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Aboriginal art show set for gallery
Artist Merial Barber (left) and NVIT elder Bernice Ball show a traditional star blanket during the set up of Ancestor Teachings: First Nations Arts and Culture, Past and Present, the new exhibition at the Olde Courthouse Art Gallery. Emily Wessel/Herald
By Emily Wessel THE HERALD
The Olde Courthouse Art Gallery is taking on an educational role with its latest exhibition Ancestor Teachings: First Nations Arts and Culture, Past and Present.
The display, which started Friday and runs until April 6, mixes traditional tools and art pieces crafted by methods passed down for generations in First Nations communities with a few contemporary art pieces reflecting First Nations culture.
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The display includes medicine bags, star blankets and cedar baskets. Some of the pieces are museum quality, while others are more modern items crafted in traditional methods, said show assistant and artist Merial Barber. “The baskets are very traditional,”
Barber said. “They go back for thousands of years. The care that you see that some of these things had put into them is a reflection of First Nations ideology.” You won’t see very many of these kinds of things except in a big gallery. We’re very lucky.” Barber said all of the exhibition’s pieces are from private collections. “There are rattles here used in ceremony,” Barber said. “They are living pieces, they are not just something that belongs in a museum. They’re part of someone’s medicine bag.” Although most of the pieces will be for sale, Barber said gallery curators will be on hand to connect people with local artists if they want to inquire about art purchases. Curator and Nicola Valley Institute of Technology elder Bernice Ball said the theme of the show is one that hits close to home. “We’re having the show to make people aware of what the culture is and what the native people do and what they have done in the past,” Ball said. “I’m teaching my kids and my grandkids the beading and things like that. If I didn’t teach it, they’re not going to get it. It’s slowly fading out, unless somebody keeps it going.”
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Making the grade: Merritt Fire Dept improves upon assessment By Emily Wessel THE HERALD
A recent assessment by the Fire Underwriters Survey found the Merritt Fire Rescue Department is better equipped to fight fires despite its small size and limited funding, City of Merritt Fire Chief Dave Tomkinson says. The survey looks at the city’s infrastructure and its fire department to determine two separate fire protection grades: the dwelling grade, which looks at residential firefighting capacity, and the public classification, which is for commercial buildings and industry. The ratings are then used by insurance companies in their formulas for determining fire insurance premiums. The dwelling grade
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theoretically save just under a couple hundred dollars. They’ve had to do nothing, the City of Merritt has made some improvements, and they will reap some benefits.” The fire protection grade for public buildings and industry falls on a scale of 10 to one, again with a score of one being the highest level of protection possible. Within city limits, the public grade rose from six to five, which Tomkinson said puts Merritt’s fire station on the same fire protection level as other cities with similar populations but much larger forces and budgets than Merritt’s. “We are on par with departments that are spending a lot more money operationally,” he said.
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Firefighter Lev Gammer (right) practices rigging up a sled to one of the department’s trucks during some down time at the fire department. Gammer is a graduate of last year’s work experience program, which is the fire department’s biggest improvement since the last Fire Underwriters Survey in 2006. Emily Wessel/Herald
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ranges from five, which is unprotected, to one, which is the best possible protection. Within city limits, the dwelling grade raised from 3A to a two, and outside the city (but within the department’s jurisdiction, based on agreements with the Thompson-Nicola Regional District), the grade rose from a four to a 3B meaning both have better coverage than the last time the area was surveyed in 2006. Outside the city, that dwelling protection grade also means people with residential fire protection could save on their premiums in the future, Tomkinson said. “That could be a 10 to 15 per cent savings,” he said. “For someone who pays $1,200 in fire insurance, they can
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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS POLICE REPORT
Merritt police kept busy in late February Copper stolen Sometime between 6 p.m. on Feb. 28 and 8 a.m. on March 1, unknown person(s) stole scrap copper fittings from the outer compound at Copper Valley Mechanical, (2151 Coutlee Ave.) If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers. Intoxicated man found to be on probation On March 2 at approximately 10:30 a.m, Merritt RCMP observed a local 48-year-old man, James Isaac in the 1700 block of Garcia Street. It was known to police that Mr. Isaac was currently on probation and was not allowed to be within city limits. He was grossly intoxicated and was arrested. He was held in custody and brought before a provincial court judge where he pled guilty and was sentenced to 21 days jail and a $50 victim surcharge. Passed out in ATV On March 3 at approximately 2:30 a.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a report of a male who appeared to be passed out on an ATV on the Coldwater Reserve. Police attended and located a local 19-year-old man who was extremely intoxicated. Investigation also resulted in determining that the man was also breaching his previous court imposed conditions not to consume alcohol. He was arrested and held in custody until he sobered up. He was then released from custody and will appear in provincial court in April for breaching his conditions. Stolen Ranger On March 3, Merritt RCMP were advised that a green Polaris Ranger had been stolen from a yard in the 2800 block of Petit Creek Road. The suspect(s) removed some rails from a fence and drove the Polaris
onto Shackelly Road and then to parts unknown. A pair of crutches had been left leaning against the main gate. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers. Company vehicle left Sometime between Feb. 28 and March 5 unknown person(s) spotted a company vehicle that was parked in a wooded area off of Dot Ranch Road. The company vehicle is described as a safety/ambulance type of vehicle with a red cross and the company name "Millco Safety Services" written inside the cross. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers. Stopped driver found to be impaired, have no licence On March 8 at approximately 3 a.m., Merritt RCMP stopped a vehicle on Voght Street for not having any tail lights. When spoken to, the driver a 23 year old man from Grand Forks, advised that he did not have his drivers licence on him. Investigation revealed that the driver had been drinking and that his ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. He was subsequently issued a three day immediate roadside prohibition along with a three day Notice of Impoundment. He was also issued a violation ticket for not having a valid drivers licence; drive contrary to restrictions and possess open liquor in a motor vehicle. Stolen bicycle On March 8 at approximately 3:15 p.m., a bicycle that had been locked to a tree near the Hair Shack was reported as stolen. The bike is described as a black mountain bike with an LED light and back wheel cover. If anyone has any information about
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Local man breaches conditions On March 9 at approximately 2:45 a.m., Merritt RCMP responded to a citizens complaint that a 48-yearold local man was trying to break into a residence. Police immediately attended and located the man as he was leaving the area. He was found to have been drinking and computer checks revealed that he was also bound by a recognizance with conditions not to contact the owner of the residence while consuming alcohol within the previous 24 hours and to leave the presence of the owner upon request. Further investigation revealed that the man had also threatened the owner of the residence. He was arrested and charged with two counts of breaching his bail conditions and two counts of uttering threats. He was held in custody and appeared before a provincial court judge on March 11. His name is not being released to protect the identity of the victim. Cell phone found On March 9 a cell phone was turned into the Merritt Detachment. It was found in the parking lot of Starbucks. If anyone is missing a cell phone, they are asked to call the Detachment with a description. Sign damaged Sometime overnight on March 10, an unknown person(s) damaged an advertisement sign on the front of the building in the 2300 block of Aberdeen Road, Lower Nicola. The Plexiglas cover was knocked off and some of the letters scattered on the ground. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers.
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Driver impaired, unlicenced On March 10 at approximately 11 p.m., Merritt RCMP stopped a vehicle on Voght Street, when a licence plate query confirmed that the registered owner was an nlicenced driver and a vehicle impound candidate. The driver, a 44-year-old man from West Kelowna, was found to have been drinking. Further investigation resulted in determining that the man’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired by alcohol. His driving privileges were suspended for 24 hours. He was issued a violation ticket for drive contrary to restriction and the driver’s licence he produced was seized as he was an unlicenced driver. His vehicle was also impounded. Women found with crack cocaine On March 11 at approximately 8 a.m., Merritt RCMP were on patrol in an unmarked police vehicle near Canadian Tire in Merritt. Police observed a local 41 year old female taking a bag of potting soil and putting it into her vehicle. The business was not open. She was arrested for theft and when searched by police, a quantity of rock cocaine was seized. She then ran from police and after a short foot chase, was captured. She was advised that she would also be facing a charge of possession of cocaine and for obstructing a police officer. She will appear in provincial court in July. Youths gather On March 12 at approximately 5:30 p.m., Merritt RCMP were dispatched to a mischief complaint at Diamond Vale School. A concerned citizen stated that there were six to seven youths in the school yard and one kid was throwing things on the roof. Although there does not appear to be any damage, police are asking anyone who has any
information about this, to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers. Tools, sunglasses stolen from vehicles Sometime overnight on March 13, an unknown person(s) broke into two vehicles while they were parked at the Ramada Hotel in Merritt. One of the vehicles had the rear window smashed and two wrenches, valued at $80, were taken. The second vehicle reported a list of stolen items including a tool bag containing Klein and Greenly hand and electrical tools with an approximate value of $1,000; a tool belt with tools totaling about $200; two pairs of Oakley sunglasses valued at $300 and $200. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers. Vehicle broken into, iPad stolen Sometime overnight on March 13, unknown person(s) broke into a vehicle parked in the alley behind Napa Auto Parts in the 2100 block of Nicola Avenue. Entry was gained to the vehicle by smashing the rear driver side window. An iPad, valued at $600, was reported stolen. If anyone has any information about this, they are asked to call the Merritt Detachment or Crimestoppers. Notes of Interest: Since Feb. 28, Merritt police officers responded to: Calls for Service: 227 False / Abandoned 911 Calls: 30 False Alarms: 6 Drunk in Public Arrests: 20 Merritt RCMP detachment 250-378-4262 Crimestoppers 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
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REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: March, 1983 Lower Nicola man turns himself in A Lower Nicola man will be answering charges of possession of stolen property after he turned himself into the Merritt RCMP on March 21. The man had purchased a chainsaw and amplifier knowing them to be stolen, police said. The goods were valued at about $600. In other police news, a local man was charged March 14 after brandishing a knife inside the Grand Hotel bar. No one was injured, police said. In the early hours of the morning of March 14, the window of the front of the Nicola Valley Friendship Centre was kicked in. The intruders had unsuccessfully tried to jimmy the back door.`
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Lahal tournament brings fun and awareness
Teams from Merritt Central (yellow) and Diamond Vale square off at the Lahal tournament at Coquihalla Elementary School Thursday. Craig Lindsay/Herald
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In all, there were eight schools participated including all six Merritt schools, Vermillion Forks from Princeton and both First Nation’s board schools. “The Lahal tournament is part of the pro-
motion of the enhancement agreement which was signed by the school district and the surrounding First Nation’s bands,” said Tim Manuel, aboriginal academy instructor at Merritt Secondary School. “Because of the high Aboriginal population at the schools, which is about 40 per cent, they
wanted to start promoting more Aboriginal awareness and culture in the schools.” The Lahal tournament featured teams facing off with other students and elders surrounding the teams and beating drums. “They had four main goals in the enhancement
agreement: health and wellness, self-worth and identity, language and culture, and academics,” said Manuel. “This Lahal tournament is just to promote more First Nations culture in the schools. The Grade 7s from each of the school are involved.” Although many of the
students were unfamiliar with the game, they all appeared to enjoy the fun and camaraderie. “It’s a traditional game that was played at gatherings,” said Manuel. “A lot of time they would play it after funerals. It’s a gambling game; a guess game. They use from 3-12 sticks. Today we’re using three. You guess two sets of bones. One with a stripe, one plain. You’re trying to guess the plain bones. There’s four different ways of pointing. If you guess right you get the bones. “Whoever gets the most sticks at the end more or less wins the game. It’s just about having fun. Get the kids out and have fun. Some of the kids take it seriously, but I teach them it’s just about fun. It was played after funerals. Families were going through the grieving process. This was a way of letting go and having some down time - having fun after mourning for several days.”
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Merritt Secondary School principal Bill Lawrence plays tough defence during the epic teachers vs. students game played Friday afternoon at the school. Craig Lindsay/Herald
Fire dept makes the grade From Page 1 “The improvements we’ve made are significant, and the grading that we received for a community our size is quite significant.” Tomkinson said the biggest improvement the department made since the last survey is the addition the work experience program, which recruits five firefighters from fire academies anywhere in Canada for a 10-month, live-in work experience. Other improvements include more fire inspections, the purchase of a ladder truck, and the designation of a fire prevention
officer and prevention outreach programs. “That’s public education that never used to happen in the department. We’re in schools and doing things constantly, now,” said Tomkinson. Recommendations from the survey include purchasing another fire engine and increasing the firefighting force. “Some things are going to be really tough for us, like to increase our firefighting force,” he said. “We’re recruiting volunteer firefighters all the time, and there’s not as much interest as we would hope. We don’t have training facilities right now. We don’t have a
burn building, so we have to out of town to Kamloops or Maple Ridge to acquire that.” Tomkinson said the most pressing issue is the limited space at the current fire hall, which the city is looking to rectify in the next two years by adding a truck bay, living quarters for the work experience firefighters, and decontamination areas. “We have a conceptual idea of what we want,” he said. “We’ve made a big improvement and we’ve worked really hard to get there. Now, our focus is to make sure we have a facility that we can use for the next 10 or 20 years.”
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HERALD OPINION Both parties have betrayed us
TOM FLETCHER B.C. VIEWS There was some public business conducted in the final frantic days of the B.C. legislature session last week, but you likely wouldn’t have heard much about it. Premier Christy Clark’s skimpy governing agenda was overshadowed by the delivery of an internal investigation report into her government’s ethnic outreach program. A review by four deputy ministers detailed what reporters already knew from a memo and meeting notes leaked to the NDP. The plan started in the premier’s office, led by Clark’s deputy chief of staff, who resigned as soon as it was made public. A B.C. Liberal Party employee attended the first meeting, expressly intended to organize events to impress immigrant communities, then harvest the goodwill in the form of contact lists for the coming election campaign. After 10,000 e-mails were collected and 27 interviews conducted, they revealed a few significant details. Former multiculturalism minister John Yap knew or should have known that the scheme was being kept secret because it was an inappropriate use of government resources. He won’t be back in cabinet, although Clark said he intends to run for re-election in Richmond-Steveston.
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TV or not TV? - That is the question CRAIG LINDSAY Merritt HERALD Did you see Brandon go nuts on last Thursday’s Survivor? He did not like being manipulated by old Philip, who is nutty enough on his own. Brandon threatened to quit, dumped the rice and beans, and kept challenging Phillip to a fight. Now if you don’t watch Survivor, or TV at all, you have no idea what I’m talking about. That’s fine. For those of you who tuned
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in, you know it was pretty entertaining television. Today’s column is all about our love of television. I will be arguing for TV. Next Tuesday, reporter Emily Wessel will be talking about the benefits of unplugging. I’m sure she will tell you TV rots your brain, it’s unproductive, and contributes to a society full of sedentary, anti-social zombies. To that I say, ‘what’s wrong with zombies?’ Walking Dead is a great show filled with interesting characters trying to survive in a world over-run with the living, walking dead. Watching television gives people something to talk about over the water cooler at work on Monday. What’s wrong with that? It’s a great way to open up a conver-
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sation and find out what you have in common with people. When I visit family, it’s great to be able to sit around the box and laugh together at the latest antics of the Big Bang Theory crew. ‘Oh Sheldon, you just don’t get social mores do you.’ I don’t propose spending all your time watching TV. There’s probably a downside there somewhere. But hey, you come home from work, you’re tired. You just want to sit on the couch for a few hours and watch an interesting show. I just moved into a place where I can’t use my PVR (personal video recorder) and I can tell you, what a pain. I get some great channels, but I hate having to manage my viewing time.
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YOUR OPINION Reports of dogs stuck in traps Calling for a fair trade overestimated and misleading Easter from Quebec Dear Editor: Re: Animal rescuer looks to expel traps (March 7) Green Peace has been trying to stop trapping for decades. I think they even put animals into traps and take videos of them suffering to try and make people believe that trapping is cruel. The public is not quite as gullible as some anti-trappers think. I, for one, have worked in the bush for the forestry and on ranches and as a conservation officer for over 40 years and have never seen a dog in a trap. I have heard it said and I believe it happens, but not at the rate that antitrappers would like us to believe. At any rate, dogs are not allowed to be out on their own because they pack up and chase wild animals to death or worse. I have seen the results of that and it is not pretty. Deer get torn
apart bite by bite. I have had to put dogs down that were chasing deer and that is not a nice job either. I like dogs. I don’t believe there are many dogs running at large in this area because I walk in the bush around Merritt every day and the only dogs I see are with their masters. That is not to say that it never happens, but I will not be convinced that it happens very much and to have dogs caught in traps frequently, as is insinuated in your article, there would have to be a lot of stray dogs running around the countryside. I never see any. And there would have to be a lot of unattended traps set around the countryside to catch every dog that strays out there. The article doesn’t make much sense because the numbers don’t add up, but I guess it makes sense if you
are an anti-trapper and can’t see the numbers for traps. Everyone has feelings for a pet that gets into a trap and one picture is worth a thousand words. One would have thought that an anti-trapper who know about so many dogs caught in traps could have supplied at least one, little, bitty picture to make their point. As I said, I like dogs: the ones that are with their masters and don’t run around the countryside uncontrolled. Those that do and get into traps — well, thank God for traps so that the poor wild critters don’t have to suffer the consequences of a dog attack. I fail to see any problem and I consider myself a fairly ordinary member of the public. The reason I am writing this is because it bothers me when people use the media to mislead the public, hoping to get support for no good
reason and to hurt someone’s livelihood by trying to sway public opinion with misinformation and the Herald has a duty to print things that are informative. A newspaper needs to be informative. Think about this: wild animals don’t have an old folks home. They don’t die in comfort. They all die violently — some more so than others. None have any preconceived idea of how that will happen, so trappers don’t really alter their lifestyles. But dogs running loose in the bush are very disruptive to the wild animal community because they are alien to that community, so if they get held by a trap so they can’t chase everything to death or close to death — that may not be such a bad thing after all. I am sure all the wild critters would jump for joy at the thought of it. Ed Hendricks Merritt, B.C.
Yap’s executive assistant resigned when the report came out, admitting he helped cover the tracks of political meddling in the hiring of three outreach contractors with sufficient loyalty to the party. Clark insists she knew nothing of this plan. She tabled the investigation report, and then announced that the B.C. Liberal Party had
written a $70,000 cheque to the government to cover the estimated cost of the inappropriate political work done by non-political staff. Here’s the part taxpayers may not fully appreciate. There are authorized political staffers all over the legislature, in the premier’s office, the opposition leader’s office and two teams of caucus employees who spend much of
their time digging up dirt on the other party. All are paid by you and me. A line is crossed only when a nonpolitical employee such as a ministry communications director acts on behalf of the party. The main offender in that capacity was one Brian Bonney, whose records suggested he spent half of his time on party work. He quit in February, before the plan was leaked, and the party paid
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We often contribute to the better well-being of other people in the world. This was true with fair trade coffee and is becoming to be more and more true with other fair trade consumer goods, such as chocolate. The purchase of fair trade certified products has important consequences. It allows many producers to receive reasonable prices for their products and numerous workers and little producers to climb out of poverty. It also has positive impacts on the environment. We believe that about 15,000 slave children work on farms and cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast, which supplies 35 per cent of the world’s cocoa. In Western Africa, there are 300,000 children under 14 working on such plantations, doing hard and dangerous labour. Overall, 14 billion workers make their living off cocoa plantations, several of them earning around $300 per year for their work and production. We should all work towards a world where solidarity is at the heart of economic development. A fair trade Easter would be an immense step in this direction.
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In a nice bit of symmetry, much of the more than $400,000 was spent to put three-time candidate Gabriel Yiu on the NDP caucus payroll. Yiu’s VancouverFraserview candidate page boasts of his ethnic outreach work, which included tirelessly warning B.C.’s Chinese community about the evils of the harmonized sales tax. In fact, it was the NDP-Yiu operation that inspired a
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B.C. Liberal copycat plan. The NDP quietly stopped the budget skimming after Doyle pointed out the blindingly obvious, which is that constituency funds are to serve constituents and are not to be diverted to political organizing. It was kept under wraps by the secretive Legislative Assembly. anagement Committee. This is the B.C.
Liberal-NDP comanaged trough of undocumented MLA expenses and other questionable payments that Doyle has only recently dragged into the light. Both of these schemes have the same stink. Both are intentional abuse of taxpayers’ money for the political gain of the dominant parties. There is no moral high ground for either of them.
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Game hunters learn safety from CORE course days, four hours each day, and covers topics on wildlife and habitat conservation, hunting laws and regulations, first aid and survival, firearm safety, and animal and bird identification among other topics. This year 16 people attended the CORE course which started March 1 and concluded with exams on March 11. One of the course days was spent with the students at the shooting range where they had the opportunity to shoot and familiarize themselves with a variety of firearms, including a traditional muzzleloader rifle. The com-
OTHMAR VOHRINGER The OUTDOORSMAN The Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club held their annual Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Education (CORE) Course, also simply known as “Hunter Safety Course”. This is a mandatory requirement for anyone wishing to take up hunting in British Columbia. The course takes five
pletion of the course ended with a much anticipated barbeque. Everybody had a great time shooting firearms under close supervision of licenced firearm instructors. It was also a day of relaxation before the exams, and I am happy to report that everyone passed with flying colours. For me it’s always great to see new hunters joining our ranks and I enjoy playing my small part in making sure that our heritage continues into the future. Over the years, we see more adults and women taking the course who have no family ties to hunting.
This is a trend seen across the province. Hunter numbers are steadily climbing each year; in 2009, the province reported that 4,000 new hunters had been recruited and the number in 2012 more than doubled with over 8,000 new registered hunters. This trend is largely accredited to the fact that more people look for alternatives to provide healthy and nutritious meat for their families. This may also very well be the reason why fishing, vegetable gardening and home food preservation have experienced a new interest over the last few years across Canada.
With more women joining up, hunting has gone from predominantly male oriented to becoming a family activity. This resurgence in the hunting tradition is also good for conservation, since it is the hunters that pay the lion’s share of wildlife and habitat conservation money through licensing fees, memberships in organizations and volunteer work in conservation programs. In closing, I would like to welcome the new hunters and congratulate them for their dedication and passing the exams. The few days I managed to take part in
the CORE course have been a real joy, seeing how enthusiastically the students learned and participated. This course would not be possible without the dedicated volunteer
instructors and administrators who spent many hours of their own time to pass our unique hunting and conservation traditions on to a young and new generation.
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Art gallery presents Ancestral Teachings From Page 1 Barber added the art show is also a small way of reviving some of what was lost in residential schools and showing that First Nations culture is still alive and thriving. “A culture has to adapt in order to survive,” Barber said. “With the residential schools, a lot of people have lost ancestral teachings,
but people who still have the knowledge are not rare; there is a vibrant, thriving community of people who still dance, who still carve, and who still create things. This is a small piece of that.” As an elder who uses traditional methods to make art, Ball said bridging the generation gap in this exhibition was an important element of
planning the show. “We have to bring in our ancestors, because the teaching is coming from our ancestors — like your cedar baskets: you don’t get those anymore because you have to go out at a certain time of year to get the cedar root, and the bark you have to get at a certain time of the year. You can only strip a small piece off otherwise
you kill the tree. Then you soak it, and it takes a long time to soak it, and then you
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The Sagebrush to host junior golf tournament By Ian Webster THE HERALD
The Canadian Junior Golf Association has announced that The Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club, located on the shores of Nicola Lake in Quilchena, will host the inaugural Sagebrush Junior Classic, April 27-28. The Classic will bring together 64 of the country’s best junior golfers (ages 11-19) for a two-day, 36-hole competition that will also include a western cookout and fly-fishing opportunities for the participants and their families. “Sagebrush endorses the growth of golf at the junior level, and is pleased to start a longterm relationship with the CJGA,” said Bob Garnett, Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club
president in a press release. “We hope the challenges and competition these juniors meet today help lead them to a successful future.” The Sagebrush Junior Classic will be a qualifying tournament for the CJGA PING Canadian Junior Match Play Championship (July 23-26 in Aurora, Ont.), as well as the CJGA Mizuno National Junior Golf Championship (Aug. 5-9 in Waterloo, Ont.). The event will also be ranked on the Junior Golf Scoreboard and the CJGA National Order of Merit. Now entering its fifth year of operation, the Sagebrush has matured into one of the finest course layouts in the game of golf. It is situated in the rolling hills above Quilchena, and affords a panoramic
view of Nicola Lake and the rugged ranch lands that stretch as far as a cowboy could ride in a day. In its first-ever ranking of Canadian courses, the February, 2013 issue of Golf Digest rated Sagebrush 16th in the country. In 2012, Golfweek ranked Sagebrush third among courses in Canada built since 1960, while Golf Digest named the club to the select list of 100 best courses outside the United States. The Sagebrush’s ‘minimalist’ design and layout (by Rod Whitman, Richard Zokol and Armen Suny) is almost unique in North America. It features wide, sweeping fairways, rugged fescuetopped bunkers (without rakes), massive greens (up to 22,000 sq. ft.), and multiple tee boxes
BREATHTAKING The panoramic view of Nicola Lake from the first green (above) is just one of the many magnificent vistas afforded golfers by the Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club, located just 15 minutes northeast of Merritt on Highway 5A. The awardwinning course, which opened in 2009, is nestled into the rugged hills above the historic Quilchena Ranch. The Sagebrush GSC
that stretch the course anywhere from 4,872 yards to 7,399 yards in length. “We are extremely proud to partner with
Sagebrush Golf and Sporting Club, and provide an exclusive opportunity to our membership,” said John Lawrence, CJGA
Managing Director of Tour Operations. “The event will provide our juniors with such a unique golfing experience and set of extra-
curricular activities that will build camaraderie amongst the golfers and their families. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved.”
BCHL hands out 2012-13 season awards By Ian Webster THE HERALD
The British Columbia Hockey League announced its 2012-13 awards on March 12. Five of the eight awards were voted on by the 16 BCHL head coaches. The other three were determined
by league statistics at the end of the 56-game regular season. Players from nine different BCHL teams received awards this season. The Langley Rivermen’s Mario Puskarich is the first Coastal Conference player to win the scoring title since 2009.
Luke Pierce: Interior Conference Coach of the Year By Ian Webster THE HERALD
2012-13 BCHL AWARD WINNERS Vern Dye Memorial Trophy - Most Valuable Player
Interior Conference: Brent Baltus (Trail) Coastal Conference: Mitch Gillam (Chilliwack)
Bruce Allison Memorial Trophy - Rookie of the Year
Interior Conference: Ryan Gropp (Penticton) Coastal Conference: Luke Esposito (Chilliwack)
Bob Fenton Trophy - Most Sportsmanlike Player
Interior Conference: Brandon Mistal (Salmon Arm) Coastal Conference: Ryan Lough (Alberni Valley)
Best Defenceman Award
Interior Conference: Troy Stecher (Penticton) Coastal Conference: Devon Toews (Surrey)
Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy - Coach of the Year
Interior Conference: Luke Pierce (Merritt) Coastal Conference: Bill Bestwick (Victoria)
Non-Voting Awards Brett Hull Trophy - BCHL Top Scorer
Mario Puskarich (Langley) (41 goals, 48 assists for 89 points)
Goaltending Award - Lowest Goals Against Average
Michael Santaguida (Surrey) (2.28 GAA, 2,582 minutes played)
Wally Forsland Award - Top Goaltending Tandem (Best Combined GAA)
Chad Katunar/Nic Renyard (Penticton) 2.33 GAA
The Merritt Centennials’ Luke Pierce has been selected the 201213 Coach of the Year for the Interior Conference of the British Columbia Hockey League. The selection was made following a survey of all 16 head coaches in the league. The Coastal Conference winner was Bill Bestwick from the Victoria Grizzlies. “[The award] means a lot to me,” Pierce said. “To be recognized by your fellow coaches is an honour and very humbling at the same time.” In his four seasons behind the bench, Pierce has taken the Centennials from 7th place (and out of the playoffs) in 2009-10 to 2nd and 3rd place finishes the last two years with 76 and 70 points respectively. Merritt’s head coach praised his assistant, Joe Martin, and his players for helping contribute to the winning culture that is now an integral part of the Centennials’ identity. Reflecting on his coaching style, and how it has evolved over the
four years, Pierce said, “The biggest thing, I think, is being able to see the big picture now, and not stressing as much about a bad period or a bad game. At the start of my coaching career, I think that I was very erratic and very emotional. Now I’m trying not to be on quite such a rollercoaster of emotions and give our players a sense of confidence that everything is okay.” Pierce becomes the fifth Merritt Centennials bench boss to win the prestigious Coach of the Year award since its inception in 1969. Other Cents’ winners were: Al Glendenning (2006), Brian Barrett (1993), Ed Beers (1989) and Joe Tennant (1978).
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Norman Edward Ross Sept. 22, 1943 – March 15, 2013 It is with great sadness that the family of Norman Ross announce his passing on March 15, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Norman has had to leave his loving family, wife Colleen; Daughters, Tracy (Gary) their children Ashley, Alexis, Dustin and Adriana; Kora-Lee (Davis) and their son Koen; Desiree (Matt) and their children Liam and Matilda; Brothers Warren and Rick and Sister Leanne. This wonderful husband, father and friend will be missed each and every day. A Memorial service will be held at the Merritt Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Saturday the 23rd at 2:00 pm.
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Mutual Funds Brands Sionna Cdn. Eqt10.87 IA Clarington Cdn. Eqt 26.41 IA Clarington Glbl. Eqt 14.30 CI Harbour Fund 22.24 Dynamic Cdn Value Cls 12.95 Fidelity Asset Allocation 25.14 Fidelity Disp Cad Eqt 27.93
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26.96 28.65 33.94 79.64 12.75 52.15 20.07
THIS WEEK’S MARKETS .... The S&P/TSX Composite closed at $12,830.03 last week. In the U.S., the S&P rose 0.6% to close at $1,560.01. Oil was up 1.6% to close at $93.45/bb, while natural gas futures rose 8.4% to close at $3.88/MMBtu. Gold bullion ﬁnished the week at $1,591.88, up 0.8%. The Canadian dollar strengthened against the US dollar, closing at $.98/USD. The 2 year Canadian benchmark bond rose to 0.99% and the 10 year bond decreased to 1.90%. South of the border 2 year US treasury yields increased to .25%.
Canadian Common A&W Revenue Royalties 21.89 ATCO Ltd. 88.21 Arc Resources Ltd. 27.01 BCE Inc 46.74 Barrick Gold Corp 29.22 Ballard Power Sys 1.42 Bonavista Energy Corp 14.57 Bombardier 4.28 Bank of Montreal 64.08 Bank of Nova Scotia 60.33 Can. National Railway 102.00 Canadian Tire (NON VTG A) 70.51 Cameco Corporation 21.82 CIBC 81.92 Canadian Utilities Ltd. 77.50 Can. Real Est. Trust 44.75 Can. Nat. Res. Ltd. 33.55 Enbridge 46.70 EnCana Corporation 20.73 Finning 25.71 Husky Energy Inc. 30.11 Imperial Oil 43.44 Kinross Gold Corp 8.13 Loblaw Companies 40.42 Maple Leaf Foods 12.99 Molson Coors Can Inc. 49.58 Manulife Financial 15.48 Pembina Pipeline Corp. 30.70 Potash Corp of Sask 41.63 Pengrowth Energy Corp. 5.72 Power Financial Corp. 30.19 Precision Drilling Corp 9.23 Rogers Comm Inc. 49.98
Royal Bank 61.43 Research In Motion Ltd. 15.40 Sun Life Financial Inc 28.67 Shaw Comm Inc 24.82 Shopper’s Drug Mart 42.50 Suncor Energy Inc 31.67 Toromont Inds Ltd 23.19 Toronto Dominion Bank 85.00 Transcanada Corp 48.89 Telus Corp 69.59 Tim Hortons Inc 52.51
Alcoa Inc. American Express Co. Mellon Corp Cisco Systems Inc. Deere & Co. Walt Disney Co. (The) Gap Inc. General Electric Co. Home Depot Inc. Johnson & Johnson Macy’s Inc. Microsoft Corp. Sprint Nextel Corp PÄzer Inc. Pepsico Inc. AT&T INC Staples Inc. United Tech Corp Walmart Stores Inc. Wendy’s Arby’s Gr.
8.63 66.09 28.85 21.92 92.24 57.58 36.39 23.44 69.05 79.19 41.78 28.03 5.81 28.02 77.04 36.43 13.40 93.28 72.50 5.52
Fred is an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities specializing in efÄcient money management strategies. Any questions or comments can be directed to him at 1-800-774-9631 or e-mail email@example.com
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This article is supplied by Fred Feistmann, an Investment Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities Inc. RBC Dominion Securities is a member company under RBC Investments. The member company and Royal Bank of Canada are separate corporate entities that are afÄliated. Member CIPF. (tm) Trademark of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under license. ©Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.
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