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TNRD launches new Invest BC website Regional investment tool

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Results of Barriere water usage survey makes for interesting reading

(Above) Young Grace Farrow was all smiles while warming cold hands inside her goalie shin pads during the Barriere Youth Soccer Festival held earlier this month. Find more on page 13. Submitted photos: Chris Matthews

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B.C. to consider booze Have a happy and sales in food stores safe Halloween

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Workshop, Nov. 15, 10 - 4

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The B.C. government’s liquor policy review has heard a ‘loud and clear’ message that people want the convenience of buying alcoholic beverages in grocery stores, says the MLA in charge of the review. With a three-month consultation period ending Oct. 31, Richmond Steveston MLA John Yap said Tuesday that about 80 per cent of respondents want the extra convenience that is routine in U.S. grocery stores. But Yap is proposing a less convenient model, a “store within a store” that would have separate space and staff for alcohol purchases. He said the number of outlets could be restricted to the current level, with some existing private or public liquor stores moved into grocery stores. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has announced a similar pilot project, with 10 “express” stores to offer limited selection inside or next to grocery stores. Nova Scotia also has government liquor stores located in grocery stores. When the B.C. consultation be-

gan in September, Yap noted that beer, wine and spirits are already sold in rural grocery stores. He was critical of the U.S. model, saying it could lead to increased health and safety issues from increased consumption, as well as law enforcement problems. B.C.’s medical health officers have called for a freeze or reduction to the number of private retailers, a $3 minimum price for bar drinks and higher prices for drinks with more alcohol content to deter overconsumption. The Alliance of Beverage Licencees, representing pubs, bars and private liquor stores in B.C., isn’t happy with the idea. ABLE BC executive director Ian Baillie said the province already has more than 1,400 government and private liquor stores. “The government also needs to consider what the impact of allowing large grocery chains to sell liquor will be on the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars of income that are provided by the current system,” Baillie said.

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Cadets say thank you for community fundraising support Members of the Army Cadet Corp #2941 have been doing a variety of fund raising in Barriere this month, and they want to say thank you to everyone that helped with their bottle drive, which raised over $700. The cadets will be assisting the Barriere Food Bank with collecting donations on Saturday, Nov. 2, and they say, “Thank you in advance for your donations and your support in our community”. Pictured: (l-r) Cpl. Stacey Walsh, LCpl. Brendan Manion, and Cpl. Lee Dionne; all helping out in the kitchen at a recent event.


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Guest Editorial; by Christopher Foulds

Even bubble wrap can’t prevent the Thwack! of childhood H

is name was Steve and he lived exactly two blocks from me. On that fateful day, Steve was on the tire swing, commanding the rest of us Grade 4 kids to swing him harder and higher and faster and — thwack! That’s when Steve, gripping the chains and leaning back as far as possible to maximize speed, was introduced to the wooden pole holding up his mode of transport. Thwack! was the sound of Steve’s skull speeding into the wooden pole. The sickening Thwack! was followed by the almost gushy sound of Steve’s body crumpling down, across the rubber tire as it swung deliriously and onto the trampled earth. He was out cold for a while and we nine-year-olds had no idea what to do. We stared and looked at each other and stared some more. There was some blood among his matted dirty-blond hair. Finally, Steve arose awkwardly, looking groggy as hell as he started telling his mom that, yes, he will mow the lawn as soon as he finishes breakfast. He stood, walked in circles and reiterated his pledge to mow the lawn. That was our introduction to concussions. Steve was tended to by teachers, taken to the hospital and was back in class a few days later, seemingly no worse for wear. In the meantime, the tire swing didn’t sit idly by. It remained among the more popular playground attractions, carrying many a child exhorting his classmates to swing him harder and higher and faster. There may have even been a few more Thwacks! as well, though what is certain is an accidental concussion from horseplay did not compel the powers-that-be to ban the swinging-tire ride. I like to think it was a 1970s line of thinking that accepted that kids and concussions and sprains and broken bones and skinned knees were matches made in nature. Not so in Nashua, Conn., or Port Washington, N.Y., or Zeeland, ...continued on page 5 The STAR/JOURNAL welcomes all letters to the editor. We do, however, reserve the right to edit, condense or reject letters over matters of libel, legality, taste, brevity, style or clarity. While all letters must be signed upon submission, and have a contact telephone number, writers may elect to withhold their names from publication in special circumstances. Drop your letter off at the Star/Journal Office, fax it to 672-9900, mail it to Box 1020, Barriere, VOE 1EO, or email to

MP says no cuts to health care

To the editor: There has been a great deal of misinformation circulating recently regarding the future of health care funding. It is time to set the record straight. Our government respects the Canada Health Act, and is committed to our publicly funded, universally accessible health care system. There will not be cuts to health care as there were under the Liberals in the 1990s. The Canada Health Transfer (CHT) has been set to increase by 6 per cent a year to support provincial healthcare budgets. In comparison, this year the BC healthcare budget will be increasing by 2.6 per cent. In 2006-07, when our government first took office, the CHT was $20.1 billion dollars, it is now set to reach a record high of $30.3 billion in 2013-14 and in the future no province or territory will receive less than its 2013-14 CHT cash allocation in future years. Under our government the CHT is expected to reach at least $38 billion in 2018-19 - this is in no way a funding cut. Starting in 2017-18, total CHT cash will grow in line with a three-year moving average of nominal Gross Domestic Product, with funding guaranteed to increase by at least 3 per cent per year - again, not a funding cut. We will continue to provide comparable treatment for all Canadians, regardless of where they live. The CHT will ensure funding remains predictable in the long-term, and supports the principles of the Canada Health Act which are: universality; comprehensiveness; portability; accessibility; and, public administration. Year CHT (billions)

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We are committed to helping Canadians stay healthy, making the health care system more accessible and effective, and ensuring that all Canadians can access the care they need. Cathy McLeod, MP Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo The North Thompson Star/Journal is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C., V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.


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An open letter from Canfor To British Columbia; After 18 months of searching for a different solution, Canfor announced today that we will be permanently closing our sawmill in Quesnel, B.C., in March 2014. This closure impacts 209 Canfor employees who have persevered through the US economic slowdown and pine beetle epidemic, and kept the mill profitable. It is an extremely challenging time for our organization, our Quesnel employees and their families, and for the community itself. Our Quesnel facility has been one of the key mills behind the success of our China market program, and we deeply regret that this closure decision is necessary. It was through the dedicated effort of our employees in Quesnel that Canfor was able to produce lumber from some of the most heavily mountain pine beetle-impacted fibre in British Columbia, and ship 100% of it to China.  We are extremely proud of what was achieved here, and are saddened to see it come to an end. Closing a profitable sawmill is very difficult, but there is simply not enough fibre remaining in the Quesnel area to support all of the mills in the community.  While we considered every option – including harvesting areas currently constrained for environmental reasons or bringing in wood from longer distances - these would only

have delayed the inevitable. Another key part of the decision to close our Quesnel mill was choosing what to do with our tenure rights. It is in the best interests of the community of Quesnel for the tenure to be utilized and not held indefinitely after the closure.  We also want this to be the last mountain pine beetle closure we take at Canfor, so we looked for a Quesnel operator who would be willing to exchange tenure in one of our other operating areas, allowing us to safeguard the future of another Canfor mill, in this case Houston.  As was also announced today, we have entered into an agreement with West Fraser that allows us to strengthen our fibre position in Houston while they do so in Quesnel. Canfor will not walk away from the Quesnel employees who have given so much to our organization. We have pledged to every member of our Quesnel team that they will be offered a position at another Canfor division. For those that choose to remain in the community, Canfor will work with our regional competitors and other employers to find positions for as many of our employees as possible.  Labor demand within Canfor and across the forest sector is high, and we are confident that we will able to place our employees quickly.

Even bubble wrap can’t ... Mich., or Toronto — or any of the myriad other cities and towns across the globe that have seen school officials slowly but surely ban sport after sport and game after game, all in the name of protecting kids from themselves. It seems as though a week cannot pass by without more news or the weird, of this school or that school banning this activity or that sport. It seems that if a kid is looked at the wrong way during an activity, that activity will become the latest dodo bird of kids’ sports. Administrators at Weber Middle School in Port Washington, a town in Long Island in New York, have banned tag, baseballs, footballs, soccer balls and lacrosse balls (presumably, the kids can play baseball, football, soccer and lacrosse if they employ the Marcel Marceau method of competition). If that wasn’t ridiculous enough, cartwheels have also been banned as a recess activity — unless those cartwheels are supervised. Up in Nashua, N.H., the principal at Charlotte Avenue elementary has banned tag because the venerable game can involve aggressive pushing. Not surprisingly, more than one parent has complained about these bans. It’s been said our kids live in a bubble-wrap world, one in which they are sent outside wearing armour fit for a knight, one in which they mark “play-dates” in their calendar, rather than run down the street and knock on

I recognize that some may question our decision to close this mill, and I want to state very clearly: if there was an option that would allow us to keep a profitable mill in operation, we would have found it.  BC’s government has taken all possible steps to manage the impacts of the mountain pine beetle epidemic while developing new offshore markets and ensuring a forest policy framework that allows our industry to be globally competitive.  That our industry had Chinese customer opportunities to support our companies, workers and communities through the US housing market collapse was largely the result of government policy and market development work of a decade ago.  It is critical that this work continue. While adjusting sawmilling capacity to fibre availability following the mountain pine beetle will be a difficult transition, B.C. will continue to have a strong and vibrant forest sector into the future. Ensuring our sawmilling capacity matches the sustainable supply of fibre is an essential part of safeguarding the future of the industry, and we appreciate the support of government, our communities and our employees as we move forward. Christine Kennedy, Vice-President, Brand and External Relations Canfor Corporation

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a buddy’s door. It’s all well and good to wish for your child to glide through those early years with nary a scratch — but it’s wishful thinking. Childhood equals all sorts of pain and to break a bone or bust a nose and take a puck to the teeth are rites of passages that can never be erased — even if the next school bans walking due to a chance of tripping. Let’s recycle that bubble wrap and let our kids breathe — yes, even if there is a chance they get the hiccups. Christopher Foulds is editor of Kamloops This Week.

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Alien leader takes costume prize Pinhead, the leader of the Cenobites, formerly human creatures from an extradimensional realm who travel to Earth through the Lament Configuration and harvest human souls, was spotted at the Barriere Legion’s Halloween Dance on Oct. 26. In fact he made such an impression on the humans attending that they awarded him (aka Kurt Magrath) with the first prize of $250 in the costume contest. STAR/JOURNAL print subscribers will find complete eEditions of each issue, as well as all weekly supplements on our website. Call the STAR/JOURNAL office to get your access number – 250-672-5611

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Clark attends re-opening TNRD launches new of Mundi’s Coast Hotel Invest BC website North Thompson Star/Journal

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The Government of Canada and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) have launched a new regional investment attraction website, Invest Thompson-Nicola BC. The re-opening of the Coast Hotel and Showcasing the high amount of economic activity taking place in the Conference Centre southern Interior of British Columbia’s rapidly growing TNRD, Invest was celebrated in KaThompson-Nicola BC ( is an interactive mloops on Thursday, website that helps business leaders and entrepreneurs locate the best investOct. 24, with a large ments in the region. number of guests, Funding for the $115,000 project was made possible through the TNRD dignitaries, and meand participating communities, as well as Northern Development Initiadia in attendance. tive Trust, Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and the DepartOwner Ron Munment of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada. di and Coast Ho“Our government is pleased to support the Thompson-Nicola Regional tels representatives District’s investment attraction web portal,” said Kamloops-Thompsonwere joined by Premier Christy Clark, Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod. “This resource will help to attract and retain Chief Shane Gottglobal investment for the region and in turn create jobs and secure ecofriedson, Tk’emlúps nomic growth so that our community can prosper.” BC Gov photo: te Secwepemc, The Invest Thompson-Nicola BC features an interactive map indentifying Honourable Todd (L to r) Kamloops Coast Hotel owner Ron Mundi, along with Premier Christy key major projects and investment opportunities throughout the region, Stone, Minister of Clark, Health Minister Terry Lake, and Transportation and Infrastructure Minincluding specific details about each project. In addition, the website inTransportation and ister Todd Stone, are shown cutting the ribbon to celebrate the re-opening of cludes comprehensive profiles of regional communities and rural areas to M.L.A. Kamloops the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre in Kamloops on Thursday, Oct. 24. showcase the TNRD as a preferred place to invest. South, The Honour“The investment portal is important because it’s going to provide a able Terry Lake, Min- boost the economy in $9-million in renova- the hotel became part comprehensive look into the regional district and its communities. It will ister of Health and their own community. tions and impressive of the Knights Inn M.L.A. Kamloops “It’s all about having upgrades into all ar- franchise, and the ser- be a valuable tool for stakeholders to use in attracting new business to N o r t h - T h o m p s o n , confidence in the fu- eas of the hotel and vice station a Fas Gas. their communities,” said TNRD Chair Randy Murray. “When investors and Kamloops Depu- ture, knowing the city its services. Mundi then moved are looking to locate their business they need to know that there will be a ty Mayor Ken Chris- is going to grow, and Mundi is no his focus back to his good return on their investment and the Thompson-Nicola web portal is tian. that people will want stranger to the com- Kamloops proper- going to provide that information, and more.” In her address to to come and visit, and munity of Barriere, ties. The Knights Municipal economic development offices throughout the region played the crowd, the Pre- hopefully put down having purchased the Inn in Barriere is now a critical role in the development of Invest Thompson-Nicola BC, develmier spoke about jobs roots,” said Clark. Barriere Motor Inn managed by Raj Maoping content for site-selector profiles and working with business and inand the economy, Mundi, who in the early 2000’s, hal, and the Fas Gas praising owner Ron bought the hotel in and shortly after the has become an Esso dustry partners to develop profiles of key investments. Invest ThompsonMundi as an example 2011, said he has put Ghinty Service Sta- station and Subway, Nicola BC is the fifth investment portal of its kind developed to showcase of people who work $25 million into the tion as well. After managed by Gurjant the incredible amount of economic activity under way across B.C. “Inter-jurisdictional collaboration will provide the exposure required to to create jobs and venture, including extensive renovations Gill. put Thompson- Nicola communities on the map,” said Grace McGregor, SIDIT Board Chair. “The Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust is proud to be a part of this innovative solution to promoting our small EVERYTHING FROM BUILDING LOTS, RESIDENTIAL, ACREAGES, WATERFRONT, RANCHES AND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES OFFERED FOR SALE communities to the world.” FOR ALL YOUR REAL NEEDS To find outESTATE what the Government of Canada is doing to promote jobs, DEBRA FENNELL KARINA SCOTT growth and prosperity, visit 250-318-0366 250-318-7398



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North Thompson Star/Journal Black Press recently announced that it has acquired the Abbotsford/ Mission Times and the Chilliwack Times from Glacier Media. In a separate transaction, Black Press has sold the North Shore Outlook, the Westender, Bowen Island Undercurrent and South Delta Leader to Glacier Media. The transactions are set to close before Dec. 31. “We are pleased to acquire the Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack Times,” said, Black Press CEO Rick O’Connor. “They fit very well

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Results of Barriere water usage survey makes for interesting reading By Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/Journal Recently the District of Barriere sent out a survey around water usage in the area. The questions - and the answers to them - make interesting reading and show just how we view this important resource. Question number one; asked several questions regarding how those doing the survey use or conserve their use of water.   The questions included things like: Do you limit your shower time to five minutes or less?   Have you installed a water efficient fixture or appliance?  Do you turn off the tap when brushing your teeth/doing dishes?, etc.   Seventy percent or more answered yes to each of these questions, except for the question as to

Citizen of the Year Banquet date set North Thompson Star/Journal The 2013 Citizen of the Year Banquet for this year’s recipient, Al Fortin, will be held on Jan. 18, 2014. Mark your calendars now, and watch for  more details, including ticket prices, etcetera in upcoming issues of the Star/Journal.  The banquet will also recognize area residents Monica Ireland and Drew McMartin who were the other nominees for the 2013 Citizen of the Year. The annual Barriere Citizen of the Year is sponsored by the North Thompson Star/Journal.

whether or not you had a rain barrel or other rainwater collection system... to this one question, only 35 percent said yes. Question number two: Would you expect the amount of your monthly bill for your clean tap water to be more, less or the same as what you may pay for each of the following utilities? (Utilities listed - cable/internet, electricity, heating, cell phone.) This question is the most interesting, as it reflects how much importance we are actually placing on our water.   The majority (close to 70 per cent) of those who answered expect to pay less for water than for any of the utilities listed as part of the question, with less than 10 percent expecting to pay more.   This is an interesting result... we expect to pay less for water, a necessity of life, than for our

cell phones? I can see having to pay more for heating, (another item I would consider a necessity, especially during the winter), what with the cost of fuel today, but cell phones? Question number three; several questions rolled into one again. Do you burn yard waste? Do you use the Eco-Depot?   Do you have a compost bin?   Do you recycle regularly? and Are you interested in a tour of Barriere’s water facilities?  Approximately 80 per cent said they do not burn yard waste, while 90 per cent or more use the Eco-Depot and recycle regularly, and nearly 70 per cent said that they have a compost bin.   Well done Barriere, these are excellent numbers.  Regarding the question of a tour, of the over 100 replies received, nearly half said they would be interested in a tour of

Barriere’s water facilities. The survey certainly made me think a bit about my own water usage, and about what I’d be willing to pay to have continued access to it. In Canada, we can too easily take our water for granted.   We are so used to just turning on the tap whenever we want some, that sometimes we forget what a privilege it is.   According to the United Nations, 783 million people in the world today do not have access to clean water.  Did you know that while 70 per cent of the earth is covered in water, only 2.5 per cent of that is fresh water?  In Canada, we have approximately seven per cent of the world’s renewable water supply, and we have about 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands within our borders. It makes you think.

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Salute Them As Remembrance Day approaches, we are compiling our salute to our local Veterans.

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The After School Program at the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre was a hive of activity last week, as youngsters decorated kid-sized pumpkins for upcoming Halloween festivities.

Take part in an Old Fashioned Christmas Variety Show Thompson Valley Players Well it is official The Thompson Valley Players will be going ahead with an Old Fashioned Christmas Variety Show on Dec. 14, at the Fall Fair Hall, and we need your help. We are planning a few Christmas skits, and are looking for acts to fill the program; so if you sing, dance or have a Christmas Act of your own please come and join in the Spirit of Christmas. We ask that anyone interested in performing fill out a signup sheet available at “Sweetnams” or the NT Volunteer Centre (NTVIC) office at the Ridge as quickly as possible as space is limited.

If you would like to participate in the program or help with the planning the next TVP meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 6, 6:30 p.m., at the NTVIC office. The Thompson Valley Players are looking forward to bringing a warm family traditional Christmas celebration to the community for everyone to enjoy, and we would like to work together with any group in the community who would like to join us. For more information please call NTVIC at 250-672-0033 or stop by Sweetnams and talk to Dan. We will provide more details on the event later in the season, but the planning starts now so sign up today.






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In Barriere we have had a business licence program for years. Through the years, more than a few business owners stepped up to the plate and complied with the existing bylaw. I want to thank them for their community spirit. Sadly we also had more than a handful that just simply refused. At the last council meeting staff presented a report around enforcement of the business licence bylaw. The staff report stated: “With the main goal of compliance, not punishment, the purpose of ticket issuance is not to generate revenue but to enforce bylaws set by the municipality and to ensure fairness to all operating businesses in the community. Most often, non-compliant businesses are afforded with reminders of licence renewal requirements, warnings of action and a final “Notice” in the form of a ticket without a fine attached. If all three attempts to gain compliance are ignored, then the method of ticketing is initiated under the BNE Bylaw.” It seems the recommendation is that we should be giving all the businesses that have thumbed their nose at the District of Barriere business licence bylaw for the past few years another

three warnings, and then maybe give them a ticket that might carry a fine, maybe. Plus, in the end, the fine won’t be much according to staff: “The average fine set by similar sized municipalities for those in contravention to their Business Licence Bylaw is $100.00 with an early payment reduction to $50.00 (if paid within 5 days as per Bylaw No. 95) and $125.00 for payments received after 30 days (late payments as per Bylaw No. 95). These fines are payable on top of their Business Licence Fee. The Offence Act authorizes fines imposed by local government up to $2,000.” We may be misconstruing what the Offence Act is stating around the limit on fines. In Merritt under their Business Licence Bylaw 2034, 2008 the section on enforcement states: “Every person who offends against any of the provisions of this Bylaw, or permits any act or thing to be done in contravention or violation of any provisions of this Bylaw, or neglects to do or refrains from doing anything required to be done by this Bylaw, shall be deemed to have committed an offence under this Bylaw and shall be liable on conviction of a fine of not more than Two Thousand Dollars

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($2,000.00) and the costs of prosecution. Each day on which an offence continues shall constitute a separate offence.” Please note the last sentence in this bylaw. Fines of up to Two Thousand Dollars ($2000.00) per day, plus costs, may encourage businesses to get a licence before starting up their business. Then there would be no need for warnings. I am not really touting that the Merritt bylaw is better. However, if our community really wants to have business licences then the bylaw should really be written with an eye to doing what is needed to bring those that do not comply into line with what the community wants as quickly as possible. Three warnings just loads more unnecessary work onto staff and the small fine amounts will never cover recouping the costs. The staff report also states that the business licence administration costs would be paid for by the business licence

fees and that the remainder be put into other business related programs. In all reality, after three warnings there would be little left for the other areas such as economic development and the Fire Department mentioned in the report. Some communities are content to not have programs such as business licences. Others recognize that there are many current and continuing benefits to be realized from such a program if it is well run and equitable to all concerned. It all comes down to what our community wants to do now and how we choose to grow in the future. We cannot expect to attract quality investors to our community if we do not properly manage investment related programs like business licences. Creating a level playing field for everyone through proper, effective enforcement of our bylaws is a critical part of giving comfort to future investors. Perhaps what is fair for some is fair for all?

More open textbooks for students underway North Thompson Star/Journal Work is underway to adapt more open textbooks for use by students and instructors in B.C. with a call for proposals underway to begin the second phase of the project. The project will ultimately see 40 open textbooks available for students and instructors in highly enrolled first- and second-year subject areas. The first phase involved faculty reviews of 15 open textbooks, in subject areas ranging from math and chemistry to marketing, psychology, and business. Those 15 open textbooks and the reviews are now available free online for students and instructors. For more information on the B.C. open textbook project visit:

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Famous moose of Wells Gray Park, part one: Jerry the Moose becomes BC Parks' mascot Submitted by Clara Ritcey and Ellen Ferguson Of the many hundreds of moose that lived in Wells Gray Park in the 1960s, two were a little more special than the rest – and of those two, one wasn’t a Wells Gray Park moose at all. In the late spring of 1959, Charlie Simpson, a rancher in the Burns Lake area, found a baby moose wandering along the railway tracks. The cow moose had fallen victim to the train.  Charlie took the tiny calf home to his wife Doris, who called him Jerry and raised him on cow’s milk from a bottle. In spite of his inauspicious start in life, Jerry grew quickly and that winter he ate hay beside the ranch cattle. By the following spring he had taken to foraging for twigs and shoots in a nearby swamp, with occasional visits to his old home for company and treats. At this time, Ralph Ritcey, a Game Branch biologist, was doing research work on moose in Wells Gray Park. Although he had been live-trapping wild moose for the past 10 years, they weren’t particularly cooperative for longterm studies. Fay Hartman, who was working with Ritcey, told him about a yearling moose that had been raised by his friends at Burns Lake. With another co-worker, Herb Green, and a one-ton truck equipped with stock racks, Ritcey headed north. Jerry, not realizing that

he was about to become famous, was nowhere to be seen. Ritcey, Green, and Simpson walked out in the hay field, calling, “Jerry, Jerry.” The young moose, hearing what he was sure was a call of, “Dinner! Come and get it!” raced toward the men. Having just spent a winter tagging wild moose and dodging angry hooves, Green was not about to stand there and be trampled. He snatched up a large pole from the ground and, when Jerry got close, smacked him over the head. His enthusiasm somewhat dampened, Jerry was then enticed into the truck with handfuls of fresh leaves and hay. With their unusual passenger, Ritcey and Green headed back to Wells Gray Park and the Hemp Creek Ranger Station, where a large corral would be Jerry’s new home. Jerry’s diet consisted of bundles of fresh twigs and leaves, supplemented with a special grain mix that had been perfected by biology staff at the University of Alaska.  The bundles of twigs were weighed before being placed in the pen, then any remaining brush was raked up and weighed, to determine exactly how much Jerry had eaten. He had access to all the fresh water he wanted.  It was noted that Jerry would kneel to eat the grain from his feeding pan, the way moose in the wild kneel to reach short brush and grasses. In 1961, Charlie Simpson came to Wells Gray to check on his moose. Jerry appeared to

The original Jerry the Moose feeds on twigs in a corral during his first summer in Upper Clearwater in 1961. He came from near Burns Lake after his mother was killed by a train. Photo submitted

recognize him, making funny little noises as he ran to meet Simpson. Simpson brought Jerry a head of cabbage as a treat, which Jerry ate with great relish. The study ended in 1962. Jerry went to the Calgary Zoo where he lived for many years, and where he appeared to enjoy the many visitors who came take photos. A number of years later, at a meeting of BC Parks managers, the topic of a suitable BC Parks mascot arose. Herb Green suggested Jerry the Moose – and then related the story of his first meeting with Jerry. His wonder-

fully graphic story-telling ensured that Jerry the Moose is now world famous as the mascot of BC Parks. Not content with the information gleaned from studying an adult moose, Ritcey was agreeable to a suggestion from Game Branch management that he raise a moose calf, as keeping a record of its food intake and weight

gain would be of great value to the study. Unlike studying an adult moose that could live in a pen at the Ranger Station, this project would require the

cooperation of Ritcey’s wife, Clara. Look for the story of Jerry’s cohort, Lippy the Moose, in a future issue of the Times.

Right: A bit of snow on the ground doesn’t slow Jerry the Moose down as he browses on low brush in a field. Photo submitted

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Sawmills closing in beetle aftermath By Tom Fletcher Black Press Sawmills in Quesnel and Houston are to be closed next year as their owners trade timber cutting rights to maintain competing operations in the two B.C. Interior communities affected by mountain pine beetle infestation. Canfor Corp. announced it will close its Quesnel mill in March 2014, transferring its forest licence for the region to West Fraser to supply logs to its recently rebuilt Quesnel mill. West Fraser announced it will close its Houston mill next year, trading part of its cutting rights to Canfor to supply its Houston operation. West Fraser CEO Ted Seraphim said in a statement its Houston closure will affect 225 employees. The company plans “major rebuilds” of its sawmills in 100 Mile House and Smithers, and is proceeding with a bioenergy projects at its Fraser Lake and Chetwynd operations. “Our first priority is to explore opportunities to transition Houston employees to one of our other operations, and we will provide assistance in finding new employment,” Seraphim said. Canfor CEO Don Kayne said the 209 employees at its Quesnel mill will be offered positions elsewhere in the company. “The additional fibre we have been able to secure in the exchange agreement with West Fraser enhances the fibre requirements for our Houston facility,” Kayne said. Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad, who chaired a review of Interior timber supplies in the wake of last year’s explosion and fire at Babine Forest Products in Burns Lake, said he expected the decision to reduce mill capacity in the Quesnel region. “The surprise is the closure of the Houston mill, from my perspective,” Rustad said. “I think West Fraser has always been looking at how they want to move the wood between the three mills, but when we looked at the opportunities in the Houston area on the timber supply component, there was a significant amount of wood in that area, and our hope was it would continue to support two mills.” Rustad said the decision last December to provide timber for Oregon-based Hampton Affiliates to rebuild its Burns Lake sawmill “had only very minimal impact” on supply for the other mills in the region. Forests Minister Steve Thomson was scheduled to return Friday from a lumber trade mission in Japan and China, along with industry executives from across the province.

Online voting no quick fix for turnout By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – B.C. isn’t ready to consider a wholesale shift to Internet-base voting in either local or provincial elections, according to a new report from Elections B.C. Chief Electoral Officer Keith Archer released the report Wednesday, warning that even if a host of technical and security issues can be resolved, there is no consistent evidence that voter turnout would be increased. Archer asked the B.C. government in 2011 for authority to conduct pilot projects for electronic voting. The government appointed him to chair an expert panel last year, and its preliminary findings are not encouraging. While there are likely benefits for voters with disabilities or in remote locations, the report concludes that governments should not expect either lower costs or greater participation from voter access via computers and mobile devices. Despite the widespread use of new technology by young people, a survey of other results showed middle-aged and older people more likely to use online voting.

The committee recommends that online voting be considered first as an option for people with access restrictions, such as those who vote by mail. It says universal voting should only be be attempted on a province-wide basis for consistency, security and ability to audit results. No provincial or federal voting has been conducted online in Canada, but municipalities including Halifax and Markham, Ontario have tried it, as well as some U.S. and European jurisdictions. Archer said online voting has unique challenges, such as the need to verify a person’s identity and then keep that separate from their voting choice. Another issue is how to verify security of a range of computers, tablets and mobile phones that could be subject to software tampering. “It’s not like banking online, it’s not like dating online, it’s not like making a purchase online,” he said. The panel has posted its preliminary report at and is seeking public comments until Dec. 4. It plans to make recommendations to the government on the next steps in February. A11

Community group directories North Thompson Star/Journal staff member Margaret Houben holds copies of community group directories that she put together for the Barriere and Clearwater areas. The Barriere edition holds contact and background information for more 60 non-profit groups in the area. They are available free of charge at the Star/Journal office, 359 Borthwick, Barriere. STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Local help for families and caregivers of seniors North Thompson Star/Journal Are you the adult child of a senior? A neighbor? A professional who cares for a senior? If you would like to improve the experience, come to the ‘Help for Caregivers of Seniors’ workshop on Nov. 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., or the ‘Seniors and Caregivers Getting Along’ workshop on Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The workshops will be held at the Barriere Ridge (municipal hall), and you can attend either one or both. “Some adult children become frustrated when their senior parents appear to be stubborn or irritated. It’s likely they’re not doing it intentionally, even though it may appear so. There are physical changes in our brains that happen to us all as we age. “Help for Caregivers” will help everyone understand those changes” says Grace Baker, Mental Health Counselor and Chartered Mediator, who will be instructing the workshops. “Sometimes the changes in roles can be frustrating for both the senior and the caregiver. Commonly the caregivers/family members need to manage the stress of their lives plus now managing the stress of taking seniors to doctor’s appointments, worry about the health and safety of their senior and having a feeling of helplessness while trying to do the best they can for their family member.” Caregiver burnout is high. Here are few signs that might indicate that you are beginning to experience the stress of caregiver burnout. You may be: • Missing or delaying your own appointments in order to meet the needs of the person you’re caring for • Ignoring your own health problems because you feel like it’s not as important as the health of the person you’re caring for • Gaining or losing significant weight • Overusing tobacco, alcohol, or drugs (including prescription

drugs) in order to cope • Trouble sleeping or getting too much sleep • Feeling tired or fatigued • Spending less time than previously with family and peers. • Loss of interest in things you used to like • Feeling overwhelmed, sad, depressed, hopeless or angry often • Feeling guilty about not doing more • Worrying constantly • Unable to stay focused • Furious one minute and sad or helpless the next “Our goal is to support the caregivers before they reach the burnout point” says Baker. “Sometimes we have to work really hard to help the senior to do things that are in their best interest. It’s can be a long slow process. It often feels like they are not happy with you no matter what you do and that’s hard because we really want them to be happy. Because your roles are changing, it’s sometimes difficult for everyone to adjust and sometimes our relationships suffer.” The Nov. 15, session will help you understand your senior’s temperament and it may also help you understand yourself and your own children a little better too. It will cover how their temperament affects communicating with your senior and how to help motivate them more easily. In addition, it will make it easier to identify what causes stress in your senior and how to recognize it at its earliest point. You will learn when it’s stubbornness, dissatisfaction or a cognitive decline issue that the senior may not be in control of. Seniors and Caregivers Getting Along on Nov. 16, is designed to reduce conflict between seniors and their caregivers through conflict management techniques. Participants will also learn some communication skills that are senior appropriate. The workshop will also address the ‘Conflict Styles’ of seniors such

as aggressive, assertive, passive aggressive, passive and avoiders. It will also help participants learn how to effectively deal with each style. “There are some days as family members and caregivers that we feel like we’re having to manage all by ourselves. I’m going to provide resources and information on where people can find support when the caregiver is feeling stressed or frustrated” says Baker. As well, the second day will help caregivers understand ‘Elder Abuse’ – what it is and what to do if it’s you….what to do if you suspect someone else is abusing or neglecting a senior. “People often don’t really know what to do or who to report it to. Even if they just suspect that a senior is being abused or neglected, they need to report it to a doctor (250-672-9795), counselor (250672-9773) or police officer (911) and it will be looked into. A plan will be made to keep the senior safe.” “We’re really hoping that the community embraces these workshops. It would be great to have all the caregivers, family members and local professionals on the same page in order to support the seniors in our community together as a team. We all need to talk to each other and encourage one another to attend. I hope the seniors ask their family members, caregivers and professionals to go to the workshops. Together we can be really helpful and supportive to our seniors.” The workshops are free to those attending because it is funded by the Age Friendly Community Project through the Province of B.C. The funding is managed through the District of Barriere offices. “We are thrilled about having it. Being able to run seniors programs in the valley is a positive thing. It’s great that the province is recognizing the age friendly requirements in our community” says Nora Johnson, finance officer for the District of Barriere.


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SPORTS Canadian Avalanche Centre warns backcountry users about new Smartphone Apps Apps marketed as transceivers give false sense of protection Submitted Smartphone avalanche search applications that are marketed as avalanche rescue systems are not recommended, says the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC). Three European-made apps are presenting themselves as economical alternatives to avalanche transceivers, the electronic device used by backcountry users to find buried companions in case of an avalanche. After close examination, the CAC has found a number of issues with the technology. Two of the main issues are compatibility and frequency range. All avalanche transceivers conform to an international standard of 457 kHz. Regardless of the brand, all transceivers can be used to search and find other transceivers. “Not only are these new apps incapable of connecting with other avalanche transceivers, they are also incompatible between themselves, so one type of app can’t find another,” explains CAC Executive Director Gilles Valade. The 457 kHz standard was chosen because it transmits very well through dense snow, is not deflected

by objects such as trees and rocks, and is accurate. “None of the various communication methods used by these apps come close to that standard,” adds Valade. “WiFi and Bluetooth signals are significantly weakened when passing through snow, and easily deflected by the solid objects we expect to see in avalanche debris. And the accuracy of a GPS signal is nowhere near the precision required for finding an avalanche victim. ” Other critical issues include battery life, robustness, reliability and interference. “These apps are being actively marketed as software that turns a smartphone into an avalanche transceiver but the CAC has serious concerns about their vulnerabilities,” says Valade. “We are warning all backcountry users to not use any of these apps in place of an avalanche transceiver.” The three apps are: • iSis Intelligent (Mountain) Rescue System • Snøg Avalanche Buddy: http:// • SnoWhere:

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Barriere Elementary girls tier one (gr. 6 and 7) volleyball team were in Clearwater last Thursday where they played three games; coming up with a win, a loss, and a tie.

Firearm safety starts at home North Thompson Star/Journal The majority of Canadian firearm owners have long guns, which they use for hunting, sport and wildlife control. About three-quarters have a rifle, and two-thirds a shotgun, according to the RCMP. Almost always, they keep these firearms at home when not in use. “Most gun-related deaths and injuries happen in and around the home,” says Canada Safety Council president Jack Smith. “If you have firearms in your home, the best way to protect your family and visitors is to keep them

unloaded and securely locked up.” A child playing with a loaded gun and inadvertently shooting a playmate is one of the most preventable tragedies. A depressed or violent person could take an unsecured gun to harm self or someone else; about 80 per cent of gun-related deaths are suicides. The availability of firearms is especially dangerous when there is domestic violence. Statistics Canada reports that 21 per cent of intimate partner homicides are committed with a gun, usually a rifle.   Dr. Alan Drummond of the Canadian Association of Emer-

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gency Physicians says long guns are a major concern for doctors in rural areas. “As an emergency physician and coroner, I have seen my share of injuries and deaths inflicted by rifles and shotguns,” he says. In his rural community, he finds that most firearm deaths and injuries are due to an impulsive act in a home where an unsafely stored gun is readily available. The deliberate use of a firearm to harm self or others is deadly. When the gun is not easily accessible, the effort required to find and load it acts as a deterrent. That’s why firearms must be unloaded and stored in a steel cabinet, safe or vault with the keys and ammunition in a secure location. Safe storage also prevents unintentional shootings – which are more common than most people realize. While they are rarely fatal, they can result in severe injuries. If you have firearms in your home, or if family members visit the homes of friends who do, the Canada Safety Council advises you to check that these safe storage practices are in place: • Ensure firearms are unloaded at all times when stored. • Lock the firearms in a cabinet, safe or room that was built or modified specifically to store firearms safely. Make sure the structure is difficult to break into. • Attach a secure locking device, such as a

trigger lock or cable lock (or remove the bolt) so the gun or rifle cannot be fired. • Store ammunition separately and lock it up. While ammunition can be stored in the same container as the firearm, it should be locked up separately. Again, make sure it is difficult to break into. • Children must not have access to the keys used to lock up firearms and ammunition. Always keep them in a secure and safe place. • Teach your children not to handle firearms without adult supervision. Safe transport is as important as safe storage, especially for hunters who carry long guns in their vehicles. The Canada Safety Council offers these tips: • Unload your guns when you leave the field or the forest, and place a trigger lock on the unloaded weapon before bringing it home after a hunt. Muzzleloaders can be kept loaded when being transported between hunting sites, but the firing cap or flint must be removed. •  Lock all guns in a sturdy container that doesn’t let anyone see what is inside. If you must leave your vehicle unattended while there are guns in it, lock them up in the trunk or in a similar lockable compartment. If the vehicle has no trunk or lockable compartment, put the firearms (in their containers) out of sight inside the vehicle and lock it up.

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New Year’s Eve

Youth soccer celebrates success with a festival



Doors open at 6pm • Bullarama 7pm New Year’s Eve Dance After Bullarama

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By Chris Matthews President, Barriere Youth Soccer Association We have just finished our first season of youth soccer. We wrapped the season up with a soccer festival, which included games, a barbecue, and prizes. The season was a great success and very well received by the community. We would like to thank all of our players for their participation, volunteer coaches, parents, and the community for their involvement and support. A special thank you to the District of Barriere, Thompson Nicola Regional District, Barriere Lion’s Club, and the North Thompson Recreation Society for their financial contributions. Also, a big thank you to the following for their contributions and donations to our festival: Kamloops Blazers Hockey, Hansport, Lil’ Monkeys Treehouse, Safeway, BC Wildlife Park, Chinook Cove Golf, Barriere IDA, Barriere AG Foods, Val Williams, Bugera Investments, Interior Savings, Gilbert Smith, Di-Wrecked Salvage, and the District of Barriere. Now that we have soccer in Barriere we

Tickets available at North Thompson Star/Journal (Barriere) Horse Barn (Kamloops)

Bullarama and New Year’s Dance (19+): $50

Bullarama & Dance including Kamloops shuttle: $80

Bullarama only: $30 • 12 and under (Bullarama only): Free Food vendors will be available on site For more information, contact Steven Puhallo at 250-371-7654 or

would like to see it grow and hope it will continue to be a popular sport in our community. So hopefully with everyone’s participation and community support we can carry on providing a fun, safe, inclusive soccer program for years to come. The sky’s the limit! We welcome everyone’s feedback and comments.  Anyone interested in coaching, helping or becoming a director of our organization can contact us by phone (250) 672-0350, or email:

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ferent committees within the group. Where there used to be five or six committees, there will now be only a The North Thompson Valley Gar- few committees for this coming year den Club will be holding their annual - fundraising and program/entertaingeneral meeting on Nov. 17, at 1 p.m. ment being the main two.   The fundraising committee will at the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre (the Ridge).   handle events such as Seedy Saturday Anyone interested in gardens and (April) and the Plant Sale (May), gardening, or indeed, agriculture in while the program/entertainment committee will arrange for workany form is welcome to attend.   The meetings are usually done by shops and speakers for meetings 2 p.m. and there are often speakers or throughout the year.   Another major change is that the workshops following the meeting to club will turn over stewardship of the which all are welcome. Membership dues are $10 per per- Community Garden to the District son, and anyone, regardless of age or and the plot-holders. Please come with your suggesgardening experience is welcome to tions for topics to be covered by such join. There are some changes happen- speakers, and if possible, suggestions ing with this group, as the members on possible speakers to invite. The Christmas meeting will be a are deciding how they want the group to grow and develop.   One such pot-luck and will be held on Dec. 8, change is the reformatting of the dif- at noon at the Volunteer Centre.

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Examining the work of famous photographers I often go online in search of outstanding photography and I came across this article by the editors of Digital Camera World, “The 55 best photographers of all time.” http:// famous-photographersthe-55-best-photographers-of-all-time/ The editors begin, “We’re not afraid of courting controversy here at Digital Camera World…Over the years we’ve interviewed a number of famous photographers and have been inspired by each of them, but one thing we often hear from readers, social media followers, and others, is…. “Who are the best photographers of all time?” It’s a good question! We put on our thinking caps and took a stab it.” I think the list provided is interesting and

is a worthwhile read. It also includes Digital Camera’s 33 myths of the Professional Photographer and Famous Photographer’s tips for being the best. Another website entitled, Picture Correct, also has a list of who they think are the top ten most famous photographers, http:// www.picturecorrect. com/tips/top-10-mostfamous-photographersof-all-time/ They write, “If you want to take truly memorable and moving photographs, you can learn something by studying the pictures of famous photographers. Some of the most beloved artists are deceased, but some are still delighting us with their photographs. The list includes some of the more famous photographers that still impact our lives today.” I liked what the edi-

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tent with viewing only the photography of their circle of friends, or those they exchange photos with on FaceBook, and I regularly get blank stares when I talk about some photography book I have just purchased or when I excitedly discuss my observations about some photographer I have recently discovered. Photography is a medium that almost everybody within our contemporary culture has a personal familiarity with, and an opinion on, whatever photos they see. John Kippin, the chairman of the, Asso-

ciation for photography in higher education, discusses photography and writes, “It is, after all, probably one of the only forms of communication that is truly universal, crossing social and cultural boundaries and interweaving itself seamlessly with so many aspects of our lives. On a global scale, relatively few of the world’s citizens are unaware of photography (either as practitioners, consumers, or subjects, suitable for photography). It not only reflects and offers commentary on our lives, but in many ways, shapes them too. Our desire and need for photography reflects our need for representation within a vast spectrum that runs from the personal use of the image within our domestic lives to the security and military requirements of an age blighted by

terrorism. Many of the uses of photography are not benign - they frequently contribute nothing to celebrate or enhance the human condition. Photography as technology is mute and without mercy. It has no morality and its subject is invisible until we choose to make it otherwise.” I suspect it is probably that familiarity with photography that drives many modern photographers to think that they will excel in spite of their lack of awareness of what is being done, and what has been done by other photographers, and that as long as they keep up with the latest technology their photography will be applauded by their peers. I am of the belief that looking and examining the work of other photographers famous or otherwise will make

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Celebrating 36 Years

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1 (15 -16 oz) jar of salsa shredded cheddar cheese Toppings: fresh cilantro, sour cream, sliced avocado Cook your chicken breast, & set aside. Pre heat the oven to 400F. Lightly coat the peppers with olive oil & roast in a baking dish about 20-25 mins just until cooked thru. Remove the peppers from the oven & allow to cool until you can handle them. In a bowl add the taco seasoning, cooked ground turkey, chopped onions, black beans, corn & rice. Add in the jar of salsa & mix well. Carefully spoon the turkey mixture into each half of the bell peppers & place back into the baking dish. Cook the peppers for another 15-20 mins or until the peppers are cooked all the way thru. Before removing from the oven sprinkle the tops of each pepper with shredded cheddar cheese. Place back into the oven just until the cheese has melted. Remove from the oven & top with fresh cilantro, avocado slices &/or sour cream just before serving.

Each week a group or volunteer(s) are recognized in this space for their contribution to our community. If you, your service organization or group would like to recognize an individual please call the North Thompson Volunteer and Information Centre at 672-0033.

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The goal of this group is to enhance and promote recreational activities in the Barriere community. They also manage the Barriere Forks Park, 15 kms up Barriere Lakes Road. They meet on the third Monday of each month, 7 p.m. at the North Thompson Volunteer & Information Centre (the Ridge). For more information about this group and their many activities, contact Carman Smith, 250-672-9403.


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250-674-2674 Oct 31 - Fireworks-dusk at Barriere Ball fields, hosted by Bar. Fire Dept. Oct 31 - Halloween Party & Fireworks, dusk at Little Fort Com. Hall. Hosted by LF Fire Dept. Hot Chocolate & treats served. Oct 31 - Simpcw Halloween Party, 6pm @ Chu Chua Com. Hall. Nov 1 - Little Fort Coffee House @ Little Fort Community Hall. Doors open 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm. Info call Bill 250-672-5116. Nov 2 - Seniors Bazaar, 11am-1pm @ Barriere Seniors Hall. Nov 2 - Ladies Auxiliary Pork Roast dinner @ Legion, after raffles. $10 tickets avail. at the bar. Nov 3 - Craft Fair, 10am-2pm @ Vavenby Com. Hall. Barb 676-9485 Nov 5 - 6:30pm Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce AGM,#3 4353 Conner Rd. Nov 6 - 6–8pm Business Mixer, Savings Credit Union 4621 Barriere Town Rd. Speakers; Estate Planning & Tax Efficient Investment Strategies Nov 8 - Flu Shots, 10am-3pm Barriere Seniors Hall. Nov 13 - Flu Shots, 10am-1pm NTVIC (the Ridge). Nov 15 - Squam Bay Open House @ Squam Bay Hall Nov 16 - No-Host Bazaar, 10am-1pm Fall Fair Hall. Tables $10, 250672-9330 Nov 16 - 4H Banquet @ Lions Hall Nov 16 - Memorial Shoot (Blind Draw) @ Legion Nov 17 - Winter Wonderland & Craft Fair, 10am-2pm @ Wells Gray Inn. Abby at 250-674-2127. Nov 18 - Flu Shots, 10am-noon @ Little Fort Hall.

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Nov 18 - Spaghetti Dinner @ Sam’s Pizza & Rib House, proceeds to Barriere Food Bank. Nov 19 - Flu Shots, 9-12:30pm@ Health Clinic - appointment 250-6725515. Nov 23 - NT Fall Fair & Rodeo Pot-Luck & AGM, 6pm @ Fall Fair Hall. Nov 23 - Silent Auction & Pot-Luck Dinner, 6pm @ Squam Bay Hall. Nov 29-Dec 1 - Clw Elks Christmas Bazaar @ Elks Hall. Fri. 5-8pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun. 9am-12. Info/tables 250-674-3535. Nov 30 - Seniors Craft Fair, 10am-2pm @ Barriere Seniors Hall. Nov 30 - Make It, Bake It, Create It, Annual Christmas Market, 10am-4pm @ Heffley Creek Hall. Sandra 250-578-8519. Dec 6-8 - Candlelight & Holly @ Barriere Legion bsmt. Fri. 10am-8pm, Sat. 10am-6pm, Sun. 10am-4pm. Tables 250-672-9772. Dec 7 - Seniors Christmas Dinner, 6pm @ Barriere Seniors Hall. Dec 8 - Christmas Craft Fair, 10am @ Chu Chua Com. Hall. 672-995. Dec 14 - Breakfast with Santa @ Lions Hall. Dec 31 - New Year’s Eve Bullarama @ NT Agriplex Jan 18 - Al Fortin’s Citizen of the year banquet. Army Cadets - 2941 RCACC Cadet Corp. - ages 12-18. New Recruits Welcome. Marc 672-9681. Baha’i Night: Fri., 7:30pm, Marge Mitchell’s home. 672-5615 Adult Day Program: Mon. & Wed. 9-2. Lunch, crafts & music at the Seniors Ctr. Sherry Jardine 672-5121 Barriere & District Heritage Society: 3rd Wed. of mth, 1pm at

NTVIC in the winter, at Museum in the summer. Riding Club: Jan-Mar: 3rd Sun. 1pm; Apr-Oct: 3rd Thurs. 7pm at NTVIC. Darcey 250-318-9975. Cancer Support: 672-9263, 672-0017 or 672-1890 Choir: Thurs. @ Christian Life Assembly, Annesty Rd. Youth 7-18 3:30pm; Adults 19+ 6:30pm. Leah 250-957-8440. Curling Club: Oct.-Mar. Curling, league & bonspiels. Drop In Art. Fridays 11:30am-2:30pm at NTVIC end of Sep to Mar (except holidays). Nominal fee. Barriere Elementary PAC: 1st Wed. of mth, 6:30pm, call 672-9916 or Leesa Genier at 320-3629. Barriere Fire Dept.: Firehall, Thurs., 7pm Barriere Food Bank: every Wed. Leave message 672-0029 Genealogy: Every 1st & 3rd Friday of the mth at the Library, 6-7pm, except Jul/Aug. 250-672-9330. Barriere Hospice: Loans out handicap equip - call 250-672-9391. Photography Club. All welcome. Shelley Lampreau 250-672-5728. Community Quilters: 2nd & 4th Thurs.of mth, 2pm at the Barriere Food Bank. Judy 250-672-5275 or Fran 250-672-2012. Barriere Search & Rescue: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. Training on 4th Tues. of mth, 7pm. BSS PAC & Booster Club: 1st Tues. of mth, 5:30pm. 250-672-9943. Survivors of Brain Injuries: Call John at 250-372-1799. Bethany Baptist Church Prayer: Every Tues., 7pm.

Carpet Bowling: Mon, Wed, & Fri., 9:30am-12 @ Little Fort Hall. Community Kitchen: If interested call Dede 554-3134. Community Soup Day: Christian Life Assembly on Annesty Rd. 3rd Mon. of every mth, 11:30 am. Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall. Crib: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Darts: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374-9866. Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri. every mth 7pm. Performers, concession, play area for kids! Call 578-0056. Literacy Tutoring: Learn to read FREE. Jill Hayward 319-8023. Little Fort Recreation Society: 1st Thurs. each mth 7pm LNT Catholic Women’s League: 2nd Mon. each mth, 7pm at St. George’s. Call 250-672-9330 for info. McLure Rec.: 1st Wed. each mth at 7:30pm McLure Firehall. Except Jul & Aug. 250-578-7565 for info. McLure Fire Dept.: 2nd & 4th Tues., 7pm, McLure Firehall Men’s Floor Hockey: Tues., 8-10pm at Barriere Sec. School. NT Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm NTVIC. 672-1843 NT Valley Hospice: 3rd Tues, 11am, Little Fort Hall. 672-5660. Quilting: 1st Tues of the mth, 10am @ Little Fort Hall. Safe Home: Get away from domestic abuse, call 250-674-2135 (Clw) or 250-682-6444 (Barriere). Walk & Fitness: Indoors, Tues & Thurs 12-2pm. Barriere Ridge Gym.

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CASUAL ASSISTED LIVING WORKER – Yellowhead Pioneer B0156 GRADER OPERATOR – Bladetec B0165 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – Yellowhead Community Services CB0250 REFERRALS & ARCHAEOLOGY COORDINATOR – Simpcw First Nation BC0253 GROCERY STORE CLERK – AG Foods B0255 Go To: for information on jobs with Mike Wiegele. Skill Development: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) & are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for 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 & 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

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Free Workshops to help with your work search are available. Please contact us to register for one or all of these free workshops. Basic Computer Training – Level 1(5 hours): Thurs. Oct. 31st Communication & Interview Skills: Thurs. Nov. 7th Using Internet & Email Basics Workshop: Thurs. Nov. 14th Creating & Updating Your Resume Workshop: Thurs. Nov. 21st Work Search Techniques Workshop: Thurs. Nov. 28th 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 Library: An employment consultant comes to the Blue River School. Next visit is Tuesday November 12th 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. Operated by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Government of Canada & the Province of British Columbia

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BARRIERE • Nov. 2: Barriere Seniors Bazaar & Luncheon at the Seniors Hall,11am-1pm. • Nov. 16: No-Host Bazaar, North Thompson Fall Fair Hall,10am-1pm. Info 250-672-9330 (evenings). • Nov. 30: Barriere Seniors Annual Craft Fair, Seniors Hall, 10am-2pm. Info 250-672-5587 • Dec. 6-8: Candle Light & Holly, Legion basement. Friday, 10am - 8pm; Saturday 10am-6pm; Sunday 10am-4pm. Info 250-672-9772


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What to do if you have an unwanted pet STAR/JOURNAL photo: Margaret Houben

Colourful hand-knitted socks, made by local resident Ann Piper, were on display at the Tuesday night Fiber Arts Group meeting in the Barriere Ridge on Oct. 22. Anyone interested in the fiber arts is welcome to stop by on a Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., to see what this group is all about, or you can call, 250 -672-5686 for more information.

Why I’m a Christian I was having a conversation with a friend of mine concerning my belief in Jesus Christ. My friend’s comment to me was one I heard before as he stated, “I’m happy that your faith works for you but I’m not interested.” His comment points to a fundamental flaw in his understand as to why I’m a Christian. The assumption he is making is that given the numerous belief systems worldwide I have come to a sort of pragmatic conclusion that Christianity suits my interests best. This simply is not true. The real question that needs to be asked is what does the statement “works for you”

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mean? It may imply that my faith makes me happy. C.S. Lewis answers this best by stating “I did not go to religion to make me happy. I always knew a bottle of port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity.” I am not a Christian because it makes me happy or comfortable. Nor am I a Christian because it makes me popular.

More and more Christians are despised by society as culture changes its morals and Christianity does not. I am also not a Christian because I get the hope of eternal life. This is a great promise in my faith but Islam, Mormonism and Hinduism offers similar promises. I’m not a Christian because it’s easy to follow. My faith instructs me to endure unjust punishment without retaliating as well as to forgive and love my enemies. This is no easy task. If any of these things is what my friend meant by “works for you” than I can say quite confidently that my Christian faith doesn’t work

for me. One might ask, “Why then be a Christian if it doesn’t work for you?” Why…? because it’s true. Christianity is true when compared to all other belief systems. It’s truth is evident historically, philosophically, coherently, theologically, rationally, and empirically regardless of how I feel. For me to claim Christianity false is as nonsensical as claiming the sky isn’t blue because I don’t like the colour. John 14:6 Jesus replies, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the father except through me.” Article by Pastor Mike Kiewitt, Community Baptist Church, Clearwater, B.C.

As soon as you know you won’t be able to take care of an animal, whether it’s your own or a stray, give the local branch of the BCSPCA a call (250-376-7722). There are more animals needing care than we have room for, so there is often a waiting list for surrendering animals, including strays. Get on the waiting list as soon as you can. While you’re waiting, try to find a new, responsible home for the animal yourself. The shelter is really the last resort, meant to be used only after exhausting all other alternatives. We usually run at or near capacity, and we can only care for a certain

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amount of animals at any given time without jeopardizing health and welfare. We know that sometimes life throws us a curve ball, and we can’t keep the animals we’ve committed to having. But please remember that the shelter has limited resources and limited space, and be patient. And please be responsible: too many animals in this province are abandoned in fields, in dumpsters,

or just on the side of the road. If we don’t have room, please get on the waiting list and keep the animal until we can take them in. The Kamloops and District Branch takes in over 1,200 unwanted animals every year. If you haven’t seen our facility, please stop by 1211 – 8th Street the next time you’re in Kamloops. You’ll see that we don’t have room for them all at once, so please help us out.

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November 1, is Book Lovers Day; a day for all of us who love books, to have an official excuse to have our nose buried in one. I love the smell of books, new or old - doesn’t matter.   Even my cat loves the smell of books and sniffs them all over when I bring a ‘new’ one home from the store.  I like holding the book in my hands and turning the pages.   I’m not terribly fond of those newfangled tablets, though granted, I haven’t had much experience with them.   Why not drop by the Barriere Library and check out a book or two, or three.   They have all sorts of different books in at any time, and there is usually something for everyone.   Howto books, cook books and craft books, history books and novels, mystery books and sci-fi, and lots and lots of children’s books.  And remember to check out the book sale bins... books are only

25 cents each, which is an awesome deal. New releases just in include the following titles: Rose Harbor In Bloom, by Debbie Macomber - In Cedar Cove three women, innkeeper Jo Marie Rose, young Annie Newton, and high-powered businesswoman Mary Smith, make peace with their pasts as they boldly welcome their futures.  How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny - In Three Pines Chief Inspector Armand Gamache investigates the disappearance of a woman who was once one of the most famous people in the world and now goes unrecognized by virtually everyone except the mad, brilliant poet Ruth Zardo. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky - A coming of age novel about Charlie, a freshman in high school who is a wallflower, shy and introspective, and very intelligent. He deals with the usual teen problems, but also with the suicide of his best friend.

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