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Blue River hosts crosscountry ski races (L-r) Ruth Macdonald of Blue River Elementary, Cleo Coates of Raft River Elementary, Michaela Nesterski of Blue River, and Sienna Foster-Henderson of Raft River compete in the Grade 1 Girls race during a cross-country ski race day held at Blue River on Thursday, Feb. 20. Students from Vavenby Primary and Raft River Elementary also took part. For more photos, see pages A10 and A11 inside. Results are on page A13. Photo by Keith McNeill

Atco Energy Solutions partners with Simpcw First Nation CALGARY – Atco Energy Solutions announced Feb. 20 that it has signed a relationship agreement with the Simpcw First Nation in the North Thompson and Robson Valley region of B.C. that will see the two parties jointly pursue a number of sustainable business opportunities related to energy infrastructure development. “We look forward to working with the Simpcw on several projects within their territory,” said Patrick Creaghan, president, Atco Energy Solutions. “We are confident that Atco Energy Solutions’ expertise in non-regulated energy infrastructure will contribute to creating a mutually successful partnership.” This agreement builds on Atco’s more than 30-year history of partnering with Indigenous communities and Atco Energy

Solutions will draw upon the existing expertise of Atco’s various business lines in the areas of electricity infrastructure, power generation, workforce accommodation and pipeline solutions. By partnering with Atco, the Simpcw will be able to further its strategic goal of creating a strong future for its members. “Together with Atco, we are encouraged by the opportunities that our people will benefit from as energy projects are developed within our territory,” said Chief Rita Matthew, Simpcw First Nation. “This agreement is designed to establish and foster a positive working relationship based on mutual trust, respect and common interests.” Atco Energy Solutions builds, owns and operates non-regulated energy and water-related infrastructure. The com-

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Trail ride in May to help Children's Wish Foundation Times Staff Wells Grey Riders Association of Clearwater and area will host a Children's Wish Trail Ride this year. This summer will mark the 18th anniversary of the provincial Children's Wish Trail Ride. The ride has raised more than $1 million for the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada – BC and Yukon Chapter.. The late Walter White and a dedicated group of volunteers started the Wish Trail Ride, growing the event year after year. The concept was simple: collect pledges in support of Children's Wish and enjoy time out on the trails. Through Walter's vision and the hard work of countless volunteers, the ride has grown into a multi-province event, also running in Alberta. “My dad's passions were horses and Children's Wish and I want to continue this dream for him,” says Irene White, Walter's daughter. “This ride is a unique opportunity to connect two groups – the equestrian community and families with children facing difficult medical challenges. Simply by enjoying time with your four-legged friend and asking for donations, you can help us provide a heartfelt wish to child in need of renewed hope,” says Jennifer Petersen, chapter director of the Children's Wish Foundation – BC and Yukon Chapter.

Each year, thousands of Canadian children between the ages of three and 17 are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Since 1984, the Children's Wish Foundation of Canada has worked tirelessly to grant exceptional wishes to more than 20,000 children and their families. This year, the foundation expects to grant over 1,000 new wishes and is proud to have never refused a wish to an eligible child. Each wish is an individual adventure, carefully structured to meet the needs of a particular child and family. The foundation is a national charity with chapters in every province and territory. Visit www.childrenswish.ca for more information. Wells Grey Riders Association's ride will be on Saturday, May 31 at Candle Creek Ski Trails (at the end of Barber Road in Clearwater). Registration will be at 10 a.m. with the ride starting at 11 a.m. The route will follow some of the ski trails and then onto ridges and some logged areas with great views. Bring your cameras. The ride should last two to three hours with a barbeque after. There will be prizes for riders that raise pledges. Children's Wish is seeking volunteers, participants, donors and sponsors. Those interested are asked to contact Bill Dowds at 250-674-4083 or email hazeldowds@hotmail. com.

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Melted water-line slows house-fire Times Staff Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department reports that at approximately 1:40 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21, the department was called to a structure fire at a residence on Dutch Lake Rd. in Clearwater. Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming from the basement of the residence. While search-

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ESS team practises for local evacuation Submitted The Clearwater Emergency Support Services team held a reception centre operations exercise recently in the newly renovated Vavenby Community Hall. The ESS team was supported by a number of interested residents from Vavenby who took their Saturday morning to come and learn more about the program. ESS teams assist people who are evacuated from their residences due to a fire, flood, hazardous waste spill or other calamity. The 2 1/2 hour exercise was intended to allow the ESS team to set up in the hall and assess it as an RC should a local evacuation occur. This operations plan will include a floor plan for the stations required, a review of the rooms and how they can be used, and a list of the resources on hand, among other things. This is part of the CESS program to create RC operations plans for a number of facilities in communities from Blackpool to Blue River.

Reception centres are activated to receive large numbers of people displaced during evacuations. The evacuees are registered and their needs addressed. ESS provides food, clothing and shelter for 72 hours. This is to give people displaced from their homes a chance to collect themselves and start recovering from their ordeal. Level 1 teams are two-person teams that respond directly to house fires or other small evacuations to assist those individuals. In the past year, Clearwater ESS Level 1 teams responded to two house fires in the community (one on the Flats and the other in Sunshine Valley) and provided assistance to those families. The Clearwater ESS team has about 15 active members. It meets on the second Wednesday of every month at the TNRD Clearwater Library. Meetings start at 5 p.m. and end promptly at 6 p.m. For further information, feel free to contact Grant Gale (250674-3112) or Cheryl Thomas (250-674-2680).

(L-r) Barb Hall, Laura Soles and Doug Bailey participate in the debriefing following the Clearwater Emergency Support Services' recent exercise at Vavenby Community Hall. The exercise was held to develop an operations plan for the hall should it be needed as a registration centre for people evacuated during an emergency. Soles is the operations section chief for Clearwater Emergency Support Services. Photo submitted

Blue River to get help with wildfire risk Times Staff During their Feb. 20 board meeting, Thompson-Nicola Regional District directors approved an application to the Union of BC Municipalities for a grant applicable to prescription development and operational works to reduce the wildfire risk for Blue River. Similar applications were approved for Machete Lake, Brennan Creek, and Johnson Lake. The grants could potentially benefit the communities by obtaining and implementing fuel management prescriptions and operations while allowing the Wildfire Management Branch to assist in implementation, thus reducing wildfire risk in the communities. Gas tax funding Several electoral areas, including Electoral Area “O” (Lower North Thompson), contributed money from the federal Gas Tax revenues — Community Works Fund towards an $8,000 boiler upgrade at the Agriplex in Barriere. An additional $2,000 from federal Gas Tax revenues — Community Works Fund will be allocated to Electoral Area “A” (Wells Gray Country).

The money will used to upgrade the overhead heaters and lighting fixtures at the Blackpool Firehall. This will be in addition to the overhead heater replacement project that was approved by the TNRD board in November, 2013. Support for Little Fort Upper Hall renovations Little Fort Recreation Society requested and will receive a letter of support from the TNRD to be included in its application for a grant from the North Thompson Communities Foundation. Should the grant be provided, the funds would support renovations to the Upper Hall’s kitchen.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Seniors Monthly Lunch The next monthly Seniors Lunch will be at the Elks Hall on March 11, 2014 from 11:30am – 2:00pm. A lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served and guest speakers will be in attendance to discuss living with arthritis, understanding medications and information on seniors and taxes. This monthly luncheon is at No Charge. If you require a bus to take you to the event please call Yellowhead Community Services at 250.674.2600 or 250.674.3695to book a spot on the bus. When booking please ensure you tell them it’s for the Seniors Luncheon.

Board of directors remuneration The board of directors remuneration bylaw was given three readings before being adopted. Housekeeping changes were made to the bylaw to provide clarification. Some changes were also made to the amounts to be paid to alternate directors for meetings they attend, to bring the amounts in line with calculated per meeting rates for 2014. There were no changes in indemnity amounts from the previous remuneration bylaw.

Clearwater Fire Department The Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department is doing ongoing recruitment of new members, no experience is necessary, training is provided by the department. This could be your chance to help your community, your neighbours, and your family! Training night is Thursdays at 7:00pm at the Firehall. Your ability can be matched to various functions of the Fire Department; why not go out and see what it’s all about.

Times is BCYCNA finalist again TIMES STAFF BC and Yukon Community Newspaper Association has picked the Clearwater-North Thompson Times as a finalist in the General Excellence competition for Category A (under 2,000 circulation). This is the 10th time the Times has been a top-three finalist in gen-

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February 21 - 23 After Hours Theatre – This Weekend Presents “Money to Burn” –February 27-March 1. It’s business as usual for usual for Wilson and Associates. One liners and wise crack race at breakneck speed as the girls realize they can’t buy their way out of this one. For more information and tickets call the Community Resource Centre – 250.674.3530 Road Maintenance Contacts District of Clearwater Municipal Roads - 250.674.8776 Agro Highway Maintenance - 1.800.661.2025. Upcoming Events March 3, 2014 - Clearwater & District Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting -7:00pm

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Chambers seeking new members for its board Editor, The Times:

Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual general meeting on Monday, March 3 at the Community Resource Centre at 7 p.m. We are asking business people to nominate other business owners to our board of directors or to submit their own names if interested in a position on the Chamber board. Your Chamber needs business people to help keep the Chamber viable and successful. We work with the District of Clearwater and various other decision makers and need to maintain a strong business voice in the valley. Directors meetings are usually

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Goldie Krawec and Cheryl Thomas Clearwater and District Chamber of Commerce

The Times is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the BC Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent to BC Press Council, 210 Selby St, Nanaimo, BC V9R 2R2 For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to www.bcpresscouncil.org

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We don't want to give the people on Raft River Elementary School's parents advisory committee swollen heads but we have to praise them again. About a month ago we praised the PAC for its success in winning $120,000 from the Aviva community fund for an intermediate-age playground at the school. This time the praise is for providing crosscountry skis and other equipment so every child in the school can learn to ski. Wells Gray Outdoor Club has been track-setting routes on a field provided by a neighbour. As a result, the students include crosscountry skiing as part of their regular physical education curriculum. And it's paying off. During the annual crosscountry ski races held last Thursday in Blue River, many of the students displayed good technique as they went around the course. They had a good idea about what they were

supposed to be doing and they were having fun doing it. Cross-country skiing is a lifetime sport. You can do it when you are 90 years old ... and if you keep doing it, there is a good chance you will make it to 90, and be fit enough to enjoy doing it at that age. It is a sport for everyone. It doesn't take a lot of money to participate (as the PAC has demonstrated) and you can work at it as hard or as gently as you like. Cross-country skiing gets a person out in the fresh air and sunshine during winter – a time when, otherwise, one tends to spend too much time indoors. It relieves stress, strengthens the heart, reduces blood pressure, and gives a person a more cheery disposition. If it were a pill, cross-country skiing would probably require a prescription – or be illegal. Congratulations once again to the Raft River PAC (and the other PACs in the Valley) for bringing the sport to our young people.

Union warns of rural post office cutbacks Editor, The Times:

Rural post offices are once again under threat. The Canadian Postmasters and Assistants Association (CPAA), is the bargaining agent that represents over 7,800 permanent employees and 2,400 temporary employees of Canada Post Corporation. Our bargaining unit consists of 95 per cent women who work in rural post offices, communities where meaningful employment opportunities are few. Canada Post is making drastic cuts to our rural offices. They are cutting hours of service to communities by closing over lunch hours, opening later and closing earlier, and discontinuing Saturday service. Often our members work short-staffed. Canada Post claims these cuts are necessary

due to the dire financial state they are in. The fact, though, is that for the past 18 years Canada Post has recorded a profit in every year but one — 2011. In 2012 they recorded a profit of $98 million. Canada Post is mandated to provide universal service to all to Canadians regardless of where they live. Rural Canadians value their post office as an important means of staying connected with the rest of the country. Post offices contribute to Canada's social cohesion as well as often being the only federal presence in their town and sometimes for several miles around it. CPAA believes that maintaining universal postal service across Canada is essential to the survival of rural communities and that Canada Post Corporation has a public

policy obligation to serve every Canadian address, including those in rural areas. We know that rural Canadians rely on their postal service. Should rural Canadians be expected to tolerate a reduced level of postal service? Canada Post is making drastic cuts to rural post offices across the country and rural post offices should be the last place that Canada Post looks to reduce their costs. What can you do? Please contact your MP; your MLA; the federal Minister Responsible for Canada Post, Lisa Raitt and Canada Post Corporation at 1-800-2671177 and insist that they stop the steady erosion of our Canadian Postal Service.

Carolyn Elliott, vice president CPAA BC & Yukon Branch

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Grizzly hunt isn’t going away in B.C. VICTORIA – A little-noticed protest tent sprouted up on the rain-soaked B.C. legislature grounds earlier this month. Green Party MLA Andrew Weaver spoke, asking whether B.C. residents would tolerate trophy hunting of killer whales. That would be a federal matter, but the point is vividly made about the onset of B.C.’s traditional spring grizzly bear hunt. It’s bigger this year, with Kootenay and Chilcotin wildlife management regions reopened after closures were enacted to preserve grizzly populations. In all, more than 1,000 grizzly bears are up for grabs. As with limited-entry hunts for deer and other animals, only about a third of those hunts are successful in an average year. The rally was sponsored by the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative, the partnership with U.S.-directed environment groups Sierra Club, Greenpeace and ForestEthics that has become so influential in B.C. affairs. It produced a survey showing that 88 per cent of B.C. residents oppose trophy hunting, and its California experts calculate a 10-fold increase in

and $1,030 for a chance at a grizzly. Hunting in general is making a comeback in B.C. Ministry data show hunting licenses had declined to 85,633 in 2006, but recovered to reach 97,828 by 2013. Thomson credits the work of the B.C. Wildlife Federation, which runs hunter training courses. Another program, Becoming an Outdoor Woman, has helped revive hunting and camping as a family activity, he said. Growing up hunting in northeastern B.C., I was taught not to shoot anything I’m not prepared to eat. I also remember the struggles to protect caribou and other endangered prey species that at one time had B.C. biologists resorting to shooting wolves from helicopters. The reopening of grizzly bear territories is marketed to urban residents as a horrible crime against nature. In fact, it’s a sign of increasing population. Problems in B.C. wildlife these days include the fragile mountain caribou herds of the Kootenays, which have been subject to intensive management including relocation of animals.

value when bear hunting gives way to bear watching. The Raincoast Conservation Society has bought up half a dozen guiding territories on the remote B.C. coast. Combined with government restrictions, more than half the coast is now off limits to bear hunting. Naturally, activists want the whole province shut down. Wildlife management is the responsibility of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson. He’s heard plenty from all sides and he maintains that bear watching and bear hunting will continue to coexist in B.C. Thomson has just introduced legislation to permit hunting guide territories to be operated by corporations as well as individuals. This is a long-sought change, allowing First Nations companies and others access to bank loans to expand the industry. Non-resident hunters are required to hire a licensed guide-outfitter. Resident hunters pay $32 for a one-year hunting licence and $80 for a grizzly bear tag. Non-Canadians pay $180 for the licence

The ministry has also begun a five-year study of declining moose populations across a vast area of the Interior subject to salvage logging in the wake of the pine beetle epidemic. Vancouver media recently highlighted a grizzly hunt by NHL journeyman Clayton Stoner. Typically, U.S. enviros promoted the deceased bear by name, “Cheeky,” and photos showed its carcass stripped to the skeleton by scavengers after Stoner left with the hide, paws and head. They don’t mention that the same fate awaits animals that die of starvation or other natural causes, which increase when animals overpopulate. As with many B.C. issues, there’s a cartoon version sold to impressionable city dwellers, and then there’s the truth. – Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca

Clearwater student plans concert to her travel to India for development projects Editor, The Times:

For those of you who are unaware, my name is Zoe Ovenden and in June 2014 I plan on travelling to India on a volunteer trip to help communities with development projects. As my last fundraiser, an Indian dinner located at my house, was a great success, I will be holding a benefit concert, as promised in my last article. The event will be located in the Clearwater Secondary School’s Pit on March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Throughout the eve-

ning different musicians and bands from around the community will play such as 'In the Mix’, Lloyd Bishop, Andy Leese, and Mike Woodman. Along with great music there will be a silent auction. Entry will be $12 minimum donation and $8 for students of Raft River or CSS. The entry

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A study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives shows that Canada's 100 best-paid CEOs breezed through year 2012 with earnings near 271 times higher than the average Canadian worker - $7.96 million compared to $46,634. I think there is no word to fully express my feelings towards this. Some words, though, easily come to my mind to express the reasons behind such discrepancies: selfishness, contempt, cynicism, corruption, abuse

and patronage. And if we want to push deeper, they are: political parties financing, lobbying, propaganda, media concentration, diversion of democracy and lack of democracy. An increasing num-

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Forty-two SnoDrifters took a Sunday snowmobile ride to Helmcken Falls to see the 150-foot ice cone. Clearwater Curling Club was advertising a Season Windup Bonspiel Feb 20 – 23. Entry fee was $2. Icy road conditions caused several nosedives into the ditch. The highway was ice from McMurphy to Barriere. Several slides had been cleared from the Camp Mahood Road, where a number of logging trucks were hauling.

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Clearwater Improvement District received a letter from Clearwater Business Association asking for support in its bid for a preliminary study into incorporation. Chairman Jack Foote said the CID had been busy and had not been able to pursue the request. He added that incorporation had not been feasible two years earlier. Steel for the Sportsplex had arrived and construction was expected to commence soon.

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IWA members at Weyerhaeuser-Vavenby honoured picket lines set up by pulp union

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Clearwater was over-represented at the B.C. Winter Games in Nelson. Teams brought home bronze medals in hockey and boys volleyball. Earl Harrison won a gold in boxing.

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Wayne Zral, owner of 52 Ridge RV Park, applied for a zoning change to allow construction of a restaurant, pub, museum and small gift shop. Shooters from Central North Thompson Rod and Gun Club were practicing for a shootout with Clearwater RCMP Detachment. Proceeds were to go towards a new highway rescue van.

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The most dramatic local impact of the B.C. Parks Legacy Panel report would be if the government accepted a recommendation to increase park budgets, said Helen Knight. “That would mean more rangers, more park services, more interpretative services, “said the Blackpool resident, a member of the panel. A meeting of about two dozen people gave strong support to a school of arts and crafts for Clearwater proposed by Dave Milton. B.C. Hydro announced that it was to close its Clearwater office as part of a province-wide centralization program.

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envelope written to Dr. John S. Helmcken by his son, James. The letter was mailed from Jedburgh, Scotland, to Victoria on Vancouver Island in 1874. School District 73 and Mike Wiegele Heli-Ski Lodge hosted the ninth crosscountry ski race event in Blue River. About 35 students from Raft River School and Vavenby School joined 13 Blue River students in the fun event.

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Some Clearwater residents using Telus Internet were without service for up to a day and a half. According to Telus spokesperson Shawn Hall, the company’s Internet equipment in the area failed, affecting about 500 customers. “It’s not clear what caused the equipment to fail in the first place, whether it was a power surge or what," Hall said. A technician was on-site within a short time and restored service to approximately 300 customers while the remaining 200 had to wait an extra day until a new card arrived from the Lower

Mainland. Wells Gray Outdoor Club’s fourth annual Raft Mountain Nordic Relay took place at Candle Creek cross-country ski trails. There were two routes: three laps of 5.6 km or three laps of 1.3 km. Skiers were free to classic ski or skate ski. Draft plans for Rotary Sports Park and Dutch Lake Beach Park contained many good ideas but needed to be refined before implemented. That was the response from Clearwater council members to a report from Stantec Consulting of Kelowna.

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Clearwater council voted to award a $635,000 contract to construct five new dressing rooms at the Sportsplex to an Abbotsford company. TRU dean of science Tom Dickinson outlined plans for the proposed Wells Gray Wilderness Center to town council. It would accommodate 20 people, be entirely devoted to education, and would not compete with any existing business, he said.

BC SPCA hopes public will help neglected dogs seized in Clearwater Submitted Sixteen dogs seized from a property in Clearwater B.C. earlier this month are continuing their road to recovery, and the BC SPCA is hoping the public can help them have a good start to a better future. The Kelowna and Penticton Branches of the BC SPCA are continuing to work with the badly neglected canines

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so that BC SPCA staff and volunteers can continue to monitor their medical and emotional conditions. “We hope to have the dogs in foster care for a short time and then place them up for adoption once they are ready,” Pugh says. The BC SPCA is a non-profit organization that relies on the public’s generosity to carry out its mission. If you can help these dogs and other animals like them in need at the Kelowna and Penticton BC SPCA shelters, donations will be gratefully received online at spca.bc.ca/kelowna and spca.bc.ca/penticton or in person, at 3785 Casorso Rd., Kelowna and at 2200 Dartmouth Drive, Penticton.


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Jessica Rotzetter displays the skills that won her the senior speech award as she gives an impromptu talk on how she would improve her community. Photo by Keith McNeill Members of the Rodeo Rednecks 4-H Club pose for a photo following their speech competition held Sunday, Feb. 23. Pictured are (back, l-r) Kaya Breda, Makayla Breda, Zandreya Richards, Jessica Rotzetter, Shaye Turcotte, Kaylee Hudema, Indigo Johnson, Keltie Arndt, (front, l-r) Owen Thon, Mia Thompson, Paige Weninger, Rose Thon, Haley Harris, Mackenzie Ross, Isabella Graffunder, and Hannah Kershaw. Senior speech winner was Jessica Rotzetter, while runner up was Indigo Johnson. Junior speech winner was Mackenzie Ross, while runner up was a tie between Rose Thon and Haley Harris. Judges were Penny Christenson, Isabell Hadford, Kevin Podbisky, and Tim Pennell. Photo submitted

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VICTORIA – The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, has launched a new program to promote music and community spirit across the province. "Sing Me A Song" is an opportunity for musical groups of all ages and genres to write and sing an original song in the lead up to Canada's 150th birthday celebrations in 2017. Groups are encouraged to write a song about what Canada's sesquicentennial means to them or their community. "Our country's 150th birthday is a time to reflect on our values and our accomplishments as Canadians," said Guichon. "This program is a chance to not only demonstrate community pride, but also to promote and profile some of the exceptional student and amateur musicians found throughout the province." Each entry will be reviewed by a panel of musicians from around the province and an award of $1,000 will be granted annually in each of three age categories. Whether it is a school or community choir or other amateur musical group, all submissions must have a minimum of 15 voices and musical accompaniment is welcome. Each song must be original content, no longer than five minutes in length, and be based on the Canada 150 themes. For younger age groups adults may assist in the creation of the musical content. Musicality, spirit, and originality are highly encouraged. For more information and to enter, visit www.ltgov.bc.ca. Entries for the 2014 competition are due by May 7.

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Clearwater SnoDrifters' annual Snowarama ride on Sunday, Feb. 16, raised $3,405.60, club members report. Last year's total was about $2,000. The money is used to support Easter Seal Camps and Easter Seal Houses in B.C. Top money raised was by Jeff Ruttan, while second-place went to Larry Reiter (who also rode the oldest sled). Libby Toman won for both senior female rider and youngest Participants in Clearwater Sno-Drifters' annual Snowarama stop for a lunch break female rider. next to Grizzly Lake northwest of Clearwater. Photo submitted Senior male ride was Ralph Sunderman, uted to make the event a success. Clearwater while youngest male rider was Connor Dee. Elks provided the hall, while the Lions Club Most money raised by a rider 16 and under handled the paperwork and refreshments. Safety was by Mack Arndt. Mart, Jim's A&W, Aspen Auto Parts and the Many individuals and organizations contribClearwater Times also helped out.

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Police go plain clothes to catch distracted drivers Keith McNeill Clearwater RCMP Traffic Services conducted an unconventional campaign against distracted drivers on Monday morning. Cpl. Bart Doerr, dressed in plain clothes and carrying a small backpack, stood in the center of the roundabout on Highway 5 in Clearwater and watched for drivers using cellphones or without their seatbelts done up. He was also seeking to educate drivers about the rules for using the roundabout, and enforcing the rules, if necessary. Two RCMP vehicles were parked nearby to stop violators after they had been identified by Doerr. “We have to do it this way,” the corporal said. “If people see a marked police car, they just drop their phones.” The unconventional campaign got results. After only about two hours, eight or nine drivers were stopped for seatbelt violations, and about three for driving while using a cellphone. Police across the province are targeting distracted driving this month, Doerr said. It is one of the major causes of collisions.

“When you're texting, you're so distracted it's as if you are seriously impaired,” he said. During the two hours, three vehicles tried to turn left into the roundabout, going the wrong way around it. One woman used some strong language when he tried to stop her, Doerr said. She was more polite after he identified himself as a police officer. People should slow down when they approach the roundabout, he said. They should yield to vehicles already in the roundabout. It is not necessary to signal when entering the roundabout, but it is necessary to signal when leaving it. People should not stop once in the roundabout, as they have the right-of-way. Going undercover at the roundabout proved to be an effective technique, Doerr felt. People paid him no notice and passed with five feet of him, talking on their cellphones or not wearing their seatbelts. The majority of people stopped were from out of town, but there were also a few locals. Similar road check campaigns will be conducted in Little Fort and elsewhere, he warned.

Cpl. Bart Doerr radios to one of two RCMP vehicles assisting him as he patrols the roundabout on Highway 5 on foot and in plain clothes on Monday morning. Purpose of the unconventional campaign was to catch drivers using cellphones or without their seatbelts, as well as to educate about and enforce the rules for using the roundabout. Photo by Keith McNeill

Examining how northern cultures cope with winter blues Eleanor Deckert At this time of year I wonder if winter will ever be over. OK, I can tell that the light is returning. I am thankful that it is not frigid. The supply in the wood shed is generous and the garden provisions are lasting. But still, it's the "same old same old" as far as limited activities. My mind wanders to times past and I ask myself, "What did other people do?" My mind wanders around the globe and I wonder, "How do people in other northern climes manage these neverending months of indoor activities?" Cultures in Scandinavia, Russia, Alaska, Greenland and Iceland, even Great

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Hazel Wadlegger (l) and Lorelei Rogers sweep during a game in the Ladies Bonspiel at the Sportsplex last weekend. A total of 16 teams took part in the event. Photo by Keith McNeill

Clearwater Blackhawk Geoff Giesbrecht goes in for a goal in a game against Williams Lake during the Old Timers Tournament at the Sportsplex on the weekend. The Blackhawks went on to win the 45-plus division while the Clearwater Hackers won the 35-plus. Squads from Salmon Arm, 100 Mile House, Quesnel took part in the eight-team event as well. Also in the photo are Mark Green (l) and Hans Wadlegger (top right). Photo by Keith McNeill

Hadley rink wins Ladies Bonspiel Times Staff A total of 16 teams took part in the annual Ladies Bonspiel at the North Thompson Sportsplex last weekend, organizers report. Six of the teams came from out of town, with one each from Barriere, 100 Mile House, Jasper and McBride, and two from Hinton. First in the A event went to the Hadley rink, with Larissa Hadley

as skip, Jan Johnston as third, Joan Streadwick as second, and Sheila Colter as lead. The B event was won by the Kelly Pooley rink from Jasper. This was the 24th year in a row that Pooley has participated in the Ladies Bonspiel. First in C was taken by the Down rink, with skip Leslie Downs, third Shelley Graffunder, second Candus Graffunder, and lead Donna Chase.

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Elementary students race in Blue River Submitted

Winners of the cross-country ski races for students from Raft River, Vavenby and Blue River elementary schools held in Blue River on Thursday, Feb. 20 were as follows: Kindergarten: Girls 1, Lylyan Roberts; 2, Keeley Yurkiw. Boys. 1, Torin Murray; 2, Evan Cooke. Grade 1.Girls: 1, Cleo Coates; 2, Sienna Foster Hendersen; 3, Mikaela Nesterski (Blue River). Boys: 1, Reid Muddiman; 2, Soren Arduini; 3, Owen Thon. Grade 2: Girls: 1, Georgia Lamond; 2, Lorie McGill; 3, Abbie Christensen. Boys. 1, Soren Coates; 2, Owen Sim; 3, Laden Phillips. Grade 3: Girls. 1, Noelle Muddiman; 2, Astrid Ludwig; 3, Kylie Blackmore. Boys. 1, Charlie Guinn (Blue River); 2, Alex Belle; 3, Eli Priede. Grade 4: Girls. 1, Vienna Wadlegger; 2, Claire Arduini; 3, Cassidy Tucker. Boys: 1, Simon Phillips; 2, Olin Coates; 3, Parker Collins. Grade 5: Girls. 1, Cadence Busse; 2, Eve LaBranche; 3, Kelly Ludbrook. Boys: 1, Cody Taylor; 2, Aiden Cairns. Grade 6: Girls. 1, Eliana Bromley; Jorden Genier (Barriere); Ayla Danielson (Blue River). Boys. 1, Jayden Kjenstad; 2, Ryley Griffen; 3, Kyle Dobi. Grade 7: Girls. 1, Morgan Dobi; 2, Ahmae Briggs; 3, Lea LaBranche. Boys: 1, Grayson Panko

Film Fest is coming soon Submitted The Kamloops Film Festival (KFF) begins next week in the heart of downtown Kamloops. This year is bigger than ever, with more guests (10 confirmed!), more Canadian films and comedies, and more events, including a new “Steeping” discussion at Oops Café. The KFF Committee invites you to celebrate the best in independent Canadian and foreign films, while engaging with filmmakers and each other, and partying at the bookends. Kamloops Film Festival Tickets are on sale at Moviemart (444 St.Paul) and TRUSU (The Campus Activity Centre at TRU). For more information on the films, please see our website: www.kamloopsfilmfest.ca.

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Clearwater Children’s Art Festival needs you Submitted The planning stages have begun for this summer’s third annual Clearwater Children’s Art Festival. A Pep Rally is planned for next Wednesday, March 5 at 7 p.m. at the Community Resource Center to round up volunteers and get a general sense of community support for this project. The Clearwater Children’s Art festival has been very successful so far and has provided an art filled day for over 150 local children and families visiting our area. The primary goal of the festival is to build connections between local artists and children in our community, so that our children feel a connection to this talented group of people and empowered to pursue their own artistic interests. The secondary goal is to provide children with quality hands-on art experiences so that they are more open to artistic expression. The final goal is to provide a fun, family centered day to add to portfolio of activities offered in Clearwater each year. The festival is organized by the North Thompson Arts Council and gratefully received financial support each year from local businesses and organizations.

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Clearwater Christian Church

“an Independent” congregation in fellowship with the broader Christian community in the area.

Your places of worship

Meeting at: 11 Lodge Drive (Behind Fields Store)

Sunday Worship Service 10 am On the Web: www.clchch.com For information 250.674.3841 or 250.674.2912

VAVENBY CHRISTIAN CHURCH

3083 Capostinsky Rd. • Service 11 a.m. Sunday Morning Celebration Services Ian Moilliet Pastor 250-676-9574 Non Denominational

St James Catholic Church

Sunday Service Mass • 11am - 12pm Tuesday & Thursday 10am 324 Clearwater Village Road 250-672-5949 Father Don O’Reilly

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Clearwater Seventh-Day Adventist Church Pastor Bill Kelly Saturday Service - 10am Clearwater Christian Church Ph. 250-674-3468

CLEARWATER UNITED CHURCH Meeting at Catholic Church of St. James

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Rev. Brian Krushel

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Clearwater Living Streams Christian Fellowship Meeting at New Life Assembly every Sunday 5:00pm

Contact Dave Meehan 250-674-3217 email: livingstreams@hotmail.com Clearwater Community Church open to everyone - all denominations

CLEARWATER NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY Dan Daase - Pastor Sunday Morning Worship 10:30am

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Wednesdays Am Ladies Bible Study Thursday 3-5pm Kids Club

Phone: 250-674-2345

308 W Old N Thompson Hwy

COMMUNITY BAPTIST 24E Old North Thompson Hwy

Worship Service 10:30 Pastor Mike Kiewitt 250.674.1332 www.ccbaptist.ca


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Snowplow versus logging truck Clearwater Detachment received a report of a collision involving a snowplow and logging truck on Highway 24. The plow truck was struck by an empty logging truck while the snow plow was turning around. No injuries to either of the drivers were reported. Use caution when driving near snowplow trucks on the highway and around town. Marijuana seizure Clearwater Traffic Services pulled over a vehicle speeding through town. Investigation revealed the Alberta driver had 1-1/2 lb. of marijuana in his possession. The driver was arrested and charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking. The driver had no previous criminal history

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1-800-222-TIPS Clearwater RCMP Report and was released on a recognizance to attend court in Clearwater at a later date. Fraud Clearwater RCMP received a report of an investment fraud involving two different marketing companies from the United States of America. One company promised clients that they could double their money and another company said that it could help consolidate credit card debt. If it sounds too good to be true ... it is. Residential fire Clearwater RCMP were advised of a residential fire on Dutch Lake Road that occurred Friday, Feb. 21. No injuries were reported. Clearwater Fire Department put the fire out safely. The residential fire is still under investigation.

Will lumber prices keep rising? Central Interior Logging Association Although lumber prices are rising, there’s still some apprehension that the price gains may be short-lived, but Keta Kosman, publisher of Madison’s Lumber Reporter, says she expects the market will be stable, without the volatile swings in lumber prices in 2013. The benchmark lumber price, last quoted at $376 US per thousand board feet of spruce, pine or fir two-by-fours, is high enough that export duties under

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will also clarifying provisions related to collecting annual rent, bonus bids and putting specific conditions on forest licences. Government also plans to amend the Wildfire Act make it clear that the provincial government should not be held legally accountable for unavoidable property damage or losses caused by wildfire, so long as it did not act in bad faith while working to control or suppress those fires. This change is expected to save the provincial government $700,000 to $1.3 million annually in legal costs.

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Jack-knifed trucks During the past month, the Clearwater RCMP have attended three traffic hazards to do with tractor-trailers jack-knifed at the bottom of the Messiter Summit on Highway 5 near Blue River. Police remind all truck drivers that, if conditions require it, you must chain up your truck as per the posted traffic control “Tire Chain” sign or be fined $121.

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~ Pierre Corneille

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TRAFFIC CONTROL CERTIFICATION This 2-day comprehensive traffic control program conforms to the applicable specification of the Traffic Control Manual for Work on Roadway and the Traffic Control Person (TCP) Training Manual with emphasis on WCB’s Industrial Health and Safety Regulation.. Successful course participants will receive a TCP certificate which is valid for three years. Course tuition includes the TCP manual. GERMAN SPAETZLE One of the most beloved foods in Germany that tourists go home talking about is Spaetzle, the famous German and Austrian dish (some call it egg noodle, some dumplings). Join Daniela for a fun evening making this authentic dish. We are going to try a few different methods and recipes so come hungry and bring a Tupperware for leftovers to take home. RED CROSS BABYSITTING FIRST AID This course is designed for youth 11 yrs & older who want to become a babysitter or may already be one. April 4 & 5 NEW DATE

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Mar. 11: Seniors Luncheon, Elks Hall, 11:30 – 2 pm Mar. 13: Women In Business luncheon, WG Inn, 12 – 2 pm, info ntwomeninbusiness@gmail.com Mar. 13-16: Cowboy Festival, tickets Barriere Country Feeds & The Horse Barn, 1-888-763-2221, www.bcchs.com Mar. 14: St Patricks Day dance, 9pm, Blue River Legion upstairs Mar 14: Raft Mountain Skating Club Carnival, NT Sportsplex Mar. 28: Understanding Along the Dementia Journey, 9am – 4pm, Coast Kamloops Hotel & Conference Centre, Kamloops. Reg. $20, incl lunch. 1-855-742-4803 for info and register. April 26-27: Rural Expo & Trade Show, 9am – 5pm daily, NT Agriplex, Barriere.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Indoor Market: 1st Saturday of month, 9 am – 2 pm, Elks Hall, info - 250-674-3763 • Tuesday Morning Coffee (TMC): Meets 10am – 11:30 @ Clearwater Community Baptist Church. All women and children welcome. (9:30-10 am Bible Study). Info 250-674-3624 • Raft River Rockhounds: 3rd Sat of the mth. Clw Lodge 1pm 250-674-2700 • Women in Business Luncheon: 2nd Thurs. of the mth at Wells Gray Inn, 12–2 pm. Preregister at 250-674-2700 • Clearwater Choir: Youth 3:30 - 5 pm; Adult 6:30 - 9 pm, Tuesdays, Clearwater Christian Church • Crafts & Conversations with Cheryl. Tuesdays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Center. Phone 250-674-3703 for more info. • Clearwater Farmers’ Market May – Oct. Saturdays 9am– Noon. For more info please call Anne at 250-674-3444. • Clearwater-Vavenby Lions Bingo: Every 2nd Tues. Elks Hall. 250-587-6269 • M&M (Mrs. & Ms.) Social. Last Sun of the mth Wells Gray Inn. 1pm: 250-587-6503 • Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House; Local musicians – 2nd Fri. of the mth. 6:30pm. Concession, $3 or 2 for $5. • Clearwater Elks Bingo - every 2nd Thurs. Elks Hall. open 5pm • Cribbage Wed. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 12:30 pm. • Fun Darts Fri. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 6 pm. CHILDREN & FAMILIES • Racoon StrongStart - Raft River Elem school days Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 8:45-11:45am • Racoon StrongStart - Vavenby Elm school days Wed 8:5011:50am • Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: 3rd Wed. of every month 7:30pm @ YCS • Mother Goose - Monday mornings, reg. Kerry 250-6743530 • NT BC Home Schoolers: Meets Fri. afternoons. Call Leanna 250-674-0057 for details • Kids Club: Clearwater New Life Assembly. Meets every Thur. 3-5 pm. Ages 5-12. For info contact Bobbi @ 250-674-3346

HEALTH & HEALING • AA Meetings: every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Dr, 250-5870026 anytime • Shambhala Meditation Group: meets every Tuesday at Forest House 6:30-8:00 pm. Info: 250-587-6373. • Connections Healing Rooms - Fridays 1-3pm (except stat. holidays). 86 Young Rd. No charge. Sponsored by Living Streams Christian Church. www.healingrooms.com. • Healthy Choices – Tues 9am Clearwater Christian Church bsmnt (behind Fields). $2/wk drop-in free. Kim 250-674-0224 • Clearwater & District Hospice 3rd Mon. Sept-Jun 10am Legion 778-208-0137. RECREATION • Drop-in soccer: May-Sept. Tuesdays & Thursday at 7pm at CSS field. Everyone welcome! • Bowling: Mon. 10–12pm & 1-3pm; Thurs., 1-3pm. Seniors Centre at Evergreen Acres. 250-674-2699 • Clearwater Sno-Drifters: 1st Thurs every mth. 250-676-9414 • CNT Rod & Gun Club: 3rd Tues. of the mth. Blackpool Hall 7pm Nov., Jan., & Mar. AGM in May • Volleyball: Tues. Jan. 14 - Apr. 8, 7:30 - 9:00 PM, at Clearwater Secondary School Gym, $2 drop in. Info: 250-674-1878. • Yoga Tree – Call or email Annie 250-674-2468 annie. pomme@hotmail.com • Core Strength Fitness. Tuesdays. 10-11am 250-674-0001 • Walking Club: Indoors: Wed., Jan. 29 - Mar. 5, 6:45 - 7:45 AM at Clw Secondary School, FREE. Info: 250-674-1878 • Drop-in Curling: Fri. Jan. 11 - Mar. 8, 7:00 PM, $5. Brooms and sliders available. • Badminton: Mon & Wed, Oct – Mar, CSS gym, 7:30-9:30 pm, $3 drop-in fee, info 250-674-2518 • Drop in Basketball: Fri., Jan. 10 - Apr. 11, 7:00 - 8:30 PM, $2 drop in at Clearwater Secondary School Gym. Info: 250674-1878 • Slo-Pitch: Clearwater mixed Slo-Pitch league May – July. Contact Carmen Archibald 778-208-1773, 250-674-2632 SENIORS • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society 3rd Sun Social Meet at the Wells Gray Hotel at 12:30pm for lunch or dessert, & chat • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society Book Club Last Thursday of the mth 2pm at the library. All seniors welcome.

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CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE – Jim’s Food Market BC027 RESIDENT RV HOST(S) – Chinook cove Golf & RV BC0286 TOURISM COORDINATOR – Lower North Thompson Tourism Society BC0293 LOG PROCESSOR OPERATOR – Wood Co Management BC0294 HEAVY DUTY RED SEAL MECHANIC – Hy’s North Transporation BC0295 GO TO: http://www.wiegele.com/employment.htm for information on jobs with Mike Wiegele & http://www.sunpeaksresort.com/corporate/work-and-play/opportunities for Sun Peaks. Skill Development: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) & are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer & Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services. “The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services

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EXPERIENCED PARTS person required for a progressive auto/industrial supplier. Hired applicant will receive top wages, full benefits and RRSP bonuses working 5 day work week, plus moving allowances. Our 26,000ft2 store is located 2.5 hours N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta. See our community online at: LacLaBicheRegion.com. Send resume to: Sapphire Auto, Box 306, Lac La Biche, AB, T0A 2C0. Or by email to: hr@sapphireinc.net.

J. RYBACHUK & Sons Trucking LTD has an immediate opening for a logging truck driver in the Sparwood/Elko area. Previous quad logger experience required. Fax resume to 250-425-0505 or e-mail to rybtrk@telus.net.

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DISTRICT OF CLEARWATER ARE YOU INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING ON A TRAILS TASK FORCE? What is a Trails Task Force you ask? Council recognizes that the community is ready to move forward on the development of a trail system within the municipal boundaries. The purpose of the Task Force will be to work with the District on the development of a Trails Master Plan. The Task Force will include up to 10 members of the public who are interested in the development of safe, connected and functional multi-use trails for the purposes of both recreation and commuting routes. A draft Terms of Reference is available through the main office by emailing admin@docbc.ca.

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Logging Truck Driver: FT/Clearwater #CB0299 Heavy Duty Red Seal Mechanic: FT/ Kamloops #BC0295 Log Processor Operator: Seasonal/Barriere #BC0294 Tourism Coordinator: PT/Lower NT #BC0293 Baker’s Helper: PT/Clearwater #C0291 Pastry Chef: FT/Clearwater #C0290 Resident RV Host(s): PT/Seas Bar #BC0286 13Job Postings –Blue River: FT & Seasonal #CB0283 Maintenance Administrative Assistant; Housekeeping Shift Supervisor/ Office Asst; Line & Buffet Cook; Head Chef; Reservations Coordinator; Reservations Supervisor; Maintenance Labourer; Maintenance Technician; Chef

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Free Workshops to help with your work search are available. Please contact us to register for one or all of these free workshops. Mar. 4, 5 & 6, 2014 - “Back to Work Boot Camp” Workshops will be as follows: You and Your Career-Assessments Workshop: Tues. Mar. 4th (am) Labour Market Information Workshop: Tues. Mar. 4th (pm) Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Skills Workshop: Wed. Mar. 5th (am) Networking & Dress for Success Workshop: Wed. Mar. 5th (pm) Internet & Email Basics Workshop: Thurs. Mar. 6th (am) Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the

impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in & our friendly staff will assist you. Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. BLUE RIVER ITINERANT: An employment consultant comes to the Blue River School. Next visit is Tues. Mar. 11th, from 12:30-2:30. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in. Operated by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Government of Canada & the Province of British Columbia

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The District will be accepting applications until March 10 , 2014 from volunteers who are interested in putting their name forth to serve on the Trails Task Force. You may apply by submitting your expression of interest to participate in the District of Clearwater Trails Task Force, Attention: Leslie Groulx, Chief Administrative Officer, by email admin@docbc.ca,by letter at 132 Station Road, postal mail to Box 157, Clearwater, B.C. V0E 1N0, or fax to 250-674-2173. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our office at 250-674-2257.

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North Enderby Timber is looking to hire for various positions including Millwright and/or Fabricator, Heavy Duty Mechanic and Electrician. We offer competitive wages along with a comprehensive benefit package. Please fax resume to 250-838-9637.

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WE have an immediate opening for a dynamic fireplace salesperson for our busy store in Vernon. The successful candidate will have a minimum of 5 years experience in the fireplace industry, in either the retail or building sector, be comfortable in dealing with homeowners and contractors alike,and possess the drive and determination needed to excel in a fast paced environment. We offer an excellent starting salary and commission structure,as well as benefits and RRSP plan. If interested in this position please reply in confidence to Bob.anderson@hbcvernon.ca

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

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Home Care ATTENTION SENIORS! Do you need help with daily tasks, getting groceries, a ride to town? Call Simone: 250-6722070.

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Coin Collector Looking to Buy Collections, Estates, Gold & Silver Coins + 778-281-0030 Used Postage Stamps Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

LOGGING - Experience Tree Processor Operators Wanted. Sundre, Alberta. Only safety conscious, drug free operators need apply. Benefits. Call Darcy Coleman 403-638-6047

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Free Items Kittens, free to good home. 1 male, 2 females, approx 5 mo old, & 2 yr old mom, Siamese cross. (Mom would be good for senior.) Call Ed 250-3186301

Barriere: 2bdrm trailer for sale, wood stove, W/D, handyman special, $6000. Terms avail. Pad rent $250/mo. Call Tony 250-672-5685 or 250-3205684.

Suites, Lower Birch Island: 2bdrm suite. $600/mo. Incl sat tv, utilities & laundry. Ph. 250-674-1768 Clearwater: 3bdrm house, $850/mo + 1/2 mo DD. Ref Req. Avail Mar. 1. 220 Dutch Lake Rd. Ph. 250-674-3434

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Homes for Rent Clearwater: 3bdrm, riverfront, 1 acre, garage + guest house, info@riveradventures.ca $985/mo Ph. 250-674-0001 Clearwater: Log house on farm. Close to town. Available Mar. 1. Pets welcome. Ph. Donna Erickson 250-674-8111

North Thompson Rent-ASpace is giving 2 wks notice for failure of payment. Crystal Pearson, locker #14 Mark Landers, locker #42 Donna Boyce, locker #29 Ken Marsh, vehicle storage Clem Lupien, vehicle storage If anyone knows these people please have them contact North Thompson Rent-ASpace at 250-672-0195 or Connon Drey at 250-3187427. If no contact has been made by Feb. 28, 2014, lockers will be repossessed and contents sold to cover lost rental costs.

In-House Yard Sale Furniture, tools, handicap aids household furniture Singer sewing machine w/stand & chair, $150; Filter Queen vacuum, $50; table & 6 chairs, $125; white headboard & frame w/boxspring & mattress, $45; wood bed frame w/new mattress & boxspring, $75; 4 drawer file cabinet, $45; lg solid wood stand w/light, $225; sm freezer, $25; upholstered rocker, $35; two sm stands, $15 each; Sears battery lawn mower w/charger, $100; lg swamp cooler, $75; heavy plastic garbage bin, $125. Ph 250-587-6530

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Obituary IN LOVING MEMORY

Flett, Hollis Vern 1936 - 2014

Vern passed away suddenly on February 2, 2014 at Nanaimo Regional Hospital following a short but hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born on September 7, 1936 in Fort Vermilion, Alberta, the elder son of Daisy and Albert Flett. Vern spent his formative years in Peace River, Alberta before embarking on a career path that would encompass the Edmonton City Police Department, oil and gas exploration in Alberta, Alaska and Nova Scotia, real estate, construction superintendent of sections of the Coquihalla Highway and site development during metropolitan Vancouver's housing boom. In Clearwater, Vern and his brother Burman ran the Ready Mix and did site development and Forestry Ministry contracts for many years. He spread his retirement between his beloved Dutch Lake Road home and White Rock, and later Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island. Vern leaves behind his wife, Judy, sons Philip, Shawn, Kevin, Brady, Christopher and daughter Suzanne, as well as several grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Burman, sister Veronica, five nieces and nephews, and countless cousins. Vern was a big man both in stature and personality. Once met he was impossible to forget. He loved and lived life to the fullest. Vern requested no service to mark his passing but he will be forever held dear in the hearts and memories of all who loved him.

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MP Cathy McLeod applauds the Fair Elections Act Submitted OTTAWA – Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for KamloopsThompson-Cariboo says the introduction of the Fair Elections Act (Bill C-23) in the House of Commons recently is part of the federal government’s commitment to uphold the integrity of our electoral system. “The Fair Elections Act will make our laws clear and easy to follow. It will also make life harder for election law-breakers and put the focus back on honest people taking part in our democrat-

ic system,” said McLeod. This Act implements 38 of the Chief Electoral Officer’s past recommendations and addresses concerns raised by Canadians, various groups and think tanks, Elections Canada and Parliamentarians themselves. The Fair Elections Act will: • Protect voters from rogue calls with a mandatory public registry for mass calling, increasing penalties and prison time for impersonating elections officials. • Give more independence to the Commissioner of Elections Canada, allow-

ing them control over their staff and investigations, empowering them to seek tougher penalties for existing electoral offenses, and providing more than a dozen new offenses to combat big money, rogue calls, and fraudulent voting. • Crack down on voter fraud by prohibiting vouching or Voter Information Cards as acceptable forms of ID. • Make the rules for elections clear, predictable, and easier to follow. • Ban the use of loans used to evade donation rules.

• Repeal the ban on premature transmission of election results, upholding free speech. • Provide better customer service to voters, and establish an extra day of polling. “Our government committed to introducing and implementing this legislation in time for the next federal election. I’m pleased that these new rules will be in place long before then. These new measures will ensure that electoral laws will be clearer and more effectively enforced in future elections,” concluded McLeod.

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Understanding your RRSP options

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ou’ve likely heard it - You should regularly contribute to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) to prepare for retirement. Perhaps you do. However, out of almost 93 per cent of Canadian tax filers who were eligible to contribute to an RRSP for the 2010 tax year, only 26 per cent made contributions. It’s important to contribute to an RRSP and there are many options available. An RRSP is a retirement plan registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) into which you or your spouse contributes. These contributions, up to your personal limit, are deductible from your income. As well, any growth in an RRSP is exempt from tax while your money remains inside the plan. These are incentives the CRA uses to help ensure Canadians take an active role in

preparing for their retirement. What happens if you need to access an RRSP before retirement? An RRSP can be completely cashed out before retirement and the proceeds paid to you. You may also take partial withdrawals without terminating the plan. However, either of these scenarios will result in the withdrawals being taxed at your marginal tax rate in that same calendar year. When you withdraw money, you’ll have that much less saved for retirement. It’s best not to touch your RRSP until you retire. RRSPs are available from financial institutions, in-

cluding banks, trust companies, mutual- fund companies, life insurance companies and stock brokerages. Options are available, such as GICs, stocks, bonds, annuities, mutual funds and segregated- fund contracts. Specifically, mutual funds and segregated fund contracts can provide important advantages when accumulating wealth for retirement, especially when held in RRSPs. Let’s look at the options of holding mutual funds and segregated fund contracts as part of an RRSP in more detail. When you invest in mutual funds, your money is pooled together with other investors’ money. You own units, which represent your portion of the holdings in the fund. Mutual funds invest in a broad range of securities and are typically managed by a team of investment professionals. Mutual funds range from being conservative to aggressive, offering levels of growth potential and associated risk, so it’s important to understand the characteristics of the mutual funds in which you invest. Your investment in a mutual fund can grow: • When the fund earns income, such as dividends on stocks and interest on bonds. • When the fund’s securities experience market growth. When you’re diversified by investing in a large number of assets, as is the case when you invest in mutual funds, a loss in any particular investment can potentially be minimized by gains in others. Investors purchase mutual funds because they do not have the time or the expertise to manage their own portfolios. Portfolio fund managers make all of the decisions and do the monitoring for you. Most companies offer pre-authorized chequing plans so money can be invested automatically on a monthly basis. Managers buy and sell large volumes of securities at a time; therefore, you have the opportunity to access a fully diversified portfolio at a significantly lower cost, versus constructing your own portfolio, security by security. A segregated fund is a pool of assets held by a life insurance company, but the pool or fund is “segregated,” or kept separate from the general assets of the insurer. You invest in a segregated fund through the purchase of a segregated- fund contract. It offers

investment management and growth potential, just as mutual funds do, but there are also protective guarantees provided by the insurer. There are many types of segregated fund contracts that vary in complexity and features, but all offer death benefit and maturity guarantees. You don’t necessarily have to cash out an RRSP immediately upon retirement. Rather, the CRA has mandated RRSPs must mature before the end of the year in which you turn age 71. At this time, you can take a lump-sum payment, on which you would have to pay tax at your marginal rate. However, a better alternative is to convert the RRSP to a registered retirement income fund (RRIF) or a registered annuity, either of which provides you with a series of payments over time and is therefore more tax efficient. RRSPs and RRIFs can provide creditor protection, except to contributions made in the last 12 months. This means that, in the event of bankruptcy, these assets are protected, ensuring retirement savings remain intact. If there is a named beneficiary other than the estate, RRSP and RRIF assets are not subject to many of the delays, fees and other costs often associated with estate settlement. Instead, the assets can pass privately and directly to the named beneficiaries. Many other options are also available. Speak to your advisor about the RRSP choices that could work best for you and your unique situation. A spousal RRSP is a plan opened in your spouse’s name to which you make contributions. The advantage of a spousal RRSP is it can provide you with opportunities to split income with your spouse before and after retirement to generate tax savings. Tax savings can be realized when the spouse who is in a lower tax bracket takes income from the spousal plan. The net effect is, collectively, you and your spouse could pay less tax than you would have if only the spouse in the higher-tax bracket had taken income. Contributed by David Page of D.W Page Wealth Management Ltd. Manulife Securities Investment Services Inc.

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Like many Canadians, Robin and Susan faced a lot of hurdles when it came to saving for their retirement. But by working with a financial advisor, they were able to develop a plan that helped them retire without worry. Now, they are living a retirement that allows them to fulfill their dream of travelling the world. Robin and Susan – and their passports – have never been happier. I can help you prepare for your retirement with solutions unique to your needs and the lifestyle you want to lead. Visit manulife.ca to learn more about a Real Retirement and when you're ready, contact me and we can get started. DAVID PAGE, CFP, CDFA, CPCA

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February 27, 2014 edition of the Clearwater Times