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Vol. 39, Issue 50


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Green light for The Bear

2011 CCNA

Barriere radio station has been approved

North Thompson Star/Journal

Marijuana referendum pettition fizzles at two-thirds mark

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Coroners Service replies to body removal concerns

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Margaret Houben

Kids love a Christmas Parade

Letter to editor

The Barriere Christmas Parade on Friday, Dec. 6, had a number of brightly lit floats participate. Even though the temperature outside was especially chilly, the kids riding on the Bethany Baptist Church float were full of enthusiasm and the spirit of the season. Find more pictures on page 11.

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Shave for the brave at Gilbert Smith

“Did you hear the one about...?”

By Elli Kohnert / North Thompson Star/Journal

Counter Attack road checks

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BSS Jr. Boys win Cougar Classic Tournament Champions

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“The CRTC said yes ...The Bear will live!” announced DJ Steve Shannon, with great enthusiasm bright and early on Tuesday morning. Shannon, who is the owner of North Thompson Radio and 93.1 The Bear radio station in Barriere, has been waiting virtually on ‘pins and needles’ since Sept. 12 of this year, while waiting for the CRTC (Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission) to announce their decision on whether or not The Bear can take to the air, . “Barriere is about to reap the  benefits of having  its very own radio station, and my goal is to make sure the radio station is an intricate part of this community and its inevitable growth,” said Shannon, “This is a wonderful community, and the tremendous moral support from the residents during this long radio station application process has been amazing.” Shannon says the CRTC have a few technical tests to perform before the station can go live, but he hopes to be on the air near the end of December.


GSFP general manager Greg Smith stands by Mike Kennedy as he shows the toque he now gets to wear after daughter Jenny Kennedy shaved his head. (Right) Kennedy takes the clippers to his boss, Greg Smith.

Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd. (GSFP) held a ‘Shave For The Brave’ event last week in support of Mike Kennedy, a 30 year employee of the company who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Greg Smith, GSFP general manager, says the event was to show support for Mike and the journey he is undertaking as he starts cancer treatments. Support was shown by 35 workers; which included Smith, Kennedy and one woman, Lynn Wright, who all had their heads shaved. For every head shaved, GSFP paid $100 into a pot that will be used to purchase a cancer treatment related item for a cancer facility in the southern Interior. Ron Wallace Trucking also lent their support by paying $50 for every head shaved, a number of other donations were received, with the final total at approximately $6,000. Kennedy says he was really exited about doing this for the fight against cancer, and that he was “overwhelmed” by the turnout of so many to lend their support. As Kennedy himself now goes through the cancer treatment process, he will also be looking into what cancer treatment related item the group will purchase with the dollars raised. During the ‘Shave For The Brave’, there was an atmosphere of fun, caring and camaraderie in the GSFP lunchroom where the shearing took place, and when Mike Kennedy took the clippers to his boss Greg Smith ,there was much laughter and teasing all around. Kennedy’s daughter Jenny volunteered to put the clippers to work, as did Lynn Wright and others in attendance. Each person who had their head shaved received a toque with the Gilbert Smith Forest Products Ltd. logo. STAR/JOURNAL photos: Elli Kohnert



Thursday, December 12, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal

Incentive program attracting rural doctors Ministry of Health VICTORIA – Nine new doctors have been hired in rural B.C., thanks to an initiative announced this spring by the provincial government and the BC Medical Association. “It is great news that nine physicians have been hired as a result of this incentive to better support the health of rural families,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “I have seen firsthand in Clearwater what a positive impact this program has had in supporting rural health care and increasing the resiliency of smaller communities.” The Rural Physicians for British Columbia incentive provides recruited doctors with a onetime payment of $100,000 when they commit to a threeyear return of service in a designated rural community. A total of 17 communities are eligible for the funding and almost half of these communities now

have at least one new doctor. Communities benefiting from the new doctors are Clearwater, Terrace, Chetwynd, Bella Coola, Hazelton, Princeton, Nakusp and Port Hardy. The doctors come from various locations and are at different stages in their professional careers ranging from relatively new physicians to others that have been practicing for over a decade. Of the new physicians, eight are general practitioners and one is a specialist in anaesthesiology. “Being a doctor in a rural community can be challenging, but it’s also extremely rewarding,” said BCMA president Dr. William Cunningham, a rural doctor who works in Duncan. “The new incentive encourages doctors to give rural practice a try. After three years in those communities, I am optimistic they will build roots and stay for the longerterm. This program

is part of the BCMA’s commitment to help provide the highest standard of health care for our patients – when and where they need it. “The incentive was developed by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, which is comprised of the provincial government and the BCMA.The committee develops programs that strengthen rural health care and encourage physicians to live and practise in rural and remote areas of the province. The communities were selected by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, in collaboration with regional health authorities, based on a number of factors including the degree of difficulty the community has experienced in recruiting hard-to-fill physician positions. “The financial incentive and guaranteed income made the transition and worry a lot easier, as it is a big jump. Our visit to the community really

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THOMPSON-NICOLA REGIONAL DISTRICT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION NEEDED! It’s that time of year again to put your name forward if you are interested in being part of a Committee of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District! We are accepting applications from persons interested in serving the communities of the Regional District on any the following Committees: • Blackpool Fire Protection • Film Commission • Invasive Plant • Pritchard Fire Protection • Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee • Thompson Headwaters Services • Vavenby Fire Protection • Wells Gray Country Services Please visit our website at for more information on the eligibility criteria, membership requirements, and appointment process. If you are interested, please forward a brief resume indicating the committee on which you wish to serve, noting why you are interested, by Friday, January 3, 2014, to: TNRD Corporate Officer #300, 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A9 Phone (250) 377-8673 or 1-877-377-8673 (toll free in BC) Email: Email:

helped. Everyone was amazing to us,” said Dr. Steven Broadbent, who recently moved from the U.K. to Clearwater. Participating physicians receive $50,000 when they begin working in the community. The remaining $50,000 is paid once they have completed one year of service. The full amount must be repaid if the three-year commitment is not fulfilled. B.C. has a comprehensive set of incentive programs to encourage doctors to set up and maintain practice in rural areas of the province. More information is available at: www. r u ra l _ re c r u i t m e n t . html

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Dr. Steven Broadbent (l) is welcomed to Clearwater by Kamloops-North Thompson MLA and provincial health minister Terry Lake recently. A number of incentives from the province helped Broadbent make the move from the United Kingdom.

A third of British Columbians call for higher speed limit Submitted A sizeable proportion of British Columbians feel it is time to implement a higher speed limit on the province’s highways, a new Insights West poll conducted in partnership with Black Press has found. The online survey of a representative provincial sample also shows that a majority of residents believe that photo radar should not be brought back. Across the province, 37 per cent of residents (and 39 per cent of drivers) think the speed limit on British Columbia’s highways should be higher than it is, while more than half (55 per cent) believe it should stay the same, and just one-in-twenty (five per cent) want it to be lower. “The fascinating is-

sue on this question is the gender gap,” said Mario Canseco, Vice President, Public Affairs at Insights West. “While half of men in B.C. would like to see a higher speed limit, just one-in-four women concur with this view.” More than half of British Columbians (53 per cent) and drivers (56 per cent) believe the province should not bring back photo radar, which was introduced in the 1990s as a measure to curb speeding, but was abandoned in 2001. While almost half of residents aged 55 or older (48 per cent) would like to see photo radar come back, support is decidedly lower among residents aged 18-to-34 (36 per cent) and 35-to54 (31 per cent). “I supported photo radar initially because when used in highcollision locations, else-

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where in the world, it has a remarkable record for reducing death and injuries,” comments Driveway Editor Keith Morgan. “It never operated that way in BC and soon became public enemy number one where it was perceived as merely a cash cow for a greedy provincial government.” Residents were also asked about the quality of British Columbia’s road and infrastructure. More than seven-in-ten (74 per cent) rate it as “good” (68 per cent) or “very good” (six per cent), while only 22 per cent deem it “bad” (19 per cent) or “very bad” (three per cent). Overall, only 16 per cent of British Columbians believe that the province’s roads are “not too safe” or “not safe at all” for motorists, while four-in-five (82 per cent) consider them “very safe” or “moderately safe.” Results are based on an online study conducted from October 23 to October 27, 2013, among 838 British Columbians who are aged 18+ and are Your Insights panel members. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age and gen-

der. To view the detailed data tabulations, click here uploads/2013/12/SpeedLimit_Tables.pdf. Black Press is home to some of the oldest, most established newspapers in B.C. and Alberta, including the North Thompson Star/ Journal and the Clearwater Times. From rural voices in Chilliwack and Quesnel, to urban voices in Greater Vancouver, Victoria and Red Deer, market by market these are the leading newspapers in their respective communities. In print and online, these urban, suburban and rural newspapers provide clients a superior blend of localized news coverage and unmatched integrated marketing solutions. Founded in 1975, Black Press now publishes more than 170 titles in British Columbia, Alberta and Washington state, as well as the Honolulu (Hawaii) Star-Advertiser, Akron (Ohio) Beacon-Journal and San Francisco (Calif.) Examiner daily newspapers. The company is administered and majority owned by David H. Black of Victoria, B.C.

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Happy 50th Birthday

33 years of success

The annual Candlelight and Holly Christmas Gift Gallery was held last weekend in the Legion basement hall. A large number of artists displayed numerous works of exceptional quality that more than satisfied those looking for that special Christmas present.

Jack Young With much Love from all your Family & Friends

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Elli Kohnert

Marijuana referendum petition fizzles at two-thirds mark By Jeff Nagel Black Press The Sensible BC campaign to spark the decriminalization of marijuana in B.C. is officially up in smoke after falling short of its goal. Pot activists got 210,000 signatures or about two-thirds of the 300,000 needed – 10 per cent of voters in all 85 B.C. ridings – for their initiative petition to potentially trigger a referendum. They had aimed for a target of 450,000 to provide a buffer against disqualified signatures. “It’s a pretty remarkable accomplishment,” Sensible BC head Dana Larsen. “We’ve definitely demonstrated a high level of organization and support for this cause. Had we been operating under the rules of pretty much any other referendum system in the world, we would have qualified to be on the ballot.” He said the 4,500 registered petitioners – triple the number at the start of the 90-day cam-

paign –  reached the threshold required by Elections BC in 19 electoral districts and got at least eight per cent in five more. Successful local campaigns happened on much of Vancouver Island, the Kootenays and other parts of the Interior. But in the vote-rich Lower Mainland that holds the most districts, marijuana advocates came up short. They reached the 10 per cent threshold in just Vancouver-West End and Vancouver-Mount Pleasant, with no other local wins in the rest of Metro Vancouver or the Fraser Valley. They came closest in the three North Shore ridings with eight per cent plus. Sensible BC aimed to compel the province to pass legislation banning police from expending any time and resources on simple marijuana possession. Larsen said canvassers were harried in some areas by opponents and at times by calls to police as they tried to collect signatures on SkyTrain

and BC Ferries. The outcome is nowhere near the 700,000 signatures gathered by Fight HST forces en route to their winning referendum. But Larsen argues the province must now look “very seriously” at the marijuana issue, particularly as states such as Washington and Colorado move to full pot legalization. He says history shows even failed campaigns can have impact. A prior initiative in 2002 pushing proportional representation got 98,000 signatures but led to a citizens assembly on electoral reform and ultimately two referendum questions on the issue. Signatures were being delivered to Elections BC Monday and Larsen said Sensible BC will take a break over Christmas before deciding when to mount a new petition campaign, along with other forms of political engagement. “We’re definitely going to do it again,” he said.

Consultations dates set to right historical wrongs to B.C.’s Chinese community Submitted The dates and locations of community forums to discuss the wording, delivery and legacy efforts for a formal apology to B.C.’s Chinese community for historical wrongs have been confirmed by Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, Teresa Wat. Community forums

will be held on: * Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 - Kamloops * Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 - Vancouver * Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 - Kelowna * Monday, Jan. 20, 2014 - Richmond * Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 - Prince George * Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - Burnaby/Coquitlam Over the coming weeks, the exact time and venue of each fo-

rum will be posted on: http://www.embracebc. ca/ The upcoming community forums build on the successful forum held on Nov. 17, 2013, in Victoria, Canada’s oldest Chinatown. The input received at the community forums and online submissions, will guide the wording, delivery and legacy efforts of a formal apology. In the next sitting of the legislature, the government plans to intro-

duce a motion regarding a formal apology to British Columbia’s Chinese community for historical wrongs. If you are interested in providing feedback, but are not able to attend any consultation events, feedback can be sent directly to: apology.consultation@gov. For more information about the public consultation visit: http://www.embracebc. ca/


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OPINION Editorial;

The North Thompson STAR/JOURNAL

Thursday, December 12, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

by Tom Fletcher

Ottawa puts on pipeline push The federal government stepped up its sales pitch for new pipelines to the B.C. coast last week, as it prepares for the imminent release of the federal review panel’s report on the feasibility of the Enbridge Northern Gateway project. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver arrived in Vancouver to release an expert panel’s report on the current state of tanker safety on the West Coast. It was the first of two reports that tell the Stephen Harper government in blunt terms how steep a hill it must climb to enable energy exports to Asia. Oliver gave a speech to the Vancouver Board of Trade the following morning, where he vowed to implement one of the panel’s key recommendations. Legislation is coming to ensure that polluters, not taxpayers, must pay for any environmental damage from resource development and transport. The panel was chaired by Gordon Houston, a former Prince Rupert harbourmaster and CEO of Port Metro Vancouver. Its report details the littlenoticed fact that coastal waters around Victoria and Vancouver are already congested with shipping traffic, including Alaska oil tankers, and are at “very high risk” of an incident. Of course that “very high risk” should be seen in the B.C. context, where there has never been a serious oil spill at sea in a century of continuous petroleum shipping. The report calls for potential polluters to show they are prepared for a “worst case” discharge like the 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding in Alaska. It tells Ottawa the Canadian Coast Guard must be properly funded to serve as incident command. Oliver recounted efforts made so far, including annual tanker inspections, increased aerial surveillance and marine markers. And he reminded his audience that Canada’s only energy export customer, the U.S., is about to surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest petroleum producer. The second federal report was from

Doug Eyford, a lawyer who has been meeting for months with aboriginal communities in northern B.C. and Alberta. He found, as Enbridge has reported, that many aboriginal communities are working with energy producers to get the economic activity they so desperately need. (Most urban people likely don’t believe this, because the conflict-addicted media report mostly protests.) Eyford’s report is no whitewash either. It reminds Ottawa that B.C.’s unresolved aboriginal title and a general lack of trust of both the energy industry and the federal government are key obstacles to the largest economic opportunity in the world today, the rise of Asia. Eyford was dealing with the profusion of gas pipeline projects that are set to cross northern  B.C.,  as well as the Enbridge and Kinder Morgan Canada oil proposals. The entrenched opposition is against oil, particularly heavy oil in tankers. Politics and protesters aside, these are the facts for B.C. The prosperous provinces in Canada today are Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland, based mainly on energy development. The rest are struggling. B.C. continues to lose skilled workers to Alberta, where oil sands development continues to expand despite the continuing chorus of U.S.-financed misrepresentation of its environmental impact. It’s a key moment in Canadian history. This is where we see if we can go beyond our status as a client state of the U.S. This year’s B.C. election, where pandering to urban protest backfired on the NDP,  suggests  a new seriousness in the public mood. More people understand today that our comfortable modern society with free-access health care is a fragile thing. We have it better than most of the world, for now. Tom Fletcher is B.C. legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email:

Coroners Service replies to body removal concerns To the editor; The BC Coroners Service would like to clarify some of the issues which have recently arisen about body transport and coroner services in the North Thompson area. Coroner services for the North Thompson area have traditionally been provided by coroners based near Kamloops. These coroners rotate to ensure services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for Kamloops and surrounding communities. It is neither feasible nor desirable that one coroner be situated in the North Thompson area given the small number of deaths requiring coroner services and the necessity for that individual to be on call 24/7/365. With respect to body transport, the BC Coroners Service is a publicly funded agency and, like all other branches of government, is required to provide its services in the most efficient and effective way possible. With this in mind, the Coroners Service earlier this year issued a competitive bid proposal for body

transport services in a number of areas of the province, one of which included North Thompson. The winning bidder was required to be able to attend all scenes within the area within 90 minutes, which is the standard requirement for transport services in rural and remote areas. The company that won the bid, C. Thompson & Sons, has been meeting those guidelines consistently, and its employees have been dealing with deceased persons and their families with the dignity and respect that we expect from all our contractors. We note we have received no complaints about delay or the performance of the contractor in regards to cases in the Barriere-Clearwater area. We look forward to continuing to provide professional and efficient death investigation services in the North Thompson area. Larry Marzinzik Regional Coroner Interior Region BC Coroners Service

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Statement from Canfor

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Students bring joy to the season Several Barriere Elementary School students were on hand to perform a short Christmas skit and sing several Christmas songs for those attending the free Community Christmas Lunch held at the Christian Life Assembly Church on Monday, Dec. 9.

More independent forest companies wanted in B.C. To the editor; In the Fall issue of Truck Logger, Dwight Yochim stated that continued consolidation of the forest companies in B.C. was not in the best interests of either the people of B.C. nor the forest industry contractors. Right on; they are in no one’s best interests! Dwight also suggested that any one company should be restricted from owning more than 20 per cent of the AAC in any region. Dwight’s suggestion is in the right direction but his percentage is not even close to what it should be; rather it should be five per cent as per the proposal below. Senior Ministry people, led by Mr. Thomson, have just met with the senior forest industry reps to garner their views on this matter; and, very disappointingly but all too likely, to garner information as to just how their upcoming new discussion paper should be worded! It is all too obvious that West Fraser and Canfor, via their proposed tenure trades and consolidation of same, are already advantageously positioning themselves for the tenure rollover – which they strongly favor.    However, some companies are not so anxious to move ahead on this. The public are definitely not in favor of the government’s proposal, and it is mystifying me why both the Ministry (directed by Christy Clark) and these large forest companies are.  Christy did issue conflicting directions to Steve Thomson in her Ministry Directives, wherein she simultaneously directed him to proceed with the Tenure rollover and to strongly position the government in preparation for the upcoming SLA discussions/negotiations. If the tenure rollover occurs, the U.S.will go ballistic and nail us to the cross in the next SLA negotiations, as such rollovers will give ever more control to the forest industry. However, there is a way out of this dilemma.  If the government and the forest industry give the public something in return for agreeing to roll-over the volume based tenures it could work.  Here’s how: In exchange for the rollover privilege the forest industry gives back a portion of the AAC so that the subsequent AAC allocation picture in B.C. looks like this: Entity               Tenure Type BC AAC allocation (%)  Forest Companies:      TFLs  50% Communities, First Woodlot Licences  5% Nations & Individuals TFLs, CFL/Woodland 45% Licences BCTS’s allocation would be devolved to the communities and woodlot licensees.  In addition, no company would be allowed to hold more than 50 per cent of the AAC in any TSA nor would the accumulated AAC of any company be more than five per cent of the provincial AAC.  These caveats would help ensure there was reasonable competition for the publicly held timber in local areas and, in the worst case scenario, there would be at least 20 independent forest companies in B.C.  Continued consolidation of the forest companies is not in the best interests of the people of B.C.  When the forest companies state that they need to be big to be globally competitive, my response is – go for it; get as big as you want.  The above caveats put absolutely no restrictions on how big you may, or want, to be.   Your growth into a global giant just must be supported by the purchase and/or consolidation of companies or tenures outside of B.C., which many of you are already doing.  The U.S. has long stated that for the Countervail duty to disappear, B.C. must sell at least 50 per cent of its wood on a truly competitive basis. The above proposal does just that.     Further consolidating B.C.’s forest company AAC allocations will not – so why hesitate?   Any entity, be it the B.C. government or the forest companies, that complain about the current SLA agreement (and I agree it is a bad one) can only expect a crying towel in return.   It is the forest industrys’ and the B.C .government’s fault for the current agreement and they can, and certainly should, position themselves to change it. These proposals, supported by extensive rationale statements, have all been submitted to the government.  Hopefully they will be given respectful consideration – at least equal to that given to the forest industry. Fred Marshall RPF P.Ag. Cert.Arb., Marshall Forestry Services Greenwood, B.C.

To the editor; Following a series of inaccurate media reports centered around Canfor Corporation’s (TSX:CFP) recent joint venture announcement in China, the organization is issuing a statement. Canfor Corporation President and CEO Don Kayne responded to the reports saying, “a small number of media outlets in British Columbia have ran factually incorrect reports about the recent announcement of our joint venture with Tangshan Caofeidian Wood Industry. Specifically, reports that this initiative will mean that Canfor will be exporting raw logs to China are completely inaccurate, as are suggestions that the announcement is connected to the closure of our Quesnel facility.”  Setting the record straight: - Canfor does not export raw logs. All exports from our Canadian and US facilities are shipped as manu-

factured lumber, pulp and paper. - The closure of our Quesnel facility was necessary due to a lack of available fibre owing to the mountain pine beetle epidemic in the region. The facility was profitable and would have continued operating as such had we had sufficient fibre to supply the mill.  - The proposed facility in Caofeidian will be a secondary manufacturing operation that will custom cut our lumber into specific dimensions for individual customers on an ondemand basis. This is work that must be done in-market.  - Logs from the B.C.

interior will not be processed at the Caofeidian facility, and the facility is in no way intended to undertake work that is being done or could be done in our Quesnel mill or any of Canfor’s other facilities. - In fact, we are entering into a supply agreement with the new facility, which will ensure that finished lumber from BC continues to flow to China. By partnering with the facility Canfor can build on our current market share and not allow species from other countries to service the secondary industry in China.  Canfor Corporation

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Thursday, December 12, 2013 North Thompson Star/Journal

“Did you hear about the driver who….?” “E” Division R.C.M.P. Traffic Services

STAR/JOURNAL photo: Margaret Houben

Lions for literacy The Barriere Lion’s Club Annual Book Fair annually raises funds to promote literacy within the area. Pictured is Lion’s Club president, Len vanNieuwkerk, presenting a cheque for $500, realized from this year’s event, to Barriere and Area Literacy Outreach coordinator Jill Hayward. Hayward says the Lion’s Club are “...consistent supporters of learning and literacy within the area, and we very much appreciate their continued efforts to improve the social wellbeing of our community”.

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Police officers often deal with the aftermath of horrible crashes, and the impact those crashes have on grieving loved ones. Whether it is a fatal or serious injury collision the life altering consequences to the families involved is immeasurable. What is missed by the impaired driver is the lifelong burden that families will have to endure as the result of their stupid and irresponsible decision.      “We don’t call these accidents,” says Corporal Robert McDonald, spokesperson for RCMP Traffic Services. “There’s nothing accidental when someone makes the decision to get behind the wheel when they are impaired.” Sadly too many people in this province still don’t grasp the gravity of impaired driving. That’s the conclusion of the BC RCMP Traffic members, who recently shared true stories of impaired drivers they have dealt with during their careers. We hope that by sharing these alarming stories, early in the Counter Attack season, will provide an extra incentive for people to find alternate ways of getting home, such as public transit, cabs or a designated driver,” says Cpl. McDonald  “Please, take time to consider your actions. You don’t want to be on this list next year, or worse, on the list of people that have killed or seriously injured someone as the result of being impaired.   In possession of all his ‘facilities’   The suspect’s defense lawyer in an impaired driving trial asked a Traffic police officer who was testifying in a packed courtroom, if he’d provided his client with an opportunity to use the facilities. When the police officer tried to be discreet in his answer, the judge instead instructed him to offer a full description. The police officer then described how the defendant had to use the wall to steady himself, but swayed so much that he urinated on two different urinals and the wall. When the laughter in the courtroom died down the defense lawyer simply said, “No more questions your honour.”  Should have listened to his wife A traffic team was working on a roadblock on the Lougheed Highway. A van pulled up with a male driver, who smelled of liquor. Police administered an Approved Screening Device (ASD) test, and the driver blew a FAIL. As the traffic officer was explaining the process to the driver, a woman in a taxi claiming to be his wife showed up. However, the man was alone in his van, and had not made any calls while police were dealing with him. The

mystery was solved when the woman told the traffic officer she had been with her husband at a party. She then said to her husband, “I told you that you had drunk too much, and to take the taxi with me!” Burning up One recent Halloween night in the Lower Mainland, a driver sat intoxicated in his car, while his vehicle’s engine burned. The public tried to help him before police showed up, but the driver was too intoxicated to realize the danger and refused to exit his car. Members of the public stepped in – at their own risk, to pull the driver from the vehicle. When police arrived the driver was too intoxicated to blow. Nonetheless he was charged with Care and Control of a Motor Vehicle While Impaired, and the public who assisted him were given a police commendation. Is this the highway? A constable was sitting in his marked police car pulled over on the shoulder of Highway 99, north of Squamish. A vehicle pulled up beside him in the slow lane, and the driver stopped, rolled down her passenger window, asked the constable where the highway was. The constable asked her to pull in front of his police car, and the driver again asked where the highway was, and stated she was trying to get from Vancouver to Squamish. She had just driven over 20 kms northbound on the highway, looking for the highway, and a town she had already passed. Warning didn’t do much A male driver pulled up to a roadblock, and was cocky and nonchalant about the check, despite having the odor of liquor on his breath. Police administered an ASD test, and the driver blew a FAIL. The driver was then offered a second ASD test, and blew a second FAIL. Upon learning about the FAIL results (seizing driver’s license, 90-day driving prohibition, vehicle impoundment) the driver became very irate, and let loose with a barrage of insults. The last thing he said before getting in his taxi was that he was going to fight the IRP and win. His reason… apparently last week he had also been drinking, but had only blown a WARN. As it transpired, he had been issued a three day driving prohibition just six days earlier by another member of the same Traffic team. Across B.C. the RCMP will be out in full force at Counter Attack road checks this holiday season, looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Police encourage everyone to make a plan before they head out to holiday festivities.

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With the holiday season upon us RCMP officers from across the British Columbia took part in a Counter Attack impaired driving blitz to help reduce the impact of impaired driving on our roadways – and were disappointed by the results. On Dec. 7, officers from 97 detachments in British Columbia checked 32, 877 vehicles across the province. Despite the publicity of the event, and education of the dangers of impaired driving, too many drivers still chose to get behind the wheel of their vehicle after consuming drugs or alcoholic beverages.   Across the province, pre-

liminary results from the blitz included: • 5 Impaired Driving charges under the Criminal Code of Canada • 104 90-days Immediate Road Side Prohibitions with 30 vehicles impounded • 94 warn results with either 3/7/30 day Immediate Road Side Prohibitions • 17 Roadside suspensions for Drugs “Impaired  driving accidents are 100 per cent preventable.    All people have to do is to plan ahead before consuming alcohol, it’s not hard  - if you drink don’t drive,” Cpl Mc Donald “E” Division Traffic Services says. “Driving while impaired is simply not accept-

able, and it is not worth hurting innocent people or yourself. Plan ahead, arrive home safely and everyone will be able to have a happy holiday season with friends and family.” The RCMP in British Columbia will be out in force during the holidays targeting Impaired Drivers. We will continue to work with our key partners such as ICBC, BCAA, MADD and Operation Red Nose to educate the motoring public of the dangers of impaired driving. We want everyone to enjoy the festive season, and to police themselves when it comes to consuming alcohol, but if they can’t the police will be there to do it for them.

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Enjoy An Old Fashioned Christmas with TV Players North Thompson Star/Journal Hear ye, hear ye! An Old Fashioned Christmas, brought to you by the Thompson Valley Players will be happening at the Fall Fair Hall in Barriere this Saturday, Dec. 14.  The doors open at 6 p.m., and the Grade Seven Fundraisers will be offering a concession until show time at 6:30 p.m., and then again at intermission.  The show will be approximately two hours long and is jam-packed with lots of local entertainment. Some of the featured entertainers include;    Brittany Waite, Seanna Armstrong,  Jessica Kennedy, Gordie West, Gary Pfeifer, Leah Pepper Jones with some of the Community Chorus, the Red Hat Ladies,  and of course skits from the Thompson Valley Players.  There will also be special guest appearances by Santa Claus, Mrs. Clause, and it is rumoured  that the  grumpy old Grinch may stop by and try to  crash the party (but we are told Santa and the elves  promise they’ll make him  behave). Dan Sweetnam has been working with the junior TV Players and will be hosting the evenings event, and Dan promises the audience that they won’t be disappointed! Admission to An

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There is increasing evidence that shows that brain changes leading to dementia occur decades before the actual symptoms appear. This means that early diagnosis of dementia is very important. There are many on-line tests available to test you for Alzheimers and dementia symptoms. These are not reliable. your best resource is your doctor. Winter air travel can be painful. Airplane ear, is a full, sometimes painful feeling in the ear as the plane takes off or lands. It often happens in winter when people have colds. Using a nasal decongestant spray a half hour before take-off can help. Don’t sleep during take-off and landing and try yawning to clear the ears or try pinching the nostrils and blow. It can help equalize the pressures in your head. The holidays seem to encourage more alcohol consumption. One good rule to follow at social events is to drink tow non-alcoholic drinks to one alcoholic drink. The extra fluid might make you feel fuller and you may eat less as well. Pharmacists are often asked if they can have a glass of wine or a beer with their medication. There are some medications in which alcohol would be totally prohibited. We will ensure you know what cautions to observe when taking your medication. So you might be able to enjoy that glass of wine after all. You can trust the information our pharmacists give you about the drugs you are taking. Education of our customers is a job we take seriously. Let us serve your pharmacy needs soon.



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Angel Tree at the library Submitted by Debbie Cruzelle The Angel Hospice Tree (sometimes called the Memory Tree) was first placed in the Barriere library in December of 2009. Prior to 2009, area resident Bonnie CruzelleMyram had been remembering her departed loved ones at this time of year through the Kamloops Hospice Society. Bonnie got to thinking, wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to remember cherished loved ones in our own community, and at the same time the Barriere Hospice Society could benefit from any donations that would be made in their memory. She approached Drake Smith of the North Thompson Funeral Services and asked if he would like to help with her plan, and he graciously agreed. Bonnie passed away in 2012 at the Marjory Willoughby Hospice in Kamloops. The family was very grateful that they were able to be with Bonnie, and have the caring staff and doctors at the hospice care for her at a difficult time. During one of Bonnie’s many long talks with her family, she made a request that the Angel Hospice Tree in Barriere be ongoing. She felt it would be a dream come true if this valley could have a Hospice House of its own, a place where our loved ones could be during their time of need. The Angel Hospice Tree is once again standing in the Barriere Library, and waiting to be covered in angels with our departed loved ones names on them. Anyone can stop in at the Library, write the name of a loved one onto a paper angel (as provided), and hang the angel onto the Angel Hospice Tree. There is a donation box as well, and every dollar donated will go to a Hospice House in the valley.

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The Angel Hospice Tree (sometimes called the Memory Tree) is waiting at the Barriere Library where area residents can write the names of their departed loved ones onto an angel to be hung on the tree. This tradition will be continued on in years to come as Bonnie wished. With our community spirit being as strong as it is, it will not be long before the North Thompson Valley will have a Hospice House of its very own. Happy Holidays to all.

Council grants $1,500 for splash pad fundraiser promotional materials By Margaret Houben North Thompson Star/Journal The majority of the Dec. 2, District of Barriere Council Meeting was spent listening to reports on various projects. The Barriere 100th Anniversary committee reported on the status of their fundraising, and on their vision of how celebrations will progress during 2014. The grant for the splash pad has been submitted and they are awaiting word on whether or not it was successful.   The next fundraising community event that is being planned will be for the Family   Day long weekend in February.   On the evening of Sunday, Feb. 9, the committee will partner

with Success By Six (SB6) to host a Family Fun Pajama Party Night, to be held at the Ridge. It will be an entry by donation event with the proceeds being shared between SB6 and the splash pad.   It will consist of activities for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, older kids and even parents and grandparents.  In the gym will be a bouncy castle and an area for dancing (DJ services), while in other rooms there will be a concession, crafts with princesses and Elmo, face painting, a cake walk, massages for parents, some home based business promotion, tea party, parent retreat and more. The committee also asked for council to consider budgeting some money for some

promotional materials such as pins or hats. Council members passed a motion to spend the $1,500 remaining in the council grant fund for this. CAO Colleen Hannigan reported on several items.  The recent free seniors workshops on caregivers were such a hit that they will be repeated in either January or February.   They will be advertised as soon as the dates are set. The work at the HY Louie building is progressing nicely.   An engineering report on the structure as to whether it will support the proposed new roof is needed.   This will be done immediately, with council passing a motion to pay for the cost of this (approx

$2,500-$3,000) from Gas Tax Reserves. During the public enquiries portion of the meeting, resident Barry Thorne asked several questions. One was when will residents be told what the water rates will be.   Council advised that they will be voting on the first readings of the bylaw at the December 16 council meeting. Another question was, “When will residents be able to start hooking up to the new sewer system”?   Council replied that the sewer system itself will have to have been completed and tested before they can accept any sewage, so it will not happen before the fall of 2014. The next council meeting will be on Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.

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Rural table wants BC Hydro to come in out of the cold The Barriere annual Christmas parade was great. Despite the bitter cold on Friday night a good number of residents came out to cheer on the parade, enjoy the fire provided by Councillor Kershaw, sing some carols, eat some hotdogs and hamburgers cooked up by the Grade 7 class, and last but not least have a visit with Santa. Councillor Kershaw got the big tree light up to happen and said a few words on behalf of the district. My personal thanks go out to Councillor Kershaw and to Santa for taking the time to drop in and help out. Recently the district received a copy of a letter sent by Dag Sharman, Community Relations Manager at BC Hydro to Minister Terry Lake, responding to Minister Lake’s letter around the power supply to the North Thompson Valley. In the letter Mr. Sharman mentions that the reliability of the power supply here in the valley is below the provincial average. Mr. Sharman goes on to say that B.C. Hydro must balance the needs of all BC Hydro customers in determining the allocation of capital resources and the resultant impact on customer

rates. Mr. Sharman also touches on the possibility that an increase to the available capacity is being studied. So, is BC Hydro saying that providing reliable hydro power at a capacity level that will not only reliably service the current needs of the residents, but one that will allow for the future growth our rural communities need to survive is not as important as building an additional service to areas like the Lower Mainland? The Lower Mainland has natural gas as an alternative power supply for things like heat. Heat is a good thing in the winter. The Lower Mainland also has a number of hospitals and homes for seniors. Here in the valley we are participating in the provincial health plan and encouraging our seniors to stay in their homes as long as they can. We want them to be close to family and friends in their sunset years. It appears though that when the power goes out, which it does regularly, the sun is about the only thing that will be heating their homes. Remember here, almost all heating units require hydro power to oper-

Carol sing along at Bandshell on Friday, Dec. 20 North Thompson Star/Journal Well, it’s a go! For those of you who would like to do a little caroling, or those who would just like to listen to some carols; come to the Barriere Bandshell at Fadear Park on Dec. 20, at 6 p.m. There you will find a group of enthusiastic fellow Barrierites, happily caroling away the evening. We will sing a wide variety of carols from 6 to 7 p.m., with some goodies to follow. We’ll put out a few of the benches, just in case some of you need to sit, or you can bring your own lawn chair. Dress warmly; it is winter, after all, and ‘baby it’s cold outside’! The goodies will include hot chocolate, for those needing a little warm-up, as well as some homemade cookies... and these will be free. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun and in the singing, too. Song sheets will be provided, but if lots of people turn out you may have to share. Mind you, most of you will know the words to many of the songs. If you’d like more information, contact Margaret Houben at 250-672-9330 (evenings).

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Bill Humphreys ate some portion of the system. I would hate to think of the fall out in public opinion towards BC Hydro if there is a power outage and we find a senior frozen in their home clutching their recent hydro bill, trying to phone the outage number on their cordless phone that won’t work when the power is out. Perhaps we will find a senior stuck to the ice on the walkway to the woodshed after they have fallen trying to get firewood. Their family thought they had things arranged when they bought that alarm that calls when the senior falls. Little did they know the alarm needs power to stay charged so it can make the call when the senior cannot. About that time it would look like we should have bundled gramps or grandma off to the seniors home in the city so they can live out their days with a bunch of strangers after having to give away their dog and say-

ing goodbye to all their friends and neighbours that they have known over a lifetime in our rural community. To add to the joy, we can bundle the kids up and get out on the highway to see if we can survive another trip to town for a visit. If we survive the frustrated drivers passing on blind corners, and the trucks trying to run us over, we can all enjoy visiting with our loved ones and hear how much they like their cell, I mean room. The fact that Minister Lake is still trying to get BC Hydro to come to the table and seek a solution gives me some hope. Rural communities are an important part of the economy here in B.C., and need support to prosper and grow. Both of our local MLA’s, Ministers Lake and Stone, have been working on solutions to the problems. There is a solution to every problem. Working together we can find the answers.

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The free Community Christmas Lunch at the Christian Life Assembly Church on Dec. 9 was another great success. Plenty of good food served up by volunteers and the Barriere Lion’s Club, numerous door prizes, great company and seasonal entertainment from Barriere Elementary School students.

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Check out the Winter Farmer’s Market this Saturday Winter Farmer’s Markets will be held on Saturday, Dec. 14 and 21, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Sam’s Pizza and Rib House in Barriere. Vendors offer honey, jams and jellies, baking, wool, crafts, meats, vegetables, eggs and more. Pictured (l-r) at the Nov. 30 market are vendors Bernie Kershaw, Melanie Stutt and her baby boy, Harvest, Cindy Stutt, and customer Maureen Chester.




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(Above) Representatives from Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital accept a $25,000 cheque from the RBC Foundation during the 50th anniversary celebrations held Nov. 27, for Royal Bank’s Clearwater operations. Pictured are (l-r) Berni Easson, CIHS administrator for Barriere, Blue River, Clearwater and Merritt; Dr. Steven Broadbent, physician; Lorelei Rogers, nurse leader; Pearl Broswick, X-Ray technician; Brooke Kopetski, laboratory technician; Margot Venema, administrative assistant; Christie Dobi, RBC branch manager; and Ryan Krisko, RBC commercial account manager. The money will be used to buy equipment for the hospital. (Below)  Bob and Joan Mumford of Little Fort attend the 50th anniversary festivities for Clearwater’s Royal Bank. They had a special reason for being there. In 1963, Joan had her first job at the newly opened Royal Bank in Vanderhoof. As in Clearwater, business there had begun a few months earlier in a trailer. A client – young, hard-working Bob Mumford – soon caught her eye. Three happy histories have followed: a long-lasting marriage, and efficient banking service in two deserving and appreciative communities.


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SPORTS BSS Jr. Boys win Cougar Classic By Ashley Shannik Barriere Secondary School Phys. Ed Department Barriere Secondary School’s (BSS) Jr. Boys basketball team was successful at capturing first place and the tournament championship at their very own Cougar Classic. The boys started off the tournament last Friday afternoon playing Hertiage Christian (Kelowna) in front of the entire school. With the support of their peers, teachers, and administrators the boys cruised to a very convincing victory beating their opponent 68-48. Leading the way for the cougars was Robert Underhill with 25 points, and Carter Rudd with 21 points. Saturday morning Barriere was matched up with Sir Alexander Mackenzie (Bella Coola) in their semi-final. The home town boys controlled the game right from the opening tip off and never looked back. Barriere notched their place in the final with a 49-31 victory over their opponent. Leading the way for the cougars was Carter Rudd with 16 points, and Jacob Peterson with 12 assists and six steals. In the much anticipated final Barriere came up against a very talented Summerland squad. The first half was a nail biter with the two teams trading hoops back and forth seeing the team in a deadlock tied at 30 points each at half time. With a strong defensive team performance led by Tristan Holt, who was matched up against the tournament leading scorer and eventual MVP, Summerland’s Landon Brickenden, and another strong offensive performance from Robert Underhill and Carter Rudd, each filling the hoop with 22 points. Barriere was able to pull away for the victory beating Summerland 61-53 for the championship. Tournament All-stars were; Jacob Peterson (Barriere), Carter Rudd (Barriere), Isacc Mack (Sir Alexander Mackenzie), Cassidy Pascal (Penberton) and Robert Underhill (Barriere). Tournament MVP was Landon Brickenden. This coming weekend the BSS Jr. Girls take to the court hosting their Jr. Girls Cougar Classic, on Dec. 13 and 14.

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Barriere Secondary School’s Jr. Boys basketball team were successful in capturing first place and the tournament championship at the school’s Cougar Classic last weekend. Pictured are: (l-r) coach Ashley Shannik; ( back row)Tristan Brackman, Treyton Vesper, Nicolas McInnes, and Dawson Huber; (middle row Robert Underhill, Carter Rudd, Richard Celesta (holding trophy), Chale Boyce, Ty Waite, and Isaiah Ducharme; (front row) Jacob Peterson (holding trophy with Richard), Tyler Schilling (holding basketball), Tristan Holt, Dustin Pawloff.

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Christmas at McMurphy more than 50 years ago Eleanor Deckert What resources were available for a family with five children to celebrate Christmas on a small farm at McMurphy in the mid-1950s? What customs were observed? And what memories have been preserved? Although over 50 years have passed and one Christmas may blur into another, some details stand out clearly. For parents Hans and Alice Jensen, several resources were available to provide for their family’s festivities. Hans, an immigrant from Norway, had cut family ties, seldom mentioning his family of origin, nor sharing his language, traditions or customs. His new life in Canada was centred around his own wife and children and the hopes he had for them. Alice, an only child, had been raised nearby and her parents Bert and Mamie Kessler, lived only three miles away. Her parents had arrived from

Alice Elizabeth Kessler Jensen and Hans Linstrum Jensen at their home at McMurphy (20 km south of Avola) in the mid-1950s. Hans and his father-in-law, Bert Kessler, built the house of 2x4s covered with tar paper and boards milled in Blue River. Without insulation, the four wood stoves burned well over about 10 cords of wood (cut by hand with a Swede saw) each winter.

Wisconsin, so the cold, long months of winter were familiar to them. The couple had five children: Irene, Bob, Dave, Doris and Frank. Hans needed a cash income and so worked away as a crew or hotel cook. If there was money and if Dad could get Grandparents Bert and Mamie Kessler home for lived three miles away. Christmas,

he would bring a family favourite – bacon. Alice brought in the garden produce, preserved in glass jars and in the root cellar as well as the farm’s daily eggs and goat’s milk. Shipments of food were ordered and delivered on the train. And so, when Christmas arrived, every year this family entered a time filled with possibilities and limitations. They experienced both repeated traditions shared in common with others in this place and time, and interesting variations and personal details held precious

in the memory of each family member. Gifts had to be planned far in advance, ordered from the Sears or Eaton’s catalogue and arriving by train. Homemade sewing and other crafts expanded the gift options. In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Mother wrote letters to family in Seattle and Wisconsin. And every year a parcel arrived marked, “Do not open until Christmas.” The Christmas tree was decorated with glass balls several days before. No lights, because there was no electricity. Because the family often home-schooled and there were few other children in the area, the wife of the station master arranged for the children to give a miniChristmas concert. Doris remembers playing musical chairs and always being the first one “out” because she was the littlest. Standing out clearly these many years later, is the gift the woman had made for her – a tiny dresser for her dolls, made from the sliding boxes for wooden matches. On Christmas morning, the stockings held mandarin oranges, hard candy and nuts. Grandma and Grandpa arrived for dinner on Christmas Day by sled, on horseback or walking, depending on the snow. The table was filled

Children of the Jensen family living in McMurphy were (l-r) Doris (born in 1947), Bob (1946), Frank (1951), Irene (1942), and Dave (1944), This photo was taken about 1954. Jensen family photos

with plenty: potatoes, carrots, turnips from the root cellar, jars of fruit from the summer months. From the barnyard: two or three roasted chickens. And especially for Christmas: stuffing. Fresh cranberries, cooked with sugar and a little lemon made Alice’s own cranberry sauce. Brussels sprouts, which survive the frost fresh in the garden, have been saved under straw. Goodies, much more than an everyday meal, included Dad’s skilled baking: specially cut sugar cookies, cakes and tarts. Mom made custard pies with the eggs and milk: pumpkin, squash and even mashed carrot. One more treat: Mother slowly boiled down milk and sugar together making a fabulous caramel candy! Time to open the gifts! Irene, the eldest, once earned money

working for her grandparents, and generously spent it on gifts for her brothers and sister. Many items in the catalogue were marked “Four for $1.00.” She had purchased a set of handkerchiefs for Grandpa, who, when opening them, promptly blew his nose and grinning, announced, “Just what I always wanted!” in his usual cheery, teasing way. Dave loved when Dad made him a jointed marionette. Bob remembers a steel, sleek, green, Chevy 1950s-style toy car, with bright battery operated headlights. Doris remembers a baby doll in a wicker basket one year and another time a large, elegant bridal doll. Frank (so often given hand-me-downs) was so proud of his new shiny boots. After dinner, while the grownups cleared away, the children were sent outside to play in

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the snow – jumping out of the barn window into deep snow and even sliding off of the barn roof with laughter ringing out into the winter wilderness. If it was very cold (and at that time of year it might be as severe as -40’F) the children’s clothing would first become wet from the snow, then freeze stiff. In the evening, like every evening, by lantern light, near the wood stove, Mother read aloud the books that also arrived by train, ordered from the catalogue from the Open House Library in Victoria. And, because it was Christmastime, Mother taught them her favourite songs, “Silent Night” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Dad played the mouth organ. Sending the children to bed at the end of a satisfying Christmas Day. A11

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Christmas events at Church of St Paul Submitted by Leslie Stirling Christmas is coming. The goose is getting fat. Hopefully that doesn’t happen to me. But there is so much more than food to look forward to at this time of year. I love the carols, Christmas shopping, the old movies, candlelight and holly, Christmas pot lucks (oopsthat is food), Christmas cards from old friends...all the things that make this time of year so special. At the Church of St Paul two of my favorite events are the Community Carol Sing and Cowboy Church. When the United Church and the Anglican Church joined to become the Church of St Paul, Cowboy Church was one of the traditions that the Anglicans brought to the table. It has always been a community favou-

rite and we are all pleased to continue the tradition. Cowboy Church will be held on Sunday evening, Dec. 15. Start time is 7 p.m, and you will probably want to be early to get a good seat. We are expecting our two favourite cowboys, Butch Falk and Gordie West. Reverend Isabel Healey-Morrow will be assisting Reverend Brian Krushel. Refreshments will follow.

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One week later on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m., we will gather again for our Community Carol Sing. This is the perfect evening for those who like to sing along to all the season’s favourite tunes and carols. I’m not making any promises, but we often have some tidbits of entertainment. Refreshments will follow. This is an ideal evening for the whole family. On Dec. 24, you are invited to join us for our Christmas Eve Service, which starts at 7 p.m. The Church of St Paul is located on Barriere Town Road across from the park. We are an inclusive group and all are welcome. If you need any more information please feel free to call the church at 250-672-563 or Leslie Stirling at 250672-5706. Merry Christmas!


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The Farmers Market runs every year from the first Thursday in May to the last Thursday in October. They set up on Thursdays at the grounds next to Sam’s Pizza and Rib House on Highway #5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the season. This year, for the first time, they are trying out a Winter Market. They will be meeting at the usual location twice a month on Saturdays from now until April. For upcoming dates, check the Community Calendar on page 16. For more information about this group, call 250-672-5159 or 250-672-5919.


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Barriere Elementary PAC: 1st Wed. of mth, 6:30pm, call Crib: Mon. & Fri. 1-4pm @ Little Fort Hall. 672-9916 or Leesa Genier at 320-3629. Crib: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Barriere Fire Dept.: Firehall, Thurs., 7pm Darts: Barriere Legion 242, every Thurs. 7pm, Sept. to May. Barriere Food Bank: every Wed. Leave message 672-0029 Gambler’s Anonymous: 250-374-9165 or 250-374-9866. Genealogy: Every 1st & 3rd Friday of the mth at the Library, Heffley Creek Acoustic Coffee House: 3rd Fri. every mth 6-7pm, except Jul/Aug. 250-672-9330. 7pm. Call 578-0056. Barriere Hospice: Loans out handicap equip - call 250Literacy Tutoring: Learn to read FREE. Jill Hayward 319672-9391. 8023. Photography Club. All welcome. Shelley Lampreau 250- Little Fort Recreation Society: 1st Thurs. each mth 7pm 672-5728. LNT Catholic Women’s League: 2nd Mon. each mth, 7pm Community Quilters: 2nd & 4th Thurs. of mth, 2pm at the at St. George’s. Call 250-672-9330 for info. Barriere Food Bank. Judy 250-672-5275 or Fran 250-672- McLure Rec.: 1st Wed. each mth at 7:30pm McLure Firehall. 2012. Except Jul & Aug. 250-578-7565 for info. Barriere Search & Rescue: 2nd Tues. of mth, 7pm. McLure Fire Dept.: 2nd & 4th Tues., 7pm, McLure Firehall Training on 4th Tues. of mth, 7pm. Men’s Floor Hockey: Tues., 8-10pm at Barriere Sec. BSS PAC & Booster Club: 1st Tues. of mth, 5:30pm. 250- NT Fish & Game Club: 4th Mon. each mth 7pm NTVIC. 672-9943. 672-1843 Survivors of Brain Injuries: Call John at 250-372-1799. NT Valley Hospice: 3rd Tues, 11am, Little Fort Hall. 672Bethany Baptist Church Prayer: Every Tues., 7pm. 5660. Carpet Bowling: Mon, Wed, & Fri., 9:30am-12 @ Little Quilting: 1st Tues of the mth, 10am @ Little Fort Hall. Fort Hall. Safe Home: Get away from domestic abuse, call 250-674Community Kitchen: If interested call Dede 554-3134. 2135 (Clw) or 250-682-6444 (Barriere). Community Soup Day: Christian Life Assembly on Walk & Fitness: Indoors, Tues & Thurs 12-2pm. Barriere Annesty Rd. 3rd Mon. of every mth, 11:30 am. Ridge Gym.

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It is the policy of The Star/Journal and The Times to receive pre-payment on all classified advertisements. Ads may be submitted by phone if charged to a VISA, MC or an existing account. CHECK YOUR AD! Notice of error must be given in time for correction before the second insertion of any advertisement. The paper will not be responsible for omissions or for more than one incorrect insertion, or for damages or costs beyond the cost of the space actually occupied by the error. Advertisers are reminded that Provincial legislation forbids the publication of ads which discriminate against any person because of race, religion, sex, color, nationality, ancestry or place of origin or age, unless the condition is justified by a bona fide requirement for the work involved. Readers; in ads where ‘male’ is referred to, please read also as ‘female’ and where ‘female’ is used, read also ‘male’. NOTE: When ordering items out of province, the purchaser is responsible to pay provincial sales tax. Do not send money in response to an advertisement without confirming the credentials of that business, and be aware that some telephone numbers will be charged for by the minute Free Ads: Lost, Found, Student Work Wanted Free ads maximum 15 words will run 2 consecutive weeks.





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In Memoriam

Coming Events

In Loving Memory Lorne Stewart Edith Heywood To soon you left us. The void will remain. But we have great memories and love that you gave us. For that we are eternally thankful. Missing you. ~ Love from your families

Scentsy Christmas Open House Sunday only Dec. 15 11 am - 4 pm Finalize your Christmas shopping. Lots of stocking stuffers, plugins, travel tins, Layers body products,jewellery, shoulder bags, etc. 436 Ritchie Rd. (Sunshine Valley) 250-587-6222

Cards of Thanks Clearwater Seniors would like to thank the Lions Club and all their helpers for a great turkey dinner. Also thank you to the Campbell Family for the entertainment. Wishing all a Happy Holiday Season Wishing all our customers A Very Merry Xmas & A Happy New Year. Rainer Custom Cutting.

Coming Events

The Barriere & District Senior’s last breakfast for 2013 is on Dec. 15. We would like to give a very big Thank You to all the workers & the community for your support. It’s what keeps our hall going. We wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.


Hospital Auxiliary Gift Shop Moonlight Madness Dec. 13 Open 4-8 p.m. (Located in hospital)

Anyone in need of Radon Mitigation & interested in splitting travel costs to Barriere of a Radon Mitigation Professional this spring, call Martin 250851-1900.

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NORTH THOMPSON JOBS BARRIERE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 629 Barriere Town Rd. V0E 1E0 • 250-672-0036 • Fax: 250-672-2159

E-mail: • Website:

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:

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One of the best small businesses located in downtown Merritt BC. This well established well kept operation has been serving the community for 45 years. The building has a new Lennox 12 1/2 ton air/furnace, new roof, and lots of new equipment. A free standing brick building with paved parking lot. This turnkey operation is priced to sell (below market value) as current owner wishes to retire. If you are serious about being in and owning your own business please forward your inquires to: Business Opportunity c/o Merritt Herald, Box 9, Merritt BC, V1K 1B8

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Trades, Technical

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

Barriere Alcoholics Anonymous Call: 250-672-9643 For Al Anon Call: 250-672-9643, 250-677-4234


Clearwater: AA meetings Every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Dr., side door. Roll call 8 p.m. 250-674-1923, 250-674-7313

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AVAILABLE immediately for busy Volvo/Mack/HINO dealership located in KELOWNA, BC. Journeyman or equivelant experienced mechanic. Full time with competitive wages and benefits. Volvo/Mack an asset but will consider other OEM experience as equivelant. Forward resumes to or Suitable applicants will be contacted for an interview.

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Is seeking an

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

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Free Workshops

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

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 January 14th 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

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

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Traffic Control: Casual/Clw #C0256 Skating Coach: Seasonal PT/Clearwater

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

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Work Wanted HAFI GRANTS Notice to low income seniors and persons with disability. You may qualify for a grant up to 20,000. to modify and adapt your home for improved safety and accessibility. For details contact your local HAFI expert Hans Ounpuu, Building contractor @ 250-674-3875.

Pets & Livestock

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



Financial Services

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.

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Misc. for Sale Dewalt Saw $45. Craftsman Saw $40. 3 extension ladders $60 each. Plumbing crimp tool $75. Box stick nails 21o $50. Call Don, 250-672-1971 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 newspaper? 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 at: 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 or online:

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

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Ph 672-5949 • Fax 672-5974 CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY 4818 Annesty Rd. (Across from High School) 9:30am Adult Sunday School 10:30am Sunday Service and Children’s Sunday School Pastor: Lance Naylor 672-0111

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North Thompson Star/Journal December 12, 2013 A19

Photographing fast moving objects I received a call from a photographer asking help with a new camera purchase. He had selected two, and was comparing their difference in frames-per-second. I had read about both cameras, and have to admit with so many other spectacular and enticing features both offered I hadn’t paid much attention to how many frames each could shoot in one burst. When I asked him why FPS was important he said, “So I can photograph things that go fast”. A good point, although a minor one in my opinion. Shooting with continuous advance might increase the number of keepers he has, as he learns techniques for photographing fast moving subjects. I will admit I like photographing things that go fast. Capturing less than a second of a subject’s life that will

be gone forever is exciting. That photographer could hope to stop the action by putting his camera into it’s P, or A mode, and employing his camera like a machine gun, make a burst of the shutter to stop a moving subject. Some experienced photographers know how to get great results at the 8-frames-persecond or more, but if he is just starting out, he might want to dial it back a little and experiment to find what works best. The belief that faster would be better is not always the case. A DSLR cannot always find focus on a passing subject while the mirror is up, and one can’t track the action through a viewfinder blocked while several frames are being made. When I approach action photography at say, a basketball game,

Making Pictures with

John E n ma n rodeo, or cars at a dragstrip, I don’t bother with the continuous frame feature on my camera. I know that the best way to stop action is with a fast shutterspeed. First I increase the ISO so the sensor is more light sensitive. Modern cameras have no problem with ISO settings of 800 or more and depending on how bright the location is I might move ISO higher or lower. I just make some tests before things get going. Next I set my camera to a mode where I choose the shutter and the camera chooses the aperture. (S on Nikon

and TV on Canon) I select the fastest shutterspeed that will let me keep some depth of field, then do more test shots, and I am ready to start taking pictures. I anticipate and choose the best location to catch the action. Gosh, it’s all that easy. I suppose one could do additional testing with a high burst of framesper-second. I don’t think that is needed, it just eats up memory and might require hours of editing in Photoshop, but what the heck, with today’s exciting technology we need to experiment to find what works best for our shooting style.

My first camera didn’t have auto focus, programmed exposure modes, or eight-framesa-second capability. I couldn’t even shoot at shutterspeeds over 1/500th of a second. But, I read a lot, took classes and learned about the aperture and shutter, learned how to follow a moving subject, and about how my camera exposed a subject. And practiced a lot in spite of the price attached to each roll of film. My advice to that photographer didn’t discuss the need for fast shutterspeeds. As I wrote, there were so many other spectacular, and enticing things about the cameras we talked about, that I forgot about adding an opinion about framesper-second. These are my thoughts for this week. Contact me at www.enmanscamera. com or emcam@telus.

John Enman Photo

net. 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.

OBITUARIES 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, joining her parents, brother, daughter and son. Born in Rosetown, Saskatchewan, on October 31, 1921, she is survived by her husband Keith Moore; daughters, Shirley McCaffrey and Lynne Piercy; stepchildren Gerry (Jan) Moore, Gordon Moore, Trevor Moore and Sherry (Phil) Braithwaite; fourteen grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A born teacher, Eleanore graduated from St. Joseph’s Convent High School at 16 years of age and after taking a stenographer’s course, attended Normal (teaching) School in Saskatoon, SK. Eleanore began her teaching career near Rosetown, in a one room school with eight grades, with duties that included lighting the stove in the morning and doing the janitorial work. She married Maurice Piercy, father to Lynne, in 1942. Six years later Maurice was killed in an industrial

accident while working for Sask Hydro. Eleanore then married a returning war veteran, Jack Clark and over the next few years Kathy, David and Shirley were born. To subsidize their farming income Eleanore worked as a teller in the Toronto Dominion Bank. In 1965 the family moved to Salmon Arm, B.C., and she formed a partnership in a dress shop “Lenore’s Fashions” with her sister-inlaw, which she sold in 1970. Divorced in 1973, she returned to teaching elementary school in Salmon Arm and eventually transferred to Barriere, B.C., where she met and married the love of her life, Keith Moore, and became stepmother to his

four children. A member of the Barriere Legion Branch 242 Ladies Auxiliary, she and Keith had many enjoyable times there. In 1975 they moved to Revelstoke where she taught school until retiring in 1985. An avid reader and learner, she continued to take courses from Cariboo College and the University of British Columbia throughout her teaching career. From 1986 to 1988, Eleanore and Keith operated a bed and breakfast at Mara Lake, B.C., until their trip across Canada. In 1991 they returned to Barriere, where they spent many happy years watching their family grow with many grandchildren and great grandchildren. A very special lady with a kind heart, she loved to help children learn. She was always there with words of encouragement, sage advice or a comforting hug. A wonderful cook, she wrote a cooking column in Kamloops Today and published a family cookbook that is cherished by all who have one. She embodied the

Spirit of Christmas; her parcels filled with baking, homemade jams and knitted slippers were truly treasured. Eleanore had a wicked sense of humour and her family and friends have many, many wonderful memories of times filled with laughter. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Diagnosed with dementia, Eleanore lived the last eight years of her life at Overlander Extended Care in Kamloops. In May she and Keith celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and they recently celebrated their 92nd birthdays together. The family would like to thank the staff of Overlander Extended Care for their loving care of Eleanore. No service will be held at this time. Donations may be made to the Salvation Army ( in memory of Eleanore Moore. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to North Thompson Funeral Services, Barriere, B.C., 250-672-1999. Condolences may be expressed at

In Loving Memory

Peter Hoffer

December 14, 1951 – December 6, 2013 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved Pete, on Dec. 6, 2013, at the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, B.C. Born in Holland on Dec. 15, 1951, Pete was just shy of his 62nd birthday.   Having spent many enjoyable years with his wife, Vicki, raising their sons, Spencer and Darren on the Sunshine Coast in Halfmoon Bay, he retired from the Boilermakers #359, and moved to their summer home in Barriere, B.C. An avid fisherman, and true outdoorsman, Pete loved their family camping trips throughout western Canada and the States; their winter home being in Yuma, Arizona.   Pete’s daily treks to pick up ‘cans for recycling’ along the highways (and ditches) of Sechelt and Barriere, were a well know sight...

and a favourite pastime (gas money to be made, you know). His wood chopping warmed many a house in Sechelt over the years and carried right along in Barriere.   Many a ‘tale’ could be told by his best buddies, Sandy Matthew and Pierre Beauregard. Pete will be dearly missed by his loving family - wife of 37 years, Vicki, sons, Spencer (Darcy), Darren (Deanna); grandchildren, whom he absolutely adored, Alexandra, Jacob, Jessica and Caitlyn,

all of Ft. MacMurray, Alberta, as well as his ‘adopted son’ Ryan and Natalie) Anderson of Campbell River, B.C. Predeceased by his father, Cornelius, Peter is also survived by his mom, Vera (Abbotsford), brothers Louis (Wendy), John (Gabrielle), Tony Gail), Fred, sisters Margaret (Terry), Brigette (Grodon), Gail (Todd), and Diane (Jan); and many inlaws, nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.   Pete will be missed also, by so many dear friends in the Sechelt area and Barriere, as well as Yuma, Arizona. At Pete’s request, there will be no funeral service at this time.  Instead, a celebration of life will follow in the summertime.   If any so desire, please consider a donation to the Cancer Society or Children’s Hospital, in lieu of flowers.

Are you free a few hours a week? Would you like to meet other members of the community who have similar interests? Would you like to improve the lifestyle of your community? Try volunteering with one of the numerous organizations that make the Lower North Thompson Valley a nice place to live.


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TONIGHT ONLY December 12 • 5:30pm - 8pm

Transformers Construct-Bots $15.99

Elf on the She lf Games

MarioKart Pullback Racers $19.99



Monster High Asso

Super Mario Bros. Enemy Playsets $19.99

rted Dolls


Robo Fish

CAT Crew Leader Machines $14.99

Sorry No Rainchecks • Quantities Limited


Playset & Access From



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Hello Kitty Sketch Portfolio $14.99

Kits and Markers



Baby Alive Ready for Bed or School $27.99

Little People Whee Constructilioens Site $

Furby Party Rockers $29.99

Sesame Stree Talking Plusht






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Barriere Star Journal, December 12, 2013  

December 12, 2013 edition of the Barriere Star Journal