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Warm up to the Coldest Night of the Year Without the comforts or amenities of home, winter months can be brutal. Freezing temperatures can be hazardous for the homeless population causing frostbite, illness, hypothermia, depression and lonesomeness. New Life Community Kamloops (formerly known as New Life Mission) has been in the community since 1980, offering many programs that provide support, sustenance, and opportunity. Their mandate is to “bring hope to the hungry, hurting and homeless by showing the love of God through word and deed.” New Life has joined forces with Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY), a national organization that raises awareness about homelessness and poverty. The challenge is to walk 2 km, 5 km or 10 km in honour of those who face the cold night after night. While developing a deeper understanding of the taxing trials that the homeless face, participants will also raise much-needed funds to support New Life’s many initiatives. Stan Dueck, Executive Director of New Life, encourages the community to join forces for this worthy cause. “This is our sixth year, and each year gets better and busier. Our 2017 goal is to raise $50,000.” Put a team together and invite your family, New Life Mission and CNOY. friends, co-workers to join in on the fundraising efforts. CNOY is a family-friendly Participants from the 2016 Coldest Night of the Year warm up with a little community spirit. event; there will be entertainment, food, fire pits and marshmallow roasting. Lend a hand, cally-safe and holistic withdrawal management consult order and interpret tests, prescribe and help make New Life’s goal a reality. It’s and relapse prevention program in a clean, safe and treat health conditions. and caring environment. Highly trained and New Life offers many empowering experias easy as a walk in the park! New Life is a pillar of spirituality, solidarity, sympathetic counselors will provide moti- ences. Simply Catering is a skill-training iniand support. For those struggling with alcohol vational assurances to help build confidence, tiative that provides culinary arts and kitchen etiquette training, as well as employment or drug use, the men’s Self-Directed Residen- develop strategies and garner inner strengths. Interior Health has been providing services opportunities. Thrift City creates training and tial Recovery Program is a viable option to get on the road to recovery. The program helps to the New Life Walk-in Clinic since 2006. transitional opportunities for those who have participants transition into a life without sub- Nurse Practitioners provide accessible, effi- completed the New Life rehabilitation program. - continued on page 2 stance dependencies. The facility offers medi- cient and effective health care; diagnose,

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Todd Stone and Terry Lake were presenters at the Streamline Transportation Technology press conference at 348 Tranquille Rd on Friday, February 10. Streamline Transportation Technology are experts in transportation, logistics and technology solutions, and those at the press conference were told of the many ways this company could be useful to businesses in and around Kamloops.

Mark Hughes and his Fringe show to raise awareness Infernol Art Productions is proud to present Mark Hughes and his Fringe Show: “Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy” on Thursday, February 23. “How much time am I doing?” is a question that Mark Hughes, a comedian from Vancouver, has asked in different contexts at different points in his life. Shining a light on the path from his dark and grim past of street life, addiction, and prison to the introspective and playful present of stand-up comedy—never stopping along the way to observe taboos, Mark has written and produced a Fringe Festival One-Man Act entitled “Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy”. After all, how can your life be taboo? Mark will both horrify you with his experiences as well as show the many similarities between his life and yours, and how many of us are affected by similar circumstances all while still entertaining with his warm and sharing personality. Everyone who watches this show will walk away with

a new respect for those afflicted with addiction issues. British Columbia, including Kamloops, is currently facing a tragic crisis with Fentanyl causing over 26,000 suspected overdoses and killing more than 914 people throughout 2016 in BC, with more than double the deaths in Kamloops in 2016 compared to 2015. There is a need to raise awareness of this crisis to the public, support those in the frontline - the first responders, emergency workers and community support groups like ASK Wellness, and bring help to those suffering from

addictions and issues leading them to be at a high risk of death. Portions of the proceeds of this show will go towards the Overdose Prevention Sites in Kamloops run by ASK Wellness that offers referral supports and wrap-around services to those in need of help and those most at risk during this crisis. “...through telling his story, fights to help us all understand the roots of neglect, emotional damage, and systemic dysfunction. He offers us a greater understanding of the challenges we as a society face in what we value, and the insane ways that we respond to people

who have been steered into harmful directions by the vagaries of life...this is an experience that few will forget or fail to be moved by.” – Plank Magazine “Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy” is happening on Thursday, February 23 at The Blue Grotto, 319 Victoria Street, with doors opening at 7:30pm and show starting at 8:30pm. Tickets are available at or in person at The Blue Grotto. This is a 19+ event. You can find Mark Hughes on Facebook as Mark B. Hughes or on his website:

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A tribute to the iconic Johnny Cash Western Canada Theatre is proud to present Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, February 23 to March 4, at Sagebrush Theatre. Ring of Fire celebrates the Man in Black’s legacy in a performance that is the best of biography, concert, and traditional musical. As described by Director Mark du Mez, “The beauty of Johnny Cash is he let us hear many strands of a growing nation finding its groove. He was a wild gentleman, a rustic poet, a saved sinner and an American music hero with a genre-busting sound that still ‘kicks-it’ today.” “I Walk the Line,” “A Boy Named Sue,” “Folsom Prison Blues”— more than 30 legendary Cash tunes are part of this jam-packed evening of music, conceived by William Meade, created by Richard Maltby and adapted from the Broadway Production by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Jason Edwards. Tickets are available at Kamloops Live! Box Office online at www.kamloopslive. com or 250-374-5483. More information at


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Fun was had by all at City of Kamloops’ 5th Annual Family Day festival at the Tournament Capital Centre. Raiden Taiko, pictured here, performing the art of Japanese drumming.

Local accounting firm expands its partnership Local accounting firm, Daley and Company CPA LLP has expanded its partnership to include longtime staff members, a move which helps to further strengthen the core of the team at Kamloops’ largest locally owned accounting firm. “Our team is delighted to welcome Sandra Blair, Shawn Birkenhead, and Kevin Cooper as partners,” says Norm Daley on behalf of the current partnership team at Daley and Company CPA LLP. “We have always valued their work ethic, exceptional customer relationships, and years of dedication to our clients, and we believe they help to strengthen the leadership of our team now and moving into the future.” Sandra Blair has lived in Kamloops for many years. She graduated from TRU in 2001 where she played basketball and soccer while obtaining her BBA. After working for a national accounting firm for five years, Sandra joined Daley and Company CPA LLP in 2006. She values the importance of being involved in the community and is currently a member of the TRU Board of Governors and serves as Chair of the Audit Committee, is a Rotarian, and coaches high school basketball. Sandra appreciates the quality of service, expertise, and client relationships provided by the partners and accounting professionals at Daley and Company CPA LLP.

Shawn Birkenhead was born and loops and obtained a Bachelor of raised in Kamloops and graduated Natural Resource Science Degree from Thompson Rivers University in in 2001 and a Post Baccalaureate 2006 with his BBA. He obtained his Diploma in Accounting in 2003 Chartered Professional Accountant from Thompson Rivers University. designation in 2009 while working for He started working for Daley and a national accounting firm in Salmon Company CPA LLP in 2003 as an Arm. In 2009, Shawn and his family articling student and obtained his moved back to Kamloops where he Chartered Professional Accountant started working for Daley and Com- designation in 2006. He enjoys pany CPA LLP. He is excited to join coaching and mentoring new staff the partnership and looks forward to to the firm and enjoys the challenge working within the community he was and growth he has personally experiraised in with the diverse and unique enced because of the variety of work team of partners and staff at Daley and the firm takes on. He is honoured to Company CPA LLP. have recently joined the partnership Kevin Cooper grew up in Kam- of Daley and Company CPA LLP.

Free health fair World Kidney Day Kamloops celebrates its 10th annual World Kidney Day Thursday, March 9. This international event is hosted by more than 150 countries worldwide and promotes awareness about kidney health and how to prevent kidney disease, with a special focus on obesity this year. In honour of World Kidney Day, a free health fair will take place on March 9 at Northills Centre on the Kamloops North Shore, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Several health vendors will be in attendance to offer information and there will be a chance to win free door prizes. Free blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol checks will also be offered in an effort to identify risk factors that may lead to kidney disease. Those who struggle with hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol are at an increased risk for developing kidney disease. Across Canada, kidney disease is currently one of the top ten leading causes of death. This event is a joint initiative between Thompson Rivers University’s School of Nursing and the Kamloops Chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC and Yukon Branch. Join the cause to keep kidneys healthy in Kamloops!


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Do you want to make a difference for animals in your community? The BC SPCA’s Kamloops and District Branch, located at 1211 - 8th Street, invites you to attend its Annual General Meeting to find out more about activities to help animals in need and ongoing programs. The meeting takes place on Thursday, March 2 from 7pm to 9pm at The Stock Pot Cafe, located at #7 - 970 Laval Crescent. “Each year the BC SPCA helps more than 43,000 abandoned, abused, neglected and injured animals and we could not do this without the incredible support we get from our volunteers and supporters in communities across the province,” says Craig Daniell, chief executive officer for the BC SPCA. “We encourage anyone who wants to make their community safer and more humane for animals to attend their local SPCA’s AGM to learn more about the past year’s activities and to find out how they can

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Bill and Sandra were shoveling a path to the vehicle for their friend Margret (toque) and Bill said “We’re from the country, we come prepared.” The trio had come into Kamloops on February 9 for appointments. With a smile and safety in mind, they were making the best of the sidewalk situation.

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be involved in saving animal lives.” He notes that branches will also be electing their new Community Council at their AGM. “Community Councils, as elected members of their communities, form part of the governance structure of the BC SPCA and help build community support, interest and standards in animal welfare through fundraising, advocacy, volunteer development, and education,” says Daniell. The featured speaker at this year’s AGM is Marieke van der Velden, Outreach Coordinater for the BC SPCA. She will be delivering a presentation on Spay and Neuter programs, aimed to reduce pet overpopulation of unwanted, stray and abandoned dogs and cats. If you would like to know more, please contact the current Community Council Chair of the Kamloops and District BC SPCA Branch, Teressa Fedorak at or 250376-7722.

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84th Annual Performing Arts Festival February 26 to March 19 In its 84th year, Kamloops Festival of the Performing Arts is ready to celebrate the successes of over 1500 regional performers and participants from the ages of five to ninety for three weeks in Kamloops. Week One includes Junior and Senior Piano and Speech Arts. Week Two features Voice and Instrumental sessions. Week Three is packed with Strings, Guitar and Harp at the same time as Sagebrush Theatre comes alive with Dance: Ballet, Modern, Stage and Street genres. Singers, speech artists, musicians and dancers receive positive feedback from highly qualified adjudicators in a workshop-style setting. The public

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At the local festiis invited to attend the competitive ses- val, participants have sions as well as the the opportunity to Honours Concert be recommended on Sunday, March by the adjudicators 19 at 2pm in the to advance to the Sagebrush Theatre. Performing Arts BC Programs for the Provincial Music 84th Kamloops Festival hosted here in Festival of the Kamloops from May Performing Arts 28 to June 1. Stay are available at tuned! Play your part! Lee’s Music, Long To become and M c Q u a d e involved as a voland the Kamloops unteer, supporter or Symphony offices. donor, go to

Building Community Hotel 540, 540 Victoria Street February 28, 2017 5-8pm 5-6pm Networking & Tradeshow 6-8pm AGM, Keynote Speaker Ted Ockenden from BCLC The CAP Team is hosting a tradeshow with By-Law, Kamloops Chamber of Commerce, Community Safety, Tourism Kamloops and other organizations showcasing information on safety concerns, marketing and networking opportunities in Downtown Kamloops. Ted Ockenden will present BCLC’s head office plans, their footprint and impact in Kamloops and their involvement with KCBIA to date.

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Performers from the 2016 Honours Concert.

Soccer Quest becomes part of BC Soccer Soccer Quest has become an associate member with BC Soccer. The membership process was started back in July 2016 and approved by the BC Soccer Association board in January 2017. This membership now allows Soccer Quest to enter BC Soccer sanctioned events and tournaments. Soccer Quest has been operating in the BC Interior and Kootenay areas for the past 16 years and has built, owned and operated three indoor facilities, one in Nelson and two in Kamloops. Its staff have been the head coach and technical director for both Nelson and Kamloops Youth Soccer organizations, coaching facilitators for BC Soccer, the grass roots program and licensing programs

and presently employ a staff of eight coaches, four of whom are licensed and full time in the game. Formerly partnered with the Vancouver Whitecaps, Soccer Quest is responsible for bringing the Whitecaps academy program into the Kootenay area and presently has 1400 members indoor and approximately 1,000 participants in its spring and summer programs. The Soccer Quest Academy will be hosting its first Development Academy tournament in Kamloops on March 24 and 25 at the Tournament Capital Centre turf field for girls and boys in age groups 5 to 9. For more information on this event plus their spring and summer programs go to

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Kysa to offer ‘get ready for soccer spring break camps The Kamloops Youth Soccer Association (KYSA) is offering players in the U5 to U12 age groups an opportunity to sign up for its annual “Get Ready For Soccer” Spring Break Camps. The two camps, sponsored by the KYSA’s coach and player development partner, Hansport, will take place from Monday through Friday, March 20 to 24 and March 27 to 31. The camps will run from 9:00am to 4:00pm daily. Parents will be able to drop their children at the Dome a half-hour before kick-off and pick them up between 4:00pm and 4:30pm each day. The camps will be under the direction of KYSA Technical Director, Ciaran McMahon and newly hired Senior Staff Coach Mark Bell. There are options available for parents to choose from: children can attend both weeks, a half day rate (morning or afternoon) is also available. The KYSA is offering

an early bird discount across the board if players register by March 1st. The association also offers family discounts (3 or more children). Each player will receive a KYSA Spring Break Camp T-Shirt. Parents can register their children on-line at any time at www. or at the KYSA office on McArthur Island, from 9:00am4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday. KYSA Spring Break soccer camps offer a fun, structured and professional environment to help players prepare for the 2017 soccer season. The KYSA’s childcentered environment will involve players in a series of activities and games designed to develop general motor skill coordination, sport specific movement, technical ability, skill execution and game awareness at a level appropriate for each participant. For more information, contact the KYSA at 250-276-2750 or kysa@

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Determination and hard work pays off RADIUS and the BC Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation have partnered to present ten individuals under the age of 30 with this year’s BC Social Innovation Youth Award in Vancouver. The awards celebrate those who have shown leadership and ingenuity while working towards creating positive social change within their communities. This year, one of the nominations was for Krystian Shaw, the founder of The Kamloops SelfAdvocate Newsletter. He was nominated by Jolene Glover, his support worker from Inclusion Kamloops. The award includes $1000.00 for each recipient. On February 8, Krystian attended the Summit Meeting in Vancouver, which included a presentation and award ceremony. “Krystian is so excited to be recognized for doing something that he loves. As his mother, I am very proud of him,” says Linda Shaw. “Krystian was born with mental challenges and it was thought that he would never learn to read or write. His determination to beat the odds led him to be founder and contributor to his newsletter at the age of 27. He is fluent in his reading and writing skills and accomplishes this work with minimal support from his community support worker. He lives for social change every day and works hard and is well deserving of this award.” Despite his intellectual disabilities, Krystian founded The Kamloops Self-Advocate Newsletter, which focuses on the abilities, not the disabilities one has. When asked, what was his goal with the newsletter, Krystian’s responded, “To stop stigma and discrimination, too many people in society think those with challenges don’t have a meaningful life.” Krystian feels by letting everyone know what they can do, instead of what they can’t do, stigma about disabilities will cease to exist. The newsletter focuses on positive news, and are written by contributors with diverse abilities. Whether their challenges are physical, mental or developmental (one regular contributor is blind, another has cerebral palsy), everyone contributes in ways that suit their abilities. Anyone in the world with challenges of any kind can contribute to the news-

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Krystian Shaw with Jolene Glover, his support worker who nominated him for the award.

letter by writing and submitting an article. The contributors are all Kamloops residents. Krystian believes that it’s important to maintain positivity in the newsletter as “there is so much bad news in the press today.” January’s newsletter included tips for healthy eating, suggestions for daily activities to stay healthy; there was also a great soup recipe, jokes and inspirational quotes that made for a relaxing and refreshing read. Each of the contributors, just like Krystian, have succeeded in life beyond the limitations that doc-

tors and other professionals have set for them. Krystian is a great example; he is proving that anyone can succeed with self-determination and a strong support system. Krystian Shaw is truly an inspiration and a most deserving recipient of the 2017 BC Social Innovation Youth Award. Want to learn more about the newsletter? Refer to the Kamloops Self Advocate Newsletter/Diverse Abilities Facebook page. For more information about Inclusion Kamloops services and volunteer options, refer to their website

MS Walk needs you Have you made a resolution to get more involved in your community in 2017? MS Walk has the perfect solution. If you’ve ever wondered how your local MS Walk comes together on that one amazing day of the year, here is your answer: volunteer committee members! Becoming a volunteer MS Walk Committee member is a great way to give back and have a say in your very own MS Walk community. Committees work together to plan site safety, entertainment, food, and much more. Local MS Society staff work alongside Walk committees to ensure the event will be it’s very best, but it’s the local volunteers who truly bring the event to life. If you are interested in learning more about positions available, contact Jennifer Harbaruk at 1-800-268-7582 ext 7261.

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■■ Call for artwork submissions by 4:30pm on Feb. 28, at Arnica Artist-Run Centre, Old Courthouse Cultural Centre (7 Seymour St. W). For membership and registration forms: Members Show and Sale Mar. 3 to 11. ■■ Kamloops Museum and Archives presents Morris Lum Re: Recording Chinese Histories. This popular exhibit is being held over until Feb. 25. 207 Seymour St. ■■ Jan Seedhouse featured Feb. 1 to 28 at the Courthouse Gallery, 7 West Seymour St. Well known local weaver, presents new works, with new colours, new colour combinations and new fibres. Open 10am to 5pm Tues. to Fri., 10am to 4pm Sat. Handicap accessible, free parking. ■■ Kamloops Film Society Winter Series: Feb 16: Manchester by the Sea,
 Feb 23: Things to Come. 7pm at Paramount Theatre, 503 Victoria St. FMI visit ■■ Social Ballroom Dancing for terrified beginners to experienced dancers in the Dogwood Room, Cottonwood Manor, 730 Cottonwood Ave. on Thursdays. Lesson at 6:30pm. Feb 16: foxtrot westchester, Feb. 23: foxtrot society. Dance 7 to 9pm. Drop-in fee. FMI contact Dance With Me Kamloops at 250-377-3743 or ■■ Advanced Care Planning Workshop - Feb. 18 10am to 12pm. Kamloops Alliance Church, 200 Leigh Rd. FMI and to register contact Kamloops Hospice Association at 250-372-1336 or ■■ Barnhartvale Coffee House in the Barnhartvale Community Hall Sat. Feb. 18, Doors open at

The Kamloops Art Gallery’s Becoming Animal/Becoming Landscape is on display until March 25. Works by Emily Carr, Claude Breeze and Lawrence Paul Yuxweliptun are three of the 20 artists being shown from the collection of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and Thursday 10am to 9pm. Free admission every Thursday sponsored by BCLC.

6:30pm, music starts at 7:00 pm. Feature act: Toejam, easy listening folk roots style. Open mic for local musicians and small groups. FMI: Chrisy at 250-573-0025 or www. ■■ Swap n Shop Indoor Garage Sale - Sat, Feb. 18, 10am to 2pm at Juniper Ridge Elementary School gym: students are holding a fundraiser to raise money to send a shipping container to Nicaragua. FMI contact Jennifer at 250-3742305 or ■■ Kamloops Blazers Home Game - Feb. 19 vs. Prince George at 5:00pm, at Sandman Centre ■■ The Kamloops Garden Club meeting - Feb. 22 at 7pm at Heritage House, 100 Lorne Street. There will be an informative guest speaker and time to talk gardening ideas with the group. New members welcome. FMI contact Judy at 250-374-

in celebration of

International WOMEN’S DAY MARCH 8, 2017

The Downtown and North Shore Echo will recognize outstanding women who have made significant contributions to their organizations, their professions or the community in an upcoming special section.

4181 or ■■ The Kamloops Family History Society Meeting on Thurs. Feb. 23 at 7pm. Heritage House, Riverside Park. Future meetings on fourth Thursday of each month from 7 to 9pm. (September to May, except December) FMI contact Connie at 250-852-3218 ■■ Mamma Mia Party fundraiser for BCSPCA new shelter, Feb. 24 at 6:30pm The Coast Hotel Conference Centre. Tickets available at, 250-374LIVE or by contacting Judy Basso at 250-851-5247. ■■ St. Paul’s Cathedral Lecture Series: Sun. Feb. 26 at 7pm: “For Those Supporting Refugees: Lessons from North American Indigenous Experience.” Mon. Feb.27 from 10am to 12pm: “Ancient Benedictine Spirituality: The Case for a Dispersed Cana-

dian Community”. Donations accepted. 360 Nicola St. FMI phone: 250-372-3912 or email: ■■ KCBIA Annual General Meeting on Feb. 28 from 5pm to 8pm at Hotel 540 at 540 Victoria St. Note: you must be a paid Biz Club member in order to have a vote at the AGM. ■■ The Kamloops Blazers Hockey Camp Registration for Aug. 14 to 18, is open to boys and girls FMI and to register visit www. ■■ Kamloops Kidney Support Group meets at 10am on the second Sat. every month at Romeo’s Kitchen, 1250 Rogers Way. Chat about anything that is kidneyrelated, whether you may be predialysis or on dialysis, a kidney donor or a recipient, or anything in between. FMI call Edna at 250376-6361, Dorothy at 250-5732988 or Margaret at 250-819-3135. ■■ Drink and Draw on second Wed. of each month from 6 to 8pm at Red Collar Brewing, 355 Lansdowne St. Minors welcome with an adult. Free event. Supplies provided. FMI call 250-377-2400. ■■ Volunteers Needed at the RIH Thrift Seller. Put your great customer service skills to a good cause. FMI stop by 146 Victoria St. or call 250-374-0487. ■■ Kamloops Power Choir meets Thursdays, 7 to 8pm. All ages and levels welcome. Lansdowne Village (unit #204 - 450 Lansdowne St.) FMI call 250-299-1203 or visit ■■ Ping Pong-Table Tennis at Desert Gardens Community Center, 540 Seymour St. on Tuesdays at 7pm and Thursdays at 12:30pm. Drop in fee. FMI 250-372-3965.

Do you know an amazing woman in our community? A young lady making a difference, business woman or a gal behind the scenes that deserves celebrating? Send us your nomination with a photo and biography by February 22, 2017. Self-nominations are welcome.

Please include your contact information and the nominee's contact information with a high-resolution photo and biography (200 words max.) to or drop off at #1 - 219 Victoria Street.


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echo stargazer Dear Aquarius: (Jan. 21 - Feb. 19) You’re still trying to get back to that exotic adventure but life has different ideas. It’s now time for a quick time out and a reality check. Romantic dreams won’t stem the tide of the daily responsibilities. Dear Pisces: (Feb. 20 - Mar. 20) One last look back then it’s full steam ahead. Money continues to stream in but joint ventures begin to stall. It’s just a temporary reevaluation and adjustment. Fortune will return to bless your dreams. Dear Aries: (Mar. 21 - April 20) High energy and flowing love should have you looking forward for new adventures. Fate however, has you looking backward for people who used to help. Rather than looking in either direction, you should get those feet moving and take a chance on yourself. Dear Taurus: (Apr. 21 - May 21) Old lovers return to throw a monkey wrench into well laid plans. Money you were waiting for hits a delay. Fortune hasn’t forgotten you but it did get lost on the way to your front door. Dear Gemini: (May 22 - June 21) Romance might feel like you’re hitting a dry spell but you’re actually being given a chance to make a second choice. If there’s someone that you can’t live without then that’s the person to choose. Dear Cancer: (June 22 - July 22) Blessings from home have been so plentiful lately that you may have restructured your day to take advantage of the increasing rewards. This luck however has temporarily dried up and you’re now questioning your decisions. Have faith. Your blessings will return. Dear Leo: (July 23 - Aug 22) You’ve been on such a roll lately that it’s difficult to imagine anyone getting in your way, except yourself. Words which used to be a sure bet suddenly fall on deaf ears. Let your actions do the talking. Dear Virgo: (Aug. 23 - Sept. 23) Money isn’t exactly drying up but income sources are worth a second look. Streamline your efforts and cut the fat. It’s time to adjust your course. Dear Libra (Sept. 24 - Oct. 23) It looks like a love/hate kind of Valentine’s Week. Love is flowing directly into your astro-sector of one on one relationships, but so is the argument bug. Focus on your own desires and let love chase you for a while. Dear Scorpio: (Oct. 24 - Nov. 22) You’re reflective and quietly wondering what could have been if fate had given you a break. You’re still super busy and your problems aren’t getting bigger so focus on your goals. They’re close than you think. Dear Sagittarius: (Nov. 23 -Dec. 21) Love is everywhere this Valentine’s Week if you know where to look. Yes, lovers are lining up but so are others who just want to fight. Choose your playmates wisely. Dear Capricorn: (Dec. 22 - Jan. 20) Reasons for your recent success will come into focus. Popularity begins to dry up however and you’ll suddenly wonder if you can keep those business promises that you made. Readjust your timeline. Astro-week Sonnyscopes courtesy of Collin Sonny Rosati, Vancouver Astrologer, Hypnotist. For personal readings visit

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