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Santa flies by Dutch Lake Rudolph shows off his flashing red nose as a team of reindeer pulls Santa and his sleigh in a display on top of the beachhouse at Dutch Lake Park. Photo by Keith McNeill

Winners announced for Times' Christmas story contest Keith McNeill Cassidy Tucker, a Grade 5 student at Raft River Elementary School, took first place in the Grades 4 – 7 division in the Times’ Christmas story contest this year. Her story, titled "The Best Christmas Dinner", tackles a tough situation – a child’s birth parents coming to visit at her foster

parents’ home. Second place in the Grades 4 – 7 division went to Sophia Braaten, a Grade 4 student. Her story, also titled "The Best Christmas Dinner", tells about a child’s disappointment when Santa can’t come to dinner – and then his joy when he does arrive. Eli Priede took third spot in the Grades 4 – 7

division with his story "The Magic Rocket." His tale tells how Santa uses a magic rocket to deliver presents after his sleigh breaks down. Other children told a similar story, but not quite so well as Eli. In the Kindergarten – Grade 3 division, first place went to Cera Van Engelen, age seven. She tells the story of how a girl discovers that her Dad is

really Santa and her Mom is Mrs. Claus. Second spot in the Kindergarten – Grade 3 division went to Jorja Bond. Her story, "The Baby Owls’ First Christmas," tells how Santa helps young owls keep warm and have enough to eat at Christmas. Amery Hokai, age eight, won third place in the Kindergarten – Grade

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3 division. His story tells about how a dog uses magic to bring a girl’s parents back to life, resulting in the best Christmas dinner ever. A total of 81 youngsters entered the Times’ Christmas story contest this year, up from 52 last year but down from the 119 who entered the year before. As in previous years, we

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will endeavour to print all of the stories in this and subsequent issues during the season. The first place winners in each division will receive $25 for their efforts. Second place is worth $15 while third place will bring in $10. To read the winning entries, turn to pages A14 and A15 inside. Other Christmas stories begin on page A18.


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Clearwater Secondary announces 2014 award winners Times Staff The following is a list of the award winners at Clearwater Secondary School for the 2013/14 school year. The award presentations ordinarily would have been done in June but were delayed because of the teachers/government contract dispute. Most (except the Grade 12 awards) were given out during an assembly held at CSS Friday, Dec. 12, Youth Committee Awards – Bianca Mirabelli, Gabe

Francis, Will Ellis and Adrian Romeo Jr. Art – Stacia Panko Sr. Art – Robin Fraser Jr. Music – Emily Hewlett Sr. Music – Sheldon Musselman Most Valuable Musician – Patrick Roach Jr. Home Economics – Jesse Dana Sr. Home Economics – Foods – Cassandra Szwaba Computer Skills – Daniel Schuh Wood Products Manufacturing – Taylor Rhodes


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Gr. 8 Girl Athlete – Emily Giesbrecht, Annie Whelen Gr. 8 Boy Athlete – Keanen Bromley Jr. Girl Athlete – Megan Sim Jr. Boy Athlete – Timo Menard, Nate Wadlegger Sr. Girl Athlete – Celina-Jean Trainor Sr. Boy Athlete – Jairus Bromley Daryl Pipev Mem. Award – Outstanding Athlete – Karter Romeo, Megan Sim Jr. PE – Josh Kiewitt, Megan Sim Sr. PE – Jairus Bromley Jr. English – Kayley Lahaie Sr. English – Sarah Dohms Jr. Creative Writing – Kayley Lahaie Sr. Creative Writing – Jesse Fraser Jr. French – Kayley Lahaie Sr. French – Jenna Zietsov Jr. Social Studies – Janice Lau Sr. Social Studies –

CSS principal Darren Coates (l) congratulates Gary Goodie for achieving his high school graduation after being out of school for 18 years. Goodie had left school just one course shy of what he needed to finish Grade 12. Photo by Keith McNeill

Nathan Porter Jr. Mathematics – Janice Lau Sr. Mathematics – Aiden Sim Jr. Science – Janice Lau, Karter Romeo Sr. Science – Jesse Fraser Student Support

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We would like to take this opportunity to wish Seasons Greetings to everyone.

Merry Christmas and a Healthy 2014!

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Services Award – Valient Crombie Service – Mackenzie Alain, Chad Bond, Tyson Braaten, Jairus Bromley, Annie Butcher, Valient Crombie, Savannah Dee, Antoine Ellis, Will Ellis, Robin Fraser, Emily Giesbrecht, Shanequa Harwood, Robyn Kreke, Hailey Lepine, Leevon Levasseur, Quinn MacKay, Kylia Neufeld, Sara Porter, Everett Raschke, Joseph Razeau, Reid Rebinsky, Adrian Romeo, Karter Romeo, Daniela Romero, Meghan Shannon-Wilson, Megan Sim, Justin Sutherland, CelinaJean Trainer, Emma Wesnoski, Annie Whelen, Jenna Zietsov and Rylee Zittlau. Award to Parent – Alex Arduini Award to a Community Member – Brian Baird, Ian Eakins

Perfect Attendance – Jesse Dana Effort Award (gr. 8) – Natalia Biagioni Effort Award (gr. 9) – Mackenzie Alain Effort Award (gr. 10) – Lachlan Whelen Effort Award (gr. 11) – Boden Eakins Effort Award (gr. 12) – Celina-Jean Trainor Honor Roll – Year 1: Natalia Biagioni, Jesslyn Bordeleau, Jairus Bromley, Anthony Cameron, Alyssa Cochran, Savannah Dee, Carissa Fraser, Robin Fraser, Emily Giesbrecht, Emily Hewlett, Kaitlyn Hunter, Josh Kiewitt, Kayley Lahaie, Callum MacLeod, Timo Menard, Taylor Neufeld, Shane Quaal, Cassidy Redman, Taylor Rhodes, Daniela Romero, Jessica Rotzetter, Usman Sharif, Daniel Schuh, Morgan Spencer, Cassandra

Szwaba, Emily Talbot, Morgan Thomas, Journey Timms, Celina-Jean Trainor, Shaye Turcotte, Braden Vowles, Emma Wesnoski, and Annie Whelen. Year 2: Mackenzie Alain. Emily Fraser, Hailey Griffin, Shanequa Harwood, Robyn Kreke, Vanessa McGill, Zoe Ovenden, Stacia Panko, Shawna Podbisky, Brynn Rebinsky, Kaylene Redman, Kiran Sharif, and Breanna Regier. Year 3: Aliya Bieber, Jesse Dana, Janice Lau, Leevon Levasseur, Karter Romeo, Megan Sim, Larson Wadlegger, and Lachlan Whelen. Year 4: Reid Rebinsky and Jenna Zietsov. Highest Achievement (gr. 8) – Emily Giesbrecht Highest Achievement (gr. 9) – Emily Fraser, Stacia Panko Highest Achievement (gr. 10) – Janice Lau Highest Achievement (gr. 11) – Reid Rebinsky Highest Achievement – Practical and Fine Arts (gr. 12) – Aiden Sim Highest Achievement – Academic (gr. 12) – Sarah Dohms Most Improved – Taylor Rhodes Jr. Citizenship – Adrian Romeo, Megan Sim Sr. Citizenship – Celina-Jean Trainor Jr. All Round – Leevon Levasseur Sr. All Round / Fred Allan Memorial Bursary – Chad Bond.

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Yellowhead's environmental assessment application accepted for review Times Staff Yellowhead Mining Inc. announced on Thursday, Dec. 11 that it has been advised by the BC Environmental Assessment Office (BC EAO) that its application for an environmental assessment certificate for its Harper Creek Project has been accepted for review. This is a step forward for the mining company. In May, 2013, BC EAO advised Yellowhead that the application it had submitted at that time did not satisfy the application information requriements. The environmental authority did not accept the environmental application for review. Yellowhad has been working on a new application since then. "The acceptance for review by the BC EAO of the environmental assessment application for the Harper Creek project marks the next milestone in the development of Harper Creek" noted Frank D. Wheatley, CEO of Yellowhead. "We look forward to working with the BC EAO and the Working Group during the review of the EA application.” With the acceptance of the EA Application for review by the BC EAO, the 180-day review

period will commence once Yellowhead has responded to a number of screening comments from the BC EAO and the Working Group. Yellowhead currently anticipates that it will be able to respond to the screening comments and provide appropriate updates to the EA application by the end of December 2014, which would result in the 180 day review period being initiated by the BC EAO in early January 2015. About the Harper Creek Project Harper Creek is a proposed 70,000 tonnesper-day open pit copper mine with a 28 year mine life, that would be located about 10 km southwest of Vavenby. Harper Creek would have a four year development period, with the initial two years focused on environmental and construction permitting, and the second two years dedicated to construction. When developed, Harper Creek would provide up to 660 jobs during construction and up to 450 permanent jobs during operations. For more information on Yellowhead and the Harper Creek Project, visit Yellowhead's website at

DOC receives provincial age friendly grant Submitted CLEARWATER – District of Clearwater has been awarded a $20,000 age-friendly community planning and project grant to help support local strategies to help seniors stay mobile, physically active, socially connected and healthy. In Clearwater, the funding will be used by the municipality to develop a Seniors’ Health and Safety Toolbox. The toolbox will provide seniors with important information about services and resources available in the community related to personal health and safety. “This grant will ensure that seniors have the informa-

tion they need regarding the wide range of services available to them in Clearwater in one convenient package,” said Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson. “It is important for seniors, especially in rural areas, take advantage of programs to live independent, safe and healthy lives in their community.” The age-friendly community planning and project grant program is a partnership between the provincial government and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM). For the 2015 grants, local governments were encouraged to consider projects that

complement Accessibility 2024 and other provincial priorities for seniors such as dementia, elder abuse prevention and non-medical home supports Accessibility 2024 is government’s 10-year plan to make B.C. the most progressive place for people with disabilities in Canada. Of the 28 funded projects, 12 projects include a focus on accessibility. Other successful applicants will specifically address issues facing seniors in rural communities. Including this announcement, over 135 local governments throughout B.C. have received at least one grant, and over 225 projects have been funded.


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The offices of the District of Clearwater “Municipal Hall” and ICBC/Motor Vehicle are located at: Dutch Lake Community Centre, 209 Dutch Lake Road, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N2 Mailing Address: Box 157, Clearwater, BC, V0E 1N0 Tel: 250-674-2257 Fax: 250-674-2173 Snow Angels Are you willing to be a Snow Angel? – Adopt a driveway and keep it clear. Watch for people in your neighbourhood who could use help removing snow from their driveway and ask if you can lend a hand. In case you are not sure who needs help, call us at the office at 250-674-2257 and we will connect you with those in need. Community Recreation Healthy Living - Winter Programming – 2014/15 Tabata, Zumba, X-Country Skiing, Yoga and more. Registration opens December 22nd, 2014. For a sneak peak, check out our website: District of Clearwater and ICBC/Motor Vehicle Christmas Office Hours 2014 December 24 OPEN 8:30am - 12:00noon December 25 CLOSED December 26 CLOSED December 27 CLOSED December 28 CLOSED December 29 OPEN 8:30am - 4:30pm December 30 OPEN 8:30am - 4:30pm December 31 OPEN 8:30am - 12:00noon 2015

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Upcoming Events: December 23rd, 2014 – North Thompson Sportsplex, Santa Skate – 5:00pm-6:30pm No Charge. Free hot dogs and hot chocolate. Bring your friends and neighbours out for a skate with Santa! Upcoming Meetings of Council: Public Welcome. Come and meet the new Council at the Council Chambers, 209 Dutch Lake Road. January 6th, 2015 – Infrastructure Committee of the Whole Meeting – 1:00pm January 6th, 2015 – Regular Council Meeting – 2:00pm Keep updated with what’s happening in the District on our website and “Like” us on Facebook.

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“ For every problem there is a solution which is simple, clean and wrong.” — H.L. Mencken, journalist editorial by keith mcNeill

Warming trend shows need for carbon fee-and-dividend

Rotary appreciates supporters of Christmas Tree Light-up Editor, The Times:

Clearwater Rotary Club would like to express its appreciation to all the people who attended the Christmas Tree Light-up on Dec. 7 at the Wells Gray Information Centre. There were at least 100 people throughout the evening enjoying the tree decorating contest, the cookie decorating contest and just visiting. The Carol Singers led by Louise Weaver, the Community Choir and local musicians Jack and Mary entertained us all evening.

Heather Adamson captivated the children with the Christmas story reading. Santa Phil delighted all the children. Dennis Greffard supplied the facilities when we thought we would not have functioning bathrooms for the night and Ian Eakins and Jon Kreke made sure we had facilities on the day. A variety of others supported the event through the services they provided or funding they made available: TNRD, District of Clearwater, Wells Gray Community

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Forest, Century 21 Realty, Blackwell Enterprises, Full Steam Enterprises, Norson Construction, Wells Gray Info Centre, Royal Bank, Clearwater-North Thompson Times, Clearwater Fire Department and Charlene Lau Studios. We already have thoughts on how to improve the celebration next year. The Rotary Club wishes you a Happy Holiday and all the best for 2015.

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The B.C. Interior has seen record-breaking warm temperatures this December. Although it now appears that Clearwater will have a white Christmas, there likely still will be a lot of green showing. What is going on? “When you're knee-deep in alligators, it's sometimes hard to remember that the original objective was to drain the swamp.” That old bumper-sticker saying seems to be the slogan for the series of international meetings held to control climate change, including the most recent in Lima, Peru. Nobody denies that the carbon dioxide level in our atmosphere is rising continuously (and is now about half again what it was before the Industrial Revolution). And nobody denies that carbon dioxide is a powerful greenhouse gas. We've known these two facts for many decades but somehow our political system seems incapable of responding prudently to the danger they present. In the past two issues we've reported on efforts by the group Citizens Climate Lobby to promote a solution called carbon fee-and-dividend to our federal government in Ottawa. This approach has the advantages of being easy to understand, transparent, dynamic, economical to administer, and effective. Carbon fee-and-dividend would essentially be a carbon tax on fossil fuels similar to the one we have here in British Columbia but, unlike in B.C., all the money collected would be returned to everyone as a carbon dividend or basic income

grant (in B.C., some of the money is distributed to low income people while the rest goes into general revenue). A carbon fee set at $30 per tonne – the same level as the carbon tax in B.C. – would generate about $20 billion per year. Assuming there are 20 million adults (over age 18) in Canada, that would mean each person would collect a carbon dividend of $1,000 per year. Obviously, B.C.'s carbon tax is not going to solve global warming all by itself. However, it has shown that it does work and does not hurt the economy. Similarly, Canada cannot hope to solve global warming by itself either, even if it acts in partnership with other nations, such as the United States. We can, however, hope to set a good example by taking meaningful action to control climate change – and many economists agree that carbon fee-and-dividend is the “gold standard” against which all other methods of control should be measured. Ultimately, controlling global warming will require carbon fee-and-dividend at the global level. All fossil fuels in every nation will need to be taxed, and the proceeds distributed to everyone in the world on an equal basis. For those who want to learn more, Citizens Climate Lobby is helping to organize a Carbon Pricing Townhall that will be live-streamed from Toronto on Jan. 27. Stephen Lewis will be moderator. For more details, go to

Refine dilbit close to its source Editor, The Times:

Well, well, even Gordon Gibson, a fellow of the Fraser Institute, says refine it here in Canada. Stockwell Day, who never made a lot of sense, has made very good sense showing that exporting Alberta tar – bitumen – just loses money for Alberta and, in the end, Canada itself. David Black has the right idea for a refinery in Canada. It's just in the wrong place! Build this refinery as close to Fort Mac as possible. As Gordon Gibson and others have pointed out, refined oil is much safer to move than Alberta tar. But, as Gordon Gibson

states, there is no leadership in the Harper government. No, it's rams the Keystone (Kops) pipeline down Obama's throat, push the Northern Gateway to Kitimat for a suicide run down Douglas Channel. It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when a serious accident happens. Why are those who promote these pipelines so blind to the loss of value this policy of pushing hot dilbit down a pipeline to be refined in China or the United States would be? It is just plain ideology? Is the thought of several thousand well-paying jobs (union or non-union) such an anathema to this gang of neo-con ideologues, especially Tony

Clement, that they'd rather ship the dilbit to China or the US of A? Better to have the tar refined in China, with refineries have little or no environmental controls – plus Chinese workers come much cheaper than their Canadian counterparts. With plunging oil prices, the game has changed radically. One has to ask – what will be the fate of these pipelines to nowhere? One can guess – we will have to wait and see. These enterprises may just disappear in a puff of smoke. Along with Christie Clark's LNG fantasy.

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Question of the Week

? Do you believe in Santa Claus?

Irene Gouchie:

I definitely believe in Santa Claus' origins – in Saint Nicholas or Sinter Klaus.

Mike Kilba:

I always have. You've got to believe in Santa Claus.

Alta Kruger:

No, I don't. Sorry, kids.

Gord and Carol Radcliff:

Liz Chayer:

Yes, because it's for the kids.

When you have four grandchildren, yes, you believe. So, old people believe in Santa Claus, and young people too.

Many contribute to make Christmas concert a success Editor, The Times:

On behalf of the Clearwater and District Food Bank and the music committee, thank you to the more than 200 people who attended the Clearwater Community Christmas Concert on Dec. 6. This was the 21st annual Christmas Food Bank fund raiser, but the first under new musical leadership and the first to be held in the Dutch Lake Community Center. Your continuing support made this year's event a huge success. The Food Bank received approximately $4,000 in donations, $900 in raffle income and 350 food items, as well as $1000 from District of Clearwater, and

$1000 from Royal Canadian Legion Br. 259. It was delightful and encouraging to see so many youthful participants among the other local performers. Speaking of youth, I would like to mention Sheldon Musselman for his help on sound and stage. We look forward to his performances in the coming year. Others who helped out included Loyd Bishop, lead stage hand, who provided his sound system, drove to Barrière to borrow a lighting system, and did the lion's share of setting up and tearing down of equipment and lights. Linda MacKenzie did a great job as assistant stage hand.

What were you writing on that clip board, Linda? Doug Fenwick drove to Kamloops to pick up and install the four stage backdrop lights paid for by Yellowhead Community Services. Doug's help and outstanding electronic knowledge contributed much to the event's success. Kim Bridge and the Y2C youth set up tables and chairs. Pat and Heather Stanley, and other Food Bank volunteers set up of the bake sale, silent auction and raffle. Jack Keough and Joanna Hurst who, on behalf of YCS, provided guidance, moral support and the donation of lights and a rent-free venue.

Ken Kjenstad did an excellent job as master-of-ceremonies (lame jokes not withstanding,) as well as printed Charlene Lau's magnificent posters. John Soles provided piano accompaniment during the crowd’s arrival and silent auction bidding. Keith McNeill took beautiful photographs of the event. Bill Fowler contributed the use of his lighting system. We hope to be able to afford one for the DLCC in the future. A very special thanks to Denis Chaykowski and the Wells Gray Inn for their faithful support for so many years; you left some very big shoes to fill,

and many wonderful memories. Thank you to everyone else who worked behind the scenes; if I missed anyone, I apologize, but know that your efforts are really appreciated. I saved the best to the last. A HUGE thank you to all the performers. You did an outstanding job and even though we had a few glitches; you soldiered on to make this a remarkable Food Bank fundraiser. Without you, there would have been no show. We all look forward to an even better concert next year. ‘Til then, God bless.

Calvin Lutz Clearwater, B.C.

Allocation of hunting should be fair to the residents of B.C. Editor, The Times:

The current wildlife allocation policy in B.C. has just been updated just before the Christmas season, when most people are busy with other things and aren't aware of what the provincial government is doing. In case you didn't know, the B.C. wildlife allocation policy is how wildlife, i.e., moose, deer, elk, etc. are divided up between resident hunters and guide outfitters (Guide Outfitters

Association of BC or GOABC). B.C. already has the most generous splits anywhere in North America. No jurisdiction outside of B.C. has more than 10 per cent non-resident allocation. The guide industry wants up to 40 per cent of the available sheep, goats and grizzly bears and up to 25 per cent of all other species for their non-resident trophy hunting clientele. We have a limited entry hunt (LEH) system in

place in B.C. which already reduces our opportunities. However, I have a problem sharing the available wildlife out there with non-resident aliens who can hunt year after year because they can afford it and having the guide territories owned by foreign citizens and corporations. Should less than 5,000 non-residents get 25 – 40 per cent of our wildlife, while the 103,000 resident hunters argue over what's left?

I have a problem with this picture and want my children and grandchildren to enjoy the benefits of this province the way I did. There are 230 guide outfitters in this province and over 100,000 licensed resident hunters, of which BC Wildlife Federation currently represents 45,000 members. Once again the government has put the interests of very few over those of B.C. residents.

GOABC donates regularly to the Liberal Party of B.C.. Is there a quid pro quo at play here? Moose is one of the most popular species in B.C. to hunt. In Region 3, which includes our town and residents, guide outfitters have guaranteed access to up to 20 per cent of available moose tags. B.C. residents must apply for LEH for what's left. If I had $9,000 to spare I could book a hunt with

a guide and bypass the LEH. I don't. Wealthy foreigners do and they are getting those animals ahead of B.C. residents. Access to the natural resources for the residents of B.C. is important to me and my family. Any reduction to this access at the expense of all British Columbians is simply wrong.

Larry Borsa Clearwater, B.C.

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The Times thanked its 600 subscribers for their support during the three months since its inception. In its first Christmas issue, the newspaper promised bigger and better things in the New Year. The local school board said taxes would increase to pay for a 6.5 per cent raise in the teachers' payroll. Total cost would be $11,767, a 1.8 mil levy. Temperatures as low as 45 below caused the North Thompson River to freeze from the bot-


tom up. The water severed Highway 5 south of Blue River. Two days later the highway still had 18 inches of water on it for a distance of 200 feet. The cold weather caused the Times to have typesetting problems. The linotype had to be boosted with a heater beneath its gears, while the operator needed heaters on both sides to surmount the challenge. Leverne Burnell was looking for help as he and others planned to establish an Elks Lodge in the Clearwater area.

way, according to Roy Unterschultz. Vavenby Lions Club raised the funds. Frances Shook was elected president of Vavenby Old Age Pensioners Club for a second term. Mrs. A. deVooght was treasurer; and Ruby Pease, secretary.



YEARS AGO: Vavenby Lions Club, under president Verne Brown, donated 500 Vials of Life to ambulance driver Jack Patterson. The club also took on the job of distributing them to area residents. Santa and his elf made their annual appearance at the Sportsman Restaurant. He made his spectacular entrance after making the trip from the Safety Mart parking lot in a sled hauled by a snowmobile. Television equipment for Vavenby's second channel was on its

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Winners of the Letters to Santa contest sponsored by the Times were two eight-yearolds: Tracy Mayovsky of Barriere, and Arnold Baptiste of Louis Creek.



Ross Smith was elected chairman of School District 26 (North Thompson) at the board's inaugural meeting. Ed Shook was vice-chair. Shook and Pauline Gregory had been re-elected as trustees by acclamation. A brief parade orga-

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nized by Raft River Riders moved rapidly through chilly weather from the tourist booth to Brookfield shopping center to help support Christmas Amalgamate. The parade, consisting mostly of horses and fire vehicles, collected numerous boxes of food and other goods along its way. Members of the Blackpool Fire Department were restoring donated dolls, plush animals and other toys to nearly new condition.


YEARS AGO: Students at Clearwater Secondary School held a candlelight memorial for the young women who had been shot at the Montreal Polytechnique a short time before. "It could have been us," said Kristy Curtis. She, along with fellow CSS pupils Stacey Porter and Katja Hebeisen, had organized the event. MLA Bud Smith informed the Times that a $107,000 Lottery grant had been approved for Clearwater Ski Club's clubhouse. A $70,000 project to upgrade the dykes along

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the North Thompson River downstream from the Clearwater Station Bridge was underway.



The Bev and Ken Smith residence on Dutch Lake Road won first place in Clearwater's annual Light Up for Christmas competition. Four Clearwater residents were involved in a chain reaction collision on Highway 5 just south of Fish Trap Canyon at McLure. The multi-vehicle incident began when a semi being driven by an Alberta man lost traction going up the hill, blocking part of the northbound lane. A series of southbound vehicles then collided with the semi or with each other. There were no apparent serious injuries. For the first time, Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital was to have blood on hand to treat patients in life-threatening emergencies. Previously, patients requiring blood had to wait one or two hours while a locally

registered donor was contacted and brought in to give. The hospital had 30 or more donors registered. They were screened for antibodies twice a year.



The Clearwater water system was resistant to the Y2K bug, according to CID administrator Kim Heyman. Much of the water was delivered by gravity, plus B.C. Hydro had assured her that its system (which powered the pump in the well) had been thoroughly tested to be Y2K compatible. Blue River's Steve Quinn was elected by his fellow TNRD directors to be chair of the regional hospital district board. He pledged his support of building a new multi-level hospital in Clearwater.



MLA Kevin Krueger and TNRD director Bert Walker helped Louise Weaver of the Wells Gray Community Resources Society board in a symbolic sod-turning ceremony for the society’s new “neighborhood house.” The provincial government allocated 300,000 cubic meters of beetle salvage wood to North Thompson Indian Band and Lower North Thompson Valley Community Forest Society. Wells Gray Country Community Forest Corporation had been invited to participate, but declined because there was no opportunity in the Headwaters Forest District for much beetle kill, said spokesperson Ted Richardson.



Silver Dew Hardwood held a celebration to mark the Upper Clearwater specialty mill’s reopening. Forest minister Pat Bell was there to present the company with a 500 cubic meter direct license that would permit them to harvest birch near Adams Lake to feed the mill. The mill had shut down mid-April after its Japanese market dried up because of the credit squeeze. The Dec. 1 startup put 15 people back to work in two shifts producing birch veneer that was being used by a company in Lumby to make disposable wooden cutlery. Thompson-Nicola Regional District staff and a consultant from Urban Systems proposed Camp Two for a new eco-depot site. The proposed facility would replace the Clearwater landfill, which was scheduled to close in the next few years. Brue Grimm was Clearwater Secondary School’s winner of the Governor General’s award. The award goes to the top student in the graduating class of every secondary school.



A playground to be named in memory of teachers Courtney and Skye Buck reached the finals of Aviva Insurance's community fund contest. Wells Gray Search and Rescue Society was to receive a Community Gaming Grant of $26,000 to help the organization continue to offer important public safety services to the community.

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Growing pains for police investigation unit By Tom Fletcher, Black Press B.C. police forces have undergone a "sea change" in the two years since a civilian-led unit was put in charge of investigating police-involved deaths and serious injuries, says the man in charge of the Independent Investigations Office. But the road to a new system that is moving away from police investigating other police has not been smooth, former U.S. prosecutor Richard Rosenthal acknowledged in his report to a committee of B.C. MLAs Thursday. The office started up in the fall of 2012 with 36 investigators, about half and half civilians and former police officers. Its mandate was to move to all-civilian investigations, and Rosenthal said progress has been made, with two thirds of staff in the two investigative teams being people who have never worked as police officers. This year four former officers

port, and Frank Paul, who was He was asked about a survey removed from the Vancouver of his operation that referred to Police drunk tank in 1998 and a lower-than expected case load. left unconscious in an alley. Rosenthal said that was done The 2005 gunshot death of before the office dealt with four fatal officer-involved shootings in Ian Bush at the RCMP detachment in Houston, B.C. was less than three months. another case that pushed the "I don't believe there is a B.C. government to end the single person in the office who practice of police incidents being would say that today," he said. investigated by other police Rosenthal said video camforces. The independent office eras for police dog handlers, also brought B.C. RCMP officers general-duty officers and police under civilian oversight. Tasers would help in some cases, The B.C. Police Complaints but that is a decision for police Commissioner is continuing to services due to cost and privacy handle public complaints against concerns. Richard Rosenthal is three years into a five-year term as chief civilian direcpolice forces in the province. The B.C. government committor of the Independent Investigations Office. He is eligible to be reappointed ted to a civilianto one more term. Black Press led agency after a string of incidents were fired from the IIO, and organization and evolution of involving RCMP five more resigned, Rosenthal jobs that causes people to look and city police told the committee. Two civilfor something new. forces. The office ian staff also quit this year after A one-time Los Angeles Peace and Joy throughout the 1holidays BaseJournalRONA2007_Ang 2/26/07 3:44 PM Page was recommended three civilians resigned in 2013. deputy district attorney who & Best Wishes for the New Year by inquiries into Another former officer was "sep- worked on the 1999 Rampart the 2007 deaths arated from the organization" in case involving violence and drug 209 Dutch Lake Road, 4936 Barriere Town Road, BaseJournalRONA2007_Ang 2/26/07 3:44 PM Page 1 of Polish immi2012, Rosenthal said. Clearwater B.C. Barriere, B.C. dealing in the city's police force, grant Robert 250 674-2600 250-672-9773 He cited three reasons for the Rosenthal set up independent Dziekanski at high turnover: "cultural conpolice oversight in Portland and Vancouver airflicts," the struggles of a new Denver before coming to B.C.

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Trades training at School District 73 gets $30,000 Industry Training Authority funding a high school diploma and an “Students enrolled in the Finding an employer who apprenticeship. In 2013/14, SSA program are getting will sponsor their apprenticeship there were 952 new students hands-on experience in the is one of the biggest challenges KAMLOOPS – School registered in SSA programs field, providing them with a facing youth looking for a career District 73, Kamloopssolid foundation in the trades. Today’s Thompson is one of 26 disin their chosen ITA funding will help tricts across B.C. that will trade while earnschool districts cover receive funding from the ing credit towards costs that will Industry Training Authority Students enrolled in the SSA program are getting hands- staffing high school gradusupport and guide (ITA) to continue the disation,” said Terry youth through the trict’s Secondary School on experience ... Lake, MLA for B.C. apprenticeship Apprenticeship (SSA) Program Terry Lake, MLA for Kamloops-North Thompson system by helping Kamloops-North for the 2014/15 school year. them to secure jobs Funding of $30,000 will help Thompson. “This program is a wonand employer sponpay for SD 73’s SSA program, a sorship. This funding dual-credit program that allows derful opportunity across B.C., representing a 7.5 for students to get the experiwill also help youth transition students who are 15 years of per cent increase from the previ- from technical training to workence they need to start a career age and over, in Grades 10, 11, ous school year. As of Oct. 31, in the trades.” based training, and build further or 12, to begin the work-based Through SSA programs, stu- 2014, there were a total of 1,732 awareness of opportunities in training component of an youth apprentices registered in dents “earn while they learn”, the skilled trades among youth, apprenticeship program while SSA programs in the province. credit toward both parents, educators and employstill in high school. h&r block 2x4receiving - Composite

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B.C. identifying rural community leaders for advisory council Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations WILLIAMS LAKE – Applications to participate in the province's Rural Advisory Council are now being accepted until Jan. 9, 2015. "We need to ensure that rural British Columbians have an equitable share in the economic benefits generated from resourcebased industries,” said Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Steve Thomson. “The Rural Advisory Council offers a strong new voice for rural citizens and will help support rural prosperity and thriving rural communities across B.C."

The council's mandate is to provide independent and impartial advice to government on matters related to rural development. As committed to in the report, Supporting Rural Development: Creating a Voice for Rural British Columbia, the initial focus of the council will be to provide advice on: * Avenues to support greater rural access to capital; * Stronger business development support for rural entrepreneurs and businesses; and * Moving forward on the Rural Dividend. Government is inviting individual British Columbians to apply for council membership by submitting a resume and cover letter, identifying

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Man causes a disturbance On Monday, Dec. 8, Clearwater RCMP were called to a disturbance at the Community Resource Centre. A male was causing a disturbance and was threatening staff members. No charges were forwarded and the male was banned from the Resource Centre for a year.

Overnight while Christmas tree hunting On Dec. 9, Clearwater RCMP received a report of two stranded females on a forest service road near Clearwater. The females had been hunting for a Christmas tree when their vehicle got stuck. They spent the night with the vehicle and a logging truck driver rescued the females the following morning. The females were checked and cleared by BC Ambulance Service. They later retrieved the vehicle.

Icy roads cause collisions Early Thursday morning, Dec.11, Clearwater RCMP attended two vehicle collisions on Highway 5. The two crashes occurred near each other between Vavenby and Avola. Both were due to speed and icy road conditions. The first involved a single vehicle from


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Police give 24-hour prohibition and seize drugs On Dec. 13, Central Interior Traffic Services conducted a road check near Little Fort. One male was given a 24-hour roadside driving prohibition and a small amount of marijuana was seized.

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Community Christmas party entertains everyone Robyn Rexin Vavenby held a community Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 12, at the community hall. Judy Shipley of the North Thompson Community Chorus got the event rolling and then Barb Pennell, plus 12 helpers, organized it to completion. A joyful group of approximately 80 people attended the party. First thing everyone did was eat the delicious potluck supper. On each table there was a pretty centerpiece made by Pennell.

Each centerpiece had one of three different coloured candles in it. The people at each table got up to get their food depending on the colour of the candle on their table. Then everyone was turning their chairs over. At each table there was a piece of tape on the bottom of one of the chairs. The person with the tape got to take the centerpiece home. After dinner the North Thompson Community Chorus performed, singing the popular Christmas songs, and encourag-


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ing everyone to sing along. Bonnie Grusing was the piano player and Leah Jones the chorus leader. Santa arrived next. Christine Wright of Greenscapes Photography took pictures of the children who sat on Santa's lap. The kids received a bag of goodies as well. Santa also went around the room to have his picture taken with some of the adults. It was a merry evening and one the people of Vavenby hope to make an annual event. It did not start out well, however. There was a broken water line in town somewhere. Water was being shut off street by street to more quickly locate it. The party was able to go ahead, however, because water was supplied by the TNRD. Vavenby Church hosts Christmas event Christmas in the Village was held at the Vavenby Christian Church on Sunday, Dec. 14. It was a very

Myrtle Dohms, age 93, tells Santa what she wants for Christmas during a community party held at Vavenby hall recently. Photo by Christine Wright, Greenscapes Photography

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Then there was a short story read by Valerie Gerber. The offering was next and then a video vignette. Ian Moilliet gave his Christmas thoughts, and said them in such a way so that the children could understand. At the end of the sermon Moilliet asked who had a birthday closest to Christmas day. Nobody could beat Noelle McCorriston who was born on the 25th. She received the church's gift. A delicious and extensive potluck followed, filling everyone up. Possible rainfall record The rainfall for Vavenby is measured at the Aveley Ranch. On Thursday, Dec. 11, a total of 29 mm fell in 36 hours. This would be close to a record for Vavenby for the winter season.

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B.C. oil refinery backers move ahead Gateway pipeline project, which received a federal environmental certificate this year and awaits approval by the federal cabinet. All proposals also face opposition to transport of heavy oil. Pacific Future has appointed Atleo as a senior advisor for partnerships, months after Premier Christy Clark appointed him as an advisor for dialogue between First Nations, government and industry. Black said his next steps include negotiating "acceptable compensation" for his project with the Kitselas and Haisla First Nations for use of their traditional territory.

Tom Fletcher – Black Press Backers of a third large oil refinery proposal for B.C.'s North Coast made some highprofile appointments last week naming former Assembly of First Nations national chiefs Shawn Atleo and Ovide Mercredi as advisors to their team. Pacific Future Energy, proposing what it calls the world's greenest refinery near Prince Rupert, announced the appointments Dec. 10 at a Vancouver Board of Trade event hosted by Stockwell Day, the former Conservative trade minister who has been the group's public face since August. Pacific Future's proposal is similar to Kitimat Clean, a refinery bid launched in 2012 by David Black, chairman of Black Press. Both would be constructed from modules manufactured offshore to produce diesel, gasoline and other fuels for sale, avoiding the transport of heavy oil by tankers to reach export markets. The third proposal is called Eagle Spirit Energy, headed by aboriginal author and lawyer Calvin Helin with financial backing from the Aquilini Group, the Vancouver family business that owns the Vancouver Canucks and extensive real estate and farm holdings. Eagle Spirit is proposing a pipeline from the Alberta oil sands to an upgrader that would produce synthetic crude oil for export by tankers, likely from the Prince Rupert area. Black announced last week that engineering firm Hatch Ltd. has completed a design and feasibility study for a refinery at an estimated cost of $22 billion, making it one of the 10 biggest in the world.

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A tender wind blew across the land Reaching out to take three hands For on the winds the angels came Calling out three mother’s names. Left behind, the children’s tears Loving memories of the years Of joy and love, a life well spent And now to God three mother’s sent. On angel’s wings, a heavenly flight The journey home, towards the light. To those who weep, three lives are gone But in God’s love, ‘tis but the dawn.

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Hampers go out for Christmas Keith McNeill Clearwater and District Food Bank distributed its annual Christmas hampers last weekend. About 119 hampers were to have gone out, of which six were sponsored by local organizations, according to food bank spokesperson Heather Stanley. With an average of three boxes per hamper, that added up to well over 300 boxes that went out to

needy families and individuals in the community. This year, for the first time, the distribution took place out of Dutch Lake Community Centre. In recent years it has been done out of the gymnasium at Raft River Elementary School. Stanley said she will miss having students from the school helping out by forming a chain the few hundred meters from the food bank to the school to transfer items for the hampers.

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Year’s end marks tenure’s close for IH director and chair Submitted This year Dec. 31 will mark more than the year’s end for two members of Interior

Health’s board of directors, as chair Norman Embree and director David Goldsmith complete their tenures.

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“Norm and David have been unwavering in their dedication to health care in the Southern Interior,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “With their focus on quality, improved communication, and engagement, their guidance and governance has been a great asset to Interior Health.” During their terms the board maintained an emphasis on quality improvement, hired Interior Health’s current president

complex and rewarding field that touches everyone, young and old and from all walks of life,” said chair Embree. Goldsmith, I have truly enjoyed my term on the Board of Directors. Health who lives in the Columbia care is an incredibly complex and rewarding field ... Valley, has Norman Embree served on the board of directors since 2008. Director Erwin Malzer of enjoyed my term the region, among Kelowna will step into on the Board of other developments. the role of board chair Directors. Health Embree, who lives effective Jan. 1. care is an incredibly in the Shuswap area, and CEO Dr. Robert Halpenny, and continued to build relationships with First Nations throughout

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Diesel price stays stubbornly high as crude drops By Jeff Nagel,Black Press

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Unlike gasoline, which jumps in price towards summer as more drivers hit the road, diesel tends to rise in the winter. The reason, Parent said, is that diesel is virtually identical to heating oil, which is in high demand to heat homes in the winter. "In the winter season when it gets colder, demand for

heating oil spikes and that causes a demand pull on both heating oil prices and diesel prices." The drop in crude oil prices has put downward pressure on diesel, he said, but that has been largely offset by the increase in winter demand – much to the irritation of diesel users. "The guys who use diesel are all wonder-

ing why they're not seeing the same benefit as everyone else." Whittall said he has difficulty believing Parent's explanation. He said diesel prices never seem to budge, no matter if it's summer, winter or crude oil prices are collapsing. "I bet you it hasn't moved a penny up here," he said. Your Hometown Homepage

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Pity the poor diesel truck owner. While regular gasoline prices have dropped significantly with the plunging price of oil, the pump price for diesel has remained stubbornly high. According to, regular gas fell below $1 a litre at a Costco station in Prince George this week, with other prices around the B.C. Interior nearly as low. One of the best deals on diesel was $119.9 at the No Frills station in Port Alberni, with diesel prices as high as $145.9 at the Esso and Shell stations in Kitimat. "It shouldn't be that high," said John Whittall, a West Kelowna retiree who bought his diesel pickup for the fuel savings. "Typically, diesel hasn't been more than gas. When gas was low it was lower."

That's historically true. But early 2009 – when diesel was 85 cents a litre and gas was nearly $1 – is the last time diesel drivers enjoyed big savings. The price gap closed and since 2012 diesel has cost a few cents a litre more than gas most of the time, according to statistics maintained by petroleum industry analysts MJ Ervin and Associates. For the last three years, diesel has been stuck between $1.30 and $1.50 in Vancouver, costing a few cents more than regular gas for most of that time. Jason Parent, vicepresident of consulting at MJ Ervin, says the reason for the disparity is diesel and gasoline are two very different commodities that don't move together in lockstep. "They each have their own supply and demand fundamentals and they can move in different directions," he said.




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Christmas stories

First, second and third place winners in Grades 4 – 7 and K – Grade 3 The Christmas Dinner "Hi mom." "Hi honey, how was your day?" "Good, how was your day?" My parents whispered very

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I was in the living room with my baby sister when the doorbell rang. I jumped up off the floor and dashed to open the door. My birth parents

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tree and grabbed the biggest present first. By the time I was finished opening all of my presents it was noon. I was playing with everything till my mom yelled "Dinner time." This is going to be the best dinner ever. At first we said grace then we popped our Christmas cracker then we ate turkey, stuffing, cranberry jelly, and for desert we had apple pie, cheese cake, and strawberry rhubarb tarts. The best part was that my birth parents were there and things got even better. My parents had

another announcement to make. They shouted, "We are going to Disneyland in ten days!" I was so happy I was practically bouncing off the walls. This was the best Christmas dinner ever! Cassidy Tucker, Grade 5 Best Christmas Dinner Ever One day a little boy named Carter went up-town to the market with his mom to buy and find food for Christmas dinner. They had to buy food and dessert that

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duced themselves. My mom whispered, "Its so nice to meet. I am Kristy, this is my husband Mike and this is our daughter, Naomi." "Nice to Grades meet you. 4–7 I am Jill and this is my husband Jack." I led my other parents to the spare room where they would be sleeping. In the morning I woke up and all four of my parents were already up. I ran to the Christmas

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Christmas stories

First, second and third place winners in Grades 4 – 7 and K – Grade 3 was really, really, really yummy because Santa is coming to Christmas dinner. Meanwhile, at the market Carter was sitting there staring at the cookies in the bakery and his mom came and said, "Carter time to go Grades 4–7 we have to go and bake all this food’’ and Carter said, ’’Mom can we get 1 dozen monster cookies for dinner?" "NO", said Carter’s mom, ‘’but I do like the sound of one dozen oatmeal cookies". Carter was happy with moms decision. Carter’s mom bought the cookies and went back home to make dinner! Expediently the phone rang, Carter could see the call display!, ‘’Mom it’s Santa should I answer it?’’ Mom was esctatic and yelled out of course! "’Hi Santa", why are you calling? ‘Hello Carter, I heard you're just about ready for supper!" Yes, and Mom says come on over! You can come when your ready! Actually Carter about that, tell your mother I can’t come to your special dinner there is a big snow storm over the mountains and my sleigh and reindeer can’t make it through for that fancy dinner." Carter gave a sigh and he knew Santa wouldn’t make Christmas dinner. There was one empty chair that night and Carter was staring at the chair having a few little tears running down his face! And just that minute Santa Claus came

knocking at the door! He found a reindeer driven plough to help him out of the snow! Carter was so surprised he never thought Santa was actually going to come!!! His tears ran off his face, and Santa explained that he wouldn’t miss it for the world and the food does look delicious, so they eat the food and Santa said, "Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas to all." By Sophia Braaten, Grade 4 The Magic Rocket It was the day before Christmas and the elves were busy making the toys for kids to be gloriously happy. Santa started to get ready for present delivery. Santa went to Eli’s house. KABOOM!! Eli woke up looked outside and saw Santa and Vixen on the roof. Santa saw that the sleigh was broken and had Grades to figure 4–7 out how to deliver the rest of the present. Santa saw a magic rocket under the tree. Eli must have pur-

chased it for a gift for Santa because he was tired of just leaving cookies and milk. Santa put in a glass of water it grew 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 blast off! Santa and Vixen flew into space to deliver presents to other planets! They went to every house and back to the North Pole and then Santa put Vixen to his stable. Santa thought to use rockets at every Christmas, and was very grateful to Eli! Merry Christmas! By Eli Priede, Grade 4 The Best Christmas There was a little girl. She wondered if her dad was Santa. She asked her dad if he was Santa. He said, "Yes Angel, I am K – Grade 3 Santa." Then she wondered if her mom was Mrs. Claus. She asked her mom. She said, "Yes, I am Mrs. Claus." The little girl was happy her parents were so giving. By Cera Van Engelen, age 7 The Baby Owls First Christmas Down on my farm

the cows are asleep. The pigs are asleep. The dogs are asleep. Up in my tree the owls are not asleep. Hoot, hoot! Mother owl sees a big moth. Here comes Mother owl! The baby owls are hungry. Mother owl is looking for moths. Mother owl sees a big moth. Here comes Mother owl! Mother owl comes to the tree. The big moth is for the baby owls. Hoot, hoot, hoot, hoot! Down on my farm the cows are asleep. The pigs are asleep. The dogs are asleep. Up in the tree the baby owls are asleep K – Grade 3 too. In the morning Ellyse said to her mom, "Santa Claus is coming to town. I want to see him, mom, please mom!" Her mom said, "No." Ellyse is sad. Ellyse said, "It is Christmas!" She yelled it loud, too. Ellyse said, "Is Santa Claus coming today?" "Yes," said her mom. Now I have to go to bed. Ellyse woke up to open her presents. She got lots of stuff. Santa Claus gave the baby owls


a nest to keep them warm and to keep them safe too. Ellyse put up the tree outside and saw the baby owl. Now it is dinner for baby owls and my family, the best Christmas dinner ever. By Jorja Bond The Best Christmas Dinner Ever Once upon a time there was a little girl named Jenna and she had a puppy named Tally. They were skating on the ice in front of the house. While Jenna and Tally were skating her mother and father were making a cake for dinner and turkey K – Grade 3 but there came a stampede of buffalos crashed the house. Jenna`s parents died. Jenna was very sad. When the stampede was finished, she saw something shiny maybe a buffalo dropped it. So, she picked it up. It glowed. After that, Tally and Jenna transformed.

Jenna became a fairy and Tally turned into a pixy, and he can talk now. Jenna just thought about something. If she could use her magic, she could bring her friends over and have the best dinner ever! But, the shiny thing is a magic necklace.

So, after all that she got stuff ready. Tally used his magic to revive Jenna’s parents. She was so happy. Jenna and her friends and her Mon and Dad had the best Christmas dinner ever. By Amery Hokai, age 8

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lift operators. • Staying in the track on all surface lifts such as T-bars Passenger behavior is by far the major source of lift-related injury in our province with 50 per cent of incidents resulting from inappropriate or unruly passenger activity. Injuries can occur if lift equipment is not used safely and these injuries can be serious, but they are preventable. “Chairlifts in B.C. are very safe and most incidents involve rider error, usually during loading or unloading from the lift,” says Gill. “The number of reported injuries from passenger ropeways has declined steadily every year since 2009.” For more information about lift safety, visit BCSA’s website at:

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B.C. urged to end 'shadow system' of substandard foster care New call for government action from children's rep Turpel-Lafond Jeff Nagel, Black Press B.C.'s Representative for Children and Youth has issued yet another stinging rebuke to the province for allowing substandard conditions in 31 cases where youths in care ended up critically harmed or dead. Mary Ellen TurpelLafond latest review of children in care focuses on those with complex medical, psychological or behavioural needs and paints a tragic portrait of a system she says is "in disarray" because of government's failure to fund an adequate model. "We're compounding their challenges by isolating them and giving them this kind of substandard treatment," she told reporters Wednesday. One youth dubbed Dean came from a violent, unstable family and mentally ill mother who considered killing him, according to the new report. He was diagnosed with various behavioural disorders and hospitalized for selfharm before entering government care and being placed in a foster home at age 15. The foster father didn't want his own kids exposed to Dean so the youth was kept in a separate rental home that the dad staffed with workers he met through Narcotics Anonymous or the

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local coffee shop, with no criminal record checks conducted. One night worker turned out to be a sex offender who abused the boy, TurpelLafond said, calling it an example of a "shadow system of care" where kids who need the most attention are cast aside. "When we put the neediest kids in these ad hoc group homes that are one-offs where someone can hire someone from the Starbucks lineup or from their Narcotics Anonymous group to care for a child, that's not good care." It's particularly troubling the province knew of that care plan and agreed to it, Turpel-Lafond added. Of the cases reviewed, seven children were sexually assaulted, eight were

physically assaulted, while others were suicidal, had drug overdoses or self-inflicted injuries. Two died. She noted the Ministry of Children and Family Development continues to use hotels in all regions of the province to house some children in care who have not been placed elsewhere. "You basically go to sleep in a hotel with one worker and wake up with another worker," said TurpelLafond, who wants the province to disclose each time hotels are used. "Sometimes the

kids sleep overnight in the after hours office [of the ministry], which isn't even as good as a hotel – they're sleeping in an office." Her chief recommendation is the province stop putting children with complex needs in inappropriate placements and that new residential services be created that aim for a loving family-style environment, not institutionalization. Letting at-risk kids drift toward poverty, homelessness, jail, abuse and untreated mental illness is much more costly than a comprehensive, fully funded and properly supported residential care system, she said. She's also urging a hybrid approach of shared guardianship that lets parents and other family continue to participate in the upbringing of a child who must be in government care. Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux issued a statement saying the review doesn't reflect her ministry's latest improvements, including the new six-bed Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre in Burnaby. Cadieux called Turpel-Lafond's pro-

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The Magic Rocket and the Flying Ribbon One day a Rocket named Toxic found a piece of ribbon on the side of store so he picked it up then the ribbon said hello and Toxic jumped up

with a scared face and dropped the ribbon. Then he picked it by the arm, but a little girl was coming “aaaa”. Toxic flew away in a bad panic and broke the top of the store roof. Then flew away

to space with the ribbon called Sky. They landed on a planet called Cookie Moon. It smelled like cookies but when he let go of Sky she floated off into space. Toxic couldn’t fly because he



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only had 1.3 cups of gas in him. He tried and he tried but nothing happened so he thought for a minute and then he came up with an idea. He started to eat the cookies on the moon and then he got pumped up and flew away to catch Sky.  He caught her, but up ahead there was a black hole.  The black hole was magnetic. He got pulled into it. He landed on the other side of the black hole.  He landed with a hard bump.  Toxic started to wonder where Sky was.  He look behind the rock  and the blue flowers.  Then he heard a sound “Ouch, ouch.” He flew to the back of the big rock and there she was all ripped up.  Toxic picked her up and flew to the other side of the planet.  When he was there there was one big huge mountain covering  half of the sun. He flew back to the black hole. Toxic ate every last bit of the planet. He had so much power he flew off with Sky. Toxic flew through the black  hole but when he got halfway there, the black hole pulled him back, he gave it his best might ever, he gave it to much might,  that he flew around around the moon 10 times and

landed on the top. Toxic and Sky left the moon and headed back to the earth. When Sky  and Toxic arrived back at the earth they went to a little girls house and Sky got wrapped around Toxic and was a Christmas toy for the little girl. The little girl was very happy on Christmas morning to get such a nice present. Toxic and Sky were happy as well, that they made the little girl’s day. By Sam Jensen, Grade 3, Age 8 The Magic Rocket I saw Santa with toys and it was awesome. Santa flew by my window in a magic rocket. Then Santa goes home. By Abby Elliot, Grade 2 The 2nd Santa Once upon a time there was a young, little boy who was very jolly at Christmas. He wanted to be the next Santa Claus. He had his birthday today. He was 20. He is Santa Claus from now on, and the old Santa went on a holiday. By Alyssa Ball, age 7 The Magic Rocket Far far away not so long ago in a place called California it was five o’clock in the morning and if you

were awake you would hear one voice saying ‘’come on, come on wake up it’s time to open presents’’! Said a girl named Quancha. ‘’Quancha go get ready for the day first’’moaned her mom, Quancha sighed and stormed away. Quancha looked at herself in the mirror and saw a petite girl with wavy long fire red hair. Quancha dropped her gaze and then brushed her teeth and hair. She then ran out of the bathroom and ran to the tree then yelled to her mom’’I’m ready please lets open presents ‘’!’’For California’s sake open the presents’’ sighed Quancha’s mom. So Quancha ran to the Christmas tree and started ripping open the presents she stood up to take a breath and she realized that there was only one present left so Quancha grabbed it and tore off the shimmering blue wrapping paper. There was a second of silence then a pure scream of joy. Quancha was so happy because it was a rocket, she had wanted a rocket for so long and not only was it a rocket but it was a glass blue rocket. Quancha had a huge grin on her face and suddenly that grin turned to a frown ‘’ if Sandy Beaches



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Christmas stories said “It is Christmas!” “Stop yelling!” Seb said, “My ears are starting to hurt!” Claire apologized and said “Sorry Seb.” “It’s ok”, Seb forgave her. Mom and Dad came down and said “Shhhhhhh”, and they started to open presents. Everyone was happy and excited! Seb got the video game he wanted really badSuper Smash Bros for 3DS. Seb loved video games. They are all done opening presents but there is one more. In looked like a Rocket thing. It had a name tag that To: Seb from??? Seb was scared to open the present. He opened it anyway. It was a small rocket. Seb played with the toy for 5 minutes and then got bored, so he played on Super Smash Bros for 2 hours. He stopped. Seb looked at the Rocket. There was a red button. He pressed the button and nothing happened. He kept on pressing the button. It was 12 a clock at night Boom!!!! The tiny toy rocket turned in to a great giant Rocket. He opened the rocket door. There was a ladder. The Boom of the rocket woke Claire up. She came down and yelled at Seb to get out of the rocket. Seb could not hear her but he climbed the ladder. At the top of the ladder was Santa and his elves making presents. Santa said “Hello what are you doing here?” Seb said, I pressed the button on my toy and then Boom, I was launched into the air on a big rocket.” Santa looked surprised and said, “ummm you pressed the red button?” Seb said “ya I am a kid what did you think? Kids love press-

ing buttons! Santa, Wouldn’t you press the red button? You must not be curious about what would happen! Wow! It was amazing! Santa said, “Alright Seb you talked me into it ... get off my rocket and let me give it a try!” Santa said 3!!2!!!1!!!!! Boom By Sebastian Evans The Magic Rocket Santa woke up grumpy. His rocket would not start. He went to the workshop to trade it in. The elves brought him a new one. He delivered the presents. The children had new toys. After they had the best day! By Tyler MacDonald, Grade 2 The Magic Rocket Once upon a time there was Aliens that were going to destroy Christmas. Then Santa’s sled broke. Santa said, “I will drive a Rocket Ship. But where will I get one? I know! Rudolph will guide me.” So Santa caught the bad

Alien. The end. By Lochlan Mattenley, age 7 The Best Christmas Dinner Ever! One day, there was a boy who had called Santa and asked if he’d like to come to his house for supper! Santa was on his way to Sam’s house. Comet the reindeer got hurt because Vixen had accidently kicked him. Mrs.Claus and Santa did everything they could do to try and save Comet. It was magic from all the kids who believed and had faith in Santa and saved Comet. Yeah, they could have roast beef with Sam’s family. They finally got to Sam’s house at Wyndhaven Dr. Santa and Mrs. Claus went into Sam’s house and nobody was there? Santa and Mrs. Claus came up the stairs, supriser! Sam’s family was planning the suprise all along. Sam. you got us good by suprising us like that! Yes we sure did.





Sam’s mom asked if you guys wanted roast beef ? Everybody agreed and they all sat down at the dinner table. Sam’s mom served the roast beef and everybody was filled with happiness. They ate their supper at 7:00 pm and it was Christmas eve then everybody looked out the window and saw that it was snowing. They decided to go outside after super and have snowball fight, but then Sam mom noticed that Sam’s snowpants were too small! Santa knew what to buy her! Sam went upstairs to look for something to wear when she saw the parcel on her bed, rip rip rip! It was new snowpants! Everyone jumped with joy and ran outside to have a snowball fight and build a snowman. Sam grabbed a toque, scarf and gloves. Santa and Mrs. Claus already had their winter gear on.


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Sam’s family, Mrs. Claus and Santa all went outside and started playing and having an epic night! They started with a snowball fight, a fort making contest, a snowman making con-

test and making snow angels! After an hour or so Santa and Mrs.Claus it had to get going to the work shop in the North Pole. Santas sleigh started up and WOOSH they were off.

They yelled to one and all, “Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!” To think it only started with an invite for dinner too! By Sage Barstow, Grade 4

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Christmas stories The Christmas Mouse Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, only a creature was stirring, and it was a mouse. It was stirring a cup of burning hot chocolate. The mouse accidentally put a piece of Christmas candy cane in his cocoa. After he drank it, he felt a distinct change. Uh oh, he thought, a queasy feeling in his stomach. He looked out the window and saw a mistake he had made.

"Why am I here?,"said the little mouse. "I seem to have taken a wrong turn on the way back to the North Pole!" For the mouse thought he was Santa Claus! He grabbed a small sack, a sleigh from a model, and of all things, a team of cockroaches as his reindeer! "Now fly, little reindeer, fly!" The roaches stretched their little wings, beat them hard, and flew up, up, up! The mouse grabbed

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small pieces of food, which were presents for the little mice asleep in their beds, dreams of cookie crumbs in their little heads. St. Nick the mouse truly thought he was, a sack full of crumbs slung over his shoulder. "Why, I thought I had a beard!,"the Santa mouse said, marvelling at the thought that maybe beards did not exist. He flew and flew and flew! In the first house on his list, a fat cat lived. The second, little things hid. But all the houses on his list had a mouse. "Mice living near cats!,"he had puffed after narrowly escaping the fat, fat cat. After fifty-four houses, the Santa mouse said, "Man, I’m getting tired." Tired he was, and such a sight! His little Santa costume was covered in soot! His fur was colored black, and grey, from the soot, white! Oh, what a sight! At the last house he huffed and puffed. He was one tired mouse! "Last, h-house!,"he tiredly puffed, as he climbed out the chimney. He got into his roach-pulled sleigh, whipped the reins, and took off. "I’m homeward bound!,"the mouse trilled. As much as the mouse loved Christmas night, he

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was thrilled to be at last in back his warm, cozy, room. And to think it was all because of a cup of cocoa! The End By Ember SimmsGodwin, Grade 5

a rope from the rocket to the sleigh so it didn’t crash. So then they went to deliver presents. After they had the best day!! By Sam Bruns, Grade 2

The Christmas Orphan Once upon a time there was an orphan named Holly. She had a sister named Ruby. They were happy together. It was getting close to Christmas. They were excited. And on Christmas they were sad. They didn’t have a family to celebrate Christmas with. Later in the day they got adopted. And they got a bunch of presents and they were happy! By Betty-ann Roy, age 7

The Magic Rocket Bang, crash! Dylan was so excited he was hopping off the walls. It was Christmas Eve. His mom finally got him outside after trying to tell him to quiet down because she could not stand the noise. Dylan decided to build a snowman. It was going to be as tall as me he whispered to himself. Dylan was only eight years old so he was very short anyway. After Dylan was done it was late and dark so his mom called him in. Dylan had a hot chocolate and went to bed. Beep, beep, beep, Dylan slammed his alarm and scrambled up the stairs. It was Christmas. He pulled his mom to the Christmas tree. Dylan ripped open his presents one by one until, he came across a present that was long and wide. He ripped it and was surprised to find a box, and in that box was another box, but in that box was a rocket. It had a weird rainbow design on it. Dylan surveyed the rocket and found a picture of a unicorn

The Magic Rocket I was so excited for Santa to come. I saw Santa. He fell in love with a sleigh. Santa took me to his shop and Rudolph was hurt. Rudolph got Santa and his first aid kit. Rudolph was sad. He got better eventually. Rudolph got food and had some hot chocolate and Santa bought a sleigh. By Brook-Lynn Fowler, Grade 2 The Magic Rocket Santa went to get his sleigh but it did not work. So they made a rocket. So with that he tied

located at the top. Dylan thought it was a magic rocket, but his mom did not think so, but she did not say anything because she knew kids had big imaginations. Dylan set up the launching pad at the top of a big hill of snow in the middle of his yard. He pulled the fuse back and lit it. The fire raced down the fuse like nothing could stop it, suddenly it stopped. Dylan slowly walked to where the fuse had stopped blast of it flew into the air. Then the weirdest thing happened, it turned into a school bus and floated down, but when it hit the ground it turned into a unicorn. Dylan’s mom fainted. Dylan wished his dad could be here but he had to work. He checked to see if his mom was alright she was fine but had never seen anything like it in her life. Dylan got on his unicorn and yelled, "it really is magical." By Tommy Panko, Grade 5 The Best Christmas Dinner Ever I had the best Christmas dinner ever. It was so good. I loved the snowman outside. It was so cool. I sat by the fire. It was so warm; my back was so, so warm. My tummy was so full of all the good food and I

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fell asleep by the fire. By Gabby Mann, age 7 The Magic Rocket Santa made a rocket so the elves painted it so it was shiny. It did go fast. Santa went flying through the sky delivering presents. All the kids were good. When Santa got back the elves were fighting. So Santa gave them a gift so that calmed them down. Santa said quiet down, please be quiet. By Cecilia Charbonneau, Grade 2 The Best Christmas Dinner Ever Once upon a time it was a Christmas morning. It was awesome opening the presents. At dinner time we were having cauliflower and some potatoes and some turkey and it was great. Of course the three cats destroyed the tree and one of them threw up under the tree. But it was still the best Christmas ever. By Kaydince Zimmerman, age 8 A Christmas Dream Once upon a time there was a boy named Parker. He was sleeping upstairs when he heard a noise. BANG!!!! He ran downstairs and looked in the living room and then he looked in the kitchen. Nothing! In a rush, he went outside. There was a sleigh outside in the snow so he gazed into the sleigh. A rocket! This strange rocket was sitting on the seat. The sleighs driver was nowhere to be seen. He grabbed the rocket and put it on like a backpack. Then a robot voice came from the rocket and said ‘3,2,1, BLAST OFF!!!!! Parker shot straight up into the

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Christmas stories starry sky. He held on to the straps so tight but he was too small and began to slip out!. He yelled ‘Nooooo’ and he slid right out of the jetpack. I guess the rocket was used in case the reindeers ran out of steam! Parker landed in Santa’s sleigh and Santa yelled,”‘OHO HO, who’s there in my sleigh? Parker? Shouldn’t you be in bed like the rest of the children?” Parker replied, “I heard a noise.” Santa said, “Well, since you are already up, do you want to go and deliver some presents with me?” Parker replied, “That would be great but aren’t you tired?” Santa said, “oh no, I’ve been delivering presents for years, and years, Parker.” Parker and Santa went from house to house delivery presents to all the boys and girls. The reindeers were great and had so much energy they never used the rockets! Soon the night sky was getting bright. Santa grabbed Parker and hurried him home because he was a little boy and it was almost Christmas morning. Parker agreed with a yawn. He jumped right into his bed when Santa and the reindeers brought him home. Parker closed his eyes and when he opened them, he was in his bed. He scratched his head and wondered, “Was it all a dream”? At the end of the bed sat a very small toy rocket! By Landon Arlitt, Grade 4 The Magic Rocket Santa looked into his shed in the North Pole. His sleigh was broken. Santa's elf asked if he would want a jet!!! He said

yes!!!! Santa said how could it be broken? His sled was broken. He doesn't understand. The jet was done. He left and said ho, ho, ho, merry Christmas. All the elves said Bye Santa. By Mia Thompson, Grade 2 The Magic Rocket One day there was a rocket that loved Christmas but the other rocket didn’t like Christmas. The little rocket liked November but not presents. But the older rocket loved presents not Santa. So the older rocket gave a present to the little rocket. Now the little rocket likes Christmas. By Owen Thon, age 7 The Best Christmas Dinner Ever The kids went home to eat. After they ate they went sliding down the big hill. Their moms and dads are calling them home but they got stuck in the snow. Then the moms and dads helped them. Then they had the best Christmas dinner ever. By Reyna ConnollyMyhre, Grade 2 The Planet of Walls One Christmas morning in the small town of Landerville, Eric and his brother Ted woke up to a

Christmas tree filled with presents. They jumped for joy. When their parents woke up it was time for presents. Eric got loads of presents. The next day when Eric was playing video games he noticed one more present with his name on it, he opened it. It was a toy rocket. Eric took the rocket outside and played with it. He noticed a note on the back and he read it. It said to push a button on the back. Eric did what the note said. The rocket suddenly turned into a real life sized rocket. Eric ran to his brother to show him the rocket. Ted was amazed, they both got into the rocket, they didn’t care what would happen. Inside was a massive control room, but one Big Red Button stood out. Eric and Ted pressed the button! Suddenly the doors shut, the two boys sat down putting their seatbelts on. The rocket blasted into outer space! Ted found a switch, he pulled it, the rocket blasted into hyper drive going 1,000,000,000 miles per hour. About twenty minutes later they arrived at a planet. The planet had a almost never-ending maze of walls. The two boys spent hours try-

ing to get out of the maze but no luck what so ever. Eventually they found an alien, the two boys ran for their lives but the alien stopped them. The alien said it was good the two boys were still alert. The alien said that the maze had treasure at the end. The alien had a map of the maze. Ted noticed a shortcut and they followed the shortcut. About a half an hour later they found the treasure. They were rich. The boys didn’t know how to get back to the rocket but the alien teleported the boys back to their rocket. The boys went home. By Logan Ramsay, Grade 5 The Magic Rocket Once upon a time there was a magic rocket. Then, whenever somebody flew it, they never came down, except the rocket. So, somebody named Carter had to do some research on the rocket. So he hired a crew to go up for a week. When the rocket came down, the door opened and an alien came out. So he sent the rocket back up to get the crew. When the rocket came down there was the crew. So, Carter did more research on the

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rocket. They sent the crew again and when the rocket came down, only one person came down. So, they sent it up and it came down with the whole crew. By Jaden Phillip, age:8 My Funky Christmas Once there was two boys and one young lady. The two boys are named Torin and Deklan. And then there is me, Bailey. In the kitchen my mom and dad and grandma were all cooking turkey dinner. It smelled so good. My brothers and I were putting up the Christmas tree and adding the gorgeous Christmas decorations. I sat down at the table as my mom had me for some dinner. I had a bite of turkey and it tasted so

scrumptious! I said can I be excused? I got ready for bed and then it was morning! I ran down stairs and yelled Santa’s been here! We opened up our presents then we had breakfast I looked out the window and said it’s snowing outside, it’s 10:00 am. We got our snow suits on and boots and we headed outside. First we built a snow man and then played

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Youth Gymnastic begins right after the New Year, phone and register your child to secure a spot in the program.

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Dec. 20: Legion Christmas Turkey draw. 257 Glen Rd. Bar opens 1 pm. Dec. 31: New Years Eve Bullarama, Barriere Agriplex tickets available at the Star/Journal (Bullarama 7pm dance to follow) Jan. 4: Raft Mtn Skating registration, 3-5 pm, NT Sportsplex, or


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ONGOING EVENTS ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Tuesday Morning Coffee (TMC): Meets 10am – 11:30 @ Clearwater Community Baptist Church. All women and children welcome. (9:30-10 am Bible Study). Info 250-674-3624 • Women in Business Luncheon: Last Wed. of the mth at Wells Gray Inn, 12–2 pm. Preregister at 250-674-2700 • Clearwater Choir: Youth 3:30 - 5 pm; Adult 6:30 - 9 pm, Tuesdays, Clearwater Christian Church • Crafts & Conversations with Cheryl. Tuesdays 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the North Thompson Aboriginal Sharing Center. Phone 250-674-3703 for more info. • Clearwater Farmers’ Market May – Oct. Saturdays 9am– Noon. For more info please call Anne at 250-6743444. • M&M (Mrs. & Ms.) Social. Last Sun of the mth Wells Gray Inn. 1pm: 250-587-6503 • Blackpool Community Hall Coffee House; Local musicians – 2nd Fri. of the mth. 6:30pm. Concession, $3 or 2 for $5. • Clearwater Elks Bingo - 2nd & 4th Wed. Elks Hall 5pm, Info call Phyllis 250-674-3535 • Cribbage Wed. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 12:30 pm. • Fun Darts Fri. at the Royal Canadian Legion. 6 pm. CHILDREN & FAMILIES • Racoon StrongStart - Raft River Elem school days Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 8:45-11:45am • Racoon StrongStart - Vavenby Elm school days Wed 8:50-11:50am • Clearwater Breastfeeding Group: 3rd Wed. of every month 7:30pm @ YCS • Mother Goose - Monday mornings, reg. Kerry 250674-3530 • NT BC Home Schoolers: Meets Fri. afternoons. Call Leanna 250-674-0057 for details HEALTH & HEALING • AA Meetings: every Wednesday, #11 Lodge Dr, 250587-0026 anytime • Shambhala Meditation Group: meets every Tuesday at Forest House 6:30-8:00 pm. Info: 250-587-6373.

• Connections Healing Rooms - Wed. 1-3pm (except stat. holidays). 86 Young Rd. No charge. Sponsored by Living Streams Christian Church. www.healingrooms. com. • Healthy Choices – Tues 9am Clearwater Christian Church bsmnt (behind Fields). $2/wk drop-in free. Kim 250-674-0224 • Clearwater & District Hospice 3rd Mon. Sept-Jun 10am Legion 778-208-0137. RECREATION • Drop-in soccer: May-Sept. Tuesdays & Thursday at 7pm at CSS field. Everyone welcome! • Bowling: Mon. 10–12pm & 1-3pm; Thurs., 1-3pm. Seniors Centre at Evergreen Acres. 250-674-3675 • Clearwater Sno-Drifters: 1st Thurs every mth. 250676-9414 • CNT Rod & Gun Club: 3rd Tues. of the mth. Blackpool Hall 7pm Nov., Jan., & Mar. AGM in May • Volleyball: Winter, dates TBA, at Clearwater Secondary School Gym, $2 drop in. Info: 250-674-1878. • Youth Group: ages 12-18, Sat. 7-10 pm Dutch Lake Community Center, info 250-674-2600 • Yoga Tree – Call or email Annie 250-674-2468 annie. • Core Strength Fitness. Tuesdays. 10-11am 250-6740001 • Badminton: Mon & Wed, Oct – Mar, CSS gym, 7:309:30 pm, $3 drop-in fee, info 250-674-2518 • Drop in Basketball: Winter, dates TBA, $2 drop in at Clearwater Secondary School Gym. Info: 250-674-1878 • Slo-Pitch: Clearwater mixed Slo-Pitch league May – July. Contact Carmen Archibald 778-208-1773, 250-6742632 • Drop in Soccer: June -Sept, tues and Thurs, 6:30-8:00 PM, CSS field, $2 drop in, grade 8 to adult SENIORS • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society 3rd Sun Social Meet at the Wells Gray Hotel at 12:30pm for lunch or dessert, & chat • Wells Gray Country Senior’s Society Book Club Last Thursday of the mth 2pm at the library. All seniors welcome.


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Barriere: large 1 bdrm apartment in quiet neighbourhood.750sqft. $615/mo. Pets negotiable. Call 250-682-2231

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In the Matter of Part 3.1 (Administrative Forfeiture) of the Civil Forfeiture Act [SBC 2005, C. 29] the CFA NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT: On August 30, 2014, on Highway 5 and Barriere Town Road, Barriere, B.C., Peace Officer(s) of the RCMP South East District Integrated Road Safety Unit (IRSU) seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as: $2,305 CAD, on or about 02:43 Hours, and $31,860 CAD, on or about 03:22 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence (or offences) under section 354(1) (Possession of property obtained by crime) of the Criminal Code of Canada. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2014-2501, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil

Forfeiture unless a notice of dispute is filed with the Director within the time period set out in this notice. A notice of dispute may be filed by a person who claims to have an interest in all or part of the subject property. The notice of dispute must be filed within 60 days of the date upon which this notice is first published. You may obtain the form of a notice of dispute, which must meet the requirements of Section 14.07 of the CFA, from the Director’s website, accessible online at www. The notice must be in writing, signed in the presence of a lawyer or notary public, and mailed to the Civil Forfeiture Office, PO Box 9234 Station Provincial Government, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9J1..

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Roasting tomatoes for fast winter meals

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In our house we eat a lot of tomatoes, particularly in pasta sauce, chilli, soups, and home-made salsa A few years ago I was complaining to my aunt about not having enough time to can the abundance of ripe tomatoes in my garden. Getting set up, blanching tomatoes, sterilizing jars, and processing … nope, not enough time! She suggested roasting them in the oven … genius! Easier, way tastier, my life was changed! Now each September I roast and freeze a whole lot of tomatoes for use throughout the winter and spring. The flavour from roasted tomatoes is so rich and delicious

it totally trumps the canned version in my opinion. Admittedly preserving food in general is more time consuming than buying it from the store. But for me the flavour and quality of preserving fresh tomatoes from the garden or farmers market makes it totally worth it. Plus the investment of extra time in the fall means saving time throughout the winter by having ready-made pasta sauce or the base for chilli, soup, Mexican dishes, etc. ready to go in the freezer.

The other benefit to roasting tomatoes is certain nutrients, such as the antioxidant lycopene, become easier to absorb. Tomatoes are a great source of lycopene, which is thought to help prevent prostate cancer. Roasting tomatoes is so easy that a specific recipe is not required; just a few directions are all you need. Here is what I do. I like to use Roma tomatoes because they are not watery and the flavour becomes very concentrated. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.

Slice tomatoes in half and place on a large cookie sheet or baking dish. Add chopped onion and garlic (and any other garden vegetables you have on hand such as zucchini or peppers). Drizzle with olive oil and mix tomatoes so everything is coated. Arrange tomatoes cut side up and then bake for approximately one hour or until tomatoes look a bit shrivelled and caramelized. Allow tomatoes to cool, then puree in food processor or leave whole, depending on how you plan to use them. Tomatoes that are

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not pureed can be peeled if desired (too finicky for me, I don’t mind the skins). Transfer to medium sized freezer bags and lay flat to freeze as this creates more

space efficient storage. Give it a try! Enjoy! – Author Simone Jennings is a community nutritionist with Interior Health.

It Seems to Me: Each holiday has a message Instead of the trend to quarrel over vocabulary such as "Holiday Tree" vs "Christmas Tree," what if we strip away the syntax and look at the message. It seems to me that each holiday has a message and the customs, colours and religious positioning of the holiday are clothing to convey the message? A "diamond is forever" is the message of an engagement ring: "I pledge myself to you forever." The message of the purity of gold (cannot become tarnished or rusted) and the eternity of the circle make the message of the wedding ring, "I want to share my life with you in unending pure love." The Old Man and the Baby symbolize

It Seems To Me… By Eleanor Deckert

the end of the old year and the fresh, brand new day of the new year. The message is: "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." Maybe we need to mark time and reenter territory and remind ourselves that love (Valentines Day) and death (Halloween) are real. Birthday celebrations often have balloons and candles, both involve remembering that this is the

day the birthday boy or girl took his/her first breath. Easter customs convey the message that after death comes new life. Chicks from eggs, flowers from bulbs, pastels of springtime after winter's monotone, the shout of surprise at an empty tomb. National holidays boost patriotic loyalty and appreciation, no matter what other differences we may have. Flags. Parades. The

individual is part of the whole. The whole acknowledges the individual. Thanksgiving is both a natural feeling and a cultivated expression. For what am I thankful? To whom am I thankful? How shall I participate in customs of thanks? With whom shall I share this overflow of abundance? Then we come to the winter holidays. Each nationality and religion has something to say. Light in darkness. Provide for the poor. Be generous with your storehouse of plenty. Share. Give. Extend your circle to include others. Gift-giving is a big part of wintertime festivities. "Consumerism" vs "Christmas" is a trendy theme to complain about. Political

correctness may eclipse traditions. The secular and the sacred face off. But, strip away the debate. What is the message? "Show a little love. Show more love. Stretch and expand. How to express love to those around me?" Here's an energetic u-tube song to encourage you. "Show more love" can be found at (with permission of the artist). Love is invisible. You can't put it in a box. But if you can imagine and carry out a way to wrap your love around a card, cookie, song or object, clothing what is in your heart with a message to deliver, then you might have entered the "Holy" part of the "holiday."

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North to Alaska: Part 6 – Home stretch highlights As we ventured south on an overnight trip into Atlin, B.C., rain coming down heavier with each passing kilometre, we questioned our sanity in going there although John has always wanted me to see it. At the Yukon/ BC border, we left smooth paved highway for 50+ km of slippery, muddy, gravel road. The car was a total mess when we pulled into the local cafe for a tasty lunch. As had often happened, our picnic supper was a balancing act in our motel room that night, our view – bits of a dull lake and almost invisible mountains. But next morning, once again, the fog gods took pity on us by dissipating the clouds and showing us a blue lake reflecting mountains and glaciers. After touring the town in sunshine, we returned to the Alaska Highway and turned east. Since we had missed part of it, we compensated by travelling more of the Alaska Highway twice! New territory began with Watson Lake, YK, now a bustling town instead of the onehotel place John remembers well, having once rousted the alcoholic doctor out of the pub to treat a worker’s broken arm. Sign-Post Forest, which was started by a homesick soldier during construction of this great highway in 1942, now boasts over 72,000 signs. At the Northern Lights Space and Science Center, Aurora Borealis danced across the screen above our heads. Buffalo, taller than our car, and Stone Sheep (ewes and lambs) pulled traffic to sudden stops during our next travels and two caribou posed for photos just above us. Then, for a change of pace, there is nothing like soaking in Liard Hot Springs. Further along, rain pock-marked Muncho Lake as we drove beside it, along the reportedly most expensive section of the original Alaska Highway, little changed now. From our comfy cabin at Toad River Lodge that night we watched Mrs. Moose munching slough grass at

the edge of a beaverbuilt pond between us. With the road now winding through the peaks of the Northern Rockies, fall colours changed along with our elevations and every sweeping bend. In Fort Nelson’s museum we saw highly polished antique vehicles inside and farm machines rusting outside. A canoe made from one piece of bark, construction process shown in photos, hung from a ceiling. There were not many highlights on the drive southwards – unless you count arriving in oildrilling country with its flares, trucks flying past both directions, huge camps, and new, wide, gravel roads leading into the bush. From peace and tranquility, we’d driven into down-town traffic – without any town – until reaching bustling Fort St. John, on the Peace River. Soon after, we were in Dawson Creek, and Mile 0 of the Alaska Highway. We did it! Choosing to drive home through Jasper, we turned south-east to Grande Prairie, Alberta, where approximately 60,000 residents have fine displays of dinosaurs to show off at the Visitor Centre, but we were about museum-ed out! We left them, streets and streets of city stuff, and continued south to Grande Cache in its splendid mountain-surround setting. Travelling south to Hinton next morning, we realized we could be home that evening but still stopped for more, including a coyote feasting on a road-killed moose, reluctantly stepping away when we slowed and, near Jasper, Rocky Mountain Sheep and a couple of bull elks. Outside the park, we saw an inconspicuous historical marker, acknowledging shabby treatment of Japanese-Canadians by the Canadian government during World War II. Soon the horses under the car’s hood were galloping home on Highway 5. We’d been away for a month and 8,000 km – Gypsy our cat almost pretended to be happy to see us!

Trekking Tales By Kay Knox

Province commits to rural development council Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations WHISTLER - A new rural advisory council is the key commitment from the province's new report on rural development, Supporting Rural Development: Creating a Voice for Rural British Columbia. The Rural Advisory Council will provide input to government policy decisions to best support thriving rural communities, while keeping in mind government's need to control spending and ensure an overall balanced budget for the province. The initial focus of the council will be to provide advice on:

* Avenues to support greater rural access to capital; * Stronger business development support for rural entrepreneurs and businesses; and * Moving forward on the Rural Dividend. The Rural Advisory Council will have representation from throughout rural British Columbia with membership to be announced before the end of December. The initial intake of council members will consist of two- and three-year appointments. At the September 2013 Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) annual convention, Premier Christy Clark tasked Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural

Resource Operations Steve Thomson and Parliamentary Secretary Donna Barnett with being responsible for rural development. After meetings and discussions with key stakeholders, and considering recommendations from the Rural B.C. Working Group in June 2014, the provincial government released the report, Supporting Rural Development: Creating a Voice for Rural British Columbia. The report was released by Barnett during the 2014 UBCM Annual Convention. A copy of the report is available online at: A27


Barry Dale Dollis May 13, 1951 - December 8, 2014 The family is sad to announce that Barry passed away unexpectedly in Cambodia, December 8, where he had lived and worked for the past three years. Barry is survived by his son Indra, mother Marge, sisters Wendy and Cindy; he was predeceased by his father in 1983. Arrangements for services will be announced at a later date. "Dad was the best father in the world and I wouldn't be where I am today without his love and support. I am going to miss you dad." Love you, Indra

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