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Rare bird spotted near Wells Gray Park Above: Rick Howie (foreground) looks at a black-headed grosbeak as he shows how to watch birds during a Wells Gray World Heritage Year event last weekend. Close to 20 people attended an information lecture on Saturday evening in the Upper Clearwater Hall. Half that number took part in a field trip on Sunday morning in the area around the hall. They saw about 30 species during the session. The blackheaded grosbeak (right) is usually found further south in Washington, Oregon and California. It was a first-in-a-lifetime sighting for at least one experienced birder in the group. For information about the next World Heritage Year event, see page A3 inside. Photos by Keith McNeill
A proposed co-terminus fire service could bring fire protection to communities such as Birch Island – but there are no guarantees it would reduce fire insurance rates. The service would result in a tax increase for those living in the affected area of $114 for a $100,000 house, said Ron Storie, manager of community services at Thompson-Nicola Regional District. The basic idea would be to provide continuous fire protection along Highway 5 from McLure to Vavenby, Storie told a public meeting held at the Clearwater Legion on June 11. Presently there are fire departments in McLure, Barriere, Little Fort, Blackpool, Clearwater and Vavenby. However, there is no fire protection for people living in the gaps between the areas serviced by those departments. “Often people do not realize that when you call 911 in a rural area, the fire service is not there,” Storie said. There aren’t enough people and isn’t a big enough tax base to justify setting up fire departments in the gaps, he said. Instead, what is being proposed is that the fire departments from the adjoining communities would provide fire protection on a contract basis. They would be paid roughly $700 per hour for each callout. The tax money collected would go towards paying for any callouts, plus the cost of installing several “dry hydrants” or underground water storage tanks at strategic locations in the gaps to be protected. The department from the nearest community would be the primary responder while the one from the next nearest would provide backup. For example, if there was a structural fire in the western part of Birch Island, Clearwater Fire Department would respond with a fire engine, water tanker and crew. Vavenby Fire Department would provide backup with a water tanker. If the fire was on the eastern side of the gap between the Clearwater and Vavenby fire protec-
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tion districts, then Vavenby would provide a fire engine, water tanker and crew, while Clearwater would provide backup with a water tanker. The four dry hydrants would be 10,000 gallon steel or fibreglass water tanks buried in the ground to prevent freezing. Sites where they would be located have been tentatively located. The proposal would result in continuous fire protection from along the Highway 5 corridor from the south boundary of McLure Fire Protection Area to the north boundary of Vavenby Fire Protection Area. Also included would be Roundtop Road, Birch Island, and the Birch Island -Vavenby Lost Creek Road. Storie cautioned that, if the fire department concerned was already involved in a fire within its existing fire protection district, there was no guarantee that it could provide a timely response to a fire in one of the new co-terminus fire zones. Similarly, the TNRD could not guarantee that being within a co-terminus fire zone would result in reduced fire insurance rates, he said. He advised those affected to check with their insurance companies or brokers to find out. Approval for the proposed co-terminus fire protection service would by petition, said Liz Cornwell, TNRD manager of legislative services. That means that, for the taxation changes to go ahead, at least 50 per cent of residents plus non-resident property owners in the affected areas must sign a petition in favor of the service. Those signing must also represent at least 50 per cent of the net taxable value within the affected areas. If there are two owners, then both must sign, she said. If there are more than two, then the majority must sign. Deadline to get the petition completed will be Aug. 9. If the petition is successful, then staff will present a bylaw to the TNRD board for approval later this year, and the new tax would begin in 2014. For an additional story and a map of the proposed service areas, see page A11 inside.
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Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline spills near Merritt ered and initiated excavation and repair work, which is underway as we speak, said Galarnyk. Kinder Morgan’s “We identified this release, we TransMountain pipeline sprung determined that it was minor in a leak last week southwest of nature and we responded immeMerritt, B.C. The company says diately by shutting the line down the spill has been contained with a revised estimate of six barrels of and initiating repairs,” Galarnyk said. oil spilled. That amounts to just The size of the area they under 1,000 litres. identified on the surface was two Kinder Morgan’s original estimetres wide by two metres long, mate had the spill amount at 12 Galarnyk said. barrels – or 2,000 litres of crude He said at this point in time oil – spilled. the cause of the leak is unknown. Kinder Morgan media rela“That’s something that’s still tions spokesman Andrew under investigation and we won’t Galarnyk said the company had know for certain for some time maintenance crews in the area where the oil spill was discovered. yet,” Galarnyk said. Although he did not know On Wednesday, June 12, a crew how old this specific section of member noticed what looked like the TransMountain pipe is, (as a patch of crude oil on the rightvarious repairs and maintenance of-way. Upon further investigation, the substance was confirmed has been done on the pipeline over the years) Garanyk did say to be crude oil and as a precauthe pipeline in general has been in tion the pipeline was shut down, operation since 1953. Galarnyk said. “It’s in a remote area, there are “The product appeared to be no nearby residents. Any neighisolated and we had crews on bours who were within a kilosite. We notified the regulatory metre of the right-of-way were authorities of what was discovnotified yesterday as well as local authorities, police and fire, but there’s certainly no risk to human health and the area is safe,” Galarnyk said He said Kinder Morgan also notified its shippers of the We will be short-term shutclosed June 28 & open July 1 down. Advertising deadline for the July 4 paper will be Monday noon
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“We’re hoping to get it back up and running as soon as possible. For a short-term shutdown there’s no impact on the market or on consumers, but at the same time, we need to work with the National Energy Board before we can put the line back into service,” Galarnyk said. He said unfortunately spills like this sometimes happen but it’s something they are prepared to handle. “We train regularly for this. We are prepared in the rare occasions that these events do occur and I think we continue to provide the assurances that we do take the operation and the safety, and the maintenance of our pipeline and
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School music programs facing challenges The pending retirement of teacher Bruce Whitelaw means the prizewinning music programs at Clearwater’s elemen-
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the surrounding community seriously,” Galarnyk said. On Thursday morning, the National Energy Board said it was responding to a “crude oil release” on the pipeline, and that it had yet to determine the size of the spill. The NEB said in a press release that it received an incident report late Wednesday afternoon, and the pipeline has been shut down to prevent more oil from being released into the environment. “There is no immediate safety concern for local residents and precautions are being taken to ensure continued public safety,” the NEB said in a press release. “Our emergency response team is on site,” NEB communications
tary and secondary schools are under threat. “There definitely will be a program but it will possibly be changed,” said North Thompson school trustee John Harwood. “I understand there are 26 kids signed up for the guitar program at Clearwater Secondary School,” he noted. Enrolment in the high school’s band program for next September, however, was low. Whether the band program at Raft River Elementary will go ahead is similarly uncertain. Harwood said he has been working with the principals as well as other school district staff to see if there could be a shared band program with Barriere.
One difficulty is that Barriere Secondary has not had a band program for years. Many elementary schools in School District 73 also do not have band programs, he added. Another difficulty is that the secondary schools are on rotating timetables while the elementary schools are not. There is also the question of whether a qualified band teacher is available.
Harwood noted that the school district cannot dictate to the principals how to staff their schools. With 51 schools, that would lead to chaos, he said. Getting enough secondary school students to sign up for a band program offered during regular school hours can be a challenge. “There are only so many hours in a rotation,” Harwood said. “Some want more academics, some want more trades, and that takes the numbers out of mainstream electives.” Part of the solution might be to have one or more students from the secondary school help out with the band program at Raft River. Those students would then receive credits for their work. Also uncertain
is the future of the string band program being taught by Sandy Crane. Although a highly qualified musician, Crane is not a certified teacher, Harwood said. That meant he had to be supervised by Bruce Whitelaw while he taught violin and cello. If the string band program at the schools ended there would be no reason why young people could not continue to take instruction from Crane, but on a private basis, said the school trustee. Possibly the students could receive school credit for what they learn, he said. This would be similar to the credits given to students at CSS who take courses from TRU that are not taught by a certified teacher.
Clearwater Times Thursday, June 20, 2013
Learn about lichen with Trevor Goward Times Staff The next Wells Gray World Heritage Year event will be a field course on June 21, 22 and 23 about lichens to be put on by Trevor Goward. Recent research has shown Wells Gray Park and its vicinity to be a major global hotspot for lichen diversity, according to Goward, who is one of the world’s top lichen experts. This unexpected finding was released online recently by Trevor Goward and Curtis Björk, who have been studying the lichen flora of the Clearwater Valley for several years. In their report, the two lichen experts list 425 noncrustose lichen species in an area less than one-fifth the size of Prince Edward Island. “We’re not sure yet about the Trevor Goward crustose lichens,” says Goward, “but it’s clear that the Wells Gray – Clearwater area supports more species of noncrustose than any area of comparable size on earth.” Lichens are “meta-organisms” that have evolved from fungi and algae growing in close symbiosis with one another. “Some scientists refer to lichens as fungi that have discovered agriculture,” says Goward, “but you could as easily
think of them as algae that have discovered domestication! At any rate, everybody agrees that they’re unique within the living world”. Why does the Wells Gray area support such a rich lichen flora? “Nobody really knows,” said Goward. “One possibility is that many species have found their way here from nearby areas. Wells Gray is at the northern end of Canada’s richest – and tightest – assemblage of life zones, so possibly this area gets inoculated from time to time by lichens more characteristic of life zones not specifically represented here”. “The discovery of high biodiversity for lichens bodes well for our eventual bid to have Wells Gray declared a World Heritage Site,” said Tom Dickinson, dean of science at Thompson Rivers University and a member of the Wells Gray World Heritage Committee. “We’re still some years away from putting together a formal proposal, but there’s no doubt that every piece of information of this kind will help us make a stronger case.” To bring attention to this milestone announcement, Goward is offering a weekend lichen workshop as part of Wells
Vavenby Store shuts its doors ists, is busy creating a wolf howling at the moon from one of stumps. He began on June 11 with a chainsaw and moved on to an angle grinder for the rough stuff. Manthei is now sculpting the finer details with a Dremel tool. He works four hours a day and about one hour in the evening. The second stump will be turned into a wolf cub looking at its mom. Manthei feels the project will take about one to two more weeks to complete.
Some of the towns residents got a shock when they went to the general store on Thursday, June 13, only to find that its owner Debbie Barrett has closed its doors permanently. Seven part-time employees are now without a job. It's a great inconvenience for the mill workers who depended on it A sign on the door at Vavenby General Store says the for their lunches and business is closed until further notice. The store is for the town resilisted for sale with a local realtor for $459,000. dents to get their gas. Photo by Robyn Rexin Everyone will now have to go to Birch Island, Clearwater, or elsewhere for their gas and groceries. The twoVavenby students graduate from high school year closure of the mill did not help business. Four of the Clearwater Secondary School grads for 2013 attended Vavenby Elementary Carving shows wolf howling School: Landon Bellows, Marshall James (Jim) Evans, who lives on Ruby Peebles, Glen Dohms, and Chance Tobin. Road in Vavenby, recently cut down two of Congratulations to you all and good luck the trees on his property. with your future plans. Ecki Manthei, one of Vavenby's local artIt’s not what you earn, it’s what you keep
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Volunteers Needed for Seniors Mobility Study The Community Development Institute of the University of Northern British Columbia in collaboration with the District of Clearwater and the local Age-Friendly Community Committee is undertaking a community research based project to explore seniors' mobility needs, barriers and the supports that exist in Clearwater. The study is looking for 16 participants to give their input and to share their experiences and provide expertise on seniors mobility needs, supports and challenges in the summer and winter in Clearwater. For more information, please call Shelley Sim at 250 674 3286. This is a very worthy study that will help shape our community for the future. Canada Day Celebrations Mark your calendars to come out and celebrate Canada Day at the beach on July 1st. There will be canoeing, face painting, music, games on the beach, Barbeque and Cupcakes. Join the fun to celebrate Canada’s birthday. Property Taxes The District of Clearwater has sent out the 2013 Property Tax Notices. If you have not received your tax notice in the mail please contact the District office at 250.674.2257 to ensure that your correct address is registered with the office. In order to avoid a penalty and interest charges your taxes must be paid by July 2nd, 2013. If you are eligible for a Home Owners Grant be sure to bring it to the District Office as soon as possible. Payment can be made at the District office by cash, cheque or debit card, or you may make payment using the internet through your online banking. Outdoor Fires – Fire ban Open burning of dry garden and yard refuse is banned within the District of Clearwater June 15th until October 1st. Upcoming Meetings of Council July 9th, 2013 – Economic Development and Finance and Audit Committee meeting – 5:00 July 9th, 2013 – Regular Council meeting – 7:00pm August 20th, 2013 – Infrastructure/Parks and Recreation Committee meeting – 5:00pm August 20th, 2013 – Regular Council meeting – 7:00pm Civic address: 132 Station Road Box 157, Clearwater,B.C. V0E 1N0 Office hours: Monday - Friday 8:30 - 4:30 District Office Ph: 250-674-2257 • Fax: 250-674-2173 email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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“ Don't forget two things I'm going to tell you. One, don't believe everything that's written about you. Two, don't pick up too many checks.” - Babe Ruth, baseball player editorial by keith mcNeill
Co-terminus fire protection service deserves a signature
Hidden tax hikes hurt small business Editor, The Times:
MP Cathy McLeod talks a lot about the federal budget, but she has been noticeably silent on its hidden tax increases on small business — so Liberal MPs are speaking up. Small businesses and the people who work in them are the lifeblood of our communities — every year they create half of all new jobs in Canada and account for 40 per cent of our GDP. Their success is critical
to getting local economies moving again. Yet in the budget, the Conservatives are hitting small business owners with a tax increase that will cost them over $2.3 billion over the next five years. The government is once again choosing to hike taxes—not lower them. This comes on top of another Conservative hike to payroll taxes — their third Employment Insurance premium
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increase so far — charges that are literally a tax on hiring more workers. The budget also risks undermining rural entrepreneurs’ access to capital by raising taxes on credit unions, making it tougher for them to compete against the big banks. All of these changes make it more expensive to own and run your own business. As a former small business owner myself, I understand some of the challenges facing community shops, restaurants, cafes and other businesses. That’s why Liberals want government to be a thoughtful advocate for small businesses— and not to hinder them by adding to their tax burden.
Joyce Murray, MP Liberal Party of Canada Critic for Small Business
Congratulations to our North Thompson politicians and fire chiefs, plus the staff at Thompson-Nicola Regional District, for persistently pushing for a co-terminus fire protection service for the Valley. This project has been at least 25 year in the making, but it now appears that it finally will begin to produce fruit. During that time there have been a number of tragic fires involving structures outside any designated fire protection area. Given the distances and necessary time delays, there are no guarantees that those tragedies could have been avoided if the proposed co-terminus strategy had been in effect. Many people, especially those recently from an urban environment, mistakenly think that, if they have a fire, the fire department will come to help them, no matter where they live. This is not the case. If you live outside of a designated fire protection area and your home catches fire, chances are you will be on your own. Depending on the circumstances, the Forest Service might or might not show up. However, their mandate would be to keep the fire from spreading into the adjacent trees. They are not
set up to fight structure fires and certainly are not trained or equipped to enter a burning building to do a rescue. The proposed co-terminus fire protection service would not be as good as having a firehall down the street, but it would be a good second best. Let’s say your workshop catches fire. The firefighters might not arrive in time to save the building, but they might be able to prevent the fire from taking out your house as well. Similarly, if someone is trapped inside a burning building, there is no guarantee the firefighters would be able to save him or her. On the other hand, without the proposed fire service, it is an absolute guarantee that there would be no one on the scene trained and equipped to do the job. The proposed co-terminus fire service would have a modest cost and potentially big rewards. Whether it goes ahead or not depends on whether those living in the areas affected (and those who own property there) will sign their names on the petition calling for the service. We encourage all those concerned to consider the alternatives carefully before making up their minds.
Rambling man receives his reply Editor’s Note: The following letter is in reply to Jim Lamberton’s letter (Rambling Man Sets The Record Straight) in our June 13 issue.
Editor, The Times:
Dear Jim, Thanks for the advice. I found a nice cave next to the repeater station on Clearwater Peak. I can already feel its
chelating effects. As the lead dissipates I realize two things, it’s why my Dad used to yell at me to “Get the lead out!”, and why the old name for lead was Plumbum (Pb). Wes stopped head-banging long enough to send his regards.
Bob Mackenzie Clearwater, B.C.
MP frustrated by Senate allegations Editor, The Times:
Recently I have heard from constituents expressing their outrage over recent events involving four Senators and the former Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office. Firstly, I hope the actions of these few individuals don’t lead you to paint all
Senators with the same brush. We are fortunate to have Senators like Nancy Greene Raine who are dedicated to serving the people of British Columbia and Canada with integrity and honour. In regards to the recent allegations, all taxpayers are right-
fully intolerant of any abuse of their hard earned dollars, and this case is no different. I am equally frustrated and unhappy with these allegations of abuse of public funds. I am troubled that Parliament is constrained by a set of legislative rules that do not allow us to remove
someone from public office for a breach of trust. However, if someone is in contravention of the law there are a number of actions that can be taken. As this situation continues to unfold, we must understand that one of Canada’s continued on page A5
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Clearwater Times Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Do you have any special plans to celebrate Canada Day?
Wendy Martinello (with Snooky):
I'll be getting together with my son. He was born on Canada Day. Now he lives in Kamloops.
I'm going to go to my niece's wedding in Grande Prairie with my girlfriend from Vancouver. We're going to do some sightseeing on the way.
I'm just doing everything for Father's Day at the firehall and I haven't thought that far ahead.
I'll be going away to Surrey. I hope everybody will be well ... and rich, everybody wants to be rich.
Bob (Robert) Jones:
I used to, when I was with the wife. Being a veteran I can see a lot of things that could be done but, at the moment, I haven't got anything planned.
Rambling Man says he's not a global warming denier Editor, The Times
The Power of the Press Re the June 13 editorial, “Climate Change Sceptics Need to Provide an Alternative Explanation”. Keith, let me provide an alternative explanation. Last year in my June 12 letter to the editor I wrote, “If you had taken the time to read my letter, you would have noticed that I am just as much in favour of cleaning up the environment as anyone else” and “Global warming started before man got up on his hind legs and dragged his knuckles through the snowdrifts”. Apparently you didn’t get the drift! I was referring to the days of cavemen when the earth’s glaciers started to melt. Just because I don’t agree with your “science fiction” authors doesn’t make me a global warming denier. Apparently you didn’t like my humour regarding the slate tablets being signed by Al Gore and David Suzuki. Maybe you
can enlighten me as to how they came up with these figures: 96 per cent of all marine species and 70 per cent of all land species became extinct during the Permian-Triassic event 250 million years ago. I must say I was very impressed with the fact that your editorial mentioned the name Lamberton way more than Gore, Suzuki, Dyer, or Lovelock. You mentioned humour has its place but should not be used as a substitute for a valid argument. Sarcasm and ridicule are also not valid arguments. I agree. I find no humour in being called a global warming denier. You can decide whether it falls under the category of sarcasm or ridicule. It doesn’t matter to me because I never get mad. I get even! The good news is there are lots of ideas we agree on: 1) Global warming is happening. We don’t agree on the main reasons why. 2) Carbon dioxide is a green-
house gas and the amount in our atmosphere has been constantly rising since the start of the industrial revolution. I say it started rising earlier than that, but nobody was paying attention because it really didn’t matter. Just for the record, what was the world’s population at the beginning of the industrial revolution? The difference between then and now is a lot of carbon dioxide. I think if we could control breathing so humans exhaled every 30 seconds instead of every 10, we could reduce human carbon dioxide emissions by 200 per cent! And now for the bad news! Your two examples of global warming: 1) Leaving kids in a car on a hot sunny day. Not accurate! Global warming involves the heating of the earth’s surface. The interior of a car would be equivalent to the earth’s core.
2) (Last but not least) If the temperature in your bed was just right with two blankets and you now have three, why do you believe you are not getting warmer? This is not global warming; this is called aging! Remember when we were younger and testosterone ran rampant, when saying hello to a lady was a form of foreplay? Heck, one sheet on the bed was
ample, not two or three. Now we’re older, muscles and joints are stiff and sore. Putting your socks on in the morning is almost a chore. According to Dr. Bob’s diagnosis, it originally was called “arousal”. Now, it’s called “arthritis”!
Jim Lamberton The Rambling Man
Important to follow due process of law continued from page A4 founding values is that of fair and due process under the law. This is a situation that is currently being investigated by the Ethics Commissioner, independent auditors and the RCMP. We all anxiously await their findings in order to fully understand who is ultimately responsible. It is important that in the name of fair and due process we allow the truth to be uncovered, and to take appropriate
action based on the facts once they are known. In the meantime the Supreme Court of Canada is reviewing a reference by Parliament as to whether the reforms we have proposed to the Senate can be accomplished by Parliament alone, and to rule on options for abolishing the Senate completely. These reforms are intended to hold the Senate to a higher standard of accountability. The Supreme Court deci-
sion is expected to come out this fall. At the end of the day, there is no excuse for any individual who holds public office to claim ignorance of the law. If an individual at
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The grand opening of the Wells Gray Gulf service station at the junction of the road to Wells Gray Park and Highway 5 was scheduled for the weekend. The three bay service station would be operated by Dave and Bev Deleeuw. Several couples from the Clearwater Shuffling Shoes Square Dance club braved the Bridge Lake road to travel to the annual jamboree in 100 Mile House
Replacement of the Bailey bridge in Clearwater was a low priority, according to Highways Minister Alex Fraser. Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Rafe Mair, who passed on that information to constituents in the area through a letter to the editor printed in the Times, added, “I will continue to press him to consider this a high priority matter, as do my constituents.” The Highways Maintenance establishment in Birch Island planned to pave 11 miles of streets and roads in the Clearwater area, including the KP Road to the Weyerhaeuser mill, part of Lost Creek Road and a
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BACK IN TIME couple of streets in Birch Island.
A small group of grads was transported to the Clearwater Secondary School commencement ceremonies by helicopter. Pam Gegenbach was top all round student. Times columnist Jack Phillips asked why the road to Wells Gray Park was officially called Clearwater Valley Road, a name he had never heard anybody use. A few miles up the road was a 12-foot wide Bailey bridge, put there as a “temporary” measure 15 years earlier.
A consultant’s study commissioned by a committee investigation incorporation for Clearwater concluded that the tax burden on local property owners would remain relatively the same for the services provided. RCMP Sgt. Frank Baruta was to transfer to Merritt after
serving nine years in Clearwater. A crowd estimated at 1,500 adults and children wandered through Little Fort community hall grounds and buildings for the best ever North Thompson Children’s Festival. The theme of “Oceans Alive was evident throughout the day.
The board of School District 26 (North Thompson) appointed Nancy Nelson as director of instruction. At the time, she was principal of an elementary school in Terrace. Vandalism at Dutch Lake beach led police to ask the TNRD to establish a bylaw that would include a reasonable curfew and give eviction authority to police. Picnic tables had been burned, a toilet smashed, and a shower head ripped out.
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Ralph Sunderman proposed a snowmobile trail connecting Clearwater with 100 Mile House. The area was missing out on winter tourism dollars by not promoting more snowmobiling, he told Clearwater Chamber of Commerce. About 65 foresters attended a one-day workshop on changes to the Forest Practices Code. More reliance was being placed on professional foresters, said Clearwater Forest District manager Jim Munn.
About 225 delegates and presenters gathered in Clearwater for the Rural Communities Summit. The guest list included Premier Gordon Campbell, Health Planning Minister Sindi Hawkins, Children and Families Minister Gordon Hogg, Advanced Education Minister Shirley Bond and Transportation Minister Judith Reid. Entries came from Surrey, Delta, Kamloops and 100 Mile House, as well as the Valley for the fourth annual Show and Shine. Over 40 vehicles entered, and over 200 people attended the event.
Local naturalist Trevor Goward presented his plans to develop Wells Gray Park and its volcanoes into a UNESCO
World Heritage Site to a crowd of about 100 people at his Upper Clearwater home. Representatives of the Wells Gray Community Forest Corporation met with interested members of public at the Community Resource Centre to initiate the first ever Community Forest Advisory Committee. The committee was to provide present and future plans and activities such as annual reports, harvest priorities, silviculture strategies, nontimber forest products and other management projects to the public.
All-round student award at CSS went to Baylee Sallenbach. She also won the Fred Allen Memorial Bursary of $500 plus had been one of the top recipients of scholarships at the school's graduation ceremonies. Katrina Link was presented with a Gold Medal of Merit during a Caribou-Thompson Guiding District weekend camp for the 35-plus years she had given to Guiding. A petition calling on the national parole board to deny parole to convicted murderer David (Shearing) Ennis was getting a strong response. “Lots of people are signing this year,” said Judy Briggs, one of the organizers. His application was to be heard in September. Kinder Morgan was reminding people to make use of the BC OneCall service when digging near possible buried pipelines, electrical cables and so on. A local contractor had recently been discovered digging with an excavator on top of the Transmountain pipeline to repair a collapsed billboard.
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Submitted Fifteen community groups will receive funding this spring from the Wells Gray Community Forest’s grants program. Each year the Community Forest dedicated surplus funds to assist various service agencies to enhance their level of services or undertake worthwhile projects that would otherwise be delayed. Twenty-four applications were receive following public invitation in the 2013 spring disbursement. Fifteen applications were accepted to receive full or partial funding. A total of over $95,000 was awarded. The largest amount disbursed was for $25,000 to Thompson-Nicola Regional District to undertake the development of Blackpool Community Park. Successful applicants, project description and the grant amounts are as follows: • North Thompson Pony Club – safety vests, ranch panels and other equipment, $1,800; • Blackpool Hall – washroom upgrades, $6,000; • Rodeo Rednecks – tents, tables and chairs, $978; • Clearwater Ski Hill – ski School equipment purchases, $12,000; • Raft River PAC – purchase new books for classrooms, $2,000; • Clearwater Minor Ball – purchase uniforms and equipment, $1,700; • Clearwater Elks #499 – build handicap entrance, $10,500; • Clearwater Secondary School – soccer referee development, $1,960; • North Thompson Arts Council – festival banner and aprons, $550; • North Thompson Arts Council – Clearwater Arts Festival, $570; • District of Clearwater – purchase weather station, $7,500; • TNRD – Blackpool Community Park development, $25,000; • Clearwater Secondary School – heritage video project, $4,050; • Clearwater Secondary School – tablet computers, $16,000; • North Thompson Aboriginal Cultural Centre Society – build cultural centre, $5,000; Total – $ 95,608. Applicants are required to document expenditures and to ensure funds are spent in accordance with the application. In addition, they are required to submit an audit statement on the completion of the project. There may be a further disbursement of funds in the fall of 2013
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Clearwater racetrack Well, that’s how people have been treating the highway that goes through town lately. Traffic speeds have been picking up since summer has started, as seen on Thursday, June 13 when two vehicles were pulled over for going 56 km/hr and 57 km/hr over the posted speed limit. Both drivers were given $368 tickets and their vehicles impounded for seven days. Open liquor; open wallet. On June 12, a male was stopped for speeding, excessively, which cost him $368. While at the side of the road, the offi-
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Avola schoolhouse memories
Bob Jensen (second from left in back row of 1958 photo) still lives in Avola. He hopes proposals from the Thompson Headwaters services committee will preserve, not remodel the only school he ever attended. A meeting to discuss the proposals was held Tuesday afternoon in the schoolhouse. Look for a report in a future issue of the Times. Photo by Eleanor Deckert
resulting in the man failing his roadside test. He was served with a 90-day driving prohibition and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. He was given a $500 fine for impaired driving, on top of the tow and impound fees. Friends don’t hit friends. Earlier in the week two so called friends were having a good time partying when one of them decided to beat up the other in a random act of violence. Obviously, the victim was unhappy with his (now ex) friend and called the police. The assaulting male was found, arrested for assault and given a court
TNRD Library System once again invites children to join the Summer Reading Club. This year the club runs from Tuesday, July 2, to Saturday, Aug. 24, and has as its theme “Up, Up and Away.” As in years past, the TNRDLS will be offering free reading clubs for all levels of readers to join. There will be a Read-To-Me Club for emerging readers (toddlers to age five), a Summer Reading Club for children ages six to 12, and a Teen Reading Club When children sign up for the program they will receive a reading log to record their sum-
mer reading as well as weekly stickers. They will also be able to participate in fun activities and exciting contests for great prizes. Every reader that completes the program will receive
This year the club runs from Tuesday, July 2, to Saturday, Aug. 24 a special award, too. Grand prizes for the Summer Reading Club (ages six – 12) will be either a helicopter ride courtesy of CC Helicopters or a “Funky Reading Corner.”
Teens do not need to register as their club will be conducted entirely via Twitter at @ TNRDTeenRC. Teens can go the tnrdlib.ca website to learn more. Children can register for the Summer Reading Club on the following dates: • Monday, June 17, at Kamloops, Merritt and North Kamloops libraries. •Tuesday, June 25, at Ashcroft, Barriere, Blue River, Cache Creek, Chase, Clearwater and Clinton libraries, and the Bookmobile. • Wednesday, June 26, at Lytton and Savona libraries. • Tuesday, July 2 at Logan Lake Library.
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Intoxicated in public The warm weather is allowing people to walk home after a night of drinking. This is a good plan and much more legal than driving. However; be aware that there is a fine for being intoxicated in a public place. It is completely acceptable to walk home while being intoxicated but don’t bring unneeded attention to yourself, don’t cause a disturbance and don’t pass out on the side of the road. If you force police to deal with you it could result in a stay in jail for the night, a $115 fine or both.
Students at the Avola log schoolhouse gather for a photograph in 1958. Pictured are (back, l-r) Dave Jensen, Bob Jensen, Danny King, Rocco Salituro, Rick West, Doug Gibson, (third row, l-r) Doris Jensen (Scarff), Sherry Trimble, Becca West (Beaton), Jean Trimble, (second row, l-r) Beverley Lundeberg, Carlo Salituro, Mario Salituro, Frank Jensen, (first row, l-r) James Walford, Arthur Lundeberg, Daphne Loveway, and Charles Loveway. Teacher is Mrs. Beatrice West. Photo submitted
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Rotary celebration Clearwater Rotary Club past president Isabell Hadford and incoming president Graham Radcliff prepare to cut the cake commemorating the club’s 20th anniversary. About 90 people, many of them former members now living out of town, attended a banquet held Saturday evening at the Wells Gray Inn. Photo by Keith McNeill
Province takes steps to keep deadly deer disease out of British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
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VICTORIA – Prospective paramedics are encouraged to apply for the Emergency Medical Assistant (EMA) Education Fund, which has provided financial support for training over 400 paramedics since its inception in 2007. “The bursary meant everything to me,” said Port McNeill paramedic Claudette Wilson. “The paramedic training program, which was delivered locally, helped me achieve one of my personal career goals and increased the level of pre-hospital care available in the community.” To date, the EMA Education Fund has helped 301 individuals study toward the Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) designation and 104 more upgrade their credentials to the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) level; the total amount of funds disbursed is $3.5 million. Bursaries are $5,000 for the PCP program and $22,000 for the ACP program. Preferential consideration is given to PCP applicants who are
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VICTORIA – The Province is launching a public awareness campaign to help prevent a disease that is killing deer, elk and moose in some areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan, from crossing the border into British Columbia. To support the campaign, the Province has set up signs on Highway 49 near Dawson Creek and on Highway 3 near Sparwood, reminding hunters not to bring intact deer carcasses into B.C. The signs were developed with the support of the Peace River Regional District, the Guide Outfitters Association of BC, the BC Wildlife Federation and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. Serious Issues require Serious Lawyers
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Hunters can still bring the meat from their hunt back to B.C. Possession of an out-ofprovince hide, antler, or part of a skull is also permitted, providing they have been treated in a way that removes all tissue. For detailed information on the requirements for processing outof-province deer moose and elk, visit: www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/ documents/wldhealth/CWD_ program_update_spring2013.pdf Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, is a progressive, fatal nervous system disease that affects members of the deer family, including white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose and elk. The disease is caused by an abnormal protein and can spread when a healthy animal comes into contact with an infected animal, infected tissue or even soil contaminated by the protein. The disease was first identi-
fied in Canada in 1996, and despite attempts to manage it, CWD continues to spread in Saskatchewan and Alberta. The Province has been working since 2001 to keep CWD out of B.C. and in 2010 passed a regulation to restrict the transport of high risk tissues of hunted animals into B.C. The Province continues to monitor for the disease and so far no infected animals have been found in B.C. CWD is related to bovine spongiform encephalopathy, which causes mad cow disease. However, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not believe that CWD can be passed from deer to humans. As a precaution, WHO warns people not to eat the meat from infected deer. For more information on CWD visit: www.env.gov.bc.ca/ wld/wldhealth/cwd.html
Protect yourself against tetanus OTTAWA – With the arrival of warmer weather, many Canadians will spend time outdoors to play, garden, or start home renovations – but some could be placing themselves at risk of the vaccine-preventable disease, tetanus, if they are not up to date with their immunizations. Tetanus is an acute and often fatal disease caused by a toxin released by bacteria present in our environment. Most individuals associate tetanus infection with rusty nails. While this may be true, tetanus infection can also occur from a minor scrape or puncture while gardening, or renovating, or even an animal bite. The bacteria that cause the disease tend to live in dirt, dust and soil and can enter the body through breaks in the skin or wounds caused by contaminated objects. The toxin that is
released by the bacteria blocks normal control of nerve reflexes in the spinal column, resulting in painful muscles spasms that can affect the ability to breathe. “The Canadian Immunization Guide recommends that all Canadians receive a tetanus booster every 10 years,” says Dr. Susan Bowles, chair of Immunize Canada. “The tetanus booster is safe and effective, and free for all Canadians, so there is no reason why anyone should be unprotected.” Immunize Canada is a national coalition of non-governmental, professional health, and government organizations with the overall aim of increasing awareness about the benefits of immunization and promoting the understanding and use of vaccines.
Clearwater Times Thursday, June 20, 2013
TNRD provides funding for PWF and Search and Rescue Alternative Approval Process.
Highlights from the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board of directors’ meeting of May 30, included the following:
Golden Skull Competition in Wells Gray Park The Board approved the request of Tim Pennell, Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country) director, to provide $3,000 from the North Thompson Economic Development Society Fund to the Wells Gray World Heritage Society for the Golden Skull Competition.
Provincial Winter Fair David Arduini appeared as a delegation to request sponsorship for the 75th Provincial Winter Fair. The Board will contribute $5,000 to sponsor the Provincial Winter Fair (PWF), which will be held again in Barriere, Sept. 27 to 30, 2013. Dangerous Dog Control Bylaw and Service Establishment Bylaw Dangerous Dog Control Service Establishment Bylaw No. 2379, 2013, was adopted. Dangerous Dog Control Bylaw No. 2383, 2013, was given three readings and adopted. Electoral Areas “I”, “M”, “N”, and “P” have chosen to be part of the Dangerous Dog Control Service. A request for proposals will be issued in the fall of 2013 for a contractor to provide the service for a one-year trial period. Valley Connector Transit Service The Valley Connector Transit service has been operating successfully since 2011 for North Thompson Valley residents travelling to Kamloops in Electoral Areas “A” and “O”, and the districts of Barriere and Clearwater. Now, efforts are being made to extend the service to residents of Electoral Area “B” once per month. The elector approval process for the Valley Connector Transit Service will be the
Operating Grants for Search and Rescue Teams The following annual Search and Rescue Grants will be provided: • Barriere, Kamloops, Logan Lake, Nicola Valley and Wells Gray Search and Rescue teams will all receive $10,000. • The South Cariboo Search and Rescue Team — $3,325 • Kamloops Search and Rescue — $17,773.00 • Wells Gray Search and Rescue — $31,835.46 • Nicola Valley Search and Rescue — $9,410.38 • Logan Lake Search and Rescue — $1,294.55 Policy Review The Policy Review Committee conducted a comprehensive review of all TNRD Board policies and brought forward recommendations to the Board. While the content of some policies stayed the same, most of them will be reformatted. A number of policies were amended to be consistent with current legislation and efficiency, while other policies were repealed due to irrelevancy, and some will be converted to Corporate Practices as they are operational in nature.
IHA eyes wheelchair fee Kamloops This Week A user fee for wheelchairs may be coming to the area covered by the Interior Health Authority. Tracy Watson, an IHA communications officer, said it is being studied for implementation in its residentialcare facilities throughout the region. A similar move by the Fraser Health Authority to charge wheelchair-bound residents sparked outrage from Delta South MLA Vicki Huntington. The independent member of the legislature said the $25 monthly fee will simply lead to seniors not leaving their beds. The charge is for seniors using authority-owned wheelchairs and was implemented because maintenance costs for them can be high, she said. Seniors who own their wheelchair are
responsible for their maintenance and repair. A statement issued by the ministry — now headed by KamloopsNorth Thompson MLA Terry Lake — said the user fee at Fraser and Vancouver Coastal health authorities “is consistent with the provincial guidelines about what can and cannot be charged in residential care.” The statement, sent by email, noted ministry policy changed in October 2012 to clarify “which services and supplies will be provided at no additional cost to seniors in residential care and which services may have a fee attached.” The change is to ensure consistent and affordable care, the explanation noted, and says no one will be denied wheelchair access if they cannot afford the fee. Residents on income or premium assistance will not be
Evergreen Acres gets money for fencing (L-r) Evergreen Acres board members Pearl Broswick, Linda Selbee and Drake Smith accept a $1,000 cheque from Clearwater Mayor John Harwood on Monday. The province gave the money to the municipality in recognition for its programs in support of seniors, such as the transit service and Age Friendly mobility study. It will be used to construct a white picket fence between the new housing for seniors and the handicapped at Evergreen Acres and Park Drive. Photo by Keith McNeill EVERYONE Will Be Talking About It … DON'T MISS OUT Subscribe today
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Clearwater Times Thursday, June 20, 2013
Left: Map shows the location of four new fire protection service areas that would fill the gaps along Highway 5 under a TNRD proposal. TNRD graphic
Charlie Sauve throws a baseball in the manner of a shotput. He was taking part in a track and field meet put on for the primary grades at Raft River Elementary on June 13.
Track and field at Raft River
Second fire service meeting coming to Clearwater Legion
Right: Emma Collins shows Alyssa Ball how to throw a frisbee - the primary school equivalent of the discus.
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Kylie Blackmore does the long jump while Josee Cooperman keeps track on a clipboard.
What might seem like a small oversight means Thompson-Nicola Regional District must host a second public meeting in Clearwater to discuss its proposed co-terminus fire protection service. "It’s a legal requirement," said Ron Storie, manager of community services at the regional district. Reason for the meeting is TNRD staff neglected to mention that they plan to borrow up to $140,000 to pay for four underground water tanks or "dry fire hydrants‚" as part of the service. The money also would be used to pay for the cost of legal
agreements with the owners of the land the tanks would be situated on. The regional district held meetings about the service on Tuesday evening at the Legion in Clearwater, and another on Wednesday in Little Fort. All the other information presented at the Clearwater meeting, including the cost to taxpayers, was correct, said Storie. The only shortcoming was they neglected to mention that they would have to borrow to buy and install the tanks. The omission was realized in time for the Little Fort session the following day and so no second meeting will be needed there. People who took away peti-
tion forms from the Clearwater session have been contacted and asked to destroy them, as the forms did not include mention of the borrowing. Corrected forms are being sent out and otherwise made available to residents of the affected areas. Those affected areas include along Highway 5 between Little Fort and Blackpool, and between Clearwater and Vavenby. Also included are properties along Birch Island/Lost Creek Road, Roundtop Road and McCracken Road. The second public meeting for Clearwater will be held Thursday, June 20 at the Clearwater Legion, 7 p.m.
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Marksman in the making Alexander Sauve, age seven, lines up his single-shot .22 on a target during a rimfire shooting event held by Central North Thompson Rod and Gun Club on Saturday. People interested in learning about the safe use of firearms are encouraged to join the club, say club members. Photo by Keith McNeill
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Super Freak Jesse Wallin takes a big leap as he races the ball to second base as Pounder Rose Mann turns to make the catch. They were taking part in Clearwater Slow-Pitch's Year End tournament at Capostinsky Park on the weekend. Blue River came first, Pounders came second, and Super Freaks were third in the seven-team event. Photo by Keith McNeill
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There is a new hockey-school option to consider for those looking to improve in the offseason. Kamloops Elite Hockey School’s inaugural camp will run from July 15 to July 19 at the Ice Box Arena. “Hockey school is where I developed most as a young player coming into the season,” said Chris Heid, the school’s owner. “We’ll work on basic skills and strength and speed and footwork — all the stuff you don’t have time to do during the season.” Heid has played professionally since 2003 in the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and in Germany. He will run the school with longtime Kamloops coach Brennan Krausher and dryland specialist Greg Kozoris of Kozoris Acceleration. “Our goal is to try and provide as good an experience as a kid is going to find anywhere and try to do it for as competitive or better price than anybody
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The camp — which will feature two age groups, seven to 10 and 11 to 13 — costs $360 per player. The younger players will hit the ice each day at 10 a.m. and finish at 2:30 p.m., with the older group starting at 11:15 a.m. and wrapping up at 3:45 p.m. Lunch and dry-land sessions will be bookended by on-ice instruction, with the morning practice geared toward individual skills and the afternoon skate
focusing more on team play. “We’re going to have a lot of professional players stopping by and, with our off-ice training, we have one of the most elite coaches in Greg Kozoris, who trains NHL players on a regular basis,” said Heid, who was drafted in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild. Brothers Riley and Brendon Nash — both of whom have NHL experience — will lend a hand. There will be between 10 and 15 more guest instructors with professional experience at the camp, Heid said. Log on to kamloopselitehockey.com to download a registration form. For more information, call 250-851-5448 or email kamloopselitehockey@ gmail.com. “My mother started taking me to a hockey program when I was just four years old, mainly to keep me busy and giving me the chance to interact with other kids,” Heid said. “I wanted to give back and do something that I enjoyed when I was a kid.”
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Students from Clearwater Secondary School take part in First Nations graduation ceremonies held May 30 at Thompson Rivers University. Pictured are (l-r) Jordie Akers, Chance Tobin, Donald Ritchie, Devin Taylor, Colten Steinke and First Nations education worker Irene Anderson. Akers received the Yellowhead Mining scholarship of $500 while Ritchie received the Duncan and Marie MacRae scholarship of $600. First Nations students from CSS who did not attend the ceremonies included Zach Harley, Chyan Kennedy, Devin Rotzetter, Bayley Ruttan, Bethany Ruttan and Robert Wallington. Photo submitted
Credit unions outperformed big banks in serving small and mid-sized businesses: CFIB survey TORONTO/CNW/ - Credit Union Central of Canada (Canadian Central), the national trade association representing the Canadian credit union system, commented recently on a research report issued by Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) - Battle of the Banks. The survey found credit unions outperformed all banks in serving smalland medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with a top-ranking overall score of 7.4 out of 10. SMEs also rated credit unions higher than banks in the individual categories of financing, fees and account manager. "We are thrilled, but not surprised, that Canadian credit unions were viewed so positively by small businesses," said David Phillips, president and CEO, Credit Union Central of Canada. "Credit unions are advocates for small
business members, with deep roots in the communities they serve and a commitment to helping local businesses prosper. Their success is our success." Other key findings for credit unions include: Micro Businesses (one to five employees): Very small businesses rated credit unions higher than banks overall, with a total score of 7.2 out of 10. Micro businesses also gave credit unions top marks in each area of interest, including financing, fees, account manager and service. Small Businesses (five to 49 employees): Among small businesses, credit unions achieved an overall score of 7.4 out of 10, and took top honours in the areas of financing, fees and account manager. Mid-Sized Businesses (50 – 499 employees): Medium-
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sized businesses gave top marks to credit unions, with an overall score of 8.5 out of 10, with credit unions also leading in the individual areas of financing and fees. "The results are a testament to the wide appeal of credit unions among small businesses of all sizes," said Phillips.
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Sunday Service Mass • 11am - 12pm Tuesday & Thursday 10am 324 Clearwater Village Road 250-672-5949 Father Don O’Reilly
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First Nations grads
Don’t get me wrong, fried bread, drumming and pow-wow dancing are all good things, but this Aboriginal Day (June 21) there are many other exciting events to celebrate. In 1996, the first Aboriginal Day was established through the combined efforts of the sacred assembly and Elijah Harper, a respected elder and speaker who left for the spirit world May 17, 2013. Aboriginal Day is a time of celebration in many Aboriginal and Metis communities. Anyone is welcome to join in and celebrate the accomplishments of First Nations people both in the past and as we move towards the future. Many positive changes are appearing in Aboriginal communities as the people reclaim their pathways to health. Aboriginal health is seen as a combination of spiritual, emotional and physical well-being which is different from western models. First Nation Healthy Authority was established and is poised to reflect the collective knowledge of First Nation people by embracing the traditional practices of the past and the medical technology of today. Many Aboriginal and Metis communities are also stepping forward to help make their communities healthier. Communities are returning to past practices like hunting and fishing camps and teaching the next generation
to gather and prepare traditional foods and medicines. Though that may sound like day- to day- activity, it also brings communities and generations together to practice healthy living. Walking and hiking in the mountains and fields; whether to hunt, fish or gather food, teaches many valuable skills. Hunting and fishing camps give their first kills to the community and help feed their elders with meat and fish from the camps. They also teach us to feed our people by gathering food and preparing it later for storage. These activities also provide physical exercise for all ages and being out in nature helps improve mental and emotional wellbeing. Most importantly, these practices help teach the next generation to respect the land and its abundance and to regain some of the traditional practices that have kept Aboriginal people alive and healthy. You do not get that pushing a grocery cart in the supermarket! Aboriginal communities are successfully melding the past and the future in order to become healthy strong people and communities. So, when you join the Aboriginal Day festivities on June 21 and admire the drumming, dancing and bead work as well as the occasional treat of fried bread, remember there is so much more to celebrate. – Kym Howay is an Aboriginal tobacco reduction coordinator with Interior Health.
Clearwater Seventh-Day Adventist Church Pastor Bill Kelly Saturday Service - 10am Clearwater Christian Church Ph. 250-674-3468
CLEARWATER UNITED CHURCH Meeting at Catholic Church of St. James
Rev. Brian Krushel
250-672-5653 • 250-674-3615 www.norththompsonpc.ca
Clearwater Living Streams Christian Fellowship Meeting at New Life Assembly every Sunday 5:00pm
Contact Dave Meehan 250-674-3217 email: firstname.lastname@example.org Clearwater Community Church open to everyone - all denominations
CLEARWATER NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY Dan Daase - Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am
(Kids church during service)
Wednesdays Am Ladies Bible Study Thursday 3-5pm Kids Club
308 W Old N Thompson Hwy
COMMUNITY BAPTIST 24E Old North Thompson Hwy
Worship Service 10:30 Pastor Mike Kiewitt 250.674.1332 www.ccbaptist.ca
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Business & Service Directory Accountant -- Certified ACCOUNTANT CERTIFIED
STONE & COMPANY (Robert Lawrie, Silvia Scheibenpflug)
Certified General Accountants Rison Realty • 32 E Old N. Thompson Hwy. Feb. 1st to Apr. 30th - Every Thursday May 1st to Jan. 31st - By Appointment Hours: 9:30 am to Noon, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Phone: 250-674-2532 • Kamloops: 554-2533 • Fax: 554-2536
Appliance Repair APPLIANCE REPAIRS
TH RIVE R R O APPLIANCE REPAIR Four Star Service 250-674-0079
Financial Statement Preparation • Corporate & Personal Income Taxes
PARTS - SALES - SERVICE CALLS USED APPLIANCES
Construction Construction & Renovations from Foundations to Roof
Hazel’s Housing • NEW CONSTRUCTION • RENOVATIONS • ROOFING
Rob Kerslake Steve Noble
Tiny Builders Ltd. Box 345 Clearwater BC V0E 1N0
Electric Contractors ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS
R & C - HOME I M P R O V E M E N T S • VINYL SIDING & SOFFITS • WINDOWS & DOORS • • DECKS & RAILINGS & MUCH MORE • FATHER & SON BUSINESS CLEARWATER
HANS OUNPUU 40 years experience
Septic - Installation - Service - Pumping Demolition - Excavation - Backhoe Service
Bonded General Contractor
674-4001 (250) 674-8469
Winter Hours • 8:30am - 5pm
PHONE RICK OR CODY 250-674-3248
Renovations • Additions • New Construction Home Repairs • HAFI Jobs • Project Management
Trucking - Crane Truck - Water - Dump Gravel - Sand - Top Soil - Snow Removal Paul 250.819.3205
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Greenhouse & Gardening
Heating & Air Conditioning
141 Wadlegger Rd.
OPEN 9am - 5pm
Residential & Commercial Garbage Collection. Residential includes Blue Bag Recycling Furnace Installations • Heat Pump Installations • Hot Water Tank Replacements • Air Conditioning installs • We repair all makes and models • Modular Home Furnaces • Ducting
Mechanics - heavy duty
AT ON CALL... WE DO IT ALL...
CERTIFIED HEAVY DUTY MECHANIC Available for Maintenance and Service
Hwy 5 • 250-674-0145
Garbage Collection GARBAGE COLLECTION
Sunshine Valley Growers
Bringing a little Sunshine to you
73 Taren Drive, Clearwater Phone 250-674-2929 Toll Free: 1-877-974-2929
Containers available for construction sites, yard clean-up, industrial sites etc.
Phone Jager Garbage 250-674-3798 Serving from Vavenby to Blackpool area
Motor Licence Office
Plumbing & Drains
MOTOR LICENCE OFFICE ICBC Agent
NEED A PLUMBER?
250-674-2733 132 Station Road, Box 157, Clearwater, B.C. V0E 1N0 Office Hours: Monday to Friday - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Open through the Noon hour
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District of Clearwater
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OFFICE ICBC Agent
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Storage Storage Safe Shelter
Pet Grooming massage Septic Service
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VICTORIA - Scam artists continue to target British Columbian seniors through deceptive ‘sweepstakes’ opportunities that come through the mail. It’s an age-old trick and unfortunately seniors continue to be victims of this type of scheme. The Province is teaming up with Consumer Protection BC to provide tips to help British Columbians avoid becoming victims of these types of fraud. This is how the scam works: Martha is 82 years old and lives alone. She receives a letter in the mail saying she has won $2.5 million. All she has to do is send $30 in the mail as a ‘processing fee’ and include personal details, such as her telephone number and birth date. Martha takes some money from the bank, pops it into an envelope and sends it off. Not only is Martha out some crucial money from her limited budget, she has also been added to a ‘sucker list’ and receives more and more offers like this one in the mail. Of course, she never sees any winnings. Just last year, Vancouver Police broke up a lottery mail-out scam that was pulling in thousands of dollars a day from seniors around the globe. Here are some tips to protect you and your family from deceptive mail-
outs and lottery scams: * Do not pay up-front for any prize. A legitimate prize offering will never require you to pay anything. * Be suspicious of free gifts. * Be careful if an offering asks for you to send personal information. * Before responding to a company you have never heard of, contact organizations such as Consumer Protection BC, Canada’s Anti-Fraud Centre or your local Better Business Bureau to see if they have received any complaints about the company. * Do not fill out surveys or questionnaires asking questions about gambling, puzzles or sweepstakes. * If you are getting rid of documents that have your personal information on them (e.g., bills and bank statements), shred them. * Do not be fooled by glossy and colorful mail-outs. Scam artists are professionals and know how to make things look real. * Sit down with family members who might be vulnerable and explain how these types of scams work. * Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. If you have questions about your rights and responsibilities as a consumer in British Columbia, please contact Consumer Protection BC toll free at 1-888-564-9963, or visit: www. consumerprotectionbc.ca
Blue Water Day Staff at Clearwater’s Royal Bank branch present customer Goldie Krawec (center) with a larch seedling during RBC Blue Water Day on Friday. The event is held every year to promote water protection worldwide. Pictured are (l-r) Bergie Mitchell, manager Christy Dobi, Tamara Timothy, Rachel Elliot (in back), Krawec, Shanli Penner and Julie Mayo. The seedlings were provided by Headwaters Forest District. Photo by Keith McNeill
Thursday, June 20, 2013 Clearwater Times
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK About the time we think we can make ends meet, somebody moves the ends.
UPCOMING COURSES OFA LEVEL 1 FIRST AID July 12
TRANSPORTATION ENDORSEMENT June 21
~ Herbert Hoover (1874 - 1964)
Wells Gray Country UPCOMING EVENTS
July: Tweens Summer Fun Daze: Ages 6-12, 8:30-4:30, $155/child/ week, 250-674-2600 to register July: Kids Summer fun Daze: Ages 3-6 , Building blocks Daycare, 9 am – 1 pm, $75/child/week, 260-674-2600 to register June 21-23:Wells Gray World Heritage event: Lichen Revival, Trevor Goward, 7 pm, Upper Clearwater Hall June 29-30: Wells Gray World Heritage event: An Ear for Birds, Dick Cannings, 7 pm, Upper Clearwater Hall
TEL: 250.674.3530 IN PERSON: 224 Candle Creek Rd. EMAIL: email@example.com • www.tru.ca/regional_centres/clearwater
June 29: Elks Pancake Breakfast, 8 am – 11 am, Elks Hall July 2: Drop-in soccer, 7-8 pm, CSS field. Everyone welcome July 3: WGCSS meeting, 10 am – 11 am, 751 Clearwater Village Rd. July 9: Economic Development & Finance & Audit Committee meeting, 5 pm, council chamber July 9: Regular council meeting, 7 pm, council chamber July 9: Presentation of the District 2012 Annual report, 6:30 pm, council chambers
ONGOING EVENTS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Coffee House: 1st Friday every month - Little Fort Community Hall. 6:30, mic $4/person. Info Bill Fowler 250-672-5116 • Raft River Rockhounds: 3rd Sun of the mth. 250-250-6742700 • Women in Business Luncheon: 2nd Wed. of the mth at Wells Gray Inn, 12–2 pm. Preregister at 250-250-6742700 • Clearwater Choir: Youth 3:30 - 5 pm; Adult 6:30 - 9 pm, Tuesdays, Clearwater Christian Church • Crafts & Conversations with Cheryl. Tuesdays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Center. Phone 250-6743703 for more info. • Clearwater Farmer’s Market every Saturday from 9:00 am – Noon. For more info please call Anne at 250-250-6743444. • Clearwater-Vavenby Lions Bingo: Every 2nd Tues. Elks Hall. 250-587-6269 • M&M (Mrs. & Ms.) Social. Last Sun of the mth Wells Gray Inn. 5pm: 587-6503 • Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House; Local musicians – every 2nd Fri. of the mth. 6:30pm. Concession, $3 or 2 for $5. • Clearwater Elks Bingo - every 2nd Thurs. Elks Hall. open 5pm • Cribbage Wed. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 12:30 pm. • Little Fort Coffee House 7pm Little Fort Hall. 1st Fri of the mth Oct. - May Bill 672-5116 • Fun Darts Fri. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 6 pm. CHILDREN & FAMILIES • Raccoon StrongStart: Raft River Elem school days Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri from 8:45-11:45am • Raccoon StrongStart: Vavenby Elem school days Wed 8:5011:50am • Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: 3rd Wed. of every month 7:30pm @ YCS • Mother Goose - Mornings, reg. call Kerry 250-250-6742600 ext 227 • NT BC Home Schoolers: Meets Fri. afternoons. Call Leanna 250-250-6740057 for details • Kids Club: Clearwater New Life Assembly. Meets every Thur. 3-5 pm. Ages 5-12. For info contact Bobbi @ 250-2506743346
HEALTH & HEALING • Shambhala Meditation Group: meets every Tuesday at Forest House 6:30-8:00 pm. Info: 250-587-6373. • Connections Healing Rooms - Fridays 1-3pm (except stat. holidays). 86 Young Rd. No charge. Sponsored by Living Streams Christian Church. www.healingrooms.com. • Healthy Choices – Tues 9am Clearwater Christian Church bsmnt (behind Fields). $2/wk drop-in free. Call Kim 250-250-6740224 • Clearwater & District Hospice 3rd Mon. Sept-Jun 10am Legion. RECREATION • Drop-in soccer: May-Sept. Tuesdays & Thursday at 7pm at CSS field. Everyone welcome! • Bowling: Mon. 10–12pm & 1-3pm; Thurs., 1-3pm. Seniors Centre at Evergreen Acres. 250-6742699 • Clearwater Sno-Drifters: Meet 1st Thursday of every month. 250-676-9414 • CNT Rod & Gun Club: 3rd Tues. of the mth. Blackpool Hall 7pm Nov., Jan., & Mar. AGM in May • Drop in Tennis: May-Sept. Mon & Thurs 6:30pm All levels. Double & single play. Rotary Sports Park. • Volleyball: Tues. 7:30-9:00 PM, Jan. 15 - Apr. 30, 2013. Clearwater Secondary School Gym, $2 drop in. • Yoga Tree – Call or email Annie 250-6742468 annie.pomme@ hotmail.com • Core Strength Fitness. Tuesdays. 10-11am 250-250-6740001 • Walking Club: Indoors: Wed. Jan. 30 - Mar. 13, 6:30 - 7:30 AM at Clearwater Secondary. FREE. 250-250-6741878 for more info. • Drop-in Curling: Fri. Jan. 11 - Mar. 8, 7:00 PM, $5. Brooms and sliders available. • Badminton: Mon & Wed, Oct – Mar, CSS gym, 7:30-9:30 pm, $3 drop-in fee, info 250-250-6742518 SENIORS • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society 3rd Sun Social Meet at the Wells Gray Hotel at 12:30pm for lunch or dessert, & chat • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society Book Club Last Thursday of the month at 2pm at the public library. All seniors welcome.
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Safe Home Response Providing a safe place to escape for women and their children. Volunteers always needed. Call 250-674-2135.
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Lost & Found Found: cellphone at bottle depot in Barriere on Sat. morning. Call 250-672-2123. Lost: “defiance” jacket w/keys in pocket. Lost along highway between Kamloops & Barriere. If found, call 250-672-5611.
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DEPUTY OPERATIONS MANAGER District of Kitimat, exempt staff position, with competitive compensation and full benefit package. Reporting to the Operations Manager, assists in planning, implementing and tracking the operations, repair and maintenance of the municipality’s infrastructure, including water and sewer; roads; parking lots; drainage; signage; sidewalks, parks, grass cutting, cemetery, equipment fleet. Candidates will have several years of experience in the municipal or related field and post-secondary education in Water Quality, Civil or Building Technology or related Trade Qualification. Submit resumes by July 12, 2013, 4:30pm, to Personnel, District of Kitimat, 270 City Centre, Kitimat, B.C. V8C 2H7, Fax 250-6324995, email firstname.lastname@example.org PROJECT ENGINEER District of Kitimat, exempt staff position, with competitive compensation and full benefit package. Reporting to the Technical Services Manager, is accountable for the effective delivery of Engineering Services for the municipality. Candidates will be a professional Civil Engineer with a minimum of 3 years professional experience (preferably in a municipal environment). Submit resumes by July 12, 2013, 4:30pm, to Personnel, District of Kitimat, 270 City Centre, Kitimat, B.C. V8C 2H7, phone 250-632-8900, fax 250-632-4995, email email@example.com. Further information can be obtained from our website at www.kitimat.ca
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Home Care/Support 24 hr. Live-In Support Required (Kamloops, B.C.) Dengarry Professional Services Ltd. is seeking experienced individuals or couples for contract to provide live in 24 hr. support for short term stabilization to adults with mental & physical disabilities in Kamloops. Applicant must have education and exp. either in behavioral and/or medical supports. Applicant will undergo a screening process including reference checks, Crim Check and drivers abstract. Housing & Utilities Incls. w/ A Remarkable Compensation Package. Please forward resume to Kristine Toebosch at ktoebosch@ dengarry.bc.ca or fax to 1-250-377-4581 or mail Attn: Kristine PO Box 892 Kamloops BC V2C-5M8
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EXPERIENCED PARTS Person required for a progressive auto/industrial supplier. Hired applicant will receive top wages, full benefits and RRSP bonuses plus moving allowances. Our 26,000 sq.ft store is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. See our community at LacLaBicheRegion.com Send resume to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Email: email@example.com EXPERIENCED TECHNICIAN required to repair appliances. Also looking for apprentices to train. Positions available in Salmon Arm, Vernon, Kelowna and Pentiction. firstname.lastname@example.org HEAVY EQUIPMENT Technicians and Maintenance personnel needed for expanding pipeline company in Olds, Alberta for work in shop and jobsites throughout Western Canada. Fax resume to 403556-7582 or email: email@example.com SMALL Pine Logging Ltd. Requires a full time buncher operator for immediate and full time work in the Williams Lake and Quesnel area. Good wedges and a full benefit package available. Must also be willing to stay in camp. Experience would be an asset. Please fax resumes to (250)398-8216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Work Wanted HAFI GRANTS Notice to low income seniors and persons with disability. You may qualify for a grant up to 20,000. to modify and adapt your home for improved safety and accessibility. For details contact your local HAFI expert Hans Ounpuu, Building contractor @ 250-674-3875. Need some help with those odd jobs you don’t have time for? Call Keiran Jones at 250-674-3051 email@example.com
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Cleaning Services Thompson Valley Carpet Care State of the art cleaning. Fully insured, truck mounted, commercial & residential upholstery cleaning Kathy @ 250-674-1629
Pets & Livestock
Pets LOST DOG Terrier mix. Blk/brown. Has a skin bubble, cherry eye, in her eye. Name is Sami. Around 8yrs old. Reward if found. Please call: 727-773-6081
Merchandise for Sale
Appliances Fridge, convection oven & stovetop, stacking w/d, 30” stove, ft load w/d, single w/d All refurbished. 250-674-0079 Matching bisque/beige 2002 Kenmore fridge (33” wide), 2007 Maytag d/w and 2002 Kenmore microwave - otp. All in exec cond. Will sell as set for $750.00 obo or will sell separate. Ph. 250-674-3944
Auctions RESTAURANT AUCTION Food Services Equipment. Consignments now being accepted. June 22, 11am at Dodds Auction, 3311 - 28 Ave. Vernon. View photos at doddsauction.com 250-5453259
Garage Sales Clearwater ‘In Blackpool’ Large Yard Sale Saturday & Sunday June 22-23; 9 am - 4 pm 260 Jenkins Road Rain or shine
Garden Equipment Wanted: gas powered lawnmower in good cond. for Barriere garden club. Call 250672-1968.
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Misc. for Sale STEEL BUILDING - DIY Summer sale! - Bonus days extra 5% off. 20x22 $3,998. 25x24 $4,620. 30x34 $6,656. 32x42 $8,488. 40x54 $13,385. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422. www.pioneersteel.ca STEEL BUILDINGS/ Metal buildings 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 www.crownsteelbuildings.ca
HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/newspaper?
Cutlery (knives, forks & spoons), wanted for Fall Fair Hall & Agriplex kitchens. Only in clean, good condition please. 250-672-9330
NORTH THOMPSON JOBS BARRIERE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 629 Barriere Town Rd. Barriere, BC V0E 1E0 Phone: 250-672-0036 / Fax: 250-672-2159
E-mail: email@example.com • Website: www.barriere-employment.ca RCA – Casual & Permanent PT, ICS B0007 CASHIER – Little Fort Store PT/FT CB0054 SANDWICH ARTIST – Subway PT/FT CB0055 WAITRESS – Sam’s Pizza (Must be 19) COOK – Knight’s Inn B0129 SERVER – Must have Serve it Right, Knight’s Inn B0130 COOKS – Barriere A&W B0133 COOK – PT/FT Station House Restaurant B0148 HOUSEKEEPER/LAUNDRY – Cahilty Lodge Sun Peaks B0149 SERVER – High 5 Diner (Little Fort) B0151 CASUAL ASSISTED LIVING WORKER – Yellowhead Pioneer B0156 CASUAL COOK – Yellowhead Pioneer B0158
SKILL DEVELOPMENT: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) and are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for more information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer and Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services.
“The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services
CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 250-674-2928 Fax 250-674-2938
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org • Web Page: www.clearwateremployment.ca Assistant Manager: FT/Seasonal/Clw #C0163 B&B Housekeeper: Seasonal/Clw #C0162 Mechanic/Mechanics Helper: Seas/Clw #C0161 Logging Truck Driver: Seasonal/Ckw #C0160 Housekeeper: Seasonal/Clearwater #C0154 Breakfast Cook/Server: Seasonal/Little Fort #C0153 Housekeepers: Seasonal/Clearwater #C0147 Property Manager: Seasonal/Clearwater #C0145 Housekeeping: Seas PT/Clearwater C0144 Kitchen Assistant & Cook’s Helper: Camp/ Clearwater C0143 Front Desk Attendant: Seas/Blue River #CB0141 Custom Wood Furniture Maker: FT/Blue River #CB0139 Satellite Installer Contractor: Clw & area #C0138 German Speaking Tour Guide: Seas/Clw #C0124 Cashier: FT/PT Little Fort #C0123 Housekeeper: Seas/FT/Clw #C0122 Sandwich Artist: Seas/Little Fort #CB0121 Line Cook: FT/Little Fort #CB0119 Nanny: Seas FT/Clw #C0118 Cleaner: PT/Clw #C0117 Server: Seas PT/Clw #C0116 Breakfast Cook: Seas/Clw #C0115 Breakfast Cook: Seas/Clw #C0112 Student Service Assistant: Seas/Clw #0111 Kitchen Assistant: Seas/Clw #0109 Service Assistant: Seas/Clw #0108 Dishwasher: Seas/Clw #C0104 Kitchen Helper: Seas/Clw #C0103 Waitress/Waiter: Seas/Clw #C0102
Cook: Seas/Clw #C0098 Waitress/Waiter: 2 pos. Seas/Clw #C0076 Housekeepers: 4 pos. Seas/Clw #C0075 Front Desk Clerk: 2 pos. Seas/Clw #C0074 GENERAL INFORMATION FREE WORKSHOPS to help with your work search are available. Please contact us for more information. • Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in and our friendly staff will assist you. • Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. • Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. • Blue River Itinerant: An employment consultant comes to town twice/mth to the Blue River School. Next visit is Tuesday July 16th from 12:30-2:30. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in.
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True Coin Collector Looking to Purchase Collections, Accumulations, Olympic Gold and Silver coins, Bills + Not melting down, Serious Collector. Call: Coin Couple 1-778-281-0030
Used Postage Stamps
Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.
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Barriere: 3 bdrm duplex, 1 1/2 bath, 1 car heated garage. W/D, fenced, inground sprinkler. Avail Jul 1. RR $875/mo + DD. 250-672-0041 Barriere: 4plex for rent. 2 bdrm, ns/np, heat & power incl, RR/DD. $725/mo. Avail. immed. 250-672-9958 or 250319-5220
Healthy eating does not need to be a budgetbreaking task requiring frequent visits to specialty grocery stores. Say goodbye to expensive trendy products and say hello to these easy-tofollow steps that will keep both your health and your budget in check.
Real Estate For Sale By Owner Clearwater: 14x70 1998 Moduline MH with winter package, 2 bdrm, very gd cond. Owned by elderly lady. Incl c/a, w/d, f/s. Extra lg windows, very bright and airy. Master bdrm has full 4 window bay. Two full bath, 1 is ensuite. New roof 3 yrs ago. Incl 2 roofed porches. Requires moving. Asking $62,000.00. Call Jones 250-674-3051 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Bachelor suite, gym access email@example.com Looking to share half a house. Must be working. For info call 250-674-0079
Suites, Lower Barriere: 1 bdrm, large, walkout basement, in town. Util incl. WD/FS, NS/NP. $800/mo, RR. Avail. July 1. (250)6720024
Forested 3 bdrm 2 bath home
on 2.06 acres in Kershaw sub. Built 1983, recent updating to decks, floors, lighting & appl. Close to Brookfield shopping, NT Park and Clearwater River. Wood heater and elec furnace. Asking $310,000. To view call 250-674-3881 or cell 250-320-8389, for photos view Property Guys ad# 64203
Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent Barriere: fully self contained recent reno. 1bdrm app 4 rent. 10 min from town. Incl sundeck, heat, hydro , satelite tv, washer. NS/NP/Ref. $525/mo. Avail immed. (250)67
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Cars - Domestic 2008 Mazda 3. 42,000 km, 17inch wheels, sunroof. Never driven in winter. Asking $14,000 obo. Phone 250-6740003.
Recreational/Sale 16 ft canoe, $1800.00. Fibre glass over cedar. C/w paddles, life jackets and boat trailer. 250-674-2127 1983 Vanguard camper, 9.5 ft, awning, excellent condition. $1800.00 obo 250-674-3616
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Plan ahead Preparing meals on a budget and shopping successfully requires planning ahead. Making a grocery list will keep you focused on what you need and minimize unnecessary purchases. Grocery stores are set up to trigger you to impulse buy, so it is valuable to identify what you need before you enter the store. A deal isn’t a deal if you don’t need what you buy! It is important to recognize prices will vary from store to store. Monitor the different stores in your area and select the place that has the best prices for most of the items on your list. Delay purchasing the remaining, non-essential items on your list until you are at a store with more reasonable prices. It is worthwhile to check online or in the newspaper for specials and coupons because many items have a regular cycle of going on sale. The kitchen is another place where planning will help you stay within your budget. Prepare a large meal and use reusable containers to ensure leftovers can become lunches and snacks on the days to follow. Saving leftovers doesn’t mean you need to eat the same meal twice - dinner from the previous night can be an excellent filling in a wrap or topping on a salad. These strategies minimize waste and eliminate the need to eat out and spend extra money.
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Buy fruits and vegetables when in season Buying fruits and vegetables when in season is a great way to boost your nutrient intake and slash your grocery bill. For example, a bunch of carrots from your local farmer may be cheaper than a bag of baby carrots that have been prechopped, packaged and imported from another country. If your favorite foods only grow during certain seasons, try buying in bulk, and freezing them so you have them on hand year round. Adding seasonal vegetables that you may be unfamiliar with to a recipe may increase the flavor and decrease the price. For example, try using julienne turnip or rutabaga strips in coleslaw. Choose protein alternatives Sources of protein are often the most expensive component when it comes to meal planning. Seeking out affordable alternatives such as beans and canned fish can satisfy both your appetite and wallet. Along with other important nutrients, beans are packed with the same hunger-fighting, muscle-building protein as your favorite meats. Soaking and cooking dry beans is your cheapest option, but canned beans are a suitable choice, especially if time and convenience are a concern. Canned tuna, salmon and sardines are also excellent alternatives. These varieties last longer on your shelf than fresh fish, and come with a lower price tag. Plan ahead and visit http://picnicsandpantries.blogspot.ca/2011/10/chilly-outside-chiliinside.html for a chili recipe that is full of hearty beans and vegetables. Get creative and substitute the vegetables for those that are currently in season! - Author Rose Soneff is an Interior Health community nutritionist. Written in collaboration with the Amelia Lyne and Hannah Robinson, UBC dietetics students
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Goofs, giggles, and good times while travelling Part 1— How it began Goof number one was major, although its eventual solution was simple. For months emails have flown back and forth across the Pacific Ocean, along with occasional phone calls for a more personal connection. “My brother and his wife are coming from Canberra for a lovely long visit,” was indeed Sunday, helpful gal who’d I’d tell anyone who May 5 – in Australia! sold me the phone would listen. “John Fun and games, a week earlier said, and I will meet them when I passed it over so to speak, continin Vancouver and ued the following for the upgrade. we’ll travel together picture-perfect day “How do you to Vancouver, over as we attempted to know?” I quizzed, to Vancouver Island, gulping, “and how show off favourite down into the States spots in Vancouver. do you access it?” and circle back to Quickly finding it, A marathon involvBC through Banff she passed the phone ing some 16,000 National Park. Their back to me as the runners and some 45 cruise ship leaves km was in progress. message began. My Sydney on April Access to Stanley brother’s voice came 13 and docks in Park was blocked, so through loud and Vancouver 23 days was the Planetarium, clear but my brain later.” was in a total muddle followed by beaches Since we’d be at Kitsilano, Jericho as I tried to make away from home for and Spanish Banks. sense of his words. almost a month we We couldn’t even “I’m waiting in were plenty busy get- such and such a spot get to UBC which ting everything done John and I had been at Canada Place,” I before setting off. attending during our heard, “and Rose is “Thank goodness we by the Information courtship. have one more day Desk in case you go “How about to do stuff,” we said there first.” Queen Elizabeth to each other, on the “They’re here!” I Park?” we wondered, Thursday before leav- gasped as two young then discovered the ing. We anticipated salespeople stared at race started there. a relaxing drive to the coast on Saturday, May 4 and, “They’re here!” I gasped as two young salespeople stared at my our usual shocked face. “hostess with the mostest” . being away on far-flung Kay Knox travels, had booked one hotel room for that night, and my shocked face. Driving along subtwo rooms after that. “They’re here,” urban side-roads, we Their ship would they echoed, looking consoled ourselves dock at 7 a.m. on at each other blankly. with seeing an abunSunday and I had A few trials and dance of spring flowgreat hopes of having tribulations later for ers and rhododencamera at the ready both brother and drons in full bloom. as it entered Burrard sister, we were finally Finally we drove to Inlet beneath the talking to each other. Port Moody to picnic Lion’s Gate Bridge “Get a taxi and at Rocky Point Park before we drove go to the hotel,” I in glorious sunshine, across it to meet advised, adding, with hundreds more them. “and get another – families, boats, pets First we had some room for us for and munchies, sparstops to make in tonight” All’s well kling water lapping Kamloops. The final that ends well, and nearby. one was to have U.S. we found each other Thus began our coverage added to in the sunny garden time of travelling my brand new, totalof that convenient together. Such places ly unfamiliar Smart hotel several hours we saw, adventures, Phone. later. How did it and other giggles “You’ve got voice happen? We’ll never will have to wait for mail,” the friendly, know for sure, but it future Trekking Tales.
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Father’s Day lunch Fire chief Mike Smith eats lunch with his sons Chace (l) and Ethan during Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department’s Father’s Day lunch on Sunday. A good-sized crowd turned up to enjoy the beef dip and good wather. Proceeds go towards the Halloween fireworks show and to help those in our community affected by fire. Photo by Keith McNeill
Smoke alarm push targets insurance renewal Jeff Nagel - BC Local News Anyone buying or renewing home insurance should be compelled by law to first declare they have a working smoke alarm. That's the legislative change now being sought by the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. (FCABC) in the latest phase of their campaign to get working smoke alarms into every home in the province. The proposed change to B.C.'s Insurance Act has backing from the City of Nelson and Cariboo Regional District and FCABC president Len Garis expects other cities and regions to endorse it. "We don’t expect insurance companies to enforce the working smoke alarm declarations," Surrey's fire chief said. "The intent is to use insurance renewals to educate the public about the importance of working smoke alarms." Garis noted insurance companies have a vested interest in ensuring homes they insure are safe from fire, crime and other hazards, and routinely offer discounts based on risk. A multi-agency drive with corporate support has been underway since 2012 to hand out free smoke alarms to vul-
Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis is president of the Fire Chiefs' Association of B.C. Black Press file photo
nerable residents, particularly First Nations and the elderly. Nearly 70 per cent of B.C. homes that caught fire from 2006 to 2011 did not have a functioning smoke alarm. The FCABC estimates a working smoke alarm in every B.C. home could reduce annual fire deaths by 32 per cent and notes residential fire fatalities are already down sharply in
the first year of the effort. More than 21,000 donated smoke alarms have been handed out with the help of campaign sponsors, including Kidde Canada, Black Press, Super Save Group, Shaw Cable and the federal aboriginal affairs department. For more on the campaign see www.workingsmokealarms. ca.
Thursday, June 20, 2013 Clearwater Times
Signing up for a second MLA term
Shortage of truck drivers
OTTAWA/CNW/ - Tens of thousands of truck drivers are approaching retirement age, but few young people and immigrants are entering the industry. A new Premier Christy Clark Conference Board of Canada watches as Terry Lake report concludes that the gap signs in as the re-electbetween the supply of drivers and ed MLA for Kamloopsthe demand for them – estimated at North Thompson. The 25,000 by 2020 – could be costly to swearing-in took place the Canadian economy. on June 11. On the right A change in policy to recognize is Craig James, Clerk the truck driving occupation as a of the BC Legislature. skilled trade could attract more Photo by domestic and immigrant entrants BC Liberal Caucus into the industry. The trucking industry moves 90 per cent of all con0311 TMEP - 3rd Engagement - BC - Generic "Have Your Say" - Online Only Ad - 7.3125in Wide x 10in 01 Press Ready PDF sumer products and food within
Canada and 60 per cent of trade with the United States, Canada’s largest trading partner. It alone accounts for 33 per cent of real gross domestic product (GDP) in the transportation sector. While truck drivers make up nearly 1.5 per cent of the Canadian labour force – approximately 300,000 truck drivers overall – it struggles to attract drivers to the for-hire industry. The for-hire industry is comprised of companies that provide truck transportation services to other companies. Drivers in the for-hire industry are often required to work long hours, over long distances, and with unpredictable schedules.
Public works to get more upgrades
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Clearwater’s water and sewer systems have seen significant improvements since incorporation and continue to see more, according to Jared Brounstein, the district’s public works superintendent. Upgrades to provide ultraviolet treatment at the Russell Creek water intake are now complete, he reported recently. About $650,000 is being spent on the UV system, of which $480,000 is a Towns for Tomorrow grant. Water from the creek intake continues to be treated by chlorine. Water from the municipality’s two wells are treated with chlorine only. Because they do not use surface water a higher level of protection is not needed. Warm weather during the first two weeks of May resulted in water consumption exceeding production, which in turn resulted in the level in the town’s reservoir dropping below desirable levels. Production was stepped up from Well #2 (across from Dutch Lake beach) to meet the demand. However, that could lead to turbidity concerns as the water from the well is high in manganese. A SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system
being installed will allow the entire water and sewer system to be remotely monitored and operated. Cost is about $80,000 per year for five years, with the money coming from federal gas tax funding. The SCADA system is already allowing the district to control better the chlorine levels in the water system, helping to avoid spikes. Clearwater’s sewer lagoons were upgraded about three years ago with the construction of a new aeration pond that drains into two rapid infiltration ponds. The new system has the capacity to treat sewage from all the existing users plus that from a proposed extension to Dutch Lake. Any more would require building a second aeration pond, Brounstein said. Bubbling air through the sewage in the pond results in enhanced biological breakdown. Oxygen sensors control the blowers that create the bubbles. “It’s a fairly sophisticated program,” he said.
Published on Jun 20, 2013