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More than 100 rally to support expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital Joe Fries

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Passing motorists leaned on their horns Wednesday to cheer on more than 100 demonstrators who lined the roads near Penticton Regional Hospital to support a $300-million expansion of the facility. The rally was organized by a group of local doctors that’s gone public with its bid to have the B.C. government commit to funding its $160-million share of We’re not asking a new ambulatory care tower. Lofor more in-pacal government and the hospital foundation would cover the bal- tient beds. We’re ance. basically just askAmong those waving signs in the steady drizzle of cold rain ing to provide the Wednesday was retired nurse Teri Noriega, who worked in hospitals essential (outpain eastern Canada and now voluntient) services. teers at PRH. — Dr. Brent Harrold “I’ve seen good hospital policy and buildings, and this does not fit, in my opinion,” she said. Penticton’s hospital, built in 1951, “is just antiquated and needs to be upgraded. We have to get this done or we’re going to be sorry in the long run.” Dr. Brent Harrold, an emergency room physician at PRH, said Wednesday’s rally was the first time he has demonstrated publicly since a 2002 protest against the closure of Summerland’s hospital. He said the ER wouldn’t benefit directly from the expansion, since the proposed four-storey tower would play host to outpatient services like day surgeries and diagnostics, but it would make life easier for patients. “I think we can provide a lot of services more efficiently if (staff) have adequate room to do so,” Harrold said. “We’re not asking for more in-patient beds,” he added. “We’re basically just asking to provide the essential (outpatient) services.” Penticton Medical Staff Society president Dr. David Paisley said despite not yet having a funding commitment for the tower from the B.C. government, his group’s campaign has been effective.


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A SMALL CROWD moves into position in front of Penticton Regional Hospital during Wednesday’s rally in support of the proposed expansion to the facility. A number of groups and individuals are encouraging the provincial government to act on the need for the additional space.

He noted the kick-off event, a town hall meeting on Feb. 6 that attracted 800 people, later prompted a visit from the premier. It also helped generate some of the 5,000 support letters from citizens that have been sent off to Victoria. Doctors haven’t yet planned their next move, Paisley said, but the tower appears stalled again while the B.C. Liberal government explores options to expedite the business case it says is needed to commit to fund the project, which has been in the works for a decade. Paisley added that B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix and health critic Mike Farnworth have been invited to tour the hospital, but have yet to respond. Dick Cannings, who will run as the NDP candidate in Penticton in this spring’s provincial election, attended the rally and said he’s discussed the expansion project “at great length” with party brass. He said PRH is being considered as the party hammers out

its election platform and a “credible budget” to go with it. “I’m working hard to make sure this happens. If nothing else, we pledge to do things differently than the Liberals. We’ll be doing things in priority,” Cannings said, in reference to hospital projects in Vernon and Kamloops that were funded ahead of Penticton despite being ranked lower on Interior Health’s priority list. Penticton Coun. Garry Litke in December assembled a loose group of doctors, business leaders and politicians that’s working behind the scenes to get the tower built. He said Wednesday he plans to ask colleagues at the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen to contribute to a $10,000 fund that will pay for future activities related to the hospital campaign. Litke said he’s also unsure what will come next: “Keep on, I guess.”


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Councillor calls for two-tier rec fees Steve Kidd Western News Staff

For the fourth time, Penticton Coun. John Vassilaki is taking a run at introducing a two-tier pricing structure for Penticton’s recreation assets. On March 4, the longtime city council member introduced a notice of motion, notifying his fellow councillors of his plans to reintroduce the concept for debate and ask them to direct staff to prepare a cost-benefit analysis of having nonPenticton residents pay a higher rate to use the community pool and other facilities. “It’s not fair for everybody, especially for the citizens of Penticton, because they pay all the taxes to keep these facilities going,” said Vassilaki. He would like to see residents of West Bench, Naramata and other neighbouring communities chipping in a larger share. Vassilaki said he often hears from community members who ask about the issue and why a two-tier system isn’t happening. “A lot of them are very upset because council isn’t doing anything about it,” said Vassilaki. Two-tier systems operate in other communities, and while they have

been proposed several times in the past for Penticton, they have failed to be supported by councils of the day. Vassilaki hopes that staff will prepare a report that supports the concept this time. “We have been getting different reports from staff over the years,” said Vassilaki. “I told them I want facts to come forward. I want a proper report to come in and I want them to look after the interests of the people of Penticton.” Vassilaki also refutes some of the common arguments against a twotier system. He doubts it would have any effect on the number of people using the facilities or shopping while they are here. People shop where they need to, he said, and the possible increase in cost at the facilities will still be less that travelling to other centres. “Where are they going to go? If they were to go to Summerland or Oliver to use their facilities, they are going to use up $7 worth of gas, said Vassilaki. “The increase to use our facilities will probably be $1 to $1.50.” Vassilaki’s motion is expected to come up for debate at the next regular council meeting on March 18. If passed, he said the staff costbenefit analysis could take up to two months to prepare.

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The PeNTiCToN aquaTiC and fitness centre in use Thursday. a city councillor is again recommending a two-tier, user-cost system be considered for the municipality’s public facilities, with those living outside the city limits having to pay more.

Change of street name salutes Penticton veterans Steve Kidd Western News Staff

Along with the Penticton Vees, another group is seeing a street name changed to honour them. Council voted this week to rename Forbes Street to Veterans’ Way at the request of the Penticton Veterans’ Association. Speaking for the group, spokesman Alan Kidd made an impassioned presentation at council’s March 4 meeting. “About a block from here, at the corner of Nanaimo and Main, several dozen volunteers got together at the call of their government. The year was 1914. Four years later, 77 of those boys didn’t come home. Once a year, we remember them,” said Kidd. “We are asking city council that Penticton remember

them by renaming Forbes Street.” Council required little discussion before voting unanimously to support the name change. Kidd said the veterans are enthusiastic about how well their proposal was received. “The street name change is underway as we speak,” said Kidd, who admitted he didn’t know how long the process would take. “I had the impression that they felt this was an initiative they felt was long overdue. “The big thing is we have been able to rename our street that borders our Veterans’ Memorial Park. It is the city making a statement that they care as well.” Council didn’t vote on a second request from the Veterans’ Association for support and assistance of council in adding a commemorative plaque to honour Capt. Jonathan

Snyder, who died in Afghanistan in 2008. “We are limited in our funding. We have a maintenance budget for Veterans’ Park, but we are short on funds to do the project we would like to do,” said Kidd, who admitted they didn’t have a firm plan yet, but hoped to schedule it with a similar action council approved on Feb. 4, to install a commemorative sign in the 100 block of Main Street. Council has also put that plan on hold after the veterans explained that it wouldn’t be in keeping with the protocols for honouring fallen soldiers. Brian Hughes, who brought the idea forward, hoped to have former Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson attend the event. “It’s been an incredibly worthwhile endeavour that he (Hughes) has embarked on, but there is some from of protocol appar-



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ently that has to be followed and that should be worked out between the veterans and Mr. Hughes’ request,” said Ashton. Kidd explained that Hughes’ plan might seem to place one soldier’s sacrifice over another, which is not in keeping with their traditions. “All soldiers are born without a rank and they die without a rank. They are recognized in Veterans’ Memorial Park for their ultimate sacrifice, no one made any more sacrifice than anyone else, so we treat them all the same, all equal,” said Kidd, who said they, nonetheless, will be moving ahead with a commemoration in keeping with protocol. “That’s definitely in our schedule for this summer. We will have something inscribed, either a bronze plaque or a marble plaque on the existing monument,” Kidd said.


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Council aims to shore up water quality at city beaches Steve Kidd Western News Staff

The City of Penticton wants Interior Health to get back to work. In July 2011, Interior Health told beach owners in the Central and South Okanagan that they would no longer be collecting and testing water samples for public safety advisories. Communities were, however, requested to keep participating by collecting samples at their own cost and submitting them, with Interior Health covering the cost of doing the tests. Penticton city staff and council have concerns both about the effectiveness of the testing system and the downloading of responsibility on to local governments. “The safety system is starting to fall apart. The constancy is not there, the funding is not

there,” said Coun. guidelines, requiring Garry Litke. “When municipalities to iswe are talking about sue advisories immepublic safety, it is imdiately after receiving When we are talking about test results outside of portant that Interior Health step up to the parameters. public safety, it is important allowed plate and do its duty. Currently a retest of We have a system that Interior Health step up to the water quality is that is becoming inordered before posting the plate and do its duty. creasingly suspect advisories, allowing because it is not anomalous spikes to be — Coun. Garry Litke timely enough.” double-checked. While IHA has agreed to continue paying Robson told city council there are a number for the testing this year, Len Robson, Pent- of problems with the new guidelines. Posting icton’s manager of public works, expects it a beach water quality advisory without a rewon’t be long before the cost is entirely down- test, he said, will have a negative impact on the loaded to municipalities. tourism industry in the Okanagan, since temRobson is also concerned that IHA is porary spikes can lead to false positives. He’s considering adopting new, more stringent also worried that repeatedly posting advisories

only to take them down two days later might lead to the beach-going public questioning the validity of the concern. Council voted in support of Robson’s request to send a resolution to both the Southern Interior Local Government Association and Union of B.C. Municipalities urging the IHA both to reject the 2013 guidelines for recreational water quality as well as develop and fund a common testing and advisory system for the valley. “We have to, at some point, say enough is enough. This is the fiduciary duty of Interior Health under provincial waterways,” said Mayor Dan Ashton. “If nothing else, this council sends a strong message to say that we have had enough of this, you have a duty to do, perform that duty in a consistent manner throughout the Okanagan.”

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The proposed application and supporting documentation may be inspected at the offices of the Building and Permitting Manager, located on the 2nd floor at 171 Main Street between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, excluding holidays, up to and including Monday, June 18th, 2012.

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ZONING AMENDMENT – 248 SWIFT STREET – BYLAW 2013-04 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2013-04 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Rezone Lot 3, District Lot 2, SDY (Formerly Yale Lytton) D, Plan 9609 located at 248 Swift Street, Penticton, B.C. from R2 (Small Lot Residential) to RD2 (Duplex Housing: Lane). The applicant proposes to develop a side-by-side duplex with parking at the rear accessed from the lane.


Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 18, 2013 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw 201305 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: • Remove Section 5.13 Setback from the Agricultural Land Reserve, • Remove Section 6.4 Landscape Setback from the Agricultural Land Reserve, • Remove definition of “Cottage Brewery” and add definition of “Craft Brewery/ Distillery”, • Adding the use ‘Craft Brewery/Distillery’ to the C6 and C7 zone, and • Other minor amendments intended to clean up inconsistencies, missing information and typographical errors.

ZONING AMENDMENT – 3150 JUNIPER DRIVE – BYLAW 2013-06 PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2013-06 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Rezone Lot 5, District Lot 2710, SDYD, Plan 26199, Except Plan KAP75748 located at 3150 Juniper Drive, Penticton, B.C. from RC (Country Residential) to R1 (Large Lot Residential). The applicant proposes to subdivide the property to create two lots for residential development.

OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN AMENDMENT – SCHEDULE “F” TRAILS AND CYCLING NETWORK PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2013 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton,

B.C. to consider Official Community Plan Amendment Bylaw No. 2013-01 to amend Official Community Plan Bylaw 2002-20 as follows: • Replace the existing Schedule “F”, Trails and Cycling Network. Any person whose interest may be affected by the proposed amendments may appear in person, by petition or by attorney. Delegations and Submissions will be received no later than 9:30 a.m. on March 18, 2013 to Attention: Corporate Officer, City of Penticton, 171 Main Street, Penticton, BC V2A 5A9; Email: . No letter, report or representation from the public will be received by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Please note that all submissions are a matter of public record. Those persons with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall at 250-490-2400 prior to the meeting. The above mentioned bylaws and supporting information may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to and including Monday, March 18, 2013, in the offices of the Development Services Department and Corporate Administration Department at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton; Penticton Public Library (hours vary), 785 Main Street, Penticton and the Penticton Community Centre (hours vary), 325 Power Street, Penticton or online at


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TickliNg The ivories — six-year-old emma gilberg gets some tips from adjudicator ina Dykstra of st. Albert, Alta. prior to her piano solo Wednesday, the first day of the Penticton kiwanis Music Dance and speech Arts Festival at the Penticton Alliance church. The festival runs until late April at a variety of venues, wrapping up with the highlight nights at the cleland Theatre April 26 and 27. The performances are open to the public.

Body identified as keremeos man Human remains found in Washington state have been identified as those of a Keremeos man who went missing in 2007. Five years after Miguel Joao Goncalves was reported missing by his family in Keremeos, a medical procedure on his hip helped identify his remains. In 2012, during the weekly B.C. and Washington state multiagency law enforcement meeting, the Osoyoos RCMP was made aware of an unsolved Okanogan County human remains investigation. A hiker came across skeletal human remains entangled in some riverbank trees along the Okanogan River near Mallot, Wash. in 2008. A medical examiner could only confirm that the remains were of a male between the age of 20 to 50 years old and that he had

undergone a surgical procedure where a medical trochanteric nail and end cap were Goncalves implanted. Over the course of 2012 investigative efforts were made by the Osoyoos RCMP and the Okanogan County sheriffs, including attempts to determine accurate information regarding the implants with no success. An investigator with the B.C. Police Missing Persons Centre was conducting a review of historical missing persons cases in the South Okanagan area and recalled the case of Goncalves and his similar procedure with implants. As a result, Goncalves’

medical records were obtained and forwarded to U.S. investigators and medical examiner. With this new information, a forensic anthropologist was able to confirm the remains were those of Goncalves, who was born in 1961. RCMP said foul play is not suspected in his death. “Advancing both these investigations to the point of a successful conclusion for the family involved is indicative of the collaborative efforts that exist between B.C. RCMP resources and the strong working relationship between the B.C. RCMP and our U.S. counterparts,” said Cpl. Dan Moskaluk. “It also showcases that files are never closed until solved.” Moskaluk added the Goncalves family has been informed of the discovery and would like to thank all of the agencies who advanced the investigation.

Police search for missing woman Western News Staff

Penticton RCMP are searching for a missing Penticton senior. Olivene Bourke was last seen on Wednesday around noon when she got off a transit bus near Cherry Lane shopping centre. Sgt Rick Dellebuur said she may also have been seen around 2 p.m. that day near the intersection of Skaha Lake Road and the Olivene Bourke Channel Parkway. RCMP report that Bourke has been depressed lately and are asking for the public’s assistance in locating her. She is described as an 81-year-old Caucasian female, five-foot-one, 100 pounds, with light brown/ blond hair, blue eyes and was last seen wearing a tan-coloured, hip-length coat and tan-coloured pants.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to contact the Penticton RCMP at 250-492-4200.

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f one only listened to the pundits last Sunday, you’d be convinced that Christy Clark was finished. She wouldn’t last the day. We all know that didn’t happen, and there is almost no chance that Clark won’t be leading the Liberals into an election campaign. It will be a campaign with similarities to 1991 and 2001. Clark, like Rita Johnston in 1991 and Ujjal Dosanjh in 2001, was called in after predecessors screwed up. In Clark’s case, she has had two years to put her mark on the party — much more than Johnston and Dosanjh had. While she made some initial progress, the fallout over the HST and other issues have dogged her ability to convince voters the Liberals should be reelected. The latest controversy over an ethnic voter recruitment strategy is embarrassing, and likely will drive some undecided voters into the Conservative, Green or NDP camps. Others will stay home. There are a few points to think about as we head towards May 14. First, for former Liberal voters, what are the alternatives? The Conservatives are revitalized, with John Cummins doing an energetic job in leading them. But they are mostly untried. The Greens have been quiet throughout the Liberal troubles, but are likely to field candidates. Cummins and the Green Party’s Jane Sterk need to be part of any leaders’ debates, because voters need to hear from them in a forum that pits them against Clark and NDP leader Adrian Dix. PENTICTON WESTERN And while the NDP would appear to have a comfortable lead in the polls, opinion polls aren’t always right. Many people do not have land lines and polls don’t always capture the public mood as accurately as they once did. There are likely to be many last-minute shifts in voting preference. Anything could still happen on May 14.


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Court decision a blow to free speech Historically, the very existence of the Supreme Court has forced politicians to respect our Constitution, our long history of British law and our individual liberty. No more. Last week, the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a ruling by the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission that found a defendant guilty of conducting “hate speech”. The Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling overturned a lower court’s ruling on the case. To fully appreciate the impact the Whatcott decision will have on your freedoms, first one needs to understand the circumstances surrounding the entire affair. William Whatcott believes homosexuality is a sin. Whether one agrees, disagrees or holds no view about Whatcott’s beliefs is not important. Neither is his holding or voicing his views a crime under any of our civil or criminal statues. Canadians were, until recently, free to hold and voice whatever beliefs we held. We were never free to assault, encourage others to assault or cause any material harm to another’s person or property, for any reason, let alone our beliefs. Whatcott broke no laws, assaulted no person and caused no material damage to any person or property. He did, apparently, offend

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At Random the sensibilities of an individual which, while not a civil or criminal offence, is a “human rights” offence, under Canada’s Pierre Trudeau-inspired Human Rights Commissions. Sticks, stones and now names can hurt you. Human rights commissions are kangaroo courts. Cases are chosen by the commissioners, often based on single, anonymous complaints. There has only been one case in Canada to date where the defendant was not a white, straight male. The commissions provide the full weight of government resources to the complainant, paying legal, travel and research cost, while providing nothing to the defendant. A defendant in a Canadian human rights case is well and

truly on his own. Commissions are not bound by the presumption of innocence, have no responsibility to ensure the integrity of evidence or testimony, and make up sentences and penalties in a star chamber, away from the gaze of public scrutiny. The defendant is not allowed to face his accuser. These government-sponsored bodies represent almost everything Canada fought against in two world wars and Korea. Whatcott was convicted of violating section 14.1 b of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code — which in essence says nobody can publish or cause to be published any material that “exposes or tends to expose, persons or groups to hatred, ridicules, belittles or otherwise affronts the dignity of any person or class of persons on the basis of a prohibited ground.” Ironically, section 14.2 also states, “Nothing in subsection (1) restricts the right to freedom of expression under the law upon any subject.” While the irony of this contradiction was lost on the Human Rights Commission, it was not lost on Saskatchewan’s Supreme Court that quite reasonably acquitted him. Saskatchewan’s HRC appealed to the Supreme Court of

Canada, which, in its most incoherent and egregious ruling to date, ruled in favour of Saskatchewan’s HRC. In supporting the HRC, the Supreme Court has effectively killed free speech in Canada. The result of the Supreme Court ruling means that a fervent belief is not a defence against hate speech charges. Neither is the truth. The 100-page Orwellian ruling states, “the truth can be used in disparate ways.” Perhaps as troubling is this part of the ruling: “The difficulty of establishing causality and the seriousness of the harm to vulnerable groups justifies the imposition of preventive measures that do not require proof of actual harm,” In other words, our Supreme Court has ruled that because someone fears harm may be done by speech, but the extent of that harm is not demonstrable, no proof of harm is required to bring about the full force of the law. Once we depended on the courts to protect us from the Crown. It seems unlikely we can ever depend on the Crown to protect us from the court. From now on, be careful what you say. Mark Walker is the publisher of the Penticton Western News.

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Hospital a benefit to region Provincial foot-dragging on funding for overdue expansion of Penticton Regional Hospital must end. The picture is clear: Interior Health lists PRH as a top priority yet lower priorities get built. Annual per-capita hospital funding in Penticton and area is $22 compared with $123 in Kelowna. Here, hospital closets and laundry areas become offices and treatment rooms. The latest excuse is that a business plan isn’t completed. That’s a stunning contrast with the Oliver prison. The Dec. 12, 2012 Justice Ministry press release indicated that business case planning was done after the February 2012 announcement, not before ($2.7 million of public funding was subsequently committed to complete the prison’s business plan). No such luck for the PRH, however. Corrections B.C. insisted that locating a prison to house over 20 per cent of their inmates in a region with 1.4 per cent of B.C.’s population fit their “optimization model”. What? A November 2011 Treasury Board document indicates that the decision to proceed here was made because “local politicians” (not citizens) petitioned for it, and no further public consultation would be needed in the RDOS, unlike in larger urban areas. The disproportionate prison-related demands on regional health care, policing and social services appear not to have been considered. Benefit-cost and risk assessments were conspicuously absent from the regional

Talk focuses on Mideast

There is a book presentation and talk from The Freedom Sailors happening this Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Penticton United Church Lower Hall. In helping to organize the event I have been reflecting upon long acquaintance with the problems of Jews and Arabs in The Middle East For this baby boomer, the problem of Palestine and Israel, the Arabs and the Jews, has never been off my world affairs radar for long. Religious folklore has incited dreadful massacre and mayhem in the Ancient holy land, in Nazi-occupied Europe and today in Gaza. The oppressed, in their turn, become the oppressors. In Sunday school I knew about Canaan, the land God promised to Moses. I learned of God’s edict (Samuel 15: 1-2) that Israel slay all of the Amalekites who lived in that promised land so that His chosen, might take it for themselves. Around then I took in testimony of The Holocaust through Wiliam R. Shirer’s The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich. The Jews had somehow become the Amalekites. The news headlines from the Middle East appeared to be the set-up for Armageddon, the final conflict between good and evil that would herald The Messiah. In the case of we Christians, the return; for the Jews, the first time. As an impressionable mid-teen I was swept away with Otto Preminger’s movie, Exodus, which included Ernest Gold’s poignant and passionate hymn, “This land is mine, God gave this land to me”. When I was 20, the 1967 Egypt-Israel war effected dis-

sales pitch. Mysteriously, studies supporting the Dec. 12 claim of 1,000 jobs, inferring they will be local, are being withheld, as are analyses of post-construction benefits to the RDOS. Why is the Justice Ministry concealing how many of those “person–years” jobs will actually be local? The prison was sold as a tool of economic development despite solid U.S. evidence that prisons are a growth deterrent in low-population areas like the RDOS. Surprisingly, the RDOS is not playing the economic development card for PRH when good hospitals are a known factor in attracting, retaining and training skilled medical personnel. Their presence attracts entrepreneurs, jobs and new residents. Citizens consider PRH their top priority. It’s time to end the B.C. government’s manipulation of regional priorities. Stop treating RDOS as a safe, easy harbour for a prison; and end secrecy and foot-dragging in making its impact studies available. In summary, stop the prison project and relocate it to a larger urban area with greater capacity to absorb its expected adverse social and economic impacts. Instead, build the PRH tower which will deliver both health and economic benefits in this region. Denis O’Gorman Penticton

placement of Palestinians by the Israeli military and consequent uprisings against Israel, what the Palestinians called the “shaking off” or Intifada. Today in Gaza, a sordid and painful struggle continues. The Freedom Sailors who present this Saturday are an international aid group, part of The Freedom Flotilla Coalition, volunteers who sailed through and around the Israeli blockade of the Palestinians in Gaza to deliver medical and other non-military materials forbidden by Israel. I look forward to hearing their insights from “on the ground”. The public is welcome to attend. Dave Cursons Cawston

Team appreciates support

The Nickel Plate Junior Racers cross-country ski team would like to extend our appreciation to the community (businesses and individuals) who donated to our first annual Ski-a-Thon fundraiser. Twelve members of the Junior Racers team skied a total of 342 km in two hours on Jan. 19. As a result of fundraising efforts, the team raised $6,800 to be used for an advanced tool kit, ski waxing supplies, a tent and a ski rack to hold skis at races. We would like to thank: Joanne Reilly, Lori Jang, Charlotte Venkataraman, Ron Golbeck, Whole Foods Market, Helen Roddis, Lena Patenaude, Susan Selles, G. Smiley, Darren Hagel, Bev Mandeville, Diane Foucle and Tracey McQuair for bronze-level donations; Francois Jacques, Kirsten and Gary Odian, Chad Gorman and Lisa Singleton for silver-level donations; Dr. David Novak, Dr. John Wilkie, Dr. John Surkan and Ken Singleton for gold-level donations; T&B Medical Inc., Aarde Envi-

ronmental Ltd., Broder Skunkware and Troyce and Shannon Beglaw for platinum-level donations; Penticton Lakeside Resort, Dr. Tom Evans, Thunderbird Show Park, Tacara Garments, Nickel Plate Nordic Club, Pro-Physio Clinic, an anonymous donor, Peach City Runners and Adventure Sports and Penticton Rona for corporate-level donations. We would also like to thank Backyard Beans for supporting our fundraising efforts through proceeds of coffee purchases. The Nickel Plate Junior Racers greatly appreciates the generosity of the community in supporting local youth sport. See you on the cross-country ski trails. Kathryn Golbeck, On behalf of the Nickel Plate Junior Racers

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The City of Penticton is going to be playing a bit of catch up over the next couple of months, which may cause some confusion for customers of the city’s electric utility. With the switch-over to AMR electricity meters complete, Penticton is looking to take advantage of the ability to read meters quicker to shorten the billing cycle for electricity customers. When meters had to be read manually, the process could take more than two weeks by itself. But the AMR meters, which can be read remotely by a vehicle driving through a neighbourhood, allow that same job to be done much quicker. “We have become more efficient in reading meters. A process that

used to take us two weeks is now taking us four or five days,” said Doug Leahy, the city’s chief financial officer. “We’re trying to shorten up our time from actually reading your meter to the time you are invoiced and the money comes to the city.” Shortening the time between reading and billing, Leahy explained, means that some of those days will shift to the current cycle, resulting in an apparent increase. Customers will see the effects on their March and April bills. “We’re billing from behind. You are using up that consumption then we bill you after the fact. We are trying to catch that up. It’s all a timing issue in our billing cycle,” said Leahy. “There are no excess funds, this money has always been owed to the city, we’re just trying to speed up our billing process.”

Leahy explained that because of the extended time it previously took to read meters, the electric utility is up to two weeks behind customer’s actual usage. “It’s a one-time adjustment, it isn’t ongoing,” he said, adding that the city has chosen to do the changes over two months to ease the impact on customers. The amount of change will vary from customer to customer. “It really depends on where you are in the cycle,” said Leahy. “It depends on when they actually read the meter. You are not read on exactly the same day each month.” March and April were also chosen to lessen the impact, according to Leahy, who noted these are months with lower electricity usage. “That’s what we were looking at. We want to not hit people in the peak cold season,” said Leahy.

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“The final amount turned out to be just over $16,000 and this is our biggest event for raising money that we’ve ever had,” said Bazley, who admitted the cool temperatures and wind kept him awake for much of the first night. “But the community really rallied around us and that generosity by residents and businesses was incredible; it really showed Penticton’s heart and I’m very grateful for what they helped us do. This is a really great cause.” Proceeds will go to the favourite charity of the professional firefighters, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, to improve the quality of life for people living with neuromuscular disorders through equipment purchases and support services, as well as research. Among the corporate donations, the one that stood out was the efforts of the Scotiabank crew. During the 48 hours, their on-site hotdog stand sold about $2,500 in dogs and drinks which was matched by corporate head office, representing nearly a third of the overall amount raised. According to Bazley, in addition to the firefighters who slept out overnight, other members of the local donated their time to help with the necessary tasks. “It’s (union) something I’m very proud to be a part of,” he said. “We’re a brotherhood

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and we stick together and everyone is really proud of the money we raised.” Something he felt that especially lifted the spirits of participants and contributors alike were kids like Nathaniel Morgan, who has a form of muscular dystrophy but came out in his wheelchair to lend moral support to the cause.

“Absolutely, that meant a lot,” said the organizer. “Sure, you can raise money for a cause that you don’t know about, but when you put a face to it, it really helps out.” Penticton Fire Chief Wayne Williams gave his firefighters credit for braving the elements, adding he was very proud of what they ac-

complished. As far as another campout next year at this time, Bazley noted there are no definite plans, however, he is looking forward to the local’s fundraising barbecue this summer at the Peach City Beach Cruise. While that event may not raise as much money, he expects the weather, at least, will be a warmer.

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The regional district will ride shotgun as the Penticton Indian Band proceeds with wildfire prevention work in the Faulder area. To reduce the availability of fuel, crews will thin out understory trees on Crown land behind homes

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UsiNg his head — Penticton’s doug scotchburn helps Flyin’ Bob Palmer with his unicycle balance at the recent Children’s showcase performance at the Cleland Theatre in front of an appreciative crowd. The popular entertainer has travelled extensively with his unique blend of comedy and circus skills. showcase organizers are now gearing up for the 30th season which promises another schedule of top-flight acts.

Chief Jonathan Kruger of the Penticton Indian Band couldn’t be happier with the success of the Aboriginal Business Match conference co-hosted by the PIB last month. “We showcased the Penticton Indian Band and the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation. I think we impressed a lot of people, all the First Nation and business leaders that were there,” said Kruger, noting that there were 140 businesses and 130 First Nations representatives from communities around B.C. at the conference, engaging with each other in business and networking. Kruger said this conference was bigger than the first ABM last year, where some $2 million in deals were made. “It was just an amazing long week. It felt like we went from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. for three days straight. Everyone seemed exhausted by the time it was over,” said Kruger. He said that ABM was more engaging than a typical business

conference. Rather than having to listen to people giving speeches, participants in the conference were able to connect one-to-one, not only with businesses but each other to share information and ideas. “Several First Nations came together to discuss their experiences were with land leasing, big box stores and tourism, even ecotourism for some areas. “It was just endless, so many things went on,” said Kruger. He admits to being surprised by the range of businesses and services taking part in the conference. “There were services from businesses that are right here in the Okanagan that the Penticton Indian Band didn’t know about, like McElhanney (McElhanney Associates Land Surveying Ltd). I always thought they were land surveyors but they have an engineering department,” said Kruger. “So they were there marketing themselves as engineers as well as the great work they do with the mapping. There were just so many businesses there, it was exciting.” In addition to co-hosting ABM with Raven Communications, Kruger said the PIB made a number of connections for themselves.

“We’ve networked with some great business people that we may be looking at in the future for some joint ventures,” said Kruger, adding that this was just a first engagement. “We are going to follow up with a number of companies to see where it goes. That’s the exciting part.” Kruger has already made overtures to co-host the conference again in Penticton, though he would like to see it happen in a warmer month. He’s not alone in wanting to see it return; Penticton Mayor Dan Ashton, who also spent time at the conference, was also impressed with the scope and would like to see another ABM at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. Ashton described the ABM as a who’s who of opportunities, not only for the PIB, but all the bands that attended. “Many more of these bands are becoming more proactive and realizing they have great opportunities,” said Ashton, adding that ABM was a great way to access those opportunities. “It’s a one-stop shop; you can go there and you get the access to the powers that be, not only at the band level but at a business level.”

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Arthritis isn’t just a problem for grown-ups, and a kindhearted Okanagan Falls boy is painful, living proof. Sebastian Sundquist, 11, was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis when he was just four. The disease is an immune-system disorder that causes it to attack tissue in his knees that it thinks is a foreign body. The result is painful swelling and inflammation that can make it difficult to walk for days or weeks at a time. “It isn’t always pain — sometimes it’s just a really uncomfortable feeling — but the pain is just dull and goes on for a long time,” Sundquist said. Now that Childhood Arthritis Awareness Month has arrived, he has set out again to raise money to fund research into better treatments and possibly a cure. Last year, Sundquist raised $300 for the B.C.-Yukon branch of the Arthritis Society and hopes to raise $600 this year, half of which he’ll donate to his school in Okanagan Falls. “I’m planning on doubling my goal every year, but it will get harder once I’m in Grade

7,” said Sundquist, who’s now in Grade 5. Last year’s fundraising consisted mainly of a penny drive. This year, he’s already held a bake sale at school, set up a donation jar at Dogtown Coffee Co. in Okanagan Falls, and will collect pledges ahead of his participation at the Walk to Fight Arthritis in Kelowna in May. Sebastian’s mom, Stephanie, said her son’s condition has had a huge impact on her family, including where they live and work. They moved from Kamloops to the Okanagan to be nearer a medical specialist in Penticton, and also bought a house that has a main floor with bedrooms, but no stairs, which are sometimes difficult for her son to negotiate. Still, she says the fundraising efforts, including preparing all the goodies for the bake sale, have been her son’s own doing. “I’ve just done my best to support him because he’s really taken the lead in everything,” she said. According to the Arthritis Society, the condition afflicts one in every 1,000 kids under the age of 16. Donations to Sundquist’s fundraising drive can also be made online through www.

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South Main Drop-in Centre at 2965 South Main St., has an evening of social dancing, music by Cathy K at 7:30 p.m. $6 per person. All welcome. 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. 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. There will be prairie night — pasta dinner at 5:30 p.m. elkS Club on Ellis Street

has drop-in darts/pool at 6:30 p.m. and poker at 7 p.m. 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 or call Brian at 250-492-7036. anavetS has volunteer appreciation night at 6 p.m., pool and karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. Soap playerS preSent the comedy Love, Loss and What I Wore 8 and 9 at the Osoyoos Minitheatre (OSS). Adults $18. Seniors (65-plus) and Students $15 at Sundance Video (Oliver), Your Dollar Store with More (Osoyoos), Dragon’s Den (Penticton) or The Sweet Tooth (Summerland). habitat for huManity is having a garage sale on March 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Britco Industries at 1704 Government St. Items can be dropped off at Penticton Self-Storage March 8 and 9 between 3 and 6 p.m. If these times don’t work, phone 250487-4888 ahead to make arrangements and donate items. fraternal orDer of

eagleS has Friday night dinner from 5 to 7 p.m., entertainment by Total Gin at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall on 1197 Main St.

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royal CanaDian legion branch 40 has crib at 10 a.m., a meat draw at 2 p.m. and sing-a-long with Yvonne at 4 p.m. pentiCton SeniorS DropIn Centre has partner cribbage every first and third Saturday of the month. anavetS has dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment by Diamond Road at 6:30 p.m. fraternal orDer of eagleS has burgers and fries from noon to 4 p.m., beaver races at 4 p.m. elkS Club on Ellis Street has crib at 10 a.m., meat draw at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner and music by Non-Stop Productions. oSoyooS DeSert SoCiety winter program series presents Salmon — movie and expert from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Watermark Beach Resort. For more info or to book your seat, contact 250-495-2470 or email pentiCton pony Club

is having its 33rd annual fundraiser at 6 p.m. at the Barley Mill Brew Pub and Bistro. There will be silent auctions, wine walks, door prizes, raffle and 50/50 draw. Tickets, available at the door, are $20 and includes buffet dinner and door prize ticket. Call Janine at 250-809-6889 for ticket sales and donations. Dr. bill DeinSt and fellow freedom flotilla Greta Berlin willl present and talk about Freedom Sailors at Penticton United Church at 2 p.m. pentiCton WoMen in Business luncheon is March 12 at the Penticton Ramada. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. Pre-registration is necessary. RSVP to by 5 p.m., March 9. Luncheon Investment fees are payable at the door (cash or cheque) members $20, guests $25. The speaker is Jodi Hansen, senior manager at White Kennedy. Remember to bring your business cards.

Sunday March 10

alCoholiCS anonyMouS MeetS in OK Falls at 10:30 a.m. at 5328

Hawthorne St., then in Penticton at 11 a.m. for the women’s group at the Lawn Bowling Club at 260 Brunswick St. Also the Sunday 123 group meets at 8 p.m. in the Education Room in the basement of the Penticton Hospital. The closed men’s group meets at 11 a.m. at the Eagles hall at 1197 Main St., side door, upstairs. Alcoholics Anonymous Big book, 12x12 thumper group meets at 11 a.m. at United Church 696 Main St. SunDay evening DanCeS are at 7 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors DropIn Centre with entertainment by DJ Emil. Cost is $3. anavetS has horse races and meat draws at 2 p.m. fraternal orDer of the Eagles has a meat draw at 4 p.m. l akelanDS C hurCh holds Sunday services on the second floor of the Penticton Community Centre from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Come and share the love and grace of Jesus Christ. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact elkS Club on Ellis

Street has dog races, M&M meat draw and pool/darts at 2:30 p.m. r oyal C anaDian legion branch 40 has branch breakfast at 8 a.m. and a general meeting at 2 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary invite

everyone to come to their pancake breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to noon $4 will get you pancakes, ham, sausage, orange juice and coffee, and 50 cents more will get you strawberries and cream.


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Mental Wellness Centre has Brown Bag family support group from noon to 1 p.m. weekly and individual support for family members from 2 to 4 p.m. alCoholiCs anonyMous nux group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Centre

at Green Mountain Road and Penticton I.R. Road. Summerland 12 and 12 group at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. in the United Church basement. Fitness Friends Meets at 10 a.m. in the Legion Hall at 502 Martin St. Come, get in shape. Everyone is welcome. PentiCton seniors DropIn Centre has improver line dance at 9 a.m., Scrabble


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al-anon for friends and family of alcoholics meets at 10:30 a.m. at 2800 South Main St. and 6:45 p.m. at 157 Wade Ave. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Call 250-490-9272 for information. MuseuM PentiCton broWn bag lectures has Joe Smuin discussing his family’s path to Penticton from noon to 1 p.m. Admission is by donation. okanagan Caledonian PiPe band practises from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Legion hall


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at 10 a.m, carpet bowling at 10:45 a.m., easy to intermediate line dance at 1 p.m., duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. and American Congress bright at 7 p.m. elks Club on Ellis Street has pub league darts at 7:30 p.m. royal Canadian legion branch 40 has bridge at 1 p.m., wing night at 4 p.m. and darts at 7 p.m. as well as open mic night. anavets has pool and dart leagues 7 p.m. Food addiCts in reCovery Anonymous is at 6:30 p.m. in Room 103 fo the Penticton United Church at 696 Main St.


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on Martin Street. All are welcome. ConCert PentiCton band rehearses at 7 p.m. New members welcome. Intermediate to advanced musicians. All band instruments. The band is available for performances. Phone 250-809-2087 for info. First baPtist ChurCh in the Ark at 1498 Government St. has free drop-off program for elementary aged kids from 2:45 to 5 p.m. A safe place to play games (computers, Wii, PS3, Lego, pool, air hockey), make crafts, gym time, snacks. Everyone is welcome. When soMeone you Love is Dying by The Bereavement Resource Centre at 626 Martin St., explores a variety of teachings aimed at supporting individuals who are facing the loss of a loved one. From 1 to 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month.Call 250-490-1107 for more information. alCoholiCs anonyMous young person’s group at 7:30 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. Call/text Guy at 250-460-2466 or Niki at 250-460-0798. As well, the beginners’ meet-

ing runs at 8 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 157 Wade Ave. P e n t i C t o n toastMasters Meets every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shatford Centre at 760 Main St. Membership is open to anyone 18 and up. Guests are welcome and allowed up to three free meetings. Call 250-4922362 for more info. overeaters anonyMous Meets from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church at 2800 South Main St. the bereaveMent resourCe Centre at 626 Martin St., are hosting weekly drop-in grief support sessions at 3 p.m. at Chestnut Place at 453 Winnipeg St. For more information please call 250-490-1107. All Welcome. anavets has ladies pool night at 6:30 p.m. royal Canadian legion has service officer at 1 p.m. and pipe band at 6:30 p.m. alzheiMer’s soCiety oF b.C. has a support meeting at 1:15 p.m. at the Osoyoos Health Unit at 4816 89th St. Contact Laurie Myres toll free at 1-888-318-1122.

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Toronto Operetta Theatre — now it is a turn to give her own version of the classical sound. “I do love the sound of opera, but it is more the feeling of it in your body when you are singing. There is something so satisfying about the sound really vibrating throughout your whole body,” said Harris. “You use the cavities of your skull and chest to make the sound. It’s like when you are in a cave and it echoes, that is kind of what happens in your head. Where if you are singing with a microphone it is doing all the amplification. What you are doing is using your body to amplify the sound.” Harris is attempting to stretch the boundaries and concepts of classical voice in Biography of a Voice. She said she hopes to expose a new audience by stepping away from the traditions that often come along with the classical music arena. “I’m hoping people find this is a little more refreshing than opera and left feeling inspired to pursue their own dreams,” said Harris. Biography of a Voice plays at the Cannery Stage on March 7 to 9 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee at 3 p.m. on March 10. Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors. They are available at Opus Café, CoWork Penticton, The Bench Market, Tumbleweed Gallery and the Penticton Art Gallery. Harris is asking for community support for her project through an online crowd funding platform at emal/2140534.

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Excited, but nervous, Penticton’s Mia Harris will be performing a contemporary theatre and vocal piece she has penned herself. “Yes, a little bit of both of those emotions,” she agrees. “Throughout my training in opera I always felt this inner pull to be doing something a little more against the grain or off the beaten track a little bit. I love that I got to use my creativity to make this piece because when you are doing opera there is always so many guidelines.” Harris grew up in Penticton and left for Vancouver to earn an undergrad degree in music with a major in opera and then an opera diploma at the University of Toronto. She returned in 2012 to Penticton and has been writing the one woman vocal performance piece, Biography of a Voice, for the past year. “I’m curious to see what kind of response I get because it definitely is contemporary and it doesn’t have that classical music sound even though I am using a classical voice,” said Harris. Biography of a Voice is a story recounting one person’s response to a mythic call, an inexplicable, interior niggling that simply won’t go away. Even though the protagonist goes through the motions that promise to lead to a prescribed definition of success, she struggles until she realizes that there is something that first needs to be set straight. The call needs to be acknowledged and responded to.

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MIA HARRIS is performing her self-written contemporary theatre and vocal show at the Cannery Stage this weekend.

I always felt this inner pull to be doing something a little more against the grain or off the beaten track a little bit. — Mia Harris

Harris describes it as a journey inward in search of self discovery, transformation and ultimately, self acceptance. After a decade of training, Harris abandoned the usual path taken by aspiring singers, vying for spots at pre-professional music camps and competitions Western News Staff

The community is invited to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday at the Shatford Centre. Starting at 4 p.m. anyone who plays a musical instrument is invited to stop by and play. The Bahiti Belly Dancers will be



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and doing the audition circuit. Her creative urge still itched and she thought it was the right time to explore her love for acting and theatre. She has taken the stage with Opera Nuova in Edmonton, the Saskatoon Opera and the title role in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Lolanthe with performing with local musician Michael Musclow. A call for artists to bring in artwork or photography that celebrates women has been issued and those interested in providing their work can do so starting at 10 a.m. The Status of Women Canada mark this day to celebrate women, peace and human rights.


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t.g.i.f. concerts March 8 — Pen High Music Department presents Off Ramp Jazz Sextet with special guests Silly String Theory. Tickets $20 for adults and $10 for students. Show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Cleland Community Theatre. March 8 and 9 — Rita Chiarelli, Canada’s most highly acclaimed female roots and blues artist is performing at the Dream Café. Tickets are $36. March 9 — Heart is performing at the South Okanagan Events Centre on their Fanatic Tour with opening act Simon Townshend. March 9 — Canada’s own world-acclaimed Christian Youth Orchestra is performing at the Bethel Tabernacle in Penticton at 4:30 p.m. Free. March 10 — 40 Sons, an Ontario-based rock quartet will be at Voodoo’s at 9 p.m. March 12 — Natalie Choquette presents opera with an irresistible humorous twist at the Cleland Theatre. Tickets are $25 and show is at 7:30 p.m. March 15 — Belle Plaine brings her Western Canadian tour to Penticton at 8:30 p.m. at Elite Cafe. Suggested donation of $10. March 16 — Carlos Del Junco and the Blues Mongrels at the Dream Café. Tickets are $28. March 20 — Showcase Penticton at Opus Café featuring Gail Riddall, Middlechild and Flashback. Show starts at 8 p.m.

events March 8 to 10 — Biography of a Voice, a contemporary theatre and vocal performance piece written and performed by Penticton artist Mia Harris at the Cannery Stage March 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee at 3 p.m. on March 10. Tickets are available at Opus Café, CoWork Penticton, The Bench Market and Tumbleweed Gallery. March 9 — Join wineries from the Naramata Bench at Apex Mountain Resort for the first Vertical and Vintages Wine Festival. Tickets are $35 (plus taxes) and the event is from 7 to 9 p.m. March 14 — Kitchen Stove Film Series presents Rust and Bone at the Landmark Cinema 7 with shows at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $13 at the Penticton Art Gallery and The Book Shop. Limited tickets for $15 may be available at the door. March 16 — Ballet Kelowna at Centre Stage Theatre in Summerland. Show is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Until March 16 — South Okanagan Actors and Players present the comedy Love, Loss and What I Wore. March 8 and 9 at Osoyoos Minitheatre. March 15 and 16 at Oliver Seniors Centre. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and can be purchased at Sundance Video/Oliver, Dragon’s Den in Penticton.

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Cast: Marion Cotillard, 18A – subtitled

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Born in Tokyo during a raging typhoon, it seemed Natalie Choquette was not destined for the mundane life. As the daughter of diplomats, she studied voice and piano from Moscow to Peru, passing through Rome and Montreal where she started her singing career with the Montreal Opera Choir. The unique and eclectic performer will be in Penticton on March 12 to perform at the Cleland Community Theatre as part of the Community Concert series. In 1993, while traveling through Switzerland, Choquette decided to ally her energetic humour with opera. The formula was a hit in the show she created, De Vigneault a Mozart, where first appeared her character of the comic diva, La Fettucini Natalie. Her following show, Whoever Said Opera Was Boring, was presented in Montreal in 1994 and hailed as a success. Giving performances to growing crowds, Choquette was wooed by the Just for Laughs Festival, the

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Quebec International Summer Festival and Lanaudiére International Festival. Shortly after, she released her album La Diva in Canada, Europe and Asia. In 1997, after a tour of over 120 performances, she was awarded the Rideau Prize for her considerable contribution

to the “democratization of the lyrical arts.” Choquette continued to create and portray colourful zany divas dressed in outrageous costumes, singing the most famous and beautiful opera arias while interacting with the audience, the musicians and even the Maestro.

Acclaimed drama tells inspiring love story Western News Staff

Raw and unflinching, Rust And Bone is a love story of two fractured lives and the next movie showing in the Kitchen Stove Film Series. Ali (Matthias Schoenaerts), a back-alley boxer, dreams of making it big but drifts broke and homeless until he goes to the French Riviera with his young son and moves in with his estranged sister and her husband. Taking work as a nightclub bouncer, he

My BaBy Has a Cold! WHat Can I do? When it comes to cough and colds, one of the most common questions I get asked is “What medication can I give my child?”. There used to be several cough and cold preparations available for use in children over 3 years old but, in December 2008, Health Canada decided that cough and cold products containing antihistamines, antitussives, expectorants and decongestants were no longer to be used in children under 6. There were several reasons for this decision including limited evidence supporting their effectiveness in children, reports of misuse and the potential for overdose. This leads us back to the opening question, what can parents do for their children’s cough and cold symptoms?!

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nAtAlie Choquette, brings her unique comedic opera style to the Cleland theatre as part of the Community Concert series on March 12.

In 1999 she travelled to 22 cities attracting a crowd of over 100,000 at the FrancoFolies de Montreal. This was followed by numerous concerts, an appearance on Japanese television and she entered the Guinness Book of Records for most costume changes by an opera singer. No other first-class soprano in the world has been found impeccably singing Verdi while doing a head stand on a piano or rendering a tear-jerking interpretation of Puccini’s Nessun Dorma while eating spaghetti and gargling with wine. Choquette’s dizzying schedule included sharing the stage with the likes of Joe Cocker, James Brown, Rock Voisine, The Pointer Sisters, Patrick Fiori, John Miles and Roger Hodgson (Supertramp). While in Penticton, Choquette will be performing her show La Diva et le Maestro. Expect off the wall divas performing the greatest hits of opera from Verdi to Bizet to Gershwin and Puccini. Tickets are $25 at the door and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

bulbs are useful for congestion. Propping children up to sleep also helps keep congestion at bay. Use a humidifier to increase humidity to over 50% to keep the sinuses moist. Also, ensure the child gets lots of rest and drinks a lot of clear fluids (water, diluted fruit juices, broths) which will both prevent dehydration and keep the throat moistened. Remember to always frequently wash both your and your child’s hands to both prevent passing the virus to other people and to reduce both your chances of getting another cold. For the past few years many parents have been at a loss as to what to do for their children’s colds. This no longer has to be true! With the above recommendations you will be able to safely relieve your little ones’ symptoms so they can get back to focusing on playtime.

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RuSt And Bone, the love story of a whale trainer and boxer turned bouncer is screening for the Kitchen Stove Film Series on March 14

meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard/The Dark Knight Rises, Inception), a killer-whale trainer at an amusement park. He comes to her aid during a nightclub brawl. There is an intense

chemistry between them, but Ali is challenged by Stephanie’s fierce independence. When she suffers a terrible accident, the pair develops an unlikely, yet compelling relationship.

At once difficult and charming, brutal and tender, melancholy and humorous, this is an achingly soulful exploration of human frailty. Acclaimed director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped) returns with this tough but tender romantic drama about two people from very different worlds seeking redemption in each other. Rust And Bone won four Cesar Awards (French Oscars) including Most Promising Actor (Schoenaerts), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Music and Best Editing. The film also won two Golden Globe nom-

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inations for Best Actress (Cotillard) and Best Foreign Language Film. Cotillard won an Academy Award in 2007 for her performance in La Vie en Rose. Rust And Bone is subtitled and rated 18A. It is screening at the Landmark Cinema 7 in Penticton on March 14 at 4 and 7 p.m. Single pre-purchased tickets are available for $13 at the Penticton Art Gallery and The Book Shop. Limited single tickets for $15 may be available at the doors. The Kitchen Stove Film Series is an income development initiative of the Penticton Art Gallery aiming to inspire, challenge, educate and entertain while showcasing excellence in the cinematic arts. The next film, A Late Quartet, will be shown on April 4. The Angels’ Share is screening on April 15.

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Local author stirs passions The Okanagan Regional Library invites valley readers to join together and read one book. For this literary challenge — Okanagan Reads — librarians have chosen a book that highlights all things local. ”We tossed around a lot of titles, and then came up with a committee to pick just the right book,” says librarian Fern Teleglow. “Shoot! is an engaging novel set right here in the Thompson Okanagan.” Its author, George Bowering, was Canada’s first poet laureate and is an award-winning and prolific Canadian novelist, poet, historian and biographer. Although now living on the coast, he was born in Penticton and grew up in Oliver. Like any good book, Shoot! has stirred up readers’ passions. “The reactions have been a love/hate kind of thing,” says Teleglow. “Many just love it, saying it’s a real man’s book. But I’ve talked to some people, including librarians, who can’t finish it. One couldn’t get past the first three pages.” If you make it past the first pages, this historical novel soon develops into a riveting tale about the McLean Gang — three young brothers and a friend who terrorize the Kamloops area in

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the late 1800s. The McLeans are known as “breeds” (mixed Scottish and First Nations blood) which makes them outcasts in both cultures and destined to be outlaws. They beat up strangers, rustle cattle and break into homes. After murdering two men, they wind up sentenced to death in a New Westminster prison. Okanagan Reads is a first for the Okanagan Regional Library. But the idea of one city, area or even country joining together to read one book isn’t a new concept. Literacy projects such as this one were first popularized in the 1990s by the now wellknown Seattle librarian, Nancy Pearl. “In fact she’s so famous in library circles that she has her own action figure,” says Tele-

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glow. Pearl’s idea of reading together has since spread around the globe. As a part of the Okanagan’s valley-wide literacy project, the ORL has organized readings with Bowering, film screenings, cowboy poetry readings and historical talks up and down the valley. “Okanagan Reads is getting us noticed,” says Teleglow. “We’ve got a lot to offer the community.” TV celebrity Mike Roberts hosts a discussion panel at noon on March 8 at the Kelowna Library. Panelists will be debating some of the biggest questions arising from the book: How much of it is true or based on true events? How well does Bowering’s imagination stack up against historical accounts of the era? Although Okanagan Reads events are winding down, Teleglow encourages readers to pick up the book to read, discuss and connect. To view or add your comments about the book visit: The Okanagan Regional Library has 200 copies of Shoot! to lend. The Penticton Public Library, which isn’t affiliated with the ORL, has acquired one copy which is now available for loan.

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WADE’S A STAR — Penticton Vees forward Wade Murphy, middle, was selected to the British Columbia Hockey League’s first team for the Interior Conference as announced by the league on Wednesday. Murphy is joined by teammate Troy Stecher. On the second team is Vees forward John Siemer, while Brad McClure was selected to the All Rookie Team.


IN BRIEF Freestyle skiing world cup

Penticton’s Matt Margetts had a disappointing finish during the half pipe world championships in Voss, Norway March 5. The Canadian Freestyle Ski Association reported that Margetts was among six Canadians who didn’t find a spot on the podium. Margett’s had qualified first after making small mistakes in a run that earned the best score of 65.2. Throughout the season Margetts has consistently qualified high but unable to continue to the same in finals. On the moguls course, Penticton’s Andi Naude placed 12th during the world championship, also held in Voss. On Twitter the rookie posted that she is very happy with her run. “Congrats to the whole @canfreestyleski team for skiing so well today,” posted Naude. FIS World Championship action continues Friday and Naude will be in head-to-head competition.

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Former Vees White among Canada’s best goalies

Former Vees goalie Jordan White has been named to the Canada West all-star team for the second year in a row. The University of British Columbia Thunderbirds announced on Feb. 28 on its website that White has been named one of the league’s best goaltenders. The Surrey native went 10-6-1 with one shutout in 18 appearances during the 2012-13 season. White recorded a 2.81 goals against average and a .908 save percentage. White then went 1-2 in the post-season. “Jordan White has been outstanding for us over his four years with UBC,” said Dragicevic. “His work ethic on and off the ice will be missed. Jordan was very consistent for UBC this year and well deserved of his second all-star team status.” White will be graduating later in the spring after a four-year career that also saw him dress in an NHL game on Jan. 20, 2011. Last year, White was nominated for the Bus Phillips Memorial Trophy at the 2012 Big Block Awards.

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A bounty has been placed on the records of the Peach Classic triathlon on July 21. The 31st annual event will pay $5,000 to any male or female triathlete that can beat the current Olympic distance time of Stefan Jakobsen, one hour, 54 minutes and 25 seconds, and Carol Montgomery, two hours, four minutes and 25 seconds, set in 1998. In a release issued by organizers, the plan is to make the race the premier triathlon in the Okanagan Valley and B.C. The Olympic distance is a 1.5-km swim, 40km bike and 10-km run. “The idea behind it is try and upgrade the race,” said co-organizer Dave Bullock. “Make it more exciting. Hopefully we can bring some more higher calibre athletes into town to race against the likes of Jeff Symonds and even Tom Evans, perhaps racing this year.” Bullock feels with new sponsors, that will help make the event a great experience. “The course record is certainly achievable for someone like Jeff Symonds to race hard,” said Bullock. “The ladies course record is very good. Carol Montgomery was an Olympian.” The challenging course remains the same from last year. With the cash incentive, Bullock said it could be a good payday that includes prizes thanks to their new sponsors. While he wants to attract strong athletes, he also wants locals to enter the mix. “Locals are notoriously late getting on the bandwagon,” he said. Those who register in person before April 2 for the Olympic and sprint distance will receive $10 off the early registration fee and be entered for a chance to win their fee back. Registration forms can be picked up at the following locations: The Bike Barn, City Centre Fitness and Peach City Runners and Adventure Sports (completed forms with payment can be dropped off at Peach City Runners and Adventure Sports). Bullock said they are a month ahead of schedule with registration from last year as just over 40 have entered. Last year they had 300 athletes and are hoping for 350 to 400. The Peach Classic Triathlon sprint distance, which is a B.C. Provincial Championship race, is considered perfect for long time triathletes or rookies to the sport. “Even though we are the B.C. Sprint championships that shouldn’t scare away the newbies to the sport,” said Bullock, adding that the race is also partnered up with the Boston Pizza Junior Triathlon, which is the day before.

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PENTICTON’S RAMADA ELEVATOR Race will have more cyclists on its course as the event has attracted a larger number of participants.


Athlete numbers going up for Elevator Race Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Athletes are rising to the challenge of Penticton’s second annual Ramada Elevator Race on March 23. Lyndie Hill of Hoodoo Adventures said Thursday morning they have 125 people registered, including two people taking on the event alone. That helps them match last year’s figures and she expected another 50 to join the mix. “It’s great,” said Hill, adding that 90 per cent of last year’s athletes have returned, including the winners. “We’re really excited about it.” The athletes will complete 50-plus kilometres and 6,000 feet of elevation as they paddle, road bike, run, snowshoe, mountain bike, nordic ski and downhill ski from the lakes of Penticton to the mountain peaks of Apex Resort. This year’s event is raising awareness for cardiac arrest and has added support as teams have the opportunity to raise funds to get an automated external defibrillator placed in their workplace and/or community. Hill said part of the buzz surrounding the event is because Steve King, former announcer of Subaru Ironman Canada and now Challenge Penticton, will announce the race. They will also have bands performing Saturday evening. Hill said overall it will be a great weekend. Sponsors, organizers at Hoodoo Adventures and partners at the Penticton Indian Band are looking forward to growing the event and increasing fundraising opportunities as they encourage a healthier community. The Penticton Ramada is offering race-and-stay packages that will

include race registration fees and accommodation. “The Penticton Ramada is delighted to once again be the title sponsor for this exciting race,” said general manager of the Penticton Ramada Gordon Ferguson in a release. “Hoodoo Adventures have worked extremely hard to elevate this event including all of us making the trip to Vancouver this past weekend representing the race and the City of Penticton at the Outdoor Adventure and Travel Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre.” Hill said for those who haven’t trained and would like to watch the event, there are good spots to do that. In Penticton, the race can be viewed at the start line which is the S.S. Sicamous as athletes transition to their road bikes in front of Loco Landing. At Apex Resort, spectators can watch the runners snowshoe up Keremeos Creek and pass in front of the Gunbarrel and onto their mountain bikes from the parking lot next to Apex accommodations. At Nickel Nordic Centre, mountain bikers can be found transitioning to their nordic skis, then head to the upper parking lot at Apex to watch the final transition to the downhill skier. Spectators are asked to try to stay clear of Green Mountain road between 9 to 11 a.m. as there will be cyclists on the road. Hill is excited about it being the second race and how it unfolds. She said having bands adds a social side. “Looking forward to everyone’s enthusiasm,” said Hill. For more race information and to sign up for the Penticton Ramada Elevator you can visit

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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.

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

Financial Services

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Yvonne Sutton, Trustee 445 Ellis Street, Penticton 320-1620 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna* *Resident Office Trustees in Bankruptcy & Proposal Administrators

Misc. Wanted Gold & Silver. Private buyer buying coins, jewelry, silverware, nuggets ect. I can come to you! Todd 250-864-3521

256 Westminster Ave. W. Ph: 778-476-5919

JACK THE BEAR JUNK Removal. Yard Clean-up, No dump charge for Household & Yard Waste, 490-5702 PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

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Misc. for Sale HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 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 We buy & sell it all: windows, doors, kit. cab., paint etc. Happy Harry’s Liquidations, 5201 27th St., Vernon, 250-549-7099


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Real Estate



For Sale By Owner

Apt/Condo for Rent

Commercial/ Industrial

Keremeos BC, 2 houses for the price of one! NO HST!

On .25 acre, fenced, New House 1400 sqft, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, barrier free, pantry, laminate & ceramic flrs, Guest House 2 bed, 1 bath, Will consider leasing for business (eg. Wine Shop)

REDUCED $299,000

(250)499-5337. #333604 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. ******* View Okanagan properties for sale by owner. Selling? No Commission. 250-545-2383, 1-877-291-7576

Mobile Homes & Parks MOBILE home pads available. Located in a quiet park in the scenic Village of Nakusp. Only 3 minutes to the hospital, town, boat launch, and beach. 20 minutes to the Hot Springs. Nakusp is a hub for heli skiing, cross country skiing, hiking, fishing and numerous other activities. Pad rent $265.00 per month. Also a 1996 mobile for sale. For more info email us at or call us at 250-265-1730

Mr. Mobile Home Certified Factory Outlet. Featuring SIERRAS family community, or single and multi-section homes for your property. 250-769-6614

Open Houses Open House, Sat., March 9, 11am-1pm, 118 Rogers Cres., spacious 2bdrm, 2ba rancher, $394,000, ComFree #378742

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 1 & 2bdrm 1353 Pent. Ave., updated, close to school & transit, $650-$750, Dennis at Realty Exec., 250-493-4372 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. 1bdrm+ den, 575 Wade Ave. E, Lexington Pl., np, $750, 250-492-0413, 250-462-5854

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

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, Downtown offices, newly reno’d, 200sqft, $200/mo., 300sqft, $250/mo., 416sqft, $320/mo., + HST, call 778476-6026

250-490-1700 250-486-3791 250-317-8844

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

241 Scott Avenue 1 Bedroom from $725 2 Bedroom from $825 MOVE IN INCENTIVES Cable Included, 40+ Building, No Smoking, No Pets, Secure Building, Parking, Balcony


1bdrm Apt. in clean, quiet, ns bldg near Cherry Lane, adults 50+, bal., elev, 4appl., insuite storage, coin laundry,6mth lease then mth to mth, sorry np, $650+util., (250)492-4265 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 1bdrm, large, gas/elec. incl., newly reno’d, DT at Orchard & Martin, $750, call Dennis at Realty Exec’s (250)493-4372 1bdrm unit, parking avail. great location, $700 heat/cable incl. n/s, cat ok w/deposit, 250-488-7902 2bdrm, 2ba condo w/secure ug parking, ns, np. $1000/mo. +util., Seeking good, long term people., Avail. March 1, 250490-8512.

2bdrm., 2 bath, 6 appl., insuite laundry, avail. now, U/G parking, N/S, N/P, $1000/mo. (250)328-9443 2bdrm $800+util., adult/senior oriented, clean, quiet, cat ok, 250-492-7328 2bdrm, adult oriented, quiet, ns, no pets, 285 Edmonton Ave., $820, avail. April 1, call Dennis at Realty Executives, 250-488-5678 2nd floor, 1bdrm, avail. now. 40+ building, $750/mo., (250)487-1136 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt for rent in Princeton Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets. Call 250-2951006 leave a message. 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.

Duplex / 4 Plex 2bdrm 2ba unit, laminate floors, central location, private parking, cat ok w/deposit, $900, 250-488-7902 2bdrm suite, adult oriented, $1000/mo, util. incl., avail. immed., (250)492-2637



Suites, Lower

Auto Financing

1bdrm basement suite, ns, np, $600 (incl. util), no laundry, avail. April 1, 250-492-0556 2bdrm basement suite, 794 Armstrong Dr., ns, np, 250492-8421, 250-498-7427 2bdrm basement suite, close to Skaha school, ns, np, quiet people, $800/mo. (incl.util.), (250)493-8961 2bdrm+ den, 1000sqft, fully renovated, Penticton Creek, w/d, np, ns, no dogs, $850 (incl. util), 250-809-5156 HIGHLAND motel suites avail now, no pets. 1140 Burnaby Ave 250-809-1253, 250-4882206 newer, daylight suite, 1bdrm, garage w/sep. ent., f/sdw/w/d, $750+util., avail. April 1, (250)490-3440 evenings

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

New 3bdrm+den area, 2.5ba, dbl. garage, f/s/dw/m/w/d, deck & patio, avail. April 1, $1400, call Dennis at Realty Exec’s, (250)493-4372

Scrap Car Removal 1AA SCRAP CAR REMOVAL Up to $100 cash for full size vehicles. 250-899-0460 ARMOUR TOWING Will meet or beat all competitors pricing,

DreamTeam Auto Financing “0” Down, Bankruptcy OK Cash Back ! 15 min Approvals

1-800-961-7022 DL# 7557


Penticton, avail. April 15, 6bdrm, 2ba, fenced backyard, close to school, ns, pets on approval, ref’s, $1600/mo., (250)328-8542 after 4pm Save 40-50% of your rent Own your own home! With as low as $0 down. Call today 250-809-5004 Charlie Brooks

Royal LePage Locations West

2004 Toyota Sienna, 7 pass., no rust, brand new tires, 1986 Toyota Le Van, 7 pass, no rust, (250)493-5854

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

(250) 770-1948

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.


3BDRM, 2 bath, quiet Westbench area, 5appl., n/s, n/p. maintenance free yard, $1300+util. 250-486-7768

Keremeos, 2 newer homes, 3bdrm, 2ba, all appl., low maint., fenced yard, extra parking, ref’s, $1300/mo., avail. immed., (250)497-7171

Vernon’s Best! New drop in 9am-7pm.Appointment needed after 7pm. Lily 24, Danielle 27, Candice 21, Venus 20, For your safety & comfort, in/out 250-307-8174. Hiring!

Trucks & Vans

3bdrm, 2ba, 5appl., detached garage, close to school, ns, np, large deck, lakeview, avail. immed., $1375, 250-486-2256

98 Roy Ave, near Cherry Ln., 2+2bd, 2ba, bsmnt, yard, $1500, Vijay 250-490-1530

SOOO SEXY SANDY The Original K-Town Girl. 38D, 29, 34. Let’s Play! 878-1514

Call: 250-801-4199

Homes for Rent

$800/MO Olalla 1/2 hr south of Penticton 2bdrm w/d s/f/ NS closed in deck for smoking outside lrg fenced yd 250-4999703

MALE 4 Male Erotic Massage $95, waxing, intimate grooming & skin care. Winfield, 9-9 Daily 250-766-2048

Scrap car removal, will pay up to $120.We are licensed & insured, more weight, more money,250-328-8697, Pent.

PENT, on bus route, upstairs, 2bdrm, 6appl, ns, cat neg., 2 parking spots, storage, deck, garden, $925+util., (incl water) 250-493-3141, 250-488-3340, 604-925-7878

3 bdrm upstairs, fenced yard, share utilities. $999 OBO. Long term only. On Hansen street. Reference needed. 250-487-0268

Escorts BEACH BUNNIES Be Spoiled At Kelowna’s Only 5 Star Men’s Spa #32-2789 Hwy 97 Blue Heights 250-448-8854

Off Road Vehicles


4bdrm, 2ba, 5appl., ns, np, avail. immed. $1300+util., (250)462-0669, avail. March 1

Cars - Domestic 1992 Ford Crown Victoria, loaded, ac, auto, 188ks, excel. cond., c/w 2 snows on rims, $895 obo, (250)462-3505

2004 Polaris 400 quad, sportsman, AWD, automatic, $4500, (250)493-5854


Auto Accessories/Parts


1998 Ford Escort, green Zx2 Sport Coupe, tape deck+ trunk mount 5 stack CD, 5spd, stick shift, 143,000kms, car in new mint cond., $2600obo, call George (250)493-5881

freshly painted townhouse, 2bdrm, 2bath, den, fenced backyard, 5appl., close to mall, bus route, $1250+util., mature working person pref., ns, np, avail. immed., ref’s req., 250-493-5032

2bdrm West Kelowna Unit, Avail now. Reno’d, 5 appls, incl’s new w/d & parking, NS, NP. $900 +utils, 250-767-6330


FOR SALE BY OWNER Turn Key Operation

Valley Landmark and Business

“Bear’s Farm” Keremeos

• 21.8 acres of class 1 benchland • 2000 ft of prime highway frontage • 8000 sqft fully equipped Produce Market • Corner lot bordering Hwy 3A and Keremeos Bypass • 2 wells (1 domestic, 1 irrigation)

Exceptional location with endless potential! Asking price: $2,800,000 SERIOUS OFFERS WELCOME.

Call Barry or Sue Frasch at


Near beach & park, renovated bathroom, 1 bdrm condo. Avail. NOW (A381) $650 Large 1 bdrm walk-up includes heat and hot water, 1 bath, f,s Close to downtown. Avail. April 1 (APA8) $800 By OK Beach, large 2 bdrm apt, new flooring, paint, & kitchen cabinets, f, s, extra storage. Avail. NOW (A334) $1300 2 bdrm, 2 bath at The Alysen, 6 appl, no pets no smoking, 5th floor large balcony facing northwest. Lots of light. Avail. NOW (OT 578)

HOUSES: $900

Near OK Beach & downtown, cute 2 bdrm rancher, fenced yard, f, s, w, d. Avail. NOW (H559) $950 Quebec St., lower 3 bdrm duplex, new kitchen cabinets & some new flooring, f, s, w, d. Avail. NOW (H721-1) $950 By Safeway & downtown, 2 bdrm upstairs of home, shared laundry, laminate floors. Avail. NOW (H673-1) $1000 Reno’d 3 bdrm, 1.5 bathroom, large suite in 4 plex, extra storage, fp, f,s, d/w, central air. Avail. March 15 (H691-1) $1500 St. Andrews, private, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl, incl. unlimited golf, 1 year lease. Avail. March 1 (OT570)

FURNISHED HOUSES/CONDOS $1250 OK Falls, furnished, 3 bdrm condo by Skaha Lake. Flexible w/terms. (A448)

TOWNHOUSES $1200 3 bdrm townhouse, 1.5 bathrooms, f,s, w.d., fenced yard, patio area near high school. Pet ok, no smoking.Avail. NOW (Th501) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

280 MAIN STREET, PENTICTON, B.C. V2A 5B2 PHONE: 250-493-4372 - Only qualified applicants will be contacted.

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