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Athletic store may soon open Sport Chek slated to move into a new space opposite Walmart SALLY MACDONALD Townsman Staff

City council has pressed pause on plans to construct a new commercial building in the Walmart complex that would house a Sport Chek store and a Dollar Tree store. On Monday, March 4, council postponed its approval of a development permit for Smart Centres because of concerns about traffic congestion.

According to the permit application, the new building would be located opposite Walmart, where the recycling bins used to be placed, between La Vie en Rose and EB Games. The building would be 22,100 square feet in size. Sport Chek would take up 12,100 square feet and The Dollar Tree would take up 10,000 square feet.

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Help to get into mining Program prepares Aboriginal people for careers in mining SALLY MACDONALD Townsman Staff


It’s International Week at the College of the Rockies, and Kenyan students Esther Wamuyu (left) and Naomi Karanja started off the celebrations with a traditional dance of the Kikuyu tribe. One of Kenya’s few remaining matriarchal tribes performs this dance during courting ceremonies, the students explained. International Week events continue throughout this week at the Cranbrook campus, with displays to view, cafeteria specials, a slide show and a scavenger hunt.

An association that connects First Nations with the mining industry has launched in the East Kootenay, and already 60 people have signed up to participate in its programs. The British Columbia Aboriginal Mine Training Association (BCAMTA) prepares Aboriginal candidates for a lasting

career in mining and mineral exploration. The charity started work in spring 2010, and in early fall 2012 it launched its services at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook. Three program staff work for BCAMTA out of Cranbrook, guiding 60 participants toward and in their career in mining.

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Pink the Rink More than 4,000 people attended Saturday, March 2nd’s Kootenay Ice game to mark School Spirit Night and an anti-bullying campaign. To celebrate Pink Shirt Day, school students performed a flash mob to Selena Gomez’s “Who Says?” during the first period. Photos by Sally MacDonald

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Auditions for Kimberley Summer Theatre season begin C AROLYN GR ANT Daily Bulletin

Kimberley Summer Theatre is back, after a one year hiatus, and prepared to mount a very ambitious season. The KST Board is planning two plays at two different venues this year — a musical, the Wizard of Oz at McKim Theatre, and the comedy Self Help at Centre 64 Theatre. The Board has hired Tony James from Victoria to pro-

duce both shows. James has worked 30 years in the theatre business and is looking forward to a summer in Kimberley. Auditions have already been held at the performing arts colleges in Vancouver and Victoria, and locals will have an opportunity to audition this Sunday, March 10, at Centre 64. With two shows being cast, a variety of roles are being looked for, from chorus for the musical to children’s

roles to leads and extras. “We will begin with the children’s roles on March 10,” James said. “The auditions begin at 1:30 so if parents could have their children there at about 1:15ish. Then we’ll go on to adult roles after the children.” These will be standard auditions. Children should have a short dance routine prepared, as well as a song. For adults, please bring a resumé and head shot, be prepared to perform one

song of your choosing, a monologue, one song from the Wizard of Oz and be prepared to learn a short piece of choreography. Following local auditions, there will be auditions in Calgary. “It’s quite a vast season and we want to pull a good cast together,” James said. “We want all levels of years and experience. It gives young people the chance to learn from older folks.” There are six full-time,

paid lead roles and two parttime. There are also many smaller roles to fill out the cast. Announcements of audition results will be made by April 1. In addition to actors, Jones will be looking for key production personnel as well. “I’m looking for some paid positions, such as stage manager, set design, costume and props. And there are a lot of volunteer positions, maybe

a photographer who can shoot the show, a videographer, makeup, hair. “We’ll need a volunteer coordinator to lead that — someone with a special events coordinator background would be ideal.” James will be in Kimberley next week. Anyone interested in being a part of Summer Theatre is asked to email him at You can also check out Kimberley Summer Theatre on Facebook.

Training program connects Aboriginals with mining careers Continued from page 1 “It’s not just about placing a person in a job; it’s about building a path towards something that will last and will help them build a career that is satisfying and that suits their own skills and interests and can provide a more holistic satisfaction for a person than just landing a job and a paycheque,” said Laurie Sterritt, BCAMTA’s chief executive officer during a visit to Cranbrook last month. Already, BCAMTA has launched a program at the College of the Rockies called Pathways to Success. At the moment, 11 students are enrolled in the program, which prepares people for entry into the job market. “The Pathways to Success program focuses on essential skills that would help a person become successful in a work place. It can be very broad or it can be focused on specific jobs that a person is interested in pursuing,” said Sterritt. “For instance, we know that in the mining sector there are certain career paths that require very specific skills and we will help a person build those skills to be able to land their first job in that career path, and then move and advance down that path.” BCAMTA is also preparing to offer an Introduction to Trades program and a Heavy Equipment training program at the College of the Rockies, and other programs will be offered over time. What’s more, program coach Dale Pound

works one-on-one with Aboriginal participants who are already working in mining and exploration, and who want to further develop their career. “Dale will assist those people that are placed in jobs if they want further training, if they want supervisory skills, if they want to be able to apply for the next step,” said Sterritt. BCAMTA was born out of the federal Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership, which concluded in March 2012. “The requirements of that program were that the industry, corporations, First Nations and government would have to work together to bridge the skills gap between the local First Nations and the workforce needs of the companies and the industry from a broader perspective,” said Sterritt. “Our organization acts as a neutral third party in all of those negotiations.” This means that BCAMTA works closely with its industry partners, including Teck, to bridge the gap between industry and First Nations. “The solutions we find for the Teck operations in the Elk Valley are very different to the solutions we create in Kamloops, and are very different for the solutions we’ll build for the Northwest,” said Sterritt. “We are relatively new here so we are working with the Teck operations in the Elk Valley, learning what

their workforce needs are and we’ll build a plan that suits the communities and those companies.” BCAMTA works with Aboriginal candidates at all levels of skill and education to identify a career path and develop skills to get into that career. Sterritt said there are multiple barriers that make it difficult for Aboriginal people to access a career in mining and explorations. “We know that education is a big gap,” she said. “Some of the other barriers include the family cycles. “We know that moving away from the community causes a lot of discomfort in some cases,” said Sterritt. “Many communities have really shied away from assisting their members to get training or enter into this industry because we know this quite possibly could take them away from home. “Another major barrier is just plain knowledge and awareness of what is exploration and mining. In some communities there is a long history of opposition between the community and the company,” she said. “We do know there is a lot of really good work being done in the industry to change the habits and the awareness on the company’s side. But I think on the opposite side, the awareness and engagement on the First Nation side has to adjust as well.” The Ktunaxa Nation is pleased to see BCAMTA starting up in the

East Kootenay, said program coach Dale Pound. “So far it has been overwhelmingly positive. We’ve been working with the Ktunaxa Nation and the four Bands in this area. I think we’ve been very well received and we’ve had a number of participants in our program who have been very happy with the results,” said Pound. BCAMTA is funded by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, with provincial support from the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. The association is seeing results across the province, Sterritt said. About 1,400 Aboriginal candidates are registered, and 470 people have began careers in mining and exploration. Sixty-three per cent of those employed candidates transitioned from unemployment. Employers love to see BCAMTA’s name on a candidate’s resume, Sterritt went on. “When their resume comes and it says ‘I have taken my training through BCAMTA’, and BCAMTA coaches have supported that person through the application process, the hiring people know they are getting a high quality applicant. We don’t put somebody up for a job if they are not ready for it,” she said. “We aspire to connect people with lasting careers,” said Sterritt. “There have been instances where we have supported people to get onto their next level of training and they have


An instructor in the BCAMTA Heavy Equipment Operator program gets creative in the classroom. The program is coming to Cranbrook very soon.

decided not to go into mining. That’s fine too, because we want to make sure that we are building confidence in the individual candidates first and foremost, and we want to help them find their place, where they want to be in life. If it happens to be in exploration and mining, where there are a lot of options and a lot of high earning potential, then that’s great.”

City Council invites participation regarding the 2013 – 2017 Five Year Financial Plan before it is adopted. Copies of the document are available for pick up at City Hall or by downloading it from the City’s website – Written submissions are invited from the public and will be considered by Council at a Special Meeting on Monday March 18, 2013. Written submissions must be received at City Hall by 4:00pm MT on Friday March 15, 2013.

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Sport Chek coming to Cranbrook Continued from page 1

Sport Chek is Canada’s largest retailer of sporting goods, apparel and footwear. The Dollar Tree is a value store with 4,300 locations in the U.S. and around 100 in Canada. The development permit also includes the addition of about 200 parking spaces – 90 along Walmart’s northern wall, and 110 in front of Booster Juice and Home Hardware. A new sidewalk would be built from McPhee Road through the property to the existing sidewalk on Willowbrook Drive. However, the permit doesn’t address traffic congestion at the Theatre Road and Tim Horton’s entrances to the complex, and City of Cranbrook staff and Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

technicians have expressed concern that the expanded development would trigger changes to those intersections. City engineer Jamie Hodge told council that when the Smart Centres complex was approved in the early 2000s, the agreement was that the developer would make traffic enhancements when the complex grew to a certain size. “They’ve managed to avoid doing that by bringing in small piecemeal developments that are just under the size that would trigger those requirements and there’s nothing the city can do about it,” said Hodge. “The traffic impacts are going to occur – there is no question – and it will place pressure on the city to make

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traffic improvements. “My opinion is that Smart Centres has not been civically responsible, rather they are just driven by the bottom line,” said Hodge. Council shared the concerns of staff, although Councillor Bob Whetham pointed out that the traffic concerns lie outside the require-

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Smart Centres. Councillors Pallesen and Diana J. Scott were opposed to the postponement. “Everybody around the table is excited about the possibility of two new businesses opening here, but we think further discussion is required about a few of the issues,” said Mayor Wayne Stetski.

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Trail Modifications

I must take issue with the ongoing transformation of many trails in the Eager Hills area of the Cranbrook Community Forest. These trails have been utilized for years, mostly by hikers, and have remained pristine until recently. Trees are being cut and removed, rocks are being piled at trail intersections, brush is being cut back and trails are being shovelled and smoothed to facilitate bike traffic. These modifications might be okay if they weren’t performed at the expense of other trail users. The true woods experience is being rapidly eroded as the area is beginning to resemble a gymkhana course. If a trail requires extensive change to qualify for bike traffic, then possibly it should have been avoided in the first place, and a more suitable route utilized. There is enough room for everybody to pursue their passion in the area, as long as it is treated with more respect than it has recently been shown. Lorne Cousins Cranbrook

The Cull I have lived in Cranbrook for almost 30 years. I never used to see deer in my yard, walking down the streets, in the school

yards. However, in the last 10 years, we have had a steady influx of them, and it seems to get worse every year. Now there is not a day goes by when I do not see deer somewhere in my daily travels. They are now in my yard almost daily. This is not from “over-crowding,” as Cranbrook itself has not grown much at all in the past 30 years. I believe the deer that are living in town were likely born in town and know nothing else. I have had three run-ins with deer in the past two years. If I walk my dogs down Cranbrook streets, I have to carry a stick to defend my dogs and myself. I have two small dogs that the deer perceive as a threat. My dogs are always on a leash, and never even bark at the deer. Yet we seem to be targets. I have also been jogging by myself and have actually crossed to the opposite side of the street, and have still had the deer come after me. I am tired of living like this. We have substantial forest for the deer to live in — that is where they should be. I commend the City for taking action, and fully support the cull. I believe all the deer that live within city limits need to be removed, and if more come in we must discourage them from staying. No one should be feeding the deer, nor letting them bed down in our yards. We all need to be very proactive about herding them out of town, and if they do not stay out,

then the cull is necessary. We are dealing with wild animals, and they should never be allowed to “live” within city limits. We have been complacent for too long, and I am happy to see the City doing something about it — and yes, it is a problem, which will only get worse with our complacency. As for the comment about not knowing whether the deer caught in a trap is a “problem” deer or an “innocent” deer, I believe that is missing the point. If the deer is in town, it is a problem. Pat Smythies Cranbrook

The Cull Yes, we are in favour of the deer cull. Looking out our window we saw deer climbing up our cedar trees, which have two sets of protection on them — wire and burlap. Our yard has become a burlap landscaping site. We are also tired of the deer droppings. Maybe the “save the deer” folks would help with the expense of picking up the deer poop. To those folks who are feeding the deer, it does not help the problem. Ron and Ollie Evans Cranbrook

Roaming charges, and then some A n 11-year old Burnaby boy has your child’s behalf, tell me how much fun it racked up $22,000 in roaming fees is to sit in an airport, waiting for your inevon his dad’s cellphone during a Mex- itably delayed flight, with a couple of whiney kids. ican vacation, CBC News reports. “Why aren’t we leaving yet?” Now, I’m guessing that’s not part of the “I’m bored.” all-inclusive package of“Eric is making mean fered by the resort. faces at me.” The boy’s father is ap“Mooooooooom, when palled and fighting the cellis the plane going to get phone company with evheeeeeeeere?” erything he’s got and he has Carolyn Good times. managed to get the charges Grant When my kids were down to about $500. younger, we didn’t go south Still, $22,000. The shock could have given the poor man a coronary. in the winter, but we did take summer vaIt seems the family was enjoying a win- cations which involved driving great dister vacation in sunny Mexico and the boy tances. At that time we lived in Northern got too much sun. He was advised to Ontario, so one summer we’d go west to spend a day indoors. He used Dad’s phone British Columbia, the next we’d go to and streamed video off You Tube for some Southern Ontario. Any of you who have driven across Ontario will know that it’s a 12 hours. Dad is protesting, saying Canadian cell good two and a half days from the western phone companies are gouging customers border to the south. My point is, long trips with kids. on roaming fees, and his company is apparently charging more than any other Looooooong trips. It was our intent to teach our children Canadian company. The boy downloaded 700 MB of data, which would cost a Mexi- about their own country, to give them an can user $20. That same amount cost the idea of the vastness that is Canada, the great lakes, the mountains, the endless Canadian customer $22,000. prairies. Let me tell you, there is nothing It does seem a little extreme. I think we have all learned a lesson more endless than a prairie when you have here. There are some things you just don’t three young children sharing the back seat of a Honda Civic. need to take with you on vacation. I recall one particular incident on a No, not cellphones — kids. Now before you get all indignant on drive to the west coast. We were on day

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three of the drive, tootling along past Revelstoke, near the Enchanted Forest tourist attraction. I remember our exact location because I found the word Enchanted somewhat ironic. The kids were tired, cranky and out of sorts. And bugging me. I was driving. My husband was snoozing. The kids were complaining, fighting, arguing. My husband woke up and barked at the kids. Crying and yelling ensued. I couldn’t take it anymore. I stopped the car on the side of the road. Yes, they made me stop that car. I got out, slammed the door and started walking down the highway. My husband got out, slammed his door and walked in the other direction. We each walked a good ways trying to get a grip. Finally, we both walked back to the car. The kids were silent. We were silent. On we went. The next day in Chilliwack, we did what any sensible parent would do — we bought a bigger vehicle. So in a sense, our children cost us at least $22,000 on that trip and we didn’t even have a cellphone with us. We bought a lovely Toyota 4-Runner. Nice car. Nice and big. But not big enough. The next summer, on our trip to Southern Ontario, we bought a Suburban. Talk about roaming charges. Carolyn Grant is the Editor of the Kimberley Daily Bulletin

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ederal Natural Resources Minister greenhouse gas emissions of the oil sands. Joe Oliver attended last week’s inter- And actually the oil sands are less than national conference in Vancouver on half the emissions from coal-fired elecliquefied natural gas development. I spoke tricity in the state of Illinois. with him about Canada’s energy exports We’re moving with the U.S. on the and emissions. Here are excerpts from that over-arching objective of reducing our discussion: greenhouse gas emissions by TF: President Barack 17 per cent from 2005 to 2020, Obama’s recent state of but we’re also doing other union address seemed to things that the U.S. hasn’t yet BC VIEWS decided to do. We’ve been aphint at approval for the Keystone XL pipeline proaching the reduction of Tom from Alberta to U.S. reemissions on a sectoral basis, Fletcher fineries, with perhaps and the next area of focus will some measure to go along be regulations in the oil and with it like a carbon cap gas sector. and trade market. Your government has TF: You’re comfortable with the idea backed North American cap and trade that exporting LNG that replaces coal is an before. Would you do it again? appropriate step at this time, one that’s JO: No, we’re not thinking about that at doable as opposed to these Kyoto-type gesall. The U.S. Congress is opposed to that tures? concept from what I understand. JO: It is doable. And on a global basis, TF: Your party ran ads targeting NDP this would be a very significant developleader Thomas Mulcair and equating cap ment. If China, for example, could signifiand trade with a carbon tax. They’re not cantly move from coal to gas, that would the same, are they? have a huge impact. JO: The end result is that taxes increase Canada’s small. We’re about two per because of how we handle carbon. It cent of global emissions. We have to do hasn’t been successful in Europe at all. our part, that’s the responsible thing to Anyway, it’s not part of our thinking. We do, but it’s the big emitters that are going are making significant progress on green- to make the difference to global emishouse gas emissions. Our recent regula- sions. tions regarding heavy-duty vehicles, the TF: International Energy Agency talks previous rules regarding cars and light about self-sufficiency in the U.S., oil and trucks, which are identical to the U.S., are gas, by 2035. What does that mean for the going to be helpful. Canadian economy? And also the rules relating to coal-fired JO: Firstly, I don’t think they’re going electricity. It’s our objective to see all to be self-sufficient in oil. North America those coal plants closed, and in that re- will be self-sufficient in gas and oil. gard we’re certainly ahead of the U.S. What it means is, for gas we’re going to Coal is contributing 40 times the have to find new markets, and for oil

Federal Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver we’re going to have to find markets to sustain the growth in supply. The United States will still be a big buyer of Canadian oil. We’re shipping about two and a half million barrels a day, of which a million comes from the oil sands. Right now we’re losing about $50 million a day because of the crude oil bottleneck in the U.S. midwest, compared to international prices. We absolutely must find new markets, which is why our government in principle is supporting the transport of oil and gas to the west, to the east, continuing to the south and possibly even the north. Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and







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NEWARK, N.J. - The NHL is borrowing a page from the NBA when it comes to the draft lottery. The NHL announced Monday that all 14 teams that miss the playoffs, or the teams that hold the rights to the top 14 picks, will be eligible to win the No. 1 draft pick when the lottery is held on April 29. Under the previous system, the five teams with the fewest points had the opportunity to win the top selection since no team could move up more than four spots. The league also announced that all seven rounds of the draft at the Prudential Center will be held on June 30. The previous six drafts were held over a twoday span, with last

year’s event taking place in Pittsburgh. The draft lottery will be weighted with the teams having the fewest points in the regular season having the best chance of winning. The team with the fewest points will have a 25 per cent chance of winning. The non-playoff team with the most points will have a 0.5 per cent chance of winning. While the top pick can now go to any of the 14 non-playoff clubs, or the team owning the rights to the first pick of a non-playoff club, the odds of winning the lottery are unchanged from previous years. No club will move down more than one position as a result of the lottery. The remaining first-round drafting positions are determined by the Stanley Cup playoffs.




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Nitros hand out team awards TREVOR CRAWLEY Sports Editor

The Kimberley Dynamiters’ players have left town following their year-end banquet on Sunday night as the team handed out awards to recognize individual players for their contribution to the club. Nitro rearguard Isaac Schacher wasn’t able to make it to the dinner as inclement weather prevented him from returning to Kimberley, as he had joined the Victoria Royals for a pair of home games. Shacher picked up the best defenceman and the most valuable player awards, and could possibly join the Royals for their playoff run. Jason Richter also picked up a pair of awards, nabbing the coaches award and the rookie of the year award. KIJHL PLAYOFFS The Dynamiters ran into a tough opponent in their first-round matchup against the Golden Rockets, which engineered a four game sweep. The Rockets then sat back as the Fernie Ghostriders and the Co-

lumbia Valley Rockies scrapped it out for the second spot in the divisional final. Columbia Valley won two of the first three games, but then the Riders woke up and rattled off a trio of victories to win the series.

Fernie ended the regular season on top of the Eddie Mountain Division standings for the seventh straight season. The Rockets and the Riders begin their series on Tuesday night in Fernie. Elsewhere around the KIJHL, the Castlegar Rebels defeated the Spokane Braves in five games. The Rebels move on to face the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which won their opening series against the Nelson Leafs in six games. In the Okanagan/ Shuswap Conference, the results were relatively predictable.

The North Okanagan Knights beat the Kamloops Storm in five games, and will face the Sicamous Eagles. The Eagles got past the Revelstoke Grizzlies in the first round, losing their first game, but then rattling off four consecutive wins. The Kelowna Chiefs downed the Summerland Steam in six games, and will challenge the Osoyoos Coyotes, which defeated the Princeton Posse in their first-round matchup. WHL Notes: A pair of WHL players picked up entry level contracts with NHL teams on Monday. Taylor Peters, a forward with the Portland Winterhawks, has inked a contract with the Dallas Stars. Peters, who has gone undrafted by the pros throughout his WHL career, has previously been affiliated with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild. Josh Nicholls, a forward with the Saskatoon Blades, has also reportedly put his signature to a contract with the New York Rangers. Nicholls was previously drafted by the Maple Leafs.

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Flacco signs richest contract in NFL history Brier teams keeping eye on Olympic trials DAVID GINSBURG Associated Press

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco signed a new contract Monday worth $120.6 million over six years, making him the highest paid player in NFL history. The Super Bowl MVP will receive a $29 million signing bonus and $52 million in guaranteed money. He will be paid $51 million over the first two years of the deal. “It’s not really about the money, it’s about that respect,’ Flacco said minutes after signing. The 28-year-old Flacco is the first starting quarterback in NFL history to make the playoffs in each of his first five seasons. He’s led the Ravens to nine wins over that span, tying Tom Brady for most among quarter-

backs in the first five years of a career. Flacco threw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions during the recent post-season and led the Ravens to a 34-31 Super Bowl win over San Francisco. “He’s a significant reason we’ve been to the playoffs five years in a row, played in three AFC championship games, and now, we are Super Bowl champs with Joe as MVP,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. Flacco’s performance this past off-season almost certainly helped him receive his record-breaking contract, but Flacco said, “I think I’m an asset to this team. ... The fact that we won the Super Bowl just comes with that. If we didn’t win the Super Bowl this year, I still think I’m worth the same.”

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EDMONTON There’s a subtle class system at the Canadian men’s curling championship. There are the three men’s teams that already have an Olympic trials berth, and the others scrambling to join them. The trials that will determine Canada’s men’s and women’s curling teams at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, are scheduled for Dec. 1-8 in Winnipeg. Eight men’s and eight women’s teams will vie for the right to wear the Maple Leaf in Sochi. Alberta’s Kevin Martin, the reigning Olympic men’s champion, Ontario’s Glenn Howard and Manitoba’s Jeff Stoughton, who are coincidentally the favourites to win the Tim Hortons Brier this week, have their trials berths locked down. On the women’s side,

Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones, Alberta’s Heather Nedohin and Saskatchewan’s Stephanie Lawton have filled three trials spots. Three more men’s and three more women’s teams will be determined by May 1, which puts pressure over the final weeks of this season on teams with Olympic aspirations. The remaining four two men’s and two women’s teams - will come out of a November pre-trials event in Kitchener, Ont. Stoughton punched his direct ticket to trials by winning the Canada Cup in December. The Winnipeg skip says it felt like a burden lifted. “We had talked over the summer that our No. 1 goal was to get to the trials as soon as possible,” Stoughton said. “It was a great feeling to be able to pull something off like that and a huge relief

“As soon as you get your spot in the trials, that’s as far as you can go in that process and we did that at the end of the last year. That’s done.” Glen Howard when it was done. “It took some of the pressure off where we could just try and perform. Once we got the trials spot, we re-jigged our goals for the rest of the year.” There isn’t a short explanation on how teams get to trials and pre-trials. The Canadian Curling Association’s website lays it out and even has a section on who would be in and who would be out if the trials and pre-trials started today.

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The best way to put it is the winners of curling’s major events between the start of 2011 and the end of April either have a trials berth locked up or are positioned to claim one. Teams accumulate points from their results at World Curling Tour events and provincial, national and world championships and are then ranked in the CCA’s Canadian Team Ranking System. Howard’s team, for example, topped the CTRS in 2011-2012 to get into trials. Howard won both the Canadian and world titles last year, which contributed big points to his total. “Obviously the longterm goal the last three years is get yourself to the Olympic trials,” the Ontario skip said. “As soon as you get your spot in the trials, that’s as far as you can go in that process and we did that at

the end of the last year. That’s done.” For other teams, however, the chase for points is still on. Not all teams jockeying for trials spots made it to the Brier, so the even the 20 points for fourth place are points another team isn’t getting. Winnipeg’s Mike McEwen, Calgary’s Kevin Koe and Toronto’s John Epping didn’t win their provincials to get to the Brier, but are closing in on trials spots if they can maintain their rankings. This year’s Canadian women’s curling champion Rachel Homan of Ottawa could grab a women’s berth as well. Northern Ontario’s Brad Jacobs and Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador appear bound for pre-trials in Kitchener, unless they catch fire and win enough in the next seven weeks to join Martin, Howard and Stoughton.

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B.C. Minister quits over ethnic memo Tom Fletcher Black Press

VICTORIA – Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap has resigned from the B.C. cabinet pending the outcome of an investigation into government conduct on outreach to ethnic communities. Premier Christy Clark told the legislature Monday that Yap is stepping aside from his duties as advanced education and multiculturalism minister until an internal investigation is complete.

Resigned: John Yap B.C. Liberal MLAs held an extended caucus meeting Monday to deal with the fallout from a leaked memo de-

scribing use government resources to boost the party’s popularity with ethnic communities. Cabinet ministers held a hastily arranged meeting in Vancouver Sunday, and emerged united in support of Clark. One disputed point is a plan to apologize in the legislature for the “head tax” on Chinese immigrants, imposed by Ottawa from 1885 to 1935. Such apologies are proposed in the strategy document as “quick wins” before the May 14 provincial

election. Vancouver-Fraserview MLA Kash Heed objected to the move on the weekend, telling CKNW radio that such an apology would be “hollow.” In a terse statement issued Friday afternoon, Clark announced that she has accepted the resignation of her long-time assistant, Kim Haakstad, who distributed the ethnic voter plan to party and government staff via their personal e-mail addresses. Haakstad, Clark’s deputy

chief of staff, and “outreach” staff from the premier’s office are subject to an internal investigation ordered by Clark Thursday. John Dyble, head of the public service, is to examine whether government communications resources were redirected to help deliver ethnic votes to the B.C. Liberal Party. A January 2012 draft strategy memo leaked to the NDP opposition discusses ways to improve the governing party’s popularity with immigrant communities, including recruiting new

members and spokespeople to call and write to ethnic media outlets. Clark issued an apology for the document, read in the legislature Thursday by Deputy Premier Rich Coleman. “The document did not recognize there are lines that cannot be crossed in conducting this outreach [to ethnic communities] and it is unacceptable,” the statement says. “The language in this draft document and some of the recommendations are absolutely inappropriate.”

Motorists stalled by Sunday’s prairie storm C anadian Press

FORT MACLEOD, Alta. — Mounties told highway drivers in parts of the Prairies on Sunday to pull into the nearest town and sit tight to avoid crashing, or getting stranded, in a snowstorm that was whalloping southern Alberta and Saskatchewan and was moving east to Manitoba. Many highways south of Calgary were shut down on Sunday afternoon due to the poor driving con-

ditions and police told people to find accommodations in the nearest towns they could. “It’s not good. There’s drifting snow, limited visibility, icy roads and a lot of vehicles in the ditch,’’ said Cpl. Cate Dickman at the RCMP detachment in Oyen, Alta., where officials declared a local state of emergency late in the afternoon. Dickman said the community, which is about 250 kilometres

northeast of Calgary, was looking at putting up travellers in the local Royal Canadian Legion overnight. Police said officials in Fort MacLeod, south of Calgary, were also planning to accommodate stranded travellers in the town’s arena or community centre. While Highway 2 to Calgary was reopened by the early evening, police said travel on all roads in the area was still very slippery with poor visibility. In Saskatchewan, the RCMP

said its operations centre in Regina had recorded 50 calls about crashes on Sunday afternoon throughout central and southern Saskatchewan, mostly due to poor weather and driving conditions. By early Sunday evening, police had closed a section of Highway 1 west of Regina. Winter storm and blowing snow warnings remained in effect across the southern portions of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on

Sunday night and were forecast to continue through until Monday across all three provinces. Police in southern Alberta said that anyone stranded in their vehicles in Alberta should call 911, but added vehicles that have been in accidents or become stuck in ditches wouldn’t be towed because it wasn’t safe. Calgary International Airport remained open on Sunday although numerous flights were cancelled.

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