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Shoes offer reflection, hope and gratitude Lynn Chassé has in Kamloops. taken on the role of The fifth annuorganizing the Kaal Shoe Memorimloops Shoe Meal will be held on morial each year December 6 at St. since 2008. In a Andrew’s on the heartfelt account, Square, 159 Seyshe bravely shares mour Street. The her own poignant date marks the anstory with a perniversary of the sonal connection massacre that octo tragedy, triumph curred on Decemand survival. Her ber 6, 1989 at the mother, Dorothee École PolytechMcLaughlin, was nique in Montreal, killed in violence Quebec. 14 womby an ex-boyen were murdered, friend, the day beten other women fore Mother’s Day and four men were in 2000. injured in just unLynn’s grandder twenty minmother, Marie utes before the Paule Brabant, gunman turned struggled with vishis weapon on its to the Merritt himself. The masgravesite where The Kamloops Shoe Memorial on December 6 is a part of National Day of Remembrance and Action sacre profoundly her daughter was on Violence Against Women. shocked Canadiburied. When ans. Since the atthat lery are lined with shoes as a si- tack, various interpretations by - Fr Earlug Mar 22.indd 1 Lynn’s daughter Kourtney shared ment. “It meant a lot to meSPH a website she found bearing her someone actually remembered lent testament that violence will feminist groups have characternot remain unnoticed and the ized the tragedy as an anti-femgrandmother’s name, Lynn knew my mom,” she describes. The Shoe Memorial was started shoes speak for those who can no inist attack that is representative she had found a new place for the memories of her mother and other in Vancouver by Pat Keln. Lynn longer speak for themselves. of wider societal violence against With the help of friends and women. Since 1991, the anniversilent victims who lost their lives recalls buying a pair of red shoes and attending the service for the family, Lynn was able to keep sary of the massacre has been as a result of violence. Lynn was full of gratitude for first time in 2007. Every year the memories of her mother alive by designated the National Day of – continued on page 2 this message of acknowledge- stairs of the Vancouver Art Gal- starting this fitting tribute at home

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10 things men can do to prevent gender violence 1. Approach gender violence as a MEN’S issue involving men of all ages and socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds. View men not only as perpetrators or possible offenders, but as empowered bystanders who can confront abusive peers 2. If a brother, friend, classmate, or teammate is abusing his female partner -- or is disrespectful or abusive to girls and women in general -- don’t look the other way. If you feel comfortable doing so, try to talk to him about it. Urge him to seek help. Or if you don’t know what to do, consult a friend, a parent, a professor, or a counselor. DON’T REMAIN SILENT. 3. Have the courage to look inward. Question your own attitudes. Don’t be defensive when something you do or say ends up hurting someone else. Try hard to understand how your own attitudes and actions might inadvertently perpetuate sexism and violence, and work toward changing them. 4. If you suspect that a woman close to you is being abused or has been sexually assaulted,

Holiday road safety This holiday season ICBC is asking everyone to share the responsibility of being the designated driver. Is it your turn to get your friends and family home safely? Your help is needed in reducing the number of impairedrelated crashes on BC roads. The December CounterAttack campaign includes province-wide advertising which will air throughout the month on TV. Enhanced police road checks will be taking place throughout BC during December. They are promoting the road safety message on their website as well, with their current TV ad, easy-to-make mock-tail recipes for holiday parties as well as tips to plan ahead for a safe ride home. Current information on being a designated driver and Operation Red Nose can be found at

gently ask if you can help. 5. If you are emotionally, psychologically, physically, or sexually abusive to women, or have been in the past, seek professional help NOW. 6. Be an ally to women who are working to end all forms of gender violence. Support the work of campus-based women’s centers. Attend “Take Back the Night” rallies and other public events. Raise money for community-based rape crisis centers and battered women’s shelters. If you belong to a team or fraternity, or another student group, organize a fundraiser. 7. Recognize and speak out against homophobia and gay-bashing. Discrimination and violence against lesbians and gays are wrong in and of themselves. This abuse also has direct links to sexism (eg. the sexual orientation of men who speak out against sexism is often questioned, a conscious or unconscious

strategy intended to silence them. This is a key reason few men do so). 8. Attend programs, take courses, watch films, and read articles and books about multicultural masculinities, gender inequality, and the root causes of gender violence. Educate yourself and others about how larger social forces affect the conflicts between individual men and women. 9. Don’t fund sexism. Refuse to purchase any magazine, rent any video, subscribe to any Web site, or buy any music that portrays girls or women in a sexually degrading or abusive manner. Protest sexism in the media. 10. Mentor and teach young boys about how to be men in ways that don’t involve degrading or abusing girls and women. Volunteer to work with gender violence prevention programs, including anti-sexist men’s programs. Lead by example. 1999, Jackson Katz

Social Stewards June Bush, Marlene Olineck and Pat Behe (wo)manned the Cango Grannies table full of gifts made with love at the 10,000 Villages Sale at Desert Gardens last Friday. The Christmas sale has become a Kamloops tradition over the past 14 years and is held to raise awareness of the fair trade issues in the world.

Shoes commemorate a day of mourning for women – continued from page 1 Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, intended as a call to action against discrimination against women. Kamloops community supporters who all strive for a community free of violence are invited to attend. You can commemorate the lives of women by donating womens and girls shoes to the Kamloops Shoe Memorial. The pairs on display each represent a woman who was murdered or missing. The service is from 11:00am to 2:00pm and speakers begin at 12:15pm. A collective of voic-

es from our community includes City Councillor Tina Lange, CUPE 900 President Gail Nelson, Michelle Walker from the Y Women’s Shelter and Athena Smith, Safety Coordinator for the City will offer encouragement and inspire positive change. Before, and following on from these speakers, will be an opportunity to reflect, give thanks, hope and ponder action. This is a call to end the violence and an expression of a collective yearning for a safer, more respectful and inclusive world for women. The shoe memorial honours

those whose lives were stolen from them and is a way of preserving the dignity of women continuing to resist violence when they are often isolated, so at risk and blamed. Following the service, the shoes will be taken to the Y Women’s Shelter where they will be donated to women in need. This is a memoir of Lynn’s own journey through her own grief and pain as well as a community movement that is a key to expose and challenge attitudes that tolerate violence against women. One death is too many.

Shoe Memorial Drop Off Zones: • Runners Sole - 74-1395 Hillside Drive • Classic FX - Head to Toe - 556 Tranquille Road • Kamloops Hot Yoga - Brock Shopping Centre • YMCA/YWCA Downtown 400 Battle Street • YMCA/YWCA North Shore 700 Tranquille Road For more information on this project, please contact Lynn Chassé at 250-376-5112, email kamloops.shoememorial@yahoo. ca. or visit Jody Tippett

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Tai Chi demonstration at library The TNRD Library System’s Kamloops Library is hosting a free tai chi information session and demonstration with the Taoist Tai Chi Club on Saturday, December 15, at 2 p.m. Taoist tai chi is a Chinese martial art and system of callisthenics, consisting of soft, slow, gentle, precise flowing and graceful movements that relax and strengthen both body and mind. It is practised for health and relaxation and is traditionally known as a softstyle or internal martial art form of exercise. The Taoist Tai Chi Club is a volunteer-run,

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Wild opportunities at Wildlife Park This holiday season marks 15 years of the BC Wildlife Park’s Wildlights Festival. Bring the whole family out to enjoy the spectacular laser light show beginning December 14 until January 6, each night from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. The festival includes entertainment by Uncle Chris the Clown, wagon rides, the Wildlife Express Miniature Train, the Wildlights Maze and the Home Hardware Family Farm. You can visit with Santa from December 14 to 24. There is also still time to book your organization’s annual Christmas party. The Wildlights Festival provides the perfect backdrop! For more information email or call 250-573-3242 ext.259

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decembeard showcase Kamloops Burlesque is wrapping up their 2012 season on Thursday, December 16 with Christmas Around the World. All are invited to this 19 and over show at the Blue Grotto. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is only $5! VIP tickets can be purchased at Instinct Adornment and gets you floor seats if you arrive by 9:00 p.m. Pictured is Caroline Dick giving a rebel yell at the Movember showcase. The troupe is already planning for a new year of glitz, glam, and cheekiness. Check out their 2013 dates and themes: January 10: Time Travel February 14: Love Bites March 14: Fan Fav’s 2012! April 11: I ♥ Geeks May 9: Wild West June 13: Cirque Du Burlesque July 11: The Boob Tube (Television) August 8: Pin-Up September 12: The Naughty Library (Literature) October 10: Seven Deadly Sins November 14: F*ck Cancer (Fundraiser - Open Theme) December 12: Winter Masquerade Ball



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Last week, Arjun Singh and his mom, Manju Singh were spotted at the Noble Pig for Blues Brews, a fundraiser benefitting the Kamloops Art Gallery. Arjun spoke of his family’s interest in the arts, “Mom is a great inspiration and example for me. She has served on the Kamloops Art Gallery board for several years and has provided our family many opportunities to experience amazing art and culture. Following in my Mom’s footsteps, I am honoured to serve as the city council rep on the Kamloops Arts Commission.”

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Which Barbie to get? A man walks into a store to buy a Barbie doll for his daughter. “How much is that Barbie in the window?” he asks the shop assistant. In a manner she responds, “Which Barbie? We have Barbie Goes to the Gym for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Ball for $19.95, Barbie Goes Shopping for $19.95, Barbie Goes to the Beach for $19.95, Barbie Goes Nightclubbing for $19.95 and Divorced Barbie for $395.00. “ The guy asks, “Why is Divorced Barbie different from all the others? “That’s obvious,” the assistant states, “Divorced Barbie comes with Ken’s house, Ken’s car, Ken’s boat, Ken’s furniture…”

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A first violinist, a second violinist, a virtuoso violist and a bass player are at the four corners of a football field. At the signal, someone drops a 100 dollar bill in the middle of the field and they run to grab it. Who gets it?

The second violinist, because: No first violinist is going anywhere for only 100 dollars. There’s no such thing as a virtuoso violist. The bass player hasn’t figured out what it’s all about.

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A young boy enters a barbershop and the barber whispers to his customer, “This is the dumbest kid in the world. Watch while I prove it to you.” The barber puts a dollar bill in one hand and two quarters in the other, then calls the boy over and asks, “Which do you want, son?” The boy takes the quarters and leaves. “What did I tell you?”

said the barber. “That kid never learns!” Later, when the customer leaves, he sees the same young boy coming out of the ice cream store. “Hey, son! May I ask you a question? Why did you take the quarters instead of the dollar bill?” The boy licked his cone and replied, “Because the day I take the dollar, the game is over!”

Benefits of exercise during pregnancy The room was full of pregnant women and their partners and the Lamaze class was in full swing. The instructor was teaching the women how to breathe properly, along with informing the men how to give the necessary assurances at this stage of the plan. The teacher then announced, “Ladies, exercise is good for you. Walking is especially beneficial. And, gentlemen, it wouldn’t hurt you to take the time to go walking with your partner!” The room really got quiet. Finally, a man in the middle of the group raised his hand. “Yes?” replied the teacher. “Is it all right if she carries a golf bag while we walk?”

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Music and fun for the child in all of us ■■ The Kamloops Film Society’s Fall Film Series at the Paramount Theatre, 5th and Victoria. Ai WeiWei: Never Sorry on Nov. 29 at 7pm. Tickets and memberships available at Moviemart or at the door. FMI visit ■■ The Sagebrush Neighbour-hood Association is holding its Annual General Meeting on Nov. 29 from 7 to 9pm at the Bible Truth Church, 1099 Fraser St. FMI and to receive your AGM package please contact the SNA at ■■ Kamloops Choristers Annual Christmas Concert of “Joy to the World” on Nov. 30 at 7:30pm, doors at 7pm, in the St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1136 - 6th Ave. Admission by donation. ■■ Christmas at the Courthouse on Dec. 1 and 2 at 7 West Seymour St. Children’s art show, juried fine art and craft sale, Arnica show and sale, live music, door prizes. Admission by donation, free parking at BCLC, handicap accessible. Open 10 to 5, Sat. and Sun. ■■ Old Time Fiddlers Dance on Dec. 1 from 7:30 to 10:30pm at Heritage House, 100 Lorne St. Waltzes, Fox Trots, Two-Steps, Polkas and more! FMI or cost contact 250-376-2330. ■■ High Country Singers “A Cool Yule” on Dec. 1 at 7:30pm at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 1136 - 6th Ave. Tickets available at the door or from choir members. FMI contact 250-573-4692 or email ■■ J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio presented by the Vivace Chorale on Dec. 2 at 2pm at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 360 Nicola St. The 20 voice Vivace Chorale and The Brandenburg Orchestra will be joined by four soloists. Tickets available from Kamloops Live Box Office-250-374-5483, or online at or at the door. ■■ Dr. Ross Laird presented by the Aboriginal Friendship Centre on Dec. 3 at the Pavilion Theatre, 1025 Lorne St. Session A at 8:30am and Session B at 12:30pm. tickets available

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Texas-based Carrie Elkin is a born performer, possessing an infectious energy that cannot be contained. As Maverick Magazine so eloquently put it: “We have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. Onstage Elkin is simply a force of nature.” Carrie will be performing as part of the Home Routes Tour on Nov. 29 at 7:30pm at 4664 Spurraway Rd. Tickets available at Erwin’s Fine Baking, 369 St. Paul St. FMI contact 250-682-6679.

House Royal Ave. FMI or to register, visit www. at Kamloops Live Box Office atWilson or at 1025 Lorne Extension St. FMI contactGallery Cindy Hayden Rebuilding stained glass Susan at 250-376-1296. 115 Tranquille■■Road ■■ Fifth Annual Shoe Memorial on Dec. 6 exhibit to Dec. 19 at Wilson House Gallery, 115 Monday-Friday from 11am to 2pm, with speakers at 12:15pm, 1:15-5pm Tranquille Rd. Fundraiser for Janet Whitehead. at St. Andrew’s on the Square, 159 Seymour St. Gallery hours: Mon. to Fri. from 1 to 4pm. Opening Nite: Nov 23 6-8pm Commemorate the lives of women who have ■■ “Christmas Around the World” Closing: been killed by domestic violence by Dec. donat-19 6-8pm Burlesque at the Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria St. ing shoes to the Kamloops Shoe Memorial. on Dec. 13. Doors at 8pm for a 19+ show. FMI Drop off shoes at Runners Sole, Classic or interested in performing: visit facebook. FX, Kamloops Hot Yoga, com/Kamloopsburlesque. fmiYMCA/YWCA visit cindy hayden’s stained glass on Downtown and North Shore. ■■ Visions Farmers’ Market in the Sahali ■■ Dog Training Seminar on reactive Mall Saturdays fromEcho 10am to 2:30pm until Sponsoredand by the Downtown & North Shore Newspapers aggressive dogs. Part One on Dec. 5 from 6:30 Dec. 15. Vendor space is available if you: to 9pm and Part Two on Dec 12 from 6:30 to “Bake it”, “Make it”, “Grow it”. FMI call 9pm at St. George’s Angelican Church, 308 Andy at 250-577-3810.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23-Dec 21) Short trips will prove to be more fruitful than you imagined. Make changes regarding your friendships. Money can be made if you use your ingenuity. You need to do more research before you make your final decision. CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 20)  Try not to push your philosophies on others. Self-improvement could bring amazing results. Problems with your boss could lead to unemployment. Your ability to converse with charm will entice someone you’ve had an interest in for some time now. AQUARIUS (Jan 21-Feb 19)  Educational pursuits can bring interesting, helpful people. To avoid any minor health problems, don’t get too stressed. Relationships may be hard to handle. Ask those in key positions to help you overcome delays and to support your concerns to move on. PISCES (Feb 20-Mar 20) You can enjoy doing things that include children. Don’t let your personal partner hold you back or slow you down. Your outgoing nature will win hearts. Relatives may play an important role in your social activities. ARIES (Mar 21-April 20) Don’t bother getting even; they’ll make themselves look bad. Your boss may not be in the best of moods this week. Use your obvious talent to work with detail and you can come up with something great. TAURUS (Apr 21-May 21) You must consider yourself for a change. Your creative talent may well be recognized by others this week. Don’t put all your cash in one place. You will be entertained and intrigued by the logic foreigners possess. GEMINI (May 22-June 21)  Contracts will not be as lucrative as you think. Get together with people who stimulate you mentally. If you can’t get away, make plans to do something special with friends or relatives. A trip to visit relatives should be rewarding. CANCER (June 22-July 22)  Your emotions have been pulled out of shape and you need to do a little backtracking. A need to be in love may fool you. You can meet potential new mates, but make sure that they aren’t already committed to someone else. Full service hair studio with situation. LEO (July 23-Aug 22)  You may find yourself in a romantic Take a second look; another person’s philosophy may be extremely difan intimate ferent from yours. You can dazzle members of the opposite salon settingsex with your quick wit and aggressive charm. VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 23) Your ability to do detailed work will dazzle #1-550 those who are less creative. You can make soundLorne financial Street investments if you act fast. Put your plans into motion by presenting your intentions to those who should be able to give you financial support. LIBRA (Sept 24-Oct 23)  You mustn’t be so trusting. You can’t live your life for others. Let go of the past in order to progress. You will be full of OPEN TUES & SATyou 10am-5pm good ideas, and your choice of activities may bring enrichment far WED - FRI 10am-8pm beyond your expectations. SCORPIO (Oct 24-Nov 22)  Check your project over carefully if you were not the one contributing to the end result. Don’t let your emotions interfere with completing your chores. You could experience delays in shipments or mail, and should be careful while traveling. Horoscopes courtesy of astrologer Michael Thiessen. For daily horoscopes go to




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