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“They’re not handing us over any money at all. “All they’re doing is backing us. City taxpayers will be on the hook “If things went sideways, they if the Challenge Penticton triathlon would be responsible.” fails to emerge from red Rennie would not disink that’s expected to tocuss registration numbers tal $200,000 for the race’s for 2014 because that too inaugural year. could give competitors a The city owns the leg up, she said, but alChallenge-brand licence, that the society exI won’t confirm lowed which it assigned to a pects it will take up to five non-profit society, so it or deny that. years to make a profit, is ultimately responsible which would be disbursed for any debts incurred, — Mayor Garry Litke to community groups, on confirmed Mayor Garry what is essentially a new Litke. race. Sources with knowl“For us, this year was edge of the race’s finances extreme in the sense that have pegged the 2013 loss we’re building from the at $200,000. ground up,” she said. “I won’t confirm or deny that,” Besides covering startup costs, she said Litke, who claimed some of the said the city agreed, prior to the forsociety’s records contain “proprietary mation of the society, to allow athletes information.” until July to withdraw from the event Penticton Triathlon Race Society and have their full $675 registration president Paulette Rennie also de- fee refunded. clined to comment on the expected Rennie estimated upwards of 150 loss, noting year-end financial state- racers took advantage for a loss of revments are still being prepared and enue of about $100,000. such information could give competiLitke said the city knew the annual tors an advantage. triathlon would struggle as it switched She clarified, however, that the city brands from Ironman to Challenge is only acting as guarantor on a line after the 2012 event, and will remain of credit. patient. “They’re not cutting us a cheque or See CHALLENGE on page 3 anything,” Rennie said. Joe Fries and Steve Kidd Western News Staff

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Next year, Bob Otway will have spent two decades helping to keep the story of Santa Claus alive for children in the South Okanagan and Similkameen. Otway, and a number of his friends, lend Santa a hand each year by answering hundreds of the letters kids write to the man in red every year. And after 19 years of letters, he said, children have much the same desires they did when he started. Most, he said, just ask for whatever the new toys are, and there are always those who ask Santa to make sure he delivers to the needy. But there are always a few that stand out, like one child who wasn’t leaving anything to chance in their letter. “It was five pages. They got the catalogue and they clipped all the things out and pasted them on,” said Otway. “One little girl asked for all the money in the world. Not a million bucks, but all the money.” No matter what the child asks for, Santa makes no promises. Canada Post supplies form letters with a message from Santa, but Otway does like to make the letters personal for the child. “It’s just fun to do. We read every letter and if the letters have anything we can comment on, we make sure on the postscript to mention it,” said Otway. If the child tells Santa they have been helping around the house, they might get a message that Santa is really happy they helped do chores. Or if they mention their pet, Santa might tell them how much he likes its name. Canada Post has a list of suggested phrases to write to the kids but Otway likes to make some more personal ones, like telling the kids that Mrs. Claus is just off baking some chocolate cookies for Santa and the elves, or that she has hung the card the child made up on the fireplace. “It doesn’t take long. We maybe spend maximum two hours a day,” said Otway. “We can’t wait to get to the post office and get them in the mail, because you can just see the smiles on the kids’ faces when

Santa’S helper Bob Otway (right) and his assistant Cal hornby (left) check out letters mailed to Santa Claus. For 19 years, Otway has been making sure every child gets a reply to their Santa letter.

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they get a letter from Santa Claus. “We’re commenting on what they say in the letter and I can see the parents going, look, it’s Santa Claus, he knows you help with the chores.” Last year the crew answered 1,109 e-mails, though Otway said that number includes Princeton and Summerland. This year, postal staff in Princeton is handling the letters, and some other retired postal workers are taking care of that community. Penticton accounted for 700 letters of those 1,100 e-mails, and Otway said his team has handled about 500 already in the first two weeks of December. No stamp is necessary. All a child needs to do is address their letter to Santa Claus at the North Pole, Canada, postal code H0H 0H0 and drop it in the regular mailbox or in the special one at Santa’s outpost in Cherry Lane Shopping Centre.

hotel room tax dispute still simmering Steve Kidd

Western News Staff

The city and the Penticton Hospitality Association are still trying to work out their differences, but neither side is willing to talk about how their discussions are going. On Monday, Mayor Garry Litke and PHA president Rob Appelman had their second private meeting to discuss the dispute over control of funds generated by the two per cent hotel room tax — about $400,000 annually, intended for tourism marketing. Litke would only say the latest meeting went well, though whether there would be further meetings “remains to be seen.” “We are continuing to work towards a resolution,” said Litke. “We’re meeting and we’re talking, so that’s good.” Appelman is similarly reticent about progress at the meetings. He calls them a work in progress, with no agreement yet, though he expects to resume discussions within a few days. Litke wouldn’t comment on whether any city councillors or staff other than himself is partici-

“We are trying to keep these meetings and their content under wraps. — Garry Litke

pating in the meetings with Appelman. “We are trying to keep these meetings and their content under wraps until we actually arrive at something,” said Litke. After his first meeting with Appelman in early December, Litke said both men had agreed not to talk about their discussions, and declined to comment on whether the legal actions had been put on hold. Appelman did say that while the discussions are ongoing, the PHA is still making plans for the HRT funds and continuing to

develop marketing strategies for 2014. Members of city staff and council have been meeting with PHA representatives over the past year, including asking PHA representatives to present to council last May on their activities and a mediation session in September with then-deputy mayor Wes Hopkin. On Oct. 31, Litke announced the city’s plans to break a fiveyear contract granting the PHA control of the HRT funds, which was signed in July 2012. In his announcement, Litke said the PHA had accumulated funds, was not living up to the terms of the contract and the city had decided to award the funds to Tourism Penticton instead. The PHA immediately announced they would be taking legal action and retained the services of Alfred Kempf, a litigation and supreme court lawyer with Pushor Mitchell LLP to act on their behalf. But Kempf and the city’s legal representative only exchanged their first volley of letters in November before Litke reached out to Appelman and met with him face-to-face for the first time.

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Penmar project secures city funds Steve Kidd

Western News Staff

The new Penmar Community Arts Society got a big boost from Penticton city council this week in their plans to revitalize the Penmar theatre. Council voted to loan the new society $125,000 from a little-used account, the Amenity Contribution Capital Reserve Fund. The Penmar Society had originally applied through the city’s annual grant process for $150,000, with the intention of treating it as a loan and repaying the city. As an alternative to providing a grant from the general fund, city staff recommended drawing the money from the amenity fund. Development in the downtown and urban villages has contributed to this fund, which was created in 2009 and divided into two accounts, one containing $157,000 earmarked for affordable housing and the other containing $125,000 for public amenities. “A performing arts centre would qualify for use of these funds as an amenity,” said Anthony Haddad, director of development services. He cautioned that the money could only be used for removable items like a stage, seating, curtains, screens and not improvements to the building itself. Council clearly was leaning in support of the Penmar project. Councillor Andrew Jakubeit described the Penmar society as enthusiastic with a realistic business and action plan. “I view this $125,000 loan as

The Penmar CommunITy arTs soCIeTy has big plans for the old theatre and adjacent buildings as highlighted by the enhanced rendering of an architectural design.

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that shot in that arm to jumpstart community engagement and a fundraising drive to get things moving forward,” said Jakubeit. “The momentum will keep going and they might go to phase two sooner than planned.” Some councillors however, weren’t previously aware the amenity fund existed, and were wondering if it wouldn’t be better to use some of the funds for other purposes and give the Penmar society a smaller loan. “I am thinking that draining that account might be quite a bit for that project and $75,000 might be some-

thing I would feel more comfortable with and allocate $50,000 or so to thinking about some public restrooms in the downtown area,” said Coun. Helena Konanz. Coun. Katie Robinson was more concerned about funding another arts group in Penticton. “Even at the best of times, when we look at the arts community in general it’s a fairly risky proposition. I have seen many of them struggle,” said Robinson, concerned that the Penmar would have to compete with other facilities and groups around the city. “We’ve also got the Shatford

Centre that the city has put a lot of money into,” said Robinson. “It’s going to affect the other amenities that we already have in the arts community in this town. I am wondering how thin we can stretch that.” Coun. John Vassilaki, who was at the Penmar society’s public announcement of their plans, said a performing arts centre would be a good fit with the city’s vision for downtown. “It will keep growing to a point where we have a decent theatre in Penticton. A performing arts theatre, which we need desperately,”

he said. “We want to get people downtown, that’s where the businesses are. “If you don’t put something there to get people out on the street, it ain’t going to happen down there no matter how many millions of dollars we spend downtown.” Konanz’ amendment to give the Penmar society a lesser amount and redirect money to public washrooms failed to draw a seconder. Council voted 6-1, with Konanz opposed, in favour of authorizing staff to negotiate a loan with the Penmar society for $125,000.

City still optimistic despite shortfall in Challenge budget CHALLENGE from front “History has shown that the (Challenge) race in Roth, (Germany), has grown way beyond what the Ironman format could accommodate,” Litke said. “So we are expecting that same level of success here in Penticton, but we know it is not going to happen in the first or second or third year,” he said. Besides seeking help to cover its budget shortfall, Challenge Penticton has also asked the city to provide the 2014 race with in-kind donations worth $110,000, about the same amount Ironman Canada received. According to information supplied by the city, it provided in-kind services of just under $100,000 for the 2013 edition. The biggest cost was $26,000 for three days’ catering at Penticton Trade and Convention Centre. The next most expensive item was $12,400 in overtime

I would hate to have a budget go through and then find out it wasn’t in fact, properly done. — Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells

for RCMP officers to provide traffic control. In addition, Challenge Penticton has requested a $25,000 cash grant for next year from the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen. The RDOS board, however, agreed to just $12,000

because some directors for outlying areas were concerned they wouldn’t see a return on investment. Meanwhile, Osoyoos Mayor Stu Wells has suggested Penticton city councillors who serve with him on the RDOS board may be in a conflict of interest if they vote on a budget that includes the $12,000 grant. He asked RDOS staff last week to seek a legal opinion on the matter. “I would hate to have a budget go through and then find out it wasn’t, in fact, properly done. That would cause a lot of grief,” said Wells. His concern stems from a lack of information about where the grant money will go, in particular if it will offset this year’s shortfall. “They have a signed contract that we can’t see the language of and they won’t share it with us, and I understand that,” said Wells, but “it’s all sort of rather up in the air.”

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This year is shaping up to be a good year for building in Penticton, though the number of building permits issued so far closely matches last year. According to Anthony Haddad, Penticton’s director of development services, the city has ranged between 10 and 20 residential building permits over the last few years. “This year we’ve hit 40 in November and we will probably issue a few more before the end of the year,” he said. “It’s exciting for the city, it’s a good signal that things may be turning around. We certainly have more land available now with the recent subdivisions on the hillside that are available for single family development.” The 40 residential permits issued so far in 2013 are up from 16 last year, and account for $12,950,310 in construction values, more than double the $5.2 million value at the end of November 2012. Haddad called it a significant increase, noting it was mostly due to the large developments at Grandview Estates and Sendaro Canyon. But there has also been building going on all over the city. “We’re seeing a lot of infill development in established areas on vacant lots, new one or two-lot subdivisions,” said Haddad. The demand for multifamily is increased, that is where you see the increase in units approved this year.” Five permits for multi-family developments were issued in 2012 and 2013, but this year totals have both more units and greater value: 170 units worth $23.6 million versus 105 units at $10.1 million last year. “We are seeing a lot more interest in and around the downtown as well, which is exactly what we want,” said Haddad, add-

A wOrker ATTAches a piece of framing to a multi-residential development. According to figures released by the city of Penticton residential starts are up considerably in 2013 compared to the previous year.

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ing that commercial builders are also looking at downtown. “We are in the process of issuing some building permits for some commercial development as well in the downtown, which will be exciting to see.” Overall, the value of commercial building permits is down substantially from last year, but Haddad attributes that to a number of large developments that started in 2012. “Last year, we saw the permits issued for Landmark Cinemas, the Walmart expansion and the Real Canadian Superstore development,” he said. “Those three building permits made up the majority of that construction value last year. The number of permits is not significantly down. It’s just the value of those larger permits that we haven’t seen this year.” Dealing with development and building permits just got a little easier with the launch of the city’s new Development Services Online portal this week. The portal allows developers and applicants to follow the process their permit

takes from the initial submission to issuance. “The City of Penticton is looking at all options to foster economic opportunity, and this new online service makes development in the community easier,” said Mayor Garry Litke. Basic property information and a record of recent land-use applications and building permits can be accessed through this feature. Owners can track to see what stage their building and or planning permits are at and the next steps in the application approval or inspection process. “The Development Services Division will improve customer service by making information available to the development community 24/7,” said Haddad. To access the site, visit www. Once registration is complete, the final step is to contact development services staff to link active permits to your account. For more information, contact development services at 250-4902501 or via email at building@

Thieves trash Oliver mailboxes Kristi Patton

Western News Staff

A total of 53 rural mailboxes have been breached in Oliver. Sgt. Ken Harrington said it is unknown what exactly was stolen from the mailboxes at this time. The public is asked to be aware that thieves have targeted these locations and further, to check their post box and confirm that the box is secure. “People still do send money to their kids at Christmas. They do send smaller packages in the mail and passports go by mail,” said Harrington. “So, there really are lots of things that still travel by snail mail.” Complaints came to RCMP from Canada Post in Oliver that someone has breached the individual mailboxes at the 5400 block of Black Sage Road, Seacrest Hill Road/Pampas Grass Way, 37400 block of Willowbrook Road, Fairview Road and West Avenue, 700 block of Seacrest Road and at Pine Hill

Road and Pine Hill Place. If identifiable items such as cheques, credit cards or other items are missing, Harrington said people should be following the same protocol as if they lost the items. “Contact the provider and that kind of thing,” said Harrington. “What I am suggesting to local people is where most people will check their rural post boxes once a week, instead check them daily. “It is not uncommon for people to do that and I think these criminals opportunists know that.” RCMP said it appears the boxes were pried open with some kind of tool. “It’s unfortunate because the rural mailboxes are pretty but they aren’t as secure as the old mailboxes, where you had a personal lock and key,” said Harrington. “With that you would have to really work on cutting the lock but now with the new boxes they just can pry them open.”

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RDOS mulls standardized pay for volunteer firefighters Joe Fries

Western News Staff

Fire chiefs are withholding judgement while awaiting details on a proposal to increase and standardize pay rates across the region’s volunteer fire departments. The board of the Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen, which oversees seven halls, is considering the $150,000 plan and its impact on taxpayers during its deliberations on the 2014 budget. Chief Darlene Bailey of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department said neither she nor her colleagues elsewhere have been consulted on the proposed raises, and didn’t ask for them either. “Any time we felt that more remuneration or pay was needed, we put it into our budget,” she said. “And at this point we have done nothing like that because everybody is perfectly fine with what we’re doing.” The RDOS proposal would see all firefighters earn $20 an hour while training or attending a call, plus create three tiers based on call volume by which officers would be paid. At the least busy departments in Tulameen and Willowbrook, chiefs would see their stipend bump up from nothing to $8,000 a year. Fire chiefs with the busiest department, Okanagan Falls, would see their total pay rise by $3,000 to $15,000. Other officers in the departments would get raises

Jet lands drug bust Kristi Patton

Western News Staff

Police service dog Jet assisted South Okanagan RCMP in locating a significant haul of illegal drugs last week. “This is a significant drug seizure and by the members seizing these drugs it prevented them from harming our communities by being sold on the streets,” said Const. Lesley Smith. On Dec. 9 the South Okanagan Traffic Services and members from South Okanagan RCMP detachments conducted an impaired driving road check on Highway 3 in Osoyoos. An eastbound vehicle approached the road check. As a result of the check, Jet, a narcotics-trained police dog, located four kilograms of marijuana, 750 grams of cocaine, several containers of various illicit steroids and 197 tablets of what RCMP suspect is oxycodone. Although Smith would not give an estimate of what the drugs would be worth, it is most likely around $120,000 at street value. Two males, aged 26 and 28 years old, from the Lower Mainland were arrested. Smith said the males were released on a recognizance and charges have not been laid as of yet.

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their day job or hire a babysitter, and could make it difficult to attract or retain firefighters. Chief Tony Trovao of the Naramata Fire Rescue Service said he’ll be happy with whatever the RDOS board decides. “I didn’t get into the position because I wanted to make a whole bunch of money,” he said. “And anyone who goes into a volunteer setup thinking that they’re there for the money, it’s kind of the wrong reason to be part of the group.” Chief Bob Haddow of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department said if budgets are tight, he’d prefer money be spent on upgrading and maintaining equipment, rather than upping pay for volunteers. He added he has no problem with the RDOS not consulting chiefs on the issue. The RDOS board has agreed to strike a committee to examine the proposal and develop recommendations while consultation on the budget continues.






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Arrive alive so others may live It’s that time of year again, when friends, families and co-workers gather for the annual Christmas party. For most of us there is good reason to celebrate good will and to enjoy each other’s company, the true meaning of Christmas. But despite the best efforts of the province and RCMP detachments around B.C., there are still far too many who drink alcohol and then get behind the wheel to drive themselves home. Countless headlines have documented the gut-wrenching effects of drunk driving, not only on the lives of the drunken driver, but on the lives of the victim’s families who will forever associate Christmas with the loss of a loved one because someone thought it was OK to drink and drive. Earlier this month, in a highly publicized Counter Attack blitz, RCMP from 97 B.C. detachments handed out 220 road-side prohibitions. That’s 220 too many. According to ICBC, 56 people were killed in 2012 in impaired-driving related crashes. That’s at least 56 families living with tragedy, 56 families too many. We believe driving safely is an individual responsibility, but at the same time, drinking PENTICTON WESTERN typically occurs at social events, where others are fully aware that someone is drinking and shouldn’t be getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is our responsibility to make sure our friends, families and co-workers stay safe. That way, we’ll have a better chance of getting home safely as well.


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Premier Clark looks back on 2013 After a whirlwind year that started with a come-from-behind election win, Premier Christy Clark sat down with me for the traditional year-end interview in her Victoria office. Here are excerpts from that discussion. A longer version with video can be found under the Opinion tab of this newspaper’s website. TF: Premier, you surprised a few people this year. What surprised you the most about 2013? PCC: I guess it was the disconnect between the pollsters and the pundits, and the public. I did have a sense all the time that the citizens were thinking something different in the run-up to the election campaign. I wondered, am I missing something here, or are they missing something? And I guess it turned out that it wasn’t me that was missing something.

TF: The liquefied natural gas export project is going to use a lot of natural gas, especially in the early years. Will B.C.’s greenhouse gas reduction targets (20 per cent reduction by 2020, 80 per cent by 2050) have to be changed? PCC: I don’t have a clear answer on that yet. We are working with the companies on exactly how we are going to structure their environmental commitments and costs, and their electricity costs versus using gas, the total royalty tax regime. We’re looking at that as one package. However that turns out, though, this opportunity to export natural gas to Asia is the single biggest opportunity we have ever had as a province to reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the world. In shipping this to China, we are going to help them wean

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themselves off some of the dirtiest coal anybody’s burning anywhere in the world. TF: If B.C. is going to get credit for displacing coal use in Asia, shouldn’t B.C.’s coal exports, even though it’s metallurgical coal, count in our greenhouse gas total as well? PCC: I know that the academics and pundits are going to get all mired in competing sets of numbers and studies. For me, we have a chance to do good for the world, and we’re going to take it.

TF: On oil pipelines, your agreement in November with Alberta Premier Alison Redford involves B.C. supporting her effort for a national energy strategy. What do you see it doing in the future? PCC: The big idea that she’s trying to pursue with that is a strategy that will connect us east to west in energy. Energy grids are much better connected north to south than they are east to west. So she’s trying to pursue a panCanadian strategy for the exchange of energy, whether that’s hydroelectricity or natural gas or whatever it is. We haven’t been intimately involved with it until recently, so we’ll see where it goes. TF: There’s a perception out there, fuelled by the opposition, that you campaigned against oil pipelines and now you’re turning the tanker around, as it

were, to be in support of them. What do you say to that? PCC: It’s typical of the other guys to reinterpret and misquote. That’s what they do. They’re in opposition. What I said was, we have five conditions that must be met in order for heavy oil to be considered to go ahead in British Columbia. That has not changed. The five conditions remain in place. As of today, none of them have been met. The only thing that is different today, from before the election, is that now I no longer stand alone in supporting the five conditions. I have one other premier supporting me, and that’s Alison Redford. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca.

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Christmas more than presents

It’s Christmas time and we’re reminded of the right thing to do, the high moral standard, personal integrity and truth. Not evident in the Toronto mayors office or Canadian Senate. No Nelson Mandelas there. They’d never make it as a Scout or Guide leader. Not only does the Christmas season provide employment but focuses on the needy, the desperate and the world’s hungry. When Mother Nature sends her deer, bear, raccoons, wild horses, Canada geese etc. into town and we don’t process them to feed the desperate and hungry are we not being selfish and immoral? We have no problem with Agnes the friendly cow in the form of a choice roast beef dinner after she’s provided milk for our little ones and affection with her eyes that is only surpassed by your sweetie. Remember, Abraham barbecued a wild ram and saved his son. By glimpsing the centuries-old Christmas story we might better understand morality, integrity and truth that is found in a babe in a stable who is the truth, the gift to the world. That’s really something, merry Christmas. Joe Schwarz, Penticton

United voice shames Grinch

Just when year’s end is rounding the final corner — 2013 a year that was filled with scandals, deceit and political lies — out of no where Santa Clause appears behind the wheel of his Santa bus for his 16th year creating more memories for the young and old alike. Then along comes the Grinch telling Santa to toss his Santa suit after 16 years — 16 years, that is, of contributing to the spirit of Christmas. What amazed me is the people spoke in a loud united voice on Santa’s behalf forcing the Grinch to back off and allow the Christmas wheels to keep on turning. Without a referendum, vote, study or scandal, threat of employee termination or any other ridiculous idea the Grinch may have up his sleeve, was crushed simply by the loudness of a united voice demanding, not asking, to leave Santa and his Christmas bus alone. If only Canadians would speak united from coast to coast at the first inkling of trouble and abuse of our hard-earned dollar starting in the year 2014. If only. I wish everybody outside of the stained political link a merry Christmas and a happy new year. Ted Azyan Osoyoos

Mandela’s legacy tarred with reference to Khadr

(re: Mandela’s trials should free Khadr, Letters, Western News, Dec. 13) I was very surprised what on earth this writer was thinking when he was comparing Khadr with Nelson Mandela that he should be freed from prison for the same reason. Even he took the trouble to write all the politicians and the ministers asking them to quickly release him on the same ground. I am really at a loss how he dare to compare Omar Khadr who comes from a terrorist’s (notorious al Qaida) family in Canada, trained to be a terrorist went to join the Taliban to fight against joint forces whose aim is to destroy the Western Civilization. Apparently he killed a American Soldier (could have been

a Canadian) and he was captured by American and was brought to US for trial. Whereas Nelson Mandela fought for his country’s freedom when he was young and spent 27 years in prison. His ruler released him because of the freedom movement. I urge the writer to research more of the facts before he writes to all the people in future Souren Mukherjee Okanagan Falls

Governments ignoring taxpayers

The provincial and federal governments are ignoring tax payers. Our system is broken when it comes to government we don’t have any say whatsoever except when we get the constitutional right to vote for a leader. If we the people had an effective and fair way to call a referendum vote government would be forced to listen. Ninety days and 85 district sheets and signing in person and witnessed is ridiculous in my opinion. It’s not like we’re voting, a referendum is for collecting names of the voting public to call a referendum to have our rights for a say in government. This process would certainly be more democratic if this was done by signing online. Every person who works and pays taxes in B.C. could have a say regarding pipelines, fracking, oil tankers, decriminalizing marijuana to just name a few. If our present government is so sure we want fracking, oil tanks, etc. then I say call a referendum and put these to the vote. I’m pretty sure a lot of environmentally sensitive issue would fail, their bully tactics would fail because voters are fed up with no democratic right for a voice in government. After all we are the ones paying taxes and suffering the consequences of these very poor and greedy government decisions. Our current mindless government is pushing environmentally damaging project through like bullies in a ball park. I thought it would have been different with Christy Clark but I was wrong, she basically does what Harper is doing. No ears, unable and unwilling to listen to anyone except themselves. Whatever happened to democracy and common sense? Clancy Madden Keremeos

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Raises funds for the medical facilities throughout the region, including the Penticton Regional Hospital, Moog & Friends Hospice House, Trinity Centre, Summerland Health Centre and Extended Care, Princeton General Hospital and Ridgewood Lodge, South Similkameen Health Centre and Orchard Haven in Keremeos, South Okanagan General Hospital and Sunnybank Centre in Oliver. All donations are for the 8th Annual Tree of Dreams Campaign for new digital X-Ray equipment for Penticton Regional Hospital. Our thanks to all of the members, directors and participants who helped to raise these funds.

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Louise Sax, Treasurer, Rene Johnson, Grannt Anderson and Shannon Carver, Manager of the Digital Imaging Department, Stan Bobowski and Debbie Little both from Sharon Proctor, Event Coordinator all with the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 227 presented a cheque for $875.00. the Peach City Beach Cruisers. The Peach City Beach Cruisers donated $2,000.

Ian Esson, President of the Penticton Okanagan Rotary Club presented a cheque for $6,000.

Order of the Royal Purple #83, Marie Farren, Past District Deputy and Joan Popovich, Secretary and Past BC President presented a cheque for $750.

Marge Noble of Santa Presents, held on November 2 & 3 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre presented a cheque for $6,700.

Penticton Shrine Club Bill Martin, Chairman of Gaming, Roy Gregory and Carl Tymm, President Elect presented Holiday Snow Bears to Janice Perrino, Executive Director for the Medical Foundation. Children receiving medical treatments or surgery at the Summerland Health Centre and the Penticton Regional Hospital are presented with a bear to help make their hospital experience better.

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Kids from throughout the south Okanagan will continue to play safe and stay safe thanks to a recently-announced provincial government gaming grant. The $20,000 in funding will enable the Penticton Safety Village to continue its mission of providing kids from kindergarten to Grade 3 with some very valuable tools.. “We are very happy to have gotten the grant this year to continue the bike, pedestrian, 911 and fire safety programs,” said manager Lori Woods who runs the Edmonton Avenue centre. “This funding is super, super important to us. If we did not get this grant, the safety village would not be operating.” The money was awarded under the public safety category of the community gaming grant program for non-profit organizations. Started in 1983 as a one-stop facility, 1,200 kids visit the village, where they learn to protect themselves and others, and experience how to do that first hand. “We teach fire safety and the importance of how to get out of a burning house,” said Woods. “We go to the reporting, the 911, should they see something we use real scripts, real situations and a real phone so they know exactly what to expect should they ever have to call 911. “We teach them what an emergency is.” Taught by the staff of the Penticton Fire Department, children learn how to exit the onsite, fire safety house, and what to do in case of a fire.



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“Also, when it comes to bike safety we do it in stages so we’re teaching them right from learning the rules of the road to the expanded Grade 3 program which includes an obstacle course,” said Woods. “The ABCs of bike maintenance is something else we show them.” That is important, especially now with the increased emphasis on cycling in the community. “We’re (safety village) valuable in making sure that kids get the right start so that they can co-exist with the cars and use the proper techniques to keep them safe,” she added. The manager pointed out that without the village there would not be any other place kids would be able to get

the skills training and knowledge. In fact, the facility has been so successful over the years it has become a model for other cities wanting to set up safety villages of their own. The centre is in operation between spring and early fall and each year, usually in June, hosts a large family event which attracts between 300 and 500 visitors. In making the announcement about the grant, Penticton MLA Dan Ashton said, “Riding your bicycle is one the joys of being a kid. “Learning how to cycle safely, as well as developing an overall road sense and a respect for police are just a few of the great things the Penticton Safety Village teaches our children.”

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The Dogtown Coffee Co. is quickly gaining a reputation as the little cafe that could, which should not come as a shock to those who know owner Corrie Corfield. In the nearly two years since opening the Okanagan Falls business, she has hosted customers from around the world, become a second home to many locals and even earned a spot in the prestigious America’s Best Coffee House semifinals in Seattle. Not surprisingly, the 33-year-old mother of three believes people dictate their own limitations when it comes to setting their parameters in life. “I guess I’m the kind of the person who doesn’t look before I leap,” said Corfield.. “I feel like I’m not just running a coffee shop, I’m not just doing this business to sell coffee to people or to sell food to people. It’s kind of like I feel my purpose is to connect people and to inspire people and create those relationships.” It is those three basic principals, quality, community and inspiration she bases not only her business on, but everything she does. Her philosophy of life was the reason why she decided to enter the American coffee house competition, although admittedly, in spite of her positive attitude, never expecting to have a chance. “It’s kind of a funny story. I heard about this competition

online and I thought it would be kind of fun,” she remembered. “They narrowed down our application, there was some online voting and they sent a secret shopper here in the summer and we wound up in the top six. “We were pretty shocked and pretty overwhelmed at the whole process.” During the event, which was streamed live on the Internet they served coffee to professionals which Corfield noted was a little nerve wracking but fun and educational. Although they weren’t the champions, Dogtown did have the most viewers overall. “So that for me was a win because that’s what I wanted,” said Corfield. “We weren’t going down there to win the competition we were going down there to inspire our community. We wanted everybody to see that even though we’re a little shop we can do big things, do something special.” Maintaining a positive attitude is not always easy but she feels it is important to keep the bad things in perspective. “Especially in the middle of winter it’s pretty easy to have a bad day and it’s easy to get into a negative spiral,” said Corfield. “But I go back to that and I think there is a reason I’m here, there’s a reason I’m doing this. “As long as I keep that at the forefront you just take the next step at a time and know that it’s all going to work out in the end.” However it doesn’t mean people should wear rose-co-

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One of country music’s hottest acts right now helped set a first-day ticket sales record at the South Okanagan Events Centre. Florida Georgia Line tickets went on sale to the public at the SOEC box office at 10 a.m. Friday, but the lineup started at 7 a.m. By the time the countdown started there were about 70 people in line. “We had a really good lineup at the box office which is always fun. The lineup was comparable to

Motley Crue and those went really fast as well. It is really exciting,” said Carla Seddon, director of marketing at the SOEC. “I think the ticket prices are at a good price point and they were just on the American Country Awards and won six of the seven awards they were nominated for. I don’t think you can get a better band that are hotter right now.” Florida Georgia Line is bringing their canadian tour to Penticton on April 10. Seddon said earlier this year Motley Crue and Keith Urban had great on-sale days, but FGL is outpacing those concerts.

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Carly is know for her title role in the TV series Alice I Think while Britt played a role in Showtime original series Dead Like Me. Canyon also is comfortable on screen having played on the TV series Heartland, Trailer Park Boys and has a role in the upcoming Superman blockbuster Man Of Steel. Cressman said Pritchett and McIntosh have acted before but not at this level and looked like naturals. The film is set in Oregon but was shot between locations in Whistler and Maple Ridge. Coming Home For Christmas is available for purchase at Walmart and music tracks from the movie are also available for download on iTunes. “We have had really positive feedback from the fans who have consumed the DVD and sales have been through the roof. I was joking with a friend the other day that I may make or produce another movie down the road that is a little bit more mainstream appeal, but I may never make one that makes as much money as this one because it

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A film with a star-studded Canadian country musician cast and ties directly to a Penticton man will make its TV debut this Friday. After a busy year that saw Penticton’s Jim Cressman, president of Invictus Entertainment, win a Canadian Country Music Award, he is ready to slow down and take a breather for the holidays. It is what he hopes to be doing on Friday when the film he executive produced called Coming Home For Christmas takes the spotlight on CMT. “I wanted to create a holidayspecial movie that was family friendly that would work really well and align well with the brand of Canadian country music artists that I happen to manage and work with who also act,” said Cressman. The film predominately features country artists George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett, Britt and Carly McKillip (One More Girl) and Jordan McIntosh. Cressman found a script, made some alterations and created roles for some of his artists then structured it around a deal with CMT. The concept came to Cressman about 10 months ago, the film was shot in March and April, then production was completed in late October to be pressed and ready for sale in November and ready for its TV debut in December. The premise of the movie surrounds sisters Kate (Carly McKillip) and Melanie (Britt McKillip) who haven’t spoken to each other in years since a hurtful scene at Melanie’s wedding. Their parents, Wendy (Amy Jo Johnson) and Al (George Canyon), have let the pain of their daughters’ absence drive a wedge between them and their tensions have led to a separation. Kate is determined to reunite the entire family for Christmas and has the perfect spot, their old family home. The only problem is there’s someone else living there now. The McKillip sisters already cut their teeth in the acting world.


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of disappointed people out there right now,” said Seddon. Global Spectrum, which manages the SOEC, has the capability to track where ticket sales are coming from and through what means — telephone, box office or through their website. Seddon said all three of those purchasing points were used a lot on Friday. Still, she suggest in person as the best means to purchase tickets because of the expert advice you receive. “If you tell them you are really short or you don’t like to be on the floor, they know where to place you. When you are buying online you don’t physically get to pick your seat, it is based on best available or by price point. We always encourage people to come down and get them in person and speak with our box office,” said Seddon. Joining Florida Georgia Line on tour is rising Canadian country star Dallas Smith and Chris Lane. Smith is from B.C. and brings a dose of rock and roll power to his brand of lively country music.His breakout Canadian country debut, Jumped Right In, netted five 2013 Canadian Country Music Award nominations. Lane also brings an upbeat rocking twist with his North Carolina band, which includes his twin brother on drums.


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A rising country duo from B.C. and a popular Alberta cowboy are going on a cross-country tour with a stop in Penticton in 2014. Brett Kissel, who has graced the stage as the opening act for Dwight Yoakam and Loretta Lynn at the South Okanagan Events Centre, and the duo of One More Girl, who performed at PeachFest, will be singing at the Barking Parrot on Feb. 15. Kissel has been grinding his way through the music scene in Canada since before he was a teenager. Now 23 years old, Kissel has a breakout album, Started With A Song, and a single with the same name that was released in October. Earlier this year, Kissel made the full-time jump to Nashville with a new recording contract from Warner Music with his mix of traditional

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were little girls. Their latest hits straddle the line of country, rock and pop including Run, Run, Run. Their sophomore album is due to be released in 2014 but already they have shared stages with the likes of

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A power play firing at 40 per cent (six-for-15) helped the Penticton Vees sweep through three Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island opponents last weekend. The Vees defeated the Chilliwack Chiefs 6-3, the Cowichan Valley Capitals 5-1 and the Victoria Grizzlies 3-2. The Vees were two-forseven on the man advantage against the Grizzlies, the second goal by Brett Beauvais, helping them win Sunday afternoon and extending their win streak to eight games. When mentioning to Vees coach Fred Harbinson how effective his special-teams unit was, he said, “Yeah, that doesn’t hurt does it?” Harbinson watched as Beauvais ripped a slapshot past former Vee Nic Renyard at 9:23 of the third period. “We have a few set plays we do,” said Beauvais. “Our guys were moving really well. I got it back and tried to get a shot off as quick as I could and it went high glove. All the guys were jumping up and down. It was a great feeling.” “The power play was clicking really well this week. Right now we’re being pretty creative on it,” said Harbinson. “It’s coming from different directions. Teams will have to be careful with taking penalties on us if we keep playing at the clip right now with the power play.” When asked why it has been so effective, Harbinson credited the players used on both units. “Right now they just feel that they are in a groove,” he said. “We’re not being predictable. When one area of the ice gets shut down, we find a

PENTICTON VEES forward Cam Amantea looks to get by the Caps’ Brayden Gelzinger during their BCHL game on Dec. 14. The Vees won the game in the Island Savings Centre 5-1.

way to attack from a different direction and I think that is causing a lot of problems for teams.” With the BCHL’s No.1 power play at 26 per cent (36-for-138), the Vees also scored two goals on three man advantages against the Capitals on Dec.14. Former Capital Steen Cooper set up captain Brad McClure on the second one. Harbinson said that Cooper’s addition has boosted the Vees offence. “He’s a creative player and there’s no question that teams have to be aware of when he’s on the ice,” said Harbinson. “He opens up ice for other players on our team.” In the three games, Cooper scored two goals and added two assists on the power play. Cooper had an assist on the power play setting up McClure during their 6-3 win over Chilliwack. Beauvais said the biggest thing with their power play that he has learned over the years is to do less. “People try to make complicated plays on the

power play,” he said. “If you stick to the basics and keep it simple, getting pucks on net, have guys crash the net, that’s where teams struggle to pick up the late guy.” The Vees’ meeting against the Capitals was the first time Cooper returned to the Island Savings Centre since being traded to Penticton on Dec. 1. Cooper said it was strange returning. “It was a little weird. Going in the opposite doors. Warming up on the other side of the rink was a little bit different. Once I got the warmup over with, I think it just turned into a regular game. Everything leading up to it was a little weird.” Cooper had his family in the stands watching as he finished with a goal and two points that night. He said it felt good to help the Vees collect two points, especially coming from a 5-1 decision. Cooper said his goal felt like a “pretty surreal moment.” “It’s one thing to get the win, it’s another thing to be

lucky enough to pop one in there in your old barn,” he said. “That was a special goal for me.” Cooper finished off a three-on-two rush as he buried a McClure feed through the legs of Robin Gusse. In sweeping their road trip, not only was Harbinson impressed with their special teams, but he also liked their play in the third periods. They gave up just one goal in those three games. “Our third periods were really strong,” he said. “We gave up one goal in the four combined third periods (including on Dec.11). That was a good sign that as games went on, we got stronger and stronger.” Harbinson said facing the Grizzlies was their toughest test. He said the Grizzlies are one of the best teams in the league. “It was a playoff-style game,” he said. “It was a high-paced game. I knew when we got up that morning, we could just see our guys were really fresh. It was an exciting game to be

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involved in for sure.” Beauvais said the sweep was huge for the Vees and it accomplished the goal they set out heading into the trip. “I think it was a huge statement,” he said. “Show the league that the Vees, (are) a strong team this year and we want to make a big run.” The Vees now lead the BCHL with 24 wins and 52 points. They have climbed the Canadian Junior Hockey League rankings to seventh from 18th. Vees notes: Winter Wonderland Skate offers the public a chance to skate with the Vees. The Penticton Community Centre hosts the event from 6:45 to 8 p.m. at McLaren Arena. Fans can have their photos taken with their favourite Vee on the ice for $5. Enjoy free snacks and on-ice games. All ages are welcome. Skate rentals are available first come first serve and regular admission applies. For more info, call 250-490-2426.

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Mogul skiers enjoy big stage Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

The Canadian selections mogul ski camp at Apex Mountain Resort during the weekend went mostly as expected for the home club. Apex Freestyle Club coach Kenni Kuroda watched his athletes finished in the bottom third. “It’s just the whole experience of this contest. It’s a little overwhelming for some of them,” said Kuroda. “They are much younger, too. My competitors are between the ages of 12 and 15. They are competing against 18 to 20 year olds.” AFC members went up against provincial and national team members who would dominate the finals on Saturday and Sunday. The top skier from AFC, who was with the B.C. development team that weekend, was Madison Parker, finishing 19th on Saturday. She was followed by AFC alumni Mason Barzilay at 21st and AFC members Kassidy Todd, Shaina Finlayson and Mackenzie Schwinghamer at 22nd to 24th, respectively, in a group of 24. On the men’s side, AFC alumni Connor Spence, competing with B.C., finished ninth, while Jordan and Josh Kober moved onto the finals. Jordan finished fifth, while Spence was ninth and Joshua Kober 14. On Sunday, Spence and the Kober brothers were the only ones to advance to the finals again. Parker was the highest placing woman at 18th, while Barzilay

cracked the top-20. “Overall it was really good. I’m happy with the way I skied. The way I competed,” said Josh, 19 who loved being back competing on his home course. “In the end it didn’t go as well as I’d hoped.” Jordan, who has come back after suffering a second degree tear of his medial collateral ligament, said his performance was OK. “It was not as good as the ones I had in training,” the 17-year-old said. “I still put down a top-to-bottom. That’s all that really matters. I’m just going for consistency.” Kuroda said his skiers loved the experience of competing against a strong field. “It’s such a great opportunity having it hosted here at Apex and they are able to get into the contest,” he said. “If it were anywhere else in the country, they wouldn’t be able to get into it probably.” Kuroda liked the way his skiers kept themselves together and didn’t allow nerves to get to them. “They completed their runs which I think was the most important thing,” he said. Finlayson, who finished 23rd on Saturday and Sunday, said it was exciting going up against the talented skiers. “They are a little intimidating because they are a lot bigger, like national level,” she said. “It was really fun to meet all of them. I just wanted to have fun and make sure that I get down the run pretty much.” See MOGULS on page 17

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Lesley Lacroix, coach of the Pen High Lakers senior girls basketball team, received an early Christmas present with her club winning the J.L. Crowe tournament in Trail over the weekend. After losing to the Bonners Ferry Badgers of Idaho 68-54 during round robin play, the Lakers faced them again in the championship game and avenged their loss. The Lakers dominated the second half establishing a 24-point lead. Ana Moroziuk and Annie Plant were defensive stoppers shutting down their opponents threepoint game. Emily Clarke and Natasha Reimer teamed up to score 16 points each. Reimer’s tough play in the paint was recognized with player of the game honours. Lakers forward Jessie Garcha said she liked

that the group came together. They enjoyed getting the chance for redemption. “It was nice to come out with a first-place,” she said. Garcha liked that they executed what their coach wanted and said their movement was awesome. “Our post Natasha Reimer played well,” she added. The Lakers dominated Prince Charles Secondary Bulldogs from Creston in a 79-10 win. Clarke led the offence with 20 points. Lacroix said Tessa Lannon-Paakspuu had an outstanding game at the point, contributing 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists to earn player of the game accolades. In their second game, the Lakers defeated Nelson’s L.V. Rogers Bombers 92-27. Reimer was unstoppable garnering 31 points and 15 rebounds. Lannon-Paakspuu had another stellar game, adding 21 points. In the

defensive end, Chantelle Mozart was a force under the boards, collecting 10 rebounds earning her player of the game recognition. In the loss to the Badgers, Clarke and Reimer led with 20 and 14 points, respectively. Following their league game in Mt. Boucherie against the Bears on Tuesday, the Lakers go into Christmas break with an alumni game at Pen High on Dec. 28. Junior boys The Lakers Grade 9 boys basketball team earned mixed results. After losing 47-24 to the Osoyoos Hornets junior team on Dec. 10, the boys bounced back with a 49-10 victory over Princess Margaret’s Grade 9 team on Dec. 12. Jayden Doel had a strong game against Maggie, playing with high energy that allowed him to make six steals. Joseph Traynor led all Pen High scorers with 13 points.

Offence fuels Mustangs to fourth place Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Defeating the Sa-hali Sabres of Kamloops 7167 helped the Princess Margaret Mustangs senior girls basketball team finish fourth in Vernon. Offensively for the Mustangs, Megan Admussen-Blair led with 19 points, while Danielle Ruocco had 16 and Maddie Winter, 11. Ruocco was named to the tournament all-star team. Mustangs co-coach Jeff Goodis was pleased with the weekend results. “We defeated two AAA teams, learned a lot in our loss to the top ranked A team in the province and fought back and forth with Sa-Hali, who we may have to beat out for a trip to the provincials in February,” he said. “We learned where our strengths and weaknesses are and will continue to address those.” Mustangs co-coach Dave Killick said the difference between this tournament and their previous one at George Elliott is they have been executing their offence better. “We were able to spend more time working on our zone offence, which we hadn’t been able to do leading up to the first tourney,” he said.








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A 20-point effort by Admussen-Blair helped the Mustangs open the Vernon Secondary Panthers tournament with a 58-26 win against the

AAA Rutland Voodoos. Ruocco chipped in 10 points, while Callan Cooper scored seven. Winter grabbed 10 rebounds along with Erin Gabriel.

Against the AAA NorKam Saints, the Mustangs came out on top of a physical battle, 67-54. The Mustangs were on fire from three-point range sinking

eight shots. AdmussenBlair led with 27 points, while Taylor Corrie chipped in 13 and Ruocco added 12. Rylee McKinlay led all rebounders with nine boards. “She and Danielle played on the provincial team this summer,” said Killick when asked about the play of AdmussenBlair and Ruocco. “They both spent a lot of time working with Jeff on their game and it shows.” The Mustangs faced the Immacullatta Mustangs, the top A team in B.C. and lost 56-32. “We had trouble handling the intense full-court pressure being applied and committed numerous turn overs,” said Killick. In the loss, AdmussenBlair had eight points and 12 boards, Corrie added seven points and Cooper contributed six. McKinlay pulled down 10 rebounds. What impressed Killick about his team’s play was when they defeated two AAA teams, they did it by running the floor. “Now we need to work on our overall team toughness (strong on the ball, blocking out on rebounding) and being able to handle pressure,” he said.

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AFC alumni happy with performances MOGULS from page 15

Joe Durham, in his second season with AFC and first time competing in the event, enjoyed the competition. Durham placed 39th out of 46 on Saturday, then finished 38th on Sunday. “They are pretty good,” said Durham, 15. “They’re good but they are all older than me so it’s OK. I just wanted to put down clean runs. I did, both times.” Kyle Parker, also 15, is an AFC alumni. He placed

33rd on Saturday and 34th Sunday for the B.C. mogul team. For Barzilay, this season is about making a comeback after tearing and retracting her anterior cruciate ligament during senior nationals two years ago. She said making the return has been hard at times, but likes being back with her old teammates and meeting new ones. “It’s been a learning experience,” the 18-yearold said. “Competition is a

lot harder. They are getting people in a lot younger. It’s hard to see all these younger girls and they are just throwing tricks that I wouldn’t have even dreamed of throwing at that age.” Taking a year off school to make her comeback, Barzilay said she feels this is the year she has to make it work. She was happy with some aspects of her runs, but the results weren’t what she hoped for.

By The Numbers BCHL

Interior Division (as of Dec. 16) GP W L T Otl Penticton 35 24 7 1 3 Vernon 35 19 9 3 4 Salmon Arm 35 18 11 1 5 W.Kelowna 32 18 11 1 2 Merritt 35 18 14 2 1 Trail 35 7 25 2 1

Pts 52 45 42 39 39 17

Island Division GP Victoria 36 Powell River 33 Nanaimo 36 Cowichan V. 36 Alberni Valley 35

Pts 49 48 37 27 24

W 22 22 18 13 9

Mainland Division GP W Langley 37 22 Prince George 34 20 Coquitlam 34 16 Surrey 35 15 Chilliwack 35 7

L 9 7 17 22 20

T 3 2 0 0 2

Otl 2 2 1 1 4

Vees goalies L 11 10 15 19 25

T 1 2 0 1 1

Otl 3 2 3 0 2

Pts 48 44 35 31 17

League Leaders

GP G A PTS PIM Landon Smith, SA 35 30 25 55 18 Brad McClure, Pen 35 28 27 55


M. McNicholas, Ver 35 18 30 48 M. Fitzgerald, Vict 36 17 31 48 G. Fitzgerald, Vic 31 22 24 46

14 22 16

Brett Beauvais, Pen 34 9 37 46


Alex Gillies, SA 29 A. Rockwood, Coq 33 Ryan Rosenthal,Coq 33 Dexter Dancs, Ver 33 Evan Anderson, SA 32 Mitch McLain, Lan 36 Chad Staley, PG 34 Jonah Renouf, Sur 34 Jesse Schwartz, Vic 29

14 10 10 38 14 59 14 9 18

Goalie Leaders Jeff Smith, PR Tanner Kovacs, Nan Olivier Mantha, Pen Hunter Miska, Pen Devin Kero, Mer B. Crossthwaite, Lan Alex Murray, PG Andy Desautels, W.K Alec Dillon , Vic Jesse Jenks, PG

21 23 8 35 20 22 16 26 16 25 17 22 18 20 13 25 12 26

44 43 42 42 41 39 38 38 38


15 4 17 19 25 21 22 29 18 12

11 2 12 12 11 14 13 16 12 7

Vess Scoring Leaders GP G Brad McClure 35 28 Brett Beauvais 34 9 Max Coatta 35 14

Ben Dalpe 35 Cody DePourcq 35 Steen Cooper 34 Anthony Conti 34 Travis Blanleil 33 B. Lamont 39 P. Stoykewych 30 Jack Ramsey 34 Cam Amantea 23 Riley Alferd 35 Matt Serratore 35 Alex Coulombe 33 Chris Rygus 34 Josh Blanchard 18 Patrick Sexton 35 J. Hilderman 25 Blake Butzow 13

31 20 50 51 11 50 81 10 32 41

1.96 2.27 2.32 2.34 2.40 2.41 2.44 2.47 2.53 2.56

.936 .924 .909 .913 .920 .915 .913 .912 .917 .915

Olivier Mantha Hunter Miska

PTS PIM 55 18 46 24 31 8

17 15 20 15 17 12 15 8 4 10 6 6 7 4 5 3 1

30 28 27 24 24 19 19 14 13 12 10 8 8 6 6 3 2

8 12 10 20 33 26 18 12 14 24 22 34 35 2 46 12 6


17 12 5 0 2.32 .909 19 12 5 1 2.34 .913

KIJHL Okanagan Division GP W Kelowna 33 21 Osoyoos 33 20 Summerland 30 15 N. Okanagan 32 16 Princeton 31 11

T 0 0 1 0 0

Otl 3 0 2 1 3

Pts 45 40 33 33 25

Eddie Mountain Division GP W L T Creston V. 30 21 9 0 Kimberley 31 16 14 1 Fernie 28 14 11 0 Columbia V. 33 9 18 3 Golden 33 8 22 0

Otl 0 0 3 3 3

Pts 42 33 31 24 19

L 9 13 12 15 17

Neil Murdoch Division GP W L Nelson 31 23 4 Beaver Valley 30 21 6 Castlegar 32 16 12 Spokane 34 12 19 Grand Forks 30 10 16

T 1 1 1 0 2

Otl 3 2 3 3 2

Pts 50 45 36 27 24

Doug Birks Division GP W Kamloops 34 28 100 Mile H 33 16 Chase 32 15 Sicamous 30 12 Revelstoke 32 7

T 0 0 0 0 0

Otl 1 4 2 2 3

Pts 57 36 32 26 17

League Leaders A 27 37 17

13 13 7 9 7 7 4 6 9 2 4 2 1 2 1 0 1

Nick Josephs, Kel T. Wellman, Nel Jesse Collins, CV Jamie Vlanich, Nel

L 5 13 15 16 22

GP G 31 34 29 34 30 15 25 19

A PTS 35 69 25 59 42 57 37 56

PIM 12 25 12 57

Jagger Bowles, Kel B. Formosa, CV D. Buchanan, Kam Trevor Hanna, CV Ryan Edwards, BV

30 27 34 30 30

52 52 51 50 50

32 82 86 43 10

10. C. Chmelka, Oso

26 20 28 48


13. A. Azevedo, Oso 33 17 30 47 18.Troy Maclise, Oso 31 19 23 42

20 20

League Goalie Leaders GP Liam McLeod, Kam5 Kris Joyce, Sic 16 Grayson Sharpe, BV 12 Brett Huber, Sum 22 Mitch Profeit, NO 15

22 21 16 27 16

W LT 5 00 10 5 0 8 31 10 9 1 6 40

Steam scoring leaders GP G Kienan Scott 22 16 Paulsen Lautard 27 10 Josh DaCosta 30 6 Daylan Robertson 29 10 Olli Dickson 27 4 Reid Brown 25 14 Sam Nigg 16 5 Jordan Boultbee 22 4 Braden Saretsky 25 2 Easton Bodeux 29 3 Dylan Burton 14 4 Michael Winnitoy 28 3 Cooper Holick 23 5 Rylan Sideroff 25 3 Alex Williams 29 2 Kendell Wilson 22 2 Piers Egan 27 1 Riley Hunt 5 1 Gordon Walters 15 1 Nelson Hurry 23 0 Steam goalies Brett Huber Darren Hogg

30 31 35 23 34

GAA 1.78 2.33 2.55 2.59 2.70

SV% .939 .940 .917 .921 .913

A PTS 14 30 15 25 18 24 13 23 18 22 7 21 8 13 9 13 11 13 8 11 6 10 6 9 3 8 3 6 4 6 3 5 3 4 2 3 1 2 2 2

PIM 17 30 30 10 53 4 10 46 23 42 4 42 31 17 14 41 8 2 4 29

GP W L T GAA SV% 22 10 9 1 2.59 .921 9 4 5 0 4.02 .897

OMAHA Representative Standings, Dec. 17 Midget Tier 2 Male Team W L T GF Kelowna 8 1 1 50 West Kelowna 10 2 0 58 Salmon Arm 5 7 0 45 Greater Trail 5 7 0 39 G. Vernon 1 2 0 6 Penticton 2 5 1 30 Kamloops 2 9 2 37 Bantam Tier 1 Male Team W Kamloops 8 Prince George 5 Kelowna 6

L 0 2 3

GA 17 36 47 50 17 42 56

Pts 17 20 10 10 2 5 6

T GF GA 1 60 5 1 34 15 0 51 20

Pts 17 11 12

Jeff Fairbairn, the B.C. coach, said it was a tough competition. “The kids are holding their own here,” said Fairbairn, a former AFC coach who wanted to see smiles and results. “The depth of the field is pretty deep. It’s more intense than what I thought it was going to be.” Team Canada mogul skiers dominated the podium both days. Christel Hamel and Simon Lemieux took gold both G. Vernon POE OHA

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L 0 3 5 5 7 9 5

T GF GA 1 66 14 2 31 35 0 53 42 0 35 24 1 42 50 2 30 61 0 2 33

Pts 19 12 14 14 9 6 0

Bantam Tier 3 Male Team W Kelowna 7 South Okanagan 6 Kamloops 5 Merritt 4 Penticton 3 Salmon Arm 3 West Kelowna 1

L 2 3 3 3 5 6 7

T GF GA 1 47 34 0 43 33 1 36 22 1 42 30 0 22 30 0 10 29 1 23 45

Pts 15 12 11 9 6 6 3

Peewee Tier 2 Male Team W Kelowna 8 Penticton 4 Salmon Arm 5 West Kelowna 5 Winfield 3 Greater Trail 2 G. Vernon 1 Kamloops 1

L 0 1 2 3 5 6 5 7

T GF GA 0 56 19 2 32 16 2 31 23 3 43 27 0 29 30 2 20 33 0 12 50 1 20 45

Pts 16 10 12 13 6 6 2 3

Peewee Tier 3 Male Team W Kelowna 6 Merritt 5 South Okanagan 5 West Kelowna 6 Kamloops 3 Penticton 2 Salmon Arm 0

L T GF GA 1 2 49 19 1 2 36 22 1 2 48 19 2 1 50 45 6 1 38 44 6 0 21 49 10 0 19 63

Pts 14 12 12 13 7 4 0

Week 13 Rnk Team Mon Pts 1 Smokin Aces 7 2 Anaf Wreckers 5 3 Best Damn S. B 1 6 4 Clancey’s Snipers 6 5 Barley Mill Dart Bags 0 6 Elks Avengers 5 7 The Elks Factors 5 8 Anaf Hand Grenades 5 8 Legion Dreggers 6 10 Anaf Vixens 1 11 Clancey’s Arrows 6 12 Clancey’s Crushers 1 13 Legion DDT 5 14 Elks Kodiaks 2 15 Anaf A and H 2 16 OK Falls Legion 2 17 Eagle Eye 2 18 Elks Bullits 1 18 Eagle Flytes 1 20 Elks Points 2

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Okanagan food columnist and author Jennifer Schell has won an International Gourmand Cookbook Award for Best Local Cuisine Book in Canada. Schell, who writer for Black Press and is the editor of Food and Wine Trails magazine, published The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker in 2012 and now it will go on to compete against winners in the same category from other countries for the title of best in the world. “I had no idea the book would go this far. It was my expression for my love for our food and wine here in the Okanagan, especially the farmers,” said Schell. “It is a Canadian best-seller now, so it has sold over 5,000 copies and they are continuing to go.” Results from the next stage in the Independent Publisher Book Awards will be announced on May 20 to 21 at the annual Gourmand World Cookbook Awards which is being held in Beijing. The panel judging the competition includes people from Italy and Paris. “The Gourmand World Cookbook Awards are often compared to by journalists as the Oscars of the cookbook world and I couldn’t be more thrilled to be included in this prestigious affair,” said Schell, who is on her third pressing of the cookbook. The cookbook is a celebration of Okanagan chefs, farmers, artisans and winemakers and

Black Press Food and Wine Trails editor Jennifer schell’s book (above) won best local cuisine book in canada. Below; Jorg Hoffmeister (right), who suddenly died on dec. 3, with his daughter Jennifer and wife annina (left) from dolci deli & catering are featured in schell’s book.

shares not only recipes but also the stories of all of the passionate people behind the dish. “With Food and Wine Trails magazine I work with many of these people and it just came together. It is like a diary or scrapbook of all the people I know and the success has been so wonderful. I have even had orders for the book from around the world.” Schell said she has plans to create another book using the same idea but focusing on the Lower Mainland called The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker by the Sea that will tie back to the Okanagan with the winemakers. She would also like to make a second edition featuring Okanagan chefs, farmers, winemakers and artisans.

“Our province is so rich with amazing, passionate people and there are so many stories I want to share. People keep saying you should do a Prairie one and an East Coast one and I

think right now people are really interested in meeting the people who are creating and growing their food. People are looking to their local producers and trust the face of their farmer and in the book you actually get to see pictures of who is behind the food,” said Schell. Schell said she further developed so many relationships with Okanagan producers including Osoyoos chef and business owner Jorg Hoffmeister who operated Dolci Deli & Catering. Hoffmeister died suddenly on Dec. 3 at the age of 49, leaving behind his wife and business partner Annina and daughter Jennifer. “He was just so awesome, what a character that was so full of life. He was so funny and it is really heartbreaking. I met him a couple of years ago and it was an instant friendship. They were such a loving, amazing couple,” said Schell. The author, who met the couple while writing


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her newspaper column said Hoffmeister was always ready with a joke and Schell was honoured to share his story through the pages of her cookbook. “He was so excited about this book. He took it with him a few months ago to London, Germany and with famous chefs in Germany and Paris. He was so thrilled about telling his story of his family in the book,” said Schell. Doli Deli & Catering makes their own smoked meats and bacon “His big thing was bacon and he would wear this shirt with the slogan, ‘you had me at bacon.’ I actually have two of them myself. He was so fun and such a character,” said Schell. Read his family’s story and those of many more of Okanagan producers in The Butcher, The Baker, The Wine and Cheese Maker which is available online at www. anokanagancookbook. com, or visit the website for a list Okanagan retailers who sell the book.

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Fundraising Coordinator South Okanagan/Similkameen Chapter, British Columbia and Yukon Division Part-time, Contract Position (21 hours/week) The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada is a dynamic, nonprofit organization leading the way in finding a cure for multiple sclerosis and enabling people affected by MS to enhance their quality of life. The Fundraising Coordinator will be responsible for implementing the Penticton MS Walk fundraising, promotional activities, and volunteerism for the South Okanagan/ Similkameen Chapter. The key role will be to run the MS Walk event and to improve the revenue of the Chapter. This includes forming and affirming existing ties with those who participate and / or sponsor the Penticton MS Walk fundraising event. The successful incumbent will engage in a team approach and thereby strengthen the organization’s capacity as a whole. QUALIFICATIONS: • Minimum college diploma or the equivalent education and experience with at least 1-3 years’ experience in fundraising, marketing, public relations in a not-forprofit environment considered an asset • Experience working with event volunteer committees, within a non-profit fundraising environment would be an asset • A valid driver’s license is required ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: • Position is located in Penticton, with occasional travel Please submit cover letter and résumé, including salary expectations, by Tuesday, December 31, 2013 to:

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013 Penticton Western News

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Christmas stories — it’s the season when school gyms are busy with children sharing Christmas stories. Clockwise from top: reindeer (left to right) rebekah Young, madison seeley, Jamie samoyloff and ryleigh Logan perform one of their songs during the recent West Bench elementary Winter concert musical production at the school; at Kaleden elementary school, elves tristan Broman, left, and Justice manual, along with annika Wright as a raggedy ann doll, helped convince santa to have a green Christmas; at Wiltse elementary school, alexandra Fitchett was one of the three snowbirds who eventually learned to sing, while ian Fitchett, left, Calleigh thicke and Payton Wood portray sleeping children in the moosical winter concert at the Penticton alliance Church.

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Penticton Western News Wednesday, December 18, 2013


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LiturgicaL Dance normaLLy held on the last Wednesday of the month at Penticton United, 696 Main St., will be Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. Phone 250-492-2684 for information. Victory church is offering a free community Christmas dinner, with doors open at 5:30 p.m. in their hall at 352 Winnipeg St. the Penticton acaDemy of Music String Orchestra rehearses from 7:15-8:45 p.m. in the lounge of the Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave. New members welcome. Please call 250493-7977 for more info. the naramata scottish Country Dance Club has classes at 7 p.m. Please bring soft-soled shoes to wear for dancing. For more information call Davina at 250-4871272. Classes are held Wednesdays through April from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Shatford Centre. Neither Scottish background nor a partner is required. okanagan FaLLs seniors’ Centre has music and coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and carpet bowling at 1 p.m. summerLanD art cLub meets Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summerland Library. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. Contact Mary at 250-494-5851 for info. the orDer oF St. Luke meets on the first and third Wednesdays in St. Saviours’ Church at noon for healing prayer. the bereaVement resource Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information on other available programs or support in the loss of a pet, please call 250-490-1107. Foster care inFo sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250-770-7524 or visit or foster. Penticton DuPLicate briDge cLub holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Penticton library. Call Birgitta at 250-7701154 for info. aL-anon For FrienDs and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-490-9272 for info.

bingo eVery WeDnesDay in the Legion hall with the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. Lunches are available. seniors’ recreation and Wellness Centre at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Betty at 250-490-0468 for more information. anaVets has humP Day with dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and music by Buzz Byer at 6:30 p.m. kiWanis cLub has a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St. hanD anD Foot canasta at 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June evenings at 250492-7630 for info. oLiVer DoubLe o Quilters have drop-in activities Wednesdays. Everyone welcome. aLcohoLics anonymous has Nooners meetings Monday to Friday noon at 352 Winnipeg St. Call service 24 hours is 250490-9216. Night group meets in the Baptist Church at 7:30 p.m. at 1498 Government St. The Summerland group meets at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. in the basement. 65-PLus singLes coFFee cLub meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For info call 250-492-0459 or 250770-1018. south main DroP-in Centre has beginner line dance at 9 a.m., a coffee social and medical Qi Gong at 10 a.m., and easy to intermediate line dance and cribbage at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities.


December 19 oLiVer senior centre invites you to join them in celebrating their 25th anniversary on Dec. 19. Enjoy entertainment while having tea and cake. More info at 250498-6142. intermeDiate Line Dancing with instructor Claire Denney, 9 a.m. at the Oliver Senior Centre, 5876 Airport St. Call 778-439-2070 for information. Fitness FrienDs meet in the Royal Canadian Legion, 502 Martin St. at 10 a.m. Get in shape. For info call Dot at 250492-5400. south main DroPin Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., bingo, improver line dance and

crafters meet at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. okanagan FaLLs seniors’ Centre has Scrabble at 10 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and crib at 7 p.m. eLks cLub on Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. anaVets haVe Fun pool and 269 dart club at 7 p.m. FraternaL orDer oF the Eagles has musical bingo at 7 p.m. All members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. a L c o h o L i c s night a nonymous group meets at 8 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. The Okanagan Falls group meets at 8 p.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St., and the men’s book study group runs at 7:30 p.m. at 102 1825 Main St. Vineyard Church. o kanagan s outh and i mmigrant Community Services is offering free English classes. For more info, stop by the office at 508 Main St. or call 250492-6299. toPs b.c. 1640 meets from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Beverley at 250493-5968 or Liz at 250493-7997 for more info. toPs (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 523 Jermyn Ave. Call Merle at 250770-8093. Desert sage sPinners and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at

VINCENT LEZARD AND GEOFF WILKINSON were among those selling their wares Saturday at the Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School arts and crafts fair. Part proceeds from the event will support extracurricular activities at the school, which is operated by the Penticton Indian Band.

Joe Fries/Western News or 250-498-4959. aL-anon For FrienDs and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. c anaDian r oyaL Legion branch 40 has NFL football at 5:30 p.m., crib and drop-in eight-ball pool at 7 p.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. city Peach toastmasters meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250-4922362 for info.


December 20 oLiVer senior centre has bingo at 1 p.m. Loonie pot always grow-

ing. Call 250-498-6142 for more info. summerLanD PLeasure Painters meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre. New members and drop-ins are welcome. Contact Ruth at 494-7627 for info. seniors singLes Lunch Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. royaL canaDian Legion branch 40 has daily lunches from Monday to Thursday, with fish and chips on Friday at 11:30 a.m. Entertainment by Jerry’s Jam at 7 p.m. the ioDe thriFt Shop is stocked with fall and winter clothing for all members of the family, including jackets, lingerie and accessories. Why not start your Christmas

shopping now? We have toys and many gift items. Open Monday to Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., 464 Main St. aLcohoLics anonymous has a group meet in Naramata at 8 p.m. at 3740 3rd St. in Community Church hall. In Summerland, the step study meeting is at 7:30 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Friends Friday night at 6:30 p.m. at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. at Oasis United Church. eLks cLub on Ellis Street has drop-in fun darts and pool at 7 p.m. aL-anon meets at the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-490-9272. t he b ereaVement resource Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions Fridays at 10:30 a.m. For more informa-

tion on other available programs or support in the loss of a pet, please call 250-490-1107. eagLes haVe Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. and Karaoke at 7 p.m. 890 Wing oF South Okanagan Air Force Association meets at 4 p.m. in the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. anaVets has karaoke at 7 p.m., Scotch doubles pool at 6:30 p.m. s eniors Penticton comPuter Club dropin sessions Monday and Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. People may sign up for memberships, classes or have computer problems solved. Lectures on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on computing-related topics. okanagan FaLLs seniors’ Centre has music and coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and crib at 1 p.m.

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