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French program gains needed enrolment Late French Immersion is a go for the city of Rossland. A second push to garner enough students for the program—slated for the former Rossland Secondary School building—received more than enough response from the community to guarantee the city will begin hosting the program in fall. SD20 director of instruction, Bill Ford, said the deadline for registration extension revealed 16 more applicants—13 from Rossland, two from Trail and one from Fruitvale. The program had been stalled at 17 applicants—with the bulk of registrants coming from Rossland—for several weeks and needed only eight more students or the fledgling program was in danger of not being realized. As a result, the deadline for registration in the program—for current Grade 5 students—for next year had been extended to last Thursday. To sweeten the pot and entice in extra students, the district offered the program to current Grade 6 students in the region, creating a combined program for the coming school year. It did the trick, said Ford. “For people on the ground, the good news is it’s a go,” he said. “Now the challenge will be, to be quite honest, is sustaining it. Next year we’ll be looking for a good cohort of kids moving into Grade 6

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to take the program.” The school district held a lottery last Friday with the 16 new registrants, and three students were placed on the waiting list. Class size is capped at 30. 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. Now there needs to be resources purchased for the new program, said Ford. “But it doesn’t cost the district anything because we get Late Immersion Funding from the federal government,” he said, with money getting funnelled through the province. One staffing position will be created. Registration for next year begins in spring. 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. Late French Immersion is available for students who are presently enrolled in a School District 20 school and are in Grade 5, and now Grade 6 for the combined program in Rossland. The Late French Immersion program provides students with an education equivalent to that which is available in the English language program.

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Projected school district deficits for the next two years will be wiped out with an injection of new cash

Getting dragon-ed back into the water See Page 8

A BIT AT A TIME

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Jamie Austin drills into a granite block on Columbia Avenue in front of the Rossland Library to make holes to secure a bench seat. Along with Rob MacDonald, the two were finishing off seven benches on the main street, and broke two bits on the stubborn granite.

from the province. But the new money—around $116 per student—from the Ministry of Education (MOE) won’t be enough to salvage the three senior grades being airlifted out of Rossland in

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September, said the district’s board chair, Darrell Ganzert. He said the new money will stop the bleeding that has been going on, but won’t resurrect the lost grades of Rossland.

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Thurs., May 2 - Wed., May 8 • Kootenay danceworKs all local dancers are invited to attend these wonderful workshops with guest teacher Geraldine Potter. thank you to the columbia Basin trust for their funding assistance. Saturday, May 4 • 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. • RLOP and Missoula Children’s theatre presents snow whIte and the seVen dwarfs, 2:30 and 7 p.m., May 4, charles Bailey theatre. tickets: $9. • coffee Party St. Andrew’s United church, 10 a.m. - noon. Bake table, gift table, turkey pies available. admission by donation. Sunday, May 5 • Kootenay danceworKs will be hosting auditions for fall 2013 programming. these free programs are for students 5-18 years of age who wish to train in a more intensive dance setting. auditions to be held in rossland at the Kootenay danceworks studio at the following times: 9:30-10:15 - 5-8 yr. olds; 10:30-11:30- 9-12 yr. olds; 11:30-12:30, 13 and up. Monday, May 6 • ProfessIonaL hooP dancer teddy anderson will dance with 30 hoops to tell a story that we are all one human family at MacLean elementary school at 1 p.m. anderson has performed in 16 countries in the world and recently came back from china. Friday, May 10 • rossLand fIGUre sKatInG cLUB will be hosting its second annual awards dessert Party and aGM at 6 p.m. at the rossland curling rink Lounge. • redstone 2013 Interact ninehole Golf tournament at redstone resort. tickets available through rossland rotary, Interact club and redstone. Thursday, May 23 • west Kootenay ostoMy sUPPort GroUP at 1 p.m.,Kiro wellness center, trail. Guest: rob elliot, hollister representative. for info, call 250-368-9827 or 250365-6276. Please note: date and time change. Last meeting until september. Found • wedding rings. owner can claim them if description matches. also found, different location, young girl’s charm bracelet. Call 3625767.

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Crime stats paint city in family-friendly light 2nd half 2012

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Rossland’s reputation as a family-friendly community was reinforced by the release of the “snapshot” of crime statistics for 2012. RCMP staff sergeant Rob Hawton of the Trail and District detachment— which also serves Rossland— presented the year that was in crime under several categories. Anecdotally, Rossland is pretty nice, he said. “I’ve been around the province, I’ve been doing this for over 30 years, and with numbers like these you are looking at a pretty good area,” he said. Councillor Jill Spearn said one of the latest surveys done offered a top comment of Rossland being a safe community,

and that’s why it is a family-friendly community. “Hopefully our statistics will remain low,” she said. “That is favourable to any community when people are looking to perhaps come and move here.” There is no RCMP station in the city anymore. Police do patrol the community, and answer calls for service. Hawton felt the police presence in the city has

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increased in the last year after the institution of 24/7 policing. He said police are able to come up to the city at night and patrol. “And that’s when crime usually happens, at night,” Hawton said. Through the Trail Crime Reduction Unit, police have identified some repeat perpetrators and, subsequently, have taken a more “proactive” approach, he said.

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“Very few people commit a vast majority of the crimes,” Hawton said. “So we are trying to target them right off the bat beforehand.” According to the snapshot of the crime statistics there were no murders in 2011 or 2012, but there were two sexual assaults recorded in both 2011 and 2012. Assaults (excluding sexual assaults) were also the same in 2012 as it was in

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Heart disease and stroke takes the life of one Canadian every seven minutes. But thanks to Mary Ann Davies and a record number of new volunteers in Rossland, the Heart and Stroke Foundation will continue to fund leading heart and stroke research that saves lives. “For years Mary Ann Davies has been our number one volunteer in Rossland, she is always the one to make sure Rossland gets covered, but this year she finally had some help,” explained Nancy Liknes, the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Kootenay area coordinator. “It was so wonderful to see so many other volunteers stepping up to help her.” This year a total of $8,415.12 was raised locally by just 14 people. That is 119 per cent of the 2013 fundraising goal, said Liknes. “Thank you to the volunteers who braved the winter weather to canvass, and to the community who gave so generously at the door. Thank you to all those who gave online at heartandstroke.ca.”

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2011 at eight. Break and enters decreased by 50 per cent to four, while attempted break and enters’ increased from zero to one. Theft of motor vehicles doubled, from one to two in 2012. Theft, mischief and possession of stolen property decreased in 2012, from 43 to 36 incidences. Drug offences rose slightly from seven to eight cases. The total reportable property damage accidents to vehicles in 2012 decreased to 11 from 18 in 2011. Motor Vehicle Act (immediate roadside prohibitions) dropped in 2012 to three from five in 2011. editor@rosslandnews.com

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Local establishments are being asked to take a bite out of the Taste of the Kootenays. The Rossland Chamber of Commerce is looking for local restaurants, pubs, coffee shops, bakeries and retailers of food in the city to join in the centre piece of the local hospitality industry and showcase their culinary creations. Held on Saturday, May 25 (5-9 p.m.) at the Prestige Mountain Resort, the Taste of the Kootenays is a virtual buffet of the best in locally made food and drink from the Golden City and across the region. Staged in the Ross Thompson Ballroom and Kirkup Room at the Prestige, vendors set up tables and sell food (tapas, amuse-bouche, small bites) to guests who purchase tokens (for $2 each). Seventy per cent of each token is paid back to vendors following the event. Vendors charge an amount equalling the piece of food they are sampling, but it’s up to them to decide what to bring, to sell and sample. “The purpose of these small bites are to allow guest to move through the room and patio and sample as many foods and beverages as possible,” said Rossland chamber executive director Renee Clark. “There will be some limited seating available, but we want

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people to walk, mingle, sample and taste.” The event will have some live music and there will be some door prizes, as well as some of the region’s favourite wines and beer. The goal for those attending will be to see what they may be missing from the culinary scene, while the goal for vendors is as a marketing tool, to showcase new menu items, feature winter menus, new products or to showcase their chef’s talents. Rossland businesses participating in the event must be members of The Rossland Chamber of Commerce. Memberships will be prorated until the end of the year. Menus must be planned in advance and submitted to the chamber of commerce by May 17 to ensure menus can be printed and there are no repetitive items at the event. The $50 registration fee includes the table, power, water, some ice on site, limited refrigeration, unloading and set up volunteers, as well as on site volunteers to help at the table through event. Those interested in joining in can email (commerce@rossland.com), fax (250-362-5399) or call (250-362-5666) Renee Clark at the Rossland Chamber to register a table at by May 17. A Tasters Choice award will be voted on by the public, with the winner receiving a gold chamber membership for 2012 ($195 value). editor@rosslandnews.com

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Council rejects Rossland-wide design

And the designs are ...

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Presentation of a new brand for the City of Rossland couldn’t wrangle council into accepting it. City council strayed from the herd in the Rossland-wide branding project when it decided to not accept a new watermark for the corporate identity of the City of Rossland. The other parties in the project—including Tourism Rossland, the Rossland Chamber of Commerce and the Rossland Public L i b r a r y — h a d approved the designs as presented. But several councilors had a problem with the appearance of the design, and the fact they were not given any other options to choose from. Council was only presented with the final design at their regular meeting April 22, and no drafts of any kind before this, said councilor Jill

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Spearn. “Shouldn’t we have had some input to this? Absolutely,” she said. “Now we are caught between a rock and a hard place, making a decision that is not favourable tonight.” Councilor Jody Blomme, who also sits on the chamber of commerce board, said

question of the week Over two weeks ago the board of School District 20 chose not to accept a grant-in-aid offer from the City of Rossland to help keep kindergarten to Grade 12 education in the city then closed further negotiations on the issue, citing a lack of understanding of the process. So we asked for your opinion ...

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council needed to be presented with more than one choice. “At the chamber of commerce we had several options,” she said, noting around four versions, in two different sets, as well as some colour tweaks, had come to the chamber board for input. The style of the brand was made to match the new sign the city had placed at its entranceways. That entranceway design was decided upon through a public process, said Blomme.

It did have a lot of involvement and was “sitting in the background” before it came out. At its Feb. 12 meeting council had passed a motion to move forward with the City’s individual branding project using the grant money provided by Tourism Rossland from Kootenay Rockies Tourism Community Opportunities Fund. The board of Tourism Rossland felt that the continued consistency of look, feel and colours was to

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Strong winds blew through Rossland Monday morning and snuffed out power to over 1,200 customers with Fortis BC for around two hours. Corporate communications advisor with the company, Neal Pobran, said a tree was toppled by the mid morning winds that picked up speed as a weather system came down from the mountain, and fell over into the waiting lines of power

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he provincial election has yet to inspire local voters, largely owing to the fact many of the “issues” being bandied about so far are not relevant to people living in Rossland, but are instead concentric to the Lower Mainland. The B.C. Election playoffs in no way differ from the rest of the regular season in politics, when the eye of Victoria weakens as it tries to look past the Lower Mainland to the rest of the province. But with four candidates in the local riding descending on Rossland early next week, the election will be put on the front burner, and it will be a chance to see if those of the four who take the stage at the Miners’ Union Hall (7 p.m., Wednesday, May 8) have what it takes to strengthen the eyesight of Victoria. It is almost a cliché to say this is your chance to test the mettle of your potential MLA with some pointed questions, but instead is more an opportunity to stand up and give whomever is chosen on May 14 for the area notice on what matters to Rosslanders and the geographically far flung entity of Kootenay West.

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Thursday, May 2, 2013 Rossland News Publisher: Barbara Blatchford

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French Immersion: Everything to gain, nothing to lose To the Editor: Re: Deadline nears on French Immersion program, April 23 French Immersion is a highly successful made-in-Canada educational program that allows non-Francophones the opportunity to learn and study in French. The program began over 30 years ago at the demand of parents, and has continued to garner support since: the 20122013 school year marked French Immersion’s 15th consecutive year of enrolment growth in B.C. Parents in Salmon Arm, Nanaimo, New Westminster, and Coquitlam, for example, have camped out in front of school district offices overnight just to get their children registered in the phenomenally popular French Immersion program. We believe French immersion programs are popular because they are widely recognized by parents as providing young students with the tools and experiences that will enrich their lives and help them prepare for the future. Studies have shown that it is easier and more natural for a child to learn a second language at an early age. This is only logical, given that this is also when they absorb and learn their first language. In learning French, students develop a lifelong ability to communicate with a broader scope of people as well as a more global view of Canada and the world. Research has shown that learning French as a second language helps children increase their cognitive abilities to understand complex concepts, strengthen problem solving skills, and develop listening skills, focus, and concentration. Knowledge of a second language also provides a competitive advantage in the workforce by opening up a larger pool of information, additional job opportunities and a wider networking potential. According to the 2011 Federal Census, Official-language bilinguals all across Canada, regardless of mother tongue, have an employment rate higher than the national average, and an unemployment rate of four per cent, which is well under the national average of 7.7 per cent. Official-language bilinguals also earn, on average, 10 per cent more than their monolingual counterparts. Learning both of Canada’s official languages allows for not only communication, but understanding in an evershrinking world community. Families in the Greater Trail area cur-

rently have an opportunity to register in the Late French immersion at Rossland Secondary. This is an opportunity many families across British Columbia would envy. I encourage all families in the Greater Trail area to give the Late French immer-

sion program a good hard look. It’s a program that has opened up a world of possibilities for youth, including my own. Debra Pool, Vernon President, Canadian Parents for French – B.C. & Yukon Branch

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Understanding Columbia River Treaty

To the Editor: Just under 300,000 acres of southern BC’s four fertile valleys were destroyed by the Columbia River Treaty (1966-2024) which provides water storage for the U.S.— water to power their dams, their industry, and above all, their farms. Remuneration from the U.S. to B.C. has averaged $40 million per year for the past 48 years. The U.S. announced this spring that this remuneration will be reduced by 90 per cent to just 10 per cent by 2024. The losses to B.C. include a 92 per cent collapse of a sustainable inland fishery, the destruction of some of B.C.’s finest forest, recreation, small industry and agricultural areas (completely wiping out agriculture in the Arrow Valley which was formerly the third most productive valley in BC and further increasing our dependency for food from the US) while entire species of aquatic, avian and terrestrial wildlife have been extirpated or severely reduced in numbers. Free-flowing rivers and lakes have been transformed into sterile industrial reservoirs, and former vibrant, lush ecosystems were rendered non-functional and broken. With none of the powerful legislation protecting riparian ecosystems that are in place in the U.S., the Columbia River Treaty has been the largest man-made environmental disaster in B.C.’s history. Even more serious, the North American Free Trade Agreement (written by the U.S. for the U.S.) is poised to permanently confer sovereignty over B.C.’s water to the U.S. With the U.S. facing rapidly diminishing water supplies (both from reduced precipitation and the decommissioning of more than 450 of their own dams—eight per year—as restoring ecosystems becomes a priority) combined with an increasing population, the riding of Kootenay West is in an uniquely critical situation. How very much greater the U.S. need for water will be in 2024, the date when the first changes to the treaty in 60 years will be permitted. It must be understood that there was no requirement for a treaty to provide BC with flood control of hydro generation. The treaty was devised by the US solely to permit immense water storage in B.C. for U.S. benefit—benefit amounting to billions of dollars. The BC dams will continue to generate hydro power for residents and export. The Columbia Basin Trust and its power arm, Columbia Power Corporation, will also be unaffected. Flood control will likewise continue. Termination of the treaty means that from September 2024 onwards, BC will for the first time in 60 years be able to manage the Canadian portion of the Columbia River for the benefit of B.C. and not the U.S. There are certain rare times in history when only an independent MLA who is not bound by party dogma can do the impossible. Which is why Joseph Hughes has turned down requests by the mainstream parties to join them. But Hughes is not a one-issue candidate. He will fight for employment opportunities, the balancing of a vibrant economy with the needs of the environment, health, education, the rights and well-being of our seniors, for the “no fee opt out” provision on smart meters, the restoration of B.C.’s parks system and support for B.C. agriculture among many other issues. He is an opponent of frakking and the Jumbo resort where, as with the Columbia River Treaty, democracy was completely taken away from the people most affected. But because the 10 year advance notice for the decision on the Treaty is imminent (September, 2014), Hughes is focusing on this. He is a passionate defender of true democracy. Submitted by the committee supporting Joseph Hughes’ independent candidacy.

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Energy diet comes back to Rossland, region IN BRIEF Sheri regnier Trail Times

The Kootenay Energy Diet (KED) will launch to residents in the Greater Trail area this June, including a stop in Rossland on June 12 at the Miners’ Union Hall. The KED is a program

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based on the 2012 success of the Rossland Energy Diet pilot project, and is meant to promote and encourage energy efficiency and conservation to homeowners through out the region. “The Kootenay Energy Diet is a concept on a regional scale to help our custom-

ers reduce energy consumption, save money and be more comfortable in their homes,” said Patricia Dehnel, program manager, PowerSense Fortis BC. Dehnel explained, that by signing up and having a $60 home energy-audit assessment, residents will have

access to up to $4,000 in rebates, once the recommended improvements have been completed. KED kicks off in Trail on June 11 and in Rossland at the Miners Hall on June 12.

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“We made really tough decisions to balance our budget, and then balance it into the future,” he said. “No, it really wouldn’t make any difference at all (in those grades coming back).” Ganzert said the district would still be $140,000 short of its budget if the three grades came back, the amount the City of Rossland offered up recently, but with conditions. Those conditions were the hurdles the board of trustees for the district could not accept. Ganzert said he offered to meet with Rossland City council to explain what was wrong with their initial offer. As of yet the City has not taken him up on it, Ganzert noted. “If they do, then we can explain what the issues are and then they might be able to see another way of offering money that would satisfy, somehow, but I can’t guarantee that,” he stated. The new money removes the school district from funding protection, said Ganzert, and ensures it won’t have to

remove any more money from the budget, meaning no more deep cuts. “This coming school year appears to be the last time we will have to make these major cuts,” he said. “It seems we have been looking behind at deficit after deficit. Now we can look forward and start planning.” The Ministry of Education announced the new money in mid March. The estimated MOE operating grant total for SD20 for the 13/14 year remains relatively the same $34,946,471, said SD20 secretary treasurer, Natalie Verigin, instead of dropping over the next two years as predicted. The total amount has only changed slightly due to the continued supplement targeted grant called B.C. Education Plan. The Ministry increased the unit funding per pupil and the resulting funding protection supplement has been decreased substantially. Although this does not impact the district in the

13/14 budget it does impact budgets for future years, said Verigin. The increase in funding per pupil, full time equivalent is $116, making the total $6,900 per full time equivalent student. Prior to this funding change the board was facing future funding shortfalls—due to the ministry’s decision of phasing out the funding protection supplement—of around $500,000 for the 14/15 year and, again, another $500,000 in the 15/16 year. This anticipated shortfall in funding, said Verigin, would have made the 14/15 and 15/16 budget processes difficult. Now, because the funding protection supplement funding amount for 13/14 is $70,585, the 14/15 year budget is only affected by a potential loss of funding in the amount of $70,585 (rather than the estimated $500,000). “This is the good news for the district,” she said. editor@rosslandnews.com

French Continued from Page 1 The difference is the Late French Immersion Program provides opportunities for students to acquire a high level of proficiency in French. 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. Students will remain as a group for four years in Rossland, 10:30being am totransferred 7:00 pm to Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries

Secondary School for grades 10 to 12. 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. editor@rosslandnews.com

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Cleaning up after winter City of Rossland public works staff will be picking up organic material starting May 6. Please refer to the schedule below for area and dates: Redstone: May 6-10 South of Columbia: May 6-10 Pinewood: May 13-17 North of Columbia: May 13-17 Blackbear Area: May 13-17

City staff will be driving by each residence once during those times. People are asked to ensure all items are on the boulevard by 7 a.m. starting the week of the pick up. Any items placed on boulevard after City crews have passed by a residence will not be picked up. Tree trimmings must be under 10 centimetres in diameter and three metres length. Piles can be no larger than 1.2 metres in diameter and limit to a maximum of three piles per home. People are asked to bundle trimmings using rope that is strong enough to lift branches and place on an unmaintained boulevard so a loader will be able to easily access the pile. For yard waste, leaves and grass clippings can be placed in a pile on an unmaintained boulevard or be placed in clear plastic bags not weighing more than nine kilograms (20 pounds). Absolutely no tree trimmings, dirt, sod, rocks are to be placed into bags, and any overweight bags will be left on the boulevard. For gravel and sand, people are asked to rake gravel and sand onto asphalt surface (do not make piles). Once pick-up in an area is completed, the City will send the sweeper around to clean the street in the weeks following. For more information, contact public works at 362-2328.


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GENERAL ELECTION Get ready to vote. In the 40 th Provincial General Election, British Columbia’s voters will vote for their Member of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. BC Has More Ways to Vote All voters can:

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The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Kootenay West for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Kootenay West Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Glen Curtis Byle Independent

Glen Byle 2047 Seventh Ave, Trail, BC, V1R 3C4

Official Agent:

Katrine Conroy BC NDP

Vincent Salvo 2420 12th Ave, Castlegar, BC, V1N 4A8

Joseph Peter Hughes Independent

Leah Gilliland PO Box 158, Nakusp, BC, V0G 1R0

Jim Postnikoff BC Liberal Party

Jim Postnikoff 1071 Lazeroff Rd, Castlegar, BC, V1N 4P3

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Carlee Hughes 467 Nakusp East Rd RR 1, Nakusp, BC, V0G 1R1

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Robson Comm Hall 3071 Waldie Ave, Robson, BC

Trout Lake Comm Hall 544 Westside Rd, Trout Lake, BC

Fauquier Comm Hall 115 Oak St, Fauquier, BC

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W.E. Graham Comm School 915 Harold St, Slocan, BC

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With the nomination period for the May provincial election closing today at 1 p.m. another independent candidate for Kootenay West MLA has filed the necessary paperwork with Elections BC. Glen Byle, a 26 year-old medical equipment repair technician from Trail, announced his candidacy Wednesday afternoon. Byle joins Joseph Hughes, of Nakusp, as one of two unaffiliated candidates running for the office against BC Liberal candidate, Jim Postnikoff and incumbent MLA Katrine Conroy of the BC NDP. “I looked into the other parties and just couldn’t find one I

identified with,” said Byle. “I’ve got a website up and people can get an idea of what I’m about by checking it out.” The tech-savvy candidate is promoting what he calls Technology Enabled true Democracy or TED on his website, where constituents can propose their own bills, W e s t K o o t e n a y Glen Byle residents can vote on them, and Byles, as representative, would present them to the legislature. Voters can determine more about the platforms of the various candidates at forums in Trail at the Cominco Gym, May 6, and in Castlegar May 7. Elections BC report-

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All cAndidAtes forum in rosslAnd There’s nothing like putting a face to a name. And on Wednesday, May 8 Rosslanders can put a face to the name on the ballot sheet as the Kootenay West candidates for the seat in the legislative assembly of B.C. descend on Rossland. Four people will be thrust up on stage at the Miners’ Union Hall (7 p.m.) for the all candidates forum, with two of the four running as independent candidates: Joseph Hughes from Nakusp and Glen Byle from Trail. The two will be joined on stage by incumbent Katrine Conroy of the B.C. NDP, and Jim Postnikoff of the B.C. Liberal Party. 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 at the hall. Hosted by the Rossland Chamber of Commerce, the event is strictly non-partisan and is not linked to any level of government, said chamber executive director Renee Clark. “This is your chance to be able to ask questions directly to the candidates and hear from them,” she said. 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. If you would like a sneak peak at the candidates and don’t mind coasting downhill, 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.

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GENERAL ELECTION The following persons have been nominated as candidates for Nelson-Creston for the 40th Provincial General Election.

Nelson-Creston Electoral District Candidate’s Name:

Financial Agent:

Official Agent:

Sjeng Derkx Green Party of BC

Marvin Work 5254 Queen Victoria Rd RR 2, Beasley, BC, V0G 2G2

Greg Garbula BC Liberal Party

Gregory Garbula 507 Vernon St, Nelson, BC, V1L 4E9

Michelle Mungall BC NDP

Sherry Nicholson 218 View St, Nelson, BC, V1L 2V7

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Eileen Compton 7529 Ross Rd, Nelson, BC, V1L 6R5

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District Electoral Offices: 310 Ward St Nelson, BC (250) 354-5858

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Ecole des Sentiers-Aplins 2780 3A Hwy, Nelson, BC

Riondel Comm Centre 1511 Eastman Ave, Riondel, BC

Best Western Baker St Inn 153 Baker St, Nelson, BC

Beasley Fire Hall 5095 3A And 6 Hwy, Beasley, BC

Erickson Elem School 4575 3 Hwy, Arrow Creek, BC

Rosemont Elem School 1605 Crease Ave, Nelson, BC

Crawford Bay Comm Hall 16230 Wadds Rd, Crawford Bay, BC

Blewett Elem School 2665 Blewett Rd, Blewett, BC

Harrop & District Comm Centre 6066 McConnell Rd, Harrop, BC

Salmo Valley Youth & Comm Centre 206 7th St, Salmo, BC

Holy Cross Hall 128 16th Ave N, Creston, BC

Boswell Memorial Hall 12374 Boswell Rd, Boswell, BC

Hume Elem School 310 Nelson Ave, Nelson, BC

West Creston Hall 1350 West Creston Rd, Creston, BC

Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion 74 403 5th St, Kaslo, BC

Canyon-Lister Elem School 4575 Canyon-Lister Rd, Canyon, BC

Kaslo Royal Canadian Legion 74 403 5th St, Kaslo, BC

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Salmo Valley Youth & Comm Centre 206 7th St, Salmo, BC

Central Elem School 811 Stanley St, Nelson, BC

Lardeau Valley Comm Hall 13429 31 Hwy, Marblehead, BC

Yahk Kingsgate Comm Centre 8790 Railway Ave, Yahk, BC

Crawford Bay Comm Hall 16230 Wadds Rd, Crawford Bay, BC

Lower Kootenay Band Complex 830 Simon Rd, Creston, BC

Ymir Comm Hall 7208 1st Ave, Ymir, BC

Creston & District Comm Complex 312 19th Ave N, Creston, BC

Redfish Elem School 265 Bryan Rd, Balfour, BC

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Rossland Secondary School (RSS) golfers came out on top in a combined tournament at Birchbank Golf Course in Trail. Last Friday eight high school teams, which consisted of 40 players, assembled to play in the combined J.L. Crowe/Rossland high school tournament. All of the players struggled in the tournament, but the RSS team came out on top with a team total of 335. Braden McKay from RSS won the tournament with an 80 and Brenan Moroney and Tyler McKay both tied for second with 82’s. This was Rossland’s third win of the spring. Crowe finished second with a total of 359 and Nakusp placed third with a total of 364. The Crowe team had two players finish inside the top 10. Ryan Fullerton finished fourth overall with an 84 and Alex Rugg finished eighth with an 88. On Saturday in Balfour the local Junior Circuit kicked off. Twenty juniors attended and challenged the difficult Balfour course. “The kids played off the very back tees and had to deal with some wind and difficult greens,” said team spokesman Rob McKay.

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The Kootenay Robusters Dragon Boat team launched their 13th season last weekend after dusting off their dragon boat and paddling the calm waters of Christina Lake under the direction of steers person and coach Trish Ostlund. The team, made up of breast cancer survivors and supporters from Rossland, Trail, Castlegar, Grand Forks and Christina Lake, is looking for new members and invites any interested women come for a paddle. Check out the website www. kootenayrobusters.com for more information.

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Sometimes what you get ain’t what you pay for. So when the a regional district economic development review committee decreed the Lower Columbia Initiatives Corporation (LCIC) was too costly for what was delivered in return, the East End Services (EES) committee—that includes Rossland—agreed. The EES recommended to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary board to withdraw funding to the LCIC after its three-year contract ended in December, and the board agreed with the recommendation last Thursday. The EES contributed $224,000 per year to the LCIC, with Rossland taxpayers shelling out over $40,000 per year, said Rossland director Kathy Wallace. “In the end, the decision of the review committee was that, for the current service, the requisition was too high and considered to be an unsustainable amount,” she said. From Rossland’s perspective there are a few bodies that are already working on similar projects—the Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Rossland and the Sustainability Commission’s economic development task force—and it was deemed to be unnecessary overlap. And with the current debate raging in Rossland City council chambers over

core services and the level of taxation in the city, the topic of funding something that was immeasurable to such an extent was superfluous, said Wallace. “There is a big focus right now on what is a core service, what should we be taxing for and there is a hesitancy of burdening local taxpayers with a responsibility that might be someone else’s,” she said. “It was recognized that (the cost) was higher than it needed to be.” The LCIC was set up as part of the Lower Columbia Community Development Team society (LCCDT) to focus economic development services within the Greater Trail region. EES decided to go with a proposal out of the LCDDT a number of years ago to set up an arm’s length economic development service with a three-year contract that included a mandatory review. Although the service had been scrutinized repeatedly, it was tough to accurately measure what it had contributed in its short life, said Wallace. Economic development is a very difficult thing for local government to provide,” she said. “It’s not a core service. Economic development is very difficult to measure what you are actually doing.” The dissolution of the service now allows the partnering communities to have a discussion to see if there is an appetite to continue with a regional eco-

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The food banks in Trail and Rossland are running out of supplies. In particular, the Trail United Church has announced that unless things turn around, its once-a-week food bank will soon be dropped to a once-a-month operation. Food bank coordinators have seen donations drop off and numbers of clients increase far beyond their ability to manage, said Keith Simmonds, minister at the church. Simmonds said that those attending have steadily increased in number while the closure of some key local employers may be affecting donations. “If this continues, the church sees little option but to cut back on the distribution of food.” The food bank operates three Tuesdays a month and feeds over 100 people a week. Those wishing to help with time or donations can contact the United Church at 368-3225. Canon Neil Elliot, from St. Andrews Anglican Church, reports that its food bank, which is hosted once a month, is serving more people each year. “About four years ago we were feeding up to 50 people. Today we are feeding over 100 people,” he said. The Salvation Army food bank on Rossland Avenue is also struggling to keep its shelves stocked, said Linda Radtke, manager. “Our Christmas food has started to run out and with the increased number of people coming to use the food bank, we are relying on the public for help,” she said. Radtke explained that of the increasing number of people needing help in Trail are mostly families. In March, between 30-60 meals were served out of its kitchen daily, and 360 families received hampers. For more information, call the Trail Salvation Army Family Services at 364-0445. Those wishing to help with time or donations can contact the United Church at 368-3225.

nomic development service or not. “Rossland council will have to have a discussion about whether they want to pursue anything, where they want to go, and that would mean re-establishing a service,” said Wallace. Ali Grieve, chair of the EES, said the committee will meet in May to discuss the possibilities of other models of economic development and which municipalities will continue to participate going forward. “We have to ask ourselves and remind ourselves what are “core services,” and then focus the tax dollars there,” she said. The EES is made up of five municipalities—Rossland, Trail, Warfield, Montrose and Fruitvale—and electoral areas A and B. All LCIC initiatives for 2013 will continue to go forward, said Mike Martin, chair of the LCCDT, but discussion will take place on how to move forward without regional district money. The LCIC was looking to create a unified regional recruitment package to allow employers, educators, and healthcare providers to attract and retain key employees. In August of 2010, Sandy Santori took on the position as executive director of the LCIC. editor@rosslandnews.com —With files from Sheri Regnier, Trail Times

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IN BRIEF Trevor Linden to speak at Kootenay conference Trevor Linden will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming 2013 Recreation Facilities Association of BC (RFABC) Conference May 14-16 at the Castlegar Recreation Centre and will host approximately 100 attendees. The conference will be focusing on various seminars such as heat recovery, green technology, energy efficiency and Human Resources for managers and operators in the parks and recreation industry. Linden’s keynote address, which will take place in the evening at 7:30 p.m. on May 16, will focus on the leadership skills required to drive environmental responsibility. In order to engage the community with Trevor Linden’s ongoing dedication to community endeavours and charitable causes, the RFABC Conference Committee has decided to open up the keynote address to the public. There will be 50 tickets available for $75 per person. The ticket cost also includes a banquet dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the banquet and keynote address can be purchased by calling Robert Baker at 250-364-0808.

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The snow is gone and police presence on West Kootenay roads and highways will be increasing, and they will be on the lookout for defective vehicles. Since 1990, it has been mandatory for Canadian vehicles to have daytime running lights; these are the lights that automatically come on when the vehicle is in motion. If a car is imported and is without this feature, it is compulsory to have these lights installed. Daytime running lights are an added safety feature as they make acar more visible, especially when weather or lighting conditions are poor. Another major concern for officers of the West Kootenay Traffic Services is loud mufflers, as this is a daily complaint made to the RCMP by the general public. Regulations require that a vehicle be installed with a muffler that doesn’t emit excess noise, as defined by the Motor Vehicle Act: “Muffler and exhaust system must be the same or equivalent of which is was manufactured with.” People should be aware that after market loud tubes or mufflers, or no mufflers, will be strictly enforced with a fine or inspection notice issued.


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Energy diet comes back to Rossland, region IN BRIEF Sheri regnier Trail Times

The Kootenay Energy Diet (KED) will launch to residents in the Greater Trail area this June, including a stop in Rossland on June 12 at the Miners’ Union Hall. The KED is a program

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ers reduce energy consumption, save money and be more comfortable in their homes,” said Patricia Dehnel, program manager, PowerSense Fortis BC. Dehnel explained, that by signing up and having a $60 home energy-audit assessment, residents will have

access to up to $4,000 in rebates, once the recommended improvements have been completed. KED kicks off in Trail on June 11 and in Rossland at the Miners Hall on June 12.

Cleaning up after winter City of Rossland public works staff will be picking up organic material starting May 6. Please refer to the schedule below for area and dates: Redstone: May 6-10 South of Columbia: May 6-10 Pinewood: May 13-17 North of Columbia: May 13-17 Blackbear Area: May 13-17

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City staff will be driving by each residence once during those times. People are asked to ensure all items are on the boulevard by 7 a.m. starting the week of the pick up. Any items placed on boulevard after City crews have passed by a residence will not be picked up. Tree trimmings must be under 10 centimetres in diameter and three metres length. Piles can be no larger than 1.2 metres in diameter and limit to a maximum of three piles per home. People are asked to bundle trimmings using rope that is strong enough to lift branches and place on an unmaintained boulevard so a loader will be able to easily access the pile. For yard waste, leaves and grass clippings can be placed in a pile on an unmaintained boulevard or be placed in clear plastic bags not weighing more than nine kilograms (20 pounds). Absolutely no tree trimmings, dirt, sod, rocks are to be placed into bags, and any overweight bags will be left on the boulevard. For gravel and sand, people are asked to rake gravel and sand onto asphalt surface (do not make piles). Once pick-up in an area is completed, the City will send the sweeper around to clean the street in the weeks following. For more information, contact public works at 362-2328.

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“We made really tough decisions to balance our budget, and then balance it into the future,” he said. “No, it really wouldn’t make any difference at all (in those grades coming back).” Ganzert said the district would still be $140,000 short of its budget if the three grades came back, the amount the City of Rossland offered up recently, but with conditions. Those conditions were the hurdles the board of trustees for the district could not accept. Ganzert said he offered to meet with Rossland City council to explain what was wrong with their initial offer. As of yet the City has not taken him up on it, Ganzert noted. “If they do, then we can explain what the issues are and then they might be able to see another way of offering money that would satisfy, somehow, but I can’t guarantee that,” he stated. The new money removes the school district from funding protection, said Ganzert, and ensures it won’t have to

remove any more money from the budget, meaning no more deep cuts. “This coming school year appears to be the last time we will have to make these major cuts,” he said. “It seems we have been looking behind at deficit after deficit. Now we can look forward and start planning.” The Ministry of Education announced the new money in mid March. The estimated MOE operating grant total for SD20 for the 13/14 year remains relatively the same $34,946,471, said SD20 secretary treasurer, Natalie Verigin, instead of dropping over the next two years as predicted. The total amount has only changed slightly due to the continued supplement targeted grant called B.C. Education Plan. The Ministry increased the unit funding per pupil and the resulting funding protection supplement has been decreased substantially. Although this does not impact the district in the

13/14 budget it does impact budgets for future years, said Verigin. The increase in funding per pupil, full time equivalent is $116, making the total $6,900 per full time equivalent student. Prior to this funding change the board was facing future funding shortfalls—due to the ministry’s decision of phasing out the funding protection supplement—of around $500,000 for the 14/15 year and, again, another $500,000 in the 15/16 year. This anticipated shortfall in funding, said Verigin, would have made the 14/15 and 15/16 budget processes difficult. Now, because the funding protection supplement funding amount for 13/14 is $70,585, the 14/15 year budget is only affected by a potential loss of funding in the amount of $70,585 (rather than the estimated $500,000). “This is the good news for the district,” she said. editor@rosslandnews.com

French Continued from Page 1 The difference is the Late French Immersion Program provides opportunities for students to acquire a high level of proficiency in French. 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. Students will remain as a group for four years in Rossland, 10:30being am totransferred 7:00 pm to Castlegar’s Stanley Humphries

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Elementary School (FES) has almost the same enrolment as Glenmerry and Kinnaird—where those positions were cut a few years ago— FES will lose its vice principal and make it “equal” across the board. The projected savings for the operating budget from these cuts is $18,000 this year, and an additional $23,000 next year. One of the biggest budget tweaks is a restructure in the information technology department, projected to reduce costs

by almost $100,000. By reducing by half the number of iPads, lap tops and lab allocations to secondary schools, Luterbach projects to net a savings of $72,000. “Students will still get school-based mobile devices, but this plan will stretch it out from four to six years,” he said. Additionally, moving a site specific technician to a help-desk based structure is projected to save $25,000.

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IN BRIEF Strut your mutt HEART dog rescue is celebrating its second year in existence with its Mutt Strut fundraiser on May 4 at Birchbank picnic grounds in Genelle. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome to come out and strut for the title of Kootenay’s Cutest. The ever-popular obedience and fetching competitions are back this year as well. HEART Rescue relies on donations and foster homes to keep its operation afloat. In two years they have saved 86 dogs from neglectful or threatening situations and adopted them out. Pulsar is sponsoring the event and giving away a half-year supply of grain-free food to two category winners. The Strut is a familyfriendly event so please bring the whole crew. The entry donation for the show is $10, plus $5 for individual competitions. Registration forms can be found at Tails Pet Supply in Rossland, Registration at the event will begin at 10 a.m., the show will start at 11 a.m. More info, visit www.heartdogrescue.com.


Rossland News, May 02, 2013