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Designer launches first collection at Vancouver Fashion Week BY CHRIS STEDILE

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“As long as one person is paying attention, I’m satisfied.” These are the words of Evan Clayton, a young Trail man with a wild determination and passion that won’t be subdued. It looks as if Clayton’s wish has been granted, for today all eyes will be on him, or more so his creations. Clayton isn’t a hockey player, an actor, nor a musician, instead his success comes from his incredible ability to design clothing that speaks to the audience and delivers a message. He is a fashion designer and today he will be unveiling his new collection at Vancouver Fashion Week. In his first large show since graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche MacDonald Centre in 2011, Clayton will be showcasing his collection, titled, “The Fall of Joan.” “It’s all about the decay of the modern superstar,” Clayton explained, “how we build them up then love to watch them die.” The Fall of Joan refers to Joan of Arc, a young woman during the time of the Hundred Years’ War who, after claiming divine guidance, led the French forces to victory in several key battles. She was later captured and eventually executed at the age of 19. Clayton describes Joan’s stardom as being great and her downfall even greater and for that he finds her to be very referential and influential. Through his collection he hopes to portray her final days and how she was feeling before the end. “It’s going to be very theatrical,” Clayton said. Of course the up-and-coming fashion star didn’t come into the world with fabric in hand knowing he would be a designer when he grew up. He had to start somewhere, and that somewhere was Trail. Clayton was originally born in the Silver City and lived here for several years before moving multiple times between Cranbrook, Kitimat, and Kelowna before returning to Trail in 2007. Evan’s mother, Jan Clayton, clearly recalled the moment her son turned to fashion. “Evan was in Grade 10 and had stayed home because he was sick, and was watching an Alexander McQueen fashion show on TV. He saw that show and something just clicked.” Jan went on to say that her and Evan’s father had no idea Evan was into fashion and they originally thought it to be a “passing thing,” a phase more or less. See CLAYTON, Page 3

Caregivers Group searches for volunteers BY SHERI REGNIER Times Staff

Are you a good listener and interested in serving your community? The Alzheimer Society of BC is start-

ing up a monthly support group in Trail, and is looking for volunteers. “Facilitating a support group can be scary,” said Julie Leffelaar, support and education coordinator with the society.

“You are not expected to advise or be an expert, just be there to let the group talk. This will be a very gentle entry,” she added. See GROUP, Page 2

Spring sprang, but snow, cold hit across country

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Birchbank Golf Club pro Dennis Bradley putts a ball into the hole on the ninth just before the first day of spring dumped snow down on the region. The course is in great shape and, once the new snow melts, it will be opening early, with all the greens in play and no temporary greens.

THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO - The weather that greeted Canadians on the first day of spring is not the kind likely to put a spring in anyone’s step. The season officially began at 7:02 a.m. ET Wednesday with cold temperatures and flurries in parts of Ontario, snow in the Maritimes and Quebec, rain in British Columbia and freezing temperatures across the Prairies. Environment Canada anticipates colder than usual temperatures across Canada will be seen throughout March. The weather office says the cold weather is due to an unstable air stream from Alaska and Russian Siberia. Although Wednesday’s high in Toronto is below the average high of 6 C for March 20, it’s not as unusual as the record-setting 21.9 C temperature recorded on the same day last year. Peter Kimbell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, predicts the cold spell will last until at least Saturday and that conditions will return to normal spring-like weather through April and May. “While spring is officially here, Canadians can be forgiven for asking, ‘Is it really here?”’ Kimbell said. “There are very few people in the country who are comfortably enjoying spring.”

Hunting regulation changes not a good thing: TWA president BY TIMOTHY SCHAFER Times Staff

A change to hunting regulations to make the pursuit more accessible to youth and first-time hunters isn’t a win situation, says the president of the Trail Wildlife Association. Although Terry Hanik acknowledged the impetus behind the province-wide change as a way to get more people involved in hunting, he felt a free-for-all attitude could ensue. The changes to the Youth Hunting

Licence now make it available for youth aged 10 to 17 years inclusive. Previously, the age range of the youth (‘junior’) hunting licence was 10 to 13 years. The amendments also create a new Initiation Hunting Licence, a mentoring licence that allows a person 18 years or older who has never previously held a hunting licence in B.C. to try hunting for a one-year period. It is a one-timeonly licence. “This just means more people out there shooting and whether they get ani-

mals or not ... it’s too easy for everybody, there’s no training,” Hanik said. “And, as a result, I don’t think those people will keep it up after a year of free hunting.” Hanik also pointed to the dwindling number of mule deer in the region as another reason not to throw open the doors to more hunters. “The game isn’t out there. It might be in other places, but not here,” he said. “Our deer count is down and has been dropping for a few years.” See TWA, Page 2

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Leffelaar explained that for the next five or six months, if she could find some people, she would have them come along to ‘shadow’ her, and get a feel for group facilitation in the Family Caregivers Support Group meetings. “The idea is that the group provide peer support,” she said. Facilitating group conversation provides the caregiver an opportunity to reflect and, in fact, shape the journey they are on with a loved one, explained Leffelaar. “We facilitate discussions about grief, difficult behaviours, transition between home and care centre, and ways to keep having fun,” she said. Additionally, every April and October, the Society opens up a course in Vancouver, for people interested in facilitating groups. Leffelaar said that the course includes an all expenses paid trip and is taught by some of the top councillors in BC. “You will learn what group facilitation is and learn how to balance personalities,” she said. “Background information on dementia will be discussed and you will learn how to deal with open grief, and things like that.” The Society is asking for a time commitment of four hours a month and that the person is not currently an active caregiver. “The Society has an incredible amount of materials and support for every volunteer,” she said. There is a pre-registration process, so contact Leffelaar at 1-855301-6742 or email JLeffelaar@alzheimerbc.org. The next meeting in Trail is April 2, but thereafter, every second Tuesday of the month. Historically in Trail, there was a support group for the last 17 years, but it died out awhile back, said Leffelaar. “It went over really well, and we need to keep it going.”

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Community in Bloom volunteers Lana Rodlie (left) and Jessie Hendrigan, set up shop in downtown Trail on Saturday, to display, discuss and sell banners for ‘Avenue of the Clans.’ Citizens of Scottish heritage may sponsor a banner for $200. For more info, call Hendrigan at 364-9911.

Clayton’s show hits stage in Vancouver FROM PAGE 1 But as time went on and Evan continued to show increasing interest in the world of fashion and its inner workings it became apparent fashion was what he wanted in life. “Around the age of 14 I was delving into the works of Alexander McQueen, and by 16 I knew that I couldn’t do anything else,” Evan recalled. “He’s always been very artistic and had much creativity so really, it makes sense that he would do fashion,” Jan added, “and from a parent’s standpoint, to see him doing these incredible things, is awe inspiring.” While living in Trail, Evan found great support in his community and close friends. “He had such a great group of friends,” Jan said, “always encouraging him and helping him whenever he would need advice, or trying his clothes on.”

“I remember one time hearing from someone who knew Evan from school, saying he had a great sense of fashion and was the second-best dressed in the entire school. I have no idea who the best dressed would have been,” Jan said. While Evan and his mother agree that Trail is a great place to grow up, for his career to really take flight he would have to move somewhere bigger, Vancouver being his prime choice. “I really enjoyed living in Trail. It is hard being away from home,” Evan said, “and I can probably count on one hand how many times I’ve been back to visit, but it’s also difficult to juggle life and work and a relationship. I don’t have a lot of free time.” Evan will have much more on his plate as he prepares for his show today at 6:15 p.m. as part of the emerging designers show. The entire show can be viewed at vancouverfashionweeklive.com.

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The changes to the Youth Hunting Licence are expected to make it easier for youth ages 14 to 17 to give hunting a try and to have more mentorship opportunities. The regulatory amendments to the Wildlife Act also benefit resident hunters and represent an opportunity for those new to hunting to try the experience with a limited commitment and under the supervision of an experienced

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mentor, said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, in a press release. “It is anticipated that the new licence options will promote hunting uptake among B.C. residents and provide another opportunity for families to get out and enjoy B.C.’s backcountry.” Although Hanik spoke for the local association—the B.C. Wildlife Federation supports the change—he will still take the change to the local membership on March 25 for feedback.

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Hunting regulation changes will be discussed at that meeting to deal with the lower count of mule deer in the area. The government is introducing the new Initiation Hunting Licence at $19 ($15 licence fee plus $4 Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation surcharge). The cost of the Youth Hunting Licence is still only $7. To learn more about the new Youth Hunting Licence and Initiation Hunting Licence, visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/ fw/wildlife/hunting/resident/docs/QA_yo


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Labour market analysis to support resort community of Rossland By Timothy Schafer Times Staff

The Golden City will be part of a new study to help build and expand the labour market in the province’s resort communities. As part of a five-month, $70,000 project, Rossland will be one of 14 B.C. resort communities to undergo analysis to identify resort community labour market trends, gaps, practices, and employee recruitment challenges. But the situation in city’s labour market isn’t quite as difficult as impetus for a new study might suggest, says Tourism Rossland executive director Deanne Stevens. She said the city enjoys a stable work-

force and less volatile recruitment challenges because Red Mountain Resort is unionized—and has a very high return rate for its employees—and the affordable quality of life the city offers entices people to stay. “So I think that probably has an impact on the rest of the labour market here in Rossland,” she said. “You can afford to live here and it is so much cheaper to live here than other resort communities.” The biggest challenge in the Rossland labour market is the competition it has with Teck Trail Operations for employees, where higher wages lure many down the hill. As well, there is competition from other local businesses pulling people from one area to another.

“So I guess that is a good problem to have,” she said, alluding to the strength of the local economy. The findings of the study are expected to feed into the development of a BC Resort Community Labour Market Strategic Analysis, a paper that could strengthen places like Rossland as it continues to recruit, train, and retain staff in local businesses. Producing the report will require data gathering, research and analysis, stakeholder facilitation, and drafting recommendations. The other 13 resort communities supported by the analysis include Fernie, Invermere, Radium Hot Springs, Sun Peakes, Valemount, Golden, Kimberley,

Coroner issues report on August Kootenay River drowning By Bob Hall Nelson Star

The BC Coroner has concluded that the drowning of a 64-year-old Nelson man on Kootenay River in August was accidental, but alcohol was a contributing factor. On the afternoon of August 4, 2012, Donald Charles Morris arrived with a group of friends to Coyote Point on Kootenay River west of Nelson. The coroner’s report (made public on Wednesday) states that most of the group went swimming at the popular summer area just upstream from the Taghum Bridge at approximately 3:45 p.m. While the group swam, the report states that Morris remained seated on a rock. The group returned to shore and “minutes later Mr. Morris decided to go swimming by diving into the water from a large rock at the height of approximately one metre above the water.” Morris was observed diving into the water

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in “belly flop” dive style, resurfaced and then appeared to be floating or swimming in a breaststroke. Moments later Morris was observed swimming around a rock and out of sight of the group. The report states that Morris did not get out of the water. The group became concerned that Morris had not been seen for approximately five minutes and his personal effects were still on the rock where he had been previously seen before diving into the water. The group searched for Morris along the beach line, but he could not be located. A member of the group then called 9-1-1. A Nelson Search and Rescue team recovered Morris from a water depth of approximately four meters and was found unresponsive. He was immediately transported by the BC Ambulance Service to Kootenay Lake Hospital. The ambulance crew initiated resuscitation efforts at the scene and continued them to the hospital.

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On Thursday, Darren Ordog, an electrician for Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, wired in new intercom speakers as part of the hospital’s new fire alarm system.

Muriel Griffiths: Winter Cabaret presents Tangerine Swing • Saturday, Warfield Hall at 11 a.m. Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Games, crafts, cookie decorating and more. • Saturday, Earth Hour Challenge, 8:30 to 9: 30 p.m. Turn off unnecessary lights for one hour. Sponsored by FortisBC PowerSense. Pledge to switch off and win up to $4,000 in energy upgrades and help a local non-profit organization win the same for their facility. Call 1-866-4367847 for more info. • Trail Family Caregivers’ Support Group meets second Tue. each month at noon until 1:30 p.m. For those caring for a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. For info or to volunteer, call Julie Leffelaar at 1-855-301-6742 • Monday, Nelson Selkirk College

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a news release. Provincial ministers Terry Lake and Rich Coleman received the referral report on March 1 and had 45 days to render a decision. But the Nisga’a Nation has been concerned for some time the process has been rushed because of the upcoming May election. As a result, its government filed a notice of disagreement under their historic treaty. Leaders have said they will use provisions in the province’s first modern-day treaty to slow the process down because they fear approvals have moved too hastily, and the mine’s effects on the Nisga’a people haven’t been properly weighed. The government,

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NATIONAL EU official hopes for trade pact with Canada by summer, ahead of U.S. talks BY MIKE BLANCHFIELD THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA - A senior European Union official says he hopes his continent’s free trade deal with Canada will be final by mid year. Roland Schafer, the Americas director of the European External Action Service, said that’s when he expects Europe’s major free trade talks with the United States to begin. Schafer said that doesn’t necessarily mean the Canada-EU deal would be consigned to the back burner. But his remarks suggested that European Commission negotiators could soon become preoccupied with their American counterparts. “The big issue for the next two years is going to be EU-U.S. negotiations,” Schafer told reporters on Wednesday, after meeting Canadian officials the previous day. “This is going to be a major piece of work for both sides, especially for the commission. And it’s going to take a lot of

political attention.” Schafer said he doesn’t think the pending talks with the U.S. would “affect the capacity” of commission to finish the deal with Canada. “It’s more a matter of where Canada wants to position itself with regard to a negotiation process that will take political attention.” Schafer added that a successful conclusion with Canada would send a positive signal to the world and set the tone for the U.S.-EU process. Schafer said the deal isn’t just about increasing trade. “It’s also a signal to the rest of the world that we’re there to stay, that Europe and Canada look together with optimism into the future and that they, by themselves, can create wealth and jobs and growth,” he said. Last week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said considerable progress had been made towards a deal, but obstacles

remained. During a visit by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Harper said Canada “will only sign a deal when we’re convinced we have a deal that is comprehensive and in the best interests of the Canadian economy.” Schafer was reluctant to offer new details on what specific obstacles remained, saying that was a matter for the negotiators. Last week, Ayrault told reporters in Ottawa that the remaining hurdles are in the agricultural and intellectual property sectors. Last month, the European Union’s trade commissioner said Canada must change its positions for a deal to be struck, but gave no details. Karel De Gucht told a committee of the European parliament that he hoped the deal would be sealed soon. Schafer brushed back a suggestion that the European negotiators are presenting

Canada with a take-it-or-leave it proposition. But he did say that EU negotiators are a “tough crowd” and that both sides are in “a real negotiation.” Schafer said trade was one of many subjects he discussed in a day of meetings Tuesday with the Foreign Affairs Department and the Privy Council Office, the political arm of the prime minister’s office. They also touched on other issues including climate change, the Arctic, the security situation in West Africa and the fight against illicit drugs in the Americas. The Latin American illicit drug trade, said Schafer, concerns Europeans because it is directly linked to the financing of the terrorist groups that have been active in Mali and across West Africa. He said Europe has good co-operation with Canada on working to stem the flow of illegal drugs from the Americas across the Atlantic Ocean. 2.8125” x 3”

Let market decide, Conservative cabinet minister tells Finance minister Flaherty on mortgage rates Flaherty came under attack Tuesday from opposition leaders who accused him of interfering with decisions of private businesses acting under the rules he set and of making it more expensive for Canadians to purchase a home. In a statement, Manulife said it had restored the higher rate “after consulting with the Department of Finance.” It was not the first time Flaherty has intervened in the financial sector. Earlier this month, the minister personally phoned the Bank of Montreal to complain about its decision to lower the five-year rate to 2.99 per cent. BMO did not reverse its position after the call and the rate remains unchanged. Interim Liberal leader Bob Rae said

he believes Flaherty has violated the Competition Act, which prohibits anyone from counselling a restriction on competition. “It sounds to me like that’s what he’s doing,” Rae said. “We either have a competitive mortgage market or we do not. And it’s clear to me that Mr. Flaherty would prefer to have a cartel where ... he and his officials are setting the interest rates for every mortgage in this country.” In Toronto, where he was trying on new shoes to wear for delivery of Thursday’s budget, Flaherty made no apologies for his intervention. He insisted he was acting to protect consumers. “My concern for a number of years with very low mortgage rates is to ensure

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THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA - Not everyone in the Conservative cabinet is backing Jim Flaherty’s latest intervention in the mortgage market. Small Business Minister Maxime Bernier says he believes the finance minister overstepped his bounds by having his office phone Manulife Financial and ask they withdraw their discount on fiveyear mortgages to 2.89 per cent from 3.09. Bernier told reporters Wednesday he would not have done it. “Me, personally, I would not dictate to businesses what prices to decide,” he said. “It’s the market. It’s supply and demand that decides the prices. It is the case for interest rates, it is the case for other products too.”


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Will the Vancouver housing market crash? Should I be waiting for a major drop in prices before buying a home in Vancouver? Should I sell my Vancouver home, rent for a while and then be able to buy an equivalent home for a lot less money? The answer to all of them is a resounding NO. First let me clarify that I am using ‘Vancouver’ as the greater Vancouver area, sometimes referred to as Metro. Second, a crash is a large and sudden price decline where prices do not recover to previous levels in the short to medium term. Housing prices did crash in the 1980’s but a major difference is that at that time many homes had been bought by speculators on very small margins and interest rates soared well into double digit levels. Now, very few homes are held on spec and any anticipated increase in interest rates is expected to be very modest. Mortgage rates may even go down. Canadian banks make a significant share of their profits from mortgage lending and it is a low risk part of their business since

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their prudent lending standards reduce the chance of default. Also, many mortgages are guaranteed by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). In fact, looking to maintain or increase the bank’s mortgage business, the Bank of Montreal has recently reduced its five year fixed mortgage lending rate from 3.09 per cent to 2.99 per cent making house buying a tad more affordable. The cost of housing in Vancouver is not likely to change dramatically for the foreseeable future. It may soften a bit or it may even rise a bit. The MLS home price index in the Greater

Vancouver area actually rose 0.4 per cent from January to February this year. Prices are about 3 per cent lower than they were six months or a year ago, but are 4 per cent higher than they were three years ago. Prices for detached homes have been the softest, while apartments and townhouses have seen much less change, reflecting the trend to condos as a more affordable form of housing. February sales in Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are still below trend, but are higher than they were in January and attendance at open houses has been rising. The housing industry has been expressing optimism about housing sales and prices, with a 43 per cent increase in single family starts over the past year. Starts of multiple units have fallen in that time, but this is attributed to banks demanding higher levels of pre-sales before offering financing. Anne McMullin, CEO of the Urban Development Institute, expects this to

delay but not reduce the overall level of starts. There are two groups which would benefit from declining home prices. First are people in the Vancouver area who do not own real estate and whose income level does not enable them to afford the size and location of home to which they aspire. Many have adjusted by seeking a smaller home and/or one in a less costly neighbourhood. But some cannot afford even that. A second group are the retirement age baby boomers across Canada who hope to spend their golden years in this small corner of Canada where you don’t have to shovel snow. They are frustrated because a home anywhere else in Canada buys much less home in and around Vancouver. They are also one of the main reasons why a housing crash will not occur. Any drop in prices will lead to retirees entering the Vancouver housing market, putting a floor under prices. Those in the international community do not seem to mind our house price levels. When looked

at in a global context, home prices in Vancouver are not unreasonable. Ask anyone from London or Hong Kong. And people from around the world see not only good value in our real estate, but also an open society, a pleasant climate and a stable political environment. Finally, the majority of people in greater Vancouver already own real estate, benefit from current housing values and would be hurt by a crash or any serious drop. They do not want to see the value of their biggest asset decline. Home equity often forms a large part of retirement savings and people count on it in their financial planning. So, if you want some Vancouver real estate should you buy now even if you pay a little more and get a little less than you had hoped? Probably. And should you sell your Vancouver real estate in the hope of buying it back later for less? Definitely, not. Troy Media BC’s Business columnist Roslyn Kunin is a consulting economist and speaker and can be reached at www. rkunin.com.


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national Government launches ad campaign aimed at combating marriage fraud THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA - The government is warning prospective lovebirds to protect themselves against marriage fraud before tying the knot. The Department of Citizenship and Immigration has launched an ad campaign aimed at informing Canadians and newcomers on how to avoid becoming victims of immigration fraud involving so-called “marriages of convenience.” The campaign launched on Wednesday - which includes a video featuring real victims of marriage fraud - is part of Fraud Prevention Month, which focuses on a particular immigration issue each year. Last year’s campaign focused on informing Canadians about unauthorized immigration consultants. The Conservative government moved last October requiring some immigrant spouses to live with their sponsor for two years or risk losing their permanent resident status. The rule only applies to those who have been married less than two years and have no children together at the time of their immigration application. Four short videos were posted on the Citizenship and Immigration website

and YouTube channel on Wednesday. “Many Canadians marry people from other countries, but sometimes marriage is a scam to jump the immigration line,” one of the videos intoned. “Marriage fraud, it could cost you more than a broken heart. Don’t be a victim,” said another. In the longest video, which runs for just over five minutes, victims of marriage fraud share accounts of their spouses using them as tickets into the country. “I have heard stories from victims across the country that have been left emotionally and financially devastated because of immigration fraud,” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said in a statement. “Canada’s doors are open to the vast majority of newcomers who are hard-working and follow the rules, but Canadians have no tolerance for anyone who tries to jump the immigration line to gain entry to Canada or acquire permanent residency or citizenship through fraudulent means.” Ottawa’s new rules on marriage fraud were developed over two years of consultations during which the government heard concerns from dozens of groups that victims of domes-

tic violence could be unfairly penalized. In implementing the new rules, the government said the conditional permanent resident status for sponsored spouses will be waived in cases where there is evidence of abuse or neglect, or where the Canadian spouse dies. Nonetheless, the government has still been criticized by groups like the Canadian Council for Refugees who say the new rules could allow an abusive sponsoring partner to use the threat of deportation to manipulate their spouse. The new rules are complaint-based, meaning it’s up to those caught up in fraudulent marriages to report possible violations to the Canada Border Services Agency. Immigration officers are also trained to detect marriages of convenience while going through immigration applications. In January, the CBSA charged seven people in the Toronto area in connection with a ”marriage of convenience” scheme. The agency had said the accused acted as go-betweens who arranged for Canadian citizens to marry and sponsor Chinese nationals. Online: http://www.cic. gc.ca/fraud

Natives say they will do what it takes to stop pipelines THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA - An alliance of First Nations leaders is preparing to fight proposed new pipelines in the courts and through unspecified direct action. Native leaders from Canada and the United States were on Parliament Hill on Wednesday to underline opposition to both the Northern Gateway and Keystone XL pipelines. The first would tie the Alberta oil sands to the West Coast, while the second would send bitumen to refineries on the American Gulf Coast. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver said the federal government is consulting with First Nations, and is ready to hear their concerns. “We’re making

every effort to respond to the concerns we have heard on the West Coast,” he said after a caucus meeting. “I’ve had quite a few conversations with aboriginal leaders and aboriginal people. And I’ve found those conversations very constructive. They want to do the best for their communities and we want to do the best for their communities as well. So I remain very hopeful.” Some of the chiefs brushed off the federal government’s appointment this week of a special envoy to look at tensions between natives and the energy industry. Vancouver-based lawyer Doug Eyford is to focus on energy infrastructure in Western Canada, but

some native leaders say he has no credibility. He is to examine First Nations concerns about the troubled Northern Gateway proposal, as well as the development of liquid natural gas plants, marine terminals and other energy infrastructure in British Columbia and Alberta. He will discuss environmental protection, jobs and economic development, and First Nations rights to a share of the wealth from natural resources. “He’s going to be reaching out to find out more about their interests and their concerns and to look for ways that resource development can help improve the lives of aboriginals, create more employment,

create more opportunities for communities,” Oliver said. Some native chiefs, however, said Eyford has already failed. Although he is also the federal government’s chief negotiator on comprehensive land claims, they said he hasn’t accomplished much on that file. Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said natives are determined to block the pipelines. “It’s going to be a long, hot summer,” he said at a news conference. “We have a lot of issues at stake.” Phil Lane Jr. of the American Yankton Sioux, said native groups south of the border will stand with their Canadian cousins.

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OBITUARIES MITCHELL, CHARLIE — September 9, 1931 - March 16, 2013. It is with great sadness we announce the peaceful passing of Charlie Mitchell. Charlie and Paula Collins lived in Trail for four years. He loved Keno and all of his friends. He will be missed but remembered fondly for his Scottish Brogue, humour and his love of laughter and singing. He was an adored father, stepfather, grandfather and friend. God Speed, Charlie!

British horror writer James Herbert, author of ‘The Rats’ and ‘The Fog,’ dies His books continued to be huge bestsellers right up until his death THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LONDON - He was a “Grand Master” of horror and rats were one of his specialties. British horror writer James Herbert, whose bestselling spine-tinglers included “The Rats” and “The Fog,” has died at age 69. Herbert’s publisher, Pan Macmillan, said he died Wednesday at his home in Sussex, southern England. It did not disclose the cause. The Londonborn Herbert studied graphic design, print and photography before finding work at an advertising agency. His first novel, “The Rats” - which depicted London being overrun by mutant flesh-eating rodents - took 10 months to complete and was published in 1974. It sold 100,000 copies in three weeks and was later turned into a film. He went on to write 23 novels, selling 54 million copies around the world. Most recent bestsellers included

“Nobody True” and “The Secret of Crickley Hall,” which was turned into a threepart series for BBC television that aired in December. Jeremy Trevathan, Herbert’s editor for ten years at Macmillan, said Herbert had the “rare distinction” of seeing his novels deemed classics of the horror genre within his lifetime. “It’s a true testament to his writing and his enduring creativity that his books continued to be huge bestsellers right up until his death,” Trevathan said in a statement. “His death marks the passing of one of the giants of popular fiction in the 20th century.” Herbert was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE, by Queen Elizabeth II in 2010 - the same year he was named “Grand Master of Horror” by the World of Horror Convention. He is survived by his wife Eileen and three daughters.

PEOPLE Gosling eschews leading man conventions BY JAKE COYLE

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NEW YORK - What’s Ryan Gosling’s secret to his on-screen poise, his ability to disarm and provoke merely by his laconic presence? “Just try not to blink,” he says with a self-deprecating smile. But Gosling’s uncanny, communicative stillness - along with his sensitive vulnerability, his serious dedication to his work and, well, the guy ain’t bad looking - has made him one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, a widely beloved, new-generation idol. It might be the only role he’s uncomfortable playing. Rather than exude preternatural cool, in a recent interview Gosling spoke more with the uncertain, self-critical grasping of a still-developing actor trying to find his foothold in an illusory profession. Soon to direct his first film, he’s looking forward to taking a step back just when moviegoers can’t get enough. “I’ve been doing it too much,” he says of acting. “I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that. I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does.” But first, this spring will bring two new films from Gosling, starting with “The Place Beyond the Pines,” his second collaboration with director Derek Cianfrance, whose gritty portrait of decaying love in “Blue Valentine” was one of the first showcases of Gosling’s talent for immersing himself in a character. In “The Place Beyond the Pines,” which opens in limited release March 29, Gosling plays a tattooed motorbike rider in a travelling circus who, visiting an old fling (played by Gosling’s real-life girlfriend, Eva Mendes), finds out he’s the father of her toddler - a discovery that prompts an awakening in him, along with a desperate urge to support the child. With a more experienced friend (Ben Mendelsohn), he takes to robbing banks in Schenectady, N.Y. His story composes the first section of a triptych connected by a violent incident that reverberates across generations. “One thing that kind of handed me the key to the character was that I totally overdid it with the tattoos,” says Gosling, who has a teardrop inked beneath his left eye in the film. “I said to Derek, ‘I got to lose this face tattoo. It’s the worst. It’s so distracting and it’s going to ruin everything.’ And he said, ‘Well, I’m sure that’s how people with face tattoos feel. So now you have to pay the consequences of your actions.’ So I had to do the whole film with it and now see it on posters. It gave me a sense of shame that I feel was inherent to the character.” In conversation, Gosling is thoughtful, even eloquent about his acting but less intense and lighter - that calm poise again - than his words make him out to be. Having started performing as an

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Ryan Gosling plays a tattooed motorbike rider in a traveling circus in his latest film ”The Place Beyond the Pines.” 8-year-old (coming from an Ontario, “I haven’t quite figured out what the Canada, home of divorced, working- balance is between being able to be lost class Mormons), the 32-year-old Gosling in it - or try to, anyway - and then step has now been in entertainment for more outside of it.” than two decades. He was famously part Cianfrance, whose background is in of the “Mickey Mouse Club,” along with documentaries, shoots in real locations child cast members Justin Timberlake, and encourages improvisation, pushBritney Spears and Christina Aguilera. ing, the director says, toward “that Often performing in secondary roles to place where acting stops and behaviour them conditioned Gosling, he says, to begins.” Mendelsohn, who with Gosling consider himself an ensemble player and significantly altered their characters’ character actor. relationship into a less typical, shifty “There’s a lot of pressure to be the friendship shortly before filming started, lead of a film,” he says. “I have done it. recalls the week of freeform shooting as It’s not my favourite way to work.” “gossamer.” Gosling’s break came in 2001’s “The “Ryan, without terribly much trouble, Believer,” in which he played a neo-Nazi could be the world’s most ginormous teenager. A new level of fame came with box-office juggernaut type of thing,” “The Notebook,” the 2004 romance co- says Mendelsohn, whom Gosling recstarring Rachel McAdams that made ommended for the movie and who’ll Gosling a bona fide heartthrob. co-star in Gosling’s soon-to-begin-film“By virtue of being in a movie like ing directorial debut, “How to Catch a that, it just changes people’s perception Monster.” ”From what I can gather, his of you,” he says. “But it doesn’t make it interests are a lot more nuanced.“ true.” A self-declared “mama’s boy” havSince then, he’s largely eschewed ing growing up with his mother (who the conventional movie star path many home-schooled him) and sister, Gosling in Hollywood would love for him to regularly inverts traditional movie maspursue. Instead, he’s worked in natur- culinity for more vulnerable, conflicted alistic indies like “Half Nelson” (Oscar- portraits. He calls his muscly “Pines” nominated for his performance as a character “a melting pot of all these wayward but decent inner-city teacher) masculine cliches” who, faced with a and the offbeat comedy “Lars and the child, realizes “none of those things Real Girl” (as a delusional introvert with make a man.” a life-size doll for a girlfriend). With his kind of consuming devoHe was atypically active in 2011, with tion, it’s little surprise that Gosling’s three varied roles: an idealistic press personal relationships often blur with secretary in George Clooney’s “Ides of his fictional ones. Cianfrance calls him a March”; a suave ladies’ man in “Crazy, brother. Refn refers to their “bromance.” Stupid, Love” (a rare glimpse of a pol- He’s had lengthy relationships with sevished, buoyant Gosling); and a quiet, eral of his co-stars, including McAdams, proficient getaway driver in “Drive.” Sandra Bullock (“Murder By Numbers”) “Ryan was able to convey everything and Mendes, who’ll also co-star in his vocal-less,” says “Drive” director Nicolas “How to Catch a Monster.” Winding Refn, who also directs Gosling “Working with someone is the best in “Only God Forgives,” due out in May. way to get to know someone, especially “He was beyond talking. His movement, if it’s a creative endeavour,” says Gosling. his posture, his eyes, his thoughts would “When you work creatively with sometell a story.” body, it’s very telling and you sort of Gosling often obsessively plunges fast-track with everyone.” into a character. For “Lars and the Real Having arrived at a rarefied position Girl,” he lived with the doll. In “Blue in movies, Gosling intends to appreciate Valentine,” he stayed in a Scranton, Pa., it, even if his version of a “leading man” house with his movie wife, Michelle is to question masculine stereotypes and Williams, for a month. For “Pines,” he avoid leading altogether. learned to skillfully ride his motorbike, “The more opportunities I’m given, which he kept and still rides. the more I learn about how easy it is to He grants that he tries to stay “hyper- (expletive) it up,” he says. “You fight for focused” to shield him from the “seduc- freedom and then you get it, and then tive environment” of film sets. But he you have enough rope to hang yourself. declines any Method acting mantle: “I It’s like trying to exercise some restraint don’t know what I’m doing,” he says. because I do have so much freedom.”

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Mother Nature was kind to the Birchbank Golf Course this winter, and with the expertise of course superintendent Greg Kennedy the greens and fairways are in great shape, the course ready to play. Despite a gentle interlude of snow Wednesday, area golfers have been working out the kinks on the Birchbank driving range since Monday and after a forgettable spring last season, the course is scheduled to open today (weather permitting). With golf carts and golfers revved up and ready to hit the fairways, all holes and greens at Birchbank are in play, and the course opening weeks ahead of last year’s schedule. “Everything looks good, we treated with my winter fungicide, almost perfect control,” said Kennedy. And while the practice putting green took a bit of a hit from being in the shade, the rest of the putting surfaces are almost perfect says Kennedy. “The playable greens are all in great shape, and the fairways when the sun comes up and green up things will be really good. We had a good winter, right off the bat we had a snow cover and we didn’t have any freezing, like rain, freezing, thawing, freezing, thawing. It was fairly mild and with the good snow cover, it protected it. But everything was done the same the year before it was just Mother Nature, she was good to us this year.” To welcome spring and celebrate the early opening, Birchbank is slashing the prices on green fees, offering 25 per cent off until the end of April. In addition, any new golfers wishing to become a member will have the $500 initiation fee waived, and family memberships will also have free access to the driving range for the season. “Then in May right through September we’ll have green-fee specials almost every day and all the long weekends,” said business manager Kelly Rintoul. Dennis Bradley returns to the pro shop with a full line of golf clubs and accessories, from Nike, Callaway, Titleist, Taylor Made, and more as well as the expertise to custom fit all makes and model to your swing. “We’ve got a big selection and we have some deals where we are the only ones in the area to carry those products,” said Bradley. In addition to a great selection and exclusive rights, the pro shop will also meet all Golf Town prices. “We need to be competitive so now if someone needs a Ping putter or a Nike driver they don’t need to go to Kelowna to get it,” added Bradley. A highlight of the season is the B.C. Boys High School golf championships slated for June and the Trail Smoke Eaters return to the links for its annual fundraiser. “I think after last year, people will just appreciate it even more,” added Rintoul. “With the course condition, and the specials, we are all excited about the season.” Birchbank is also hiring in the pro shop and the new restaurant that is set to open in early April. Like Birchbank Golf on FaceBook and be entered to win special prize draws. Tee times and driving range open at 10 a.m.

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Trail’s Ken Koshey is surrounded by his supportive Atom team after being honoured with the B.C. Sports Hero award last year. The longtime Trail coach is one of the top volunteers in Canada in the Kraft Hockey Goes On campaign to recognize and reward hockey’s best supporters.

Kraft contest picks Koshey BY JIM BAILEY

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Trail’s Ken Koshey has been involved in hockey all his life, but little did he know how much his contributions as coach and volunteer could mean to a community. Koshey was one of 100 “Kraft Hockey Goes On” volunteers selected in its nation-wide contest, and is now in the running to win a $100,000 cash award for Greater Trail Minor Hockey Association (GTMHA). “I’m thrilled,” said Koshey. “You know when I first got the call, I thought it was pretty nice, but now, wow, I think it’s better than winning the lottery.” And indeed it just might be. If residents can muster enough support in this weekend’s voting, GTMHA may just be the lucky beneficiary of a substantial prize that resulted because of the NHL lockout. “We were very pleasantly surprised when I heard,” said GTMHA’s Glenn Wallace. “I talked to Ken this morning, and after talking to him about his experience and his involvement in the program, I mean he’s perfect.” Koshey was born and raised in Dauphin, Man., where he grew up skating on the prairie ponds before heading west at age 15 to play for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Weyburn Redwings. Following a tryout with the NHL’s Redwings of Detroit, Koshey made his way to Trail in 1965 to suit up for the Smoke Eaters and to continue playing the game he loved. Over the years he raised a family, worked at Teck, and in the early 70’s

began coaching minor hockey at all levels, from Atom to Junior, male, female, and co-ed in Trail, Fruitvale, Rossland, and Castlegar. But he found his niche with the younger players, replacing a fierce competitive spirit with one of support, understanding, and encouragement, with the focus on “having fun” and instilling a positive attitude in all his players. “The program around here has been good to me and it’s not only the kids, but the great parents you meet, it’s just everything is so positive,” says Koshey. “I love it, I look forward to it, and in fact, I think it’s 181 days and we’ll be starting again.” Trail resident Alison Morrison nominated Koshey after her son played on his Atom team. “It doesn’t even matter if it’s kids on his team, in general he wants kids to have a great experience and I think that’s so admirable,” said Morrison. “And not even just kids, as an adult I find him very inspiring.” Meanwhile Morrison and the GTMHA is trying to get the word out through social media and other media outlets to generate as much support as possible. It’s now up to the community to step it up for Koshey and minor hockey by logging into www.krafthockeygoeson.ca during a 48-hour voting period, starting Saturday at 6 a.m. local time, and ending Sunday at 8:59:59 p.m. The top five nominees each receive $100,000 prizes for their minor hockey associations, while the 20 second prize nominations will receive $20,000.

It was deja vu all over again and again as the Trail Commercial Hockey League final pitted the top two seeds, OK Tire and RE/Max, against each other in the championship match. And just like last season’s 5-2 finale, this back-and-forth battle ended in a 5-3 come-frombehind victory for the rubber barons. OK Tire was pumped after taking the TCHL regular-season crown by two points over Re/ Max, and after a bumpy start against Firebird in the playoffs, the mud-busting marauders would oust the Birds in three, paving their way to its fifth straight championship on Thursday. “Our experience, mental toughness, and superior skills ensured a convincing victory.” said Tire captain Peter Sheets. Smooth-skating Shaun Venturini gathered a pass from Darrin Williams and beat Re/Max goalie Chris McIsaac at 4:23 of the second period netting what proved to be the winner, after being down 3-1 in the first period. The Tire’s indefatigable D-man Darrin Kissock opened the scoring with a blast from the point, but Re/Max would strike back quickly. First, former Beaver Valley Avalanche Paul Barclay snuck one by the Tire’s netminder Rocky Dickson to tie it, then 30 seconds later Kieran Hill converted a nice pass from Cohen Rutherglen to give the realtors the 2-1 lead. Re/Max forward Jason Vecchio wired home a nice offering from two-time TCHL scoring champion Graham Proulx following a pin-point pass from an unassuming but always dangerous Grant Tyson to make it a two-goal lead, but the durable Tire would not be denied. “From our first team meeting last August, our plan was to toy with Re/Max by allowing them to remain in first place and beat us headto-head through the season,” said Kyle “Boots” Boutin. “Our plan worked perfectly with the total demoralization commencing with our Presidents trophy win followed by the Stanley Cup victory.” See DRAKE, Page 12

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BY TIMES STAFF Greater Trail Bantam AA Smoke Eaters made it to the semifinal game at the provincial championships in Kelowna Wednesday, but would come up short against a tough West Kelowna team. The Bantams won a thrilling 2-1 match against Kelowna Tuesday to advance, but lost a close 4-3 decision to West Kelowna Wednesday. Mathew Alderson scored the game winner late in the third period to send Trail into the playoff round. However, a hat trick by Spencer McLean in the semifinal wasn’t enough

to carry the Bantam AA Smokies into the final. Greater Trail played Langley in the bronze-medal game, and Juan de Fuca faced West Kelowna Wednesday evening in the championship match but scores were unavailable at press time. Meanwhile, the Trail Pee Wee AA team lost its final game Tuesday, a 5-4 comefrom-behind win for Cranbrook, while the Bantam A Wildcats tied Prince George in its final match 1-1. The Midget AA squad found its stride with a 10-0 drubbing of Williams Lake, but all missed the playoff round.


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FROM PAGE 11 Venturini got the Tires rolling when he notched his first of two on the night after a sparkling setup from Drake. Power-forward Boutin would then put the finishing touches on another Drake and Williams passing play to tie it at 8:23 of the middle frame before Venturini’s heroics netted the winner. Drake would ice the game collecting his fourth point of the night, as he completed a surprisingly finesse play from the dynamic defensive duo of Kissock and Kevin

Chartres. The Tire would ride Dickson, a former Beaver Valley Nitehawk, the rest of the way to claim the TCHL title. “With five straight championships, this team is nearing a dynasty unsurpassed in amateur sport,” added an elated Dickson. Drake received the Most Valuable Player award in the playoffs and also claimed the regular season scoring title, while the season MVP went to Craig Clare, best defenceman to Dallas Stanton, and best goalie to Mike Kooznetsoff.

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By Times Staff The first team to qualify for the second round is the Penticton Vees after they eliminated the Salmon Arm SilverBacks with a 5-1 win. The Vees blitzed the ‘Backs for four goals in the first with Ryan Gropp getting a goal and an assist in the frame. Jedd Soleway made it 5-0 in the second and Ryan Schwalbe got the lone Salmon Arm goal early in the third. A goal each period from three different scorers enabled the West Kelowna Warriors to take a 3-1 series lead on the Merritt Centennials with a 3-2 win in Game 4. Matt Anholt opened the scoring shorthanded for the Tribe but Tyler Martin scored 11 seconds later to make it 1-1 after one. The teams traded goals again in the second with Brendan Lamont and Shawn Hochhausen scoring. Reid Simmonds’ goal at 3:52 of the second won it with Tyler Briggs kicking out 38 saves for the win and 1st Star nod. The winner will play Penticton in the Interior Conference final. A second-straight win on home ice, a 3-2 victory for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs, has forced Game 5 Wednesday night against the Nanaimo

Clippers at Frank Crane Arena. Scoreless after one, Evan Tironese and Manny Gialedakis each scored power-play goals in the second to put the ‘Dogs ahead. Reid Sturos got the Clips on the board at 12:54 of the third but Chase Van Allen restored the two-goal edge for Alberni Valley just 26 seconds later. Sturos got one in the final minute with the extra attacker on the ice but that’s as close as it would get. Jay Deo made 39 saves to earn 1st Star and the win. Also forcing a decisive Game 5 were the Prince George Spruce Kings who scored a 5-2 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. The other team advancing to the next round is the Surrey Eagles who finished the Langley Rivermen with a 6-3 road win. Surrey took command with a three-goal second period getting two of Adam Tambellini’s three goals in the frame plus one from Nic Pierog. Surrey will play the winner of the PG-Chilliwack series in Round 2. There will also be Game 5 in Victoria on Wednesday night after the Grizzlies earned a 5-1 road win over the Powell River Kings. Wednesday night scores were unavailable at press time.

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After a 3-1 win Monday, the Castlegar Rebels claimed the KIJHL Kootenay Conference title with a 3-2 win over Golden Rockets Tuesday. The Rebels outscored Golden 17 - 4 during the series and have earned a weeklong break before going after the KIJHL Championship on Tuesday against either the North Okanagan Knights or the Osoyoos Coyotes.

There was no scoring in the first but forward Kody Disher put the Rebels on the board at 17:15 of the second period, with assists from Matt Reed and Stuart Walton. Bryan Lubin then added another at 15:26 from Hunter Jenerou to take a two-goal lead. What proved to be the game (and conference) winner came on the power play from Brenden Heinrich at 19:35 of the third, with assists coming from Erik Alden and Trail

native Jamie Vlanich. The Rockets fought back valiantly with goals from Blake Roney on a power play at 14:48 and Brad Orr at 5:57 but could not level the game. Jordan Gluck got to enjoy the feeling of a conference title win in net for the Rebels, turning aside all but two of Golden’s 26 shots. The North Okanagan Knights beat Osoyoos 5-1 Tuesday. Game five goes tonight in Armstrong at 7 p.m.

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grown children. We wouldn’t dream of dropping in on them unannounced or constantly calling when we know they want some peace and quiet. I call my parents twice a week to check on them. They are both in excellent health. Am I supposed to account to them every single day? Why do they do this, and how can we get some peace while keeping the peace? -Perplexed Dear Perplexed: You have two simple options: Either call your parents once a day to check on them and let them hear your voice, or turn your cellphones on vibrate

imagine your friend wouldn’t be thrilled to know you have given your business to someone else, although if she sees you as a true friend and not simply as a paying client, she will get over it. But why don’t you first show her your new style and ask whether she can duplicate it? It could solve the problem with less angst. Dear Annie: I read all the responses to “Your Husband” about who is at fault in the bedroom. I’ve been married for 27 years. I am in good shape, work 50 hours a week, do a lot of the cooking and help clean. My wife works part time out of the house. Yet, when it comes to a relationship in or out of the bedroom, she ignores me. I have tried to get her to talk, but she won’t. I have tried to do little things to show her that I love and appreciate her, but she always takes them the wrong way. It makes me a

little gun shy to keep asking. Men have feelings, too. We need attention from our spouses as much as they do. I have thought about what it would be like to find a little on the side, but have resisted. There is an old saying

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Dear Annie: Many years ago, my wife and I lived near my parents. After three years of putting up with their too frequent and always unannounced visits, we moved slightly farther away. My Dad is the worst offender. Mom caters to his every whim. Dad is extremely selfish and really never cares whether he intrudes. After we moved, the drop-in visits became less frequent, but now the constant phone calls drive us crazy. I have nicely explained to Mom that after a hard day at work, we turn off our landline so we can have some quiet time. I told her not to worry if we don’t answer. I also told her that if there is an emergency, she can call our cellphones. The problem is, Dad goes ballistic if he cannot reach us and immediately tells Mom to call our cellphones. We have been married 29 years and have

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) This is an accident-prone day for your kids, so be careful. Know where they are at all times, and remove potential hazards. As the saying goes, kids will be kids. Nevertheless, accidents can be prevented. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Your home routine will change for some reason today. Small appliances could break down; you might run out of

coffee; minor breakages could occur. It’s a crapshoot. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) This is an accident-prone day for you, primarily because you might be distracted or angry. Pay attention and keep your cool. After all, you’re in charge of things. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) Guard your money and possessions against loss or theft today. Meanwhile, you

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES The WarďŹ eld Pool is now hiring seasonal Pool Staff for the 2013 season. These positions are available: Pool Manager: The successful candidate must be an experienced, organized, mature, competent, dynamic leader, and team player; who will be responsible for the daily operation of the Pool and provide leadership to the Pool Staff. Starts May to August. The following qualiďŹ cations are a MUST: Pool Operator 1,NLS, WSI, CPR-C, Standard First Aid, LSI. Senior Guard: The successful candidates will work under the supervision of the Pool Manager from mid-May to August; show leadership to the Junior Guards; teach lessons; while providing a safe, enjoyable environment to the customers. The following qualiďŹ cations are a MUST: NLS, WSI, CRP-C, and Standard First Aid. Junior Guard: The successful candidates will have the opportunity to gain valuable Life Guarding experience under the watchful eyes of the Manager and Senior Staff from mid-June to August. The following qualiďŹ cations are a must: NLS, WSI, CRP-C, and Standard First Aid. Slide Attendant: The successful candidates must be selfmotivated, who can work independently and as a team player under the supervision of the Pool Manager; while be responsible for the waterslide from mid-June â&#x20AC;&#x201C; August. The following qualiďŹ cations are a must: 16 years old, Bronze Cross, CRP-C, and Standard First Aid. A detailed Job Description and Application form can be found on the Villageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website: warďŹ eld.ca. Send your resume, a completed V of W Job Application with copies of all certiďŹ cations, to the Village of WarďŹ eld, 555 SchoďŹ eld Highway, Trail, B. C. V1R 2G7; by Fax: 250-368-9354; by Email: recreation@shawlink.ca. Deadline: April 12, 2013.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 Trail Times

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Heartless thieves target victims of Johnson’s Landing slide By Kirsten Hildebrand Nelson Star

The Kaslo RCMP is currently investigating a rash of break-ins, they call heartless, to people and properties affected by last year’s massive landslide at Johnson’s Landing. Thieves risked their own lives and entered the slide area to gain access to several homes within the evacuated zone and stole tools and other items. “These poor people have been displaced, with Mother Nature victimizing them, and then these thieves have gone back to an unoccupied residence to further victimize these people — it is not very fair,” says Cpl. Shaun Begg of Kaslo.

“For people to be that desperate or wanting goods that badly that they’re going to risk potentially their lives to attain some property that’s not worth that much, it just seems strange.” On March 17, police received a report of a break and enter involving four unoccupied buildings in the Johnson’s Landing slide area. Sometime during March 11 to 16, unknown suspects broke into one residence and a garage, and then navigated their way through slide debris to access two more unoccupied residences on the south side of Johnson’s Landing. RCMP attended the Johnson’s Landing site to speak with local resi-

The Local Experts™

dents and to conduct neighborhood enquiries. However, due to potential slope instability, officers didn’t attend two vacant residences on the south side of the slide. Warning signs remain in place and the public is cautioned not to go into the area based on geo-technical analysis. “This area is still unstable,” said Sgt. Dan Seibel, Kootenay Boundary Regional Detachment. “There’s the potential for another slide and this time of year, especially, with the rain and snowpack melting, who knows what could happen.” RCMP is seeking the public’s assistance in this investigation.

Photo courtesy Bob Keating/CBC Radio

Kaslo RCMP are looking for a suspect in a string of break-ins at unoccupied residences in the hamlet.

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Spectacular 4 bdrm 3 bath townhome located at Red Mountain, open floor plan gas fireplace, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, steam shower, decks and patios to take advantage of the amazing views!

Cozy, cute and nicely updated 2 bdrm home with laundry room and storage space in the basement. The lot is in the process of being subdivided and this home will sit on an approx 60x50 lot. Quick possession available!

3 bdrm home in Sunningdale! Features large living room, country kitchen, huge family/room, and workshop. Single car garage and enough room for a couple more vehicles on the paved driveway. Make certain to have this home on your viewing list.

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$237,900

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231-5591

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3 bdrm home in $185,900 Sunningdale. Vinyl 4 bdrm 2 bath family home in Sunny siding, ac- u/g Salmo! On .46 flat acre, fully fenced, sprinklers, 24 x 20 and insulated 12x16 shop, treed shop with ventilation. powered & private, large mudroom, master suite, Mechanical upgrades generous open kitchen with breakfast - call your REALTOR® nook for 2. Only one minute to shopping for a viewing. & all amenities the beautiful Village of Salmo has to offer. Call Mark (250)

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Columbia Gardens Winery 9340 Station Road, Trail

Perfect starter home featuring 2 bdrms on the main, gleaming hardwood floors, newer kitchen, upgraded mechanics, u/g sprinkler system and a private back deck. Downstairs you will find laundry, more storage, a 2nd bathroom (3pc) and 2 more finished bdrms.

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1912 Hummingbird Dr, Fruitvale

$379,000

$195,000

Built in 2008 this 4 bdrm, 3 bath home boasts vaulted ceilings, fireplace and Convenient location and lovely views, this loads of sunlight. Enjoy the bright home is move in ready. The plumbing, wiring and most of the flooring has been spacious walkout basement with covered deck, large family room/hobby room, updated. Bonus is a second kitchen, full and access to the double garage. bath and outside access in the basement All this situated on a quiet street on a for separate living. This one will go very large flat lot. quick. Call now! Call Deanne (250) 231-0153

Call Deanne (250) 231-0153

3353 Dahlia Crescent, Trail

$199,000

$159,000

501 Montcalm Road, Warfield $314,000

845 Burns Avenue, Warfield $255,000

Call Mary A (250) 521-0525

Ron 368-1162 Darlene 231-0527

Looking for that property that has it all? Large garden areas, fruit trees, privacy, views, immaculate home. 1.3 acres of space and only 4 blocks from Webster school. Call Ron or Darlene today.

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Art Forrest

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2068 Topping Street, Trail

$89,000

3 bdrm Glenmerry bungalow. Many upgrades including roofing, furnace, a/c and hot water tank. New 100 amp electrical panel to be installed before possession. Single car garage in a great location, close to elementary school and on bus routes. Excellent back yard with good privacy.

Solid home with amazing views. This home has large, enclosed front porch, great living room with wood-burning fireplace and 2 bdrm on main. Exterior of house is vinyl siding and most windows have been updated. Just a bit of your decor items, and this house will be home.

Call Mary M (250) 231-0264

Call Mary M (250) 231-0264

WE CAN SELL YOUR HOME. NOBODY HAS THE RESOURCES WE DO! Deanne Lockhart ext 41

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675 Shakespeare Street, Warfield

This 4 bdrm 2 bath home has lots of space, private patio, fireplace and woodstove. Great price for this solid home in a solid neighborhood.

$269,000

Fantastic southern exposure, a gorgeous 90 x 100 fenced yard and a sunken family room with a wood stove and lots of windows to take in the view are featured in this 3 bedroom / 1.5 bath home. Full basement with a large hobby room and workshop, tiled mudroom entry and close to downtown Rossland.

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We Sell Great Homes! Beautifully maintained upper Warfield home with a sunny dining area addition. One bedroom on the main floor, two upstairs and another in the basement that could easily be a rec room. Nice yard with a patio for summer dining. Garage & a large workshop below.

1947 Kootenay Avenue, Rossland

Mary Martin

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Terry Alton

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Tonnie Stewart

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Ron Allibone

Cell: 250-368-1162

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Richard Daoust

Cell: 250-368-7897

ext 24

richard.daoust@century21.ca www.kootenayhomes.com


Trail Daily Times, March 21, 2013