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PERFECTING RESCUE — Penticton and District Search and Rescue technician Rick Bates watches his descent to the ground at the Penticton Regional Airport Saturday during the annual certification training session for helicopter external transport systems (HETS) team members. For more photographs of the program see Page 17.

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RCMP said the body of a 24-year-old from Alberta was pulled from the channel located on the outskirts of Okanagan Falls on Friday. RCMP issued a statement that they have deemed Andrew Scott Gangl’s death suspicious pending the results of an autopsy that will be performed on today. The RCMP Southeast District Major Crimes Unit and Penticton RCMP continue to investigate and have brought in divers and the Police Dog Service to assist. Const. Kris Clark said Gangl was last seen walking near the Okanagan Falls Elementary School in the area of Cedar Street on April 24 shortly after 7 p.m., a day before his body was discovered. According to his Facebook page, Gangl had spent the Easter weekend in the Okanagan. Friends of the man expressed their sadness on social media, sharing pictures of the last time they were together. Penticton RCMP received a report of a male floating in the channel on Friday morning and began the search for a possible drowning about two kilometres downstream of the Skaha Lake outlet dam off Green Lake Road. Members of the Okanagan Falls Volunteer Fire Department, RCMP and B.C. Ambulance service attended. By 10 a.m. Penticton Search and Rescue was called in by the B.C. Coroner’s Service to help recover a body. “Fourteen SAR members from Penticton SAR along with the assistance from Oliver Search and Rescue responded to the Okanagan River canal several kilometres south of Okanagan Falls,” said Randy Brown, public relations officer for Penticton SAR. “As the event was water-related, the SAR manager in charge utilized five swiftwater rescue technicians from Penticton

Andrew Scott Gangl and Oliver to recover a body from the river.” Police are seeking the assistance of the public in determining the activities of the 24-year-old Edmonton man prior to his body being recovered from the Okanagan River last Friday morning, said Const. Clark. Gangl is described as a caucasian male, 5’7, 140 pounds with a slim build, blue eyes and red-blonde hair. RCMP said when he was last seen he was possibly wearing a black Chicago Blackhawks baseball hat, dark coloured jacket, blue Adidas runners with red stripes and was carrying a black backpack. “Investigators are also interested in hearing from anyone who was in the area of the Okanagan River, including Skaha Dam, Okanagan Falls Provincial Campground and nearby walking paths during that same time period and has not yet been spoken to by police,” said Clark. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Penticton RCMP at 250-4924300, the RCMP Southeast District tip line at 1-877-987-8477 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-2228477.

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Summerland council moves forward with land swap Councillors refer to matter as a ‘planning issue’ John Arendt

Summerland Review

The fate of Summerland’s proposed Urban Growth Strategy now lies with the Agricultural Land Commission after council approved the controversial plan in a 4-1 decision on Monday evening. Coun. Peter Waterman was the sole opponent of the plan. Couns. Lloyd Christopherson and Bruce Hallquist, who both own land in the affected area, were not present at the meeting. The two councillors have not been present for any of the discussion, the town hall meeting, the public hearings or the votes on the growth plan. Since early December, the plan has led to strong opposition from some in the community, since it includes an agricultural land exchange. If the provincial land commission approves the plan, a total of 80 hectares of land near the core of the community will be removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve, while 92 hectares in the Prairie Valley area would be added to the land reserve. Opponents of the land exchange have stat-

ed repeatedly that the swap is not fair since the land slated for exclusion is of a much better quality than the land which would be added to the land reserve. The outcome of the vote, before a packed audience, was the same as other votes on the growth plan. Coun. Martin Van Alphen said while he is passionate about agriculture, the growth strategy is a community planning decision. “This is simply a planning issue. Nothing more, nothing less,” he said. “It’s a planning issue that should have been dealt with years ago.” Coun. Orv Robson said the existing growth strategy in Summerland’s Official Community Plan has not worked for the community. Growth has averaged less than one per cent each year since 1996. “It became apparent that changes had to be made to the OCP,” he said. He added that the new plan is a commonsense solution. “This, in my view, is a win-win for everyone,” he said. Coun. Robert Hacking said past community plans have been “unrealistic, unsustainable and unaffordable.” “We need an area to grow our residential population that makes sense,” he said. Coun. Waterman said the quality of the land being added to the Agricultural Land Reserve under the plan is not as good as the land slated for exclusion. He added that the public outcry against the plan had to be considered. “There’s been heavy, reasoned opposition to the proposal,” he said.

Summerland mayor Janice Perrino said the land swap would allow the city to move ahead on real-estate development and economic development.

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Since December, the proposed growth plan has received much criticism from the public. A petition by the Stop the Swap group has generated more than 3,000 signatures, including 1,500 from Summerlanders. Those who have spoken out against the

proposal have included developers, real estate professionals, business people and many more. At the last public hearing on April 22, all but one of the speakers were opposed to the proposed plan. Mayor Janice Perrino said the existing growth plan is “the worst example of sprawl there is.” She said all members of council agreed a new plan was needed. “I want Summerland to be the jewel of the valley,” she said. She added that her role on council is to make the community better for the future, but the decision to approve the growth plan was not a popular decision. Earlier, the Prairie Valley lands had been removed from the Agricultural Land Reserve to allow for the development of the proposed Summerland Hills Golf Resort. The Summerland Hills plan was later abandoned and in the years following no other development proposal has come forward for that area. The growth plan has been the result of much public consultation. For most of 2013, consultants held numerous public meetings and called for input on a growth strategy for the community. The result, presented in early December, was the proposed plan. Before the plan came to council, members of council and municipal staff had met with representatives from the Agricultural Land Commission to determine whether to proceed with a plan to remove agricultural land for urban growth.




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Bylaw allows city to add surcharge on credit card payments Steve Kidd

Western News Staff

A roAd dedicAtion runs through the site of the Shielings Motel, and city council is eager to find out if it can ever afford to put that right-of-way into use.

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Council targets Pineview traffic Joe Fries

Western News Staff

Motorists who’ve had to contend with snarled traffic along South Main Street for decades should find out next winter if funds will be available to help untangle the mess. City council voted at its meeting last week to address during the next budget process the possibility of finally extending Pineview Road to Skaha Lake Road. Pineview Road currently terminates at South Main Street, and the extension would be made possible by putting into use a road dedication that runs across the Shielings Motel property on Galt Avenue. Coun. Katie Robinson said extending Pineview Road would likely clear up traffic problems on South Main Street all the way north way to Kinney Avenue. “We’ve got such a bottleneck when you’re trying to turn left off of South Main to try to get back on Skaha Lake (Road),” she said.

“That’s been an going problem for over 25 years. “I can attest to the fact that it’s getting worse by the day. “We’re getting cars backed up almost to Pineview now because they’re trying to turn left and get onto Skaha Lake Road. “So I think the sooner we can look at this and possibly get it into the budget, the better off we’d be.” Development services director Anthony Haddad said the city has had very preliminary discussions with the Salvation Army, which owns property that borders Galt Avenue and would also be affected by an extension of Pineview Road, in regard to a possible land swap to allow the project to move forward. Discussion about the traffic tie-up emerged during council’s deliberations on a temporary-use permit for the owner of the Shielings Motel, which is comprised of a handful of cabins that are rented to longterm tenants.

The temporary-use permit was intended to allow the owners to continue storing vehicles that have been abandoned there by tenants. Coun. Helena Konanz was among those who expressed concern about the untidy state of the property, but noted the road dedication is likely to blame. “If I owned that property, I wouldn’t want to put any money into it if I knew at some point it would be taken from me or bought from me,” she said, before making the motion to put the Pineview Road extension into the budget process. “I think we should address whether we want to make those changes or not, and allow the property owners to make a decision on what they want to do with their property from that point forward.” Council later voted against the temporary-use permit for the motel site. City staff will now work with the property owner, Gur Investments Ltd., to develop a plan to clean up the site.

Petcetera closing shop in Penticton Kristi Patton

Western News Staff

Petcetera announced it will be closing it’s pet specialty superstore in Penticton by the end of May. One employee at the Penticton store, who preferred not to be identified, said the news of the store closure that came Monday morning was not a surprise. “I guess we saw it coming,” she said. “It just is what it is. I have no idea if the store will be re-opening here or not, or what I will be doing next.” She said the Penticton store has five employees who are either full or part-time workers who will be out of jobs. The Canadian-owned pet food retailer will close five other stores in Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Winnipeg and Dartmouth by May 31 as

part of its restructuring plan. The company filed for creditor protection under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on March 17, and initiated an immediate nationwide inventory sale to generate cash and previously announced the closure of stores in Abbotsford and Niagara Falls by April 30. In 2009, Petcetera downsized from 50 stores to 18 stores, this included the Penticton store which was slated to lose eight part-time positions and three full-time employees. At the time Petcetera had gone bankrupt and the receiver liquidated all assets. The owner of the old company received some support of investors and purchased 20 of the best stores under a company called New Petcetera. Shortly after that announcement the Penticton Petcetera store rose from the ashes as a leaner,

specialty-driven venture. As part of its current restructuring activities, Petcetera has reviewed all areas of its business, including the number of locations and stores operated. Petcetera said the extent of restructuring will depend directly on the success of the inventory liquidation sale. “To develop a viable restructuring plan a thorough review of all options available to us, including the closing or selling of stores was required.” said Dan Urbani, president and CEO of Petcetera. “We have rationalized the prospects of every store and have concluded that our stores in Penticton, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Dartmouth are not viable and will be closed by the end of May. “And the stores in Calgary and Winnipeg have been tentatively sold to another pet food

retailer and will also close at that time. “Closing stores is a very difficult decision, but unfortunately these were the only viable options for these stores”. The six stores, including Penticton, will close and have an immediate liquidation of all inventory, fixtures and equipment. All inventory will be liquidated at 25 to 90 per cent discounts. “We are facing a formidable challenge and will continue to make the tough decisions needed to ensure that Petcetera can continue to serve Canadians and their pets for years to come,” said Urbani. “Throughout this process, we will provide the same expert advice and wide range of pet products and services that our valued customers have come to expect from Canada’s premier retail pet superstore.”

Thanks to a new bylaw, the City of Penticton will continue allowing residents to pay for city services online using their Visa Card. Few communities accept credit cards for the payments, due to the transaction fees charged by credit card companies. Visa and MasterCard fees are about 1.65 per cent of the transaction amount. If the city absorbed the fee, it would have to increase costs in other ways — posing an additional burden on non-users. Last year, the city entered into an arrangement with Paymentus, a third-party system, to accept credit card payments for certain city services online. Paymentus, according to Colin Fisher, the city’s chief financial officer, charges the customer a service fee to cover their costs and the credit card transaction fee, passing the transaction amount back to the city. “If one of our customers pays a business licence over the internet, the $6.50 becomes Paymentus’ charge for covering all of their costs. The Visa charge is absorbed as part of the $6.50,” said Fisher. “The city, in effect, receives the complete amount of that transaction.” That changed late last year when Visa contacted Paymentus, ordering them to discontinue adding a surcharge to Visa transactions. Mastercard and debits cards were not affected by the ruling. There was a loopthe city is not hole however. prepared to “The Visa rules permit service providers to absorb the surcharge on Visa cards where a local law or cost of the regulation requires that convenience. such service providers be permitted to sur— Garry Litke charge,” said Michael Hughes, Paymentus customer service director, in a letter to the city. Passing the new bylaw, Fisher told council, would allow the city to charge a surcharge on Paymentus transactions. “Basically, it buffers the city from the commission cost that is inherent in any credit card transaction,” he said. “Visa has informed us that the local law or regulation can supersede the Visa rules.” Coun. John Vassilaki wondered why the city wasn’t able to accept credit cards like any other merchant. “Everybody else in town does it, and right across the country, why do we have to have a surcharge? That baffles me,” said Vassilaki. According to the original 2012 staff report recommending the Paymentus, in order to accept credit card payments directly, the city would have to go through an in-depth process to become payment card industry (PCI) compliant, to the tune of $100,000. “The city is not prepared to absorb the cost of the convenience,” said Mayor Garry Litke, referring to the merchant costs inherent in accepting credit card payments. “The point of this surcharge is so that we don’t have to cover the costs associated with having a credit card payment system and if we don’t pass this, then we can’t process any visa transactions for people to pay city bills,” said Coun. Wes Hopkin. “It’s about making sure that we continue to allow Visa transactions and the city doesn’t have to subsidize any costs associated with that.” The bylaw permitting the collection of a surcharge for the use of credit cards passed with a 6-1 vote, with Coun. Vassilaki in opposition.


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Interior leaders meet to discuss hot button issues Kristi Patton Western News Staff

Leaders of local governments will be discussing some hot button issues and topics directly affecting their communities this week in Penticton. The four-day Southern Interior Local Government Association annual convention got underway on Tuesday at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre with over 140 delegates representing nine cities, 10 districts, four towns, seven villages, six regional districts and one resort municipality. “There are a number of resolutions everything from medical marijuana to invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels to ICBC premiums. There are a wide range of issues,” said Litke. “Medical marijuana

Garry Litke will be an interesting debate of whether or not to restrict it to industrial lands or allow it on agricultural lands.” The convention is also an opportunity for member municipalities and regional districts to highlight issues of regional importance. Twenty-four resolutions will be discussed by SILGA members, with categories includ-

ing provincial and federal funding, financial, environmental and general. Some of the resolutions made will go directly to MLA’s or to the Union of B.C. Municipalities conference in Vancouver. “If they succeed on the floor at UBCM they have even more clout because UBCM has a great track record for taking its issues forward and making changes in government. These are more regional issues but some of them become provincial like the Agricultural Land Commission,” said Litke. A resolution being brought forward by Penticton relates to ICBC claims. Litke said ICBC is no longer paying the full claims submitted by municipalities for vehicular damage done to munic-

Everything from medical marijuana to invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels to ICBC premiums. There is a wide range of issues. — Garry Litke

ipal infrastructure and if not recovered the remainder becomes borne by the municipal tax payers. He would like to see it resolved that ICBC reimburse the full costs of damages caused by their insured drivers. Speakers this year include an impressive lineup of industry leaders from both the private and public sectors. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi will relay his experiences on leading local government while Mike McNaney, vice-president, WestJet, will cover the value of corporate cul-

ture. Litke said Nenshi is not charging a fee as a guest speaker, instead is asking for a donation to a charity of his choice which has not yet been determined. The convention features educational, training, networking and experiential opportunities. Other speakers include Bryan Yu, economist, central 1 Credit Union. He will be speaking to the delegates on Wednesday about the economic outlook for both B.C. and the Southern Interior. On Thursday Linda Reimer, parliamentary

secretary, ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development will be speaking on local government election reform changes. “Mayor Nenshi will be a definite highlight and Bryan Yu, who manages about $88 billion and his talk on what we should be doing to make the economy grow will be really interesting to us,” said Litke. Breakout sessions will also occur for delegates with Regional District of OkanaganSimilkameen staff Dale Kronebusch and Mark Woods on volunteer fire

departments and City of Penticton director of development services Anthony Haddad on the process, plan and getting results on Penticton’s downtown plan. Litke said it is a great opportunity to show off the city. On Wednesday delegates will take a tour of Okanagan College Centre of Excellence, one of the largest wood buildings in B.C. that is working towards a net zero energy and water consumption. “We are bragging about the things that are pretty cool here and maybe they will come back for a vacation,” said Litke, who added they are also giving away a trip for four to return in the summer to a concert at the SOEC, a helicopter tour and spending money for the Penticton downtown markets. “It is an opportunity to showcase our community to people who might otherwise not consider Penticton to holiday or do business.








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School trustees reconsider alcohol policy Joe Fries

Western News Staff

School trustees are wary about routinely allowing booze at functions hosted by private groups that rent local education facilities. “In my mind, it should be an exception,” Trustee Tracy St. Claire said Monday at a committee meeting where board members of the Okanagan Skaha School District discussed a new policy on facility rentals. Staff told the committee that booze has been allowed only twice before at school facilities: during a wine-and-cheese reception that

was part of Penticton Secondary School’s 100th anniversary celebration in 2012; and for the Pentastic Hot Jazz Festival. Alcohol is more frequently served at functions at the Shatford Centre or Centre Stage Theatre, but those sites, attached to schools, are covered by separate joint-use or lease agreements. Due in part to concerns raised by St. Claire, anyone hoping to have booze at events at rented school facilities will now likely need advance permission from trustees. “It’s such a rare occurrence, I think we should bring it back to the board,” said Trustee Shelley Clarke,

Bruce Johnson who supported the amendment to the rental policy. School board chairman Trustee Bruce Johnson also convinced col-

leagues to amend the proposed rate structure contained in the new policy. At present, a for-profit group hosting a youth sports camp pays $19 an hour to rent a large gym. That cost would have gone up to $65 an hour under the first draft of the policy. “We’ll put them out of business,” Johnson said of camp operators who would be affected by the increase. He also noted that the school district is in the business of serving youth using public facilities, and pricing out families wouldn’t square with that philosophy.

Liquor store getting new digs



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Floor space should double at the Cherry Lane Liquor Store when its new home is complete this summer. Store owner Bill Irvine said his business is getting ready to shift into the larger building that’s under construction now on the northeast corner of the mall property. “The building, of course, is owned by the mall, but we’re going to be the tenant in that building,” he said, adding he’s unsure what will become of the neighbouring structure — formerly a convenience store attached to a gas bar — in which his shop is now located. Irvine said the new building will be twice the size, at approximately 464 square metres, allowing him to offer a greater variety of products. “Nowadays, the consumer wants selection, so we can dramatically increase our selection,” he said. “More of everything. I think at one time 20 years ago, consumers were starting to discover wine. Now they are learning to discover beer,” he continued. “And with the emergence of the craft distilling market, we’re probably going to see that same trend. So we’re hoping to be there and part of that as well.” Irvine said it’s been a three-year process to clear all of the necessary regulatory and business hurdles to be able to move into the new location, which he expects to open by the end of the summer. “If we can get in earlier, we most definitely will,” he added. Cherry Lane Shopping Centre’s manager was unable to provide any details about the project. However, additional information about the build is contained in a report that went before Penticton city council in September 2013 in support of a development permit application. The report notes “the owner of the property is currently in the process of finding potential tenants for the vacant gas station or attracting a new use on the site and decommissioning the gas station.” It also mentions “challenging topography” at the site, so while the new building’s main entrance will be on the south side, additional access stairs will be constructed on the north side to “allow the pedestrian flow around the building.” A building permit for the work was issued by the city in February with a stated value of $500,000.

“They’re not really our schools,” said Johnson. “They’re the community’s schools. They pay for them. “I would hate to see all those activities close down because people can’t afford to do it.” The amended policy will go the full board for preliminary approval at its May 12 meeting, and will then be sent to various partner groups, like parent advisory councils, prior to expected adoption in June and enactment in July. Secretary-treasurer Bonne Roller Routley said creation of the rental rules took two years and “essentially takes what we’ve been doing in practice and puts it in policy.”


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School district budgeting isn’t just about addition and subtraction – it takes some seriously advanced mathematics. B.C. has 60 school districts dealing with similar issues and a lot of trustees brainstorming, but unfortunately it takes a lot of nickels and dimes to dent a multi-million-dollar shortfall. Public education is underfunded, but at the same time, throwing money at the problem can only do so much. We need restraint, flexibility and creativity. We all have our fond or not-so-fond memories of how school used to be back in the old days. Times have changed. Cities have sprawled, families are smaller, students live farther apart, enrolment has declined and for all those reasons, education can’t be delivered with the same economies of scale. It’s frustrating, during budget time, to talk in terms of delivery of education when schools do infinitely more. They’re about interactions and friendships, life lessons, achievement and growth. They’re places to pursue hobbies and interests, arts and culture, sports and recreation. They’re libraries, daycares, hangouts. They must continue to be all of these things. As the board balances its books, children must be the first consideration and we trust that they will be. And things will turn out OK. Pupils can handle dog-eared textbooks, outdated computers, long bus rides and occasional gaps in supervision. PENTICTON WESTERN Kids are tough and they’ll accept school for what it is. We need to be tough, too – suffer these cuts, if we must, and no matter what, never stop teaching, challenging and engaging our kids. - Black Press


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Incovenient truth of pine beetle

Last week’s column on Earth Day myths attracted a fair amount of criticism. One tireless member of the “Alberta tar sands killing the planet” crowd scolded me for daring to mention that 60 per cent of the oil pollution in the oceans around North America comes from natural seeps. That’s eight times more than all pipeline and tanker spills combined, and it’s been going on 24 hours a day for the last 10,000 years or so. This fact blows another hole in the carefully crafted narrative that only Canadian oil exports to Asia would destroy our delicate ecosystems. That narrative is why the daily Alaska supertankers along the B.C. coast are ignored, as is the barbaric shale oil rush in North Dakota that can be seen from space. U.S. oil barons are flaring off the vast volume of natural gas that comes up with the more

valuable light crude, while the U.S. environment lobby obsesses over the Keystone XL pipeline. Here’s another one that may upset people indoctrinated by our school system, media and our supposedly green B.C. Liberal govTom Fletcher ernment. B.C.’s recent pine B.C. Views beetle epidemic was caused by human carbon emissions, right? Everybody knows that. enough evidence to Gordon Campbell conclude that. hammered the point As for shifting tree home in speeches for habitat, those decadesyears. long experiments are In 2012 I participated continuing. in a B.C. forests minThe scientists conistry tour of facilities firmed what I already where hardy seedlings knew, which is that the are grown for reforesta- most recent bark beetle tion. epidemic is the latest of Test plantings were many. also underway to see if It’s the largest “on the range of southern record,” but the record tree species is shiftgoes back less than a ing northward due to century. climate change. In 2008 I interviewed During the bus ride, Lorne Swanell on the I asked the province’s occasion of his 100th top forest scientists if birthday. Campbell was right. A graduate of UBC’s The answer? school of forest engiWe don’t have neering, Swanell began

his career with the forests ministry in 1930. After a year as a ranger, he was assigned to the Kamloops region to help deal with a pine beetle epidemic. Conventional wisdom on the latest outbreak holds that it spread so far because of a lack of cold winters, attributed to human carbon emissions. I grew up in northern B.C., and my last two visits to the Peace country were both in January. In 2004 I recall changing planes on the tarmac of Prince George airport, moving briskly in the daytime temperature near -40 C. That night, and subsequent nights, the mercury dropped to -50 C. In January 2013 I returned for some discussions on the Enbridge pipeline route, and experienced a relatively balmy -30 C in the daytime. So when I hear people talk about the end of cold winters in northern B.C. because

of global warming, it’s difficult to square with personal experience. I can hear the rebuttals already. It takes long periods of extreme cold to kill the pine beetle. How long? Longer than those ones, of course. Similarly flexible theories are being advanced to explain the 17-year “pause” in Earth’s average surface temperature rise, the growing Antarctic ice sheet, and this past winter’s “polar vortex.” If anyone has substantial evidence that CO2 from human activity was the trigger mechanism for the latest beetle outbreak in B.C., I’d like to see it. But please, spare me the affirmations of quasi-religious faith that often pass for climate change arguments today. Tom Fletcher is legislature reporter and columnist for Black Press. Twitter: @ tomfletcherbc Email: tfletcher@blackpress. ca.

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CBC execs not to blame for woes (re: CBC brass should get boot, Letters, Western News, April 18). I believe the criticism of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation executives by Mr. Thorsteinson was both unjustified and factually inaccurate. First, the CBC did not sell the Hockey Night in Canada TV rights. Those rights were up for contract renewal and the CBC, along with other TV providers, submitted bids. The National Hockey League Board of Governors headed by Gary Bettman chose a competitor’s bid. Second, it’s not surprising the CBC’s bid was not successful considering the number of budget cuts imposed upon it by the Harper government. Those millions of dollars in cuts along with the loss of the NHL TV rights are the more likely cause for the loss of those 650 personnel. CBC executives should instead be commended for pro-

Paramedics rescue fishing gear

To the fisherman who drove by the Penticton paramedic station April 19 around 9:30 a.m. Some fishing gear flew out of the back of your truck. Some was damaged and some is ready to go. If you identify the gear and boxes you can have them back by telling us what, where and how you fish, and we will do the same. B platoon Ambulance Paramedics Penticton

Dyer’s take passe and irrelevant

(re: Hersh strikes again with the truth, Opinion, Western News, April 18). Gwynne Dyer’s article is yesterday’s news! In a somewhat sophistical manner Dyer relates Mr. Hersh’s correct findings that it was the terrorist Al-Nusra Front that carried out the poison gas attacks killing more than a thousand innocent Syrian civilians. Any thinking person who is concerned about the very dangerous crises unfolding around our globe would have realized this fact several months ago, when UN investigator and Swiss judge Carla Del Ponte’s findings revealed as such. Her report was obviously dismissed and buried by British, American, French and Canadian authorities. If Gwynne Dyer wishes to ascribe to the journalistic integrity exemplified by Mr. Hersh, then he should address the latest go round of bald-faced lies concerning the crisis in Ukraine. The relentless propaganda from the Associated and Canadian Press services and the inanities from TV pundits constantly claiming Russia to be bent on “aggressive expansionism” is so much baloney. In fact, the only aggression in the Ukraine and eastern European region is being launched by the British-American NATO alliance, which actually has been occurring for years.

CBC executives should instead be commended for providing such excellent social, culture, informative and factual programming... viding such excellent social, cultural, informative and factual programming within an ever shrinking budget. All the more remarkable considering that, as a public company, the CBC is federally mandated in its charter to provide

Regrettably, our country is complicit in this unprovoked and unjustifiable war drive. Canada has sent six fighter jets to assist NATO. Foreign Affairs minister James Baird will announce a Canadian aid package to prop up the illegitimate and neo-Nazi junta in Kiev. Your tax dollars at work. Prime Minister Harper and Baird continue to spout the usual idiotic bellicose rhetoric. Brian Gray Penticton

providing jobs to foreign countries if this could become a reality. And think of the environmental safety. One company responsible for any leaks, spills, explosions, etc., instead of many companies blaming each other for any mishaps. If Mr. Black is serious about this venture, please offer shares to the average person once a plan has been approved. It worked for the Bank of British Columbia. Donald E Thorsteinson Penticton

Black leaves questions unanswered

(re: Exporting bitumen not the way to go, Opinion, Western News, April 23) Mr David Black, chairman and founder of Black Press, expressed his views on the exporting of bitumen to Asia. He proposed a refinery in or around Kitimat for the purpose of refining bitumen that would be sold to the Asian markets as light oil. This is the most sensible piece of literature that has been written concerning the export of our natural resources in decades. But, there are many questions that would have to be answered before this could possibly take place. First, who owns the bitumen and do they already have a contract in place with some Asian companies where it is understood that the refining would be done in Asia? Enbridge would supply the pipeline from Alberta, but again, is there some sort of agreement with the oil companies that is tied in to the sale, to China for instance, that could jeopardize the transport of the bitumen? Would there have to be a separate pipeline? Is Mr Black suggesting that there would be a single company that would develop, transport, refine and market the bitumen? This would be ideal, but it would be a tall order. Just think of the thousands of jobs that would be available to Canadians rather than

Egg hunt puts shine on community

After being a business owner in Vancouver for more than 10 years, I am continually amazed at how different it is to be an entrepreneur in Penticton. This past Easter Monday, LocoLanding hosted our 4th Annual Easter Fun Day – and it was a perfect example of the unbelievable generosity and community spirit that we are so fortunate to have in Penticton. We are truly a community that comes together to lend a hand, jump in with two feet and have fun together! Over 1,500 people came to LocoLanding and everyone was patient, respectful and generous to ensure fun was had for all. The event was possible because so many local businesses donated their time and resources namely: Investors Group, Britco, DPA, MarketPlace IGA, SS Sicamous, Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Tony’s Meats, Spitfires Athletic Club, Fitkidz, Glo SUP, A&W, Burger55, Penticton Recreation Centre, Investors Group, Landmark, London Drugs, MTF, Purdy’s Chocolates, Riverside Fitness, Riverside Pharmasave, Denny’s, Sun Country Bowl, True Outdoors, Classic Guitars, Andy’s Animal Acres, Jake Evans and our local community radio station So Country. Our amazing entertainment was generously donated by Mama Yay of the SuperCooli-


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TV and/or radio services throughout the second largest country in the world — a truly daunting challenge. And, unlike public providers, they cannot cherry-pick the market for optimum profit or be accused of having a particular agenda like the FOX network. In particular the CBC News and programs like Marketplace, 5th Estate and Passionate Eye have exposed wrongdoings in a thorough, in-depth, unbiased and independent manner and should be lauded. They may not endear the CBC to some political circles or corporate head offices but are highly beneficial to all Canadians. I respect and appreciate the CBC executives for their good work. It’s head and shoulders above the paid program and reality pap we’re currently exposed to. Jeff Bedard Penticton

gans band. The biggest thank you is for our teens in Penticton. Over 70 teens donated their time — either through egg stuffing from the Grade 9 Penticton High School Leadership Class – or through volunteering at the 18 Easter activity stations — or from our LocoLanding employees that worked for free so that 100 per cent of the proceeds could go to the OSNS Child Development Centre. We are proud to say that almost $6,000 was raised for this fantastic local centre. A huge thank you to Cara Garnett, from OSNS, who was instrumental in the organization and event execution. With my sincerest appreciation, thank you to our amazing teens, our generous businesses and our fun families. You truly make this the best place to live!

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MeMbers of the higher end Contracting smokin’Aces (at left) gather with the scottsdale Construction spitters (at right) after a game during the scott Mullins Icebreaker tournament hosted by the smokin’ Aces on the weekend. the tournament brought together 16 teams as a fundraiser for the family of scott Mullins, who passed away in october from a heart condition leaving behind a wife and newborn. Mullins had played with his twin brother Dale, for the spitters. organizers for the tournament estimate they raised $5,300 for scott’s family. the slo-Pitch community is also trying to change the name of the Parkway 2 field to Mullins field.

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family, friends gather to play ball and raise funds in memory of scott Mullins Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Dale Mullins thought of his late brother Scott after smacking the game-winning double past the Print Factory Phanatics into Lion’s Park Sunday. “He was in my head the whole weekend. Right at that moment, definitely,” said Dale, who helped the SDC Spitters win the Scott Mullins Icebreaker Tournament organized by the Higher End Contracting Smokin’ Aces. “I thought about him and said, ‘Scotty this one’s for you. I’m going to do it.’” Dale added it was pretty cool to be in the position to help his team win. He and Scott grew up playing baseball since they were five. “It brought goose bumps to me. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in any other position than to do that for my bro,” said Dale, who listed winning the 2004 national slo-pitch championship with Scott as a favourite baseball memory along with playing for Quest. Tournament organizer and Penticton Slo-Pitch president Chris Atkins said they put the

It brought goosebumps to me. I wouldn’t have wanted to be in any other position than to do that for my brother — Dale Mullins

event on as they wanted the Mullins family to know “baseball recognizes the loss of the community like that.” “He was a big baseball player,” said Atkins. “We wanted to make sure that he was recognized for it.” At the same time, the baseball community stepped up to the plate and hit a home run by raising $5,300, exceeding the goal by $1,300. Atkins said everything went great and the players had a good time.

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When Dale heard the number raised for his sister-in-laws (Cristina) family, he said ‘Wow.” “That’s mind blowing. The community has already done so much for us,” said Dale. “This is over the top. She’s so overwhelmed by the whole event that happened.” Dale added that the tournament was amazing. “The support of the community and the baseball community was top notch,” said Dale, who thanked the community for his family. “It hit every expectation that I think me and my family could have ever hoped for. “The love and support of all those people means a lot for our family.” Atkins said what made the weekend fun was the atmosphere created by the players. Scott’s mother also made the trip from Vancouver, which Atkins said was a big deal. Atkins said it was unbelievable how much people appreciated the efforts by he and his team in putting the tournament on. Atkins credited his group because without them, he said, it couldn’t have been done. Professional and Confidential

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Ed and alicE Thomas are thankful for the community support they have received following the fire that gutted their house in oliver. a passing motorist saw the smoke and broke down the front door to alert the couple and their children who were sleeping when the blaze started.

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The Oliver family who lost everything in a fire is overwhelmed with the support they have received. “It was a really awful, devastating feeling to watch all our possessions and belonging go up in smoke but we are most thankful for having our family, town and community supporting us. The way they have come together and donating, it has been so overwhelming and we are just really thankful for everything,” said Alice Thomas. “My kids are very thankful to have us with them and they understand that we are lucky to be here today. “I am still finding it hard to comprehend what really happened.” The Thomas family, which includes three young children, were startled awake by a motorist who was passing by their home and saw smoke billowing from their residence. The motorist kicked opened the door of the home and all five of the family members escaped the burning residence with just the clothes on their back. Oliver fire department spokesperson Rob Graham said the home was a complete loss, along with

the family’s vehicle located in the garage. The fire jumped to MLA Linda Larson’s office next door and that building received smoke and water damage. As of Tuesday, Graham said there is no information from investigators as to the cause of the fire. Thomas extended her thanks to the fire department and to all who have donated to the family, including food vouchers. “We cannot express enough gratitude for everything,” said Thomas. Husband Ed Thomas said the family is slowly starting to get back to their normal routines and they moved into a new residence last week. Not only have donations come through in the Okanagan, but also from their hometowns in Alberta and northern B.C. “It is so encouraging that there is still humanity left in this world. We are grateful and blessed. We want to thank everyone for the donations from around the Okanagan Valley to our homes in Alberta and up north. They also have been sending encouraging prayers and the main thing is our kids are OK, everything else is a blessing,” said Ed. He added that he has since spoken with the motorist who took the time to stop and help alert the family to the fire. Ed said the motorist was very humble and they showered him with thanks.

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Engelbert Humperdinck will be at the South Okanagan Events Centre on June 14 for a night of romantic love ballads and dance hits. Humperdinck’s remarkable voice and extraordinary talent has endeared him to millions of fans around the globe. With four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe for Entertainer of the Year (1988), 63 gold and 24 platinum records and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Humperdinck

continues his remarkable career. Romance serves as the core of Humperdinck’s music and lasting success. He knows how to pick songs with eternal themes of love and longing, and lovers always want to hear them sung. In the past few years, he has joined an elite group of musical artists, such as Tony Bennett and Burt Bacharach, who have crossed over successfully to strike a new chord with a younger generation in addition to their core audiences. Humperdinck has recorded everything

from the most romantic ballads to the platinum-selling theme song for the 1996 Beavis and Butthead movie. Few people realize that several of the major forces in the world of rock n’ roll, including Jimi Hendrix and The Carpenters, started out as opening acts for Humperdinck in the late 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Engelbert has just about completed recording his first duets CD Engelbert Calling. He has recently completed tracks with a who’s who of the music world, including Sir Elton John,

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Belle GranT (above left) and her younger sister Grace Grant (above right) will be performing with their band at a special fundraising concert at Orchard House on May 3. nikita afonso (far right) will also perform.

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Knowing how much joy music has brought to her own life, a Penticton student plans on packing her guitar on a trip to an orphanage in Tanzania. But first she needs the funds to get there. Belle Grant is joining a group of students and chaperones from Princess Margaret, Penticton Secondary School and Summerland Secondary School on a humanitarian trip to Tanzania June 29 to July 20. She is hoping to sing her way there with the Tanzania benefit concert on May 3 in Penticton where she will be performing with her sister Grace Grant, guitarist Dylan Knipplberg, drummer Adam Gamblin and on bass, Alaysha Funk. Joining them will be Penticton singer-songwriter Nikita Afonso. “I thought I could use the skills our family has to make a fundraiser out of it. We are good friends with Nikita and

we wanted to do a show together so it will go towards funds to get me to Tanzania,” said Grant. “It will be a fun night out to listen to music.” Grant will be performing pop contemporary music and there will be food available at the Orchard House, which is also a licensed venue. The goal is to fill the venue to its 125-person capacity and go over and above the money she needs to travel with the Tanzania group. “All the extra money will go to the orphanage we will be helping out at. I will ask the main contact we have there what they need. If they want to hire a teacher, buy soccer balls for the kids, guitars, or even a swing set for their playground they can use that money,” said Grant. “A little money goes so far there.” Last summer students that went on the three-week Tanzania trip helped with the construction of a new dormitory at the orphanage in

the Arusha region. This was work continued from another Okanagan group that started the walls and floors of the building in the spring. Grant said she has heard stories from the students who have returned from these trips and was inspired to go. “I’m so excited to meet everyone in Tanzania because they are so happy with so little and I think it will change my perspective on everything. I am also excited to be part of something that will help change lives,” the Grade 10 student at Princess Margaret said. “I think doing it now will give me a good perspective to finish off high school with as I head into Grade 11 and 12.” The concert takes place May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Orchard House, located at 157 Orchard St. Tickets are $12 and available by calling 250770-7620 or at Princess Margaret Secondary School from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday.



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Penticton musician Jonathan Stuchberry will be one of the featured composers this weekend with the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra. Playing on the French horn, Stuchberry will wrap his time with the youth orchestra before moving on to McGill University. “He is a great young man and actually played a guitar concerto for us in our first concert this season. He wrote us a lovely composition and is one of four student composers that will be featured this weekend,” said co-conductor Dennis Colpitts. The OSYO brings musicians from as far north as Salmon Arm to as far south as Keremeos together. This includes Amanda Jerowsky, from Keremeos, who also will be performing her own composition. Colpitts said there has been a resurgence in the youth orchestra. “We have been very aggressive getting the word out to the students and teachers what we are doing. We had a significant boost in numbers last year and now we are getting phone calls of people saying they have heard about us and they want us to come watch T:6”




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The South Okanagan Minor Baseball Association Tigers got a morale boost, according to their coach, when they defeated the Victoria Selects 11-10 in extra innings at McNicoll Park April 26. The midget AAA Tigers spotted the Selects a six-run lead in the opening inning, then began clawing back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the second. The Tigers were held off the scoresheet in the bottom of the second and just one more time in the fifth inning as they battled to victory. “It was an extremely tough game,” said Deleon, of the game that started at 1:45 p.m. and ended at 5:30 p.m. “I think it shows kind of what this team is made out of. Most of our games this year we have trailed, if not at the beginning, at some point during the season, and they have managed to not roll over and die.” Deleon said his players have a different attitude. In the Tigers’ opening five games, they managed to score 11 runs and picked up one win. The Tigers hurt themselves by not cashing in runners in scoring position. Deleon said his group believes they are capable of scoring, but have trouble executing. While the Tigers kept chipping away at the Selects lead, Deleon credited his pitchers for keeping things close. Deleon watched as players got out of their comfort zone to help the team. In the second game against the Selects, the Tigers won 6-3. “We used the energy gained from first game and just did what we had to do,” he said. The Tigers travelled to West Kelowna on Sunday and won 8-6 for a weekend sweep that improved their record to 4-4 in the provincial standings. Again in that game the Tigers fell behind. Deleon saw resiliency and composure in his group. The Tigers trailed heading into the sixth and scored to take an 8-6 lead. In the seventh, they had runners on second and third with one away. A West Kelowna player hit a line drive into the outfield that was caught and resulted in the Tigers doubling the runner off of second base to end the game.

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This weekend the Tigers have back-to-back double headers against Richmond City May 3 (1:30 and 3:30 p.m. scheduled starts) and Vancouver Community May 4 (10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.) at Carmi Field. Deleon will continue to work with his players to bring

runners home and spend time on base running. “We need to be a little bit more player aggressive as opposed to coach aggressive,” said Deleon. Players who are given the green light to steal bases are still looking to Deleon to make a decision. “If the sign isn’t given to them, they don’t take advantage of it,” said Deleon adding it’s a confidence issue. The Tigers coach has confidence in his players who have the ability to steal bases at any time. “Players need to make decisions better themselves without looking at the coach,” he said. “If we had been able to score half the runs left stranded,

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Cody DePourcq always wanted to join the strong tradition of Penticton junior A captains and last week that dream came true. DePourcq, entering his fourth season with the Vees, will succeed Brad McClure with help from Patrick Sexton, as they were named co-captains. Vees general manager Fred Harbinson said making this decision was an obvious choice. “Both Cody and Paddy have all the leadership qualities you want in a captain and both have earned the privilege of wearing the C,” said Harbinson. DePourcq said he was surprised, but is very excited. The idea of DePourcq wearing a letter next season came up during his exit interview with Harbinson. The Vees coach said it was a good possibility DePourcq would wear one, but asked the Penticton minor hockey product if he

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PUNISHMENT AND DEFENCE —Sean Cassidy of the Crossfit South Okanagan Beer AMRAP team takes a break playing third base in the sumo suit his teammates forced him to wear after striking out earlier in the game. The team went 1-3-1 in the Scott Mullins Icebreaker tournament held on the weekend hosted by the Higher End Contracting Smokin’ Aces. Right, Dale Mullins of the Scottsdale Construction Spitters snags a hard grounder during action on Lions Field. Mullins hit the game-winning run in the A division final to defeat the Print Factory Phanatics. The VBS Diggers defeated the Smokin’ Aces in the B Division final. Kristi Patton/Western News

Cooke going to Pasadena Emanuel Sequeira Western News Staff

Andrew Cooke met the criteria to be chosen for the Pan Pacific team and now he’s on it. Cooke, a para swimmer with the KISU swim club, will be going to Pasadena, Calif., for the 2014 Pan Pacific Games Aug. 6-10 representing Canada. Cooke accomplished the feat by earning qualifying times in the 100and 200-metre freestyle events while competing in the Can American Games in Miami at the end of March, Fla. During that meet he also set a Canadian record in the 200 individual medley, in which he captured a gold medal. Cooke received the good news on the Internet. “I was very excited,” said Cooke, prior to a training session at the Penticton Community Centre Tuesday. Cooke’s coach Jane Bentley was equally excited about the news. She said they went to Florida with hopes of Cooke making the team. “Came home from the meet expecting to be on the team but not sure where they would make the cut,” she said. Up next for Cooke are two training cycles before going to Pasadena. He will train with the Canadian national team for three weeks. “We hope Andrew can go down and have another exceptional per-

formance,” said Bentley. “Congratulations go to Andrew Cooke for being selected to the Pan Pacific Games. This is an incredible achievement, and it’s fantastic to see a regular patron of the Penticton Community Centre succeed at this level,” said Mayor Garry Litke in a statement issued by the city. Cooke’s selection to the Canadian team for the Pan Pacific Games is step closer to qualifying for the Paralympics. “Representing Canada at Para Pan Pacs is a wonderful accomplishment for Andrew, the result of a lot of hard work on his part, as well as the dedication and talent of his coach. We are very proud of him. He is an inspiration to our entire club,” said KISU swim club president Nancy Telford in a statement. While in Miami for the Can American Games in the Ransom Everglades Aquatic Centre, Cooke found that the weather impacted him a bit with the colder winds. Bentley said it was cooler than expected with the strong head winds coming off the ocean. However, Bentley added that going through that made it a wise choice to make it a qualifying meet because the venue for the Pan Pacific Games will be outdoors in Pasadena. Bentley said that Cooke’s work ethic has

improved since he competed in the Can Am Parachampionship last year in which he came second in the 200-m IM. He is training hard and has more drive. Contributing to Cooke’s success in the Can American Games was switching his freestyle breathing pattern. Bentley said that made a big difference for Cooke. “He’s been doing a little more work outside of the pool as well,” Bentley told the Western News in an earlier interview. “That is paying off. That’s something I hope he continues to do. He’s been going to the gym and getting massaged, looking after himself physically.”

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Dr. Tim Robishaw loves talking about his job but when he doesn’t want to, the 38-yearold has found a very effective way to avoid unwanted conversations with strangers. “For example, when you’re on a plane and you sit down and there is someone really chatty next to you and they say, ‘Hi my name’s so and so and what do you do?’ I just say, ‘astrophysicist’ and they leave you alone, end of conversation,” said Robishaw who really is an astrophysicist at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) in White Lake and this week’s recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 honours. “As soon as you say that to them right away they start thinking Einstein and that big white coat.” But even when he feels like chatting, telling people instead that he is an astronomer (supposedly a little less intimidating) the reaction to that can also be quite amusing. “In that case about half the people will say, ‘Oh that’s great, I’m an Aries,’ and the other half will say, ‘What does that mean?’ but at least they feel there is a little more common ground and a chance to have a reasonable conversation. It’s funny what that subtle difference can make.” While Robishaw, who grew up in Boston, Mass., and moved to the Okanagan in 2011, agreed many people see scientists, rocket and otherwise, as somewhat “socially challenged” he pointed out many of his colleagues have a great sense of humour. Another very necessary skill in his line of work and one which he believes earned him the nomination for Top 40 under 40 recognition, is his entrepreneurial talents, not something most people would expect from a researcher who delves into radio wave information from galaxies in the universe many millions of light years away from our own. “I guess as a scientist we don’t often consider ourselves in the business realm but in reality the endeavour of science really is a pretty entrepreneurial feat,” said Robishaw. “The notion of taking risks and using resources in order to try new endeavours is pretty much almost the definition of entrepreneurship. “You have to come up with some sort of experiment to find a fundamental truth about the universe which is very much like business.” The people he and others in his line of work have to sell to are those who dole out the time for the use of some of the largest telescopes in the world. “So it’s a 100 per cent sales,” said Robishaw. “Every single telescope on earth is

Astrophysicist tim robishAw looks over a globe which is actually a three-dimensional view of the universe at the Dominion radio Astrophysical observatory at white Lake. robishaw is this week’s top 40 Under 40 recipient.

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oversubscribed, so if you don’t do a good sales job about why you deserve the time over everybody else, you’re not going to get it. “When your business is using a telescope to try and understand the universe and that opportunity only comes around on a yearly basis you have be very good at sales.” If he had any questions about his sales ability, they were answered early on in his career when he managed to submit a successful bid for the use of the world’s largest telescope (305 metres) in Puerto Rico when he was doing his thesis for his doctorate. When he is not doing his regular job at the DRAO, Robishaw likes to spend his spare time showing people around the facility and showing them that what really goes on behind

the rows of radio telescopes is not something secret or to be feared. “It’s really important to let people know what we do up here, we’re not looking for little green men, we’re not looking for aliens — it doesn’t mean they’re not out there — but we’re trying to find some fundamental things, answers to the kinds of questions everyone has,” he said. When he does have a little spare time, Robishaw likes to do a bit of hiking, play some music or just hang with the many friends he’s made since moving here. “Oh, yeah, I also like to learn how to pronounce things the Canadian Way,” he added. Eh? In the coming months he has a couple of

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It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Hazel Crombie on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Haven Hill Retirement Centre. Hazel was into her 94th year—born, Dec. 10, 1920 at Hespero, Alberta. Hazel leaves her loving family: daughter, Ramona Peterson (nee Lipka); son in law, Jim Peterson; grandson, Kelly Peterson (Willingdon, AB); granddaughter, Kim Peterson (Penticton); great granddaughter, Tessa Peterson (Vancouver); granddaughter, Leah Johnson (Dale); great grandson, Graham Johnson; great granddaughter, Sydney Johnson (Chilliwack); also half-sister, Violet Turner (Alastair) of Eckville, AB; stepdaughter, Barbara Crombie of Gibsons, BC and many nieces and nephews in Alberta and British Columbia, cousins in Minnesota and Michigan, USA and in Finland. Hazel was predeceased by husbands, Henry Lipka in 1962 of Evergreen, AB; Laurie Brandson of Eckville, AB and John Crombie in 1979 of Calgary. She was predeceased by her parents, Ida Amanda Maki (Weirimaa) in 1924 and Walter (Valto) Maki in 1954; also predeceased by infant brother, Jhalmer Maki and infant sister, Mary Maki; brothers, Walter Jr. Maki, Arthur Wayne Maki, William (Bill) Maki, and sisters, Elsie Kubik, Mildred Kujala, Florence Bailey and Linnea Lewis. After the untimely death of her husband, Henry Lipka in 1962, Hazel sold their farm in Evergreen, Alberta and attended the School for Nursing Aides in Calgary. She graduated Feb. 23, 1967. She had worked in the Eckville Hospital and in Calgary. After her husband John Crombie died in 1979, Hazel moved to Kelowna, BC. She worked as a Certified Nursing Aide at Oak Lodge Care Facility until she retired at 65. Hazel loved learning and going to school. Unfortunately, when she turned 15 she was not permitted to continue grade 8, because she was required to help on the farm. She studied at home, passed grade 8 and later completed upgrading her education with honours and was accepted at the School for Nursing Aides in Calgary. When Hazel retired she began painting; beginning with lessons from special teacher and special friend, Don Chamberlain, of Victoria, BC at Okanagan College in Kelowna. Then she continued painting with the Pleasure Painters at the Seniors’ Centre, Water Street in Kelowna with special teacher and friend, Elizabeth Gregory, of Peachland, for many years. Hazel had an active retirement with her painting classes, playing cards with friends, caring for others who could no longer drive – taking them shopping and to appointments. She visited her friends in the Care Homes in Kelowna and loved to go to garage sales. Hazel always had beautiful roses and a small garden. She loved her little house in Kelowna and never wanted to leave it. She lived there until June 21, 2013 when she came into care at Haven Hill in Penticton. Hazel travelled throughout Europe, Hong Kong, Macau (China) and Mexico with her sister, Florence Bailey; niece and nephew, Diane and George Radics. Then again, in July and Aug. 1998, they visited relatives in Finland, the homeland of both her parents. Her first trip to Europe, however, was with friends from Eckville, Alberta and at that time they met a lovely couple from Hawaii, Margaret and Walter Fugeta, and Hazel kept in touch with them until they passed, and then later continued corresponding with their daughter Carol. Hazel always had a sense of humour and even when moving to Haven Hill, she introduced herself as “Hazel Nut”. Hazel’s family, particularly Ramona, wish to thank the wonderful staff of Haven Hill Retirement Centre for their care. At times Hazel was challenging—even thinking she was still a Nursing Aide. Thank you also to Dr. A.B. Hignell in Kelowna and Dr. M. Lawrie in Penticton. Also a special mention about “Paws” the cat, resident on the second floor of Haven Hill who sat on Hazel’s windowsill and kept a lonely vigil on the morning of Hazel’s passing to comfort Ramona. And so to Hazel, our dear Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma—your “shift”is over and your “work load” done, thus we say farewell—we miss you and you will always be in our hearts. “As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death”— Leonardo da Vinci No service by request. A private family celebration of Hazel’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favourite charity. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools

Education/Trade Schools



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Drivers/Courier/ Trucking

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

HIGHWAY OWNER OPERATORS $3500 SIGNING BONUS Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Highway linehaul Owner Operators based in our Kelowna terminal for runs throughout BC and Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain, driving experience/ training. We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package.

To join our team of professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract & details of your truck to: Call 604-968-5488 Fax: 604-587-9889 Only those of interest will be contacted. Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility.


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Help Wanted ARE YOU EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL DISTRESS? Relief is only a call away! Call 250-979-4357 to set up your FREE consultation in Penticton. Donna Mihalcheon CA, CIRP 33 years experience. BDO Canada Limited. Trustee in Bankruptcy. 200-1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna , BC V1Y 9X1

Busy Vernon Automotive shop requires 3rd/4th year Apprentice or Journeyman Automotive Technician, permanent F/T Fax resume to 778-475-5915 Full and Part time Serving positions, experienced or will train, Welcome Inn, Oliver, call 250-498-8840 PARKWAY Chevron & TripleO’s is looking for full/part time cashiers & cooks. Must be able to do shift work, evenings & weekends. Drop off resume w/ref’s @ 697 Eckhardt Ave. Vernon Service Company requires Journeyman Service Plumbers/Gasfitters, $36.00/hr Call (250)549-4444 or fax 250-549-4416

Automotive 6476273


426889 BC Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons 1077 Westminster Ave, Penticton 1697 Fairview Road, Penticton #100-2695 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton 8907 Main Street, Osoyoos, BC 185-5717 Main Street, Oliver, BC 7710 Prairie Valley Road, Summerland BC Food Service Supervisor (NOC: 6212) 6 Vacancies Flex Position: Permanent, Full-Time, Part-Time, Shift, Weekend, Day, Night, Evening, $12.53 Hourly + Medical Benefits Start Date: ASAP 1-2 Years Experience Required. Education not required Apply now to Fax: 1.778.476.5991 Mail: 331 Martin St, Penticton, BC, V2A5K6


426889 BC Ltd. o/a Tim Hortons

1077 Westminster Ave, Penticton, 1697 Fairview Road, Penticton, #100-2695 Skaha Lake Road, Penticton Food Counter Attendant (NOC: 6641) 25 Vacancies Flex Position: Permanent, Full-Time, Part-Time, Shift, Weekend, Day, Night, Evening, $10.25 Hourly + Medical Benefits Start Date: ASAP No experience or education required Apply now to: Fax: 1.778.476.5991 Mail: 331 Martin St, Penticton, BC, V2A 5K6 Peter’s Bros. Construction has positions open for Apprentice Mechanics & Shop Helpers with a mechanical background. Positions are also open for Experienced Paving Personnel. These are full-time positions with a full benefit package. Please pick up applications at 716 Okanagan Ave. E., Penticton, BC, V2A 3K6 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

SERVICE TECHNICIAN For reverse osmosis & water softening equipment in the Central & South Okanagan based out of Penticton. Mechanical aptitude required. Plumbing experience helpful. Clean driving abstract required. Full training, tools and company vehicle provided. Earn $17.00 to $19.00 per hour to start depending on experience, plus extended benefits after 3 months. Fax resume to: 1-800-958-6133 or email: Westminster Party Rentals is now hiring a full-time Customer Service/Warehouse Assistant, multi-task positions, applicants must be able to lift medium to heavy weight casually, hourly wage starts at $12 for the first 8 weeks of training, apply in person at 357 Okanagan Ave. East, Penticton

Ofce Support BOYLE & Company, a long established law firm located in downtown Penticton, is seeking a Legal Assistant with experience in commercial security and commercial/residential real estate transactions. The ideal candidate will possess a background in the area of property development including subdivisions and drafting covenants, rights of way, easements and related agreements. A working knowledge of Land Title Office and Personal Property Registry practices for searches and registration is required. The position requires strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to work well under pressure and manage multiple demands and priorities is necessary. Detail oriented with strong organizational and document production skills, you prefer to work independently within a collegial team environment. Flexible work hours could be considered. We offer a competitive wage along with a full comprehensive benefit package. If this sounds like you please forward resume to 100 Front St. Penticton BC V2A 1H1

Help Wanted



IS PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE Apprentices wanted to develop Factory Trained Technicians. Some automotive knowledge a benefit. Hiring now. Excellent Wage available with benefits. Contact Service Manager, Email inquiries and resumes to:


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Carpet Cleaning

Home Care/Support

Trades, Technical

Financial Services

Care-aid needed for quadriplegic man, May 1, training provided, $18/hr, contact Dee 250-487-9533, email resume:

STUCCO APPLICATORS to start immediately for a busy stucco company located in West Kelowna area. Position starts at $29.00/hr. Contact Kevin @ 250-862-7418 or email

INCOME TAX PROBLEMS? Have you been audited, reassessed or disallowed certain claims by Canada Revenue Agency? Call Bob Allen @ 250-542-0295 35yrs. Income Tax experience, 8.5yrs. with Revenue Canada. Email: C- 250-938-1944

Professional/ Management OK Falls Parks and Recreation is seeking certified fitness instructors at the Zen and Fitness Center. Call Janet Black at 250-497-8188

Sales CUSTOM manufacturer needs a motivated individual to develop and maintain corporate B2B clients across north america in the Point of Purchase advertising industry. This is an in house position with limited travel to major US destinations. Generous salary plus commission offered. email resumes to;

Teachers KIDS CONNECTION offers a JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN program at WILTSE and UPLANDS SCHOOLS. We are seeking fully qualified ECEs for one part time and one full time position beginning now and in Sept. Visit our website at Email resume or inquiries to

Trades, Technical LOOKING for contractor to do foundation repair. 250-4871023 RV Journeyman & Apprentice Technicians required at Voyager RV, B.C. Interior’s Largest RV dealer! We’re just completing a brand new RV Service shop, and need fulltime Apprentice and Journeyman RV technicians now. If you have a passion to join a great service team, and want to work on the best RV brands, now is the time! Competitive wages, plus bonus plans and benefits! No layoffs. Please send your resumes to (Attn: Logan) or fax 250-7664711.

Help Wanted

Transportation / Heavy Duty Mechanic required in Nakusp, BC. Must be Red Seal Certified, able to work on a variety of makes, models of trucks, trailers, components. A CVIP Certificate, welding skills an asset. Full time position with flexible hours. Group benefits. Competitive wages. Fax or email resumes to: 250-2653853 or

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Financial Services

Cleaning Services

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B & C Cleaning, residential, commercial & construction cleaning, yard clean-ups & maintenance, licensed & bonded, Bill & Cheryl Watson, owner operators, (250)4887964

GET BACK ON TRACK! Bad credit? Bills? Unemployed? Need Money? We Lend! If you own your own home - you qualify. Pioneer Acceptance Corp. Member BBB. 1-877-987-1420 IF YOU own a home or real estate, Alpine Credits can lend you money: It’s That Simple. Your Credit / Age / Income is not an issue. 1.800.587.2161.

Financial Services

Hairstylists Wanted for busy well-established salon & spa with lots of walk-ins, great opportunity for motivated stylist or esthetician to build a clientele, drop resume off at Body & Sol, or call Rose at 250-492-4116


Legal Services

REFACE Countertops. 1/2 the Cost of Replacing. Granite & Corian Designs. 470-2235.

CRIMINAL RECORD? Don’t let it block employment, travel, education, professional, certification, adoption property rental opportunities. For peace of mind & a free consultation call 1-800-347-2540.

For all your renovation needs, boarding, painting, taping & texturing, and patching. Big & small jobs. Fred 250-490-4085

Financial Services

Financial Services



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with high earning potential. Long established and well respected family owned business, Guerard’s Furniture, is seeking a new team member with retail sales experience. Candidate must possess excellent customer service, communication and computer skills. Position is full time and weekend work is required. Apply in person only. Dave Mitchell, 70 Backstreet Blvd. Monday to Friday from 10 AM to 4 PM


Resident office - 700, 1628 Dickson Avenue, Kelowna

Litigation Associate Lawyer Litigation lawyer required for Vernon Law Firm. Must have at least 7 - 8 years litigation experience. Email resume to



The Summerland Community Arts Council is accepting applications from post-secondary students for the position of Summer Arts Program Coordinator. Fine Arts or Education students with experience working with children will be given first consideration. Good communication, organization and computer skills are essential. The position is fulltime May 20 to mid-August. The student must be returning to studies in the fall. Please mail resume and cover letter to: Summerland Community Arts Council, Box 1217, Summerland, B.C., V0H1Z0. Deadline date for applications is 9 May 2014.

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services

Hotel, Restaurant, Food Services


Line Cooks needed at St. Andrews by the Lake Golf Course Free golf. Full and part time positions available. Email resume to: or fax to: 250-497-5648

Government Licensed Trustees in Bankruptcy & Proposal Administrators

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Help Wanted

Position Title:

Quantities Technician


Columbia Hydro Constructors Ltd.

Mica Generating Station

Job Description: Quantities Technician needed to perform financial, scheduling and administrative duties specifically related to the addition of a fifth and a sixth generating unit at the Mica Generating Station. The candidate must • Determine quantities of materials used for construction including those • of an electrical, mechanical and/or civil nature • Establish and confirm contractor progress payments • Establish and manage small contracts • Acquire materials using company procurement policies • Perform various project administrative duties Preferred Experience: • Technical knowledge in Civil, Electrical and/or Mechanical Engineering • Familiarity with finance • Familiarity with procurement practices • Experience and familiarity working in Heavy Industry with preference • for Hydro-electric experience • Familiar with contract and commercial detail Skills/Abilities: • Excellent organizational skills • Strong computer skills • Excellent verbal and written communication skills The successful applicant will be required to work under a collective union agreement and to live in a camp located at Mica Creek BC, 140 kilometres north of Revelstoke. Resumes will be accepted until 7:00 am, 09 May, 2014; only those candidates to be interviewed will be contacted. To apply please email or fax resumes to: Columbia Hydro Constructors. Ltd. Fax: 250-805-4340 Email: Wage: $33.76/hr Closing Date: 09 May, 2014.

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Merchandise for Sale

Real Estate




Garden & Lawn

Free Items



Free, multi-colour landscape rock, clean, you come pick up, call (250)770-3224

Auto Accessories/Parts

Trucks & Vans

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Valley Wide Lawn & Yard Care. Fully experienced fruit tree and landscape pruner. Now booking 2014 lawn care packages. Mowing, power raking and aeration. NO charge fertilizer program, free estimates. Phone Gerald at 250493-5161. Serving Penticton to Osoyoos areas.

Home Improvements ARE YOU WANTING TO RENOVATE? Framing, gyproc, painting, ď&#x192;&#x;ooring, bathrooms, decks, windows and doors 35 years experience home/business References Available Licensed, Insured, WCB Ted Lund (250)490-7991


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Moving & Storage At U1ST - MOVING 2 men on a two ton truck. $70/hr. Call 250-859-8362. FAMILY Movers. Moving? Anything, anywhere. Local and long distance trips. Packing service available, weekly trips to Vancouver, Alberta, full and partial loads. Cheapest rates in the valley. Free Estimates, 250-493-2687

Painting & Decorating HERE COME THE PAINTERS, 13 years experience, Interior/Exterior, 250-486-2331 P.A. Design, Interior Decorating consultations, for appointment call 250-490-6756 WWW.PAINTSPECIAL.COM

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Rubbish Removal Garbage hauling, metal hauling, batteries, furniture/appliances hauled to dump, dirty jobs too! (250)488-6707 PENTICTON Junk Removal! Anything goes! Household waste, furniture and appliances to the dump 250-770-0827

Tiling KALEDEN Tile - Professional installation of all types of tile and stone. Glass back splashes, tile floors, fireplaces, showers and pans. Free estimates, insured, references and pictures available. No Job to big or small. Glen 250-488-1985

Pets & Livestock

Garage Sales Moving Sale, household, automotive, cars, trucks, motorcycle, tack, antiques, body shop supplies, tools, April 25-30, everything must go, 10am-5pm, 491 Windsor Ave., (250)863-8877 Multi-family Yard Sale, 200 block of Okanagan Ave., W, lots of kids stuff, Sat & Sun, May 3 & 4, 8am-noon NEIGHBOURHOOD of YARD SALES! Sat May 3rd 8am-2pm and Sun May 4th 9am-1pm. Everything from toys to motorhomes. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Park â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;n Shopâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; from 14th Ave to Brockie Place to Mimac Court in Okanagan Falls.

Misc. for Sale A- STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;40â&#x20AC;&#x2122;45â&#x20AC;&#x2122; 53â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and insulated containers all sizes in stock. SPECIAL Trades are welcome. 40â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Containers under $2500! Also JD 544 &644 wheel Loaders JD 892D LC excavator Ph Toll free 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB KILL BED BUGS & THEIR EGGS! Buy Harris Bed Bug Killer Complete Treatment Program or Kit. Available: Hardware Stores, Buy Online: KILL ROACHES! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Eliminate Bugs- Guaranteed. No Mess, Odorless, Long Lasting. Available at Ace Hardware & The Home Depot. SAWMILLS FROM only $4,397 - Make money & save money with your own bandmill - Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info & DVD: www.NorwoodSaw 1-800-5666899 Ext:400OT. STEEL BUILDINGS/metal buildings 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100 sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206 or visit us online:

Misc. Wanted Collectors Currently Buying: Coin Collections, Antiques, Native Art, Old Silver, Paintings, Jewellery etc. We Deal with Estates 250-499-0251

Sporting Goods RUGER 10-22â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s & Remington 597â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on sale. Glock 17, 20, 21, 22, CZ 527 & 452 & 550, Ruger Americanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, all in stock at Weber & Markin Gunsmiths, The Best Little Gunshop Around 4-1691 Powick Rd Kel 250-762-7575 Tues-Sat. 10-6 WeberMarkin

Real Estate Acreage for Sale 6.27 Ac. near Edgewood, full RV hookup, 25% down, e mail for pics: 250-269-7328 TEXAS USA BEST BUY. Own a 20 acre ranchette in sunny Texas. Now only $395 per acre, $99 per month. Financing and brochure available. Call 1-800-875-6568.

Feed & Hay

Houses For Sale

GOOD quality horse hay, small bales (250)835-4748 or (250)833-9595

At Skaha Beach, 2 bedroom Modular home, Sun Leisure Park, #47, newly renovated, $46,999 obo, may finance with good down payment, call (250)492-6798

Livestock Premium Wood Shavings New supplier of Animal bedding, starting at $250 for 54 cubic yards delivered, (250)770-0214

Merchandise for Sale

Auctions BC LIVESTOCK SPRING AUCTION SALES May 3 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Williams Lake 10 am May 10 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Kamloops 10:30 am May 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Vanderhoof 11 am May 31â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Prince George 10 am June 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Horsefly 10 am f.m.i. 250-573-3939

Used Tires, Huge Selection of used tires and wheels in stock. We might have what you need. Prices vary according to size and quality. Starting at $25.00. Call us or drop in to Larsens Excel 555 Okanagan Ave East 250-492-5630 Penticton

Real Estate DONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T MISS Out! 62 acres, endless possibilities. 5500 sq. ft. house. 1500 ft. of lakeshore. www.lakeoftheprairie www.lakeoftheprair Jackie 1-306744-2399 1-306-744-7432 Watch online for open house.

Recreational From custom building to major repairs, insurance claims, renovations & parts. Free estimates, reasonable rates and seniorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; discounts available. For all your RV Needs, call 250-493-7445 Penticton

Recreation Paradise Year Round!

Auto Financing

Fishing, hiking, hunting, quadding, snowmobiling or just relaxation. Great access within 3 hours of the lower mainland, 40 km from Princeton and steps to Osprey Lake. 2 years new this 3 bedroom, 2 bath open concept chalet has it all & more. Includes a guest cabin with a bedroom, living/sitting area, kitchen & bathroom. New detached garage for storing the toys. Call Adrienne (Royal Lepage Parkside Realty) at 250-809-6322 for a private viewing.

Rentals Apt/Condo for Rent 1 bdrm apt in clean, quiet NS NP 55+ building near Cherry Lane. Balcony, parking, insuite storage, f/s/dw/ac, coin lndry, elevator, 6-month lease then month to month. $675 + utils. Avail now. 250 462-6745 2bdrm, $800, ,adult/senior oriented, clean, quiet, cat ok, 250-492-7328 Clean 1bdrm suite, full size f/s & a/c, $650/mo +util., 250492-7129

Commercial/ Industrial 5000sqft bldg. & fenced outdoor storage in Kelowna at a great deal! Call 250-878-6455 APPLE PLAZA, Prime Central location, 2300sqft. in busy plaza, ample parking, also 5821100 sqft. shared office space avail., call Barb 250-492-6319

Duplex / 4 Plex 2 bdrm, 40+, large bright suite, ns premises, large private patio, close to everything, $800 +util., water incl., 250492-0274 (mornings)

Suites, Lower 1 bdrm basement suite, Wiltse area. $950/mo. Incl util. cbl. net. 6 appl. sep. ent. Seeking mature professional. Ref req. NS, NP. 250-486-7408 HIGHLAND motel suites avail now, 1140 Burnaby Ave., 250809-1253, 250-488-2206


Auto Accessories/Parts

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Immaculate 1997 Ford 150xlt

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Legal Notices Cars - Sports & Imports 2001 PORSCHE Boxster S, $17,000 - Custom painted matt gun metal grey, plastidipped wheels, custom painted rims, tinted headlights, fogged out tail lights, new roof, new battery, this Porsche Boxster S turns heads and looks brand new. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got plenty of power under the hood to back up its look. 140,000 Km. Contact Isaac for more info: (250) 801-3761

Recreational/Sale 1999 Ford Four Winds V10 Class C MH, 29â&#x20AC;&#x2122;. Only 34,300kms!!! Reduced to $21,900. Walk-around Q-bed with new mattress. Gas range/oven, & MW. Dual 2 door fridge. Generator. New battery. Sleeps 6-8. Pics available by e-mail Motiv ated to sell! (illness) Osoyoos 250-495-3385 or 250-4861565 or 250-535-0091 2007 Cherokee 5th wheel, 27.5â&#x20AC;&#x2122;, 2 slides, $17,000, (250)496-5631 BEAUTIFUL unit, bought new last year and used last summer. Very nice and comfortable. Power jacks, power hitch jack, power awning. Big slide out. (see floor plan photo) Forced air furnace, air conditioning. Rear ladder. Outside shower. Aux propane connection for portable BBQ. Lots of storage. Pulled with my 2010 GMC 1500 extended cab pickup with no problem. Save gst, great buy at $22500 OBO. Cost to buy new @dealer approx. 28-30k plus taxes. Make us a reasonable offer and this trailer can be yours for the holiday season. 780-625-6460

Legal Notices

Legal Notices

C I T Y PA G E THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF PENTICTON 171 Main Street Penticton, B.C. V2A 5A9 250-490-2400 (phone) 250-490-2402 (fax)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS Public Hearings are being held at 6:00 p.m., Monday, May 5, 2014 at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, 273 Power Street, Penticton, B.C. to consider the following Bylaw amendments: 601 & 609 ELLIS STREET ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW 2014-16 Amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 as follows: Rezone Lot 19 & 20, Block 33, District Lot 202, SDYD, Plan 269 from RD2 (Duplex Housing: Lane) to RM5 (Urban Residential) located at 601 & 609 Ellis Street. The applicant is proposing to construct, on each lot, a duplex with secondary suites fronting Ellis Street and a parking structure facing the lane containing two suites above. There will be a total number of 6 suites on each lot (12 suites total for the two lots). ZONING AMENDMENT BYLAW 2014-17 Amend Zoning Bylaw 2011-23 by adding the following to Section 6.5.1 Fencing: Temporary fencing, construction fencing or other fencing that is not permanently affixed to the ground, is only permitted on properties currently holding a valid building or demolition permit or for special events. Upon completion of the works outlined in the permit or conclusion of the event, any temporary fencing must be removed. Notwithstanding Section, for all properties located in Commercial or Residential Zones, where a property is vacant, powder coated chain link fencing or solid wooden fence may be constructed to 1.8m in height in any zone with the following requirements: (a) Powder coated chain link fence containing screening along all street frontages that has either a weather resistant banner containing art work that would not be considered offensive by the public; or a mix of small and medium sized trees and shrubs planted along all street frontages and located behind the powder coated chain link fence; or (b) Solid wooden fencing that contains artwork that would not be considered offensive by the public on all visible street frontages.

Scrap Car Removal



To consider the following amendment bylaws regarding Lot 1, District Lot 115 and 116, Similkameen Division Yale District, Plan 25981 located at 175 Kinney Avenue:

Trucks & Vans

8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; high rise canopy exc. cond. $325. Phone Bill 250-4930267

1993 Ford Econoline Cargo van, 5L, auto, runs, drives excellent, replaced brakes, rad., belt, pulleys, fuel pump, go anywhere, $1200, call 778476-2046

Want to Rent

Want to Rent

WANTED RENTAL HOMES - Locke Property Management needs homes to rent. - Have a list of good tenants. - Having a problem with your tenants. - Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sell your home, try renting. - Let the professionals assist you. Locke Property Management Ltd. (in business since 1972)

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The NaramaTa ScoTTiSh Country Dance Club has classes at 7 p.m. Please bring soft-soled shoes to wear for dancing. For more information call Davina at 250-4871272. Classes are held Wednesdays through April from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Shatford Centre. Neither Scottish background nor a partner is required. T he B ereavemeNT reSource Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts a weekly drop in grief support

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meets at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. in the basement. care cloSeT ThrifT Store at 574 Main St. has weekly specials and special auctions. Open Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All proceeds to the local hospital and hospice. Donations and new volunteers always welcome. SummerlaNd arT cluB meets Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Summerland Library. Painters of all levels welcome. Workshops available. Contact Mary at 250-494-5851 for info. foSTer care iNfo sessions every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at MCFD Resource Office. For info call Moe at 250770-7524 or visit www. or www.mcf. al-aNoN for frieNdS and family of alcoholics at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 696 Main St. Call 250-490-9272 for info. PeNTicToN duPlicaTe Bridge Club holds weekly games Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Thursdays at 1 p.m. and the Under 100 Club Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. in the Penticton library. Call Birgitta at 250-770-1154 for info. The PeNTicToN academy of Music String Orchestra rehearses from 7:15 to 8:45 p.m. in the lounge of the Leir House, 220 Manor Park Ave. New members welcome. Please call 250493-7977 for more info. New To The Oliver Senior Centre: Zumba lessons, all-around active exercise. Every Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. Call 250-498-6142 for more information. Everyone welcome. BiNgo every wedNeSday in the Legion hall with the Ladies Auxiliary, 502 Martin St. at 1 p.m. Lunches are available. okaNagaN fallS SeNiorS’ Centre has music and coffee from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and carpet bowling at 1 p.m. SeNiorS’ recreaTioN aNd Wellness Centre


at 439 Winnipeg St. hosts euchre every Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Call Betty at 250-490-0468 for more information. The order of St. Luke meets on the first and third Wednesdays in St. Saviours’ Church at noon for healing prayer. oliver douBle o Quilters have drop-in activities Wednesdays. haNd aNd fooT canasta at 1 p.m. in the Penticton Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. Lessons available for those who have never played before. Call June evenings at 250-492-7630 for info. aNaveTS haS humP Day with dinner by Stu at 5:30 p.m. and entertainment by Buzz Byer at 6:30 p.m. kiwaNiS cluB haS a lunch meeting every Wednesday at noon at 390 Brunswick St. 65-PluS SiNgleS coffee Club meets at 10 a.m. at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. For info call 250-492-0459 or 250-770-1018. SouTh maiN droP-iN Centre has beginner line dance at 9 a.m., a coffee social and medical Qi Gong at 10 a.m., and easy to intermediate line dance and cribbage at 1 p.m. Call 250-493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. eagleS have a $5 lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Members and guests welcome.

Thursday May 1

The ladieS auxiliary Lunch Bunch meets on May 1 at 11:30 a.m. in Saigon Restaurant, 314 Main St. fiTNeSS frieNdS meeT at 10 a.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. Come get in shape. Call Dot at 250-492-5400. SouTh maiN droP-iN Centre has Spanish conversation and carpet bowl at 10 a.m., bingo, improver line dance and crafters meet at 1 p.m. Call 250493-2111 to confirm line dance activities. ToPS B.c. 1640 meets

from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. in the Bethel Church basement at 945 Main St. Phone Beverley at 250493-5968 or Liz at 250493-7997 for more info. deSerT Sage SPiNNerS and Weavers Guild meets at 10 a.m. at the Oliver Community Centre. Visitors are always welcome. If you are interested in becoming a member stop by or contact Gail Erickson at rgerickson@ or 250-4984959. elkS cluB oN Ellis Street has darts at 7 p.m. All skill levels welcome. okaNagaN fallS SeNiorS’ Centre has Scrabble at 10 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. and crib at 7 p.m. alcoholicS aNoNymouS NighT group meets at 8 p.m. at 150 Orchard Ave. in the Outreach Centre. The Okanagan Falls group meets at 8 p.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St., and the men’s book study group runs at 7:30 p.m. at 102 1825 Main St. Vineyard Church. ToPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 523 Jermyn Ave. Call Merle at 250770-8093. fraTerNal order of the Eagles has musical trivia bingo at 7 p.m. Members and guests welcome to the hall at 1197 Main St. al-aNoN for frieNdS and family of alcoholics meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Summerland United Church. Call 250-4909272. royal caNadiaN legioN branch 40 has crib and drop-in pool at 7 p.m. in the Legion hall at 502 Martin St. aNaveTS have STrucTured pool at 6:30 p.m. and 269 darts at 7:30 p.m. Peach ciTy meet ToaSTmaSTerS from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250-492-2362 for info.

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calendar hall at 502 Martin St. AnAvets hAve structured pool at 6:30 p.m. and 269 darts at 7:30 p.m. city PeAch toAstmAsters meet from noon to 1 p.m. at the Penticton United Church. Toastmasters improves speaking abilities and leadership skills. Call 250-4922362 for info.

Friday May 2

LeArning At Lunch at the Penticton Public Library presents a seniors topic on the first and third Fridays of each month at noon. The topic on May 2 is hearing loss, with Steph Sykes of Nextgen Hearing. Everyone is welcome to attend these free sessions, so bring your lunch; tea and cookies will be served. the south okAnAgAn Genealogical Society presents Finding Early Canadian Records at 7 p.m. at the Penticton Library and Museum auditorium, 785 Main St. $5 fee for non SOGS members.

FridAy sociAL dAnce at South Main DropIn Centre, 2965 South Main St. Join us for music by Vic and Band Masters starting at 7:30 p.m. $6 per person, All welcome. B ereAvement t he resource Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts a weekly drop in grief support sessions Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Adults welcome. For more information on other available programs or support in the loss of a pet, call 250490-1107. Penticton seniors comPuter Club dropin sessions Monday and Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. People may sign up for memberships, classes or have computer problems solved. Lectures on Saturdays at 10 a.m. on computing-related topics. B ereAvement t he resource Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions Fridays at 10:30 a.m. For more info on other available programs or support in the loss of a pet, please call 250-

490-1107. eight week grieFsuPPort walking group on alternate Friday and Wednesday mornings starting at the Penticton Art Gallery from 10 a.m. to noon, April 11 to May 30. Please call Andrea at 250-4929071 ext. 2203 for more information. s eniors w eLLness society and Better at Home are looking for volunteers for transportation, light housekeeping, shopping, friendly visiting, home repairs and yard work. For more information call 250-487-7455 or 250-487-3376. c AnAdiAn r oyAL Legion branch 40 has daily lunches from Monday to Thursday, with fish and chips on Friday at 11:30 a.m., dinner at 4:30 p.m. the oLiver senior Centre, 5876 Airport St., has bingo with a loonie pot every Friday at 1 p.m. s eniors s ingLes Lunch Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250496-5980 or 250-7708622. eLks cLuB on Ellis

Street has drop-in fun darts and pool at 7 p.m. 890 wing oF South Okanagan Air Force Association meets at 4 p.m. in the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave. AnAvets hAs A steak dinner at 5:30 p.m., karaoke with Jack Ramsay at 7 p.m., Scotch doubles pool at 6:30 p.m.. eAgLes hAve dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. with entertainment following. A L c o h o L i c s Anonymous hAs a Primary Purpose meeting, at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Centre on Green Mountain Road. Bring your Big Book.

Saturday May 3

summerLAnd Food BAnk is marking its 30th anniversary with a 30 Years of Need Recognition Tea at Summerland United Church on May 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. If you volunteered for the Food Bank or its related activities you are invited to attend. Reply to info@ summerlandfoodbank. org or 778-516-0015. Automotive swAP meet:

vintage, custom, muscle cars and parts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Penticton Curling Club and SOEC parking lots, 505 Railway Ave. Admission is $2 and children under 12 are free. Contact Ron at 250462-2111. Organized by the South Okanagan and Okanagan Vintage Car Clubs. nArAmAtA community choir with Hexaphone from Vancouver in concert on May 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Penticton United Church. Adults are $15, students $10. meet LocAL Artists, enjoy live music by local musicians, coffee, smoothies and treats while supporting a local charity raising funds for widows and orphans in Africa on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Support local talent and pick up apiece of art work or support Gifts to Grandmothers by purchasing a handmade tote bag. ALcohoLics Anonymous hAs its 12 bells group at noon at the Oasis United Church at 2964 Skaha Lake Rd. The Saturday night group meets at 8 p.m. at

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The Regional District of Okanagan‐Similkameen will be implemen�ng new Fees and Regula�ons as of May 1st, 2014 at the  Campbell Mountain (Pen�cton), Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Keremeos Landlls. Below are some of the changes. 

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General Refuse  (Garbage) 


Increased fee at Campbell Mtn, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Keremeos Landlls.  Free of Recyclables, Building Materials and Yard Waste or addi�onal nes applied.   

Fruit Waste 


New fee to cover costs for compos�ng loads of culled fruit waste. Fruit waste not  accepted at Okanagan Falls and Keremeos Landlls. 

Concrete, Asphalt,  Masonry, Ceramics 


Reduced fee for these materials when kept separate and placed in correct place at  landll.  

MAJOR CHANGES: Mixed Demoli�on, Renova�on and Construc�on Waste 

New mixed Demoli�on, Renova�on and Construc�on (DRC) sort facility at the Okanagan Falls LandllI. For workers safety, the  RDOS has a new applica�on to  accept assessed and abated mixed DRC waste that meets WorkSafe BC regula�ons.    Contact the RDOS for informa�on on how mixed DRC waste can be brought in for the lowest �pping fees possible.   A�er an assessment and abatement has occurred, leave at least 5 business days from submi�ng mixed DRC applica�on un�l  bringing waste to landll. Haulers will need to have a clearance document with each load of mixed DRC to receive lower fees.    Lumber, metal, gypsum, concrete, asphalt and masonry brought source separated to any RDOS landll will not require hazard  assessments if clean of contaminates. Check with the RDOS for fees and deni�ons of these materials.  

For more informa�on: Regional District of Okanagan‐Similkameen Solid Waste Division  Phone: 250‐490‐4129  Toll Free: 1‐877‐610‐3737 



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