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Aspen Planers Ltd. has purchased the Ardew Site but have not confirmed any further plans for the site. Craig Lindsay/Herald

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A spokesperson for Aspen Planers Ltd. has confirmed that the company has purchased the former Ardew Wood Products Mill site. “We have purchased

Ardew,” said David Gray. “We’re sitting down and reviewing all of our options at this time. There are challenges but we’ve started reviewing the process but we don’t have anything to say at this point.” The Ardew Mill

shut down on January 11 of this year. The shutdown led to 50 lost jobs. Aspen Planers would not confirm the purchase cost, but Gray said they are thankful to Ardew owner Erik Norgaard. “We want to give

acknowledgement to Erik Norgaard and his father for working hard and working in a very difficult environment,” said Gray. “It’s certainly not easy and it’s certainly not clear what the future is, but we’re reviewing all our options at

the present time. This was a big step for Erik. It was a difficult one for him. We respect him. We think a lot of him. We’ve taken on a responsibility of trying to figure out what the future is.” Aspen Planers Ltd. was founded in 1959 by

the Ghog family. The company purchased the former Weyerhauser Mill which became Site B. In 2004, the company completed a $20 million upgrade to the existing breakdown facility at the Merritt mill. Merritt mayor Susan Roline said the purchase of the Ardew site by Aspen Planers is great news for the community. “I think it’s good in the fact that Ardrew isn’t sitting for a long time with Aspen purchasing it,” she said. “They’ll put it into use I imagine as soon as possible. That part of it is really good.” Roline is hopeful the purchase will lead to more forestry jobs down the road. “It depends on how they’re going to use that site,” she said. “Hopefully, they’ll need

more manpower and fill some of those positions vacated by Ardew Wood Products shutting down.” Roline said it’s also a nice bonus to see a Merritt-owned business buying the Ardew site. “Aspen Planers is a large, family-owned company,” she said. “They have the two sites in Merritt and a cedar mill on the coast. They also bought the Fraser Timber Mills site in Lillooet, so they’re pretty big.” It’s a positive sign that businesses are able to sell in the Merritt area quickly, said Roline. “I’ve counted 15 businesses that have changed hands in 2012 and 2013,” she said. “It’s a good sign that people are able to sell their businesses. Most are going fairly quickly.”

Conflict of interest issues boil up at council meeting By Craig Lindsay THE HERALD

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At Merritt’s regular city council meeting on March 26, Coun. Harry Kroeker asked Mayor Susan Roline whether councillors could act as liaisons on committees. Roline responded by saying that council was going to wait until they received more direction from the

province. Kroeker said to Roline, “Why is there one standard for you and one standard for us?” Kroeker also said, “it doesn’t seem like you trust us,” to which Roline responded, “I don’t.” “That’s a sad, sad situation,” said Kroeker. “You talk about team players and you are supposed

to be the leader of the team and you don’t have confidence in the team. That’s a sad situation for the City of Merritt.” In an interview on Tuesday with the Merritt Herald, Roline explained her position. “What his (Kroeker’s) concern is, is why don’t we have council liaisons sitting on many of the nonprofit organizations,”

she said. “I believe that council members’ first duty in their role as a councillor is to focus on city business.” Roline said she has done lots of research on the history of councillors and their roles on various committees and groups. “It seems that over the years, too much focus has been on outside groups and the city being involved

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Big turnout for Merritt’s Easter in the Park A great time was had by all at the City of Merritt’s Easter in the Park celebration at Rotary Park. An estimated 150 people showed up to participate in the Easter egg hunt, face painting and pictures with the Easter bunny. The fire department was also on hand and let kids check out the big fire truck. Pictures (clockwise from left): Bailey Jones gets her face painted by sister Ryanne; Felicity Graham, Brooklyn Nicholls, Jesse Halderson and Brandy Mikita show off their Easter egg hunt haul; Koltan Johnson gets behind the wheel of the fire truck as Cory and Hailey Woods help out; and the Easter bunny poses for a picture with some fans. All photos by Craig Lindsay/Herald

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and e-waste, as well. The non-profit organization, which is run by the Nicola Valley Heritage Society, hosts Merritt’s community yard sale to turn one Merrittonian’s trash into another’s treasure. “Our garage sale is a big recycling event,” said Tom Edwards, a director with the heritage society and the Baillie House’s resident electrician. “Everybody’s always dropping stuff off here year-round because, with the garage and the barn, we have lots of places to store stuff. We sell as much as we can, and anything we can’t, we give to other groups and they sell it.” “It keeps stuff out of the landfill,” Curnow added. Curnow and Edwards said the Baillie House collects enough unwanted belongings over a summer to have yard sales for months. And the recycling continues when the yard sale is over: all the proceeds are used for other Baillie House projects. “It’s our biggest fundraiser, so it does help us with paint-

ing the buildings, which we’re going to do this year, and things like that,” Curnow said. The yard sale also helps to foster a sense of community, Edwards said. “We’re trying to keep this place as a focal point for the city, so if it isn’t a yard sale, it’s for teas, lunches, or other events,” Edwards said. “That’s why we do these things — so everybody knows where we are.” The historic property’s gardens are another area where

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Merritt City Council during the regular meeting on March 26. Council (from left) Harry Kroeker, Mike Goetz, Clara Norgaard, Mayor Susan Roline, Kurt Christopherson, Dave Baker and Alastair Murdoch. Craig Lindsay/Herald

Mayor holds off on appointing non-profit group liaisons From Page 1 Roline said she is putting any liaison positions on hold until the city hears back from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities which is working with the province on the issue. “What’s coming into play is the Societies Act, which says if you’re on a board of a non-profit organization then your primary duty is to that organization. You’re supposed to be doing the work of that organization at all times, so it conflicts with what you’re doing as a councillor. You can’t wear two hats.” Roline said she has seen councillors who become too involved with a non-profit organization too often. “There’s nothing stopping a councillor from being a member of those organizations,” said Roline. “But when it comes up in front of council and that group is asking for money from council, they need to step away from the table. There’s been accusations or insinuations that these are my rules. They’re not my rules. I didn’t create them. I’m trying

to enforce them. That’s my job as a mayor.” Having council members working too close with some organizations can lead to conflicts of interest, and has in the past, said Roline. “It gives a councillor sometimes a bit more control than they have just as a council member when they sit on these other organizations,” she said. “Especially when the organization is directly involved with the city or they hold a contract with the city. It actually gives that one councillor more influence and more say than the others and that’s where the conflict is.” Kroeker told the Herald on Tuesday that he was surprised and offended to hear Roline say she did not have confidence in council. “It was appalling,” he said. “It is not a good situation for the citizens of Merritt to have a mayor who doesn’t have confidence in her council.” Kroeker said the mayor is the one who appoints councillors to act as liaisons and therefore they have to wait for her to decide the next step. “If we had the power

to appoint them, we would’ve done it long ago,” he said. “I think what’s happening is city hall is falling apart and that’s hurting our community. It all stems from the mayor’s attitude. It’s all about control. Council should be the ones in control. I had a phone call saying, ‘aren’t you guys supposed to be the ones who are advisors to the mayor and not the mayor being in a dictator role to council?’ Those were their words. The community is beginning to see what’s happening and they’re not very happy.” Kroeker said Roline is trying to pull the city away from the Nicola Valley Tourism Association (NVTA) to form its own group. “I heard her on the radio,” he said. “What she wants to do, from what I heard, is completely contrary to what council desires. Council members are very upset that these statements are being made contrary to council wishes.” Kroeker said he would like see the mayor respect council’s wishes. He also said the situation could be resolved with the mayor stepping back and taking a

look at what her role is and what council’s role is and respecting those roles. “Where can you see a conflict if I sit in a meeting and take notes and go back to council and report on those notes? Where’s the conflict?” he said. “It comes down to power and comes down to confidence. If she doesn’t have confidence in her councillors to be able to go there and have an open mind in reporting back to council and not favouring the organization they may be liaising for, that, to me, is discouraging.” Coun. Mike Goetz said the issue of conflict of interest has been blown out of proportion. At the council meeting, he asked Mayor Roline why councillors cannot act as liaisons for groups and committees. “I have no idea why we, as councillors, can’t be on a committee as a liaison,” he said to the Herald on Monday. “Basically, all we would do is sit and gather information. We wouldn’t belong and we wouldn’t vote. We would simply bring the information back to council. A lot of groups in town have been asking for

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liaisons and the mayor hasn’t got to it yet. I don’t want these people thinking they’ve been forgotten.” Goetz thinks conflict of interest rules are pretty obvious. “I think we’re all smart enough to know when to step out of a room when it’s a conflict of interest,” he said. “This isn’t elementary school or anything. I think we’re pretty well aware of what’s going on. I think this thing has been blown out of proportion. I think the mayor and perhaps administration need to take a step back and calm down a little. Making a comment that there’s no confidence in her council — that’s probably a bad idea in open council. It doesn’t fly over very well.” Goetz did say there are more grey areas to the rules and laws governing conflict of interest, but it’s nothing new. “The best bet is to simply stay on as a director and walk out if there’s conflict,” he said. “It’s been done for hundreds of years. I think having another person’s view shoved down your throat — it’s not going to go well.”

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City of Merritt council briefs The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting notes on March 26. Out of sequence burials Bylaw 2087, Section K, Item 8 states that “grave space shall be sold in sequential order.” On March 12, the city was advised that two burials were scheduled for Saturday, March 16. As neither plot had been previously purchased, the plots were to be sold in sequential order (plots 16 and 17). This posed safety and logistic issues. With two graves side by side that have not been properly closed, there is a risk that the ground could give way while people are moving around the graves. Due to timing as stated in the procedure (scheduling of burials), there is insufficient time to properly close the graves between services. Purpose: to approve an exemption from the bylaw to allow plot 33 to be sold out of sequence. City of Merritt Cemetery Bylaw 2087 1. No above ground memorabilia will be permitted after the grave site has been prepared for turf. 2. Cut flowers, wreaths and offerings may be placed

on graves but may be removed by the caretaker when their condition is considred by him to be detrimental to the beauty of the cemetary. Any non-conforming offerings, wreaths, flowers, fencing, curbs or other devices may be removed by city personnel. 3. The city shall not be responsible for the loss or theft of any offerings. 4. No person shall plant, remove, cut down or destroy any trees, shrubs, plants, flowers, bulbs or rocks in the cemetary other than an employee of the city authorized to do so. 5. All persons are prohibited from damaging or defacing any memorial, monument, fence, gate, or structure in the cemetary or any improvements in the cemetary. 6. The cemetery shall be deemed open at eight (8:00 a.m.) o’clock every morning and closed every evening at ten (10:00 p.m.)

o’clock. Any person in the cemetary without special permission of the caretaker between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. shall be deemed guilty of an infraction of this bylaw and liable to the penalties hereof. 7. No person shall enter the cemetery at any time at a speed of more than fifteen (15) kilometres per hour, and all vehicles and their drivers, while in the cemetery grounds, shall be subject to the directions and orders of the caretaker. 8. No person shall solicit orders or advertise for markers, tablets, memorials, curbing, capping, or like works, within the limits of the cemetary. 9. All persons and funeral processions in the cemetery shall obey the reasonable instructions of the caretaker, but any person not behaving with proper decorum within the cemetery or disturbing the quiet and good order of the cemetery may be evicted by the caretaker.

The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt Committee of the Whole meeting notes on March 19. First Nation Chiefs, RCMP and Crown Counsel Mayor Roline opened discussions with First Nation representatives and the RCMP outlining the challenges faced by the city in providing policing and the cost to the taxpayers. Discussions included topics such as Merritt being the central gathering place for shopping and medical and dental services; the cycle of a number of people gathering on main streets without purpose; alcohol and drug addictions; mental health issues; the RCMP’s mandate and statistics: three cases per day over the course of the year (1,000-1,200) individuals taken to the RCMP station with 10 habitual offenders making up 80 per cent of those locked up; that certain areas

of the downtown tend to be frequented more often, and depending on policing presence, the activity moves along; providing drug programs within First Nations communities; and that the Merritt Integration Project requires a First Nations representative. The next steps include First Nations providing the name or contact of an individual willing to be part of the Merritt Integration Project committee; Chief Aljam is to research other organizations interested in the facility at Logan Lake as well as Conayt; and continuing the Merritt Integrated Project and pursuing transit options.

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A grass fire outside of Merritt threatened homes on the Coldwater Reserve but was eventually put out by the Coldwater Fire Department with help from the Merritt Fire Rescue Department and the Kamloops Fire Centre. “The fire started on Coldwater earlier on the weekend,” said Kayla Pepper, information officer for the Kamloops Fire Centre. “We were called to assist April 1 around 2 p.m. We had four forestry personnel head out there. The main area of concern was adjacent to a home. It was about

three hectares of land that they were really working to suppress in order to preserve the homes in the area. But the fire was much larger than that.” Pepper estimated the fire to be over 100 hectares in total size. The fire started from an open burning that was spread by gusting winds. “It’s a reminder of how volatile the conditions are out there,” she said. “Open burning is still permitted throughout the fire centre area as people clean out their yards.” Coldwater Fire Department chief Ron Aljam said the fire started at around 1 p.m. on April 1 and was contained by 6:30 p.m. on

the same day. “It started on a grass field at the bottom of the hill and then crept up toward a single unit,” he said. “One house was in danger for sure, but we, along with help from the Merritt Fire Department and the Ministry of Forests Wildfire Protection, put a wetline to ensure the fire didn’t spread too vigorously up the hill.” There have been 11 total fires in the Kamloops Fire Centre area since March 29 and all have been person-caused. “That’s above average,” said Pepper. “Usually in this time period, we’re only seeing about three fires, so we’re up eight fires at

this time. There are a couple of reasons why. We’re seeing record breaking temperatures throughout the province. As the snow melts, we see the grass is very tall from last season. It started to cure and dry out. When you have open burning and maybe the weather starts to change — you see the winds start to spread the fire farther and faster. People can’t suppress the fires themselves and we get called in.” Aljam said he was appreciative of the quick response from the Merritt Fire Department and the Ministry of Forests, who each sent small crews to help with the fire.

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At council on March 26, Merritt city council heard a request for the city’s agreement with the Gold Country Communities Society (GCSS) to change from one year at $8,000 per year to three years at the same rate. Benefits of the program include coverage in the Gold Country Visitor’s Guide, promotion of Merritt as a geocache community through their GeoTourism Program, inclusion in familiarization tours of the region, use of video and photo imaging, and a seat at the board of directors. “Gold Country Communities Society is a society based on community involvement from medium sized communities to very small unincorporated communities as well as the TNRD

areas,” said James Umpherson, economic development manager for the City of Merritt. GCSS encompasses a large area from west of Kamloops to Merritt to Lilooet and most of TNRD. Rural areas contribute to the group through taxes, while municipalities contribute through membership fees. “One of the benefits of belonging is that geocaching is a tremendous activity in B.C., Canada and the world,” said Umpherson. “We get a lot of geocachers coming through the City of Merritt. A lot of their (GCCS) launches of various projects come through Merritt. They do familiarization tours with different groups and different people that come to the city. The average person spends $125 per day in the communities that have geocaches. It’s a significant per capita

investment in the City of Merritt.” Council, on the recommendation of Umpherson, declined the three year deal and decided to stay with a one year commitment at $8,000 per year. Merritt Mayor Susan Roline agrees that being involved with Gold Country provides many benefits to the city. “We’re on their website, we’re in their visitor’s guide,” she said. “They represent us when they go to trade shows; they provide advertising in trade magazines, so we don’t have to do that. Merritt is the gateway into Gold Country, so we benefit greatly from being involved. They do a lot of kick-offs here and lots of geocaching events here.” Merritt will be hosting the kick-off to the first annual Gold Country Geocaching Poker Run: Cache in Your Chips on June

28. The event features 24 poker run stops and a minimum of 100 brand new geocaches hidden throughout Gold Country. “It’s an increasingly growing activity,” said Roline. “Families can participate in it. All ages can participate. It suits a broad range of people. Gold Country geocaching is one of the only recognized geocaching in the whole northwest. “There was a big piece about it in the Seattle Times and in the New York Times, so we got a lot of mileage out of those.”

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HERALD OPINION Is Pacific Carbon Trust a boon or bust for B.C.?

CHRIS FOULDS Kamloops THIS WEEK Is the Pacific Carbon Trust (PCT) and the associated carbon tax a crucial way to reduce greenhouse gases or a complex, bogus arrangement that has seen scarce taxpayer cash in education and health care diverted to pay for millions of dollars of work done on facilities owned by multi-billiondollar corporations? Critics would side with the latter, pointing to last week’s auditorgeneral’s report and the fact virtually no private businesses have done voluntarily what most public institutions must do by law — give money to the PCT for the carbon they produce. That money — millions of dollars from hospitals and school boards and the like — is paid to the PCT, which then gives it to private companies to undertake emissions-reduction projects. The BC Liberals, who created the tax in 2008 and the Pacific Carbon Trust two years later, would argue the entire scheme is worthwhile and have given reasons why in press releases that followed Auditor General John Doyle’s report on the PCT.

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What can be done about dust in the wind?

Emily Wessel Merritt MINUTE Spring is in the air, and it’s not alone. A smoky haze is blowing into town from slash burns on nearby farms and ranches. Sawdust recirculates inevitably from the local logging industry. Diesel trucks rattle out darkened exhaust as they roll through town. For sawmill towns like Merritt, air quality is a hot-button issue, and one that’s persistent. And, in a sawmill town, is there anything we can

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do to clear the smoke and blow away that fine layer of dust that seems to blanket everything, or are we stuck breathing in these damaging particulates? In 2006, members of local governments, provincial bodies, and local industry came together to form the Merritt Air Quality Stakeholder Committee. About a year later, the group created the Merritt Air Quality Management Plan, which set out 22 concrete, reallife recommendations to help reduce the harmful emissions that are released into Merritt’s air. The plan identifies industrial causes of air pollution, including sawdust from wood manufacturing and log yards, wind erosion from nearby grasslands, and dust from construction sites and

open areas. In light of the recent auditor general’s report damning B.C.’s carbon offsets program, industry has a long way to go to reducing pollutants in a credible way. For industry to invest in environmental projects is simply investment in goodwill, any public relations professional would tell you, and would happen anyway. But in our local industrial sector, the Merritt Air Quality Management Plan recommended some grassroots solutions to the pollution problem, such as distributing waste wood and sawdust to ranchers and residents; using waste wood as hog fuel (an unprocessed mix of bark chips and wood fibre) which can go to pulp mills and paving log yards and roads. But it’s in the

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domestic arena of air pollution where Merrittonians can make individually make a difference for the air we all breathe. Changing out old residential wood stoves is one way to cut down on the potential for harmful smoke and haze released into the atmosphere. The provincial Wood Stove Exchange Program offers a $750 rebate (the highest rebate offered in the province) to residents of the Nicola Valley who upgrade their old smoky stoves to more modern, cleaner-burning models. After about 70 stove swaps in the program’s first four years, it’s now on hiatus, but not all is lost: the program could return to the valley if enough people are interested in getting it up and running again. A call to city hall is all

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it takes. Wildfires are another big contributor to the smoke and haze particles we all breathe. In Merritt’s dry climate, it’s especially important to adhere to the Kamloops Fire Centre’s fire prohibitions and restricted areas. Checking fire bans before lighting a campfire can save fires from spreading and can save you money by avoiding fines. Now that it’s spring, people can also swap their sooty diesel trucks for bikes or their own two feet for short trips when possible. In all, the plan recommends reducing, reusing and recycling — a bit of folk wisdom that is becoming more and more relevant to folks looking to clear the air on pollution as Earth Day approaches.

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Silence in face of racism complacency Dear Editor, On March 27, the Nanaimo Daily News published Don Olsen’s letter to the editor, which basically asserted that First Nations people are stupid, lazy, uninventive, irresponsible, underachievers, incapable of taking care of themselves; whose only “fix” would be to make them “equals” by vetoing “traditional use and cultural nonsense,” educating “their children to become modern citizens,” discouraging them from “finding their identity and source of pride” from their ancestors, “turning off the taps” and letting them “stand

or fall on their own account.” I won’t bother to address the ridiculous and hurtful claims made by Mr. Olsen (I’m sure others will), except to say that apparently Mr. Olsen is unaware that these actions have been attempted before. Assimilation, outlawing traditions, child abductions and internment in mission schools (basically cultural genocide) are part of Canada’s history, with the most horrific results. And those policies are just some of the wrongs Canada’s First Nations people have survived. The fact that First Nations have been recovering and seeking

their due rights and justice is what really seems to be bothering Mr. Olsen; and unfortunately, he is not alone. His letter brings to light the ignorant, naïve, and hostile sentiments that lurk in the dark corners of nonaboriginal society. As most non-aboriginal people can attest, we hear similar sentiments creep out of the shadows on occasion. I would bet Mr. Olsen espoused his vile opinions to family, friends, and anyone else who would listen. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has fallen into stunned silence when a family member, colleague, friend, acquaintance or strang-

Foulds on Pacific Carbon Trust From Page 6 Doyle came to the conclusion the province has not, contrary to B.C. Liberal claims, achieved carbon neutrality. Doyle cited two projects — energy-efficiency upgrades at an Encana plant and another dealing with preserving a section of forest from logging — as being not credible as examples of carbon offsets. Doyle’s report was at first delayed after it was subject to a concerted effort by the PCT and allies in trying to discredit the AG’s report even before it was released. The PCT reportedly spent $100,000 of taxpayer’s money in this campaign. The fact many offset projects were, apparently, done outside the rules of the PCT (as documented by Vancouver Sun reporter Gordon Hoekstra in a series of articles) is one concern. Of more concern is the fact health and education dollars are being spent on emissions-control projects for companies worth billions of dollars. If climate change and the need to reduce greenhouse gases are of

utmost importance, why are these companies not investing in cleaner technologies with their own money? Why is the Kamloops-Thompson school board — like all school boards perpetually strapped for cash — paying about $60,000 a year into a fund so private corporations can undertake such projects? Why is 99 per cent of the money being paid into the Pacific Carbon Trust taxpayer dollars, its payment mandatory, not voluntary? Can the B.C. Liberals claim the province’s public-sector truly is carbon neutral when a number of polluters are not included in the carbon count, including the emissions from BC Ferries vessels, the emissions from all school buses and the emissions from all companies contracted by the provincial government? Can B.C. claim to be carbon neutral with each load of coal that leaves the province for coal-fired plants in China? After all, Mother Nature does not recognize borders when doling out carbon emissions. Christopher Foulds is the editor of Kamloops This Week.

er has spouted such racist opinions, jokes or slurs. Wanting to avoid conflict, it seemed simpler to just ignore them. I have watched others do the same. One day I realized that being silent was part of the problem. It was tantamount to consent for such behavior, and leads people (like Mr. Olsen) to delusions that their views are worthy of further broadcast. Without offense or opposition, they assume their comments are acceptable, so I resolved to be silent no more. Silent no more in the presence of ignorant or racist opinions, comments, jokes or slurs. Silent no more

while our government ignores First Nations’ pleas for justice and equality. Silent no more during never-ending negotiations for settlements that are long overdue or while millions are spent on delay tactics and legal fees rather than resolutions. Silent no more while First Nation people and communities continue to suffer. Instead, we can find our voice and, with respect and dignity, seize the opportunity to open up a dialogue; or shut them down if need be Most just do not seem to understand the historical and legal relationship between First Nations and Canada; let alone the

human aspect. I encourage all non-aboriginals to be Silent No More! We need to speak up and work with our people towards understanding and supporting the aspirations of First Nation people. We are all much better off with healthy, educated, self-determined, culturally empowered, economically viable, contributing First Nations. That is the “fix,” Mr. Olsen. Please pledge to be Silent No More at facebook.com/ SilentNoMoreCanada. Let your voice be heard. Y. M. Quackenbush Cranbrook, B.C.

Keep mines in mind in May election Dear Editor, I see the 26th annual Kamloops Exploration Conference starts on Tuesday and I am reminded of what mining and exploration does for all of us in B.C. and why we need to keep this in mind as we consider the upcoming provincial election on May 14. For example, we need to support the mining and exploration policies that are responsible for the re-opening of Teck Resources (now New Gold’s) Afton mine, New Afton. Thanks to the provincial government’s forward looking, nonprotectionist policy, New Gold began production of New Afton last year. And over the next 12 years, the mine is expected to produce 85,000 ounces of gold and 75 million pounds of copper per year. Development plans for the project were truly a community effort and included extensive consultation with Kamloops community members, First Nations and the City of Kamloops. Plus, New Gold provides ongoing donations to various sporting, health and community groups, as well as

scholarships and donations to the Tk’emlúps and Skeetchestn bands. Out of a total of 380 employees, New Afton is also proud to say that over 100 are Aboriginal Peoples from the Kamloops area. They have trained 98 employees and are developing two levels of heavy equipment courses with Thompson Rivers University. This is truly an outstanding accomplishment. New Gold – New Afton also pays $37 million in annual salaries to their staff, which supports B.C. families and countless small businesses in the Kamloops region. And of the mine’s $266 million annual operating budget, New Gold is proud to say that $60 million is spent in Kamloops and another $40 million is spent in the rest of B.C. Less than $20 million leaves Canada. New Gold’s New Afton mine is one more reason why we should all support mineral exploration in B.C. and why collectively we must ensure the government of B.C. continues to support our communities through the advancement of exploration and mining. Pamela Gardner Burnaby, B.C.

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Members’ statements important for parliament

Last week was a somewhat unusual one in Ottawa as much of the focus was on SO31s; otherwise known as members’ statements and the ability of members of Parliament to engage in these 60 second statements delivered in the House of Commons directly before question period. Ultimately, some in the media had this story turning into a full blown crisis of free speech and/or a large scale mutiny by some of the government backbenchers. If you are unfamiliar with a members’ statement, the summary definition is stated as “members who are not ministers are permitted to address the House for up to one minute on virtually any matter of local, provincial, national or international concern.” Although the definition is quite open, there are in fact, a number of restrictions that apply. During a member’s

The speaking order for these statements in the House of Commons is defined by the chair who “consults speaking lists provided by the whips of the various parties and attempts to recognize government members and members in opposition on an equal basis.” This is not my definition but rather the definition from the House of Commons compendium of procedure. Contrary to what you may have heard in

the media, parliamentary practice is clear in recognizing that whips of a respective party have long been involved in the process of determining the speaking order during members statements. Much of this current debate is in questioning to what extent a whip (and by extension a party) should be involved in what individual members of Parliament can or cannot say within the House of Commons. This is the

more important subject and one that I would like to address in my report today. First, I believe it is imperative to recognize that once you exclude ministers, there are still hundreds of MPs who can and do speak on matters of importance to their constituents each day the House of Commons is sitting, without incident or controversy.

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what fear and selÀshness is capable of? How would you have liked to be one of the soldiers they had? You would see all that went on before Jesus’ death and then heard the Centurion say, “Surely this was the Son of God.” You would have helped with the abuse and beating and then the driving of the nails through Jesus’ hands and feet. Now you are to keep Him in the tomb?! They are expecting Him to rise! What might He do? Think about people there and what they went through with the fear of what could and might happen. What about what we have been told of in the word? Jesus said that He would come in the clouds with all the holy angels, with power and great glory at His second coming. When we look and listen to what is going on in the world around us, these things were told to us by Jesus and the prophets that would be. As we get closer to His second coming, it will be a fearful time if we are not ready for Him. Time to study the word for ourselves.

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SPECIAL COVERAGE: UNDERGROUND CRACKDOWN

Effects of the drug trade do not discriminate Compiled by Emily Wessel THE HERALD

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Over the next several weeks, the Merritt Herald will be printing stories about the drug trade from the local RCMP detachment’s different departments. This instalment comes from the General Investigation Section. The General Investigation Section is a plainclothes unit that is responsible primarily for investigating the more serious offences, including serious violent crime and drug investigations, as well as assisting with the crime reduction initiatives in the City of Merritt. The purpose of preparing this article and information is to reveal to the community what we do and the issues we face in trying our best to provide a safe community. The desire to see this media project off the ground was spurred by a realization that many people (and not only people within Merritt) do not appear to have a true concept of the effect illicit drugs have on everyday citizens. Locally, the main drugs of choice are cocaine, marijuana, prescription morphine, heroin, and methamphetamine (in the forms of crystal meth and ecstasy), but there is no limit to the number of drugs passing through Merritt. Even opium importation has happened. “For a period of time, probably the last three to four years, the primary drug that we saw was cocaine in various forms,” Merritt RCMP Cpl. Kelly Bartch said. “Recently, we are starting to see heroin, which is relatively new. Prescription drug abuse appears to be more common over the last year than before that.” In the last six months or so, crystal meth has established a small, core user base in Merritt. “Something people hesitate to talk about is marijuana. It’s routine,”

said Bartch. “But if you look at exportation and all the violence around the trades like coke coming in for marijuana going out — we’re talking about billions of dollars — and it’s not a mundane, passive crime trend. There is tons of violence that goes along with it. It’s not just the idea of having mom and pop out in the back 40 growing a couple of plants for their glaucoma. That’s not realistic. “It’s a huge organized crime industry. That’s not to say we have a group of organized crime operating within the city, but all the connections are there, all the links are there.” The drug world is like a virus as it spreads throughout society. People at all stations in life are affected. Addictions do not discriminate between street people, poor

people or particular communities. In our own little city, we have seen drugs front-andcentre in places and with people you would never suspect to have a desire for or addiction to the lifestyle. If you need convincing about how farreaching this problem is or how it might affect you, please consider the following examples, all of which happened in Merritt within the last few months. A trusted childcare worker with a drug need so controlling they chose to take children with them to buy crack cocaine from a crack house. Middle-aged people and seniors are not immune to drug addiction. While most people tend to identify teens and young adults as primary users, in our experience, addiction does not discriminate

based on age. We see many middle-aged people and seniors who are addicted to and are daily users of illicit drugs. Prescription morphine is a common commodity on our streets. Some people who obtain morphine from their doctors are selling or trading them for other illicit drugs from their dealers. A drug addict may own the business down the street and on the surface be a responsible husband or a wellestablished wife, but established adults have lost their businesses, homes and relationships as a result of addiction and are now on the streets. And those aren’t the only consequences. Accidental death, overdose, violence, threats of violence, home invasions, break and enters, theft from vehicles,

theft of vehicles, snowmobiles, ATVs, and a whole host of other crimes are direct consequences of illicit drug activity in Merritt. Take, for example, the ongoing demise of a young female with a bright future who fell into addiction. Her addiction led to abuse, manipulation and overwhelming fear, and eventually forced her to become a dealer. It is not uncommon for prostitution to seep into even the smallest communities. Prostitution does occur in Merritt, and in the General Investigation Section, we have found that the main reason by far that these women have engaged in prostitution is to feed their drug addictions. Over the last four or five years, we have experienced an influx of drug dealers from outside of our local

community. These people have brought with them a greater propensity for violence. Some of them operate from rented homes that are owned either by local persons, absentee landlords, or they will reside with locals who are either drug dealers themselves or sympathetic to the drug world. We have observed the use of some of our local motels to house some of these out-oftown dealers who arrive to ply their trade in the community. In most cases, these individuals are not difficult to spot. “There are a number of drug dealers from out of town who we’ve successfully investigated and charged, and some we have on no-go conditions for the area and the community because they don’t live here, they’re just here to sell dope,”

Bartch said. “The problem isn’t just here. If it was just here, we’d have solved it by now. Our location is great, but it’s also a hazard when it comes to travelling criminals.” A duplex housed both an everyday family with young children and on the other side of the shared wall lived a number of drug dealers. RCMP executed a search warrant and a number of people were arrested with cash, drugs, stolen property and guns in the residence. “I don’t know that we’ve executed a search warrant in a drug house where we haven’t found guns for a long, long time,” Bartch said. “There are always guns, pepper spray, barricaded doors, those kinds of things.”

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS Laurent Trottier On December 14, 2012, Mr. Laurent Trottier passed away peacefully at Merritt, B.C. at the age of 74 years. Survived by his loving wife Dulcie; his mother Elodie; brother Henry (Lois); sister-in-law Roxie; sons Gordie (Elaine) of Alberta, Andy (Denise) of Maple Ridge, Jim (Lisa) of Maple Ridge, and their mother Elsie; step daughter Connie of Surrey. He has 12 grand children and six great grand children. Laurent is predeceased by his father George and brothers Art and Jerry, and sister Alice. Remembered by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and relatives. A celebration of life will be held April 13, 2013, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Community Hall in Spences Bridge. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to the Cancer Society of B.C.

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Members’ statements play important role From Page 8 Last week, in recognizing World Autism Day, my colleague MP Mike Lake delivered one of the most touching member’s statements I have yet heard in the House of Commons. Obviously, I cannot speak for other members of Parliament; however, from my own experience, I have been able to deliver many member’s statements in the House of Commons without incident. Examples of some of my statements include last year’s record-breaking season of the Penticton

Vees, the good work that Canadian Shriners do on behalf of sick children across Canada and more recently recognizing the importance of responsible resource development in our rural communities such as Logan Lake and Merritt. I have received positive comments on these statements from colleagues on both sides of the House and from many local citizens. Often, I find there is great interest in these types of statements as they help to reflect the diversity of our great country. My most recent statement spotlighted the work

of International Space Station Commander Hadfield via radio at Uplands Elementary School as well as Olympian Kristi Richards at Summerland Middle School. Both of these individuals are excellent role models for our youth and continue to encourage young Canadians to work hard and follow their dreams. I make a point of authoring my own members’ statements largely based on events and achievements occurring within our riding of OkanaganCoquihalla. My state-

ments are not directed by any outside influences and it has never been suggested to me what I should or should not say as a member of Parliament. From my own experiences in representing the citizens of Okanagan-Coquihalla, I have found members’ statements to be a brief but very important way that we, as MPs, can share events that occur in our ridings with other Canadians, and I have never encountered any difficulty whatsoever in doing so. As the House is temporarily recessed to allow members to work

in their respective ridings, I will be meeting with constituents throughout our communities this week and look forward to hearing and discussing your comments and concerns. If you have any feedback on federal issues or legislation before Parliament please do not hesitate to contact me by phone at 1-800-6658711 or by email at dan. albas@parl.gc.ca. Dan Albas is the Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla. His blog is DaninOttawa.com and previous MP reports are on line at www.danalbas.com.

Drug trade affects everyone From Page 10 That file is ongoing, and at this point about 160 hours of investigation have been expended. The entire court process could go on for years before it’s resolved — and that’s just one investigation. It is often difficult to see that action is being undertaken as much of it occurs behind the scenes. When calls and complaints come in, officers do the best they can with the resources available, but prioritizing new calls can slow the investigation process down. Although these delays can be discouraging for police, victims and complainants, it’s perseverance on everyone’s part that gets these matters resolved. After all, police are also citizens of the community. “Our primary goal is the safety of the community,” said Staff Sgt. Sheila White. “Taking out a drug house is part of it, and eliminating those drugs from the street and those people from Merritt.” The drug trade is bleeding our society financially through policing costs, health care costs, and social services, but it’s the human costs that are really staggering. These are ablebodied men and women surviving without gainful employment and living by poisoning others.

No family knowingly chooses to live beside these people. How much concern do these people have for your son, daughter, grandchildren, or, in some cases, their own children? A mother had her children removed from her home after choosing to allow violent drug users and dealers to reside in that very same home. Addiction led this woman to lose her children rather than provide them with a safe environment. Even one of our previously local RCMP members fell prey to

drug use and addiction in the past. This situation is not in any way unique to Merritt and these comments are not intented to alarm, disparage or darken our community. No places, people or professions are immune to the effects of illicit drug activity. Rather, this series is meant as a truthful accounting for all of us to understand that we need to do more. It is easy to choose to be blind to the problem. This may, for the short term, satisfy the immediate needs of those people in pretend-

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Covered parking. Galley kitchen with appliances & skylite. Patio doors from 2nd bedroom or den. Nicola River in the back.

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M3365

I feel honored to be serving the good people of Merritt as the newest member of the Royal Lepage Merritt Real Estate Services sales team. I have a deep love of the Nicola Valley and the people who reside here, and am proud to call it home. I look forward to bringing my unique real estate philosophies which are based on quality of service to my clients, and broad knowledge base of homes and properties. I encourage you to come down to the office and meet me in person or give me a call @ 250-315-8539.

NEW LISTINGS

• 1.44 acre prime building lot

• Two bedroom on good sized lot

• Approx 295 ft river frontage

• Tile flooring in Kitchen, Hall & Bath

• Wonderful rural acreage w/ creek in the back • 3 BR rancher w/ wood stove, siding & new roof • Within walking distance to downtown • Workshop, horse stalls, dog run and much more!! • A comfortable country getaway • Gorgeous views of mountains & Ranchlands

$144,900

$419,900

M3898

• Lane access and storage shed

• 2 level bungalow on cul-de-sac Street • 3 BR on upper floor, 2 more downstairs • Vinyl windows & siding, 100 amp service

• Location, Location, location

$249,490

$319,000

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• Vaulted ceilings with open beams • Wood fi replace & stove, storage shed • Home has had recent electrical upgrades • Energuide rating of 80

M3899 $82,000

M3897

M3895

M3901

Royal Lepage Realtors(R) are trained to provide valuable assistance to Buyers in the following areas: • 80 acre horse farm

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M3902

Bright, quiet & comfortable strata retirement home This home is wheelchair accessible - large rooms Gated community, walking distance to downtown 2 large BR’s, 5 piece bath w/separate walk-in shower.

$159,000

M3833

• Preparing a binding • Identifying desirable types of properties Contract of Purchase and Sale • Investigation and timely information gathering • Negotiating terms and conditions • Viewing properties and providing informa- • Assisting in arranging inspections and tion and advice other needed services

• Main house + bachelor house on 1 lot

• Covered parking

• Nice 3 BR, 2 full baths, half duplex

• 22x22 garage on 2 lot

• Galley kitch w/ appliances & skylite

• 1 car attached garage & fenced yard

• Main house has 100 amp upgrade

• Patio doors from 2nd BR or den

• Garage is wired & heated

• Nicola River in the back

• New roof ’07, Large Master BR. • Open floor plan,Option to purchase entire duplex

$160,000

M3744 $165,000

M3365 $169,000

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LOTS AND ACREAGE • • • •

New residential lots in a nice part of Merritt Located in quiet cul-de-sac & crescent setting Fully serviced including curbs & storm drain All prepaid by the developer

$57,000 • • • •

Views of the Nicola Valley Walking trails & shopping nearby All services are u/g & at lot line One of Merritt’s preferred neighborhoods

$67,000 • • • •

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• • • •

$175,000

$198,000

M3886

All Units Rented 2 Year Old Roof Lots of parking space Short walk to city centre

• • • •

M3839

Sunvalley Court-2 BR, 2 bath townhouse End unit-includes all appliances PRICED TO SELL!! 24 hour notice required

$199,900

M3741

• • • •

2 bdrms in strata building Central location Laminate flooring New roof in 2010

$76,900

• • • •

M3486

Solid 2 bedroom home Vinyl windows, 100 amp service Close to town centre, lane access Fully fenced yard

$85,000

• • • •

M3897

Cute & cozy 3 bdrm bungalow Huge 51x150’ lot, Covered deck Enjoy the mtn views

$110,000

M3807

• Bright & Open design with Skylights • Enjoy mature landscaping & Gardening • 2 BD, New Sundeck and Garden shed incl

$94,900

M3885

• • • •

Nice 2 Bedroom Condo New laminate flooring All appliances included Good for revenue or first timer

• • • •

$112,000

L3877

Affordable revenue property Lvgrm, kitchen & laundy rm on main Upper flr has 3 bdrms & full bath Vinyl windows & fully fenced front yd

$113,000

L3823

• • • •

Long term tenant for the investor 2 bdrms & bath on main Full unfinished basement w/ laundry Front driveway + lane access,lots of parking

$120,000

M3797

• • • •

2+ bdrm home on a good sized lot Open plan for kitchen, DR & LR Roof, electrical approval Fully fenced yard & lots of parking

$99,900

• • • •

M3871

Unique layout that awaits your touch 2 lots, 2 titles Detached double garage Central location provides easy access

$147,500

M3792

• • • •

3 BR Rancher with carport Near new int. and ext. paint, lino and carpet Upgraded Elec.and Plumbing Fenced backyard with raised garden areas

143,000

M3880

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• • • •

Upgrades inc Windows & siding, Painted deck 3BD with fully fenced yard and lane access Back yard re seeded and gutters cleaned Solid home, ready for retirees or first time buyers

$156,900

M3887

• • • •

Nice 3 BR, 2 full Bath, half duplex Large Fam Room on Main w/2 BRs, Kitchen And L.R. on 2nd storey. Fenced back yard With shed and single garage.

$159,000

M3851

• • • •

Attention: Investors 4 plex near downtown 4-1 BR units, all currently rented 1 unit has been recently renovated Walking distant to Downtown

$189,000

M3892

• • • •

Quality 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse Heat pump, a/c, high efficiency appliances Gas fireplace & many extras Low maintenance property

$217,000

M3869

• • • •

Move-in Ready 3 bedroom. 2 ½ Bath, & Office New flooring and new paint Central Air and bright, open design

$217,000

M3875

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$139,500

M3751

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5 Bedrooms, 2Baths Two storey family home Large lot Nice location

$204,900

Close to schools, parks & downtown Fully fenced & landscaped Basement is unfinished Great starter home

M3874

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$149,900

M3843

$69,000

• • • •

2 level home in Lower Nicola Lge fenced yd w/ fruit trees 36x12 covered deck + nice patio area 2 bdrms up/1 down, master w/ensuite

$260,000

M3811

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• • • •

2 bdrm bungalow in popular strata No kids, no rentals & self managed New roof, carpet & paint Quick possession

$269,000

M3834

• • • •

Bench Location 4 BR, 2 Bath home HW floors and vinyl windows on main Potential legal suite, potential 5 BR All appliances included

$262,000

M3865

• • • •

Unique & tasteful 4 bdrm, 2 bath family home H/water on demand & central a/c Hardwood flrs & bright open design Beautifully l/scaped yd w/ private patio

$285,000

M3794

• • • •

Good natural lighting throughout open plan home Master BR w/walk in closet and access to deck Nicely finished Kitchen w/dining nook Irrigation, alarm system, & central air

$297,000

M3888

• • • •

Well maintained 1 owner home 7 bdrms & 4 baths + 2 bdrm legal suite New flring, H/W tank & boiler M.BR w/ W/I closet, full enste w/ Jacuzzi

$299,900

M3819

• • • •

Large 7 BR, 4 ½ bath home Potential legal suite Plus In-law suite on main Mill Creek Cabinets

$329,000

• • • •

M3862

Country acreage w/natural grasslands & slight hills Good water table w/2 ponds providing seasonal creek 2acre leveled area ready for possible home Wonderful views of property & surrounding area

$329,000

M3889

• Great views of the Nicola River & Merritt Golf course • 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath manufactured home • 2 b/I china cabinets, lge bay window •

M3495

M3749

3 bdrm, 1 bath Rancher Walking distance to downtown Newer Furnace Fully fenced yard

• • • •

$339,000

• Great starter home or retirement • 2 bdrm double wide w/ sun deck and ensuite • Coldwater River is close by

$58,000 •

Beautiful Home features Granite counter tops HW and ceramic flooring, 10 ft ceilings Crown moldings, Central Air, U/G sprinklers Covered deck and double garage.

M3854

M3780

M3824

M3787

• Completely Re-plumbed & New HW Tank • 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher • Appliances included

$49,900

M3844

D!! E C U RED

M3728

M3603

• • • •

New amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bath rancher Quality built, Home warranty applies Amazing kitchen 9 ft ceilingsand large bright design

$339,000

M3848

• • • •

Well maintained 3 BR, 2 bath home On a quiet cul-de-sac and close to amenities Open floor plan, Vaulted ceilings Kitchen has cabinets galore& access to deck

$339,900

M3859

• • • •

Excellent Bench Location, LR has Japanese Cherry HW Floors 4 BR family home w/ full basement Gazebo, Hot Tub, Swimming Pool & much more!

$339,000

M3893

• • • •

Outstanding views, and lots of privacy! Newer Manufactured Home, never lived in. Nearly 20 acres near Merritt, all new fencing 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home, Move-in ready!

$349,000

M3881

• • • •

4 Plex – Investors 4 Large Suites, Close to downtown Double Lot, Great Location Lots of parking

$398,000

• • • •

M3863

Executive 5 bdrm, 4 bath family home Amazing chef’s kitchen w/ granite countertops Remodeled bsmt & main bathrooms Inground pool & private backyard

$439,000

M3826

• • • •

Riverfront Acreage with beautiful 2 year old Modular home has open floor plan, vaulted ceilings 3 BRs, 2 Baths, Has Engineered Pad created for a shop, 9.62 riverfront property w/fenced pasture

$449,000

M3857

• • • •

Location-Got it! Spacious Living- Got it! Immaculate 3 level – 6 bedrooms, 5and ½ bath home, 5 piece ensuite Large 3 bay garage-RV parking.

$459,900

M3837

• Well kept 3 bedroom manufactured home • 18x20 interlocking driveway • 6 appliances, newer paint & flooring

$41,900

M3607

Seclusion & privacy, off the grid living 20 acres 9 kms from Merritt toward Lilly Lake All new fencing & custom made gateway Creek & 2 water holes, perfect weekend getaway

$220,000 • • • •

M3827

24 acres in beautiful Sunshine Valley Treed lot, very private, easy access Many potential building sites Hydro & phone lines to property line

$217,000 • • • •

M3813

Cozy 2 BD Rancher downtown, fenced back yard Free standing wood stove, metal shed & Shop Many upgrades inc Hotwater tank & paint Front yard has Garlic and Herb bed

247’ lake front w/ winding trail to site Great views of the valley & water below Community water in place, power @ lot line Easy access off hwy & quiet enjoyment

$205,000 • • • •

$173,000

• • • •

M3707

0.76 acre riverfront building lot The location is second to none 260+ feet of river frontage Quiet cul-de-sac, bring your building ideas!!

$199,000 • • • •

$169,900

M3853

SxS duplex w/ reno’s Lam flring, paint, vinyl windows Front driveway + lots of parking Shared garage & shed

Nicola Lakeshore Estates Amazing lake view lot in Phase 2 Build your dream home Tons of recreation to choose from!!

$149,900 • • • •

M3534

Extra large double lot 2 city water & sewage hookups Private setting, flat site Easy access w/ paved roads

$100,000 • • • •

• • • •

One of a kind lot in Lower Nicola Cleared & level in an incredibly quiet location Water serviced by Lower Nicola Water Works Approved for septic & HST already paid

$99,000 • • • •

Well maintained 2 bedroom rancher In central location, Nice and spacious LR, bright sunny kitchen,Beautifully landscaped Yard Plenty ofRV parking

D!! L O S

Beautiful river view lot close to downtown Nice, quiet neighborhood The uncompromised view never to change Bring your building ideas

$79,000

• • • •

M3758

Good sized lot Ok for double wide City services @ prop line Mountain view in a quiet area

$79,000 • • • •

M3692

MOBILE HOMES IN PARKS

M3832

Waterfront lot on Nicola Lake 3 km to Quilchena Hotel Close to Merritt & Kamloops Private access to lake

$349,000

• • • •

M3478

Gorgeous mountain and ranchland views 10 acres of privacy Custom Built 3 BR, 2bath home 22x22 garage and 50x50 dog kennel.

$485,000

M 3870

• • • •

Gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bath family home O.63 acre parcel bordering Nicola River Dining Room with access to private deck 2 car garage and So Much More!

$495,000

M3866

• • • •

Gorgeous 4 BR log home with f/bsmt on 4 acres Spacious rooms,vaulted ceilings,several outbuildings Beautiful landscaping, Large barn w/5 box stalls 3 Grazing pastures

$499,000

M3850

• • • •

Main fl features vaulted ceiling & open floor plan Master bedroom with Ensuite & walk in closet Large deck, riding ring & new 2500 sq.ft barn Nice Country getaway or hobby farm

$529,000

M3883

• • • •

40 Acre Hobby Farm w/6 stall Barn & Creek 3 BR home w/full bsmt, 2 baths& sunny kichen LR w/woodstove. Fenced into 3 pastures & 2 small paddocks, w/ round pen & exercise arena.

$599,000

M3861

• • • •

160 acres of seclusion & privacy Endless trails surrounded by Crown land This land is fenced 10 kms from the paved highway

$599,000

• • • •

M3815

Custom built Post & Beam Home Stunning views on 21 +/- acres Polished concrete floors Custom built maple cabinets and much more!

$599,000

M3879

• • • •

44 +/- private acres with creek Spectacular 2530 sq.ft. rancher 26x36 log barn/ 36x40 shop 20x40 RV shelter/ 70x140 riding arena

$849,000

M3876

• Nice park w/ river across the road • 3 bdrm home w/ good sized fenced yard • New tub surround & lino in bathroom

$30,000

M3796


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www.royallepage.ca/merritt

250-378-6181

www.realtor.ca

Karen Bonneteau Sales Rep

John Issac Sales Rep

Claudette Edenoste Broker

Debra Schindler Personal Real Estate Corp.

Melodie Simon Sales Rep

250-315-5178

250-378-1586

250-280-0689

250-315-3548

250-315-8539

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250-378-6181

LOTS AND ACREAGE • • • •

New residential lots in a nice part of Merritt Located in quiet cul-de-sac & crescent setting Fully serviced including curbs & storm drain All prepaid by the developer

$57,000 • • • •

Views of the Nicola Valley Walking trails & shopping nearby All services are u/g & at lot line One of Merritt’s preferred neighborhoods

$67,000 • • • •

• • • •

• • • •

$175,000

$198,000

M3886

All Units Rented 2 Year Old Roof Lots of parking space Short walk to city centre

• • • •

M3839

Sunvalley Court-2 BR, 2 bath townhouse End unit-includes all appliances PRICED TO SELL!! 24 hour notice required

$199,900

M3741

• • • •

2 bdrms in strata building Central location Laminate flooring New roof in 2010

$76,900

• • • •

M3486

Solid 2 bedroom home Vinyl windows, 100 amp service Close to town centre, lane access Fully fenced yard

$85,000

• • • •

M3897

Cute & cozy 3 bdrm bungalow Huge 51x150’ lot, Covered deck Enjoy the mtn views

$110,000

M3807

• Bright & Open design with Skylights • Enjoy mature landscaping & Gardening • 2 BD, New Sundeck and Garden shed incl

$94,900

M3885

• • • •

Nice 2 Bedroom Condo New laminate flooring All appliances included Good for revenue or first timer

• • • •

$112,000

L3877

Affordable revenue property Lvgrm, kitchen & laundy rm on main Upper flr has 3 bdrms & full bath Vinyl windows & fully fenced front yd

$113,000

L3823

• • • •

Long term tenant for the investor 2 bdrms & bath on main Full unfinished basement w/ laundry Front driveway + lane access,lots of parking

$120,000

M3797

• • • •

2+ bdrm home on a good sized lot Open plan for kitchen, DR & LR Roof, electrical approval Fully fenced yard & lots of parking

$99,900

• • • •

M3871

Unique layout that awaits your touch 2 lots, 2 titles Detached double garage Central location provides easy access

$147,500

M3792

• • • •

3 BR Rancher with carport Near new int. and ext. paint, lino and carpet Upgraded Elec.and Plumbing Fenced backyard with raised garden areas

143,000

M3880

• • • •

• • • •

Upgrades inc Windows & siding, Painted deck 3BD with fully fenced yard and lane access Back yard re seeded and gutters cleaned Solid home, ready for retirees or first time buyers

$156,900

M3887

• • • •

Nice 3 BR, 2 full Bath, half duplex Large Fam Room on Main w/2 BRs, Kitchen And L.R. on 2nd storey. Fenced back yard With shed and single garage.

$159,000

M3851

• • • •

Attention: Investors 4 plex near downtown 4-1 BR units, all currently rented 1 unit has been recently renovated Walking distant to Downtown

$189,000

M3892

• • • •

Quality 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath townhouse Heat pump, a/c, high efficiency appliances Gas fireplace & many extras Low maintenance property

$217,000

M3869

• • • •

Move-in Ready 3 bedroom. 2 ½ Bath, & Office New flooring and new paint Central Air and bright, open design

$217,000

M3875

• • • •

$139,500

M3751

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5 Bedrooms, 2Baths Two storey family home Large lot Nice location

$204,900

Close to schools, parks & downtown Fully fenced & landscaped Basement is unfinished Great starter home

M3874

• • • •

$149,900

M3843

$69,000

• • • •

2 level home in Lower Nicola Lge fenced yd w/ fruit trees 36x12 covered deck + nice patio area 2 bdrms up/1 down, master w/ensuite

$260,000

M3811

D!! L O S

• • • •

2 bdrm bungalow in popular strata No kids, no rentals & self managed New roof, carpet & paint Quick possession

$269,000

M3834

• • • •

Bench Location 4 BR, 2 Bath home HW floors and vinyl windows on main Potential legal suite, potential 5 BR All appliances included

$262,000

M3865

• • • •

Unique & tasteful 4 bdrm, 2 bath family home H/water on demand & central a/c Hardwood flrs & bright open design Beautifully l/scaped yd w/ private patio

$285,000

M3794

• • • •

Good natural lighting throughout open plan home Master BR w/walk in closet and access to deck Nicely finished Kitchen w/dining nook Irrigation, alarm system, & central air

$297,000

M3888

• • • •

Well maintained 1 owner home 7 bdrms & 4 baths + 2 bdrm legal suite New flring, H/W tank & boiler M.BR w/ W/I closet, full enste w/ Jacuzzi

$299,900

M3819

• • • •

Large 7 BR, 4 ½ bath home Potential legal suite Plus In-law suite on main Mill Creek Cabinets

$329,000

• • • •

M3862

Country acreage w/natural grasslands & slight hills Good water table w/2 ponds providing seasonal creek 2acre leveled area ready for possible home Wonderful views of property & surrounding area

$329,000

M3889

• Great views of the Nicola River & Merritt Golf course • 2 bdrm, 1.5 bath manufactured home • 2 b/I china cabinets, lge bay window •

M3495

M3749

3 bdrm, 1 bath Rancher Walking distance to downtown Newer Furnace Fully fenced yard

• • • •

$339,000

• Great starter home or retirement • 2 bdrm double wide w/ sun deck and ensuite • Coldwater River is close by

$58,000 •

Beautiful Home features Granite counter tops HW and ceramic flooring, 10 ft ceilings Crown moldings, Central Air, U/G sprinklers Covered deck and double garage.

M3854

M3780

M3824

M3787

• Completely Re-plumbed & New HW Tank • 3 bdrm, 2 bath rancher • Appliances included

$49,900

M3844

D!! E C U RED

M3728

M3603

• • • •

New amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bath rancher Quality built, Home warranty applies Amazing kitchen 9 ft ceilingsand large bright design

$339,000

M3848

• • • •

Well maintained 3 BR, 2 bath home On a quiet cul-de-sac and close to amenities Open floor plan, Vaulted ceilings Kitchen has cabinets galore& access to deck

$339,900

M3859

• • • •

Excellent Bench Location, LR has Japanese Cherry HW Floors 4 BR family home w/ full basement Gazebo, Hot Tub, Swimming Pool & much more!

$339,000

M3893

• • • •

Outstanding views, and lots of privacy! Newer Manufactured Home, never lived in. Nearly 20 acres near Merritt, all new fencing 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home, Move-in ready!

$349,000

M3881

• • • •

4 Plex – Investors 4 Large Suites, Close to downtown Double Lot, Great Location Lots of parking

$398,000

• • • •

M3863

Executive 5 bdrm, 4 bath family home Amazing chef’s kitchen w/ granite countertops Remodeled bsmt & main bathrooms Inground pool & private backyard

$439,000

M3826

• • • •

Riverfront Acreage with beautiful 2 year old Modular home has open floor plan, vaulted ceilings 3 BRs, 2 Baths, Has Engineered Pad created for a shop, 9.62 riverfront property w/fenced pasture

$449,000

M3857

• • • •

Location-Got it! Spacious Living- Got it! Immaculate 3 level – 6 bedrooms, 5and ½ bath home, 5 piece ensuite Large 3 bay garage-RV parking.

$459,900

M3837

• Well kept 3 bedroom manufactured home • 18x20 interlocking driveway • 6 appliances, newer paint & flooring

$41,900

M3607

Seclusion & privacy, off the grid living 20 acres 9 kms from Merritt toward Lilly Lake All new fencing & custom made gateway Creek & 2 water holes, perfect weekend getaway

$220,000 • • • •

M3827

24 acres in beautiful Sunshine Valley Treed lot, very private, easy access Many potential building sites Hydro & phone lines to property line

$217,000 • • • •

M3813

Cozy 2 BD Rancher downtown, fenced back yard Free standing wood stove, metal shed & Shop Many upgrades inc Hotwater tank & paint Front yard has Garlic and Herb bed

247’ lake front w/ winding trail to site Great views of the valley & water below Community water in place, power @ lot line Easy access off hwy & quiet enjoyment

$205,000 • • • •

$173,000

• • • •

M3707

0.76 acre riverfront building lot The location is second to none 260+ feet of river frontage Quiet cul-de-sac, bring your building ideas!!

$199,000 • • • •

$169,900

M3853

SxS duplex w/ reno’s Lam flring, paint, vinyl windows Front driveway + lots of parking Shared garage & shed

Nicola Lakeshore Estates Amazing lake view lot in Phase 2 Build your dream home Tons of recreation to choose from!!

$149,900 • • • •

M3534

Extra large double lot 2 city water & sewage hookups Private setting, flat site Easy access w/ paved roads

$100,000 • • • •

• • • •

One of a kind lot in Lower Nicola Cleared & level in an incredibly quiet location Water serviced by Lower Nicola Water Works Approved for septic & HST already paid

$99,000 • • • •

Well maintained 2 bedroom rancher In central location, Nice and spacious LR, bright sunny kitchen,Beautifully landscaped Yard Plenty ofRV parking

D!! L O S

Beautiful river view lot close to downtown Nice, quiet neighborhood The uncompromised view never to change Bring your building ideas

$79,000

• • • •

M3758

Good sized lot Ok for double wide City services @ prop line Mountain view in a quiet area

$79,000 • • • •

M3692

MOBILE HOMES IN PARKS

M3832

Waterfront lot on Nicola Lake 3 km to Quilchena Hotel Close to Merritt & Kamloops Private access to lake

$349,000

• • • •

M3478

Gorgeous mountain and ranchland views 10 acres of privacy Custom Built 3 BR, 2bath home 22x22 garage and 50x50 dog kennel.

$485,000

M 3870

• • • •

Gorgeous 4 bedroom, 3 bath family home O.63 acre parcel bordering Nicola River Dining Room with access to private deck 2 car garage and So Much More!

$495,000

M3866

• • • •

Gorgeous 4 BR log home with f/bsmt on 4 acres Spacious rooms,vaulted ceilings,several outbuildings Beautiful landscaping, Large barn w/5 box stalls 3 Grazing pastures

$499,000

M3850

• • • •

Main fl features vaulted ceiling & open floor plan Master bedroom with Ensuite & walk in closet Large deck, riding ring & new 2500 sq.ft barn Nice Country getaway or hobby farm

$529,000

M3883

• • • •

40 Acre Hobby Farm w/6 stall Barn & Creek 3 BR home w/full bsmt, 2 baths& sunny kichen LR w/woodstove. Fenced into 3 pastures & 2 small paddocks, w/ round pen & exercise arena.

$599,000

M3861

• • • •

160 acres of seclusion & privacy Endless trails surrounded by Crown land This land is fenced 10 kms from the paved highway

$599,000

• • • •

M3815

Custom built Post & Beam Home Stunning views on 21 +/- acres Polished concrete floors Custom built maple cabinets and much more!

$599,000

M3879

• • • •

44 +/- private acres with creek Spectacular 2530 sq.ft. rancher 26x36 log barn/ 36x40 shop 20x40 RV shelter/ 70x140 riding arena

$849,000

M3876

• Nice park w/ river across the road • 3 bdrm home w/ good sized fenced yard • New tub surround & lino in bathroom

$30,000

M3796


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• • • •

Wonderful family home on quiet cul-de-sac 4 bdrms, 2 baths + enste + 2 bdrm legal suite New roof, h/w tank 2 yrs old Large 2 car garage, fenced bkyd w/ deck

$349,000

M3727

• • • •

Beautiful 3 BR home w/high-end quality finishing Kitchen has Travertine tile, granite counters, Mill Creek cabinets. LR with H/W floors Gas F/P, Ensuite w/Jacuzzi tub. Huge rec room

$349,000

M3855

• • • •

New amazing 3 bedroom, 2 bath rancher With full unfinished bsmt. 9 ft. ceilings, large bright design. Quality built & Home warranty.

$369,000

M3847

• • • •

Most amazing views Huge shop Updated, one level home Near Mamette Lake

$398,000

M3801

• Completely redone & gorgeous • New windows, siding, roof, h/w tank • New kitchen, floors & electrical • Solarium off dinrm, the list goes on….

$249,500

M3817

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D!! L O S

• • • •

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1 1/2 commercial lots in downtown core Zoned C2, 3000 sq ft lot fronts on Voght St 6000 sq ft lot fronts on Coutlee Ave Offers an array of commercial possibilities

$139,000

M3867

• • • •

Excellent downtown location Chain linked fencing all around perimeter Includes forklift, bobcat Will consider a lease w/ option to buy

$395,000

M3829

• • • •

Large open commercial space (approx 6500 sf) Curb parking and parking lot across the street Located in the d/t core. Sold as bldg & land Roof HVAC, hot water & roll down security door

$440,000

MERRITT, Royal Lepage Realtors(R) are trained to provide valuable assistance to Buyers

M3779

• • • •

Developers take note Approx 15 acres of prime development property Current zoning is I3 w/portion in the ALR Subdivision potential

$499,000

M3873

• Great starter or investment • 5 bdrms on lge corner lot • New kitch, bathrms, flring throughout • New h/e furnace, a/c roof, windows…

$219,500

M3818

LOGAN LAKE, BC

G! N I T LIS W E N

• • • •

4 BR, 3 Bath home with inlaw suite New laminate floors, Central vac &gas fireplace French doors to outside barbeque area Storage sheds and double car garage

$205,000

M3896

• • • •

Find ultimate luxury in this 3 BR Custom Log Home Laundry on main floor, Games room & more!! Resort style Atmosphere, like a vacation everyday Mile High Estates, between Logan Lake & Kamloops

$375,000

M3894

• • • •

Great 4 BR family home w/ 3 Bathrooms Beautiful wood floors, Custom Brkfst nook Tons of storage, Roof 1 year old Relax in the Hot Tub at the end of the day

$205,000

M3890

• • • •

Well kept family home w/wood stove Kitchen has open floor w/cedar sun room New floors, windows, roof and siding Enjoy the Hot tub after a hard day

$259,000

M3891

! HTS G I R TER A W • Build your dream home

• Well maintained, secure bldging

• 1 of Logan Lakes best lots • 30 min drive to Kamloops shopping mall • Invest today in a fast growing community

• Updated condo, central location • Strata incl heat h/w, cable, caretaker & yd maint. • Small pets allowed

$44,000

M3884

$125,000

M3808

• Affordable Living • Immaculate Manufactured home on own lot. • Gas Fireplace, Vaulted ceilings • Newer Laminate flooring, no carpets

$129,900

M3882

• • • •

$210,000

S! ITLE T O TW

• • • •

Spacious 4 bdrm home Family neighborhood, awesome deck Huge Jacuzzi tub & pool table All appliances & window coverings

$258,000 58,0

M3806

• • • •

Great starter or retirement home 2 lots for the price of 1 4 bdrms, 2 bathrooms Beautiful views

$269,900

Fabulous views 4 bdrm home w/in-law basement suite Large fenced back yard Two car garage, central vac and more

M3802

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M3805

• • • •

Nothing to do but move in! 2x6 construction and walk-out bsmt Backing on to Greenbelt New roof, 40 Gal HW Tank

$268,000

M3846

• • • •

Hi-end haven recreational property 2 story log home at Mile High Estates Wood stove, wood flrs throughout Gourmet kitch w/ custom cabinets

$435,000

M3822

• • • •

Guichon Creek flows thru property Lots of grass for grazing Farm setting Easy access AND Water Rights!

$249,000

M3810

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a tonne immediately. That would bring the tax to more than 10 cents per litre of gasoline. The Greens would also extend the tax to industrial process emissions such as cement kilns, and cancel the offsetting income tax reductions. The revenues would instead be used to fund transit and possibly energy retrofits for homes and other buildings. The recent focus has been on another climate program to make the provincial government and its agencies buy carbon offsets through the Pacific Carbon Trust. Facing criticism about transferring millions of dollars from school and hospital budgets to fund emission reduction projects in private industry, Environment Minister Terry Lake announced in April 2012 that $5 million a year would be set aside from carbon offset payments to fund school district energy efficiency projects.

tion in Penticton, when former premier Gordon Campbell announced grants to offset carbon tax costs for towns and cities, James claimed the grants were to placate local politicians who were in open revolt against the tax. After the 2009 election, the NDP changed its position to support the carbon tax. Leader Adrian Dix has said revenues should go towards transit expansion or energy-saving upgrades in municipal buildings and operations. B.C. Conservative leader John Cummins promises to eliminate the carbon tax. Cummins emphasizes the disproportionate impact the tax has on colder and more remote parts of B.C., but has not yet specified if offsetting income tax cuts would be reversed to make up the revenue to the province. B.C. Green Party leader Jane Sterk has restated her 2009 policy of raising the carbon tax from the current $30 per tonne to $50

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It wasn’t always her passion, but since she discovered massage, Jamara Joyal has not looked back. “I remember in high school, I had some friends who were great with science, so they were going to be doctors, or really great at hockey, so they were going into sports, but I remember thinking I’m not really good at anything,” Joyal said. “Then I found this, and it’s something that I really caught onto.” The Dawson Creek native said her friends and family soon caught on as well. “I started massaging my friends and then everybody started lining up wanting massages,” she said. “Before I knew it, I found out that I really loved it. I love coming to work, and I love helping people.” Joyal said helping people is the biggest reward of her work, and one that she is exploring with schools by starting up the Massage in Schools Program in Merritt. “This is my avenue of passion and if there’s a way I can help children with it, then I want to do that,” she said. “You don’t teach your child not to steal, you teach them to be honest and work for an allowance and then buy something. You teach them the right way, so when they come across the wrong way, they know the difference. That’s what this is doing as well, with appropriate touch.” Joyal took the Massage in Schools Program course in Vancouver over the summer, and is a graduate of a registered massage therapy program based in Vernon. After she graduated in 2009, Joyal was initially invited to move to Merritt by her fiance, but it was the good business opportunity for a massage therapy practice that sealed the deal. “When I looked into it, there was only one other registered massage therapist in Merritt and there were 50 in Vernon at the time,” Joyal said. “I had

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Merrittonians could feel less of a pinch when purchasing generic prescription drugs, thanks to a new Ministry of Health regulation that caps generic drug prices at a quarter of their brand-name equivalents. The regulation went into effect on April 1, and saw the price of generic prescription drugs drop 10 percentage points from 35 to 25 per cent of the cost of their brand-name counterparts. Generic drugs

are made to the same standards as brandname ones. “Thanks to this regulation, B.C. families will pay less at the till when they fill their prescriptions,” Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid said in a press release. “These price reductions will also save money for the provincial government — money that can be used instead to help enhance patient care in B.C.’s health system.” The price of generic drugs is expected to drop a further five percentage points to 20 per cent of the cost

of brand-name equivalents next April. The regulation is one of several steps to implement the 2012 Pharmaceutical Services Act, which will shift regulation of the province’s PharmaCare from policy to more stable and formalized legislation. PharmaCare provides access to drug plans for every British Columbian and helps people in B.C. with the cost of some prescription drugs and medical supplies. This regulation also allows prescription drug prices to be con-

trolled by the minister. “Reducing the price of generic drugs benefits our clients by making prescription drugs more affordable for families and employer insurance plans,” President and CEO of Pacific Blue Cross Kenneth Martin said in the release. “We support this regulation, as it brings B.C. in line with other Canadian jurisdictions and helps ensure fair and consistent pricing.” While lower prices mean people are paying less, they also mean less potential profit for pharmacies.

“It has affected pharmacies across B.C.,” Merritt Pharmasave Pharmacy Manager Ken Dyer said. “It reduces some of our revenue. But it’s something that the government of British Columbia has negotiated with generic drug companies. We want to help patients as much as possible to be able to afford their medications, so that’s really what’s driving this.” Dyer said the Ministry of Health is working with pharmacies as well on initiatives that could help them recapture some

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For many committed runners, a diagnosis of arthritis can sound like a death sentence. It’s natural to assume that you have to give up the activity you love in order to protect your joints from further damage.

Not so fast: there is growing evidence that running does not contribute to arthritis, and may actually help people delay the onset of arthritis and reduce its symptoms. While there are many different kinds of

arthritis, the form that most runners need to concern themselves with is osteoarthritis, where degeneration of the cartilage caused by twisting or tearing injuries leads to bone-on-bone contact and joint inflammation. Severe cases can require heavy medication or even joint replacement surgery. “The motion of running does not lead to arthritis,” explained The Arthritis Society’s Karen Gordon, a registered physiotherapist and herself an avid runner. “In fact, studies suggest lower incidence of degenerative arthritis among runners than among swimmers – even though swimming is often cited as a lowerimpact alternative to running.” With the proper technique, most runners don’t experience the kinds of injuries that can lead to

arthritis. A visit to your local running clinic for some tips on footwear and technique can go a long way to preventing those kinds of injuries. If you already have arthritis in your hips, knees or feet, there may be hope for you too. “Exercise is an important part of both prevention and management of arthritis,” said Gordon. “Physical activity increases blood flow to the joints, which promotes healing. A properly designed exercise program may not only decrease your pain, but may also increase your flexibility and overall fitness – and it can do wonders for your state of mind, an important factor for someone living with the pain of arthritis.” A little stiffness and soreness after a period of inactivity is normal and

should go away as you gradually become more active. Gordon suggests keeping your runs to moderate distance and pace – pushing yourself opens the door to greater risk of injury. If pain, heat or swelling in your joints persists or intensifies, talk with your healthcare provider as you may need to scale back your program. And if running seems a bit ambitious at first, start off by walking. Taking part in an event like the Walk to Fight Arthritis on June 9 will let you get some exercise while helping raise awareness and funds to combat arthritis in Canada. “Listen to your body,” said Gordon. “If you can run pain-free, then you’re good to go.” www.newscanada.comw

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World-class PBR bull riding coming to the Nicola Valley 1st Annual Smithbilt Ty Pozzobon Invitational slated for June 1st at Merritt’s rodeo grounds By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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It’s not your average rodeo. It’s the ‘Toughest Sport on Earth!’ For one night only, on Saturday, June 1, some of the best bull riders and rankest bulls in the world will convene at the Merritt Rodeo Grounds for the 1st Annual Smithbilt Ty Pozzobon PBR Invitational. It promises to be one of the most exciting events of any kind ever to touch down in the Nicola Valley. “Merritt has been a great supporter of me and my career,” said the 21-year-old Pozzobon, who is currently ranked 12th on the planet and is a rising star on the Built Ford Tough bull riding circuit. “To bring an event of this calibre to my hometown is a real thrill.” A former B.C. High School Rodeo champion, three-time Calgary Stampede competitor, Canadian Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year in 2010, and 2012 PBR Canadian Finals champion before graduating to the premiere Built Ford Tough Series, Pozzobon knows what he’s talking about. “Not only is professional bull riding a tremendously exciting

been a great supporter of me and my career. To bring an event of this calibre to my hometown is a real thrill.’ — MERRITT BULL RIDER TY POZZOBON

TY POZZOBON’S CAREER HIGHLIGHTS • 2008 Cdn. High School Bull Riding Champion • 2009 BCRA Bull Riding Champion • 2010 CPRA Rookie of the Year • 2010 Pro Rodeo Permit Holder of the Year • 2012 CPRA Bull Riding Season Leader • 2012 PBR Cdn. Finals Champion • 2012 Tour Finals Champion • Two-time Cdn. Finals Rodeo Qualifier • Three-time Cdn. PBR Finals Qualifier • Three-time Calgary Stampede Competitor • PBR World Finals Qualifier (Las Vegas) sporting event and entertainment spectacle, but holding an event in Merritt on June 1st will be a great way to kick off the summer.” The Smithbilt Ty Pozzobon Invitational, which will begin at 6 p.m. at the Merritt Grounds located in Collettville, will feature 25 of the top bull riders from across North

America and quite possibly Australia, Brazil and Mexico, as well as some of the most feared and ferocious bulls from around the continent. Each bull rider will compete once in a long go, with the top-10 point-scorers moving on to a championship round immediately afterwards. A $12,500added purse will be

RIDIN’ HIGH Merritt’s Ty Pozzobon, shown above in action earlier this season, sits 12th in the world bull riding standings going into this weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series event at the Rimrock Arena in Billings, Montana. Photo courtesy of Bullstock Media

up for grabs, as well as valuable qualifying points towards the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas in October. In addition to Merritt’s own Pozzobon, the line-up for June 1st already includes PBR Finals qualifier Douglas Duncan from Tyler, Texas, and last year’s $100,000 Calgary Stampede champion, Chad Besplug, from Claresholm, Alta. Many more of the world’s best bull riders are expected to confirm their partici-

pation in the days and weeks ahead. Ty’s mom, Leanne, stated that local support for the first-ever Ty Pozzobon Invitational has been phenomenal. “So many Merritt businesses have jumped onboard with major sponsor Smithbilt Hats,” she said, “like Lordco, Nicola Post & Rail, JOCO Transport, Frank Douthwright Mechanical, Firman Autoparts, The Grand Pub & Grill, even Kamloops Dodge.

Cents’ spring camp this weekend By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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Eighty young hockey prospects, from as far away as Calgary, and Whitehorse in the Yukon, will descend on the Nicola Valley this weekend for the first of two spring camps put on by the Merritt Centennials. “There’s been a lot

of interest,” Centennials assistant coach Joe Martin said. “Registrations have been coming in steadily since right after Christmas. We’ve been just short of full for a good two and a half weeks.” This weekend’s camp will officially kick off on Friday afternoon with player sign-ins. All participants have been assigned to one of four teams that will scrimmage against one another multiple times in a span of just over 48

hours. “Each team will have two goalies, six defencemen and 12 forwards,” Martin said. “The weekend will be like a mini tournament with teams picking up points for a win or a tie. On Sunday, we’ll have a third place versus fourth place game and a gold medal game between the top two teams.” A look at the team rosters sees a lot of familiar names, including a large contingent of local talent. Representing

Merritt will be Tracker Sportswear Tier 3 midgets Kristian Stead, Zach Sanderson, Riley Barnes, Nolan Prowal and Aaron Montreuil. Also from Merritt, but playing out of Kamloops and Kelowna respectively are Matt Fichter and Griffin Baillie. Former Merritt resident Daylan Robertson, who played for the Summerland Steam of the KIJHL will be at the Cents’ spring camp, along with Rhett Willcox, younger brother

of former Centennial Reece Willcox, and Carter Huber, younger brother of current Cents’ player Bennett Huber. “Our focus with this camp, and with the camp in Abbotsford in June, is to try and identify the best 40 players to invite to our main camp in late August to compete for a spot on next year’s team,” Martin said. Spectators are welcome at all of this weekend’s scrimmages. There is no charge for admission.

We can’t thank them enough for all their help. “It’s going to be a first-class event,” Leanne added. “We have one of the top bull fighters in the world, Jesse Byrne, coming, and there’ll be pyrotechnics (fireworks) at the beginning of the show to welcome in the competitors. We’re also planning to have a Calcutta on the short go, too. “Between sections, Ty plans to talk to the audience and share some of his experiences

from the world of bull riding,” Leanne said. Tickets for the Smithbilt Ty Pozzobon Invitational are already available for purchase at Purity Feed in Merritt, and at both Lammles Western-Wear and the Horse Barn in Kamloops. The price is just $20 per person in advance, or $25 on the day of the event. For more information on the event, contact Leanne Pozzobon at 250-378-2580 or lpozzobon@telus.net.

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Local runners get Dirty Feet By Ian Webster THE HERALD

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Four distance runners from the Merritt area hit the high country on Sunday, March 24 at the first competition of the season in the annual North Face Dirty Feet Trail Series. The kick-off event was held in the rolling hills above Kamloops, and featured plenty of up-and-down running on narrow, often singlelane paths. A total of 223 participants (69 men, 154 women) took part in the trail runs that included 5K, 10K and 21K distances. MJ Bedard of Merritt, who was the top female finisher one week earlier at the Kamloops Spring Runoff 10K, continued to show strong early-season form, placing third in the womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s category of the 21K event in a time of 1:53.29. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very happy with my result,â&#x20AC;? Bedard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was definitely tough running with narrow trails, lots of hills and plenty of mud.â&#x20AC;? Bedard conceded that the hardest part of the event was the waiting period before the start of the race. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They bused us up to the course, and we stood around for almost an hour,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was very cold (-6 C) and windy. We finally started running, the sun came

THREEâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COMPANY Erika Doyon (left) and Colleen Mullin of Merritt enjoy an early morning run along Juniper Drive on Tuesday. Keeping them company is Doyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blue heeler, Roux. The training partners are preparing for the Vancouver halfmarathon on May 5. Ian Webster/Herald

out, and it was much nicer.â&#x20AC;? Also competing in the 21K event was Merrittâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school district superintendent Bob Peacock. He finished the course in 2:13.38, good for second in his age group. Peacock is currently training to complete a 50K trail run on May 5 in Vernon. Training partners Colleen Mullin and Erika Doyon from Merritt took part in the 10K run at the Dirty Feet event. In a field of 64 women, they finished 10th and 11th respec-

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Mullin is a veteran of trail running, having competed in and helped organize events in both Fort St. James and Prince George. It was Doyonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first-ever competitive trail run. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The trails were good to start off with,â&#x20AC;? Mullin said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but soon got quite muddy. At the seven kilometre mark, there was a massive hill. Everybody got covered in muck.â&#x20AC;? Doyon, who only took up running after her college years, described the whole experience as great and the scenery as beautiful. Both 10K runners from Merritt enjoyed the shuttle to the start, with Mullin stating that it was a great excuse to socialize and meet other participants. Mullin and Doyon have their sights set on running a halfmarathon on May 5 in Vancouver.

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THE BIG STOPPER Merritt Warriorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; goaltender Kristian Stead thwarts a scoring attempt by Tre Potskin of the Kamloops Blades during midget action on March 28 at the 26th Annual Nicola Valley Jr. Native Hockey Tournament. Coming to Steadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aid is Warrior Ty Hofmann. Eighteen teams from all over Western Canada took part in the three-day First Nations event held at the Nicola Valley Memorial and Shulus Arenas. Ian Webster/Herald

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE NICOLA VALLEY Have an event we should know about? Tell us by calling 250-378-4241 or emailing production@merrittherald.com NV COMMUNITY BAND Musical Fundraiser at The Culture Club, Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Intimate cabaret atmosphere. Snacks included, beverages available for purchase. Tickets available at Hair Shack or call James 250-3789894. NICOLA VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL Join us at the Civic Centre, Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m., for this year’s Vancouver Piano Ensemble as they bring their 8 hands and 2 grand pianos to Merritt. Tickets at Baillie House and Black’s. This event sells out, get your tickets now! NV COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL Council is looking for artwork to be displayed at the Civic Centre for their “Night of

the Arts”. All work must be in black and white or shades of grey, medium is open. Deadline for submission is Saturday, April 20. Call 250-378-6515 for detailed information regarding submission requirements. Fri, April 26th @ 7pm A”A Night of the Arts, A Community Reception for the 30 years with the NVCAC.” Help us celebrate our 30 years as an organization with this free community event which toasts the success of the community and the Nicola Valley Community Arts Council. Join us for live entertainment including pianist Bruce Vogt, the Community Band and MSS Jazz Band, a rich historical display and so much more, Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre. Call

250-378-6515 or email us for more information. PACIFIC SPORT FUNDAMENTAL SKILLS WORKSHOP Do you work with children? This workshop is designed for recreation leaders, preschool and daycare professionals, youth leaders, teachers, coaches, parents, anyone (16 years of age or older) working with or interested in working with children ages 3-12. Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Civic Centre. Register today at 250.315.1050. For more info. on this FREE workshop, please contact Josee at jwarren@pacificsport.com NICOLA VALLEY COMMUNITY GARDEN The newly formed NV Community Gardens is hold-

ing an information and sign-up day on Saturday, April 27 , from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the garden site hehind NVGH. Access is off Reid Ave. For more info. call 250-378-0114 or 250-378-2374 or nicolavalleygardens@ gmail.com. NV WOMEN’S INSTITUTE Spring Fashion Show, Saturday, May 4 at the Senior’s Centre from 1 - 3 p.m.. For more information call Betty at 250-378-3730

Meriel Barber. Gallery is open Thursdays from 4 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday Noon -6 p.m. MSS REUNION Are you a MSS 1983 grad? We are having a 30 year reunion the weekend of Aug. 2-4, 2013. If you could of, should of, or did graduate in 1983 please contact Patty Beers (Cressy) at 250.378.9503 or E: beers2@telus.net for more info. on weekend events.

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Merritt Lutheran Fellowship COURTHOUSE ART GALLERY The Courthouse Art Gallery presents “Ancestor Teachings: First Nations Arts and Culture Past and Present”, until April 20. This art exhibition is curated by Lower Nicola Tribal Elder, Bernice Ball, assisted by Arts Council Director,

FIRST NATIONS CULTURAL CELEBRATION Logan Lake Secondary School, Friday, May 3, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. 12:45 p.m. All ages invited to enjoy this arts and entertainment event. Call 250523-9441 or Email: trainville@sd73.ca.ca for more information.

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in St. Michael's Church • 250-378-9899 Service Time: 3rd Sunday each month 1:00 p.m.

Nicola Valley Evangelical Free Church 1950 Maxwell St. • 250-378-9502 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Corner of Jackson & Blair • 250-378-2919 Mass Time: Sundays 9:00 a.m.

Seventh Day Adventist Church 2190 Granite Ave. • 250-378-4061 Service Time: Saturdays 11:00 a.m.

St. Michael’s Anglican Church 1990 Chapman St. • 250-378-3772 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

Trinity United Church Corner of Quilchena & Chapman • 250-378-5735 Service Time: Sundays 10:00 a.m.

CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS Brownies Thursdays - 5:30 - 7 p.m. Central School - 250-378-8310 Canadian Diabetes Association Once a month, 7 - 9 p.m. Trinity United Church Hall. Call Eva at 250-378-2897 or Gerry at 250-378-3716 Canadian Mental Health Association Merritt Clubhouse Wednesdays & Fridays: 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 1721 Coldwater Ave. (Teen Centre) across from MSS. 250-378-4878 Central School Pac First Tuesday - 7 p.m. Lunchroom 250-378-4892 Celebrate Recovery Meetings every Monday, 7:00 p.m. at New Life Fellowship, 1938 Quilchena Ave. 250-378-4534 Community Choir Mondays - 7 p.m. - Fall to Spring Collettville Elementary - 250-378-9899 Court Whist - Fun Game Wednesdays - 7 p.m. at the Seniors Centre 250-378-2776 Drop-In Soccer Tuesdays & Thursdays: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Girls & Boys 16+ welcome 250-378-2530 Drop-In Volleyball Mondays - 7 - 9 p.m. CMS. 250-378-6212.

Guides Mondays - 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Central School - 250-378-2281 Ladies’ Curling League Wednesdays, 6 - and 8 p.m. Call 250-378- 8175 or 250-378-4917 Living With Loss Support Group Wednesdays - 7 to 8:45 p.m. 2025 Granite Ave - 250-280-4040 Merritt Curling Club For League Information 250-378-4423 Merritt Duplicate Bridge Club Tuesdays 7 p.m. Seniors’ Centre 250-378-5550 or 250-378-4577 Merritt Elks Lodge Clubs Second & Fourth Wednesday - 8 p.m. Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Merritt Lawn Bowling Sun., Tues., & Thurs. at 7 p.m. 250-378-2950 Merritt Lions Club First & Third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Best Western - Han’s Golden Wok 250-378-9509 Merritt Moms Prenatal - Post Natal Support group. Open Monday - Friday - 8:30 a.m. 250-378-2252 Merritt Navy League Cadet Corp Wednesdays 6 - 9 p.m. Cadet Hall Ages 9-13 welcome 250-378-2620

Merritt Snowmobile Club Second Tuesday of the month 7 p.m. - Civic Centre 250-315-1082 Merritt’s Women in Business Second Wednesday 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Merritt Desert Inn 250-315-5851 Nicola Naturalist Society Every Third Thursday - 7:00 p.m. NVIT. www.nicolanaturalists.ca Nicola Valley Better Breathers 3rd Wednesdays, 1:00 pm at Trinity United Call 250-378-6266 N.V. 4-H Club Every Second Tuesday - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-378-5028 N.V. Community Band Tuesdays - 7 p.m - MSS Music Room 250-378-5031 or 250-378-9894 N.V. Dirt Riders Association Last Wednesday of the month 7 p.m. at Garden Sushi Scott: 250-378-3502 www.nvdra.com N.V. Explorers Second Wednesday - NVIT # 1 - 7 p.m. 250-378-4476 or 250-378-4413 N.V. Fall Fair Third Monday - 2145 Quilchena Ave. 7 p.m. 250-378-5925 N.V. Fish & Game (except July and Aug.) Third Wednesday - 7 p.m. Phelan House - 2236 Jackson Ave. 250-378-4572 or 250-378-4904

N.V. Horseshoe Club Meetings Wednesdays - 6 p.m. Smith Pioneer Park 250-378-5007 or 250-378-6980 N.V. Heritage Society Last Wednesday - Baillie House 250-378-0349 N.V. Quilters Guild First & Third Thursdays Civic Centre 7 p.m. 250-378-4172 N.V. Search & Rescue Second Monday - 7 p.m. At the airport 250-378-6769 N.V. Thrift Store First Tuesday NVGH basement 250-378-9100 N.V. Women’s Institute Second Wednesday - 1:30 p.m. In member’s homes 250-378-2536 One Way Krew Youth Group Tuesdays - 7 - 8:30 p.m. Crossroads Community Church - 250-378-2911 Pathfinders Thursdays - 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. Central School - 250-936-8298 Patricia Rebekah Lodge Second & Fourth Mondays at 7 p.m. Lawn Bowling Club, Merritt Avenue. Rocky Mountain Rangers Cadet Corp Tuesdays - 6 p.m. 250-378-1302 or 250-572-3775 Royal Canadian Legion #96 Executive Mtg. Second Thursday - 6 p.m. Regular Mtg. Fourth Thursday - 7 p.m.

1940 Quilchena - 250-378-5631 Royal Purple First and Third Mondays each month 1:30 p.m. - Downstairs @ Elks Hall 250-378-9788 Rotary Club of Merritt Every Thursday - Noon Brambles Bakery Cafe. 250-378-5535 Rotary Club of Merritt - Sunrise Every Tuesday - 7 a.m. Brambles Bakery Seniors’ Mixed Curling Mondays & Tuesdays - 1 - 3 p.m. 250-378-5539 Sparks Mondays - 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Central School - 250-378-8310 Teen Centre Mondays & Fridays - 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. 250-378-4878 Toastmasters Club 3929 Tuesdays - 5 p.m. at the Merritt Library 250-378-5855 24U Tuesdays - 2 p.m. at the Hospice Society Sue 250-378-2717 or Bonnie 250-315-0179 Valley Visual Artists General club information contact: Fran McMurchy at 250-378-4230 Vintage Car Club - Merritt Chapter Second Wednesday - 7:30 p.m. Ska-Lu-La Workshop Al (250-378-7402) Ted (250-378-4195)

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Don’t miss the Celebration of Rural Living Expo & Trade Show April 27-28, 2013 9am-5pm daily NT Agriplex & Fall Fair Facility 4872 Dunn Lake Rd., Barriere Over 100 booths & displays to peruse. Music, concessions, giveaways. A full lineup of feature speakers: including Dr. Art Hister. Free draws every hour. $5/adult, $3/stud. or senior, children 12 & under Free. Vendor and Expo info at: www.ruralexpobarriere.com

CONSTRUCTION LABOURERS needed for concrete forming in Kamloops. Good wages. Send resume to: majka99@telus.net or fax to 604-864-2796.

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Kevin Paré was killed in a n snowmobiling accident on Good Friday on March 29, 2013 in Golden, B.C. There will be a viewing for anyone who would like to pay their respects at the Merritt Funeral Chapel on Friday, April 5, 2013 between 5 - 8 pm

Employment Drivers/Courier/ Trucking

There is to be a Celebration of Life to be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm in the upstairs of the Royal Canadian Legion in Merritt.

Class 1 Drivers to haul dry vans Western Canada & US. Only drivers with 2 years exp. & US border crossing capability. Dedicated tractors, paid drops, direct deposit. No phone calls Fax 250-546-0600

Hospice Society Donations on to the Hospice society enable us to continue our support role in the community and to help furnish the Hospice rooms at Gilles House. A tax receipt will be provided upon request for donation of $20 or more.

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Thank You! The family of Allen Byer would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the family and friends who brought food, sent Áowers, cards and donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. A special thank you also to the nurses at the Nicola Valley Hospital, Dr. VanderMewre, Angelina Cavaliere, Father Andy, Karen Goetz, Jaime Etchart and the Catholic Women’s League for a lovely luncheon. The support and compassion we have received from everyone who knew Allen has been overwhelming. Thank you from Vera Byer, Connie, Wayne, Debbie, Linda & Families.

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Everett Edsel

November 26, 1929 - March 3, 2013 Everett passed away in Penticton BC from a short illness with cancer. One of his greatest joys in life was his employment and camaraderie on the railroad, making trips through Brookmere and the Kettle Valley. He was a long term resident of Merritt, more commonly known as Swede by most, and The Old Man by his daughters. He was Merritt’s favorite bartender for many years. Everett beat his nemesis, the bottle, 25 years ago. His daughter Darlene as a child, wrote this poem for him:

Seeking qualified drivers for immediate openings in Merritt, BC for our Kamloops Chips haul.

Everett Ahlstrom of the Valnicola Hotel was a so-so kind of guy, He swore a bit, smoked a bit, and boozed a bit on the sly. But he held his post at the Valnic, In the good old Swedish Way And the grateful company paid him 50 cents a day.

We offer: • Full Time, Year Round Work • Home Every Day • Competitive Wage, Benefits & Pension

In his retirement he enjoyed gardening and helping raise his grandchildren of which he has 8, and 10 great grandchildren. Everett was a comedian and often said, “I am not afraid of dying, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” He is survived by his 3 daughters Dagmar (Washington), Karen (Okanagan) and Darlene (Calgary). Everett was cremated and requested not to have a service.

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Advertising Sales Representative We are seeking an advertising sales representative for an Indo-Canadian newspaper.

Responsibilities: Generate leads, cold-calling, meeting, presenting, and closing new advertising prospects to build the client base. Provide superior and genuine customer service to all clients. Prepare and submit regular reports, and attend networking events as required.

Qualifications: Must have a minimum of two-year's sales experience. Have strong interpersonal skills, be outgoing, confident, enthusiastic and reliable. Be self-motivated and able to think 'outside the box' in order to find potential advertisers from a wide range of business sectors. Be a quick learner, be accurate and well-organized with the ability to work effectively independently, but also as part of a team.

Compensation: This position includes a competitive base salary, commission, gas allowance and benefits. Must have reliable transportation. If you meet the qualifications and feel you would be suitable for the position, email your resume and cover letter to bobbygill@telus.net. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 58 (NICOLA-SIMILKAMEEN)

SPECIAL EDUCATION ASSISTANT School District No. 58 is accepting applications for a Special Education Assistant for the following school: Nicola-Canford Elementary School 5 hrs/day – school days only Temporary: April 22, 2013 to June 27, 2013 Preferred or required training is: • POPARD 5 Day – Autism training • FASD - Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training • PBS – Positive Behaviour Support training • CPI – Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training Responsibilities include but are not limited to: • Autism training • Adapted Program • Adapted Aquatics • Life Skills • Speech and Language • Technology support • Occupational and Physical Therapy • Personal Care and Hygiene

POSITION SUMMARY The position will be required to perform general labour duties. SALARY The 2013 pay rate as per the CUPE Collective Agreement is $13.25 per hour, plus 16% in lieu of benefits. HOURS OF WORK This is a full time seasonal position. Please see our website at www.merritt.ca for full details Current resumes reflecting applicants’ knowledge, skills and abilities relevant to the position and detailing education, qualifications and proof of required licenses/certificates/degrees will be accepted prior to 4:00 p.m., April 02, 2013 by: Carole Fraser, Human Resources Manager City of Merritt PO Box 189, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Or by email: cfraser@merritt.ca

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

POSITION: Casual Maintenance Labourer Position Summary Applications are invited for the position of Casual Maintenance / Labourer for the Leisure Services Department in the City of Merritt. For complete details, visit City of Merritt website at www.merritt.ca Detailed resumes attached with a cover letter will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 10, 2013, and should be addressed to: Carole Fraser, Human Resources Manager City of Merritt PO Box 189, 2185 Voght Street Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Or by email: cfraser@merritt.ca We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Merritt, B.C. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Looking for a New Career? Join the leading supplier to the fast paced home building and home improvement industry. Merritt Home Hardware Building Centre is seeking an outstanding candidate. Candidates will have exceptional communication and interpersonal skills and will be able to work productively in a team environment, as well as be an independent self-starter. INVENTORY CONTROL LEADER 35 hours per week -Tuesday to Saturday KEY SKILLS & RESPONSIBILITIES • Experience in Inventory Control • Supervision experience • Efficient Computer Skill • Logistic knowledge • Customer service • Proficient Math skills • Conflict resolution • Organized • Physically Fit

Sales Consultant We are currently looking for an outstanding individual interested in continuing their career with Murray Chevrolet Buick GMC in Merritt, B.C. We welcome any person that is interested in the business as well as seasoned veterans. Some reasons why we’re an excellent company to work with: • New, simpliÀed professional pay plan with guaranteed income based on volume. • Work with one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies • Comprehensive training program with industry experts • Health care plan with full beneÀts

Please contact in conÀdence our General Manager Richard Antonenko at richard@murraygmmerritt.com, 1-250-378-9255 or apply online at www.murraygmmerritt.com

Saturday, April 6th • 8:30 am

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Financial Services GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877987-1420. www.pioneerwest.com

Cleaning Services Reliable, trustworthy house cleaning.References available. Will concentrate on what’s important to you. $20/hr. Call 250-280-1423

Garage Sale - April 6 2488 Jackson Ave. 9:00am - 1pm Pretty soon it will be yard cleaning time! If you have any old appliances or scrap iron. I would like to pick them up. I also buy broken motor radiators, copper, aluminum and brass. Phone 250-378-2889

Heavy Duty Machinery A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! Also Damaged 40’ $1950 Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Free Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com

Misc. for Sale FOR SALE 15 cent bottle type PEPSI MACHINE. $130 OBO email me at: paulgel@2012gmail.com or phone 250-315-2511. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?

Misc. Wanted Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins + Coin Guy: 778-281-0030

Real Estate

Join the team by sending your resume, cover letter and reference list to: pmhbc01@gmail.com

Mobile Homes & Parks

Application deadline: Apply now! Applications will be accepted until the position is filled with an exceptional candidate. We appreciate the interest of all applicants, however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

MACHINERY SALE

Kettle Falls International Railway, LLC (KFR), an OmniTRAX, Inc. managed company, operates over 160 miles of former Burlington Northern Santa Fe trackage in Northeastern Washington State and Southeastern British Columbia. KFR operates from the BNSF interchange at Chewelah, Washington to Columbia Gardens, British Columbia. A second line operates from Kettle Falls, Washington to Grand Forks, British Columbia. KFR is looking for a Track Foreman to assist with the Canadian operations. Track Foreman: Installs and repairs railroad track on specified territory of railroad, using spike pullers, spike drivers, removes old spikes, drives new spikes, performs related inspection and maintenance to railroad track on specified territory of railroad. This is accomplished by performing the following duties. Additional details at www.omnitrax.com. Send resume to recruiting@omnitrax.com or fax 866-448-9259.

Garage Sales

The district has a high percentage of First Nations and other multicultural students and so being sensitive to cultural diversities would be an asset.

Attn: Secretary Treasurer School District #58 (Nicola-Similkameen) P.O. Box 4100, 1550 Chapman St. Merritt, BC V1K 1B8 Fax: (250) 378-6263

Independently owned and operated by the Raffan Family since 1963.

Merchandise for Sale

Qualifications and salary will be in accordance with the C.U.P.E. Local 847 Collective Agreement.

Application forms are available at the School Board office, 1550 Chapman Street, or on-line at www.sd58.bc.ca, click on Jobs/ Support Positions/Job Postings listed under Job Code # 447929 and follow the prompts provided. Applications will be accepted until April 12, 2013. Please forward to:

TRACK FOREMAN

1-250-762-9447

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, Merritt, BC

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NKLERS UNDERGROUND SPRI NE PAVING STO S RETAINING WALLS ES TURF & WATER FEATUR ANCE EN NT COMPLETE YARD MAI

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ERVICES

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www.merritte

sc.ca

The Employment Program of British Columbia is fund ed Government of Can by the ada and the Province of Brit ish Columbia

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of our clients.

We are currently acccepting new client s and look forward to meeting with you abou t any of your accounting & taxation needs. We are confident our team will add value to your business by providing reliable and timely accoun ting services, allowing you more time to grow your business.

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1988 Quilchena Ave. (Royal Lepage ofÀce) Merritt, BC V1K 1B8

Phone: 778-257-4129

e-mail: Merritt@campbellco.ca


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123 456 789

MAIN LOCATION & CLEARANCE CENTRE

HOURS: Mon. - Fri. 9 am - 6 pm, Sat.: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm, Closed Sundays & Appliances Ltd.

2025 Coutlee Avenue, Merritt

Phone: 250-378-2332

*The free TV promotion the Environmental fee of $31.75 for the 43”&51”Samsung TV’s will be paid by the purchaser. *12 months no interest, no payments S.A.C. on furniture and mattresses and 6 months no interest, no payments S.A.C. on appliances and electronics. Administration fee ($99.95), any delivery charges and all taxes payable at the time of purchase. On approved credit. A $21 annual membership fee may be charged to your account subject to certain conditions. Financing provided by CitiFinancial Canada, Inc. and is subject to all the terms and conditions in your cardholder agreement and the credit promotional plan discloser statement (collectively the”Account Agreement”). Finance Charges will accrue on the purchase from the beginning of the credit promotional period of 12 months on furniture and mattresses and/or 6months on electronics and appliances but no minimum payments will be due during the credit promotional period. However, if you pay the purchase price in full by the expiration date of the credit promotional period, all of the accrued Finance Charges will be waived and no Financial Charges will be assessed on the purchase. Otherwise, all of the accrued Finance Charges will be assessed. On termination of expiry of the credit promotional plan (or for the purchases that are not part of the credit promotional plan), the standard APR of 29.99% and the terms of the regular credit plan will apply to all outstanding balances owing. This offer is valid up to and including April 21/2013, cannot be used for previous purchases and cannot be combined with any other offers, promotions or special incentive programs. Certain terms and conditions apply. See store and Account Agreement for further information. Sale Ends April 21/2013.


Merritt Herald, April 04, 2013