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Dallas Stars and Kamloops Blazers owner Tom Gaglardi (left), his father Bob Gaglardi and Northland representative Rob Toor return to Kamloops Law Courts on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The Gaglardis and Northland Properties Corporation are charged with two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat in relation to work done on the family’s Savona property in 2010. Dave Eagles/KTW

Lawyer: Tom Gaglardi, Northland are guilty By Tim Petruk STAFF REPORTER

A Kamloops defence lawyer has admitted Tom Gaglardi and his company are guilty of environmental infractions committed at a waterfront Savona property in 2010. Rob Bruneau said as much in Kamloops provincial court on

Wednesday, Jan. 15 — the third day of trial for Gaglardi, his father, Bob Gaglardi, and their company, Northland Properties Corporation. The parties are charged with two counts each of harmful alteration of a fish habitat relating to construction of riprap and destruction of a riparian zone on Kamloops Lake during renovations almost four years ago.

“There’s no issue that the corporation certainly is guilty of the offence with which they’re charged, and there’s no issue that Tom Gaglardi, given the onuses involved, is guilty of the offences as charged,” Bruneau said. “But, there is an issue as to whether Bob Gaglardi is guilty.” Bruneau then called Bob Gaglardi to give evidence.

The elder Gaglardi said he had no involvement with the project other than an informal sketch of a parking area he provided a Northland employee at its early stages. Taking the stand on Tuesday, Jan. 14, was Dr. Marvin Rosenau, a former biologist with B.C.’s Ministry of Environment who was offering expert testimony regarding freshwater-fish hatcheries in the

Thompson-Shuswap basin, including Kamloops Lake. Court has heard contractors placed riprap — rocks often used by property owners to protect delicate shoreline, sometimes at the expense of the natural habitat — along the high-water mark of Kamloops Lake on Gaglardi’s property. XSee CONTRACTOR A2


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Tender to be issued for John Tod centre The City of Kamloops could put a $1.8-million renovation of John Tod elementary out to tender by mid-February. Parks, recreation and cultural services director Byron McCorkell said a funding plan for the new community centre on the North Shore is nearly finished. When complete, the former school will house the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA and the

Kamloops Boys and Girls Club. The two organizations are chipping in about $500,000 for the project, with another $300,000 coming from various grants. Much of the remaining funding was originally set to go to improvements to the Boys and Girls Clubs’ current McArthur Island home. That building is slated for demolition.

sions to that effect are still “very conceptual.”


Heritage horror? McCorkell said the city’s goal is to have the McArthur building vacated by fall so it can be knocked down. Once that is complete, the site could become the home of a new indoor soccer facility, though McCorkell said discus-

Coun. Tina Lange thinks the city has “dropped the ball” when it comes to preserving the heritage of a downtown street. Council agreed this week to send to public hearing a proposal to build two houses with secondary suites at 331 and 343 West Seymour St.

The site, which is actually two lots, used to be occupied by a five-plex, which was damaged by fire last April. Applicant Michael Fane wants to purchase a parcel of land from the city to the west of the fiveplex, consolidate all three lots, re-divide the land into two parcels and build two new homes. The project would require an official community plan amendment

because the lots would be smaller than the city usually requires for a secondary suite. Lange took issue not with the lot size, but with the appearance of the proposed homes. “West Seymour has the oldest house in Kamloops,” she said. “If we’re looking at form and character of the neighbourhood, why have we got a design plan in front of us that’s very modern?”

Marvin Kwiatkowski, the city’s director of development and engineering services, said homes in the area are “very eclectic,” noting the more modern design Fane is proposing fits in. But, Lange countered, the city missed an opportunity to push for a heritage look, a decision she said may affect property values for other homeowners.

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Tom Gaglardi was battling a nosebleed when standing trial in Kamloops provincial court on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The owner of the Dallas Stars and majority owner of the Kamloops Blazers will return to court to resume the enviornmental-infractions trial at a later date. Co-accused are Bob Gaglardi, Tom’s father, and their company, Northland Properties. Dave Eagles/KTW

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According to Rosenau, that riprap caused “radical and destructive” damage to sensitive riparian areas — the interface between land and water — in which important fish-supporting insects grow. “They’re really key habitats,” Rosenau said, explaining that the riprap created “a very profound negative impact to fish habitat.” The trial previously heard testimony from a contractor who said he was ordered to destroy packing slips and throw his computer hard drive “in the lake” when federal investigators began looking into alleged improprieties on the property. Through questioning, defence lawyer Rob Bruneau has suggested the riprap was never authorized by Gaglardi or Northland. A date will be set for the trial to resume. Bruneau said he expects to call three additional defence witnesses.

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Mom lives with scars of shooting Trial of Trevor Wilvers continues in B.C. Supreme Court By Tim Petruk STAFF REPORTER

A 25-year-old mother who was struck by a stray bullet while sitting in her living room with her young daughter last summer said she still lives with the physical and emotional scars of the event. Tanya Watkins took the stand this week in the B.C. Supreme Court trial of Trevor Wilvers, who is facing eight firearms-related charges stemming from the June 4, 2013, incident that took place at 1734 Brunner Ave. in Brocklehurst. Watkins had been renting a downstairs suite at that address, where she lived with her husband and their four-

year-old daughter. She told court she was sitting with her daughter watching TV when a bullet came through the ceiling and struck her left arm. The Crown alleges Wilvers, 35, fired the bullet that struck Watkins. Court has previously heard a witness, Trevor Newton, initially told police he was with Wilvers and others in the upstairs suite when the gun was fired. Newton is alleged to have named Wilvers as the shooter. However, taking the stand as a Crown witness on Tuesday, Jan. 14, Newton denied having any memory of the shooting other than the fact it happened. Newton was painstakingly questioned

by Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo for more than an hour. He repeatedly denied having any memory of the incident. There is still a chance Newton’s original story could be entered as evidence. Last week, Kamloops RCMP Cpl. Wayne Chung testified in a voir dire (a trial within a trial to determine admissibiloty of evidence) that he heard Newton say, “He tried to kill me” in reference to Wilvers firing a gun. Caputo will likely attempt to have that hearsay ruled admissable by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegan. Wilvers’ trial, being held before Donegan alone, is expected to resume on Friday, Jan. 16.

A longtime city lawyer and community leader is moving into a new position at Thompson Rivers University and has also been named to the provincial Health Services Authority. John O’Fee left the Tk’emlups Indian Band last year, where he was CEO, and returned to private law practice. While O’Fee made the news as one of a number of high-profile appointments at KGHM-Ajax, he said that position was often misunderstood. O’Fee said he was never an employee of the company behind the mining proposal south of Aberdeen, but noted he did work as an outside legal contractor. He said he will have little time for private practice in his new position as lecturer at TRU’s school of business. “It’s an exciting opportunity,” said O’Fee, who will teach four courses this semester focusing on commercial law. “I’ve been practising for 25 years and you have good experience to relate to students that’s practical JOHN O’FEE: and real-world oriented.” Joining TRU and provincial O’Fee had done some Health Services Authority. teaching as a sessional instructor, but will now teach full-time and is a member of the faculty association. The former city councillor is a longtime community leader, whose stints include serving as chairman of the Kamloops-Thompson school board, as a volunteer in student award fund-raising at TRU and as chairman of the Thompson Hospital District. He said that latter experience will assist him with the appointment to the provincial board. The Health Services Authority oversees organizations including B.C. Children’s Hospital, the B.C. Centre for Disease Control and the B.C. Cancer Agency. His appointment comes via Health Minister Terry Lake, with whom O’Fee served on Kamloops city council. “He’s looking for a broad base of experience,” O’Fee said. “They want people from the North, Interior and Island.” One of the board’s earliest decisions will be on a proposed $200-million expansion to B.C. Women’s Hospital in Vancouver.

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Treated wastewater could supply proposed mine The City of Kamloops will provide samples from its wastewater-treatment plant to the proponents of the Ajax mine as KGHM Ajax looks at alternative water sources for use at its proposed copper and gold mine south of Aberdeen. In a letter to the city, dated Dec. 20, KGHM Ajax asked for samples of treated effluent water so the company can determine if the effluent would be useable at the mine.

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A fix for what has been called one of the worst roads in the province is on the list of budget items Kamloops council will consider spending cash on later this year. During a budget meeting this week, councillors went over suggestions from two public-input meetings held last fall, looking for items to either add to the city’s supplemental budget list or ask staff to investigate. Pedestrian upgrades on Todd Road were among the items to make the cut. The Barnhartvale road made headlines in October when the neighbourhood rallied to call attention to safety conditions on the stretch, which does not have sidewalks. BCAA also named the

road one of the 10 worst in B.C. It was the only route in Kamloops to receive the honour. City CAO David Trawin said a “simple short-term solution” to Todd Road would see the city patch asphalt onto the sides of the road to give pedestrians more room to walk. Also on the list for possible funding: A study of the intersection of Columbia Street and 11th Avenue, with an eye to installing a traffic light; more mental-health support at street level; and a partnership with the BC Wildlife Park to build a pen for Clover, a Kermode bear given to the park by the province in 2012. At this stage, none of the items have dollar figures attached. Not all community suggestions made the cut for 2014 dollars. Councillors weren’t enthused about Coun. Donovan

Cavers’ suggestion the city purchase 40 more bike rings for the downtown core — at a cost of about $200 per ring. Cavers argued cyclists don’t have enough options for locking up their bikes with the new parking-meter configuration downtown. The city initially purchased 40 rings as part of its pay-station rollout last fall. Coun. Pat Wallace was skeptical the demand for rings was double for what city staff had planned. “I’m downtown all the time and I never see hardly any bikes,” she said. “I’ve never seen five bikes on the main street — and I usually shop up to Sixth Avenue.” Coun. Tina Lange tried to make a pitch for funding some beautification work on Seymour Street this year. Lange said the condition of the street is “pretty dismal” and gives visitors to the city

headed to the South Shore from the airport a bad impression of Kamloops. “I really do consider that the downtown and the sustainability and the way it looks is critical,” she said. “We can’t keep pushing it off and we’ve been pushing off Seymour Street for eight or nine years.” Ultimately, council decided sprucing up Seymour could wait at least another year. Making the supplemental list doesn’t necessarily mean the city will fund the project. Further debate on supplemental items will come in March and April, when council will pare down its list to those projects it actually wants to fund. Before that, the public will have another chance to make suggestions, ask questions and pitch more supplemental items at a meeting in late February.

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LOCAL NEWS PIGEON PARKING LOT A kit of pigeons lines the electrical wires over the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks near the Valleyview cycling overpass. Those travelling below the birds might have been wise to don hats. Dave Eagles/KTW

Union leaders decry watering down of workplace law By Cam Fortems STAFF REPORTER

City labour leaders say a decision by the provincial Crown not to levy charges in the Burns Lake mill explosion and fire is another condemnation of workplace law. The provincial criminal-justice branch announced this week it would not bring charges in the Jan. 20, 2012, explosion that killed two workers and injured 20 others, citing no substantial likelihood of conviction. The Crown determined the

defence of due diligence under case law was available to the company. WorkSafeBC headed the investigation, treating it as a safety-related inspection rather than one that may result in Criminal Code or regulatory charges. The branch said lack of Charter warnings and other standards used in criminal investigations impacted whether evidence was admissible in court. The failure to charge comes after a recent similar decision by the criminal-justice branch to not prosecute following the 2008 death of

Craigmont mine worker John Wilson, whose excavator flipped into a sump of water at the Nicola Valley work site. “There were mistakes made and workers paid for it with their lives,” said Steelworkers Union Local 1-417 president Marty Gibbons, who represents thousands of forest workers. “This should be about closure for families and seeing that people who are responsible are held responsible.” Richard Boyce, president of unionized workers at Highland Valley Copper, said the Burns Lake mill disaster is another example of the

lack of criminal or regulatory charges against management. “There are two different sets of rules,” he said. “If someone is shot with a gun downtown . . . it’s dealt with by RCMP and all stops are pulled out.” However, he said, workplace deaths are not handled with the same care and vigilance. “Although we fought like crazy for legislation, none of it is enforced.” Steelworkers Local 7619 is looking at private prosecution in Wilson’s death after the failure of provincial Crown to approve charges.

Boyce said that avenue has been frustrating due to lack of cooperation by government agencies, including the RCMP. “They don’t want to do it themselves,” he said. “But, they don’t want you to do it.” The prevailing theory behind the Babine Forest Products sawmill blast is that ignition in the basement of the facility triggered an explosive fire in airborne dust. WorkSafeBC has since cracked down on mills for dust accumulation.

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The City of Kamloops is moving ahead with an alternative-approval process to borrow $1.55 million for a new community-policing office on the North Shore. The money would cover

the purchase and renovation of property at 915 Seventh St., home to the Kamloops Kia dealership. Under the alternativeapproval process, opponents of the plan can submit in a

signed elector response form. The project would die if 6,836 voters sign a petition opposing the borrowing. The deadline to oppose the borrowing is 4:30 p.m. on Feb. 21.



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Passengers board an Air Canada Jazz flight. Kamloops Airport officials are hoping to add a WestJet flight to Edmonton. KTW file photo

Airport officials want another Westjet flight By Andrea Klassen STAFF REPORTER andrea@kamloopsthisweek

Kamloops Airport representatives are in Calgary today (Jan. 16), pitching to add another flight to the schedule at Fulton Field. Airport managing director Fred Legace said he’s hoping negotiations will lead to the airport offering a direct WestJet flight to Edmonton. “There’s quite a strong connection with the Edmonton area into here and we would have good opportunity for good connectivity out of Fort McMurray for the tourism market,” Legace said. He believes the flight would also appeal to Albertans looking to hit the Shuswap for their vacations. If successful, the new flight would likely use the smaller WestJet Encore planes that began flying out of Kamloops last year. Legace said the goal would be to schedule the flight at a time when

passengers could make connections through Edmonton International Airport to northern Alberta. The airport is headed into 2014 forecasting another three to five per cent passenger growth for the year. Legace said he expects to see about 300,000 travellers pass through the terminal by the end of the year. In 2013, 290,394 travellers flew in and out of Kamloops, a five per cent increase from 2012, when passenger numbers topped out at 275,424. December in particular was a big month, with 30,021 travellers recorded. That was a 13 per cent jump from December 2012, when the airport saw 26,087 passengers. Legace said the weather is partly to credit for the increase, with poor driving conditions on the Coquihalla Highway and an early start at Sun Peaks both driving visitors to planes. Legace said the numbers continue a trend of growth at the airport.

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HEN YOU GET emails from colleagues across the country almost weekly these days, good journalists who are being laid off, it’s easy to think the newspaper business is dying. My own original paper back in Ontario has gone from the high of 185 reporters and editors who filled our large building, built that way to accommodate the two presses we ran, to 22 in the newsroom. They don’t print their paper anymore. It’s done elsewhere. They don’t have editorial writers anymore, or the classical horseshoe copy desk of olden days. Just a handful of hardy souls determined to sit it out until they can retire — or the layoff list hits their level of seniority. It’s sad, just as it was when our family member on Seymour Street was told to send everyone home and close the doors. Last Monday, even before it had become known publicly, the national journalists board on which I sit had heard from people about more layoffs, this time at the National Post and the Globe and Mail. That same day, we welcomed three new reporters into our newsroom here — Cam Fortems, Catherine Litt and Adam Williams. At a time when newspapers are downsizing, we’re upsizing and, in doing so, have gathered the attention of other media organizations in the country. J-Source, an online site that is basically all-things-journalism in Canada, was on the phone asking if it was true we were expanding.

DALE BASS Street LEVEL Its editor wants a story from us because, she said, it will be a goodnews story, something the site doesn’t write about any more when it comes to the survival of the industry. I’ve had emails from reporters and editors in the Maritimes, in Ontario, in Alberta, all asking the same thing: Is it true our newspaper expanding? Are we really is bucking the trend and can we share our owner, a man willing to commit his own resources to build on an already strong foundation? Our front-office staff has been inundated with people who still want to read their news printed with ink on paper, asking if we’ll have national news, a better crossword, TV listings and, of course, different comics. A lot of that will be happening. I never expected to hear a newspaper owner ever say again to go out and spend money, to grow, to respond to the community’s concerns, but that’s been the message we’ve been hearing since this roller-coaster ride was put in motion by Glacier Media when its folks came in to witness the death of their Kamloops paper. A lot of grief poured out in com-

ments, in letters to the editor, in conversations and it was heartfelt, honest and so appropriate. No city wants to lose its daily newspaper. My hubby and I went in on their last day to hug friends and his graduates who populated the newsroom, to commiserate with other friends, to try to express our own appreciation for the incredible work they had done. But, there is no void. Instead, there is this most amazing thing happening here, something that has added a new spark in the eyes of our managing editor as he juggles 50 different things at once while ensuring we fulfil our owner’s vision. You can sense it in the comments from our circulation department, swamped with calls from kids who have lost their carrier routes and working full-on to accommodate the additional flyers we distribute. Driving it all is a fundamental belief in newspapers, in this newspaper and in the community it serves. • While we’re on the serving community/happy news angle, Kamloopsians are stepping up to help Coun. Tina Lange celebrate her 60th birthday. As of early this week, she had collected about $1,600 for her goal of buying a new leather sectional couch for the Y Women’s Emergency Shelter. There is still more to raise as the furniture has to be custom-ordered to fit into the configuration of the room at the shelter, so Tina’s still collecting. Donations can be made online at or at the Battle Street facility.

Politicians walk a fine line in public Politicians walk a fine line in the days following any high-profile tragedy. In a context of anguish-heightened sensitivities, virtually any action they take — or fail to take— exposes them to accusations of insensitivity. If they’re too front-and-centre at the scene, they run the risk of appearing opportunistic and selfserving, capitalizing on others’ grief for their own political gain. If they’re too much in the background, they’re skewered for an apparent lack of concern or unwillingness to take leadership. Unfortunately, both extremes have been seen in the aftermath of the tragic death of a hockey mom brutally beaten while waiting to pick up her son in Surrey on Dec. 29. Surrey-Whalley NDP MLA Bruce Ralston took SurreyPanorama’s Liberal MLA Marvin Hunt to task for his lack of pronouncements in the media on the tragedy. According to Ralston, not stepping up to the plate in this manner means Hunt — who has continued to serve as Surrey councillor since being elected to provincial office — is simply not doing his job. Hunt’s response is that he has been working hard behind the scenes to try to ensure that the Newton area of Surrey becomes a safer place. It’s interesting that the NDP MP for Newton-North Delta, Jinny Sims — while relatively silent on the tragedy itself — made mention of it while lashing out at the federal Conservatives for a “broken campaign promise” from 2006 to put at least 2,500 more police on the beat in communities across Canada. Sims’ political foes may wish to chastise her for an exercise in blame-shifting, but at least she was a little more forthcoming than her provincial counterpart. While Hunt may have intended to avoid opportunistic comment, he must also recognize that such squeamishness has no place in the political arena. The public understands, even expects, that it’s the nature of the political beast to sound off on current issues. We’ll save the biggest criticism, however, for Ralston, who calls for Hunt to resign over his apparent silence. What purpose does this serve, other than a chance to score political points?



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Re: Story: Two-week spring break likely: “How does a twoweek spring break benefit the kids? “Or is this just yet another symptom of an overworked and badly underfunded school system in the province?” — posted by 1LoneWolf

Re: Story: Bonner mum on reason for Hunchak’s exit; Charron takes over behind Blazers’ bench: “Craig Bonner is the one who should be shown the door — and hope it hits him in the butt as he goes! “He hasn’t done a thing to really improve this team since he came back. “He was a pylon when he played, but I guess he’s part of the old boys’ club. “Get rid of him now!” — posted by Ken Warner

Re: Story: Ajax has new project manager: “The King has new clothes — can’t you see them?” — posted by Jeff Eddy

Kamloops taxpayers have become slaves to city Editor: I think everyone in Kamloops should visit the city website at and take a look at the wages paid to city workers. There is a list of employees who make more than $75,000 per year. Believe it or not, that amounts to 40 per cent of the workforce. The link to the information is: publications/13-EmployeeRemuneration. pdf. You will be shocked and very upset. As an employer in this city, I view the wages in all cases as being ridiculously high. I would point out one or two but, in

every case, they are simply unbelievable. If our administrator just negotiated a raise beyond what is listed there, we are really in trouble. Now I understand why our taxes are so high in Kamloops. They simply must be high to pay these wages. Imagine a fourth-year firefighter being paid $84,000 per year or a fire captain being paid $110,000 annually. How on earth did this happen? These are people who have benefits beyond what anyone in the private sector is being paid — and they do very little work. I think this is all the legacy of our last administrator, Randy Diehl, who committed taxpayers to wages that would ensure

tax increases year after year. Why did we not hear from our councilors while this was going on? These people must feel like they have won the lottery because they are retire to pensions equivalent to 70 per cent of their best years. For the folks paying city taxes, that means they have become slaves, earning wages substantially lower and paying high taxes to subsidize our overpaid civil servants. The next election in the city may be about this issue, of too many city employees making too much money at the expense of taxpayers. Mike Kennedy Kamloops

Drivers of vehicles in Kamloops — idle no more Editor: Dear driver; Why do you idle unnecessarily? There are mechanical reasons as to why you shouldn’t. Idling shortens the life of the engine. In an engine under load, the rings seal against the cylinder walls, preventing detrimental hot combustion chamber blow-by gases. Hot blow-by gases effectively remove the tiny film of lubricating oil that is extremely important to the longevity of any internalcombustion engine. An idling engine is typically not under load. Beside mechanical reasons, there are also ethical and environmental reasons why idling engines, regardless of size, should be prohibited. Your idling vehicle not only directly causes harmful air pollution, which affects everybody, but it wastes precious energy for which the Earth is paying a tremendous price, also

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Idling is unwise and inconsiderate and relates to a selfish attitude about convenience and comfort for which anyone can easily make adjustments.

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LOCAL NEWS This property at 1245 McGill Rd. was sold for $2.2 million last month. The new owners say they are still deciding what to do with the industrial-zoned land, which they bought from the City of Kamloops. Dave Eagles/KTW

Commercial development likely for McGill property Owners still pondering possibilities for industrial land A Kamloops developer said he and his business partner haven’t decided what they’ll do with 2.7 acres of industrial land they purchased from the city last month, but a commercial development that fits the land’s current zoning looks likely. “The McGill corridor seems to be a pretty attractive place to have businesses and there’s a bit of a lack of industrial light commercial land in town,” Jeff Arnold of A&T Project Developments Ltd. told KTW Arnold and property develop-

Hansen gets Fraser Basin nod as chairman Former B.C. Liberal MLA and cabinet minister Colin Hansen has been appointed chairman of the Fraser Basin Council, effective at the end of March. Hansen will succeed Charles Jago. The council is a non-profit organization that works to advance sustainability in the province, particularly the Fraser Basin area. It is composed of four government levels and representatives from the private sector. Its primary focus is on health watersheds, water resources, climate change, air quality and sustainable communities.

er and lawyer Frank Quinn purchased the land at 1245 McGill Rd. from the City of Kamloops for $2.2 million. Kamloops city council agreed to sell the property during a Dec. 17 in-camera meeting, the results of which were released to the public with this week’s agenda. Coun. Pat Wallace did not vote on the sale because of a conflict of interest and councillors Tina Lange and Marg Spina were not present. Arnold said he’s been interested in the property for about

two years, but he and Quinn have not determined whether their plans for the site will require a rezoning or other tweaks to what is currently allowed on the lot. “We’re still working through our thought process on what we’re doing with it,” Arnold said. City development and engineering services director Marvin Kwiatkowski said the property, which is zoned for an industrial park, was on the market for about 18 months before it sold. It sits across the road from the Telus data centre.

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Dix mulls political future, potential replacements By Cam Fortems STAFF REPORTER

While B.C. NDP Leader Adrian Dix will spend the next nine months as leader of the Opposition, he knows the focus will soon be on members of his caucus and outsiders vying to replace him. Dix, who spent much of Tuesday, Jan. 14, in Kamloops, said he expects candidates to begin coming forward in the next two months in preparation for the September leadership convention. He also expects members of his caucus to have the inside track to the job, particularly because of a looming federal election. “Obviously, we have some excellent members of our federal caucus, but there’s a federal election in 2015 and the prospects for the NDP are unprecedentedly good,” Dix said. “They’ve got a chance to win that election.” Thus far, only BurnabyDouglas MP Kennedy Stewart has expressed interest in the position. High-profile Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen has backed out of the provincial race, citing his focus on the coming federal election. Kamloops-South Thompson NDP president Peter Northcott said he was disappointed Cullen has chosen not to run.

NDP Leader Adrian Dix speaks to Kamloops media outside Ponderosa Lodge on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Dave Eagles/KTW

“I spent a lot of time on the North Coast. I really respect and like Nathan Cullen.” Both Northcott and former NDP candidate Tom Friedman predicted candidates will stream through the city seeking support and selling memberships. Friedman also hopes to bring candidates to Kamloops for a leadership debate. He estimated there are more than 550 NDP members in Kamloops and the region. The party will hold a provincewide phone- and Internet-based contest that will allow each member

a say in choosing the new leader. Friedman said it is too early to say who he would like to see run for the party. Dix is taking his lead from former party leader Carole James, who chose to remain as an MLA after she lost the leadership. He told KTW he will remain as MLA for VancouverKingsway and run in the 2017 provincial election. “You see it in other jurisdictions,” Dix said. “There are three or four former Conservative party leaders in the British cabinet today.” One of the decisions this year is what to do with critic portfolios. Dix and other candidates gave up their critic posts in the run-up to the 2011 leadership race. “As a leadership candidate, you’re the critic for everything — you’re not limited,” he said. The power to name critic portfolios remains with Dix, who said he will consult with candidates to determine the best course. If he runs, the frontrunner to replace Dix is expected to be veteran Mike Farnworth, currently the party’s finance critic and runner-up to Dix in the 2011 NDP leadership race. While Farnworth hasn’t announced yet, Dix said he expects he will nonetheless remain in the portfolio for the February provincial budget.

Liberals balancing budget on backs of ratepayers: leader The B.C. Liberal government will balance this year’s budget courtesy of BC Hydro ratepayers, predicted Opposition leader Adrian Dix. The B.C. NDP leader spoke to reporters in Kamloops this week, criticizing the government for using money from the Crown corporation to balance its 2013/2014 provincial budget. “They’re taking a $575-million dividend this year to pretend they

have a balanced budget . . .” Dix said. “You’re asking BC Hydro to send money it doesn’t have so you can balance the budget.” Residential hydro bills are slated to jump nine per cent in April and 28 per cent over the next five years. The increases come after the Liberals dismissed concerns of rate hikes during last May’s election campaign. “They’re [ratepayers] going to

see it dramatically now and it’s going to be year unto year unto year,” Dix said. “The premier deliberately misled people here in Kamloops during the election. She said she’d wrestle those rate increases to the ground. She wasn’t telling the truth.” Dix also predicted the increase will cost schools in Kamloops and the Interior Health Authority about $1 million together.


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Kamloops students pack for biology trip of a lifetime Teens to visit land of the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa By Dale Bass



ONATHAN BRADY IS a 4-H dad. He believes in its credo to learn by doing — and he sees so many lessons in the trip some of his students will experience when they head to Hawaii in February for a week devoted to biology. Brady, principal at NorKam secondary, sees the trip as having more than a basic science value as the students have had to learn about currency exchange and getting a passport. They will be exposed to a new environment, even some new foods, when they arrive in Hawaii on Feb. 6. The focus is biology, though, said teacher Eric Rustand, who has done all the planning and prepping to take the 23 students in grades 11 and 12. The NorKam contingent will be joined by Valleyview students, who crossed the Pacific on a similar journey last year. Among the experiences the students will have, Rustand said, is a visit to Hanauma Bay, where they will be able to experience fish and marine life, including the Hawaiian green sea turtles, trumpet and angel fish, moray eels, urchins and perhaps even the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa, the state’s official fish. They will head to a marine lab and take part in a variety of experiments and go to an aquarium and a zoo. Students will also hike through some of the unique flora, fauna and forests found in Hawaii.

In short, Rustand said, it’s not a trip for slackers, noting students had to be given permission from their teachers to take part — and that was only given if they have shown a dedication to learning biology. As Brady put it, these are “not students who have found a way to float through the system. “Every time some people talk about kids today, they talk about how they’re lazy or unmotivated they are,” Brady said. “These are kids who are engaged in their own learning.” Unlike prepackaged trips available to students — at a pricey cost — Rustand has done all the organizing for his students to keep the costs down. Still, it’s about $1,600 for the week and

students have spent a lot of time fundraising to pay their way. Rustand believes in learning by experiencing and takes his students on annual excursions to the Vancouver Aquarium and Telus World of Science. For many students, he said, the Hawaii trip will be an eyeopening moment because they haven’t been there before and will be in awe of what they will see and learn. And it’s come a long way from when Rustand was a highschool student in Merritt. Asked what kind of trips he was exposed to, he had to think for a few moments. “The only trip we went on was to Vancouver Island for a forestry class. Nothing like this.”

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Owner had to pay vet costs for shot dog By Dale Bass STAFF REPORTER

Debra Milenk was not charged for the time her dog Askim was in the care of the city’s bylaws department. Jon Wilson, the city’s community-safety and enforcement manager, said Milenk was required to pay the veterinary costs after the dog was shot by an RCMP officer during a Christmas Day call to the North Shore home of her exhusband. Wilson said the Labrador-pit bull cross will also not be designated an aggressive or dangerous dog, despite it trying to escape from a person restraining it when Milenk’s daughter was forced to the floor of the house by officers who were arresting her. Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned has said the pit bull-Labrador cross was shot in the head at almost point-blank range when the ani-

mal, which had been restrained, reacted to police putting handcuffs on its owner. Three officers had been called to a house in the 1200block of Kimberley Crescent near Halston Avenue in North Kamloops just after midnight on Christmas morning. Police were responding to a report of a distraught woman wielding an axe. Learned said the woman calmed quickly once officers arrived but, as they prepared to cuff her, he said, the dog “continued to growl, bark and bare its teeth” as it tried to get to the officer. Learned said the shooting took place when the dog’s head was almost between the officer’s legs. “He fired a single shot downward at the dog’s head from nearly point-blank range,” Learned said. “When the dog momentarily stopped, the officer backed down the narrow

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hallway and started backing up the basement stairs, keeping the dog at gunpoint. “Amazingly, the dog then continued toward the officer and started up the stairs before it fell onto its side, got up again and subsequently went into a vacant basement room.” When the dog came near one of the officers, he shot it at

point-blank range. The bullet did not penetrate the animal’s skull, but whipped around it and came out near one of its ears. Requests to the RCMP to explain why the officer used his gun in the house to shoot the dog, rather than pepper spray or some other deterrent, have not been answered and police have said they will

have no more comment on the matter. The city’s schedule of impound feeds vary, depending on whether the dog is licenses, if it is a repeat impound, if the dog has been designated a nuisance or aggressive, or if any person or domestic animal was injured. Board and maintenance frees are $12 for a dog, $20 for an aggressive dog.

Askim, a Labrador-pit bull cross, is recovering at home after being shot by a Kamloops Mountie on Christmas morning.

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Further fares for city cab companies By Andrea Klassen STAFF REPORTER

OH, DEER! WHAT THE HECK IS THAT? Residents enjoying a stroll through the hills of Pineview Valley recently may have been spooked when coming across this strange sight. Conservation officer Andy MacKay tells KTW someone discarded a deer hide, which, when hanging on a tree, can project a rather ominous image.


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Kamloops cab companies will be able to keep older taxis on the road after city council agreed, at the request of Yellow Cabs, to extend age restrictions in its vehicles-for-hire bylaw. The restrictions, which were supposed to be phased in by the end of 2013, would have required a cab company to remove vehicles older than seven years from the streets. With council’s blessing, vehicles up to nine years old can keep picking up fares. Yellow Cabs Ltd. owner Abdul Rasheed told council this week that the age-limit restriction is unusually onerous and are hurting his business. Rasheed said his company usually buys vehicles that are two or three years old to cut down on costs, leaving him with cars that can only be used five years at most. He said that drives up replacement costs, particularly for

vehicles that are wheelchairaccessible. As a result, Rasheed said, he has had to raise rates. He also argued the few B.C. communities with car-age restrictions have much more taxi traffic than Kamloops. Rasheed said a Vancouver taxi — which must be replaced after five years — will put on about 100,000 kilometres more a year than will a Kamloops cab, which will drive about 150,000 kilometres. “Kilometre-wise, if you look at those comparisons, our taxis should last about four years longer than their [Vancouver’s] taxis,” Rasheed said. This is the second time a Kamloops cab company has asked the city to relax its age restrictions for taxis. In 2008, when the city first brought in the age restriction, council of the day agreed to a seven-year limit after Rasheed protested the original timeline of five years. The bylaw was originally put in place due to issues with taxi

cab condition and maintenance. While community-safety manager Jon Wilson said those problems have decreased, he said having an age limit is important so the city doesn’t get stuck with a slew of old cabs. “I can see where his argument lies,” Wilson said. “Nine years may be suitable depending on the condition of the vehicle and whether the mileage is low.” Coun. Tina Lange said relaxing restrictions makes sense to her since Kamloops’ bylaws are tougher than most communities of similar size — where age is often regulated by airport authorities, but not by municipal governments. “I don’t want to stand in the way of someone being financially secure with their biz by hampering them in ways they won’t be hampered in other communities,” she said. The extension passed, with all councillors in attendance in favour. Coun. Nancy Bepple was absent.

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The bodies are gone and a plan to bring a funeralarrangement office to the 900-block of Seymour Street in downtown Kamloops is headed back to a public hearing. In December, city council rejected an application from Drake Smith, president of North Thompson Funeral Services Ltd., to install a funeral-arrangement office at 905 Seymour St. after neighbours complained. While the office would not have offered embalm-




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Education planned on province’s racist history By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS

The B.C. NDP has compiled its own history of B.C.’s official efforts at racial discrimination, from denying the vote to Chinese and Indian immigrants in 1872 to efforts to restrict Asian immigration in the 1930s. NDP Leader Adrian Dix said the dossier of racist actions by B.C. legislators is intended to accompany an apology to people of Chinese descent the provincial government plans to deliver in the legislature this spring. “I think it’s important that we take this work seriously and that it not be just a one-day apology, but that it leads to reconciliation,� Dix said.

The NDP package mostly duplicates material posted by the B.C. government on a dedicated website — The NDP records are posted on the official opposition website at Dix said the documents will be used for an educational event with B.C. students in February, to get their suggestions on how the modern provincial government should respond. Richmond Centre MLA Teresa Wat, minister responsible for trade and multiculturalism, has organized a series of public consultations to prepare for the formal apology, expected during the spring legislature session.

The first public forum was held in Kamloops in December. Others are set for Burnaby on Jan. 20, Prince George on Jan. 22 and Richmond on Jan. 28. Wat said the consultations will help determine the wording of the apology to the Chinese community, but no further financial compensation is being considered. Prime Minister Stephen Harper made a formal apology to Chinese Canadians in 2006 and the federal government paid $20,000 each to families of immigrants who paid the head tax that was designed to deter Chinese immigration to Canada. Records gleaned from the B.C. legislative

library include 89 laws, some of which were passed in B.C. but struck down by Ottawa because they strayed into federal jurisdiction over immigration. Motions and debates up to the 1920s dealt with immigrant numbers and such issues as the number of “Orientals and Hindus� working in B.C. sawmills. An apology to residents of Chinese descent was postponed last year after a document from Premier Christy Clark’s staff was leaked, describing a plan to use that and other ethnic appeals to build support for the B.C. Liberal Party. Clark’s government issued a formal apology for the Second World War-era internment of Japanese residents in

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Egypt looks to start over — yet again — this week


ENERAL Abdel Fattah alSisi, who led the coup against Egypt’s elected president last July, has one of the finest collections of military headgear in the entire Middle East. Perhaps that’s why he has still not admitted that he plans to become the next president — he can’t decide which hat to throw into the ring. His own explanation for his shyness comes straight out of the Aspiring Dictator’s Handbook: “If I nominate myself, there must be a popular demand and a mandate from my army,” he told stateowned newspaper Al-Ahram. “When Egyptians say something, we obey, and I will never turn my back on Egypt.” Egyptian generals are deeply patriotic people and three others before Sisi have sacrificed their own desire for a quiet life in order to rule Egypt: Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956-70), Anwar Sadat (1970-81) and Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011). In fact, the last three years have been the only time in the life of the great majority of Egyptians when a general has not been running

GWYNNE DYER World WATCH the country — and Sisi seems ready to make the supreme sacrifice, too. A mandate from the army shouldn’t be hard to get since he runs the whole organization. As far as popular demand is concerned, Sisi is clearly planning to use a “yes” vote in this week’s referendum on the new constitution as proof the people want him for president. The new constitution will be the third in four years. It replaces one that was written and adopted (also by referendum) during the brief, unhappy rule of President Mohamed Morsi, who took office on June 30, 2012, and was overthrown on July 3, 2013. It removes the “Islamic” changes Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood wrote into the last one, which should appeal to secular

Egyptians, but that’s not what makes it attractive to Sisi. The new clauses that only a soldier could love include one that gives the Egyptian military the right to appoint the defence minister, and another that says the military budget will not be subject to civilian oversight. It also retains the much-criticized clause that allows civilians to be tried in military courts. Sisi reckons enough civilians will vote for it anyway, some because they hate the Islamists and some because they are just tired of all the upheavals. Maybe they will because the whole Arab world is suffering from revolution fatigue: the “Arab awakening” has caused such turbulence that many people would find a return to the old dictatorships almost comforting. It’s true even in Syria, where some of the rebels are starting to talk about making a deal with the Bashar al-Assad regime in order to isolate the Islamist extremists and hasten the end of the war. There has been no war in Egypt, but about 1,000 of Morsi’s supporters were massacred in the streets of Cairo last sum-

mer by security forces last summer, and the Muslim Brotherhood has been declared a terrorist organization. There have been many thousands of arrests, not only of senior Muslim Brotherhood members, but recently of secular critics of the military regime as well. Egyptians are frightened and exhausted and Sisi apparently thinks they will gratefully accept a return to army rule (behind a democratic facade). But, his nervousness is showing. There’s barely a wall in Cairo that is not covered with “Yes” posters and pictures of Sisi, while people trying to put up “No” posters are arrested. Sisi is probably right to be nervous. In late September, three months after the coup, Zogby Research Services carried out an extensive opinion poll in Egypt for the Sir Bani Yas Forum in Abu Dhabi. It revealed confidence in the army had already dropped from, to 70 per cent from 93 per cent, and it probably has continued to drop. Sisi and former president Morsi had almost equal support in the country — 46 per cent for Sisi, 44 per cent

for Morsi (who now faces trial for “inciting his supporters to carry out premeditated murder” and various other alleged crimes). But, Morsi’s trial was postponed to Feb. 1, allegedly because bad weather prevented him from being flown from his prison in Alexandria to Cairo for the trial. That’s a rather long spell of bad weather. Besides, it’s only twoand-a-half hours by road

from Alexandria to Cairo. One suspects the military regime did not want Morsi to make his first public appearance since the coup just before the referendum. The Zogby poll also revealed an overwhelming majority of respondents blame the last military regime, under Mubarak, for the problems facing Egypt today. All in all, this is hardly a firm foundation on which to

complete the counterrevolution and build a new military regime. The likeliest outcome of the referendum on the new constitution this week will be a modest majority for the “Yes” side, but on a very low turnout. If it is lower than the mere 33 per cent who voted in the referendum on the last constitution in 2012, Sisi may have to reconsider his plan to run for the presidency.

CITY OF KAMLOOPS Notice to Electors of Alternative Approval Process North Shore Community Policing Office This notice is to advise electors in the City of Kamloops of the intention to adopt the "North Shore Community Policing Office Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 14-1-172". The purpose of the bylaw is to borrow an amount not to exceed $1,550,000 to finance the cost to purchase property at 915 7th Street and part of 880 8th Street and renovate the existing building for the North Shore Community Policing Office, that will be repaid over a period not to exceed 15 years. It is estimated that the borrowing will result in a tax increase for the average residential property of $2.63 per year. A copy of Bylaw No. 14-1-172 and a summary of the proposal are available from the Legislative Services Division at City Hall during each business day of the week between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm. For project details, please contact Jodie MacDonald, RCMP Municipal Support Services Manager, at telephone 250-828-3235 or email: The City of Kamloops proposes to borrow the money to purchase property and renovate an existing building for the Community Policing Office on the North Shore of the City of Kamloops unless, by 4:30 pm on February 21, 2014, at least 10% of the electors in the whole of the City of Kamloops sign an elector response form opposing the implementation of the proposal unless the City of Kamloops holds a vote. The number of elector responses required to prevent the City of Kamloops from proceeding unless a vote is held is estimated to be 6,836. A report respecting the basis on which this determination was made is available upon request from the Legislative Services Division, City Hall. Alternative Approval Elector Response Forms Elector responses are required to be submitted to the City of Kamloops on forms that can be obtained during regular business hours from the Legislative Services Division at City Hall; the form may also be downloaded from the main page of the City of Kamloops website at www. The only elector response forms that will be accepted by the City of Kamloops are the ones provided by the City of Kamloops, or an accurate copy of the form.

City of Kamloops

City of Kamloops

Urban Agriculture & Food Systems Strategy Call for Applicants

Tranquille Road Beautification/ Enhancement & Gateway Task Force

Resident elector - a person who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or older, has resided in BC for the previous six months and has resided in the City of Kamloops for the previous 30 days prior to signing an elector response form.

The City of Kamloops is seeking four (4) community members to serve as volunteers on a 17 – person Advisory Committee to develop an Urban Agriculture and Food Systems Strategy (UAFSS) through 2014.

The City of Kamloops is seeking three (3) members, one (1) from the development sector and two (2) from the general public, who are interested in serving on a voluntary basis on the Tranquille Road Beautification/ Enhancement and Gateway Task Force. The term of the Task Force is anticipated to be for approximately one (1) year. Meetings will be held in the evening and no more than once a month.

Non-resident property elector - a person who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or older, has resided in BC for the previous six months and has owned property in the City of Kamloops for the previous 30 days prior to signing an elector response form. Note that only one non-resident property elector may sign an elector response form per property, regardless of how many people own the property.

The UAFSS will provide direction on urban agriculture issues such as community gardens and urban hens, as well as broader food policy issues such as buy-local programs and accessibility of healthy food. The Advisory Committee will provide an opportunity for staff and community members to work together to develop an informed and well-rounded UAFSS.

The purpose of the Task Force is to evaluate and prioritize options and to make recommendations to Council regarding short and long term beautification opportunities as well as potential funding strategies and partnerships. Once the recommendations have been presented to Council the task force will dissolve.

Two (2) representatives from the general public, one (1) representative from the food distribution, processing, and retail sector, and one (1) representative from a local farmer’s market society are required for the Advisory Committee. Interested persons should send a resume and expression of interest by January 24th to:

If you are interested in applying for one of the three (3) positions please send your resume and expression of interest and whether you are applying as a member of the development sector or as a member of the general public by January 27, 2014, to:

Attn. Carmin Mazzotta City of Kamloops 910 McGill Road Kamloops, BC, V2C 6N6

Attention: Shannon Wallis City of Kamloops 7 West Victoria Street Kamloops, BC V2C 1A2

Only electors of the City of Kamloops are eligible to sign the elector response forms. There are two types of electors - resident electors and non-resident property electors.

Resident electors signing the elector response form must provide their full name and address. Non-resident property electors must provide their full name, residential address and the address of the property in relation to which they are entitled to register as a non-resident property elector. The City of Kamloops will not share the information on the form with anyone other than the Corporate Officer, or other person designated by the Corporate Officer. Submissions and Further Information Signed Alternative Approval Elector Response Forms must be delivered, faxed, or emailed no later than 4:30 pm on February 21, 2014 (postmarks not accepted), to: Legislative Services Division, City Hall 7 Victoria Street West, Kamloops BC V2C 1A2 Telephone: 250-828-3483; fax: 250-828-3578; email:

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Where should I contribute my savings? S

HOULD I contribute to a TFSA, RRSP — or both? With the availability of tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs), does it still make sense to contribute to a registered retirement savings plan (RRSP)? Determining which plan, or combination of plans, is best depends on your personal situation and your objectives. The tax assistance provided by a TFSA is, in many ways, the opposite of that provided through RRSPs: • RRSP contributions are tax-deductible, with both the contributions and the investment earnings taxable upon withdrawal. Withdrawals are included in income and affect eligibility for federal incometested benefits and tax credits • TFSA contributions are made from after-tax income, with both the contributions and the investment earnings exempt from tax upon withdrawal. Withdrawals will not affect eligibility for federal incometested benefits and tax credits Generally, an RRSP is used for saving for retirement, while a

TFSA can be used for both saving for retirement and other shorter-term needs. Because TFSA withdrawals are added back to your available TFSA contribution room in the following calendar year, there is very little downside to using TFSA savings for mid-sized to large purchases. If you are in a low tax bracket, saving in a TFSA may be more advantageous than saving in an RRSP, since TFSA withdrawals have no impact on federal income-tested benefits and tax credits such as child tax benefits and Old Age Security. If you are in a high tax bracket, you will probably consider using both types of plans. RRSPs may be a better option if your tax rate at the time you contribute is higher than when you withdraw your savings. You’ll benefit from a tax deduction when you make your contribution — and withdrawals will be taxed at your lower future rate. If the reverse is true, a TFSA can provide better results. Whether to save in a TFSA, an RRSP or both may depend on

your savings needs, your eligibility for income-tested benefits and your current and expected future financial situation and income level. Anyone saving outside an RRSP should consider contributing to a TFSA first.

Talk to your advisor Your advisor can

help you determine the amount you need to save to achieve your goals and the most appropriate investments for your risk tolerance. He or she can also help you take advantage of the tax-advantaged investment strategies that are available to Canadian investors of all ages.

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Your Retirement Plan must contain 3 key ingredients. • Flexibility – to be able to change your investments As your Personal needs change, As tax laws change, As the economy changes. • A co-ordinated use of both Asset Allocation and Sector Management, to take advantage of both the ups and downs in the markets. • A return that equals or betters the projected return in your Plan or your Plan will not achieve your goals. Returns On Different Sectors For 2013 Year To Date (as of December 31, 2013) PACIFIC RIM CANADIAN BALANCED CANADIAN LARGE CAP CANADIAN FIXED INCOME DIVIDEND ENERGY

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25.00% 46.79% 5.88% 10.04% 59.92% 54.12%

Fixed income portfolio Balanced Portfolio Dividend & Growth Portfolio

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Jones, Douglas Raymond

Stanley Edmunds

Aug 3, 1930 - Dec 11, 2013

April 7, 1937 – December 31, 2013

Jones, Douglas Raymond born August 3, 1930 in Chilliwack BC. Doug lost his short battle with Cancer at Royal Inland Hospital on December 11, 2013, with his wife at his side.


It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Anton “Ante” Mijic on December 24, 2013. Anton was born in Lepuri, Benkovac, Croatia on June 13, 1943 to Sime and Andrijana Mijic. Anton eventually left Croatia to pursue a better life in Canada. He finally made Kamloops, BC his home for the last 25 years. Anton was known by his family and friends as kindhearted, caring, generous, and friendly man who always smiled. The world truly lost an amazing man and heaven gained a spirited angel. Anton will truly be missed by the people who’s lives he touched.

Lovingly remembered by his wife of 60 years Irene Jones; sons Brad (Sandy) Jones, Rick (Liz) Jones, and Larry Jones; grandchildren Dean Jones, Darrell (Sara) Jones, Michael (Melisa) Jones, Mark (Charlotte) Jones, Holly Jones, Morgan Jones, Hilary Jones, and Leah Jones; great grandchildren Brooke, Riley, Reese, Parker, Kaydance and Camden as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends. Doug is predeceased by his mother Mary and father Sidney Jones; brothers Ron Jones, Clayton Jones, and Bob Jones; sister Velma Bittner, niece Bonnie Bittner and nephew Cecil Bittner. Doug grew up in Chilliwack raising dairy cows and Percheron horses. The Jones family showed their Percheron’s in Chilliwack BC, Pullayup and Linden Washington. This passion for horses flowed through his life. Doug Married Irene in April 1953. Doug and Irene moved from the dairy farm in Chilliwack BC to “The Ranch” at Forest Grove BC in 1965 with their three boys. While raising cattle at the Ranch Doug also worked at the 108 Golf Course for over 20 years. Throughout this time, Doug had many fond memories driving stagecoach and sleigh rides. His passion for horses lead to the “Ride of a Lifetime” experience, driving a team of horses and wagon from 100 Mile House BC to Vancouver BC for EXPO 86. Doug was a chartered member of the 94 Lions Club in Forest Grove. In 1994, Doug and Irene sold the Ranch. In their retirement, they enjoyed a number of RV tours of the North Western Unites States and the Canadian Prairies before finally settling in Kamloops BC. Doug will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. A celebration of life will be held at the Valley Room in 100 Mile House BC, Sunday May 18, 2014 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Royal Inland Hospital.

His life was not measured by his possessions but the people who’s lives he impacted.

Lewis McIntyre

His loving memory will forever be cherished by his daughter Meredith (John) McGeough of Kamloops, and son Trevor (Pamela) McIntyre of Toronto, grandchildren Sean, Megan, Aidan McGeough and Colin McIntyre, sister Muriel Johnston, his sisters in law, Fran Smith, Laura McIntyre, June McIntyre. Predeceased by his loving wife Marion McIntyre, parents James and Helen McIntyre, his dear brothers and sisters Chrissie (Neil) Gray, Edith (Norman) Glauser, Allan McIntyre, Russel (Maurine) McIntyre, Ken McIntyre, Eva (Roland) Hart, Ralph McIntyre, and his brothers and sisters in law Wilf (Nellie) Harvey, Myrtle (Carl) Thingvold, Earl Johnston, Bud Smith. The family would like to express thanks to the wonderful staff at Kamloops Seniors Village in Kamloops, BC, for their care and guidance in the last few years. They are a very compassionate, capable group of people who allowed him to roam the halls as any good Principal should! We would like to extend a special thank-you to Dr. Schumacher and Dr. Wiedrick who made numerous house calls for Dad’s benefit. If you wish to make a donation to the Alzheimer Society of B.C./Sask./Ont., it would be appreciated. Interment of cremated remains will be held at a later date at a service in Saskatoon. Lewis will be buried at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens next to Mom. When the time is right, and the crocuses are in bloom, he will return to the prairies where he truly belongs!

Stan will be remembered for his offbeat sense of humour, hearty laughter and devilish grin. He was always quick to make a joke, even sometimes when it was not appropriate. As a younger man, Stan loved his ponies (owning 10 at one point), and racing chariots and chuckwagons throughout the province. He also loved to travel with Bev in the backcountry of BC, camping and enjoying the outdoors. In 2008, he and Bev moved to Kamloops to escape the cold winters and fully embrace retirement. It was one of Stan’s greatest pleasures to sit with his feet up in the hot sun, taking in the beautiful scenery around his home, as well as to lovingly tend all the fruit trees planted for the family. We were all able to enjoy fruit from those young trees this past summer, which brought him a great deal of happiness.

Others Who Have Gone Before

July2, 1927 - January 6, 2014

In 1954 Lewis married Marion Harvey, a teacher from the neighbouring town of Cabri. Together they pursued their teaching careers, raised their two children, Meredith and Trevor, developed lasting friendships, and enjoyed life in Saskatoon. During school holidays they travelled with friends and families for camping, skiing, and other fascinating journeys. Lewis was well known for his passion for gardening, his prize winning lilies, his completion of cross-word puzzles, his competitive games of backgammon and cribbage, his mastery of bridge, his enjoyment of the great outdoors, and his utmost pride in his family and home. He was captivated by wildlife and enjoyed all seasons, but always looked forward to spring and gardening. He rarely sat down, and his work ethic epitomized the Scottish family motto “PER ARDUA”, meaning “through hardship and diligence”.

Stan was born on April 7, 1937, in Kenville, MB, and at the age of 14 he moved with his family to Flin Flon, MB. At 17, he headed east to Ontario, working at odd jobs and moving around the country until ¿nally arriving in Red Deer, AB, where he fell in love and settled down with Bev in 1959. In 1966, along with their two daughters, they decided to move to Quesnel, BC, where Stan drove logging trucks. In 1973, he started driving for Arrow Transportation, where he remained until his retirement in 2002.

The family wishes to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice Home for adding such quality to Stan’s life, as well as ours, throughout his last weeks. Thank you also to Dr. Sean Gorman, his assistant, Linda, Dr. Hancke De Kock, and the staff at Royal Inland Hospital for all the great care throughout Stan’s illness.

Arrangements have been made at the Kamloops funeral home. A family gathering will be held in his honour.

McIntyre – Lewis Edwin passed away peacefully on Monday January 6, 2014 at Kamloops Seniors Village in Kamloops, BC. Dad was born on July 2, 1927 in Prelate, Saskatchewan, the youngest of nine children. During his high school years, he managed the home and farmstead until attending Moose Jaw Normal School in 1945. He then taught at Abbey, Sceptre and Arcola before finishing his Arts and Education degrees at the University of Saskatchewan. Midway through his teaching career, in 1966-67, he attended the University of Toronto, where he studied educational administration, and completed his Masters Degree. Lewis served the Saskatoon Board of Education for 36 years, 32 of which he was a principal and vice-principal. During that time he opened several new schools and provided leadership to his staff, students, and parents. He took a well-deserved sabbatical leave in 1981, at which time he travelled to Asia and Europe with his wife and life-long partner, Marion Lois.

Stanley Edmunds passed away peacefully at the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice Home, in Kamloops, BC, on December 31, 2013. He will be sadly missed and remembered by all who knew and loved him. Stan is survived by Beverly, his wife of 54 years; daughters, Cheryl Edmunds, and Janice Edmunds (Marcus); grandchildren, Rob Alexander (Danielle), and Michelle Alexander (Brice); ex-son-inlaw, Ted Alexander; sister, Edna (Eugene) Bouteiller; brother, Hank (Myrna) Edmunds; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

By Joanetta Hendel, Indianapolis, Indiana

LARRY DOUGLAS DURANT “PAPA” October 24, 1953 – January 13, 2014 Larry is survived by his loving wife Debbie, daughter Megan (Nels), sons Andy and Blair; grandchildren Gavin, Kya, Ambrielle, Cullen, Marloe, Hartley, Emmett, Jasper. Parents Earl and Gertrude, siblings Earl (Anne) Diana, Dale (Brenda) and numerous nieces and nephews. Larry was predeceased by his sister Gloria. The Memorial Service will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Drive, Kamloops, B.C. “We’ll miss you Papa” Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home 250-554-2577

Others who have gone before Hold up my trembling hand. They comfort me in the blind despair I cannot understand. They suffer with me when I hurt, Weep with me in my pain, Remind me that we are not lost ... Though I must now remain. Those who’ve gone before me, Hear me when I cry. Sing softly with me soothing chords Of unsung lullabies. Mourn anniversaries never marked, A future I cannot keep. They gently kiss the pain away, And love my heart to sleep. The ones who’ve gone before me Hold me in my dreams. They gently stroke my furrowed brow, And calm my silent screams. They love me in my heartache, Wait quietly nearby., Hold patiently, one to another Till I join them by and by.

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THOMAS JAMES BLACK July 9, 1929 - January 8, 2014

Tom passed away on January 8, 2014 after a gallant struggle with cancer. He is very sadly missed by his wife of 64 years Lynn and his daughter Sandra Smith and son Andrew Black and all of his extended family and friends. Tom was Australian born, raised in Scotland but lived his adult life a Canadian. Tom, Lynn and their young family came to Canada in 1957, when he accepted a teaching position in Alberta. As his teaching career progressed through a variety of schools in Alberta and BC he proudly accepted a principalship in Westwold, BC. he was principal of several other schools in Kamloops area, finally retiring from Ralph Bell School in 1984. Tom was also a Free Mason following in his father’s footsteps. He was very active in the Boy Scouts in his younger years. At Tom’s request no service will be held. A family gathering is planned for a warm sunny day in the spring. Donations in Tom’s name to the Royal Inland Hospital would be appreciated.

LILLIAS “LIL” INGRAM NOVEMBER 28, 1921 ~ JANUARY 7, 2014 Mom, “Lil” as many knew her, was born in Arradoul, Rathven, Scotland on November 28, 1921. She immigrated to Canada at the age of five. The family settled in Brantford, Ontario where she lived until 1945. Wartime brought many changes to her life. Early 1944 mom met a handsome “Westerner” who was in the armed forces. On June 8, 1944 she married Leo William Ingram; just weeks after their wedding dad was posted overseas with the RCAF #1 Bomber Command. Letters became the only connection between the newlyweds until after the war. In September 1945 the re-united couple “headed west” where mom began life as a rancher’s wife. For over 40 years home was Pinantan, BC, until the ranch sold in 1990. Kamloops became home until 2009. Mom’s last 4 years were spent in Bastion Place, Salmon Arm where at age 92 she peacefully passed away. Predeceased by the love of her life, Leo (September 27, 1910 - June 4, 1998), infant daughter; Linda, sister; Helen, granddaughter; Jennifer and son-in-law Allan. Mom leaves to remember and miss her, sisters; Jay (Ernie) and Elsie, brother; John (Marion) , daughters; Jean(Frank), Susan (Christopher), grandchildren; Andrea, Tracey (Paul), Scott(Robin), great-grandchildren; Shamus, Hanna, Rayanna and Cameron, adopted extended family; Roxie, Ben, Shirley, Rob, Ron and James, and her long-time dearest friend Olga. Special thanks to the 2nd floor staff at Bastion Place for all the care and compassion given to Mom this past four years, you became her “other” family and for that we are truly grateful. At mom’s request no funeral service will be held. Online condolences can be sent through Lil’s obituary at


January 28, 1925 – January 8, 2014 Mrs. Florence Jacqueline (“Smokey”) Nielsen, passed away peacefully at Kamloops on January 11th, 2014, aged 77 years. Sadly missed by her loving husband, Morten Nielsen, daughters Colleen Nielsen, Sandra (Jeff ) McDonnell, Simone (Bruce) Bawtree, all of Kamloops, grandchildren Josh (Tiffany) Creusot, Tatiana Creusot, Aaron McDonnell, Kelsey McDonnell and Kirsten Bawtree, great-grandchildren, Zoey and Evan, her brother, Clayton Bowes and many nieces and nephews, as well as many friends and relatives. No formal service by request. Should friends desire, donations may be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice House.

Schoenings Funeral Service 250-374-1454

Seventeen years to the day after the passing of her beloved husband Lorne, Joan left this world to join him. She passed peacefully in the presence of loving family. She was predeceased by her brothers, Ivor (Bunty), Rick, Bill and Phil and her only sister Betty Gunnlaugson (Lockhart). She is survived by her brother Ken Birdsall, and sisters-in-law Mev, Verna and Margaret, and Lorne’s sisters Audrey and Sybil as well as many nieces and nephews. Born in Winnipeg, she moved with her family to Cloverdale in the early 30’s and then into Vancouver. She joined the war effort in 1943 as a Corporal with the Canadian Armed Forces and was honorably discharged in 1946. She then worked in the Accounting Dept. at B.C. Tel. She was later introduced by friends to the dashing Lorne Doubleday and they married July 1, 1955. They built a home in North Vancouver where they lived until Lorne was offered a job in Prince George with the Veteran’s Land Act in 1962. Lorne’s work required a lot of travel so they lived in the San-Jo Apartments with Joan as Manager – the perfect post for her outgoing, friendly nature. Affectionately known as “Sergeant-Major,” she ruled the roost with an iron tongue but a golden heart. Service was in Joan’s blood and she again joined the army as Corporal for the Primary Reserves of the Rocky Mountain Rangers. When her sister’s husband passed away in 1963 leaving her with six young children, Joan and Lorne encouraged them to move to Prince George. They were a strong support for Betty and like second parents to the children. In 1978, Lorne was transferred to Kamloops where they bought a house. Joan loved her garden, doing needlepoint, cooking and taking care of their home which was always open to family, friends and neighbors. Joan was a devoted wife and a caring sister, aunt and friend. The past four years, she lived at Ridgeview Lodge where she kept the caring staff hopping and laughing. She will be deeply missed by all.

Thank You

We wish to thank Dr. Rollheiser, Dr. Montgomery, Dr. Pretorius and all the nurses on 7N for the kind and compassionate care given to Doug Toombs. Thanks also to the Home First team and support workers for their years of wonderful care. Margaret and Jesse will miss you all. We would also like to thank all our friends and family for all the flowers, cards and caring thoughts. The Gowans and Toombs Family

The Angel On Your Shoulder By Jackie Huston Lena, Wisconsin

There’s an angel on your shoulder Though you may not know she’s there, She watches over you day and night And keeps you in her care. There’s an angel on your shoulder Watching you learn and grow Keeping you safe from danger And nurturing your soul. She’ll be there through your triumphs She’ll dance on clouds with pride, She’ll hold your hand through disappointments and fears, Standing faithfully by your side. In her lifetime this angel was strong and true, And stood up for what was right. In your life you’ll be faced with decisions and trials And she’ll shine down her guiding light. Life holds so much in store for you, So remember as you grow older, There are no heights you cannot reach ‘Cause there’s an angel on your shoulder.

Pennies From Heaven I found a penny today, Just laying on the ground But it’s not just a penny, This little coin I’ve found. “Found” pennies come from heaven, That’s what my Grandpa told me He said angels toss them down; Oh, how I loved that story. He said when an angel misses you, They toss a penny down Sometimes just to cheer you ou up, Make a smile out of your frown own So don’t pass by that penny, When you’re feeling blue It may be a penny from heaven That an angel tossed to you.

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Helmets are not a panacea. It’s part of an overall safety program. Don’t engage in any more risky activity than you would without a helmet. — Darcy Alexander, Sun Peaks Resort Corporation general manager


Protecting the melon

Experts chime in on effectiveness of helmets in keeping snow-sports lovers safe By Marty Hastings STAFF REPORTER


CMP urged skiers and snowboarders to wear a helmet after a 27-year-old man was killed last week in an accident at Revelstoke Mountain Resort Ski Hill. If there is any debate about making head protection mandatory, there is no mistaking where Sun Peaks Resort Corporation (SPRC) stands on the issue. “Ski areas in British Columbia promote te the use of helmets while hile skiing, but we want ant to leave it to a personal onal choice,” said Darcy rcy Alexander, general ral manager of SPRC, C, noting Sun Peaks abides bides byy Canada West Ski Areas Association regulations. lations.. “The laws of physics can’t be denied. ed. Anything above something like 188 or 20 kilometres an hour in a square are impact and the technology that we have is negligible. e. “They’re greatt for glancing blows ws and abrasions andd

things like that but, in a square impact, which is usually what significant head injury comes from, they’re not up to the job.” In the U.S., 70 per cent of skiers and snowboarders are wearing helmets, nearly triple the number from 2003, according to the National Ski Areas Association, and there has been no reduction in the number of snow sports-related fatalities or brain injuries. Patrick Arkeveld, president and CEO of the Canadian Ski Council, said 80 per cent of skiers and snowboarders in the Great White North are wearing helmets, but

he “wouldn’t say there’s any empirical evidence to show that it does [reduce the number of brain injuries or fatalities], so there’s definitely two sides to that story.” Alexander says he sees it all the time: “You watch little children running around a playground and running into things. You put a helmet on them and five minutes later those kids are banging their heads into a steel pipe on the playground equipment because now they’re invincible That’s invincible. That s a microcosm of the mentality.

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Ushering in a new KTW sports era Mystixs claim female bantam championship


TA RECENT Kamloops Blazers’ game, Radio NL’s longstanding sports voice, Rick “The Bear” Wile, leaned over to me in our press-box perch and said, “Well, I guess the pressure is on you guys now.” Damn right it is, Bear, and the odds of me letting this opportunity slip through my fingers . . . an 18-wheeler has a better chance of getting across the Red Bridge. KTW’s staff met following the Kamloops Daily News’ closure and publisher Kelly Hall held court, reminding us that it is natural to feel sorry for our peers, but to realize the opportunity that has landed on our lap. That’s exactly what I plan to do. The latter half of 2013 was a nightmare — a woman broke my heart and I went into a tailspin. (Who would dump a plump, not-getting-anyyounger, Buffalo Billsloving sports reporter who rents a room in an apartment from a

MARTY HASTINGS The Tattle of Hastings younger, more-successful buddy? Anyway, I’ve decided to revert to asexual-career-guy mode for the time being, which can only bode well for KTW’s readers). It’s easy to joke about it now, but I was a wreck and my work suffered. I phoned my sister not two weeks ago and told her things were becoming stale in Kamloops — that I was underachieving and something needed to change in a hurry. One week later, word came down Glacier Media was shuttering the 83-year-old Daily News. I can’t stress how shocking and unfortunate it was to hear about what had happened and I can’t begin to imagine what it would be like to suddenly be unemployed.

We take no joy in what has led to trying, testing times for many of the Daily News staff. In fact, for me it was the inspiration I needed. It’s selfish to wallow in self-pity when the livelihoods of others are being ripped from their grasp. The reality for KTW is simple — we have an obligation to prove our worth to this community. With the help of new co-worker Adam Williams, whose first shift as a permanent employee with the Daily News fell on the day its closure was announced, I take great pride in leading our sports section into a bold new world. This Williams kid is a blue-chip prospect. In fact, Alan Bass, my former Thompson Rivers University journalism professor, said Williams might be the best student he ever had. Um, yeah, thanks, Alan. I’m fired up to have Williams on board and his arrival should breed healthy competition between us in what hopefully proves to be — newspaper gods permitting — a long-

standing partnership that exists to serve the local sports landscape. There will be hiccups, mistakes and growing pains along the way, but it’s our mission to have the best community sports pages in the province, so bear with us. Gregg Drinnan and Mark Hunter are the Daily News sports writers who lost their jobs. They might not have known it, but they became mentors to me. I just had to read their work. With their departure, the Tournament Capital lost two of its mostknowledgeable sports voices. They are already sorely missed. We at KTW will do our best to pick up the slack. Here’s to a new era. The Tattle of Hastings will appear in KTW on Thursdays. Email Marty Hastings at sports@

Sydney Carter posted a shutout and led the Kamloops Mystixs to a gold-medal victory at a bantam female hockey tournament in Prince George on the weekend. Kamloops blanked Williams Lake 2-0 in the championship game, with Katie Merritt and Activ

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Lundgren axed; Grimm steps in By Adam Williams STAFF REPORTER

The TRU WolfPack women’s volleyball team couldn’t continue down the road it was on. So, on Tuesday, Jan. 14, athletic director Ken Olynyk stepped in and took a stab at putting the team back on track, relieving head coach Keith Lundgren of his duties with the team. Olynyk said he told Lundgren the team would be “going in a different direction at this time.” Morgan Kolasa plays middle for the WolfPack. “I would definitely say the girls were very down,” Kolasa said. “There’s been talk of girls not coming back throughout the season. It’s been really negative. Whether or not it was coaching’s fault, something had to change because these last two years have been really tough on everyone in the program.” Lundgren, the third head coach in program history, leaves the club after nearly four years at its helm and with his team mired in a 37-match regular-season losing streak that dates back to the 2011-12 season. Under his direction, TRU posted an 11-65 record and made the playoffs once, after a 9-11 season in 201112. The WolfPack were swept in back-to-back matches against the University of Alberta Pandas. The women have not won a set since Feb. 2, 2013 — a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Mount Royal Cougars. Lundgren could not be reached for comment. Taking over for Lundgren will be Chad Grimm, assistant coach of the WolfPack men’s volleyball team. Grimm brings experience playing both professionally and at the university level. The former UBC Thunderbirds captain has coached professionally in Europe and at the high school and club levels. In December, Olynyk denied a rumour Grimm would be taking over for


TRU WolfPack athletic director Ken Olynyk fired women’s volleyball head coach Keith Lundgren (above) on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Chad Grimm, an assistant with the men’s volleyball team, has stepped in to coach the women on an interim basis. Allen Douglas/KTW

Lundgren, saying he was 100 per cent behind him. On Wednesday, Jan. 15, he told KTW the decision to install Grimm “would have just occurred because of this change we made now.” As for a replacement, Olynyk said he hopes to have a new head coach in place by the end of March, but that timeline will depend on the availability of any applicants. He said he doesn’t have anyone in mind and is unsure if Grimm would have interest in the position on a Position Title:

permanent basis. In December, Lundgren said the mood around the team was positive, adding he didn’t think the WolfPack’s losing record had been tough on the team. Kolasa said that wasn’t the case and something had to change. The 20-year-old from Calgary said that, from a technical standpoint, Lundgren was a “phenomenal” coach and was knowledgeable about the game and the skills the team was working on. But, he had a view

on their play that would be “constantly changing from week to week,” said Kolasa, and the girls found it difficult to figure out when they were doing things right and when they weren’t. She hopes the change in leadership is what the WolfPack needs to turn the season around, to try and put a positive spin on a campaign that has been anything but thus far. “We’re being given an opportunity to start fresh. There’s nowhere to go but uphill at this point,” Kolasa said. “We kind of sat down as a team and realized we have a great opportunity to move forward and take the program uphill because it can’t get much worse. “Personally, at the end of December I was struggling a lot. A lot of girls were getting to the point where they just weren’t loving the sport anymore.”

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Shelley told her daughter to give the tickets to her boyfriend and his sister. The skater’s mother is planning to go with her boyfriend, meaning she needs to buy two more tickets for each of the skating events, to go along with a $1,700 or so plane ticket and accommodation costs. Jessica, who lives and trains in Montreal, will remain in La Belle Province until Jan. 25, when the national speedskating team jets to Budapest, Hungary, to train before heading to Russia. KTW caught up with the future Olympian — a former member of the Kamloops Long Blades — on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Jessica thanked the

Gunter earns national recognition Brad Gunter of the TRU WolfPack men’s volleyball team was named the Canadian Interuniversity Sports male athlete of the week for the period ending Sunday, Jan. 12. Gunter, a third-year science student from Courtenay, averaged a remarkable 7.25 kills per set and reached double digits in digs in back-to-back games to lead the WolfPack to a weekend sweep against Brandon, ranked fifth in the country before the doubleheader. Thanks to their successful weekend, the WolfPack (10-4) climbed to fourth place in the national rankings, a program-best since they joined CIS in 2005-20006.

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