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FAMILY OF KAMLOOPS GIRL CONTINUES SEARCH FOR KIDNEY MICHAEL POTESTIO

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A Kamloops toddler remains in need of a life-changing kidney — having been on the verge of receiving a transplant twice in the last week. Three-year-old Ferris Backmeyer has been at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver since Dec. 29 after her parents received a 1 a.m. phone call that a kidney had been lined up. Within hours, Ferris and her mom and dad were en route to the hospital, with the transplant scheduled for early the next morning. But by 11:30 p.m., the surgeon and a renal team delivered bad news — the donor’s kidney wouldn’t be suitable due to a last minute issue. Ferris’ mother, Lindsey Backmeyer, described the news as an “epic disappointment.” She felt excited that her daughter may receive a new kidney and a new life, buying

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Three-year-old Ferris Backmeyer has been at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver since Dec. 29. Ferris has Mainzer-Saldino syndrome — a rare disorder involving kidney failure, vision loss and misshapen bones, which she was diagnosed with just days following her birth.


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In May of 2020, South Sa-Hali elementary Grade 2 teacher Barb Niwa prepared for students to return to her classroom, with new safety measures now in place. Those measures were kept in place as the 2020-2021 school year began in September. Classes resumed this week following winter break, with five COVID-19 exposures in five schools thus far. DAVE EAGLES/KTW FILE

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With the winter break in the rear view, School District 73 students have returned to school riding the wake of a swell in COVID-19 cases across the province, leaving teachers anxious as exposures emerge and communication is clarified. With five exposures in six schools, board chair Rhonda Kershaw said SD73 administrators have learned that communication is key, now more than ever. Kershaw said attendance has shown people are confident in the district’s plan and how it is adhering to public health guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19. “At the beginning of the year, we had a 95 per cent return, which was one of the higher returns in the province, and it has stayed fairly consistent,” she said. Kershaw said there have been dips in attendance following exposure events, but noted it has always bounced back up.

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Interim superintendent Terry Sullivan said that, on average, school attendance in the province has been about 85 per cent. As for the exposures, Sullivan said in context, the district has seen a relatively low number of exposures, but still thinks six is too many. The first exposure was at NorKam secondary on Nov. 18, followed by four others in December. Kamloops-Thompson Teachers’ Association president Laurel Macpherson said teachers are anxious, especially as case counts rise in the Interior Health region and COVID-19 creeps into schools. But if there are problems in how schools are operating within SD73, it’s not because of what is happening locally, Macpherson said. “I have to say we’ve worked very well with the district,” she said, noting the issues teachers are facing are not specifically local ones. “Here in Kamloops, they do what they’re being told to do.

If they’re told to do something, they pretty much do it,” she said, referring to public health guidelines put in place by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. But Macpherson said the workload on teachers has only increased, contributing to the anxiety caused by rising case counts. “You have to implement all of the protocols, you have to teach the curriculum, you have to do standardized testing,” she said. “You have to do all of these things where we’re pretending it’s business as usual — and it’s not. It’s much more work.” With vaccines now on the horizon, Macpherson said teachers don’t yet know where they stand in the line to get poked. Sullivan, meanwhile, said he hopes people don’t become complacent in the interim. “My concern is that we somehow feel, because vaccines are coming, we can all relax our vigilance. We can’t do that. We have to continue to be vigilant and do what we’ve been doing up until now,” he said.

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“It’s not even coming down to a match. You have to be incredibly healthy before they would consider taking one of your kidneys,” Backmeyer said. Ferris has MainzerSaldino syndrome — a rare disorder involving kidney failure, vision loss and misshapen bones, which she was diagnosed with just days following her birth. The December notice brought her back to BC Children’s early, as doctors had to repair a leak in her abdomen, which has caused fluid build up from her peritoneal dialysis treatment. In the interim, Ferris will need to switch to hemodialysis — the more traditional dialysis method in which the blood is cleaned through a machine, whereas peritoneal dialysis involves injecting a fluid that cleans it through the abdomen. The entire Backmeyer family — Ferris, mom Lindsey, dad Pat and siblings Tavia, 9, and Ksenia, 7 — is once again living in the Lower Mainland

for an indefinite stint. It’s a precarious time for the family as both parents are out of work for the first time. Pat is a second-year nursing student at Thompson Rivers University, while Lindsey, a registered respiratory therapist at Royal Inland Hospital, is on employment insurance. They have opted to home school their daughters while in Vancouver to keep the family together. Tavia and Ksenia have struggled at times with

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Alternate signs come down as fast as they went up are creating this.” As a result, the person STAFF REPORTER jessica@kamloopsthisweek.com undertook an advocate art project, erecting alternate signs Signs around the city warnnext to the city warnings. ing against panhandling had The new signs looked similar been bothering one Kamloops to the city signs, but carried a resident. completely different message: The City of Kamloops signs, “Criminalizing poverty is unjust located at intersections and and ineffective.” on street medians in Sahali, Four of the alternate signs, Aberdeen and North Kamloops, made of composite materials, state panhandling from vehicles could be seen on Monday (Jan. is “unlawful” and “unsafe” and 4) at intersections, includcites the city’s panhandling ing Summit Drive and West bylaw. Columbia Street and Notre The individual, who asked to Dame Drive and West Columbia remain anonymous for fear of Street in Sahali. professional ramifications, told The alternate signs also cited KTW the signs criminalize povthe Golden Rule, which is to erty and shame the poor. treat others as one would like “It’s putting the onus on the to be treated. individual who is panhandling Within hours, however, the for being poor, when, yes, there signs were taken down. are personal choices that play Kamloops Coun. Arjun Singh $140 Million Development in and come into play,” the said the intention of the city’s individual said. no-panhandling Panoramic views signs is not to “But, ultimately, we have criminalize poverty. Two towers: 22 floors some mass social inequities He said18 the&signs were put in and structural problems that place specifically on busy road-

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conflicts with safety issues, safety prevails and the signs would be taken down. However, the person behind the sign project called road safety a “fallback” response and wants the panhandling warnSingh explained. ings to come down. City CAO David Trawin “I’m sure that the person noted such signs are not in standing there in the freezing areas where the activity is not cold winter on the icy bouleunsafe to do so, noting panhan- vard knows that it’s unsafe and, dling can be seen downtown. LUXURY if they feltLIVING that they had AT a safer He said the city’s panhanoption, I’m sure that they would dling bylaw allows individuals choose it because that’s nature to ask for money in passive — that’s our instincts,” the perways, such as with a hat on the son said. street. The individual does not However, it is illegal to blame the city, which takes its inaskdowntown kamLoops aggressively people for direction from the people. The money. hope was the community would Neither Trawin nor Singh take notice of the alternate were aware of the alternate signs and push for change. signs being taken down and a Singh said the city wants call to the city’s bylaws departpeople in need to access ment was not returned before support services and meal KTW press deadline. programs, but conceded panAsked if someone can post handling is an activity that has signs in this way, Trawin said been pervasive for some time that when freedom of speech and continues in Kamloops.

City gardens ways out of concern for panhandler and driver safety. He said residents over the years have raised concerns about people asking for money on medians in the middle of busy streets, such as Columbia. “It’s really a road safety issue more than anything else,”

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t is a new year, but we are faced with old problems. There were countless messages, online and in real life, saying good riddance to 2020 and hoping 2021 will be the annus mirabilis to the annus horribilis that we just endured. The reality is — and we can see it in daily COVID-19 case counts and monthly overdose death counts and in many other statistics that illustrate the aches and pains of this era — 2021 will be no better than 2020 until, possibly, late in the year. The one-year anniversary of the pandemic being declared by the World Health Organization is two months away and, despite the arrival of vaccines (and due to their slow rollout), the situation in B.C., across Canada and in much of the world is as bad as it has been. The five-year anniversary of the provincial government declaring a public health emergency due to the overdose death crisis is three months from now and we are coming off the deadliest year ever. Despite warnings, changes in policy and much more spending, the situation only grows ever-more bleak. On the latter issue, the one action that could make a huge difference — and save countless lives — remains an idea, that of decriminalizing simple possession of hard drugs so users can access a safe supply without worrying about breaking the law. On the former issue, all we can do is wait and hope — hope the vaccine rollout speeds up, hope the new variants are not vaccineresistant, hope as many people as possible get immunized and hope enough of us follow the existing rules so the rising case and death counts are held in check. Happy new year — we hope. Robert W. Doull President Aberdeen Publishing Inc. EDITORIAL Publisher: Robert W. Doull Editor: Christopher Foulds Newsroom staff: Dave Eagles Marty Hastings Jessica Wallace Sean Brady Michael Potestio SALES STAFF: Linda Skelly Jodi Lawrence Liz Spivey Bronwyn Lourens

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These assertions are now also embedded in the current B.C. curriculum. In addition to the usual subjects found in most educational programs, IB contains several other opportunities to better facilitate a more profound awareness of “big ideas.” The IB Learner Profile provides 10 key attributes the program aims to foster and develop in students. These assist in creating a learning environment in which learners can better comprehend connections between big ideas, examine concepts from various perspectives and reflect in a manner that contributes to their overall growth. As 2021 begins, IB schools will be preparing graduating students for the IB subject exams scheduled for May. These rigorous exams are an excellent preparation for the demands of post-secondary education. IB graduates, due to program demands, predominately believe it

has made the transition to university relatively smooth. Also, students who do well in specific IB courses are often able to use that course as a first-year university credit and may automatically enter a second-year course in the same discipline. Some past IB graduates claim the education they received in the two-year IB program was more comprehensive than some of their first-year university courses. SD73 IB grads have received early admission and entrance scholarships to such prestigious institutions as UBC, Queen’s, McGill, Waterloo and U of T. SD73 IB alumni have ventured into such professions as medicine, law, engineering, veterinary medicine, nursing and education. As the world embarks upon a new year, one can afford some optimism in that there is a growing population of articulate, lateral-thinking, internationally minded, creative leaders ready to confidently face the challenges of this 21st century. These talented stewards of tomorrow are in no small part a result of the pedagogical aspirations of the IB program. Congratulations to the SD73 IB cohorts of past and present and all the very best to the cohorts yet to come. Please check our website at sd73.bc.ca for more information and registration dates. Much appreciation to IB teacher Trevor Pendergast for his assistance. Meghan Wade is vice-chair of the Kamloops-Thompson board of education. She can be contacted by email at mwade@sd73.bc.ca.


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‘LUDICROUS’ SNOW ICE WALL CLIMB TO MOVE MOM REMOVAL POLICY Editor: I’m writing this to add my voice to the chorus of voices complaining about the snow removal policy in the city. In particular, I am irate about the city shirking its responsibility by leaving windrows at the foot of driveways. To simply say it the homeowner’s responsibility is not good enough. I am sick and tired of, time and time again, shovelling out my driveway, only to get blocked in or frozen out when the plow comes by. This is not easy stuff to shovel and often becomes heavy with gravel, becomes hard as a rock and must be broken up to be moved. It cannot simply be pushed with a snow shovel. Each shovel load must be carried individually and it is heavy. My back is still sore from the last time I had to break down the windrow. We have lived in several

Editor: Just three days before Christmas, my family received the good news that our 92-year-old mother had cities in Western Canada, all of which get plenty of snow in been placed in long-term care. She had been living happily at the winter. For some reason, Kamloops is the only city with Bedford Manor on Seymour Street for the past four years until she such a ludicrous policy on broke her foot and could no longer snow removal. care for herself. I know city trucks do not Moving Mom meant my sisters have the proper equipment and I needed to immediately box up (needed are graders with side some of her things and deliver them blades that can be lifted, not all-purpose trucks with blades to her new home. Christmas Eve found me arrivunderneath), so I suggest the ing at mom’s apartment to do that city stop being so cheap and start getting the proper equip- work. I was disappointed and not surprised to find the sidewalk all ment. along the 500-block Seymour Street I understand this is a budget item, both operational and downtown barricaded with an icy wall of frozen slush. capital, so I understand this The only open-to-the-street can only occur over a period of place was in front of the building’s time, not immediately. underground parking garage — and I suggest council and staff it was covered in shiny ice. get on it and start to catch up I parked, managed to toss some with actual civilized cities. I am a taxpayer and I expect empty boxes and suitcases over the ice wall and clamoured over myself. the city to do better, not just At 70 years old, the risk of me point to a policy and make falling on ice is a serious danger. excuses. On returning with my load to Doug Edwards Kamloops transfer to my van, I decided to

Sandra Holmes and family had to navigate ice walls along Seymour Street when moving their 92-year-old mother out of Bedford Manor. SANDRA HOLMES PHOTO

move my vehicle to the underground parking driveway so I could manage to load safely. Then an ambulance arrived for an unrelated medical call. I pulled forward so the paramedics could get the gurney out and onto the sidewalk. There were so many things wrong with my Christmas Eve experience that could have been put right by one sweep on a Bobcat or a couple of men with shovels remov-

ing the icy barricade in the loading zone. I understand street-clearing budgets and priorities and Christmas Eve and COVID-19 and all the other excuses for not creating safe access to a seniors’ building — and I want to believe the city intends to rectify that serious issue in an attempt to show respect and care for the seniors in our community. Sandra Holmes Clearwater

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Six per cent hike in properties’ assessed value JESSICA WALLACE

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Kamloops home values rose, on average, by six per cent in 2020, according to the latest property assessments. BC Assessment has released its annual assessment notices online and paper copies are in the mail, expected to land on doorsteps in the coming days. The average single-family residential home in Kamloops was valued at $488,000 in 2021, compared to $461,000 in 2020, equating to a six per cent increase. Strata condos and townhouses in Kamloops also rose, on average, by six per cent, valued at $285,000 in 2021, compared to $269,000 in 2020. Thompson-Okanagan deputy assessor Tracy Wall explained assessments are based on market values as of July 1 the previous year. A number of factors con-

tribute to property assessments, including supply and demand and home improvements. Wall said the COVID-19 pandemic played a role this year, with home sales down at the onset of the pandemic in March and April of 2020 and rebounding later in the year, with more people working from home, historically low interest rates and folks limited ability to travel, due to public health orders to curb spread of the novel coronavirus. In addition, the city reported more additions and home renovation projects in 2020. Wall said the province experienced moderate increases between zero to 10 per cent. Smaller communities in the Thompson-Okanagan region like Princeton, Keremeos and Lumby saw more significant bumps in single-family home values, as did resort communities like Sun Peaks, where prices increased by 11 per cent. Kamloops’ residential assess-

ments outpaced Kelowna, which saw a modest increase this year at three per cent for single family homes and two per cent for condos and townhouses. Housing properties in the Little Apple, however, continue to be much higher than in Kamloops, with 2021 values averaging $650,000 for a single family home and $372,000 for a condo and townhouse. That city saw the second highest residential property value in the Thompson-Okanagan region: an Okanagan lakefront property at 4358 Hobson Dr. near Summerhill Pyramid Winery valued at $10.6 million. Residents can find their assessment online at bcassessment.ca. If homeowners notice that their assessment seems to out of step with those of their neighbours or something appears to be wrong, they should contact BC Assessment by calling 1-866-825-8322. Appraisers are available to

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Q: Does contracting COVID-19, then recovering from it, give a person immunity? If so, for how long? If not, are there any other diseases (such as influenza) in which contracting a specific strain does not mean immunity? DR. PARFITT: People who have acquired the SARS-CoV-2 virus through exposure in 2020 are immune for now, with rare exceptions where second infections have occurred. We do not know for how long that immunity will last; other coronaviruses generally create months to years of immunity. As we work through 2021, we will find out if some places are experiencing more instances of repeat infections or if they are susceptible to new variants (mutations) of the virus, which will help us to understand the longevity of immunity from natural infection. Influenza is a different virus and undergoes more significant genetic changes each year, necessitating yearly vaccination in priority groups. We hope some day to be able to offer a universal influenza vaccine so that yearly immunizations are not necessary. There are many examples of diseases where we vaccinate against different strains or types using different vaccines. For example, as HPV vaccines developed, they came to cover more and more strains (they now cover nine, whereas at first it was only the two strains that were most closely associated with cervical cancer). There are also examples of bacteria that we immunize for, where we use more than one vaccine to cover different types.

There is an overwhelming amount of information available on the disease that has created the pandemic, but much of it is social media malarkey. To help separate the fact from fiction, KTW editor Christopher Foulds contacted three Kamloops doctors, who agreed to take part in a multi-part Q&A series that begins in today’s edition of Kamloops This Week and will continue in subsequent editions until the queries are exhausted. Dr. Elizabeth Parfitt is a physician specializing in treating and diagnosing patients with infections at Royal Inland Hospital. Dr. Annemie Raath is a hospitalist at RIH, a family physician skilled in caring for hospitalized patients and who has been working on the COVID unit throughout the pandemic. Dr. Carol Fenton is a Kamloops-based medical health officer for Interior Health, a position that is a public health and preventive medicine specialist. Neither of the doctors are vaccinologists, virologists or immunologists. The information in the Q&A reflects current understanding as of Dec. 30, 2020, and will likely change rapidly, as has most everything since the pandemic was declared on March 11, 2020. Dr. Elizabeth Parfitt (left) and Dr. Annemie Raath at Royal Inland Hospital. Not pictured is Dr. Carol Fenton, who is also part of the KTW Q&A. DAVE EAGLES/KTW

For example, Streptococcus pneumonia and Neisseria meningiditis both have multiple vaccines available for prevention. DR. FENTON: Everyone is wondering how they can be protected from the COVID19 virus. We think, at this point, that most people have immunity following COVID19 infection, which likely means the immune system will develop good immunity following the vaccine. However, infection and illness from COVID-19 is much riskier, with a higher hospitalization and death rate compared to influenza. This is why we are vaccinating as fast as we can, so please continue to try to prevent COVID-19 infection while we roll out the vaccine. Q: Will the vaccines for COVID-19 give us immunity and, if so, for how long? If not, is there any other reason to take the vaccines? DR. PARFITT: Right now, we are working with data from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna (both mRNA vac-

cines), which are both now in use in B.C. for priority groups. These companies have collectively studied more than 70,000 people in randomized, placebo-controlled trials and demonstrated unequivocally that for the studied period, the vaccine showed 95 per cent efficacy versus placebo. (For vaccines, we use the term “efficacy” when studied in a trial and “effectiveness” once we are looking at real-world data.) Similar to the situation with virus-induced immunity, we will have to wait and see how long this immunity is going to last. The second dose, however, may boost the immune response such that immunization-induced immunity will outlast immunity compared to natural infection. We expect that we will need to be immunized again down the road to remind our immune systems to recognize this virus, but when is not clear yet. Certainly there is a possibility, if not a probability, that we may need to be immunized again at some

point because there has been a change in the virus, which is similar to the reason we have annual influenza vaccines. One of the cool things about the mRNA vaccine technology is that it takes very little time to create the vaccine, unlike the “old days” of vaccine development. Take the Moderna vaccine, which was first created within a few days after the genetic sequence of SARSCoV-2 was made public. Within weeks, humans were being immunized with it as part of the early clinical trials — and here we are now, less than a year later with phase three trial data dating back to July. DR. FENTON: We are all anticipating the end of the pandemic with the rollout of vaccine. So far, it appears that the two vaccines approved for use in Canada — Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna — produce good immune protection from the COVID-19 virus. However, because the vaccines are so new, we don’t know yet how long the protection will last. We

will continue to monitor the data as we roll out the vaccine. Q: Some people fear vaccines that have been used for a long time. I assume even more people will be hesitant to take a vaccine created in record time. How would you ease fears over the vaccines being rolled out for COVID-19? DR. FENTON: It is interesting that many media outlets have had polls for months, asking whether someone would take the COVID-19 vaccine. Even as a public health specialist, I would not receive a vaccine without understanding its characteristics and efficacy and safety data, so it was unreasonable for the media to be asking that question before any of that information was available. Now that we know the mRNA vaccines that have been approved in Canada are both safe and effective, I would be happy to receive either one of them. Similarly, I would expect most people to be cautious until they know that the

Health Canada approval process, which is very rigorous, has been completed and that the vaccine is being endorsed and recommended by public health agencies and health authorities. DR. PARFITT: It’s very natural to be nervous about new drugs and medical technologies. I think we need to be cautious in labeling what people are feeling now as true vaccine hesitancy. Some people are just going to be earlier adopters and others may choose to wait a little longer and continue to learn about it before making a decision. It is important for people to know that the vaccine approval process has very high standards in Canada. In general, vaccine acceptability is a spectrum and most people will choose to take vaccines once given the information they need to make a decision. Every day that goes by is another day of safety data and so we will know even more with the data from the high-risk groups being vaccinated first. By the time we are able to offer vaccine to the general public, there should be little doubt as to its real-world safety and effectiveness to help reassure people. There has been a lot of press coverage giving us percentages of people who want to take the vaccine even before any data was available about their safety and efficacy, but how can people make a decision when the information that is critical to their decision is not yet available?


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If I was 80 years old, it would seem like a pretty obvious choice. As a healthcare worker, knowing that I could unknowingly spread the virus to my patients who are mostly in that vulnerable group for poor outcomes, it seems like a pretty obvious choice. Q: The new, more contagious variant of the novel coronavirus has arrived in B.C. What does this mean for any approximate timeline health experts might have had, with vaccine use, of getting back to a semblance of normal?

DR. RAATH: R ecently, the U.K. identified a new variant of COVID, which they are calling B.1.1.7, and, shortly after, we have heard reports of it being identified in various parts of the world, including Canada. There is also another variant dubbed the “South African” variant that we are hearing and learning more about. Viral variants have caused some concern because they may be linked to a higher infectivity, meaning they could spread faster. However, the presence of mutations isn’t in itself unusual. Viruses mutate.

SARS-CoV-2 has been mutating at about one to two events per month throughout the pandemic. There are already six different groups, or “clades,” and each of these have multiple “subclades.” But we do become concerned when one of these mutations seem to significantly alter how the virus acts and being more infective is certainly a potential red flag. We want to be careful while we figure this out, though. The obvious concern becomes: Will the vaccine work for the variant? How much does a virus have to change to fool the immune system? Quite a bit, actually. The B.1.1.7 variant is showing 17 different mutations and eight of these are on the spike protein. This is something scientists want to investigate carefully because this spike protein is what we use in the vaccine as an identifying characteristic to base antibodies on. The reassuring fact is the

vaccine recognizes various different parts of the spike protein, not just the spike protein as a whole. To use the analogy of a mug shot, we recognize a photo of a person based on various different facial features and we are still likely to recognize the face even though some features are a bit different. Kind of like the person of interest has put on a pair of glasses and placed their hair into a ponytail. Experts are cautiously confident the currently rolled out vaccine should still work for the U.K. variant. The head of Pfizer has committed to prioritize looking at this and they should come out with specific data on this in the next few weeks. There has been more concern about how the vaccine will work for the South African variant, but again, we are waiting for more information. For the time being, the significance for us is mostly on the increased travel restrictions. Right now, we don’t have enough informa-

tion to understand whether the variant will impact timelines. DR. FENTON: At this point, we don’t know. It looks like, so far, the vaccines we have should work for the new variant of SARS-COV-2, which is very good news. We will continue to work with our microbiology and clinical colleagues to understand what is happening with the virus as we proceed through vaccinating the high-risk populations and offer it to the general public. What we are hoping is that the vaccine will stop transmission of the virus and we will see an end to the pandemic, but any timelines at this point are guess work because there are so many moving parts to account for. Pick up next week’s print edition of KTW to learn more about COVID-19 through additional questions and answers with doctors Parfitt, Raath and Fenton. The Q&A can also be read online at kamloopsthisweek.com.

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valanches that trap snowmobilers or skiers may grab all the attention, but one responder’s favourite rescue was wrapped up in a couple hours. The scenario was unfortunate but increasingly familiar: Skiers out of bounds at Sun Peaks Resort, tired and lost with fading light and falling temperatures. The European family with two young children thought they’d duck under the ropes and take a shortcut back to their chalet, but instead of sitting in the hot tub with their kids beside them and a hot drink in their hands, they found themselves down a gully in the Henderson Creek area. This little ravine is essentially an entrapment that dangerously funnels the unwary into a narrow gully and an avalanche path. When the parents realized that they were tired and the kids were too small to hike out, they called for help. “Timing was such a crucial factor. The rescue was quick because we flew in with an RCMP helicopter before we ran out of light,” said one of the volunteers with Kamloops Search and Rescue and an avalanche forecaster at Sun Peaks. Helicopters are grounded 30 minutes after sunset unless they are specially equipped for the dark. With the RCMP, Kamloops Search and Rescue, and Sun Peaks Corp. all working together, two flights by helicopter plucked the family out within the hour and before nightfall. Considering the number of people venturing into the backcountry these days, search and rescue members expect higher than ever call volumes. The typical backdrop that Search and Rescue deals with consists of plateaus, valleys, and mountains, crisscrossed with thousands of kilometers of forest roads. Adventurers well trained and not, run the risk of getting lost or stranded in this alluring playground. Whatever the scenario, winter is a busy time for search and rescue -- and may prove deadly if operations are not completed swiftly. The message we want to share is not a new one: “The sooner you call for help, the sooner we can mobilize and get you out.” Kamloops Search and Rescue would like to thank the Cooper Family Foundation for their enduring support and gracious donations. Our new base of operations, the new facility we will call home, will allow us to remain committed to our community, regardless of the season. We are grateful to the Cooper Family Foundation for their unyielding support, and for allowing us to be a part of the most recent Wings Above Kamloops project. Be sure to enjoy your time outdoors, and remember to stay safe while you stay active!

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As politicos across the country continue to receive flak for travelling abroad over the holidays, three Kamloops politicians contacted by KTW say they abided by public health recommendations and stayed home. Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo Conservative MP Cathy McLeod has in the past travelled south for the holidays. Not so in 2020. McLeod said she stayed in the riding and never anticipated being able to travel, due to the pandemic. She said a federal advisory against travelling abroad has been in place for months. The federal advisory states: “Canadian citizens and permanent residents are advised to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice to limit the spread of COVID-19.” McLeod would not speculate on what certain politicians deemed “essential” and said riding constituents can evaluate their respective area politicians. Kamloops-South Thompson B.C. Liberal MLA Todd Stone also stayed home for the holidays.

Stone called it “disheartening” for Canadians to hear stories of those unable to follow rules put in place by public health officers. “I think at a time when we’re asking British Columbians to continue to make personal sacrifices, including minimizing their travel and staying home, it is certainly inappropriate to be asking people to do that and only to do the opposite yourself, whether you’re an elected politician or not,” Stone said. Kamloops-North Thompson B.C. Liberal MLA Peter Milobar taught his kids to cook turkey via Zoom this Christmas, unable to have family dinner because his adult children live outside of his household. Milobar said the B.C. Liberal caucus made a concerted effort to adhere to guidelines, noting resignations and demotions that followed those politicians across the country who did not adhere to such rules did not come as a surprise. “I’m not quite sure why people had the thought process they did for travel at the time,” he said. “Certainly, I can only speak to my own actions and our own caucus. We were all very mindful and stuck to local areas and local cities.”

McLeod said she went to Sun Peaks over the holidays, noting the pandemic has underscored the number of activities available in our own backyard at a time when travel has been discouraged. “I’ve talked to people who have tobogganed and ice fished and skated and skied and cross-country skied,” McLeod said. “I think opening our eyes to the winter and what winter has to offer has actually been a bit of a treat.” Stone is optimistic 2021 will be a better year, with vaccinations on the horizon. “What we do today and in the coming weeks will determine how quickly we can resume some semblance of normalcy later this year,” he said. “Buckle down, stay close to home, follow public health orders, wear a mask, wash your hands — and if we do all of that and, as long as that is complemented with an acceleration of the vaccination rollout plan, we’re going to all find ourselves towards the middle and second half of this year in a place where we’re going to be able to reunite with loved ones. I am very, very hopeful that will be the case.”

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Kilby said he also wanted to tackle the often crude portrayal of male characters in popular culture. When the two main characters end up in a village in Elden, they encounter men who are not “like Arnold Schwarzenegger in Commando or Tim Allen in Home Improvement,” he said, but instead are nurturing. “These men are kind, wise and sensitive and nurturing and look after the kids — as well as the women, who are very strong in the story, as well,” he said. The book comes in at 308 pages and Kilby said it would be ideal for strong readers between the ages of 10 and 14, but also for anyone who “can be captivated by something that’s a good yarn.” The book, self-published by Kilby, is available on Amazon. More information can be found on Kilby’s website at perryjkilby.com.

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BVD DELIVERS FOR FOOD BANK: Adding to donations to the Kamloops Food Bank is BVD Group’s cheque for $5,000 and $1,000 worth of food. On Dec. 22, BVD staff delivered those and lunch from the company’s Trackside Station Family Restaurant & Sports Bar to food bank workers. On hand were Kamloops Food Bank fleet operations manager Darren Sellars (left), BVD Group site manager Inderpal Singh, food bank executive director Bernadette Siracky, food bank resource development director Corra Gasser and food bank warehouse operations manager Wes Graham.

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As we begin life in a new year, we are all adjusting to staying at home, using foods we have stored, making crafts and keeping active with indoor hobbies. For many, this has been a change in lifestyle, but when we look at the archaeology of the Thompson and Fraser river areas, staying home during the winter months was the norm. In the Secwépemc calendar, the month of January is Pellkwetmin, meaning “stay at home month.” Home was the winter pithouse, organized into villages of various sizes that were distributed along the banks of rivers and lakes. Within a village, houses of different sizes raise questions among archaeologists: Was house size an indication of family size and number of people within a home or did the size of a house indicate the status of the family? Were bigger houses a direct correlation to family wealth or status within the community? Did larger houses have different artifacts than smaller houses? How were the homes organized and did this differ based on house size? These questions have prompted years of archaeology field schools and academic research at pithouse villages on the B.C. pla-

teau. The pithouse village at Keatley Creek in St’át’imc Territory is one of these wellstudied villages and provides some insights to the questions asked above. In looking at the organization of house floors at Keatley Creek, archaeologists identified patterns based on the spatial distribution of stone tools and faunal (animal) remains. These patterns were interpreted to represent activities within the house. In considering our own homes, how is the living room different than the kitchen? What “artifacts” would be in each space? One of the ways to test observed patterns of artifacts and interpretations of how households were organized is to looks at soil chemistry from samples taken from the living floors of houses to distinguish between activity areas, such as cooking, living or sleeping areas. By analyzing soil samples, a comparison can be made between unmodified soils and soils modified by humans, where humans have occupied an area for long enough to create a new soil that is chemically distinct from undisturbed soils. Higher or lower concentrations of elements such as calcium, phosphorus, strontium and potassium can be indicators of how a house may have been spatially organized.

For example, phosphorus and potassium are indicators of ash and hearths (fire pits), while concentrations of phosphorus, calcium and strontium can indicate areas used for food preparation. The combination of calcium and strontium is associated with a general activity area. By recognizing chemically distinct soils throughout the house and combining that with the distribution of artifacts, archaeologists can be more accurate in reconstructing the use of space for a kitchen versus a living area. Since houses were occupied over many years, archaeologists can also analyze soils from different time periods within the house to determine if the interior space was used differently. As you move about your house, consider what information you are leaving behind for future archaeologists to study. Alysha Edwards is an Indigenous archaeologist based in Lillooet. Nadine Gray is a Kamloops-based archaeologist and instructor at TRU. Interested in more? Go online to republicofarchaeology.ca. Dig It is KTW’s regularly published column on the history beneath our feet in the Kamloops region. A group of nine archaeologists working in the area contribute columns to KTW’s print edition and online at kamloopsthisweek.com.

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hether we like or not, with every approaching year we tend to hope (at times against hope) that the next 12 months will be better, bigger and blissful. And often, a few weeks into the new year, we cry about the unfairness of it all as things begin to fall apart in life and circumstances. Some years ago, at the start of a year, a fullpage newspaper advertisement from a national business magazine had this headline: “Out where the new begins.” Underneath was the story of a successful marketer of heavy machinery who joined a new company to sell new metal fabricating machines and, in so doing, introduced a new approach to successful marketing. The story is incidental, but the headline appealed to me because I know, as every spiritually transformed Christian knows, that out where the new begins is not Windsor or Sudbury or Detroit or Silicone Valley, but where a person meets Jesus Christ. Into the above realm of radical spiritual newness, each of us has been or can be brought. Jesus expressed this imperatively when He said: “You must be born again” (John 3:7). The Apostle Paul said conditionally: “If anyone is in union with Christ, he is a new being; the old state of things has passed away; there is a new state of things” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Does the phrase “in union with Christ” puzzle us? To many people, the words are meaningless, which, of course, indi-

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cates the new life has never invaded them. Yet these same people apparently know what we mean when we say we are in politics or in business or in advertising. If a person says he is in politics, for example, we realize politics has become the ruling interest, the controlling passion of his life. We know in his absorption in politics may be found a decision and a commitment. The decision was to make politics his career to the exclusion of other careers and this decision was followed by a commitment of himself — his time, energies and training — to this chosen field of action. Of what does this socalled newness consist? St. Paul’s answers deserve our consideration. First, it is a new relationship to God: “Now all things are of God who from God reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:18). The Bible is blunt and stubborn in its insistence that mankind is in rebellion against God. This rebellion, curiously enough, is not primarily against the idea of God or against a sentimental recognition of God. It is fundamentally against the reign of God, the control of God, the will of God. This rebellion is the fruitful source of all sorts

of evil, conflict, strife, anxiety and frustration. Man, having moved over from his true centre in God to a false centre in himself, finds that nothing comes out right. He is an alien in a world where he should feel at home. He is a warrior in a world where he should be a peacemaker. He is a slave in a world where he should be free. He is a fool in a world where he should be wise. He is time’s vagabond in a universe where he should be eternity’s pilgrim. The glory of the gospel is that in such a confused world as this, a cross has been erected — and at that cross, the most wonderful thing in all the range of human experience takes place. In the centre of the whole experience of change from year to year is a new relationship with God — reconciliation — which has come through our acceptance of his son as our mediator and saviour. Let us consider, in addition, that to be born anew in Christ means a new regard for others: “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh …” (2 Corinthians 5:16). If we look at human beings through the eyes of sinful, selfish, prejudiced, bigoted people, we get one view. But if we look at human beings through the eyes of Jesus Christ, we get a very different view. Paul is saying that when we base our concern for people on their poverty or wealth, we are not judging them with a Christian appraisal. If we base our concern on their being of a certain colour, whether black or white or otherwise, we are not judging them according to the mind of Christ.

From the Christian point of view, the most significant thing about people is that they are people — not that they are clever or stupid, not that they are white or black, not that they are on social assistance or the boss, but that they are creatures of God. Appraising man by man’s manufactured standards is dangerous. It is a flowing spring whence come many poisoned streams. Paul tells us further that those who belong to Christ’s new creation have a new reason for living: “For the love of Christ controls us …” (2 Corinthians 5:14). J.B. Phillips paraphrased those words as “The very spring of our actions is the love of Christ.” Almost anyone can tell us his reason for making a livelihood, but few can tell us his reason for living. We make a livelihood in order to put food on our tables and clothes on our backs. But that doesn’t make a life. A new relationship with God, a new regard for others, a reason for living — these are some of the revolutionary novelties, as enduring as they are excellent, that one finds “out where the new begins.” Have you found it so? If not, there is a new life waiting for you now and into 2021. It is not in a sermon, nor in a church, nor in a book. It is in Christ. Take him. Open your being to him. Confess your deadness to him. Trust him. “He who believes in the Son has eternal life …” (John 3:36) in 2021 and beyond. Narayan Mitra is a volunteer chaplain at Thompson Rivers University.


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Sentimental ledes were written and deleted. They were real and not spectacular, a series of failed attempts to summarize 2020 that have evaporated like steam rising from Mission Flats settling ponds. I just wanted you to know I tried (each effort keyed on the Tourney Cap’s resolve and sports pedigree), but they stunk and I’m ready to move on to 2021. This is my third annual top 10 Kamloops sports stories of the year column, penned after my 11th year at the helm of KT Dubya sports. 1. COVID-19 What athletes in Kamloops accomplished despite the pandemic will dominate this list, but the No. 1 story of the year is indisputable. Instead of dedicating any more ink to what was lost, I will move on from the topic after giving COVID-19 top spot to acknowledge what this city’s extremely knowledgeable sports community already knows — people lost jobs and lives, athletes of all ilks and ages were robbed of irreplaceable moments, development was hindered, some organizations and clubs may never return and long-term ramifications are yet to be determined.

next time a Kamloops product reaches the NBA final, unless Kelly Olynyk can get back to the big dance. Olynyk, a seven-foot forward who graduated from South Kamloops secondary, accomplished the feat in 2020, helping his Miami Heat to within two victories of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy. The 29-year-old Heat big man opted in December to bypass free agency and exercise his US $12.6 million player option to remain in Miami, which is aiming to dethrone King James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

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3. DUNSTONE Kamloops resident Matt Dunstone (a fantastic quote)

reached No. 6 on this list last year and jumps three spots based on his bronze-medal finish at the 2020 Tim Hortons Brier in Kingston. The Sheriff has been a blessing to River City sports, offering otherworldly clutch shots, off-ice drama (see team shakeup following national championship), romance (see relationship with Team Brown third Erin Pincott) and nudity (see fundraising calendar with aforementioned Kamloops girlfriend). Dunstone, who skips a Regina-based team, is arguably the most promising upand-coming curler in Canada, a driven 25-year-old who I suspect will some day land atop this list.

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reaching the Championship Pool in their Scotties debut. They are beloved in this sports town and, like Dunstone, have what it takes to reach No. 1 on this list. 5. BLAZERS I guess I lied by saying I won’t dedicate any more ink to what was pre-empted by the pandemic. Last year, the Kamloops Blazers earned their first B.C. Division title since 2012 and boasted a team that could have made serious noise in the 2020 WHL playoffs. Championship-starved fans are left to ponder what could have been. See NORTHPAWS, A24

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The club is poised to be a contender in 2021, but a big chunk of its winning window is in danger of closing with the pandemic threatening to scuttle the campaign. Back to the good stuff: Three Blazers were selected in the 2020 NHL Draft, two of whom (Connor Zary, Round 1, Calgary Flames; Dylan Garand, Round 4, New York Rangers) toiled for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship. 6. NASH Riley Nash took calls from KTW amid the pandemic both prior to the NHL season and while inside

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the playoff bubble, offering insight to readers during a time when many professional athletes shied away from interviews or were asked not to do them. (And this despite a damning exposé that handed one of his major midget records to Logan Stankoven!) Of course, the real story here is Nash, a 31-yearold centre from Kamloops, and his Columbus Blue Jackets winning four playoff games, three of which led to the demise of the Toronto

Maple Leafs in a Qualifying Round series. The eventual Stanley Cup Champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, jettisoned the Blue Jackets in five games in Round 1. ICYMI: Olynyk’s father’s brother is married to Nash’s mother’s sister. 7. NORTHPAWS The Kamloops NorthPaws will join the West Coast League baseball ranks in 2021. That news broke in July and the expansion club was gifted a dreamworld Kamloops summer day in September for an introductory press conference that offered brief respite from The Pandy. We were

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distanced and masked, so I wouldn’t quite say it was a return to normal, but it felt good to be outside with other humans picturing summer ball at Norbrock Stadium. Let’s hope we can let the Dogs out in June. 8. SCHOLARSHIPS This seemed an especially notable year for post-secondary scholarship snaring. Among the deserving recipients are Sophia Seibel (soccer, NCAA Division 1 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels), Sarah Koopmans (swimming, NCAA Division 1 University of Nevada-Las Vegas Rebels), Paige Grice (tennis, NCAA Division 1 Western Illinois University Leathernecks), Connor Milburn (hockey, NCAA Division One Lake Superior State University), Justin Friesen (tennis, Holy Cross College at Notre Dame, National Association of

Intercollegiate Athletics) and Kash Sigouin (rodeo, Western Texas College). Some of those scholarships will end up being worth more than $100,000. 9. WOLFPACK Head coach Chad Grimm led the TRU WolfPack women’s volleyball team to new heights in the 2019-2020 season. The club reached the Canada West bronze medal match for the first time since joining the U Sports ranks in 2005-2006, but was swept 3-0 by Mount Royal in March in Calgary. TRU was nationally ranked for the first time in team history. OK, so I really fibbed earlier on because I have to talk about what might have been if the pandemic had not culled the 2020-2021 Canada West campaign. The Pack were scheduled to return all but one of their players for a win-now season. In September,

Grimm said seven of them are not projected to be back for the 20212022 campaign. 10. LEADERSHIP I won’t namedrop anybody in this space, but I want to acknowledge everyone in an organizational position who rolled with the punches in 2020. Many worked selflessly to give athletes the opportunity to safely enjoy the sports they love and did so with targets that never stopped moving. Events were planned and cancelled, teams were gathered and dispersed, gyms were opened and closed and clubs were started and stopped. Behind-thescenes leaders were tasked with making tough calls, without precedent or blue print to review, and often took flak for their decisions. Here’s to you, this sentimental ending and sporting rejuvenation in 2021.


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• Open concept floor plan • Spa-like ensuite with heated tile floors • Lower level - half basement fully finished • Includes an upgraded stainless steel kitchen appliance package

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2524 Mountain View Drive - Located in the beautiful village of Sun Peaks where life is good. This home has been started and is almost at lock up. You can complete it and make this your dream home. The views of the Burfield and Sundance are outstanding and if that’s not enough you will also be able to enjoy fantastic evening sunsets from the covered deck. Some stipulations apply, please call listing Realtor for further details. $848,800

714 - 9th Street - Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase an affordable investment property - a 3 level split floor plan with non-conforming one bedroom self contained suite with separate entry. This home is situated on a pie-shaped property of 11,594 sf with good sized back yard & single attached garage +& additional parking. Updates in the last few years include roof, furnace & hot water tank. $448,500

60 - 1555 Howe Road – An adorable, clean, updated home in Aberdeen Glen Village boasting an open living area with lots of natural light, a lovely gas fireplace to warm up in front of and a bright kitchen with the dining area right off it for easy access. There are 2 lovely bedrooms and an updated bathroom with a big walk in shower. Enjoy the private fully fenced backyard with access from the covered deck. This is a great starter home or perfect for someone wanting to downsize. $309,000

900 Meadow Lake Road – A one of a kind rural property nestled amongst the trees! Located just outside of Clinton. This property must be seen to be truly appreciated. There are 3 buildings located on the sprawling 160 acres; the first being the exquisite douglas fir log main house which features a white pine interior, a beautiful kitchen with high-end appliances, 3 huge bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and an oversized attached 2 car garage. The second building is the 40’ by 70’ detached shop with 16’ and 14’ doors and tons of storage space. The third building is the 24’ by 24’ pump house that can be used for additional storage. Each of the three buildings are on their own well systems. The house and shop on their own septic systems. $1,350,000

CALL TODAY FOR YOUR FREE COMPARATIVE MARKET EVALUATION KEY BENEFITS OF LISTING YOUR HOME WITH PHIL:

7075 Watson Drive E - Affordable living in Savona. This manufactured home features 1,500 sf of living space with an open-concept kitchen, cozy living room with gas fireplace, wellsized dining, a cheerful sunroom, 3 bright & generous sized bedrooms plus 2 4-piece bathrooms. Detached garage/shop, patio & the perfect amount of greenery await you in the back yard. $300,000

• Full-time licensed Realtor® since 1991 • Regular contact re: marketing, feedback, etc. • Listing on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) • Full-time office assistant • Professional representation • Professional Signage • Advertising in Kamloops This Week • Global advertising on the internet • Thinking of Selling and/or Buying?

112 - 1390 Hillside Drive - Hillside Lofts offering 1,285 sqft of delightfully bright living space. This pristine unit features an open-concept kitchen, living, and dining area. Key features include stainless steel appliances, granite counters, convenient eating island and fireplace. You can’t beat the location of this complex thanks to it’s close proximity to many amenities including groceries, restaurants, entertainment, and more. $380,000

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28-7545 DALLAS DRIVE $279,900 • MLS®159695

135 HOLWAY STREET $349,900 • MLS®159478

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• Immaculate 2 bedroom 2 bathroom modular home in Gateway Estates • Bareland strata fee of $95/month • 2 pets allowed with no size restriction, no rentals allowed

• Very well maintained 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home in central location • Beautiful flat and fenced backyard with large carport • Unfinished half-basement

405-950 LORNE STREET $399,900 • MLS®159127

292 ORCHARD LAKE ROAD $750,000 • MLS®159641

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• Great location in this 1 bedroom 1 bathroom unit in Park Place • Top floor unit with river views • Walking distance to all downtown amenities

• Very private 1+2 bedroom 3 bathroom log home • Approximately 16.77 acres • Mountain and river views • Built in 2009

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CLASSIFIEDS Phone: 250-371-4949

INDEX

LISTINGS

Announcements . . . . 001-099 Employment . . . . . . . . .100-165 Service Guide . . . . . . . 170-399 Pets/Farm . . . . . . . . . . .450-499 For Sale/Wanted. . . . .500-599 Real Estate . . . . . . . . . .600-699 Rentals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 700-799 Automotive . . . . . . . . . . 800-915 Legal Notices . . . . . . 920-1000

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Based on 3 lines

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

No Businesses, Based on 3 lines Houses, condos, duplexes, suites, etc. (3 months max) $ 5300 Add an extra line to your ad for $10

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ALL ADS MUST BE PREPAID. No refunds on classified ads.

3500

Tax not included

Furniture

Commercial

Advertisements should be read on the first publication day. We are not responsible for errors appearing beyond the first insertion. It is agreed by any Display or Classified Advertiser requesting space that the liability of the paper in the event that errors occur in the publishing of any advertising shall be limited to the amount paid by the advertiser for the portion of the advertising space occupied by the incorrect item only and there will be no liability in any event beyond the amount paid for such advertisement.

Wrought iron beds $300/each. High chair $30. Cedar Hope Chest $400. Rocking chair $150. Oak dresser with mirror $475. 250-3728177.

8ft Antique Couch $900. Couch & matching chairs $200. 250-374-1541.

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Appliances Frigidaire self clean range with coil elements. S/S. $350. 250-828-1699.

Art & Collectibles 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

For Sale - Misc Do you have an item for sale under $750? Did you know that you can place your item in our classifieds for two weeks for FREE?

Diningroom table w/8chairs, c/w Buffet and Hutch. Med Colour. $800. 250-374-8933. Power Recliner beige cream fabric. In good condition. $500. 250-8196655 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. 250-851-7687.

Plants/Shrubs/ Trees Scotch Pine trees smaller ponderosa in pots 2ft (50) $15 each obo 250376-6607

Wanted Cash for gold and silver! Also buying coin collections, old money, old jewelry Contact Todd 1-250864-3521.

Pets

“Our Family Protecting Your Family”

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250-374-0916 Houses for Rent

Furnished Westend 2blks RIH 4bdr den deck view N/S/P. Crew! $4,300. 604-802-5649

Wanted to Rent Seeking small 3bdrm home, downtown. 1.5baths, W/D, 2-3 parking spaces.236-425-2525.

Apartments/ Condos For Sale

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

THE WILLOWS - 55+ fully secured complex across from Northills Mall. 1bdrm second floor apt. 758sq/ft. 5appl, storage unit. $269,900. 250-3769378 or 250-554-0033.

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Houses for Sale

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Rental turnkey Business $4300. income mo. WestEnd. $698K. 250-2140909.

PERFECT Part-Time Opportunity

Found Found: One pair of women’s prescription glasses near the 3700 blk Overlander Dr. 250-320-8681

Personals

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Greeting cards made in England each cellophane wrapped 90,000 for $17,000/obo 250-3766607. Satellite phone Model Iridium 9505A handset w/attachments. $1300. 250-374-0650.

Free Free: 2ft sq. Christmas Cactus. 250-579-5705.

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Basement Suites 1brm in Batchelor Quiet, mature person. N/P/S. $1200/mo. +1/3 hydro. 250-320-5112. Fortune Dr. 1bdrm Priv entr, Prking. $800 incls all amenities. 250-374-0949.

Shared Accommodation Bright peaceful Westend View Home, RIH 5min walk, Bdr+den $1550. 250-214-0909

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Farm Services

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Classes & Courses

SHAVINGS & SAWDUST 10 TO 150 YARD LOADS

HUNTER & FIREARMS Courses. A Great Gift. Next C.O.R.E. February 20th and 21st. Saturday and Sunday. P.A.L January 17th, Sunday. Professional outdoorsman and Master Instructor: Bill 250-376-7970

BARK MULCH FIR OR CEDAR

- Regular & Screened Sizes -

REIMER’S FARM SERVICE

250-838-0111 Handyperson

No Job Too Small. Friendly Service. 15 years exp. Guaranteed. References.

DAN’S HANDYMAN SERVICES

Boats 14ft. Runabout boat. 40hp Johnson motor on trailer. $1000/obo. 778469-5434.

Automotive Tires 4-P275/60R20 Hercules Avalanche X-treme fits Dodge 1/2T w/rims. $800. 250-573-5635.

Renovations, Painting, Flooring, Drywall, Bathrooms, Electrical (Red Seal) & more

For all Deliveries & Dump Runs. Extra large dump trailers for rent. Dump Truck Long and Short Hauls!! 250-682-1802

Run until sold New Price $56.00+tax

Security

CHOOSE LOCAL “Our Family Protecting Your Family”

PRESTIGE

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Call: 250-3714949 *Some conditions & restrictions apply. Private party only (no businesses).

Sports & Imports

1990 Jaguar Red. leather, 4-door, A/C, Power everything. 142,597kms, $2200.00 250-851-0209.

Vans 1997 Ext GMC Savana 3500. Work ready service van and tools avail. $9,500. 250-573-9337.

Rims

4 - BMW X5, X3 wheels like new. $590 Call 250-319-8784.

All aluminum cargo trailer 7ftx14ft. $12,000/firm. Like new. 250-719-3539.

www.danshandymanservices.net

RV’s/Campers/ Trailers

Tax not included

Utility Trailers

778-999-4158

RICKS’S SMALL HAUL

Based on 3 lines 1 Issue.. . . . . . $1638

• 2 large Garage Sale Signs • Instructions

Farm Services

Handyperson

EMPLOYMENT

RS5 Audi winter studded snow tires and wheels over 90% tread . 285/30R20 $1700.00 Call 250 319-8784

Domestic Cars 2000 Jaguar XK8 Convertible 4L, V-8, fully loaded. Exec shape. $12,500/obo. 250-3764163.

RUN UNTIL SOLD ONLY $35.00 (plus Tax) (250) 371-4949 *some restrictions apply call for details

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PAPER ROUTES AVAILABLE DOWNTOWN

Rte 310 – 651-695 2nd Ave, 660-690 3rd Ave, 110-292 Columbia St, 106-321 Nicola St. – 43 p. Rte 317 – 535-649 7th Ave, 702-794 Columbia St(Even Side), 702-799 Nicola St. – 39 p. Rte 318 – 463 6th Ave, 446490 7th Ave, 409-585 8th Ave, 604-794 Battle St. – 27 p. Rte 323 – 755-783 6th Ave, 763-804 7th Ave, 744-764 8th Ave, 603-783 Columbia St(Odd Side), 605-793 Dominion St. – 52 p. Rte 325 - 764-825 9th Ave, 805-979 Columbia St, 804-987 Dominion St, 805-986 Pine St. - 64 p. Rte 327 - 1103-1459 Columbia St, 1203-1296 Dominion St. - 38 p. Rte 331 – 984-987 9th Ave, 1125 10th Ave, 901-981 Douglas St, 902-999 Munro St, 806-990 Pleasant St. - 34 p. Rte 335 - 1175-1460 6th Ave, 1165-1185 7th Ave, Cowan St, 550-792 Munro St. – 56 p. Rte 370 – Nicola Wagon Rd, 35-377 W. Seymour St. – 36 p. Rte 371 – 125-207 Connaught Rd, 451-475 Lee Rd, 7-376 W. St Paul St. – 73 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. – 69 p. Rte 381 – 20-128 Centre Ave, Hemlock St, 605-800 Lombard St. – 42 p. Rte 382 – 114-150 Fernie Pl, Fernie Rd, 860-895 Lombard St. – 23 p. Rte 384 – 407-775 W.Battle St, 260-284 Centre Ave. – 42 p. Rte 385 – 350-390 W.Battle St, Strathcona Terr. – 29 p.

DRIVER WANTED

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Deadline January 15, 2021 Kamloops This Week is looking for an energetic individual to join our team of Contract Drivers. Reporting directly to the Circulation Manager, you will be responsible for the timely delivery of newspapers to our valued carriers, business and apartments. The applicant must have a suitable vehicle (van or covered pickup) with all necessary insurance and a valid driver’s license. The successful candidate will be paid in accordance to the Kamloops This Week/ Unifor Collective Agreement. This posting is open to internal and external candidates concurrently. Internal applicants will be considered ďŹ rst in accordance with the Collective Agreement.

LOWER SAHALI/SAHALI Rte 402 – 14-94 Bestwick Dr, Mahood Pl. – 28 p. Rte 403 – 405-482 Greenstone Dr, Tod Cres. – 28 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. – 49 p. Rte 449 - Assiniboine Rd, Azure Pl, Chino Pl, Sedona Dr. – 90 p. Rte 452 – 1430-1469 Springhill Dr. – 64 p.

Please send your resume with current drivers abstract and description of your vehicle to:

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Business Opportunities ~ Caution ~ While we try to ensure all advertisements appearing in Kamloops This Week are placed by reputable businesses with legitimate offers, we do caution our readers to undertake due diligence when answering any advertisement, particularly when the advertiser is asking for monies up front.

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Need extra $ $ $ Kamloops This Week is currently hiring Substitute Carriers for door-to-door deliveries. Call 250-374-0462 for more information

Work Wanted HOME & YARD HANDYMAN If you need it done, Give us a call! Steve 250-3207774.

ABERDEEN

Rte 508 – 700-810 Hugh Allan Dr. - 49 p. Rte 510 - 372-586 Aberdeen Dr, 402-455 Laurier Dr. – 53 p. Rte 513 – Braemar Dr, 556-696 Laurier Dr, 2214-2296 Van Horne Dr. – 39 p. Rte 530 – Bentall Dr, 2688-2698 Willowbrae Dr. – 40 p. Rte 540 – 2600-2700 Galbraith Dr, Raeburn Dr, Telford Dr. & Pl. - 61 p. Rte 543 – 1250 Aberdeen Dr, Kinross Pl, LinďŹ eld Dr. - 99 p.

PINEVIEW VALLEY/ MT. DUFFERIN

Rte 580 – 1300-1466 PaciďŹ c Way, Prairie Rose Dr, Rockcress Dr. – 83 p. Rte 584 - 1752–1855 Hillside Dr. – 26 p. Rte 587 – Sunshine Crt, & Pl. – 51 p.

RAYLEIGH

Rte 588 – Davies Pl, 16801751 Hillside Dr, & Pl, Monterey Pl, Scott Pl. – 46 p. Rte 590 - 1397 Copperhead Dr, Saskatoon Pl. – 36 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 832 - Bolean Dr & Pl, Chilco Ave, Kathleen Pl. – 58 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 838 – 4556-4797 Cammeray Dr, Strawberry Lane. – 62 p.

VALLEYVIEW/ JUNIPER

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Sylvia Hayes 1922 - 2020

November 5, 1946 - December 24, 2020

Sylvia passed away on December 25, 2020 at the amazing age of 98.

Born in Tynemouth, England, Gavin came to Canada with his parents in 1947 at the age of 8 months. He spent his first few years in Kildonan on the Alberni canal. He then grew up in South Burnaby, BC with his younger sister Val. Predeceased by his parents Christina and Harry Barber. Gavin will be sorely missed by his wife of 51 years, Judy (née Pfeiffer), his son Graham Barber (Jess) (Toronto), daughter Catrina Sinclair (Scott) (Kamloops), his grandchildren Zoey (6) and Nixon (4) and sister Val Homeniuk (Portt Coquitlam), who was very close to Gavin. Zoey and Nixon will miss Grampa and his workshop where they would saw 2X4s and nail and screw them together in weird and wonderful shapes.

She will be missed and remembered by her daughters Gloria (Gary), Joanne (Jim) and Donna, and her (Stephanie), eight and ten great-

“He was a gentleman” was the description that comes up most often from friends, colleagues and even the many nurses in the various hospitals he visited. He truly was liked by all.

son Michael grandchildren grandchildren.

Judy and Gavin met at SuperValu #78 in Burnaby where they both started working at 16 years of age, Gavin in the produce department, Judy as a cashier. It was 2 years of wooing before he bought a sports car and Judy finally noticed him! Thus began our courtship which grew into a loving and devoted 56 year life together.

We would like to thank the staff at the Overlander Care Home (Evergreen) for their wonderful care and compassion.

One of Gavin’s hobbies was building log cabins and putting additions on them. Hihium Lake was what drew us to Kamloops and where all this building took place. While the children were young we spent magical Christmases at the cabin: no electricity, no running water, no road access, snowmobiles were our mode of transportation. Summers were spent at the lake where you couldn’t stand still in the water lest the leeches find you. After the children became employed we spent Christmases at home but New Years with friends at the cabin, leaving the kids to fend for themselves. It was a special place for Gavin and we made many friends up there. Gavin attended Moscrop Jr. High then Burnaby Central Sr. High. He received his Bachelor of Science and then his teaching certificate at UBC. In 1969 Gavin was a founding member at Valleyview Jr. High School teaching there from 1969 to 1980. He then spent the next 23 years at Kamloops Sr. Secondary, retiring in 2003. Gavin coached boys and girls volleyball for 25 years, something he truly enjoyed. He was also very active in cross country skiing, playing racquetball and squash. But most of all he loved his family, attending all the kids activities, even practices, whenever he could. After his retirement he was still very active. Being a senior math teacher he was in demand as a substitute math teacher. He tutored the WHL Blazers for several years and travelled with them on one of their Prairie road trips. He was a member of a slow pitch team that medalled in 2 of our province’s seniors games. We also started travelling to many developing countries where we were fascinated by all things ancient. Travelling was cut short by the need for a heart transplant (the first one) in 2016. That heart failed in 2020 and another heart was not available when once again needed. A celebration of Gavin’s life will take place after Covid restrictions are removed.

Thank you also to Drake Funeral Services for all his help during these trying times. Rest in peace Mom We love you

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In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the following society that provided a suite for Judy to stay during the last 7 weeks of Gavin’s life: Heart Transplant Home Society c/o St. Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6.

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Her journey’s just begun. Life holds so many facets, This earth is only one. Just think of her as resting, From the sorrows and the tears, In a place of warmth and comfort,

I miss you still, But see you new In light of joy And smile at your remembrance.

Where there are no days and years. Think how she must be wishing, That we could know today, How nothing but our sadness, Can really pass away. And think of her as living, In the hearts of those she touched, For nothing loved is ever lost; And she was loved so much. by E. Brenneman

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It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Sally Ann Clow of Kamloops, BC, on December 31, 2020, at 85 years of age.

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Christina Rae Hunter on December 19, 2020 at the age of 79.

Sally is survived by her daughter MaryAnn Deslaurier of Kamloops, BC, grandchildren James (Laura), Sarah, and Chris, and great-grandchildren Madelyn and Liam. Also left to cherish Sally’s memory is her sister Susan J. Watts. Sally was predeceased by her parents William and Louise Widdows, her husband William Beatson, her brother-in-law Adrian Watts, and her grandson Ryan Deslaurier.

Chris was born in Victoria, BC, the only child to Ethel and William Surradge. They moved to Burnaby, BC where Chris met the love of her life, Jim Hunter, at Burnaby North High school.

Sally was born in Brentwood, England on October 29, 1935. After growing up in Brentwood, Sally would eventually meet her husband William. Sally would then accompany her husband to Singapore where they lived prior to the birth of their daughter Mary-Ann in England. Upon the loss of her husband, Sally moved to London where she enjoyed working at Whitbread Brewery and having multiple roles volunteering at the Palladium Theater. A change in scenery was in order resulting in Sally deciding to cross the pond and move to Kamloops in 1968. After arriving in Kamloops, Sally obtained employment at the Bank of Montreal prior to embarking on her career at City Hall. Sally often spoke fondly and with great pride of the twenty-six years she spent as the Deputy City Clerk. Sally loved a good road trip as well, whether it be to the Vernon Lodge or exploring the Pacific coast. If not behind the wheel, Sally could be found enjoying the company of her friends, “The Golden Girls�, or having a pint and watching a game on the television. Most of all, Sally will be remembered as a dedicated mother, amazing grandmother and a very loyal friend. A memorial service for Sally will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca

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One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky ashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two set of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord. When the last scene of his life ashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life. This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. “Lord, you said that once I decided to followed you, you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times of life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why, when I needed you most, you would leave me.â€? The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suering, when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.â€? Margaret Fishback Powers

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Chris and Jim married and settled in Surrey, BC where they welcomed their son, Russ in 1968. Here they formed lifelong friendships and spent countless hours at their cabin at Anderson Lake. In 1980 Jim took a job transfer to Kamloops and they settled in Rayleigh. Chris and Jim were proud members of the Shriners and Daughters of the Nile. Chris was also a longtime member of the YMCA where she met friends to work out, but especially enjoyed the luncheons that followed. Chris was an avid Canucks fan and never missed a game. She was also the biggest fan of her two grandchildren, Bennett and Sophie whom she attended every game, recital and concert, never missing an event. Left to mourn her passing is her son Russ, daughter-in-law Tara, grandchildren Bennett and Sophie. Chris is predeceased by her husband James George Hunter on December 16, 2007 and parents Ethel and William Surradge. A special thank you to her wonderful Rayleigh neighbours who loved and cared for her like family. There will be no formal ceremony. Arrangements entrusted to Alternatives Funeral & Cremation Services 250-554-2324 Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca

THE ANGEL ON YOUR SHOULDER By Jackie Huston Lena, Wisconsin

There’s an angel on your shoulder Though you may not know she’s there, She watches over you day and night And keeps you in her care. There’s an angel on your shoulder Watching you learn and grow Keeping you safe from danger And nurturing your soul. She’ll be there through your triumphs She’ll dance on clouds with pride, She’ll hold your hand through disappointments and fears, Standing faithfully by your side.          And stood up for what was right. Inyourlifeyou’ll be facedwith decisions and trials And she’ll shine down her guiding light. Life holds so much in store for you, So remember as you grow older, There are no heights you cannot reach ‘Cause there’s an angel on your shoulder. Bereavement Publishing Inc. 5125 N. Union Blvd, Suite 4 Colorado Springs, CO 80918

William (Bill) Kenneth Hibbert It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of William (Bill) Kenneth Hibbert on December 15, 2020 at the age of 91 in Kamloops. Bill is survived by his sons Ken (Rhys), Del (Karen), Brett (Anne); his grandchildren Bonnie, Greg, Alissa (Joelan), Cody (Tyra); and his great-grandchildren Dawson (son of Alissa & Joelan), Callahan (daughter of Cody & Tyra). Bill was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Norma; his infant child Margaret; his parents Eric and Lillian Hibbert; and his sister Ruth (Les). Bill was born in Vancouver on April 3, 1929, and moved to Port Alberni in 1932. He graduated from Alberni and District High School in 1947. Later, he became a member of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, based in Port Alberni. At the age of 18, Bill obtained his pilots licence, and subsequently purchased his own airplane - a 1942 de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane. Bill moved to Kamloops in 1950, where he met Norma in 1951. They were married in Kamloops in 1952. They lived in Edmonton and Kelowna briefly, before returning to Kamloops. In the early 1950s, Bill drove a logging truck for Balco Forest Products. And for 39 years, from 1955 to 1994, he worked as a superintendent for Swift Canadian Co Ltd/Gainers. Bill was an avid stock car racer from 1959 to 1973. He won many races at tracks in the Kamloops region: Harwin, Scheidam, and Tillicum Speedways, as well as at other tracks around BC. Bill was always eager to spend a weekend camping with his family and friends around the race track or in the Tunkwa Lake area near Kamloops. He enjoyed watching sports, and was a devoted fan of the Kamloops Blazers, having attended virtually every home game in the last 30 years. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the (HeartandStroke.ca) in the memory of Bill Hibbert.

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Joseph (Noel) Rene Paquin December 25, 1944 - December 28, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Noel Paquin. Noel will be missed by his loving wife, Judy Paquin, two daughters, Nicole PaquinMatthew (Mark), Michelle Paquin (Rhys) and grandchildren, Lucas and Rayel. He also leaves behind, seven siblings, in-laws and numerous nieces and nephews. He follows his deceased family members, his sister Helene Paquin, his father Albert Paquin, and his mother, Simone Paquin. Noel spent his earliest years in the Abitibi region of rural Quebec. He loved the freedom and fun of farm life and relished the responsibility of milking the goats and being left alone with the workhorses. Noel enjoyed building toys with his siblings and taking overnight trips into the bush with his father. He moved with his family from the country to Montreal when he was 13.Throughout his 76 years, Noel maintained an appetite for mischief. Not long after moving to the city, he found a part-time job at a bowling alley. In his later teen years, Noel liked to go out on the town at night with his friends and get up to no good. These were undoubtedly his most mischievous years. As an adult, Noel started moving further west for work and landed himself in Ontario, where he began honing his plumbing and heating skills. It wasn’t until he made his way to Edmonton in 1976 that he met his future wife, Judy Witwicky. Noel was still engaged in nightly shenanigans with a couple of French buddies, but he worked hard during the day. One evening, he managed to catch Judy’s attention with his more gentlemanly side. Four years later, in 1980, their first daughter, Nicole, was born, and a few years later, in 1984, Michelle joined the family. Noel was a proud, loving, and devoted father and, later, grandfather. Judy and Noel moved to British Columbia and joined Judy’s mother, Dianne, and father-in-law Frank Zimmerman in McClure. The family stayed in McLure for nearly 20 years before moving to Kamloops .Noel often traveled for work and, in the 1990s, he worked throughout the North Thompson, then in the 2000s, he spent eight years in Vancouver and Whistler. While working at the coast, Noel drove to and from Kamloops every week to spend time with his family, even when the weather conditions were poor. Noel demonstrated a strong commitment and responsibility to family and, along with Judy, succeeded in building a strong foundation for his children. He took pride in supporting his daughters and particularly enjoyed being present for high school and university graduations and loved walking both of his daughters down the aisle. During the last 13 years of his life, Noel’s greatest joy was being a grandfather to Lucas and Rayel, for this is where his love and mischief were able to flourish with equal force. It was not uncommon for him to sneak chocolate to his granddaughter after her mother explicitly told him she could not have more. He spoiled his grandkids as much as he could and spent hours playing silly games on the floor, making them laugh. He was always eager to participate in all of the fun activities including, going to the water park on vacation, tubing down Harper Mountain during Christmas, or playing video games. He loved tropical family vacations and times at Savary Island with Mark, Nathan, and Marie Matthew. But equal to trips away, Noel cherished Saturdays and Sundays at the pool of he and Judy’s home. For those who were lucky enough to share a cold drink with Noel poolside on a hot summer’s day, they can likely picture him sitting back in a chair with the sun on his face and a little reggae playing in the background. During these times, you were likely to catch him with a smile as he said: “It beats working, doesn’t it?” In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Kamloops Hospice. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

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Meredith Samuel Scott (Sam) March 10, 1938 - December 26, 2020

Dad always said they broke the mould when he was born and after all these years we realize he was right. Meredith Samuel Scott (Sam) was born March 10, 1938 in Kamloops, BC, to Norman Thomas Scott and Isabella Anderson Forsyth Watson Scott. On December 26, 2020, after what he often referred to as “a great life,” Sam passed away suddenly in his beloved home of 50 years. Sam was predeceased by his father Norman Scott (1945), mother Isabella Scott (1990), sister Maureen Baerg (1997) and granddaughter Jenna Wills (2002).He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Lois, his children Brenda (Jeff) Wills, Darrell, and Kevin (Ann) Scott of Kamloops. He will be remembered by his grandchildren Brooke, McKenzie, Lane, and Brett Wills, Logan (Nicola Tabata) and Ethan Scott. Sam was a proud North Kamloops man, living his whole life on the North Shore. Sam’s family owned S.S. Scott & Sons ice business, where they harvested ice blocks from the South Thompson River and local lakes for the delivery to the residents of Kamloops. Sam’s family owned various properties throughout Kamloops, including the former ice houses near Pioneer Park and property along the north shores of the Thompson River, where his family home stands to this day. Sam was a career firefighter for the North Kamloops Fire Department beginning in October of 1965. After the amalgamation of the city, he continued with Kamloops Fire & Rescue and retired as Assistant Fire Chief in June 1996. Family was most important to Sam. In the early family days, many miles were put on his 1965 yellow GMC pickup and Vanguard camper, travelling with friends and family throughout BC. All three of his children learned to drive in that yellow truck and the family still owns it to this day. As his children grew up, many summer days were spent either boating on the South Thompson River or camping at the Cinnemousun Narrows on Shuswap Lake. Many hours were spent floating in the boat as he taught his kids how to waterski and enjoy his goofy jokes. In the winter months, Sam would build a skating rink in the backyard, and each morning he would get up early to flood the rink, making sure it was perfectly smooth for his children and the neighbourhood kids to enjoy. The odd puck, breaking a window, was testament to a good time on the ice. Sam loved to putter in his garden and many meals were filled with the vegetables that he grew in his backyard. Sam and Lois enjoyed home canning. Sam would stand for hours in the kitchen peeling peaches or pickling pickles, helping Lois can and process every known fruit and vegetable to man. He was an avid hockey fan and held season tickets over the years to the Kamloops Rockets, Chiefs, and Blazers. When he couldn’t attend a game in person, he would watch from his home computer. Sam’s home was always welcoming and he opened and invited many to stay if needed. For many years his home was bustling with activity from the junior hockey players they billeted with the Kamloops Rockets and Chiefs in the 1970s, to the many nieces and nephews that were always welcome to stay or share a meal with Uncle Sam and Auntie Lois. In retirement, Sam and Lois bought a motorhome and travelled across Canada and to Alaska. Sam loved planes, trains, and automobiles and they stopped at every train and plane museum he could find. Poor Lois. They had a wonderful trip and were able to reconnect with many family members in Saskatchewan and Ontario. Sam was a man of many talents and was able to fix and build many things. He helped renovate houses, build furniture, and used his skills as a former auto body repairman and his mechanical ability to restore his mom’s 1961 Pontiac Tempest. Sam put in extra hours working on the Tempest to get the car ready for his grandson, Ethan, to drive at his graduation. He took great pride in showing the car in the Easter parade and at Hot Night in the City. Sam was devoted to his grandchildren. He would be at the arenas for early morning hockey games and would travel long distances to watch his granddaughters’ rodeo, and his favourite horse, Cactus, compete. Sam was able to travel to Red Deer in 2019 and was very proud to see his granddaughter Brooke, win the Canadian Barrel Racing title. It truly was his last rodeo. Sam was kind and patient, and always had something interesting to talk about. He truly felt he was fortunate and enjoyed the simple things in life. He was a glass “half full” kind of guy. He had an amazing memory of days gone by and could tell you anything you wanted to know about Kamloops. Sam often referred to the area as “God’s Country” and he truly believed it was. He loved to talk about his adventures growing up in Kamloops involving his family and friends. He loved to share his knowledge of the people and area. Everyone will miss listening to his stories and spending time with him.

Thank you for being a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Until we meet again, we love you and will miss you. The family would like to thank Dr. Cribb for her care and kindness. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Sam’s memory, to the Kamloops Fire & Rescue Charitable Society. Due to COVID, there is no service planned at this time. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Yvonne Tremblay. She leaves behind five children and their spouses, many grandchildren, greatgrandchildren, relatives, and dear friends. Mom was born in 1926 in a farmhouse in Agassiz which was built by her father. It’s there that she met her husband Arthur after the war. They later settled in Westsyde where together they raised five children, Diane, Carol, Ken, Sue, and Annette and lived there for many years.

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Mom was a beautiful seamstress and made clothes for all of her kids, as well as a beautiful knitter and gardener. After dad passed she moved to Cottonwood where she continued to enjoy meeting friends in the coffee room and spent many hours volunteering and knitting for the craft room. As her health deteriorated, she moved into Chartwell and from there to Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice. We would like to thank the staff of Royal Inland Hospital, Chartwell and Hospice where she was looked after with care and love. Once it is safe to do so our families will get-together to celebrate her life and share many heartfelt stories. In lieu of flowers a donation to your charity of choice would be appreciated. Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca

May the Sunshine of Comfort Dispel the Clouds of despair

I know that no matter what You will always be with me. When life separates us I’ll know it is only your soul Saying goodbye to your body But your spirit will be with me always. When I see a bird chirping on a nearby branch I will know it is you singing to me. When a buttery brushes gently by me so care freely I will know it is you assuring me you are free from pain. When the gentle fragrance of a ower catches my attention I will know it is you reminding me To appreciate the simple things in life. When the sun shining through my window awakens me I will feel the warmth of your love. When I hear the rain pitter patter against my window sill I will hear your words of wisdom And will remember what you taught me so well’ That without rain trees cannot grow Without rain owers cannot bloom Without life’s challenges I cannot grow strong. When I look out to the sea I will think of your endless love for your family. When I think of mountains, their majesty and magniďŹ cence I will think of your courage for your country. No matter where I am Your spirit will be beside me For I know that no matter what You will always be with me. by Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

Valerie Frances Trotter (nĂŠe Collins) Born January 03, 1932 Winnipeg, Manitoba Died December 24, 2020 Kamloops, BC It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved mother, grandmother and greatgrandmother in the early morning hours of December 24, 2020 at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice in Kamloops. BC. Val chose to leave her physical body when the Star of David was high in the sky. Her passion was the study of Astrology and she transitioned from her body during the days of the closest observable conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius since 1226 AD. This marks the birth of a new astrological epoch. How auspicious! On September 1, 1950 Val married Al Trotter and was happily married for 61 years until Al’s death in 2011. Al was in the air force and they were stationed in Edmonton, Montreal, Marville (France), Gimli, Manitoba. Being an air force wife meant packing up every 3-4 years and as luck would have it, most of their transfers took place just before or after the birth of one of their 6 kids. Al and Val’s last transfer was to the Mt. Lolo Radar Base in Kamloops in 1967 where they chose to spend their remaining years. After Al died, Val lived very independently and quite happily on her own until she moved into Active Care Retirement Home in the summer of 2019. She made many friends with the residents and staff during her short stay. Val was an avid golfer and was a member of the Kamloops Golf and Country Club for 40 years. Her most exciting personal golf experience was when she posted a score of under 100 and won her flight. She excitedly told everyone within hearing distance....I won my flight! I won my flight! We know she is reunited with Dad playing golf on the fairways of heaven. Val was as sharp as a tack right up until a few weeks before her passing. She loved all sports and especially her Canadian ‘girls’ who entertained her in the LPGA and Lord help you if you called and interrupted Jeopardy. She was up to date on all current events and followed politics not only in Canada but also those to the south of us. Val is survived by her six children Leslie (Richard), Jack, Laurie (Jamie), Valerie (Mario), Danny (Lynne) and Rob (Cristene), eight grandchildren Cassie, Andrew, Michelle, Rob, Joel, Nicki, Evan and Sam, and two great-grandchildren Sienna and Jade. Our thanks go out to the staff at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice for their kindness and care during her short stay and to all the staff at Active Care Retirement Home for the love and care you offered her. No funeral at Val’s request. The family hopes to hold a celebration of life at a later date. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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Cynthia (Cindy) Dawn van Leeuwen It is with extremely heavy hearts to announce the sudden passing of Cynthia (Cindy) Dawn van Leeuwen who left us too soon on December 23, 2020. To say that this amazing woman has touched the hearts of over 1000 people is less than an understatement. Not only was she the wife and a best friend to her husband Gerald van Leeuwen married since August 30, 1975, she is also survived by her two children Tiffany and Curtis (Laura) her two grandsons Ivan and Keagan, two sisters Donna (Allen) and Linda (Wayne), and so many other family members, whether they were nieces and nephews, in-laws, or just wonderful friends. Everyone was an extended family member to Cindy. She is now spending her days in heaven with her parents Ivan and Martha, crashing into all sorts of things trying to figure out how to fly with her new wings. Cindy had a heart of gold and a smile that could light up a room. She was always telling jokes or stories and making people laugh. When she wasn’t busy working at Your Independent Grocer she was being the best wife, parent, sister, grandparent, aunt or friend anyone could ask for. She was always there and ready with a cup of tea or a glass of wine for you. She lived to play all sorts of games but card games were her favourite. She was truly the life of every party and so many people are blessed to have amazing memories of this wonderful woman. Even if you got to only experience meeting her for a short time, you will remember her and her generous personality. Her spirit will greatly be missed, especially during all of the holidays as she would go extra and above for every single one. While we could go on for ages about Cindy, we would like to leave the stories for when we do her celebration of life. Due to the trying times right now, we are aiming for something hopefully this summer and will announce a date at a later time. Until then, please raise your glass and do a “cheers� for Cindy in her honour. In lieu of flowers, we do ask that you please make a donation to a nice bottle of wine for yourself. Just kidding, (well maybe not) but please to a charity of your choice as she would not want any getting left out. Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

She Walks in Beauty LORD BYRON

She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impaired the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o’er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express, How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. And on that cheek, and o’er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent!

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A Vanished Friend

Around the corner I have a friend In this great city that has no end; Yet days go by, and weeks rush on, And before I know it a year has gone, And I never see my old friend’s face,         He knows I like him just as well As in the days when I rang his bell,                   Tired of playing a foolish game,          “Tomorrow, I will call on Jim,              But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes, And the distance between us grows and grows, Around the corner, yet miles away  Â?         Â? And that’s what we get, and deserve in the end, Around the corner a vanished friend! by Anders Lim

In Loving Memory of Kurt Wormsbecher December 28, 1946 - December 23, 2020 On December 23, 2020 with his family by his side, Kurt, affectionately known as Pas, left us to reunite with his parents, Alexander and Franziska Wormsbecher and his siblings: Werner Gaiser, Walter Gaiser, Christa O’Brien, Alex Wormsbecher and Cliff Wormsbecher. Kurt is survived by the love of his life of 57 years Marilynne, and his children Audra (Tim) Funk and Gordon Wormsbecher and his faithful fur baby Tikka. Also left to cherish his memory are his grandchildren Alex, Megan, Kaylen, Becky and Missy, as well as sister-in-law Irene (Ken) Smith and numerous nieces and nephews. Kurt will be deeply missed by lifelong friends George and Sharon Torrans, Phil Fisher and Hunter Cameron. Kurt was born in Nussbach, Germany in 1946. He moved to Canada as a young boy, first to Humboldt, Saskatchewan and then to Kamloops where he grew up in Brocklehurst. Kurt always showed an interest and love of cars and so it made sense that he became an auto mechanic. He worked in various garages in Kamloops, Vernon and Chase. He was a skilled trouble shooter and master at fixing anything automotive. He was always happy to fix a vehicle for a simple thank you. Kurt met Marilynne in 1962 and the two eventually began dating. After dating for 3.5 years they married in 1967. Kurt and Marilynne lived in Vernon for a short time before finally settling back in Kamloops. Besides automotive, Kurt also had interests in trains, computers, puttering on his truck and making people laugh. He was always happy when he could share a joke, or many. He had an amazing sense of humour. Kurt was a kind and generous spirit. He had a zest for life. He was up to do anything. He stayed positive and kept a bright outlook, regardless of what life threw at him; “Another kick in the nuts� as he would say. Family was everything to Kurt. He loved camping with his grandchildren, family get-togethers, trips, coffee dates; anything that involved family. Kurt will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit, his ability to make people laugh and his easygoing nature.

We’ll keep the coffee on Pas. The family wishes to thank Dr. Trudeau and the 4-North staff at RIH, as well as the kind and caring staff at Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice. Much love and thanks to those who have reached out to the family. Due to Covid 19, a celebration of life will take place when restrictions allow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marjorie Willoughby Snowden Memorial Hospice in Kurt’s name.


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