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Organizers of the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival say the show will go on, despite an announcement by International Crowd Management this week they had terminated their service contract with the festival. According to the ICM press release, Boonstock Productions informed the security company last week it would not be requiring several safety services, including first aid/paramedical services, lifeguards and rescue boats. “In addition there were significant cuts to the security deployment, as well as an order to refrain from communicating directly with the RCMP and B.C. Liquor Branch,” reads the release, which is signed by ICM president Brent Pollock and notes the termination was effective June 27. Pollock confirmed Thursday that ICM has not reopened discussions with Boonstock. In an unsigned notice posted to both Boonstock and the Western News Facebook page, festival organizers said “the festival is not under threat of being cancelled because of ICM’s withdrawal.” The notice goes on to say that the festival is in talks with other security management companies and are confident they will find a provider to meet the needs of attendees, the RCMP and the community. Boonstock organizers have not responded to a number of phone calls placed since ICM made its announcement Wednesday, but the Western News questioned festival operations director Barb Haynes Monday about Boonstock’s relationship with ICM. Haynes said then that negotiations were continuing with ICM to develop a security plan for the upcoming music festival, though

she refused to comment further on the security situation at that time, saying she will only talk about “the fun stuff,” when it comes to the event, which is planned for Aug. 1 to 3 on Penticton Indian Band lands. “If it’s fun stuff, I am all there,” said Haynes. “There is just so much misinformation out there because everyone is telling all kinds of stories.” Haynes also maintained Monday that Boonstock was “good to go” and “doing what we need to do.” Penticton city Coun. Katie Robinson, liaison to the city’s protective services committee, raised concerns last week about the festival’s security planning. Robinson said she was choosing her words carefully, but now that ICM has pulled out, the time has come to be blunt. “I believe this event is a disaster looking for somewhere to happen,” said Robinson, who is concerned that the same problems with violence, drugs and trash that led to Boonstock being banned from their original home in Gibson, Alta., last year would follow it to Penticton. “It is shocking to me that more people are not concerned,” said Robinson. Mayor Garry Litke pointed out that since Boonstock is taking place outside of the city on Penticton Indian Band lands, city council has no jurisdiction, though he does have concerns. “We just want to make sure our community and the people who come here as tourists are safe and that there is adequate security, that has been my position since day one,” said Litke. “Now it is quite disturbing to see that a company which could have provided that level of security and that comfort level is not willing to participate in Boonstock.” See SECURITY on page 3

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One year later, pier lighting still an issue for boater Steve Kidd

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Officials check the scene of an accident involving a 8.5-metre cabin cruiser in July, 2013 at the kiwanis Walking Pier on Okanagan lake. the operator of the boat is warning others there have not been any changes to the lighting on the pier since the accident and is urging people to use extreme caution when boating in the area in low light conditions.

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It was a little less than a year ago when Rene Bourque found himself and his boat high and dry on top of the Kiwanis Walking Pier. In an attempt to ensure other boaters don’t find themselves in the same position or worse, Bourque wants to warn everyone the signal light on the pier, which juts out into Okanagan Lake, hasn’t been changed. “It’s off for six seconds, it’s only on for one,” said Bourque, who explained that the slow pace of the flashing light can easily be missed if a boat driver glances away at the wrong moment. If that light was lit up all the time, said Bourque, he would likely never have hit the pier. It was 10:30 p.m. on July 12, 2013, when Bourque collided with the pier, his 8.5-metre Bayliner crashing through the railings and ending up perched on top of the walkway. Neither Bourque, his passenger nor the people on the pier were seriously injured. He admits they were lucky, but that wasn’t the case in a similar accident in the 90s. “I don’t want anybody to die this year,” said Bourque. In 1997, Stan Kurtz was killed instantly when his boat went underneath the dock. “If somebody dies, I feel guilty, because I can’t do anything. I have been trying to do something,” said Bourque, who says he has notified the RCMP, Ministry of Transportation and the City of Penticton about the problem with the light.

Bourque is planning to file a lawsuit against the city this fall for the damages to his boat, and is fighting a ticket he received from the RCMP for operating his boat with undue care and attention. “I am going to court on that too,” said Bourque, who is also refusing to pay the $7,500 bill from the city for repairs to the pier. “I am not putting out a penny until they can prove to me that pier is certified.” Navigation charts from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, supplied by Bourque, show the light on the pier as a fixed red light, not a flashing white or amber light. Bourque has done his own survey of the other marked navigation lights on Okanagan Lake, and said they all match the description given on the chart, except for the one on the walking pier. “That is true, but that has been taken through Transport Canada and through all their various approvals and they are fine with it and have found that we are not in any contravention as far as that goes,” said Chuck Loewen, the city’s general manager for facilities, museum and recreation services. In addition to Bourque’s threatened lawsuit, Loewen said his female passenger has filed an insurance claim against the city. “That has still not been resolved, so we are not in any position to make any comment on it,” said Loewen. “Until anything is resolved as far as the insurance claim or anything like that, we are going to be status quo with our present lighting because it adheres and complies with Transport Canada.”

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person was arrested and released with charges of assault with a weapon,” said Sgt. Rick Dellebuur. “There also was another fight that evening between two people near the Starbucks downtown on Main Street where bear spray was used as well.” Charges have yet to be laid in the second incident. “We don’t normally see people packing bear

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spray, it is quite unusual for two incidents like this to happen in one night,” said Dellebuur. RCMP had an eventful Canada Day with about 40 files, Dellebuur said in comparison over the weekend they averaged 20 to 25 files. “There was some mischief and drunks but mostly people behaved themselves,” said Dellebuur. “The weekend was busy with lots of people around but the officers said the fireworks were a lot busier with the amount of people in the downtown core.” Dellebuur said bike patrols have been utilized by officers on the weekends, specifically on Friday and Saturday evenings depending on the call volumes RCMP are responding to. “We don’t have a designated bike patrol as we have in the past because we don’t have the extra resources, both human and money.”


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Drivers welcome hike in speed limit on highways Joe Fries

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Okanagan drivers will be able to legally shave time off their trips to the Lower Mainland after the B.C. government announced it will raise the speed limits on some Southern Interior highways. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said Wednesday a review of safety and speed limits on 9,100 kilometres of B.C.’s rural highways resulted in recommendations for faster travel on 1,300 km of those roads. Most of the increased limits will be phased in over the summer, but some are effective immediately, including on the Okanagan Connector. “This will bring the speed limit in line with actual travel speeds,” Stone told reporters. “Experience for other speed changes undertaken by the ministry show that this will not mean everyone will automatically now drive 10 kilometres over the speed limit.” Changes in this region include: • Highway 3 Hope-Princeton: Limit raised from 80 or 90 to 100 km/h over a 33-km stretch from Sunshine Valley to the eastern boundary of Manning Park and on a 22-km section from Sunday Summit to Whipsaw Creek just south of Princeton.

this will bring the speed limit in line with actual travel speeds. — Todd Stone, transportation minister

• Highway 5 Coquihalla: Limit raised from 110 to 120 km/h over the entire 180 km between Kamloops and Hope. • Highway 97C Okanagan Connector: Limit raised from 100 to 110 km/h for 22 km between Merritt and Aspen Grove; and upped from 110 to 120 km/h for 78 km between Aspen Grove and Peachland. Penticton RCMP spokesman Sgt. Rick Dellebuur said it would be inappropriate for police to comment on any change in law, including higher speed limits. However, according to a B.C. government report that outlines public engagement efforts during the highway review process, the RCMP did not support increased speed limits due to safety concerns. But local auto enthusiast Wayne Wood said modern cars should be capable of safely meeting the new limits.

“Vehicles today are far superior in their abilities compared to when roads were originally designed,” said Wood, who’s a member of several car clubs, but noted he was not speaking on their behalf. “And if you travel on similar roads in the U.S., which we’ve done a lot, they seem to have very few problems at higher speed limits than currently in B.C., so I don’t see a problem,” he said. Mike Palosky, transportation supervisor for Penticton-based Berry and Smith Trucking, also supported the speed increases. “I think in some areas it’s warranted,” he said, adding the company does not, however, plan to immediately adjust the speed limiters on its trucks. According to the public engagement report, 77 per cent of people consulted expressed support for a higher speed limit on Highway 97 between Kelowna and Osoyoos, but an increase was not recommended following an analysis that considered such factors as frequency of crashes and average speeds along the route. The transportation minister also announced Wednesday plans to implement variable speed limits on some roads and introduce new regulations to recognize a wider range of tires for winter use and a GovernMent study recommended speed limits help police and the public deal with slow- be increased on local highways. image courtesy of b.c. Government moving vehicles.

Boonstock festival vows show will go on

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SECURITY from front The language in the ICM release is blunt, laying out their concerns that Boonstock’s safety planning was insufficient. “After serious consideration, ICM decided that with the sudden and significant changes to the safety plan without consultation with ICM or the various city, provincial or federal stakeholders were unacceptable and at the very least, placed health and safety concerns and our professional reputation in jeopardy.” Coun. Helena Konanz attended a tour of the Boonstock site Wednesday morning, where they were also told the security planning was in hand. “I really thought they had their security together from all reports, including our last meeting,” said Konanz, referring to a closeddoor meeting between council and festival officials on June 25, two days before ICM terminated the contract. But Konanz remains supportive of the festival. “The tour was fantastic and I think it is going to be great site,” said Konanz. “I believe the organizers are trying to put together a good event. I can’t tell you what has happened with the security, but it needs to be addressed immediately.” The festival may take place without a liquor licence, however. According to a spokesperson for the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch, Boonstock’s organizers had

been given until July 8 to produce a robust safety plan for the RCMP and the LCLB to review, in order to obtain a licence to serve alcohol. The plan must include comprehensive and detailed strategies on how any potential risks will be managed. According to the LCLB, planning for events like Boonstock should begin a year in advance to develop a comprehensive safety plan and allow time for the LCLB and the RCMP to review it. “Once the police have approved a security plan, the LCLB generally requires two to four weeks to process,” said the LCLB spokesperson. Cary Schneiderat is treasurer of the nonprofit Boonstock Entertainment and Arts Society, which is working in tandem with Boonstock Productions to handle the liquor licence application. “We’re quickly running out of time, but we are not giving up,” said Schneiderat, adding that the society thinks Boonstock is being held to higher scrutiny than similar festivals. The society’s board of directors, he continued, is made up of a lot of community members with experience in similar projects. “We have worked with the authorities, we have worked with liquor (LCLB), we have worked with the RCMP in other communities and in this community,” said

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Schneiderat. “From our perspective, this event seems to be treated differently for some reason. That criteria should be applied equally across the board, it shouldn’t be whose name is on it. It shouldn’t be because of where it is.” Schneiderat is concerned that if Boonstock goes ahead without a liquor license, it might result in worse problems. “Instead of it being regulated in a safe manner … there are going to be people now that are going to be drinking at their campsite, there are going to be people that are coming into Penticton, because if they can’t drink at the venue they are going to come into town and our fear is that, in itself, is going to be a worse scenario.” Campbell Watt, president of the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce, expressed similar concerns that Boonstock was being treated unfairly. The chamber, he said, isn’t backing away from it’s support of the festival, despite the ICM announcement. “Overall, we do still stand behind Boonstock,” said Watt. “We still think it is going to be a well-received event, well-secured and frankly it is 8,000 people coming to town where at least half of them are staying somewhere other than the campground. “They are staying in hotels, eating in our restaurants and providing dollars to our businesses, so as a business organization, we still stand behind it.”

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Psychiatrist tells court Bobbitt has qualities of a psychopath Kristi Patton

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David Bobbitt is a man with psychopathic qualities and is reckless with his words and lies, said a court-appointed expert psychiatrist on Wednesday. “He manufactured stuff on the hop and he can’t keep track … he is not sophisticated or smooth that he can keep track of his story. He is reckless with his words,” said Dr. Shabehram Lohrasbe. Bobbitt was interviewed by the psychiatrist for three hours about his background and for the crimes he has since pleaded guilty to in relation to a brutal 2011 attack on a Penticton woman where he confined her for several hours in his second hand store. Bobbitt sexually and physically assaulted the woman in a prolonged attack that took place in front of her 22-month old son. Lohrasbe was called by the Crown to testify in the sentencing and dangerous offender hearing at the Penticton courthouse, which began mid-June The court earlier heard from a doctor who said the woman had suffered blunt force trauma cuts to her head and a sinus fracture among her injuries. When asked about the charges, Bobbitt told the psychiatrist he had a previous relationship with his victim, blamed her for the physical violence and for seducing him. Bobbitt said she was an ex-girlfriend that treated him badly in the past, her brother was involved with gangs and threatened to kill him, he felt the victim stabbed him the back and he called her a “pig.” Lohrasbe said he believed none of these things and found what Bobbitt was telling him “absolutely ludicrous.” “This man has no devotion to the truth. He will simply say whatever paints him in the best possible light,” said the doctor. Lohrasbe said he has never before come across a person trying to convince him the victim would be looked after. “He went in to trying to convince me that he would make sure she was looked after by this enormous wealth he had, that she would get some sort of funds,” said Lohrasbe, who was told by Bobbitt he had some investment in a mining firm. The doctor said Bobbitt talked about homicidal thoughts in a previous report with the forensic hospital and told Lohrasbe, “Thank god I didn’t hurt her too bad.” When asked what he meant Bobbitt replied, “It could have been a lot worse.” “I assumed he meant what he said to the undercover officer, which was he could have killed her,” Lohrasbe told the court.

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David Wesley Bobbitt In his report, Lohrasbe said Bobbitt has no history of being compliant to any terms of trying to manage him in the community. If the court finds this to be correct, it could have significant impact in the dangerous offender hearing and Bobbitt’s parole terms. Justice Peter Rogers heard about several incidents of disturbing preoccupations Bobbitt had as a teen, including some violence against other students and he one time threw his desk against a wall and swore at his teacher. Bobbitt said all of his actions are caused from pain he suffers from deep vein thrombosis but Lohrasbe said his childhood records do not document any of this. “It was apparent this man has very strong psychopathic qualities,” said Lohrasbe. The doctor said many of Bobbitt’s statements were contradictory. He once said he was treated fairly by his father and stepmother growing up but then told Lohrasbe that his stepmother was physically abusive to him and made him watch videos of women having abortions. One other thing in particular the doctor found peculiar during the interview was Bobbitt tried to portray himself as a benevolent person who was nonviolent, helped people in the community and came across as a person that is not expecting a lengthy jail term. Lohrasbe described it as a, “peculiar wishful thinking about the future.” Testimony from Lohrasbe continued on Thursday at the Penticton courthouse.

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RDOS looking for more information on dam Joe Fries

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Some local politicians think it’s too early to take a position on a proposed hydroelectric dam near Princeton. Instead, the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen agreed Thursday to have one of its committees simply explore concerns raised by the project. In January, Fortis Inc. was granted a two-year investigative use permit to study the feasibility of the dam on the Similkameen River near the Copper Mountain Mine site about 15 kilometres south of Princeton. Company officials met with the RDOS board in February to provide basic information about the project, which corporate services manager Bob Gibney described then as “extremely economically fragile.” Allan Patton, the RDOS director for rural Oliver, said this week he didn’t like what he heard. “I wasn’t impressed, so I would like to further the conversation,” he told the board prior to requesting support for a motion to have the committee come up with a position on the dam. Brad Hope, the director for rural Princeton, supported the move and told colleagues he’s “getting lots of questions from constituents and people who are concerned.” “We’re talking about water storage, perhaps the sale of water. This is something we should be concerned about now,” he said. “We’re talking about a 20-kilometre long reservoir in the valley above Princeton. We should be looking at

this. It’s a big project.” Others suggested the time for comment on the project would come later on in the process. “This not a sleightof-hand situation. There will be ample time, probably a two-year period, when the environmental joint assessment is done on the whole project,” said Princeton Mayor Frank Armitage. “It’s done in a formal setting and it’s based then on facts brought by all parties.” Andrew Jakubeit, a Penticton city councillor and RDOS director, said withholding judgment now will allow for a more educated position later on once more facts are known. “Then there’s some substance there to say, ‘I really like this aspect of it, or, ‘We’re concerned about that,’” he said. Patton countered that the board’s concerns could be helpful now. “We also might be having suggestions or recommendations on issues that they haven’t considered yet. And, if that’s the case, it should be done earlier rather than later,” he said. According to Fortis Inc.’s land tenure ap-

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Safety is paramount You would be hard pressed to find anyone in Penticton who would turn down the opportunity to host a festival that draws a crowd of 8,500 music lovers, especially if all safety precautions have been taken. The economic benefits of such an event, in the short and long term, are undeniable. For that reason the Penticton and Wine Country Chamber of Commerce voiced their support for the Boonstock Music and Arts Festival. It is concerning, therefore, to learn that International Crowd Management pulled out of the Boonstock festival. This should raise alarm bells for everyone involved. We also support the idea of bringing music and arts festivals to Penticton. They are good for any community, they are good for the soul and when done well, they leave everyone smiling. Yes there are bound to be some mishaps at any event with that many people, but the number and severity of these mishaps is minimized by a good safety plan. It’s the reason there are speed limits, seat belts, life jackets and every other safety precaution. Artists, festival goers, and the community should be concerned that a leading security company pulled away from the event over safety concerns. The safety plan for the Boonstock festival has been the missing piece since the announcement of the festival earlier this year. That should have PENTICTON WESTERN been the top priority for organizers. Now less than a month away from the event and without a safety plan in place the assurances of organizers that safety is a priority seem hollow. It is time Boonstock organizers face the music and develop a safety plan that addresses the concerns and expectations of the community.

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The Caliphate returns with a plan to expand “Listen to your caliph and obey him. Support your state, which grows every day,” said Abu Mohamed alAdnani, announcing the rebirth of the Caliphate in the broad territory between Aleppo in northern Syria and Diyala province in eastern Iraq. It hasn’t actually grown much more in the past couple of weeks, but it certainly intends to go on expanding. The radical Sunni Muslim organization that conquered almost half of Iraq in a whirlwind week at the beginning of June has changed its name. Before, it was ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (the old Ottoman province that used to include Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel). But now it wishes to be known simply as the “Islamic State” – for there can only be one such state, and it should include everywhere that Muslims have ever ruled. ISIS propagandists have even produced a map showing the ultimate borders that their Islamic State lays claim to. Spain and

Portugal will be part of it, because they were ruled by Muslim conquerors during much of the Middle Ages. Iran, too (although something will have to be done about all those Shia Muslims). All of India except the southern tip should be under the rule of the Caliph, because Muslim invaders also ruled there as minorities for many centuries – and of course Serbia, Croatia and Hungary will be part of the Islamic State, for the Ottomans conquered all the Balkans up to there. Not to mention half of Africa, and Indonesia, and southwestern Siberia (which was once ruled by the Sibir Khanate for a century or so). So much for the fantasy. What’s the reality? A group of jihadis have seized a big chunk of eastern Syria and western Iraq, erased the border between them, and declared an Islamic State. As little as 10,000 strong only a month ago, they have been rapidly growing in numbers as ISIS’s success attracts new recruits – but they are obvi-

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Dyer Straits ously never going to reconquer India, Spain or Siberia. To the west and east ISIS is already at war with regimes that are either very tough (Bashar al- Assad’s warhardened dictatorship in western and central Syria) or very Shia (the southeastern slice of Iraq, densely populated and with a large Shia majority). The Islamic State’s central position between its two enemies gives it a strategic advantage, but not a decisive one. To the south are desert frontiers with more promising territory. Jordan’s population is about two-thirds Palestinian, and even among the Bedouin tribes that are the mainstay of King Abdullah’s rule there was some enthu-

siasm for ISIS’s victory in Iraq. If Jordan fell, the Islamic State would reach right up to Israel’s borders, with incalculable consequences. Saudi Arabia would be a much tougher nut to crack, but the salafi religious ideology that animates ISIS is very close to the fundamentalist Wahhabi version of Islam that is the Saudi state religion. That’s why the Saudis gave arms and money to ISIS jihadis in the early days of the Syrian civil war, although they have subsequently recognized the threat that the organization poses to the Saudi state. But even if ISIS gets very lucky, it is unlikely to get farther than that. Egypt blocks its expansion to the west, although the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis extremists who are active in the Sinai peninsula undoubtedly have some ties with it. Even its direct rivals in the Refound-TheCaliphate business – the original al-Qaeda, al-Shabab in north-east Africa, Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, and their lesser brethren – are unlikely to

accept the ISIS leader as caliph. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who now styles himself Caliph Ibrahim, has clearly been preparing himself for this moment for most of his adult life: he even chose the name of the first caliph, Abu Bakr, as his nom de guerre. His spokesman does not hide his soaring ambition: “We hereby clarify to the Muslims that with this declaration of Khilafah (caliphate), it is incumbent upon all Muslims to pledge allegiance to the Khalifah Ibrahim and support him.” They are not going to do that, and the sheer radicalism and intolerance of ISIS’s members make it unlikely that their project will survive unaltered for more than a year or so even in the territory that now makes up the “Islamic State.” Nevertheless, it is extraordinary that the seventh-century caliphate has reappeared even fleetingly in the modern world. Bush and Blair have a lot to answer for. Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles on world affairs are published in 45 countries.


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Canada becoming less beautiful inside and out Every time Canada Day rolls around we are reminded about the greatest day of the year in the greatest country in the world. But that is up for debate in this age of world turmoil where the present government is getting more than their feet wet by sticking their nose where it doesn’t belong. Just because Canada hasn’t fought a war on home soil — never say never. Canada has an open-gate policy when it comes to boat people etc. That becomes major news but soon forgotten as follow-ups regarding them are never clear. Many other problems caused by politicians that can sour a nation make me wonder why the lid hasn’t blown off without an outside invasion. As a warrior, Canada could never stand alone and I believe time will show Canada really screwed up as the future enemy is gradually growing inside our open gates. Geographically, Canada could be a great contender to be

Cruise disrupts traffic

I enjoy seeing old vehicles as do many other people, but traffic movement needs to be better handled during the Peach City Beach Cruise parade. There appeared to be no provision for vehicles to cross Main St. at intervals so that anybody going east-west was stymied during the time it took a few hundred vehicles to travel, slowly, from Skaha Park north to Lakeshore Drive. This is unacceptable. I was picking up a friend living off South Main to attend a 7 p.m. event in Summerland and so had to cross Main St. twice at about 5:45 p.m. At Green Avenue, a long line of vehicles was waiting to cross, so I went down to Yorkton Street. Again, there was a bottleneck, but the traffic manager there at least was sensible enough to allow us to get across when someone ahead pleaded with him. On our way back to the Channel Parkway, however, my friend and I again got stuck at Green Avenue. When she went to the men stopping traffic at the intersection and asked them to let us and other vehicles across, she was told that nobody was crossing until the parade was past. This situation needs to be improved for next year. The Cruise isn’t the only event in the area. Eva Durance Penticton

Northern Gateway needs referendum

Excellent letter from Clifford Martin (Letters, Western News, June 20). I thoroughly agree, but

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Why is it that so many snowbirds and others can’t wait to escape our lovely land ...? the queen at the top of nations but as far as leadership she has a bunch of duds in control of the steering wheel. It has been said beauty is only skin deep but sadly our Canada has suffered many a homegrown heartache and bears many scars due mainly to political transients who have only

would like to add a few things. There is no question we need to export our oil, however it must be done in an environmentally safe way. At least as safe as possible, and I don’t think Northern Gateway satisfies those concerns. It must also be done with the consent and participation of First Nations. It is our resource and we should reap most of the benefits, not some other country. Let us not be apathetic about this issue. We had a referendum in B.C. regarding the HST not so long ago and we pushed back that legislation. We have that power. Marion A. Nordquist Penticton

Oil money is never enough

I hope many people watched the Fifth Estate on June 22. I believe everyone living in North America should be made to watch this program Silence of the Labs, about the government terminating funding for the environmental scientists. It’s about what the oil companies don’t want you to know about. I have often noticed the commercials pertaining to the promotion of the Alberta tar sands, they rarely give you a glimpse of the actual full aerial view of the ever expanding polluted area up there. There is no doubt it’s all about the guys at the top of the ladder with all the money. They want more and everyone knows more is never enough. They will say and do whatever they need to ensure they get what they want. At any cost. Does anyone ever hear any discussion about whether the government has any plan to control, reverse, eliminate, or ever even try to clean up the mess of permanent

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pollution these oil companies have created. The truth is, they will long be dead when the rest of the planet wakes up to what is being done to this planet and with no thought about those left behind. The fact is, when you’re dead, you’re dead. Those that follow will be the ones to deal with what is being done now. More people need to learn and see what is taking place on this planet. And it’s all for the greed of money. Joan Johnson Penticton

Tom Isherwood Olalla

sure he gets food and water. Incidentally, water is even hard to get now. He was in emergency from 6 p.m. last night, till I got to the ward at 8 a.m., without a drink of water. With a high temperature, fever and an infection he came home That’s just not right. He’ll probably leave again, catch a taxi and come home to get something to eat. Who can blame him? Just as soon as he’s on his feet again, he’ll be here, hungry. Thank goodness for the few professional nurses and doctors in the emergency he is still alive. But for how long? Jennifer Farthing Penticton

Thirsty and hungry in hospital

On April 23 my 80-year-old husband had day surgery for cancer, after which he had his third minor stroke. Since then he’s been in the hospital in Penticton four more times. The last time, June 22, he was home and delirious with a massive infection and heart problems. So back to emergency in an ambulance he had to go. Since this last stroke, and the gout in his hands, he’s been unable to write on his menu to order food, so he sometimes doesn’t get very much. The juice and milk and sugar he can’t open, or peel his breakfast egg. He’s not able to hold a cup without spilling. No one helps him. He was getting thin and hungry, but I didn’t know why. And he didn’t understand how to tell me. I didn’t ask. I assumed hospital staff still looked after their patients, I was wrong. So I will now have to go three times a day ($3 parking) and make

two working parts that are interchangeable. Why is it that so many snowbirds and others can’t wait to escape our lovely land to advertised places full of sunshine? My brother was raised in Australia which became his home and love and that is where he hangs his hat and would not trade residence with me for any amount of persuasion or money. When the north winds start blowing, the ice age is back and the arteries of transportation are covered in ice and snow, I suggest it may be better to play Russian roulette at home than venture out to drive on roads and highways covered in a snow-white blanket of fear. Yes Canada is beautiful within its own category, much like the proud mother of her newborn who truly believes her baby is the most beautiful baby ever born when in reality it’s not.

RCMP don’t walk the talk

As an accommodation property operator on Lakeshore Drive in Penticton for the last number of years I cannot begin to express my disappointment regarding the lack of RCMP presence during the Cruise Weekend, and particularly on Saturday evening when the burnout fiasco between 8 and 11 p.m. was taking place, endangering the huge crowds gathered on both sides of the street, and some cars almost out of control with their irresponsible activities. The out of town car club we host every year, with 20 rooms booked for the Cruise weekend, which had paid for spots on the street to show their cars, moved them all onto our lot out of concern for damage, and expressed their disgust with the lack of police for this event and I wholeheartedly agree with them. So much for, “Feet on the street,”

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Merckx, as well as being an Olympic medalist, is a former professional rider, having a long list of victories to his credit as well as multiple Tour de France appearances. “It’s really an event to remember,” said Robinson. The specific need right now is for another 75 or more people to round out the more than 400-plus who give of themselves to make the event happen. “People are very generous in Penticton when it comes to volunteering,” she added. “Without them there is just no way we do something on this scale. A lot of the time it is the same people who come out, I just hope we haven’t burned them out.” Specifically, the jobs Robinson is looking to fill involve routing signallers for cyclists, people to remove timing chips at the finish line as well as post nutrition and hydration station staff. Experience is not required and the necessary training will be provided. Those interested in volunteering can go online to see the positions available and register. For more information go to www.granfondoaxelmerckx.com and click on volunteers.


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They came from near and far to gather at the Heritage Inn in Naramata. There were school children, politicians of all stripes, government officials and families. But there were no bears and that is exactly why all were gathered as the B.C. Conservation Officers Service recognized Naramata as a Bear Smart community June 23. The drive towards the Bear Smart designation began with former Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen Naramata director Tom Chapman in 2010, said Zoe Kirk, RDOS WildSafeBC community co-ordinator. “He was frustrated because we were destroying six to seven bears a year,” recounted Kirk. “So he spearheaded the project.” Kirk worked at how Naramata could align its bylaws and waste management to meet the Bear Smart criteria. From there the RDOS solid waste management program review wrote Bear Smart ideals into their plan in co-ordination with the B.C. Conservation Foundation who provided materials and training. “Four years later we have curbside bylaws,” Kirk said. The curbside bylaws, which prohibit residents from putting

their trash out the night before, are key to the success of the program, said Kirk. “I had only two per cent garbage to the curb early last Sunday,” she said. “So that’s pretty good.” An important element of the Bear Smart designation is the implementation of education programs for residents, not only regarding the bylaws, but also how to react when a bear is present, and how to distinguish between a bear that is moving through and a bear that is habituated. Bringing the education component into the schools is another important part of the success of the drive to the Bear Smart designation, said Kirk. “We do a lot of work in the schools,” she said. “You have to give a lot of credit to the children because they take that message home.” The program has proven to be successful, said Kirk, in that conservation officers have only had to put down two bears in the last four years. There has also been a change in the response of residents to having a bear in the neighbourhood. “Now people are more educated, rather than panic when they see a bear they assess whether the bear is moving through or loitering. If it’s getting into garbage they warn their neighbours. “The whole level of awareness

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The Penticton Scottish Festival is offering céad mile failte, a hundred thousand welcomes, to the return of what was once an annual event. “We are expecting a pretty good turnout because lots of people that we tell about it said they have heard and read about it, so that is good,” said media manager of the festival Wayne McDougall. “We are hoping for hundreds to come out for the first year back but we can accommodate thousands.” The Penticton Highland Games disappeared from the city about nine years ago. Organizers of the Scottish Festival hope to revive the cultural event with a more family-friendly and interactive day. Gates to the festival open at 8 a.m. It kicks off with the heavy events competition beginning at 9 a.m., the solo piping competition beginning at 9:30 a.m. and solo drumming and sheep dog demo at 10 a.m. (also at noon and 2 p.m.). Main stage entertainment throughout the day includes Emily McDonald Highland Dancers, Liz Lupton and The Fiddle Kids, demo by the Shire of Danescombe in sword fighting, folk singer Gord McLaren and Janice Blakey Irish Dancers. The official opening ceremonies and massed band performance happens at 12:30 p.m. McDougall, who has been learning to play the bagpipes the past four years, said the opening and closing ceremonies mass band performance will be one of the neatest parts of the day. “I think there is something special when you hear a mass pipe band sound. Bagpipes were designed as an outdoor battle instrument and to hear that right in front of you is something special. It is

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not only the sights and sounds but you can feel it,” he said. The Penticton Scottish Festival have dedicated Chieftain of the Day honours to Sandy Duncan, a long-time supporter of everything Scottish. Duncan has played in many parades in his over 30 years with the City of Penticton Pipe Band and another half dozen or so with the Okanagan Caledonian Pipe Band alongside his piping father Howard Duncan. McDougall said the one-day festival is very much a family friendly affair with, End of the Roll sponsoring a kids caber toss event and Par-T-Perfect will have kids activities starting at 10 a.m. at the Celtic Kids Corner. At 4:30 p.m. the mass pipe

bands will join together for the closing ceremonies. This will be followed by Triskele Celtic Duo and Fiddling Friends at 4:30 p.m., Kinship Band Celtic Entertainment at 5:30 p.m. and The Malarkeys Celtic Entertainment at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a number of vendors on site providing food and desserts to the opportunity to buy your own kilt. The beverage garden will be open from noon to 8 p.m. The Penticton Scottish Festival plans to be an annual event held on the first Saturday in July. Admission at the gate is $10 for adults and $20 for a family pass. More information on the festival can be found at www.PentictonScottishFestival.ca.


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For me, summer is a time for two types of reading: breezing through lighter fare at the beach, and returning to classics. My daughter is currently doing both, thanks to a popular miniseries for pre-teens called The Mother Daughter Book Club. Starting as a mother-imposed book club, four middle-school aged girls and their parents get together once a month to discuss the classic Little Women. Unfortunately, Megan would rather be at the mall, Cassidy at the hockey rink, Emma has already read the classic, and Jess feels out-ofplace at a mother daughter book club because her mom has moved to

New York. But the parents insist. What begins uncomfortably soon evolves as the girls get to know each other better. The story is filled with fast-paced middle school drama — including secret crushes, stolen journals and fashion fiascos. And, in the face of adversity — such as secretly trying out for the boys’ hockey team — the characters find themselves comparing their lives to those of the girls in Little Women. The story is set in Concord, Mass., the real life home of Little Women’s author Louisa May Alcott. In fact, this historical town is a perfect backdrop as many other literary icons have also lived there including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau. The Mother Daughter Book Club’s frothy and fast-paced plot undoubtedly will appeal to preteens, but is also successful in piquing their interest in old classics. It can be diffi-

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tall travelling with Eric Reed at the Dream Café. July 11 and 12 — Gord McLaren performs at the Barking Parrot Patio from 5:30 to 8 p.m. July 12 — Rapper B Rich, whose Out For A Rip! video became a viral hit, is performing at The Elite at 8:30 p.m. July 12 — Live music by Brian Highley at the Barley Mill. July 14 — The Wiebes are performing at the Church of the Nazarene at 7 p.m.

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Derby girls embrace alter egos

From left to right are (including derby names where applicable): Mel Rempel (Bliss Krieg), Jessica Michalchuk (Evil Dread), Sharon Giachino, Brigette Fornelli (BlueBelle Bruise-Her), Colleen Milligan (Oozy Q), and Jen Cavanagh (Billy the Skid) during a recent outdoor demonstration on Main Street. At right from top to bottom; Glory MacIntyre (Crasher in the Thigh), Meghan Westfall (Rocky Horror Show), Cavanagh (Billy the Skid) and Niki Smith-Rita Riot Act.

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Equally as important as being able to skate on four wheels, roller derby girls also need a wicked nickname to help them roll over their opponents. But coming up with a handle isn’t easy, and it can take months to create the right one. Shannon Lancaster, who transforms into SlayHer-Moonshine, wanted a named that instilled some fear into her opponents while also describing her approach on the track. “I like to hit hard and slay the girls,” she said. “I also wanted something relevant to me that I kind of grew up with. Inspired by something that was relevant to me, Sailor Moon, an anime show when I was growing up. I could spin that into a good derby name. “I’m not always so creative with the names,” said Lancaster, who listened to friends’ suggestions. “You have to pick something out that suits your personality on the track or something that you hope to be kind of personify that as your character. Some know it before they even start derby.” Lancaster said when the girls hear the announcers mention their names, it gets them into the bout.

“Especially if you hear your name over the announcers while you are doing something awesome,” she said, adding that it gives confidence out on the track. Lancaster’s favourite name is Onya Knees, who in the real world is Meghan O’Driscoll. “I like to put people on their knees by big hits,” said Driscoll. “I can give some pretty good hits. I also take pretty big hits. I end up on my knees a lot as well. You give someone a big hit, they want revenge so they will come back for you.” Crasher in the Thigh is a play off of the J.D. Salinger novel, Catcher in the Rye. Glory MacIntyre, who turns into Crasher in the Thigh on the track, wanted something with a literary reference after working in the Penticton Library for several years. “I do like Salinger,” she said. “Angst is good in roller derby.” MacIntyre also credits her name with helping focus on aiming for the thigh. When Summer Zawacky is around, things get messy. “I am a walking mess. When I hit the pack, it’s usually a mess as well,” said Zawacky, known as Messy Molly Tov. “I’m going to make a mess of things for sure.” Zawacky said it’s important to put thought into the names as it is something that will stick with

them for a few years. It’s also a fun part of being on the team. “It’s kind of like your opportunity to have like a little alter ego, a get-away from your normal life,” said Zawacky, an environmental consultant. “A little escape to be this bad ass.” Then there is Oozy Q, which Colleen Milligan created from her love of music and is based on the old song, Suzy Q. “I’m also an agile kind of skater,” she said. “I see myself as being a little slippery. The ooze kind of comes into it there.” Oozy Q and the Pistoleras return to action for their last bout on July 5 in Summerland against Public Frenemies from Vancouver. Milligan said Public Frenemies is in a competitive league with talented skaters. “It’s going to be a real challenge. I think we are ready for a good challenge,” she said. With it being a team they have never played, there is an added excitement. “There is that sort of fear of the unknown,” added Miligan. “If they will have big blockers or are super fast.” The Midsummer Night’s Jam starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance at Good Omens, Tirecraft and Sun City Tattoos. Tickets at the door are $10. Kids under 10 free.

Tournament to eclipse $1 million mark for South Okanagan charities Kristi Patton Western News Staff

The Penticton Golf and Country Club will surpass $1 million in funds raised at their Penticton and Friends Charity Golf Classic. “This is an amazing accomplishment and it is great the community has supported it for this long to raise that much money,” said Guy Dow, head professional at the Penticton Golf and Country Club. “Lots of fundraising events don’t last long and we are still going strong at 27 years. It is a huge feather in the cap for all the participants.”

For the past 27 years the club has hosted the tournament during the first weekend in July, lending their support to charities in the South Okanagan. The event began in 1987 with NHL star Andy Moog and friends. Dow said it has been instrumental in the community for raising funds for the Moog and Friends Hospice, supporting local athletes and families through the B.C. Special Olympics, Penticton and District Society for Community Living, OSNS, Agur Lake, Good Samaritan Village by the Station, M.S. Society, Salvation Army Food Bank and the Alzheimer So-

ciety. The event kicks off on Friday with a practice round for the 125 participants and a full day of golf on Saturday, starting with an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. at the golf club. Long-time broadcaster John McKeachie will be MC’ing the event, as he has since the tournament started, and NHL referee and Penticton native Steve Kozari will be participating. Dow said there are a number of great live and silent auction items on the block. Dow said participant numbers are up as well as sponsorships, and it is a testament to

the community in tough economic times. This year’s event will be supported by new major sponsors Okanagan Hockey School and Sentry Investments joining Boston Pizza, Coca Cola, Labatt, Constellation Brands, Adidas and a host of local companies. “We wouldn’t be able to run this without the support we receive from sponsors and the 50 or so volunteers that donate their time. Everyone, including the golf club members, get right behind this event because when you are able to distribute funds to our local charities it is just so gratifying,” said Dow.


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Huff looks to strike national gold Kristi Patton

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An accomplished athlete, who is sportsmanlike and fearless, Penticton’s Jake Huff will carry the flag when B.C. athletes march out for the opening ceremonies at the 2014 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games. “I’ll be a bit nervous, but I think I can do it,” said Huff. It is just that same type of determination he demonstrates at the bowling alley why his coaches say he was chosen. “He is a very good player and a wellrounded person. He is always willing to help others and I think he is a very good choice as flag bearer,” said coach Alice Zornes. “He always wants to do better and looks for ways to do that.” Huff previously competed at the Special Olympics Canada 2010 Games in London, Ont. in 10 pin. There he picked up two gold medals and a medal for overall pin. Huff fell in love with the game 13 years ago. “I love the atmosphere inside and the action of the ball going down the lane, hearing the pins drop. It is pretty much everything especially the friends that I make,” said Huff. The 20-year-old has even taken his game state side. Huff has been to Las Vegas to purchase customized bowling balls at the Gold Coast Casino Bowling Centre and has even picked up tips from the pro shops he visits. He plans on returning when he turns 21 to compete in tournaments with the hopes of turning semi-pro one day. “Bowling is huge in Vegas and there is so many bowling alleys. They have awesome pro shops and people. It is very cool,” said Huff. Since qualifying

for their spots on Team B.C. 2014 through their performances at the 2013 Special Olympics B.C. Summer Games in Langley, the provincial team athletes have been hard at work with the team training program to help them be at their best at the national games. Huff earned his entrance into the national games by winning three gold medals. The athletes have been putting in a lot of time and effort in their home communities both on and off their fields of play, logging hours of training in their sports as well as dry-land training, improving their physical fitness and stepping up their nutrition. When Huff isn’t working in the mornings at his job or attending Okanagan College he can be found in the gym. “I work out a bit and doing strength exercise to get me fit so my arms don’t get tired, weak and m y ball doesn’t go off on me. I also

I love the atmosphere inside and the action of the ball going down the lane, hearing the pins drop. — Jake Huff

have been jogging a bit to keep fit,” said Huff. Depending on his performance in Vancouver, Huff could have the opportunity to advance to the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Los Angeles. “It would be nice to represent Canada for bowling, or any sport. I just want to represent our country,” said Huff, who also plays hockey with the Upper-Dek Vees, golfs and swims. The Special Olympics Canada 2014 Games run from July 8 to 12 in Vancouver. Out of the 360 members of B.C.’s team, 15 athletes and three coaches are from Penticton. This is

the biggest provincial team B.C. has sent to the Canada Games and the first time since 1990 that Special Olympics National Games will be held in the province. “I think it is pretty awesome we have so many people going. It is a great experience if it is their first or fifth time. It is a challenge to make it this far and everyone should be glad they made it and most importantly have fun and do your best,” said Huff, who is hoping to post higher scores this time around. Athletes will go for gold in 11 sports; 10 pin bowling, five-pin blowing, aquatics, athletics, basketball, bocce, golf,

powerlifting, rhythmic gymnastics, soccer and softball. Penticton athletes participating are David McPherson, Jake Huff, Tyler Zanatta in 10 pin bowling; Alfred Wiltse and Mackenzie Walker will compete in fivepin bowling; Amanda Schleppe, Angela Klein, Avery Newton and Larry Cavenaile are competing in aquatics,. Ariel Eastland, Chad Conlon, Kevin Ellis, Lynden Hicks, Margaret Burnell and Mary Sol are in bocce. They will be joined by coaches Dona Cade and Ray Huson. From the South Okanagan, Stephen Lee will be competing in five-pin bowling. Summerland athletes Carl Richard will compete in five-pin bowling and Ida Rebagliatti in bocce. TJ Fleming is coaching in five-pin bowling. Ashleigh Cummings and Jessica Lehtonen from Keremeos will be participating in five-pin bowling. They are coached by Janet Lehtonen.

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Free dental clinic finds a home in Penticton Steve Kidd

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The first not-for-profit dental clinic in the South Okanagan has opened its doors in Penticton. The Henning Emergency Clinic of Kindness traces its roots back to August 2011, when Greta Henning tried an experiment in offering free emergency dental care to low-income people in Penticton. Henning partnered with Dr. Amaal Ayoub, a licensed general practice dentist, who has also now volunteered to work two days a week at the permanent clinic. Together they treated 18 patients at that first clinic in the basement of the Penticton United Church, extracting 14 teeth and 18 root tips. Since then, there have been 18 dental clinics at assorted locations in the South Okanagan, partnering with volunteer dentists and helping 185 individuals with tooth pain, infection or loss of function. “That was for me to see is it even possible, can we even do this,” said Henning. “These kinds of clinics were starting to spring up in other communities already.” A public health worker in the dental centre, she was aware there was a need in the community, that many low-income folks were living with untreated dental problems because they couldn’t afford to pay for care. But setting up a permanent location was always a goal for Henning, who said a lot of factors came together to make the emergency dental clinic a reality, from community help, to support from businesses and B.C. Housing who found a space she could afford to rent. “The same people that B.C. Housing is trying to help are the same people we are trying to help. So there was a very good fit there,” said Henning. Then there was a special gift from a retiring dentist. “It was serendipitous that Dr. David Jenkins was closing his practice and he donated his entire dental office,” said Henning, explaining that Jenkins contributed everything from chairs to equipment and tools. Hour Glass, Britco, Rona, Greyback Construction and several others helped make the clinic a reality, added Henning, by either donating materials, time, or offering discounts where they could. “There were lots of little things, like Penticton Lock and Key, they donated the keys,” said Henning, who said there is still work to do. “What we are looking for is someone to work on our sidewalk,” said Henning. They also need window coverings to make the view one way, so a passersby can’t see in as people are getting treated. “And we need donations of money to upgrade any necessary equipment,” said Henning. “It costs about $1,000 a day to run the clinic and already we have seen about upwards of 200 people since our doors open.” Henning stresses that it is an emergency clinic; patients

Greta HenninG (left) founder of the Henning emergency Clinic of Kindness talks with the centre’s first patient, Heike Vetten, thursday at the Winnipeg Street dental facility just prior to its grand opening. it is the first not-for-profit permanent dental clinic in the South Okanagan.

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must not already have a dentist they are seeing, and they must have pain or infection, and not be able to afford regular dental care. The H.E.C.K dental clinic is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., located at 101-431 Winnipeg St.

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The PenTicTon Public Library has summer story times for infants and children. Baby songs and rhymes for infants to 15 months on Fridays until Aug.15 and storytime for ages two and up on Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 to 10:30 a.m. until Aug. 20. These programs are free and registration is not required. For more information, call Julia Cox at 250-770-7783 or ask in the children’s library. 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. Picture class on Mondays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. SeniorS SingleS lunch Club welcomes 65-plus each Friday. For location call 250-496-5980 or 250-770-8622. AnAveTS hAS kArAoke with Shawna at 7:30 p.m. Stu’s kitchen open for breakfast and lunch.

The oliver Senior Centre, 5876 Airport St., has bingo with a loonie pot every Friday at 1 p.m. T he b ereAvemenT reSource Centre at 626 Martin St. hosts weekly drop-in grief support sessions Fridays 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. c AnAdiAn r oyAl legion branch 40 has fish and chips lunch at 11:30 a.m. and all-youcan-eat spaghetti at 6 p.m. eAgleS hAve A $5 lunch from noon to 2 p.m. Guests welcome. elkS club on Ellis Street has drop-in fun darts and pool at 7 p.m. SummerlAnd PleASure PAinTerS meet every Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Harold Simpson Memorial Youth Centre. New members and drop-ins are welcome. Contact Ruth at 494-7627 for info. Al-Anon meeTS AT the Oasis United Church at

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2964 Skaha Lake Rd. from 6 to 7 p.m. For info call 250-490-9272. SouTh mAin droP-in Centre has beginnerplus line dance at 1 p.m. 890 Wing of South Okanagan Air Force Association meets at 4 p.m. in the clubhouse at 126 Dakota Ave.

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SouTh mAin droP-in Centre has partner cribbage on the first and third Saturdays of the month. c AnAdiAn r oyAl legion branch 40 has crib at 10 a.m., meat draw at 2 p.m. and a Scottish festival after party at 8 p.m. chAriTy boTTle drive with all money going to the Penticton Regional Hospital pediatric ward, SPCA and Critteraid. Drop off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays at IGA on Government Street. elkS club on Ellis Street has crib at 10 a.m., drop-in darts at 4 p.m., meat draw at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 5:30 p.m. AnAveTS hAS STu’S kitchen open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Entertainment by Buzz Byer at 6:30 p.m. A l c o h o l i c S 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 150 Orchard Ave. and in Summerland, the Grapevine meeting is at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. Call service 24 hours is 250-490-9216.

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come dAnce To the greatest dance music ever made with D.J. Emil, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the South Main DropIn Centre, 2965 South Main St. $3 per person, all welcome. SPcA fleA mArkeT every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1550 Main St. (in Wholesale Club parking lot). T he P enTicTon concerT Band will be performing on July 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gyro Park in Penticton. The band has been working hard at a new repertoire; the concerts will include a variety of styles and tunes, including classical, Irish music from The Lord of the Dance, movie sound-

tracks (Gladiator), rock classics (The Beatles, Queen), and even some disco. AfricAn children’S choir on July 6 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Summerland Baptist Church, 10318 Elliott St. Free will offering. Email info@summerlandbaptist.ca or call 250-494-3881 for info. information. The PenTicTon rAdio Control Club is hosting an off-road race on July 6 at 3803 McLean Creek Rd., OK Falls. Registration is at 9:30 a.m. and racing starts at 10:30 a.m. Spectators are welcome. u niTed P enTicTon church invites you to its opening session of the summer speaker series, Sermons that Speak. Rev. Dr. Stephen Farris, newly elected moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada leads off the series on July 6 at 10 a.m. at Penticton United Church at 696 Main St. in Penticton. Coffee time follows the service. For more information call 250-4922684. AnAveTS hAS horSe races and meat draws at 2 p.m. SurvivorShiP’S fleA mArkeT runs every Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1652 Fairview Rd. For more information call 250-493-6604. c AnAdiAn r oyAl legion branch 40 has sports Sunday with the Ladies Auxiliary catering food and beverages, meat and 50-50 draws at 2 p.m. in the hall, 502 Martin St. lAkelAndS church holdS Sunday services at 1265 Fairview Rd. (the Greek Orthodox Church) at 10:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome. For more info contact info@lakelandschurch. com. elkS club on Ellis Street has dog races at 2:30 p.m., M&M meat draw and Last Man Standing.

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evening line dAncing every Monday at 7 p.m., line dance lessons for beginners every Tuesday at 10 a.m. and intermediate every Thursday at 9 a.m. All lessons at the Oliver Senior Centre, 5876 Airport St., with teacher Claire Denney. Call 778-439-2070 for more information. iode ThrifT ShoP at 464 Main St. is open

FLYING HIGH — Veteran and Village by the Station resident Kelly Save, left, helps Al McNeil of Penticton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion raise the flag on the Dawson Avenue entrance to the resience as part of a special ceremony Monday, the day before Canada Day. The Legion purchased the pole for the Village at the request of the many veterans who now reside there.

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from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Clothing, kitchenwares, China items, pictures and more. elkS club on Ellis Street has summer fun darts at 7 p.m. SouTh mAin droP-in Centre has improver line dance at 9 a.m., Scrabble at 10 a.m., easy to intermediate line dance and duplicate bridge at 1 p.m. and yoga at 3:30 p.m. c AnAdiAn r oyAl legion branch 40 has dart dolls at 11 a.m., bridge at 1 p.m. floor curling AT 12:45 p.m. every Monday except holidays in the Leisure Centre, 439 Winnipeg St. m enTAl W ellneSS cenTre has Brown Bag family support group from noon to 1 p.m. weekly and individual support for family members from 2 to 4 p.m. weekly. Call 250-4937338 for more info. A l c o h o l i c S AnonymouS meeTS in OK Falls at 10:30 a.m. at 5328 Hawthorne St., then in Penticton

at 11 a.m. for the women’s group at the Lawn Bowling Club, 260 Brunswick St. The Sunday 123 group meets at 8 p.m. in the Education Room in the basement of the Penticton hospital. The closed men’s group meets at 11 a.m. at the Eagles hall at 1197 Main St., side door, upstairs. A l c o h o l i c S AnonymouS nux group meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Centre at Green Mountain Road and Penticton I.R. Road. Summerland 12 and 12 group at 8 p.m. at 13204 Henry Ave. in the United Church basement.

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SouTh mAin droPin Centre has a homecooked lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., partner bridge at 12:45 p.m., improver line dance and knitting and crocheting at 1 p.m. AnAveTS hAS STu’S kitchen open for breakfast and lunch. c AnAdiAn r oyAl legion has an executive

meeting at 10 a.m. and a service officer at 1 p.m. viSPASSAnA (inSighT) mediTATion for beginners or mature practitioners every Tuesday evening from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Please call Debora for details at 250-462-7340. All welcome, no charge. PenTicTon concerT bAnd rehearses from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lutheran Church, 1370 Church St. Intermediate to advanced musicians. All band instruments. The band is available for performances. Phone 250-809-2087 for info or email info@pentictonconcertband.ca. ToPS b.c. 4454 has weekly meetings from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at 445 Ellis St. Use back lane entrance. Meetings are downstairs. Phone Susan at 250-496-5931 or Sally at 250-4926556. okAnAgAn fAllS SeniorS’ Centre has pool at 6:30 p.m. and music from 7 to 9 p.m. elkS on elliS Street has crib wars at 1 p.m. and 10-card crib at 7 p.m.


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We require qualified US capable Class 1 drivers immediately: We are an Okanagan based transport company looking for qualified drivers for US loads we run primarily in the Pacific Northwest, Utah, Arizona and Nevada. We offer a new pay rate empty or loaded. All picks and drops paid. Assigned units company cell phones and fuel cards. Regular home time Direct deposit paid every second Friday with no hold backs. We offer a rider and pet policy. Company paid US travel Insurance. All applicants must have reliable transportation and a positive attitude. Please fax resume & abstract to 250-546-0600 or by email to parris@ricknickelltrucking.com NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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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.

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We require qualified Canadian Class 1 Drivers Immediately. We are an Okanagan based transport company looking for qualified drivers for the Western Provinces. All picks and drops paid. Assigned units company cell phones and fuel cards. Regular home time Direct deposit paid every second Friday with no hold backs. We offer a rider and pet policy. All applicants must have reliable transportation and a positive attitude. Please fax resume and abstract to 250-546-0600 or by email to parris@ricknickelltrucking.com NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Obituaries

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James Russel

1946-2014 Jim passed away with family by his side in Penticton, June 27th, 2014. He was born in Chemainus, March 24th, 1946. Jim, also known fondly as, Bubba, is survived by his wife, Lynn; daughter, Tracey (Derek Badger); son, Michael; grandchildren, Lucas and Holly Badger; brother, Al Work (Sharon); many cousins, nieces and nephews. Jim brought a unique and wonderful sense of humor to life and those he loved. His entertaining personality brought joy and laughter to everyone he met. He valued and respected his special friends. To respect Jim’s wishes, there will be no service. He requested a private family gathering. Condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com EVERDEN RUST FUNERAL SERVICES 250-493-4112

Farm Workers Full-time Seasonal Workers needed for thinning, picking, pruning, etc., $10.35 or more dep. on exp., 250-462-5228 Gill Orchards req. Farm workers needed for thinning, picking, pruning, 250-490-6234

Haircare Professionals Qualified Hairdresser to work 2-3 days per week required in Summerland Seniors Care Home, Commission, please call (604)420-9339.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS AND HOUSING As experienced leader in housing, capital project management, and public works, you will head the department of Public Works and Housing and work with the Chief and Council and OKIB Management Team in the achievement of a strategic capital plan among other long-term infrastructure initiatives.

Barbara Lynn

June 21st, 1945 - June 26th, 2014

Barbara Lynn Garrett entered into eternal peace just after her 69th birthday on June 26th, 2014. Barb was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, auntie and friend. Barb is predeceased by her mother, Queenie Colquhoun, and father, Donald Colquhoun. She is survived by loving husband Bob; sister Carol (Larry); sons Scott (Karen) and Steve (Carla); granddaughters Gracee and Amara. She touched many lives and gave cherished memories to all who knew her. Her selfless acts of love and compassion for anyone in need made her loved by all. We will miss her vibrant smile, her adoration for nature and her healing touch. Her loving and caring soul has enriched our lives beyond measure, and her memory will continue as a shining example as long as we breathe. Barb was born in Medicine Hat, AB. and spent her childhood years in Maple Creek, Sask. Her maternal nature and love for children led her into a fulfilling career as a maternity nurse in Penticton. Barb had a passion for travel with friends and family, spirituality, camping, crafting, singing, and perhaps most of all time spent in her backyard garden with her granddaughters. Until we meet again in meadows of wild flowers. A Memorial Service will be held at Penticton United Church, 696 Main Street, Saturday, July 5 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the charity of your choice. EVERDEN RUST FUNERAL SERVICES 250-493-4112

You bring a strong business acumen which includes knowledge of knowledge of housing and asset management best practices as well as a familiarity with development and maintenance of public works. You have the ability to not only create strategic plans but also to manage the operational work plans to achieve strategic goals. You have the ability to lead a team with diverse technical and trades expertise and ensure there is appropriate communication and collaboration on cross cutting work being done. DIRECTOR OF LAND AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT As business savvy, results-oriented and articulate leader, you will head the department of Lands and Economic Development and work with the Chief and Council and OKIB Management Team in the achievement of a balanced approach to lands management and economic development. You bring a strong business acumen which includes knowledge of project management, current economic trends, and an ability to critically analyze development plans. You have the ability to liaise with organizational leaders from multiple levels of Municipal, Provincial and Federal governments, other First Nations as well as other stakeholders. You can expect a supportive work environment, a total compensation package which includes a competitive wage, extended health and dental bene¿ts, pension plan, vacation plan and sick time bene¿ts PLEASE SEE COMPLETE JOB DESCRIPTION AT WWW.OKIB.CA Deadline for Applications: Positions Zill rePain open Xntil ¿lled. Interviews will begin July 2014 Please send resume, cover letter and references in any one of three ways: Email: humanresources@okanagan.org Fax: (250) 542-4990 Mail: 12420 Westside Road, Vernon, BC V1H 2A4 A Criminal Record Check and 3 References are required. ONLY THE APPLICANTS WHO ARE SELECTED FOR AN INTERVIEW WILL BE CONTACTED


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MACHINIST WANTED Vancouver Island Company requires a machinist immediately. Must be proficient in the operation of boring mills and lathes. Union position with comparable wages and excellent benefit package. Submit resumes via fax to: 250-656-1262 or email to: rmwltd@ramsaygroup.com

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Concrete & Placing Start to Finish - Small Jobs. Patios, Sidewalks, Walls and more. Jack the Bear Const., (250)490-5702

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

Garden & Lawn HERBARIA GARDEN AND LAWN. Spaces available for weekly lawn care. Other services available include pruning, hedging, weeding, mulching, edging and more. Free quote (for mowing) or estimate (all other services). Call Paul at 493-3362

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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 Trainor Family Hauling. Will haul your junk, big and small, to the dump. Will also do small jobs. We’re here to serve you with a smile. Call Pat with your needs. 250-486-4867

Pets & Livestock

Equestrian Custom cross country cart w/leather single horse harness. $2,500 obo. Call 250546-6968

Livestock Shavings & Sawdust Friendly service from Summerland since 1972 Les Porter 250-490-1132

Pets HAVANESE/BICHON X puppies, vet checked, 1st set of shots, delivery available. (250)804-6848 Standard Poodles ready in 2 wks. $1,000, all shots will be done. 250-838-6038 or email dalarose@telus.net for pictures St. Bernard Husky cross, 2 females left. Blue eyes, excellent disposition. Asking $500. 250-832-7625 WOLF Hybrid Cubs. Reserve now. Sun Valley Wolf Kennels Kelowna. $1000. 250-765-4996 www.sunvalleywolfkennels.com

Tack/Supplies Used Vic Bennett 16” All Around western saddle, rawhide covered, front and back cinches. Good condition. $1,200. Phone 250-494-8617.

Free Items Free: fridge, lawnmower, bicycle, Nordic track, mirror. 250493-0764

Fruit & Vegetables U-pick cherries, $1.10/lb, call (250)492-5653, 1099 West Bench Dr., 7am-8pm

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Shoprider Mobility Scooters and Power Chairs, New & Used. Stairlifts, Vertical Platform Lifts, Platform Stairlifts. www.okmobility.ca Kamloops: 250-377-3705 Kelowna: 250-764-7757 Vernon: 250-542-3745 or call TF 1-888-542-3745

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Garage Sales AMAZING Yard Sale. Every item clean, useable & reasonably priced. See ad on Kijiji for list of items. Lots of free stuff! 188 Forestbrook Pl, Penticton. Sat. July 4. 9AM - 3PM Garage Sale, Sat., July 5, 8am-1pm, 1645 Carmi Ave., hand tools, New Wood Lathe, fine bone China, copper, crystal, jewelry, collectibles and more! Garage Sale Sat., July 5, 8am-1pm, 175 Mcpherson Cres., Shoes, purses, small new freezer, building supplies, house hold and garden, Channel floaties. Misc., Free section, Make an offer, everything must go, CHEAP!! Huge Garage Sale, Apartment complex with multi-stalls, 8am1pm, 1820 Atkinson St., Sat., July 5 Lg Moving Sale, Sat. July 05, 8am-1pm. 3980 Finnerty Rd. Furniture, lots of everything Moving, must sell all! household, garden some furniture, good cond., Sat., July 5, 8amnoon, 122 Gardner Cres. Moving Sale, large items available, 222 Camberly Cove, (Skaha Estates-Eastside Rd.), Sunday, July 6, 8am-1pm MULTI-FAMILY yard sale. 907 MacCleave Ave, July 5 from 8 to 12. Baby & child and household items. Multi-family Yard Sale; baby clothes, toys, household items, let’s make a deal! 11103 Quinpool Rd., Summerland, Sat., July 5, 8am-2pm Multi Garage Sale, Deer Park Estates, July 5 & 6, 8am-3pm, 8598 Hwy 97, Gallagher Lake Multi Yard Sales Farrell - Cambie St., Baby/toddler boy clothes, sm. household goods, toys and more. Sun, July 6, 8am-1pm. Oliver Indoor/Outdoor Flea Market & Concession Sat. 8-4, Sun. 9-4 Turn downhill off Hwy 97 at Chevron To book a space Call Cory 250-408-4222 Sat. July 05 & Sun July 06, 8am-1pm. 695 Pineview Rd. Multi-residence, downsizing and estate sales!1999 Ford Econo Van, 2003 Ford Focus, furniture, piano, paintings, china, golf clubs and much more. Yard Sale, tools, air compressor, hydraulic press, chop saws, Sat., July 5, 8am-noon, 278 Ponderosa Ave., Kaleden

Misc. for Sale A- STEEL SHIPPING DRY STORAGE CONTAINERS Used 20’40’45’ 53’ and insulated containers all sizes in stock. SPECIAL Trades are welcome. 40’ Containers under $2500! DMG 40’ containers under $2,000 each. Also JD 544 &644 wheel Loaders Wanted to buy 300 size hydraulic excavator Ph Toll free 1-866-528-7108 Delivery BC and AB www.rtccontainer.com Freezer beef, grain fed, no hormones, no antibiotics, by the side, $3.50 lb. CWF. 250307-3430 or 250-546-6494 HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 www.thecoverguy.com/ newspaper? Iron Body Gravity Bed, as new, $50, York 2001 Home Gym, cable style, 160lbs, weights, $40, 778-476-2046

Misc. Wanted BUYING Coin Collections, Estates, Antiques, Native Art, Silver, Jewelry 250-499-0251 PRIVATE collector looking to buy a bunch of coins. Call Todd (250)-864-3521

Tools Guy’s Delight: Shop tools: saws, routers, drills, compressor, boxes of electrical & plumbing stuff, nuts and bolts galore. Buy separately or take all. Also new in pkg. 13 maple stair treads and risers$400, 250-495-5065 Osoyoos

APPLE PLAZA, Prime Central location, 2300sqft. in busy plaza, ample parking, also 220 sqft. shared office space avail., call Barb 250-492-6319

Vacation Rustic Retreat (weekly), private 300 ft lakefront, dock at waters edge, West Side Okanagan Lake. Full service cottage sleeps 4. (250)938-1101

COZY & CUTE 2Bdr, 1Bth, Sep. Office, 6 app, FP,Window Coverings, Fir Flr Thru out, Screened Prch, Landscaped, Lg Fenced Lot/MANY UPGRADES. A MUST SEE! Asking 359,900. Call 250-4926235 ask for PATTY PRIME LAKEVIEW LOTS from $140,000. www.orlandoprojects.com Also: Spectacular 3 acre parcel owner financing. 250-558-7888

Open Houses Open House, Sat./Sun./Mon., 10am-1pm, well kept, 4bdrm, 2bath, AC, large yard, 163 McPherson Cres., Penticton, (250)492-4538

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Homes for Rent

Suites, Lower 1BDRM bsmnt, daylight, near Wiltse school, n/s, n/p, util incl, $650, mature working person, Avail. July 1, 250-492-7312

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Auto Accessories/Parts

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

2008 Ford F350 Lariat 6.8L, V10, gas, 5spd, auto, 4x4, ext. cab, longbox, loaded, tonneau cover, 51,000 km, like new $30,000. 250-499-0093

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Trucks & Vans 1991 GMC V8(375HP) ExtCab 4X4 Dual Fuel, Gas/Propane,Fully Loaded w New Tires, Projector Head Lamps,Sony Stereo System w JBL Subwoofer, Satellite Radio, GPS Built In, Truxedo Cover & Towing Hitch. Good Condition. Asking $3199. 250487-8024 or james.green3@yahoo.ca

*1AA Scrap Removal. We will beat all competitors pricing, 250-801-4199

Shared Accommodation Wanted, senior lady (pensioner) to share 2 bdrm furnished apartment, reas. rent, for company and go for drives, etc., (250)493-0185, Penticton

Transportation

1977 20ft Prowler, one owner, sleeps 6.4 burner stove, full oven, 3 way fridge/freezer, HW tank, auto furnace, two 35lb propane tanks, floor/roof winter type, $2500, 2504928748 between 5 & 7pm 1994 Yellowstone motor home by Golfstream, 27ft, Ford powered, $10,500, (250)462-1257

Olalla, clean spacious bright house, park-like area, bright 3bdrm, 1 full bath, laundry rm, w/d/f/s, garage, large deck, NO SMOKING, ref’s req., small pet ok, avail. Aug. 1st, $925/mo., (250)499-5700

Apt/Condos for Sale

For Sale By Owner

Motorcycles Rare 1977 XS750 Yamaha Triple Kick & electric start, triple disk brakes, shaft drive $1500 OBO. 250-490-3048

Cottages / Cabins

Real Estate Condo for sale in Oliver,19+, close to all ammen. 2bdrm, 1.5 bath, $140,000. Great rental investment, renters pay $750 and want to stay. 250-4983354

PORSCHE Boxster S Covertible. Custom Painted. Looks Brand New. 2001/140,000Km $15,800. (250)801-3761 isaac.kamen@gmail.com

WARREN Ave. 1000&1500sq’ units of comm/industrial w/ compounded yard & overhead doors. 250-765-3295

2000 PONTIAC Grand Prix, 3.1L, 4/door sedan, 240,000 kms. Lots of new parts, runs well. Best offer 250-808-5307

1984 GMC Dually rebuilt 454, cammed, new carb., alt., starter, headers, 3 core rad., dual batteries, water, oil, fuel pumps, cowl hood, new interior, dumpers, hitch, flat back, lots done, runs excellent, $3000, 778-476-2046 1992 Dodge Dakota truck, 4x4 club cab, V6, 5spd, all new winter tires, new clutch, lots done, 148,000kms, runs-looks great, white-blue, $1750, 778476-2046

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Cars - Domestic 1992 Mustang, 5L, 73,000kms, 1-owner, mint condition, $9000. 250-7701295

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Radically new Cherokee returns after 20 years Jeep has been one of the that the Dodge Dart strongest brands for the uses, the styling is edgy Chrysler Group, thanks and modern. to the fantastic Grand The sharp nose and Cherokee mid-sized SUV small headlamps, along and the always-popular with the curved Jeep Wrangler. grille make a statement. Building off that success Some Jeep aficionados is the introduction of an might not be intrigued The 2014 all-new Cherokee. It has by this new design but Cherokee is a been almost 20 years newcomers to the brand since we had a Cherokee thoroughly modern might. The starting price in the market and this is $23,495, which is less SUV with goone is radically different than its major comfrom anything one might anywhere capability petitors. For this price, remember. Since the you get standard air and around-town Chrysler group didn’t have refinement that needs conditioning, Bluetooth a small SUV in its portfolio connectivity, two USB to be experienced. to take on established ports, a 5-inch Uconnect players like the Toyota screen and power winZack Spencer RAV4, Honda CR-V and dows/doors. The AWD Ford Escape, this 2014 Cherokee has a model starts at $25,695, which is also lot riding on its success the lowest price model in this class. The closest competitor, on price, image and Looks capability might be the Subaru Forester Unlike the last 1990s Cherokee, this for $25,995. radically different Jeep is based on a car platform instead of a rugged truck Inside chassis. This approach is lighter, to The interior of the all-new Cherokee is save fuel, and rewards the driver with more upscale than most of the competgood on-road manners. Built off the itors. The doors, armrest and dash are same Alfa Romeo-derived platform covered in soft touch materials. The front

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seats are supportive and comfortable. The rear seats too are comfy and slide fore and aft for more cargo storage. When placed in the normal position, the legroom isn’t ample but on par with others in this class. Connecting to the Cherokee is a snap with the optional 8.4-inch Uconnect system that pairs with smartphone in seconds, is very quick between commands, and has nice looking graphics. The base screen is five inches but has many of the same functionality. Behind the steering wheel, inside the instrument cluster, is another programmable screen for all the information the driver needs frequently. Drive The base 2.4L 4-cylinder with 184hp is the base engine on all trim levels. For just $1,300 any Cherokee can be equipped with the optional 3.2L V6 engine – making the walk up to this 271hp engine within reach for many buyers. In addition, this is the very first application of a 9-speed automatic anywhere in the auto industry, providing improved fuel economy and drivability. Having a chance to drive both the 4-cylinder and V6 models with the all-new 9-speed automatic, I’m torn. The V6 is the engine of choice for towing, steep mountain

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runs and longer distance driving. The flip side is that the 4-cylinder is a very good in-city commuter and the lighter engine helps this Cherokee to corner, brake and manouevre better. The 9-speed automatic shifts quickly and smoothly, in fact I forgot it had so many cogs but it does improve fuel economy with a highway rating of 6.4L/100km with the 4-cylinder and 7.0L with the V6. Most Canadians will opt for the AWD versions thanks to our winter conditions, but here too there are more choices. Jeep has included three AWD systems. The first is a called Active Drive 1 with a selectable drive mode called Select-Terrain, for automatic, snow, mud and sand settings. The second is called Active Drive 2 and offers a two-speed mode for low speed crawling. The most aggressive system is Active Drive Lock, which comes in the off-road purpose-built Cherokee called Trailhawk. The Trailhawk is a real Jeep; this is thanks to a locking rear differential and a host of electronic aids. The most impressive feature is the low speed crawling mode for both up and down hill tasks. Therefore, Jeep purists, yes, there is a Cherokee for you. Verdict This new Cherokee is off to a fantastic start. Sales are strong and the sharp design is bringing in buyers, not shoving them away. The 2014 Cherokee could not be further away from the last model; this is a thoroughly modern SUV with go-anywhere capability and aroundtown refinement that needs to be experienced. The Lowdown Power: 184hp 2.4L 4-cylinder, and 271hp 3.2L V6. Fill-up: 9.9L/7.0L/100km (city/highway AWD) Sticker price: $23,695-$32,195

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