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THIRD-PARTY REVIEW OF TNRD SPENDING ON WAY?

In the wake of KTW’s investigation into spending at the regional district, board chair Ken Gillis said he is recommending the board approve an independent review, with the findings to be made public JESSICA WALLACE

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The chair of the ThompsonNicola Regional District is taking a recommendation to the board of directors next week, asking for approval of a “fulsome independent review” by a third party of past expenditures, with the findings to be made public. Details of the review — such as who would do it, when it would begin, how long it would take, how far back it would go, the scope and how much it would cost — have not been worked out. It will be discussed by the board at its next meeting, which will be held on March 11. “We have to do better, we will do better,” TNRD chair Ken Gillis said during a digital press conference on Monday. The press conference followed an investigation by KTW into spending at the regional district, which detailed more than a half-million dollars charged in five years to former TNRD CAO Sukh Gill’s taxpayerfunded credit card. The expenses included big parties, high-end restaurants, regular coffee shop visits, luxury hotels and expensive gifts. Gillis took issue with classifying some TNRD events as “parties,” but admitted wine flowed freely at times. In addition, expensive tabs were uncovered amidst the expenses for Union of BC

Ken Gilis is chair of the ThompsonNicola Regional District board of directors. The regional district’s headquarters is in the TNRD Building, downtown at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue.

Municipalities convention events held by the regional district for networking purposes. Gillis called it “unfortunate” the former CAO’s spending was characterized as wholly frivolous and said the majority of the expenses were legitimate. How much of it was legitimate, however, he could not say. Asked how he can justify high-end restaurant visits and frequent coffee shop visits, Gillis replied: “Well, I think that the very fact that we’re in the position that we’re in answers your question in the sense that some of those expenses we do not believe can be justified. And when they came to light, we immediately began to take action.” Gillis cited staff dinners

among expenses that caught the board by surprise and he said they cannot be justified and have ended. He said at times during TNRD functions, wine flowed “surprisingly freely” and said he questioned the ordering on one occasion of expensive appetizers. One TNRD director, Kamloops Coun. Dale Bass, earlier told KTW she was surprised the regional district events had open bars. At least one TNRD board director — TNRD Area E director Sally Watson — has pointed at the board for being complicit. Gillis said the board takes “full ownership and accountability for the lack of financial oversight.” Asked if he is taking personal

responsibility, Gillis said: “I don’t think I can be expected to take personal responsibility for items that I had no idea and the rest of the board had no idea were being expensed. If it had continued, I guess we’d all have been responsible for it, but we are taking action on it, we have taken action on it, we will continue to take action on it.” Gillis said the TNRD’s audit committee chair, Sun Peaks Mayor Al Raine, last summer flagged for review by the board policy amendments around alcohol funded by taxpayers at TNRD-hosted events, with changes beginning in 2019. Last summer, the board voted to approve two alcoholic drinks per person. That year, KTW filed a

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy request, asking for directors’ expenses, and was told it would cost more than $700. In the past year, Gillis said, the regional district has responded without charging fees to numerous FOI requests. In addition, policy updates since that time have included CAO expenses required to be signed off by the chair or vicechair, reducing the CAO’s credit card limit, an amended hospitality policy limiting alcoholic drinks purchased by taxpayers at TNRD-hosted events to two (beer and wine only) and new disclosure (whistleblower) policy that provides employees with safe/confidential means of reporting wrongdoing. Gillis said a policy review committee is also expected to be struck. Gillis called the changes “first steps.” He said with the recent change in leadership — former Kamloops CAO Randy Diehl became interim CAO following Gill’s departure and Scott Hildebrand was named the permanent CAO about six months ago — the regional district is in good hands and the situation does not and should not reflect on staff. Gillis said he expects the board to revisit the policy allowing two taxpayer-funded drinks at TNRD-hosted events. See GILIS, A7


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The Activity Guide is published three times per year and offers a wide range of courses and programs for people of all ages and abilities.

March 8, 2021 1:30 pm - Civic Operations Committee Meeting

Find your copy of the 2021 Spring & Summer Activity Guide in Kamloops This Week next Wednesday, March 10 Registration starts on Friday, March 12, online at 6:30 am online (10:00 am phone or in person)

March 9, 2021 1:30 pm - Regular Council Meeting

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March 11, 2021 9:00 am - Community Services Committee Meeting

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PARKING MANAGEMENT PLAN (PMP) The City is seeking residents' input into the PMP. The PMP will identify the existing state of parking while addressing the on- and off-street parking challenges in the Downtown and the North Shore Tranquille corridor and will ultimately proactively connect the full cost of parking with environmental impacts, including strategies to support growth and development that are sensitive to the city’s social well-being and long-term vision.

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STREET SWEEPING Street sweeping is happening in neighbourhoods across Kamloops over the next several weeks. Residents can help City crews by moving vehicles off of the roadways and not creating sand piles when sweeping personal property into travel lanes. Currently, crews are in North Kamloops and Brocklehurst. Once completed they will move to Westsyde, Batchelor Heights, Valleyview, and Downtown and will focus on higher elevations in future weeks. Signs are posted to inform residents when crews are working in their neighbourhood. To see which streets have been swept and the ones that are upcoming, view the City Street Sweeping map at: Maps.Kamloops.ca/StreetSweeping

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Kamloops human rights lawyer Bill Sundhu, will again seek the New Democratic Party nomination in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo in the next federal election. Sundhu, 62, ran for the party in the 2015 federal election, during Justin Trudeau’s red wave majority victory. Conservative Cathy McLeod won locally with 24,595 votes. Sundhu was second, garnering 21,266 votes. After the election, in December 2018, Sundhu became president of the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding association. Raised in Williams Lake, Sundhu’s father was the among the first from India to settle in the community. He moved to Kamloops in the 1990s and has called the city home for a quarter-century. Sundhu is married with two adult children, both of whom are attending grad school. As a human rights lawyer, Sundhu noted he has represented single parents, workers, shopkeepers and racialized and Indigenous people locally, nationally and internationally. Sundhu said he is seeking the nomination because he believes we are living in one of the most “critical” times in history, with the economy, health-care system, environment and democracy at stake Sundhu said the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed inequities in Canada’s economic, political and social systems, citing issues of Pharmacare, housing and seniors’ care. He said his decision was a matter of heart and conscience, noting he is a person who speaks to his convictions. “I think now, more than ever, we need people to step forward, strong leaders with courage to fight to make things better for all Canadians,” he said. The announcement comes amid mounting election speculation. Two people — Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis and Tobiano founder Mike Grenier — previously announced their intention to seek the federal Conservative

nomination in the riding. Sundhu is the first candidate to declare for the NDP nomination, a decision he said came in advance of MP McLeod’s decision not to seek a fifth term in Ottawa. There has been no announcements regarding the Liberal or Green candidacies in Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. Sundhu spoke about the long election campaign of 2015. He said votes were taken from himself and the party during Trudeau’s rise in popularity — Liberal candidate Steve Powrie finished a close third, with 21,115 votes — but argued the lustre has since worn off the prime minister, who is governing with a minority Liberal government. The Conservative Party, Sundhu said, has not provided answers to pandemicrelated challenges. Sundhu pointed to cutbacks and privatization measures that left the country unprepared for the pandemic and resulting health and economic crises. He criticized the former Conservative government for cutbacks to scientists and the Liberal Party for shutting down the global health and intelligence network. He said the government has had to line up, plead with pharmaceutical companies and negotiate with foreign countries to ensure vaccine supply. He said government ideology has left the country vulnerable and workers and families have struggled as a result. In the last federal election, party finances were in question. Sundhu said NDP finances have improved, noting media and other parties love to count out the party. He said fundraising for his campaign in the 2015 election was “very strong” in the riding and noted additionally strong volunteerism. Pointing to former NDP MP Nelson Riis — who held the riding for two decades, from 1980 to 2000 — Sundhu said he thinks people are ready for change. “I believe I will be an intelligent, caring, compassionate leader for all persons and we need a voice for the many and not just the few,” he said.


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GILL TO RECEIVE PENSION In addition to Gill receiving an annual CAO salary of $222,000, claiming nearly $30,000 in expenses in 2019, $38,000 in total additional pay for work for the Thompson Regional Hospital District, $208,000 in overtime charged to the province and a $500,000-plus payout for leaving, it appears he will also receive a pension as a retiring employee of the regional district. KTW reached out to the regional district to inquire about Gill’s pension as a public employee and was told: “As a participating and paying member of the Municipal Pension Plan, he would be entitled to his pension once he is eligible and that this is determined and administered through the Municipal Pension Plan-BC Pension Corporation.” KTW asked the BC Pension Corporation for details of Gill’s pension as a public official. In a statement, the corporation said: “We are not able to provide information concerning any individual plan

member, except in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Privacy and Protection of Information Act.” Sukh Gill was CAO of the Thompson-Nicola Regional District for about a decade. He and the TNRD parted ways in Feburary of 2020, with Gill receiving a payout of more than $550,000 and a legal document mandating his departure be referred to as a “retirement.”

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“We will continue to make further necessary changes to ensure full oversight and accountability, to ensure such a situation never arises again,” Gillis said. “Our commitment as we move forward is transparency.” Gillis hopes a review occurs as quickly as possible. He said it is expected to cost a “fair bit of money,” noting a request for proposals will likely be required. It is not clear how far back the review will go and how many staff and/ or directors will be reviewed. Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian recently told this newspaper expenses were also picked up by the TNRD’s finance director, Doug Rae, and development director, Regina Sadilkova. KTW analyzed only five year’s worth of Gill’s expenses. Gillis said the spending predated Gill, who was CAO for about a decade and finance director for another decade. Gillis reiterated that Gill’s expenses were not the reason for Gill’s sudden departure from the regional district in February 2020. Asked if the regional district can speak to Gill’s departure and a $500,000-plus severance package, Gillis said the TNRD is prohibited from speaking on that matter, due to privacy reasons. Asked if it would be fair to call Gill’s departure a “dismissal,” he said the

regional district is not characterizing it in any other way than a retirement. Gillis, however, labelled it “unusual” that Gill would receive a sizeable severance package and have a legal agreement mandating his departure be labelled a “retirement.” “It’s an unusual situation and I would dearly love to speak to it in more detail,” Gillis said. “I cannot.”

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FREEDOM TO READ AN EVERY WEEK ISSUE We have just come out of the annual Freedom to Read Week, which urges us to think about censorship, freedom of expression and freedom of information. The week, which ran from Feb. 21 to Feb. 27, is organized by the Book and Periodical Council. The freedom to read is not an abstract concept. Over the years, there have been efforts to challenge a wide variety of books on the shelves.The list of challenged works is lengthy and includes literary classics, non-fiction works and religious scriptures. In 1998, a case involving the 1990 children’s book, Asha’s Mums, was taken to the B.C. Supreme Court. In 1991, Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird were both targeted for removal from the recommended reading lists in New Brunswick. The reason given was because of racist content. In 1994, a petition was circulating in Alberta to remove John Steinbeck’s 1937 novel, Of Mice And Men, from schools in that province. And, today, there are also efforts to discredit certain news media publications by labelling them as “fake news.” While we have the freedom to read in Canada, and while book challenges have not been successful here, they show there are efforts to suppress certain works. In Canada, there is freedom of speech and am almost done reading freedom of expression, but there are some limits. Child pornography, The Fall of Berlin 1945, a hate speech and libellous and slanderous content are prohibited. terrifying book by Antony Outside of such limits, Canadians have the right to voice their Beevor that painstaking opinions and to read or hear the opinions of others, even when such documents the final months opinions are unpopular. — Black Press and weeks as Russian troops made their way westward toward the German city. Robert W. Doull The book details the horror President Russian soldiers inflicted upon Aberdeen Publishing Inc. German citizens as they made EDITORIAL DIGITAL DESIGNERS ADVERTISING their way to Berlin, where Adolf Publisher: Jackson Vander Wal Sales manager: Hitler and others in the Nazi Robert W. Doull Kazi Ahmed Ray Jolicoeur regime were soon to take their own Editor: Digital sales manager: lives. Christopher Foulds FRONT OFFICE Chris Wilson Newsroom staff: Front office staff: (In another book, Beevor wrote Dave Eagles Lorraine Dickinson about the siege of Stalingrad Marty Hastings Angela Wilson PRODUCTION and the horror German soldiers Jessica Wallace Marilyn Emery Manager: inflicted upon citizens of the Sean Brady Rosalynn Bartella Lee Malbeuf Soviet Union. Evil has no passport Michael Potestio Production staff: CIRCULATION Fernanda Fisher preference.) SALES STAFF: Manager: Mike Eng It is a gut-wrenching read, with Linda Skelly Anne-Marie John Dayana Rescigno rape, looting and executions seemJodi Lawrence Circulation staff: Moneca Jantzen ingly as daily a routine as grabbing Liz Spivey Serena Platzer Bronwyn Lourens a coffee and muffin in the morning. It is impossible to imagine what those who lived through those CONTACT US days experienced, but live through Switchboard 250-374-7467 it they did, with untold mental Classifieds 250-371-4949 scars. Classifieds Fax 250-374-1033 I find myself reflecting on this Classifieds@Kamloopsthisweek.com book often these days as I listen to Circulation 250-374-0462 All material contained in this publication is the latest complaints associated protected by copyright. Reproduction is with government response to the expressly prohibited by the rightsholder. COVID-19 pandemic. To be sure, the pandemic has We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada. Nous reconaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada. had a serious impact on some — Follow us online at kamthisweek there have been deaths, there have kamloopsthisweek.com kamloopsthisweek been financial blows and there

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MUSINGS continues to be mental-health issues associated with isolation. For those so affected, it has been a rough 12 months and a return to normal cannot come soon enough. However, for the vast majority of us, the predominant impact of the pandemic and associated protocols rolled out by government in response has been boredom. There are only so many days one can do the same thing again and again, knowing one cannot take a vacation outside of Canada, knowing one cannot invite friends over for dinner, before one hits a wall. But, if one has not lost somebody to the disease and if one has not had to close up shop or struggle to keep a business afloat, the complaints about the vaccine

rollout that continue to cascade are becoming an unwelcome cacophony of claptrap. Millions around the world have already been vaccinated in what is a medical miracle. Prior to the creation of COVID-19 vaccines, the fastest creation of a vaccine was four years for mumps in the 1960s. Can you imagine four years of living as we have for the past 11 months? Scientists managed to create a vaccine for COVID-19 in mere months — an astonishing accomplishment — yet we continue to hear complaints about the speed of its rollout. Can we not sit back and simply be amazed by the unprecedented speed at which these vaccines are entering the arms of millions of people? The rollout in Canada has been hampered by shipment delays and the schedule in B.C. has been less than clear. That is to be expected when we are dealing with a historic scientfic/medical achievement. It is, at worst, a brief extension of the waiting game we have been playing for the past year. I refer to the pages in my book, and consider the hell unleashed on so many, and figure a few more months of boredom is a vacation by comparison. editor@kamloopsthisweek.com Twitter: @ChrisJFoulds


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DRESS CODES ROOTED IN MISOGYNY Editor: I can’t believe it’s been almost 20 years since I was in secondary school and teenage girls are still being singled out publicly by teachers for socalled inappropriate attire. Every year, I read in the newspaper stories about a girl being singled out, shamed and embarrassed by someone who should be more concerned with teaching than a kid wearing a dress.

Every year, someone from the school or the teachers’ association agrees this is not behaviour they stand behind and that they will investigate. Well, it’s been decades of investigating every year whenever one of these stories gets published (and for every one that does see print, countless other incidents don’t) and nothing has changed. In fact, the only new development is teenagers are now

much better at organizing in protest and articulating directly to adults that dress codes are rooted in misogyny, used to shame girls and disrupt their education and contribute to victim blaming. I’m glad some members of Generation Z at NorKam secondary walked out of class in protest and are standing beside one another the way my generation did not. I hope they start naming

and shaming teachers who are shaming them for — horrors — wearing a dress over a turtleneck. Teachers need to do do better. In this day and age, with how much we’ve learned since I was a teenager, there should be no excuses. Teachers can be part of the solution or part of the problem. It’s their choice. Seanna Brennan Kamloops

TREAT SCHOOL LIKE PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE On Feb. 23, Grade 12 NorKam student Karis Wilson wore this ensemble — a lace-edged, knee-length dress over top a white turtleneck — to school and was asked to go home and change due it being inappropriate dress. KTW has received many letters on the story, with some writers siding with Karis and others supporting the teacher. A sampling of letters can be read on pages A9 and 10. All letters received are online at kamloopsthisweek.com, under the Opinion tab.

Editor: I am very saddened by the strong expression of negative opinions toward a teacher’s sound decision to ask a young female student to choose more appropriate school clothing — and sending her home to do so. Teachers and school administration staff must have the right to decide what clothing is appropriate and make judgment

calls as need be. Lace is linked to lingerie and we all know young women’s attire has involved less and less material and more and more skin exposure of buttocks, stomachs, bra lines, etc. To what advantage for us women? To lessen our classification as sex objects and help men not see us that way? When did we collec-

tively forget that what we do impacts others and forget to be conscientious and not always put our individual rights ahead of everyone else? When did we forget humans are hardwired in certain ways sexually, and certain behaviours will bring that out more? I support the teacher and say to the student, knowing I have a school-aged daughter,

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR DRESS CODES STUDENT DESERVES APOLOGY FROM SD73 ARE FACT OF LIFE Editor: Re: KTW’s article of Feb. 24 regarding a NorKam student being sent out of class due to the outfit she was wearing (‘Is this outfit inappropriate for a Kamloops classroom?’) This is a First World problem. There are many countries in the world where the consequences would be much, much worse than having to change clothes. All I can say is that it was a five-minute problem that went bigger. People who “stay home” because of emotional turmoil don’t typically make a media scene. Everyone has a dress code, whether it’s the gym or other places. This student is in Grade 12 and she will soon be let loose on an unsuspecting world. She is entering a world of people who will think sexual thoughts and a few who will act on those thoughts. This is real life regardless of what “should” be. This world is full of insensitive people and you better have a plan to deal with it. What does she think life will be like when she works in an office? When it’s your boss and your job, the dynamic changes. No longer would she have the option to go public without damaging her career. Julie Goss, Kamloops

Editor: Re: KTW’s article of Feb. 24 regarding a NorKam student being sent out of class due to the outfit she was wearing (‘Is this outfit inappropriate for a Kamloops classroom?’) I no longer live in Kamloops, but I was born and raised there and was a high school student at Brock not that long ago. The article reports the student was told by her English teacher, a woman, that her outfit was making her uncomfortable. This exceedingly bright young woman’s comment speaks for itself: “But it’s not my

fault that I remind you of something sexual. You shouldn’t be thinking about me in that manner.” She’s hit the nail on the head. It is extremely concerning that a bit of lace on this student’s dress was enough to cause her teacher to think about her (a minor) in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable. They then chose to take that discomfort and prioritize it over this student’s learning, causing her shame and disruption. She was evidently hauled out of class and into the principal’s office because grown adults were

having inappropriate thoughts about her. I hope the teachers involved take this opportunity to reflect on their behaviour. I also hope the school administration and the school district take this opportunity to re-evaluate the way they police their dress code. Finally, I hope this young woman gets the public apology she deserves from everyone involved. Caitlin Dick (Noble) Edmonton

DEAR TNRD: PLEASE ISSUE MY $565.66 TAX REFUND Editor: Hello chairperson and including garbage and recyThank you to KTW for its board of directors: cling, water and sewage, comcomprehensive coverage of Please send me a refund of munity services, emergency spending at the Thompson$565.66. services, invasive plant manNicola Regional District. This is the amount of agement, nuisance mosquito Attached is a copy of a letter money I paid the TNRD in reduction, public libraries and I have delivered to the TNRD: taxes, as collected by the City the film commission. Chairperson and board of of Kamloops for the TNRD, I am angry that during this directors over the past five years, from time frame, your former CAO, Thompson Nicola Regional 2016 to 2020. Sukh Gill, was able to squanDistrict I willingly paid my money der some of the $517,250.74 in 300-465 Victoria S. for the operation and maincredit card charges on extravaKamloops, B.C. tenance of the services the gant expenses, enjoy an annual $140 million dollar development V2C 2A9 TNRD provides in the region, salary of $200,000-plus, with

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A longtime Kamloops resident and Crown prosecutor will seek the nomination to be the Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo Conservative candidate in the next federal election. Frank Caputo, 42, announced on Tuesday he will seek the nomination, bringing to three the number of people now vying for the candidacy after fourterm MP Cathy McLeod decided last month not to seek re-election. Caputo is president of the Conservative Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding association, having served in that role the past three years after three years as its vice-president. The married father of three has worked as a Crown prosecutor in Kamloops for nine years, has been a member of the local Conservative riding association for 10 years and has been a sessional teacher at Thompson Rivers University since 2012, instructing in the faculties of law, business and sociology. Caputo told KTW he felt now was the time to seek the nomination. “Politics have been in my heart for 25 years and this is the time when I feel I can make a difference and step up as a local product of Kamloops-ThompsonCariboo,” Caputo said. Having been involved with the Conservative Party for 10 years, Caputo said he knows local issues and priorities and believes he can be an advocate for the area, noting the Liberals have not delivered much for the riding while in power. “Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo is a beautiful region with hardworking people, but it is facing some challenges,” Caputo said. He said strong leadership is needed now more than ever on initiatives such as

prudent spending and lower taxes to stimulate the economy through the COVID-19 pandemic. He added many businesses and jobs in the region depend on industry. “I know this personally because my father was a millworker, which meant that forestry fed my family,” Caputo said. Noting health-care is a provincial issue, Caputo said the federal government needs to add funding toward addressing problems in the sector, which he said is a key issue in the local riding. “We have thousands of people in this riding who don’t have a doctor,” he said. “I think the federal government has to do something about it and I’ve seen nothing from the Trudeau government that addresses that issue both in Kamloops and the rural areas.” Born and raised in Kamloops, Caputo is a Westsyde secondary graduate with a pair of law degrees — a bachelor of law from the University of Saskatchewan and a masters of law from the University of Alberta — along with a bachelor of arts from Simon Fraser University. As a Crown prosecutor, Caputo has worked on a number of murder cases over the years, along with cases involving internet offences against children. In the community, Caputo is a member of Colombo Lodge, volunteers at Thompson Rivers University’s Law School as a competition coach, is a member of the Knight of Columbus and has participated in fundraisers for the TRU Foundation and A Way Home Kamloops. The next federal election is not scheduled until 2023, but speculation has mounted that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose Liberals are governing with a minority, will seek an early vote. Also seeking the Conservative nomination are Tourism Kamloops CEO Beverley DeSantis and Tobiano founder Mike Grenier.

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Air quality advisories are being questioned in the wake of a scrap metal fire at the Mission Flats Landfill in Kamloops on the weekend. On Saturday, a scrap metal pile burned at the dump, due to an unknown cause, and resulted in plumes of thick black smoke drifting through the valley over several hours. Kamloops Fire Rescue warned the smoke was potentially “very toxic” as a result of many items burning, such as old appliances. It all occurred on a Saturday and people could be seen hiking in trails around the city as temperatures rose. City of Kamloops CAO David Trawin spoke about the city’s weekend warning, explaining it would come from the lead firefighter on scene, who would work with the city’s communications department to disseminate information. However, others have raised questions about whether such information could be sent directly to residents, such as the test emergency alerts sent periodically to cellphones. Air quality and emergency management are portfolios that fall within the jurisdiction of the provincial government. However, such alerts are mainly designed

for earthquakes and tsunamis. “We don’t have a system like that for air quality in B.C.,” Ministry of Environment air quality meteorologist Gavin King told KTW. “There’s nothing that is going to work on immediate, short-term, and we don’t have anyone working 24-seven to look at air quality in the province.” King said an air quality advisory would not be issued by the province unless a 24-hour standard for PM2.5 (fine particulate matter) measured at the old Federal Building in Kamloops surpassed a level of 25. In Kamloops, the city saw an hourly average of just less than 12 at 2 p.m. on Saturday, King said, about half the level needed for an advisory. Another system, the Air Quality Health Index, works on a tighter time scale, measures shorter pollution events and includes PM2.5, ozone and NO2 . As a result of its data, a public advisory was issued online, available via an app and also through weather stations like the Weather Network, which is subsequently reported by the media. As for whether there could be some kind of proactive notification sent to the public, King said his expertise is not in policy but that people should avoid

exposure to any visible plume of smoke. King advised residents to treat such scenarios with respect, knowing it could have a negative impact on their health. “If it’s too hot and it’s really sunny, people know that going out in the sun is probably not a good idea at the time,” King said. “It’s the same thing with smoke. If you see a lot of smoke, it’s not going to be good for you, so don’t go into that smoke if you can avoid it.” The Thompson-Nicola Regional District has set up its own alert system, called Voyent Alert, which launched last year. TNRD emergency program coordinator Kevin Skrepnek said the critical difference between a provincial alert system and the TNRD system is the TNRD system is subscription-based and people are required to sign up. It was launched primarily to notify of evacuations during floods and fires. “It is powerful. It’ll place landline phone calls. It’ll email, text,” Skrepnek said. “But people have to take the initial step themselves.” The Voyent Alert system has 1,691 subscribers. To subscribe, go online to https://voyent-alert.com/ca/ community/#registration. In addition, people can report pollutants to the province by calling 1-877952-7277.

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Pipeline protesters have court date Opponents of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project were at Kamloops Law Courts on Monday to show support for fellow protesters’ court appearances stemming from their arrests in October 2020 at Trans Mountain work sites in the city. MICHAEL POTESTIO/LJI

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The Crown is proceeding with charges against eight protesters who demonstrated against the twinning of the Trans Mountain pipeline project in Kamloops last October. Appearing in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops — some in person and others via phone — the eight, who are part of the Secwépemc Unity Camp to Stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline, declared they would be representing themselves in court. The Secwépemc eight have been charged with criminal contempt for breaching the court-ordered injunction against protests Trans Mountain has on its operational and project construction locations. March 15 has now been set as the date in which two, one-week trials will be held for breaches the Crown alleged occurred on Oct. 15. 2020, and Oct. 17, 2020, at Trans Mountain worksites in Kamloops. It is expected the trials themselves won’t get underway for a few months. Prosecutor Neil Wiberg told KTW the Crown is proceeding with charges in the two instances in Kamloops, as the facts of the cases met the standard for charge approval. Asked what sort of repercussion would come from a conviction for the breaches, Wiberg said that is entirely at the court’s discretion. “It could be fines, it could be jail, it’s totally up to the court,” he said. Susan Bibbings, Romily Cavanaugh, Miranda Dick, Heather Lamoureux, Jocelyn Pierre, Henry Sauls — also known as Secwépemc hereditary Chief Sawses — April Thomas and Laura Zadorozny have all been charged with breaching the court injunction in October. Pierre, Thomas, Sauls and Cavanaugh are charged in connection with a protest that occurred during work hours at a Trans Mountain construction site on Oct. 15. Video taken by members of the Secwépemc Unity Camp showed Pierre and

Thomas atop an excavator on the south side of Mission Flats Road just west of Domtar. They refused to leave. That video showed RCMP officers struggle with Pierre and eventually carry her off the site to a police cruiser. Meanwhile, Cavanaugh and Sauls could be seen at an entrance to an adjacent beachside Trans Mountain worksite north of the road. Two days later, on Oct. 17, police arrested Dick, the group’s spokesperson, along with Bibbings, Lamoureux and Zadorozny while they were at a the gate to the project worksite near Kamloops Airport during work hours. Outside the courthouse on Monday, people gathered peacefully in support of their fellow protesters, taping signs to a column at the front of the Kamloops Law Courts building and conducting a drumming circle. In court, Thomas said she felt the charges should be stayed as the federal government purchased the pipeline from Kinder Morgan in August 2016 and is therefore in a conflict of interest in prosecuting them. She and others also called for the proceedings to be held before a third-party adjudicator. In a press release, Dick said the gathering outside the courthouse was to support those charged as they assert their rights and take on the “systemic and environmental racism inherent to the same courts that continue assert jurisdiction with no legal rights to do so.” The protesters set up an encampment

near a Trans Mountain worksite off Mission Flats Road last fall. Intent on staying there permanently in a bid to stop the pipeline project, which is crossing the Thompson River at that location, the camp was dismantled by the protesters at the onset of winter, with a vow to return in the spring. Work by Trans Mountain crews at that site to pull the new pipeline underneath the river was halted shortly afterward when the company ordered a project-wide work stoppage to review its safety practices after an on-the-job death in Edmonton and serious injury to a person in Burnaby. There have also been more than 90 cases of COVID-19 workers along the Edmonton-to-Burnaby route. Construction was scheduled to resume in early February, though some sites in Kamloops remain quiet. The protesters argue the pipeline twinning project is being done on unceded Secwépemc territory. They have also cited safety concerns for the river and salmon populations within it, along with concerns about the safety of the ongoing project. The protesters have said they represent the will of the Secwépemc people and contend First Nations band councils that do support the pipeline project have been bought off to do so. The Tk’emlups te Secwépemc First Nation has a $3-million mutual benefits agreement with Trans Mountain.

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Kamloops nurse Brienna Wells got a “thank you” from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a Feb. 26 news conference announcing Health Canada’s approval of the AstraZeneca vaccine. KTW reached Wells at work on Friday morning, just as she was about to administer COVID-19 vaccinations at a seniors’ facility. She hadn’t seen the press conference and didn’t know she was getting a shout out.

“It’s extremely surreal,” she said when asked how it feels to get an acknowledgment from the Prime Minister. “But I feel like it’s not just me he’s shouting out. It’s my entire team here, of all the nurses and doctors who are working so hard. I feel like I’m just a very small portion of that. But it’s extremely appreciated to hear that from somebody like that,” she said. Trudeau’s remarks acknowledged the vital role of health-care workers in delivering vaccines: “You’re looking forward to you and your loved ones getting your

shot. We’re working around the clock to make sure that happens as soon as possible. Deliveries are ramping up and we’ve got incredible people across the country working as one big team toward the same goal,” Trudeau said. “Just take Brienna from Kamloops. Brienna is a frontline nurse who sent me an email recently — and I’m glad she did. “Because to you, Brienna, and to all of the nurses, doctors, and health-care staff out there, I want to say this: Thank you. Every day, you are making sure that your fellow Canadians get tested, get 21031MM1

vaccinated, stay safe. You are our heroes.” Wells had emailed Trudeau one week prior to thank him for his leadership. She received a response from one of the Prime Minister’s aides, but didn’t know there would be more to it. It’s not Wells’ first time in the spotlight as part of her role as a nurse. In late January, a TikTok post of hers (screenshot at right) sharing how to do a COVID swab test with minimal discomfort, went viral and received more than 170,000 views.

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Grade 1 and Grade 2 students at Kamloops Christian School participated in Pink Shirt Day on Feb. 24 via a kindness parade, with the theme being “spreading kindness.” The kids visited several business along Tranquille Road in North Kamloops and enjoyed waving and cheering at cars passing by. Subway donated two-dozen cookies and several businesses displayed signs. “It is said kindness causes a ripple effect,” teacher Ms. B noted. “And these kids made waves.”

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Teachers have taken issue with the continuation of standardized tests during the pandemic, claiming now is not the time for added stress. The provincial government conducts the Foundation Skills Assessment test each year for Grade 4 to Grade 7 students to determine how they are progressing in reading, writing and numeracy. But some, including the B.C. Teacher’s Federation (BCTF) and the KamloopsThompson Teachers’ Association (KTTA), think now is not the time for such tests. “There was nothing normal about the last school year or the one we are currently in,” BCTF president Teri Mooring wrote in a statement to parents. “Teachers, students and families have been forced to constantly adjust to changing rules and conditions.” KTTA president Laurel Macpherson agreed. She called it “very unfortunate” how the data is used, pointing to rankings created by the Fraser Institute, a conservative Lower Mainland think tank. Each year, the organization rates each school in the province out of 10 and provides a ranking using publicly available data from the FSA tests. “We just feel like it’s a real misuse of

data,” Macpherson said. “We’ve never supported the FSAs because we feel that teachers do assessments and know where students are at, and we feel that’s valid testing.” This year, the tests strike some teachers as particularly unproductive. Macpherson said the tests are a “waste of time” during a disrupted school year, with the amount of time available for learning compromised due to constant cleaning requirements and the need to follow COVID-19 protocols. Required quarantine periods stemming from potential exposures — of which there have been dozens in the district, with more emerging each week — are also making things difficult as students try to keep up from home. “You take a look at that and think, is that valid? Yeah, kids are not going to be where they should be,” Macpherson said. “Really, is it reliable data? I don’t think it is.” The BCTF provides a letter template on its website for parents wishing for their student to be excused from taking the test, but Macpherson said students will write the test anyway, if they return to school during the testing period. The FSA tests are typically administered beginning in October, but were delayed this year to be conducted between Feb. 15 and March 12.

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Const. Crystal Evelyn said. Crocker is a 27-year-old white woman with reddish-brown hair. She stands 5-foot-4, weighs 140 pounds and has a medium build. Anyone with information on Crocker’s whereabouts is asked to call Kamloops RCMP at 250-828-3000 and reference file 2021-4220.

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Crews made slow progress on dousing the fire, with the final embers extinguished the next morning. Fire investigator Ray Webster told KTW it’s not possible to nail down the fire’s origin because so much of the metal was moved in the process of fighting the blaze. The fire started as city crews at the dump were using a bulldozer to compact the scrap metal pile to allow for more products to be added. Smoke

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appeared during that process and flames erupted, Webster said. Another reason a cause cannot be found is that, while it’s clear a combustible substance in the pile led to the fire, investigators cannot determine what it was as they don’t know exactly what comprised the heap. “We know there’s plastics, we know there’s metal, old paint, there’s all kinds of stuff,” Webster said.

He estimated the pile to be about 1,200 square feet in size. Hypothetically speaking, a fire such as the one at the landfill could be caused by the movement of metal from the bulldozer, creating a spark that ignites a substance, such as gasoline leaking from an item within the pile, Webster told KTW. He said residents should ensure items like propane tanks and lawn mowers are purged of all fuel before being dropped off.

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Coming out of 2020, in which B.C. and Kamloops recorded the most overdose deaths ever, the BC Coroners Service is reporting 165 such deaths in January 2021, the largest ever number of lives lost due to illicit drugs in the first month of a calendar year. In January 2020, there were 81 overdose deaths recorded in the province. “These figures are heartbreaking, both in scale and for the number of families who are grieving the loss of a loved one,” said Lisa Lapointe, chief coroner of the BC Coroners Service. “In the fifth year of this public health emergency, there is virtually no community in the province that hasn’t been touched by this devastating loss of life.” In Kamloops, there was one overdose death recorded in January.

In 2020, there were 1,716 overdose deaths in B.C. and 60 in Kamloops. An average of 5.3 lives were lost each day in January due to the toxic drug supply in B.C., a death rate of 38.1 per 100,000 residents. January is also the 10th consecutive month in which more than 100 deaths were attributed to suspected illicit drug toxicity. Of the 165 deaths in January, 137 were male and 28 were female, with the age range being 19 to 79. Vancouver (42), Surrey (19) and Victoria (13) are communities with the most deaths in January. Almost one in five of the suspected deaths (18 per cent) in January noted extreme levels of fentanyl concentrations (greater than 50 micrograms/litre), the largest number recorded to date. Additionally, there were 14 deaths in which carfentanil, a more lethal analogue

of fentanyl, was detected, an increase from the December total of nine and the largest monthly figure since May 2019. The report also notes recent increases in the presence of unprescribed benzodiazepines and its analogues, including etizolam. Since July 2020, etizolam has been identified in 31 per cent of illicit drug toxicity deaths in which expedited testing was performed. In January, benzodiazepines and its analogues were detected in nearly half (49 per cent) of all samples tested. The addition of etizolam to fentanyl increases the likelihood of overdose due to the combined respiratory depressant effects. Etizolam is not licensed in Canada. “We’re particularly concerned about the toxicity of the drugs detected in many of the deaths recorded in January,” Lapointe said.

“The findings suggest that the already unstable drug supply in B.C. is becoming even deadlier, underscoring the urgent need for supervised consumption options, prescribing for safe supply, and accessible treatment and recovery services.” Sheila Malcolmson, the province’s minister of mental health and addictions, said stigma is driving people to use alone, noting the pandemic is pushing people further into isolation. “We stepped up our response to these emergencies as quickly as possible in B.C., but the effects of the pandemic on the illicit drug supply chain has made drugs dramatically more toxic than a year ago and, tragically, more lethal,” Malcolmson said. “We know people are hurting now and we have to do more to stop this terrible surge in overdose deaths.”

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In the wake of former TNRD CAO Sukh Gill’s resignation from Thompson Rivers University’s board of governors, a political science professor at the school wants the power of board members to be more limited in the future and is calling for an external audit of Gill’s past work, which included involvement in overseeing university finances and whistleblower policy. Derek Cook said the board should not be able to put one person in charge of finance-related standing committees. Prior to his resignation last week, Gill was chair of the finance, audit and investment advisory committees. Gill is the former regional district CAO, who charged more than a half-million dollars over five years to his taxpayer-funded credit card prior to departing unexpectedly from the regional district last year with a sizeable payout. Much of the charges included

March 11 marks the one-year anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring the COVID-19 pandemic. KTW is asking readers for their thoughts on two questions related to life this past year and we hope to publish those thoughts in our March 10 edition. 1. What one thing do you miss the most since the pandemic was declared? 2. What is one thing you have learned while living under pandemicrelated protocols for the past year? This could relate to anything from a hobby/new talent to wisdom/ clarity and anything in between.

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City will not refund dog licence late fees licensing fees. However, dog owners argued the $32.50 jessica@kamloopsthisweek.com late fee is higher than the $30 discounted fee charged for Following numerous the licence itself and quescomplaints from dog owners, tioned implementation of the City of Kamloops won’t the first-time fee during the refund dog licence late fees COVID-19 pandemic. this year. The city’s dog licence But the city plans to fees are $65, but reduced review implementation of a to $32.50 for neutered pets payment grace period in the as an incentive for owners future. to help control the animal Last week, Coun. Denis population. Walsh put forward a motion Walsh called the late fee to refund all late fee charges “heavy-handed” and quesof $32.50 paid by residents tioned its introduction. He with neutered dogs in 2021. said he received numerous The motion also called complaints from the public. for rescinding and reassessStaff, however, said comment of the current late fee munication on the matter penalty for neutered dog late dates back to 2019, when the payments and either extend- bylaw changed and stressed ing payments to Jan. 15 and that at some point, dog ownreducing penalties to 50 per ers need to pay their licensing cent of the dog licence fee or fees, money from which is asking staff to pursue other used to fund dog parks and options. animal-control endeavours. Council voted 8-1 against Staff said dog owners the motion, with only Walsh received a mail-out notificavoting in favour. tion in advance of the late fee Walsh’s motion followed implementation and posts complaints from dog owners, went out onto social media. who raised concerns amidst Coun. Kathy Sinclair said the late fee’s implementation enough communication this year. occurred and that it is not a Staff noted the fee was small undertaking to refund SALES & INSTALLATIONS introduced as a way to get the fees. people to pay their dog “It’s like ripping off a JESSICA WALLACE

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YOUTH ROTARIAN CLUB FUNDS PET PROJECT: Daybreak Rotary Club member Danica Wilkinson (left) joins Hybrid Interact Youth Rotarian Amanda To in presenting a cheque for $1,000 from the Hybrid Interact club to BCSPCAKamloops community engagement manager Ashley Fontaine recently at the local animal shelter. Kamloops Hybrid Interact is a youth Rotary Club focused on community and global involvement projects supporting youth, education and the environment.

ONGOING The Kamloops Humane Society is again selling wall calendars as a fundraiser for the non-profit organization. Calendars are only $5 and there are three types from which to choose: kittens, dogs and pets. The calendars can be purchased at the following businesses: • Aberdeen Veterinary Hospital, at Hillside Drive and Hillside Way; • Animal House Pet Store in Northills Centre at 700 Tranquille Rd., in North Kamloops; • Central Animal Hospital, 104 Tranquille Rd., in North Kamloops; • Kamloops Veterinary Clinic at 1465 Cariboo Pl., in Southgate; • Petland at Notre Dame Drive and Dalhousie Drive in Southgate; • Riverside Small Animal Hospital at 905 Lorne St., just east of downtown; • Total Pet at 480 Tranquille Rd., in North Kamloops; • Valleyview Veterinary Clinic at 1662 Valleyview Dr.

DONATION DRIVES SKILLS IN TRU AUTOMOTIVE TRADES: Kamloops Lincoln teamed up with Lincoln Canada to donate a 2020 Lincoln MKZ to TRU. TRU School of Trades program chair Tom Haag (front left) receives a donation of a 2020 Lincoln MKZ from Kamloops Ford Lincoln general manager Craig Brown recently. The donation is part of a nationwide initiative, seeing Ford of Canada donating 95 vehicles to educational institutions across the country. The vehicles were damaged due to flooding last year and have been deemed irreparable. Ford of Canada and Lincoln Canada saw an opportunity to bring the latest in vehicle technology to some of Canada’s top automotive programs. Kamloops Lincoln often recruits TRU students who have completed or are working toward completing the automotive program.

KAMLOOPS MOUNTIE READY TO TAKE ICY DIP FOR A GOOD CAUSE If he reaches his $2,000 goal, Kamloops RCMP Sgt. Brandon Buliziuk will splash down in the Thompson River on March 7 in support of Special Olympics. To help Buliziuk make good on his pledge, visit the Special Olympics website online at, specialolympics.ca and hit donate, then type in “Brandon Buliziuk.” Those who want to fundraise can make their own splash by signing up to take the plunge by videotaping themselves jumping in the snow, plunging into an icy bath or doing anything that gets them cold and wet.

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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 non-pandemic-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 healthcare 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.

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Saxophone Man, artist Zach Abney, Mural tour No. 29 This mural resides beside The Commodore Grand Cafe & Lounge, 220 - 4th Ave. The Commodore (as it is more commonly known) opened in 1927.

Homage to the Leland Hotel, artist Evan Christian, Mural tour No. 23

History of Brewing, artist Kelly Wright, Mural tour No. 4 One of three murals completed in 2016, the Red Collar Brewing mural, at 355 Lansdowne St., is an ambitious look at the history of brewing throughout time and to the present. The side of the building depicts the goddessess of hops and barley, while on the rear of the building is Louis Pasteur, the man who made pasteurization and the consumption of safe beer possible.

This mural was designed to celebrate the rich history of Kamloops. The Leland Hotel was built in 1905 at 301 Victoria St., and stood until 1980 when it met its end in fire. The mural pays homage to the historic hotel in a modern way with colour and energy, using wall paint and spray paint.

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ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW FILE The Kamloops Heritage Railway shop off Lorne Street is where old rail cars go to be reborn. The railway society’s current project will turn an old rail car into a classroom, with the society having developed an entire curriculum in consultation with the Kamloops-Thompson school district.

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he Kamloops Heritage Railway has received an $80,000 grant that will allow it to repurpose an old rail car into a classroom. After the society decommissioned passenger car #406 due to prohibitively expensive repairs, it decided to instead repurpose the old CN rail car. “I’m a history guy and it pains me to chop anything up, so we were really motivated to find another use for this car,”

society executive director Cory Clark said. The car is currently a blank canvas, with work only recently beginning. But once completed, it will feature a full classroom and a HO-scale railway model of 1940s Kamloops, from the waterfront to Victoria Street. Railcar classrooms operated from 1926 to 1967 in the Prairies and remote parts of Ontario, providing education opportunities for smaller communities without a school. “It was such an innovative way to cover that part of your obligation as a governing body

to educate the people,” Clark said, noting the classroom cars would visit communities seven or eight times a year. Clark said KHR has developed an entire curriculum in consultation with the Kamloops-Thompson school district and, while early plans are mostly based around field trips to the car, he said he wants the classroom on wheels to be accessible to anybody who wants to use it. “We’re a non-profit and we really want to give back to the community. And the only way we can do that is through the knowledge we possess,” he said.

Clark said the society is keeping alive a very rare heritage, especially in Kamloops. “We’re in a really unique position to tell that history of Kamloops, and not just Kamloops, but B.C.,” he said. The car was relocated by crane to a static set of tracks in January, where it will stay, alongside an art gallery car and the society’s “day in the life” car. The grant money will go toward providing services required for learning in the car, such as Wi-Fi, a TV screen, a slide-down blackboard, air conditioning, heating and other building materials to “bring it

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OVID is over. You’ve got more than two years of unspent travel money burning a hole in your pocket and you decide to do one of those bucket list trips, solo. You’re waiting with a bunch of locals for a bus — for Machu Pichu in Cuzco, Peru, the mountain gorilla reserve in Rwanda, a Mongolian dinosaur dig in the Gobi Desert — whatever. You have a pounding headache and no time to look for Tylenol (if there even is any to be had). Nobody speaks English. Then you spot it — a big red maple leaf on a backpack. A Canadian! Probably better prepared than you, with Tylenol and maybe even the latest Canucks game score. We are one of the few countries in the world with any kind of plant on our national flag. But we are a nation of trees — and that

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red maple leaf symbolizes who we are. It’s one way to find each other in strange countries. There is another nation, though, with a tree on its flag — Lebanon. The cedars of Lebanon come up fairly often in the Bible — 103 times, actually. Lebanese cedar was used in the construction of Solomon’s temple. King Solomon contracted with Hiram, King of Tyre, to cut cedar logs and raft them down to Israel. It was highly valued as a building material as it was close grained, easy to split for

boards and resistant to decay and insect damage. Jesus, the carpenter’s son, would have been very familiar with it as he worked in Joseph’s shop. In Psalm 92, the psalmist writes, “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon planted in the house of the Lord…” The cedars of Lebanon are symbolic of a long and productive life, a reward for righteousness. Trees are mentioned more than any other plant in the Bible. Cedar, olive, sycamore-fig, poplar, pine, acacia, algum, cypress, date palm, terebinth, fir, cassia, walnut, willow, almond, tamarisk, juniper, plane and oak are all mentioned. Many of these trees have either great symbolic value or played a role in significant events in the stories of the Bible. Acacia wood, for example, was the wood that God directed Moses to use in the construction of the ark of the covenant and

the altar table. The upright frames for the worship tabernacle were also made of acacia wood. Acacia is plentiful in the desert areas of the Middle East, hard and resistant to insects. Moses’ staff and Aaron’s rod were likely made from the almond tree. In the book of Numbers, each of the leaders of the 12 tribes of Israel was given an almond staff, but only Aaron’s miraculously sprouted leaves and grew ripe almonds. One fig tree has an unpleasant fate in the New Testament. Figs were often a symbol for the people of Israel. Jesus comes into the Jerusalem and reaching into the leaves of a fig tree, finds no fruit. He says, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” The next day, the disciples pass by the tree and see that it is completely dead. “Master, look. The fig tree you cursed has withered.” The story is an object

World Day of Prayer services via Zoom set for March 5 KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK

The annual World Day of Prayer will be marked this Friday (March 5) and the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada is inviting Kamloopsians to take part in the online service that will include more than 1,100 Canadian communities. The 2021 World Day of Prayer will feature a number of local participant leaders and will also draw on video and other materials prepared on the Pacific island of Vanuatu, including music, reflections and information. Donations received through the World Day of Prayer will be used to help women and children via projects to be undertaken in Canada and throughout the world.

All regions share in the grants, with consideration given to greatest need. Through World Day of Prayer donations, the Women’s InterChurch Council of Canada has distributed more than $2.5 million in the past 35 years. Receipts are issued for donations of $20 or more. Address for mailing cheques or online donation is available online at www.wicc.org. To access the World Day of Service on Friday, March 5, at 1 p.m., use the Zoom link: https:// us02web.zoom.us/j/8185855024 0?pwd=WGdOOWNEdUFQUE1 JV3pPMUh3SUFGZz09 Meeting ID: 818 5855 0240 Passcode: 369695 +1 778 907 2071 Canada To access the service after March 5, go online to kamloopssalvationarmy.ca.

lesson for the spiritual unfruitfulness of the people of Israel. The identity of the two prominent trees in the Garden of Eden is not known, but they play a huge role in the story of Adam and Eve. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was off limits to them. It was the fruit of this tree that Eve picked after being tempted by Satan in the form of a serpent. Western tradition describes the fruit as an apple, but other traditions identify it as a pomegranate, lemon, grape or pear. Both she and Adam ate the fruit, contrary to God’s prohibition, and were banished from Eden. The Tree of Life was also prohibited to Adam and Eve after they were banished, guarded by a “cherubim with a flaming sword flashing back and forth.” Jewish mythology illuminates an interesting role for the Tree of Life. It is also called the Tree

of Souls and each blossom it produces represents an unborn human soul that is transferred into the nascent embryo. The crucifixion tree has immense significance for all Christians. Eastern Orthodox tradition states that it was made of three types of wood: pine, fir and cypress. It is an inference drawn from Isaiah 60:13, which refers to these three woods, saying, “I will glorify the place of my feet.” The wooden footrest, the suppedaneum, was what Jesus’ feet were nailed to in his atoning sacrifice for all our sins. It is the great mystery of our faith that the cross, the tree of death, became the tree of eternal life. 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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B.C. Division gets green light The Western Hockey League has been granted approval by the Provincial Health Office to begin B.C. Division play, with hub centres in Kamloops and Kelowna. Action will begin on Friday, March 26, with each team slated to play a 24-game schedule, which will be released at a later date. The Kamloops Blazers, Kelowna Rockets and Prince George Cougars will be based in Kamloops and play out of Sandman Centre. The Kelowna Rockets and Victoria Royals will be in Kelowna and play out of Prospera Place. Team Dunstone — Dustin Kidby (from left), Kirk Muyres, Braeden Moskowy and Matt Dunstone — held training camp in Clubs are permitted to Wadena, Sask., ahead of the Tim Hortons Brier, which gets underway on Friday in the Calgary curling bubble. travel directly between each hub for game play, with no stops permitted between the two cities. Teams will begin self-quarantining on Saturday, March 6, and report to their respective hubs a week later. Players and staff will undergo COVID-19 testing Club in the Queen ice plant and secure a third Braeden Moskowy, MARTY HASTINGS City — were adopted place to stay if you come upon arrival, followed by an second Kirk Muyres and STAFF REPORTER sports@kamloopsthisweek.com additional quarantine period. by the southeastern out this way. lead Dustin Kidby. Team activity can begin after Saskatchewan town Remax Blue Chip Curling clubs across dd a second negative COVID-19 of about 1,300 and its Realty Yorkton pitched the country have closed Wadena test. Wadena Curling Club, in to help Team amid the pandemic, to the WHL clubs are committed which offered ice and Dunstone cover utilforcing teams to scramlong list ble to find ice before the ity costs at the rink. to providing private PCR testcomfort ahead of the ing through DynaLIFE Medical of places men’s national champiSaskatchewan govTim Hortons Brier. Labs to ensure no additional in which onship gets underway ernment representa“It’s a pretty cool strain is placed on public Matt Dunstone has on Friday (March 5) in tives, CurlSask and story and our plan health, according to a press hung his hat. Calgary. the Wadena Curling is to bring the Brier release from the WHL. All priThe Winnipegger Wadena Curling Club Club board of direcTankard back to Wadena vate testing conducted in the Kamloopsian and his board member Dustin tors signed off on the and celebrate with B.C. Division will be processed rink of Reginians — Mikush reached out to bubble-style plan. the people,” said skip and analyzed at DynaLIFE’s who normally play out Team Dunstone with an Dunstone, whose Team See BRIER, A30 laboratory in Edmonton. of Highland Curling offer — we’ll restart our Saskatchewan includes

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A knee injury is the latest mountain to climb for Isaac Kaay, the Canadian rugby sevens stalwart who is chasing Olympic dreams. “The best team needs to travel, whether that involves me or it doesn’t,” said Kaay, the 27-year-old Kamloops product who has been with the national team for five years. “Going off pure merit, I don’t believe in that. I want to prove myself and go.” The postponed 2020 Olympic Summer Games are scheduled to run this year, from July 23 to Aug. 8 in Tokyo. Team members — some of whom have put their professional lives on hold for nearly a decade while pursuing Olympic caps (Canada failed to qualify for Rio 2016) — have been in limbo since the beginning of the pandemic last March.

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HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stops in 2020 in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Paris were cancelled, keeping players from earning tournament appearance fees and bonuses. Funding, always scarce in Canadian rugby, has dried up and some players have taken on odd jobs to make ends meet.

“We’ve been given what our organization can give us in terms of resources and that’s just the nature of the landscape of our sport in Canada,” Kaay said. “There’s not a whole lot of backing. To say money was a driving factor in what we do is not true. Playing for your country and having the opportunity to go to the Olympics, guys would be doing it for literally zero dollars.” The pandemic comes on the heels of a tumultuous period for the men’s rugby sevens squad, which was engaged in a bitter labour dispute with Rugby Canada in 2018 and lost its head coach when Damian McGrath was fired in 2019. “A lot of the guys on the team have been best friends for 10 years,” said Kaay, who works remotely for a Vancouver-based financial company. “Those friendships grow stronger and that’s what keeps you going, not wanting to be the one who walks away.”

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Nobody has walked and, while uncertainty still lingers over whether the Olympics will proceed, the team has enjoyed a promising stint of training under head coach Henry Paul, who succeeded McGrath. But Kaay has been sidelined since tearing his LCL (lateral collateral ligament in his knee) in January, the injury occurring in the gym one day before the Victoria-based team received clearance to hit the pitch. “There is a group of guys giving it everything for the past six weeks in our version of a pre-season and I’ve been on the sidelines for it,” Kaay said. “It’s my first time being hurt and it sucks. It’s great watching guys improve, but it sucks to not be involved in it.” Kaay has not missed an HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series stop since his debut in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2017. He has travelled the world and played in 164 Rugby Sevens Series matches, racking up 23

tries, 115 points and seven yellow cards. The team normally travels with 13 players, 12 of whom dress for matches. There are 17 players on the training roster, not all of whom will make the cut to travel to Japan. Kaay received positive news from a surgeon on Monday (March 1) and is aiming to resume team training within the next two or three weeks. Proving form and fitness is the next task, a challenging one considering COVID-19 restrictions do not allow for exhibition games at this point, although there has been talk of a tournament in Dubai. “You go about every day as if the Games are going to happen and just work your butt off until something else has changes,” Kaay said. “Guys go in training three, four, five hours a day, five days a week, to go to the Olympics and it’s not even a certain thing. This is 100 per cent for the love of the game.”

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Bums in seats are required for the Kamloops NorthPaws to begin play this summer in the West Coast League baseball ranks. The club’s expansion season will be postponed until 2022 if pandemicrelated restrictions do not allow for at least 1/3 capacity (about 500 fans) at Norbrock Stadium, according to co-owner Jon Pankuch. “I don’t know if we can do it with anything less than that,” Pankuch told KTW. “The fan component is a huge part of this [business] model and how it works.” Pankuch said Kamloops ownership has until the second or third week of April to make its decision on the 2021 campaign, which gets underway in June. “That has a lot to do with the kids we have on contract,” Pankuch said. “If we don’t know if we

can have a season, we owe it to those kids to release them from their contracts and be able play somewhere south of the border.” The team is operating as if opening day is June 4, when the NorthPaws are slated to begin league play against the hometown Yakima Valley Pippins. “We have to,” Pankuch said. “There are just so many moving parts and pieces to put together.” Pankuch said league owners are scheduled to begin weekly meetings on March 15, the virtual gatherings a chance to exchange information and provide COVID-19 updates on the league’s four regions — Oregon, Washington state, B.C. and Alberta. “I want to get our inaugural season under our belt,” Pankuch said. “I want people to be able to see the talent that’s going to be on the field and what we are going to offer at Norbrock Stadium. “If we are allowed to

have it where people are socially distanced within the stadium and safely in and out, we’re willing to do that.” BEAVERS INKED Two more NCAA Division One players have joined the NorthPaws’ roster in time for the 2021 WCL season, both of whom toil for the Oregon State University Beavers. Sophomore outfielder Wade Meckler of Yorba Linda, Calif., and freshman utility player Brady Kasper of Mission Viejo, Calif., were introduced in a club press release on Friday. “We’re fortunate to have guys from a program like Oregon State,” NorthPaws’ head coach Cole Armstrong said in the press release. “We want to create a winning culture in Kamloops and it starts with bringing in players who know how to win.” There are 25 players listed on Kamloops’ roster online at northpawsbaseball.ca.

Sloan fares well in Puerto Rico Roger Sloan cashed in with a hot finish at the Puerto Rico Open, a PGA Tour event that wrapped up on Sunday in Rio Grande. The 33-yearold golfer from Merritt birdied the last four holes on Sunday to shoot 4-underpar 68 and finish the tournament at 10-under-par, good for a share of 22nd place and a cheque for US $28,950. Sloan picked up a touch more

than 23 FedExCup points and vaulted four spots to 127th in overall standings. Golfers who finished at 6-under-

par claimed US $10,962 and about eight FedExCup points. The top 125 players in FedExCup

standings after the Wyndham Championship in August will qualify for the playoffs and earn exemption for the 20212022 PGA Tour campaign. Sloan has participated in 11 events in 20202021, making six cuts and snaring three top-25 finishes. He has earned US $227,910 this season to bring his career earnings to US $2,378,043 since turning pro in 2009.

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inside the bubble. She throws third for Team Brown, the Kamloops Curling Club rink that fell shy of the Championship Pool last week at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, which kicked off bubble festivities. “The first thing I did was make sure I brought a coffee maker to have that in the hotel room with me, so I’m not Door Dashing or Skip The Dishing coffees,” Dunstone said with a laugh, noting Pincott also offered thoughts on the unusually quiet atmosphere inside the Markin MacPhail Centre. The Dunstone curlers will become experts on all things Calgary bubble, especially if they win the Brier to earn a spot in the World Men’s Curling Championship, which gets underway on April 3. Dunstone and his teammates, should they claim the Canadian crown, will remain inside the bubble until the end of April, as they will compete in both Grand Slam events that will take place after the world championships. Muyres and teammate Laura Walker will participate in the Home Hardware Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, which follows the Brier and gets underway on March 18. “We hope to be locked in,” Dunstone said. “I hope to not see the Kamloops Golf and Country Club until pretty much May first.”

Mikush and Scott Comfort handled ice-making duties. Wadena Curling Club board member Dwight Pomedli arranged a private house for the team. The team began training camp about two weeks ago, letting itself into the facility to practise once or twice a day before returning to the house. “We haven’t been super vocal about our existence in the town here, but in smalltown Saskatchewan, word does get around quite fast,” Dunstone said. “Pretty much every night for the last eight or nine days now, we’ve had locals delivering full suppers, desserts and everything, fivecourse meals to our doorstep. It’s been unbelievable.” Team Dunstone arrived in the Calgary curling bubble on Tuesday evening (March 2) and continued the isolation process. COVID-19 testing is scheduled for Wednesday and Friday. Saskatchewan will open play on Friday, with a Draw 1 game against Nunavut scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Kamloops product Jim Cotter and his Team B.C. rink will hit the ice on Saturday, its Draw 4 tilt against New Brunswick slated for 5:30 p.m. Erin Pincott, Dunstone’s girlfriend, has been able to offer advice on what to expect

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Brodi Stuart knew something was wrong with his knee last summer, a nagging injury that flared up when he shot from a certain position. The injury worsened, his knee locking during his first ice session after Christmas, and led to surgery on Jan. 20, an operation that effectively ended his WHL career. His Kamloops Blazers will ice three 20-year-old players — forward Orrin Centazzo and defencemen Sean Strange and Montana Onyebuchi — during the truncated B.C. Division campaign in 2021 amid the pandemic. “I was super upset,” said Stuart, the left-shot from Langley who lives in Merritt. “For me, I was super prepared this year. I felt like I was in my best physical shape and, not only that, I felt really mentally strong and my confidence was there for me to have my best year yet.” Stuart said the surgeon called the injury a

Brodi Stuart (right) fires a shot on goal against the Spokane Chiefs. ALLEN DOUGLAS/KTW FILE PHOTO

bucket-handle meniscus tear and the recovery time will be at least three months. The Blazers drafted [Round 4, 2015 WHL Bantam Draft] and developed Stuart, a highly respected player within the organization who has been placed on the injured list and will be kept on in a coaching role for the remainder of the season. Stuart plans to begin his U Sports career in the fall, but has not given up his pursuit of a pro hockey contract. His first WHL goal was memorable, a thirdperiod marker against the Kelowna Rockets on April 2, 2017, at Sandman Centre that tied the sixth game of a

Round 1 playoff series. Stuart spent the entirety of his majorjunior career with the Blazers, finishing with 46 goals and 116 points in 205 regular season games, along with two goals and three points in 10 post-season contests. The COVID-19 pandemic wiped out the finishing stretch of his 19-year-old campaign, with his B.C. Division champion Blazers in position to make a run at a league title. An injury such as this may have been harder to come to terms with for Stuart if his Blazers were chasing a meaningful championship in 2020-2021, so that may lessen the blow. “It’s a weird season

in general,” Stuart said. “Everybody is going through something. I’m a firm believer everything happens for a reason.” Stuart is not exactly sure what his coaching role will look like, but he plans to help tutor some of the club’s younger players over the next few months. “I’m super thankful and couldn’t be happier to be here in Kamloops this whole time,” said Stuart, an alternate captain for the past two seasons. “Just with all the friendships I’ve made and experiences and development I’ve had, these are going to be some of the times I’m never going to forget.”

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Barriere and Dave Schwandt of White Lake, the stars who have parlayed appearances on another History Channel offering, Tappenbased Rust Valley Restorers, into a show of their own. “Five years ago, would I have thought I’d be on TV? I would never have thought so,” said Kleinfelder, the 400-or-so pound man

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who goes by Big Donny. “It’s fun. It’s a lifechanging event.” In Backroad Truckers, the stars’ businesses are pitted against each other, with a focus on hotshotting, which is the process of moving time-sensitive loads from points A to B, often through perilous off-road conditions. “It’s a high-octane show, with big adventures, crazy scenery, vehicles you’d see in a kids’ playroom, but imagine if the playroom was inside a Mad Max movie,” said showrunner Matt Shewchuk, who gets executive producer credits, along with Mayhem Entertainment business partner Tyson Hepburn. These types of series only achieve success if personalities click with viewers, who will have plenty to choose from with Backroad Truckers. Schwandt, who runs Twisted Auto Recycling, is a workaholic family man who has five children, a salvage dealer who loves building cars for demolition derbies and restoring old snowmobiles. “Me and Donny have known each other for 20 years,” said Schwandt, who grew up in the Salmon Arm area. “Who would have thought we’d be on not one, but two huge shows? We have the potential to become a huge hit. It was not even remotely on my mind for something like this to happen.” Shewchuk penned a concept for a hotshotting show prior to his involvement with Rust Valley Restorers, which is in the midst of filming season 3. After meeting characters such as Donny and Dave while working on seasons 1 and 2 of the car restoration series, the time was right to make a pitch to Corus Entertainment, History Channel’s parent company. “As each piece came together, it became more and more apparent that, yes, this could be an amazing show and we could tell some amazing stories,” Shewchuk said, noting filming brought the crew as far north as Yellowknife. Kleinfelder, who spent a good chunk of

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his life in Chase, employs an eclectic crew that includes ex-con Craig Gruden, big-rigoperating little person Dale Kristensen and Angela Kirstein, a fearless foul-mouthed driver. “I don’t care what anybody looks like, as long as they don’t have bad habits,” said Kleinfelder, whose son, Little Donny, also features on the show. “You’ve got to kind of take what you get. It’s two families trying to survive.” The stars insist there has been animosity between them in the past, noting the conflict is not just a storyline drummed up to increase ratings. “We’ve butted heads over the years legitimately,” said Schwandt, who used to work for Kleinfelder. “There is no baloney in that situation whatsoever. It gives great exposure to the industry, of what it takes to actually do something like this. These back roads we do travel on are pretty treacherous sometimes.” The Interior and Shuswap, along with other B.C. regions, will again be given a platform on the nationally televised show. Kamloops, Barriere, Sandon and White Lake are pictured in the first episode. What the audience thinks of Kleinfelder and Schwandt will go a long way in determining the success of the show, with Corus and History Channel executives left to decide whether to green light a second season. Episode 1 will air this Thursday (March 4) at 10 p.m.

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ARIES - Mar 21/Apr 20

Expect to be in high demand this week, Aries. You have the time and energy to give to others, so make the most of each chance to lend someone a helping hand.

TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Now is a good time to focus on your relationships, Taurus. There may be a close friend who can use a little more attention from a confidante and you can fill that role.

GEMINI - May 22/Jun 21 There is work to be done, Gemini. If your work space is a tad chaotic, then hunker down somewhere less hectic. This can provide the right environment for focus.

CANCER - Jun 22/Jul 22

LIBRA

Cancer, make a habit of finding the silver lining to any situation. This shift in attitude can bring more positivity and sunshine into your life, particularly when you need it most.

LEO - Jul 23/Aug 23

MARCH 3 - MARCH 9, 2021 - Sept 23/Oct 23

Get a firm grasp on your finances this week, Libra. Start browsing your bank accounts so you have a better idea of your spending. This way you can better plan for the future.

SCORPIO

Shift your focus to your home life, Leo. Find various ways to make things more pleasant at home so it can be the respite that it should be.

VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22

- Oct 24/Nov 22

Normally you are very good at keeping your emotions in check, Scorpio. However, letting others see what’s beneath the surface can be beneficial to you in the weeks to come.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21

You are usually better at focusing on the tasks at hand than most other astrological signs, Virgo. Don’t be hard on yourself if you get a tad distracted in the next few days.

Take your foot off of the accelerator, Sagittarius. You don’t have to race to the finish line; enjoy the scenery for a change. Stop as many times as you can along the way.

CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan20 Capricorn, no matter how much time you want to devote to your personal goals, you just may find that other activities require much more attention than you anticipated.

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, don’t be surprised if you have your patience tested a bit this week, especially at the workplace. You’ll find a way to come out shining, however.

PISCES

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Take a big, deep breath and focus on all the good things in your life, Pisces. This will help you ride out any rough spots that crop up.

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Grants-In-Aid The Council of the District of Logan Lake is now accepting applications from local non-profit groups and organizations that qualify, for Grants-In-Aid for the year 2021. All applications must be submitted in writing prior to 4:00 pm, March 31, 2021 to be considered for this year. Application Requirements All applicants: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Must be citizens of Logan Lake; Must use the Application Form provided; Must be a non-profit organization whereby private or personal gain is absent; Must provide a budget detailing the use of the grant funds; Must submit its most recent financial statements; If successful, must submit a Project Completion Report; If successful, must direct the grant to the intended program, project, or service. Grants are not transferrable.

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NOTICE PURSUANT TO SECTION 7 OF THE MANUFACTURED HOME PARK TENANCY ACT This constitutes notice that the landlord will dispose of the property identified below unless Gyula Pteter Doncsecz, or their representative, takes possession of the property, establishes a right to possession of it or makes an application to the court to establish such a right within 30 days from today’s date. Tenant Name: Gyula Pteter Doncsecz Property being disposed of: Manufactured home (registration no. 061255) located at #12 - 1680 Lac Le Jeune Road, Kamloops, BC and all personal property located therein Manufactured Home Site Address: #12 – 1680 Lac Le Jeune Road, Kamloops, BC V1S 1Z1 Landlord’s Name and Address: Randy Carrell, c/o #300 – 272 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC V2C 2A2

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Court File No.: 59836 Court Registry: Kamloops

NOTICE OF SALE WAREHOUSE LIEN ACT 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 19, 2021. 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: 1GNFK13058J109086

In the Supreme Court of British Columbia Claimant: Bruce Donald Mackenzie Respondent: Gerri Leah Horton NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION [Rule 21-1 of the Supreme Court Family Rules applies to all forms.] To: Gerri Leah Horton TAKE NOTICE THAT on 16/February/2021 an order was made for service on you of a Notice of Family Claim issued from the Kamloops Registry of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in family law case number 59836 by way of this advertisement. In the family law case, the claimant claims the following relief against you: divorce.

Seizure of the All-Terrain Vehicle 3) 1998 Polaris Sportsman 500 Vin N: 4XACH50A2WA008090

You must file a Response to Family Claim within 30 days after the date of the publication of this notice failing which further proceedings may be taken against you without notice to you.

Seizure of the Ski-doo 4) 2000 Polaris Rocky Mountain King 800 Vin: 4XASR8BS6YB07543

You may obtain a copy of the Notice of Family Claim and the order for service by advertisement from the Kamloops Registry, at 455 Columbia St, Kamloops, BC.

Seizure of the Utility Trailer 5) 1999 Rainbow Trailer Vin: 2R92P1212Y1625222

Bruce Donald Mackenzie Morelli Chertkow LLP #300 – 180 Seymour St., Kamloops, BC V2C 2E3

Sonny Joseph Leonard – cell 250-574-8310 Email: sonny.leonard@live.ca 481 Sun Ridge Court, Kamloops, BC, V2H 1P5 NOTICE OF DISPOSAL SALE TAKE NOTICE that Storage Vault Canada doing business as Storage For Your Life, intends to sell the following vehicle: Jeep Liberty Vin: 1J4GL58K52W305786 Owner: Curtis Mortimer Amount of debt: $461.00 The sale will be held on or after March 18th, 2021 at 1271 D Salish Rd, Kamloops, BC.

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ELECTRONIC CONTROLS TECHNICIAN 2021 SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT

The District of Logan Lake is now accepting resumes for summer employment for the Visitor Info Centre/ Municipal Campground and Parks. Employment will commence May 3, 2021 and continue to September 6, 2021 for Visitor Info Centre/ Municipal Campground and May 3, 2021 and continue to September 3, 2021 for Parks students. Eligibility will be based on the following standards:       

Registered as a student in the previous academic year; Be a student in a secondary, post-secondary, vocational technical program but not attending full-time classes while employed; Intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year; Be between 16 and 30 years of age; inclusive; Must be a Canadian citizen; Not hold another full-time (30 or more hours) summer job; and Able to start May 3, 2021 preferred.

The rate of pay is $16.00 per hour in the 1st year of employment, $17.00 per hour in the 2nd year of employment and $18.00 per hour in the 3rd year of employment as per C.U.P.E. Collective Agreement. For details on available positions, please contact: Wade Archambault, Director of Public Works and Recreation Phone: 250.523.2755 E-mail: warchambault@loganlake.ca or visit : www.loganlake.ca/career-opportunities All interested applicants can submit a resume to the above by 4:00 p.m. on March 25, 2021, e-mail is preferred. Please specify area of preference (i.e. Parks or Visitor Centre/Municipal Campground). Preference may be given to post secondary students.

Housekeeping Position Permanent Part Time 0.8 FTE An opportunity has presented itself for a motivated individual to join our team of staff as a Housekeeper in a healthcare setting. Housekeepers are a valued team member and we rely on them to maintain our standards of environmental cleaning in a surgical suite. Previous experience of environmental cleaning in a healthcare setting is preferred but not essential. Training and support are available with a comprehensive orientation to our Surgical Centre. Attractive working conditions include a benefits package, uniforms and PPE provided and a small welcoming team of staff who are committed to the delivery of a high quality service to all who visit the Centre.

Please email your cover letter and resumé to info@kamloopssurgery.com or fax to 250-314-1196

COOKS WANTED Casa Azul is looking to IMMEDIATELY hire cooks to prepare Mexican cuisine. Two Full Time positions available. Flexible hours. Requirements: Must speak English, have completed a 3 year cooking program, 1-2 years of commercial cooking. Salary $14.60-$20/hour (to be negotiated). We are looking for real team players. Those legally entitled to work in Canada are welcome to apply. We welcome applications from everyone entitled to work in Canada including Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, Indigenous People, and Newcomers to Canada. How to apply: 1-236-565-1979 casaazulmexicanrestaurant@gmail.com website: https://casaazulkamloops.ca

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POSTING DATE: February 19, 2021 CLOSING DATE: Open until filled. Applicants will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. STATUS: Full-Time / 40 hours per week KTWDigital is seeking a talented candidate to join our Digital Design Team as a Front-End Developer. The candidate will be responsible for a substantial volume of web development projects for a wide range of clients. Builds will be completed using a custom Wordpress platform and designed from scratch for each client. The candidate will also be responsible for general design services, digital advertising, email marketing, website maintenance and updates, and more.

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• Design and Develop Wordpress websites for a diverse range of clients • Create unique & effective designs for each individual client • Maintain and update existing portfolio of websites • Collaborate with existing design/development team • Integrate industry standard technology and philosophy • Manage timelines and deadlines for multiple projects • Manage the design of Branding, Marketing Materials, Advertisements, and other related material • Integration of Google Services (Analytics, Search Console, G-Suite, etc.)

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• Strong knowledge of Wordpress • Understanding of HTML/CSS • General Web Development Experience • General understanding of UI/UX Best Practices • Graphic Design Experience • Strong ability with Adobe Creative Suite • Marketing Experience • Ability to work on multiple projects and balance workloads

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• eCommerce experience (WooCommerce, Shopify, BigCommerce, etc) • Social Media Management experience • Email Marketing (Mailchimp, etc) • Javascript/jQuery/PHP • CRM experience Please submit a resume along with a portfolio of recent work to: Chris Wilson, Digital Sales Manager chris@ktwdigital.com 1365B Dalhousie Drive Kamloops BC V2C 5P6

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Kamloops, B.C. Facilities Services – RIH Lead Electrician

Nature and Scope This position works with a team of professionals to ensure Continuous Quality improvement in the delivery of Facility Services You as Electronic Controls Technician will: • Performs skilled work in the installation, alteration, troubleshooting, maintenance, service and repair of electronic equipment and systems • Interprets prepared sketches, diagrams, schematic drawings, manuals, and manufacturer’s specifications. • Understands computer software for electronic equipment/systems, and building automation systems (BAS) • Manage items such as: security, door locks, patient wandering and nurse call systems • Trouble shooting medical equipment Is this the right role for you? • Graduate of a recognized diploma program in Electronic Technology plus three (3) years’ recent, related experience or an equivalent combination of education, training and experienced • Ticketed Electrician • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing as well as deal with others effectively • High degree of attention to detail • Computer literacy • Excellent written and communication skills • Ability to prioritize and cope with a fluctuating workload • Customer Focused/Customer Service Skills • Ability to read and interpret blueprints, drawings and specifications • Ability to operate related equipment

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Albert Leonard Torgerson

Margaret Cameron Dance

1937 - 2021

January 2, 1934 ~ February 13, 2021 Together Again

Albert was born to Alfred and Sophie Torgerson on November 3, 1937 in Chelan, Saskatchewan. He was the eldest to three siblings, Melvin, Margaret and Sadie. At 17, Albert left the farm and migrated west eventually to Victoria where he became a sawyer with the IWA and met his wife Laura at a local dance. Albert and Laura had two sons Brian and Barry. Albert then moved the family in 1971 to Kamloops to work as a sawyer for the Savona Sawmill. Albert took an early retirement at 55 when the sawmill shut down. Along the way, Albert and Laura enjoyed numerous camping trips, cruises and driving the Oregon Coast to California to visit relatives. Albert was pre-deceased by Laura in 1999, brother Melvin in 2011 and son Brian in 2017. He is survived by his son Barry and daughter-in-Law Sonia, two sisters Margaret (Carl), Sadie (Charlie), numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He is also survived by the best neighbours of 50 years (Kay and Mel Stanley), of whom, were always considered family. Albert had many friends through social clubs and I can say that dancing was his thing that made him the happiest so I thank you all for that final dance of his.

It is with deep sadness that we announce Margaret’s passing early Saturday morning, February 13, 2021. Margaret passed in her home at the age of 87. Margaret lost her husband Patrick Dance in 1990 and did not marry again. She survived that loss but a piece of her was always with him. The family would like to thank the Thursday Hikers for sharing their thoughts and memories of her. She could indeed tackle a cheeseburger and win into her eighties. I know she cherished the time she had with them and still joined the group for lunch when the walks became difficult for her. She was also an avid bowler for many years and curled in the past as well. She enjoyed early evening walks and loved the seawall, Neck Point and Piper’s Lagoon. Perhaps unknown to many she also possessed a musical talent. Like many girls of her generation, she learned to play the piano while young. She could still pick out and transcribe the notes much later in life to give her boys a new song to play on the guitar. Family always came first for Margaret and three great-grandchildren were her pride and joy these last few years. She is survived by her sister Jean in Kelowna; two sons, Mike and John; Lisa, her daughter-inlaw; two grandchildren, Jack and Tom, and their spouses, Honey and Kiley; and three great grandchildren: Blake, Avery, and Jerome. The family wants to thank her doctor, the emergency workers who helped in a couple of crises, and the nurses at NRGH, who might remember her pulling out the catheter, disconnecting herself and going for a stroll in the hallway when she had pneumonia a few years ago. She will be missed. There is no service planned due to Covid restrictions.

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Kelsi Marie Farion Born in Edson, AB, January 31, 1985, Kelsi Marie Farion began a new odyssey February 13, 2021 in Kamloops, BC. Her 36 years were filled with reciprocated love of many cherished people, too numerous to count. Kelsi ensured her beautiful daughter Azriel to the loving hands of her mother Laura Nelson and step-father Perry Coutts. Together, keeping her memory alive are her father Todd Farion (Angie), siblings Danica Farion (Tony), Tiffany Farion (Jeff), Dela Coutts (Rich), Teagan Farion (Alicia), Sterling Coutts (Alaya) and Joe Coutts (Blanca). Kelsi will rejoice in joining her late love Eli Law (July 14, 2020), her grandparents Peter Farion (2001), Emily Farion (1996), Lloyd Nelson (2012) and Virginia Nelson (2016), among other family and friends who predeceased her. Her life was blessed with numerous loving aunts, uncles, cousins, niece, nephew and cherished friends who loved her dearly and whom she loved beyond belief. A wanderlust for life like no other, Kelsi dreamed and planned her next adventure with continuity. Whether that be her next place of exploration or a new chapter of herself to nurture, her hopes and dreams were met with zest. So many to unfold.

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I also thank Dr. Hiebert and all the nurses of the RIH 6th floor for the impeccable treatment and compassion shown to my father.

Each Loss Each loss is very different, The pain is so severe. Will I ever stop missing This one I loved so dear? Good times we had together, The moments that we shared We didn’t have to tell each other How much we really cared. I never dreamed you’d go away, Never thought of sorrow. So sure you’d always be here Took for granted each tomorrow. Now my life is all confused Since you went away. You took a part of me And for help I daily pray. But when God sent you to me He never said that you were mine, That I could keep you always – Only borrowed for a time. Now, He’s called you home, I’m sad and I shed tears. Yet I’m glad He loaned you to me And we had these many years.

Her love and compassion were immeasurable for all those she encountered. She had a magic about her, gifting all who walked her paths with a personal sense of worth. In everything she did, there was love. She experienced her love of family, friends, nature, the earth, arts and all creatures with abundant passion. She joins Lily, her chocolate lab. Her greatest confidant. She lent credence to equality, tolerance, justice and advocacy for all. She was and will always remain a light to so many of us. Kelsi’s transparency about her true being, was unapologetically brave, teaching so many others to trust in who they were without reproach. Her life was authentically hers and no words adequately express this world’s loss in her physical absence. Her pure and sincere love for her daughter, motivated and promoted determination to be the best version of herself. She wanted nothing more than her little girl to be loved, happy and safe. Azriel was and always will be Kelsi’s proudest, greatest joy & deepest love. Our family is grateful to all those who share our sincere and respectful love for Kelsi. When the world permits, we will gather to celebrate beautiful Kelsi. If there was a feather to be found, Kelsi found deep meaning in so many ways. Should a feather fall from above or cross your path, it is her way of never letting go.

Let her shining smile & heart continue to illuminate your lives. We open doors to honour Kelsi by making a donation in her name to the Canadian Mental Health Association at 250 Dundas St. West, Suite 500, Toronto, ON, M5T 2Z5, website http://www.cmha.ca or GoFundMe account for a memorial bench and trust fund for her daughter at https:/gofund.me/87f2d31f.

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In Loving Memory of Lincoln Rodrigue

January 12, 1960 - February 4, 2021 It is with profound sadness we announce the sudden passing of Lincoln Rodrigue much too soon, at the age of 61. Left to remember are his parents Lory and Jeanne, mother of his children (Borka), son Jovan (Kristen), daughter Nastasja, brother Guy (Gayle), sister Kathy (Garth Bailey), granddaughters Chimaera and Elijana, nephews Alexander (Marianne) and Matthew. Lincoln shared his time generously and dedicated much of it to service, caring for and helping his fellow man. He never hesitated to offer encouragement or assistance in any way he could provide, right down to the shirt off his back. Lincoln worked feverishly, was a master of his craft as a tile and marble specialist. Rarely would you find him sitting idle unless he was tying flies. When asked to relax, he would say “Well, I have to do SOMETHING!!!” His passion for fishing and his love for the outdoors brought him to his happy place. He loved his family, friends, and his beloved dogs, Sugar and Bella, dearly.

He will be greatly missed by many. A remembrance will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation to The Blue House Recovery Society to help others follow Lincoln’s legacy of clean and sober living. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

Bonnie June Talarico

March 27, 1977 - February 9, 2021 Bonnie passed away at the age of 43 in Airdrie, AB on February 9, 2021. Bonnie was born March 27, 1977 in Williams Lake BC. She always had a happy smile on her face and enjoyed life to the fullest! She was a wonderful Auntie to all of her nieces and nephews whom she adored. She was a loyal and devoted daughter and always gave her best to all things that she did. She had a special and lifelong connection to Grand Forks where her adoring grandparents Rocco and Grace Talarico lived. Bonnie had a very special quality that allowed her to bring out the best in people when they were down. When ever we were with Bonnie there was always lots of laughter and fun. Bonnie was predeceased by her Mom, Marilyn Talarico 15 years ago. She is survived by her Dad Frank, Brother Corey, Anglea, Faith and Anna, Sister Tammy, JJ, Madison and Dominic, Sister Michelle, Daylan, Rocco and Tristan. She is also survived by many Aunts, Uncles and cousins. Bonnie is at peace in heaven with her Mother. Funeral Services will be in Grand Forks at a later date when COVID restrictions will allow. Rest in Peace Bonnie.

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William Popika

February 6, 1927 - February 23, 2021 A life well lived, a man well loved, he sadly passed away on February 23, 2021. Bill was born in Poland on February 6, 1927, second son to Samuel and Sophie Popika. Along with their eldest son, John, they came to Canada in 1930 where they started a farm in The Pas, Manitoba. Sisters Nancy (Yaworski) and Bernice (Penney) were born later in Canada. He is predeceased by all. He married the love of his life, Nell Kryschuk, in 1952 and had three children, Doreen Rigby Wightman (Bill) of Kelowna, BC, Dale Popika of Edson, AB and Sharon Elvers of Kamloops, BC. Bill worked as a Switch Foreman for the CNR in The Pas and transferred to Kamloops in 1973 before enjoying an early retirement at age 54. He very much enjoyed the warmer weather in BC. Bill was a very talented carpenter and amazing home handyman. He was social and athletic, enjoying hunting, fishing, and especially curling and golf, all at which he excelled. He and Nell visited and golfed in various sunny parts of the USA and then looked forward to being at their own winter home in Apache Junction, Arizona for many years. They also saw much of the world together, having travelled to Europe twice, China and Australia. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, his three children, along with Granddaughters Lindsay Charland (Nicholas) and Erika Picton (Tyler) and great Granddaughters Aurelia and Seraphina Charland, Mikayla Lyons, step great Grandsons Mason and Ayden Picton and many nieces and nephews. He is mourned and will be missed. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a service will not be held at this time.

Delbert (Del) Lyall Marshall

November 14, 1946 - February 19, 2021 It is with sad hearts that we announce the passing of Del after a hard fought battle with cancer. Del was born in New Westminster, BC to Tom and Ida Marshall. Del attended Richmond Senior High School where he met the love of his life Donna. Soon after having their two sons they moved to Kamloops where Del worked for Wilkinson Steel for 35 years (without taking a single sick day). Del’s passions included fishing and camping with family and friends, and spending time in his garage working on cars, trucks, and lawnmowers. Del was the neighbourhood Mister Fix It, he could build or fix anything and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Del was loved by the neighbourhood dogs for his pocket full of milk bones. Del’s pride and joy was his 4 granddaughters. Del is survived by Donna, his loving wife of 53 years. His sons Daryl, Doug (Tara), his granddaughters Shea-anne (Chris), Keera, Kali, and Karly, and great-granddaughter Briella. His brother Al (Cheryl), nephews Ryan, Rory (Lori), Ken, Darren, and niece Brenda (Tony), as well as great-nieces Emma, Lilly, and Summer.

Del will be sadly missed by all.

Fond memories linger every day, Remembrance keeps them near.

Del’s wishes were to have a celebration of life. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the party will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank all the medical professionals that cared for Del during his battle with cancer. Those wishing to could make a donation to The Canadian Cancer Foundation in Del’s name.

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Ernest “Ernie” Walter Unrau With profound sadness we announce the passing of Ernie on Friday, February 19, 2021 in Kamloops after a brief battle with cancer. Ernie was born November 9, 1954 in Mission, BC and grew up there, developing many lasting friendships. In 1974, he moved to Kamloops to work at Lornex Mine, which later became Highland Valley Copper. During his 40 years at the mine, he made many lasting friendships. Starting in the Mill, he soon transferred to Pit Operations, where he excelled as an equipment operator, mainly running graders. Ernie married the love of his life, Twila, on July 28, 1990, and they spent 30 wonderful years together. They loved their home on Dairy Road where they entertained many family and friends. Often just sitting on the deck having good conversation, enjoying the view and drinking a coffee. Ernie and Twila loved to travel and enjoyed many memorable trips together. Ernie was predeceased by his wife Twila, his parents John and Margaret Unrau, and brother Andre. He is survived by his daughter Cindy Wassvik of Kamloops, his son James (Anna) Turnbull of Ontario, grandson Milo (Cindy) and godson Michael Slater, brother Victor (Gerda), sister Lena (Chuck), Aunt Lena, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends. On behalf of Ernie’s family we would like to send our sincere gratitude for the excellent care he received. The doctors, nurses and staff of 6-South at RIH as well as the staff at Overlander Trinity Hospice. Mostly, we would like to thank Dr. Howie, the nurse and staff of Trinity for their incredible care of Ernie these past months. Due to Covid, a gathering will be held later in the year as allowed. Arrangements entrusted to Kamloops Funeral Home Condolences may be sent to the family from www.kamloopsfuneralhome.com

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January 24, 1938 - February 15, 2021

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Dick Susumu Sawada passed away in the early morning hours on February 15, 2021. Dick was born on January 24, 1938 in Vancouver and in 1942 was relocated to Kelowna and in 1952 the family

Dick was predeceased by parents Kiyoji and Shige, brother Kazutoshi Ogawa and nephew Sheldon Sawada. Dick is survived by wife Michiye, brothers Fred (Hellen), George (Francis), Jack (Louise) and numerous nieces and nephews. Dick was known for having a successful business, The Union 76 and then Husky Service Station at the corner of 6th Avenue and Columbia Street. He loved all sports including bowling, curling, hockey and ice fishing in the winter, box lacrosse, golfing, fishing and softball in the summer. Dick was also quite active volunteering for various sporting events and for the Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association and the Kamloops Buddhist Church. Upon retiring Dick and Mich loved travelling with friends to all parts of BC and the States. No koden please, donations can be made in memory of Dick to Canadian Cancer Society, Kamloops Japanese Canadian Association or the Kamloops Buddhist Church. A celebration of life for Dick will be held when possible at a later date. Condolences may be sent to the family at DrakeCremation.com

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October 31, 1934 - February 18, 2021

Our grateful family celebrates the life and mourns the loss of our devoted patriarch, Roger Schreiner, who lived well for 91 years and died on February 19, 2021 at Marjorie Willoughby Hospice Home after a brief illness.

Agnes June Fenske beloved mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, sister and friend passed away on Thursday morning February 18, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta, at the age of 86, after a 10 month battle with cancer.

Roger is remembered with love and respect by his wife of 68 years, Lillian, their children Christine Marriott (Terry), Michael Schreiner (Kathleen Biagioni), Philip Schreiner (Sue Kormos) and Andrea Ranson (Scott); eleven grandchildren (David, Sarah, Carley, Graham, Paul, Rebecca, Dana, Monica, Terra, Alex and Kevin) and their families, including seven great- grandchildren.

Agnes, one of seven children, the daughter of Rudolph and Matilda Schraeder, was born October 31, 1934. She grew up in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, where she met and married Harold Dutchak April 16, 1965, and was a loving mother to four sons Timothy, Terry, Kevin and Kelly Dutchak. Years later Agnes and Harold divorced, and in 1989 Agnes married Gilbert Fenske. Agnes and Gilbert lived in Yorkton until shortly after his passing in 2005. She then moved to Kamloops to be closer to her son Kelly in 2009, and then to Cochrane in 2015 to be near Tim and Terry.

Born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan and raised on a nearby farm, Roger met Lillian in Regina, where they were married in 1952. They raised their family in Kamloops and for 32 years spent winters in California and Arizona. With hard work and persistence Roger developed his career as an accountant in the automotive industry in Regina, Edmonton, Vancouver and Kamloops. He became a dealer partner of Smith Chevrolet Cadillac in 1969, a position he held until he retired in 1990. Roger was a gentleman of honour, integrity and wisdom. His lifelong faith made him grateful for blessings large and small. He saw the positive in people and situations, practiced kindness and generosity, complained little and laughed a lot. A private family Mass will be celebrated at St. John Vianney Church - Fr. Jaison Tellis, the Celebrant. A celebration of life will be held for Roger post-COVID, when all is safe again. In lieu of flowers a donation to Kamloops Hospice Association or RIH Foundation would be greatly appreciated. Funeral arrangements are by Schoening Funeral Service. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoeningfuneralservice.com

Agnes enjoyed sports, especially hockey, although she never had a favourite team. She loved baking and animals especially her cat Muffin. She also enjoyed travelling on the bus, in particular to visit her son Kevin and her grandchildren in Ft. St. John. Despite her illness, Agnes was always very positive and would always see the good in everyone around her. She had a very strong faith and always believed that God had a plan. Agnes was predeceased by her loving husband Gilbert in January of 2005; her parents Matilda and Rudolph Schraeder, sisters Joyce Schraeder, Alice Harboard, Bertha Eckert and Gertrude “Gertie” Roming. Agnes will be extremely missed by her sons Tim (Cathy) Dutchak, Terry (Judy) Dutchak, Kevin Dutchak, Kelly (Olivia) Dutchak; grandchildren Randi (Kyle) Trach, Ryan Dutchak; great-grandson Greyson Trach, special family friend Jessica Baldo; brothers Allan (Marion) Schraeder and Elmer (Hazel) Schraeder, as well as her first husband Harold Dutchak with whom she remained friends. I can do everything through Christ who strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

Sharron Lorraine Green Sharron passed after courageous battle of CPOD.

Agnes had a strong Christian faith and was involved in her church and related activities. She will always be remembered for her kindness and generous heart. She worked as a receptionist at Social Services in Yorkton until she retired in 1999.

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Sharron was a Peace River gal. Raised in Rose Prairie, she went to Fort St. John Secondary School and lived in the dorm there. She went on to become a bookkeeper, she had many jobs on the way to do that, bartender, worked in retail and office manager. She was a single most of this time and worked two jobs raising her son Kevin Thurber. She and her second husband Mike bought a trapline and they became trappers. She has written a couple short stories about their experiences there. They started out with a dog team and then updated with a ski-doo, it was a hard life but she loved it. She was always busy, gardening, flowers, reading, sewing and painting, playing games on her i-Pad and looking up interesting things on Google. She has a very inquisitive mind and was always learning right until her death.

She will be missed by her family and friends. Survived by her son Kevin Dale Thurber, sister Carol Busat, one grandson and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by parents Norman and Iva MacKenzie, brother Ronald Delbert MacKenzie and sister Penny Lynn Lake.

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Samaritan’s Purse. Burial and service will take place at a later date in Cochrane, Alberta.

Elizabeth Mae Ann McGhee-Williams It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Elizabeth Mae Ann McGhee-Williams, in her very short life she captured the hearts of all who knew her. She will be missed as she has left us all way to soon.

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July 23, 1948 - February 26, 2021

February 2, 1965 – February 8, 2021 It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Russ on February 8, 2021 at his residence in Armstrong BC. Russ was a loving and devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be carried in the hearts forever of his wife Dianne; his two daughters Uma and Iyla; father Roy (Arlene), brother Brad (Kym), sisters Brenda Buerge (Dave) and Katrina (Fraser), nephew Reuben (Kendal), nieces Ashley Cowan (Dan) and Nicola, mother-in-law Jacqueline Cowan, sister-in-law Robin Cowan, many extended family members, and close friends. Russ was predeceased by his mother Lila Ballance. Russ was born in White Rock, BC. His love for gatherings of friends and family began early on growing up in Kamloops where their home was always full with food, music, and celebration. After graduation Russ began his travel and cultural adventures overseas (Tibet, India, Asia, Europe, and the UK) that fostered his love of the arts, diversity, and global world perspective. Russ believed in community and was always striking up conversations with neighbours and anyone he met along the way. He was happiest when he was helping others. This sense of service supported him in making the unconventional choice to pursue a career in nursing where he explored many specialities before finding his passion and gift in mental health. His career spanned 25+ years; the last 17 years with the Interior Health Authority where he touched many lives; both patients and colleagues, with his humour, giant heart, quick smile, and approachable nature. He was an innovator (sometimes unconventional) and a strong advocate for the field of mental health and substance use. Russ was a mentor to many and earned the respect of all that had the pleasure of working with him over the years. Russ loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time golfing (having just achieved his first hole-in-one this fall!), fishing (annual fishing trip with his dad on the coast was a favourite), hunting (not so lucky but he enjoyed the experience regardless), gardening, and playing outside. He was an avid Canucks fan, evidence by his loud coaching comments during games. Russ also had a

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passion for cars (from his first VW van) and riding his motorcycle; he was lucky enough to win a once in a lifetime Triumph Motorcycle trip from Spain to Morocco. One of his dreams was to take his family on an adventure trip, which we were able to fulfill in the summer of 2019 in Cambodia and Vietnam. Russ was able to share his memories and love of culture throughout the trip, eat some of his favourite Pho noodle soup, and create some very memorable experiences with his three girls. Russ was an incredible human being. He was goofy (rarely posed for a picture without making funny faces), loving (hugs for everyone), brilliant (his mind never stopped, a true deep thinker), creative (could make up a song or story in a moment), always in motion and doing many things at once, and loved our family traditions (from Birthday ‘Eve’ & ‘Boxing Day’ to hand painted Father’s Day shirts he wore proudly). His smile and laughter lit up the entire room, and he looked mighty fine in his kilt. Russ lived his motto of ‘Family First’; family meant everything to him and it showed each and every day. Music was in his soul. He always had music on in the background and many of his favourite adventures involved concerts (live or recorded), choosing and creating playlists, and playing his music game (name that song/band). Songs meant something to him; through the lyrics or tied to special memories. In celebration of his life we ask that you listen to a song and raise a toast to Russ. Due to Covid-19 restrictions a celebration of Russ’s life will be held in the future when we can all gather together again. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca.

On February 26, 2021, Bruce passed away from respiratory failure after a 5 month stay at RIH battling pneumonia and its complications. He fought hard but in the end it was too much to overcome. Born in Kamloops to Brian and Jean Tedder (Ramsay) he lived all of his life in his beloved Valleyview. Predeceased by his grandparents, parents, all his aunts and uncles and four cousins. He is survived by his brother Ralph, four cousins and many friends. Bruce faced many mental and physical challenges in his life, including bullying and dealing with ignorant people when he was younger. As a young child our parents were told by doctors and so-called experts that he would not live a long life, attend regular school or be employable. Although I am sure he was not aware of this prognosis, he proved them wrong by living into his 73rd year, finishing grade 10 in public school and working most of his adult life. His two favourite jobs were at the Bookworm bookstore and being the handy-man at Kiddies Corner Day Care. Work was very important to him, and he never cheated his employers. It gave him purpose and made him feel like a contributing member of society. That was all he wanted, normalcy. He played most sports in his youth, but was quite good at softball (pitcher) and tennis, playing the latter into his early 60s. His many other interests included reading, photography, watching wrestling (although he sometimes took that too seriously) and following his 4 favourite teams (BC Lions, Canucks, Blue Jays and Blazers) on the radio and tv. However, he was very passionate about bike-riding, music (a collection of 150 albums and 250+ CD’s and DVD’s) watching videos (over 500, many of which he taped himself) and most importantly model railroading (a layout with over 500 cars, including 125+ engines.) It was always a good day if he had a 45-minute bike ride (stationary bike in winter) shot some hoops, played his keyboard and ran or worked on his model railroad. Special thanks to Steve Quiney, Audrey Willford, Brian and Wendy Kelly, the Makela’s, the Berna family, past and present employees of Valleyview Shoppers Drug Mart and the different owners of Kiddies Corner Daycare. Your support and friendship over the years meant the world to him. Thank you also to the doctors and nurses at RIH that worked with him. I know he wasn’t always the easiest patient to deal with. Bruce always said he wanted to live to be 100. He fell a little short, but had a great run. It won’t be the same without him traversing the streets of Valleyview on his bike, watching over the neighbourhood from the bench at the top of the garden or sitting at the park gazebo hoping to take a picture of a passing train. He is now off on a new journey, to a much better place where the bike rides are endless and where he will be with family, friends and understanding people. No more pain, struggles or torment. He will be missed by many, and my life is forever changed.

Rest in peace, Bruce. No service by request.

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