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Lawsuit claims negligence Court: Waterway seeking $1.7 million in damages from province, district. By Tim Petruk KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK
A Shuswap houseboat-rental company is suing two levels of government for nearly $2 million after torrential floods in June caused substantial property damage — a flash flood the company says was caused by government negligence. Court documents obtained by the newspaper show Waterway Houseboats Ltd. and Vinco Holdings Ltd. — operators of Waterway Houseboats on Mara Lake in Sicamous — are suing the provincial government and the District of Sicamous for $1.7 million. The documents, filed Monday, Aug. 20 in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops, claim the June 23 flash flood can be attributed largely to the work of provincial officials in the 1990s who built a forestry road — Skyline Forest Service Road — to provide better timber access for loggers. “The natural channel that formed the banks of Sicamous Creek was altered [when the road was built] and a culvert was installed in place of the natural channel,” the documents state, adding that increased logging after the road was built also caused increased water flow in the creek since the 1990s. When water levels rose in June, the culvert became clogged with debris. The end result was a devastating flash flood believed to have caused damage in the millions of dollars. “The forest service road effectively became a dam that caused a large volume of water and debris to accumulate,” the documents read. “A torrent of water, mud, sand, boulders, trees and other debris was unleashed. “The flood and debris torrent that came down the creek bed was enormous and totally unleashed. It swept away everything in its path.” The documents claim the impact on Waterway Houseboats was increased because of a bridge — property of the District of Sicamous — that
Outreach: Members of the Shuffle Demons make their way along the wharf Wednesday following a Roots and Blues outreach event held before the weekend’s 20th annual festival. See more on A9.
Festival still sizzles By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
The numbers were down, but if smiles, energetic dancing and wild applause were any indication, those who attended this year’s Roots and Blues Festival got their money’s worth. Some 25,581 walked through the festival gates on the weekend, compared to 2011’s gate of 27,405. As usual, Saturday’s crowd was the largest, with 9,114 in attendance. Some 8,042 showed up for Friday night’s slate and 8,425 attended Sunday. Shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, one tired artistic director sat down with an equally tired reporter to talk about the magic that was the 20th anniversary of the festival. “It’s hot,” began Hugo Rampen, acknowledging that while attendance numbers might be a little light over
other years, audiences were enthusiastic and seemed to be happy with the performers. And the enthusiasm was reciprocated. “Almost every performer has come up to me to say they’ve never been to a better festival than this one,” said Rampen. “I can’t remember which one it was, but I asked one of them what we could do better, and he said ‘nothing, you’re cutting edge; everyone else has to catch up to you.’” Pleased the festival rocked the same good vibes as last year, Rampen said Roots and Blues has developed into a full-family festival, with everything from infants carried in their parents’ arms, to the elderly slowly making their way about with canes or walkers and a number of people in wheelchairs. Rampen was also delighted that 6 a.m. clean-up crews had very little to do.
“There was no litter; our audiences were so responsible,” he said, noting that from a logistics standpoint, the volunteer team did an exceptional job. And Rampen’s satisfaction with how the event unfolded extended beyond the fairground site. “I am incredibly happy with the Routes and Blues and the Music Crawl,” he said of both highly successful pre-festival outreach programs. “The venues were full and people were enjoying themselves – they’re important events for the community.” It was congratulations all round as the Salmon Arm RCMP praised the event. “(We) wish to congratulate Roots and Blues organizers for a well-run event,” says Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane, head of the Salmon Arm detachment. See RCMP on page A2
See Allegations on page A2
This week Five members of a Calgary family remain in hospital after a serious collision. See details on A4. Rebecca Howard reﬂects on her experience at the London Olympics. See A17.
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Continued from front “diverted the flood and debris torrent north and directly on to the plaintiffs’ property. “As a result, the water, mud, sand, boulders, trees, cars and other debris entered the plaintiffs’ land and caused severe damage.” Waterway Houseboats claims in the documents to have spent $400,000 on clean-up after the flood — money the company wants reimbursed by the provincial and municipal governments. In addition, Waterway is looking for $800,000 to cover the customer refunds they claim to have doled out, and another $500,000
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Three judges of the BC Court of Appeal heard an appeal from the Neskonlith Indian Band Aug. 14 and 15, but it will likely be several months before a decision is reached. The band appealed the court’s decision to uphold the City of Salmon Arm’s hazardous areas development permit for the proposed SmartCentres shopping centre. In April, BC Supreme Court Justic Peter Leask had dismissed the band’s
RCMP responded to approximately 20 calls for service directly related to the festival, which included minor theft, a missing person, assisting security in removing some unruly patrons, fireworks and some youth issues. A total of five people were arrested for intoxication, which was a substantial decrease from last year.
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Flood scene: This photo shows the water and debris that flowed through the Waterway Houseboats property in Sicamous. in lost business. Officials in Sicamous are still working on figuring out how much damage the flash flood caused. Waterway House-
boats re-opened for limited business on July 12. None of the allegations in the documents have been proven in court.
claim that the City of Salmon Arm had a legal or constitutional obligation to consult with the band before issuing the development permit. He concluded that the duty to consult, when decisions may affect aboriginal rights or title, rests with the province. A three-judge panel, senior judge Justice Mary Newbury, Justice Daphne Smith and Justice John Hall heard the appeal in Vancouver. Lawyer Mark Underhill, representing the Neskonlith band, said the average time for an appeal decision to be
made tends to be about four months. “It varies tremendously... It’s virtually impossible to predict.” Along with the City of Salmon Arm and Salmon Arm Shopping Centres, the Union of BC Municipalities is participating in the case because the decision could have implications for other municipalities and First Nations. Underhill said he wouldn’t be surprised if the case goes to yet a higher court. “It’s an issue that is ripe to go to the Supreme Court of Canada.”
RCMP face few problems at festival Continued from front
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Court decision could be months away By Martha Wickett
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There’s mutual admiration, too, as Rampen notes the Folk Music Society invites and appreciates having the police on-site. Also delighted with the 20th anniversary celebration is Lody Kieken, Salmon Arm Folk Music Society chair. “I thought it was a good festival,” he said. “The weather co-operated and the energy in the crowd was good – lots of smiling faces
and great acts.” Kieken said he is always happy to hear the rave reviews the army of more than 900 volunteers receives from the performers. “I think that’s one of our assets,” he said. “That’s about eight per cent of our population.” While he enjoyed all the acts, Kieken had a few favourites – Cherine, Betty Levette, Coco Montoya and the Shuffle Demons.
Both defendants — the provincial government and the District of Sicamous — have 30 days to file a response.
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Stomp chastised for breaking contract By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
Organizers of the 2012 Summer Stomp are frustrated by the cold reception they received at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District board meeting. Stomp committee president Mike Smith and treasurer Steve Hammer were at the Aug. 16 meeting to present a letter describing their, “23 years of success.” But enthusiasm was decidedly lacking among board members. “Did your group not enter into an agreement with the regional district, with conditions you were to follow on how your area was laid out, security, all different things?” asked Area D director Rene Talbot. “And one of the issues was the music was to shut down at midnight.” Hammer told directors organizers were not about to apologize for breaking the music curfew because it has long been a successful means of keeping people safely on-site for many years. “There were seven or eight conditions and every single one was done above and beyond – not even up to, but exceeding,” he said frustration creeping in. Hammer told the board 98 letters of support had been sent to CSRD planning assistant Dan Passmore with a lot of other support being expressed verbally. “We’re talking about
one weekend a year; that’s 51 we won’t be in that valley and we won’t be a bother to anybody – one weekend we’re asking to do a central fire, music until later in the evening keeping people onsite.” This did not impress Electoral Area F North Shuswap director Larry Morgan. “I can’t say I was particularly impressed when I heard that it went on to all hours of the night,” he said. “Frankly, I am not prepared to support stomp in the future…” Area C South Shuswap interim director Jack McInaly was succinct in his condemnation. “I’m looking at this pretty simply; you signed a contract that had the noise cut off at midnight because noise was an issue in the past several years,” he said. “You broke that contract, why should we give you another one?” Area E Sicamous director Rhona Martin, who said she had heard positive comments about the event, wanted to know where attendees had come from and what economic benefit the event provided to the area. Smith reported that the event lost money this year and that the shortfall was made up out of the organizers’ own personal funds. In terms of attendees, Hammer reported that some 75 per cent of the 1,500 on-site came from other
areas and provided economic benefit through their purchases of food and other items. Smith noted that the fights and vandalism that take place after area bars close do not happen at the stomp. “This does not happen at the Summer Stomp because we don’t shut it off at midnight,” he said, slapping his hands for emphasis. “Yes, we defied the contract, but we did it for a reason and I am not apologizing for it. We were right in doing what we did.” Smith asked directors to consider hosting a community meeting in Silver Creek before deciding on the future of the stomp. “They have a reason to be upset, but so do we,” said Smith. “If we had gone back to the June meeting saying we can’t sign this with the midnight agreement because it makes our event unsafe to host… we believe Mr. Talbot would have said ‘sayonara, it’s been a pleasure not doing business with you.’” Frustrated that none of the positive aspects of the stomp were brought up at the board meeting, Smith says organizers will host a community meeting in Silver Creek in September. “We’re gonna invite those in favour or not in favour,” said Hammer. “Even though we don’t think we’ll sway Mr. Talbot, we want people to voice their concerns and accolades.”
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Family all expected to survive serious crash OBSERVER STAFF
Salmon Arm RCMP are reporting that all five family members involved in a serious single-vehicle crash over the weekend are responding well to medical treatment and are expected to survive. At 5:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, members from the Salmon Arm Detachment responded to the crash on Highway 1 near Blind Bay. The family of five
from Calgary, including a husband, wife and their three children aged 16, 14 and 8, were travelling from Calgary to Vancouver when their vehicle left the roadway. All passengers sustained serious injuries. None of the names of the victims have been released. The investigation suggests that driver fatigue was a factor, in addition to the misuse of seatbelts. “This motor vehicle incident could have
Campﬁre ban now in effect By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
With the wildfire risk soaring to extreme in some areas, campers are restricted to batterypowered devices to create ambiance at their campsites. A campfire ban for the entire Salmon Arm Fire Zone went into effect at noon Friday, Aug. 17. The Kamloops Fire Centre has imposed the burning ban in all areas of the centre except for the Clearwater zone. The open burning prohibition covers all B.C. parks, Crown and private lands, but does not apply within the boundaries of local governments that have forest fire prevention bylaws and are serviced by a fire department. But Salmon Arm Fire Chief Brad Shirley says the municipality has followed suit in establishing the prohibition within the city boundaries. This step is being taken to help prevent human-caused wildfires and protect public safety. “The fire danger rating is currently high throughout the Salmon Arm Zone with pockets of extreme,” says fire technician Larry Osachoff. “We’re pretty close to the top of the totem pole.” There have been three wildfires in the zone since Thursday, one in
the Seymour Arm area and two in Deep Creek. The North Shuswap fire was a 15-day holdover from a lightning strike and one in Deep Creek was a 10-day hangover. “We’ve had patrols out on a daily basis and we’re getting good cooperation from people,” Osachoff says. A forecast for rain and cooler temperatures could ease the wildfire risk but a ban on burning continues until further notice. This open-burning ban applies to open fires of any size, fires with a burn registration number, industrial burning, fireworks, tiki torches and burning barrels. The prohibition does not apply to cooking stoves that use gas, propane or briquettes, or to a portable campfire apparatus with a CSA or ULC rating that uses briquettes, liquid or gaseous fuel, as long as the height of the flame is less than 15 centimetres. Anyone found in violation of an open fire ban, including campfires, may be issued a ticket for up to $345. Anyone who causes a wildfire through arson or recklessness may be fined up to $1 million, spend up to three years in prison and be held accountable for associated firefighting costs. For the latest information on wildfire-related issues, go to: www. bcwildfire.ca.
ended tragically” stated Const. Lesley Smith, RCMP media relations officer, “Drivers must be fully rested before attempting a long drive. If you feel fatigue please pull over and rest. You are not only endangering the lives of your family but also the safety of the motoring public sharing the highway with you.” Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call the Salmon Arm RCMP detachment at 250-8326044.
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Acura, which was carrying a family of five from Calgary, is completely destroyed after a single-vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway at 5:30 a.m. Aug. 18. Driver fatigue is suspected as a factor.
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Salmon Arm Observer Wednesday, August 22, 2012
City News and Public Notices STREET LIGHTING – RESIDENTIAL AREAS
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habitat restoration team puts together a basking platform for McGuire Lake’s painted turtles.
Upgrades have turtle appeal By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF
Life is warming up for McGuire Lake’s painted turtle population. And that’s good news. These cold-blooded animals need a daily dose of sun-basking warmth in order to carry out their daily lives. “They need it for energy for feeding and for their metabolism,” says BC Conservation Foundation wildlife technician and habitat restoration specialist Deanna MacTavish. “This is especially important during mating and nesting season.” MacTavish is a member of a four-person team who spent last week adding turtle-friendly amenities to McGuire Lake. As part of the turtle habitat improvement project, the team installed 11 basking logs in the lake, three of them attached together to form a larger basking platform. With a high vehicle mortality rate in mind, the team also has plans to discourage the turtles from crossing Eighth Avenue to lay their eggs in residential gardens. “Road mortality is a huge issue we have to deal with all over the province,” she says, noting installation of a drift fence along the roadway would be an effective tool in keeping the endangered species from making the perilous trip. The team surveyed the lake for a possible nesting beach and identified an excellent location that gets sun throughout the day, says MacTavish, noting area residents have reported seeing turtles nest in the northeast site near the hospital in the past. MacTavish is hoping to be back in Salmon Arm in the spring in order to install the nesting beach. Once the beach is available, anyone seeing a turtle attempting to cross the road is asked to retrieve it and carry it to the beach area – or help them across in whatever direction they’re heading. Brad Ackerman, Salmon Arm’s manager of Parks and Recreation says the city is partnering with the Conservation Foundation and BCIT to evaluate and improve the habitat. “This wasn’t done as a direct result of local complaints,” he says. “The whole goal of McGuire lake is to have it as a outdoor classroom, to find out about the ecology of the habitat and raise awareness.” Ackerman says he would like to see students using the lake as an outdoor lab on school field trips. Earlier this year city workers removed the dock used for the kid’s fishing program that was closed down earlier this summer. Ackerman says there is a possibility the program will be reinstated next year in Canoe or in Salmon Arm Bay. But he’s not making promises.
In accordance with the City of Salmon Arm Street Lighting Policy, requests for additional street lighting can be considered for reasons of public safety, in particular, the safety of elementary school children en route to and from school. Each year, municipal staff evaluates applications received from citizens and prepares a priority list for review by Council. If you are aware of areas where street lighting is lacking, please submit details to the attention of the undersigned, prior to Friday, September 21, 2012. Robert Niewenhuizen, Director of Engineering and Public Works Box 40, Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2, Phone: 250-803-4000 Fax: 250-803-4041
SPRINKLING RESTRICTIONS Annual sprinkling restrictions within the City of Salmon Arm are in effect from May 15 to September 15 SPRINKLING HOURS ARE ALLOWED AS FOLLOWS: The sprinkling regulations allow sprinkling two days per week based on the last two numbers of the house (business) street address between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and 11 p.m. No sprinkling on Monday 00 – 33 Tuesday and Friday only 34 – 66 Wednesday and Saturday only 67 – 99 Thursday and Sunday only Customers with automatic underground irrigation systems will be allowed and encouraged to water lawns between 12:00 a.m. (midnight) and 7 a.m. on the appropriate days. Your co-operation in adhering to these restrictions will be greatly appreciated. Residents are encouraged to conserve wherever possible. Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a ﬁne, metered water rates, or a discontinuation of service. For clariﬁcation in mobile home parks and strata developments, please call City Hall at 250-803-4000. Engineering & Public Works Department
CANOE BEACH RENTAL LOT 7 AMENDMENT Notice is hereby given that it is the intention of the City of Salmon Arm to amend a Rental Agreement with the Wendy Pyper for the rent of and to be used for seasonal recreational purposes. The agreement between the City and Wendy Pyper made November 1, 2010, will be amended as follows: Year Revised Rental Rate Revised Rental Rate 2011 $3,110.00 $2,345.00 2012 $3,265.00 $2,460.00 2013 $3,430.00 $2,585.00
The general terms and conditions of the Rental Agreement remain the same. Land legally described as Parcel Identiﬁer 010-561-625, Lot 1, Section 6, Township 21, Range 9, W6M, KDYD, Plan 4310. Located at 4217 - 78th Avenue, N.E., Salmon Arm, and is known as Canoe Beach Campsite No. 7. For additional information and/or inquiries, please contact the ofﬁce of the undersigned. Carl Bannister, Corporate Ofﬁcer City of Salmon Arm 500 – 2 Avenue NE, PO Box 40 Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
SALMON ARM FIRE DEPARTMENT - NOTICE As of Friday, August 17th, 12:00 noon, the City of Salmon Arm has banned all open burning including; campﬁres, ﬁreworks and tiki torches until further notice as per Bylaw No. 1538, Part 2.6(2). Permitted ﬁres are limited to natural gas or propane outdoor appliances used for cooking, warmth or light and such appliances must be equipped with spark arresters. Permits for all ﬁres are mandatory and can be purchased at City Hall or Fire Hall #3 (downtown). This open ﬁre ban is in effect to protect public safety and to limit the risk of person-caused wildﬁres. For more information call 250-803-4000
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Safety resource unbuckled Three years ago, Selina Metcalfe discovered a remedy for the number-one cause of death among young children. She was horrified to learn that the number-one killer of young children was car collisions and that a shocking number of those deaths could have been prevented by the correct placement and use of child car seats. And yet there were little to no resources in our community to help parents with the often complex process of installing these seats and using them properly. So Selina decided this was unacceptable. And, seeing no other option, she stepped up. In a completely volunteer role, Selina spent three years on course and self-education to become an expert on children’s restraint systems. As her work became known, she would take calls, texts and emails from worried parents with questions about safely buckling their children into the appropriate seat for their size and weight, the correct seat angle and even going so far as to drive up to the hospital and meet parents with newborns, checking their car seats to ensure baby’s first ride home was as safe as possible. She’s created and maintained a Facebook page and spent her own money attending courses and creating resource materials for other families. As it appears there’s no hope of any type of funding support for her work, Selina’s made the heart-wrenching decision to discontinue her one-woman volunteer effort. “I feel horrible,” she says with tears in her eyes. “I feel like people are going to think that I don’t care about their kids. But the government doesn’t recognize this as a valid need and I can’t keep feeding it out of my own time and my own pocket.” Remembering my own sense of panic about the safety of our car seat, which eventually required the not-included-in themanual fix of using a pool noodle to prop it to the right angle, I felt tears come to my eyes too. “Car seats are not straightforward,” says Selina. “They come with textbook-sized manuals and each one can vary, add that to nervous parents and it can be a very stressful process, with parents sometime driving around for weeks or months with a car seat that may not work as it should in a crash.” Selina’s hope is another community agency will step up. In some communities, car seat checks can be done at fire halls, by nurses or other agencies. “I think because of liability, no one wants to touch it. I contacted ICBC and they wouldn’t go near it with a 10-foot-pole. It’s very disheartening to hear nothing but no.” The irony is not lost on me that the government will spend thousands of dollars on health screenings or learning programs for children, but won’t provide funding to increase safety for the single greatest reason for child deaths in North America. Maybe it’s time to invest some cash where it could have the biggest payoff in terms of keeping children alive.
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A toast to 20 years of festival fun Twenty years and still going strong. The Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary over the weekend and once again proved the reason for its longevity — it’s a darn good time for people of all ages. Not only that, the festival, which has grown from humble beginnings with a group of music lovers who ran coffee house performances for local musicians, has become one of the most well organized, professional-class events in the country. And this is not mere self-inflated boasting. It is brought up by those who know festivals best — the performers themselves. These people rave about the quality of their experience at the festival and how they take enjoyment from the enthusiasm of the crowds. While economic times have put a dent in many a music festival, Roots and Blues, while not
exempt, continues to flourish, drawing new people to our town and satisfying the many returnees. We would be remiss to go without recognizing the enormous commitment made to the success of this festival by hundreds of volunteers. We are sure that planning for Roots and Blues Festival #21 is already underway, thanks to the vision and dedication of board members at the helm of the organization. This is complemented by the hundreds of local people who give of their time to do some of the seemingly thankless tasks, like putting up tents, selling raffle tickets or keeping the site tidy. While the organization lets them know they are appreciated, these people deserve the entire community’s thanks. So bravo Roots and Blues. Here’s to another 20 years, and more.
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Salmon Arm Observer Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Observer asked:
What was your favourite act from this year’s Roots and Blues Festival?
Carmen Underhill “Five Alarm Funk. They’re awesome... and I love them.”
Gerri Kiy “No Sinner. She has such a powerful energy about her.”
Helena McGowin “The Shuffle Demons because I love the saxophone.”
Linda Erlam “Tom Wilson from Blackie and the Rodeo Kings because he’s just such a professional.”
Rita Beraro “Alex Cuba, because he’s so good at bringing people together musically.”
Fletcher on track, with exceptions Worried about a Black Press whitewash David Black, owner of the Black Press Group, says he wants to build an oil refinery in Kitimat. He claims coastal pollution would be less harmful if a tanker carrying refined petroleum products, rather than diluted bitumen, has an accident. I’m befuddled. Why not build the refinery in Alberta and minimize the bitumen pollution that would result from a pipeline failure? The Alberta Kitimat Clean sounds like a name dreamt option would also eliminate the added up by a team of expense of building public relation a recycling pipeline consultants after they for the toxic distillate used to thin that goo- consumed too many martinis. Hopefully ey heavy oil. I can Mister Black will not think of two reasons: (1) refining crude oil misuse the power requires enormous of his newspapers quantities of water, (more than 80 of and (2) Enbridge inthem are here in B.C.) tends to ship bitumen
out of Kitimat come hell, high water or a refinery. When I heard the company spearheading the bitumen refinery proposal was called Kitimat Clean Ltd, I instantly thought of George Orwell’s book 1984. In that fictional tale about tyranny, the Ministry of War is called the Ministry of Peace and the Ministry of Propaganda is called the Ministry of Truth. Kitimat Clean sounds like a name dreamt up by a team of public relation consultants after they consumed too many martinis. Hopefully Mr. Black will not misuse the power of his newspapers (more than 80 of them are here in B.C.) to limit criticism of the Northern Gateway project and thereby manipulate public information. As anyone can see, there is now the potential for a conflict of interest. Lloyd Atkins
It would appear that Mr. Fletcher and I are on the same side but his facts are not quite accurate. Silver Creek Store is neither dusty, dirty or greedy. It should be noted that there are three sets of BC government liquor store rules: 1. Governing the actual liquors and prices they are to put on the liquor sold in the government store. 2. The small agencies or stores (dirty, greedy and dusty) get a new list of prices
every month and are only allowed to up the government settings by 10 per cent. 3. The really interesting part is the beer & wine stores have a different rule which allows them to mark up higher. Should the government get rid of its liquor stores, employees and rules/laws, then the beer and wine stores can have a free-for-all on pricing. Therein lies where the government says it will make the extra money – by
getting rid of the whole organization. I do wish to keep the government liquor store. The small town we live in, Salmon Arm, does not have the liquor store open on Sunday. Employees are willing to work Sundays and we do need the tourists who come in via houseboats, as well as vans, etc. L.J. Bates
Questions about SmartCentres still linger The Observer Aug. 8 article “Judge Orders land payment” missed several salient points and some important questions. For instance: What was the involvement of former mayor, Colin Mayes, and council in removing the subject property out of the ALR without any communication with the newly formed Farming Committee? In what form might our council and city staff have assured SmartCentres that the development would proceed even before a proper environmental assessment was conducted? Remember, as stated by Judge John Savage, “The parties’ principals are sophisticated persons knowledgeable in real estate development.”
An environmental assessment was summarily conducted at the behest (and expense) of several, private citizens groups. These assessments were sufficiently detailed and accurate to trigger the Ministry of Environment to take the unusual step of demanding another “more rigorous” assessment from SmartCentres as well as conducting their own independent report in Dec. 2009. As a result, the original contentious 48-acre proposal was reduced several times, eventually down to 20 acres with only 16.5 acres useable for retail development. The $16.7 million now required of SmartCentres, plus the cost of all the hear-
ings, open houses and additional court costs (still ongoing) must place the value of this property somewhere in the vicinity of the real estate on Rodeo Drive, Hollywood, or downtown Ginza, Tokyo. My burning question still remains: Why did it take a small group of concerned citizens, working on their own time and resources to protect one of Salmon Arm’s most valuable assets when we have elected representatives and City staff to supposedly safe guard our community’s interests and that of potential developers? Duncan Morris
Abortion issue needs renewed national debate At a recent general council meeting of The Canadian Medical Association, (CMA), delegates called on the federal government to reject changes to the Criminal Code. A Member of Parliament wants to challenge the definitions of a 400-year-old law that says a child becomes a human being when it has completely proceeded, in a living state, from the body of its mother. In the 21st century, this position is scientifically and medically untenable. The preamble to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child states, “the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care,
including appropriate legal protection, before, as well as after, birth. Canada is a signatory to this Convention. The CMA has a policy of not aborting babies after 20 weeks gestation. To refuse to recognize the unborn as a human being until after birth is contradictory. It appears that the CMA’s position lines up with the radical feminist ideology. Dr. Genevieve Desbiens, mover of the motion, said, “This attempt to modify the definition of a human being could legally recognize the fetus, which would give the fetus rights.” She asked the delegates to recognize that women must retain their full and complete rights. Presumably, Dr. Desbiens
means the right to kill their unborn children anytime during the pregnancy, right up to the moment of birth. The Canadian public is exercising more restraint. Seventy-two per cent feel that there should be some sort of protection. Former Justice Bertha Wilson, in the Morgentaler decision, called for the informed judgement of the legislature, to receive guidance from all the relevant disciplines. A national debate on abortion needs to happen. It is time for the Prime Minister to face up to reality—unborn babies are human beings, not birds or cabbages. Hildegard Krieg
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Salmon Arm Observer
E.D. Barrow, minister of agriculture, was visiting Salmon Arm accompanied by MLA F.W. Anderson.
Another dirt street was disappearing as Alexander Avenue was being blacktopped. Alterations were completed at Salmon Arm General Hospital bringing the number of beds available from 16 to 21.
More then 400 men were fighting a fire on Bastion Mountain. The fire was spreading north toward White Lake and Eagle Bay and it was feared the flames might roar right through the Narrows unless firefighters got a break in the weather. Despite heavy interference, most Salmon Arm residents were glued to their radios listening to a speech in which British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain reviewed the world situation and stated war in Europe now appeared almost certain.
Struck by lightening during a violent electrical storm, a Canoe road barn belonging to J.A. Kidner was destroyed by fire. The same storm dumped more then 1/2 inch of rain on Salmon Arm in 10 minutes, flooding many ditches and basements. Construction began on Salmon Arm’s new $440,000 junior-senior high school. School board chairman E.P. Wright turned the first sod at ceremonies attended by a large group including Reeve L.S. Metford, counsellors W.J. Thompson and G.J. Campbell, MLA Art Ritchie, trustees Mrs. A.H.F. Martin, Mrs. R.L. Carter, J.L. Jackson, A.G. Millar and board secretary treasurer R.W. Sladen.
Faced with inadequate water supply, the joint water board proposed increased pumping from Shuswap Lake and construction of another reservoir. It was estimated storage for an additional 75 million gallons was required. Burglars, this week in 1959 struck Canoe Coop, Home Hardware in Chase and a department of highways shed, netting $ 1,000 in cash, six rifles, four shot guns and many tools.
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As a first time Roots and Blueser, I can honestly say that I had no idea what to expect from the three-day music festival. Despite this, I couldn’t help but feel my excitement rise as the event neared. I watched names being added to the bill, and heard tales of past events from my colleagues. I took note of the advice provided by Roots and Blues veterans, including to dress in layers and what bands were mustsees. Now, I have been to a number of music festivals including a few in Nova Scotia and some in Alberta with musical selections ranging from rock, Celtic and indie to name a few. Looking back on my last three days, however, I can now say that Roots and Blues has offered the best experience to date. I was impressed by the selection of musicians to choose from at any given time during the day. It did not matter what your tastes were, there was always a stage offering something to please you. I was swept back to my own Celtic roots through the upbeat and all too familiar sounds of the Beaton sisters, then mellowed out to the cool rhythms of the reggae performers. I spent the majority of Saturday night at the Boogie Bar-N taking in the great beats provided by Delhi 2 Dublin, Kid Koala and Five Alarm Funk, and dancing to the point where I woke up the next morning
without the ability to move my legs. I was impressed by how the different bands were organized, allowing festival goers to find what they like and simply sit back and relax without too much stage hopping required. I would check out the schedule early in the morning to see the performances I most wanted to see and make a plan of action. I had left gaps between performances throughout the day, each day, where I had planned to run home for a quick break. Looking back now I realize that I didn’t take any of those opportunities. Whether it was the music that would draw me to another stage, or a another set of vendors that I had to explore, every time I headed for the front gate I was distracted by something. Beyond the quality of the music itself, I enjoyed the set-up for the festival as a whole. I have been to a number of music events such as this, where the sites were dirty, hot, and everyone was crammed into a tiny area making it very uncomfortable for both you and your overly smelly neighbor. Based on these experiences I need to commend the organizers and volunteers of the Roots and Blues for keeping the site so clean. There was never a point during the threeday period where I came across garbage over flowing in the cans, or spread across the ground. I noticed the recycling being taken directly off-site throughout the day keeping the smell and the wasps to a minimum, and the water being sprayed on
the ground to keep the dust down. The misters stationed at what seemed every corner of the grounds provided a much needed break from the blazing sun. I also enjoyed the laid-back feel of the event. No one ever seemed in a huge hurry and everyone seemed to get along. It was not uncommon to see groups of people off to the side of the beer garden, taking in the music and enjoying a relaxing game of bocce ball, and you couldn’t go a day without making a handful of new friends from around the world. As part of the media, I heavily relied on the Performers Liaisons who did a wonderful job, going out of their way to help out, and in many ways helping me keep my sanity as I tried to store up all the information in my brain. I can honestly only come up with two complaints during the entire three day event. The first is how difficult the organizers made it to decide which performers to see and which to miss. With so much amazing talent this choice was much harder than I expected. The second complaint is that at some point during the event someone seemed to speed up time. While I was eager to watch the Trews take the stage (I have been a fan for some time), I suddenly found myself saddened by the realization that the event was soon over. While I entered into the Roots and Blues craze with a somewhat skeptic state of mind, I left it already counting down until next year’s event and actively recruiting more people to follow.
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Roots & Blues 2012 As a performer, what was your favourite thing about the festival?
“Seeing Bombino, I am a fan of West African music.” Andrew Kim Delhi 2 Dublin
“High level of energy on every stage and exceptionally responsive crowds” Rott’n Dan Boogie Patrol
“The opportunity to play with performers you’d never otherwise get to. ” Adham Shaikh
Back to play after 20 years By Martha Wickett OBSERVER STAFF
Twenty years ago, Richard Underhill and his saxophone-playing compatriots led a crowd of music lovers in a conga line through the doors of the Gleneden Hall and outside. That was during Salmon Arm’s first Roots and Blues festival. “It was very organic, grassroots, organized by Linda Tanaka and some volunteers,” says Underhill of the 1992 event. Underhill and his energetic Toronto-based Shuffle Demons had just started out, and he was pleased to be performing in Salmon Arm. “It was really fun for us, to be recognized in your own town,” he says, recalling that friends, relatives, and more turned out to hear the music of that first festival. This past weekend the Shuffle Demons returned, 20 years later, with four of the same five members – Underhill on saxophone, Stich Wynston on drums, Perry White on sax and George Koller on bass. New to the 1992 crew is saxophonist Kelly Jefferson. Attending Underhill’s performance at the Shade stage Sunday was perhaps his biggest fan ever – his mom, Florence. He credits her with his start in the field. Because he was the youngest of her children and she was busy dealing with his older siblings,
he was often put in front of the record player for entertainment. She was a big fan of music, including jazz. Because he was fascinated, he would play songs over and over again. Along with the Shuffle Demons, Underhill plays regularly with other bands in Toronto, including his own jazz group, which won him a 2003 Juno award for Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year. “I’m also a fast study, so a lot of people will
Arm was also great as he hasn’t visited there in about 30 years. Overall, Underhill thinks the festival is amazing, particularly with all it contributes to the community. Shuffle Demons recently released Cluster Funk, their first CD of original material in 19 years. After a year-anda-half in production, which, Underhill says, involved a lot of trials and tribulations, the band is very pleased with the result. So is a
The most fun for us was playing on the houseboat, and swimming in the middle of the lake. It combines music with the best Salmon Arm has to offer. Richard Underhill PLAYED AT THE FIRST FESTIVAL call me, ‘we need a guy for tonight, can you do it?’ and I’ll go play with them. There’s a lot of that in Toronto. ‘Can you be a sax on one song in the studio? Come on in’ – so it’s freelance stuff...” A highlight of the 2012 Roots and Blues Festival for Underhill was the Routes and Blues outreach. “The most fun for us was playing on the houseboat, and swimming in the middle of the lake. It combines music with the best Salmon Arm has to offer.” Playing in Seymour
U.S. jazz blogger who reviews about 800 jazz CDs per year. He posted a glowing review of Shuffle Demons, comparing the jazz fusion band to Tower of Power. He asked: “Where in the hell have these guys been for 19 years?” Underhill played his saxophone last year for the funeral of former NDP leader Jack Layton, who had become a good friend. He will be playing soon at a memorial to mark the one-year anniversary of Layton’s death. Propelled by his wish to make the world a bet-
ter place, Underhill has toyed with the idea of entering the political realm himself. However, it would be a tough decision because he has witnessed how much time being a politician can consume. “Even though I feel strongly about certain issues, I wouldn’t want to sacrifice the music.”
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As a performer, what was your favourite thing about the festival?
â€œMeeting the other artists, seeing them take their music to a full realization.â€? Buckman Coe
â€œThis festival is very interesting because it makes you meet a lot of other artists and promote and exchange. Bombino
â€œThis is great â€“ itâ€™s such an interesting combination of artists, weather and landscape. Itâ€™s amazing.â€? Kid Koala
Festival offers family fare a rock climbing wall drew kids of all ages. â€œThere are so many options for us,â€? says happy parent Sarah MacMillan. â€œWhen the kids get a little bored of one thing we just move on to the next. We have spent two full days here and they are still loving it all, and it is relaxing for us.â€?
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He gave up a career as a biologist to sing and dance for kids. Peter Lentonâ€™s career path may be unique but it is something he believes was meant to be. â€œEverything I have done has led up to this,â€? says Lenton on his career as a childrenâ€™s entertainer. He was a biologist before following his love of kids into the classroom as a teacher. It was there that he discovered the power music has over learning. Lenton began adapting songs to coincide with his lessons, realizing the kids seemed to remember more when he taught in this way. â€œIt is just like todayâ€™s show,â€? says Lenton, referring to his Roots and Blues performance. â€œYou can read off a description of a dragonfly six times to a kid, or even an adult, and then ask them to tell you something about a dragonfly and they could repeat maybe two of the things. If you sing a song about a dragonfly, repeating the verses maybe three times, and ask the same question, the kids can tell you 10 different things about them. It is amazing how music works like that.â€?
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says. Lenton stopped counting after his 3,000th show, explaining that he had travelled over a million kilometres by vehicle by 2002. The entertainer hopes to return to the Roots and Blues in the future as well. â€œThe staff and volunteers did a great job making sure everything ran smoothly. I have been to many music festivals but this is the best one yet.â€? The Roots and Blues festival organized a number of other family friendly events including a craft tent, sand hill, and stories on wheels. A science tent was set up where children could play with bubbles and other interesting experiments and
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