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South Cariboo Search And Rescue (SCSAR) member Trevor Campbell, left, was the “rescuer,” saving member Dani Kidston, yellow, during a recent ice-rescue scenario. SCSAR members met with their neighbouring Central Cariboo SAR team from Williams Lake at Chimney Lake. The teams learned techniques to safely rescue victims from a variety of situations where they have fallen through the ice. SCSAR now has 16 fully certified and equipped Ice Rescue Team members to respond to ice immersion emergencies anywhere in the South Cariboo.

Teachers vote yes to strike notice Union pressures province, school boards brace for impacts


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The British Columbia Teachers’ Federation voted 89 per cent in favour at a strike vote on March 6. Cariboo-Chilcotin Teachers’ Association president Murray Helmer says he is not surprised at the overwhelming majority that places teachers on a 72-hour strike notice for 90-days. However, he says it is “all about putting pressure” on the province at the bargaining table at this point, and not about job action. If any strike action does occur later, it would be phased in, Helmer notes, and it would not immediately see any cessation of teachers doing extra-curricular volunteer work or

completing report cards, or walking or not the strike vote will lead to job off the job. action. There is common frustration “They’ve voted in favour of it, and being felt by teachers across the so there is always the possibility of Cariboo-Chilcotin who “sincerely a strike. We always have to be prewant” to have bargaining pared that that may be the proceed toward a resolution action they take.” of the outstanding issues, he Meanwhile, the local adds. trustees continue to hope for “Throughout this district a negotiated contract resolu– whether it’s in the towns or tion, she adds. at the rural schools – teach“We never want to see ers are saying the education classrooms disrupted and Murray supports are not there.” students not in school; that Helmer He adds the strike vote is always something we also shows government there would hope to avoid.” are 30,000 teachers out there who Education Minister Peter are “all of a like mind,” not merely Fassbender says he recognizes and the negotiators sitting at the table. respects the collective bargainSchool District #27 chair Tanya ing process allows tools for both Guenther says time will tell whether employers and unions to increase

pressure at the bargaining table. “A strike vote does create additional uncertainty for students, parents, support workers and teachers. That’s precisely why we need long-term stability in our schools, and why we need to pursue a long-term agreement at the bargaining table.” Government’s negotiators have tabled an initial package that includes a 6.5 per cent wage increase in the first six years, Fassbender notes. Class size and composition are back on the bargaining table, he adds, and that is where the discussions need to occur. “Now that the vote is over, I hope the union can focus on tabling their wage demands, so we can get on with meaningful bargaining.”


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At the Feb. 14 Crime Stoppers meeting, 100 Mile House RCMP Sgt. Don McLean presented Crime Stoppers of the South Cariboo retiring president Al Blannin a certificate of appreciation for her many years of service to the community. Blannin was the founding member of the local Crime Stoppers group and has served as president since 1986.

Friends bid a fond farewell to Al Blannin South Cariboo group founder retires after decades at the helm Carole Rooney Free Press

After 28 years, Al Blannin is retiring from her leading role with Crime Stoppers of the South Cariboo. Fellow board member, Marg Sarich, says the group will miss Blannin, both personally and for her strong leadership skills. Blannin was recently made lifetime honourary director on the board for Crime Stoppers of the South Cariboo. The special presentation was made to her by 100 Mile House RCMP Sgt. Don McLean, her longtime colleague on the board, at the

annual general meeting on Feb. 14. Noting she is pleased, but didn’t expect this recognition, Blannin says she will miss her work with Crime Stoppers, which she founded in 1986. “With my health being what it is, I knew I couldn’t carry on.” Blannin will be moving to Kamloops next month with her husband, Jack, but she adds she will take along many wonderful memories of almost three decades of important volunteer work. “It’s been very rewarding, and I’ve met a lot of wonderful people, locally and throughout the province.” Blannin says she is leaving the

Crime Stoppers helm in good hands, and she sincerely hopes McLean stays with the group for the long term, as he has been “a lifesaver” on the board. Sarich has now taken over as its president, after four years as its treasurer and performing various supporting roles as needed. Blannin’s leadership has been instrumental to the group and to her, Sarich explains. “In her own indirect, quiet and assertive way, she has been grooming me to handle the position. She and I are the ones who have gone to the conventions for the last six or seven years.”

Blannin won the prestigious Crime Stoppers of B.C. President’s Award last year, which was another testament to her long service, dedication and hard work for the local group. Sarich emphasizes the board’s appreciation for everything Blannin has done over the years, and her “strong, strong commitment” to Crime Stoppers of the South Cariboo. “She has left us in good shape. Al’s a lifer with us because she was at the core. She built a great group – and there have been people come and go – but she’s very good at what she did.”

B.C. trustees pleased by stay of ruling The British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) has voiced its support for the recent BC Court of Appeal decision granting government a stay of two terms of a B.C. Supreme Court (BCSC) ruling early this year. In January, BCSC Justice Susan Griffin ordered class sizes and composition to be restored to 2002 levels, as well as the public release of some related court testimony. School District #27 (SD27) chair Tanya

Guenther says the Court of Appeal decision gives local trustees some certainty for the current school year. “However, we are still uncertain on whether there will be any impacts on the 2014/15 budget. Until there are changes required, either from a ruling on the appeal or through contract negotiations, we will not have certainty on when and how this will impact our budget for the coming years.”

SD27 trustees are in the early stages of the budget process for 2014/15 school year, she explains, and dealing with shortfalls caused by fee hikes and lost provincial funding protection. “...[We] will be working hard to address all of the cost pressures we are facing, which include the MSP [Medical Services Plan] premium increase, the BC Hydro rate increases, and the 1.5 per cent reduction in funding protection.”

Port Coquitlam MLA and finance critic Mike Farnworth has confirmed he intends to stand as a leadership candidate for the B.C. NDP. Farnworth says he decided to run after consultations with British Columbians and party members provided him significant encouragement to do so. He plans to formally roll-out his campaign in the coming weeks, and adds people need “a progressive alternative that can win an election.”

TRUSTEE VOTING The British Columbia School Trustees Association (BCSTA) is supporting the proposed legislation changing from three-year to four-year terms for school trustees. BCSTA members were involved in prior consultations, and its provincial council delegates passed a motion of support last fall for continued alignment of local trustee elections with municipal elections. Trustees cited this alignment as an incentive for increased voter turnout.


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The B.C. Liberal government trumpeted out its framework for its overhaul of the province’s liquor policy on Feb. 6. The main piece of the policy makeover is allowing British Columbia wine to be sold in grocery stores next year, with some stores connected to liquor stores being allowed to sell a full selection of alcohol beverages, including hard liquor. The province is proposing a small number of new licences to sell Vintners’ Quality Alliance (VQA) wine at grocery stores and will include B.C.-made craft beer in the future. In making the announcement, John

Yap, parliamentary secretary for Liquor Policy Reform, said the government will keep the number of liquor stores capped at the 670 private liquor stores currently in operation. The RichmondSteveston MLA noted the government is lifting the restriction that liquor stores could only relocate in a five-kilometre radius. This means a liquor licence could be sold or moved to anywhere in B.C. Yap added it would also allow a government or private liquor store to move next to a grocery store, which would provide the store the connection for fullselection liquor sales. When Yap’s first of 70-plus recommendations were released late last year, Cariboo-

Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett said she was taking a wait-and-see attitude until she heard about the rest of them.

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Pointing to the recommendation of maintaining the current number of liquor outlet licences, she noted her concern about what might happen with the small businesses that hold private licences and are already established. “They have provided good-paying jobs for people in their communities and provided a lot

of capital investment, and I want to make sure that isn’t being lost.” After hearing the recent release, Barnett said she is still in a waitand-see pattern on Sept. 8. The local MLA noted there is a lot in the policy that hasn’t been defined, including the definition of what constitutes a “grocery store.” Barnett said she knows it won’t be a 7-eleven or a corner grocery store. She added the rule that you can’t have a new liquor store within one kilometre of an existing one is still in place. Currently, that would eliminate Safeway and Save-On-Foods in 100 Mile House from selling liquor because there is a government liquor store next to Safeway

and a private liquor store within a kilometre of Save-On-Foods. Barnett said she always has a concern about small business. “I think I have to wait and see until we get all the “actual workings” of [the policy] to see if it’s going to have a detrimental affect on the small business people.” Noting the rural agency stores got a 10 per cent discount on their booze, while the government liquor stores got a 16 per cent discount, Barnett said that discrepancy will be eliminated in the new policy. Now, all of the stores will receive the same wholesale price, based on the value of each product. From there, all stores will set their prices based on the competitive market.

CRD moves 9-1-1 service to Vancouver Taxpayers to cash in on call centre cost reductions

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The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) will have a new provider for 9-1-1 call answer services, as will the Fraser-Fort George, Bulkley-Nechako and Kitimat-Stikine regional districts.

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Beginning this fall, 9-1-1 calls from these areas will be immediately routed to and answered through E-Comm, an emergency communication centre located in Vancouver. CRD chair Al Richmond says directors made the decision after learning its annual cost for providing this service was going to increase to $821,000, including call answer service

from RCMP North District Operational Communications Centre (OCC). The only difference to the system will be that when 9-1-1 calls come in, they will be handled at E-Comm, he explains, which will determine if the need is for fire, police, ambulance, or a combination of those emergency services. “If they need an ambulance, E-Comm will put that call through to the BC Ambulance Service [in Kamloops]. If they need fire dispatch, and they are in an area that has fire protection, it will be routed to the [Fire Operations Communications Centre in Prince George] that we currently use.” Calls for police will continue be routed to the RCMP North District OCC, he notes, but by E-Comm. “That’s a pretty important step in this job, and they have a lot of very highly-skilled operators to do that.” Richmond says he

isn’t concerned this level of call handling will be done in Vancouver by people who may be unfamiliar with CRD communities. “With enhanced 9-11, you know where the call is coming from, and you know the address.”

Richmond explains the contract with the RCMP was up for renewal, so the E-Comm option was examined and found to be a better deal for the same service. “A consultant was brought in to look at the

number of services the RCMP said they needed to do the job, and there was disagreement about that. “We estimate the savings to the local taxpayer will be $139,000 a year. That’s a substantial saving.”

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Grade 5 student Marshall Heit had his hair made up like a bird’s nest for “crazy hair day” at 100 Mile House Elementary School on March 7.

At their Feb. 25 meeting, District of 100 Mile House councillors adopted a Road Closure Bylaw, which will authorize the closure of the lane between Birch and Cedar avenues, and First Street and the lane adjacent to 100 Mile House Elementary School. The District is trading its property to Purser Creek Holdings Ltd. for some land on the corner of Birch Avenue and First Street in order to build a sidewalk in the future. In January, Mayor Mitch Campsall noted the parcels of land in the swap are very close in size, and the exchange would be helpful for pedestrian traffic when a sidewalk is constructed. “It’s a bad corner because it’s pretty tight there and it’s not safe as it is right now.” The landowners and the District will

Mine decision a disappointment Carole Rooney Free Press

Prime Minister Stephen Harper slammed Taseko Mines Ltd. and its proposed New Prosperity Gold-Copper Project at a March 3 Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention, calling its environmental report “damning.” While her own government recently rejected the project, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod says it is a letdown, as she believes the majority of people in the Cariboo-Chilcotin support the mine project. “[They] saw it as an important economic lifeline, and I know that many are very, very disappointed, and certainly I share their disappointment. “There were people for and against, but my sense was that it has strong support in the area.” McLeod says she recognizes the challenges of the Cariboo-Chilcotin – both those shared with rural ridings across the country and also specific economic setbacks, such as the pine beetle devastation. The federal government is committed to moving projects forward, but resolved to base

its decision on the independent New Prosperity Environmental Assessment Panel and its experts, McLeod explains, which determined there would be significant adverse impacts. In December 2013, Taseko entered into a judicial review to dispute certain panel findings. McLeod would not speculate on what the court outcome might be, or if it might breathe any life back into the project, noting that is best left to the legal experts. Meanwhile, Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett says she is “extremely disappointed” the federal environmental review process turned down the proposed gold-copper mine in the Cariboo-Chilcotin a second time. “I’m very disappointed with the federal government. I feel the federal government has let us down.” She adds the rejection came despite the initial project being passed by British Columbia’s environmental review, and after $300 million in further mine redesigns by Taseko to meet the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency’s criteria. “It is not environmentally unfriendly.” Barnett says she has followed and worked on this project since

1991, and with the pine beetle devastation on the forest industry in the past decade, this was the biggest opportunity the community had. “New Prosperity meant hundreds of good-paying jobs. The project meant families could stay together in the Cariboo ... and use their skills in a project that demands bright young tradespeople.” Now, the local MLA will wait to see what the judicial review finds, and if Taseko decides to resubmit the project. Barnett says she recently spoke to McLeod, and told the MP the region really needs some help. “We need stimulus funding; we need something to help us stabilize our economy.” Barnett didn’t go so far as to call it compensation, but she notes “a lot has been taken away” from the region by Ottawa. “It’s time the federal government came to these regions and said, ‘OK how can we help?’ So I have had discussions with our MP, and I know she is looking at a couple of things that I am working on with her.” Barnett says she’s keeping what those might be “under her hat” for the time being.

equally share costs for all aspects of the land swap. The closed lanes will be transferred to the owners of the adjacent lots (where the two dilapidated houses at the corner of Birch Avenue and First Avenue were torn down last year), and will be consolidated into one lot. Meanwhile, South Cariboo Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre (ACEC) member Ingrid Meyer and landowner Dave Dickie have reached an agreement that will see the building lot turned into an urban community garden. The focus of this garden will be a Share a Row initiative aimed at providing fresh produce to the helping agencies and emergency food suppliers, such as Loaves & Fishes Continued on 6

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Flak flies after Ottawa rejects proposed mine future for their children now time to leave this and their grandchil- behind and explore other dren, and they’re just opportunities for ecoThe federal govern- disappointed with the nomic development. ment’s recent decision [Prime Minister Stephen “The FOFL is to reject the contro- Harper] government extremely pleased versial New Prosperity that sold them down the [Environment Minister G o l d - C opp e r river.” Leona Aglukkaq] and project has led to D o u c e t t e Canadian government mixed reactions adds his disap- have done the right thing across the South pointment is and turned down this Cariboo. c omp ou n d e d risky mining proposal.” Project supby the Cariboo’s She would like to see porters are long history the Cariboo-Chilcotin expressing with resource communities move forextreme disapd e v e l opm e nt ward together with a Len pointment in Doucette and its proven vision of development, the negative track record in but in a “sustainable” outcome of the federal “working hand-in-hand” manner that respects environmental review, with the enviFirst Nations including Say Yes to New ronment. culture and Prosperity (SYTNP) repMe anw h i l e, traditional terriresentative Len Doucette. project oppotories, optimizes He says strong local nents, such as natural heritage, support was evidenced Friends of Fish and minimizes in his SYTNP Facebook Lake (FOFL) environmental group with its 1,500 fol- representative impact. lowers, and the active Patricia Spencer, “We hope the Patricia numbers on the page are celebrating company and its Spencer grew to 19,000 people the mine’s rejecsupporters will after the decision came tion. accept this decision, and down. Spencer says she is we would really like to “They want to see a “very happy” and it is move on now.” Carole Rooney Free Press

District beset by shortfall

After school closures last year, School District #27 (SD27) is facing a $2-million budget shortfall for 2013/14. In a letter to Premier Christy Clark, Education Minister Peter Fassbender and Finance Minister Michael de Jong, SD27 superintendent Mark Thiessen says the board expressed its concerns about new costs passed on to the school district despite no increase to funding. The trustees note the reasons for its budgeted shortfall is declining enrolment combined with the gradual loss of funding protection from the education ministry; the B.C. Liberal government’s decision to not cover the cost of its negotiated support staff contracts; the elimination of a Harmonized Sales Tax rebate for schools; a B.C. Hydro rate increase; and employee benefit cost increases. The International Union of Operating Engineers recently ratified a contract for

support staff that will cost the district about $250,000 this year and about $450,000 in 2014/15, Thiessen explains. “In the coming months, we will release more information as to how the district will be dealing with the shortfall. At this point, staff is exploring all avenues of reducing our expenses and increasing our revenue.” The letter states rectifying the structural deficit without additional help from Victoria will mean closing two more schools

and result in less support for students, program reductions, insufficient learning resources, textbooks and building maintenance, and inadequate infrastructure to support technology in classrooms. It also notes the school district’s management team continues to work on cost-saving opportunities, but it is impossible to balance its budget without making some difficult decisions that will have an impact on the students. With files from the Gaeil Farrar – Williams Lake Tribune.

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The Academy Awards Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 22 at the 100 Mile Community Hall and all are welcome to attend. Tickets are $40, available at the Andre’s Electronic Experts, Timber Mart or the Chamber Office. Seating is limited so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Below are the official nominees for each category. Chamber members only are asked to submit their votes by noon on Friday, March 14th. Anyone is eligible to vote for the “People’s Choice’ category. Only one vote per category please. Note: some nominations were removed either because the nominee has won in the same category within the past two years or because the nominee was not eligible (for example: not a business in a business category or not a non-profit organization in the non-profit category). FAMILY FRIENDLY BUSINESS Sponsored by Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Save-On-Foods Tiaras and Toads Tim Hortons JD’s Full Service Salon 108 Mile Supermarket 100 Mile House Branch Library The Hills Health Ranch Gold Trail Recycling Safeway

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B.C. Liberals, NDP face off

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Amendments to the Electoral Boundaries Commission (EBC) Act, which were recently debated in the legislature, have failed to gain the support of the NDP. Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett says the bill is to protect the Cariboo-Chilcotin (within the Cariboo-Thompson electoral region) and other geographically large, rural constituencies from “getting thrown” in with urban electoral areas. “They would cut out those seats. They would take them down to Surrey, Richmond, Vancouver and [other] urban areas. “Our populations are not as great ... but we, in rural [British Columbia], are as important to the democracy of this province as anybody. It just flabbergasts

me that the NDP do not support this bill so we can keep our rural constituencies.” Bill 2 is aimed at ensuring there are no more than the 85 seats in the legislature, Barnett says, and no reductions in the electoral districts held in the province’s Cariboo-Thompson, Columbia-Kootenay and North electoral regions. Rural B.C. is often unintentionally overlooked by those who live in the Lower Mainland and Southern Vancouver Island, she adds, so all MLAs should support the bill to maintain a strong voice for these areas. Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy says the NDP is not opposed to limiting the total number of seats to 85. “I agree with that; I don’t think anybody wants more politicians. I totally support rural representation; I’m from the Kootenays.

“Our concern is how it is done. The [EBC] is supposed to be independent of government manipulation, and I truly feel this is government manipulation in its worst form.” The bill aims to protect a total of 17 seats, she adds, some of which she doesn’t see as rural in nature. “For example, the Kamloops seats, some of the Prince George seats ... yes, there are rural issues in those seats, but they certainly aren’t under the plus or minus 25 per cent [population threshold] that the [EBC] has the ability to look at. “What happened last time is, people in rural B.C. got out and voiced their concerns. People went to the commission, talked about what they needed to see in their areas, talked about the need for rural representation, and the commission listened to them.”

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Limited mobility patients will be able to recover in in-patient rooms that are more accessible and have increased infection control features when the washroom renovations at 100 Mile District General Hospital at the end of the this month. “We’re always working to improve patient care, and with this project, patients in the 100 Mile House community have access to safer, more accessible facilities that feature increased infection control,” says CaribooChilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. The project included the renovation of five patient washrooms.


Two were made wheelchair accessible, while two others were remodelled to ensure sinks and toilets were located in the same room, which is better for infection control purposes. Another washroom was enlarged and renovated to include a larger toilet and a wheelchair-accessible shower for bariatric (obese) patients. “One of Interior Health’s top priorities is the provision of safe, quality care for all of our patients. This renovation will help meet the needs of a wide and varied acute-care patient population, and it will also ensure our staff has a working environment that

will allow them to do their work safely and most effectively,” says Interior Health Board Chair Norman Embree. The project budget for the washroom renovation is $422,000, shared between Interior Health and the Cariboo Chilcotin Regional Hospital District (CCRHD). “These new washrooms will provide better accessibility and safety for patients,” says CCRHD chair John Massier. “This project will also provide confidence among hospital staff, knowing patients will be safe and allowing staff to focus on actual patient care.”

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omen and families in and around 100 Mile House are experiencing a widening gap in maternity care services due to a growing shortage of maternity care providers. Women and families in rural, northern and First Nations communities often travel hundreds of kilometres to access maternity care, resulting in elevated health risks, poorer outcomes for mothers and newborns, and unnecessarily higher costs all around. To close the maternity care gap, the Midwives Association of British Columbia (MABC) has put forward a new vision for midwifery and maternity care in B.C. Our new vision is about fully integrating midwifery into our health-care system and hospitals and supporting midwives to assist in the delivery of 35 per cent of the births in B.C. by 2020 in order to increase access to maternity

care, improve health who are experts in outcomes and reduce health pregnancy, low-risk birth care costs. and post natal care. Our vision involves Midwives are covered providing women greater by MSP and practise in choice in their maternity clinics, hospitals and homes care provider, reducing and offer a full range of the rate of caesareans prenatal tests, screening and improving access to and diagnosis options, First Nations ultrasound maternity care. imaging and At the same access to a variety time, our vision of comfort and aims to reduce pain-relief options pressure on during labour. family physicians B.C.’s registered in rural midwives communities, often work while making collaboratively better use with family GANGA of British physicians and JOLICOEUR Columbian’s with obstetricians, health-care paediatricians, dollars. nurses and nurse While awareness of practitioners to ensure all of midwifery as a safe and a mother’s or baby’s medical recognized maternity care needs are met. choice has increased, the The MABC’s profession’s growth has not recommendations include kept pace with demand. increasing the number More and more women of midwives in B.C. by are recognizing that B.C.’s 16 per year, enabling registered midwives are internationally-trained highly trained, educated midwives to practice in and regulated professionals the province, new supports


ome events happened in downtown 100 Mile House during the past few months that prove good things can happen with some foresight and co-operation. Without much fanfare, local businessman Dave Dickie and the District of 100 Mile House found a way to get rid of an eyesore in the downtown core. Purser Creek Holdings Ltd. owned a couple of lots on the corner of Birch Avenue and First Street. Our municipal government and Mr. Dickie worked out a deal that would see the two parties swap a couple of pieces of land – almost identical in size – that would allow the two lots to be consolidated into one larger lot. The land swap gave the District some extra space on the corner of Birch and First, so it can build a sidewalk in the future. Mayor Mitch Campsall said that corner is very busy with motor vehicle traffic and it was not safe for pedestrians. The additional property will allow a sidewalk to be constructed around the corner, which will provide a safer walk for youngsters and their guardians going to and from 100 Mile House Elementary School. District councillors have been paying attention to pedestrian safety, as they built a sidewalk connecting Pioneer Haven, an affordable seniors’ housing development on Aspen Street, to the Birch Avenue entrance of the Coach House Square last fall. The dilapidated buildings on the two lots were knocked down and all of the rubble removed and the lots levelled and that got rid of the eyesore in the downtown core. Council had to go through the lengthy process of adopting a road closure bylaw to trade its lanes for the land on the corner for the future sidewalk. On Feb. 25, council adopted the road closure bylaw, which paved the way for the land swap to go forward. The show of co-operation for both parties was the fact they would equally share the costs of all aspects of the land swap. However, the show of co-operation goes even further, as Mr. Dickie reached an agreement with Ingrid Meyer, a South Cariboo Agri-Culture Enterprise Centre member, to turn the building lot into an urban community garden. The focus of the community garden will be to grow fresh produce for the various agencies that provide emergency food for our less fortunate friends and neighbours. This is a perfect example of how compassion, co-operation and foresight makes 100 Mile House a caring community and one that we can be proud to share with our fellow residents.

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for midwives in rural and northern communities, and new policies to enable midwives to work to their full capacity, among others. Our recommendations build on the positive steps taken by the provincial government, which provided resources to support home births and funding to double the number of graduating midwives at the University of B.C. from 10 to 20 by 2017. B.C.’s registered midwives hope our vision will begin a new dialogue to foster collaborative action between the provincial government, its agencies and other maternity care providers, so together we can bridge the gap in maternity care services. By working together we can create better access to maternity care in communities, such as 100 Mile House, Williams Lake and others. Ganga Jolicoeur is the Midwives Association of BC executive director.

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Trustees asked to speak out for education To the editor: This is an open letter to School District #27 trustees. I realize you find yourself in a rather helpless position as the recent provincial issues have unfolded, but as trustees, you do hold positions of influence. I'm convinced you try to balance the budget to provide the best educational services you can with the funds provided, but I am also certain the days are long gone when

budgets can be balanced without impacting the quality of educational services to kids. You can believe the government when it says there is no more money for public education, or you can give them reasons to find it. That money exists. It is the $3.3 billion for the Port Mann bridge; the $3 billion for the Olympic Games; the $2 billion for the SkyTrain Canada Line; the $1.3 billion for the South Fraser Perimeter

Road; the $900 million for the Vancouver Convention Centre, the $900 million for the Sea To Sky Highway; the $800 million Golden Ears Bridge; and the $500 million for the BC Place roof. That’s $12.7 billion in the last seven years, while the education budget stagnated. The new budget is virtually unchanged again, with no additional money for hydro rate increases and inflation, necessitating even more cuts.

You can tell the government that education does need more funding, and their priorities need to change to value education more. Your voice will also be heard by beleaguered teachers who feel they are the only ones speaking up for our kids. These issues may not have changed in the last decade, but the teaching profession has. Our calls for improvements in the system are met with scorn and disdain in the media, and morale is

at an all-time low. For many of those new to the profession, teaching is just a job until something better comes along, and no longer a career path. Your input can change that, and I hope you will add your voice to ensure kids’ needs are met here and around the province. Murray Helmer, president Cariboo-Chilcotin Teachers’ Association

District council applauded Patricia Spencer praised for To the editor: I am writing regarding the Climate Action Revenue Incentive Program (CARIP), Feb. 26 issue of the 100 Mile House Free Press. We would like to applaud the District of 100 Mile House for its continued efforts to reduce both community and corporate carbon emissions under the CARIP. These carbon-reduction programs will help 100 Mile House become more sustainable in the future. They will assist us in transitioning towards a green economy based on the principles of sustainability. The South Cariboo Sustainability Society has enjoyed working with the District in its efforts to reduce community-wide emissions. For example, the partnership between the South Cariboo Sustainability Society and District of 100 Mile House on the Idle Free 100 Mile campaign in 2013 was a


great success, and we look forward to continuing this campaign with the District in 2014. Other District initiatives of particular interest to us are: implementing edible landscaping along District boulevards, the exploration of solar hot water options, solid waste reduction, water conservation strategies, and improving walking/cycling options as alternatives to driving. In the area of corporate carbon emissions reduction, we are pleased to hear the District will be purchasing an all-electric truck for its public works fleet. This is great news! We believe that every step we take together in addressing climate change and moving towards sustainability will have positive results for the future of our community. Thank you again for your efforts. Hugh Thomas SCSS chair

opposing New Prosperity

To the editor: I want to commend local resident, Patricia Spencer, for her unstinting dedication in advocating the views of my family and many others in the Cariboo. We have understood clearly that both of Taseko Mines’ proposals for the Teztan Biny watershed have posed irreversible environmental threats and represented an affront to the rights and interests of the Xeni Gwet’in. My life became entwined with the economy and environment of the Cariboo in 1963 and has continued for more than half a century. My brother, sisters and my daughter have all attended School District 27 schools.

Going back to the 1970s in Williams Lake, I worked in mills, in construction, in retail and in government. I contribute to the regional economy as a property owner, a consumer, and frequent recreational visitor to the Chilcotin, in particular the Nemaiah Valley with some of my recreational dollars going every year to lodges, restaurants, gas stations, and private and public camping. I, therefore, have participated in, and been witness to 50 years of the economic and social ebb and flow in the Cariboo region and know enough not to share in the doomsday scenarios that have been expounded in this newspaper by Prosperity Mine

boosters like Len Doucette and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. Now, is the time for the Cariboo, its residents and politicians to move on to new community-based plans to bring about a sustainably based economic future. My baseball hat goes off to Ms. Spencer and others who have, with quiet determination, conducted a campaign that has represented my concerns and views as a Caribooster. Thank you Patricia Spencer. Dave Diether Bridge Lake See Guest Editorial and more letters on page 31.

Forget issues, pass the muffins is served by a ramp near the chamber A costly new outside access ramp exit to another under-used room in the assisted Kenny Michell, who visited last library, and equipped with big-screen TVs week to tell his harrowing story of the to follow proceedings, similar to those Burns Lake sawmill explosion that nearly installed in the legislature chamber last burned him to death in 2012 and left him year. in a wheelchair. Everything done here is The NDP brought a delegation expensive. However, the public, of survivors and family members conditioned by media to expect of the dead from sawdust corruption and scandal, would explosions in Burns Lake and rather be outraged about free Prince George. They supported muffins. the Opposition’s demand for an Prior to this, MLAs had to independent inquiry, although troop down to the basement their own demands ranged from dining room to put muffins counselling for long-suffering and coffee on their expense wives to seeing someone Tom accounts, or have an assistant punished for alleged negligence. Fletcher fetch them. The outraged talk The scandal pushed in shows didn’t mention that. this tragic story is that some There are access issues in the evidence was not protected by dining room, too – a fact more difficult WorkSafeBC and wouldn’t have been to ignore with Children and Family admissible in court. Prosecutors also said Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux, they had enough evidence for charges, but Paralympian Michelle Stilwell and former the companies or executives would be able Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan now to show “due diligence” that would likely elected to serve using their wheelchairs. result in acquittal.


roceedings here at the B.C. legislature were briefly thrust into the spotlight last week, firing up the radio talk shows and twitter feeds. No, it wasn’t the B.C. Liberal government forcing through legislation to allow industrial “research” for things like pipeline routes in provincial parks, or the debate on sanctioned wolf and grizzly kills. It wasn’t the teacher strike vote, as the scripted motions of that ritual combat are well known to weary parents. It was muffins. More specifically, “free” muffins in a newly relocated and equipped MLA lounge, and a rack installed to hold the said muffins at a cost of $733. This was portrayed as part of a spending spree by Richmond East MLA Linda Reid, elected Speaker last summer. In fact it’s just the latest phase of a strikingly expensive refit to provide wheelchair access, which Reid has championed. The new MLA lounge replaces a seldomused one at the top of steep stairs high in the 1898 stone structure. The new lounge

What that means in English is that the explosion risk of extra-dry dust and air wasn’t fully grasped by either mill operators or WorkSafeBC. All B.C. mills are now subject to more scrutiny, and a coroner’s inquest will be calling witnesses this fall to see what lessons can be learned. Pipelines through parks may seem like a scandal to urban B.C. residents who already fret about the possibility of the 60-year-old Trans Mountain pipeline, or one of several proposed gas pipelines, intruding on a park. It’s not as well known that Trans Mountain completed a major twinning and upgrading project on the Alberta side in 2008. It crosses Mount Robson Provincial Park and Jasper National Park, without incident or scandal to date. But back to “muffingate,” as it’s become known around here. I don’t know why people are so cynical and uninterested in serious issues. I wish I did. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc Email:


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the province Mild temperatures raising flooding concerns CRANBROOK - Above seasonal temperatures, large amounts of melting snow and rain received the past two days are causing flooding issues and heightening concerns around the City of Cranbrook and the region today. City Public Works crews are dealing with a massive amount of water the area has seen the past two days. There are many areas of the City that are experiencing flooding issues, including parts of Highway 3, the CP rail yard and some parts of Joseph Creek. “Right now every available staff member with our Public Works department and every piece of available equipment are out there working,” says Chris Zettel, Communications Officer for the City of Cranbrook. “In fact, Public Works has had to bring in several rented pieces of equipment to help. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next number of days and keep the public updated.” Joseph Creek is currently running extremely high, higher than even the creek has seen in the spring freshet last spring. Staff is stretched trying to deal with the concerned calls from the public and are doing their very best to assist everyone.



Do you think this is the last of winter for this year in the South Cariboo?

Kathlyn Atha Bridge Lake

Terry Pawluk Sulphurous Lake

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Lorraine Ostergard Gateway

No. It’s just our seventh year here, but April can be a funny month. You think you’re done, and you’re not done.

I think it is the end. There’s a lot of squirrels running around, and so on.

I’m not sure. I’m new here actually. Last spring was cold until the end of March. It seems to be better this year so far, but who knows.

I think there’s going to be one more snowfall, for sure, but I hope I’m wrong.

Grow op goes up in flames KELOWNA - Kelowna firefighters managed to knock down flames caused by a grow operation on McKay Avenue early Saturday morning. Kelowna Fire Department received 911 calls to report a fire at 582 McKay Ave. at 5:42 a.m. March 8. The first arriving engine reported the detached garage was fully involved. Upon arrival, the owner quickly explained that there was a grow operation in the garage. Firefighters were able to knock down flames quickly and contain the fire to the structure; the garage was completely lost in the blaze. Two occupants were in the house at the time of the fire. One complained of chest pain and was looked after by BC Amublance Service. Since the cause of the fire is due to the grow op, there will be no investigation conducted, according to platoon captain Dale Calhoun.

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Icy snow-covered road leads to three-vehicle motor incident

At 7:48 a.m., 100 Mile House RCMP received a report of a three-vehicle motor vehicle incident (MVI) at Highway 97 on the 103 Mile Hill on March 6. Police, emergency services, BC Conservation and 100 Mile House Fire-Rescue attended the scene. One of the vehicles involved – a small passenger car – was travelling southbound on the highway and failed to keep right due to blowing snow caused from a transport truck. The passenger car went into the oncoming northbound lane where it was struck by north-bound pickup truck. A second pickup truck travelling north also struck the passenger car. The car sustained sig-


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Icy, snow-covered road conditions were contributing factors for a three-vehicle incident on the 103 Mile hill on Highway 97 at 7:48 on March 6. Two of the drivers suffered minor injuries, and there were traffic delays in both directions for about an hour.

nificant damage, and as a result, the driver of the car was trapped inside and had to be extricated by 100 Mile House FireRescue members. The male occupant of the first pickup truck was the lone occupant

and was not injured. The male driver of the car was the lone occupant and sustained what are believed to be minor injuries. The male driver of the second pickup truck involved was also a lone occupant and suf-

fered minor injuries. Both of these injured males were transported to 100 Mile District General Hospital. The driver of the passenger car was charged under the Motor Vehicle Act for

failing to keep right. The MVI caused delays for traffic in both directions for approximately one hour. It was snowing heavily at the time of the collision and the roads were snowcovered and icy.

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logging truck during deteriorating weather conditions and blowing snow and struck the logging truck, which appeared to be slowing down to negotiate a turn. The impact into the logging truck caused approximately $10,000 damage to the pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was taken to 100 Mile District General Hospital as a precaution.

report 100 Mile RCMP responded to 51complaints and calls for service during the past week. Driving prohibition On March 9, 100 Mile House RCMP were called to a report of a vehicle in the ditch in the 6000 block of Horse Lake Road. The 21-year-old male operator of the vehicle was still seated behind the wheel when police arrived at the scene. When attempting to determine the cause of this vehicle going off the road, officers were able to smell liquor on the breath of the operator. An approved screening device was administered twice and both results were a fail. The driver met the established criteria and was subsequently issued a 90-day immediate roadside driving prohibition and his vehicle

Pedestrian struck On March 4, RCMP and emergency crews responded to a report of an incident between a vehicle and a pedestrian on Highway 97 in front of the Greyhound bus depot. The contact between the female pedestrian and the truck was at low Continued on 12

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Continuing Education/Skills Development Police and emergency crews responded to a rearend collision between a Ford Ranger pickup truck and a logging truck on Horse Lake Road near Perry Road on March 5. According to the RCMP, the female driver of the pickup truck had come up behind the logging truck during deteriorating weather conditions and blowing snow and struck the logging truck, which appeared to be slowing down to negotiate a turn.

was towed from the scene and impounded for 30 days. Rear-end collision On March 5, police and emergency crews responded to a rear-end

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A bursary of $300.00 is available for the continuing education or skills training of a resident of Watch lake, Green lake, Pressy lake, 70 Mile, and surrounding areas. Consideration will also be given to those who can show a close connection to this area. To apply, write a letter of 300-500 words, stating goals, educational plans, and your connection to the area. Include any volunteer, extra-curricular activities and community service. Send applications by April 30, 2014 to: The 70 Mile & Area Fund, c/o S. Wheeler, Box 29, 70 Mile House, BC V0K 2K0 This bursary can be used by any student, young or old, for further education or skills training. Proof of registration will be required. For further information email: or


The Village of Clinton will hold a Public Hearing in the Municipal Council Chambers, located at 1423 Cariboo Highway in Clinton, on Wednesday March 26th, 2014 at 6:30 pm to consider Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 509, 2014 . The purpose of the Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 509 is to amend the Village of Clinton Zoning Bylaw No. 439, 2007. Zoning Amendment Bylaw No. 509: (1) Section 13 I-1 Light Industrial and Section 14 I-2 Heavy Industrial, Definitions is amended to add the following: “Medical Marihuana Grow Operation” means the cultivation, growth, processing, storage or distribution of marihuana for medical purposes as lawfully permitted and authorized under the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations. “Research and Development Laboratory” means a laboratory and associated offices for the development and or testing mechanical devices, materials and non-biohazard products. (2) Section 15 Public Use is amended to change the following: a. That lot A Plan KAP LLD Clinton Townsite PID 002-940-540 (commonly known as the Clinton Museum property) zoning be changed from C-1 Commercial to P-1 Public Use. b. That lot 1, Plan KAP19385 District Lot 1060 LLD, Except Plan KAP58096 PID 009-620-222, (commonly known as the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Eco Depot) zoning be changed from I-1 to P-1 adding Regional Government recycling/ transfer station/eco-depot to Section 15.1 Permitted use. The Village of Clinton wishes to regulate the location of the Medical Marihuana operations within the Village of Clinton; the zoning amendment conforms to the Village of Clinton Official Community Plan (OCP); the Village of Clinton Zoning Bylaw No. 439, 2007 requires some number changes to Sections 13 & 14 of the bylaw; the zoning for two publicly operated facilities are not zoned according to their current use therefore the Village of Clinton requires the Museum and Eco-depot properties to be re-zoned. The proposed Bylaw may be inspected during normal business hours in the Municipal Office, 1423 Cariboo Highway until 4:30 pm March 26, 2014. If you deem your interests to be affected by this bylaw, please submit your comments in writing or attend the Public Hearing and you will be given an opportunity to be heard. If you require information regarding this bylaw, please contact the Village office at 250-459-2261 Tom Dall, CAO

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Gord Bryson, left, held one end of a measuring tape as Tim Cody, who scores animal horns for the Boone and Crockett Club, recorded the size of this moose rack – 65 and 7/8 inches wide – at the 100 Mile Community Hall during the recent Lone Butte Fish & Wildlife Association open house. High Low

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speed, as she was walking across the driveway and the vehicle was pulling onto Highway 97. She was transported to 100 Mile District General Hospital for an exam, but she only received minor injuries to her arm. She was treated and released from hospital. Charges are not being contemplated against the driver at this time. Excessive speed Cariboo-Chilcotin Traffic Services reported they had charged one driver for excessive speeding during the past week. The male driver from Kamloops was found to be going 45 km/h over the posted speed limit. His vehicle was impounded for seven days.

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Chartered Fishing trip raFFle Tickets available at 108 Esso, Pharmasave, Screamin Reel(Donex), Ace Hardware, Exeter Sporting Goods, Focused Fitness and Krista Dawson 250-791-7272 Next grad/grad parent Meeting March 25 at 6:30pm PSO lounge. Prom is soon and we encourage parent help!

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Sometime overnight on March 6, unknown culprits stole approximately $300 in diesel fuel from equipment parked on the Gustafson Lake Forest Service Road west of 100 Mile House. If you have any information on this or any other crimes in the 100 Mile House area call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Your identity will remain unknown. Should your information lead to the arrest of the responsible party Crime Stoppers will pay cash for the TIP.


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Disabilities discussion targets transportation yet turning away those with intellectual challenges, and inequities in income assistance. Examples included subsidized rent based on 30 per cent of one individual’s income, while someone in a similar situation but covered under another program, pays 50 per cent toward rent. Facilitator Stephanie

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A lack of local transit options surfaced as one of the biggest obstacles discussed at the Disability White Paper Conversation held at Horton Ventures on March 6. About two dozen people attended to contribute their thoughts toward the white paper being prepared by the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation (MSDSI) with input from communities across the province. A variety of topics of conversation saw smaller break-out groups tackle disability issues involving innovation, supports, work, housing, social networks and registered savings plans, and then they assigned a spokesperson to share them with those gathered. While plenty of ideas to decrease barriers and increase accessibility were put forward, it was particularly noted that many people with disabilities have issues with driving, or don’t drive at all. With no local taxicab service and bus service limited to certain areas and times, the group expressed concern about a need to further seek solutions for expanding local transportation options. South Cariboo Community Planning

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Cedar Crest Society for Community Living executive director Tim Guthrie, left, joined Myles Breck, Shea Horton and Laura Klassen in a break-out group discussion at the Disabilities White Paper conversation held at Horton Ventures on March 6.

Council executive director Lea Smirfitt was at a table discussing innovation, and noted many resources, such as the income assistance system, are geared toward overall “deficits” rather than individual strengths. Because people with disabilities are not all the same, available resources need a broader focus that can accommodate the strengths and the needs of individuals, she explained. In the group examining supports, Judy Macdonald noted an Employment Assistance program for funding disability assistance devices ceases at the end of March. “It is very difficult for those on a fixed income who have disabilities to afford to purchase assistance devices.” Macdonald added more transportation

options are needed to allow folks with mobility challenges the independence to attend to their basic needs without always having to depend on family and friends. More transit stops could help meet medical and shopping needs, she noted, but also social and exercise options, such as the paved 100 Mile Marsh trail. Marny Ryan was among the group discussing work, and noted it was time for communities “to speak louder to government” on issues inhibiting employment of those with disabilities. These issues ranged from the need to educate more employers on ways to accommodate workers with disabilities, to surgery wait lists leaving people unable to work for extended peri-





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Noting the Northern Development Trust had approved council’s application for business facade funding, District of 100 Mile House plan-

ner Joanne Doddridge asked councillors to provide names for the project review committee at the Feb. 25 council meeting. She added the program guidelines were approved during the

Sept. 10, 2013 council meeting. At that time, councillors had determined there would be three representatives on the project review committee – one member from council, one member of

District staff and one member of the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce (SCCC). Councillor Ralph Fossum volunteered to sit on the committee, and Doddridge was appointed by council to


join him. Staff will contact the SCCC and ask its board to appoint a member to sit on the committee. The business facade program provides grants to business or property owners to renovate, restore or redesign retail and commercial building facades and storefronts

in 100 Mile. The goal is to encourage owners or commercial tenants to invest in building facade upgrades that “create a more interesting and appealing streetscapes to attract customers, clients, visitors and businesses to the commercial areas of town.”


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The Calendar Community events listed must be of a non-profit nature and will be published free of charge one week prior to the event. Deadline for submissions is Friday at noon. Events for the online calendar can be submitted to the calendar feature on the home page at www.100milefreepress. net. However, online calendar submissions are not automatically picked up for the Free Press.

100 MILE q The 100 Mile Caregiver Support Group meets in the basement of St. Timothy’s Anglican Church at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. The next two meetings will be on March 13 and 27. Anyone caring for a family member is welcome to attend. Meet others with similar concerns and learn about programs and service that can help you. 100 MILE q Goodnightmare, a solo pop-folk project of Britt Meierhofer from Prince George, will be at Parkside Art Gallery in 100 Mile

House on March 16 at 2 p.m. Meierhofer uses loop and effect pedals to create energetic, guitar driven music to accompany her beautiful voice. There is a suggested donation of $5 for the artist, and her CD’s will be for sale. Refreshments will be available. 100 MILE q 100 Mile House Branch Library is hosting a wills, probate and estate planning information session on March 25 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The library will be partnering with Kenneth Smith, an articling lawyer from the offices of Messner Kenney LLP in 100 Mile House, to offer this free information session. Following the session, there will be time for questions and answers. Everyone is welcome. 100 MILE q The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre (CFEC) is hosting a Prenatal in a Day workshop on April 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will provide important points about labour and

birth phases and stages, expectations and concerns, medical options and practices, comfort measures, immediate postpartum for mother and baby and infant feeding, as well as the joys and challenges of parenthood. Call the CFEC at 250-395-5155 to preregister. 100 MILE q The South Cariboo Food Security Committee is looking for non-perishable donations from the general public. For drop-off information, call Debbra at Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre at 250-395-5155, or Loaves & Fishes Outreach at 250-395-2708, or the 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre at 250-3954093. 100 MILE q The Cariboo Family Enrichment Centre Early Years Program is accepting donations of non-perishable food items, including infant food and formula, baby wipes, winter maternity wear and infant winter wear, including snow suits

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Highway 24/Interlakes Lions Club president Leroy Wright, left, presented a $500 check to Deka Lake & District Volunteer Fire Department deputy fire chief Ted Weight.

and boots. Donations accepted Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 250-395-5155 for more information. 100 MILE q Kindergym is at 100 Mile Community Hall on Thursdays, 9:45-11:45 a.m. Lots of free fun; parents/ caregivers with children up to five years welcome. For information, call Elke at 250-395-1256 or Shelly at 250-395-9303. 100 MILE q StrongStart at 100 Mile House Elementary School on Monday through Friday 9 a.m.-noon. Free, drop in and play. All families with children up to age five welcome. Thursday night dinner 4-7 p.m. For information, call the school at 250-395-2258 or Shelly at 250-395-9303. 100 MILE The After-School Program is available at the 100 Mile House Branch Library: five to eight years, Tuesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; and nine to12 years, Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. After school activities include stories, reading, crafts and games.

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Library assistant Gina Gigliotti took a moment away from her workshop preparations, while Andy and Jayne Palaniak of North Green Lake waited eagerly to begin the free course on how to download library e-books. These workshops are ongoing throughout the year at the 100 Mile House Branch Library, and folks are encouraged to bring their laptops and e-readers.

100 MILE q The North Central Appaloosa Club now meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the


A&W in 100 Mile House. For more information, contact Dennis at 250-3954232. 100 MILE q The Women in Focus Photography Club meetings are held on the Third Saturday of the month at the 100 Mile House Branch Library. The next meeting is Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group in open to women interested in photography; all skill levels are welcome to join the club. 100 MILE q Weight Awareness Incentive Team (WAIT) meet Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at 555 Cedar Ave. in the Canadian Mental Health Building (small building in front of ambulance bays). For more information, call Sue at 250-395-1981 or Lorraine at 250-791-5520. 100 MILE q The Council of Senior Citizens Organizations (COSCO) is an advocacy group devoted to improving “ The Quality of Life” for all seniors. Seniors organizations, associations, wishing to affiliate, or individuals wishing to become members please contact Ernie Bayer at 604576-9734, fax 604-576-9733 or e-mail for further information.

108 MILE q The Rock Youth Centre, 4940 Telqua Dr., is open for students in Grades 5-7 on Tuesdays from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Call 250-791-6770 for details. FOREST GROVE q StrongStart is at Forest Grove Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon. Free, drop in and play. All families with children up to age five welcome. For information, call the school at 250-3972962, or Sheila at 250-3970011. LAC LA HACHE q The Lac la Hache Community Club monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the community hall. Bingo is every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Membership is $5 per year. For more information, contact Judy at 250-396-7298. WATCH LAKE q The Watch Lake/ Green Lake Community Association meets the third Monday of every month at the Watch Lake Community Hall. There is a social at 7 p.m. and the meetings commence at 7:30. For more information or to book the Watch Lake Community Hall, call Tanya Richards at 250-456-7783.

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100 Mile Free Press Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Quilters cosy up community

The Cariboo Calico Quilters Guild (CCQ) had another busy year stitching, basting and binding their way into

the hearts of local folks in need of a warm gift. CCQ president Valerie Jewsbury says the group made 25 cosy

and attractive quilts for cancer patients undergoing treatment at 100 Mile District General Hospital in 2013. “When people go through chemotherapy, they often get very cold. So we decided that, every once in a while, we will donate some quilts.” Another 25 gifts in the form of colourful quilted carry-all bags were handcrafted by the members and then filled with assorted foods, sundries, toys, clothing and Christmas items.

These were donated to the 100 Mile & District Women’s Centre Society for distribution to its clients at Christmas, she notes. “That is something we do every year.” Jewsbury adds other projects donated to people in the community included some children’s quilts. Anyone interested in joining the CCQ is welcome to attend one of it’s regular weekly dropin sessions at Creekside Seniors Activity Centre, every Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-3

p.m., or Monday evenings 6:30-8:30 p.m. The variety of sessions allows more drop-in choices for busy people, she notes. For more information, call Valerie at 250-945-4298.

Cariboo Calico Quilters Guild representatives Mieke Reelick, left, Valerie Jewsbury and Janice Silveira displayed some of the quilted carry-all bags its members made. The bags were filled with non-perishables and then donated to the 100 Mile & District Women’s Centre Society.

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Clinton Minor Hockey players and coaches got together for the season-ending skills competition and fun day on Feb. 23. Hockey games at the 47 Mile Sports Complex attracted good crowds of spectators.

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The younger skaters coached by Murray Kane and Craig Allison wrapped up their hockey season on March 6. All of the players have shown a huge improvement over the season. A big thank you goes to the volunteers who make the Clinton Minor Hockey happen. It keeps the children active in the winter and is also a great way to get

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Society celebrating anniversary

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The 100 Mile House Waterpark Society is on a mission to keep this town cool. On March 22, it will be one year since the group officially formed. Co-founder Jamie Hughes says they have come quite a way since then. What started off as two people actively working to construct a water park in 100 Mile House has grown to seven. (Corey Wells is the other founding member.) They started with $1,300 in funds. Now they have $45,000. Hughes says it feels like the local community is behind them and wants to the see the project completed. When people meet her out in public, she says they want to know about the latest developments, and sometimes they just put cash in her hands. “We’re working hard.

We’ve accomplished so $80,000 in material and much. We have more labour. manpower.” The park alone Significant planning costs approximately and fundraising initia- $190,000, Hughes tives for the water park explains. Should a new – also known as lift station be a splash pad or required onspray park that site, it would features colouradd an extra ful equipment, $150,000 to showers and the total cost. ground nozzles Should a new that shoot water water filtration atop a rain deck system also be Jamie – are ongoing. required, that’s Hughes The group an additional has applied for $100,000. a number of grants, and “We’re kind of at a it is in regular conversa- standstill because we’re tion with the Cariboo trying to eliminate the Regional District about need of a lift station if what accompanying possible. We’re talkinfrastructure they ing about a possible might need and where different location (other the park will potentially than Centennial Park). be located. We’re throwing ideas A number of ques- all over the place right tions still need to be now.” answered, but Hughes The Waterpark says they’re trying to do Society has held a what they can as soon as number of fundraisers they can. locally in the past year. Local contractors, Up next, the group is including Uncle Buck’s hosting a John Kaplan Concrete, have prom- magic show on April ised to donate close to 19 at 100 Mile House

Junior Secondary. Hughes says they’re trying to line up one of the Timber Kings as a guest, so Kaplan can saw him in half. (“Timber Kings” is a new show on HGTV about the work of Williams Lake-based business Pioneer Log Homes.) Hughes and company have also booked a second annual movie night in the park for later this summer. The event was a big hit

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On Feb. 12, the whole school went tubing at The Hills Health Ranch. We got on the bus happily with our helmets and snow gear. At the lodge, we had to wait for the ones who had to rent a helmet. We ran outside to pick our tubes. We went down the hill fast in our tubes in the sunshine. My face was cold from the wind. We laughed going down the hill. We did a whole school group tubing down the hill. It went fast and we ran into the ditch. Pizza arrived for lunch just when my belly was grumbling! We tubed after lunch and we were very tired. We loved tubing and would like to go again! On Thursday (Feb. 13) morning, we had to bring our snow gear to school again because we were going outside. We did tea-making by making a fire outside and getting snow to melt for water and then to boil.


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All of Eliza Archie Memorial School’s students enjoyed a great day of tubing at The Hills Health Ranch on Feb. 2.

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On Feb. 14, we had to get our snow gear on and load onto the bus. We were going to Bobbs Lake to go ice fishing. We had to go up a snow bumpy road to the top of the mountain. There were snowmobiles waiting on the road and on the lake to take us to the fishing spot. There were holes drilled all over the place. I could see the bottom of the lake because we were close to shore. We put fishing lines in but we did not catch anything. Other people caught some. There was a really big fire to cook hotdogs and we had hot chocolate and cold pizza. We went back to the bus and loaded up, some of us with wet feet. We left the fish for next year! Tyrone Thomas is a Grade 6 student at Eliza Archie Memorial School.


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“It's kind of become infamous in the B.C. snowboard community,” says Samuel Currie, 24, of the handrail leading into Centennial Park in 100 Mile House.

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o normal people, it’s nothing. To us, it’s everything.” Samuel Currie is talking about a long purple handrail that snakes down into Centennial Park in 100 Mile House. A crew of snowboarders from Whistler have a ladder standing on Evergreen Crescent. There’s a wooden ramp attached to it that runs into snow piled up for a jump, so they can launch themselves at the rail and swoop down it – which they do, to varying degrees of success, repeatedly. It’s nearly 5 p.m. on Feb. 15. The sky is grey and cloudy and light snow is falling. Alex Biel, 20, is holding a video camera. He says they’re running out of light. They know. They’ve been calling it quits for 30 minutes. They’re trying to get the perfect shot, and it’s not easy. Currie, 24, says this particular spot is a good one to snowboard because it’s easy to access, and the rail is famous. “It’s kind of become infamous in the B.C. snowboard community.” There are loud whoops from everyone when Currie slides down from the top of the rail and off the end – a trick he’s been working at since before noon. It’s the kind of shot he’s been looking for for hours. “You make it?” asks Matt Wanbon, 18, who didn’t see it after landing his own impressive trick minutes earlier. “Yea,” replies Currie, his head down, walking back up the hill towards the ladder. “But I have a bit of daylight left.” The crew of five – which also includes Maria Thomsen, 27, and Alex Ball, 21, – loaded up a minivan and left Whistler late on Feb. 14. They arrived in 100 Mile House at 3 a.m. and rented a room with two beds at a local motel. They planned on grinding more rails and shooting more video the next day at Buffalo Creek Elementary School, which is closed, near Forest Grove. Thomsen is originally from Denmark. She moved to British Columbia seven years ago, and says she loves living here and snowboarding and has no plans to return home. When asked why someone would leave Whistler – the snowboard and skiing capital of B.C. – and drive four hours north in a cramped minivan with tight accommodations to, all day long, propel themselves at urban infrastructure, she shrugs like it’s obvious. “Street is a little more gnarly. You have to step it up a little bit. You can do all these tricks in the park, but you can’t

land them so easy in the street.” Wanbon echoes that point. Maria Thomsen, 27, is a He says there’s snowboarder from Whistler. a big difference between riding in the park and riding on the street. “At the park, everything is perfect. People maintain it. Professionals built it.” However, there are consequences to riding here, he adds. Meaning it’s easy to damage yourself. In the motel room, while cleaning up before dinner, Currie talks about how he thought the day went. “No one got hurt, which is pretty good.” Ball steps forward. “I was pretty lucky, man.” He pulls up his pant leg and reveals a vertical red and blue gash about five inches long on his shin. “I got a rail right in there.” “I guess I forgot about that,” Currie says. Ball adds after he smashed his leg he thought he had better sit in the van a while. Then, after 30 minutes or so, he thought, “‘I can’t just sit here and do nothing. I have to ride with my friends.’” Considering it’s a public park and they were launching from a tight curve on a public street, everyone in the crew says they were pleasantly surprised with the response, and lack thereof, they received from people in the community. For the most part, if passerby was interested in what was going on they stopped to chat, or simply waved and smiled. Plenty of folks just drove right by. They say no police or anybody from the District showed up. Currie says they understand there are issues with safety and liability. He adds if they get hurt, it’s on them, and not anyone else. He notes they try to be respectful wherever they go, and leave a place how they found it. On this day, this crew is nothing if not determined. It’s evening and the temperature has dipped. Biel, the cameraman, is visibly irked with the “one-last-times” coming from the guys. Currie is resolutely climbing the hillside to squeeze in another run. He’s frustrated with himself for not landing the perfect, longest one. “You can try something 1,000 times and it’s the worst feeling in the world [when you fail]. But, when you land it, man, nothing compares to that.” Snowboarding drives you to succeed, he says. “I can’t bring myself to stop.”

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Interlakes youth group, Teen Space, supported by the Cariboo Presbyterian Church, held its annual fundraising luncheon at Interlakes Hall on March 2. Some 60 residents enjoyed a choice of four gourmet soups and apple crumble. The group is most grateful for the $714 raised.

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Teen Space members Cameron Caldwell, left, and Shade Kure helped during the youth group’s annual fundraising luncheon at Interlakes Hall on March 2.

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BLCS news Bridge L ake Community School (BLCS) offers floor hockey at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Given enough interest, badminton will run for six weeks commencing March 25. Call if you wish to play.

To register, or for information on these events, call co-ordinator Gail Larson at 250-5934351. Celebrations Birthday bubbly goes to Joanne Levick, Audrey Smith, Danny Jenewein and Roy Tomlinson; and 12 big balloons for Emma

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The 108 Mile Ranch Community Association (RCA) is holding an RCA Games Afternoon in late March or early April – watch the notice boards for actual dates. The games will be on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 1 to 3:30 p.m.


Calendar Call the writer for contact numbers. • Family Bingo tonight (March 12) and March 19, Deka Fire Hall. Doors open 6:15 p.m.; play starts at 7. The Super G is more than $522. • “13 to 93” meets at 7895 Dean Rd., Bridge Lake, March 14 at 5 p.m. All are welcome. • Knotty Ladies Applique Group meets

noon to 3 p.m., March 17. Call 250-593-4070 for venue. • Highway 24/ Interlakes Lions meet 6:30 p.m., March 17 at Interlakes Hall. • BLCS meets 1:30 p.m., March 18 at the school. • Deka fire practice: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18. • Log Cabin Quilters meet 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 19 at Interlakes Hall. • Call 250-593-4582 to register children for the Lions’ Children’s Easter Party, 11 a.m.2 p.m., April 19 at Interlakes Hall.

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Members of the Cariboo Artists’ Guild (CAG) recently travelled way back into their respective pasts for inspiration – all the way back to childhood. A month-long group show currently on display at Showcase Gallery in 100 Mile House features paintings created with the theme “childhood memories” in mind. CAG member Carolyne Herperger was one of the artists hanging works the morning of March 4 at the gallery, located on the main floor of the South Cariboo Business Centre at 475 Birch Ave. in 100 Mile House. Herperger jokes about the small number of paintings they received from members to display. “Apparently some people don’t have any [childhood

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memories] because we usually have a lot more [paintings].” There are nine currently on the walls, but it was almost only eight. Gisela Gruening, a 100 Mile House resident, is a longtime CAG member. Her piece, titled Five Pennies, was done hastily in coloured pencil in one day last week because she forgot about the upcoming show. The drawing is of her as a little girl in a blue dress, red pigtail ribbons in her hair, with five pennies laid out on the counter for a clerk at an old general store. What did she buy with

those coins? “Candies,” Gruening says. “I had five pennies.” Other paintings, done by new and old CAG members, feature a variety of scenes. They include memories about family members, a dog, a summer at the beach, having fun in the snow and imagining a tree house. CAG is a group of aspiring and accomplished artists, which promotes the development of the local art scene. The group show is the first of two planned this year. Typically, it’s the work of individual artists on display at Showcase Gallery, one month at a time. Shirley Williams from Lac la Hache is slated as the featured artist for April. “It’s to show our art,” Herperger says of the monthly displays. “Educate the public and to encourage other artists to join us.”

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Gisela Gruening is one of the Cariboo Artists’ Guild members with art on display at the Showcase Gallery in 100 Mile House.


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Members of the community gathered for a beach party on Watch Lake on Feb. 22. Friends and neighbours donned their shorts and Hawaiian shirts and set up portable fire pits, beach

chairs and umbrellas for a day of fun on the frozen lake. This was the Third Annual Watch Lake Beach Party. Inspired by a bout of cabin fever, the neighbourhood tradition was originally started by Gord and Shirley Mitchell, with the help of Dan Grant. Fun was had by all with Bocce games, quad-towed recliner chair rides, and hotdog and marshmallow roasting. This year’s most memorable moment

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There will be coffee or tea and light snacks as well as an opportunity to meet other people. For more information or suggestions, contact Debbie Porter at 250791-6472. CCLF news • The Cariboo Christian Life Fellowship (CCLF) invites folks to the Solid Rock Café at the Rock Youth Centre on Telqua Drive (in the church grounds) on March 21. This should be a great

evening for musical enjoyment, so plan to get there early because the music starts at 7 p.m. • Calling all CCLF men to the annual fishing retreat on June 27-29 at Crooked Lake – one-and-a-half hours from town. There is a choice of shared cabins at $125 per person, as well as recreation vehicle or tenting at $70 per person. There is awe-

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What’s On Here’s a convenient listing of upcoming arts, entertainment and cultural events by non-profit groups in the South Cariboo. To be included, call 250-395-2219 at least one week before the event.

• March 12 – The 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre Society is celebrating International Women’s Day at the centre (#102475 Birch Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The public is invited to join them for cake, coffee, door prizes and the Cariboo Women Photo Gallery. • March 14 – The 100 Mile Legion is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day potluck dance. Tickets are available at the door or from Shirley at 250-395-7565. Doors open at 7 p.m. for ticketholders only. Music is by Perfect Match and a safe ride home will be provided for folks who would like one. • March 14 – Hun City Hunnies is hosting St. Patrick’s Shamrockin’ Boondoggle at 100 Mile Community Hall, starting at 7 p.m. The event offers live music, DJ and dance, free food, prizes and a boxing ring. The $25 per person (19 year plus) tickets are on sale at TW Tanning and Donex. • March 15 – The 100 Mile House Branch Library is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day craft event for children five to 12 year old. Registration is required as space is limited. For more information, call 250-395-2332, or e-mail ohmlib@ • March 21 – The Solid Rock Café will be held in the Rock Youth Centre at 4930 Telqua Dr. at 108 Mile Ranch (on the church grounds). Live music featuring, country, bluegrass, gospel, etc. It’s a great atmosphere and there’s no cover charge. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and music starts at 7. For more information, contact Pat Melanson at 250-395-3846. • March 22 – South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Red Gala Carpet Business Excellence Awards and Citizen of the Year Award at the 100 Mile Community Hall. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7. Tickets are $40 per person. They are available at Andre’s Electronics, TIMBER MART and the Chamber Office, or by calling 250-395-6124. • March 22 – The Green Lake Snowmobile Club is hosting its annual Pig Roast & Fundraiser and the event is always a fun-filled will Saturday. Tickets are $20 per adult and $5 per child (under the age of 12). Tickets will be sold up until March 15, but they will not be sold at the door. To purchase tickets, contact the Thurstons at 250-456-7369, or thurstonac@, or the Tonts at 250-456-6042, or For more information, check out the club’s on our website at • March 29 – The 11th Annual Bankers Variety Show will be held in the 100 Mile Community Hall, with doors opening at 6 p.m., entertainment running from 7 to 9, followed by a light dinner snack and a dance with DJ music by Rob Fry. Tickets are $25 each and are available now at all local financial institutions, and they will be going fast. All proceeds go to local charities.


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Skiers and snowboarders can expect to pay more next season for passes at Mt. Timothy Ski Area, as operators look to make the publicly owned ski hill, located near Lac la Hache, financially sustainable. “We’ve traditionally been losing about $50,000 a year,” general manager Adam Piccolo says, adding they’ll have to charge users more “just to break even.” Mt. Timothy, a non-profit societyrun ski hill, has always been operated under financially tight circumstances, Piccolo explains. Despite a busy start to the season, he notes the

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100 Mile House Wranglers goalie Kristian Stead made one of his 70 saves on March 8 against Spencer Schoech of the Kamloops Storm during Game 1 of a Round 2 playoff series.

Michael Lynch says despite being down a few bodies, the Wranglers, playing in its inaugural season, have to keep coming out hard to wear Kamloops down. He mentions “hard work” as part of the game plan, something the team has been preaching and credit-

ing its success to all season long. “We’ll have to work even harder I guess.” Stead predicts they’ll be going back in Kamloops. “I think we can pull off a win or two at home and make it pretty interesting.”

If necessary, Game 5 is slated March 14 at McArthur Park Arena in Kamloops; Game 6 is March 15 in 100 Mile House, while Game 7 is scheduled March 16 in Kamloops. For more stories and regular Wranglers updates, visit

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FAST bytes The local midget rep hockey club, sponsored by Mayvin Plumbing & Heating, is hosting the 2014 Midget Tier 3 BC Hockey Championships, which goes from March 16-21. Guest speakers and local dignitaries will welcome the teams, coming from all over the province, during opening ceremonies at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre in 100 Mile House at 7:30 p.m. on March 16.

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Kristian Stead saw 125 shots in two nights. It’s a huge number, but the 100 Mile House Wranglers goalie says in the playoffs, you can expect something like that, “especially from a team like Kamloops.” The Storm, which finished first overall in the regular season, hung 8-3 and 3-0 losses on the Wranglers at home in Games 1 and 2 on March 8-9. The second round Kootenay International Junior Hockey League playoff series between the two teams switched to local ice at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre on March 11-12, after press time. “It’s pretty tiring,” says Stead, who faced 78 shots in Game 1. “But I’m not too worried about that. I just try to concentrate on getting us a win.” Bradley Williams, Luke Santerno and Lane van de Wetering scored goals in Kamloops. The three forwards, along with defenceman Jordan Low, also picked up assists. A number of players are missing from the local Junior B hockey club’s lineup. Shane Doherty and Kevin Raimundo have been hurt for a while, while Jaidan Ward, Tyson Levesque, Donovan Law and Robert Orrey have all missed games recently with injuries. Santerno was suspended for a hit from behind and was out for Game 3. Before Tuesday’s game, forward


number of users at the hill is below average this year, while the operating budget is spread thin. “We really streamlined the mountain as much as possible. Our staffing is lower than ever before. We’re as efficient as we could be. We were hoping we could make it that way.” John Stace-Smith has been a director with Mt. Timothy for close to 24 years, almost since its inception in 1988. “Despite all the efforts of staff and directors, we just never seem to be able to have enough at the end of the year to start the next year in good (financial) shape. It’s not a sustainable model. We’ve had a lot of discussion on how to change that.” Unplanned costs associated with

things, such as snowcat repairs and maintenance have made this year particularly frustrating, he adds. Mt. Timothy is governed by a board of 11 directors and a general manager. Anyone who purchases a season pass becomes a member of its society. All profits go back into operating and improving the ski area. Piccolo says there are future plans for a tube park and cross-country ski area to, hopefully, attract more users. The society is also looking to raise funds through more corporate sponsorship and advertising. There is also an ongoing campaign through the National Sport Trust Fund (NSTF) to purchase new padded seats for the chairlifts. (Any

donations made to the NSTF and earmarked Mt. Timothy Ski Society (MTSS) Project (#285) will be credited to the Mt. Timothy Ski Society and the donor will receive an official tax receipt. Every $500 donation will have an acknowledgement embroidered on one of the chairlift seats.) “We’ve had lots of people step forward with their own skills,” StaceSmith explains. “People like mechanics, electricians and plumbers... they jump in and volunteer their skills and talents. That really helps.” He calls Mt. Timothy “a public asset.” “This is the people’s hill. We don’t want to see it die.”

The South Cariboo Rec. Centre in 100 Mile House is hosting a 3-on-3 youth league from March 24 to April 24 for initiation, novice and atom divisions. A 25 per cent discount on a summer sports camp applies to those registered and paid before March 14.

Athletes in sochi Nearly a quarter of the Canadian team in Sochi for the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games has a connection to British Columbia. A total of 12 athletes competing at the Games, March 7-16, were born in or train in B.C. “Paralympians are a true inspiration to all British Columbians,” says Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, in a news release. “On behalf of the Government of British Columbia, I wish all of the athletes success in Sochi.” As of press time, Canada has six medals in Sochi – one gold, two silver and three bronze. In alpine skiing, Caleb Brousseau, from Terrace, took bronze and Josh Dueck, from Cranbrook, took silver.


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Impact players, coach awarded with KIJHL division honours


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Division award-winners this season included Daniel Buchanan of the Kamloops Storm, who won top defenceman and most valuable player; top goaltender went to Kris Joyce of the Sicamous Eagles; and top scorer was the Chase Heat’s Kaleb Boyle.

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In front of the hundreds of fans at the South Cariboo Rec. Centre ahead of a playoff game against the Chase Heat on Feb. 28, 100 Mile House Wranglers forwards Luke Santerno and Lane van de Wetering, as well as coach Doug Rogers, made their way across the ice from the team’s bench to the time-keeper’s box and shook hands with Jim Harrington, who is the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s (KIJHL) Okanagan Shuswap Conference vice-president. Harrington was there to present 2013/14 season awards for the Doug Birks Division. Santerno, 17, of Smithers, won rookie of the year. van de Wetering, 18, of Quesnel, won most sportsmanlike player. Rogers won coach of the year. Santerno came into the season wanting to make an impact and be recognized at the next level, and he’s done that, says Rogers. “Luke will play in the British Columbia Hockey League next year and should be commended for his dedication and work ethic this season.” Rogers calls van de Wetering the “spark plug” for the Wranglers. “He works very, very hard. For the amount of puck battles he was involved in, to only have 18 penalty minutes is certainly a credit to him.” As for his own award, it’s a first for the former Columbia Valley Rockies coach, who has guided 100 Mile House’s new Junior B hockey club through its inaugural regular season in the KIJHL and into Round 2 of the playoffs, currently

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Tiana Dykstra has won all kinds of impressive hardware over the years. When the young 100 Mile House wrestler stood highest atop the podium in Prince George recently with a gold medal around her neck, however, it was as a provincial champion, and that one is a first. Dykstra went 3-0 in the 43-kilogram division at the 2014 British Columbia Secondary Schools Wrestling Championships at Prince George Secondary School, Feb. 27-March 1. After winning silver at provincials in two previous years, Dykstra “finally cracked it,” says coach Phil Johnston. “With her national experience last year [at the 2013 Canada Summer Games], it helped her succeed this year. At most tournaments she went to, she

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Tiana Dykstra, of the 100 Mile Wrestling Club, won gold at the 2014 British Columbia Secondary Schools Wrestling Championships in Prince George, Feb. 27-March 1.

dominated her opponents. At provincials, she dominated her weight class.” Of the three matches in Prince George,

Dykstra says the semifinals, against Meagan Chow of Burnaby, was the toughest. “She always puts up a good fight. But I

Cross-country ski conditions still good

Cross-country skiing is still great at the 99 Mile Ski Trails and there will be snow and skiing well past March, says 100 Mile Nordic Ski Society spokesperson Lauren Bock. She notes there are important upcoming events for society members and the general public.

Upcoming dates: • A Moonlight Ski and the 11,000-kilometre Challenge windup will be on March 15, starting at 7 p.m. • There will be a work bee on March 22 at 10 a.m. All members are encouraged to come out and help. Bring a lunch and plan to have a ski after the work bee. Folks who are unable to attend, but are willing

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ended up beating her in points.” In the finals, Dykstra won 12-0. “I didn’t know what I was going into. I was nervous, but as the match got going, I felt

more comfortable. I ended up not getting scored on.” Nationals are set for April 4-6 in Guelph, Ont. The goal now is for Dykstra to qualify as a national team member, meaning she has to finish top 2 in her weight class, Johnston says. Dykstra, a Grade 10 student at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, still has a couple more years of eligibility in high school wrestling championships. “Now, the hard part is staying at the top,” Johnston says. “When you’re at the top, everyone shoots for you.” Kody Kennedy also represented the 100 Mile Wrestling Club in Prince George. At his first provincial tournament, the Grade 9 student went 1-2. “Most kids go 0-2,” Johnston explains. “It was good for Kody. “He had some really tough kids in his weight class. The kids he lost to both placed in the top 6.”

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TAP Dance Classes and possibly Creative Dance Classes starting approx. March 18th! Location - Lone Butte Community Hall. Classes Thurs. days/evenings depending on public interest. Ages 3 yrs - 70 yrs ! Girls & Boys are Welcome. Classes 3 - 5 yrs ,preschool classes 1:00-1:45 pm, 6 - 9 yrs. 4:30- 5:30 pm, 10 14 yrs. 5:30 - 6:30 pm 15 adults 7 - 8 pm Thurs. but once a month will be Tues. 7 8 pm. An extra adult class could be held on Thurs. 1:45 2 :45 . These posted times are for Tap Classes. Creative Dance is a combined dance mix of Jazz, Ethnic, Hip Hop, etc. to a chosen piece of music always lively! All times will depend on enrollment! Spring Dance Session will be 9 classes . 3 -14 yrs $36. 15 - Adult $ 45. for the session. At Registration pre-payment is required. If interested call Debbie 395-8818 afternoons/evenings or email

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Memorial Donations The Canadian Cancer Society appreciates your generous support. Please send the name of the deceased, name/address of next of kin and name/ address of donor for tax receipt (VISA/MC accepted) to: Canadian Cancer Society, #300 - 500 Victoria St. Prince George, B.C. V2L 2J9 or Ph: 1-800-811-5666. Memorial donations to the 100 Mile House General District Hospital Auxiliary can be sent to: Box 851, 100 Mile House, B.C. V0K 2E0. Memorial donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association can be sent to: 5363 Dawson Rd. 100 Mile House, B.C. V0K 2E1. Memorial donations to the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society can be sent to: Bag 399, 100 Mile House, B.C. V0K 2E0 Memorial donations to the 100 Mile House SPCA can be sent to: Box 1948, 100 Mile House, B.C. V0K 2E0. Memorial donations to Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children can be sent to: 3550 Waybourne Way, Burnaby, B.C. V5G 3K9. Memorial donations to Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon can be sent to: #203 - 635 Victoria Street, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 2B3. The South Cariboo Health Foundation welcomes memorial gifts in support of our local Acute and Residential Health Care facilities, as well as, Community Health projects and activities. Mail donations to: S.C. Health Foundation, Bag 399, 100 Mile House, B.C. V0K 2E0 or drop them off at the hospital. Donations can be made to the Gideons by phoning 1-888-482-4253, using your credit card. The Gideons will send a card to the bereaved, so have their address handy. For funeral display or other information, contact Pete Penner at 791-6302

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2 & 1 BDRM unit newly renovated, in 100 Mile. Call 250397-2041 for details. 2 BDRM unit in 100 Mile. Close to park & school. Ref required. $600/mon. No dogs. Newly reno’d. (250)456-7314 LAC LA HACHE duplex. Across from LLH Elementary. 4782 Clark Ave. 2 bdrms, lake view, fenced yard. $595/mo. Bill 250-456-7503.

OR RENT: 1100 sq. ft. mobile #29 at 103 trailer park. Lots of upgrades & good location. $38,000. Also house for sale or rent at #4988 Gloinnzun Dr., 108 Ranch, 3 bdrm, 2 bath up & full 2 bdrm in-law suite down. Asking $168,000. 250-395-4602 or 250-7069701.

QUIET updated 1 bdrm $500. Laundry included. Gateway area. 250-395-2080.


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OPEN HOUSE MAR 9TH. 16748 85th Surrey, Gorgeous Fleetwood Home. 6 bedroom, 4 bath, 3,651 sq ft. Lot 6,069 sq ft. 18yrs old. A grand entrance with vaulted ceilings, and massive windows, Kitchen/family room are open concept. Family room shares a double fireplace with the den. Mountain view $649,999. For virtual tour: info@ Phone: 778-928-4524

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BARN stored 80 lb. squares of alfalfa/orchard grass hay. Hillpoint Farms 250-791-6652. GOOD quality grass mix. 800lb round bales. No rain. 250-593-4677. QUALITY grass/hay mixed: Square bales, barn stored, no rain. Delivery available. 250397-2378.

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Firearms WANTED: FIREARMS. All types wanted, estates, collections, single items, military. We handle all paperwork and transportation. Licensed Dealer. 1.866.960.0045 website:

Firewood/Fuel Firewood For Sale $280 per 320 cubic foot trailer load. (250)398-0641

Misc. for Sale SAWMILLS FROM only $4,897 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDING sale. Big year end clear out continued! 20x20 $3,915. 25x28 $4,848. 30x32 $6,339. 32x34 $7,371. 40x50 $12,649. 47x68 $16,691. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-6685422. STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online at:

BC Housing is now accepting applications for housing from persons 55 years and older as well as disabled persons 19 years of age and older. Eligible tenants pay 30% of gross monthly income for rent. For applications contact: 250-395-4743 or 1-800-834-7149 3 BDRM apartment in 108. $800/mon. Utilities included. N/S. No pets. 250-791-6797. CALEDONIA MANOR: Two bdrm apts for rent. Quiet building, with elevator. 100 Mile House. Call for appointment: 250-706-2336 or 250-3950565. FULLY FURNISHED suites, bachelor, one bdrm, two bdrms, all with full kitchens. WEEKLY or MONTHLY. Best prices in town. Call Helen, 94 Motel at 250-395-2057. PARKVIEW APTS: 1 BDRM apt for rent renovated, downtown 100 Mile. $550/mo, 2 bdrm $650, bachelor $450. Includes heat. (250)395-3660 or (250)706-9144

Commercial/ Industrial 1250 sq. ft. commercial retail space, street level, in Rosewood Building, for rent or lease. Across from Donex. 250-396-7334 or 604-5304224. 750sq.ft. retail space available in 108 Mall. Phone 250-3967334.

LARGE 1 bdrm $525 plus util. N/S. N/P. 100 Mile. Avail. now. Ph. 250-397-0128.

3 bdrm, 2 bath, full basement townhouse. $600/mos plus security. No dogs. Ref. required. Good Location.250-644-5577. 3 BDRM house on 4+ acres set up for horses. 5 min. from 100 Mile. 3 stall barn, riding arena, paddocks, round pen. $1200/mon. 250-706-3690. 6298 MOOSE POINT DRIVE, across from Watch Lake Access, 2 bdrm house, gas fireplace, electric baseboard heaters, w/d, insulated hobby shop. $795/mth. 250-456-7503. HORSE Lake Waterfront: 1 bdrm house. Avail. March 1st. $650/mon. incl. util. DD req. NO PETS. 250-395-4455. OR FOR SALE: 2 mobile homes at 103 Mile. #29 in trailer park and #5449 Saunders Cres. $700/mon plus utilities. Also 5 bdrm house at 108, #4988 Gloinnzun Dr. (or 2 separate suites up & down), $1100/mon plus utilities. 250395-4602 or 250-706-9701. SMALL 3 bdrm in the Ranchettes, 100 Mile House area. Perfect for one person. 2 acres. $750/mon. 250-7069519.

We’re on the net at www.bcclassiďŹ Rooms for Rent FURNISHED OR UNFURNISHED room, shared kitchen living room, washer & dryer. Ph. 250-395-8488.

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100 Mile House might not have a female midget rep hockey team, but the talent is here, and it finds a place to play. Caitlyn Ray, 15, Shian Remanente, 17, and Breanna Uphill, 16, are members of Terrace’s female midget rep team, which is getting ready for its BC Hockey Championships in Salmon Arm on March 16-21, after winning zones a few weeks ago. Locally, the girls play on the Pharmasave house league team in 100 Mile House, but are rostered with Terrace and have travelled with them to tournaments around the province this season. Terrace is a good team, explains Ray, who was on the club last




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pay how much for the improve newspapers’ already privilege of collecting and impressive recycling record. processing your recyclables. What it will do, however, is What is going on here? dump a massive new cost The consequence will be a onto the back of a fragile dramatic increase industry still in costs for challenged to stay B.C.’s businesses, standing. particularly While our the province’s readership is newspapers. stronger than ever, In fact, we B.C.’s newspapers estimate that are struggling the newspaper financially. Having industry is Victoria force a threatened with $14-million tax a bill that could on newspapers Peter come to $14 in the current Kvarnstrom million. environment That is a looks an awful dramatic increase lot like someone when you consider throwing an anchor to a that newspapers aren’t drowning person. required to pay product Sadly, every single stewardship fees today, newspaper, from large directly. Newspapers, like regional dailies to the all businesses, pay for these smallest community services the same way all weekly, in every part of the British Columbians do: province, will be impacted. through their property taxes. Indeed, there is no greater That doesn’t mean threat to the vibrancy of newspapers haven’t been B.C.’s newspaper industry participating in recycling today than the government’s and the environment – far new recycling policy. from it. In fact, newspapers Think about that for a are the original recycled minute while enjoying your product and publishers have next read. It is your daily taken steps, such as moving newspaper, your community to vegetable-based inks, to weekly, that is at risk here. minimize the environmental But the new recycling impact of our product. regime will not only cause Diversion rates for a wave of damage and job newsprint are a remarkable losses across newsrooms 85 per cent and are already everywhere, it will also well above the government’s have an impact on many own target. other businesses, as well as The government’s new thousands of municipal jobs recycling regulation that will be put at risk with wouldn’t do a thing to the loss of local decision

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ritish Columbians have every right to be proud of our world-leading recycling program, built right here in this province. The achievement of the mighty Blue Box is the product of an efficient partnership between municipal governments, the private sector, and the people of British Columbia. It gets the job done, and at an average cost of $35 per household each year, it gets the job done at a good price. So, if the system for recycling waste packaging is working so well, why is the province so keen to “fix it” and hand it over to the very multinational corporations who shipped us all that packaging in the first place? Sounds remarkable, but that is exactly what the provincial government is doing. On May 19, the government’s new multimaterial recycling regulation will formally end the days of local decision-making over our Blue Box programs and hand it to some of the largest producers of plastic and paper packaging the world has ever known. Critical decisions about the province’s recycling program will no longer be made by elected representatives who live in the communities those programs serve, but instead by a group made up almost entirely of Toronto-based executives of multinational companies who will decide who will

making for our recycling programs. And, don’t believe for a minute that this will somehow help B.C. families. The reality is these costs will be passed on to consumers, who will now pay for the cost of recycling every time they have a box of pizza delivered, pick up a carton of milk, or buy a roll of toilet paper. The government still hasn’t said what was so wrong with the current Blue Box program that they could only fix it by hurting local businesses and costing hardworking people their jobs. Yet, in spite of having no clear rationale, the province seems intent on gambling away the success of the Blue Box with an experiment in something they like to call “extended producer responsibility.” The ironic truth, of course, is that the government’s new hands-off approach actually represents an abdication of responsibility, not its extension. As a result, decisions about nearly every aspect of our recycling system will be handed over to a small group of big businesses based thousands of kilometres east of the Rockies. B.C.’s environment minister may think that’s just fine, but I suspect British Columbians might have a different opinion. Peter Kvarnstrom is chair of the Canadian Newspaper Association and a B.C. newspaper publisher.

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Stop job-loss bleeding To the editor: I am writing about the CBC news report about Canada loses nearly 46,000 jobs in December 2013. If the Stephen Harper Conservatives were serious about job creation, they would not rely entirely on the whims of private-sector hiring. In 1944, Canada’s unemployment rate dropped below one per cent because one out of every three adult males was engaged in military service and many private-sector workers were fulfilling government contracts. As former British Labour MP Tony Benn put it, “If you can have full employment by killing Germans, why can’t we have it by building hospitals, schools, recruiting nurses and teachers? If you

can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people.” In the 1970s, the Liberal government experimented with direct job creation delivered through local organizations and citizen groups. The Local Initiatives

Program successfully hired in areas such as arts and culture, recreation, tourism, research and protecting the environment. The federal government needs to renew these initiatives. With double-digit unemployment currently among youth,

Dorothy Evelyn 1919 – 2014

do we really want a generation of young people living without incomes, without job experience, and without an opportunity to contribute to society? Larry Kazdan, Vancouver

We deserve what we get To the editor: With no surprise, I noted the new $30 charge for an eye exam for everyone, even the disadvantaged and seniors. This especially affects the children of the poor who go to school unable to follow and wind up with low grades. Then there is the hydro increase, for everyone, and food will be more expensive with the new recycling scheme. Premier Christy Clarke is really watching

out for families. What she neglected to tell British Columbians is that she appears to be interested only in the families of the rich and well-to-do. B.C. deserves exactly what it is getting for voting in, or through lack of exercising the franchise, permitting the voting in of a conservative-minded government. Frank Hinz Lone Butte

Dorothy Evelyn was born on December 16, 1919, the last of the Cowley sisters, and she passed away from complications of a heart attack on February 28, 2014 in 100 Mile Hospital. She was 94 and I, her daughter, Cheryl Rose Murray along with Dorothy’s granddaughter Sylvia Warburton celebrate her ability (with the help of all the care aides) to stay in the home that she loved and tended to for the last 30 years of her life in Lac La Hache. Dorothy loved her garden, the natural beauty of the area and the home to which she and dad retired when they moved from North Vancouver. David Grant Reid predeceased his wife in 1988. We thank everyone who helped make mom’s dream a reality and will honour her strength with a memorial service celebrating her life on Sunday, March 16, 2:00pm at the Old Age Pensioner’s Hall in Lac La Hache, BC. Dorothy became a great grandmother on April 1, 2013 to beautiful Ruby Olivia; this gave her much joy. She will be forever in our hearts and memories. 100 Mile Funeral Service Ltd. entrusted with the arrangements. 250-395-3243 Condolences can be sent to the family care of

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The new GLA is a practical small SUV perfect for young families or couples that want the same underlying goodness that is in the CLA but with standard all wheel drive and ease of use. Zack Spencer

Luxury wheels at just the light price MALAGA, SPAIN - It might be winter here but it’s always nice to look forward to warmer days, filled with sun and clear roads. To get a sneak peek at what better weather looks and feels like, plus get a chance to drive the all new Mercedes GLA250 and GLA 45 AMG, the advanced drive program was held in Malaga, Spain. The GLA is built of the same platform as the hot, new CLA sedan that arrived last fall. Developing it into a taller, more practical small SUV is perfect for young families or couples that want the same underlying goodness that is in the CLA but with standard all wheel drive (AWD) and ease of use. Pricing has not been confirmed but when it arrives this fall, expect the same aggressive pricing that the CLA delivers. That car starts at $33,900 but with AWD comes up to $36,800. Looks This new GLA is not as tall as the B-Class, which also shares the same platform, and not nearly as low-slung as the CLA. The GLA has a less aggressive front grille

do a great job of and stance, plus directing air flow smaller wheel sizes to just the right compared to the location. The centre high performance cluster below the GLA 45 AMG version screen is very that sports 19-inch straightforward and wheels compared easy to master. The to the base 18-inch difference wheels, but even the Mercedes Benz is biggest between the base base model can get larger wheels as part enabling more people model and the 45 AMG are the seats. of the Sport Package. to access its brand The base comes The small, more with smaller less with faux leather aggressive touches expensive vehicles. 12-way power seats and the lowered susthat look and feel pension do make the Zack Spencer very good. Leather AMG look sportier is optional plus the seats are more and more purposeful but the standard GLA with the optional 19-inch bolstered. The AMG gets upgraded seats as standard equipment but wheels is a head turner too. race inspired Recaro seats are Inside part of the Exclusive Package and The dash of the GLA is almost look superb, thanks to aluminum identical to both the CLA sedan accents and chunky side boland B-Class hatchback. There is a sters. Other differences include a prominent screen mounted high in centre-mounted shifter in the AMG, the centre of the dash, like an iPad where the base 250 gets the more application. practical column mounted gear seThe rest of the dash is sporty lector, which frees up much needed and functional thanks to stylish storage in the centre of the car. jet engine inspired air vents that Speaking of space, the back seats are much more practical compared to the CLA sedan thanks to a higher roof, bigger back windows and much better outward visibility. The cargo area isn’t huge at 1235L but the rear seats do split and fold for additional cargo capabilities.


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Drive The base GLA 250 comes with a 2.0L turbocharged direct injection 4-cylinder with a healthy 208hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, the same as the B-Class and base CLA. There is plenty of acceleration and cruising on the highway is effortless.

Driving through the mountain canyons back from Granada to Malaga was a real treat. The countryside is rustic and beautiful and the twisty roads sublime. The base GLA never set a wheel wrong and the 7-speed duel-clutch automatic can be left in economy, sport or manual for each driving situation. All GLA models come with standard AWD and this system can detach the rear wheels and drive in FWD for better economy but switches seamlessly back when more traction or cornering capability is required, plus Dynamic Cornering Assist applies just a small amount of brake force to the inside wheel when cornering to aid in the process. The 45 AMG takes things to a completely new level. The 2.0L 4-cylinder is hand assembled and pumps out a whopping 355hp and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. The 7-speed transmission and AWD system have been adapted by AMG to deliver a go-cart like drive that is so reassuring and potent that it makes the driver look and feel fantastic. Cornering is effortless and the bigger wheels and lowered suspension give great feedback but it is not jarring. Verdict Mercedes Benz is enabling more people to access its brand with smaller less expensive vehicles. The new GLA 250 and GLA 45 AMG are certainly very attractive, powerful and fun vehicles to drive. The Lowdown Power: 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder with 208hp or 355hp Fill-up: N/A Sticker price: N/A

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Homemade KITT: ‘Knight Rider’ replica car Chris Palmer needed five Pontiac Trans Ams, numerous visits to eBay, countless hours of work and the generosity of several friends to recreate the car that starred in the hit 1980s television show “Knight Rider.” And he wouldn’t hesitate to do it all over again. “It was totally worth it – more than worth it,” Palmer said of his KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand) lookalike. “I love this car. Everybody seems to love this car.” Palmer started with a 1991 Pontiac Trans Am, which had a better drivetrain but was nine years newer than the car used in the show. That decision necessitated the pur-


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gauge overlays. Palmer, president of the newly created Great Lakes Knights Car Club, which he and Thompson co-founded, hopes to build show-quality movie-replica cars for other fans. For now, he’s enjoying all the attention he’s getting from the ultimate KITT car. Watch the video at: com/watch?v=vnPx5jaRJNo Rob Sass is the vice-president of content for Hagerty Insurance. Hagerty is the world’s leading specialist provider of classic car and boat insurance. Learn more at and you can email rsass@






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Not only will the Ram EcoDiesel give you 420-pound feet of torque and plenty of towing capabilities, it will also reduce co2 emissions and run on B20 Biodiesel. It’s a game changer.


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What are my favourite trucks? – It’s a question readers ask me all the time in the supermarket and on the street. Though not in order of preference, here are my ten choices. 2014 GMC/Chevy Silverado/Sierra ½ ton pickup has gone through some monumental changes this year. What an improvement with a very comfortable and refined interior on all trim levels, and three engine choices, the Eco Tec 4.3-litre V6, 5.3-litre V8, and a 6.2-litre V8. 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Very similar in design to its big brother the Silverado, this Mid-size truck fills a void in Canada. Still expected to work as hard as a full-size truck, the Colorado can tow more than 3,039 kilograms (6700 lbs) a 2.5L I-4 engine is standard with an optional 3.6L V6 with a six speed automatic transmission. 2015 GMC 3500HD Denali is a beast. This truck is built to pull and with 10,251 KG (22,600 lbs) of trailer towing capacity it does just that. The 6.6L V8 turbo engine delivers 397 hp and 765 lb ft of torque and is paired with a 1000 series Allison transmission. With interior upgrades such as

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by a 4.6-litre or a 5.7-litre engine. Can it compete with the big boys? This is the year to see. 2014 Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma has continued to increase popularity and is a very agile four-wheeler. The double cab gives plenty of room for all your buddies and the 4.0-litre V6 engine

can get you to your favorite fishing hole and back. With the addition of some modern day technology such as Backup camera, heated seats, 6 airbags, and a power invertor, this truck has everything I am looking for in a pickup. ian.harwood@drivewaybc. ca

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the vehicle could get a person from A to B. Suddenly, I had an idea. Since the car looked fine on the outside, no one had to know its real history. I was a genius. After a night in the garage with a heater and a little scrubbing, I posted an ad on Craigslist: “2004 black Toyota Corolla for sale. No longer need, bought new car. No room in garage – need to sell ASAP!!! Few scratches, otherwise in great condition. Call cell and we’ll talk price.” Thirty minutes later I got a call from a sixteen-year old kid – a little younger than my son. We decided to meet at the local mall at about 6:00. I wonder if his parents knew what he was up to. I arrived at 6:20, telling him I was in a great rush as I had to pick my son up from soccer practice. Turns out he played, too. After some soccer gossip, we got down to business. I knew that a kid his age just wanted a ride to show off to his friends, so we spent little time on the details. I told him the car was in perfect condition and was never in any accidents. “No problems as far as I know,” I said.  The kid was sold. He trusted me. I never gave him my full name, and he never gave me his.  He gave me the cash, I gave him the car. All was good. I was on my way. A few days later, I saw a TV program that talked about flood damaged vehicles.  Apparently, flooding can damage the computer systems, which control things like the brakes and steering. And flood vehicles can’t be registered or insured. Who knew?  My mind immediately went to the kid I sold the vehicle to. I felt a twinge of guilt. Then my eyes darted to my stash of cash. Two weeks later, I had another car up for sale.  Stay tuned!

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