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Dramatic weekend boating incident involves Valleyview “bright orange” life jackets, mild windburn resident walks Onlookers say: Group wearing bright orange life jackets at time of incident.

Resident: “Wasn’t even winded.”

Rhyse Thomson

A group of local residents returned from their day-long boating trip on a lake in the Thompson Okanagan region laughing, joking around and generally enjoying each other’s company. The group was allegedly seen boating, swimming and waterskiing on the lake throughout the day. Onlookers reported that the entire group was wearing CSA-approved life jackets. The life jackets appeared securely fastened at all times. “Looked like they were having a great time,” said boat launch supervisor Bill Donnelly. “I heard a lot of laughter. And it was laughing with, not laughing at, you know?” Donnelly con¿ rmed the group was wearing life jackets for the entire day. “Yup, they put ’em on soon as they were on the boat,” Donnelly said.

extra 3.048 metres to use crosswalk

Tim Booth

Nicole Smith: Valleyview resident: “I could do this all day!” Janine Samra

The pristine natural beauty of a Kamloops-area lake was shattered by spontaneous and vociferous hilarity this weekend.

“The good ones – big and full-sized. Bright orange. Everyone put them on, without any fuss.” While witnesses applauded the decision to stay safe on the water, some suggested it came at an exceptionally heavy cost. “Uhhh . . . that’s not what I meant at

all,” said Donnelly obstinately. “OK, sure, one of the guys might have gotten a little windburn. He’s a little red on his cheeks, you know? That’s about it.” Despite the threat of tender, sore cheeks for the next 48 hours, Donnelly insisted the group had the right attitude about water

safety. “You always hear about ‘tragedy on the water’ – you know, people go out in a boat, not wearing any life jackets, thinking nothing will ever happen. They end up hurt, or worse,” Donnelly mused. “Well, this was about as far from a tragedy as possible.

Everybody laughing, having a good time. Wasn’t a tragedy. It was, like . . . reality. Yeah, a reality TV show. That’s what it was.” When informed that the opposite of tragedy is, in fact, a comedy, Donnelly issued a terse reply. “Oh,” he said.

Sandy Mah

Valleyview resident Nicole Smith deliberately decided to use the crosswalk at Columbia Street and 5th Avenue instead of jaywalking late Thursday afternoon. The decision added an extra 3.048 metres to her journey. “Sure, I could have run across the street,” admitted Smith with con¿dence. “I mean,

If you think serious injuries only happen to other people, have a word with yourself.

I’m ¿t. I’m quick on my feet. I came in second in my high school in the 100-metre. But then I thought to myself: why risk it?” When asked whether her snazzy new cross-trainers were a factor behind her impressive street-crossing performance, Smith had no comment.



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1. You have the legal right to ______ unsafe work.

2. Major source of distraction while driving.

3. What they call helmets at the skateboard park.

3. Serious injuries affect over 400,000 residents every year in this province.

5. If you think serious injuries only ______ to other people, have a word with yourself. 7. ______ injuries are the leading cause of death among British Columbians aged 1 to 44. 8. Many serious injuries involve this common household object. 10. Most people believe serious injuries only happen to these people. 14. Under age 6, most poisonings involve this. Visit for the answers.

4. Leading contributor to traffic fatalities. 5. Where most poisonings happen. 6. Look for this mark of approval when buying a life jacket. 9. Of children aged 1 to 4, 33% of drowning incidents happen here. 11. Annual cost of preventable injuries in B.C. (two words). 12. This can reduce the risk of head injury while cycling by 88%. 13. 75% of playground injuries are due to this.

DAILY HOROSCOPE Jupiter has aligned with Neptune to cast an auspiciously safe aura over your karma today. Postpone bicyclerelated travel unless wearing a helmet. Watch out for falling pianos. All traffic signs point to a chance encounter with a crosswalk.


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Local boarder decides helmet “way cooler” than broken skull Local boarder: “Like, totally, bro.” Belinda Nystrom

After careful deliberation, a local skateboard enthusiast has decided that wearing a helmet is preferable to ending up in the emergency ward with a broken skull and a severe concussion. “Dude, a schralped head is, like, seriously gnarly,” skateboarder Grant Tobin said. “It’s worse than noggles, you know?” Kamloops Rotary Skatepark locals gave Tobin “mad props” for wearing his “bucket,” more commonly known as a helmet. “It’s pretty sick,” admitted Tony Daluze. “To see a guy who can ollie a 12-set like that while keeping his brain safe – that is like, way, waayyyy ill.” When asked to translate his strange cant into everyday English, Tobin was dis-

Mike Cernigoj

Kamloop Skatepark’s local boarder dudes chill after busting out a session. missive. “Dude, that question is so on the hook,” he said. Daluze was equally unimpressed with the question: “Seriously, you are so nussed,” he said, laughing and busting out a 50-50 grind as he quickly skated away along the sidewalk.


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Commuter ignores ringing cellphone; friend forced to wait 12:28 for return call Friend says: “Call me back when you get this message.” Tanya Kooner

A North Shore man deliberately chose to ignore his ringing cellphone in the middle of his afternoon commute yesterday. The incident occurred at the intersection of Columbia Street and Summit Drive at 5:23pm. “It all happened so fast,” driver Tom Leggett said. “I mean . . . it rang four times. Maybe it was ¿ve. I don’t know. I started to reach for it – I guess you just go into automatic, you know? You don’t have time to think about it. You just react.” “I’m not going to lie to you – I was going to answer it.” But then Leggett had a

change of heart. “I don’t know what it was – I just said to myself, whoever it is, they can wait,” he said. “I mean, I’m driving. Traf¿c is kinda nuts. I should keep my mind on the road and concentrate on what I’m doing. That’s what voicemail is for, right?” The decision turned out to be a fateful one for Leggett’s friend Mike Henrickson, who was forced to wait an agonizing twelve minutes and 28 seconds longer for Leggett to get home before getting in touch. “Actually, it wasn’t agonizing at all,” Henrickson said de¿antly. “It was only – what – twelve minutes or so. I mean, he was driving – I totally get it. I left a voicemail message. He called me back when he got home. It wasn’t a big deal.”

Leggett con¿rmed the decision to let his cellphone go to voicemail made absolutely no difference to his Friday-night plans, nor to his social life in general. “Yeah, me and Mikey hooked up after dinner,” Leggett said. “We watched the game together – it didn’t seem like it was a big deal for him. He didn’t even mention it.” When asked about how he felt about playing second ¿ddle to his friend’s safety, Henrickson was evasive and combative. “Listen, I mean, honestly; I don’t know why you guys are interviewing me,” Henrickson said. “Really, it was no big deal. Now leave me alone.” Subsequent phone calls and voicemail messages to Henrickson’s cellphone were not returned.

Leggett’s cellphone sits abandoned and, dare we say, a little dejected on the passenger seat.

Alex Petersen

Son holds ladder for Dad; complains Dr. Ian Pike job contravenes allowance agreement Father defends characterbuilding effort. Lee Abbott

A Kamloops pre-teen’s busy social schedule was thrown into chaos when he was forced to hold a ladder for his father on Saturday morning. The incident was sparked by an attempt to clean the gutters on the family home. “I’ve been meaning to clean the gutters for a couple months now,” the father said. “I guess I could have done it myself. But it’s pretty high up there – I mean, what if the ladder slipped?” “This is, like, totally lame,” the son complained. “Tommy and Jimmy were going to the mall – I couldn’t go with them be-

cause I was stuck here. Helping Dad.” “I mean, I’m not even getting paid for this,” the son continued. “It’s like, totally not even part of my allowance. It’s like child labour or something!” The father ignored his son’s calls for fair and equitable compensation. “Look, you use a ladder, you need to stay safe. You need someone to hold it on the bottom. It’s as simple as that,” he said. “Besides, helping your old man builds character.” When asked to con¿ rm whether his character had in fact been built by the 17 minutes of unpaid labour, the son accused the father of sidestepping the issue. “You’re kidding me, right?” he said while scowling and putting sunglasses on.


Michael McIntyre

Area pre-teen re-creates “lame” Saturday morning.

When we use the word “accident,” what do we really mean? The word accident suggests an event that just “happens.” Something out of our control. Something there was nothing we could do about. It was just one of those things. That’s just not true. In fact, most of the injuries that happen in B.C. aren’t really “accidents” at all. They’re predictable and preventable. Most of the time, we can stop such injuries from happening just by thinking twice about what

we’re doing, and by asking ourselves whether we should take appropriate precautions before we do. Now, I’m not suggesting we should be scared to leave the house in the morning. Or that we should all walk around wrapped in bubblewrap. That’s no way to live. All I’m saying is that we need to change our attitude when it comes to prevent-

MOST OF THE INJURIES THAT HAPPEN IN B.C. ARE PREDICTABLE AND PREVENTABLE. able injuries. This whole idea that bad things only happen to “other people” – it’s time for that to go. Think about it for a second, and have a word with yourself. A little extra effort can make a big difference when it comes to preventable injuries.



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