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NEWS/A5 Thompson Rivers University researcher Peter Tsigaris has found the cost of spam to academics to be astronomical. DAVE EAGLES/KTW

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Thompson Rivers University researcher is hoping young scholars won’t succumb to spam after co-authoring a paper that puts the cost of unsolicited emails to research-

ers and academics at more than US$1.1 billion per year. Researchers often receive unsolicited emails from publishers of open access journals, seeking a processing fee that is typically between $500 to $1,000, according to Peter Tsigaris. “I’m an economist and I get emails from medical journals or

other journals unrelated to my research or field. It’s very obvious they’re spam,” he told KTW. Tsigaris decided to tally up the time wasted dealing with unsolicited offers and spam and came to the conclusion the time spent amounted to about $150 per researcher per year. See SPAM COST TO TRU, A7


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Kamloops council did not have a letter from Tk’emlups te Secwepemc, authorizing use of the former Stuart Wood elementary building by Children’s Circle Daycare, before making its decision to deny temporary use of the empty heritage building downtown. However, consent from the First Nation would not have changed the minds of the four council members who opposed the plan, with pending Tk’emlups authorization only one piece of the puzzle. “It’s a complex issue that has lots of moving parts,” Mayor Ken Christian told KTW. Tk’emlups Chief Rosanne Casimir said band council consented to a proposal by Children’s Circle to lease a portion of Stuart Wood after legal advice determined granting temporary use of the building as a day care would not undermine the band’s underlying land rights. “They said that it wasn’t omitting our rights and our title by any means,” Casimir said, noting discussions over long-term use of the property are continuing.

Since Stuart Wood elementary closed in 2016, the city, the provincial government and Tk’emlups te Secwépemc have been in discussions regarding the future use of the heritage building and property, with a joint-use cultural centre planned. Ownership of the property that borders Third Avenue and Battle and St. Paul streets reverted to the Crown once the school closed and the site was no longer used for educational purposes. Because the land is Crown-owned, Tk’emlups must be consulted with respect to its future use. During an in-camera meeting on Jan. 21, council rejected the day care request by a vote of 4-3, with councillors Arjun Singh, Denis Walsh and Dale Bass in favour of granting the lease and Christian and councillors Kathy Sinclair, Bill Sarai and Dieter Dudy opposed. Coun. Mike O’Reilly did not vote due to a conflict of interest (his child attends the day care), while Coun. Sadie Hunter was on vacation. Following the day-care request vote, council voted unanimously to deny any further requests to lease Stuart Wood until an agreement with Tk’emlups on the property is reached. See NO AGREEMENT, A6







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Police are lauding the quick thinking of a 14-year-old Kamloops boy who hunkered down near an abandoned shed after becoming lost while skiing out of bounds at Sun Peaks Resort on Sunday. Carson Hadwin was reported missing by his parents after he failed to return on a shuttle to Kamloops after a day at the mountain resort 40 minutes northeast of the city. Police and search and rescue crews set out to find

Carson late Sunday afternoon. On Monday morning, searchers in an airplane spotted footprints heading toward a shed. Kamloops Search and Rescue crews then used snowmobiles to get to the shed, where Carson was found safe, though cold and hungry. “After becoming lost, the boy stayed at the shed to wait for rescuers, which is the best action he could have taken,” RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said. “We are very thankful for this outcome.” Carson was taken by helicopter to the village, where he was seen walking across a parking lot and entering

a first-aid vehicle to be assessed. Kamloops Search and Rescue head Alan Hobler told KTW the location where Carson was found was difficult to access. “I’m not sure how he would have gotten there,” he said. “I’m not exactly sure how he got that far out.” Hobler said the shed, which he said could have been a cabin, was inaccessible. “I believe it was a small shed or a small cabin, but it was actually covered by snow,” Hobler said. “He couldn’t get into it.”

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Thompson Rivers University has placed staff and faculty travel to China on hold due to the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak, but officials are echoing Canadian health officials in noting the risk of contracting the virus locally remains very low. “There are no cases at TRU and we urge everyone to seek information through the BC Centre For Disease Control and the Public Health Agency of Canada,” Darshan Lindsay, the university’s communications director, told KTW. She said TRU, like other universities, is monitoring the situation and following the lead of public health officials when addressing the situation on campus. “So, for us, that means that current precautions are no different than what we would ask of anyone during routine flu season,” Lindsay said. She did note that, in addition to the halt in travel to China, the university has established an advisory group that is meeting regularly. Its work includes monitoring travel activity and providing information to all students — domestic and international, on campus and abroad. “That’s to ensure we are prepared and able to respond if the situation changes and if it would have an impact on our university community,” Lindsay said. “These measures are all out of an abundance of caution, again noting that public health officials have stressed that the risk remains low.” For the most part, Lindsay said, the decision on staff and faculty trips to China includes business travel, such as research or recruitment activities, which often take place overseas. However, it can also include student trips, though Lindsay said she is not aware of any student trips planned to the area. “It would include anything that is organized through the university,” she said. Meanwhile, the university has not made changes to policy preventing students from arriving from China. Lindsay noted the university does not have any new students arriving as new students for the winter semester would have arrived the first week of January. In the last school year (2018-2019), there were about 4,000 international students on campus, according to university statistics, of

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which 33 per cent were from China. Lindsay said the number of students who travelled to China in recent weeks has been less than a half-dozen — and none of whom she is aware travelled to Wuhan City, the city of 11 million where the novel coronavirus originated. “We’re aware of a few students — and it’s a very small number of students — who had recently travelled to China and there are no concerns,” she said. The Kamloops-Thompson school district has posted on its website a statement related to the novel coronavirus outbreak: “The Ministry [of Education] will continue to be in close contact with public health officials and, with that in mind, would ask you to ensure that no assumptions are made about the risk of students or staff based on their ethnicity or travel history. Misinformation regarding coronavirus is starting to circulate on social media. We encourage students, staff and their families to refer to official sources. In B.C., the latest official updates are located on the BC Centre for Disease Control website.” As of Tuesday, the World Health Organization reported 20,630 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, the vast majority of which are in China, which has 20,471 confirmed cases. The remaining 159 confirmed cases are in 23 nations outside of China, including five in Canada (three in Ontario and two in B.C.). There have been 362 deaths associated with the new coronavirus, with all but one occurring in China. The lone death outside of China occurred in the Philippines, a close contact of the first patient in that country

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A timing issue, however, resulted in the Tk’emlups letter of consent arriving after city council’s decision on the lease. City CAO David Trawin confirmed the letter arrived after council’s decision. In November, council had asked staff to get approval from Tk’emlups while negotiating an agreement with Children’s Circle for use of the space. Children’s Circle had requested to lease a portion of Stuart Wood for one year at an annual rate of $24,000, with all snow clearing, leasehold improvements and custodial services the responsibility of the day care. Trawin said councillors did not approve the deal with Children’s Circle for “various reasons.” Two councillors told KTW they took the lack of response from Tk’emlups into consideration when casting votes against the day care proposal. Sinclair said her decision was primarily due to the partnership the city has been fostering with Tk’emlups and discussions to use the building as a joint cultural centre. Christian said he opposed the agreement because he was “waiting for a response from TTES [Tk’emlups].” However, both Sinclair and Christian said the letter would not have changed their votes, with myriad other issues cited, including: licensing of an abandoned building, asbestos, costs to make improvements and fairness with other private day cares forced to pay market rent. Sinclair noted the Out of the Cold program could not access space for a shelter this winter and said many other community groups are also looking for space. Though she said she understands the need for day care space, Sinclair would

The Stuart Wood elementary building has been empty since July 2016.

prefer to create criteria rather than the city being reactive. She said the safety of children was also forefront in her decision, noting School District 73 shuttered Stuart Wood due to safety and accessibility issues. “I still think that it wasn’t the right decision to approve the space,” she said. Trawin said it is too late for council to reconsider its decision, due to procedure bylaw rules that limit reconsideration to within seven days. Sarai said the city has done plenty to help the day care, referencing a land swap the city did to create the future home, in spring of 2021, of Children’s Circle in the Sagebrush neighbourhood. He suggested Interior Health should extend its lease or find the day care a new location, as it is displacing the day care to expand Royal Inland Hospital. Interior Health has twice extended the lease of Children’s Circle to stay in its location at 904 Third Ave., which is slated to become a new hospital parking lot. David Fowler, IH’s director of major capital redevelopment, said due to construction of the parking lot, the lease cannot be

extended again. “To complete the parking lot on time, EllisDon Infrastructure must begin site preparation work this summer,” Fowler said. “The nature of the location, being on a hillside, means there is extensive excavation work and retaining walls needed to prepare the site and complete the parking lot on time, in summer 2022.” Last fall, the city sent an an application to the province, seeking approval to use the building for reasons other than education. Because approval from Tk’emlups is needed, the province forwarded the proposal to the First Nation for comments. In October, Tk’emlups CAO Dessa Gottfriedson told KTW the band assembled an internal working group, which met and has sought legal advice. Stuart Wood was identified by the day-care society as a possible short-term location due to the building’s existing classrooms, kitchen, bathrooms and office space. Wenda Noona, transition manager for the Children’s Circle, said she hopes the day care will ultimately find a home in Stuart Wood, but noted the society has other options. “Stuart Wood is a perfect fit and it is mutually beneficial,” she said, noting everything needed is there, with only a commercial dishwasher required. Noonan said the society has identified another location if it is needed, but noted finding another commercial space will likely be more costly due to stringent licensing rules that mandate, for example, a certain amount of space per child and a certain number of washrooms per child. The day care needs about 3,000 square feet of space and kitchen and laundry facilities. Anybody with information on possible spaces can call the society at 250-314-5033.

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Spam cost to TRU: up to $400K From A1

“If you multiply it by about eight-million researchers — a number which is also expanding — that’s what makes it a big, big number,” Tsigaris said of his estimate of the cost of spam to researchers. At Thompson Rivers University alone, Tsigaris estimated such emails cost the university between $200,000 and $400,000 each year in lost productivity. “It’s a measure of opportunity cost, as we say in economics. But there are other costs, if you’re paying the article-processing fee,” he said. Tsigaris said his research was prompted by his own curiosity, but also by the work of TRU colleague Derek Pyne, who found himself at the centre of controversy after he published a

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paper, The Rewards of Predatory Publications at a Small Business School, which drew attention to the use of predatory journals. In exchange for a processing fee, a so-called predatory journal will accept and publish work without review. This is in opposition to the more traditional model of scholarly publishing, which involves peer review by other scholars. “The paper itself could be a good paper — a really good paper — but nobody knows because it wasn’t peer reviewed,” Tsigaris said. The TRU School of Business and Economics professor said he suspects spam is becoming more of a problem for researchers because of how much more research is being done. He said research is “exploding” out of China and India, noting scholars need somewhere to

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publish their work. And, because the traditional print-based peer-reviewed model of publishing has physical space limitations, researchers have begun looking elsewhere — and vice versa. “This open-access movement came up and they said, ‘Look, we can create a journal on the World Wide Web and there’s no space limitations. We can publish as much as we want,’” he said. That open-access movement has led to more research being published, but Tsigaris said it also often means doing without peer review and dealing with the problematic pay-to-be-published model. He doesn’t think experienced researchers will fall for the spam offers, but Tsigaris said he does hope his work on the study will serve as a warning to those still early in their publishing careers.

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t is unclear whether China’s coronavirus will turn into a global pandemic, but the potential for its rapid spread shows what a knife-edge humanity is on. Along with this latest strain of coronavirus, SARS, Ebola, Zika and other viruses have given us a scare in recent years with their potential for rapid spread. Unchecked, any of these viruses could be devastating. If you’re doubting that, there’s probably no better example than the Spanish flu pandemic in the early years of the 20th century. It raged around the world from 1918 to 1920 and, while there are no firm numbers for the epidemic, estimates are that 500 million people were infected and up to 50 million, possibly more, died. One of the major reasons we’re no longer as afraid of influenza is that we have effective vaccines for most strains. A yearly shot for each of us and the chances of the flu being able to spread are greatly reduced — to the benefit of everyone. There isn’t always going to be a vaccine available, though. And there is no guarantee that a new, virulent, strain of influenza might develop where a vaccine is less effective. New viruses and new strains of old ones will continue to pop up. Hopefully, researchers will continue developing effective vaccines. It’s amazing how many of mankind’s ills, once feared, have been controlled or reduced to a minor nuisance by vaccines. That fact makes the anti-vaxxer movement all the more perplexing. The widespread fear of vaccines seems to have grown out of a 1997 study by Andrew Wakefield, a British surgeon, which was published in The Lancet medical journal. The study suggested the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was increasing autism in British children. The study has been thoroughly debunked; The Lancet retracted it and Wakefield lost his medical licence. Recent measles outbreaks are solid examples of the work of anti-vaxxers, helping bring back a painful, debilitating and potentially fatal disease. Vaccines work, despite the fake claims against them. — Black Press



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e are rolling out the final phase of the new provincial curriculum and powerful examples of quality teaching and learning were evident across the KamloopsThompson school district in January as Grade 12 students presented their capstone projects. Capstones are an important step for students as they complete their secondary education. The students of 2020 will be the first to graduate under the rules of the new B.C. curriculum. A capstone, also known as a culminating project or experience, allows students to demonstrate their learning using an area of interest — something about which they are passionate. It helps them plan and map out the next steps in their life’s journey. During these projects, students design, assemble and present their learning to teachers and family members to show their personal achievements, both in and out of school, and their reflections on their plans after graduation. One student, Olivia Busenius, a student at NorKam senior secondary, is planning to become a nurse. Olivia told us her capstone helped her to better understand her strengths and weaknesses. It also gave her perspective on the importance of budgeting. For Zoey Martin, also a student at NorKam, the impact of the project was profound, as she mapped her career pathway to becoming a teacher. “Doing this project was a lot



harder than a lot of people would say it was,” she said. “I went from saying, ‘I was going to fail, I’m not going to do it, I’m not going to pass the class, I’m not going to graduate,’ to talking to my teachers, them helping me, talking me through it and encouraging me. I am actually really happy with my project.” According to the Ministry of Education, research shows capstones help students in their motivation and engagement, career aspirations and confidence. This was certainly the case in the Kamloops-Thompson school district. For instance, students showcased their talents and affinities for a career in areas such as forest management, biology, heavy-duty mechanics, food preparation, construction, hotel management and event management. We heard stories of students realizing they have what it takes to succeed, exploring opportuni-

ties they might not otherwise have reached for, building on what they already know and learning things about themselves that surprised them. We also heard from teachers who know that by grades 11 and 12, learning needs to look different for every student. Students must figure out for themselves their career goals, how they learn best and what makes them happy. And our principals, teachers and support staff are supporting our graduates through every challenging decision. We are focused on preparing our students for a world in which communication is instant and information is immediately accessible. The way we interact with each other personally, socially and at work has changed forever. Knowledge is growing at unprecedented rates and how we access and use that information is critical to our future success. This is the world our students are entering. The success of projects like the capstone is one way we can reach our goal to help every student cross the stage with dignity, purpose and options. Alison Sidow is superintendent of the Kamloops-Thompson school district. She can be contacted by email at asidow@sd73.bc.ca. To comment on this column, email editor@kamloopsthisweek. com. School district columns appear monthly in the print edition of KTW and online at kamloopsthisweek.com.

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HYPOCRISY IS ALIVE IN OTTAWA CROSSWALK IS NEEDED AT TOP OF BATCHELOR HEIGHTS Editor: I am writing with concern for the safety of pedestrians who cross regularly at the top of Batchelor Heights, at the intersection of Batchelor Hill Drive and Grasslands Boulevard. I work with a person who has a brain injury and it is definitely a safety issue as many cars do not stop or are travelling at high speeds up the hill. We have had some close calls with speeders coming from the protected grasslands area and with those driving up the hill. There are many residents — including children and the elderly — who cross the street every day and I have talked to others who share my concern. I had a conversation with a resident whose son has to cross that road daily, and that resident noted vehicles do not stop. The resident also has a day care and has to rush across the road as vehicles do not slow down. When walking with my client, it is difficult to quickly move to the other side of the road as he has mobility issues and uses a walker. Amongst the Batchelor Heights Neighbourhood Association, there is public concerns and a desire for a crosswalk. We have many families and elderly who use this area and I wish to prevent an accident before one occurs. Sherry Fisher Kamloops

Editor: I must admit to being appalled when our federal government used $4.5 billion of our money to purchase the Trans Mountain pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August 2018. Who wouldn’t be taken aback at such overt hypocrisy after the same Liberal government promised drastic emission reductions at the Paris Conference of the Parties climate-change conference in 2015? Did the government not promise to cease subsidies to the oil industry? Did the government not state its priority for reconciliation with Indigenous peoples? Did the government not declare a climate emergency? How could one rationalize the pipeline purchase with those policy statements? In some ways, the contradiction reminded me of how “unsinkable” the

Titanic was just before running into the iceberg. In that case, it was the power of nature over man’s hubris, but we are nearing a similar situation by the end of this month. The federal Liberal government must make a decision that could make or break Canada’s promises in Paris that we mean what we say about reversing the abominable lack of climate-reduction policies of the Harper Conservative government. The Liberal cabinet must decide by the end of February whether to use the old and toxic environmental-assessment process utilized by Harper in deciding whether to allow Tech Resources to build the largest-ever open-pit tarsands mine (twice the area of Vancouver) in northern Alberta. If permitted, the $20-billion giant project just upstream from Wood Buffalo National Park (created in 1922 and

already listed by UNESCO as being “in danger”) will not only destroy critical habitat for many at risk species, including bison, caribou and whooping cranes, but huge swaths of rapidly diminishing arboreal forest, as well. Several provinces, led by Alberta and Saskatchewan are putting increasing pressure on the Liberal cabinet to allow the mine to be built, regardless of the enormous destruction of an area critical to the survival of the Mikisew and Athabaska first nations. In order to avoid another incident like the Titanic pitting the environment against man’s short-sightedness, anybody who is serious about leaving a liveable world for their descendants should contact their MP and insist on the rejection of the Tech Frontier mine. Ian Mackenzie Kamloops

DAY CARE WILL BE GREAT ADDITION TO AREA Editor: Re: Trish Keegan’s letter of Jan. 31, in which she stated her opposition to the Children’s Circle Daycare moving into the Sagebrush neighbourhood (‘Day care location an issue’): When I drop my daughter off at the nearby Kamloops School of the Arts, I have no issues with traffic and don’t expect much to change after the day care is built. Some of the families who have children at the day care

live in the area already and will walk their children there. Some families have more than one child at the day care. It closes at 5:30 p.m. sharp (not 6 p.m. or later) and kids get picked up between 3 p.m. and 5:20 p.m., unlike the schools, where all the children have to be dropped off or picked up at the same time. My son attends Children’s Circle at its current site and I am excited for the new location to rise near the Kamloops

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WE ALREADY SAID NO TO ARTS CENTRE Editor: It is interesting to note that KTW editor Christopher Foulds has publicly stated he is in favour of the proposed Kamloops Centre for the Arts Centre. I thought it was very unprofessional and misleading of Foulds to basically say, in his column of Jan. 10 (‘Advocating for the arts centre’) that those opposed to the project would rather the money go toward filling potholes in the city. Nobody on the “no” side is suggesting anything as remotely unintelligent as that. The city spent millions of dollars turning the former Kamloops Daily News property into a parking lot that people in support of the arts centre want to rip up. This is financial incompetence in the business world. But, as usual, the City of Kamloops and the minority special interest group that wants the arts centre have no concern about wasting taxpayers’ money. Hence we are paying yet again for another ref-

erendum we already had. In case readers don’t remember, despite an expensive pro-arts centre campaign leading to the 2015 vote, including a vigorous endorsement by the City of Kamloops, the referendum question was solidly rejected by a 54 per cent to 46 per cent margin. We already voted against the performing-arts centre. At that time, the referendum question was: “Do you agree with the city borrowing up to $49 million?” The new question is: “Do you agree with the city borrowing up to $45 million?” This is essentially the exact same question. Cleary “no” does not mean “no” to these people. The pro-arts centre crowd will not stop until it gets its expensive new toy. If the arts comunity wants an arts centre so badly, why doesn’t the arts community raise all the money needed and build the facility in a place where we did not just spend millions of dollars turning

a property into a brand new parking lot. I would also like to point out that a lot of money was just spent making sure the 700-seat Sagebrush Theatre will be around for a long time. It is an excellent venue. Recently, a group of us attended the Colin James concert in the 2,000-seat mini-bowl at the multi-million-dollar Sandman Centre. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house. The washroom facilities, concession stands and elbow room were plentiful and the sound was excellent. Let’s use the money we have coming off the books to pay down the city debt. Otherwise, let’s build more outdoor swimming pools that are accessible to the average family. There is a long list of things Kamloops needs that has nothing to do with arts centres or potholes. Kevin Carney Kamloops

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action taken by them. However, the solutions we agreed to are, at best, temporary and more needs to be done. To that end, the city needs to be involved as this is not a one-man undertaking. There is a lot of information on the internet, including at https://www.epa.gov/ verified-diesel-tech/learnabout-idling-reductionlocomotives and https://

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ecreation rules in B.C., which means search and rescue volunteers need to have a wide variety of skills and rescue techniques in their toolbox. Every week you can find Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteers working on these skills, training in a variety of rescue techniques, so that when the call for help comes in they are ready. One of our largest specialty teams is our swift water rescue team. A Kamloops Search and Rescue volunteer recently undertook intense training to become an instructor and is now training all interested KSAR members to be swift water rescue technicians. This is required for anyone who will be working near moving water, and with the number of waterways in our region this is an important skillset for our group to have. Similarly, a number of our members have certified as flat ice rescue technicians, with the most recent class just completing their training this past weekend. When all those waterways freeze over and someone falls through the ice, these members are the ones who will be on the ice to rescue them. Rope rescue capabilities are another key skillset on our team. Once terrain hits a certain angle, or ropes are needed to safely move the subject or rescuers, the rope rescue team takes over. These team members get together to practice at least every other week and undergo strict training and testing standards to become certified as rope rescue technicians. Winter operations are also important in our region. A number of members are certified snowmobile operators and we have more than a dozen members with avalanche skills training and several with advanced avalanche skills training. This allows our members to travel through, or work in, avalanche terrain. Terrain analysis, safe travel techniques and avalanche rescue skills are among the skills these members train in so that KSAR can respond to mountain calls in the winter. Training for all of these techniques requires classroom time and the gear needs a place to be stored, cleaned and dried. The generosity of the Cooper Family Foundation will give the Kamloops Search and Rescue team a dedicated place for all of this, as well as a place to meet, train, socialize and grow in a way the team has never been able to. This new search and rescue facility will provide a sense of belonging and pride for the volunteers.

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The Overlanders statue outside Kamloops City Hall received an Indigenous touch on the weekend, with someone adding what appears to be a headdress to the sculpture. The statue was created in honour of the Overlanders, the non-Indigenous group that arrived in Kamloops in October 1862 following a months-long journey that began in Fort Garry (Winnipeg). The statue, created in 2003 by artists Garry Davis and Terry Norlander, depicts Catherine and Augustus Schubert and one of their children. The day after their arrival in Kamloops, Catherine gave birth to her fourth child, Rose, who was the first white child born in the B.C. Interior. Schubert Drive is named after the family.

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Sounds of sobbing could be heard in a Kamloops courtroom on Friday, Jan. 31, as a B.C. Supreme Court judge sentenced a city man to nearly three years in prison for sexually assaulting a mother and her nine-year-old daughter last year. In sentencing 32-year-old Wesley West, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Len Marchand outlined the man’s unrelentingly tragic upbringing and laid out a potential path to a different future. West pleaded guilty to one count each of sexual assault and sexually touching a person under 16. Court heard West was at a party at a North Shore apartment on March 27, 2019, when he entered a bedroom and molested a sleeping nine-year-old girl. He then pulled the pants off the girl’s mother and sexually assaulted her. The convictions were not West’s first for sexual assault. He was released from prison, where he had been serving another sexual assault sentence, less than a month before the incident last year. West’s upbringing was described in court as “chaotic.” His mother, who previously attended a residential school, killed herself when he was five and he was raised largely by family, splitting time between Vernon and Prince George. West has cognitive disabilities and was sexually abused as a young person. He is also addicted to alcohol. Court heard he was picked on in school and is bullied by fellow prisoners behind bars, though correc-

tions officials describe him as “polite and respectful.” West cried throughout the sentencing, as did his relatives, two of whom were in court to support him. On at least three occasions, Marchand paused in apparent efforts to maintain his own composure. “Sadly, Mr. West had a childhood no person should experience and he needs help overcoming the difficulties he’s experienced as a result,” Marchand said. Marchand sentenced West to an effective jail sentence of more than 33 months, meaning he has 18 months remaining once being credited for time already served. In his sentence, Marchand recommended West be housed at Ford Mountain Correctional Centre in Chilliwack, which offers intensive sex offender treatment. West will be bound by strict probation terms for 18 months following his release from custody, including orders barring him from drinking and requiring he attend residential addictions treatment and then live in a structured environment. The probation terms are based on recommendations made by a doctor following a pre-sentence psychological assessment. “No one in the courtroom knows better than you how devastating sexual abuse can be on victims, and no one knows better than you how a life can be ruined by addictions. You’re clearly at a crossroads,” Marchand said. “Your family and your community need you to be at your best. I believe you can do it. Best of luck.”

Standoff ends peacefully after threat of shooting An RCMP emergency response team was called into action on Saturday after a man allegedly threatened a shooting on the Skeetchestn Indian Band reserve. RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said Mounties received a report about a 46-year-old man who was threatening to use a gun. “Because the man was alone in his residence and was known

to have firearms, ERT [emergency response team] was deployed to the area,” she said. “When officers arrived on scene, the man refused to come out of his home.” Shelkie said the man came out after speaking with a police negotiator. He was taken to hospital for assessment and Mounties seized a firearm.



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Real estate sales figures for the first month of 2020 have come in looking a lot like they did last year, but inventory in the region continues to decline and prices keep rising, according to the latest data from the Kamloops and District Real Estate Association. Single-family home prices were up 6.2 per cent last month over the same period last year, now with an average cost of $480,824. The median price has also increased to $513,000, up from $455,000 in January 2019. In all, 152 homes were sold in January, a slight decrease from the 156 sales recorded in January 2019. That figure includes 82 singlefamily homes and 58 multi-family homes, accounting for about $62 million in sales. Most sales were in the $300,000 to $400,000 range (41) and $500,000 to $600,000 range (29). While sales were stable, the number of new listings has fallen

20 per cent from the same period last year, further contributing to the region’s already low housing inventory. In January 2019, there were 345 new listings. Last month, there were 275 new listings. The decline in housing stock is a continuing trend. Current inventory available in Kamloops is about 35 per cent below the 10-year average and half the level of inventory from five years ago, according to the real estate association. That low supply, coupled with strong demand, has continued driving up prices in the region. Brocklehurst and Sahali led in sales, with 14 properties moved in each area. South Kamloops (Sagebrush) saw 13 properties trade hands. The real estate association said there is currently a backlog of buyers at most brokerages, with people waiting for new listings to hit the market, meaning homes that are “priced appropriately in desired areas” are bringing in multiple offers and quick sales.

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LOCAL NEWS This artist’s rendering shows what the proposed Kamloops Centre for the Arts may look like if it is built downtown at the corner of Seymour Street and Fourth Avenue. A referendum will be held on April 4, in which residents will be asked if they approve the city borrowing up to $45 million to build the centre, which has an estimated cost of $70 million. The remaining funds will be realized by fundraising efforts on the part of arts groups and through applications for grants from senior levels of government.

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In the Kamloops Centre for the Arts Society’s latest update to city council, it noted it had signed up nearly 5,000 members and continues to engage with the community. Society president Norm Daley told council the group has and continues to meet with community associations around the project in advance of the April 4 referendum, when Kamloops voters will be asked to approve the city’s borrowing of up to $45 million to build the centre downtown at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Seymour Street. The society has also spoken with residents at a recent Kamloops Blazers game and plans to participate in next week’s city engagement sessions, which will take place at the McArthur Island Sport and Event Centre in North Kamloops on Feb. 12 (6:30 p.m. start) and at Sandman Centre downtown on Feb. 13 (6 p.m. start). Daley said the overarching feedback he has heard from residents is “build it.” Primary concerns, meanwhile, include parking, the fact some people will not use the centre, the need for a solid business case and results from the previous 2015 referendum, when residents rejected — by a vote of 54 to 46 per cent — a referendum question that asked them to authorize the city to borrow up to $49 million to build a performing-arts centre. Daley said residents understand that children in Kamloops have the best sports facilities. “It’s time for the arts,” he said. “We want to dream.” City council also heard a presentation on the project from city staff, with some notable tidbits including: • Lobbying for the lobby: One area

of the proposed Kamloops Centre for the Arts that has yet to be emphasized is the lobby area, according to the city’s culture manager. Barb Berger told council last week that 9,000 square feet of the 103,000 square-foot-centre is the lobby. “This brings a huge opportunity for really diverse kinds of activities that can be celebrated in that lobby,” Berger said, calling it an amenity. “That’s a big space and it goes well beyond what’s happening inside each one of those theatres.” • Sagebrush Theatre will remain an “important” facility: The city said Sagebrush Theatre will continue to be a “very important part of the cultural facilities” in Kamloops. City community and protective services director Byron McCorkell told council that School District 73 is “chomping for more space” and smaller groups need venue space. The facility, which has for years been the city’s hub for theatre and other performances, is owned by the school district. The theatre closed from February to October last year due to a damaged roof truss. • No plan B: Similar to the 2015 referendum, the city has no plan B should Kamloops residents reject borrowing of funds to build the proposed arts centre. “Right now, we’ve got a proposal that is being considered,” McCorkell said. “It has community support and now we’re looking for the rest of the community to come on board on that conversation, as well. If it is yes, we don’t need a plan B. If it is no, then we’ll talk about that later.” Daley said a public “get out the vote campaign” will commence on March 4, culminating in a Brewloops-style event on March 28 prior to the April 4 general voting day. Advance voting will take place on March 25 and April 1 at Heritage House, in Riverside Park at 100 Lorne St.

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Know the owners of these coins? Drop a dime and let cops know Three separate coin collections have been recovered by Kamloops RCMP since August 2018, but none of the owners have been found. The latest recovery was in December. In two instances, coins were recovered from stolen vehicles and, in the third, from a residence under a search warrant. Police say there is nothing to connect any of the three collections with an owner. “We have tried to find the owners, but so far have

been unsuccessful,” Cpl. Jodi Shelkie said. Shelkie said police have searched their database of stolen items, but without a serial number or name attached, there is nothing to tie the coins to an owner. “We’ve even had an article published on a Canadian coin collector online site with no luck,” she said. Anyone with information about the owners of the coins is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-8283000.

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The annual Aberdeen Winter Carnival was held on Sunday at West Highlands Park, high above Kamloops, where Old Man Winter usually arrives early and stays a bit later. The event featured snowshoe races, storytelling, music, magic, outdoor and indoor games. In the photos, from the top: Snow sculptor Brian Rouble unveils the visible outline of Pikachu; three-year-old Maycie Howen admires the end result of her face-painting experience; Ken Thomas regaled kids and adults alike with some fascinating traditional stories. To see more photos from the carnival, go online to kamloopsthisweek.com and click on the Community tab.



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Monika Kriedemann What piece of art did you buy? A vase crafted by Sheila Dunn

What organization(s) did you volunteer to pay for your art? I had moved to Kamloops only 2 month prior to attending Timeraiser so I ended up trying quite a few organizations. YMCA, Kamloops Ridge Runners, Kamloops Foodbank. I also volunteered for many special events such as Rib Fest, Buskers festival and the VW Turtle River Race.

What do you like best about the organization you volunteered for?

helped me appreciate what I have and I am very grateful being able to give back. I also learned just how generous people in Kamloops are and I am proud to be part of this amazing community.

What do you like best about your artwork? My vase fts perfectly with my dĂŠcor in my new Condo. I did not even live there when I bid on it but it worked out really well. The shape and patterns are interesting and one of a kind. I am very happy with it.

What did you like about the Timeraiser event?

All of my volunteer work has been fun and rewarding. It provided me the opportunity to meet a wide range of people and most of all it helped me find my place in my new Community. Volunteering at the foodbank as part of the Valley First Credit Union Team was something new for me. It really

When I first found out about it I thought, what a great idea. And besides, if Tara Holmes invites you to something you know it will be worthwhile. I was able to connect with incredibly devoted people who have real passion for helping others and I want to be part of that. This event will be an annual for me going forward.


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Federal appeals court dismisses challenge to Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project TIFFANY CRAWFORD


The Federal Court of Appeal has dismissed a challenge to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, clearing the way for the $7.4-billion project to go ahead, moving oil to B.C. from Alberta. Four B.C First Nations filed court challenges last year after the federal government approved the project for the second time. The court concluded there is no basis for interfering with the approval and there were meaningful consultations done with Indigenous groups. In the 3-0 decision posted on Tuesday, the Federal Court of Appeal said the Indigenous groups did not show that Canada failed to meet its duty to consult and accommodate during the reinitiated consultations. “The case law is clear that although Indigenous peoples can assert their uncompromising opposition to a project, they cannot tactically use the consultation process as a means to try and veto

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it,” the court ruled. The court said evidence shows there was “a genuine effort” to listen to and consider the applicant’s key concerns, engage in communication, and consider and sometimes agree to accommodations, which were “consistent with the concepts of reconciliation and the honour of the Crown.” A court hearing in December focused on the government’s consultation with the First Nations between August 2018 and June 2019. The consultation took place after the Court of Appeal struck down the first project approval in August 2018 in part because of insufficient dialogue with Indigenous groups. The Tsleil-Waututh Nation,

Squamish Nation, Coldwater Indian Band near Merritt and a coalition of small First Nations from the Fraser Valley argued the government, which owns the pipeline, came into the consultations having pre-determined the outcome. The federal government responded that consultations were meaningful, saying that instead of simply listening and recording the concerns it heard, it also incorporated them into broader programs to protect the environment. The court found no evidence that the Governor in Council’s decision to approve the expansion was reached because of Canada’s ownership rather than the belief that the project was in the public interest. “While the assessment that was ultimately made may benefit the Crown as owner of the project, nothing suggests that the Governor in Council was not guid-

ed by the public interest throughout,” the decision states. The project is set to triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to carry diluted bitumen and refined products from the Alberta oilsands to a shipping terminal in Burnaby. The project will include 28 kilometres of pipeline through Kamloops. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government purchased the pipeline and related infrastructure for $4.5 billion in 2018 and construction of the expansion is underway. Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected B.C.’s attempt to regulate what can flow through the expanded pipeline from Alberta. Premier John Horgan said he accepts the court ruling even though he is “not enamoured” with the prospect of a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Salish Sea.

Alberta premier praises decision Alberta Premier Jason Kenney hailed Tuesday’s decision by the Federal Court of Appeal dismissing legal challenges to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion approval as a “victory for common sense and the rule of law.” The decision paves the way for construction to continue on the project, though the First Nations have 60 days to appeal to the Supreme Court. “This project has been through years and years of the most detailed and vigorous environmental review and Indigenous consultation,” Kenney told reporters in Montreal on Tuesday. According to the court’s decision, of 129 Indigenous groups invited to participate in the consultation process, more than 120 either supported the project or did not oppose it, Kenney noted. — Postmedia News

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Canadians to be flown out of Wuhan on Thursday CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — A chartered plane slated to airlift Canadians from the centre of a virus outbreak in China was on its way overseas Tuesday, while its prospective passengers were told to get ready to leave. Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said the flight will wait in Vietnam for final permission from Chinese authorities to land in Wuhan, an area quarantined to contain an outbreak of a new coronavirus that has killed more than 400 people there.

Second novel coronavirus case in Lower Mainland VANCOUVER — There has been a new presumptive confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in British Columbia. B.C. health officials said Tuesday

the latest case is a woman in her 50s who lives in the Vancouver area. Dr. Bonnie Henry, the provincial health officer, said the woman had family visiting from Hubei province

The plane will be ready to leave hours after it receives the final go-ahead from China, likely sometime Wednesday, he said. The Canadian Press obtained a copy of a letter sent by the government to Canadians and permanent residents of Canada currently

in Wuhan. The letter said a flight is to depart from the city’s international airport early Thursday. “Due to demand and the restrictions associated with this flight, we cannot guarantee that everyone who is eligible for a seat will be able to board the plane,’’

in China, which is at the centre of the outbreak in that country. The woman is in isolation at home and her family members are still in Canada, she said. — Canadian Press

the letter said. Though the numbers change by the hour, Champagne said as of Tuesday 308 Canadians have asked for help to leave the country but the plane has room for only about 250 passengers. They are being told to arrive

at the airport Wednesday evening. The letter said they will be screened for any signs of the virus and those with symptoms will not be allowed to board the plane. “Chinese authorities will perform health screening and immigration controls before boarding the flight,’’ the Canadian government said, noting passengers must get to the airport themselves and warning of possible delays at checkpoints. Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the government must be realistic about difficulties families will face reaching the airport.


Liberals revive Ambrose’s bill on sexual assault training for judges CANADIAN PRESS




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OTTAWA — The Liberal government has tabled legislation to help ensure judges are trained in sexual assault law — a bill that mirrors one originally championed by former interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose. The new bill, if passed, would require all newly appointed provincial superior court judges to receive the training, including learning about rape myths and stereotypes and how to make sure biases about race, gender and other social factors do not influence their decision-making. Justice Minister David Lametti said the legislation could boost confidence in the justice system for sexual assault survivors and the Canadian public. “This is a necessary bill. This is a bill that will make our

system more just,’’ Lametti told reporters Tuesday in Ottawa. “In this day and age, it is critical that all of us who serve the public are equipped with the right tools and understanding to ensure everyone is treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.’’ The proposed legislation would also require the Canadian Judicial Council to report on ongoing efforts to provide similar training to sitting judges and it would change the Criminal Code to ensure judges are putting their reasons on the record when they decide sexual assault cases. These measures add accountability and give those already serving as judges an incentive to take part in sexual assault legal training, Lametti said. The proposed legislation revives a private member’s

bill originally put forward by Ambrose when she was interim Conservative leader. That bill had cross-partisan support, but after being stalled in the Senate, died when Parliament dissolved ahead of the federal election. Ambrose blamed a “group of old boys’’ in the Senate for blocking passage of the bill, a group that included mainly Conservative senators. Now that it has been reintroduced as a government bill, it will have more heft, Ambrose said. “It makes a big difference in how the Senate can treat it and how serious, even, stakeholders will take it,’’ she said in an interview Tuesday. “That the justice minister stood up and said this is necessary sends a huge message ... Every judge in this country is hearing this today.’’


Few hurdles left for controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA — A Federal Court of Appeal ruling Tuesday removes one of the last active court hurdles to completion of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The court decision means construction, which is already underway, can continue, although the First Nations whose case was dismissed have 60 days to appeal to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, last week, the Canada Energy Regulator restarted hearings to determine

detailed routing on contested portions of the Trans Mountain route from Edmonton to Burnaby. Landowners, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders are able to object to the route proposed by Trans Mountain, with hearings granted where material changes were identified since 2018, or where hearings had been granted but not completed prior to the court decision that halted the project in 2018. The 1,147-kilometre pipeline project was re-approved by the

federal government last June. About 68 per cent of the pipeline’s detailed route has been approved. A full hearing schedule is expected to be announced shortly. Pipeline construction is underway in Alberta, as well as at the Edmonton and Burnaby terminals and the Westridge Marine Terminal. The original Trans Mountain pipeline was built in 1953. The expansion follows a similar route and will boost system capacity from about 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 bpd.

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About the latest ‘peace deal’


he peculiar thing about the “peace deal” between Israelis and Palestinians that was announced in Washington last week was obvious at a single glance. There was President Donald Trump and his good buddy, Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, together at the podium, and an audience of U.S. and Israeli officials who clapped at every opportunity. They were talking about a “two-state solution” and one of those states would have to be Palestinian — but there wasn’t a single Palestinian in the room. The after-life of the “two-state” principle has already been much longer than its real life. It was born in the Oslo Accords of 1993, which were based on the belief that, although Israel had conquered all of historic Palestine by 1967, it could not go on ruling over millions of Arabs forever. Peace and prosperity could only come, therefore, if the Palestinians had their own state, too. So the Oslo principle was that there should be two equal and democratic states living side by side, one Israeli and one Palestinian — the “twostate solution.” But that solution didn’t even survive the 20th century. Yitzhak Rabin, the Israeli prime minister who signed the Oslo deal, was assassinated by a Jewish right-wing extremist in 1995. His successor, Netanyahu, had strangled the deal in its cradle before his first term as prime minister ended in 1999. The Oslo Accords died because Palestinian nationalists didn’t want to accept a state that included only one-sixth of former Palestine, and Israeli nationalists didn’t see why the Palestinian Arabs should have even that much land. Indeed, since the whole area was controlled by the Israeli military, Jewish settlers were already building towns throughout the occupied zone. Yet even two decades later, almost nobody admits publicly that the


WATCH two-state solution is long dead, because to say that commits you to a discussion of the remaining alternatives — and none of them are good. That’s why even this bizarre sham “deal,” cooked up by Trump and Netanyahu without any Palestinian participation, still talks about two states. At every turn of the wheel, the size of the imaginary state on offer to the Palestinians dwindles. With Israel on the brink of formally annexing all the Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, it’s down to about 10 per cent of former Palestine — and it will never actually happen. Yet the fictional destination of a Palestinian state must still be maintained. Why? A real two-state solution is politically unsaleable in Israel, partly because of the Jewish majority’s security concerns, but mainly because Jewish settlers want too much of the territory upon which such a Palestinian state would be built. But the Palestinians are not going to go away, and there are about five million of them. They have already lived under Israeli military rule for more than 50 years. Can we really defend leaving them under military occupation for another 50? If not, then the remaining alternatives are a two-state solution or a one-state solution in which Israel annexes all the occupied territories. But if Israel annexes them, those five-million Palestinian Arabs will be able to vote in Israeli elections — and Israel ceases to be a Jewish state, although it remains a democratic one.

Or you don’t let them vote, in which case Israel becomes an apartheid state. This is why the zombie two-state solution keeps rising from its grave. Israel doesn’t actually have to get the Palestinians to agree, but it must keep talking about some sort of Palestinian state or resign itself to being simply an ethnic tyranny. Is this a sustainable

long-term policy? It may well be. In any case, the rest of the Arab world has largely lost interest in the plight of the Palestinians. Palestinian consent is not necessary and, when they reject ,it they can be vilified for rejecting ‘peace’. Netanyahu understands this perfectly. Whether Trump understands it doesn’t even matter.


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Dig It: The significance of protohistoric artifacts RAMSAY MCKEE




efore we discuss this fascinating class of artifacts, the term “protohistoric” needs to be unpacked. Archeologists often group artifacts based on two time periods: prehistoric and historic. Prehistoric artifacts are those assumed to pre-date European and Asian settler presence in the region and are usually associated with the remains of Indigenous lifeways. They generally consist of materials like stone, bone and wood, and bark or leather where preservation allows. Historic artifacts are usually those that are associated with settler presence in the region — processed and refined metals, glass and ceramics. In archeological resource management in British Columbia, it is important to distinguish between these two types of artifacts. Archeological sites that pre-date 1846AD are protected under the Heritage Conservation Act. Sites that contain

Bottle glass that has been knapped into a tool, recovered from the Malakwa area. RAMSAY MCKEE PHOTOS

only historic artifacts are quickly interpreted as post-dating 1846AD and are usually not automatically protected by this legislation. One of the false narratives that continues in B.C. today is that when settlers arrived in an area, Indigenous peoples quickly adopted the lifeways of the settler community. Protohistoric artifacts do not conform to this grouping of time periods. They are a type of artifact that are usually made from European or Asian trade goods obtained by Indigenous people and repurposed to fit

Indigenous lifeways. One reason these artifacts are important is because, like stone raw material sourcing, they demonstrate the massive footprint and continuity of Indigenous trade networks. Newcomers engaging in trade or commerce who did not have a presence in the Thompson River Valley encountered people that were already in possession of their imported goods. When people involved in the fur trade pushed westward (e.g. Alexander Mackenzie), they encountered

Indigenous people who were already in possession of a variety of European trade goods. Protohistoric artifacts are unique in that they break down this false division. Some examples of these artifacts include arrow points made from pieces of repurposed metal, bottle glass that has been knapped into tools in the same way as stone tools and imported copper sheeting rolled into beads or made into jewelry. Although these artifacts are usually uncommon to find in archeological sites, they have great interpre-

tive value. They show us that even though Indigenous communities had contact with settlers from the Old World and were adopting some European and Asian trade goods, they chose which lifeways to practice. One of the best examples of this is the excavation of a pithouse, or “kekuli,” near the Fraser Canyon. The excavation of the housepit revealed that people had lived in that house for millennia and continued to do so well after European and Asian settlers moved into the area. Indigenous peoples continued to choose how they wanted to live until land pre-emption, the reserve system and residential schools

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largely took that choice away. The terms prehistoric, protohistoric and historic are problematic in archeology as they create a false narrative that European and Asian settlement is “history,” whereas Indigenous settlement and land use is referred to by a word that means “before history.” The term “protohistoric” is just as problematic as it implies these types of artifacts are a first step in adopting settler lifeways. Given that Indigenous people have settled and lived in the Thompson River Valley for more than 10,000 years, there was already a deep history in the area when the settler community arrived.

Many archeologists in B.C. are exploring different ways of talking about history that do not have this negative meaning. Ramsay McKee is an archeologist and heritage manager of Enderbybased Yucwmenlúcwu (Caretakers of the Land), a cultural and natural resource management company. Dig It is KTW’s regularly published column on the history beneath our feet in the Kamloops region. A group of archeologists working in the area contribute columns to KTW’s print edition and online at kamloopsthisweek. com. Interested in more? Go online to republic ofarchaeology.ca.

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Mental-health help for post-secondary students KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

The provincial government has selected Morneau Shepell to develop a free mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students throughout British Columbia. The company was chosen to create and operate a 24-hourday, seven-day-a-week mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students at all public and private post-secondary institutions in B.C. Morneau Shepell will provide on-demand, immediate counselling and referral support to almost a half-million students in B.C.’s public and private post-secondary institutions. “Mental health is an issue our government takes seriously,” Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Training said Melanie Mark said. ”Post-secondary students have told me there is a gap in mental-heath support services. The stress students feel at university or college can be significant and can lead to serious isolation and potentially deadly outcomes.”

While the service is for post-secondary students, a forum in Kamloops in December heard students call for more mentalhealth supports in secondary schools. Twenty-eight Kamloops high school students attended the fifth annual RCMP Youth Advisory Council event at the Henry Grube Education Centre. There, students expressed concerns, which included feeling there is a lack of proactive communication about supports for mental-health and drug-use issues in schools and ineffective counselling in those areas. One student mentioned preferring to confide in teachers, with others expressing the feeling school counsellors only help get classes in order and are not equipped for mental-health assistance. The new, free mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students will launch this spring. “Many students don’t come forward and ask for the help they need because of the stigma that still surrounds mentalhealth issues,” said Judy Darcy, the province’s minister of mental health and addictions.



“This service will meet young people where they are at and provide them immediate access to someone to talk to, without shame or judgement.” Morneau Shepell administers the largest clinical network in Canada and has worked in the field since 1974. The company, which supports more than 3,800 clients across B.C. and more than 200 post-secondary institutions across North America, signed a three-year, $4.5-million contract with the B.C. government for the service. “Going on to college and university can be an exciting transition that can also bring big changes and intense challenges for students,” said Jonny Morris, CEO of the B.C. office of the Canadian Mental Health Association. “Post-secondary students who need assistance might not always be comfortable reaching out, might not know where to turn, or services might not always be accessible. the new service stands to increase access to confidential student support provincewide, while linking to existing services on campuses and in community.”




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No shelter, but Out of the Cold volunteers are busy While the Out of the Cold agency is not operating a shelter for the homeless this

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Kamloops’ outreach centre downtown. Executive director Lena Cimmarrusti said the board will meet at the end of February to begin planning for next winter. “We need to regroup and determine just what kind of services the community needs from us,” Cimmarrusti said. “We will be consulting with both service providers and

service users to determine what the gaps are in the current programs for the city’s homeless population. “We hope to be able to fill any gaps identified, even if that means we have to find the money to pay for a rented space next winter. “ Out of the Cold’s original shelter was located in North Kamloops before the program moved downtown to St.

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BRIEFS In addition to staff training, a free public skate to celebrate Arena Safety Week is planned for this Friday at Sandman Centre, from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by free Fanboni rides (in which people get a lift on a Zamboni) from noon to 2 p.m. During the public skate, which falls on a school district professional-development day for teachers, residents will be able to take photos with the Zamboni and test their arena safety skills to be entered to win prizes. THESE GIRLS HAVE FITSPIRIT A pilot project involving 240 female students from six secondary schools will begin on Wednesday during an EmpowerHER Forum at the Tournament Capital Centre. The forum, in partnership with FitSpirit, PacificSport Interior, the City of Kamloops and the Kamloops YMCA-YWCA, will introduce the girls to the FitSpirit experience through physical activities and connect them to an activity of personal interest. The forum will also connect them with community organizations to help each girl find her way to succeed in physical activity. Paralympic athlete Jessica Vliegenthart will speak at the event, bringing a message of inspiration about her personal journey with movement. Each student will be invited to join FitSpirit, a free 16-week after-school program, to be held at their schools.

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School District No. 73 and PacificSport Interior have partnered with FitSpirit, a Montreal-based organization, offering activities designed to get girls moving to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. Kamloops is one of two cities selected in Western Canada to pilot FitSpirit. A FitSpirit celebration event will be held at Riverside Park in Kamloops on June 3. Participants will enjoy a day of physical activity and fun with friends. Every girl, regardless of skill or fitness level, will go on a 5K or 10K walk and/or run without worrying about their times. MINI-REPAIR CAFES ON WEDNESDAYS Kamloops Mini Repair Cafe and Housecall Handyman Services are welcoming all who need items fixed or help with a household chore. The mini-repair cafe takes place each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Register online at cognitoforms.com/ MiniRepairCafeKamloops/Register and the location will be revealed. Items that can be repaired include those which can be carried under a person’s arm, such as small appliances and other electrical items and any manuals or instructions that came with it, ceramics, clocks and wooden and metal items. It is also recommended those with an item needing attention bring paper and pen for taking notes, a camera to take pictures, gloves and receptacles of some kind to keep parts sorted. These services are free, though there may be costs associated with supplies or repair parts.

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If you are dynamic, deep seated in a growth mindset, passionate about the story of Kamloops and interested in navigating a new course of St. Andrews and KHS, please visit our website and download the application form. You can mail it to us, drop it in the mail slot at St. Andrews or scan and email it back to us. Please feel free to call Bernice Mitchell at 250-372-0468 or leave a message at St. Andrews on the Square @ 250-377-4232

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CHANCES USES ITS 50/50 DRAW TO HELP HABITAT: Chances Casino Kamloops donated $6,500 from its 50/50 draw to Habitat for Humanity Kamloops. The draw takes place on Friday and Saturdays evenings at the casino at 1250 Halston Ave. in Brocklehurst. “Habitat Kamloops would like to say thank you to Kamloops casinos general manager Robert Case and the entire staff at Chances for their tremendous efforts to help raise funds for attainable housing in our community,” Habitat for Humanity Kamloops executive director Bill Miller said.


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The non-profit Open Door Group has launched a fundraising campaign for the expansion project of its Gardengate Horticulture Program facility. The Gardengate program is funded by Interior Health and is a partner of the Kamloops Food Policy Council. The horticulture program helps those with addictions and/or mental-health issues. The program has been operating since 2000 out of space in Brocklehurst that is largely unusable during winter months due to lack of heat. With thousands of people from the community visiting Gardengate each year, the program is now looking to expand its facility. “People come to Gardengate to learn, collaborate, purchase produce and connect with the community,” Gardengate manager Robert Wright said. “Personal wellness and community wellness go hand in hand. Participants leave Gardengate with improved self-esteem, greater selfsufficiency and vocational skills that prepare them to enter, or re-enter, the workforce.” The space expansion will allow more people to participate in the program. With the new addition of a commercial kitchen, the program gives participants the opportunity to cultivate more skills, such as cooking, carpentry, sales, marketing and machine maintenance. The cost of the facility expansion is $500,000 and more than $150,000 has been raised so far. To find out more about the project and how to support it, go online to igg.me/at/ Gardengate, call 250-554-9453 or email Robert.wright@opendoorgroup.org.


SPECIAL FX DELIVERY TO BC SPCA: Classic FX Hair and Day Spa’s fifth annual SPCA craft sale raised $950 for the Kamloops branch of the BC SPCA. Classic FX clients helped the spa at 556 Tranquille Rd. in North Kamloops almost hit the $1,000 mark. In the photo is Classic FX owner Gina (right) and stylist Amy.

KNIGHTS OF COMPASSION: The Knights of Columbus donated $500 to Interior Community Service’s Youth Street Outreach Program that operates out of the drop-in Outreach Centre at 404 Seymour St. The money will be used to buy food and supplies. In the photo are Gordon Wourms (left) and Peter Pel (right) of the Knights of Columbus, along with Interior Community Services COO Val Janz (second from left) and CEO Kelly Kelland.

A PROUD PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY! THANK YOU KAMLOOPS! We raised $16,257 in the Kamloops market for the BC Children’s Hospital during the round up for kids event.

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The Kamloops Swiss Chalet restaurant will close this week, the latest in a series of Recipe Unlimited-connected eateries to shut their doors in the city. Darcie Smith, manager of Swiss Chalet in the Aberdeen Village shopping centre, at 1395 Hillside Dr., said the restaurant is independently owned by a Kelowna resident who cited commuting time and financial issues as the reason for the closure. The eatery will close this Friday at 8 p.m. and will be open from noon to 8 p.m. this week. “It was quite a surprise, the news that came in,” Smith told KTW, noting there was no indication the decision was coming. “It was, literally, a phone call.” Smith, who has been manager of Swiss Chalet for more than five years and an employee of the restaurant since it opened in 2012, said 27 employees will be affected. Also closing will be the Harvey’s hamburger takeout outlet in the restaurant. As part of the closure, Swiss Chalet is offering a deal for customers — one free appetizer or one free dessert for every table of two people (up to eight people at the table) while quantities last. “Our staff and managers would like to give

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RECIPE UNLIMITED-AFFILIATED RESTAURANTS TO CLOSE IN KAMLOOPS Swiss Chalet (Feb. 7, 2020) Milestones (May 2019 Montana’s (May 2019) The Keg (August 2016) Eastside Mario’s (February 2013) a great big thank you to our regular guests and school PACs for their support over the years,” restaurant management said in a statement announcing the closure.

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“We very much appreciate their patronage.” Swiss Chalet opened in the Aberdeen Village location in November 2012, succeeding Tony Roma’s, which previously operated in the space. Swiss Chalet, while individually owned, is a brand that is part of the Recipe Unlimited chain of restaurants. In May of last year, Recipe Unlimited’s Montana’s and Milestones locations in Kamloops closed, joining The Keg (August 2016) and Eastside Mario’s (February 2013) as Recipe Unlimited-affiliated eateries to leave town. Last May, as word of the closure of Montana’s and Milestones was made public, KTW spoke with a manager at Swiss Chalet about that restaurant’s future. The manager at that time, Lindsay Mervyn, said she was optimistic about the future of Swiss Chalet in Kamloops. “We are totally fine,” Mervyn told KTW. “We have no issues whatsoever. We are not closing any time soon.” The last remaining Recipe Unlimited-affiliated restaurants in Kamloops are Original Joe’s, an independently owned business that opened in the Cityview Shopping Centre in Aberdeen in 2012, and the New York Fries outlet in Aberdeen Mall.

The British Columbia Real Estate Association has released its 2020 first quarter housing forecast update. Residential sales in the province are forecast to increase by 10.3 per cent, to 85,290 units this year, after recording 77,349 residential sales in 2019. In 2021, residential sales are forecast to increase by 6.3 per cent, to 90,700 units. “The outlook for home sales in 2020 is considerably brighter than the past two years,” BCREA’s chief economist Brendon Ogmundson said. “Momentum carried through from the end of 2019 to 2020 will put the housing market on more solid footing, aided by low interest rates and an improving economy.” While demand is recovering, Ogmundson said the supply of homes for sale has not managed to keep pace. He said new listings activity did not materially increase during the downturn in home sales and total inventory did not accumulate to the same extent as in prior slowdowns. As a result, he said, market conditions around the province are tightening and home prices will likely face upward pressure as demand continues to firm. In 2020, the BCREA expects the average price will rise by 4.8 per cent to $734,000.

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BUSINESS Wet and windy storm created communication breakdown The Pineapple Express storm that dumped record amounts of rain on much of the Lower Mainland in the past few days was responsible for a communication cutoff in Kamloops and across B.C. The torrential downpour caused flooding and mudslides, including one near North Bend that did damage to a fibre line, impacting calling for some Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile customers in B.C., according to Bell. The company said mobile data, text messaging and calls to 911 are not affected, but noted in Twitter statements that some customers may be experiencing disruptions while making or receiving calls from landline numbers or customers of other wireless providers. In Kamloops, there were reports of cellphone and landline service not working — KTW’s landlines were not working on Monday morning, but were back online in the afternoon— while bank machines in some parts of the city were also offline.



Di Musio Ristorante held its grand opening recently at its downtown location, at 152 Victoria St. The restaurant is owned by Claudia Di Muzio Smith, who is also the chef who creates every homemade dish. Menu and hours of operation can be found on Di Musio Ristorante’s Facebook page, where the reviews are quite complimentary. Enjoying dinner at the grand opening were (from left) Debbie Isenor, Leslie Potoroka, Dennis Potoroka and Jack Isenor.


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Weekly earnings on the rise in B.C., but remain behind the rest of Canada Non-farm payroll employees in British Columbia earned an average of $1,011 per week in November 2019 British Columbians saw their earnings rise in November 2019 compared to the same period 12 months ago, according to new figures from Statistics Canada. But those figures also show that British Columbians do not earn as much as Canadians elsewhere. Non-farm payroll employees in British Columbia earned an average of $1,011 per week in November 2019, up 3.2 per cent the year before. Higher earnings in health care and social assistance, professional, scientific and technical services, as well as educational services, mainly at universities, accounted for this increase. But compared to the rest of the country, British Columbians earned less than other Canadians National figures show that the average

weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees topped out at $1,042 in November 2019 – $31 higher than the rate for B.C. That said, British Columbians appear to be somewhat catching up, as the rise in national earnings lagged by 0.1 per cent behind the rate for B.C. Looking at the broader picture, weekly earnings grew in eight of Canada’s 10 largest industrial sectors (in terms of employment), led by administrative and support services. Smaller sectors including utilities and mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction saw increases, while others (wholesale trade and construction) experienced stagnation. But earnings declined in two sectors of some importance to British Columbia: real estate and ancillary industries, as well as forestry, logging and support. These developments appear to confirm the softening real estate market across British Columbia, and the broader, some might say familiar, struggles facing single-industry communities in the provincial hinterland outside the metropolitan areas of Greater Victoria, Greater Vancouver, and the Fraser Valley.

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Team Brown — lead Ashley Klymchuk (left), second Dezaray Hawes, third Erin Pincott and skip Corryn Brown — won the B.C. Scotties Women’s Curling Championship on Sunday in Cranbrook.




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Erin Pincott. They are curling royalty, each crowned provincial champions on Sunday, throned on rocks and rings in a Kamloops coronation that spanned from B.C. to Saskatchewan. Brown’s monarchs were made queens, the Dunstone Dynasty was born and King Cotter reigned on. We knew the Brown rink had pedigree, but little voices lingered, whispers of doubt stamped out with triumphant sceptres, brilliant brooms that quashed question marks in Cranbrook. Skip Corryn Brown, third Pincott, second Dezaray Hawes


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and lead Ashley Klymchuk made spectators sweat, needing an extra end to dispatch Sarah Wark of Abbotsford, who was courting a repeat title. Microphones picked up Brown’s words, an emotional refrain during a tearful embrace after the 8-7 victory: “I’m so proud

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of you girls. I’m so proud of you.” The catharsis of the moment was powerful. Wark was 8-4 against Brownskipped rinks heading into Sunday’s final, stats kept by curlingzone.com that date back to 2014. One of those Wark wins came one year ago in Quesnel in the B.C. final. Corryn will want three or four shots back, misses that led to a seemingly pivotal three-ender and a steal of one for Wark, but the Kamloops skip persevered, her team trailing by one after the eighth end. Clutch shots in the ninth and 10th ends forced an 11th end, which proved the 11th hour of any doubt the 24-year-old skip has the stones to get it done in the big moment on the women’s scene. Coach Allison MacInnes, who will not be referred to as the

Queen Mother, but offers breadth of wisdom in a matriarchal role, was in her pupil’s head. “It’s hard to calm anyone down in that situation when a provincial title is on the line,” Brown said. “I’m glad I was able to have the tools I need. A big part of that was having our coach, Allison.” The Defeatmobile whizzed through Chasm en route to Kamloops from Quesnel last February, dark times for a downtrodden team. This year, the Loser Cruiser was parked while the Winners’ Wagon hit the highway home. Brown and Co. will represent B.C. at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which will run from Feb. 15 to Feb. 23 in Moose Jaw, Sask. “I get goosebumps just thinking about it,” Pincott said. “This is the event you dream of your whole childhood.”

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ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW Kamloops Blazers’ captain Zane Franklin looked concerned after starting goaltender Dylan Garand was hurt on Saturday at Sandman Centre. Trainer Colin (Toledo) Robinson was quick to reach the goalie, who left the game and did not return.





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One late arrival and an early departure made for noteworthy de-icing on Saturday at Sandman Centre, including post-game interviews that put head coaches at odds over a pivotal penalty call. The play in question left injured one of the Kamloops Blazers’ key cogs, starting goaltender Dylan Garand. The Vancouver Giants edged the hometown Blazers 3-2 in a WHL contest that began at 8:23 p.m., nearly one hour and 30 minutes after its scheduled start time. Blazers’ bellcow backstop Garand was hurt in the second period, a lower-body injury that forced him out of the game. Garand will not be in the lineup this weekend, with Kamloops slated to play twice in his hometown, Victoria, and once in Langley against the Giants. Kamloops general manager Matt Bardsley was unable to provide an expected timeline for the 17-year-old NHL Draft prospect’s return, noting via text it is still to be determined. The club has called up 15-year-old goalie Dylan Ernst to comple-

ment Blazers’ backup Rayce Ramsay. Severe winter weather and poor road conditions delayed the Giants, who left Langley at about 11 a.m. and reached Kamloops at about 7 p.m., according to head coach Michael Dyck. The game was tied at 1-1 when its decisive moment was reached at 16:01 of the second period. Giants’ forward Tristen Nielsen drove hard down the right wing and collided with Garand. Officials ruled Kamloops defenceman Quinn Schmiemann tripped Nielsen, foul play that resulted in the collision. The penalty to Schmiemann gave Vancouver a 5-on-3 power play. The Giants scored twice in 31 seconds on Ramsay to take a 3-1 lead. Nielsen tallied the first power-play marker, his second goal of the game, and Justin Sourdif gave the visitors a two-goal cushion. Kamloops head coach Shaun Clouston and the Vancouver bench boss have differ-

ent takes on the penalty call. Dyck: “He [Nielsen] got inside positioning on the net drive and the stick caught his skate. We’ve been penalized for that numerous times. He went to the net and the stick clipped his skate, so I thought it was a good call.” Clouston: “It looks like there might have been a little bit of contact, but when a player is going that fast and cutting in, I think he’s responsible for his momentum and where he ends up. I don’t think it was a trip. I thought it was a player running into the goalie.” Giants’ netminder David Tendeck earned first-star honours for his 40-save performance. “After we made the moves we made, we’re starting to bring our team together here and looking at the second half as a brand new season,” said Dyck, whose charges topped the visiting Blazers 5-4 in overtime on Friday. “We really have a brand new team. We want to start building momentum for the playoffs.” Garand allowed one goal on 18 shots before he was replaced by Ramsay, who allowed two goals on eight shots. Josh Pillar opened

the scoring at 15:21 of the first period. Zane Franklin scored at 10:46 of the third period to set up a frantic finish, but the comeback effort fell short. Kamloops (3213-3-1) will travel to Vancouver Island on Thursday, with games against the Victoria Royals slated for Friday and Saturday. The Giants (22-20-32) will play host to the Blazers on Sunday in Langley. B.C. Division standings as of Tuesday: Kamloops (68 points), Victoria (57 points), Vancouver (49 points), Kelowna (49 points) and Prince George (35 points). ROCKY ROAD The Coquihalla was closed, so the Giants’ bus diverted east, taking Highway 3 to Princeton, before heading north on Highway 5A. Freezing rain and snow led to gridlock about 20 minutes after the bus rolled through Merritt. The Giants sat idle for about an hour until traffic started to move. Vancouver was given 60 minutes to prepare for the game once they reached Sandman Centre. The game ended at 10:39 p.m. The Giants showered and hopped back on the bus to go home.

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‘I wish I could play forever’ MARTY HASTINGS



Emma Piggin was driving to the Tournament Capital Centre on Friday when finality whipped her like a cutting Kamloops wind. The fifth-year guard from Kamloops will never play another U Sports basketball game for the TRU WolfPack on home court in front of family and friends. “I’ll probably cry,” Piggin said. “This is home. This has been my family for the last six years. This is how I identify myself: Emma Piggin — TRU basketball.” The Fraser Valley Cascades of Abbotsford swept the hometown WolfPack, winning 91-76 on Saturday and 75-50 on Friday. Piggin and backcourt partner Leilani Carney, who will run out of U Sports eligibility at the end of the season, bid adieu to the TCC on Saturday. “I love basketball,” said Carney, the Burnaby product who racked up 16 points in a losing effort. “I wish I could play forever.” TRU and the Mount Royal Cougars of Calgary are tied for 11th in Canada West standings with matching 7-11 records. The top 12 teams will qualify for the post-season.

ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW Emma Piggin (right) dashes to the basket on the weekend at the TCC.

The WolfPack can clinch a playoff spot with one victory next weekend, with two games scheduled against the hometown Lethbridge Pronghorns (9-9). Two losses could mean they fall short of the postseason. Fraser Valley improved to 14-4 and remain tied for fourth with UBC (14-4) in conference standings. Piggin and Carney, both among the top 10 in a plethora of all-time WolfPack female basketball statistical categories, are focused on capping their careers with a playoff berth. The Pack have not been in the playoffs since 2016, when

Alberta swept TRU 2-0 in a Round 1 series. Goran Nogic took the WolfPack’s head coaching reins prior to this season. “I’ve really fallen in love with the game again,” said Piggin, who led TRU with 19 points on Saturday. Fans at the TCC on the weekend witnessed a passing of the torch of sorts. Cascades’ guard Maddy Gobeil and Piggin are both South Kamloops secondary graduates and won provincial basketball titles with the Titans. Gobeil, in her rookie Canada West season, played on the weekend for the first time against the WolfPack

in Kamloops in what was Piggin’s Tournament Capital swan song. “It’s super cool,” said Gobeil, who is struggling with a hamstring injury, but netted 14 points on Saturday. “I’ve been watching her play since I was a kid. I’ve been at these games my entire life. “I’m amazed with what she’s done, with having her kid and coming back and putting her effort on the court. It’s really impressive.” Piggin’s three-year-old daughter is among reasons the WolfPack stalwart is OK with the prospect of moving on to the next chapter, but the transition will not be easy. “Emotionally, it’s so much fun,” Piggin said. “I wish I could play forever.” GRADS RECOGNIZED Anton Bilous, Joe Davis, Michael Rouault and Kyrin Cybenko, the WolfPack men’s basketball team’s graduating fifth-year players, were honoured on Saturday before a game against the Cascades. Fraser Valley (12-6) won 83-72 to complete a weekend sweep of TRU (11-7). The WolfPack will wrap the regular season this weekend with a pair of tilts against the Pronghorns (8-10) in Lethbridge.

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Carnaval at the KMA!

Drop into the KMA to celebrate Francophone culture and explore the winter magic of Carnaval! Take a photo with Bonhomme the snowman, make a Carnaval craft, sample tarte au sucre, learn about the history of maple syrup, and listen to fiddle music throughout the day at this Family Day celebration. Kamloops Museum & Archives Sat Feb 15 10:00 am–2:00 pm 1/$0

Sweetheart Cake

*1 FREE round per group. Power cart extra.

* A $50 dollar value

Range balls included. Limited quantity available.




Ages: 7–12

Drop in for a Pro-D Day craft at the Kamloops Museum! Tour our temporary exhibit with a behind-the-scenes talk beginning every hour on the hour, and get creative with an animalthemed craft. Please note that caregivers must remain with their children at all times. Kamloops Museum & Archives Fri Feb 07 11:00 am–2:00 pm 1/$5

New to cake decorating? Join Shirley, the Cake Lady, as she teaches you how to make a Valentine’s Day cake that will be sure to impress! Some supplies required. NorKam Secondary School Thu Feb 13 6:30–8:30 pm 1/$32







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“I’m sure there will be a few beverages consumed and lots of laughs,” Brown said. “A few celebratory drinks.” Team Dunstone’s hootenanny started in Melville and finished in Regina, a shindig that did not wrap up in the Queen City until the wee hours of Monday morning. “To be honest, I barely went to bed,” said Dunstone, whose team includes third Braeden Moskowy, second Catlin Schneider and lead Dustin Kidby. “It went pretty sideways. But it feels pretty good. Mission accomplished. “It’s what you play the game for. We’ll soak it in and shift focus to the Brier. It’s nice to be there but, at the same time, we have the goal of winning it. It’s Step No. 1.” Dunstone didn’t exactly receive a royal welcome at Kamloops Airport on Monday afternoon, although no taxi availability made for a two-Caesar wait, one last chance for libations before Pincott arrived to transport him back to reality. Jim Cotter also had plenty to fete on Sunday, most notably his record-breaking ninth B.C. Men’s Curling Championship title. Team Cotter, the Vernon/Kelownabased rink that includes Rick Sawatsky, Steve Laycock and Andrew Nerpin, downed Team Tardi of Langley/Victoria 10-6 in Cranbrook to earn a trip to the Tim Hortons Brier, which will run from

CURL BC PHOTO Rick Sawatsky (left), Andrew Nerpin, Jim Cotter and Steve Laycock will compete at the Tim Hortons Brier, which will run from Feb. 29 to March 8 in Kingston.

Feb. 29 to March 8 in Kingston, Ont. King Cotter might have abdicated to Vernon, but he is ours. Dunstone is a Winnipegger who curls with Reginians, but he lives here — and he’s ours, too. The Brown rink is city fabric. So, how do we mark this royal jubilee, this Tournament Capital championship trifecta? Mayor Ken Christian must consider some sort of formal procession that finishes on the Red Bridge. Think royal wedding, but think narrow, with only so much swath for fanned dress trains. Think Kamloops Rube Band and church bells echoing across the downtown core. Think Matt and Erin — #Dunscott — in Gold State Coach, with Brown’s

highnesses and King Cotter in tow. Eat your heart out, Harry and Megs. CRANLOOPS CONTINGENT Kamloops was represented on six teams at the B.C. curling championships. On the men’s side, Team Olsen of the Kamloops Curling Club was in action, along with Jared Kolomaya, who plays third for Sean Geall of Abbotsford, and Tyler Klymchuk, who plays third for Richard of Kelowna. Geall suffered defeat in one of two C Event finals. Olsen was ousted in Round 1 and Richard in Round 2 of the C Event. Karla Thompson posted a 3-4 mark in round-robin action on the women’s side, including an 8-3 victory over Brown, and fell short of the playoffs.

Disc golf Ice Bowl invite issued The Kamloops Disc Golf Club will host the 18th Annual Ice Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 16, at McArthur Island Disc Golf Course. Players raise money through pledges, registration fees, closest to baskets and a silent auction. The club has raised more than $18,000 for the Kamloops Food Bank and Kamloops Kidsport, and collected more than 900 pounds of grub. Unconventional rules will be in play, with shortened holes, blindfolded drives and extra hazards among features of the unusual round. Disc golfers of all experience levels are invited and encouraged to bring donations. Registration will get underway at 10 a.m. near the course entrance. For more information, contact event

Tournament Capital Sports

BRIEFS director Wes Eccleston by phone at 250-8197591 or email at weccleston@hotmail.com. Learn more about the club online at kdgc.com. CRUSADERS GOLDEN The Blue-Grey Classic junior boys’ basketball tournament was held on the weekend at Brock Middle School. St. Ann’s was victorious in the gold-medal game, the Crusaders posting a 62-43 victory over the Vernon Panthers. The Pen Hi Lakers earned bronze with a 73-58 win over the Rutland Voodoos. Brock bested South Kam 54-49 to place fourth.

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Indicates number of days 6. When you hope to get there 9. Hairstyle 13. Black (Spanish) 14. Expresses pleasure 15. Away from wind 16. Tech pros organization 17. Wile E. Coyote is familiar with it 18. Clean 19. Saints’ signal caller 21. A way to hunt 22. Poetries 23. Automobile 24. Secondary school (abbr.) 25. Indicates before 28. Male parent 29. Short-billed rails 31. It pays to keep yours 33. On occasion 36. David __, US playwright 38. Slang for cigarette 39. Vaccine developer

41. Returned to health 44. Toni Morrison novel 45. Period between eclipses 46. Veterans battleground 48. Gang 49. A radio band 51. Jaws of a voracious animal 52. Elaborate garments 54. Chinese province 56. Checks 60. Horizontal passage 61. Steep hillsides 62. Fertility god 63. Dried-up 64. Signs a name 65. __ Winger, actress 66. German river 67. Gov’t lawyers 68. Take something somewhere

CLUES DOWN 1. __ Blyton, children’s author 2. Colleague 3. “The African Queen” writer 4. Crater on the moon 5. Toward 6. Overhang 7. Identifies something close at hand 8. Sign language 9. Unbroken views 10. Ancient Greek City 11. Stretch out to grasp 12. Alcohols that are unfit for drinking 14. Humorous stories 17. Long song for a solo 20. Barrels per day (abbr.) 21. City of Lights 23. A place to sleep 25. Advanced degree (abbr.) 26. The back 27. Furniture-makers Charles and “Ray”

29. Songs to a lover 30. Gland secretion 32. 10 meters 34. Disfigure 35. Stores grain 37. Sacred book of Judaism 40. Catch 42. Promise 43. Challenges 47. Russian space station 49. Banking giant 50. Served as an omen 52. Drenches 53. Type of sword 55. Minor planet 56. Messenger ribonucleic acid 57. Japanese ankle sock 58. Obtain in return for services 59. Waste matter 61. A proposal to buy at a specified price 65. Unit of loudness






Sudoku puzzles are formatted as a 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers 1 through 9 must fill each row, column and box. Each number can appear only once in each row, column and box. You can figure out the order in which the numbers will appear by using the numeric clues already provided in the boxes. The more numbers you name, the easier it gets to solve the puzzle!

A sign maker is charging per letter. The letters are priced according to a logical rule. The letters to make the word ART cost $8. The letters in SMITH cost $14. The letters for GROCERIES cost $23. The letters in SHOES cost $13. How much would the word GARDENER cost?


Answer to last week’s PAYING THE PETS CHALLENGE The man would give your cat $18 ($4.50 per leg)


ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

Transitional issues pop up this week, Aries. You are not quite sure which direction you should go. A close friend or advisor can help you navigate the way.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, you are a team player, but this week you may need to fly solo for a bit to get a handle on all of your tasks. Once things get settled, the team mentality can be restored.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, if you feel like your hard work is not paying off, then you may need to use this opportunity to speak with a supervisor. This can spark changes you feel are necessary.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

Cancer, there are some major changes in the way you feel this week, and it could take a few days to work through all of the emotions. But you’ll get a handle on things.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23 Big news arrives this week with much fanfare, Leo. The excitement will start early in the week and culminate by Thursday or Friday. Expect to be surprised.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Relationships can’t be the stuff of movies all the time, Virgo. Sometimes you have to go with the flow and make the most of the small daily moments.


- Sept 23/Oct 23 Your time has been stretched too fast and too much, Libra. The stress may be on and you’re feeling it. However, the remedy is to delegate some of your tasks and lighten your load.


- Oct 24/Nov 22 Scorpio, you’re not one for being overly emotional and sappy, but this week you can’t hold back the feelings any longer. Don’t hesitate to share your feelings.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than the close friends or relatives who are around you. They will have plenty of ideas that can get you fired up.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan20 You have plenty of events coming up to keep you busy, Capricorn. You may have to pick and choose which ones to attend because you simply can’t do them all.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, even though you think certain situations require your undivided attention, you’re really not involved at all. Avoid reading into things and wait for news to come to you.


- Feb 19/Mar 20 It is time to assess your priorities, Pisces. What do you want to get accomplished over this week? You can knock out one or two items.


WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOUR LOCAL PHOTOS TO USE IN LOCAL PUBLICATIONS To win a prize valued at $50 submit your photos at:

www.kamloopsthisweek.com/photo-contest Submission Deadline: 12:00 pm on February 26

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BUYING & SELLING: Vintage & mid-century metal, teak, wood furniture; original signed paintings, prints; antique paper items, local history ephemera; BC pottery, ceramics. 4th Meridian Art & Vintage, 104 1475 Fairview, Penticton. Leanne@4thmeridian.ca

Diningroom table w/8-chairs, c/w Buffet and Hutch. Med Colour. $850. 250-374-8933.

FAMILY DAY Kamloops This Week will be closed on Monday, February 17, 2020 for the Family Day Statutory Holiday.

If you have an upcoming event for our

Exercise Equipment For a healthy back use Teeter Inversion Table. $235. 250851-2919

For Sale - Misc 1948 Ferguson rebuilt motor & extra parts has a util. snow blade & chains mostly original $2,500. 250-374-8285.

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Found Found: Silver necklace with dangling large heart in downtown area on Jan 27th. 250377-4026.


Pets Animals sold as “purebred stock” must be registrable in compliance with the Canadian Pedigree Act.

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Ultra Light Ride Snowboard w/bindings, never used. $375. Arc Solomon snowboard w/bindings $325. 578-7776.

6hp Evinrude O/B motor. $600. 70 CFM air compressor. $750. 250-574-3794.



KTW requires door to door substitute carriers for all areas in the city. Vehicle is an asset Call 250-374-0462 Greeting cards made in England each cellophane wrapped 90,000 for $17,000 (250) 376-6607

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Apartments/Condos for Rent Immediately available 2bdrm Furnished Executive Suite. Downtown location. Includes all utilities, W/D, 1 Parking stall. Adult Only. N/S, N/P. $2,000. More info at: www.w35seymour.com. Call Torrey 250-320-4833.

Looking For Love? Try your luck with 1x1 boxed ad $35 plus tax for 2 weeks. Price includes box number. Call 250-371-4949 to place your ad and for more details.

Farm Equipment Case Collector Tractor only 1950s. $400. 250-819-9712, 250-672-9712.

Antiques Wrought iron beds $300/each. High chair $30. Cedar Hope Chest $400. Rocking chair $150. Oak dresser with mirror $475. 250372-8177.

Satellite phone Model Iridium 9505A handset w/attachments. $1300. 250-374-0650.

6 drawer Walnut dresser w/ mirror & matching double bed exc cond $175. 250-374-7514. 8ft Antique Couch Couch & matching $200. 250-374-1541.

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Renos & Home Improvement

• 2 large Garage Sale Signs • Instructions • FREE 6” Sub compliments of Tax not included

Domestic Cars

17’ Aerolite Trailer like new, slide out, stabilizer bars. $9,900 (250) 372-5033

1997 Ford Probe. Red, 4cyl, std, A/C, 1-owner. 114,428kms. $3500 .250-3767964.

2006 Dodge 2500 4x4 HD. w/1994 11ft. camper. $14,500/both. 778-220-7372.

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The special includes a 1x1.5 ad (including photo) that will run for one week (two editions) in Kamloops This Week. Our award winning paper is delivered to over 30,000 homes in Kamloops and area every Wednesday and Friday. Call or email us for more info: 250-374-7467 classifieds@ kamloopsthisweek.com

2014 Adventurer Camper 89RB solar 13’ awning + extras $22,000 250-523-9495.

Sports Utilities & 4X4s

Automotive Tires

2000 Chev Tahoe. 257,000kms. Repairs done $5,000. Asking $5,250. 1-250395-2233.

Misc Home Service JA ENTERPRISES Furniture Moving and Rubbish Removal jaenterpriseskam@gmail.com 778-257-4943

Scrap Car Removal

Classes & Courses AAA - Pal & Core

courses mid-week & weekends. NEW - Intro to Reloading & Bear Aware courses on demand. For schedules see www.pal-core-ed.com or 778-470-3030 HUNTER & FIREARMS Courses. A Great Gift. Next C.O.R.E. February 8th and 9th, Saturday and Sunday. P.A.L. February 16th, Sunday. Professional outdoorsman & Master Instructor: Bill 250-376-7970




10-989 McGill Pl. Kamloops House-sitting Peace of mind house sitting and pet care. Keep your house and pets safe while your away. 250-374-6007.


For Sale by Owner $55.00 Special

N/Kam sep entr, 2bdrms, C/A, patio, Shared hydro, ref’s. $950/mo. 250-376-0633.


2000 Jaguar XK8 Convertible 4L, V-8, fully loaded. Exec shape. $15,500/obo. 250-3764163.

ONLY $35.00 (plus Tax)



Tax not included

2005, 38’ RV trailer 2 slides, sleeps 6, appl incld, fully loaded, $14,000. 236-421-2251.

2-Bdrms, level entry, shrd laundry. N/S, Sm pet. $1200 util incld. 250-376-1136.


Based on 3 lines 1 Issue.. . . . . . $1638 1 Week. . . . . . $3150 1 Month . . . $10460


2004 Cougar 5th wheel. 12ft slide. Excellent cond. $14,000/obo. 250-554-1744.

Basement Suites




1972 Triple E motor home 25’ 77,000miles 402 Chev lots of extras $7,000 250-523-9495




No Businesses, Based on 3 lines Merchandise, vehicles, trailers, RV’s, boats, ATV’s, furniture, etc.

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4 - 6 bolt studded tires on rims. P265-R17. 50% tread. $250/obo. 250-376-2403. 4-Blizzaks M&S 245/45 R20 $600. 4-Hankook 215/75 R15 winters on GM rims $200. 2Laufenn 235/75 R15 winters on GM rims. $200. 376-6482. Set of 4 Alloy GM rims 5-100 fits Cavalier & other Chevy’s $200 Don 250-312-1777.

“Our Family Protecting Your Family”


2002 Ford Escape, auto. Exec body. Mechanic special. $700. 250-819-9712, 250-672-9712.

Trucks & Vans 1996 GMC Suburban 4x4 good shape runs great $2750obo Call (250) 571-2107

Yamaha Grizzly ATV. KMS 011031 $3,800. 250-579-3252

Motorcycles 2010 Harley Davidson Softail. Lugg carrier, cover, lift-jack. $11,000/obo. 250-374-4723.

2014 Ford Platinum 4x4 Crew-cab 3.5 Ecoboost, white with brown leather, Fully Loaded. Immaculate. 142,000kms. $28,823. 250-319-8784

Trucks/Heavy, Commercial Cummings Gen Set Ford 6cyl 300 cu/in single and 3 phase pwr $5000 (250) 376-6607

Run until sold New Price $56.00+tax Do you have a vehicle, boat, rv, motorcycle, ATV or trailer to sell? With our Run til sold specials you pay one flat rate and we will run your ad until your vehicle sells.* $56.00 (boxed ad with photo) $35.00 (regular 3 line ad)

2017 Yamaha R3 320CC, Liquid Cooled, ABS Brakes. Low Kms. $4,600.



Collectibles & Classic Cars

4 - BMW X5, X3 wheels like new. $700 Call 250-319-8784.

Utility Trailers

Call: 250-371-4949


*Some conditions & restrictions apply. Private party only (no businesses).



10-989 McGill Pl. Kamloops

(250) 371-4949

ATVs / Dirt Bikes

Nice 2bdrm apt Desert Gardens downtown. 55+, $1400 +hydro. Call 778-875-1268.

“Our Family Protecting Your Family”

ROLL ENDS AVAILABLE $5-$10/ ROLL 1365 B Dalhousie Drive, Kamloops, BC call for availability 250-374-7467



Sports Equipment


Butcher-Boy commercial meat grinder 3-hp. 220 volt. c/w attachments. $1300. 250318-2030.

Fax: 250-374-1033

Solid oval oak table w/6side chairs, 2 arms chairs, buffet. $5,000. Exec desk dark finish $200. Teak corner cabinet $100. Treadmill $450, Custom oak cabinet $200. 250-8517687.

5th wheel hitch $200. 250374-8285.

8” ice auger with extra blades. $65.00 250-851-2919.


No Job Too Small! Friendly Service. 15 years experience. Guaranteed. References.


Renovations, Painting, Flooring, Drywall, Bathrooms, Electrical (Red Seal) & more 778-999-4158


1965 Mercury 4dr., hardtop. 55,000 miles. 390-330HP. $4,000. 250-574-3794

Domestic Cars

2010 Dodge Charger SXT Sedan. 4dr., AWD, V-6, auto. 50,001 kms. Must see to appreciate. $12,000. 250-374-1541.


2004 FLATDECK GVW#3500-1 AXLE Payload #2400lbs. 3/4 Plywood Deck 10’ L X 6’3” W, electric brakes. spare tire , docking winch, 2 storage boxes, removable walls, ATV ramp. Canopy lid not included. Pulls straight. Very good cond. $2,600. 250-851-0052

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Amazing Educators Needed Children’s Circle Daycare Society is looking for amazing Early Childhood Educators to join our expanding team. Are you fun, energetic and dependable? Come work within our team of quality educators and provide nurturing care for children, up to 5 years of age, in centres that appreciate their staff and celebrate their creativity and individual approach to teaching. Because we value your experience and schooling the starting wage for our ECE’s is $19.08/hr + 1.00/hr wage top up.* We are a well respected, play-based childcare centres that use emergent curriculum. For more information and a full job description, visit our website at ccdaycare.ca. Please email your cover letter and resume to stpauls@ccdaycare.ca. This position is open to both male and female applicants. *Wage top up = BC Government wage enhancement



$5300 Plus Tax

3 Lines - 12 Weeks

Add an extra line to your ad for $10 Must be pre-paid Scheduled for 4 weeks at a time Private parties only - no businesses Some Restrictions Apply

Rte 325 - 764-825 9th Ave, 805-979 Columbia St, 804-987 Dominion St,. & 805-986 Pine St.-64 p. Rte 327 - 1103 Columbia St. & 1203-1296 Dominion St.-38 p. Rte 334 - 975 13th St, 1104-1276 Pine St. & 12011274 Pleasant St. – 42 p. Rte 372 - 22-255 W. Battle St, 660 Lee Rd, 11-179 W. Nicola St. – 50 p. Rte 380 - Arbutus St, Chaparral Pl, Powers Rd, Sequoia Pl. – 71 p. Rte 381 - 20-128 Centre Ave, 517-782 Hemlock St. & 605-800 Lombard St.-42 p. Rte 382 – 114-150 Fernie Pl, Fernie Rd, 860-895 Lombard St. – 24 p. Rte 384 - 407-775 Battle St. W. & 260-284 Centre Ave. – 42 p. Rte 385 - 350-390 Battle St. & 382-526 Strathcona Terr.-27 p, Rte 387 - 643-670 McBeth Pl.-21 p. Rte 388 - 445 Dalgleish Dr. & 60-480 Dalgleish Dr.-53 p. Rte 389 - Bluff Pl, 390 Centre Ave, 242-416 W. Columbia St, Dufferin Terr, Garden Terr.&Grandview Terr.- 61 p. Rte 390 – Fernie Crt, 158-400 Fernie Pl, Guerin Creek Way. – 46 p.

LOWER SAHALI/SAHALI Rte 402 – 14-94 Bestwick Dr, Mahood Pl. – 28 p. Rte 403 - 405-482 Greenstone Dr, Tod Cres. – 27 p. Rte 405 – Anvil Cres, Bestwick Crt E & W, 98-279 Bestwick Dr, Morrisey Pl. – 47 p. Rte 410 - 56-203 Arrowstone Dr, Silverthrone Cres. – 47 p. Rte 449 - Assiniboine Rd, Azure Pl, Chino Pl, Sedona Dr. – 90 p.

PINEVIEW VALLEY/ MT. DUFFERIN Rte 562 - Englemann Crt. & 1802-1890 Englemann Crt. – 35 p.

Rte 564 - 2000-2099 Hugh Allan Dr. & Pinegrass Crt. & St. – 78 p. Rte 581 - Cannel Dr, Cascade St, 1508-1539 Hillside Dr, Mellors Pl. - 47 p. Rte 584 - 1752–1855 Hillside Dr. – 26 p. Rte 586 - 1505-1584 Mt Dufferin Cres, 1575 Park Way, 1537-1569 Plateau Pl. - 27 p. Rte 588 - Davies Pl, 16801754 Hillside Dr, Monterey Pl, Scott Pl. – 46 p. Rte 589 - 1200–1385 Copperhead Dr. – 52 p. Rte 590 - 1397 Copperhead Dr, Saskatoon Pl. – 36 p.


Rte 602 - Apple Lane, Knollwood Cres, Parkhill Dr, 1783 Valleyview Dr. - 47 p.


Rte 503 - Fleming Circ, Hampshire Dr & Pl, Hector Dr. – 48 p. Rte 509 - 459-551 Laurier Dr, 2101-2197 Shaunessy Hill – 47 p. Rte 522 - 604-747 Dunrobin Dr, Dunrobin Pl. - 66 p. Rte 523 - 2300-2399 Abbeyglen Way, 750-794 Dunrobin Dr. – 72 p. Rte 534 - Nairn Pl. & Turnberry Pl. – 47 p. Rte 544 - Holyrood Circ, Holyrood Pl. & 2070-2130 Vanhorne Dr.-24 p.

Rte 603 - Chickadee Rd, Comazzetto Rd, Strom Rd, 16251648, 1652-1764 Valleyview Dr. - 40 p. Rte 605 - 1770-1919 Glenwood Dr, Knollwood Dr, Vicars Rd. – 61 p. Rte 606 - Orchard Dr, Russet Wynd, 1815–1899 Valleyview Dr. – 39 p. Rte 607 - Cardinal Dr, 19092003 Valleyview Dr. – 33 p.

Rte 608 - Curlew Pl & Rd, 1925-1980 Glenwood Dr. – 70 p. Rte 617 - 2401 -2515 Valleyview Dr. & Valleyview Pl. – 50 p. Rte 618 – Big Nickel Pl, Chapman Pl, Marsh Rd, Paul Rd, Peter Rd, 2440-2605 Thompson Dr. – 58 p.


Rte 701 - Freda Ave, Klahanie Dr, Morris Pl, Shelly Dr, 901-935 Todd Rd. – 92 p. Rte 710 - 1350-1399 Crestwood Dr, Ronde Lane, 1300-1399 Todd Rd. - 43 p, Rte 750 - 5101-5299 Dallas Dr, Mary Pl, Nina Pl, Rachel Pl. – 31 p. Rte 751 - 5310 Barnhartvale Rd, Bogetti Pl, 5300-5599 Dallas Dr, 5485-5497 ETC Hwy, Viking Dr, Wade Pl. – 64 p. Rte 754 - Hillview Dr, Mountview Dr. – 40 p. Rte 759 – Beverly Pl, 67247250 Furrer Rd, McIver Pl, Pat Rd, Stockton Rd. – 40 p. Rte 761 – 6022-6686 Furrer Rd, Houston Pl, Parlow Rd, Pearse Pl, Urban Rd. – 57 p.


Rte 830 – Chetwynd Dr, Stevens Dr. – 55 p. Rte 831 - 4904-5037 Cammeray Dr, Mason Pl, Pinantan Pl, Reighmount Dr & Pl. – 61 p. Rte 833 – Cameron Rd, Davie Rd. – 44 p. Rte 836 - Cahilty Cres, Hyas Pl, 4551-4648 Spurraway Rd. – 36 p. Rte 837 - Helmcken Dr, 46544802 Spurraway Rd. – 24 p


Rte 911 - 242-278 Alder Dr, Aspen Cres, Birch Cres. & Ponderosa Ave.-54 p.



Rte 21 - 2300-2397 Fleetwood Ave, Fleetwood Crt & Pl, 1003-1033 Schriener St, 1020-1050 Westgate St.-52 p. Rte 31 - Desmond Pl, Inglewood Dr, 1010-1088 Newton St. & 1020-1090 Oxford St.-56 p. Rte 37 – 1710-1797 Fleetwood Ave, 913-981 Newton St. & 999-1085 Stardust St.-39 p. Rte 64 - 800-918 Valhalla Dr. – 96 p.


Rte 106 – 1239-1289 10th St, Cranbrook Pl, Creston Pl, 949-1145 Halston Ave. & Kimberely Cres.-70 p. Rte 121 - Dot St, 501-556 MacKenzie Ave, 290-381 Maple St. & 102-196 Yew St.-60 p. Rte 131 – 321-601 Fortune Dr. & 631 Fortune Dr.-31 p. Rte 154 – Belmont Cres, Cumberland Ave, Patricia Ave. & Qualicom Pl. -70 p.


Rte 175 – Norfolk Crt, Norview Pl, 821-991 Norview Rd. – 38 p. Rte 184 - 2077-2097 Saddleback Dr, 2001-2071 Stagecoach Dr. – 31 p.


Rte 211 – Sandalwood Dr & Pl. – 47 p. Rte 255 – 2478-2681 Parkview Dr. - 29 p. Rte 257 - Alpine Terr, Community Pl, 2192-2207 Grasslands Blvd, Grasslands Pl, 881-936 McQueen Dr, Woodhaven Dr. – 53 p.

Career Opportunities

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250-374-3853 General Employment Mario’s Towing Is Expanding! Our Kamloops Office is Growing Fast! Looking for Light Duty Tow Truck operators. Experience is an asset but will train the successful Candidate. Must be available for all shifts. Please forward Resume: kamloops@mariostowing.com No Phone Calls Please!



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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Edith Margaret Bowman in Kamloops, BC on January 28, 2020 at the age of 79. Edie was born in Chilliwack, BC to John and Irene Bowman. She will be lovingly remembered by partner Dan, son Dale (Janell), daughter Bev (Malcom), sister Evelyn (Leslie), brother John (Rhonda), her grandchildren and great-grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews and many friends. We invite all friends and family to attend a Celebration of Life to honour this special and loved soul. Please join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm at Kamloops Funeral Home, 285 Fortune Dr. Kamloops, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice are appreciated. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com



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1946 - 2020 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Anna Gruca on January 29, 2020 at Royal Inland Hospital surrounded by her family. Anna is survived by her loving husband Ryszard of 52 years, sister Maria, daughters Beata (Krzysztof), and Malgorzata (Krzysztof), her grandchildren Daniel (Kelsie), Sandra (Nick), Angelika and Jakub as well as her great-grandson Leo who brought her so much joy. Predeceased by her mother Elżbieta, father Stanisław and brothers Kazimierz, Stanisław and Stefan. Anna was born in Mostki, Poland in 1946. In 1967 she met the love of her life and a year later they got married. They went on to have two beautiful daughters. One of which took a chance on a life in Canada. Anna and her husband decided to move to Canada in 1995 to be with her daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Over the years in Canada Anna was like a second mom to her grandchildren Daniel and Sandra, she helped mold them in to who they are today and taught them all her secret recipes. The memory of Anna’s fresh baked bread, cabbage rolls, and pierogis is one that will live on forever. Anna was a strong, charismatic, funny and loving woman. She lived life to the fullest, and family was always the most important thing to her. Anna took a piece of each of our hearts when she left us and she will be forever missed. We would like to thank Dr. Weimer, Dr. Cindrich, Dr. Schmidt and all the nurses in ICU who provided such amazing care to Anna during her final days. Prayers will be recited at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 6:00 pm on February 6, 2020 and the Funeral Mass will be at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 10:00 am on February 7, 2020. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com


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Robert (Bob) William Wilkinson November 19, 1934 - January 16, 2020 With much sadness, the family of Robert William Wilkinson (Bob) announce his peaceful passing on January 16, 2020, at the age of 85 years. Born on November 19, 1934 in Kamloops, BC to Robert Wilkinson and Annie Edna (née Frank) and predeceased by his parents and siblings; sister Betty Priestley, brother James and identical twin sisters June Burris and Joan Franks. Bob (Bobby, Lally Bob) was a longtime resident of Kamloops and enjoyed sharing stories of the old days. He was not educated in the school system, per se, but in the “school of hard knocks” as he called it. He spent much of his youth “riding the rails” between BC and Alberta, and “Cheating the Undertaker” as he fought to survive on the streets. You always knew not to surprise Bob by coming up behind him, or you would accidentally get “boxed,” as his quick reactions were survival based. He was a hard worker, who fought for workers’ rights, and a proud member of the Construction and General Workers’ Union (LOCAL 602) for over 30 years, as a construction labourer/ concrete man. In 1975, the family moved from Kamloops to the acreage in Monte Lake; where he built his dream log home, which was filled with love, laughter and memories for over 30 years. Dad always said, “we may not have much, but we have love.” He enjoyed the great outdoors by hunting, fishing/ice fishing, swimming, camping, walking, skating or playing hockey on one of the rinks he would clear every year, on Monte Lake. He was happiest sitting around a campfire with a burnt hotdog and a strong cup of black coffee. Bob was a dedicated Montreal Canadiens fan who

At the age of 100, Ruth Rabiniaux, a resident of Mountain View Lodge, Lillooet, died on January 22, 2020. Born in Bossburg, Washington State, she came to Canada at age 8 with her parents Frank and Janet Hibert. Ruth married Earnest Stevens and they had a son Rod. In 1950, she lost Earnest as a result of health complications sustained in WWI. In 1953, with Frederick William Benallick, she had her second son Frederick. She tragically lost Fred Sr. in a car accident in 1961. Ruth then met Marcel Rabiniaux and they had many adventures together for 33 years. Ruth lived a life of adventure and hard work in Kitscoty (Alberta), Southbank, Burnaby, White Rock, Lillooet and Kamloops. There was never a hill that she would not climb to see what was on the other side. One of her favourite things to do was driving to see family and new landscapes. Ruth loved her cats – Princess Ching-a-ling, Kitty and Cinder; they provided both comfort and protection. We will never know how each cat was trained so that a “Beware of Attack Cat” sign was needed. Her pet bunny Bitsy, was a favourite companion and a source of comment from Marcel who teased “ragout de lapin”! Although private about her own life, Ruth was a true family historian – who needed Ancestry! Ruth was determined, strong, compassionate and a good listener; offering common sense in every situation. As an impetuous young girl she tripped over a rattlesnake and, of course, was bit. As a testament to her strength, she fought off the infection and survived without antivenom. She had fond memories of Francois Lake, especially “Hole In The Wall” which overlooked the lake. When Marcel and Ruth discovered ideal fishing at Allison Lake, they purchased a cabin which became a favourite destination for the whole family. Mom/Grandma’s kindness and love of family will be deeply missed and fondly remembered. She is survived by her son Fred (Spring), her grandchildren Tammy (Mike), Dean (Christine), Nicholas, Jayme (Derek), Dakita; great-grandchildren Brittany (Nick), Dustin, Carter, Cole; greatgreat-grandchildren Ella, Nadia, Logan, Kendall; and the Idaho families of Annette (Tom) and Rochelle; as well as many more family and friends. She is predeceased by Marcel and Rod in 1998. The family is especially grateful for the kindness of Karie Clark. At Ruth’s request there will be no funeral, but the family will be gathering in the spring for a celebration of life at the Lillooet Cemetery.

While the price difference for a cremation with NO Service is similar at most funeral homes in Kamloops, First Memorial is proud to have facilities to accommodate all of your needs, whether you choose a Celebration of Life or a full Traditional service. We can do it all at First Memorial. Come talk to us and have a look around. You will be pleasantly surprised. rarely missed a hockey game. Later in life, he took up playing horseshoes (competed in the BC Summer Games), enjoyed outings to the casino and resumed his all-time favourite pastime of playing pool, with his many dear friends. He was proud to always be the designated driver and sober, for over 50 years and said the best decision of his life was giving up drinking for his family. He spent his life showing and telling his kids, and “Grandies” how much he loved them. Bob rarely complained, was always positive, and appreciated the kindness of strangers and friends, he always had a joke to tell. Papa loved his “dessert,” there was always a treat in his lunchbox or a candy in his pocket to share. He was polite and well mannered; a “Please and Thank you go a long way in life,” Dad always shared. His smile was contagious, his hugs heartfelt and time spent with him was treasured. He lived an interesting life, and always said “I came into this world with nothing, and I am going out with nothing: but LOVE” and he truly leaves behind a legacy of love, as his kind spirit will continue in the memories of the family he so adored and loved with all his heart. Left to cherish his memory are his children Roberta Wilkinson of Westwold, Clint (Nicole) Wilkinson of Kelowna, grandchildren Brandon (Andrea), Kaleena (Joseph), Ciarra (Tyler), Braydon, Rylan, Dawn, Braunson, Mason and Ethan, great grandchildren Ella, Raven, Emmett and Avery. Sincere thanks to the staff at Kamloops and Kelowna Hospital’s and especially to Bob’s dear friends/neighbours at Glenfair Senior’s Complex in Kamloops. A private celebration of life will be held in the spring.

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Donna Marie Ackerman It is with broken hearts and deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of our dear mother, Donna Marie Ackerman (née Puffer). She passed away peacefully with loved ones at her side. Donna will be lovingly remembered by so many friends and family members alike. All would agree she was one of the most loving, caring and compassionate people to ever walk this earth, so much so that she earned her nickname “sister waterfalls”, for her always easy tears. She had such a beautiful smile and gave the warmest hugs to all. So many fond memories of you mom. You were such a fantastic grandma, great-grandma, sister, auntie, cousin and friend. Amongst the kids you were always known for your “orange suitcase” loaded with craft supplies always eager to create the most amazing egg carton creatures, and no one will forget her Mario Party days, always letting the kids win! Again, so many amazing memories. Hard to believe we will never have another family dinner to create more. Our hearts are broken, our lives shattered. We love you Momma! Celebration of life yet to be determined. Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324 Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca




I found a penny today, Just laying on the ground But it’s not just a penny, This little coin I’ve found. “Found” pennies come from heaven, That’s what my Grandpa told me He said angels toss them down; Oh, how I loved that story. He said when an angel misses you, They toss a penny down Sometimes just to cheer you up, Make a smile out of your frown So don’t pass by that penny, When you’re feeling blue It may be a penny from heaven That an angel tossed to you. by Charles L. Mashburn

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OBITUARIES & IN MEMORIAM John Samuel Cooper 1936 - 2020

John Samuel Cooper passed away surrounded by family and love at Pine Grove Care Centre on January 15, 2020. Born on August 31, 1936 in Edmonton. John is lovingly remembered by Bev, his wife of over 56 years, his daughters Cathy Elliot and P.J. Kenzie and his sister Maureen Olson. John enjoyed watching his daughters and their husbands Alistair and Aaron, raise his grandchildren Jim, Margaret, Cooper and Thomas. John took every opportunity to tell his grandchildren how proud he was of them. He is dearly missed by all. John was raised on an orchard in Penticton. His love of fruit trees and life near the water followed him all his days. In the early 1970s, John and his family had a place of their own on the South Thompson River. He loved tending to the cherry tree and the rest of his property dressed in his trademark faded swim trunks and worn-out gum-boots. He was always happy to lend a neighbour a hand. John was fond of cats, often owning more than two at a time, which were loved deeply but named with little imagination; at least three were named Sam. As a young man, John served in the reserve army as a cadet. He often fondly recounted learning to drive a Sherman tank. John undertook numerous volunteer activities throughout his life. He served as a board member for the B.C. Wildlife Park in its early years and the Kamloops Senior Citizens’ Railroad Society. He was also involved with community projects through the Kinsmen and Rotary clubs as well as with the local Sun Life offices.

John is remembered by his family as a hard worker and dedicated provider whose first concern was always the welfare of his wife and daughters. His sense of humour is the first thing mentioned by many who knew him. He spent over 50 years as a Sun Life agent selling life insurance in Prince George and Kamloops. It allowed him to do what he loved best, visiting and caring for people. Some of John’s favourite activities were boating on the river, fishing, golfing, curling and helping friends make wine and sausages. John loved having a conversation over a cup of coffee or a plate of french fries. He had an amazing way of making you feel like you were the most important person in the room. John’s family is grateful for everyone who made a positive impact on his life, particularly the caregivers who assisted him through his later years. Joanne Bartman was his friend and walking companion. Comfort Keepers who were always there when needed. John enjoyed the outings to Ponderosa Day Program. Ponderosa Lodge eased his transition into care. Dr. Sigalet’s care, compassion and guidance enabled John’s family to plan for a peaceful passing. Special gratitude is reserved by John’s family for the staff, volunteers, residents and family members at Pine Grove Care Centre. Their love and support was greatly appreciated. John loved Pine Grove’s home-cooked meals, beautiful gardens and good company for a year and a half before his passing. He was especially fond of Pine Grove’s music program. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pine Grove Lodge Residents’ Society, 313 McGowan Ave, Kamloops, BC V2B 2N8, would be greatly appreciated. An opportunity for those who knew John to gather and remember is being planned for this spring with details to be announced. Until then, make a connection and don’t leave a kind word unsaid, just as John would have wanted. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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Scatter me not to restless winds, Nor toss my ashes to the sea. Remember now those years gone by When loving gifts I gave to thee.

It is with great sadness that the family of Patricia Percy announces her passing on Friday, January 24, 2020, at the age of 83. Patricia leaves behind Edward Percy, her loving husband of 43 years, along with her sons Allan (Jenny), Alvin, Almer (Blanca), Alex (Leah), as well as numerous grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. Pat and Ed made Kamloops home for 47 years, where she was a devout wife and mother, while being involved in many business ventures over the years. She will remain forever in our hearts.

Remember now the happy times The family ties we shared. Don’t leave my resting place unmarked As though you never cared. Deny me not one final gift For all who come to see A single lasting proof that says I loved... & you loved me. by DJ Kramer

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Mildred (Millie) Malanchuk (née Smilanich) September 28, 1928 - January 24, 2020

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved mother Millie Malanchuk. Millie was born in Mountain Park, Alberta and was the eldest of 7 children. Her memories of the coal branch and Edson were always dear to her heart. At a young age she worked at the Alberta Government Telephone Company as a switchboard operator. She then met the love of her life Stan that started the beginning of a wonderful journey of love and happiness. They moved to Kamloops with their two young sons Jim and Doug in 1962 where they resided ever since. Millie worked at Hudson’s Bay Company and then Sears until she retired. Through those years she met countless lifelong friends. She belonged to the Royal Purple and volunteered many hours at the Sagebrush Theatre. She and Stan loved to entertain family and friends. There was always

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a warm welcome to all that came to the house. No one ever left hungry, she was a fantastic cook and hostess. Millie and Stan celebrated 67 wonderful years together. They loved to spend countless hours working and enjoying their yard and garden. They also loved travelling and taking their grand daughter south on many holidays. Millie’s other passions were knitting, sewing, petti point and collecting. She was also an avid reader. Millie left a lasting impression on all that knew her. Her opinions were made known, particularly to her sons. She will be dearly missed by her family and all her many friends. She is survived by her children Jim (Brenda) Malanchuk, Doug (Lani) Malanchuk and her precious granddaughter Julia Malanchuk. She is also survived by her sisters Helen (Charlie) Gallagher, Jeanne Frame, brother Peter (Lorraine) Smilanich and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by her loving husband Stan, granddaughter Erica Malanchuk, sisters Mary Owen, Sophie Davidge and brother Bob Smilanich. We would like to thank the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice for their loving care of our mother and to Ethel Busch her neighbour who gave Millie compassion, care and friendship for 55 years. No service by request. Should friends so desire, donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

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Donald David Kuharski 1946 – 2020 We are sad to announce the passing of Don D. Kuharski of Kamloops on January 24, 2020 at 73 years of age. He will be sorely missed by his loving family, wife Edith, children Wendy (Warren) Seibel and Donald. He is also survived by his father John, sister Doreen (Wally) and their boys also sister Shirley (John) and a brother John (Maureen) as well as four grandchildren who brought him much joy and love Willow, Dakota, Dayton and Grayson. Don began his electrical career at MIT in Winnipeg and completed his apprenticeship in 1975 in Kamloops. Our family would like to thank the staff at RIH for their care and kindness, throughout his time there. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Kamloops Funeral Home on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 1:00 pm. (285 Fortune Drive) In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don’s name to the Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com


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