THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 01, 2012
Vol. 38, Issue 44
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Expectations exceeded for Connor
By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal
Local opinion on Brennan Creek School closure Letter to editor
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Fair partners with BC Job Creation Program ..... page 11
Clocks Fall Back on Nov. 4
Daylight Savings Time Ends
Young Connor McKirdy suffers from a variety of chromosome disorders: Chromosome 15q Duplication Syndrome (Dup15q), 17q and 3q23 Chromosome Disorder. Some of the main characteristics of all children affected by Dup15q are seizures (to which Connor has had up to 18 episodes a day), cognitive delays (mental retardation and behavior problems), fine motor delays, speech and language delays, sensory process disorders and anxiety disorders. There is very little known about 3q23 Chromosome Syndrome and the genes that affect it. Connor, in fact, is so far the only one in the world documented with this disorder, and at present there is no specific treatment that can undo the genetic pattern seen in people affected by these syndromes. However, there is help for Connor, who recently had the opportunity to visit neurosurgeon, Dr. Ron Thibert, in Boston, Massachusetts, who has provided this youngster with a management plan to help control the symptoms of his disorder. To help send Connor to Boston, Barriere gathered together and held a fundraiser dinner and pie auction on Oct. 12. The funds raised were exceptional, and provided a great assist with the trip expenses, as well as some of the medical costs. Connor’s mom, Therese McKirdy, stopped by the Star/Journal on Monday to excitedly report that she and Connor are now back home, with “Expectations exceeded!” “The journey was filled with many wonderful new sights and sounds, but none as great as the hours spent at the clinic,” reported Therese, “Dr. Ron Thibert was as knowledgeable, kind and informative as we had hoped. His colleague, Dr. Morgan, in neurophysiology, was equally helpful in her assessments and diagnosis with Connor’s current and known future physiological issues associated with Dup15. We came home with a list of critical tests that need to be done to manage his heart and kidney dysfunction, epileptic management, dietary requirements, and most importantly peace of mind that we finally have an incredible team behind our sweet boy. We are blessed, and we thank you again Barriere.”
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Barriere’s Connor McKirdy enjoys looking at his hometown newspaper, the North Thompson Star/ Journal, while sitting on the steps of the Massachusetts State House in Boston, last week.
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how genetics, environment and llifestyle contribute to the risk oof developing cancer, as well as related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Already, more than 26,000 British Columbians have joined the long-term research initiative — and project organizers are hoping to add at least 1,000 Kamloops-area residents. Invitations have been sent to almost 19,000 area households,
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North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, November 1, 2012
Smart meter installation nearly done By Tom Fletcher Black Press BC Hydro is getting close to the end of its installation of 1.7 million wireless electricity meters, but the “smart grid” won’t be functional until next spring. Until then, meters will still be read manually or consumption estimated for billing purposes. And for one more winter storm season, people will still have to call BC Hydro to report a power outage, before the grid begins automatic metering and reporting of electrical failures. Cindy Verschoor, BC Hydro’s communications manager for the smart meter program, said about four per cent of the meter installations remain to be done, mainly on the Gulf Islands. Some of the old meters remain
in locations around the province, either because tthey are inaccessible or bbecause owners have refused them. While BC Hydro owns the meter, the base and connections are part of the owner’s electrical system and can be placed anywhere. In some cases, garages or decks have been built over meters, and if they can’t be read, the bill is based on an estimate until a wireless meter is installed. Manual meter readings will be checked against automatic readings during the testing phase, to verify accuracy. Verschoor said there have been six meters replaced due to inaccurate readings or other defects, but generally the new meters are more accurate, and they eliminate human errors in reading or entering data required
for mechanical meters. “All of our meters have to be certified by Measurement Canada, which is a consumer protection agency, just like the pump at the gas station and the scale at the grocery store,” she said. Verschoor said only two customers out of more than one million have opted to have the meter located away from their home. Those who refuse for whatever reason have their installation placed “on hold” while their concerns are addressed by BC Hydro. After media reports of fires associated with the program, BC Hydro commissioned a study of residential fire reports by Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis and researcher Joseph Clare. It shows that electrical fires have declined since the installation of new meters began.
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Smart meters are tested at BC Hydro laboratory. When the system is complete next year, customers will be able to see a graph on their BC Hydro billing website that shows hourly electricity consumption. Damaged meter sockets are usually the owner’s responsibility, but BC Hydro inspects them at the time of install and offers to f ix them at no charge if they
B.C., Red Cross to co-ordinate major disaster responses North Thompson Star/Journal The B B.C. C governgovern ment and the Canadian Red Cross Society have formalized a partnership to deploy disaster management infrastructure, equipment and personnel more quickly and effectively in response to a major catastrophic event or natural disaster. Through this agreement - one of the first of its kind in Canada - Emergency Management BC, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Development and the Canadian Red Cross will work together to provide collaborative planning, training and joint exercises that will enhance mutual emergency and disaster response capacity. As well, government and the Red Cross will develop and implement a plan and framework to help ensure the continued timely and effective deployment of
Emergency Response Units (ERUs) as tempporary resources to aassist British Columbia in times of a major or catastrophic disaster. In Canada, first responders and emergency management organizations already work closely to provide life-saving activities in partnership with Red Cross. However, in a major catastrophic disaster like the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, local response efforts could be overwhelmed. This is when the Red Cross can pull together its extensive resources and expertise. This agreement lays the foundation that could bring in national or international Red Cross ERUs if and when a major disaster hits British Columbia. ERUs are standardized, modular packages of trained personnel and equipment that are ready to be deployed to emergencies within
24 to 48 hours. They are fully self-sufficient for one month and can be deployed for up to four months. The agreement also sets out priorities for both strate-
gic and operational co-ordination, and will help ensure effective planning through risk management and integrated programming across agencies.
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are damaged. So far, 1,200 meter bases have been replaced. A house fire in Mission last spring took place three days
after a smart meter was installed. Verschoor said the fire is still under investigation by the B.C. Safety Authority, but the electrical meter
has been ruled out as a cause. Despite media reports to the contrary, there have been no fires attributed to smart meters, she said.
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The folic acid found in prenatal vitamin formulas is essential in preventing neural tube defects in the developing fetus. These defects can develop within 28 days after conception, so it is important to start taking prenatal supplements about three months before planning to become pregnant. Continue taking them throughout pregnancy and breast-feeding as well. Donating blood is a very selﬂess thing to do. It is easy to do, too, and you can’t catch any disease by donating. you can donate every eight weeks, but is each Canadian eligible to donate did it only twice yearly, there would be enough blood for all medical needs. Our Canadian blood system is the safest it has ever been. Readers of this column know we are great supporters of regular walking as an exercise. Using walking poles can be useful, especially when walking over uneven terrain. Used properly, the poles help exercise the upper body muscles more and help us maintain our balance better. Many medicines originate in nature, so it’s no surprise when it’s found that the lavender plant reduces the number of falls in the elderly in nursing homes. In the study, they used patches infused with lavender comparing it to unscented patches. However, lavender oil could provide the same beneﬁt. Whatever the source of new medication therapies, we make it our job to know about them. Use our pharmacists as a reliable source of drug information.
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The Bear is still on hold Remember during the summer when you could turn on your radio and hear all the tunes you enjoy listening to, or when you drove through the community and the radio DJ was talking about what was happening in the community that day? That was pretty nice. In fact it wasn’t just nice, it was downright wonderful. For a few brief months the small community of Barriere got to experience a special opportunity that helped to create its own identity over the airwaves; all courtesy of radio station man Steve Shannon, the District of Barriere, and numerous local volunteers who stepped up to the microphone (literally) and helped to make it all happen. The Bear radio station not only pulled the community together as locals started tuning in to 93.1fm, but it also assisted in bringing out volunteers for needy projects, finding missing pets for their frantic owners, and even connecting kittens with prospective families. The station told the community what our local service groups and organizations were up to, helped organize fundraisers, and announced numerous community events and happenings. Local advertisers were able to add another form of media advertising to their promotional campaigns, and events such as the annual North Thompson Fall Fair received constant coverage and colour commentary throughout their weekend. In September, Shannon announced he was having to turn off the power for awhile while he processed the required CRC and Industry Canada applications for permitting and approval, so that The Bear can become a constant fixture within the community. Shannon reported to the Star/Journal on Tuesday that he is still waiting to hear back on the approval of his applications from these organizations. We all know that the government process can take quite awhile, but lets hope that the government’s red tape reduction will apply to a speedy approval and get 93.1fm back on the air. In the meantime, Shannon says he’s prepared to wait, and he has the station ready to go live at the turn of a switch. But for now, The Bear is in hibernation.
Thanks extended to Barriere contractor for good work ethics To the editor; Periodically through my travels, I have had the pleasure of dealing with trades persons that are exceptional not only with their work, but also with their extending themselves, helping me personally. This combination of excellent work ethics and kindness is in your community. Lenaura Building Group, owned by Len and Laura VanNieuwkerk, have proved to be such a company, that goes beyond the norm in their work world. Anyone who drives up East Barriere Lakes Road can see the exquisite handicap
ramp. What is not readily seen, is the wonderful work that has been done inside to accommodate my handicap needs. Many times they went beyond the contract, personally adjusting my environment to help me. When I find this kind of work ethics in a community, I desire to give these kind of persons a public accolade. Hence, I am asking you to put this letter in your paper as both a public service, but also a personal thank you to this company. Dyanne Johnson Barriere
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1,333 wasted lives due to XL To the editor; On the morning of October 22, I woke up, made coffee, and turned on the TV to my favorite news channel. The first thing I saw was the story on the landfill at Brooks, Alberta, and the truckloads of meat being dumped and buried there. My first reaction was shock as to what a million pounds of beef is in terms of volume. Then it brought a tear to my eyes as I realized what it really meant. It meant that nearly 1,333
head of cattle were wasted, and some of those wasted animals could have been ones that I raised. As a rancher I have a social contract with my animals. I provide feed, water and shelter to them and in turn they provide their young to feed Canadians. As part of the contract I am to be humane to them, not to abuse them or mistreat them, to care for them if they are ill, to provide assistance if they need it during
birth and above all, to ensure their young are cared for and that their short lives are not wasted. Now through an act of man’s greed these some 1,333 lives were wasted. These were living beings that gave their lives to nurture us -- not to be dumped as garbage into landfills. We have a moral responsibility to ensure we do not mistreat or waste these animals. They deserve better. Canadians must get involved and demand
accountability for this wanton waste and demand our food system be restructured so that no more XL’s occur. Write your MLA, MPP, MP and County and City councilors and demand change -- and demand to be part of that change. And yes, please light a candle and place it in your window for those 1,333 wasted lives. Neil Peacock NFU board member Cattle Rancher, Sexsmith, Alberta
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North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, November 1, 2012
Local opinion on closure of Brennan Creek School To the editor; When school started in September this year, three students were expected to go to the Brennan Creek Elementary when it opened its doors. (Please note; The School District had not given any pressure to our small community of just over 20 locals, to enter more children into the class. This is greatly appreciated.) Within two days of school starting I found out that the school would be closed because those children were now going to different schools outside of Brennan Creek. This was not much notice to me, or to School District #73. Personally, I can understand how one might think keeping the school open for so few children seems unfair with the current economic troubles. However, this school has been available to community members of Brennan Creek for three generations, it seems a shame to allow it to just “close” indefinitely. Then what? What will become of this “unique” school building and property?
Currently, the main issue with keeping our school running, is the lack of local children in our small logging community who are of age to attend the elementary school. Rural life for most is not a preferable way to live. But for some; it can be considered living in paradise. Factor in the rising cost of fuel and unavoidable long distance travel when living rurally; and trying to find the right family to live here over the long term has been a recurring problem. The company does not hire based on “how many elementary-age children you have”, but it just might have to be in the future if pressure is made on our community to find more children. Realistically, our local logging company is increasing in size based on demands from the mill, and there are job openings for equipment operators, truck drivers, etc. It is very possible that one family could help make a difference in our community to allow the school to remain open. We would LOVE for
members in the surrounding area to come and join us, and rally to save our school. After all, who knows, perhaps your future may depend on it. Children that have passed through this school’s doors have gone on to become teachers, nurses, and doctors. It could be said, in part, thanks to our wonderful one room school on the beautiful Adams Lake. As a tax payer myself, and a person who is not currently sending my child to the school (I do plan to, but she is not yet of age), to have this building funded by the school district and our tax dollars in the future may seem unfair if you compare this issue to the Barriere Ridge being shut down for similar reasons. But please, be sensitive to the fact, our community does not receive many other tax funded services apart from the school/bus itself. For example, a couple of years ago, the Thompson Nicola Regional District removed the dumpsters from Brennan Creek.
Brennan Creek Elementary School sits on the banks of Adams Lake. The future of the school will be discussed at a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 p.m., at the school. Members of the public are encouraged to attend, lend their support, and voice their thoughts. We now have to drive to Agate Bay to dump our trash/recycling. It is noticeable that campers do not respect this change; as the roadside is now littered with garbage. A couple of years prior to this, we had our local mail delivery discontinued being told “roads are not safe for our mail delivery staff ”. That being said, the roads are safe enough for a school bus, and its precious cargo?
Four-way stop wasting taxpayers money To the editor; I have lived here for 45 years, and I have never seen such a waste of taxpayers money in all my life. I’m not too sure of who’s brainwave it was to build a four-way stop. All you have to do is to go get your mail, and you find everyone is complaining about the four-way stop. I see the seniors drive up to get their mail, and some of them have a hard time pulling out from the handicap parking spot. Not to mention what kind of snow removal job will get done come winter. And who then will be blamd for all the snow and ice melting and freezing around the rocks - ARGO? It’s not fair. I don’t think they thought out this plan very well. Next thing you know they will want to put in a round-about! Come on people, think about what your
wasting our money on! Just sign me No more tax dollars to waste in Barriere Every Thursday we bring you the NEWS and the VIEWS from the Lower North Thompson Valley. The STAR/JOURNAL Keeping valley residents informed!
THE AGM FOR THE NORTH THOMPSON COMMUNITIES FOUNDATION will be held at the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre at 4936 Barriere Town Road, Barriere
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Setting these issues aside, as is the local way; I would like to return the focus to our beloved Brennan Creek Elementary School. Please come and join us, and help us keep Brennan Creek Elementary just that: a school! A public meeting is planned for Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. at Brennan Creek Elementary School. During this meeting I plan to present con-
cerns raised by our community and also suggest possible ideas for use of the building in the meantime. We would be delight-
ed if you came to share your thoughts and opinions as well. Tracy Allen RN, BScN, Brennan Creek Rec. Assoc. President Wayne & Jacki Van Sickle are proud to announce the birth of their ﬁrst grandson.
Kenneth Ray Van Sickle, born August 29, 2012. Congratulation to Jacob, Kim and big sister Gavin.
Board of Education School District No. 73 (Kamloops/Thompson) 1383 – 9th Avenue, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 3X7 tel: (250) 374-0679 fax: (250) 372-1183 www.sd73.bc.ca
PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS POSSIBLE SCHOOL CLOSURE
BRENNAN CREEK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL The Board of Education of School District No. 73 (Kamloops/Thompson) is serving notice that Brennan Creek Elementary School is being considered for closure, effective July 31, 2012. YOUR INPUT IS ENCOURAGED AND WELCOMED The Board will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed closure, and to receive petitions and/or presentations from interested parties and members of the community. During this meeting there will be an opportunity for people to express their concerns. However, time may be limited so if you wish to ensure an opportunity to speak you can schedule a presentation. To schedule a presentation at the public meeting, please contact Elaine Burns at 250-374-0679 at least one week prior to the meeting date. A written copy of the presentation should be provided in advance of the meeting. Those who do not want to make a presentation at the public meeting may submit a presentation in writing. Please forward written comments, at least one week prior to the meeting date to: 1383 – 9th Avenue, Kamloops, BC V2C 3X7, Attention: Board of Education, or electronically by e-mail to: email@example.com Brennan Creek Elementary School, 6200 Adams West FSR, Brennan Creek, BC November 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM
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For additional information, you may contact the Superintendent’s Office at 250-374-0679.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 North Thompson Star/Journal
Peeved about proposed pipelines Maude Barlow, national chairperson of the Council of Canadians, was among the speakers at a rally outside the Kamloops office of Environment Minister Terry Lake on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Opponents of pipeline proposals for B.C. rallied as part of a provincewide Defend Our Coast day of action, which featured protests at MLA offices across B.C. The rally was followed by a forum on the issue. DAVE EAGLES PHOTO/KTWV
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MP McLeod debates Bill C-45 in Parliament Ottawa – Cathy McLeod, Member of Pa r l i a m e n t for KamloopsThompson-Cariboo debated Bill C-45, the second Budget Implementation Act (BIA), on Oct. 25, in Parliament. “There has been a lot of discussion over the number of pages contained in this document. Unfortunately, the opposition has taken a very simplistic view of this process. They are busy counting pages rather than reading them. They are focused on worrying about the number of statutes as opposed to looking at the current context and unique challenges we face as a country,” stated McLeod. Mrs. McLeod used the example of changes to the MP pension plan to illustrate her point. “In Budget 2012 the commitment to make these changes
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Cathy McLeod represented 1 line in the budget, but it took 22 pages in the BIA to make the change. To be frank I do not think Canadians care how many pages it would take. What they care about is the outcome. They expect legislators to know how to make it happen,” said McLeod. Another issue Mrs. McLeod highlighted in her speech was the expanding opportunities for aboriginal people to fully participate in the economy. “I am really particularly proud of Tk’emlúps Indian Band which has shown real leadership in terms of a good economy for their people and using their land in ways that the band approves of. This legislation provides impor tant amendments that would take away some of the government’s patriarchal land-ownership rulings and let the bands move forward in terms of important economic opportuni-
ties,” stated McLeod. Further, she spoke about the merits of the Registered Disability Savings Plan. “The RDSP has been very well received, in which we would simplify the process to open RDSPs for individuals who have reached the age of majority and lack contractual competence. Essentially the technical changes would provide a vast improvement to the program,” said McLeod. In conclusion, MP McLeod urged all Members of the House to support this technical piece of legislation that ensures many of the important measures in Budget 2012 are enshrined into action. “Now is the time to ensure the sustainability of our public f inances and social programs for future generations. International experience shows the importance of taking action now. Building a strong economy has to be our number one priority. “With the ongoing global economic turbulence, especially in Europe and the United States, we have to act now. Delaying needed economic and f iscal reforms will only serve to put our f inancial house in jeopardy,” concluded McLeod.
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What is your mother tongue? By Kamloops This Week English remains the predominant mother tongue in Kamloops-area homes, according to language data released this week by Statistics Canada. Based on the 2011 census, the numbers show 89.3 per cent (86.980) of residents in the Kamloops census area — which includes the city, the Tk’emlups Indian Band, Chase, Logan Lake, Sun Peaks and parts of the ThompsonNicola Regional District — reported English as their mother tongue. French was next, at 1.2 per cent (1,185), while non-official languages accounted for 8.6 per cent (8,410) of the Greater Kamloops population. A remaining one per cent of respondents cited multiple languages as their mother tongue. The three most-common mother tongues, other than English or French, in the Kamloops region are German (1.4 per cent; 1,385), Punjabi (1.3 per cent; 1,255) and Italian (1.1 per cent; 1,045). The percentage of the Kamloops-area population that knows how to speak English and French is 5.2 per cent (5,095). The 2011 census numbers on language in
the Kamloops area are very similar to data colle lected in the 2006 census, to within percentaage point across the board. Nationally, the census found more than 200 languages were reported as a home language or mother tongue. The number of people who reported speaking Tagalog, a Philippine-based language, most often at home increased the most (64 per cent) between 2006 and 2011. Nearly 279,000 people reported speaking the language at home, compared with 170,000 in 2006. In 2011, 17.5 per cent (5.8 million) of the Canadian population reported speaking at least two languages at home. In 2006, 14.2 per cent (4.5 million) did so. In 2011, 80 per cent of the population who reported speaking an immigrant language (a language other than English, French or an aboriginal language) most often at home lived in one of Canada’s six largest census metropolitan areas. In 2011, 11.5 per cent of the population reported speaking both English and a language other than French at home. The corresponding figure in 2006 was 9.1 per cent. This is an increase of 960,000 people, compared with about 410,000 between 2001 and 2006.
New tools to help business move back to return of PST North Thompson Star/Journal New tools and inforr mation are now available for businesses on the steps they need to take when the Provincial Sales Tax replaces the Harmonized Sales Tax next spring. A recent provincewide mailing to more than 160,000 businesses and new tax bulletins posted online are among the ways government is helping keep businesses informed in advance of the April 1, 2013, transition date. Services available to businesses with questions include: * One-on-one consultations with a ministry tax specialist - submit a request online. * Calling a toll-free number with questions about the new PST (1 877 388-4440). * Emailing questions to CTBTaxQuestions@ gov.bc.ca. A new provincial sales tax notice, General Transitional Rules for the Re-Implementation of the Provincial Sales Tax, has now been issued. The transition rules describe how and when PST applies to transac-
tions that straddle April 1, 2013. They should be rread in conjunction with ffederal transitional rules for the elimination of the HST in B.C.The rules outlined in the notice are subject to the approval of the legislature. Over the coming weeks and months, businesses will be able to participate in online webinars and in-person seminars. Government has reached out to chambers of commerce and business associations to offer presentations with information businesses will need to prepare for the transition. Registration for
PST will start on Jan. 2, 2013. The government has issued a bulletin, Registering to Collect PST, to help businesses understand whether they need to register. Links to these bulletins and notices, the online sign-up form for the one-on-one tax consultations and the federal transitional rules, along with additional information about the return to the PST, can be found in the business section of: www. PSTinBC.ca A new e-services option, eTaxBC, will also be available for online registration, return filing and payment and
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Fine is $167 for rolling through stop sign North Thompson Star/Journal Barriere RCMP reported last week that they have been taking an educational approach for a short time to allow everyone who is really not paying attention to the road a chance to learn about the new four-way stop that was installed on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the intersection of Barriere Town Road and Salle Road, next to the Barriere post office. There is clear signage with obvious changes posted to warn approaching motorists, as well as newly painted lines on the road/crosswalk area. RCMP Cpl. Darin Underhill says, “The first couple of days were good with low traffic volume, and everyone I observed in the afternoon and evening complying. Cst McGregor, our new member here, did stop nine people during the day on Tuesday [Oct.23] with much higher traffic volume, and educated them on the signs and what the fine would be. It is a $167 fine for failing to stop for a stop sign. “This is a large problem in many areas around town and entering the highway in our area with ‘taxi’ type stops. Drivers are required to stop at the stop line, before entering a crosswalk at the near side of the intersection, or if neither exist at the point nearest the intersecting highway or road from which the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting highway without enter-
ing or impeding traffic on the intersecting highw way. The definition of ‘stop’ is the tires of the vvehicle stop rotating completely.” Underhill notes that there are too many drivers that are used to operating their vehicles in low traffic volume, and have got into the poor driving habit of just looking one way and rolling through the intersection without checking all traffic. “This type of driving behavior is dangerous for traffic and pedestrians on the roadways,” said the officer, “We will be continuing to conduct educational enforcement for now but will be issuing violation tickets shortly as this is our highest volume pedestrian intersection. It is also important for the pedestrians along that section of road to use the properly marked intersection as they too can be fined for failing to yield the right of way to traffic.” He notes that vehicles have the right of way on the travel portion of the highway, even at intersections, unless the pedestrian has entered that intersection legally, in a safe manor, allowing the traffic adequate time to see the pedestrian and react accordingly. “It is always difficult in any size of town for people to get used to changes in traffic patterns and adjust their driving habits,” said Underhill, “We hope that it is a smooth transition and there are no major incidents at our new four way stop.”
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Police were taking an educational approach last week when stopping motorists who blew through the new four-way stop next to the post office in Barriere. However, they warn that the fine is $167 for failing to stop at a stop sign.
New $20 bills out in November 800 million circulating $20’s to be changed Submitted The Bank of Canada will begin issuing the new $20 note in November. The $100 and $50 notes are already out, but it is with the introduction of the $20 that many Canadians will really begin to see polymer notes in their wallets. Canada’s cash flow is a sea of green. The $20 bill accounts for about half of all bank notes circulating in Canada, so the transition to the polymer $20s won’t happen overnight. With 800 million $20s currently in circulation, the Bank will phase in the new polymer $20 notes on a gradual basis.
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introduced, many will need to be upgraded or possibly replaced so that they can accept and dispense polymer notes. The equipment manufacturers and owners have a pivotal role to play so that come issue day, their machines count, accept and dispense the new notes. Think of all the different types of machines that process cash: ABMs, self-serve kiosks, transit and vending machines, bank note counters, not to mention the high-speed processing machines used in the banking industry. All that groundwork for equipment adaptations is years in the making—three years to be precise. Since 2009, the Bank has been working with a great number of manufacturers and Canadian f inancial institutions to facilitate the transition to polymer notes. Because of their role, manufacturers get more than a sneak peek at the
new notes. The central bank provides them with early access to information and test notes long before they hit the street. With the $20 about to begin circulating, and the $10 and $5 still to come by the end of 2013, most manufacturers have already indicated that adaptations or replacement of the equipment they supply to the Canadian market is polymercompatible. But it may take some machines a bit more time before they can accept and dispense the new notes. Upgrades are ultimately a business decision that only equipment owners can make. But for the most part, Canada is ready to go. What all this means is new, more secure, cost-effective and longer-lasting bank notes that Canadians will be able to spend with confidence for years to come. Bring on the green!
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Conflict of interest topic of interest to mayor I have attended more than a few lectures given by legal experts. In most cases I like attending these. I watch to see who in the audience gets that guilty look or squirms a bit when a point of law applies to them. Sort of like in school when the school principal lectured the whole school on following a particular rule. I always looked to see how the guys you know just broke the rule, but haven’t been caught yet react. When you enter politics at any level you are expected to do so with a pure heart and leave behind any sort of thoughts of personal gain through getting elected. For some this is easy, but for others the political arena is just another method of achieving personal goals. They use whatever elected position they hold as a tool to further their own agendas. Sadly, for the most part these agendas involve the making of money. Yes, it appears that some people strive to get elected so that they can improve their own lot in life and not for the good of the public they serve. There are countless volumes of legal rulings, procedures and the like, written on the topic of how an elected official is to conduct themselves. Each year, at the various conventions politicians attend, there are learning ses-
sions on the topic. There is a great deal of information and legal advice available, yet each year the lawyers retained by the various districts, municipalities and cities throughout the country are defending lawsuits brought about by the actions of a small number of elected officials. Here in British Columbia the Community Charter has a number of sections that deal with the various rules that dictate how elected officials should act. On the website for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development there are various interpretations of sections of the Community Charter. There is for example Section 102 : (restrictions on inside influence) prohibits a member of council from using his or her office to attempt to influence a decision of the municipality. For example, a council member would likely be in contravention of the inside influence restriction if he or she as a council member, lobbied the municipal approving officer regarding an application to subdivide land owned by the council member. The restriction states that a member of council who has a direct or indirect pecuniary interest in a matter must not use his or her office to attempt to influence a decision, recommendation or action to be made or
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taken on the matter: at a board, council, committee or other meeting of another body of the local government; by officers and/or an employee of the local government; and by a person to whom the local government has delegated authority. Note that the quote says, that “the council member would likely be in contravention of the inside influence restriction.” It seems that these things are never black and white. However, public perception is what drives claims of conflict of interest, as well as claims around the other restrictions covered in the Community Charter, such as inside influence. Public perception of wrong doing by a singular council member taints public opinion of the actions of council as a whole. In the most severe cases of wrong doing, the municipality, by a 2/3 vote of council or 10 or more electors of
the municipality, may make the application to the Supreme Court to have a person disqualified. A person who is disqualif ied cannot run until the next general local election. I must ask how would this repair the public confidence and trust lost in the whole of council? This is an interesting theoretical discussion. One that I am sure provides food for thought for many people, or for at least ten in some cases. District staff are investigating insulating the bandshell washrooms so that they can be used during events such as the Santa parade and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Money is the problem or more accurately, the lack of money. The ice rink is in good repair, and Mr. Fortin and Councillor Kershaw are working on getting the old snow blowing equipment operational.
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Interior Health says public flu vaccination clinics to continue Flu Vac Novartis voluntarily suspended North Thompson Star/Journal In light of the recent temporary suspension of Novartis vaccine products (Agriflu and Fluad), Interior Health wishes to advise the public that their public flu clinics will continue as scheduled using their primary vaccine product Vaxigrip. On Oct. 26, Health Canada issued a voluntary suspension of the use of Novartis influenza vaccines due to the presence of small particles found in the vaccines in Europe. The suspension is a precautionary measure. B.C. has temporarily suspended the use of these vaccine products. The public can be assured that all lots of the Novartis vaccines received in B.C. had passed Health Canada’s inspection systems with no concerns and that there have been no reports in Canada or internationally of any increased side effects or health problems from the Novartis vaccines. Interior Health reports that Novartis products comprise less than 10 per cent of the vaccine supply in Interior Health. Interior Health has been using another vaccine product for the majority of this year’s influenza vaccination campaign which is not affected by the suspension. This product will also continue to be available through community vaccine providers such as doctors and pharmacists. For information on the influenza vaccine and to find a flu clinic near you visit: www.interiorhealth.ca/FluClinics
As Remembrance Day approaches, we are compiling our salute to our local Veterans. If you have photos or stories of your loved ones that have served or are serving for our freedom, please help make our Remembrance Day Issue a ﬁtting tribute. We urge you to submit their pictures, stories or a brief history, and be sure to include your name and address so that we may return the photos to you. Deadline for submission is Friday, November 2 at 5pm.
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Tech career opportunities booming in B.C. Black Press “British Columbia has a ready source of great jobs and careers in technology. Our education programs need to keep up with that demand. John Leech, Executive Director of the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC, explains that, “Every system we rely on – water, roads and transportation, telecommunications and Internet, hydro and natural gas, environment, health, forestry, and many more – utilizes engineering and applied science technology professionals working in the background. BC’s telecom and IT, animation and many other sectors produce new careers every month.” ASTTBC has more than 10,000 members currently working in thousands of careers available to graduates of two-year diploma programs available at the British Columbia Institute of Technology and other B.C. colleges and institutes. “Our members enjoy rewarding, well-paid and often recession-proof careers in public service and the private sector alike,” Leech states. “For huge numbers of young men and women, technology is the answer. In B.C. and across Canada, technology permeates every workplace and job. We need to get capable students involved and engaged in applied sciences and head off workforce shortages by building a B.C. ‘Science and Technology Culture’.” Leech calls on government for renewed efforts to build student skills and confidence in math and science programming. “We especially need to interest young students in science and how things work,” Leech says. “Young students
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use technology every day – smart phones, iPads and computers. They play video games, even build robots.” Leech lauds the recent “Year of Science” program that encouraged students toward so-called “STEM” subjects – science, technology, engineering and math. Citing the recent $6 million B.C. campaign to encourage careers in trades, Leech urges a similar effort to build awareness of engineering technology education and careers. BC Technology Industries Association employers like Telus and BC Hydro and many smaller technology-rich companies say the single most important position they now struggle to fill is Specialty Technician/Technologist. Even the Canadian Council of Chief Executives expressed concern that only 37 per cent of 16- to 18-year-olds were interested in taking even one post-secondary course in sciences, according to a recent Angus Reid survey. Leech says the opportunities for those seeking work in the technology field are considerable given a wave of retirements of present-generation B.C. technology professionals that is already underway. “Half of our membership is now middle-aged at 45-plus, and 22 per cent are over age 55!” he says. “Every region of B.C. shows growing demand,” Leech concludes. “New two-year technology diploma programs are still needed in the north and central B.C. However, young people are investing to travel so they can earn the necessary tech qualifications.” It would appear their investment is a smart move, as it will result in a broad range of career opportunities. Industries in all regions of B.C. support programs for local trainees to fill engineering and applied science technologist, technician and technical specialist positions.
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Fair partners with B.C. Job Creation Program By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal The North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association (NTFFRA) facility, as well as a number of workers from the community of Barriere and surrounding area, have been benefitting from the province’s Job Creation Partnership over the past few months within the community. The Job Creation Partnership (JCP) component of the Employment Program of British Columbia is designed to support projects that provide community benefit while creating jobs that provide unemployed EI eligible clients with opportunities to gain meaningful work experience. While project activities should benefit both the client and the community, the primary focus must be on helping the client. JCP projects maintain or enhance the client’s employability skills by providing a work experience opportunity. This experience, together with the networking which clients do while on a project, increases the client’s chances of successfully finding ongoing employment Thanks to the assistance of Connie Falk, the JCP program with the NTFFRA, started in late August with four
participants in the program under the guidance of job supervisor R Rodger Nordquist. Since that time Nordquist reports there has been some turnover in workers, with three finding employment, one returning to college, and two new participants coming on board just recently. “Although we miss the extra workers on site, we are happy to say that the purpose of the JCP program (to teach participants skills so they can move on to steady employment) is working; as that is what three have already done,” reports a NTFFRA representative. Since just before the annual Fall Fair and Rodeo, the participants have worked on a number of projects at the fair facility. They have built two handicap access ramps, completed a number of small
construction tasks, and have also remodeled the inside and outside of four older buildings. During that time they have learned numerous carpentry skills in the process; including leveling skills, and how to use power tools such as the chop saw, drills, skill saw, and air hammer safely and effectively. Currently the participants are working on f inishing the interior of a 6,000 square foot newly constructed addition to the North Thompson Agriplex called the Annex. The Annex houses washrooms, showers, kitchen, offices, and a banquet hall. There are plenty of opportunities to learn and practice good carpentry skills on this project, and the participants are happy to be working inside now that colder weather has arrived.
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Above: L to r) North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association Job Creation Partnership (JCP) supervisor, Rodger Nordquist, works with new JCP participant, Noel Pelayo, inside the North Thompson Agriplex Annex in Barriere on Oct. 26. The JCP program is assisting the NTFFRA in finishing the inside of the Annex (pictured below), while creating job training and employment within the community. The NTFFRA hopes to have a good portion of the Annex completed and ready to go for the upcoming New Year’s Eve Bullarama event.
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Geocaching: The Hagen Trail By Carson Stone Lower North Thompson Geocaching With the current Job Creation Program being sponsored by the Lower North Thompson Community Forests Society well underway in the region, a big part of the mandate of the program is directed at promotion of the area. The trail systems of Skull Mountain and the Seven Sisters range is of the primary focus, to enhance, add accessibility, and to provide awareness to their existence. The geocaching program is in conjunction with this activity. To add further input, a series of articles relating to the trails is currently being written with concentration being on the demographics. Length, accessibility, location, and other related information such as geocaching, local history, etc. One such trail is in the Skull Mountain region:
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Snow groomers arrive A Snow Cat arrives at Sun Peaks Resort this week, one of two new machines worth more than $700,000 and purchased as part of an ongoing renewal program for the resortâ€™s fleet. The two Pisten Bully machines will lessen fuel and maintenance costs while providing an exceptional skiing surface for guests. Ski Teams from around the country, including the Canadian National Ski Cross Team, will be training on the mountain as early as Nov. 10. Opening day for the public is set for Nov. 17 and early snow has staff and skiers optimistic for a good season.
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Geocaching: The Hagen Trail The Hagen Trail Harry Hagen was born in 1911 to parents Ole and Francis. Harry had a lifelong interest in reading with a photographic memory. He was very well known in the community, and had a love and passion for horses and the high country with having cut many pack-trails. He was employed by the Mitchell Cattle Company for a great length of time, which involved the Harp and Skull Mountain range. It is believed that nearby Hagen Mountain was named after his family. Trail Access: from f ive kilometres on Westsyde Road. From the parking area, take the trail heading south for .5km, then the trail to your right. For more information about Lower North Thompson Geocaching contact: Carson Stone by calling 250-672-0036, by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or find them on Facebook.
North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, November 1, 2012
Keeping fit through the winter months
Giddyup go! Wendy Sabyan and her mount make a run for the finish line while competing in a timed event during a Barriere and District Riding Club gymkhana held Oct. 13 at the fall fair grounds.
By Shawn Wenger As the weather cools and mornings and evenings get darker, it becomes more and more tempting to curl up on the couch and hibernate. It takes tenacity to exercise consistently through the shoulder season. Last weekend, I saw a lot of tenacious people when I was out mountain biking above Batchelor Heights. Everyone was bundled up and taking advantage of trails that are still perfectly dry. The secret is clothing. Having the proper clothes to keep from getting too cold or sweating too hard under layers that don’t breathe is the answer to enjoying the cooler fall temperatures. Of course, there is always a risk of rain or storms, so carrying an extra layer in your pocket can make the difference. Last week, we went for a ride and got hit by a localized storm, complete with thunder, lightning and freezing cold rain, surrounded on all sides by blue sky. It wasn’t comfortable but, by keeping moving and having toques under our helmets and gloves, long underwear and wool socks, we made it home and into the shower without incident. Once snow becomes the norm, getting outside gets easier, especially if you’re a skier or snowshoer. Precipitation in winter doesn’t usually get you quite as wet. I’m hearing a lot of people lately who are getting excited about going out to play in the snow. I’m resisting. But, I guess I’d better stop it and get my snow tires on. I can’t ignore it forever. Let’s face it: Not everyone likes to exercise outside. Some like to be able to wear warm-weather gear all year round. The gym is a warm-weather environment where we can cycle, run, swim, row, walk, strength-train or take a class without having to layer up or worry about getting caught in a storm or slipping on the ice. I’m seeing numbers increase in the gym as the fall weather settles in and transitions toward winter. It was pretty quiet during our extended summer, but I guess it was asking too much for that to continue forever. The strategies to regular exercise remain the same. Schedule it into your life like any other important appointment. Get enough sleep and nutritious food to maintain optimal energy. Reduce or learn to process stress more effectively. Learn to say no once in a while. It’s easy to take on too much and sacrifice self-care. Call a friend. Set up a social exercise session. Whether you’re inside or out, you’ll get a chance to catch up and push each other through a workout you might not do alone. Or, maybe you just need some quiet time away from everyone to ski or run with your own thoughts for company or some good music to keep you motivated. It’s not always easy to fit exercise into a busy schedule on a regular basis, but once it’s there and you start feeling the benefits, it’s easier to keep going. As the seasons change, try something new. It might be just the ticket. * Shawn Wenger writes for Kamloops This Week. She is a BCRPAregistered personal trainer and weight-training and group-fitness instructor. She runs Fitness For Mortals. E-mail email@example.com for information.
For The Record: In the Oct. 25/12 issue of the Star/ Journal, a photographer’s name was incorrectly identified on page 13. ‘Horse lover’ should read “Submitted photo by Kathie Corrigall”. We apologize for this error.
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THOMPSON-NICOLA REGIONAL DISTRICT NOTICE OF ELECTION BY VOTING TAKE NOTICE that an election by voting is necessary to elect a Director representing Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson) for the remainder of a threeyear term, and that the persons nominated as candidates are as follows: Electoral Area "O" (Lower North Thompson) Surname, Given Name
Jurisdiction of Residence
The established voting opportunities are as follows:
ADVANCE VOTING OPPORTUNITIES: th Advance Voting Opportunities will be held for Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson) at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Office, 4 Floor, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC on the following dates: x x x x x
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Saturday, November 10, 2012 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Friday, November 16, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Additional Advance Voting Opportunities will also be held for electors at the District of Barriere, (The Ridge) 4936 Barriere Town Road, Barriere, BC on the following dates: x x x x
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Tuesday, November 13, 2012 Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Friday, November 16, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
GENERAL VOTING DAY (GVD): GENERAL VOTING DAY will be open to qualified electors on Saturday, November 17, 2012 between the hours of 8:00 am and 8:00 pm at the following locations: o o o
Barriere Lions Hall Little Fort Community Hall Van Sickle Residence
4354 Borthwick Ave, Barriere, BC 148 Little Fort Hwy # 24, Little Fort, BC 1175 Agate Bay Road (Skwaam Bay), BC
ELECTOR REGISTRATION: Registration of all electors will take place at the time of voting. ELECTOR QUALIFICATIONS: In order to vote, an elector must be eligible either as a resident Elector, or a Non-Resident Elector, the requirements of which are as follows: 1.
Resident Elector: x must be age 18 or older on General Voting Day; x must be a Canadian citizen; x must have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the day of registration; x must be a resident of Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson) for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration x must not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Non-Resident Elector: x must not be entitled to register as a resident elector of the Electoral Area; x must be age 18 or older on General Voting Day; x must be a Canadian citizen; x must have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the day of registration; x must be a registered owner of real property in Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson), either as joint tenants or tenants in common for at least 30 days immediately preceding the day of registration; x registered owners of the real property, either as joint tenants or tenants in common, are individuals who are not holding the property in trust for a corporation or another trust; x must not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.
Voter Proof of Identity and Residence All Electors (Resident and Non-Resident) will be required to produce two (2) documents, at least one (1) of which must contain the applicants signature, providing evidence of their identity and place of residency. For example, any two (2) of the following will be acceptable: x a BC drivers license; x a BC identification card issued by the motor vehicle office; x an owner's certificate of insurance and vehicle license issued by ICBC; x a BC care card or gold care card; x a Social Insurance card; x a Native Status Card issued by the Department of Indian Affairs; x a citizenship card issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada; x a real property tax notice; x a credit card or debit card; x a utility bill, or x a Firearms Acquisition Certificate. Non-Resident Property Electors must also produce the following documentation evidencing proof of ownership of property and written consent of other property owners (if any): Proof of Ownership: state of title certificate, registered agreement for sale, latest property tax notice, or latest property assessment notice Consent: written consent of a majority of the property owners if there is more than one owner (forms available at www.tnrd.ca) that they are entitled to register the jointly owned property. The person voting must sign the consent form. ANSWERS TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS: x No elector may vote more than once regardless of the number of properties owned; x It is not necessary to be a property owner to register and vote as a Resident Elector; x There is no restriction to the number of Resident Electors entitled to register and vote per household; x Corporations or businesses are not entitled to register and vote. Liz Cornwell, Chief Election Officer 300 - 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A9
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North Thompson Star/Journal Thursday, November 1, 2012
Photographing bighorn sheep and meeting photographers Last week I wrote that I had a great time doing photography as I toured Victoria’s waterfront, and said that along with photographing a different environment I met interesting people, and even spent time with other photographers. One of my goals for that Victoria excursion was to meet and spend time with the well-known painter, photographer, and documentary f ilmmaker, Karl Spreitz. His interesting career included working as a news photographer in Prince George, B.C., for CTV television, for the BC Department of Travel and Industry, and as staff photographer/ editor for Beautiful BC magazine.
Spreitz, now in his eighties, is a fountain of knowledge about f ilm and photography and has been acquainted with most of the important west coast Canadian and American photographers for the past 50 years, and I was delighted to be able to spend the afternoon talking to him about photography and listening to his stories. I like being a photographer. I also enjoy socializing with other photographers and spending time with a long time photographer like Spreitz is a rare opportunity I will always take if given the chance. After I returned home from Victoria I was provided the opportunity to go out with my friend Walter
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