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Holiday Train: The CP Holiday train rolled into Sicamous Saturday night with entertainers Doc Walker and Miss Emily Brown providing a musical dose of Christmas cheer, and CP Rail a cheque for $2,000 to the Eagle Valley Food Bank. Those attending the show also helped out the food bank with $820 in cash donated as well as 1,090 lbs of food. Photos by James Murray and Victoria Rowbottom
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Eagle Valley News
Province commits $1.5 million for water Need Help?
Cost sharing: District may pay one-third of $4.5 million facility. By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
It appears Sicamous is $1.5 million closer to a new water treatment plant. At last Wednesday’s council meeting, Mayor Darrell Trouton read a letter from B.C. Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Bill Bennett which, among other things, related to his Oct. 17 visit to the community when he presented to the district a cheque for $50,000. The funding was earmarked for a pilot project that would test proposed water treatment technology over about a six-month period as the province works with its federal partners to come up with funding options for construction of a new water treatment fa-
cility for Sicamous. After reading the letter, Trouton had some good news for council and members of the community present. The mayor said he had since been in contact with Bennett, and that the province has “come to the plate with $1.5 million,” for construction of a new water treatment facility. What’s been proposed, Trouton continued, is a one-thirds funding approach, with the B.C. government, the federal government and the District of Sicamous each kicking in $1.5 million towards the plant. “At this point I believe it is a 100 per cent commitment – where they’re going to get it from, I’m not sure,” Trouton later told the News. “They felt they
have avenues not expropriated in the budget, and that they could come up with that.” Trouton said he’s also contacted Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes on the matter. “So the federal government hasn’t necessarily come forward yet, and they’ve asked us to apply for gas tax funding through UBCM for the million and a half. We’re applying now,” said Trouton. Adding to this, the mayor said the federal government is also looking at trying to help the district with its share. Bennett’s letter makes note of a commitment made by Premier Christy Clark at this year’s Union of B.C. Municipalities convention to set Sicamous’ water issues right. “Darrell, I want
you to know this, because Bill (Bennett) has asked me to make sure we set this right. I know you need that water supply fixed, and we are going to help you do it,” said Clark. Asked for his thoughts on the proposed three-way cost sharing, Trouton was appreciative. “You always hope for more; because it’s a disaster situation – a lot of the funding is covered 100 per cent, depending on what’s happening. But as a major infrastructure part, we need a water treatment facility,” said Trouton. “So, with them coming forward with one-third… it’s pretty good as well. So I’m pretty happy with the outcome.” As for the federal side of things, Trouton
says they’re trying to do all they can for the district. “We’ll continue to work at it; its a work in progress,” he said. Regarding the pilot project, district works services manager Grady MacDonald said that so far, indications are that the membrane technology being tested will work for Sicamous. He expects to have all the necessary data by March. With a commitment for funding, and approval from Interior Health, MacDonald suggested the final $4.5 million project could go out to tender by the end of August 2013. Construction would continue throughout the winter, with the facility brought online in May or June of 2014.
Residents will receive no break in January water billing By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
Sicamous residents will see no break on their water billing in the new year. When given the option to amend the district’s water schedule by pushing ahead by a year, a scheduled, 10per cent increase for metered accounts (effective July 1, 2012), as well as unmetered accounts – to be reflected on the Jan. 2013 billing, or proceeding with the increases as planed, council chose the latter. District financial services director Ruth
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Walper, explained the options were brought forward in response to a request by council to see what could be done for residents whose water service was severely impacted by the June 23 debris flow in Two Mile Creek, and subsequent flooding from Mara and Shuswap lakes. “Right now, we’re showing $150,000 was paid out for potable water, and that funding, if it isn’t covered, will come from the water fund eventually. So that would mean there’s additional costs involved over and above what we
normally experience,” Walper explained, adding that could be offset by surpluses. But she then went on to explain, the district could see revenue losses in 2013 of up to $60,000 as a result of residents taking up water metering. “We were hoping that would be offset by the 10 per cent increase, said Walper. “Of course, that depends on how quickly people convert to the metered accounts.” Mayor Darrell Trouton brought forward the motion to keep the water fee schedule as
December 21 & 22 - $2 Bag Sale at Sicamous United Church Thrift Shop. 10 am - 3 pm. Clothing & Shoes. The shop will close Dec 22 at 3 pm and re-open Jan 2nd at 10 am December 24 - Candlelight Services at Sicamous United Church. 7 pm. All are welcome December 24 - Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. 6 pm at the Sicamous Bible Church, Corner Hwy 97A and Kappel Street December 24 - Christmas Eve Service. 7 pm at the Shuswap Community Church, 905 Parksville St. Every 1st & 3rd Tuesday- Sicamous Lions Club meets at the Sicamous Seniors Activity Centre, 1090 Shuswap Ave, Sicamous. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Meeting starts at 7:00 pm. Everyone Welcome. For info contact Joan at 250836-4876 or Kathy at 250-836-3267 Every 1st & 3rd Wed.- Parkinsons Support Group at First united Church. 20 - 4th Street SE, Salmon Arm at 10 am. Contact Doreen at 250836-2509. Every 1st & 3rd Wed. Eagle Valley Photography Club starts on Oct 17. Everyone welcome. 7 pm at the Red Barn. Every 4th Mon.- Royal Canadian Legion Br. #99
is. He said there is still uncertainty as to whether or not the district’s expense of bringing in potable water for flood victims will be covered by the province. He also said the district will require the funding for a proposed water treatment facility, estimated to cost $4.5 million. “We’re going to need these reserves to move forward,” said Trouton. “We also, through our public works, did a fabulous job of maintaining and having water to the areas for washing clothes, fire safety, you name it. So, I have a
general meeting, 7 p.m. Third Sunday of the month -Regular meeting of the Eagle Valley Artisans Guild. 3:30 pm - Red Barn, Sicamous. Guests welcome. For info contact Terry Sinton: 250-836-4613. Every Monday and Thursday -Chairbiotics (low impact exercise) Seniors activity Centre 10:00 am. Join us. $2 each. Every Mon. & Fri. - Bridge, Seniors Activity Centre, 1 p.m. Every Tues. Stopping the Violence Program in Sicamous - counselling for women who have experienced abuse during childhood or adult relationships. No charge. Call Kathy at 250-8329700. Every Tues. - Sicamous Amateur Drama Club rehearsals, 7:00 p.m., Red Barn Arts Centre. 836-4705. Tues. & Thurs. - Carpet Bowling at the Seniors’ Activity Centre at 1 p.m. Every Tues. & Thurs. - Seniors Meals provided, 12 noon in Common Room at the Haven. Every Wed. Wednesday Arts for Everyone. 10 am - 3 pm starting September 5. For info contact Juanita at 250-836-3019 or Gail- at 250-836-5472
hard time bringing any other option forward.” Coun. Terry Rysz concurred, stating the public recognizes the need to improve water in Sicamous. “So, at the end of the day, it doesn’t seem like anybody is that concerned about the fact that they’ve got to dig into their pockets a wee bit more to support that,” said Rysz. Council unanimously supported the mayor’s motion, though Coun. Fred Busch warned council to be prepared for negative feedback.
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Canadian Legion Branch #99. Everyone welcome. Every 1st, 3rd, 4th Thurs. - Keepsake Kwilters meet at the Haven Common room 1095 Shuswap Avenue at 7:00 p.m. For info call 250-836-2695. Every 2nd and 4th Thurs. Options For Sexual health from 7 to 9 p.m., Sicamous Health Unit. Every 3rd Thursday monthly meeting of the Malakwa Community Association at 7:30 in the Malakwa Hall. Every Fri. - Parents & Tots, 10-12 noon at Catholic Church. 836-3440. Every Fri. - Eagle Valley Brush & Palette Club, Red Barn, 10am-3pm, Everyone welcome! Every Sat. - Outdoor market – back parking lot of Sicamous Legion $10/space. No booking required. No required start or end times. Every 1st & 3rd Fri. - Pool Tournament at the Royal Canadian Legion #99 at 7:00 pm. Every 4th Sun. - OAPO Birthday Tea for members & friends, Seniors Activity Centre, 2 p.m. Last Saturday of every month -Sicamous Royal Canadian Legion #99 Ladies Auxilliary dinner 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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MOTI completes work on Two Mile Creek
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The work is done at the mouth of Two Mile Creek, but whether or not the district will be on the hook for maintenance and monitoring remains to be seen. On Aug. 3, representatives of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure hosted a public meeting in District of Sicamous council chambers, during which they proposed a fix for Two Mile Creek. What the ministry wanted to do, as explained by MOTI district manager Murray Tekano, was armour the sides of the creek up 1.8 metres from the bed with large angular rock. This armouring would run from the creek mouth up to the highway bridge. “The benefit of this channel – over just leaving it the way it is – is that the channel is armoured, riprap armours the channel, it reduces the likelihood the river is going to move itself out…,” said Tekano. “If it’s not done, there are areas which, unfortunately in the future, flow events are going to erode.” Tekano emphasized the fix would go further to help remedy dam-
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Floodgates: MOTI district manager Murray Tekano explains plans for armouring at the mouth of Two Mile Creek during an often heated public hearing held in August. Tekano said the work would be done provided the District of Sicamous agreed to monitor and maintain it. File photo age from future flooding events, such as the June 23 debris flow that saw the creek shift and devastate a large part of the Two Mile area. He also explained the $250,000 project would be completed only if the district agreed to take responsibility for monitoring and maintenance of the armoured portion. To date, the district has not signed any agreement with MOTI,
which proceeded to complete the works anyway. “Work to repair the highway following the flooding event has essentially wrapped up, and the highway has been restored,” MOTI spokesperson Kate Trotter explained in a Dec. 3 email. “Work to armour the Sicamous Creek channel downstream below the highway bridge was completed in September.
The costs for these works have been borne by the province. “A maintenance agreement for the downstream works on Sicamous Creek has been proposed, and is with the municipality for review.” District administrator Heidi Frank says she cannot comment on the matter as it is in camera. “All I can tell you is that the proposed agreement has been forward-
ed to legal for review,” Frank explained in a Dec. 6 email. MOTI’s proposed fix had several critics at the Aug. hearing, one being Sicamous Mayor Darrell Trouton, who warned of potential liability concerns, and called the proposal a “Band-Aid solution.” “Why would the district ever want to get involved in this at this point in time?” asked Trouton.
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Premier struggles to lift popularity among women
ne could just imagine the complaints and claims of discrimination if a male premier decided to meet only with men and closed the doors to members of the other gender. But it’s apparently OK for Premier Christy Clark to get together only with women, as she did in Vernon Friday, and leave men sitting on the sidelines. The explanation from Clark’s office is “she works in a man’s world,” and these women-only sessions provide her with a different point of view. Now there is no question that the political and business worlds continue to be dominated by men, and women may focus on some different issues of importance than their male counterparts. But there are also likely a number of similar concerns, including the economy, job creation, education and health care. Those topics go beyond gender. Clark has suggested that half of the population isn’t well represented when it comes to access to the premier, but how many male residents in the North Okanagan feel their needs have been represented by this government? And if Clark truly wants to address issues of concern and open dialogue with constituents, shouldn’t her local representative be involved? But because of his gender, MLA Eric Foster had to leave the room. Despite the image Clark is trying to portray, these gender-based, invitation-only meetings are more indicative of a government in trouble. The Liberals only have the support of 21 per cent of women in B.C., according to a recent poll, while the NDP has 52 per cent. Clark is trying to prop up her popularity before voters head to the polls in the spring. Ultimately, it will be interesting to see if the premier’s actions resonate with women or if women just see this as another case of politicians pandering to them. -Vernon Morning Star
Premier Christy Clark ponders black ink and oil By Tom Fletcher News Columnist
VICTORIA – Premier 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 crossexamining 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 minitanker 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 existing 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
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gas, isn’t that kind of farfetched? 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, and because we’re going to be completely transparent about the assumptions that 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
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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 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.
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Harper selling out nation’s resources What kind of government favours selling out the long-term sustainability of its own country’s natural resources, the long-term health of its environment, the health and employment opportunities of its people over providing in-house jobs through refinement and manufacturing? For what reason, you say? All for a short-term economic gain? What about the long term costs to exporting jobs, environmental clean up after the fact? What kind of a government ignores the expressions of concern and requests for public and parliamentary consultation by tens of thousands of Canadians in regards to the Nexen Oil sell-out to state owned Chinese Oil corporation CNOOC? What kind of government also refuses public consultation and/or parliamentary debate on the final ratification of a foreign trade protection treaty or FIPA with China? This pending treaty will lock Canada into a contract for an unprecedented 31 years with China, providing unprecedented access to Canadian raw resources and unprecedented power to secretively sue Canadians at any level of government or organization for blockage of access to these resourc-
es or the ecosystem holding them. What kind of a government systematically prepares for such invasive foreign investment by first watering down environmental and endangered species protection laws, slashing environmental protection policy, scientific monitoring capabilities and departments like the Pacific Coast Guard? Did you know that just recently our government lifted the protection on all but 62 rivers across this broad and beautiful country? What kind of a government refuses to learn from the pitfalls of the NAFTA treaty with the U.S.; a treaty already costing Canadian taxpayers yearly in legal fees and payouts for Canadian governments re fusing access to natural resources and sensitive ecosystems that are suddenly threatened by foreign exploitation? The pending China-Canada treaty makes Canadians, their resources, their environment and jobs far more vulnerable then the NAFTA agreement has, yet already we are hurting because of NAFTA. The answer to all the above questions would be the Harper-led, Conservative government, a government looking and feeling more and more like a dictator-
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ship as each day passes with their refusal to engage parliamentary debate and the behindthe-scenes, purposeful policy changes and de-regulation around environmental protection and monitoring. This government is dragging tens of thousands of Canadians against their will, in the opposite direction to most civilized, environmentally conscientious countries. Is that what you want as a Canadian? What can the average Canadian do to take back their power to self determine; to provide for the safe and healthy future of their children and grandchildren? We can write Prime Minister Steven Harper and our local Conservative member of Parliament to let them know that we don’t feel they are acting in the best interest of our country or our people and that they won’t have our vote in the next election. Copy your letters to all federal party leaders so that they know what your stance is. Copy your letter to our provincial leader, Premier Christy Clark and MLA
George Abbott and to all provincial party leaders so that they too, can be held accountable for what is their responsibility to us provincially. Make it an election issue in B.C. as well. Support organizations like the Council of Canadians, David Suzuki Foundation and Leadnow.ca as they campaign for the rights of Canadians, the protection of the our resources, our ecosystems and home grown jobs. Support a government that puts our environment first and recognizes that our sustainable future, economic and otherwise, lies in the development of green-energy systems and industrial initiatives. Most of all, we need to pay attention to what our governments are doing. The CanadaChina FIPA could be ratified before Christmas or anytime after, when it is long gone from your mind and if it is ratified, the recent sell out of Nexen to CNOOC of China will take on a whole new life! Think about it and don’t be fooled by the fact that so many criti-
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Unearthing the roots of the poinsettia One of the Christmas traditions we all love is to own or give a beautiful poinsettia. I still catch myself calling it a ‘poinsettia,’ which is a hard habit to break from my childhood days when I couldn’t pronounce it properly. It had never occurred to me that this plant actually turned into something else until I visited a private garden in Kenya years ago and there before me stood a 12-foot high poinsettia tree! That was news to me, and I confess I haven’t learned much about them since. So I’ve dug out some more interesting points about the poinsettias. The poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is a plant species of the diverse spurge family that is native to Mexico and (yet to be confirmed by botanists) in Nicaragua and Costa Rica. They are popular and widely grown in subtropical climates such as Australia, South America and Africa. It derives its name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first U.S. Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant in the states in 1825, which now celebrates a National Poinsettia Day on Dec. 12. It is a shrub or small tree, typically reaching
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a height of two to 16 feet, and to date there are more than 100 cultivated varieties. The plant bears dark green dentate leaves and the coloured bracts – which are most often flaming red, but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white or marbled — are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colours, but are actually leaves. The colours of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time, for at least five days in a row) to change colour and at the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest colour. The flowers of the poinsettia (cyathia), are grouped within small yellow structures found in the center of each leaf bunch, but are unassuming and do not attract pollinators. The Aztecs used
the plant to produce red dye and as an antipyretic medication. Today it is known in Mexico and Guatemala as “Noche Buena,” meaning Christmas Eve. The plant’s association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl named Pepita who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus’ birthday, but instead was directed by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson “blossoms” sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. From the 17th century, Franciscan friars in Mexico included the plants in their Christmas celebrations. The star-shaped leaf pattern is said to symbolize the Star of Bethlehem, and the red colour represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion of Jesus. In Spain it is known as “Flor
de Pascua, ”meaning “Easter flower,” and in both Chile and Peru, the plant became known as the “Crown of the Andes.” In 1900, a German immigrant named Albert Ecke landed in Los Angeles and started selling poinsettias. His son, Paul developed the grafting technique, but it was the third generation, Paul Ecke, Jr. who advanced the association between the plant and Christmas. Until the 1990s, the Ecke family had a virtual monopoly on poinsettias by having created a bushier plant by grafting two varieties together. However, their method was eventually discovered and published, which allowed competitors to move in. Paul Ecke III, decided to stop producing plants in the U.S., but as of 2008, they still serve about 70 per cent of the domestic market and 50 per cent of the world market. With care, the poin-
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THURSDAY DEC 20 Public Skating: 9:00 am - 11:30 am Lunch Bunch: 12 pm - 2 pm Public Skating: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Salmon Arm: 5 pm - 6 pm Pee Wee: 6 pm - 7 pm Magic Show: 7:00 pm Midget: 7:15 pm - 8:15 pm FRIDAY DEC 21 Public Skating: 9:00 am - 10:30 am Malakwa School: 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm Public Skating: 2 pm - 4 pm SATURDAY DEC 22 Tim Hortons Freee Christmas Skate: 2:00 pm SUNDAY, DEC 23
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CSRD on defensive for environmental policies By Barb Brouwer
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Shuswap Environmental Action Society president Jim Cooperman took his group’s concerns about climate change to last week’s Columbia Shuswap Regional District board meeting. “Our goal today is to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change and the need for precautionary, adaptation measures to protect citizens, property and natural values,” he said. In his presentation, complete with graphs and photographs, Cooperman provided an overview of devastating global weather events over the past year. He told directors some of the possible impacts of climate change in the Shuswap include: insect infestations that destroy forest stands and lead to greater snow accumulation and faster run-off; increase in the number and severity of forest fires; increased frequency of floods and droughts and massive storms that cause flooding and erosion. Cooperman then turned his focus to this year’s debris flow and flooding in the Sicamous area. “At Swansea Point, the big question in mind was how could this happen again,” he asked. “Why didn’t government learn from the 1997 Hummingbird slide and take action to prevent future slides?” Cooperman’s next question was directed to the regional district. “Is the CSRD lobbying the provincial government to build the debris basin and bridge they promised in 2004, or will you wait until the next flood?” Cooperman offered directors and staff a number of suggestions to reduce the impact of climate change in the regional district, some of which, he pointed out, were provided in 2007 by Sarah Weaver of Living By Water. These included protecting shorelines, im-
Hot zone: Jim Cooperman addresses the CSRD board in a presentation on climate change. File photo proving storm water management, development planning, public education and community dialogue, determine where flood plains are located and improve drainage systems, identify and protect highelevation water sources, interface fire planning and risk-reduction strategies and ongoing dialogue with government and the scientific community. CSRD development services manager Ger-
ald Christie took issue with some of the content of Cooperman’s presentation, noting it made it sound like there is a lack of regulation in regards to protecting water quality, the lakes and development from things such as flooding and septic systems. “The point I would like to make is we do have development permits in place around most of the lake or they are imminent such as the Area C (South
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Shuswap) OCP which is about to be implemented,” says Christie. “For Mara and Shuswap lakes, and White Lake and Little White Lake, there are, or will be, development permit requirements.” The 30-metre riparian area regulation development permit deals with
development proposed within 30 metres of any water course. There is also a hazardous area development permit requirement for any development proposed on slopes greater than 40 percent. In addition, Area F has building inspection, which considers all the above points. Christie says the action taken following the 1997 Hummingbird slide was not a CSRD decision. “The CSRD does not approve subdivisions – it is the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure,” he said. “Certainly, we continue to liaise; we are always in consultation with the province on a variety of issues, including Swansea Point .”
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Sicamous continues to dominate ice By Lachlan Labere Eagle Valley News
The Sicamous Eagles are one game away from wrapping up 2012 on a nine-game winning streak. And the odds that they’ll do it look good. Sicamous’ last game of the year will be an away contest versus the Chase Heat. The Heat were only lukewarm when it came to scoring Friday night when they suffered a 10-3 loss on home ice to the Sicamous Eagles. Sicamous’ Nathan Grieve turned the power play into the sole goal in the first frame, with the assist going to Jamie Gallo. Things heated up in the second
frame, but not so much for Chase. Scoring began early in the frame with a marker from Sicamous’ Cameron Berry, off of Brendan Devries. Chase potted the next goal, followed by another from Berry on a power play, assisted by Brayden Taekema and Brad Crump. Sicamous swiftly added two more goals to their tally, the first from Kelyn Opel, assisted by Corbin Marcotte, followed by a marker from Devries, aided by James Stoski and Cam Olson. Chase converted a power play into their second goal, but a later single from Nicholas Astasiewicz, assisted
by Quinn Rempel and Steven Powers, gave Sicamous a 6-2 lead going into the third period. In the first minute of the third, Taekema upped Sicamous’ lead to 7-2, with assists by Devries and Alex Dartnall. Minutes later, Opel potted his second of the evening off Dartnall. Devries followed suit soon after on the power play off Opel. Goal number 10 came just after the halfway mark courtesy of Marcotte, aided by Opel and Taekema. Chase did not give up, however, and put in their final goal at the 14 second mark. The Eagles’ Sunday
4-1 win versus hosts the Kamloops Storm required more of an effort. Devries converted passes from Crump and Oslon in the first frame to tie things up at 1-1 going into the second period. Marcotte made quick use of the power play at 19:32 on the
clock to put in goalnumber two for Sicamous, assisted by Berry and Dartnall. The remaining two goals of the evening soon followed, the first by Astasiewicz and the second by Taekema. Sicamous’ final game of the year versus the Heat is Dec. 19 in Chase.
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