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Thanks to Kids Sport and Jump Start for funding ski passes for sister Ku Gay and brother Ta Hay Tha so they can continue their enjoyment of skiing this winter season. Ku Gay took lessons last year and Ta Hay Tha continues to learn with enthusiasm. This year Ta Hay Tha will be skiing on new ski legs developed by Kees Beek at Rocky Mountain Prosthetics. Ta Hay Tha’s ski legs were funded by the War Amps Champs Program. The Karen Family, originally from Burma, has been here almost four years and skiing has become a passion. Ta Hay Tha has had great volunteer support, teaching him how to take to the slopes. If you have time and are interested in helping out, please contact Barb at 250-426-6559.
We all know that the next few weeks are full of goodies and calories, including the annual turkey dinner. But you can eat that dinner guilt free again this year because on Saturday, December 29, the Kootenay Orienteering Club is hosting the Third Annual Turkey Run-off snowshoe event. This is a fun, family event which invites you to work off some of that holiday over-indulgence by skiing, snowshoeing, walking or running on the Lois Creek Trails. There are three distances offered
as well, from 2.5 to 6 km. This is a scatter event where participants run to various checkpoints located along the Lois Creek Trail network. This event is fun for the whole family — you choose your challenge by selecting the number of checkpoints you want to collect. First person or team back is the winner. The three courses are Top Turkey - approximately six km course : 14 - 16 control points; Gobbler - approximately four km course : 8 - 12 control points; Yard Fowl - approximately 2.5 km course ; 7 - 10 control points.
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Alpine Toyota staff (top row, left to right) Ken Dunsire, Ted Lauritsen, Zubar Ali, (bottom row) Aaron Nicholls and Helen Boon pose with the 2013 Corolla they hope to fill to support the Cranbrook Food Bank in the new year.
Alpine Toyota aims to refill Food Bank Annalee Grant Townsman Staff
Staff at Alpine Toyota are throwing their hats into the ring – their Santa hats, that is — to help replenish the food bank’s supply in the New Year. The dealership kicked off a food drive earlier this month aimed not at stocking up the food bank’s supply for Christmas, but helping them fill up again in the new year. The food drive began on December 10 and will run until January 2. The dealership kicked things off with a $550 donation
in groceries. The foodstuffs are currently being displayed in a new Corolla with the hope of filling up the vehicle before the drive ends. Residents are asked to drop off a non-perishable food item at Alpine Toyota until the new year As an extra incentive, anyone who brings in an item will be entered to win a new 2013 Corolla. After the holidays, Alpine Toyota will deliver the items to the food bank. Visit Alpine Toyota before January 2 to help out this cause.
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COMMUNITY SNAPSHOT Opening Day at Kimberley Alpine Resort
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The crowds were big, the weather was clear and cool and Opening Weekend was, as always, a huge success at the Kimberley Alpine Resort.
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The Anglican Church Hall was a busy place last weekend as volunteers prepared Food Bank Christmas hampers. And during that time, donations kept coming as well. Above, Heather Smith accepts a $1600 cheque from Vaughn Jarrett from Mark Creek Market. These funds were collected through the Community Program. Mark Creek Market also supports the Food Bank by donating 40 dozen hotdogs and buns each year for the duck race.
From Page 1 Check in begins at 11 a.m. at the Trail Street entrance to the Lois Creek Trails. The race should start at noon. the even includes the race, a bonfire, wiener roast and hot drinks. You can pre-register online at kootenayorienteering. com by Thursday, December 27 and pay the day of the race. Pay on the day: Kids $5, Bulletin file photo Adults $10, Last year’s Turkey Run-off. Family $20 $5 more to register on the day $5 per person Kootenay Orienteering Club membership (if you’re not a 2012 member from Round The Mountain or another event).
Decision expected this month in Teck pollution case By Dene Moore THE CANADIAN PRESS
TRAIL, B.C. - On a beach in northeast Washington state near the Canadian border, Patti Bailey grabs a handful of what looks like sand and rolls the dark grains through her hands. It’s slag, the grainy waste from the Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lead and zinc smelter in Trail, B.C., about 10 kilometres north of the nearby Canadian border. “They’re little time bombs and they’re releasing zinc, copper, arsenic and other metals Trail Times photo into the environment,’’ Teck admitted last month to dumping millions of tonnes of toxic waste from its smelter in Trail into the said Bailey, an environ- Columbia River for more than 100 years. mental planner for the Confederated Tribes of leadership knew its slag charged at least 9.97 the Colville Reserva- and effluent flowed million tons of slag that WE’RE A BOOK STORE tion. from Trail downstream included heavy metals WITH MORE… A Washington state and are now found in such as lead, mercury, judge has ruled that Lake Roosevelt, but zinc and arsenic. WE HAVE BOOKS FOR EVERY Teck is liable for the nonetheless Teck conThe judge also found AGE & EVERY INTEREST costs of cleaning up tinued discharging that Teck knew the haz• Gifts contamination in the wastes into the Colum- ardous waste disposed • Games Columbia River south bia River.’’ of in the Columbia River • Puzzles of the border from deSuko noted that the was likely to cause • Gift Cards cades of dumping slag company admitted harm. 250-426-3415 and effluent from the treating the internationThe decision gives www.lotusbooks.ca company’s Trail operaal waterway as a free the U.S. Environmental e n li n O tions. waste disposal service. Protection Agency the g n ri e Ord In a decision an- Specifically, the judge in ability to force Teck to Available Open Mon-Sat. 9-5:30, nounced late last week, Yakima, Wash., found pay for the cleanup, and Judge Lonny Suko ruled that from 1930 to 1995, potentially for any onSun. 12-4 in Dec. Across from City Hall 33 - 10th Ave. S., Cranbrook that, “for decades Teck’s Teck intentionally dis- going damages and
losses that result from the ongoing contamination. That issue has yet to be determined by the court. Some believe the landmark case could have implications for mining and other industrial interests on both sides of the border. The Canadian government, the province of British Columbia and the U.S. National Mining Association have all intervened in the case to argue that the issue should be resolved bilaterally. As they awaited the judge’s decision, Washington state officials were optimistic. “We’re hopeful after... how many years has it been?’’ joked Kristie Elliott, lawyer for the Washington state Attorney General. “After this much significant litigation we’re now finally to the substance of the case.’’ Eight years after the case was launched and on the eve of a trial this fall, Teck admitted to discharging slag and liquid effluent into the river from 1896 to 1995. But it argued the U.S. law that forces companies to clean up con-
tamination sites, known as the Superfund law, was never intended to reach across the international border. But Elliot said complaints about the contamination from the Trail smelter surfaced as early as the 1940s, when farmers from Washington state sued Cominco, Teck’s predecessor, over air pollution from the smelter. That case was eventually resolved in arbitration by the two federal governments, and set a precedent for cross-boundary pollution law. “Still, they continued to discharge, and they knew it was accumulating in Lake Roosevelt and that studies being done by various government agencies were finding mercury contamination down there,’’ Elliott said. The 209-kilometre long lake was created in 1941 after the Grand Coulee Dam was built on the Columbia River. The company took out insurance to cover liability, but didn’t stop discharging effluent for decades, she said. See Page 5
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Decision expected this month in Teck case From Page 4 Within the fences of the largest smelting operation in North America, about a billion and a half dollars has been spent modernizing Teck’s Trail Operations over the past 25 years. A new furnace installed in 1996 cut emissions dramatically. Last month, Teck completed a $5.8-million project to reduce the risk of a spill into the river. The company is now installing a $1.2-million automated leak detection system, and a $125-million acid plant that will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions a further 15 to 20 per cent. Recycled lead makes up about 20 per cent of total production and anything that can be used or recycled is, right down to granules of slag sold for processing into Portland cement. “The employees who work here at Trail Operations live in this local area, and participate and take part in everything it has to offer,’’ said Richard Deane, manager of environment, health and safety at the smelter. “It’s a great area from an outdoor quality of life perspective. Everyone here enjoys the benefits of the river _ swimming, kayaking, fishing, all these types of things.’’ The company has also spent tens of millions of dollars on environmental rehabilitation, from digging up contaminated gardens and bringing in replacement soil, to replanting dead trees. Lead emissions have decreased from about 100 tonnes a year in the early 1990s to about half a tonne last year. Teck is now taking aim at “fugitive dust’’ emissions, covering raw materials stored outdoors, and is building an indoor facility for all mixing processes that stir up dust. That has not been
“Vancouverbased Teck Resources Ltd. ended fiscal 2011 with a $4.4 billion profit.”
the case south of the border, say the Colville tribes. Years of discussions went nowhere, so they petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1999 to assess the river contamination under the U.S. Superfund law. The agency found the river was indeed contaminated, and it found Teck was responsible. That’s when the legal battle began. Frustrated by the lack of action, two band members launched civil action eight years ago. The legal wrangling has gone all the way to that country’s highest court — the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear Teck’s appeal. The smoke-billowing smelter on the banks of the Columbia River towers over Trail like a fortified castle of old. The town has literally grown around this industrial giant, which first fired up its stacks in 1896. “Teck is Trail and Trail is Teck,’’ said Mayor Dieter Bogs, a former Teck engineer-turned-politician. “I don’t know what Trail would be like without Teck, because the city and the company are really one and the same.’’ Bogs admitted there are concerns about a recent study that found elevated levels of bowel disease in the Washington state community of Northport, just across the border. In Trail, it was blood lead levels in children that sparked alarm in the 1970s. That has greatly improved, Bogs said. In children under three, levels are considered safe but remain per-
sistently higher than the community’s health committee would like. The Trail Health and Environment Committee released results last month of the most recent annual testing, which found an average level of 5.4 micrograms of lead per decilitre _
higher than last year’s average of 5 micrograms. Eighty-four per cent of children tested below 10 micrograms, the level Health Canada considers a concern. The committee is working on a plan to minimize exposure. “If people work with us, as far as I’m
concerned this is a very safe place to live,’’ said Bogs, committee chairman. He said the U.S. court case is a concern because anything that affects the company affects the town. The price tag for the cleanup alone in Washington state has been estimated at $1
billion. Va n c ouve r- b a s e d Teck Resources Ltd. ended fiscal 2011 with a $4.4 billion profit. Teck American Inc., the company’s U.S. branch, entered into an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 to undertake a remedial in-
vestigation and feasibility study of the Upper Columbia. It has spent $55 million so far, and the company says it has found encouraging results in water and fish testing. The Colville tribes disagree.
The Kimberley curling team of Jim Hunt, skip; Mario Carelli, third; Gord Jenkins, second; and Bryne Blanchard, lead; winners of the Cranbrook Seniors Bonspiel for the second year in a row. The trophy was presented by Jim Jackson of the Cranbrook Seniors Curling Club.
Opting in or out of offsets From Page 1 Councillors Oakley, Goodwin, Middlebrook and McCormick didn’t want to see the money leave Kimberley. Crane says the RDEK would also like to see a project closer to home, but in the meantime the RDEK has voted to purchase offsets through Carbon Neutral Kootenays. “We are all looking
forward to finding projects for investment locally. Carbon Neutral Kootenays is actively looking and will continue to look through 2013.” Crane said she did not believe that Kimberley opting out would affect the price per tonne paid for offsets.
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The algebra of Canada selection
hen it comes to picking rosters to represent Canada in international hockey, everyone likes to be an armchair critic. Including me. Hockey Canada has selected its roster for the upcoming World Junior Championships and at first I was put out with some of the decisions. But after looking at the situation rationally, instead of judging it based on an immediate emotional reaction, I came to understand a few of the decisions made by the coaching staff. Let me explain. At first, I disagreed with the decision to allow Ryan Nugent-Hopkins a spot at the selection camp he has made the jump to professional hockey and otherwise wouldn’t be there if a certain league wasn’t locked out. Nugent-Hopkins, 19, is an incredibly talented hockey player who went pro a year ago with the Edmonton Oilers and was a candidate for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. He is going to be a star in the NHL and I hope to watch him for many more years to come, but he has already gone pro and even competed with the men’s team in the World Hockey Championship last May in Sweden and Finland. He’s already made his mark in the professional hockey world, while other junior stars are trying to earn the attention of NHL scouts. I use the example of Kamloops Blazers sniper JC Lipon, an undrafted 19-year-old
who led the WHL scoring race before taking off to the World Junior selection camp in Calgary. Lipon, who is also a national-calibre wakeboarder, has been tearing it up this year and could use the exposure of the world juniors to his advantage if he plays as well as he has with his WHL team. Other players, like Mark McNeill, a 19-year-old who was the 18th overall selection by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL Draft, was cut for the second consecutive year, when he could’ve used the tournament as an experience to develop into a more complete player. Trevor The decision to include Crawley youngsters Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin also ruffled my feathers, for the same reason as the inclusion of Nugent-Hopkins. Those two players, who are linemates on the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL, have two more years of eligibility to make the World Junior squad, so why not opt for some older guys? Two key factors played into why I reversed my original opposition to having Nugent-Hopkins and the younger two on the roster, which come down to ability and competition: • The World Junior Championships is the premier tournament that showcases the best under-20 talent in the world. If Nugent-Hopkins is eligible, even if he’s playing hockey at the professional level, why wouldn’t a guy try to get him on the roster? Every other team is going to be bringing their country’s best, and Canada
shouldn’t be be any exception. The fact that Nugent-Hopkins is available to play for the junior squad is the only good benefit to come out of the NHL lockout. • The other reason comes down to the selection camp, which featured 37 skaters for only 23 spots. I’m sure every single player who attended (even some others that didn’t get an invite) is capable of representing Canada at the international level, but there are only so many the coaches can take over to Russia, and the camp is the only chance those players have to make an impression. The players aren’t just trying to make a team, they’re interviewing for a job. You can’t load up a team comprised of solely goal scorers and expect to have success. There are certain roles that have to be filled, such as grinders, the checkers, penalty killers, and dressing room leaders. Players who wanted to make the team needed to show head coach Steve Spott that they deserved to be there, and by all media accounts, MacKinnon and Drouin did exactly that. Plus, it gives the sense that Hockey Canada is looking ahead to next year, where the two will come into camp as seasoned veterans with expanded leadership roles. At the end of the day, the powers that be have made the final decisions on the junior roster—for better or worse—and I can’t wait to get started on my annual Christmas tradition of breaking out the beer and popcorn to watch future NHL stars compete for junior hockey’s ultimate prize. Trevor Crawley is Sports Editor at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman
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Premier ponders black ink, oil What’s Up?
remier Christy Clark has completed the traditional round of year-end interviews with legislative press gallery reporters. Here are excerpts from my discussion with her, dealing with the Enbridge oil pipeline proposal and the balanced budget her government has promised to present in February. TF: On the Enbridge project, are you getting the answers you want on safety? PCC: No, we’re not. We’ve set out our position. The five conditions need to be met, period. [B.C.’s conditions are “world-class” land and marine spill prevention and response, meeting legal obligations for aboriginal consultation, passing federal-provincial environmental assessment and a “fair share” of financial benefits.] PCC: We need the oilpatch producers, the Alberta government and the federal government to come to the table. We’ve been cross-examining Enbridge. We have not been getting any of the answers that we hoped to get. We haven’t gained a lot of comfort from that process. And none of the other conditions are even close to being met. We are doing our own study of marine traffic. We want to understand the total number of ships that are out there plying our coast right now. Because all of them have fuel in them, and some are cargo ships that are big enough to have enough [bunker] fuel as a mini-tanker would. Part of this is trying to understand where our level of Coast Guard protection needs to be today, in order to protect us should there be a spill from the exist-
ing traffic. TF: Balancing the budget: the finance ministry’s current projections call for an upturn in natural gas royalties in the coming year. With the current glut of gas, isn’t that kind of far-fetched? PCC: It is going to be difficult to present a balanced budget, but I think, because we’re going to build in some [forecast] allowance, as we always do, BC Views and because we’re going to be completely transparent Tom about the assumptions that Fletcher have led us there, and because we aren’t going to fiddle with any of the assumptions that we receive from the experts in the Ministry of Finance, it’s going to be quite clear that we have done it. We have come by a balanced budget honestly. So when it comes to natural gas, you know that the assumption we use in the budget is based on a fairly complex formula that the Ministry of Finance has relied on for probably a decade now. We don’t fiddle with that. There are those who would say we should artificially lower the [revenue projection] number that we use. But if you artificially lower it, what’s to stand in the way of artificially raising it? You either accept the advice of your experts or you don’t. And they’re the experts, not the politicians. TF: Right now we have a deficit gap of more than a billion dollars. Can that be closed without significant spending cuts, or tax increases, or both? PCC: You will see when we get to the budget. And it will be absolutely transparent how we got there. [Laughs] Nice
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try. TF: If the B.C. Liberals form a government in May, will the election date be changed so we don’t have to have this discussion about questionable spring election budgets? PCC: It’s not part of the plan today, but I’m sure it’s a discussion we’ll have in the next four years. I know that people have talked about it. I’m open to it. I’m not wedded to this particular date. Next week I’ll have highlights from my year-end interview with NDP leader Adrian Dix. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Online hoaxes rampant in aftermath of school shooting
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onnecticut State Police have announced plans to pursue and prosecute anyone that engaged in the intentional spread of falsehoods about the recent school shooting in Newtown, which counted 20 children and six adults as victims. They’ll have their work cut out for them. According to a noted Canadian Internet scholar, this is one of the worst cases of mass misinformation, hoaxes and pranks in the history of social media. “It’s been just unbelievable,” says Sidneyeve Matrix, a media professor at Queen’s University. “With the news coverage of all the misinformation in this tragedy, and how viral it went, this is going to be a game-changing event.” At a news conference Sunday, police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance cited concern about social media, including people posing as the shooter, posing using other identities related to the crime scene, and issuing falsified reports mimicking the massacre. “These issues are crimes,” said Vance. “They will be investigated, statewide and federally, and prosecutions will take place when people perpetrating this information are identified.”
Most of the misinformation can be blamed on speed and poor fact-checking, with everything from the name of the perpetrator to his relationship to the school having been initially misreported. But Queens’ Matrix cites a darker underbelly in the groundswell of intentional fakery, likely designed to gain web hits - which can translate to ad revenue - and followers. A phony Facebook post “quoting” actor Morgan Freeman’s thoughts on the shooting went viral. Fake Twitter accounts abounded, assuming false IDs of everyone from grieving parents to the killer (a spokesman for the site declined to release the number of suspended users). An image of a young girl killed in the Aurora movie-theatre shooting was passed off as a Newtown victim, along with a message encouraging people to repost her picture out of “respect.” People even circulated fake farewell letters claimed to be sent to parents by their imperilled children. “It could be that pranksters are emboldened by the anonymity of the web. It could be people seeking momentary micro-fame amongst their friends. And it could be somebody just wanting to mess with the mainstream reportage because they hate the news media,” says Matrix, who adds that the only sure thing is that
the value of social media as a news resource significantly declines every time a hoax goes viral. As for why otherwise media-savvy individuals would circulate phony reports most of which smelled fishier than a Maritimes trawler - experts say people’s mental resources are compromised when they experience strong emotion. “It’s natural for people to want to come together after such a traumatic event,” says Patricia Leavy, a sociologist and author. “So you click and share without thinking because you want to go through the grieving process with other people.” Social media critic Brandon Mendelson says it’s a bleak example of the dire need for people to use better judgment online. “These tools, as good as they can be, bring out the worst in us,” says Mendelson, author of the new book Social Media is B.S. “It’s becoming easier and easier to pull off a scam.” And if past is prologue, he predicts things will only get worse as our news is increasingly sought online. “People really need to put their guard up more,” says Mendelson. “We fall for all sorts of ridiculous things . . . The Nigerian Prince scam has been around for ages and is still successful.”
UPCOMING Live Outdoor Nativity with live donkey, sheep, youth actors and music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Monday, Dec 17 and Tuesday, Dec 18th, Cranbrook LDS Chapel, 2210-2nd St. N., Cranbrook. Times: 7:00 & 8:00 p.m. 2012 FREE FAMILY SWIM Wednesday, Dec. 19th, 6:00-7:00 PM is sponsored by Knights of Columbus. The Royal Stewart Highland Dancers will host their annual Christmas Charity Recital on Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm at the Heritage Inn Ballroom. Admission is by donation with all funds going to the Salvation Army Cranbrook. FMI contact Jane at 2580427-8757 or email email@example.com. (www.rshd.ca) Join us for our annual Christmas Garage Sale, Thurs., Dec. 20th, 3-6pm. Lindsay Park Elementary, 602 Salmo St., Kimberley. Refreshments and baked goods will also be for sale. Christmas at Baker Hill, Sunday Dec. 23rd, 6:00-7:00 pm. Instrumental music & carols. The DeHorst Sisters and guest, Jack Telman from Edmonton. Receiving canned goods for Cranbrook Food Bank. Abundant Life Assembly, 501-11 Ave S, Cranbrook. Limited seating. 250-426-2866 to request your free tickets. SOCIAL DANCE will be held at the Seniors Hall on New Year’s Eve to the music of Lyle, Ken and Duncan – The Pacemaker’s. Welcome in the New Year with family and friends from 8 pm to midnight. Admission includes a Lunch, Draws and Prizes. RSVP 250-4892720 or 250-489-4442. 2013 FREE PUBLIC SWIM Wednesday, January 2nd, 5:00-6:00 PM is sponsored by Kimberley Health-Care Auxiliary. ONGOING Mark Creek Lions “Meet and Greet” the 1st and 3rd Wednesday, from 6:00-6:30 pm. Dinner to follow at Western Lodge. FMI: 250-427-5612 or 427-7496. Cranbrook Branch of the Stroke Recovery Association of BC. Meetings are from 10:00am-1:00pm the 2nd and 4th Wed. in the lower level of the Senior Citizen’s Hall, 125-17th St. S. Bring bag lunch. Tootie Gripich, 426-3994. KIMBERLEY North Star Quilters meet 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 7pm downstairs Centennial Hall, 100 4th Avenue. Everyone welcome. 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Rockets star recalls Linsanity during return to New York BRIAN MAHONEY Associated Press
NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin returned Monday to the home he never thought he was leaving, reflecting fondly on Linsanity but not trying to recreate it. Lin made his only trip this season with the Houston Rockets to Madison Square Garden, where he went from scrub to sensation last February during a memorable stretch of basketball that made him a worldwide star. “It was the time of my life, just being able to play basketball and for us to win games and do it in the fashion that we did was so much fun, and energy and buzz, so definitely something I’ll remember forever,’’ Lin said during a pregame press conference that even drew a visit from Spike Lee. Lin received a loud, appreciative cheer during starting lineups from fans, some still wearing the Knicks No. 17 jerseys that the team
couldn’t keep on the shelves last winter. The Knicks insisted he would return, and Lin went into free agency believing it. But the Knicks declined to match the contract Lin signed with the Houston Rockets, and Lin said it was “a little weird’’ to return Monday as a visitor. Lin wouldn’t talk much about the summer, beyond saying everything happens for a reason. But Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who refused to discuss Lin earlier this season, seemed to place the blame on Lin for the point guard’s departure. Lin originally agreed to an offer sheet with the Rockets worth about $28 million over four years. The terms were then amended to about $25 million over three years, the final year worth nearly $15 million but would cost the Knicks more than twice that in luxury tax payments under the harsher penalties in the new collective bargaining agreement.
Canada will name interim soccer coach for friendlies NEIL DAVIDSON Canadian Press
TORONTO — Canada will name an interim men’s coach to handle January soccer friendlies with Denmark and the U.S., according to the president of the Canadian Soccer Association. The games are the first for Canada since it crashed out of World Cup qualifying in an 8-1 defeat in Honduras in October. Stephen Hart, despite support from his players, resigned days later as coach. The search for his replacement is ongoing. The Canadian men, currently ranked 60th in the world, are slated to play No. 22 Denmark in Tucson on Jan. 26 before facing the 27th-ranked Americans three days later in Houston. With European-based players still in
season, the Canadian squad will likely draw on MLS players and younger talent. “We will not have a coach in place for the Jan. 26 game so we’re looking to deal with that internally,’’ Canadian association president Victor Montagliani said prior to Monday’s announcement of the U.S. friendly. “Our first priority is to get the right person and secondly we have a soft date of getting one before the Gold Cup (the CONCACAF championship, scheduled for July in the U.S.) “By the same token if it’s not the right person and we need to wait a little bit longer, that’s fine.’’ That would also cover a scenario where the right candidate isn’t available until later in the year.
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Local boxers return victorious Gage Duthie and Shannon Ryan defeat their opponents at a bout in Washington state
TRE VOR CR AWLEY Sports Editor
Local boxers Gage Duthie and Shannon Ryan have returned victorious from their bouts at a tournament in Spokane over the weekend. The two went up against against opponents that featured different challenges. Duthie faced a more experienced fighter, while Ryan stepped up into a heavier weight class.
“They announced it, the ref raised his hand and he jumped about three feet in the air.” Bill Watson However, they met those challenges and came through with strong bouts, according to Eagles Boxing Club coach Bill Watson. Duthie ended up fighting a younger opponent named Dylan Guzman, who is a nephew to former Canadian champion Kenny Guzman, with 12 fights under his belt. “Our advantage was we were a year older and
we were about seven pounds heavier,” said Watson, “so we were going to use that to our advantage for the fight. That was the game plane going in.” Duthie came out hard with the intention of showing Guzman that he wasn’t going to be a pushover despite the experience gap. “Gage went right after him, threw those power shots and kept him away,” Watson said. Duthie took the first round, and Guzman knew he had to step it up in the second round, which he did, outboxing his Cranbrook opponent. The third round was the decider, and while both gassed out with roughly a minute left, Gage did enough to win the fight, said Watson. “They announced it, the ref raised his hand and he jumped about three feet in the air,” said Watson. Ryan faced Savannah Riggles, a shorter, stockier opponent, but that didn’t stop her from getting the win mid-match after the referee stopped the fight. Watson said Ryan wanted to give her an eight-count, which is
Bill Watson, Gage Duthie, Adam Gareau and Shannon Ryan. when the referee steps in to stop the action and determine if the fight should continue with a countdown from eight. “Our plan was to be really busy with the jab and we worked on different combinations, trying to catch our opponent coming in,” said Watson. Ryan managed to get her eight count in the first round, coming out hard with better combinations, said Watson. The fight continued after the referee did the countdown and the first round ended shortly
after that. Ryan came out swinging again in the second round and managed to force another eight-count on her opponent. The two met at the centre of the ring afterwards, but only lasted 10 or 15 more seconds before the ref stepped in and stopped the fight, said Watson. The official sent the two boxers to their corners, and Ryan was initially confused as to what was going on, added Watson, before it was announced that she was
the winner. “She was quite thrilled, but at the same time, she felt sorry for her opponent, she’s a good sportsman,” said Watson. The Eagles Boxing Club will take a bit of a break over Christmas, before gearing up for another event at the end of January in Alberta, which Watson hopes to bring Duthie and Ryan to, along with an older fighter competing in the super heavy weight and a youngster looking for his first bout.
Jays officially acquire pitcher R.A. Dickey C ANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have officially acquired Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, adding the 38-year-old knuckleballer to an improved starting rotation. The New York Mets traded Dickey to Toronto for a package featuring prized young catcher Travis d’Arnaud. The Blue Jays then signed the pitcher to a two-year contract extension for US$29 million, with a $12-million option for the 2016 season. Dickey was already signed for US$5.25 million next year. The Blue Jays also acquired catcher Josh Thole and minor-league catcher Mike Mickeas, while the Mets received
catcher John Buck, minor-league right-hander Noah Syndergaard and minor-league outfielder Wuilmer Beccera. Dickey was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA last season, capping his rapid rise from the majors’ scrap heap to an ace pitcher. He did it by perfecting a way to throw his floater faster than previous knuckleballers, and tossing it with exceptional control. “We clearly are convinced this can be a front line starter for us,’’ said Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos on a conference call Monday night. “I don’t think he gets the credit or the respect he deserves because of his age, and because of what he does throw. And I understand be-
“I don’t think he gets the credit or the respect he deserves because of his age and because of what he does throw. And I understand because it’s so rare.” Alex Anthopoulos cause it’s so rare. “But there’s so much overwhelming data and evidence that points to him continuing to have this success.’’ Dickey is set to become part of a stellar rotation that includes recently acquired Josh Johnson, and Mark Buehrle and returning starters Ricky Romero
and Brandon Morrow. “Welcome to the Jays,’’ Romero tweeted. “This pumps me up!!! One goal in mind... Win!!! That’s all!!!’’ Dickey thanked Mets fans for their backing on Twitter, while saying he was all set to pitch for the Toronto. “Now that its official, I want to say that I don’t have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support,’’ Dickey tweeted. “Thank you for making me feel wanted.’’ “Looking forward to a new chapter with the Jays.’’ The Blue Jays have missed the playoffs since winning their second straight World Series crown in 1993, and have boldly moved to reshape a team that
went 73-89 last season in the rugged AL East. Last month, they acquired a high-priced trio of all-stars _ Johnson, Buehrle and former Mets shortstop Jose Reyes _ in a 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins. Toronto then signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera, an allstar outfielder with San Francisco whose season ended when he was suspended 50 games for a positive testosterone test. Thole gives the Blue Jays a catcher who is familiar with handling Dickey’s knuckleball. He joined a lineup that features former home run champ Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, who hit 42 homers last season.
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NHLPA ‘ready to meet’ with NHL Chris Johnston Canadian Press
The standoff continues for the NHL and NHL Players’ Association. Another day passed without communication between the sides, who have no plans to return to the bargaining table and appear to be digging in. Both say they are prepared to meet but neither seems willing to make the first move. “We’ve always been willing and ready to bargain,’’ NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr told The Canadian Press on Monday night. “It seems like the league has ... paused or cut the process off several times over the last few months. I don’t know that we
ever have. “We’re ready to meet whenever they’re ready to meet.’’ According to Fehr, he and deputy commissioner Bill Daly last communicated with one another via email on Friday night. Daly indicated that there had been no miscommunication between the parties. “They know where we are and we know where they are,’’ he said. “We are still a long way apart. I’m sure if either one of us has a new idea for moving the process forward, we know how to get in touch.’’ Fehr was unwilling to discuss the possibility of the NHLPA filing for a “disclaimer of interest’’—“I’m not talking
about private internal union matters,’’ he said—something that could happen as soon as the end of the week depending on how a vote of the membership goes. Players began casting electronic ballots Sun-
“We’re ready to meet whenever they’re ready to meet.” Steve Fehr day on whether they would give their executive board the authority to dissolve the union, which would allow them to challenge the legality of the lockout in court and file anti-trust lawsuits against the league.
Two-thirds of union members must vote in favour by Thursday. It comes just days after the NHL filed a class-action complaint which asked a federal court in New York to make a declaration on the legality of the lockout. In the 43-page complaint, the NHL argued that the NHLPA was only using the “disclaimer of interest’’ as a bargaining tactic designed to “extract more favourable terms and conditions of employment.’’ The league also filed an unfair labour practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board on Friday. The NHL and NHLPA spent two days with a
U.S. federal mediator last week in New Jersey but didn’t report any progress. However, the union continues to believe the gap between the two sides isn’t insurmountable. “At times, we felt we were very close and had momentum towards a deal but something always seemed to happen to derail it,’’ said Fehr. “Clearly we seemed to be making progress and were close the week of Dec. 4-6 in New York. As (executive director) Don (Fehr) has said, in some ways we’re very, very close. “It seems unfortunate that we get stuck in the mud and can’t seem to move forward and finish it off.’’
Stamkos trying to make the best of a bad situation Chris Johnston Canadian Press
TORONTO _ The longest hiatus Steven Stamkos has ever taken from high-level hockey is not without its occasional good moments. There are always plenty of laughs when the NHL star takes the ice for a weekly pickup game with his father Chris and some buddies, a handful of whom are almost three times his age. There is the extra time spent in the gym alongside close friend and mentor Gary Roberts, who Stamkos jokes
is dangerously close to making him too big. And then there is the anticipation of next week’s Christmas celebration, the first one he’ll get to enjoy at home with family in Markham, Ont., in six or seven years. “As tough as it is, as frustrating as it is, you try to pick up some positives,’’ said Stamkos. But it’s clear the NHL’s most dangerous goal-scorer is feeling the pain of the lockout. Standing under the signature sloped roof at the building formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens
on Monday afternoon, the locked-out Tampa Bay Lightning forward couldn’t help but slip in a few references to his growing displeasure while speaking with reporters. “It’s frustrating,’’ said Stamkos. ``You do something for your whole life and you don’t really think anything of it. Everything you do is geared towards playing hockey. Now when you don’t have that, it’s tough.’’ Catching himself, the 22-year-old quickly steered the conversa-
Kootenay Ice Report ICE CHIPS: The KOOTENAY ICE enter this week’s action with a 1022-1-0 record (7-11-1-0 at home, 3-11-0-0 on the road, 1-1 in overtime, 2-0 in shootouts) and in sixth place in the CENTRAL DIVISION... This week the ICE will travel to RED DEER (December 18) to conclude their schedule before Christmas (December 19 - 27)... KOOTENAY will resume their schedule at home against SPOKANE (December 28). KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE CHRISTMAS HOURS: December 19 to December 26 CLOSED Thursday, December 27 8:30 am – Noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Friday, December 28 8:30 am – End of Game Monday, December 31 8:30 am – End of Game Tuesday, January 1 CLOSED Wednesday, January 2 Regular office hours resume SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS: SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are available to purchase at the ICE Office…You get seven game certificates to use at your convenience – total flexibility... SUPER SEVEN FLEX PAKS are available in Adult, Senior,
tion back to a charity game on Wednesday night, where he’ll captain a team that plays against one led by Montreal Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban. For Stamkos, it represents the chance to make the best of a bad situation. He’ll get to skate alongside James Neal, Dion Phaneuf, Phil Kessel and Logan Couture, among others, with all of the proceeds from the soldout Mattamy Athletic Centre benefiting the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams Fund and the RBC Play Hock-
ey program. “When there’s no hockey you try to find other things to do and a great cause to be part of,’’ said Stamkos. “This is one of them.’’ It was during another charity game last month where Stamkos was reminded of exactly what he has been missing during the NHL’s labour dispute. The atmosphere was electric for “Operation Hat Trick’’ in Atlantic City, N.J., which raised more than US$500,000 for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Student and Youth packages...Adults are $133.00, Seniors $105.00, Students $91.00 and Youth $70.00. GIFT CARDS: Get the gift that keeps on giving…The KOOTENAY ICE now have reusable and reloadable GIFT CARDS for any dollar amount…Your special someone can use the gift card to buy individual game tickets or FLEX PAKS…GIFT CARDS are available at the KOOTENAY ICE OFFICE. DID YOU KNOW: SAM REINHART (2-8-10), who leads KOOTENAY in scoring on the road with ten points, needs to record seven more points to reach 100 in his WHL career... JAGGER DIRK played in his 200th WHL career game in PRINCE ALBERT on December 14...COLLIN SHIRLEY has been named to TEAM WEST for the 2013 WORLD U-17 CHALLENGE in VICTORIAVILLE / DRUMMONDVILLE, QUEBEC (December 29 – January 4). INJURIES / TRANSACTION: Forward BROCK MONTGOMERY and Defensemen JOEY LEACH and TANNER MUTH will all be out of the ICE line up for one week with upper body injuries...KOOTENAY has called up Defenseman JORDAN STEENBERGEN (January 18, 1996 - Red Deer Chiefs - AMHL) for tomorrow night’s game against RED DEER. ONE YEAR AGO: After 33 games of the 2011-2012 season the ICE were 20-10-1-2, after 34 games were 21-10-1-2 and after 35 games were 22-10-1-2. UPCOMING TWO WEEKS: Tuesday December 18 ICE @ Red Deer 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive) December 19-26 Christmas Break
Tiger-Cats hire new head coach to lead football operations Dan R alph Canadian Press
HAMILTON, Ont. — Kent Austin is returning to the CFL. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have hired Austin to be the club’s head coach and head of the CFL team’s football operations. The team announced the hiring on Monday. Austin takes over as head coach from George Cortez, who was fired last week after compiling a 6-12 record in his first season with Hamilton. The Ticats are also in need of a GM with incumbent Bob O’Billovich mulling over an offer to remain with the Hamilton franchise as a consultant. Austin won a Grey Cup as the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ head coach in 2007. He served as head coach of Cornell University last season. “I am honoured to join the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization,’’ Austin said in a statement. “There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this opportunity, namely the strong ownership in place, a very passionate group of fans behind us and the chance for immediate success. I can’t wait to begin working on our
goal of bringing another Grey Cup championship to the city of Hamilton.’’ The 49-year-old Austin also won a Grey Cup in 2004 as the Toronto Argonauts offensive co-ordinator and earned championship rings as a player with Saskatchewan in 1989 and B.C. in ‘94. He is one of only four CFL quarterbacks to pass for more than 6,000 yards in a single season, throwing for 6,225 yards in ‘92 with Saskatchewan. Austin entered the coaching ranks in 2003 as a quarterback coach with the Ottawa Renegades. The following season he joined the Argos and helped the team capture the Grey Cup. He was fired by the Argos in the 2006 season, reportedly in part for not fully utilizing running back Ricky Williams, who played that year in Toronto while under suspension by the NFL for violating its drug policy. Austin takes over a Hamilton team that featured one of the CFL’s top offences under Cortez, but with a struggling defence that contributed mightily to the Ticats missing the playoffs.
Thursday December 27 Practice 12:00 - 2:00 pm Western Financial Place Friday December 28 ICE vs Spokane 7:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive) Saturday December 29 ICE @ Spokane 8:05 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive) Sunday December 30 Practice 3:45 - 5:45 pm Western Financial Place Monday December 31 ICE vs Calgary 5:00 pm (102.9 FM – The Drive) WEEK IN REVIEW: Tuesday, December 11 – Kootenay 1 vs Kelowna 3 – Record 9-20-1-0 – Attendance: 2,171 Goal: 1 - Shirley (6) from O’Connor and Cable Goalie: Wyatt Hoflin (30 Saves, 3 GA) Friday, December 14 – Kootenay 5 @ Prince Albert 4 - SO – Record 10-20-1-0 – Attendance: 2,582 Goals: 1 - Philp (7) from Cable and Shirley 2 - Descheneau (6) from Reinhart and Vetterl 3 - Philp (8) from Shirley 4 - Reinhart (11) from Dirk and Descheneau Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (35 Saves, 4 GA) Saturday, December 15 – Kootenay 2 @ Saskatoon 5 – Record 10-21-1-0 – Attendance: 5,576 Goals: 1 - Philp (9) from Hubic and Dirk 2 - McPhee (5) from Dirk and O’Connor Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (36 Saves, 5 GA) Sunday, December 16 – Kootenay 0 @ Swift Current 4 – Record 10-22-1-0 – Attendance: 2,084 Goalie: Mackenzie Skapski (50 Saves, 4 GA)
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Annie’s Mailbox by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar Dear Annie: For the past 18 months, I’ve been dating a woman who resides two states south. We are planning on her moving north to live with me. My problem is her thick southern accent. “Beth” habitually holds the last word of a sentence and draws it out. Her voice slides up and down when saying a simple word such as “town” so that it has multiple syllables. A couple of my friends have also noticed how pronounced her drawl is. I have hinted to Beth about it on occasion, but it hasn’t made a difference. I have to admit, this speech pattern is both repulsive and abrasive to me. Beth has many loving qualities, but I worry about the drawl. I can barely tolerate it now, and I fear it will eventually drive me crazy. Should I confront Beth about it? I don’t want to hurt her feelings. -- Need Your Input Dear Need: There are other factors to consider. If Beth moves north, her speech will adapt to her surroundings, and over time, she would likely lose a lot of her accent. You also could speak gently and lovingly about this. Don’t say her drawl gets on your nerves, even if it’s true. Say that if she is going to be living in your neck of the woods, she might want to shorten her words so she fits in better. Of course, she may become protective of her accent, believing it is linked to her identity, and be resistant to change. If she has other qualities that you appreciate, we advise first speaking to her to see whether she is receptive and then being patient. Dear Annie: I recently hosted a bridal shower for a dear friend. Of the 30 women we invited, only five bothered to RSVP. Several people told the bride-to-be that they may not be coming. Not surprisingly, the bride assumed (incorrectly) that they had also RSVP’d to me directly, so she didn’t pass that on. You can imagine how frustrating, not to mention wasteful, it was to prepare enough food for 25 people when only a handful arrived. My point is this: When asked to RSVP to an event, DO SO. Don’t ignore it or ask the bride to pass on your regrets. She has enough details on her plate right now. It takes just a minute to respond to an invitation, and it is just plain rude not to. -- Too Many Leftovers Dear Leftovers: We agree, but this problem has been around so long, we suspect your words of warning will go unheeded. So this is for the hosts: If someone has not RSVP’d to an invitation by the date requested, please phone them and find out whether they plan to come. (We hope invitees will be embarrassed enough that it will inspire them to behave better next time.) Dear Annie: I read the letter from “We Are There and It Hurts,” the parents of an adult daughter who is grossly overweight. It’s possible she has binge eating disorder. If so, dieting may not help. She needs therapy with someone trained in the treatment of eating disorders. Please tell this couple to go to the National Eating Disorders Association website (nationaleatingdisorders.org) or call the NEDA Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. It may be the best thing they could ever do for their daughter. -- Been There Dear Been: Thank you. Binge eating is a psychiatric disorder characterized by loss of control of the amount of eating, distress over binge episodes, and episodes that occur at least three times a week for three months or longer. It usually involves eating more rapidly than normal, eating until uncomfortably full and/or when not hungry, eating alone due to embarrassment, and feeling disgusted with oneself, depressed or guilty after. Other resources are the Binge Eating Disorder Association (bedaonline.com) and the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders at anad.org. Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 737 3rd Street, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254. To find out more about Annie’s Mailbox and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. COPYRIGHT 2012 CREATORS.COM
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Shattered Newtown holds first funerals ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWTOWN, Conn. — The Connecticut town shattered by last week’s school massacre held its first two funerals Monday, as officials weren’t sure whether the school itself would ever reopen. Nervous students and teachers across the U.S. returned to classrooms under tighter security. Family, friends and townspeople streamed out of two funeral homes after saying goodbye to Jack Pinto, who loved the New York Giants football team, and Noah Pozner, who liked to figure out how things worked mechanically. The friends and loved ones headed for two cemeteries afterward. A rabbi presided at Noah’s service, and in keeping with Jewish tradition, the boy was laid to rest in a simple brown wooden casket adorned with a Star of David. Outside the funeral home, well-wishers placed two teddy bears, a bouquet of white flowers and a red rose at the base of an old maple tree. Noah’s twin sister, Arielle, who was assigned to a different classroom, survived. In front of the funeral home where relatives were mourning Noah, well-wishers placed two teddy bears, a bouquet of white flowers and a single red rose at the base of a maple tree.
Hymns rang out from inside the funeral home where Jack’s service was being held. “The message was: You’re secure now. The worst is over,’’ one mourner, Gwendolyn Glover, said. The boys were being buried a day after the small community of Newtown, already stripping itself of Christmas decorations, came together for a vigil where President Barack Obama said he will use “whatever power’’ he has to prevent similar massacres. “What choice do we have?’’ he said. “Are we really prepared to say that we’re powerless in the face of such carnage, that the politics are too hard?’’ Obama has given no specifics on what he might do, and White House spokesman Jay Carney on Monday warned that “no single piece of legislation or action will fully address the problem.’’ Investigators have offered no motive for the shooting, and the Connecticut community struggled to comprehend what drove 20-year-old Adam Lanza to shoot to death his mother at home in bed Friday morning, drive her car to the school and unleash gunfire on six adults and 20 children who were 6 and 7 years old.
to kill just about every student in the school if given enough time. He shot himself in the head just as he heard police drawing near, authorities said. Newtown officials couldn’t say whether Sandy Hook Elementary would ever reopen. Monday’s classes were cancelled, and the district was making plans to send surviving students to a former school building in a neighbouring town. Newtown police Lt. George Sinko said he “would find it very difficult’’ for students to return to the same school. But, he added, “We want
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Veronique Pozner waves to the assembled media as she leaves after a funeral service for her 6-year-old son Noah Pozner, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Fairfield, Conn. Noah Pozner was killed when Adam Lanza walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Friday and opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children. Federal agents said that the young man had fired guns at shooting ranges over the past several years but that there was no evidence he did so recently as practice for the rampage. All the victims at the school apparently were shot more than once, and some of them were shot at close range, Chief Medical Examiner Dr. H.
Wayne Carver has said. He said the ammunition was the type designed to break up inside a victim’s body and inflict the maximum amount of damage. Further details on just what happened during Friday’s shooting were “too difficult to discuss,’’ state police Lt. Paul Vance, standing in a cold rain, told reporters.
“I can tell you it broke our hearts when we couldn’t save them all,’’ Vance said. He said two adults who were injured were recovering. Vance also said police may hold the school and the Lanza home for months as the investigation continues. Police said Lanza was carrying an arsenal of ammunition big enough
Man arrested after school shooting plans found Sean Murphy Associated Press
OKLAHOMA CITY – A small-calibre rifle and notes about a possible attack on a northeast Oklahoma high school were found at the home of a teenager accused of plotting to shoot classmates and detonate bombs, police said Monday. Sammie Eaglebear Chavez, 18, lived at home with his mother in Bartlesville, about 80 kilometres north of Tulsa. He was arrested early Friday morning and has been charged with a felony count of planning to perform an act of violence. News of the search came as the U.S. is reeling from the massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, where a 20-year-old man shot and killed 20 children and six adults Friday. The shooting reignited the emotional debate over gun control in the U.S. Several politicians and relatives of shooting
victims have demanded stricter gun laws. But others have defended the right of Americans to carry guns. Some Oklahoma lawmakers, reacting to the Connecticut shooting, called Monday for allowing teachers and school administrators to carry firearms on school campuses. Rep. Mark McCullough, a Republican, said he is working on a bill that would allow teachers and school administrators to receive firearms training through the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, which would authorize them to carry weapons at school and at school events. “It scares me that a madman could come into my children’s school and kill my children,’’ said McCullough, who has two boys, ages 7 and 9. “We need to harden these targets, harden these facilities with simple, common-sense steps. “It’s not rocket science. It’s just overcoming what might be
traditional, emotional, reactive feelings toward guns in schools.’’ Investigators still are sifting through possible evidence recovered during Friday’s search in Oklahoma to determine how serious the threat was, said Bartlesville Police Capt. Jay Hastings. “Part of the factor is whether the person is capable of carrying out the threat. Do they have weapons? In this case, it’s just something he’s communicated, but then he’s also ... written some notes about it, so that makes it a little more serious,’’ Hastings said. He didn’t elaborate on what the notes said or who owned the rifle. In a separate incident, a Guthrie High School student was questioned and suspended Monday, but not arrested, following a reported threat to a school assembly that the student made last week. “It was a large-scale threat,’’ said Guthrie Police Chief
Damon Devereaux, who declined to identify the student, who is a minor. “In light of what happened in Connecticut and the Bartlesville deal, we cannot take anything too lightly,’’ Devereaux said. In the Bartlesville case, Chavez remained jailed Monday on $1 million bail. Court records do not list an attorney for Chavez, and calls to a number for Chavez listed in court documents went to a recorded message saying the line wasn’t available. A court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11. An assistant principal at Bartlesville High School notified police Thursday after a student said Chavez “tried to recruit other students to assist him with carrying out a plan to lure students into the school auditorium where he planned to begin shooting them after chaining the doors shut,’’ Bartlesville Police Lt. Kevin Ickleberry wrote in an affidavit.
to keep these kids together. They need to support each other.’’ On Sunday, a grim Obama told Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy that Friday was the most difficult day of his presidency. At the Newtown vigil, the president finished his speech by slowly reading the first names of the children killed. Cries and sobs filled the room. “God has called them all home,’’ Obama said. “For those of us who remain, let us find the strength to carry on and make our country worthy of their memory.’’
Belief in global warming rises, even among science doubters Seth Borenstein Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A growing majority of Americans think global warming is occurring, that it will become a serious problem and that the U.S. government should do something about it, a new Associated Press-GfK poll finds. Even most people who say they do not trust scientists on the environment say temperatures are rising. The poll found 4 out of every 5 Americans said climate change will be a serious problem for the United States if nothing is done about it. That’s up from 73 per cent when the same question was asked in 2009. And 57 per cent of Americans say the U.S. government should do a great deal or quite a bit about the problem. That’s up from 52 per cent in 2009. Only 22 per cent of those surveyed think little or nothing should be done, a figure that dropped from 25 per cent. Overall, 78 per cent of those surveyed said they believe temperatures are rising, up from 75 per cent three years earlier. In general, U.S. belief in global warming, according to APGfK and other polls, has fluctuated over the years but has stayed between about 70 and 85
per cent. The biggest change in the polling is among people who trust scientists only a little or not at all. About 1 in 3 of the people surveyed fell into that category. Within that highly skeptical group, 61 per cent now say temperatures have been rising over the past 100 years. That is a substantial increase from 2009, when the AP-GfK poll found that only 47 per cent of those with little or no trust in scientists believed the world was getting warmer. This is an important development because, often in the past, opinion about climate change does not move much in core groups — like those who deny it exists and those who firmly believe it is an alarming problem, said Jon Krosnick, a Stanford University social psychologist and pollster. Krosnick, who consulted with The Associated Press on the poll questions, said the changes the poll shows aren’t in the hard-core “anti-warming’’ deniers, but in the next group, who had serious doubts. “They don’t believe what the scientists say, they believe what the thermometers say,’’ Krosnick said. “Events are helping these people see what scientists thought they had been seeing all along.’’
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Obituaries Michele Amantea Amantea Michele September 5, 1929 – September December 5, 14,1929 2012–
December 14, 2012
It is with great sadness that announce the passing Itweis with great sadness that of aannounce very special we thehusband, passing father, and of a very grandfather special husband, friend at the age of 83 father, years. grandfather and
friend at the age of 83 Born in Maione, Italy, Mike years. spent his younger years
working the family land, Born in Maione, Italy, Mike which is he found spent hiswhere younger years his love for gardening. He working the on family immigrated his land, own whichin order is where he found to Canada on August 24, 1953 to explore the his love gardening. He world and find new opportunities. He for spent a few years working in different locationsimmigrated in BC but finally in on settled his own Kimberley. hard1953 for the of to Kimberley to Canada He on worked August 24, inCity order explore and the provided for his family of whom he was so very proud. world andforfind new opportunities. spentgarden a fewwill years His love making good wine and He a great be working in different locations BC but finally settled in remembered by all who knew in him. Kimberley. He worked hard for the City of Kimberley and Mike is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Maria, provided his (Mike) family of whom heson wasMario so very proud. daughter for Ricki Blackwell; (Michele) His love forGrandchildren: making good wine and a(Dennis) great garden be Amantea; Andrea Lowe,will Mark Blackwell andbyCam Amantea; brother Pepe and sister remembered all who knew him. Lillina who both reside in Italy.
Mike is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Maria, He was predeceased by his father Gofredo and mother daughter Ricki (Mike) Blackwell; son Mario (Michele) Enrichetta as well as his sisters Sylvia Bombino, Maria Amantea; Grandchildren: (Dennis) Lowe, Mark DeCaro and brother Guido Andrea Amantea. Blackwell and Cam Amantea; brother Pepe and sister His Funeral Mass was held at the Sacred Heart Catholic Lillina reside inonItaly. Churchwho in both Kimberley December 18th. Memorial
Obituaries Harry Richert Born: July 19, 1958 Birth place: Paraguay, South America
It is with the deepest sadness that the Richert family announce the passing of Harry Richert, Harry peacefully passed away on Thursday December 13, 2012 at the age of 54 after losing his battle with Leukemia. Harry is survived by his wife Tammy, sons Clayton (Debbie), Travis, daughter Melissa, grandchildren Paige, Shelby, Skyler, Brittany (Richard), and Kristin (Eric), his mother Helen, brothers Peter (Christa), Gerry (Leya), Henry (Denelda), and many nieces and nephews. Harry was born in Paraguay South America and immigrated to Canada with his family in the early 1960’s, with a short period in St Catherines Ontario, and then moving to Vancouver BC where he spent most of his childhood. After following in his fathers foot steps to become a welder at the age of 20. In Vancouver he met the love of his life Tammy, and they had 2 children. In 1987 Harry and family moved to Nelson BC and on to Cranbrook BC in 2004, where he could enjoy the passions in his life daily - his family, the outdoors and cars. Harry spent a lot of this time living his life to the fullest in the outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing or working and racing cars at the local race tracks over the years. Harry always gave his time helping his family and others in his quiet non assuming way, putting them ahead of his own needs to make their lives more fulfilling. The constants with Harry is that he would be there to help, and he would be there to make you laugh to help put a smile on your face. He will be forever missed by everyone’s life he touched and all who knew him. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012, 2 pm at McPherson’s Funeral Home.
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Target’s arrival in Canada a game changer for retailers at home and afar Sunny Freeman Canadian Press
TORONTO — Canadian retailers may be reticent to publicly name that bull’seyed American foe pushing north next year, but many are revamping, cost-cutting and restrategizing ahead of the arrival of Target. While it won’t open shop on Canadian turf until March, eager deal-seekers have been buzzing for much of the past year about Target’s low prices and chic fashion offerings. Target Canada throwing its heft into the country’s competitive retail mix promises to be a catalytic moment that could be the biggest game-changer since Walmart set up Canadian shop two decades ago. It might also plow down the doors for more foreign retailers closely watching Target’s performance north of the border. “The sky is not going to fall on all other retailers, (Target is) really going to make everybody else that much sharper, that much better,’’ says Jim Danahy, CEO at CustomerLAB and a veteran retailer himself. “It is going to force all retailers in Canada, regardless of who owns them, to elevate their game. They’re that good — they’re good at service, they’re good at supply, they’re good at design.’’ In 2013, Target will open
The arrival of retail giant Target onto the Canadian scene is imminent. Cranbrook is one of the communities where between 125 and 135 new stores formerly owned by Zeller’s are being opened. the first of between 125 and 135 locations once owned by Canadian retailer Zellers, and is spending about $10 million per store to upgrade and in some cases triple the existing square footage. Cranbrook is among the communities expecting Target’s arrival. Most retailers are quick to say they’re unfazed by the entrance of the U.S. retail giant. Still, many big retailers, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson’s Bay Co., Canadian Tire and Loblaw have scrambled in the past year to take steps — from job cuts and management shakeups to capital raising and renovations — to cope in an increasingly competitive landscape.
“It will cause Canadian retailers to up their game,’’ says Lori Bieda, executive lead of customer intelligence in the Americas for SAS Analytics. Retailers are investing more heavily in data collection, using information on their customers to be more accommodating and efficient, something U.S. retailers have done for years, she says. Target’s arrival is also a huge win for consumers as it will create better choice, provoke more price competition, as well as force some outdated retailers to modernize, Danaghy says. “That class of large departments stores are the ones
that have gone through a bad patch, a whole generation and they’re the ones who will suffer if they don’t make the change,’’ he says. “They must invest in exclusivity of product, in uniqueness of service offerings, and they’ve got to put millions into their stores so they are beautiful as well.’’ In a report assessing the impact of Target’s arrival, released this fall, Barclays Capital said that Walmart, Sears Canada, Old Navy, Loblaw’s Joe Fresh brand and Canadian Tire are the retailers most at risk. “Over time the greatest risk to established retailers is the permanent change in
customer traffic patterns that Target could induce,’’ it said. Some Canadian retailers, like the struggling clothing chain Reitmans, have said they welcome Target because those stores will draw more consumers into malls, even though Target operates in its cheap chic fashion space. HBC, which launched an initial public offering earlier this year partly to pay down debt after a years-long store rejuvenation program, also faces a tremendous competitive challenge. Analysts say the Canadian department chain overlaps in several areas with Target, and it is also preparing for the arrival of high-end competitor
Chance to create lines for Target could propel Canadian designers Lauren La Rose Canadian Press
TORONTO — Homegrown designers could find themselves sharing stylish company with such fashion heavyweights as Missoni, Zac Posen and Vancouver-raised Jason Wu as a select few vie for the chance to create collections for Target in Canada. The U.S. discount giant is set to open for business north of the border in March. And in advance of the much-buzzed about arrival, the retailer has already announced plans to bring a distinctly Canadian touch to its popular designer collaborations. The recipient of the Target Emerging Designer Award will get a chance to create a collection for the retailer’s Quebec stores, along with a $25,000 grant to produce a full-scale fashion show at Montreal Fashion Week. The
award is a joint initiative of the Montreal Fashion Foundation and Sensation Mode, the firm which organizes Fashion Week. Meanwhile, the winner of the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s New Labels contest will have the opportunity to create a line for Target stores across Canada and get a $25,000 cash award from TFI supporter and philanthropist Suzanne Rogers. The winner will also receive a full-page editorial feature in Flare magazine. The recipient of the Quebec-based award is set to be announced in February, while the TFI New Labels winner will be revealed in April. The exclusive lines are slated to arrive in stores in 2014. “We’ve kind of said from the outset... that we really want to bring the true U.S.
Target’s arrival could give a boost to Canadian fashion designers, putting them in the same company of Vancouver-raised Jason Wu (see here with model Allison Pill in New York). brand experience when we come to Canada with some nuances for the Canadian marketplace,’’ Target Canada spokeswoman Lisa Gibson said in an interview. “Definitely, these awards certainly will bring in some
nuances as the collections that will be made for Canada are actually going to be sold only in Target Canada stores.’’ The New Labels judging panel has selected a record 14 semi-finalists, and will likely be whittling down the list of
entrants further when they receive their proposed outfits in January, said TFI executive director Susan Langdon. With fewer homegrown retailers buying high-end, Canadian-designed, locally-made apparel, Langdon said many designers have to diversify as a matter of business survival. “If a company wants to continue making that signature collection for the runway and maybe for a few select high-end stores, you’ve got to supplement that with something that’s more mass-market, whether that’s a licensing deal with a shoe company or a sunglass company or working with Winners or The Shopping Channel or Target,’’ she said. “It’s reality now. That’s the way business is. People are either brand-driven or price-driven.’’
Nordstrom. Danaghy imagines Target’s arrival could have the most catastrophic effects on Sears Canada’s struggling operations, as Target invests millions on revamping stores, while the “tubelights are flickering and the linoleum is peeling at Sears.’’ Sears has announced the closure of four prime store locations in three cities — Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. After Nordstrom announced it would pick up those locations for its first Canadian stores, Danaghy says he wouldn’t be surprise to see another U.S. department store giant swoop into Canada in the next few years to buy up Sears’s remaining locations. Danaghy says Target may cause some downward pressure on prices for an array of goods, but likely wouldn’t cause a price war as many large retailers — especially the grocers — are already highly competitive. However, he adds it could sort out the strong from the weakest players in the Canadian retail scene. Meanwhile, Walmart Canada has said it is confident it’s prepared for Target’s arrival. As part of its plan, it will lower the prices of more items to about $1 as it also answers to the expansion by Canadian dollar store operator Dollarama Inc. And Canadian Tire is working aggressively to carve out a bigger share of the market before Target arrives and recently announced a downsizing of its executive ranks. For its part, Target is mostly eschewing the question of how it could redraw the Canadian retail landscape, except to say it believes it “results in more choice for Canadian consumers and increases competition in the marketplace.’’ Perhaps the biggest impact of Target’s arrival, however, will be the stamp of approval it gives Canada as an increasingly attractive market for foreign retailers. This year was a banner one for international retailers setting up shop north of the border, with big names Ann Taylor, J.Crew, Kate Spade and Microsoft moving in.
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Cookbooks are alive and well, thank you Technology enhances cookbook experience but aficionados unlikely to give up books Lois Abr aham Canadian Press
TORONTO — While ebooks have been exploding in popularity in recent years, scholars, chefs and those who just love to tool around in the kitchen say it’s not time to stick a fork in the physical cookbook just yet. “I’m a pretty messy cook, so having your computer on the counter is a recipe for disaster,’’ said Ian Mosby, who is preparing to teach a University of Guelph course that encompasses the history of the cookbook. “If I’m going to pay money to own something I would rather have the physicality of the book. I’m more likely to read a physical cookbook than an ebook.’’ The university, which has a cookbook collection numbering around 4,000 volumes _ including an impressive array of community cookbooks _ offers plenty of material for his research, said Mosby, who owns almost 100 classic cookbooks and pamphlets (smaller cookbooks) related to his studies plus about 40 new editions. Alison Fryer, owner of The Cookbook Store, says people have been downloading recipes from the Internet for years, but notes
Shelley Adams of Nelson is the author of the “Whitewater Cooks” cookbooks, a popular series all over the Kootenays. that new technology has created enhancements for “the cookbook experience.’’ Technology allows publishers “to produce the most gorgeous cookbooks. The digital photography now is stunning. The production quality is jaw-dropping of cookbooks even (compared to) five to 10 years ago. The other thing it allows them to do is create apps and enhancements and webisodes ... that go hand in hand with the book,’’ she said from her downtown Toronto store, which opened about 30 years ago. “If you’ve got in the fridge
some chicken and broccoli and you just want to know what to make tonight, knock yourself out, go online and find something. That’s probably the fastest way to do it,’’ said Fryer, whose store offers cooking classes and author events and stocks some 9,000 titles. “But if you want to sit down and read your cookbooks, as so many of us do, there’s something about a living history that’s in your hands and you turn the page with your hand and it’s still so much a part of that.’’ Trend watcher Christine Couvelier, who recently passed the 3,000 mark in her cookbook collection, also thinks the print format isn’t going anywhere, though she also enjoys such innovations as the video clips used with recipes and stories in publications like Martha Stewart Living that she reads on her iPad. “There’s something about experiencing a cookbook the way the author designed it so the right format is there,’’ said the Victoria-based chef, who noted that some e-readers reformat cookbooks. “But there’s something tactile and inspirational and it transports me when I read a cookbook into that author’s kitchen ... but when I then
Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” is one of the most famous cookbooks of all time. come back to my kitchen I’m still there with that person because I have that book with me. I just adore my cookbooks.’’ Mosby and a group of friends, all in their 30s, formed a cookbook discussion group about three years ago which encourages members to go beyond the realm of what they normally cook. Their meetings consist of a potluck dinner, using recipes from the book they’ve chosen to discuss that month. Some members of Mos-
by’s group purchase the electronic version, but he usually buys the actual book or borrows it from the library. He says he’s not a big fan of e-cookbooks. “It’s definitely a different experience. Some of these books nowadays, they’re beautiful,’’ said Mosby, whose primary research interest is the politics, culture and science of food in Canada during the 20th century. “They’re like pieces of art, so it seems worth it to spend the extra on getting the phys-
‘Canada’s Favourite Recipes’ focuses on foods cherished by home cooks and chefs Lois Abraham Canadian Press
TORONTO _ When veteran foodies Rose Murray and Elizabeth Baird invited Canadians who are passionate about food to send in their best-loved recipe, they were amazed at the variety and touched by the stories that flooded in. But most of all, they were able to compile a cookbook that shows the distinctiveness of Canada’s cuisine. It seems there is a huge appetite for such a volume. “Canada’s Favourite Recipes,’’ published by Whitecap Books last month, quickly went into a second printing, with 15,000 in both print runs. “I think these are recipes that people don’t want to lose and that was one of our reasons for writing the book,’’ said Murray. “They’re favourites because they’re good and so many people agree that they’re favourites.’’
“We definitely want to keep them in the Canadian repertoire,’’ added Baird. Murray, who lives in Cambridge, Ont., and Baird have been on the food scene for more than 30 years, writing cookbooks, magazine and newspaper articles, teaching and cooking. For 20 years Baird was food editor at Canadian Living magazine. The two have crisscrossed the country to learn about Canada’s food and culture. Writing the book, which took about three years, has “given us a chance to look back over some of the travels that we’ve had across Canada and to reflect on what we thought were interesting recipes and then the people that were associated with them,’’ said Baird. A range of people contributed the 160 recipes and stories. “And so some of them are chefs, but they gave us nice
home kind of recipes they cook at home like John Bishop in Vancouver, who gave us his Braised Lamb Stew with Rosemary Dumplings and something he would not serve at (his fine-dining restaurant) Bishop’s in Vancouver but something he would love to make,’’ Baird explained. “And then we also had recipes from people who were real icons in our life like Marg Fraser or Carol Ferguson, who were really important to the development of recipes in Canadian Living and gave Rose and me an opportunity early in the ‘80s to be part of that,’’ said Baird. There are even contributions from people who are not in the food world, like Wayson Choy, author of “The Jade Peony.’’ “He is fond of food and I know him quite well,’’ Murray said. “He was very anxious for his aunt’s recipe to be there.’’
Mary Low’s recipe for Lettuce Wraps is a family favourite and “one of the many that Mary makes every year for Chinese New Year,’’ Choy wrote. What is regarded as typically Canadian food has changed over the years. Foods such as jerk chicken, pizza, souvlaki, pad Thai and hot and sour soup are just as much a part of our food culture as roast turkey with stuffing or potato salad. It goes back to the development of Canada, “which is a colonial country with very varied immigration over the centuries. Every group that has come has brought a dish or two which has become part of our Canadian cuisine,’’ Baird said. “So it’s part of the old home cooking plus these new additions plus an extra layer of chefs training and restaurant food which is very much a part of people’s lives.’’
The sweets section includes such offerings as Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake, a variety of delectable cakes and juicy pies, as well as Butter Tarts and Mocha-Hazelnut Nanaimo Bars. “One thing Rose and I were very conscious of is Canadians are such great bakers,’’ said Baird. “A lot of the recipes that came in when people mentioned their favourites, it was often something (like) a cookie they’d made with their grandmother or a special cake that came out on their birthday. “So we had to make sure that we didn’t overrepresent the sweet side of Canadians. We really have a sweet tooth and are excellent bakers. ... “There are good bakers, patisseries, all that kind of stuff in Europe, but this is home baking that’s got a spoonful of Grandma’s love in it,’’ she added.
ical book.’’ Fryer noted that not everyone has a computer in the kitchen or the money to spend on a device. She acknowledges e-readers have their place, but “do you want to read a cookbook on a tablet that’s 5-by-7?’’ Many people swear by using recipes downloaded from blogs or websites, but a downside of online recipes is that they don’t always work. “People will look up a million recipes, but you have no idea as to the quality or the credibility of these recipes,’’ said cookbook author and TV personality Christine Cushing. “OK, someone has a blog and thinks they’re an expert. That becomes the challenge. How do you know what you’re getting is actually of a certain quality and somebody put a bit more time into it?’’ such as with a book. “That is my pet peeve _ people posting these crazy recipes that nothing works. Then it’s very frustrating,’’ she added. Mosby said he’s noticed more cookbooks narrating a story, whether about a restaurant or a cuisine. The availability of online bookmaking programs has given rise to professional-looking volumes created by amateurs, be it church or school groups doing fundraising. “I helped my mom put together a cookbook of recipes she made for us as kids,’’ said Mosby. “It’s kind of a historical artifact and also something we probably use more than any other cookbook.’’