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A Kamloops councillor’s proposal to give city staff deadlines for clearing bus shelters, trails and certain sidewalks has been frozen in its tracks. Donovan Cavers put forward a notice of motion this week, asking staff to set reasonable time limits for clearing pedestrian spaces for which the city is responsible. However, the motion didn’t make it to a vote as Cavers failed to find a fellow council member willing to second the idea in order to move ahead with a debate. Under current city policy, staff must clean bus stops of snow within 24 hours of a snowfall if the bus stops are on a sidewalk the city also plows. Otherwise, the city begins clearing the bus stops within 24 hours of a storm, with no set timeline for finishing the work.
Machete-wielding female robbers sought Kamloops Mounties are looking for a pair of machete-wielding females who pepper-sprayed employees at the Sahali 7-Eleven store before running off with cigarettes and cash. The robbery took place at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 6, at the store on Summit Drive. Two females walked into the store and demanded cigarettes and money. The two store employees were starting to comply when one of the robbers pepper-sprayed the two female store employees. The staff members received minor injuries from the pepper spray, but recovered.
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CITYpage Council Calendar January 26, 2015 Coordinated Enforcement Task Force - 10 am Corporate Boardroom, City Hall Police Committee -11:15 am Corporate Boardroom, City Hall January 28, 2015 Social Planning Council - 5 pm DES Boardroom, 105 Seymour Street February 3, 2015 Regular Council Meeting - 1:30pm February 16, 2015 Tranquille Beautification/Enhancement and Gateway Task Force - 6 pm Corporate Boardroom, City Hall February 17, 2015 Regular Council Meeting - 1:30 pm Public Hearing - 7 pm February 19, 2015 Food and Urban Agriculture Plan Advisory Committee - 11 am Corporate Boardroom, City Hall February 24, 2015 Regular Council Meeting- 1:30 pm Public Consultation Budget Meetig - 7 pm Interior Savings Center, Parkside Lounge Regular City Council meetings are broadcast on Shaw Cable as follows: Thurs and Sat at 11 am and Sun at 7 pm.
Health & Physical Literacy Summit ~ February 20th & 21st, 2015
This summit is about mobilizing the leadership and capacity in our community to work collaboratively towards the common goal of physical literacy and healthy living in our community. The summit will impact educators and leaders, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and practical resources so they have the confidence to instruct physical literacy skills to children and youth. Dr. Dean Kriellaars, faculty member of the Department of Physical Therapy from the University of Manitoba and scientist with the Manitoba Institute of Child Health, will provide the Keynote Address. He works on training optimization for injury prevention and performance enhancement for the National Circus School and Cirque du Soleil. His work on physical literacy has been recognized internationally. For more information and registration: www.kamloops.ca/recreation Nicole Beauregard Active Living and Sport Development Coordinator 250-828-3653 or email@example.com
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Notes Snow Removal Reminder The City reminds residents and businesses to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks that border your property.
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Properties other than Single Family Dwellings Every person/occupier of real property is required to remove snow, ice or rubbish on any sidewalk adjoining the land or premises no later than 10 am each day (except Sunday).
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BOOM AND BUST: THE VARYING IMPACT OF OIL’S FALL AND THE DOLLAR’S DIVE
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he plunging loonie and tanking oil prices are pushing and pulling the city’s economy, with resource workers losing jobs balanced by cheaper gas and the prospect of a boost in tourism from the United States. The Bank of Canada’s quarter-point reduction to its key rate this week also promises to make life cheaper for those with floating-rate mortgages.
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Absorbent Products Ltd.’s Peter Aylen said firms like his that export to the United States are benefiting from the devalued Canadian dollar that continues to edge closer to 80 cents U.S. “Manufacturing is not all that large in this area,” he cautioned. The former Kamloops Chamber of Commerce president believes there will be more job loss to come from the oil shock in Alberta, with the price of crude oil dropping by half to less than $50 a barrel. “What we’re seeing in the oil patch is just the tip,” he said. Horizon North Logistics announced this week it will lay off 48 workers in Kamloops, among 130 company-wide. Kamloops Airport saw a two per cent decrease in travellers last month, something managing director Fred Legace attributes to fewer fly-in, fly-out workers commuting to Northern Alberta. The charter company that flies workers on a multi-stop commuter run from B.C. communities, including Kamloops, to Imperial Oil’s Kearl Lake oilsands recently switched from a Boeing 737 to a smaller Dash-8 aircraft to reflect fewer workers heading north. Unrelated to the
energy drop, the withdrawal of Target from Canada means of the loss of more than 100 retail jobs in Kamloops that analysts say provide a second income for many or half a family income for couples who both work in retail. Aylen said many workers are still on oil projects approved last fall. When those contracts run out, so will the work. “All resources are uncertain right now,” he said. “It’s hard to raise money for exploration projects. “Mining companies are not putting money out. Oil and mining companies are declining.” The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers forecasted capital spending by the industry will decrease by $23 billion this year, to $46 billion. “These are challenging times and Canadians across the country will see or feel the impacts,” association president Tim McMillan said in a statement.
While grassroots mineral exploration is in decline, current producers New Gold Inc. and Highland Valley Copper continue to employ about 1,500 workers between them. There are also a growing number of contractors and suppliers for that industry based in Kamloops. At KGHM Ajax, the current staff is about 50. Clyde Gillespie, manager of project development, said consultants working on the project’s application number in the hundreds. Copper prices traded in the $2.60 range this week, just slightly above the $2.50 the project feasibility is built on. But, gold is remains
above the $1,085 an ounce level used in the study and the devalued Canadian dollar also helps project economics. However, all these factors remain distant as the corporation readies its application, with production years in the future if it is approved. “We take a long-term view of copper prices and have projections in the future,” Gillespie said. “We’re not looking at today’s price, but what it will be in future.” Current conditions have little impact on its planning process, he said.
TOURISM INDUSTRY LOOKS AHEAD
The declining loonie, which plunged in response to the Bank of Canada’s interest-rate cut, juiced a campaign by Sun Peaks Resort to lure Washington state skiers to the Interior mountain. “We’re taking advantage of the dollar and the exchange rate and using that as part of the messaging,” Tourism Sun Peaks president Christopher Nicolson said. But, that impact will not be felt immediately beyond Washington state. “The dollar’s had a significant impact in the past,” he said. “Normally, there’s a bit of lag time.” The summer tourism market is also expected to benefit as the decline in the loonie becomes widely known in the western United States, which contributes to the rubber-tire market in B.C. for hotels and restaurants.
PAIN FOR PRODUCE, BUT NOT AT PUMP
For every up, there is a down: Produce from California will become more expensive with a weaker loonie. Sondra Van Kuyk, owner of Gourmet Greens Produce Market in Aberdeen, said her shop has already been
forced to pass on higher costs for broccoli and lettuce, for example. She attributes some of that to weather-related problems. The weaker Canadian dollar will make it more expensive to import that produce, which dominates B.C. grocery stores, while transportation costs have fallen along with oil.
LUMBER NO LONGER A BACKBONE
B.C. sawmills are running flat out to supply the resurgent U.S. housing market. Analyst Kevin Mason with ERA Forest Products Research said lumber, pulp “and any export-oriented company that isn’t oil and gas is looking pretty good.” There are concerns about devalued currencies from competitors making those products more competitive for pulp in particular. Domtar recently announced it is refurbishing part of its Kamloops pulp mill. But, the days of forestry driving the city’s economy are over. Kamloops retains one mill, Tolko Industries at Heffley Creek, with Aspen Planers in Savona on the periphery. The past 15 years have seen mills close in Kamloops, Vavenby, Louis Creek and Merritt. Even with current prices, the impact of mountain pine beetle has resulted in a small decline in Interior production, Mason added.
LNG STILL PROMISING HOPE
Rod Graham, CEO of Horizon North, said his firm has already acquired land in Kitimat and Prince Rupert to prepare for liquefied natural-gas project construction. Project approval would result in 300 to 400 jobs to build camps and other infrastructure. “We’d probably disproportionately place that in Kamloops,” he said. Graham also said he sees oil starting to recover in the latter half of this year. “I’ve been through four energy downturns and five upcycles,” he said. “I know it comes back. Each time is a little different.”
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A retired RCMP sergeant who was one of the first investigators to visit the site of a violent Lytton murder in 2008 has described the grisly scene to jurors tasked with deciding the fate of Cory Bird. Bird, now 27, is charged with second-degree murder in connection to the death of Albert Michell. The jury has been told Michell was stabbed 73 times. Bird’s trial started on Monday, Jan. 19, with retired RCMP Sgt. Steve Gehl taking the stand as the first Crown witness. Gehl said he was tasked with taking photos of Michell’s body and a number of items inside his home after the body was discovered on Aug. 17, 2008. The Crown alleges Michell was killed on either Aug. 13 or Aug. 14. Gehl said hot and dry conditions in Lytton at the time led to an accelerated decomposition process in Michell’s case. “The fingers start to mummify,” he said. “They go very hard and very dark. “The body was bloated and it was in an advanced state of decomposition.” Gehl said Michell’s near-naked body had a bloodstained towel covering the genital region. He detailed for jurors extensive bloodstains
throughout the living and dining areas of Michell’s home, showing them 250 photos of the crime scene. The jury has been told Bird met Michell while hitchhiking and the two became fast friends, with Bird eventually staying at Michell’s home for a number of days. According to Crown prosecutor Frank Caputo, Bird, Michell and another friend purchased alcohol on Aug. 13, 2008, before returning to Michell’s home to watch a movie. The third friend left part-way through the movie, Caputo said, leaving Bird and Michell alone. The Crown believes Michell was killed sometime between 11 p.m. and 9 a.m. the following day. Caputo said Bird hitchhiked across the country after the murder, eventually being taken into custody following a brief standoff with police in Montreal, during which Bird admitted to officers he had killed a man in B.C., the jury was told. Caputo said Bird initially told police he was acting in self-defence, but later admitted that wasn’t true. This is Bird’s second murder trial. The outcome of a previous trial was appealed and he was ordered to stand trial again. The trial is expected to wrap up in midMarch.
Student debt must be paid CAM FORTEMS STAFF REPORTER firstname.lastname@example.org
A former University College of the Cariboo student who declared bankruptcy cannot escape his student debt, a B.C. Supreme Court justice ruled. The decision by Justice Geoffrey Gaul overturns an earlier ruling by a B.C. Supreme Court master, who determined Douglas Mallory’s first round of student loans were discharged with his 2008 bankruptcy. The province appealed that decision. In the earlier decision that was overturned, the master determined Mallory ceased being a full-time student at University College of the Cariboo, the former name of Thompson Rivers University, in 2001, when he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree. That time span between 2001 and 2008 fulfils the requirement under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act that students must have been out of school for at least seven years in order to discharge student loan debt. But, Mallory graduated a second time, this time from University of Victoria, with a teaching degree. A month after graduating from that program, he
declared bankruptcy. Mallory’s Canada and B.C. loans while attending University College of the Cariboo totalled $38,000, while his debts from attending UVic added another $20,000. Mallory did not seek to escape paying the debts accrued in Victoria, only the UCC loans. Gaul ruled the seven-year requirement dates from the end of Mallory’s studies at UVic in 2008, rather than University College of the Cariboo in 2001. “I fail to see why a period of time between studies is of consequence,” Gaul said in his ruling. “The question is not how long a gap has there been or even if the period of studies has been successful. The question is, when did the bankrupt stop being a student?” The answer to that question, Gaul noted, is 2008, when Mallory graduated from UVic with a teaching degree. According to the judgment, Mallory worked at a number of jobs between stints in university, including driving a shuttle van and operating his own business. Following graduation with a teaching degree, he worked as a camp leader and substitute teacher two to three days a week.
He was discharged from bankruptcy in 2009. Jeannine Mitchell, who operates a website called Debt 101 on student finances and debt, said the law around hardship and bankruptcy for students is complex. Her most basic advice is to advise students to expect to pay back everything they borrow. “However, life does not always follow our plans,” Mitchell said in an email message to KTW. “Sometimes people face hardship in later years and really are eligible for bankruptcy that includes the remainder of their student loan debt.” In some cases, students may be relieved of student loan debt under a five-year rule. “Because of the failed attempts I’ve seen, I would caution them to avoid any bankruptcy trustees who lack a track record of successful student loan cases,” Mitchell said. While Mallory must repay the province’s portion of loans from time spent at UCC, he does not have to repay the federal portion of the $38,000 because the federal government did not join the province in appealing the master’s decision.
FRIDAY, January 23, 2015
New homophobia policy to be discussed DALE BASS
Gerald Watson expects his fellow trustees will be in favour of a new policy that could put to rest an ongoing concern raised about how the KamloopsThompson school district deals with homophobia. Watson, who chairs the school district’s policy committee, will introduce the new policy at the board meeting on Monday, Jan. 26. It is expected to be put to a vote on Monday, Feb. 2. In the summer of 2013, the issue about the existing policy came to a head after a South Kamloops secondary student completed a project on homophobic bullying. The student felt the existing policy was inadequate and made
a presentation to trustees, who referred it to Watson’s committee and asked for input from the KamloopsThompson Teachers’ Association (KTTA) and the district’s parentadvisory council. That review led the committee to decide the existing policy was adequate. “But, it had a lot of media play at the time,” Watson said, noting school-district Supt. Karl deBruijn wanted to address the issue. “And he did a review of other districts,” Watson said. “He wanted something more modern and I think this policy fits.” The existing policy, which Watson’s motion would delete, is titled “Race Relations” and does not include reference to homophobia. The proposed policy references the prov-
ince’s Human Rights Code and sets out several requirements for the district to address “racism, homophobia or any other form of discrimination.” It would commit the board to support: • Creating an environment in the school district that promotes non-discrimination consistent with the Human Rights Code; • Hiring employees on the basis of merit consistent with human rights; • Providing students with educational programs that will assist them in participating in and contributing to a diverse society; • Reducing language and cultural barriers; • Communicating effectively with all students, parents, employees and other partner groups in the diverse community.
Notice to Electors of Alternative Approval Process (AAP) Columbia Street Widening This notice is to advise electors in the City of Kamloops of the intention to adopt the “Columbia Street Widening Loan Authorization Bylaw No. 14-1-175”. The purpose of the bylaw is to borrow an amount not to exceed $2,090,000 to finance the cost to widen Columbia Street from 3rd Avenue to 6th Avenue, that will be repaid over a period not to exceed 15 years. It is estimated that the borrowing will result in a tax increase of $3.26 per year for the average residential property. A copy of Bylaw No. 14-1-175 and a summary of the proposal are available from the Legislative Services Division at City Hall during business hours each business day of the week. For project details, please contact Darren Crundwell, Capital Projects Manager, at 250-8283535 or email@example.com. The City of Kamloops Council proposes to borrow the money to widen Columbia Street unless, by 4:30 pm on March 2, 2015, at least 10% of the electors in the whole of the City of Kamloops sign an elector response form opposing the implementation of the proposal unless the City of Kamloops holds a vote. The number of elector responses required to prevent the City of Kamloops from proceeding unless a vote is held is estimated to be 6,841. A report respecting the basis on which this determination was made is available upon request from the Legislative Services Division, City Hall. Alternative Approval Elector Response Forms Elector responses are required to be submitted to the City of Kamloops on forms that can be obtained during regular business hours from the Legislative Services Division at City Hall; the form may also be downloaded from the main page of the City of Kamloops website at www.kamloops.ca. The only elector response forms that will be accepted by the City of Kamloops are the ones provided by the City of Kamloops, or an accurate copy of the form. Only electors of the City of Kamloops are eligible to sign the elector response forms. There are two types of electors - resident electors and non-resident property electors. Resident elector - a person who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or older, has resided in BC for the previous six months and has resided in the City of Kamloops for the previous 30 days, and is not disqualified by the Local Government Act, any other Act, of the Courts from voting in a general local election (prior to signing an elector response form during an AAP). Non-resident property elector - a person who is a Canadian citizen, is 18 years of age or older, has resided in BC for the previous six months and has owned property in the City of Kamloops for the previous 30 days, and is not disqualified by the Local Government Act, any other Act, of the Courts from voting in a general local election (prior to signing an elector response form during an AAP). Note: Only one non-resident property elector may sign an elector response form per property, regardless of how many people own the property; and, the owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to sign the response form on their behalf. Property owned in whole or in part with a corporation does not qualify under the non-resident property elector provisions. Resident electors signing the elector response form must provide their full name and address. Non-resident property electors must provide their full name, residential address, and the address of the property in relation to which they are entitled to register as a non-resident property elector. The City of Kamloops will not share the information on the form with anyone other than the Corporate Officer, or other person designated by the Corporate Officer.
West to speak at TRU American author, activist and academic Cornel West will be at Thompson Rivers University next week for a lecture open to the public. West, an outspoken critic of what he calls institutional racism against African-Americans, has been on the lecture circuit in recent weeks, talking about a range of issues, including much-publicized police shootings of black men and Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground Law. He was arrested last year while in Ferguson, Mo., while protesting the police shooting of Michael Brown. West, a frequent commentator on CNN and Fox News, also made headlines when he called U.S. President Barack Obama a “brown-faced Bill Clinton,” describing Obama’s presidency as “a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency, a national-security presidency.” His Jan. 29 appearance is part of the TRU Students’ Union’s Common Voice lecture series. West will speak at 5 p.m., in the Grand Hall at the Campus Activity Centre. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Tickets are available at the TRUSU members’ services desk.
For more information on elector qualifications, please contact the City of Kamloops or see the Voter’s Guide to Local Government Elections in BC, available from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development or online at: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/gov structure/elections/voters guide.htm. If this form is submitted to the City of Kamloops by facsimile, please ensure that the transmission was completed. Submissions and Further Information Signed Alternative Approval Elector Response Forms must be delivered, faxed, or emailed no later than 4:30 pm on March 2, 2015 (postmarks not accepted), to: Legislative Services Division City Hall 7 Victoria Street West Kamloops BC V2C 1A2 Telephone: 250-828-3483; fax: 250-828-3578; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PARENTS — KEEP COOL AT THE RINK
t first glance, the idea to ban parents from the hockey rink may sound ridiculous. It happened this week when a Vancouver Island minor hockey association announced it was considering banning people in the stands for a weekend to send a message to incorrigible parents squawking at refs and players on the ice. On second glance, it may just be a good idea. There are many stories of parents duking it out because of what may or may not have happened on the ice and the reaction in the stands. This is why parents of players in the Kamloops Minor Hockey Association must pay to take an online respect-in-hockey course. The problems is not limited to minor hockey. In November, a restraining order was placed on a woman who was harassing the Kootenay Ice of the WHL, the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL and others about her sons’ hockey careers. Earlier this month, a Burnaby hockey dad was given a conditional discharge and 12 months’ probation for threatening a nine-year-old minor hockey player. One blogger posted a video this week (date of its origin unknown) that was shot from the stands of a minor-hockey game. A parent, from Florida, suddenly stands up in a rage over a ref’s decision and smashes his hand against the glass, shattering it. So, maybe having a no-spectator weekend might put things into perspective for parents who dish out thousands of dollars in gear, travel and fees for their kids to play hockey. Hockey is there for kids to participate in organized sport, make friends and have fun. What fun is it when you have to embarrassingly hang your head low on the ice or in the dressing room when your parents are the ones screaming from the stands? For the sake of the kids, volunteers and referees, keep it classy.
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Of terrorism and crimes
ow would you define terrorism? More to the point, would your definition of terrorism be in any way different from the definition of the terrorism offence already enshrined in the Criminal Code of Canada? In the view of Bill Sundhu, Kamloops lawyer, former judge and federal NDP candidate, a crime is a crime is a crime and criminal acts — yes, even terrorism acts — are addressed in the criminal code. “All violence is a crime,” Sundhu told a small gathering this week at the Smorgasbord Deli as he spoke on what terrorism means post-Sept. 11, 2001. “A crime is a crime. A murder is a murder.” By introducing bills to create new laws aimed specifically at terrorist acts, as the Conservative government is now doing, is a way for such governments to pander to a public fear that may not be warranted. Sundhu has helped Tunisia judges learn how to incorporate human rights while applying the law and is on the list of counsel for the International Criminal Court in The Hague. He said the terrorism model disregards the criminal model and can remove the individual from the crime. The positing of good vs. evil can erode human rights, he said, citing Ronald Reagan’s reference to the “Evil Empire” of the Soviet Union and George W. Bush’s constant reminder that the “Axis of Evil” was a danger to the West. “We go down this pathway
MUSINGS and it can be exploited by leaders,” said Sundhu, who will comment on the Conservatives’ proposed legislation via the Canadian Bar Association. “People lose their freedoms not by a big event but by a thousand little acts,” he said. “History repeatedly shows us that the state response is almost invariably worse than the threat.” As Sundhu noted, the postSecond World War Nuremberg Trials, the aftermath of the Rwanda slaughter and the response to genocide in the former Yugoslavia were all carried out with criminal prosecutions. Sundhu’s Us vs. Them analogy is instructive as it becomes more and more difficult to not view the global mess without that lens. I am cynical enough to know the West does not always wear the white hat, that not all Muslim countries are itching to eliminate the infidels among me. Yet, it is extremely difficult to shake that Us vs. Them script rotating in my mind every time I see video of ISIS militants urging others to attack Canada or every
time I read of another innocent beheaded. Yes, I realize the military might of the West has killed innocents that belong to Them, but it remains difficult to not separate the two acts into Good vs. Evil. That is not to say Sundhu is absolutely right or absolutely wrong. It is to say perspective has plenty to do with one’s reaction to barbaric acts. After all, one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist. Sundhu’s discussion was illuminating, but some of what he said must be understood in the political context of how it was said. Sundhu is the NDP candidate for Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo in this year’s federal election, so criticism of the governing Conservatives is to be expected — and he was speaking to the choir, as it were. But, his comments on proposed terrorism legislation are valid and definitely food for thought. Canada has had two specific pieces of anti-terrorism laws since the 2001 attacks, he noted, and only one has been used — and only once — so why the need for more legislation? As the election campaign nears, Sundhu’s opponents, Conservative Cathy McLeod and Liberal Steve Powrie, will certainly add their voice to this particular debate. And, it is an important debate as how our nation chooses to approach the mess in the Middle East will affect generations of Canadians. email@example.com
FRIDAY, January 23, 2015
YOUR OPINION LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
THANKS A BUNCH, KAMLOOPS!
FROM BYLAW BATTLES TO DOGGIE HEAVEN Editor: We just wanted to let Kamloops people know that our notorious bylaw canine, our 12-yearold golden retriever, Abbey, has gone to doggie heaven. Abbey was an incredible dog who loved everyone and who was loved by everyone. She is missed. Ed and Jan Odgaard Kamloops
Editor: The 2015 Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament (KIBIHT) has come and gone. Countless hours of planning and preparation yielded another successful tournament consisting of approximately 600 players in the 13-and-14-year-old range. Add to this their 160-or-so coaches, managers and trainers and one can better visualize the impact this prestigious event has on the Kamloops hockey world and the City of Kamloops. This annual spectacle could and would not happen without community involvement. Our volunteers have once again come forward, anxious to participate and do whatever is needed to make things run smoothly. Our sponsors contribute dollars to support the community that supports them and show their employees and customers that they give back. Parents and families of the players give moral and financial support to their kids, who not only enjoy the sport, but strive to be a part of KIBIHT. The often taken-for-granted referees probably have the hardest job, but keep
coming back for more. The City of Kamloops provides support, without which we would certainly struggle. Letâ€™s not forget the fans for coming out to watch our future hockey stars and the media for their interest and coverage. Lastly, kudos to the KIBIHT directors and committee members, who unselfishly find time throughout the year to give of themselves for nothing more than the feeling of satisfaction, to be able to continue the legacy of the Kamloops International Bantam Ice Hockey Tournament, known around the hockey world. As long as Kamloops has bantam hockey, there will be KIBIHT. A huge thank you to all. Ted Kowalsky KIBIHT chairman Editor: I would like to thank the paramedics who were recently called to my house. They saved my sonâ€™s life. They are my heroes and my angels. I canâ€™t thank them enough. I donâ€™t know their names, but they are in my heart forever. Wynn Feser Kamloops
ACTIONS AROUND KENNEWICK MAN DEPLORABLE Editor: Re: Tom Fletcherâ€™s column of Jan. 13 (â€˜Battle for Kennewick Manâ€™): Fletcher gave a good summary and comment about Kennewick Man. The discovery of Kennewick Man caused quite a stir in archeology and anthropology circles over the potential for new information, with articles in news magazines and coverage on television. Then the actions of native peoples suggested
the new information could jeopardize their claim of â€œfirstâ€? peoples, so Kennewick Man was kept in isolation. Now, it seems, scientists are also reluctant to investigate because new information may mean they have to change their accepted theories. Here I thought scientists should be eager to discover new information so their theories would more accurately reflect what really happened.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wants to keep Kennewick Man away from scrutiny, probably to avoid the embarrassment of the truth of their own actions becoming public. Such human nature carries over to politics, where tribal dogma is so cherished that any suggestion of a different way of doing things is rejected. We sure have a great civilization, donâ€™t we? Ray Jones Kamloops
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