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Bozon rejoices in Ice victory Kootenay forward reflects on meningitis episode, his recovery and his last visit to Cranbrook T R E VO R C R AW L E Y

One day after being discharged from hospital, Tim Bozon was exactly where he wanted to be. The Kootenay Ice forward stepped back into his home arena and took part in game-day preparations with his team before dropping the puck in a ceremonial face off to a thunderous standing ovation. His team went on to beat the Calgary Hitmen 5-3, clinching their first playoff round win in over two years. “It was huge, obviously, it meant a lot,” said Bozon, a signed prospect with the Montreal Canadiens. “It’s probably my last time here so to see the boys one more time—I had such a great time with them, such great people and for sure, to get to see the rink one more time—I had lots of fun. “It was such an emotional night and it feels good too, mentally, after all I went through, so

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Tim Bozon was greeted by 4,000 people at Western Financial Place Saturday, March 29. it was really good.” His voice is a little raspy, and he’s lost weight, but the Ice forward seems in good spirits.

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Changes coming to local elections Four year terms, spending limits to be enacted for municipal and school board elections ARNE PETRYSHEN Townsman Staff

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The demonic Gene Simmons (aka Moe Rotondi) appeared onstage along with other members of Destroyer (Ian Kurz, Dean Criss and Micheal Moodry), Canada’s premier Kiss tribute band, Saturday, March 29, at the Key City Theatre in Cranbrook, Rock City. Destroyer and the rockers in attendence rocked and rolled all night (and part of every day).

Legislation tabled by the B.C. government last week will extend the term of local government office to four years as rules are tightened for campaign financing and advertising. Candidates for municipal and school board elections will also have to register with Elections BC and report donations of $50 or more when they run in province-wide elections this November. Third-party advertisers will have to register before promoting candidates, and financial disclosures will have to be filed with Elections BC within 90 days of

the vote. Cranbrook Mayor Wayne Stetski said transparency is a good thing, as well as the imposing of limits on spending. “Limits should be set on how much candidates can spend on municipal elections - several provinces already have these limits in place,” Stetski said. “Right now in B.C. and even in Cranbrook candidates could spend thousands, hundreds of thousands or even a million dollars trying to get elected which would mean an uneven playing field for those with limited resources.”

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The provincial government is reminding B.C. families about a new tax benefit that will be introduced in April 2015. The Early Childhood Tax Benefit was announced in February 2013 and will make families with a household income of under $100,000 a year eligible for benefits up to $55 per month, or $660 a year, for each child under the age of six. To receive the new benefit in 2015, parents need to file their annual income tax returns, starting with the 2013 tax year, and make sure they have applied for the Canada Child Tax Benefit. If your child is already registered for the Canada Child Tax Benefit, you will be automatically signed up to receive the B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. The maximum benefit will be available to all eligible families with net incomes under $100,000. The benefit will start

to phase out at $100,000 and will be fully phased out at $150,000. It is estimated that 140,000 families will receive the full benefit, while an additional 40,000 families with net incomes over $100,000 will receive a partial benefit. The new provincial benefit will supplement existing federal benefits, including the Canada Child Tax Benefit, the National Child Benefit Supplement and the Universal Child Care Benefit. These include: Provincial • B.C. Early Childhood Tax Benefit (effective April 1, 2015) • B.C. Low Income Climate Action Tax Credit • B.C. Sales Tax Credit Federal • National Child Benefit Supplement • Canada Child Tax Benefit • Universal Child Care Benefit • Child Disability Benefit • Working Income Tax Benefit • GST Credit

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Changes coming to local elections Continued from page 1

Stetski said getting elected should be about the quality of the candidates and the amount of self-promotion they can afford to do. Campaign spending limits won’t be imposed

until after the elections scheduled for Nov. 15, 2014. Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes said that measure is complex because the variety of local governments in

B.C. is the widest in Canada, including large and small communities, regional districts, school boards, park boards and the Islands Trust that governs the Gulf Islands. Oakes said the new

rules have been developed in consultation with the Union of B.C. Municipalities, and that discussion determined that an outright ban on anonymous donations is too strict. The disclosure rule will also apply

to third-party advertisers, who will have to report sources of donations more than $50 and identify themselves in advertising. The legislation also moves the date of local elections from Novem-

ber to October, but that won’t take effect until 2018. UBCM president Rhona Martin, a director of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, said the move to four-year terms is not a

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Carla Lowden and her staff at Cranbrook Curves were overwhelmed by the generosity of their members. They collected 1,671 pounds of food plus $870 for the Cranbrook Food Bank in under three weeks in the month of March. Curves International allows them to report a pound for every dollar raised so they reached their goal and reported 2541 pounds. Pictured from left to right: Jackie Jensen, manager of the Cranbrook Food Bank, Madison Meeks, Patt Dolan, Rani Noronha, Peggy McGowan, Kim Roelofs, manager, and Carla Lowden, Cranbrook Curves owner.

“perfect solution,” but it was supported by a majority of delegates at last year’s convention. In previous votes, some small community representatives said even three-year terms may be too long for a time-consuming commitment with little pay. Cranbrook’s mayor agreed. “Being an elected official is a serious time commitment and signing up for a four year term rather than three years will require potential candidates to think about their personal situations and if they are up to the commitment,” Stetski said. “The upside of a four year term, which is standard in Federal and Provincial politics and in many other provinces for municipal governments, is a lower cost to taxpayers for elections and more time for elected officials to implement their campaign promises. These are good things.” Minister Oakes also noted the change in reporting rules creates a large task of compliance and enforcement for Elections BC. Oakes said the Elections BC will present its proposed costs to the legislature committee that determines budgets for all independent officers, including the Auditor General. With files from Tom Fletcher

B.C. signs on for federal training program Tom Fle tcher Black Press

B.C. has signed on to the federal government’s program to match skills training with employers’ needs, after negotiations to maintain most of the existing programs to assist older and disadvantaged people. B.C. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond signed onto the Canada Job Grant program in Ottawa Monday, as provinces and territories agreed to a program that requires employers to put up a third of training costs.

B.C. Jobs Minister Shirley Bond Once the program takes effect, the federal share will be up to $10,000 per trainee with another $5,000 from a sponsoring employer.

Federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney said the new program will address the need for thousands of skilled workers to develop liquefied natural gas plants, pipelines and other projects in B.C. There is no general labour shortage in Canada, but the $900 million a year the federal government spends on post-secondary training needs to match up better with the available jobs, he said. “So we need to re-engineer our education system,” Kenney said. “B.C. has taken the lead

on this, to prepare young people for the jobs of the future, to educate them for the labour market.” The agreement means B.C. will use 40% of Ottawa’s $65 million annual skills training transfer for the new program. “We very much support the concept of employer-led and driven employment programs, and I think that’s actually where we ended up with the Canada Job Grant file,” Bond said. B.C. objected to the program initially, because it would have

taken federal money away from existing training programs for disadvantaged groups. Kenney said the amended deal allows

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Book details journey back from brain injury Barry Coulter

A Cranbrook woman’s wrenching journey from near death through incapacitation and despair to victory and hope has been detailed in a newly released book. And Jennifer De Pippo will be making an appearance this upcoming weekend with “An Unexpected Miracle: Conquering Brain Injury.” De Pippo suffered a brain injury in a devastating car accident in her childhood — her memoir takes us along with from this event, to her eventual emergence from from a coma, to a long, painful period of rehabilitation. De Pippo’s complicated program of therapy is an exercise in being reborn — which means relearning to live in the physical sense. We follow her on a powerful and painful evolution, reading reports of her medical progress as if they were our own. Discharged back into life, De Pippo sets out to reclaim her emotional life — not just learning to live in her new state of being, but learning to exist in an often harsh world of people unlike her, dealing with anxiety, depression and the differences that set her apart. But through perservence, determination, and with support, De Pippo takes to where she is going — to live a simple life; to enjoy what life has to offer. And we find how she in

CBC comedian to visit Centre 64 Lorne Elliott set to play Kimberley venue on April 13 C AROLYN GR ANT

Jennifer De Pippo tends to keep pushing herself to find every joy that life has to offer. — in a most remarkable fashion. Today Jennifer is continuing to amaze other people with her skills, and she is training to make the Canadian Swimming Paralympic Team. She has her mind set on bringing home a medal. This book inspires readers to never give up hope: Anything is possible if there is a will. Jennifer will be appearing at Coles bookstore in the Tamarack Centre Mall on Saturday, April 5, from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. and Monday, April 7, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m at the Cranbrook Public Library

Lorne Elliott’s name will be familiar to any fan of CBC Radio, where he produced and starred in Madly Off In All Directions for 11 seasons, but he’s been performing stand-up comedy for a lot longer than that. “He’s been doing stand-up for 40 years,” said Kimberley Arts Council President Mike Redfern, who says that the Arts Council rarely hosts stand-up comedy. “It’s an entertainment more commonly associated with pub and club performances. But Lorne Elliott is a concert stage comedian “par excellence” and we’re delighted that he has include us in his B.C. tour.” Redfern says Elliott is getting incredible reviews for his current tour. “Fast, foolish and lots of laughs!... a most enjoyable evening of genuine wit and humour”: John Holmes - St-John’s

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Evening Telegram. “A genuine and talented nut-case... quick-witted and relevant”: Tom Reagan Halifax Daily News. In addition to comedy, Elliott is a playwright, novelist and musician. There are only 128 seats in the theatre at Centre 64 and Redfern anticipates a sell-out for Elliott’s show. Tickets are available in advance for $25, call 250-427-4919, or $27 at the door. Elliott is visiting Kimberley, Fernie and Invermere on the East Kootenay leg of his tour.

At the Cranbrook Public Library Two new Homeskills publications have arrived—their ‘Plumbing’ and ‘Wiring’ DIY guides are perfect for those who wish to tackle those home jobs themselves. Preserved meat fans will happy to see Taylor Boetticher’s long awaited ‘In the Charcuterie,’ which includes recipes for salumi, pâtés, roasts, sausages, confits, and much more. Preschool Story Time is this Wednesday at 11 a.m., 1:15 p.m., & 6:30 p.m., and Toddler Story Time is 10 and 11 a.m. Both will be all about Teeth! New to the Library is our Gadget Bar, which consists of an iPad Air, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, a Kobo Arc, and a Surface Pro 2. Instructions on how to use one of these tablets can be had by booking a one-onone session with our program coordinator Jenna. She can be contacted at 250-426-4063, or via email at jmadsen@cranbrookpubliclibrary.ca. Tablet-Time group sessions are held Wednesdays at 2 p.m.. On display this month is an absolutely stunning display of Kathy Simon’s decorated eggs—including Ukrainian Easter eggs, Fabergé-style eggs and ones as they were fashioned in ancient times.

Mike Selby Adult Newly Acquired: Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species – Stanley Johnson In the Charcuterie – Taylor Boetticher It’s Your Ship – Michael D. Abrashoff The Fatigue & Fibromyalgia Solution – Jason Teitelbaum Homeskills Plumbing Homeskills Wiring The Horseman’s Guide to Tack & Equipment – Cynthia McFarland The Polymer Clay Artist’s Guide – Marie Segal Art of the Buckle – Jim Arndt Animals Matter – Marc Bekoff Twelve Years A Slave – Solomon Northup (bio) HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hilary Clinton – Jonathan Allen (bio) Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and Her 50 Year Search – Martin Sixsmith (bio) The Price of Freedom – Carol Umberger (fic)

The Mark of Salvation – Carol Umberger (fic) Be Careful What You Wish for – Jeffrey Archer (fic) The Kept – James Scott (fic) Shanghai Girls – Lisa See (fic) Dark Wolf – Christine Feehan (fic) Evening Stars – Susan Mallery (fic) Boy Snow Bird – Helen Oyeyemi (fic) My Name is Resolute – Nancy Turner (fic) The Unwelcomed Child – V.C. Andrews (fic) HHhH – Laurent Binet (fic) Over the Edge – Susan Lohrer (fic) Butterfly Palace – Colleen Coble (fic) Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival – Jennifer Chiaverini (fic) I Take You – Nikkie Gemmell (fic) The Guilty – Sean Slater (mys) Missing You – Harlan Coben (mys) Standup Guy – Stuart Woods (mys) The Way of All Fish – Martha Grimes (mys) After I’m Gone – Laura Lippman (mys) North of Boston – Elisabeth Elo (mys) The Poisoned Island – Lloyd

Shepherd (mys) The Execution – Dick Wolf (mys) Game – Anders de la Motte (mys) Bubble – Anders de la Motte (mys) Buzz – Anders de la Motte (mys) In the Blood – Lisa Unger (mys) After I’m Gone – Laura Lippman (mys) Robert B. Parker’s Bull River – Robert Knott (wes) Mentats of Dune – Brian Herbert (sci fic) Copperhead – Tina Connolly (sci fic) Arctic Air: Complete Second Season (DVD) The Flat (DVD) Somewhere Between (DVD) A History of Violence (DVD) Brooklyn’s Finest (DVD) Magic Beyond Words: The J.K. Rowling Story (DVD) Flight (DVD) Hell on Wheels: The Complete First & Second Seasons (DVD) Young Adult & Children’s: None this week Mike Selby is Reference Librarian at the Cranbrook Public Library


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Letters to the Editor Ice to Ice

I am a former member of the Ice, and after seeing the Ice beat the Hitmen this past Saturday, I couldn’t help but write. I’m just rehabbing a knee injury and was watching my own game from the pressbox. I’m not sure that I could even tell you the score – I was far more concerned with checking updates from Cranbrook. It is funny how a small town can have such an impact on someones life. Although it was amazing to see the respect the Hitmen showed before the game for Tim, it did my heart good to see the Ice beat them. Just thinking about that big win makes me wish that I was there. I wish that I could be part of that excitement, knowing first hand what it means to those kids. I wish that I could have been there so that there was one more person in that crowd cheering those kids on. I wish I could again be a part of having total strangers stopping you on the street and saying “good game”. As a player, I realized that that one extra fan made every game special for me. I wish I could have met Tim Bozon and tell him that all members of the Kootenay Ice family are proud of the way he fought his illness. I’m in another country and across the continent, but like a big brother, I am always watching what the Ice are doing. Jeff Chynoweth and Ryan McGill have put another great team together this year and it’s looking like another good playoff run. Like the guys on Shaw said, the Ice have done nothing but win since they came to the Kootenays. They know how to win but they win with good people who work hard day in and day out. Playing pro hockey, I quickly found out that being a good person and working hard is just as important as talent. In closing, all I will say is, be that extra fan and cheer loud! You have no idea how much it helps. Keep up the great work and best of luck for a long playoff run! Matt Fraser Kootenay Ice 2007 - 2011

Myths and Facts

In response to Anne Edwards Letter to the Editor — Health Care Accord Myths and Facts: The Canadian Health Transfer. Unfortunately, there have been a lot of rumours and misinformation spread about federal health transfers by those with a political motive to confuse the facts. I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight. Our Government is committed to a publicly funded, universally accessible health care system founded on the principles of the Canada Health Act. In 2011, our Government announced a major new investment in health care, and committed to continued growth in health transfers to the provinces and territories. Our plan has provided record growth to all provinces, and these transfers will continue to grow by six per cent every year for the next three years.

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In 2014-15, our Government will provide British Columbia with $4.17 billion through the Canada Health Transfer – an all-time high. Not only that, but this is more than $1.3 billion (a 49 per cent increase) than under the previous Liberal government. These record transfers are providing long-term, stable funding so that our health care system is there when Canadians need it. To ensure health funding for the provinces continues to grow in a sustainable way, transfers will grow in line with the economy starting in 2017 and is guaranteed to increase by at least three per cent. Our Government is working with all the provinces and territories to ensure the healthcare system is sustainable and delivering the care that Canadians need. In addition to transfers being at an all-time high, we are also funding nearly 13,000 health researchers across Canada, and investing roughly $1 billion every year for health research. Unlike the previous Liberal government which gutted healthcare funding, we have increased healthcare funding to historic levels. Through record transfers and significant investments in research and innovation, we are supporting all provinces and territories in delivering the quality of care that Canadians expect. David Wilks, M.P. Kootenay Columbia

not ready for them and didn’t have the money in place to pay the bill or complete the project? Where is the money going to come from to pay for another two additional bridges when they are required for the Flume project? What is the hold-up of the Flume project anyway? Surely it isn’t money. Why is the City hell bent on replacing two sound bridges already in place when the City has so many other assets falling apart right before their eyes? Has anyone driven up the Townsite Hill lately? In summary and based on the above, I believe it is time for City Council to bring in the Municipal Auditor General to do a complete and thorough review to determine if taxpayers are getting fair value-for-money spent, and to assess whether all programs and initiatives are delivered efficiently, and whether the desired results are achieved. Greg McCormick Kimberley

Bridges and Bridges

I would like to thank Kimberley Council members Darryl Oakley, Don McCormick and Kent Goodwin for their independent decision showing fiscal restraint regarding the two walking bridges. These are the names I will remember at election time. We need more people like these on our council to turn this city around before it’s too late.

Walking Bridges

I wish to comment on the decision and relocation of the walking bridges intended for the Flume Project, to replace perfectly sound bridges already in place at Mackenzie St. and Marysville Falls. It was only a little over a year ago that due to limited funds for repairs to the Marsden Bridge, the City chose to limit the scope of repairs and make it a single lane with alternating traffic hindering the smooth flow of traffic. The City installed four new guard rails, repaved the deck and added a signature touch by creating a duck landing pond on the east end of the bridge. I find it strange when it comes to pedestrian bridges, Councillor Hoglund, Chair of Public Works, Councillor Ratcliffe, Chair of the Finance Committee and the CFO say “Voilà” and miraculously the City finds $84,475.22 in the 2014 budget to cover the cost of the bridges. Nothing was mentioned about the cost of bridge abutments and all the other costs associated with this project. But as Councillor Middlebrook stated, “We will cross that bridge when we get to it”. Obviously it’s business as usual and the City will simply rely on the good old tax mechanism as the tool of choice to cover all extra charges. The relocation of these bridges is just another example of a reckless and unconscionable decision. Why did the City order the two extra bridges for the Flume Project if they were

Letters to the Editor

Jon Moe Kimberley

DCCs

I would like to clarify a misconception perpetrated by MLA Bill Bennett in a recent letter to the Townsman about the City’s handling of the Development Cost Charges (DCC’s) issue. Contrary to MLA Bennett’s statement that certain unnamed councillors were “scrapping the DCC’s” the City still has a DCC bylaw and has had one since June 2004 and amended in 2010. What was “scrapped” was a new DCC bylaw that Council put forward which was rejected by the provincial government, and rightfully so, because it was deficient, as the City CAO acknowledged in an earlier letter to the Townsman. It’s also important to keep in mind that when Council unanimously approved the deficient bylaw it did so on the advice of City staff that had recommended it for approval. In other words, councillors acted in good faith on the advice of our professional staff. We did no wrong and in the future we may prepare another DCC bylaw for Victoria and hopefully we’ll get it right and it will be approved. This is how the political process works and no one knows this better than MLA Bennett. Gerry Warner Cranbrook City Councillor

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2014 FREE PUBLIC SWIM Wednesday, April 2nd, 5:00-6:00pm is sponsored by H&R Block. Kimberley Gogo Grannies present: African Dinner. Proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation–African Grandmothers Campaign. Saturday April 5th, Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30 pm, at The Old Baurenhaus. 4 course African Dinner incl. coffee & tea. No host bar. Door Prizes, Silent Auction. Tickets & info available from: Kimberley Gogo Grannies, Ruth Ratzclaff 250.427.2706, Old Baurenhaus April 9. Kimberley Garden Club April program: Basic Garden Design. Selkirk High School Library 7-9 pm. New members welcome. For more info: Nola: 250-427-0527. “Ignited Joy Spring Conference” House of Hope 629-6th ST. NW, April 11-12 Friday 7pm and Saturday 9:30am, 2pm, 7pm. Speakers: Steve and Wendy Backlund and Team from Redding California. Register online at www.ihopecranbrook.ca. Contact Info: 250-4213784 or cranbrookhouseofhope@gmail.com Bigfoot Running Club Annual Pass the Chili Run! Sunday April 13, 2014. Knox Presbyterian Church 2100 3rd st south. Registration opens at 3:00pm. Race start: 3:30pm. Distance: 8 km. Come enjoy a run and dinner! Fee includes race and dinner. For more info www. bigfootrunning.ca 2014 FREE FAMILY SWIM Wednesday, April 16th, 6:00-7:00pm is sponsored by Kimberley Healthcare Auxiliary. Persons 18 years & younger must be accompanied by an adult. Have Camera Will Travel.... Join Jim Webster & Ian McKinlay travelogue “Wet & Dry” - Hiking Across Scotland at Centre 64 on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 pm. Admission by donation. Proceeds to Kimberley Arts Council & Expansion Project.

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ootenay Bill Bennett has done what I reported last November he was doing: seizing the horns of the sacred cow that is the Agricultural Land Reserve. Henceforth there shall be two land reserves. The Island, South Coast and Okanagan, which produce 85 per cent of B.C.’s total farm revenue on 10 per cent of protected land, retains its strict anti-development rules. In the much larger area Bennett likes to call “beyond Hope,” non-farm uses will be considered to help maintain the many economically marginal farmers. This is the Interior, Kootenay and North, where development pressure is mostly an urban myth. In remote areas, ALR diktats with no relation to reality are routinely ignored. Political critics were quick to call this a B.C. Liberal hidden agenda to pave the ALR for their developer pals. Certainly neither party’s 2013 platform talked about the ALR, although B.C. Liberal leadership candidates Kevin Falcon and Mike de Jong promised relief from its more senseless bureaucracy to Peace country farmers in 2011. When the zone plan was revealed last week, media went to ALR pioneer Harold Steves, the hero of all Lower Mainlanders who try to tell northern farmers what to do.

“My real fear is that they want to open the door for fracking and natural gas and oil,” Steves said. I’ve got bad news for the socialist sage of south Richmond. Oil and gas companies have operated on farmland since before the ALR was created in 1974. Conspiracy buffs should read the delegation agreement that took effect just weeks after last May’s election, giving the Oil and Gas Commission authority to administer wells, pipelines BC VIEWS and waste pits on farmland. If the ALR interferes with Tom the prescribed handling of Fletcher drilling waste, it interferes with safety measures. University of the Fraser Valley “food security” professor Lenore Newman went on CKNW to refute what she called “uninformed arguments,” and then offered one of her own. This twozone change is connected to the exclusion of large tracts of Peace land for the Site C dam, she said. Actually, the government exempted that project last December using the long-standing “provincial interest” provision, so this phase of the alleged capitalist plot against farmland has no effect on Site C. Steves is also concerned about second homes being built beyond Hope, and later sold rather than being destroyed as is the current disastrous rule. He warns that farmers might end up with “non-farm

neighbours,” or as we like to call them up north, “neighbours.” Again, this is an urban problem projected onto rural B.C., where costly restrictions mainly serve to accelerate the depopulation of rural and remote areas. Delta South independent MLA Vicki Huntington is livid about the legislation, which has no effect on loss of farmland in her constituency. The growing federally regulated port supersedes provincial laws, and the Tsawwassen First Nation is growing a big shopping centre on its treaty land. Aboriginal entrepreneurs are also starting to force big-box development on southern Vancouver Island, home of the purest of the pure left. This is where farmers can’t even protect themselves against deer. The most damning charge is that the six regional ALR panels now in place are open to corruption under new rules. Panel members have always been cabinet appointments, but currently they have to be from outside the region so they are less likely to hand out exemptions to their friends. That is certainly something to keep an eye on. So is the status of B.C. farms, where the average farmer age is 56 and rising, and half of farms have income less than $10,000 a year. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress.ca


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STONEY CREEK, Ont. - The Canadian Football League Players’ Association has elected a new executive committee as it prepares for the next round of labour talks with the league. Scott Flory has been elected president, Jay McNeil will serve as first vice-president and Marwan Hage of the Ottawa Redblacks will serve as second vice-president, the CFLPA said Monday in a statement.

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SQUASHING THE COMPETITION: This past weekend, the year-end Cranbrook Squash Tournament was held. It was the year for our more mature players to roll back the clock and show that racquet skill and court experience can win the day. Dennis Hockley, spends a consistant five hours on the court per week honing his game. This weekend it paid off as he not only celebrated his 63rd birthday but won the C division sweeping all opponents half his age. Ken Burrows has led by example—for over thirty years he has remained one of the top players in Cranbrook. Even though retirement has kept him busy, he found time to make the Open final and almost take the title from George Freitag. Even new players are making their mark. Martin Torgerson decided to find out if the new racquets of today work better than the little wooden ones he used many years ago. Well, he certainly adjusted well, making the D final before narrowly losing a close encounter to Robert Klewchuk. Final shout out to James Hockley, winner of the Sportsmanship Award. Pictured above: Ken Burrows, George Freitag and Dennis Hockley.

Flory succeeds Mike Morreale as president. The 2014-’15 executive committee also includes third vice-president Jeff Keeping of the Toronto Argonauts and treasurer Brian Ramsay of the Edmonton Eskimos. The CFLPA is set to hold talks with the league April 10-11. “This CBA negotiation, coinciding as it does with the start of the league’s new five-year deal with TSN, is a per-

fect time to revisit some of the past revenue concessions made by the CFL players and negotiate a deal that is fair and reasonable for both the players and the league,” Flory said. Player health and safety issues, career transitioning and pension improvements are also expected to be discussed. The league’s current collective bargaining agreement with the players expires May 30.

Joyce drives in 3 to help Rays win season opener 9-2 over Blue Jays ASSOCIATED PRESS

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - David Price took a shutout into the eighth inning and Matt Joyce drove in three runs Monday to help the Tampa Bay Rays begin the season with a 9-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Price (1-0) allowed

two runs and six hits over 7 1-3 innings to beat R.A. Dickey in a matchup of 2012 Cy Young Award winners. The hard-throwing lefty walked one and struck out six before a crowd of 31,042 at Tropicana Field - the Rays’ ninth consecutive sellout for a home opener.

Joyce had a sacrifice fly and two-run double off Dickey (0-1), who yielded six two-out runs in five innings. Evan Longoria got the Rays going with a first-inning RBI single and Wil Myers drove in two more when he singled with the bases loaded in the second.

Bozon heading home to begin long rehab process CONTINUED from page 1 “I feel way better than a couple weeks ago,” said Bozon. “If I’m out of the hospital, that means I’m ready to go, I guess. Not that I’m 100 per cent, not that I’m feeling great…but I’m doing way better. I see improvement every day and it feels good.” Bozon flew out on Tuesday to Montreal to meet with staff from the Canadiens, and will head back home to France to begin his rehabilitation after spending the last month in a Saskatoon hospital battling meningitis. Meningitis is the swelling of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and the spinal cord caused by bacteria, viruses or micro-organisms, and can be fatal, if left untreated. Though he has made incredible strides in the initial stages of physiotherapy, his dad, Philippe, cautions it will take time to make a complete recovery. “We have to be really careful now that things don’t go too fast and the rehab has to be well-balanced so that he doesn’t have too many bad days, but the doctor told us that would happen and we just have to be patient with that,” said Philippe, a former professional hockey player. “Right now we have a positive energy going and it’s really hopeful for us looking forward.” Bozon will be staying in a facility with all the necessary doctors and medication for the next two or three weeks, before moving to another rehab centre closer to home. All of that is, of course, is dependent on his progress. “You cannot give time, but he’s got time in front of him and hopefully he can work everything and get back to 100 per cent recovery,” added Philippe. A month ago, on Feb. 28th, Bozon helped lead the Ice to victory with a goal in a 4-2 come-from-behind win over the Saskatoon Blades during a road trip through Saskatchewan. The next day, he was admitted to hospital. It wasn’t a sudden calamity that sparked the trip to the emergency room, but Bozon hadn’t been feeling well for

much of the night after the Blades game, even after taking medication and eventually getting some sleep. Ice athletic therapist Cory Cameron stayed in contact with team doctors throughout the night and when Bozon woke up in the morning in pain, he knew something was off. “The interactions I started having with him then was…it wasn’t right,” Cameron said. “I’m trained to deal with sickness and muscle injuries and all that kind of stuff, but maybe it’s a little bit of an instinct when you just know that things just weren’t right. “…The way he was acting, the responsiveness of him to me when I was speaking to him wasn’t where it needed to be and that’s when I made the decision and knew we needed more help.” They got to Royal University Hospital at roughly 8:30 a.m. Less than two hours later, doctors had discovered bacteria in Bozon’s spinal fluid, which narrowed down the eventual diagnosis to Neisseria meningitis. “It was pretty rapid. They knew what was going on pretty quick,” said Cameron. Within a matter of hours, the medical team had him on a breathing machine and eventually into a medically-induced coma. A day later, Bozon’s parents—Philippe and Helene—were at his side, flying in a continent away from their home in Europe. After 13 long days, doctors—including neurologist Gary Hunt—worked to slowly wake him. He was soon responding to verbal stimuli and stabilized, improving from critical condition. Within the next week, Bozon was moved out of ICU and into one of the hospital wards, where he was awake, moving around in his bed and trying to talk and feed himself. It would be another week and a half of treatment and physiotherapy before Bozon was officially discharged after an emotional press conference on Friday with his dad, Hunt and his agent at his side. “His progress since he left the ICU has been really amaz-

ing so I think his prognosis is really excellent,” said Hunt. Hunt was unable to provide a cause for how Bozon contracted meningitis, noting it is uncommon in young, healthy people, and that the particular strain of Neisseria meningitis is even more uncommon. “We don’t have a good reason for why he contracted it besides bad luck, really,” Hunt said. While he was undergoing treatment, the hockey world across North American and Europe rallied to him, sending everything from messages of support on social media to gifts of blankets and fruit baskets. Teams from across the WHL also had placards signed by fans and delivered to him and his family. “It’s been huge. Surprising, too,” Bozon said. “You can tell that the hockey world is such a hockey family. The Saskatoon Blades, since day one, took care of me like I was one of their players. “They did not have to do that and they took care of me and Kootenay, the players obviously got a lot of messages from them, lots of messages from the league and other teams. “You can tell that it is a rivalry in the league but you’re still human, still a hockey player and it’s really emotional to see that.” Though Bozon has been released from hospital and has made encouraging progress, there is still a long road to recovery. There have been steep medical costs incurred during his stay at the hospital, and there will be further costs stemming from rehabilitation down the road. The WHL has established a trust fund for the family,

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As a companion animal, it is important that we dogs are able to read our human’s body language. Since our people have drastically underestimated our ability to understand their language and have dumbed down their verbal communication with us to one-word commands and baby talk, interpreting human gestures and mannerisms is how canines figure it out. That is how this morning I knew something was up. My Dude seemed unusually anxious to get going on our dog walk and didn’t head straight for the ridge like he usually does. Instead we went down the hill toward a truck that had stopped just off our property. When we reached said vehicle, a man emerged and greeted my human. I had never smelled him before but he seemed friendly enough. His own scent was mingled with that of canines. Always good to know you are dealing with a hominid that associates closely with dogs. Moments later, the pup-perfumed dude opened up the canopy of his truck and two dogs burst forth. In an instant I found myself caught up in a rush of wagging, spinning and sniffing. I could feel the anxiety coming from both humans as they waited to see how we would respond. Would it be peaceably or an all out dog fight. If we dogs are good at reading the body language of humans, we are even better at reading of our fellow species. Since we don’t have a tongue tactile enough to be able to enunciate, “Hello, my name is Fido and I come in peace.” we instead demonstrate our intentions with scent and mannerisms. The two pooches that had just poured out of the back of the pick up were indicating in no uncertain terms that they had no malicious intent and had romping on their mind. Initially, my inclination was to establish myself as the alpha dog and maintain sovereignty over my domain. However, since we had met on neutral ground, and I had not actually cocked a leg here in some time, I decided to follow correct pack protocol and allow the social structure of our group to be determined at a latter date. Right now there was romping to do. We headed toward the ridge and right off the bat, it was more than evident that I was going to have my paws full with these two mutts. Neo was a golden retriever like myself, but with a white face. Evidence of eight years of living maybe, but not an indicator of slowing down. Neo sniffed and ran with all the enthusiasm of a pup. The other, bigger dog was Koda, a crazy pup with mismatched eyes, husky blood, and a penchant for playing and playing hard. I could hardly contain my excitement. Today I had new pack mates and a whole ridge to share with them. Seems my Dude had similar intentions. He took on the role of tour guide, leading the new human — whom he referred to as Yves — to many of our favourite haunts. The coyote den, the cave, the petroglyphs, the viewpoints, and so many more, all visited and explained, at length, by my overly verbose person. We dogs were given the freedom to follow our noses, which we did with relish. The scents lead us in all directions but rarely out of sight of our humans. And when we did stray, we would hear a whistle and bound back to them like the good dogs we knew they wanted us to be. Eventually, the indefatigable Koda started to tire me out and I plunked myself down, panting, at the feet of my man as he told yet another of his stories. It was my first opportunity to read these men and try to determine what their relationship with each other was. Their mannerisms, their easy laughter and comfortable banter, spoke of the respect that comes with good pack protocol. 3# I was pleased to see that these two humans at least, were getting along. From what I have been gathering on the news, mankind can be quite territorial. Too many wanna-be alpha dogs always leads to a leg cocking match or worse. Thankfully, that was no longer a concern here on the ridge now that I had established my undeniable authority over all in my pack. Then, just I as I finished that thought, Koda pounced on me from behind and the good-natured wrestling began anew.

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An unrestrained dogumentary. My New Pack: Neo, Yves, and Koda pause at the top of the ridge for a pup and people portrait.

Pack mentality: Having a crew to romp with brings a whole new dimension to a dog walk.

Koda and Boulder get ready to rumble.

Going for the jugular? Nope, just nipping the nape of the neck. We’ve got ‘em surrounded now! Koda and Neo gang up on the not-so-alpha Boulder.

Pack protocol? The dogs are having entirely to much fun to worry about group status on this day.

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April 01, 2014 edition of the Cranbrook Daily Townsman