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FROM HOMELESS TO HOUSED
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Anthony Varesi teaches three-year-old son Devin to skate at Valleyview Arena. Public-skating sessions at various city arenas are now in full swing. To view schedules, go online to kamloops.ca/arenas.
A battle is looming before next week’s school-board meeting, one that could see the revival of an old dispute between the Kamloops-Thompson school district and the union representing its teachers. Kamloops-Thompson Teachers’ Association (KTTA) president David Komljenovic said he’s been advised by board of education chairwoman Denise Harper that his request to speak to trustees on Monday, Oct. 21, will be denied — and he plans to challenge that decision. Komljenovic wants to speak to the board about why it should have paid striking teachers for the work they did at the end of the labour impasse, when they returned to classrooms on Sept. 19 to prepare for school’s resumption on Sept. 22. Harper said the issue Komljenovic wants to discuss is complicated due to differing language on pay in contracts between teachers and school districts. Some contracts have language that covers the day in question, while others don’t — and those that don’t are not funded by Victoria to make those payments. She said Komljenovic’s concern is a bargaining issue and outside an agreement between the district and the union on what it can bring to trustees at their public meetings. Komljenovic, however, said the issue stems from a return-to-work agreement and not the memorandum of agreement on what became the teachers’ new contract. “This relates to freedom of speech,” Komljenovic said, noting that was the subject of a grievance that went to an arbitration hearing in 2008 and was postponed. “It may be that we will re-initiate that arbitration.” Harper said because the issue involves several, but not all, districts in the province, the body that represents trustees has taken it on and brought it to government’s attention. Teresa Rezansoff, president of the B.C. School Trustees Association, sent a letter to Education Minister Peter Fassbender and Finance Minister Mike de Jong, pointing out “the government made a clear public statement using plain language that all teachers would be paid for Friday, Sept. 19, to prepare schools to be ready for students on Monday, Sept. 22. Subsequent to this announcement, boards were informed the number of paid days would instead be determined by local contract language. Harper said local contract language does not allow for payment for that day. Rezansoff told the ministers boards such as Kamloops-Thompson are in an “untenable position. “If they do not treat their teachers the same as those in other districts, they will further damage local relationships,” she wrote. A spokesman for Fassbender’s office said a reply to the association is being drafted, but he was not aware of when it would be sent.
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N E W S & N OT E S F R O M C I T Y H A L L
School Zones Get Lit Up With the onset of Fall weather, students are often walking to and from school during low light conditions. Low visibility in the school zones can result in unsafe conditions for pedestrians due to lack of awareness of the reduced speed zone on the part of motorists. This summer, more than 330 reflective panels were installed on school zone signs and school crosswalk signs at all Kamloops schools as part of the City’s Safer School Travel program. These reflective panels are designed to enhance driver awareness of the school zones and crosswalks, increasing the safety of students traveling to and from school. Pedestrians are reminded to take extra care and to always… • Wear reflective or light colored clothing when walking during low light conditions • Activate pedestrian crossing lights and use the crosswalk • Make eye contact with drivers and wait for vehicles to stop before stepping into the street Drivers are reminded to… • Adjust your speed for road and weather conditions • Yield to all pedestrians The reduced posted speed limit of 30 km/h in all school zones is in force from 8 am to 5 pm on all regular school days.
The reduced speed limit of 30km/hr is in effect from 8 am - 5 pm on school days.
Notice to Motorists
Coordinated Enforcement Task Force Oct 20, 10 am Corporate Boardroom, City Hall
It’s time to start 2015 budget discussions and consultation. This year we have 8 tables to address service levels. Each table will host a specific topic to discuss and you can rotate to other tables (and topics) every 15 minutes.
Please submit a resume and cover letter to:
For inquiries, please contact 250-828-3461. The City of Kamloops thanks you for your cooperation.
Police Committee Oct 20, 11:15 am Corporate Boardroom, City Hall Regular Council Meeting Oct 21, 1:30 pm Public Hearing Oct 21, 7 pm
Your feedback will be recorded and considered when Council makes its final decisions on the 2015 budget and tax rate. Oct 22:
Regular Council Meeting Nov 4, 1:30 pm
Interior Savings Centre 11:30 am - 2 pm
Public Hearing Nov 4, 7 pm
McArthur Island Sports Centre 7 pm - 10 pm
Heritage Commission Nov 12, 5:30 pm Kamloops Museum, 207 Seymour St.
Or follow the conversation on Twitter at #kamloopsbudget.
Urban Agriculture & Food Systems Advisory Committee Nov 13, 11 am DES Boardroom, 105 Seymour St. Arts Commission Nov 18, 4:45 pm Second Floor Boardroom, City Hall Social Planning Council Nov 19, 5 pm DES Boardroom, 105 Seymour St Regular City Council meetings are broadcast on Shaw Cable as follows: Thurs and Sat at 11 am and Sun at 7 pm. Council meetings can also be viewed online at: kamloops.ca/webcast. Meeting schedule is available at kamloops.ca/council
Career Opportunities To see current job postings please contact: Human Resources at 250-828-3439 or visit kamloops.ca/careers.
Contract Positions The City is currently seeking part time instructors at various City facilities for the following positions: Personal Trainers Closing: Oct 24, 2014 Yoga Instructors Closing: Oct 24, 2014
Danielle Harkies Healthy Living & Wellness Coordinator Email: email@example.com Phone: (250) 828-3698 Visit www.kamloops.ca/contracts for full job descriptions.
Notes Bear Bylaw Residents are reminded not to place their garbage out before 4 am on collection day between Apr 1 - Nov 30 and to not accumulate or improperly store bear attractants. Violators are subject to a $100 fine. Bear Prevention Tips • Freeze pungent waste and store garbage inside until pick up. • Rinse recyclables • Pick fruit daily as it ripens or before it ripens if you don't intend to use it • Do not put meat, oils, dairy or un-rinsed eggshells or cooked foods into the compost bin For more information please visit www.www.wildsafebc.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Installation of Anti-Skid Materials The City Of Kamloops would like to advise motorists that it will be installing anti-skid material at four high accident locations. The following intersections will be affected: Oct. 18-19: Summit Dr. / McGill Rd. Oct. 20: 3rd Ave / Lorne St (Traffic Circle) Oct 21-23: 8 st / Fortune Dr. Work will take place during the hours of 7 pm - 6 am, with the exception of the 3rd Ave Roundabout, which will take place from 7 pm - 5 am.
Did you know... 160M litres per day is operated and maintained at the City water treatment centre, including: 611 km of water mains, 47 pump stations, 47 reservoirs treating 20 billion litres of water per day.
Notice to Motorists For the following project, when driving in the area, please slow down, use caution, note any temporary detours and obey all traffic control persons.
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SHOULD ALL DONATIONS BE REVEALED AT COUNCIL? A CALL FOR FULL TRANSPARENCY GETS A LUKEWARM RESPONSE ANDREA KLASSEN
magine you’ve been just elected to Kamloops city council. On the agenda of the next council meeting, you see a rezoning application — but, there’s a hitch. The person asking to change the use for that piece of property gave you $500 in your election campaign. What do you do? The B.C. government, which sets out conflict-of-interest rules for mayors and councils, doesn’t require municipal politicians to recuse themselves from decisions involving their campaign donors. But, city council candidate Peter Kerek wants to see local politicians make it clearer where their money comes from. “If a person comes in and makes a presentation to city council, I should indicate this person has donated to me, you know, $50 or $20, whatever the amount may be,” he told KTW. “It just helps with making it transparent.” Kerek said the policy could be adopted voluntarily in Kamloops, but he would also like to see it taken up by the province and applied across B.C. In a post on his campaign Facebook page, Kerek said the current council’s decision to allow Gateway Casinos to move from the downtown to Aberdeen, against the recommendation of staff, is a case in which campaign donations
could have influenced voting. Kerek noted 7779 Ventures, which owns Chances Gaming Entertainment on the North Shore, donated $500 each to the 2008 campaigns of councillors Nelly Dever, Tina Lange and Pat Wallace, and $2,500 to Mayor Peter Milobar’s campaign that year. “Chances also happened to be one of the biggest benefactors of Lake City Casinos moving out of downtown
If a person “comes in and makes a presentation to city council, I should indicate this person has donated to me.
— council candidate Peter Kerek
Kamloops as the move made Chances the only gaming centre still located in the valley,” Kerek said. “It seems odd to me that those members of council would not have realized the suspicious perception of having received substantial donations from Chances Bingo while also being integral to a decision that went against the recommendation of city administrators and against the KamPlan designs.” Many councillors named in the post said they found the suggestion donations were
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influencing their votes insulting. Wallace said she thought the logic behind the allegation was “not that well thought through,” a stance Milobar echoed. “I can’t understand how Chances would be feeling it’s a benefit to their business that a casino is now doubling their size,” he told KTW. “So I think it’s a very thin concept.” Lange and Dever both believe people donate to municipal campaigns because they like a candidate’s values and think they’re likely to make decisions the donor supports — not for favours down the line. “They have told me they know I was an entrepreneur and they knew I would understand how tough it is to run a business and be sustainable, and have your employees, and keep it good, and keep the upgrades happening, and make a living at the same time,” Lange said of her donation from 7999 Ventures. “They knew I understood that — and that was the basis of their contribution.” Dever said she worried about a similar issue at the start of her term. Many of the city’s business owners and developers, or their spouses and children, have at one point or another trained in her gym. “It comes down to if your business relies on monetary injections from that individual on a regular basis, you have to remove yourself,” Dever said. “Or, if they are related, you have to Ken Smedley presents THE
remove yourself,” she said. “And the policy is strong, the policy is good. If anything, I find that, sometimes, some of our councillors step out of the room too often because they don’t want to risk being in conflict of interest.” On the current council, Milobar steps out of the room on most liquor issues because he owns a liquor-primary licence, Councillors Lange and Arjun Singh sit out some decisions related to rental properties. Singh also sat out a decision involving his parents’ neighbours, while Coun. Donovan Cavers recused himself when the farmers’ market his sister manages was on the agenda. Former councillor and current candidate Nancy Bepple recused herself from all debates involving the proposed Ajax mine for most of her term because she owned shares in one of the companies involved. When contacted by KTW, candidates in the Nov. 15 election were split on the issue, with incumbents and some newcomers defending current practice. Other challengers suggested a large enough donation might make them think twice about voting on a donor’s proposal, though what the financial threshold would be is up for debate. Kerek also believes donor disclosure would level the playing field for candidates whose views don’t appeal to the business community and thus don’t attract their money. “It would actually be a deterrent for the wealthiest folks in town who are also making presentations to candidates to donate
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because the donor-client relationship would be exposed every time they went up to council,” he said. With fewer dona-
tions, Kerek said, candidates who appeal to the wealthy wouldn’t be able to outspend their competitors in advertising.
“I’d rather see people getting elected based on the quality of their ideas than the expense amounts of their various campaigns.”
EFFECT OF A SEPARATION ON SPOUSAL WILLS Have you and your spouse ever separated and then reconciled? If you answered “Yes”, then you may need to revise/update your Wills. In a typical spousal relationship, the husband and wife make Wills, appointing the other as Executor and bequeathing the estate to the surviving spouse. However, the law recently changed to say that separation invalidates/cancels the gift to the spouse and the appointment of the spouse as Executor. This is the case even if the spouses later reconcile and wish the gift to their spouse in their Will to still stand (unless there is evidence of a contrary intention in the Will). Not surprisingly this law is catching people off guard as they attempt to deal with their deceased spouse’s estate, only to find out that a temporary separation years ago has now excluded them from their spouse’s Will. Feel free to contact a member of our Estate Planning and Administration Team to determine how this law applies to your circumstances.
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‘You make your own little family’ ADAM WILLIAMS
he Emerald Centre’s exterior is splattered with mud and dust, products of the heavy traffic flowing past its West Victoria Street front. The facade, the emerald green of its namesake, has a faded look, disappearing into the background of the street and buildings around it. It’s easy to overlook — like so many of those
KTW takes a trip on the road from homelessness to housing it houses. Its signs are small and humble. Hundreds of motorists whiz by every day without so much as giving it a passing glance. The building has a checkered past, which might seem fitting. It was once a strip club and bar, known as the Rendezvous Hotel, with what has been described by some as a “hotel” upstairs. The bar closed in
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— helping Kamloops’ homeless undergo a similar revival. The Emerald Centre is one of the first stops for Kamloops’ homeless as they begin their journey on what is referred to as a “continuum of
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housing.” It’s where those on the street can go to get started on the road to finding a permanent home. Emerald provides low-barrier housing — it’s a “damp shelter,” which means those using it may have addictions or mentalhealth issues. The centre doesn’t force its goals on clients, but helps them reach their own goals. There are 23 beds on the men’s hostel side and 12 on the women’s side. Upstairs, 11 single-occupancy rooms are rented as a part of the Phoenix Centre’s Supported Transitional Living in Recovery program. Inside, there are no remnants of the building’s former life. It’s warm, the people are welcoming, it has the feeling a place where one could begin to get on his or her feet, where friendly and understanding faces can help one get a start, regardless of the past. “I’d like to say there is a demographic,” says shelter manager Charlene Eden. “The
reality is, homelessness hits all ages and all groups of people.” Francine Aleck is in the Emerald Centre on this morning. She says she comes to the shelter “every once in a while,” in between stints with friends, surfing on couches. She’s thankful to be able “to let everybody from my family know that I’m OK, out of the cold and staying in a warm bed. “You meet a lot of people, other ladies, that are homeless, too. You make your own little family with them,” says an emotional Aleck. While residents can stay as long as they want, the hope is Emerald can help people get out of shelter system and into some form of permanent housing. A short bus ride away lies the Crossroads Inn, often the next stop for clients from Emerald looking for a home. The downtown building at Seymour Street and Sixth Avenue looks a hotel from the outside. Inside, it has an energy bordering on frenetic. Voices carry around the floors, some doors sit open and tenants wander the halls. Other rooms are closed to the outside, sounds escaping from behind doors. There’s a general din to the building, a feeling that indicates some
of its residents are still trying to pull things together. It has an anxious quality. It’s understandable — residents are placed in the building’s 50 rooms based on a vulnerability-assessment tool. The most vulnerable are given priority. The building’s stairs are worn, the grey concrete peeking out from beneath red paint. Hundreds of men and women have climbed these steps, inching ever closer to finding a permanent home. The rooms are small, about 400 square feet, but include kitchenettes and private bathrooms. Some have televisions. The stories of those in Crossroads are as different as the decorations adorning their walls. One room on the women’s floor — home to Katherine Pothier — is homey and stunning in its aura. Pothier is a former French-immersion teacher. An illness forced her to go on disability and she fell on hard times. For eight years, she says she was lost. Now, she’s getting things together with the help and support of those at Crossroads. “A lot of bad things happened to me, so I kind of gave up on life and now I want to live again,” Pothier says. “I’m ready to face
Still here after 44 years The Bamboo Inn located in The Brock Shopping Centre has been a fixture in Brocklehurst and Kamloops for that matter since 1972. The longest serving restaurant in Kamloops has been dishing some of the tastiest Chinese food to their customers and it's no fluke they've been around so long. Cosmo Li, owner operator and his brother Wilson started their venture in the restaurant business with the idea that North Kamloops needed a Chinese eatery and it proved correct. Cosmo, a Psych nurse at the Tranquille Institution in 1972 and his brother Wilson, a chef from Hong Kong developed a take out only store front that quickly grew into a full service restaurant.
The current location at 1800 Tranquille road is the original location and as Cosmos says "We never mess with success". Bamboo Inn is a 100 seat facility that can also host business, staff, or any function and they have a liquor license. They also cater to large parties with any dietary requirements. Stop in or call and see what you may have been missing. "After 42 years, our food and customer service is proof enough that we're doing something right" Cosmo says. See you soon at 1800 Tranquille Road Brock Shopping Centre 250-376-3386 or visit bambooinnrestaurant.ca
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lar to the Inn from the outside is anything but on the inside. A wave of calm washes over the lobby, a night-and-day difference from the excited energy down the street. The building has a comfortable vibe. Itâ€™s calm. The hallways are quiet and the common spaces warm and inviting. Henry Leland House is considered secondstage housing. It has 19 bachelor and nine onebedroom suites. More than half of the buildingâ€™s residents are employed. Randy, who has been at Henry Leland for 18 months, isnâ€™t yet working, but is volunteering in the kitchen at Crossroads. Heâ€™s acting as a peermentor to many of the people who come through the Innâ€™s doors. Randy came through the Emerald Centre and made a stop at Tina Baptiste Suites downtown before coming to Henry Leland.
â€œThis is home,â€? Randy says with a smile, noting he has a few friends in other units in the building, people who have gone through Kamloopsâ€™ programs with him. Randyâ€™s room is orderly and clean, a combination of items he has picked up from thrift stores and garage sales. The walls are lined with sporting memorabilia, his shelves hold model cars. In a corner, over his kitchen table, hang certificates from the courses heâ€™s completed â€” drug-recovery, cognitive-behavioural and trauma and chronicpain programs. As he talks about his road to recovery, Randy looks out the window, recalling the people he has seen stumble by his apartment at all hours. â€œNope, I donâ€™t want to be there,â€? he says. Like most at Henry Leland, Randy is by no means finished recovering.
He probably never will be. He says his brain still feels like itâ€™s rebooting. But, heâ€™s on the right track. A short while ago he was hitchhiking across the country. If he hadnâ€™t heard about Henry Leland House and the programs available in Kamloops, he would probably still be lost â€” constantly moving, but without direction. Getting clean and finding housing has also allowed him to deal with health issues. He caught cancer in his leg early and is being treated for sleep apnea. His courses have helped him work through some of his depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. Randy is a success story of the continuum of housing, the example of the person Kamloopsâ€™ programs and buildings, shelters
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Time for truth in treaty talks
hree years ago, longtime chief and band administrator Sophie Pierre sought an extension of her term leading the B.C. Treaty Commission — and gave a warning. The federal and provincial governments should start taking this long and costly effort seriously or “shut ’er down.” Last week, Pierre wound up her sixth and final year as chief commissioner on a slightly more hopeful note. This year, the Tla’amin Nation in the Powell River area and the Yale First Nation in the Fraser Canyon had their treaties proclaimed by Ottawa. They join the Maa-nulth First Nation on Vancouver Island and the Tsawwassen First Nation in leaving behind the Indian Act and the courts to get on with selfgovernment. Tsawwassen in particular has moved ahead aggressively. Its shopping-centre development near the ferry terminal is one of the largest commercial projects in the province right now. All of these treaties were negotiated despite multiple overlapping territorial claims around them — and similar progress has been made with the Tsimshian First Nation on the North Coast and elsewhere. The need for aboriginal people to work out their overlapping claim issues between themselves was the focus of the commission’s 22nd annual report. In it, former chief commissioners Miles Richardson of the Haida Nation and Steven Point of the Sto:lo Nation added their
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influential voices, urging aboriginal communities to consider them shared territories, rather than clinging to ancient tribal rivalries. Another hopeful sign is that, after seven years of commissions and studies, the federal government has finally given its negotiators a mandate to negotiate fisheries. This is the main reason why the Tla’amin waited five long years for Ottawa’s blessing after their treaty had been hammered out. This year’s landmark decision of the Supreme Court of Canada, recognizing Tsilhqot’in Nation title in the remote Nemiah Valley, has also got the attention of Victoria and Ottawa. Pierre noted the “flurry of activity” by Premier Christy Clark in seeking reconciliation, which will culminate this month with a formal apology for the hanging of Tsilhqot’in chiefs 150 years ago. Pierre said the court ruling “should destroy any lingering thoughts that this issue is not of the utmost importance and provide the necessary investment, both financial and time commitment, to reach satisfactory con-
clusions.” That’s the good news for B.C.’s thorniest historical problem — the lack of treaties across most of the province. It’s also becoming clearer the Tsilhqot’in ruling is unique. It’s unlikely to be repeated by most other First Nations, even if they are willing and able to spend the years and millions to enrich lawyers in pursuit of it. Here’s the bad news. As of this year, the B.C. Treaty Commission has paid out $627 million to First Nations to support treaty negotiations. Most of that is in the form of loans, which are to be repaid out of cash settlements Ottawa contributes to settle modern treaties. Pierre acknowledges some communities are close to completing treaties, but their debt has climbed to near what Ottawa is offering. This would leave them free, but broke. Others are just “spinning their wheels” with no real hope of achieving a treaty, Pierre said. The commission is calling for an “exit strategy” for these communities, starting with loan forgiveness that would allow them to pursue economic activity. There are First Nations, Westbank and Osoyoos prominent among them, that are thriving without treaties. Haida and Klahoose have developed successful forest products businesses as they move toward self-government. Federal and provincial governments must recognize the successes — and the failures.
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BOORISH DRIVER NEEDS TO BE EXPOSED TO ALL Editor: I was recently issued a parking permit because I have arthritis. I know very personally how important those designated parking spaces are to me as I go through my daily life. I very much appreciate that I have the convenience to park in a preferred location. It spares me a great deal of pain some days. This month, I was shopping in Fortune Center on the North Shore. As I drove in, I managed to get the last handicapped parking space in front of the Dollarama store. To my surprise, a black late-model Lincoln pickup was straddling two handicapped parking spaces and did not have a permit displayed. I asked the manager of Dollarama if they could do something about the situation. She tried calling the administration and security for the mall, but neither answered her call.
She suggested I call the RCMP non-emergency number, which I did. The lady I spoke to said to call the city’s bylaw-enforcement division. I did and left a message and information about the truck with the lady who answered the phone. While I was doing all that, the owner of the truck returned and began to walk into Dollarama, passing me by its entrance. I asked him why he was taking two handicapped parking spaces when he didn’t even have a permit to use one parking space. He told me to “f--- off.” He then returned to his truck, followed by two other people, very able-bodied and much younger than me. I don’t believe for a moment any of them were entitled to a handicapped parking permit. It seems we have a big problem here. This is something I have observed before and I also see it in other places I visit.
We need to have a quick and easy way to deal with these parking violations. These parking spaces are essential for many people. No one should think they have the right to deny access to those who have permits. Violators shouldn’t think they can get away with it. So, be on the lookout for a black, near-new Lincoln pickup Mark LT with a Butler Motors sticker on the tailgate and a Butler Motors frame around the truck plate. The self-important male driver sports a bluetooth in his ear. He needs to get the message he is committing an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act of B.C., besides demonstrating his foul mouth and his arrogant disregard for those deserving of those designated parking spaces. Claire Johnson Kamloops
LOVES HER FORD RANGER, BUT WANTS TO FIND ANSWER Editor: I have a 2009 Black (with silver trim along the bottom) Ford Ranger truck. It has developed huge cracks on the hood and the roof. I have never had this happen on any of the 4 Ford Ranger trucks I have owned. The Ford-Lincoln dealer sent me to the
nearby collision place since it is past its warranty date. While there, I was informed another customer had come in about three months ago with the same problem — with the same truck, same colour, same year and same paint job. It seems to me this is quite coincidental.
It made me wonder if there are more Ranger trucks of this year and colour that have developed the same problem and maybe their owners have just not bothered to report it. Perhaps if more people reported this problem, we might get something done about it. Sylvia Weedmark Kamloops
A selection of comments on KTW stories, culled online RE: LETTER: THIS LAND SHOULD BE ALL OUR LAND TO CROSS: “I have come across many mountain-bike trails on Crown land that look like motocross routes. “Mountain bikes, or the greater numbers of mountain bikes, are not as environmentally friendly as they use to be. “Frolek Cattle Company is very open to permitting access to their lands if you ask for permission. “They are also very committed to preserving grasslands as much as they possibly can. “It appears that the writer expects to be able to ride roughshod over private lands as he pleases. “How would he like it if someone took an ATV and burned a few donuts on his lawn with or without permission?” — posted by Glenn
HUMAN-RIGHTS COMPLAINT A CASE OF POT MEETING KETTLE Editor: Re: (‘City woman at centre of human-rights complaint,’ Oct. 9): Let me see if I have this right. Bethany Paquette, who supported discrimination against gay people by attending Trinity Western University in Langley, is now claiming a prospective employer is discriminating against her by
calling her on her bigotry. Interesting. P. Nelson Kamloops
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Faculty president cites ‘atmosphere of mistrust’
The president of the faculty union at Thompson Rivers University has released a scathing
letter on how effective Alan Shaver has been as university president — essentially calling Shaver an absentee leader who has contributed to an atmosphere among faculty members of suspicion
and cynicism. Tom Friedman sent the letter to the university’s board of governors and members of the presidential-review advisory committee, as well as to his union members. In it, Friedman said it does not reflect an official stand by the TRU Faculty Association, but comes from his own
views and those of people who have spoken with him. Shaver was appointed president in 2010 and his first contract is coming to a close, expiring next year. The review committee is gathering feedback before deciding if he should be re-appointed for another five years. Friedman said
Shaver is “perceived as someone who does not engage effectively with students, faculty or staff,” although the union president said he recognizes all university presidents have their own style. Friedman notes in his letter, sent to faculty on Thursday, Oct. 16, he has found Shaver to be “warm and personable” in one-on-one occasions,
but that he is not recognized “internally as a strong and consistent institutional presence.” Friedman said there is “a disconcerting mood of disillusionment” among faculty members that has led many, some in tears, to tell him “they no longer feel respected in their professional capacity despite many years of service.” Friedman has spent 21 years at the school, when it was the University College of the Cariboo and now, under the Thompson Rivers University name. “I have not witnessed this level of despair and detachment among faculty,” Freidman said. “This situation, I fear, speaks to a fundamental defect in the structure and operations of the university. “Rather than welcoming faculty participation in academic governance . . . the university leadership has created an atmosphere of mistrust.” Friedman said the academic-administration structure at the university was created by Shaver and has weakened the role of deans and associate deans, who he said no longer have regular, direct contact with Ulrich Scheck, the school’s vice-president academic. Friedman said Shaver and the uni-
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versity provost — also Scheck — “must do a far better job in solving problems locally and preventing issues from being adjudicated only through expensive and timeconsuming third-party arbitrations.” Shaver has a duty “to be more than just the public face of TRU outside the university,” Friedman wrote, saying a university president “should be recognized internally as a strong and consistent institutional presence.” A spokesman for the university said Shaver would not discuss the letter while the review process is proceeding.
Correction A story on page A13 of the Oct. 14 edition of Kamloops This Week (‘Ajax’s open pit to act as emergency-retention area?’) incorrectly identified the origin of Jacko Lake. The body of water existed as a natural lake and the level was raised through the use of a dam for irrigation purposes.
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Visions for Kamloops ANDREA KLASSEN
Vision Kamloops’ election platform came into clearer focus yesterday (Oct. 16.) The five-member alliance running for city council released a set of “core values and principles” at a press conference spelling out their goals, if elected. Members Denis Walsh, Dieter Dudy, Daphane Nelson, Jenny Green and Brad Harrison said they plan to focus their campaigns on managing spending, diversifying the city’s economy, improving community health and improving transparency at city hall. Walsh said the latter point could mean overhauling the way citizens vote when Kamloops goes back to the polls in four years’ time, with the introduction of councillor term limits and a hybrid ward system. “We’d have possibly two representatives dedicated to the North Shore, two on the South Shore and four at large,” Walsh said. As well, the group said it would look at moving city-council meetings to the evenings to make them more accessible to the public. The group also wants council to take a more activist role on economic development, bringing busi-
nesses and city institutions like Interior Health and Thompson Rivers University together. Though Vision Kamloops’ platform identified a number of broad goals, members said they will use their own, individual campaigns to advance ideas on how those goals can be made reality. “What we want to bring to the public is essentially we’re a team who is essentially in agreement on certain things,” Dudy said. Members said they hope the platform can combat early assessments that the group is simply an anti-Ajax slate. “You can’t run the city on one issue, especially Ajax, where there’s the big debate on whether we even have a say on it,” Walsh said. “There’s more important issues like, say, the performingarts centre.” Walsh said Vision Kamloops has “concerns” about the way the city has approached a potential arts centre and
believes the process so far has not been transparent for residents. The group plans to
roll out a website this weekend at visionkamloops.ca and will host mixers for its five candidates, Dudy said.
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Incumbent Kamloops-Thompson board of education trustee Gerald Watson is holding a forum for trustee candidates on Thursday, Nov. 6, at St. Andrews on the Square in downtown Kamloops. Watson, who is seeking his fifth term, first OWNTOWN IS job action hosted the event in 2005, when teacher precluded the Kamloops-Thompson Teachers ‘Association — which had traditionally held a forum — from doing so. Since then, Watson has organized a forum during each municipal election. The forum, to which all board of education candidates have been invited, will begin at 7 p.m. Kamloops This Week editor Christopher Foulds will moderate.
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background that started in Snow Lake, Man., with stops in Morden, the Fraser Valley and Kamloops, where he was in classrooms
and administration offices in Pinantan, Pacific Way, Summit and Arthur Stevenson elementaries. Small said he brings four strong attributes to the job: Experience, enthusiasm, dedication and time. “When I look back on my life, I’ve been getting up, having breakfast and going to school since I was five years old,” he said. “I have the time to continue to do that as a trustee.” Small sees this as a great time to get
involved in the way education is run in the city; with contracts in place covering teachers and support staff for the next five years, he sees an opportunity “to unite and work as a team” with the KamloopsThompson school district and its many employees “to provide the best education possible.” He sees plenty of strengths within the district that can be built upon, including creation of the trades
school at NorKam secondary, which is coming on-stream next year at a time when the province continues with a labour shortage and is looking at building the work pool. Small praised the district for balancing its budget and having a surplus at a time when other school districts are continuing to struggle to stay out of the red ink. He said he wants to “continue to be part of the team that keeps our district strong.”
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Local nominee applauds day care policy CAM FORTEMS
Federal New Democrat Bill Sundhu called the party’s pledge to implement $15-a-day child care “the most significant social policy in Canada in a generation.” Party leader Thomas Mulcair announced a national child care policy this week that
NDP candidate Bill Sundhu calls $15-a-day plan ‘most significant social policy’ in Canada will form a cornerstone of the NDP’s platform in next fall’s federal election. Sundhu, acclaimed as the party’s candidate earlier this year, said the average family pays more than $1,000 a month for daycare for each child.
“Some families pay as much as $2,000 per child,” said Sundhu. Mulcair forecast the program would cost $290 million to create 60,000 spaces in the first year of an eightyear rollout, with an eventual price tag of $5 billion over eight
years to create 370,000 spaces. “It will involve the provinces and have national standards,” he said. Parents in Quebec pay $7 a day for childcare under a provincial program. Citing a TD Bank
study, Sundhu said the government spending would be offset by $1.49 to $2.78 for every dollar of subsidy. That will come in part through increased income tax
that will result from more women entering the workforce. Sundhu, a city lawyer, is travelling to Tunisia, where he will spend the next 12
days helping the North African country craft a constitution and assist with establishment of an independent judiciary. The federal election is set for next fall.
CSIS wants to expand powers JIM BRONSKILL
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OTTAWA — The Conservative government plans to amend the law governing the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to give the spy agency more authority to track terrorists overseas. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says the terrorist threat has become more complex since the law was passed 30 years ago, adding it does not stop at Canada’s border.
Canada’s spy agency might be given authority to track terrorists overseas As expected, Blaney says the government will also take steps to ensure CSIS can protect the identity of its sources. Canada and other Western nations fear that citizens who travel overseas to take part in the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s guerrilla-style battles could come home with intent to do harm. The federal plan to bolster
security powers follows a recent statement from the RCMP that the national police force has about 63 active investigations on 90 suspected extremists who intend to join fights abroad or who have returned to Canada. Blaney was joined at a news conference in Banff by Andy Ellis, CSIS assistant director of operations, and RCMP deputy commissioner Janice Armstrong.
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