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B.C. hunters get okay to kill feral pigs ..... page 3

Whispering Pines Indian Band reaches deal over pipeline Trans-Mountain pipeline

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The future of signatures Is cursive writing a thing of the past?

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New ice hosts 12 teams for Loggers Spiel Sweepers Robert Strachan (l) and Herb Gawehns accompany a rock as it slides down the sheet during the Barriere Curling Club’s annual Logger’s Spiel. The event saw 12 teams compete in the two day event last weekend, with club members saying they were very excited about the good turnout. Earlier this year the rink was closed due to a break down of the ice making machine, but thanks to those who stepping forward with funding, curling is alive and well again in Barriere. The Jam Can Bonspiel for local youth will be the rink’s final ice event of the season on Mar. 28 and 29. STAR/JOURNAL photo: Jill Hayward

Hayward named B.C. Community Achiever By Lisa Quiding North Thompson Star/Journal Canadian Cancer Society Daffodil Sale Bunches & Potted Plants Friday, March 28 • 9:30 - 5 at AG Foods • 9:30 - 3:30 at Interior Savings Credit Union


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On March 20, Premier Christy Clark and Keith Mitchell, chair of the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, named this year’s recipients of the B.C. Community Achievement Awards. “As British Columbians, we are inspired by those in our communities who make a difference by their efforts,” said Clark. “Thank you to the 2014 recipients for their contributions; you

make our Province stronger with your commitment and generosity.” “We recognize individuals today who have made a significant contribution either as volunteers or in the course of their work,” said Mitchell. We’re honoured to celebrate the contributions of these exceptional British Columbians.” Included in the list of recipients is North Thompson Star/Journal editor Jill Hayward, of Louis Creek. “I was totally amazed when I received the call

Jill Hayward notifying me that I had been selected as one of 33 to receive a B.C. Community Achievement Award,”

said Hayward, “I had no idea that Ginger Chappell had sent in my nomination, with letters of support from other community members. “I thank everyone for their kind words. I am still in shell shock, but it certainly made my day - my week - my year!” Hayward says she is passionate about the communities where she lives, and thoroughly enjoys her involvements with local organizations and projects. Currently she serves as the president of the North

Thompson Fall Fair and Rodeo Association, is cochair of the North Thompson Agriplex Committee, presides over the McLure Wildfire Monument Society, has been a director of Barriere Rural Crime Watch, and amongst a number of other community involvements sits on the boards of Barriere First Responders, the Lower North Thompson Tourism Society, and is the Literacy Outreach Coordinator for the area. She has a relentless ...continued on page


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Medical marijuana users win court-ordered reprieve By Jeff Nagel Black Press Medical marijuana users have won a lastminute court reprieve that allows them to keep growing their own pot at home instead of destroying it and turning to new federally licenced commercial suppliers. Federal Court Judge Michael Manson granted a temporary injunction Friday for those with a personal production licence to continue to grow medical marijuana, pending the outcome of a constitutional challenge still to be heard. Health Canada’s new regulation outlawing personal growing had been slated to take effect April 1, but the decision throws a wrench into the Conservative government’s pot reform plans. Medical marijuana users and their support-

ers are jubilant. “I’m very excited,” said Sandra Colasanti, a member of a coalition seeking to repeal the new rules who said she doesn’t use pot but her husband needs it. “I’ve seen a lot of people who have everything from MS to cancer to full-blown AIDS and I’ve seen people die if they don’t have access to this.” She said she’s optimistic the action launched by Abbotsford lawyer John Conroy will succeed when it goes to trial. No date has been set but it’s expected sometime this year. The federal government cited widespread problems with the current system of permitted medical marijuana users growing pot at home or having other designated growers do it for them. Colasanti said the coalition doesn’t deny

there are problems with the old system, which cities say create fire risks and other safety hazards from mould to home invasions. Health Canada could have prevented such problems had it simply conducted regular inspections of permitted medical grows, she said. “Whose idea was it to have this important a program and not have mandatory inspections?” Colasanti asked. “The coalition is not saying there shouldn’t be some rules. We want rules. We have asked for rules.” Medical pot patients behind the court action feared they’ll pay commercial producers much more than it cost to grow themselves and end up with less access to the cannabis strains that work best for them. The injunction doesn’t stop the launch of new commercial pot


DRAFT - ZONING BYLAW REVIEW Monday Mar 31, 2014 • Drop in between 5:30pm and 7:30pm 4936 Barriere Town Road, “the Ridge”

The District of Barriere invites you to come and review the proposed, new Zoning Bylaw for the District of Barriere which will replace the current Zoning Bylaw developed by the TNRD for the entire Regional District. Review of the draft bylaw is in the first stages of public consultation with this Open House an integral part of the process.

What is a Zoning Bylaw? :

A zoning by-law controls the use of land in your community. It states exactly: • how land may be used • where buildings and other structures can be located • the types of buildings that are permitted and how they may be used • the lot sizes and dimensions, parking requirements, building heights and setbacks from the street.

Why is it important?

A zoning by-law: • implements the objectives and policies of a municipality’s Official Community Plan • provides a legal way of managing land use and future development • in addition to the official plan, protects you from conflicting and possibly dangerous land uses in your community.

How can you get involved?

If you have questions or comments regarding the proposed zoning by-law, you should: • find out as much as possible about this proposed by-law and how it affects your property. You can do so by visiting the District’s website:, or emailing or drop into the District Office. • go to any information sessions, including open houses such as this one identified in this notice as well as to public meetings, to give your opinions. • discuss the proposal with municipal staff and Council members prior to an official Public Hearing • make a written submission to Council to consider at a Public Hearing (which will be advertised as mandated by legislation).

producers, but it throws into doubt how large their market will be if many users don’t have to immediately switch to them for their supply. Growers licensed under the old system had been ordered by Ottawa to give written notice by April 30 that they’d halted production and destroyed all leftover pot or face potential police enforcement. Some municipalities had been poised to send in inspection teams or police to root out the legal medical growops they were aware of come April. But Surrey’s fire department is now shelving its plans to step in to remediate an estimated 309 buildings with medical marijuana

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Permitted home grows can continue pending legal challenge. grows within the city. “I’m disappointed,” said Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis. “I guess we just simply wait.”

Garis said it’s troubling from a public safety point of view, referring to academic studies that show the grow

operations are 24 times more likely to burn than a regular home. – with files from Kevin Diakiw

NDP MLA Kwan repays $35,000 in travel costs, takes leave By Jeff Nagel Black Press Embattled NDP MLA Jenny Kwan said Friday she has repaid nearly $35,000 in questionable vacation expenses to the Portland Hotel Society relating to trips her family took in 2012 after the release of bombshell government audits this week. A tearful Kwan told reporters she will take a leave of absence of undetermined length but will remain MLA for Vancouver-Mount Pleasant. “Words cannot adequately express how shocked and sorry I am about the findings of these audits,” Kwan said. “I can’t tell you how upsetting this is to me.” She said she believed the portion of costs for her and her children to go along on trips to Europe and Disneyland that surfaced in the Portland audits had been paid by her estranged husband, a Portland Hotel Society manager at the time. Citing difficulty getting Portland to verify the amounts linked to her family and in determining whether her husband would repay the money, Kwan said she was doing it herself via a cheque delivered that morn-

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NDP MLA Jenny Kwan fielded questions from reporters Friday after saying she would repay her family’s vacation costs linked to the Portland Hotel Society.

ing for $34,922.57. She said that’s the full amount that either her ex-husband or her family is associated with that was paid by Portland. “I trusted that he was telling the truth,” Kwan said. “I’m taking responsibility for this because I was part of the family unit at the time.” Kwan’s statement follows revelations in twin audits released by the province that uncovered irregular management expenses by the non-profit society that serves people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.


The money Kwan is repaying includes a Europe trip to Vienna and Bristol and a separate trip to Disneyland. Kwan said she booked and paid for the Disneyland vacation herself but her husband then told her they had a hotel upgrade, which she believed he and not Portland had paid for. Asked by reporters if she had considered resigning, Kwan responded: “No, I haven’t.” The Portland Hotel Society board and senior managers resigned earlier this week after the provincial government threatened to cut off funding if they didn’t. Health Minister Terry Lake said the millions of dollars in questionable or unsubstantiated expenses uncovered by the audits were an inappropriate and unacceptable use of taxpayers’ money. Large amounts were spent on vacations, high-end hotels, limousines and other questionable expenses, including payments to various affiliated companies run by PHS staff or board members. The society operates the supervised drug injection site in the Downtown Eastside, as well as other services.

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B.C. hunters get okay to kill feral pigs Black Press Licensed hunters now have the green light to shoot feral pigs anywhere in B.C. to help curb their spread. According to the provincial government, feral pigs have escaped farms and become established in the wild in parts of the Lower Mainland, Kamloops, the Okanagan, Peace River and Kootenay regions. There aren’t many of them but they’re considered invasive animals that are extremely hard to eradicate and letting hunters kill them is billed as a proactive way to keep them spreading further. “Feral pigs can cause significant damage to local ecosystems by competing with local wildlife for forage, damaging crops, uprooting native vegetation and eating the eggs of ground nesting birds,” according to a government press release. “They can also be the source of infectious diseases and parasites which can be harmful to wildlife, livestock and human health.” Only trained and certified hunters with valid licences can hunt feral pigs, which can be aggressive and be dangerous to the public or a hunter if wounded. In addition to feral pigs, the province has also reclassified European wall lizards and non-native turtles as Schedule C wildlife that can now be trapped or killed without a special permit.

Photo: NASA/Wikimedia Commons

Wild pigs near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Whispering Pines B.C. appoints Canada’s Indian Band reaches first seniors advocate deal over pipeline Ministry of Health

By: Cam Fortems Kamloops This Week Kinder-Morgan has the steadfast support of at least one First Nations band in its quest to twin its Trans-Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to the Coast. Whispering Pines Indian Band near Westsyde recently concluded an agreement that took seven years to negotiate. Chief Mike Lebourdais said band youth and elders will have access to a multi-million-dollar fund for post-secondary education and pensions thanks to the deal with KinderMorgan. The band has 150 members. The deal comes despite the fact the line is already twinned through the Whispering Pines reserve, north of Kamloops and west of the North Thompson River. But, it does provide special environmental and cultural measures for work on traditional lands outside the reserve, including for archeology and sensitive areas. The transfers kick in after 2016 if the corporation receives approval from the federal government for its proposed twinning.

While Lebourdais ing Tk’emlups, Lower would not specify ex- Nicola and Coldwaact amounts, he said ter in this region. it is between $5 and Lebourdais some $10 million. bands remain in opThat money will position, but at least come from pipeline one band has asked taxes that would oth- to use his negotiators. erwise go to Ottawa. The existing Trans“They’ll [Kinder- Mountain pipeline Morgan] pay the takes petroleum same amount of tax, products from the just not to Stephen Edmonton area to a Harper [federal gov- terminal in Burnaby, ernment],” he said. running through KaLebourdais said mloops. he met with thenThat section inminister of natural cludes rights of way resources Joe Oliver through Westsyde and and his predecessor Lac Du Bois park. five or six times as Kinder-Morgan part of the negotia- has accepted a protions. vincial demand that Extensive commu- any pipeline meet its nity meetings were five conditions, inalso held cluding world-class The pipeline goes land and marine safethrough 11 Indian re- ty and economic benClient: CGA-BC / Size: 2.81” x 3.5” / BW / serves in B.C.,Langley includ+ Barriereefits to B.C.

VICTORIA - The Government of British Columbia has appointed Isobel Mackenzie as Canada’s first seniors advocate, announced Health Minister Terry Lake last week. “Isobel Mackenzie brings with her 18 years of experience working on behalf of seniors at a local, provincial and national level,” said Lake. “I am confident that we have found a strong voice for British Columbia’s nearly 700,000 seniors and I welcome Isobel as our first seniors advocate.” The Office of the Seniors Advocate will monitor seniors’ services, promote awareness and work collaboratively with seniors, families, policymakers, service providers and others to identify solutions to systemic issues and make recommenda-

tions to government on ways to improve care for our aging population. “I have spent nearly two decades working directly with seniors, their families and their care providers and learning about the individual issues that affect seniors as they age and receive care,” said seniors advocate Isobel Mackenzie. “I am honoured to accept this important position and look forward to applying my experience as I set priorities and establish my mandate in the coming weeks and months.” After an executive search led by the Public Service Agency, Ms. Mackenzie accepted the position of seniors advocate with an official start date of March 31, 2014. “It will take a collaborative effort to continue to address the complex needs of our seniors in

B.C.,” said Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health for Seniors, Linda Larson. “The Office of the Seniors Advocate will complement our robust system of supports already in place and is sure to be a vital source of information as we continue to shape policy and provide supports for seniors.” Following public consultations across the province, government introduced Bill 10, the Seniors Advocate Act, making B.C. the first province in Canada to pass legislation to create an Office of the Seniors Advocate. The appointment of a seniors advocate fulfils a commitment made in government’s Seniors Action Plan. For more information, please visit the Office of the Seniors Advocate page located on the SeniorsBC website:

NOTICE The Certified General Accountants Association of British Columbia gives notice that member John J. Van Gool of Langley, B.C., passed away on August 5, 2013, and his public accounting practice is closed. CGA-BC has retrieved client documents from Mr. Van Gool’s home office. Please note that after six (6) months from the date of this Notice, documents will be destroyed. If you have any questions, please contact Brigitte Ilk, at CGA-BC, at 604-732-1211.

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OPINION Guest Editorial;

The North Thompson STAR/JOURNAL

Thursday, March 27, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal 359 Borthwick Avenue, Box 1020, Barriere, B.C., V0E 1E0 250-672-5611

by Barbara Kaminsky

Optimism in the fight for life

The impact of cancer continues to be enormous. In 2013 in British Columbia alone, an estimated 23,700 new cancer cases were diagnosed and 9,700 people died of this horrible disease. Numbers like that can seem daunting but in 2014, I have never been more confident that significant, life-saving progress is on the horizon. The Canadian Cancer Society has long advocated for an emphasis on cancer prevention. We know about half of all cancers can be prevented and we believe this is where our collective strength lies in changing cancer forever. Through 2013 we worked hard to bring key stakeholders, government partners and national bench-strength to this fight for life. Now, in 2014, we have a team of people who are committed to stopping cancer before it starts and we are rolling out plans to become world leaders in this arena. It is an extremely exciting time. Simultaneously, we are making strides in advocating with communities so that healthier choices become easier choices for everyone. We continue to challenge the government on issues that matter. One recent example is the strides the Society has made across the country against candy and fruit-flavoured tobacco products. We know these products are gateway products for youth, enticing them to start smoking and eventually becoming addicted. Tobacco companies need new consumers in order to support their dying industry and youth have become the target. Tobacco use remains the leading cause of preventable deaths and cancer deaths in B.C. and Canada and is the only legal product that kills one out of every two people when used as intended. The Canadian Cancer Society is also deeply committed to funding leadingedge research projects in B.C. and across the country. Currently there are 48 projects underway in B.C., representing a more than $20 million investment in innovative and impactful research. For example, Dr. Colin Collins at Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre is developing a sophisticated computer program to view gene interaction in advanced prostate cancer. His work will be crucial to identifying the underlying cause of this treatment-resistant form of cancer. And, Dr. Artem Cherkasov at the University of British Columbia, is working on opening up brand new avenues of cancer treatment by developing new anticancer drugs to treat hormone resistant prostate and breast cancer. And finally, as courageous individuals fought for their lives in 2013, they sought and received compassionate support and trusted information from the Society. Because of the generosity of our donors, our toll-free Cancer Information Service, and our peer support program CancerConnection served more than 7,400 people in B.C. alone. We welcomed several dozens of children and their families to Camp Goodtimes. We drove hundreds of cancer fighters to their treatment appointments. And thousands stayed at one of our four lodges while undergoing treatment. Our new lodge in Prince George has allowed us to serve more people in the north of B.C. We continue to provide those crucial services and others in 2014. In British Columbia, we have reason to celebrate. After all, we continue to have the lowest overall cancer rates in the country; however, if nothing changes, in the next 20 years the number of new cancer cases will increase by approximately 70 per cent due to the growth of our aging population. Prevention is our game changer. The number of people diagnosed with and dying from cancer can and must be reduced. And if we take action, our efforts will not only lead to a reduction in cancer rates but will also decrease rates of other diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. But we have to collectively keep up the momentum. I am a believer of entering every new year with optimism and resolve. Let’s continue to fight for life, reduce the impact of cancer and other diseases, and work together toward the day when no one will hear the words “you have cancer.” ~ Barbara Kaminsky, is CEO for the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon.

Paying it forward To the editor; Our daughter Paige was three when she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Wilms Tumour. Cancer. When we found out, my only wish was to change places with Paige and allow her a childhood shielded from the realities of surgeries, chemo, radiation and countless pokes from needles. Her treatment took us from Saskatoon to Ottawa to Penticton to Vancouver. Fifteen years later, she is poised to graduate from high school in BC’s Southern Interior and begin the next chapter of her life in university, albeit with the physical and emotional scars of someone that has truly been to battle. The depth of thanks we have for the care and support we have experienced over the years is immeasurable. I’m doing what I can to express my gratitude

by ‘paying it forward’ on July 13. I’ve signed up for Team Cops for Cancer, a team of emergency services personnel who are riding in the Granfondo Axel Merckx Okanagan in an effort to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research and Camp Goodtimes. If you work in emergency services, or know someone who does, please tell them about Team Cops for Cancer and encourage them to register to ride with us. Together, we can make a difference, and I need your help. Registration deadline is April 7, 2014. Brian Burke, Cpl. Penticton R.C.M.P. Police Dog Service

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Lowering barriers, growing prosperity By Premier Christy Clark VICTORIA - Most people experience their government via the services they depend on: schools, highways, and hospitals. For the most part, these services are free - and very expensive to maintain, much less make new investments in. With the global economy still reeling, and with a growing, ageing population at home, the only way to afford these services is to grow the economy - and that’s exactly what British Columbians have asked us to do. A major component of our plan to do that is increasing trade, chiefly with the emerging economies of Asia. Because of our proximity and natural advantages, we’ve had great success in expanding those trade relationships. One of our priority markets is South Korea. British Columbia has maintained a Trade and Investment Representative Office in Seoul since 2008, and I led a trade mission there last November. Make no mistake - we’ve had successes. South Korea is Canada’s seventh-largest trading partner and British Columbia’s fourth. But while our exports to China and Japan have been set-

B.C. Premier Christy Clark ting records, our lumber exports to South Korea have actually declined over the past three years. That’s because we haven’t been on a level playing field. Our competitors in the United States, Australia and the European Union have free trade agreements with South Korea - and they have been capitalizing on the opportunities created. The Government of Canada has estimated that a free trade agreement between our two countries could increase exports to South Korea by 32 per cent, or $1.7 billion. Keep in mind, over 50 per cent of Canada’s exports originate from British Columbia. Last week, we got some great

news when Prime Minister Stephen Harper formally signed the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (CKFTA.) For some time, our government has been urging Ottawa to conclude this long-overdue agreement. The CKFTA will eliminate tariffs on B.C. exports to South Korea, providing clear advantages for B.C. companies doing business there. Of course, they will have to do their homework on the Korean market but thanks to this free trade agreement, B.C. exporters will be more competitive and have improved, real market access opportunities, especially in forestry, natural gas, seafood and agri-foods. This agreement covers a variety of aspects of Canada-South Korean trade, including trade in goods and services, investment, government procurement, nontariff barriers, environment and labour co-operation, and other areas of economic activity. British Columbia depends on trade and investment for economic growth, job creation, and the ability to afford the services families depend on. Our competitive advantages bring home a lot of opportunities - but now that we have a level playing field in the South Korean market, the sky’s the limit.

Invest in the future of the valley To the editor; And so my friends I was just thinking about the Member Rewards part of the statement all the members of the Credit Union get….. You see the Members of the Credit Unions get a share of the profits as the members are the shareholders. One could think of it as free money, and if so, a person might also like to be offered the opportunity to invest in the future of the valley. I’d like to tell you about some of the endowment funds you might choose to support in your Communities Foundation. You might choose to support the Arts, children and youth, seniors, health, education, poverty or protection of the environment. These are all ‘envelopes of interest’ that people support in the valley. If that selection is not enough; in November of 2012 we initiated a new fund called the Smart and Caring Community

Fund. With the help of such groups at the Royal Purple #302,the Clearwater Festival and Events Society and a variety of individuals and businesses donating funds to this more generalized fund we are excited to let you know that our granting cycle is looking good for the future. Indeed, one family in Barriere has begun work on establishing a more specific fund. It will be a bursary, to encourage valley youth to go into the trades; They, friends and family are doing this in memory of their son who passed about a year ago. Watch for more information about this bursary in the near future. In order to help you with your decision to ‘give’ to an endowment of your choice, the Foundation directors have voted to ‘match’ any new donations given to the areas of interest this season until the moneys we’ve allotted run out. You see, we thought that it would be a lovely

legacy to all; and a fitting use for the funds we have been stewarding. Some funds were received as the result of a most generous man’s naming of the Foundation in his will. He was a generous contributor of both time and wisdom while he was with us – it is only fitting that we consider ways to make this legacy help as many locals as we can for years to come. So folks, as you move about your daily lives, please consider the future. Personally our family choose to ‘give’ monthly by having funds transferred from our ac-

count to the Foundation account automatically (the number is 5018635 – community builders account) – but, hey – why not consider ‘depositing’ the Member Rewards into your local Credit Union/ NT Communities Foundation account – mark it according to the envelope you’d like to support (see above). Whereas, it is nice to support Foundations and Causes outside the valley – I thought I would give you this option.

Cheryl Thomas, Chairman North Thompson Communities Foundation

In loving memory of our son and brother

David Stamer February 20, 1970 - April 1, 1989

It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since that fateful day. Sometimes it seems like it was only yesterday. Deep in our hearts his memory is kept To love, to cherish, to never forget. Remembered always, The Stamer Family

Hockey Provincials come to NT Valley

THE TIMES photo: Keith McNeill

Teams from Kelowna, Burns Lake, Ridge Meadows, Surrey, Chetwynd and Clearwater line up for the official opening of the Midget Tier 4 provincial championships at the Sportsplex in Clearwater on Saturday, March 15. Stay in tune with your community. The North Thompson STAR/JOURNAL – keeping you connected!

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BABIES OF 2013 PARTY If your baby was born in 2013, you’re invited!! Yellowhead Community Services and Success By 6 are hosting an afternoon lunch to bring together all Barriere and area parents with babies born in 2013. Meet the other parents and babies whose futures will be shaped along with yours as they grow and become part of the community. Through the developing years, from baby to teenager, your lives will continue to touch through the common bond your babies all share – born in 2013! After the free catered lunch (and birthday cake!) you will have an opportunity to meet community service providers and tell us what kinds of activities, services and events you’d like to see in Barriere. Siblings can also participate in a children’s program which will include crafts, activities, songs, and rhymes. There will also be Door Prizes and other surprises!

Friday, April 11TH • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Barriere & District Seniors Society Centre, 433 Barriere Town Road Please RSVP to Jill at Yellowhead Community Services @ 250-672-9773.


Thursday, March 27, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal

Canada Post’s pricing for letters to rise Mar. 31 North Thompson Star/Journal


An artist’s rendering shows plans for RIH expansion. The first phase is shown at bottom right.

RIH construction set to begin By Kamloops This Week Construction on the new clinical services building in front of Royal Inland Hospital should start this spring. Bird Construction, which also built the outpatient care and surgery centre and the RCMP E-division headquarters in Surrey, was chosen from three pre-qualified companies. The new building will provide more space for medical-outpatient services, a clinical-education program, the UBC medical school in Kamloops, more parking and a pedestrian bridge linking it to the main part of the hospital. The estimated cost of the project fronting Columbia Street, which will take about two years to complete, is $79.8 million.

As announced in December, Canada Post is introducing a new tiered pricing structure for domestic and international letters. The regulatory process has concluded and documents will soon be published in the Canada Gazette Part II. On March 31, the price of Permanent (or “P”) stamps bought in booklets, coils and panes will be $0.85 per stamp, up from $0.63 today. “P” stamps are valid on standard letters 0-30 g mailed within Canada. A $0.22 stamp will be available as make-up postage for 0-30 g letters for those customers who wish to use previously purchased $0.63 stamps. Permanent stamps, identified with the letter P in place of a value, will continue to be accepted even if they were purchased at a lower price prior to the adjustment. The typical Canadian household buys fewer than two stamps per month which means an estimated additional household

cost of less than $5 per year. Customers who wish to purchase a single stamp will pay $1. This represents about two per cent of all stamp purchases. For commercial customers, the new pricing structure will be adjusted as follows: • Businesses that use postage meters or indicia will pay a new discounted commercial rate of $0.75 (per domestic letter 0-30 g). • Incentive Lettermail customers who meet volume and preparation requirements will benefit from significantly lower prices, at $0.70 for Machineable Lettermail and $0.69 for Presorted Lettermail (per letter 0-30 g). • The pricing for U.S., international and oversized Lettermail will increase, falling in line with the new levels. However, the pricing for these services will not include uniquely differentiated prices for single stamps. • For the average small business, the increase is estimated to be less than $55 a year in additional costs. Canada Post is also introducing some tem-





porary and permanent measures to support small businesses and charities. From March 31 to December 31, 2014, a 5-per-cent discount will be available for VentureOne cardholders who purchase a minimum of 300 Permanent stamps, in coils of 100 or more, in a single transaction. Meter customers will receive a 5-per-cent rebate on their Lettermail postage purchases during that time period up to a maximum rebate of $250. To help small businesses and charities utilize direct mail to support their business in the long term, Canada Post is also permanently lowering the minimum volume requirements on some key products. This will provide them with access to lower postage rates for the distribution of their advertising and other materials. Details can be found at canadapost. ca/notice. Canada Post says that the one-time strategic adjustment to Lettermail pricing was a difficult decision, but it was also a case of necessity. Let-


Some people use garlic (fresh or in capsules) as a supplement. Although there is little evidence it lowers blood pressure, it does have short-term effects on cholesterol and blood clotting. It is recommended that those people on blood-thinning medications not use high doses because of the increased risk of bleeding. Also, high doses of garlic should be stopped 1-2 weeks before major surgery. There are many suggestions for curing hiccoughs. Some work and some don’t. One new way, which may seem a little extreme, evidently works really well, especially for people who hiccough for long periods of time. The method is called digital rectal stimulation and means just what it says. Using a surgical glove or even kitchen plastic wrap on a finger and massage the inside of the rectum. Hiccoughs should stop within minutes.

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Boat infested with invasive mussels stopped at B.C. border Invasive Species Council of BC  OSOYOOS—Detection, team work and new provincial regulations successfully worked together to prevent a mussel infested boat from entering B.C. last week. An established alert system, aquatic invasive species training, a rapid response plan, inter-governmental support and collaboration all worked to quickly address a potential significant threat to B.C.’s lakes. The highly invasive zebra and quagga mussels are not wanted in B.C., and collaboration across all jurisdictions is critical to keeping them out. The evening of March 12, 2014, provided the first test of B.C.’s invasive mussel emergency response plan. At the Osoyoos border crossing, a Canada Border Services Agency guard inspected an incoming commercially hauled boat and found visible mussels on the hull. The 44 foot long boat was being transported from Arizona to Okanagan Lake. An immediate call to the BC RAPP line raised the alert with BC Conservation Officer Services and to the BC Aquatic Specialist which led to boat detainment, further inspection and full decontamination—all possible thanks to the new and strong regulation prohibiting the transport of invasive mussels into B.C.— dead or alive! With the new regulation, last spring Conservation Officers participated in invasive mussel detection and boat decontamination procedures training, enabling the quick response last week. The tiny invasive mussels, especially in their larval stage, are difficult, if not impossible to see. Using a combination of high temperature pressure washing and flushing, a thorough cleaning

was completed to ensure that the boat was mussel-free. Zebra and quagga mussels, originally from Europe, were first introduced to Canada and the US in the 1980’s. Currently they are confirmed in over 24 states and three provinces. These small fingernail size mussels, attach to boats and trailers and are then transported to new waters. Where introduced, these fresh water invasive mussels cause extensive changes to the ecology, change water quality and cause extensive economic losses. Based on a 2013 economic impact report released by the Ministry of Environment, the projected economic losses to B.C. are estimated at $21.7 million considering only impacts to hydro generation, recreational boaters, and water utilities. Currently there are no ways to treat and eradicate zebra and quagga mussels once introduced to fresh water - the only solution

is to prevent them from being introduced. Preventing these invasive species is a high priority across the Pacific Northwest. In 2009, B.C. signed on as a partner in the Columbia Basin Invasive Mussel Rapid Response Plan, along with Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. The system provides early detection, rapid response and notification related to zebra and quagga mussels. The provincial government, supported by the Invasive Species Council of BC, coordinates standardized training, public outreach and response plans. Since 2012, a Clean Drain Dry program for boaters was launched to ensure boaters are aware, trained and committed to protecting our lakes. The new Controlled Alien Species Regulation introduced in 2012 prohibits the transfer of any mussels in B.C. and enables boat detention and fines up to $100,000. Conservation officers now have the power and training

to stop suspected boats and ensure they are decontaminated. Federal regulatory change is under review and is clearly needed to provide border inspectors with the authority to prevent mussel infested boats from entering the province. Other actions being considered include mandatory boat inspections. The risk is simply too high for B.C. and our neighbors; the solution is to stop boaters at our borders and ensure a coordinated response. Find out how you and your community can become involved in the Clean Drain Dry  program to protect your local lakes; contact If you see a mussel attached to a boat, dock or trailer in freshwater—it will be invasive. Report it to the  RAPP line 1-877952-7277  immediately to ensure it is inspected and decontaminated.  Help be part of the B.C. protection plan - B.C. does not want these highly invasive mussels in our waters!

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Hayward named BC Community Achiever passion for her community, and is a strong advocate for agriculture and agritourism. Those she works with on her many community involvements say she has a special ability to bring community members together in working for a common goal, and her cheerful drive to get things done is contagious. “I wish every one of the hardworking volunteers, from all of the organizations that I work within, could also be a recipient of this award,” said Hayward, “It is the collective dedication of us all that creates the successes we enjoy. Thank you.” The recipients of the 2014 British Columbia Community Achievement Awards will be recognized in a formal presentation at Government House in Victoria on April 29, 2014. Each will receive a certificate

and a medallion designed by B.C. artist Robert Davidson. The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the province of B.C. to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service. Launched in 2003, the BC Community Achievement Awards were the first initiative of the foundation, followed by the Carter Wosk B.C. Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design, B.C.’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the B.C. Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art, and the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards. For a list of all the recipients, and information about the awards, please visit www.bcachievement. com/community/info.php

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hard-earned money.” “Fraudsters are hiding behind realistic looking logos of trustworthy organizations that are trusted by consumers during the right of time of year when people may be filing their taxes” she says. “Now, more than ever, it is crucial for consumers to trust their gut and check with BBB before making a financial decision.” BBB provides consumers with these common red flags of email phishing scams: • Don’t believe what you see. Scammers can easily copy a real business’ colours, logo and even email address. • Hover over links to check sources.  Place your mouse over hyper-linked text and the true destination will appear. • Be wary of unsolicited emails that contain links or sends attachments. Never click on links or open files in emails unless you know sender and are expecting it. • Beware of pop-ups. Some pop-ups are designed to look

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Help Improve Literacy in Our Community. Do you know an adult who might benefit from the opportunity to work one-on-one with a Partner Assisted Learning (PAL) program tutor. There is no cost for the PAL program. Call Barriere and Area Literacy Coordinator Jill Hayward at 250-319-8023 for information.



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SPARC BC is inviting photographers from across B.C. to submit photos that demonstrate what an accessible and inclusive community looks like to them. Through this initiative, organizers say the objective is to encourage and stimulate discussion about what it means to be a truly accessible and inclusive community. Do you know anyone who might be interested? SPARC BC is looking for: • Amateur photographers • Students (including photography students) • Professional photographers • Photographers who have a disability Prizes: • Four grand prizes of $500 will be awarded to the photo that is judged “best” in each of the categories–amateur, professional, student and persons with disabilities. • In addition, 20 prizes of $100 each will be awarded to photos for creativity, insight and excellence in demonstrating what it means to be a truly accessible and inclusive community. The goal: The goal of this contest is to show what it means to be an accessible and inclusive community by using images and stories from across British Columbia that help to challenge stereotypes and speak to genuine inclusion. The photos will be used to start conversations in communities across B.C. about accessibility and inclusion. Winning entries will be announced as part of SPARC BC’s annual Access Awareness Day – the first Saturday in June. Submission requirements:

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Questions around the height of the exhaust pipe were answered and a detailed drawing of the site plans including fuel storage was available. It may not look like it but Spring is coming eventually. In the coming weeks we have a number of events happening all around our community. Everything from a new early season sanctioned rough stock rodeo, to the return of the very successful health and wellness fair. Come on out and enjoy the fun. Many congratulations go out to Jill Hayward on being the recipient of a B.C. Community Achievement Award! The presentation will be at Government House in Victoria on April 29. These awards honour people who have made a significant contribution to their community. People like Jill.


actively look for individuals that can bring solutions and positive forward thinking ideas to the table. We don’t have many problems and those that we do have can be solved with a little hard work, positive solutions and innovative thinking. Anyone that wants to be part of the solution is welcome to help out. At the last Committee of the Whole meeting there was a presentation around the proposed Bio Burner. Mr. David Dubois gave a report and presentation around the details of emission controls and the applicable regulations around these types of facilities. The size and configuration of various makes and models of available burners was also presented. Even the types of fuels, the cost of each type, and where they can be obtained locally was discussed.


you not think that the content should contain opinions based on actual facts? Can a person speak on local issues and form an opinion without gathering all the facts? There is no quicker way to ruin where you live than to be constantly offering up problems, and looking to dig up dirt on what is being done rather than helping to work towards solutions. Council works hard to bring well researched plans to the table and has always openly invited anyone interested, a place at that table to help bring success to proposed projects. I encourage residents to give their considered opinion on issues. I believe that the rest of council agrees with me on this. We all want to know what residents think, and perhaps more importantly what they know. Small towns like ours tend to look for people that will work with us to help improve where we live. We recognize that we can ill afford to pay for needed advice all the time. We encourage and


Last week council had both a Committee of the Whole meeting and a regular council meeting. I want to say thanks to those residents that attended these meetings. It is an important part of the process to get resident feedback, and the best way to get information and form an opinion is to attend the meetings where the information is presented and when decisions are made. I know most council and committee meetings are boring. Unless you are there for a personal reason the content can be less than stimulating. Attending is recommended to follow any of the current decisions made around projects, budget plans and District procedures and policies. The minutes of meetings simply report on the highlights and do not show each individual’s passion for a given issue or a project. On the topic of reporting on the activities of council our local newspaper sends a representative to our council and committee meetings, and they report on what happens. It is rare that a meeting is missed. What is then printed in the paper is a report on the facts of what happened at the meeting. Not an opinion of what should have been done, could have been said, or things of that sort. On the other hand, our local radio station has not sent, on any sort of regular basis, a representative to council meetings. However, the station does choose to run a regular segment that includes opinions and has what is purported to be accurate information on the activities to do with District council. I personally find this to be odd. If a radio station airs a segment that includes talking about local public affairs, would

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Livestock association preserves local history By Carol McNeil The Times Eileen Sedgwick was secretary of the Upper North Thompson Livestock Association for many years. When she started the job she received a box of information that went with the secretary’s position. In it she found a little black journal with minutes from the meetings from 1918 to 1937. She took it out of the box, cleaned it up and put it on her book shelf. After she stopped being secretary she and gave the journal to John Sedgwick to return to the association. Sedgwick presented the UNTLA Journal 1918 – 1937 to our association at

a meeting in 2012. I offered to look after getting it restored and asked Sherrie Carmichael to help me as she is an artsycrafty person who is a perfectionist. I did some research and ended up calling the curator of a museum in Kelowna for advice. She recommended the materials I needed and I ordered them from Carr McLean in Toronto, Ontario. A year passed and Sherrie and I couldn’t find time to work on the project. However, I did have the journal scanned and laminated and put in a binder so our members could enjoy reading the history of our association in this valley. Finally in January, 2014, Sherrie and I spent two days (11






hours in total) preserving each page between special encapsulating paper. Along with a dedication written by Ed Shook the project was completed and put in a special binder. The dedication reads: “These meeting minutes record the ranching history of the Upper North Thompson valley, from the formation of the  Upper North Thompson Livestock Association beginning in 1918 until 1937. “The association continues it historical role today. “Pioneer ranchers like Moilliet, Moss, Graffunder and many others shared leadership. “The UNTLA dedicates this compilation to the current members of our association and to honor our former member, friend and family member W.H.(Bill) Sedgwick – 1945 – 1990.” The UNTLA Journal 1918 – 1937 will be housed in the Clearwater Library for everyone to read this piece of local history.

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Sherri Carmichael (l) and Carol McNeil show the Upper North Thompson Livestock Association journal they preserved. The book contains minutes from 1918 to 1937 and will be housed in the Clearwater Library. (Below) Minutes from the UNTLA annual general meeting, Mar. 17, 1936, taken at Birch Island.

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SPORTS Kamloops home to new Whitecaps Academy Centre Evaluations will start on Monday, April 7 By Kamloops This Week The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday, March 21, that Kamloops will soon be home to a Whitecaps FC Kamloops Academy Centre. Whitecaps academy centres are a network of reining hubs, providing supplemental club training for serious, motivated athletes. The program will be led by John Antulov. Kamloops is the seventh academy to open, joining existing locations that include Vancouver Island, Vancouver, the Okanagan, the Kootenays, the Northern Academy Centre and the Saskatchewan Academy Centre. The program will launch in Kamloops in April, with a 10-week spring prospects academy. The academy will be limited to U12/13, U14/15 and 16/18 boys, as well as U12/13 girls. U9-U18 boys and girls will be integrated in the fall. Evaluations will take place on Monday, April 7, with U12/13 boys from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and U14/15 boys from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Friday, April 11, evaluations for U12/13 girls will run from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and for U16/18 boys from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. All evaluations will take place at Exhibition Field. Interested players need to register for the evaluation by visiting and selecting Kamloops Academy.

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Clearwater hosts Midget Tier 4 provincials Clearwater Mayor John Harwood (center) drops the puck to officially open the Midgets Tier 4 provincial championships at the Sportsplex on Sunday evening. Taking the drop are Surrey Storm captain Brennan Collins (l) and Clearwater Ice Hawk captain Keaton Noble. Also in the photo are

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NDP takes aim at Multi Material BC recycling ‘failure’ By Jeff Nagel BC Local News The NDP is accusing the provincial government of handing over control of B.C.’s blue box recycling system to Toronto-based multinational executives who will be unaccountable while B.C. businesses and households pay higher costs. Opposition small business critic Lana Popham raised the issue of Multi Material BC in the Legislature Monday, calling on the province to change course before the agency’s new system for recycling packaging and printed paper takes effect May 19. “If government doesn’t take a step back, B.C.’s recycling system is going to end up in a giant dumpster,” Popham said. “The control of recycling should never have been outsourced to the large corporate interests based in Ontario and abroad. This is a profound failure. This program needs to be paused and the entire concept reconsidered.” Popham’s comments follow the launch earlier this month of a campaign against MMBC by a coalition of business groups, including the newspaper industry, who say they can’t afford to pay high fees imposed under the new system. “The Liberal government loves to claim they’re getting rid of red tape,” she said in an interview Monday. “So it’s quite ironic because MMBC is a Godzilla-sized red tape monster.” Although MMBC is registered as a society, Popham called it a “dummy corporation” because two of its three directors are Toronto-based senior executives with Loblaws and Unilever, while the third is MMBC managing director Allan Langdon. The Saanich South NDP MLA said the province should force MMBC to give B.C. stakeholders majority control. Popham said the MMBC system will be “dangerously close to monopoly” resulting in less competititon and innovation in recycling. She also said municipalities have been pressured into signing contracts with inadequate compensation for their costs, the threat of penalties for contamination and a gag clause. MMBC’s new recycling fees on businesses will be passed along to consumers through higher prices, Popham said, calling it a “hidden tax” that won’t be transparent to consumers. Meanwhile, she says cities are unlikely to rebate property taxes that households already pay for recycling. “The slogan for MMBC should probably be ‘Recycle once, but pay twice.’” In some cities where MMBC won’t provide services, such as Kamloops, residents will pay for nothing, Popham added. MMBC says it will take new types of containers and packaging not collected in B.C. before. But Popham noted glass will no longer be collected curbside in many cities and there’s little evidence the system will improve recycling rates overall. She said a smarter approach would have been to extend the beverage can deposit-refund system to more containers, such as milk cartons and laundry detergent jugs. Liberal MLA Eric Foster (Vernon Monashee) responded in the Legislature, saying the province made changes to exempt most businesses from MMBC fees and paperwork if they earn less than $1 million in revenue, generate less than one tonne per year of packaging, or operate as a single outlet. “We’ve got all kinds of validation on this — chambers of commerce, local government, opportunities for local government to either continue the way they’re doing it or to have MMBC put their contractors in there to pick up,” said Foster, who serves on the government’s environment and land use committee. “MMBC came forward as an opportunity to change people’s way of doing business and to put the onus on the original producers of the waste product or the recyclable product to reduce.”

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The board of School District 73 announced on Tuesday that it has appointed Karl DeBruijn at its new superintendent. DeBruijn will take the place of Terry Sullivan, who is due to retire on July 31. The new superintendent is a long term employee of the school district and has been assistant superintendent for the past 11 years. According to a media release from the school district,

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he brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and insight to the position. The school board looks forward to his stability, leadership and direction and his continued dedication to the school district, the community of Kamloops and the rural communities it serves. A national search by SD73 was suspended earlier this year when it became apparent those who might make the shortlist were not interested in moving to Kamloops.

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Photographer’s lighting workshop I have just finished my first day of leading another Photographer’s Lighting Workshop. I will admit that a day spent guiding excited and, I must remark of this session, very talented photographers, does tire me out. Participants that are willing to express opinions and aren’t shy about getting shoulder to shoulder in a process of experimenting, exploring, and learning are hard to keep up with, and their enthusiasm is infectious. I try to stand back and watch analytically, but every animated smile draws me in. Multiply times seven each fired up photographer I was working with and there is quite an energy drain. After over 40 years as a photographer I do have a pretty large chest of experiences in just about every aspect of this exciting medium, and I was employed as a photography teacher for

nearly half that time. I can easily sit a group of learners down and lecture about pretty much anything photographic and, particularly the lighting workshops that are currently all the rage for photography keeners. My knowledge is on par with most experienced portrait professionals, and I teach so that beginners and intermediate learners can keep up with the jargon and the concepts. I enjoy the enlivened interaction that happens when a student of photography makes the decision to participate. My job is to present information on the subject at hand and keep things going. I don’t like to be a demonstrator on a stage, and rarely pick up a camera. That’s left to participants. Sure, they tired me out, but in the recent day-long workshop on lighting and posing

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John E n ma n I was fortunate to be leading a group of surprisingly skilled and very energetic photographers; and I must add, two lovely and creative young models that in my opinion were willing to work hard in a demanding environment for modeling. The workshop was held in a rural studio minutes outside of Kamloops. I like this studio because it owner, Dave Monsees, has filled it with quite an assortment of lighting gear. I think there are at least eight studio strobes to choose from, all setup for wireless connection with a drawer full of senders. There are soft boxes, umbrellas, diffusion screens, reflec-

tors and a great selection of wall-mounted backdrops. There was even a fully equipped kitchen at the back that we made good use of, with fresh brewed coffee, pastries, and a large pot of chili for lunch. It can’t get much better than good food, great people, and photography. Monsees is regularly adding props and stools to sit and pose on, as well as a growing selection of light modifiers. The large, wellequipped space is a great rental studio, and a perfect environment for an instructional session like mine. We started the session with one light behind a reflective um-

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brella, and moved on from there adding a large softbox, a shoot through umbrella, and a rim light to give depth to our subject when we used a black background. We changed backdrops and light positions regularly. And those creative photographers really kept our models active and, heck, made my day. Regarding portrait photography, famous portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh,

The future of signatures: My 13-year-old son can’t write his name and most of his buddies can’t either. My 10-yearold daughter and most of her friends can. The reason for this shouldn’t have shocked me since the demise of cursive writing has been covered in the news, but I must have missed it, because I was completely surprised when I saw for myself.  We were at the bank at the time. I had just opened individual savings accounts for Sam and Daisy, and the kids were asked to sign on the dotted line. Daisy wrote out her name effortlessly, and then it was Sam’s turn. “Don’t print it,” I said correcting him halfway through. “Signatures are supposed to be written.” “I can’t remember how,” he said after attempting to do it. He couldn’t even recall how to script the ‘S.’ Daisy snorted and offered to write his name. I told him to just

print it and we’d talk about it later. And talk we did. “Why can Daisy write her name and you can’t?” I asked when we got in the car. “The last time we learned handwriting was in grade three I think,” Sam replied. “We never write in middle school.” According to a couple of 16-year-olds I asked, it’s rare in high school as well. The art of handwriting that I used to practice diligently back in my youth just isn’t considered important like it once was. After my initial disbelief, I started

to contemplate the significance of its gradual disintegration in this digital age. Back when I was in school I spent countless hours practicing my penmanship so it would look beautiful and impress the reader. Yet I ended up corresponding with more of a speedy chicken scratch in the end. Over the years it’s developed into a hybrid of writing and printing, and while I can easily read it myself, others have trouble deciphering what it says. That has never mattered though. With greeting

cards and notes meant for someone else’s eyes, I’d take an extra minute to neatly print so my message would be understood by the recipient. Additional communications have either been spoken or typed. “What about signatures?” my friend asked when I decided not to mind that kids are no longer engaging in cursive writing. “People can’t be printing their signatures.” Well, Sam just did and it wasn’t a problem with the bank. And his friend just did for his passport application and it wasn’t rejected by the government. Regardless, I would like my children to at least know how to sign their own names and have started working with my son on that. Not being able to write beyond a signature might become an issue the odd time, but the inability to read writing seems more problematic since there are

once said, “I try to photograph people’s spirits and thoughts. As to the soul taking by the photographer, I don’t feel I take away, but rather that the sitter and I give to each other. It becomes an act of mutual participation.” The first of our two-day workshop is over. I prefer two days because on the second we can review and reinforce what happened on the first. Now I am looking forward to

spending another day and preparing to lead workshop participants into new territory. These are my thoughts this week. Contact me at www. e n m a n s c a m e ra . c o m or Stop by Enman’s Camera at 423 Tranquille Road in Kamloops. And if you want an experienced photographer please call me at 250-371-3069. I also sell an interesting selection of used photographic equipment.

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older generations still communicating this way. “I wrote something on the board a couple of weeks ago and my students had no idea what it said,” my teacher friend said about her grade 10 class. “This could look bad to a future employer who writes. Kids who know how to read writing might be more marketable.” But many educators argue there are

computer programs that can translate basic handwriting and it’s just nostalgia that has some wanting to keep the art of cursive writing alive. “If the kids can communicate by talking, printing and typing, why should they spend precious school time learning handwriting when they’ll barely need it?” another teacher friend asked. “They’re better off learning a second

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Don’t miss the Celebration of Rural Living Expo & Trade Show April 26-27, 2014 9am-5pm daily NT Agriplex & Fall Fair Facility 4872 Dunn Lake Rd., Barriere Over 100 booths & displays to peruse. Music, concessions, giveaways. A full lineup of feature speakers. Free draws every hour. $5/adult, $3/stud. or senior, children 12 & under Free. Vendor and Expo info at: 250-319-8023 Garage & Pie Sale, Mar. 29, 9am-2pm at the Barriere Legion basement. $10/Table. Call Eileen: 250-672-2456. Health Solutions Seminar Sunday, March 30 2-3 pm @ Wells Gray Hotel

Barriere Writer’s Group - anyone interested in starting/being part of one? The idea would be to encourage each other to write, whether it be letters, poetry, short stories, novels, plays, etc. Interested? Call Margaret at 250-672-9330 (evenings) or via email:

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Stopyra In Loving Memory of May, Mom and Grandma who passed away March 23, 2004

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Thank you We would like to thank the local paramedics for their prompt response and care when Carl had his stroke, the doctors, nurses and staff of the Dr. Helmcken Memorial and Royal Inland Hospitals for the care they gave Carl during his stay. We extend a special thank you to North Thompson Funeral Services (Drake and Jennifer) for their professional care and help and to Lloyd Strickland for his prayers, kind words and for conducting the service. A huge thanks to John Downey for doing the eulogy (a though job, but he did it so well, thank you John). Thank you to the Wells Gray Inn for the use of the conference room and the luncheon. Thank you to friends and family for their prayers, kind words and contributions, much appreciated during a difficult time. Your kindness will not be forgotten. Thank you to everyone who attended the service and shared memories with us, making the day a little easier. Thank you from the family of Carl Kettleson

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Manager of Natural Resource Department Natural Resource Administrator Full-time 35 hours per week

1. General Responsibilities The Natural Resources Department of Simpcw First Nation (SFN) is responsible for the overall health, conservation, protection and management of Simpcw lands and resources throughout Simpcw territory. The purpose of Natural Resources Manager position is to lead the effective and efficient delivery of title and rights information, including all aspects of the SFN environmental operations to ensure healthy, productive forests, water and lands and to safeguard SFN interests and the organization. This position ensures that the rights and titles of Simpcw First Nation and environmental operations including forests, fisheries, recreation and other land uses are safeguarded and used appropriately. In addition, this position manages diverse timber, fishery, wildlife, range and recreation land use encompassing many layers of legislation and policy. This position also cooperates with the Simpcw Resources Group of companies (SRG) on all activities to ensure efficient and effective business operations. The Natural Resource Manager must balance the preservation of the cultural history of the Simpcw People and the generation of economic benefits with the long-term health (sustainability) of the forest, water, fishery, wildlife and land resources. Reporting to the SFN Administrator, he/she interacts with a wide variety of Band Council and Band employees as well as internal and external representatives within various levels of Simpcw government, SRG and non-Band representatives. 3. Qualifications a) Post-secondary degree in resource management, forestry, forestry engineering, archaeology, anthropology. b) Considerable current and progressive experience in natural resource management. c) Valid BC Driver’s license. d) Experience in staff supervision. e) Excellent inter-personal communication and leadership skills. f) Good writing ability and computer skills. g) Ability to plan and manage budgets. h) Experience in project management, especially in the natural resource sector. i) Experience with natural resource policy development and implementation in a First Nations context. j) Experience in working in a First Nations community, preferably within the Secwepemc Nation. Hours of Work: Normal day shift – 7 hours; some evenings and weekends may be required. Please submit cover letter, resume along with 2 written reference letters to: Crystal Celesta, Administrative Assistant Simpcw First Nation PO Box 220 Barriere, BC V0E 1E0 Email: Fax: (250) 672-5858 Deadline for Applications: April 4, 2014 at 12 p.m. Interviews: April 7, 2014 Applications received after this time will not be accepted. Only applicants shortlisted will be contacted for interviews. Appointment to the position will require formal criminal record check, the details of which may preclude an offer of employment being finalized. Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry per Canada’s Human Rights Act and legislative surrounding Employment Equity.


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Accounting Technician / Office Manager Joanne Ovenden CA, Clearwater BC Responsible manager needed for busy accounting office. Requires certificate or diploma in accounting or related field and min 2 years experience. Key responsibilities: management of all aspects of bookkeeping (incl payroll, GST, reconciliations and journal entries), preparation of financial statements, financial reports, statistical analysis and tax returns. Essential skills are decision making, independent selforganization, working under pressure, positive attitude, an enquiring mind and excellent customer service. IT knowledge should include Quickbooks, Caseware, Excel, Profile and Word. Permanent position. Wage range: $20-23 p/hr, 4 % vacation pay. Av 35/hrs/wk plus w/e Feb-May. Email resume to:

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Experienced skidder operator for after breakup in Clearwater area. Goat Creek Logging Ltd. Ph anytime 250-851-8418 or fax 250-851-8418

Little Fort Subway We are looking for friendly, motivated, responsible people that enjoy working with the public. Part time or full time positions are available. Please apply in person with resume or by fax 250-677-4231. Located in the Husky, Hwy 5, Little Fort, B.C.

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NORTH THOMPSON JOBS BARRIERE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 629 Barriere Town Rd. V0E 1E0 • 250-672-0036 • Fax: 250-672-2159

E-mail: • Website: CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE – Jim’s Food Market BC027 RESIDENT RV HOST(S) – Chinook cove Golf & RV BC0286 HEAVY DUTY RED SEAL MECHANIC – Hy’s North Transporation BC0295 WAITRESS – Station House Restaurant B0300 MEAT MANAGER – AG Foods – BC0306 GO TO: for info on jobs w/Mike Wiegele & for Sun Peaks. Skill Development: If you have been on Employment Insurance in the past 3 years (5 years maternity) & are currently unemployed, you may be eligible for re-training dollars. Book an appointment to see one of our counselors for information. We look forward to seeing you: come in and we’ll personally see that you get the information you’re seeking or call and make an appointment. • Free computer & Internet access • Free resume help • Free information on many services. “The Employment Program of British Columbia is funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia” In Partnership with Barriere & District Chamber of Commerce and Yellowhead Community Services

CLEARWATER EMPLOYMENT SERVICES 58A Young Road, Clearwater BC V0E 1N2 • 250-674-2928 • Fax 250-674-2938 E-mail: • Web Page:

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Free Workshops to help with your work search are available. Please contact us to register for one or all of these free workshops. Apr. 1, 2 & 3, 2014 - “Back to Work Boot Camp” Workshops will be as follows:

Tues. April 1st Wed. April 2nd Thurs. Apr. 3rd 9:00am-Noon Email/Internet Basics Resume/Cover Letters Building Positive Behaviours 12:30pm-3:00pm Labour Market Infor Dress for Success/Interviews Resumes & Interviews: Go hand in hand, so the better prepared you are the greater the impression you will make to your future employer. Please drop in & our friendly staff will assist you. Targeted Wage Subsidy (TWS): Are you currently on Employment Insurance or have you been in the last 3-5 years? If you have, you may be eligible for wage subsidy. Ask us for further info. Funding for Skill Enhancement: Recent or active EI clients with a career plan in mind seeking assistance through Service Canada are required to book an appointment with one of our Employment Counsellors. BLUE RIVER ITINERANT: An employment consultant comes to the Blue River School. Next visit is Tues. Mar. 27th, from 12:30-2:30. If a one on one appointment is required, please call to set up a time prior to the drop in. Operated by Yellowhead Community Services The Employment Program of BC is funded by the Government of Canada & the Province of British Columbia

UP TO $400 cash daily FT & PT outdoors, spring/summer work. Seeking honest, hard working staff.

Teachers PRIMARY Teachers Wanted in Shanghai Are you tired of being on the TOC list? There are opportunities for BC and Alberta qualified teachers at Shang Yin Canadian International Primary School in Shanghai. Successful applicants will teach Canadian curriculum in English. Contact Brian Butcher at for more information.

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3 positions: Picker/Boom Truck Operator, Winch & Bed Truck Operators needed. Generous signing bonus to right applicants. Valiant Oilfield Hauling is a family friendly business based in Fort St John. We are looking for a Certified Picker/Boom Truck Operator for a 40 ton Picker, an experienced Winch truck Operator and an experienced Lo-bed Truck Operator. We offer competitive Wages and great work environment. Send resume to or call Jeremy at 1778-256-4258. Flexible work rotations a possibility. Serious applicants only.

JOURNEYMAN or Apprentice Heavy Duty / Commercial Transport Mechanic wanted in Golden, BC. This is for you if you are an outdoor enthusiast. Position is full time evening shift 4:00 pm - 12:00 midnight Monday thru Friday. Rate of pay is competitive and will be negotiated based on experience. We invite you to become a member of our team. Please fax your resume and cover letter to 250-344-6622 or email

Work Wanted HAFI GRANTS Notice to low income seniors and persons with disability. You may qualify for a grant up to 20,000. to modify and adapt your home for improved safety and accessibility. For details contact your local HAFI expert Hans Ounpuu, Building contractor @ 250-674-3875. Looking for work - will do a variety of jobs: light house cleaning, pickup & deliver shopping for shut-ins, etc. Please call Margaret Houben at 250-6729330.

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Support International Scouting by donating used stamps which are sorted & sold to raise money for the International Development Fund of the International Scout & Guide Fellowship. This fund pays for training for Scouters in the third world. Drop stamps off at front counter of the Star/Journal in Barriere, or call Margaret at (250)672-9330.

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Rentals Duplex / 4 Plex Barriere: 3 bdrm duplex (2up 1down),on Dunn Lake Rd. $1000/mo + util. Or other options, call 250-319-5220 or 250-672-9958. Avail immed. Barriere: large 1 bdrm apartment in quiet neighbourhood.750sqft. $615/mo. Pets negotiable. Call 250-682-2231

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WANTED:Construction Equipment, Excavators, Backhoes, Dozers, Motor graders, wheel loaders, Forestry Equipment. Any condition. We all so do scrap metal clean up and Estate clean up. References available. 250-260-0217.

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North Thompson Star/Journal March 27, 2014

Have you had the talk?

Libraries move to a 55 per cent of Canadians have not new catalogue system Thompson-Nicola Regional District

Submitted Imagine - one day, without warning, you find yourself in a hospital, unable to communicate. Who would speak for you and make health care decisions for you? About six in 10 Canadians believe that it’s extremely important to talk to someone about their end-of-life care preferences -- but a new Harris/Decima poll indicates that only 45 per cent have done so. The poll also provides some interesting reasons why Canadians are dragging their heels on this important issue. ”It appears that while Canadians seem to know that it’s important to talk about end-oflife preferences when they are healthy, they are also quick to find excuses for not doing it,” says Louise Hanvey, the Project Manager for the Advance Care Planning in Canada Project. Thirty-nine per cent are ‘creeped out’ by the conversation. Being afraid of death was one of the strongest reasons for Canadians to avoid having the discussion, the poll revealed. Other reasons include not wanting to upset family members or being ‘creeped out’ by the conversation. Advance Care Planning, a process of communicating your wishes for end-of-life care and naming a Substitute Decision Maker to speak for you if you are unable to do so, offers a way to start the conversation. The Advance Care Planning in Canada Project provides a number of tools and resources through its Speak Up campaign, including workbooks, videos and wallet cards. The Harris/Decima poll reports that Canadians who do have an advance care plan are more engaged in the health care system -- 90 per cent of them have a family physician or regular place of care. Earlier research indicates that patients who have end-of-life conversations are much more likely to be satisfied with their care, will require fewer aggressive interventions at the end of life and place less of a strain on caregivers.

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About six in 10 Canadians believe that it’s extremely important to talk to someone about their end-of-life care preferences. Data collected in the poll suggests that Canadians overwhelmingly want their health care provider to give them information about advance care planning -- and yet earlier studies have revealed many barriers to these conversations. The Speak Up campaign has developed a toolkit to help health care providers initiate the conversation with patients and families, including a “Just Ask” cue card to facilitate discussions. Ms. Hanvey notes that health professionals could do a better job asking about patient wishes for care, but emphasizes that individuals should also consider taking control of their own future. “It’s clear that Canadians understand that it’s important to have these conversations,” she says. “It’s time to stop making excuses and start talking. Speak up and make your voice heard.” National Advance Care Planning Day is April 16, what will you do? For more information, go to:, or phone 613-241-3663 ext. 231, or mail: Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, Annex D, Saint-Vincent Hospital, 60 Cambridge Street Annex D, Ottawa, ON, K1R 7A5.

OBITUARY In Loving Memory

Julius (Joe) Leo Hagen July 31, 1930 – March 22, 2014

Joe was born in Coronation, Alberta, moving later to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. Shortly after marrying Darlene Niedermoser, they made the big move over the mountains to British Columbia, living first in Louis Creek, and then settling in Barriere. Joe passed away peacefully at Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital in Clearwater, B.C. He worked driving logging truck for Fadear Creek Lumber until losing a leg in a logging accident, at which time he retrained and moved into the office. Fadear Creek eventually became Tolko Industries from which he retired. Joe is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Darlene; three children, Debra (Peter), Cal-

vin and Patricia (Tony), and granddaughter Amanda. He is also survived by two sisters, Inga Garrett in Rocky Mountain House and Lillian Penfold in Red Deer, Alberta, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Garrett from Rocky Mountain House and Ida Kilde from Sylvan Lake.

For many years Joe spent time fishing at East Barriere Lake where he and Darlene owned a cabin. He also enjoyed ocean fishing whenever he had the opportunity. As well, he was a life-member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 242, and was also a charter member of the Barriere Senior’s Society. He was actively involved in the town of Barriere for numerous years and took great pleasure in living there. No service by request. Funeral handled by North Thompson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

The Thompson Nicola Regional District (TNRD) Library System will be moving in early April to a new computer system, which will enhance and improve the library experience for all patrons. This web-based catalogue will become the primary tool for the public to view the library’s collection, as well as to place requests for specific material. The Sierra system takes the place of Sitka/Evergreen. For library patrons, the benefits of Sierra will include a more visually appealing discovery layer that will better showcase library holdings. The new catalogue will also support more sophisticated search techniques, “Did You

Mean?” suggestions, popular choices, tag clouds and user-contributed tags. Other features include the ability to review materials, create RSS My Record feeds, enjoy same-day telephone notifications, or register for a card online. Not all of these features will be available immediately, but the TNRD Library System looks forward to improving the experience in the long term. The TNRD Library System will be providing information in the near future to explain the changes that the move to Sierra will entail, including launch dates. Library staff are committed to making every effort to ensure the transition to Sierra is smooth and has as little impact on patrons as possible.



4464 Barriere Town Road

Worship Sunday 11:00 A worshipping community of Anglicans, United & Lutherans

All Are Welcome

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ST. GEORGE’S ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH Sunday Mass - 9am Wednesday, Friday & Saturday Mass - 9am

Father Donal O’Reilly

Ph 672-5949 • Fax 672-5974 CHRISTIAN LIFE ASSEMBLY 4818 Annesty Rd. (Across from High School) 9:30am Adult Sunday School 10:30am Sunday Service and Children’s Sunday School Pastor: Lance Naylor 672-0111

THE OPEN DOOR FELLOWSHIP 11:00 am Sundays at the Ridge Bible Study on Tuesdays at 1pm PASTOR TODD ENGLISH Join us for refreshments after the Service.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 North Thompson Star/Journal

The BC Government is now off-loading our recycling decisions to Toronto.

Under its new regulations, the BC Government has set up an association led by big corporations to take over the local Blue Box recycling program throughout BC. If you look closely, you’ll see that of seven board members, six are executives of Toronto-based multi-national corporations, with the seventh weighing in from Montreal. How do you like that, British Columbia? This means, unlike the current program run locally by BC municipalities, this new program will be managed not by people whose first responsibility is our local environment, but rather, their Bay St. profits. That can’t be a good thing for BC. The most perplexing thing is that we currently have a Blue Box program that works, is efficient, and costs BC homeowners just

$35 a year on average. The new proposed system does not guarantee to keep our local environment as its first priority, nor does it guarantee that there won’t be job losses here in BC. It doesn’t guarantee service levels, or say anything about how big business will pass along the costs to you when you go to pick up a pizza or buy groceries. Yikes! Perhaps this is why several of BC’s municipalities refuse to sign onto the new program, calling it a “scam.” Given that, maybe it’s time you called Premier Clark to keep BC’s environmental decisions right here in BC where they belong.

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March 27, 2014 edition of the Barriere Star Journal

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March 27, 2014 edition of the Barriere Star Journal