Four-year-old Kaelyn Solbrekken uses mom, Sarah, to play hide-and-seek with KTW photographer Dave Eagles. For more on Kaelyn and her involvement with the B.C. Child Amputee (CHAMP) program, turn to page A12.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011 X Volume 24 No. 41 www.kamloopsthisweek.com X 30 cents at Newsstands
Unwrapping third political sandwich STAFF REPORTER
When John Cummins last visited Kamloops, there was snow on the ground, he was still a politician in Ottawa and only an advisor to the B.C. Conservative Party, considered by most to be on the fringe of politics. It is now six months after his frigid November visit and Cummins is an ex-MP who will be named B.C. Conservative party leader this weekend, the party is moving up in the polls and the snow is long gone. After touring the province during the past few weeks, Cummins will be in Kamloops on Thursday, May 26, speaking to party supporters and the public at Hotel 540 at 7 p.m. A pair of recent polls show support for the party is growing. A Mustel Group poll has the B.C. Conservatives with 18 per cent support, while an Ipsos Reid survey has the party at 10 per cent. Cummins said voters he has spoken with are happy there is another option. â€œThey see one as a stale sandwich and the other a mouldy one,â€? he told KTW, referring to the B.C. Liberals and B.C. NDP. In advance of his
visit, KTW interviewed the B.C. Conservative Party leader-designate: Q: When you visited Kamloops for a party meeting at the end of 2010, you stated you werenâ€™t interested in running for the leadership. What changed your mind? A: I was quite happily ensconced in federal politics and looking forward to the next federal election. The pressure mounted, many people came to me and said, â€˜Look, John, weâ€™d like you to run for the party leadership.â€™ They raised some money to show me how sincere they were and they were convinced that I could make a difference, so I decided to put my name forward. The issues are important to me, theyâ€™re important to B.C., many of these issues I pushed as a politician in Ottawa. I think I succumbed to the pressure and Iâ€™m glad I did. Itâ€™s just been a marvelous experience getting back around the province and talking to people. Q: What are your thoughts on former federal Conservative MPs like Jay Hill joining the B.C. Liberal electionreadiness committee? XSee CUMMINS A20
Her disregard for the arm may be why she bit the tip off one finger (although she claims the cat is really responsible). The â€œpermanent boo-booâ€? is covered with a Band-Aid. Sarah thinks Kaelyn will eventually want the arm for cosmetic reasons but, right now, â€œit weighs as much as she does.â€? A day of sunshine at the park brings high spirits, but Kaelynâ€™s energy gets ahead of her. Running through the jungle gym, she trips, falls and is tangled between two steps. She looks frustrated. Her infectious smile fades
By Jessica Wallace STAFF REPORTER
Chasing kids through the colourful metal maze in Riverside Park, four-year-old Kaelyn Solbrekken stops briefly to throw her prosthetic arm over the railing and to the ground. She doesnâ€™t want it. Who can blame her? She doesnâ€™t need it. Kaelyn can climb the ladder just fine without it and, when mom Sarah tries to help her down, she insists on doing it herself. Kaelyn has her own way.
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