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Minutes before: A surveillance camera captures nothing unusual at 5:03 a.m.
Aftermath: Security officer Geoff Stokes removes the money from an ATM at the Mall at Piccadilly that was damaged during an attempted robbery in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Smash: In the blink of an eye, a truck is seen ramming the mall entrance.
ATM thieves thwarted
There’s a lot of money involved, but thieves didn’t get any – they just made it into a movie. Two men used a stolen pickup truck in an attempt to get at a Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union ATM by ramming their way through the main entrance of the Mall at Piccadilly at 5
a.m. Aug. 11. The men were captured on the mall’s video surveillance equipment as they attempted unsuccessfully to remove the cash machine. An RCMP forensic team has completed an examination of the scene. Police have secured the video and con-
tinue to investigate the attempted theft. Salmon Arm Savings and Credit Union officials say the ATM will be out of service until further notice due to the attempted theft. An estimated cost for damage incurred by the mall or the ATM had not yet been calculated.
Attempted grab: A suspect in black unsuccessfully tries to steal the ATM.
Council lukewarm on gaming centre By Lachlan Labere OBSERVER STAFF
A gaming centre may not be their first choice for the former GM site at 10th Street SW and the Trans-Canada Highway, but city council is supporting the Adams Lake Indian Band’s proposed development nonetheless. At their Monday meeting, council had an opportunity to discuss a letter from Adams Lake Indian Band (ALIB), in which
band manager Albert Quinn provides information about the intended development while seeking feedback. The letter states the facility will be more than 20,000 square-feet inside, and will offer electronic bingo, up to 100 slot machines initially, as well as a restaurant and a lounge. “This facility will provide as many as 100-plus employment positions to the local area and, of course, will draw customers from
a wide area within the Shuswap and surrounding districts,” writes Quinn, noting final design and layout would have to be approved by the BC Lottery Corporation. City staff recommended council support the gaming centre and permit the connection of the subject properties to the municipal storm sewer as part of the city’s Municipal Servicing Agreement with ALIB. First to speak to the recom-
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mendation, Coun. Alan Harrison made note that the band would be paying for municipal services through the servicing agreement. As for the development itself, he said a casino wouldn’t be his first choice for the property, but that it wasn’t his choice, and that ALIB Chief Nelson Leon has good reasons for putting the gaming centre at the former GM site, a lot and building that is only deteriorating.
“And Chief Nelson recognizes that that’s not good for anybody – having something happen there is better than what’s happening there now,” said Harrison. “I think the timing is actually good considering where we are in our economic development, and the fact that economic times are not great. I think there’s positives there as far as employment goes, not just for See City on page A2
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City has little say over proposed plan Continued from front members of the Adams Lake band, but as the chief has said, it will employ other people as well.” Coun. Ken Jamieson was grateful for the opportunity to provide input, stating he wanted economic development for the band, and that he hoped it would be positive for them as well as the City of Salmon Arm. However, he was initially reluctant to offer complete support of the proposal. He said council could only comment on infrastructure, policing costs and traffic and highway use, and that council may have other concerns that are not weighed. “ I think I would prefer a motion that says we have no objections, rather than support,” said Jamieson. City administrator
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We don’t have a lot of control, but I appreciate them coming to us and asking for our support and asking for our input
Carl Bannister said this would be a different motion, while Coun. Chad Eliason argued the two motions are essentially the same. Preferring the gam-
ing centre over a derelict lot, Eliason viewed the proposal as an opportunity “help and cooperate with our First Nation neighbours.” “They are part of our community,” said Eliason. “We don’t have a lot of control, but I appreciate them coming to us and asking for our support and asking for our input and, hopefully going forward, we can reciprocate and we can move forward in a positive way, working together for development in our community and theirs.” Jamieson said, instead, that he would support council’s support, and that council’s support would be a step forward to improving relations with neighbouring bands. But he cautioned there may be social costs that “we may not see the full ramifications of for years to come.”
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Violent crime rate creeps up RCMP: Offences in the region primarily linked to drug, alcohol use. By Lachlan Labere OBSERVER STAFF
Socio-economic conditions may be contributing to the rise of violent crime in Salmon Arm. Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane, in his second quarterly report for the year provided to city council Monday, noted that person crimes, including violent crime and assault are increasing. “As in past quarters, we’re seeing an increase in violent crime, it just keeps on going up – not huge, but it’s just creeping up,” said Keane, noting violent crime includes disturbance issues where people are acting violently. “I described before that we’re dealing with intoxication issues a lot of the time, we’re dealing with persons that have low coping skills a lot of the time, and I’m just starting to consider whether the tightening economy plays a roll in that, when it comes down to family violence and these kind of things, because we’re seeing an increase in that as well.” In terms of property crime, Keane said the detachment saw a blip in the first quarter of the year, which he linked to individuals who had done their time and had been released from jail. But he said this is being brought back under control and, overall, it continues to drop. “Right now, as far as property crime goes, the big issue on our plate is that we’re dealing with organized crime groups that go outside the detach-
ment area, throughout the Okanagan, reaching over to Alberta,” Keane added. “They’re hard to pin down when people don’t actually live in your area. And we’re trying to get a handle on that.” Traffic-wise, there were 32 collisions in the city last quarter, with only five injuries amounting to no in-
and commented on the usefulness of the speed reader board. In addition, Harrison thanked Keane’s liaison officer, Cst. Kieran Bastiann, who was assigned to Bastion Elementary. Harrison said Bastiann established positive rapport with the students, though there was one incident where his influence wasn’t en-
Right now, as far as property crime goes, the big issue on our plate is that we’re dealing with organized crime groups that go outside the detachment area... Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane SALMON ARM RCMP crease. Keane added that 68 people were removed from the road in relation to drinking and driving. On the drug front, Keane spoke highly of the work being done by his plain-clothes officers, who are specifically targeting activity related to cocaine, heroin and methamphetamine. With the summer season, Keane says there has been an increase in calls for service – an estimated 45 per cent of the detachment’s calls occur during the 12 weeks of summer. For the second quarter, the detachment received 1,943 calls for service, completed 719 traffic stops, jailed 207 prisoners and has 215 ongoing investigations. Coun. Alan Harrison offered his compliments for the RCMP’s effective work on the hard drug enforcement,
tirely appreciated. “I had to break up a snowball fight that he started,” said Harrison, Bastion principal. “My secretary looked out the window and said, ‘Alan, there’s snowballs flying everywhere,’ and the fact was that most of them were coming out of his hand and not the kids’, and so they started to fire back. So, when I went out there, the kids were quick to say, ‘he started it.’ And he actually admitted it, he said ‘yes he did.’ So I explained to him the rule, and he’s been quite well-behaved since that time.” On a more serious note, Harrison asked about the E Division deputy commissioner’s respectful workplace action plan, which is to be introduced to detachments. Keane said he didn’t know exactly what the plan is, but that he understands the
Body recovered from the Seymour River The body of a man was pulled from the mouth of the Seymour River on Shuswap Lake Monday, Aug. 13. RCMP in Chase say the body is believed to be that of a 24-year-old man swept over Seymour Falls on June 11. The coroner’s ser-
vice says it is working to officially identify the body. Andrew Wilson is missing and presumed drowned after being swept downstream after he entered the Seymour River to cool off more than two months ago.
issue is in the media. “Several of the female constables that I’ve talked to have been upset about the media coverage and they think it’s overly harsh; however, the RCMP, as an organization, has come out there and said this conversation is over, whether or not it is a problem, it exists and this is what we are going to do,” said Keane. He went onto explain that at the beginning of each year, the detachment undertakes quality assurance audits on different aspects of operations. This year it focused on a respectful workplace. “We interviewed every member of the detachment… and we got feedback as far as any instance of harassment, and it was fine,” said Keane. “And then we backed it up by having every member review the harassment policy,
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Flood of counterfeit bills swamps the region
By Tracy Hughes
At approximately 9 p.m., on Aug. 7, police responded to a report of an intoxicated male at Canoe Beach attempting to instigate a fight. The man ran after spotting police and was arrested following a short foot chase. The Salmon Arm resident was lodged in police cells and released when he was sober.
Resistance nets night in cell It was an expensive bathroom break for a Vernon man, and a troubling one for his Shuswap friend. Vernon RCMP officers were in the parking lot of the Fruit Union Plaza A&W Saturday shortly before 3 a.m. when one of the officers noticed a man urinating on the back door of the restaurant. The 27-year-old Vernon man was arrested for mischief and being drunk in a public place. While the officers were arresting the Vernon man, his 27 year-old friend from Blind Bay, near Sorrento, stepped in and started to argue with officers. “He refused to leave the area after repeated warnings by our officers, and he approached the arresting officers in a threatening manner,” said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. He was arrested for obstructing a peace officer, then resisted arrest by putting up a fight. Officers were able to wrestle the man to ground and get handcuffs on him. He was taken into custody. The suspect is expected to face charges of resisting arrest and obstruction.
Police are alerting residents and businesses in the Okanagan and Thompson Valley to a wave of fake currency passing through the region. On Aug. 8, three counterfeit $100 bills were passed to Salmon Arm businesses. These bills appear to be the same as those passed in other Okanagan communities. The bill can be identified as fraudulent by noting the silver band across the bill which contains embossed “$5” repeated on this reflective strip. Video surveillance has been obtained of the male who passed these bills and Salmon Arm police continue to investigate the matter. “The typical modus operandi is for the passer to make an inexpensive purchase and pay with a large denomina-
tion, in turn receiving a large percentage of change back in authentic currency, leaving the bogus bill in the till,” said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. The RCMP has received 23 complaints about the passing or attempted passing of counterfeit bills in the past two weeks. The incidents involved bank notes in $20, $50 and $100 denominations and occurred in Salmon Arm, West Kelowna, Penticton, Kamloops, Okanagan Falls and other communities. Moskaluk said grocery stores, convenience stores and bars are particularly vulnerable to bogus bank note scams. “Customarily, what we do see at times is that drinking establishments might be victimized because there’s lower light and a higher volume of clientele, so there’s a lower chance of being detected,” he said.
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Backlogs plague ultrasound procedures By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
The Oxford Dictionary describes the word urgent as: “needing immediate attention, action or decision.” But in terms of getting an ultrasound, Shuswap resident Shannon Gallivan discovered that the wait list for urgent cases is at least four weeks anywhere in Interior Health. “After my mother received her requisition from her physician July, 31 she had called the West Kelowna imaging to find that they are booking ‘urgent’ ultrasounds into the end of September/October…” she says. “After a few calls to all Interior imaging departments the answer was the same across the board, with the earliest appointment being available in Salmon Arm towards the end of August/ September.” Shuswap Lake Hospital radiologist John Wickert says the primary cause of the long waits is a shortage of qualified technologists. “Two things have happened – they (the province)
haven’t trained enough techs and lots of old techs are retiring with no one to backfill the positions,” Wickert says, noting longtime local ultrasonographer Ron Lawrence retired several months ago, leaving a finally acquired third machine sitting idle. “The other problem is a province across the mountains pays a heckuva lot better.” The good news for Salmon Arm is that a new ultrasonographer will be arriving at the end of August. As well, Wickert says if a doctor believes his patient needs to be seen within a certain number of hours, Shuswap Lake imaging department will work it out. “But it has to be doctorto-doctor,” he says of the requisition. “If there is a true reason the doctor wants us to see them, we’ll accommodate them.” Dan Fitch, head of diagnostic imaging for Interior Health’s Thomson-Cariboo Shuswap region, says the issue Canada-wide is more complex than rates of pay. He says the health region is going to do its best to at-
tract techs by attending job recruiting fairs, highlighting lifestyle choice and “being creative with scheduling.” Another factor compounding program is that BCIT switched to a direct entry program, says Fitch. Prrior to that, people who were already X-ray technicians or other medical professionals, could be certified following a nine-month course. The new program is twoand-a-half years and the first graduates from this extended program are just emerging. In the meantime, Fitch suggests patients can get ultrasounds at privately owned but publicly funded clinics in Vernon or Kamloops – clinics, he says that don’t have to accommodate hospital wards or emergency rooms. But Gallivan, who called the Vernon clinic last Thursday, was told the earliest available appointment for those on the urgent list is Oct. 3. As well, Gallivan questions the validity of cutting the nine-month course entirely.
Wait list: Dr. John Wickert says a shortage of trained technologists is creating delays in non-emergency ultrasound procedures. She argues the training course for medical personnel should remain open to qualified people in the same way LPNs are able to transfer into nursing. “Why are we cutting programs in areas that are
in high demand, making it harder to get?” She also takes issue with IH’s attempts to attract more qualified ultrasonographer. “If you ask me, they’re not doing anything to correct the problem,” she says, noting
there are only nine job postings on Interior Health’s website, none of them for an ultrasonographer. “If I am an ultrasound technician in another province, how do I even know when there’s a position?”
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A win for girls everywhere Who would have thought? A woman soccer player as flag bearer for Canada at the Olympics. Who would have predicted? A women’s soccer team capturing the attention of the country with their roller-coaster ride to a bronze medal. I must admit, I have a love/hate relationship with the Olympics. I hate them for all their wasteful, extravagant expense and the corruption that’s so often part and parcel of them – not to mention the nasty side of nationalism they evoke. More than once I heard the term this time around of “Ugly Americans” in reference to comments from the U.S. women’s soccer team. Interesting how the comments of one player can morph into a slag of a whole nation. But, those principles aside, I love watching the events just as much as the next person, and I admire the incredible skill and dedication of the athletes. I’m so thrilled that women’s sport – and what a great sport soccer is – was raised to such a high profile. Take that, those officials who don’t think women’s hockey or women’s ski jumping merits a place alongside the guys at the Olympics. Before the Games I watched a documentary on Canadian double bronze medalist Carol Huynh. She talked about how hard female wrestlers have worked to be taken seriously. And how there’s still a long way to go. A male competitor remarked to her just prior to these Games that one of the wrestlers was very good “because she wrestled like a man.” Really. This is nothing new. Girls grow up constantly hearing disdainful comments like “you throw like a girl” or “you run like a girl” being accepted as if there’s something inherently deficient about the gender. So this amazing, inspiring performance from our Canadian women’s soccer team helped show a world of people just how athletic, committed, resourceful, skilled and strong, both in body and mind, ‘girls’ can be. Here in Salmon Arm it’s been said that we have one of the highest per capita percentages of young people in B.C. who play soccer. I imagine this figure will only grow in the wake of the Olympics. Soccer is both the beautiful game and one of the most accessible games. It’s the most popular sport worldwide not only because it can be played in any climate, but because it’s inexpensive. One soccer ball, a bit of open ground – and you’ve got a game. I, personally, love the sport because it’s accessible to people of all ages and skill levels. I started playing about four years ago and, although I’ve carved out my position as the traditional “weak spot,” I absolutely love the game and all the people you get to meet along the way. So, for all of these reasons and more, to Christine Sinclair and all the members of the Canadian Women’s Soccer Team, I have just one comment. Thank you.
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Water inviting but sometimes deadly The sultry days of summer have finally arrived and with water levels receding well, beaches and boat launches are open. And the sparkling waters issue a refreshing welcome on a hot day. But those inviting waters can be potential death traps that must be treated with care and respect. Police report the body of a young man has been pulled from the mouth of the Shuswap River. Sadly, it is believed to be that of a 24-year-old Salmon Arm man, who was swept over Seymour Falls on June 11th, after jumping into the river to cool off during a hike. This year’s run-off was particularly high, compounded by a late snow melt and heavy rains. High water levels can hide dangerous under-
water debris and equally deadly currents, even when the surface of the water seems smooth and calm. In another potentially deadly encounter, a young Korean tourist survived a close brush with death in Shuswap Lake, thanks to the concerted efforts of a team of Sicamous beachgoers. Unable to swim, he ventured out of his depth Aug. 1 and his non-swimming friends were not able to help him. Pulled from the water and resuscitated before paramedics made it to the scene, the man was taken to hospital. He will have quite a story to tell when he goes home. He is lucky to be alive to tell it. His family will not suffer the grief of losing a son in a foreign country.
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The Observer asked:
What do you think of Canada’s performance during the Olympics?
David Hanna “They might have done better if they’d been better trained.”
Monika Bouchard “They did amazing. I’m very proud of all of them.”
Suzanne DeBono “I think they did fantastic. I’m proud of them all.”
Warren Sun “Canada is a winter country so we do better at winter sports.”
Briam Neumann “I felt they did extremely well.”
B.C. liquor laws Applause for Olympic athletes ﬁnally effective BC VIEWS
Tom Fletcher VICTORIA – Here’s a summer scene being played out all over North America. Family van pulls up to the corner store to stock up on a few camping essentials: pop, chips, hot dogs, a case of beer and a bottle of vodka. Not in B.C. you say? It happens every day at rural agency liquor stores around the province. As with many other issues, there is one reality for urban B.C. and another for the rest of us. Selling booze in grocery stores would presumably create anarchy in B.C cities and towns, but villagers and their visitors somehow manage it, just as everyone does across the line in Washington or Alaska. These rural agency stores are “flyspeck operators,” sniffs an acquaintance who spent his career as a union activist in government liquor stores. Picture dusty old bottles on a rickety shelf, greedy owners and poorly trained clerks more likely to sell to underage drinkers. Similar generaliza-
tions can be heard about the hundreds of private liquor stores that have popped up around B.C. since they were legalized. And in fact there have been more violations in private stores, revealed in sting operations run by liquor inspectors. In the year ended March 31, 54 private stores were caught selling to a minor, for an 84 per cent compliance rate. Only four government stores were caught, a pass rate of 96 per cent. Five rural agency stores were tested, and one flunked. But here is the telling statistic. In 2010, the government allowed liquor inspectors to employ actual minors to test stores. The watchdog now has teeth, and compliance has jumped. Government stores also have a huge builtin financial advantage in their wholesale rate, and are generally overstaffed by private sector standards. Meanwhile, the big booze story this year is cabinet minister Rich Coleman’s plan to sell
B.C.’s warehouse and distribution monopoly to a private contractor. The B.C. Government Employees’ Union has protested, despite assurances that their jobs will continue. B.C.’s burgeoning craft beer industry has looked to Alberta’s all-private model and predicts higher costs. The B.C. Liberal government has been on the defensive from the start, with the NDP pointing to the paper trail of lobbyists with an apparent inside track. It’s great politics, but it matters little to consumers in an increasingly competitive but heavily taxed business. Another new regulation took effect this summer, creating a $525 fine for adults serving minors, on the job, at home or as a bootlegger. Parents who provide booze for their own under-age children are exempted. Previously, penalties applied only to licensed establishments. If the issue really is public safety and teen binge drinking, the key job for government is to regulate sales effectively. Once that is done, no justification remains for government liquor sales.
I’m from Salmon Arm, B.C. and I just felt that I needed to write and thank all the athletes and others for representing us in London. You have all shown grace and poise at the Games. To the athletes who have achieved a personal best or have won a medal,
thank you. And congratulations to those who didn’t quite achieve the goal that you set for yourselves. Please don’t feel like you owe us an apology, because I think what you have all done has been very admirable. And it is us who should be saying thank you to you because you have all done
a great job at being our collective ambassadors. Also, you have done something that many others have wished they could do. So please remember that tomorrow is another day and you all did a great job. Doug Revel
Enbridge spill a matter of time The editorial in the Aug. 8 Observer talks about the “risk” assumed by British Columbia if the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline is constructed. Given the hundreds of pipeline spills in North America in the past few decades, and given the dismal record and recent events surrounding Enbridge, there is no risk at all of a pipe-
line spill, only an absolute certainty. Enbridge crows about their 99.999 per cent success rate in transporting liquids, but their enormous volume means that the other .001 per cent is, in reality, millions of gallons spilled, with the potential to contaminate billions of gallons of water in the process.
Enbridge is all about profits and nothing else. And the miniscule fines they receive for adding to the pollution of the planet are in no way an incentive to change their ways. Trust them to do what’s good for British Columbia? I think not. Rick Shea
Obviously something’s going on Harper’s delusions? The following are quotes or referenced comments quoted in the media on August 7. “It’s obviously in the vital interest of Canada and in the vital interest of British Columbia, to diversify export markets into Asia.” (particular reference to the national interests that allow “radical” as well as foreign-funded environmentalists to be regarded as enemies of the state) “Science, not economics, (or politics), will determine fate of pipeline.” My government “does not pick and choose particular projects.”
The Conservative government announced in the spring that cabinet, and not the National Energy Board, will now make the final decision on pipeline projects in the “national interest” – including Northern Gateway. Honestly, I have never seen clearer examples of the walk not matching the talk. Considering the “death of evidence” campaign by the scientific community in this country, I would say that the emphasis on science is purely a “spin” tactic, part of the “image (how it looks) industry,” or maybe he is talking about economic “science.” Just what we need.
Regarding the “obviously” adjective, Harper uses “obviously” with a frequency unmatched. Does he not realize that hidden within this term is the firm position that if you do not see the situation the same way he does, you are missing something? I have noticed over time, in publications, news broadcasts, and YouTube videos, Stephen Harper uses this term repeatedly. There is a huge message here. He believes that the world according to him is close to the truth. That is dangerous territory. William Lytle-McGhee
Nuclear threat eclipsed by biological war Regarding the letter about a nuclear war in the Aug. 1 Observer, I don’t think that will happen. What I think will happen is
a biological war. It would keep the infrastructure intact and it would probably kill a lot more people. The effects wouldn’t last as
long, and they would probably have a cure so that the population could thrive again. Joe Matulic
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 Salmon Arm Observer
Rex Lingford was appointed city clerk at a salary of $100 per month. He was to replace Frank Wilcox. Numerous cases of whooping cough were reported in the Salmon Arm area.
Council agreed to set aside part of the Lake Park for the use of the new lawn bowling club and the bowlers immediately held a work bee to prepare the grounds. A Carlin girl, not named, was the first student accepted as the provincial government announced the establishment of Canada’s first complete high school correspondence course. Campers at Glen Echo resort came close to losing their all when sparks from an 11 p.m. freight train triggered a grass fire which spread rapidly but was finally extinguished.
M.L. Wade, engineer, submitted a recommendation to the joint cemetery committee calling for the installation of water lines. C.W. Mobley, Tappen was guiding former U.S. president Herbert Hoover and party on a hunting and fishing trip in the Clearwater district.
A proposal to provide a suitable, adequate park for the Salmon Arm area was enthusiastically backed at a meeting in city hall organized by the Kinsmen Club. Some 40 persons, most present as delegates from other organizations, expressed unanimous support. Thirteen Hudson Street businessmen presented a petition asking for improvements to the condition of the street. M.F. Collins opened a new store, The Linen Chest, on Hudson Street. Coyotes killed eight sheep from the Mount Ida flock of Charles Turner.
After an intensive search by some 50 persons, a 17-month-old-boy, Erich Schulds, was found playing in a swine pen about a half-mile from his Sunnybrae home. Jim Hudson, chairman of the Kinsmen-sponsored blood donor clinic announced Salmon Arm residents had donated 180 pints.
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By Cavelle Layes OBSERVER STAFF
Salmon Arm’s visitor centre has seen a rise in paddle boating but a fall in the number of Albertan visitors. “I wish I could say it was up, but we are actually down just shy of 900 people, year-to- date,” says Corryn Grayston, general manager at the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce. “Most of that decline has taken place during the month of July.” Grayston believes this decline was a result of a rainy and overly wet month. “I think it has a lot to do with the flooding and the media over-exposure of the extent,” says Grayston. “It was really just relatively isolated to certain areas, but the representation was that the whole Shuswap was underwater. We had a tremendous amount of calls from people who had either booked accommodations or were planning trips, and were under the impression that roads were impassable because of water. “We were able to take those calls and quell that paranoia... The concern is, of course, that lots of people wouldn’t call here necessarily. They would, instead, believe what was being reported. We couldn’t capture those people and get them back here, they just went on to other places for their vacation.” According to Janice Dewitt, administrative assistant at the Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce, the area’s accommodation businesses were hit the hardest as a result of the flooding. “It is not that they aren’t as popular, I think the weather had an impact on the people who
were camping, using B & Bs, and the other accommodations in the area. I don’t think it was anything specific to the services they provide, just the rain and cold weather.” Grayston explains that in the early part of summer, people are looking for the warm weather and that tends to be campers. “May and June are primarily Europeans, Aussies and Kiwis that are camping,” says Grayston. “They are sort of a heartier stock. They are campers as opposed to fairweather tourists, so they may stay, but they still are only staying for a short period of time.” “When the beaches are closed or underwater that really has a tremendous impact on us as well. We had boats that couldn’t launch and lots of docks that were closed, and the debris in the water made it challenging,” she says. Grayston explains that the weather had a significant impact on July’s tourism rates as well. “People are chasing the sun,” says Grayston. We would still get a fair amount of people into the visitor centre, but we couldn’t keep them here. They were moving on to sunnier skies and greener pastures so to speak.” Grayston says that is where the visitor centre staff step in. “Our function is that even if they aren’t staying here for the day, we try to get them to think about us on their way back, or even for their next vacation.” Year-to-date the Salmon Arm visitor centre has seen 8,400 people come through their doors, with the leading tourists coming from other areas of British Columbia. Albertan travellers have dropped from their normal number-one tourist position
Discover the Shuswap: Visitor Centre co-ordinator
Janice Dewitt and Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce general manager Corryn Grayston provide information and brochures to both tourists and locals about events and places in the Salmon Arm area. down to number two, with Europeans and Salmon Arm residents coming in behind. “Believe it or not, we have a tremendous amount of locals who use the visitor centre as a resource,” says Grayston Dewitt says she sees a number of people using the centre for vacation planing. “We have a lot of people come in and say ‘Hey, I’m heading to this place,’ and so we try to carry a lot of guides from across B.C. so we can help them out,” says Dewitt. As it has been in previous years, the major attractions in the area have been hiking and lake activities. Grayston says that the beaches and boat launches have attracted their fair share of visitors. “We are really fortunate because we have this fabulous lake and it gets utilized,” says Grayston. However, the way the lake is being used has begun to change. “In the past it tended to always be used by powers boats and the odd sail boat that would come out, but we are seeing that paddling is becoming really, extremely popular.” “Lots of people who have
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never paddled in their life are coming into the visitor centre and wondering where they could rent a canoe or kayak to just get out on the water.” “As usual, the Shuswap Trail Alliance does a number of new trails or improvements to existing trails and that is always popular,” says Grayston. Another change has been that road cycling has also become increasingly popular in the area. “We have had people come from the States to road cycle, and lots of people from the Midwest, like Saskatchewan, who have a good contingent that come down to road cycle.” Agritourism is another draw for tourists in the area. “Wineries are always popular, as well as areas like De Mille’s and Pedro Gonzales, because people are looking for locally made and locally sourced fruits vegetables and staples that have been locally procured.” Grayston expects to see tourism numbers bounce back next year, and possibly increase with the help of the newly established Tourism Friendly program, which is expected to be in full swing by that time.
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Homeowner cries foul over city’s frontage rates for irregular lots By Lachlan Labere OBSERVER STAFF
A Salmon Arm man maintains he’s being penalized tax-wise for having an odd-shaped lot. John Gerbitz says he built his 17th Street SE residence two years ago and was told at that time that his frontage taxes would be based on his road frontage. This year he was surprised to find his water and sewer rate had gone up $512. After communicating with city staff, he learned this was due to an adjustment in the formula used to determine the frontage tax. “I have a pan-handled shape lot… So, what the district told me is that for some reason I didn’t qualify for the frontage anymore, and what they figured is to go around the perimeter of my lot and take those measurements and divide it by four,
which would make it a square, which essentially doesn’t work for a six-sided lot,” Gerbitz explained in a recent presentation to council. “Right now, I have a 15,000-square-foot lot, but with these calculations, it’s a 29,000square-foot lot… so this calculation they’re using doesn’t work for this lot.” In an email to Gerbitz, city financial services manager Betty Hiebert explains the “huge increase in frontage was due to a miscalculation in the past, which was discovered upon a review of your property.” City corporate service director Monica Dalziel elaborated on this at council, explaining Gerbitz was originally charged a frontage tax for 77 feet when it should have been 161. “I think this subdivision went in in 1997,”
said Dalziel. “Therefore, the frontage has been erroneously applied since that time. Since he just built his house, I think it’s the building permit that triggered the review. That’s what brought it to the attention of the utilities staff.” Gerbitz said he has learned there are other lots in the city that are also now under review. He maintained that the formula being used for irregular-shaped lots is unfair. “The simplest way would be to find the square footage for a lot and find the square root of that, and that would be the true fair way to do it. Right now I’m getting charged for 161 square feet and I believe my lot is 121… So I’m wondering if it’s worth considering re-evaluating their formula to come up with a fair deal for six-sidedshape lots like mine?”
said Gerbitz. Mayor Nancy Cooper suggested this could be reviewed at budget time, but added it would be a huge undertaking. This was quickly confirmed by Dalziel, who estimated there are upwards of 2,000 plans that would have to be reviewed. Coun. Alan Harrison later explained that the frontage tax represents a balance of cost. “No matter how you shuffle the deck, we have to collect a certain amount of money,” said Harrison. “So, if council was to change for 2,500 irregular lots – of which mine is one – and use some kind of different formula, the offset of charging those less would be charging the regular-shaped lots more.”
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Pain of suicide lingers By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
Hearing Mary Jane Jacksonâ€™s infectious giggle, nobody would suspect she carries an enormous burden of pain. Two years ago, her son Brad committed suicide. There was no warning. There were no signs indicating to Mary Jane or her husband Jim that Brad was struggling. â€œWe knew he had general anxiety but he seemed to be managing,â€? she says of the tall, handsome son who was a top student, great athlete and a kind, gentle person with a great sense of humour. Concerned when he was diagnosed with anxiety at age 10, the Jacksonâ€™s took their son to several counsellors. â€œWe didnâ€™t know what it really meant,â€? she says, tears welling. â€œWe didnâ€™t know how to watch him or have conversations about anxiety, about suicide or depression.â€? Mary Jane says that prior to her sonâ€™s death she had no idea suicide is the second cause of death in youth. â€œWhy didnâ€™t we know this? It made me so angry that there was something as senseless and preventable and nothing seemed to have been done before my sonâ€™s death or after it,â€? she said. â€œI was
Precious memories: Mary Jane Jackson looks at a photograph of her late son Brad in his bedroom. thinking last night as I cried, if my son had known Monica, I think heâ€™d still be here. If heâ€™d had someone to talk to, someone to listen to himâ€Śâ€? Mary Jane is referring to Monica Kriese, local support co-ordinator for the Force Society For Kids With Mental Health and chair of a committee organizing a World Suicide Prevention Day event Sept. 10. The Shuswap Suicide Prevention Committee includes a number of agencies â€“ School District #83, Interior Health, Mental Health, RCMP, Hospice, Okanagan College and other partners that support families and children that might have suicidal
thoughts. Kriese says one of the most important aspects of the committee is that it has such broad representation and is looking at shortcomings in the area regarding suicide. They are trying to find better ways to promote suicide prevention with education and awareness programs. She says that while there are some typical anxieties, others donâ€™t seem so evident. â€œWith young people itâ€™s so important to have conversations, not just about drinking and driving, but â€˜Are you feeling OK? Do you feel worthless? Are you still enjoying things you used to? Do you feel you donâ€™t belong? Do you have feelings
about wanting to hurt yourself.â€™â€? Kriese says 70 per cent of all mental health diagnoses are made when people are in their youth and that one in five Canadians have mental health issues, but less than two-thirds seek help. â€œThere are two common denominators â€“ belonging and a sense of worth,â€? says Mary Jane, a member of the committee, honouring her son and working to spare other parents from the pain of losing a child to suicide. â€œI always thought if you loved your kids enough thatâ€™s all they need, but thatâ€™s not true.â€? Mary Jane and Jim still talk about what they might have been able to do to help Brad and she points out itâ€™s important for young people to know they shouldnâ€™t hide or be blamed for their feelings. â€œThe word suicide is always in my head, itâ€™s become so familiar. Itâ€™s unfortunate, but I am always living it,â€? she says, voice choking. â€œThe most important thing to me is for youth to know they deserve the support they require,â€? she says. Both women maintain â€œDark Agesâ€? attitudes about mental health have to be
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