect the interests

The CSRD is seeking residents who are interested in becoming involved in

THE MASTER COMPOSTER/ MASTER RECYCLER PROGRAM Volunteers interested in this program will complete a weekend course consisting of in class instruction and a field exercise. Course material will consist of: Q environmental stewardship including the history of waste management; Q home composting; Q household hazardous waste; Q vermicomposting; Q residential recycling; Participants will be required to contribute a minimum of 35 hours of volunteer activity after the course promoting the three R’s – Reduce - Reuse - Recycle. For more information, or to obtain an application, please contact the CSRD at: 250-833-5936 1-888-248-2773

of the agricultural and pharmaceutical industries? Should I trust that the aluminum-reflective particles and other substances being sprayed in our skies is for mitigating weather patterns and slowing down the process of climate change (see the documentary What In The World Are They Spraying), and should I not be concerned that those toxic substances are building up in the soil and water, threatening the health of all life forms? Do I trust what a crown corporation like BC Hydro says about the safety of smart meters for me and the bees when they’ve sprayed Agent Orange on or near unsuspecting people and animals? There is no shortage of information and studies about GMO crops and seeds, and it comes from a myriad of different sources, such as bio-tech corporations, Health and Agriculture Canada, leading organic and environmental institutions, Monsanto

battling Saskatchewan farmers like Percy Schmeiser and his wife, documentaries, whistle-blowing professionals and prominent scientists The Canadian Association for Doctors for the Environment and watchdog and concerned citizen organizations. I pay particular attention to those people who have nothing to gain and have/had everything to lose by risking their lives, livelihoods, reputations and careers to expose and bring to our attention information and studies that are not being disclosed by the government and industry. So Mr. Hepburn may not feel I’m correct on the issues and benefits of genetically engineered seeds and crops, but if GMO’s are so safe and wonderful, and solving our world’s food shortages, then why not shout it from the rooftops and proudly display it on our food labels? What have you got to hide? A7 STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PR S BR S ST S CA S DE S BR S ST S CA S


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Salmon Arm Minor Hockey Association PLAYER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR THE 2012/2013 SEASON Download your Registration Application and get additional registration information from our web site at:

A limited supply of application forms are also available for pick-up at Chevy’s Sports at Shaw Centre and Salmon Arm area schools. IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DATES: • June 30, 2012: Critical Registration Deadline for determining if, and how many, “B” REP teams SAMHA will have for this coming season. If you are interested in your son or daughter playing on a REP team this season, you are strongly encouraged to have your registration received at SAMHA by 4:00 pm on this date. • June 30, 2012: Early Bird Draw Registration Deadline. All registrations received at SAMHA by 4:00 p.m. on this date will be entered into a draw for a FREE 2012/2013 Season’s player registration. • June 30, 2012: All registrations received at SAMHA by 4:00 p.m. on this date are eligible for a $50 discount off their player registration fee. • August 31, 2012: Player registration applications received after this date may be put on a waiting list until positions become available. • November 30, 2012: Player Registration Cut-Off. No player registrations may be accepted after this date, and any registrations on the waiting list will be returned and cancelled. Don’t wait. Register early. Financial assistance is available through KidSport - BC and Athletics For Kids. For more detailed information on player registration, visit our web site:

All North Okanagan and Sicamous players: If there are “no teams in category” in your local association, SAMHA welcomes you to register in Salmon Arm. Please contact your local minor hockey president for more information. For more information call Salmon Arm Minor Hockey at: 832-0095 or e-mail:


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Difficult task: Jim Hoskins and Lachlan Labere attempt to pick the top photograph submissions in this year’s Eagle Valley Arts Contest. The winners will be announced Sunday, May 13, 2 p.m. at the Red Barn. Photo by Vasso Rowbottom

Mock accident to show students the value of responsible habits A car crash next week will send Sicamous high school students to hospital so they and others will pick up safe, responsible habits. On Tuesday, May 15, there will be a mock accident taking place at the Salmon Arm Rescue Unit facility near Shuswap Lake

General Hospital. Police will be on the scene to assess the driver, to be played by an Eagle River Secondary student, and take them away. Meanwhile, members of the Salmon Arm Rescue Unit will extricate other “injured students,” also from Eagle River, who will then be transported

by Sicamous BC Ambulance Service paramedics to hospital, where they will be treated. A member of the BC Coroners Service will declare one of the students dead on the scene. In the afternoon, there will be a presentation by a survivor of a motor vehicle accident to

describe her experiences before, during, and after the accident. Students will also have an opportunity to hear from paramedics and highway emergency crew personnel. The medium isn’t as important as the message, according to Interior Health, which is co-ordi-

nating the event with School District #83 as part of a new program called Choose Responsible And Safe Habits. Though the accident may not be completely realistic, it is expected ERS students will gain a solid understanding of the extreme consequences of driving while under the influence.

Federal government cuts 14 Canada Parks jobs in Revelstoke area By Alex Cooper Black Press

Fourteen local Parks Canada employees will see their jobs either eliminated or reduced as part of wide-ranging cuts to the public sector announced by the Harper government on Monday. Six employees will be laid off and eight will have their positions reviewed or see their seasons reduced according to Kevin King, the regional vicepresident of the Union of National Employees and Public Service Alliance of Canada. He did not have information on what specific positions will be affected but said workers on both the operational and administrative side will be included. “Suffice it to say, it’s not just one occupational group,” said King. The Revelstoke Parks Canada office is responsible for running Mt. Revelstoke & Glacier National Parks and the Rogers Pass Historic Site. It employees approximately 130 people. Denis St. Onge, the chairperson of the union local, said

in an email Tuesday he was still working on getting specifics with regards to the local cuts. “Some of our members have been affected by the workforce adjustment process and have had their ‘permanent positions’ changed to ‘seasonal positions’, and some workers were informed that their position is now non-existent and being laid-off is one of the options facing them,” he wrote. Across Canada, 605 Parks Canada employees were given lay-off notices and 1,072 will see their hours reduced, said King. “There isn’t a single park or site that hasn’t been affected by this,” he said. “Obviously, the impact on the individuals and their families is devastating.” The cuts will have impacts on services in Canada’s national parks, as well as on communities inside and near the parks and historic sites, said King. Small businesses that provide services to tourists and that Parks’ employees frequent will be hurt by the

cuts, he added. Superintendent Karen Tierney said the reductions in staff numbers would mean the park seasons will be shortened. “Parks Canada is identified around the world for the provision of quality public services,” King said. “For the employer to be forced by the government of Canada for these wide-scale cuts and reductions, it’s a true assault to the senses, in my opinion.” He also criticized the Harper government for the timing of the cuts, saying they were deliberately timed to disrupt the union’s national convention, which is taking place in Ottawa this week. St. Onge said local parks employees were all concerned with their work situations, as well as that of their co-workers. “We are still striving to provide the best available public services, so everyone can live and appreciate what we offer, what we are, and what we do: the wonders of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks,” he said.

Busy parks: Visitors pack the Rogers Pass visitor centre during the celebration of the 125th anniversary of Glacier National Park last September. It is still unclear how recent job cuts will impact visitor services in Revelstoke’s two nearby national parks. Photo by Aaron Orlando

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Storytime: Broadie Stewart, Tyson Dean, Kylie Dean, Netanyel Quessy and Dawson Stewart scoot closer for storytime with Strong Start learning co-ordinator Cori Miller. Free for families and children, the Strong Start program runs at Parkview Elementary Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:15 to 11:15 a.m., and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 3 p.m. Photo by Lachlan Labere


Malakwa Fire Annual General Suppression Meeting & Committee Elections

EVERYONE WELCOME! 7:00 pm Tuesday, May 22 At the Malakwa Community Firehall 4120 Community Hall Road


ATTRACTIVE THREE-BEDROOM BUNGALOW This attractive three-bedroom bungalow with its gabled roofline includes all the amenities desired by today’s family. Entry is through a covered porch with a sloped ceiling, which carries through into the foyer, where a coat closet is positioned to the right. An archway leads into the spacious great room, which forms the heart of this home. Large windows look out to a covered deck and the back garden beyond, and sliding doors to one side give access to the deck, part of which is covered for rainy-day grilling. The gas fireplace is flanked by built-in entertainment units, making the room perfect both for family activities and entertaining, all year round. Off the great room and through another archway is the formal dining room. Yet another archway leads from the dining room to the to the kitchen and breakfast room, where windows look out to views of the back and side gardens. The kitchen boasts a roomy free-standing pantry, as well as a spacious prep island. A window over the double sink is a bonus, and the U-shaped counter configuration promises efficiency. The master suite features large windows that overlook the back garden, as well as a roomy walk-in closet. The en suite includes a soaker tub with a tiled surround, as well as a shower stall and double sinks. The second and third bedrooms look out to the front garden. A linen closet is conveniently situated across from the three-piece bathroom shared by the secondary bedrooms. Adjacent to the kitchen are the laundry

room and a two-piece lavatory, as well as a doorway to the double garage, where a utility room is located in one corner. A coat closet in the corridor that leads to the garage will come in handy for storing off-season gear, as well as outerwear and muddy shoes. The double garage includes space for a workbench, as well as a doorway to the side garden. Exterior finishes include horizontal wooden siding and decorative woodwork in the gables and the entry porch. Pilasters mark the entrance and are repeated outside the garage window, as well as at the end of the covered veranda near the entrance. This home measures 67 feet, four inches wide and 83 feet, four inches deep, for a total of 2,307 square feet of living space. Ceilings are nine feet high throughout, and there is no basement. Plans for design 5-3-677 are available for $746 (set of 5), $835 (set of 8) and $890 for a super set of 10. Also add $30.00 for Priority charges within B.C. or $55.00 outside of B.C. Please add 12% H.S.T., 13% H.S.T. Or 5% G.S.T (where applicable) to both the plan price and Priority charges. Our 44TH Edition of the Home Plan Catalogue containing over 300 plans is available for $13.50 (includes taxes, postage and handling). Make all cheques and money orders payable to “Home Plan of the Week” and mail to: HOME PLAN OF THE WEEK c/o Eagle Valley News Unit 7, 15243 91 Avenue , Surrey, BC V3R 8P8



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JONES, RALPH ARTHUR Ralph Arthur Jones of Summerland, BC was born September 14th, 1926 and passed away last October 5th, 2011 at Bear Lake, BC at the age of 85. Ralph and his wife Alberta (Bert) were former residents of Sicamous. Ralph drove school bus here for 15 years. Ralph is survived by his wife Bert, their children Cliff (Bev), Art (Wendy) & Elaine (Ron), 6 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. At Ralph’s request he was cremated and there was no formal service. His family will be placing his ashes in his final resting place at the Eagle Valley & District Cemetary in Solsqua, BC on May 18th, 2012 at 2:30 pm SKOTNITSKY, JEFFREY (JEFF) LEE OCTOBER 21, 1964 – APRIL 24, 2012 It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Jeffrey (Jeff) Lee Skotnitsky after suffering a seizure on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at the age of 47 years. Born in Wetaskiwin, AB, he moved with his family to Sicamous, BC in 1970 and attended school there. He worked and resided in Calgary until his passing. Jeff loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and camping. Jeff is survived by his mother and step-father, Jodie and Lloyd Gavel; son Doug (Kirsten); daughter Vanessa; and five grandchildren, Alyssa, Alden, Hazel, Xander and Logan. He also leaves to mourn his passing his love and soul mate Nadean Rusnack; sister Lynn (Jamie Guzman); brother Rick; step-brothers and sister, Everett, Dennis and Sandra Gavel and their families; three aunts, four cousins; and many friends. He was predeceased by his father Michael. He will be greatly missed. A private family service will be held. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway. com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Calgary Trust – Adult Addiction Services Area, Suite 800, 11012 MacLeod Trail, Calgary, AB. T2J 6A5, Telephone: (403) 943-0615, In living memory of Jeffrey Skotnitsky, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. CALGARY, AB Telephone: 1-800-661-1599.

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Real Estate Gulf Islands CORTES ISLAND BC. Tranquility is yours for $309,500. 3 bedroom on 1.3 acres at Smelt Bay. Attached workshop. Sun deck. Fenced garden. Ocean peek. 604-789-2492.



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2008 Jayco Eagle SuperLite 32’ 5th-wheel, like new, 1 super slide, queen bed, free standing table/chairs, ducted ac/heat, heated tanks. ext Warr.$24,900.1(250)275-1258 BIGFOOT SIGHTINGS! New 2012 Bigfoot Campers have arrived only at Mike Rosman RV! 1-800-667-0024

SICAMOUS: Clean, Quiet, Well Maintained 1 bedr. apt. $575/mo. N.P. N.S. 250-8362641

Homes for Rent SICAMOUS: LAKEVIEW log home, 3 bdrm, 2 baths, $1200/mo. plus utilities. N.S. N.P. Furnished w/ 5 appl. 403466-3937.


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Trucks & Vans 2007 Pontiac Montana 3.9 V6, ac/pw/pl, 7 pass, 191,000 kms, $5900 obo 250-307-0002

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May 09, 2012 edition of the Eagle Valley News