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Feasibility study calls for negotiations to establish a national park for South Okanagan-Similkameen Mark Brett and Joe Fries Western News Staff
A long-awaited feasibility study recommends local First Nations enter into negotiations with the federal government to establish a national park in the South OkanaganSimilkameen. The $400,000 study, released Tuesday by the eight-member Okanagan Nation Alliance, concludes the park has the “potential to provide beneﬁts” to its people and their culture without jeopardizing future claims to land title and rights. It also notes, however, that the park will remain stalled unless the B.C. government reverses its decision to withdraw from the process. “There has been a lot of hard work that has gone into this feasibility study and I think the province should at least have the common decency to sit down with the Okanagan nations and discuss the contents, the ﬁndings and the recommendations contained in this report,” said ONA member Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. B.C. Environment Minister Terry Lake remained non-committal in a statement issued Tuesday. “I thank the Okanagan Nation Alliance for sharing their study with us and am interested in what they want to say, but will need time to review it,” Lake said. His government in 2011 walked away from the park planning process, citing a lack of public support, and Parks Canada then shut down
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GRAND CHIEF Stewart Phillip talks to those attending a press conference Tuesday at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre in Osoyoos at the release of the feasibility study done by the Syilx Working Group to assess a Syilx/Parks Canada protected area. With the grand chief is Coun. Nancy Allison of the Upper Similkameen Indian Band.
its own work on the project. The new study contains six key recommendations for ONA chiefs, one of which is developing a strategy to renew the province’s interest in the park by sending a letter to the premier and her cabinet that outlines the results of the feasibility assessment and the government’s “expected re-engagement” in future discussions. A working group of the ONA prepared the study, which is meant
to help chiefs on its executive council decide if they wish to move forward with park planning. The working group staged meetings and workshops to gather input from members. “Our communities, our elders, our traditional land users, our hunters have attended these meetings and have offered their world view and their concerns and that’s what comprises this report,” Phillip said. “The question really was: Do
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we just simply stop here or do we continue on with the discussion and dialogue? The direction that was given is that we must continue on. I believe at the end of the day we will be able to come to an agreement.” Protection of aboriginal land title and rights, termed an “unresolved issue,” was cited as the most important topic considered by the working group, which obtained two legal opinions to alleviate its concerns. The study suggests negotiations
with Parks Canada will take two to ﬁve years and should result in a framework that provides for “co-operative management and decisionmaking” on the park matters. “If we can move forward with negotiations we feel a lot of the issues we are dealing with can be negotiated in fairly short order, so ﬁve years is not an unreasonable timeframe,” said consultant Gwen Bridge, who chaired the working group Other proposed caveats include allowances for ONA members to have continued access to the park for cultural purposes, such as spiritual retreats and hunting, and “employment and procurement opportunities in future operation and management” of the park. The study further suggests that the 284-square-kilometre park area proposed by Parks Canada be expanded to include land around White Lake and McIntyre Bluffs. Bridge said that’s just a “starting point” for further negotiations because “Okanagan people feel to meet their obligations and responsibilities to their plants and animals they need to have a larger area because the animals roam and plants move and expand.” Parks Canada paid $200,000 each to both the Osoyoos Indian Band and the Lower Similkameen Indian Band to conduct the study, according to contribution agreements obtained by the Western News through an access to information request. The agreements, which were signed in August 2011, speciﬁed the ﬁnal discussion paper be completed by June 2012. Both agreements were amended in April 2012 to push back the due date to December 2012. AND OUR
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Looking at him now, Penticton teacher Jeff Fitton doesn’t look like an easy mark for bullies, but that wasn’t always the case. The tall, ﬁt 29-year-old said he was tormented for years as a child by classmates in Campbell River who poked fun at his ears, which stuck out from his head more than what they considered normal. He was relentlessly mocked with names like monkey ears and Dumbo. “It was terrible. I used to go home crying several times a week,” Fitton said. He tried coping straggles, like ignoring the bullies or making jokes, but none worked: “Kids can be unrelenting.” Fitton ﬁnally saw a glimmer of hope in Grade 6 when he was called to a meeting with the school staff. “I thought, Oh my God. Thank heavens… they’re going to deal with all the kids who are bugging me,” he said. “What they had was three pamphlets for private hospitals that did plastic surgery to pin people’s ears backs.” His family paid for the surgery,
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MEMBERS OF the Penticton Boys and Girls Club are a sea of pink shirts in celebration of the Anti-Bullying Day campaign today.
and the passage of time, plus boxing lessons, helped Fitton endure. He now has two degrees and teaches at Skaha Lake Middle School, where he tries to install in kids the importance of taking a stand against things that aren’t right. “The minute you do that, you create a generation of kids who will promote change, and the world will change.” That’s one of the core principles behind Pink Shirt Day, which will today see people in schools, businesses and other organizations across Canada don pink shirts to draw attention to anti-bullying efforts. In B.C., those efforts were bolstered last year with a new set of tools in the ERASE Bullying strategy. Besides new training materials and resources for parents and teachers, the B.C. government’s new strategy also includes a website through which students can anonymously report bullies. The Okanagan Skaha School District’s ERASE Bullying co-ordinator said it’s not an entirely new approach. “This is fundamental work in schools and has been as long as
I’ve been doing this,” said Don MacIntyre, although the strategy “raises the proﬁle of the issue for communities and schools.” Since its launch in November, the reporting website has produced for the school district just a single, veriﬁed complaint that centred on an argument between two girls and was resolved through mediation, MacIntyre said. He noted though that the reporting tool doesn’t actually prevent bullying, and getting at the root of the problem will require broader buy-in. “In the ﬁve hours a day that we see kids, we cannot change their lives. We can inﬂuence them, but in partnership with parents and community, we really can fundamentally change them,” MacIntyre said. Fitton said students seem receptive to change, but that doesn’t mean bullies have disappeared, and he urged kids who are still being tormented to stay strong. “It does get better but it may not seem like it at the time,” he said. “When you’re in school it’s just your grade, your class, your family. And then you start to realize there’s this whole new world of great people out there.”
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Students make out-of-this-world contact Kristi Patton
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Travelling at 23,000 kilometres per hour in the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield reached out to over 450 South Okanagan students on Friday. Using the telebridge network, students from all over the South Okanagan got to ask questions via ham radio as part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Hadfield fielded questions for 11 minutes live from the International Space Station to a packed gymnasium at Uplands Elementary School before contact was lost. “I thought this was really cool because it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Ryan Edge, a Grade 3 student in Penticton. “I got to talk to a real live astronaut.” Penticton resident and amateur radio enthusiast Brian Edge helped bring the experience of a lifetime together for the students. Through a fellow ham radio operator in Nova Scotia, Brian heard there was an opportunity to be part of the ARISS program. “I wanted to do this to inspire kids. Chris Hadfield wasn’t much older than some of these kids when he first saw the spacewalk on the moon and he knew at that point he wanted to be an astronaut,” said Edge. “Through education and work-
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RyaN EdgE signs a banner of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield at Uplands Elementary School on Friday. With the help of the grade 3 student’s uncle, Brian Edge, children posed questions via ham radio to the astronaut who is orbiting the earth in the International Space Station. The banner will be sent to Hadfield when he returns to Earth.
ing hard at school anything is possible down the road. These will be the future space travellers, some of these kids possibly.” Hadfield, who came through a little scratchy at first, fielded questions related to what life was like on
the ISS, the science behind some of the space station, to things like how his guitar works in space and what is the most beautiful part of the world he has viewed from space. “Well I could say Penticton but the most beautiful part of the world
to me are the Bahamas. The coral reef around the Bahamas because they are huge and beautiful and all colours of blue and green, it is just gorgeous. I love looking at the Bahamas,” said Hadfield. The process to connect with
Hadfield started in January and school officials and those involved in putting it together were elated with how it all worked out. ARISS Canada is a volunteer program aimed at inspiring students worldwide to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math through amateur radio communications opportunities. During Expedition 34/35, ARISS Canada hopes to establish over 15 amateur radio contacts between Hadfield and young Canadians across the nation. Uplands was the first in B.C. Penticton resident Patricia Tribe, who has close ties with the space program from the time she worked with NASA at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Tex, was also enlisted to help bring Hadfield to the students. “This is fantastic. It is really neat to have the contact with Chris and for the kids to be able to talk live to somebody that is orbiting the planet. That is just amazing and just gives me goosebumps to say that,” said Tribe. “But what is really, really spectacular is all the kids that are coming from the different schools and this school are doing a lot of educational build up to this and so they are learning about space, learning about science concepts, taking the theme of space and doing art, and there is a lot more than just the contact and that is what is super exciting for us.”
Johns for teenaged prostitute avoid jail time Kristi Patton Western News Staff
Two Penticton men escaped a mandatory jail sentence because of issues in proving whether or not they established the age of a teen they obtained sexual services from. Baldev Singh Toor, 35, and Rick Brian Wyatt, 65, pleaded guilty to communicating for the purpose of prostitution on Tuesday in Penticton provincial court. Judge Meg Shaw sentenced both to a $500 fine and a probation that has the sole requirement that they each pay the teenage victim $500 as restitution. The men were arrested and charged as part of a larger RCMP sting revealing a 17-yearold girl was forced into the sex-trade by her
stepfather who ran the operation from a bus stop outside the Penticton Soupateria. The girl’s stepfather was found guilty of a number of charges and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 15. Benny Wolfe was sentenced last month to seven months in jail and two years probation after pleading guilty to obtaining sexual services of a person under 18. Kenneth Toovey also pled guilty to obtaining sexual services of a person under 18 and was sentenced to the mandatory minimum for six months in jail to be followed with one year of probation. During preliminary inquiries for Toor and Wyatt, the Crown had difficulty proving they had knowledge of the girl’s age. Charges of obtaining sexual services of a person under 18
had to be abandoned, and instead the Crown and defence provided a joint submission to the judge under the charge of communicating for the purpose of prostitution. Crown counsel Catherine Crockett said under the communicating charge, normally a first-time offender receives a discharge but this was aggravated because of the girl’s age. Toor had testified the girl told him she was 18 years old. “Clearly she was a younger person,” said Crockett. Toor engaged the teen for sexual services on several occasions between March 1 and July 20, 2011 and took her to vacant homes which he had some connection to through his employment at a construction company to conduct the sexual activities. At the time the
girl was 17 years old. During that same time frame, Wyatt approached the teen on several occasions at the bus stop by the Soupateria. He arranged the exchange of oral sex for a price of $60 and would drive to a secluded area and engage with the teen in his vehicle. Wyatt claims the girl told him she was 18 years old and was in Grade 12. At the preliminary hearing, the teen said she couldn’t remember if she told him her age. Wyatt’s lawyer, Michael Welsh, said his client has lost his job and a number of friends as a result of the original charge. “He had a lot of consequences in general and doesn’t shirk the responsibility. It is a major life lesson for him,” said Welsh.
Residents weigh in on region’s conservation strategy Joe Fries Western News Staff
Consultations are now underway to collect public input on a comprehensive plan designed to protect the region’s natural assets. The strategy identifies environmentally sensitive areas, outlines why they should be protected, and sets out ways to do so, but recognizes that people have needs too. “It’s balancing the fact that we’ve got a working landscape with the fact we’ve got some fairly significant values for nature in the region,” explained Bryn White, program manager for the South Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Program. White’s organization worked with 50 partner agencies to develop the Keeping Nature in Our Future strategy, which
contains dozens of recommendations for all levels of government. Those recommendations include region-wide standards and bylaws for biodiversity protection, establishment of a regional conservation fund, and development of tax and financial incentives to increase private-sector support for the cause. The strategy also mapped the region’s land base and assigned rankings based on sensitivity of local ecosystems; it applied a high, or very-high, conservation ranking to twothirds of the area. Following a series of open houses, the plan and a summary of public input will be forwarded to the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen for consideration. The RDOS got the plan moving in 2010 as a companion to its regional growth strategy.
“We’re hoping that it helps be a resource for decision-makers as they move forward,” White said. Open houses have already taken place in Naramata, Okanagan Falls and Oliver. Further sessions are planned for March in Princeton, Keremeos, Penticton and Osoyoos. “What the regional district’s looking for through these open houses is a sense of whether people support their continued involvement in the strategy and its implementation,” White said. “I think that’s come out clearly, that there is a lot of support.” The full strategy and information on open houses can be found online at soscp.org. Public feedback forms are also available through that website. The forms, and requests for information, can be submitted via email to planning@rdos. bc.ca.
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Guilty plea expected for attack Western News Staff
It appears the man accused of a vicious sexual assault on a Penticton woman during the July long weekend in 2011 is going to plead guilty. David Bobbitt appeared via video in Penticton Supreme Court on Monday facing charges of aggravated assault, unlawful confinement of the woman and her toddler who was with her during the incident, aggravated sexual assault and two counts of uttering threats and assault with a weapon. The court heard Bobbitt intends to plead guilty on his next court appearance on April 2. A 22-year-old Penticton wom-
an and her toddler son were alleged to have been held inside Dave’s Second Hand Store for over 10 hours. Bobbitt is acBobbitt cused of severely beating the woman, sexually assaulting her and confining her to a bed in the store that was located in a building Bobbitt leased on Ellis Street. The woman was reported missing by her family and eventually located in the store. RCMP issued a public alert asking for assistance in locating Bobbitt
who was tracked down four days later and arrested on a farm between Oliver and Osoyoos. In January, Justice Alison Beames voiced her displeasure that there have been six adjournments to fix a date for trial since the preliminary inquiry was held and a decision made that there is sufficient evidence to go to trial. At that time defence counsel was asked if there had been discussion with Crown counsel for pleas and a possible sentencing. Defence counsel Jim Pennington said Bobbitt needed time to think over the charges and he added discussions were ongoing with Crown regarding a hearing for dangerous offender status.
Sentencing delayed for sex assault Kristi Patton Western News Staff
Sentencing for the South Okanagan man accused of a gruesome sex attack on a woman has been delayed. Crown counsel Vern Frolick said they were prepared to proceed with sentencing at the Penticton courthouse on Monday but Brian Louie told the judge that he is in the process of finding a new lawyer, having discharged the one who led him through the trial. Louie, 34, was found guilty of aggravated sexual
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assault and assault causing bodily harm for an attack that took place on May 20, 2012 at a house on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve where he bit a woman’s genitals and beat her up. He told the court he had been on an alcohol and cocaine-fuelled binge in the days leading up to the assault and had only five to seven hours of sleep over three days. The woman invited him to a house party and the assault occurred early in the morning as the two began to get intimate. Louie claimed that the bite was accidental during the trial. The woman said the assault has left her with lingering pain, post-concussion syndrome and severe anxiety. “This is a big misunderstanding,” Louie said on Monday appearing via video from Kamloops Regional Correction Centre. “This has been a nightmare to me, man.” A pre-sentence report with a psychiatric component were ready for the sentencing on Monday but a Gladue report, which can be requested when considering sentencing an offender of Aboriginal background, was not completed. Louie said he intends on requesting the matter be moved to an Aboriginal court in Vancouver. His next appearance has been scheduled for March 27 in Penticton.
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City shores up funding for waterfront project Steve Kidd Western News Staff
Penticton MLA Bill Barisoff said he remembers cruising his GTO up and down Lakeshore Drive in his youth. This spring, the popular strip is going to be getting a facelift. The road and beach along the Okanagan Lake waterfront is one that figures large in the minds of residents. And even if their memories don’t stretch back as far as Barisoff’s, almost all Penticton residents have spent time enjoying the area, which, among other things, is home to the annual Peach City Beach Cruise. “As all of us know in the South Okanagan, the beachfront here at the northern end of Penticton has been a place where everybody has gone for many years,” said Barisoff. “I know that over the months to come, we are going to see the rehabilitation of the walkway to be something fantastic. This is a great project and it doesn’t happen by chance.”
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Rod KiNg, chair of the Waterfront Revitalization Committee, talks about the changes that are coming to the okanagan Lake strip, while okanagan Coquihalla MP dan Albas waits to make a funding announcement for the project.
After almost a year of planning, work is almost ready to start on the popular recreation and tourist area, with confirmation coming Friday that the federal government is contributing $1.2 million through the gas tax fund to the project.
“We’ve done the planning but until you have the cash in hand, so to speak, you are always wondering,” said Rod King, chair of the Waterfront Revitalization Committee. Okanagan Coquihalla MP Dan Albas was on hand to deliver the an-
nouncement, standing near the iconic Peach on a cold, windy winter morning. He started by talking about the vital role the waterfront played in the development of commerce and transportation in Penticton.
“But it was much more than that; it was a gathering place where family and friends could
cool off on “It will a hot sumreally enmer’s day hance the … unlike experience today,” said on the waAlbas, not- The objective is t e r f r o n t , ” ing that the said Coun. to have it, waterfront Helena Koif possible, still plays nanz. “We that role as completed by believe this well as bewill play a mid-June. ing a major big part in tourism and adding to — Rod King economic our comdriver for m u n i t y ’s the city. “We cannot af- vibrancy and sustainabilford not to invest in our ity.” critical economic and soKing expects a concial infrastructure.” tractor will be chosen The pathway will and the work started by have a smoother sur- mid-April. face, enhanced access for “The objective is to those with mobility chal- have it, if possible, comlenges, additional trees pleted by mid-June. We and new high-efficiency can’t have the streets dug lighting, improvements up here in tourist seaintended not to just to son,” said King. “If the rehabilitate some of the timeline is simply unrealcrumbling infrastructure istic, we will do as much on the current path but as we can until mid-June make the pathway more and finish it up in the fall. inviting to pedestrians We’ll find that out once and cyclists. the bids come back.”
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ast week, Penticton council missed a golden opportunity to do something both good and effective. At issue is student safety in school zones, particularly at Parkway Elementary, where ofﬁcials have requested help in purchasing a speed reader board. The school has a problem with speeding drivers and they hoped installing such a board would remind drivers to slow down. Council could have taken immediate steps to ease the problem at Parkway. They could, for instance, have given Parkway a grant to help with the cost of a speed reader (the school has raised a substantial portion already). Or they could have sent a request to Penticton RCMP to reallocate some resources to monitor school zones, particularly Parkway. Or, council could have done both. They did neither. So Parkway isn’t getting any help from the city anytime soon. Now, there are good ideas and there are bad ideas. Then there are ideas that are so far out in left ﬁeld you have to wonder where they came from. Monitoring school zones with photo radar — which the province abolished in 2001 as costly and ineffective — is one of those ideas. Worse, councillors added speed bumps to the discussion, not only for Parkway, but in all school zones. For school zones in residential neighbourhoods like Parkway’s, speed bumps should be considered. It’s a step in the right direction for protecting the students crossing the streets there. But it is only one part of a solution. Enforcement also needs to be part of the solution. In the end, council sent the whole proposition, along with the original request for ﬁnancial aid, to staffPENTICTON for review. WESTERN Vision is good, but not at the expense of accomplishing something in the here and now. Pie-in-thesky ideas like the reintroduction of photo radar or long-term solutions like speed bumps — which will take months for city staff to review, evaluate, report back to council and implement — don’t do anything to protect children crossing the street today.
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The Don Cherry of TV science He has a white beard and a bully pulpit on CBC television, but he doesn’t use it to promote hockey ﬁghting. Instead he sucker punches the oil and gas industry at every opportunity, with increasingly ﬂagrant disregard for the rules of science. Public broadcasting referees keep their whistles in their pockets, wary of offending a legend. He’s David Suzuki, and he has evolved from geneticist to TV celebrity to his current role as the Don Cherry of Canadian science, an angry curmudgeon lashing out at his enemies. Earlier I wrote about Suzuki’s hit piece on the Alberta oil sands, featuring selective pollution studies and a celebrity turn by movie director James Cameron, who toured the alleged carbon crime scene in his personal jet helicopter. Suzuki’s latest Scud missile of misinformation was launched Feb. 7 on The Nature of Things. It’s called Shattered Ground, and it borrows heavily from earlier shock docs that target hydraulic fracturing for shale oil and gas. While clearly aimed at the surging shale gas industry in B.C., this hour-long program
B.C. Views offers little about B.C.’s long history of gas development. Suzuki’s voice-over refers brieﬂy to B.C.’s Oil and Gas Commission, insinuating it was set up as a pet regulator protecting the industry from stricter oversight. Mostly the show focuses on places like Dish, Tex. and Dimock, Pa. The Texas segment talks about traces of neurotoxins in residents’ blood samples, blaming this on gas drilling and “fracking,” the new swear word of professional environmentalists. The evidence shows some people have these traces in their blood, but others don’t, which suggests that more likely sources
are cigarettes or exposure to disinfectants. Pennsylvania and Colorado are key stops for the anti-fracking crowd. For centuries there have been places known for methane dissolved in groundwater, typically from shallow coal seams. This is where you can ﬁnd a rustic fellow to shake a jug of well water and touch his Bic lighter to it, producing a brief blue ﬂame. The standard sequence moves to a sink and faucet, where a more impressive methane ﬁreball is generated. Suzuki’s voice-over notes that this is the scene that really gets media attention. There’s no evidence that drilling caused it, but hey, it’s TV. Science, meet Hillbilly Handﬁshin’. Protest sequences take up much of the program. Moms rally against a gas well near a school in Erie, Pa., forcing evil Canadian corporation Encana to back off. An elderly Quebec woman sobs on camera, convinced that a nearby gas well will trigger a relapse of her cancer. One bit of local content is a segment on fracking-induced earthquakes, presented with sombre alarm by Ben Parﬁtt, go-
to researcher for the anti-industry left in B.C. These are detectable by sensitive instruments, as is the case with some mining and other industrial activities, but according to the Oil and Gas Commission, they don’t do any actual harm. It should be noted that Suzuki doesn’t do much beyond reading a script on these shows. He has people to load up the propaganda weaponry, just as his ghostwriter in Toronto cranks out the relatively innocuous weekly columns that run in some Black Press publications. In fairness, most episodes of The Nature of Things are in the original spirit of the show. A recent program on an ancient Egyptian aquifer, voiced by Suzuki over National Geographic video footage, would be appropriate for a high school classroom. The same cannot be said for this anti-fracking screed, which is plainly and recklessly calculated to twist public opinion against a crucial B.C. industry. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews. com. email@example.com
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Hospital expansion will be an election issue And it came to pass in the city of intrigue and splendour, where the deer and coyotes roam free, people were enlightened to find they would continue to receive some medical treatments in the linen closets and storage cupboards at the local hospital. They would have to continue to wrestle with mops and broom handles as medical staff coped to cure their needs. My wife and I attended the recent forum discussing the problems of Penticton Regional Hospital and were mortified at the conditions in which the hospital staff had to toil. We have both sojourned at the hospital in the last couple of years for different ailments and we are both testimony to the excellent care we received from the staff. However, when people are so dedicated at the hospital, it is unfair that they should be taken
Projection hard to believe
Mirror, mirror on the wall appears to be the battle cry of Premier Clark these days. She is making statements about prosperity funds, job explosion by 2020 and, believe it or not, she actually alluded to the real monetary deficit of $56 billion by saying that the prosperity fund would provide an avenue for debt pay-down. It all sounds impressive until reality hits home. The idea of a prosperity fund, by name alone, is chosen to conjure up the best of intentions for the successful direction the province is going to take as a result of significant LNG development and strategic Asian marketing. It begs that a series of questions be asked. The main one is “What crystal ball are they looking at to predict that over the next 30 years this pattern will develop?” Anybody can make a projection based on “gut-level feelings.” If her reliability of predicting the future is as good as her promises of “families first,” this province is in deep trouble. The great American Poet Robert Frost said it best: “But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep.” Ms. Clark’s miles seem to be quickly running out and many empty promises remain unfulfilled. I guess the big question is “What now?” It almost seems that the biggest thing she did for families was to create “Family Day.” Big whoop! Child poverty is still a huge issue. Not much change there. The promise of a balanced budget is, at best, laughable. Each B.C. family in some way, shape or form is paying for the $56 billion debt and families will be paying for it for some time to come. How is this balanced? If the balanced budget is a reflection of this past year, there is a problem there as well. The term balanced literally means: “A situation in financial planning or the budgeting process where total revenues are equal to or greater than total expenses.” Having said that, it makes it easy to say that the budget will be balanced. How can the budget be balanced when the Liberals are spending $15 million of taxpayer’s money to promote their Cock Robin advertising campaign which supposedly extols their accomplishments or virtues and falsely sets them up as saints? Smoke and mirrors, again? Finally, after all is said and done, irrespective of future predictions, there is a plethora of baggage that the Liberals have left unopened and untagged. The list of old baggage is well known and yet it seems to remain unclaimed. One might liken this to a ship’s container filled with some baggage such as: BC Rail scandal; BC Ferries; Sale of BC Rail; the fast ferry giveaway; the loss of a by-election or two; child poverty issues; “Families First promise”; the John Doyle fiasco; and last but by no means least, the dissension in the ranks and the loss of Liberal MLAs. This container will not be going anywhere any time soon. Ron Barillaro Penticton
advantage of. They should at least be provided with a sporting chance to assist patients. The rally was attended by close to 800 people and it speaks spades for the concern of the Penticton people who turned out in such numbers. The presentation by the hospital staff was made with aplomb and eloquence. They have to be commended for having the courage to express their convictions and to stand up and be counted. Without a doubt this will become a local issue in the upcoming provincial election. Dan Ashton has more chance finding a pork chop in a synagogue than getting elected if the hospital issue is going to dangle like an albatross around his neck. However, Dick Canning the NDP candidate and bird watcher
Inpatient beds needed
It was heartening for nurses at Penticton Regional Hospital to see the public show of support for the patient care tower plans. This will lead to greatly improved outpatient services at the hospital. There is, however, one element missing from the plan that needs to be corrected before provincial government funding is secured. The current plan has no provision to deal with the hospital’s chronic overcapacity issues. More inpatient beds are desperately needed with the additional staffing resources. For too long now the staff have had to care for patients in an overflow unit, hallway beds and old patient lounges. Our patients and their families deserve better. We want to provide safe quality patient care to the citizens of the South Okanagan in a physical environment designed for this century not the last. New and improved facilities are desperately needed but must include additional inpatient beds. Kevin Barry, lobbyist B.C. Nurses Union
Disturbed by vandalism
While taking advantage of a beautiful sunny winter’s day, on Groundhog Day no less, I decided to take a drive to Munson Mountain Park and view all that is ours. A fabulous view of Penticton, below to my right a large herd of mule deer and the large bucks still sporting their majestic antlers and gently sparring while the doe looked on, unimpressed it seemed. On my return to town, I had a sudden urge to visit my old place of work, Uplands Elementary School on Middle Bench Road. I have many, many fond memories of working as a custodian, some 14 years, with dedicated professional teachers, and saw year after year, children growing, learning and coming and going, some of them now with their own children. Many who were fortunate enough to find work and raise them here in Penticton. So, on my arrival, I parked in my old spot and proceeded to have a walk about. It was a magical moment for me because everything was as it was the day I left. That is, until I rounded the corner of the gym and I saw the devastation. Broken windows and what appeared to be adult graffiti: No tankers; People before profit; **** Christy Clark; Kill cops; etc. What a sick Monday morning greeting that would have been for our grandchildren and teachers. I was so thankful the next day after several attempts to notify the maintenance folk at home, the principal and several teachers were busy preparing for the following week, unaware of the problem, and were now underway to try and rectify as much of the vandalizing before the next day. It’s hard to decide if compassion should replace anger. There are so many among us that
should understand he could also be hung with the same bird. He had the opportunity to speak at the rally and did not make a tweet. The electorate has become very sophisticated in detecting obfuscation and identifying politicians who speak out of both sides of their mouths. Penticton has a high senior population who understand they need good medical facilities. Politicians should remember it is usual for seniors to turn out in droves to vote when they have an issue as personal as this. If the provincial Liberals lose Penticton in the upcoming election they do not have to search far to know why. Jim Calvert Penticton
need professional help and go unnoticed until it’s too late for them. Andy Homan Penticton
Customers in the dark
I have not heard a boo from council on my requests to have a press release issued on the cash grab on adopting a policy to reduce the electrical billing deferral from the date the meter is read to the day the billing is issued. The time delay in my case will be reduced from 34 days to 10 days. I personally will be charged with 42 days of electrical consumption in the month of March and in the month of April. Council is both deaf and blind when it comes to my request. This policy change was obviously discussed behind closed doors at in-camera meetings where the press was excluded from attending. When the motion was presented at open council, you would have needed to be a mind reader in order to understand the effect that the motion would have on your pocket book. Disclosure to the public was non existent when this motion was passed. Certain council members ran on a policy that council would be open and honest in dealings with the residents of Penticton. The penalty for failing to abide with this election promise should be that the $400,000 to $800,000 electrical cash grab should be transferred to the city operating fund budget to reduce 2013 property taxes. The net effect is that this cash grab will have a minimal 2013 cash effect on the Penticton taxpayers. On one hand, residential and commercial electrical users will incur an additional electrical charge of $400,000 to $800,000, and property taxes will be reduced by a similar amount, therefore no cash benefit to city coffers. This is one year where the residential and commercial electrical customers are in a position of power; you will possibly have two elections (provincial and municipal) to voice your displeasure at the underhanded actions of council. Send council a message that you are not happy. Email council (firstname.lastname@example.org – all council members receive a copy) to voice your displeasure on how council and city staff have handled the above matter, you deserve honest and accurate disclosure on all city matters. Ted Wiltse Penticton
I have always felt that we must be true to our convictions, and in this democratic country being true to your favourite political party is paramount to being true. But, in this changing world, one’s convictions can be suddenly altered with a change in your party’s intentions when spin doctors in the back room of a party sees an opportunity to advance an opin-
ion that might improve the chances of being elected even though this opportunity might be in direct conflict with the past convictions of the party. For years I was a staunch supporter of the NDP, but now it seems that someone with direct dialogue with the party brass has suggested that the surest path to a political victory would be to tug at the heartstrings of the public by playing the environmental card. Protecting the environment should be high on the agenda of all citizens, but using this position to increase votes is almost tantamount to political usury and I will not support this form of electioneering. I have written, emailed and phoned as many NDP legislators as I could, asking where the money will come from to pay for all of the present social programs if all of our natural resources are strangled by government intervention, but to date I have not had a response. Is this because they don’t have an answer and are hoping that I will go away, or is it because that there is no answer? Without royalties, stumpage fees, etc., there will have to be a decrease in social services, less money for maintaining the infrastructure, and therefore taxes will have to increase just to fill the gap. Tax increases are in direct opposition to the former NDP position, as it is the common man and woman that suffers the most and it has always been the poor that seems to pay the price. So in the next election, who will I vote for? Not for the NDP as they appear to be the Green Party. Not the Liberals as they are small ‘c’ conservatives, and definitely not the Conservatives as they are too far to the right. This is very perplexing. Donald E Thorsteinson Oliver
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Court overturns drug trafficking conviction Kristi Patton Western News Staff
A Penticton man had his conviction for possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking overturned and a new trial ordered. Richard Edgar Graham said there was a number of rational and innocent circumstances that put him in a van at the Slack Alice’s parking lot other than a drug transaction for which he was arrested on June 2, 2010. RCMP Drug Task Force officers testified they received a tip from a confidential source that Graham would be at the parking lot of Slack Alice’s just before 11 a.m. Five minutes after observing Graham drive into the parking lot RCMP arrested him. Cpl. Brad Myhre searched the van Graham was driving and seized a black leather vest
from the front passenger seat. In it the officer found a single flap containing one gram of cocaine and $60 in the pocket. In a factory-made closed storage compartment, located in the rear side-panel on the passenger side, two baggies of cocaine weighing 13.2 grams were seized that officers believed had a street value between $1,136 to $1,420 if sold by the gram. A digital scale, paper flaps that matched the one found in the vest pocket and a cellphone were also recovered. Shorty after the items were seized the cellphone rang and Myhre answered it. A female asked for “Rick” and said she wanted to “trade a recently stolen bicycle for one gram of soft.” During the trial there was not any forensic evidence that linked Graham to the items seized, there was no identification found in the vest and ownership to the van or the subscrib-
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er to the cellphone were not identified. Two RCMP officers testified that Graham has a son with the same name who had been involved in illegal drug activity and received a four-year custodial sentence in June 2009. The trial judge said in his decision that Graham arrived at the parking lot at the same time officers had expected. The leather vest was lying on the passenger seat close enough to be accessible to Graham and there was no one else in the vehicle or evidence that anyone else had been in the vehicle. The trial judge decided Graham was the sole occupant and had sole control over the vehicle and its contents. In the decision, the trial judge said on review of the whole of evidence, and there was no evidence to support any other reasonable inference, Graham was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
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In the appeal reasons given by Justice Kathryn Neilson on Feb. 21, she wrote the RCMP should not have testified about the confidential information that instigated the investigation and the trial judge should not have referred to it in reaching the decision because it was hearsay and irrelevant in the absence of a challenge to the lawfulness of his arrest. While Crown argued it was only part of the narrative and inconsequential to the verdict, Neilson said it is difficult to asses what, if any, impact the error had on the trial judge’s reasoning. Neilson also agreed that there was no direct evidence Graham had put the drugs in the van or knew someone else had placed them there. “As earlier noted, the case against him was entirely circumstantial, and the evidence connecting him to the van and its contents was limited,” said Neilson.
Filmmaker sheds light on violence against Aboriginal women Kristi Patton
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Touched by the stories of heartache and by the strength of women, a Penticton Indian Band member has created a campaign of short films to stop violence against Aboriginal women in Canada. “I am a survivor of domestic abuse,” said Victoria Baptiste, executive producer of Dust Dancer Productions. “I became involved in all these different groups, marches, meetings and vigils held for women, and because I am a filmmaker I decided this would be the year that I would bring a short video campaign to help boost awareness of what is happening.” Baptiste wrapped filming recently with a video shoot at the Penticton Law Courts for the fifth installment titled Healing. The other 30 to 60-second spots focus on spousal abuse, sexual abuse and two on the murdered and missing women. She will be releasing them on her YouTube and Vimeo sites on Thursday, and plans on partnering with awareness groups to have the films incorporated into their messages and websites. Baptiste said it was being a part of these awareness groups that helped her come to a realization that she wants to pay forward. “I never allowed myself or considered myself to be a victim. Going to all the different awareness events helped me understand that what happened to me wasn’t normal,” she said. The filmmaker said during her research she found statistics that one in three Aboriginal women are sexually abused in their lifetime, with 75 per cent of the abuse happening before they are 18 years old. “That is what these films are about, demanding justice at a courthouse level for all these horrible injustices happening,” said Baptiste. Amongst the statistics Baptiste learned in the process was that in 2008 there were 67,000 Aboriginal women who reported being victim to extreme violence, which works out to be 183 people a day. She said the numbers are “shocking” especially when you consider only one in seven women report those crimes. “I think one of the biggest things I would tell myself is that it is not as bad as it really is. We lessen the impact of it, justifying it in a way I guess. Fear also plays a role. Fear of the person abusing you, fear of their family, the community and how people react to a woman who speaks out on domestic violence. You can have 50 people supporting you but just putting two people across from you hollering and saying bad things about you or telling you that you deserve it makes it harder to accept those 50 positive reactions. The negatives stand out the most in my experience,” said Baptiste. “The best thing you can do is reach out to people because chances are they already know about the abuse and have tried to help. It will be hard but it just takes that one step out and they will reach back to help you.”
With over 4.6 million YouTube views and continuing to grow, Penticton’s Shane Koyczan has built an army to stand up against bullying. All with the power of his words and collaboration with 80 animators creating a seven minute video for his piece To This Day. “Oh my god,” said Koyczan when told the current view count. “I can’t say that I am shocked because it is such a big subject and something that people are really passionate about. I think it is something a lot of people are dealing with.” Koyczan shares his story of being bullied and seeing others undergo the same treatment in To This Day. It was about four years ago he penned the piece, which is featured on the 2012 album Remembrance Year with his band the Short Story Long. “To me it is all therapy and that is really what writing is for me. You get something off your chest and the positive feeling behind it is that it reaches the people who have gone through something similar,” said Koyczan. The poet realized when he was young he was not the only one being bullied. “There was just this terrible fear that if you intervened then their bully would become your bully and that would make your life just that much worse. A lot of us, just based on fear, we stuck to ourselves. We kept ourselves separate and what I
Penticton Poet Shane Koyczan produced an animated video of his piece To This Day that has gone viral and heightened the awareness of bullying.
wanted to do with the piece is show that there is a lot of us that are going through this,” said Koyczan. In To This Day, Koyczan tells the story of getting the nickname of Pork Chop and how to this day he hates pork chops. Inundated with press since the video was released, Koyczan said he even recently encountered a reporter trying to get a rise out of him by calling him the despised nickname. It just goes to show, said Koyczan, that being bullied is an experience that sticks with you for life. To This Day explores that profound impact. Last month, Koyczan sent
out a call for animators to send a description of what they have in mind for a 20-second audio excerpt of the poem. The team from Giant Ant Studios helped thread the poem and animators from around the world into one united voice. The project has only been catching steam as Feb. 27, Pink Shirt Day, has neared. Koyczan said he hopes the video provides a starting point for schools and families to confront the problem of bullying. Just like after his unforgettable We Are More poem read at the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, recognition from
media outlets across the world have been pouring in. This makes for Koyczan’s already hectic schedule even more chaotic on top of developing an opera, screenplays, poetry and so on. On Thursday, Koyczan is speaking about To This Day amongst the world’s leading thinkers at the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California where musician and activist Bono and Peter Gabriel will also conducting sessions. While that seems like plenty on his plate, Koyczan and the Short Story Long are currently in the CBC searchlight competition for the Kelowna region. “It would be cool if a spoken word band won a huge band search competition I think so we are hoping people will vote for us and see if spoken word as a genre qualifies for attention,” said Koyczan. Perhaps a side affect of what he has accomplished so far, poetry is now cool. “I’m totally offended I thought poetry was always cool,” joked Koyczan. “I think it is great. For me poetry is always as much as they say in math the quickest method between two points is a straight line, poetry was that for me emotionally it helped me connect those dots emotionally. I think people are seeing that. As much as I write other things like plays, novels and graphic novels poetry has always been a direct route for me to release what I am feeling.” The video for To This Day can be found at www.pentictonwesternnews.com.
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Hand and Foot canasta at 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June evenings at 250492-7630 for info. Penticton duPlicate Bridge cluB holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Penticton Library. Call Birgitta at 250-770-1154 for info. 65-Plus singles coFFee cluB meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For info call 250-492-0459 or 250770-1018. Bingo every Wednesday in the Legion hall for the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. seniors’ recreation and Wellness Centre at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Betty at 250-490-0468 for more information. F alls o kanagan seniors’ Activity Centre has exercise classes at 8 a.m., music and coffee hour at 9 a.m. followed by carpet bowling at 1 p.m. al-anon For Friends and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-490-9272 for info. iode tHriFt store on 464 Main St. has weekly specials and is open Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m. summerland art cluB meets every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the library’s lower floor on Wharton Street. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. For info call Barb at 250-4943002. Foster care inFo sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250-770-7524 or visit www.fosterbc.ca or www.mcf.gov.bc.ca/foster. oliver douBle o Quilters have drop-in activities every Wednesday.
kiWanis cluB Has a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St., Penticton alcoHolics anonymous Has Nooners meetings Monday to Friday noon at 361 Wade Ave. Call service 24-hours is 250-4909216.Night group meets in the Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. at 1498 Government St. The Summerland group meets at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. in the basement. Penticton seniors Dropin Centre has beginner line dance at 9 a.m., a coffee social and Medical Qi Gong at 10 a.m., and easy to intermediate line dance and cribbage at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. anavets has dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment by DJ Phil. Penticton academy oF Music String orchestra rehearses at the Leir House under the direction of John Suderman from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. New members welcome. For information please call 250-493-7977. united Penticton cHurcH has a liturgical dance session at 696 Main St. the last Wednesday of each month from 2 to 3 p.m. Phone 250-492-2684 to register, there is no fee. Bereavement tHe resource Centre at 626 Martin St., is hosting a weekly drop-in grief support sessions: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Also at Chestnut Place at 453 Winnipeg St. Tuesdays at 3 p.m. For more information call 250-490-1107. All welcome. Fraternal order oF eagles has lunch served from noon to 2 p.m., soup and sandwich provided by Eileen and the Dream Team. Proceeds to charity. All members and guests welcome to hall at 1197 Main St. insPireHealtH integrative cancer Care will offer a free information session today and March 27 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Penticton Community Centre at 325 Power St. Learn about
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Franco 50-Plus cluB meets from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Drop-in program for French speakers wanting to socialize in French, including activities such as games, outings, discussions, hobbies and projects. Call Lina at 250-4922549 for info. desert sage sPinners and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Members create beautiful handworks. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-498-4959. Fitness Friends meets at 10 a.m. in the Legion Hall at 502 Martin St. Come, get in shape. Everyone is welcome. royal canadian legion branch 40 has crib at 7 p.m. PeacH city toastmasters meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church, Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250492-2362 for info. toPs (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarne, 523 Jermyn Ave. Call Merle at 250-7708093. toPs B.c. 1640 meets
from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Beverley at 250493-5968 or Liz at 250493-7997 for more information. o kanagan F alls seniors’ Activity Centre has computer classes at 9 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and cribbage at 7:30 p.m. Everyone welcome. s outH o kanagan i mmigrant and Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250-492-6299. al-anon For Friends and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. P enticton s eniors Drop-in Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., bingo, improver line dance and crafters meet at 1 p.m. Call 250493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. Fraternal order of the Eagles have Joseph’s famous pizza from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by music trivia at 7 p.m. with Affordable Music. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. alcoHolics anonymous nigHt group meets at 8 p.m. on 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. The Okanagan Falls group meets at 8 p.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St., and the men’s book study group runs at 7:30 p.m. at 102 1825 Main St. Vineyard Church. anavets has pool at 7 p.m. and 269 Dart Club at 7 p.m. elks cluB on Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Penticton academy oF music has a Broadway Debut and Triple Threat Musical Theatre classes 4 to 7 p.m. for ages six to 15 with Melanie Konynenberg. Check their website for details www.pentictonacademyofmusic.ca or call 250-493-7977. New members welcome.
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HUNTiNG FOr BEar — Valerie Tremblay has some fun with her swap meet mascot at the front counter on Sunday at the new, indoor, second-hand shopping centre located at 1203 Main St. The meet is every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. admission is a dollar or a non-perishable food item which will be donated to the Salvation army food bank. There is also room for more vendors.
Penticton Square Dance Club is holding beginner square dance lessons every Thursday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Shatford Centre on 760 Main St. Contact Elsie 250-492-5856. S outh o kanagan newcomerS grouP meets at the Oliver Senior Centre at 5876 Airport St. from 2 to 3:30 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday of the month. okanagan hiStorical Society is having a meeting at 7 p.m. in the museum/library auditorium. The public is invited. Cookies and tea will be served.
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South main DroP-in Centre at 2965 South Main St., has an evening of social dancing, music by Dave Jackson at 7:30 p.m. $6 per person. All welcome. 890 wing of South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together at 4 p.m. at the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. care cloSet thrift Store at 574 Main St. has
weekly specials and silent auctions. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers always welcome. Senior comPuter DroPin Sessions are held every Monday and Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. These sessions are for members to help solve problems other members may be experiencing with their computers. al-anon meetS at the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-490-9272. alcoholicS anonymouS haS a group meet in Naramata at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. in Community Church hall. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Friends Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. at Oasis United Church. royal canaDian legion branch 40 has daily lunches from Monday to Thursday, with fish and chips on Friday at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. There will be karaoke by Wayne until closing with dinner and music at 5:30 p.m. elkS club on Ellis Street has drop-in darts/pool
starts at 6:30 p.m. and poker at 7 p.m. SummerlanD PleaSure PainterS meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Harold Simpson Youth Centre at 9111 Peach Orchard Rd. fraternal orDer of eagleS has dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., karaoke with Affordable Music. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. funtimerS ballroom Dance Club holds a dance most Fridays upstairs at the Elks Club at 343 Ellis St. at 7:30 p.m. There is ballroom and Latin dancing. Non-members welcome. Details at www.pentictonfuntimers.org or call Brian at 250-492-7036. St. Saviour’S anglican Church has free stores on the second and fourth Fridays of each month until March from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Penticton SeniorS Dropin Centre has Tai Chi Chuan and evening of dance at 7:30 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. anavetS has a pool pot luck and karaoke with Phil at 7 p.m. b.c. SPca South Okanagan is having its
annual general meeting at 6 p.m. at 2200 Dartmouth Dr. All members welcome. For info, call 250-4930136.
COMiNG EVENTS kelowna anD DiStrict Safety Council is offering motorcycle training on March 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shatford Centre at 760 Main St. The information session is free, but an RSVP is appreciated by calling KDSC toll free at 1-888580-7233 or registering online at www.kdsc. bc.ca. Coffee and snacks will be available. a Plain language workshop is being offered on March 13 from 1 to 4:15 p.m. in the Sonora Centre, Room 4 at 8505-68th Ave. Osoyoos. There is no cost and a manual is included. Contact literacynowsos@gmail. com or phone 250-4620636. Space is limited to 20 participants and registration must be done by March 8. Workshop will be postponed if there isn’t sufficient interest.
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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Keaton Woods, 12, enjoyed a breakthrough swim in Kelowna to achieve a AA standard time. He said he wasn’t expecting it so it felt good. Woods said he feels that he is improving. His best result has come in the 100-metre breaststroke. Woods has also been focused on improving his butterﬂy stroke, which he said is better than before.
Gold medals dangled from the necks of Kevin Ellis and Teneesha Coulson upon their return from the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. Ellis took gold in cross country skiing 500-metre distance, while Coulson struck gold in alpine skiing. Ellis completed his event in three minutes, and 16.13 seconds. It was the ﬁrst medal Ellis won in world competition as he has won two golds and a silver medal at the national level. “I can’t believe that I beat other countries,” he said smiling. “I broke down in tears.” Following his victory, he received a big hug from his coach. Ellis said his performance at the World Winter Games is his highest athletic achievement. “Just to get to the worlds, if I got a medal it’s a bonus,” he said. “Representing Canada was amazing and it’s an honour.” Ellis placed ﬁfth in the 2.5-km distance, which he was moved up a division and fourth in the one-km relay. Competing in a different division, Ellis said the athletes were better. “They were fast and taller,” said Ellis, who admitted he was nervous before the races. “On the track I was calm and ready.” Coulson faced the same challenge as Ellis, in being bumped from the intermediate level to advanced in Super G alpine skiing. With that change, her conﬁdence dropped and she felt nervous. “Advanced is harder,” said Coulson, 19, who started skiing with her father when he was seven
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PENTICTON’S KEVIN ELLIS,above, and Teneesha Coulson, below, shook off nerves during the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games in PyeongChang, Korea to win gold medals in their respective events.
and has been part of Special Olympics for ﬁve years. “More competition. They were tough.” Adding to the challenge was skiing on icy snow as it rained the night before. Not used to those conditions, Coulson’s only adjustment was to rely on her edges more on turns. When Coulson’s result ﬁnished as the best, she was shocked. “I couldn’t believe it,” said Coulson, who reached her main goal in competing in the Special Olympics World Winter Games. After experiencing that feeling, Coulson said she wants to experience it again. Ellis feels the same way. Ellis and Coulson were part of the 141-per-
son team Canada sent that set a new record for this country’s Special Olympics. B.C. athletes contributed eight gold, six silver and ﬁve bronze medals. “The athletes on Special Olympics Team Canada worked hard
for four years to qualify to compete in the 2013 Special Olympics World Winter Games, progressing through regional, provincial, and national competitions to reach the world stage,” said Special Olympics B.C. president and CEO Dan
Howe in a release. “The B.C. team members were well-prepared and determined competitors who did their province proud as they achieved many medals and personal bests. We are so proud of them and of their dedicated coaches.”
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Former Penticton Vee Beau Bennett earned his ﬁrst National Hockey League point. The Pittsburgh Penquin scored a power play goal, which turned out to be the winner, against the Tampa Bay Lightning as he onetimed a Sidney Crosby feed. "It felt pretty good, deﬁnitely," said Bennett on www.penguins.nhl.com. "Get a big win with it as well, it goes hand in hand. It felt awesome and hopefully just stay after it and keep this winstreak going.” The tally was Bennett's ﬁrst point in ﬁve game since being called up Feb. 14.
While Canada's mogul team took four medals, two goals and two bronze, in Inawashiro, Japan, Penticton's Andi Naude made it to the ﬁnals round for the seventh time out of eight competitions this season. The 17-year-old rookie ﬁnished in eighth. The next day she blew out of the course in qualiﬁcations and did not ﬁnish.
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In Penticton men’s rec hockey action, two-goal efforts by Brett Van Riper, Graham Boyd and Anthony Leardo helped the Hitmen cruise past the EcoDry Ice Dogs 10-4. Kris Goodjohn led the way for the Ice Dogs with two goals. The Hitmen then battled to a 7-7 tie with the Game Time Sports Wolverines.
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WADE MURPHY, middle, of the Penticton Vees has been difficult for the Trail Smoke Eaters to stop. Murphy had an assist during a 4-3 double overtime loss in Trail last weekend to give him two goals and seven points in four games against the Smoke Eaters. Below, Tim Horton’s Timbit goalie Jorja Moore high-fives teammates Caleb Bedard and Brodie Kenney after Bedard scored in their game during the first intermission of the Vees game Feb. 22.
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A 4-3 double-overtme loss to the Trail Smoke Eaters is not concerning Penticton Vees forward Sam Mellor. Mellor, a former Smoke Eater, said despite a slow start in which they didn’t score until the third period, they were better after losing their bus legs. “We were playing good, playing hard,” said Mellor, who as a Smokie enjoyed seasons with 63 and 67 points respectively. “It was a pretty close game.” Asked if they deserved a better fate, Mellor said he felt they outplayed them for most of the game. To him, a couple bad penalties, a couple bad bounces made it go the other way. Returning to Cominco Arena was different for the Cranbrook native. He still enjoys going there and playing in the rink because, he said, “You never know where the puck is going really because of the hard boards.” Even with that challenge, Mellor has a goal and seven points against Trail in four games. The key to his success, he said, is just playing hard and playing his best to help the Vees win. “If you are working hard, the bounces should come your way,” said Mellor. When asked about the Vees’ misfortunes in Cominco Arena, Mellor didn’t have an answer. “It’s a hard rink to play in for sure for the visiting team,” he said. “It’s a long bus trip and they like playing at home.”
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HUGE OPPORTUNITY Vees play-by-play man Fraser Rodgers wrote in his Three V’s blog about the bounces the Smoke Eaters got that Saturday. “The bounces are so unpredictable … and the rarest of goals are the norm in Trail. Jake Lucchini scored just his fifth of the season in the first period and he wasn’t even facing the net. He threw a puck, from behind the net, out front which appeared to hit the back leg of either Nic Renyard or the defenceman in the crease. Renyard made the initial save off the partial breakaway and Sean Flanagan swept the rebound away from danger, or so the Vees thought,” wrote Rodgers. The Smoke Eaters second goal to tie came courtesy of Braeden Jones from the neutral zone. Jones, who up until this goal, didn’t see a regular shift in the third period, dumped the puck to go off for the
line change. His shootin from the left wing at centre, kicked off a stanchion on the left boards and ricocheted into the open net as Nic Renyard headed behind his goal to stop the puck. The next bizarre goal according to Rodgers went to Marley Keca, who hadn’t scored yet this season. His tally gave the Smokies the lead on a power play. Keca made a pinch from the left point and snuck down to the back-post. He was given a nice cross-crease feed from Connor Collett and made no mistake. One aspect that didn’t play a role in the Smoke Eaters win were the fans as Mellor said “it was kind of dead in there to be honest on Saturday night.” The Vees have three of their next four against Trail, including two more at Cominco Arena. Mellor said these final two weeks will have a
playoff feel. With the Smoke Eaters still having a chance to clinch a playoff berth, the Vees will face a hungry opponent. The main thing Mellor stressed for the weekend is having a strong start. “I think we’re going to have a good start this Friday night and we’ll win,” he said. “Don’t have any mental lapses.” He said mental lapses is what happened against Merritt, who scored two goals in 17 seconds. “It’s hard to come back from that,” he said. What makes Trail a good opponent said Mellor is they are a “blue collar team.” “They have some skilled guys up front,” he said. Mellor said what will also help them is having Jedd Soleway back. He was suspended one game for a checking from behind penalty against the Merritt Centennials late in the third period.
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A 48-32 win against the Similkameen Elementary Secondary School Sparks gave the KVR Express back-to-back South Zone Grade 8 Girls basketball championships. The Express overcame a 22-16 deficit that started with a 6-0 lead to earn a berth to provincials. Azalya Kippenstein led the Sparks with 14 first-half points. The Sparks controlled the tempo as they were able to slow the pace and not let the Express pressure. A pep talk by Express coach René Aubin ignited his players. “Team captain Lyndzie Caron came out of the locker room at halftime with a look of steely determination and anger with they way she played the first half. She told her teammates give me the ball and I will not let you down,” said Grade 8 basketball commissioner Blair Haddrell, adding that Caron scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half and dominated the boards. Led by defensive most valuable player Annick (Havoc) Cole with five steals and eight points, tournament all-star Kyra Wallace with six steals and Tianna Apps with three steals, KVR’s “32-Minutes of Chaos” defence created turnovers and forced the pace to quicken. The Express were able to generate lots of offensive chances with an aggressive offence, led by Caron, who was named MVP, she finished with 18 points, 12 rebounds. The momentum stayed on the
KVR EXPRESS Grade 8 girls basketball team has earned a provincial berth after winning the South Central Zone for the second year in a row. The Express team: From back starting from the left, Karli Caron (assistant coach), Brenna Sunderman, Mya Semeniuk, Cali Anderson, Lyndzie Caron (behind pennant), Hannah Clarke, Olivia Tom, Heidi Robertson, Sage Collins (manager) and René Aubin (coach). In the front, from left, Kyra Wallace, Annick Cole, Mariah Gray, Kiera Moroziuk and Tianna Apps. Manager Eloise Carolan is missing.
Express side in the fourth quarter as it looked like the Sparks ran out of gas. All-stars Hannah Clarke and Cali Anderson were strong initiating the quick strike attack. The Express came into the playoffs as overwhelming favourites to repeat as they finished first in league play. They defeated each opponent by at least 12 points. “KVR’s up-tempo style is fun to watch and successful because of the great shape the players are in,” said Haddrell. “This is a testament to the time and effort that coach Aubin puts into this team and to the willingness to learn and work that the players showed all year.” The Express opened the championship by de-
feating Princeton and the Skaha Lake Middle School Sharks. The Sparks defeated South Okanagan Secondary School and McNicoll Park Dragons. The Dragons were able to come back after their heartbreaking to defeat the Sharks 40-33 to take thirdplace. Boys playoffs Patience was the key for the Sharks boys team, who went for the kill when they were ready. The Sharks won their third South Zone Grade 8 Boys basketball championship in four years. The Sharks defeated the Osoyoos Rattlers 42-29 after trailing 9-3 in the first quarter. They have earned a berth to provincials. Sharks coach Tim
Haberstock kept preaching patience and with an extremely solid defensive effort, they were able to get it going. “I sure enjoyed coaching a team that had more pride in their defence than offense,” said Haberstock. Tournament MVP Prabh Chahal led the way offensively and defensively as he scored 21 points and guarded the Rattlers best player, Gurlal Dhaliwal. “Prabh is a very gifted player,” said Haddrell. “You can tell he loves the game and if their is an opportunity to get in the gym and play, he is normally the first one there. Often great offensive players don’t take pride in playing defence, but Prabh
is the complete opposite.” Rattler Jason Lynch held Chahal in check during the first half to just six points. Chahal was able to take control after Lynch had foul trouble early in the third quarter. Defensive MVP Hunter Linder did a great job of defending Dhaliwal, the tournament all-star, and cleaned up the boards. The defensive intensity in the game was high. The Rattlers play a very physical style that their first two opponents could not match. “This game was intense from the start as the referees warned a number of players early in the first quarter to stop when the whistle blows, and to watch the body contact,” said Haddrell.
Kristi Richards honoured with diamond jubilee medal Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff
Retired Olympian Kristi Richards has found herself in the spotlight at Summerland Middle School once again. The 2010 Olympian and Summerland native has always maintained a special connection with the students at her former school, and on Friday, Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas presented her with a Diamond Jubilee Medal there. “It’s just amazing to be recognized by the community,” said Richards, who was swarmed by students following the ceremony that included a video from former principal Katie Hicks. “For me giving back and coming back to the community and sharing my story is just out of passion and out of love. I don’t expect any recognition for it at all. It’s nice that they do recognize the people in the community that are trying to make a difference. To be among people like Josh Dueck and Jennifer Heil that are receiving this award as well is really, really special.” Prior to calling up Richards, Albas said the
medal is a way to pay tribute to Canadians whose remarkable achievements have benefitted their fellow citizens, their community Kristi Richards and the country. During question period, a student asked Albas who inspires him. He started the response by saying Richards and Summerland Mayor Janice Perrino, to whom he also presented a Diamond Jubilee Medal, are an inspiration to him. He quoted Ghandi who said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” “I think both of our Diamond Jubilee recipients today emphasize that,” he said. “That’s why I’m so proud to be here.” Richards said the award is different from her other accolades because it recognizes her for what she has done away from the mogul
course. Now running an artisan shop and yoga studio while studying holistic nutrition, Richards said Summerland means everything to her. Richards had some touching words for the students. “What I really love is that you guys remind me of when I started dreaming, when I set those goals,” she said. “Seeing the spark in your guys’ eyes and hearing all your stories, what you want to do. That’s absolutely inspiring.” Student Katarina Stohler said Richards taught them to never give up on their hopes and dreams. Perrino said Richards was a hero during the Olympics. “She fell, and when we were all in here (Summerland Middle School), we cried,” she said. “We all cried. Kristi deserves everything that she gets. She’s such an amazing young woman. (She’s) very much proven that anything is possible and I hope these kids get that message.”
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Student’s efforts stand out Joe Fries Western News Staff
There are good students, and then there is Kathleen Kearney. After earning an average grade of 96.5 per cent across her academic classes in Grades 11 and 12, she is now Penticton Secondary School’s latest winner of a Governor General’s Academic Award as its top student. The 18-year-old graduated last June and is now attending Carleton University in Ottawa, but she dropped by her alma mater in Penticton this week to pick up the medal and certificate that went along with the honour. Governor General’s Academic Awards were created in 1873 and are now “the most prestigious awards that students in Canadian schools can receive,” according to the program’s website. Kearney said although her parents pushed her to do her best, she is also self-motivated and finds it easy to learn subject matter in which she is interested. “It’s about doing what you love. I really love science, so it was easier for me to be like, OK, I have to study for three hours for this biology test, because I was very interested in the material I was studying.” While her grades for tests and course work usually ran in the 90-per-cent range, Kearney said, she did struggle on occasion. “I think the worst score I got on a test was in my advanced placement physics class last year. I got 60 per cent on the first test we did, but I stuck with it, and with projects
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and other tests I did well on, (my grade) came up.” A handful of universities courted her with scholarships, but Kearney settled on Carleton, which offers a highly regarded linguistics program and financial incentives for high achievers. In Kearney’s case, the school agreed to provide her with scholarships worth $21,500 over four years. She hopes to turn her love of language into a career as a speech pathologist or English-as-a-secondlanguage teacher. Penticton Secondary teacher Hugh Lines, whom Kearney singled out as one of her favourites, said the honour is “a compliment to the whole school (and) all the
teachers she had throughout her educational career.” Lines taught Kearney in advanced placement English classes during her senior years and said in addition to a quick wit and good sense of humour, she also proved to be insightful and got ahead with her strong work ethic. “More than anything,” he added, “she just enjoyed learning so much that it was easy for her to do that.” The longtime educator said Kearney is among the brightest pupils he’s ever had in his classroom. “I’ve taught approximately 4,500 students in Penticton in my 27 years here at this school,” Lines said. “She would be probably in the top 10.”
Trip gives teen something to talk about Joe Fries Western News Staff
A speech focused on the importance of making access to birth control a basic human right helped earn a Penticton teenager the right to visit the United Nations’ headquarters. Dana Johnson, 17, will represent the Okanagan this summer during the annual UN Pilgrimage for Youth in New York, where she’ll meet with 200 other kids from around the world who share her passion for international affairs. The annual pilgrimage is organized by the International Order of the Odd Fellows and Rebekahs, a service club with global reach that’s committed to a host of high-minded ideals. To be selected to take part in the pilgrimage, high school students must demonstrate community involvement and win a speech contest. All four contestants from the Okanagan hailed from Penticton and delivered their speeches earlier this month at the Faith Rebekah Lodge in Summerland. Johnson built her talk around the November 2012 declaration by the United Nations Population Fund that access to contraceptives and family planning should be made a universal human right. She wasn’t sure how the topic would be received. “I know it’s a touchy subject, but I believe it’s an important subject,” she said. Allowing women, particularly those in Third-World countries, to choose when
to have, and grow, their families, is the height of female empowerment and a key to brighter futures, Johnson argued. “ E m powerment leads to Dana Johnson equality and equality leads to development and that helps everybody,” she said. The Grade 11 student at Penticton Secondary will also travel with a school group to Tanzania in July on a humanitarian mission, and besides an interest in music and art, also regularly works as an master of ceremonies at school functions. That experience with public speaking gave Johnson an edge over her three rivals in the speech contest, one of the judges said. “They all did a really good job, but she was just a little better,” said Frances Beulah, also the secretary of the host Faith Rebekah Lodge. “She knew her subject matter and she delivered it very well.” Beulah said the four-entrant turnout was low for the event, which runs most years, but noted the speech contest conflicted with a school play in Summerland and that likely hurt attendance.
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Straight froM the heart — technologist Jan gladstone monitors the heart rate as Susan Norie walks on the treadmill in the cardiology ward of Penticton regional hospital. Valentine’s Day was also Cardiology technologist’s Day that was celebrated with an internal open house in the cardio department. along with doctors and nurses, the hospital employs about 220 health workers, including the cardiac ultrasonographers and cardiology technologists who were showing off their specialties and the diagnostic equipment used in the department.
Wine festival soars to new heights Steve Kidd Western News Staff
The Okanagan sports wine festivals in spring, summer and fall, but in March, the South Okanagan will see its first-ever vertical wine festival. Vertical and Vintages is the result of a partnership between Apex Mountain Resort and the Naramata Bench Wineries Association and runs from March 8 to 10 at the ski resort. Tina Baird, spokesperson for the Naramata Bench wineries, said they are happy to be the wine partner for Apex’s winter wine festival and are looking forward to sharing the Bench’s best wines with visitors. “This wine festival is the perfect partnership between Apex Mountain culture and the charismat-
ic Naramata Bench wineries,” said James Shalman, general manager of the Apex Mountain Resort. “This unique wine region, which is only 45 minutes from Apex, and the atmosphere of the Apex village is a perfect pairing.” The feature event of the weekend is a Naramata Bench wine tasting and small plates dinner on March 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gunbarrel Restaurant. There will also be a series of snowshoe events as Hoodoo Adventures partners with wineries for a fireside dinner with Lake Breeze Vineyards, a bonfire lunch with Hillside Winery and an après tour wine and cheese with Upper Bench Estate Winery. Snowshoe dinner tours are not new, said Hoodoo’s Lyndie Hill,
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but this is the first time the adventure company has collaborated with the wineries in this way. She said the snowshoe portion shouldn’t be too difficult. “The snowshoe portion is really only an hour, and they will do a loop around so they will come back closer to where the finish is,” said Hill. “So after they have eaten and had their wine pairing, they won’t have to walk very far to get to the car park. The actual snowshoe portion will be mostly at the beginning and then they will be wined and dined and brought back to the village.” The snowshoe events take place at different times throughout the weekend, including one planned for after dark. “The Friday night runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.,” said Hill. “It’s really quite bright up there. We have headlamps but we always end up turning them off, because the moon is usually so bright that we don’t really need them
with the reflection on the snow. It’s actually a really pretty time to go.” What all the snowshoe tours have in common, Hill said, is a warm fire at the end for the wine and food portion of the adventure. “They will all have the bonfire aspect to them, so you can sit around the fire and warm up before you finish your tour,” said Hill. “It’s going to be a great weekend with participants able to play in some of the best snow conditions in over 20 years during the day and taste first-class local wines through the evening,” said Shalman. For the main wine event, 12 Naramata Bench wineries will be pouring at the wine tasting event: Misconduct Wine Co; D’Angelo Estate Winery; Hillside Estate Winery and Bistro; Lake Breeze Vineyards; Perseus Winery; Poplar Grove Winery; Laughing Stock Vineyards; Therapy Vineyards; Upper Bench
Estate Winery; La Frenz Winery; Van Westen Vineyards and Lang Vineyards. Chef Rob Walker will be creating a variety of small plates to highlight the wines, and following the tasting; Naramata band Uncorked will be taking the stage in the Gunbarrel to provide entertainment for the evening. Follow the event on Twitter at #verticalvintage or check out www.apexresort.com for a full weekend event schedule, the details for the Vertical and Vintages main wine tasting event, the snowshoe and wineries events, and ski, wine and stay packages that are available for the weekend. To purchase tickets for the wine tasting and small plates event, contact Kerissa at 1-877-777-2739 or via email kerissa@ apexresort.com. For tickets for the snowshoe and wineries events contact info@hoodooadventures. ca.
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OVERTON Glen William Formerly of Okanagan Falls, BC, passed away February 20th, 2013 in his 60th year at Lloydminster, Alberta. Predeceased by both his parents Russel and June, survived by his children, Greg (Hayden) of Calgary, Kevin of Cawston, daughter Amanda Overton and Darren Willetts, (Shayla, Emily, and Ryder) of Lloydminster. Glen is also survived by one sister Pam (Dale) and brother Mark (Nancy) and three nephews. We know in our hearts he is in a better place where the sun shines everyday, the fish always bend his fishing pole, and the white-tail always cross his path. Last conversations will always be treasured. Family gathering at a later date to celebrate his life. He’s just over there...smokin’ his pipe... walking through the sunflowers.
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Feed & Hay Alfalfa hay for sale, under cover, no rain, $6 per bale, (250)494-1997 Ginseng tarps 24’ x 80’ for shade or windbreak. Inexpensive and attractive solution for hay shed, livestock shelter etc. $150 each. 250-558-8322. Quote available for installation. Hay for sale, 5ft tall round bales, $130/ton, 20 ton avail., location: South Okanagan, call (250)499-2208 Hay for sale, barn stored, 1st crop, $4.00 bale, 70 lb bales. 250-546-3371 250-309-5910.
Livestock Premium Wood Shavings New supplier of Animal bedding, starting at $250 for 54 cubic yards delivered, (250)770-0214
Friendly service from Summerland since 1972 Les Porter 250-490-1132
Pets WOLF Hybrid Cubs. Reserve now. Sun Valley Wolf Kennels Kelowna (250)-765-4996 www.sunvalleywolfkennels.com
Merchandise for Sale
Auctions KWIKAUCTIONS.COM Restaurant Equipment Auction Saturday, March 2nd @ 11am, 7305 Meadow Burnaby BC
Firewood/Fuel A-1 Firewood, split & delivered, full cords Pine $200, 1/2 cord $100, 1/4 cord $50., senior disc., incl. free delivery, 250-770-0827
FREE BROKEN PALLETS!! Pick-up at the Penticton Western News. 2250 Camrose St.
Heavy Duty Machinery 50,000 LB MECHANICAL RAILROAD JACK, $500 OBO, 250-493-0729 A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! Also Damaged 40’ $1950 Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Free Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc. All insurance in place to work on your property. 250-260-0217
Medical Supplies Like new: medical bed $1200, comfort mattress $200. Used but in exc. cond: stair climber $1800, walker $100, air purifier $50. Everything for $3000. (250)490-8116
Misc. for Sale Beachcomber 578 Hybrid Hot tub, hush pump system, everlite mood lighting, reflex foot massage, jet seats. Seats 6-8 people, Great condition, needs new cover. $9000 New, Asking $3999 obo. Phone 1(250)503-4652 SAWMILLS FROM only $3997 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD:
1-800-566-6899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or check online at: www.crownsteelbuildings.ca WANTED: Vintage paintings, postcards, fishing rods, reels, tackle, old knives, Native baskets, old guns, saddles & gun rigs, military medals, pocket watches, etc. Silver & gold coins. Honest & Confidential! Cash Paid! 250-308-7342, 250-260-8069
Misc. Wanted Gold & Silver. Private buyer buying coins, jewelry, silverware, nuggets ect. I can come to you! Todd 250-864-3521 Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Coin Guy: 250-499-0251
Merchandise for Sale
Apt/Condo for Rent
Homes for Rent
Wanted, Industrial wire feed welder, 220 Volt, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 250-492-8324
1 & 2 Bdrm - Updated, clean, 2 Appl. plus a/c. Two bldgs to choose from. On bus route and close to amenities. Call 250-809-0015 or 778-4760036 for an appointment to view.
PENTICTON 2 bdrm houseXL deck & parking, utilities, phone, cable, laundry facilities included, Avail. Apr 1. Close to Cherry Lane, bus, quiet single or couple. $1350. 250-4627529
1BDRM Apt., totally reno’d, 3 new appl., A/C, in-suite storage, N/P, N/S, clean, quiet, secure, on bus route, near Walmart. Call 250-493-8500
Penticton, avail. April 15, 6bdrm, 2ba, fenced backyard, close to school, ns, pets on approval, ref’s, $1600/mo., (250)328-8542 after 4pm
1bdrm+ large den, , 575 Wade Ave. E, Lexington Pl., N/P, $750, (250)492-0413 2bdrm, 2ba condo w/secure ug parking, ns, np. $1000/mo. +util., Seeking good, long term people., Avail. March 1, 250490-8512.
Save 40-50% of your rent Own your own home! With as low as $0 down. Call today 250-809-5004 Charlie Brooks
Musical Instruments Guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, band & string instruments, music books & access., music lessons, sales & rentals, Skaha Sound, 51 Nanaimo Ave. E, 250-492-4710
Sporting Goods Malibu Pilates Chair & sculpting handles as seen on Shopping Channel, $250 obo, Phone 250-492-3018
Real Estate For Sale By Owner 2 Bedroom Home with 1 bedroom In-Law Suite. Great Mortgage helper! Upper floor (2 bedrooms) & lower floor (1 bedroom) identical layout. Separate entrances front & back, large shared laundry room, 8 appliances included, vertical blinds in all rooms, workshop. Lots of windows, nice & bright. Short walk to Seniors Centre, Middle & High schools, Wal-Mart and on bus route. Lots of parking. Owner, builder was building contractor. $359,900 250-492-7260 Penticton. ******* OKHomeseller.com View Okanagan properties for sale by owner. Selling? No Commission. 250-545-2383, 1-877-291-7576
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Mr. Mobile Home Certified Factory Outlet. Featuring SIERRAS family community, or single and multi-section homes for your property. 250-769-6614 www.accenthomes.ca RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New Park. Affordable Housing. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC. Spec home on site to view. Please call 250-4627055. www.copperridge.ca
Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent TOWNHOUSE 296 & 298 Maple St. 3 or 4 bdrm - 2½ bath 1458 Penticton Ave. 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath with basement 1750 Atkinson St. Deluxe 2 bdrm, 2 bath, apt in adult bldg, 19+. Heated undrgrd prkg, 5 appl. Lrg deck, A/C, gas fireplace
101-690 Latimer 5 bdrm, 2.5 bath. F/S, W/D, DW 13611 Bloomfield/Summerland
Upper flr., 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl. Utilities incl.
250-490-1700 250-486-3791 250-317-8844
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1 Bedroom from $750 2 Bedroom from $850 Cable Included, 40+ Building, No Smoking, No Pets, Secure Building, Parking, Balcony
1 & 2 bdrm & bach. apt.’s avail. immed., $550-$725, central Penticton, no pets, water incl., (250)493-4903 1 & 2 bdrm, newly reno’d suites. Secured access, util incl, near hospital, bus route and close to all amenities, n/p, n/s 250-938-3626
2bdrm., 2 bath, 6 appl., insuite laundry, avail. now, U/G parking, N/S, N/P, $1000/mo. (250)328-9443 2bdrm $800, bach, $585, electric incl., adult/senior oriented, clean, quiet, cat ok, 250-4927328 2bdrm, adult oriented, quiet, ns, no pets, 285 Edmonton Ave., $820, avail. April 1, call Dennis at Realty Executives, 250-488-5678 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets. Call 250-2951006 leave a message. MODERN Luxury 2BD 2BA 6APPL 1200 sqft unit in Lakeshore 3. 2 parking stalls. Lake/park view. Many extras. NS/NP References. Mar1, 2013. $1600. 250-490-7478
MODERN LUXURY 2BD 2BA 6APPL 1200 sqft unit in Lakeshore 3. 2 parking stalls. Lake/park view. Many extras. NS/NP References. Mar 1, 2013. $1600. 250-490-7478. NEWLY RENO’D 2 bdrm apt., Insuite W/D, parking, A/C, storage, located off Government & Penticton. NP/NS. Avail immediately. 250-4863539 or 1-888-669-9844.
Commercial/ Industrial 485 Warren Ave E, 2345 sq.ft., high profile corner building, shop, new lighting, new offices, 3 phase power, 10x10 overhead door, shop w/ 1 tonne center pole jib crane, etc. Pent. (250)490-9016, email@example.com Downtown offices, newly reno’d, 200sqft, $200/mo., 300sqft, $250/mo., 416sqft, $320/mo., + HST, call 778476-6026 PRIME Commercial Spaces: 2300sqft. in busy Plaza, ample parking, also 770sqft., in OK Market for food-related retail business, Barb 250-492-6319 Warehouse or Shop space in Penticton Industrial area, 3 phase wiring, 1250sqft., yard, 10x14 doors, (250)496-5544
Scrap Car Removal ARMOUR TOWING Will meet or beat all competi-
tors pricing, (250)-801-4199
Scrap car removal, will pay up to $120.We are licensed & insured, more weight, more money,250-328-8697, Pent.
Boats 1989 20’ Aqua Star Bowrider with trailer, 350 inboard/outboard GREAT Shape $10,500, (250)488-2471
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Cars - Domestic
For rent cabin and lot + 2 other lots. 50x100 on Ok Lake Avail. April 1. 1-604-794-3318
1992 Ford Crown Victoria, loaded, ac, auto, 188ks, excel. cond., c/w 2 snows on rims, $950 obo, (250)462-3505
Rooms for Rent ROOM, quiet person wanted, ND, NA, NS, no guests, $395, (250)493-5087
Suites, Lower 1bdrm daylight basement, close to Wiltse Elem. Sch., N/S, N/P, prefer mature responsible person, ref’s req., $650 incl. util., (250)493-5630 2bdrm basement suite, 794 Armstrong Dr., ns, np, (250)492-8421 2bdrm ground level basement suite, ns, np, $700, (250)7701321 At Wiltse Blvd., 1bdrm basement suite, ground level, a/c, ns, np, $600 (incl. util)., ref’s req., (250)493-2109 Fully furnished basement apartment, $600/mo., senior male preferred, 250-493-5136 HIGHLAND motel suites avail now, no pets. 1140 Burnaby Ave 250-809-1253, 250-4882206
Townhouses 3bdrm townhouse, close to school, bus, shopping, $1150, avail. March 1, (250)493-4211
Auto Accessories/Parts Used Tires, Huge Selection of used tires and wheels in stock. We might have what you need. Prices vary according to size and quality. Starting at $25.00. Call us or drop in to Larsens Excel 555 Okanagan Ave East 250-492-5630 Penticton
BEACH BUNNIES Be Spoiled At Kelowna’s Only 5 Star Men’s Spa #32-2789 Hwy 97 Blue Heights www.beachbunnies.ca 250-448-8854 MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage $95, waxing, intimate grooming & skin care. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048 SOOO SEXY SANDY The Original K-Town Girl. 38D, 29, 34. Let’s Play! 878-1514
Off Road Vehicles BLACK 1992 JEEP YJ 4.0L soft top,odd fitting hardtop, winch, body lift, 31”Goodyear a/t, lots of tread, high kms but lots of new parts, $2900 OBO, scott 250-809-6107
Vernon’s Best! Upscale new loc. Lily 24, Danielle 27, Jina 47, Barbie 23, Ginger 25. For your safety & comfort, in/out calls 250-307-8174. Hiring!
1995 Citation Supreme 26’-RL 5th Wheel, Loaded, lrg f/s, microwave. Bathroom & shower separate. Exc cond. $13,000. obo. 250-542-2838 Older camper 11ft 6”, good shape, clean, very roomy, flush toilet, $1100 obo, (250)462-6615
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Apt/Condo for Rent
Apt/Condo for Rent
RENTALS Property Management Dwntwn: 1 bdrms/bach: F/S, A/C, deck, and ltd prkg, util and cable incl. $585.00 & $650.00. Avail. Now
101-3547 SKAHA LAKE RD.
Elm Ave Condo: Adult Building, 2 bdrm, 2 bath, f/s, w/d, d/w, a/c, f/p, deck overlooking Skaha lake and pkg. $1200.00 incl. water. Avail. Now.
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132 POWER STREET............................................ $900.00 2 bed, completely reno., fr/st, incl. utilities. Avail. NOW HOUSES / DUPLEX
482 WESTMINSTER 3 bed, 1.5 baths, 5 appl., duplex. Avail. NOW .................... $1100.00 2 bed, 1.5 baths, 5 appl., duplex, fully furn. Avail. NOW .... $1500.00 STEWARD PLACE................................................ $1250.00 2 bed + den, 2 baths, 5 appl., fenced yard. Avail. MAR. 1 MILL ROAD, NARAMATA ................................ $2000.00 Exec. Lakefront Home, 4 bed, 2 bath, 5 appl. Lease required. Avail. APRIL
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Duplex / 4 Plex 101-394 Vancouver Ave., Penticton, 4 bdrm duplex, 3 1/2 bath, ac, no appl., $1300, ns, np, avail. Mar.1, 250-493-8531 2bdrm suite, adult oriented, $1000/mo, util. incl., avail. immed., (250)492-2637 2bdrm West Kelowna Unit, Avail now. Reno’d, 5 appls, incl’s new w/d & parking, NS, NP. $900 +utils, 250-767-6330 4bdrm, 2ba, 5appl., ns, np, avail. immed. $1300+util., (250)462-0669, avail. March 1 PENT, on bus route, upstairs, 2bdrm, 6appl, ns, cat neg., 2 parking spots, storage, deck, garden, $925+util., (incl water) 250-493-3141, 250-770-8820
1 bdrm apts near library/downtown, elevator, cov’d parking, f, s, a/c, balcony, cat ok. Avail. NOW (EFR) $650 2nd flr walk-up, reno’d, 1 bdrm, with laminate, freshly painted, f,s, coin-up laundry. Avail. NOW (KBD204) $725 2 bdrm 55+ 1 bath, f,s includes heat and hot water and /$795 cable. Avail. NOW (WT 105/306) $800 55+ 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, laminate flrs, f, s, d/w, free laundry, 2 balconies. Avail. NOW (OT574) $1000 55+ very bright, 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath, 2nd floor walk-up, near Skaha Beach, 5 appliances, covered parking. Avail. NOW (A450)
Homes for Rent 233 Brandon Ave, Penticton, 2bdrm, dbl garage, $1150, 764 Chase Ave., 5bdrm, 2 kitchen, inlaw suite, $1600, 588 Burnes St., 4bdrm, workshop, yard, $1400, VJ (250)490-1530 3 bdrm upstairs, fenced yard, share utilities. $999 OBO. Long term only. On Hansen street. Reference needed. 250-487-0268 FEB - MAY 15/13 3 bdrm Furnished Lakeview home, single garage + extra pkg. N.S./N.P. $1000/mth + utils. Pics @ paradiseonskaha.webs.com 604-941-5010 Keremeos, 1 bdrm house avail, orchard setting, $450 3bdrm mobile, $600, Cell 250499-0558.
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Smaller 2 bdrm home near OK beach, fenced yard, f, s, w.d, Avail. March 1 (H739) $1500 2bdrm + one house near Maggie, f,s, w.d, d/w, fenced yard with shed, finished bsmt. Avail. April or May 1 (H759) $1600 Panoramic lakeview, 3 bdrm house, 4 bath, garage, large deck, and sunroom. Avail. April 1 (H760) $2000 Reno’d 3 bdrm 3 level home w/1 bdrm in-law suite, incredible lake and valley views, all appl. incld, no pets, no smoking. Avail. NOW (OT565)
Townhouse 1bdrm + den 20 foot ceiling loft style, 6 appl. Avail. NOW. No pets. no smoking. (A426) $1050 Reno’d 3 bdrm townhouse, 1.5 bath, near high school and middle school, fence yard, np, ns. Avail. NOW (th499) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:
280 MAIN STREET, PENTICTON, B.C. V2A 5B2 PHONE: 250-493-4372 - www.rentalspenticton.com Only qualified applicants will be contacted.
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