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Transportation Minister Todd Stone wants B.C. residents to weigh in on a potential increase in highway speed limits now under consideration. Stone announced the formal review of speed limits in Kamloops on Friday, Oct. 4, although he had previously indicated it was coming and technical work is already underway. The Coquihalla Highway already has a speed limit of 110 km/h, but highway traffic does an average speed of 118 km/h, while drivers routinely exceed the posted limit on many other provincial highways. “There’s no question the Coquihalla is a prime candidate for an adjustment in the speed limit,” Stone said, also listing sections of Highway 1 in the Lower Mainland and around Kamloops as well as the Cariboo Connector toward Prince George. It’s been a decade since B.C. last reviewed speed limits. Stone said any increases would involve mainly rural provincial highways between communities, not highways in urban areas of the Lower Mainland, although which specific corridors to adjust will be subject to public input. He said a higher speed limit in some stretches of highway has been made possible by billions of dollars in major road upgrades since the last review in 2003, including 180 additional kilometres of four- and six-lane highways. He said vehicles are “much safer today than 10 years ago” as a result of traction-stability control, anti-lock brakes and other improvements. Stone cited a 28 per cent drop in injury-causing collisions since 2003, noting research increasingly suggests the greatest danger isn’t necessarily speeding itself, but driving at a much different speed than most other drivers. A minority of 15 per cent of drivers who don’t keep up with the flow or who speed excessively are at greater
risk of a crash than the other 85 per cent of drivers who may be going somewhat over the posted speed limit, he said. Stone stressed decreases in the speed limit are also possible. “This review is not about increasing speed limits. It’s about making sure we have the right speed limits.” Stone said there will be “no Autobahn” in B.C., where speed limits are lifted altogether. He said one option could be variable speed limits that are higher in the day and lower at night. The review will pull in fresh research from around the world and consider factors unique to B.C., like its geography and high mountain passes. The risk of crashes with wildlife will also be a key consideration. Bright signs that warn of wildlife at night — potentially activated by sensors that detect animals near the highway — are among various options the ministry will consider to counter that risk, particularly on highways where posted limits might rise. Stone said other technologies being tried elsewhere include automated sirens that scare wildlife off roads in areas where they pose a frequent hazard. The speed limit review aims to generate recommendations by next spring, when the legislature reconvenes. Public forums on the issue will be held in Kamloops, Chilliwack, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Cranbrook and Kelowna starting in November, with potentially more sites to be added. One group advocating for higher speed limits is Sense BC, which was behind a recent viral video making the case for change. Sense BC’s Ian Tootill said even a 10-kilometre-an-hour increase on the Coquihalla to 120 km/h wouldn’t be enough to match the prevailing speeds in summer. “I’m not suggesting the Coquihalla should be 150 or 160, but it shouldn’t be 120,” he said.
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Spina joins $5,000+ club By Andrea Klassen STAFF REPORTER
A third Kamloops city councillor is predicting she will exceed the $5,000 limit on travel expenses in 2013. Coun. Marg Spina joins Coun. Nancy Bepple and Mayor Peter Milobar in the over-$5,000 club. Spina said she expects her expenses for the year will come in at about $5,500 because of her commitment to the Southern Interior Local Government Association (SILGA), of which she is president. Besides attending meetings of the group, which also represents Merritt, Kelowna, Revelstoke and other south-central communities, Spina also represents SILGA at quarterly Union of B.C. Municipalities board meetings.
She said she is trying to do what she can to keep expenses down for council overall, even though hers will be higher than usual. For example, she’s driving fellow UBCM board member Coun. Arjun Singh to meetings in the Lower Mainland. “It shows up as mileage for me, but you do what makes logical sense,” she said. “Secondly, do you charge mileage? No, I’ll be putting in gas receipts because that’s what I think is reasonable.” Spina said UBCM and SILGA are dealing with some important issues, such as what powers communities should have when mines and gravel pits are proposed in or near their boundaries. “Do I have to do SILGA?” she asked. “Probably not, but, if I’m going to do it, I want to do it properly and work full-out.”
Bepple’s extra expenses stem from similar commitments. As a member of several Federation of Canadian Municipalities committees, she travels around the country several times a year for meetings. Milobar’s trips this year include the usual FCM and UBCM conventions, meetings of the B.C. Transit board of directors and a marathon round of travel later this month that includes a trip to Kamloops’ sister city, Uji, Japan, and a stop in Ottawa, where he will meet with federal Environment Minister Leona Aglukkaq on the proposed Ajax mine. Councillors technically need council’s permission to exceed their expense budget for the year. A motion last week allowing Bepple and Spina to spend more than $5,000 passed unanimously without debate.
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Trash/energy plan amended Kamloops’ decaying trash could be BC Hydro’s treasure — but not for at least another year. City council has decided to reduce the scope of a program to collect methane gas produced in the Mission Flats Landfill. While the city had originally intended to generate electricity from methane collected at the dump, which it would then sell to BC Hydro, it will now collect and flare off the gas. City environmental-services manager Jen Fretz said the cost of the original plan had ballooned $700,000 over original estimates, due to cost increases and a drastic drop in the amount of money the project would bring in. As part of the project, the city had planned to sell carbon credits to Pacific Carbon Trust and had expected to get around $25 a tonne. Now, Fretz said, the Pacific Carbon Trust said the city can expect about $11 per tonne. “It’s a significant reduction,” Fretz said. “We have asked a number of questions, as you can imagine, about what’s going on.” The cost of a flaring system is $2.6 million and within the scope of the original budget, Fretz said. Coun. Tina Lange questioned the effects of flaring on Kamloops’ air quality, but Fretz said it won’t be an issue. “I would say the greenhouse- gas impact from
what we’re doing right now — which is nothing — is far, far greater, I’d say 25 times greater, than if we were to flare it,” she said. While electrical generation is off the table for the moment, Fretz said staff are still looking at whether there is a business case for that part of the project. Because the city is the first to try to sell landfill energy this way, talks with BC Hydro are taking longer than usual, she said. There are no final numbers, but it’s been suggested the city could make about $200,000 a year from electrical sales. • Meanwhile, the City of Kamloops will pull $20,000 out of its reserve fund to replace a washedout wall shoring up the Thompson Valley R/C Race Club track next to the Valleyview Arena. Parks director Byron McCorkell said the wall collapsed after some recent flooding. “It just wasn’t able to manage the amount of water it was hit with,” he said. The new wall will include better drainage, including a larger channel for runoff. McCorkell said $20,000 is the “worst-case” figure. The city may be able to do the work itself and will mostly use materials from the old wall.
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Streetheart in Pinantan Lake A fundraiser featuring Kenny Shields and Streetheart will take place in Pinantan Lake on Saturday, Oct. 12, with proceeds going to covering costs for emergency response in the area. It starts with a family fun day that will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pinantan elementary. Entrance is free and tickets can be bought in bundles valued from $10 to $50 each to take part in the various stations, which include things like bouncy castles, face painting and hourly shows by Uncle Chris the Clown. Later in the day, though, things change up — and get musical. Still using the school as a central
venue, a 19-plus event featuring four bands takes over, with headliner Kenny Shields and Streetheart. Opening for him are 40 Foot Echo from Vancouver and Bongos 12 and the Henry Small Band from Kamloops. Free camping will be provided at nearby Paul Lake Provincial Park — with proof of attendance at the evening event — and a park-and-ride program is being developed. Tickets are available through ticketmaster.ca or ticketweb.ca for $40 plus applicable taxes and service charges. Tickets can also be purchased for $45 by calling 250-573-3303 or at the Pinantan General Store.
LOGGING TIME WITH DAD Six-year-old Ben Andrews helps dad Stuart build a log house during a visit to the Kamloops Museum and Archives. The pair dropped into the building at Second Avenue and Seymour Street on the recent Culture Days weekend, when admission was free for all. Allen Douglas/KTW
Shooting trial adjourned By Tim Petruk STAFF REPORTER
Kamloops Mounties “were doing an arrest first, sort out later” investigation after a bullet was fired through the floor of a home in July, striking a young mother in a downstairs suite. The defence used that description on Friday, Oct. 4, after the Crown prosecutor asked for — and was granted — an adjournment of the trial of Trevor Wilvers. The 35-year-old is facing a total of eight charges stemming from the June 4 incident that left a 25-year-old woman with a bullet wound to the arm. His trial was slated to begin on Monday, Oct. 7. In B.C. Supreme Court, Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo sought an adjournment on three grounds — a “key material witness” supposedly changing his story, another witness on the lam and apparently refusing to cooperate and the ongoing nature of the investigation of a vehicle believed to have been linked to Wilvers. Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen opposed the request.
“The obvious reason for that is Mr. Wilvers is sitting behind me and wearing a jumpsuit,” he said. “And there is a substantial onus on Crown that, when you go to fix these dates, [they know] whether they will be able to conduct a trial or not.” Court heard the key witness whose story has apparently changed is Trevor Newton. Following the shooting, Wilvers and Newton were among a group of at least four people arrested on suspicion of careless use of a firearm. Court heard Newton told police, in the hours after the incident, that Wilvers was the one who fired the gun. Caputo met with Newton at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre on Sept. 27 and found out his story had changed. “What you have is a very weak Crown case and the realities of the house of cards crumbling down when my friend [Caputo] attends KRCC,” Jensen said. “Now, the only person saying my client did this [Newton] isn’t saying it anymore — and now he’s asking for an adjournment.” Jensen also took issue with
the Kamloops RCMP’s investigation of the shooting. “The police, for some reason, did not take a GSR [gunshot residue] swab from Mr. Newton — a complete oversight,” he said. “Mr. Newton gets let go and — surprise, surprise — Mr. Newton is now saying he can’t make that same statement.” Jensen called the RCMP’s actions “an arrest first, sort out later” investigation. Wilvers was released on bail days after the shooting, then promptly re-arrested a day later on an unrelated matter. Jensen told court he agreed with another Crown prosecutor to not seek bail for Wilvers on the new charges, but that “subject to what happened to this [shooting] file, the Crown will revisit the custodial status of Mr. Wilvers.” In granting the adjournment, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegan noted the short time between the shooting and trial date. “The trial date obtained was a very quick trial date,” she said. “The charges, on their face, are very serious and there is a high public interest in this matter being adjudicated fairly.”
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Though he spoke globally rather than locally, it wasn’t difficult to see why Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto would attract the attention of former Tk’emlups Indian Band chief Manny Jules. De Soto, once called “the world’s greatest living economist” by former U.S. president Bill Clinton, argues that one of the keys to eliminating poverty in indigenous communities throughout the Americas is granting aboriginal people the right to own property. “If you’ve got a Peruvian walking around who doesn’t have a piece of paper connecting them to the global economy, you’re condemning them to poverty,” de Soto said during a public lecture at Thompson Rivers University
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In his talk, de Soto said the value of property isn’t so much the physical land and assets as it is the information it provides — the ability to enter into contracted agreements, assess, record value and so on. It also allows individuals and communities to work together on a global scale without taking on insurmountable amounts of financial risk, he said. “What the West did, I think, is create a wealth and contractual system that allowed people to co-operate above a tribal level,” de Soto said, noting that begins with property. Besides his lecture at TRU, de Soto met with local chiefs to discuss First Nations property rights and with representatives of the university’s Tulo School of Indigenous Economics, which is partnering with his Institute of Liberty and Democracy think tank.
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NE OF THE many accomplishments Kevin Gass has had in his life is his involvement in Canuck Place Childrenâ€™s Hospice. The path that took him there and the reason he views it as a career highlight could be a template for young people looking to succeed in business â€” and thatâ€™s why he was invited to Thompson Rivers University on Wednesday, Oct. 2, to speak to students at its School of Business and Economics. Gass, vice-president of lottery gaming for the B.C. Lottery Corporation, took the group of students and local business people through his lifeâ€™s journey from one of the first university students to be involved in co-op education through successes, bumps in the road and challenges he overcame. Science and math were his favourite subjects, he told the students, so he assumed an engineering career would be his path and registered for it in university. â€œI realized that was not my thing,â€? he said. Within a year, he switched to communications and business. Lesson No. 1: â€œIf youâ€™re going down the wrong path, youâ€™ve got to course-correct,â€? he told the students. He did four stints of
co-op education, working at a variety of businesses, and he told the students the experience was one of the best stepping stones in his career. More importantly, he said, was something he learned that too often he sees graduates fail to understand. Lesson No. 2: â€œNo job is beneath you. Take every opportunity you have and run with it. You will get noticed.â€? For him, it led to a job with Burson-Marsteller, a public-affairs firm that happened to be opening an office in Vancouver. Gass was approached by the firm, with which he had spent a co-op period, and was hired after he graduated because they had been impressed with his work and his work ethic. From there, it was an upward climb, Gass said, through a variety of jobs â€” some where he was the boss, others as a senior manager, with stops that connected him with marketing for the introduction of the National Basketball Association and the Vancouver Grizzlies to the city, then on to work with the Vancouver Canucks and developing a PGA Tour event. Gass then saw potential with the Internet and, in the summer of 2000, moved on again to start a financial-information company that developed unique technology that led to attention from major players like the Wall Street Journal and
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The Thompson Rivers University School of Business and Economics has launched Business Kickstart 101, a studentcentred initiative that gives students the opportunity to tap into the skills and expertise of more than100 businesses and business professionals. Kickstart 101 includes career-information path sessions; a major networking event where students meet face-to-face with company employers; a corporate-speaker series; and a one-on-one mentorship component. The latest speaker in the corporate-speaker series was Kevin Gass, vice-president of lottery gaming for the B.C. Lottery Corporation. Dave Eagles/KTW
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WON’T BE SIGNING THE “Sensible B.C.” petition to demand a provincewide referendum on marijuana enforcement. You shouldn’t, either — and here are a few reasons why. Let me start by saying I’ve been calling for legalization and regulation of pot for 20 years, to conserve police resources and reduce violent crime. Our war on drugs is a failure even for heroin and cocaine — and marijuana is obviously much easier to produce. However, the current effort led by Dana Larsen, B.C.’s clown prince of pot, is not only misguided, it’s dangerous. The petition does not propose legalization. It seeks to impose a provincial law that would stop B.C. police from using any resources for simple possession charges. This would create a loophole in the federal drug law. So, what would that do? It would protect otherwise innocent customers of the current illegal marijuana trade, while leaving the criminal distribution business in place. For a closer look at that, I recommend reports from the Surrey Six murder trial now underway or the upcoming case against three accused assassins of Red Scorpion gangster Jonathan Bacon in Kelowna. Larsen’s loony law would tie the hands of police when they are trying to hold someone on a lesser charge while they search for evidence of something nastier. This is a source of many simple
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VICTORIA possession charges today. Police chiefs have a different idea, asking for the option of treating simple possession as a ticket offence to keep court time to a minimum. Both of these notions have the same obvious flaws — they don’t deal with sales to minors and they divert no revenue to government, leaving most of that in the hands of criminal dealers who buy cocaine, guns and fancy cars. Colorado and Washington have gone the legalization route, so far without interference from their federal government. These states need money and they don’t need more crime or ill-considered hippy gesture politics. Meanwhile, in Ottawa, Health Canada is trying to convert a poorly regulated mess of small-scale medical-marijuana licences to a free-market system of commercial producers. Local politicians tore a strip off Health Canada officials at their recent convention, after years of warnings that federal licences were scattered at unknown locations, often used as fronts for larger grow-ops.
Mission Coun. Dave Hensman predicted that when a grower gets a letter cancelling his licence, he’s more likely to roll up a big joint with it than to shut down. Burnaby Coun. Nick Volkow suggested the response would echo an old Cheech and Chong routine: “Dave’s not here, man.” Here’s another reason not to support Larsen — the conduct of his organizers. One fellow set up a petition table at, of all places, the Terry Fox Hometown Run in Port Coquitlam. After scrawling “pot cures cancer” on the table, he proceeded to interrupt speeches by cancer survivors and the run itself by yelling the same false slogan. You can imagine how people with terminal cancer and their loved ones would react. Some would know marijuana may alleviate side effects of chemotherapy, just as it can ease suffering for some multiple sclerosis patients. But, the suggestion of a cure is as cruel as it is moronic. Larsen’s “cannibus” has been rolling around B.C., reaping uncritical media coverage. It even blundered into the recent Walk for Reconciliation in Vancouver, an event to mark the end of federal hearings into the effects of residential schools on aboriginal children. I wouldn’t support the Larsen bunch for anything, unless it involved them looking for jobs. Just say no. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter:@tomfletcherbc
It is a multi-billion-dollar industry, but it could soon be costing municipalities a bundle more if the trend continues. According to news reports, communities such as Kingston, Ont., Vancouver, Wash., and London, England, are facing a new problem in their sewers — a problem that just can’t be wiped away. Even smaller communities, such as Okanagan Falls and Penticton, are facing the same problem. Flushable cleaning cloths, flushable moist wipes or whatever name they use, are the result of a clever marketing campaign designed to make adults feel like they aren’t getting the job done the old-fashioned way. When did that problem arise? Did the sun start shining where the sun isn’t suppose to shine? The problem is the wipes claim to be flushable, but they hang around too long. ConsumerReports.org, which reports on the good, bad and ugly of all things consumer, tested three wipe products all claiming to be flushable and allegedly designed to disintegrate just like toilet paper. Indeed the wipes were flushable, in that they went down the toilet, but they did not disintegrate as quickly as toilet paper. Toilet paper usually takes less than 10 seconds to disintegrate. By the time the flushed water leaves the domestic plumbing, it has disintegrated. Using the same test on the three brands of wipes, all claiming to be flushable, ConsumerReports. org stopped the test after 30 minutes with no sign of the wipes disintegrating. Thirty minutes is long enough for a wipe to make its way down the sewer system and clog a pump. In the case of local municipalities, it has added thousands of dollars to maintenance costs. This is one problem we can easily wipe away the old-fashioned way — by using soap and water.
TUESDAY, October 8, 2013
THIS WEEK Speak up You can comment on any story you read @ kamloopsthisweek.com
A selection of comments on KTW stories, culled online
Re: Story: Parents seek stolen memories: “That’s so painfully disgusting that some jerk could do that to a innocent family. “I feel horribly bad.” — posted by Ashely M. Robinson “Very sad — and this underlines why backup of your computer is so very important! “Pictures that cannot be replaced should never be on just one hard drive.” — posted by Mike Evaratt
Aberdeen claim shows why act needs update Editor: How many readers are aware that, earlier this year, a mineral claim was staked within the city? On May 18, Mineral Tenure Claim #1019608 was staked in lower Aberdeen. It is 20.49 hectares in size and is approximately centred in the Howe Road playground/dog-walking park at the intersection of Howe Road and Pacific Way. It extends across developed and undeveloped land, with one of the boundaries running beneath Kamloops Seniors’ Village. Was the City of Kamloops consulted? Should the city have been consulted? Not according to the B.C. Mineral Tenure Act. The call to review B.C.’s Mineral Tenure Act originally came from Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne in her compelling letter to the Victoria Times-Colonist on April 12. Following her lead, the Union of BC
Municipalities voted on Sept. 19 to support a resolution calling on the provincial government to modernize the Mineral Tenure Act. The act was amended in 2005 and in 2012. A close examination of the act, however, reveals that, in spite of these amendments, there is nothing that requires prior approval from any local community within a certain radius of a proposed claim before a mineral claim is registered. This is the issue. As we are experiencing with the proposed Ajax copper and gold mine, once a mineral claim-holder decides to develop a claim, there is a lengthy environmentalassessment process. Yes, the community has input into the environmental assessment. But, in the end, it is the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office that makes a final recommendation to the provincial Minister of the Environment, who
Ajax opposition spans all ages in Kamloops
Re: Story: Meter made: New pay parking on way: “‘Nothing like adding more costs to doing business downtown. That should help out the economy.’ — said no one ever.” — posted by Dannie Cade “Another reason to not shop downtown.” — posted by Ann Hindlay
Re: Story: City looks for $855K to ﬁx problem at TCC: “Every time Jeff Putman opens his mouth, it costs taxpayers a million dollars. “That Tournament Capital garbage is a huge burden on taxpayers and benefits very few.’ — posted by Kim Young
then makes the decision on whether the project goes ahead. Three other provinces — Ontario, Quebec and Alberta — have amended their mineral-tenure acts or are in the process of doing so. Bill 43 is the current effort in Quebec to see changes made to its Mining Act. The following amendment shows the kind of change needed in B.C.: “The bill amends the act respecting land-use planning and development to allow regional county municipalities to delimit any mining-incompatible territory or any conditionally mining-compatible territory in their land-use and development plan” It is imperative the B.C. government amend its Mineral Tenure Act to require mineral claims to be approved by municipal, regional and First Nations’ governments before they are registered. Anne Neave Kamloops
A BANNER ISSUE FOR DEBATE When Kamloops city council received a letter from Allysa Gredling, who objected to council’s decision to approve the display of a pro-life banner, the debate was on. Gredling called the banner and its message “discriminatory” and Coun. Nelly Dever agreed, opining: “I don’t understand why we’re allowing this banner to be up because I think it goes against the rights of women.” The comments elicited a large number of readers to send letters to the editor of KTW, the vast majority of which support the right of the Kamloops ProLife Society to hang its banners above city streets. As of Monday, Oct. 7, KTW had received 11 letters, one of which objected to the banners being hung.
Some letters have already been published and all letters can be read online at kamloopsthisweek.com. Click on the “Opinion/Letters” tab. There, website visitors can read Kathy Dahl’s letter, in which she states: “Why do some people become so offended by the words ‘One life can make a difference’? How could ‘Protect Human Life Week’ offend anyone?” Website visitors can also read Erin Mitchell’s letter, in which she takes issue with claims made by Christina Sewell of the Kamloops Pro-Life Society: “To a considerable degree, anti-abortion activists are able to take advantage of the fact the general public and most policy makers do not know what constitutes ‘good science.’” These and other letters are available to be read online.
Editor: I keep reading over and over that opponents of the proposed Ajax copper and gold mine are only the older, retired citizens of Kamloops. I strongly oppose this mine and I am 36 years old. My husband, my friends and my relatives who are all around my age oppose the proposed mine. Many young people, teenagers and college students have commented on my “Stop Ajax Mine” bumper sticker, saying they are also opposed. Unfortunately, we are all either working, raising children or going to school, which makes it more difficult for us to attend protests and meetings. I applaud all those who are sticking their necks (and faces) out to voice opposition. If they have more time to do this because they are retired, then good for them. They are representing many, many people in Kamloops, not just a specific demographic. Thank you to all who are tirelessly fighting this atrocity of a proposal. There are more people than you know supporting you! Jordan Lawrence Kamloops
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A10 Â™ TUESDAY, October 8, 2013
FIRE PREVENTION WEEK
Kamloops seniors can get free smoke alarms The City of Kamloops is teaming up with the Centre for Seniors Information, Seniors Outreach Society, the province of British Columbia and the Fire Chiefs Association of B.C. to ensure seniors have working smoke alarms in their homes. According to 2011 Census data from Statistics Canada, close to 13,000 seniors live in Kamloops, with just over 8,000 living in private residences. This makes up 10 per cent of Kamloopsâ€™ population.
In January 2012, a report prepared by the Surrey Fire Services and the University of the Fraser Valley, Smoke Alarms Work, But Not Forever, was released to the public. The report identified the importance of smoke alarms and the groups at highest risk of dying in a house fire. This report identifies seniors as one of the target groups.
Fire facts: Surrey Fire Services and University of the Fraser Valley research
shows: â€˘ On average, 35 people died in structure fires in B.C. each year
between 2006 and 2011. â€˘ Young children, older adults, people with disabilities, rental
units and households in low-income areas, rural communities and First Nations reserves are at
greater risk. â€˘ Working smoke alarms could reduce annual fire deaths by as much as 32 per cent. Data from the B.C. Office of the Fire Commissioner shows nearly 70 per cent of the fire scenes examined between 2006 and 2011 had no functioning smoke alarm. â€œWorking smoke alarms are the best defense for protecting your loved ones from fire,â€? said Kamloops Fire Rescue interim Chief Dennis Fayers. â€œKamloops Fire Rescue wants to make
sure that everyone has access to smoke alarms and we want to start with the people who are at highest risk.â€? If you know of a senior, or if you are a senior and you require smoke alarms or your smoke alarm is more than 10 years old, call Kamloops Fire Rescue at Fire Station No. 1 at 250-372-5131 or complete the online application at kamloops.ca. Kamloops Fire Rescue will give out smoke alarms and install them free of charge.
Make kitchen safety a priority Kids! Enter to win an iPad during Fire Prevention Week ity booklet for children ages five to eight. It highlights fire and burn hazards, knowing what to do in case of a fire and home-escape planning. In addition to making sure everyone knows about kitchen safety, every household in B.C. should have working smoke alarms, particularly in sleeping areas, and an extinguisher. Families are encouraged to check smokealarm batteries monthly and to mark their calendars to ensure they clean the devices twice a year. â€œThe kitchen is the heart of the home,â€? said Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton. â€œIt is a busy place where families gather first thing in the morning and where they get together to discuss the day, but it can also be a dangerous place. â€œItâ€™s important that everyone know how to stay safe while preparing and cooking meals, and I appreciate the efforts of fire officials to educate the public.â€? Tim Pley, Port Alberni fire chief and Fire Chiefsâ€™ Association of B.C. president, said this yearâ€™s theme serves as
an important reminder. â€œUse caution when cooking and be watchful around heat and open flame,â€? he said. â€œItâ€™s also very important to ensure you have working smoke alarms in your home. â€œTest them regularly and remember â€” smoke alarms save lives, but donâ€™t last forever.â€?
â€˘ In British Columbia during 2012, 6,780 reported fires caused 266 injuries (231 for civilians and 35 for firefighters) and 35 deaths. â€˘ On average, a British Columbian is injured by a residential fire every 32 hours in B.C. During Fire Prevention Week 2013, the Office of the Fire Commissioner is also supporting participating fire departments with an iPad contest for children
ages five to eight (and attending school in kindergarten to Grade 3). For more information on Fire Safety Week, including the iPad contest, firesafety tips, activity booklets and family and school resources, go online to http:// ow.ly/pb1RZ. Twitter users can follow along at @ emergencyprepbc, while YouTube videos can be viewed online at http://ow.ly/pr8fw. To learn more about the Fire Chiefsâ€™ Association of B.C. campaign to ensure every home has a working smoke alarm, go online to http://www.workingsmokealarms.ca.
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