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MLA backs booze in grocery stores Report released in 2014

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Photography by Mikael Kjellstrom (Kjellström)

Saying “goodbye” to an era

The large dairy herd maintained at Rainer Farms in Darfield is no more. Pictured is Debbie Rainer, and grandson Ty Rainer, taking a last walk through the barn as they say a poignant goodbye to the cows. Find article inside on pages 10 and 11.

CounterAttack roadchecks underway

An Arctic Front moved into the Southern Interior early Monday, bringing with it high wind gusts and a wind chill that dropped to minus -23°C in many areas. Barriere showed a wind chill of minus -15°C Monday.


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The B.C. government, police and ICBC recently launched the annual December CounterAttack campaign to ask drivers to plan ahead for a safe ride home if their holiday festivities will involve alcohol. During December, an average of five people are killed in B.C. each year in crashes involving impaired driving. While attitudes towards drinking and driving have changed considerably over the years, an average of 95 lives are still lost each year and impaired driving remains a leading cause of car crash fatalities in B.C.

“We’ve come a long way since 1976, the year before CounterAttack roadchecks started, when more than 300 people were killed in impaired related crashes each year in our province,” said Suzanne Anton, Attorney General and Minister of Justice. “Despite the progress, the numbers are far too high, which is why we’re committed to reducing crashes involving alcohol and drugs and will continue to support enhanced enforcement, including the December CounterAttack campaign.” If your holiday festivities involve alcohol,

make a plan before you head out. Arrange for a designated driver or use other options to get home safely – call a taxi or Operation Red Nose, take transit or call a sober friend. Every December, an average of 1,100 people are injured in 3,800 crashes in the Southern Interior, and on average, 31 people are killed in crashes involving impaired driving in the Southern Interior every year. Police across the province will be out in full force at CounterAttack roadchecks this holiday season looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


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MLA backs booze in grocery stores By Tom Fletcher Black Press

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The MLA in charge of the B.C. government’s liquor policy review is recommending alcohol sales within grocery stores, using the “store within a store” model in place in other provinces. Richmond Steveston MLA John Yap announced three of his recommendations Thursday, including the idea that a separate staffed area should handle alcohol sales. He also called for no increase to the 731 private store licences that are active now, and no sales in convenience stores other than those already designated as rural agency stores. Yap’s full report has more than 70 recommendations, but it won’t be released until the new year after cabinet has considered it. Liquor in grocery stores was by far the most popular topic during his public consultation, which is why only those recommendations are being made public now, he said. NDP liquor and gaming critic Shane Simpson said Yap has promoted the popular idea repeatedly, and Thursday’s announcement appears “cobbled together” to distract attention from BC Hydro rate hikes and B.C.’s dismal job creation performance than it is about liquor sales. “It’s been released with no supporting evidence as to how you do this,” Simpson said. “Who gets these stores? If there’s really a moratorium on new licences, does this mean that somebody who has a 10,000 square foot private store today is going to be told you have to give that up to get 1,000 square feet in a Safeway? I don’t think that’s

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Richmond-Steveston MLA John Yap announces his support for alcohol sales in grocery stores in Vancouver Thursday. going to happen.” The Alliance of Beverage Licensees, representing private liquor stores, questioned Yap’s assertion that the change would create jobs and increase convenience. “There are very few places around the province you will not find a liquor store already located within 100 metres of a grocery store, and having a separate liquor checkout inside a grocery store will not improve convenience,” said Ian Baillie, executive director of the alliance. The alliance is running a radio ad campaign saying its 10,000 employees’ jobs are at risk, and putting alcohol in grocery stores increases the chance that young people can obtain booze.

Legislature dome moving, repair needed By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – The B.C. legislature’s signature copper-clad dome is “beginning to twist, and that’s a problem,” MLAs on the legislature management committee were told last Thursday. That’s the most dramatic symptom of deterioration in the 120-year-old structure, whose many structural problems have been put off for decades and could cost up to $70 million to repair. Legislature clerk Craig James reviewed highlights of an updated engineering report that shows the delicacy of the task. “The problem with every part of this building is that when you go to fix one part of it, it’s attached to another part, which requires to be fixed as well,” James said. “In fixing, for instance, the dome, it sits on these columns that are supported centrally throughout the rotunda, and we’re advised that if you fix the dome, you should really be looking at and fixing the central portion too.”

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Christmas lights were installed at the B.C. legislature this week, but all is not well under the dome. The MLA committee is to meet again Dec. 12 to hear from engineers and decide on the next steps. Speaker Linda Reid noted that other legislature renovations have involved moving government operations to another location for as long as 10 years. The estimate for the most urgent work is $5.7 million, proposed to begin in 2015. Construction on the lime-

stone structure started in 1893, with additions complete in 1915. It has many plumbing and electrical problems, and does not meet modern fire or building codes. Other buildings on the grounds also have serious problems, including the former armoury behind the legislature whose upper floor has been declared unsafe for use.

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Hydro rates going up 28% over five years By Tom Fletcher Black Press VICTORIA – The first of a series of BC Hydro rate increases takes effect in April 2014, adding $8 a month to the average residential power bill. Rate increases of nine per cent next year and six per cent in 2015 are the highest of a series of increases over five years announced Monday by Energy Minister Bill Bennett. The B.C. Utilities Commission will be directed to set rate increases that total up to 28 per cent over the next five years, then determine what rates are needed for the following five years, Bennett said. Commercial rates are going up the same amount. Bennett acknowl-

edged that rate increases are being kept low by using a “rate smoothing” account that defers more than $1 billion of the utility’s debt. That account won’t begin to be paid down until after 2020. BC Hydro CEO Charles Reid said the latest rate increases are driven mainly by a large increase in capital spending, including seismic refits of old dams at Campbell River and Ruskin, turbine expansions at two Kootenay power dams and other upgrades. BC Hydro’s “big build” era of 1973 to 1982 produced rate increases totalling 113 per cent. BC Hydro cited an annual survey by Hydro Quebec that shows BC Hydro customers currently pay the third lowest rates

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The B.C. government is accepting public comments until Jan. 15 on a proposed bill to restrict the number of MLAs to the current level of 85, and to maintain the current rural and northern seats regardless of population. Current law requires an independent Electoral Boundaries Commission to be appointed in May 2014 to consider changes. The government discussion paper is posted online at The last review in 2008 recommended that an urban population shift should result in a reduction of one seat in the Cariboo-Thompson region and one in northern B.C. The government intervened keep those seats and increase the total constituencies from 83 to 85. The B.C. Liberals and NDP agreed that northern constituencies could not get any larger and still be represented by a single MLA. The 2008 review, chaired by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Bruce Cohen, added seats in the Okanagan, Fraser Valley, Surrey, BurnabyTri-Cities and downtown Vancouver. It concluded that keeping all the rural seats was not consistent with the principle of representation by population.

in North America. Montreal and Winnipeg customers pay less, and Seattle and Miami residents pay slightly more. NDP energy critic John Horgan said Bennett avoided the impact of private power purchases on BC Hydro’s rate increases. “We’re going to have increased debt for the next five years,” Horgan said. “They’re going to continue to take a dividend from a company that can’t afford to pay one, and the consequences for people are going to be higher costs.” Bennett said the 10year plan calls for the government to “wean itself off ” dividends from the utility, but the five years of reductions don’t start until 2018. The government

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has instructed BC Hydro to shut down the gas-fired Burrard Thermal generating station in Port Moody by 2016, saving an estimated $14 million a year. The forecast electricity surplus over the 10-year plan allows that, but the facility will continue to be staffed for its grid stability function, Reid said.

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The North Thompson STAR/JOURNAL

Thursday, December 05, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

by Brian Coombs - Kootenay News Advisor

The big picture

OK. So our hydro rates are going to go up nearly 30 per cent over the next five years. A lot of people are saying that this is a travesty, but they are obviously not seeing the big picture. To start, this is something that the people of this province have been warned about since the 2002 edict stating that BC Hydro was no longer permitted to build new dams, run-of-the-rive projects or any new energy project. The one project in the cue, the Site C dam, is an exception to this rule. Numerous reputable news agencies pointed out that forcing BC Hydro to purchase energy from independent power producers (IPPs) was going to drive up costs. The utility was mandated to purchase this power, on extended contracts, whether the demand was high or low. This means that even if the power wasn’t being used, it was paid for. The BC Utilities Commission even stated that this move was not in the public’s interest, but what do they know? As many have pointed out the flaws in this system before and these articles are easy to find this article will not go over that ground again. The Coles Notes version is that BC Hydro was mandated to buy high and sell low. While this may seem counter-intuitive to most people, the government was obviously looking toward the big picture. Now this big picture isn’t that the province (meaning the residents) is going to be on the hook for around $50 billion over the next few decades, (we are), it is about some things actually good for us. Remember, money isn’t everything. The government is now suggesting that we start to conserve energy. This is an admirable goal and something that could be great for the environment. Adding nearly 30 per cent to our hydro bills means a host of other potential benefits, especially for those on fixed incomes or living below the poverty line. Here are just a few: • Paying this much more for energy means that some people may have to give up some vices. Kicking the smoking or drinking habit will definitely free up some cash to pay to keep the house warm. That can only be a good thing. • This can be a huge boon to the solar power sector. While expensive at the moment, prices are sure to come down in the near future and getting your home less dependent on the grid is a very good thing. It is as good a thing as taking our power from the water that flows abun-

dantly through our province via infrastructure already in place. • People squander electricity. Do people have to keep their computers on 24 hours a day? Do we need to have every light in the house on? Does everyone have to run their refrigerators every day? Do those with electrical heating need their homes warmer than 12 degrees during the winter? We can afford to do without some of these things. • We don’t need to have extra cash on hand to buy a coffee, eat at a restaurant or buy items from a local store. Making do with what is at hand is what our ancestors did and should this put some people out of business, well, they shouldn’t have been trying to live on such slim margins anyway. • Many of us could stand to lose a few pounds. You may be saving money for your hydro bill by not eating at a restaurant, but know that those supermarkets and food producers have to pay electrical bills for refrigeration. As their costs go up, they will pass those onto the consumer. This may mean a few less potatoes on the table for some, but their body-mass index will improve. Skinny is in right now. • Speaking in terms of large organizations, hospitals really don’t need as much electricity as they use. If they insist on keeping up their current levels of energy consumption, they can always save money elsewhere. Getting rid of staff is a way to balance those books, or maybe cutting back on emergency room hours. In that vein, many of us will be helping them pay the bills in another way. Shopping at the hospital auxiliary or thrift shops is a great way to stay garbed while keeping within our new, energy-reduced budgets. • Manufacturers will also have to pay more for energy. Again, this is not really a problem. If they pass the cost on to us, we can afford to do with less, or we can just stop buying locally made products in favour of the much cheaper ones coming from outside the country–keeping our trading partners happy. These are just a few examples of cutting back the fat, so to speak. So it is comforting to know that our government had our best interests at heart all along and this is not some amazingly inept and costly travesty at our expense. The big picture vision has us all leaner and more self sufficient. Thanks BC Government for helping us to conserve. Really. By Brian Coombs - Kootenay News Advertiser

Send a letter this Christmas

To the editor; Letter-writing can be traced back to a time when handwritten letters were the most common form of communication. Way back before the invention of the telegraph, the typewriter and the computer, handwritten letters were both an art form and an essential part of everyday business. There were even books printed about letter writing.  Books offering advice on the etiquette involved, on how to improve one’s penmanship and even books on how to analyze handwriting to learn about a person’s character.   Etiquette books are particularly interesting, as many will give examples of sample letters to write for every occasion.  One such book, originally printed in 1808, is the Universal Letter Writer which includes interesting topics such as how to properly issue a challenge for a duel.... it

makes for very interesting reading. This book is still available as a ‘reprint’ of the original and will shortly be available through the local library.   National Letter Writing Day is held on Dec. 7, which is appropriate, especially as Christmas is still one time of year when people do write letters, or at least Christmas cards.   Getting your letters off by Dec. 7 means they should, mostly, reach their destinations in time for the holiday. While many people today just send texts or emails, some of us still like to send and receive a handwritten letter.   Take a little bit of time and send off a few letters this year, who knows, you just may enjoy it enough to start sending letters more often. Margaret Houben Barriere, B.C.

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Health Matters: Walkability By Tanya Osborn

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Construction of the new waste water treatment system in Barriere has area residents never too sure where the next detour sign will be appearing as sewer collection lines are placed underground in many areas of the community.

TELUS responds to letter writer To the editor; TELUS would like to respond to P. Gregson’s letter of Nov. 23, about TELUS’ proposal to add more wireless service in Clearwater. The radio frequency signals from cell phones and cell towers are very similar to those in use for many decades in televisions, radios and other household devices.  In our homes, the strength of the electromagnetic field (EMF) created by a refrigerator is comparable to the strength of the EMF from nearby cell towers.  The safety of radio signals has been studied extensively by accredited scientists and health experts around the world.  Please allow me to offer a quote directly from the World Health Organization (WHO) website on the subject of health effects of exposure to low power electromagnetic fields such as those used by cell phone towers: “In the area of biological effects and medical applications of non-ionizing ra-

diation approximately 25,000 articles have been published over the past 30 years. Despite the feeling of some people that more research needs to be done, scientific knowledge in this area is now more extensive than for most chemicals. Based on a recent in-depth review of the scientific literature, the WHO concluded that current evidence does not confirm the existence of any health consequences from exposure

to low level electromagnetic fields,” World Health Organization. Health Canada and B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer also affirm that the lowpower signals from cell phone towers pose no known health risks. Importantly, we are investing to improve wireless service in your community because of local demand for the service. With more than 60 per cent of all 911 calls coming from cell-

phones today there are also important public safety considerations, not to mention the positive impact on the economy and property values new wireless service can have. At TELUS we are working hard to ensure wireless service coverage and capacity are there when needed, and in a way that works for the local community. Jim Johannsson TELUS Director, Public Consultation

My husband and I are entering the real estate market and we have several must-haves on our shopping list. At the very top is walkability, which includes walking distance to a grocery store, elementary school, and playground; a safe neighborhood which includes accessible sidewalks, street lighting, and cross walks; and close proximity to public transit. Some of our friends have questioned why walkability is so important and this is what I tell them: Living in a walkable neighbourhood is good for your physical, social and mental health. Walkability encourages people of all ages to get outside and be more physically active. Currently, one in three British Columbians are living with preventable chronic illnesses like heart disease. Walking keeps us healthier and helps reduce our risk of chronic disease and obesity. Secondly, getting out of our houses and our cars allows us to socialize with our neighbours. Having a playground down the street will make it easy for my children to be active and for our family to get to know other families in the neighbourhood. Social connections help build a safe and supportive community where neighbours shovel walks for each other and parents look after neighbourhood children when a little help is needed. Spending time in nature can also boost our mental well-being. Fresh air is calming whether it’s under the stars or the sun, in the wilderness or in our town centres. Not everyone is able to hike up a mountain but smooth, paved sidewalks, benches and neighbourhood green spaces help make nature accessible to all and that can mean the difference between isolation and happiness. Walkability is at the top of our new home must-have list because we want to raise a family in a neighbourhood that promotes healthy living and a sense of community. Health is something that can happen every day… where we live, learn, work, and play. – Tanya Osborne is a community health facilitator with Interior Health


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Thursday, December 05, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal

Highlights from the TNRD Board Meeting of Nov. 21 Thompson Nicola Regional District

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Ambassadors welcome Fall Fair members North Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association royalty, Ambassador Vanessa Balatti and Vice-Ambassador Kendall Mackay, flank NTFFRA treasurer Leslie Stirling in greeting members to the association’s AGM and potluck supper held Nov. 23, at the fall fair hall in Barriere.

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Fraser Basin Council Delegation Dr. Charles Jago, Chair, and Mike Simpson, Senior Regional Manager, provided a presentation on the activities of the Fraser Basin Council. Dr. Jago and Mr. Simpson highlighted projects occurring in the TNRD, such as facilitating community-to-community forums, the Kamloops Source to Tap drinking water assessment, the Nicola Lake Action Plan, and the Shuswap Watershed monitoring program. Community Water and Sewer Committee, Repeal Bylaw No 2440, 2013 The Community Water and Sewer Committee Repeal Bylaw was adopted, which eliminated 17 community water and sewer system committees that were no longer active or effective. In the future, when significant projects are undertaken for TNRD utility systems, an ad-hoc committee will be struck to include members of the community. Medical Marihuana Grow Operations First and second readings were given for Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 2442, 2013, regarding medical marihuana grow operations. A public hearing will be held in conjunction with a regular Board of Directors meeting on the proposed bylaw. The proposed bylaw permits medical marihuana production, subject to specific conditions of use, on parcels greater than eight hectares within the ALR or those zoned AF-1 or RL-1 of size greater than eight ha, and on I-2 or 1-3 zoned industrial lands greater than 4 ha.

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TNRD Procedure Bylaw 2394 The Board of Directors Procedure Bylaw No. 2394, 2013, was adopted. It governs Board proceedings. Board Meeting Change of Date The December 19, 2013, inaugural meeting has been rescheduled to December 12, 2013, 1:15 p.m. 2013-2018 Financial Plan The TNRD Provisional Budget for 2014 was presented, highlighting a seven per cent decrease in overall expenditures. The tax paid on the average priced residential home for municipalities is estimated to range from $131.71 (Clinton) to $300.27 (Clearwater). The tax paid on the average priced residential home for Electoral Areas is estimated to range from $219.25 (EA “I”) to $532.65 (EA “M”). The 2014-18 Financial Plan Bylaw No. 2443 was given three readings and was adopted. Blackpool Firehall Heater Replacement The Board approved up to $10,000 of Federal Gas Tax Revenues, Community Works Fund, allocated to Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country) to be approved to upgrade the overhead heaters at the Blackpool Firehall. They will be replaced with energy-efficient units. Capital Grants for Search and Rescue On recommendation of the Emergency Management and Protective Services Committee, the following grants were approved: • Kamloops SAR — $1,169.00 • Logan Lake SAR — $1,233.07 • Wells Gray SAR — $20,335.73

would be prepared to wear the same clothes and not shower for a whole week rather than live without their smartphone for one month. These, and other startling facts, were uncovered by Interior Savings Credit Union to celebrate the launch of its Million Dollar Bursary Program, which gives $1,000 to up to 1,000 grade 12 students. The online poll also revealed that: • Six per cent of respondents would be prepared to chew a piece of gum that was stuck to the bottom of someone’s shoe.

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Recording studio opens in Barriere By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal Cal May is a homegrown talent who grew up in Barriere, worked as a newspaper carrier for the Star/Journal, and graduated from Barriere Secondary. Cal says he became interested in music from a young age and was always involved in different bands and music groups around Barriere. “My first job was delivering newspapers for the Star/Journal, and all the money I made went to buy musical equipment.” During these years Cal soon found recognition, “Our band Obsidian Sun won the Barriere Battle of The Bands and was featured on The River radio station with two of their songs.” After graduation, he moved to Calgary, AB., where he attended Mount Royal University in a three year Music Jazz Performance Program. Cal further continued his post-secondary music education by attending York University, in Toronto Ontario, in their Jazz Performance Degree Program under the tutelage of world class jazz musician Lorne Lofsky. He has also taught music for three years while in Calgary, and later in Barriere. Returning to Barriere in 2005, Cal continued with his music career as lead guitarist for local rock band A Social Portrait, formerly known to their fan base as The Kin. This band has been playing successfully for four years, are the house band

at Knights Inn, and have played for Sun Peaks Resort for three years. He and his band have played numerous charitable events over the past four years. Cal has provided sound engineering at the District of Barriere’s Friday Night Music in the Park, and his newest venture is being owner-operator of CM Music Services. Cal says he is passionate about bringing music in all forms to the community. “My mission is to help revive a music scene in Barriere, with one of the goals being to give parents the opportunity to put their kids through a music course within their own community.” He says a driving force in creating CM Music Services is to prove quality product that suits any musical need and to enrich and expand the music scene within the community. As a new business CM Music Services has been in the works for quite some time, and Cal says he is excited to finally see it come to life. CM Music offers a recording studio fully equipped with the latest digital recording technology and equipment, suitable for every type of artist. It features a two room 800 square foot facility that provides a comfortable and creative environment for artists to maximize their potential. Best of all for local talent, the recording studio is situated in Barriere, in the Midtown Mall, directly across from the Employment Centre on Barriere Town Road. Cal says the studio,

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Cal May has opened a recording studio in his hometown of Barriere. where A Social Portrait practices, welcomes other bands who need somewhere to practice for a “nominal fee”. There is also a room that will be used to provide music lessons, and he notes that supporting the parents of young music students in helping them to access instruments, music, etc... is an important part of the process. “We have an open door policy, and also mentor students,” says Cal, “We are not just someone you see once a week. We can also restring and tune guitars on site, order in music, and advise before purchases are made. It’s great for people not to have to make the drive to Kamloops just to buy music.” He notes that growing up in Barriere and being a music student himself,

he can really understand how hard it can be for parents to access and find what is required. Cal closed the interview by saying, “This is something I’ve always wanted to do since I was about 14 years old – and now I’m doing it!” Everyone is invited to attend CM Music Services Open House on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., where people can meet the staff, take a tour of the recording studio, music lesson room and artist studio club. The public is also invited to attend Studio Club Music Night from 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. the same evening, to listen to a jam session and meet local music artists for an intimate musical performance. You can find out more by going to www., by


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Don’t miss breakfast and photos with Santa Annual Barriere event set for Saturday, Dec. 14 North Thompson Star/Journal

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The Knittin Mitten Tree at Interior Savings Credit Union is collecting donated items for the Barriere Food Bank until Dec. 18.

“Success by 6 and Yellowhead Community Services would like to invite all Barriere and area residents to our sixth annual Breakfast with Santa, this Dec. 14,” says Adrienne Pullen, Barriere Success By 6 Coordinator, “As in years past, the Barriere Lions Club has kindly offered to host the event at the Lions Hall. Without their generous support, Success by 6 would not otherwise be able to bring this fun filled community event to our families and children. I would like to extend our sincerest thanks in advance to all of the very generous individuals, businesses and organizations that are working together to support this year’s holiday celebrations.” On Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Breakfast with Santa will be held at the Barriere Lions Hall. Santa will be there with gift bags fostering early literacy, and a photographer will be on hand from 10:30 a.m. until 11:15 a.m., and 11:45 until 12:45 p.m. for pictures with Santa. There will also be volunteers to assist children in creating some wonderful holiday crafts from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

And of course the Lions will be cooking their famous pancake, sausage and egg breakfast (served from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with entertainment by the Barriere Elementary School Glee Club at 11:15 a.m. Admission donations are appreciated but not required. Any of the following donations would be gratefully accepted: • Monetary – all proceeds to go to Barriere Success By 6 and stay in the community. • Non-perishable food items – all food items will be donated to the Barriere Food Bank. Get your picture taken with Santa (suggested donation for pictures is $ 3. “We look forward to seeing you all there celebrating our communities and families this holiday season,” says Pullen, “Success starts with each of us, and investment in a child’s early years pays dividends for the future of our communities and province. Congratulations Barriere for being a community that cares.” The Sixth annual Breakfast with Santa is hosted by SB6, Aboriginal Engagement SB6, and the Barriere Lions Club, and sponsored by SB6, Barriere Lions, Interior Savings and Credit Union and numerous community businesses and organizations.

Santa Claus to attend Christmas parade ‘Christmas Carols Through the Ages’ to be presented by NT Community Chorus

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The sights and sounds of the holiday season have changed a little this year. Santa will arrive in the community of Barriere and take a tour around the parade route on Friday night, Dec. 6. The parade will begin at the Employment Centre, and proceeding down Barriere Town Road, ending at Fadear Park and the bandshell. At 7 p.m. the community will be treated to a spectacle of lights as the 2013 Community Christmas Tree comes to life for the annual Tree Lighting. The grade 7 class will be selling hot dogs and hot chocolate and there will be carolling around the campfire.






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North Thompson Star/Journal The North Thompson Community Chorus is presenting its second annual Christmas Concert - Christmas Carols Through The Ages. Christmas classics are a great way to reconnect with the great Christmas songs that people have enjoyed throughout the years; …plus, according to chorus conductor, Leah Jones, you can “Get a Handle on Handel this Christmas!” Not only will there be a journey through time visiting the earliest of Christmas carols (900 BC) through to the present, but there will also be some of the ‘magnificents’ that were so popular in their day, and are still the most performed Christmas works in western music. During intermission and complimentary refreshments, attendees can enjoy a Christmas carol sing-a-long. Belt

out your favourites to one of the valley’s most accomplished pianists. The Community Chorus will be performing in Barriere on Dec. 22, at 3 p.m., at the Christian Life Pentecostal Church. In Clearwater they are performing at the Ski Hill Lodge on Dec. 20, at 7 p.m., and a shorter program on Dec. 21, at the Upper Clearwater Community Hall at 2 p.m. Did you know that carols were first sung in Europe thousands of years ago, but these were not Christmas carols. They were pagan songs, sung at the Winter Solstice celebrations as people danced around stone circles. The word ‘carol’ actually means ‘dance’, or a song of praise and joy. Carols used to be written and sung during all four seasons, but only the tradition of singing them at Christmas has really survived. Early Christians took over the pagan

solstice celebrations for Christmas and gave people Christian songs to sing instead of pagan ones. Soon after this, many composers all over Europe started to write Christmas carols. However, not many people liked them, as they were all written and sung in Latin, a language that the normal people couldn’t understand. By the time of the Middles Ages (the 1200’s), most people had lost interest in celebrating Christmas altogether! This was changed by St. Francis of Assisi, when in 1223, he started his Nativity Plays in Italy. Normally they were all in a language that the people watching the play could understand and join in. They soon began to spread all over Europe. Carols were usually sung in homes rather than in churches. Traveling singers or minstrels started singing

these carols, and the words were changed for the local people wherever they were traveling. One carol that changed like this is ‘I Saw Three Ships’. When Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans came to power in England in 1647, the celebration of Christmas and singing carols was stopped. However, the carols continued to survive as people still sang them in secret. Also, at this time, many orchestras and choirs were being set up in the cities of England, and people wanted Christmas songs to sing; so carols once again became popular. Many new carols, such as ‘Good King Wenceslas’, were also written in the Victorian period. New carol services were created and became popular, as did the custom of singing carols in the streets, with both of these customs are still popular today.

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Sewer connections slated for next year Where the heck did November go? The last week of November was the start of holiday season meetings and mixers that happen most every year. The Chamber of Commerce held a gathering at the Station House Restaurant that was well attended by its members. The food was great, and the service excellent. Good work Station house staff! New President Lana Laskovic made a presentation to Carol Patton commemorating all her hard work over the last.., well, more years than Carol wanted to admit. A very pleasant gathering, and I want to thank all involved for the invitation. On Saturday, the Senior Centre was the site for the annual Senior’s Bazaar. Lots of good bargains and nice people manning the many tables that were there. This event is organized by volunteers each year

and deserves our support. The items for sale are handcrafted, and for those of us that don’t know a knit from a pearl, it is a good chance to purchase a decoration for the holidays, a unique gift or even something to ward off the cold for ourselves. Many of you may have seen that the digging has started for the sewer collection lines. Right now the work is down near the septage receiving station on Kamloops Street. It will soon move along Conner and cross under the highway. Staff is working to make sure traffic can be accommodated in these areas. If you have questions or concerns please call the district office at 250-6729751. Right at the start we had a few missteps around communicating what was happening. In order to place the individual connections to each property the con-

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Bill Humphreys tractors will need access to your property. District staff has told me that there is a plan to let property owners know what is happening prior to the actual placement of these connections. Again if you have concerns, complaints or questions please call the district office. Along with all of this, district staff will be sending out how and when the actual connection to your home will be done, when it will be done, and the rest of the information that you require. No connections can be done until the waste water plant is in operation. That is slated for

late next year. We cannot collect sewage until we can treat it. Work has started on the waste water building, and if the weather permits it will progress over the winter. Work has been progressing nicely on the remediation of the old store on Barriere Town Road. I would ask that the public please respect the various cones and other safety measures around the building and site. The work to remove materials and the items off the roof is dangerous at best, and we need to give the workers all the space they need. The project is complicated, but the crew working on

it has certainly risen to the task. Great job people, keep up the good work and we will have a new municipal hall before you know it! The weather has created some trying times out on the highways. This time of the year means there can be everything from freezing rain to black ice. Please drive to the conditions so that we can have you arrive safely home. There are too many tragic accidents happening.

Here in the district we have taken over the winter roads maintenance. If you have any concerns or questions, well you know who to call. Nice comments are appreciated as well. Council will be having the yearly strategic planning meeting in December. If you have a project that you want to see be at the top of the list for 2014 please contact your favourite council member and they will bring it forth. The strategic plan-

ning meeting is held prior to the budget reviews so that the budget reflects what is important. The budget review meetings are open to the public of course, and I would encourage all residents to attend. The dates will be posted as soon as they are set by council. The Christmas Parade is this Friday. Please come down, watch the parade, help light the tree and kick off another holiday season here in Barriere.

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‘Tis the season for shopping The Senior’s Christmas Craft Fair, held Nov. 30, filled the Barriere Senior’s Hall from wall to wall with all manner of wonderful crafts and handmade articles just in time for seasonal shopping. Pictured is one of the handmade jewelry vendors helping a shopper with her choices.

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The end of an era in milk production: By Jill Hayward North Thompson Star/Journal

Karl Rainer shows Emelia

Overlooking the North Thompson River, with a spectacular view of Green and Baldy Mountains, the Rainer Farm in Darfield, B.C., is home to Debbie and Karl Rainer. This is where Karl Rainer (senior), back in 1932, first started farming in the North Thompson Valley, and where his family continues to farm today. On the farm, the days start before the sun rises, and have always been busy, milking cows, feeding livestock, moving sprinklers, haying, fencing, repairing machinery, mucking out stalls, gardening, and a seemingly endless supply of duties that keep the farm functioning. And all this while the Rainers have also raised their children and grandchildren. Milking cows has also been a way of life on the farm for the Rainers, from producing milk for personal use in the early 1930’s, first shipping cream in 1937, and in most recent years, milking 32 cows and shipping 900 litres of milk daily to Dairyland on the lower mainland. Dairy cows produce milk on a strict timetable, one that for the Rainers started every morning at 5 a.m., milking the 32 dairy cows, and then doing it all again in the afternoon, when the whole herd was brought in for milking at 3:30 p.m. Karl and Debbie Rainer say being dairy farmers has been a way of life for them since they were married in 1980, although Karl already had been working with the dairy cows since the early ‘70’s. Last week Karl and Debbie turned the final page on Rainer Farm’s dairy herd as they bid

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Ingeborg and Karl Rainer (senior) started the dairy at Darfield in the early 1930’s. goodbye to the cows that have been a consistent part of their operation since the start way back in the 1930’s. “It’s been a hard decision to make,” said Karl, “But our sons are not interested in continuing in the dairy business ,and have other interests.” Karl said he is sad to see the end of an era at Rainer Farm, but that he and Debbie will now have more time to spend with family and grandchildren, to travel, and to do other things they have been interested in but never had the time to pursue. “I’m really not happy about the decision to sell, but it is the right one to make,” said the dairy man. Debbie says it’s going to be strange for awhile, but a good friend came up with the idea of a going away party for the grandchildren to say “goodbye to the cows”, and that brightened us all up a little with the kids in the barn feeding the cows and having fun”. What about Rainer Farm, will it remain the same? According to the Rainers nothing else has changed - they’ll still be raising beef, chickens turkeys, lamb, and son Ben will of course be operating Rainer’s Custom Cutting on the property. The family will continue to grow their own vegetables, Debbie will dazzle the farm workers and friends with her great baking, and the Rainer hospitality will never end. “It’s been a big step,” say the couple, “But now we’ll have more time to enjoy the grandchildren.”

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Rainer Farm sells milk quota and cows History of Rainer Farm in Darfield, B.C. Karl Rainer (senior) was born in January of 1905. He came to Canada in 1927 from Austria. In 1932 he purchased the main farm of 160 acres from Bessie O’Conner. Karl married Ingeborg Salle on October 1, 1936. Ingeborg’s parents arrived from Germany in 1912, she was born in September 1915. Her parents missed boarding the Titanic as their luggage had not arrived at the port. Karl and Ingeborg slowly built up a small dairy herd. In 1937 they shipped cream. Karl packed the cream cans on his back to the highway, where the North River bus would pick them up for delivery. They had three children. Anita born in 1943, Linda in 1946 and Karl Jr. In 1958. The two daughters married and left the family farm. One lives in Kamloops, and the other in Clearwater, B.C. In 1976 Karl graduated school, and Karl senior died after a battle with cancer. Karl had been doing most of the farm work with Inge and took over the operation of the farm at this time. They were milking 12 cows and shipping cream to Noca Dairy in Vernon, B.C. They also had a small herd of beef cattle. They had an old milking barn with a small red building on the end where the milk was separated. Cream was shipped and the skim milk was fed to the pigs. Karl junior and Debbie (Splay) were married in September of 1980. At this time Ingeborg purchased a mobile home and set it up on the home property as her home. In September 1981 Karl and Debbie had their oldest son Ben, and in the same year built a new dairy barn.

When Noca dairy was sold to Dairyland, they no longer wanted cream shippers. So Rainer farm started shipping milk instead of cream that year. They went on to have a second son, Dustin in 1984, and the youngest, Kurtis, in 1985. In 1990 Karl and Debbie built a new home on the main property. In 2002 Ingeborg Rainer passed away after suffering a heart attack while walking across the yard. Up to November of this year the Rainer Farm has been milking an average of 32 cows and shipping 900 litres of milk daily to Dairyland in the lower mainland. The farm has over 40 head of beef cows that calve early each spring, and in summer they range on crown land behind the main property. In fall the calves are sold. Pigs are also purchased as wieners and raised to be processed though the plant on site. In 2008 a new slaughter and processing plant was approved for operation on the farm site. Ben Rainer is the plant manager and owneroperator of Rainer Custom Cutting. Ben was married to Angie Fortier in June of 2007. They have two children, Joy born November of 2008, and Ty, born May of 2011. The couple is currently building a new home on the farm. Dustin Rainer now lives in the mobile home along with his daughter Emily, born in February of 2007. Dustin runs the day to day operation of the farm with Karl. Dustin also raises meat birds and turkeys, as well as having 11 eves that will lamb in the spring. In his spare time he hunts and traps farm predators. Kurtis lives in the main family house and works off the farm for his living. When he is not working away, he

(Above) Karl and Debbie Rainer, proud of their dairy and the cows that produced quality milk for them. (Left) Joy Rainer feeding grain to some of the dairy cows during the children’s “goodbye to the cows” party, held in the Rainer dairy barn last week.

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British Columbians denounce trophy hunting, furring More than two-thirds of residents have no problem with hunting animals for meat. Insights West British Columbians draw a very clear line when they look at their relationship with animals, a new Insights West poll has found. The online survey of a representative provincial sample shows that support for trophy hunting and furring is exceptionally low, while large majorities of residents endorse eating animals and hunting for meat. The topic of trophy hunting gained prominence earlier this fall, when NHL player Clayton Stoner shot a grizzly bear while hunting with a license issued by the provincial government as part of an annual lottery. Across British Columbia, only one-in-ten residents (10 per cent) are in favour of hunting animals for sport, while 88 per cent are opposed to the practice. Killing animals for their fur is endorsed by just 15 pr cent of British Columbians, and rejected by 81 per cent. “It is abundantly clear that few British Columbians are in favour of trophy hunting and furring,” said Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Af-

SPORTS BDRC Vet Day at the Agriplex Saturday, Nov. 30, was Vet Day at the North Thompson Agriplex, hosted by the Barriere and District Riding Club for their members. Approximately two dozen enthusiastic horsemen turned out for the day to learn about health care and first aid for horses from Dr. Robert Mulligan D.V.M., from Kamloops Large Animal Clinic. Pictured is Dr. Mulligan showing clinic participants how to take a horses temperature safely.

Grizzly bear. fairs at Insights West. “At least four-in-five residents voice opposition to both of these practices.” Most British Columbians (56 per cent) are in favour of keeping animals in zoos or aquariums, but only 38 per cent support using animals in rodeos. Large majorities of residents are in favour of eating animals (85 per cent) and hunting animals for meat (73 per cent). Results of the study were based on an online

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National fitness day proposed Black Press A B.C. Senator and MP are calling for the first Saturday in June to be proclaimed National Health and Fitness Day, to help reverse what they call an “epidemic of obesity” among young people. Senator Nancy Greene Raine introduced a bill in response to statistics that show one out of three Canadian children are overweight or obese, and only 12 per cent get enough physical activity. Canada’s Public Health Agency calculates that health care for obesity-related cardiovascular and diabetes treatment already costs $7 billion a year. The bill encourages local governments and private organizations to hold community events to promote fitness. West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast MP John Weston began working on the idea three years ago, and he said 68 communities have signed on so far. “Our goal is to increase the number of municipal governments that proclaim National Health and Fitness Day to 300 by June of 2014,” Weston said.

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Take some steps for winter safety in the backcountry Here are some useful tips to keep you safe when engaged in outdoor activities during winter Submitted “Research looking at coroners’ statistics shows that an average of 10 persons die each year in B.C. while engaged in winter activities like skiing, snowboarding or snowmobiling,” says chief coroner Lisa Lapointe. “Another 15 or more persons die each year from hypothermia or exposure to cold. These are numbers we all need to work together to reduce.” With statistics like this, a group of agencies with a mandate for public safety are joining together to provide information to help British Columbians stay safe in the backcountry during the upcoming winter season. Re p r e s e n t at i v e s from the BC Coroners Service, Environment Canada, Parks Canada and the Canadian Avalanche Centre are highlighting the risks and stressing the need for proper planning, equipment, training and monitoring of weather and snow conditions before venturing into the backcountry. Peter Marshall, public avalanche forecaster with the Canadian Avalanche Centre (CAC), says the goal of the CAC is to ensure that everyone going into mountainous backcountry carries essential safety gear and knows how to use it, has taken basic safety training, and knows how to check bulletins for weather and avalanche risk before heading out. Grant Statham, mountain risk specialist for Parks Canada, stresses the need for checking avalanche terrain ratings along with the weather forecasts. The Mountain National Parks comprise 23,000 square kilometres of wilderness in the B.C. and western Alberta mountains, with Parks Canada providing avalanche

terrain ratings for more than 350 specific backcountry tours and climbs.

Here are some very useful tips for staying safe: From Environment Canada: Know Before You Go: Where and when to get the information to plan a safe trip In order to plan your backcountry trip in advance, you have to be aware of where to get the latest, best weather information. According to the following timeline, you can choose to use/access different tools: 1. Speak to an Environment Canada meteorologist - four to seven days prior to your departure; available at 1 900 565-5555 or 1 888-292-2222. Environment Canada’s Pacific Storm Prediction Centre offers one-on-one consultations with a professional meteorologist. Four to seven days before your departure, call them to: * Explain where you’re going, when, and the elevations of travel. * Learn if the general weather pattern during your trip will be fair, steady and predictable or highly variable and unpredictably stormy. * If the forecast is stormy, start thinking about alternate plans to stay below the treeline, to postpone or to cancel altogether. Ask the meteorologist to notify colleagues so that you can call again later for an update about your trip. 24 hours before departure, call to consult with a meteorologist again: * Request specifics about your trip weather. * If the forecast is stormy, make a decision to adopt an alternate plan, to postpone or to cancel altogether. While there is a fee

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Staying safe in B.C.’s backcountry starts with the careful planning you do before ever leaving home. ($2.99 per minute) to speak directly with a meteorologist, the cost is small when you consider the potential risks associated with backcountry weather changes. 2. Check for Special Weather Statements issued three days prior to your departure . Special Weather Statements are intended to advise the public of unusual or inconvenient weather conditions and of potentially hazardous or warning-level weather conditions in the longer-term (i.e., greater than 24 hours from now): http:// html?prov=bc 3. Warnings - issued 24 hours prior to your departure. Environment Canada is the only agency authorized to issue weather warnings. Please note that weather warnings are never issued more than 24 hours in advance, even if severe weather is likely just beyond 24 hours: warnings/?prov=bc From the Canadian Avalanche Centre: * Ensure everyone going into mountainous terrain in winter has essential avalanche safety gear transceiver, probe and shovel - and knows how to use it. * Ensure everyone has at least basic

training in recognizing avalanche terrain and moving safely in that environment. * Ensure everyone travelling in the backcountry checks weather and avalanche bulletins before heading out. Then choose appropriate terrain for the conditions of the day. From Parks Canada: * “Know Before You Go.” * Does your group have the skills, knowledge and training to travel in avalanche terrain? * Can you self-rescue? Do you have a plan? * Do you know the emergency number? * Have you left an itinerary with someone? Do you have any other route options? * Again, have you the correct equipment, and have you checked the avalanche and weather forecasts? For more information, visit: www. parksmountainsafety. ca From Emergency Management BC: For a one-stop shop of information and links on backcountry safety, visit Emergency Info BC: http://www.emerg e n c y i n f o b c . g o v. backcountry-safety. html Take the advice with you by adding the mobile site to your

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From the Medical Unit, BC Coroners Service: Hypothermia (as it relates to backcountry travel) * When core body temperature gets below 35 degrees Centigrade (normal is 37 C or 98.6 F), usually as a

result of immersion in cold water or exposure to cold air. * Can come on insidiously, especially in children and the elderly who are at higher risk. * Hypothermia may present as shivering initially and as it becomes more profound that person may stop shivering and become confused and feel tired, unaware they are so cold. First Aid: * Hypothermic individuals should be taken to a warm area. Remove any wet clothes. * Have them drink warm liquids and cover them with warm clothes or blankets. * Confused, weak individuals should be taken to a medical facility as soon as possible. Prevention of Hypothermia * Wear layered clothing and a hat

outside in cold weather. An inner layer that will wick away moisture is best as wet clothes lead to more rapid development of hypothermia. * Make sure your children are warmly dressed and pay attention as to how long you let them play outside. * When travelling by car in bad weather, let someone know where you are going. Have simple items in the car including blankets or sleeping bags, matches and candles, water and dry food. If stuck, you can run the car for 10 minutes every hour to warm it up. * Be very cautious of alcohol ingestion if going out in the cold, as it increases your risk of developing hypothermia and decreases your awareness that it is happening.

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back to some of my earlier roots as an artist, this summer I carried oil paints and a panel box out of doors and spent small bursts of time rediscovering my relationship to the world around me with paint.” “From these initial portraits I created a small series of porcelain teapots intended to reflect my developing relationship with the wild places around me. The art of brewing tea, and even the art of sitting down to share unhurriedly with a friend, seem to be less prominent aspects of day-to-day living in an increasingly frenzied

Clearwater artist Charlene Lau is having a month-long art show at Wilson House Gallery. The show began on Tuesday. “I’m very excited,” she said. Lau will be showing five free-form teapots and five matching paintings at the event. All but one pair are based on locations in the North Thompson Valley. “This work is the beginning of a study and exploration of the wilderness on my doorstep,” she said. “Moving

and frenetic world.” Lau earned her BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design before completing a degree in education at the University of British Columbia. She is highly involved in promoting arts and culture in the North Thompson Valley through the local arts council and Wells Gray Gallery, an artist-run gallery located in the Wells Gray Infocentre. The show is currently on at the Wilson House Gallery on Tranquille Road in Kamloops and will run until Dec. 19. Hours at the gallery are 1:30 – 5 p.m.

Charlene Lau holds a teapot similar to the ones she will have on display at an upcoming show at at Kamloops art gallery. The Clearwater artist made five teapots and five matching paintings for the show, which is running Nov. 19 to Dec. 19 at the Wilson House Gallery on Tranquille Road. Photo by: Keith McNeill

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR – Yellowhead Community Services CB0250 SUPPORT WORKER – Yellowhead Community Services CB0259 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce B0260 FACILITATOR/CASE MANAGER – Barriere Employment Service Centre BC0261 EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR/MANAGER – Yellowhead Community Services CB0262 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

CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 • 250-674-2928 • Fax 250-674-2938 E-mail: • Web Page:

Early Childhood Educator/Facility Manager: FT/PT Barriere #CB0262 Facilitator/Case Manager: PT/Barriere #BC0261

Support Worker - Child care programs: 2 positions/Clearwater #CB0259

Support Worker: 2 positions/Clearwater #C0257



Early Childhood Educator/Educator Assistant: FT/PT Clw/Barriere#CB2050 Maintenance Technician (Instrumentation): FT/Clw#C0248 Cook: 2 positions/Clw #C0240 HD Mechanic/Welder/Machine Operator: FT/Clw #C0239 11 Job Postings/Blue River: PT & FT

#CB0222 Maintenance Manager, Guide, Electrician, Fine Dining Server, Registered Massage Therapist, Dishwashers, Front Desk Attendant-Winter, HousekeeperWinter, Gym attendant, & Lounge Server

Free Workshops

to help with your work search are available. Please contact us to register for one or all of these free workshops. Stress Management Workshop: Thurs. Dec. 5th Using Internet & Email Basics Workshop: Thurs. Dec. 12st Creating & Updating Your Resume Workshop: Thurs. Dec. 19th

Is seeking an


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Skating Coach: Seasonal PT/Clearwater

Please call Annemarie 1.800.661.6335 email:

Located across the railway tracks in Vavenby, B.C.


Traffic Control: Casual/Clearwater

Help Wanted


by Keith McNeill

Early Childhood Educator/Facility Manager for Little Stars Child Care Centre in Barriere.

Hours currently term time only, 9am-3pm. Program development could lead to extended hours. Education required; Early Childhood Education Certificate / lesser qualified applicants with relevant experience may be considered. Please send a copy of your resume and a cover letter to Susanne Butcher 612 Park Drive, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N1 Tel; 250-674-2600 Fax 250-674-267 Em; susanne.b@yellowheadcs. www.yellowheadcs.cs

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 December 10th 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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Thursday, December 5, 2013 North Thompson Star Journal

Pets & Livestock

Merchandise for Sale

Merchandise for Sale



Auto Financing


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Photography / Video

Feed & Hay

Free Items

Misc. Wanted

Duplex / 4 Plex

Need a professional

Timothy Hay for sale, excellent horse hay, barn stored, 50-60#, $5/each. Delivery available. Ph 250-674-2905

Old newspaper. Stop by the Times office and pick up a bundle. 14-74 Young Rd. Clearwater

Used Postage Stamps


Barriere: 3 bdrm, 1 1/2 bath, duplex, large fenced backyard, 1 car garage. $875 + util. DD. Pets neg. Avail Nov 1. 250672-0041.

2004 Buick Lesabre 83,000 km, 4 dr Sedan, navy blue, 6 cyl, auto, summers/winters mounted. $4,000.00 Ph. 250-674-3264

Misc. for Sale

Misc for Rent


Good Dog Obedience Classes Starting January 5 * NEW DATES* Basic Obedience - A 6 week course in good manners & canine behaviour begins Sunday, Jan. 5, 1pm at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere for all dogs at least 6 months old & up. Cost $100. To register or for more information contact Jill Hayward at 250-319-8023.

HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper?

photographer? Portraits, weddings, special events, pet portraits, commercial. Affordable memories that last a lifetime. Seniors rates. Book now avoid & disappointment. Sorry no passport photos Jill Hayward 250-319-8023/250-672-0055

Merchandise for Sale

$100 & Under Handypersons Wilkeekon Services Handyman & Cleaning Residential & Commercial Moving in/out, DIY projects, construction site, interior/exterior, light hauls Bonded Gayle Peekeekoot Ray Wilson 250-674-2775

STEEL BUILDINGS/Metal buildings 60% OFF! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online: STEEL BUILDING. “The big year end clear out!” 20x22 $4,259. 25x24 $4,684. 30x34 $6,895. 35x36 $9,190. 40x48 $12,526. 47x70 $17,200. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422.

Two male song canaries. Complete w/lg cage and all necessary equipment. Call 250-587-6373

Misc. Wanted


Local Coin Collector Buying Collections, Olympic Gold & Silver Coins etc 778-281-0030


4464 Barriere Town Road

CHURCH Worship Sunday 11:00

OF PAUL of A worshipping 4464 Barriere Town Road Anglicans, United & Lutherans

Worship 11:00 All AreSunday Welcome

A worshipping community of the Rev.United Brian &Krushel Anglicans, Lutherans

Office: 672-5653 All Are250Welcome the Rev. Brian Krushel


ST.Sunday GEORGE’S Mass -ROMAN 9am Wednesday,CHURCH Friday CATHOLIC &Sunday SaturdayMass Mass- -9am 9am Wednesday, Friday Father Donal O’Reilly

Saturday• Fax Mass - 9am Ph&672-5949 672-5974 Father Donal O’Reilly CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY Ph 672-5949 • Fax 672-5974 4818 Annesty Rd.

(Across fromLIFE HighASSEMBLY School) CHRISTIAN 9:30am Adult SundayRd. School 4818 Annesty (Across from School) 10:30am SundayHigh Service and 9:30am Adult Sunday School Children’s Sunday School 10:30am Pastor: Sunday LanceService Naylor and Children’s Sunday School 672-0111 Pastor: Lance Naylor 672-0111



11:00FELLOWSHIP am Sundays at the Ridge 11:00 am Sundays at theatRidge Bible Study on Tuesdays 1pm Bible StudyTODD on Tuesdays at 1pm PASTOR ENGLISH TODDafter ENGLISH JoinPASTOR us for refreshments the Service. Join us for refreshments after the Service.

Phone 250-672-1864 anytime.

Phone 250-672-1864 anytime.

Affiliated with North American Baptist Affiliated with North American Baptist Association. Association. “Believe in the Lord Jesus - and you “Believe the Lord Jesus - and you will beinsaved.” (Acts 16:31) will be saved.” (Acts 16:31)


674-3717 674-3717

Houses For Sale COZY little house on beautiful one acre lot, riverfront property, in Barriere, 45 minutes north of Kamloops. 2 vinyl greenhouses. Perfect for someone looking for a peaceful and private yet convenient location. 2 bedroom plus den, Wood fire place, New 16 * 16 addition, Electrical recently recertified, New roof, New windows. $139,000. Alain 2508 1 9 - 1 1 7 1

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Food Products For Sale: Farm raised frozen free range chickens, $3.75/lb. Contact Rainer Custom Cutting, 250-672-9629 or

Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

Seventh-day Seventh-dayAdventists Adventists

Meet in the Church of Saint Paul Meet in the Church of Saint Paul on onSaturday SaturdayMornings Mornings Bible BibleStudy Study--9:30am 9:30am Worship WorshipService Service--11am 11am Fellowship FellowshipMeal Meal--12:30pm 12:30pm Everyone EveryoneWelcome Welcome 318-0545 318-0545

CLEARWATER: 1 bdrm, 2nd flr. Updated, quiet, clean adult bldg. Common laundry. Prkng w/electric.N/S, N/P. $575./mo. + DD, ref’s. 604-790-2482.

Cars - Domestic


Clearwater: Riverside Guest House & Apartments all furnished, renting by day/wk/mo, internet/tv, w/d, hydro, etc. all inclusive. Ph. 250-674-0001

Mobile Homes & Pads Clearwater: 2 bdrm MH, centrally located, wood/propane heat. Riverview. $600/mo Ph. 250-674-4034


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Homes for Rent Birch Island: 3 bdrm home. Incl satellite tv, avail Dec. 1, $875.00/mo 250-674-1768 Clearwater: 1243 Bain Rd. 3 bdrm, 3-level, 2 bath, wood pellet heat, 10 acre lot. Avail Dec. 1. $1200/mo + util. Ph. 403-816-7979

Suites, Lower Birch Island: 2bdrm suite. $600/mo. Incl sat tv, utilities & laundry. Available Dec. 1. Ph. 250-674-1768

OBITUARIES In Loving Memory

Pamela Elizabeth Ascroft (nee Judd) May 30, 1932 – November 29, 2013

Pamela Elizabeth Ascroft of Louis Creek, British Columbia, passed away at the age of 81 at Royal Inland Hospital on November 29, 2013. She is survived by her husband, John Ascroft, Louis Creek, B.C.; son, George (Wendy) Ascroft, Victoria, B.C.; daughter, Pamela (Steven) Miller, Boca Raton, Florida; brother-in-law, Lawrence Beaulne, Vancouver, B.C.; sister-in-law, Beryl Judd, Lethbridge, AB.; grandchildren, nieces, nephews, a large extended family

and many friends. Pamela was predeceased by her parents, George and Vivien Judd, Vancouver, B.C.; sister, Barbara Beaulne, Vancouver, B.C.; brother, Richard Judd, Lethbridge, AB. Pamela was born in Vancouver, B.C., on May 30, 1932. She received her diploma from The Association of the Royal Conservatory (ARCT) for performers and teachers with the highest academic standing awarded by The Royal Conservatory, a member of the Royal Conser-

vatory of Toronto. Pamela spent 45 years in the music business in Vancouver. Pamela was a loving and generous person who touched countless lives with her wisdom and her listening heart. There will be a private family gathering and donations can be made to Royal Inland Hospital Foundation, 311 Columbia Street, Kamloops, B.C., V2C 2T1. Service arrangements entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, B.C., 250672-1999.

In Loving Memory

Mary Elzbeth Eleanore Moore October 31, 1921 – November 25, 2013

Eleanore Moore passed away peacefully at the age of 92 on November 25, 2013 to join her parents, brother, daughter and son. She was born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, on October 31, 1921. Survived by her husband Keith Moore, daughters, Shirley McCaffrey and Lynn Piercy, sister-in-law, Anne Fensom, step-children Gerry Moore, Gordon Moore, Trevor Moore and Sherry Braithwaite and fourteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Eleanore began her teaching career near Rosetown, in a one room school with eight grades. She married Mau-

rice Piercy, father to Lynn, in 1942. Six years later Maurice was killed in an industrial accident while working for Saskatoon Hydro. Eleanore then married a returning war veteran, Jack Clark and they began farming south of Rose-

town. Over the next few years Kathy (Jim Mills), David and Shirley (Dan McCaffrey) were born. She and Jack divorced in 1973. Eleanore moved to Barriere to continue teaching and there she met and married the love of her life, Keith Moore, and became step-mother to his four kids, Gerald (Jan), Gordon, Trevor and Sherry (Phil Braithwaite). No service will be held at this time. Donations can be made to the Salvation Army ( in memory of Eleanore Moore. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, BC, 250-672-1999.

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Have fun and shoot your way to work It seems like several lifetimes ago when I worked as an instructor in California, and my students were mostly inner city in third, fourth, and fifth grades; and in many cases, were not interested in anything other than getting through the day so they could do something more enjoyable. My job in the Alternative Education Program of the US Office of Education at the time was finding more creative methods for teaching children that would bring some excitement to learning the basics that seemed boring to young minds. This story is going to get around to cameras, just bear with me. At the time I wanted to involve photography, so when one of the lead instructors complained that young students couldn’t discuss the neighborhoods they walked through on the way to school, and he wanted to work on that as a project, I took the opportunity to insert photography into his project. We started by giving the kids a pad and pencil and asked them to write about their trip to school. Some days

later we all made pirate eye patches and gave them the centers from toilet tissue rolls. Students wore the patch on one eye, and used the roll tubes to look at things as they walked to school, and then later wrote about the trip to school. They saw more, and more, and wrote pages about the things they originally ignored. On the final week of the project we gave them all Diana F cameras to take photographs along the way. The Diana F is a blue and black plastic, 120mm, roll film camera with a fixed shutterspeed, and, as I remember, a three-stop aperture. Actually, since then the Diana F has become a kind of “cult camera”. Who knew? At the time it was just an inexpensive camera that the school didn’t mind loosing. Some helpful parents had made doublelayered, lightproof developing bags, that cameras and Kodak apron-type developing tanks were put into, and then tied to the student’s arms to keep out the light. After what seemed a painfully long time the tanks would

Making Pictures with

John E n ma n emerge with the film safely inside. We processed the film, and the kids would run around the schoolyard with film flying high till it was dried in the warm California air. I once had to prove to an administrator that the developer was safe by drinking a little paper cup full. Okay, I did have an upset stomach later, but I never told. I made little cardboard and glass contact printers, and everyone would place their film on Studio Proof paper and sit in the sun on the sidewalk till purple images appeared. Now long discontinued, Studio Proof paper was once used by portrait photographers to make sure the customers returned for their pictures. The deep purple pictures would fade to a solid colour in a few weeks. Purple pictures of their neighborhood in hand, the students would sit and actually

Tele-workshop equips area families with tools to live with dementia North Thompson Star/Journal Changes in communication and behaviour are very common in people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Area families can learn practical techniques for living with those changes during a free tele-workshop offered by the non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. Understanding Behaviour runs tonight, Thursday, Dec. 5, and offers practical strategies that family caregivers can use when dealing with the challenges of supporting a person with dementia at home. It starts at 7 p.m. Visit or phone toll-free 1-866994-7745, and enter pass code 1122333, when prompted. Tele-workshops are learning sessions designed for family caregivers, but are also open to health-care providers. Recognizing that many caregivers are unable to attend in-person workshops, the sessions can be accessed via telephone, with an optional computer component that allows you to watch the video presentation online. At the end of the tele-workshop, participants have an opportunity to ask questions and share with others who are in similar situations. For more information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, which affect one in 11 Canadians over the age of 65, visit the Society website at  

write stories about the now memorable walk to school. Sure they had the pictures, but the viewfinder heightened the process of seeing. There is something about photography and the act of image making that helps and reminds us how unforgettable and exciting it is to be in the place we live. I recently thought about that long ago episode with photography. So, as a fun thing for myself, one day I thought I should try, as I had those students do, to shoot my way to work. I am always rushing at the last minute when heading to work in the morning, and that makes taking pictures a rushed thing. For my trip to work I used the spy it, stopthe-car, jump out, shoot fast and drive off method. Not my usual way, but I admit I had fun, got lots of interesting pictures, and wasn’t too late getting to my shop.

John Enman Photo

Taking photographs on your way to work can turn up some rewarding shots. These are my thoughts for this week. Contact me at www. or Stop

by Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops. I sell an interesting selection of used pho-

tographic equipment. And if you want an experienced photographer please call me at 250371-3069.

Volunteers required for New Years’s Eve Bullarama set-up. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, 9am to 5pm Lunch provided. PLUS one free ticket for Bullarama and Dance (value $50) to each set-up volunteer! North Thompson Agriplex, Barriere Strong volunteers with experience in arena set-up preferred. RSVP by Monday, December 16, 2013 To Steven Puhallo:


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