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At Monday’s meeting, Castlegar council received a letter from Castlegar Taxi/Champion Taxi of Trail owner John Foglia asking for support. “We have requested an increase in fares from the transportation board,” said Foglia in his letter. “Over

the last five months wages, fuel costs, as well as living expenses have increased substantially. A request has been submitted to the government for an increase to continue to operate the current taxi companies in Castlegar and Trail. As a company that is governed by the provincial government, we can no longer

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continue serving the public as of February 1, 2012 if this increase is not approved. This notice is to give all our valued customers in the Trail, Castlegar and surrounding area sufficient notice.” Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff made a proposal, which was accepted, that council write a letter of support

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can’t drive. If we’re really into economic development we need to show support for our businesses.” The rates for taxicabs are set by the Passenger Transportation Board. The flag rate for Castlegar is $3.15 including HST. Rate 1, which is the per kilometre rate, is set at $2.06. Foglio is asking for an increase to

$2.80 per hour for rate 1. Castlegar Taxi’s current wait time rate is set at $43.66 per hour and Foglio is asking for an increase of that to $58.95 per hour. The Passenger Transportation Board will meet on Jan. 23 to decide whether or not to approve the requested rate increases for Castlegar Taxi.

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Terri MacDonald, regional innovation chair in rural economic development at Selkirk College, and Pam McLeod, president of the Chamber of Commerce, present a proposal for the Business Retention and Expansion pilot project to Castlegar City Council on Monday. Craig Lindsay photo

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Business Retention and Expansion Project

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Saturday, January 28th, 2012 time: 10:00 am location: Sculpturewalk Office, 276 Columbia Avenue

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Pam McLeod, president of the Chamber of Commerce, and Terri MacDonald, regional innovation chair in rural economic development at Selkirk College, gave a presentation to council on a region-wide Business Retention and Expansion pilot project. The project is a recently announced three-year priority, regional pilot project. MacDonald explained the rationale behind the project: business development and job creation are key to community vitality; anywhere from

40-90 per cent of new jobs come from existing businesses; and, in order to support existing businesses, we need to first understand their needs. The goals of the program are: to accurately access the needs of business; provide assistance to businesses to help them survive economic difficulties and assist them with growth; and, build co-operation and consensus among local government, economic development organizations and business. If Castlegar is interested in learning more or would like to move forward, the next steps are: to secure funding to support implementation, and follow up planning and action; ensure support and RRSPs

commitment of local government, Chamber of Commerce, Community Futures, and colleges; formation of local task force to support implementation and resource network to support short and long term follow-up; and development of implementation plan and timeline, said MacDonald. Toilet Rebate Program Council agreed to continue with the Toilet Rebate Program into 2012. The program first started in May of 2010 and encourages home owners to replace older 13 or greater litre per flush toilets with newer, more efficient 6 or less litre per flush toilets.

“One toilet changed in a household with a family of four will save on average 200 litres per day,” said Hearne. “That’s 400 bottles of water.” In 2011, toilet retrofits totalled 36 for a rebate value of $3,050. Castlegar Civic Works recommended that the program be funded to a maximum of $4,000 per year with one rebate of $100 or less per single or multiple family dwelling credited to the water utility bill/ water meter bill. Bear Aware Betty Offin presented council with the 2011 annual report for Castlegar Bear Aware on Monday at the regular council

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meeting of Jan. 16. “Bear Aware Castlegar had a successful year in 2011,” she said in her report. “There were fewer bears in town during the 2011 season than in 2010.” The report said that six bears were destroyed last year due to human-bear conflict, down from 27 in 2010. There were 159 calls to the RAPP line in 2011 as opposed to 280 in 2011. “Garbage and fruit were the major bear attractants - as they have been since 1998 when the program began,” she said. Offin said the goal for Bear Aware in 2011 was to keep bear attractant issues in the public eye by participating in as many community events as possible. profit sharing

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Airport lands phase 2 goes to tender CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

On Monday night at regular council meeting, Castlegar city council approved Phase 2 of the Airport Lands Servicing Project.

“We’re going to go to tender right away,” said councillor Russ Hearne. “We’re going to try and get the best bang for our buck. Early in the construction season is the best time to get your bids in because all these

to be brought out to the airport lands, is mostly completed with only minor work left. “The project will allow us to connect sewer and water on both ends of the bridge,” said Hearne. “The bridgework is all but completed. They’re just doing some testing.” The second phase will complete the connection of the bridge mains to the existing City infrastructure.

companies are going to be looking for work. We’re hopeful we’ll be able to get a great price.” The first phase of the servicing work, which laid pipes under the Kinnaird Bridge for sewer and water mains

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On January 13 at about 5:18 p.m. Castlegar RCMP and West Kootenay Traffic Services responded to a two-car head-on collision on Highway 3A in the Thrums area, Castlegar, BC. A 2003 Ford Expedition driven by a 57-year-old female from Castlegar was eastbound and crossed the centre line and strucck a westbound 1998 Pontiac Sunfire driven by

a 36-year-old female from Castlegar. The Pontiac driver suffered severe injuries. The Ford Expedition driver was not injured. At this time the police are investigating the cause of this head on crash. If there are witnesses to this crash or driving prior to this crash that have not been spoken to by the police already it would be appreciated if they contacted the local RCMP.

The RCMP would like to thank the Tarry's Fire Department for their prompt and professional service. Thanks goes to all the motoring public who were patient while this horrific crash scene was investigated. Both parties where wearing their seatbelts which reduced the injuries. Corporal John FERGUSON West Kootenay Traffic Services

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Castlegar RCMP are recommending charges of assault and mischief endangering life against a 26 yearold Nelson man after an incident on January 8 at about 3 a.m. in which a limousine ride for a driver and 18 passengers ended in a collision on Columbia Avenue. The limo had been hired to drive the group of people from Nelson to Castlegar for the evening, and

then to drive them all home. According to several passengers, one of the passengers aboard the limousine grew aggressive and began yelling and moving around. This passenger then allegedly grabbed the driver and was assaulting him as they drove. At one point the male allegedly grabbed the steering wheel and the driver lost control, causing the limo to hit a sign post, fire hydrant and a cement

barrier before coming to a stop. No injuries were reported, but substantial damage was done to the sign post, cement barrier as well as the hydrant, which was sheared off. The male suspect was located a short distance away and arrested. He was released from custody on several conditions, one of which is a daily curfew from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. He is scheduled to appear in court on Jan, 20.

Work on the Kinnaird Bridge to bring water and sewer to the airport lands began in fall of 2011. Craig Lindsay photo

Support the Show of Hearts, for Cole and others in need JIM SINCLAIR Castlegar News Editor

There is a young boy from Castlegar, who will be one of the featured children on the annual Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, who had a terrible accident while skiing Jan. 3, 2011. He took a bad fall and suffered a severe spinal cord injury and is now a paraplegic. His name is Cole Hoodicoff, age 12, who went skiing with his dad and his brother Caden for his birthday. It was an activity he enjoyed, and on this occasion it simply went wrong. Variety has helped with costs for accommodations while Cole was in hospital. The parents have set up a trust fund to raise money to get a van that could transport Cole, and also needed a Tourney Seat, a seat

that swivels to help cole in and out of seats, Variety funded $5,000 for this. Good news to report, the seat has now been installed in the family’s van. This allows Cole to have a much more comfortable ride. With other set-ups, people have been relegated to the back or side of the vehicle, making for a bouncy ride. The new system means far easier travel, and Cole will put it to good use with the several trips per year he will make to the spinal cord clinic at the Coast. Of course, he’s got a date at the telethon, and will be featured sometime on the Sunday afternoon of the long-running event. Cole’s mom Amy spoke with the Castlegar News on January 17 and was very thankful for the help

offered by Variety. “When something happens like that you really don’t know what to do,” she explained. “The social workers down there put me in touch with Variety who helped find a place to go and helped pay for it, so we could focus on what we needed to focus on.” Helping families get past monetary hurdles is such an important part of what Variety does. Variety, for us, helped pay for almost all of my accommodations while I was down in Vancouver for almost five months.” Cole Hoodicoff is our neighbour, a youngster whose life has drastically changed due to a skiing accident. It’s because of Cole and others like him across the province that Va-

riety is such a critically important advocate. Please give generously to this year’s Variety Show of Hearts Telethon, Saturday and Sunday, February 11 and 12 on Global TV...and be sure to watch for Cole on Sunday afternoon. Since 1966, Variety and Global BC have worked together ever year to create 23 straight hours of amazing stories of hope from around the province as well as world class entertainment. Over the years, the Telethon has become Variety’s largest fundraising event, raising millions of dollars every year for children who have special needs organizations that support children. Last year’s Telethon raised $7,012,483 over the two days.

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OPPORTUNITY – FIRE FIGHTERS BC Hydro is seeking to engage multiple contract Fire Fighters to support construction underway at Mica Generating Station, located 135 km north of Revelstoke, British Columbia.

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Contract fire fighters are expected to meet the requirements listed in Request For Proposal #1033, posted on BC Bid week of November 21, 2011. The work will include the delivery of emergency responder duties such as fire fighting, rescue, emergency medical, and related services at BC Hydro’s Mica Generating Station. Interested applicants should review RFP #1033 on the BC Bid website: www.bcbid.gov.bc.ca.

Please note that the qualifications and mandatory requirements have been revised. Please refer to addendums for RFP #1033 for details.

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Selkirk College will will be hosting a Canadian Fitness Education Services (CFES) recognized Fitness Knowledge Course beginning Friday, February 3. The course is the prerequisite for all national instructor certification courses but is also excellent for anyone wanting to set up their own fitness program – providing students with comprehensive information on how to keep themselves and others fit and well. In the course students will learn about

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the structure and function of bones, joints and muscles and the basics of human movement; exercise analysis and safety. The course also covers basic nutrition, energy metabolism and the principles of training for improved cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance and body composition. The course is scheduled to run Friday to Sunday, February 3, 4, and 5 (Fri 6-9 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am-5 pm) with completion on Saturday February 25 (9 am - 2 pm). CFES Educator Kirsty

The theme for this year's National NonSmoking Week is "breaking up is hard to do," but breaking up with tobacco this new year is easier for British Columbians thanks to B.C.'s Smoking Cessation Program. Since the program launched on Sept. 30, 2011, more than 63,000 British Columbians have called 8-1-1 for free access to nicotine replacement therapies. Approximately 37,000 of these have been requests for firsttime orders, representing almost seven per cent of B.C. smokers. Twenty-four thousand have been requests for refill orders and more than 19,000 people have obtained a prescription smoking cessation drug while visiting their physician for another reason. The Smoking Cessation Program helps British Columbians stop smoking or using other tobacco products by assisting with the cost of smoking

cessation aids. Once each calendar year, B.C. residents enrolled with the Medical Services Plan can receive PharmaCare coverage of a single continuous course of treatment of a prescription smoking cessation drug or a free 12-week supply of a nicotine replacement gum or patches. After registering for the program, British Columbians can receive further support in quitting smoking from QuitNow Services. QuitNow has received more than 8,730 new web, text and telephone registrants since the Smoking Cessation Program began. For more than 30 years, Canadians have observed National Non-Smoking Week during the third full week of January. This year National NonSmoking Weeks runs from Jan. 15-21 and focuses include raising awareness of the dangers of smoking and ensuring residents have access to infor-

mation on how to quit smoking. "Quitting is good for taxpayers who pay to treat smoking-related chronic disease," says Minister of Health Michael de Jong. "It's good for families who want their loved ones to be cared for and it's good for people who want to live longer healthier lives. It's one case where being a quitter is a good thing." "I was a smoker for about 17 years and while I wanted to quit, previous attempts had never stuck," relates Nathan Cook, Smoking Cessation Program registrant, Vancouver. "The program was really helpful in that it pointed me to QuitNow Services for follow up counselling and that additional support made a huge difference in my success. "The counsellors followed up with me regularly and gave me so many good pointers. I've been smokefree since November and I'm feeling great."


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The West Kootenay Women in Business (WKWB) group is a networking opportunity designed just for women. The group holds a luncheon on the second Thursday of each month in Castlegar where presentations are made by guest speakers and business ideas

ics are discussed. The January 2012 luncheon, which took place on Jan. 12 at the Fireside Inn, was focussed on asking questions of the self and setting intentions and goals. The group participated in activities designed to encourage discussion with each other about themselves and their aspirations

year. The WKWB group has a vision to grow a strong local network of knowledgeable and talented women from all walks of life. The group is designed for business owners, managers, employees and women who dream of running their own business one day. The group recognizes that a lo-

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A time-honoured phrase suggests it's good to belong. It is good to be part of a community... good to do all we can to support it. Here in this part of the province we're lucky to have a big community. This fabulous West Kootenay enclave we enjoy so well is like a big town with each individual city town and village

a neighbourhood of its own. Within this unique setting we've got a world of choices; products, services and value on a par with anywhere. It's worth remembering that when our neighbour does well, we do too. Successful businesses are well known for the support they give to any number of local groups, teams and clubs. This is support

not likely to show up otherwise. "They can't sustain their organization without the support of these local businesses," points out Castlegar Chamber of

Commerce manager Pam McLeod. "Without these spinoffs our community is going to slowly become stagnant." Although it's big, the issue of supporting community groups is but one of the many pluses we can notice by supporting our area's commercial concerns. McLeod related that since last September the Chamber has had a special committee

in place for the purpose of advancing the 'shop local' concept. "We have an excellent working relationship... the four chambers within the West Kootenay region," added McLeod." Shop Local - it's exciting, straightforward, and the benefits for all of us are easy to see. Watch for updates on the Shop Local initiative in the Castlegar News..

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Big Shoes Most readers know me as the reporter and photographer of the Castlegar News. I also put together the sports pages for the paper and have done that for several months. However, for the next two weeks I will be taking over editor Jim Sinclair’s shoes. Jim has a well-deserved vacation coming up next week and I will be filling in as editor for both the Castlegar News and the West Kootenay Advertiser. This week I am putting together the Castlegar News in a trial run before the big event next week when I won’t have Jim’s help when trouble arises. Having looked after the sports pages certainly gives me a head start, but putting together three or four pages a week is a little different than 16-20 pages. Thankfully, I have Jim to lean on for this week. I definitely have a greater respect for all the editors I’ve had. So if you see me looking a little haggard in the next two weeks you’ll know why. In this, my first true editorial, I would also like to talk about minor hockey week. As a former hockey player, I can tell these boys and girls put in a lot of time and work hard out there. Whether its the Junior B Rebels or Pee Wee house, these kids give it their all. Be sure to head out to one of the local arenas and cheer the home team on! Also, be sure to check out our paper and website, www.castlegarnews.com, next week when we have our annual minor hockey week spread.

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Spots in Time - Gord Turner

Favourite spots People do have their favourite spots in this world of ours. Sometimes these places are exotic, but often they are simply ordinary. Usually, these favourite locations are getaways of some sort. Friends of mine speak about a special beach in Aruba, a picnic spot along the Bow River near Calgary, or a lovely desert golf-course outside Phoenix. Others recall a sandy camping spot along the western shores of Slocan Lake or an open vista at the end of a hard trail-climb in the Rockies. Some simply say “It’s my den or my sewing room.” I’ve loved many similar spots and have momentarily called such places “my favourite.” However, like my mother who was happiest in her garden beginning immediately as she stepped into the backyard, my favourite spot is nearby, too. I am most comfortable sitting on my back deck, looking over my yard, watching the leaves burst and fall, and contemplating life’s mysteries—both happy and sad. We’ve lived in a big old house in Castlegar for 30 some years, and we’ve had four deck surfaces to deal with in that time. We’ve always enjoyed the

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deck as a place to be, even when it was leaking or crumbling. Finally, we tore the deck up and built a new one with new supports, new plywood floor, and a new Duradeck surface. Because we spend most of our summer spare-time on this deck, we blew the budget and built it to last. No matter the condition of the deck, it was an astonishing place to have tea with one’s wife, to barbecue with the family, or to hold court with friends. For years, my friend Jim Chapman came over three times a week for a cup of tea and a chance to dissect the world’s problems. Sometimes, we’d look up from our arguing and realize it was one o’clock in the morning and the moon was already waning. Other times, couple-friends lazed around with us at the glass-topped table under the protective overhead umbrella. We’d be sipping a good wine, laughing and telling jokes when a rain squall would blow in. But we huddled closer, waited out the storm, and then brought out another bottle of wine— the air cooler but the friendship still warm. But mostly the deck is my spot— especially late at night. Long after ev-

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eryone is asleep and the lights are all off, I tuck into my favourite deck chair with its cushions. I’m keen about the moon sliding across the sky and disappearing behind wispy clouds. I’m fascinated by the stars and spend hours charting them. At odd times, I’ve noted satellites trailing across the sky and meteorites blazing in downward dying arcs. Many times I’ve solved the work-a-day problems I’ve been faced with and come up with strategies for my college work or my political life. Even in winter, occasionally I bundle up and watch the lights reflect off my neighbour’s tiny outdoor rink. We all need to slow down and take more time in this helter-skelter world to rest and get away from things. To do so, we may have to stay away from the television, limit our time on the Internet, and never let our cell phone-texting devices get control of us. Maybe we need to spend time at our favourite spots more often. Now that I’m near retirement, I hope to log more time out on my deck, contemplating the universe—or whatever.

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Taxi service debate

I am concerned with the reactions and comments with regard to the pending closure of the taxi service in both Castlegar and Trail. First and foremost, there have been issues with the taxi service, or lack thereof, for years. If Foglia is granted a 35 per cent increase, who will be responsible for holding him accountable to improve his service? Or are the citizens going to be paying more for the same inadequate service? Secondly, the city seems more concerned that this will affect the seniors and I can’t help but stress that this will affect everyone! Transit services for seniors already exist. It is provided by BC Transit and it is called ‘handyDART’. It is a door-to-door service that runs Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs much less than that charged by a taxi. Let us also keep in mind that seniors (55 yrs +) only account for 25 per cent of the population with 50 per cent being ages 18-54. (Stats estimated based on 2006 demographics – Castlegar only). If the taxi service closes this will have a negative impact on any and all of the people in the community. This will affect citizens that do not have access to a vehicle, that want to go out for dinner and enjoy a glass of wine or watch the hockey game at their local pub over a couple of beers. Which equals yet another harmful blow to the local business, where they have already struggled, observing their clientele deplete over the years with the change in smoking and driving laws.

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Letters to the Editor growth and infrastructure that is encompassing the Kootenays. People are coming into the community to work, make money, and spend money; lets make it easier for them. If the taxi service is not improved or closes all together it will be detrimental to the community. I do not believe DUI charges will increase; I believe people will stay home, unemployment rates will increase, and our local businesses will suffer greatly. I think the City (and all people that that entails) needs to make this issue a priority and they need to start thinking outside the box. Sincerely, Larissa Leason Castlegar

Christmas can be a pain in the tooth! With great anticipation of the Christmas Season, my wife and I (from Oliver) were getting all set for our annual trip to Castlegar to see the Lindsey’s, consisting of our daughter, sonin-law and the three much loved grandkids. Just before leaving on the 23rd, my lower molar tooth started to not feel so good, so I paid a visit to my local dentist. I was given a prescription for an antibiotic and Tylenol 3. So on the 23rd, away we went with the car containing the much anticipated gifts for the grand-kids. We hadn’t gone very far when the tooth felt like it was going to go through the top of my head. So I started taking the medications ... all to no avail. The pills didn’t even touch the pain, so no sleep that night. On the morning of the 24th, the pain was driving me crazy ... I was a total mess.

But what can you do about such things on the day before Christmas? Everything was closed, but my daughter advised me that she and her husband were friends with a dentist in town, by the name of Yuro Ihns who has a daughter the same age as our granddaughter. She called him early on the 24th and to my amazement he said to meet him at his office at 9:30 at 2220 Columbia Avenue. Dr. Ihns and I were in the office by ourselves and just with the one light on where he was looking at my tooth which seemed somewhat surreal without the typical noises and bustling of a dentist’s office. He quickly did an X-ray which showed there was only one logical course of action ... pull the tooth, which he did. I then slept for over two days. We missed the big family Christmas dinner in Rossland. My wife stayed with me and had cheese and crackers for Christmas dinner!! I am eternally grateful to Dr. Ihns. He wouldn’t even let me pay for his services! Merry Christmas, he said. I hope he and his family had a good Christmas also. Thanks again. Brian Wensley, Oliver, BC

Time left to share thoughts with Fortis Fortis is in the process of applying for approval to the BC Utilities Commission to install the controversial smart meter into your home. March ifs their deadline. This will not happen if BCUC denies their request, or, to be sure, if Fortis decides not to apply! Fortis apparently applied in 2008 to in-

stall the smart meter and was denied for 25 reasons. The utilities commission wants to hear from us to see if the public approves of having this kind of meter in our homes. Please share this information with your friends, neighbours and any contacts you have in the Fortis region – which extends from Princeton to Kelowna to Osoyoos to Creston. The email address to note is: secretary@ bcuc.com. Regular mail: BC Utilities Commission Secretary Box 250 900 Howe St. Vancouver, BC V6Z 2N3 There are 30 towns in B.C. that have voted in favour of a moratorium on the installation of the wireless smart meters. Daphne Cliff Paluck, Castlegar

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING 2012 Budget and Five Year Financial Plan The City of Castlegar is undertaking a public consultation process in preparing the City’s 2012 Budget and Five Year Financial Plan. The City’s Financial Plan includes decisions about General Operations, Water Utility, Sewer Utility, and Airport Operations. It includes determinations regarding taxation, utility rates, service levels provided to the community and the City’s Capital Improvement Program for the years to come. The City seeks your input and your submissions at a public meeting scheduled for: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 From 4:30 pm to 7:00 p.m. in the Community Forum 445 13th Avenue, Castlegar, BC If you as an individual, or your organization, would like to make budget submissions to City Council, or if you wish to receive further information, please contact the City of Castlegar at (250) 365-7227 or by e-mail at awbuss@castlegar.ca

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January JAN. 21 - MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION ORIENTATION - Kins-

men Club of Trail. Come see what Kinsmen is. 7-9 p.m. at the Eagles Hall, 1650 McLean Street, Trail. RSVP Mictch Rinas mitch@kin5.ca or call 250-3655596.

Upcoming

FEB. 1 - BOOK CLUB - 7 p.m. at the Castlegar United Chruch. We will be discussing “Tears of the Desert” by Halima Bashir. If you are interested in joining us please call the church office at 250-365-8337. FEB. 1 - TOASTMASTERS MEETING - Toastmasters can help you

become a better communicator this year! Our local club, the Sentinel Speakers, will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fireside Inn Castlegar. Guests warmly welcomed. For more information please call Mark Sirges at 250-368-2504 or Diane Cushing at 250-365-8336. MAR 3 AND 4 - KOOTENAY HOME AND LIFESTYLE EXPO - The Castle-

gar & District Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Kootenay Home & Lifestyle Expo at Selkirk College Gym, Castlegar. This two day jam packed event will showcase the latest and innovative products and services for your home, garden, leisure and much more. Big or small business this Expo is for you. Maximize your business exposure while consumers view your products and services. Enter the draws and see the demonstrations. To book your space or for more information contact Castlegar Chamber 250-3656313 or tourism@castlegar.com.

Ongoing

ONGOING: TREASURE SHOP SALES - The C&D Hospital Auxiliary

Treasure Shop located at 210 - 11th Avenue is currently underway with this month’s Silent Auction containing 50 + diversified items which closes end of day January 28/12. Money saving 2 for 1 sales will be ongoing

throughout the winter months. Preferred days for receiving your valued donations will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Exceptions to the rule will be made for special needs. The Castlegar Hospital Gift Shop is offering all stock at 30 per cent off until January 31/12. Volunteers are so gratefully appreciated and no matter how few hours you can donate, it all helps. Pick up an application form at the Treasure Shop.

For more information please call Mark Sirges at 250-3682504 or Diane Cushing at 250365-8336.

ONGOING: CASTLEGAR & DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION LIGHT UP CAMPAIGN - The Foundation is

ONGOING: TWIN RIVERS CHORALE REHEARSALS are held every

raising money to purchase three Space Lab cardiac monitors, Life Pak 15 crash cart monitors/defibrillators, and CADD Prism pump. call 250-304-1209 or mail cheque to 709 10th Street, Castlegar, BC V1N 2H7 to donate. ONGOING: CASTLEGAR GARDEN CLUB MEETS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 7:00 p.m. at the

Castlegar Community Complex, Kootenay Room. New members are always welcome. Share your love of gardening with other garden enthusiasts and expand your gardening horizons. Information: Pam Johnston: 250-3044701 or castlegargardenclub@ shaw.ca. ONGOING: DOUKHOBOR CENTRE WRITING CONTEST - Doukho-

bor Discovery Centre Village Museum is holding a writing contest open to children, teens and adults. The subject matter is Doukhobor migration and must be based on actual time lines. Work submitted can be poetry or short story (fact/fiction) and must be original. The deadline for submissions is May 6, 2012. Winners and prizes to be announced June 2012. Please bring or send your entries to the Doukhobor Discovery Centre Village Museum 112 Heritage Way, Castlegar B.C., V1N-4M5. Phone 365-5327 for more information. ONGOING: TOASTMASTERS MEETINGS - The local Toastmasters

club, the Sentinel Speakers, meets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fireside Inn Castlegar on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Learn speaking skills, gain confidence and have some fun! Guests warmly welcomed.

ONGOING: CASTLEGAR JUDO CLUB MEETS MONDAYS, THURSDAYS AT 6:15-8 P.M. - At Twin Rivers El-

ementary for Sept. 12 to May/ June. Male or Female, ages eight years and up. Registration at any meeting. Call senior sensei John Gibson 250-5763 or sensei James Welychko, 250-365-4920.

Thursday at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church (713 4th Street, Castlegar, BC, V1N 2B7). If you love to sing and want to sing both classical and contemporary music, come join the Twin Rivers Chorale. The registration fee is $30 for the entire season and you do not have to be able to read music to join the chorale. FMI contact Sarah Currie at 250-304-2529 or curries@ ymail.com. ONGOING: CONVERSATION CLUB.

Jan. 18 - 10:00am Raspberry Reunion. Thur. 9:30 Floor Curling, Jan. 5 2 p.m. General Meeting, 1 p.m. Bingo (not on 5th), Jan 19 p.m. Tea Dance. Fri. 1 p.m. Crib & Bridge. Sat. Jan. 21th 11:30 1:00 Soup Day ONGOING: BEAUTIFUL BEGINNINGS.

Pre and postnatal program 10:30 - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, includes lunch, supplements, resources, workshops at Kootenay Family Place.

ONGOING: CASTLEGAR A.A. MEETINGS AT THE PIONEER ARENA. Sun.

at 10 a.m. (phone Mike at 3658302), Tues. at 7 p.m. (phone Dennis at 365-2738), Thurs. at 8 p.m. (phone Jim at 365-6216) and Sat. at 8 p.m. (phone Leonard at 365-7805.)

ONGOING: MEAT DRAW - EVERYONE WELCOME. Every Saturday. Royal

Canadian Legion, 248 Columbia Ave. First draw starts 4 p.m. Free pool. Bring your friends and have an afternoon of fun.

Mondays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. If Canada is your new home, come and meet others who have immigrated to Canada and spend time chatting and learning. At Kootenay Family Place (behind Chopsticks)

ONGOING: USCC CULTURAL INTERPRETIVE SOCIETY meets every

ONGOING: STUDY GROUP, “BEAUTIFUL OUTLAW”, experience the

ONGOING: THURSDAY NIGHT BLUEGRASS CIRCLE JAM AT BLUEBERRY CREEK SCHOOL. From 6:30- 9

playful, disruptive, extravagant personality of Jesus. at the New Life Assembly. Call 250-365 5212.

ONGOING: THE WEST KOOTENAY FAMILY HISTORIANS SOCIETY meets

at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (September to June) at Stanley Humphries Senior Secondary School in Castlegar. New Members are welcome. For further information, contact Grace DeBiasio at 250-364-1426 or Ingeborg Leavell at 250-3670076.

ONGOING: SHARING DINNER POT -

Every Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Cadet Hall on 8th Avenue. No charge. ONGOING: SR. ACTIVITIES @ COMPLEX - Mon. 10 a.m. Darts 1

p.m. Whist. Tues. 9:30 Floor Curling & Carpet Bowling, 1:00 Crafts 7:00 Pool. Wed. 9:30 Floor Curling 7:00 Rummoli.

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Monday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Doukhobor Arts and Crafts Centre, 820 Markova Rd., beside the Brilliant Cultural Centre.

p.m. Runs every second Thursday. All levels of Bluegrass players welcome. For more info call Ruth at 250-365-5538.

ONGOING: TEENS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO ON A FRIDAY NIGHT? Blueberry school has a

movie and gym night every Friday at 8 p.m. Free but bring $$ for candy, grades 6 and up. Info - call 365-7201. ONGOING: BEAKS WILDBIRD REHABILITATION CENTRE MEETING Ev-

ery 3rd Thursday of the month 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Common Grounds coffeeshop in Castlegar. Our meetings are short and friendly. Contact BEAKS 250365-3701. ONGOING: MORNING COFFEE CLUB - Fourth Wednesday of every

month, morning coffee party at Castlegar United Church (beside the Kinnaird Clinic) at

10:00 a.m. Come and enjoy a coffee and meet new friends.

ONGOING: FAMILY FUN NIGHTS -

Come for a fun time with activities, books, art and theme nights. A healthy meal is provided. Robson Community School - First Wednesday of the month from 5:30–7:00 p.m. Call Laurie at 365-5970 to pre-register. Offered by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Robson Community School.

ONGOING: AT THE COMMUNITY LEARNING PLACE YOU CAN GET FREE HELP with basic comput-

ers, reading and writing, citizenship, test preparation, and skills upgrading. This program is offered at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Tuesdays from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm. For more information call 250-3653336. Offered by Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.

ONGOING: BLUEBERRY PLAY TO LEARN PRESCHOOL currently has

space for three year old children in the Tuesday/Thursday morning preschool class. This program will provide your child a warm, nurturing environment for your child to get ready for Kindergarten. Call 250-3657201 for more information.

ONGOING: ROBSON AND BLUEBERRY STRONGSTART CENTRES free early

learning programs for parents/ caregivers with young children. Join us for snack, art, stories, gym time, and music. Robson StrongStart - Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri 8:30-11:30 a.m., Thurs 12:303:30 p.m.. Blueberry StrongStart - Mon, Wed, Thurs, & Fri 8:3011:30 a.m. and Tues 12:00-3:00 p.m.. For more info call Alana at 304-6862 or 365-7201. ONGOING: SCRABBLE CLUB - Come

out and play Scrabble on the second Wed. of the month at the Castlegar Public Library 6:30–8:00 p.m. All levels are welcome! For information call Alana at 304-6862.

ONGOING: FREE ENGLISH CLASSES

- Attend free English classes at the Castlegar Public Library on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 am. All levels are welcome! For information call Alana at 304-6862. Offered by the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy.

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Welcome to Castlegar

seeing the condition the City lets these buildings get to. We will never see anything move forward down here until these places are cleaned up. I would suggest the mayor look into this now, not later, and help business as not all of us can afford the mall lease rates. And Mr. Mayor, you guys must have some time on your hands as you made time to issue me a violation ticket for clearing the snow away in front of my business only to keep it safe for my customers. Oh well, let it

snow. Wayne Popoff, Castlegar

Dear Karen (Haviland)

I was born here in Castlegar and have lived here ever since. I feel very fortunate Re: “Off the Line” to live in such a pris(not “Spots in Time”) tine part of the Koocolumn from Jan. 12, tenays. 2012. The one thing I find with Castlegar is I was beginning to a lack of business. lose hope that there Being a business was anyone with comowner myself, I realmon sense left in the ize the importance media. You’re a rare of shopping local sample. but there are a lot of What if that lady things you just can’t had been in Ausbuy locally because tralia where all the they just aren’t here. “law-abiding” citizens So we’re forced to buy out-of-town, maybe Trail or Nelson. We have all heard our mayor talk about shopping local and supporting local business, haven’t we? There are a lot of empty retail spaces in the downtown core, but people coming into town to maybe open a retail business, are An vacant building in downtown Castlegar Submitted photo not going to after

turned in their self defence weapons? We both know there would have been no story, she and the baby would be in the obituary column. When Australia registered and then confiscated all the guns of the law-abiding citizens, the next month crime with guns went up by 300 per cent. The old folks were left at the mercy of gun-toting thugs. All dictatorialminded governments push gun “control.” Recent history is full of such examples. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. If you have a mind to kill someone, anything will do. Mr. Val Leiding, Castlegar P.S. – The reason the Japanese never attacked the U.S. mainland was because they knew every citizen had the right to own a firearm.

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District facing $1 million shortfall VALERIE ROSSI Trail Times staff

School District 20 (SD20) could be facing a deficit of $1.2 million come next school year, it was projected at a school board meeting Monday night. SD20 secretary-treasurer Natalie Verigin was already foreseeing a $450,000 shortfall, which was covered this year by a one-time surplus, plus an additional $200,000 in replacement labour costs – a trend the district is already seeing in terms of money spent in areas such as substitute teaching – but was not prepared for a change in the educational funding formula recently announced by Minister of Education George Abbott. With the loss of some money in “funding protection,” which tops up budgets of school districts that

face dwindling enrolment, SD20 could receive 98.5 per cent of its funding from the province, which is a loss of about $540,000 in a worstcase scenario. While the exact deduction will not be known until midMarch, the district is left anticipating what will result in the Kootenay-Columbia. “We’ve emptied out the piggy bank, then there are those kinds of funds that we don’t anticipate being there for next year so you add up all those pieces together and it’s a pretty tough situation potentially,” said Greg Luterbach, superintendent of schools. The school board passed a draft budget timeline document at Monday’s meeting, which involves all nine of the trustees in balancing the budget. It also commits the board to holding some open meetings throughout this pro-

cess and to open the dialogue up to stakeholders like teachers, support staff and the public. While budget talks have yet to start, new trustees will dive right into training in preparation for discussions mostly held throughout April in hopes of passing a budget by May 4. “For the last six or seven years we’ve been cutting services to kids to balance the budget and we’ve cut and cut and cut and now we’re at the point where I don’t think we can make it up with just simply continued cuts to services to kids,” said SD20 board chair Darrel Ganzert. “The only other way to make it up would be school closures.” Added to the pressure, he said, schools are now left implementing the province’s new B.C. education plan, a personalized approach to learning,

which doesn’t come with funding but will likely require teacher training. “We can’t keep our heads above water as it is and then to add more pressures like this to our budget, there is going to be a lot of pain – plain and simple,” added Ganzert. The school board plans on writing a letter to the minister, asking him to reconsider cuts to the funding protection plan, but Ganzert doubts it will hold much weight. “I don’t think there are many districts that are going to suffer like ours will because of that so I think it will simply just fall on deaf ears,” he said. Tough decisions are ahead for the board that will likely use the Planning for the Future document, which highlights district facility operational costs, as a reference during budgetary discussions.

Grant applications announced for 2012-13

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Artists in all disciplines—as well as arts, culture and heritage organizations— are invited to apply for funding through the Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance (CKCA), which delivers the Arts, Culture and Heritage Program of Columbia Basin Trust (CBT). For 2012/13, funding has increased by

$55,000, to $706,000. This will help CKCA better meet demand in sought-after programs like minor capital for arts and heritage facilities, support for touring and major project funding. “We’re very happy CBT has increased the funding made available to arts, heritage and culture through our programs,” said Jacquie Hamilton, CKCA Chair. “The works of these orga-

nizations and individuals touch upon the lives of people throughout the Basin, and CKCA appreciates the opportunity to provide support.” Funding is available for: individual and group projects; minor capital projects; touring; arts and heritage mentoring/ master classes; organizational development; major projects; artists in education; major exhibits;

major heritage capital projects; and heritage projects. “This is support for our neighbours, our museums, our local theatre troupes— for the many ways arts, culture and heritage weave through our lives,” said Gary Ockenden, CBT Director of Community Engagement. “We’re proud CBT can strengthen this sector in order to benefit the whole community.” Find out more and get the application form by visiting www. basinc ulture.com, contacting your local community arts council or phoning CKCA at 250.505.5505 or 1.877.505.7355. Applications must be received by March 9 or March 23, 2012, depending on the program.


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Helping others reach their goals

Hypnotherapist Rita Wega JIM SINCLAIR Castlegar News Editor

Rita Wege has an island of tranquility perfectly suited to what she uses it for. In the idyllic Shoreacres area, Wege makes her services as a registered clinical hypnotherapist available to the public. She is also a qualified practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming. An Ottawa native, Wege has been in B.C. for 30 years, 18 here in the Kootenays. "I'm a birdwatcher," she says, "I like hik-

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ing, skiing... all those things that other people come here for." Hypnotherapy is a long-standing, wellaccepted course of treatment with many applications. In a prepared press release it is stated that since opening last April, Wege has helped many people in areas such as smoking cessation, removing allergies and fears, sports performance, pain relief and building confidence. The most popular goal among her clients, however, is weight

management. Wege says it's important to point out people are always in control during a hypnosis session. “Hypnosis is a very natural state involving focused attention� she relates, “and it is similar to the state people are in when they watch a movie, drive somewhere and then don’t remember the trip or when simply brushing their teeth.� Wege agrees that the demand for services such as hers, in a changing world with ever-growing levels of stress, is increasing. As effective as hypnotherapy can be, Wege asserts that it must be accompanied by a strong desire for constructive change. "Hypnotherapy is not a magic pill," her press release states. "Clearly identifying goals, learning stress management and increasing motivation, self-confidence and self-esteem is a process. Wege likes to assign reading, listening to podcasts and homework to speed up therapy, and help her clients develop positive and healthy

daily habits. The number one criterion for success is motivation." Set up and ready to help her clients get closer to where they want to be, Wege enjoys a lot of careerrelated satisfaction. "Life changing" is how she describes her own step of getting involved in the field of hypnotherapy. "Hopefully I'll be able to pass that along to other people. "“All hypnosis is self-hypnosis� concludes Wege, “I’m simply the guide. The majority of my practice is spent taking people out of the negative trance they are in and putting them into a positive, happier state of mind.� To find out how hypnotherapy can help you reach your goals contact Rita at rwege@telus.net or call 250-359-7234. More information is available on her website http://www.stillwaterhypnotherapy. com “Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.� Henry David Thoreau.

Kinsmen Club looking for members CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

The Kinsmen Club of Trail is looking to expand.The club began way back in 1944 and ran until 1984. In 2005 the club was rechartered and is continuing today. “We’re a small club looking for new members,� said member Mitch Rinas, who is also the deputy governor for the Columbia Valley zone. “The club meets (normally) the first and third of each month from September through June. We used to meet at Rave’s Restaurant, but since it closed we have been meeting at various

places in Trail.� The club follows the Kinsmen motto of “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need� as well “Grow, Learn, Make Friends, Have Fun�. T h e club has organized several fundraisers in the past from raffle sales to dances to a Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tour. Rinas says the club has more fundraisers planned but needs more members to make the planning and execution more manageable. “We are currently trying to complete the

Kinsmen EcoPark in Sunningdale and have been approached to develop an off-leash dog park in Trail,� he said. “For the past three years we have sponsored a contes-

tant in Miss Trail pageant and have been amazed at the growth all the contestants show by the end of the pageant.� The club is open for membership to people in the Trail/ Rossland/Castlegar area who are 19 yearsof-age and older and

are interested in fellowship, personal development, and community service. Kin Canada is the country’s largest allCanadian service club organization. The local club supports several different charities including Cystic Fibrosis, the Kinsmen Foundation, and the Hal Rogers Endowment Fund. The club will be hosting a membership information orientation meeting on Jan. 21 at the Eagles Hall, 1650 McLean Street, Trail from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP Rinas at mitch@kin5.ca or call 250-365-5596.

Request for Proposal Zellstoff Celgar LP - Located in the West Kootenay of South Eastern BC, Zellstoff Celgar produces in excess of 1460 tonnes of Bleach Kraft pulp/day and is Castlegar’s leading employer. Our mill is a World Class state of the art facility and we continue to make capital investments to maintain that standing. We are committed to being our customers’ preferred supplier of customized pulp and maintaining our responsible position within the community. Our Request is to secure a partnership with a trucking company to remove biosolids from our Site from April 15 to November 15, 2012. Biosolids consist of residual wood ďŹ bres and bacteria from our treatment system. Interested parties are requested to contact Jason Tait. For more information, a presentation will be provided to all interested parties on February 7, 2012 at 10:00 am at Celgar. Please conďŹ rm your attendance. Contact: Jason Tait OfďŹ ce 250.365.4294 Cell 250.365.9875 Email jasont@celgar.com

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If you’re lucky, you might get to hear the hoot of a Western screech owl…a series of hoots that trails off towards the end. It’s ironic that this feature of its call may also describe its future. The western screech owl is a small owl, 1825 cm long, about the size of a crow. No snowbirds these, screech owls stay in B.C. through the entire winter. They are secondary nesters, taking over the homes of woodpeckers or other natural cavities in trees. Areas immediately next to rivers or wetlands are a necessary component

of the owls’ home ranges, with owls always nesting within 200 metres of the water. This restricts the owl to very particular habitats. The screech owl is relatively uncommon locally, primarily being distributed on the coast and in the southern Okanagan. Researchers have estimated approximately 200 breeding owl pairs in the Okanagan Valley. The current owl population is pressured by habitat loss and interactions with other owls. The BC Ministry of the Environment considers the Okanagan screech owl to be red listed, a species that

is endangered and at risk of being lost. As well, the species is listed as endangered on the federal lists. In an effort to conserve the western screech owl, managers are focusing on minimizing habitat loss and on getting accurate population estimates. The loss of habitat is likely having the biggest effect on Western Screech owl numbers. The owl prefers valley bottom habitats and riparian areas; however, these are also the area most prized by urban developers. In addition to losing the battle with developers, flooding caused by hydroelectric development and

deforestation are taking more prime habitat out of the mix. For example, in the Okanagan, dam development has destroyed 87 per cent of water birch and 32 per cent of black cottonwood habitats in the last century. Both habitats are vital roosting grounds for the screech owl. A number of measures are available to help protect this endangered species. Knowing how many individuals there are and where they are is critical in the management of any endangered species. You can help researchers by participating in the annual B.C. Nocturnal Owl Survey (www.bsc-eoc. org) by searching local areas for any signs of the screech owl. In addition, building a screech-owl nest box is a great way to provide more suitable habitat. Finally, more practical city planning will reduce the threat to the owl from urban sprawl. This would encourage higher densities living without further expansion of city boundaries, at times expanding into owl habitat The screech owl

is also threatened by changing ecological dynamics, not really something we can or want to change but of which managers need to be aware. The additional threat comes from the natural introduction of barred owls in the area through the range expansion of that species. In the last 30 years, barred owls have become established in the southern Okanagan, and now anecdotal reports suggest they are regularly predating on the smaller screech owls. If barred owls continue to progress into screech owl territory, more pressure will be put on alreadystressed screech owl populations. Western screech owls are threatened by multiple forces especially in the southern Okanagan. Degradation of habitat and encroachment from other species has pushed this owl to the brink. Proper management of human development and the preservation of habitat for these creatures will help to keep the Western screech owl and its call from trailing off into the sunset.

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The BC SPCA is excited to announce the launch of an innovative new online pet search site that will help reunite thousands of lost pets with their anxious families. In addition to featuring photos and descriptions of lost animals in care in all BC SPCA shelters, the public will be able to post their own photos and descriptions of lost and found animals directly on the site. “Each year, the BC SPCA rescues more than 13,000 stray and

lost animals,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of community relations for the BC SPCA. “Sadly, many of these animals do not have any form of identification linking them to their guardians and we are unable to reunite them with their families. Although we do find new loving homes for them, our first choice would obviously be to return them to their original family.” On the BC SPCA’s new pet search site, every lost animal brought to any BC SPCA shelter in the province is automatically posted for

viewing online, saving valuable time for guardians looking for their lost pet, says Chortyk. “With Good Samaritans also posting found animals on the site, the chances of reuniting people with their lost pet increases.” On the site, users can post a free listing of a missing or found animal. The listing becomes part of a searchable database on the site and can be edited or removed at any time. For people who have lost a pet, a “Lost Animal” poster is generated with a photo of the missing pet, the pet’s name and description, the

date and location the animal went missing and the guardian’s contact information. “We know how traumatic it can be to lose a beloved pet, and we believe this exciting new online tool will dramatically in-

crease the number of lost animals who are quickly reunited with their anxious guardians,” says Chortyk. To view lost pets or to post information about a found animal, visit bcpetsearch. com.

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Opinion Eligibility restored for gambling grants TOM FLETCHER

Black Press Adult sports and arts groups, environmental and animal welfare agencies will once again be eligible to apply for grants from the B.C. government’s gambling revenues. Those groups were made ineligible after the government cut the budget for community grants following the recession of 2008. They can again apply for grants, but the total fund remains at $135 million, where it was set by Premier Christy Clark last year. Shortly after taking over as premier, Clark restored $15

million of the $36 million that was cut from the fund, and appointed former Kwantlen University president Skip Triplett to hold hearings around the province. Clark and Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Ida Chong released Triplett’s report Wednesday, and promised to keep working on a way to provide multi-year funding for community groups instead of making them apply every year for grants. Clark said the financial pressure on the B.C. government made it difficult to maintain the grant

budget at $135 million, and did not allow restoring it to its 2008 peak of $156 million. The province will also increase support for other organizations that have experienced funding cuts in the past three years, including fairs, festivals, youth arts and community service, as well as the B.C. Summer Games, she said. The announcement reverses decisions made by former minister Rich Coleman in March 2010 to focus grants on organizations helping youth and disabled people. Coleman said the grants were a patchwork that supported

some adult groups such as rugby clubs, while adult hockey and other activities received no support. Coleman said it made little sense that the B.C. government was providing $100,000 a year to support a parrot refuge on Vancouver Island while programs for needy children were stretched for funds. NDP critic Shane Simpson said Wednesday that Triplett’s effort to hear from community groups was sincere, but Clark has essentially ignored it. “[Clark] has expanded the eligibility, but not increased the size of the pot, so

there will essentially be more groups looking for a smaller pot of money,� Simpson said. The B.C. government now takes in about $1 billion a year from casinos, pub games, online gambling and lotteries. Triplett’s report said the grant program was established in 1998, to replace revenue charitable groups raised by running their own casinos and bingo games. Over the years, eligibility rules were changed several times, but the purpose of the grant program was never formally defined, Triplett wrote.

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visit. PHAC recently posted travel health information on 10 of the most popular Canadian destinations, like Mexico, Cuba and the United Kingdom, with more to come soon. Give the site a visit for recommendations for your destination - you may require a vaccination prior to travel or there may be a health outbreak you don’t know about. Have additional questions on vaccines? Check out the website for a list of recommended vaccinations for travel. Also, try and see

your health care provider preferably six weeks before you go. They’ll assess your needs and give you advice on what vaccines you may need based on where you plan to visit. For example, some countries require you show a certificate of vaccination before they’ll allow you to enter their country. In addition the website has fact sheets about diseases and health conditions you may come across in your travels and how to avoid them, like malaria or the ever-dreaded travellers’ diarrhea.       

Are you getting ready for a trip this winter season? The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) wants you to “surf before you fly� and check out their website, www. travelhealth.gc.ca for advice on how to stay healthy during your travels. On this website, check out Well on Your way: A Canadian’s Guide to Healthy Travel Abroad for advice on health and safety measures for before, during and after you travel. Take

the guide with you by printing it off or by ordering a free pocket-size version off the website. Before you go, you should also view PHAC’s Travel Health Notices. Find out if there are any health risks at your destination and what measures you can take to help reduce these risks. Stay connected with the latest notices through Twitter and Facebook. Apart from the notices, you may also want to search for specific information on the country you’re planning to

  

             

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Applications Now Accepted Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, in partnership with Columbia Basin Trust, invites individuals of all artistic disciplines and arts, culture and heritage groups in the Columbia Basin to apply for project funding. Program brochures and application forms are available online at www.basinculture.com, or call CKCA at 1.877.505.7355 or email wkrac@telus.net. Deadline for applications is March 9, 2012, or March 23, 2012, depending on the program. Administered and managed by: P.O. Box 103, Nelson, BC, V1L 5P7 1.877.505.7355 wkrac@telus.net www.basinculture.com

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IMAGINING THE “BELOVED COMMUNITY�: TRANSFORMATIVE JUSTICE AND THE MIR CENTRE FOR PEACE Dr. Myler Wilkinson will look at how specific instances of transformative justice have already changed our community, and how the Mir Centre for Peace may play a role which leads into the future standing for community transformation, cultural, and personal healing. Narratives of peace will be at the heart of this lecture--a talk which will focus on politics, belief, and the individual.

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You’ll have to forgive Rebel coach Steve Junker for checking his blood pressure on Sunday after two thrilling overtime wins on the weekend. On Friday night in Castlegar, Tyler Robinson was the hero, scoring at 3:44 of overtime to give the Rebels the 4-3 win over the Creston Valley Thunder Cats. “I thought they really came out hard and pressured us,” said Junker. “We lacked a little urgency that you need to play. I know we weren’t taking them lightly, but at the same time came out a little light and were surprised at how hard they pressured us and we got into a little trouble early.” Robinson opened up scoring late in the first period with his first of two goals, assisted by Anthony Delong and newcomer Dylan Sibbald. Jordan Johnson tied the game up for Creston Valley with a power play goal at 18:28 of the second period. Power play goals from Arthur Andrews and Scott Morisseau gave the Rebs a 3-1 lead early in the third period. Creston came storming back with goals from Jordan Johnson and Tre Potskin, who tied the game up with 2:27 left in the third. “Near the end of the game we thought we had the game in hand,” said Junker. “But we had a couple of miscues that allowed them to tie it up which obviously wasn’t what we wanted to do but it sure made it more exciting for

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#24 Tyler Robinson deflected in the winning goal with the Nitehawks shorthanded in overtime.

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fans.” The teams battled hard in overtime before Robinson fired the puck past Thunder Cat goalie Michael Halls for the Rebel win. Assisting on the power play goal were Anthony Delong and Morisseau, who was named the game’s first star. On Saturday, The Rebels traveled to the hawks’ nest in Fruitvale to face the league leading Beaver Valley Nitehawks. Castlegar picked up their fourth win in a row over Beaver Valley and second overtime win in as many nights. Rebel captain Erik Alden picked up the game winner with a blast from the point that got past screened Nitehawk netminder Zach Perehudoff. “It was a tough game,” said Junker. “It was a good one for the fans. It’s an easy game to get up for. The guys know the rivalry and the challenge that’s at stake. If you’re not at your best

you’re not going to have success. I think the guys came out ready to play.” The Rebels had to fight back all game to keep pace with the powerful ‘Hawks. Christian Johnson put BV up 1-0 in the first period with a power play marker. Robinson scored his third goal of the weekend at 19:16 of the second to tie the score for Castlegar. Beaver Valley’s Chris Derochie put the home team up 2-1 at 2:25 of the second with a short-handed goal. “We had a few breakdowns early. They pressured us hard,” said Junker. Stuart Walton tied the game for Castlegar with 14 seconds left in regulation after the Rebels pulled goalie Jordan Gluck. With BV’s Derek Lashuk in the sin bin for hooking, the Rebels took advantage and put the game away with Alden’s goal. Continued on P. 17

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My Summer Games experience

Continued from P. 16

CRAIG LINDSAY Castlegar News Reporter

I’ve always looked back at my B.C. Summer Games experience with great fondness. With the B.C. Winter Games just around the corner (Feb. 23-26 in Vernon), I thought I’d write about the wonderful time I had coaching the Kootenay girls basketball team while I lived in Cranbrook. I’ve coached for over 25 years in Cranbrook, Victoria, Vancouver, Brooks, AB, and Castlegar. I’ve coached many great teams at all different levels. I’ve coached teams that finished in the top five at the Provincials and coached players that have played at the college, university and even national team level. But the Kootenay team from the summer of 2008 is the most special in many ways, even though we only won one game. First off, I had the chance to coach my oldest niece, Caitlin. With a long time coach at the high school, this was my only chance to coach her since elementary. Cait was never the tallest or most athletic, nor was she was the top scorer. But she worked hard and did the little things every team needs like defence and rebounding. So we had our tryout camp in Cranbrook in May and had a modest turn-out of about 15 girls from throughout the East and West Kootenay. I picked the ten players and alternates and we practiced on weekends. Three of the players (including my niece) were from Cranbrook and the other seven were from the west, including six girls from Grand Forks and one (Laura Monsen) from Castlegar. We had two preSummer Games tournaments in Calgary and one in Kamloops

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2008 team (L-R) Kayla Hahn, Kayleigh Horne, Dayna Wlasoff, Megan Tiller, Laura Monsen, Emily Scheller, Molly Imrie, Abby Sebastien, Kaylee Craig, and Caitlin Tadey. Craig Lindsay photo

and several weekend practices. It didn’t take long for the players, most of whom had never met before, to become close friends. Before long it was August and time for the games. The bus left Grand Forks at 5 a.m. for Kelowna. Teenagers may normally detest early mornings, but these girls were wide awake and pumped up - ready for the games. Everything at the games was big - the opening ceremonies, the dorms, the banquet, meals, and the closing ceremonies. Our team competed hard and finished fifth. We struggled against the bigger centres such as Vancouver and South Island but we managed to beat North Central. Our last game was against an Okanagan team that had thumped us before by over 20. The game was close the whole way and the girls gave it their all. In the end, we lost by nine but it was a close game and a good way to end the games. One of our Grand Forks players, Molly Imrie, complained of knee pain. After many doctor visits, it was found that Molly had bone cancer in her knee. “In 2008, I was a typical 13-year-old girl who loved reading, hanging out with friends, and most of all, playing basketball,” said Molly. “that summer, I drove from

Grand Forks to Cranbrook to try out for the Kootenay B.C. Summer Games Basketball team. Try-outs lasted all weekend, and just like everyone else, I was unsure and nervous about making the team. “At the end of the weekend, I was ecstatic to learn I did make the team and near the end of summer I would go to Kelowna and get the opportunity to play against the best players in the province. As practices, commenced our team got very close and the other girls became my friends. We travelled together to games and for that summer, became like a family. I was so proud to be a part of the team, and although I was having a little trouble with my left knee and was feeling tired all the time, that was one of the most exciting and fun summers of my life. “When the games were over and school started again, I couldn’t shake the pain in that knee and although I was sleeping all the time, I found myself exhausted after just a short run. It was early October when I went to had an X-Ray done, and the results were not what I expected. Within that month I was sent to B.C. Children’s Hospital in Vancouver and diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma: bone cancer. It was just above my left knee and just so happened to be the same cancer Terry Fox

was diagnosed with. I went from being a healthy basketball player to someone who would spend nine months going through chemotherapy in Vancouver and undergoing surgery to remove the tumour. “I learned very quickly, however, that this would not be a battle I would fight on my own. My basketball and the local Cops for Kids held a fundraiser that made it possible for my family and me to stay together at Ronald McDonald House during my treatment. Being a part of a team isn’t just about playing a sport, it’s about being there for one another, and my team was there for me when I needed them the most.” With the support of her friends and family, and the great work of her doctors and nurses, Molly is back at school and hanging out with her friends again. “I’ve been cancerfree for over two years now, and I am currently a happy, healthy grade 12 student who is very excited to graduate,” she said. “I’ve been accepted to nursing school and hope one day to work with children in oncology. Although my doctors were able to save my leg, I am unable to play competitive basketball (Doctor’s orders!), but I’ll always remember the fun times and lessons learned during my summer with the team.”

“It’s a tough break taking a penalty in overtime and giving a team like that an opportunity to go four on three,” said Beaver Valley assistant coach Jeremy Cominotto. For his part, Junker was pleased with the Rebels’ strong play. “We threw lots of pucks at him (Nitehawk goalie Perehudoff ) and I think we hit a couple of posts,” he said. “It felt like we weren’t getting a break. Jordan Gluck made some key saves again to keep the

score tight..” Despite their recent domination over the Nitehawks, Castlegar is still five points behind Beaver Valley in the battle for first place in the Neil Murdoch division. New Castlegar forward Dylan Sibbald (Born 1993), who was signed after being cut by the Junior A Calgary Canucks, played his first action for his new squad this weekend. “He’s from Calgary,” said Junker. “He was released and we jumped on it. He’s going to be pretty

effective for us. He’s a very good skating forward. We’re expecting him to score some goals. He hasn’t scored one yet but he’s had some chances. He’s played really good in the two games so far. We’re looking forward to him getting some chemistry with the guys.” Sibbald also played five games this year for the NAHL’s Odessa Jackalopes. Also, Bryce Eviston is close to returning. The young (1994) defenceman has been out since before Christmas.

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Sports

SH girls take on province’s best ...SUPPORTING MINOR HOCKEY WEEK Hosting a special event during Jan 22 game. Everyone who purchases a $5 program during that game will receive photos of our players and after the game, our players will come out to sign autographs, photos, etc.

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Castlegar girls get some strategic updating during a lull in the action last week at Penticton competition. Craig Lindsay photo CRAIG LINDSAY

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The Stanley Humphries (SHSS) junior girls basketball team travelled to Penticton last weekend to take part in the prestigious Laker Invitiational Tournament. The tournament featured 16 teams including five teams ranked in the top 15 of the province. SHSS was fortunate to get the chance to play in the event after a team dropped out. In their first game Friday afternoon, the Bulldogs played the #8 provincially ranked W.J. Mouat Hawks from Abbotsford and were routed 50-8. Mouat, a traditional Fraser Valley power-house, went up 20-4 early using pressure defence and sharp-shooting and never looked back. Angela Soukeroff was named player of the game for SH for her strong defence and tenacity. Things didn’t get much easier for the

Bulldogs in the consolation round as they faced a strong Archbishop Carney team from Coquitlam in their second game. The Castlegar girls once again struggled against the pressure defence of their opponents and fell 4710. Kelsey Matson picked up player of the game for the Bulldogs with her strong rebounding. In their third game of the tournament, early Saturday morning, The team faced the Similkameen Sparks from Keremeos. The ‘Dogs were close for most of the first half before Similkameen pulled away for the 39-16 win. Michelle Matson led SHSS with nine points and added 14 rebounds. Rebecca Liszt was the player of the game with her steady play at the point guard position. Stanley Humphries finally hit the 20 point plateau in their fourth and final game against the Penticton

9’s. Unfortunately, the team’s defence wasn’t quite up to the task, as the Bulldogs fell 34-20. Kelsey Matson led the team with six points and 12 rebounds, while Jenna Kalmakoff was named player of the game for her superb hustle. “We ended up last in the tournament but the overall goal was to expose the girls to a higher level of basketball than they see regularly,” said SHSS co-coach Gord Matson. “We certainly achieved that. We hoped that we would encourage them to improve, rather than discourage them. I think we accomplished that too. Their attitudes were positive the whole weekend.” Kelsey Matson picked up the team’s tournament all-star, while Rebecca Liszt was named the defensive player of the tournament. Coach Matson said the team improved in a number of areas

over the weekend. “Undoubtedly, this weekend showed us all kinds of areas to improve right from guarding your basket out of bounds to making lay-ups and things like that,” he said. “Any time you get to touch a ball for two days in a row, your skills improve and I think I saw that. The ability to catch and shoot, and dribble, and pass.” The team saw several different types of strong defences over the weekend, said Matson. “They really had to challenge themselves against pressure defence that was much stronger than we were accustomed to. Not only full court pressure, but half court as well. I’ll give the girls credit, they improved over the weekend at their ability to protect the ball and pass the ball through pressure.” The team is in action again this weekend as they travel to Grand Forks for a tournament.


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Sports

Ski-Spectacular

Jim Sinclair photo

Saints lose twice to first place SFU

The Selkirk Saints mens college hockey team lost twice on the weekend in home action against the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Clan. The Clan haven’t lost a game yet in B.C. Inter-Collegiate Hockey (BCIHL) action and lead the league. Friday night, SFU won 6-1 behind three goals from leading scorer Ben Van Lare. Nick Cecconi scored the lone goal for the Saints, assisted by Justin Sotkowy and Sandro Moser. On Sunday, the Saints lost 10-1 to the Clan. SFU was led by a hat-trick from forward Jono Ceci and two goals from Tadz Brown. Defenceman Sandro Moser scored Selkirk’s only goal, assisted by Scott Jago and Justin Sotkowy. In the photo above, busy Selkirk netminder Spenser Wong makes a save in the Saturday game, while below Saints’ player Caleb Georgetti jockeys for position in front of the SFU net. The Saints are now ensconced in last place in the BCIHL with a 3-win, 14-loss, 0-tie record, two points behind Trinity Western University. The next action for Selkirk is Feb. 3 and 4 when the team travels to the coast to play Trinity Western and Simon Fraser.

Craig Lindsay photo

Even with little snow, the local Freeskiers from Red Mountain Ski Academy did the area proud by skiing to great finishes in the Canadian Open Freeskiing Championships at Red Mountain this past weekend, January 12 - 15. Castlegar native Jeff Ashton (in above and below submitted photos) competed in the 12 to 14 year-olds category with 57 competitors. After qualifying seventh, Jeff went on to finish fifth in his age group. As a second year Ski Academy student, this is Jeff’s top finish to date. Other Academy students in the Saturday finals included Jacob Flood-20th and Cole Sutherland-41st in 12-14yr olds; Sally Steeves, first in 15-18 year olds; Vinzenz Keller-8th, Sean Ennis-16th, and Jay Maloney 59th in 15-18 year-olds. The next competition for these competitors is Whitewater at the end of January.


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Become a Psychiatric Nurse - train locally via distance education, local and/or regional clinical placements and some regional classroom delivery. Wages start at $30.79/hr to $40.42/hr. This 23 month program is recognized by the CRPNBC. Gov’t funding may be available. Toll-free 1-87-STENBERG www.stenbergcollege.com MEDICAL TRAINEES needed now! Hospitals & Doctors need well trained staff. No experience needed! Local training & job placement available. Call for more info! 1-888-7484126. TRAIN TO be an Apartment/Condominium Manager at home! We have jobs across Canada. Thousands of graduates working. 31 years of success! Government certified. www.RMTI.ca or 1-800-6658339, 604-681-5456.

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Drivers/Courier/ Trucking Linehaul Owner Operators and Class 1 Company Drivers Van Kam’s Group of Companies requires Owner Operators and a Class 1 Company Line Drivers to be based at our Castlegar Terminal for runs throughout BC and into Alberta. Applicants must have winter and mountain, driving experience/training. We offer above average rates and an excellent employee benefits package. To join our team of Professional drivers, email a detailed resume, current driver’s abstract (within the last 30 days) and for Owner Operators, details of truck to: careers@vankam.com or fax 604-587-9889, or call Bev at 1-800-663-0900 Van-Kam is committed to Employment Equity and Environmental Responsibility. We thank you for your interest, however only those of interest to us will be contacted.

ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS to Every Hunter in BC! Advertise in The BC Hunting Regulations Synopsis 2012-2014 publication. Increased circulation 250,000 copies! Tremendous Reach, Two Year Edition! Contact Annemarie at 1 800 661 6335 or hunt@blackpress.ca

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AIRLINES ARE Hiring- Train for high paying Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified- Housing available. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance (877)818-0783.

Alberta earthmoving company requires a Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic. You will work in a modern shop and also have mechanics truck for field work. The job is at Edson, Alberta. We require that you have experience on Cat crawlers and or Deere excavators. Call Lloyd at (780)723-5051. LINE COOK ELEMENT CASTLEGAR is looking for a line cook, 2 - 3 yrs experience, positive attitude wage or salary based on experience, Apprentice opportunity, Apply in person Daniel, 250-365-8066 jobs@element.ca

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Education/Trade Schools ACCOUNTING & Payroll Trainees needed. Large & small firms depend on certified A&P professionals. No experience needed! Local career training & job placement available. 1-888-424-9417.

Brinley Rose

Wa Wayne and Verna Abietkoff are very hap to announce the birth of their happy first granddaughter.

Brinley Rose

was born on December 8, 2011 in Vanderhoof, b.c. To proud parents Brad & Shawna Abietkoff We now have a six pack and a bubbly.

Makayla Kravski of Castlegar, is very happy to announce the birth of her baby brother

Lucas Ryan Kravski

Born on Nov.10th weighing 9 pounds and 7 ounces, 22.5 inches long. Proud parents are Gabriella and Dave. Proud grand parents are Maria and Ezio Liberatore of Trail and Florence Baby and Victor Kravski of Castlegar.

Boy

HHDI RECRUITING is hiring on behalf of Baker Hughes Baker Hughes Alberta based oilfield services company is currently hiring;

EQUIPMENT OPERATORS Class 1 or 3 License required.

Drivers

HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton. Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to: driverclass1@shaw.ca Inwood Trucking Ltd. Quesnel, BC has an immediate opening for a Truck and Trailer Mechanic. Must be able to work on logging trucks and work afternoon shift. Competitive wage and benefit package. Experience an asset. Please reply via fax to (250)992-6853 or email at inwoodtrucking@telus.net PORT HARDY BC- Journeyman GM Technician required. Full-time competitive pay, bonuses, benefits. Aval. immediately. Send resume to klassengm@gmail.com or fax (250)949-7440 Attention Cory Klassen.

In Memoriam

Logging Contractors & Truckers JOIN THE AXIS TEAM IN CASTLEGAR! If you are passionate about working with youth and want to make a difference in their lives, consider joining our team in the following positions: *Full Time Awake Night Residence Worker (8 hour shifts) *Casual Awake Night Residence Worker (8 hour shifts) *Casual Residence Worker (24 hour Shifts) The successful applicants must have experience with tube feeding and will be required to lift youth every 2 hours throughout the night. For further information refer to our website under job opportunities. Resumes with cover letters can be faxed or emailed to: Bev Munro 250-851-2977 or bev.munro@axis.bc.ca LEGAL ASSISTANT REQUIRED for solicitors’ practice. Preference will be given to those with real estate conveyancing and development experience. This position is to fill a one year maternity leave. Deliver resume to the attention of Kenneth R. Watson, Spilker Watson & Company, #2 609 Baker Street Nelson, BC V1L 4J3 fax 250-352-6581 or via email kwatson@nelsonlawyers.com

In Memoriam

In Loving Memory of

The Teal Jones Group is looking for Stump to Dump Logging Contractors to work in the Fraser Valley area. The total cut is 150,000m3/year. We are also looking for Owner / Operator Logging Truck Drivers for work in the Fraser Valley area. Interested parties can forward a resume or contact April Choquette Phone: 604-587-8700 Fax: 604-581-4104 Email: achoquette @tealjones.com Website: www.tealjones.com Retail business must enjoy working with people, be honest, energetic, reliable. Be able to work independently 37.5/wk, Serious inquires only Drop off or mail resume to: Classic Pawn & Jewelry 401B - 13th Ave Castlegar, BC, V1N 1G1

Obituaries

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M.I.C.s GROUP of Health Services, Matheson - Iroquois Falls - Cochrane. (View job ad at www.micsgroup.com.) Fax: 705-258-2645. resumes@micsgroup.com DIETITIAN (Full-time position). This position will be based at Bingham Memorial Hospital (Matheson, ON), and will provide Clinical Nutrition services and Diabetes Program and long-term care services. Must hold a Bachelor Degree in Dietetics, have successfully completed an accredited internship program and be eligible for membership in the College of Dietitians of Ontario. Excellent salary, employee benefits. Traveling compensation package and a signing bonus is available.

Obituaries

Sharon Louise Peacock (Beauchamp) of Castlegar passed away peacefully Thursday, January 5th at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital in Trail after complications from recent cancer-related surgery she was 74. She is survived by husband Wally, her closest friend of 57 years; son Mitch, daughter-in-law Arlene, granddaughter Reese, sister Kathy, and many other relatives and dear friends across Canada and the U.S. Born and raised in Quebec, Sharon, Wally, and Mitch moved to BC in 1968 and found a home.

Linda Joyce Barry

March 22,1961- January 19,2004 Little we knew that morning Eight years ago, Little did we know That God was going to call your name, In life we loved you dearly, In death we do the same. God decided he needed you there To spread your love, and your care Time goes bye,and we move on But our love for you is still strong Oh..Dear Linda Lou... Miss you dearly we all do. We miss you so much, your love so strong, Your voice so soft We know your resting well up there in That special loft. So to say good by would be wrong... Because we know you are with us every day long.

Love Always Mo, Nicole, Danny, Jason, Melinda and families

Always full of energy, and rarely leaving a chat without making people smile, Sharon loved to talk but somehow always made you feel listened to and deeply cared for. Though holding a number of jobs over a long working life Sharon’s favourite was assisting in the library at Stanley Humphries Senior Secondary where she gave and received much from generations of kids and the staff. Retirement involved nearly two decades of unforgettable winters in Arizona with Wally and brought new friendships. Sharon braved three separate bouts of cancer in recent years with her typical determination and inspirational grace and moves on having left much for us to be grateful for. Many thanks to the kind medical professionals who made a real difference along this journey. A funeral service was held at St Rita’s Catholic Church in Castlegar on Tuesday, January 10th please make donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.


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M.I.C.s GROUP of Health Services (View job ad at www.micsgroup.com.) Fax: 705-258-2645. resumes@micsgroup.com Pharmacist: Permanent Full Time ($120,000-$150,000 + benefits) The Pharmacist directs clinical support for three hospital sites within MICs. Qualifications: Degree in Pharmacy (BScPhm, PharmD). Licensed with the Ontario College of Pharmacy. Recent/ current acute care/hospital pharmacy experience.

RN’s & LPN’s Bayshore Home Health Is currently seeking Registered Nurses & Licensed Practical Nurses for night shifts in the Castlegar / Nelson area to work with children with complex care needs. If you are an RN or LPN and love working with children and their families, we would appreciate hearing from you. Pediatric experience is an asset and we do offer client specific training. Please send your resume and cover letter to:

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Workshops & Events LOOKING TO Expand Your Horizons? Gulf Islands Film School Camps SPRING BREAK Learn from a pro! 1 and 2 week March 11, 18 & 25 Save$$ Earlybird Special til Jan 31 www.giftsfilms.com 1800.813.9993.

Yoga Yoga Classes all levels starts Feb 6th with experienced well trained teacher

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Financial Services Teachers GPRC, FAIRVIEW Campus (located in the heart of Alberta’s Peace Country in northwestern Alberta) requires an Animal Health Instructor (DVM) to commence immediately. Visit our website at www.gprc.ab.ca/careers.

Trades, Technical

A world-class strand board (OSB) facility near Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan is in full operation and is actively seeking a qualified

Mechanical Team Leader Responsible for the direction and supervision of the activities of the mechanical maintenance team with the objective of maximizing equipment avail. and uptime at minimum cost. In addition this position will focus on continuous improvement initiatives to optimize maintenance functions. QUALIFICATIONS: ·Millwright cert. with a provincial or inter-provincial ticket or equivalent training ·Experience working with hydraulic systems. ·Extensive supervisory exp. in an industrial production environment. ·Exc. interpersonal skills. ·Familiar with computerized maintenance systems. ·Good working knowledge of OSB manufacturing, continuous process operations, large industrial machinery, and 24-hour operations.

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CASTLEGAR 2 Bdrm House with detached garage, on a no thru street near schools, F/S, W/D, N/S, N/P, Avail Feb 1 st, $950/mth + utilities, Ref reqd, 250-399-4741 CASTLEGAR - 3 Bdrm 1.5 bath on Columbia Ave $1,000/mth + utilities Call 250-365-2128 for details FEBRUARY 15 small 2 bedroom house in Genelle. References required, N/S. $875.00 plus utilities. 250-304-7686 House for rent March 1st $900 3 bdrm, 1 story, South Castlegar, overlooking the river valley, with huge fenced yard, F/S, W/D, ideally suited for working man or couple 250-365-7181 THRUMS Mobile Home, 3 bdrm, Deck, F/S, W/D No Dogs over 15 lbs 250-359-7178 or 304-9273

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Real Estate Houses For Sale Beautiful Robson Rancher Home for Sale - $219,00 1100 sq. ft. one level home no stairs! Hi-Efficient Gas Furnace & Hot Water, New Roof w 25 yr warranty Covered Porch, Workshop Carport, Gardens, 1/2 blk from water, lrg private fenced yrd View by appoint only 250-304-2944

2007 International 9400 I 595 HP, ISX, 18 speed 2100 FT, LB, torq., 53” sleeper, 46,000 lb diffs, 900,000 kms. This truck has been under worked & is in excellent shape. Maintained every weekend since new. $40,000 no reasonable offer refused. MUST SELL call: 250-359-6667

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Help Wanted

Shared Accommodation CASTLEGAR Seeking Responsible easy going tidy individual to share large fully furnished Home Perfect for student or working person N/P N/S please call 304-2380

Lots WATERFRONT & NO PST Ootischenia Lots House package - $53K 0.7 ac lot - $169K 1.0 ac lot - $219K 1.5 ac lot - 321K 1.5 ac & house - $595K Near par 3 golf course www.WaterlooLanding.ca www.nelson-homes.com 250.365.6267 kparr@telus.net

CASTLEGAR SOUTH 1 Bdrm Basement Suite in quiet 4 plex. Clean, spacious & bright. Laundry available. N/S, N/P, $600/mth includes utilities. Ph 250-354-9804

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SCRAP BATTERIES WANTED We buy scrap batteries from cars & trucks & heavy equipment. $4.00 each. Free pick-up anywhere in BC, Minimum 10. Call Toll Free 1.877.334.2288

A leader, a problem solver, mentor, like working in an action filled fast paced environment, team player and willing to do shift work. Accepting applications for shift supervisors Competitive wages and benefits Apply in writing – To: Shirley Henderson Or by email at castlegarawjobs@gmail.com

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CASTLEGAR, 1 Bdrm Apt N/S, N/P, 250-365-4884 CASTLEGAR Bright 2 Bdrm Townhouse, Conv Located W/D, F/S, N/S, N/P, $850/mth + Utilities Avail Feb 1st Phone 250-304-4373

Due to growth and retirement, we have four positions available. Castlegar Downtown Branch, Chahko Mika Mall Nelson Branch and Rossland Branch. One position in each office:

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Level one licensing an asset but will train the right person. Must be a quick learner and able to work in a busy environment. Must be customer service oriented and work well in a team.

Avail Feb. 1 2 bdrm, laundry, parking, patio, $850 incls utils. 604-688-0830

Mobile Homes & Pads ROBSON 3 Bdrm Mobile Home for rent Refer required, Call 250-304-3430

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Please identify the position you are applying for and forward all resumes to HR@rhcinsurance.com or 601A Baker Street Nelson, BC, V1L 4J3

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Help Wanted

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Closing date for resumes February 1, 2012

Publisher: Golden Star Black Press Kootenay has an opening for the position of Publisher of the Golden Star community newspaper.

ATTENTION

Pass Creek & Brilliant Residents If you are interested in serving your community we offer certified training in • Structural Fire Fighting • 1st Responder Medical • Low Angle Rope Rescue • Swift Water Rescue Plus a $3000.00 Tax Credit The Pass Creek Fire Department is interested in meeting you. Contact Jim at 250-365-6935 Brian at 250-365-2556 Practices are Tuesday at 7:00 pm

MTI requires a permanent full time Receptionist. The ideal candidate has excellent multi-tasking skills, confidently operates in a computer environment with a variety of software, is a self starter, friendly and outgoing. This detail-oriented, positive individual is excited to join the MTI team and help our clients achieve their career goal. Opportunities for advancement are available to the right candidate! Please provide a current resume and cover letter to: Natalie Roberts Email: mailto:nat@drivemti.com Fax: 250-365-5505 Mail: 2205H – 14th Avenue Castlegar, BC V1N 3Z1 We appreciate all who will be applying but only those short listed will be contacted.

There’s something for everyone in the

The Golden Star is one of B.C.’s best community newspapers with a long tradition of success. The paper dates back to 1891. It is distributed to close to 3,000 households in the beautiful Golden area and is the only news source for this unique area of B.C. Black Press is seeking a proven leader with the entrepreneurial skills to build on the considerable success of the Golden Star. Ideally, you will be a results oriented individual with a strong background in sales, marketing and financial management, preferably in the newspaper industry. However, people with relevant experience will also be considered. As Publisher you will help develop a multi-platform strategy for the newspaper and its online initiatives as it continues to serve a rapidly expanding and diverse marketplace. Golden is a town of 5,000 people, with another 4,500 in the immediate rural area. It is nestled in the Columbia Valley with the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell/Selkirk Range to the west. Golden has become an adventure sport mecca, attracting skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers, paragliders or whitewater rafters. The Golden Star is part of Black Press, Canada’s largest private, independent newspaper company, with over 170 community, daily and urban newspapers located in B.C, Alberta, Washington State, Ohio, Hawaii and extensive online operations with over 250 websites. If you have great critical thinking skills, are customer driven, success oriented and want to live in one of the most beautiful and livable areas in Canada, then we want to hear from you. Please send your resume, with cover letter, by January 20, 2011 to: Chuck Bennett Group Publisher, Black Press, Kootenays 514 Hall Street, Nelson B.C. V1L 1Z2 chuckbennett@blackpress.ca Phone: 250-352-1890

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