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Lockout hits local schools Thursday By Michael Potestio THE HERALD

PERFECTING THEIR ART Valley Visual Artists Kim Vizi-Carmen (foreground), Fran McMurchy and Jean Kiegerl practice a glaze and veil exercise at an acrylics workshop taught by Kamloops painter David Langevin on the weekend. The two-day workshop was put on by the VVA at the Civic Centre and attracted 17 painters, eight of whom came from out of town — and one from as far as Gabriola. “We want people to come down to Merritt for the arts and culture,” VVA workshop co-ordinator Shirley Reynolds said. Emily Wessel/Herald

The provincial government has chosen to fight fire with fire. In response to the escalation of job action from the B.C. Teachers’ Federation (BCTF), the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association (BCPSEA) initiated a lockout of B.C. teachers on Monday. The move comes as the BCTF decided to implement phase two of its job action on Monday, which began rotating one-day strikes in groups of the province’s 60 school districts. The teachers of School District 58 will walk the picket line this Thursday. School District 58 chairman Gordon Comeau said parents should not send their children to school on Thursday. He said during the strike, there will be administrators stationed at the schools. BCPSEA public administrator Michael Marchbank stated in a letter to the BCTF last week that the lockout was a response to the union’s first two strike phases and its effort to seek pay increases it says are higher than in other public sector settlements. Between now and June 25, the lockout involves a reduction of job responsibilities as well as pay cuts. So far, the district track meet, MSS Holocaust field trip, Grade 5 tree planting and school district powwow have already been cancelled as a result of the labour dispute, Comeau told the Herald. Comeau said these events have been cancelled because they have a curricular aspect to



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them. Paid work being conducted during recess, lunch or 45 minutes before or after the school day is prohibited under the lockout, Comeau said. Teacher salaries were cut by five per cent effective May 26 and reduced further to 10 per cent in response to the strikes. Comeau said it is his understanding that a portion of the salaries taken back is returned to the province, but school districts may be allowed to keep a small portion. Suspending some teachers’ duties and reducing their work hours is the basis for the pay cut, Marchbank said in the letter. That letter also stated this work reduction is a reflection of the work not being done in accordance with phase one of the union’s job action. The phase one job action that the letter refers to is teachers refusing to participate in meetings with administrators, communicate with them via written or electronic communications and provide usual supervision other than what’s required under the essential services order. Also under phase one, teachers were not to be at work more than one hour before the start of school or one hour after the end of the instructional day. Comeau told the Herald that the BCPSEA has reduced that by 15 minutes at the start and end of the work day, and teachers are now not to arrive at school more than 45 minutes before the start of classes or more than 45 minutes after the end of classes.

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SD58 feels brunt of labour dispute From Page 1 Teachers are also being told by the BCPSEA that they are not to work during recess and lunch. Nicola Valley Teachers’ Union president Peter Vogt said he doesn’t understand how the government can jump from a five to 10 per cent cut. “The teachers are paid on salary, so how do you determine how much of the duties of a teacher a teacher is not performing given that teachers are teachers 24 hours a day?” Vogt said. “We work on stuff all the time.” Comeau said that essentially, teachers are being docked the 10 per cent based on any paid work they might do during recess, lunch and the 15 minute difference in the morning and afternoon they are not to be working. “They’re not forbidden from doing it, that’s where the confusion is. What they employer’s saying is they’re not going to pay them to do it in that portion of the day,” Comeau said. “What they choose to do in that period of time that’s up to them, but they won’t be paid

to do it. That’s the part they’re locked out for, that portion of the day, that portion of the work.” The lockout is being implemented gradually, with full-scale lockouts of secondary schools on June 25 and 26. Middle schools containing Grade 7 classes or lower won’t be affected. However, if June 27 passes without an agreement in place, the full-scale lockout will extend to elementary school teachers. Comeau said final and provincial exams will still be marked regardless of strike action. “Who marks them may be another issue, but they will be marked,” Comeau said. He said if teachers are not able to mark them for reasons of strike or lockout, qualified people will be brought in to mark. Report cards are still expected to be marked following exams, Comeau said. Comeau said teachers are not paid for extracurricular work. The BCTF has filed a notice with the Labour Relations Board claiming the

lockout and pay deductions are not legal. The board will hear their case on May 29, and until then, Vogt said they are advising teachers not to participate in any extracurricular activities or field trips. According to the BCPSEA, teachers are still welcome to take part in extracurricular or other voluntary activities. A question and answer document on their website states teachers can continue their involvement with extracurricular activities and can be on school property at any time for those purposes as the 45-minute limitation applies only to paid work. The document also states teachers are allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies, extracurricular field trips, concerts, awards, proms, sporting events and other year-end celebrations that take place outside of regular school hours. “It’s something they choose to do. If they want to coach basketball, that’s their choice. They can’t be forced to do it and they can’t be forced not to do it, it’s just something they

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choose to do,” Comeau said. Vogt told the Herald there is confusion surrounding what is considered a curricular activity and what is considered an extracurricular activity. “It’s difficult for us to know exactly what it is they are telling us,” Vogt said. Vogt said he isn’t sure how the employer distinguishes between what activities teachers get paid for and what they do not get paid for. “The reality is, why would I, as a teacher, want to continue with my extracurricular activities when you’re cutting my salary?” Vogt said. Vogt also told the Herald the union is advising teachers to leave school property during recess and lunch. “As a teacher, it’s inevitable that if you stay on site during recess and lunch time, that other activities are going to take place. You can’t help it. Kids are going to come see you,” Vogt said. The BCPSEA states it is seeking an agree-

ment by the end of the school year. Comeau said he hopes the two sides can come up with an agreement that lasts at least five or six years. “There’s not too many negotiated settlements that last for long periods of time, so it’d really be nice to see a five or six year term contract that everybody can live with and then we can just get on with what our purpose is [and that is] to educate kids,” Comeau said. B.C. teachers have been without a new contract since June 2013.

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Water main breaks keep crews busy By Emily Wessel THE HERALD

Water line breaks have been keeping City of Merritt public works crews busy this month. On Wednesday of last week, crews were working on a leak in the line underneath Nicola Avenue. As they turned the water back on after the repair, another leak sprung up further along the pipe, which they headed out to repair the next day. City workers faced much more water on Sunday, May 4, when they were called to a water main break on Armstrong Street in the city’s east end. Public works superintendent Darrell Finnigan was in Kamloops when he got the call about the break and the resulting flood. Armstrong Street resident Gordon Swan said city crews got the water main shut off within an hour of being notified, and added he appreciated their response on a Sunday. Swan said residents of the street waded through the water to help clear the storm drains so the water could drain from the street and workers could repair the water line. When the water had receded enough, crews used the city’s vacuum truck to dig out a fourby-four hole to send a worker down to check on the break. Finnigan said it was a clean break of the pipe, but couldn’t say with certainty what might have caused it. Most likely, it was the result of a combinations of factors,

Finnigan said, including the less-than-ideal road bed. “Up there is a little unique because it is clay mixed with granular-type rock, so it does not make a great bed for water lines or roads,” Finnigan said. That road bed as Swan concerned for future breaks. He said in his experience, there is an issue with the street’s infrastructure every three or so years. Swan, who has lived on Armstrong since 1988, said the road has heaving as well as patches from where it’s been dug up and repaired. “It doesn’t seem that the substructure is able to do what was envisioned in the ’70s,” Swan said. Finnigan said that area seems prone to water main breaks, but breaks aren’t unique to the area either. “Not unlike any municipality, the main part of our water structure went in about the ’60s, so the pipes are getting to that age. Some areas, you’ll dig it up and the pipes from the ’60s look brand new, and in some areas it looks like Swiss cheese.” Finnigan said freezing and thawing of the ground could play a role as well. He said that degradation of pipes can also be affected by soil condition, and some areas have what’s considered “hot soil” that actually corrodes the pipes. The city’s plan in its 2014 budget and fiveyear financial plan is to do water and sewer replacements and

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asphalt rehabilitation at the same time so that a road isn’t resurfaced and then dug up again to replace the water line soon after, Finnigan said. “Standards were a little bit different back then, and it’s something we’ve got to live with for now until we get to the point where we have to replace it, and then we’ll do it properly,” he said. “It’s all a balancing act between budget and priorities.” While Finnigan said he can’t pinpoint a time when the infrastructure on Armstrong Street may be replaced, Swan said he thinks that time has come. “I think it’s something they need to look at in their budget deliberations and go, you know, something’s happening up there and get it into their budget books and say after 20-some years, it’s time to deal with it.”

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During the night of May 10-11, the forestry office was unlawfully entered and approximately $113.06 in cash was stolen. Police report that the cash was in a fishing tackle box which also went missing. It is under investigation. The same night, a juvenile was apprehended on a theft of earphones valued at $42.95 stolen from the Radio Shack. Charges are being contemplated. Also on May 10, four youths were apprehended while removing empty beer bottles from the back of the Legion. Two youths were apprehended at the scene while the other two were at the depot. Charges are being contemplated. Police are also receiving a number of reports of bike thefts, with some of the reports originating from the Merritt Secondary School.

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First quarter policing report The following is an excerpt from the City of Merritt regular council meeting agenda from May 27, 2014. Merritt detachment first quarter policing report Jan. 2014-March 2014 During the first quarter of 2014, general duty members responded to 1,285 calls for service. Regular patrols are being made in the downtown area, which have resulted in the arrests of intoxicated persons and the seizure of significant amounts of alcohol. This trend is consistent during specific dates throughout the month. During this quarter, the Merritt detachment members have processed 187 prisoners. Of note, we have received 109 emergency calls. All 911 calls are investigated to

determine if an emergency exists. In this quarter, 106 of those calls were determined to be false. Merritt officers continue to be busy investigated impaired driving offences. In this quarter, 23 drivers had their driving privileges suspended for either 24 hours, three days, seven days or 30 days. General investigation section (GIS) The Merritt GIS has numerous active investigations that it cannot mention until the investigations are concluded. These investigations involve drug trafficking, robberies and other events of a serious nature. The Merritt GIS continues to identify multiple persons from the Lower Mainland who are involved in local drug trafficking. A variety of measures are deployed to identify

these persons, and once identified, investigations are geared towards charging them or disrupting their activities to such an extent that they move on. Some examples of the types of investigations that the unit has been involved in include: • Assisted with multiple child abuse investigations, in particular using specialized training to interview children. • Seized over 150 grams of marijuana from a local residence. There are



indications this person was trafficking marijuana. • Charged a female with obstruction and intimidating a witness after she was interfering in a high-profile trial in Kamloops. • Arrested a male after he made arrangements to sell morphine to a plainclothes police officer. • Investigated a suspicious occurrence where a male may have been trying to begin an escort service in Merritt. The male has since left Merritt.


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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS FULL TIME CARE The staff of the Merritt Youth and Family Resources Society Family Place daycare celebrated the centre’s grand opening at 2172 Coutlee Ave. on May 20. About a year after moving into the building, the non-profit has everything ready to go for 16 full-time day care spots for children up to 12 years old. The centre has a focus on children with special needs and autism, but is open to all. For more information, call 3784878. Emily Wessel/Herald


Paramedic Services Week Governments across the country are recognizing the work of medical first-responders as part of Paramedic Services Week. B.C. is home to over 3,800 paramedics who respond to over half a million calls to the provincial ambulance service every year. “B.C.’s paramedics are health professionals with much to offer the overall health-care system,” health minister Terry Lake said in a press release. The ambulance paramedics union is currently in negotiations for a new contract with the province.

Keep party politics out of office DAN ALBAS View from the HILL Last week was an unusually partisan one in the House of Commons — even by Ottawa standards. At issue was the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs (often referred to as PROC) where the leader of the official Opposition appeared as a witness to answer questions on the use of taxpayers’ funds in what some have described as partisan political satellite “outreach” offices. The testimony and exchanges were testy, aggressive and revealing. Ultimately, this issue exposed what can be a fine line between activities that are deemed to be partisan as opposed to non-partisan. This issue also illustrated there is a general difference of opinion and in some cases a lack of understanding on what the role of a member of Parliament’s office should be. From my perspective, a member of Parliament’s office is ultimately a location to host meetings, meet with constituents and assist citizens

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HERALD OPINION Welcome to the human era By Gwynne Dyer

There is no doubt that human beings are the dominant species on Earth. The seven billion of us account for about one-third of the total body mass of large animals on the planet, with our domestic animals accounting for most of the rest. (Wild animals only amount to three to five per cent.) But are we really central to the scheme of things? That is a different question. Almost all the scientific discoveries of the past few centuries have moved human beings away from the centre of things towards the periphery. In the 16th century we learned that Earth went around the sun, not the other way round. Then we realized that the sun was just one more yellow star among a hundred billion others “far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy,” as Douglas Adams put it. And this is just one galaxy among hundreds of billions. Then the geologists learned our planet is 4.5 billion years old, whereas we primates have only been around for the past seven million years, and modern human beings for a mere 100,000 years. And so on and so forth, until we felt very small and insignificant. But now the story is heading back in the other direction; they’re going to name an entire geological epoch after us. The Anthropocene. Don’t get too excited: an epoch is not that big a deal in geology. Just as there is an ascending hierarchy of days, weeks, months and years in present time, there is a hierarchy of epochs, periods, eras and eons in geological time. Until recently, everybody agreed that we live in the Holocene epoch of the Quaternary period, which in turn is part of the 65-million-year old Cenozoic era, the most recent phase of the 540million-year Phanerozoic eon.

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ment. “Stand up straight and don’t slouch,” the article told me. It dawned on me that my posture was, and too often is, abysmal. Now I, like many people before me, know that standing up straight and not slouching is really good advice. And I, like many people before me, don’t always take that really good advice. Sometimes it feels so good in the moment to slouch. But lately I have noticed stiffness and soreness in the space between my shoulder blades in my upper back and even my neck. So now, no matter how sleepy or slouchy I may be feeling, I am making an effort to sit up straighter. It is one small change that can make such a big difference in my never-

ending quest for self-improvement, so why not? Improving my posture will also complement my efforts to improve my fitness as well, which I’ve been working hard at. But I won’t bore you with my story. Luckily, we’ve got a much more interesting story courtesy of a group of local moms. After an interview with Trish Rodie, who captained the Mud Chuckin’ Mammas team in the 12-kilometre Mudd, Sweat and Tears obstacle course and mud run, I was left with a distinct feeling of inspiration. Rodie told me the story of how a small group of local women decided to make a stronger commitment to their fitness and before they knew it, their quest became a shared one amongst the 17 Merritt

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Dear Editor, I would like to share an experience that my wife and I had recently in Merritt. We were on our way to Lamont, Alta. for a 50-year school reunion when the fuel pump in my classic car failed. At this time, we were seven miles north of Merritt. We were towed into Fountain Tire where owner Larry Ruttan listened to my story and immediately dispatched one of his mechanics to diagnose the problem. After checking the engine, he found that the fuel pump had failed. Upon checking with all the parts suppliers, Larry found that no fuel pumps were available in Merritt. He ordered one from Kamloops which would not be delivered until the next day at 4 p.m. Realizing that I had a deadline to meet with the reunion, Larry asked all employees if they knew anyone in Merritt who might have a fuel pump. All employees got on their cellphones and started asking around. Within 10 minutes, one individual (Al) came

into the shop with a new fuel pump. Unfortunately, the pump did not work in this engine. At 8 p.m. it was time to quit. We took a motel for the evening and were back at Fountain Tire early in the morning. Mechanic Bill Fader took it upon himself to go home as he thought he might have the part that might work. He was back into the shop within 20 minutes with the part and installed it in record time. We were back on the road. Larry said I could pick up the new fuel pump on our return trip on the holiday Monday. Returning on Monday, the shop was closed. I phoned Larry on his cell and he sent his son to give me the new pump. I would like to say how pleased we were with the compassion, caring and thoughtfulness of everyone at Fountain Tire. You would not get this type of service in any big town.

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Holocene means “entirely recent” and is reckoned to have begun at the end of the last major glaciation less than 12,000 years ago. That’s not a very long time even for a mere epoch — but geologists are now considering the possibility that we have already entered a different epoch, the Anthropocene (from the Greek roots for “man” and “recent”). That is, an epoch defined by the impact of human beings on the entire planetary environment. Geologists want to see evidence in the rocks before they define an epoch, and it’s early days for that yet, but it’s clear the fossil records for the present time will show a massive loss of forests, a very high rate of extinctions, and a prepon-

However, if the current global civilization collapses as a result of these changes, they will have only a very thin band of rock to work with. The idea of declaring the Anthropocene as a new epoch is being taken seriously by geologists: the International Union of Geological Sciences has set up a working group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy to report by 2016 on whether the Holocene must give way to the Anthropocene. They will also have to decide when the Anthropocene began. In 1950, at the start of the “Great Acceleration” that saw the human population and its greenhouse gas emissions both triple in only six decades? At the start of the Industrial Revolution 250

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ing further environmental impacts of the same order. Climate change is the headline threat, but the loss of biodiversity, ozone depletion, ocean acidification and half a dozen other negative trends are also driven by our numbers and our lifestyle. Being responsible for keeping so many interlocking systems within their permissible limits may be more than our civilization can manage, but it’s already too late to reject that job. All we can do now is try to stay within the planetary boundaries (which in some cases requires discovering exactly where they are), and restore as many natural systems as we can. The odds are not in our favour. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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derance of fossils of only a few species: us and our domesticated animals. The acidification of the oceans is destroying the coral reefs, which will produce a “reef gap” similar to the ones that marked the five great extinctions of the past. The changes in the atmosphere caused by the burning of massive amounts of fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — will show up in the form of rising sea levels due to warming, and in the decline of carbonate rocks such as limestone and chalk in the deep-ocean sediments. If this is really a new epoch, then geologists (human or otherwise) millions of years from now should be able to work out what happened just from the rocks, without any direct knowledge of the past.

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NICOLA VALLEY NEWS DEMOLISHING THE GOAL Nine-year-old twin sisters Diya and Riya Chhabra were on the receiving end of big donations to Diya’s Demolishers, their team in the Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes. The team is named for Diya, who has Type 1 diabetes. All the funds the sisters, their parents and their brother raise will be passed on to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Above: Mrs. Dixon’s division 5 class at Merritt Central Elementary donated $200 the team. Below: Staff members at Emcon Services donated $305 to the team, which the company matched for a total of $610. With these donations, Diya’s Demolishers have raised about $1,800 — which surpassed their original goal of $1,000. The walk takes place June 8 at the Kamloops Wildlife Park. The Chhabra family is also hosting a steak lunch and dinner event at the Grand Pub and Grill on May 31. For more information or tickets, call 3153610. Emily Wessel/Herald

Budgets should be non-partisan From Page 5 It should also be pointed out that there are reasonably firm guidelines in spending with requirements for receipts that ultimately are checked over by financial administration staff in Ottawa. Over time, many unique rules have also been implemented, typically in response to questionable spending or other practices that occurred because a loophole was identified or a specific limitation was not in place outlining a prohibited action. For example, it is now in the Members’ Office Rulebook that a short-term “travel companion” cannot be hired. While I can only speculate how this rule came into being, it is the rule that for any employee to be eligible for a travel expense, said employee must be on staff for a minimum of 90 days. One of the most important prevailing guidelines is that outside of Ottawa, office spending is for constituencyrelated work on behalf of constituents and should not be

used in any way for partisan political activities. In other words, activities that are intended to promote political interests should be funded by political parties and not from taxpayer-provided office budgets. On that note, I would like to confirm that both my Penticton and West Kelowna offices operate under these principles in a non-partisan manner. Office budgets are very carefully managed for maximum savings and political activities of any kind are not allowed. It is important for me that citizens have access to non-partisan offices that are focused on areas of citizens’ concerns and providing information as opposed to political objectives. If you have further questions on this or any subject before the House of Commons, please contact my office directly. I can be reached at or toll free at 1-800-665-8711. Dan Albas is the member of Parliament for OkanaganCoquihalla.

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Merritt Mammas do it in the Mudd By Emily Wessel and Ian Webster THE HERALD

There was mud, there was sweat, but there were no tears for Merritt’s toughest mudders. Covered head-totoe in the gooey stuff, all 17 members of Merritt’s Mudd Chuckin’ Mammas crossed the finish line at the Mudd, Sweat and Tears 12-kilometre obstacle challenge in Kelowna on the May 10 weekend. “We actually went through the finish line holding hands,” said team captain Trish Rodie with a laugh. But it wasn’t always a laughing matter for the team of tenacious women. “It started out with an eight-foot wall, and then we had to crawl through deep mud and under barbed wire,” Rodie said. “There were rope ladders, over-and-under obstacles in the mud, and running through this freezing, deep creek that took your breath away.” Another obstacle was dragging a tire up a hill — through the mud, of course.

“It was brutal,” said Rodie. “We were laughing so hard because when we were trying to change afterwards, our fingers didn’t work. They were so frozen.” In addition to the obstacles, which Mudd, Sweat and Tears organizers purposely put on tough terrain such as ski hills, the team also faced less-than-ideal weather conditions. “It was dumping hail when we were waiting for our start time. It was not a warm day at all,” said Rodie. However, that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. “We were standing there getting pelted by hail thinking this could not be any worse, but after we got started, we felt great because it was nice and cool,” she said. Rodie said the team grew to 17 members shortly after a group of four friends decided to work on their fitness and chose the challenge as their goal. Each member of the team is also a mom. “One of the moms at the event has a baby who just turned one,”

she said. “It was definitely something to get her motivated to get in shape, trying to train for this.” Rodie said the team had so much fun, they are planning on making it an annual event. “I think it’s going to be a new addiction,” Rodie said of mud runs, noting some Mudd Chuckin’ Mammas will be participating in the five-kilometre Spartan Sprint and mud run at Sun Peaks this September. The Mammas are looking to expand their team and encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch with a team member. In the end, Rodie said the camaraderie of the event is one aspect that will keep her team coming back. “Just encouraging each other and helping each other through the obstacles and everything. It was just a total blast. I would definitely do it again in a heartbeat,” she said. “It was a tough challenge, and I think we’re all pretty proud of ourselves.”

MUDDY MAMMAS The Mudd Chuckin’ Mammas from Merritt: (back row, left to right) Vicki Geier, Crystal McGowan, Kim Jory, Mindy Schwarz, Trish Rodie, Lila Murphy, Jill Starrs, Candice Bateson, Vicki Klassen, Diane Black, Nicole Schilling (front row) Charmen Thoms, Tanya Starrs, April Schneider, Paulette Racine, Lindsay Chenier (lying in front) Sam Stonehouse. Submitted

The Mudd, Sweat and Tears Codex * We don’t quit. * We don’t whine. * We take every obstacle with pride. * We treat ourselves and others with respect. * When we fail we get up, but first we enjoy the slide. * We take care of ourselves in order to take care of our teammates and help others. * Lending a helping hand is nothing to brag about, it’s the only way to achieve something.

Yorkton Terriers win 2014 RBC Cup in Vernon By Ian Webster THE HERALD

The Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League are the 2014 RBC Cup winners. The Terriers won the 44th National Junior A Championship with a dramatic 4-3 overtime win over the Carleton Place Canadians at Kal Tire Place in Vernon on May 18. The national championship is the first for Yorkton, which was making its fifth appearance at the tournament. The Terriers are the tenth team from the SJHL to be crowned national champi-

ons. The Humboldt Broncos were the last Saskatchewan team to win the CJHL title back in 2008. Derek Falloon scored the game-winning goal at 15:01 of overtime against the Canadians to give the Terriers the national championship. It was the second overtime winner for Falloon in a span of four days. He also scored in extra time in Yorkton’s 2-1 win over the Dauphin Kings (MJHL) on May 15 to secure his team a place in the semifinals. The Terriers won four do-or-die games in a span of five days to make it to the national Junior A final. They are

the second team in three years to start the RBC Cup with a record of 0-2 and go on to win the national championship. The Penticton Vees did it in 2012. The Terriers had no fewer than six players on its championship roster that hailed from British Columbia. They were goalie Riley Medves (Nanaimo), defenceman Dallas Rossiter (Surrey) and forwards Cortlan Procter and Joshua Ellis (Kelowna), Matthew Cox (White Rock) and Riley Hunt (Revelstoke). Hunt, 19, played all his minor hockey in Revelstoke (his midget single-A hockey team frequently competed

against Merritt) before going on to play for both the Vernon Vipers and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League. A total of five teams took part in this year’s RBC Cup in Vernon. In addition to the Terriers, the Canadians and the Kings, they included the host Vipers and the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots. The Kings emerged from round-robin competition with the best record (3-1). The Vipers, Terriers and Canadians all finished at 2-2, while the Patriots were last at 1-3 and did not continue to the semifinals.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS The Yorkton Terriers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League celebrate their national title at the 2014 RBC Cup tournament, held May 10-18 in Vernon. The Terriers beat the Carleton Place Canadians 2-1 in the final. Photo courtesy of Hockey Canada

In the two semifinal games on May 17, the Terriers downed the Vipers 6-3, while the Canadians upset the Kings 5-3.

The BCHL champion Coquitlam Express failed to qualify for the RBC Cup after losing in the semifinals of the Western Canada Cup,

played in Dauphin from April 26-May 4. Next year’s RBC Cup is scheduled to be held in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba.

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