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MORE REMEMBRANCE DAY INSIDE Turn to Page B1 to find out all about Thomas Bowen Jones who, earlier this year, became the only Kamloops veteran to be awarded the Arctic Star — a British military honour.
Scott Casey was one of 750 Canadian UN peacekeepers in Sarajevo in 1992 More than 20 years later, his story is ﬁnally being told By Tim Petruk STAFF REPORTER
t did not take long for Scott Casey to realize Sarajevo was, as he put it, “a shitshow.” “My first day there I watched a pregnant woman get shot in the stomach,” he told KTW. “The place was literally a bloody mess. They were butchering their own citizens by the thousands.” It was the early stages of the Bosnian War — a battle that would continue for four years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Today, Casey lives in Westsyde with his family. In 1992, he was a Canadian soldier stationed in Germany. When the call for UN peacekeepers came, his November Company shipped out. “We were there within hours, as opposed to trying to get them out of Canada,” he said. “There was no peace there
to keep. Everybody was shooting at everybody and everybody was shooting at us. “We were just targets in big, white vehicles.” The rule for UN peacekeepers, Casey said, is that they can only fire their weapons if they are being fired upon. “It’s called chapter-six peacekeeping,” he said. “But, because of the severity of the fire we were under, we created chapter six-and-ahalf.” Casey said the peacekeepers were not disobeying orders or breaking any laws — just adapting to their situation. X See HISTORY A10
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Attempts by KTW to learn the names of current board members for White Buffalo Aboriginal and Metis Health Society have been unsuccessful. The agency, one of two headed by Deb Canada, was the subjects of provincial audits looking into allegations of financial concerns. White Buffalo held an annual general meeting last week. There was no public notice of the meeting and it is unclear where it was held, who attended or what the agenda entailed. KTW requested information after the meeting. The first request was ignored, the second resulted in an email forwarded to KTW by the Tranquille Road agency from Verna Billy-Minnabarriet, stating “No comment.” The email was copied to agency program director Jeanie Cardinal, Aruna Gore, M. Rose McArthur Kristiansen and Canada. Minabarriet and Kristiansen are listed as board members in the agency’s 2012 Canada
Revenue Agency filing, as are Patricia Cardinal, George Girouard and Lisa Armstrong. KTW was only able to confirm Armstrong is no longer on the board as she has been involved in a program the agency is providing and identified herself at that time as a staff member. The federal filing reports the agency had 12 staff members for the fiscal period, nine making up to $39,999 and three earning up to $79,999. The audit already revealed Canada, who worked one day a week, was paid $60,000 annually. In her capacity at the Metis Commission of Children and Families of B.C., the audit noted Canada was paid $134,000 for four days work each week. The White Buffalo filing notes $32,5666 was paid to parttime or part-year employees and the total compensation expenditure for the fiscal period was $532,905. Detailed financial information shows $42,651 in cash, bank accounts and short-term investments for the 2012 fiscal year, another $24,219 in receivable assets, $26,859 in other
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Parking’s new age arrives Nov. 12 By Andrea Klassen STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
New pay stations are set to go live on Nov. 12 on Victoria, Lansdowne and Seymour streets, but motorists parking on Kamloops’ downtown avenues will spend about one more month using the city’s old, coin-operated meters. Blame the U.S. government shutdown. While Precise Parklink, which supplies the city’s parking machines, is a Canadian company, some components of the machines are manufactured in the United States, said Kamloops’ community-safety manager Jon Wilson. “When the shutdown happened, it affected customs, the postal service, all the rest of it,” Wilson said. “So, there’s been delays.” While the city had hoped to get rid of all old meters at once, Wilson said it will likely be December before the entire downtown switches to digital parking. The city is moving ahead with the rollout where it can, however, with merchant training on the new stations running until Saturday, Nov. 9, at Caffe Motivo on Victoria Street, where a live machine has
been installed inside the coffee shop. While the new pay stations are larger than the old meters and require more information when paying, Wilson doesn’t think they will be too difficult for people to learn to use. “Unfortunately, change comes with a fear of operating the equipment, but the machines do accept coin and that’s one of the biggest fears I’ve heard from some in the community,” he said. Along with accepting American and Canadian currency, the machines will also take credit cards. An option to pay for parking using a smartphone app is also forthcoming, though Wilson said it won’t be immediately available. The new meters will offer three hours of parking at a time and will double the cost of parking — to $1 per hour from 50 cents. Under the new system, motorists will no longer pay for individual parking stalls when they come downtown. Instead, they will punch their licence-plate numbers into the pay terminals. That means a payment will still be valid even if the car attached to it is moved to another downtown block halfway through
the allotted time. “Under the old system, if you paid for two hours at a spot and left before that, you kind of lost that,” Wilson said. People who find they need more parking time won’t have to worry about running back to the meter at which they originally paid. “What these machines do is they’re integrated together,” Wilson said. “So, say if you park at the 100-block of Victoria and you initially came for an hour of parking time and you end up down at the 400 block of Victoria and decide you want to go for lunch, you can go up to another pay station, enter in your same licence-plate number and extend your parking at your original spot up to the maximum three hours of time.” To get people used to punching in their licence-plate number, Wilson said the city is planning to offer free wallet and key-fob cards on which people can write down the required information. Cards are also be available at Motivo. Once the meters are switched on, downtown ambassadors will be on the streets to offer customer support.
With an increase in the number of patients affected by the clostridium difficile (c. difficile) bacteria, Royal Inland Hospital has stepped up all the measures it takes daily to contain the bug. RIH administrator Marg Brown said 14 patients, most of them on a medical unit, have gastro-intestinal symptoms. Of that number, half have been confirmed to be dealing with c. difficile and tests on the other half are being done. Dr. Edith Blondell-Hill is the Interior Health Authority expert on infectious diseases. She said once an outbreak occurs, it’s key to get patients on oral antibiotics as soon as possible, something Brown said has happened. Clutter is a problem as the bacteria can survive for long periods of time on surfaces, Blondell-Hill said, noting over-population of the hospital — with patients having to be left in hallways — doesn’t help because hallways don’t have the same air-exchange as medical unit rooms. The key, Blondell-Hill said, is to ensure everyone — staff, physicians, specialists and patients — wash their hands frequently, something Brown said everyone at the facility is reminded of daily. “It’s incredible what just soap and water can do, the stuff our moms taught us,” she said. Blondel-Hill said having staff wear gloves isn’t necessarily beneficial. “That can be a real problem because, under the glove, any bacteria could grow in that warm environment on your hands.” RIH has doubled up its cleaning schedule and moved to a sporicidal cleaner. Sick patients are also being kept together. Those most at risk are older patients whose systems may have been weakened by frequent use of antibiotics, those who take medicines that reduce the acidity in the stomach and patients undergoing chemotherapy. Blondel-Hill said that one thing mothers taught their children may no longer be true — sometimes it’s best to not take the recommended full course of antibiotics. She said microbiologists like her have determined that it’s not necessary to take the medicine for 10 days to two weeks. “But, we are realizing we need to hit the bugs hard for a short period of time.” Longer use can affect the good bacteria in the body, she said, and make them become resistant to antibiotics.
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Downtown Parking is Changing... Here’s What You Need To Know: Downtown parking meters are being replaced by 90 Pay Stations conveniently located at most intersection corners and mid-block. More Payment Options: The new Pay Stations offer more payment options and accept major credit cards and all denominations of coins excluding pennies. Remember Your License Plate Number: You need to enter your license plate number into our Pay Station when you pay for parking. We suggest using the built in camera of your Smart Phone to take a photo of it. Move Your Car After 3 Hours: We’ve extended our parking time from two hours to three. Time limits are enforced and after 3 hours you must move your car or be subject to a fine. Take Your Time With You: We want you to relax and enjoy yourself. So take your time. Literally. When you pay for street parking downtown you can take your remaining time with you and use it to park at any other parking stall downtown. An Extra Hour of Time: We’ve extended our rates from two hours to three. The third hour will cost a little more, but it’s available if you need it. Merchant Validation Program: When you park downtown you may be eligible for free parking when you shop at participating merchants. Incentives may vary depending on minimum purchase amounts. For more information visit: www.kcbia.com For everything related to downtown parking, visit www.kampark.ca.
Regular Council Meeting Nov 19, 1:30 pm
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Public Works and Utilities Director Competition No. 03-62/13 Closing: Nov 21, 2013
Parks and Recreation Committee Nov 27, 7 am TCC Board Room D
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Yard Waste Site Closures Residents are reminded that effective Dec 1, 2013, the McGill Rd and Barnhartvale Yard Waste Depots will be closed until Feb 28, 2014. Both locations will still accept Christmas trees until Jan 15, 2014.
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Bear Bylaw Residents are reminded not to place their garbage out before 4 am on collection day between Apr 1 and Nov 30 and to not accumulate or improperly store bear attractants. Violators are subject to a $100 fine.
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If you are interested in applying for one of these 3 positions please send your resume and expression of interest by Nov 25 to: ATTN: Maren Luciani City of Kamloops 105 Seymour St, V2C 2C6 (p) 250-828-3568 (f ) 250-828-3848 (e) firstname.lastname@example.org www.city.kamloops.bc.ca/kamplan Snow Removal of City Properties Kamloops Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services staff are responsible for maintaining snow and ice control on municipal properties. Municipal properties consist of public buildings, parks, community centres and walkways. Priorities for snow and ice control on municipal properties is governed by Council Policy PRS-13. For more information call 250-828-3461. Snow Removal & Accessibilty Please support your fellow citizens who use canes, walkers, wheelchairs, guide and assistance dogs. Keep your sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Take a few extra minutes to clear any curb cuts and bus stops near you as well. Be sure to keep disabled parking free of snow and ice.
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Kamloops city councillors have renewed a call for am enhanced form of environmental review for the proposed Ajax copper and gold mine. Councillors this week passed a motion calling for a joint panel review for the mine, which KGHM Ajax wants to build south of Aberdeen. The motion was passed unanimously by all eight councillors present (Coun. Nelly Dever was absent), with
no discussion. Mayor Peter Milobar, who raised the idea of passing a new panel review motion, said the idea struck him when he was writing a letter to federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq following their meeting on the mine, conducted last month when Milobar was in Ottawa for the Communities In Bloom national and international awards. It was the mayorâ€™s first meeting with Aglukkaq since she was appointed environment
minister in July. Milobar said he made it clear the city still wants a panel review, but noticed councilâ€™s motion calling for one is from 2011, before the most recent council was elected. â€œI was thinking it might be good to have an updated motion that I could reference to the minister,â€? he said. Former federal environment minister Peter Kent repeatedly rejected calls for a panel review, opting instead for a comprehensive study process.
Kent said the process examines the same facts as a panel review. But groups with concerns around the mine have argued a review panel, which would have
the power to hold public hearings and summon witnesses, is a more rigorous process that would better protect the city from any environmental fallout.
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