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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27, 2021 | Volume 34 No. 4

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BLAZERS’ FORWARD PARKCREST REBUILD SOPOTYK PARALYZED GETS FUNDING

ACTIVELY SEEKING FUNDS FOR PROJECTS

Parents Bobby and Lori hope Kyrell will walk again, but WHL career over

Feds could fund $4 million worth of active transportation projects

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More than $37 million has been committed to rebuilding the school

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COMMUNITY SPREAD

MAYOR CALLS ON COMMUNITY TO ‘DOUBLE DOWN’ IN FACE OF RISING COVID-19 CASES JESSICA WALLACE SEAN BRADY

STAFF REPORTERS

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n the throes of a significant COVID-19 outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops mayor Ken Christian says he is worried about community transmission and is asking residents to “double down.” Cases have been climbing in Kamloops and the surrounding area as of late, including the highest number of weekly cases to date, reported last week. (New numbers were expected on Wednesday, after KTW’s press deadline.) Deadly outbreaks have been declared and remain in two healthcare settings, school exposures are on the rise and cases linger in businesses. “There is community transmission in Kamloops and we knew that this was going to happen,” Christian told KTW.

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AT ROYAL INLAND HOSPITAL Late last week, Interior

Health declared an outbreak at Royal Inland Hospital. Initial case counts indicated eight cases connected to 6 South, a surgical ward. On Tuesday, Interior Health said the case count had grown to 51 cases, including 32 staff and 19 patients. One patient has died as a result of the outbreak. Interior Health said as of Tuesday morning, the outbreak had not spread beyond 6 South, with patients contained both in that ward and in a COVID-19 ward. The health authority is advising residents that it is safe to attend the hospital. In an interview with KTW, Kamloops medical health officer Dr. Carol Fenton said in addition to tracking down those exposed through contact tracing and advising them to isolate, signs are posted in the hospital, cleaning has been enhanced and discharges and admissions to 6 South are limited in a bid to keep people safe. Provincial Health Officer

Dr. Bonnie Henry spoke about the growth in cases at RIH during her COVID-19 briefing on Monday. She said the automatic response during outbreaks is to test all patients and staff in the affected area. She also spoke about more contagious variants of the virus. Five cases of the U.K.based variant have been identified, isolated and linked to travel. Three cases of the South African variant, meanwhile, were identified as part of community spread and contact tracers continue working to determine the source of transmission. Fenton said there is no evidence to date of a variant in the Thompson-Cariboo region. RIH staff, including emergency critical care, COVID-19 ward and physicians, were being vaccinated with first doses on Tuesday, though Fenton would not go so far as to say vaccines were being “rushed” due to the outbreak. See PRESENCE, A10

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WOOD STOVE REBATE PROGRAMS

Council Calendar Public and media attendance via Zoom only until further notice

Do you have an older, uncertified wood-burning appliance? You may be eligible for rebates!

February 9, 2021 9:00 am - Committee of the Whole 1:30 pm - Regular Council Meeting Valley First Lounge, 300 Lorne Street

WOOD STOVE & FIREPLACE EXCHANGE PROGRAM • Rebate of up to $800 (plus a $300 FortisBC rebate for gas appliances) to homeowners who remove and replace an eligible wood-burning appliance with a new lower-emission one. • The authorized program retailers listed below will provide application forms and guide residents through the process: - The Fireplace Centre - 1200 Battle Street - The Fireplace Gallery - 111 McGill Road - Johnson Walsh - 921B Laval Crescent

February 22, 2021 2:00 pm - Community Relations Committee Meeting Valley First Lounge, 300 Lorne Street February 23, 2021 1:30 pm - Regular Council Meeting 7:00 pm - Public Hearing Valley First Lounge, 300 Lorne Street

WOOD STOVE SCRAP-IT PROGRAM

February 24, 2021 2:00 pm - Finance Committee Meeting Valley First Lounge, 300 Lorne Street

• $200 rebate to homeowners who remove an uncertified wood-burning stoves (without replacing it). • Pre-registration is required to determine program eligibility. Find out if you qualify for wood stove rebates at:

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City Hall Change in Hours Council has approved changes to the hours that City Hall will be open to the public. Effective January 1, 2021, City Hall will be open to the public 9:00 am–4:00 pm, Monday–Friday, except statutory holidays.

Let's Talk Kamloops is our engagement website where you can share your voice and shape our city. The COVID-19 pandemic may impact the engagement timelines for some projects. Please subscribe to the project of interest to receive updates. Sign up and speak up at: LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca

ENGAGEMENT OPPORTUNITIES: North Shore Neighbourhood Plan • Design charrette forum Budget 2021 • Ask a question, discussion forums, polls

CITY OF KAMLOOPS ENGAGEMENT GROUPS

2021 BUDGET

CALL FOR COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS

The City is seeking public input on 15 business cases that cover a range of topics, including RCMP facility upgrades and staff increases, to City accessibility improvements, and environmental sustainability programming. If approved, these items will be added to the 2021 budget and Five-Year Financial Plan. A decision to approve or reject any of these business cases will impact the extent and quality of many different services being provided in Kamloops and may impact tax rates for years to come. We hope Kamloops residents will look at these business cases and let us know what matters most to them and why.

The City is seeking applications from Kamloops residents who are interested in serving on a volunteer basis for the following engagement groups, which support the work of the Development and Sustainability Committee. Agricultural Engagement Group Current openings for two community members for a two-year term (at least four meetings per year). Development Cost Charges (DCC) Engagement Group Current openings for two community members for a one-year term (at least four meetings per year). For eligibility requirements and application instructions visit:

Report an issue: 250-828-3461 For after-hours emergencies, press 1.

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HAVE YOUR SAY!

Residents can provide input until February 2 on the City’s Let’s Talk website, LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/Budget2021. On February 9, Council will be meeting as the Committee of the Whole to make its recommendations, which will receive final approval in March.

NORTH SHORE PLAN DESIGN CHARRETTE HAVE YOUR SAY! We are looking for feedback on design concept sketches that were developed as part of the North Shore Neighbourhood Plan design charrette. This event involved stakeholders and the public to generate visionary ideas and design concepts for the area. The design concepts offer a vision for three distinct districts—the North Shore Town Centre, Tranquille Market Corridor, and the Riverfront—and are now posted on our website. Join the discussion in our interactive online forum until January 31. In addition to the design sketches, a short video is available that describes the elements found within each concept. LetsTalk.Kamloops.ca/NorthShorePlan

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PROVINCE MAKES PLANS FOR PARKCREST KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

The province has announced its share of funding for a new Parkcrest school, committing nearly $35 million toward a new kindergarten to Grade 6 facility with room for more students, a learning centre and larger gym. The old school, which was gutted by a devastating fire in September 2019 and later demolished, had room for about 390 students. Construction will begin

on the new 510-seat school in the summer of 2022, with opening day expected to be in the spring of 2024. For its part, the KamloopsThompson School District will pay $300,000, while the City of Kamloops will contribute $2.5 million for the additional space required for the planned larger gymnasium. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian said the money will allow the school to go from the standard elementary size to a full-size, multi-

purpose gymnasium. "This not only benefits students, but would also be available for booking by community and sport groups, providing much-needed access to indoor recreation space in Kamloops," Christian said. The new school will be constructed to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards, which the province said will "help to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions while improving

the school's annual energy costs." It will also include a neighbourhood learning centre, which the province said can be used by those in the Brocklehurst community, as well. After the school burned in 2019, some 360 students were displaced to George Hilliard elementary, which in turn displaced the Twin Rivers Education Centre, Four Directions alternative school and other programs, such as the Big Little Science Centre.

MLAs look for follow-through on cancer care promise KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

In the wake of the fall provincial election, five area MLAs are pushing for follow through on an election promise of improved cancer care made by the BC NDP. Kamloops’ BC Liberal MLAs Peter Milobar and Todd Stone and three MLAs in the surrounding areas (Cariboo

Chilcotin, Fraser Nicola and Shuswap regions) penned a letter dated Jan. 18 to B.C. Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix, among others, with questions about the plans. “The need for enhanced cancer care in Kamloops and the surrounding region has never been greater,” the letter states. “We look forward to

not only answers to the questions above [in the letter], but also to working collaboratively with all stakeholders to get this project built and operational within the fouryear timeframe that you have promised.” In the fall, Premier John Horgan promised to open a cancer care centre in Kamloops within four years.

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The city is hoping a pair of projects up for federal grant funding will pave way for improved cycling infrastructure in Kamloops. A separated bike lane, the first of its kind in the city, may be built downtown on Sixth Avenue as early as this year, following a decision by city council on Tuesday. In addition, the city’s planned Summit Drive multiuse pathway may also see a bump in its anticipated timeline. The city is applying for $4 million worth of COVID-19 infrastructure funding to push ahead the active transportation projects in Sahali and downtown. If approved, the city says construction would begin this spring. On Tuesday, city council approved an application by staff to apply for federal dollars to build a $2.5-million, 850-metre-long, three-metrewide separated multi-use pathway, with lighting and

traffic signal installation connecting Summit Drive at Whiteshield Crescent to the Xget’tem’ Trail at Notre Dame Drive in Sahali. In addition, the city also wants to increase connectivity below Xget’tem’ Trail by building a $1.5-million, 560-metre separated bike lane along Sixth Avenue downtown. The city says the funding, if approved, would cover 100 per cent of the costs. Both of the connections — dubbed the “Summit-downtown connection project” — would help to establish a NorthSouth cycling route from Westsyde and Batchelor Heights to Aberdeen. Future spinoff projects plan to connect Batchelor Heights to Westmount elementary in Westsyde and to the Sagebrush neighbourhood. The Sixth Avenue bike lane would be a fully protected two-way bike lane on the east side of the street, designed for all ages and abilities. Council heard the city previously considered the project for Fifth Avenue.

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e’ve known for a long time it is almost always better to talk about mental health than to keep quiet about it. This Thursday (Jan. 28), Bell Let’s Talk Day will again serve as a conversation starter to foster dialogue. The “let’s talk” message is easy to hashtag, but it’s also a worthy one and it has resonated with a lot of people over the years. We believe efforts to reduce stigma have been effective. More people struggling with their mental health have been empowered to address personal challenges and have had the courage to turn them into talking points to help others. If we’re looking for our own conversation starter this week, we don’t have to look far. The COVID-19 pandemic has been harmful to the mental health of many, from those on the front lines of the health-care emergency to those who are isolated away from the front lines. Mental health and wellness supports in all forms are harder to access. Most of us are not only facing stress, but facing different, unfamiliar kinds of stress. Those who are responding more strongly to the crisis and its stressors are the ones we need to talk to, this week or any week. ews agencies have It might take speaking up, asking questions, listening and reported China comprehending. Helping won’t always be easy, but we can try, sending large and we can make ourselves aware of resources that are out there. groups of fighters Interior Health has created a new phone number to connect into Taiwanese the public to the nearest mental health and substance use support service. It can be reached at 310-6478. A crisis line is available airspace and the Chinese are at 1-888-353-2273. Let’s try; let’s talk. testing U.S. President Joe Biden. — Black Press Fewer agencies also reported that an American aircraft carrier group sailed between Taiwan and Robert W. Doull the Philippines into the South President China Sea. Yet, American warships Aberdeen Publishing Inc. must have sailed first: it takes time EDITORIAL DIGITAL DESIGNERS ADVERTISING to get there from the U.S. Navy’s Publisher: Jackson Vander Wal Sales manager: Pacific bases. Robert W. Doull Kazi Ahmed Ray Jolicoeur What China did was not illegal. Editor: Digital sales manager: The Chinese aircraft only entered Christopher Foulds FRONT OFFICE Chris Wilson Newsroom staff: Front office staff: Taiwan’s unilaterally declared “Air Dave Eagles Lorraine Dickinson Defence Identification Zone,” Marty Hastings Angela Wilson PRODUCTION which is not sovereign Taiwanese Jessica Wallace Marilyn Emery Manager: territory. They were responding Sean Brady Rosalynn Bartella Lee Malbeuf to the U.S. naval presence, and Michael Potestio Production staff: CIRCULATION Fernanda Fisher the actions of both are legal and SALES STAFF: Manager: Mike Eng symbolic. Nobody is going to get Linda Skelly Anne-Marie John Dayana Rescigno hurt this time – but there will be a Jodi Lawrence Circulation staff: Moneca Jantzen next time. Liz Spivey Serena Platzer Bronwyn Lourens China’s leaders have claimed Taiwan is a renegade province of the People’s Republic of China CONTACT US (PRC), not a separate country. Switchboard 250-374-7467 Most did nothing about it Classifieds 250-371-4949 because the U.S. Navy controlled Classifieds Fax 250-374-1033 the Pacific Ocean to the Chinese Classifieds@Kamloopsthisweek.com low-tide mark, but President Xi JinCirculation 250-374-0462 All material contained in this publication is ping has made Taiwan his project. protected by copyright. Reproduction is Xi declared reunification of expressly prohibited by the rightsholder. Taiwan an “inevitable requirement We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. for the great rejuvenation of the Nous reconaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada. Chinese people.” The history is tangled. Chinese Follow us online at kamthisweek settlers conquered Taiwan’s inhabkamloopsthisweek.com kamloopsthisweek

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WATCH itants and colonized the island after the Spanish and Portuguese began settling the Americas. The island remained under Chinese rule until 1895, when it passed into Japanese hands — and briefly fell under Beijing’s control in 1945. When the Chinese civil war ended in a Communist victory in 1949, the defeated Nationalist government and army retreated to Taiwan, protected by the U.S. Navy. Two-million heavily armed refugees made short work of local people with different priorities. The Nationalist dictatorship lasted four decades but, by the 1990s, the island became a prosperous democracy. To avoid enraging Beijing, Taiwan never officially declared independence but it has been independent for 70 years. What’s the problem?

President Tsai Ing-wen’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) favours independence for Taiwan but never says so because the PRC threatens war. Things could have continued like that except Xi Jin-ping’s is determined to settle matters and shift balance of military power. There are 23-million Taiwanese; mainland Chinese outnumber them 60-to-one. U.S. military superiority once made up for that, but China’s military are no longer low-tech and there is no longer a U.S. alliance with Taiwan or even an explicit U.S. military guarantee of Taiwan’s separate status. The U.S. strives to maintain uncertainty about what it would do, if China invaded Taiwan. However, the likelihood it would risk war with China declines as the probability the U.S. could win a naval war so close to the Chinese coast shrinks. It looks like the same old game played for the past 70 years. But China’s threats have more military credibility, there’s a more reckless player in Beijing — and, if China did invade Taiwan, the U.S. might still decide it had to fight in the end. Ten years ago, there was little risk of a disastrous miscalculation on either side. Now, there is. Gwynne Dyer’s new book is Growing Pains: The Future of Democracy (and Work).


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Health officials: Show us the data On a neighbour’s gathering and let us decide for ourselves Editor: Truly, we live in the Information Age, with data essential to us making daily choices. Feel like driving to Vancouver in the winter? Let’s check snow conditions before setting out — one would be a fool not to look at the webcams. Feel like shopping for clothes? Well, we can compare prices on the internet, saving time and gas. So then, if knowledge is power, how does one account for public health officials preferring to keep us ignorant of the COVID-19 status in Kamloops? Why are we unable to access up-to-date numbers for daily new cases, as well as their general location (seniors home versus in the community)? I’m sure the facts are there, but keeping the public ignorant seems to be the preferred option of Dr. Bonnie Henry and her (admittedly) hardworking colleagues. What information that can be laboriously gleaned is often vague, far too general, or hope-

lessly out of date. The BC Centre for Disease Control publishes daily stats for the Interior and has some excellent maps showing weekly and year-to-date cases, but the numbers apply to large areas such as the Thompson Cariboo Shuswap, and the Okanagan — hardly pertinent for a Kamloops resident. The local health area data is helpful, but it is seven days out of date. I think we all have a sense of dread, to some degree, when we leave our homes. We are aware of the invisible menace that is COVID-19, but perhaps not of the damage done to our psyches by the unconscious state of being hyper-alert, which produces a condition of chronic low-level anxiety, very debilitating to one’s health. I understand that there is some reluctance of government to give us more accurate and timely data, perhaps based on the reasoning that anything too specific would stigmatize victims.

I think this is irrational. I’m not asking to know if Joe-Blow down the street is infected, I merely want enough specific information to be able to decide how to conduct my day with the least risk to me. If I know, for example, that of the new cases in Kamloops yesterday, or the new cases in the last week, 90 per cent are in nursing homes, then I can make an informed decision as to my activity, based on my perception that my exposure in the community is relatively less. The present patronizing attitude of public health reminds me of the old doctor-patient relationship up to the 1950s, where the patient didn’t want knowledge of their illness and the physician was content to keep them in the dark. Nobody would want that now in their personal health, so let's not have it in our public care. Larry Webster retired family doctor Kamloops

Editor: I would like to thank the large three or four bubble family that thought their New Year’s day social gathering was more important than the wellbeing of my two special needs grandchildren, one of whom is immunocompromised and whose grandfather works with

Think of those in the cold Editor: I had a heck of a day on Friday, Jan. 22, as I found myself in McDonald Park at noon having to call 911 to the park’s gazebo area. A female was sleeping sideways on cold cement. She had skin exposed, including her hands, head and face. The temperature that day was well below freezing. Others walked past, but I walked over and found the woman was not responsive. A small heater was plugged into a gazebo post but, with her skin exposed and without a verbal response, I called 911.

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Police, ambulance and a fire truck responded and, thankfully, they got her awake and up. She sent them off and refused help. I hung around for more than an hour in the park to be sure she was alright. This person must have been cold to the bone, as it took her most of the hour to get up after refusing help. We should all be grateful to not suffer this indignity. I commend the five-minute response time by emergency services to assist. Les Evens Kamloops

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AT GEMSTONE CARE CENTRE The hospital cases follow an outbreak declared earlier this month (Jan. 13) at Brocklehurst Gemstone Care Centre, located at 1955 Tranquille Rd. On Monday, Interior Health revealed a second person has died as a result of that outbreak. Fenton, however, said transmission there is slowing. “We are seeing the outbreak slow down,” Fenton told media on Tuesday, noting 23 cases, including 16 residents and seven staff. Kamloops saw one exposure in a care home in December, but Gemstone has been the only outbreak to date in a local longterm care home, deemed highly at-risk in British Columbia and across Canada during the pandemic. Christian said he is worried particularly about seniors. Henry said on Monday all long-term care homes and assisted living facilities in the

Interior Health region would be vaccinated this week with a first dose. Staff wishing to be vaccinated and all residents at Gemstone have received that first dose. Questions remain about second doses and vaccine shortages. Fenton said Interior Health receives instruction from the province. “We can only deliver as much vaccine as we receive,” she said. “We just do what we can.” Gemstone is operated by Trellis Seniors Services. President Mary McDougall said the facility’s staff have been “amazing” and benefited from community support. “We’ve seen people put more effort in, lean in more,” McDougall said. “We’ve had to watch for burnout because they’re so dedicated to what they do.” IN SD73 SCHOOLS Meanwhile, exposure notices remain in effect for five schools in School District 73. Recent

exposures in the region include: Summit elementary from Jan. 18 to Jan. 21, Valleyview secondary on Jan. 20, Sa-Hali secondary from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, Marion Schilling on Jan. 14 and Jan. 21 and South Kamloops secondary on Jan. 13. “These cases indicate that the virus remains in our communities and is being transmitted in our communities, and as a result makes its way into our schools,” SD73 Superintendent Terry Sullivan said. CHRISTMAS GATHERINGS TO BLAME Fenton said there is evidence of “ongoing community transmission” in the Kamloops area and that the cause is linked to gatherings over the Christmas holidays, contrary to public health restrictions. “Even if only one or two cases happened over the holidays, whether people were flouting the rules or entirely accidentally, because COVID spreads like it does, it can build to the situation

that we’re seeing now,” Fenton said. Both Christian and Fenton touted residents in the Kamloops area for following guidelines and low case levels earlier in the pandemic. However, Fenton noted people are growing tired — not a good time for community transmission, she said. Christian added that he hears every day from residents about COVID-19 fatigue. He is rallying residents, calling on the community to adhere to health recommendations and remain cautious. “Now we are facing a challenge in terms of community transmission in Kamloops and we are going to rise to that challenge just like we do for any other things that come our way,” he said. Fenton noted indoor gatherings are the riskiest and reminded against socializing with people outside of your household, both inside and outside. “No parties,” Fenton said.

Other guidance: Physical distance, wash your hands, wear a mask, avoid travel, work from home if possible and stay home when you are sick. Meanwhile, Henry warned the next two weeks are critical for British Columbia. Residents have been restricted from gathering with people outside of their household since November. Restrictions are set to expire on Feb. 5, but Henry hinted this week restrictions may be once again extended and more restrictions may possibly even be added. She said the province has plateaued at 500 daily cases. “This is too many,” Henry said. “This leaves us at a precipice, at the brink, where we can see rapid takeoff if we start to see any of these new variants transmit in our community.” Fenton said while the current situation is stressful, she also remains busy providing support for an immunization program. The race is on to vaccinate. “That’s what going to bring an end to this,” Fenton said.

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lifetimes). If you recall from a prior week’s Q&A, the values that influence the reproductive number (R0 ) are strongly modified by susceptibility in the population. We have more herd immunity when it comes to influenza. Simply put, we have to work less hard with prevention measures to get the R0 below one than we do with SARS-CoV-2. It’s like trying to find your way through an easy maze with lots of open pathways versus a more difficult one with more dead ends built in. Influenza isn’t the only virus that we’ve seen this sudden drop in. RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) rates have dropped, as well. This virus, while causing generally mild disease in most people, can be deadly in pre-term infants and older people. On the other hand, we’ve seen other viruses that are more resistant to soap and alcohol — like rhinovirus, which causes the common cold — still showing themselves, though still less than usual. These viruses don’t have the same fatty covering, are more hardy on surfaces

and can only be removed by rinsing well after hand washing or killed with a sanitizer like diluted bleach. Q: Treatment of COVID19 patients in hospitals is evolving. For example, the use of ventilators was more common early in the pandemic and is now used more sparingly as more is known about treating the disease. With respect to treatment, there are numerous claims, legitimate and otherwise, out there. Can you touch a bit on current treatment options for COVID-19 patients who need to be admitted to hospital? Perhaps a general step by step process currently in use? DR. PARFITT: We have learned a lot about the treatment of COVID-19 in the past year and many researchers have confirmed we have become better at treating the virus. This would presumably be due to lessons we have learned in specific therapies that reduce the chance of death, as well as how to best

provide supportive care, such as the avoidance of ventilation, if possible, and earlier diagnosis of complications like blood clots. I will answer in two parts: 1. How do we develop and make treatment recommendations? If you look up “COVID19” on Pubmed, a search engine we use for scientific publications, there are now almost 100,000 entries. In B.C., there is a large multidisciplinary group of pharmacists and physicians who are working to sort the signal from the noise and release treatment guidelines for this disease by reviewing the medical literature frequently and assessing the quality of publications and how to interpret the published studies. The best type of study is a randomized controlled trial, in which half of the patients gets the study drug and the other half gets a placebo (but neither know which they are receiving and the treating team does not know which treatment they are giving). That type of study helps to limit the many types of

bias that can be introduced when studying therapies. We have seen many examples of drugs that have been promoted for use based on lower-quality experiments, but when subjected to this trial design, it turns out they do not work. With a new disease, there can be a desire to “do something,” but the reality is until we have studied it, we do not know if we are helping or harming or focusing on one drug while missing another treatment that actually works. 2. What are the current treatment recommendations for COVID-19? Of course, the best strategy is prevention through our behaviours and vaccination. But for those who develop infection, like many viral infections, most will actually recover without any specific medicines. What we want to do is figure out treatments that will improve the condition of individuals who do get more severely ill. In addition, there is much interest in developing therapies that can be given early on to those who contract the virus who have

risk factors for severe disease, such as advancing age or other medical problems, to prevent them from needing hospitalization or dying as a result of the virus. At this time in B.C., we are not recommending therapy for most people with COVID-19. For those who require hospitalization, if they need oxygen therapy to maintain their oxygen levels, steroid treatments like dexamethasone are offered since high-quality data has shown a mortality benefit. Also, we can provide a treatment called remdesivir in patients on oxygen, which is an antiviral medication, although, unfortunately, the data has not shown it to be as promising as initially hoped. Recently, an anti-inflammatory medication called tocilizumab has been recommended in the sickest patients, which was welcome news and is now offered to patients with critical illness. There may also be a benefit to using blood thinners in the sickest patients to prevent a frequent COVID-19 complication — blood clots. There has been intense interest in an anti-parasite drug called ivermectin and we are looking forward to further trial results to see if that will help patients, but at this time, there is not enough high-quality data to recommend its use. In the past week, we have had some promising news for therapies that might help prevent progression of disease early in the diagnosis and medical experts are working to review them.


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3. Don’t feed the trolls. This one is hard for me. Don’t give misinformation power by giving it more airtime than it deserves. If you feel it’s easily debunked with a single comment or link, then go ahead, but know you are unlikely to change a stranger’s fixed idea in the comments section of a news article. 4. Be informed and inform others. Be an ally of the truth. Get information from a variety of reliable sources and share it. The more good information there is out there, the more people will come across it. 5. Be brave. Sometimes we have to speak up. If it’s a friend or family member sharing misinformation, don’t always keep quiet to hold the peace. Keeping quiet is interpreted as agreement far too often. You don’t need to be confrontational and, often, it’s more valuable to share our thoughts in private conversations or messages. But I would always encourage people to

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The group was concerned about the impact of pandemic-related restrictions, given the cancellation of myriad revenuegenerating events that have left many non-profit groups at risk of shutting down. He added that these sectors have also seen a large reduction in volunteer support. “We thought that the best way [to help] would be to somehow give them a promotional boost and encourage people to participate in what they’ve got going on and donate money if they can,” Baker said.

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Baker said the six Keep Kamloops members — which include city councillor Kathy Sinclair and North Shore Business Improvement Association president Bryce Herman — hope to bring their connections to the effort. Every two weeks, a different group will be promoted through a variety of media channels and on social media. Baker said so far there’s been five to 10 organizations that have applied to be featured. Keep Kamloops has a vetting

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ity in arts, recreation and sport, or heritage is eligible to apply to be featured. Not-for-profits are encouraged to visit keepkamloops.ca to fill out an application and applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. “It’s easy to assume all these organizations are going to be waiting for us when we come back, post pandemic, but some of them are not quite sure they’re going to survive, so we got to make sure they do have the means to get through this,” Baker said.


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A stabbing, confiscation of guns and drugs and robbery on the Red Bridge were among calls that kept Kamloops Mounties busy over the weekend. Officers responded to a disturbance call on Sunday (Jan. 24) at about 1:15 a.m., involving two men fighting at a residence in the 2700-block of Thompson Drive, which is located east of Tanager Drive in Valleyview. At the scene, police found a man with serious, non-life threatening injuries from a stabbing and he was taken to Royal Inland Hospital by ambulance. During their investigation, police identified three suspects who were arrest-

ed somewhere in the area, Const. Crystal Evelyn said. The suspects, two men and a woman, were later released on conditions with court dates. At about 12:50 a.m. on Saturday (Jan. 23), police pulled over a vehicle in Sun Rivers after it was spotted speeding in the Valleyview area, headed toward Sun Peaks. Evelyn said as officers approached, drugs were observed in plain view within the vehicle and arrested the driver. Upon further search of the vehicle, police found a loaded sawed-off shotgun, ammunition and knives, along with other items including more suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia.

The driver has since been released from police custody, but an investigation is ongoing. On Friday morning (Jan. 22), a man reported being robbed at about 1:30 a.m. while walking northbound from Lorne Street on the Red Bridge. According to the man, a dark-coloured SUV stopped next to him and two masked men got out, shot bear spray into the air and demanded he give them whatever he had on him. The man complied, giving the suspects cash, and the pair left him reportedly unharmed. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250828-3000.

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As the province rolled out its vaccine plans late last week, Kamloops mayor Ken Christian says the city is in talks with Interior Health about potential locations for vaccination clinics. On Friday, the province said it would utilize school gymnasiums, arenas, con-

vention halls and community halls as clinic venues in the third and fourth phases of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign, expected to begin as early as April. “Our staff are working on a number of possibilities,” Christian said. Christian said that with the province’s decision to vaccinate residents in age cohorts,

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Another venue that could be utilized is the Tournament Capital Centre. Christian said size is not the only consideration, but also prior commitments in buildings. Christian said Interior Health also has facilities that can be utilized for vaccinating the public, though many questions remain: such as when the vaccine arrives and how many people are delivering the vaccine. “There’s all those questions to be asked and answered before we would have a plan,” Christian said. As of Monday, 119,850 doses of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine had been administered in the province. Of those, 3,000 were given second doses.

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TRU international student fined by RCMP for violating quarantine order An international student at Thompson Rivers University has been fined $1,000 for repeatedly violating the federal 14-day quarantine requirement for people entering Canada. The ticket was issued by police on Jan. 13 to the 18-year-old male student after he had been warned multiple times of the requirement by parties other than police. RCMP Const. Crystal Evelyn said the ticket was

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Whether working from home or having a distanced Zoom date with friends, people are undoubtedly plugging in during the COVID-19 pandemic. For that reason, an event that typically encourages families to unplug for a short time each year in Kamloops, is making an exception. Literacy in Kamloops outreach co-ordinator Fiona Clare said some events planned this year for Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week — which began on Saturday, Jan. 23 — will be digital. The core message of the event, however, remains: “If you have to — yes, you may have to plug in, log in — but it’s doing it together as a family,” Clare said. “You’re still interacting together, talking, laughing, moving, dancing, whatever that is testing your smarts. It’s still encouraging, it’s the family literacy part: We learn from each other.” Amid the pandemic, many events planned for the week were cancelled,

including the big kickoff, ABC Family Literacy Day, which in the past has drawn hundreds of people. However, organizers have come up with some creative ways to continue the event. Clare said each day of Unplug and Play week this year features a theme, such as: explore, build, move and create. The themes are intended to be a prompt to families to get creative. “We just encourage families to each of those days think about what they could do,” Clare said. “We said, ‘Unplug and explore.’ You could explore your backyard, you could explore your basement, your attic, under your bed. Build could be build a big Lego creation or a big snowman, if we had any snow.” In addition, Literacy in Kamloops has joined again with community partners to put together a schedule of activities throughout the week, both digital and in-person. Digital activities include an online trivia night (Jan. 28 at 7 p.m.), virtual family fitness class with an instructor from the YMCAYWCA (Jan. 30 from 7 p.m.

to 9 p.m.) and learning to make coins disappear at home with Kamloops magician Clinton W. Gray, via YouTube videos available any time throughout the week. Some events are designed for people to do in person with their household bubbles, including science experiments courtesy the Big Little Science Centre, a scavenger hunt and walk downtown amongst the city’s public murals. Clare said a recordnumber of students are taking part in the event this year, with 31 schools and more than 8,000 people participating. She said even as the event was forced to adapt, it is even more important right now, amid grey winter days of the pandemic. “We’re all tired of this, but we can’t give up,” she said. Interior Savings Unplug and Play Family Literacy Week runs to Saturday, Jan. 30. Find the complete schedule events in the most recent edition of KTW and online at: https://sites.google.com/ view/literacyinkamloops.

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Sewer rates to increase in Kamloops this year AVERAGE CITY HOUSEHOLD TO PAY $11 MORE IN 2021 TO BUILD UP CITY RESERVES JESSICA WALLACE STAFF REPORTER jessica@kamloopsthisweek.com

Sewer rates are set to rise again this year in Kamloops, as part of a multi-year increase to pay for infrastructure projects. The city’s corporate services director, Kathy Humphrey, said council approved the 2.5 per cent rate increase, which equates to an annual increase of about $11 per year for the average household, as a result of a need to build up reserves. Staff previously presented to council a multi-year plan to gradually increase sewer rates, as a result of asset management planning. In the past two years, sewer rates rose significantly, by 15 per cent and seven per cent respectively, and rates are expected to now increase by 2.5 per cent year over year through 2025. “We have quite a lot of expensive sewer replacement projects, so we need to build up our reserves so that we can fund those projects in future years,” Humphrey said, noting the reserve has

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been depleted from roads projects like the Tranquille Road project. Initially prompting the increase in 2018 was increasing costs to manage biosolids. The city faced challenges in disposing of the end product of its sewage treatment process, with residents in areas where it was being delivered

protesting. The city’s biosolids are now being composted in Princeton and help to grow flowers, fields and worksites around Kamloops. The city’s five-year financial plan shows the biosolids contract to be worth $1.2 million in 2021, increasing incre-

mentally to nearly $1.8 million in 2025. As a result of ongoing concerns about failing infrastructure, the city is also increasing rates for irrigation users in Noble Creek. Humphrey said that rate increase went into effect as of Jan. 1, though those users will not pay until the summertime. The city is currently in the middle of its budget process. City council will review supplemental budget items next month. Council has asked staff to keep this year’s property tax increase to as close to zero as possible. The provisional tax rate increase is currently sitting at about a quarter per cent. Should council approve all of the supplemental budget items, the tax rate increase would be about half a per cent increase. Due to restrictions on gatherings in place to curb spread of COVID-19, the city is asking the public to weigh in online via it’s Let’s Talk page, which can be found at: https://letstalk.kamloops.ca/ budget2021.

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Philip King-Jones knows he is in the demographic most atrisk, when it comes to contracting COVID-19. It’s the reason the 80-year-old Logan Lake man, who previously worked in management at Highland Valley Copper, is so grateful for the care he received at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops. “At 80 years of age, by all accounts, I shouldn’t be bloody well making it,” said KingJones, who contracted COVID19 in December and is currently recovering at home. “You know, honestly, with the help of people like that, it makes an enormous difference to your life and I am eternally grateful to them. There’s so much made of frontline workers, but it’s really true.” King-Jones spent weeks in and out of hospital after contracting COVID-19 and is sharing his experience with the

hopes of recognizing staff who cared for him. The longtime Logan Lake resident also counts himself “lucky” to be in a community with neighbours who have helped to shovel snow and call to check in on him. He credits hospital staff for “extra care and attention” he received and also credits ambulance paramedics. King-Jones said that during his time in hospital, a couple of patients were abusive to hospital staff, which he believed to be uncalled for. “I really do feel that the socalled frontline workers we talk about are really dedicated,” he said. “They’ve got a crappy job but they do it with such good humour and there’s nothing too big or too small that they won’t do for you.” King-Jones does not know how or where he contracted COVID-19. He said his wife stays at home and he normally does the shopping because he drives and SPONSORED CONTENT SPONSORED SPONSORED CONTENT CONTENT

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Hear is you’re dating colum that your going to read. You may have noticed the opening sentence was a disaster. There were spelling errors, and incorrect use of “your” and “you’re.” Normally, Kamloops This Week editor Christopher Foulds would have made the necessary changes, before it appears in the paper. Chris is like a house cleaner for words. He is in charge of the final content of what you see in the finished product of the paper. I always send him my columns to do some last-minute dusting, tidying and polishing, so that it will be worthy for you to read. I am fairly decent at spelling and writing, but I have to confess that, when I text my friends, I take the easy way out. I say “B4” instead of “before,” “FB” instead of “Facebook,” and “CU” instead of “see you.” Over years of reading dating profiles, one thing is abundantly clear: women and men are wired differently. Men have never once said it is important to them a woman has a good grasp of the English language and has correct use of grammar. Women, on the other hand, say it is a big turn off for them when a man sends them emails with spelling and grammar mistakes. I was cruising around on some of the online dating apps and some of the profiles are cringe-worthy. It is bad enough that the guys have ball caps and sunglasses on, but then the brutal attempt at mustering up a few words to

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introduce themselves makes me want to rescue them. Here’s the thing, though. Is it fair to discount someone because they may be dyslexic or never did well at Language Arts class in school? I know an accountant who can do wonders with numbers but probably couldn’t spell mathematician. I also know someone who barely graduated from high school, and they now run a very successful company with 15 staff. I think the issue is more around first impressions. I really think more of an effort needs to be made when it comes to compiling your profile and photos. If you are not a photogenic person, then you really should contact a photographer. They can help you smile, have fun, be playful, and just have some overall good pictures to choose from. As far as the effort in writing your profile,

Philip King-Jones, 80, spent about three weeks in hospital. He said he was taking precautions and doesn’t know how he contracted the virus.

I’m afraid, and it’s going to take a few weeks at least before I sort of recover completely, I think.” Asked if there is anything people should know about what it is like to experience COVID-19, he said: “I think people should appreciate maybe that it’s a

little bit more extreme than people tend to give it credit for,” he said. “When you get the flu, you sort of get sick and you move on. The one thing that I find is the after-effects of this thing linger for a long time and this, to me, was an eyeopener.”

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I can certainly help to some degree with that, but initially most computer programs have spellcheck and grammar notifications built in. (That first sentence I wrote was alerted to me with underlines that they were incorrect) Making an effort will show you care enough to put your best foot forward and, when you meet your potential match face to face, you can be honest that spelling and email are not your strong suit. Once you have a chance to chat and share some laughs, a few spelling mistakes later might not be as big of a deal as they were before you met. As for the ladies who judge so quickly, based on someone’s penmanship, you may want to soften up a bit and keep in mind there are many famous celebrities who also can’t spell. Orlando Bloom, Richard Branson, Tom Cruise, Walt Disney, Jim Carrey, Albert Einstein, Steven Spielberg and Jamie Oliver are some examples.They are all dyslexic, but that didn’t seem to hold them back. So try to be a bit more open-minded and see what people are like face to face before making a decision. A fun snowshoe, hike, or cross-country ski may change your mind as to how important spelling really is. In the meantime, I will try to stop using “B4,” unless I am at Bingo. If you are happy, single, and want me to help you with your profile, contact me at holmes@ wheretheheartis.ca and we will get your profile started.

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Another 15 shelter beds are now available for those in need, with the opening of a temporary shelter space downtown inside the Kamloops Curling Club. In lieu of ice sheets and curling rocks: instead picture contained living pods, laundry and bathrooms. City of Kamloops social development supervisor Ty Helgason said the curling club, which has been closed this season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rented to BC Housing, has been equipped with 50 shelter beds. The shelter replaces a space operated by the Canadian Mental Health Association, located at 185 Royal Ave. in North Kamloops, which was set up at the onset of the pandemic with 35 beds in partnership with BC Housing. The net bed gain is an additional 15 beds. Mustard Seed Kamloops and the Emerald Centre lost shelter beds during the pandemic, due to spacing requirements in place to prevent spread of the virus. Available shelter space has met the city’s needs as of late, but Helgason said the timing of the curling club opening is welcome, with the city about to experience

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has an agreement with the curling club to operate the shelter until March 31, with possible extension. Shelters are typically supposed to house residents for up to one month. However, with a lack of affordable, lowincome and supportive housing available in Kamloops, some people stay at times in shelters longer than intended. Conversations continue with BC Housing, Interior Health and local service agencies on housing solutions, Helgason said. “There’s a great need for affordable housing in general, especially affordable housing for seniors,” Helgason said. “There is a need for affordable youth housing and there is definitely a need for supportive housing, as well as affordable housing for families.”

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elcome to the weekly Kamloops Art Page. With the COVID-19 pandemic upending society — socially and economically and dominating news for the foreseeable future — we understand pandemic fatigue can set in for even the most ardent followers of current events. While continuing to cover all pandemic and nonpandemic-related news, KTW has also worked hard at featuring positive stories from the crisis, tales that capture the essence of humanity, be it volunteers sewing thousands of masks for health-care workers or musicians offering up weekly free concerts online. This page is an attempt by KTW to bring some colour into the lives of our readers via

artwork created locally. We hope to, on a weekly basis, use this page to showcase works by various Kamloops artists, with between one and three pieces displayed. Thanks for reading Kamloops This Week and we hope this page can help ease the stress of this uncertain era in which we are living. Email editor@kamloopsthisweek.com if you have any questions or suggestions relating to this page.

Email editor@kamloopsthisweek.com if you have submissions for Kamloops Art Page. NIGHT LAND, BY GEORGIA MCMILLAN ABERDEEN ELEMENTARY, GRADE 4 (2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR) I was inspired to draw this because when we drove home from our grandma’s I saw this landscape. I decided to create it using paint. It didn’t turn out exactly how I expected it to. The hills ended up blending into the buildings, making one big shape.

ONLY THE WISE, BY TANDRA ROSGER HALDANE ELEMENTARY, GRADE 6 (2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR)

FREEDOM SKYWARD, BY MICHAELA NESTERSKI RAFT RIVER ELEMENTARY, GRADE 7 (2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR) I make art to express feelings that I keep inside, or as gifts to express appreciation toward others. I made this with pencils and pencil crayons. My inspiration was a song called Help Yourself. It had a sense of freedom that inspired me to make this.

I adore mystical creatures and the way they make me feel. I can’t put it into words, so that is why I made the talking tree. It is supposed to be wise, caring and as old as time. I like drawing still life and magic and I mainly work in pencil and sometimes pencil crayons. I get most of my ideas at night when I am supposed to be sleeping. But, that is when my most vivid creations appear.


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ivilla Martin was born in 1866 in Nova Scotia. She was married to Walter Martin, a travelling evangelist, and helped her husband with the music in his church services. In 1905, they were visiting friends, the Doolittles, in Elmira, New York. The Doolittles had a very difficult life, as Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for 20 years. Her husband was permanently disabled and used a wheelchair to get around. Despite their straitened circumstances, they radiated a hope and

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positivity that was difficult to understand. They asked the Doolittles what their secret was. Mrs. Doolittle answered, “His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.” That simple affirmation, that no matter what our circumstances God cares about us, inspired Civilla Martin to write her famous hymn.

Many artists have performed the song, including: Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, the Statler Brothers and Mahalia Jackson, who won a Grammy award for her soulful rendition of it. This story got me thinking about the use of birds as imagery in the Bible. The passage that inspired this

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powerful song is in the Book of Matthew. Jesus was talking to his disciples, urging them not to be fearful of the enemies of God, who had power to destroy the body, but had no power at all over the soul. He said, “The very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” In the Bible, in Psalm 84, the psalmist writes of how delightful it is to dwell in the house of God. He writes, “Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young — a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.” The image is one of immense blessing to be near the Holy of Holies. The writer was likely inspired by nesting birds in the rooftop corners and crevices of the temple in Jerusalem. Ravens are mentioned several times in scripture. After the flood, Noah sent a raven out of the ark to see if dry land had appeared, but it found none. The prophet Elijah declared that there would be a drought and a famine in the land for three years. God directed Elijah to go to the Kerith Ravine, saying, “You will drink from the brook, and I have ordered the ravens to feed

you there….The ravens brought him bread and meat in the morning and bread and meat in the evening, and he drank from the brook.” So Elijah was miraculously fed by ravens, twice a day, for three years. Jesus also used the raven to illustrate His messages. He urged his followers not to worry about temporal things: “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!” This next passage, from the book of Isaiah, has special meaning for me. It was the text of the sermon I heard, on the day I answered an altar call. “…Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” When you see an eagle soaring effortlessly on the updrafts on a hot summer’s day, you can appreciate the imagery. It is as if the Lord is the wind beneath your wings. No matter what your struggle or challenge, He equips and energizes you for what He has called you to do. Probably the most important bird imagery in the Bible, is that of the dove.

After releasing a raven, Noah then sent out a dove. At first, it returned to the ark. Noah waited seven days and sent it out again. The dove returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out a third time. When it did not return, Noah knew the waters had receded. A dove carrying an olive leaf is still used as a sign of peace, the peace that God made with the world after the flood. That peace is echoed in the book of Mark. When Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan River, scripture says, “…as he was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove.” The Holy Spirit of God is symbolized by the descending dove, which is prominently featured in the crest of the United Church of Canada. Know that you are more precious to God than any bird, and do not fear what you cannot control. KTW welcomes submissions to its Faith page. Columns should be between 600 and 800 words in length and can be emailed to editor@ kamloopsthisweek. com. Please include a very short bio and a photo.


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octors delivered lifechanging news to Kyrell Sopotyk on Friday, Jan. 22, just hours after he fractured his T5 vertebrae in a snowboarding accident near North Battleford, Sask. “They didn’t sugarcoat anything and told him he would never walk again,” said Lori Sopotyk, the mother of 19-year-old Kamloops Blazers’ forward Kyrell. “He’s paralyzed from the belly button down and it’s a long, long journey ahead for all of us. That was the first thing out of his mouth, his hockey, that he would never skate again. And he felt like he had let everyone down.” Lori and husband Bobby spoke to KTW by phone on Tuesday morning, both in shock and openly discussing the difficulty of coming to terms with the harrowing diagnosis. “He comes out of his bed and sits in his wheelchair,” Bobby said. “I’m glad for him in that way, but it’s still not right.” Added Lori: “He’s staying in good sprits, but it’s tough. Nobody is giving us any good [news]. They’re

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just telling us to plan for the worst and the long road ahead of us. We’re not giving up. We have high hopes. Ky’s a fighter and he never gives up.” Medication is allowing Kyrell to sleep and heal, but he wakes up, often in 20-minute spurts, to speak with Lori and doctors and communicate with the army of friends and family in his corner. He breaks down. Some of the texts he receives lift him up, while others are

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ing research that will offer maximum potential for recovery. Health-care and homerenovation costs are likely to mount, a burden that will feel less weighty thanks to donations pouring in from across the hockey world. Kathleen Zary, mother of Connor Zary, who is Kyrell’s best friend and teammate with the Blazers, organized a GoFundMe page on Sunday, with the goal of

raising $10,000 for the Sopotyks. “I know that, as a mom, my first priority would be to look after my child, and I wouldn’t be thinking of going to work or where my next paycheque is coming from,” Kathleen said. “I wouldn’t want any of that on my shoulders. So to see the overwhelming support has been an amazing blessing for the family. I know they are eternally grateful for everybody’s help.”

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Kathleen sparked the generosity and has become media spokesperson for the family. Connor, devastated and often alone in a hotel room in Calgary, communicates regularly with Kyrell. “We couldn’t ask for a better family in our life,” Lori said. “And we are family. We’ll be together forever. There are no words we can even express, even through Bobby’s stroke, too. They have been a life-saver.” Connor is skating with fellow Flames’ prospects ahead of the American Hockey League campaign. “My best friend Kyrell was in an accident over the weekend and is currently in hospital,” Connor tweeted on

Sunday. “He is the best guy I know and him and his family would do anything for anyone. Please donate if possible! Love you brother stay strong.” Surgery took place on Saturday. “I sat with him all day as he laid there lifeless and staring at the ceiling because he couldn’t move,” Lori said. “The hospital has been amazing, allowing me to be by his side as long as possible.” A rod from the T2 to T8 vertebrae provides spine stability and allows Kyrell to sit. “We’re going to do whatever it takes to move him forward and research and see if we can get him walking again,” Lori said. “That’s his money [from the GoFundMe account].

We’re not taking any of it. It’s all for Ky’s future.” Bobby expressed gratitude for the kindness of the public, but noted his focus is entirely on Kyrell. He grapples with accepting the reality facing his son, whose hockey dreams ended far too early. “We’re just in shock,” Lori said. “We’re just hoping it’s a bad dream and we’re just going to wake up and he’s going to be here, walking and smiling, but nobody is giving us any good prognosis. “We don’t want to think that way. We still want to see him walking and hoping,” Lori added. “We realize he had big dreams. We all had big dreams, and he was pursuing. You know what, he’s going to have different dreams now.”

ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW Logan Stankoven (right) races to celebrate with Kyrell Sopotyk after a Kamloops Blazers’ goal in February at Sandman Centre. Sopotyk’s teammates have been among his most ardent supporters in recent days.


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3172 Vavenby Bridge Road – Clearwater • $249,900

G PENDIN • Come see this beautiful home with a view of the North Thompson river, located in Vavenby close to school and parks and within 15 minutes from Clearwater • The main floor is bright, airy and has an open designed Kitchen and 10 ft high ceilings in the large living room entering from a covered deck • This home also has hardwood flooring throughout with three bedrooms, a 4-piece bathroom and a 4 piece master ensuite • A spacious office is available with a private entrance that could easily become a 4th bedroom • Outside on this .25-acre lot is a greenhouse, wood/tool shed with concrete floor and garden shed • A large driveway allows for ample parking

7-840 Desmond Street $300,000

255 Calcite Drive $729,900

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• Looking for an affordable rancher in a great area of town? This is the place for you! This spacious 1100 sq ft end unit is part of a 55 plus, 7 unit complex located in the heart of Brocklehurst • The entry level living of this home provides a welcoming entrance, good size kitchen and an open concept dining and living room area • The property also includes two bedrooms, in unit laundry and a full bathroom complete with a tub shower combo • Contains a storage room with separate entrance • The backyard is east facing and private • Other features include a newer furnace, appliances, driveway parking, and close walking distance to plenty of amenities • Pets allowed with restrictions. No rentals

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10-1951 Lodgepole Drive $410,000

G PENDIN • Come see the gorgeous view of the city, valley and mountains from this beautiful newer custom built log home with 5 bdrms and 4 bath and 3 decks • The main floor has a mixture of ceramic tile flooring and laminate running throughout • It also features a large kitchen, stainless steel appliances and open living area • Two bdrms are on this floor with a separate entrance to a private deck that includes a private hot tub • Upstairs is incredibly unique with its own living area with one of the two bedrooms having its own loft • The lower level is finished and has 1 more bedroom, family room, gas fireplace and a modified cooking area • Currently owner occupied and operating as a registered bed & breakfast • Generating substantial regular income up to $8,000/mth and after expenses has potential to bring in $88,200 approx annually • Tons of storage available throughout

• This home is perfect for first time buyers or those looking to downsize! A true rancher, with over 1300sqft, this house has everything you need • The exterior has inviting curb appeal and offers plenty of parking • The interior is spacious with a large kitchen and breakfast nook surrounded by bright bay windows • The living room boasts vaulted ceilings and an abundance of space • Also on the main level is laundry, a great den space, a full bathroom and two generous sized bedrooms • The master bedroom features an ensuite and plenty of closet space • The rear yard has a private sun deck, is fully fenced and has irrigation for easy living • This home contains a large single car garage for additional parking and storage • New roof and HWT in 2019.

1375 Kinross Place $825,000

G PENDIN • Executive 4 bedroom home with 2 bedroom in-law suite (wet bar only.) Brand new build • This is the one you’ve been searching for • Open concept kitchen living dining space is the heart of this home with a covered patio for all year use • The oversized kitchen offers an 8-foot island with extensive cabinets, beautiful quartz countertops, along with a walk in pantry • Other upgrades include: flooring through main, designer blinds, quality lighting, quartz counters and accent tile in kitchen, custom stain on railings and mantel, kitchen appliances are all professional quality and can connect with your phone app, washer dryer is steam Electrolux 5.2 series • Master bedroom is large enough to have a king sized bed, has a walk in closet with custom shelves • Ensuite has an expansive walk in shower and double vanity • 2 bedroom in-law suite with laundry and wet bar with its own 100amp service on lower


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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

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

1729 Cheakamus Drive - Beautiful custom built home located on ‘The Bluff’ in the Benchlands. Amazing views, quiet location on a 20,000+ sf lot. Call Phil for full details. $1,400,000

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2249 Chief Atahm, ADAMS LAKE Sweet, rustic cabin located on the pebble beach shore of beautiful and pristine Adams Lake. This property is accessed by vehicle ferry, a quick 6-minute ride, or boat. Beautiful mountain views, fun filled days and peaceful starry nights are waiting for you. This is leased land with the Adams Lake Indian Band. $132,500

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 highend 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

509 Walterdale Road - This unique log home located in the McLure/Vinsula area is situated on just under 4 acres! Enjoy rural living while knowing the comforts of the downtown core are just 30 minutes away. Included is a 40x40 detached shop with tons of power, perfect for a craftsman or handyman, plus two chicken coops. $589,900

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7075 Watson Dr. E $300,000

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QUALIFIED BUYERS LOOKING FOR… 1. Sun Peaks - townhouse in McGillvary, Trappers or Woodhaven, $900,000 2. Sun Peaks - house with suite, $1,200,000 3. South Kamloops - house, $900,000 4. Sun Rivers - Sagewood Community 5. Kamloops - Townhouse, under $500,000 6. Kamloops - Apartment - South Kamloops/ Sahali, $350,000, pets & rentals allowed

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

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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

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• 2 bedroom 1 bathroom modular home built in 2005 • Low bareland strata fee of $95/month • 2 pets allowed with no size restriction. No rentals allowed

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

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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

13-791 JENSEN ROAD $425,000 • MLS®160042

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

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• 1 owner modular home in Jensen Place with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms • Immaculately kept with approx. 1120 square feet and 4’ crawl space

• Low bareland strata fee of $120/month • 2 pets allowed with no size restriction, no rentals allowed

• Very private 1+2 bedroom 3 bathroom log home • Mountain and river views

• Approximately 16.77 acres • Built in 2009


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8ft Antique Couch $900. Couch & matching chairs $200. 250-374-1541. Antique rustic teak table. $750. 250-573-9337. 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.

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

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

Basement Suites 1brm in Batchelor Quiet, mature person. N/P/S. $1200/mo. +1/3 hydro. 250-320-5112. Dwtn 1brm fully furnished. N/P/S. $1,000/mo incls util/internet. 250318-0318

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

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School District No. 73 is offering a Library Assistant Course. The Library Assistant course is a pre-requisite for support staff positions in school library learning commons. The district will be looking to hire qualified applicants in the near future. The 30-hr course includes a 12-hr practicum and commences Tuesday, February 23rd, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. Instruction will be through remote and independent learning, and will cover the clerical and technical duties required by a Library Assistant related to the School Library Learning Commons, including proficient operation of a library automation system, processing materials and accessing information in a variety of formats. Minimum keyboarding speed of 40 wpm is required. The 12-hour practicum will take place during the day, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., anytime between February 23rd and March 23rd. There will be a final exam. Registration fee of $500 (cash, credit or debit) is payable upon acceptance into the course (you will be notified after the deadline date). If you are interested in taking the course, please submit written applications by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 31, 2021 to: Makeafuture.ca/Kamloops-thompson Shortlisted participants will be required to successfully pass a skills assessment prior to admission to the course.

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Administrative Assistant Emsland Insurance is looking for licensed brokers to join our fantastic team. We have positions available for ICBC, Personal Lines, and Commercial Lines. We have very competitive industry wages, fantastic benefits, and a spectacular work environment. We are Kamloops only 100% locally owned agency and have seen consistent above average growth for the last eight years. To see how you fit in with our team, please send us your resume to paul@emslandinsurance.com

The Territory of the People Anglican Church (the Territory) is seeking a part time (18 hrs/week) Administrative Assistant for its Kamloops office. Requires a good knowledge of all Microsoft Office programs including Publisher, good office skills and experience. The applicant must be able to work independently with minimal direction. An understanding of the Anglican church will be helpful. Please forward your résumé, cover letter and letters of reference to office@territory.anglican.ca Posting closes February 12, 2021.


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mary macgregor law corporation is hiring! Reception / Secretarial We are currently hiring a receptionist who will also perform secretarial functions. This is a full time permanent position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Duties are performed on-site in the office at 975 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. References and relevant academic record will be required. Duties and Responsibilities: • Reception duties; answering phones, greeting clients and visitors • Preparing and coordinating courier deliveries • Processing outgoing mail • Scanning incoming deliveries and distribution to appropriate staff/lawyer • Scheduling client appointments • Secretarial/assistant tasks assigned by Mary MacGregor • Administrative support for other law office staff Candidate Requirements: • High school diploma or GED (graduational equivalency degree). • Accurate keyboarding skills, 60 wpm or more • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs • Positive attitude, ability to work with others • Friendly and professional telephone manner • Strong customer service ethic. Demonstrated integrity. • Complete confidentiality • Organizational skills – attention to detail, organization, accuracy, conscientiousness, efficiency. Strong work ethic. • Excellent English both verbal and written. • Knowledge of Worldox, Amicus Attorney, and PCLaw programs an asset.

Delivery Person (Contractor) We are currently looking to contract with a person to conduct our in-house deliveries with an immediate start date. You would be working as a contractor doing deliveries for our firm and one other. Compensation paid by our firm on an hourly basis, plus mileage. You will be expected to bill with an itemized record of your hours and mileage for each day worked. You must have your own reliable vehicle, with ability to navigate snow/icy road conditions. We will reimburse you for any additional insurance cost to allow your vehicle to be used for work purposes. Duties are performed Monday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Some flexibility may be required on high volume delivery days (usually mid-month and end of month). You must be bondable. References and background check will be required. Duties and Responsibilities: • Deliveries and pick ups (usually of legal documents/cheques/corporate record books) • Banking, taking deposits to Banks and returning deposit book/slips Candidate Requirements: • Valid BC Class 5 driver’s licence with a clean driver’s abstract preferred • Positive attitude, ability to work with others • Know your way around Kamloops • Complete Confidentiality • Strong work ethic, integrity • Excellent English both verbal and written.

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Administrative Assistant

We are currently hiring a bookkeeper with an immediate start date. This is a full time permanent position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Duties are performed on-site in the office at 975 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. References and background check will be required.

We are currently hiring an administrative assistant, with immediate start date. This is a full time permanent position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Duties are performed on-site in the office at 975 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. References and relevant academic record will be required.

Duties and Responsibilities: All bookkeeping functions working with staff and external accountant, including: • preparation and posting of accounts, • processing account payments • posting day-to-day client disbursements • monitoring accounts receivable • preparing GST, PST, WCB returns and remittances • reconciling bank account statements • receipting trust funds • writing trust cheques • setting up and processing payroll information (working with Ceridian) • preparation and reviewing monthly financial reports with Mary MacGregor • organization and payment of accounts payable

Duties and Responsibilities: • Opening and managing file records, including entry of file information in firm software systems • Recording client identification and verification pursuant to Law Society of BC Rules • Law library filings, updating Continuing Legal Education manuals • Printing and binding reports (under direction of staff who assembled report) • Junior Bookkeeping, including preparation of accounts, monitoring accounts receivable, processing account payments, posting day-to-day client disbursements • Reception relief over lunch hours and vacations • Wide range of other administrative tasks.

Candidate Requirements: • High school diploma or GED (graduational equivalency degree). • Knowledge of PC Law • Accurate keyboarding skills • Positive attitude, ability to work with others including external accounting firm • Familiarity with and understanding of pooled trust accounts • Complete Confidentiality as to all information • Strong customer service ethic. Demonstrated integrity. • Organizational skills – attention to detail, organization, accuracy, conscientiousness, efficiency. Strong work ethic. • Excellent English both verbal and written. • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs is an asset

Candidate Requirements: • High school diploma or GED (graduational equivalency degree). • Accurate keyboarding skills, 60 wpm or more • Some basic bookkeeping knowledge • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs • Ability to work independently with minimal day-to-day supervision within a collaborative staff environment including highly skilled and senior staff people • Strong customer service ethic. Demonstrated integrity. • Complete confidentiality • Organizational skills – attention to detail, organization, accuracy, conscientiousness, efficiency. Strong work ethic. • Excellent English both verbal and written. • Knowledge of Worldox, Amicus Attorney, and PCLaw programs an asset.

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NOTICE OF SALE WAREHOUSE LIEN ACT

TELECOMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST Expression of Interest and Request for Quote The District of Logan Lake is seeking qualified Telecommunications Specialists to submit an Expression of Interest and Statement of Qualifications for the preparation of a Broadband Feasibility comparison for Logan Lake. The District has identified improved Broadband as a key economic strategy for many years. With recent Federal and Provincial initiatives for improving Broadband in rural areas across the country and in the province, the District believes favourable opportunities exist to potentially obtain grants to satisfy this key economic need. The District has completed a Connectivity Strategy, which would be supplied to aid in the review for options to be brought forward to Council for budgetary considerations for the design of a detailed Connectivity Feasibility Plan. The Expression of Interest should indicate how the District can achieve the following: • •

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Determine costs for preparing a Broadband Feasibility comparison; o Consideration/use of already in place Connectivity Stategy. Cost comparison of potential Connection options must include; The creation of a District Owned Broadband system, Broadband connection options using ISP such as Telus or Shaw Communications and their existing backbone including needed upgrade or use of existing infrastructure or Connection via another third-party provider. Prepare a comparison that includes, as a minimum: o Detailed costing for design, construction of a new district owned system; o Detailed costing for upgrade to current system by Telus; o Detailed costing for upgrade to current system by any other potential vendor(s); o Testing of the broadband capabilities in Logan Lake and update of the eligibility mapping tool; o Identification of potential upgrades or cost saving measures that can be undertaken during the construction process; and o Creation of an overall listing of the needed assets or infrastructure needed for the completion of the project including their projected lifespan(s); Consideration the District’s community-wide TV system into the Connectivity Feasibility Plan options; and Prepare a report that conforms to the Universal Broadband Fund for consideration of available grants.

Expressions of Interest clearly marked “Logan Lake Broadband Feasibility Comparison” will be received by the District of Logan Lake, 1 Opal Drive, Logan Lake BC, V0K 1W0, or submitted via email to: mmiles@loganlake.ca until 2:00 pm local time, February 8th, 2021

PRAYER FOR

By the virtue of the Warehouse’s Lien Act, contents of a storage at 481 Sun Ridge Court, Kamloops, BC, V2H 1P5, abandon with arrears of storage rent amounting $100/month x 12 months x 6.5 years = $7,800 per vehicle left since July 29, 2014, belonging to: Douglas Earl Braun of 11332 -91st Street, Fort St. John, BC, V1J 5J8. The goods will be seized on or after February 1, 2021.

In Loving Memory of

Beverly Haws-Collett December 19, 1960 – January 30, 2001

Declaration of Seizure and Sale of a Vehicle under the Warehouse Lien Act, of British Columbia for the Seizure of the abandoned said vehicle’s listed below: Seizure of the Two (2) Vehicles 1) 1998 Toyota Rav4 Vin: JT3HP10VXW0163154 2) 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Vin: 1GNFK13058J09086 Seizure of the All-Terrain Vehicle 3) 1998 Polaris Sportsman 500 Vin N: 4XACH50A2WA008090 Seizure of the Ski-doo 4) 2000 Polaris Rocky Mountain King 800 Vin: 4XASR8BS6YB07543 Seizure of the Utility Trailer 5) 1999 Rainbow Trailer Vin: 2R92P1212Y1625222 Sonny Joseph Leonard – cell 250-574-8310 Email: sonny.leonard@live.ca 481 Sun Ridge Court, Kamloops, BC, V2H 1P5

In Memoriams

The most wonderful, loving and caring woman anyone could wish for, you were and are loved forever and always.

Rest in peace my love Forever in our hearts

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In Loving Memory of Douglas Roy Smith August 12, 1950 ~ January 27, 2011

In Memory of

Gary R Dumma

April 11, 1959 - February 1, 2020

For further information, please contact Melisa Miles at (250) 523-6225 ext. 230

PEACE Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. When there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith;

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My Darling Doug I thought of you today But that is nothing new I thought about you yesterday And days before that too I think of you in silence I often speak your name All I have are memories And a picture in a frame Your memory is a keepsake From which I’ll never part Honey, God has you in His arms And I have you in my heart.

I love you forever and always, Doug Dawn

It’s been a year without your laughter, your love and your hugs, Babe. How we miss you Babe. I would like to take this moment to confess something. Gary would always laugh the hardest at his own jokes,even though everyone else didn’t think they were funny, but he would chuckle away so proud of himself at how funny he was. I always told him that he wasn’t all that funny. He would reply, “But you’re laughing.” My reply was, “ I’m laughing because it’s funny that you think you’re funny.” I want everyone to know I was wrong. Gary was a very funny man and made so many of us laugh with his unique humor. He made the journey of life fun and full of laughter. There’s a huge hole in our lives without you Babe. Your laugh. smile. warmth, strength, friendship and yes, even your silly humor, but it will always be full of the happy memories and loving funny moments shared with you my love. Know you are loved by all that knew you and you were my everything. I just hope your jokes have improved where ever you are.

Love you.


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In Memory of a special Husband

One night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed 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.

Gene Calvin Hornby January 28, 2018

When the last scene of his life flashed 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.”

The day you left and gained your wings My heart just broke in two I wished you could have stayed with me But Heaven needed you. I know I cannot bring you back Although I wished it everyday But a piece of me went with you The day you went away.

Love and miss you dear husband.

The Lord replied, “My precious, precious child, I love you and I would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering, when you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Love: Your wife Lyla,

Margaret Fishback Powers

Your girls Melissa (Jason), Angela (Elin) and Kaeli Grandchildren Hannah, Bryton, Justin, Abbi, FJ, Henry and Percy Mom and Dad, Philip, Aileen and Shawn

In Loving Memory of Cairn Davies

September 19, 1944 - January 31, 2020

In the garden of memories, we meet every day.

Forever in our hearts. Gary and Christine

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James Edward “Jim” Wilson April 23rd, 1934 - January 17th, 2021

Moncton, NB - James Edward “Jim” Wilson, 86, passed away peacefully at the Moncton City Hospital on January 17, 2021. Born in Moncton, NB, he was the son of the late James A. Wilson and the late Daisy E. Young. James is survived but also sadly missed by his wife of 31 years of marriage, Florence Wilson (born Melanson) of Moncton; his children Karen Hughes (Grant), Shelley Harris (Brian) and James Wilson (Teresa); his grandchildren Vanessa (Cameron), Jenna (Cole), Cameron, Mitchell, Paul (Kayla) and Brittany (Adam); his great-grandchildren Willow, Rowena, Jaynee, Oliver and Carter; and the mother of his children Muriel Chan, all of BC and Alberta; as well as his sister Elizabeth MacLean and family of Nova Scotia. He is also survived by his stepchildren Joanne Melanson, Denise Bourgeois (Frank), Richard Melanson (Tina); his step-granddaughters Lynn and Nicole as well as his step-great-grandson Mael, all of the Greater Moncton area. Besides his parents, James was predeceased by his infant grandson Derek W. Hughes. Jim had a 37-year career with Crane Supply in both Kamloops and Moncton. He also loved music and played drums in the Kamloops Rube Band as well as for other local bands in Kamloops and Moncton. Honouring Jim’s request, there will be no visits and no funeral service. A Celebration of his life will be held at the cemetery the day of the burial service. The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses of the Moncton City Hospital for their excellent care and compassion, particularly, during Jim’s final days. Donations can be made to the local Oncology centers in Moncton (CHU Dumont Foundation Oncology Centre or The Friends of the Moncton Hospital Oncology Clinic).

Oddny Violet Somogyi

Fond memories linger every day, Remembrance keeps them near.

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Gerald (Gerry) Thomas O’Brien August 1939 - November 2020

Born in Chatham, Ontario to parents Hugh O’Brien and Lillian Brown, Gerry was the youngest of three brothers. Gerry dedicated his work life to the Canadian Armed Forces and retired a Sergeant in 1982 after 20 years of service. As his career took flight, he enjoyed various stations across Eastern Canada and the US. He married his first love, Judith Popik of Alberta in 1966 and the pair quickly settled into life in Yorkton, SK. Their only child, Kevin, was born a year later and soon the family moved to Ontario where Gerry found himself at the hockey rink often, both as a player and coach. It wasn’t long before Gerry would spread his love of the game to his son. In 1978, the family headed out West where they settled in Kamloops, BC. His passion for trains grew quickly and the hobby soon took over his basement where he spent many hours on the craft. His remake of the Savona to Vernon line was most notable and he was a respected member of the model train community in the region. He loved music and on occasion, you could find him decked out in his Elvis ensemble with a grin and guitar in hand. His second love, Wilma, whose extended family was dear to his heart, had passed on a few years earlier and Gerry leaves behind his brother Frank in California and his son Kevin and family in Vernon. Due to Covid, a formal service was not offered. Perhaps the next time you hear a train whistle, smile and think of Gerry on his final ride.

October 14, 1935 - January 4, 2021 On January 4, 2021, Heaven received a very special Angel. We sadly announce the unexpected passing of Louis’ beloved wife and mother of five children. Oddny is survived by her loving husband Louis Somogyi, children Cyndie (Al) Somogyi, Randy (Lisa) Somogyi, Holly (Rick) Connell, Pam (Ted) Hilland and Martin (Michelle) Somogyi all of Kamloops, BC. Also left to cherish her memory are grandchildren Chris and Jeff Craig, Daniel and Matthew Somogyi, Stephanie Connell, Kyle, Nicholas, Curtis, Josh and Chaeann Somogyi, and Tyler and Kelsey Kashluba, great-grandchildren Lydia, Alexander and Gillian, Radleigh and Quinn and Mila and Octavia, her sisters Joan Kosmino and Carol Posnikoff, and grandchildren-in-law Roxanne Craig, Chantal Gougan and Jessica Somogyi. Oddny was predeceased by her mother and father Helen and Johannes Bjola, sister Shirley Turcotte, granddaughter Hayleigh, and grandson Michael. Mom was born in Leslie, SK, on October 14, 1935 to Helen and Joe Bjola. She was the oldest of four girls. Dad and her celebrated 66 years of marriage in April of 2020. She was the glue that held the family together and has left a very big hole in our hearts. Mom loved to cook and feed people. You never left their house with an empty stomach. In her younger years she volunteered at Westsyde Secondary cafeteria. For seventeen years she formed special bonds with students that came in to help cook. Mom was a wonderful, talented cook and baker. She loved cooking shows and prepared many new dishes for us all. Mom and Dad took many trips to Reno, NV, and later to The Silver Reef in Washington. They both enjoyed the Kamloops Casinos and the weekly senior’s bingo in Brock. Eight years ago, Oddny suffered a major heart attack, but with a pacemaker, she was able to live a pretty full life. She did suffer in silence, never asked for much but truly deserved lots.

Mom, I miss our daily chats with you. Mom you are not in pain anymore, which is a blessing. We love you and will never forget you. Oddny will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew her. A memorial for Oddny will take place at a later date, when it is safe to do so. She will be interred at Hillside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Kamloops Hospice Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family from www.myalternatives.ca To advertise in Classifieds call:

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Gena Vipond (Aka, Jean Fuller, Jean Osmack)

Mom had a third daughter, Sherilynn in1959 which brought her great joy. They were very close. In 1963 the family moved to Okanagan Mission and started organic gardening with amazing produce. It was a logical extension for her and Art to open a Natural Food Store in the Mission called “Vital Vittles” from 1972-1983. At this time her niece Bonnie Fuller, who mom called her fourth daughter, came to live with them for four years. Mom was the glue that kept the larger family together. She orchestrated reunions and was the family chronicler. She was thrilled to get to know her granddaughter Kerri and family living in Saskatchewan. She and Art enjoyed travelling - to New Zealand, the Maritimes, NWT and Hawaii. The trip that meant the most to her was going to Holland in 2005 with Evelyn for the 60th Anniversary of WW2 to find her brother Vernon’s grave. He was killed just as the war ended by a sniper. This journey brought mom great peace. When Art passed in 2006, mom moved first to Berwick in Kamloops and then in 2010 to Lillooet to be near Sherilynn and husband Max Gillis. There she met Sheran Barton who became her best friend. They would go for long walks and play endless card games. After a few health scares, mom moved into Mountain View Lodge, an Extended Care facility in Lillooet. Covid could not stop us from celebrating mom’s 100th Birthday in June. All her Hawaiian ladies and Evelyn gathered on the front porch - well distanced - to sing Happy Birthday, share stories and a huge cake. Distant relatives accompanied her birthday via zoom. Sadly mom lost two daughters, Sherilynn Gillis in 2014, and Paddy Vipond in 2015. She was also pre-deceased by her brothers: Walter, Charley, Arthur, Vernon and her sons-in law Max Gillis and Wilf Schmidt (Evelyn).

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November 3, 1933 - January 20, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Luigi Torchia.

It is with great sadness that I share the sudden passing of my mother Gena Vipond on December 26, 2020 at Mountain View Lodge in Lillooet, BC at 100 years old.

Mom was courageous, creative, a gentle soul, and a true lady. In 1950, she and her two daughters, Evelyn and Paddy, moved to Kelowna where she started the Jean Fuller School of Dancing which became the Jean Vipond School of Dancing after she married Arthur Vipond in 1955. She had branches in Westbank, Penticton and Kamloops with students ranging from tiny tots to adults. She was also an accomplished ballroom dancer and taught this for many years.

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IN LOVING MEMORY OF LUIGI TORCHIA

June 21, 1920 - December 26, 2020

Mom was born in Edmonton, Alberta to Minerva Scott and Winfield Fuller. She was the youngest and only girl in a family of four brothers. At 10 years of age she was drawn to dance which began her lifelong love and dance teaching career that only stopped when she was 93 years old living in Lillooet, BC and teaching Hawaiian dancing to senior ladies much younger than herself. They were “Her Girls” and performed at various functions in Lillooet. They loved it because it was so much fun. It is this, plus her love of walking, that kept her body supple and strong. In her 20s she was a Health and Recreational Leader in Edmonton and became part of a championship gymnastic team and also taught gymnastics at the YMCA.

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Luigi was born to Anna and Gabriele Torchia in Amato, Catanzaro, Italy, where at a very early age he began farming his family’s land. At the age of 18 he went into the Italian military and became an expert marksman. There he made many friends. In 1959, Luigi immigrated to Canada to reunite with his fiancée, Giulia, in Kamloops. They were married later that year on September 12th. Soon after, their daughters, Anna and Tina were born. He was later blessed with four granddaughters, two grandsons and four greatgrandchildren. Luigi made a living working at the CP Railroad, Balco Industries, Tranquille School and Ponderosa Lodge. Along the way Luigi made many lifelong friendships. Luigi and Giulia played an important role in sponsoring numerous family members to immigrate to Canada from Italy to reunite the family. Luigi’s pastimes included making his delicious homemade wine, along with some good, hot capocollo and sausages, and sharing them with family and friends. His other passion was gardening. He twice received the award for the best vegetable garden presented to him by Mr. Cooper from the Kamloops Garden Club. Dad and Mom were so proud to have won this award. Luigi was proud to be a member of the Colombo Lodge. There, he dedicated his time to organizing and setting up tables for various events. Luigi and Giulia were supporters of many functions at the Colombo Lodge. Luigi and Giulia religiously attended Our Lady of Perpetual Church, where Luigi volunteered as an usher at the 8:30 a.m. mass. They were involved with the yearly celebrations of their patron saint of Amato, San Francesco di Paola. As a tradition with this saint, Luigi, along with other members of the church, carried the statue in a procession around the streets of the church. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Giulia, his parents Anna and Gabriele Torchia, his older infant brother Luigi, his sisters and brothers-in-law Carolina and Francesco Lucia, Giuseppina and Francesco Scalise, and also his brother-in-law from Argentina, Giuseppe Scalise. It was a great loss for Luigi when his infant grandson Adam, passed away. He was also predeceased by numerous relatives in Italy. He is survived by his daughters Anna (Nito) Scalise and Tina (Stephan) Rebs, granddaughters, Mariette Scalise, Julie (Martin) Tuba, Antonietta (Peter) Mercuri, Gina Scalise (fiance Kuda Gwandekwande), grandson Paul Rebs, and greatgrandchildren Giovanna and Nito Mercuri, and Bowen and Paxton Tuba. He is also survived by his loving sisters and brothers-in-law Serafina (Antonio) Spada, Isabella Scalise, Franca (Luigi) Comita, Maria (Mike) Ilic, and his brother and sister-in-law Giuseppe (Lina) Torchia and numerous nephews and nieces. Let us not forget his travelling companions, nephews Dominic (Gina) and Gabe (Concetta) Lucia, whom Dad and Mom enjoyed many cruise ship vacations with. Cheers and Salute. The family wishes to thank Dr. Cattaneo, and the staff on 7-North for taking care of our father.

Left to carry on her legacy is her eldest daughter, Evelyn Vipond-Schmidt, her grandchildren Shane Vipond and Kerri Keith (Colin) and three great-grandchildren, Kristen, Chelan, Rachel and special niece Bonnie Mann (Bill), plus many other nieces and nephews and her dear friend Sheran Barton.

Due to Covid restrictions, a Funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for the immediate family only. However, we do ask those who knew Luigi to keep him and the family in their prayers and remember him for the great wine maker and gardener that he was.

Mom touched the lives of so many people who loved her, learned from her and were inspired by her. She will be sorely missed but her spirit will live on.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Luigi’s honour to the Royal Inland Hospital Foundation.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.FirstMemorialKamloops.com

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Grace Amy Hoglund (nĂŠe Hill) It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Grace Amy Hoglund of Kamloops, BC on January 18, 2021 at the age of 93. On August 20, 1927 in Torquay, SK, the youngest of 8 children, Grace was born and forever changed the farming family of The Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Working the farm in the 1930s instilled a remarkable work ethic in Grace, that lasted her entire life. Being the youngest, Mom had to her speak her mind, often creating strong opinions on how she thought things should be done. Through her life she crafted the technique of taking charge of the moment. In the summer of 1945 at age 17, Mom met John Eric Hoglund, a WWII veteran, he swept her off her feet and on November 2, 1945, at 18 she married the love of her life. They soon move to BC and settled in the Clayton Hill area where they raised their family. Mom never worked fulltime outside the house as she preferred to be at home raising her kids. When we got a little older, she enjoyed some interesting part-time jobs. She volunteered for the Cloverdale Branch # 6, Legion Ladies Auxiliary and Canadian Order of Foresters, holding many positions, including president, within each organization. She was given an honorary life membership in Branch #6 Cloverdale for her service. They enjoyed their life together raising their four children and watching them start families of their own. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a very special place in her heart. Mom navigated, then took over the driving of the motorhome to family camping and fishing holidays that were part of her life well into her 70â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. When John retired in 1982, they moved to Kamloops. This was the start of many years as snowbirds, heading south to Arizona. Mom loved Arizona, she and Dad met many long-time friends, who they played cards with and travelled extensively. In addition to her time, Momâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s love of crocheting, knitting, and baking was a big part of her volunteering at Desert Gardens Senior Centre and The North Shore Community Centre. Mom and Dad shared a love of music and dance. At any family or social event, you could see them float across the floor enjoying the music. Mom always said, meeting Charley Pride was a highlight in her life. As Dad lost his sight to glaucoma in 1997, Mom became his eyes and guide. She was a devoted companion to her husband and best friend until his passing in December 2016. She is predeceased by her parents William and Amy Hill, husband of 71 years John, seven siblings, son Eric Hoglund and granddaughter Lisa Hoglund. Grace is survived by her children Dwight (Linda) Hoglund, Brenda (Calvin) Lindberg, Dairel (Jody) Hoglund, Judy Hoglund, five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. A heartfelt THANK YOU to all the staff at Overlander care facility. From her first day there, with blood pressure through the roof, you calmed her down. During COVID-19 isolations from family you kept her busy, folding laundry at her request. And to those there on her last days, you kept her comfortable. We are especially grateful to the staff in Orchard, Elm, Willow & the recreation staff who cared for her during her year there, listening to her many life stories she liked to share. Thank you to NP Navy Sahota and the Drâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and staff at the Kidney Clinic. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of life and Interment, of Grace & John, will be held later in 2021 at Shepherd Memorial Gardens in Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers, if you wish, please donate to the Kidney Foundation in memory of Grace. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

Thanks for wearing a mask, for everyone! Margaret Allison Leier (nĂŠe Marshall) Margaret age 88, died at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops, BC, December 30, 2020. She was pre-deceased by her husband Jim in 2007. Margaret is survived by her sons Mark (Annette) and Ben (Heather), her sister Chris, nephews Jeff (Nichole) and Clint (Adina), and her adored great-nephew Dylan. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Margaret returned to work after her children were born, finishing her career with Air Canada. Long residents of Delta, BC, she and Jim retired to 70 Mile House. Margaret lived in Kamloops her last years and loved to dote on Dylan. No service by request.

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Robert (Bob) J. Thompson No more is the Master-of DadJokes, the Giver-of-Bear-Hugs and the quiet presence of a heart that truly wished to serve. Rest Now in Peace, Reverend Robert (Bob) John Thompson who passed away on January 4, 2021. Lovingly remembered by his wife Kathleen (Kay) Thompson, daughter and family Coleen, Grant, Kurtis and Krista Bohlen and daughter Morgan Willowgate. He is remembered also by his favourite and only sister Betty-Lou Munro and her family along with extended family across the globe. May he be met on the other side by his parents Jack and Beth Thompson, daughters Cathy Gerrard and Linda Emslee and many friends who have walked the good road before him. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully request donations be given to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Society (https://www.alzheimer.ca/en) and Kamloops Habitat for Humanity (https://habitatkamloops.com/). Friends and family are invited to complete memory pages and/or send messages to his immediate family online; please email bobsmemorybook@shaw.ca for the link. A Celebration of Life for Bob will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:30 pm online using Zoom. To access the service, please email for the Zoom link: adminsupport@beaconunitarian.org.

Helen Etta Helvoigt 1945 - 2021

In the early morning of January 19, 2021, Helen died suddenly at home with her husband John by her side. Helen was predeceased by her sister Lucille. She is survived by her husband John, sister Carlynn, son Nathan (Uli), daughter Joselyn (Christopher), and grandchildren Caitlyn, Oliver, Miranda, and Eagan. Helen was born in Warren, Ohio and spent her early years in Redwood City, California. She met John at Ohio State University in 1964 and they were married in 1967. They immigrated to Canada in 1968 and lived in Vancouver for four years before moving to Bridge Lake in the Cariboo where they spent the next 40 years. She worked in Social Work in the Cariboo, and was admired for her empathy and kindness, as well as for her leadership. She and John retired to Kamloops in 2005 where she happily met many new friends. Helen loved writing as well as reading. She loved aqua-fit swimming and was sorry she couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it during Covid. Her grandchildren always looked forward to hearing her read long stories to them and she could read to them for hours. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kind, calm, and gentle, yet with strong beliefsâ&#x20AC;? The family thanks the B.C. Ambulance Service for their quick response and calm but urgent help. Condolences to be sent to www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

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Robert is lovingly remembered by his wife of 58 years, Vivian, his daughter Bonnie Drysdale and husband Rob, his daughter Roberta, his brother Gordon and his special friend Lillie. Also left to cherish his memory are cousin and best friend, John Bowman and wife Rhonda, dear friend and neighbour Betty Heron, sisters-in-law Donna, Catherine and Mary Smith, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and long-time friends. Robert is predeceased by his parents Charles (Bob) and Albina (Pat) Russell and his siblings David, Edward and Viola. Born January 10, 1942 in Mission, BC, Robert moved to Kamloops as a child and made Kamloops his home, making many friends along the way. He worked for 10 years with Van Kam Freightways and received a 25 year Service Award working for BC Corrections; the majority of that time spent outside as a Gang Officer and later a Transport Officer. Whatever Robert chose to apply himself to, he mastered. He was a talented artist, a fabulous dancer, and loved to sing, even throwing in the occasional yodel for fun. He was a spirited and competitive individual, with a witty sense of humour who reveled in teasing and playing games. A long-time member of the Kamloops Dart League, Robert was the man to beat at the dart board or on the pool table. Since there wasn’t a secret fishing hole or a hot hunting spot he didn’t know about, Robert thoroughly enjoyed to out-fish and out-hunt his friends with a trusty Labrador by his side. Always providing for the table, he took great pride in his robust vegetable garden, his fruit trees and his coveted smoked fish recipe. Whatever the season, he loved to be in the bush with his family and life-long friends, including many years sledding with the Kamloops Snowmobile Club. Robert lived life to the fullest, even traveling to England, Scotland and Mexico. Anyone lucky enough to have met Robert would certainly remember him and his cheeky smile.

He will be dearly missed, never forgotten and forever in our hearts. Many heartfelt thank you to all of Robert’s care givers over the last years and much gratitude and special thanks to the Reverend Ray Parker, Dr. Chip Bantock and Carrie Smeaton. A celebration to honour Robert’s life will be held once we all can gather again and embrace, hopefully this fall. Should friends desire, a donation in his memory can be made to the Kamloops Wildlife Park.

Janine is survived by her husband Jim, sons Jason (Kim) and Kenny (Beth), as well as her grandsons Nolan and Ryan. She is also survived by her brothers Jim (Joan), Ron (Susan), Ken (Arlene) and many nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. She was born in Revelstoke on May 21, 1954 to Fred and Mary Olynyk. Janine was the only daughter and the youngest of four siblings. She met her husband in Revelstoke and they began their journey together as a family, with most recently having settled in Kamloops for over twenty years. Janine watched her sons grow up, supporting them in every way possible and then became a proud grandmother four years ago. She had passion for family, sports and being in the kitchen with a smile on her face. Janine was a loving wife, mother and grandmother to her family. She was a kind, compassionate and generous individual with a huge heart. Janine always put the needs of others ahead of her own, which truly showed how much she cared deeply for everyone in her life. Janine’s happiness and positive nature will be forever missed.

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It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Verner “Verne” Sundstrom, who left us too soon, on the morning of January 4, 2021 at Kelowna General Hospital after a brief illness. Verne, or “Papa”, is survived his loving children Chris Sundstrom, Kerri (Rob) Leetz, Toryn (Dani) Sundstrom, his beloved grandchildren Liam and Joshua Leetz, his children’s mother Judith Sundstrom (née Keen), his brothers Wayne (Laura) Sundstrom and Daryl (Joan) Sundstrom and many extended family and friends. He is preceded in death by his mother Agnes “Elvira” Sundstrom, father Johannes “Al” Sundstrom, and brother Larry Sundstrom. Verne was born in Duncan, BC and started his life in Rounds Camp near Lake Cowichan before growing up on the family properties in Langley, BC. As a child, he worked on his uncles’ farms picking berries and baling hay. His great love of the outdoors led him to choose a career that gave him the opportunity to enjoy them. He graduated from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. in Forestry in 1972, worked as a Forest Ranger for the B.C. Forest Service and later became a Registered Professional Forester and Timber Scaler. Verne’s career took him to every corner of our province and several other provinces of Canada, many of them remote places that few people will ever get the opportunity to experience. His early career was spent in Northern BC, thence moving to Vancouver Island where he spent the better part of 22 years. Much of his time on Vancouver Island was at Alderlea Farm near Nanaimo, which he, Judith and his children created from empty land, creating many happy memories of this place. He eventually found his final home in Kamloops, BC in 1997, where he remained until his death. He was drawn to Kamloops by work, but ultimately fell in love with the city because of its beauty and recreation, the presence of close friends and the ability to participate in his outdoor lifestyle. Many people whom Verne worked with or met at university have remained his lifelong friends. Together they have shared many adventures in life, from working, hunting, fishing, hiking, marriages, births, and deaths. Throughout his life, and after “retiring” from forestry, he continued his love for the outdoors as an avid nature photographer and outdoor clubs. One of Verne’s fondest passions was teaching the younger generations, especially his children and grandchildren, about the outdoors. His desire to pass down good stewardship of nature to allow many generations the privilege of enjoying it, was evident to all who knew him. He especially loved hiking in the grasslands with his camera and faithful dog, Indy. Verne will be strongly missed by the many friends he had throughout the province. He was an active member and past president of the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association. He served on many projects and committees working toward nature conservancy. He was also a well-loved member of his coffee group, card group, curling group, his hockey buddies (as he was a long time Kamloops Blazers fan) and all of the other friends with whom he had made connections over the years. Verne will be remembered for his kind and generous spirit, his gentle giant persona, and his loving, easygoing nature.

Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

Janine suddenly and unexpectedly passed away on January 17, 2021.

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It is with great sadness and regret to announce the passing of our beloved, Robert Russell, on Monday, January 18, 2021, at the age of 79.

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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Verne’s name to the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Condolences may be expressed at: www.firstmemorialkamloops.com

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November 18, 1969 - January 15, 2021 It is with unbearable heartache and never ending sadness that we announce the passing of “our” Kim. She was an amazing daughter, sister, mother, aunt and wonderful friend to so many who knew her. Her family was the most important part of her life, she enjoyed being with her large extended family of aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins and dear friends. The many family BBQ’s and get-togethers, pool parties and visits always made her super HAPPY. She leaves behind her mom Eileen Storzuk, her brother Kevin Storzuk, wife Kim and nephew Kolton; son Keaton Fitzpatrick and fiancé Jaymie; daughter Megan and husband Richie Medrano and grandpa Gordon Fitzpatrick. She is predeceased by her dad Mervin Storzuk, nephew Karson Storzuk as well as many much loved aunts, uncles and grandparents. Kim was employed as a legal service coordinator at BCLC Kamloops, BC for the past five years. Her animals gave her so much love and enjoyment - she had horses for many years and she rode in the cattle drive with her dad - she was her dad’s girl and they had a great time together. Her dogs Bear, Ace and Kuma. Kuma was a rescue dog who found a wonderful forever home on lots of property to run and enjoy life. Her wish in life was to have her home and her animals at the end of a long day.

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Jeffrey Kayne On Sunday, January 17, 2021, Jeff Kayne, loving husband and father of two, passed away suddenly at home at the age of 69. Jeff was born June 13, 1951 in Vancouver, BC to Harold and Connie Kayne. He met his wife Kerrie, in Tauranga, NZ, and married in New Westminster, BC on February 21, 1987. They raised two sons Fraser and Gabriel. For Jeff, working with his hands is what he loved most. There was always an aspect of the house that he felt he could fix or improve. He shared decades of knowledge in home improvement that was greatly admired by friends and family. He was a frequent source of advice for many neighbours and was extremely generous with his time. Being a relatively private person he liked to spend most of his time in the workshop tinkering on projects. Other pursuits he enjoyed were travelling, gardening, political discussions, music and old movies. He was known for his easy going nature, positive attitude and patience with others. Jeff was preceded in death by his father Harold, his mother Connie, and his brother Jim. He is survived by his wife Kerrie, his two children Fraser and Gabriel, his sister Lori, and her partner John. He will always be remembered by his extended family in New Zealand.

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