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STUDENT SEND-OFF First Nations dancers usher in NVIT’s class of 2014 at the Civic Centre on Thursday. This year, NVIT sent off 110 students graduates — its largest graduating class ever. See the full story on page 3. Michael Potestio/Herald

Pellet plant to start production in fall By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

Merritt’s long-vacant pellet plant is being revitalized by a new company. Diacarbon Energy, a Burnabybased bioenergy company, has moved into the property and plant on Priest Avenue and is putting about $9 million in changes into the infrastructure in order to begin production of wood pellets and biocoal by this fall. Construction at the plant will be underway in the next few weeks, Diacarbon president and CEO Jerry Ericsson said, and

about 15 people are needed to work during the construction phase. Once it’s operational, about 25 permanent jobs will be located on-site, he said. Those positions will range from general labourers to equipment operators to maintenance staff. “We’re looking at about 15 during construction time, which would start now, essentially, and then around 25 to 30. We’re still narrowing down what the exact number will be for operations,” Ericsson said, noting the project is in its early stages. Work was already underway

at the site last week: the sawdust dryer arrived from Germany on Wednesday, and will start being built on June 1. “It’s all kind of happening right now, so it’s exciting,” Ericsson said. In the coming weeks, part of the three lots at the site will be paved as well to mitigate dust spread, he said. The pellet plant, which was built in 2010, was originally funded by the federal government and a local businessman, but the plant sat unoperational after the funding fell through. Chilliwack-based Jake’s Con-


struction closed the purchase on the property earlier this year, and Diacarbon’s lease at the site took over March 1. Ericsson said he and his father formed Diacarbon in response to the federal government’s creation of the carbon tax. He said the company is built on the idea that industry and the environment don’t have to be at odds. “I believe you can have a healthy industry and environment, and that’s how I’ve lived my life,” Ericsson said. The team of scientists and engineers spent the next six years

developing technology to produce energy from wood through a process called torréfaction, which is French for roasting. The development of that technology was aided by almost $3 million in grants, he said. “We thought that it was a great place to start up a business like this. “We’re looking at actually installing this wood roaster at the Merritt facility,” he said. Diacarbon uses wood waste from other industries to produce biocoal and wood pellets.

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NVIT sends off largest grad class to date 110 students crossed stage in Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ceremony By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology had its highest number of graduates in its 30-year history this past Wednesday. In total, 110 students â&#x20AC;&#x201C; some of whom came to Merritt from NVIT programs around B.C., such as Seabird Island and Greenville, and even Val dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Or, Que. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; crossed the stage at the Civic Centre to accept their newly earned credentials and usher in the next chapter of their lives. Bachelor of social work valedictorian Helen Knott was one of the 110 to reach this milestone after attending NVIT for the final two years of her program and making Merritt her home. Knott described NVITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s milestone as â&#x20AC;&#x153;phenomenalâ&#x20AC;? and said culture is an important aspect when educating aboriginal people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One aspect that I really enjoyed about the social work program was the decolonization aspect. And I was taught at the beginning of my education journey to first see the world through the lens of culture and then it would be your degree or your education, so I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a really important aspect when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re educating indigenous people,â&#x20AC;? Knott said. The ceremony marks the 19th graduation NVIT president Ken Tourand has been part of. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve come a long way from where we were back in 1995 when I started and way back from when the institution was created in 1983. So, to start with 13 students and we now have just under 1,500 students and we have over 100 students graduating this year, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s absolutely fantastic,â&#x20AC;? he told the Herald. â&#x20AC;&#x153;NVITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made it a concerted effort to continue


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First Nations dancing. After a welcoming prayer, the graduates were addressed by a few speakers. NVIT board member Angela Wesley told the crowd about the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s humble beginnings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In 1983, we started with a small group of 13 students in a forestry and natural resource program delivered in the basement of one of the tribal administrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices here in Merritt,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Through the vision of the leadership, the faculty and staff, and especially support of the students who choose to attend NVIT, the institute has grown into what it is today and it continues to grow.â&#x20AC;? Upper Nicola Band Chief Harvey McLeod stressed the importance of education. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to survive, if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to take our place, if weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do what we were put here to do, to be caretakers of this land, we needed an education,â&#x20AC;? Above: NVIT graduates prepare to cross the stage on Thursday. The Class of 2014 was the institutes largest grad class in McLeod said. NVIT Elder Evelyn its 30-year history as 110 students donned the cap and gown. Below: NVIT valedictorians take the stage for William Sandyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (left) speech. Michael Potestio/Herald Antoine told the grads it is important to spend time with the land as it will make them feel closer to their spirits. Valedictorian William Sandy wished his fellow graduates the best, saying the members of the class of 2014 cared about one another and not just themselves. Tourand told the crowd that NVIT has students from two-thirds of the bands in British Columbia and 70 per cent of students at the Merritt campus come from outside the Nicola Valley. Tourand he also told the crowd the people involved in creating NVIT 30 years ago had a goal of increasing Beginning with the grand the number of aboriginal have that many graduates, I to grow the institution and students graduating postentry, graduates and staff think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re succeeding and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re trying to offer prosecondary school and that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re only going to get better made their way into the grams that meet the needs remains a goal of NVIT main hall at the Civic Cenat what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing,â&#x20AC;? Touof our aboriginal communitoday. tre amidst drumming and rand said. ties, and the fact that we

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REMEMBER WHEN? From the Herald archives: May 1978 Merritt Youth Resources Society formed Merritt has a new society to serve local youth. The Merritt and District Youth Resources Society was incorporated in April, after a group of Merritt citizens worked to get it set up. The Youth Resources Society intends to develop and operate resources for people under 17 who are having social and behavioural problems. These people are identified by the Merritt Children in Crisis Committee, which is made up of local representatives of Public Health, Human Resources, Education and the Attorney Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department. At present, the society employs three child-care workers. These workers deal intensively with one child each, with the goal of altering their troublesome behaviour and attitudes.

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Fire dept. loan moving ahead Not one signature was inked against the fire department’s $1 million loan from the Municipal Finance Authority for its two capital projects for 2014. The ThompsonNicola Regional District will contribute another $125,000 to the projects, which include acquiring a new pumper truck and expanding the current

fire hall. The deadline for residents to oppose the 20-year loan was April 28. At least 550 signatures or 10 per cent of the electorate would have had to oppose it to defeat the alternative approval process. Once the bylaw gets a certificate of approval from the inspector, the city will be able to take it to the TNRD for its fall borrowing.

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Building for today, planning for tomorrow The Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) is seeking your support to recognize and promote National Public Works Week (NPWW) by acknowledging May 18-24, 2014 as National Public Works Week in your community. This year’s theme is “building for today, planning for tomorrow.” NPWW is observed each year during the third full week of May and this is the 53rd year. NPWW calls attention to the importance of public works in community life and seeks to acknowledge the efforts of tens of thousands of men and women in North America who provide and maintain civil infrastructure and services. NPWW also allows councils to remind the public of the 24-7 services that they are

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The Council, as the result of an application from the owner’s agent of the named property, will consider extending the use of the property to include recycling depot. The application file is available for inspection at City Hall, 2185 Voght Street, Merritt, B.C. during regular working days between the hours of 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM until May 27th, 2014. Further information can also be viewed on the City’s website, If you feel your property may somehow be affected by the proposed amendment and you wish to address City Council on any matters pertaining to this bylaw, please attend the Council meeting at City Hall on: Tuesday, May 27th, 2013 at 7:00 pm Your comments/concerns may also be presented in writing, in advance of the meeting by addressing them to the undersigned, or at the public hearing in person, by petition or by attorney. Sean O’Flaherty, RPP Planning & Development Services Manager Dated this 20th day of May, 2014 at Merritt, BC

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B.C. apologizes for anti-Chinese laws By Tom Fletcher BLACK PRESS

VICTORIA – The B.C. government has presented a formal apology for its historic anti-Chinese policies that accompanied a federal “head tax” to discourage immigrants. “Today we express our sorrow and regret for historical provincial government practices that were once considered appropriate,” says the apology, presented in the B.C. legislature Thursday by Premier Christy Clark. “We believe this formal apology is required to ensure that closure can be reached on this dark period in

our province’s history. “The entire legislative assembly acknowledges the perseverance of Chinese Canadians that was demonstrated with grace and dignity throughout our history while being oppressed by unfair and discriminatory historical laws.” The apology ends with the vow: “We will ensure that this never happens again.” Research compiled at has identified more than 100 B.C. laws and policies that explicitly discriminated against Chinese people in the early years of B.C. They restricted employment, banned voting and property ownership and imposed provincial

Premier Christy Clark thanks Chinese-Canadian veterans at ceremony at the B.C. legislature Thursday. Tom Fletcher/Black Press

of those who paid the federal “head tax” that was in place from 1885 to 1923. After raising the tax to $500, Ottawa blocked most Chinese immigrants

taxes and fees based on Chinese origin. The federal government apologized in 2006 and offered compensation of $20,000 to survivors or spouses

from entering Canada from 1923 to 1947. Clark said consultations with B.C.’s Chinese community led by International Trade Minister Teresa Wat

confirmed the desire for a formal apology, but not individual compensation. “The community feedback that Minister Wat got didn’t generally favour compensation,” Clark said. “There is a group that do, but I think overall there wasn’t as big an appetite for that as there was for a genuine apology addressing the long list of wrongs that governments over the last century have done to the Chinese community.” The government is allocating $1 million for legacy initiatives from the existing multiculturalism budget. Monuments or plaques commemorating the contribution of Chi-

nese Canadians to B.C. are being considered for locations that may include Greater Vancouver, Barkerville, Nanaimo and Kamloops. The government had planned to present the apology before the May 2013 provincial election, but that was derailed when a leaked document revealed it was being planned to maximize political benefit for the B.C. Liberals. A staff member resigned and the apology was postponed. Clark said the government has worked with the NDP and independent MLAs to make sure the apology is sincere and nonpartisan.






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HERALD OPINION Did you know you pay to feed MLAs’ relatives in Victoria? By Christopher Foulds


Imagine you make $100,000 per year, plus perks, and, on top of sitting among the rarefied ranks of the 10 per cent of the wealthiest Canadians, you get 12 grand to do with what you like — no questions asked. If you are an MLA outside of cabinet in B.C., there is no need to imagine that above scenario. If you are an MLA, you are living that dream. Thanks to the tenacious reporting of the Vancouver Sun’s Rob Shaw, we are learning more details about the questionable living-allowance program for MLAs when they are in Victoria on business. Shaw obtained a confidential costbenefit analysis that found taxpayers could save money if MLAs in Victoria on business stayed in hotels, rather than be given that $12,000 annual housing allowance to rent or purchase property. (While in Victoria, cabinet ministers have their housing allowances paid for by their respective ministries.) What boggles the mind is the fact MLAs are handed the $12,000, but not required to submit any form of evidence it was spent on housing. Theoretically, an MLA could crash on a buddy’s couch while in the capital and pocket the $12,000, which would fund a terrific vacation — or two or three — every year. According to the living-allowance program, MLAs have three options to cover their stays in Victoria: $19,000 annual allowance for which they must submit mortgage or rental documentation; the $12,000 no-questionsasked payment; or $17,000 for hotel stays, with receipts required.

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Emily Wessel Merritt MUSINGS A veteran soldier recently settled his court case with the police force in Brandon, Manitoba. The lawsuit was over an incident at a Brandon bar when the veteran was asked to leave the establishment for having

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his service dog with him. Under alleged questioning from the officers, the man explained the dog was his service dog. Allegedly, the officers told him something to the effect that he didn’t look blind to them and he should leave. He did leave, and the lawsuit claimed he felt humiliated and degraded by the incident. The Brandon Police Service has denied the allegations and said in a news release that it saw settling the matter out of court as the fiscally practical thing to do. The police service had previously offered

him $5,500 for the incident, but that amount was declined and the final figure is confidential. There are other reports of similar incidents throughout Canada. Another veteran was asked to pay the $50 fee to fly her service dog as a pet with Air Canada because the company didn’t recognize her post-traumatic stress disorder as a disability that requires a service dog. The company later reversed the fee and apologized. A veteran was turned away from a restaurant

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in Saskatchewan for having his service dog with him. The restaurant owner said the veteran didn’t indicate it was a service animal for his PTSD. While I’m not interested in who is in the wrong in each specific case, I do think if more people knew that exsoldiers have licences for their service dogs and papers to prove what their service is for, they might be more understanding. Perhaps the issue at hand is that people don’t know to ask for those papers. Service dogs are not just for people who are

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blind. They also help people with hearing loss and mobility issues. They can also help people with other, invisible conditions including autism, seizures and diabetes. They can help ex-soldiers with PTSD cope by reducing anxiety, keeping distance between the veteran and others (which could create stress) and by promoting activity. There’s plenty of room for improvement for education around mental health topics, including PTSD. Not every disability is visible.

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Hunting students have a field day OTHMAR VOHRINGER The OUTDOORSMAN On Sunday, May 4, my wife Heidi and I went to the Nicola Valley Fish and Game Club shooting range in Lower Nicola. Heidi came along to take pictures and I went to volunteer with the field day for the hunter education course students. It is a long-standing tradition of the NVF&GC to spend one day of the fourday hunter education course at the shooting range to provide the students with practical, hands-on experience in handling and shooting a variety of firearms

Before the event got underway, the students of the hunter education course were instructed about firearm safety and shooting range protocol. Othmar Vohringer

and calibres. This is a welcome change for the students who had been learning hard in a classroom setting about firearm safety, wildlife conservation, wilderness survival, wildlife identification, hunting and environmental laws plus a variety of other topics.

The field day at the range begins with a lecture about firearm safety procedures and shooting range etiquette. Then it is on to the introduction and demonstration of the various firearm types and ammunition before the students are given the opportunity to shoot the available

variety of firearms under close supervision and with the assistance of the volunteer hunter educators. It is important for any hunter and sport firearm shooter that he/she gains personal experience with all the different types of firearms and how they operate and that

is the reason why the NVF&GC organizes this popular field day in conjunction with the course. The event ends with a sausage grill party where everybody gathers around the campfire with friends and family. The B.C. Hunter Education Course

(CORE) is a mandatory requirement for any B.C. resident wanting to become a hunter and is only one of many programs the NVF&GC participates in on a volunteer basis. There are many other hunter and angler programs, such as the upcoming Children’s Fishing Day, held on Father’s Day, but also wildlife and habitat conservation activities that the club organizes throughout the year. All the participating club members volunteer their time and cover their own expenses, such as the costs incurred by putting on events. To raise money, the NVF&GC hosts from time to time fundraising events that have become a popular staple of our valley’s event calendar.

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Living allowance debate made secret From Page 6 Not surprisingly, 41 of the 78 MLAs eligible for the program choose the $12,000 option, according to the report obtained by Shaw. Here’s the catch: In B.C., the legislature is not often in session. Tuesday, May 13 marked the 41st day the legislature was in session this year. There was no session in January and the spring session is scheduled to end on May 29, after which there will be four long months — June, July, August and September (coincidentally, the four best months of the year, weather-wise) during

which the legislature will not sit. Imagine the Shuswap cabin that can be had for $12,000 during peak season? In the fall, the legislature is scheduled to sit for just 24 days in October and November, with December being another fallow month. So, in 2013, the legislature will likely sit for a grand total of 71 days, which is not much more than usual as the legislature has not sat for more than 67 days in any one year in the past six years. As one commenter online so aptly pointed out, the government of the day

is of the opinion those on social-assistance payments can pay rent and utilities for $375 per month. If that is the case, then wouldn’t our MLAs, while in Victoria on business, be fine with about $600 a year? Shaw also brought to light the $61 per day meal allowance given to spouses, kids and grandchildren of MLAs who are visiting Victoria. Why on earth relatives of men and women making an extremely good wage are being paid by taxpayers to dine out in Victoria remains a mystery, though it should be noted Finance Minister Michael de Jong

voted against retaining that luxury, while Bruce Ralston, house leader of the NDP, voted in favour of retaining the gift for MLA visitors. As of today, that benefit remains. Even more disturbing is the fact the housing study, despite being debated publicly, was retroactively deemed secret by legislature staff, based on a new policy adopted earlier this year. If that odd policy doesn’t raise concerns about democracy and open government, nothing else will. Not only are MLAs and their families dining and living on your dime, they

have the temerity to employ a political time machine and retroactively erase mention of the debate. This doesn’t quite square with Premier Christy Clark’s vision when she was running for the B.C. Liberal leadership. Back then, in January 2011, Clark called for more open government (she vowed to hold 12 town-hall meetings a year to hear from residents). “The reality is that voters feel a disconnect with their government,” Clark said then. She might say the same now. Christopher Foulds is editor of Kamloops This Week.

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Home for foundation’s new mural to be determined By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

The new mural which is partly painted by Merrittonians for the Michelle Loughery Artwork Foundation – which depicts the similarity between residential schools and the internment of Ukrainians during the First World War – was not set to be unveiled on March 21, the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racism as reported in the Feb. 20, 2014 edition of

the Merritt Herald. A public engagement event to unveil the project itself was

panels and there may be a second phase of panels added to the art installation.

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From Page 7 Speaking of fundraising events, this reminds me that, as reported in my last column, on May 24 the NVF&GC is holding a big fundraising event at the Merritt Desert Inn. Tickets for this event are $20 dollars and are available at the Ponderosa Sporting Goods store or at Nicola Valley Outdoors. Heidi and I will be at the event and I hope to see many of my readers there too. In a phone conversation with Paul Komonoski, president of the NVF&GC and CORE examiner, he told me that on Tuesday evening, May 6, all 17 hunter education students have passed their written and practical tests with flying colours. My heartfelt congratulations go out to all of them and I welcome them into our hunting fraternity. These new hunters carry on our conservationist, nature and wildlife stewardship heritage, passed on from one to the next generation, into a bright future.

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TUESDAY, May 20, 2014 • 9

HERALD SPORTS Merritt four impress at high school rodeo Have a sports story tip? Tell us about it by calling 250-378-4241 or emailing

By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

There were a few showers over the May 9-11 weekend when Merritt hosted the high school rodeo, but no one could rain on the local competitors’ parade. Merritt’s cowgirls strutted their stuff in pole bending, goat tying, barrel racing, breakaway roping, team roping and cutting. Merritt had at least one top-10 finisher in three of the five events the city was represented in. The local contenders were Fallon Fosbery, Brooke Gabara, Kelsey Kynoch and Resa Stoltzfus. Fosbery came away with four top-10 finishes: fourth in goat tying on Saturday, sixth in goat tying on Sunday, and seventh place in pole bending and barrel racing. Fosbery said she thinks they did well at the rodeo. High school rodeo also includes bull riding, steer wrestling and chute dogging. The quartet of high school rodeo stars have competed in two other rodeos so far this season, first in Quesnel on April 26 and 27, and in Williams Lake on May 3 and 4. Fosbery said she thinks that they are all showing improvement. Next up, Merritt’s four will be in action at the high school rodeo in Valemount, which runs from May 23 to 25.

TOP 10 FINISHES SATURDAY, MAY 10 Barrel Racing Fallon Fosbery

17.828 seconds 7th

Goat Tying Fallon Fosbery Resa Stoltzfus

11.0 seconds 12.4 seconds

Pole Bending Fallon Fosbery

22.526 seconds 7th

Above left: Kelsey Kynoch riding in the rain during the barrel race. Above: Brooke Gabara lost her cowgirl hat during the pole bending event. Left: Resa Stoltzfus in pole bending. Photos by Michael Potestio/Herald

4th 9th

Merritt’s Roger Sloan rises up the money list By Michael Potestio THE HERALD


Barrel Racing Kelsey Kynoch

17.837 seconds 10th

Goat Tying Resa Stoltzfus Fallon Fosbery

11.1 seconds 11.3 seconds

Pole Bending Kelsey Kynoch Brooke Gabara

22.494 seconds 5th 22.790 seconds 7th

5th 6th

Merrittonian and Web. com Tour golfer Roger Sloan finished just outside the top 10 at the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta, Ga. to earn himself $11,050 — good for 93rd place on the money list. Sloan shot seven under par at Kinderlou Forest Golf Club during the tournament, which took place May 1 to 4. He finished with a total of 281 strokes, with 16 birdies, nine bogeys and 47 pars. Sloan tied for 14th and

shot a 70 the first round, 72 on the second, 69 in round three and 70 on round four. The placement marks the

first time this season he’s finished in the top 25 at an event. He’s played in seven tournaments on the

Tour this season and earned $15,820. American Blayne Barber won the tournament, shooting 15 under par to earn his first win on the Tour. The purse for the tournament was $650,000 with a winning share of $117,000. Alex Purgh finished a close second with 13 under par. At the Herald’s press deadline, Sloan was four under par shooting a 68 through round one of the BMW Charity Pro-Am at Thornblade Club in Greer, S.C.

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