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Rossland Historical Museum. A plan to revitalize and expand the museum’s scope and breadth was approved by City council

Monday night—the Rossland Museum Gateway Project Site, Facility, Operational and Sustainability Plan—paving the

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Rowan Klein, 8, receives a bear bones explanation from Bear Aware project coordinator Sharon Wieder, right, during the Earth Day expo and activities at the Miners’ Union Hall on Saturday. Several hundred people came through the doors for the event put on by Rossland Sustainability Commission.

New French immersion program set for city’s school TIMOTHY SCHAFER Rossland News

The school district taketh but also giveth. A Late French Immersion program is being slated for Rossland’s former secondary school just Yourbuilding, Horoscope For the days Week after School District 20 (SD20) officially withtrustees Michael O’Connor inside slammed the door on keeping Horoscope seniorAdvertiser secondary school grades in the city. thethree West Kootenay For the Week The program has been announced for some RosslandNews_2013_Jan13-27.pdf 12/17/2012 2:41:55 PM for registration has passed— with Michael O’Connor time—one deadline inside the West Kootenay Advertiser

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but registration has been sluggish in the Greater Trail region, and could jeopardize the establishment of the new program. The deadline for registration in the program— for current Grade 5 students—for next year has been extended to Thursday, after the program fell eight students short of its goal of 25 over one week ago. To sweeten the pot and entice in eight more students for fall, the district has offered the program to current Grade 6 students in the region,

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creating a combined program for the coming school year. SD20 director of instruction, Bill Ford, said realization of the program in Rossland needs only a few students to get it over the hump and into reality. “There have been several attempts made in the past to get a Late French Immersion program going at this end of the school district, but none of the previous attempts have worked,” he said.

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your rossland events Calendar • Parent-Infant Mother Goose (april 6 - June 15) Join in saturday mornings (11 a.m.- 12 p.m.) at the rossland Library for an hour of rhymes, stories, and songs. the program welcomes children aged six to 18 months of age and their parents. other ages may be considered. Please contact Lynn amann by e-mail (children@ rossland.bclibrary.ca) for more details or to register. • Kootenay danceworKs students from Kootenay danceworks will be performing at their year-end show, an evening of Gratitude, at the charles Bailey theatre on saturday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m. tickets are now on sale. • found: wedding rings. owner can claim them if description matches. call 250-362-5767. • Kootenay coLuMBIa traILs socIety will be hosting a booth during the Gericks bike swap in trail on saturday april 27. you will be able to renew your membership, get the latest on trails, or just pick up some maps and stickers. • harMony choIr sPrInG concert, 7 p.m., april 27, charles Bailey theatre. celebrating 25 years, the spring concert will feature special guests—Kootenay Women’s Chorale, Rossland Glee club, the Green choir, Kootenay danceworks, wind river Quartet, Maggie chan and more. tickets: $15 • RLOP and Missoula Children’s theatre presents snow whIte and the seVen dwarfs, 2:30 and 7 p.m., May 4, charles Bailey theatre. a little red truck pulls into your town with everything it takes to mount a full-scale musical production…except the cast. That’s where the children of your community come in. On Monday, they’re cast as characters. By saturday, they’ve gained character – the kind that really counts. this year, it’s School District 20’s talented elementary students that will star. tickets: $9.

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A theatre company is coming to town. The company is nearly complete—with directors, sets, costumes, props, make-up, everything to put on a show—except for the cast. And who is needed to bring this show to life and fill out the cast? Children and teens currently in kindergarten to Grade 12. This is the scenario when the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) comes to Greater Trail April 29 to May 4 to present Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs. Students from Rossland and surrounding area (including Castlegar, Trail and Fruitvale) are invited to participate in an open, two hour-long, group audition on Monday, April 29, 3:30 p.m. at the Webster School Gym in Warfield. Students wishing to audition must arrive by 3:15 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour audition. The first rehearsal begins approximately 30 minutes after the audition. This is a group audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Please note that not all children that audition will be cast in the show. Up to 60 performers are selected and rehearsal begins immediately after the audition. Children and teens work intensively with the show directors over five days to develop not

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ONGOING your rossland events listings rossland Golden city Quilt guild meets every Monday. the guild meets at the senior centre on rossland avenue from 7-9 p.m. rossland retirees curling club invites men and women interested in curling on tuesdays and thursdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., to call Bill at 362-9462 or Jim at 364-1051. Joe hill coffeehouse Joe hill coffee house takes place the third sunday of each month. It carries a great rossland tradition into a new season.the music starts at 7 p.m. in the Rossland Miners’ hall, in a relaxing cafe setting with coffee, tea and

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What: snow white and the seven dwarfs. Where: charles Bailey theatre When: saturday, May 4, 2:30 and 7 p.m.. Tickets: $9 each. For more info: www.rlop.ca Auditions: two hour-long, group audition on Monday, april 29, 3:30 p.m. at the webster School Gym in Warfield. students wishing to audition must arrive by 3:15 p.m. and stay for the entire two-hour audition.

only singing and acting, but also life skills such as self-discipline, and working effectively in a team. Erica Charette, producer for this year’s children’s theatre show, is an alumni of the MCT program. “They are just awesome,” she said of MCT. “It was one of the pivotal experiences that has made me love theatre and gave me the confidence to move ahead in life.” There is no cost to the students who participate. All that is asked is a fierce commitment to create a magical theatre experience in just a few short days, said Charette.

The BC Arts Council Scholarship Program is offering more opportunities for young British Columbians to study the arts. The B.C. government is increasing support for the

good things to eat. Les carter, 250-362-5677, retrac01@telus.net. open Mic night at flying steamshovel every wednesday at 9 p.m. west Kootenay Minor lacrosse 2013 registration is now open. forms can be picked up/dropped off at Gerricks cycle in trail. contact tina at wKMLa@hotmail.com for info. SCENESTUDIO: Acting for All! Rossland’s new acting school is open and offers ongoing programming. Professionally trained in theatre and film and tV, working actors, G. Michael and alicia Gray, teach these exciting and educational classes. 2010 washington (in the historic BMo Building) Mikealicia@scenestudio.ca (250)-5211559 www.facebook.com/scenestudio.ca Golden city lions: the Lions meet on the second and fourth wednesdays of each month at 6 p.m.

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Rehearsals will be conducted every day from 3:30-8 p.m. At the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and, if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4-anda-half hours of rehearsal (this will be mostly older children) will be asked to bring a sack lunch, dinner or snack. The show will be an original

scholarship program from $150,000 to $750,000 this year. As a result, the number of scholarships granted to British Columbians studying the arts could more than triple, from about 50 to as high as 175.

musical production of a classic fairy tale, with an unexpected twist. The community will have two chances to see the young performers on Saturday, May 4 at the Charles Bailey Theatre in Trail. There is a matinee at 2:30 p.m., and an early evening show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $9 each, available at the Charles Bailey Box Office. The students in the cast will be called for dress rehearsal before the performance that day. All those cast must be available for all scheduled performances. • For further information, go to www.rlop.ca.

The new funding increases the maximum value of the scholarships from $4,000 to $6,000. B.C. residents entering a full-time degree or diploma program can apply for a scholarship.

Application deadline is April 30. For more information about qualifications and how to apply, visit: http:// www.bcartscouncil.ca/ guidelines/artists/youth/ scholarship_awards.html

at the Rossland Legion. Contact W. Profili at 362-7671

tom Leask 362-7118. accepting applications for scout Leaders.

rossland radio co-op: open house every Monday from 3-7 p.m. followed by station meeting at 7 p.m. More info: radio@rosslandradio.com.

columbia district Girl Guides has units from rossland to salmo for girls aged 5 to 17. call 250-367-7115. Leaders also wanted.

trail Maple Leaf Band Monday evening practices 7-9 p.m. in the McIntyre room at the cominco Memorial centre. Brass and woodwind players welcomed. for more info, contact andrea McKay, 362-7604.

ycdc youth nights free drop-in, 1504 cedar ave, trail. call 364-3322 or contact coordinator@ columbiaycdc.ca. art night: tue. 7 p.m.; Movie night: wed. 6-8 p.m..

Rossland skatepark committee 6-8 p.m., first tuesday each month at the rossland Library. come be part of the process.

royal canadian Legion Br. # 14 rossland General Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the third wed. of every month. all members of Branch #14 are asked to attend.

scoutInG for boys and girls, now at the rossland scout hall. Beavers (ages 5,6,7) tuesdays. cubs (ages 8,9,10) scouts (ages 11-14) contact

rotary club of rossland: weekly meetings at the rock cut Pub, Mon., 6-8 p.m.. all welcome! contact John sullivan, 362-5278.

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Lights, camera, action! The annual Under 19 Film Festival (U19) will be at the Royal Theatre in Trail this Saturday, April 27 starting at 6 p.m. This is the largest youth film festival in the Kootenays where young filmmakers compete with their original short films in seven categories for cash prizes up to $200. Film categories include drama, documentary, comedy, snow sports, sports adventure, people’s choice and judge’s choice. Films are under 10 minutes, made by youth from the West Kootenay who are under 19 years of age. Filmmakers were able to enter as many films as they wanted. As part of the film festival, there is a free filmmaking workshop from 4-6 p.m. before the festival at the Selkirk College Trail Campus hosted by multimedia specialist Zeb Hansell and independent film maker James Klemmensen. Email to register for this free workshop at: rosslandarts@gmail.com. For more information visit: www.rosslandcac.com. The U19 Festival is open to the public and entry is $5. Lots of door prizes.

An Earth Day story reading for kids with the Rossland Library drew the biggest crowd of the afternoon.

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Future motion on SD20 deal could surface: Spearn I think the likelihood now of anything going any further, to be honest, between the City and the school board is very unlikely.

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The city could re-mount another motion to the school district over its failed kindergarten-to-Grade 12 grant-in-aid attempt, says one City councillor. Jill Spearn said City council could try and craft a more palatable motion to reopen the process and re-work the deal it offered the School District 20 board of trustees, one that was resoundingly turned down by the board last week. Although the topic of the school district’s vote did not appear on Monday night’s City council regular meeting agenda, Spearn did not rule out the possibility of a future motion, but said it might not be feasible. “The financial aspect is a constraint with the school board and I understand that, but I also think they should have at least had some conversations with us,” she said. “I think the likelihood now of anything going any further, to be honest, between the City and the school board is very unlikely.” Most of the reasons for the board refusing to continue negotiations with the City revolved around the MacLean Elementary School Annex, said Spearn, and the technicalities regarding the request to potentially have that facility for the $430,000 total grant-in-aid over three years. “But, really, that conversation needed to be about K-12 in Rossland with that as a side conversation,” she said. However, Spearn said the energy from

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Jill Spearn refuted Trail trustee Mark Wilson’s comments about how the Rossland students would provide greater enrolment to J.L Crowe Secodnary School in Trail, and would ensure the funding would be there for enhanced courses and programs. “Mark Wilson keeps referring to the educational benefits of all the (grade) 10-12s at Crowe,” said Spearn at the end of the meeting. “What he fails to understand is that education is not just ‘bums in seats’ in a traditional classroom. Education is

21st Century personal learning models as mandated by the provincial government’s Education Plan, education is students wanting to be in an environment where they can walk to school, where they can play sports for their home community, where they can go downtown and support the local businesses, where they have time to dance and work after school if they need to follow their passions, where they are comfortable with being different, if the climate allows them to be so. “Education is ski academies and international programs

the fight to keep all 13 grades in Rossland will now be put elsewhere. “I am not, frankly, prepared to let this one go by the way side on behalf of the 500 plus folks who showed up to support K-12 in Rossland, who wrote over 275 support letters, and a city that has an Official Community Plan, Sustainability Plan, a Family Friendly survey and a recent Neighbourhoods of Learning sur- 15 as the board of trustees voted against vey that all speak to keeping our kids in accepting the City’s offer. The resolution to provide a grant-in-aid town,” she said during the meeting. Two NOL subcommittees are working to SD20—through a rise in local city to find ways to retain K-12 in the city by taxes—in order to keep kindergarten to creating an independent school for the Grade 12 grades at Rossland Secondary School (RSS) was defeated 7-2 by trustees senior grades. “This means the board will lose the at the regular board meeting at Trail funding they anticipate and may rely on Middle School. The deal from the City was riddled in their budget, and will not necessarily see the faces of all Rossland students in with nine procedural points that could not September and that kids can go to school be remedied, and timing was at the crux of it. The board did not feel comfortable relyhere in town,” she said. Also, an NOL task force is working to ing on the citizens of Rossland in a referachieve a new governance model for endum—an answer which wouldn’t be available for 90 days—if it accepted the Rossland as a municipal school district. A deal between the City of Rossland deal. 10.3125” x 2” Mid-May was the latest the board could and School District 20 was quashed April

in Rossland, so we can all benefit from these interactions with the international community. “I am not convinced this is the best educational situation for kids, but I am convinced that this is about a board of trustees, entrusted with the best for all kids, that has chosen to close the last remaining elementary school and highjack the senior students from a small, vibrant city which has had a 8.5 per cent population growth, so they can fill the gaps in Trail, that has seen declining population.” — Timothy Schafer

contemplate any City support, while referendum results would not be available until mid July. With the school district’s budget nearing completion—and many contractual obligations set in place during that process—a mid summer answer after the budget was set could have cost the district too much in union salaries. On Feb. 27 the board of trustees for SD20 adopted a bylaw to close MacLean Elementary School next year, and Rossland Secondary School will begin hosting kindergarten to Grade 9 in September. editor@rosslandnews.com

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hensive agreement to finance a refinery in Canada which is planning to export refined fuels to China and other Asian countries in the future,” said Liu Yanping, deputy head of corporate banking department. Chinese companies will be involved in the engineering and construction of the refinery. Up to 100 per cent of the output from the refinery is planned to be sold to Asian markets, including China and India. Majority control of all the proposed Canadian businesses will remain in Canada

and there will be 6,000 construction jobs created for British Columbians over five years, and 3,000 permanent jobs. “A great advantage of the refinery is that it will prevent the shipment of bitumen in tankers off BC’s mid-coast,” said David Black, owner of Kitimat Clean. “In addition, it will reduce global greenhouse gas emissions because it will replace refineries elsewhere that are built to less stringent environmental standards.” More MOUs between Kitimat Clean and Chinese

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“It is an awesome thing for the south of the school district,” and for Rossland. Of the current Grade 5 students registered for the program, 16 are from Rossland, one is from Fruitvale but there are none from Trail, Warfield or Montrose. “That is surprising to me because I think this is such an opportunity for kids and the fact that Rossland is just up the hill,” said Ford. As the program is new to the south end of the district, the board indicated that a minimum of 25 students needed to be enrolled in the program for it to proceed. Late French Immersion is available for students who are presently enrolled in a School District 20 school and are in Grade 5, and Grade 6 for the combined program in Rossland. There are three sites in the district that offer the program, including Castlegar’s Twin Rivers Elementary in the north end of the district (for grades 6 and 7), Rossland School in the south end of the district (for grades six to nine), and Stanley Humphries Secondary in Castlegar (grades eight to 12). Glenmerry or Webster elementary schools did not get the Late French Immersion program because in a few years a forecasted growing enrolment would mean the school buildings would be full, said Ford. To add two classes of program into the schools would have meant adding portables, he noted, and the SD20 board does not want to add portables. Rossland had room to host the program now that the soon-to-be former Rossland Secondary School building will be a kindergarten to Grade 9 facility in the fall. If the program goes ahead, students will remain as a group for four years in Rossland, being transferred to Castlegar ’s Stanley Humphries Secondary School for grades 10 to 12. “When that happens in three years, who knows?” said Ford about the move. “There will be a new board then, and parents might advocate their children to go to Crowe (in Trail). I don’t know what the future holds.” Although Ford was confident the program would have the numbers to justify its existence in fall, he was “prepared to go back to the board if they were close,” two or three students off the mark of 25.

companies are anticipated in the near future. The project will include a state-of-the-art world scale oil refinery at Kitimat. It may also include a pipeline between Edmonton and Kitimat, a marine terminal, and a fleet of tankers for the refined fuels. The total cost could amount to $25 billion. It will be the largest investment in BC in history. It will also provide far more permanent jobs than any other investment has done and generate very large tax revenues for the government.

The program Bilingualism is achieved by providing the majority of instruction of the basic curriculum in French during the first few years of the program. Once a firm base in French has been established, instruction in English Language Arts is added, and instruction broadly in the English language increases. Students continue to receive instruction in certain subjects in French so that by the end of Grade 12, proficiency is achieved in both languages. The Late French Immersion program provides students with an education equivalent to that which is available in the English language program; in other words, students in an Immersion program will learn the same things as students who are not in an Immersion program, according to the Ministry of Education’s prescribed learning outcomes for each grade. The difference, of course, is that the Late French Immersion Program provides opportunities for students to acquire a high level of proficiency in French. Upon graduation from the program in Grade 12, students should be able to participate easily in French conversations, take post-secondary courses with French as the language of instruction, and accept employment with French as the language. In the first two years of the Late French Immersion program, French will be used to deliver the instructional program for 80 per cent of the time, while English will be used for 20 per cent. — From School District 20 • To register, contact Bill Ford at bford@sd20.bc.ca

There are a maximum of 30 student placements available for the Grade 6 French Immersion program at each school site. This is a legislated class size that cannot be exceeded. If there are more than 30 applicants at each site, the 30 seats will be filled by a lottery “draw.” Children whose names are not in the first 30 drawn will be placed on a wait list kept at each site. editor@rosslandnews.com

Stamping out weeds

The province has earmarked over $76,000 to help control the spread of invasive plants in the region, including the land around Rossland. Two grants have been handed out to local regional groups—and 28 grants province-wide—like the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary ($40,500) and the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee ($36,000) to assist their activities and support the objectives of the provincial Invasive Plant Program. This funding is in addition to the $534,000 already earmarked by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations for invasive plant control and management in 2013-14. The committee and the regional district work together to raise public awareness, survey invasive plant populations and actively treat high-priority sites to control the spread of invasive plants. The regional weed committee also serves as a forum for land managers and other stakeholders to co-ordinate treatment activities and participate in outreach and educational opportunities. Invasive plants are not native to a particular ecosystem and have the potential to displace long-established species.

New fish, wildlife program A new program will help protect and enhance fish, wildlife and habitats in the Kootenay River system thanks to a $3-million commitment from Columbia Basin Trust. The support will be going toward the creation of the KootenayKoocanusa Fish and Wildlife Program, which will help to enhance the environmental health of the area. The program will be delivered by the regionally based Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program. The existing program conserves and enhances fish, wildlife and their supporting habitats affected by the creation of BC Hydro owned and operated generation facilities in the Coastal, Columbia and Peace regions of British Columbia. By building on this existing framework, cost savings can be realized and an effective, integrated approach can be taken for delivering this new program.


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Katrine Conroy First elected in 2005 and later reelected in 2009, Katrine Conroy has most recently been the NDP critic for seniors and long-term care. In the legislature, she has been a passionate advocate for the health and well-being of B.C.’s seniors and also for our whole community. She previously advocated for healthcare needs as a hospital board member. Before entering politics, she worked as the executive director of Kootenay Family Place and served on the boards of several community organizations. Conroy enjoyed a career as one of B.C.’s first female steam engineers, as an early childhood educator, administrator and college instructor and as a small business owner. With her husband, Ed, Katrine lives in Pass Creek where they run a successful ranch breeding prize-winning polled hereford cattle. Together, they have raised four children and have five grandchildren.

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Sign Up Now! Be an informed voter in Rossland on May 8. Join in to learn from the Kootenay West candidates and their visions for the community at the Miners’ Union Hall at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Rossland Chamber of Commerce, the event is strictly non-partisan and is not linked to any level of government. There will also be an all-candidates forum at the Trail Memorial Centre gymnasium on Monday, May 6, 7-9 p.m. For more information on the forum, please contact the Rossland Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph Hughes What looked like a possible quiet win by acclamation for the incumbent NDP MLA Katrine Conroy has turned into a three-way contest for the opportunity to represent the Kootenay West riding. Independent candidate Joseph Hughes from Nakusp confirmed his nomination, with Liberal candidate Jim Postnikoff having declared his intention last week. The 29-year-old Hughes is a small business owner, a carpenter by trade, and holds a diploma in marketing management. He says he has been involved with local government issues in the valley from a young age and has sat on the Nakusp village council since 2009. Hughes believed that the voters in the Kootenay West riding will support an independent, without ties to a large political party. “I think we have very important issues in our area and we need a strong advocate in Victoria,” said Hughes. “The best way is with an independent without any political agenda.” — Art Harrison, Trail Times

Jim Postnikoff Jim Postnikoff is a small business owner and has worked as a millwright in the mining and forestry industries for 25 years. Postnikoff was born and raised in the Kootenays. He grew up in Shoreacres, a small rural community where he still resides, and attended high school in Castlegar. Postnikoff attended Selkirk College enrolling in the apprentice program and worked in the mining/smelting and forestry industries for 25 years, before purchasing a hobby farm in Shoreacres. Postnikoff has three grown children, Jamie, Jake and Jesse. He also started his own businesses including a gravel pit, a trucking company, a water bottling company and, most recently, a mini storage business. He held positions as Parent Advisory Council president, Castlegar Minor Hockey president and sat on the board of West Kootenay Minor Hockey Association. He is a past and active member of several local service organizations and has held senior positions within those organizations.

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The provincial ridings on either side of Kootenay West are both fielding a similar number of candidates, if not necessarily representing the same parties. To the east, in Nelson-Creston, incumbent, NDP MLA, Michelle Mungal will be facing Greg Garbula of the BC Liberal Party and Sjeng Derkx from the Green Party.

In the Boundary-Similkameen, to the west, Mischa Popoff is representing the BC Conservatives, Linda Larson is running for the Liberals, and Sam Hancheroff the NDP candidate. There is still time for any undeclared candidates to enter the race as the nomination period for the 40th provincial general election remains open until April 26.

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Get your vote on for Kootenay West Advance polls - May 8-11, Waneta Plaza, Trail General voting - May 14, Rossland Legion, Washington Street Kootenay West is the provincial electoral district representing Rossland

at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. Established by the Electoral Districts Act, 2008, the riding came into effect in 2009, and was formerly the West Kootenay-Boundary riding.

On account of the realignment of electoral boundaries, most incumbents did not represent the entirety of their listed district during the preceding legislative term. — Source: Wikipedia

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With the announcement of independent candidate Joseph Hughes entering the provincial election race for Kootenay West last week there are now three names on the ballot. Hughes will be up against incumbent Katrine Conroy (NDP) and Jim Postnikoff (Liberal) when the election officially takes place on May 14. Until then, let the debate begin. The Kootenay West riding’s issues are as far flung as its inhabitants. The riding encompasses over 12,000 square kilometres and represents 39.713 people, but the issues to be dissected in the campaign will be revealed when the candidates convene in Rossland on May 8. Here’s an election primer—with some important voting information—as well as a bit of a biography on the candidates ...

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t’s hard to think of the transition that is now underway as the school district prepares to remove the three senior secondary school grades from the city for the next school year, close MacLean Elementary School, and reconfigure the former Rossland Secondary School building into an elementary school. With so much effort having been put into the fight to keep all grades—from kindergarten to Grade 12—in the Golden City, enthusiasm for the move is absent, like having to play for the bronze medal after losing in triple overtime on a bad call in a semi final game. But there is a silver lining that could turn into gold if the cards are played out as they are dealt. The Neighbourhoods of Learning (NOL) committee is still working on providing alternative options for grades 10 to 12 for this fall. Those options could end up offering the city’s students a very viable education—one that could salve the wounds of the current school district decision— and forever remove uncertainty around senior secondary education in the city.

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Successful concentrating mill and a new rink From the pages of the rossland Miner ROSSlANd mUSEUm

Compiled by the Rossland Historical Museum from the pages of the Rossland Miner.

100 Years Ago, April 1913 Rossland Mines are Banner Gold Camp of the Dominion The total tonnage of ore mined in the Rossland camp in 1912 was 229,570, valued at $3,239,400, while the tonnage for 19 years is 4,089,928 valued at $55,602,788. This is a record to be proud of. Rossland’s Successful Concentrating Mill The Le Roi Two Concentrating mill is situated in a canyon above the Black Bear grounds on a very steep slope. The object sought in building on such a steep grade, is so that the ore treated can descend by gravity from one floor to the other. The mill has been in continuous operation for 10 years, and it has steadily made concentrates which are sent to Trail for smelting. In the course of the extraction of the ore, and in the development work in the mine, ore is taken from the mine that is of too low a grade to be forwarded to the smelter. This ore has already been mined, and, if thrown on the waste dump, would be a total loss. Instead of doing this, it is put through the mill and made to yield a profit. Troubles of the South Belt A large black bull has almost closed down the South Belt to prospectors and claim owners. This belligerent animal caused Thomas Davidson to climb two trees, one of his horns pierced Sam Coulter’s coat tail and there is no telling what might have happened had not Sam been a sprinter. It caused Sam Forteath to seek refuge in a shaft, caused Wm. Whitford considerable anxiety, has kept Bert Oliver out of the South Belt for two days at a stretch and has chased Tom Peacock into his house.

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The Rossland Arena in 1938 before it was demolished.

A complaint has been filed against the bull with the Gold Commissioner and there is talk of calling out the Rocky Mountain Rangers with a couple of machine guns in order to bring an end to the state of riot that exists in the famous South Belt. 75 Years Ago, April 1938 Favor New Rink for Rossland At a public meeting in City Hall last night, 75 residents of the city voted unanimously in favour of building a rink in Rossland and appointed committees to investigate ways and means of construction and to secure a number of plans with accurate estimates of the cost of building each type of rink. These plans will be presented to a meeting at a later date.

Trail Men to Remove Skating Rink An offer of $40 for the old Rossland Skating rink was accepted by the council last night. The applicants agreed to tear down the rink and keep the material salvaged. Modern School Assured for Rossland Pupils Rossland home-owners marched to the polls 200 strong to endorse a $29,000 spending program of the Rossland school board on a fiveclassroom building with lockers, auditorium and principal’s office. School board officials expressed satisfaction at the overwhelming majority given the bylaw by the voters. Compiled by Maureen Brown, director, Rossland Historical Museum.

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With visitor numbers dropping rapidly since the gold mine tour was permanently closed in January, 2012— around 50 per cent in all—an advisory committee was struck to investigate new ways to prop up the ailing institution. The Rossland Museum Gateway Project (RMGP) was created through that process, arising out of a stakeholder driven initiative that began in 2012 to revitalize the museum, “enliven its connection with the community, strengthen its value to the local and regional cultural economy” and solidify its role as a resource for the community’s heritage. With broad-based community support and council’s blessing, the RMGP now seeks a consultant to identify and recommend the next steps in the development process for the museum. “We see this as a potential opportunity to create an attraction—a Gateway Project—to draw people to Rossland,” said Mayor Greg Granstrom, the spokesperson for the advisory committee. “We also want to provide local residents a rich resource to celebrate the area’s culture and history.” He said the project has been vetted through Teck Metals Ltd. (Teck) corporate and legal departments. “So this RFP has been through Teck, through the mill,” Granstrom said. Prior to the start of the 2010 operating season, Teck suspended access to the mine, citing issues of safety and liability. The Museum Gateway Project advisory committee, including the Rossland Museum Association, the City and Teck Metals Ltd, completed its due diligence and drafted the request for proposal to be sent out by the end of April. The bid process will end June 14 with the contract awarded July 31. The City will not be disclosing the

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The study will assess and evaluate three broad areas: • Site and facilities analysis will identify the risks and gaps, as well as the potential of the framework and the overall look and feel of the site. • Operational components of collections, exhibitions, programming, governance and management will be examined, and a plan will be recommended to revitalize the institution. • Sustainability considerations will explore options for capital development and recommend a locally-informed and long-term operational funding formulae. Source: City Hall vaults

budget for this work, but predicted “a modest project that develops a recommended conceptual overview and design approach, with schematic drawings and plans.” Councillor Kathy Moore said the project did not sound like a modest proposal and a corresponding budget should be set and announced to reflect its nature. “I just don’t want to see us have our expectations dashed,” she said. “That has been vetted through museum professionals,” said Granstrom of the scope of the project, “and they believe that is all possible, feasible and very doable” within any budget. The work is expected to draw upon the expertise of consultant Mike Stolte with limited engagement from the community. An interim report will be filed Sept. 30 with the final report delivered by Nov. 15. There is no cost associated with sending out the request for proposal and posting on BCBid. Teck Metals Ltd has funded the initiative to date. editor@rosslandnews.com

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Located at the junction of Highways 3B and 22, the museum site measures approximately five acres. The site’s museum facilities, operational functions and historical assets are found across three levels—parking and entrance, museum/head frame/compressor park and upper terrace mine entrance and outbuildings. The site presents the visitor with a mix of museum and built heritage. “In this respect, the Rossland Museum Association is faced with the development and management of two distinct types of heritage assets that require (in some respects) different skill sets and practices, as well as capital and operational funding formulae.” The proponent will assess and evaluate site characteristics with consideration to: maximizing public access; ensuring public and staff safety; improving collections and site security; supporting efficient facility maintenance and management; and enhancing site visibility. The report recommendations will include but not be restricted to: • Overall site concept improvements (site map) and accompanying cost estimates (existing features) • Identification of unrealized/unexploited site features and characteristics • Annual site accessibility schedule • Way finding design and continuity (linked to the site map) • Context sensitive landscaping improvements that will provide cost effective solutions to site maintenance and management — From Rossland Museum Gateway Project Site, Facility, Operational and Sustainability Plan

IN BRIEF NDCU elects new board members, chair Nearly $160,000 was distributed to over 150 local individuals and organizations through the Nelson and District Credit Union’s Community Investment Program, according to the NDCU’s annual general meeting. The 62nd annual meeting was held in Nelson on April 17 and the success of the program was the highlight of the year for the credit union, which also has a branch in Rossland. As well, NDCU also had the successful rol out of the chip Member Card® debit card and the 2012 celebration for the International Year of Co-operatives. At the AGM it was announced that director Laureen Barker was re-elected while director Colin McClure and returning director Michael Bancroft were elected by acclamation. McClure and Bancroft will serve the Nelson representative area and Barker will serve as director at large, each for three-year terms. The board elected long-standing East Shore representative area director John Edwards to the position of chair. Edwards is an East Shore resident and has 16 years experience on the board of NDCU. Please visit www.nelsoncu.com. People can review this year’s corporate reports online at www.nelsoncu.com/corporate_reports.

Ktunaxa sign new land agreement A new agreement between the province and the Ktunaxa Nation Council will support economic development and job creation in the West Kootenay region and provide benefits to the Ktunaxa Nation in advance of a treaty. Under the Incremental Treaty Agreement (ITA), the Ktunaxa will receive approximately 242 hectares of Crown land. The transfer of the land, located outside the Village of Nakusp in the Wensley Bench area, will create new opportu-

nities for local businesses interested in partnering with the Ktunaxa to develop the lands and expand their businesses. This agreement and the business partnerships it will foster, will provide economic benefits and employment opportunities to the local community. The early transfer of lands under ITAs supports the treaty negotiation process in British Columbia by demonstrating the significant benefits that treaties can bring to First Nations and to businesses and local communities.

Affordable housing session If you have a budding idea for an affordable housing project, an information meeting on how to get funding for one is being held in the region on May 1. Last spring CBT announced its partnership with the federal and provincial governments to offer the Affordable Rental Housing initiative (ARHi), which is providing $10 million over three years to support new affordable rental housing projects in communities across the Columbia Basin. After a successful first intake in spring 2012, the partners are now announcing the opening of the second intake. BC Housing has posted the request for proposals, which can be viewed at www.bchousing.org/Partners/Calls/Interior_ Region#arh. Mandatory information meetings will be held in several basin locations, and a proponent wishing to submit a proposal must ensure that a representative of his or her organization attends one of these meetings. The sessions take place on Wednesday, May 1: • Nelson: 12-2 p.m., Selkirk College Tenth Street Campus, Room PAT 303, 820 10th Street. • Trail: 7-9 p.m., Cominco Arena, McIntyre Room, 1051 Victoria Street. All information requests contact Mike Lachocki via email to purchasing@bchousing.org.

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The suggestion of a two per cent taxation rise for 2013 brought City council to a halt Tuesday night. In their discussion on the preliminary budget and Five-year Financial Plan, some councillors were against the rise proposed by City staff and asked to meet further to whittle it down to zero. City chief financial officer Cecile Arnott told council in a special meeting Tuesday night in council chambers the proposed budget contained in the 2013-2017 Five -year Financial Plan was drafted—at council’s direction in December—to retain all services at current levels. In order to keep everything intact, she said, the current plan showed a water and sewer user fee revenue increase of two per cent. If that was instituted this year, that would work out to a four per cent rise, or around $24 per family. The plan also suggested a taxation increase of two per cent, or around $35 per household. The suggested rise and the proposed budget did not sit well with councillor Cary Fisher. “Every government in the world is tightening their budget right now. To increase our budget is irresponsible,” he said. “Irresponsible.” Fisher said there was already a 2.4 per cent tax increase coming from the RDKB that council had to lay on the backs of Rosslanders. Another increase from the City was asking too much and he suggested going back to a planning stage to rebuild the budget. He also said there was no City policy for how it funded community groups, such as tying programming and community funding to an overall percentage of tax dollars collected. Fisher said the question of how much the City funded community groups should be put to the

community for input. “A sober look needs to be done on all of this,” he said. “We can’t afford it right now. We really can’t afford it.” Others councillors agreed. But councillor Kathy Moore said she wanted to see how some of the proposed budget’s line items would look like in the budget overall before they began cutting. There is a need to plan, but that kind of plan doesn’t happen quickly, said Arnott. If council wanted to plan for the five-year level, the City would not make it in time for May 14, the deadline for filing its budget with the province. There would have to be public input sessions organized on operations, core services and social planning, with a steering committee having to be set up, she noted. “I understand council’s frustration with that (budget) ... however, if you want to plan and plan it well, it won’t happen overnight,” she said. Council agreed to crack open the proposed budget next Wednesday evening (5 p.m.) in council chambers. Social planning The community funding requested amount caused some concern around council. In all, there was $381,400 requested for community groups, including Tourism Rossland ($30,000) and over $100,000 for the Rossland Library. The number for social planning pushed to nearly $500,000 when the $116,200 worth of in-kind work was considered. The Community Charter requires that City council adopt a five-year financial plan each year prior to the adoption of the annual Property Tax Bylaw. editor@rosslandnews.com

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It was a Rossland sweep at the annual Kub Kar Rally. All three top spots in the Kub Kar races at the Waneta Mall in Trail on April 20 were nailed down by 2nd Rossland Cub Scouts. Chance Marion, Andrew Sibbald and Emry McGill finished first to third, respectively, in the annual dash down the track. The main event was the Kub Kar races but there were also Scout semi truck races and Beaver buggy races held this year. There were over 40 Kub Kars racing on Saturday. Many of the 2nd Rossland Cub Scouts were among the top 10 finishers in this year’s race. Thanks to Fred Fontaine who was in charge of organizing 2nd Rossland’s Kub Kar building this year.

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The Rossland Secondary School golf team battled the elements as well as the opposition on its way to winning two of its final four club tournaments to finish the American portion of the high-school schedule. The RSS team, comprised of Tyler and Braden McKay, Brenan Moroney, and Jeff Ashton, finished first in the Chewelah Invite on Friday where 21 teams and 95 players registered. It was the second team win of the spring for a Rossland team, that also scored two other top 10 finishes in the past month. Moroney shot low score for Rossland placing fourth overall with a score of 76, while Braden and Tyler both tied for eighth.

The performance of the day came from Ashton playing in the fourth spot. The young golfer tied for 22nd with his lowest round of the year, an 87, to help the team to victory. RSS’s first win of the year came under less than ideal weather conditions at the Deer Park International tournament two weeks earlier, where they triumphed over 17 teams. “In team golf, there are five players and normally the top four scores count,” explained team spokesman Rob McKay. “In Deer Park the format was slightly different with all five scores counting.” Tyler McKay shot the low score of the day, taking home the medalist trophy with an even par round of 72, while brother Braden tied for third with a 74 and Moroney took seventh place with a 77. Ashton and Nathan McKay rounded

out the scoring for the winning team. On Apr. 13, RSS participated in the Colville Invite. With road closures the team arrived just in time to tee off, and without a warm up, hit the links in very cold, snowy conditions yet finished in a very respectable fourth place. Rossland’s top performer was Grade-9 golfer Braden McKay whose 76 was good for fourth overall. Then on Thursday RSS played in the Palouse Ridge Invite that brings in some of the top 4A teams from all over Washington, Idaho and Oregon. Twenty-six teams, and 126 players participated with RSS finishing in seventh place. Moroney posted an even par round of 72 good for sixth overall, while Tyler and Braden McKay tied for 17th, shooting 3-over, 75.

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The last Rossland Secondary School senior girls basketball participated in the single A Provincial Championships March 6 - 9 where they won two games and lost two games. The RSS girls defeated Duncan Christian and Bulkley Valley Christian and lost to Kelowna

Christian and Unity Christian from Vancouver. “The team had a great season,” said coach Rick McKinnon. The club won tournaments in Creston, Grand Forks, Kamloops, Trail and the zone championships in Rossland, posting an impressive record of 28 victories and three losses. Note: Rossland will host single A Provincial Soccer Championships May 29-June 1.

RSS girls’ soccer team starts on high note Jim Bailey Trail Times

The Rossland Secondary School girls’ soccer teams were at their very best this past weekend as they kicked off the annual spring soccer season. The RSS senior girls claimed

the Kootenay Cup Challenge in Creston, defeating Kimberley 5-2, Fernie 5-1, Nakusp 7-0 and Creston 4-0. The junior girl Royals meanwhile came within a goal of duplicating the feat, but after defeating Creston Blue 3-2 and Creston Yellow 4-2, the team

fell to Cranbrook 1-0 in their first tournament of the year. “Both teams put forth a total team effort in weather that was all over the map,” said coach Rick McKinnon in an email. The next game for senior girls soccer is at J.L. Crowe Tuesday, April 23 at 4 p.m.


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Provincial election

Absentee voting under way in Trail art harrison Trail Times

The official election date is still weeks away and the nomination period doesn’t end until Friday, but voters can cast their ballot now if they choose. Absentee voting is open for the Kootenay West riding at 1398 McQuarrie St. in East Trail from Monday to Saturday. Don Vinish, the Kootenay West district electoral officer, said B.C. residents were able to vote the day writ was dropped on

Tuesday. “We’ve had a few people in already,” he said. Vinish explained the office allows people, who might be away on election day or when the advanced voting begins, to cast their ballot. “It’s open to anyone from B.C.,” he said. Even if the voter is from outside the riding, the office can help by providing a ballot and a list of candidates from their region. All that is required is photo identification such as a driver’s licence.

However, if the driver’s licence doesn’t have your current address, you must also bring a secondary piece, such as a letter or bill, confirming your current address. If you do not have any photo identification, the office recommends bringing a birth certificate or Social Insurance Number card along with a piece of mail verifying your current address. The office hours at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday. For more information call 250-364-6108.

Child care divides parties

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Child care offers a clear choice between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP.

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Child care policies offer a clear choice between the B.C. Liberals and the NDP in the May 14 provincial election. Premier Christy Clark wants to take a provincially funded savings account set up for each child born since 2007, and hand out $1,200 to parents who open a Registered Education Savings Plan to begin saving for post-secondary training. Former premier Gordon Campbell established the fund when the B.C. government was enjoying budget surpluses, before the 2008 downturn in the world economy. That’s added to the B.C. Liberal “early years strategy” that includes fullday kindergarten, $142 million for child care subsidies, $34 million for “Success by Six” programs in 225 communities, and an additional $32 million promised over three years to help create new licensed child care spaces. NDP leader Adrian Dix has promised to cancel the RESP and other new spending, and redirect it to a “Family Bonus Program,” a direct subsidy of up to $70 per month, per child for low-income families starting in 2014. The NDP plan would pay the full amount to families with annual income of $25,000 or less, with payments decreasing on a sliding scale to families with income under $66,000. Applying to all children under 18, the bonus program is projected to cost $210 million a year. Platform highlights: • The B.C. Conservative pre-election platform offers no specific programs for child care or early childhood education. Its September 2012 policy document supports “the principle that parents are the child’s first and most important teachers.” B.C. Conservatives also support a school voucher system, “ensuring that taxpayers’ dollars follow the student to provincially approved educational options,” and the principle that social services be “delivered by community-based organizations rather than directly by government.” • The B.C. Green platform promises to create “local child care trusts” monitored by the provincial government. Promised services include “child care, in-home support, emergency and crisis services, a guaranteed livable income and safe and adequate housing.” The B.C. Green platform offers no costing estimate for any of its programs.

Election issue: Post-secondary education

Parties in the May 14 B.C. election have highlighted their commitments to improve post-secondary skills training. The province faces a wave of baby boomer retirements, shortages in trades and industrial jobs, an increase in temporary foreign workers and under-employment of some university graduates. Trades and apprenticeship training is a major point of dispute. The B.C. Liberalcreated Industry Trade Authority has increased apprentices from 16,000 in 2001 to 34,000, but the NDP counters that percentage completion rates have declined. Independent Contractors and Businesses Association president Phil Hochstein argues that with many more young people in the apprenticeship system, the number of graduates is at a record level. Platform highlights: • The B.C. NDP’s biggest commitment is $100 million for a postsecondary student grant program, to be funded by a capital tax on large financial institutions. NDP leader Adrian Dix also promises $40 million new investment for skills training, to “increase apprenticeship training spaces, shorten completion times and improve completion rates.” The NDP notes that while the B.C. Liberal government touts its jobs plan in ads, its February budget projects a $42 million cut to the advanced education ministry. • The B.C. Liberals highlight a $75 million commitment for upgrading training facilities and equipment, on top of the $500 million annual skills training budget. They emphasize plans to expand vocational training in high schools, and encourage partnerships between high schools and employers. Their platform also promises to develop “relevant training programs” for work in the LNG industry.

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he circus is coming The Clark and Barnes Circus is ready to set up the big top in the Rossland Arena on May 11. This travelling circus includes mainly performers and acrobats in its show. And the show times are 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on the Saturday. Doors open one hour prior to show. Tickets are sold at Delicious Baby and Kids Boutique. Pre-sale tickets include adult: $15 and children $7. Tickets at the door include: adults: $20 and child $10. Youth soccer Kootenay South Youth Soccer Association games are up and under way for U11-U18 Boys and Girls. For full schedule of games in the area including Rossland please see www.kootenaysouthsoccer.com Babysitting course The Babysitters Course has been postponed to Saturday, May 25 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rossland Arena Lounge in order for more youth to register. If your child is interested in babysitting this summer, this is a great course to prepare them for that responsibility. The eight-hour course covers eight topics, including; responsibilities, child development, nutrition, behavior,

emergencies, safety and first aid, illness, physical challenges and special needs issues. Lifeguard prep If you’re thinking about becoming a lifeguard and you’ve already taken your bronze medallion, there’s a Standard First Aid coming up in May, with the NLS right behind it. Contact the Castlegar Community Complex to register for the two day Standard First Aid course which runs Saturday May 11-12. The National Lifeguard Service Award starts two weeks later and runs over a month. The Castlegar Complex can be reached at 250-365-3386. Trail Parks and Recreation is offering an NLS Course at the end of June.

NLS (National Lifeguard Standard) is one of the required courses needed to become employable as a lifeguard. The course runs Friday, June 21-30 and the cost is $400. Anyone wanting to register can call (250) 364-0888. Further questions regarding the course can be directed to Gabby KravskiAquatic Coordinator for Trail by email at gkravski@trail.ca or by phone: 250-364-0839. Homeschooling If you’re a homeschooler, the Rossland Library has a new Homeschoolers Support program at the library on Friday afternoons. For more information and a schedule, contact Lynn at children@rossland.bclibrary.ca or call 250-362-7611.

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for closure and 10 grades—kindergarten to Grade 9—moved to Rossland Secondary School (RSS) after the school board voted to close the facility. School officials at MacLean declined to comment on the report card’s findings. MacLean’s 7.3 out of 10 ranking was down from 2011 when the school was given an 8.2 (177th). However, it was up from the 5.6 rating it received in 2009. The gender gap pendulum at MacLean has swung in favour of the boys, with boys scoring higher on numeracy and especially reading, whereas four years ago girls had the edge. St. Michael’s 8.1 rating was higher than 2011’s 6.9 (111th), but down from its high of 8.6 in 2009. The gender gap was nearly nullified in reading and numeracy at the school, with a slight edge going to the girls in both areas. Over at James Webster Elementary in Warfield, the school was ranked at 193rd out of 853 with a 7.3 rating out of 10. The school was up from a low four years ago of 3.9, but down from 2011 when it was 7.9 (252nd). Boys held a slight margin in the gender gap in reading, a wider margin in

numeracy. G l e n m e r r y Elementary dropped in the rankings with a 5.8 rating this year, down from 6.6 last year (295th). There was no gender gap between boys and girls on reading and numeracy. F r u i t v a l e Elementary School scored the lowest out of the SD20 elementary schools with a 5.0 (597th), a drop from the 6.0 (433rd) the school scored last year. In the gender gap, boys scored higher in both reading and numeracy. The report’s coauthor, Peter Cowley, said the average for all of the Kootenay Columbia schools-public and private-was almost exactly the average for the province, 6.0 while seven schools in region were 6.01. St. Micheal’s was, on average, 7.7 over the five-year period, MacLean was 7.1 over the period, James Webster at 6.6, Glenmerry 6.3 and Fruitvale, 5.5. The averages give parents a look at where they would want their children to go to school, or petition their school for improvement. editor@rosslandnews.com

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