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Underpass design to proceed By Lachlan Labere OBSeRVeR STAFF

city council has approved a $40,000 engineering contract for the design and cost of a Ross Street underpass. RF Binnie & Associates ltd. was awarded the contract for a civil engineering review of a preliminary design by cWMM consulting engineering that was completed in 1999 but never finalized. Binnie will be working with cWMM and other contractors to provide an updated underpass design and costs estimates. The city budgeted the $40,000 in 2012 for the design and cost review. coun. Ken Jamieson said as long as he’s on council, any movement towards an underpass would require a referendum. However, people need to know exactly what is being proposed, so he supported awarding the contract. “That doesn’t mean that me personally or us as a group is saying this is the route we are going to take and it’s going to be constructed,” said Jamieson. “But certainly, the next step after this is a referendum, and that could be in the short term or the very long term.” Acting as deputy mayor, coun. denise Reimer said while she would support a referendum, it wouldn’t be the only option open to council. coun. chad eliason chided council for its use of the “r” word, emphasizing the discussion was about design and costs. “I am upset so many of us have used the term ‘referendum’ already… I think far too many people have gone three steps too far already here in this discussion,” said eliason. “And we’re discussing spending money so the citizens of Salmon Arm know what they’ll be voting on when it does go to a referendum.” eliason explained the updated cost and design information will give council what it needs to take the project to higher levels of government and cP Rail to seek monetary support for construction of an underpass, estimated to be $9 million. According to city staff, there will likely be further work required to finalize a detailed design, estimated to cost between $100,000 and $300,000. RF Binnie has already indicated a completed design concept and cost estimate will be ready by September.

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Accident aftermath

Paramedics, fire and police respond to a single-vehicle accident Tuesday morning on the Trans-Canada Highway east of Salmon Arm near Canoe Forest Products. The female driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. This was the second of two collisions at nearly the same location within a short span of time Tuesday morning attributed in part to icy conditions. RCMP warn that road conditions can change quickly at this time of year and drivers should be cautious at all times.

Man stabs co-worker Arrest: Salmon Arm resident facing attempted murder charge. By Tracy Hughes OBSeRVeR STAFF

A 31-year-old Salmon Arm man is facing charges of attempted murder after stabbing his co-worker at the Super Self Storage Facility in the Salmon Arm Industrial Park late Friday morning. Jeremy daniel Webster of Salmon Arm remains in custody after he is alleged to have stabbed a fellow worker. The men are not employees of Super Self Storage, but were co-workers who were renting

This week Will Salmon Arm remain a contender in the Hockeyville contest? See story on A3. SilverBacks coach Troy Mick shares his thoughts on the season. See A17.

a storage unit at the facility. Webster made a first appearance in court Monday and will appear again Thursday, March 13. An air ambulance was called in Friday afternoon to the storage facility at 4750 40th Ave. Se to transport a man with stab wounds. Staff Sgt. Kevin Keane of the Salmon Arm RcMP reports police and ambulance were called to the scene at 11:15 a.m. A 34-year-old man had

On scene: RCMP investigate a stabbing Friday at the Super Self Storage facility in the industrial park. been stabbed and because there was no safe site for the helicopter to land at that location, the man was taken

by ambulance to the Salmon Arm Airport for transport to See Victim’s on page A2

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Woman survives jump from Jeep By Tracy Hughes

Ditching his vehicle


At 3:15 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, a Salmon Arm RCMP member noticed a vehicle upside down in the ditch near the Salmon River Bridge. As police approached the scene, a taxi cab was seen leaving the area. Police noted a single set of footprints from the collision site to where the taxi had been noted. The passenger in the taxi was determined to be the registered owner of the crashed vehicle and was intoxicated. The 28-year-old man from Tappen was transported to hospital where he refused medical treatment. He subsequently provided samples of his breath indicating twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system. Charges are pending.

A female passenger is recovering from injuries she incurred when jumping from a vehicle after the driver lost control on a curve between Salmon Arm and Sicamous. At approximately 12:05 p.m. on Wednesday March 5, RCMP from Sicamous, Salmon Arm, and Trans Canada East Traffic Services responded to a single vehicle collision on the Trans-Canada Highway near Bernie Road, east of Canoe. A Jeep Cherokee had been travelling eastbound, when the driver lost control going through the “S” curves. As the vehicle was spinning, the passenger attempted to jump from the vehicle. The vehicle spun off the road left, and stayed upright. The driver was not injured. The passenger was found lying on the roadway and appeared to have serious injuries. An air ambulance was called in to transport the person to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. The passenger’s

Truck taken A pickup truck was stolen from the Canadian Tire parking lot on Sunday in Salmon Arm. It was reported stolen at 3 p.m. The vehicle is a grey 2005 Ford F350 with matching canopy. Police are asking the public’s assistance in providing information. If anyone witnessed suspicious activity, contact the Salmon Arm RCMP Detachment.

Residential break-in During the daytime hours of March 4, a residence in the 3000 block of Foothills Road was broken into. Entry was made through an unlocked door. Police continue investigation into this incident.

Run off the road A driver travelling east on the Trans-Canada Highway near Pierre’s Point had a close call on March 5 after being forced off the roadway. A vehicle travelling in the opposite direction attempted to pass a semi unit on snowy roads and was unable to return to the appropriate lane prior to meeting oncoming traffic. There was no injury to the driver of the vehicle who was forced into the ditch. Police have obtained the licence plate number of the offending driver and will be following up.

lost control Two collisions on March 5 were attributed to slick road conditions. At 11 a.m., police attended a single-vehicle collision in the 4600 block of the Trans-Canada Highway. Snowcovered roads contributed to the driver failing to negotiate a curve in the road. The 65-year-old driver from 150 Mile House was uninjured. At 3 p.m., a vehicle failed to negotiate snowcovered roads and went into the ditch on the Trans-Canada Highway approximately 20 kilometres east of Salmon Arm. The driver and passenger, each from Alberta, were not injured.

Vehicle B&e Overnight on March 5, a vehicle parked at a residence on Fifth Street SE was broken into. The passenger side window was smashed and several items were stolen.

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Victim’s injuries serious Continued from front Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. The man’s injuries were described in initial reports as critical, but he is expected to survive, report police. The male suspect was arrested at the scene. “Police believe mental health issues are a factor in this incident,” said Keane. Friday afternoon, RCMP were on the scene interviewing people in the rear yard of the self storage facility and speaking with workers at the BC Hydro building next door.

injuries were serious, but are not believed to be life threatening. RCMP report the woman was lucky to have survived. At the time of the collision, it was snowing heavily, and the roads were slushy and icy. The RCMP urge people to adjust their speed to the road conditions, and to wear their seat belts. “The safest place to be during a collision is inside the vehicle, and the decision to jump could very easily have been fatal,” says Const. Jason Thompson, a collision analyst with Trans Canada East Traffic Services.


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City awaits vote results

Hockeyville: Announcement set for Saturday night. By Martha Wickett OBSERVER STAFF

The die is cast, all the frantic mouse clicking and telephone calling is over. Salmon Arm, and the other 15 communities who made the cut in the first round of the Kraft Hockeyville contest, must now wait and see. Come Saturday, March 15, the top four communities will be announced in the race to win the grand prize of the Kraft Hockeyville 2014 title, $100,000 for arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL game. The grand prize winner will also be featured on a CBC-TV broadcast related to the game. Lana Fitt, manager at Salmon Arm Economic Development, which helped spearhead the Hockeyville nomination, says she’s optimistic that Salmon Arm may move into the top 4. All communities which made it into the top 16 in the contest had 48 hours beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8 to register as many votes as possible. Sunday at the Shaw Centre, where a voting station was set up, people didn’t need encouragement. “We thought our role would be to tell people to vote, but what we were hearing so much of, people were voting on their cell phones all morning, or were sitting at the rink watching their kids play and voting on iPads,” Fitt says, noting that everyone seems to have a story about friends and relatives living in other places being encouraged to vote for Salmon Arm. Monday, Fitt’s office heard from Dorothy Argent and Neils Christiansen, Kyle Dearing and Cheryl and Jim Niemi who were on vacation. “They are sitting on the beach in Costa Rica voting – they all have their iPads out,” she A3

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Just keep clicking Lana Fitt helps De-Anna Mitchell record

her vote in the Kraft Hockeyville competition at the Shaw Centre. laughed. No matter what happens March 15, Salmon Arm is still a winner. As well as being chosen one of the top 16 in Canada based on all the community input that was uploaded ...People were voting on their cell phones all morning, or were sitting at the rink watching their kids play and voting on iPads.

Lana Fitt Economic DEvElopmEnt

onto the Hockeyville website by Feb. 9, Salmon Arm will receive a minimum of $25,000. According to the Hockeyville website rules at http:// krafthockeyville.cbc. ca/rules?lang=en: • The community which comes in sec-

ond place, based upon the results at the end of the third audience voting period (which runs March 22 to 24), will receive $100,000 to upgrade their arena; • The communities which come in third and fourth place, based upon the results at the end of the second audience voting period (March 15 to 17) will each receive $50,000 to upgrade their arenas; and • all entries placing fifth to 16th, based upon the results at the end of the first audience voting period (which ended Monday, March 10), will each receive $25,000 for upgrades to their arenas. The rules stipulate that “the odds of winning a secondary prize are directly related to the number of entrants, the application of competition judging criteria by the in-house panel and the number of audience votes.” The grand prize will be announced on CBC TV’s Hockey Night in Canada broadcast on April 5.

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Gold medal signatures Al Mojstrovich has his broom signed by Canadian curling team members and 2014 Olympic gold medalists Brad Jacobs and Ryan Harnden during a public appearance Monday afternoon at De Mille’s Farm Market. James murray/observer

City cautious about childcare plan By Lachlan Labere observer sTAFF

salmon Arm council is favourable to the concept of $10-a-day child care, provided the city doesn’t get stuck with the tab. on Monday, council received a presentation from early Childhood educators of bC executive director emily Mlieczko, who has been visiting b.C. municipalities trying to garner endorsements of the $10 a Day Child Care Plan. The proposal would move early education from the Ministry of Children and Family Development to the Ministry of education, and establish a highquality affordable system of child care where parents options aren’t limited by income or lack of childcare spaces. early childhood educators would receive a living wage and children provided with an equal opportunity to develop and learn and not treated as an investment. Mlieczko explained the province has all kinds of educational programs targeting pre-schoolers, yet 34 per cent of children are starting kindergarten in salmon Arm are identified as “highly vulnerable,” indicating a lack of basic skills needed when entering the school system. “The early years are an important place to develop those skills,” said Mlieczko. “on the other hand… there has

been nothing to address the ongoing childcare crisis, and we have seen this for over 30 years.” The program outlined by Mlieczko was applauded by Coun. Chad eliason as a proactive and economically sensible approach. He said he would see if motions of support will be coming at this year’s Union of b.C. Municipalities convention.

but other councillors balked at the funding model. Mlieczko suggested the program would cost $1.5 billion in new funding, and the potential that an endorsement from council could result in the federal and provincial governments downloading more financial responsibility’s to municipalities. Mlieczko later told

the Observer the other 27 municipalities that have endorsed the program didn’t share that concern, and she is hopeful salmon Arm will get onboard at UbCM. “We understand municipalities don’t have the resources to implement enough childcare spaces or having the fees reduced… but what I would hope is

that this municipality and others across the province would take on this cause and this message to the provincial government and say, ‘Yes, this would really help our communities grow and will help our families prosper and move forward,’” said Mlieczko, adding anyone wanting more information can visit

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Guilty plea in sex assault A Salmon Arm man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to sexual assault. Calvin Scurvey, who is being held in custody, admitted to sexually assaulting a teenaged girl on Feb. 15, 2011. The courts have ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report for review prior to his sentencing. Scurvey has an extensive criminal record in Salmon Arm for assault, breach of probation and robbery dating back to 2001. The 36-year-old man will appear again in Salmon Arm court on March 18 to fix a date for a sentencing hearing.

Child pornography charges A Salmon Arm man is facing charges relating to viewing and distributing child pornography. Gordon Martens, 57, is facing three counts relating to offences alleged to have been committed between July 18, 2013 and Dec. 5, 2013. The charges include one count each of possession of child pornography, importing or distributing child pornography and accessing child pornography. This includes still or video images. Martens made an initial appearance in Salmon Arm Provincial Court on March 4, but had his case put over until March 18.

By Martha Wickett OBSERVER STAFF

Canada is a country of many characteristics – and, unfortunately, one common issue is gender violence. On one day last year, a pan-Canadian survey, Canada’s First National Data Count, was conducted to provide insight into a typical day at women’s shelters and transition houses across the country. The picture across Canada, across B.C. and in Salmon Arm is similar. On the one day, 242 sheltering organizations across Canada who responded helped 4,178 women and 2,490 children. On the same day, 286 women and 205 children could not be accommodated. In B.C., 470 women and 148 youth and children received care in shelters and supported housing. On the same day, more than 22 B.C.

women and 10 children were still waiting for services. The actual number is higher because 63 per cent of transition housing programs in B.C. did not participate. Jane Shirley, executive director of the Shuswap Area Family Emergency (SAFE) Society, provides statistics for the Salmon Arm women’s emergency shelter from Jan. 1 to March 10, 2014. In January, 15 women and seven children were in residence. In February, it was 18 women and 10 children. During the first 10 days of March, eight women and two children stayed. As well, crisis calls the shelter responded to totalled 132. There were also 82 office support sessions. “Everybody’s running over capacity, such as we are, and there are very complex cases,” Shirley said.

Top issues for and suggestions from shelter workers from the survey regarding gender violence are also similar across Canada. For Shirley, the justice system and its consequences for crime are a problem. She points to the different court systems – criminal court and family court – that victims must navigate, as well as crowded court lists and rotating judges. “It’s around education and awareness within the whole system,” she says, adding there is not a lot of training available to judges. She said domestic violence must be approached from a wholistic perspective, which having a domestic violence team like larger centres do can achieve – a team that Salmon Arm doesn’t have. “Everyone has to work together – I think

that’s critical.” Shirley said safe, supported housing is crucial yet lacking in Salmon Arm, as is addictions support. “One of the SAFE Society’s long-term

Jane Shirley SAFE SociEty goals is to build secondstage housing. We’re just not there yet because it costs money,” she says, adding the society is grateful for all the support it receives from the community. Second-stage housing generally allows people to stay for up to two years and offers the help of a support per-

son who specializes in domestic violence and addictions. Shirley says help for abusers is also lacking. “That can be male or female. There are not a lot of services for people who want to change or are having trouble,” she says. “Everyone should have support and that’s how the world’s going to change.” Educating young people in school about what healthy relationships look like, both between teens and between adults, is also crucial. “That you have a right to be safe and a right to make choices,” she explains. If you have a friend or family member who is having trouble, Shirley encourages them to call for help, 250-832-9616. The majority who call or come to the shelter are from the Shuswap. “It’s local people helping local people.”

City News and Public Notices NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Council of the City of Salmon Arm will hold a Public Hearing in the Council Chamber of the City Hall, 500 - 2 Avenue NE, Salmon Arm, BC, on Monday, March 24, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. 1. Proposed Zoning Bylaw Text Amendments: : 1) add a new section 4.5.3 that would read: Where a home occupation is to be located on a parcel zoned R-1 – Single Family or R-7 - Large Lot Single Family Residential, in which the parcel area is greater than or equal to 0.2 hectares (0.5 acres) and less than 0.4 ha (0.98 acres), the home occupation: • shall be wholly contained within a dwelling unit and/or an accessory building; • shall occupy a combined total floor area of no greater than 45.0 square metres (484.4 square feet);

• shall not involve any outside storage; and • shall not create a parking problem or other nuisance. 2) renumber the balance of Section 4.5 accordingly. Owner/Applicant: D. Blais & D. Tierney Reference: ZON.1002/Bylaw No. 4031 The file for the proposed bylaw is available for inspection between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays from March 11 to March 24, 2014, both inclusive, in the office of the Deputy Corporate Officer at the City of Salmon Arm, 500 - 2 Avenue NE. THOSE WHO DEEM THEIR INTEREST AFFECTED BY THE PROPOSED BYLAW ARE URGED TO REVIEW THE FILE AVAILABLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT (OR TELEPHONE 803-4000) TO OBTAIN THE FACTS OF THE PROPOSAL PRIOR TO THE PUBLIC HEARING. Carl Bannister, Deputy Corporate Officer



“Backyard Cleanup” burning is governed by The City of Salmon Arm Burning Bylaw and is permitted March 15th to April 15th and October 1st to 30th. Properties must be more than .99 acres in size in designated areas. A permit may be purchased at City Hall or at the Fire Department at a cost of $10.00. Campfires also require a permit, the fee is $10.00 and they are valid for the current year in which they are issued. For more information about outdoor burning please call the Salmon Arm Fire Department at 250-803-4060

Residents of the City of Salmon Arm are reminded to notify City Hall if your address has changed. We will forward notification of changes in addresses to BC Assessment Authority. However, it is your responsibility to notify Land Titles Office directly. If we don’t have your correct address on file, it may mean that you might not receive your property tax notice, utility billing, public hearing notice, etc. In some cases, this may result in lost discounts or late payment penalties. Please check to ensure that your complete address is correct in our office.

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for what it’S worth

Tracy Hughes

Hockey, soccer and spelling We’ve had people voting until they have developed calluses on their clicking fingers. Once Salmon Arm was announced as one of the Top 16 finalists in the Kraft Hockeyville competition on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, people jumped on board and began voting and voting and voting. As there is no limit on the contest voting, it’s all about getting people to sit and hit “vote” again as many times as possible for the 48-hour time limit. There were some pretty hard-core voters out there: Bev and Jarvis Wice voted 2,940 times and were still going on Monday, so I have no doubt they topped 3,000. Others remembered Salmon Arm from places as far-flung as Costa Rica and Maui, where they spent time voting while soaking up the sun on tropical beaches. Voting for the popular contest began Saturday night at 7 p.m. and finished up at 9 p.m. Monday, so now it’s time to play the waiting game until the announcement as to whether Salmon Arm will move on to the top four – two from the west and two from the east. The news will be released Saturday, March 15 during the evening hockey telecast. Should we make the top four, the Shaw Centre would be guaranteed $50,000 in arena upgrades. The top winner from both the East and the West gets $100,000 to upgrade the facility, plus the grand prize wins the chance to showcase their community by hosting an NHL pre-season game. The silver lining here is that even if Salmon Arm doesn’t move on, the Shaw Centre will still receive $25,000 towards arena upgrades. Now, if only there was a Soccerville contest, as well. It would be nice if this community could get an upgrade to the indoor soccer arena, which is in far worse shape than the Shaw Centre. Another event that is well-deserving of Salmon Arm’s support is the upcoming Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society’s Spelling Bee event. I must confess to wanting to hide under a rock when I first heard about it, as my stomach flips and knees shake at the thought of standing up in front of a crowd and spelling words out. But just so we are clear – this event is not like that. Jen Findlay, literacy co-ordinator, assures me there will be no standing under a spotlight waiting to be buzzed off the stage, which sounds about as much fun as a root canal. Instead, this will be a team event, where a table of spellers will put their collective heads together to puzzle out the words and other challenges. It’s about having fun and would be an excellent team building exercise for local businesses. The event is Friday, May 2, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. The Observer will have a team in, so come pit your word knowledge against us. Register for the event by contacting Findlay by email at or call 250-833-2095.

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Longer terms come with caveats There is certainly some merit to extending the term for municipal councils, regional districts and school boards from three to four years. After all, there will be more time for elected officials to pursue their strategic visions. That could be important when you consider the first year of a new term is typically consumed by newcomers getting used to their duties, while the third and final year is focused on the next election. That only leaves a brief period to do the people’s business. A four-year term would also bring civic leaders into line with federal and provincial politicians. However, longer terms could also have a significant downside. Particularly, people considering to run for office would be asked to give up another year of their lives. And that could be challenging for mayors

and councillors in small communities where the responsibilities are extensive but the compensation is more reflective of volunteerism. There’s already a challenge with getting younger people to run for office. But are they going to agree to four years when the salary doesn’t reflect the disruption to careers and families? And for those retirees who traditionally fill a lot of posts, will longer terms pull them away from heading south, spending time with grandkids or other activities? At a time when there is considerable public apathy about the electoral process, it’s difficult to know if these so-called reforms from the provincial government will help or keep people at home on voting day. -Vernon Morning Star

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The Observer asked: What do you think of increasing terms of municipal politicians from 3 to 4 years?

Lois Lepp Barb Van Der Voort “Shorter terms are better so that “It wouldn’t hurt to change it you can weed out the bad ones.” to four years. It would certainly save money over time with the cost of elections.”

Ron Kyles “They should go back to the old system where they elect one half one time and the other half three years later.”

Forget issues and pass the muffins instead BC VIEWS

Tom Fletcher

VICTORIA – Proceedings 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 seldom-used one at the top of steep stairs high in the 1898 stone structure. The new lounge is served by a ramp near the chamber exit to another under-used room in the library, and equipped with big-screen TVs to follow proceedings, similar to those installed in the legislature chamber last year. Everything done here is expensive, from matching ornate woodwork to upgrading ancient plumbing and wiring. But the public, conditioned by media to expect corruption and scandal, would rather be outraged about free muffins.  Prior to this, MLAs had to troop down to the basement dining room to put muffins and coffee on their expense accounts, or have an assistant fetch them. The outraged talk shows didn’t mention that. There are access issues in the dining room too, a fact more difficult to ignore with Children and Family Development Minister Stephanie Cadieux, Paralympian Michelle Stilwell and former Vancou-

ver mayor Sam Sullivan now elected to serve using their wheelchairs. A costly new outside access ramp assisted Kenny Michell, who visited last week to tell his harrowing story of the Burns Lake sawmill explosion that nearly burned him to death in 2012 and left him in a wheelchair. The NDP brought a delegation of survivors and family members of the dead from sawdust explosions in Burns Lake and Prince George. They supported the opposition’s demand for an independent inquiry, although their own demands ranged from counselling for long-suffering wives to seeing someone punished for alleged negligence. The scandal pushed in this tragic story is that some evidence was not protected by WorkSafeBC and wouldn’t have been admissible in court. Prosecutors also said they had enough evidence for charges, but the companies or executives would be able to show “due diligence” that would likely result in acquittal. 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. Back to pipelines through parks. This 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

Tavia Bente “Considering the cost, it would make a difference – every four years.”

Wayne McClelland “Three-year terms are fine because if you’re not happy with them it’s easier to get rid of them.”

Some teachers grateful for status quo B.C. Teachers Federation says there are more than 41,000 school teachers in the federation. Strike vote results from March 6 show that only 29,301 teachers voted with 26,051 voting yes for strike action. This leaves 14,949 teachers, or 36 per cent, that seem to be happy with the way things are. The way things are is that

the average teacher’s wage in B.C. is $70,624 in wages plus $18,000 in benefits, two weeks off at Christmas, a two-week spring break, in lieu days, a pension plan that the B.C. taxpayers pay 16.13 per cent of salary into, having the months of July and August off, and a taxpayerfunded benefits plan. With the Alberta Teachers Federation recent four-year

contract of zero per cent increase in the first three years, and a two per cent pay raise in the fourth year with a cash bonus, and with the announcement March 7, that Staples will be closing 225 stores, these 14,949 are saying, “Things are great the way they are. We are lucky to be working.” Joe Sawchuk

Hydro payment revision baffles client Imagine my surprise, on opening my February Hydro bill, to find that BC Hydro has gone back over one year and revised all costs. Now, they want me to pay more than double my usual monthly amount. Going back through my Hydro folder I find that a smart meter was installed on my home in April 2012. Since December 2012, all my bills have been “estimates.”

One would have thought that with the smart meter, accurate billings could have taken place. This seems counterproductive. Also, I am asking myself “why have I bothered to clear a path through the snow to my meter if it hasn’t been read anyway?” One would have thought that a contract involves an exchange between two parties of something of value, and that

when that exchange has taken place, legally the contract has been concluded. However, BC Hydro seems to think that by putting the word “estimate” on their bills they can revisit the contract at any time. The sad thing is that the consumer has very little recourse. Call me a disappointed customer. Al Christie

Lack of public inquiry speaks volumes Justice Minister Peter MacKay is defending the Harper Conservative government’s decision not to fund a public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Apparently the Conservatives’ “tough-on-crime” agenda has it covered. This from the government that spent $30 million to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.

Ironically the British would have lost that war were it not for their First Nations allies. Canadians deserve better.   Cindy Derkaz

Military snafus shake citizen’s confidence In 2004 Stephen Harper pledged to rebuild Canada’s military after what he called years of Liberal neglect. After eight years of Conservative (mis)management, Canada’s forces are still stuck with temperamental submarines, an obsolete fleet of Sea King helicopters, a

recently cancelled program to buy armoured vehicles, a ship-building program that is gravely over budget and behind schedule, and an inoperable 44-year-old naval supply ship in Hawaii. In spite of all these unresolved military snafus, Conservative party strate-

gists believe a well-funded re-election campaign will be able to convince Canadians that ‘Captain’ Harper is running a tight ship. His motley crew is as befuddled as a gang of bleary-eyed sailors on shore leave. Lloyd Atkins



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A small movement was afoot to change the name of the town. Mrs. W. Hope, in a letter to the editor, suggested “Salem” or “Gleneden.” Two other writers objected to any re-naming. The Salmon Arm Lacrosse Club met at the home of E. Worts to elect officers for the coming season. E. Worts, G. Shirley, G. Sinclair and Dr. Usher formed the new executive.


Judge Swanson reduced the assessment on the Ratcliffe property from $500 to $450 per acre. During the hearing L.B. Pangman valued the land for agricultural uses at $300 per acre. As a subdivision his only thought was the city was already over-subdivided. A group of 20 or 30 mothers and children picketed district council with a large placard reading, “We the children of Salmon Arm municipality demand adequate relief. Present allowance six cents a day for food and clothing.”


Word was received by Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Thompson that their son, Major Sidney Thompson, was to be invested with the award of the Military Cross. Pilot officers George Ritchie and Wilbur Minion were home on leave.


The old log cabin, long a landmark at Salmon Arm Golf and Country Club, was to be torn down and replaced by a new clubhouse. Plans for a new curling rink were discussed at a meeting of the club. It was learned that the estimated cost of the site, building and freezing plant would be $35,000. Authority to sell the old curling rink was given in a motion proposed by R.N. Bray and seconded by J.S. Day, both of whom were members when the old building was constructed.

Craft: (From left) Intwined Fibre Arts owner Althea Mongerson matches a skein of wool with a project; a close-up of a knitted collar; Rose Turner-Reichlin, Jen Stromgren, Nicole Brighouse-Warren, Christina Harisch, Erin Inglis and Athea Mongerson enjoy knitting and chatting during their weekly gathering at the Shuswap Pie Company.

o t s l a e p p a Knitting eration a new gen By Tracy Hughes OBSERVER STAFF

Move over, grandma. Knitting, an activity which used to be associated with elderly women making sweaters, is undergoing a resurgence as younger people are discovering the craft. “It’s definitely making a comeback,” says Althea Mongerson, owner of Intwined Fibre Arts, a Salmon Arm boutique dedicated to the fibre arts. “I think it is tapping into the movement of people wanting to get back to their roots, to make things that are unique rather than simply going out and buying something. It’s about reconnecting with things that are real, natural, local and healthy.” Surrounded by rich colours and textures of yarn in her shop, Mongerson says knitting has a warmth and a friendliness about it that can draw people in. People often stop by with questions about a project and to get ideas for their next creation. Mongerson says she is seeing a lot of interest in learning

to knit, especially among young women and mothers. “A lot of these women remember knitted things from their grandmothers, but their mothers never learned, so now they are seeking out a way to get that skill.” Knitting 101 and 102 classes, which are two-session and teach knitting basics including the making of a cowl and simple knitted hat, have been very popular, as has the recent addition of a kids knitting class. Kristina Harisch, 27, is one of the next-generation knitters, who is the instructor for many of the Knitting 101 and 102 classes. She learned to knit as a young teen, but then took it up again seven years ago when she learned she was going to become an aunt. “I wanted to do something really special as a present for this baby, something that was personal and from the heart, so I picked up the needles and made a blanket.” While knitting is an age-old skill, technology has made

a real impact on the knitting world. Knitting blogs and websites like offer hundreds of patterns, project ideas and advice. Knitting videos are also widely accessed on YouTube and can help a knitter get past any difficulty they may be having. Another attraction to knitting, Harisch says, is that it’s a productive hobby that can be done almost anywhere and while you are doing other things like socializing or waiting for an appointment. “I should be knitting now,” she jokes during the interview. It was that feeling of accomplishment that drew Hanka Mosher, who learned to knit in October, into the craft. As a working mother of two and self-confessed Type A personality, Mosher said she has found knitting a terrific form of stress relief. She first learned to knit from a fellow mother while sitting and watching their children at swim meets. “I have a hard time sitting still, so this used to make me crazy, feeling like I was sitting around doing nothing. Now, I knit and I am way more calm because I feel like I’m doing something, not wasting time,” she says. “It’s made me a better mother. I’m not always rushing and yelling at them to hurry up.” Her husband also appreciates his wife’s self-described knitting obsession. The family often travels to Revelstoke to go skiing, and Mosher says she is a

nervous passenger prone to giving driving advice or critiques. “Now I knit, so I don’t pay attention to the road and my husband says it is the best thing ever because he doesn’t have to listen to me complain about his driving. He doesn’t even mind when he sees the Visa bill with my charges from the knitting store,” she says. “I’ve told my kids this is so much more rewarding than feeding them. I prep, I cook and they eat it and all that’s left is the mess to clean up. My knitting is something that lasts.” Knitting groups or circles are cropping up, which gives women a chance to come together and socialize while still feeling productive. There are a couple of knitting groups in Salmon Arm, including the Odd Sock Knitters who meet at the SAGA Public Art Gallery on Friday afternoons and a drop-in Knit Night on Mondays at 7 p.m. at the Shuswap Pie Company. “It’s one thing to tell your husband you are going out with the girls, its another to say you are going to your knitting group,” says Mongerson. “One sounds like sitting around gossiping, the other sounds like you are accomplishing something. It’s like a book club, it’s not always about the book, but about connecting with others.” Information about upcoming classes can be found by calling Intwined Fibre Arts at 778-4891090.

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Alliance to battle MMBC fees Recycling: Groups urge province to pause plan. By Jeff Nagel BLACK PRESS

An alliance of business groups opposed to the new Multi Material BC recycling system are demanding the province halt the planned May 19 launch and go back to the drawing board. MMBC, an industry stewardship group, is poised to take responsibility for curbside blue box collection – with more containers and material types collected than before – while charging businesses for the recycling of the packaging and paper they generate. But it’s been in a bitter fight with small business groups that complain they are set to pay punishingly high fees, which will then be passed on to consumers. The battle took a new turn Monday, when the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and eight other associations launched a campaign in B.C. newspapers and online at to amplify the pressure on Victoria. CFIB provincial af-

fairs director Mike Klassen predicted job losses and some business closures as a result of the MMBC regulations and fees. “This is public policy run amok,” he said. “We are asking British Columbians to talk to the B.C. government to push the pause button on its reckless and red tape-laden program.” B.C. Agriculture Council vice-chair Stan Vander Waal said farmers can’t readily stop packaging strawberries and blueberries in plastic clamshells, because retailers insist that’s what consumers want. “We have to wear the cost,” he said, adding MMBC fees will cost his Chilliwack farm $60,000 to $100,000 a year. Canadian Newspaper Association chairman Peter Kvarnstrom, who is publisher of a paper in Sechelt, warned the new system will be “catastrophic” to B.C. community and daily newspapers, resulting in job losses in an already challenged industry and

reduced service to communities. Newspapers say they face a $14-million-ayear bite out of their operations because of the 20 cents per kilogram they will pay on newsprint, compared to less than half a penny in Ontario. They contend a high proportion of newsprint is already recycled in B.C. through blue boxes. Kvarnstrom said newspapers are considering options to create their own newsprint collection system – a move that could also deprive MMBC of newsprint revenue and undermine the program’s viability. MMBC managing director Allen Langdon said MMBC’s higher fees are because they fully finance the program and ensure service for multi-family apartments and rural depots, in contrast to Ontario’s more limited focus on single-family homes. He said B.C.’s successful container deposit system also means there’s less recyclable material left here for

container stewards to collect and sell, so fees have to be higher to cover the system costs. Langdon said no business is forced to join MMBC, adding groups like the newspaper industry are free to develop their own system. “If they think there’s a better way, I think it’s important they put it forward.” Environment Minister Mary Polak said most businesses are exempt from the fees if they have under $1 million in retail sales, generate less than a tonne of material or operate out of a single retail outlet, while generators of one to five tonnes per year pay flat fees of $550 or $1,200. She said property taxpayers will save money because MMBC will now pay for recycling collection that municipalities previously paid. “This is about shifting the costs from the property taxpayer to the people who produce the packaging and printed paper.”

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The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is inviting Tenders for a three year term commencing May 1, 2014 for the seasonal maintenance for four parks located in Electoral Area D. Sealed tenders clearly marked “Tender – Electoral Area D – Parks Maintenance” will be accepted until 11 AM local time on Thursday March 27, 2014 at the offices of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, 781 Marine Park Drive NE, PO Box 978, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P1. Services are to be provided on a seasonal basis. A detailed description of the Services required can be found in the Tender documents. Tender documents and further information are available online at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District website at, on the BC Bid website at, Civic Info website at and at the office of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District at the above address during regular office hours. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Tenders and to waive any informality in the Tenders received, in each case without giving any notice. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District reserves the right to accept the Tender which it deems most advantageous.Faxed or e-mailed submissions will not be accepted. Faxed or e-mailed submissions will not be accepted. The lowest or any Tender will not necessarily be accepted. For more information, please contact: Marcin Pachcinski, Parks and Recreation Team Leader T: 250.833.5923 or TF: 1.888.248.2773 E:


(Swansea Point Lake Access Parks and Sicamous Creek Trailhead) The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is inviting Tenders for a three year term commencing May 1, 2014 for the seasonal maintenance of six lake access parks and one trailhead in Electoral Area E. Sealed tenders clearly marked “Tender – Electoral Area E – Parks Maintenance” will be accepted until 11 AM local time on Thursday March 27, 2014 at the offices of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, 781 Marine Park Drive NE, PO Box 978, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E 4P1. Services are to be provided on a seasonal basis. A detailed description of the Services required can be found in the Tender documents. Tender documents and further information are available online at the Columbia Shuswap Regional District website at, on the BC Bid website at, Civic Info website at and at the office of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District at the above address during regular office hours. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District reserves the right to accept or reject any or all Tenders and to waive any informality in the Tenders received, in each case without giving any notice. The Columbia Shuswap Regional District reserves the right to accept the Tender which it deems most advantageous. Faxed or e-mailed submissions will not be accepted. The lowest or any Tender will not necessarily be accepted. For more information, please contact: Marcin Pachcinski, Parks and Recreation Team Leader T: 250.833.5923 or TF: 1.888.248.2773 E:

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Poor job: While the location was not disclosed, this is a photo of one of the bridges included in a Forest Practices Board report that cited numerous non-compliances in the forest industry.

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standards government and the public expect.” While the report includes photos of some of the unsafe bridges, the Forest Practices Board would not reveal their location. “That was not the purpose of the report; the purpose was to determine if bridges were being properly designed and built,” says Ryan, noting the responsibility lies with the Associa-

will update the current professional practice guidelines, identify the necessary skills and There are problems in the forcompetencies required for this est, but nobody is talking about work, and undertake specialized where they are. professional development with An investigation of 216 bridgmembers in this area of praces constructed throughout the tice,” notes the release. province in the past three years, And government will be including the Okanagan Shuswatching too. wap district, has found numerMinister of Forests, Lands and ous non-compliances with legisNatural Resource Operations, lation and more than two dozen David Thomson, says he is disbridges that may not be safe appointed by the findings and for industrial use, according What we expects the unsafe bridges to a report released March 5 found is highly have already been corrected, by the Forest Practices Board. disturbing, given or will be immediately. The investigation carried “I have asked staff to folout last summer by the inde- the emphasis low up with the two profespendent watchdog found 19 government and sional associations and forTim Ryan bridges that were obviously industry have estry associations to identify unsafe and another 13 bridges placed on safety Forest Practices and address contributing facthat had serious safety issues. in recent years. Board chair tors to substandard bridgeForty per cent of the bridgbuilding practices and to es did not have complete come up with an action plan plans and, in the case of 74 within 60 days,” he says. “As bridges, the required sign-off tion of BC Forest Professionals recommended by the board, I’ve by a professional that the bridge and Association of Professional also directed ministry compliwas designed and built correctly Engineers and Geoscientists. ance and enforcement staff to was not completed, states the “When we started, we involved include bridges in their inspecreport. those two organizations so they tion plans.” “What we found is highly were fully aware… The orgaThe Forest Practices Board disturbing, given the empha- nizations will take that up with is B.C.’s independent watchdog sis government and industry their members.” for sound forest and range prachave placed on safety in recent In a joint release also issued tices, reporting its findings and years,” said Forest Practices March 5, the two organizations recommendations directly to the Board chair Tim Ryan. stated their concerns and indi- public and government. “The problem is not the lack cated they would be following The board can investigate and of legislation or guidance by up on the board’s investigation report on current forestry and professional associations, the – and using “enforcement and range issues and make recomproblem is that some profes- discipline systems” if necessary. mendations for improvement to sionals are not performing to the “In addition the professions practices and legislation.


BC Conservatives debate Saturday The third in a series of five debates between BC Conservative leadership candidates Rick Peterson and Dan Brooks will take place in Salmon Arm on Saturday, March 15. The Salmon Arm debate will take place at

1 p.m. at the Seniors’ Fifth Avenue Activity Centre, 170 5th Avenue SE. All members of the public are invited to attend. Admission is free of charge and donations are welcome.

“We have two exceptionally strong candidates in Rick and Dan,” said Tom Birch, president of the BC Conservative Party. “These debates will not only showcase their abilities but underscore their very

different visions of the party going forward. This is an exciting time to be a member of the BC Conservatives.” The BC Conservative leadership convention is scheduled for April 11 in Richmond.


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PACE for employers Okanagan College is recruiting – not for students, but for employers to participate in the PACE program which supports adult special education. The program involves students with challenges including learning or intellectual disabilities, brain injury, psychiatric illness or autism and is designed to introduce participants to the community and the working world. Employers can host students for job shadowing or work experience terms, and the student is monitored and receives support from the PACE program co-ordinators. Employers are not expected to hire students at the end of the program. Coverage for WCB is provided by the college. Studies by the Shuswap Association for Community Living show that people with disabilities have exemplary records for productivity, workplace safety and attendance, as well as being loyal employees. Interested businesses can contact Sue Betschart at Okanagan College at 250-8322126 ext. 8265.

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Company seeks a roof in need By Barb Brouwer


Another year, another roof. For the third year, Integrity Roofing owner Josh Bickle is planning to provide a roof, free of charge, to a deserving individual who cannot afford to have the work done. The first recipient of Integrity’s “cover-up” was a Ranchero homeowner living solely on his old age pension. Last year, a Salmon Arm man burdened with multiple disabilities who uses a wheelchair, was grateful and relieved. “I felt I was going to have to sell my home, but I had no place else to go,” he said, noting his sole income was a $906 disability payment. People who know of someone needing a new roof are encouraged to send nominations no later than Friday, April 4 by email to info@ integrity, by fax at 250-833-1100 or by Canada Post to PO Box 10021, Salmon Arm, V1E 3B9. No phone calls, please. Nominated roofs, which cannot be too large, will be considered by the Bickles

and physically assessed once the snow has gone. Integrity aims to fix the worst roof for the most deserving person. The job will include material, labour, removal of the old roof, clean-up and disposal. Bickle expressed his philosophy behind the free-roof project two years ago. It remains the same. “When people do something for you, you want to do something for them,” he says of his belief in the pay it forward philosophy. “If everybody could get on-board it would be really good for the community and we want to contribute to getting everyone onboard.”

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It’s orange and yellow and unattractive, but what it is will be determined by lab tests. Environmental Health Officer Brian Gregory was on a beach in Blind Bay Monday taking samples. Gregory was responding to a complaint by Blind Bay resident Bruce Johnson, who had reported “brown, gooey stuff” near a pumping station in the 2001 block of Eagle Bay Road. “Because the bay is half frozen over, you can walk out,” Johnson said last week, noting he had reported the ooze to the RAPP (Report All Poachers and Polluters) line three times without response. “People are running out of water and when you have such a beautiful lake, it’s a concern for me,” Johnson says, noting the lake is the local source of

drinking water. “I’m concerned about the fish and they’ve got a swimming area. To me it’s a big concern for the future for children.” Meanwhile, on Friday, Gregory walked between 2001 and 2022 Eagle Bay Road taking photos but did not take samples. He explained there is a 30-hour window for getting material to the lab, which is closed on weekends. “In my opinion, it didn’t have a sewagelike odour,” he said, noting he was an environmental health officer for the South Shuswap between 1995 and 2005. “There was a lot of iron or reddish orange staining matter on the beach and I’ve seen it before in Blind Bay.” Back on the beach Monday, Gregory took samples, which will be measured against federal guidelines for Canadian recreational water quality. Gregory said Ministry of the Environment officials may take the

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Shaw hosts midget female provincials By martha Wickett OBSERVER STAFF

It’s a big week upcoming for the Shaw Centre. Salmon Arm is hosting the 2014 Midget Female ‘A’ B.C. Hockey Championships from Sunday, March 16 through Thursday, March 20. The Salmon Arm Midget Female Armstrong Co-op Rep Team will be representing Salmon Arm, competing with B.C.’s best from Terrace, Cranbrook, Vancouver Island, the Lower To us, it’s a Mainland and Kamhuge deal. loops. For the “To us, it’s a huge community, I think deal,” says organizer it’s huge, bringing Ken Whitehead. “For 140 families into the the community I think it’s huge, bringing 140 community. families into the community.” Whitehead is still looking for volunteers. Asked about Ken what skills are needed, he smiles: “Can you Whitehead breathe and stand uporganizer right for a period of two hours?” Jobs include security, ticket sellers, and he’s hoping to find some experienced scorekeepers and time keepers. If you can spare a couple of hours, call him soon at 250-833-2518. The official opening ceremonies take place on Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. The Salmon Arm girls are scheduled to play right after the opening ceremonies, 8 p.m. Sunday. Then they play Monday at 5 p.m., Tuesday at 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Wednesday at 8 p.m. and Thursday at 2 p.m. The championship game goes at 8 p.m. Thursday.

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Excellent ringette It was a busy ringette weekend, with teams from the Shuswap making their mark at provincial championships in Prince George. The Junior and Tween teams earned silver medals, while the Belles missed the medals but played some great, hard-fought games.

Tight contest for Tips The Scotiabank Bantam Tier 2 Rep team broke open a close, tight checking game with five goals in the third period to defeat the Merritt Centennials 7-4 in exhibition play at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena. Evan Hughes paced the Silvertips offence, scoring three goals and adding two assists while other goals came from Aaron Plessis, Matthew Dolinar, Ben Wardman and Harley Bootsma. Defenceman Jason Herd had a strong game at both ends of the rink adding three assists. Goal-tending duties were split between Devon Blackmore and Ryan Freed.

The Salmon Arm Secondary girls curling team came on strong through the provincial championship in Parksville, placing fourth overall. “We had a couple of tough outings, but the girls picked themselves up and finished strong with two well-played games resulting in wins,” said coach Darryl Horne. “Lorelei (Guidos) did a great job reading some tricky ice, and they had just sanded the rocks so there was some big swing to deal with.” To break a tie, the teams had to draw to the button rather than play an extra end due to tight game times. So, in one game they ended up deadlocked after eight ends, when the opposition threw first to the back of the four-foot. Mikaela Paetsch simply covered the pin for the victory. “Jenn (Pletsch) did a great job mapping the ice and judging draw weight all week. And really, she and Paige (Rivers) actually ‘placed’ Mikaela’s draw on the pin. Paige, who joined up with the team just for the high-school competition, set up a lot of ends with awesome draw weight,” Horne said.

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Provincials: Salmon Arm Secondary’s Mikaela Paetsch delivers the rock while Paige Rivers, back to the camera, and Jenn Pletsch, sweep. Not in the picture is Lorelei Guidos.

Jewels take 12

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Soccer victory The Kamloops Heat – made up of current and former members of the Thompson Rivers University WolfPack men’s soccer team, won bronze at a weekend tournament March 8 and 9 in Surrey. After losing 2-0 to the UBC Thunderbirds on Saturday, the Heat downed the host Kwantlen Polytechnic University Eagles 4-0 on Sunday. “It was a great day for soccer and the boys were primed to play,” said Heat head coach Sean Wallace, who is the co-head coach of the WolfPack squad. Keeper Travis Froehlich, Salmon Arm Secondary grad, got the shutout Sunday.

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Winning style: Above left, Zayhna Lewis heads for the basket while Maia McLellan comes to support; at right, Haylie Gibb goes up for a shot.

The Jewels had a great tournament at the provincial championships in Langley, placing 12th. Players of the games were Haylie Gibb, Zahyna Lewis, Lisa Petterson and Trice Tuaiti. In the first game the Jewels, ranked 11th, faced sixth-ranked Riverside. The Jewels started out well but ran out of steam by the end of the game. They then faced Caledonia who they defeated by 30. The girls then lost a heartbreaker to Burnaby South who broke a tie with one second to go. The final game was a loss to Claremont. “It was a great experience for the girls,” said coach Maria Waring. “At least two girls are going on to play... next year. Zahyna Lewis is going to Kwantlen and Haylie Gibb is heading to UBCO.”

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The Salmon Arm Secondary Ski/Board Team had a great showing at provincials in Whistler. Max Scharf was fourth in the in Giant Slalom and SkierCross. Heather Smith placed 14th in

Snowboard GS, while Maia Journeau was 10th in SkierCross. Overall, SAS finished fourth in the province. Coach Chris Stromgren said he is very pleased with the way the teams performed at the championship. 


“Three months of dryland training and various competitions at Silver Star and Revelstoke really helped to prepare them for the event. The SkierCross and Boarder Cross events are by far the most popular and exciting, and we had

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Landon Smith voted BCHL MVP A17


SilverBacks: Next season looking good with 12 returning players. Troy Mick would rather be talking about his team’s forechecking and power play but the tasks occupying his time right now represent positives for the Salmon Arm SilverBacks in other ways that are less visible to fans. Good news has rolled in since the season ended including forward Landon Smith being named winner of the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy as BCHL most valuable player, Smith taking a share of the Brett Hull Trophy as top scorer and robust season-ticket sales for the 2014-15 campaign. With preparations for three separate spring camps scheduled for May, Shaw Centre lease talks ongoing with the City of Salmon Arm, recruiting efforts as well as getting caught up with family time, there is certainly enough to do for a highly anticipated season ahead.

“This is a big year for our franchise,” said Mick. “Now we’re looking forward to seeing where we need to go as a franchise and having the team here.” On that topic, he’s encouraged by the response of fans to the team’s reduced price for season tickets. They’ve already outsold for 2014-15 the number they got for the season that just finished. Fans should be pleased to see several returning players as well as some key imports that are billed as difference-makers on the ice. “We’ve got 12 guys that are due to come back,” said Mick, pointing out Cole McCaskill, Andrew Farny, Bryden Marsh, Connor Brown-Maloski, Taylor Maruya and Thomas Plese are in that mix. “Everybody loved the experience (being on the SilverBacks). “We just couldn’t

overcome the guys that were hurt; you can only go on emotion for so long. We would have finished third in any of the other (BCHL) divisions with our record but we’re in a tough division.” The success of Landon Smith is a major shot in the arm for the team in terms of recruiting, especially in Smith’s home state of Colorado. “He’s a guy that played in the (United States Hockey League) for a couple years and maybe didn’t have the success he wanted,” said Mick. “He comes here and couldn’t have asked for better so he’s a real cheerleader for Salmon Arm. It’s just amazing the notoriety of the BCHL brand. Every day we get phone calls from kids that want to come here.” A pair that have already committed to the SilverBacks for next season are defenceman

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Best in league: SilverBack Landon Smith wins the Vern Dye Memorial Trophy, earned by league’s most valuable player. Chase Priskie of South Kent prep in Connecticut and centre Sam Lafferty of Deerfield Academy in Masschusetts. Off the ice, Mick has had talks with the city about the lease deal on Shaw Centre which expires after next season. He notes the team’s local spring camp, May 2 to 4, is another major economic impact for Salmon Arm with about 150 players and their families staying

in town. Also, Mick has enjoyed spending time with his family again including watching his son Logan play for the Vernon Vipers in their series against West Kelowna. “Just being a family, being in this hockey business, you don’t get to do that a whole lot,” said Mick. “Family has got to come first and it’s kind of nice to just be a dad.”


Salmon Arm Wheelers’ Kris Main is kept off the puck during the Wheelers’ loss to the Langley Dusters Saturday at the weekend Bantam House League Tournament held over the weekend at the Shaw Centre. JameS murray/OBSErVEr

Options to keep fit this spring break There’s plenty of opportunities for kids who want to stay active this spring break. The Shaw Centre will be hosting a number of additional public skates from March 17-20 and March 2427 from 2:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission for the weekday skates is a toonie. Stick and puck sessions will run March 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. and March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m.

At the SASCU recreation Centre swimming pool, there are additional public swimming times available for the two-weeks of spring break, including the use of the pool’s inflatables during both Friday sessions on March 21 and 28. There will also be special morning public swims from 10 a.m. to noon on March 18 and 20. There are some other pre-registered pro-

grams being offered. For more information on swim times and programs, check out salmonarmrecreation. ca. Shuswap Youth Soccer is hosting the European Football School from March 17 to 21 at the indoor arena with head coach Saibo Talic. Sessions are available for children born between 2003 and 2006 and another for players born between 1996 and 2002.


For more information, check out The Epic Sports Academy is offering kids a chance to play handball, kickball, ringette, basketball, dodgeball and other games from March 24 to 28 at South Broadview School. This program is for girls and boys aged 7 to 12. For more information, contact Gregg Nicholson at 250-546-0328 or email




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By Martha Wickett OBSERVER STAFF

The memory of Barry Dearing played prominently in a regional basketball tournament held at Shuswap Middle School Friday and Saturday. The Barry Dearing Invitational, as it was named, attracted Grades 6/7 boys teams from Vernon, Kamloops, Rutland, Kelowna and Vernon. The referees, in honour of Dearing, a longtime referee, coach and educator, donated all their pay back to the Barry Dearing Family Foundation. The foundation was set up by Dearing’s family to provide funding to disadvantaged elementary-aged children in the Shuswap who can benefit from financial support with athletics or the arts. Dearing, 57, died in January. As well as the referees’ fees, tournament organizer and coach Aaron Smith explains that all of the teams’ entry fees, including Salmon Arm’s, which will amount to $1,200, will go to the fund administered by the Shuswap Community Foundation. “We’re hoping to make it annual for the junior grades and hoping the senior teams will pick it up.” Donations at the door will also go to the foundation. Smith says raising funds is not the only goal. “He was so influential in our basketball community, being the head referee, I hope it inspires people to come out and referee. We need them so bad, we just don’t have enough to support a growing basketball community.”

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Best-selling author applauds festival By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF


ords are on the minds of many as preparations are underway for the Word on the Lake Festival of Writers, which will be held May 16 to 18 at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort. That such an event is being held in Salmon Arm is “a big deal,” to best-selling author Gail Anderson-Dargatz, who will present a novel master class at the festival. One of the most important aspects of the festival in Anderson-Dargatz’s view is that it gives emerging writers access to a high level of education, along with invaluable networking opportunities. “Growing up in the Shuswap, I knew I was a writer very early on,” she says. “I would have given my right arm to have that kind of education and access to other writers and other published authors.” The author believes that every writer needs a mentor to help them thread their way through the writing-publishing process – support that speeds up the learning process enormously. Anderson-Dargatz’s festival master class is designed to take some of the mystery and intimidation out of writing fiction. “It really isn’t scary, it’s just big,” she laughs. “It’s about how to organize, how to bring in characters – the whole elephant.” The author, who teaches a yearlong master class through UBC, says writing a novel is a long-term process. But, she maintains, writing a novel is easier than a short story because there is more room to play with characters and settings. A big part of writing and something a lot of fiction writers neglect is research and interviews, she says. “Fiction doesn’t come from nowhere, but interviewing for fiction is different from non-fiction,” she adds, pointing out that non-fiction requires getting the facts right while fiction writers are looking for what could happen. “Whatever reality inspires your story, you need to push it way beyond reality,” she says, noting fiction writers often have difficulty letting go of reality. “Fiction, unlike realism (real life) has structure.” Anderson-Dargatz writes magic realism, a technique bred into her by her parents and the Shuswap landscape. “I grew up in a household where we spent a lot of time

out in the bush exploring...” she says. “Wherever we were, my parents would tell stories.” Her father’s stories were picked up from the Shuswap people he worked with, while her mother related stories of houses where someone might have died, of spirits and ghosts. “I don’t believe it personally, but this landscape is quite magical and, as a storyteller, those stories inspire me,” she laughs. “I am now telling my kids really what are tall tales.” An accomplished author, Anderson-Dargatz calls novel writing fun – in her case, best-selling fun. And, in a giant step from her usual literary works, she has discovered another way to have fun. Inspired by her mother. who taught adults how to read, Anderson-Dargatz embarked on a series of newer projects that include writing for literacy. “I remember being struck by the changes she made in their lives, but also in her life,” says the author. “She largely gave them the ability to tell their own stories, which is hugely empowering. Suddenly they had control of their lives.” Excited to get started, Anderson-Dargatz says that at

the time, she didn’t know the learning curve would be so steep. The stories are designed to pull people of all ages into the world of reading and require a tremendous amount of care in getting the words just right, she says, noting new readers often include people who speak languages other than English. “The editing process is actually more involved by far than doing a literary novel. I found myself going to commercial novels that are plot-driven and my literary snobbery fell away,” she says. “They are meant for engagement and enjoyment while literary writing is meant to challenge on a reading level and thematic level.” The change ignited Anderson-Dargatz’s sense of play and joy of writing again, she says of her books in the ABC Literacy Good Read program. “The experience with Good Reads made me look at my writing differently, reignited fun in writing and jump-started my writing again,” says the author who is now doing a series for Orca Books. Registration for the 11th Word on the Lake Festival of Writers is now open at This year’s event features a stellar lineup including Diana Gabaldon, along with other talented authors and publishing industry professionals. There will be blue-pencil sessions, a coffee house, awards ceremony and, new this year, a Saturday evening gala with entertainment.

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Call us at 250-832-2131, drop in to our office, or use our new, easy to use calendar online. See below. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12 LUNCH BUNCH – The BC Government Retired Employees Association will hold its monthly meeting at noon at the Fifth Avenue Seniors Activity Centre. Marilyn Harford from Finch and Company Accounts will discuss seniors and taxation. Everyone is welcome. BALLET - Ballet Kelowna performs Innovation at 7:30 p.m. at Shuswap Theatre on Hudson Avenue. Tickets at $36 for adult, $26 for seniors and $20 for students and children are available at Salmon Arm Stationery.

THURSDAY, MARCH 13 JAZZ CLUB – The Jazz Club of Salmon Arm presents Leisure Suite, a Kamloops-based ensemble that combines seductive vocals woven together with Latin, hip hop and classic jazz sounds, at 7 p.m. at Shuswap Chefs.

SATURDAY, MARCH 15 FIBRE FEST - Clare Fensom of Harmonious Homestead and Ewe invites fibre artists to take their current projects and enjoy a day of fun and friendship from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5421 70th St. SW. Admission is free. Door prizes, vendors and lunch available for purchase from the Flocks Trough. BIRDERS – Learn about the birds of Manu National Park in Peru and the tiny Swainson thrushes that travel from Canada to Peru and back every year, with biologist Stephanie Cavaghan, who will share her stories and photos at 7 p.m. at the SAGA Public Art Gallery. Admission by donation. MEMOIRS – Author Deanna Kawatski will show writers how to add sparkle to their memoirs and view themselves from different angles. Take a photo of your subject – if it is you, take one from your childhood. Event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the board room at the Mall at Piccadilly. OPERA – The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD presents Massenet’s Werther at the Salmar Classic at 9:55 a.m. BREAKOUT – Shuswap Music Hall presents Salmon Kid’s Spring Breakout from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the rec centre. For information and tickets, call 250832-4044 or visit IMPROV – Kim MacMillan is the host of Shuswap Theatre’s Laughing Gas Improv event where teams of performers are pitted against each other and use host or audience suggestions to fuel scenes. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar provides beer and wine. DINNER CONCERT – Shelby Babakioff performs her favourite original tunes as well as some well-known Top 40 tunes at Chiang Mai Orchid from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. SILVER SCREEN – Shuswap Film Society presents Gloria, a Chilean/Spanish film with subtitles, about a middle-aged woman who finds a way to become engaged with life, at 5 p.m. at the Salmar Classic.

SUNDAY, MARCH 16 PILGRIMAGE – Rev. Juanita Austin will give an illustrated talk about her visit to Palestine and Israel at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19 QUESTERS – Shuswap Questers presents native elder Evelyn Rattray, a traditional healer, who will talk about the gift of animal teaching, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the library of the Downtown Activity Centre. Admission is $5.


Music in the key of life By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF

A slice of life through the ages set to music is the essence of Reflections, a concert to be performed by the Northern Lights Chamber Choir Sunday, March 16 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Conductor Steve Guidone is enthusiastic about this year’s program and says that, after all the time and hard work members of the choir and accompanist Jim Johnston have devoted to prepare for concerts (particularly this one), the actual performances are relaxing and fun. “We start the program with Monteverdi; it’s not dry, it’s a gorgeous piece,” Guidone says, noting the composer’s wife died in 1607, and in 1614, still mourning her, he honoured her memory with Sestina: Lagrime D’Amante al Sepolcro dell’Amata. “Four hundred years later he can still transmit to me how he was feeling.” Next up is Franz Schubert’s Lebenlust, something Guidone describes as “a lively lust for life.” Another number the choir will perform was written about a young person leaving the family home, while another composer wrote a piece for

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SATURDAY, MARCH 22 PUB NIGHT – Noon Rotary Club hosts a Pub Night from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Salmon Arm Curling Club, a casual evening of appetizers and fun games to raise funds for the new School District #83 lunch program and a new picnic shelter for Blackburn Park. Tickets at $25 are limited and available from Kari Wilkinson at 250-832-8261.

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his own wedding. Guidone, who likes to challenge the accomplished Johnston, says he hunted Northwest Musical Services in Vancouver trying to find a good balance of music – fast and slow, old and new. Eric Whitacre’s The City and the Sea sets to music five poems by American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright E.E. Cummings. “Written in 2009, contemporary and clever, there’s almost kind of a rap feel to them,” laughs Guidone, noting the pieces were a challenge for everyone. “The city ones really zip along and even when the ladies are trying to quiet the men down, the energy of the city is always there underneath. And it comes to a rip-snorting end.” There are 10 other pieces before the concert culminates with George Frederic Handel’s Haste Thee Nymph. “We like to bring jollity to the concerts and we will with this one,” says Guidone enthusiastically. “I can’t tell you why. It’s a surprise.” Northern Lights Chamber Choir’s performance of Reflections takes place at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 1981 Ninth Ave. NE at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Tickets are $15 at the door.

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Making connections By Barb Brouwer oBSERvER STAFF

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Ballet student Kieran MurrellsAllaway dances in Once Upon A Time presented by the Just For Kicks Dance Studio Sunday afternoon.

New life is being breathed into an old group. Tentatively named The New Shuswap Network, the group is for those in the 20 to 40 age group who would like to connect with other people and ideas. “There’s nothing in town for this demographic,” says city councillor and mortgage broker Chad Eliason, who notes the group will feature speakers at various venues around town. “There is no commitment but many opportunities beyond networking to engage, volunteer or even start some activities.” Unlike Rotary, where members are expected to show up at every meeting and participate in service and fund-

Chad Eliason The New ShuSwap NeTwork raising activities, the network allows participants to come and go as they wish. Eliason says if the group’s help is requested by another organization, members will be invited to participate in that particular event. As well as inviting speakers that cover a broad range of timely topics, Eliason says members from all walks of life and interests are invited to join. While it’s definitely

not a dating service, he says one offshoot of the group would be organizing outings. The inaugural meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 at the Shuswap Pie Company. At 7, local Bitcoin entrepreneur Mark Kohlen will take centre stage with a 20-minute talk, followed by a 10-minute questionand-answer session. At 7:30 p.m., Peter North, the new artistic director of the Roots and Blues Festival, will take over in the same format. Admission is a minimum $2 donation, which will be directed to a good cause and beer and wine will be available for purchase. For more information, visit The New Shuswap Network on Facebook or call Eliason at 250-804-9874.

brought together about 230 people from a variety of different countries. Following the conference, Austin and about 20 others visited a number of communities including Nazareth, Joppa (Jaffa), Bethlehem, the Palestinian village of Jayyous, and Hebron. “To go to the Holy Land has always been on my list, but I knew I wanted to go as more than just a tourist, and even more than a pilgrim,” says Austen.

“I wanted to have my heart and mind opened. This journey gave me that opportunity. For that I am deeply grateful, and compelled to share what I experienced.” Austin served for four years as minister at First United Church, Salmon Arm. Currently, she is the minister at Sicamous United Church, and will give her talk as part of the church service there on March 23 at 10 a.m. The March 16 event

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Conductor: Steve Guidone

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St. AndrewsTickets Presbyterian Church $15.00

Pilgrimage opens heart and mind Last November, Rev. Juanita Austen travelled to Israel and Palestine where she participated in a conference at the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Centre in Jerusalem. She will share her experiences in ‘Pilgrimage to Palestine and Israel: A Journey of Contradictions’ at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Sabeel is an organization working for justice, peace, and reconciliation in PalestineIsrael. The conference

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As well as from choir members, Acorn Music (Salmon Arm) or at the door Student tickets available at the Salmon Arm Art Gallery Tickets available online at:

at St. John’s Anglican Church is a free public program sponsored by the Salmon Arm Ecumenical KAIRoS Committee, a chapter of the national organization, KAIRoS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives, which unites 11 churches and religious organizations in faithful action for ecological justice and human rights. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Anne or Ray Morris at 250-8335773.

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Break out It’s spring and time for families to enjoy some play time. Salmon Arm recreation hosts a Kid’s Spring Breakout Saturday, March 15 from 1 to 4:30 at the SASCU rec Centre. The afternoon will feature the music of Barefoot Caravan, magician Leif David and Kiki the eco elf. Barefoot Caravan is a five-piece band that performs indigenous songs from around the world in a variety of languages. The group combines traditional songs and chants with upbeat rhythms and three-part harmonies as

well as performing their own music. Leif David has been amazing audiences across Western Canada for 20 years. His awardwinning act features fun audience participation. Kiki the eco elf is so environmentally conscious even her hair is green. Kids should be prepared to clap, stomp, dance, wiggle and sing. Balloon animals and face-painting will be featured throughout the afternoon. Tickets are $15. For more information, call Salmon Arm recreation at 250-832-4044 or visit

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Kamloops Symphony conductor Bruce Dunn leads the orchestra during Made In Britain, presented Friday evening at the SASCU Recreation Centre.

Biologist describes work with birds by barb brouwer OBServer STAFF

Stephanie Cavaghan is used to working with her head in the clouds. The UBC science graduate spent four months banding birds at Waqucha Station at 2,800 metres in Manu National Park in Peru and will share her experiences and photos at the art gallery on Saturday. There are three stations in Manu Park, with the highest where Cavaghan worked appropriately called the Cloud Forest. One part of the project that involves scientists from around the world includes catching birds and monitoring their oxygen consumption over different temperatures to find out what their biological restrictions are – as in, why they live where they do?

A second study included finding and monitoring how many eggs were in the nest, how long they took to hatch, were they predated and when the birds fledged. Cavaghan’s assignment included catching and banding birds and taking parasite and feather samples in a project has been going on for seven years. Camp neighbours included a puma and a few spectacle bears and, much to Cavaghan’s delight, the capturing of some Swainson thrushes, the tiny birds that got her hooked on birds and their travels. “It was neat to see where they show up,” says Cavaghan of the birds, some of which had already been banded. The thrushes head north from May through June and re-

turn to their wintering grounds sometime in late summer through September. These tiny birds that weigh about 25 to 30 grams and travel about 4,000 to 5,00 kilometres to get to their breeding grounds in B.C. from their Central American winter homes. They average approximately 300 to 450 kilometres per day. The findings are the result of a study Cavaghan worked on with a PhD student, who presented her report in 2012. Cavaghan says the study proved what had long been suspected, that there was a migratory divide among the thrushes, with those in the Interior heading east before going south and a coastal species flying south along the coast. Further banding experience came at

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Sharing the value of animals in teaching Shuswap Questers presents native elder evelyn rattray at the Wednesday, March 19 meeting. rattray’s native name is Az-uh-da-a, which means sunshine. She is a member of the Tahltan tribe that have always lived along the banks of the Stikine and Tahltan river

where they hunted and fished as a traditional way of life in northwestern British Columbia. rattray is also a traditional healer, and like the Monarch butterfly, is always on the move offering her gifts to help transform lives. Like a salmon, her leaps of courage bridge

the past and offer hope for the future. Guided by ancestral wisdom and trained as an energy release practitioner, rattray helps others to achieve and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit connection. At the questers meeting, rattray will explain how humans are gifted

with animal teachings. She will also have her hand-crafted beaded slippers for sale. The group meets Wednesday in the library of the SASCU Downtown Activity Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentation takes place from 7 to 9. Admission is $5 at the door.

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Horoscope ARIES (March 21-April 19): You evoke a greater need to get in touch with others this week. Within your community or a team you belong to, the initiator in you gets engaged and actively involved in almost any project. In two, everything is enjoyed at a higher dosage of satisfaction. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Friendships become more concrete to you in the sense that you will know better who should you count on your team and who you should eliminate. The ones that have lost their magic touch and who no longer make you look good, you will let go of. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Your sense of freedom may feel restricted due to some chores that will ask for your attention early this week. As the days go by, a more enthusiastic vibe kicks in your daily life. You may plan a trip quite impulsively or dare to do something out of your character. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your week starts off with you feeling very optimistic and forward looking. A more artistic inclination will allow you to turn your domestic environment into your study area or, into a spiritual retreat. Whatever the choice, it has to feel liberating. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You will work diligently and very productively on all complex issues in your life. This is your opportunity to restart anew and build your way of living starting from more solid and firm foundations where you can function as an improved individual. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Your relationship with your colleagues may prove difficult at times. Don’t let their criticism get the best of you or let it affect you in any way. Invest your energy and your time into increasing your efficiency. This is your guarantee of increasing your own savings account.



LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): You continue to be busy this entire week running from one errand into another. Your focus is to create healthier daily habits and stabilizing your revenues. Reestablishing the picture of your financial security will give you more constancy into your life. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The area of your life dealing with fun and pleasure will start having a more consistent feel to it. You enjoy the permanency vibe that your closest relationships will offer you this week and thus, making you ache for some long-term romantic promise. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): A great deal of work can be done this week behind the scenes. You are not feeling particularly outgoing as dealing with your domestic responsibilities first and foremost. A project near home will be handled with great efficiency. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Within your business approach, you manifest a greater sense of vigilance and patience. When it comes to helping out a close sibling, you will be there for them. You are a natural born leader when it comes to dealing with their problems. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): This is your week to show off your commanding side and your originator quality. You strive to maintain a clean reputation within your vocation as this will promise you more financial stability and a stronger tie to your family. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You continue to be under the spotlight this week as the Sun radiates through your sign. You may consider a long-distance career or pursue some kind of higher education somewhere on the international grounds.

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COCKRILL, JACK ARTHUR Jack died of prostate cancer February 13, 2014 at the age of 76 in his home in Sechelt. Jack led a full and interesting life. He graduated from UBC with a degree in Engineering Physics in 1960. After graduation, he worked at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, New York before returning to British Columbia in 1969 to pursue a variety of professional endeavours, including as owner/operator of a building supply store in Salmon Arm and as a dairy farmer, realtor and entrepreneur. Privately, Jack’s family and his many friends will remember a wonderfully social man with an insatiable and infectious intellectual curiosity and an enormous capacity for deep and lasting friendship. Jack is survived by his wife Marion, son Gregg [Audrey] grandchildren Katherine, Andrew and Madeline and brother Donald [Judith] He was predeceased by his parents Edward and Madeline, son Christopher and sister Marilyn. The family would like to thank Dr. Bruce Robinson and home care nurses Patrina, Jill, Lesley and Tracey for their excellent and compassionate care. Memorials have been held for Jack in Sechelt and Vancouver. Donations to the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden, which maintains a beautiful Linden tree in Jack’s honour, are welcomed.”



REED, PHIL It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loving father, Phil Reed. Phil passed away suddenly on Wednesday, February 26th at the age of 61. He is survived by his loving wife Debbie Reed, Brothers Dan Reed, and Gary Reed, Sister June Reed, Daughters Krista Auch (Reed) , Erin Reed, Tracy Reed, Son-In-Laws Brad Auch, Tim Richardson, Derrill Thompson, and Grandchildren Ella and Ty Auch. A memorial service will not be held at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The family would like to take this opportunity to Thank everyone for their thoughts and support at this very difficult time. JOAN KENNEY Joan passed away peacefully, Friday, March 7, 2014, surrounded by the love of her family. Joan is survived by her loving children: Lee of Kamloops, Janice (Al) Stewart of Kamloops, Neil (Krista) of Salmon Arm and Andrea of Abbotsford, her brother Alan(Jenny)Skilton of Caterham, Surrey, England,  grandchildren: Marla, Shannon, Whitney, Joleen, great-grandchildren: Mathew, Jordyn, Devin, Hayden.  Joan is also survived by loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Joan was pre-deceased by her husband, Doug, sister Sylvia & husband Eric, sister-in-law Ena and husband Wilfred. Joan was born May 19,1923, in Caterham England to Lily and Sidney Skilton (deceased).  She was a telephone operator during WWII and met a Canadian soldier, Douglas Kenney.  They married July 10, 1943 and she became one of the many British war-brides arriving in Canada the end of May 1945.  Her new home was the Village of Wawota, Saskatchewan, where Doug’s parents, William & Elizabeth Kenney (deceased) lived.  Lee, Janice and Neil were born during that time.  In 1956, the family moved to Salmon Arm where Andrea was born to complete the family.  Joan loved Salmon Arm and embraced her new home.  She became involved with the St John’s Anglican Church Guild, the Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Girl Guides, War-Brides Association, Churches of Salmon Arm Thrift Shop and was known as Mrs. Santa Claus in Salmon Arm during the Christmas season.  She and Doug were also Park Hosts for the Provincial Park system for a number of years. Joan spent her last 8 years at Shuswap Lodge, where she received excellent loving care and support by the entire compassionate staff and her family thanks you for this care.  Joan’s family would like to express sincere thanks to her wonderful caring doctor, Dr Heunis, “my dear Doctor Adrian”, the entire nursing staff at Shuswap Lake General Hospital for the highest level of care and compassion and Community Care, Salmon Arm, for their assistance. Donations in Joan’s memory would be gratefully appreciated to Shuswap General Hospital Foundation. A Celebration of Joan’s life will be held Monday, March 17, 2014 at 11:00 A.M at St John’s Anglican Church, Salmon Arm, BC. The family would like to thank each and everyone for their thoughts, prayers and phone calls and in the words of our Mom, “God Bless You”. Online condolences may be sent through Joan’s obituary at Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC.



HENRY, VICTOR GEORGE It is with great sadness that we mark the sudden passing of Victor George Henry on March 1st in Salmon Arm. Vic was born in Talbot Alberta May 24th 1922. Although he spent most of his life in BC, the prairies meant a great deal to him. He leaves behind his loving wife Irma, his sons Don and Martin, daughters Vicki and Syndi, loving in-laws, grandchildren and great grandchildren, and many, many longtime friends. We will forever miss this amazing man. Vic and Irma were married in October of 1944. During those 69 years they worked together to build a life full of so many accomplishments. He believed in hard work and honesty. He loved to challenge himself with another project often related to the Salmon Arm Pioneer Club A celebration of his life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Children’s Hospital or a charity of your choice. Online condolences can be sent through Vic’s obituary at Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

(JEWELL) SHEILA ANNE SYME Sheila Anne Syme (Jewell) passed away peacefully February 23, 2014 at home after a long struggle with cancer. She was born April 19, 1959 in Salmon Arm and was the youngest of three to Roy and Shirley Jewell. She was a lifelong resident of Salmon Arm and loved the Shuswap. At an early age Sheila started work with her parents at the family business, Jewell’s Greenhouse, on Piccadilly until its closure in early 1990s. She met Bob in 1984 and got married the following year. Together they had two children and she became a stay at home mom to ensure her children were raised with the utmost amount of love. She valued her relationships with family and friends more than anything. Sheila loved her gardens. She loved growing things and she loved making her space beautiful with nature. Every year gardens were expanded, the lawns shrank and the flowers blossomed. When the crocuses would start to bloom, Sheila would be excited that another year in the garden was beginning. Throughout her three year struggle with cancer Sheila never gave up, she always maintained a positive attitude that cancer was not going to live in her body. The strength and courage she showed throughout the past three years inspired her family and friends. Most days, even after chemotherapy treatments, Sheila would be found in her gardens not allowing cancer to affect here daily life. Sheila was predeceased by her brother Ken Jewell (2005) and mother Shirley Jewell (2007). She is survived by her father Roy Jewell, husband Bob Syme, sons Andrew Syme and Scott (Brittny) Syme, brother Terry (Betty) Jewell, in-laws Don and Jane Syme, closest friend Cindy Inglis and many nieces and nephews. A celebration of Sheila’s life was held March 3rd at Bowers Funeral Home, it was preceded by interment of cremated remains at Mt. Ida Cemetery. The family would like to extend the warmest thank you to the staff at Shuswap Community Care and to Dr. Chris Weiker for all their care and support. Online condolences may be sent through Sheila’s obituary at

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Brian Mackies Family would sincerely like to thank the following for kind and compassionate care of our brother Brian: To the nurses on the 4th floor of Shuswap Lake General hospital and Dr. Theron. To Braby Millers for the loan of a vehicle at no charge. A special thank you to Rod for always being there for Brian. You truly were his best bud. A huge thank you to Delores who was at Brian’s side until the very end. And the Salmon Arm residents who donated to help pay the cost of Brian’s celebration of Life. Also a great big thank you to Brian’s family members who gave donations as well.

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THOMAS, CHARLOTTE LOUISE (NEE EDES) Charlotte Louise passed away at Hillside Village in Salmon Arm, BC on Saturday, March 01, 2014, at the age of 76 years. Charlotte was born in Salmon Arm, BC on June 11, 1937 and had been a lifetime resident of the Shuswap area. Charlotte will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bill; four daughters, Louise (Ron) DePeel of Morinville, AB, Mary (Wilfred) Rendleman of Malakwa, BC, Terri-Lynn Hartt of Fort McMurray, AB and Dianna Thomas of Killam, AB; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Also surviving is her sister, Delores Whitfield of Enderby, BC. There will be no formal service. If so desired, contributions in memory of Charlotte may be made to the charity of your choice. Online condolences can be sent through Charlotte’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice. com. Arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.

With deep sadness we would like to announce the sudden passing of Bob Coates at Vancouver General Hospital on March 4, 2014. Bob was a lifelong resident of Salmon Arm. He spent most of his working life doing road construction and paving, which took him around B.C. and Alberta. Bob had a zest for life and loved travelling, snowmobiling, quadding, and hanging out on the lake camping and boating, especially when he could get together with his longtime friends, Sean and Connie, Ed, and Phil. He had a soft spot for children, and his nieces and nephews always enjoyed receiving wacky gifts from “Uncle Bob”. Because of his allergies, Bob had what most would describe as different pets, such as his iguana, African Gray Parrot and 200 gallon fish tank with a host of exotic fish. He also had a real love of flowers, planting many different kinds in the flower beds at his home, even though he rarely got to enjoy the blossoms because he was working away. Bob was an avid snowmobiler and belonged to several snowmobile associations. He took part in snowmobiling competitions, including a recent Poker Ride. He also used to set track on Fly Hills. Bob was predeceased by his dad, Norman, in 2006. He is survived by his mom, Johanna, and four sisters and their families. They are Alice and Gary Hucul and their children Kyle (Michelle) and Kelsey (Erik); Jullie Matthews and Ric and her children Myriah, Tristan and Cody; Linda Coates and her children Lydia and Gabe; and Trina and Jason Forslund and their children Xander and Austin. He supported many causes, especially the Sea Shepherd Society, Veterans Affairs, the Vancouver Children’s Hospital and Shriners. Bob was also a strong supporter of the organ donor program and his family and friends know that although they have suffered a heartbreaking loss, his last act was to help many others. His family would like to thank the paramedics, doctors, surgeons and nurses in Salmon Arm, Kamloops and Vancouver hospitals for the excellent care Bob received. A celebration of life will be held in Bob’s honour at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Salmon Arm at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Online condolences may be sent through Bob’s obituary at

SINCLAIR WATSON, MARY JEAN (MURDOCH) May 27. 1910 - Feb. 26, 2014 Mary Jean (nee Murdoch) Sinclair Watson passed away peacefully Feb.25, 2014 at Bastion Place, she was 103. Jean, as she was called, was predeceased by George Sinclair in 1943 and Dave Watson in 1988. She is survived by son Donald Sinclair and daughter Isabel Sinclair, grandchildren Doug Sinclair, Kelsey (Sinclair) Norlin and Megan (Sinclair) Frances and six great-grandchildren. Jean was born in Markdale, Ont. in 1910 to Emeline and Arthur Murdoch.   Her father enjoyed all things Scottish and ordered kilts form Scotland for his children, later Don and Isabel would wear them as well. Mother loved music and was given a Steinway piano for her twelfth birthday, the piano would figure largely in her life.  She also loved the pipes and we would have a piper, the masterful Jim Wright, at her birthdays form age 90 on.  Jean wanted to be a teacher but her father wanted her to be a nurse.   She graduated from U.B.C. Nursing program with a class of seven women in 1933.  While Jean was playing the piano at a U.B.C. dance, George Sinclair, president of his engineering class, came over and introduced himself.  Upon graduation Jean worked as a Public Health nurse in Vancouver.  George and Jean were engaged for four years waiting for him to become employed.  They were married Aug.10, 1938 at The Canadian Memorial Church in Vancouver.  Family friend and founder George Fallis Sr. officiated at their marriage. After marriage George and Jean moved to Wells, B.C. where George was employed as a mining engineer.  Jean’s two children Don and Isabel were born there in 1941 and 1943.  George was tragically killed in a mining accident on Aug.24, 1943. Both Jean’s parents, had passed on before she was twenty, one of TB the other of cancer, so at this time Jean’s father-in-law Donald (Dan) Sinclair invited her and the children to come and live with him.   He had homesteaded 320 acres on Lakeshore Rd. in 1894 which he cleared with Clydesdale horses.  Dan was a member of the first Salmon Arm Council.  Later Jean built her own home just below Dan’s house. After moving to her new home she ran a kindergarten out of her basement for a number of years, later she worked as a nurse in Dr. Bennett’s office. Jean was involved in many local groups, The United Church (she played the piano for the Sunday School), The Eastern Star, Rainbow Singers, Senior’s Club, and The Horticultural Society.  She also attended the Symphony and Les Ellenor’s literature series at Okanagan College.  She enjoyed bridge, whist and in later years, rummy. She loved flowers and also giving them away (and giving things away in general), she often would go to the farmer’s market and fill her scooter basket up with flowers and drive up to Pioneer Lodge to give them to the residents.   She enjoyed picking flowers around Bastion and nearby, usually with permission, and to give them away as well.  She loved to take her friends for drives in her badly battered car.  She was infamous for her lack of good driving habits but, although she once wiped out the ICBC office window or was it Wee Willie’s, or both, she never had a serious accident.  Also, an indication of her durability was that after her third hip fracture her doctors told us she would likely not survive for more than six months (it would be another 9 years). She was generous with her time and possessions and donated to local charities. When a South African family who had moved here lost their home in a fire she invited them to come and live at her house.   She met Dave Watson who shared an interest in horticulture and they were married in 1978.  They had trips to the Caribbean, Hawaii and England to visit Isabel, Scotland, and Holland for the tulips. Dave passed in 1988 and Jean moved into an apartment and then later to assisted living in 2002. After breaking her hip for a third time she moved in 2005 to Bastion Place where she was exceeding well cared for.  The family is grateful that she could spend her last years there and wish to thank the Bastion staff and volunteers for their many kindnesses. She was out-going and known for her smile and her memory. She was also notorious for driving her scooter. A limerick written by her son for her 90th birthday goes like this: Granny turns ninety today Granny turns ninety today And everyone’s happy to say Her car’s off the road But like Mr. Toad When she hops on her scooter  We pray.  Jean led a courageous and inquisitive life and will be missed.  A Celebration of Life will take place at the United Church, Salmon Arm, Sat. May 31, 2014 @1pm (she would have been 104 on May 27). I have heard many humorous and interesting anecdotes of her life, those wishing to share these can send them to         Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129.

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The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District invites qualified individuals to apply for the position of Manager of Payroll. This is a full time Management Professional position offering a competitive salary and full benefit package. The position: Reporting to the Manager of Finance, the Manager of Payroll, as a key member of the Finance Team, is responsible for the efficient operation of payroll and benefits systems for 1000+ staff and for performing various accounting analysis and reconciliations, including, but not limited to, payroll operations. With the assistance of payroll clerks, the incumbent will be responsible for the preparation and distribution of payroll for all teaching and non-teaching personnel, ensuring that all regulatory and contractual requirements relating to payroll and benefits are maintained. Experience with automation of payroll processes such as electronic timesheets and/or payroll experience in a school district environment would be considered an asset. The successful applicant will possess the following qualifications: • CPA Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) designation, accounting knowledge, several years progressive experience in managing large, complex computerized payroll and benefits systems, supervision of payroll staff and integration of payroll and HR functions; or a comparable combination of education, training and experience. For a further detailed job description, please visit the Make a Future website at Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and all supporting documentation by MARCH 21, 2014 by noon. All applications must be emailed to or faxed 250-832-3751. For further information, please contact Kyle Cormier, Director of Human Resources at (250) 804-7841. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. School District No. 83 (North Okanagan Shuswap) is an equal opportunity employer.



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Temporary Operations Maintenance Planner (exempt) – 2 year employment opportunity The North Okanagan-Shuswap School District No. 83 invites qualified individuals to apply for the temporary position of Operations Maintenance Planner. This is a full time Management Professional position offering a competitive salary and full benefit package. This position will be for a two year period. The position: The Operations Maintenance Planner reports to the Director of Operations and is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the maintenance management programs for the school district’s assets including, facilities, sites, and fleet. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a dynamic, flexible and cohesive maintenance management team. This will be a challenging and rewarding opportunity for the successful candidate. The person: The preferred candidate must hold a trade (Red Seal) certification. A Maintenance Asset Planning (MAP), or Maintenance Management Professional (MMP) certificate and experience working in a complex public sector environment would be an asset. The ideal candidate possesses: • Three years experience in the supervision of operations staff including trades, labourers and contractors. • Demonstrated ability to operate computers and application software such as Microsoft Office and ability to access and effectively use a variety of web based applications. • Experience working with a Capital Asset Management System (CAMS), and understanding capital planning processes. Those with VFA software experience will be given preference. • Minimum of three years experience working with a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). Those with Web Works software experience will be given preference. For a further detailed job description, please visit the Make a Future website at


Interested individuals are invited to submit a cover letter, resume and all supporting documentation by MARCH 28, 2014 by noon. All applications must be emailed to or faxed 250-832-3751.

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We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. School District No. 83 (North Okanagan Shuswap) is an equal opportunity employer.

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We require long and short haul US capable drivers. We are an Okanagan based company with dedicated suppliers and customers and require drivers to fill their orders. Our short haul drivers primarily service the US northwestern with dedicated runs available and are home regularly, our long hauls drivers service the southwestern US and are home on a weekly basis for resets. We offer: Dedicated Tractors, US Medical Coverage, Company Cell phones, Direct deposit pay with no holdbacks. Dedicated lanes. Rider Policy. All we need from you is US capabilities, border crossing experience and a professional attitude, Class 1 driver’s license and a clean abstract and are physically fit. Please fax or email your resume and abstract with US drivers in subject line to 250-546-0600 or email to No phones calls or walk in’s please.

Help Wanted ACTIVE Chiropractic in Salmon Arm is looking for a RMT to join our new clinic. Call (250)833-5028 or email: Bizzy Bee Delivery Inc. is looking for a motivated person to be a Delivery Driver, must be over 19yrs. of age, have cell phone & a car. Wage is by commission. The job for p/u & deliveries for people & businesses in town. For more details call Doug (250)833-6622

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is looking for kitchen as well as customer service help. Must be punctual and willing to learn. Able to work in team environment as well as independently. Submit resume At # 2 - 121 Shuswap St. (250)803-0011 Frontline Traffic Control requires Certified experienced TCP, require own transportation, wages DOE. Reliable people need only apply. 250309-3452 before 6pm or Fax resume: 250-838-0896 FT REG’D MASSAGE THERAPIST needed for luxurious Physician ran and operated medi spa. Grand opening mid May Please forward resumes to:


Wanted Immediately 4 local drivers; We require 4 class 1 drivers for local work; Duties include local deliveries in and around the Okanagan area as well as switches. Must be willing and able to work rotating weekends. Must have own transportation and be reliable. Please fax resume with current abstract: 250-546-0600. Email no phone calls please.

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SERVERS needed P/T at Home Restaurant in Sorrento willing to work flexible hours. Apply in person with resume. Wanted for Park Haven Strata Corporation. Lawn maintenance, Pruning and irrigation for 7 months. starting Apr 1Oct 31/14 Must have current WCB Liability insurance and business license contact 250832-2991 or 250-832-8290

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Req. at Canuck Mechanical in Prince George Must have exp. doing service work & be proficient with trouble shooting heating systems & plumbing problems. Top wages & benefits Email resume to:

• Wallpapering • Drywall Repair • Professional Workmanship • Seniors Discounts

Financial Services ANNACIS ISLAND Pawnbrokers open ‘till midnight 7 days a week. 604-540-1122. Cash loans for jewellery, computers, smartphones, games, tools etc. #104-1628 Fosters Way at Cliveden. annacisislandpawn DROWNING IN debt? Cut debts more than 60% & debt free in half the time! Avoid bankruptcy! Free consultation. or Toll Free 1-877-556-3500 BBB Rated A+ GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420 IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

Excavating & Drainage

For Free Estimate call Lorraine

Cell 833-8009 Home 836-4154 Serving Sicamous & Area for 20+ Years

Pets & Livestock

Feed & Hay A horse quality orchard grass, 2nd crop $5 & 1st crop $4, Al Fritzel (250)832-9070

Misc Services

Home & Yard •Renovation •Repair •Maintenance

•Fencing •Decks •Patios


Excavating & Drainage

DAN DEGLAN EXCAVATING Professionally Beautifying Properties for Over 27 Years. • Rock Walls • Utility Services • Site Prep • Terracing • Drainage • Pools 981 - 16th Street N.E., Salmon Arm V1E 2V2


Garden & Lawn

HVAC Journeymen for Beebe Mechanical Systems in Thunder Bay, ON. Full service union shop. Relocation Incentive will be discussed with successful candidates. Trade and Gas (G3 min) Certificate required. Please send your resume to: or fax to: 807-6232551


Garden & Lawn


• Shavings, Sawdust, Bark Mulch, Wood Chips (bulk/mini bags) • Well Rotted Manure • Soils • Extra Clean Wheat Straw


Stanley Bland 832-6615 or 833-2449

Farm Services

Farm Services

REIMER’S Help Wanted


We Deliver

• Bark Mulch • Shavings • Sawdust

250-838-0111 or 1-855-737-0110 Financial Services

Join our 2014 Team! The Quaaout Lodge and Talking Rock Golf Course are now hiring for the 2014 season. If you are passionate about providing a guest service experience that is second to none, then we want to meet you! P O S I T I O N S AVA I L A B L E :

Cook Prep Cook/Dishwasher Banquet Servers Servers Bartenders

Front Desk Agents Housekeeping Golf Shop Sales Associates Golf Guest Services Grounds Maintenance

1663 Little Shuswap Road West, Chase, BC 1-800-663-4303

TO APPLY: Please email your resumé to: Please specify the position you are applying for in the subject line of your email. We thank all interested applicants, however only those asked for an interview will be contacted.

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Financial Services

Merchandise for Sale

$100 & Under SIRIUS Satellite-Internet Radio, never been used $65 (250)515-0953 WE buy & sell cars, will pay up to $100. whether running or not (250)832-3075 Ext.109

Merchandise for Sale

$200 & Under ENTERTAINMENT centre, light wood colour $150. obo (250)832-9256

$300 & Under 30” white electric stove self clean convection oven $300. 3 door sets - 1 dead bolt $20. for all (250)832-4399 QUEEN bed, head, foot board & frame $250. Hideway couch. $200. 3X5 tbl & chairs $20. Lazyboy $50. Lawnboy gas mower $150. LG Air Cond. 10,000 BTU $200. AB Lounge exerciser $45. Bosch pod coffee maker $25. Rotissory oven $25. Adj. step & ext ladder $50. (250)833-1441

$500 & Under SINGER 360 Knitting machine punchcard-ribber many attachments- books $450., Connair professional steamer, 1500w, $50. 1 (250)832-4399

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

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Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate


Misc. for Sale

Houses For Sale

Misc for Rent

Suites, Lower

1bdrm, 1bath Condo in Salmon Arm 2bdrm, 1 bath Condo in Salmon Arm

CHASE: 2bdrm newly reno’d N/S, N/P, 5appl., heat incl. $725/mo + DD. Refs Adult Oriented (250)679-8578 (250)319-3706

45GAL food grade plastic & steel barrels 5 different types to choose from.Also available 1000 litre plastic steel caged totes (250)833-4963 CL 6048 Classic Wood Burner made to heat 10,000 Sq. ft. C/W Glycol+extra 45 Gal. W/Insulated line boiler from mech room to house. Heat Exchanger $6000 250-517-9196 FULLY equipped beautiful Red Scooter with rain hood, storage basket in front, large carry case at back, clips on side to carry a cane, safety reflector. Used only 1 month, Asking $3900. (250)804-2064 Hot tub 8-10 person older but well maintained. Needs muscle to move. 250-832-8918 IPHONE CASE Brand new, never used Iphone 5 Lifeproof.Multiple colors. Asking $15.00. 250-549-1489 or text 250-306-8489 for details. 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:

Misc. Wanted COLLECTOR looking to buy a coin collection. Also looking for coins, bars, medals, ingots from Royal Canadian Mint, Franklin Mint, US Mint & others. Todd 250-864-3521 I make house calls! PURCHASING old Canadian & American coin collections & accumulations. 250-548-3670

Free Items 2- 7 yr old indoor cats free to good home. Male/female, ornge & blk/white (250)832-8145

Real Estate For Sale By Owner APPROX 112 private recreational acres with spring. This beautiful property is abundant with wildlife and backs onto crown land with trails to the top of Mt Bastion. 4 Bdrm 2 bath home with barns outbuildings and hay fields makes this property perfect for hobby farming. Close to town in the heart of the Shuswap $798,000 250-833-8693

Care-free living! 2 bedroom, 2 bath + den townhouse with a garage All one level Overlooks green space and has a lovely porch area New flooring, paint, fridge, stove and water heater see pictures at sign#64890 $202,000. Call (250)832-6765


SMALLER kitchenette suite, single person only, $550 incl. util., DD req’d (250)832-2516

Suites, Upper

Contact AL BINGHAM (250)804-6216

2Bdrm Main floor of private house on 1Acre lot across from Hillcrest school playground. Newly reno’d Lge deck, laundry $900+Util. Avail Mid March 1- 604-836-7888

Mobile Homes & Pads DOUBLE wide, 3bdrm, lake view modular in Blind Bay, lrg. covered deck, wood heating, avail. immed., $950/mo + util. (250)675-3790


Best rate 5yr-3.29%OAC

Serving the Columbia-Shuswap since 1976. Rates Consistently better than banks


Toll free 1-800-658-2345

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 1bdrm across from City Hall. Adults, N/S, pets negot., refs req’d, $710/mo. Phone: 250833-0420 or 250-253-0606 1BDRM new 4-plex priv entr., adults, quiet pet OK, $750. 1070 1 St. SE 250-833-2129

1 Bedroom Balcony Apartment

fridge, stove, coin laundry

& hot water included, No Pets


1-855-852-5660 Toll Free 3BDRM apt, 191 4ST. SE, parking, coin laundry, NP, NS, $850/mo. avail Mar. 15 (250)804-9627 Bright, spacious 1 & 2 bedroom apartments Close to town, family owned & operated. Includes F/S, DW, A/C, H/W NS, NP. Available Apr. 1, 2014 $700 & $825 / month respectively (250) 803-1694 Ask about Senior’s Discount

Modular Homes MARA: 2bdrm. mobile, addition, deck, creekside, new floors, electric & plumbing, f/s/w/d/ac, elec. heat, $700/mo. + DD, also 3bdrm mobile avail. April 1, $775/mo. + DD (250)838-7670 Tappen 2BDRM $700/mo Avail now 1 Ref’s req’d. Sm. Pet OK (250)835-4480

Townhouses IDA VISTA is a family orientated housing cooperative located in Salmon Arm. We are now accepting applications for 3BDRM units now avail in Ida Vista housing Co-Op. Housing charges are $807/mo. with a one time share capital purchase of $1500. Small pet okay. For further info call 250-804-7323 9am to 3 pm.


Auto Financing

Homes for Rent COZY log home on our farm in Tappen bring a horse 950 Sq. ft Loft/bedroom 1 bath W/D open kitchen living room new reno incl hydro/heat Horse pen Close to Hwy. NS No children no pets 70 ft. Rnd pen 100x200 ft grass arena close to trail $900/mo Avail April 1 (250)-833-7590 COZY log home on our farm in Tappen for rent. Bring a horse. 950sq ft, loft/bdrm, 1 bthrm, w/d, open kit/lrm. New reno incl hydro/heat, horse pen. Close to hwy in Tappen. N/S, No children, no pets (except horse) please. 70ft round pen and 100x200ft grass arena, close to trails. $900/mon April 1. 250-833-7590 Malakwa-3bdrm home $700 +utils. 2bdrm $600.+utils, 250836-2928 or 250-309-0975 Older 3Bdrm SW, 1 acre city water, NGas, NS, avail April 1, $700. 250-832-2494

Auto Loans. All Credit Approved. Bad Credit Guru. or call 1.844.843.4878

Suites, Lower

Avail immed over 1000 sq.ft. of prime retail space in DT SA $1300 + Util 250-833-6902

1BDRM HILLCREST: Level entry, util. Wifi and cable incl., laundry, NS, NP, avail. immed. $650/mo. (250)832-2052 2 BED, w.d, NS, NP, quiet, covered parking, avail. April 1, $800. per mth, util. incl. + DD. (250)833-1158 Bright beautifully reno’d 2+ Bdrm Daylight suite in Raven Great yard, fruit trees, all appls. NS, Lots of storage and garage. Furnished if needed. Avail April 1. $900/mo Incl Util 250-832-0223 Newly reno’d large 1 Bdrm. Avail immed NS NP $800 Util incl. 250-832-8168 or 250-517-9285

SPRING SPECIAL We Rebuild Diesel & Gas Engines & CYL heads. Full warranty. Call AGC at 250-832-1903

Misc. for Sale

Homes for Rent

Homes for Rent

DANBURY MANOR 791 Okanagan Ave. NE completely reno’d 1bdrm. $725/mo. NP, NS, Call Robin (250)833-5458

Commercial/ Industrial

Lakeside Realty Ltd.

Sport Utility Vehicle 2006 Silver Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 4.7 L engine with 144,000km. Keyless entry and tow package. Great vehicle, well maintained. $9900 250-675-5143

Trucks & Vans


3 Bedrm., 2 bath House F/S, 2 car attached garage, large rec room, NS, NP 2748 Tranquil Place, Blind Bay



2 Bedrm. + Den, 1 Bath walkout Basement Suite F/S, W/D, NS, NP. Utilities included. $ 2517 Forest Drive, Blind Bay 800/mo. 2 Bedrm., 1 Bath in 4 Plex 4 appliances, NS, NP 7010 Black Road, Ranchero


4 Bedrm., 3 Bath House Rec room, 5 appliances, NS, NP 3665 Jackson Rd., Tappen


2 Bedrm., 1 Bath 1/2 Duplex F/S, NS, NP 740 10th St SW, Salmon Arm


1 Bedrm, 1 Bath House 4 appliances, NS, NP #2 530 Alymer Rd., Chase


2 Bedrm, 1 Bath house F/S, sunroom, Large carport. NS, NP #4 530 Alymer Rd., Chase


Merry Anderson 250-833-2799 MANAGING BROKER



Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Salmon Arm Observer

Council to post expenses to website

For the gnomes

City council has agreed to post individual expenses quarterly in an effort to be more transparent to salmon Arm taxpayers. Council recently approved a motion to direct staff to summarize the expenses of the mayor and individual councillors and post them quarterly on the city’s website. speaking to the motion was Coun. Ken Jamieson, who said he doesn’t think this is a burning issue in the community, but thinks it important nonetheless. “every once in a while someone will say, ‘how much did it cost to do this?’ ‘how much were you paid to do that?’and those are fair questions because people in salmon Arm pay,” said Jamieson. “I know that it’s only four times a year, but I think it’s one small step towards some greater transparency and openness that I think local government needs to take,” said Jamieson, receiving no argument from his fellow councillors.

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Robert Babakaiff of Arro Wood Heat Services has been in business for 5 years. A 45-year resident of Salmon Arm, he believes in buying his products locally. After being laid off from Coe/Newnes, he saw there was a need for a reliable wood heat technician. He became certified in the WETT program – which is a Canadian recognized association, allowing him to be able to inspect, install and maintain wood burning stoves and fireplaces. His services include chimney sweeping, estimates and advice on purchasing and installation of wood burning stoves, such as size needed for the square footage, and the best stove to meet your needs. Robert’s motto “Burning Clean = More Green” not only refers to the money saved when keeping your stove or fireplace maintained, it also refers to the environment, as the new stoves burn cleaner and more efficiently. Repeat customers are spreading the word of his fair pricing and thorough job. For all your wood heat needs, call Robert today for an estimate.


Wood Heat Services

• Fully Insured • Chimney Sweep • Stove Installs & Maintenance • WETT Inspections Call Robert Babakaiff 250-803-2168 Salmon Arm

• ICBC Repairs • Glass Replacement • Painting • Sand Blasting • Private Insurance Repairs • Frame Straightening

Duct Cleaning Cleaning your Furnace & Air Ducts could be the healthiest Home Improvement you will ever make!

Call us today for a free estimate


Chris Bartsch

Farm Services


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ZAPPONE BROS. CONTRACTING • Gravel Sales & Delivery • Topsoil & Landscape Rock • Road Building & Site Prep • Lowbedding in Local Area • Excavating 440 - 60th St. SE, Salmon Arm

We Deliver

Tree Services

• Bark Mulch • Shavings • Sawdust

250-838-0111 or 1-855-737-0110 Hydro Excavating

Rob Stunzi cell: 250-253-2829


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Now using environmentally-friendly and compliant WATERBORNE PAINT

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At Your Service

Profile of the week

1st Ave SW

Bastion Elementary student Robin Cannon-Milne carefully adds detail to the door of her clay gnome house built under the guidance of potter Darryl Auten, as part of School District #83’s Education Week Art Fair at the Mall at Piccadilly.

• Utility locating - Hydro/gas/water/fibre optics • Catch basins/sumps/drains • Line flushing • Hot Water Boiler (for frozen ground) • Slot trenching

Advertise in our Business Directory and receive both

Bill Walker


Serving Sicamous & the Shuswap FULLY INSURED, REFERENCES

TREE SERVICE We Cut Trees and More!! Stump Grinder - Bobcat - Excavator Residential & Commercial Properties 250-836-4147

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Cadets welcome exchange from Canada’s largest city By Barb Brouwer OBSERVER STAFF

The 1787 Rocky Mountain Rangers Army Cadet Corps has been a presence in Salmon Arm for 74 years. This year, the corps invited army cadets from Toronto to come and see what the area offers through a YMCA exchange program. Cadets and staff from both corps are enjoying a number of events during the weeklong visit that began March 7. Day one was to be marked by a community service project in the downtown between 9 a.m. and noon. In the following days, cadets were to visit the Kamloops Wildlife Park and the Rocky Mountain Rangers Armoury, Kelowna’s Myra Canyon and the Kelowna Armoury, Craigellachie and the Revelstoke

Railway Museum, Vernon’s Army Cadet Camp, the Deep Creek Tool Museum and a trip to Herald Park and Margaret Falls, before winding up the week’s activities with a hike at

Little Mountain Park. A week later on April 21, Salmon Arm cadets will reunite with their 26 newfound friends in Toronto. “We have been raising money for our

exchange trip since September and would like to thank everyone who helped us reach our goal so far,” says Capt. Theresa Brooks. “A special thanks to the legion, Elks, Royal

Purple, SASCU and of course our sponsoring committee. Without your help, we would not have reached our goal.” Brooks says the corps is still raising

money for a side trip they would like to take in Toronto. Anyone interested in helping with fundraising may contact Brookes at 250804-1240. The local army ca-

det corps currently has 26 youths between the ages of 12 and 18 who participate. The corps meets Monday evenings between 6 and 9 p.m. at South Canoe School.

TV that ties the town together.

Computer tutors needed Are you interested in helping a senior in the community? Are you able to commit to one hour of computer tutoring each week? Do you possess the computer skills to teach computer basics such as using a mouse, setting up an email account and searching the Internet? The Literacy Alliance of the Shuswap Society (LASS) is currently recruiting volunteer computer tutors in Salmon Arm to work with local seniors who are in need of basic computer support. Here are the dates for the two, six-week Cyber Seniors sessions this spring: the week of April 7 to May 12 and the week of May 19 to June 23rd. If you are interested in this community volunteer opportunity, contact Jennifer Findlay, literacy outreach co-ordinator, at 250833-2095 or admin@

Sign up for Optik TV and TELUS will give $25 to improve the children’s playground at Jackson Park.* TM

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*Campaign runs until July 8, 2014. TELUS will contribute a maximum of $55,000. Eligible for new consumer TELUS TV activations in Salmon Arm. © 2014 TELUS.


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 Salmon Arm Observer

While you’re not looking, this is what’s happening to BC’s world renowned recycling program.

Well, lookie here. One minute you have a perfectly good Blue Box recycling program. The next, something new and rather questionable is being put in its place. And they thought they’d get away with it right under your nose, without telling you or asking your opinion. That’s definitely not democracy in action. The BC Government, elected by us to represent our best interests, has decided to offload the costs of recycling to big multi-national corporations. To implement this new plan, they’ve set up an association that doesn’t really seem to hold the environment, local jobs, or the municipalities that run the Blue Box program, close to its heart.

Perhaps that’s why some of our local elected officials are using the word “scam” to describe how the new program is being set up. It’s also perhaps why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to jump on board. That’s gotta tell you something. Now it’s your turn to let Premier Christy Clark know what you think. Contact her today to say that dismantling an already-working recycling program to replace it with something that few people think will be as good, is a bad idea.

What’s going on here?

Email Christy Clark at or call 250-387-1715. For more info, visit #RethinkItBC. This Message is brought to you by:

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March 12, 2014 edition of the Salmon Arm Observer