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The four candidates vying for votes in the Penticton riding settled down for a lunchtime forum this week with the Chamber of Commerce. This was the second all-candidates forum arranged by the chamber. Unlike the April 30 forum, this one was open only to chamber members, and was a much quieter affair. “It was a nice quick hit, have a nice lunch and have that access to decision makers,” said chamber director Jason Cox, who also sits on the B.C. Chamber of Commerce board. This forum, he said, offered a more intimate approach to the candidates. “It was nice to hear them acknowledge a lot of the needs of the business community,” said Cox. “But I think each of the candidates and all of the parties need to spend more time with business owners in the community and understand what it is we need as small business owners driving the economy to have less regulation and more profitable businesses to employ more people.” Conservative candidate Sean Upshaw again got off to an aggressive start, comparing the B.C. economy to the Titanic. “This is the role of Sean Upshaw and the B.C. Conservatives, we’re trying to let B.C. know that the Titanic that we are on has hit an iceberg and it may already be too late,” said Upshaw. Dick Cannings emphasized his environmental and scientific credentials as bringing a new perspective to government, supporting the NDP platform.

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PENTICTON MLA CANDIDATES Dick Canning (NDP), Doug Maxwell (B.C. First), Sean Upshaw (Conservative) and Dan Ashton (Liberal) face Penticton’s business community at a members-only Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Wednesday, fielding questions ranging from job creation to the hospital expansion.

“It’s a plan for a prosperous economy, a caring society and, of course, a healthy environment,” said Cannings. “The choice in this election is clear: more of the same or change for the better.” Liberal Dan Ashton targeted his message to the audience, highlighting his stance against raising taxes and fiscal responsibility. “I have a proven track record of getting things done on time and on budget, strong financial capability and someone who has actually held the line on taxation,” said Ashton, adding

that he will be able to hit the ground running if elected. “I have forged a relationship with the province on both sides of the house.” Doug Maxwell scored points with the audience, making personal connections from his 20 years as a member of the Penticton business community as owner of an automotive repair shop, and using that experience to highlight the B.C. First Party’s stand against party politics in the legislature. “I’ve retired now and I had to pass on some of my knowledge and address some of the things that were

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Heat wave scorches South Okanagan Kristi Patton Western News Staff

Don’t break out the bathing suit just yet. The sunny, warm days the South Okanagan has been seeing lately won’t last long. At least according to Environment Canada forecaster Elizabeth Robilliard. “We have had fairly nice weather the last several days and the high-pressure ridge should continue to hold for the next couple of days, but then everything is going to change,” said Robilliard. “We have a weather system that is approaching the B.C. coast and that is going to spread rain over western British Columbia and gradually work its way eastward into the Interior. By late Saturday and into Sunday you will see precipitation edging into the area, with most of the rain on Monday.” While Penticton hasn’t set a record temperature yet, Robilliard said there is potential for it on Friday or Saturday. Record temperatures on those days in Penticton were 28.9 C on May 10 and 29.6 C on May 11. Environment Canada is forecasting it to be mainly sunny with highs of 30 C on Friday and 28 C on Saturday. Some records were broken in the South Okanagan this week, with Osoyoos posting a temperature of 32.4 C on Wednesday, surpassing the previous mark of 29 C set in 1994. On Thursday Osoyoos saw a high of 32 C. Robilliard said there will be cloud with a chance of showers this weekend, but the 10-day forecast shows a return to typical May temperatures. “It should still be fairly pleasant. I think even on Mother’s Day there will be cloud around, but it should stay dry, possibly an isolated shower later in the day, then the rain will come in on Monday,” she said. “The temperatures for May so far are above normal, because the high is typically around 19 C.” With the hot weather, Syndey Millership, store manager at Canadian Tire in Penticton, has seen an uptick in business for seasonal goods. “Saturday was very busy and we had more foot traffic come in than we have seen for awhile. We had types of hoses that sold out and we’re selling lots of air conditioners and fans which usually doesn’t happen this early in the season,” she said. Millership expects there will be a lot of people camping for the May long weekend considering how much camping gear has been flying out their doors. “The past four seasons we haven’t seen this much camping

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MeghaN ThoMpsoN of penticton soaks up some rays on okanagan Lake beach this week as the region was basked in some early-season sun and above-normal temperatures.

gear go out. As well, our garden centre has been busy with Mother’s Day coming and lots of people picking up items for their vegetable and flower gardens,” said Millership. Aaron Galbraith, an employee at Art Knapps Plantland, said he also noticed more people coming through the doors during the week because of the beautiful weather and with Mother’s Day fast approaching. “Oh definitely, people are flooding in and are excited about their plants,” said Galbraith. “The weekend was really busy with people coming in to get hanging baskets.” Galbraith cautioned those who are eager to get their plants in the ground that typically the last frost is on May 15. He said if you plan on planting in permanent locations to remember

to watch the weather forecasts and be prepared to protect the delicate plants if frost is expected. The B.C. SPCA reminds pet owners to take precautions against the danger of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for their animals as the hot weather returns. The temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet. They say on hot days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that makes it impossible for pets to cool themselves. Among some of the symptoms of heat stroke are exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping or panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, red lips and tongue.

Council approves extension for proposed towers Steve Kidd Western News Staff

The tower project at 450 Martin St. in Penticton got a new lease on life when council voted this week to grant an extension to the start date for the project. The project, which would see three 20-plusstorey towers rising over downtown Penticton, was originally approved in 2009, with an agreement that the developers would begin work on the first phase by December 2014. The development has been on hold since it was discovered Transport Canada regulations would block construction of the towers, which would be in the Penticton airport flight path. A Transport Canada review of those height regulations is expected to take some time to complete, so the project proponents had requested

a three-year extension to their agreement with the city. A decision on the extension was deferred at council’s April 15 meeting, after some councillors questioned whether the project was still in keeping with the current vision of downtown development, while others were concerned that the developer had not sent a representative to present their arguments. Architect Cal Meiklejohn began his presentation at Monday’s council meeting by apologizing for not making himself available at the previous meeting. “We thought it was a fairly straightforward technical matter,” he said, adding they learned it is not out of the ordinary for Transport Canada to take a very long time to deal with a height review like this. “We were starting to get very nervous,

time is running out. We are hoping that council would agree with that approach and give us some time,” said Meiklejohn, who also pointed out there is a clause in the agreement with the city making the extension automatic in the case of unavoidable delays, including “governmental laws, regulations or controls.” Coun. John Vassilaki questioned whether the developers would be ready to begin work quickly if Transport Canada were to change the regulations, cautioning Meiklejohn that council might not be lenient a third time around. “It could well be that even if we got approval, we might come back and say we are not sure if the city is ready for this yet in terms of market analysis,” said Meiklejohn, admitting that the project might not go ahead as planned. “Absorption rates in the city over the last

couple of years are not what you would want them to be. I think there are many questions to be answered if Transport Canada was to say yes.” During the April 15 discussion, some council members had wavered in their support for the project, including Vassilaki, who admitted supporting the project when it was first endorsed in 2009. But at this vote, only Coun. Wes Hopkin, who felt the towers would be too tall, voted to block the extension. “We do have a contract with these folks. And the contract says that if in any way things happen because of government and their regulations, we would extend the time required for them to begin this project,” said Vassilaki. “Whether it is good for the downtown or not, that is the decision that was made then. We cannot arbitrarily change it.”


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Depending on which election campaign pollster you believe, the Liberals have either gained some ground or pulled off a huge comeback against the NDP in the B.C. Interior. Ipsos Reid’s latest poll released May 2 had the NDP in front in the Interior with 41 support among decided voters, clear of the Liberals at 32 per cent and B.C. Conservatives at 12 per cent. That’s compared to an April 16 poll from them that had the NDP leading with 46 support, well ahead of the Liberals at 25 per cent and the B.C. Conservatives at 11 per cent. Meanwhile, an Angus Reid survey released May 2 had the Liberals on top in the Interior with 42

per cent support, versus the NDP at 29 per cent and B.C. Conservatives at 14 per cent. That’s a dramatic reversal from their April 16 poll that put the NDP in the lead with 45 per cent backing, followed by the Liberals at 19 per cent and B.C. Conservatives at 11 per cent. Angus Reid vice-president Mario Canseco said the shift in support to the Liberals likely resulted from undecided voters giving up on the B.C. Conservatives. “This shows, not necessarily that the NDP’s losing momentum or losing a lot of voters, but mostly the fact that a lot of people in the Interior were really hoping for a breakthrough from the B.C. Conservatives,” Canseco said. His company’s last poll closely mirrors the local result of the 2009 election.

In the Penticton riding that year, the Liberals won 44 per cent of the popular vote, compared to 31 per cent for the NDP, 16 per cent for the Green Party and nine per cent for the B.C. Conservatives. The Liberals came out on top in 108 of the 162 voting areas within the riding, while the NDP won 40 areas and the Greens claimed the other five. Nine other areas recorded ties or no votes. Support for the NDP was strongest in Summerland around the downtown area and along Prairie Valley Road, and in Penticton in the residential areas that hug the downtown core. Advance voting continues in all ridings from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. General voting is set for Tuesday. For more information visit www.elections. bc.ca or call 1-800-661-8683.

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SIGN UP TODAY FOR E-BILL TAX NOTICES Penticton residents now have the choice to leave hard copies behind in favour of electronic notices. The City of Penticton invites taxpayers to sign up to receive property tax notices electronically for 2013, the first year that the entire process – from the initial notice to payment – can be conducted without paper. To take advantage of the completely electronic system, property owners need to register with MyCity by visiting http:// mycity.penticton.ca and signing up for the service by May 31. Once they have created a MyCity account and successfully activated it, the customer needs to click on register an account and then select account type “Taxes,” enter the folio number from last

PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF A PERMANENT AMENDED LIQUOR LICENCE FOR CHANGE IN HOURS OF OPERATION 218 MARTIN STREET PENTICTON, B.C. PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an application has been made for a permanent amended liquor licence for change in hours of operation located at 218 Martin Street, Penticton, B.C. The applicant has made application for the amended liquor licence with proposed hours of operation change from Sunday to Saturday (7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.) to Sunday to Saturday (12:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.). Council will consider this application at a Regular Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. Any person who wishes to comment on the proposed application may appear in person, or by agent, at the 6:00 p.m. Council meeting. Submissions or written comments will be received no later than 12:00 p.m. noon on Friday, May 17th, 2013 attention to the Building & Permitting Manager. Those persons with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall at 250-490-2400 prior to the meeting. The proposed application and supporting documentation may be inspected at the

PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2013-15 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Add to Chapter 9.2 A – Agriculture; 9.2.7.4. Site Specific Provisions; To allow for an additional vacation rental suite at Lot 3, District Lot 187, SDYD, Plan 23377 located at 468 Lower Bench Road.

ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW 2013-16 (778 REVELSTOKE AVENUE) PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2013-16 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: 1) Rezone Lot 1, District Lot 2, Group 7, SDY (Formerly Yale-Lytton) District, Plan 8278 from R2 (Small Lot Residential) to RD2 (Duplex Housing: Lane), and 2) Add to Chapter 10.6, RD2 – Duplex Housing: Lane - 10.6.4.2 Site Specific Provisions: “In the case of Lot 1, District Lot 2, Group 7, SDY (Formerly YaleLytton) District, Plan 8278, located at 778 Revelstoke Avenue, a “Flex unit” shall be permitted. The applicant tends to construct a side-byside duplex with each unit containing a flexunit.

ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW 2013-18 (HOUSEKEEPING) PUBLIC NOTICE IS HERBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2013-18 to amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Bylaw 2013-18 proposes a few changes to Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 including replacing the definition for Utility Services and allowing the use in all zones, adding C7 – Service Commercial Zone under the Metal Storage Containers section as well as rewording Regulations under Chapter 5.2.7 of the Accessory Buildings, Structures, Uses Garages and Carports. Any person whose interest may be affected by the proposed Bylaw amendments may appear in person, by petition or by attorney. Delegations and Submissions will be received no later than 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 to Attention: Corporate Officer, City of Penticton, 171 Main St, Penticton, B.C. V2A 5A9; Email: publichearings@penticton.ca. No letter, report or representation from the public will be received by Council after the conclusion of the Public Hearing. Please note that all submissions are a matter of public record. Those persons with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall at 250-490-2400 prior to the meeting. The above mentioned bylaws and supporting information may be inspected between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, up to and including Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in the offices of Development Services and Corporate Administration at Penticton City Hall, 171 Main St, Penticton; Penticton Public Library (hours vary), 785 Main St, Penticton and the Penticton Community Centre (hours vary), 325 Power St, Penticton or online at http://www.penticton. ca/EN/meta/city-news/latest-news.html.

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The Western News posed three questions to the candidates in the Penticton riding. These are their answers to those questions. PWN: Once the business case is completed, what will you do to ensure a new ambulatory care tower is built soon at Penticton Regional Hospital?

Dan Ashton - Liberal T h e last major expansion to the Penticton Regional Hospital was the acute care expansion Ashton done in 1989 by a free enterprise government. Before that is was the South Tower expansion — also done by a free-enterprise government back in 1972. Since 2001 there has been a further $12 million invested in our hospital for important upgrades such as the maternity ward. In my work with the RDOS as chair, we have set aside $25 million as our share of this expansion. We need to get Interior Health to make a firm commitment and then we need to get treasury board approval for the funding and go to tender. We have to be honest; it’s not “promises” that is going to build this hospital expansion, it is a very significant amount of money. The reason why free-enterprise governments have always invested in our Penticton Regional Hospital when other governments have not, all comes down to the economy. Without a strong freeenterprise economy to pay for hospital upgrades, they simply do not get done. I believe this hospital is critical for our region and it is one of the reasons why I have put my name forward to run in this election. We cannot allow Penticton and the South Okanagan to get ignored as we were by the NDP in the past. We have built a record amount of new infrastructure over the last decade under a free-enterprise government — let’s not stop now. Richard Cannings — NDP I will continue to work with my caucus colleagues and make sure that this remains a top priority, Cannings and that we follow through on the NDP’s platform commitment to fund projects based on need, not partisan gain. We are in this problem in the first place because the Liberals played games with taxpayers’ money, and took our votes for granted. I will work with local partners to ensure that all plans are completed and approved by treasury board and that funds are then set aside in the capital plan for this project.

This hospital has been neglected for the last 10 years by the Liberal government and needs to be upgraded. And even though they committed to a business case months ago, it still hasn’t begun. Adrian Dix has visited the facility several times as health critic and leader and understands its challenges. He also said that we will begin the business case immediately after being sworn in. The B.C. Liberals have tried desperately to say that the NDP will not support an expansion at the hospital. This is a complete and utter fabrication. Our platform states that we will continue all projects currently underway, and we believe this project is underway. Perhaps the Liberals do not. I look forward to the day the new care tower opens after all these Liberal delays.

Doug Maxwell - B.C. First First, we need to make sure the promise for a business case has survived the election, then Maxwell we need to check with Interior Health to confirm our No. 1 status on their priority list. Then we need to extract a timeline promise for the business case and the construction start. At that point we can decide if more action is required. I have suggested previously that a group of concerned citizens needs to organize a bus trip to Victoria with an awareness march in front of the legislature. This would show the new governing party that we are serious and will not be put aside anymore. Leave for Victoria in the a.m., march in the p.m., enjoy a spring walk, a meal at a good restaurant and an overnight in a great tourist area, then up to march again in the a.m. with a return to Penticton in the p.m. I am confident that enough concerned citizens will step forward, at their own expense, to fill at least one bus. Sign me up for the bus. Sean Upshaw — Conservative First of all, I am not positive that the business case being worked on includes what is being reUpshaw quested by those who know best, the Penticton Medical Society. I know from conversations with them that they are under the impression that the two other parties are wanting a scaled-back, two-storey addition. What is needed is the fourstorey version with helipad on the roof. Please allow me to quote Dr Susan Tebbutt: “We do not want this project scaled back; this new

tower will meet our needs and carry us into the future. We simply cannot build it in stages, nor scale back any of the floors, ORs, endoscopy suites, diagnostic imaging, laboratory or medical school.” So my commitment as MLA is to continue to fight on behalf of the society and the residents of the riding to settle for nothing less than this. This is not a partisan issue that depends on electing the party that is most likely to form government. What it is, is a medical crisis that if not corrected real fast is going to turn to a life-and-death situation for the innocent taxpaying public. All of this was brought about by simply ignoring it until it became politically expedient to mention it. Regardless of who forms government in Victoria, I feel the best chance of this being done right is to have someone who is passionate enough to go to battle until it is complete. That is what I will do. PWN: A reputation for quality, safe and healthy product is vital to the tree fruit and agricultural industry in the Okanagan Valley. Do you believe the introduction of GMO fruit, like the Arctic Apple, threatens that? Ashton: Absolutely yes. We have dealt with this issue at the regional district and we have opposed it. I have heard the concerns from many growers and producers as well as consumers, and this is not something I would support as a result. On a different note, we also have to look at the B.C. Assessment Authority to ensure that legitimate farmers are treated fairly on assessed lands that are farmable. Threats to farmers are more than just genetically modified apples. If we cannot keep farming affordable we will lose farmers. I have worked very hard to keep Penticton property taxes low and would like to do the same for farmers in the South Okanagan. Cannings: As a biologist, I understand the complexity of genetically modified foods, and the concerns some have about them. The Okanagan brand of fruit as a healthy, high-quality product is vitally important to local orchardists, and for that reason alone we should work to keep the Okanagan Valley free of genetically modified fruit. The agriculture industry is an integral part of our local economy and needs to be supported. Unfortunately B.C. spends the lowest amount per-capita supporting farmers, and that funding can be inconsistent. Not only will we bring back the very successful Buy B.C. program to help market B.C. produce and enhance the Okanagan brand, we will also help orchardists with stable funding for replanting programs and other input costs, and provide more direct support to organic and conventional farmers through enhanced extension and field services for marketing and operations.

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y now, you are probably getting a little tired of hearing about the upcoming election. With near daily releases of new polls monitoring the performance of the two main parties, it can seem like the election campaign has been going on for two years, not just the few weeks since the writ was dropped in mid-April. Those polls make an election seem more like an extended horse race, but they do provide fodder for water cooler conversation. For instance, at one point it looked like the NDP would take the province in a landslide. But as election day, May 14, draws nearer, the NDP’s double-digit lead is evaporating. And in Penticton, Liberal candidate Dan Ashton is in a closer race than many expected with the NDP’s Dick Cannings. In the end though, polls aren’t that useful. They don’t — and shouldn’t — tell you which way to vote. But sometimes, when one candidate or another is leading, polls can mislead people into thinking they don’t need to get out there and cast their own ballot. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons for the low voter turnout we see in Canadian elections — voters are convinced their vote won’t count. Or it might be apathy, or a feeling that there is no hope to make a difference. We’ve said this before, in other elections and this one. Still, it’s common to see as little as 50 per cent of eligible voters turn out to vote. Penticton did a little better in the last election, with 53 per cent getting out to cast their vote. PENTICTON WESTERN Get out there and cast your vote. No matter what else, there is only one winner at the end of election day. It might be your candidate, or it might not. But as long as you get out there and vote, nobody around the water cooler can say you don’t have a right to engage in Canadians’ favourite pastime of complaining about the government.

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Province needs financial stability I’m concerned that many British Columbians are more focused on “change” for the sake of change rather than electing the party most likely to foster job creation and financial stability. Our province’s resource endowment has always been a mainstay of both jobs and the generation of revenues needed to fund social programs. From what I have seen and heard, an NDP government would rev up spending while stymieing resource development through endless environmental reviews and or by just saying “no”, driving investment to other provinces and other countries. We need new mines and gas fields, pipelines, refineries, ports and processing plants to replace jobs lost by tech change and by events like the pine beetle catastrophe Economic development and the protection of the environment are not mutually exclusive. Yes, we must be good stewards of our beautiful province, but we do have the technology to move the economy

Gwyn Morgan

B.C. Politics forward in an environmentally responsible manner. Saying no to new projects will mean job losses for those currently employed and no opportunity for young people looking to join the workforce. We also need to focus on balancing the provincial budget, rather than taking money away from social programs to fund rising interest costs. Forty years of experience in business has taught me that too much debt is crippling. It scares me that the NDP have rolled out billions of dollars in new spending during

this campaign, and their “every dollar is accounted for” rhetoric just isn’t credible because their anti-development attitude will reduce revenue at the same time as spending rises. There is truth to the adage, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” The NDP came to power in 1991 and governed the rest of that decade. Investment dried up and economic growth trailed the rest of Canada. A low point came when the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce thanked the B.C. government for driving growth investment in Alberta. Glenn Clark’s 1996-1999 tenure was arguably the most disastrous for B.C. and with Adrian Dix, Premier Clark’s former chief of staff, leading the province, I’d be very worried about history repeating itself. It took many years for the Liberals to repair the damage. During their time in government, North America suffered through a major recession and yet we now have a triple-A

credit rating, higher than the U.S. government, allowing B.C. taxpayers the lowest possible interest rates Have the Liberals done everything right? Certainly not. The introduction of the HST by the Campbell government was badly handled. There have been other gaffes and ill-thought-out policies. And while there is a natural inclination for people to vote to change long-governing parties, it’s important not to let the NDP sleepwalk to victory without thinking about which party is likely to create jobs and not burden today’s young people with a mountain of debt. I’m not asking that you agree with me, only that you think through the full consequences of your choice carefully. And then get out and vote on May 14. Gwyn Morgan is the former chair of SNC Lavalin, and is a director on the boards of several other large corporations including EnCana Corporation. He has served as an advisor to Christy Clark.

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New vision needed for British Columbia I am getting sick and tired of endless ads showing Christy Clark sitting around Tim Hortons with a bunch of soccer moms, grinning like a Cheshire cat, while she repeats the empty slogan, “We’ve got to grow the economy for our kids,” over and over like some kind of trained parrot. First off, you picked a bad place to say it, given the fact that same Tim Hortons was just in the news because apparently they need to import foreign workers because our “kids” are too stupid and unskilled to sling doughnuts and pour coffee. If the Liberals are so good at growing the economy, how come more and more of our “kids” are finding themselves growing up as young adults working two or three jobs in lowpaying service and retail because real jobs are disappearing faster than the Canadian penny?

Politics of destruction

With the election campaign in high gear, we are very likely going to see the usual mudslinging, personal attacks, party politic attacks and, last but not least, attacks on individual party platform planks. There are several individuals that feel that they could drive the provincial bus, so to speak, better than all of the others. Premier Clark and company are the current drivers of the bus. Mr. Dix, Mr. Cummins and Ms. Sterk all want the chance to be drivers. Time will tell, however. Speaking of driving, Ms. Clark had a problem on the highway not too long ago. It seems that she ran a red light contrary to the rules of the road. She explained that it was early in the morning and that her young son egged her on to do so. It is ironic that a young, unlicensed person, obviously having no driving experience, could influence the driving habits of a duly licensed driver and cause that driver to actually commit a driving no-no. Considering that Ms. Clark openly admitted that she shouldn’t have run the red light, and that she gave in to her young son’s wishes, makes me wonder how she deems herself capable of driving the provincial bus. Does she rely on her young son’s judgment and accede to his wishes with regard to her functioning as the driver of the province? Lately Ms. Clark has been appearing in TV ads that state the need for “controlled spending” so as to keep the debt in check. Balanced budget is a buzz word that is being fostered by her at every chance she gets. It seems somewhat weird to me as well, as being too late to pontificate as to reducing the B.C. debt when she and her government helped to put us in the deficit position that we now face. A balanced budget is somewhat of a pipe dream based on our projected deficit. Any of this is overshadowed by personal attacks on candidates, attack ads and social media. It’s time that candidates got serious about relevant issues instead of mudslinging, accusation, character assassination, unsubtle innuendoes and such. Forget the petty politicking and get down to real issues that deal with real situations that affect the lives of real people in their everyday lives. You know that it’s not going to happen as most candidates have their own agendas. The question is: when will they realize that they cannot really promise anything on an individual basis unless the party as a whole agrees? The voting public has had this treatment shoved down its throat for a very long time. If the public doesn’t react at the polls, we will be gagging on this for some time to come. It’s not just go through the motions, it’s get out, vote and make a difference. Ron Barillaro Penticton

As far as her promise to lower taxes, yes, the Liberals sort of came through on that one, if you count a tax they created in the first place. First they established the hated HST, then after being forced to, abolished it, but only after punishing us by dragging their feet for the last three years. And some of the tactics they have been using to desperately hang on to power defy reason. Like their proven written policy of trying to cosy up to ethnic minorities to try and win votes. Please tell me how spending $11 million taxpayer dollars to bring the Bollywood awards to Vancouver benefit the rest of B.C. citizens? The Bollywood awards honour foreign movies, starring foreign actors, filmed and directed in foreign countries and watched in the vast majority by foreigners in foreign theatres.

Candidate shows independence

Mr. Cummings, you’re amazing or just plain stupid. Now you do not have a candidate for the Boundary-Similkameen to represent the Conservatives in this election. You must know that this riding has been conservative in the past, and you seem to have deliberately given all those votes to the Liberals or NDP. The question now is: Who do we want a our MLA? We have five choices. A puppet from the Liberal party who has to follow their rules to the T. Another puppet from the NDP, who have their own rules that have to be closely followed. The Green party, who would not know what rules to follow. We have two o\independent candidates, one who doesn’t want to be elected, and is just wasting everyone’s time and their vote. Then there’s Mischa Popoff, who would have gladly represented us as a Conservative candidate, and would have stood up for the people’s rights, but paid the price by being ousted from the Conservative party. Mischa has a mind of his own and is prepared to stand by what is best for the voters. We are tired of having an MLA that is only there to support the ruling party with their vote, and not caring or giving consideration about the voters and their families, just interested in the almighty dollar, and to govern to be re-elected rather than to be re-elected because you governed properly. On May 14 let us vote for an “independent” person who will represent us, the people of this riding, and not have to be a puppet of any party. In this election, the way it is going, Mischa could possibly end up with the balance of power. Ray Vandenberg & Jean Clarke Osoyoos

Government out of control

“At the end of the day, what have you?” is a favourite saying of Christy Clark. If she is talking about the significant amounts of money the B.C. government received from the sale of gas and oil permits, the answer is “nothing.” All of it went into general funds for the budget, with nothing left for the future as those non-renewable resources are used. She is now saying that some money would be put aside for the future — maybe. As for renewable resources, they, especially forestry, have been sadly neglected starting with Gordon Campbell and continued by Rich Coleman and on to the present. The forest ministry is a mere shadow of its former self. Forestry has been and should continue to be an important part of B.C.’s economy as a valuable, sustainable resource. The inventory is sadly out of date; too many logs have been shipped out of country; scaling and checking of logging practices is minimal.

One of the most despicable decisions by the Liberals was to sell off good-paying B.C. Shipyard jobs with the decision to buy ferries from Germany rather than have them made here. In case the Liberals forget, it was W.A.C. Bennett who created the B.C. Ferry Corporation and had every single ferry built right here in B.C. Even a right-wing, hard-line free-enterpriser like him realized the value of local high-paying jobs for B.C. workers. He is spinning in his grave as we speak. So Christy, spare us the rhetoric. Your party lacks vision and is plain out of ideas, and it’s time B.C. voters gave someone else the chance to try and get it right. Mike Hanley Penticton

This is a vital resource for many reasons — to help retain soil, ease spring run-off, for fish habitat, for wildlife and for recreation and tourism values. Long neglect will (perhaps has) create a barren time when harvesting would be wanted on land set aside for no logging because of other values. It takes time for trees to grow — they are not an instant crop in B.C. but it is the sad story of 10 years of Liberal government. Furthermore, any government that assigns a budget number to a university, then after the budget is set, cuts four per cent of the funding, is a government which is operating out of control. It is hypocrisy to behave in such a manner. Sheila White Summerland

Voter’s choice

Such a dilemma: Dan Ashton as mayor or as MLA? Whether he likes it or not, he’s done a terrible job as mayor. He completely messed the bed on the OHA dorm scandal (note: try asking your bank for the keys to your new place and to be able to start demo/renos prior to paying for or securing the mortgage), has sold city assets versus raising taxes all in a ploy to make himself look good for just this — his provincial bid. I’m sure he’s laughing at us all, how we’ve played into his hands. So Penticton, ignore him and the NDP candidate and vote for your local independent. If you want change, make change. We need the mere 1.5 years left of Ashton, not another four years of him. Kelly David Penticton

Say ‘No’ to Ashton

The mayor does not know what it means to be open and transparent. We still do not know the total cost of the sports complex nor how many dollars of taxpayers money was paid to the company who looked after the “white elephant.” The city council, led by the mayor, spent thousands of taxpayer’s dollars to buy the Eckhardt property. Now he is trying to sell the property at a two-thirds loss to the taxpayers. He did not do due diligence in selecting Lorne Regan, a man this newspaper reported was in court for fraud. There is still $52,000 of taxpayers dollars to be paid for work on the Eckhardt property. As Ted Wiltse pointed out, the Penticton taxpayers could have to pay $1 million to settle this litigation. Be careful who you vote for this election. Turner Webb Penticton

Liberals costly for B.C.

Do you know that in the past 11 years of B.C. Liberal rule, our provincial debt has doubled? Do you know that the contracts the B.C. Liberal government has made with

private corporations will double that amount again? The Liberals have cut back on our services in order to please corporations. Is that where you want your tax dollars to go — into the pockets of corporate directors and CEOs? Wouldn’t you rather see them invested in health care and education, rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges, and, yes, even in helping families who need a leg up? I would, and that’s why I’m going to vote for Richard Cannings on May 14. Kathryn McCourt Summerland

Plan for our future

It seems Adrian Dix has decided to push back against indomitable industry and political pressure to exploit B.C. and our vulnerable environment. Congratulations, that took some courage, Mr Dix. I admire your wisdom, caution and progressive thinking. Rather than support a project that is guaranteed to present more risks than solutions for uncertain gains, we would be far better off to invest that money and effort in projects that will have longer-term benefits, like developing and investing in an effective clean energy economy that is founded on good jobs and healthy communities. British Columbians have had enough of short-sighted economic planning. We need to plan not just for our future, but that of every future generation. It’s time to open our eyes and minds to the possibilities and stop letting the big oil and gas companies bully us into agreeing to their profit-at-all-costs agendas. There are alternatives that are better for our province, better for us and far better for the environment. Rhea Redivo Penticton

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Changes needed to political system The B.C. provincial election is another political disaster in the makings. It should be an exciting time, because it should represent an opportunity to elect a productive and responsible government with the vision and commitment to reignite our stalled economy. But deep-rooted apathy has left voters wondering how to vote, already convinced there is not a party that meets their criteria in terms of honesty, transparency and integrity, let alone political ideology. What difference does it make who we vote for, when we all know that the day after the election, party discipline will dictate that the people we elected in good faith will be compelled to towing the line of the respective party and government leaders, or they will be turfed? What difference does it make, when the party that just formed the government will do like other parties have in the past: Reward the corporations and organizations that paid for the election, and continue to screw the electorate. It is not that British Columbians are not smart voters. The problem is that the electoral system does not allow us to vote smart. Our politicians insist they cannot govern without our outdated, dysfunctional and corrupt colonial electoral system, and the electorate is forced to choose between two political parties that we have grown to loath beyond belief. It does not matter how intelligent the electorate is. If there is not a party or candidate you believe that will honestly represent you and who is qualified to do the job, how can you possibly vote intelligently? The reality is that we do not have an electoral system that can possibly represent the diverse cultural and political ideologies of the B.C. electorate. Millions of voters have given up. They are disillusioned, disgusted, disappointed, angry and are not voting because they do not see a candidate on the ballot worthy of their vote, let alone a party that is remotely committed to represent them. The party system has collapsed. Party members no longer develop policies, they are written by party and government leaders on the fly between meetings and elections. We have democratic elections, but we do not have democratic governments. The people understand what is wrong with the system, but our politicians, who are the only people in position to change it, have an incredible lock on it, and will fight tooth and nail to protect it, because it has given them the pure and unadulterated powers of dictators. Our province is on the skids, and the voters are facing what seems like a political brick wall, knowing that about one-third of the voters will elect yet another government two-thirds of the voters absolutely do not want. Andy Thomsen Summerland

NDP bad for business

British Columbians won’t be duped by NDP flimflam. Adrian Dix is unimpressive at best. An NDP majority government would be handing control of B.C. to the unions. Just like in 1991, once in power the NDP will lower the hammer. Every small business would take it on the chin because the NDP doesn’t care about business. Mining, forestry and the oil and gas industries would be hamstrung. Jobs will disappear, particularly outside of the Lower Mainland. Taxes will rise. Debt will rise. Home prices outside of the Lower Mainland will stall and then decline. People will have to leave B.C. to find work. It happened when Dave Barrett was elected. It happened when Mike Harcourt was elected. B.C. does not need a repeat of those disasters. Both times the NDP wound up being kicked out of government decisively by angry voters. We have emerged from the great recession in pretty good shape. Let’s move forward not backwards. Greg Hollingsworth Penticton


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Burger joint celebrates television debut Kristi Patton

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A funny man who takes his food seriously and on a quest to find Canada’s most delicious comfort food, John Catucci stopped in the Okanagan last September. Now the Penticton burger joint filmed for the show You Gotta Eat Here! is ready to make its television debut on Food Network Canada May 17. “We have an event going next Friday at the shop to celebrate with everyone and have a viewing party,” said Burger 55 co-owner Chris Boehm. The party starts at 4 p.m. at Burger 55, located at 85 Westminster Ave. E. Andres Electronics is providing big screen TVs so they can turn them on at 6 p.m. when You Gotta Eat Here! airs. DJ Shakes will be playing music, Pepsi will be giving out drinks and prizes, wine samples from Black Cloud, ice cream from the Cupcake Lady and there will be burger and fries specials. Catucci, host of You Gotta Eat Here!, visits Canada’s small burger joints, greasy spoons and legendary restaurants to taste the food that made them famous and to the meet the colourful characters that make them institutions. He dives into the kitchens to find out what makes the signature recipes so good. Boehm said even though the show hasn’t aired on national television yet, Burger 55 al-

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ready has seen the benefits. “It definitely got even more busy after they filmed. A lot of people saw in the newspaper that we were going to be on the show and there are a few commercials kicking around that we are going to be on it soon,” said Boehm. The show heard about Burger 55 after a number of fans emailed You Gotta Eat Here! about it. Boehm said he is a regular viewer of the show and had a great time filming with them. “They were a lot of fun and really laid-back. They made the whole experience a lot of fun,”

he said. The owners said people come in all the time and say they heard Burger 55 is going to be on the show and that is why they came in. Boehm and business partner Steve Jones came up with the concept for Burger 55 on a Las Vegas road trip, a vacation that ended up revolving around burger joints they encountered while on the road. On the way back they started talking about starting their own burger business and the idea was born. The businessmen believed that other burger places limited

people in their options of what they wanted to stuff between two buns and jumped at the opportunity to change that. Customers at Burger 55 get to fully customize what they are going to chow down on. Besides having a unique burger concept, they also found a distinct location to build their business. What use to be the old Larsen Brothers Tire Shop was transformed into the popping colours of Burger 55. Boehm said business has been steady since they opened and they are looking forward to big things in the future.

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Jazz, R&B, gospel and soul music are big parts of Sibel Thrasher’s life; so much so, you might say it runs through her veins. “My mother said I came out singing,” said the Vancouver-based artist. “And I’ve been singing all my life.” Thrasher is bringing a four-piece band with her to the Dream Café on May 17 in Penticton. Admiration for legendary singers Bil-

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The Phantom is returning. After a successful summer tour last year, Welsh tenor Peter Karrie is coming back to the Okanagan to perform the most beloved songs from Andrew

Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and other musical theatre treasures. Joining him once again is Vernon coloratura soprano Melina Moore, who teamed up with Karrie last year to play Christine to the tenor’s Phantom. Together they sang to

sold-out audiences and standing ovations. This spring tour, which starts in Kelowna Friday and travels to Vernon’s Sparkling Hill Resort Saturday before coming to the South Okanagan, promises new repertoire and some surprise twists. “Peter and I have

been sharing the stage for several years now, and I never tire of singing with him,” said Moore. “This tour will focus on much of the music of Phantom and Les Mis, and I feel I’m always elevated to higher levels as a singer when I perform with Peter. His energy

on stage is remarkable, his commitment to his characters and the sheer power and beauty of his world-renowned voice all humble me and exhilarate me.” Karrie, who has starred on Broadway and in London’s West End, calls his return to B.C. a “homecoming.”

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He was made an honorary Canadian citizen upon completing his Phantom role in Vancouver for close to a decade. Besides Phantom, Karrie’s other acclaimed and awardwinning roles have included the original Che in Evita for the first national tour of Britain, Jean Valjean in Les Misérables for more than a decade at London’s Palace Theatre, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar at the Palace Theatre, John Blackthorn in James Clavell’s Shogun on Broadway, Fagin in the acclaimed Cameron Macintosh production of Oliver!, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof and Joby “Peg Leg” Churchill in the box office smash The Contender. Also an original cast member of Chess, Karrie played the role of Freddy Trumper, and was host of his own

BBC television chat show, Peter Karrie.... Unmasked. Moore has taken on as many operatic roles with her upbringing in New York City and education at Juilliard. Her professional career has grown since she moved to the Okanagan more than a decade ago, with solo tours in Canada and the U.S. and appearances with symphonies around B.C. She also performs regularly at Vernon’s Sparkling Hill Resort and with The Dharma Dolls, a trio featuring fellow divas Judy Rose and Tanya Lipscomb. Dates for The Phantom of the Opera Returns tour in the South Okanagan include May 11 at the Nk’Mip Cultural Centre in Osoyoos and May 15 at the Bench 1775 Winery in Naramata. Tickets for most of the performances are available at www.virtualvernon.com.

undreds of seniors are stuck in acute care hospitals and residential care homes – away from their loved ones – because the government cut home care and eliminated home support services. The government has downloaded services to volunteers and eliminated professional home support workers who are trained and accountable in dealing with the needs of seniors. Without proper home support, many seniors are needlessly forced into institutions.

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COSCO is calling for universal home care and home support services, based on need, available seven days a week to seniors and people with disabilities. Such a service would allow thousands of seniors to live with dignity and respect in their own homes, close to families and friends. It would cost much less than acute or residential care. It would strengthen our overall public health care system by reducing the pressure on acute care hospitals. As a matter of both human decency and common sense economics, providing universal home support so people can remain in their own homes must be a priority for the next government of our province.

On May 14, please vote for a candidate who will respect seniors and their families by supporting universal home care and home support services

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Funding provides marketing boost for Challenge Penticton Steve Kidd Western News Staff

Challenge Penticton has a little more room to market the city’s new long-distance triathlon, thanks to some major financial support from the Penticton Hospitality Association. This week, local Challenge organizers announced that the PHA was giving them $35,000 to help support marketing the new race. “This will go a long ways to helping Challenge Penticton. The race switched brands last August from Ironman Canada to Challenge Penticton. Same incredible race, same iconic course and distance,” said Barb Haynes, general manager of Challenge Penticton. One major difference between the two races, she noted, is that Challenge spans six days, with a series of events leading up

to the big race on Sunday. With the new funding, Haynes said, they will be able to spread that message farther and hopefully persuade visitors to come for a longer stay. “There are all kinds of additional activities that we are pursuing this year that we have never done before. A lot more print media, a lot more social media where we can purchase product now, really talking about destination campaigns, bringing people into Penticton,” said Haynes. Tim Hodgkinson, operations director for the PHA, said they are happy to help Challenge take the message out and promote the event. The $35,000 is being drawn from the two per cent hotel room tax collected for tourism marketing and managed by the PHA. “In doing so they are promoting Penticton and will be able to draw in

additional potential visitors,” said Hodgkinson, adding that the Challenge message may remind long-term visitors to come back and visit, or draw in new visitors. “Either way, getting Challenge on the road is going to create positive exposure and bring people back.” The inaugural triathlon event will be held from Aug. 21 to 26 and heralds an expansion for the Challenge Family organization, based in Roth, Germany, who have chosen Penticton to launch the Challenge Family races in North America. “This is a significant event for all of us. As the flagship race for Challenge Family in North America, we are committed to making this a positive successful exercise for all concerned,” said Rob Appelman, president of the PHA. “It’s vitally important to get behind such high-profile initia-

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French immersion program could jeopardize small schools Joe Fries Western News Staff

Prospects for a new early French immersion program dimmed this week with the release of a study that suggested it would severely impact enrolment at some small schools. A working group composed of parents,

teachers and administrators has since last fall been studying the feasibility of beginning EFI within the Okanagan Skaha School District. The group projected enrolment and startup requirements for the program, which would handle students in kindergarten to Grade 5, then dovetail with late French

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schools in Naramata and the West Bench would each lose 24. For Naramata, that would equal a one-third decrease in students based on current enrolment. Ginny Manning, who chairs the school board, told the committee meeting she had “huge concerns” after reading the report.

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Director riley GetteNs (centre) of the United Way south okanagan similkameen shares a laugh with Volunteer of the year Anthony Brown and his grandmother Darlene Hildebrand following the spirit Awards at Poplar Grove Winery, Wednesday. the organization handed out its annual spirit Awards to the many groups and individuals who contributed to make the campaign a success.

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VOTE - Political differences apparent among the candidates skills shortages. I would propose as an MLA to host regional employer forums where employers, post-secondary representatives and elected officials meet quarterly to identify what skills are lacking in a specific area. The federal government’s new budget has some promising solutions for skills shortages with federal funding attached. We need to connect those federal dollars, match them with provincial funds and partner with employers — that will put potentially $15,000 on the table per worker. Having dedicated, targeted funding like this helps post-secondary and other skills-training organizations offer specialized training that is in demand within a region. Locally, I know welders are in very short supply right now as one example. We also have to support the resource jobs that need these skills. It is pointless to dump in significant amounts of tax dollars for training, only to oppose projects like TransMountain or the LNG or mining industries, as the NDP suggests. This only sends skilled jobs to Alberta. We need resource development for wellpaying jobs and to pay for our important community infrastructure like our new hospital expansion. Cannings: We have a significant skills shortage in our province and also in this riding. I have spoken to several local business owners who talk consistently about the challenges they have in finding qualified workers to expand. The NDP are strongly committed to supporting our resource and mining industries, and the businesses in this riding that will grow along with those industries will need help to address this skills shortage. Unfortunately the Liberals have cut post-secondary education by $46 million over three years in their most recent budget. The NDP have a different approach to grow our economy and help get B.C. working again. We need to invest in skills training and we will create a $100 million needsbased grant program to help make post-secondary training affordable and increase the umber of spaces for apprentices. In addition to these steps, the NDP will invest in modern training equipment, will work to im-

prove completion rates for apprenticeship programs and also develop targeted programs to encourage more women and First Nations to enter skilled trades. The choice in this election is clear. In the face of a skills shortage that is harming our economy and raising unemployment, do you want more of the same or change for the better? Maxwell: The question is how to attract more people into areas of predicted skill-sensitive employment. I think this needs to be done by working together as a whole and not regionally. A group consisting of teachers, business people, students and government should be brought together to decide where to put our resources and efforts. Which and how many people will be needed (short term and long term) in university courses, college courses and trade school courses. Then guidance to students from our high school teachers and counsellors should be rolled out. The more information on all areas of any given profession or trade we can give these students will allow them to make the proper choices (training costs, job security, tool cost outlay, wages, areas within a profession to branch out to and more). Forecasting areas of need is the key to getting this right, and we must get the proper mix of industry, youth and academia from the start. Upshaw: It is incumbent that the MLA be an ambassador of sorts to sell the area and all of its virtues to the province, country and the world. So I would work with all of the different sectors’ best people to make sure we are doing what it takes to attract new employment opportunities for the region. This area is a lifestyle destination that many people in the Internet technology sector are normally attracted to. With proper and aggressive pursuit, these types of industries need to be courted. I believe that if local, provincial and federal governments were willing to give tax incentives for a start-up period of time, there would be a desire for these companies to relocate here. Local commercial building owners could also be encouraged to give

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PWN: A reputation for quality, safe and healthy product is vital to the tree fruit and agricultural industry in the Okanagan Valley. Do you believe the introduction of GMO fruit, like the Arctic Apple, threatens that? Maxwell: Yes, I think that GMO threatens our agricultural industry. This threat comes from many directions. First, I think of Monsanto/Canola crops patent and the consequence to the farmer who had seeds blown on to his field and was subsequently sued (he lost) and lost his farm over this. Second, I am not a scientist, but history tells me that when we change the natural situation, other consequences show up that were unforeseen (think kokanee/myosis shrimp). Then we should listen to the people and honour the wishes of our electorate on this and any other issue. I believe the Arctic Apple is good for the large corporations but not for most of the rest of us. I buy my apples from the B.C. Fruit store on Dawson Avenue and like the quality, taste and price they give me now. No changes needed. Upshaw: Honestly, I am not an expert on GMO and I will not pretend to be. I think it is in the best interests of this riding and for those concerned with this technology to be making those decisions. I think when we expect our MLA to be knowledgeable on absolutely everything, we do a disservice to the cause itself. I can tell you this, that I would not shirk away from doing what I can to bring about the best results for all parties involved. PWN: In addition to creating more skills training opportunities at postsecondary institutions and making sure students can afford to attend, how will you attract more people into those fields to address the predicted shortage of skilled workers? Ashton: We have made great progress in this area. We now have a world-class university in Kelowna and a state-ofthe-art Okanagan College campus in Penticton. For many students, they can save considerable money by staying in the Okanagan and getting a first-rate education here. In the past decade this was simply not possible. We also need to better connect with employers who have

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Emily MacKay’s try early into the Pen High Lakers AAA Okanagan Valley rugby match clinched a victory over the Mt. Boucherie Bears. MacKay’s score wasn’t the only offence the Lakers received. It was the first of seven in the opening half to give them a 39-0 lead. The final was 61-0 as Kendra Penner, Adrienne Penner and Sabrina Warkentin each scored two tries. Warkentin also kicked two conversions and Teesha Jung had the other. While trying hard to bring down the Lakers and correct mistakes, the Bears couldn’t contain the Lakers attack. “We’ve got a really balanced attack,” said Lakers coach Ian Butters. “We have very, very fast players. Adrienne Penner, one of the fastest rugby players male or female I have ever seen, when she gets the ball in hand with any kind of space, she’s gone.” Her speed was evident as twice she blew past Bears defenders to score easy tries. The Lakers scored at will once they broke tackles. Kendra Penner was described by Butters as “just about unstoppable.” “Our forwards are big and strong and brave,” said Butters. “Their technique is getting better all the time. We are able to ruck over the ball and win possession. They have good technical skills. There isn’t a weak sister on this team.” To start the second half, the Bears walked back on the field feeling

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The AAA Okanagan Valley rugby tilt between the Pen High Lakers and Mt. Boucherie Bears didn’t lack a physical presence. Above, Lakers captain Kaitlyn Kennedy, left, tries to fight off a tackle. Below, Adrienne Penner scored her second try to help lead the Lakers win 61-0 on Tuesday.

motivated. One player was being encouraging by saying they were starting 0-0. While they played better defensively, the Lakers still managed 22 points. The Lakers’ Mel MacKay said the Bears gave a good effort and played better, but felt they did too. While the Lakers did good things, MacKay said there is room to improve. Lakers captain Kaitlin Kennedy was proud of her teammates. Find full story in sports at www.pentictonwesternnews.com.

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IN BRIEF Minny Skippers join Vees

The 2013/14 Penticton Vees are starting to take shape. The club announced Wednesday afternoon the commitments of Jack Ramsay and Max Coatta from Minnetonka High School. Ramsey, 17, completed his junior season with the Skippers with nine goals and 27 points in 24 games. The six-foot-two right-winger is a power-forward with vision and hockey sense. Ramsey, the son of former NHLer Mike Ramsay, is committed to suit up for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in 2014.

Coatta, 18, captained the Skippers and finished with 28 goals and 59 points in 27 games. Coatta holds program records in goals (89), assists (101) and points (190) and was plus-125 in 113 career games in his four seasons. Coatta is known for his determined work ethic in all three zones.

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Cole Depner described his first season with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues as a good challenge. “It was a different experience,” he said. “A big jump from midget.”

Unfortunately for Depner, he suffered a back injury after a national game that kept him out the entire season. While it was difficult to go through that, Depner said it was a good experience. “It made me appreciate playing more,” he said. Depner earned a roster spot with the University of Toronto with help from Junior Deleon, his former coach with the South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association Tigers. The two put together a video that impressed the Blues. This season Depner, a catcher, will play with the Kelowna Junior Jays and said it’s a crucial time for him. “It’s a bigger jump, harder than what I’m used to,” said Depner, who will use the opportunity to gauge himself against other players.

On tuesday May 14th I’m asking you to vote for a free enterprise government. since 2001 the BC Liberal Government has invested in a phenomenal amount of infrastructure in our communities of Penticton, summerland, naramata and surrounding rural areas. Investments include new schools like Pen hi and Princess Margaret…along with a substantial upgrade to Okanagan College. Many improvements are not that visible but are critical, such as the completely upgraded water filtration and waste water facilities in Penticton and the brand new water filtration plant in summerland. Don’t forget how naramata’s water issue was solved with a state of the art Ultra Violet water treatment plant and how West Benches water issues are currently being addressed with the help of the Province and Penticton. We should also mention the new seniors housing units, the new skate board park for kids and the ongoing substantial upgrades to our local roads and highways for the safety of citizens. this couldn’t be done without a strong economy and a free enterprise system that helps pay the way. the Government should not operate any different than we have to at home. Reducing expenses and using our resources most efficiently is imperative in today’s world. We had to do this at the City of Penticton and the changes have been very beneficial to the citizens. Penticton was recently recognized by the national taxpayer Magazine as leading the way in Canada and I’m proud of that. My number one priority is the new Penticton hospital tower and I am committed to build it……not just do a renovation as another party has offered. For the last 7 years my colleagues at the RDOs and I have been saving for this day and currently have $27.4 million in our hospital savings account. Contrary to what some have said under my leadership at the RDOs and the City, we have always had the hospital at the top of the list. Even though the current government has stumbled sometimes, like I have also, strong financial management, controlling spending and growing the economy will make all the difference for us and our children’s future. Please consider that I have the experience of local government, know the issues first hand, can hit the ground running and I have a great working relationship with the decision makers in the civil service at the Province. On tuesday, I ask you to vote for Free Enterprise and a government that has a proven track record of improving the life of the citizens in this area. I’m Dan Ashton and I am asking you to vote for a new Liberal Government. thank you Authorized by Jon Milligan Financial Agent 778-476-0911

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Haven Dufty, top right, of the Summerland Secondary School Rockets athletics squad clears the hurdle with ease during her race in the qualifying track and field South Zone Championships at Penticton Secondary School. Winners of the various events advance to the Okanagan Valley Championships. Below, Pen High Laker Holly Perrier gets airborn on this long jump attempt. Perrier qualified for the valley championships in the 400-metre relay race.

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Forty track athletes from Pen High and Summerland Secondary School looked to set new personal bests. The possible reward? A chance to represent the south Okanagan at the valley championship. Pen High Lakers coach Geoff Waterman was impressed with the number of participants they attracted for Tuesdays event. He also was thrilled with what he saw. “I thought the athletes performed very well, both from our team and Summerland,” said Waterman. “It’s really nice to see a resurgence of track and field among our high schools. All the kids had a great time and performed very well.” Qualifying for the Valley championship was Lorreine Stanley in the 100-metre and 400-m hurdles, as well as the 100-m relay and 200-m event and long jump. Tristand Stadnyk was successful in the 110-m and 400-m hurdles. Kyle Hooper in the 100-m and 200-m relay and high jump. In the 100-m relay, Hooper said his 11.5 seconds was his best ever run. “I’m pretty proud of myself for that,” said Hooper, who competed in the Nike High School

Grand Prix in Toronto last spring. “I felt really good. The start was bang. I just feel way better sprinting then I do doing long distance.”

His goal on the day was to gain personal bests and build strong leads on his opposition. “Maybe intimidate somebody else.”

Other Pen High qualifiers were Jake Klan in the 100-m relay and long jump. Keyland Rudolph also qualified in the 100-m and 200-m relay. Maxine Chapman succeeded in the 200-m relay, while Lucas Hooper qualified. Hooper, the brother of Kyle, also qualified for the 400-m relay. He was joined by Justin Schenk. Hannah Lalonde qualified for the 400-m relay and was joined by Holly Perrier. Lalonde also succeeded in the 800-m relay, 1,500-m distance and the race walk. Alyssa Kroeker qualified in the 800-m relay and triple jump. Rob Simmerling has advanced in the 800-m relay and 2,000-m steeple chase. Also going in the 800-m relay are John Crofts and Schenk. In the 1,500-m relay, Lyndell Campbell and Courtney Milligan advanced. Campbell will also compete in the 3,000m distance. Cam Lynka, Richard Xiang and Crofts are going in the 1,500-m relay. Xiang will also be in the 2,000-m steeple chase, while Lynka is in the 3,000-m relay. Kiah Wheeler made her mark in the 3,000-m relay and the race walk. She is also competing in the triple jump. Ekaterina Sergeeva of Skaha Lake Middle School is going for the high jump. Find full story in sports at www.pentictonwesternnews.com.

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Challenge Penticton enjoyed California recruiting trip Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

With 1,200 athletes signed up for Challenge Penticton, general manager Barb Haynes went to the Wildflower triathlon hunting for participants last weekend. “It was great,” said Haynes, during an announcement which the Penticton Hospital-

ity Association donated $35,000 to be used in marketing efforts. “I had a great opportunity to meet athletes.” Haynes was joined by marketing assistant Kelsey Koebel as there were as many as 6,000 athletes there during the May 4 weekend. Haynes said they were able to connect and chat with the athletes.

“We let them know about our race and city,” said Haynes, extending them an invite.”Very successful. Had some confirmations that people were going online to register. Good conversations with sponsors.” Haynes said it is common to go to other locations to recruit athletes and said there are plans to travel to Roth, Germany,

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a.m., a meat draw at 2 p.m. and sing-along at 4 p.m. alcoholicS anonyMouS has its 12 bells group at noon at the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. The Saturday night group meets at 8 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave., and in Summerland, the Grapevine meeting is at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Call service 24-hours is 250-490-9216. anavetS has drop-in pool at 12:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. with entertainment by Almost Alan at 6:30 p.m. fraternal orDer of eagleS has burgers and fries from noon to 4 p.m., beaver races at 4 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. elkS club on Ellis Street has crib at 10 a.m., meat draw at 4:30 p.m., followed by Mother’s Day dinner and dance music with Anita. Mother’S Day Sale-athon is at Parkway School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with 25 vendors and crafters. All proceeds will go towards the Parkway school speed reader board. holy chilD pariSh invites you to the Spring Rummage and Plant Sale with visiting vendors from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 14010 Rosedale Ave. Summerland. the kinnetteS Duck race is at 11 a.m. on the Penticton River Channel at Green Mountain Road. Ducks can be purchased at London Drugs and Murray’s Pizza locations. There will also be a barbecue and family fun. Finish line is at Skaha Lake at approximately 1 p.m. royal lepage realtorS are giving back to support SOWINS with their national garage sale. It will be held at the Penticton

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calendar please call 250-493-7977. elkS CluB on Ellis Street has drop-in blind darts at 7 p.m. Non-members welcome to join. royAl CAnAdiAn legion branch 40 has bridge at 1 p.m., wing night at 4 p.m., as well as an L/A honours and awards night at 4:30 p.m. and darts at 7 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary to the Legion will hold their montly meeting at 2 p.m. at 502 Main St. AnAvetS hAS SPring pool leagues at 7 p.m. Food AddiCtS in reCovery Anonymous is at 6:30 p.m. in Room 103 of the Penticton United Church at 696 Main St. CAre CloSet thriFt Store at 574 Main St. has weekly specials and silent auctions. Open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations are appreciated and new volunteers are always welcome. All proceeds to the local hospital and hospice.

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AlCoholiCS AnonyMouS nux group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Centre at Green Mountain Road and Penticton I.R. Road. Summerland 12 and 12 group at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. in the United Church basement. FitneSS FriendS MeetS at 10 a.m. in the Legion Hall at 502 Martin St. Come, get in shape. Everyone is welcome. South MAin Drop-In Centre has improver line dance at 9 a.m., Scrabble at 10 a.m, carpet bowling at 10:45 a.m., easy to intermediate line dance at 1 p.m., duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. and American Contract Bridge at 7 p.m. PentiCton ACAdeMy oF Music women’s choir rehearses at the Leir House under the direction of Joanne Forsyth from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. New members welcome. For information

Tuesday S outh o kAnAgAn toAStMASterS meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the community services building at 5876 Airport St. in Oliver. Become a more confident speaker. Call Bill at 250-485-0006 or Melba at 250-498-8850 for details. toPS B.C. 4454 has weekly meetings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 445 Ellis St. Use back lane entrance. Meetings are downstairs. Phone Susan at 250-4965931 or Sally at 250-4926556. Al-Anon for friends and family of alcoholics meets at 10:30 a.m. at 2800 South Main St. and 6:45 p.m. at 157 Wade Ave. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian. Call 250-490-9272 for information. South MAin Drop-In Centre has ultra-beginner line dance at 9 a.m., novice bridge at 9:15 p.m., sing-along at 10:30 a.m., partner bridge at 12:45 p.m. and

Tune-Agers Seek Director The well-known Tune-Agers seniors’ choir & orchestra is searching for a new Conductor. Rehearsals are at the Shatford Centre in Penticton, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, September to April. For an interview and further details, please contact Annabelle Redman at 250-492-6662 or email: amredman@shaw.ca

knitting and chrocheting at 1 p.m. 890 Wing oF South Okanagan Air Force Association gets together for a gab and coffee every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at 126 Dakota Ave. PieCeFul evening Quilt Guild meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Penticton Seniors Drop-in Centre at 2965 South Main St. For more info call Sue 250-492-0890, Fran 250497-7850 or Penny-April 250 493-8183. okAnAgAn CAledoniAn PiPe band practises from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Legion hall on Martin Street. All are welcome. P entiCton n AvAl veterAnS meet on the second Tuesday of every month at 1 p.m. at 502 Martin St. FirSt BAPtiSt ChurCh in the Ark at 1498 Government St. has free drop-off program for elementary-aged kids from 2:45 to 5 p.m. A safe place to play games (computers, Wii, PS3, Lego, pool, air hockey), make crafts, gym time, snacks. Everyone is welcome. AlCoholiCS AnonyMouS young person’s group at 7:30 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. Call/text Guy at 250-460-2466 or Niki at 250-460-0798. As well, the beginners’ meeting runs at 8 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church at 157 Wade Ave.

Bodies on Power Toonie Week!

B.C. SPCA has a community market 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1550 Main St. SurvivorShiP FleA MArket is every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1652 Fairview Rd. The market raises funds for team activities and breast cancer awareness. legion lAdieS AuxiliAry has a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. elkS CluB on Ellis Street has dog races at 2:30 p.m. with an M&M food draw. Darts/pool. the SS SiCAMouS is having a high tea from 2 to 4 p.m. and will have one every second Sunday. Tickets are $12 each, with a 10 per cent discount for members. Funds raised will go towards restoration work aboard the ship. To book your place call the ship at 250-492-0403 or email info@sssicamous. ca. okAnAgAn FAllS legion has a fun afternoon starting at 1 p.m.

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the Elks Lodge at 344 Ellis St. in Penticton Tuesdays at 6 p.m. Everyone welcome and donations accepted. overeAterS AnonyMouS MeetS from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Concordia Lutheran Church at 2800 South Main St. AnAvetS has ladies pool night at 6:30 p.m. FrAternAl order oF eAgleS has euchre night at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. royAl CAnAdiAn legion has an L/A executive meeting, service officer at 1 p.m. and pipeband at 6:30 p.m. PentiCton Whole FoodS Market has a free seminar on fibromyalgia, a natural approach from 7 to 8:30 p.m. While event is free, registration is at the door.

CoMInG eVenTs PentiCton And diStriCt Garden Club is having Skies the Limit, a look at the newest trends in container gardening presented by co-president Diane Schlamp during their monthly meeting May 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Penticton library museum auditorium. Visitors welcome. the 16th AnnuAl MeAdoWlArk nAture

Spring Scooter Festival (May 16 to 20) is seeking just a few Sale! more volunteers. If you have a love of nature and MOTORINO ELECTRIC are interested in being involved, then visit www. meadowlarkfestival. bc.ca and click on the volunteer link at the botFinancing available on all inventory, including auto’s. tom of the page. If you have not ordered your This is a proof of * NO LICENSE Meadowlark Festival REQUIRED* above publicatio Tickets, they can be purchased online. Many WE SERVICE mAny modElSany changes clea tours are already sold Designer: Ronda bottom portion out. SuMMerlAnd PleASure Suite 3-1031 W. Eckhardt Ave., Pentictonimmediately to 2 PAinterS will present www.southokanaganauto.com their annual Spring Show and Sale on May 24 to 26. at St. Stephens Anglican Church hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday. All are welcome to view the results of our pleasurable past-time. Tea and refreshments will be available by the church ladies, as well as tours of the historic Anglican Church. Quilt BC Quilt ShoWS Finally a candidate you don’t need to hold you nose to Finally a candidate you don’t need will be at the Penticton Trade and Convention vote for to hold your nose to - vote for Centre May 15 to 17. It Mischa Popoff X is open May 15 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm. Admission is free except And that’s NO BULL! to the National Juried And that’s NO BULL! here in the Boundary-Similkameen Show which is $12. Make historyMake History here in the Merchant Mall with over Boundary-Similkameen. 30 vendors, silent auc- Endorsed by Bill Vander Zalm and Chris Delaney, tions on custom small lead organizer of the anti-HST campaign Endorsed by Bill Vander Zalm bags and small quilts Authorized by K. Kline, Financial agent and Chris Delany, Lead organizer of (Trendtex Challenge). the Anti-HST campaign. May 16 is from 10 a.m. .............................................................................. Authorized by K. Kline, Financial Agent. to 6 p.m. and May 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. LTD.

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QUAD L Enterprises Ltd. has a job opening for a: Vegetation Control Supervisor for the Cariboo Area. Responsibilities are planning and implementation of all aspects of control projects; provide training and supervision to employees; follow all Health, Safety and Environment policies and procedures. The ideal candidate will have several years of experience in the industry, have current safety certifications and Arborist Certification would be an asset. Please email resumes including a current driver’s abstract to hr@isley.ca

We require immediately Class 1 drivers for Canada and US for the following positions: • US Team drivers • Part Time /Casual Drivers for Canada/US • Drivers interested in a truck share program for Canada/US. We supply you with a paid company cell, fuel cards, all paid picks and drops, assigned units and regular home time. All you need is 3 yrs verifiable experience, clean abstract and a good attitude. Please indicate on your resume the position applying for. Please fax resumes and abstracts to 250546-0600, or by email to parris@ricknickelltrucking.com No phone calls please.

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Relief is only a call away! Call 250-979-4357 to set up your FREE consultation in Penticton. Donna Mihalcheon CA, CIRP 33 years experience. BDO Canada Limited. Trustee in Bankruptcy. 200-1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna , BC V1Y 9X1

An Alberta Oilfield Construction Company is hiring dozer, excavator, and labourer/rock truck operators. Lodging and meals provided. Drug testing required. Call Contour Construction (780)723-5051. Busy Salon in Penticton looking for a stylist to join our team, located in a new shopping centre, lots of walk-ins, great opportunity to build a clientele, please contact Judy at (778)476-5777 or email: thegaragehairstudio@live.ca Certified Experienced Traffic Control persons needed, require own transportation, wages DOE. Reliable people need only apply. 250-540-3455 Edo Japan is hiring line cook and kitchen staff, fax Norm 250-487-7655 email: edojapanpenticton@gmail.com

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Nature’s Fare Markets Penticton is now hiring for our supplements department. This position includes assisting customers as well as general daily duties pertaining to this department. A background in supplements is an asset, candidates must be able to work weekends. Nature’s Fare offer’s a competitive starting wage and many other staff initiatives. If you enjoy working in a positive and rewarding environment please drop off resumes to: #104 - 2210 Main St., Penticton or e-mail to: bobbi_krien@naturesfare.com Westminster Party Rentals is now hiring a full-time Counter/Customer Service, Multi-task position, applicants must be able to lift medium to heavy weight casually, hourly wage starts at $12 for the first 6 weeks of training, Apply in person at 357 Okanagan Ave., Pent.

Now Hiring, 426889 BC Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons 8907 Main Street, Osoyoos #150-34017 Hwy 97, Oliver 7710 Prairie Valley Rd, Summerland 1077 Westminster Ave, Penticton 1697 Fairview Road, Penticton #100-2695 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton Food Counter Attendant 20 Positions Available Flex Position: Full Time/Shift Work, Nights/Overnight’s, Early Mornings/Weekends $10.25/hr + Benefits Apply at store Email: b.sym@shaw.ca Fax: 1.778.476.5991 Peters Bros. Paving is accepting applications for employment for the 2013 construction season as well as mechanics and apprentices. Applications can be picked up at 716 Okanagan Ave. E, Penticton, BC between 9:30am and 3pm. No resumes.

Sushi Chef needed, waitress/waiter as well, exp. a must, Jimmy’s Kitchen, #101 Westminster Ave., apply to manager, (250)492-2121

QUESNEL Industrial Transportation is currently hiring drivers for upcoming logging season. Steady work & very competitive compensation package. Please call Dennis @ 1(800)667-3944 or (250)992-2309

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The Kelowna Capital News will have a team walking in the JDRF Walk To Cure Diabetes on June 9. We would love for you to join us in supporting this cause by purchasing a JDRF ad topper for $2 a day or by dropping off a donation in any denomination to us at 2495 Enterprise Way.

Richard William “Rick” Excuse me while I kiss the Sky Richard William Lee of Penticton, B.C. died suddenly of cardiac arrest on Wednesday, May 7th at the Penticton Regional Hospital. He was 62 years old. His brother Gary (Debbie) and sisters Bonnie and Marcy (Gord) will miss his easy laugh, quick wit and kind nature as will his many friends and fellow travellers through life. He will also be missed by his nieces and nephews Jess, Tera, Scott, Jack, Rachel and great nieces and nephews Braeden, Alma, Toby and Ari. He was sadly predeceased by nephew Denver in 1997 and parents Bill and Betty Lee in 2006. Rick was born in Vancouver, B.C. on May 25, 1950 and enjoyed an active, healthy and fun filled childhood within a loving family. He played hockey and baseball, was a Boy Scout and later a Cadet. He excelled at school. He was always popular with his peers, played the drums and enjoyed the music of the day including The Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa. Just as he was approaching adulthood with all the promises of continued successes, he was struck with the debilitating illness schizophrenia which was at the time poorly understood. Rick’s life was altered forever. With incredible strength, perseverance and courage, Rick faced and overcame many challenges. He participated fully in life and was proud of his achievements. A Celebration of his Life will be held at the Providence Park View Funeral Home (1258 Main Street Penticton) on Saturday May 18, 2013 at 1100 am. Instead of flowers donations in his name may be made to the Penticton Chapter of British Columbia Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) at 205 Martin Street Penticton, phone 250-493-7338

Bob Jenkins passed away peacefully with his family by his side on May 4, 2013 in Penticton at the age of 89 years, united once again with the love of his life, Jean. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Patti (Bob) and Susan (Gary); brother Ron (Sandy); grandsons, Curtis (Lesley), Chris (Theresa), Brian; granddaughter, Carrie (Kelly) and great granddaughters, Chelsea and Lily (soon to be born). He was sadly predeceased by his wife Jean, his mother, father and two brothers. Dad was a proud Navy Veteran and was the founding President of the Penticton Naval Veterans Association. After his service, Dad traveled north to Port Radium, N.W.T. on Great Bear Lake where he met Mom. Dad’s work life included working for Eldorado Mining & Refining in Port Radium, Edmonton, Calgary and Eldorado, Sask. He then moved the family to Penticton in 1963 where he worked for the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #40 and finished his work career with Interior Contracting Ltd. During their married life they raised two daughters, seven dogs and four horses. Dad (Papa) was all about family, loved the outdoors and all animals, touched the lives of many and will remain forever in our hearts. Somewhere under a bluer sky, In a higher realm than where eagles fly, In a land of beauty beyond all knowing, With trees and flowers and water flowing, And mountains of unearthly grace, Our loving Lord has made a place… And one day, through an open door, We find that glorious ever more.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Everden Rust Funeral Chapel (1130 Carmi Ave., Penticton) on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SPCA. Condolences may be shared by visiting www.everdenrust.com. EVERDEN RUST FUNERAL SERVICES 250-493-4112


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SUNSHINE Glass and Mirror, a local Penticton glass shop is looking for a full-time employee. A construction or automotive background is an asset. Must be in good physical condition and hold a valid BC drivers licence with a clean abstract. Please email resume’s to sunshineglass@telus.net or fax to (250) 492-3924. The Opal Night Club is taking applications for Head Bartender, bartenders & servers, will be interviewing on Wed-ThursFri, noon-6pm, apply in person, 535 Main St., Penticton Westminster Party Rentals has a position open for a laundry/pressing multi tasking individual immed. Please apply in person w/resume at 357 Okanagan Ave, Penticton

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Oliver Flea Market Indoor & Outdoor Sat. & Sun. 8am-4pm 6005 Station Street Ph: 250-506-0000. Concession on site New vendors Welcome.

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Meadowvale Construction Reno’s, additions, new construction, bathrooms, tile, roofing & more, over 35 yrs experience, call Mark (250)809-8425

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Farm Equipment Surplus Farm Equip., 32’ Sprayteck boom sprayer, Tjets, $600, 6’ Terra Nova rototiller, $1800, 6’ wide land roller, water filled, $1800, 3 bottom John Deere hydraulic plow, $600, 11’ Brouer 5 gang reel mower, $800, 18’ Calkins skew treader, rotary harrow, $1500, Allis Chalmers PTO hay rake (antique), $300, assorted harrows, assorted sheep fence, 250-498-3094

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Yard Sale, Sat., May 11, 8amnoon, something for everyone, 186 Chatham Pl., no early birds

Heavy Duty Machinery 204 Excavator + attachments; 2004 gravel box for tandem truck; Palfinger Crane 36 ton, fits tandem truck; 2004 Volvo Loader, Lowbed trailer. Call 250-309-0404 A-STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’53 in stock. SPECIAL 44’ x 40’ Container Shop w/steel trusses $13,800! Sets up in one day! 40’ Containers under $2500! Call Toll Free Also JD 544 & 644 wheel loaders JD 892D LC Excavator Ph. 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com SCRAP PAPPY Will pay cash for oversized scrap steel, cats, yarders, saw mill equipment, farm equipment, etc. All insurance in place to work on your property. 250-260-0217

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“Serving the Okanagan Valley” HOME RENOVATIONS Bathrooms • Basements • Decks/Fences Vinyl Decking • Landscaping 250-488-5338 www.cactusvc.com

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Musical Instruments Guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, band & string instruments, music books & access., music lessons, sales & rentals, Skaha Sound, 51 Nanaimo Ave. E, 250-492-4710

Real Estate

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1042 Government Street Upper floor, 4 bedroom, 4 appliances, utilities included. $1,400 1042 Government Street 2 bedroom bsmt. suite 4 appliances, utilities included. $1,100

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Acreage for Sale 6.44 acres Arrow Lakes Area, well & road to site for trailer $96,600. 250-269-7328 Pic’s email selkirk8@telus.net

Apt/Condos for Sale 2bdrm, 1bath, big living room & kitchen, hardwood floors, ceramic tile in Kitchen & bath, between Cherry Lane & Safeway, 206-1820 Atkinson St., $200,000 (neg). 250-770-8730

For Sale By Owner 3 bdrm home w/full basement on 1/3 acre, quiet area, great location, tool shed & sharpening shop (will train),carport + garage, $385,000, 1288 Lyon St., Penticton, (250)493-9320

483 Maurice St. - Penticton Open House, Sat., May 11 11 AM - 1 PM Phase 2 now complete. Top 5 nalist for Okanagan, Provincial & National Awards. Luxury 2BR, 3 bath townhouse, Lg. dbl. garage. Low Strata fees. 250-492-6756 ******* OKHomeseller.com View Okanagan properties for sale by owner. Selling? No Commission. 250-545-2383, 1-877-291-7576 PRIME LAKEVIEW LOTS from $140,000. www.orlandoprojects.com Also: 1 precious 3 acre parcel, owner financing. 250-558-7888

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250-493-6751 RETIRE IN Beautiful Southern BC, Brand New Park. Affordable Housing. COPPER RIDGE. Manufactured Home Park, New Home Sales. Keremeos, BC. Spec home on site to view. Please call 250-4627055. www.copperridge.ca

1bdrm, $700+util., 2bdrm, $825 incl. cable, + util., adult/senior oriented, clean, quiet, cat ok, 250-492-7328 2bdrm, adult oriented, quiet, ns, no pets, 285 Edmonton Ave., $795, Dennis at Realty Executives, 250-488-5678 2bdrm, great location, private parking, quiet, secure building, large storage room, laminate floors, $850, heat/cable incl., cat ok with dep., ns, 250-4887902 2 BR Condo DT Penticton, newly reno’d, clean quiet Adult Bldg np/ns, avail May 1. $775 + util; 1yr lse. 250-770-2003 Clean 1BDRM Apt, central location, $625/mo. +util., avail. June 1, 250-492-7129 FURNISHED or un-furnished apt’s for rent in Princeton Avail. now, need excellent ref’s & DD. No pets. $450 & up. Call 250-295-1006 leave a message. SUMMERLAND. seniors 55+, retire with us! Bright spacious 2-bdrm townhome wonderfully updated in quiet area of town, walking distance to everything you need. Huge balcony, $860/mo includes lawn care and lots of parking. On-site owner, N/S, N/P, references. 250-404-0327 or 490-1739.

1300sqft, Downtown Penticton, 462 Main St., parking in front & back, can be split into 2 units, 250-460-2499 485 Warren Ave E, 2345 sq.ft., high profile corner building, shop, new lighting, new offices, 3 phase power, 10x10 overhead door, shop w/ 1 tonne center pole jib crane, etc. Pent. (250)490-9016, dana@trucktransformer.com 800 sqft Shop, front exposure, o/h door, parking, $475mo. + triple net, (250)492-8324, 250809-0728 PRIME Commercial Spaces: 2300sqft. in busy Plaza, ample parking, also 770sqft., in OK Market for food-related retail business, Barb 250-492-6319

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2bdrm 2bath unit, laminate floors, central location, private parking, cat ok with deposit, $900/mo., 250-488-7902 4bdrm Duplex, 4appl., by Columbia School, ns, np, (250)493-2342, leave msg. large 3bdrm, 2bath, 2 dens, laundry rm, garage, on bus route, near H & shoppping, ns, np, $1250, (250)492-9692

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Newly reno’d 2bd West Kel. unit Avail. June 1st Can walk to shops, bus,schools & rec centre , 5 appls, incl new w/d. A/C. 1 level. Free prkng NS, NP.$900 + utils, 250-767-6330

Homes for Rent 1 bdrm house in Summerland. Full bath, F/S, parking. $700/mo includes util. Avail. immed., Ref’s req’d. Call 250494-7920 or cell 250-487-9447 1bdrm log house in Olalla, avail. June 1, $700+util, (250)809-2743

3 bdrm, 2.5 bath w/bonus room above the 22x26 oversized garage/ workshop. Interior completely repainted, gas fireplace, formal dining room and large kitchen. Paved parking for 5 vehicles plus RV parking. Fully landscaped with underground irrigation and mature shrubs. Enjoy the fully fenced backyard on the large deck. 10x10 garden shed, new gas furnace/air conditioner and exterior paint in Sept. 2012.

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Suites, Lower 1bdrm daylight basement, close to Wiltse Elem. Sch., N/S, N/P, prefer mature responsible person, ref’s req., $650 incl. util., (250)493-5630 Fully furnished in-law suite, prefer working adult, n/s, n/p, $800/mo. Avail June 01

1010 WESTMINSTER AVE. W. PHONE: 250-493-7121 www.murraygmpenticton.ca 1999 Toyota Corolla LE, 4dr, excellent cond., auto, ac, winter/summer tires, 144,000kms, $3500, (250)492-8543 2000 Red Mustang, 146,000 kms, standard, good cond, Asking $5,000. 250-542-8032 2010 SUBARU FORESTER 2.5XS in excellent condition; Jade green; UNDER 25000 kms; Car Fax avail. $22,500 (250) 809-8420 /770-8110

Oyama: Lrg 2bdrm basement suite, N/S, N/P. $1000/mo. Jerry 250-549-0224

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1997 Subaru Impreza, 2 door, 197,000 kms, $4000, 250-4626275

LARGE 2bdrm upper suite, creekside, private, w/d, ns, np $895, util incl., 250-809-5156

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Auto Accessories/Parts Used Tires, Huge Selection of used tires and wheels in stock. We might have what you need. Prices vary according to size and quality. Starting at $25.00. Call us or drop in to Larsens Excel 555 Okanagan Ave East 250-492-5630 Penticton

Motorcycles 2003 Harley Davidson 883 Sportster, screaming eagle pipes, new rear tire, 9045 miles, immaculate. $5800. (250)549-3662

Recreational/Sale 1978 Okanagan Camper, 8 ft (lightweight), comes with Ice box, 3 burner stove & aluminum folding steps, asking $850 OBO, 250-488-9899

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Downtown: 1 bdrm, f/s, a/c Fairview Exec. Condo: 1 bdrm, w/large den, f/s, pkg and deck. Utilities and w/d, d/w, a/c, gated parking, storage and small cable included. $650 yard. Some pets okay. $925, incl. water.

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Quebec St., lower 3 bdrm duplex, new kitchen cabinets & some new flooring, f, s, w, d. Avail. NOW (H721-1) $950 By Safeway & downtown, 2 bdrm upstairs of home, shared laundry, laminate floors. Avail. NOW (H673-1) $950 Reno’d 3 bdrm, 1.5 bathroom, large suite in 4 plex, extra storage, fp, f, s, d/w, central air. Avail. May 1 (H691-1) $1400 St. Andrews, private, 3 bdrm, 2 bath, 5 appl, incl unlimited golf, 1 year lease. Avail. NOW (OT570) Prospective tenants must complete an application form at:

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LOWERED ‘93 SIERRA 2wd, 350ci, automatic, 2 door, extended cab, short box. Power windows & locks. Custom grille, tail lights & paint. 230,000km. Ready for Spring! $3,900. (Kelowna) Phone Derek: 250-718-4969

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1981 Dodge Camper Van, f/s, heat, flush toilet, 2 water tanks clean. $5740. 250-546-7807 1995 Citation Supreme 26’-RL 5th Whl, Loaded, lrg f/s, m/w, winter pkg incl, Bathrm/shower sep. Exc cond. $12,000 obo. 250-542-2838 1998 23ft Sportsman 5th Wheel, sleeps 6, Q bed, lots of storage, awning, well looked after, hitch included, $5600, 250-494-1396 2007 Big Horn 5th wheel, 38’, 4 slides, Maytag HE washer, king bed, Island kitchen, Corian counters, F.P., skirted & set up by lake in RV park in Oliver, $35,500, 250-498-0848 2011 Wildcat 5th Wheel, length 31”, 3 slides, warranty until 2017, sleeps 6, includes TV, fireplace freestanding table and much more. Asking $31,500 obo. Contact at 778439-2132. Class A Motorhome, 454 eng. tow pkg, 80,000 kms, new tires, brakes, new bed, very clean, $10,000, 250-488-4139 Westland RV Manufacturing, from custom building to major repairs, insurance claims and renovations, free estimates, reasonable rates, seniors discounts available, for all your RV needs, call 250-493-7445

Scrap Car Removal ARMOUR TOWING Scrap Removal,Will meet or beat all competitors pricing, 250-801-4199 Scrap car removal, will pay up to $120.We are licensed & insured, more weight, more money,250-328-8697, Pent.

Sport Utility Vehicle 1998 Ford Explorer, runs good, clean vehicle, power everything, new tires, V8, awd, $3400 obo, 250-488-2102 2002 Ford Explorer Ltd 4x4, V8, auto, fully loaded, excellent condition, senior quitting driving, $4950, no reasonable offer refused, (778)476-1696 2003 Toyota 4 Runner Limited, 275,000 km hwy miles. V8, FT 4 Wheel Drive, leather, full option load inc sun roof. All options work, no cd changer. Clean interior, motor and drive train excellent. Well maintained, $9000. In Penticton. call 250-462-4441

Trucks & Vans 2004 Freestar 4.2L, 125kms, loaded, safetied March 2012, mostly highway miles, $5400 obo, (778)515-2524 2006 E-350 Cargo Van, 124K, roof rack, air/cruise/tilt, $9,500.obo 1 (250)307-0002 2007 Lincoln Mark LT 4x4 PU, totally loaded, beautiful cond., like new, senior no longer driving, $23,300 , no reasonable offer refused, (778)476-1696

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Boats 1989 20’ Aqua Star Bowrider with trailer, 350 inboard/outboard GREAT Shape $8500, (250)488-2471

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N EW W A ST EW A TER TR EA T M EN T P L A NT I NFO R M AT IO N S E S SIO N Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 7–9 p.m. Okanagan Falls Seniors Centre 1128 Willow St., Okanagan Falls Our new wastewater treatment plant which replaced a system that was incapable of keeping up with the community's current wastewater demands, is now online and accepting wastewater. I invite all Okanagan Falls residents to join us for at an information session about this new facility. A discussion about an accompanying increase in sewer utility rates and the reasons behind these rate increases will be included. For more information, contact Director Tom Siddon at 250-809-2548 or tsiddon@rdos.bc.ca

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Police suspect rat traps to blame for dogs’ deaths Kristi Patton Western News Staff

A West Bench resident still stands by his belief that someone poisoned his dogs, despite what RCMP say. Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said Penticton RCMP did go to the property to do an investigation and found three older rat traps on the man’s property. “It is unknown whether they got into that or what. It is an unfortunate situation but we

weren’t able to establish whether someone had deliberately poisoned his dogs,” said Dellebuur. “The rat traps were older ones and we don’t know if they had something in them or not.” Dellebuur added RCMP have not received any other complaints of animals being poisoned. Last week Dan Bitor went through the devastating process of having to see two of his dogs euthanized. On April 22, he left his dogs outside within his fenced yard while he went fishing. Within 72 hours all four of his beloved pets be-

came severely ill, coughing up blood. Bitor said the vet tests came back positive for rodenticide, or rat poison. Two of his other dogs were also poisoned but managed to pull through. “(RCMP) are blaming it on the rat traps that the regional district put in, well those things are three-quarters buried in leaves and still are. There is no evidence of the dogs mucking around in there. I just can’t believe they blew off the whole thing by saying that. I am disappointed and it is frustrating,” said Bitor.

The dog owner said he is in the pesticide business, but it is for fruit trees, and those chemicals are stored away. He said the dogs coughed up blood and that is typical of how rodenticide attacks animals, whereas the pesticides for trees wouldn’t have caused that reaction. “What if this happens again to me or someone else? If they had got into these traps they would have been so trampled and the grass would have been pulled away, it would have been clear evidence and there isn’t.”

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This card tells you where you can vote in the 2013 Provincial General Election. Take it with you when you go vote. If you do not have this card, visit the Elections BC website at elections.bc.ca, or call 1-800-661-8683 (toll-free).

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Option 1 A single document issued by the Government of BC or Canada that contains the voter’s name, photograph and residential address, such as a BC driver’s licence, BC Identification Card (BCID), or BC Services Card. Option 2 A Certificate of Indian Status as issued by the Government of Canada. Option 3 Two documents that together show the voter’s name and residential address. Both documents must show the voter’s name. At least one of the documents must also contain the voter’s residential address. Please note: Digital or electronic documents (e.g. e-bills) are acceptable. Hand-written information on a document, photocopies or electronic scans/photos of a paper document are not acceptable. The following are examples of the document types authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer for the purposes of voter identification (the list of documents is illustrative, not exhaustive). Other specific documents (not listed below) may be authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer. For questions about the acceptability of a specific document, please contact Elections BC. Government-issue identity document Examples: healthcare card, birth certificate, Social Insurance Card, passport, citizenship document/certificate, Old Age Security Identification Card, Canadian Forces identification, Firearm Acquisition Certificate, firearm Possession and Acquisition Licence, Veterans Affairs Canada Health Care Identification Card, Correctional Service Canada Offender Identification Card.

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Option 4 Voters without identification can be vouched for by a voter in their electoral district who has identification, or a direct family member or someone who has legal authority to make personal care decisions for the voter. Future Voters Elections BC encourages you to bring your children with you when you vote. Show tomorrow’s voters how our electoral process works. Any Questions? For more information visit Elections BC’s website at elections.bc.ca or call toll-free 1-800-661-8683.

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Speaker shares tragic tale Kristi Patton Western News Staff

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JohN Westhaver, ICBC road safety speaker, shares his story of surviving a fiery high-speed vehicle crash in which his three high school friends died to students at Princess Margaret secondary school last week.

Suffering burns to 75 per cent of his body and 40 surgeries later, John Westhaver shared his story of making choices to Princess Margaret Secondary school choices. It was almost 20 years ago that Westhaver and his friends were in a car crash that only he walked away from. Dealing with injuries that have physically changed him was not the worst of it. “I know what it is like to wake up from a coma, realizing you’re now a burn survivor and you’ll never look the same again, then finding out your friends are killed and never being able to say goodbye,” said Westhaver. “I know what that is like and I don’t wish this upon anybody.” Westhaver was an 18-year-old high school student in New Brunswick hanging out with friends when the driver, who was speeding, lost control of the vehicle which resulted in a fiery crash. He told the intently listening crowd of Grade 11 and 12 students last week at

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