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District struggles with student support issues BY ART HARRISON

Emergency services have lines of communication open with Teck

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Two months after a devastating train explosion in Lac-Megantic, Que., the federal government is ordering rail companies to come clean and tell communities when they pass through with dangerous goods on board. This ruling, called a protection direction, was issued in Ottawa on Wednesday in hopes it will result in better communication between municipalities and rail companies. Locally, the regional emergency services coordinator said a line of communication with Teck Trail Operations has long been established that includes information about the products regularly transported through Greater Trail. “That has been taken into account as part of our regional emergency plan that we have on file and just updated last year,” confirmed Dan Derby. “We are aware and work with Teck on a regular basis so collectively we’d respond to an event that involved a rail car and Teck products.” While Teck does have extensive emergency training and capacity to respond, rail companies are responsible for ensuring safe transport on their rail systems, said Catherine Adair, Teck’s community relations leader. “Teck does not ship or receive via rail any materials that are listed as explosives under the Transport of Dangerous Goods Regulation,” she confirmed. “And Teck does not ship or receive fuels by rail.” CP Rail runs to Teck Trail Operations from Castlegar with rail lines running through Tadanac and up to the Warfield plant. Additionally, two re-load centres located in the Waneta area, run by third parties and serviced by Kettle Falls International Railway, travel to and from the U.S. See FEDERAL, Page 3


Gail Winters, from Trail Community in Bloom, was elbow deep in foliage this week, along with a handful of helpers, to arrange festive baskets as part of downtown Trail’s seasonal decor. This year, the greenery was collected by volunteers who trimmed trees from under power lines and gave the clippings a second life as fragrant and sustainable decoration. Columbia Valley Greenhouses provided Winters and fellow basket-arrangers the space to assemble half of their goal, which is 75 baskets, that will be hung from lampposts along Bay and Cedar avenues.

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Much of the evening was business as usual at the regular open meeting of the School District 20 (SD 20) Board of Education at the Kootenay/Columbia Learning Centre in Trail Monday, with the exception of a number of issues concerning Andy Davidoff, president of the Kootenay Columbia Teacher’s Union. After the Superintendent of Schools for SD 20, Greg Luterbach, presented enrolment statistics and class breakdowns for the 2013/2014 school year, Davidoff raised the question of the lack of educational assistants (EAs) in a number of classes throughout the district with students who had been identified as either Special Education students or those who received an Individual Education Plan (IEP), which qualifies them for EA support in the classroom. “These aren’t all students with IEPs, they are students identified as requiring assistance,” Luterbach responded. “In some cases it may be students who are pulled out of class and are receiving support in other ways.” Davidoff also raised concerns of teaching and support staff in the district regarding an apparent lack of EAs available for replacement of staff on leave or sick days. “We have asked for the board’s protocols when EAs are not replaced,” said Davidoff. “I have received emails from student support services having to do EA work when the EA wasn’t replaced. Is there a shortage of EAs?” Luterbach responded by requesting a formal letter to the board presenting the concerns for it to discuss in later meetings. “What I want to do in the letter to the board is ask them to identify the classes and ask what the designations are for the students,” said Davidoff following the meeting. See SCHOOL, Page 2

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School district seeking more on-call EAs

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concerns all round, parents, students, teachers.... It is really difficult for some reason. The board is having difficulty hiring people to replace CUPE positions.” Luterbach explained

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afterwards that the problem isn’t necessarily a lack of EAs within the district. “We have approximately 60 EAs and have a long call-out list. But between illness, vacations, and leaves, we can go through the call-out list but if people don’t answer the phone or are unavailable for whatever reason and we’re shorthanded, the school has to shuffle EAs to try to find the best coverage,” he

said. “We’re keeping tight around people being on leave without control. We have our team of EAs and it’s not that we’re not replacing them to save money, we do have a replacement budget. We’re running ads for on-call EAs and we’ll be interviewing for the positions in the coming weeks. We’re trying to do what we can to manage.” However, Davidoff says the issues seen locally are an indica-

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tion of a larger problem in the province. “Our concern locally is that there is supposed to be protocols for every site and every student with an IEP. It’s up to each school site to determine the protocol. “If the support is not available does the case manager have the authority to send the student home?,” said Davidoff. “The government removed limits to the number of kids with IEPs in each class, it was formerly three, now there is no limit. When an EA isn’t replaced it can be chaos and teachers end up in a position where they have a hard time meeting the educational needs of the entire class. “There is a disconnect between the government level of funding and the needs of the schools, the needs on the ground,” he said.

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Federal direction effective immediately

FROM PAGE 1 “Current operational needs have trains travelling up to a maximum of once per day to and from our site,” said Adair. “We have a mutual aid agreement in place with the regional district’s emergency services,” she explained. “And we regularly carry out joint training exercises.” In a Canadian Press story, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt acknowledged that the measures won’t prevent another tragedy like the July 6 train disaster, when tanker cars carrying oil derailed and exploded into flames, better communication allows communities more tools to prepare for possible future incidents. “One of the key differences for us is that the rail traffic doesn’t just pass through,” said Derby. “The train is terminated here with offloading and the re-loading of materials. That’s why we are more aware of products than other communities.” The protective direction order is effective immediately and will require Canadian Class 1 railway companies that transport dangerous goods provide municipalities detailed dangerous goods information every three months. “The biggest take-away with this change for me is that, any time we can share accurate and current information in regards to transportation of these types of goods,” said Derby. “It’s going to enable us to respond better for the community in case of an event.”

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Last year’s Mistletoe Market raised money for the Trail Hospice Society. This year, 10 per cent of Saturday’s sale at the Riverbelle will be going to the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighting Burn Fund.

Local crafters unite for festive sale By Valerie Rossi Times Staff

A growing community of local crafters and artisans will make a splash this Saturday with the fifthannual Mistletoe Market. About 30 vendors - selling everything from pottery, Tupperware, handmade clothing, knits and more are turning the Riverbelle into a festive shopping experience from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with $2 entrance per person and 10 per cent of the day's sales and orders going to the British Columbia Professional Fire Fighting Burn Fund. “It's great to see the community come together with all the different venders and artisans and it's nice to be able to donate back to a local charity or cause,” said organizer and vendor Rachel Jansen. “We like the small

atmosphere at the Riverbelle but we are busting at the seams.” Organizers may have to look at introducing another market with wait lists stacking up for both the spring (Creative Blooming) and winter markets. She attributes the success to the different, local finds and the charity element. “I think that people feel good about coming in and doing a little extra shopping potentially if they know the proceeds are going to help someone else in their community,” said Jansen. The past two years have seen 10 markets, with nearly $10,000 raised. After asking vendors for their input on a local charity or cause to support this year, the burn fund topped the list. Word got back that a crafter's husband is a mem-

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Pot petitioners face possible defeat By Jeff Nagel Black Press

Dana Larsen isn’t conceding defeat yet, but the head of the Sensible BC campaign to reform marijuana policing is already talking about another petition drive if the one now underway fails. Canvassers have less than three weeks left before the Dec. 9 deadline to submit the petition bearing the signatures of 10 per cent of eligible voters in every B.C. riding. They have around 150,000 signatures counted as of Nov. 19,

“In at least half of the ridings we’re struggling.” Dana Larsen

or about half the number needed and far short of their target of 450,000 to provide a buffer against disqualified signatures. “In at least half of the ridings we are struggling,” Larsen said Tuesday, adding that means a quarter or less of the signatures have been gathered.


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The City of Trail would like to advise the residents of our current snow control procedures and policies. The City has 76 kilometers of roads to maintain throughout the City and has 14 pieces of equipment such as loaders, sand spreaders, snow plows and a grader to accomplish this task. From mid November to March, the City has at least one employee on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. (The number of employees involved in snow removal is dependent on the amount and duration of snowfall). City streets are maintained on a priority basis, which is as follows: #1 Priority Major collectors and emergency routes, i.e. Hospital Hill, Warfield Hill, Fifth Avenue Hill. Hills with extreme gradients and significant volume, i.e. Green Avenue. #2 Priority Bus routes. #3 Priority Downtown core, including downtown parking lots and the Aquatic Centre. #4 Priority Hills with lighter traffic volumes, i.e. Lilac Crescent, Park Street. #5 Priority All remaining residential streets and parking lots. When all 5 priorities have been accomplished, lanes will be plowed and all other streets widened. City owned sidewalks and the Victoria Street Bridge sidewalk will be cleared following heavy snowfalls. In general, sand is not used on level streets except when extreme icing conditions are experienced. Snow removal in the downtown area is undertaken after a heavy snowfall (this is normally done in the evening hours). Other designated business areas will be cleared as required. The City plow trucks plow with the traffic flow. Snow is cleared from the center of the road to the right curb side. The City will not clear snow windrows from any private driveway. Remember, citizens can greatly assist the snow control operation by adhering to the following requests: 1. Remove all unused vehicles, boats, trailers, etc. from the streets from November to March. 2. Ensure that any vehicles required to park on the street are parked as close to the curb or sidewalk as possible. 3. Refrain from shoveling or spreading snow onto the boulevard or into the roadway from sidewalks and private property, etc. 4. Obey snow removal signs. Property owners are required to remove any accumulation of snow or ice from sidewalks abutting their property. The City Works Department office in Glenmerry is open from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday and all snow related concerns or problems should be directed to this office at 250364-0840. Emergency calls outside of normal working hours are directed through to the Fire Department who relay the concern to the appropriate person for response. City related calls to the Fire Department should be through the 250-3641737 number. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable winter season and thank you for your patience and anticipated cooperation.

“We have a long way to go.” Districts with the lowest numbers of signatures include Cariboo, Fort Langley, Langley, Abbotsford and Surrey-Tynehead, Larsen said. Other areas where canvassers are doing well – either reaching their target or close to it – include Nelson, Creston, Vancouver’s West End, Penticton, Kelowna, Port Alberni and the Similkameen. “We always knew it was going to be a huge challenge going into the campaign,” Larsen said. “There’s a lot of fear out there. People would love to sign the petition but say they’d lose their job or their employer told them not to. I find that disturbing that people are afraid to express a political opinion.” He said the main

challenge has been the sheer logistics of collecting so many signatures in every riding in just 90 days. He noted 50,000 signatures came in over the past week, adding a continued surge in the numbers up to the deadline could still put them “in the ballpark.” Campaigners aim to pass the proposed Sensible Policing Act to bar police from spending any time or resources enforcing the federal law against possessing small amounts of marijuana. A successful petition would require the B.C. government to introduce the pseudodecriminalization bill in the Legislature or else put it to a referendum like the one that defeated the harmonized sales tax. The government

held that referendum after Fight HST forces gathered 705,000 petition signatures. “Whether or not we get all the signatures we need, this campaign will absolutely continue,” Larsen said, adding the “army” of supporters will push towards marijuana legalization on multiple fronts. He said Sensible BC could stage a new petition in the months ahead and try again, potentially getting out of the gate faster by quickly re-registering the 4,000 canvassers now signed up. “I don’t think we will relaunch immediately,” Larsen said, adding the group would take time to study what worked and what didn’t in the event of defeat. “But almost certainly we would try again in the future.”

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THE CANADIAN PRESS KELOWNA, B.C. - Icewine growers are doing a lot of hand rubbing in B.C.’s Okanagan, partly to keep warm as temperatures plummet, but mostly in glee. The forecast of a steadily dropping thermometer has Steve Dale anticipating an early harvest of his icewine grapes. If an expected Arctic cold front pushes the mercury below minus 10 C, the owner of Rollingdale Winery plans on giving a latenight phone call to a half-dozen friends to help pluck chilled Pinot Gris grapes from the West Kelowna vineyard. “This would be one of our earliest-ever icewine harvests. Normally, it doesn’t get this cold until sometime in January.” Dale has set aside about two-thirds of his entire grape crop for icewine. The fruit reaches just the right combination of slushy sweetness at temperatures between minus 10 C and minus 14 C. An early harvest is prized by icewine makers as it means they don’t have to leave the grapes out on the vines for months. Measured against the total volume of wine grapes grown in the Okanagan, fruit earmarked for icewine accounts for just a small percentage. However, the returns for individual wineries can be substantial, with small bottles of icewine selling for $60, and higher on the export market.



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PEOPLE OBITUARIES MCGIBNEY, DOUGLAS STEWART — It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Douglas Stewart McGibney on Nov 13, 2013 at the age of 95. Buzz, as he was known by all, was born in Welwyn, Saskatchewan. He moved to Trail in 1938 and was employed by Cominco as an Engineering Technologist for 45 years before moving to White Rock in 1986. Throughout his life Buzz was an avid golfer and curler. He participated in five Brier curling teams, the Canadian Seniors Championship team, and a BC Masters Championship team. In 1978 he was inducted into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame. In 2011 he was inducted into the Greater Trail Home of Champions Society for recognition on the Home of Champions Monument. Buzz enjoyed golf at the Birchbank golf course for many years. His bump and run game was legendary. His prowess and short game led to many accolades and trophies. After moving to White Rock, Buzz joined the Hazelmere Golf Club and remained a member until he was in his 90s. Every member and employee enjoyed his charismatic personality and obvious love of the game. He lived life large and had more fun than most of us will ever know. He will be missed by all. Buzz is predeceased by his first wife Angie, his second wife Betty, his parents Margaret and Stewart, his sisters Agnes and Norma, and his brother Duncan. He is survived by his step children Debbie (Gary), Darcie (Scott) and James (Lori), 6 grand children Gord (Shannon), Julie, Dion, Lana, Leigha and Jacqueline, 2 great grand children John & Sydney as well as numerous nieces and nephews, including Stuart (Jan), Marg, Clarice, Cathy and Dorin (Bev). At Buzz’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to your favorite charity. Condolences may be offered at

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Former Quebec premier joins anti-bullying campaign THE CANADIAN PRESS MONTREAL - Lucien Bouchard has opened up about how he was bullied as a kid, a public revelation he hopes will help spare others from similar torment. The former Quebec premier shared his story in an online video released Wednesday as part of a campaign that coincides with Bullying Awareness Week. “I’m not only speaking theoretically, I also lived it during my childhood,” Bouchard says in French during the two-minute clip. “I know what it’s like to be bullied by someone much older and much stronger.” Bouchard, who speaks directly to the camera as he stands in front of a white backdrop, continues by saying that bullying violates personal freedom, takes away the victim’s dignity and can lead to a spiral of violence. He says aggressors try to deal with their own personal problems by targeting others with actions that prove to be self-degrading. “Bullying is a social problem,” says Bouchard, once a central figure in Quebec’s independence movement and a key founder of the Bloc Quebecois. “We must convince one and all that it’s an unacceptable way to act in society.” Bouchard finishes his statement by holding his right palm in front of the camera and saying: “I say ‘no’ to bullying.” His disclosure comes as authorities across the country search for solutions to a problem that has attracted much attention in recent years, particularly after the high-profile deaths of several Canadian teens who suffered from relentless bullying. Justice Minister Peter MacKay said Wednesday that Canadians have been touched by such deaths as he introduced federal cyberbullying legislation in Ottawa. If passed,

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it would be illegal to distribute “intimate images” of individuals without consent and make it easier to remove these pictures from the Internet. Bouchard’s video, meanwhile, was part of an awareness campaign launched by Fondation Jasmin Roy, a Quebec organization dedicated to the fight against bullying. The group also released antibullying messages Wednesday from other notable Quebecers, including Olympic champion Alexandre Bilodeau and Montreal actor Jay Baruchel. “It was a surprise for me to see that (Bouchard) was bullied... It was a surprise like it’s a surprise for all Quebecers today,” Jasmin Roy, the group’s president and founder, said in an interview. “What we now understand is that any person, from any social class, can be a bullying victim.” Bouchard, Roy added, decided to share his own experiences growing up in Quebec’s Saguenay region after being approached by Sophie Desmarais, the foundation’s honorary spokeswoman. She is the daughter of the late business tycoon Paul Desmarais, who was a friend of Bouchard’s. Roy also pointed to Bouchard’s remarks in a newspaper interview published Wednesday, a report that quotes the ex-premier as saying he suffered broken teeth, black eyes and bruises after run-ins with his tormentors. Bouchard told the newspaper he first became a target at school when he was nine years old, and that he and his brothers were also bullied a few years later for being top students. “He is sending a message to the population... that even if you’re bullied in life you can go far, you can be the premier,” Roy said.

Daughter of Walt Disney helped inspire Disneyland ing Disneyland, she holds a special place in the history of The Walt Disney Co. and in the hearts of fans everywhere,” Robert A. Iger, the company’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “She will be remembered for her grace and generosity and tireless work to preserve her father’s legacy.” Miller, the eldest daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney, was born Dec. 18, 1933. In later life, she remembered her father as a man who was caring and patient with his

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checked my “real” mail box at home today and found only a couple of flyers and a bill. It remains mostly junk mail but gone are the days that half my recycling was dedicated to unwanted mail. Now, most of that unwanted mail needs only a hit on the delete button to rid myself of the endless array of self-help, dire warning, government promises or life-changing deals that filter in to my work “in box” daily. No doubt the Trail Times is part of a huge database that has contact information for every media outlet in Canada, if not the world. I get bombarded with so many emails from south of the border covering everything from the dire consequences of gay marriage or Obamacare to the latest happenings at a bar in Miami or what the Kardashian girls are up to. And if you think that's all a bunch of junk, I agree. But it gets much worse. The Internet has allowed us to respond to any comment from anyone, anywhere in the world. And whether you're sitting in your parent's basement, in an airport terminal or the Prime Minister's office, all you have to do is hit “send” and that message

gets sprayed far and wide, dare I say, like manure in a farmer's field. Not all emails are from political parties, global companies or public relations firms. I get regular ones from a fellow in Gander, Newfoundland, he sends them to every media outlet on his list. He always takes a strong stand supporting veterans, questioning government policies and taking to task the usual photo ops and speaking points ruling politicians use to make it look like they're at the forefront of a national concern and helping Canadians. There's also a fellow in Summerland as well who usually writes at long lengths about provincial government and its misuse of funds or patronage appointments or cover-ups. Politicians, or rather their staffers, are always quick to send out emails pointing out what's wrong with what an opposing politician has said. I get emails from the “Harper Government,” which I once replied to asking “isn't it called the federal government?” I never got a reply but I certainly got more emails. Now when I get an email from the PMO (Prime Minister's Office) I can't


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help but snicker and think of Senator Mike Duffy's comment about “kids in short pants” down the hall referring to Harper's handlers. The B.C. government must have an office full of writers working 24/7 to keep up with our Premier's acknowledgement of special events. A quick search found our premier sending out emails celebrating the birth of Sri Guru Nanak Dev Ji (the founder of the Sikh religion), Diwali (the Festival of Lights), Remembrance Day, We Day all in the last 30 days. On Monday, the B.C. government sent me emails informing me this was “Bullying Awareness Week,” “Multiculturalism Week,” “International Education Week,”

Ironically nothing on Movember. Maybe Christy's “kids in short pants,” can't grow moustaches yet. Oh well I'm sure they'll send out emails reminding B.C. people that our Premier is on the job celebrating Christmas, Boxing Day and even Groundhog Day. I think she must has one of those calendars that lists something to celebrate every day of the year from grandparents to pets to flags. Guaranteed the moment the federal government makes an announcement, every organization against that decision will send out emails detailing why the decision is a death knell for Canada and Canadians. I get emails with tips on everything from winter driving to storing Halloween candy to buying Christmas presents for people you don't like. (which begs the question “Why buy a present for someone you don't like?”) That said, today I got one extolling the virtues of Canada's first chain of dog spas. “We adore our dogs and want to give them the best care,” claimed the email. That's why dog spas are opening up across Canada. I looked at my dog laying on her own chair with a great view out the

front window while I was filling her water dish and food bowl and thought “she already lives in a dog spa.” There are emails from every person in the world who knows the secret to success. They'll share it with me if I'm willing to drive to Vancouver, fork over a couple of hundred dollars and sit through their presentation. Or perhaps send away for their video or buy their book. I think I figured out what the secret to their success is. I get emails warning me of everything from impending environmental disasters, a coming plague, massive unemployment, selling our water, tainted food and Y2K (I guess I should empty that junk folder). Finally I'm still getting emails from people on the other side of the world kindly offering millions of dollars simply in exchange for my account information and other details. Unfortunately when I reply and ask them to send a $10,000 cheque up front I never hear from them again. Too bad, with that amount of money I could hire someone to go through my emails. Guy Bertrand is the managing editor of the Trail Times.

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Charity begins at home not at checkout

In a recent Maclean’s magazine article titled “Cash Register Charity Holdup,” I see the same things happening locally. The trend of being asked to give money at the checkout uses techniques of public humiliation, shame and catching people off guard and are hardly worthy methods of trying to illicit new charity dollars. One is reminded of the very invasive trend of using unsolicited telephone calls to request donations for charities. Another trend to soliciting funds that I have seen developing recently is the hiring of an individual to raise money - their salary or contract is evaluated by how much money they raise.   Apparently many “qualified” fundraisers are now on the job across Canada!  And yet they only exist to serve the

community through volunteerism in time and effort and have had so many notable, positive impacts. I am concerned that some worthy organizations which choose not to spend huge amounts of money on solicitation like the Salvation Army and community groups such as Food Banks, Shelters, Youth Support endeavors, etc., are being negatively affected by the identified trends in fundraising used by large, well-funded regional, provincial or national organizations. These charities are becoming overshadowed in the evolving competitive, in-your-face world of chasing charitable dollars.   Increasing charitable donations in Canada is a worthy goal but increasing donations to groups that have some retailers

onside, and that have money to spend on solicitation may not be the answer - perhaps donations from individuals will simply be redistributed because there are personal limitations on the amount each has to give? What new sources of funding should be explored? How much thought and effort has been given to going back to a collective approach to seeking donations?   (The United Way struggles to stay alive because various large organizations like Cancer and Heart and Stroke have pulled out to raise more money on their own.) The world of charitable donations has unfortunately become quite competitive and one wonders who is truly benefitting? Jackie Drysdale Rossland

Round of applause for Phoenix Players Kudos to the Phoenix Players for a very professional evening of one act plays and theatre sports. The choice of scripts offered a variety of themes and acting opportunities for this fine cast; all were amusing and thought provoking.

A few tears shed from sadness and many from laughter. I wish there could be an encore performance se we could spread the word on an opportunity not to be missed, Thanks too to the Anglican Church for a rich collection of goodies served at intermis-

sion, and congratulations on your refurbished community hall. It is good to know Trail has another stage and hall space available for a wide range of activities. Virginia Clover Warfield

Rising healthcare costs not incurable


he tsunami metaphor is more and more often used in commentaries about the effect of aging on healthcare spending in Canada. It musters up images of devastation and irresistible strength submersing any levees the system might try to mount to oppose it. It is a powerful but misleading metaphor. There is a worrying rise in healthcare spending in Canada, but it doesn’t have much to do with population aging. The yearly increases in total healthcare spending in Canada – approximately $10 billion per year nowadays – does not result from aging per se, but the costs of treatment, including diagnostic tests, drugs and doctors, for all patients, young and old. It’s not that we have too many seniors who will break the bank, but how those seniors, and others, are treated in the health system that affects the bottom line. Put another way, aging on its own adds around $2 billion to the annual healthcare bill while changes in the cost of treatment per average patient adds $8 billion. How is it possible? To answer, let’s take a closer look

at the age profile of healthcare spending: if age is on the horizontal axis and average spending per individual of a given age on the vertical axis, the profile resembles a valley. In other words, it costs a lot to be born, because it happens most often in a hospital; then, each year of age between one and 50 does not cost the health system much on average (the profile is flat and low) – but costs start picking up again at age 50 and the slope becomes steeper with age until plateauing around 80. Contemplating such an age profile (drawn to illustrate a single year, say 2013), one might conclude that aging will increase spending dramatically. However, looking at two such annual profiles (one for 1993 and one for 2013), it is easy to see that the really striking change has been at the ground level: we spend much more today on anyone at any age than 20 years ago, and this is what really drives our healthcare costs. This increase in costs for patient care has not been sudden, but has taken place over several decades and will likely continue apace. Costs have been driven by current invest-

ments in research and development (in industry and academia alike), insurance coverage for expensive, cutting edge treatments – whether truly beneficial or not – and our demand for longer and better quality lives. We need to build our health system on evidence; we need to know how many years of life and how much quality of life we buy through the increased volume of services and the flow of new technologies in the healthcare system. We also need to pay for services and innovation on the basis of what they add to quality and quantity of life (outcome-based payments). Instead we continue paying for technology on the basis of how much it costs to develop, not how much it delivers. It’s time we stop throwing ever more money after the latest and greatest technologies in health services without knowing if we are getting a return on our investment. Our healthcare system suffers in the process. Michel Grignon is an expert advisor with EvidenceNetwork. ca and a columnist for Troy Media.

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The Trail Smoke Eaters are always looking for viable fundraising vehicles to help drive up the bottom line, but a couple recent initiatives have been both pleasant and welcome surprises to the Smoke Eater faithful. With a suggestion from long-time fan and Smokie supporter Angelo Anselmo, the team took inspiration from the hardcore frenzied European fans that wave the scarves frantically at soccer matches, and ordered their own version from a manufacturer in England - a customdesigned Smoke Eater scarf to help motivate JIM BAILEY PHOTO the masses. Trail Smoke Eater supporter Angelo Anselmo took it upon himself to sell Smoke Eaters scarves. His While the Team efforts were so effective the team sold out, and await a new shipment due at the end of the month. scarf is ubiquitous in European soccer sta- ordered the next batch Ron Maitland are avid Gawryletz. “It’s a fund- far, ticket sales have diums, Anselmo first earlier,” said Smoke supporters and believe raiser and anything to exceeded expectations. noticed it at a Western Eater president Tom the scarves will make make a buck helps.” “It looks like we’ll Hockey League game. Gawryletz. “Angelo great Christmas gifts In addition, the probably be close to sold “I went to a came to me and want- and stocking stuffers. Smoke Eaters fourth out,” said Gawryletz. game, the Blazers ed to go through the “I spent $80 on annual Steak and “We thought if we hit in Kamloops and I crowd, and he sold them already, and I Lobster Ice Breaker 200 we’d be happy with thought well I’ll talk to pretty much every- still need more,” said dinner gets served up everything that’s going someone, because I’m thing we had left.” Maitland. on Saturday at the on this month, so serious about this and Since the sell out, While the initiative Trail Memorial Centre we’re pretty happy. But I thought they could Anselmo is already may not make mil- in the Cominco Gym. I don’t think we’ll turn sell,” said Anselmo. getting a jump on the lions, seeing local fans The dinner also anybody away, don’t And indeed they did. next order, canvassing take ownership of a invites patrons to take get me wrong.” Thanks to the the crowd and local fundraising campaign part in the $1,000 Tickets are $50 sinAnnable resident’s businesses, and, as of like the Smoke Eater reverse draw, as well gle and $90 per couple efforts, the original Saturday, had already scarf sales is a positive as silent and live auc- and can be purchased order of 12-dozen close to 50 scarves and valued contribu- tions, and enjoy live at Re/Max in Trail or scarves promptly sold spoken for in the tion to the club. music courtesy of from any Smoke Eater out and a fresh batch is upcoming shipment. “He went around Randy Emery and board member, or at on the way. “We try to do a little the rink and that was EmeRson. the Smokie game “If I had any idea it bit extra to help the his donation to the It is one of the big- Friday night, when would work like that, team,” said Anselmo hockey club, and he gest fundraisers for the Trail hosts the Vernon I would have probably who along with friend did a good job,” said Smoke Eaters and, so Vipers at 7:30 p.m.


Super League games go down to wire BY TIMES CONTRIBUTOR It was a night of close calls, and nail-biting matches as every game came down to the last rock. For the first time this year in the Kootenay Savings Super League, all four games went the full 10 ends. Team Albo was taking on Team Brost Autoworx and after early lead changes, skip Desiree Borsato took advantage of some Albo misses for steals in the middle ends for a 8-3 lead. Skip Darrin Albo righted his ship with a three in the eighth and a steal in the ninth to be one down coming home without the hammer, but Brost third

poised to set milestone BY JIM BAILEY

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Quinnipiac University Bobcats forwards Connor and Kellen Jones are poised to make history when they take on the Princeton Tigers this weekend. With just a single point from Kellen, the Montrose twins will be the only brothers to each score 100 points in their Div. 1 NCAA University’s history. Connor reached the milestone in a threepoint performance against Colgate earlier this month, while Kellen, who is second in scoring for the Bobcats with 4-10-14, is just one point shy of the century mark with 39 goals and 60 assists over his four-year NCAA career. Connor meanwhile is right behind Kellen in scoring this season with 5-8-13, and a career 39-65-104 with the Cats. The two-time RBC Cup winners with the Vernon Vipers led Quinnipiac to the NCAA championship final in April, and have paced the team to a 11-1-1 start to the season, good enough for a fourth place ranking in the nation. The twins are assistant captains, in their sen“It’ll be an ior year at the Hamden, honour, but Conn. school, and regardI want team less of what will be an exceptional accomplish- success first.” ment, they routinely shy KELLEN JONES away from the spotlight. “It’s not that we don’t like the attention,” Connor told the New Haven Register last week. “I want people to know we’re about the team. It’s a nice milestone. But we work hard to win, not to score 100 points.” Added Kellen, “It’ll be an honor, but I want team success first. Everyone will notice at some point. There’s no reason to advertise it.” Four years ago the twins recorded their first point in their first game, both assisting on a goal against Ohio State. In their third year they led Quinnipiac to its first ever appearance in the Frozen Four. Their primary motive this year is to help the Bobcats to another Frozen Four berth and to finish what they started last season – to win a national championship. This weekend the Jones’ have an opportunity to create their own exclusive club. In spite of themselves, fans and supporters revel in such accomplishments, and history-in-the-making is a good reason for everyone to take notice. “They have this intangible about them,” Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold told the Register. “They make other people around them better. They’re all about winning. It’s hard to find those guys who just know how to win.” The Bobcats play Princeton in a home-andhome Friday and Saturday.

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seven assists and has scored two goals. The Red Wings will host Carolina on Thursday night, hoping to snap a pair of skids. Detroit has gone eight games without a win at home, its longest drought since 1991. The Red Wings haven’t won a game in seven games, their longest stretch since 2002.


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Sister may be embarrassed to admit memory loss Mailbox

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about her memory, and she doesn’t like it. But I’m surprised that her children and husband are not aware of the problem. Should I just let it go? -- Massachusetts Dear Massachusetts: We suspect her husband and children are well aware of the problem, but have chosen not to deal with it. Please encourage your sister to talk to her doctor. Say that you are worried about her. Memory problems are common, but if she is substituting others’ experiences for her own, it could be more serious. Ask if she is scheduled for a regular

invest for their daughter. Annie, what would have been a fun way for us to honor her is no longer of interest to us. We will of course still send gifts to the child, but we feel the parents’ action was extremely tacky. What do you think? -- Boston Aunt Dear Boston: We understand why you have lost your enthusiasm, and we agree that the parents should have been grateful and left things alone. But it might assuage your annoyance to look at it another way: If you had purchased the child an outfit and the parents had exchanged it for something they preferred, would you be as upset? Probably not. The account was a gift, meaning she could do with it what she wished. It was still a thoughtful present from you and undoubtedly appreciated. If the goal is to provide the niece with a college fund, it really doesn’t matter which

account receives the funds. Your contribution is the same. Dear Annie: Thank you for printing the letter from “Finally at Peace,” who has endured three of her five children cutting off contact with her. It gives my husband and

me hope and comfort. We are experiencing rejection from our oldest daughter, who has cut off contact except to send birth announcements of her children. We will be grandparents again because of our youngest daughter,

who makes up for, over and above, what we are living without. But I am comforted from your writer’s sage advice on coming to peace with the situation and knowing that other factors helped shape our older girl. -- Grateful for What We Have

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checkup and see whether you can accompany her, alerting the doctor if she neglects to do so. Also mention your concerns to her husband and children. Your sister may be too embarrassed to address this, so they need to be more proactive. Dear Annie: A year ago, my husband, who is very financially savvy, set up an investment account for his 2-yearold niece. Because she didn’t need any more toys and the family lives quite a distance from us, we thought this would be a nice way for us to recognize birthdays, holidays and special events. Our plan was to make small investments into this account for her in the years to come. Soon after the parents received the information on the account, they cashed it out and reinvested it in a different type of account. They recently offered to share the details with us so we could

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Dear Annie: Over the past 10 years, I have noticed that my sister’s memory has become very confused. She often has false memories, believing something that happened to a friend or celebrity actually happened to her. She also says hurtful things and doesn’t remember saying them. My husband and I decided it was best just to let it go, as she gets upset quite easily. Recently, she said something that really hurt my feelings, and I decided to talk to her about it and clear the air. However, when I mentioned it, she became terribly agitated and insisted she would never say any such thing. She actually got her family involved, and they agreed that I was imagining things. I love my sister and don’t want to upset her, but this really bothers me. She has mentioned that her friends joke




YourByhoroscope Francis Drake For Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 ARIES (March 21 to April 19) For the next month, you want a change of scenery. Grab every chance to learn something new so you can expand your horizons. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) An intense month awaits you. Even casual relationships will be intense. It’s time to clear up debt and define details about shared property. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) Get more sleep in the next month because the Sun is opposite your sign, and the Sun is your source of energy. Your focus will be on partners and close friends. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Act on your urge to get better organized in the next four weeks because this is what you want. Give yourself the right materials to do a good job.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Trail Times

LEO (July 23 to Aug. 22) You’re in the mood to play! Parties, the theater, movies, sports, playful times with children and romantic escapades are on the menu for the next six weeks. VIRGO (Aug. 23 to Sept. 22) Home, family and your domestic scene will be your focus for the next month. Discussions with a parent could be significant. LIBRA (Sept. 23 to Oct. 22) Fasten your seatbelts, because it’s a busy month ahead. Short trips, errands, discussions with relatives plus increased reading and writing will pack your schedule. SCORPIO (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) You might identify with your bank account or your possessions in the next month. But what’s really happening is that you’re seeking to define your value system.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) In the next month, the Sun in your sign gives you a chance to recharge your batteries for the rest of year. It’s all about you. Don’t hesitate to put yourself first because that’s how it should be. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22 to Jan. 19) Keep a low profile in the next month while you strategize what you want your new year (birthday to birth-

day) to be all about. Any ideas? AQUARIUS (Jan. 20 to Feb. 18) The next four to six weeks are popular for you! Accept all invitations. Enjoy schmoozing with others. Share your hopes and dreams for the future to see what others say. PISCES (Feb. 19 to March 20) This is the only time all year when the Sun seems

to shine a flattering light on you. That’s why others are going to be impressed with you and ask you to take on extra responsibilities. YOU BORN TODAY You need the freedom to be who you are and go where you want. You’re active and dynamic, and surprisingly indifferent to the opinions of others. (Part of being free.) You are tireless in your pursuit of a life that stimulates you. You don’t rest on









your laurels. You work hard to constantly prove yourself. This year an important decision will arise. Choose wisely. Birthdate of: Scarlett Johansson, actress; George Eliot, author; Terry Gilliam, screenwriter/actor. (c) 2013 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Cards of Thanks

Career Opportunities

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Houses For Sale

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to all to my Friends and Family for the cards, flowers and best wishes. Hilda McInnis

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International Forest Products Limited (Interfor) is a leading global supplier, with one of the most diverse lines of lumber products in the world. The company has operations across North America and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. For more information about Interfor, visit our website at Castlegar is nestled in a spectacular natural setting between the magni¿cent peaks of the Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges at the conÀuence of the mighty Columbia and Kootenay Rivers in British Columbia.

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Excellent wages and bene¿t package as applicable in the United Steelworkers Local 1-405. All successful applicants will be screened. To express interest in this opportunity, please apply on line at www.interfor. com/careers or email by Nov 28, 2013. We thank all applicants in advance, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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International Forest Limited global supplier, Route 303 15 papersProducts Route 342 (Interfor) 8 papers is a leading Route 375 12 paperswith one Ave, of the diverse lines products in theGreen world.RdThe company 12th 2ndmost St, Grandview 3rdofStlumber & 7th Ave & Lodden Rd has operations across North America and is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. For Route 304 13 papers Route 344 17 papers Route 379 18 papers more information about Interfor, visit our website at 12th & 14th Ave 10th Ave, 9th Ave Cole St, Nelson Ave Castlegar is nestled in a spectacular natural setting between magni¿cent peaks Route 345 12 papers Routethe 380 23 papers West of the Trail Selkirk and Monashee ranges at theGalloway conÀuence of the 10thmountain Ave, 9th Ave Rd, Mill Rd mighty Route 142 and22 papers Rivers in British Columbia. Columbia Kootenay 19 papers Route 381 7 papers Railway Lane, Rossland Ave Route 348 Interfor – Castlegar Division12th is currently recruiting followingRdhourly positions: Ave, Christie Rd for theCoughlin Route 149 7 papers 27 papers Route 382 7 papers Binns St,%Production McAnally St, Worker Route 346 8th, 9th & 10th Ave Debruin Rd & Staats Rd Millwright % Kitchener Ave Route 384 19 papers %Ticketed “B” Welders Fruitvale Warfield %Planer Technician Cedar Ave, Kootenay Route 362 20 papers Route 195 12 papers We are looking for candidates with the following skills and attributes: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Evergreen Ave Blake Crt,Whitman Way Route 366 18 papers %Commitment Route 200 10 papersto a safe workplace Beaver interpersonal St, Maple Ave skills %Team Shakespeare St players with strong %Strong work ethic and ability to work in a fast-pace production environment %Previous experience in the Wood Products industry would be an asset

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Fruitvale $299,000




Sunningdale $189,000 AN KE R MAOFFE


Columbia Heights $159,500 MS OO DRMAIN E 3 BON


Glenmerry $174,500



Fruitvale $129,000


Warfield $219,500



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Moved to condo, must sell large teak dining room set, 6 chairs, hutch, side board. $400. 250-362-9520 SIMMONS double bed set, like new $250.; Treadmill $75.; new ceiling fan/lights $50. 250-367-7603

TRAIL, newly renovated small one bedroom non-smoking suite, suitable for quiet single person. $485./mo. includes heat and electricity. Available immediately. Apply at 468 Rossland Ave. Phone 1-780919-6848

TRAIL, 2BD., newly renovated. N/S, N/P. Avail. immed. 250-367-7558

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Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 250-499-0251

Castlegar 3 Bdrm house close to schools & shopping, family only N/P, N/S, $1200/mth + $600 damage deposit, refer reqd 250-368-6145


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Affordable Steel Shipping Containers for sale/rent 20’ & 40’ Kootenay Containers Castlegar 250-365-3014

Bella Vista, Shavers Bench Townhomes. N/S, N/P. 2-3 bdrms. Phone 250.364.1822 Ermalinda Apartments, Glenmerry. Adults only. N/P, N/S. 1-2 bdrms. Ph. 250.364.1922 Francesco Estates, Glenmerry. Adults only. N/P, N/S, 1-3 bdrms. Phone 250.368.6761. TRAIL, Rossland Ave. 1bdrm w/d f/s, n/s n/p. $550/mo. Avail. Dec.1st. 250-368-1361 WARFIELD, 2BDRM. Available immediately. 250367-9456

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Free Cats to good home. Young black male & small young black female. No scratching. 250-368-9731

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EAST TRAIL house, 2 bedroom plus. No pets, no smoking. Util. not incl.250-231-1394 OUR Guest Ranch-retreat facility offers rentals for your wedding, family and friend reunions. A medical spa that offers pain treatment and workshops. For accommodation call Jocelyn W. Cowie RMT, 250-442-2449 or 778-8668511,, SHAVERS BENCH, 4 beds, 5 appl, shop, ns, no pets, fully fenced. Nov.1. Call Beth 250368-8596

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HEAVY EQUIPMENT Technicians required for work in Fort McMurray. If you are interested in a balanced schedule, competitive wages and benefits please send your resume to: or fax to 1-780-986-7051.

Thursday, November 21, 2013 Trail Times

2005 Toyota Matrix: Manual FWD. Well maintained and ready for winter with new brakes & fluids. 208,000km. Includes 2 sets of good tires/rims & bike rack. $6000. 250-362-7767.


Houses For Sale

Houses For Sale

Houses For Sale

1st Trail Real Estate 1252 Bay Avenue, Trail (250) 368-5222

1993 Columbia Ave, Rossland (250) 362-5200

Feature Home ting New Lis

Marie Claude Germain 250-512-1153

Nathan Kotyk 250-231-9484

Rhonda van Tent 250-231-7575

Rob Burrus 250-231-4420

Fred Behrens 250-368-1268

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Rossland $199,900 1960 Plewman Way

Location, Location, Location! If you are looking for Sunshine , View and location this home is perfect for you! This cozy home has 4 bed , 1 ½ bath , an open lay out with hard wood floors on the main floor, french doors, wood stove, a loft master bedroom with skylight and vaulted ceiling, a great sundeck, all walking distance to hiking and biking trails! Call Marie-Claude to view!

MLS# 2393621

Rossland, $69,900

MLS# 2390386


MLS# 2390923




MLS# 2393449


MLS# 2393731

Trail $135,000

om 2 bedro d e furnish

MLS# 2393499

Trail, $125,000


MLS# 2393010

Rossland $249,000 ting New Lis

2 bed + uite 1 bed s


MLS# 2391999

Warfield $138,500

MLS# 2391600

Trail $42,000


MLS# 2391883


MLS# 2218775

Rossland $320,000

MLS# 2393923

Trail $199,000


MLS# 2390913

MLS# 2392333

$189,900 Beaver Falls $299,500

MLS# 2392778

Fruitvale $219,000


MLS# 2392108

Rossland $399,000

MLS# 2392685

Trail $179,900

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What caused the catalytic converter failure?


n my previous indefinitely provided article I may of it is cared for propguilted you into erly. The outside of vowing to repair a converter is stainyour vehicle so your less steel and is relacheck engine light is tively immune to cornot on. Remember this rosion. In many cases light is on when your the converter will be vehicle is shielded with typically not more stainat its best, less steel to environmenthelp hold the ally speaking. heat in. The One very inside is typc o m m o n ically a honeyfault dis- ron comb ceramic cussed was that provides a malfunca huge surMechanically tioning cataface area for lytic convertthe exhaust Speaking er. The catato travel lytic converter, located through. The honeyin your exhaust sys- comb is coated (or tem, cleans up the washed) in precious inefficiencies of the metals. internal combustion Any outside damengine. age that distorts the As the catalytic inner wall of the conconverter relies on verter can crack the precious metals like honeycomb substrate. platinum, palladium, Once broken the path rhodium and cesium through the honeyto act as catalysts in comb can become the chemical process blocked and eventually of converting the pol- reduce or totally plug lutants; unburned the exhaust system. A hydrocarbons, carbon hard to ignore extreme monoxide, and nitrous lack of power will be oxides into carbon the symptom that dioxide, water, nitro- forces a repair. gen and oxygen it may The more common be obvious that these catalytic converter units are expensive. failure is the result of Your vehicle may have poor maintenance and more than one of these repair practices. If your as well. vehicle ever developed True to a chemical a problem where the reaction involving check engine light a catalyst, the cata- was flashing and you lyst materials (in this continued driving for case precious metals) some time like that are not consumed. you likely will end up Essentially then a cata- having more than one lytic converter can last thing to fix. A flash-


Join in our

Silver City Nites

Santa’s Candy Parade on Friday December 6th!

We are looking for community groups, organizations and local businesses to march, walk, sing, drive or play in our festive parade. Marshaling on the Esplanade at 5:30pm. Parade at 6:15pm through the downtown core.

Fun to follow! For more information, contact Andrea Jolly at 250.364.0834 or

ing check engine light is generally the result of misfire. Misfire is when the spark plug does not ignite the air fuel mixture in one or more cylinders. Along with reducing your engine’s power the fuel that is not ignited in the cylinder to make power flows into the catalytic converter. The catalytic converter, being a furnace of sorts will burn that extra fuel but may, in the process, become too hot. Too hot means the honeycomb

substrate will start to melt. Again, melted substrate reduces exhaust gas flow and messes up the surface area of the precious metals. The result is reduced catalytic function. The previous scenarios are both readily apparent to the driver of a vehicle. If something hits the underside of your vehicle make sure you have it inspected. If you have the proper insurance a “rock on road” damaged converter can be

claimed and repaired. If your check engine light is flashing stop driving as soon as it is safe to do so. Another scenario is having to replace your converter due to more subtle neglected repairs and maintenance. If your check engine light is on, your vehicle is operating at a less than optimum state. In many cases the life of your catalytic converter will be affected by this. At the shop these vehicles come in with


a check light on. The light may be on because of a faulty oxygen sensor or mass air flow sensor. With these ongoing faults the state of the catalytic converter cannot be tested by the onboard diagnostic system. The owner decides it is time to figure out what has been keeping that check engine light on for the last six months. The technician replaces the bad oxygen sensor and gives the vehicle back to the customer.

Not more than a few days later the vehicle is back and the customer is unhappy. The check engine light is back on again. Guess what? The new oxygen sensor now allowed the diagnostic system to test the catalytic converter that it had to neglect for the past six months. The second bill is bigger than the first but the second could have been totally eliminated by fixing that check engine light as soon as it came on.


Celebrating Sport Day in Canada

Friday, November 22

5pm - 7pm

Trail Memorial Centre parking lot, under the mural.

Proceeds to Local Charities Raffles!

Meet your friends before the Smokies game and celebrate your sport!

• Local 480 will be flipping burgers and hot dogs • United Way will be selling drinks • EZ Rock on location with music, games & prizes

• Autographed Sledge Hockey jersey • Ryan Kesler Autographed Stick • Autographed Smoke Eaters Jersey!

Meet local Sochi Olympians!

Wear your team jersey! Available ONLY at the Tailgate Party!


Thursday, November 21, 2013 Trail Times

OOTENAY HOMES INC. The Local K1358 Cedar Avenue, Trail 250.368.8818 ™ Experts Ron & Darlene Your STING NEW LI

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We Sell Great Homes!


1213 Primrose Street, Trail 2304 - 11th Avenue, Castlegar


650 - 9th Avenue, Montrose

956 Spokane Street, Trail



Investment opportunity! Solid downtown commercial / residential building with long-term tenants. 3 year commercial lease offers an excellent and stable return. Call Tonnie (250) 365-9665

This townhouse is fully renovated and offers carefree low maintenance living. Favored end unit. Fully fenced back yard. Xeriscape landscaping with a small veggie garden. Carport and paved driveway. The inside of this great home is inspiring. Complete new kitchen, bamboo flooring,and new bathrooms.

Wonderfully updated home with 4 beds, 2.5 baths, new roof and more.

1734 Noran Street, Trail

531 Turner Street, Warfield

for more info.

Call Deanne (250) 231-0153

3 bdrm Kinnaird home with mountain views. Featuring bright and functional kitchen, covered sundeck, easy maintenance yard, and carport. See it today!

NEW BUILD! 4 bdrm 2 bath home! Fully fenced yard, shop, shed, rebuilt from foundation up! Perfect opportunity to own a new home without having to pay GST!

Call Terry A. 250-231-1101

Call Tonnie (250) 365-9665


940 9th Avenue, Montrose


Ron 368-1162 Darlene 231-0527

At the end of 9th Ave - location is fantastic. One level living. Tastefully redone. Wonderful easy care landscaping. Garage with custom workshop. Great floorplan and spacious deck. Marvelous first home or retirement package. Make sure you check it out.


Saturday, November 23

10am - 12noon 85 Forsythia Drive, Fruitvale


$310,000 $219,000

Spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath, character home Over 2900 sq ft of space with newer windows, upgraded plumbing and Call Jodi electrical panel. There is plenty of parking 250-231-2331 accessed through the back alley. Relax or Christine and/or entertain outside under the large 250-512-7653 covered patio. This is a very special home!

1741 - 3rd Avenue, Rossland


This 4 plex is a must see! Immaculate 4-2 bdrm units that have been impeccably maintained and renovated. Each unit is approx. 950 sq ft, separately metered, have washers/dryers, hot water tanks and all appliances. 4 covered parking spaces with storage lockers, large .21 acre lot, brand new roof over carports and newer roof on the building. Great rental income!

2148 Daniel Street, Trail

8327 Highway 3B, Trail 2266 - 6th Avenue, Trail


Built in 2009, this compact charmer is perfect for single, couple or empty nesters that want modern open concept, low maintenance living. Home features vaulted ceilings, heated garage, private yard and comes with New Home Warranty. Call now before its gone.


4 bdrm home on a quiet street! Home offers good sized kitchen, large shop (20 x 22), low maintenance exterior and flat fenced lot. Quick possession possible. Call today!

Stunning package! This home features Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors, a great floor plan, and amazing mountain views. The home is well maintained and filled with light. The yard is completely private and features an inground swimming pool!

Call Deanne (250) 231-0153

Call Mary M (250) 231-0264

Call Mary M (250) 231-0264

112 - 4th Street, Salmo



3 bdrm heritage home with stunning river views. Featuring oak and fir hardwood floors, original kitchen cabinets, fireplace, beautiful solid wood doors and windows. Tons of storage including a root cellar for all your canning and dry goods. If you are looking for that special home this is it! Call you REALTOR® today.

Excellent investment opportunity as a rental property, or locate your business here and live upstairs. Retail and Residential space in a great location. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss. Call your REALTOR® today for your personal viewing.

Call Christine (250) 512-7653

Call Art (250) 368-8818

Call Christine (250) 512-7653



9480 Station Road, Trail 1501 - 2nd Avenue, Trail



1257 Birch Avenue, Trail


269 Railway Lane, Trail

High traffic corner location. Currently has 3 long term tenants. There is also a second floor which has been used as offices but was initially a 2 bedroom apartment that can be quite easily turned back to an apartment.

Super location- flat street and easy flat access to this 3 bdrm/1 bath home. Has garage and carport for great off-street parking. Remodeled open floor plan with new flooring, paint, appliances & windows. Move in ready and quick possession is possible. Call today!

Value Here! 4 bedroom. 2 bathroom home with modern decor - this family home has 2200 sq. ft. of living space - finished on both floors - call for your viewing.

Call Richard (250) 368-7897

Call Mark (250) 231-5591

Call Mark (250) 231-5591


COLUMBIA GARDENS HOBBY FARM! Excellent spacious home situated in a park like surrounding with gardens and fruit trees. The shop, barn, fenced dog run with kennel, provide numerous opportunities to get away from the everyday challenges. There is ample space to handle several horses as well. Call today!

Call Richard (250) 368-7897


Cell: 250-365-9665

ext 33

Darlene Abenante ext 23 Cell: 250.231.0527

Christine Albo

Cell: 250-512-7653

ext 39

Art Forrest

ext 42

Mary Martin

Cell: 250-231-0264

ext 28

Terry Alton

Cell: 250-231-1101

ext 48

Jodi Beamish

Cell: 250-231-2331

ext 51

Ron Allibone

Cell: 250-368-1162

ext 45

Richard Daoust

Cell: 250-368-7897

ext 24

Deanne Lockhart ext 41 Cell: 250-231-0153

Mark Wilson

Cell: 250-231-5591

ext 30

Terry Mooney

Cell: 250-442-6777

Trail Daily Times, November 21, 2013  
Trail Daily Times, November 21, 2013  

November 21, 2013 edition of the Trail Daily Times