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City Centre Motel demolished by council order ROBSON FLETCHER Castlegar News Editor

Major demolition of the City Centre Motel in downtown Castlegar began Thursday morning, following two court rulings which upheld an order issued last year by city council to have the dilapidated structure torn down. By Thursday afternoon, the


buildings on the 2nd Street property had been flattened. City council ordered that the motel be demolished in February 2010 after city staff inspected the buildings and found numerous building code violations and safety hazards. The motel owners, Susan and Basil McLaren, challenged that order, however, and the issue was

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tied up in court for months. The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in November that the city was justified in issuing the order, opening the door for the demolition to take place. “In this case, council had before it considerable evidence that the property was unsanitary and in poor repair, and ... the city had made unsuccessful efforts over a

number of years to compel Ms. McLaren to comply with city bylaws to clean up the property,� Justice Lynn Smith wrote in her decision. “It also had evidence of multiple complaints with regard to the property as an unsightly nuisance.�

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“There was evidence that the decrepit state of parts of the buildings could pose a hazard to the persons who were apparently living there, or to others who might gain entry,” the judge continued in her written decision, adding: “There was no evidence before council that the owner proposed to fix up the property, or to sell it.” The motel owners filed a last-ditch appeal but on March 21 the B.C. Court of Appeal upheld the original decision. The city and the owners have been at odds over the property, located on 2nd Street just east of Columbia Avenue, for more than 10 years. Mayor Lawrence Chernoff has said the property owners will be responsible for the cost of the demolition. Video of the demolition process can be seen at the Castlegar News Facebook page: castlegarnews

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These images show the sequence of events in the demolition of the City Centre Motel on Friday, by order of Castlegar City Council.

Police seeking info after car explodes in Ootischenia KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Castlegar RCMP are currently investigating an apparent car bombing in Ootischenia. A resident in the 1300-block of Columbia Road called RCMP at 8 a.m. on Wednesday morning last week, stating their car had exploded in the middle of the night. The owner of the car heard the explosion at 1 a.m. but police don’t know why the resident waited to report the incident.

“It appears that someone put an explosive device inside the car, which exploded and caused major damage to the car,” Sgt. Laurel Mathew said. “The device was powerful enough to blow out the windows of the car, the windshield was completely blown out and landed about 60 feet from the car.” Mathew said other area residents also heard the explosion but didn’t report it. The car had been sitting on the property for some time and wasn’t running, Mathew said. RCMP have no reason to believe that this was a tar-

geted attack. “It looks like someone just threw it in there to see something blow up,” she said. The remains of the bomb will be sent to the Explosive Device Unit of the RCMP. “It’s some kind of aluminum device,” Mathew said of the bomb. “It’s blown into so many pieces that it’s hard to [decipher].” Mathew said no witnesses have come forward yet. Anyone with information is asked to call Castlegar RCMP at 250-365-7721.

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Federal candidates square off in Castlegar debate KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Although each BC Southern Interior candidate touched on multiple issues during Tuesday night’s debate in Castlegar, each kept gravitating to the topic they were most passionate about. For Liberal candidate Shan Lavell, it was families. “It’s investing in people,� she told the room of about 75 people. “That’s what draws me to the Liberal Party of Canada.� Incumbent NDP MP Alex Atamanenko, who served as his party's agriculture, agri-food and rural affairs critic, kept touching on farming and food issues. “We do work hard, we work behind the scenes,� Atamanenko said in regards to food security and organic food bills he’s been working on. “We’ve been trying to work hard on your behalf.� Conservative candidate Stephen Hill, meanwhile, kept his focus on job creation. “I’m not a singer, I can’t speak four languages, I can’t play guitar and I don’t have a black belt in karate like Alex,� Hill said in his opening statement, referring to the well publicized talents of the incumbent Atamanenko. “I am, however, a tough-nosed businessman.� Bryan Hunt, the Green candidate, spoke of his party’s platform with an environmental edge. “Think of where we live here,� he said. “You don’t live here for the convenience — you live here for the place.� Most questions from the audience during the two-hour debate were directed at Hill and Atamanenko, although all four candidates usually took turns rebutting. Hill was razzed by the

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Conservative candidate Stephen Hill holds up a document while (from left to right) Green Party candidate Bryan Hunt, Liberal candidate Shan Lavell and NDP candidate Alex Atamanenko listen during the BC Southern Interior all-candidates debate at the Fireside Inn in Castlegar on Tuesday evening.

audience mid-debate for not answering a question he was asked. In response to one audience query, Hill said he didn’t see any reason for subsidizing the oil industry, but with the ever-increasing demand for the product, he thinks people should try to rely less on fossil fuels. The only specific solution he presented was the use of greener technology, such as hybrid vehicles. Lavell said she would like to see rail transit brought to the area as an alternative, and Hunt’s idea was to have more workers telecommute (in other words, work from home over the Internet) to get cars off the road. Atamanenko said oil subsidies should be done away with altogether, the money should be put into renewable energy development and projects instead, and

jobs will be created as a result. “We could start our way on to a great green economy,� he said. Later on, Hill blasted Atamanenko for voting against a bill that would have seen Celgar receive $57-million for a co-generation plant. “Celgar is extremely fragile,� Hill said. “Your MP voted against that bill one, two, three times.� “They had other bills that we couldn’t support,� Atamanenko said, adding he would have voted for it had there not been other bills lumped together as part of the Conservative government's style of putting forward “omnibus� legislation. However, each candidate did support one or more parts of each other’s platforms. “If you took out the name you would think it’s an NDP plat-

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form,� Atamanenko said about the Liberals, although he said he hadn’t read either the Conservative or Green platforms. He did, however, agree with Hill’s stance on the military, where the Conservative candidate said if Canada is going to have a military, they should have the proper equipment. “You can find something to admire in just about everyone,� Hunt said, while Lavell said she liked the networking ability of the Conservatives, the environmental platform of the Greens and how the NDP supports unions. Each candidate also criticized the tone of the discourse within the House of Commons after the topic was brought up by an audience member. “Lately I’ve been fed up, especially with my Conservative

collages (in the House of Commons),� Atamanenko said. “Nevertheless, we have to try.� “As leaders in the country, there should be a minimum standard of etiquette,� Hunt said. A question regarding voter apathy and the youth vote was asked, and all candidates said they would like more young people to participate in the democratic process, but noted challenges in engaging them. “No wonder they’re not engaged,� Atamanenko said. “They don’t have time. They’re just trying to survive.� Lavell agreed, saying her heart opens for young people but basic needs like food, shelter and paying off student debts need to be covered before the youth has time to be engaged in politics. During his closing statement, Hunt admitted he’s not a politician, but thinks he has the ability to make a difference in Ottawa. Hill referred to himself as a “wannabe MP� but believes he has already delivered to constituents, pointing to his involvement in the re-opening of the Midway mill. He slammed Atamanenko again, saying he hasn’t delivered on bringing jobs to the area. “I’m not concerned about what’s going on in Ottawa,� he said. “I’m concerned about what’s going on in BC Southern Interior.� Atamanenko said he often works for constituents behind the scenes, such as helping them with border services and immigration. “Most often, the work we do doesn’t make headlines,� he said. The all-candidates debate series continues next Tuesday in Nelson and on April 26 in Trail.

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One of the men arrested in connection with September’s ATM break-ins, which left thousands of dollars in damage around the West Kootenay, has been sentenced. Darrin Christopher Hoffman was sentenced to two years in jail and ordered to pay $50,000 in restitution to Kootenay Savings and $40,000 to Heritage Credit Union. Hoffman appeared in Rossland Provincial Court last Thursday on four counts of break and enter and two counts of attempt to commit or accessory after the fact. He and Julian Alexander

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In September 2010, four ATMs were targeted over five days at the West Kootenay Regional Airport, the Kootenay Savings at Highway 3A and Highway 6 junction, the Kootenay Savings at the Waneta Mall in Trail and the Heritage Credit Union in Slocan Park. The thieves were only successful in taking money from the ATM at the airport, but damage was done to all four ATM machines. Hoekstra is scheduled to appear for sentencing in Rossland Provincial Court on May 5. /Castlegar News

Billets needed for Katimavik youth KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

In order to further immerse themselves in Kootenay culture, Katimavik’s Castlegar volunteers are looking for families willing to take in a billet over a two-week period. From May 1 to May 15, the host families should be willing to immerse their billet in local activities and culture whenever possible and be interested in learning about Katimavik. Dailen McDonald, a current Katimavik participant staying in Castlegar said the volunteers are from all over Canada. They will be in Castlegar for three months total, during which time they’ll be volunteering to help improve the community. McDonald said there are placements at the Chamber of Commerce and Twin Rivers Elementary to name two. The current Castlegar Katimavik participants all just came from volunteering in Quebec, south of the St. Lawrence River, McDonald said. “[The families] would be able to talk to the person,” McDonald said. “They’d be in their home except when they’re working during the week.” He said during his last rotation, he was placed with a young couple who were engineers. They would make supper together and settle in to watch a movie at night. “It’s a really cool youth program if any families are interested,” he said. If families are interested, they must ensure their participant has access to a proper place to sleep and food. Katimavik will contribute to the cost of living with $10 per day. The participants in Katimavik range in age from 17 to 21. Katimavik has been in place since 1977. Since that time, they have had more than 30,000 youth go through the program in more than 2,000 Canadian communities. Right now there are also Katimavik groups in Nelson and Kaslo. For more information, please call the local Castlegar Katimavik house at 403-693-3090 ext. 2203.

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Flight turns back after propeller fails ROBSON FLETCHER Castlegar News Editor

An Air Canada Jazz plane was forced to turn around and make an emergency landing shortly after leaving Castlegar on Friday after one of its two propellers failed. The Calgary-bound flight was only about five minutes into the air when passenger Sharlene Ereth realized something might be wrong. “We took off and I just happened to look out the window and I noticed that

the propeller wasn’t going,” she said after the plane had landed safely back in Castlegar. Ereth said she wasn’t sure if the propeller was supposed to be turning at that point, but once the pilot came on and told passengers they’d be returning to Castlegar she realized the situation was serious. “Then I got scared,” she said. “I turned my phone on right away and texted my fiance ... he thought I was kidding.” Despite some tense moments on the

flight, Ereth said there was never any panic. “Everybody was kind of laughing and joking,” she said. “The pilot kept everybody calm and kind of made it seem like it wasn’t a big deal.” Police, fire and ambulance officials were notified that the flight would be returning to Castlegar and raced to the airport to be there when it landed. None of the 22 passengers or three crew members on the flight was injured, according to Castlegar fire Chief Gerry Rempel.

IH boss open to health forum idea KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Dr. Robert Halpenny, CEO of Interior Health (IH), made the rounds through West Kootenay facilities earlier this week and was impressed with what he saw. Starting in Nakusp, Halpenny made his way down the Slocan Valley, visiting New Denver and Nelson before arriving in Castlegar on Tuesday afternoon. “One of my objectives is standardization across the health authority,” Halpenny said. “So, what we’re trying to do is have equity of access across the facilities. “When I look at the facilities and how they stand up — again, being in Nakusp, New Denver and today in Nelson … the new additions there — they stand up very well.” As for Castlegar, Halpenny called the Health Centre “terrific.” “It’s a great public and integrated health care centre; it provides a continuity of care that I am very impressed with and the local physicians and their provisions of continuity and care, so it stands up very well.” Halpenny was appointed CEO of IH in January 2010. Prior to that, he was senior medical director and also served as the provincial executive director of cardiac services at the Provincial Health Services Authority. “I’ve been in this business for 30 years and I’m constantly learning some little nuance about health care in a local region,” he said. “It’s very difficult for patients to navigate this very, very complex system. So education of the public about the system and the constraints and restraints of the system — it’s really important in a universal system. We have to start educating the public on quality and cost and appropriateness. It’s a very important topic.” Halpenny said he was open to a public health forum in Castlegar, but the purpose would have to be determined first. “Is the purpose to have public input? Is the purpose to have an opportunity to express either their pleasure or displeasure? So the first step is to determine what’s the purpose of having a forum, and then we’ll move forward,” he said. “I’m more than willing to share the direction we’re going with Interior Health, and I’m more than willing to have community involvement, but again understanding the

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complexity of health care. So sometimes we may be looking at having a session to describe some of the different complexities of health care that actually the public may not be aware of.” During his trip through the West Kootenay, Halpenny made a point of meeting with not only the staff and physicians at the facilities, but with the foundations and auxiliaries as well. “What I’m really trying to do is make sure the communities know who I am, where I’m trying to take Interior Health, and to understand what their issues are,” he said. Halpenny said the only way to understand what the issues are locally is to see them firsthand. Halpenny said IH is in a unique position because it not only serves larger centres like Kelowna, but also small villages like New Denver. “It’s a very unique situation when I compare us to Vancouver Island — a little bit different, not the same distances,” he said. “We’re certainly different than the north — they have very wide areas but scattered population. We have pockets of population across the health authority. We’re the size of the state of Oregon, we’re about 750,000 people. Interior Health has a budget of $1.7 billion, 18,000 employees, so we’re a big player in the game of the economies of a lot of different places. We have to take that into consideration.” The CEO tour of IH facilities happens bi-annually, Halpenny said. The tour continued this week in Trail.

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The real debate It’s amazing what the lack of national media can do for civility. The federal candidates debate in Castlegar on Tuesday, held at the Fireside Inn in front of a crowd of 75 engaged voters and not a single television camera, was an example of how democracy ought to function. For two hours, the four people vying to be the next MP for BC Southern Interior discussed substantive issues, took questions directly from voters and — gasp! — even agreed with each other once in a while. The audience, to its immense credit, was well-behaved but not shy. Ordinary members of the public put tough questions to the politicians and wouldn’t accept non-answers in return. The crowd occasionally burst forth with cries of “Answer the question!” when candidates tried their best to dance around some of the more pointed queries. How refreshing. The candour, the substance and the public engagement was especially striking as the local debate came immediately on the heels of the federal leaders’ debate in Ottawa. There, the questions came from the public but only through recorded videos prescreened by the broadcasters’ consortium. There, the candidates routinely failed to address the questions and repeatedly launched into their simplistic talking points instead. There, there was no common ground to be found, just mud to be slung. There, the nationally relevant Green Party was excluded. The leaders debate was dripping with all of the elements that turn so many Canadians off of politics. The local debate, by contrast, was a breath of fresh air. While there was an audience of about 120 at the leaders debate, they were not allowed to ask questions directly or interact with the candidates. One imagines things might have gone a bit differently in Ottawa had the format been more similar to the town-hall style of the discussion in Castlegar. But the real difference in Ottawa was the bank of television cameras surrounding the leaders’ podiums. Most people act differently when a giant lens is staring them in the face, but politicians undergo a particularly nasty transformation. Common decency and honest discussion go out the window in pursuit of the perfect soundbyte. But strip away the made-for-TV antics, put politicians in front of real people with real concerns and a real appetite for real answers, and the results can be enough to restore one’s faith in democracy. The Castlegar News is a member of the British Columbia Press Council, a self-regulatory body governing the province’s newspaper industry. The council considers complaints from the public about the conduct of member newspapers. Directors oversee the mediation of complaints, with input from both the newspaper and the complaint holder. If talking with the editor or publisher does not resolve your complaint about coverage or story treatment, you may contact the B.C. Press Council. Your written concern, with documentation, should be sent within 45 days to B.C. Press Council, 201 Selby St., Nanaimo, B.C. V9R 2R2. For information, phone 888-687-2213 or go to

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Candidates over parties With the Canadian elections slated for next month, I guess it’s time to pay a bit of attention. It might be useful to know if any of the parties stands for an innovative way of governing the country. In fact, it would be startling if any of the political parties or their leaders offered anything innovative. Listening to them on the evening news, they seem to be mouthing the same old ... the same old. Given that fact, it’s virtually impossible to get inspired to vote — or to choose for whom to vote. The other day I wandered into the hallway at Selkirk College, and I came upon a colleague of mine chatting with incumbent MP Alex Atamanenko. My colleague was effusive in his support of Atamanenko and declared that he and his family were on side. They were going to vote for Atamanenko — and that was that. Because I know Alex quite well, I slid into the conversation. I stated clearly that I never declare for whom I’m voting. Even if I were elated with a particular candidate or his or her platform, I would still hold my vote close to my chest. Some citizens probably view that as a cowardly position. After all, they say, Theresa Hodge Office Manager

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if you believe in something you should spell it out. Perhaps you might influence others to vote your way. The problem is I have never viewed myself as part of any party’s influence game. Nor do I believe strongly enough in most positions put forward by candidates to become an advocate. When they get into power, often they have to follow party lines on most issues anyway, so those voiced hopes during the campaign often fall by the way. For a long time now, I’ve taken this position of silence. Sometimes even my wife doesn’t know whom I’m going to vote for in provincial and federal elections. We have a standing joke between us about “cancelling” each other’s vote. I’ll argue about issues because I think that’s healthy. And I’m not afraid to list the points I agree with in relation to various candidates, but I don’t want to be pinned down until I’m heading for the election centre. What this gives me, of course, is incredible freedom. I’m free to listen to all the speeches with an open mind because I’m not coloured by blue, red, orange, or green. I’m also free to shake hands with any candidate I please

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without worrying about breaking faith with anyone. I’m also free to choose the best candidate regardless of party. Despite being a good friend of Ed Conroy’s for many years, I didn’t decide to vote for him until the very end when he was running for MLA . Though I was not a party member, I even attended one of his victory celebrations. A supporter of Ed’s was surprised to see me there because, as he stated, “you didn’t attend any of the rallies.” At that point, I told him I wasn’t an NDPer. In fact, I described myself as apolitical. But because I’d voted for Ed, I had no problem lifting a glass at his victory gathering. I did the same when I voted for Jim Gouk and the Reform party. Though I had doubts about some of the Reform crazies, I had no doubts about Gouk being the best politician we could send to Ottawa. If I think back on my voting history, I’ve voted for most of the political parties at one time or another. I’m comfortable with that. After listening to all the promises and possibilities put forward by candidates, I always put an X beside the candidate I think is the best person for the job.

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Letters to the Editor

Revolution a ‘viable solution’ Re: The recent letter to the editor from Mr. Steve Clement (‘Political apathy is just a symptom of a deeper problem with our democracy,’ April 7.) I wish to concur almost completely with Mr. Clement, but would add a few words of elaboration. We the citizens of this election charade, which poses as “democracy”, are neither apathetic or ignorant. The truly ignorant citizens are those who proclaim citizens “ignorant” and those who assume that being allowed to place a mark in a little square once every four or five years is the equivalent of practising democracy. In our so-called democracy, which I prefer to call “corporatocracy” rather than oligarchy, those who posses and administer near dictatorial powers are certainly not apathetic or ignorant. They know exactly how, and for what purpose they control all that affects us, the majority of citizens. I differ from Mr. Clement in that he proposes a very viable solution in his mention of recent events in Egypt and elsewhere, but sug-

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gests that our Canadian sensibility wouldn’t permit this action. I think it is a very viable solution. As for the motives of Canadians, I see laziness in thinking about solutions and fear of promoting the solidarity required to solve our democratic deficit. Alternately, those in position of real power know no limits to what they will practise, including the use of riot police, tear gas, water canon, high fences, artificial lakes, and “agent provocateurs” witnessed in recent history. Further to the ignorance charge, a study of history of the world and its people will reveal that ruling orders and systems of governing and controlling others did not fall from the sky. Most regimes were originally established by the use of clever, naked physical power. For anyone seeking knowledge I recommend the book, A Short History of Progress by Ronald Wright.

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Castlegar & District Chamber of Commerce - Business Excellence Awards Nomination Form

Business Person of the Year A business owner or manager that demonstrates integrity, professionalism and outstanding service. Nominee: ____________________________________ Business of the Year A business that demonstrates excellence in quality of service, community involvement, leadership, image and innovation. Nominee: ____________________________________ Retail Service Excellence Award A business that provides exceptional customer service and continually demonstrates enjoyment and product knowledge in their work environment and customer service. Nominee: ____________________________________ Food & Beverage Excellence Award An individual or business that shows dedication to professionalism and demonstrates commitment to consistently providing excellent service in the food and beverage industry. Nominee: ____________________________________ Green Award The nominee business must: display environmental responsiveness through personal leadership and effort; demonstrate innovation in stewardship of the environment; display commitment to exemplary environmental responsiveness, beyond governmental requirements; encourage others to be environmentally responsible. Nominee: ____________________________________ Tourism/Hospitality Award A business or business person within the tourism/hospitality industry who has demonstrates excellence in marketing the Castlegar area as a tourism destination. Nominee: ____________________________________ Professional Business Award A business or business person in the financial, medical or professional field that demonstrates integrity, professionalism and outstanding community service. Nominee: ____________________________________ Name _____________________________________ Address ____________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________ Please complete and return to the Chamber office.

All residents of Castlegar and areas I &J are encouraged to nominate the Best in Business Person(s) that have demonstrated excellence in Business/ Service and Professionalism. Please review the Chamber Membership list and nominate only one per category. Please return directly to the Castlegar Chamber office before April 30, 2011 deadline. Awards will be presented at the Chamber Business Awards Gala on June 11th 2011.

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mitted by May 6. Applications are open to low income families, with sub-standard housing, who wish to own their own home. Applications may be picked up from the Castlegar Community society, 1007 2nd. St., local thrift shops or schools. For more information call 304-2790. APRIL: SENIORS’ ACTIVITIES AT THE COMPLEX. Mon: 10 a.m. darts, 1

p.m. whist. Tues: 9:30 a.m. floor curling & carpet bowling, 1 p.m. crafts, 7 p.m. pool. Wed: 7 p.m. rummoli, 1st Wed. only: 1 p.m. bingo. 20th Raspberry Reunion & coffee. Thurs: 9:30 a.m. floor curling, 1 p.m. bingo (not first Thurs.). First Thursday 2 p.m. general meeting. Fri: 1 p.m. crib & bridge. Sat. the 16th: Sr. Soup Days 11:30-1 p.m. APRIL: 2011 WEST KOOTENAY CAMERA CLUB - 21ST ANNUAL PHOTO SHOW COMPETITION. Entry Dead-

line: April 29. Choose your best image; Categories: Nature – Human Interest – Photojournalism – Creative Images – Flowers – Open category – Portraits – Architecture & Old. Open to all ages. Competition rules & regulations, entry forms available at or contact Eileen at APRIL 16: THE SHSS GRAD OF 2011 WILL BE HOSTING A SPRING FLING FASHION SHOW LOCATED AT SHSS.

Doors open at 2 with the fashion show starting at 2:30. Tickets are $5 and a food donation for our local food bank. Tickets available at JJ Fashions, Mallards, West Fashions, downtown museum and Reinvented.


a horn powered, percussion fuelled sonic and visual assault. For more than six years the band has brought their relentless and unforgettable live show to clubs and major festivals across Canada and the United States. Advance tickets are available at the Hume Hotel. APRIL 18: THE WEST KOOTENAY OSTOMY SUPPORT GROUP. Meeting at

2 p.m. at the Kiro Wellness Center, 1500 Columbia Ave., Trail. Guest speaker: Paul Meise discussing urotomies and hernias. For further info, please call 250368-9827 or 250-365-6276. APRIL 19: KOOTENAY COLUMBIA SENIORS HOUSING CO-0P ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING. 6:30 p.m.

at the Castlegar Complex. All members please attend. APRIL 21: DJS TOM NEMESIS AND BASS SKIDZ. From melodic to raw &

dirty, Nemesis is renowned for his emotion & energy charged brand of house music with sets that unwind like a high octane rollercoaster through the sounds of grinding electro house, indie electro, breaks, and progressive. Synthesis is a true crowd pleaser and has earned his way in the underground music community. Cover $5 at Element. APRIL 22 & 23: SWEET TEQUILA.

Straight from cowboy and cattle country Alberta... Live at Element all Easter weekend. Come and check out one of Canada’s sickest country and rock party cover bands. Sweet Tequila playing one of the most diverse cover band playlists. Doors open at 10 p.m. Cover at the door starting at $7. Reserve a table for dinner and make a night out of it! Call 365-8066 to reserve. APRIL 26: ABRACA DAZZLE! STARRING JOHN KAPLAN. 90 minutes

of fun and laughter PLUS some all-new magic innovations and never-before-seen illusions! A show that parents can enjoy with their children and grandparents - everybody has a terrific time as they share some truly magical moments. Presented by KE Grade 6/7 classes. Doors open at 5 p.m. at the Castlegar Com-

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plex for food and refreshments, show time is 6:30. Tickets available at the Complex or at Movie Company (by Safeway). Individual: $11, Family of four: $40. APRIL 30: 6TH ANNUAL SPRING FLING 2011. 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.

downtown at Kinsmen Park. Join the citizens of Castlegar as they celebrate spring. Events include a 3-on-3 hockey challenge, Show and Shine Car Show, vendors in the park, 2 stages showcasing local talent as well as activities for children. A day of fun for the whole family. For more information or to volunteer to assist with the event, call Peter 250-365-5655.



a.m. - 8 a.m., presented by Twin Rivers Community Chorale Society. Followed by breakfast at the Legion for a donation of $5.50 per person. Questions? Call artistic director Sarah Currie at 250-304-2529.



ested in joining us please call: 365-6405 Castlegar or 364-2803 Trail for more information. ONGOING: CASTLEGAR GARDEN CLUB MEETS THE FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH. 7 p.m. at the

Castlegar Community Complex, Columbia Room. New members are always welcome. Share your love of gardening with other garden enthusiasts and expand your gardening horizons. Information: Dorothy: 304-2885 or ONGOING: CUDDLE, CONNECT AND COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR 0-12 MONTH OLD AT THE PARENT CHILD MOTHER GOOSE PROGRAM. Join

us at the Castlegar & District Public Library on Wednesdays

at 10-11 a.m. starting April 6 until June 1. To register call 365-6611. In partnership with Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Castlegar & District Public Library. ONGOING: CALL FOR VENDORS AND NON/PROFIT GROUPS: GARDEN AND NATURE FEST. Castlegar Garden

and Nature Fest is looking for vendors and nonprofit groups to participate in this year’s 2nd annual fest. Saturday, May 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Please note: this is the weekend AFTER the Nelson Garden Fest,.) 10 x 10 space is $30 for vendors, free for non-profits. Contact: or 399-4439. ONGOING: LOVE 2 LEARN. Come and enjoy this free program with healthy snacks, circle, art, games and activities for preschoolers and parents/caregivers. On Fridays from 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. starting on April 1 until May 13 at Castlegar Primary School. For more information call Alana at 304-6862, or to register call 365-5744. ONGOING: COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER INCOME TAX PROGRAM. Trained

volunteers will give a free service to help people on low income to prepare their income tax and benefit return at Castlegar and District Community Services Centre, 1007 2nd St. Call 250365-2104 to inquire if you are eligible for an appointment. Program runs from March to April on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. ONGOING: THE TWIN RIVERS CHORALE SOCIETY rehearses 7:00

p.m. every Thursday night at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Castlegar (two blocks towards the river from the downtown post office on 4th Street). If you enjoy singing in an adult S-AT-B community choir, please come on out and join us! ONGOING: ADULT BASIC EDUCATION.

With free childminding at Kootenay Family Place, Monday and Wednesday, 1 - 3 p.m. ONGOING: THE MULTICULTURAL CONVERSATION CLUB. Come and meet

others who have immigrated to

Canada, Mondays, 9:30 - 11 a.m. at Kootenay Family Place.


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


p.m. at Kootenay Family Place on Tuesdays.


sources & Sharing, Wednesdays, 9:30-noon at Kootenay Family Place.


- noon on Thursdays at Kootenay Family Place. All families welcome. Snack, circle time and fun.


Place on Fridays, 9 - 11 a.m.


are 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 8:30-11:30 a.m. and Tues 12-3 p.m. For more info call Alana at 304-6862 or Bev at 365-7201. A partnership between Robson Community School, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and Blueberry Creek Community School.


at 365-8302), 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: ROBSON MARKET IS BACK! Every Sunday 8 - 11 a.m.

except long weekends. Breakfast and vendors. For tables: 3653796 or 365-0031.

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Letters to the Editor

Owners, not breeds, are the problem

I have been a proud pit bull and American Staffordshire owner for 10 years now. Our six-year-old dog Pearl is great with children, adults, and other dogs. Never have we seen her bare her teeth, growl, snap, or bite at another dog or a human. I was upset when I read the article printed in the last edition of the Castlegar News. To quote a former mayor in saying that a bylaw was enacted to discourage ownership of these “dangerous dogs� that will rip apart young grandchildren is, in my opinion, irresponsible. These statements perpetuate a culture of fear and encourage individuals who know little about dog behaviour to be afraid of a specific breed. In actual fact, all dogs both large and small are capable of biting and seriously hurting humans and other animals. We have had daily walks at Millennium Walkway for 10 years now. There have been numerous instances of dogs approaching both my husband and I, and trying to bite us or our dogs. All of these dogs have been offleash despite the numerous signs posted that dogs must be leashed, and importantly, none of these aggressive dogs have been of the pit bull type. When my nephew was 18 months old

he was severely bitten outside of a local business by what appeared to be a German shepherd cross. After we insisted that the dog be euthanized, we found out that it had previously attacked three other individuals. Motivation for dog bites stem not from the breed, but from various types of aggression, including: territorial ownership, fear, dominance, pain-elicited responses, poor health, and from misreading dogs’ nonverbal communication (Dog Bite Law, 2010). Focusing on a specific breed leaves people with the false impression that they are safe from dog bites if they avoid the breed that gets a bad rap. Truly, the dog bite epidemic results from a variety of factors and a variety of breeds. Breed-specific legislation is not going to lower the incidence of dog bites, nor is it going to discourage individuals from owning their desired breed of choice. The current bylaw is ineffective as it punishes good owners, encourages many community members to hide their dogs from the city, instills a false and inaccurate sense of security, and actually encourages irresponsible owners to seek out pit bull type dogs for ownership. Most importantly, “there is no evidence that breed-specific laws, which

are costly and difficult to enforce, make communities safer for people or companion animals� (ASPCA, 2011). If the City of Castlegar would like to protect its citizens, perhaps the focus should be on enforcing responsible ownership. Enforcing leashing, anti-tethering, and spaying/neutering bylaws will be more effective in decreasing dog bites and attacks, rather than charging an “exorbitant fee� for a specific breed. Last week’s article demonstrated the fact that the current bylaw is discouraging individuals from relocating to Castlegar. I would hope that the city is interested in encouraging newcomers to the Castlegar area to help stimulate the local economy. I know numerous pit bull owners in the Castlegar area and none of their dogs are dangerous or aggressive, but are in fact beloved pets. Clearly, the financial deterrent has been unsuccessful in deterring ownership of this much loved and misunderstood breed. I have hope that the City of Castlegar and its current councilors will re-explore this issue and enact bylaws which are based on current research and best practice.



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Letters to the Editor YARD WASTE COLLECTION Castlegar Reducing Its Mark Program (CRIMP) The City is offering a curbside yard waste collection program in April and May. Yard waste (leaves, grass clippings, branches, tree or hedge trimmings, flowers, plants and other organics) will be collected at the curb, and then transported to the Ootischenia landfill compost site. The yard waste will eventually be utilized for landfill cover. Yard and garden waste placed at the curb will be collected on the following dates: - April 19 and May 3, 2011 – NORTH Castlegar (north of Highway 3 including the Woodland Park Area) - April 20 and May 4, 2011 – SOUTH Castlegar (south of Highway 3) Place your yard waste at the curb just prior to 7:00 a.m. on your collection date. To participate: ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾

You must be a resident of the City of Castlegar. (The program does not apply to commercial businesses or outlying areas). CRIMP compostable (100% biodegradable) yard waste bags are available free of charge from City Hall at 460 Columbia Avenue. Bags must be tied off, if twine is used it must be compostable. It is recommended that you double CRIMP bags to ensure yard waste will be contained. Garbage cans may be used as long as the containers are identified as having yard waste in the container. Containers must have lids. The maximum weight per container is 23kg (50lbs). Tree pruning waste shall be bundled with compostable twine. Individual bundles shall be no longer than 1.0 meter (3 feet) in length with bundles having a maximum diameter of 0.5 meter (1.5 feet). Maximum allowable branch diameter is 50mm (2 in). Gather your yard and garden waste and place at your curbside on the dates above – according to your location in North or South Castlegar.

Alternatively, the City of Castlegar’s Yard Waste Composting Facility located at the north end of the Castlegar & District Recreation Complex at 2101 Sixth Avenue is open to receive yard and garden wastes. Yard and garden waste is accepted and includes the following biodegradable waste: ¾


Grass, lawn and hedge clippings, flowers, weeds, leaves, and vegetable stalks



Shrubs, shrub and tree branches less than 75 mm (3 inches) in diameter

If your yard waste is in plastic bags, please remove the bag.

Please note that this program is for yard and garden waste only (rocks, dirt, stumps, sod, construction demolition or other related wood products including painted or treated wood, flower pots, animal waste, household garbage including kitchen waste or recyclables, Styrofoam, or other such materials will not be accepted). For more information please contact the City of Castlegar at (250) 365-7227 or (250) 365-5979 Or Waste Management at (250) 365-6372

City council ought to keep the pit bull bylaw in place Kudos to former Mayor Mike O’Connor and fellow council members for instituting the $1,000 fee for registering the breed of pit bull dogs in our city. I noticed this bylaw a number of years ago and was then very pleased to see that our council had the intestinal fortitude to implement such a bill. And to see that it has finally come to fruition is pleasing, to be assured. I disagree when Theresa Hodge states that “they are a safe breed of dog” and she feels comfortable with hers. I have yet to read about any attacks that have taken place involving this breed (and there have been quite a number over the years) with owners admitting that they ever suspected that “their dog” would ever become violent and viciously attack innocent people who did not provoke the animal. Yet the media informs us frequently of such vicious attacks on other dogs, adults and, yes, even children. Rarely does one read of any other breed of dog attacking,

maiming and even killing people. It seems only the pit bull is the one that is in the front line in the headlines of newspapers all over our province and not to mention the rest of Canada. It boggles my mind why one would even contemplate knowingly owning an animal that has a reputation of such viciousness. Is it status? Well I’m glad that this status has come to a screeching halt here within the borders of our city. Oh, and Mayor Chernoff, please do not “revisit” this bylaw as you commented to this newspaper item. It is well enough to leave as it is it has protected and made this city safe for quite a number of years. It’s bad enough that we have large breeds of dogs running loose in the early morning hours and making unwanted deposits on our yards and lawns without having viciousness to contend with, too.

Mickey Nazarov Castlegar


Monday, April 18, 2011


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Hugh Keenleyside Dam

This is your chance to help an endangered species! On behalf of the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative (UCWSRI), the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program is organizing a juvenile sturgeon release event at the Hugh Keenleyside Dam. With your help, approximately 1,500 juvenile sturgeon will be released into the lower Columbia River. An additional 2,500 will be released through additional UCWSRI programs along the river. For more information contact the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program at or call 250 352 6874. This Release Event is coordinated by the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C. and Fisheries and Oceans Canada) with support from the CVWMA, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the B.C. Ministry of Environment.


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Teck gives students a glimpse of the trades KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Eighty Grade 8 and 9 students from across the West Kootenay descended upon Teck Metals Ltd. in Trail last Wednesday to learn about careers in the trades during the first “Trades in Action Day.” “It’s amazing for the kids to see it in action in a real trade setting,” Jan Morton, director of community education for School District 20 (SD20) said. “We’ve got to get their interest while they’re young.” Of the 80 students who attended, 13 were from Stanley Humphries Secondary School. Students were able to choose four different trades to explore during their time at Teck, including industrial electrician, pipefitter/steamfitter, machinist, millwright, carpenter, welder, steel fabrication, refrigeration and bricklayer. Michelle Skelly, communication manager for the Resource Training Organization said there is a misconception among youth that working in the trades is a “fall back” instead of going to university. What they’ve been teaching the students, rather, is that for many trades you need to stay in school to keep up in math and physics to qualify for training programs. For some trades, students are even able to start earning their college credits while still in high school. Currently, there are 45 apprentices at Teck, many of which the students were able to meet and ask questions of. Luch Dalla Lana, trade co-ordinator for Teck said in the past three years, said 29 apprentices have graduated and been hired in Trail fulltime. “It gives us a great opportunity to showcase our tradespeople,” Carol Vanelli Worosz, communications manager for Teck said. Ten girls took part in the visit, and first-year steel fabrication apprentice Michelle Milligan went from station to station to visit each one. “I’m just letting them know that other girls work in this environment and we’re just as strong — if not stronger,” she said. Milligan left a serving job while trying to raise three children to find a more stable career in the trades. This event was the first of its kind at Teck. Skelly said they have held similar events in Cranbrook with much success. A Youth Exploring Skills to Industry Training (YES 2 IT) event as well, a partnership was organized between Teck Trail Operations, SD20, SD8, the Resource Training Organization, Selkirk College, the Skills Centre, the Industry Training Authority and the Ministry of Education. “YES 2 IT is an opportunity to showcase and promote the apprenticeable trades as exciting and rewarding career options,” Skelly said. SD20 currently offers a millwright-machinist program in Nelson, carpentry, welding and electric, as well as professional cooks training and hairdressing. Other programs that can be started in high school for entry into Selkirk College are fine woodworking, general mechanics, esthetics, plant operator and welding.

Kim Magi photos

TOP LEFT: Josh Sipes, a Grade 9 student at Rossland Secondary School, braises copper while being supervised by Al McMartin, a refrigeration employee at Teck. TOP RIGHT: Larry McDougall walks a student through soldering a copper pipe. BOTTOM: Tyler Scott, a Grade 9 student at Prince Charles Secondary in Creston learns bricklaying from Randy Harmston.

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Since Christmas, Keus has had an influx of people that are just looking for a great cardio workout, whereas before the majority of the class was made up of people who wanted to keep cycling during the winter. “The newer people that are coming are not triathletes,” she said. For this reason, Keus will keep the studio open for classes this summer, but she hasn’t created a schedule yet as she’s waiting to see how much interest there is.


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Never an avid outdoor cyclist, Kristy Keus didn’t think she would one day own a cycling business, but last November that’s exactly what happened. “I never thought I’d be in this position,” Keus said from the Kootenay Cycling studio. A certified group, weight and personal fitness trainer, Keus started teaching indoor cycling (known as spinning) in 2007 through the Castlegar Community Complex. Last spring, she began teaching at Kootenay Cycling for then-owner John Jenner. When Jenner wanted to give the business up in November, he first offered it to Keus before putting it on the market, and she jumped at the chance. “I was already comfortable with the bikes,” Keus said, adding that the hardest part transitioning to owner is learning how to update the website. Keus said she loves spinning because it’s low impact and can be a great workout for all ages. It’s true: step into any Kootenay Cycling spin class and there are participants in their late teens to those in their 60s or 70s. “You are in charge of your own workout, no one knows what pace you’re going at,” Keus said. “Cycling is easy on your joints, too.” She said although the workout does have a reputation for being intense, the best thing to do is keep drinking water and be aware of your own heart rate. “It’s a great way to be pushed,” she said. “Even though we’re not doing the same drills that you would do outside it’s still a great workout.”

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Arts & Culture

Inaugural dance festival draws 100 KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

The inaugural Just Dance Festival brought 100 dancers from Castlegar and Rossland to the stage at the Brilliant Cultural Centre last weekend. Co-chair Edena Brown said plans for the festival began last year after brainstorming ways to incorporate a dance event locally, since the Fine Arts Festival already existed between Trail and Nelson. Brown handled the administrative side of the festival — programs, sponsorships, etc. — while co-chair Joanne Robbins, a former professional dancer, organized the dancers and secured adjudicator Heather Morrison from Vancouver. Morrison’s role for the weekend was to provide constructive criticism for the dancers and rate each dance out of 100. A mark from 91-100 equaled a platinum finish, 8590 was gold, 80-85 was silver and 75-79 was bronze. In addition to the medallions, cash awards were given for overall high score and adjudicator’s choice for performance and choreography. Morrison, a professional dancer, specializes in hip hop and was featured on season one of So You Think You Can Dance Canada. The dancers were a part of either Castlegar’s Turning Pointe Performance Company or Rossland’s Kootenay DanceWorks. “In order to go into competition, you have to be a competitive dancer,� Brown said. All the group numbers from Turning Pointe’s spring reportoire were included, as well as solos and duets that dancers had prepared but didn’t make it into the show’s schedule. Next year, Brown said they’re hoping to make the festival more regionalized and have dancers from all over the Kootenays and Okanagan come and participate. Brown said she really appreciated all the parent volunteers who helped run the change rooms and concession to ensure the festival ran smoothly. For more information on the festival, visit

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Last weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s front-page article in the Castlegar News, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Marijuana controversy grabs national attention,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; makes me wonder how and when this issue will ever be put to rest. The zealous efforts of the RCMP to uphold the letter of the law is certainly not in question. The bigger issue is: Why are we continuing to waste law enforcement time and money fighting the proliferation of this plant, but have yet to act on the judgment of our most intelligent research to reform our laws? The use of cannabis by humans has a long history. Knowing why and how this medicinal plant became targeted as a threat to our society is an eye-opener. It has been studied to death by our government commissions, appointed committees, professors of criminology, and medical associations. While it is well known that these studies have arrived at the consensus that cannabis use is only a minimal threat to our personal health and that the most efficient way to address abuse is through education, the incentive to change the prohibition laws remains mired in emotions and politics. At one point it looked like Canada would lead the way to law reform, but this was contrary to the Bush agenda, and he said no. So much for national sovereignty, but thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another story. Now many U.S. states are making concessions for the sick and dying and are moving towards legalization. Other countries like Portugal are totally abandoning their failed drug war policies. Meanwhile, here in Canada, despite the weight of science, medical need, and common consensus, our corporate-manipulated government continues to spin unsubstantiated fear through the media for the need to continue the war on this plant. Apparently it is more important to protect the substantial monetary benefits for those who block law reform, like the alcohol and tobacco industries, than to address the underlying failures of our dysfunctional society that buries its pain with addictions.

The reason for the continuance of the status quo has little to do with the plant itself; which has zero deaths attributed to its use. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the money. The crime and violence associated with the marijuana business is being generated by prohibitionist policies that create the lucrative black-market. The subsequent violence arises when police forces are subsidized to fight the war on the drug crime which is the direct result of the anti-drug policies. The latest addition to this insanity is mandatory minimum sentences and the creation of private prisons for profit. This scenario makes as much sense as a dog chasing its tail. The solution presented by our best minds to end this war is to remove the money element from the equation, by introducing a decriminalization policy. This would put an end to the black market profits that spawn the hazardous situation of people setting up illegal grow-ops, stealing power, and having their homes invaded either by the armed police or the criminals. Unfortunately, only a minority of citizens are asking when will we get to the point of making the changes in our laws that would put an end to the problems being created. It is ironic that we are providing such a poor example in decision-making and problem-solving for our young people, who we claim to be defending from the evils of drugs. Unlike most of us, many high school students face the choice to use cannabis from day to day. They can easily see through the failed attempt to protect them with laws. They know that it is totally within their own educated control to say yes or no. When it comes to making good choices, the biggest incentive we can give our youth is to provide them with a confident enlightened leadership model that overcomes fears and takes charge of any situation. I believe we have the power to end this prohibition problem by initiating new programs for positive change.

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A number of outstanding businesses and individuals received awards at the West Kootenay Early Years Conference in Rossland last weekend for their efforts to improve the quality of care and education for young children. The conference began on April 8 over a hearty breakfast with awards to family friendly businesses and employers. Employers were credited for their efforts to accommodate their employees’ family needs, from child care and play areas to parental leave. Winners were Kootenay Kids in Nelson, the Trail FAIR Society, and Pacific Insight in Nelson. Businesses were rewarded for their efforts to provide their patrons with services that carefully considered children and families, from giving dental work to a mother with her baby resting on her chest, to restaurants with great play areas. Winners were the Cedar Creek Café in Winlaw, Dr. Donald Ellis, a dentist in Castlegar, El Taco Restaurant in Nelson, Frog Peak Café in Crescent Valley, Vienna Café in Nelson, and Waves on the Lake Hair Design in Nelson. That evening, the highlight of the conference banquet — besides the interactive belly dance performance by the Baladi Moon Dance Troupe — were the awards for “exceptional family child care pro-

vider” and “exceptional early childhood educator.” Four nominees were chosen for both awards, each based on a process in which parents and coworkers submitted applications on behalf of the care providers and educators who they deemed to be exceptional in their field. “All of these women are on the path to best practice and deserve our acknowledgment,” said conference chair Dorothy Kaytor as she invited the nominees on stage and read highlights from each of their nomination packages. Among the exceptional care providers, Cheryl Hamilton was lauded by a parent who wrote: “My daughter is always so excited to see her. I feel blessed to have found her.” Sheryl Moon was described as “caring, supportive and dynamic,” an active particpant in multiple community programs. Kaytor read about Josie Lioce, “Children’s art covers her walls in her house. The children just love her!” The winner, however, was Sandi Oorthuis, “committed to every child in her care.” She “loves the work she does,” setting the “highest professional standard”, and integrates the children into the “warm and loving atmosphere” her home environment. Oorthuis really exemplified the qualities the award was given for: She “observes and plans for children with developmental milestones in mind

… displays excellent communication skills sharing news of the daily activities with the parents,” and leaves parents “at peace” when their children are with her. The early childhood educator (ECE) nominees included Dorothy Chernoff, described as “committed” and “focused,” always searching for new resources to further the children’s interests. Lori Fowler, an ECE for more than 20 years, is loved by the kids, known as “Mrs. Flower,” and is a respected leader at her daycare and admired within her community. Sheila Issel, an ECE for some 15 years, was nominated for going “above and beyond,” and being “adaptable and keen” to incorporate new ideas, always willing to find positive solutions. Anna Whyte took the top award after being an ECE for 27 years, recognized for her passion, commitment, and respect for children and families. Described as “encouraging, positive and caring” as she adds new ideas to her “warm, nurturing, enriching and stimulating environment” that makes “children feel supported and valued.” The people who nominated her wrote: “She believes that children need positive, gentle guidance in their early years and role models this in her life and in her teachings … She loves the children, and they just love her!”

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The Family Friendly Business/Employer Awards were presented by (left to right) Aron Burke of Kootenay Saving Credit Union, Mary Walters, award presenter, Tom Atkins of the Nelson and District Credit Union — also Brian Poch and Bradley Roulston of the NDCU, far right — and Denise Maier (far right) of the Heritage Credit Union, all partners with the West Kootenay Early Years Council who sponsored the awards. The following businesses won (left to right): Paul Kelly and her daughter Beatrix of the Cedar Creek Café, Sara Golling of the Trail FAIR Society, Val Warmington of the Kootenay Kids Society, Sandra Ellis of the Dr. Donald Ellis Dental Clinic, Amanda Laughton of Pacific Insight, and Laura Zeman of the Kootenay Country Co-op. Other winners were absent: Frog Peak Café, Waves Hair Design, Vienna Café, and El Taco Mexican Food.

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Project tackles domestic violence KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Airing the dirty laundry of domestic violence is the purpose of the Clothesline Project, now in its second year in Castlegar. The project has been happening since the 1990s all across North America, Kyra Hoggan of the Castlegar & District Community Services Society (CDCSS) said. “A group of women were in Massachusetts in the ‘90s and realized 50,000 men were killed during the Vietnam War,” she said. “And during that time frame they realized 53,000 women were killed during domestic abuse.” The Clothesline Project has

evolved over the years and now it is estimated there are 500 projects internationally. The purpose of the project is to get people thinking and talking about domestic violence, Hoggan said. On Tuesday, the clothesline will take shape in Spirit Square outside city hall with T-shirts painted by women’s groups, Kinnaird Elementary School students and Castlegar Primary School students. “We have literally every single class participating,” Hoggan said of Castlegar Primary. For those who have missed out on decorating a shirt, Hoggan said they’re going to try and have a table set up on site so people can decorate a shirt there and hang it up right

away. Speakers will include Mayor Lawrence Chernoff and Castlegar RCMP Cpl. Deb Postnikoff. An M&M Meats barbeque lunch will be cooked by city councillors Russ Hearne, Deb McIntosh and Kevin Chernoff, with help from fire Chief Gerry Rempel. KBS Radio will be on location as well. Hoggan said support from the Columbia Basin Trust, CDCSS, KBS and Selkirk College has been instrumental in making the day a success. The Clothesline Project takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 19. For more information on the history of the project, please visit

Continent-wide musical fundraiser KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Musicians will come together from all over North America on Saturday as the first Musical Bridges event raises money for Cole Hoodicoff and Corbin Lew. Supercat Studios’ Yanive Feiner thought of the idea a few months ago to support Hoodicoff, a local boy recovering from a serious skiing accident, but when Lew, another local boy, was diagnosed with lymphoma, plans quickly shifted to include both. While Castlegar rocks out from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., bands in Toronto and Texas will be doing the same, and all proceeds will go to the Lew and Hoodicoff families. Feiner said he grew up in Toronto and still has connections out there, so was able to get three bands together to play at the Hard Luck Bar. One of his friends from out east now lives in Texas, so he helped organize the band Soul Cake to play there too. “We were hoping to get a few more cities but it’s hard when you’re not there to pitch it, but we’re willing to do this for anybody that needs it,” Feiner said.

For people that aren’t able to make it to the shows but want to check them out, all three concerts will be simulcast through Internet radio at, Feiner said. In Castlegar, Feiner said the Regional District of the Central Kootenay donated the Castlegar Community Complex as a venue, and Coca Cola donated drinks to sell at the event as well. The musicians that are slated to play in Castlegar are Laela Heidt, Mariah Morris, Christina Emelio, Joshua Leeworthy, Tiffany Bird, Jennifer Masini, Supercat Studios, Monsters, Speak of the Unknown and Roy Has Fire. “They’re local musicians that I know,” Feiner said. “I asked them if they were interested and they said yeah, for sure.” Feiner said this will be the first of many events under the Musical Bridges title. In the future, he hopes to add more cities to the list and said Castlegar will be on board to raise money for anyone that needs it, no matter where they are. Musical Bridges takes place on Saturday at the Castlegar Community Complex. Doors are at noon and the first artist goes on stage at 1 p.m. Music will go on until 10 p.m. Admission is by donation.

Community foundation in the works KIM MAGI Castlegar News Reporter

Castlegar is on its way to establishing a community foundation after last week’s meeting on the topic. A community foundation is an organization that works with donors to build endowment funds, grants funds to the widest possible range of organizations and initiatives and brings people together from all over the community to stimulate new ideas and build participation. Last Thursday, 15 people attended Castlegar’s meeting to hear Barb McMillan, direc-

tor or regional strategies with Community Foundations of Canada. She provided information about the history of community foundations, as well as facts, principles and special features. McMillan said there are 170 community foundations in rural and urban areas, and together they share more than $2.8 billion in shared assets. For Castlegar’s community foundation, the Columbia Basin Trust is able to donate $50,000 to match donor dollars and Kootenay Savings has over $100,000 ready to donate to the foundation. “The process to establish a

foundation includes formation of a steering committee, establishment of a board of directors, and application for official status,” Roberta Hamilton of the Castlegar & District Social Planning Society said. “There will be much support available to start and continue the process of creating Castlegar’s own community foundation.” More information will be available at the second meeting, to be held on April 21 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m at the Castlegar & District Public Library. If interested, call Dan Salekin at or phone 250-608-0451.

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The Castlegar Sunrise 2000 Rotary Club would like to thank the following businesses for helping to make the 12th Annual Wine Festival a success: CHAMPAGNE SPONSORS Mountain FM The Bridge Castlegar News Bon Appetito Catering Element Night Club Heritage Credit Union Joey’s Restaurants Kalawsky Chevrolet Buick GMC Oglow’s Sandman Hotels Inns Suites Super 8 Simone Jewellers Ltd. Zellstoff Celgar

CABERNET SPONSORS Biznet Signs & Solutions Bubblees Liquor Store Plus Castlegar Toyota Emcon Services Inc. Helena Margareta JMK Kitchens & Custom Woodworking Ltd. NuFloors Shuswap Holiday (Chase ) Teck Trail Operations Tina Popoff Jewellery The Coffee Mate Winemates & More Inc.

CHARDONNAY SPONSORS Above the Orchard B & B A & W Restaurants Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort Andre’s Audiotronic Arby’s Restaurant Au Soleil Levant French bakery (Nelson) Avenues Hair Design Ltd. Benedict’s Steakhouse BC Wine Guys Best Western Plus – Peppertree Airport Inn (Spokane) Black Rooster Classic Bar & Grill Brandt Tractor Ltd. Café Michael (Castlegar) Café Michael (Trail) Calming Scents at Avenues Canada Safeway (Castlegar) Canadian Tire (Castlegar) Casabella Wine Tours (Penticton) Castlegar & District Recreation & Aquatic Centre Castlegar & District Chamber of

Commerce Castlegar Golf Club Castlegar Interac Club Castlegar Massage Therapy Clinic Central Bark Pet Supplies (Nelson) Chopsticks Chinese & Japanese Cuisine City of Castlegar Coles Books (Nelson) Columbia Power Corporation Common Grounds Café Cottonwod Kitchens (Nelson) Cowan’s Office Supplies Ltd. (Nelson) Dardesign Handwovens Di’s Esthetics & Advanced Skin Care Discover Wines (Kelowna) Dock ‘n’ Duck (Balfour) Dr. Don Ellis Fairview Mountain Golf Course (Oliver) Fireside Inn Gabriella’s Restaurants Ltd. Glacier Honda Granite Point Golf Club (Nelson) Hall Printing Hedi Oleski J J’s Fashions Jean’s Material Things Kathleen Pinckney Kelsey Jackson – Australian Exchange Student Kootenai River Inn, Casino and Spa (Bonner’s Ferry) Kootenay Centre Cinemas Kootenay Floral & Gifts Kootenay Market Kootenay Powder Coatings Ltd. Kootenay Savings Credit Union Kootenay Valley Water and Spas Kutenai Clothing Co. Lemon Creek Lodge Lordco Auto Parts M&M Meat Shops More Than Fair Global Giftware Mountain Baby (Nelson) Nealy O’Brien’s Pub and Liquor Store Nelson Brewing Company Oso Negro (Nelson) Paragon Pharmacy Pennywise Pharmasave Castlegar

Plaza Bakery Polonicoff & Perehudoff Rossland Trail Country Club Sandra Donohue Saputo Foods (Nelson) Scottie School of Highland Dance Sears Castlegar – Lori Oser Shelly LeBeau Shoes for the Soul (Nelson) Summerhill Winery Sunset Organic Bistro The Brick The Colander Restaurant The Gift Box The Greek Oven Thirsty Duck Neighbourhood Pub Tim Hortons (Castlegar) Tommy’s No Frills Trail’s End Café United Rentals (Castlegar) Uptown Subway (Castlegar) USCC Kootenay Men’s Group Van Hellemond Sporte West K Concrete Ltd. Whitewater Ski Resort 99 Cent Store

TABLE SPONSORS A Plus Electric Di’s Esthetics & Advance Skin Care Empac Engineering Ltd. Ernie’s Towing HG Insurance Agencies Ltd. Hil-Tech Contracting Limited Independent Respiratory Services JMK Kitchens & Custom Woodworking Ltd. Kootenay Smile Studio Krueckl Financial Services Martech Electrical Systems Ltd. Mountain Transport Institute Ltd. OK Tire Scotties Marina Ltd. SPL Selkirk Paving Venture Mechanical Systems Ltd. West Kootenay Mechanical 2001 Ltd. WSA Engineering Ltd.

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PSA tests are done on men to check the health of their prostate gland. When you are getting your PSA checked, it’s a good idea to refrain from sex for at least two days prior to the test. The ejaculation process may result in a higher PSA reading. Autism is a serious neurological disorder in which the outcomes can be improved if it is diagnosed early. A doctor in Tennessee has developed a method of analyzing the sounds and vocalizing patterns of very young children to determine if autism may be present. Evidently, the number and types of sounds made can help make am autism diagnosis earlier. You’ve probably heard people saying that they seem to have lost some height as they get older. It’s true this can happen. Those little pads (disks) between vertebrae in the spine become drier and thinner with age and people actually will become shorter. Evidently, regular exercise can slow this process. Young people seem to be getting the message of the dangers of unprotected sex. However, for people over the age of 50, the message doesn’t seem to be getting through as well. It is especially important when multiple partners are involved no matter what your age. Pharmacists are a good source of contraception information. If you have any questions about this matter, just ask. We can talk to you in private and give you all the information you need.

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REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS CASTLEGAR ATHLETIC COMMISSION The City of Castlegar invites applications from persons interested in serving on the recently established City of Castlegar Athletic Commission. The City will appoint three members to the Commission each to serve a three year term. A member, while an appointee to the Commission, shall not be directly or indirectly connected with any regulated sport (meaning professional boxing, wrestling, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and like activities, contests and exhibitions) held within the City of Castlegar. The role of the Athletic Commission includes, but is not limited to: i) ii) iii) iv) v) vi)

regulating and supervising regulated sports (including attendance at all regulated sports events – including weigh-in and wrap-up debriefing); prescribing rules of conduct of regulated sports; establishing rules regarding the issuance of permits and issuing permits that include terms and conditions to those conducting and/or participating in regulated sports events; reviewing and approving contracts for regulated sports as a condition of licensing an event; investigating the conduct of any participants in regulated sports with respect to any alleged breaches of the bylaw or rules and imposing fines for misconduct; attending meetings of the Commission, as required.

Public invited to Doukhobor Discovery Centre opening The new curator of the Doukhobor Discovery Centre will welcome the public at the museum’s season-opening celebration on April 24. “We’re inviting everybody,” Netta Zeberoff said. “It’s going to be fun.” The annual opening celebration typically offers some songs, some speeches and some food and drinks. Zeberoff said this year will be no exception. “We’re going to have some local fruits and veggies and our Village Bistro will prepare some pastries,” she said. While the centre doesn’t officially open for the season until May 1, Zeberoff said people will be welcome to take a tour at the April 24 ceremony. She noted that some ear-

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ly-bird visitors have already started showing up at the museum, located at 112 Heritage Way. “I haven’t been turning people way,” Zeberoff said. This year marks the 40th

year of the museum, she added. The season-opening event is set to begin at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 and last a couple of hours. /Castlegar News

SHSS girls ‘a bit rusty’ but looking forward to season The Stanley Humphries Secondary School (SHSS) girls’ soccer team kicked their way to a ninth-place finish at an Osoyoos tournament on the weekend. Coach Branwen Hainsworth said the team was “a bit rusty” out of the gate with losses to Credo Christian High School from Langley (4-3) and Prin-

cess Margaret High School from Penticton (1-0). Hainsworth said the game against Princess Margaret could have gone either way, but SHSS then joined the Cflight for Saturday after the losses. “We beat Grand Forks 2-1 with two great goals from Hailey McLean and then we beat

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Oliver 3-1 with another two goals from Hailey McLean and one from Kim Diender, an exchange student from the Netherlands,” Hainsworth said. The SHSS team continued their season this week with a game against Rossland on Wednesday; results weren’t available by press time. /Castlegar News

IInterior t i Health H lth salutes its Kootenay Boundary volunteers

Further details may be obtained by viewing City of Castlegar Athletic Commission Bylaw 1144 on the City’s web-site at or by contacting the undersigned.

Healthcare volunteers are the smiling faces that greet you when you enter a facility and the steadfast fundraisers who make sure Interior Health has what we need to give you the care you need, when you need it and where you need it.

Those interested are requested to submit a written application and resume - CLEARLY MARKED “CASTLEGAR ATHLETIC COMMISSION” – to the City no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2011. Applications and resumes should be forwarded to the attention of:

Across the Kootenay Boundary, Interior Health could not do the work we do without our volunteers.

Phone: Fax: Email:

Carolyn Rempel, Director of Corporate Services, City of Castlegar, 460 Columbia Avenue, Castlegar, BC V1N 1G7 (250) 365-7227 (250) 365-4810

Pursuant to the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information collected will be utilized solely for the selection or appointment of commission members.

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MacDonald, Colin Malcom With great sadness we announce the passing of Colin on April 5, 2011 in Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital following a short illness. Colin was born in Rossland on March 5, C 1938. He is survived by his loving wife Helen of 52 years, their sons Colin and Robert, his brother Jim (Shirley), his sister-in-law Madie (Al) and several nieces and nephews. Colin was raised in Trail. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in March of 1957 and was stationed in Victoria for 10 years. In 1967 he moved his family to Castlegar where he worked for the sawmill for 37 years. He was involved with the IWA executive for 15 years and was on the mill's safety committee for 20 years. Colin loved his Church and held many positions in Grace Presbyterian Church in Castlegar until it closed. He loved gardening, especially his roses. It was a treat for all his friends and neighbours to receive beautiful little bouquets. He loved decorating for Christmas and spent many hours stringing lights, not just on his own home, he decorated throughout Stellar Place. Colin enjoyed young people and was involved in many youth activities as a coach, a director and a supporting spectator. In the summer time you could find him on a lake or river fishing - as he said it was "just for the halibut." When their boys were young they spent many summers camping and have beautiful memories from that time. Colin's funeral service will be held in First Presbyterian Church on Pine Street in Trail at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12th. Reverends Gavin and Meridyth Robertson will be officiating. Attention Veterans and Legion members - please attend.

Alex P. Verigin The family f mill off Alex P. Verigin wishes to announce his passing at Castleview Care Centre on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, blessed with 91 years of life. Alex was born in Pass Creek on January 3, 1920 to parents Mable and Peter Verigin. He married Nellie Rilkoff in 1943 and they raised four sons. Alex started his working career as a sawyer and then acquired the skills to become a carpenter in the construction industry. During his life he was a charter member of the Brilliant Credit Union, a director of Kootenay Savings Credit Union and served as the Financial Secretary of the Carpenters’ Union. Alex enjoyed gardening, having an orchard, bee keeping and woodworking. Alex was predeceased by sisters Mable Horkoff, Florence Hadikin and Doris Plotnikoff and brother Peter Verigin. Left to mourn his loss are his loving wife of 68 years Nellie; sons Al, Ken (Kathy), Wally (Lori) and Lorne (Sharel); niece Mabel (Mike) Bondaroff; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and many relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, followed by the interment at Brilliant Cemetery.

We would like to thank Drs. Streich and Ankenbauer in Castlegar and Drs. Dalla Lana and Sibbald in KBRH and the wonderful nursing staff who took care of him during his illness. Al Grywacheski with Personal Alternative Funeral Services “Carberry’s Chapel” is entrusted with arrangements.

Arrangements were in care of Castlegar Funeral Chapel.

As an expression of sympathy, donations to the Heart and Stroke Fund can be sent to 200-1212 West Broadway Street Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2 or donations to a charity of your own choice would be greatly appreciated.

Dad was unwavering in his love and commitment to his family. Many thanks to Dr. Merritt and the wonderful staff of Castleview Care Centre.



Donations in Alex’s memory may be made to Castlegar and District Community Health Centre Foundation, 709 – 10th Street, Castlegar BC V1N 2H7 or to the ISKRA, PO Box 3024, Castlegar BC V1N 3H4.



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Aaron Dube September 5, 1931 April 17, 2010 I remember the day that I met you The day God made you mine. I remember the day He took you away I will ‘till the end of time. Through all the tears and heartache, There’s one thing that makes me glad That you chose me to share with you The precious years we had. I’ll hold you close within my hear And there you will remain, To walk with me though out my life Until we meed again. Lovingly remembered, Sadly missed Polly & family

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We, the family of the late Betty Oglow, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all the friends and family who supported us in so many ways during the loss of our dear Wife and Mother. Thank you for the flowers, cards, delicious food, emails and phone calls of support.

We extend a special thank you to all the staff at Castleview Care Centre for supporting Betty on her journey and to Dr. Keith Merritt for his attentiveness during Betty’s lengthy illness.

We give thanks to Reverend Ann Pollock of the Castlegar United Church for the beautiful service, to the singers and pianist Lori for lifting our hearts and the hard working ladies of the church for the lovely lunch that was prepared. Thanks to Auntie Shirley, Lola, Ev and Gene for their wonderful remembrances and to Betty’s nephew, Wally Dann, for his thoughtfulness and guidance. Thank you for the donations received in Betty’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC – West Kootenay Boundary, 809 Davies St., Nelson, BC V1L 3T6 and to the Castlegar Funeral Chapel.

From the bottom of our hearts…Thank you.

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to all of our relatives and friends for the flowers, gifts and thoughtful phone calls. A special thank you to Dr. Ankenbauer for his wonderful care of Larry and thank you to the Interior Health and Emergency staff who attended Larry at the beginning of February. A heartfelt thank you to our wonderful neighbours who helped and supported us over the last few years. Finally, thank you to all those who attended the memorial for Larry. It was wonderful to see all of our relatives, friends and neighbours together. Larry’s loving wife, Pauline Weinert

TEMPORARY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES JOURNEYMAN TRADE PERSONS FOR MAINTENANCE SHUTDOWN Zellstoff Celgar Limited has a scheduled maintenance shutdown from June 6 to June 13, 2011. During this shutdown, the following certified trades persons will be required:

Millwrights Pipefitters Pressure Welders (pressure certification required) Electricians Instrument Mechanics A copy of the trades certification is required with the application. To apply for this opportunity, please submit your resume to:

Employment & Benefits Coordinator Zellstoff Celgar Limited P.O. Box 1000 Castlegar, BC V1N 3H9 Phone No: (250)365-4267 Fax No: (250)365-2652 e-mail: We thank all applicants; only those whose candidacy best suits our needs will be contacted.

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CONCRETE FINISHERS. Edmonton-based company seeks experienced concrete ďŹ nishers for work in Edmonton and Northern Alberta. Subsistence and accommodations provided for out of town work; Cell 780-660-7130. Fax 780444-7103. HOMEWORKERS Get paid daily! Now accepting: simple full/part time data entry & online computer related work is available. No fees or charges to participate. Start today, TRAVEL MEDICINE CLINIC Casual MOA (may lead to part-time) Successful applicant must have a pleasant manner, the ability to multi-task, be a self starter have a good command of the English language & be customer service focused. Computer knowledge is a must, knowledge of geography/travel experience an asset. Duties include greeting clients, processing payments, appointment Booking & general ofďŹ ce/reception duties. Send resume with cover letter: ATTN: Joanne - Fax 1-866-681-9655 or email PHP PROGRAMMER position avail immediately at well established web dev ďŹ rm in Kelowna. 4+ yrs exp required. Email

Wanted Live-In Building Caretakers Couple preferred for the Beaver Valley Manor a 40 Unit Non ProďŹ t Seniors Housing Complex Effective July 1, 2011 For employment information 250-367-7603 or 367-9498 Applications with references must be received by April 27, 2011 to B.V. Manor Society, Building Caretaker Position Box 826, Fruitvale, BC, V0G 1L0 LUK PLUMBING + Heating Ltd. operating in Saskatchewan is seeking Journeymen Plumber and/or HVAC techs. F/T, top wages, beneďŹ ts, RRSP. Commercial, residential, industrial. ofďŹ MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE. Our â&#x20AC;&#x153;World Class Acreage Developmentâ&#x20AC;? is seeking a highly motivated individual to represent our company. The successful candidate must be self-motivated and very resourceful. Please send resume to:; MEDICAL OFFICE trainees needed! Hospitals and doctors need medical ofďŹ ce and medical admin staff! No experience? Need training? Career training and job placement available. 1-888-748-4126.

Cellular Rep A position for an experienced Cellular Rep preferably with Telus background is now available at Andreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Audiotronic Castlegar. Please apply at Andreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Audiotronic #200 - 1965 Columbia Ave Castlegar, BC Phone 250-365-6455

CITI TRENDS Inc is looking to work alongside individuals who have: Brilliant Customer service and interpersonal skills. No experience as we will offer full informative workshops for applicants. No matter what your career goal, you have to start somewhere. Enjoy the dealing with people but not able to advance or progress in your career? No Worries! We are looking for professional applicants who are available for immediate starts. Do you have good communication skills? Looking for an immediate start? Send resume to or FULL-TIME CERTIFIED Heavy Duty Mechanic required by Bailey Western Star & Freightliner. Experience in service & repair of trucks, trailers & equipment. Fax resume to 250-286-0753 or email:

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MEDICAL OFFICE Trainees Needed! Hospitals & Drâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Need Medical OfďŹ ce & Medical Admin staff! No Experience? Need Training? Local Career Training & Job Placement also Available! 1-888-778-0459 PRODUCE MANAGER. Jasper Super A is currently recruiting for a produce manager. Reporting directly to the store manager, the produce manager is responsible for all aspects of operating a successful produce department including, scheduling, ordering, receiving, merchandising, gross margins, sales ratios, expense controls, and supervising the produce department. Excellent customer service and interpersonal skills are essential. Previous produce experience will be considered an asset. TGP offers a competitive compensation and beneďŹ t package as well as the opportunity for personal and professional development. If you have the skills and abilities to meet our expectations and want to progress with a dynamic organization, please forward your resume: Jasper Super A, P.O. Box 818, 601 Patricia Street, Jasper, AB, T0E 1E0. Fax 780-4475781. Email:

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Education/Tutoring APARTMENT/CONDOMINIUM MANAGERS (CRM) home study course. Many jobs registered with us across Canada! Thousands of grads working! Government certiďŹ ed. 30 years of success! or 1-800-665-8339, 604-6815456. APPLY NOW: Pennywise Scholarship For Women to attend Journalism certiďŹ cate course at Langara College in Vancouver. Deadline April 29, 2011. More info: bccommunityďŹ les/scholarships NOW is your time to get what YOU WANT in life! LEARN never revealed Secrets of Success & Law of Attraction. Have, Be & Do ANYthing you Desire 250-365-2008

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Automotive Equipment, Hoists, Tools & More Auction. Mr Transmission. Sat. April 30, 11am. 4702B - 31 St, Vernon. For complete list view photos at 250-545-3259

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PaciďŹ c Insight Electronics (PI) is a world-class designer, manufacturer and supplier of electronic solutions for the automotive, specialty and commercial vehicle sectors. To support our ambitious growth targets and further increase shareholder value, PI is recruiting for the following positions at our Nelson, BC operation: Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machine Operator â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 available positions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Reference #1109 This position is responsible for operating PIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Surface Mount Technology (SMT) equipment for automated assembly of printed circuit boards. The successful candidate must be available to work a continental shift pattern consisting of 12 hour shift rotations alternating monthly between day and night shifts.

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Product Advisor Nelson Toyota is now accepting applications for the position of Product Advisor. Prior automotive sales experience a plus but not required. We are anxious to meet personable, professional candidates to serve our walk in, telephone and internet customers. Work with our team in a comfortable environment with excellent compensation and beneďŹ ts. If you are a results oriented, optimistic, energetic, outgoing, dependable performer, and strive to do your best, we want to meet you. We promote a workplace of integrity and respect and optimum customer service.


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Medical Supplies CAN’T GET Up Your Stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift! 1-866-981-5991.

Misc. for Sale 100% GUARANTEED Omaha Steaks - SAVE 64% on the Family Value Collection. NOW ONLY $49.99 Plus 3 FREE GIFTS & right-to-thedoor delivery in a reusable cooler. 1-888-702-4489 mention code 45069SVD or www.Omaha A FREE telephone service Get your first month free. Bad credit, don’t sweat it. No deposits. No credit checks. Call Freedom Phone Lines today Toll-Free 1-866-884-7464. CAN’T GET up your stairs? Acorn Stairlifts can help. Call Acorn Stairlifts now! Mention this ad and get 10% off your new Stairlift. 1-866-981-6591. DO-IT-YOURSELF Steel Buildings priced for spring clearance - Ask about free delivery to most areas! Call for quick quote and free brochure - 1-800-668-5111 ext. 170. GARAGE DOOR revolution. The amazing rolling garage door is now available in Canada. Quiet. Safe. Attractive. Space saving. And competitively priced. Check it out at or call 1-877-7652367. Mention “Community” and receive an automatic 10% off. HOT TUB (SPA) COVERS. Best price. Best quality. All shapes & colours available. 1-866-652-6837 PERSONALIZED ALL-INONE EASTER BASKETOVER 50% OFF! Regular Price $32.99 YOU PAY $15.99. Includes Personalization; Plush Bunny, Chocolate; Candy and Peeps® Visit www.Personal or Call 1-888-903-0973.

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SAWMILLS BAND Chainsaw Spring Sale. Cut lumber any dimension, anytime. Make money and save money In stock ready to ship. Starting at $1,195. 1-800-566-6899 Ext.400OT STEEL BUILDING sale specials from $4 to $11/sq.ft. Great pricing on absolutely every model, width and length. Example: 30x40x14 now $7995. End walls included, doors optional. Pioneer Steel Manufacturers 1-800-668-5422.

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Misc. Wanted Coin Collector Buying Old coins, silver, collections Please call 250-863-3082

Plants /Nursery COLORADO BLUE Spruce, 2 year old: $1.49/each for a box of 150 ($223.50). Full range of trees, shrubs, cherries & berries. Free shipping. 1-866-8733846 or

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Garage Sales Castlegar - Pre Moving Sale Sat, April 16th, 8am - 3 pm 3301 - 8th Ave, Furniture, dishes, Kitchen,Collectable’s CASTLEGAR SAT, APRIL 16TH 8AM TO 4 PM SUN 10AM - 2PM, 632 - 9TH AVE Fairview Moving sale, Sat April 16th, 9am to 1 pm 518 201Ave, RAIN OR SHINE North Castlegar, April 16th 9 am - 3 pm, 167 Lakeview St Estate of James Allan

Real Estate Acreage for Sale 20 ACRES $0 DOWN, $99/mo. ONLY $12,900 Near Growing El Paso, Texas (2nd safest U.S. City) Owner Financing, NO CREDIT CHECKS! Money Back Guarantee FREE Color Brochure 800-755-8953. OWN 20 acres-$0 down $99/mo. Only $12,900 near growing El Paso, Texas Money back guarantee, no credit checks, owner financing, free color brochure 1-800-3439444

Escorts CHAT live with Charley’s girls and guys. 1-900-528-1051, 1-900-548-1051, 1-900-7831051.

Cars - Sports & Imports 2006 Honda Pilot EX-L One owner, black with grey interior, 130,000kms, eight passenger, trailer package installed, winter and all-season tires included. Meticulously maintained. Located in Nelson B.C. Call 250-825-3458 for more information

Motorcycles 2003 Victory Cruiser 5000 kms Black Beauty, Lots of Chrome. Looks like new, Garage Stored $9800, 250-365-8360 MOTORCYCLE SWAP Meet & BBQ, April 30, 10am to 3pm, Mayhem Motorcycle Co., Golden, BC, 250-344-3675 to book table.

Scrap Car Removal 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

Houses For Sale 5 BDRM HOUSE, 3000 sq.ft. on lg lot at 2154 Crestview Cres, Castlegar. Also vacant lot at 2174 Crestview Cres. Price reduced 250-365-9600 STELLAR PLACE, 2 bdrm 2 bath, A/C, gas fireplace oak cabinets,covered patio private back yard, main floor laundry, central vacuum newer furnace & hot water tank, strata with clubhouse Phone 250-365-3700 THOUSANDS IN OPTIONS FREE!! Canada’s largest builder, SRI Homes, is offering unbelievable discounts. Call or visit Lake Country Modular Homes Inc., conveniently located next to SRI’s Winfield factory. Custom designs, factory tours, expert advice & service. Call Alan or Robert toll free at 1-866-766-2214



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Mortgages Mortgage Help! Beat bank rates for purchases and refinances, immediate debt consolidation, foreclosure relief, and equity loans. Free, fast, friendly, private consultations. Call 1888-711-8818


Lower Rossland 3 bedroom house with carport. . Large yard & deck. Available April 1st. 250.362.2105. Long term tenant.

South Castlegar 2 Bdrm $800/mth plus utilities, Avail April 30th Appliances included Call Mac 365-1802

Rooms for Rent Castlegar Sandman Hotel Offering long-term monthly Rentals on variety of room types (incl full kitchenettes). Rates starting at $800 per mnth. Please contact General Manager (250) 365-8444 (ext 5)

Apt/Condo for Rent

Suites, Lower CASTLEGAR, 2bdrm. walkout bsmt ste. Furn/unfurn. Newly reno’d. 5Appls. NS NP. Incl. util. wireless & cable. $1000. 365-3548

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Best view lot in Castlegar, one of a kind, Panasonic views of the city, rivers & mountains $250,000 250-304-1745 CASTLEGAR GRANDVIEW HEIGHT Lot for Sale, Fully serviced, Near Care Centre $79K 250-551-7656

Downtown Castlegar 1 Bdrm furnished & 2 Bdrm Unfurnished apartments, quiet adult bldg, recent ren’s & many updates N/S, N/P, $850/mth 250-365-5246

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Homes for Rent Castlegar Oostischenia, Bright clean 2 Bdrm House on an acreage, W/D, F/S, pets negotiable Call Mike 250608-5960 or 866-417-7471 Blue Sky Realty CENTRAL CASTLEGAR 1 Bdrm Small House, F/S Avail Immediately $600/mth +utilities, Ref req/long term N/S, N/P 250-365-8141 In THRUMS Mobile Home, 2 bdrm, F/S, W/D, deck with addition, no dogs 250-3597178 or 250-304-9273

55+ all inclusive studio and 1 bdrm suites. We cook and clean, you enjoy life. 1-866460-9447. Limited space available. Castlegar 2 Bedroom Apt,overlooking Columbia River, Very quiet area, all utilities incl. N/P, no children, N/S fully furnished, 365-5936 Avail May 1st


MLS# K195523 This wonderful mobile home built in 2000 MUST BE MOVED! With 3 bdrms and 2 full baths, a bright beautiful open concept kitchen, vaulted ceilings,This Home is a MUST SEE!. Call Lynnette at Century 21 Mountainview Realty today for More Info! 250-304-7952


Suites, Upper Castlegar, Bright 1 Bdrm $605/mth plus power 3 Bdrm House $1100/mth + Utilities, 1 Bdrm $1,000/mth furnished in Rossland Phone 250-608-3930 Downtown Castlegar, upstairs suite, two bedroom $550 per month plus utilities. Includes F/S, garage, N/S, N/P, Near bus route Avail May 1st 2011, References required. 1-250-368-9144 North Castlegar Sunny 2 bdrm suite , on bus route, includes laundry, and utilities, N/S, N/P,ref’s req’d, $850/mo 250-365-2784.Avail. May 1st

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Castlegar, Older 4 Bdrm House with basement suite on lrg lot, F/S, N/P, N/S, WD, Avail May 1st, 250-231-0961

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1947 Buick Super 4 Dr Sedan Original, good running cond $6,500 OBO 250-365-5003 1998 Audi A4 quattro, V6, 5spd, $3300 obo. 250-3071215.

1992 Dodge Dakota 2x4, 3.9 Liters V-6 Automatic Parts truck, New Winter Tires New drum brakes still in box, Body in good condition,Motor runs, Kenwood Stereo 236,000 km’s $500 OBS Phone 250-357-2402


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Sadly the family of Laura Hoolaeff of Ootischenia wishes to announce her passing at Talarico Place Care Centre on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, blessed with 95 years of life. Laura was born in the village of Verigin, Saskatchewan on November 16, 1915 to parents Nastia and John Trofimenkoff. She completed grade 7, but had to leave school to help standing sheaths on the family farm. In 1937, the family of the parents, three daughters and one son moved to Grand Forks. In 1939, Laura met and married William Arkeep Hoolaeff and the young couple made their home in Pass Creek, where they raised two daughters and one son. Laura was a devoted lifelong member of the USCC and spent much of her time attending prayer services and psalm singing, which she participated in until her old age. Through her devotion to the Doukhobour faith, Laura initiated the Children’s Sunday Meetings in Pass Creek, where she taught the children for many years. Laura was an avid homemaker and grew a vegetable garden until she was 92 years old. In 1987, after her husband William passed away, Laura moved to Ootischenia to be nearer her younger daughter Luba. As Laura had her own car and a driver’s licence she was the chauffer for her dear friends Nellie Voykin and Vera Kinakin and when Vera passed away, Florence Nevokshonoff joined the “Golden Girls” in their treks to meetings, funerals and social events. Laura drove until the age of 90, when her failing vision made her surrender her prized driver’s licence. Laura was predeceased by her husband William, son-in-law Bill Koochin, sister Annie Swetlikoff and husband Larry, sister Polly Chursinoff and brother Peter and his wife Doris and their daughter and her husband Sophie and Sam Dutoff. Left to mourn her loss are daughters Nona Koochin of Grand Forks and Luba (Larry) Stoochnoff of Ootischenia; son Louis (Nila) of Victoria; six grandsons; two granddaughters; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at the Brilliant Cultural Centre on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 followed by interment at the Pass Creek Cemetery. “MAY GOD ACCEPT HER INTO HIS HEAVENLY KINGDOM.” The family would like to thank Dr. Merritt and all the staff at Talarico Place Care Centre for the kindness and caring given to their mother and grandmother. They would also like to thank all the friends and relatives for their love and support.

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