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Rural MLAs under fire for travel expenditures STAFF Rossland News

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Three months into their new life in Canada, the San-Latt family has experienced the challenges and rewards that would face any of us if we relocated to a country far from home. Read about their story and their life in Rossland up to this date inside on Page 3.

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The Kootenay Local Agricultural Society (KLAS) is presenting “A Free Field Day with the BCS 853 Walking Tractor,” the first in a series of spring workshops to showcase KLAS’s extensive tool library ONE PERCENT REALTY and to teach people how to use it. 368-1817 | 362-9094 As the snow melts, perhaps nancykaiser.ca nnckaiser@gmail.com your green thumb is itching to sink into that fresh, spring dirt? Your Horoscope For the Week Maybe you want to refresh with Michael O’Connor inside Horoscope raised beds, or build some the some West Kootenay Advertiser For the Week from scratch? Perhaps you’d with Michael O’Connor like to build terraces into your

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slope? Do you have lawn you want to renovate and reseed? Or maybe you want to dig a waterharvesting swale or drainage ditch? A BCS 853 walking tractor— replete with tougher-than-nails tillers, plows, and more that attach to the PTO (power take off) on its 13 horsepower engine and two beefy wheels—can fill all these needs. Best of all, for all the tremendous power of the Italian-made two-wheel tractor, it uses very little gas. This is the tool of choice for market gardeners around the

world, including Quebec’s JeanMartin Fortier who sells $140,000 of vegetables each year, all grown on 1.5 acres using his BCS tractor and only $230 in gasoline. Other well-known users include author Eliot Coleman— ”The Four Season Harvest”— and Kelowna’s own radical bicycle farmer Curtis Stone who earns six-figures on eight small parcels of borrowed land smackdab in the middle of town. Very few local gardeners may recognize how easily they can access this, the tool of their dreams.

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One of the two regional MLA’s is facing some fire over her travel expenses. Nelson-Creston NDL MLA Michelle Mungall is defending her travel companion expenses after topping a list released by the BC legislature last week. She billed for just over $7,800 on eight trips between April and December 2013 in which either her husband or a staff member accompanied her, the most of any of province’s 85 elected representatives. MLAs are entitled to up to 12 such taxpayer-funded trips per year, and most take advantage of the perk. However, Rossland’s Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy was well down the list, having billed $1,486 for two trips. That was compared to $3,333 for five trips in 2012. “This is part of making the work more family friendly and part of the overall MLA compensation package,” Mungall said. “Being from a rural area, our expenses will inevitably be higher than urban MLAs. We incur larger expenses to do our job, going back and forth between our constituencies and Victoria.” Eight of the 10 highest spenders were from rural ridings, including Stikine MLA Doug Donaldson ($7,250 for eight trips) and Columbia River Revelstoke MLA Norm MacDonald ($5,360 for six trips), in second and third place respectively. Mungall said the bulk of what she billed for related to staff attending professional training in Victoria and having to find alternate routes home after their flights were cancelled. As an example of cost breakdowns, a six-day trip by a constituency assistant in October involved accommodation, mileage, meals, transit, car rental, airfare, fuel, and taxi fare for a total of $1,805.

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Community easter hunt

The Rossland Museum is hosting the First Annual Community Easter Hunt on Sunday April 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This is a BYOB-(Bring Your Own Basket) event. The Hunt will be outside (weather permitting!) on the lower Museum grounds. In the event of rain, the event will move inside. The Easter Hunt is by donation.

REDroc modern jive for beginners Check out the Tuesday beginner dance class at the Miners’ Union Hall. Discover modern jive, a creative, stylish and constantly evolving style of dance that doesn’t require tricky footwork or a partner. Loved by people of all ages, abilities and musical tastes. Every Tuesday night at the Miners’ Union Hall at 7 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. Daffodil sales Rossland Unit of the Canadian Cancer Society’s annual daffodil sales takes place April 3-4 at Ferraro Foods, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

In partnership with the Rossland Council for Arts & Culture, there are lots of amazing film courses for youth coming up. • Film Special Effects Saturday, April 5, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Miners’ Union Hall Get your film in tip top shape for entry into the U10 Film Festival. Give it the edge it needs by learning special effects. Mountain Bike Academy Program Seven Summits Centre for Learning is working on a Mountain Bike Academy program for local youth. The program will start in April and run until June. Program details include; trail building, bike maintenance, instruction and coaching and a trip or two out of town to check out the trails and Bike Parks in B.C. More information will be available soon. Spring break art classes The Rec Department is running art classes throughout spring break, from 3-5 p.m. at the Arena Lounge. Instructor Shelley Painter will have lots of amazing programs–each day is a different focus. For more information, you can view the complete schedule of activities, on the city’s website, at www.rossland.ca, City Hall, main page. Lacrosse Development Program for youth Learn the fundamentals of Canada’s oldest sport and get fit doing it. Your child will be learning in a controlled environment from a certified coach and long time player. Players will need a helmet with face cage (a hockey or lacrosse helmet is preferred), padded gloves (hockey style or lacrosse designated), a lacrosse stick (some will be provided and they are available at Canadian Tire). Although this will be a skills training and conditioning program, lacrosse is a physically demanding sport. The program begins in April and runs on Wednesdays, from 6-8 p.m. in the Rossland Arena. Rossland Museum Winter and Spring Hours The Rossland Museum Winter hours are from WednesdaySaturday from 12:00-6:00 until March 29th. The museum reopens May 17 and will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. WednesdaySunday (the museum is open by appointment between times). BC Senior’s Games The BC Senior’s Games is being held in Langley from September 9-13 for Seniors 55+. The Games promote the active participation in fitness and wellness in sports, recreation and education for B.C. Seniors. The annual four-day celebration attracts about 3500 seniors participating in up to 26 events. For more information, please contact Kathy Gregory at 250365-2386. All the details can be found on the Game’s website, at www.b.c.seniorsgames.org. Rossland Men’s Softball League The Rossland Men’s Softball League is looking for players. Anyone looking to play can contact Josh, at 250-231-5674.

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Elliott brings nationallyknown one-man show to city staff Rossland News

Nationally known comedian Lorne Elliott is being presented in Rossland Thursday, April 10 as part of the Rossland Council of Arts and Culture’s 2013/2014 Performance Series. His ever-changing, one-man concert performance of humorous stories, funny songs and 26 years of professional stage experience has garnered a loyal audience. Elliott has surprising ways of looking at the world around him, creating lasting images in the mind’s eye with his clever use of the language and his unique stage presentation. His musical talents are also displayed through a variety of instruments which he plays in often surprising fashions: from J.S. Bach on the electric guitar to Jimmy Hendrix on the ukulele. Canadian born Elliott has performed from Newfoundland to New York City, from Los Angeles to Australia and points in between. He started performing in 1974 as a folk musician in East Coast Canada. At the same time he kept writing fiction as well as songs, monologues and one-liners. The outcome of such training is a very special show of comedy and music, totally original, entertaining, foolish and uplifting. As well as being a humorist, storyteller and musician, Elliott is also a playwright. He has received numerous awards throughout the years for his plays including “Best New Play Award” at the Quebec Drama Festival in 1983 and his first novel titled Beach Reading has been selected as a finalist for the Hugh MacLennan fiction prize in the Quebec Writers Federation 2013 Awards. Elliott is well known to the audience for starring in his own CBC Radio Comedy Series Madly off in All Directions which went on for 11 seasons. His latest project for CBC is called Chasing the Big Silly and is currently on tour with The Collected Mistakes throughout stages in North American theatres. Lorne Elliott will be in Rossland on Thursday, April 10 at the Miners’ Union Hall. Tickets are sold in Rossland at Out of the Cellar and in Trail at the Charles Bailey Theatre for $20, or at the door for $25.

Girls Softball - starts April 16 This is a great opportunity for Rossland girls to learn how to play softball, with retired Thurnderpitch Coaches, Brian Pipes and Richard Rhodes. Instruction will be delivered in a positive, structured environment designed to provide girls with the opportunity to become better ball players. The program starts on Wednesday, April 16 with two sessions for different ages – girls 12-15 years from 3:30-5 pm and girls 8-11 years from 5-6 pm. Library Open House and AGM You are cordially invited to attend an open house and annual general meeting at the Rossland Public Library on April 10. There will be an opportunity to meet the board and see a presentation about the Library Renewal Project from 6:30 7:30 p.m. The AGM will follow. Little League Baseball Season for Youth 5-12 years is starting soon Early Bird registration ends Tuesday, April 8 with season evaluations on April 7 and 8. Bring your little one to try baseball on Saturday, April 5 from 12:00-2:00pm at the Andy Bilesky Park in Glenmerry. All 5-12 year old prospective players are invited to this free “check it out” opportunity. For more information on baseball, take a look at their website, at www. traillittleleague.ca or on Facebook, at Trail Little League.

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Lacrosse development program Learn the fundamentals of Canada’s oldest sport and get fit doing it. Your child will be learning in a controlled environment from a certified coach and longtime player. Players will need a helmet with face cage (a hockey or lacrosse helmet is preferred), padded gloves (hockey style or lacrosse designated), a lacrosse stick (some will be provided and they are available at Canadian Tire). Although this will be a skills training and conditioning program, lacrosse is a physically demanding sport. The program begins in April and runs on Wednesdays, from 6-8 p.m. in the Rossland Arena.

celebration of culture taking place Aug. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The CBCT is a selfguided tour showcasing local arts, culture and heritage offered at no charge

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San-Latt family: Challenges and rewards of a new life in Rossland staff Rossland News

Three months into their new life in Canada, the San-Latt family has experienced the challenges and rewards that would face any of us if we relocated to a country far from home. One very special event has taken place: On Monday, March 17, Lun Lun San and Aung Ko Ko Latt welcomed Michael David, their second son, into the world – a new Canadian citizen. He is a brother to three-year-old Samuel, and a delight to the “aunties” (and a few “uncles”) who make up the West Kootenay Friends of Refugees (WKFoR). Michael David is a healthy boy weighing almost nine pounds at birth. In their first months in Rossland, the family has adapted well to the climate. They have discovered the joy of down jackets, mittens and warm boots while learning to shovel snow and navigate icy roads—skills not needed in Kuala Lumpur or Burma. They have learned how to feed their wood stove to make it through our chilly winter nights and have welcomed the donations of firewood that have been dropped off. The help of the Rossland Food bank, local merchants like Ronnie Mah, and the staff at Ferraros’ store is much appreciated. Aung Ko Ko has been attending English classes at Selkirk College in Trail as well as

working hard with the volunteer tutors in Rossland. Aung Ko Ko is taking the bus, figuring out the schedule and locations while practicing his new vocabulary whenever possible. Both he and Lun Lun San have been taking Samuel to the Strong Start program at the Rossland Summit School and are hoping that he will develop some friendships with children his age. The family has enjoyed the Trail Aquatic Centre and Samuel is learning to swim. Aung Ko Ko, looks forward to the day when he will have a job in the community. He has experience as a cook. He is very eager to begin supporting his family, although right now his main focus is learning to speak English. Aung Ko Ko’s main job now is washing diapers and preparing food for his family. Lun Lun San is trained as a hairdresser, and she will work when she can. They both have a variety of strong job skills. Members of the WKFoR would like to thank all those who have made donations of money and personal and household items to make life a little easier for this family of refugees. WKFoR are still waiting to hear about a second family and will provide an update when possible. If you would like to donate or help out call Kathy Moore 362-3319 or visit our website to learn more: http://wkfor.wordpress.com.

ICBC invests in improving local roads staff Rossland News

ICBC will be investing $156,000 to help make West Kootenay roads safer in 2013, including a portion of Highway 3B and in Rossland as well. Road signs and marking review will be taking place in Rossland (a total of $8,550) in partnership with the City of Rossland. On Highway 3B, installation of centre-line rumble strips (a total of $26,100) in partnership with the Ministry of

Tr a n s p o r t a t i o n and Infrastructure near Rossland will be taking place. As well, on Highway 3 from Eholt Road to Fisherman Creek MoT will be replacing all oldstyle barriers, install new guardrail locations including barrier flares and pavement markings. Roundabouts, new crosswalks and designated turning lanes are the types of road improvement projects ICBC invested in B.C. last year to help make roads safer for everyone, including pedestri-

ans and cyclists. In 2014, ICBC will invest approximately $156,000 in eight road improvement projects and safety studies to help make West Kootenay roads safer for everyone, including drivers and pedestrians. ICBC launched its road improvement program in 1990, and since then has invested approximately $120 million in road improvement projects and safety studies across B.C. In 2013, ICBC invested approximately $1.7 million in the Southern Interior.

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To remove a proposed collector road at Red Mountain from   Schedule D – Transportation Plan of the OCP.

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The OCP Amendment is required to remove the proposed collector road from the Transportation Plan because a road cannot be built in that location due to the steep terrain. A Collector Road means a street which carries traffic from local streets and includes the principal entrance streets for circulation of traffic within a subdivision. The attached maps show the road to be removed. It will not affect development potential on adjacent properties as development can be handled on local roads and any application for subdivision on a property adjoining another must provide access to lands beyond.

How do I get more information? A copy of the proposed bylaw and relevant background documents may be inspected at the City of Rossland Office, 1899 Columbia Ave on regular working days from 9 am to 4pm, and also online at www.rossland.ca. Tracey Butler - Deputy CAO/Corporate Officer


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ravo to Buckerfield’s. Kelvin McCullough, CEO of Duncan-based Buckerfield’s, which has eight stores in B.C., including Nanaimo, Duncan and Parksville, says the company has no intention of paying for the provincial government’s plans to have Ontario’s Multi Materials B.C. take over its blue box recycling program May 19. It’s always heart warming to see David stand up to Goliath, and Buckerfield’s is one of many businesses who have decided to stand up against Premier Christy Clark’s heavy-handed move to dismantle a program that works, and works well, in favour of MMBC, a move that could be accompanied by job losses and will result in increased recycling costs for all concerned. Even the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, which has unfortunately chosen a path that seems to automatically guarantee rubber-stamping government policy without first soliciting members who would be adversely affected,

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has acknowledged there are a number of legitimate concerns with the MMBC deal. The B.C. chamber needs to remember that it represents businesses in this provincethe vast majority of which are small to medium sized enterprises. It is an organization created to look out for its members, and should never be a pom-pom waving policy cheerleader for the provincial government, whether it says it is “free enterprise” or not. City council has signed on to the MMBC deal, and it is causing plenty of concern for businesses. Particularly the newspaper industry and companies which produce or distribute flyers. The British Columbia Yukon Community Newspapers Association is strongly considering pulling out of the blue box program entirely and starting its own, which poses significant cost issues for the program moving forward. As it sits, newspaper is the most valuable recyclable in

the box at $120 a ton. That loss in revenue would have to be made up somewhere, and, surprise, surprise, that would be residential taxpayers and businesses. As BCYCNA president Hugh Nicholson says: “Without newspaper recycling, the blue box programs would collapse. This is a Trojan horse, not a gift horse.” As has been stated earlier, this shift to MMBC is part of a larger change in provincial regulations that would see the responsibility for managing the recycling of packaging and printed paper shift -away from governments and taxpayers and on to industry and their consumers. As part of this new “producer-pay” model, businesses selling packaged goods or supplying printed paper have to now be legally and financially responsible for the costs of recycling. John Hinds, CEO of Newspapers Canada, is also steadfastly against the plan. “The current system is

good for the environment, and good for communities to make decisions about what and how they want to recycle,” said Hinds. “And basically, this is transferring it to an international or national group of packagers. “I’m not convinced that transferring it. .. internationally is going to have any impact on packaging.” So we applaud Buckerfield’s for taking this stand and rising its voice above the chorus that is taking the provincial government to task for the projected change. Yes, it is going to be costly for business to implement, but it is taxpayers who will also be hard hit when it’s introduced. The May 19 start date is just around the corner. Let’s see how finely tuned the government’s hearing is to the marketplace. Mike Klassen is the director of provincial affairs for the British Columbia Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

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A new pathway across the Columbia River could affect the pocketbooks of Rossland taxpayers if it passes through public process in the Silver City. Trail council authorized a city loan of almost $5 million toward construction of a pedestrian bridge at the south end of town—part of the $9.8 million total project shared infrastructure costs amongst Trail, Rossland, Warfield and part of electoral Area B. The city has been considering second crossing options since a 2011 public consultation revealed that Trail residents supported a vehicular crossing but naysayed the associated property tax hike related to a multi-million dollar bridge construction. Instead, Trail council opted to build a foot-traffic only bridge that will not raise property taxes because the city’s portion of the $9.8 million project will be paid off over 25 years through long-term infrastructure funding called the Federal Gas Tax revenue. “We have to build a bridge,” noted Trail Mayor Dieter Bogs, after the loan authorization bylaw was given three readings during last week’s council meeting. “We don’t have a choice anymore.” Bogs was referring to the aging sewer line which hangs on the Old Bridge. The project’s priority was upped by the city and its regional sewer partners in Rossland and Warfield after a pipe burst underneath the out-of-service bridge in 2012, and a large amount of liquid sewage seeped into the Columbia River. The structure will house a new regional waterline, sewer main and fibre optic conduit but only Trail will cover the costs associated with dual purpose walkway, which will allow pedestrian crossing and add visual appeal to the utility lines. Assuming the city finances the $5-million loan over that term, the annual debt payment is estimated to be $346,650, explained David Perehudoff, Trail’s chief administrative officer (CAO). Trail currently receives a yearly gas tax payment of $341,750, with future revenues forecast to increase, he added. Additionally, the city estimates that the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) will fork over about $4 million to cover the cost of attaching the new utility lines to the structure—a number which Rossland taxpayer’s will contribute to. “Given that the RDKB must proceed with the pipe bridge, the enhancement to add the walkway and city utilities can only be done as part of this joint venture and is a one-time opportunity,” said Perehudoff. The project is included in the regional district’s 2014 financial plan, confirmed John MacLean, CAO for the regional district. “There is still a lot of work to be done to finalize the costs and negotiate a formal agreement with the City of Trail,” he said. “We’ll proceed on the basis that we will be moving forward in a timely manner.” However, before the project can break ground this summer, Trail taxpayers have one more opportunity to oppose the Columbia River Utilities/Pedestrian Bridge bylaw through an alternate approval process. Meaning, the city is required to advertise its intent to proceed with the loan twice in a local publication, which gives electors 30 days from the second notice to petition the project and carry the matter to referendum. “This would add considerable time to the process and may cause concern for the regional district given the urgency to remove the sewer line,” said Perehudoff. “The current line has leaked twice in the last year and any sort of significant failure would be a major concern.” The 300-metre walking bridge is expected to be complete date in September 2015. The crossing will connect Trail from an area near the Groutage Avenue parking lot to McQuarrie Street in East Trail.

CRA scam A scam involving fraudulent communications purported to be from Canada Revenue Agency has been circulating the area, police are reporting. Occasionally, taxpayers may receive, either by telephone, mail, or email, a communication that claims to be from the

Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) but is not, said Gordon Sims, RCMP crime prevention officer from the Trail and Greater District Detachment. In all these cases, the communication requests personal information, such as a social insurance, credit card, bank account and passport numbers, from the taxpayer.

IN BRIEF Open burn caution The Southeast Fire Centre is asking the public to exercise caution while conducting any outdoor burning activities this spring. As the snow melts, dried grass from last summer gets uncovered and that material can be highly flammable. Almost all wildfires at this time of the year are caused by people and are therefore preventable. Homeowners and industry personnel are encouraged to consult the B.C. FireSmart manual, visit the Wildfire Management Branch website: www.bcwildfire.ca—and take the following precautions: • Ensure that enough people, water and tools are on hand to control the fire and prevent it from escaping. • Do not burn during windy conditions. Weather conditions can change quickly and the wind may carry embers to other combustible material and start new fires. • Create a fireguard at least one metre around the planned fire site by clearing away twigs, grass, leaves and other combustible material. • If you are planning a large burn, consider conducting smaller burns around the perimeter beforehand to create a fuel break and help stop the fire from spreading beyond its intended size. Each of these fires should be kept small and must be completely extinguished before starting a new fire. • Never leave a fire unattended.

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A three-day trip the same month by Mungall’s husband cost $822 in airfare and meals, while a four-day trip the following month cost $508. However, she said she has no problem with a review of spousal and staff travel by a legislature committee: “If there’s a review to look at how we can better save taxpayers money, I’m all for it.” In all, B.C.’s MLAs spent over $125,000 on travel expenses for companions on 233 trips for the last nine months of last year. Another common scam refers the person to a website resembling the CRA’s website where the person is asked to verify their identity by entering personal information. If you have become a victim of fraud, please contact the RCMP’s Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre by email at info@antifraudcentre.ca or call 1-888-495-8501.

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Two bills have been tabled in the provincial legislature that will support greater transparency and accountability in local government elections. The new legislation responds to the majority of recommendations made by the joint B.C.Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Local Government Elections Task Force. The new Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA) makes significant reforms to campaign finance rules that, if passed, include: • Requiring candidates to file campaign finance disclosure statements within 90 days, rather than 120, following an election. • Ensuring candidate campaign disclosures are published online. • Ensuring the sponsorship information is published on all election advertisements. • Requiring third-party advertising sponsors to register and disclose their expenditures. • Establishing a new compliance and enforcement role for Elections BC. The Local Elections Statutes Amendment Act (LESAA) is a companion piece to the campaign finance legislation establishing how election participants will transition to the new campaign finance rules. The act also makes further changes to local elections by: • Extending the terms of office for local elected officials from three to four years. • Moving the general voting day from November to October, beginning in 2018. In 2010, the joint B.C.-UBCM Local Government Elections Task Force made 31 recommendations to modernize local elections, including incorporation of local election campaign finance rules into one act. The legislation will apply to elected officials in municipalities, regional districts, the Islands Trust, parks boards and school boards. If passed, the legislation will take effect for upcoming general local elections on Nov. 15, 2014. Learn more: • For more info, visit: www. localgovelectionreform.gov.bc.ca • Government Elections Task Force report: www. localelectionstaskforce.gov.bc.ca/

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Seven Rossland projects that support social well being have been approved to receive nearly $75,000 in funding from Columbia Basin Trust’s Social Grants Program. “Our selection committee approved a diverse range of projects from a strong showing of applications during our annual intake,” said Sabrina Curtis, director, sector initiatives. “These projects will continue to build and strengthen the social sector in our region.” Across the region, 32 projects received approval for a total of nearly $1 million in funding dollars. The projects include: • Rossland Hub-Rossland Chamber of Commerce The Rossland Chamber of Commerce received funds to support the Rossland Hub project. The project will provide a fee-for-service business and community office hub for local businesses, non-profit groups, community groups and visitors. Amount: $5,015 • Rossland Rekindle the Spirit of Christmas-Rossland Chamber of Commerce The annual Rossland Rekindle event fosters community building while bringing together and supporting local businesses, individuals, organizations and families. This event attracts families from around the Greater Trail region, bringing business to small Rossland retailers and artisans, and offers plenty of free entertainment for people of all ages. It is a full day event that runs on the steam of well over a hundred volunteers. Amount: $500 • Rossland Community Directed Youth

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in the bin: The changes planned for recycling in May in the regional district’s municipalities ‘mostly administrative’ While the province’s new controversial recycling program is only two months away from realization the municipal agency responsible for providing recycling services now maintains residents won’t notice much of a change. “The changes coming May 19 are mostly administrative, part of a regulatory change from the province,” said Tim Dueck, Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB)’s solid waste program coordinator. “It’s changing to a stewardship model, where industry has to take care of the recycling of materials they produce.” Under the new regulations—which will affect Rossland residents—the responsibility for the cost of dealing with recyclable materials shifts from local governments, who covered the cost of recycling through tax revenues, to the businesses that produce the materials. However, the stewardship model of managing waste is not new by any means. There are numerous materials the people use everyday that are already managed by similar, producer-managed systems. Soft drink containers, beer and alcohol cans and bottles, electronics, oil and antifreeze, batteries, paints and solvents, and tires are but a few items that have been recycled through provincially-regulated, industry-managed programs for years. Under the new regulations a number of materials that were previously forbidden from the ubiquitous curb-side blue boxes, such as milk cartons, foam packaging, aluminum foil packaging, plastic film packaging, and drink cups, will now be allowed to be put out with the rest of the household recycling. While residents and regional bodies may welcome the changes to the system, a coalition of B.C. business stakeholder groups are voicing strong objections to the regulatory changes, prompting them to back a province-wide advertising campaign to protest being asked to shoulder the cost of recycling printed paper and packaging. “For months British Columbia business owners have tried unsuccessfully to convince Minister of Environment, Mary Polak, to rethink the flawed plan the ministry put forth,” Mike Klassen, director of provincial affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), said in a recent media release. “Now business groups representing significant parts of B.C.’s economy have come together to ask the premier to step

in to prevent this new red tape that will kill jobs and cause many businesses to fail.” One of the many objections the business group has to the new system taking effect in the province is that the not-forprofit agency which will be managing the recycling program, Multi Material B.C. (MMBC) is governed by a board made up of international business interests such as Walmart, Tim Hortons Inc., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Coca Cola Refreshments Canada. But MMBC has a slightly different take on the position of the new campaign to delay or cancel the new regulatory changes. “They have known about these changes since 2011,” said Allen Langdon, managing director of MMBC. “They were well aware of their obligations, they could have been on the board, they could have come up with their own program for dealing with the materials, they need to have a program in place by May 18.” Langdon maintains that the changes will have a minimal effect on B.C. businesses because of exemptions to the program for smaller businesses introduced by the province in February. Under the exemptions small businesses will not be required to report or cover the recycling costs if they have under $1 million in annual revenue, if they produce under one tonne of packaging or printed paper, or if they operate as a single point of retail sale and are not part of a larger franchise. “We anticipate that this will impact less than one per cent of the businesses in the province,” said Langdon. “We’re going to continue to focus on our objective, the start of the program is 60 days away.” The changes to the recycling program means considerable savings to the regional district in the future but that doesn’t mean home owners in the RDKB will see a drop in their taxes any time soon. “There will be a cost saving of hundreds of thousands of dollars and the board passed a resolution to re-purpose the tax onto an organic material management program,” said Dueck. “About 42 per cent of our present garbage is in the form of organic plant and animal refuse, this is an opportunity to target a huge portion of what currently goes into our landfills and compost it. “This is a direct result of the savings from the changes to the recycling program.”

Alpine Disposal and Recycling has been selected to manage the KootenayBoundary’s curbside recycling collection services effective May 19. The announcement is a part of the industry-financed provincial recycling program introduced in B.C. This will help the MultiMaterial B.C. meet its government-mandated goal of 75 per cent recovery for packaging and printed paper. Residents can expect more details in April. Communities will also be able to recycle new categories of packaging that are not commonly included in current curbside or depot recycling programs including: • Milk cartons • Foam packaging • Plant pots • Aluminum foil packaging • Certain types of plastic film packaging • Drink cups

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The official writ is nowhere near being dropped for the next federal election and with a new electoral district in the region not even officially being in effect until after the dissolution of Parliament on May 1, it may seem a little premature for political parties to begin campaigning. But it has begun. With the coming redistribution of electoral boundaries to form the new South O k a n a g a n - We s t Kootenay (SOWK) district—which includes Rossland—changing not only the physical boundaries of the dis-

trict but also the political landscape of the electorate, the forthcoming election campaign is not a given for any party at this point. For the Conservative Party’s Stephen Hill, a Rossland resident, he’s eager to get the race going as he feels a change could be in the winds in terms of which party will represent the new district. “I hope the voting breakdown doesn’t change from the last election,” he said. “If you look at the polls we lost by 10 points but with the boundary changes we’d be ahead by 3.5 points. “I think that it’ll be very winnable as a

Conservative riding.” In addition to Hill, two other Conservatives have voiced their intention to seek the nomination; Marshall Neufeld, a Penticton realtor and former staffer for Stockwell Day, and Dick DeJong, from West Kelowna, younger brother of B.C. Liberal MLA and Minister of Finance, Mike DeJong. “The nomination office hasn’t opened yet, we’re anticipating April 6 but a committee has been struck,” said Hill. “They have to do their due diligence, they have 14 days to do the background checks, credit checks, police checks. It’s a

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The changes to the electoral boundaries will present particular challenges for the NDP in the coming election according to Onischak. “It’s going to be different. Geographically it’s the largest electoral area in southern B.C. and it includes Rossland, Trail, Arrow Lakes/Slocan, the South Kootenay, the Boundary region of Grand Forks, Greenwood, Midway and Rock Creek and now Penticton. The Liberal Party for SOWK had its founding meeting in early February and is now working on building a regional organization that can compete with the traditional go-to parties for the region, the NDP and Conservatives. “It’s obviously a challenge for us,” Gordon Neish, Liberal party riding president, said from Penticton. “The riding hasn’t been strong Liberal territory but we’re hopeful that we can increase support in the riding. “The Trudeau family has links in the Rossland area and that might help. But we’ve got a lot of work to do to build support and get the message out that there is an alternative to the traditional B.C. trend of switching back and forth from far left to far right.”

Soccer programs have impact Kootenay regional head coach Brett Adams has been delighted with the progress of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy Centre programs. “I have been really happy and proud of the progressive steps the program has made in just six months,” notes Adams. “We have over 100 players in a weekly training Academy, we’ve had several players selected for training camps in Vancouver, we’ve taken the Academy to Vancouver for a Major League Soccer (MLS) weekend, and we will be sending teams to Vancouver next month for the upcoming Whitecaps FC Showcase.” The Whitecaps FC Kootenay Academy is currently holding evaluations for its Nelson Prospects sessions, and registration is open for the skills Academy in Cranbrook and School Academy in Fernie. Players from the ages of 10 to 18 Boys can get more information from www.whitecapsfc.com/youth/programs/academy/kootenay or contact Brett Adams at 250- 777-2173 or badams@whitecapsfc.com.

Rossland SR involved in rescue A backcountry skier was rescued Saturday morning off the Kootenay Pass after spending about 20 hours with a painful injury. Nelson Search and Rescue spokesman Chris Armstrong said they were paged around 5 p.m. Friday for a medical rescue following an accident “a good ways” in the backcountry. It did not involve an avalanche. A dozen searchers responded, ten of whom skied in and reached the man by 9 p.m. — due to the time of the call, they weren’t able to fly in by helicopter. Armstrong said the location was “quite severe” and they were prevented from getting the man out by darkness, snow, and steep terrain. They called for more help and teams from South Columbia and Rossland search and rescue responded. However, due to the conditions they decided to stay the night. Late Saturday morning, members of Kimberley and Castlegar search and rescue also responded, as well as Revelstoke, who brought in their long line rescue team to fly the man out to an ambulance. He had a severe compound tibia fracture just above his ski boot, Armstrong said. “The poor guy spent 20 hours out there … A very painful thing to be put through.” He thought the man was in his 20s but did not know where he was from, nor how many others were in his party. It’s the fourth incident local search and rescue has responded to on the pass this ski season. Armstrong said the accessibility of the area makes it one of their highest sources of call-outs. Ironically, he added, the more media coverage these sorts of rescues receive, the more people seek out that area. “It’s the easiest point of access outside of a ski hill. You can get off the highway, walk for a few minutes and be in fantastic terrain,” he said. “But when you’re doing any form of rescue, the quicker the response the better. The distance to travel to the pass and then get into the backcountry adds up quickly.” Armstrong said in this case, he understands the accident happened around noon but there was a significant delay before they received the call. Had it come sooner and more directly, “we would have been in there with a helicopter and plucked him out. He would have been in a hospital bed within a few hours.” In all, about 30 people responded to the call.


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Noodling on the web one morning I found out that I was selling vehicles illegally. If I was in the business of selling, I need to be licensed as a dealer. Oh well. Everything’s been working out just fine for me. I skated through those recent bad deals. My previous sales were a distant memory – I was eager to start selling more. So, I decided to up my game a bit. I got a low-end truck and a car from an auction and another car from a new parking lot friend. I put ads for all three vehicles on Craigslist. Of course my ads said they were all real gems. You’d think people might see through my ads. “Need to sell fast, so price is flexible. Call with best offer.” And my cell number was the same for all three. Would anybody notice? The first two cheaper vehicles sold quickly. The last one took a bit longer to sell. Of course, it was the one I was most eager to sell. Why, you ask? Well, not that I passed the information along, but the auction provided vehicle history reports for the first two. I had no information on the last. So, I bought ICBC and CarProof vehicle history reports. I wanted to educate myself. To my surprise, there was a statement in both reports that the vehicle was possibly “stolen*.” I knew I had to sell it fast. I mean, I’d paid for it and I knew my new “friend” wouldn’t take it back. Four days later, I got a call from a young

“Apart from being stolen, it was pretty nice!” woman. She asked if the car would fit a family of four. “Definitely!” I practically screamed. I was a wreck during this sale. I just needed to get rid of this car – fast. I told the nice lady the details of the car. Apart from being stolen, it was pretty nice! I told her I was in a hurry to visit my mum in the hospital. She was in a hurry too – her three-year-old was anxious, pulling at her pant legs. She seemed to not want to be there as much as me. Finally, she agreed to buy the car. Phew! I was saved. Whatever happens next, I don’t care. It’s her problem not mine. I quickly changed my phone number (again). Weeks later, I saw her on the news – with kid still at pant legs – talking to a reporter. Apparently, the car was towed away by the police. And yes, she was trying to find me. Had I covered my tracks? I agonized.

*How can a stolen vehicle be sold? Curbers often break the law by bridging a title. Instead of registering a vehicle in their name within 10 days after a purchase, as required, they leave it in the name of the previous owner. This keeps their name out of the chain of title and from being caught with a stolen vehicle or one that would not be able to be registered or insured for another reason.

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2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT hill start assist, trailer sway control. Front air bags with reactive head rest restraints, and side curtain airbags. The all-new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is a luxury Forward collision warning system detects whether you sport ute that attracts a lot of attention. are approaching another vehicle too rapidly and alerts The body styling went through some major changes you to take action. Parkview/ Park-sense Park assist systhis year and is very different to the previous version tems that help see what perhaps you would not see that had more chiseled and square edges. This vehicle when backing up. is refined and more rounded. If it wasn’t for the tradiFour engine choices here. The first is a 3.0L Ecodiesel tional Jeep grille you would think this was a Volvo or V6 that an amazing 420 lb-ft of torque and 240 horsean Audi. power. My tester was equipped with the The first thing you notice is the new LED fuel frugal diesel – 9.8 /7.0 L/100 km lighting that wraps around the HID head(city/highway). lamps, it gives it a very sophisticated and The second is a 3.6 L Pentastar VVT contemporary look. V6 that has been on the Ward’s 10 best Jeep did not sacrifice its off road capaengine list for three years. It delivers bilities. Options are; Quadra-Trac 1 that fea290 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. tures full time on demand four-wheel drive There is a 5.7L VVT V8 with 360 horsewith single speed transfer case and equal I remember as power and 390 lb-ft of torque and detorque split (50 front/50 rear) with brake a kid, wearing my livers a surprisingly 9.9L/100 km on the control. Quadra-Trac 11, with a 2 speed Sunday best and then highway. The last engine choice is the transfer case with low range and variable 6.4L HEMI V8 which is available on the torque distribution that delivers up to a 100 going out and playing SRT model. It delivers 470 horsepower percent front or rear. Quadra-Lift air suspen- in the mud! With and 465 lb-ft of torque, all these ension that lifts four corners of the vehicle to this Jeep, you push a gines come with an 8 speed automatic provide the best in class ground clearance button, hike up the transmission. Basic warranty coverage of 272 mm that will allow you to negotiate is for three years or 60,000 km truck, and go have just about any terrain you encounter. I remember as a kid, wearing my The Summit model has a gorgeous in- some fun!. Sunday best and then going out and terior, all the bells and whistles. Premium Keith Morgan playing in the mud! With this Jeep, you Nappa leather seats with heated/vented 12 push a button, hike up the truck, and go way power front seats. The steering wheel have some fun! is heated and wrapped in leather with sections of wood. I was very surprised that it was able to perform offThe instrument panel, doors, and centre console road given that it has undergone some dramatic changare also leather stitched. The Power lift gate that can es to the body and the ride comfort, but like all Jeeps it be controlled via the remote to make life easier load- is built to take a punishment. ing and unloading cargo. Be careful at night, with the lift gate open it’s hard to see the bottom of the gate Sticker price: and if you’re not careful you will be wearing the lock Price as tested $54,395 mechanism as a tattoo on your forehead, don’t ask how Laredo $39,995 I know. Limited $47,895 With this model, you get the navigation screen comOverland $55,895 plete with a backup camera. There is also an optional Summit $60,895 rear seat DVD system. SRT $63,495 There is an optional stability control with anti-roll, ian.harwood@drivewaybc.ca By Keith Morgan

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