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City updating Investor’s Guide C AROLYN GR ANT editor@dailybulletin.ca

In the continuing roll out of Kimberley’s new brand, the next step is updating the city’s Investor’s Guide materials. The new logo and ‘Good place to be...’ tagline were introduced earlier this year. The new marketing tools were developed for Kimberley by local company Story & Co. The same company has been awarded the contract to develop and update the Investor’s Guide material. The city put out an

HAPPY TO BE HOME. James ‘Archie’ Archibald of Kimberley kisses the ground at Canadian Rockies International Airport on Monday after being stranded in Terminal D at Dallas Fort Worth Airport for four days due to an ice storm.

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Four days in Shantytown D21 C AROLYN GR ANT editor@dailybulletin.ca

A funny thing happened on the way to Kimberley. James ‘Archie’ Archibald was on his way home from Honduras last

week, with a stop-over in Miami and a change of aircraft in Dallas Fort Worth for the flight to Calgary. Unfortunately, Archie hit Dallas at about the same time as a major ice storm. His flight was delayed. And delayed again. The ice had proved too much for Dallas Fort Worth and the airport essentially shut down, stranding thousands, including Archie. Passengers with nowhere to go were issued cots and blankets from the American Red Cross. See ARCHIE, page 5 Archie talks to the world from Dallas Fort

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RFP last month and it came down to two proponents. Economic Development Director Kevin Wilson said in his report to Council that Story & Co. were recommended for a number of reasons, including the fact that the branding went so well and Story & Co. had a proven record. The contract is for a total of $16,750 and this money is in the 2013 budget. Attracting investors is a key strategy, explained Wilson in his report.

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Council had quite a discussion this week on whether to increase the fees charged the Kimberley Senior Citizens Branch #14 for use of Centennial Hall. The Seniors had written Council concerned about a 12 per cent increase for the coming year, an extra $300. The Seniors say

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that as a non-profit they simply cannot afford the extra fee. Mayor Ron McRae said that he didn’t thin it made a lot of sense to hit the seniors with an increase that would raise so little money. CAO Scott Sommerville explained that the increase was taking into account long-term cost increases over the five years of the rental agreement with the seniors. See SENIORS, page 5

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Canada Post phasing out home delivery Union official says it’s too early to say how many of Cranbrook and Kimberley’s 30 letter carriers will be affected

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Canada Post plans to phase out door-to-door delivery of mail in urban areas in a new bid to cut costs, the Crown Corporation announced Wednesday. Many newer suburban neighbourhoods already have community mailboxes. But Canada Post says the remaining one third of Canadian households that still get home delivery will be switched to community mailboxes or grouped or lobby mailboxes over the next five years. It cites declining use of postal mail — a billion fewer pieces of mail were delivered last year compared to 2006 — as households shift to online bill payments and other digital communication. The price of stamps will also go up from 63 to 85 cents each if bought in booklets, or $1 for individual stamps. It means up to 8,000 fewer postal workers will be needed, which Canada Post says will be shed by attrition, as

nearly 15,000 workers are expected to retire or leave voluntarily over the next five years. “With its current labour costs, Canada Post has a much higher cost structure than its competitors in the private sector have,” Canada Post said in a news release. “This is simply not sustainable.” The reduced workforce and other changes are expected to save a combined $700 to $900 million per year. John Bail, national director for the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Pacific region, said in Cranbrook and Kimberley there are about 30 letter carriers. He estimated five of those jobs may be on the company’s chopping block, but cautioned that they have no idea. Bail said he spoke to local upper management on Wednesday and found they had been informed about the plans that morning. “We have a government in Canada that doesn’t believe in consultation. They

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Community mailboxes have been the standard for new housing development for decades. just impose things,” Bail said. “We’ve had brochures and everything all shown to us today. This had to be prepared. “So they waited until parliament dissolved and then

they announced that they are going to eliminate doorto-door delivery with no consultation to the public.” Bail said it is extremely frustrating to work with the Conservative government,

“Tickets make a great stocking stuffer.”

and compared it to when former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was closing retail outlets. “They don’t consult, they’re secretive and they don’t know how to run these companies, these Crown corporations. So they destroy them,” he said. “What they could have done is improve service instead of cutting everything and making it less secure.” A Conference Board of Canada report last spring found Canada Post would face losses of $1 billion a year by 2020 without major reform. Reaction has been mixed but one concern being raised is that many more banks of community mailboxes will be vulnerable to mail theft by identity thieves. There have been ongoing mail theft reports in  Metro Vancouver communities that already have the clustered group boxes. Surrey resident Craig Findlay told Black Press the community mailbox in his Fleetwood neigh-

bourhood was broken into repeatedly and says Canada Post must make them more secure before converting the remaining urban neighbourhoods. “It’s going to be an exercise in futility as far as I’m concerned,” Findlay said. Findlay said  it might be smarter to reduce home delivery to every second or third day, or else put group boxes in publicly accessible indoor areas such as malls, until mail thieves can be thwarted. Bail said there is hope. “There is a future to fight for and we intend to do that,” Bail said. “I don’t think the public should just take this sitting down. They should tell their MP that this kind of secrecy and opaque approach is just the wrong thing to do.” He said concepts such as postal banking, used in many other countries, could be an alternative.

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Cranbrook mom makes MasterChef Canada

Cranbrook’s Danielle Cardozo is among the country’s top 50 home cooks in the popular cook-off series Sally MacDonald Townsman Staff

A Cranbrook motherof-three will appear in a national cook-off TV series starting in January. Danielle Cardozo is among Canada’s top 50 home cooks who will compete for the top position in MasterChef Canada on CTV. After originally airing in the U.K. in 2005, the popular series began in Australia in 2009 and quickly became the country’s most popular show. A U.S. version of the series began in 2010. MasterChef has now been localized in 43 countries. In 2014, Canada will have its turn to find the country’s best undiscovered cook in the first season. Canada’s top 50 home cooks will come together for a series of cooking challenges with weekly eliminations of contend-

ers. Eventually one cook will be named MasterChef Canada. Cranbrook’s Danielle Cardozo is hoping to wow the judges in the series premiere with her specialty: elk carnita. “It’s basically elk tacos,” Danielle says. “I grew up in Fernie and Cranbrook, so I’m no stranger to game meat. I am aboriginal so in our house it was very common to have family members give me meat, and it’s always elk and moose.” It was Danielle’s nineyear-old daughter who pushed her to audition for MasterChef as soon as she learned there would be a Canadian version. “One day it came on while the show was airing that Joe Bastianich from the U.S. version says, ‘Canada, it’s your turn.’ So my daughter goes and grabs my laptop from the kitchen counter and says, ‘Okay, Mom, it’s your turn,’” remembers Danielle. “It was right there and then, there was no waiting.” Although Danielle had been watching the series for years, she didn’t have much faith that her application would be taken seriously. “I really didn’t think I stood a chance, to be quite honest. I felt like

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Cranbrook’s Danielle Cardozo will take her elk carnita to the masses in January when she appears in MasterChef Canada.

the application was kind of silly,” she says. She was wrong: in July she got an email inviting her to an audition in Calgary. The only problem: it coincided with a vacation to Mexico. Rather than shorten the holiday and spend the time stressing about the audition, Danielle

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decided to cancel the vacation. Instead, she combined Mexican cuisine with Kootenay game meat for a unique signature dish: elk carnita. “When I left the audition, I knew they were calling me back. I could just see it on the one chef’s face when he was tasting my dish. He looked at it like, oh my

gosh, all these people are serving me these elegant dishes and you’re serving me tacos? But then when I saw the look on his face I could tell he was impressed.” Less than a month later, Danielle learned that she had made the top 50, and was being flown to Toronto to take part in the series in front of the cameras. “I was extremely nervous. First of all, flying across the country by myself. I was nervous about cooking for other people. I’m used to cooking for family and friends but we’re home cooks. Cooking in a professional kitchen, cooking in front of cameras, cooking for three of the most amazing palates in Canada... it was extremely intimidating.” Danielle says she was immediately impressed by the other contenders in the top 50. “There are definitely some standout individuals there that, when they started talking about food, and this chef and that chef and this technique and that piece of equipment, I went, ‘Oh wow, I’m over my head.’” Danielle is not allowed to talk about what happened once the cameras started rolling. “You’re going to have to tune in on January 20 and find out then,” she

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just hang out and chat and have a glass of wine while we cook together.” You can follow along with Danielle’s journey on Twitter by finding her @creeksidecook. MasterChef Canada premieres after the Super Bowl, Monday, January 20 on CTV.


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A program that’s going places

Kimberley Alternate School offers a different route to high school graduation C AROLYN GR ANT editor@dailybulletin.ca

Not every student thrives in the atmosphere of a normal secondary school, but that doesn’t have to mean they can’t graduate. In Kimberley, the Kimberley Alternate School offers Grade 8 to 12 students social and emotional support in a small school setting. The program is having its most successful year ever in 20132014. “We have about 35 alternate students this year,” said teacher Dan Clark. “That’s the most we’ve ever had. They are mostly at-risk kids but they come to our school for many reasons.” The Kimberley Alternate School offers a normal academic course load, delivered differently. It’s is a full-time program with enrichment activities and field trips, and a transitional academic program. The program offers healthy snacks, daily cardio workouts, regular field trips, career prep and work experience opportunities to students. One of the key elements of the close-knit community of full-time students is the expectation that students participate fully in all activities. “There are group courses and self-based courses they work on alone,” Clark said. “We have a high staff to student ratio.” Last week the students had an opportunity to visit the new Spirit Rock Climbing Centre in Kimberley’s Platzl. “One of the things that really stands out with these kids is that they don’t have the same opportunities as other kids to do things. We try to do a lot of healthy, lifestyle activities. We are lucky in our community to have so many opportunities for healthy field trips. We have the Nature Park we can hike to right from the school. The Kimberley Alpine Resort is very supportive of our program. The climbing wall we were really excited about. It was another opportunity and it was indoors. Some of these kids are just outside after school, with nowhere else to go.” Clark said it was fascinating to watch the kids at the climbing wall urging each other on. “Some of these kids have really tough lives but they were cheering each other. There was so much support and encouragement of each other.” He says taking the students to places like the climbing centre offers great learning experiences. “You need trust and leadership in climbing. There are so many great character skills involved in getting to the top of that climb. These are kids who are pretty hard to excite and they were excited that day.” The school creates a strong community for the kids, a place with structure and support. “The structure is really key,” Clark said. “There is a reward system for being there but we have high expectations of them. No lates. The doors are locked once class starts and they do rise to the challenge.” Graduation rates are rising at the school and Clark says younger students learn from seeing the older ones succeed. For more information on the Alternate School see http://www.sd6. bc.ca/kas/

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Kimberley Alternate School students were among the first groups in Kimberley to have a look at the new Spirit Rock Climbing Centre.


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Archie in Shantytown D21

Monday, January 13 and 27 Tuesday, February 11 and Monday, February 24 Monday, March 10 and 24 Monday, April 14 and 28 Monday, May 12 and 26 Monday, June 9 and 23 Monday, July 21 Monday, September 8 and 29 them to ‘tell me you’re with the Arch group’. He also asked me not to post it on YouTube or he’d have the entire airport asking for hot showers.” In the end, Archie spent four days and three nights in Shantytown D21, a frustrating stretch of time that did give him an unexpect-

by prospective investors. Whether they are pure visitors or investors, credible communication materials will ensure Kimberley is distinctive in the region.”

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ed 15 minutes of fame and some new friends. Nevertheless, he kissed the ground when he stepped off his flight at Canadian Rockies International Airport. “I am so glad to be home,” he said.

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fourth morning after Archie had posted the video showing the D21 Shantytown, an airport official came down and offered Archie and all his fellow residents at the gate an opportunity for hot showers and a day in the VIP lounge. “Anyone in our group was offered this,” Archie said. “He told

The following 2013/2014 Holiday Schedule will apply; From Page 1 Council considered cutting the increase in half, which both councillors Kent Goodwin and Jack Ratcliffe believed was fair. Coun. Darryl Oakley said he preferred no increase as pensions were fixed. “This is one segment of the population that needs careful consideration,” he said. Coun. Bev Middlebrook was torn, saying she saw the need to cover costs, but that seniors have paid more taxes than anyone else and if anyone deserved a break they did. Eventually council agreed that no increase would be given to the rates.

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From Page 1 Archie bunked down with fellow passengers at their gate — D21 — which they promptly dubbed Shantytown D21. At first, there was hope that aircraft would be moving again the next day. That hope prove false and as it began to look like it would be a long delay, Archie began to look for something to do to relieve the boredom. He’d picked up a brand new video camera going through Miami and decided to document his stay at the Dallas Fort Worth Airport. “I didn’t know how long I’d be there so I decided to make the best of it,” Archie said. “The spirit at the airport was going down

by the hour, so I did what I could to lighten it up.” And he did. He interviewed people and asked where they were from and where they were going, and chronicled the frustrations and occasional funny moments at the airport. Then he posted the videos to YouTube. Within two hours of his first post, he had been contacted by NBC News. Then CNN. He did interviews with both. Then he was contacted by ABC to see if he’d contribute to an upcoming 20 20 segment on airport delays. His videos from the airport were gaining a lot of attention. You can view them by going to YouTube and searching Archski1. Even airport officials noticed. The

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n October I wrote about what we are in Cranbrook; • the Chamber of Commerce staff and doing in Cranbrook to make this a welcoming place for business. Today, let’s volunteers enthusiastically welcoming “talk” about Cranbrook as a welcoming visitors between May and August, 2013. Our collective challenge is how to get even place for people. more of the 1.3 million vehiFor me, a welcoming cles that pass through our community strives to city on Highway 3/95 every make all of our citizens year to stop, an initiative that feel welcome and reour Hwy 3/95 Revitalization spected — I want everyCommittee is working on. one to feel good about Wayne Another aspect to a welthis place we call home. Stetski coming community is relatSome of the recent initiaed to making a good first tives include: • the opening of the new Immigrant impression visually. In the last few years Welcoming Centre located on 19A - 9th we have: • made great strides in our beautificaAve. South, thanks to federal/provincial funding provided to the Columbia Basin tion program (e.g. trees and hanging basAlliance for Literacy. Their staff help new kets); • improved our entrances through the citizens feel welcome and understand Arches and Elizabeth Lake Welcome to where and how to access services; • celebrating culture, including the Cranbrook projects. Over the next year or two we need to Metis celebration at City Hall and the Filicontinue those efforts by: pino celebration at Rotary Park; • improving our eastern entrance • improving the city’s infrastructure to assist those with mobility challenges, in- (overpass area) welcome signage; • redoing Clocktower Square downcluding making sidewalks wheelchair accessible, automating doors to public town; • redoing 2nd St. South from Highway 3 buildings, installing a stair lift (Studio Stage Door) and elevator (Seniors Centre) to 14th Ave., the main access to the city to provide access to the arts and social campground, golf course and the hospital gatherings and, most recently, ensuring for people coming into Cranbrook from that the RCMP building is accessible (new the west. One of the important roles that I have ramp and stair lift); • the Salvation Army and the Ktunaxa as mayor is to make good people feel speStreet Angels working together to try and cial. Some of the things that I do to enkeep our most vulnerable citizens, the courage this include: • presenting framed certificates on homeless, warm and safe; • Welcome Wagon welcoming new your behalf to residents celebrating signiffamilies, providing information on our icant birthdays and anniversaries; • bringing youth who have accomcity, and including a letter from me as mayor thanking them for choosing to live plished significant provincial, national or

international achievements before council to thank them for being such great ambassadors for Cranbrook; • continuing to raise banners recognizing Cranbrook’s “heroes” along Hwy 3 - six new ones in 2013 bringing the total to 29; • beginning with Alice Cooper, sending hand-written cards to the amazing performers now coming to our little city, to say thanks for including Cranbrook on their tour; • ensuring I am accessible to you by attending over 100 events a year and inviting you to meet with me one-on-one through Brown Bag meetings at City Hall or at Coffee With the Mayor sessions in coffee shops around town. As citizens we all have a role to play in making everyone who visits or moves to Cranbrook feel welcome. It can be as simple as a smile and saying hello to people that you pass on the street. If you work for any level of government it’s making sure that you answer every question that you are asked, going out of your way to find that answer, and doing so partly because it brings you personal satisfaction to help people. If you are in business it’s all about providing quality, friendly service with a smile. The good news is that in 2013 Money Sense Magazine ranked Cranbrook 53rd out of the top 200 places to live in Canada, and at least part of that rating must be because we ARE a welcoming community! Can we do more? I’m sure we can. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas. What does a Welcoming Cranbrook look like to you? Best of the season to you all! Wayne Stetski is Mayor of Cranbrook.


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Christmas Grinch

After being overseas visiting grandchildren for the past couple of Christmases, we decided this year to stay home and celebrate the holidays here in Cranbrook. My husband put up the Christmas lights and placed our four-foot wire deer frame with white lights in the raised flower bed in our front yard. The deer’s head moves up and down, but we didn’t realize its legs also moved, as it disappeared this past week. To the grinch that stole our deer, please know that it hasn’t dampened our spirits. But it is disconcerting and we can only hope that it is bringing joy to another family now. Debbie Sinclair Cranbrook

Culling

Re: November 29, 2013, deer cull article in the Cranbrook Daily Townsman: Here we go again. Why are humans in such a hurry to kill? We live in the mountains and should expect to see some wildlife, and learn to live with and respect them. By receiving a couple of complaints, the city councillors start debating a cull,

with no public consultation. The decision is made, and they are good to go — just shoot them. How good is this meat? The animal is trapped for a period of time, is definitely stressed and should not be slaughtered for human consumption. Personally, we have seen four — yes, four — deer in the “deer murder capital” in the last year. Very sad. We strongly disagree with the city using our tax dollars to kill — they should be used to fix the potholes in our streets. And, if it is absolutely necessary to get rid of the deer, why can they not be relocated? It can’t cost any more than hiring people to cage and murder them. Merle and Debbie Benson Cranbrook

How much is enough?

Having viewed our new wooden foot bridge on St. Mary Avenue, I really think it is time that Kimberley taxpayers ask the question, “How much is enough?” Kimberley was founded 100-plus years ago with the largest lead zinc mine in the world. We were prosperous and most important, “lean and mean”. We produced the best miners in the world, best mine rescue teams in the world, best appren-

ticeships resulting in the best journeymen of all types, and we produced sports teams and athletes that won world, national, provincial and local championships in all sports. Since the shut down of the Sullivan Mine, the lean and mean has turned to extravagance. When I run from the Civic Centre to the railway station on Gerry Sorensen I count nine foot bridges in a distance of just over one mile. Surely we do not need any more foot bridges. The Townsite stairs have served us very well with one metal hand rail. Why a 4 by 4 wooden hand rail just above the old metal hand rail? Our downtown business area has a lot of empty buildings and businesses for sale. The only real busy building is our city hall with 17 full-time managers averaging $85,000 per year. Surely six managers is sufficient for a city of our population. It is really time that taxpayers of Kimberley started asking questions like, “How much is enough?” Our most famous log is a stick of dynamite which made our city world famous and very competitive in all aspects of life. Kimberley needs to become lean, mean, competitive and worldly once again. Michael Jones Kimberley

It happened this week in Cranbrook Dav i d H u m p h r e y Week of Dec. 8 – 14

Items compiled from the archived newspapers held at the Cranbrook Museum and Archives 1899 New Methodist Church ... The opening services of the Methodist church will be held on Sunday next. Sermons will be preached both morning and evening by the Rev. J. A. Wood, of Kaslo, chairman of the Kootenay district. An interesting part of the morning service will be the dedication. Appropriate music will be rendered by the choir, and anthems and solos are being prepared. Everybody is welcome, and everybody in Cranbrook should and will be there. Work On the North Star Road ... The work of laying steel on the North Star branch is progressing. A point five miles from Cranbrook has been reached, and about one mile more can be laid before the cuts are reached, where work will have to be suspended until the cuts are completed. Over 100 shovelers are at work between Cranbrook and the St. Marys River, but that portion of the grade will not be completed before the middle of January. The rest of the line could be completed in a short time. The New Rink … The lumber is on the ground for the new rink that is to be put up by G. R. Leask and V. Liddicoatt, and work will be pushed on it as rapidly as possible. The building will be 50 by 122 feet, with an addition 12 by 35 feet, divided into waiting and hockey rooms. They will try to open before Christmas, and will give a big carnival on Christmas night. B. C. Furniture & Undertaking Co ... Manufacturers of all Kinds of Upholstered Furniture and Mattresses. We Sell Retail at Wholesale Prices. Undertakers

and Embalmers. Perdue Block, Opposite Canadian Bank Commerce.

House and Lot in Cranbrook … Five rooms, pantry, cellar and large shed; for rent, $12 per month, or for sale, $550, $25 cash, balance $15 per month. Advertiser will rent houses or stores in Cranbrook, Moyie, Fernie, Fort Steele or Kimberley. For rent or purchase on easy terms. Apply, P. O. Box 115, Cranbrook, B. C. 1900 Be Gone … The hotel men and merchants have united on a plan to black-list dead beats in Moyie. That settles it. No longer can Moyie boast of being an easy place to live. A Real Stinker … On Saturday evening Herbert Clarke while walking up Riverside Avenue in Fort Steele, observed what he supposed to be a cat, with her head enclosed in a tomato can, Herbert said pussy has got caught and rushed to rescue pussy from her unpleasant situation. Herbert’s clothes will be buried for the next week and then cremated. 1901 Charles P. Campbell … Undertaking And Embalming. Graduate of Champion College of U. S. Office and store in Aiken Block, near Canadian Bank of Commerce, Cranbrook, B.C. Upholstering and General Furniture Repairing. Will attend to any work in the district. The New Telephone Line ... The wire for the new telephone line between Marysville and Kimberley is now up for about eight miles, and the most difficult part of the work is now accomplished. It is expected that communication will be opened up with Marysville next week. That will mean immediate business for the line. Win $200 cash for free ... O O O T T R

N E E Q C B U S T N O S H J … Use the above letters to spell the names of three Canadian cities. Use each letter but once. Try it. We will positively give the money away, and you may be the fortunate person. Should there be more than 1 set of correct answers, the money will be divided equally. We do this to introduce our firm and goods we handle as quickly as possible. SEND NO MONEY WITH YOUR ANSWER. This is a FREE contest. A post card will do. Those who have not received anything from other contests, try this one. 1903 Report of License Scandal Asked For In The Legislature … Some two years ago the conditions in South East Kootenay so far as licensing hotels were concerned reached such a deplorable stage that the government appointed a commissioner to investigate the rumours of corruption floating about the district. Chief Bullock-Webster, then chief of police of the Kootenays, was named as the commissioner, and he visited various towns in South East Kootenay for the purpose of taking evidence. Some of it was of a startling nature if reports can be relied upon, but the public has never had an opportunity to know the real results of the investigation as the commissioner’s reports were buried in the attorney general’s office at the time it was made. It is evident, however, that an attempt is to be made to bring the report to light, as the following appears in the report of the proceedings of the house for last Saturday: Mr. J. H. King on Monday next will ask that an order of the House be granted for return of copies of instructions given to Bullock-Webster re. investigation of “East Kootenay Hotel license.” WANTED … By the Cranbrook Herald Office – a boy to learn the printing trade. He must be intelligent and energetic and mean business. No triflers wanted, and worthless kids need not apply.

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Kootenay Christian Academy Christmas Band Concert, Dec. 12, 7:00 pm. Kootenay Christian Academy Preschool campus – 629 6th St. NW. Everyone is invited to attend. Info: Call Alissa @ 250426-0166 or kcacademy.ca CBAL - A Book Under Every Tree – donate gift-quality books (children, teen & adult) before Dec 13th for distribution with Christmas hampers & Angel Tree. Volunteers needed to sort and bag books; Anna 250-581-2112 or mail: wccranbrook@gmail. com The company dancers at Stages School of Dance will be holding a free dance workshop on a drop-of basis on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Dance Studio at #42-6th Avenue South, Cranbrook, for children six-16 years of age. The Stages Dance Parents Group will be selling baked goods to raise money for the company dancers. Live Outdoor Nativity with live donkey, sheep, youth actors and music from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir - Monday, Dec 16 and Tuesday Dec17 at Cranbrook LDS Chapel, 2210-2nd St. N., Cranbrook, 7:00pm. Hot chocolate and Christmas goodies will be served! Kootenay Christian Academy Elementary drama production is entitled Miracle at Midnight, Dec. 18 at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend. Kootenay Christian Academy, 1200 Kootenay St N. Monetary donations accepted at the door for Christmas dinner hampers. Info: Alissa @ 250- 426-0166 or kcacademy.ca A Cuba Christmas; Sunday, Dec. 29, Wildhorse Theatre, Fort Steele, 12 noon. Bring a non-perishable item for the Food Bank. DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: events submitted may have been lost. If your event is not shown above, please resend to: production@dailybulletin.ca

ONGOING Family Science Night – starts Jan 14th for parents wanting to help their 9-12 yr olds succeed in science. Parents and children have fun exploring science. CBAL sponsored at the Cranbrook Library. Free & snacks included. Pre-registration required by Jan 10: Anna 250-581- 2112 or wccranbrook@gmail.com Literacy Champion - pick up nominations for Cranbrook’s first Literacy Champion at Cranbrook Library, CBAL office (19A – 9th Ave S) or online [ http://www.cbal.org ]www.cbal.org. Nominations close Jan 15th and our champion announced on Family Literacy Day Jan 27th. FMI: Anna 250-581-2112 or wccranbrook@gmail.com The Cranbrook Skating Club is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with an Ice Show on March 1st, 2014 at Western Financial Place. We are looking to research the Club’s history and also locate previous skaters, coaches and judges. Contact Debbie Mandryk @ 250-489-2318 or debbiemandryk@msn.com. Dance/Practice: every Saturday. Practice from 7 to 8 PM, dancing until 11 PM. Dance With Me Cranbrook Studio, 206-14 A 13th Street, South, behind Safeway. Volunteers are needed to assist staff with childminding while parents attend programs at the Kimberley Early Learning Center. Come play!! Weekly or monthly for 2 hours. Diana 250427-0716 Royal Canadian Legion Branch 24; Friday Meat Draw: 4:30- 6:30, Saturday Meat Draw: 3:30-5:30. Bibles For Missions Thrift Store is changing seasons. Fall clothing, hoodies, costumes, snow suits & boots. Shop early for Christmas. Surprise sales. Open Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm, 824 Kootenay St. N., Cranbrook. “Loving Our Kids On Purpose” DVD Series by Danny Silk. Wednesdays 7-9pm Oct 16 to Nov 27. Location: House of Hope629 6th St. N.W. Cost: includes manual. Registration: www. ihopecranbrook.ca/loving-our-kids.html Info: 250-421-3784 CRANBROOK QUILTERS’ GUILD hold their meetings every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:15pm upstairs in the Seniors’ Hall, 12517th Ave. S. Everyone welcome. Info: Donna at 250-426-7136. School Days Art Exhibition, CDAC Office and Gallery 135 10th Ave S.,Tues – Fri 11-5pm Saturday 10-2pm, 250-426-4223, cdac@shaw.ca, www.cranbrookanddistrictartscouncil.com The Cranbrook Skating Club is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with an Ice Show on March 1st, 2014 at Western Financial Place. We are looking to research the Club’s history and also locate previous skaters, coaches and judges. Contact Debbie Mandryk @ 250-489-2318 or debbiemandryk@msn.com. Want to be in the 43rd annual Cranbrook Santa Claus Parade? Friday Nov. 29th. All net proceeds go to the Cranbrook Food Bank. Email santaclausparade@jcikootenay.com for registration form or call 250-409-4363. East Kootenay Women Executives & Entrepreneurs (EKWEE) meet the first Monday of every month at the Heritage Inn, Dining Room Annex, 7:00PM. Join us for of the menu dinner 5:307:00. Pay your own tab. Networking, share accomplishments, education. Bev Campbell 778-481-4883 Place your notice in your “What’s Up?” Community Calendar FREE of charge. This column is intended for the use of clubs and non-profit organizations to publicize their coming events — provided the following requirements are met: • Notices will be accepted two weeks prior to the event. • All notices must be emailed, faxed or dropped off in person. No telephone calls please. • NOTICES SHOULD NOT EXCEED 30 WORDS. • Only one notice per week from any one club or organization. • All notices must be received by the Thursday prior to publication • There is no guarantee of publication. Notices will run subject to space limitations.

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Calgary to host Tim Hortons Brier in 2015 ORLEANS, Ont. - The Tim Hortons Brier will be held at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome in 2015, the finale of a new Triple Crown series unveiled Wednesday by the Canadian Curling Association. The Triple Crown will start with the 2014 Canada Cup, set for Dec. 3-7 at the Encana Arena in Camrose, Alta. It will be followed by the WFG Continental Cup from Jan. 8-11 at the Markin MacPhail Centre International Arena in Calgary and the series will be capped by the 2015 Brier from Feb. 28March 8. It will be the fourth time the national men’s curling championship will be contested at the Saddledome and the seventh time it will be staged in Calgary. Canadian Press

The Mount Baker senior girls and senior boys basketball teams kicked off their respective seasons last weekend.

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The Mount Baker Wild senior girls basketball team went winless at a three-game tournament this past weekend in Okotoks, but gained some valuable experience as they head into a new season. “It was a great way to start the season,” said coach Joe McGowan. “The players demonstrated solid competitive moments that we are excited to grow from as a team.” The Wild went up first against McCoy High School hailing from Medicine Hat, dropping a hard-fought effort in a fast-paced game. Megan Tadey received player of the game honours for her consistent play on

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the boards, with a gamehigh 13 rebounds. Following that, the Wild challenged Holy Rosary out of Calgary, but were unable to come out with the victory. Heidi Anderson, who was named player of the game, led her team by creating plenty of scoring opportunities, but the Wild squad had trouble finishing on them. In the final game, the Wild were unable to come back from a threepoint deficit in the fourth quarter and fell to a team out of Brooks. In a back and fourth effort, the Wild were within three points in the final quarter, but some quick baskets from their opponents sealed their fate late in the game. Reili Savage, a Grade 10 student, led the way with 12 points and seven steals in the contest and was named player of the game. Shaylee Rutledge was recognized for her consistent play throughout the tournament and was named to the AllStar team. The girls finished their weekend by suit-

ing up as elfs and assisting the East Kootenay PARTY program with their annual Children’s Christmas Shopping Party at the Heritage Inn. The team is off to Catholic Central High School in Lethbridge for their next action this weekend. Senior boys team get season off the ground While the senior girls were in action in Okotoks, the senior boys were up in Rocky Mountain House and played a trio of games, where they picked up a win and two losses. The first game was against a squad coached by Justin Klein, a Mount Baker Secondary School graduate who is now teaching in Alberta. “We lost, unfortunately, that was the one I wanted,” said Wild head coach Shaun Penner, a fellow MBSS grad. “You always want the first game of the year because it means more, and we wanted to beat Klein.” Penner said his team of nine players compet-

ed well, but ran out of gas later in the game. “We were in it until the last five minutes, we were within five, but we couldn’t break over that hump,” Penner said. “It was a slow start for us, we were down 12-3 at one point, and we just never found our way back.” They followed it up with another great performance for a win, but nearly blew it in the second half. The Wild led 33-10 at the halfway mark of the game, but ended up only winning by seven. “Why? Because we got tired,” said Penner. “Started to see those mistakes. The other team—they had a full bench, they weren’t tired, they were in shape, they came ready to play. Clearly not in the first half, but then they woke up.” The third game, a loss for the Wild, was much like the first, where they got down early and couldn’t recover. Though he’s got a small team of only nine players, Penner says he knows there is enough talent there to beat any-

one else. “I really see us doing some damage this year, that we can take this team, go out on the court, and win,” said Penner. “They just have to have the conditioning, that’s the only thing that’s slowing us down. You gotta be in shape.” The Wild coach raved about his defence, and added that his team has a lot of individual skill as well. “One through nine, the guys are defending really well, and it’s team defence, it’s playing inside,” Penner said. “Whenever their big guy gets the ball inside, he is dealt with every time and they’re panicking inside, and we’re creating a lot of turnovers over that. “Individual skills that we got—we got a lot of guys that can shoot, so we can be a threat outside. We got a couple guys that can do some decent damage putting the ball on the floor. “We got all areas covered, we just gotta refine those areas, keep playing hard defence and I have no doubt this team can win.”


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MLB to ban plate collisions Ronald Blum Associated Press

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Talk about change in baseball. Seattle is spending, adding two-time AllStar Corey Hart and Logan Morrison to go along with Robinson Cano. The New York Mets also are flashing big bucks, striking a deal with pitcher Bartolo Colon after signing Curtis Granderson. And, in the biggest news at the winter meetings, Major League Baseball said it plans to ban home plate collisions by 2015 at the latest. “I just want to try to eliminate any injuries, severe injuries,” San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. “Whether it’s a concussion or broken ankle, whatever.” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, said the change would go into effect for next season if the players’ association approved and in 2015 if it didn’t. Safety and concern over concussions were major factors - fans still cringe at the thought of the season-ending hit Giants catcher Buster Posey absorbed in 2011. “Ultimately what we

want to do is change the culture of acceptance that these plays are ordinary and routine and an accepted part of the game,” Alderson said. “The costs associated in terms of health and injury just no longer warrant the status quo.” Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at their Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz. “We’re going to do fairly extensive review of the types of plays that occur at home plate to determine which we’re going to find acceptable and which are going to be prohibited,” he said. Away from the formal meetings, the Mariners added a pair of first baseman-outfielders with pop, reaching agreement on a oneyear deal with Hart and acquiring Morrison in a trade with the Miami Marlins. Morrison was acquired for relief pitcher Carter Capps, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade was pending both teams reviewing medical records. “Knees good as well as the rest of me. Been working hard and glad

to be able to get out there with this exciting club,” Hart said in a text message. Seattle has made adding offence a top priority this off-season, starting with a yet-tobe-finalized agreement with Cano said to be worth $240 million over 10 years. After giving outfielder Curtis Granderson a $60 million, four-year contract, the Mets reached agreement on a $20 million, two-year deal with the 40-yearold Colon, raising their free-agent spending to more than $87 million this off-season. The contract is pending the completion of a physical for the 18-game winner, a person familiar with the negotiations told the AP. Pittsburgh agreed to a $5 million, one-year contract with righthander Edinson Volquez, also pending a physical. The 30-yearold Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA this year while splitting time between San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Earlier on Wednesday, the Pirates and right-hander Charlie Morton agreed to a $21 million, three-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

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Kootenay Ice forward Jaedon Descheneau navigates through teddy bears after scoring the opening goal last year against the Prince Albert Raiders.

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Cranbrook, BC -- The Kootenay Ice hockey club will once again be taking part in the traditional A&W Bear, Toque and Mitten Toss on December 13 when the Red Deer Rebels are in town. Fans are encouraged to bring

new and unused (due to distribution in health care facilities) winter wear, clothing and teddy bears to the game to launch onto the ice after Kootenay scores their first goal. The Ice will be distributing the winter clothing and teddy bears to health care facilities

and the Salvation Army in an effort to keep the young and old warm during the winter months. Last year, Jaedon Descheneau scored the opening goal that brought a hail of furry creatures to the ice surface in a 3-2 victory over the visiting Prince Albert Raiders.

Redskins bench RG3 for the rest of the NFL season Joseph White Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. - It takes quite the sales job to explain why a medically cleared Robert Griffin III won’t play for the rest of the season. Embattled Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan realized that and gave it his best shot Wednesday, speaking passionately at times in a 28-minute news conference that included references to the team’s “circus atmosphere” and insistences that the move isn’t a ploy to get himself fired. The upshot is that Griffin will be the inactive third quarterback for the Redskins’ final three games, behind starter Kirk Cousins and backup Rex Grossman. Shanahan’s reasoning is that he fears Griffin, who has taken a pounding in recent weeks, will get hurt, and that would ruin the franchise player’s off-season - a reversal of Shanahan’s oft-stated position that Griffin needed as much game experience as possible and would play to the end of the season. “You’ve got to take a look at the risk and reward,” Shanahan said. “And with Robert I thought that his hits were piling up on him, giving him his toll, and I was afraid that we

would set him back.” Griffin, who publicly clashed with Shanahan at times this year, clearly wasn’t happy with the decision. He gestured, shrugged and shook his head throughout his turn at the podium, and he declined to answer when asked if he believes Shanahan’s rationale for the benching, saying: “At this point, I just have got to leave it up to Coach.” “I expressed my desire to play,” Griffin said. “Of course, I want to be out there and finish the season with my guys, see it through. He explained to me his reasoning, and at the end of the day Coach’s decision is what we go with.” Asked if he’d rather play for a different coaching staff next year, Griffin said: “I think that’s the general misconception, that players in our locker room want people gone.” Still, the move only serves to stoke the turmoil surrounding the Redskins (3-10) in general and Shanahan in particular. The team has lost five straight, giving the coach his third season of double-digits losses in four years in Washington. It appears increasingly unlikely he’ll return for the final year of his five-year, $35 million contract.

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Dumba joins Team Canada, injured Drouin hopes to skate Bill Beacon Canadian Press

Mathew Dumba was cleared to join Canada’s world junior championship team in Toronto on Wednesday, and the squad is optimistic that star forward Jonathan Drouin will recover from a concussion in time to play in the tournament. The 25 invited players are to arrive on Thursday for a three-day camp before heading to Sweden for final preparations. The championship begins Dec. 26 in Malmo, Sweden. Dumba, who was among the final cuts the last two years, is expected to play a big role on defence for a Canadian team looking to end a four-year gold medal drought. The Minnesota Wild, who kept the six-foot, 183-pound Dumba out of training camp but used him in only 13 games, finally opted to assign him to the Canadian junior team. “It’s been tough on me the last two times,” Dumba told the NHL

club’s website. “Being the last cut last year, it hurt. “It sucked not being able to represent my country last year, so I’m looking forward to the opportunity that they’re giving me this year. It’s going to be a good experience for me to play at my age group.” It remains to be seen if the Wild will take him back after the tournament or send him back to junior. On Tuesday, the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League traded his junior rights to the powerhouse Portland Winterhawks for forward Presten Kopeck and three draft picks. Dumba is known as a big hitter who brings speed and skill to the defence. The team is hoping for more help from the NHL in the form of Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly, who would likely play in the top pairing and man the point on the power play. Rielly has not yet

been loaned to the junior team by Toronto, but he’s been a healthy scratch recently and the Leafs recalled defenceman John-Michael Liles from the AHL, fuelling speculation that Rielly will end up in Malmo. Scott Salmond, the team’s senior director of hockey operations, said he was told the Leafs would decide by next Tuesday whether to have the fifth overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft play in the world juniors for a second year in a row. “We have no concern about him stepping right in and being a leader on our team,” said Salmond. Unlike previous years when more than 30 players were invited to camp, only 25 were called this time. Only three cuts need to be made to get down to the final 22man squad of two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. The team will play three pre-tournament games in Sweden - Dec. 20 against Finland, Dec. 22 against Sweden and Dec. 23 against Switzer-

land. The Canadian side hopes to have cuts made after the Finland game so the final team is together for the last two exhibition games. But Salmond said they may wait until after the second game. It is the smallest pre-tournament camp since 26 players were invited in 1983.

It was uncertain if the dazzlingly skilled Drouin, picked third overall by Tampa Bay in the June draft, will be able to skate at camp. But Salmond said the left-winger will accompany the team to Sweden and they hope he will be able to play. The Halifax Mooseheads star suffered a concussion last week after a hit by Adam Erne of the Quebec Remparts, who

is on the U.S. team’s world junior preliminary roster. “He’ll be evaluated when he gets here,” said Salmond. “We’ll follow the protocol. “If he’s symptom-free, he could skate.” Drouin, a member of last year’s team that lost in the semifinals to Russia, is expected to play on the top line in Malmo. Others to watch in camp include tough-tostop London Knights centre Bo Horvat, quick-footed centre Nic Petan of Portland and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League scoring leader Anthony Mantha of the Val d’Or Foreurs. But perhaps the most closely watched will be three players yet to be drafted by NHL clubs 16-year-old sensation Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters, Kootenay Ice forward Sam Reinhart and Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad. Reinhart and Ekblad are potential 2014 first overall picks, while Mc-

David, who some consider the best prospect since Sidney Crosby, won’t be draft eligible until 2015. Salmond said the youngsters still have things to prove to management in camp, but “being in the mix of 25, they have as good a chance as anyone” of making the team. Reinhart’s older brother, defenceman Griffin Reinhart - the New York Islanders fourth overall pick in 2012 - will be in camp but could give management a tough decision. The skilled, physical blue-liner was suspended for four games at last year’s world juniors for slashing U.S. forward Vince Trocheck in the semifinals. He missed the final last year and is to sit out Canada’s first three group stage games of this year’s event - against Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. If he’s selected, he will be eligible to return for a New Year’s Eve game against the Americans.

Every year Canada is without eligible players who were kept by their NHL teams. This year they will be missing Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche, Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames and Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals. But this time several countries will be missing key players, including Seth Jones and Alex Galchenyuk of the United States, Sweden’s Filip Forsberg and Hampus Lindholm and Finland’s Aleksander Barkov, Olli Maatta and Rasmus Ristolainen. Russia is without Valeri Nichushkin of the Dallas Stars, but were given Mikhail Grigorenko and Nikita Zadorov by the Buffalo Sabres. Zadorov had already been returned to London. Canada’s team will practise Friday and Sunday at the Mastercard Centre in Toronto and play an exhibition game Saturday against a group of university players, the CIS Toronto Selects.

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Thursday, December 12th, 2013 HOLIDAY HOURS City Hall / Engineering Services Holiday Hours Tues, Dec. 24 8:30am to Noon Wed, Dec. 25 & Thurs, Dec. 26 CLOSED Fri, Dec. 27 8:30am to 4:30pm Mon, Dec. 30 & Tues, Dec. 31 8:30am to 4:30pm Wed, Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED Thurs, Jan. 2 & Fri, Jan. 3, 2014 8:30am to 4:30pm For more information please call 250-426-4211 or visit www.cranbrook.ca. Western Financial Place – Aquatic Centre Holiday Hours Tues, Dec. 24 Noon to 3:00pm Wed, Dec. 25 & Thurs, Dec. 26 CLOSED Fri, Dec. 27 & Mon, Dec. 30 6:30am to 9:00pm Tues, Dec. 31 12:00pm to 3:00pm (First Night Event 6pm to 8:00pm) Wed, Jan. 1, 2014 CLOSED Thurs, Jan. 2 & Fri, Jan. 3, 2014 6:30am to 9:00pm

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When most people think about the holidays, family festivities and good cheer likely come to mind. What few of us consider is that the holidays also present an increased risk of home fires. Home fires during the holiday season often involve cooking, Christmas trees, candles and holiday decorations. By taking some preventative steps and following simple rules of thumb, most home fires can be prevented during the holidays and beyond. For many great fire safety tips around Christmas trees, candles and holiday cooking, please visit our website. Have a fire safe and happy holiday season!

HOLIDAY GARBAGE COLLECTION SCHEDULE There will be no City garbage collection on Wednesday December 25, Thursday December 26 or Wednesday January 1, 2014. Don’t forget each household is allowed a maximum of three (3) garbage receptacles, including prefabricated receptacles and plastic bags, per weekly pickup. The 2014 Garbage Collection Schedule is available. Printed copies are available for pickup at City Hall or download from our website.

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Roadways are a very dynamic environment with situations and circumstances that can change quickly. There is great potential for injury and property damage if drivers are not obeying the rules of the road. Signs and signals such as school zones, stop, yield signs and traffic lights are only a few tool used to assist drivers in keeping safe while they navigate City streets. In order for these signs and signals to work, they first need to be seen then obeyed. Please be aware of and respect all traffic signage and signals when driving all year. Make sure our streets are safe for everyone! A Message from the Cranbrook RCMP and the City of Cranbrook.

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR @ KOOTENAY ROASTING COMPANY SATURDAY DEC. 14, You are invited to have coffee with Cranbrook 2013 FROM 1 – 4PM Mayor Wayne Stetski at the Kootenay Roasting Company on Saturday December 14, 2013 from 1 – 4pm. The afternoon is open for one-on-one discussion for you to discuss concerns and ask questions about the City of Cranbrook. Refreshments are not provided. Please come and join us!

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Delicious and healthy holiday gift ideas L aur a K alina

December is here, Santa has arrived in the shopping malls and the pressure is on to finish buying holiday gifts. Why not ease the pressure and beat the crowds by giving homemade food as gifts? Holiday baking is a popular gift, but let’s face it, some popular baked goods can be high in fat and sugar. In light of the rising obesity rates in Canada, maybe it is time to consider giving healthier goodies to the

people we care about. Instead of giving truffles and Nanaimo bars, why not bake a loaf of homemade wholewheat bread wrapped with a festive ribbon? Try drying fruit, such as apples and apricots, and layering the pieces in a decorative bag for festive flare. Fruit baskets and homemade salsas also make great gifts. Here is one of my favourite healthy gift recipes that is guaranteed to be a hit!

Heart Smart Muffins in a Jar Layer ingredients in the order listed in a 1 quart, wide mouth canning jar: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup of wholewheat flour 1.5 teaspoons baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/8 teaspoon salt 2/3 cup brown sugar ½ cup raisins, currants or walnuts

Put a lid on the jar with a piece of fabric over the lid. Tie a ribbon around it to make the gift complete. Attach a gift card with the following instructions: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Add 1 jar Heart Smart Muffin mix to a large bowl. Add ¾ cup buttermilk, ¾ cup applesauce, 1 egg slightly beaten, 1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the muffin mix. Add ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries or raspberries if desired.

Stir until just blended, making sure not to over mix. Spoon mixture into greased muffin tins until 2/3 to ¾ full. Bake 18-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from tin. Have a happy and healthy holiday season! Laura Kalina is a community nutritionist with Interior Health.

Ghost in home is being belligerent, causing a ruckus Hi Wendy: I have a friend who sends me your column on occasion and I was talking to her on the phone about my situation. She told me to email you and ask if you could help us with our problem. The problem I am having is a ghost in my home. This being is intrusive to the point that we are all waking up in the middle of the night hearing him on the steps and there have been pots in the kitchen being clanged because when I go downstairs the pot cupboard is open. This ghost has been doing this for the past several years but he is getting worse and I don’t know why. There are also tiny disturbances like thumping on the walls and sometimes he leaves the doors open downstairs when I am cleaning upstairs. We live in a small community and everyone knows everyone so I am not afraid of an intruder. Can you help me with this situation I am having with Mr. Ghost? Feeling Intruded Upon Dear Feeling Intruded Upon: Thank you for emailing me some of the pictures as I requested of your home. You have a stunning and grand old house. These pictures have helped us find some solutions and under-

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standings of what and who is roaming around in your home. I had a talk with my guides and we have come to the conclusion that this nasty little ghost man must leave your home. I can feel him; he’s about 5 feet 4 inches tall (give or take an inch) with quite a mean disposition. Do not be alarmed; he will not hurt you as you have come to realize. But he is being belligerent and his energy is not at all good for your home. We do not feel he will settle down anytime soon if some action is not being taken to tame him down or get him out. What you may not realize is that you have two entities in your .

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Wendy Evano house that are acting out their disagreements. The one entity that is walking around in the middle of the night and banging on the walls at times is a female. She is warning you and asking you to wake up and get rid of this other entity. She is in her late forties or early fifties; she lived on the land before the house was built. She is a quiet, rather sophisticated woman and does not like this man’s energy roaming around her and has nothing to do with him at all.

The male entity is the one leaving the doors open and banging the pots in the kitchen. My guides told me that when he was living, he was an alcoholic and a nasty old man. He did not live on the land before the house was built; he was one of the owners of your grand old house. The reason he is acting out more at times is because of the renovations you had and have been doing off and on in your home. I noticed that you are starting to put in a sunroom at the back of the house and he does not like anything being done to the house at all. You will even notice that something as simple as painting a room will cause more distur-

bances by him in your home. The first thing we always recommend is to talk to this entity and tell him that if he does not settle down you will bring someone in to get rid of him. Tell him he needs to go into the light and to go home or to heave. Tell him in a very stern, courageous and authorative tone when you are talking to him at all times. Get four green and red pillar candles and start lighting them in the kitchen area and leave them on as much as possible during the day and evening while you are at home. Of course these candles will be sitting in a shallow bowl of water for safety purposes. Do not go out and leave the candles burning.

As you light each candle say in a loud clear voice, “I ask the angels of protection to come down and protect my home from any unwanted negative entities and energies.” Two things may happen if you do this: the angels may take him if he is willing to go to the other side, or he will start behaving himself. These are the steps we must take with this type of entity. Using cinnamon or rain incense will help greatly clean this room as well. Burn the incense and open a window or door because it may get quite pungent in the room. You will need to do this on a consistent basis for about a month and then email me back with the results.

If these procedures do not work, I have other suggestions we may have to use. However, we will start with the basics and then watch what the results will be. You never know we may just get lucky and he will return to the other side and all will be well. If I was living closer to you I could come and clean your entire house and get ride of Mr. Nasty. However, distance is an illusion and we will work through this together. Wendy

For personal and over the phone, readings contact Wendy at 250426-2127. Having paranormal problems or problems you need resolved? Email Wendy at wevano@shaw.ca.

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Scott Niedermayer Commemorative Plaque Unveiling Ceremony Hockey Hall of Fame inductee and Cranbrook native Scott Niedermayer will be in Cranbrook at Western Financial Place on Friday December 27, 2013 as the City of Cranbrook honours the NHL great with the unveiling of a bronze plaque commemorating his illustrious hockey career. The plaque will be unveiled at ice level ahead of the Kootenay Ice home game against the visiting Spokane Chiefs starting at 7:00pm. Scott Niedermayer is expected to participate in a ceremonial puck drop at centre ice. Please join us at this special event. For tickets to the Kootenay Ice game, call the Ice office at 250-417-0322 or visit the Kootenay Ice office, Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 5:00pm.


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Keep holidays Where f F-35 jet your fighter Family from going up in flames new report confirms and Fun Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services offers fire prevention tips for a Submit ted season can remain fes- dles. However, if you do For most of us, the tive and safe for every- use traditional candles, keep them at least 12” holiday season rep- body. With unattended away from anything that resents a time for family festivities and good cooking as the leading can burn, and rememcheer. What few of us cause of home fires and ber to blow them out consider is that the holi- home fire injuries, when you leave the day season is a time Munro says to stay in the room or go to bed. Use when there is an in- kitchen while you’re fry- candle holders that are creased risk of home ing, grilling or broiling sturdy, won’t tip over fires. According to Cran- food. Munro notes, and are placed on unbrook Fire & Emergency “Most cooking fires in- cluttered surfaces. Avoid Services, many house- volve the stovetop, so using candles in the holds engage in holiday keep anything that can bedroom where two in activities that serve as catch fire away from it, five candle fires begin or some of the leading and turn off the stove other areas where peocauses of home fires, in- when you leave the ple may fall asleep. Lastcluding cooking. Christ- kitchen, even if it’s for a ly, never leave a child mas trees, candle usage short period of time. If alone in a room with a and holiday decorations you’re simmering, boil- burning candle. Cranbrook Fire & also significantly con- ing, baking or roasting tribute to the seasonal food, check it regularly Emergency Services ofcauses of home fires. and use a timer to re- fers the following advice Add to that the hectic mind you that you’re for picking, placing and lighting the tree: nature of the holidays, cooking.” • If you have an artifiCandles are widely when people are trying to accomplish multiple used in homes through- cial tree, be sure it’s lanavymatters.com or identasks at one time, and out the holidays, and beled, certified A cutaway view of an F-35 fighter December is the jet. peak tified by the manufacthe chance for home fires grows even further. month for home candle turer as fireretardant. • If you choose a “As everyone gets fires. The nonprofit Nabusier during the holi- tional Fire Protection fresh tree, make sure the such as Boeing and Eudays, we often become Association’s (NFPA) green needles don’t fall Open rofighter to determine touched; rushed, distracted or statistics show that off when Boxing Day! beKimberley what their aircraft are tired,” says Bill Munro, more than half of all fore placing it in the able to do and how In the Platzl 1-2” from the Fire Prevention Coordi- candle fires start be- stand, cut250-427-2131 much they will cost m o base of the trunk. Add cause the candles had nator of Cranbrook Fire o R a e compared to the F-35. &toT water to the tree stand, been too close things & Emergency Services. It’s not clear whether and be sure to water it that could catch fire. “That’s when home fires • Christmas Stollen (Christmas Bread) those companies will daily. Cranbrook Fire & are more likely to occur. ” • European Christmas Cookies co-operate or not unless • Make sure the tree Services enwith is a Emergency • Gingerbread • Shortbread anFortunately, open competition is not blocking an exit, courages residents to little added awareness held, something the Enter to WIN our and is at least three feet consider using flameand some minor adjustgovernment has so far away from any heat candles, which look ments HOUSE! refusedtotoholiday discuss.cook- lessGINGERBREAD ing and decorating, the and smell like real can- source, like fireplaces,

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Several times a year Carolin Hockley, a member of the Wal-Mart Charity Team, brings her passion for fun to East Kootenay Foundation for Health by spearheading a toy drive to help stock the Pediatric Toy Closet at the regional hospital. In days gone by, a stock of toys was available for kids to play with. However, in this day and age there is concern for the transfer of infectious diseases from those toys. Back in 2008, the EKRH Toy Closet was created thanks to Sara Jolie and some of her fellow registered nurses on the unit. Now when a child spends time in the hospital (pediatrics, emergency, ICU or day care), a new toy can be selected from the Toy Closet to be taken home.

When Carolin learned of the opportunity, it took no time to create some excitement amongst her teammates and the public. This past Friday, Wal-Mart hosted a table encouraging the donation of toys or financial support to purchase items on the customers’ behalf. After a very successful day the Toy Closet at EKRH is brimming with games, stuffies and other items that are sure to bring a smile to the faces of a child. East Kootenay Foundation for Health wishes to recognize Carolin and Wal-Mart for their generosity in making a child’s visit to the hospital much brighter. Happy holidays and thanks to all of you who so generously supported this fundraising event!

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A less traditional yet tasty take on a holiday dinner

Celebrate the Season! Winter FruitStuffed Pork Tenderloin

Holiday dinners vary from household to household. Some might prefer a traditional meal of turkey with all of the trimmings, while others might want to try their hands at something new. For those among the latter group, the following recipe for “Winter-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin,” from Laurey Masterton’s “The Fresh Honey Cookbook” (Storey Publishing), is sure to make a splash at your holiday dinner table this season.

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cup dried apricots cup dried cherries cup dried figs pork tenderloins (about 3 pounds total) teaspoon salt teaspoon freshly ground black pepper cup crumbled blue cheese tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil tablespoons butter cup honey, preferably sourwood honey

1. Mince the apricots, cherries and figs by hand or in a food processor. 2. Slice the tenderloins lengthwise, almost all the way through. Open them up and lay them flat. Place each tenderloin on a large piece of plastic wrap. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap and pound each piece of meat with a meat

tenderizer until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Remove the top piece of plastic. 3. Season the surface of the pork with the salt and pepper. Divide the fruit mixture in half and spread evenly on the cut surface of each tenderloin. Top each with half of the cheese. Roll up each tenderloin, using the bottom piece of plastic to help you, tucking in the fruit and cheese as you go. Tie kitchen string every 2 inches around the tenderloins, continuing to push in any fruit or cheese that may fall out. 4. Preheat the oven to 450 F.

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5. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the tied tenderloins, turning as each side is browned. Be careful when searing the open side, as some fruit and cheese might fall out. You are just trying to seal in the meat juices, not trying to cook the pork all the way through. 6. Combine the butter and honey in a microwaveable bowl and microwave on high for about 20 seconds, or until the butter is melted. Drizzle the butter over

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the tenderloins. 7. Place the tenderloins on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 150 F. Remove the baking sheet and allow the tenderloins to sit for at least 10 minutes before slicing. This will keep the juices in the meat rather than all over your kitchen counter. 8. Snip off and discard the strings. Slice the pork into 1-inch-thick pieces and serve.

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met beneath mistletoe, they had to lay down their weapons and observe a truce until the next day. This is how the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe likely began, and why a ball of mistletoe is now hung in homes during Christmas, a season of peace and affection. Homeowners who hang mistletoe and holly around their homes during the holiday season should be mindful of pets and youngsters around the plants. Mistletoe and holly are considered to be moderately to severely toxic, and ingesting the leaves could be dangerous. Therefore, keep these plants away from curious hands. Mistletoe is commonly hung up high, which should make it less problematic, but holly should be hung high as well. Now largely associated with Christmas celebrations, holly and mistletoe were once part of pagan rituals and ancient superstitions.

Whether faux or fresh mistletoe, a bouquet of this plant symbolizes peace and tranquility for Christmas.

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of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the egg and mix well.

whisk together the confectioners’ sugar and water until smooth.

Add the molasses and corn syrup and beat until incorporated. Stop the mixer again and scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the flour mixture and beat on low speed until a dough forms that pulls away from the sides of the bowl and all the ingredients are well incorporated. Remove the dough from the bowl, flatten it on a large piece of plastic wrap into a rectangle about 1 inch thick, cover the dough with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight.

When the cookies are ready, remove from the oven and let cool on the pan on a wire rack for about 10 minutes. Then, while the cookies are still warm, using even strokes, brush a light coat of glaze on top of each cookie, evenly covering it. Let the cookies cool completely. When the glaze dries, it should leave a shiny, opaque finish. If you have used a patterned pin to make a single large plaque, cut into the desired sizes with a small, very sharp

Makes about 48 cookies

knife. The cookies will keep in an airtight container in a cool place for about 2 weeks.

If using a patterned rolling pin, lightly dust the lined baking sheet with flour and transfer the dough to the pan. Lightly dust the top of the dough with flour and roll it into a rectangle about 1/3-inch thick with a plain pin. Then, using the patterned pin, roll over the dough with enough pressure to ensure a clear impression of the design. Trim the sides with a small knife. It is not necessary to cut into smaller sizes before baking. Bake the cookies until lightly golden along the sides but still soft to the touch in the centers, 7 to 15 minutes. The timing will depend on the size of the individual cookies, or if you have made a single large patterned piece that will be cut after baking. While the cookies are baking, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl,

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the paddle attachment. beat on medium speed until creamy. add both sugars and the vanilla extract. scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the bowl. sprinkle the salt over the top. beat on medium speed just until combined. Reduce the speed to low. add the dry ingredients in three additions, pulsing the mixer to incorporate each addition before adding the next one. Pulse just until a crumbly dough forms. add both chopped chocolates and mix on low speed just until incorporated. turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. knead a few times to incorporate any crumbs. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a log about 11/4 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. as you roll, gently push the ends toward the center occasionally to prevent air pockets from forming and to keep the logs at an even thickness. Wrap the logs in plastic

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wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least three hours or up to three days. To bake the cookies: Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line the bottoms of two 12-by-18 inch sheet pans with parchment paper. Remove the logs from the refrigerator and unwrap them. using a ruler to guide you and a sharp knife, cut each log into rounds 1/2-inch thick. if the dough crumbles as you cut it, reshape each slice. Place the rounds on the prepared pans, spacing them 11/2 inches apart. bake on the middle shelves of the oven, rotating the pans 180 degrees halfway through the baking time, until set but soft enough to hold a slight indentation when pressed with a fingertip, about 14 minutes. Let cool completely on the pans on wire racks. store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

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B.C. Federation of Labour calls on RCMP to look into allegations against Fernie Tim Hortons Tamar a Hynd Fernie Free Press

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Police blocked off access while firefighters battled flames and billowing smoke from a Tuesday morning fire in Waneta. 

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An early morning inferno on Old Waneta Road left costly destruction in its wake after 28 vehicles went up in flames. The vehicles, ranging from cars and motorhomes to boats and a pontoon, were housed in a storage unit located behind JF Auto Centre when a fire broke out at 6:30 a.m., Terry Martin, regional fire chief told the Trail Times. “We received multiple 911 calls because when the fire started it popped up really quickly,” said Martin. “The unfortunate part is the dollar loss because everything was lost,” he explained. “But we did keep the fire from spreading to Able Plastics which is right next door and was our initial concern.” Martin said Able Plastics sustained some surface damage but the fire did not affect operation other than a loss of power to the building, and the fire effect was minimal to Les Schultz Autobody & Glass, a business located on the west side of JF Auto. Initial investigation revealed the storage structure was approximately 30-feet wide by 200-feet long and an

area of fire origin is suspected, but not yet confirmed. “We have a good idea but it remains under investigation,” explained Martin. “At this time the fire is not suspicious in nature but we can’t make any assumptions and will continue to investigate.” No injuries were reported, however in cases involving extensive damage claims, insurance companies will import their own cause-and-determination investigators, said Martin. “That happens in every fire with a large dollar loss so we will continue to work with those folks as well.” Companies from Trail, Montrose and Warfield responded to the twoalarm fire with Rossland on standby in Warfield because 30 to 35 firefighters were on the site for almost two hours before the fire was extinguished. “We were there for quite awhile just for overhaul,” he said. “Because we had a lot of hot spots in such a large area, an excavator was brought in to help move things around and ensure that the fire was fully extinguished.”

B.C. Federation of Labour President Jim Sinclair called on the RCMP on Monday, Dec. 9 to launch an investigation into Tim Hortons in light of serious allegations of theft and fraud committed against employees who are Temporary Foreign Workers. According to claims by the workers, their boss at Fernie Tim Hortons demanded cash payments for any overtime wages they received. As well, workers allege they were asked to make payments to cover the employer’s cost for the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Sinclair said these allegations go well beyond infractions covered by B.C.’s Employment Standards Act, and if true, likely constitute serious criminal offenses. Richard Pepito has filed a complaint with B.C. Employment Standards Branch against Fernie Tim Hortons. Pepito and his girlfriend, Heidi Kibanoff, were hired in 2009 under Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFW) by Pierre Pelletier, owner of the Fernie Tim Hortons franchise. Allegations include that Pelletier made TFW employees pay back all or a portion of their overtime wages to him in cash. Pelletier  is also accused of charging employees the processing fees for renewing their temporary work  permits which, according

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Heidi Kibanoff and Richard Pepito both worked at the Fernie Tim Hortons under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. to regulations, the employer is responsible for paying. Tim Hortons Public Affairs Manager Olga Petrycki commented, “We’re reviewing the allegations and can say that we are treating the matter seriously and are currently conducting a review in full cooperation with B.C. Employment Standards.” “We have been cooperating since the allegations have come up and are continuing to fully cooperate with B.C. Employment Standards,” said Kristine Hovind– Pelletier, Pierre Pelletier’s wife in a statement to The Free Press. The Pelletiers could not comment further on the issue as they have been instructed to redirect media to the Tim Hortons head office. The Pelletiers are known in the community for sponsoring local Timbits hockey teams and donating to Friends for Friends charity with proceeds from the Smile Cookie campaign. The

Pelletiers also own the Tim Horton’s franchise in Blairmore, Alberta. Alex Hanson from United Steelworkers Local 9346 said the union was approached 12 days ago by Vancouver-Kensington MLA Mabel Elmore to investigate claims made by current and former workers at the Fernie Tim Hortons’ location. Alex Hanson, also an executive for the East Kootenay Labour Council said, “We were told they weren’t getting overtime on their regular paycheck. The employer would pay their overtime on a separate check, drive them to the bank to cash the cheque, then ask for some of the cash back telling them it was for their own good.” “The problem is the employers have too much power over their employees,” said Hanson. “They come here to obtain a better life and the employer is the gatekeeper.” “We’re asking for local businesses in the

East Kootenays to step up and help us find alternative employment for any affected workers,” Hanson said. “This is simply a case of workers in our community stepping up to help other workers in need.” There are 12 Filipino employees at the Fernie Tim Hortons working under a Temporary Worker Permit. Pepito and Kibanoff resigned from Tim Hortons in the summer of 2013. Both have found new jobs in Fernie. Pepito quickly learned at his new work place that overtime is paid on his regular paycheck. “We did not know how things were supposed to be in Canada; it was a new country for us. “We’re speaking up for the truth and standing up for our rights,” said Pepito, “not just for us but for Filipinos to be treated well and for Temporary Foreign Workers not to be taken advantage of by their employers.” Kibanoff added, “What we’re fighting for is for all of us, especially for the Filipinos still working there. I’ve been free from that situation for six months, but I still feel the stress and the pain. I feel for the people that are still (working) there. I’ve been in their shoes but I never forget to think about them and their welfare. “We came to Canada trying to build a better future for us and for our family. I’m just asking for us to be treated fairly with respect and dignity.”

Richmond probes impact of potential port that would take Elk Valley coal Matthe w Hoekstr a Richmond Review

Richmond City Hall is now probing the potential local impact of a coal export terminal at Fraser Surrey Docks. Coun. Harold Steves made the motion Monday—unanimously backed by council— ordering an analysis from city staff on contaminants that could make their way here. “Port Metro Vancouver is attempting to convert the Fraser River and its adjacent farmland to heavy industrial use,” said Steves recently. “Shipping coal, jet fuel and oil is incompatible with a salm-

on spawning river. Coal dust containing lead, mercury and arsenic is incompatible with marshland habitat or the production of food on adjacent farmland. Dust in the air is incompatible with human health.” The proposed Fraser Surrey Docks terminal would take coal by rail and then send it by barge through the South Arm of the Fraser River, past Steveston, to Texada Island. Up to eight million tonnes of coal a year could be barged there and stockpiled for transfer to ocean-going ships.

Port Metro Vancouver has not yet ruled on whether the new terminal can be built, but it has been opposed by Metro Vancouver and several local cities. Chief medical health officers from Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health have also called the current environmental review inadequate, citing various flaws and insufficient consideration of potential health impacts from coal dust. A decision on the project is expected soon after Dec. 17, when the environmental impact assessment is due. Aerial view of Fraser Surrey Docks.

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Talk of high-speed train line between Calgary, Edmonton, picking up steam? C ANADIAN PRESS

EDMONTON — Rapid population growth around the province has many Albertans pushing for a highspeed passenger rail service. That’s what the standing committee on Alberta’s Economic Future will be examining in briefings this week with transportation officials holding hearings in Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer. Paul Langan, the Founder of High Speed Rail Canada,says it’s something Albertans have wanted for a while. But Transportation Minister Ric McIver said he doesn’t think the government should pay to build a high-speed rail line, A 2009 government study estimated the cost of a link between Calgary and Edmonton at

between $3 billion and $20 billion, depending on the technology and type of train chosen. It has been 28 years since passenger rail service existed between Calgary and Edmonton. Opposition Finance critic Rob Anderson called the train a makework project, and said a lack of commuter traffic makes the prospect unrealistic. “Frankly, it’s just not a fiscally responsible thing to do right now,’’ Anderson said. “We have a large ongoing deficit that’s occurring; we’ve got $17 billion in debt on the books by 2016.’’ Edmonton’s mayor took to Twitter to weigh in: “What we need are complete LRT systems at both ends.’’ Iveson tagged Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi in his message.

5-year-old Surrey girl dies of meningitis C ANADIAN PRESS

SURREY, B.C. — A five-year-old girl in Surrey, B.C., has died of meningitis, but a medical health officer says public health measures do not need to be taken to prevent the bacterial infection at her school. The kindergarten student died on the weekend after being transferred to BC Children’s Hospital from Surrey Memorial. Dr. Michelle Murti of the Fraser Health Authority said Tuesday that the type of bacterial infection involved is not uncommon and that the vast majority of cases do not cause meningitis. “It is a bacteria that is in the environment and it is passed from person to person. But why it was so severe for her, we don’t know.’’ Murti said children who contract meningitis can become severely ill very quickly, as was the case for the kindergarten student. “There were a couple of days of being unwell and as things turned worse it progressed quite rapidly,’’ she said, adding that a sudden and severe headache

with a fever, nausea and vomiting require urgent attention. “Some of these cases come on so rapidly that parents will say they put their kid down before bed, they were perfectly well and then they’ll wake up in the morning and their child has already passed away, unfortunately.’’ Bacterial meningitis has become rare in B.C. because of the use of vaccines through routine childhood immunization. Letters informing parents about the girl’s death were sent home by the school on Monday, she said. “We are receiving calls at the local public health unit from parents who have further questions. But at this time, based on the type of bacterial infection that it was there isn’t any other public health followup that we would be doing for the school.’’ In young children, symptoms of meningitis may include a major change in behaviour including sleepiness, irritability, excessive crying and lack of appetite.

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NEWS B.C. presses for Cariboo gold mine Tom Fletcher Black Press

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett is in Ottawa Thursday to press for federal approval of the New Prosperity copper and gold mine proposed near Williams Lake. Bennett spoke at a news conference organized by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce before leaving to meet with four federal ministers. He said the recent decision by Canfor Corp. to close its Quesnel sawmill in March is not the last of the bad news for the Cariboo-Chilcotin as the mountain pine beetle infestation takes its toll on the forest industry. “Certainly the government if British Columbia is well aware that there is serious opposition to this project from the Tsilhqot’in people, and we respect that opposition,” Bennett said. He said 37 per cent of B.C.’s mining royalties now go to First Nations through revenue

Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett sharing agreements, and there is more the province can do to work with the Tsilhqot’in communities that have fought against the Prosperity mine through two federal assessments. Taseko Mines, which operates the nearby Gibraltar cop-

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per mine that is the region’s largest employer, revamped its design for Prosperity after it was rejected in the first federal review. After the second set of hearings, Taseko applied for a judicial review, saying the panel overlooked the use of a barrier in the mine tailings

storage. John Meech, a mine engineering professor at the University of B.C., said the new design not only protects nearby Fish Lake, but will enhance fish habitat. “I base my assessment on a designed seepage rate that matches what is happening at two other mines in the region, Gibraltar and Mt. Polley, and anyone who tells you that the seepage rates are in error is not telling you the truth,” Meech said. Ervin Charleyboy, former chief of the Alexis Creek First Nation, said he has been shunned by the current Tsilhqot’in chiefs for supporting the new mine design. “I want a future for my grandkids,” Charleyboy said. Tsilhqot’in leaders have appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada in their long-running case to have their traditional territory declared independent from B.C.

High River homeowners win right to go to arbitration to try for buyouts C ANADIAN PRESs

HIGH RIVER, Alta. — Homeowners in two southern Alberta neighbourhoods that were under water for almost a month have won a small victory in their fight with the Alberta government for compensation. A judge has awarded 18 families who own homes in the Hamptons and Sunrise neighbourhoods in High River the right to take their case to a third party arbitrator. The homeowners say they suffered more damage than other High River neighbourhoods because the berms surrounding their communities kept their homes submerged in a man-made lake for up to 30 days. They say to make matters worse, emergency officials pumped even more water into their neighbourhoods from

nearby communities so those communities could dry out faster. The Alberta government has offered residents money to repair their homes, but some believe their houses are unlivable and want money to totally rebuild. They claim the province should compensate them at a level above the standard disaster relief payments, claiming their homes were sacrificed to benefit others. “We weren’t victims of a natural disaster, we were victims of a man-made disaster,’’ says homeowner Greg Tymchyna. “We are talking about houses that are totally destroyed. Structurally, there’s nothing left of these homes. We have mould issues; it’s behind the wall, it’s in the insulation, it’s in the attic.’’ Tymchyna, his wife and

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In the early stages of the flooding in High River, officials decided to build two berms to help control the water but it ended up sitting in the area for weeks. their four children have been out of their home for six months. “The house is worthless and you just can’t repair that home and the DRP (disaster

B.C. backcountry safety groups get gaming grants C ANADIAN PRESS

VANCOUVER — Two backcountry safety organizations will split a $500,000 gaming grant from the B.C. government. The Canadian Avalanche Centre and the BC Search and Rescue Association will receive $250,000 each. The avalanche centre produces daily snowslide forecasts for most of the mountainous regions in

Western Canada. The Search and Rescue Association supports more than 2,500 search-and-rescue volunteers in about 80 communities. Both organizations also provide public programs to educate people about how to safely participate in winter activities. Money from gaming grants comes from gambling revenues in the province.

relief program) won’t listen to our case.’’ An Alberta Justice spokesperson says it respects the court’s decision and is considering its next step.

Fire still burning at Medicine Hat landfill three weeks later C ANADIAN PRESS

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Firefighters continue to battle a blaze that has been burning for more than three weeks at a landfill near Medicine Hat in southern Alberta. The fire that spewed toxic smoke into the air was reported Nov. 18. As air quality deterio-

rated, the county ordered that nine homes in the area be evacuated. Crews are dealing with 1.2 million cubic metres of dumped material and their efforts were hampered last week by the extreme cold. The cost of fighting the fire is expected to exceed $1 million.


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Alice munro

From a girl with ‘unreasonable expectations’ to the Nobel Prize Dirk Me iss ner Canadian Press

VICTORIA — Alice Munro proudly watched daughter Jenny accept the Nobel Prize on her behalf in Stockholm on Tuesday, and reflected back on a writing life that began when she was a girl growing up in rural Ontario with “unreasonable’’ expectations. “I expected to be famous some day,’’ the short story legend told The Canadian Press during an interview at the home of her daughter Sheila. “This is because I lived in a very small town and there was nobody who liked the same things I did, like writing, and so I just thought naturally, ‘Some day I’m going to write books,’ and it happened.’’ She added: “It was only the way a very out-of-theworld person could do it, because I just had no idea about how I was going to achieve this. But I just made up stories all the time that I thought that some day I would tell them to people.’’ Sitting on a green couch with a cat perched nearby, Munro spoke just hours after watching a live stream of the Nobel proceedings in Stockholm. Jenny Munro made the trip to the Swedish capital because her mother was not well enough to do so. “I was so proud of Jenny,’’ said Munro. “I’m delighted. I think it’s wonderful. It’s something you would never dream of happening and so I’m still kind of dazed, but really, it’s very pleasant.’’ Wearing a sleeveless, midnight-blue embroidered gown with her blond hair in an updo, Jenny Munro was greeted with thunderous ap-

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Alice Munro plause and a standing ovation during the event at the packed Stockholm Concert Hall. She took a bow as she received the Nobel Medal, a diploma and a document confirming the C$1.2 million award from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Munro, 82, said she didn’t expect the ceremony to be so extravagant. “I think any Canadian gets rather surprised at these

splendours,’’ she said with a chuckle. “But I think it worked.’’ Asked if she had any regrets about not going to Stockholm, she said with a laugh: “Oh no, no, no no.’’ “I think it does sound like fun but it also sounds like a great deal of stamina (was) required,’’ she added. “I’m quite glad to have my daughter do this for me, and I think she looked wonderful.’’ In a laudatory speech be-

fore the literature honour was handed out, Munro was celebrated as a “stunningly precise’’ writer who “is often able to say more in 30 pages than an ordinary novelist is capable of in 300.’’ “Munro writes about what are usually called ordinary people, but her intelligence, compassion and astonishing power of perception enable her to give their lives a remarkable dignity — indeed redemption — since

she shows how much of the extraordinary can fit into that jam-packed emptiness called The Ordinary,’’ said Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy. “The trivial and trite are intertwined with the amazing and unfathomable, but never at the cost of contradiction. If you have never before fantasized about the strangers you see on a bus, you begin doing so after having read Alice Munro.’’ Munro said she thought the speech was “very good,’’ and daughter Sheila called it “really quite wonderful and eloquent.’’ Earlier this year, the esteemed author said she had retired from writing, but after the Nobel announcement, she hinted that she might have more to say. However on Tuesday, Munro seemed to once again suggest she’s finished with that chapter in her life. “I have stopped writing. I think in my mind that’s a very permanent thing, because I’ve been writing since, well, we talked about what I thought as a little girl, these preposterous notions that I had,’’ she said. “And I began to publish before I was 20, I think. So I’ve been doing it for a long time and I feel quite satisfied now that I’m just going to laze around. Munro is only the 13th woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature, and the first Canadian-based author to receive it. She is the 110th literature laureate. She has previously won the Man Booker International Prize for her entire body of work, as well as two Scotiabank Giller Prizes (for 1998’s “The Love of a Good

Woman’’ and 2004’s “Runaway’’), three Governor General’s Literary Awards (for her 1968 debut “Dance of the Happy Shades,’’ 1978’s “Who Do You Think You Are?’’ and 1986’s “The Progress of Love’’), the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the inaugural Marian Engel Award and the American National Book Critics Circle Award. Born in 1931 in the southwestern Ontario farming community of Wingham, Munro later moved to Victoria with Jim Munro, with whom she had three children. The couple eventually divorced and Munro moved back to Ontario. She eventually remarried Gerald Fremlin, who died earlier this year. Receiving the Nobel puts Munro in the company of great wordsmiths including George Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, T.S. Eliot and Toni Morrison. Canadian-born, American-raised writer Saul Bellow won in 1976. Asked what she was going to do to mark the Nobel festivities on Tuesday, the media-shy author said she was just taking one step at a time. “Once we get through all these things, I’ll be able to think about celebration.’’ But the Nobel, she agreed, seemed a fitting finale to her illustrious career. “I think so. I don’t think I need to wait around for anything else. It’s quite amazing,’’ she said. “I just mainly feel that I’m tired and I want to live a different sort of life, a much more relaxed sort of life.’’ With files from Victoria Ahearn in Toronto

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TORONTO — Fomer Charles Taylor Prize winner J.B. MacKinnon of Vancouver is once again in the running for the $25,000 non-fiction award, which was recently renamed the RBC Taylor Prize. MacKinnon, who won the 2006 prize for “Dead Man in Paradise’’ and served as a juror in 2008, has made the 2014 long list for “The Once and Future World: Na-

ture As it Was, As it Is, As it Could Be.’’ That book was also a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for non-fiction and is on the long list for the B.C. National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. The 12 Taylor Prize contenders announced Wednesday also include Thomas King of Guelph, Ont., for “The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Na-

tive People in North America,’’ and Graeme Smith for “The Dogs are Eating Them Now: Our War in Afghanistan.’’ Both those titles were also Writers’ Trust finalists and are in the running for the B.C. National Award. Toronto’s Mary Janigan made the Taylor Prize cut for “Let the Eastern Bastards Freeze in the Dark: The West Versus the Rest Since Confederation,’’ which

won the J.W. Dafoe Book Prize earlier this year and was a finalist for the Donner Prize. Carolyn Abraham of Toronto is a nominee for “The Juggler’s Children: A Journey into Family, Legend and the Genes that Bind Us,’’ which was a finalist for a Governor General’s Literary Award earlier this year and is on the long list for the B.C. National Award. Also up for both the

Taylor Prize and B.C. National Award are “The War that Ended Peace: The Road to 1914’’ by Margaret MacMillan of Oxford, England and “The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial that Shocked a Century’’ by Ottawa’s Charlotte Gray. The Taylor Prize long list also includes: — “How Architecture Works: A Humanist’s Toolkit’’ by Witold

Rybcynski of Philadelphia — “Arthur Erickson: An Architect’s Life’’ by Vancouver’s David Stouck — “Without Honour: The True Story of the Shafia Family and the Kingston Canal Murders’’ by Rob Tripp of Calgary — “Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter: Growing Up with a Gay Dad’’ by Alison Wearing of Stratford, Ont.

— “Little Ship of Fools: 16 Rowers, 1 Improbable Boat, 7 Tumultuous Weeks on the Atlantic’’ by Charles Wilkins of Thunder Bay, Ont. This year’s jurors, Coral Ann Howells, James Polk, and Andrew Westoll, read 124 submissions from 45 publishers. They’ll reveal the short list on Jan. 15 and the winner on March 10 in Toronto.


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Pope Francis selected Person of the Year by Time magazine David Bauder Associated Press

NEW YORK — Time magazine selected Pope Francis as its Person of the Year on Wednesday, saying the Catholic Church’s new leader has changed the perception of the 2,000-year-old institution in an extraordinary way in a short time. The pope beat out NSA leaker Edward Snowden for the distinction, which the newsmagazine has been giving each year since 1927. The former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected in March as the first pope from Latin America and the first Jesuit. Since taking over at the Vatican, he has

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the gospel,’’ Toto said. “He had the genius of knowing how to express this sense of the church and hopefully his way of being will catch on with other political leaders, business executives, sports figures. His leadership is inspiring.’’ Besides Snowden, Time had narrowed its finalists down to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and gay rights activist Edith Windsor, whose Supreme Court case led to the fall of the Defence of Marriage Act, which prevented same-sex couples from federal benefits. President Barack Obama was Time’s selection for 2012.

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About 1.1 million lamps sold in Canada are also being recalled by IKEA. Some 23 million lamps were sold worldwide. Consumers should stop using the lamp and contact IKEA for a free repair kit to attach the cord to the wall. A 16-month-old child died after getting entangled in the lamp’s cord and a 15-month-old child became entangled in the lamp’s cord and nearly strangled. In both cases, which occurred in Europe, the infants pulled the lamp cord into their cribs. To determine if their lamp was involved in the recall, consumers can find the model name printed on a label on the inside back of the lamp near the light bulb.

RENO, Nev. — A mother and her youngest child were discharged Wednesday from a Nevada hospital a day after being rescued with four other group members who were stranded for two days in a bitter cold mountain wilderness when their Jeep rolled over. The father of the girl and three other young members of the couple’s families were also doing “remarkably well’’ but will remain a bit longer for observation at the hospital in Lovelock, Dr. Douglas Vacek said. Some suffered from slight exposure and dehydration, but none had frostbite. “We were obviously braced for much worse considering the cold,’’ the doctor said. James Glanton was credited with keeping alive his girlfriend, Christina McIntee, their two children and a niece and a nephew of McIntee in temperatures that dropped to 16 below zero on Monday. The children range in age from 3 to 10. The 34-year-old mine worker and hunter built a fire just minutes after the Jeep rolled down a snowy embankment on Sunday and kept the flames going until rescuers found them on Tuesday, Vacek

said. “I think that really prevented any serious medical problems,’’ said Vacek, who also praised the group for staying together. With the engine of Jeep disabled, Glanton removed the spare tire and used it as a fire ring to burn wood and brush to keep the adults and children warm, Pershing County Sheriff Richard Machado said. “They placed rocks inside the tire and used the rocks to keep the children warm at night,’’ he said. Vacek said the group had water and some food but no blankets, However, they were dressed in heavy winter clothing for what had been planned as an excursion to play in the snow in the mountains about 100 miles northeast of Reno. Chloe Glanton left Pershing General Hospital with her mother while James Glanton, Evan Glanton, Shelby Fitzpatrick and Tate McIntee remained under care. About 200 people had searched by land and air after the group failed to return from the mountains. Chris Montes, a longtime friend of James Glanton who hunts in the area, was among the volunteers who found the

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Marty Happy, holding his son Ryder, 2, hugs David Mosier after they recieved word that a group of six people had been found alive after being stranded for two days in the frigid mountains near Lovelock, Nev., on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Mosier’s 10-year-old cousin was among the group who are now being treated at a local hospital. Jeep. “I think everybody was thinking the worst for a little bit,’’ Montes said. “But it’s a small tight-knit community

and everybody in town was out there looking for them. “They just said that they knew somebody was going to find them,’’ he said.

Geminid meteor shower ramps up Friday night Marcia Dunn Associated Press

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The annual Geminids meteor shower — the most intense of the year — will peak Friday night. But the best viewing may

be early Saturday, once the moon sets. Between 100 and 120 meteors are expected every hour at peak time. But scientists say the bright moon will interfere and reduce the number of visible

meteors by half. That’s why the best shot for viewing will be closer to dawn on Saturday. The Geminids come from a small asteroid named 3200 Phaethon, which passes quite close to the sun.

Its trail of dust and debris is what makes up the Geminids. Earth passes through this stream of debris every December. The meteor shower extends from Thursday through Monday.


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Six-year-old boy suspended from US school for kissing girl Ste ven K. Paulson Associated Press

DENVER — The suspension of a 6-year-old boy for kissing a girl at school is raising questions about whether the peck should be considered sexual harassment. The boy’s mother said officials at Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, a Colorado city of 16,000, are over-reacting. Jennifer Saunders said her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had other disciplinary problems, and she was surprised to find out that he would be forced out of school again for several days. First grader Hunter Yelton told KRDO-TV that he has a crush on a girl at school and she likes him back. “It was during class, yeah. We were doing reading group, and I leaned over and kissed her on the hand. That’s what happened,’’ he said. Saunders said she saw nothing wrong with her son’s display of affection. She said she punished him for other problems in school, including rough-housing. She was shocked when the school’s principal brought up the term “sexual harassment’’ during a meeting. “This is taking it to an extreme that doesn’t need to be met with a six year old. Now my son is asking questions. what is sex mommy? That should not ever be said, sex. Not in a sentence with a six year

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Hunter Yelton, 6, was suspended from school for sexual harassment after he kissed a girl on the cheek. old,’’ she said. District superintendent Robin Gooldy told The Associated Press on Tuesday the boy was suspended because of a policy against unwanted touching. “The focus needs to be on his behaviour. We usually try to get the student to stop, but if it continues, we need to take action and it sometimes rises to the level of suspension,’’ he said. He said officials have not heard from the girl’s parents, and no legal action is anticipated because it was only a violation of school policy. In recent years, Colorado and other states have been moving to relax zero-tolerance disciplinary policies blamed for increasing the

dropout rate and giving students criminal records for relatively minor infractions. However, those policies have dealt mostly with safety issues, such as students fighting or bringing a replica gun to school, not sexual harassment. Dr. David Welsh, a school psychologist, said some policies that bar bullying, harassment and weapons on public school campuses may go too far, but school boards are being forced to develop strict policies and follow them to the letter because of a large number of complaints being reported by students and teachers who face consequences if they keep silent. “If you have a policy and procedure and you don’t follow it, it’s hard to defend,’’ Welsh said. The boy’s suspension ended on Tuesday. School officials refused to say if the he was back in class, and his mother did not return a phone call seeking comment. A child psychologist told KRDO that tough love in this case could have negative consequences. She said kissing is normal behaviour for children of that age. “For most 6-year-old boys, absolutely. That would be a normal behaviour,’’ said Sandy Wurtele, a child clinical psychologist who specializes in child sexual development and the prevention of childhood sexual abuse. Wurtele said children at that age are simply curious about the differences between boys and girls.

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abbage patch dolls, Return of the Jedi, New York Islanders 4th Stanley Cup, Michael Jackson’s Thriller and the

hiring of Karin Penner. Those were the biggest stories of 1983. Of course cabbage patch dolls became no big deal by 1984,

Star Wars has had about 12 more movies, the New York Islands... well not much to say about them and we all know what happened

to Michael Jackson. It is safe to say that the longest lasting story of 1983 is Karin Penner. Karin has been with the chamber for

from the bottom of my heart. Heather Young Travel Visitor Information Counsellor (too many years to count!)

30 years for one main reason... she truly loves the City of Cranbrook. She will do anything she can to make this city a better place and she honestly believes that the business community is the driver to do the many great things that make our city special. Congratulations Karin on 30 years with the chamber, we have been lucky to have someone so dedicated, honest and hard working over the years. Mike Adams President 2013 Over the many years of working there, yes, I think we have both lost track. Karin, you have been such a kind-hearted person and definitely had our backs!

I am so happy the Chamber is honouring you for your incredible service to our community over the past 30 years. I remember well the day almost 20 years ago when I stood up at a Chamber meeting and spouted off about something or other. I received a call from Brian Tully asking me to sit on the board. Congratulations, my dear friend. You are a rock for our community, always at the ready to help make Cranbrook a better, more charitable and liveable place. Bill Bennett MLA Kootenay East President 1997 & 1998 OMG! 30 years of dedication to the Cause! Congratulations! I have always maintained that as the Manager of the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce you are the backbone of the organization. You are an exceptional Manager and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to work with you as President and Chair of the Building committee. Pat de Sa President 1982

Many laughs, cries and pranks galore, you made the Chamber the place to be. You handled everything in the office with poise and dignity. Always helping out others and a heart that is kind, A laugh that is contagious and a caring beautiful mind.

For the contribution and involvement in my life you’ve been a big part.

I was surprised that it has only been 30 years, as I can’t imagine the Chamber without you! I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend seven of those thirty summers with you. To this day I have yet to find a job that I look back on with such fondness. If the Chamber ever required a math teacher on staff, I would be back in a second! Candace Catinus Travel Visitor Information Counsellor

Congratulations and thank you

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Your community spirit and passion draws many to you, Leaving your legacy and handprint on everything you do. You’re a wonderful person and I am continually amazed, 30 years working at the Chamber deserves a toast to be raised. 35-1500 Cranbrook St N in the Tamarack Shopping Centre

recall first getting involved with the Chamber, I just know it has been a long time. Somehow in her so-subtle way, Karin voluntold me for designing the city float which then led to my sitting on the board. Throughout

all of my involvement, I have observed Karin’s total commitment to our Chamber and our community. Thank you Karin I am proud to call you my friend. Linda Birch Manager, Tamarack Centre Karin has always managed whatever her charge with complete diplomacy, dignity, pride and love. Whether it be the Sam Steele Sweethearts, Managing the Chamber, the many chamber functions of the city, the success has always relayed back to the lady at the top. Over the years we enjoyed lots of laughs and great friendship with Karin and Reuben. Reuben would have been so proud to be here to celebrate with you. We are so happy for your milestone and appreciate everything you contribute to the community we call home. Carol & Larry York Chums of the Chamber Congratulations! You have been a good and faithful servant of the Cranbrook community! Lots of memories swirl to the surface when we think about our collective times around Chamber activities. Know that you are well loved and respected by everyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with you! Mike & Cathy Patterson Former Mayor, City of Cranbrook


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30 years is an amazing feat with an organization and one that you should be extremely proud of. As Mother Teresa said I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples. Your actions, dedication and commitment have enriched so many lives and it continues as strong today as when I first met you. Jason Wheeldon President 2000 Wow, 30 years – congratulations! If it was only the manager’s job that you perform, that would be significant enough; however, by choice, you have successfully taken on so many other community projects which have benefitted the Chamber and this community. The continued positive presence of the business community in our city speaks volumes to the degree of your success as Chamber manager. The Chamber and the City of Cranbrook are indeed fortunate. Ross Priest Former Mayor, City of Cranbrook You proved your connection to the real pulse of the community on many occasions and we have always been able to count on you to bring us the news and prepare us for what is coming. You deserve each accolade you receive this day and I join with all the other voices to say congratulations. Deb Saffin President 2002 Congratulations as you celebrate 30 years. I was president of the Chamber in 2003 and your guidance and support were invaluable to me. Your love and belief in our community is second to none. You handle your work with great consideration and professionalism. Enjoy today my friend, you have earned the attention. Melanie Fiorentino President 2003

Corinne Friesen CMF Creative Marketing Focus I truly appreciated your assistance while I was President of the Chamber. Over the years Karin has worked tirelessly for the businesses in our city ensuring that our voices are heard. She is very proud of the Chamber and is always professional and thoughtful in her dealings with everyone. Denise Pallesen President 2007

the foundation of the business community in the City of Cranborok.

I continually talked about you and the Cranbrook Chamber as an example of one of the outstanding Chambers. I admired

Scott and Raeleen Manjak Former Mayor, City of Cranbrook Let me congratulate you for being a true and constant pillar to this community. Without your guidance and leadership many of the accomplishments of this great chamber would not have been achieved. Congratulations, you are a true and constant pillar to this community. Austin Parisien President 2005 The Chamber is honoring you for your lengthy time as manager; this is appropriate and is an extension of the entire community that you have served so well. Through the years we have worked together on many projects and initiatives. We did not always agree but this problem was easily solved --- I just did what you told me! Congratulations on this recognition of your dedication. Ron & Audrey Tarr Chair BC Summer and BC Senior Games Former Counsellor, City of Cranbrook I personally would like to thank you for your time and commitment. Your leadership as Manager of Cranbrook & District Chamber of Commerce has not just benefited business and individuals, but has strengthened the community as a whole. Karin, I have many, many dear memories of time spent with you, many of them at Chamber events and meetings. We have shared serious thoughtful moments, laughter and humour, stared down challenges, celebrated successes and built relationships together. Your door is always open and I thank you for all you have given so freely. Jeanette Sissons President 2006 Karin, your constant dedication, talents and caring heart have drawn our business community and the city together and united

your continued enthusiasm for learning and seeking out new programs and services you could bring to the Cranbrook Chamber. You are my hero – your continued enthusiasm for your role and Chamber is an inspiration to Chamber Managers throughout Canada. Ros Castleden BC Chamber of Commerce I remember vividly when I started here the sage advice I got from our mutual mentor Ros. She said that there are a few ‘veterans’ in the chamber network that you will need to work with and consult regularly…one of those was of course the lady in Cranbrook ! And of course she was right, as usual. You have played an incredibly important role both in Cranbrook and across the Province. Best wishes Karin from all of here at the BC Chamber and congratulations on achieving such an amazing milestone. John Winters BC Chamber President

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I was fortunate to come to Cranbrook early in my career and through the radio station had the opportunity to work with many excellent service organizations and wonderful citizens. There are few I can think of that can match your dedication and service to the community. There is no doubt in my mind that Cranbrook is a better place because of all you have done for the community and her citizens. Congratulations again on this milestone. I am honored to have the opportunity to send my best wishes and consider myself fortunate to have not only benefitted from your personal and professional support, but most importantly your friendship. Rod Schween President Jim Pattison Broadcast Groups

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We have a great staff and group of volunteers. The staff’s combined years of service exceeds well over 100. We stay because of the environment she has created, because we are family – as dysfunctional as it gets, but family.  We’ve carried on with some traditions, we have tried many new ideas.  Sometimes if feels like 30 years, sometimes it feels like just yesterday.  Congratulations Karin – you are the pillar of the Chamber - standing silently in the background, always making sure the Chamber is held up in the highest regard.

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Happy Anniversary Karin on many fun years for you and for me as we travelled along the Chamber road! We have learned so much, met so many great people and laughed lots along the way. Knowing you and working with you and so many others has been rewarding and I thank you for all the sharing and caring you gave to me and others. Love and hugs my friend. Claudia Blair Williams Lake Chamber of Commerce Karin has helped to steer leaders. Her fingerprints are on monuments, policies and procedures. Most important, through her example and programs, Karin has played a large part in the creation of the leaders of tomor-

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us as a strength that makes this community totally shine. I want you to know how much you mean to me and other members and just how great it is to have you as a leader and a friend. Congratulations on 30 years of hard work and dedication.

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Three decades of work and service in any organization is something to be very proud of. In this case, Karin, your lasting contribution to the fabric of this community can never fully be appreciated nor repaid. It is a testament to your character and spirit of giving that has seen the growth of the Chamber over your years of management and it is this legacy that will always be

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I have had the opportunity to be involved with many Chambers throughout BC and Alberta. No Chamber contributes more to their community then Cranbrook. I believe that this is the case because of your steady hand at the office and the great team you lead. Your contribution and commitment to Cranbrook continues to be tremendous. I wish you all the best.

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Laura, Laura, Cathy, Marilyn, Maureen, Maureen, Nella, Heather, Nicole, Mallory

row. Karin has led the Chamber of Commerce office with one though in mind – whatever the circumstances, we will make it work. It has been an honor to know her and a pleasure to work with her. Congratulations Karin Ann and Jim Wavrecan Chamber Float Committee, Head Chaperones and Former Councillor, City of Cranbrook Karin has been a great inspiration and mentor from the first day I met her. Karin has a passion for the Chamber and the BC Chamber Executives. I was

truly blessed the day I met Karin and always look forward to our chats and her guidance when it is needed. Congratulations. Maureen Czirfusz President, BC Chamber Executives


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