MONDAY, AUGUST 06, 2012
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The reward is armfuls of love
Leanne Hamblin, and her daughter Emma, have their arms full of squirming puppy love; a result of saving the four
Audit shakes up legislature ďŹ nances
pups from disaster after their mother was killed. The whole Hamblin
Damning report form Auditor General
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when no one else did, and volunteered their
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time, home and cash to raise the pups from just seven days old to the fat, boisterous canines pictured here. Find out more inside
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Industrial Park break in, copper wire stolen North Thompson Star/Journal
RCMP report that on July 27, a local business was broken into in the Industrial Park in Barriere. Thieves entered the yard, cut the locks off of two containers and forced entry into others. The thieves went through the property, making a mess in the storage areas, and stole a quantity of copper pipe, wiring and other construction related equipment. Police say the thieves would have been parked on Gilbert Road or up on Highway 5 near the Thompson River pullout. Barriere RCMP are asking the public for assistance by reporting any suspicious vehicles or people that may have been seen in the area at the time. Please call the RCMP at 250-672-
9918 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477 Barriere RCMP also report July 29, at 10:32 aa.m., the were called to assist BC Ambulance at a motor vehicle collision with a motorcycle, where a female driver was injured. The police attended the scene, where a female driver was being cared for by BC Ambulance paramedics near a Harley Davidson motorcycle. The female was then transported to Royal Inland Hospital by ambulance for assessment and treatment with unconfirmed injuries. The Barriere RCMP, with assistance from Kamloops Rural RCMP, Kamloops RCMP Collision Reconstructionist, Kamloops City Traffic members and Highways, were able to safely investigate the scene, while keeping one lane of alternating traffic open.
The investigation reveals there was a group of north bound vehicles passing Vinsulla Ferry Road that slowed down quickly for a dog that ran across the highway. It was a quick chain reaction type stop with the female driver of the bike locking her brakes, but could not slow down in time, colliding with the last car in the lineup. The motorcycle made contact with the car, but the bike driver did not, likely contacting the asphalt surface. There were no injuries to the male driver and lone occupant of the car that the motorcycle hit from behind. At press time, the collision was still under investigation, with no further update on the condition of the driver of the motorcycle, or her name.
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257 Glen Road $379,000 Mall & hall w/permit for 160 seating available. Commercial kitchen, storage & fenced yard. Presently has 2 tenants FT & 1 PT & 1 avail. Willing to discuss all options. 24 hrs notice 6176 Trout Creek Rd 142 acres, ranch, Mill, woodlot & 35 acres peat moss bog. Close to Wells NEW PRICE 3 bedroom. featuring oak cabinets, large din- Gray Park. 3 lvl dove tailed cedar log home to lock up & sm log home w/ ing. Private deck and gardens. Near amenities. several cabins. Trout Creek (w/water license) & lake. Approx 35 head of cattle. CAN BE NEGOTIATED WITHOUT SAWMILL, IT WOULD BE REMOVED Laminate flooring and fresh paint. Mountain 9892 Bean Road $46,000 .5+ acre. Services available at view, motivated seller the lot line. . Excellent location corner of Hwy #5 & Hwy #24 424 Riverside Road $145,000 In Vavenby w/tons to offer. Solid home with 2 (Lac Des Roche & 100 Mile). Offers. HST applies. bedrooms up & 1 down, lrg family rm & great 121 Ferry Road $309,000 heating. Walking distance to the store and post So you want to own a pub? 70 seat pub with a 5 room hotel and 1 bedroom Manager’s suite. Fully equipped kitchen, great office and has a view. highway exposure at the junction of Hwy 5 & Hwy 24 = large 2354 Petrol Road $129,000 trafﬁc volume. Presently not operating and being sold “as is”. Lot w/mnt view, private & little traffic. New shingles & paint. Open plan w/wood features, tile & lam. flooring. WStove. Lrg studio 9x23. Great for a young family. Garden space & boxes. Bareland strata $100/mnth. 1745 Birch Island Lost Crk Rd $319,000 1+ km of 169 Wood Road $129,900 riverfront, pasture, 165+ acres. Vavenby, close to amenities. Private yrd w/ Lot A Trout Crk REDUCED $129,900 13+acre well & septic mntain view. Recent metal roof & vinyl siding. 5233 Clw Valley Rd $164,900 30acres Subdiv. Updates incld countertops, laminate, paint, 1068 Clw Valley Rd $139,900 elect. & heating. Vendor is a Realtor. 5 acres min. to Clw. View of the valley. Close to all recre352 Ruby Road &124,900 ations yet very central. Over a .5 acre overlooking the North Thompson 5321 Clw Valley Road $129,000 - NEW River. Quiet area on CDS. 12 x 20 workshop, 24 x 30 2 bay RV storage & more. Great starter 10 acres close to Wells Gray Park. Drilled well. W/WO basement w/view. Close to Clearwater yet rural. Possible or retirement in Vavenby. W/O basement with a view 19-561 Ridge Road $99,000 MHP on Dutch Lake. 2 years old and lived in 761 Hoirup Road $94,500 for less than a year. Modern kitchen with dark 15+acres of private land North of Vavenby. Partial foundation approved w/water & hydro in place. Nice acreage with lots of potential. cupboards, 2 baths. Near amenities. 10x12 Lot 2 Galliano Road $89,900 3.6 acres. Subdividable, Zoned R2. covered deck & 8x10 shed. 1952 Dunn Lake Rd $40,000 1 acre 68 Blanchard Road $80,000 Large lot. Metal roof over the home, deck Stillwater Forest Ser Rd 5 parcels totaling 350 acres, & storage. Newer cabinets, counter & appl. can be sold somewhat separately or together. Recent paint, laminate & HE wood stove. .41 DL 3079 Stillwater Forest Ser Rd 22 acres on an island acres. in the NT river. Access over a Avola Forest Service Rd op289 Vavenby Bridge Road $47,000 posite of the NT River from Hwy 5. Unique treed property. NEW PRICE Vavenby, this 4 bdrm home is close to amenities & recreation. Court Order: 46069, being sold “AS IS” and Schedule “A” applies. When we sell a property, the Brokerage & Rep jointly donate $50 to a local 5-851 Old N Thompson Hwy $44,900 charity or nonproﬁt organization of the Seller’s choice Newer mobile. 3 bdrms & a cozy kitchen, launWAYNE BENNISON – HOSPITAL AUXILLARY dry & spacious back entrance. A small deck GLEN AND LAURA PICKERING – CLEARWATER FOOD BANK at the back allows for enjoying the summer BRYAN AND GERRI COOK – CLEARWATER FOOD BANK evenings. RON BITTERMAN (BETTY IRVINE) – ROYAL PURPLE
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Audit shakes up legislature finances By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – The B B.C. C legislature’s internal finances are being dragged into the 21st century in response to a damning report from Auditor General John Doyle. MLAs will start releasing detailed expense reports and conducting Legislative Assembly Management Committee meetings in public starting this month, Speaker Bill Barisoff announced after a hastily arranged meeting to respond to the audit. Two new financial staff positions are being added to address what Doyle called “pervasive deficiencies” in basic financial accountability. The audit found that MLA credit card bills were being paid without receipts, and the legislative assembly hasn’t produced financial statements despite a 2007 recommendation from the previous auditor general. Legislature bank records didn’t correspond with actual bank balances, and records for the gift shop and dining room don’t allow for efficient management. Doyle said a future audit will look at the $119,000 annual allowance for MLA constituency offices, which Barisoff had asked to be exempted from the current examination.
Transfer amounts and salary expenditures were verified, but other expense claims were not. Barisoff and Clerk of the Legislative Assembly C Craig James emphasized that the audit did not find any misappropriation of funds. Doyle said he was unable to rule out fraud because the records aren’t complete enough to do so. Senior MLAs for both parties sit on the management committee, which administers an annual budget of $62 million to run the legislature chamber, law clerks, library, security and other departments. They include B.C. Liberal house leader Rich Coleman and caucus chair Gordon Hogg, as well as NDP house leader John Horgan and caucus chair Shane Simpson. Simpson said the problems go back many years, and he wants to make changes rather than point fingers, which sparked a furious response from B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins. “B.C. Liberal and NDP MLAs are clearly circling the wagons, resisting calls for accountability with regards to their skyrocketing expenditures,” he said. Cummins called for Barisoff to resign for failing to get the management committee to intervene sooner, a suggestion Barisoff dismissed as a product of the summer “silly season” where trivial items make the news.
Poll finds open minds on oil pipelines in B.C. By Tom Fletcher Black Press Despite the media focus on spills and protests against new oil pipelines proposed for B.C., about half of respondents in a new poll are open to changing their minds based on economic or environmental factors. The Angus Reid survey of 804 B.C. residents found 35 per cent completely opposed to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway line from northern Alberta to port facilities at Kitimat. Only seven per cent indicated unqualified support for the line. Another 27 per cent said they support the Enbridge proposal but could change their minds based on economic benefits or environmental protection. Similarly, 24 per cent were opposed but open to recon-
sidering based on economic or environmental concerns. The survey asked partticipants what they think of Premier Christy Clark’s five preconditions for provincial support of the Enbridge project. About a third said they would more likely back the project if Clark’s demand of “world leading” marine and land-based spill response was met, and a similar number said they would be persuaded if the current federal environmental review supports it. Economic benefits to B.C. were cited as a factor in considering support by 32 per cent of respondents. NDP MLA Shane Simpson said the poll shows a clear trend to more opposition as people become more familiar with the pipeline issues. Firm opposition is five to one against the
Enbridge proposal, and is strongest in northern B.C., he said. A proposal to twin the existing Kinder Morgan oil pipeline between Alberta and port facilities in Burnaby was supported by 37 per cent of respondents and opposed by about half. While the NDP is campaigning against the Northern Gateway project, Simpson said the NDP won’t take a stand for or against the Kinder Morgan proposal until the company makes a formal application to Ottawa that details its plans. There were 32 tankers loaded with crude oil at Kinder Morgan’s Burnaby facilities last year, and 69 in 2010. A company official said an expanded pipeline would generate 25 to 30 tanker loads per month going out through Vancouver harbour.
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Pipeline posturing doesn’t help The B.C. Liberal government is taking its new hard-line approach to federal environmental hearings on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline proposal in September. Environment Minister Terry Lake has filed the B.C. government’s notice to crossexamine Enbridge, one of the world’s biggest pipeline operators. Lake outlined the “tough questions” B.C. representatives will ask about spill response capacity on land and sea, tanker escort tugboats, pipe wall thickness, and Enbridge’s sluggish response to a pipeline rupture in Michigan. That’s all fine, and to be expected after Premier Christy Clark’s high-profile confrontation with Alberta Premier Alison Redford going into the recent premiers’ meeting in Halifax. Clark’s demands for “world-leading” safety and spill response, as well as meeting the constitutional obligation to consult and accommodate aboriginal groups along the route, are mostly a statement of the obvious. Her call for a “fair share” of proceeds from exported oil to reflect B.C.’s risk has been assaulted from all sides. Pipeline opponents seized on Clark’s suggestion that a major oil spill might be tolerable if there was enough money in it for B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix picked up the theme as he conducted his own belated tour of the proposed route to reiterate his opposition. There had been earlier hints from Alberta that B.C. might need further rewards for the risk. But when Clark made the “fair share” demand public, Redford was moved to channel Margaret Thatcher, declaring: “The Premier of Alberta is not going to blink on royalties.” The lady’s not for blinking, but neither is B.C.’s Iron Snowbird, as Preston Manning dubbed Clark this spring. All this political theatre doesn’t amount to much. I’ll stand by my January prediction that the Enbridge proposal is unlikely to proceed, mainly due to the tangled state of aboriginal claims. Wealthy U.S. foundations that view the B.C. North Coast as their 500-year eco-experiment will be happy to help fund a decade of legal challenges, while continuing the media-spinning and protest support they are doing now. Even if some way can be found to levy a B.C. tax on revenues from the Northern Gateway pipeline, it’s no solution. For one thing, it would confer an advantage to the Trans-Mountain pipeline that has been shipping Alberta oil to Burnaby and the U.S. for more than 60 years. The competing expansion proposal by Trans-Mountain’s current owner, Kinder Morgan, shows the inconsistency of opposition to pipelines. Does anyone really believe that a new pipeline built to the highest standards ever would be too dangerous, while a 60-year-old pipeline is acceptable? Protesters have an easy target in Kinder Morgan. With a tenfold increase to 25 tankers a month proposed to sail under the Lions Gate bridge, a heavy oil spill from Second Narrows to Stanley Park would be catastrophic to Vancouver’s environment and economy. Tankers have made that trip safely nearly 100 years, but the congested modern shipping lane offers more threat of collision, and clearing Burrard Inlet for near-daily tanker transits would disrupt the rest of B.C.’s shipping trade. An Angus Reid poll last week showed as many as half of respondents remain open-minded about the costs and benefits of new oil pipelines across B.C. Unlike B.C. politicians, they seem interested in learning more before making up their minds. Dix and the NDP ran to the front of the anti-pipeline parade early, as they did with the carbon tax and other issues. Clark began the Northern Gateway discussion with a principled position to wait for the result of the federal review, but that’s apparently out the window with an election looming. * Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com or email@example.com The North Thompson Star/Journal is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a selfregulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org.
Feed-back for the Mayor To the editor: After reading the most recent writing “As the Mayor sees it”, I find it ironic his worship suggests he would prefer not to waste time and resources belabouring his fixation on the Louis Creek industrial park issue and move forward. Yet here we are again, revisiting this issue, requiring the Mayor to write 10 paragraphs or 721 words outlining the perils his council face. I trust the Mayor will generate the same level of energy to resolve matters or focus his attentions on activities that will represent actual work
undertaken by his worship in order that his efforts can be weighted and measured. I remind the Mayor, he was inaugurated on December 5, 2011, and respectfully ask that he stop his political grand standing and smear campaign. I am getting sick and tired of hearing the Mayor’s same old rhetoric. Let us not forget the Mayor campaigned on this very issue. Who are the people the Mayor blames? A subversive group of ignorant troglodytes, a prime evil sect hell bent on destroying Barriere, or could it be the former mayor and elected councillors?
Can you imagine the frustration of those councillors, many of whom remain on council, having to listen and read the Mayor’s incessant whining? Mr. Mayor, it is what it is, now get on with it! Setting aside the “Louis Creek” topic, let us reflect upon the work achieved by the former mayor, councillors and District administration team during this period of time. Significant funding was secured (several million), through a number of sources which will serve to capitalize infrastructure upgrades - outstanding results. Having some knowledge of capital
(funding) procurement, I can assure readers the process is challenging, requiring attention to detail and tenacity. Let’s look at the downtown corridor, more notably the park area, what a wonderful transformation, linking the library, community garden, ball parks and senior’s centre. Stand up and take a bow, it looks great and provides charm and character to the downtown area. The bandshell, another excellent addition offering an outside venue to celebrate music, arts, and political, cultural rallies for all uses - first class. I ...continued on next page
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NT Communities Foundation has given $45,000 back to the valley To the editor; The recent meeting of the North Thompson Communities Foundation was held at the Aboriginal Sharing Centre. Our monthly meetings are generally held on the third Thursday of each month – alternating between Clearwater and Barriere. The NT Communities Foundation is a member of the Communities Foundations of Canada; and as a member it is held to the very highest of standards. Each year we sponsor community organizations with our grants. As we have our moneys invested both locally and with the Vancouver Foundation we are able to ‘grant’ an average of five thousand dollars a year back into the community. Over the past nine years of our existence this translates into approximately $45,000. We have helped with community project such as the refurbishing of the Blue Rive, Little Fort and Upper Clearwater Halls. We
have helped to fund events such as those put on by artisans and youth. We have helped school programs, recreation groups, youth groups, community kitchens and 4H clubs. It is exciting and demanding work. The Board members are representative of the communities of the valley. We also have persons who work with the Foundation members to fill in on all the committee work that needs to take place in order to make recommendations to the Board. There is a place for anyone who would like to be involved, and volunteers are always welcome to approach us to offer their services. Philanthropic giving is an amazing opportunity to support one’s community, as it provides citizens with an opportunity to support the valley without much effort on your part. One way to do this is by monthly giving, which is done by asking your
FFeed-back d b k ffor th the M Mayor commend Councillor Sabyan for her efforts promoting this venue - most excellent. I salute the former mayor, councillors and the District’s administrative team for their exceptional results, well done and thank you for your service. Now in the immortal words of our new Mayor “it is far better to go forward”. In so far that the Mayor desires input from local constituents/tax payers, I recommend he use his mayoralty writings, “As the Mayor sees it” to provide up-dates on his efforts and what action/accomplishment/funding activities are being achieved or initiated during his term as Mayor. Now remember your worship, we are talk-
ing about activities generated during your tenure. Let’s not take credit for any work that wasn’t conducted on your watch. Don’t want any confusion with - you know, “those other people’s work”. Perhaps at the anniversary of your first year (November 5, 2012) you might indulge us with a sneak peak of your economic development plan. To be candid, I am disappointed that you are now just beginning to commence this activity. I trust you will enlist support from your esteemed colleagues to assist you in this process, many of whom possess solid skill sets and offer experience far beyond your eight months in
2012 Event Dates Are you planning an event within the Lower North Thompson Valley during 2012? If so we’d like to hear about it and list the dates in our Community Calendar. Give us a call at the Star/Journal.
bank to transfer in a monthly donation from your account to that of the NT Communities Foundation or with post-dated cheques. Another thoughtful way is to leave money, stocks and bonds, or even property and life insurance policies to the Foundation. We are ever so grateful to those individuals and families who have chosen one of these methods in which to support the future of the communities of this valley. If you would like to find out more about the NT Communities Foundation please check out our website, or perhaps phone one of the Board members to discover how you can best be involved. If you would like to become a ‘supporter’ – please let us know. Chair for 2012 Cheryl Thomas 250-674-3260 Clearwater, B.C.
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office. Perhaps, when you see fit to stop complaining and belly aching about others, and look to “git-r-dun”, or at a minimum, get something done, they will help guide you. With respect to the Mayor’s comments suggesting “there are no funds for any additional initiatives or for staff time - I as Mayor will do the work of organizing the local economic plan”. Wow, oddly, I thought that was the role of the Mayor, after all your worship, you do receive the highest level of compensation. I guess we owe the Mayor a debt of gratitude for this imposition. I hope it doesn’t interfere with matters that currently occupy his time. Mr. Mayor, you
have been heard loud and clear. I suggest you talk less and do more. Given your keen sense of observation and all that you have learned from those who served before you, coupled with your gripping command of the economy and your vast knowledge of real estate matters, I wait with baited breath for you to deliver Barriere from salvation. I believe all of whom served on council prior to your appointment have given the community a lasting legacy. What will yours be? Isn’t it ironic... don’t you think... and yeah, I really do think. Respectfully, Pete Gardner Barriere, B.C.
The CruzelleMyram family would like to thank the community for the love and support you have shown for Bonnie and her family during the past several weeks. Bonnie rests assured the community she loved will look after each other.
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A group of seniors and a grandchild enjoy learning about the process of growing trout at Campbell Lake Trout Farm on Monday, July 23.
Seniors visit Campbell Trout Lake Farm By Sandra Holmes The Times On Monday, Monday July 23, 23 Wells Gray Country Seniors’ Society sponsored a bus trip to Little Fort. The trip included lunch at the High Five Restaurant, a
ride across the North Thompson River on the ferry and a visit to tthe Campbell Lake Trout Farm. Their next bus trip will be to McLure for a boat ride on the South Thompson. Call Evelyn for more information at 250674-3688.
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Fall Fair Tidbits St t Getting Start G tti Ready R d For F The Th 2012 North Thompson Fall Fair & Rodeo
Everyone loves a parade, plan your entry now! Have you started working on your Fall Fair Parade float yet? Time is running out fast, so best start planning for what it will look like, and getting all the bits and pieces needed together. When putting your plans together don’t forget the Fall Fair theme this year is ‘Bulls, Boots and Broncs’. There are ribbons for best commercial, club, or group float; best decorated commercial, group, or individual car; best antique car; best group, individual, or comic costume; best authentic, comic, or group horse and rider; and best horses under harness. There are also cash prizes for best overall float, thanks to Gilbert Smith Forest Products, with the first place prize being $400, second, $250, and third $150. Area businesses are encouraged to take part in their communities big parade event. Even if you have no time to put together a float, why not challenge your staff to enter the event, wear costumes, carry a banner, throw candies to the kids. Anything goes in a parade, and of course “Everyone loves a parade!”. This parade is Barriere’s biggest and longest parade, and entrants are asked to arrive by 9:30 a.m. on Airfield Road for judging. on Saturday, September 1, to allow sufficient time to sort out placements. For more information about the parade contact Ken Beharrell at 250-672-5310, or Jim Warman at 250-672-9271.
Monday, August 6, 2012 North Thompson Star/Journal
â€˜Only you can prevent forest firesâ€™ â€Ś with your smartphone North Thompson Star/Journal A smart-phone app that prevents forest fires by identifying hazardous areas and that was developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia is getting tested in the BC Okanagan this summer. Wildfires are a yearly threat in the region. The 2003 Okanagan Mountain fire destroyed 25,000 ha of forest and 239 homes, and in July 2009, two fires in West Kelowna forced 12,500 residents out of their homes and destroyed three properties. $ESIGNED BY &ACULTY OF &ORESTRY 0H$ STUdent Colin Ferster and professor Nicholas Coops, the app is designed for professionals and members of the public, such as homeowners. Starting at the top of the trees and working down to the forest floor, the app contains images of potential fire hazards such as fallen wood, brush, or a thick carpet of needles on
the forest floor. Once identified, users take ppictures and upload the images, additional iinformation and global positioning system '03 COORDINATES TO A DATABASE â€œOne of the most effective ways to reduce wildfire hazard is to reduce the amount of fuel that is available to burn,â€? said Ferster. â€œBy putting this tool in hands of many people, we can collect more information about the current status of the forest, and at the same time increase awareness and cooperation, which will help reduce the threat of wildfire in the community.â€? With consistent and comparable measurements at their disposal, forest managers can make timely decisions on how to best minimize fire hazard. A field trial of the app is currently underway at UBCâ€™s Okanagan campus in Kelowna. To find out more about the project and to volunteer please visit: http://irsslab.forestry.ubc.ca/ Research/MobileRemoteSensing.aspx Photo: Keith McNeill / The Times
Maurice M Smith of Calgary pedals away from a checkpoint at Wells Gray Inn on Monday morning, July 23. He was taking part in the Rocky Mountain 1200, a non-competitive cycling ultra-marathon.
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